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It’s hard to be a hero when everyone’s out to get you

Saturday, August 31st, 2019
Boundless
Jill
Andersen Mysteries Prequel
by
J.D. Cunegan
Genre:
SciFi Superhero Mystery 
 
A
little more than two years before the events of Bounty, Jill Andersen
makes a life-altering decision. But this decision comes with
consequences she didn’t foresee, and her first night as the
vigilante Bounty winds up being something for which she was wholly
unprepared. 

 

 

A
crisis of faith eventually gives way to certainty: both in terms of
discovering who killed a young man named Johnny Ruiz and in terms of
coping with the latest change in her own life.

 

 

Along
the way, Jill defies death and discovers just how deep the city’s
corruption runs. But will she survive the experience long enough to
decide if a life of vigilantism is for her?

 

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Bounty
Jill
Andersen Mysteries Book 1
 
Jill
Andersen is one of Baltimore’s best and brightest detectives, but she
harbors a dark secret — a secret that threatens to come out when the
body of Dr. Trent Roberts is pulled out of the Chesapeake Bay. Dr.
Roberts’ connection to Jill reveals a past that involves a tour in
Iraq, a secretive cybernetic experiment, and a conspiracy that
involves a native son.

 

 

Can
Jill solve the case while still keeping her secret? Will her partners
at the Seventh Precinct find out what she’s so desperate to hide?
What was Dr. Roberts looking into that led to his murder? And perhaps
the biggest question of all…

 

 

Who
is Bounty?

 

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Blood
Ties
Jill
Andersen Mysteries Book 2
 
For
as long as Jill Andersen could remember, her father was a hero.

 

 

But
heroes don’t commit murder, do they? The state of Maryland said
Paul Andersen did just that, three times over, and was set to execute
him for it. But Jill and the rest of her colleagues at the Baltimore
Police Department come across the murder of a law student that leaves
her hopeful that she can clear her father’s name.

 

 

While
Jill and her colleagues work against the clock to clear her father’s
name, new players emerge, hinting to a deeper, darker conspiracy than
what was previously known. An enigmatic faction known as The Order
reveals itself, and the mystery surrounding Paul’s alleged
duplicity leaves more questions than answers.

 

 

Along
the way, Jill must not only face the possibility that her father was
not who she thought he was, but she must also face the prospect of
her secret being revealed. The stakes are higher than ever in Blood
Ties, the intense follow-up to J.D. Cunegan’s debut mystery
Bounty.

 

 

Can
Jill save her father before it’s too late? Will she even want to?

 

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Behind
the Badge
Jill
Andersen Mysteries Book 3
 
For
Jill Andersen, being part of the Baltimore Police Department has
always been both a tremendous honor and a serious responsibility. Her
father, before his fall from grace, had instilled in her a great
respect for police and the work they do day-to-day. But when a
teenage boy winds up dead on the outskirts of downtown Baltimore,
Jill finds herself once again faced with those who would abuse their
badges to fulfill personal agendas and uphold biases.

 

 

Jill
still has a job to do, but she soon finds that not everyone is in her
corner. For the first time in almost four years working Homicide,
Jill finds herself at odds with people who claim to be on her side.
From other cops to suits downtown all the way to the Mayor’s
office, it becomes increasingly clear that Jill will need to rely on
more than just her badge if she’s to solve this case.

 

 

But
even if she finds justice, what’s the price?

 

 

Behind
the Badge, the gripping, hard-hitting third novel in the Jill
Andersen series (Bounty, Blood Ties), gives readers another taste of
author J.D. Cunegan’s comic book-inspired brand of fast-paced
prose, with chapters that fly by and plot twists that will leave
readers constantly guessing and waiting for more.

 

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Behind
the Mask
Jill
Andersen Mysteries Book 4
 
It’s
hard to be a hero when everyone’s out to get you.

 

 

Once
upon a time, Jill Andersen considered herself a hero. Not just
because of the badge handed to her by the city of Baltimore and the
pledge she once made to protect and serve. Her secret life, as the
vigilante Bounty, had allowed Jill to protect her native Baltimore in
ways her day job never could.

