Western Love Story about a bull riding rancher and his deceased best
buddy’s Thai immigrant mail order bride. As she discovers the power
of freedom, he discovers he’s lost his heart.
Weston Beaudurantâ€™s buddy, rodeo clown Cody Goode is killed in a
rodeo accident — gored by the maniacal bull Baby Face that Weston is
riding, Weston is consumed with guilt. The day after the accident,
while going through Codâ€™s papers, lawyer Wynona Vasquez discovers
that he had been secretly engaged to a Thai immigrant who is arriving
by train that evening.
by unanimous decision to be the welcoming committee, Weston arrives
at the train station prepared for anything but the lovely forlorn
creature he finds waiting in the rain. Though appearing waif-like,
Song Phan-Rang is anything but fragile. Her mettle quickly rises to
the surface in her determination to remain in Y-oh-ming.
together by their circumstances, Weston and Song are explosive. Used
to solitude, Weston is driven crazy by the obliging Song. But as Song
shows her prowess not only as a housekeeper and cook, but as a rider
and rancher as well, Weston discovers that against his best efforts
(and damned if he’ll ever admit it) — he’s falling in love.
Podgorskiâ€™s stage plays have been produced in Los Angeles, New York
City and regionally. She had the privilege of interviewing Dr.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross for her one-act play Windstorm, which was
presented as part of the annual festival CelebrateWomen that Leigh
also co-produced. We Are Still Here, the story of Cahuilla Indian
elder Katherine Siva Saubel, was premiered at the Gene Autry Western
Heritage Museum as part of CelebrateWomen 2000. The play has been
presented throughout Southern California at college campuses,
Universities, and Indian Reservations and Casinos.
addition to her plays, Leigh has penned several original
award-winning screenplays and several of her monologues have been
published through Meriwether Publishing, Ltd..
produced her first documentary, We Are Still Here, based on the play
in 2007, which she also wrote and directed. The film has screened at
the. American Indian Film Festival, Sherman Indian Film Festival, Cal
State San Marcos Native American Film Festival, and the Talking Stick
to live with her strict, aloof, and uncaring uncle after her parents
are killed in a car accident, twelve-year-old orphan Alyssa McCarthy
longs for the life she used to haveâ€”one filled with fun and love.
Then one stormy night, a message appears in the raindrops on the
window that will change everything.
life will never be the same again, as magic will interfere.”
long, Alyssa is kidnapped by Master Beau, a banished sorcerer with a
mysterious connection to her who can only regain his power by
weakening hers. Suddenly hurled into a world of wizardry filled with
fantastical beasts and marvelous technology beyond her wildest
imagination, Alyssa must defeat Master Beau if she ever wants to get
home again. But Master Beau will stop at nothing, including using
Alyssaâ€™s friends, to ensure he is triumphant.
titled “From Frights to Flaws”, this story is the exciting
and enchanting first book in the “Magical Missions” series.
like magic, has a habit of repeating itself
been six months since thirteen-year-old Alyssa McCarthy left magic
behind for good. Or so she thoughtâ€¦
the enchanted objects that protected her disappear. Now a skeleton
named Errol has cursed her with magical powers that keep getting her
in trouble. Suddenly strange things are happening with disastrous
effects, and if Alyssa canâ€™t learn to control the magic, she will
lose everything she holds dear.
order to get rid of her unwanted wizardry, Alyssa will have to boost
her bravery and confidence and determine who Errol really is. But
every time Alyssa uses an enchantment, Errol is one step closer to
getting his flesh back and becoming alive, and he will do anything to
achieve his goalsâ€¦even if it means destroying Alyssaâ€™s
published in 2016 as “Wizardry Gone Wild”, “The
Uncontrollable Curse” is book two in the exciting and
suspenseful paranormal Magical Missions series.
Prasad has been writing stories for over several years, starting at
the age of six. Now twenty-four, she is done with college and will
pursue a career in art and design as well as continue to write for
children. Aside from that, Sunayna also likes to cook, watch movies,
and draw. She lives on Long Island, New York, with her family.
is Leon Malmedâ€™s true story of his and his sister Rachelâ€™s escape
from the Holocaust in Occupied France. When their father and mother
were arrested in 1942, their courageous and heroic French neighbors
volunteered to watch their children until they returned. Leonâ€™s
parents were taken first to Drancy, then to Auschwitz-Birkenau, and
they never returned. Meanwhile their downstairs neighbors, Henri and
Suzanne Ribouleau, gave the children a home and family and sheltered
them through subsequent roundups, threats, air raids, and the warâ€™s
privations. The courage, sympathy, and dedication of the Ribouleaus
and others stand in strong contrast to the collaborations and moral
weakness of many of the French authorities. Leon and Rachel each came
to America after the war, but always kept their strongest ties to
â€œPapa Henri and Maman Suzanne,â€ who were honored as â€œRighteous
Among the Nationsâ€ by Yad Vashem in 1977. Leon bares his soul in
this narrative of love and courage, set against a backdrop of
tragedy, fear, injustice, prejudice, and the greatest moral outrage
of the modern era. It is a story of goodness triumphing once more
Malmed was born in France on October 4th, 1937.
is a Holocaust Survivor.
immigrated to the U.S, in 1964. He lived 18 years in New York.
was a resident of the San Francisco Bay area for 30 years. He and his
now live full time in South Lake Tahoe.
graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Paris. He
is a graduate of the Finance Senior Executive program at UCLA and the
Executive Institute for Management of High Technology Companies at
Stanford Business School.
worked in the High Tech industry in Silicon Valley where he held
executive positions for over 30 years. He served on Hi-Tech companies
Board of Directors and is currently on the Board of the Lake Tahoe
Community College Foundation.
