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Take a chance and enter the world of the living

Saturday, August 11th, 2018
Awakening
The
Charly Stevens Series Book 1
by
Two Sharpe
Genre:
Cozy Mystery
 
What
do you do when tragedy comes into your life and takes everything
away? Charly Stevens’ life was turned upside down when a drunk
driver took her beloved husband Kevin from her, making her a widow at
24. Charly has two choices, stay in the dark pit of despair that has
become her life for almost a year, or take a chance and enter the
world of the living and move forward again. Lucky for Charly, she has
some excellent friends who support her, but she will also have to
face the next step in her life when a man from her past reappears and
shows definite interest. Charly gets caught up in a murder
investigation with some unusual help from her rescue dog, Lola. After
Kevin was taken, he finds a way to help Charly realize her place in
the world again with Lola’s help.
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Acceptance
The
Charly Stevens Series Book 2
 
Charly
Stevens has come to accept that it is time to move forward with her
life, so she and Lola are plowing straight ahead… into even more
mystery and intrigue. With the help of her faithful friends Hadley
and EJ, the team takes on a case to find a missing dog and they
inadvertently cross paths with Charly’s new love interest, Riley
Jordan. Riley and his partner, Tank, are investigating a string of
break ins in the surrounding area and find clues that link back to
the murder of Riley’s father, when Riley was young. Working
together to help solve the case is exhilarating for the new couple,
but it also places both of them in harms way. Come along on this next
adventure in the Charly Stevens series: Acceptance.

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Two
Sharpe Publishing was created as a company to publish some books that
my daughter and I wrote together.  This was not something Amanda
nor I had ever even dreamed of, but then life has a way of sending
you down the path that it wants… regardless of where you were
planning on going.
On
September 16, 2015, Amanda’s husband Kevin was on his way home from
work late one night and was waiting for traffic to clear in the left
turn lane about a mile from their home.  A drunk driver coming
from behind Kevin, at what was estimated 75 mph in a 45 mph zone,
veered out of the travel lanes and struck Kevin in the rear of his
Dodge Neon with a full-size SUV.  Kevin was killed instantly in
the crash.
Several
months after Kevin’s death, Amanda wrote an autobiography of her
life with Kevin called 
Stolen and
she asked me if I would help edit the book.  Once we put the
finishing touches on Stolen, we decided we would cowrite a fictional
series called The Charly Stevens series.
People
deal with the loss of a loved one in many different ways. After
starting the Charly Stevens Series, we came up with another fictional
series called Road Rage The Blog. It is a real time blog written by
Simon, a man who has a great deal of rage, especially when he gets in
a car.
Once
we had an idea for the above projects, we needed a Social Engineer to
handle publishing, website development, cover art, and social media
for our company.  We were lucky enough to convince Kris Spoon to
join our team.  Kris has a wide range of experience in the world
of publishing and social media and has used those unique skills to
create a platform for not only the works we have created to date, but
for those to come.  We hope in the future to be able to help
other authors bring their works to life through our company.
Thank
you for reading about Two Sharpe Publishing!
-Amanda,
Kris, & Scott-
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Quitting is never an option, but detours are part of the journey

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Author Yolanda Renee, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?

 

I was in elementary school when I discovered my love of reading and writing, but I was in my thirties when I met my first author and became hooked on the possibility.

What makes you passionate about writing?

When a story idea hits, it unfolds like a movie in my mind. The ending is always a surprise, and the accomplishment immensely gratifying, made more so via the feedback of readers.

What was the pathway like for you to get your first book published?

After receiving hundreds of rejections, I chose self-publishing because I finally wanted to share my story with family. I only planned to print a few books, but the response from non-family was so positive I decided to try traditional publishing again. I worked hard to go the conventional route, and I achieved that goal via a small publisher. But after a dispute over royalties and the realization that self-publishing was no longer a stigma, I decided to publish my books via Y R Publishing. I enjoy being in charge of my own destiny.

Were you ever discouraged along the way? If so, how did you deal with it?

Yes, there’s were several moments when I wondered if I could write a trilogy, but I soon found that reading brought back the inspiration and drive. Quitting is never an option, but detours are part of the journey.

What books have most influenced your life?

            I was in the fourth grade when I first got a library card, I read Nancy Drew, then Judy Bolton, and from there every book I could get my hands on. Gone with the Wind is one of my all-time favorites. I have to say that romance novels, westerns, science fiction, even autobiographies have all influenced my love of reading and writing. My greatest desire is to own a bookstore or at least a massive library filled with first editions.

Please tell us about your book, Tick Tock: A Stitch In Crime & my story is Cypress, Like the Tree.

 

            Cypress, Like the Tree, is a story about the murder of a young airman. His wife is the first suspect, but Detective Cypress soon learns multiple suspects wanted the man dead.