 

 

But
all that has gone to hell now. One case pushed Jill past her limits,
to the point where she made choices she can’t take back. As a
result, the entire city is on the lookout for her. Allies can no
longer be counted on. People who were once in her corner might very
well be trying to bring her down… to say nothing of those she has
crossed along the way.

 

 

But
that is the least of Jill’s problems. A shadowy figure emerges
among the chaos, and his link to Jill’s past has the potential to
be her ultimate undoing. Jill thought every link to Project Fusion
has been settled once she solved Dr. Trent Roberts’ murder almost
one year ago, but if she’s not careful, her past might just kill
her.

 

 

Behind
the Mask, the gripping, hard-hitting fourth novel in the Jill
Andersen mystery series (Bounty, Blood Ties, Behind the Badge), gives
readers yet another taste of author J.D. Cunegan’s comic
book-inspired brand of fast-paced prose, with chapters that fly by
and plot twists that will leave readers guessing and waiting for
more.

 

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Plotting vs. Pantsing (or Both?)

I have a confession to make.

I’ve been outlining of late.

Don’t tell the World Association of Pantsers. They’ll have me excommunicated. Or maybe they’ll throw a sheet over my head, toss me into the back of a van, and drive me to the set of Whose Line is it Anyway? and not let me leave until I successfully complete one of the hoedowns.

A little backstory… I’ve been trying to write Betrayed (Jill Andersen book 5) for almost two years now. I am now on the fifth (yes, you read that right) rewrite. I have not yet managed to complete a first draft. I’m not sure why; I feel like Betrayed has a strong story with a lot of action and intensity and some emotional beats I know are gonna really throw my readers for a loop.

But I keep getting stuck. So you know what they say about desperate times.

A few fellow writers recommended Libbie Hawker’s book Take Off Your Pants! Don’t let the title (or the cover rife with underwear) fool you; this is very much a how-to tailored toward showing pantsers a good, logical method of outlining.

As with almost every book about some aspect of writing, this is not gospel, and everyone’s mileage may vary. There are suggestions in this book I know I won’t be using, or if I do, I’ll use them in a different way from what Hawker suggested. But that’s the beauty of this craft we call writing: there’s no one right way to do it. Everyone has their own method, and what works for me won’t necessarily work for you.

Still, one thing I’ve learned is that it’s okay — hell, even important — to not be so set in your ways. Especially if your ways aren’t working for whatever reason. I can’t tell you why Betrayed has been such a struggle, especially since my previous method had already netted me five published novels and a collection of short stories. But it did, and I had to adapt.

I won’t lie, outlining feels a little weird. But I can already tell it’s also going to help.

Betrayed will get written. It will get published. And then I’ll finally be able to move on to all these other projects I want to work on. And now that I have an outlining format that works for me, I’ll probably become more productive, and at least return to the days when I was publishing two books a year. Those days were better.

So check out Hawker’s book if you’d like.

But more than anything, don’t be afraid to examine your process and make changes if you feel stagnant. This entire process is fluid, it evolves, and you have to know when to evolve with it.

 

 

About J.D. Cunegan
J.D. Cunegan is known for his unique writing style, a mixture of murder mystery and superhero epic that introduces the reader to his comic book-inspired storytelling and fast-paced prose. A 2006 graduate of Old Dominion University, Cunegan has an extensive background in journalism, a lengthy career in media relations, and a lifelong love for writing. Cunegan lives in Hampton, Virginia, and next to books, his big passion in life in auto racing. When not hunched in front of a keyboard or with his nose stuck in a book, Cunegan can probably be found at a race track or watching a race on TV.

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J.D.
Cunegan is known for his unique writing style, a mixture of murder
mystery and superhero epic that introduces the reader to his comic
book-inspired storytelling and fast-paced prose. A 2006 graduate of
Old Dominion University, Cunegan has an extensive background in
journalism, a lengthy career in media relations, and a lifelong love
for writing. Cunegan lives in Hampton, Virginia, and next to books,
his big passion in life in auto racing. When not hunched in front of
a keyboard or with his nose stuck in a book, Cunegan can probably be
found at a race track or watching a race on TV.
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He quickly realizes that the dignity of life has little meaning, and where he can trust no one

Monday, August 26th, 2019
The
Dung Beetles of Liberia
by
Daniel V. Meier Jr.
Genre:
Adventure, Historical Fiction
 
Based
on the remarkable true account of a young American who landed in
Liberia in 1961.

