I’m on Summer Vacation (July 22-August 4) #vacation #summer #relaxation


Summer Vacation

Hello all you fabulous followers!

What a great year this has been for me! I have never worked so hard in my life and I deserve a vacation. So MR N is taking me away for a spa vacation. Isn’t he the best? We’re going someplace (I have no idea where) that has five star dining, two pools, a spa, a jacuzzi in the suite plus other amenities. We plan on relaxing (with no phones, internet or devices) and reconnecting with each other.

I will be gone from July 22nd through August 4.

Be well, spread your Light and shoot for the stars!

Below you will find an overview of the author/book promotion services I provide. Feel free to send me an email and I will reply to you when I return.

N N Light Author Promotions

I love books and am pleased to offer Author Promotion Services. I am a professional social media marketer by trade and I have the potential reach of over thirteen million followers (yes, many of those are readers). My followers trust my opinion and if I tell them a book/blog is great, they will often check it out. Many readers discover new authors via word of mouth, especially quality honest book reviews and author interviews. I love promoting authors and this is a great way to get exposure for you and your book. Together, we can increase your sales and gain new readers. Before I let you know what I offer and how I operate, let me tell you a little bit about me.

I was born in Minnesota, lived in Southern California only to move to chilly Ontario, Canada to marry my beloved husband MR N. I am the author of Princess of the Light, an inspiring urban fantasy romance. My twenty-year expertise while working in the publishing industry has helped me tremendously in how to write, edit, review, market and promote books in today’s publishing market. I am a graduate of a small college located in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and I love helping writers achieve their dream of being a successful author.

N. N. Light Author Promotions operates a two tier system.

Tier 1: Free book/blog promotion once a week on Wednesdays. It is a basic book/blog spotlight, highlighting your work. One author/blogger will be featured each week and it also includes three marketing tweets by me throughout the day. I operate this as a taste of what you get with tier two.

Tier Two: Book/blog promotion and marketing for a small fee. You have the option of the following and the fee is $5.75 USD per service:

  • Author Interview

  • Book Spotlight (includes extended excerpt)

  • Book Series Spotlight

  • Book Review (posted to Goodreads, Amazon plus Barnes and Noble)

  • Guest Post (your choice of topic)

  • Top Ten (your choice of topic)

​- Character Interview

You won’t find this deal anywhere else! Plus it includes the coveted top spot (or sticky post) on my blog, 5 personal tweets along with various retweets and mentions from my 13 million followers from all of my social media accounts. I only accept Paypal and I will invoice you. Please do not send me money ahead of time. My accountant insists on me sending out an invoice before payment is sent (not the other way around). Once I receive your payment, your spot is reserved on the agreed-upon date.

Author/Character Interview:

A character interview is a great way for readers to get to know your characters, whether they are the protagonist or the antagonist. An author interview is a sure-fire way for readers to get to know. It’s been proven that before a reader spends money on books, they want to get to know the author first, especially if this author is new to them. Questions will be emailed to you once I receive payment via Paypal.

Here is my book review policy:

If you are an author of a book (indie, small press or traditional), please send me an email nnlight [at] outlook [dot] com with the following information:

Title

Genre

Book Blurb

Link to your book (website, Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, Goodreads)

Why do you want me to review your book

Anything else you would like me to know

In return this is what you can expect:

I will read your book in 12 weeks. If an emergency pops up, I will email you to keep you updated.

I will rate your book 1-5 stars and will write a concise review. I do not reveal spoilers and my reviews are not overly long. If I feel it is below 3 stars, I will not post my review and will email you to let you know the reasons behind my rating. Books are very subjective and I will not like/love every book I come across. The marketing fee, however, is non-refundable.

I will be fair and honest while never demeaning an author. I am an author, too, so I know how valuable reviews are.

I will post the review on this blog, Amazon, Goodreads, Kobo and Barnes and Noble.

Once my review is up, it will go out to all of my social media networks and the possible reach is just over 13 million.

I will NOT under any circumstances take down a review. I am a professional reviewer and when I review a book, it is my opinion. If you don’t care for what I’ve said, I’m sorry to say it’s too bad. I’m honest and have been reviewing books for over twenty years.

If you have a giveaway, please include the link so my followers can enter. I have followers from all over the world so worldwide giveaways are preferred.

Please get everything to me at least three days before your scheduled post.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

In addition to reviewing books here, I am a book blogger and reviewer for the following:

Netgalley

YA Bound Book Tours

Masquerade Book Tours

HEA Book Tours

There has been a lot of misinformation online about paid book reviews. Here are the facts: http://www.selfpublishingreview.com/2015/02/the-truth-about-ftc-guidelines-for-paid-book-reviews/

In essence, you are not paying for a book review but for the marketing of said review. I read and review books as a reader and am 100% honest. I stake my reputation on my reviews and will not give a book 5 stars unless I truly believe the book deserves it. :)

My clients include New York and USA Today Best-Selling authors and my testimonials can be viewed here:

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If you are interested, please let me know what kind of promotion you are looking for and what dates you are interested in. I look forward to hearing from you (when I get back from my vacation) and I hope you have a lovely day!

Choose to be an Encourager #inspiration #motivation #encouragement


Encourage others

Words are powerful, more powerful than any weapon on the planet. Words have the power to uplift or tear down.

I’ve been blessed to have met many wonderful people in my life. Each one has encouraged me in some way. Their words healed my soul. I thank them (you know who you are) for without their encouragement, I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.

Are you an encourager?

I am!

Join my army of encouragers today!

:) MRS N :)

#BookSpotlight: Templet’s Tasty Tails by @MickieSherwood #Romance #MFRWAuthor


TEMPLET'S TASTY TAILS

Title: Templet’s Tasty Tails

Author: Mickie Sherwood

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Mainstream Romance

Loss…life…love. What a difference a year makes!

Blurb:

Web Designer Erika Washington’s contract with her childhood best friend covers all possibilities about her pregnancy. But, one unpredictable event redirects her future. As a donor-surrogate, what does one do when fate changes the plan and claims the lives of the intended parents? If you’re selfless, strong-willed Erika Washington, you mount a defense to keep your baby.

Entrepreneur Booker Templet, owner of Templet’s Tasty Tails, secretly agrees to help his first cousin. However, unfortunate circumstances change the course of his life. After he learns the identity of the other donor, Booker plans to be a part of his child’s life. No matter what.

Will Erika and Booker battle over custody of the baby? Will their horrible loss help them find consolation in each other’s arms? Or will fate intervene yet again?

Scene:

After Booker becomes her client, Erika accepts his invitation to have a firsthand look at his business operations.

Excerpt:

Erika allowed him to escort her up the stairs and across the porch. He held the screen for her to enter his house. Ceiling fans circulated the crosscurrent breeze coming through the open windows. The room’s atmosphere lured her in further. Since he remained at her back, she swiveled to look at him.

“Is that surprise you’re trying to hide?”

