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Will Virginia’s chosen vocation fill the empty spaces in her heart?

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

 

My name is Robyn Echols. Zina Abbott is the pen I use for my historical novels. I’m a member of Women Writing the West and Western Writers of America. I currently live with my husband in California’s central valley near the “Gateway to Yosemite.”I love to read, quilt, work with digital images on my photo editing program, and work on my own family history.

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Will Virginia’s chosen vocation
fill the empty spaces in her heart?
It is 1858. With both parents dead,
Virginia Atwell lives with her older brother, Jefferson, and his family in
Booneville, Missouri. Under the pseudonym, V. A. Wellington, she secretly has
been submitting articles to a well-respected investigative journal about
controversial topics. To her dismay, she learns her family plans to buy new
farmland in the wilds of central Kansas Territory, making it almost impossible
for her to continue her clandestine article submissions. More importantly,
Virginia is terrified of the prospect of living so close to hostile Indian
tribes and dying by their hands because they resent white Americans moving onto
their traditional buffalo hunting grounds.
Virginia persuades her brothers to
give her a share of their parents’ inheritance so she may attend one of the few
colleges in Ohio that accepts female students. There, she finds Avery Wilson,
one of her professors and fellow boarder at Bettina Calloway’s boarding house,
resentful of female students, conceited and annoying, especially after his
criticism and resentment directed towards the author, V. A. Wellington, whose
articles are published while his submissions are rejected.
Virginia’s publisher insists V. A.
Wellington meet with him in person in St. Louis to discuss a new assignment.
When her landlady insists she cannot travel alone, Avery, curious about
Virginia’s secretive meeting and unable to resist his growing attraction to the
irritating but brilliant student, offers to escort her.
Once the editor discovers his star
contributor is a woman, he refuses to send her to write about conditions on the
Kaw reservation and the proposed treaty the government intends to impose on the
natives. Hoping to favorably impress the editor, Avery offers to pose as
Virginia’s fiancé in order to accompany and protect her on her assignment. Her
heart goes out to the Kaw, but what can fill the empty spaces of her heart?

Virginia’s
Vocation is also part of the author’s Atwell Kin series

 

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…He
then turned to face her while shaking his head in resignation. “All right. Go
try on a few pair to see which fit best. Just be aware, we will expect you to
put those gloves to good use.”
            Of
course.
Virginia could not help the
disgruntled directions of her thoughts. Anything
to further the achievement of your goals for the future. If you knew
mine, you would laugh them into the ground.

 

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The trouble is that Patrick is anything but average–he’s a fallen hybrid angel

Sunday, May 19th, 2019
Heart
of a Hunter
Hell
On Heels Book 1
by
Tamela Miles
Genre:
Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance  
 
Life
has never been kind to teen, Elle Connor. With a troubled home life,
the gritty, violent streets of Los Angeles have become her home. She
never questions her superhuman abilities until she encounters, in a
fight or die situation, a guardian angel Tagas, who reveals her holy
origins as one in a long history of demon hunters. She also has her
eye on her attractive classmate, Brandon. 

 

 

Problems
arise when Elle finally realizes that life as a hunter is fraught
with tragedies and is deeply lonely. Elle is presented with a choice
– follow her calling from God as a hunter or live a “normal”
life with love. Can Elle tip the scales in favor of what’s good or
will she become just another casualty in the eternal war between good
and evil?

 

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Dark
Deliverance
Hell
On Heels Book 2
 
Elle
Connor’s life is as grim as she had always feared. Years of demon
slaying have left her with nothing to show for her trouble. She’s
convinced a “normal” life was never meant for
her. 

 

 

Patrick
Holt wants nothing more than to be away from the holy wars and has
lived quietly for years as an average human. The trouble is that he’s
anything but average–he’s a fallen hybrid angel.

 

 

When
Tagas the guardian angel pairs them up to investigate the brutal
slayings of young women in Los Angeles, Elle wants nothing to do with
Patrick. As Elle and Patrick begin to understand each other,
irritation is forgotten and fiery passion ignites between them. “No
ties” is how they both live, but Elle soon begins to long for
much more. As they become sucked deeper into the mysterious killings,
Elle fears that, in this battle, Hell will win.

 

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Hath No Fury
Hell
On Heels Book 3
 
Elle
and Patrick have settled into a life of peaceful domesticity with
their infant daughter after years of battling in the holy wars.
However, Hell’s agents haven’t forgotten about them. When Pyro
unleashes his torment in the worst way, Elle and Patrick must find a
way to save their child and hold onto each other in the face of
incredible evil. Will Hell have the last word in a battle that forces
Elle to return to the darkness inside herself?
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Tamela
Miles is a California State University San Bernardino graduate
student with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and a
former flight attendant. She grew up in Altadena, California in that
tumultuous time known as the 1980s. She now resides with her family
in the Inland Empire, CA. She’s a horror/paranormal romance writer
mainly because it feels so good having her characters do bad things
and, later, pondering what makes them so bad and why they can never
seem to change their wicked ways.

 

 

 

She enjoys emails from
people who like her work. In fact, she loves emails. She can be
contacted at 
tamelamiles@yahoo.com or
her Facebook page, Tamela Miles Books. She also welcomes reader
reviews and enjoys the feedback from people who love to read as much
as she does.

 

 

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Those destined to be together prove love is stronger than any obstacles life throws their way

Monday, April 29th, 2019
Luke
Hamill: Before Faithful Falls
Faithful
Falls Prequel
by
Elle Linder
Genre:
Contemporary Romance 
 
Semper
Fi and honor above all else

 

 

Luke
Hamill, staunch in his convictions, is a family man who will go to
any length to preserve his marriage, even leave his beloved Marines.
After his final tour of duty, his life is upended by the two people
he trusted most. Now, a new course is set, one that takes him to
Faithful Falls, Idaho.

 

 

In
this prequel to
Stay
With Me, Julia,

discover
what drove Luke to leave all that he knows, and discover Faithful
Falls. Even though the road ahead is bumpy, it leads Luke to abundant
love and a strong community beyond the horizon. Meet some friendly,
unique locals and get comfy in the little tourist town, where those
destined to together prove love is stronger than any obstacles life
throws their way.

 

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Faithful Falls Book 1
 
She
is only to be in Idaho for three months.

 

 

Her
task is simple: run the lakeside resort in her aunt’s absence and
return to her life in Los Angeles.

 

 

Easy.
Or maybe not.

 

 

Ruggedly
handsome Luke Hamill—Brook Trout Resort’s grounds
manager—instantly piques her interest. A former Marine and divorced
father of two, Luke introduces Julia to small town living and a
passionate love like she’s never known. The mountain man is the
total package: tender, strong, sexy, and honorable. He could be
everything Julia wants… except for his problematic and meddling
ex-wife.

