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Will help arrive in time, or will the bad guys find her first?

Friday, November 1st, 2019
My
Neighbor’s Keeper
Charlie
Henson Book 1
by
Louy Castonguay
Genre:
Cozy Mystery 
 
“My
Neighbor’s Keeper,” the first in a series, is centered on
retired paramedic Mrs. Charlotte Henson, aka Charlie or Mrs. H. She’s
sixty years old and a widow. Her husband, a former police officer,
was run down by a drunk driver three years before. Charlie befriends
shy six-year-old Bert, from next door. One evening, Bert comes to her
door, dirty, tattered and crying. His mother won’t wake up and his
two younger sisters, he says, are hungry. Charlie runs to the rescue,
and ends up embroiled in a murder. Bert’s mother is crumpled at the
foot of the cellar stairs. When Charlie realizes she’s under
surveillance, she sneaks out the back door and down to the river,
where her canoe is kept. She gets out on the river, at night, in a
rainstorm, goes upriver and travels to a cabin hidden in the woods in
order to buy time to solve the crime. Along her journey, she makes
friends, and also gets help from her husband’s niece, Louise.

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Child’s
Keeper
Charlie
Henson Book 2 
 
This
Maine mystery tale, “Child’s Keeper,” is the second book
in the Charlie Henson series. Charlotte, aka Charlie, a retired
paramedic, embroils herself in international intrigue when she
attempts to help a friend. She discovers that Shirley, the
great-granddaughter of her friend Susie, has gone missing, along with
her two young daughters. She soon learns Shirley has fled to Canada
and travels there to find out what is going on. The oldest daughter,
Shawna, is soon in the hands of Canadian authorities, caught in a
sinister plot to find Shirley. Charlie locates the daughter, steals a
snowmobile, and crosses back into Maine. The situation becomes very
complicated when she herself is kidnapped by the very criminals
interested in finding Shirley. When she finds herself back in Canada,
on the snowmobile trail again, she is able to effect an escape for
herself and Shawna. Will help arrive in time, or will the bad guys
find her first? In this journey, she gets help from unexpected places
and from old friend Ronny Curtis.
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I
am a double graduate from UMF. My first degree in 1989 was in
Community Nutrition, with a minor in chemistry, the better to plot
murders. My second degree, in 1994, was for the newly developed BFA
in Creative Writing but had to be fluent in a foreign language. I’m
Franco American, so aced that.

 

I
have worked at various jobs throughout Central Maine, including shoe
shops, egg plants, wool mills, office jobs, finally spending time as
a volunteer driver for Community Concepts. Life experiences along the
way have given much material for my books.

 

I
am currently hard at work on the series, doing promotional activities
and hope to have a web site up soon. I’m also running a blog, Keeper
Series, to keep my reader’s abreast of my progress. I hope to have
the next volume out by April.

 

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It’s treasure hunting while connecting with history. But what if those treasures hunt us back?

Thursday, October 31st, 2019
 

 

Jace lives in Arizona with my family,
wife and five kids and a little dog. He writes fiction, thrillers and soft
sci-fi with a little short horror on the side. He holds an MBA and work sin
finance for a biotechnology firm.
Jace volunteers with the Boy Scouts, plays and writes music, and enjoys
everything outdoors. He’s also a novice photographer.

 

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Spend an afternoon antiquing and it’s
not hard to figure out why picking has become one of America’s fondest
pastimes. It’s treasure hunting while connecting with history. But what if
those treasures hunt us back?

 

From old books, to vinyl records, antique mirrors, vintage figurines, or a
Bob’s Big Boy piggy bank, curses have no limits.Featuring stories from D.J. Butler, Joy Auburn, Martin L. Shoemaker, Jessica
Guernsey, John D. Payne, Jen Bair, Karen Pellett, Steve Ruskin, Tanya Hales,
Lauren Lang, Frank Morin, Mike Jack Stoumbous, Kelly Lynn Colby, Jace Killan,
Jo Schneider, Gama Ray Martinez, Martin Greening, Chris Abela, A.J. Mayall,
Heidi A. Wilde, Shannon Fox, Lauryn Christopher, and Mark Leslie Lefebvre.

 

All proceeds of this book go to the Don Hodge
Scholarship Fund for writers
Snippet:
Betty
fought back the rage. After all she’d gone through. After all she’d suffered
and waited. This wasn’t hell. This was heaven. They were together. That’s what
heaven meant, right? To be with those you love? Forever?

 

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While hunting for hashtags, Lauren finds adventure and romance with her #Hottie, but she must stay focused to beat the clock and win the cash

Thursday, October 24th, 2019
Kristina Seek’s debut novel, The
Hashtag Hunt, was published in 2018. She is a graduate of Queens College in
Charlotte and a member of Romance Writers of America. In March of 2019, she
quit her day job to focus on a career in writing.
Kristina lives in North Carolina with
her husband and son. She cherishes time with her friends and family, loves
traveling to new destinations, and plans to cross many other items off her
bucket list.
 
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The only reason Lauren entered the
Hashtag Hunt was for the $10,000 grand prize. She needed seed money for her
startup, and it sounded easy enough: twelve hours to text twelve photos to
someone called the Wizard. 
 
For hashtag number five, Lauren needs a
#HottieInTheWild, and with the help of her best friend, Ivy, she finds the
perfect subject. 
 
The only reason Brenner entered Barkley’s Pub was to have
beers with Scott, an Army brother back in town. The reunion is interrupted when
a woman is caught crouched in a dark corner, taking pictures of Brenner. 
 
Lauren
explains, and though embarrassed, she accepts Scott and Brenner’s offer to help
with hashtag number six.While hunting for hashtags, Lauren finds adventure and
romance with her #Hottie, but she must stay focused to beat the clock and win
the cash.

