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Case File Phantom

Saturday, May 20th, 2017
Case
File Phantom
C.
McCauley Case Files Book 1
by
Dana Ford
Genre:
Mystery Fiction
 
Georgia
Richards lost hope of ever seeing her husband again since he
disappeared over a year ago. On a Saturday afternoon, she thought
she saw him at a play; on stage at the Oaksdale Playhouse. But,
Georgia didn’t have the courage to find out if it was really him.
Constance McCauley was empathetic to Georgia’s faint of heart and
decided to offer her investigation services to find the true identity
of this mysterious man. Would Constance be able to track down
Georgia’s estranged husband? If he was found, why had he been
missing for over a year? As Constance pursued this case with a
combination of faith and persistence, she witnessed the power of
forgiveness unfold before her eyes.
 
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Dana
Ford has enjoyed writing stories since she can remember. She has
penned several books and has found a new love in writing mystery
fiction. Her favorite hobbies besides writing is watching old
movies, volunteering in her community, and spending precious moments
with her family.

 

 
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Colbie’s only got one life to stop a killer from pulling off the purr-fect crime . . .

Monday, May 15th, 2017
THE TROUBLE WITH MURDER
by
Kathy Krevat
Genre:
Cozy Mystery

 

Pub
Date: 12/12/17

 

 

Single mom and gourmet cat food
entrepreneur Colbie Summers thought she’d escaped her tiny
California hometown forever. But when her father needs her, she packs
up her adolescent son, their finicky feline, Trouble, and her budding
business. She knows change is tough—but she doesn’t expect it to
be murder . . .
Between dealing with her newly rural
life, her grumpy, sports-obsessed father, and preparing to showcase
her products in the local Sunnyside Power Mom’s trade show, Colbie
has more on her plate than she bargained for. Luckily, she has her
official taste-tester, Trouble, by her side to vet her
Meow-io Batali Gourmet Cat Food line.
Things look promising—until one of the Power Moms is found
dead—with an engraved Meow-io specialty knife buried in her chest.
As the prime suspect, Colbie needs
paws on the ground to smoke out who had means, motive, and
opportunity among the networking mothers—including a
husband-stealing Sofia Vergara lookalike. And the cat’s still not
out of the bag when a second violent death rocks the bucolic
community. Trouble may have nine lives, but Colbie’s only got one
to clear her name and stop a killer from pulling off the purr-fect
crime . . .
A California
native, Kathy Krevat has written three bestselling books involving
one of her favorite things: chocolate. She is looking forward to
changing to her next favorite thing—cats—for her new series set
in the tranquil town of Sunnyside, CA.

 

Camouflage- Sassy, determined and breathtakingly beautiful

Thursday, May 11th, 2017
Camouflage
by
Kathleen Maree
Genre:
Romantic Suspense
 
On
the surface, Giselle Duzido could be called many things.
Sassy,
determined and breathtakingly beautiful.
But
one thing that would never come to tongue, is broken and fragile;
because she’s learned to keep that part of herself locked up tight.
The veneer she chooses you to see – has it all. Her designer brand is
on the rise from her original base in Sydney, to two more stores in
Los Angeles and New York; a part of a world she has always fit into
seamlessly.
Career-wise?
She’s flourishing. Social status? Almost famous!
But
scratch just beneath her surface and there it is, eating away at her
insides. But at some point, doesn’t Sel deserve to have the happily
ever after?
She
may look just like another twenty-something woman, searching for that
earth-shattering love…
But
it’s all just a camouflage.

 

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From
the earliest age I was a born storyteller. Ask my parents and they
will tell you I had a gift for making a simple event seem like an
elaborate one. Purposely? No. Innocently? Yes. It was my imaginary
world that initially led me to believe I wanted to be an actor. All
of that role playing and living in fantasy… it was an obvious
direction for me. However, becoming quite uncomfortable with the
limelight quickly saw that dream diminish. Over the years I turned my
world of fantasy into stories, and eventually began writing them
down. Before I knew it, ‘Cut’ had been completed. When I am not busy
writing my next story, I am a working mum, housewife and sometimes
hockey wag 🙂 In other words, probably some kind of circus act who
specialises in juggling 😉 I hope you enjoy my blog, where I will be
posting thoughts, other books I am currently reading and even sneak
peeks of my novels. I encourage any feedback, comments or direct
messages via my contact page should anyone wish to get in touch. I am
so thrilled to be sharing my journey and hope you enjoy my stories as
much as I enjoy writing them. Dream often. Believe always.
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The maid of ice and the magical ancient race

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
MAID OF ICE
by Shona Husk
Pub. Date: 11/21/2017
Genre: Paranormal Romance
 
Stalkers
and death threats . . .
For
Finlay Ryder, danger means playing a racecar driver on a daytime
soap. That is, until he’s forced to reckon with his true identity
as an Albah, a magical ancient race, by one of his own kind. Someone
wants him dead. And worse, an ancient vampire is on the prowl,
drawing blood left and right. Now, Finlay has no choice but to hunt
enemies with unspeakable powers—or risk being hunted himself…
and
that’s just the first date
Ice
skater Alina Nyx is using her broken wrist as an excuse for a career
change. And when she falls for handsome Finlay, Albah drama feels
like her new full-time job. Learning about magic and vampires is
exciting, until her life is threatened. Now, as she begins to uncover
her own mysterious powers, she must combine forces with Finlay to
eradicate their foes for good, or all Albah will suffer…
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Shona
Husk
 lives
in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a
lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories.
As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn’t looked back.
With over forty published stories, ranging from sensual to scorching,
she writes contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi romance.
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A college professor is blackmailed by a student…DR. Vampyre

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
Dr.
Vampyre
by
S.N. McKibben
Genre:
Paranormal Romance
 
When
a college professor is blackmailed by a student …
he
has to walk the fine line of being true to his principles and not
letting his bloody secret out.
Dr.
John Tennison, professor and physician, wakes up every morning and
counts his spoons—a measure of how many tasks he feels he can
accomplish during his day. One spoon to walk down the stairs, one
spoon to teach a class, one spoon to deal with tardy students. Lupus
limits him, but he still gives lectures and works at a hospital. He
also makes time for friends, and once a week visits Sanguine Loon’s
to sate—or subvert—his one strange desire. His nemesis, the one
thing besides lupus that keeps him from leading a normal life, is the
blood at the bottom of a little paper Dixie cup.
While
Tennison’s blood-drinking habit is a secret, it’s well known that
he’s the campus asshole and has no tolerance for students who show
up late. When he kicks Vogue model Ylati Badashi out of his lecture
hall for wandering in ten minutes late, she’s having none of it.
She pouts, she seduces, she blackmails, and puts Tennison at odds
with his butler, and finally she tells him the truth about why she
needs to be in his class.
Tennison
is a man of principles, and though he swears he won’t change his
mind, he starts to react unexpectedly to Ylati even as he hates her
for making him suspicious of his trusted butler. Tennison has to find
out where Mitch goes on his nights off and must deal with a budding
attraction to a woman he occasionally hates, all while learning new
secrets about himself. It’s going to take a lot of spoons.
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up and help the doctor count his spoons!
 
