Posts Tagged ‘Southern California’

Her only hope may rest in the Lord of the Dragons

Sunday, June 10th, 2018
Guardian’s
Nightmare
The
Last Princess of Latura Book 1
by
Darren Simon
Genre:
Middle-Grade/New Adult Fantasy
 
Charlee
Smelton is an average thirteen-year-old girl struggling to adapt
after her family moves to San Francisco. She thinks her biggest
obstacle is facing the bullies who brand her a nerd and a dweeb.
She’s wrong. Her life is about to change—for the worse. First,
she receives a gift of the ugliest, most old fashioned bike she has
ever seen. Try as she might to ditch it in the city, she just can’t
seem to escape that very mysterious two-wheeler. Then come the
visions of a world across a dimensional divide, a princess in fear
for her life and a dark knight pursuing her. Are they just dreams or
something more? For Charlee, everything she ever thought she knew
about herself soon crumbles as she starts down a path to discover her
true self, and she will need that hunk-of-junk bike more than she
could ever imagine. Without it, she might not be able to find the
hero in herself—the hero she must become to save her friends,
family, her city—the world—from an evil only she can defeat. An
evil she allows into this world.
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Guardian’s Return
The Last Princess of
Latura Book 2
 
A
month has passed since fourteen-year-old Charlee Smelton discovered
her magical abilities and faced her great aunt, Theodora, in a life
or death struggle to protect Earth. A month has passed since she
tricked Theodora back across the dimensional gateway that brought
Theodora to Earth. Since then, Charlee—now fully aware that she is
part of a noble bloodline from another world…another dimension…has
grown stronger in her magic, aided by her protector, a shapeshifter
sent to Earth to protect her.
But
the terrible dreams won’t stop.
Theodora
lives, and if Charlee’s dreams of death and fields of spilled blood
are true, her great aunt has avenged herself on that world across the
dimensional divide. 
Charlee
knows what she must do. The fight is not over. She must travel across
the gateway to the home of her ancestors and face Theodora one more
time. But doing so may cost Charlee more than her life. The same
medallion her great aunt desires so much—a medallion Charlee
possesses—could make her just as evil as her great aunt. 
Can
Charlee stave off the twisted tendrils of the medallion long enough
to defeat Theodora—for good—or will evil consume her? Can she
even survive so far from home? Her only hope may rest in the Lord of
the Dragons, but that beast turned his back on her grandfather long
ago…

 

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Darren
Simon resides in Southern California where he works as a college
English teacher after a career as a newspaper journalist. His love
for writing began with a love for reading when his grandmother gave
him a wonderful gift—a brown paper bag filled with comic books from
the 1960s and ’70s. From there, he moved on to Choose Your Own
Adventure
books. Eventually he discovered the works of J.R.R.
Tolkien, which solidified his interest in writing epic fantasy and
science fiction tales.
So
far, he has focused his writing on middle grade and young adult
fiction to inspire young readers just as he was inspired to read and
write at a young age.
He
self-published his first novel though iUniverse and immediately went
on to write the second book in the series. Upon completing the second
book, he decided to seek more traditional publishing. After countless
rejection letters, a small independent publisher—Divertir
Publishing—decided to pick up the series, a fantasy about a
teen-aged girl who learns her family is actually from an alternate
dimension, and only she has the power to protect Earth from a
sorceress from her world—who just happens to be her great aunt.
Divertir republished the first book, titled, Guardian’s
Nightmare
, in 2015. The second book in the series, Guardian’s
Return
, was released in April.
Darren
has also written another series—a young adult historical pirate
fantasy set in the golden age of piracy, mixing historical pirates
and pirate hunters with his fictional characters in a time-traveling,
swashbuckling tale. The first book in that series, The Dangerous
Legacy,
was published in 2016 by Tell-Tale Publishing. The second
book in the series, The Deadly Waters, is due out later this
year.
All
his books are available at Amazon.com and Barnes&noble.com.
Darren,
who lives with his wife, Sandra and two sons, Daniel and Jacob, and
two crazy dogs, in the Valley, is continuing to write and develop new
stories, including a young adult novel now in the hands of literary
agency.

 

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Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime -The clock is ticking…

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Gwen Gardner, Welcome to my blog. Tell us how long have you been writing?