 

Snippet:
“I’m sorry. Are you saying ‘hottie?’ ‘In the
wild?’” Scott didn’t hide his confusion. “That’s not a thing, is it?”
“Oh yeah,” Ivy said. “It’s a thing. My Facebook
friends post pictures of hot guys out in public all the time. Subways,
airports, Disney World, construction sites, tattoo parlors, in line for coffee,
carpool…” she trailed off with a shrug. “Wherever.”
“Are you serious?” Scott looked at Brenner and
said, “I’m not sure men could get away with a ‘Honey in the Wild’ Facebook
group.”
“Please, Scott. We ladies are making up for lost
time,” said Ivy. “A handful of hotties on Facebook doesn’t compare to the tons
of T & A on the Internet.”
All who heard Ivy’s voice nodded, and Margot
shouted, “Preach!”
“Okay. Let me see if I understand what you’re
saying,” Jess said as she sat up straighter in her chair. “Women take and post
pictures of hot men they see out and about in town.”
“All. Day,” confirmed Ivy.
Jess left her chair and went behind the bar. She
bent down and then reappeared, plopping her oversized purse on the bar top. She
fished her phone out of the bag. “Show me the way.”
“Get on Facebook.” Ivy walked over to Jess. “I got
you.”
Lauren looked at Brenner. Pointing to Ivy and Jess
at the bar, she said, “I did not take your picture for that Facebook group. I
needed it for this contest, I swear.”
Brenner said, “I’m flattered you found me
attractive enough for your photo.”
“I knew it!” Ivy shouted from the bar. She looked
up from Jess’s phone. “I told her any normal guy would love knowing he was a
hottie in the wild.”
“Well,” said Jess, looking at her phone, “Facebook
just got a hell of a lot better.” Lauren watched her move her thumb across the
screen. “And these guys have no idea these pictures are being taken?”
“Plenty of women get caught,” Ivy said with a
pointed look toward Lauren. “Most play it off by pretending they’re texting
someone or taking a selfie. A friend of mine once acted like she was looking
for a coupon when she was busted in line at Dick’s Sporting Goods.”
Jess looked up from her phone and said, “And some
women run away and hide in the ladies’ room.”
“Take it easy on her,” Brenner said to Jess. He
turned his attention to Lauren and said, “It’s worth it if the picture helped
you win the contest.” When Lauren didn’t respond, he asked, “Did you win?”
“The contest doesn’t end until tomorrow. I have to
take twelve pictures, and yours was number five,” Lauren responded. “If your
picture is accepted, I’ll get a text with instructions for number six.”
“And if it’s not accepted?” Brenner asked.
“Then I’m out of the contest. First contestant to
have twelve pictures approved before the deadline wins.”
“Wins what?” the crowd asked.
“Ten thousand dollars,” said Lauren.

 

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What seems to be the problem? And why are we meeting here at this orphanage?

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

 

Julia Ridgmont
grew up in the American West, but that doesn’t necessarily mean she knows how
to ride a horse. What it does mean, however, is that she loves to weave the
country’s rich history into riveting tales full of romance and intrigue.

When she’s not writing, Julia enjoys cooking, sewing costumes for her children,
spending time with her husband, and watching her children perform in sports or
plays—or, if she’s really bored or stuck on a plot twist, cleaning the house.
She also writes contemporary inspirational romance under her real name, Laura
L. Walker.

Follow Julia as she unveils heroes whose strength and courage are only
surpassed by their tenderness, and heroines who hide their lonely hearts with a
cover of steel. It will take overcoming insurmountable odds and an iron will
for them to find a love that lasts forever. Luckily, they have Julia to help
them along.
To guard his heart or protect two little girls . . . Is he willing to risk it all?
 
1871Pinkerton detective Chas Bryant’s last job for the agency is supposed to be
easy—deliver a cache of stolen items back to Mount Vernon after recovering them
from profiteers. Soon, however, Chas discovers that nothing in this case is
simple. When he’s called upon to search for a little girl gone missing after
her parents are murdered, there’s only one woman who can help him . . . but
he’ll need to make her his wife in order to complete the investigation.

Jessica Flanders is only trying to rescue her younger sister from a fate
bleaker than death. How can the powers that be possibly think that separating
them from each other is a good idea? Jessica made a dying promise to her
parents. Now she needs Chas’s help to get her sister back, but when they dig
deeper into the matter, they discover another little girl with an even greater
need for being rescued.

Soon it becomes clear that someone else is searching for the missing girl, too.
Can they keep her safe until the case is solved and the murderers are caught?
If so, Chas and Jessica will need to forge a bond that is stronger than the
evil forces surrounding them, and in the process, a love that will never be
lost.

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Snippet:
“I’ve made a promise to serve and
protect the people of this land, and that is what I intend to do. You are old
enough to fend for yourself. This little girl isn’t. And wanting to keep her
under your delicate wing, without a husband to aid you, is not only pure
foolishness but selfish to boot.”
Jessica reared back as if she’d been
slapped. How could wanting to take care of her sister be considered selfish?
She stood to her full height of five-foot-six and told the deputy, “I resent
that remark. I demand that you hand my sister over right this minute!”
“And I demand that you remove yourself
from the premises. You have until the count of three before I arrest you.”
“Jessica!” Amy whimpered, her huge
eyes nearly taking up all the space in the upper half of her face.
Jessica’s heart pounded. What should
she do?
“One . . .”
Whatever it was, she needed to do it
quickly.
“Two . . .”
Please,
Lord, show me a way to keep Amy.
“Thr—”
“There you are, darling!”
A new voice, one that Jessica didn’t
recognize, came from her left. The deep baritone cut off the deputy’s threat.
Jessica turned toward that voice to find a man whose dark hair was cut short on
the sides, and whose slight beard and temples were touched with gray, approach
from her side. “I’m sorry I was so late getting off work. I saw your note,
saying that you had come here, and followed as fast as I could.”
Jessica’s jaw went slack. As the man
placed one large hand on her shoulder and leaned in for a kiss on her cheek,
she fought the urge to slap him for taking such liberties. The stranger smiled
even wider at her discomfiture and resumed his playacting. “What seems to be
the problem? And why are we meeting here at this orphanage?”
“Um . . .”
The man had eyes that were bluer than the
Potomac. Oh, my.

 

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Hadrian could lose his title, his position, and if he’s not careful, his life

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

 

 

Rachel Rossano lives with her husband and three children in the northeastern part of the United States. Homeschooled through high school, she began writing her early teens. She didn’t become serious about pursuing a career as an author until after she had graduated from college and happily married. Then the children came.
 

 

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New roles. New rules. No margin for
error.
 
 
Zezilia Ilar joins the sept son’s
entourage as a defender. Her growing Talent ability makes her a target for the
Elitists, and her gender makes people question her competence. She must protect
the sept son. Any mistake could be fatal.
 
 
Hadrian Aleron always knew his beliefs
would cause trouble, but he didn’t realize how much. Rebels are rising. He
could lose his title, his position, and if he’s not careful, his life. As the
assassination attempts grow bolder, Hadrian must rely upon his young defender
and their shared faith in the Almighty to keep him from faltering.
 