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to a 100 lbs. GSD (German Shepard) and a computer she calls “Dave”,
you’ll often see her riding a 19 hand Shire nicknamed “Gunny”
to the local coffee shop near the Santa Monica mountains.

 

Stephanie
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Heroes revolving around social taboos. When ever asked, she’ll reply
her whole life can be seen through a comic strip ~ sometimes twisted,
sometimes funny but always beautiful and its title is adventure. Come
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WITHIN A CAPTAIN’S POWER

Thursday, April 20th, 2017
WITHIN A CAPTAIN’S POWER 
by Lisa Olech
PUB DATE: 4/4/2017
Genre: Historical Romance
Never underestimate the power of a pirate . . .
Captain James Steele is duty bound to capture the privateer Scarlet Night and bring her rebellious crew to England to hang. Then he will leave his majesty’s service, make an upstanding marriage, and join the landed gentry. But the winds of fate are blowing the straitlaced commander utterly off course.
Once aboard, James comes face to face with a pirate boy who is in reality fierce, desperate—and gorgeous—Samantha Christian, on the run from a sadistic Virginia plantation owner. With her identity unbound, the good captain dutifully takes her under his personal command, whereupon decorum goes out the porthole. But while his heart is lost to Samantha by the time they reach England, her noose still awaits. Now James’s sense of duty will be severely tested. As for Samantha, she has a plan, and a duty, of her own . . .
 

Let’s Talk about Pirates!

Let’s start by dressing the part. Most pirates’ clothing was stolen from their prey. Captains picked the nicest and most fashionable garments so everyone would know, “Hey, look at me, I’m the Captain!” There are reports that captains fearing capture would rush below deck and change into something less fancy so they could blend into their crew and receive an easier punishment.

How about an earring? There are a host of reasons and theories regarding pirates wearing earrings. Some believe an earring marked the first time the sailor crossed the equator, or sailed the vicious waters around Cape Horn. Others claim that sailors believed precious metals pierced through their earlobes actually improved their eyesight. There is another theory that the gold and silver was to pay for their funerals. With their names and home ports engraved within the hoop, if they washed up on shore, their bodies could be sent home. And yet another reason for an earring is to hang waxed earplugs from in case you were a gunner and too close to those exploding cannons! Me…I just think they made those seafaring bad boys a bit more rakish.

There is some debate regarding eye patches. Yes, there’s evidence of pirates losing arms, legs, and eyes. But some believe that eye patches were worn so pirates could keep one eye adjusted to seeing in the dark found below deck. Black Beard had a wooden leg, but it wasn’t due to a 10lb. cannon ball removing his limb. It was due to diabetes. If a pirate lost a leg in battle, most times they never survived the injury, and it certainly ended their career. It is true that Captain James Hook did have an iron hook that replaced his missing hand, however. Here I thought that was only Peter Pan fiction!

Speaking of fiction… there is little evidence of anyone ‘walking the plank.’ If pirates want you tossed into the water, over the rail ye went! Of course, there were more gruesome forms of punishment. Flogging, marooning, keelhauling, and hanging…by various parts of your body…from the highest yardarm!

Also, there’s no record of a pirate having a parrot as a pet. Cats were common aboard ship to keep the mice and rat population at bay, (FYI…white cats were considered bad luck.) but parrots were seen more for the money they would bring than for a colorful shoulder accessory.

Not all pirates were cutthroats. In fact, they were fairly civilized. Rules were strictly followed regarding fighting amongst the crew, gambling onboard, compensation should you be wounded or killed. Everyone received a fair share according to rank and decisions were made by democratic vote. Stealing from a crewmember was a major no no.

There were ‘gentlemen’ pirates who were well known for treating their crews and captives well. Stede Bonnet was one of these gentlemen pirates. He was a wealthy plantation owner when he decided to buy his own ship and take to the sea. It’s rumored that a nagging wife was his motivation to become a pirate, or a mid-life crisis! Black Bart Roberts gave his musicians Sundays off.

Being a pirate was a decent way to make a living. In fact, a lot of sailors signed on to pirate crews because the Navy’s pay checks just didn’t go very far in the 1600’s. Long Ben Avery wasn’t a pirate for very long, but made the richest haul and retired less than a year after he started. And speaking of richest treasures, it is said, Oliver Levasseur had treasure estimated into the billions. When he was captured and brought to be hung, he pulled a necklace from his neck and threw it into the crowd. It contained a cryptogram of 17 lines. He shouted “Find my treasure, the one who may understand it!” Treasure hunters are still trying to ‘understand’ it.

Some pirates were brutal, vicious barbarians, however. Black Beard used to stick lit lengths of rope under the brim of his hat so smoke would circle his head and his prey would believe he was possessed. Francis l’Olonnais cut out a prisoners heart and ate it in order to get the other prisoners to cooperate. His crew deserted soon after. There’s pirate crazy…then there’s pirate ‘l’Olonnais’ crazy!

And of course, I can’t possibly forget to mention all those incredible, bad-ass, ‘tough-as-hardtack’ women who fought as pirates throughout the golden age and beyond. Anne Bonney, Mary Read, Grace O’Malley, Rachel Wall (the only female pirate from New England—and the last pirate hung in Boston Common.), and my personal favorite, Ching Shih. Ching Shih was the most powerful of all pirate queens. After being pulled from a life of prostitution to marry, and her husband’s subsequent death a short three years later, Ching Shih became one of the most feared female pirates of her time. She terrorized the Chinese coast and amassed a huge fleet of more than a fifteen hundred ships and captained more than 70,000 men. She was very fond of beheadings, and deserters who just wouldn’t listen to reason…they saved their heads, but lost their ears!

