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Christmas at Blue Hydrangeas the prequel to Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s love story

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
Blurb:
It’s Christmas Eve, and as Sara waits for her husband and son to arrive home to Blue Hydrangeas, their Cape Cod bed and breakfast, a blizzard threatens to close the bridges, stranding all travelers to and from the Cape. As she prepares for the holiday, unexpected visitors arrive, all sharing the common bond of grief. Sara is determined the storm and sadness will not spoil Christmas, and ensures Santa will find his way to two fatherless children far from home. A sweet slice-of-life story about loved ones and strangers coming together to share the spirit of Christmas. This is a prequel to Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s love story.
Christmas at Blue Hydrangeas

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About Marianne Sciucco

I’m not a nurse who writes but a writer who happens to be a nurse. A lover of words and books, I studied the craft of writing as an English major at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and briefly worked as a newspaper reporter in New England. To avoid poverty, I became a nurse and now write about the intricate lives of people struggling with health and family issues. A native Bostonian who loves Cape Cod, I make my home in upstate New York. When I’m not writing contemporary and young adult “flinch-free” fiction, I work as a campus nurse at a community college. I am also a founder and admin at AlzAuthors, a global community of authors and readers whose lives have been touched by Alzheimer’s and dementia.
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Ela doesn’t want the job. though, sometimes, you don’t have a choice…

Saturday, January 12th, 2019
Heartwood
by
Nance Newman
Genre:
Fantasy, Magical Realism
 
In
the Adirondack Mountains the forests are dying by the hand of a demon
whose only purpose is the destruction of the natural world.

 

Within
the high peaks of the Adirondacks a magical edifice, Heartwood,
appears yet remains hidden from the world. Inhabited by the
descendants of an ancient race who have been protecting the natural
world since the beginning of their existence, they will wait for the
next true Xylem who is the only one powerful enough to fight the
demon.

 

The
battle will soon begin.

 

Heartwood
weaves legend into reality as the world’s ecosystem is threatened
by supernatural demons. Elathea is a typical teenager whose parents
can no longer keep the family secret from her—that she is a
descendant of an ancient race of women whose legend says only one
progeny every hundred years or more will have the powers needed to
face nature’s magical enemies. As her powers begin to emerge, they
can no longer deny her destiny. They send her to Heartwood to learn
about who she is and what she must do. Only Ela doesn’t want the
job.

 

Sometimes,
you don’t have a choice.

 

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I
live in upstate New York with my two dogs; a 17 year old Min Pin
(Zeus) and a female dog I recently rescued from the Puerto Rico
hurricanes (I have been learning Spanish and she is learning
English!). Her name is Ela and she is a joy.

 

I
have been writing in some form or other since high school when I
bought my first guitar (a 12 string for $50 from one of those
magazines my mother used to receive in the mail) and began writing
songs. In college, I started my first novel that I hope to go back to
and finish someday.

 

I
currently work for a school district in transportation as a router
and dispatcher where I use software to solve the puzzle of getting
5600 students to many different schools, but my goal is to become a
full time writer of novels and music. I try to fit writing in with my
full time job and hobbies that include biking, gardening, hiking,
kayaking and watching movies (lots of them and all kinds)

 

I
continue to write songs and perform with Dooley(my music partner) We
have a CD of original songs and it is available for your enjoyment.
Visit me at nancenewman.com to check it out.

 

I
am really excited to share my work with you, and some days you might
see me driving a big yellow school
bus.

 

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When you are descended from darkness, is it still possible to reach for the light? In times of peace, prepare for war

Monday, October 1st, 2018
**ALMOST
HUMAN is a series of successive trilogies, not stand-alone books.
Each trilogy is self-contained enough to be read alone as a 3 book
set, but the story unfolds chronologically, and the characters do
continue from one trilogy to the next. Main storyline closure is in
each 3rd book, but there are also story-ties leading from one trilogy
to the next in the series.
**
 
Fatal
Infatuation
Almost
Human- The First Trilogy, Volume 1
by
Melanie Nowak
Genre:
Paranormal
Romantic Urban Fantasy
 
Shy
Felicity never expected to gain the attention of a handsome man…or
a vampire, but she’ll need all the help she can get to navigate
difficulties of addiction and desire; perils of zombies and vampires;
and struggles with abuse, morality and…college.
Cain
is an elder vampire who displays quiet confidence even as he
struggles to overcome sins of his past. Surprisingly, he found that
in losing his life he gained his faith and a purpose. His mission:
find the hostile vampires that inhabit this small college town, and
educate them to live in peace with humans. Their leader, Sindy, is a
wicked temptress who has set her sights on Felicity’s new friend Ben.
She will be difficult to control, but after meeting Felicity, Cain’s
most difficult task lies in controlling himself.
 

*Please note –
while there is no graphic sex in this book, there is mature subject
matter, and there are some graphic (but tasteful) sex scenes in
subsequent books of the series

 

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Lost
Reflections
Almost
Human – The First Trilogy, Volume 2
 
Felicity
has helped her friends to escape the venomous vixen Sindy, but cannot
divine the motives of Cain, the vampire who captured first her
gratitude, and then her heart.

 

She finds the historical
account of Cain’s past enthralling and frightening. Now she must
determine whether the addictive venom in Cain’s kiss is clouding
her judgment, and if his thirst for her blood is a driving force too
strong for their love to conquer.
It’s difficult to
contemplate such questions while under the attack of a vengeful
vampire and his zombie slaves. Felicity’s heart has already been
lost to Cain; will she lose her life as well?