 

Since 2010. I’ve been an avid reader my whole life, but when it comes to writing, I’m a late bloomer. To me, there is definitely a correlation between the two, although I didn’t connect them until much later in life. But once the writing bug bit me, there was no turning back.

I know what you mean. Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

 

I grew up a Navy brat and then married a gypsy, so travel runs in my veins. I love it! Although technically I’m a Southern California girl, I love the beach and the mountains with equal vigor. I love traveling through Europe, and I’m a complete anglophile. In fact, my story, A Stitch in Crime, takes place in the fictional village of Sabrina Shores in England. The architecture is older than you see here in the States, so you know that anything that old must hold secrets…and ghosts. I love telling their stories.

 

Secrets, Ghost…Wow. How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?

 

When an idea won’t go away, I’ll jot the idea down and revisit it a few times. If it still nags me, I’ll rough out an outline, to include the ending. If it still interests me, then I’ll write about it.

 

It makes sense. Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?

 

First and foremost, my husband. If not for him telling me it was okay to have dreams and chase after them, I doubt I would have ever pursued writing. Inspiration-wise, I admire J.K. Rowling with her fantastic world-building and storytelling ability. Her first Harry Potter book was turned down fifteen times! She didn’t give up. And surprisingly, Stephen King has inspired me. I don’t read horror, but his autobiographical book, On Writing, contains some very real lessons on the craft and the writing journey. He threw away his first draft of Carrie! Luckily his wife fetched it out of the bin. It helps to have someone who believes in you.

 

Hubbies, are awesome when they believe in you. What is the name of your book?

Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime is the name of the anthology to be published by Dancing Lemur Press on May 1, 2018. My story, A Stitch in Crime is the feature piece.

 

Sounds intriguing. Tell us more about it.

 

Perhaps a backcover blurb. A Stitch in Crime: Seasoned ghost whisperer Indigo Eady hoped for an easy haunting this time, but when she’s called out to the local Candy Cupboard, those hopes are dashed. A death spot appears where no one has recently died. She discovers that a child died in that very spot—sixty years ago. Why wait sixty years to return to the spot where you died?  It’s up to Indigo and her sidekick Franny to find out before it’s too late.

 

Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime

The clock is ticking…

Can a dead child’s cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail?

Exploring the facets of time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner, Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser, J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda RenEe, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary Aalgaard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting…

 

Is there a book trailer for your book?

 

I would love Dancing Lemur Press to make a trailer, but as of yet, there isn’t one.

 

Do you have a favorite character, why?

 

I love the interaction between Indigo and Franny. It couldn’t be a story without both of them. Sweet and funny, Indigo Eady is a young woman just trying to get by in the world, but her ghost whispering abilities play havoc with her life. Normality would be a true luxury. Her ghostly sidekick, Franny, is a former Victorian madam of some repute. Her well-meaning but interfering ways adds to the chaos in Indigo’s life—especially when she insists on finding a man for Indigo.

 

That is awesome. What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?

 

The world is so chaotic these days. All you have to do is turn on the TV or fire up the internet to get a massive dose of reality. For some, the everyday bombardment can be overwhelming. My lighthearted cozy mysteries will appeal to those people who want a break from the stress of real life. In my stories, there is no overt violence or sex. The bad guy is always caught and justice is always served. And of course, add a splash of mayhem, a dash of humor and a bit of pot stirring to make things more interesting, and the result is very satisfying!

 

I bet they are…. Do you have any advice for authors trying to break into the industry?

 

Every successful author’s advice I’ve read says to write, write, write. It’s true. There are no shortcuts to becoming a successful writer. You must write and study every craft book you can get your hands on. Success comes with practice. Forget how bad the first draft is. It’s through editing that your work begins to unfold properly.

 

What are this year’s goals?

 

I am in the process of editing another Indigo and Franny novel called, A Scandal in Boohemia, as well as a short story called, Lady Sings the Boos. I plan to publish them by the end of the year.

 

I can’t wait to read your work. Where can we find your book?

Amazon –

https://www.amazon.com/Tick-Tock-Stitch-Gwen-Gardner/dp/1939844541/

B&N – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tick-tock-gwen-gardner/1127886068?ean=9781939844545

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime

ITunes – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime/id1341413711?mt=11

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If one person can make a difference, just think what three can do

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
Triangle
of Hope
by
Michael Meyer
Genre:
Contemporary Fiction
 
If
one person can make a difference, just think what three can do. 