60 years of total silence about his childhood during the Holocaust
and aftermath, Leon decided to publish his memoir. He is the author
of â€œWe Survivedâ€¦At Last I Speakâ€ available in English, French
books are available at Amazon.com, Lulu.com, Kindle.com and
speaks about the Holocaust in Schools, Colleges, Universities,
Churches, Synagogues, Book clubs and Men and womenâ€™s clubs in the
US, in Europe and South America. He has been interviewed on TV and
writing books, he loves riding bikes, skiing, sailing and golfing.
participated last year in the Dancing with the Tahoe Stars and won
one of the two trophies.
in poverty with his abusive father, Adam Judson never considered
himself special. Not even when the authoritative American government
abducted him to be part of its secretive weapons program. But
becoming a highly-trained child soldier was just the start of Adam’s
journey. After being condemned to undergo the program’s most brutal
procedure, Adam became a super human of unimaginable power. Now he
faces the burden of deciding if his newfound abilities make him a god
or just another weapon.
Frank is a comic
writer and author that is not as crazy as his work makes him out to
Since his writing
career began he’s had multiple short stories published in horror
anthologies by both Burning Willow Press and Stitched Smile
Publications. Frank has also hadÂ comic shorts appear in the
“fluff noir”Â anthology seriesÂ Torsobear and the
all-ages horror anthology Cthulhu is Hard to Spell.
Frank also wrote and
produced the comic anthology series Modern Testament, which featured
a wide ensemble of artists throughout its four volumes. Frank’s
novels includeÂ the YA sci-fi thriller Predestiny published by
Crossroads Press and the zombie horror Mountain Sickness published by
lives in New York with his wife and three kids.
JACK NANUQ currently makes his living as a Private Investigator; hence the nom de guere (and no profile photo). Prior this occupation he lived the nine lives of a cat. He has been a teacher, police officer, park ranger, equipment operator, freight handler and even a ranch hand.
He has lived and worked in Egypt, Alaska, Oregon and New York (the State, not the City). He has snorkeled in the Red Sea. Slept on the Nile River and under the Northern Lights (but not at the same time). Walked among grizzlies, ridden his bike under the midnight sun, climbed Mt St Helens, and evenÂ jumped out of a perfectly good airplane.
He and his wife currently live on a small farm near Albany, NY. They share this property with three dogs, three cats, a handful of chickens and two peacocks. He enjoys, outdoor activities, writing, Tae Kwon Do and teaching self-defense.Â Â
How does a POW become a spy? And why? And what the hell is a GALCO? These are only a few of the questions Carson Nowak needs answers to.
Carson Nowak is a CIA contractor like none youâ€™ve ever met before.Â Shortly after George W Bush is elected president Carson is tasked with retrieving a trunk load of documents.Â The order comes not from the Agency or even the President; but a higher authority, his Nana.Â In addition to the documents the trunk contains a war relic that is tied to a mysterious death just before D-Day.Â Tracing the provenance behind this relic triggers a chain of events that not only unlocks Carsonâ€™s family history but garners the interest of a South American hit squad. Carson must navigate the challenges of protecting his family, maintaining his business, ensuring the safety of a refugee developing a revolutionary weapons system, and deal with an infuriating curmudgeon.Â Along the way he falls in love.Â To navigate these challenges he must enlist the help of a pencil-thin code breaker, a claustrophobic corpsman and a Haitian nurse.Â Â Â
Carson Nowak navigated the minefield that was his great-grandmotherâ€™s attic; careful to step where the random boards were nailed to the joists. The dry-rotted flooring had the structural integrity of toilet paper. No need to crash through the ceiling; that would really set her off. Moldy boxes, piles of clothes and garish Christmas decorations, all covered in layers of dust and pigeon poop, further complicated the task.
He glanced at the map, drawn on the back of a piece of junk mail. The queen of recycling, Nana never threw anything away without finding at least a second use for it. He spotted the old tarp. The steamer trunk should be under that mess. Carson sighed, â€œAny farther away and it would have been in the neighborâ€™s house.â€
What the hell am I doing? he thought. Carson had tried to talk her out of this foolâ€™s errand, but she insisted it be brought downstairs. When he showed reluctance, she screamed at him in the four languages she knew best. Then in the one she knew the least; English.Â
great power has awakened within Princess Kallan.
keep the princess hidden, she is taken to Alfheim; her abilities
suppressed and her memory erased.
later, Kallan inherits her fatherâ€™s war, and vows revenge on the
one man she believes is responsible: Rune, King of Gunir. But soon, a
twist of fate puts Kallan in protection of the man she has sworn to
kill, and Rune in possession of powers he does not understand.
in the world of Men, the two must form an unlikely alliance to make
their way home and solve the mystery of their past – and of the
Shadow that hunts them both.
forÂ Dolor and Shadow:
sweeping, epic novel… highly recommend it to all fantasy lovers.”Â –
Erin S. Riley, author of Odin’s Shadow
B. Chrysler has brought world building to breathtaking heights with
â€˜Dolor and Shadowâ€™”Â – Jay Norry, Amazon
is book one in a set that has the potential to become timeless”Â –
Timothy Bateson, Amazon Review
the Fae gods draw near, Queen Kallanâ€™s strength is tested.
follows King Rune, but the Shadow Beast caged within Runeâ€™s body is
writhing in hunger. Kallanâ€™s newest companion, Bergen – the
legendary Berserk – is determined to end the conflict in her life.
the three come together, the truth buried in the past resurfaces.
Now, Kallan must master a dormant power… or watch her kingdom fall
to the Fae, who will stop at nothing to keep their lies.
Angela B. Chrysler
is a writer, logician, philosopher, and die-hard nerd who studies
theology, historical linguistics, music composition, and medieval
European history in New York with a dry sense of humor and an unusual
sense of sarcasm. She lives in a garden with her family and cats.
In 2014, Ms.