What genre is it?

Mystery

Do you just sit down and write, waiting to see what happens next? Or do you outline first?

An idea or story usually comes to me so fast that I must write it down immediately. It’s like listening to a Dictaphone or watching a movie. The first draft is usually written in a notebook, using my own style of shorthand. Then comes the computer version. Outlines are done for my novels but only after the first draft is completed. I use one sentence descriptions of the chapters. This helps me coordinate the timelines, red-herrings, and characters.

I will admit that when I’m looking for a subject, I do steal from my life. I use the what if scenario. Cypress, Like the Tree, is one of those instances.

Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?

            All the authors I’ve had the pleasure reading have been an influence, but primarily Margaret Mitchell. Her determination and talent for sure, but it was also the obstacles she overcame to succeed.

But more recently, Denise Covey a writing friend from Australia, she and I host a writing challenge every other month called WEP: Write…Edit…Publish, but before I joined her, her challenges via RFW, where she and Donna Hole took the time to teach via their critiques.

I was amazed and honored when she asked me to join the team as a co-host. Denise has been an enormous influence, and now I learn from all the writers who participate.

What’s your secret to making the character’s in your books come to life?

I rely on the people I know or have met to create my characters. Their traits, looks, and idiosyncrasies all come into play, but I mix it up, so no one recognizes themselves.

Besides writing what other talents or hobbies do you have?

I’m a very organized individual, a place for everything and everything in its place. It must be so, or my muse doesn’t come out to play. I’ve also always enjoyed working with numbers (I’m a former accountant) I even enjoy doing taxes. I enjoy photography, even though my pictures are less than amateur, I keep trying.  And hiking has always been my go-to for relaxation and rejuvenation.

How do you come up with your character’s names?

I’ve used family names, and I’ve taken the names from the obituaries in the newspaper, mixing them up for something new or unusual. But I’ll steal from whatever is handy, even inanimate objects in a pinch.

What is the best compliment you could receive from a reader?

When they write, “I can’t wait for the next book!”

Where can readers go to find your books?

            Amazon Author Page

            My Blog: Defending the Pen

Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime – Cypress, Like the Tree

            The Snowman

            Murder, Madness & Love

            Memories of Murder

            Murder & Obsession

 

Fate is dangling before you the promise of a world that, before then, was totally out of your reach

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

 

Evy Journey, writer, wannabe artist, and flâneuse (feminine of flâneur), wishes she lives in Paris where people have perfected the art of aimless roaming. Armed with a Ph.D., she used to research and help develop mental health programs.

 

She’s a writer because beautiful prose seduces her and existential angst continues to plague her despite such preoccupations having gone out of fashion. She takes occasional refuge by invoking the spirit of Jane Austen to spin tales of love, loss, and finding one’s way-stories into which she weaves mystery or intrigue.

 

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Gina’s grandfather was a French chef whose life was cut short by a robber’s bullet. The only lasting legacy he could leave his family was his passion and talent for cooking.
 

 

Growing up poor but with a mother who is a gifted cook. Gina learns cooking a great meal is an act of love. An art that sustains and enhances life.
 
A world of new challenges, new friends, and new loves opens up for her when she’s chosen to cook for a Michelin-starred restaurant.
 
But danger lurks where one never expects it.
Can her passion for cooking help Gina survive and thrive in this world of privilege, pleasure and menace?

 

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Prologue:

I’m alive. I’m dead. I’m in-between. In that limbo where my vital signs hover just above death. I rise above my body and look down on it, lying on a gurney. Hospital staff are rushing me along the brightly-lit hallway to the operating room. One of them holds an oxygen mask on my face. Another, a bag of intravenous fluid connected to my veins by a tube.
 
I’m not ready to die yet. These good people anxious to rescue me don’t know that my resolve is the only thing that is keeping me alive. No, I’m not ready to die-I’ve only just begun to live. I have yet to prove to myself, to the world, that I have what it takes to prevail.
 
My family-now on their way to the hospital-doesn’t know yet exactly what happened to me. And except for one detective, neither do the police. I see him now by the foot of the gurney, keeping pace with the nurses. He’s scowling, his lips pressed into a grim line.
 
A tall, taut, and solitary man, he has deep-set gray eyes clouded by too many images of violent death and a lower lip that hangs perpetually open in disgust or despair. So much darkness he has already seen in his thirty odd years in this world. He needs to piece together the facts that constitute the attempt on my life, events that may have led to it, and various fragments of my past to understand what brought me to this point.
The first time I met him, I fell in love with him. There was something primal about him, some paternal, animalistic instinct to save hurt or fallen victims. Like me, maybe. It gave him power and it made him irresistible to me.
 