 

 

Clint
Westerly was a success until a fateful choice he makes tears his
world all apart. Tanya Wilshire is broke but hell-bent on committing
to her mother’s final deathbed request. 84-year-old Seamus Harrington
needs to right an ancient wrong before time runs out.

 

 

Filled
with grit and determination, these three people with three different
problems, an unlikely trio of unexpected allies, converge in a small
Irish town to form a Triangle of Hope against all odds. Together they
take a courageous stand that will forever change their world and that
around them.

 

 

If
you love feel-good reads with happy endings, then TRIANGLE OF HOPE is
for you. “If an author can make you cry for his characters then
want to hug them close and then want to do an Irish Jig with them to
celebrate overcoming that much pain then you know you have read a
book that will stay with you forever.”- Wanda Hartzenberg,
Wanda’s Amazing Amazon Reviewers

 

 

It
is a “fantastic read that will pull at your heart.” –
Lauren Alumbaugh, Goodreads librarian

 

 

SEMIFINALIST
FOR THE 2015 KINDLE BOOK AWARD IN LITERARY FICTION

 

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Michael
Meyer is the author of mysteries, thrillers, humorous fiction, and
non-fiction: Love and romance, laughter and tears, thrills and
fears. 
He
has resided in and has visited many places in the world, all of which
have contributed in some way to his own published writing. He has
literally traveled throughout the world, on numerous occasions. He
has lived in Finland, Germany, Thailand, Saudi Arabia (where COVERT
DREAMS – INTERNATIONAL SUSPENSE COLLECTION BOOK ONE – is set), and
the U.S. Virgin Islands (where DEADLY EYES – INTERNATIONAL SUSPENSE
COLLECTION BOOK TWO – is set). He gained the wanderlust to see the
world, to experience other cultures, at an early age, and this desire
has never left him. If anything, it has only gained in intensity as
he has aged. 

 

 

Among
the many unique things that have happened to him in his world
travels, he has walked the streets of Istanbul with a detective,
searching for a pickpocket who got him good. He has ridden on the
back of a motorcycle in Tehran while the driver, who spoke not one
word of English, pointed out all the sights to him. He has wrestled
an Iranian soldier who tried to break into his hotel room in Tehran.
He has had the paint completely stripped from his car as he drove
across Saudi Arabia in a sandstorm. He has stood on the stage of a
busy nightclub in Tokyo, singing “She’ll be Coming Round the
Mountain When She Comes” to an audience feeling no pain from the
Sake they were drinking. He has been chased by a family of mongooses
(yes, that is the correct spelling) on the idyllic Caribbean island
of St. Croix. And that is just the beginning of his long list of
worldly adventures.

 

 

As
a recent retiree from a forty-year career as a professor of writing,
he now lives in Southern California wine country with his wife,
Kitty, and their two adorable rescue cats.

 

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This is the true story of how love once again brought romance and laughter back into my life

Friday, April 6th, 2018
The
Three Kitties That Saved My Life
by
Michael Meyer
Genre:
A True Romance Memoir
137
pages
 
“This
is like drinking tea and honey on a cold day.”

 

 

FINALIST
for the 2014 RONE AWARD

 

A
True Romance Memoir

 

 

Love
was then.

 

Love
is now.

 

Love
is forever.

 

 

When
tragedy struck, I thought for sure that my own life was at an end. I
was wrong. This is the true story of how love once again brought
romance and laughter back into my life.

 

 

If
you love reading feel-good memoirs, then don’t miss THE THREE KITTIES
THAT SAVED MY LIFE, where “Mike Meyer pens a tender tale of
love, loss, and renewal. The depth of emotion is palpable…The Three
Kitties will tug at readers’ heartstrings, as they ride through the
emotional highs and lows of Mike Meyer’s remarkable story.” –
InD’tale Magazine

 

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Michael
Meyer is the author of mysteries, thrillers, humorous fiction, and
non-fiction: Love and romance, laughter and tears, thrills and
fears. 
He
has resided in and has visited many places in the world, all of which
have contributed in some way to his own published writing. He has
literally traveled throughout the world, on numerous occasions. He
has lived in Finland, Germany, Thailand, Saudi Arabia (where COVERT
DREAMS – INTERNATIONAL SUSPENSE COLLECTION BOOK ONE – is set), and
the U.S. Virgin Islands (where DEADLY EYES – INTERNATIONAL SUSPENSE
COLLECTION BOOK TWO – is set). He gained the wanderlust to see the
world, to experience other cultures, at an early age, and this desire
has never left him. If anything, it has only gained in intensity as
he has aged. 