Chrysler founded Brain to Books and the virtual trade show, Brain to
Books Cyber Convention. A passionate gardener and incurable cat
lover, Ms. Chrysler spends her days drinking coffee and writing
beside a volume of Edgar Allan Poe who strongly influences her style
to this day. When Ms. Chrysler is not writing, she enables her
addictions to all things nerdy, and reads everything she can get her
hands on no matter the genre. Occasionally, she finds time to mother
her three children and debate with her life-long friend who she
eventually married. Her writing is often compared to Tad Williams.
Her influences are Edgar Allan Poe, The Phantom of the Opera, and
Angela also loves
writing, cats, reading, knitting, gardening, Tai Chi, Yoga,
meditation, coffee, BBC, baking, cooking, dancing, singing, anime,
KNIVES welds the intensity of Jack Bauerâ€™s â€œ24â€ to the
scorching heat of THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNETâ€™S NEST.
author is a great talent.â€ â€” Aaron C. Brown, Amazon Top 1000
a man plummets to his death from an apartment tower, Will Finchâ€™s
shock soon becomes a nightmare. As he studies the open windows above
the corpse, Finch notices a lamp blinking erratically behind a drawn
curtain on the eleventh floor.
he investigates the distress signal, Finch discovers a woman
handcuffed to a bedpost. Over the following week, he uncovers a
conspiracy that ties the murder to a series of bombshells. The
victimâ€™s bankruptcy. A global stock fraud. A murder spree that
began in Baghdad and is now haunting the citizens of San Francisco.
Is this the work of a serial killer, a copycat â€”Â or both?
Knives is the prequel thriller in the Will Finch crime series â€” a
novel that opens on the first day of Will Finchâ€™s journalism
career. Everything that Finch learns about crime reporting begins
with Five Knives.
Amazon bestselling author, D.F. Bailey is a W.H. Smith First Novel
Award and a Whistler Independent Book Award finalist.
2015 D.F. Bailey published The Finch Trilogy â€” Bone Maker, Stone
Eater, and Lone Hunter â€” three novels narrated from the
point-of-view of a crime reporter in San Francisco. Second Life
(2017) is the first in a series of stand-alone books that follows the
characters established in the trilogy. The series prequel, Five
Knives, came out in 2018.
first novel, Fire Eyes, was optioned for film. His second novel,
Healing the Dead, was translated into German as Todliche Ahnungen.
The Good Lie, another psychological thriller, was recorded as an
audiobook. A fourth novel, Exit from America, made its debut as an
e-book in 2013.
his birth in Montreal, D.F. Bailey’s family moved around North
America from rural Ontario to New York City to McComb, Mississippi to
Cape May, New Jersey. He finally “landed on his feet” on
Vancouver Island â€” where he lives next to the Salish Sea in the
city of Victoria.
twenty-two years D.F. Bailey worked at the University of Victoria
where he taught creative writing and journalism and coordinated the
Professional Writing Cooperative Education Program â€” which he
co-founded. From time to time he also freelanced as a business writer
and journalist. In the fall of 2010 he left the university so that he
could turn “his pre-occupation with writing into a full-blown
Moss, Liz Ashlee, Clara Winter, Tammy Mannersly, Sarah Vance
Tompkins, Kitsy Clare, Mark Love, Melissa Kay Clarke
boyfriends and dangerâ€¦summer is certainly hot! Grab a hold tight as
these eight authors wow you with stories from sweet to sizzling!
After all, every day can have some summer fun!
Girl Code by Brooke Moss
is having the perfect evening out, with the perfect guy, on a perfect
summer night. The problem isâ€¦ Prestonâ€™s not her date. His real
date is her B.F.F., and sheâ€™s passed out in the backseat.
on Water by Liz Ashlee
watching everyoneâ€™s elseâ€™s lives hit huge milestones, all Hope
wants is to escape to her boring, unchanging, single life. So,
whereâ€™s the one logical place to escape to? A retirement home.
with a Pulse by Clara Winter
Alice finds herself rescuing a seal on the sands of Laguna Beach with
screenwriter Elijah. Can Alice put her past behind her and give
Elijah the chance he deserves?Â
Natural Passion by Tammy Mannersly
will marine biologist, Dylan O’Day, solve the illegal poaching
problem threatening the ecosystem he loves and protects when the
gorgeous, new intern, Kyra Shine, is occupying his every thought?
Had Me at Aloha by Sarah Vance Tompkins
media guru Vivienne Parker’s dream trip to Hawaii turns into a
nightmare when her roommate in the luxurious surf shack is the hot
Olympic athlete who just got her fired.
Than Puppy Love by Kitsy Clare
spark when Arianna, a city girl with an elite pet portrait business
is in a wreck and asks Dave a country auto mechanic for help, but can
these two beagle owners from different worlds see eye to eye?
Haven by Mark Love
sun, romance and a mystery to solve. Sounds like a perfect vacation
in the Key of Murder by Melissa Kay Clarke
in the South can mean a different type of heat when a newly appointed
investigator and a mechanical genius cross paths leading to murder
write because if I don’t…my head will explode, and ruin the
writes complex, character-driven stories about kismet, reunited
lovers, first love, and the kind of romance that we should all have
the chance at finding. She prefers her stories laced with some humor
just for fun, and enough drama to keep her readers flipping the
pages, and begging for more!
Brooke isn’t spinning tales, she spends her time drawing/cartooning,
reading, watching movies then comparing them to books, and, of
course, wrangling five kids, mugging on her hubby she lovingly refers
to as her “nerd”, and attempting to conquer the Mount
Everest of laundry that is the bane of her existence.
is a romance novelist who recently graduated from Northern Kentucky
University her B.A. in English and B.S. in Library Informatics. She
has been published inÂ Loch
Norse MagazineÂ andÂ The
has won the Miller Award for Outstanding Fiction Writing. She
currently lives in Independence, Kentucky, with her family and
Rugg grew up reading Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden, and
Alice in Wonderland, while watching Buck Rogers, Star Trek, and
Doctor Who. Writing her own stories naturally ensued. She is a wife,
mother, and former school counselor, with a Masterâ€™s Degree in
Counseling. Amy is from Colorado Springs, Co and currently resides in
Mission Viejo, Ca.
