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A small town with a dark secret. A new arrival in grave danger. Can she solve the mystery before she ends up the next victim?

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019
Beneath
the Surface
Secrets
In Oak Creek Book 2
by
B.K. Stubblefield
Genre:
Mystery, Romance
 
He
clutched his head in his hands. His shoulders shook, but no sound
came. Minutes stretched, interrupted only by the pop of burning
wood.”
 
Ryan
Collins had it all – financial freedom, an exciting career, and
attractive women. A favorite photographer in the glamorous world of
fashion, his lifestyle is the envy of many. Only a few know of the
demons that haunt him.
When
Ryan and Emily Carmichael discover Oak Creek’s dirty secret, they
become witnesses to a drug crime. With Ryan’s plans for a career
change temporarily on hold, the physical and emotional attraction to
Emily grows strong. But a twisted truth taught so many years ago
spirals to the surface and strangles his heart. A romantic
relationship just isn’t meant to be.
While
assisting a friend with a documentary in the African wild, Ryan is
forced to confront his terrors. As the battle within rages will he be
able to permanently silence the voices this time? Will he find a way
back to Emily, and the happiness he so desperately craves? Or is
it too late?
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Secrets
in Oak Creek
Secrets
In Oak Creek Book 1
 

A
small town with a dark secret. A new arrival in grave danger. Can she
solve the mystery before she ends up the next victim?

The
best part of Emily’s childhood may have been the time she spent with
her quirky aunt. So when her favorite relative passes away, she drops
everything to attend the funeral in the small town of Oak Creek. But
she never expected to inherit her aunt’s entire estate, including her
massive black dog Bentley. Just as she starts to get the hang of
small-town life, an unknown driver runs her off the road and sends
her to the hospital.
As
doctors tend to her and she makes a connection with a charming Oak
Creek resident named Ryan, Emily racks her brain to figure out who
would want her dead. When sparks start to fly between her and the
Good Samaritan that sat by her bedside, they team up to solve the
mystery. Digging into the crime starts to reveal a dark side to Oak
Creek and long-held secrets nobody wants revealed. Emily and Ryan
must uncover the truth before her assailant comes back to finish the
job.
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B.K. Stubblefield is
a new writer with a passion for animal rescue. After adopting her new
dog Harper, she was quickly overwhelmed with the challenges of
raising a “puppy on steroids”. Together with her close
friend, Debra Wagner, she published ‘Rescued: A Tale of Two Dogs’,
two nonfiction tales of love, patience and commitment.

 

In an
effort to help bring awareness to animal neglect and abuse in our own
neighborhoods, B.K. Stubblefield shares several short stories of
animals brought out of the shadows and into the light of love in her
second book “Rescued: Out of The Shadows.”
Fictional
short stories and memory books/journals continue to carry the theme
of dog rescue.
B.K. Stubblefield is also a contributing author
to “Be Their Voice: An Anthology for Rescue, Volume I & II

 

 

Her debut novel,
‘Secrets in Oak Creek’, a mystery/romance, was published in November
2017.

 

 

 

Born and raised
in Germany, the author has spent many years supporting her husband’s
military career. Moving between Europe and the United States, she now
makes her home in the small rural town of Elizabethtown, Kentucky
where she enjoys the slower pace of small town living. Early morning
weekend walks with her dog Harper are among her favorite activities.

 

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Will Kathryn’s warmth and beauty melt George’s cold heart?

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

 

Lauraine Henderson lives with her husband, dog and cat on 68 acres of woodland 40 miles north of Portland, Oregon. After growing up in Oregon, they moved their family of three children to Utah. From there they moved to Hawaii and Arizona, finally coming back to Oregon in 2015. Their three children, two girls and a boy are all grown and live across the United States. 
 