 

 

Among
the many unique things that have happened to him in his world
travels, he has walked the streets of Istanbul with a detective,
searching for a pickpocket who got him good. He has ridden on the
back of a motorcycle in Tehran while the driver, who spoke not one
word of English, pointed out all the sights to him. He has wrestled
an Iranian soldier who tried to break into his hotel room in Tehran.
He has had the paint completely stripped from his car as he drove
across Saudi Arabia in a sandstorm. He has stood on the stage of a
busy nightclub in Tokyo, singing “She’ll be Coming Round the
Mountain When She Comes” to an audience feeling no pain from the
Sake they were drinking. He has been chased by a family of mongooses
(yes, that is the correct spelling) on the idyllic Caribbean island
of St. Croix. And that is just the beginning of his long list of
worldly adventures.

 

 

As
a recent retiree from a forty-year career as a professor of writing,
he now lives in Southern California wine country with his wife,
Kitty, and their two adorable rescue cats.

 

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Love might indeed be the only salvation

Saturday, November 25th, 2017
The
Dear Departed
by
Anne Roebuck
Genre:
Historical Paranormal Romance
 
The
widows of Victorian era San Francisco are dying of decidedly
unnatural causes, and to expose the culprit Virginia Paley must
partner with the darkly mysterious Jonathan Bradshaw, entering a
world of occult rituals and unexplainable phenomena—and magical
love. 

 

 


BEYOND
THE VEIL

 

 

Young
widow Virginia Paley has no interest in attending the séances at The
Society for Eternal Love, but the women of the society are dying
mysteriously in their sleep, leaving their fortunes to Professor
Arthur Chadwick, its charismatic medium. As her aunt might very well
become the next victim, Virginia will do whatever she must to ensure
that doesn’t happen. She will even join forces with the darkly
mysterious Jonathan Bradshaw.

 

 

From
the moment he spies her, Jonathan is smitten. But romance is
impossible. Mrs. Paley is a respectable woman, and he himself is
outside of society, an orphan, an ex-thief and a true wizard, able to
hypnotize with a word and even separate his spirit from his body. No,
he must instead remain focused on his goal, avenging his mentor’s
death. But, facing a foe with power over demonic forces and
Virginia’s very life in the balance, love might indeed be the only
salvation.

 

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From
my first poem at age 10 and my first short story at age 12, I can’t
help writing about my two favorite things – magic and love. An
unrepentant nerd, I started out in biomedical research but ended up
writing software manuals instead. I spent many years as a member of
science fiction and historical reenactment groups and I have been at
various times a Renaissance scholar, a druidess, a pirate wench, a
saloon floozy, a belly dancer and a chain-mail wearing warrior
maiden.

 

 


Still,
my first love is writing stories. It doesn’t matter whether the
story is set in the middle ages, Victorian times, the present day or
far in the future. If it has both love and magic in it, I will write
about it. I write not only romance but young adult historical fantasy
under the name of Ann Finnin.

 

 

I’m
a native of Southern California, and I live in the hills above Los
Angeles with my husband of forty years, Dave (a man who gave me an
electric typewriter as a wedding present) and a dog of Indeterminate
Breed named Rufus.

 

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The man with the scarred face drive the unwelcome secret to the surface

Monday, October 30th, 2017
Petals
by
Laurisa White Reyes
Genre:
YA Contemporary
 
On
Christmas Eve, a horrific car accident leaves Carly Perez without a
mom. After a year of surgeries and counseling, Carly’s life is
nearly back to normal—except for the monsters—vague, twisted
images from the accident that plague her dreams. When her father
insists on spending their first Christmas alone in Guatemala with a
slew of relatives Carly has never met, she is far from thrilled, but
she reluctantly boards the plane anyway.

 

 


That’s
where she first spots the man with the scarred face. She could swear
she has seen him before. But when? Where?