I wonder what happened to all those earrings?

Lisa A. Olech is an artist/writer living in her dream house nestled among the lakes in New England. She loves getting lost in a steamy book, finding the perfect pair of sexy shoes, and hearing the laughter of her men. Being an estrogen island in a sea of testosterone makes her queen. She believes in ghosts, silver linings, the power of a man in a tuxedo, and happy endings.
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The olde White Magick

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
THAT
OLDE WHITE MAGICK
by
Sharon Pape
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Pub
Date: 11/7/2017
 
It’s
time to work her crime-solving magic again . . .
Kailyn
Wilde enjoys running her shop, Abracadabra, in the quaint New York
hamlet of New Camel, where she lives with her six cats. Her family’s
been here for centuries, and she’d like to keep up the tradition.
But the place may never be the same if a big hotel gets built, so she
does her civic duty and attends a town meeting along with her aunt
Tilly . . . and Merlin. Yes, that Merlin—though he gets introduced
to folks as her “distant English cousin.” The wizard is pretty
grumpy about being transported here, but there are things about the
modern world he doesn’t mind—like pizza.
Kailyn
was prepared for a heated debate about the hotel, but she wasn’t
expecting murder. When Tilly finds the body of a board member outside
the schoolhouse, Kailyn doesn’t want any suspicion cast on the
wrong person. She plans to crack this case, even if she has to talk
to every living soul in town—plus a few departed ones . . .
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Sharon
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is the author of the popular Portrait of Crime and Crystal
Shop mystery series. She started writing stories in first grade and
never looked back. She studied French and Spanish literature in
college and went on to teach both languages on the secondary level.
After being diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer in 1992,
Sharon became a Reach to Recovery peer support volunteer for the
American Cancer Society. She went on to become the coordinator of the
program on Long Island. She and her surgeon created a non profit
organization called Lean On Me to provide peer support and
information to newly diagnosed women and men. After turning her
attention back to writing, she has shared her storytelling skills
with thousands of fans. She lives with her husband on Long Island,
New York, near her grown children. She loves reading, writing, and
providing day care for her grand-dogs. Visit her at sharonpape.com.
 
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THE REUNION by Sara Portman Cover Reveal

Monday, April 10th, 2017


Genre: Historical Romance

Pub Date: 9/26/2017

Book Blurb:
An inconvenient engagement turns a marriage of convenience into so much more in this sparkling new series from award-winning author Sara Portman . . .

Lady Emmaline Shaw’s reputation was irreparably damaged when her fiancé, John Brantwood, disappeared immediately after their engagement four years ago. Since then, she’s grown from a shy, uncertain girl to a woman who knows her own mind. And what she knows is that London society holds nothing for her.

Rumor has it that John ran off to war and died in battle. Now, as the new Duke of Worley, his shocking resurrection throws the ton into a tizzy and makes him one of England’s most sought after bachelors—except that he’s already engaged. (more…)

A Particular Darkness

Friday, April 7th, 2017

 

A PARTICULAR DARKNESS 
by Robert Dunn
Genre: Thriller
Pub Date: 9/12/2017
 
 
From the author of A Living Grave
comes a gripping police procedural featuring sheriff’s detective
Katrina Williams as she exposes the dark underbelly of Appalachia . .
.
 
Dredging up the Truth
Still recovering from tragedy and
grieving a devastating loss, Iraq war veteran and sheriff’s detective
Katrina Williams copes the only way she knows how—by immersing
herself in work. A body’s just been pulled from the lake with a fish
haul, but what seems like a straight-forward murder case over the
poaching of paddlefish for domestic caviar quickly becomes murkier
than the depths of the lake.
Soon a second body is found—an
illegal Peruvian refugee woman linked to a charismatic tent revival
preacher. But as Katrina tries to investigate the enigmatic
evangelist, she is blocked by antagonistic FBI agents and Army CID
personnel. When more young female refu-gees disappear, she must
partner with deputy Billy Blevins, who stirs mixed feelings in her,
to connect the lake murder to the refugees. Katrina is no stranger to
darkness, but cold-blooded conspirators plan to make sure she’ll
never again see the light of day . . .
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novels The Red Highway, The Dead Ground, and Behind the Darkness. He
can be found online at robertdunnauthor.blogspot.com or on Twitter at
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Ione’s Dilemma by Linda Carroll-Bradd

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
As a young girl, Linda was often found
lying on her bed reading about fascinating characters having exciting
adventures in places far away and in other time periods. In later years, she
read and then started writing romances and achieved her first publication–a
confession story. Married with 4 adult children and 2 granddaughters, Linda now
writes heartwarming contemporary and historical stories with a touch of humor
and a bit of sass from her home in the southern California mountains.

 

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When Ione Forrester calls off her
wedding, she becomes the social pariah of Des Moines. Much to her society
parents’ chagrin. To escape the gossip, Ione accepts a teaching job in Dorado,
Texas, vowing to avoid scandal at all costs. Relocating from a doctor’s
household with cook and maids to a room in a boarding house is quite an
adjustment. Then she has to face her biggest challenge—a schoolhouse full of
students.

 

 
Carpenter Morgan Shipley’s business is
doing well and now he’s looking for companionship. An ad for a mail-order bride brings a deluge of letters, which prove more than he can handle. To his
surprise, an intriguing woman from a big city arrives in his small Texas town.
Correspondence is nothing like interacting with a flesh-and-blood woman every
day. But gossip-leery Ione wants nothing to do with Morgan’s attempts at
courting, which makes him try even harder.

 

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Snippet #1 
 
In the
next instant, Ione shot upright and clamped a hand on the wooden slat in front
of her. Blood pounded in her ears, and she thought she might faint. Last night,
Bradford told her he had to attend a lecture series and couldn’t accompany her
to the opera house performance of Das Rheingold. So why was he
canoodling with another woman on a trolley at eleven in the morning?
 
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RUNNING TARGET by Kari Lemor, Book Cover Reveal

Monday, March 27th, 2017

 

RUNNING TARGET by Kari Lemor
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Pub Date: 7/4/2017

Book Blurb:
An innocent in the crossfire . . . 

FBI agent Jack Holland broke every rule in the book falling for the girlfriend Angelo Cabrini, son of a New Jersey mob boss. But even if Callie Lansing’s relationship to Angelo was actually a cover and her heart was free, her relationship with Jack put both of their lives at risk. Nothing, though, could make Jack regret the liaison that led to the birth of their son, Jonathan.