 

 

Julia
is smart, sensible, and irresistible, and she immediately captures
Luke’s heart with her playful tenderness and saucy independence.
Now he can’t imagine his life without her.

 

 

As
Julia’s departure nears, Luke’s mission is clear: show her their
love can conquer anything life throws their way.

 

 

Can
Julia embrace her feelings for Luke, and will they be enough to keep
her in Faithful Falls? Or will the challenges of a blended family
make her abandon it all and head back to Southern California?

 

 

Stay
With Me, Julia, is the first book in the Faithful Falls series, where
those destined to be together prove love is stronger than the
obstacles threatening to tear them apart.

 

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Love
Me, Lauren
Faithful Falls Book 2
 
She
wants more than a one-night stand.

 

 

Lauren,
a fiercely independent woman, is afraid to commit. Still, she
secretly desires to fall in love.

 

 

Could
it be that simple?

 

 

Enter
Rick, ex-Marine and single dad, who is looking for a fresh start in
Faithful Falls. He has big plans to open a brewery, and no time for
love. When he crosses paths with Lauren, her formidable lure is
irritating yet irresistible, and sparks fly.

 

 

Unexpectedly,
Lauren is rattled when her past collides with her present, exposing
her fears and insecurities. Once the truth is revealed, it may
destroy Rick’s plans, her dreams, and their future.

 

 

Can
they find the courage to face down Lauren’s demons together and
ignite the fire and passion that leads them to their
HEA?

 

 

Love
Me, Lauren

is
the second book in the Faithful Falls series. Reconnect with Luke and
Julia and the quirky characters of this little Idaho tourist
town.

 

 

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Elle
lives in NW Minnesota (or the Frozen Tundra, as she likes to call it)
with her family. She has lived in all four corners of the U.S., and
as a native California country girl, her heart yearns for the Pacific
Coast. The One That Matters is Elle’s first novel.

 

 

Elle
is currently wrapping up several novels in the Faithful Falls series,
which include:

 

 

Love
Me, Lauren

 

Trust
Me, Tiffani

 

Choose
Me, Erika

 

Forgive
Me, Kandace

 

 

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If you enjoy intrigue, conspiracy and romantic suspense, Ragnarok will grip your imagination and not let go

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
Ragnarok
Worlds
Collide Book 1
by
Michael Smorenburg
Genre:
Fantasy, Romantic Suspense
 
A
secret NASA experiment gone wrong, the chaos that erupts, and one
reporter seeking the truth who chases leads where she shouldn’t.

 

 

On
a flight from Paris to Los Angeles Tegan Mulholland is intrigued &
charmed by Pete, the mysterious stranger sitting beside her. But when
their plane almost falls from the sky and other jets in her vicinity
wink from the radar, the official explanations that follow reek to
Tegan’s retired investigative journalist mind of cover up.

 

 

What
is not declared:

 

A
secret NASA experiment has warped a column of time instead of space,
plucking with it the planes out of our era, and a band of Norse
warriors from the Vinland colony millennia ago into our epoch.

 

Rowing
eastward and back to Iceland, the contrail of Tegan’s plane appearing
after the strange aurora and moving westward high above, the Norsemen
conclude are Odin’s order to return to Vinland and unknowingly toward
the modern day Canadian coast, where, just days–yet a thousand years
before–the 
skraeling Indians
had driven them out.

 

 

As
news reports flood Tegan’s living room of bloodshed and massacre,
speculating about which gang of roughly dressed bearded marauders are
responsible for mass-murder around the quiet Canadian coast, Tegan
develops a hunch that there is more to the story than it seems. She
quits her Hollywood Exec job and embarks on an odyssey that leads
inexorably ever closer toward the Norsemen’s hidden lair.

 

 

Only
Pete, the Lockheed consultant she had steadily fallen in love with
during the harrowing flight and since, has any hope of saving
her.

 

 

If
you enjoy intrigue, conspiracy and romantic suspense, Ragnarok will
grip your imagination and not let go.

 

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entrepreneur with a passion for marketing, in 1995 Michael moved to
California where he founded a business consultancy and online media
and marketing engine in the burgeoning internet. In 2003 he returned
to South Africa where he launched a security company. In 2015 he
divested of the business to write full time. Michael’s greatest love
is the ocean, keeping up with the latest breakthroughs in science,
understanding the cosmos and sharing all he learns.

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However, Mother Nature will always have the last word and she isn’t done yet

Sunday, April 14th, 2019
Day
After Disaster
The
Changing Earth Series Book 1
by
Sara F. Hathaway
Genre:
Dystopian
 
“How
fragile everything had been. People walked through life everyday
taking it all for granted, their cars, their cell phones, their
lattes, their dramatic social issues and their medical problems.
”
She
started her day at her home in the mountains just like any other.
There was nothing unusual about making the familiar drive down to
Sacramento to go to work. Then in a flash Mother Nature decided it
was time to create a new landscape. Follow the journey of a dynamic
young woman, mother and wife, Erika, as she is thrust into a world
turned upside down by a series of natural disasters. Alone in a
mutilated city, she must navigate the path home, back to her family.
Not knowing if they are alive or dead, Erika calls upon all of her
survival instincts to traverse this broken environment. Will she make
it home? Will her family still be alive? What will Mother Nature dish
out next?
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Land
The
Changing Earth Series Book 2
 
“I
thought I was entering a brave new world of freedom but I walked
right into the arms of soldiers I thought were there to protect me…
They told us we were going to live at this ‘happy’ camp where we
would be cared for until the country was stabilized.”
Erika
thought America would let freedom reign forever but nine years after
the Great Quake the reaction by the American Government was quite
different. The Day after Disaster brought hardships to the world. The
American citizens fought valiantly to bring back some sense of
normalcy in a world that was shaken to bits. Many people were left
landless and those still in possession of land had many obligation to
fulfill for the citizens left fighting for their lives. Erika and her
family are just another group left landless and forced to find their
way in this new government construct. They are caught between a
yearning for the freedoms they used to take for granted and a will to
fit in and excel in this new landscape. However, Mother Nature will
always have the last word and she isn’t done yet.
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The
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“I
just hope I…Have the spirit to go on fighting. Have the power to
take on forces that are so much bigger than me.”