“Yes. I’ll admit it. I’m surprised.” She smiled at him. “I thought I was coming to your packing facility.” Erika pivoted to look around.

“Down that hallway. You can’t miss it.”

“Thanks.” Her steps were brisk but quiet because of her sneakers. “I won’t be long.”

“Take your time.”

She made haste in taking care of her needs. When she emerged, he was nowhere in sight. Nosy, she peeked into each doorway on her trek to the front porch. Through the last one, she spotted a tall cabinet filled with horse and rider trophies. A cowboy. Opening the screen door, Erika said, “I’m ready.”

Booker, sitting in a rocker, had his leg leisurely draped over the arm. He got up. “Did you handle your business okay?”

“Do you always come across as having no tact?” Erika left him on the porch. Turning, she continued, “Or is that reserved for my benefit?”

“Sorry. I know I can be blunt at times.”

“You can say that again.”

“I know I can be—”

“Oh. Now you’ve got jokes.” Giving him an admonishing eye, she headed around the house.

“I don’t know why”—his long steps had him beside her—”but you strike me as someone who’s intuitive, artistic, creative, clever, and all with a sense of humor.”

Erika stopped suddenly. “You’ve got to be kidding.” She looked at the black rims with the silver, riveted studs.

“No. I mean every word.”

“No,” she contested. “Not that.” Erika looked up at Booker, then at his truck. “That.”

Laughing, Booker placed a hand on her shoulder. “See what I mean? A sense of humor on display.”

“I can’t climb up there.” Although she adjusted the leg of her jeans, her protruding tummy hindered her knee lift.

“You don’t have to.” He uttered those words as he reached and cradled her in his arms.

“Put me down, Booker Templet.”

“Erika.” He looked her dead in her unbelieving eyes. “It’s the only way to get you into the truck. Will you open the door for me, please?”

She did. “Now, put me down.” Her tush met the leather seat.

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Templets-Tasty-Tails-Mickie-Sherwood-ebook/dp/B010TZCS5K/

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/templet-s-tasty-tails

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/templets-tasty-tails-mickie-sherwood/1122241483

 

Author Biography:

Mickie Sherwood is an author and novice photographer who takes nature pictures right in her own backyard. She loves to engage in her favorite pastime which also incites her creativity. Combine that aspect of her life with the enjoyment of spending time with her family, and cruising vacations, and the development of interesting characters who encounter intriguing circumstances is not very far behind.

Check me out:

Blog: http://www.mickiesherwood.com/blog

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/MickieSherwood

Pinterest: https://www.Pinterest.com/MickieSherwood

First Chapters: http://www.bayouloveromances.blogspot.com

Meet Azrael from Angelic Business by @OlgaNM7 #characterinterview #fantasy #ASMSG


Interview with Azrael (one of the characters in the trilogy Angelic Business)

Portrait of a young handsome male model
Portrait of a young handsome male model

Hi Azrael. Thanks for agreeing to this interview.

It’s a pleasure.

It’s the first time I have an angel as my guest.

Well, I don’t get many interviews either. To tell you the truth, it’s my first one.

To tell the truth? You’re an angel. Don’t you always tell the truth?

“The Truth” is not  as clear cut as people might think. I guess you’d say it’s…relative. It’s not my area of expertise. The legal department would probably be better able to answer. But perhaps we should start with the questions. I have a busy schedule and we don’t want to lose track.

Yes, yes, of course… If you don’t mind, some of the readers had some questions…

Of course.

Here… OK, this is not me. It’s a reader. She wants to know…let me see…How should I put this? OK, she says G seems to be more interesting than you in the novels. You know, Gregorious, the demon…

Yes, yes, I know who G is. Thanks.

Of course you do. Sorry.

No, no. It’s just, I was expecting that. G always says that. Blah, blah, boring. Blah, blah, predictable. I don’t know. I guess it’s that bad boy thing, isn’t it? People, human beings, seem to think that straight laced good guys aren’t quite as interesting as shady characters. I don’t think it’s true, though.

I guess people think there are more shades of badness. I don’t think we shouldn talk about shades… Although, it’s true that your character is a bit distant, at least in the first two novels.

Perhaps it’s true that G being in human form gives him some advantage and makes it easier to connect with him. I had never had that experience. And had a very important job to do. I had to focus. That was all my training had been about. Not so much about understanding young girls.

You seemed to experience a big change in book three.

You’re right. I’d never been so close to human beings before. It was very different for me. A real shock to the system. And enlightening. I came to understand humans a bit better, I think.

And you seemed to get very close to Pink.

(Here Angel smiles, a beautiful smile.) Yes, I guess.

Had you ever had that type of feelings for another human?

No, of course not. She’s special. However much she insists she isn’t.

That it very true. But let’s not reveal too many things. People haven’t read the last novel yet. Here, somebody asks: what was the thing you most enjoyed?

The holiday. We don’t get holidays in Heaven. Although the fancy-dress party was pretty good too. Until close to the end.

Confident young businessman in suit and tie
Confident young businessman in suit and tie

No spoilers, please.

Sorry.

Here… This question is for me. They want to know if you’re as gorgeous as Pink describes you. Well, girls, ladies and everybody… OH, YES.

Now, don’t exaggerate.

But it’s true!

I’m sure God would be pleased to hear you appreciate his taste. And talking about God, I should be making a move.

Just one more question. Here: Will there be more adventures?

There will be more adventures, but if they’ll become books or not, it probably depends on how busy Pink is and on the readers’ opinion. I’m sure she could be persuaded if people were really interested. It’s been a pleasure to meet you!

And you too! Regards!

 

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Book Title: Angelic Business 3. Pink, Angel or Demon?

Author Name: Olga Núñez Miret

Genre: YA, fantasy/paranormal (angels and demons)

Book Blurb:

OK, OK, OK. Pink gets it. She’s the Elected, whether she likes it or not. Heaven and Hell are closing in, and their envoys are closer home than ever. So close she can’t ignore them. And she’ll do everything but.

However long she has, she’s determined to make it count. She’ll sort her friends out, she’ll help her family and, she’ll live a bit. And then, she’ll take charge. Because no one will say that Pink went down without a fight. However big and bad the enemy.

Gender benders, romances, old loves that come to fruition, new challenges, divine interventions, tears, laughter and magic. All of that and more. Because, if you‘re gonna go, you might as well go with a bang.

Exclusive Excerpt:

On Saturday afternoon, as we were debating what we might do, Jackson turned up with the tall next door neighbour Sylvia had been telling us about. Angel. He introduced him to us.

It was the weirdest thing. I knew there was something special the moment I saw him close to Jackson. It was similar to what I had felt when Sylvia mentioned his name, but multiplied exponentially. Lorna said hi, but I had to touch him.

“Hello. I’m Pink. Well, Petra, but I prefer Pink.” I offered him my hand.

“Hi Petra. Pink.” He shook mine. I felt like electricity was going through me. I looked at him. He looked at me. It was as if I were falling into the abyss. I’m not sure how long we were holding hands and looking at each other in the eyes. It seems Sylvia had to repeat her question about drinks before we answered.