 

 

In
Reu, the Guatemalan town where her father grew up, Carly meets
Miguel, her attractive step-cousin, and thinks maybe vacation won’t
be a total waste after all. Though she is drawn to him, Carly’s
past holds her back—memories that refuse to be forgotten, and a
secret about the accident that remains buried in her subconscious.
And everywhere she turns, the man with the scarred face is there,
driving that unwelcome secret to the surface.

 

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The
author is running this tour alongside her fundraiser for Casa de
Sion, an orphanage/charity in Guatemala, which is where the book is
set. She is donating $1.00 for every book sold and also $1.00 for
every review of Petals posted on Amazon or Goodreads throughout the
month of November to Casa de Sion. Her goal is to raise $200. More
specific details can be found here: 
 
 http://laurisareyes.blogspot.com/2017/09/new-cover-reveal-and-fundraiser-your.html

 


What
can $200 do?

 

 


…feed
a mother and child for six months

 

…buy
shoes for 15+ children

 

 …educate
a child for 1/2 a year 

 

 …and
more!
 
 

 


Laurisa
White Reyes
 is
the author of the 2016 Spark Award winning novel 
The
Storytellers
,
as well as 
The
Celestine Chronicles 
and The
Crystal Keeper
 series.
She lives in Southern California where she teaches English at College
of the Canyons.
 
 
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Pistols and Poplin. Five brand-new sweet Western novellas by five of your favorite authors!

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

 

 

 
USA Today bestselling author Kirsten Osbourne knows how to write romance. Each book is an experience that transplants the reader, indulging them in decadence, intense emotion and sweeping love.
 
Hailing from the state of Wisconsin, she has lived in Texas for over thirty years as a mother, writer, and wife. Married to the love of her life for more than fifteen years, she knows that true love exists and shares that vision with the world.
 
She writes contemporary and historical romance as well and also ventures into the realm of paranormal romance. She invites you to join her in her world of fantasy, love, and make believe, no matter the location, where there is always a happily ever after at the end.

 

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Amelia C. Adams is the author of
twenty-five sweet Western romance novels, the mother of four children, and the
eater of chocolate cake and tacos. Many tacos. Too many tacos to count. Because
cheese. And meat. Meat and cheese.
She has hit the Amazon bestseller list
three times and has the screenshots to prove it. Even though she’s only been publishing Westerns for two years, she plans to do it forever and ever, or
until the cows come home, whichever happens first. She credits her own pioneer
heritage for this new interest, and is glad that she doesn’t have to wear
twelve petticoats to be considered modest. 

 

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Peggy L Henderson is an award-winning, best-selling western historical and time travel romance author of the Yellowstone Romance Series, Second Chances Time Travel Romance Series, Teton Romance Trilogy, and the Blemished Brides and Wilderness Brides Western Historical Romance Series. When she’s not writing about Yellowstone, the Tetons, or the old west, she’s out hiking the trails, spending time with her family and pets, or catching up on much-needed sleep. She is happily married to her high school sweetheart. Along with her husband and two sons, she makes her home in Southern California. 

 

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Carra Copelin is an award winning and Amazon Best Selling Author in contemporary and historical romances but, unlike
so many other authors, didn’t write from childhood or read long into the night
beneath the covers with a flashlight. She found romance novels as an adult.
After reading about a million, she discovered numerous people residing in her
head, all looking for a way onto the printed page.
She’s a member of Romance Writers of
America and Past President of Yellow Rose Romance Writers, plus she regularly contributes to romance blog, Smart Girls Read Romance. She is a member of The Daughters of the American Revolution and The Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

 

Carra and her hero live in North Central Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex where they enjoy family and
their three beautiful grandchildren. In addition to writing and researching with her fabulous critique partners, she enjoys playing Bridge, working on crochet projects, and tracking down relatives through genealogy.    
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A transplanted Scot, Margery now lives on a lake in Canada.
Although she grew up as far away from the old west as possible, she’s always had a love affair
with the men and women who settled the untamed land west of the Mississippi.
Glued to TV westerns like Maverick, Rawhide and Gunsmoke, and reading stories
of Annie Oakley, Roy Rogers and Rin Tin Tin, it was only natural that when she started writing, she wrote what she loved to watch and read. When she’s not writing or travelling in search of the perfect setting for her next novel, you can usually find her wielding a pair of knitting needles or a pool cue.
  