 

 

Ken
Verrier is not happy, nor at peace. He is experiencing the turbulence
of Ishmael and the guilt of his brother’s death. His sudden decision
to drop out of college and deal with his demons shocks his family,
his friends, and especially his girlfriend, soon to have been his
fiancee. His destination: Liberia – The richest country in Africa
both in monetary wealth and in natural resources.

 

 

Nothing
could have prepared Ken for the experiences he was about to live
through. He quickly realizes that he has arrived in a place where he
understands very little of what is considered normal, where the
dignity of life has little meaning, and where he can trust no
one.

 

 

Flying
into the interior bush as a transport pilot, Ken learns quickly. He
witnesses first-hand the disparate lives of the Liberian “Country
People” and the “Congo People” also known as
Americo-Liberians. These descendants of President Monroe’s American
Colonization Policy that sent freed slaves back to Africa in the
1800’s have set up a strict hierarchical society not unlike the
antebellum South.

 

 

Author
Dan Meier describes Ken’s many escapades, spanning from horrifying to
whimsical, with engaging and fast-moving narrative that ultimately
describe a society upon which the wealthy are feeding and in which
the poor are being buried.

 

 

It’s
a novel that will stay will you long after the last word has been
read.

 

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retired Aviation Safety Inspector for the FAA, Daniel V. Meier, Jr.
has always had a passion for writing. During his college years, he
studied History at The University of North Carolina Wilmington and
American Literature at The University of Maryland Graduate School. In
1980 he was published by Leisure Books under the pen name of Vice
Daniels. He also worked briefly for the Washington Business Journal
as a journalist and has been a contributing writer/editor for several
aviation magazines.

 

 

Dan
and his wife live in Owings, Maryland, about twenty miles south of
Annapolis and when he’s not writing, they spend their summers sailing
on the Chesapeake Bay.

 

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A demon she thought she’d overcome resurfaces, and her life unravels

Monday, December 10th, 2018
Sublime
Karma
by
Peyton Garver
Genre:
YA Romance
 
When
Brie’s stepfather moves the family for what he calls a new
beginning, it’s not the new beginning the beautiful, yet guarded,
senior would have hoped for. Brie is instantly targeted by jealous
girls at her new school, and the only available seat on her bus is
next to the school’s star wide receiver, Jake, who for some reason,
finds her offensive. After a humiliating article and picture of Brie
is posted in the online school journal, a demon she thought she’d
overcome resurfaces, and her life unravels. A newly compassionate
Jake has finally taken an interest in her, but can Brie learn to
trust her heart, or will she miss out on the best thing that ever
happened to her?

 

 

Jake
has his own secrets and has built his own walls, but eventually his
curiosity about the new girl gets the best of him. Unfortunately, now
there is competition: the captain of her cross-country team. Jake’s
romantic histories with the girl next door and the school’s queen
bee, adds tension to a simmering tempest when all he wants is Brie.
Is he strong enough to help the one he loves weave sense into her
crumbling new reality while overcoming his own tainted past?

 

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Peyton
is a secondary ed teacher in Maryland and an author of young adult
fiction. Her newest novel, Sublime Karma, is an edgy contemporary YA
story with diverse characters that addresses real teen issues such as
fitting in, cliques, bullying, self harm, and suicide. Sublime Karma
has themes that may not be appropriate for tweens and younger
teens.

 

 

The
Sublime Karma manuscript won third place in the Young Adult category
of 2015 Lone Star Writing Contest – Northwest Houston Romance Writers
of America.

 

 

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Jonathan’s job is to keep Lorna’s family safe, he never imagined that job would also include protecting her heart

Friday, November 30th, 2018
Worth
the Wait
The
Harvest Ridge Series Book 1
by
K.L. Ramsey
Genre:
Contemporary Romance 
 
Taggert
Harrison knows what he wants, and he wants Piper Flynn. She is the
most stubborn woman that he’s ever laid eyes on. He has spent the
last year begging her to go out with him. Every Monday morning, for
the past fifty-two weeks, he has asked her out only to be rejected
fifty-two times. He wants to give up, but he knows how good it could
be, if he could just tear down her walls. Will Tag be able to help
Piper get over her painful past to move on to a future with
him?