 

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Evolving
Ecstasy
Almost
Human – The First Trilogy, Volume 3
 
The
relationship between Cain and Felicity has crested to a peak that
leaves them unsure whether to step back from each other for safety,
or jump into a future united in death. 

 

Felicity
is unlike any human Cain has known before. She treats him as an
equal; a man worthy of friendship, respect and even… love. She
embodies qualities of gentleness and loving trust that he has never
found among his own kind. This makes her far more desirable to him
than any creature of darkness could ever be. 

 

The
venom of Cain’s bite could protect Felicity from hostile vampires,
but it would give him a measure of psychic control over her as well.
Would Felicity only accept becoming a vampire, due to his addictive
venom, coupled with the foolishness of a young girl in love?

 

Perhaps
there is a brighter future for her in the human world. Is Cain’s
desire for Felicity’s love worth the loss of her life?

 

 

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Born
To Blood
Almost
Human – The Second Trilogy, Volume 1
 
Alyson
used to think that vampires were almost human; that is, until she
became one. Finally consenting to be lovingly turned by her boyfriend
Mattie, Allie has come to possess traits and powers previously
unknown among vampire kind. Now Allie seeks the help of the elder
vampire Cain, to discover not only what she is capable of, but
why.

 

 

Still
healing from heartbreak over Cain, Felicity looked forward to a nice,
human relationship, but dating the son of a vampire hunter, and
having a psychic bond with one of his prey makes life far from
normal. How can Ben and Felicity discover the truths of love when
they are forced to live with so many secrets?

 

 

Someone
has contrived a diabolical plan to control destiny, and blood may not
only be the catalyst for change, but also the master of manipulation
behind it. Is rebirth as a vampire always at the discretion of an
undead sire, or sometimes is one simply born to blood?

 

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Descendant
of Darkness
Almost
Human – The Second Trilogy, Volume 2
 
The
saga continues…

 

 

Heartbroken
and soul searching, the vampire Cain believes he has finally found
his purpose. He is mentoring Allie, who is grudgingly coming to terms
with the fact that she is unique among vampires… The United One.
Together with Allie’s husband Mattie, they are working to discover
her powers, when the vampiress Sindy returns with some new tricks of
her own.

 

 

Ben
and Felicity have tried to leave their past involvements with
vampires behind them, settling into human life together, despite
having to deal with Ben’s vampire hunting father – but is mundane
love strong enough to supersede the supernatural?

 

 

The
vampire Elric has sabotaged his master’s plans to control The United
One more times than for which he can expect to safely escape the
consequences. Coven Master Arif knows what he wants, and the guiding
forces behind his plan know how to help him get it… If Elric
rebels, he could lose his love, but thwart disaster for the human
race. Is staying true to the coven in order to save his love, worth
the price the world will pay?

 

 

When
you are descended from darkness, is it still possible to reach for
the light? In times of peace, prepare for war.

 

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Destined
For Divinity
Almost
Human – The Second Trilogy, Volume 3
 
Sindy
is a vampiress of little morals and large aspirations…or at least,
the old Sindy was. Love and friendship are becoming more important to
her, and after becoming an accomplice to kidnapping and an agent of
betrayal, she would be willing to settle for escaping the tangled web
she has woven without getting herself dusted.

 

Felicity
is being held for a ransom that no one of sound moral conscience
should be willing to pay. Coven Master Arif, a vampire whose
terrifying talent of mind-control holds her more tightly than chains,
wants control of The United One; Alyson. A vampire of great power
unlike any other, Alyson is a good friend to Felicity and a dear
covenmate of… 

 

Cain,
a vampire who declared his love for Felicity, but left her to fulfill
her dreams of having a human family. Since renouncing his vampiric
tendencies, Cain’s existence has been one of self-sacrifice and
benevolence. To rescue Felicity, he would have to betray Alyson and
endanger the world, an act that would torture his conscience for
eternity.

 

Perhaps
Felicity’s husband Ben can rescue her, but to ensure Felicity’s
safety he would have to play by Arif’s rules. Is Ben willing to
make a deal with the devil to retrieve his wife? Or should he put his
differences aside to try and work with Cain, his former rival, to
find a solution? Cain may be able to help rescue Felicity, but is he
willing to give her up…again?

 

Alyson
has never been one to meekly follow others. Is it time for The United
One to take a stand of her own? Her blood dictates that her divine
destiny is to rule vampire-kind. Maybe it is time to lay down some
rules! A battle is sure to ensue…can Alyson protect everyone she
loves?

 

Will
Felicity survive Arif’s wrath to keep her life…and her humanity,
or when all is said and done, will she find herself ALMOST HUMAN?

 

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Melanie
Nowak is author of the venomous vampire series ALMOST HUMAN, and a
happily married mom of 2 boys. She holds a Master’s Degree in Library
and Information Science, and lives with her family on a peaceful
mountaintop in the forest of upstate New York. She has always had a
vivid imagination and a fascination for the paranormal. Acting and
singing are loves of hers as well. However, upon conceiving the idea
for her ALMOST HUMAN series in 2003, she discovered a previously
unknown passion for writing! Now she puts her over-active imagination
to good use, creating characters she loves, and she gets to play all
of the parts!
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