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“Five brand-new sweet
Western novellas by five of your favorite authors!
Mail Order Miller by
Kirsten Osbourne
No one wants to employ
Doris Miller, and no man is interested in her. Traveling two-thousand miles
across country to marry a stranger may seem strange to some, but it’s the
answer to her troubles.
Harvey Butler’s children
are the scourge of the town of Salmon, Oregon. When one of the women of the
town insists he needs a bride, he’s certain he could never find someone willing
to marry him. When he receives a response from Doris Miller, he’s convinced it
will be a marriage of convenience, and they will simply coexist. Will Doris be
able to change his mind about his future?
The Risk and the Reward by
Amelia C. Adams
Sybil James has worked her
way up and is now employed as the ladies’ maid for Lady Douglas, a wealthy
woman of distinction. When Lady Douglas decides to travel to America to visit
her son, she gives the girl a chance to see the world and experience things she
could only dream about before.
Grant Douglas is enjoying
his life as an American businessman, all the while knowing that he’ll
eventually return to England to run the family estate. Circumstances force his
hand early and he must drop everything to set things to rights–one of those
things being the stewardship of a lovely young ladies’ maid who finds herself
without a home.
Two very different worlds
collide . . . two hearts must decide what it is they most want.
Emmeline: Bride of
Arkansas
by Carra Copelin
Emmeline Weidner was left
at the altar by her intended. Seeking to heal her bruised feminine ego, she
moves in with her sister. While learning to cope with her new life, she
discovers she isn’t content to live the life of a spoiled society woman. Can
she let go of her newfound independence when the right man comes along?
Lincoln Bass returns to
Flat Rock Point, Arkansas a year after the accident that almost cost his life.
His former employer has asked him for help at the lumber mill. He is
apprehensive, but feels he owes the man who saved his life. Then he crosses
paths with the most delectable, yet bewildering female he’s ever encountered.
In His Thoughts by Peggy
L. Henderson
Assigned to a position in
the newly formed Yellowstone National Park, life seems like it couldn’t get any
better for Ben Ferguson. But patrolling for poachers is fraught with danger,
and he soon finds his future looking bleak. Images of a blue-eyed guardian
angel are the only thing he has to pull him from the edge of death.
Crazy. Worthless.
Demon-possessed. Clara Youngblood has been labeled many things by people who
cannot understand the challenges she must confront every day within her own
mind. When all seems dark, a glimmer of hope appears in the form of a retired
soldier.
Ben and Clara wouldn’t
have chosen the circumstances that brought them together, but they soon
discover their importance in rescuing each other.
The High Stakes Bride by
Margery Scott
Chloe Taggart has one
goal—to leave Rocky Ridge as soon as possible and see the world. She has no
intention of ever being under a man’s thumb, and she has no desire to spend her
life cooking and cleaning when she could be sailing the Pacific or touring
ancient Greek ruins.
Even though Austin Hayward
is content with his life on his ranch, it would be perfect if he had a wife to
share it with. Unfortunately, there is only one woman he’s interested in
marrying—Chloe Taggart. Chloe and Austin have known each other for years, but
she’s never looked at him as anything more than a friend.
When Chloe’s father loses
his diner to Austin in a poker game, Austin makes her a proposition—her father
will get his diner back, and Austin will get Chloe.”
 
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The Risk and the Reward by Amelia C. Adams
 