“Thanks.”

We both kept looking at each other and I had to make a huge effort to move away and go to the kitchen.

“What was that?” Lorna asked as she followed me inside to help with the drinks.

“I don’t know. I felt a connexion…Strange.”

“He’s not really that attractive. Sylvia is right. Other than tall, there isn’t much to him. I didn’t fancy G, although I must admit he had something but this guy…I didn’t think you believed in love at first sight.”

“And I don’t. It isn’t love it’s…I don’t know.”

While we were sipping drinks and making general chit-chat, I could not help but keep looking at him. I knew I was behaving quite weirdly and Sylvia, in particular, couldn’t believe it. She’d been trying to convince me to go out with her brother, who was much more attractive than Angel, and I had refused, and now…And the weirdest thing was that it was mutual. I wondered if he experienced the same pull I felt, as if we were magnets facing each other with the opposite charged poles. Very weird.

Buy Links:

Amazon:

http://rxe.me/YHZHUYS

Apple:

http://apple.co/1HUtE1M

Kobo:

http://bit.ly/1Fl7IH9

Nook:

http://bit.ly/1M4YK5j

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Author Biography:

Olga Núñez Miret is from Barcelona although now lives in the UK. She’s a psychiatrist who has always loved to read and write and now also does translations.

She has a PhD in American Literature, an MSc in Criminology, but her main interest is to tell stories. The Man Who Never Was is the first book she published and was followed by Twin Evils? a YA novella about sibling rivalry taken to extremes, Click Me Happy! a romantic novel with three endings to choose from, Escaping Psychiatry a collection of three noir stories with a psychiatrist as protagonist and/or victim, Family, Lust and Cameras a story of obsessions, voyeurism and “alternative” family relationships and I Love Your Cupcakes a sweet romantic novel set in the world of culinary TV contests. Her latest publication is a YA paranormal trilogy, Angelic Business. The book 1 in the series is called Pink Matters, and book 2 Shapes of Greg.

Social Media Links:

My website is:

www.OlgaNM.com

My Amazon author page is:

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I have a Twitter account:

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I also have a Facebook author page

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Gratitude Unleashed! #inspiration #motivation #gratitude


grateful for everything

What are you grateful for?

I woke up this morning filled with gratitude. I have so many things/people I am grateful for. I started to giggle as I was getting ready this morning and looked a little bit like this little girl.

In no particular order, I’m grateful for:

Being alive

Food

Roof over my head

MR N

Real Friends

Family

My life

My job

MR N’s job

My online friends

Team POTL and other supporters of my writing

Blogger friends

The Walking Man

You

So again I ask, what are you grateful for? Share in the comments below.

Let’s unleash gratitude and let it spread like a happy disease around the world!

:) MRS N :)

I’d Like to Introduce @MichaelPCash + #Giveaway too! #books #amreading #fantasy


As many of you know, I love reading paranormal and when I discover a new author I enjoy, I absorb everything they’ve ever written. I first met Michael Phillip Cash a few months ago while reading and reviewing Witches Protection Program (see my review here). We got to talking about books, movies and writing. As an author myself, I picked his brain and learned a lot from him. Naturally, I asked him to sit down with me for an author interview. In between his very busy schedule (and mine), we drank some water and had a great time. It’s my pleasure to introduce you to best-selling and award-winning author Michael Phillip Cash. Take it away, Michael:

What is your writing process?

Research and development from 9am to 5pm. Google…love it.  Then, the wife and kids go to sleep around 8ish, and I write with the Travel Channel on in the background until my eyes go.

What book do you wish you could have written?

The Lord of the Rings.

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

I always have actors in mind as I write.  In Witches Protection Program, Wes was Channing Tatum, Christoph Waltz was Alastair, Morgan was the singer Lorde, Emma Stone was Scarlet, and Cate Blanchett was Bernadette.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

Irwin Winkler from Winkler Films (the producer of GoodFellas, Rocky, & The Wolf of Wall Street) emailed me to see if the film rights to my novel ‘Stillwell’ was available.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Sitting next to Channing Tatum at the movie premiere for Witches Protection Program II.

Have you always liked to write?

Always. Since as far back as I can remember I’ve always loved to write. 

What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

I will simply pass along the best writing advice I’ve ever heard:

“The first screenplay that my partner and I wrote it was rejected by every agency as unsellable. It was Rounders.”

“The Coen brothers, Charlie Kaufman, Quentin Tarantino never tried to guess what Hollywood would make. They wrote their obsessions and so should you.”

 

Both quotes by screenwriter Brian Koppelman.

 

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

I read every single review for my books. I love both the good and the bad. I never respond because I respect everyone’s opinions, and if someone doesn’t like my book, I will never try to convince them otherwise.  If someone doesn’t like your book, I suggest you bad mouth them on Facebook.  KIDDING!!  Accept all criticism, put on your big boy/girl pants, and write another book.  Do not let anyone discourage you from doing what you love.

What is your best marketing tip?

Don’t be cheap and hire a good marketing team. I would be nothing without my amazing crew, social media extraordinaire Julie Gerber, my loyal publicist Brittany Bass, and my mom manager, Mom…who hands my books out to anyone that looks at her.  Marketing your books is a full time job.  Outsource it so you can focus doing what you do best…writing amazing stories.

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

Not really, I’m open to anything.

Do you have a favorite spot to write? What is it?

My den. With the laptop on a pillow on my lap.  Every. Single. Night.

What are you working on now? What is your next project?

I’m in the middle of my monster masterpiece, Monsterland.  A teen must save his date in a theme park whose main attractions – real werewolves, vampires and zombies – descend the place into chaos.  I’m having a BLAST writing this one.  Also, I’m beating out the chapters for Witches Protection Program II.  After that, I have another novel idea called ‘Neandythal’ – about a grating millennial hipster who gets struck by lightning and sent back 37 million years ago to live.

 

Do you write naked?

No, my wife would be all over me, and that would distract me from writing.

What is your biggest failure?

Seventh grade. Miss Tenbrink’s math class. I got a 27 out of 100 on a test. Lowest grade in the class that year. That was my biggest failure.

What is the biggest fib you’ve ever told?

“I’ve never told a fib.”

Have you ever been in trouble with the law?

I’ve been in trouble with my mother-in-law, and that’s a thousand times worse.

Have you ever gotten into a fight?

I just did five minutes ago. I told my kid to brush his teeth. He told me no. We started arguing, but eventually…I won. He brushed his teeth. I generally win fights with my kids because I get to take away the Wii.

Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

I tried getting out of dinner with my in-laws a couple weeks ago, so I faked a sore throat.  Worked like a charm.

Do you drink? Smoke? What’s your vice?

I love water. That’s the only thing I drink. My vice is 85% Lindt Dark Chocolate. A few times a month. Also, a good craps game and a great poker game.

What is your biggest fear?