 

Piper
Flynn witnessed the horrific murders of her parents when she was just
twelve. She grew up isolated and afraid to let anyone get too close
to her for fear of losing them. When Tag asks her out, everything in
her wants to tell him yes, but her past ghosts keep her from taking
what she wants. Tag could be her first, in every way, if she could
just free her heart from the walls that she has carefully built up
around it.

 

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Christmas Wedding
The
Harvest Ridge Series Book 2
 
Lorna
Sanders stepped up to raise her niece, after her sister and
brother-in-law’s tragic deaths. She never allowed herself to dream
that someday she would have a family of her own, but meeting Jonathan
Sawyer changes all of that. He teaches Lorna that age is just a
number and dreams can come true, especially at Christmas.

 

Jonathan
Sawyer’s job is to keep Lorna’s family safe, he never imagined
that job would also include protecting her heart. He just needs to
convince Lorna that wishing for her heart’s desire and Christmas
miracles are both possible. Can Sawyer’s plan, for a Christmas
wedding be enough to show her that it’s never too late to find
happily ever after? 

 

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K.
L. Ramsey was born and raised in Maryland. As a child she struggled
in school, having to attend speech and reading therapy. Her teacher
told her that she would never be a very good reader; that English was
just not her thing. She continued to struggle until eleventh grade,
when she signed up for a Creative Writing class. Her high school
teacher saw her potential and submitted a short story, that K. L. had
written for class, to a local literary publication. The story was not
only published but won an award for best short story. Knowing that
someday she wanted to become a writer, K. L. received her BA in
English from Salisbury State University.

 

K.
L. Ramsey currently resides in West Virginia (Go Mountaineers!). She
lives with hunky scientist, two now not so little people, and six fur
babies. In her spare time, she likes to read romance novels, attend
WVU football games and drink wine with girlfriends.

 

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Unless someone wants what’s hidden behind the walls and is willing to kill for it

Sunday, May 20th, 2018
Jolie
and Scoobie High School Misadventures
Jolie
Gentil Cozy Mysteries #0.5
by
Elaine Orr
Genre:
Cozy Mystery
 
When
Jolie Gentil’s parents leave her with Aunt Madge for her junior
year so they can ‘work things out’ in their marriage, she’s
angry. She knows no one at Ocean Alley High School. Some kids snub
her, but she makes friends with the irreverent Scoobie. He’s quirky
and fun, but he’s skipped school and smoked pot in the past, so
people avoid him. Jolie learns how to shoot a squirt gun from under
the boardwalk and tries not to flunk geometry. She also learns that
the family she babysits for has a secret, one that puts Jolie in
danger. You’ve met Jolie and Scoobie as crime-solving adults. Check
out their high school friendship. Same humor, different challenges.
Plus a couple of hints about why Jolie wants to get to the bottom of
murders when she’s all grown up.
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Appraisal
For Murder
Jolie
Gentil Cozy Mysteries #1
 
Jolie
Gentil moves to Great Aunt Madge’s Jersey shore B&B, taking her
cat Jazz, and joining Madge’s pair of prune-eating dogs. It’s not a
retreat from her embezzling ex-husband, just a smart change. Jolie
rekindles friendships, dodges a low-level wise guy, and tries to
figure out her new life. She hasn’t seen her high school classmates
in ten years, and they weren’t all buds. Why care if a couple of them
are murder suspects? Because finding a dead body when you’re
appraising a house grabs your attention.
Jolie
balances fear of a smart-mouth wise guy with a belief that her
friends are innocent. Her murder suspects include one accused’s
ex-wife and beneficiaries of the dead woman’s will. Jolie keeps
searching, but will someone’s plans leave her alive to find the
truth?
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Rekindling
Motives
Jolie
Gentil Cozy Mysteries #2
 