But fate is fickle. It teases. It entices. One day, something quite ordinary happens to you. Yet, you sense that that ordinary something can change your life. Not necessarily for something better, but for something new. Fate is dangling before you the promise of a world that, before then, was totally out of your reach. How can you not seize it?
Now, of course, I see the end of that promise. And it’s not where I want to be.
It’s tragic, don’t you think, that the end of that promise should be right here on a gurney, with me fighting for my life? It certainly is not what I hoped for.
How could it end this way? I embraced life, took chances, but half-dead on this gurney, I wonder: Am I paying with my life? But, like I said. I’m not ready to die yet
 
 
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Lacy Pratt, have to find their killer before it marks her as a target

Saturday, October 21st, 2017
Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie is known for building families readers want to be part of. Her series The Keller Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in 2011. Since then she has authored and published over thirty books. The married mother of five sons promises romances with a Happily Ever After
always…and says she can write it because she lives it.
 
 
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Someone has decided to become the moral compass for the women in town, and now they’re turning up dead. It will be up to Detective Lacy Pratt to find their killer before her relationship with Declan Matthews, brother to one of the victims,
marks her as a target.
 
 

 

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Shadows darkened the path. Branches hovered above him, some with
lingering leaves, others bare.
“Taking a stroll, Matthews?” Lacy’s voice cut through the quiet.
He turned to see her walking toward him, her hands in the pockets
of her black jacket.
“Trying to clear my head.”
“And this is where you chose?” she asked as she came to stand next
to him.
“I have more good memories here than bad ones.”
A smile formed on her lips, though it didn’t match her eyes, which
were dark and tired. “I assume when you grew up here, there weren’t as many
people on this path running.”
He shook his head. “Lot more trees, less traffic. It was
secluded.”
Reaching her hand out to him, she touched his arm. “I remember.”
Declan slid a glance to her hand. “What a time, huh?”
She moved her hand down until it gripped his. “You might not
believe it, but I think of it fondly. It was hard to settle in here, to move on
from what happened to my family. You helped me settle, Matthews.”

 

He felt that unraveling feeling move over him again, with her hand
holding his. Perhaps that’s what caused him to pull her to him, embracing her
tightly as he warded off the rush of pain that attacked him.
 
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A Reference to Murder

Thursday, February 9th, 2017
A REFERENCE TO MURDER 
by Kym
Roberts

 

Genre: Cozy Mystery

 

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Date: 5/16/2017
 
 
SOMETIMES YOU GET WHAT YOU NEED .
. .

 

Charli Rae Warren is back home in Hazel
Rock, Texas, spending her time reading, collecting, and selling
books—at least, the ones that don’t get eaten first by her
father’s pet armadillo. Running the family bookstore is a demanding
job, but solving murders on the side can be flat out dangerous…
The Book Barn is more than just a shop,
it’s a part of the community—and Charli is keeping busy with a
fundraising auction and the big rodeo event that’s come to town.
That includes dealing with the Texas-sized egos of some celebrity
cowboys, including Dalton Hibbs, a blond, blue-eyed bull rider who
gets overly rowdy one night with the local hairdresser . . . and soon
afterward, disappears into thin air.
Dalton’s
brother also vanished seven years ago—and Charli is thrown about
whether Dalton is a villain or a victim. After a close call with an
assailant wielding a branding iron (that plays havoc with her hair),
and some strange vandalism on her property, she’s going to have to
team up with the sheriff to untangle this mystery, before she gets
gored . . .
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Three career paths resonated for Kym
Roberts during her early childhood: detective, investigative
reporter, and . . .nun. Being a nun, however, dropped by the wayside
when she became aware of boys—they were the spice of life she
couldn’t deny. In high school her path was forged when she took her
first job at a dry cleaners and met every cop in town, especially the
lone female police officer in patrol. From that point on there was no
stopping Kym’s pursuit of a career in law enforcement. Kym followed
her dream and became a detective who fulfilled her desire to be an
investigative reporter, with one extra perk—a badge. Promoted to
sergeant, Kym spent the majority of her career in SVU. She retired
from the job reluctantly when her husband dragged her kicking and
screaming to another state, but writing continued to call her name,
at least in her head. Visit her on the web at kymroberts.com.
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Can you be Invisible to a killer?