Flying. Always has, always will be. But I do it.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

To lose weight by eating sugar and carbs.

If you were a super hero, what would your name be? What costume would you wear?

Carb boy.  My costume would be a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

What literary character is most like you?

Bilbo Baggins — we have very big feet.

What secret talents do you have?

I can touch my nose with my tongue. I have an enormously huge tongue. My wife says it looks like a 10 lb. salmon.

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

Irwin Winker’s offices. By invite only, obviously.

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

My wife called me a snake. It was around that time I faked a sore throat to avoid dinner with my in-laws.

What’s on your bucket list (things to do before you die)?

Come hell or high water, I’m selling a script to a studio, and it’s going to be the biggest grossing movie of that summer.

If you could have any name in the world, what would you choose?

Les Claypool. He’s my hero. And the greatest bass player that ever lived.  He’s also the lead singer and bassist of my favorite band, Primus. 

Do you have any scars? What are they from?

My body is untouched and unscathed.  I love myself too much and way too careful from hurting this masterpiece.

What were you like as a child? Your favorite toy?

Obedient. Disciplined. Nintendo.

Witches Protection Program 

Book Title:  Witches Protection Program

Author:  Michael Phillip Cash

Genre: Action Adventure / Fantasy

 

Book Blurb:

Wes Rockville, a disgraced law enforcement agent, is given one last chance to prove himself and save his career when he’s reassigned to a 232 year old secret government organization. The Witches Protection Program.

His first assignment: uncover a billion-dollar Cosmetics company’s diabolical plan of using witchcraft for global domination, while protecting its heiress Morgan Pendragon from her aunt’s evil deeds.

Reluctantly paired with veteran witch protector, Alastair Verne, Wes must learn to believe in both witches and himself.

Filled with adventure, suspense and a rousing good time, Michael Phillip Cash creates a tongue-in-cheek alternate reality where witches cast spells and wreak havoc in modern day New York City.

Trailer:

Exclusive Excerpt:

“Follow me, kid.” She led him down a gray hallway with mulberry-colored carpet, more plush than anything he’d ever seen in a governmental office. The place had to be a city block wide, with corridors branching off to other conduits. Here and there, a doorway opened. Wes saw that many were filled with groups of people sitting at polished conference tables. Some rooms were dark, with shades drawn, the light of a presentation on screens peeking through the slats of the blinds. Staff walked through the hallways, nodding to each other. Some were in pairs. All had a badge hanging on a chain or attached to a pocket. He squinted, but he couldn’t make out the impression on the shield. Forget about attempting to read it. He shrugged; while it looked official, it was unfamiliar. For a person who grew up with an entire family in law enforcement, he found it odd that he’d never seen it before.

“What is this place?” he asked.

“This is where the magic happens,” she told him cryptically.

She opened the door, whispering, “Prepare to be amazed.” Then, with a giant pop of her gum, she disappeared.

“Where…” Wes turned, looking for the woman, but couldn’t see her anywhere. “Where is…”

“Oh, she’s gone. Come in already,” a male voice ordered impatiently.

Wes spun to the speaker, his eyes settling on a small man seated at a glass desk. He was in a neat gray suit but wore a black turtleneck, which made him look like some odd, eccentric leftover from the beatnik generation. He was older than Wes’s father, Wes guessed somewhere north of sixty, with the thickening middle of a sedentary life, a tanned complexion, and silver hair. His chubby face sported a neatly trimmed goatee. Wes wondered where his beret might be. The man studied Wes with interested black eyes that glowed with merriment.

“What kind of department is this?”

“Mr. Wesley Paul Rockville. Son of Harris and Melinda, brother to Lauren and Andrew. Tough act to follow. Runt of the litter?”

Wes bristled, wondering where this pint-size dude got off calling him a runt. At six foot three, he was hardly considered small. “I fail to see what this has got to do with my reassignment,” he said icily.

The older man ignored him. “The young gun who had his free will sucked right out of him.”

“No one took my free will!” Wes shouted, his face hot.

“I think Miss Genevieve Fox did a pretty nice number on you.”

“What are you talking about?”

Alastair cocked his head, a smile playing on his lips.

“I don’t think this is funny, um…Alastair. I’m getting out of here.”  Wes had had enough. He was pissed and hungry.

“Sit down, Agent Rockville. It’s time you learned about your new assignment.”

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Witches-Protection-Program-Michael-Phillip-ebook/dp/B00YANTA4K

Barnes and Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/witches-protection-program-michael-phillip-cash/1121945676?ean=9781511411349

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Author Biography:

Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He’s written ten books including the best-selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After House, The Hanging Tree, Witches Protection Program, Pokergeist and Battle for Darracia series. Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island. He writes full-time with his screaming kids in the background.

Connect with Michael on:

Facebook: http://facebook.com/michaelphillipcash

Twitter: http://twitter.com/michaelpcash

Web: http://www.michaelphillipcash.com

Email: michaelphillipcash@gmail.com

Giveaway:

Enter to win the grand prize of a complete set (10) of Michael Phillip Cash books plus 10 runner-up prizes of a free Michael Phillip Cash book of your choice.

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The Trouble With Dying by @MaggieLePageNZ #bookreview #books #MFRWAuthor


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Title: The Trouble With Dying

Author: Maggie Le Page

Genre: Paranormal, Chick-Lit, Women’s Fiction

Book Blurb:

When Faith Carson wakes up on a hospital ceiling looking down on her body in a coma, it’s a bad start to the week. A very bad start. She has no idea who she is or how she got there or why, and the biggest mystery of all is why she married the schmuck who wants her ventilator switched off.

As if that’s not enough Faith has a dead gran haunting her, a young daughter missing her, and one devilishly delicious man making her wish she could have a second chance at life. And maybe she can, if she finds a way back into her body and wakes up by Friday. But if she doesn’t, this will be her last bad week–ever.

Nate Sutherland decided long ago he’d settle for friendship if he couldn’t have Faith’s heart. But now, as she nears death, he’s going to have to listen to his feelings in a whole new way–and act. Because if he doesn’t, this week will be the worst damn week of his life. He’ll lose everything he’s ever loved.

(This book is intended for readers aged 18+.)

My Review:

I loved the premise of this book immediately and jumped in with two feet. Boy, did I love this book! The author thrusts us directly into Faith’s mind and I became a part of her. Told in first-person, the author pushes us into the paranormal without pulling any punches.

Faith wakes up looking down on a woman in a hospital bed. She soon discovers (thanks to her Gran appearing) the woman is her and she’s in a coma. Faith doesn’t remember anything and she has limited time to figure it out, so as her Gran says, get cracking.

With each passing day, Faith learns a little more about herself and her life choices. She’s made some huge mistakes and must prove her life is worth a second chance to the Death Council. Gran helps when she can but in all reality, it’s up to Faith.

Nate Sutherland is Faith’s childhood friend and he is constantly at Faith’s bedside. He suspects foul play and is determined to find the one responsible. Nate, though, must trust in something he can’t explain in order to save the woman he loves.