After Angelo discovered Callie’s pregnancy, he went after Jack and wound up dead. Now Jack is on the run with a target on his back. The only thing keeping Callie and Jonathan safe is the mob boss’s belief that the baby is his grandchild. But if Victor Cabrini discovers the truth before Jack can put him behind bars, it could mean death for his sweet covert family. (more…)

Grandma’s Wedding Quilts

Monday, March 27th, 2017
Kate Cambridge is an emerging author of Sweet Historical Romance
and Sweet Contemporary Romance. She is a hopeless romantic, strong supporter of women’s rights, and loves to create stories that inspire, and characters who
seem real long after “The End.”
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launch-day pricing, contest, and more. Be one of the first to know what happens next…
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The
greatest inspiration is often born of desperation.
 

One year ago Hannah Quinn scored her dream job, and now the fate of the museum she loves will rise or fall on her next exhibit. But wait…
there’s a problem. She doesn’t have a clue what her next exhibit will be!
When a trunk with two quilts is donated to the museum, Hannah’s boss thinks she’s wasting her time chasing down the history of the quilts,
regardless of their beauty; but Hannah persists. She knows there’s something special about these quilts, and a story that demands to be told.
Little does Hannah know, her friend Callum, a researcher and consultant, plays an unexpected a role in her investigation that leads to
questions and discoveries that threaten the foundation of all she holds most dear.
Will her desperation to discover the story of the quilts cause her to lose the very thing she loves the most – or will the secrets she uncover lead her to more than she ever dreamed?

 

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“There it was, that musty smell that
filled Hannah Quinn with excitement. It was the same aroma that drifted off the
pages of books that hadn’t been opened in centuries. To her, it signaled an
opportunity to time travel, a chance to obtain knowledge that might have been
lost for centuries
— a story waiting to be told.”
 
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The Truth Will Out

Friday, March 24th, 2017
The
Truth Will Out
by
Karen J Mossman
Genre:
Thriller, Suspense
 
Kelly
needs to escape from her abusive and controlling boyfriend, but she’s
terrified to leave. She’s then given a chance to start a fresh, but
is the cost for her freedom too high?
Sarah
is happy in her life. She has a dream job and a perfect roommate. But
when a brick is thrown through the window, followed by a letter
containing razor blades, her life starts to spin out of control.
Detective Ryan Andrews is on the case and the two quickly form a
close bond.
Will
Kelly pay that price for freedom? Can Sarah’s secret past be kept
from Ryan?
In
the end The Truth Will Out.
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Karen
J Mossman comes from a family of journalists with her grandfather and
uncle having been newspaper editors. Further back a 2x grandfather
wrote for his local paper and also published a book based on those
articles. Karen is the only one to go into fiction.
Two
of her novels are romantic suspense and one is a thriller. She also
has three themed short story collections.
Karen
is also an avid blogger and book reviewer, “It’s especially
important to me to have feedback from my readers, so please leave a
review when you have read one of my books.”
Karen
lives on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey off the North Wales coast
with her husband and elderly Yorkshire terrier. She has two grown up
children, who were both born on the same day, two years apart.
“I
enjoy writing in different genres and you can see some of my shorter
stories on my website.”
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Ancient pact between mankind, Heaven, and Hell has been broken

Monday, March 13th, 2017
Obsidian
Son
The
Nate Temple Chronicles Book 1
By
Shayne Silvers
Genre:
Supernatural Thriller
 
A
city that doesn’t believe in magic. Bloodthirsty weredragons. Good
thing this reckless playboy has superpowers…
It’s
been said that monsters cry when a good man goes to war. But they
should run screaming like little school girls when that man is
secretly a wizard, and maybe not necessarily good…
Nate
Temple’s all-consuming quest to avenge his parents is temporarily
put on hold when shape-shifting dragons invade St. Louis. And perhaps
cow-tipping the Minotaur for answers might not have been Nate’s
smartest opening move, because now every flavor of supernatural thug
from our childhood nightmares is gunning for him. Nate learns that
the only way to save his city from these creatures is to murder his
best friend…
Nate’s
choice will throw the world and his own conscience into cataclysmic
chaos: avenge his parents or become a murderer to save his city.
Because to do either, he’s going to have to show the world that
magic is very, very real, and that monsters are very, very hungry…
To survive, he might just need to take a page from the book, How to
Win Friends and Influence Monsters.
If
you like Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, or Patrick Rothfuss, you will
LOVE the first installment of The Nate Temple Supernatural Thriller
series.
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Blood
Debts
The
Nate Temple Chronicles Book 2
 
A
Wizard, an Angel, and a Horseman of the Apocalypse walk into a bar…
The
ancient pact between mankind, Heaven, and Hell has been broken. And
this upstart wizard’s quest for vengeance may have just kicked off
Armageddon. So, time for a drink… or maybe two.
Already
plagued with sinister night terrors that could qualify him as a
card-carrying psychopathic insomniac, Nate can barely even manage to
put his pants on in the morning, let alone pick teams for the
Apocalypse.
But
when he’s framed as a demon sympathizer, condemned by the Armies of
Heaven, and hunted down by both his allies and the Four Horsemen,
this wizard doesn’t think it can get any worse…
Then
they take away his magic. And a wizard without magic stands no chance
against the forces of Heaven and Hell…
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The
Nate Temple Chronicles Book 3
 
The
Brothers Grimm – legendary supernatural assassins – have escaped
their prison, and their first day in St. Louis could be Nate Temple’s
last…
Sharing
a beer with Death – one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse –
really put a few things into perspective for this foul-mouthed,
billionaire wizard. Like finally strapping on the boots to propose to
his girlfriend.
But
assassination contracts have a way of putting wedding plans on hold.
Perhaps permanently. And with the entire wedding party on the
bloodthirsty Grimm’s hit-list, and his family fortune in jeopardy,
Nate realizes they can’t run and they can’t hide. So, time to do
magic and stuff…
But
with every flavor of supernatural thug teaming up to help the Grimms,
Nate realizes that friends have become enemies and enemies have
become friends, and he’s forced to cross lines that are better left
uncrossed.
When
magic, claws, and teeth dance to the song of war, the only thing left
to learn is who lives and who dies. And if Nate can live with the
consequences.
No
wonder a guy is terrified to propose…
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Silver
Tongue
The
Nate Temple Chronicles Book 4
 