Mannersly is an Australian author based in Brisbane, Queensland.
She loves writing romance, has a fondness for animals, is crazy about
movies and enjoys a great Happily Ever After. Her passion for writing
started from a very young age and led her to complete a Bachelor
Degree in Creative Industries majoring in Creative Writing at
Queensland University of Technology.
Vance-Tompkins was born in a small town in northern Michigan. She
spent every summer exploring the sugar sand beaches near Sleeping
Bear National Park. She left her heart behind when she moved to Los
Angeles to attend the University of Southern California. She received
an MFA in Film Production and went on to work in feature film
development in Hollywood. She has worked as a reporter for a weekly
entertainment trade publication, and been paid to write obituaries,
press releases, the directions for use on personal lubricant bottles,
and breathless descriptions of engagement rings for an online jewelry
store. She lives in a small town north of Los Angeles with her
husband and three cats.
Clare hails from Philadelphia and lives in New York. A romantic
at heart, she loves to write about the sexy intrigue of the city, and
particularly of the art world. She knows it well, having shown her
paintings here before turning to writing. Model Position, her new
adult novella is about artist Sienna and her friends. Living in a
Bookworld says: â€œBeautifully written! We get to learn things about
art & painting, which is refreshing. A colorful story from a
promising new adult author.â€ The next in her Art of Love series,
Private Internship launches in September with Inkspell.
loves to travel, draw, read romance, speculative fiction and teach
writing workshops. She also writes YA as Catherine Stine. Her
futuristic thriller, Rubyâ€™s Fire was a YA finalist in the Next
Generation Indie book awards. Fireseed One, its companion novel, was
a finalist in YA and Sci-Fi in the USA News International Book
Awards, and an Indie Reader notable. Her YA horror, Dorianna,
launches fall 2014 with Evernight Teen. Sheâ€™s a member of SFWA, RWA
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Mark
am a Michigan native, who up until recently lived in the Metro
Detroit area, where crime and corruption always seem to be at the top
of everyone’s news. So there’s always the chance to find something
that can trigger a story idea and enough interesting characters to
jump start your imagination.
I have worked in many industries and career paths over the years, one
of my passions has always been writing. I was even able to parlay
that passion for a while, working as a freelance reporter for a
couple of newspapers in the Detroit area. Writing features and hard
news helped me hone my talents. But while newspaper work was
interesting and paid a few bills, it was a far cry from the fiction
writing that I enjoy the most.
always been drawn to mysteries and thrillers, the kind of stories
that have a fast pace, that keep you moving and keep you guessing as
to what’s going to take place next. Mix those in with some elements
of crime, perhaps a glimpse of the seedier side and you’ve got me. So
it’s always been one of my goals to write stories like
was born in Tupelo, Mississippi and raised in Houlka, a small rural
town forty-five minutes southwest down the famous Natchez Trace. She
found a love of reading very early and quickly devoured everything
she could. Told repeatedly that she had a wonderful imagination, she
turned to scribbling her musings and wrote her first novel while in
college. It was never published and has since vanished. The death of
a close friend who aspired to become an author reawakened her own
desire resulting in penning her first book, Shattered Dreams,
published in 2013.
now resides in Meridian, Mississippi with her supportive family â€“
husband, Robert and daughter Rebecca, two cats, and two dogs. When
she isn’t writing, she spends way too much time with her online
friends and feeding her ravenous appetite for the written word.
College student Kay Morowa goes up against warlords, poachers and human traffickers in The Phoenix Rising â€“ Destiny Calls.
After Kayâ€™s parents reveal that they havenâ€™t been honest with her about her past, Kay flies to South Africa feeling bitter and anxious. Her excitement on arrival is cut short when she becomes a victim of a human trafficking ring operated by a large-scale poaching operation.
Kay flees and finds her way to a dazzling refuge called Ipharadisi. There, she meets the majestic, menacing Queen Zaina and a handsome doctor named Erec.
Although impressed by Ipharadisiâ€™s beauty and noble reason for existence, Kayâ€™s sole desire is to return home to her college beau (whom she has much unsettled business with) and to her mom and dad, whom Kay never thought she could miss so much.
If Kay can survive the hand-to-hand combat sheâ€™ll need to learn to survive, she may just become the kind of peace-seeking hero her classmates would never believe. However, Kay may never get to tell the story if she canâ€™t find her way home, or if she is forced to stay, or worse, if in doing either, Kay dies.
The Phoenix Rising – Destiny Calls was inspired by global events. Please support organizations like Restore International (Love Does),
UNICEF and Wildlife Conservation Society.
New York native Phenice Arielle (featured on the book cover) majored in journalism at The Pennsylvania State University. Her favorite memories are those of traveling solo through South Africa and Namibia.
Having worked in both print and broadcast media, Phenice Arielle wrote, directed and produced a series of cinematic trailers for The Phoenix Rising â€“ Destiny Calls to give fans a taste of future plans for the book and rest of the series.
For book extras, exclusive content and to stay in the loop about the upcoming sequel,
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answer to whodunit may lie beyond the veil . . .
in upstate New York can be chilly, but Kailyn Wildeâ€™s shop,
Abracadabra, is a cozy respite where you can find lotions, potions,
and plenty of warm, feline company. But what customers donâ€™t know
is that the proprietor has some unusual powersâ€”and unusual friends,
including the renowned magician Merlin, whoâ€™s been transported into
the modern world. All of which comes in handy when thereâ€™s a murder
to be solved . . .
journalist Ryan Cutler has perished in a car accident in New Camel,
and his friend, Travis, suspects foul playâ€”especially when the
reporterâ€™s notes reveal a mysterious list of dead menâ€™s names.
