Strive to Always Improve Through Goal-Setting and Perseverance! #inspiration #motivation


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Are you basking in what you’ve accomplished or are you reaching for the stars?

 

Back in January, I made a group of goals I wanted to accomplish this year. One of the things I wrote down was I wanted to be a Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer. I reached that goal this summer. Did I sit back once I reached it? Heck no! I pushed myself harder and harder.

 

Yesterday, I got a notification that I’m now a Top 500 Reviewer! I couldn’t believe it. I was speechless, jumping up and down with excitement coursing through my veins. I emailed MR N and told him the great news. He’s just as excited as me.

 

Will I stop? No way! I’ll keep pushing myself to be the best reviewer I can, growing and persevering through all challenges. 

 

Just because you’ve reached one goal doesn’t mean you’re done. Life is a constant journey of climbing one mountaintop after another. Some will be easy while others will seem impossible. With each success, we’ll be critiqued by others. Is she as good as she appears? Did she cheat to get to where she is or did she work her bum off? What will she do next? 

 

The secret to life is to keep growing, keep trying new things, keep setting goals and reaching for the stars. 

 

How are your yearly goals going? Share in the comments below.

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A Chance at Christmas by Beppie Harrison @queenskeys is a Sweeping #Regency #Romance!


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Title  A Chance at Christmas

Author   Beppie Harrison

Genre  Historical Romance (Regency)

 

Book Blurb 

A Chance at Christmas tells the story of a Christmas that very nearly never happened for Catherine and her younger brother, struggling with poverty and the boy’s serious disabilities. But an invitation does come for a splendid Christmas at a friend’s great house, and Catherine dares to form a plan that might provide a future for her brother. What she never dreams about is a future for herself as well. Can romance come as a shocking Christmas surprise?

 

Excerpt

There was indeed a man standing close by, his attention fixed on their carriage. There was no one else but them now. He must be the one sent for them.

 

It was going to be all right.

 

He was tall, a young man, clearly a gentleman by his elegant dress. His boots shone and his cloak was multi-caped. He looked at her directly, with cool grey eyes and long lashes that would have been spectacular had he been a woman.

 

“Miss Woodsleigh, I believe?” he asked as she stepped out of the coach. “My sister Katie sent me to fetch you.” His words were as smooth and well-spoken as might be expected of a fashionably-dressed Englishman. Was this then the brother on whom she had pinned her hopes? Elegant he was indeed. Warm-hearted? She hoped he might be.

 

“I am Viscount de Montjoy,” he said.

 

She looked into his face as she came out of the carriage, hearing John’s boots thud behind her as he descended the step. Did the man have some of the look of Katie? He did seem courteous, rather than annoyed to be sent on such an errand. A hopeful sign, perhaps. She smiled at him.

 

Automatically, she reached back to steady John as his left boot landed on the step. Then he shifted balance to his right before stepping, leading again with his left foot, down to the ground. She kept her hand on his elbow as he rocked a bit before standing upright.

 

Viscount de Montjoy, who had answered Catherine’s smile with one of polite welcome, stared past her to John, clearly taking in his lame leg, twisted arm, and all.

 

His forehead creased. “Who is he?”

 

Foreboding plunged from Catherine’s head down to her toes. She took John’s arm.

 

“My brother.” She did not feel her lips move. She made a valiant effort to keep her smile. She would not let disappointment overwhelm her. Not yet. This was Katie’s brother, after all. The man on whom her fragile hopes rested.

 

He surveyed John attentively and then nodded. “I see. Does he require assistance to reach my carriage?” He half turned to indicate a neat, well-maintained landau perhaps fifty feet away.

 

“I do not,” John said for himself just as Catherine began to speak. She folded her lips to cut off words she might have said.

 

The viscount raised his left eyebrow, as if surprised John could speak.

 

“My man will take your bags.” He lifted a peremptory finger and a man in livery approached. A footman, perhaps?  A coachman? Catherine’s family had never run to menservants, and she was unsure of what his position might be. She would have to pay close attention when they were in Katie’s house to make sure she didn’t make mistakes.

 

The footman, if such he was, took the heavy bag from Catherine and as John had set down his lighter one, grabbed that one as well. He headed off in the direction of the carriage and the viscount started to walk briskly after him.

 

He came to a stop almost immediately.

 

“I am sorry,” he said directly to Catherine. “Is my pace too rapid for your brother?”

 

Again John spoke up politely but firmly. “I believe I can nearly keep up, sir,” he said. “You will not have to wait long for me.”