When
Jolie Gentil gets tapped for some appraisal work at her tenth high
school reunion she does not expect to find the skeleton of Richard
Tillotson in an antique attic wardrobe in the vacant house. He
vanished just after his sister married his business partner in 1929.
Jolie sees a link to the Tillotson-Fisher family’s Prohibition era
business and works with friends Scoobie and Ramona to gather clues
from old photo albums and ledgers. The albums lead to Mary Doris
Milner, Richard’s girlfriend, who has fond memories of him and is
certain of who murdered him. But, she couldn’t prove it then and he’s
long dead, too.
The
present day murder of Mary Doris tells Jolie and Scoobie they are on
the right track. Did the secret she kept all these years finally kill
her, and will solving Mary Doris’ murder lead to a culprit in a
decades-old crime? Between running the food pantry at Christmas and
escaping a burning building, Jolie wants to figure out who the modern
killer is before someone else gets hurt.
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When
the Carny Comes To Town

Jolie
Gentil Cozy Mysteries #3
 
 
Though
she never liked the idea of sitting on the plank above the dunk tank
for the food pantry’s carnival fundraiser, Jolie never dreamed what
Scoobie saw that day would leave him battling for his life. Scoobie’s
ex-con mother shows up and there’s a murder to add to the mix. Soon
Jolie is doing more than appraising real estate. Even that is
complicated by home burglars. She grudgingly seeks help from her
nemesis, reporter George Winters, and tries to stay ahead of a
kidnapper and murderer so she can take charge of her world again. Can
she keep her friends safe? Will Scoobie recover enough to plan
another silly fundraiser?
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Any
Port in a Storm
Jolie
Gentil Cozy Mysteries #4
 
Jolie
Gentil and friends are putting the finishing touches on the Talk Like
a Pirate Day fundraiser for the food pantry and trying to figure out
who’s breaking into some of the houses Jolie appraises. When she
realizes a new face in town is leading high school kids into trouble,
Jolie’s mad and lets him know it. Hayden offers to help her mind her
own business, and people at the fundraiser hear her give him what
for. A hurricane’s on the way, and when a corpse turn up under the
pirate ship the next day, Jolie’s looking like a suspect.
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Trouble
on the Doorstep

Jolie
Gentil Cozy Mysteries #5
 
From
Hurricane Sandy to Cozy Corner B&B repairs to Aunt Madge’s
wedding in three weeks. If Jolie can handle that surely she can deal
with a sobbing woman who shows up at midnight playing a scary message
on her phone. Pooki is frantic about her husband’s whereabouts and is
definitely ditzy. A shady deal for storm repairs at the Ocean Alley
Senior Complex seems to be at the root of Steve Oliver’s hit-and-run
death and missing business partner, Pooki’s husband, Eric. When
Eric ends up dead at the B&B, Jolie digs for clues as she burns
muffins and appraises houses. Can Jolie find the murderer and expose
fraudulent repair bids – without getting hurt?
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Behind
the Walls

Jolie
Gentil Cozy Mysteries #6
 
Finalist
for Chanticleer 2014 Mystery and Mayhem Award. It’s fun to buy a
house. Unless someone wants what’s hidden behind the walls and is
willing to kill for it. Jolie is pursued by a purse thief and a
burglar, but the guy she’s most worried about is the one who left
an elderly auctioneer dead on her porch swing. Suspects abound, but
they aren’t all going to live to tell their story.
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Vague
Images

Jolie
Gentil Cozy Mysteries #7
 
Bad
enough that Jolie ends up in the emergency room because she avoided a
deer. Worse to find a dead woman in the hospital restroom. In between
appraising houses and feeding her pet skunk, Jolie’s on the lookout
for a runaway teenager and whoever planted the dead woman in her
path. Thanks to best bud Scoobie, she’s also planning a crazy
fundraiser for the food pantry. Just when Jolie’s ready to leave
the murder investigation to the police, she gets a surprise—and
it’s not a good one. Will her need to know see her hurt—or worse?
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Ground
to a Halt

Jolie
Gentil Cozy Mysteries #8
 
When
Jolie Gentil goes to buy a cup of coffee, she finds Java Jolt empty.
A bigger surprise is seeing proprietor Joe Regan later, badly
injured. A potential killer thinks Jolie has something he was hiding.
Jolie needs to figure out who’s telling the truth and how far the
thugs will go to find what they want. Only solving the puzzle will
keep Jolie safe, protect a vulnerable Iraqi War vet, and make sure
she stays alive. But if Jolie keeps searching, her budding romance
with Scoobie may grind to a halt.
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Holidays
in Ocean Alley