On the run, Erika, her
husband, Vince, and their children flee the government forces in
search of a new life. The Great Quake ten years ago left the United
States devastated. FEMA camps sprouted up in Regional Districts to
control the chaos and separate the landowners from the refugees.
Erika and her family spent nine years as refugees in the camp before
they found out that Vince’s parents were still alive and they were
searching for them. The Las Vegas FEMA Director, realizing his
mistake, attempted to have the family eliminated to save his career.
Vince and Erika take their family’s future into their own hands and
flee the camp in a cross country action packed adventure. Will they
find Vince’s parents? Will society accept them again? Can they accept
this new government system?
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Battle
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The
Changing Earth Series Book 4
 
“I’ve
come to realize that staying true to your values and loyal to the
people you love can make you into a legend…We must fight the hatred
and fear that is crippling the spirit of our country.”
Unsure of the loyalty
of her mentor, Erika and Vince take drastic measures to ensure the
safety of their loved ones. After trying to merge back into an
American society severely altered by the repercussions of the first
Great Quake ten years before, Erika and Vince are unsure whom to
trust. Time has spread the people they love out across the country
and another Great Quake is imminent. One thing is for sure: they will
not let their loved ones be annihilated by disaster. As the Federal
Government takes steps to eliminate any signs of resistance among its
citizens, Erika and Vince seek refuge in the free south where they
can find help to rescue their friends and family from the Las Vegas
FEMA camp. Can they make it in time? Are their loved ones still
alive? Who is loyal to a freedom that was once provided under the
Constitution?
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The Changing Earth
Series Book 5
 “I wanted to give
up so many times. Take my family and find a hole to crawl into, but I
believe in a country that once stood for something beautiful. A
supreme message that gave all its citizens equal rights to exist.”
As the Earth continues
to unleash a series of natural disasters at the surviving
inhabitants, Erika finds herself hiding from the federal forces
aiming to eliminate her. Rapidly trying to adjust to new
circumstances, the refugees from the Earth’s fury spread out into
new geographic regions, searching for someplace safe to live. The
Federal Government’s grip on its lands tightens, as food becomes
scarce and overpopulation intensifies. Fighting for control of the
West, the world is turned upside down as the unthinkable happens to
the planet and Erika’s family. Is this the end of life as they know
it? Who will survive to continue the fight for the freedom of the
American people?
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Author
Sara F. Hathaway is an individual with an insatiable urge for
learning. She grew up in the woods of Michigan, fishing, hunting,
gardening, canning, and horseback- riding with her family. She loved
to learn about the stories of times past from her great-grandparents
and grandparents. After moving to the rural mountain landscape of
California, she attended the California State University of
Sacramento and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in General
Business Management. She managed many businesses, all while working
on the manuscript for her first novel, Day After Disaster.
Eventually, she realized that her passion for the outdoors and
learning about survival techniques outweighed her passion for the
business world. Sara still lives in Northern California with her
husband and two sons, where she is at work on the next installment of
The Changing Earth series.
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A great works of fiction that explore the universal desire to belong

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019
The
Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman
by
Robin Gregory
Genre:
Fantasy, Magical Realism
Early
1900s, Western America. A lonely, disabled boy with a nasty temper
and uncontrolled mystical powers, Moojie is taken by his father to
his grandfather’s wilderness farm. There, Moojie meets an
otherworldly clan of outcasts that he wants to join. Following a
series of misadventures–magical and mystical–he is summoned by the
call to a great destiny … if only he can survive one last
terrifying trial.

 

 

Having
won a number of awards, Robin Gregory’s The Improbable Wonders of
Moojie Littleman is being lauded as a classic. A haunting, visionary
tale spun in the magical realist tradition of Gabriel Garcia
Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude and Madeleine L’Engle’s A
Wrinkle in Time, the profoundly unique voice and heart-stirring
narrative recall great works of fiction that explore the universal
desire to belong.

 

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GREGORY is a devoted wife and mother, and student of mystical
teachings. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she grew up in California,
accompanied by seven siblings, and surrounded by horses, real
cowboys, and the occasional rattlesnake. She has always been drawn to
helping others, a trait that began, to her mother’s horror, with
bringing home swallow chicks stricken from their nests. She has
worked as a journalist, lay minister, and infant massage instructor
for mothers and babies at risk. Her studies include Literature and
Creative Writing at University of California, Santa Cruz and Stanford
University’s Writer’s Workshop. She lives with her husband and
son in a Carmel cottage old enough to make you sneeze. “The
Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman” is her first published
novel.
 
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Casey Wheeler is fleeing from her abusive and unfaithful husband

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

 

 

“I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, the second of four children. Growing up with the influence of a long line of teachers with a passion for classical education, my time was filled with lessons in violin, cello, piano, ballet…and not-so-classical Girl Scouts and softball.
At the age of twelve, I traveled throughout Europe with my Grandmother and aunts, who filled my days with the shared reading of classics such as Jane Eyre and Sherlock Holmes, developing my love of literature early on.
I pursued my love of literature into college, earning a Bachelor’s of English, a Master’s of Education, and I am currently working to complete a Master’s in English.
My first novel, All the Wrong Places, started as a short story for a creative writing course and chronicles many of my experiences living in a mortuary, raising my daughter on my own and discovering my Christian faith.
My years in college writing programs have left me with a varied collection of short stories, plays and poetry covering many personal experiences from teenage rebellion to single-motherhood and spiritual awakening.
While writing and continuing my own education, I taught High School English in an attempt to pass my love of literature and writing on to others, and continue to share that passion with students and other aspiring writers.
I currently spend my days pursuing my creative dreams and reaching out to women to share my experience, strength and hope as a survivor of sexual assault and domestic abuse. 
I reside in Eagle, Idaho with my husband,  and my very large cat. “

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Driving aimlessly through the stormy suburbs of San Francisco, Casey Wheeler is fleeing from her abusive and unfaithful husband with her five year old daughter Maddy asleep in the backseat. With nowhere to go and no one to turn to, Casey loses control of her emotions and her car, crashing into a hillside below a mortuary. 
 
Desperately seeking shelter, and more so independence, she finds herself taken in by the mortuary director who apprehensively offers her a job and a place to live. As she stumbles through the ins and outs of her new and morbid surroundings, Casey is forced into a hostile custody battle with her relentless and increasingly violent husband. 
 
In the midst of all the chaos, she finds a new family and even love in the eccentric and protective people of Golden Oaks Funeral Home. But just when she has found all she could hope for, she will have to fight to the death to protect it.

 

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He was so becoming in his black suit, and I felt a slight and unfamiliar
kind of attraction to him. He had a warm smile spread across his face that made
me feel at home. What an odd feeling. Nobody had taken me in like he had, not
without an expectation of something in return. Would there be an
expectation?
 