Thursday, January 26th, 2017
Invisible
By LA Remenicky
 Genre: Romantic Suspense
 
They found each other. Then the killer found them. Detective Jackson “Jax”
McKenna walks into a psychologist’s office and finds that the
doctor bears a striking resemblance to his first love, Lainie, who
disappeared ten years ago after their disastrous first date ended in
violence. Dr. Elizabeth Parker is really Elaine Wilson, Jax’s
Lainie. She’s been in hiding since the night that changed both
their lives. Jax discovers the truth when the killer lets Lainie know
he’s found her. When Jax and Lainie go on the run to keep Lainie
safe, old feelings resurface as the killer threatens their lives. 
Can
Jax save Lainie and help her stay Invisible?
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L.A. Remenicky is a wife and mother of two fur kids. A payroll
professional by day, she writes out the stories in her head by night.
An avid reader all her life, she finally put pen to paper (or fingers to
keyboard) during NaNoWriMo in 2012 and has never looked back. When
she’s not typing away on her latest story with music playing in the
background, she can usually be found spending time with her family
and friends.
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Scorned… A Detective story with much more…

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

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Scorned by  Andrew Hess 

What do you do when your biggest case has come to an end? Stuck with mandatory desk duty, Detective Ali Ryan’s life as she knows it, is over. Six months without any action brought out a hunger to get back in the field.

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What she got, was much more than she bargained for. The body of Blake Ambrose, one of the best defense attorneys in Dutchess County, has washed up on the shores of the Hudson River. Is this the case that will get her back on her feet? Or will it end up being her last?

About the author:

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Andrew Hess is a resident of Long Island New York who likes to spend much of his time traveling between Long Island, New York City and the Dutchess County areas. In 2011 he debuted with his first book Chamber of Souls, a small book of free verse poetry which depicted the struggles of a man who thought he had everything in the world only to feel like he lost everything after a rough break-up. In 2013, Andrew debuted his novel The Phoenix Blade: Project Justice; the first in The Phoenix Blade series.

Andrew is also a blogger at TheWritersRevolution13.blogspot.com where he interviews and promotes other authors in order to assist indie authors get more exposure. Andrew is also a frequent guest on the Anthony Charles Podcast, a show dedicated to creative professionals as they give insight into their works and the lives they lead; guests have included authors, comedians, musicians, stuntmen, actors and producers.

 

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A conscienceless serial bomber has a game to play

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

The rules are simple. There are none. 

Disconnect by Rachel Trautmiller, now available.

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Somebody knows Detective Amanda Nettles more than she cares to acknowledge. With one phone call, a faceless and genderless madman, proves he knows every dark secret Amanda has—even those she’s never uttered to a soul.

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PG13 Dark Author Interview for October…McKenna Gardner

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

McKenna, welcome, where are you from?

I currently hail from the Phoenix Metropolitan area, but I’ve lived in several different places in my life. I was born in Idaho, and have lived in California, Kentucky, and Arizona, but in about 25 different locations. And no, I wasn’t in the foster care system. 😀

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Idaho is my neighboring state. If you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit?

I have a bit of an obsession with the Regency era. I would like to visit there for a year as a working class citizen, then as an upper class member, then as one who would regularly attend court. And then I’d like to do it again.

 

LOL awesome, may I came with? If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which one would it be? What food would you serve? (more…)

“Aisha” by Denis W. Schulz a readersFavorite.com review

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Aisha has a very different style of writing, very different from what I am accustomed to; actually it is not bad. It took me a minute to understand that this phrase isn’t bad: “Fortunately the imp grew arm-weary and after a hectic minute and a half he paused to get his breath.” Cool, nicely expressed. As English is my second language, it took me a lot longer to read this story. I had to ask, Is this phrase all right? I learned that it is fine even when is not the kind of English to which I am accustomed. Imagine that! Well, you are just going to have to read it for yourself to see what I mean. (more…)

Murder by Design by Betsy Brannon Green

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

This is an intriguing tale of a small town in Midway, Georgia. It is beautifully written by a great author. The main character is a young divorced woman by the name of Kennedy. She is a university student that works as the head librarian and also part time in a storage unit, where she lives. Her mother is the sweetest woman and many times too helpful when she takes Kennedy’s time for granted.

Because of her divorce from the sheriff in town, Kennedy is looked upon (more…)

Runaway Robot a DJ Benson Adventure by JA Davies readersfavorite.com

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

This is an excellent story for kids from eight to twelve years old that others will enjoy, too. It is easy to read and a great mix of an old-fashioned country family and a robot. (more…)

Souls on (B)Oring Street, Denim Blues Mysteries, Book 3 by Karen Wiesner

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

This is a review for readersfavorite.com

I just finished Souls on Boring Street and find the story very captivating. It is a romance with some sleuthing in it. I love the cover. It is well done and colorful. It portrays the theme of the book to a T.

The copy I have says that it is a review copy and that the printed book may not be the same. (more…)

8 Hooks that your readers can’t resist

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Well, like I said in the blog before this… A battle scene is fast paced and you can make it a surprise attack or an expected battle. Just remember that you want to hook your readers fast, and not all battle scenes will do it by themselves. You have to make the readers care for the one who is losing and despise those who are winning. (more…)