I loved that this book was more than just a paranormal with dashes of romantic suspense thrown in. I got to discover bits and pieces of Faith’s life as she did through flashbacks and memories. The narrative was superb, the characterizations were deep and intense, the love Nate feels for Faith (or Pixie as he affectionately calls her) almost stopped my heart and the spiritual realm fired up my imagination.

There were many twists and turns which I did and didn’t see coming. I rooted for her to end up with Nate the whole time and even swore at some of the villainous tendencies a character (won’t reveal who) had. I was hooked into this story and Maggie Le Page wouldn’t let go.

Whether you believe in life-after-death or out-of-body experiences or not, this book is an addictive read! I highly recommend it!!!

Favorite Character:

Gran. From the moment Gran first appears, I was totally in love with her as a character. She reminded me of my wild and crazy aunt who rides a Harley. Colorful, wacky and in-your-face honesty brings this character to life. She’s Faith’s guide in the after-life, so to speak, and every time she appears, she’s in a different hair color and clothing. It’s a riot and I love how fiercely she loves Faith!

Favorite Quote:

I’m so hot for him I’m a god-damn health and safety hazard. ~Faith

My Rating: 5 stars

Buy it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QTAAGFY/

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Author Biography:

Maggie Le Page lives in Christchurch, New Zealand (aka QuakeZone) with her partner, two children, and a snooty cat who thinks they’re all her slaves. Her days are spent running around after kids or doing one of her ‘real’ jobs, so her writing generally happens in the dead of night. (Morning? Ha! She’s a third-generation night owl. Enough said.)

Maggie loves chocolate, hates being cold, and is ever fascinated by the possibility of time travel. Obviously, her ideal experience would be to wake up on a tropical island eighty years into the future, with an endless supply of chocolate on hand.

Latest News!

Maggie’s second book, The Trouble With Dying, is out in paperback! Maggie’s still on a high after the book launch on 15th March 2015. Photos are now up on her Facebook page.

There’s nothing Maggie loves more than a good chat (except perhaps a good chat and chocolate–see the theme here?). So don’t be shy–get in touch!

You can find her on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/MaggieLePage and Twitter http://www.twitter.com/MaggieLePageNZ, or visit her website http://www.maggielepage.com.

Manhattan Mayhem by @quirkbooks #bookreview #mystery #MWA


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Title: Manhattan Mayhem: New Crime Stories from Mystery Writers of America

Author: Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime-writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those devoted to the genre.

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Crime

Book Blurb: 

Best-selling suspense novelist Mary Higgins Clark invites you on a tour of Manhattan’s most iconic neighborhoods in this anthology of all-new stories from the Mystery Writers of America. From the Flatiron District (Lee Child) and Greenwich Village (Jeffery Deaver) to Little Italy (T. Jefferson Parker) and Chinatown (S.J. Rozan), you’ll encounter crimes, mysteries, and riddles large and small. Illustrated with iconic photography of New York City and packaged in a handsome hardcover,Manhattan Mayhem is a delightful read for armchair detectives and armchair travelers alike!

My Review:

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Goodreads First Read Program and I thank Quirk Books from the bottom of my heart.

I love mystery books and this anthology did not disappoint. I found many of the stories piqued my interest in some way and I found new mystery authors to read. If I had to pick my favorite, it would have to be The Five Dollar Dress from my favorite mystery author, Mary Higgins Clark. Here is a run-down of the stories:

The Five Dollar Dress: 5 stars, great intrigue with an ending I didn’t see coming.

White Rabbit: 3.5 stars, good premise, predictable.

The Picture of the Lonely Diner: 4 stars, not much happens but good description of New York.

Three Little Words: 5 stars, brilliant, suspenseful.

Damage Control: 2 stars, no suspense, sad, didn’t like characters.

The Day After Victory: 5 stars, great suspense.

Serial Benefactor: 2.5 stars, great suspense, no ending. So disappointed.

Trapped!: 5 stars, hysterical, suspense in a theatre, written as a one-act play.

Wall Street Rodeo: 1 star, didn’t hold my attention, fell asleep, didn’t care.

Copycats: 4 stars, gritty, intense, post-war crime story.

Red-Headed Stepchild: 5 stars, modern-day Cinderella with a suspenseful twist.

Sutton Death Overture: 5 stars, mysterious disappearance of a rich beauty, surprise ending, brilliant as it kept me guessing.

Dizzy and Gillespie: 3 stars, mother and daughter live in a run-down apartment in Harlem, annoying neighbor, mysterious deaths, good intrigue with a dash of Harlem.

Me and Mikey: 1 star (although to be honest, I’d give it a -10), pointless drivel, hated main characters and I loved Sopranos, whiney MC drove me to drink lol.

Evermore: 5 stars, Edgar Allan Poe and a two-bit crook meet in an alleyway in this fast-paced time travel suspenseful story. I could see this as a television show.

Chin Yong-Yun Makes a Shiddach: 3 stars, not for me, Chinatown mystery.

The Baker of Bleeker Street: spies, Germany infiltrating America during WW2 and an Italian baker. Fabulous spy thriller. I wanted more.

My Overall Rating: 4 stars

Buy it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Manhattan-Mayhem-Stories-Mystery-Writers/dp/159474761X

#MondayBlogs: 10 Sure-Fire Ways to Stress Less #stress #inspiration


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Dealing with stress?

Everyone deals with stress in their own way. Both MR N and I are beyond stressed out. It’s one week for MR N and three days for me until our vacation. Right before we leave for our rest and relaxation, we have Herculean obstacles to overcome.

Both of us are wracked with dreams dealing with work. It’s enough to make me wave the white flag in defeat.

Instead, I have been doing what I can to relieve stress. I go out for a walk every day. I smile. I listen to my favorite music. I take many slow deep breaths. I hug MR N.

I love these 10 ways to stress less! I try to incorporate them into my life.

How do you handle stress?

Share in the comments below. We can always use little ways to reduce stress.

:) MRS N :)

Guest Post: How the Little Things Inspire Us by @A_Snook #books #humor #inspiration


How the Little Things Inspire Us: A Guest Post by Andrew Snook

Some people say it’s the littlest things that kill. Personally, I think the littlest things can act as inspiration for creating fun fiction. I’ve often found myself inspired by the smallest, most trivial experiences. One that comes to mind is a restroom stop I made more than a decade ago at the Cobequid Pass Toll Station off Highway 104 in Nova Scotia.

More than a decade ago I was driving with my father from Wolfville, Nova Scotia to Mississauga, Ontario after my first semester at Acadia University.

On the way to Wolfville, my father and I drove past one too many rest stops and ended up in a “pee-mergency” on Highway 104. We were both desperate for a bathroom break so we stopped at the next place with a bathroom, Cobequid Pass Toll Station – not that we had a choice, you had to stop to pay the toll.