My
resume is pretty full: I’ve cow-tipped the Minotaur, decimated a
gang of weredragons, sucker-punched an Angel, and eaten pancakes with
the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse…
I’ve
kidnapped one of the most powerful wizards on the planet, and
slaughtered the Brothers Grimm. I’m kind of a big deal.
But
I never thought I’d find myself at a crossroads, a pawn in a deadly
game that I hadn’t known existed, willing to sell my soul to save
the life of someone I loved… That’s when I learned true fear,
because the world I thought I knew was all just smoke and mirrors,
and I was just a puppy playing amongst wolves…
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Beast
Master
The
NateTemple Chronicles Book 5
 
What
do you do for Thanksgiving Dinner when your guests are Death, an
Angel, and a slew of other monsters? You have a nerf gun war, of
course… But the Queens of Fae want to crash his party. And the
Beast Master is abducting shifter children for a Monster Circus.

Thanksgiving
Dinner plans with Death, an Angel, a vampire, Achilles, and a slew of
other monsters are cut short because a Monster Circus has come to
town. And the Beast Master needs new Monsters for his show…

 

 

 

But
the Queens of Fae also want a little deep-fried wizard for the
holidays.

 

 

 

Oh, and Nate is losing that last finger-hold on his
sanity: hallucinating, and talking to creatures that no one else can
see. The ancient demon inside of him is getting stronger, fighting
for dominance, and only one of them can survive.

 

 

But when a
wizard curses Nate, extorting him to rescue a lethal Chimera child
from the Beast Master’s Circus, Nate’s only option is to partner
with his inner demon, risking his very soul. But his friends begin to
doubt and fear this new, darker Nate, taking matters into their own
hands – even when that means standing against him.

 

 

With
allies turned enemies, the Fae breathing down his neck, and a
dangerous child’s life on the line, Nate must call upon, bully, and
coerce new storybook legends and gods to save his traitorous friends
from becoming the Beast Master’s next victims…

 

 

Discover
what – if anything – Nate is willing to sacrifice to save the
friends who betrayed him…
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Shayne
is a man of mystery and power, whose power is exceeded only by his
mystery. In other words, a storyteller.
He
currently writes the Nate Temple Supernatural Thriller Series, which
features a foul-mouthed young wizard with a chip on his shoulder
attempting to protect St. Louis from the various nasties we all know
and fear from our childhood bedtime stories. Nate’s been known to
suckerpunch an Angel, cow-tip the Minotaur, and steal Death’s horse
in order to prove his point. His utter disregard for consequences and
self-preservation will have you laughing and cringing on the edge of
your seat.
Shayne
holds two high-ranking black belts, and enjoys conversing about
anything Marvel, Magical, or Mythological. You might find him writing
in a coffee shop near you, cackling madly into his computer screen
while pounding shots of espresso.
Join
my Readers’ Group for your free books and a pile of other goodies
when they become available.
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Burned By Kimberley Patterson

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
Burned
By
Kimberley Patterson
Genre:
Suspense, Mystery
 
Pay
attention to the signs that are all around you,” Sarah’s mother
used to say. Sarah never listened until her world turned upside down
in the wake of her mother’s death. When sifting through the fiery
ashes, signs begin to appear, giving her the feeling that the
accident was less of an accident and more of foul play. While Sarah
struggles to understand the images haunting her dreams, she finds
herself losing a grip on reality.
Based
on true events, Sarah unravels the mystery surrounding her mother’s
death, and, in doing so, uncovers an internal darkness capable of
murder. 
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Horses
were one of my first loves, and writing soon followed. As a child, I
spent hours writing poems, and short stories (about horses). My
parents realized that I was horse-obsessed and decided to buy me one
after taking riding lessons for two years. I think they hoped that
all of the hard work, and hours spent mucking stalls would help me
give up this expensive hobby. They were wrong. Writing is still a
passion of mine, although now I primarily write fiction. My first
novel, Red Rock, was published in 2010, and big surprise, there are
horses in it. My second novel, The Three Month Plan was released
August 2013.
Other
Loves: My family, yoga, skincare and makeup, sushi, and raising money
for pediatric cancer. I have two rescue dogs and would have more if
there weren’t zoning restrictions. I’m always trying something
new, as I tend to get bored very easily. Thankfully, my love of
driving around with the gas light on fuels some excitement. I love
novels with happy endings, and am a hopeful romantic. My latest
obsession is browsing Netflix, and I can name all 50 states in
alphabetical order in under 30 seconds. Do I feel a wager coming on?
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Five women navigate life, careers, children, family, and the men in their lives.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
40
Something
by
Shannon Peel
Genre:
Chick Lit, Contemporary Fiction
 
Five
women navigate life while juggling careers, children, family, and the
men in their lives.

 

Charlie
is bored with the family tradition of Sunday Dinner so she brings a
friend her family won’t approve of to spice things up a bit. Will
this friend go too far and cause too much damage?
Rose
only wants to do what is right and keep her family safe. How can she
do that when the world is so dangerous and her teenagers so willful.
Will helping a friend invite trouble into her perfect world?
Lindsay
loves to have fun and enjoys the company of men. She is a modern
playgirl who will stop at nothing to get a man’s attention. Will she
find what she’s looking for or something unexpected?
Sophie
wants to keep the peace and keep everyone happy, especially her
ex-husband, so her children will live with her full time. Will she
lose the children if she can’t afford to take care of them?
Justine
wants to escape her perfect life, she just doesn’t realize it. Will
she find the passion that is missing or will she continue to hide
behind her computer screen?  
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Shannon
Peel grew up in Enderby, BC where her family’s root run deep. Growing
up where television was either non existent or very limited she
relied on books & imagination to escape into the world
beyond. 
 

 

She
went to UBC to study and earn a general studies BA with a
concentration in Political Science and Economics. Macro analysis of
world events, social justice and human motivations became a passion
of hers. This passion is a driving force in all her stories, which
have political, economic, and social justice undercurrents. 


 

After
a career in the financial field she decided to stay home and raise
her two children until school age. In 2007 she return to the
workforce as a sales / marketing / advertising professional. She
currently resides in BC’s Lower Mainland with her two teenage
children. 