 

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My husband was barely cold in the ground, when Mr. Crane showed up to tell me I needed to be out of our home by the end of that week

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

 

 

My name is Robyn Echols. Zina Abbott is the pen I use for my historical novels. I’m a member of Women Writing the West and Western Writers of America. I currently live with my husband in California’s central valley near the “Gateway to Yosemite.”I love to read, quilt, work with digital images on my photo editing program, and work on my own family history.

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A widow with two small children, Nissa Stillwell was forced out of the mining supervisor’s house after her husband died in the mine disaster in Wildcat Ridge, Utah. She quickly learns before his death, he went heavily into debt. She leaves what few possessions remain behind and contracts with the Ridge Hotel to do their laundry and live in the laundry shed and drying yard next to the hotel. She is able to make ends meet—barely.
          Being left with only the furnishings and personal items that make up James Stillwell’s estate, Mortimer Crane goes after Nissa to pay the balance owed. She refuses, but he insists she work off the debt in his Gentlemen Only Salon.
          Rancher Dallin Walsh has been too busy building up his spread in the isolated mountains of western Colorado to look for a wife. He comes to Wildcat Ridge for a big horse auction. Between Crane and three drifters, he comes to Nissa’s defense more than once. Desperate to leave Wildcat Ridge, Nissa asks him to hire her as a housekeeper. Does Dallin want a housekeeper—or does he have something else in mind?
          Hal and Buck, two wranglers who work for Dallin, soon find most women in town are as eager to find husbands to move to Wildcat Ridge so they can keep their homes as they are to sell horses. A woman in difficulty captures Hal’s attention. Another woman finds Buck, but he definitely is not interested in a wife.
          Who will go to Colorado, and who will stay in Wildcat Ridge?
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“You never answered my question, Nissa. We missed you at the widows’ meeting today. If you were worried about finishing these sheets, you could have asked me to help you with them so you could have gone.”
 
          “I appreciate that, Diantha, but I didn’t want to go. You know I’m not welcome by most of those women. Besides, I had no one to watch the children. I’m sure they didn’t need my two underfoot.”
 
          “I would have helped you with the children, Nissa. Besides, why ever would you think the ladies would not have been welcoming? You are also one of the widows affected by this disaster.”
 
          Nissa eyed the wash tub, now empty of sheets and towels. She wiggled her fingers in the diminished suds. She decided the water still felt warm enough to wash Dinky Moon’s clothes, especially since she might need to give them a double wash. She clapped her hat back on her head, gathered together the light-colored articles, and dumped them into the tub.
 
          “My situation isn’t the same as you other women, Diantha. Most of you live in town. Your husbands worked in businesses in town. You have homes you want to keep. On the other hand, my husband was a mine supervisor. We lived in a house closer to the mine—one that Mr. Crane provided us as part of my husband’s compensation.”
 

 

          Nissa grabbed a wooden paddle which she plunged into the water to dampen all the clothes. She stepped back as the foul miasma that drifted up from the tub hit her in the face. She turned to Diantha with a wry smile. “You don’t see that fine, two-story house up on the hill near the mine anymore, do you? My husband was barely cold in the ground, and I had not yet started seeing where our finances stood when Mr. Crane showed up on my doorstep to tell me I needed to be out by the end of that week. He claimed he needed to dismantle the house and move it up to his mine by Clear Creek for his mine supervisor up there.”

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Presley is still determined to save his life, even as Landon’s death-date looms

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

 

Catina worked her way through college as a TV reporter and a dating game show host. She’s a sucker for Young Adult romance stories (both real and make-believe). She has a panache for match-making and loves that many of her “set-ups” have resulted in marriages. 
 
After spending most of her adult life in Las Vegas, Catina traded in tumbleweeds for earthquakes and now lives with her husband and four children near San Diego, California. If she’s not home, chances are you can find her at the beach, Disneyland or In-N-Out Burger. 

Angela Larkin writes clean teen romance and is a big fan of kissing (in life and in books). She’s been a gold miner, a pool cleaner, a mannequin dresser, and a teacher. She’s lived a true romance: meeting her husband in a case of mistaken identity. They recently moved with their four children from the sparkling city of Las Vegas to the shade of the North Carolina Pines. Chances are, she’s reading past bedtime.
 
True love doesn’t always mean a happy ending. Presley and Landon finally have a chance at a real relationship when they travel back in time, but their leap backward to two months before his accident has altered reality: Landon has no memory of Presley. 
 
Hurt and lonely, Presley is still determined to save his life, even as Landon’s death-date looms. He’s alive for now, but nothing is like it was . . . Before.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Snippet:
“Why don’t we just start from the
beginning, bud,” my mom says. “But before we do, I just want to say that your
dad and I are worried that the pressure is getting to you. You’ve just come off
the X Games. The Olympics are around the corner. Nobody would blame you if you
need a break. You’re more important to us than any of this.”
          My dad cuts in, “Son, we want you to
be happy, so if you want out, we can pull the plug today.”
          A lump swells in my throat. I know
how much my career has meant to my dad. He got me my first set of skis when I
was two. All of the months and years we’ve spent on the slopes. All the places
we’ve traveled. Sacrifices he’s made to make my dreams happen. And now, just
like that, he’s willing to let it all go because he’s worried about me.

 

          Could it be the pressure? Could the
stress be causing me to imagine things that aren’t real or forget things that
are? That doesn’t feel right.
 

 

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He’s alive for now, but nothing is like it was . . . Before

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

 

Catina worked her way through college as a TV reporter and a dating game show host. She’s a sucker for Young Adult romance stories (both real and make-believe). She has a panache for match-making and loves that many of her “set-ups” have resulted in marriages. 
 
After spending most of her adult life in Las Vegas, Catina traded in tumbleweeds for earthquakes and now lives with her husband and four children near San Diego, California. If she’s not home, chances are you can find her at the beach, Disneyland or In-N-Out Burger. 

Angela Larkin writes clean teen romance and is a big fan of kissing (in life and in books). She’s been a gold miner, a pool cleaner, a mannequin dresser, and a teacher. She’s lived a true romance: meeting her husband in a case of mistaken identity. They recently moved with their four children from the sparkling city of Las Vegas to the shade of the North Carolina Pines. Chances are, she’s reading past bedtime.
 
True love doesn’t always mean a happy ending. Presley and Landon finally have a chance at a real relationship when they travel back in time, but their leap backward to two months before his accident has altered reality: Landon has no memory of Presley. 
 