Kailyn wants to help, but sheâ€™s also got her hands full with the
curmudgeonly Merlin, whoâ€™s not exactly maintaining a low profile.
Between keeping the wizard under wraps and mixing up cold remedies
that work like magic, sheâ€™ll have to tap into her many talents to
figure out a killerâ€™s fatal formula . . .
charming, must-read mystery with enchanting characters. A fun and
entertaining page turner.â€â€”Rose Pressey,Â USA
time to work her crime-solving magic again . . .
Wilde enjoys running her shop, Abracadabra, in the quaint New York
hamlet of New Camel, where she lives with her six cats. Her familyâ€™s
been here for centuries, and sheâ€™d like to keep up the tradition.
But the place may never be the same if a big hotel gets built, so she
does her civic duty and attends a town meeting along with her aunt
Tilly . . . and Merlin. Yes,Â thatÂ Merlinâ€”though
he gets introduced to folks as her â€œdistant English cousin.â€ The
wizard is pretty grumpy about being transported here, but there are
things about the modern world he doesnâ€™t mindâ€”like pizza.
was prepared for a heated debate about the hotel, but she wasnâ€™t
expecting murder. When Tilly finds the body of a board member outside
the schoolhouse, Kailyn doesnâ€™t want any suspicion cast on the
wrong person. She plans to crack this case, even if she has to talk
to every living soul in townâ€”plus a few departed ones . . .
has a sureÂ handed balance of humor and action.â€ â€”Julie
Hyzy,Â New York
Kailyn Wilde has learned to embrace her unpredictable life as a
descendant of small-town New Camelâ€™s most magickal family. She just
didnâ€™t expect to inherit her mother and grandmotherâ€™s
centuries-old shop, Abracadabra, so suddenly. The surprises keep
coming when Kailyn goes to finalize the estate at the local
attorneyâ€™s officeâ€”and stumbles over the body of her best friend
Eliseâ€™s husband . . .
a brash detective casts the blame on Elise, Kailyn summons her
deepest powers to find answers and start an investigation of her own.
What with running a business, perfecting ancient spells, and keeping
up with an uninvited guest of fabled origins, Kailyn has her hands
full. But with the help of her uncanny black cat Sashkatu and her
muumuu-clad Aunt Tilly, sheâ€™s closing in on a killerâ€”who will do
anything to make sure she never tests her supernatural skills again!
PapeÂ is the author of the popular Portrait of Crime and Crystal
Shop mystery series. She started writing stories in first grade and
never looked back. She studied French and Spanish literature in
college and went on to teach both languages on the secondary level.
After being diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer in 1992,
Sharon became a Reach to Recovery peer support volunteer for the
American Cancer Society. She went on to become the coordinator of the
program on Long Island. She and her surgeon created a non profit
organization called Lean On Me to provide peer support and
information to newly diagnosed women and men. After turning her
attention back to writing, she has shared her storytelling skills
with thousands of fans. She lives with her husband on Long Island,
New York, near her grown children. She loves reading, writing, and
providing day care for her grand-dogs.
I was born in a really small town in upstate New York, at the foot of the mountains.
What is the most difficult thing about being an author?
I think the most difficult thing is getting over imposter syndrome. It’s insidious, and it seems to be a permanent condition. At some point, I’m sure all the lovely readers will suddenly turn and realize that I’m winging all of it, and in reality, I’m just a silly introvert sitting in her house drinking too much coffee, pushing cats off my keyboard, and arguing with her imaginary friends.
Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
As cliche as it is, my family has made the greatest difference. I’m sure a lot of people say that, but I would never have been a writer if my mother hadn’t pretended that my writing was a treasure when I was little. Now, my husband supports my dream of being a writer, and he encourages me to keep going, even when I feel like giving up.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Actually, crime isn’t normally a genre I write, so initially, when I saw the anthology looking for submissions, I dismissed it. However, shortly after, I ended up having a miscarriage. It was devastating for my family, but I came out the other side thinking about what I really wanted to accomplish with the time I had, and I decided why not give it a try? So I did. I love reading crime, and I decided I was up for the challenge, so I dove into writing a short story for the anthology.
What is the name of your new book?
The new anthology is titled “Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime.”
Tell us more about it.
“Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” is a collection of eleven stories by eleven different authors, in all of which time plays a major factor. Each one tacklesÂ both crime and the prompt of time in totally unique ways and from fresh perspectives, so there’s a little of everything for different tastes.
What genre does your book fall under?
“Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” would fall under mystery, thriller, and crime.
What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?
For my short story included in the anthology, “Three O’Clock Execution,” what I really hope is that it makes people stop and think about the secrets people hide and how very few people are actually who, or what, they appear. For all of my writing, in general, I always try to push the boundaries of reality and make people think of the possibilities. Make them question their assumptions and their morals and how they approach the world. It’s a lofty goal, but that’s generally what I have in mind when I start a new piece.
Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?
“Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” is published by Dancing Lemur Press, LLC.
Where can we find your book?
“Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” is available on Amazon:
Yolanda Renee is a repeat author in the IWSG anthology contest – her first appearance was in Parallels: Felix Was Here. She has deferred her questions to her publisher, Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. http://www.dancinglemurpressllc.com/
this hysterical, irreverent and sometimes thought-provoking
collection of essays, the author takes us on a journey through
everyday, real-life events that started out as â€œuneventful,â€ but
wound up being anything but. â€œSnapshotsâ€ is a book that everyone
will identify with, and that will have you holding your stomach with
laughter and scratching your head in wonder!