 
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Zezilia
Accusing
eyes and a wave of hatred and confusion followed us out the doors of the dining
hall. I wanted to put up a stronger shield around Hadrian, but no amount of
energy was going to block out the spite behind us. It helped that Hadrian was
leading us down the corridor at a pace that kept me trotting to keep up. The
farther we were away from that crowd, the better.
Where
may I have an hour in private?
” Hadrian sent. I was so distracted by the
emotion behind us that for a moment I thought he was asking me. Then my brother
replied.
Taking
a sharp left, Hadrian flung open the next set of double doors and swept into
one of the side rooms off the main corridor. With quick orders from Renato, two
defenders took up stations on either side of the doors while the remaining four
followed us into the room and closed the doors behind us.
“Guard
the windows from the outside,” Renato ordered. I heard them obey, but I didn’t
see them because my attention was taken up with watching Hadrian.
He
had crossed directly to the far wall of the room and sagged against it. His
wide shoulders sloped and his head fell forward as though it was too heavy for
him to lift. This alone would have concerned me, but the storm of pain, fear,
anger, and frustration that warred within him was what tore a cry of help to
the Almighty from my heart.
Almighty,
help him. Give me wisdom. What can I do to ease his pain? Please, God, give him
peace.
“Hadrian?”
Renato’s panicked query brought Hadrian eyes to him. “You didn’t eat any of the
fruit, right? Do you need a healer?” My brother stepped forward into the sept
son’s personal space. “What is wrong?”
Hadrian
raised a hand wearily and pushed him back. “I am fine, Renato. Now go fetch
Korneli. I have time for him now.”
“Answer
my question first.”
Hadrian
merely shook his head. “No, I didn’t eat. I am not going to die, Renato. At
least, not at this moment. Now go.”
Nodding,
Renato turned to me. “Come. Korneli is…”
“No,
she stays here.” Both of us turned to regard the sept son. Hadrian had not
moved.
“But,
Master, you said I was to never leave you and her alone.”
“Send
in Plantonio when you leave. He will act as witness. Now go get Korneli before
I throw you out.”
“Yes,
Master.” Executing a sharp salute, he walked toward the door, sending me a
warning look as he passed.
Hadrian
did not move as Plantonio appeared, saluted, and then took station near the
door. I watched Hadrian carefully, monitoring the emotions that kept flaring
from him. Without the life of his dark eyes, his face appeared years older than
I knew him to be. Feathered lines radiated from his closed eyes and deep
crevices bracketed his mouth. The dark circles under his eyes spoke of hours of
lost sleep. A flare of anger distracted me from his face for a moment as I
stepped back from the intensity. His eyes flew open and immediately focused on
my face.
“How
did you know?” he asked. Slowly lifting his head and straightening, he crossed
to the nearest chair and sank into it.
“Pardon?”
“How
did you know it was poisoned?”
“He
intended to kill you.”
“But
how did you know? Did you read his thoughts?”
Fear
flooded through me. The servant hadn’t been a Talent. To read his thoughts
would be worthy of grave punishment. “No, he was projecting the emotions of a
man afraid of getting caught. When I saw him exchange the dishes, I knew why.”
He
closed his eyes and laid his head against the chair back. Pain washed over me
as his forehead tightened.
“Headache?”
I asked before thinking.
He
smiled bitterly. “The cost of stress and tension.”
“Where
does it hurt?”
He
sighed wearily. “Are you sure you want details?” He opened one dark brown eye
and squinted at me.
“Is
there anything I can do to help?”
Hadrian
closed his eye. “Yes. Come and sit in the chair across from me, so I don’t have
to keep looking up at you.”
I
quickly moved to obey, carefully stepping over his sprawled legs to reach the
chair. “Does this often happen, Sept Son?”
“What?”
He lifted a hand to massage his forehead. “The headaches?”
“No,
the attempts on your life.”
“More
often than I would like. I haven’t had this close a brush in a while.”
“Who
wants you dead?”
He
looked at me from beneath the shade of his hand. “The better question is who
doesn’t want me dead, Zez. The mesitas, half the kings, and most of the
worshipers of the goddess wish me out of the picture permanently.”
I
didn’t know what to say. I knew without a doubt that my father was one of the
group that wished Hadrian ill. What words does one offer a man who has recently
faced death?
“I
don’t hold it against you, Zez. Your father’s position has not affected my
trust in you or Renato. In fact, Renato’s closeness to me has limited some of
the attacks because Ilar doesn’t want to harm his son.” He paused for a few
moments. “I am sorry to bring you into the midst of this. This isn’t the place
for you.”
I
shook my head. He was wrong. “This is where I am supposed to be. If I hadn’t
been here, the Almighty wouldn’t have used me to prevent your death.” I
shuddered slightly at the thought. “I am the most qualified in many ways, and
you are going to teach me so that I can grow even more skilled. He has a
purpose for me here.”
He
laughed softly. “I can’t argue with that. His purpose is the only thing that
keeps me here. Though, I fear at times, Zez, that I am not going to survive
this. Each time I face my mortality, I wonder what the Almighty has in store.
All it would take is one moment when He decides not to show me grace and stop
the assassin’s hand. One time and all I have worked for would be gone.”
“He
has promised that what He has purposed will come to pass.” I quoted one of my
favorite passages of the Revelation to him. “I shall pray that He will continue
to spare you.”
Lowering
his hand, Hadrian looked at me and smiled slowly. “Thank you, Zez. Your prayers
will guard my soul while your Talent will guard my body. I will do the same for
you and, Almighty willing, we shall survive. If not, at least we shall be at
peace.” Then he quoted another favorite passage of mine. It spoke of the
instantaneous transformation at death when a believer steps from his own body
into the presence of the Almighty.

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Rick made some mistakes as a boy, and as a young man, his worst was hurting Grace Evans

Friday, September 6th, 2019
Grace has given up on romance, on almost everything, since Rick Fleming betrayed her faith in him five years ago. Given her constant struggle with bad luck (her friend Murphy), being insanely accident prone, and having been the target of endless ridicule growing up, she has no reason to trust anyone.
Rick made some mistakes as a boy, and as a young man, his worst was hurting Grace Evans. His heart still belongs to her, even if she doesn’t know it. Unfortunately, in the last confrontation between them, she demanded he never speak to her again.
Now, Grace’s best friend (and Rick’s sister) Hannah has invited her to a ten-day summer work-vacation to babysit Hannah’s teen cousins. A palatial cabin, a patio boat on the lake, and all the comforts of the rich and famous at their fingertips? A vacation made in heaven.
At least until they arrive and Grace finds Rick there. And neither can leave. Rick’s car is in pieces in the garage, and Grace forgot her driver’s license at home.
How will Grace survive it? Can she find a way to forgive? Can Rick learn to take
responsibility for his past mistakes? And even if they succeed, what will they do when Rick’s most recent wantabe girlfriend shows up on their doorstep, determined to make Rick hers?
 

 

 

Susan was born and raised a Southern California girl but is grateful to have lived on the Oregon coast and in the Rocky Mountains of northern Utah. She’s now enjoying living with her husband in the incomparable beauty of the Redwood forest, nestled against the rugged coast of Northern California.
Susan raised a tribe of children, making ends meet as a registered nurse and lactation consultant, and now her tribe members have tribes of their own and she doesn’t get to see enough of them. She loves to travel and is thrilled with a good movie or a great book, but writing is her passion. She writes almost anything, especially epic fantasy and romance.