After being a professional bookkeeper for over twenty years, she turned her hobby of writing into her first published novel in 2016. She loves to write inspirational romance and romantic comedy and hopes her readers will be both entertained and uplifted by her stories. When she’s not writing, she’s working her way through online university, loves to paint (watercolors, oils, and acrylics), sew, knit, crochet, make beaded jewelry, and read (of course!).
George Stone can’t wait for the Christmas season to be over and his employees, especially his executive assistant, Kathryn Gleason, focused once again on their work. When a missing report requires George to stop in at Kathryn’s parents’ home the day before Christmas Eve, he ends up as an unexpected guest. Between the haunting journals of his late grandfather and the unsettling dream of an unhappy future, George is swept away by the magic of Kathryn’s charm and her family’s love. 
 

 

Will the Spirit of Christmas show George the happiness he’s missing and will Kathryn’s warmth and beauty melt his cold heart?
 
 
 
 

 

Snippet:
Had she ever seen George’s eyes sparkle like that? Maybe when he’d been
angry. But he wasn’t angry now and Kathryn pulled in a deep breath as she found
herself drawn into George’s deep brown eyes and matched their intensity.
Time slowed. “Oh!” Kathryn’s foot slipped and she fell back, landing
softly in the cold blanket of white. George relinquished his snowball, followed
her into the snow, and held himself above her while he shook cold, white
crystals from his knit hat over her face.
“Stop! Please. You win.” Kathryn laughed. “I give!”
“What do you give, Kathryn? What do I win?”
George asked so seriously, Kathryn had to look carefully to make sure
he was still teasing.
“What do you want, George?” Flirting wasn’t really her style, but he
brought out the tease in her.
George’s eyes flitted over her face, stopping at her eyes and then
moving on to her mouth. Her lips parted of their own accord and George leaned
in.
“Oomph!” George grunted when three little bodies all jumped on him and
pushed him against Kathryn. “I’m sorry. Are you hurt?” he asked in her ear,
barely above a whisper.
“I’m great,” she answered, the eyes glimmering back at him with
unfulfilled promises.
George licked his lips and pushed the kids off his back. Kathryn was
fairly certain she heard him say, “Later,” before he turned and pretended to
attack his assailants.

 

 

 

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One pre-apocalyptic Earth. One desperate space mission to find a solution. One unexpected alien

Sunday, October 28th, 2018
Astraeus
by
Haley Cavanagh
Genre:
SciFi Romance
 
One
pre-apocalyptic Earth. One desperate space mission to find a
solution. One unexpected alien. 
When Dr. Sakota
Thorell signed onto the mission to scout out a new, habitable planet,
she knew discovering extraterrestrial life was always a possibility.
But she never expected to find an alien adrift in space, nor for that
alien to be so intriguing. Sakota feels an instant and undeniable
attraction to Astraeus, but he represents a million possibilities,
and just as many threats.
There are others
hunting Astraeus, and his rescue may cost Earth its last hope. 
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Haley Cavanagh is a
military veteran, wife, and mother. She is an alumna of Columbia
College, a musical theater nut, and she loves to dive into any book
that crosses her path. Haley resides with her family in the United
States and enjoys spending time with her husband and children when
she’s not writing. She loves to hear from her readers, and encourages
you to contact her via her website and social media. She also writes
under the name Roxanne D. Howard.

 

 

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Awaken explores the characteristics of true love and loyalty in times of fear, war

Monday, July 16th, 2018
Marcia was born and raised in Argentina during the military regime which ended with the loss of many young lives in the invasion of the Falkland Islands. Amidst the devastating effects of military government and war, reading and writing became a passion which expanded and transported her imagination with the possibility of a brighter future.
 
At the age of eighteen, she moved to the United States, where she studied English and started her own family. She soon discovered that the love she has for her husband and children would naturally unfold towards her European roots, leading her to become a genealogist and family historian. A decade of searching, compiling, and learning the stories of thousands of people has instilled in her a profound gratitude for the strong ties that can be achieved in families through personal sacrifice.
 
So it is that through fiction, Awaken explores and exposes the characteristics of true love and loyalty in times of fear, war, and finally, death. But perhaps the most captivating element in the story is the battle within the souls of the main characters as they search to know who they really are and how they are connected.