Snapshots is the cheeky sibling of its predecessor Snapshots From My
Uneventful Life. Chatty, hilarious and often poignant, David I.
Aboulafia takes us on a journey through every day, real-life events
that start out as uneventful, but that wind up being anything butâ€¦
I. ABOULAFIA is an attorney with a practice in the heart of New York
City. He spends the wee hours of the morning writing books that
terrify and amuse. His days are spent in the courts and among the
skyscrapers, and his evenings with the trees, the stars, his wife and
his dog in a suburb north of the City.
her only daughter left for college, widow Pamela Paterson has kept
busy as associate editor of a craft magazine and founder of the Knit
and Nibble knitting club in quaint Arborville, New Jersey. Now, sheâ€™s
trying out a new hobbyâ€”solving murders!
is hosting the next Knit and Nibble meeting and canâ€™t wait to liven
up her otherwise empty home with colorful yarn, baking, and a little
harmless gossip. She even recruits Amy Morgan, an old friend who
recently moved to town, as the groupâ€™s newest member. But on the
night of the gathering, Amy doesnâ€™t show. Not until Pamela finds
the woman dead outsideâ€”a knitting needle stabbed through the front
of her handmade sweater . . .
committed murder before taking off with Amyâ€™s knitting bag, and
Pamela realizes that only she can spot the deadly details hidden in
mysterious skeins. But when another murder occurs, naming the
culpritâ€”and living to spin the taleâ€”will be more difficult than
Pamela ever imagined . . .
EhrhartÂ is a former English professor who lives in Leonia, New
Jersey, where she writes mysteries and plays blues guitar. She holds
a Ph.D. in medieval literature from the University of Illinois and
taught writing and literature at Queens College, CUNY, and Fairleigh
Dickinson University, where she was a tenured full professor. Her
short stories have appeared inÂ Futures Mystery Anthology
Magazine, Crime and Suspense, Flashing in the Gutters, Spinetingler,
Crime Scene: New Jersey 2, andÂ Murder New York Style. A longtime
member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, Peggy
served on the board of MWA New York as head of the Mentor Committee.
She was president of Sisters in Crime NY/TriState from 2013 to 2015.
Peggy regularly attends mystery writing conferences and participates
in conference panels and also gives talks on mystery fiction at
libraries in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey.
is a survivor. Sheâ€™s managed to piece together a solid life from a
childhood of broken memories and fairy tales her mom told her to
explain away bad dreams. But weekly visits to her mother still fill
Elle with a paralyzing fear she canâ€™t explain. Itâ€™s just another
of so many unanswered questions she grew up with in a family
estranged by silence and secrets.
world turns upside down when she receives a deathbed request from her
grandfather, a man she was told had died years ago. Racked by grief,
regrets, and a haunted conscience, he has a tale of his own to tell
Elle: about her mother, an imaginary friend, and two strangers who
came to the house one night and never left.
Elleâ€™s past unfolds, so does the truthâ€”if she can believe it. She
must face the reasons for her inexplicable dread. As dark as they
are, Elle must listenâ€¦before her grandfatherâ€™s death buries the
familyâ€™s secrets forever.
Holmes is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of
titles including Saving Abby, Stillwater Rising and The Memory Child.
Named in the Top 20 Women Author to read in 2015 by Good
Housekeeping, she won the National Indie Excellence Award in 2012 for
Finding Emma as well as the USA Book News Award for The Word Game in
2015. Having her Author Brand featured repeatedly on sites such as
Goodreads, BookBub, RedBook, and Goodhousekeeping, Steena is an
authority on creating an effective author brand and has been invited
to speak on the subject at various author forums around the world. To
find out more about her books and her love for traveling.
The emerald hills and violet valleys of
Wales seem the ideal place to start over after murder-and
divorce-shattered Eilidh’s life in the Scottish Highlands. But
within the stone walls of an ancient castle, a family’s dark,
violent past threatens much more than her newfound tranquility . . .
For the past two years, Eilidh has
called the quaint Welsh village of Thistlecross home, embracing her
new life as estate manager of a restored fifteenth-century castle.
But the long-anticipated arrival of her employer’s three estranged
sons and their wives transforms Gylfinog Castell from a welcoming
haven to a place seething with dangerous secrets. When the escalating
tensions culminate in murder, Eilidh must sift through a castle full
of suspects both upstairs and downstairs. She can trust no one as she
follows a twisting maze of greed and malice to ferret out a killer
who’s breaching every defense, preparing to make Eilidh the next to
After she divorce her jailed husband,Â Eilidh has a great job as the personÂ in charge of a castle and becomes friends with the owner. For two years things go well for all involved, until Annabel invites her three sons and their wives for a visit. Annabel thinks she can amend for the lack of protection she gave her sons under the brutal abuse they received from their father. Instead her favorite son is murdered and she dies just days later.
Murder in Thistlecross, by Amy M. Reade is a great story with twists and predictions alike. It is well done and will be good reading for those who enjoy murder mysteries with a light romance. I enjoyed the journey and the ending of this tale, as it takes us through what happens after the murders are resolved. Â It makes a nice summer read or is great to Â curl up with by the fire.
TodayÂ bestselling authorÂ Amy
M. ReadeÂ is also the author
ofÂ Secrets of Hallstead
HouseÂ andÂ The
Ghosts of Peppernell Manor. She
grew up in northern New York, just south of the Canadian border, and
spent her weekends and summers on the St. Lawrence River. She
graduated from Cornell University and then went on to law school at
Indiana University in Bloomington. She practiced law in New York City
before moving to southern New Jersey, where, in addition to writing,
she is a wife, a full-time mom and a volunteer in school, church and
community groups. She lives just a stone’s throw from the Atlantic
Ocean with her husband and three children as well as a dog and two
cats. She loves cooking and all things Hawaii and is currently at
work on her next novel.