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Rick dropped onto his bed, staring at the ceiling and wishing he was anywhere but here. He looked at his hands, hands now those of a twenty-five-year-old man. They were stained in a few places with car grease, thick from working out, and scarred across both palms from the accident. The accident. His badge of shame.

He wondered how differently life would have gone five long years ago if he’d taken Sean’s dare to kiss Grace. Would she have hated him more for doing it than not doing it? Would she have accused him of using her for a thrill instead of showing her how he truly felt? He feared both as much as he feared showing his feelings to Sean. Still, was there something—anything—he could have done that would have changed that awful night?

Grace’s clumsiness annoyed Scott and gave Sean another reason to tease her, which upset Rick. Everybody had clumsy moments. Even clumsy days. After all, he smacked himself in the face with a wrench this afternoon and had to chase it across the garage floor before he snagged it. He was the klutz, not Grace.

He sighed, wondering if what Hannah often told him was right. Sometimes angels came along and, in the strangest ways, guided God’s children in the right direction. Coming here had been a last-minute decision, the thought jumping into his head out of the middle of nowhere. But maybe this week might turn out to be a gift from Heaven. If he could get past Grace Evans’ defenses, he might be able to earn her forgiveness, even if he wasn’t able to find a way into her heart.

 

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The closer she gets to an answer, the faster Alec can destroy everything she has grown to love

Thursday, August 15th, 2019
Legend
Undone
by
Angie Day
Genre:
New Adult Urban Fantasy 
 
Readers
are calling it “creative” and “engaging!”
Mara
wasn’t just a Legend who survived on human energy, she used to be a
dangerous Shadow who wielded more power than she wanted. When she
discovered that Alec, the leader of the Shadows and her childhood
love, held a dark secret about her past to keep her prisoner until he
could use her against the humans, she ran.
As
the first Legend to escape the Shadows alive, Mara must keep moving,
hiding among the humans that every Legend learned to hate, while she
searches to understand her past. Under the alias Kate, she meets
Kylan and his way of life challenges everything she used to know. As
she falls for Kylan, she finds clues about what happened before she
became a Shadow.
But
the closer she gets to an answer, the faster Alec can destroy
everything she has grown to love.

 

 

 

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the need for romantic and fantastic adult stories that were still
wholesome and clean. So, she took matters into her own hands. LEGEND
UNDONE is her debut novel. When she’s not devouring the next book,
she is spending time outdoors with her husband.

 

 
 

 

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Daughter, I have heard you this day. You are not forgotten.

Thursday, August 1st, 2019
Can they survive the refiner’s fire?
 
It is 85 B.C. in the Ancient Americas,
and against all odds, Amulek and Tabitha’s arranged marriage has turned into
one based on love. Their little family is thriving and life seems to be better
than they could have ever hoped for.
Despite her blessed and luxurious
lifestyle, Tabitha feels as if something is missing. A part of her yearns for
something she cannot see, something to fill the hole inside of her heart.
However, no matter where she turns, she cannot find the cure, until she becomes
intrigued by a man preaching of God in the town square.
Amulek’s status as a respected and
wealthy man in the city of Ammonihah seems to grow by the day. His farm is
flourishing and his family is healthy and happy. Everything he ever wanted is
in his hands. But when the Lord he has ignored for years, tells Amulek he is
not only to house a chosen prophet of God, but travel with him to preach
repentance to the people, Amulek’s idyllic life is thrown into turmoil.
No matter his previous status among his
peers, Amulek’s change of heart brings his entire family into danger. Before
they are ready, their new found faith is thrown directly into the refiner’s
fire. It seems as if they will lose everything if they stand firm in their
beliefs and follow the plan God has for them. Is what they will gain worth the
cost?
“The Faith of a Wife” is a Christian
Historical Fiction Romance. Each book is a stand alone story and can be read in
any order.

 

 

 

 

L.A. Pattillo is the mother of 5 busy children and wife to 1 fantastic
husband by day and avid reader and writer by night. She loves her father in
heaven and is active in her church. She graduated from BYU with a degree in
Creative Writing and now resides with her family in the Pacific Northwest.
 

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Blue and grey. I love the ocean and those colors remind me of it.

 

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The one where I get a nap! 😉

 

  1. Most embarrassing moment?

 

Oh geez, let me see if I can keep this short. I worked in the kitchens of the MTC in provo during my years at BYU. One time we threw away a TON of cream of wheat into a single garbage can. When I went to take it outside, I couldn’t lift the garbage into the compactor. Well, being the strong independent woman I was, I refused to go in and ask for help. So I leaned the lip of the garbage against the compactor and then hefted it up from the bottom wheels. When I got it up, I shook it hard to release the bag of garbage. The problem? The wheels weren’t attached! So the whole garbage can slid into the compactor. As I stood there in shock, another worker, a boy, came out. Much to my embarrassment, we ended up climbing into the compactor together, slipping and sliding in all that nasty gunk (don’t even ask how it smelled!) to retrieve the can. Just as we climbed out a delivery truck arrived, allowing even more people to see my humiliation. *forehead slap* I’ll never forget that day. It’s burned into my memory with a laser!

 

  1. Dream vacation?

 

Ooh. I love the ocean and heat. So anywhere tropical. Hawaii has been a favorite so far, but I’m open to anywhere warm and sandy with a great pina colada!

 

  1. Something unique about you?

 

Hmm… I’m not a terribly interesting person, but I can say that I was an opera major at college! I studied Vocal Performance in opera/classical music for 3 years before I got married and had to leave BYU. I ended up finishing my degree online with a Creative Writing degree, which is how I ended up as an author. But I still sing on the side.

 

  1. What one food will you NOT eat?

 

Oysters or snails. *cue shiver* can’t do it. Nope, nope, nope.

 

  1. All-time favorite book?

 

Okay, that’s hard. I have favorite books in completely separate genres that I adore! But I will say that I have one book I read over and over again. It’s called “A Kiss with Scandal” and it’s by Janelle Daniels. I LOVE books full of romance and kissing, with some action on the side. And this book delivers that.

 

 

  1. Writing snack of choice?

 

I actually don’t snack while I write. But it’s not uncommon for me to treat myself to something sweet and chocolate when I’m done!

 

  1. Top hobby you do when not writing?

 

Back to the singing. I perform some and I dabble in arranging and writing, so that’s definitely where I head when I’m not on the computer.