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I remember the mad scramble as we parked my old, decrepit Ford Taurus, jumped out the car and starting our respective pee-pee dances towards the restroom. To our horror, there were three other people in front of us – all doing dances of their own.

We waited close to 20 minutes before the door to the restroom opened, and when it did, I almost wished it didn’t. A foul stench slapped us in the face as an elderly gentleman exited the room looking quite satisfied.

The man at the front of the line hurried inside the restroom and did his business in a timely fashion, as did the next two. When we got to the front of the line I rushed inside, held my breath and let loose. As I relieved myself, I realized I was standing in a puddle of urine left by one of the people before me. Mixed feeling washed over me once I finished. I was happy to longer worry about my bladder bursting, but a little peeved at the lack of aim displayed in the restroom.

This story is far from unique. I’m sure similar situations have happened to almost everyone at one time or another – maybe not on a toll road, but definitely somewhere. I’m also certain that I’ve had similar situations occur at least a few times before my stop on the Cobequid Pass and a few times since then. But for whatever reason, this particular experience stuck with me. And about six months later when I was back living in Wolfville working on my first novella, which I re-wrote years later into Remy’s Dilemma, I remembered the toll station. I ended up using my trivial experience at that rest stop as my inspiration for a handful of silly scenarios in my book.

So next time you find yourself annoyed that you’re stuck doing a mundane task or in a slightly annoying situation, just remember, it might make for some fun fiction down the road.

Andrew Snook

Andrew Snook is the author of Remy’s Dilemma, available in print and digital versions on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks and more. For more information on Andrew or his book, visit www.snookbooks.com. He can be followed on Twitter @a_snook.

NEW RELEASE: Pokergeist by @MichaelPCash #poker #Paranormal #amreading


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Title: Pokergeist

Author: Michael Phillip Cash

Genre: Paranormal, Poker

Book Blurb:

Sometimes life, as well as death, is about second chances. Luckless Telly Martin doesn’t have a clue. An awful gambler trying to scrape by as a professional poker player, he becomes the protégé of world famous poker champion Clutch Henderson. The only catch…Clutch is a ghost. Telly and Clutch must navigate the seedy gambling underbelly of Las Vegas learning to trust each other in order to win the elusive International Series of Poker, repair their shattered personal relationships and find redemption in this life and the hereafter.

Exclusive Excerpt:

Prologue

Like taking candy from a baby, Clutch Henderson thought. He took a deep pull on his whiskey, allowing the burn to numb him from gullet to stomach. The room reeked of smoke, even though it was not allowed in the main ballroom during the tournament. Overhead, giant television screens focused on two players. Clutch looked up, winked, and watched the camera close in on his craggy face. I still got it. He smirked at his image. He was tall, lanky, and deeply tanned, which accentuated his silver hair and light eyes. Even though he was pushing seventy, he knew the ladies still found him attractive. They didn’t call him the Silver Fox for nothing. Clutch patted the blister pack of Viagra in the pocket of the polyester bowling shirt that he wore in homage to the Big Lebowski, the fictional kingpin legend. Gineva would be picking up a celebratory bottle of champagne right now, as soon as she clocked out at the Nugget. They wouldn’t give her the day off today—the bastards. There was a good chance he was going to make an honest woman out of her tonight…a rich, honest woman.

Clutch shifted in his seat, his hemorrhoids making their presence known. They burned his ass more than the cocky kid sitting opposite him. He looked over to his opponent who was sunk low in his seat, his face swallowed by the gray hoodie he wore. Adam “the Ant” Antonowski, boy wonder, who rose from the ranks of online card games, had beaten out a seemingly impossible one hundred sixty-five thousand players to earn a coveted seat at the International Series of Poker. His pimply face peeked out from under oversized sunglasses. Clutch sneered contemptuously at him. They let everybody play today. The kid did look bug-eyed with those enormous glasses. Adam curled his hands protectively over his cards, his bitten-down fingernails repulsive.

“Rookie,” Clutch muttered under his breath, his lips barely moving.

“Looks like Clutch Henderson is praying, folks,” Kevin Franklyn said into his mike from where he sat in a small room watching the game. He was a former champion turned seasoned sportscaster on the poker circuit, well respected, and the senior of the two anchormen. He was completely bald, his fleshy nose slightly off center on his craggy face, a victim of his youthful and unsuccessful boxing career. He’d made a mint once he turned to poker and had never looked back.

Stu James shook his head. “Clutch could be at his last prayers; this kid is the terminator.” Stu was a tall cowboy with wavy blond hair and mustache left over from his 1970s poker-playing heyday. He looked like a country singer.

“Let’s see if Clutch can exterminate the Ant,” Kevin replied.

They shared a laugh. The sportscasters wore matching light blue jackets with the Poker Channel logo on the chest.

Kevin nodded, placing his hand on his earbud, and said, “Yes, this is it, folks, in case you’ve just tuned in. A record fourteen thousand entrants, and it all comes down to this—the final moments. The rookie versus the pro: it could have been scripted by a screenwriter. David versus Goliath. Adam ‘the Ant’ Antonowski going up against the legendary Clutch Henderson.”

 

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25908720-pokergeist?ac=1

Buy it here:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Pokergeist-Michael-Phillip-Cash/dp/1512074969

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Author Biography:

Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He’s written ten books including the best-selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After House, The Hanging Tree, Witches Protection Program, Pokergeist and Battle for Darracia series.

Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island. He writes full-time with his screaming kids in the background.

Connect with Michael on:

Facebook: facebook.com/michaelphillipcash
Twitter: twitter.com/michaelpcash
Web: www.michaelphillipcash.com
Email: michaelphillipcash@gmail.com

Today’s Inspirational Thought: I Pledge to Never Give Up #inspiration #purpose


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My inspirational thought is short and sweet:

Place your hand over your heart.

Feel that?

That’s called purpose.

You’re alive for a reason.

Don’t give up.

Ever!

:) MRS N :)

Cover Reveal for CHANGING FACES by @BarbCaffrey #diversity #books


MRS N, the Author:

It’s Cover Reveal Time and my good friend, Barb Caffrey has a brand new book called Changing Faces coming out this November. A beautiful story and a stunning book cover!

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Originally posted on Barb Caffrey's Blog:

Folks, with all the turmoil going on in the world these days, I wanted to share some good news.

The cover for my contemporary fantasy/romance novel CHANGING FACES is already here! (In other words: Time for a cover reveal.)

CHANGING FACES coverTake a look at this cover, courtesy of cover artist Tamian Wood. (Isn’t it great?)

The two faces being depicted are those of Allen Bridgeway, Master’s student in clarinet performance at (fictional) Willa Cather University in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Elaine Foster, Allen’s fiancée and fellow clarinetist at Willa Cather U. (Elaine starts off as an English Master’s student.)

Now, why do I call this book CHANGING FACES? It’s because Allen and Elaine are about to change places with one another…and it comes about because of two aliens who may as well be angels.