Hurt and lonely, Presley is still determined to save his life, even as Landon’s death-date looms. He’s alive for now, but nothing is like it was . . . Before.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Snippet:
“Why don’t we just start from the
beginning, bud,” my mom says. “But before we do, I just want to say that your
dad and I are worried that the pressure is getting to you. You’ve just come off
the X Games. The Olympics are around the corner. Nobody would blame you if you
need a break. You’re more important to us than any of this.”
          My dad cuts in, “Son, we want you to
be happy, so if you want out, we can pull the plug today.”
          A lump swells in my throat. I know
how much my career has meant to my dad. He got me my first set of skis when I
was two. All of the months and years we’ve spent on the slopes. All the places
we’ve traveled. Sacrifices he’s made to make my dreams happen. And now, just
like that, he’s willing to let it all go because he’s worried about me.

 

          Could it be the pressure? Could the
stress be causing me to imagine things that aren’t real or forget things that
are? That doesn’t feel right.
 

 

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You’re free to go. For now…

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

 

I grew up in Salinas, California, the same hometown of John Steinbeck, one of America’s greatest writers. I loved to read (and still do) and frequented the John Steinbeck Library as a child. I discovered at an early age that I also enjoyed writing. In sixth grade, my teacher, Mr. Graham gave the class an assignment to write a story for a contest. The contest required that we create our book binding as well, which we did with cardboard, glue, and wallpaper. My book was called “Mully Mully” about a creature who lived in an underwater lake city. I was sad when I didn’t win, but I cherished my book so I kept it all these years. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I decided to put other stories, roaming around in my mind, down on paper again, or actually, in my case, into a computer.
I took a non-traditional route to writing, considering I have a doctorate in Educational Leadership. Aside from writing, I work full-time as a Training & Development Coordinator at Kaweah Delta, a  teaching hospital, and some semesters I also teach at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California, where I currently live. When I’m not at my full-time and part-time job, I enjoy writing, reading, watching TV, and spending time with my husband and pets (cat-Smokey, dog-Princess).
The Immundus is my debut novel.

 

 

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Would you sacrifice your humanity to save mankind?
 
IT’S THE YEAR 2828, and Domus is the last remaining country. Divided into twelve walled cities known as genuses, Domus spans what’s known as the purist lands—lands unaffected by the genetic modifications that killed all other species of mammals. But outside the walls of each genus the Immundus threaten the welfare of those within. From a young age, all citizens of Domus are trained for combat against these intruders.
 

 

At sixteen, Nia Luna knows little of the Immundus, except for the citywide alarms that ring any time an Immundus nears the genus walls. What she does know is that her own species is dying—their numbers dwindling as a mysterious disease called allagine kills many before their eleventh birthday. The same disease that ravaged her family when it took her sister.
 
When Nia is recruited into Genesis, a research company pioneering the path to a cure, she knows that her dream to find a cure for allagine is finally within her grasp. But within weeks of starting at Genesis, Nia witnesses something she shouldn’t have—something that changes everything. As she sets down a dangerous path that uncovers national secrets, Nia will have to decide not only what kind of person she wants to be but also how far she’s willing to go to save humanity.

 

Snippet:
Just outside the door, a gray-haired but young-looking man, is speaking with Dr. Matus. Derek is by her side.
“Nia.” She puts her hand out to stop me from passing her. “This is Mr. Dyer. He would like to speak to you and Derek for a moment.”
“About?”
“A problem you may have experienced with an elevator this morning.”
“No problem,” Derek responds. “We made it to the lab on time. Didn’t we, Dr. Matus?”
“Yes, they did.” She shoots a concerned look at Mr. Dyer.
“I understand you went to the ostrich floor.”
“No. A man who was in the elevator went there. We were headed here,” I say.
“Nevertheless, I must take you to administration for further questioning.”
“Why can’t you ask them here?” Dr. Matus asks, her tone thick with confusion.
“That is beyond your level.”
She stabs him with a look of disdain. He walks us through the lab to the elevator. All eyes are on us.
On the administration floor, we’re directed to a room at the end of the hall, where the light appears dimmer than the light on the other end. The room is bare, with white walls and a table with chairs in the center.
“What did you hear and see on the ostrich floor?”
“Nothing.” The word bursts from Derek’s and my mouth simultaneously.
“Don’t lie to me.” His words were razor sharp, cutting into my conscience. “I have video.” The room begins to feel more like a cell.
“Then why are you even asking us?” Derek says. “You saw whatever we saw. Why are you questioning us like this?”
“I want to hear from you what you think you saw and heard.”
“I told you. Nothing. I don’t know what I saw or heard,” I say.
His eyes are deep and dark, shaped like pumpkin seeds, but with a
narrow lid.
“Tell me what you saw now!”
“We saw the man. He pressed the ostrich button and scanned his hand and arm. He got out on the floor. We heard a scream. There was a flash of color. That’s it. You know what we saw, and it was nothing, and we did nothing. Why are we here?! Tell us!” Derek explodes before snapping his mouth shut, breathing heavily through his nose.
Sweat forms in a single thin layer on my hands. “Are we in trouble?”
“Depends.”
“On what?” Derek asks.
“On whether you’re both true—” The media light on Mr. Dyer’s
temple flashes. “I need to take this call.” He steps outside and shuts the glass door. My father’s hologram appears. Derek and I watch the interaction. I’m unable to hear the conversation, but I catch one word—Immundus. Mr. Dyer notices we can see him and touches the door, changing it from see-through to white.
“He’s getting chewed out. I wonder who that is.”
“My father,” I admit.
“What floor does he work on?”
“I don’t know. I don’t know anything.”
“Well, he looks like he has more authority than Mr. Dyer. Maybe he’ll get us out of here.” Derek and I wait impatiently for Mr. Dyer to return.

 

He walks in, chagrinned, holding the door open. “You’re free to go.” He sends Derek a devious smirk. “For now.”
 

 

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ideal place for a new Langon colony. The fuzzy natives won’t be a problem or so he thinks…

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018
End
of Innocence
by
Romana Drew
Genre:
SciFi
 
Lenea’s
brother spends every clear night pointing a telescope at the same
stars. When she confronts him, he lets her look through the
telescope. A small sliver speck changes course, slows, and merges
with a larger silvery spot. 

 

 

 

In that brief moment, her
life changes. Her brother spies on space aliens! Soon she learns the
aliens have a settlement in the Kenned Valley, and that her boyfriend
monitors their communications.

 

Then
he disappears. 

 

 

 

What do they want, and can her world survive?

 

Just
before he has to give up and go home broke, Captain Seddry finds the
perfect world. It is rich in ore, has a breathable atmosphere, and it
even has a reasonable climate — an ideal place for a new Langon
colony. The fuzzy natives won’t be a problem. They don’t have any
large weapons or even airplanes, making them too primitive to ever
find the mining colony hidden away in an isolated valley. Or so he
thinks.