 

  1. Favorite Animal?

 

Baby animals. Anything cute and fluffy and little. 🙂

 

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Friday, June 28th, 2019
The Letter Left
The Healing Hearts Ranch Book 1
by Angela Ford
Genre: YA Sweet Romance

A story of remembrance, a gift, and a love rediscovered through healing
hearts.
Angela Ford takes a different direction this time to bring you a new adult
series. A story centered around family, horses, true love, and
finding your way from the wise words left to you.
Jack Willows was a great man. He always put others first. He’d taught
his granddaughter to do the same. Raine Willows left her
grandfather’s farm at eighteen to find her way in life. Seven years
later, his death brings her back to the farm and her first love–the
boy next door.
An empowering story of healing through horses. A farm that introduced
her to the boy next door–Luke Daniels. The one she could never
forget, no matter how many years and miles came between them. Grief
reunites them, horses help heal their hearts, and gives them an idea
to help others. An idea that had been her grandfather’s dream for
her. The letter he left, changed the direction of her life and her heart.
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sunsets, the ocean, her family, and books! She is never without a
book, whether she’s reading or writing. Angela is a bestselling and
award-winning author who has been in the Amazon top fifty, Readers’
Choice Awards and ScreenCraft. She has over 50 published works in
paperback, eBook, audiobook, and foreign translation. An Award of
Distinction sparked the idea for her first book ‘Closure’ that hit
Bestselling Action & Adventure, Women’s fiction. In between
mysteries, Angela writes short contemporary romance. She loves to
connect with her readers!
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Can they work through what’s happened in their individual pasts to create a relationship that will last?

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

 

 

Britney Mills was born in Utah but
parts of her heart lie in Boston, Washington D.C. and Germany. Her love of
writing began with the third grade book her teacher assigned her to write and
she spent hours hidden behind her mother’s couch writing pages and pages about
knights and castles. Now she writes about romance. Go figure.
When she’s not mothering her 4 small children, writing or reading, she’s
probably out playing a sport, going on a hike, or binge watching a murder mystery
series. The way to her heart is through homemade chocolate chip cookies and
five minutes peace.

 

A self-made billionaire, his real
estate agent and three weeks to find the right property.
Jackson Walker hasn’t had the best family life. Growing up in the foster system
in Australia, it wasn’t until he met his college football coach that he
understood what a normal family looked like. When he gets the call that Coach
has passed away, he returns to California for the funeral and to find a place
to honor the man. 

Hailey Montgomery threw herself into real estate soon after breaking up with
her boyfriend nearly five years ago. She’s been working to build a name for
herself and when the chance to make partner at her firm becomes available, she
jumps at the chance. But the only way to achieve that distinction is to find a
commercial property for the guy she’s nicknamed ‘Golden Boy’ from all the
stories her father told about him. 

As spending time together brings them closer, the trust between them is called into
question. Can they work through what’s happened in their individual pasts to
create a relationship that will last?

 

Snippet:
Hailey
brushed her mom’s hair for a moment and then asked, “What will you do now?”
Her mom sat up and looked at her. “What
do you mean?”
“I mean, you and Dad did everything
together. You traveled with him to so many games. What will you do with your
time now?”
Her mom gave her a look of irritation.
“I loved your father dearly, and I am so grateful for all the years we had
together. But don’t think for a minute that I’ll sit and have a pity
party.”
Hailey raised an eyebrow. “What do you
call this?” Her mom swatted her across the shoulder.

 

 

“It’s okay to cry when you’ve lost the
love of your life. And I’ll probably have moments like that down the road. But
I’ve got you, Junior and Penny to worry about.” She gave Hailey a half-smile
and said, “When you get married, you’ll understand what it’s like. That you
give up parts of yourself to gain so many others. I’m not the same person I was
before I met your father, and I’m grateful for that journey.”
 

 

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Edlyn and Maddock discover that their meeting may have been more than chance, for their lives prove bound by a fate

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

 

TJ Amberson hails from the Pacific
Northwest. With a love of writing in several genres, TJ strives to provide
well-written, age-appropriate, & original novels for tweens, teens, and new
adults.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

  
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Dark times are upon the land of
Nereth. Centuries have passed since the rightful heir to the throne was
banished. The people are losing hope in ancient legend, which foretells of one
who will rise up, overthrow the evil king and queen, and restore peace. Like
all others in Nereth, Edlyn has suffered greatly. Orphaned as a child, Edlyn
grew up as the serf of a drunken lord. Now a spirited seventeen-year-old, Edlyn
works to buy her freedom while fighting off the unwanted advances of Sheriff
Hurst. One morning, Edlyn discovers a young man hiding in the stable. He is
fleeing from Sheriff Hurst and inflicted with a sword wound that will surely be
fatal without her help. In a split-second decision, Edlyn conceals the young
man from Sheriff Hurst and begins nursing him back to health. As the young
man’s strength returns, Edlyn learns that his name is Maddock, and she is
stunned to find that he has come from the mysterious land to the north. Maddock
soon comes to Edlyn’s aid, rescuing her from Sheriff Hurst. Suddenly declared
outlaws, both Edlyn and Maddock must escape for their lives to enchanted
Ravenshire Forest and then the desolate mountains beyond. As their adventure
unfolds, Edlyn and Maddock discover that their meeting may have been more than
chance, for their lives prove bound by a fate that neither of them could
possibly have imagined.

 


  
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Edlyn slowly turned to Maddock. “I
presume this is about you.”
            Maddock
did not respond. Wincing, he reached out with one arm to brace himself against
the wall while keeping his other hand pressed on his abdomen.
            “I
could be imprisoned for helping a fugitive, or killed,” Edlyn went on
frankly, shutting the stable door. “It depends on what you have
done.”
            Maddock
found his voice, “I will not put you in danger.”
            He
made another move to leave but swayed and began to fall. Edlyn lunged forward,
catching Maddock in her arms. Staggering under the weight of his limp body, she
lowered him to the dirt.
            “Help
me leave. I must get away from here,” Maddock begged, attempting to get
up.
            From
the sounds outside, Edlyn knew that the riders were nearly upon them. She also
saw that Maddock’s breathing was growing shallow and the life in his dark eyes
fading. He would not escape those who hunted him. For one moment, Edlyn
hesitated, looking between Maddock and the stable door. Then she spoke upward,
as if to the sky:
            “This
young man might be an outlaw, but may the spirits of Ravenshire Forest curse me
for eternity if I ever help Sheriff Hurst.”
 

 

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Can he be still long enough to realize that what’s happened before is not the end… but the beginning?

Friday, June 21st, 2019
Penny
For Your Thoughts
Sand
Dollar Series Book 1
by
J D Boudreaux
Genre:
Sweet Romance 
 
One
random act of kindness. One prayer for a miracle. Two lives changed
forever.