During swim season you can find Marianne Sciucco, a dedicated Swim Mom for ten years, at one of many Skyline Conference swim meets cheering for her daughter and her team, the Mount Saint Mary College Knights.
Marianne is not a nurse who writes but a writer who happens to be a nurse. A lover of words and books, she dreamed of becoming an author when she grew up but became a nurse to avoid poverty. She later brought her two passions together and writes about the intricate lives of people struggling with health and family issues.
Her debut novel “Blue Hydrangeas,” an Alzheimerâ€™s love story, is a Kindle bestseller, IndieReader Approved, a BookWorks featured book, and a Library Journal Self-e Selection. She also has two short stories available on Kindle, “Ino’s Love” and “Collection.â€
A native Bostonian, Marianne lives in New Yorkâ€™s Hudson Valley, and when not writing works as a campus nurse at a community college.
Sometimes winning is everything. Champion swimmer Aerin Keane is ready to give up her dreams of college swimming and a shot at the Olympics. As she starts senior year in her third high school, Aerin’s determined to leave her family troubles behind and be like all the other girls at Two Rivers. She’s got a new image and a new attitude. She doesnâ€™t want to win anymore. She’s swimming for fun, no longer the freak who wins every race, every title, only to find herself alone. But when her desire to be just one of the girls collides with her desire to be the best Two Rivers has ever seen, will Aerin sacrifice her new friendships to break a longstanding school record that comes with a $50,000 scholarship?
â€œIÂ canâ€™t believe you guys get up so early to swim,â€ said Kelsey.
remind me,â€ said Erica. She looked like she was ready to fall asleep at theÂ table.
â€œItâ€™sÂ only three times a week,â€ said Mel, â€œand itâ€™s not mandatory, but anyone whoâ€™sÂ serious about swimming makes it.â€
Aerin,â€ said Erica, giving me a sidelong glance.
Iâ€™ve got gym first period. I donâ€™t want to work out in the pool, dry off, andÂ then hit the gym.â€
â€œAÂ weak excuse,â€ Erica said.
â€œAnd,Â unlike you two, I donâ€™t have a ride, remember?â€
â€œYouÂ could walk,â€ Erica suggested. â€œYou only live a half mile from the school.â€
â€œAtÂ five-thirty in the morning? No thanks.â€
MelÂ finished the rest of her orange juice and crushed the carton in one hand beforeÂ putting it down on the table. â€œTatiana has gym first period, and she makesÂ morning practice. And a few of the other girls walk to practice in the dark, soÂ thatâ€™s no big deal. Aerin doesnâ€™t come because Aerin is a slacker.â€ She met myÂ eyes straight on.
â€œOoooh,â€Â said Erica, sitting upright. â€œThis is getting interesting.â€
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unexpected promise . . . an everlasting passion.
accomplished musician, Dorothea Flammel has refused more proposals
than any London debutante; her only true love is her music. Doryâ€™s
shimmering talent and beauty have long been adored from afar by
Thomas Wheel, an untitled gentleman who can only dream of asking for
the hand of a noblemanâ€™s daughter. But when her father, the
insolvent Lord Flammel, arranges for Dory to marry a lecherous Earl
in order to pay off a debt, she runs to Thomasâ€”and proposes
marriage to him.
to Scotland saves Dory from a disastrous fate, but what is for her a
mere marriage of convenience proves more passionateâ€”and more
complexâ€”than either imagined as rumors, scandal, and buried
emotions come to light. And when a vengeful challenge from a drunken
and embittered Lord Flammel puts Thomasâ€™s life on the line, will
the fragile trust between husband and wife be enough to save them
writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a
little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Books have always been her
perfect escape and she still relishes diving into one and staying up
all night to finish a good story. Originally from New York, she grew
up in New Jersey. She now lives in the southwest with her real life
hero, her wonderful husband. When she is not reading or writing she
enjoys cooking, travel, history and puttering in her garden.
has it that John ran off to war and died in battle. Now, as the new
Duke of Worley, his shocking resurrection throws the ton into a tizzy
and makes him one of Englandâ€™s most sought after bachelorsâ€”except
that heâ€™s already engaged.
needs a wife capable of smoothing his beloved sisterâ€™s introduction
into society. But though Emma happily grants him his freedom, her
fiery beauty and resilient spirit hold him captive. In fact, John has
no intention of letting her go. Her fate is now in his hands, but
will her heart be safe there as well?
is an award winning author of historical and contemporary romance. In
addition to being named the 2015 winner in the Historical Category of
the Romance Writers of AmericaÂ® Golden HeartÂ® contest, Sara has
been a finalist and winner in several other writing competitions. A
daughter of the Midwest, Sara was born in Illinois, grew up in
Michigan, and currently lives in Ohio. In addition to her writing
endeavors, Sara is a wife and mother in a large, blended family.
â€œGlassâ€ Childers is living a double life. On the surface, heâ€™s
the indolent Viscount Walling, but in truth heâ€™s an intelligence
agent searching for a Bolshevik weapons master. The coolly beautiful
and headstrong housekeeper is a distraction he doesnâ€™t needâ€”unless
sheâ€™s the key piece in the puzzle he must solve. Trusting her could
be dangerousâ€”but loving her is an undeniable temptation . . .
Hiestand was born in Illinois but her family migrated west before she
started school. Since then she has claimed Washington State as home,
except for a few years in California. She wrote her first story at
age seven and went on to major in creative writing at the University
of Washington. Her first published fiction was a mystery short story,
but since then it has been all about the many flavors of romance.
Heatherâ€™s first published romance short story was set in the
Victorian period and she continues to return, fascinated by the rapid
changes of the nineteenth century. The author of many novels,
novellas and short stories, she makes her home in a small town with
her husband and son and supposedly works out of her tiny office,
though she mostly writes in her easy chair in the living room.