 

 

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I
live in California with my husband, and raise baby squirrels for a
wildlife care center. I could go into detail about my background and
education, but that is rather boring. Let me say that I am quiet,
love the outdoors, and never have enough time to do all the things I
want to do.
 
 
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Witty, heartfelt and emotionally satisfying

Friday, October 5th, 2018
Links
by
Lisa Becker
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
 
“Witty,
heartfelt and emotionally satisfying. Everything I want in a second
chance romance! Once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down!” #1
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken 

 

 

In
high school, Charlotte Windham went through a typical ugly duckling
phase – glasses and all, while harboring a crush on Garrett Stephens,
the school’s athletic heartthrob. Fifteen years later, Charlotte and
Garrett have a chance encounter at a Los Angeles restaurant. However,
this time around, Charlotte has leveled the playing field. She’s a
bestselling novelist and no longer “Glasses,” the humiliating
nickname Garrett gave her. She’s a catch and, thanks to corrective
eye surgery, it’s not just her eyes that see better…so does her
heart! Garrett hasn’t fared poorly either, transforming from teen
heartbreaker to adult lothario and is now a successful professional
golfer suffering from a possible career-ending injury. Can Charlotte
forgive Garrett for his past ways, and more recent Don Juan
lifestyle? And, can Garrett change his ways for a second chance with
Charlotte, who may just be perfect for him?

 

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Lisa
Becker is a romance writer who spends her time like she spends her
money – on books and margaritas.  In addition to Clutch: a
novel, she is the author of the Click trilogy, a contemporary romance
series about online dating and Links, a standalone, second chance
romance readers.  As Lisa’s grandmother used to say, “For
every chair, there’s a tush.” Lisa is now happily married to a
wonderful man she met online and lives in Manhattan Beach, California
with him and their two daughters. So, if it happened for her, there’s
hope for anyone! You can share your love stories with her
at www.lisawbecker.com.
 
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He and Delilah are thrown together in a deadly situation that may get her killed and cost him his freedom

Monday, September 3rd, 2018
Crimson
by
Tamela Miles
Genre:
Paranormal Romance
 
Delilah
McDade has born the brunt of responsibility of her younger brother,
Declan’s wild lifestyle for years, until the night she learns it’s
come back to bite both of them in the form of vampire Ash Lockler.
Delilah has a prim exterior but she dreams of hot vampires and other
nocturnal creatures to give her a break from her life that, while
satisfying, is lonely. Ash is tempting but she knows that she could
never be a part of his life lived in the shadows. Ash Lockler lives
his undead life as part of the seedy underworld with a stone cold
heart. That doesn’t stop him from helping damsel-in-distress,
Delilah, but he’s intent on keeping things all business and ending
their association as soon as possible. The problem is that he can’t
seem to get his body – and heart – to agree with his reasoning when
he and Delilah are thrown together in a deadly situation that may get
her killed and cost him his freedom.
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Tamela
Miles is a California State University San Bernardino graduate
student with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and a
former flight attendant. She grew up in Altadena, California in that
tumultuous time known as the 1980s. She now resides with her family
in the Inland Empire, CA. She’s a horror/paranormal romance writer
mainly because it feels so good having her characters do bad things
and, later, pondering what makes them so bad and why they can never
seem to change their wicked ways. 

 

 

 

She enjoys emails from
people who like her work. In fact, she loves emails. She can be
contacted at 
tamelamiles@yahoo.com or
her Facebook page, Tamela Miles Books. She also welcomes reader
reviews and enjoys the feedback from people who love to read as much
as she does. 

 

 

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The perfect blend of sassy, smart and stylish

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018
Clutch
by
Lisa Becker
Genre:
Chick-Lit, Romantic Comedy
 
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of the
best
romantic comedy for the 2018 American Fiction Awards!

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Clutch is
the laugh-out-loud, chick lit romance chronicling the dating
misadventures of Caroline Johnson, a single purse designer who
compares her unsuccessful romantic relationships to styles of
handbags – the “Hobo” starving artist, the “Diaper Bag”
single dad, the “Briefcase” intense businessman, etc.  With
her best friend, bar owner Mike by her side, the overly-accommodating
Caroline drinks a lot of Chardonnay, puts her heart on the line,
endures her share of unworthy suitors and finds the courage to
discover the “Clutch” or someone she wants to hold onto.  
What
Reviewers Are Saying:
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The perfect blend of sassy, smart and stylish!”
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“This
book is absolutely hilarious!”
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thought the comparison to men and handbags was so
genius! Becker really knows how to write to her audience,
and this clever novel had me giggling throughout.”
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Becker is a romance writer who spends her time like she spends her
money – on books and margaritas.  In addition to Clutch: a
novel, she is the author of the Click trilogy, a contemporary romance
series about online dating and Links, a standalone, second chance
romance readers.  As Lisa’s grandmother used to say, “For
every chair, there’s a tush.” Lisa is now happily married to a
wonderful man she met online and lives in Manhattan Beach, California
with him and their two daughters. So, if it happened for her, there’s
hope for anyone! You can share your love stories with her
at www.lisawbecker.com.
 

 

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Would you sacrifice your humanity to save mankind?

Thursday, August 9th, 2018
Would you sacrifice your humanity to save mankind?
 
IT’S THE YEAR 2828, and Domus is the last remaining country. Divided into twelve walled cities known as genuses, Domus spans what’s known as the purist lands—lands unaffected by the genetic modifications that killed all other species of mammals. But outside the walls of each genus the Immundus threaten the welfare of those within. From a young age, all citizens of Domus are trained for combat against these intruders.
 

 

At sixteen, Nia Luna knows little of the Immundus, except for the citywide alarms that ring any time an Immundus nears the genus walls. What she does know is that her own species is dying—their numbers dwindling as a mysterious disease called allagine kills many before their eleventh birthday. The same disease that ravaged her family when it took her sister.
 