Jolie
Gentil Cozy Mysteries #9
 
Aunt
Madge’s brief stay in assisted living (don’t stand on a stool to
hang garland) would be uneventful, except for the body that falls
into her apartment along with a Christmas wreath. After years of
telling Jolie not to be a busybody, Aunt Madge turns to Jolie’s
boyfriend Scoobie to help find clues. Told from Madge and Scoobie’s
points of view, with help from some feisty seniors.
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The
Unexpected Resolution
Jolie
Gentil Cozy Mysteries #10
 
A
midnight wedding, Army veterans who face repercussions of two
different wars, and a very startling wedding guest. A 9-1-1 call
during the wedding changes everything. Jolie has to help Scoobie
figure out what he wants to know, and determine who seems to want
someone in his family dead. Book 10 in the Jolie Gentil cozy mystery
series brings together the close-knit group of friends and zany Ocean
Alley townspeople for a very special event – and a murder.
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Elaine
L. Orr is the Amazon bestselling author of the ten-book Jolie Gentil
cozy mystery series, which is set at the Jersey shore. “Behind
the Walls” was a finalist for the 2014 Chanticleer Mystery and
Mayhem Awards. First in her River’s Edge mystery series was “From
Newsprint to Footprints,” followed by “Demise of a Devious
Neighbor.” Iowa nice meets murder. “Tip a Hat to Murder”
is set in rural Illinois, and is the first of the Logland mystery
series.

 

 

Elaine
also writes plays and novellas, including the one-act, “Common
Ground,” published in 2015. Her novella, “Biding Time,”
was one of five finalists in the National Press Club’s first fiction
contest, in 1993. “Falling into Place” is a novella about
family strength as a World War II veteran rises to the toughest
occasion.

 

 

Elaine
conducts presentations on electronic publishing and other
writing-related topics. Nonfiction includes “Words to Write By:
Getting Your Thoughts on Paper” and “Writing in Retirement:
Putting New Year’s Resolutions to Work.” She also authors online
classes about writing and publishing.

 

 

A
member of Sisters in Crime, Elaine grew up in Maryland and moved to
the Midwest in 1994. Elaine graduated from the University of Dayton
with a BA in Political Science and from the American University with
an MA in Government. She worked for GAO and the National Academy of
Public Administration for many year, and for two Iowa members of the
U.S. House of Representatives — one Republican and one
Democrat.

 

 

Elaine
did some journalism course work at the University of Maryland and has
taken fiction courses from The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD, the
University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and Georgetown
University’s Continuing Education Program. She is a regular attendee
at the Magna Cum Murder in Indianapolis and the Book Bums Workshop in
West Liberty, Iowa.

 

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Because I Had To takes the reader inside the worlds of adoption, teen therapy, family law, and the search for a biological family

Monday, April 9th, 2018
Because
I Had To
by
David Bulitt
Genre:
Contemporary Fiction
 
Jess
Porter spent her childhood bouncing from therapist to therapist and
prescription to prescription. An outcast at school and a misfit at
home, the only solace she ever found was in her relationship with her
dad, Tom. Now he’s dead. Feeling rejected by her adopted mom and her
biological twin sister, Jess runs off to South Florida. But she can’t
outrun her old life. Watching the blood drip down her arm after her
latest round of self-inflicted cutting, she decides her only choice
is to find and face what frightens her most. Because I Had To takes
the reader inside the worlds of adoption, teen therapy, family law,
and the search for a biological family. With a cast of finely drawn,
complicated characters, it asks us to consider: can the present ever
heal the past?
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Family
law specialist David Bulitt has been praised as the lawyer who
“epitomizes stability and old fashioned common sense” by Bethesda
Magazine and routinely makes every top Washington DC Metro lawyer
list. His clients say that he is “the best non-shaving,
motorcycle-riding, bourbon-drinking, non-lawyer, lawyer” they
know. 

 

 

The
grandson of a New Jersey bartender, Bulitt was the first member of
his family to get a professional degree. After years of raising kids
and focusing on family responsibilities, Bulitt Bulitt now spends
much of his spare time discussing world issues with his dogs and
working on his novels. His first book, CARD GAME, was published in
2015 to a bevy of five star reviews. His new novel, BECAUSE I HAD TO,
is available now on Roundfire Books.