Why do these aliens/angels decide that Allen needs to be in Elaine’s body, and Elaine in Allen’s?…

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Friday Book Round-Up: Sweet Romance Novellas #romance #MFRAuthor #sweetromance


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Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up! Summer’s in full-swing and my heart yearns for romance. Since I just finished writing my very first sweet romance novella, I thought it would be fun to list six of my favorite sweet romance novellas on my Kindle right now. Here they are:

1- Just a Little (Part One) (Just a Little Boxset Book 1) by Tracie Puckett

It’s FREE on Amazon right now!!!

Just a Little (Part One) is a compilation of the first four novellas in the series: Just a Little Crush, Just a Little Embrace, Just a Little Sincerity, and Just a Little Promise.

JUST A LITTLE CRUSH

When a class assignment requires seventeen-year-old Julie to shadow someone on the job, she’s overwhelmed by the decisions she’ll have to make. After all, she has no clue what she wants from life post-graduation. So when her Uncle Charlie, Oakland’s Chief of Police, suggests Julie fulfill her twenty hours of required job shadowing at the local police department, she’s thrilled at his solution. Thinking she’ll spend her days filing paperwork behind a desk, she finds herself quickly agreeing to his proposition. But Julie’s expectations are quickly turned upside down when she meets Luke, the young and handsome (albeit somewhat stubborn) officer she’s assigned to shadow on patrol.

With every hour she logs with Luke at the wheel, her feelings stir deeper, and Julie can’t help but wonder if what she’s feeling has developed into more than just a little crush.

JUST A LITTLE EMBRACE

Gone are the days of police patrol. With ten hours to go before completing her job shadowing project, seventeen-year-old Julie Little’s assignment has switched gears, and now she’s required to start living the lifestyle of every man (and woman) in uniform. Under Luke’s command, Julie is obligated to complete her remaining hours through early morning exercise training. And despite her distaste for physical exertion, Julie’s crush on her mentor continues to grow by leaps and bounds with each passing day. And just when she’s certain that she’s making progress in her relationship with Luke, Julie learns that the new guy in town has taken an interest in winning her heart… and as far as she’s concerned, there’s only room in her heart for one man… even if he still hasn’t figured out that they’re meant to be.

JUST A LITTLE SINCERITY

Plans for the Oakland Fall Ball are officially underway, and it’s up to seventeen-year-old Julie Little to pull off a night her classmates will never forget. But with the recent tragedies that have torn through her life, Julie can’t stay focused on the task at hand. With the added stress of the dance, family, and fragile friendships, she continues to struggle with the pain that comes with love and loss. And with the fate of her love life hanging in the balance, a close friend finally lays it all on the line; Julie will never be happy… until she finally lets Luke go….

JUST A LITTLE PROMISE

In the beginning, all she wanted was a sense of direction. Now, she’s fighting in the name of love.

Seventeen-year-old Julie Little is under constant scrutiny. Try as she might, she can’t make a single move without her uncle’s permission–and Charlie will stop at nothing to keep her from Luke (even if that means putting her behind bars for an hour or two). But Charlie’s overbearing behavior is the least of her worries. Derek is consumed with guilt. Luke is struggling to overcome his past. And Julie is on a diehard mission to change things that are completely out of her control… even if that means betraying the man she loves.

2- Luke’s Montana Bride (Sweet, Clean Western Cowboy Historical Romance)( Brothers of Montana series Book 1) by Maya Stirling

Book 1 in a new trilogy. The Brothers of Montana series. Three brothers and their search for love

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A friendship that could turn to love

Growing up in the small town of Montana Falls, Amber Scott and Luke Dunbar had always been friends, even if sometimes it had seemed like they were enemies . Then Amber left to become a nurse, and Luke believed he’d lost her forever. Now that she’s back in Montana Falls, both Luke and Amber discover they need each other like never before.

Handsome lawman Luke Dunbar knows that reunions don’t always go smoothly. Especially if the woman he believes to be his one and only love is determined to resist his every attempt to show her just how much she means to him.

Can Luke seize his second chance at love, and can Amber overcome the barriers to finding a happy ever after with a friend who is now so close to becoming the love of her life?

Each novel in the series is a complete standalone story with a happy ending and no cliff-hangers.

3- Summer of Sweetness (Sweet Coming of Age Holiday Romance) by Juliet Joseph

Twenty-something Laura Martin has always wanted to travel. She never thought she’d spend her first vacation outside of the Midwest on a little-known Florida resort island as someone’s nanny. With two rambunctious twins in tow, she has to deal with her snippy and emotionally distant rich employers the DeVilliers while trying to make the most of spending her every waking moment as the only responsible adult on the trip.

But when she meets Josh Philips, the handsome activities director at their luxury resort, the little time she gets to spend with him makes it all worthwhile. He shows her what life on the island can be like, and they talk about their shared dream of running a bed and breakfast one day.

There’s a storm brewing though, as she realizes the trip will only last so long. With a real tropical storm on the horizon, how will they make their summer romance last and become something more?

4- One Night Is All You Need: A Short Story by Kimberly G. Giarratano

After Margot Green helps move her older sister into the University of Miami dorms, she just wants to go home to New Jersey where she can wallow in her loneliness. Unfortunately, for Margot, her parents decide to extend their trip to the Florida Keys where they sign up for a kooky tour of historic Key West. Margot is horrified to have to traipse around hotter-than-Hades Old Town with her embarrassing parents until she meets Sam, an enigmatic local, who convinces her to embark on a spooky adventure that will inevitably lead to discovery and heartache.

ONE NIGHT IS ALL YOU NEED is a 5,000-word YA short story that will appeal to both romance and mystery fans.

5- Her Time for Love (Clean Time Travel Regency Romance Novella) by Roxanne Amour

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Her Time for Love is a sweet romantic love story suitable for all readers.

They say time waits for now one except for the one person who can control it! Her Time for Love is an exciting historical romance classic unraveling in a beautiful European setting filled with mystery, madness and mayhem.

Desperately looking for love and willing to do whatever it takes to find the man of her dreams Abigail Leeds sets out on a not so typical adventure in Paris, the city of Amour.

Julien Lachance a young entrepreneur with a particular eye for beautiful things and willing to bend the rules to acquire them catches her eye.

Lucas Fortier a generous, kind and loving man is driven to the brink of insanity when love is lost; he’s willing to kill to bring her back from the dead.

Love is found and lost and found again in this wholesome suspense thriller.

If you like being part of the story you’re reading then you’ll enjoy sharing in Abigail’s passions and fears as she searches for true love in this clean romance novella for all ages.

6- Sweetwater Springs Christmas: A Montana Sky Short Story Anthology (The Montana Sky Series) by Debra Holland and Friends

Come celebrate the holidays in 1895 Sweetwater Springs, Montana, as ten Western Romance authors join New York Times Bestselling author DEBRA HOLLAND in telling SHORT STORIES of love and laughter, heartbreak and healing, and most of all, Christmas joy.