When Nia is recruited into Genesis, a research company pioneering the path to a cure, she knows that her dream to find a cure for allagine is finally within her grasp. But within weeks of starting at Genesis, Nia witnesses something she shouldn’t have—something that changes everything. As she sets down a dangerous path that uncovers national secrets, Nia will have to decide not only what kind of person she wants to be but also how far she’s willing to go to save humanity.
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I grew up in Salinas, California, the same hometown of John Steinbeck, one of America’s greatest writers. I loved to read (and still do) and frequented the John Steinbeck Library as a child. I discovered at an early age that I also enjoyed writing. In sixth grade, my teacher, Mr. Graham gave the class an assignment to write a story for a contest. The contest required that we create our book binding as well, which we did with cardboard, glue, and wallpaper. My book was called “Mully Mully” about a creature who lived in an underwater lake city. I was sad when I didn’t win, but I cherished my book so I kept it all these years. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I decided to put other stories, roaming around in my mind, down on paper again, or actually, in my case, into a computer.
I took a non-traditional route to writing, considering I have a doctorate in Educational Leadership. Aside from writing, I work full-time as a Training & Development Coordinator at Kaweah Delta, a  teaching hospital, and some semesters I also teach at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California, where I currently live. When I’m not at my full-time and part-time job, I enjoy writing, reading, watching TV, and spending time with my husband and pets (cat-Smokey, dog-Princess).
The Immundus is my debut novel.

 

What writers inspired you to become an author?

 

Ray Bradbury (The Veldt), Robert C. Obrien (Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh), Richard Adams (A Watership Down). These authors inspired me through their stories that helped me see the world differently. I wrote my first book in 6thgrade (video attached).

 

 

If you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit?

 

During one of my speaking events, one of the people who asked me a question referred to me as a Renaissance woman after I gave him my answer, so I would like to visit a time during the Renaissance.

 

If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would you choose? What food would you serve?

 

I would have the Marcello family over for dinner. Since animals don’t exist in their world I would serve them a vegan meal, so as to not shock them.

 

What gets your creative juices going? Do you write to music, and do you want to share your playlist?

 

I actually don’t write to music. For me it’s distracting. I need silence to write and when I put my fingers on the keyboard I just start typing. I don’t do anything to get my creative juices flowing. I think this is because I have a full-time job (more than 40 hours a week) so by the time I get home the ideas just flow out after having them backed up in my mind all day.

 

 

If you could travel anywhere, on earth or off, where would you go?

 

Mars, to see if the hype is real. J

 

What color would you wear if you had only one choice?

 

Coral

 

Describe your dream writing spot.

 

At a beach house in the tropics, lounging on the outdoor patio as crystal blue waves massage the sand. There’s a small table to the right of me that holds an ice cold banana shake that chills my throat with every sip, but that’s okay because it tempers the hot kisses from the sun.

 

 

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Presley Hale has no idea the guy she just told off, died in a drowning accident four months ago

Friday, July 20th, 2018

 

Catina worked her way through college as a TV reporter and a dating game show host. She’s a sucker for Young Adult romance stories (both real and make-believe). She has a panache for match-making and loves that many of her “set-ups” have resulted in marriages. 
 
After spending most of her adult life in Las Vegas, Catina traded in tumbleweeds for earthquakes and now lives with her husband and four children near San Diego, California. If she’s not home, chances are you can find her at the beach, Disneyland or In-N-Out Burger. 

Angela Larkin writes clean teen romance and is a big fan of kissing (in life and in books). She’s been a gold miner, a pool cleaner, a mannequin dresser, and a teacher. She’s lived a true romance: meeting her husband in a case of mistaken identity. They recently moved with their four children from the sparkling city of Las Vegas to the shade of the North Carolina Pines. Chances are, she’s reading past bedtime.
 
“Dangerous. Wrong.
She could be so close to finding out who I really am, and I don’t want to think about how badly that could damage her. If I have any conscience, I’ll turn and run. But I can’t let her go.”
Presley Hale has no idea the guy she just told off in the school parking lot died in a drowning accident four months ago. Why would she? It’s not like she knows she can see the dead. Stunned by Presley’s sixth sense, Landon Blackwood rethinks his planned departure and begins tracking her to find answers to their mysterious connection.

When their complicated relationship turns dangerous, they learn that tampering with the boundaries of death comes with consequences. Can Landon save Presley from the insidious spirits who have marked her for death, or was their love doomed from the beginning?

 
 
 
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Snippet:
“Seriously? Eggs?” I’d meant that to remain a private rant. Oops.
Several nearby classmates watched me appraise my Jeep, which I could see even from across the parking lot, dripped with yellow slime. This was just the latest slap in the face of my first week at Truckee High.
My first day of school, someone was kind enough to smear a roast beef hoagie on my windshield. It took five bucks in quarters at the do-it-yourself car wash to clean off the mayo haze.
Day three. After P.E., my clothes disappeared from the girls’ locker room forcing me to finish out the day in my uniform. These small-town punks made it hard to fly under the radar. I just wanted to get my senior year done and get out of this place.
Most people would be furious at these anonymous jerks. But I was madder at my mom for moving Chase and me two weeks before my senior year started.
“It’s a great opportunity, Pres,” she’d said. For who? I could live with the change, but this was going to be hard on Chase.
It wasn’t that Truckee, California didn’t have its perks. At the very least it was different from Vegas. Towering Ponderosa pines covered the mountains and enveloped every structure in town. Like they gave permission for each building to exist, but they loomed, threatening to reclaim the real estate. I’d smiled at the first of many baby pine trees I’d noticed growing like weeds in the cracks of the sidewalks.
Truckee was pretty quiet with school back in session but I could tell by the rows of ski rental shops and paddle board stores that winter and summer would be a different story. Lake Tahoe, with its freakishly clear blue water, was a pleasant surprise, as I’d spent the last two years in the Mojave Desert where the only nearby lake was a carp-filled stink hole. Cool town. Not-so-cool people.
Taking a deep breath and pulling my shoulders back, I walked to my Jeep. The tell-tale sting of tears betrayed me as eggshells crunched under my shoes. Trying to appear casual and composed, I pulled a hair band from my wrist and gathered my uncooperative curls into a top knot. I turned my back on a group of eager spectators, and hefted my bag onto an egg-free patch of hood to dig for my keys. My phone vibrated. I ignored it.
Of course my keys were lost in the black abyss of my backpack.  I felt unwelcomed eyes on me as I searched. Finally, with keys in hand I opened the door and hurled my bag onto the passenger seat. 
Then, I caught sight of a face I hadn’t seen before. 
A good eight to ten cars away, he stood at the edge of the parking lot in the shade of the pines, arms folded across his chest, and studied me like some nightclub bouncer who was handed a fake I.D. (If bouncers looked like raven-haired H&M models.) The boy was shameless. He stared, unabashedly, and the longer he looked at me, the more flattered I felt.
That is, until I realized what he was probably looking for a reaction to my messed up Jeep. Wasn’t that what the girls behind me were smugly discussing? Wasn’t that why those freshman boys avoided eye contact when I walked by?
My cheeks flamed and I surprised myself by yelling across the lot at him, “What? What are you looking at?”
He flinched and unfolded his arms. His eyes locked onto mine and I matched him.
“Yeah, you!” I jabbed my chin in the air. Bring it dude.
His eyes narrowed, and then he started toward me. An older man I hadn’t noticed before quickly grabbed his shoulder and tried to pull him back. The boy became upset and jerked free. They argued. The man put both palms up in a gesture of pleading. The boy turned and glared at me once more, then charged toward me in strong, quick strides.
My gut seized at his fierce gaze and swift approach. A split decision of fight or flight. Flight. Definitely flight.
His gait quickened. I nearly dropped the keys uttering a couple of son-of-a’s, before I got the key into the ignition. The engine growled.
I slammed the lock down with my palm and hazarded a look. With only a pane of glass dividing us, his gaze bored through me. But behind his intense stare I thought I detected more. Confusion? Distress?
Surprisingly, an arrow of sympathy pierced me. My hand gripped the shifter – frozen, unable it seemed to pull it into reverse.
His eyes held me, almost . . . imploring?
I wavered, but finally tore my eyes from his and accidentally hit the gas before pulling the shifter into gear. The tires squealed as I ripped out of my parking spot. A slouched boy yanked his friend’s shirt back as I narrowly missed them. As I burned through the rows of parked cars, a few bystanders shouted something to the effect of, “Watch it, psycho!”
I looked for my pursuer in the rear-view mirror, and saw his figure, distorted by the dribbles of dried egg on my back window. He stood there, the only still figure in a swarm of activity, and watched me drive away.