 

 

Bulitt
is the Assistant Managing Director of Joseph, Greenwald and Laake,
PA, one of Maryland’s largest and most prominent law firms. His
practice focuses on all areas of family law, including cases that
involve complex financial and property matters and property
distribution, divorce, and child custody disputes. He is often
appointed by local courts to serve in one of the most difficult and
demanding legal roles, as a Best Interests Attorney for children
whose parents are embroiled in high conflict custody disputes. He
also has extensive expertise working with families that have children
with special needs.

 

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Escaped the castle to be captured by a dragon…

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
Fire
and Fate
Dragons
of Galicia Series Book 1
by
Simone Pond
Genre:
Epic YA Fantasy
 
In
Simone Pond’s captivating new fantasy series, a peasant girl
embraces her dragon slayer destiny, calling on the legendary power of
her family’s bloodline to conquer an evil kingdom and kill every
last dragon in Galicia.
Unknowing
descendant of a legendary dragon slayer, Evelyn is convinced that
getting out of her quaint yhamlet is the answer to finding true love
and happiness. But she seems destined to work on her mother’s farm,
while the other girls present themselves before the gallant Prince
Kieran in his quest to find a lady-in-waiting.
When
the prince finally takes notice of Evelyn, he’s smitten and chooses
her above all the others. Evelyn is elated about living in Verubri
Castle and the possibility of marriage. But her happiness is quickly
squelched when the prince invites Evelyn’s arch rival, Ciara, to
join them.
Before
traveling north, Evelyn discovers her dragon slayer ancestry,
something she knows must be concealed from Prince Kieran who
would consider it treason against his kingdom. But the only way to
survive the treacherous journey is to expose herself and possibly
ruin her future and even end her life.
The
Dragons of Galicia series is set in a world inspired by Celtic
legends. Fire and Fate leads directly into the next book in the
series, Fire and Chains.
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Fire and Chains
Dragons
of Galicia Series Book 2
 
In the second book of the
vibrantly depicted Dragons of Galicia Series, Evelyn of Gorias rises
to her dragon slayer calling as she fights to conquer a kingdom of
deceit, betrayal, and powerful dragons.
Though Evelyn survived the journey
across the mountain ranges, the challenges
are just beginning. Verubri Castle holds dark secrets, Prince Kieran
is a tyrant, and Ciara is resolute on destroying Evelyn and seducing
the prince.
When a
dragon nearly burns down an entire village, Evelyn must go after the
beast. But this won’t be easy, not when the prince has her heavily
guarded. Evelyn’s hope wains, until she encounters a stranger who
changes the course of everything.
With the looming threat of the
entire clan of Galician Dragons being reawakened, Evelyn must hurry
to save the kingdom, while Ciara aims to rule it. To accomplish their
goals, they must defeat Prince Kieran. In their individual struggles
to conquer and prevail, Evelyn and Ciara face external and internal
demons they never imagined possible.
 
 
Fire
and Blood
Dragons
of Galicia Series Book 3
 
In
the final book of the Dragons of Galicia Series, every turn is
fraught with dangerous threats in the quest to save the kingdom.
Narrowly
escaping the castle to be captured by a dragon is only the beginning
of Evelyn’s problems. The list of opponents grows as she battles
Ciara, Prince Kieran’s army, and
more dragons.
With
the neighboring villages being burned and pillaged, Evelyn must pull
together her own army of dragon warriors to fight the prince and his
knights. As her love for Doran
deepens, she’ll do anything to ensure he stays alive, even at the
cost of going to battle without him.
As
the war reaches an explosive peak, both Evelyn and Ciara face deadly
consequences. And the only way to save the north from total
destruction is for Evelyn to trust her most deceitful adversary,
Ciara. If the two don’t join forces, all will be lost.
 
 
 
 
 
I
write hard-to-put-down, action-packed novels for young and new
adults. I’m obsessed with Boston Terriers, Victorian dresses, and
the end of the world. I’m a warrior of light. 
I
grew up in Kensington, Maryland––a small town just outside
Washington D.C.––and spent most of my time filling up journals.
In 2013, I published my first fiction novel, The City Center, which
won a gold medal in dystopian fiction. I publish a book every couple
months, so be sure to sign my mailing list at 
simonepond.com for
updates on new releases.

 

 

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