Random
Facts:
1.     I absolutely have to check
my email first thing in the morning. It’s a compulsion—if I don’t do it, I
can’t function.
2.     I tend to write all my
books at the very last second. I don’t know why. I keep trying to get more
organized . . . it hasn’t worked yet.
3.     Yes, I have worn my bonnet
in public, and not just on Halloween. Bonnet likes outings.
4.     Ice water is the most
perfect beverage ever. With lots and lots of ice.
5.     I would rather take naps
than almost anything else in the world.
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Mr. Withers sat across from them, a
stack of papers spread out for easy access. He first read all the parts of the
will that pertained to Grant, and then he read the parts that pertained to
Sybil. He then took an envelope, passed it across the table to Sybil, and
advised her to visit the bank after leaving his office.
“You deducted the money spent on me
in America, I’m sure?” Sybil asked as she tucked the envelope into her
reticule.
“Actually, I’d like you to consider
your time in America as a gift from me,” Grant said. He felt terrible about
everything that had happened, and if he could ease his conscience in any way,
he would do it.
She turned to him with eyes of fire.
“I beg your pardon?”
“Please, it’s a gift. You deserve the
full sum of your inheritance.”
She sat up a little straighter. “Do
you mean to tell me that I’m to consider the clothing and the stay in the
Palace Hotel a gift? Lord Douglas, that might be one of the most offensive
things anyone has ever said to me. No respectable woman, whether high bred or
low, would accept such personal things from a man. It’s insulting and
demeaning.” She pulled the envelope back out and tossed it at him. “I
respectfully request that you remove the appropriate amount of money from that
envelope, sir.”
Grant was thoroughly taken aback.
“Honestly, Sybil, I had no idea—”
“Miss James will suit, Lord Douglas.”
Her voice was so cold and her eyes were so hard, he had no reasonable choice
but to open the envelope and withdraw some of the money. He couldn’t remember
all the sums, so he made a guess and passed the envelope back to her. “Thank
you. Now I believe I’ll be on my way.”
 
 
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Descendants of ancient gods

Friday, May 26th, 2017
From
Gods
Descendant
Prophecies Book 1
by
Mary Ting
Genre:
Urban Fantasy
 
***2013
InD’Tale RONE Award Finalist for YA****
Did
you just see a flash of lightning across the sky on a clear sunny
day?
Don’t
blame Mother Nature.
Skylar
Rome can’t wait to spend her last summer before college with her
cousin, Kayla. Everything changes when they meet the Grand brothers.
Skylar is sure she should stay away from Mason Grand, but their
attraction is undeniable. Then Skylar’s life erupts into turmoil.
She steps into a world where descendants of ancient gods have super
powers, evil beings chase her, and questions arise about her own
identity. She is running out of time and running for her life, while
trying to unravel the mystery of what they want from her.
Forced
into a battle set into motion long before she was born, will Skylar
find the answers she seeks, or will she die trying?
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A
mysterious stranger enters Skylar’s inner circle, destroying her
precarious peace. She begins college amid new secrets, emerging
powers, fresh dangers, and a potential stepfather.

 

In
New Olympus, a hidden dwelling place for descendants of the gods, she
finally gets answers. But can she trust them? Skylar and the Grand
family must work together with these descendants to discover the key
to their rescue from the evolving, evil vultures of Hades.
As
the threat increases, Skylar must learn to control her newfound
powers and decide who to trust before it’s too late.
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Faced
with an impossible choice, Skylar and the other descendants embark on
a deadly quest to the underworld to confront Hades, who has been
plotting to kill them all.
They
discover the ancient gods are not dead, as once believed, but are
instead held captive in a secret location. In order to save the world
from destruction at the hands of Hephaestus, the descendants must
rescue their ancestors, the gods of Olympus.
Skylar
learns more about her bloodline and her powers, but there is a heavy
price to pay. The darkest forces known to man are about to return to
reclaim their stolen kingdom.

 

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Prophecies Book 4
 
Everyone
is searching for Mason.
Zeus
sent Hermes, and the Oracles have used their magic, with no success.
A sparkle of hope arises when Eris, the goddess of Chaos, sends an
invitation to her wedding engagement party. She’s holding Mason
hostage, and Skylar and her friends only need permission to enter
Eris’s world to rescue him.
At
the party, Eris gives them one condition: In exchange for Mason, they
must travel to the Land of Reverse and bring back the bottle of gold
water King Midas used to wash himself free of his gift. Further chaos
follows when Eris not only sets up a hunt in the Labyrinth of Crete,
but makes a bargain with the Titans she rescued.
The
Titans possess power more than anyone anticipated, and Cronus is
hungry for revenge after his own children locked him up in Tartarus.
No one is safe. Not even the humans.
 
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Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California
with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making
jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by
chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother,
and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she
started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It
was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen
name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote
literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.
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Gloria’s Song by Kathryn Albright

Friday, April 7th, 2017
Kathryn Albright grew up in southern California where she sets many of her sweet western romances. A Golden Heart finalist and
recipient of the HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, she writes historical romance
that celebrates courage and hope against all odds with a dash of adventure.