Shannon
Peel is a creative, intelligent professional with a 20 year proven
track record in sales, marketing, customer relations, project
management, presentations, and communication. 
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Three lives separated by time and land, connected by curse

Monday, February 20th, 2017
Dragon’s
Quest
Dragon
Princes Book 1
by
Cyci Cade
Genre:
Fantasy
 
Three
lives separated by time and land, connected by curse.
Two
princes from the Dragon ́s Dynasty, Liu and Wei,
are cursed and condemned to live as dragons. After two
centuries their fate changes when Kate appears in their lives
and they are able to return to their human form. However,
the curse isn ́t broken yet.
To
break the curse, the princes must recover the eyes and heart of the
Great Dragon. As Liu, Wei, and Kate embark on a journey to
the Palace of Jade in search of the first eye, they ́ll
have to face mythological creatures and immortal warriors.
They ́ll have to face death too, and prove that they are
honorable men to save Kate ́s life.
They
́ll be tested as never before. They ́ll discover
feelings they never imagined existed. They ́ll have to fight like
wild warriors.
A
curse can be broken… But at what cost?
**Releases
Feb 15th, 2017!!**
 
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I´m
Cyci Cade and I write urban fantasy and fiction novels for young
adult.

 

I´ll
never forget the first time I wrote a story; I was in fifth grade.
That experience enchanted me. What should be an insignificant
composition became a four pages flash story. My teacher didn´t like
it very much, but who cared? She did.
Well,
I had to shorten my compositions. However, it didn´t discourage me;
on the contrary, it made me try harder. I like a good challenge. I
like to try new things; some of them don´t work as I expect, but it
doesn´t matter. I always learn new things.
I
started writing articles for magazines, newspapers, and blogs. I
wrote my first book in 2010 and published it in 2012. It was so
amazing that I didn´t stop anymore. Writing makes me happy.
I
have received 5 stars reviews from professional websites, and
remarkable comments that have encouraged me.
During
my free time, I like reading, watching TV series, and movies.
I
live in Brazil and I have a cat named Angel. I love cats too.
Welcome
to my world!
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What could melt a Heart of Stone?

Friday, February 17th, 2017
Heart
of Stone
by
Rob Buckman
Genre:
SciFi, Action
Mike
Grainger had enough of killing and death, and all he wanted now was
to be left alone in peace and to forget the past, finding a quiet
place, high in the Rocky Mountains where he could live his life.
Maybe now he could put the ghost that haunted him to rest. Here,
death and destruction were forces of nature, something he understood,
and respected, yet even as he watched a storms moving across the
mountains another storm swept towards him, one that had nothing to do
with the weather.
To
Roland Hawkins’, his world revolved around money and power, and
gaining a fortune that nothing could destroy. To him, disposing of
people who stood in his way meant nothing. He felt no remorse when he
ordered people killed to fulfill his ambition. Now he wanted an
insignificant section of land high in the Rockies, and to consummate
his latest business deal he’d arranged the death of the previous
owner. To his consternation, the land slipped from his grasp before
his agents could obtain it, and due to poor judgment and timing the
land was purchased by another. In fury, he ordered the property be
obtained by any means necessary, thinking his power and money would
protect him from anything. Nowhere in his calculation did he consider
the new owner, Mike Grainger, thinking him nothing more than some
local hick to be disposed of as quickly as possible. Bribery,
extortion, and murder were tools to Roland Hawkins and used to
justify his ambition. Mike Grainger used death and destruction as a
tool to keep what was his. To him, life and death were meaningless,
his own included. It would have all been so easy if Kat Ballard
hadn’t stepped into the picture. She gave him a reason to live, to
care, and pushed the stakes even higher. Now, it was not just a
question of fighting a pack of hired killers on their trail, but
staying one jump ahead of them. He now had to consider someone else’s
life, as well as trying to discover why Roland Hawkins wanted his
land so badly.
Together
they fought the mountain, the mercenaries, the elements, and each
other in a wild death hunt over and under the mountains, finding love
and losing it. Now he was mad. Roland Hawkins would pay a high price
for his ambition: his life. The hunted would now become the hunter.
No quarter asked, or given.
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He
Who Dares: Book One
The
Gray Chronicals 1
by
Rob Buckman
For
Mike Gray, his life was a series of mysteries and unanswered
question. Even the man who raised him, his paternal grandfather, was
a question mark. Beyond the love, understanding, and nurturing lay
the unanswered question of why a disgraced ex-Royal Naval Admiral
would pulled himself out of a bottle and take upon himself to bring a
one year old child home as raise him as his own. The question of why
his family, the Tregallion clan, refused to come to his aid went
unanswered. Even so, between them they build a life for themselves
until the fateful day he died. After that, Mike fled across the
stars, swearing he would never again take the responsibility for
another person’s death. Fate and destiny had other ideas, plunging
him into one situation after the other where he had to take command,
and decide the fate of others. With war on the horizon, and the
future of the free stars hanging in the balance, Mike reluctantly
accepted his destiny, and the part he must play. For better or worse,
he would find the answered to his question, and make those
responsible pay a terrible price.
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He
Who Dares: Book Two
The
Gray Chronicals 2
For
Mike Gray, his life continues to be series of mysteries and
unanswered question. Even the man who raised him, his paternal
grandfather, was a question mark. Beyond the love, understanding, and
nurturing lay the unanswered question of why a disgraced ex-Royal
Naval Admiral would pulled himself out of a bottle and take upon
himself to bring a child home as raise him as his own. The death of
his one grandfather still haunts him, and even after confronting the
head of the Tregallion clan, so many question remained unanswered.
Mike battled his way across the stars, looking for answered, swearing
to protect the lives of the men and woman under his command and just
do his duty. Fate and destiny had other ideas, plunging him into one
situation after the other where he had to take command, and decide
the fate of others. With war on the horizon, and the future of the
free stars hanging in the balance, Mike reluctantly accepted his
destiny, and the part he must play. For better or worse, he would
find the answered to his question, and make those responsible pay a
terrible price.
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He
Who Dares: Book Three
The
Gray Chronicles 3
For
Mike Gray, his life continues to be series of mysteries and
unanswered question. Even the man who raised him, his paternal
grandfather, was a question mark. Beyond the love, understanding, and
nurturing lay the unanswered question of why a disgraced ex-Royal
Naval Admiral would pulled himself out of a bottle and take upon
himself to bring a child home as raise him as his own. The death of
his grandfather still haunts him, and even after confronting the head
of the Tregallion clan, Max Tregallion, so many question remained
unanswered. Still looking for answers, Mike battled his way across
the stars now that the Sirriens have declared war, and prepares to
take the fight to the enemy. In a covert war in new ships and
untested crew, all the while swearing to protect the lives of the men
and woman under his command and just do his duty. Fate and destiny
had other plans, plunging him and the woman he loves into one
desparate situation after the other, and the future of the free stars
hanging in the balance, Mike reluctantly accepted his destiny, and
the part he must play.
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The
Prize
Book
1
To
everyone in the Empire military, all human’s were stark raving mad,
and no matter how hard they tried, or how many they killed, the crazy
human’s wouldn’t stop fighting. What the Emperor, Director Markoff,
and the Empire military should have remembered the old adage. …never
trust a human, and especially Richard Penn.
 