 

 

Penny
has her future all planned out. Her new job as a reporter is the
first step toward building a successful life for herself.
Unfortunately, her first day on the job isn’t going as she imagined
it would. On the side of the highway with a flat tire and open trunk
all she can do is silently pray for a miracle…and then gets
one.

 

 

Alex
likes to think he’s a good guy—the type of person who loves to
help others. A Good Samaritan. So naturally when he sees a woman
stuck at the side of the road, looking all helpless his first
instinct is to stop and help.

 

 

Little
did he know that this one act of kindness would steer both their
lives in an entirely different direction.

 

 

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Wish
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Sand
Dollar Series Book 2
 
Will
their reunion lead to love? Or another long good-bye?

 

 

Born
two days apart in the same hospital, Alex and Leigh grew up to be
inseparable. They were fierce protectors of each other, and it was
only natural for everyone to assume they would one day find their
happily-ever-after together.

 

 

Unfortunately,
nothing in life is that simple.

 

 

When
Leigh’s family decided to move to another state, it was only a
matter of time before the distance between her and Alex caused them
to drift apart…until finally, the special connection they had
shared was lost.

 

 

Thirty
years later, fate offers a chance at reuniting, but is it possible to
erase years of separation? Or will fate require a little help?

 

 

Can
a matchmaking mother and a smart-mouthed daughter working behind the
scenes help Leigh and Alex regain what was lost?

 

 

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Sand
Dollar Series Book 3
 
It’s
all about the love you give…

 

 

First
there was Penny. Their relationship blossomed into something
beautiful, and their engagement was proof of that. But her ambition,
her need for success, meant moving forward…without Alex.

 

 

Then
there was Leigh, his childhood sweetheart. She came rushing back into
his life just as quickly as she had left in the first place. While
helping her get her life back on track, Alex fell for her all over
again. But the more she learned about Alex’s past, the more she
learned about herself. Afraid of what may happen next, she does what
she does best. Run.

 

 

All
the while there was Payton. The woman who repeatedly found herself at
the receiving end of Alex’s good deeds, who has slowly managed to
get her life together. She’s forever grateful for all that he has
done, but given the chance to reunite with her family, it will mean
saying good-bye to Alex.

 

 

Now,
while nursing his wounds after all the disappointment, Alex returns
to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The place that’s always had a piece
of his heart.

 

 

It’s
there that he realizes it’s up to him to find his own way. Can he
be still long enough to realize that what’s happened before is not
the end… but the beginning?

 

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Born
and raised in Opelousas, Louisiana, J D Boudreaux is married and has
three grown children. The family now resides an hour south in the
small town of Erath. A good story, good friends, and a good cup of
coffee are the ingredients that make up a great day for J D. Add a
little boudin, cracklins, and Momma’s homemade carrot cake, and J D
will call it a perfect day!

 

 

 

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I don’t care if he’s the Prime Minister, that racket must stop

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

 

Marni Graff writes two award-winning mystery series: The Nora Tierney English Mysteries and The Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries. She teaches writing workshops and mentors the Writers Read program, and is Managing Editor of Bridle Path Press. 
Graff also writes the crime review blog Auntie M Writes, www.auntiemwrites.com.

 

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Nurse Trudy Genova is making plans to
take her relationship to NYPD detective Ned O’Malley to the next level, when
she lands a gig as medical consultant on a film shoot at the famed Dakota
apartment building in Manhattan, which John Lennon once called home. Then star
Monica Kiley goes missing, a cast member turns up dead, and it appears Trudy
might be next. Meanwhile Ned tackles a mysterious murder case in which the
victim is burned beyond recognition. When his investigations lead him back to
the Dakota, Trudy finds herself wondering: how can she fall in love if she
can’t even survive?
Readers of Death Unscripted, the first
book in the Trudy Genova Manhattan Mystery series, will find the same pleasures
in this sequel: fast pacing, engaging characters, twists and turns on the way
to a satisfying close. From the award-winning author of The Nora Tierney
English Mysteries, this second series is a winner. Once again M.K. Graff
reveals her talents in crafting this delightful mix of amateur sleuth and
police procedural.
Part procedural, part cozy, Death at
the Dakota is a well-crafted and highly entertaining mystery
.- Bruce Robert
Coffin, #1 bestselling author of the Detective Byron mysteries.  
I fell in love — not only with
co-protagonists, Trudy and Ned, the richly detailed and historic setting of The
Dakota, and the unique cast of characters, but with the unusual plot of Death
at the Dakota.
Sherry Harris, Agatha Award nominated author of the Sarah
Winston Garage Sale Mysteries

 


  
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My Review

I read another of The Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries, some time ago and enjoyed her feisty kind of approach to murder. For a moment I thought this was the same, but within the first page I realized, to my surprise, that I had stumbled on another of her series.

Trudy is a nurse that has the best job ever. She corrects scripts for movies or TV series and makes sure the medical details are accurate and precise. In this book we find her as the nurse in charge of the main actress Monica. She is with child, but not many people on the set know about it. Trudy’s job is help her stay out of stress, which makes Trudy’s job a challenge as Monica’s life may be in danger.

I enjoyed that she remains with Ned, her Police boyfriend and things are progressing between them. The story line if well done and progresses without a flaw. Characters are well rounded and the story is clean enough. I would say PG13.
I would recommend it, to murder mystery and movie lovers in general.

Snippet:
Brrerrdidididididitt.
Brrerrdidididididdiitt. The noise of a jackhammer filled the spacious room.
“CUT!” a voice yelled.
Actress Monica Kelly let the curtain
drop along with her Jinx persona and crossed her arms in frustration.
I caught my best friend Meg Pitman’s
eye and we held our breath, waiting for an outburst from the director.
Phin Hill-Yorke stomped out from
behind the camera and over to the window, gangly arms and legs flying, frizzy
short hair stuck up around her head as though she’d had a recent encounter with
an electrical socket. “Meg!”
Poor Meg, off to the rescue.
My name is Trudy Genova, RN, and I’m
fortunate to have one of the best jobs a nurse could have. I’m a medical
consultant to one of New York City’s major television studios, the Passion
Broadcasting Junction. PBJ had decided to branch out into television films,
adding to their roster of talk, news programs, and Internet soap operas.
Meg had her first position as
Production Assistant on this movie, and the British director on loan from the
BBC had given her a battering at times all through the shoot. Not that the
rowdy woman singled out Meg. Phin embodied an equal opportunity harasser in a
mostly good-natured sort of way.
“Get your arse down there and sort
those wankers out. They were supposed to hold off on that pavement ’til next
week. Bring that form from the chancellor’s office with you.” Phin yelled above
the noise that continued, patting her pockets for a cigarette. “Please,” she
added as an afterthought.
Meg hurried off with a wave in my
direction, silky blonde hair flying.
“It’s the mayor’s office here, Phin.”
China Barrett corrected Phin from her perch next to me, out of camera range.
Phin’s assistant and I exchanged tiny smiles, co-conspirators for the past six
weeks in the filming of this television movie close to wrapping.
“I don’t care if he’s the Prime
Minister, that racket must stop.” Phin consulted her watch. “Loo breaks all
around while we sort this out, boys and girls.”