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Could there exist a love powerful enough to overcome the grave?
Hard times during the Great Depression force nineteen-year-old Florence to leave her service at the monastery and seek employment. Fate brings her to work for a wealthy recluse, General Alexander Sterling. Despite many daunting events and a meddling housekeeper with dark secrets of her own, Florence and the General find themselves falling deeply in love.What she doesn’t know is that General Sterling has left his native country escaping a painful past, one he yearns to forget. Destiny won’t allow it as he meets Florence, whose resemblance to his deceased wife is unbearable. Could Florence actually be the same woman who still owns his heart and haunts his dreams?

When their blossoming romance is shattered by an explosive truth, a mysterious stranger gives her an opportunity to go back in time to unlock the secret to her existence. Florence must strive to return to the present time to save their relationship from the imminent danger that awaits them.

 

Snippet:
“Florence, since the first day I saw you at Oak’s
Place, my life has completely changed. Everything that I believed and accepted
as true has been uprooted by your presence.” Alex’s countenance revealed
another layer of himself, a depth of feeling I hadn’t seen before. 
 
“There are
many things I don’t understand, things that hurt so deep that I almost
convinced myself I was insane.” Alex arose and extended his hand to bring me to
my feet. Holding both of my hands in his, his gaze found mine. 
 
“I wanted to
stay away from you, but I couldn’t. I didn’t want to hurt you, but I did. Today
when you said that you’d leave and never come back if I asked you to, I
realized that I could never ask that of you. Even though it would be better for
you, I’m much too selfish. I’d die if I did.” 
 

 

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Preparing for My First Cockatiel is a beginner’s guide book for you and your children

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018
Preparing
For My First Cockatiel
by
Laurel A. Rockefeller
Genre:
Pets, How-To
 
Preparing
for My First Cockatiel is a beginner’s guide book for you and your
children to help you know what it takes to get ready for bringing
home your very first cockatiel. 

 

 

Unlike
most books about cockatiels out there, this one doesn’t try to cover
everything, but stays focused on what you need to be ready for your
new life with your bird.

 

 

Full
of personal stories and photos, you will get to know what life with
cockatiels is like from my many years living with and loving them. A
fun book for anyone who loves animals!

 

 

Topics
covered include:

 


Cockatiels as cockatoos

 


Primary cages

 


Travel/hospital cages (including cages for domestic &
international air travel)

 


Play spaces

 


Food

 


Toys

 


Perches

 


Food dishes

 


Communicating with a new or shy cockatiel

 


Preventing psittacosis (the main disease that transmits between
humans and birds)

 


Games to play with your new bird

 

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Born,
raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA Laurel A. Rockefeller
is author of over twenty books published and self-published since
August, 2012 and in languages ranging from Welsh to Spanish to
Chinese and everything in between. A dedicated scholar and
biographical historian, Ms. Rockefeller is passionate about education
and improving history literacy worldwide. 

 

 

With
her lyrical writing style, Laurel’s books are as beautiful to read as
they are informative.

 

 

In
her spare time, Laurel enjoys spending time with her cockatiels,
attending living history activities, travelling to historic places in
both the United States and United Kingdom, and watching classic
motion pictures and classic television series.

 

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He knows he will be the target of many, and his faith might eventually lead to death

Friday, May 18th, 2018
In a world where seventh born sons are valued for their strength and power, she is born a daughter.
 

 

Zezilia Ilar is the disappointment. Born after six brothers, she was supposed to be the son to restore her family’s prestige. She intends to remedy her shortcomings by being a dutiful daughter, marrying well and producing children, preferably a set of seven sons. But when someone offers her an alternative, she begins to dream of more.
 
 
In a society that worships a goddess, he follows the Almighty.
 
Hadrian Aleron, as a seventh son of a seventh son, stands to take up the second highest position in government, Sept Son. His main qualification for office is his birth. Despite preparing for this role from childhood, he does not desire what is to come. As a follower of the Almighty, he knows he will be the target of many, and his faith might eventually lead to death.
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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.
 

 

Now she spends her days being a wife, mother, teacher, and household manager. Her evenings and free moments are devoted to her other loves, writing and book cover design. Drawing on a lifelong fascination with reading and history, she spends hours creating historical feeling fantasy worlds and populating them with characters who live and breathe on the page. 