 

For
Penn, the hated and despised human killer, the choice was simple, go
on a suicide mission to a forbidden planet, or another human city
with over a million men, woman and children would die. To make the
mission even more interesting, Director Markoff send along seventeen
cold eyed killer as his escort who’d rather see him dead than breath.
Seventeen cold eyed killer, an inexperience Captain who couldn’t find
his butt in the dark with a flashlight and a map, and one human
female, Sub Major Ellis. A beautiful, gray eyed, cold hearted bitch
in cast iron panties. She hated and despised Penn more than all the
others put together, and held the other end of his electronic leash.  


 

 

So
all he had to do was crash land on a forbidden planet you couldn’t
escape from, lead the motley team through a hundred miles of
trackless jungle full of death traps, unimaginable monsters, and
alien troops, to a mountain size pyramid shaped building.  


 

 

Surviving
the crash landing was one thing, surviving forty eight hours with
seventeen killer another, getting to the building and finding the
Prize would be a miracle, so how could he refuse such an offer.
Getting to the building was easy compared to what they faced inside.
Here, he had to face the most dangerous monster of all to collect a
prize he didn’t want, and maybe lose the prize he truly wanted.

 

 
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The
Prize
Book
2- Retribution
For
Penn, the hated and despised human killer with bright, yellow, tigers
eyes, the choice was simple, go on a suicide mission to a forbidden
planet, or another human city with over a million men, woman and
children would die. Director Markoff send seventeen cold eyed killer
as his escort who’d rather see him dead than breath. So after crash
land on a forbidden planet you couldn’t escape from and leading a
band of killer through hundreds of miles of trackless jungle full of
death traps, unimaginable monsters, and alien troops. Reaching the
mountain size pyramid shaped building was a walk in the park compared
to what waited inside. Here, he had to face the most dangerous
monster of all to collect the prize he truly wanted. But even after
winning the prize, there was no rest. Now he had to put planet earth
back together, build an army, navy and air force, and get ready to
take the war to Director Markoff and Emperor Cytec. Just when he
thought he had a handle on thing, everything went sideways and he had
to fight and kill again to win the one prize he valued above all
others, a beautiful, gray eyed wildcat, by the name of Alexandra
Ellis.
Echo
of Tomorrow
The
Drake Chronicles Book 1
For
General Scott Drake the attack on four American cities by religious
fanatic using nuclear weapons destroyed not only US cities, but his
life as he knew it. They say that vengeance is a dish best served
cold, but to the men and woman who went with him over the border to
deliver that vengeance, it was dish served hot, and out of the barrel
of a gun and cannon, and from the air. Yet in victory came defeat as
he found three hundred years later in the world he woke up in. One
far different from the one he’d left behind when he went into cold
sleep. Now he had to find a place in this strange new world, one
without the means to wage war against an alien race raping the planet
of its young people. First, he had to build an army, navy and air
force from scratch while fending off attacks from the aliens and the
secret government that wanted to put him and his men back into cold
sleep or the grave.

 
 
Echo
of Tomorrow
The
Drake Chronicles Book 2
For
General Scott Drake the attack on four American cities by religious
fanatic using nuclear weapons destroyed his life as he knew it. Yet
in victory came defeat as he found three hundred years later in the
world he woke up in. One far different from the one he’d left behind
when he went into cold sleep. Now he and his men and women had to
find a place in this strange new world, one without the means to wage
war against an alien race raping the planet of its young people.
First, he had to build an army, navy and air force from scratch while
fending off attacks from the aliens and the secret government that
wanted to put him and his men back into cold sleep or the grave. Now
it was a race against time as they struggled to build a fleet while
fighting saboteurs with one hand and a religious fanatic on the
other. Now it was a question of if man could retain his place at the
top of the food chain, or be reduced to the status of sheep.

 
 
I

am a 65 year old retired mechanical engineer, ex-soldier, ex-sailor,
have mined and prospected for gold in the Amazon jungle in places no
white man has ever been, and generally tried to be a ‘jack of all
trades’ and turn my hand to many things. This came in handy when I
started to write, as I could draw on many different experiences, both
positive and negative to build my stories and characters. To me,
writing is similar to another activity that men do alone… no, not
that, I meant fishing (lol), in that it gives your mind a chance to
wander down strange pathways, and try to answer the question ‘What
if?’. Like many self published authors did before me, I posted my
stories before I had the means, or readership to edit or proofread
the stories, for which you have my apologies, and have attempted to
correct that oversight.  Like any good author, I try to write an
entertaining story of interest to a particular group of reader, i.e.
Sci-fi fans, and not to win an English essay contest, composition
award, or a spelling bee. With luck I have achieved that end, and beg
your indulgence, and hope you will overlook any irritating errors you
still may come across while reading and not let them detract from the
your overall enjoyment of the storytelling.
At
the moment I am working on Book Three of both ‘Echo of Tomorrow’
and ‘He Who Dares’.  During my ‘spare’ time I’m also
working on several short stories and plotting out sequels to a couple
of my other short stories.
Member of Sci-Fi Writers of
America
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Can a Princess be handicapped?

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
Just in time for Valentines and for your favorite lady, a new clean, young adult, medieval fantasy romance hit the market today. “A Golden Princess,” book three in A Royal Romance Series of Anna del C. Dye is a stand-alone story. You will find an array of characters, fears, love, endurance and heroes, between its pages. Enjoy!

About the book:

Small for her age, Princess Nyala is determined to be noticed and someday rule with fairness and valor in Kaloma. All changes when she looks upon the stars and they predict her accident. After she awakens to a broken body, her father takes to his goblet and she steps into power in her kingdom at sixteen.