 

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Within weeks of starting at Genesis, Nia witnesses something she shouldn’t have

Friday, June 14th, 2019

 

 

Christina Enquist is a YA author and aspiring bookstore owner. She lives with her boyfriend and several pets in Visalia, Ca.

 

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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.
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I walk down the expansive
hallway. Most doors are closed, but the door to Calculus class is still open
and Mrs. Wiler is at the front of the classroom teaching. I tiptoe through the
door, hoping she won’t say anything, but the rickety-rackety-clackety of my
shoes yanks my classmates’ attention toward me—eyes prickling my skin as I make
my way to my seat. I plop myself down, the lumbar of the seat adjusts to my
body, and the desk swings into position in front of me.
“Glad you could join us,
Nia,” Mrs. Wiler says, her voice thick with sarcasm. Calculus is not my
favorite topic. I think it’s because the teacher has had it in for me all year.
I can get by, but only with Alex’s help. I’m so glad he’s in my class.
“Glad I could be here.” I give her a
just-leave-me-alone smile. She doesn’t seem too enthused by my response, but
it’s enough to appease her, so she continues her lesson.
Sabrina leans over the
moment Mrs. Wiler turns away. “Great game last night.” Sabrina’s soft voice
surfs the air like cumulus clouds on a calm day. She’s one of the brightest
students in class, and I picture her on the Genus Council one day. She’s not a
hologram either, which is nice. We attend classes with students in other
genuses, though not in person. Instead, 4D holographic forms appear in their
stead here, and I appear the same to them there. We can see, touch, hear, and
smell the students even though they aren’t here. Still. You can tell
the difference.
“Thanks,” I say.
A hand touches my left
shoulder from behind. “Alex wants you to check your messages,” whispers Robert,
a hologram from Genus Amatista, which is on the other side of Domus and used to
be called Canada. I open my messages on the screen on my desk—or dreen, as we
like to call it—being watchful of the teacher. I’m greeted by Alex’s avatar
holding balloons and throwing confetti that forms a message. It’s a group
message to Eric, Casey, and I. In tall black serif letters it reads:
It was great being teammates. Let’s all go to the promotion
party together
after apprenticeship selection.
“Alex, what would you say
is the answer to this problem?” Mrs. Wiler inquires, pointing to the
calculation on the media wall. I wonder if she knows Alex sent a message
out—she’s freaky that way. Alex scribbles on his dreen, sending the equation
and answer to the media wall for all to see. He figures out the problems in
seconds, which is why I’m glad he’s in my class. Two thumbs up appear on my
dreen from Casey and Eric. I
add my own.

 

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Along her fantastical journey, she meets an array of magical creatures

Friday, June 14th, 2019
Flobella
Adventures
in the Creative Idea Dimension
by
Altheta G.D. Waverly
Genre:
MG Fantasy 
 
Flobella
is a creatress but doesn’t know it.
Orphaned
when she was four, twelve-year-old Flobella now lives a sad, drab
life with her cruel aunt and uncle. Only painting and the
maybe-memory of a woman who might be her mother hugging her in a
purple garden makes her feel alive. But one day while painting, the
swirl of colors begins to lift off the page, revealing a tiny fairy
named Mumu whom Flobella follows through the spiral into the Creative
Idea Dimension, a land of imagination and ideas.
When
Flobella misses her opportunity to exit the spiral, the only way home
is to follow the creative path to a gold door and Evo, a wise man who
lives beyond the door and can help her find her way.  Along her
fantastical journey, she meets an array of magical creatures, each of
whom presents a different creative path. But in a world of
possibilities, she must find her own way, and the
ruminudgies will do anything to stop her from fulfilling her destiny,
as the dimension of creativity hangs in the balance…
An
inspired and creative adventure awaits in an imaginative
Alice-in-Wonderland-like fairy-tale world—where mysterious gardens,
dark forests and magical fields are populated with wizards,
talking ladybugs, white idea birds, a quantum kitty, andTimette, a
lavender tea-loving time guide, and more—in this exciting
first book in the Adventures in the Creative Idea Dimensionseries by
debut author Altheta G.D. Waverly.
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G.D. Waverly created Flobella’s Adventures in the Creative Idea
Dimension to immerse the reader in a creative landscape. She lives
with her family (a mini creative collective) in a garden state not
too far from the ocean and loves to visit lavender groves.
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“I don’t have any secrets.” Ally looked into Gavin’s intense gaze, burning into hers, “Neither do I

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Lauraine Henderson began writing as a child,
poems and journaling, until babies, building houses, and bookkeeping jobs
usurped her world. Now, well established in Oregon and with the children grown,
she devotes her time to writing her favorite genre, clean romance. 



Years of
life experience translate into plots, calamities, and happily-ever-afters as
she writes her inspirational and romantic stories about fictional people who
seem so real, you’ll want to know what happens after the book ends!

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Allison Lockwood and Gavin Hunt have
been offered the chance to take over the Lazy Daisy Inn and Campground so their
respective grandparents, the current owners, can retire and marry. It seems all
too easy for Ally and Gavin to prove themselves during the six-month probationary
period until they’re fighting disasters at the campground and failing at
over-optimistic baking expectations.

As Ally and Gavin slowly explore their growing attraction, they help each other
fight fires, endure raging storms, and share a few passionate kisses. But
there’s more than fires to fight when Ally’s grandfather disapproves of their
budding romance and Ally is convinced Gavin has a girlfriend in the wings…a
girlfriend expecting his baby!

Ride along as the two unlikely innkeepers figure out how they fit in their new
life and learn the lesson taught by the Daisies in the Driveway.

  
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Snippet:
Gavin opened the left door and allowed
Ally to enter before him. She couldn’t help noticing that even though he’d
dressed down in jeans, he still smelled intoxicating, like the buttoned-up
lawyer she had met only a few weeks ago. The room looked strange and not at all
like the fantastical space she remembered. The old, worn open beams of the
stick-framed roof were the same grizzled brown, nails pinned haphazardly,
reminiscent of artwork hanging on wire strung between them, and to the side,
under the slant of the roof, sat a small twin-sized bed with the familiar faded
floral quilt from her youth. An adequate chest of drawers guarded the new
partition. Although small, the room gave every appearance of an old attic and
certainly the space would be enough for the short amount of time she would need
it. The only thing out of place was the half-window at the end of the
unfinished wall. Ally laughed out loud at the sheetrock, nailed and taped, but
not finished.
 