  1. AYERS – A CHRISTMAS FAR FROM HOME

Far from home and with love in their hearts, a young Wyoming rancher and the daughter of a Montana railroad businessman learn the true joy of Christmas is in giving.

LINDA CARROLL-BRADD – WISHES ON A STAR

Will a wish on a star foretell the future of a young suffragette and a visiting rancher?

MJ FREDRICK – ABIGAIL’S CHRISTMAS ANGEL

A lonely widow and a lonelier marshal make peace with their past.

DEBRA HOLLAND – THE GIFT OF MUSIC

Can two reserved people overcome their limitations and find love?

DEBRA HOLLAND – A FAMILY FOR IKE

An orphaned boy finds an unexpected family.

DEBRA HOLLAND – THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS

The town banker learns that perhaps some things are more important than money.

PATY JAGER – A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER

Ida doesn’t remember the last two years, but her husband is determined to find her and reignite their love.

JILL MARIE LANDIS – UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR

A spinster discovers it’s never too late to embrace love and the surprises life has in store.

TRISH MILBURN – A NEW HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

A woman scarred in face and heart finds love with a cowboy.

LINDA MCLAUGHLIN – THE BEST PRESENT

A grieving ten-year-old girl anticipating a sad Christmas receives some surprises.

BEV PETTERSEN – THE CHRISTMAS CROSSING

With a little Christmas magic, two searching hearts discover they can bridge much more than a raging river.

TORI SCOTT – A PROMISE FOR CHRISTMAS

Faced with her first Montana winter without her husband, Rachel Tanner and her young son need a miracle.

CYNTHIA WOOLF – SUGARPLUM DREAMS

Julia Bosworth travels west to fulfill a special dream and finds her heart’s desire.

This short story collection takes place after Montana Sky Christmas, but the anthology can be read as a stand-alone book.

What sweet romance novellas are your favorites? Share in the comments below.

 

Happy Reading!

MRS N, Book Addict

When Love Blooms by @Judythe2 #Romance #99cents #CleanReads


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Book Title: When Love Blooms, Book 1 of the Fitzpatrick Family Series – Andy

Author Name: Judythe Morgan

Genre: Sweet/Inspirational Romance, Clean Reads

Book Blurb:

After a hit-and-run accident leaves her mother confined to a special care facility, Darcy Clark abandons her dreams to run the family’s struggling landscape business.

Then at-risk students from her old high school become the labor force on a city park project, and Andy Fitzpatrick shows up to supervise his students. The chemistry between Darcy and Andy is instant.

But will a secret link between Andy and her mother’s accident kill the attraction before love can blossom?

Exclusive Excerpt:

“Thanks again for your help and your students with the mulch,” Darcy Clark said through the open window of her Buds ‘n Blooms Nursery truck.

“Andy.” He patted the doorframe. “You’re welcome. See you around.”

When she glanced in the rear-view mirror, he stood at the curb waving. For a dweebie kid, Matt’s little brother had grown into a fine specimen of manhood. Young, lean and fit. She was already hiding gray hairs under L’Oréal. He might be a little bullheaded about his students, but he seemed to be a nice person. Certainly appealing. His actions today definitely put him in the good-guy category.

But her observations about character in the past hadn’t been so accurate, especially where men were concerned. She couldn’t trust her judgment with the opposite sex, and she wasn’t about to risk putting her heart in jeopardy again. Not when she believed his brother had been driving the car that struck her mother.

The bright red Buds ‘n Blooms Nursery truck joined the flow of traffic from the student parking lot where senior students rushed out for burgers and fries instead of cafeteria cuisine. Martin’s black low rider pickup joined the chain of vehicles. Martin wasn’t a senior, which meant he was cutting out on afternoon classes.

Andy exhaled a loud sigh. Again. Would he ever get through to Martin?

The challenge of teaching at-risk students was difficult to say the least, but he’d willingly taken on the task because he thought he could make a difference. After three years, he’d had some successes and equally as many failures. This particular class had more potential than his others. He didn’t want to lose any of them.

Re-tying his bowtie, he headed back inside. On his way, he stopped by the Attendance Office. “I want to give you a heads up. Martin’s leaving campus again.”

Mary Jane Walker, who’d been attendance clerk at Burton High School forever, pushed her glasses on top of her dyed-red hair, exposing the grey roots. “You know we can’t keep covering for him.”

Andy nodded. “I’m sure he’s going home so he can meet his sister’s kindergarten bus. Isn’t there some way we can get him in the early dismissal program?”

Ms. Walker pursed her lips. “He needs a paying job to be eligible.”

“I’m working on it. Give him just one more bye. We’ll lose him if he goes back to juvie. He’s not tough enough. He won’t survive in there.”

“Oh, all right. I won’t mark it.” She pasted a sticky note on her record book. “Martin might surprise you. If I remember correctly, several of us didn’t think you’d survive or amount to anything either, and look how you turned out.”

He didn’t need Ms. Walker’s reminder. Memories of bad judgments, failure to do the right thing and opportunities missed haunted his thoughts. “Thanks. I’ll talk to him and try to make him understand his potential.”

All afternoon his class discussions kept coming back to the “hottie” in khaki shorts and red tee-shirt with the Buds ‘n Blooms Nursery logo. Andy didn’t stop them. Friday afternoons were relaxed. The last hour of the schedule, he helped with homework since most received no encouragement from their families. With Monday a school holiday, they were too excited to focus anyway.

Suzette and Rachel agreed Darcy Clark wasn’t half-bad, for an older woman. Andy smiled. Age to a teen was relative. Darcy and Matt had been classmates, which meant she was thirty-two to his twenty-six. Not that big a difference to Andy’s thinking.

He glanced at Carlos, remembering the flecks of green that fired in Darcy’s hazel eyes when she’d argued that Carlos, or one of his students, might be responsible for the vandalism she was experiencing. The school flowerbed, he couldn’t deny that, but she was wrong about Carlos being her vandal. She didn’t understand what these kids faced every day or know their stories. Andy would have to convince her before she decided to go to the authorities. Carlos did not need any more trouble. He had enough at home.

Andy continued to grade papers except his focus kept wandering. Meeting Darcy had certainly been the highlight of his day, and he was having a devil of a time blocking her images from his mind and the surprising magnetic pull. In one short encounter, she’d managed to totally disrupt his peace of mind.

His preacher father always said Andy’s biggest problem was letting the devil fill his head too much, but Andy didn’t see Darcy Clark as devil sent. More like heaven sent.

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Judythe Morgan writes award-winning love stories of true love, second chances, forgiveness, and happily-ever-after. Her experiences as a military dependent, antiques dealer, and teacher have provided a wealth of stories to tell. Add years of international travel and an insatiable desire to see, do, and learn and you have a creative fountain overflowing. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her walking her dogs—a very large Old English sheepdog and an equally tiny Maltese—in the nearby Rio Grande National Forest. For more information about Judythe and her books, visit her website at http://www.judythemorgan.com or her award-winning blog at http://judythewriter.wordpress.com/

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