Her father said that no man would choose a half-broken princess. Is that how Prince Nicolao sees her after the accident? Her heart is unsure and out of fear she keeps him away to avoid a broken heart.

As soon the other kingdoms in the land determine the predicament of the Royal House of Kaloma, they too will prey on her vulnerability to steal her kingdom. She will have to confront new foes or lose it all.

What other said about the book:

Review by Roseanne Wilkins: A Golden Princess is a story about overcoming hardship and finding true love. This story is a clean romance suitable for pre-teens. I enjoyed the story of love and loss and finding love again through hardship. There aren’t many tales put in a medieval setting that involve strong female characters, especially characters who are physically challenged. Much of the relationship-building between the main characters is told in past perspective after Princess Nyala is injured. Moments are lived through her memories. When Nyala accepts her injuries and moves forward, the story takes off. It was good to read a story where the main character has to face a life very different from what she had planned. I love happily-ever-after’s, and Anna del C. Dye knows how to deliver.

https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Princess-Royal-Romance-Book-ebook/dp/B01MZH8G6J/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1486502217&sr=1-1&keywords=A+Golden+Princess+by+Anna+del+C.+Dye#customerReviews

 

Anna Del C.’s previous book “Kingdom by the Sea” will be on sale at $0.99 from Feb. 10 to the 16
 
https://www.amazon.com/Kingdom-Sea-Royal-Romance-Anna-ebook/dp/B01BAE4OU6/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1487109151&sr=1-7&keywords=Anna+del+C.+Dye

 

About the Author:

Anna del C. Dye was born in Valparaiso, Chile amongst some of the world’s most famous beaches. She grew up the middle, after her twin, Elena. Her mother died when she was six, but Anna was lucky enough to find a new mother in her husband’s mother whom she loves dearly. Anna accredits her mother-in-law with teaching her many things in life.

After meeting Rodney, a native of Idaho, in her hometown, Anna traveled to Utah on Christmas Eve and married him two weeks later. An article about their love story, Why Me? was published in spring 2010 by Covenant in the book Angels Round About. Anna and Rodney reside in Taylorsville, Utah and are the parents of three princes and a princess.

Early on in her life, Anna showed an affinity for sewing and took classes that rewarded her with the opportunities of doing costuming for the cast of four musicals, and a movie, which she enjoyed immensely. She is in charge of the costumes for the Elf Court in Utah’s own Fantasy Con. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Anna is an accomplished, multi-award winning author. She received the Editor’s Choice Award from the International Library of Poetry. Second place for the first page of A Kingdom by the Sea. Bronze medal for Elfs in a Conquered Realm.  Her short story entitled Amerine—Fairy Princess won an award in the Oquirrh Writers contest and was published by Kalkion Magazine. Her article, A New American Mother, was published by Desert Saints Magazine. Other articles about family and relationships have been published frequently in the MOMS CLUB® of Salt Lake Valley-West.

She is the author of The Silent Warrior Trilogy and four other books in her Elf Series. Anna has also published an electronic book for sixth-graders name Emerine’s Nightmare. From her new A Royal Romance Series, A Golden Princess is the stand alone book three of this series.

Anna holds a yearly Book Drive in her community and has given more that 250 books to 6 different Elementary Schools and another 1000 to 3 different Senior Centers in Utah.

 

The links:

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MZH8G6J/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1486191291&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=A+Golden+Princess+by+Anna+del+C.+Dye

Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/701539

Exit Signs for you and me…

Thursday, February 9th, 2017
Exit
Signs
by
Patrice Locke
Genre:
Romantic Comedy
 
Researcher
Tracy Price is trying to find a dead writer and forget a live
musician.
Rock
star Jesse Elliot is sure Tracy is demented, and she believes he
wouldn’t recognize the truth in a lineup of Bibles. Their only hope
is to stop trying to read each other’s minds and start speaking
their own.
Anyone
who has ever had a crush, felt betrayed, or been forgiven will
appreciate Tracy’s struggle to claim the life she never knew she
wanted. 
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Jesse lunged toward me. It was too late. I had already launched. He reached out but
didn’t connect. Instead, I broke the trajectory of my upper body by
grabbing him at chest level and sliding down. He was pushed backward
into the table, which stabilized our ungainly host-parasite tableau.
He softened my landing so that physically I was fine, but my pride
was ready for intensive care. 
Heaped at his feet, like a demented penitent, I hugged his knees, my face pressed flat
into his thighs. I might as well stay down. What’s worse? To
stand up and face you, or remain here, nestled between your legs?
What do you think?
Then, the finishing touch: I erupted into
nervous, snorting laughter. He guessed there was no serious injury. 
It’s nice to see you, too. You are okay, aren’t you? Can you stand?” He
reached for my arms to unwrap them from his legs and help me up. I
jammed my eyelids together to conjure up a do-over, but no such
luck. 
I would have to deal with it. 
He held my elbows in his hands. “I guess we were both in a hurry to see each other.” 
I do appreciate your attempt to lighten the mood, but you are standing SO close. I
can feel your body heat. Or is that mine? By the way, you smell tart
and fresh, like a lime.
 
I stared at his shoulder. My dignity meter was stuck on empty. 
Enthusiastic greeting. Thanks for that.” He was blatantly amused. 
It was nothing.”
I stepped backward to regain a semblance of independence. Don’t
mock me. But, you did go to all the trouble to bring your hair. And
your eyes. I might forgive you for witnessing my disgrace. That
hair.
 
 
 
As
a journalist, Patrice Locke wrote a lot of stories with unhappy and
even tragic endings.
Facts are facts, and a writer doesn’t mess with facts.
But fiction is another world. Patrice began writing novels, where she can
control the endings and make them as happy as she wants. The best
thing about fiction, she says, is having time to think before her
characters speak, so they can say the things most of us only come up
with after the perfect moment has passed.
She loves to write, read, and watch romantic comedies where life always
turns out the way it should. Her only obsessive relationships are
with semicolons and Oxford commas.
Though she doesn’t like to brag, Patrice is an award-winning artist. She won
a gold and diamond watch when she was 13 for decorating a turkey
drumstick bone to look like Batman. Alas, that was her last
recognition in the fine arts.
Patrice lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, not far from her daughter Kaitlin,
eight hours from her son Trevor, and way too many miles from amazing
grandsons Alexander and Zackary.
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