“Can I see your side?” she asked. She
wanted to know if it was a mirror image of hers.
“Sure.” Gavin backed out of the room
and opened his door, stepping aside once again for Ally to enter. Sure enough,
his room was an exact duplicate in reverse, including the odd-looking
half-window at the end of the new wall. Except his side didn’t even have the
sheetrock; only wall studs with the back of her room’s sheetrock to separate
the two spaces. His dresser was also standing against the partition, but a
different style than hers, and his bed was covered in a faded quilt of the
American flag. Altogether, the whole room appeared terribly small for someone
of Gavin’s height.
Ally couldn’t help the spurt of
laughter that jumped from her lips. “Privacy without secrets.”
 
“I’m sorry?”
 
“Like a shield. We can’t see each
other, but we could speak in our normal voices and be heard.”
 
“I don’t have any secrets.”
 
Ally looked into Gavin’s intense gaze,
burning into hers, and agreed. “Neither do I.”
 

 

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The journey draws Eridale deeper into the conflict between the Empire and the rebel Freedom Fighters

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

 

 

Melanie
is an author, designer, photographer, and flight attendant all rolled into one.
She has told stories all her life and finds her passion in sharing the plots
that spin through her head. She now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her two
dachshund-chihuahua dogs. She loves the beauty of the Pacific Northwest that
feeds her imagination.
When no one is listening, Melanie loves to belt Broadway songs in her living
room and car. Someday she hopes to be on a flight where someone is reading her
book.

 
To
escape capture by Imperial soldiers, 16-year-old Eridale Storm leaves the only
home she’s ever known and drags her younger sister into the wilds of
Mericon—the Empire that formed when America collapsed. Hoping to find safety
with their mother who disappeared when Eridale was three, the girls follow
clues that lead them across the country, but the empire hounds their every
step.

The journey draws Eridale deeper into the conflict between the Empire and the
rebel Freedom Fighters, producing questions about Eridale’s heritage, questions
no one wants to answer.

Caught between the threads of deception, rebellion, and betrayal, Eridale
struggles to find out who she is. The answers she finds could lead the country
back to freedom or shackle them under the imperial throne forever.

This is book 1 of a 4 book series and not a stand-alone book.

 

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Snippet:
The villagers won’t help us. Survival is up to me.
            I take a
deep breath, calming the jitters that twist my stomach. My fists tighten and
release.
“Leah,
bring me Papa’s bow.”
            Her eyes
widen.
“You’ll
be considered an outcast if you hunt.” Her gaze darts to the door and windows.
            “I’ve never
been accepted in this village. I’m different from everyone, honey. Just look at
me.” I motion to my reflection in the mirror, still broken from when the
Opprimere took my step-father.
            My dark,
coppery red hair cascades in a mass of curls from my ponytail down to my waist,
and my steely violet eyes reflect the pain of my situation. No one in the
village looks like me. 

 

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Madelyn’s daughter is marrying Ben’s son, in New York City everyone’s going – including Heather, the woman Ben’s been dating

Monday, June 10th, 2019

 

Keri Brooks Mcwhorter is a sixth
generation native of Chandler, Arizona. She’s fourth-generation graduate of
Chandler High School, and has a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Arizona State
University.
 
While serving a mission for the LDS Church, she met her husband in New York
City. They have three children, a love of family, and an English Bulldog.

 

  
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Madelyn’s
and Ben’s families have been close friends since they moved next door to each
other. When Madelyn’s husband Luke died, she swore she’d keep her marriage vows
intact by remaining single for the rest of her life. 

She and Ben relied on each other for everything after he joined the widower
club. 

Now Madelyn’s daughter is marrying Ben’s son, and everyone’s going to New York
City for the wedding – including Heather, the woman Ben’s been dating.

Will Heather succeed in breaking up Madelyn and Ben’s friendship, or will they
discover their second love in New York City?

 

 

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Snippet:
“Good morning sunshine, feelin’ better? That was quite a
scene you made in the bathroom yesterday.”
    Did he mean the loud barfing and dry heaving? Or
when I hit on him? I decided not to answer.
 

 

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Tara’s match made in Heaven may be over before it truly begins

Friday, June 7th, 2019
E. C. Jackson began her writing career with the full-length play Pajama Party. For three and a half years she published the Confidence in Life newsletter for Alpha Production Ministries, in addition to writing tracts and devotionals. 
 
Teaching a women’s Bible study at her church for eleven years naturally led to her current endeavor of writing inspirational romance novels and teen and young adult fiction. Her mission: spiritual maturity in the body of Christ through fiction.

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Love at first sight. It’s every girl’s dream. 
 
But Tara Simpkins is finding out it’s not as easy as it seems. Is this truly the man God sent to be her husband, or is she just desperate to escape her loneliness? The recent loss of both parents has left her reeling, and close friends don’t think she’s in any position to make major life decisions. 
 
 
She and her new-found love are convinced they can live happily ever after in the home of their dreams. His family thinks he’s moving way too fast and might disappoint the kind-hearted woman he’s fallen head over heels for. And then there’s Leah. Leah is supposed to be part of his past, but what if she decides she’s his future? 
 
 
Tara’s match made in Heaven may be over before it truly begins.

 

Snippet:
Her whispery
voice sounded breathless.
“Andy . . .”
It happened in a
snap. The man’s titillating smile vanished.
Tara struggled to
sit up in bed. Wide awake, she sighed into the silence. Confusion settled
around her. Her hands slid up and down her arms. She stared around the darkened
room.
“It was a dream
all along. Life, please, imitate my dreams.” 

 

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Confronted with life and death, she comes face to face with her past and her imperfections

Monday, June 3rd, 2019
When Jasmine Fuentes finds herself thousands of miles from home, forced to hike around in the wilderness of California with a bunch of juvenile delinquents, she’s convinced she doesn’t belong. 


Forage for food, build shelter, make fire—Jasmine sets out to learn what she needs to do to ace the program so she can go home and salvage her summer vacation. But the more she tries to prove she doesn’t need wilderness therapy, the more desperate her situation becomes. Confronted with life and death, she comes face to face with her past and her imperfections. Will Jasmine ask for help before it’s too late? 

 

 

 

Adrienne Quintana is
the author of Eruption as well as several children’s books. When she isn’t
writing, Adrienne enjoys running, hiking, and matchmaking (Are you single? She
probably knows someone perfect for you.) 
 
She lives in Arizona with her husband
and four children, who give her love, support, and plenty of good material for
Instagram.  
 
 
 
 
 
 

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