Former Special Forces soldier Hank
Fleming is living a safe, quiet life in upstate New York, but there
are days he isnâ€™t sure heâ€™s going to make it. The sole survivor
of a devastating grenade attack in Afghanistan, he is still scarred,
physically and emotionally. He hangs on to his faith and tries to
keep moving forward, waiting for the day that somethingâ€”or
someoneâ€”can make him feel whole again.
When shadows from Cindyâ€™s past
threaten, Hankâ€™s protective instincts shift into high gear, and he
realizes everyone has their own battles to fight. But the road to
healing would be much sweeter with the right person by his side . . .
Irene Onorato was born and raised in
Bronx, New York. Her father, a first-generation American whose
parents were born in Italy, was an Army veteran who had served with
the 178th combat engineers during WWII. He told numerous stories of
battles, hardships, tragedies and triumphs. The glimpses he gave into
the hearts of many American warriors would later become the
inspiration for much of Ireneâ€™s writings.
In 1972, a few months after graduating
high school, Irene met James Onorato, a soldier who had just returned
from Vietnam. After dating two weeks, they married, raised three
children, and are still happily married today.
Irene and James, both radiation
protection technicians, retired from the nuclear power industry in
2014 and now reside in Louisiana. Readers can visit Ireneâ€™s website
at ireneonorato.com, and find her on Facebook.
All Special Forces sergeant Jason Dexter ever
wanted was to serve his countryâ€”with his fatherâ€™s blessing.
Although the elder Dexter has yet to make his peace with his sonâ€™s
decision, Jason has no regrets. Still, he has mixed feelings about
returning to his upstate New York town. But his perspective changes
at a friendâ€™s wedding, where he meets a lovely, gifted musician.
Now Jason has a new mission: to get to know Aria Greco better.
The daughter of Jasonâ€™s commanding officer,
Aria dreams of becoming a concert pianist. Meeting the handsome
soldier transforms both their lives. But Ariaâ€™s ambition, Jasonâ€™s
unresolved family conflicts, and jealousy over rivals on both sides
soon threatens their blossoming relationship. As Jason prepares for a
dangerous deployment, will the mounting tensions tear them apart, or
is their loveâ€”and the faith they shareâ€”powerful enough to heal
the past and embrace the future?
Irene Onorato was born and raised in the
Bronx, New York. Her father, a first-generation American whose
parents were born in Italy, was an Army veteran who had served with
the 178th combat engineers during WWII. He told numerous stories of
battles, hardships, tragedies and triumphs. The glimpses he gave into
the hearts of many American warriors would later become the
inspiration for much of Ireneâ€™s writings.
In 1972, a few months after graduating high
school, Irene met James Onorato, a soldier who had just returned from
Vietnam. After dating two weeks, they married, raised three children,
and are still happily married today.
Irene and James, both radiation protection
technicians, retired from the nuclear power industry in 2014 and now
reside in Louisiana. Readers can visit Ireneâ€™s website at
ireneonorato.com, and find her on Facebook.
may be the 21st century, but in a not-so-united kingdom the wounds of
the Wars of the Roses have never healed. The rivalry between the
Yorkish north and Lancastrian south has threatened to pull the nation
apart for over 500 years.Â
the modern world struggles with fractures born of ancient conflict,
Lady Amelia Brockett faces far more mundane problems. Known to her
family as Meels, this youngest daughter of a Northern earl is having
the Worst. Christmas. Ever. Dumped by her boyfriend and rejected from
graduate school, her parents deem her the failure of the
when her older brother tries to cheer her with a trip to the races, a
chance meeting with Arthur, the widowed, playboy Prince of Wales,
offers Amelia the chance to change her life — and Britain’s fortunes
— forever. Hunted by the press — and haunted by Arthur’s niece who
fancies herself the kingdom’s court witch — Amelia finds herself
adrift in a sea of paparazzi, politics, and prophecy.
few allies beyond her allergic-to-horses sister-in-law, her best
friend who has a giant crush on the prince, and the cute young
receptionist at Buckingham Palace that calls himself her Royalty
Customer Service Representative, Amelia must navigate a perilous and
peculiar course to secure Arthur’s love and become A Queen from the
is a queer writer based in New York and Washington, DC. She is a
researcher, statistician, and novelist.
has a bachelorâ€™s degree in International Relations from the
University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada) and a masterâ€™s degree in
International Affairs from American University (Washington, DC).
with Racheline Maltese she founded Avian30, a literary collective
dedicated to stories with magical and sexual realism. She is a hybrid
author. She and Racheline Maltese have self-published titles (A Queen
From the North, 2017; The Art of Three, 2017, and the Love in Los
Angeles series, which was originally published by Torquere Press in
2014 and is being re-released in 2017). They have also published work
with Cleis Press, Dreamspinner (The Loveâ€™sÂ
Labours series, 2015), Supposed Crimes (Young Love Old Hearts, 2015).
lives with her spouse and their two cats.
can fly a plane, sail a boat, and ride a horse, but has no idea how
to drive a car. With Erin McRae she writes romance about fame and
public life. She is also a producer and writer on Tremontaine, Serial
Box Publishing’s adventure of manners, swordplay, and chocolate
that’s a prequel to Ellen Kushner’s gay lit classic, Swordspoint.
training includes a journalism degree from The George Washington
University, as well as acting and directing coursework at the
Atlantic Theater Company Acting School (New York City) and the
National Institute of Dramatic Art (Sydney, Australia).
fiction, non-fiction and poetry has appeared in numerous outlets, and
she is a regular speaker on pop-culture topics at fan and academic
conferences. Racheline also voiced Desire and Delirium in a benefit
performance of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman for the CBLDF.