 

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Top Ten List about Rachel Rossano

 

1 – I have three children that equally challenge, frustrate, and delight me every day.

2 – Almost twenty years ago, I married my best friend, and I have never regretted the decision for a moment.

3 – My parents are exactly a foot apart in height, and my husband and I are exactly a foot apart in height.

4 – I have no lenses in my eyes. I developed cataracts when I was very young and had the lenses in my eyes removed so I could see.

5 – Since childhood, I have not liked the texture of meat. Because of this, I have been a vegetarian since I was allowed to prepare my own food.

6 – I started publishing my books because I feared I would never have children. Now, I am homeschooling three children and fitting my writing and publishing around their educational needs. I’ve wondered more than once if the Lord did that so that I would continue to write. Otherwise, I might’ve waited until they were all raised and grown.

7 – I have naturally curly hair that refuses to stay straight or in place.

8 – My kids are some of my biggest fans despite the fact they have read none of my books.

9 – I post silly stories on FB about the things my kids say and do, not because I want everyone to be impressed with them, but so I will remember them later.

10 – My first crush was on Spock from Star Trek. So, when my husband comments that I am part Vulcan (meaning highly analytical and logical), I consider it quite the complement.

 

 

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One teen, one cranky old man and the open road

Thursday, May 4th, 2017
Just
Shut Up and Drive
by
Chynna Laird
Genre:
Coming of Age, Contemporary
 
One
teen, one cranky old man and the open road. What could go wrong?
Eighteen-year
old Wil Carter can think of more than a fistful of things he’d
rather do than go on a road trip with his ninety-five year old
grandfather. But when Gramps Wilf barks an order, you listen or get
an earful of grief.
Wil
lost his parents in a horrible car accident when he was five. Gramps
has been the only parent he has ever known. Now that he’s ready to
go off to college, the old man says he has things Wil needs to learn
to be the man he’s supposed to be. But the trip turns out to be
more than he bargains for.
Along
their week-long road trip across the Canadian Prairies, Wil not only
learns tidbits about his own life, but realizes the grandfather he
thought he knew has mysteries of his own. With each stop they make, a
new layer of emotional truth is revealed…for each of them.
Will
Gramps teach Wil what he needs to know before the journey ends? And
is Wil strong enough to hear it?

 

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LAIRD – is a psychology/criminology major, freelance writer and
author living in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband, Ryan, three
daughters [Jaimie (fourteen), Jordhan (twelve), and Sophie (eight)]
and baby boy, Xander (ten). Her passion is helping children and
families living with Sensory Processing Disorder, mental and
emotional disorders and other special needs.
You’ll
find her work in many online and in-print parenting, inspirational,
Christian and writing publications in Canada, United States,
Australia, and Britain. In addition, she’s authored an
award-winning children’s book (I’m Not Weird, I Have SPD), two
memoirs (the multi award-winning, Not Just Spirited: A Mom’s
Sensational Journey With SPD and White Elephants), a Young Adult
novella (Blackbird Flies), an adult Suspense/Thriller (Out Of Sync),
a Young Adult Suspense/Paranormal (Dark Water) and a contemporary New
Adult novel (Just Shut Up and Drive,). She is presently working on a
sequel to Not Just Spirited as well as the next book in the Dark
Water series. Stayed tuned as Chynna has several Works-In-Progress on
the go.

 

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Gringolandia’s author is visiting my Historical blog today

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Lyn Miller-Lachmann. How has your family background affected your writing, if it has?

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My family background didn’t play a role in my writing of Gringolandia but rather my work in the 1980s teaching English to students and refugees from Central and South America. There, I got to know people who had to flee their countries due to dictatorships and the challenges they faced making a new life in the United States. It was especially difficult for families with children, because the children adapted more quickly than their parents and wanted little to do with the country where they were born.

 

What gave you the nerve to attempt your first novel?

Gringolandia was my third novel manuscript. The first one is in the back of my closet collecting dust. I self-published the second as part of an alternative press that I started in the 1980s. The success of that YA novel, Hiding Places, gave me the courage to write a novel about a refugee family from Chile during the Pinochet dictatorship. (more…)