 

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She wants to marry Harold, but there is one “meowly” little problem

Monday, July 9th, 2018

 

My name is Robyn Echols. Zina Abbott is the pen I use for my historical novels. I’m a member of Women Writing the West and Western Writers of America. I currently live with my husband in California’s central valley near the “Gateway to Yosemite.”I love to read, quilt, work with digital images on my photo editing program, and work on my own family history.

I am a blogger. In addition to my own blog, I blog for several group blogs including the Sweet Americana Sweethearts blog, which I started and administer.

 

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Zina Abbott’s first three books in the multi-author series, 
Sweethearts of Jubilee Springs.
Book 3 – Aaron’s Annulment Bride:
Andrea married Aaron so he could get his mining company house, but now she wants an annulment.
 
 
Book 6 – Cat’s Meow:
Catherine immediately falls in love with tall, hunky miner, Harold. She wants to marry him, but there is one “meowly” little problem.
 
 
Book 7 – Bargain Bessie:
Brought to Jubilee Springs after the death of her mother, Bessie, a confirmed spinster meets Zeb, a decisive, impatient rancher who is NOT pushing forty.
Snippet:
Snippet #1 from Aaron’s Annulment Bride:
            After church, Catherine sought Andrea out, a big grin plastered on her face. She grabbed Andrea’s arm and pulled her off to the side so they would not be overheard. “I don’t care how you do it, Andrea, but you get yourself and whatever you want to bring with you to town first thing in the morning. You can leave the horse and pony cart at the livery and let your pa worry about it. Lizett Millard from the bridal agency said she has you matched up with at least two possible men to consider for husbands and she wants you there as part of the first group of brides to arrive in Jubilee Springs.”
            Andrea nearly collapsed with relief. She was going to get away from Lloyd McCreary. She was going to be free of being her pa’s unpaid servant who had to beg for the privilege to go to church a few times a month.
            Catherine’s next words snapped Andrea’s attention back to the plans for her future. “She sent your ticket with mine. Our train that will take us to Denver leaves at nine o’clock. Make sure you’re there in plenty of time.”
Snippet #1b from Aaron’s Annulment Bride:
            Aaron retrieved the cloth and handed to her. “I’m not nervous, Ma. I just don’t want to go. You know I hate these social things. What do I know about parlor games?”
            Desi centered the fabric around her son’s neck and checked to make sure both ends were the same distance from the back. “All those games do is serve as an ice-breaker, a way to interact without being put on the spot over something too personal to share with someone you don’t know well enough yet. Just listen and follow directions. You’ll be fine.”
            “You know I’d rather stay home and read a book.”

 

            Desi looked up into Aaron’s face. “Yes, but that won’t help you find a nice woman to marry. You can read again once you’re wed. Not all the time, of course. I expect grandchildren one of these first years.”
 

 

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The right heart is strong enough for anything

Friday, June 15th, 2018
Some would say the heart can only take so much. Some would say that the heart can endure many things. Still others might say that the right heart is strong enough for anything. 
 
Follow Devon’s journey as she faces life. Will her heart endure the trials set before her? Only time will tell.

 

 

 

 

I am a bibliophile book dragon who lives with her tech wizard husband and two youngest minions. I am a mother of three, however, and have one amazing grandson. We all reside in the beautiful Redding, California.
I am first and foremost a reader and an eclectic one at that. I own books in many various genres and will continue to hunt for more! I became a published author in 2017. My debut novella “Trials of the Heart” released in September of 2017. Since then, I have taken on many various projects. Writing is no longer just a hobby but is now a career.

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Devon is the main character. Anya Taylor-Joy

 

 

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Will their demise be the next big headline?

Saturday, May 19th, 2018
California
Can Wait
by
Marci Boudreaux
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
 
Reporter
Andrea Davidson isn’t running from her mistakes. There’s no escaping
the career-ending mess she fell into back home. But she is moving
forward, and is halfway to a new life in California when someone
breaks into her motel room. She’s lost her computer and her dignity,
but that’s only the beginning of her newest problem: local news
editor Graham Bradley.

 

 


Graham
Bradley doesn’t know a thing about the newspaper business. A widow
with a promise to keep, he’s got more than just his own personal
welfare riding on this small-town paper. The last thing he needs is a
pushy woman with a secret in her past and a vicious red pen throwing
all his mistakes and insecurities front and center on his desk. Faced
with an impossible choice, Graham hires Andi, but hopes she’s not
just the last-and maybe worst-in a long line of bad decisions. Saving
the small-town Gazette is the second chance both Andi and Graham
need.


 

But
with bill collectors calling, Andi’s past catching up fast, and the
chemistry between them making work next to impossible, will Andi and
Graham get the second chance they both desperately need? Or will
their demise be the next big headline?

 

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As a teen, Marci Boudreaux skipped over
young adult books and jumped right into the world of romance novels.
She’s never left. Marci lives with her husband, two kiddos, and
their numerous pets. She is a freelance writer appearing monthly in a
variety of local magazines as well as a content editor.
Romance
is her preferred reading and writing genre because nothing feels
better than falling in love with someone new and her husband doesn’t
like when she does that in real life.

 

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