Her enjoyment of historical romantic fiction began as a teenager when she was
given the novel Ramona ~ set in southern California after the Mexican-American War. A few thousand books later, she still enjoys reading romance set in the past. (She also loves fairy tales and all things Disney.)
Kathryn’s past includes careers as a nurse and an obstetrical sonographer where
daily she witnessed many “happy ever afters” and miracles.Kathryn’s latest western historical romances for Harlequin are
“sweet” although her earlier stories were not. Please check her
website if you are wondering what brought on the change ~Why
Sweet?
Along with her writing, Kathryn also judges for the Romance Writers of America
Rita contest for published writers and the Wisconsin Romance Writers FabFive contest
for unpublished writers.

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Gloria Palmer has
always done the proper thing expected of her as the daughter of a shipping
tycoon. The approval of her family and friends mean everything. And yet, when
the perfect suitor offers for her… she hesitates.
Colin McDougal has
little use for those living on the fancy side of the trolley tracks. He is too
busy managing the family pub and, in his spare time, writing down the lively
tunes in his head. So, when Miss Palmer asks for his help to prepare for a
music audition, he is flummoxed. What does he know of highbrow music?
But with each practice
session, their feelings for each other grow. When it comes time for Gloria to
make a choice between what is proper and what she desires, will she realize
that if music can cross class lines, it might also be able to harmonize two
hearts.

 

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“Gloria!”
George’s
voice penetrated her thoughts.
His
dark eyes held a glint of amusement. “You dropped your reticule. Was it on
purpose?” he chided as though talking to a child. He picked up her property, brushed
off a trace of mud from the snow and soot tracked in on the plank flooring, and
then handed it back to her. “Are you testing me?”
 
She
looped the drawstrings of the bag over her wrist and refrained from answering.
He was only teasing her. It hadn’t been on purpose at all. And not a test. Of
course, George would pick it up. She had no doubt as to his attentiveness or
chivalry toward her. He never dropped things, never faltered. He made her feel
at once treasured like a princess and wanting like a child in the same moment. 
 
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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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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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Engines of Liberty Series… a steampunk or alternate history?

Friday, August 12th, 2016

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The book:

REBEL HEART

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In 1776, the American rebels were thwarted by British magic. The leaders were executed, but the surviving soldiers went into hiding and kept the revolution alive. By 1984 they have developed better weapons and machinery to even the odds. Now all these “technomancers” need is an army for their arsenal, and their newest recruit is 15 year-old Calvin Adler of Baltimore. The problem is, he’s got a pretty strong will, and might give the technomancers at bit of trouble in training…

SUICIDE RUN

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Calvin learns that the technomancers aren’t all good guys like he’d thought, and soon runs afoul of the worst of them. Now, with a bomb in his chest and a lot of ground to cover, he has a little over a week to save his life, or else become another casualty in the revolution. Meanwhile, an old enemy comes back stronger than ever, with ambition to spare…

PATRIOT’S GAME

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Calvin is on the brink of death. The army is scattered, the commodore is dead, and the British mages know about the technomancers’ secret weapon. Just as all hope seems lost, Calvin and his friends find out the mages have a weakness, one that could end the war overnight and liberate the colonials.
But it will take a miracle to reach it…

The Interview:

Graham, how long have you been writing? I started in 1993 as a third grader, but started pursuing it seriously about ten years ago and I’ve been trying to get better ever since.

Wow! Tell us where you were born and where do you live now. Southern California then, Southern Nevada now. I am very much a product of the desert.

Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer? Oh jeez. There is no right answer to this! I have been blessed with many great influences and mentors. I guess my third grade teacher was the one who really started this whole thing though. I give her lots of credit.

What is the name of your Serie? and what genre? The series is “Engines of Liberty,” and the books are REBEL HEART, SUICIDE RUN, and PATRIOT’S  GAME. They are a bit of fantasy, alternate history, and steampunk. Aimed at YA but good for all ages.

Tell us more about it. Perhaps a back cover blurb. The Brits used magic to win the American Revolution in 1776. Two hundred years later the Americans have built a huge army with steam and gas engines, plus a ton of firepower, and they want a rematch. Romance and adventure abound!

So interesting… What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives? Take an interest in history and open your imagination. I was a diligent daydreamer in my childhood and it brings me immense joy, I hope others take it up.

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