 

The viscount looked at him, the eyebrow raised again. “Indeed.”

 

After a momentary hesitation John set off again. Catherine held back to keep an eye on his progress but he kept pace almost exactly. Perhaps that was just as well. It certainly would demonstrate John could do more than one might expect from a casual glance. Of course his leg would pain him afterward. She hoped there would be a chance for a sit-down and a bit of a rest once they reached their destination.

 

John lurched forward, not far behind the viscount, and Catherine matched her speed to his. Pride for his determination warmed her, even on such a cold winter late afternoon.

 

The viscount waited at the door of the carriage for them to enter. John also waited for Catherine to go ahead of him, but she knew he would need some assistance, however proud he might be. She shook her head as slightly as she could, and John nodded with equal restraint, and she put a hand under his bad elbow as he heaved himself up and in. When she stepped in after him, she started to sit on the seat with its back to the horses, as they had been seated in the coach, but the viscount, following closely behind, would not permit it.

 

“Please take the other seat.”

 

She fleetingly considered objecting for the sake of politeness, but decided quickly against it, and tugged John in the other direction. He fell down on the seat, rather than sitting more gracefully as he was usually capable of doing, but usually he had not just been walking so briskly. Catherine pulled her cloak and skirt around herself, hoping the viscount might not notice.

 

It was so important that he see what John could do, not what he could not.

 

 

Buy Links  

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/A-Chance-at-Christmas-Beppie-Harrison-ebook/dp/B0763CQY29

 

Apple

https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-chance-at-christmas/id1291777994?ls=1&mt=11h

 

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Author Biography 

Beppie Harrison lives on Boston’s South Shore close to the ocean in a big white New Englandish house with her husband, a lawyer daughter, and an assortment of dogs and cats. They live a somewhat trans-Atlantic lifestyle. Her husband is an English architect, and they lived in London at the beginning of their marriage, only moving to the States when they had young children. Now the children are grown, they return to old friends and familiar places as frequently as they can. In many ways, England still feels like their second home.

 

For Beppie, the pull from across the Atlantic comes not only from the dales of Yorkshire and the buzz of London, but from Ireland. Did it start with its literature, its green beauty, or its wonderfully garrulous people? However it happened, both England and Ireland draw her now.

 

Her first fiction trilogy, the Heart Trilogy, is placed primarily in Ireland during the Regency period. The Grandest Christmas, a companion novella for the holiday season, is a warm and cozy read for Christmastime. Her upcoming quartet of novels is placed again in Regency times, but, as introduced by the novella The Dowager’s Season, introduces four cousins to the excitement and romance of London’s presentations and balls.

 

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Learn more about Beppie Harrison and sign up for her newsletter at http://www.beppieharrison.com  or join her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/beppie.harrison, or Twitter @queenskeys or her group blog, Romancing Yesteryear, at https://www.romancingyesteryear.com

 

Giveaway Ending Soon! Enter Today to #Win 45+ Small Town #Romance Novels and an Ereader #BookSweeps


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Guess who’s participating in this promo? (Me!) Enter to win 45+ Sweet & Mild Small Town Contemporary Romances, including books from authors like Shoshanna Gabriel and Kendall Ryan. This giveaway ends soon, so make sure you hurry and enter! Good luck!

 

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You Need to Stop Worrying and Enjoy Life’s Journey! #inspiration #motivation #WednesdayWisdom


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Are you worried?

 

Is your stomach tied in knots and you’re not sleeping?

 

Worrying about something or someone is a total waste of time.

 

I worry about a lot of things and I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Worrying about something/someone hasn’t helped me one bit. In fact, most of the time, all it does is make me feel miserable and makes the circumstance worse.

 

Instead of worrying, meditate about the situation. Release your death grip on it and let the Universe take over.

 

Breathe… yes, breathing is important too. Take several deep breaths and mentally tell yourself it’s going to be okay.

 

Smile, you’re living your life and have many blessings. Take out a piece of paper of write down all you’re grateful for. Don’t hold back.

 

What do you do to combat worry? Share in the comments below. 

 

MRS N

“Let her go!” Honorable Assassins by Barbara G. Tarn #fantasy #books #giveaway


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Title Honorable Assassins

Author Barbara G.Tarn

Genre Fantasy

Publisher Unicorn Productions

 

Book Blurb

The birth of the Assassins’ Guild of Godwalkar. Members of the Assassins’ Guild can be as honorable as anyone. They might be trained to kill, but they’re just people with loved ones to protect and avenge.

 

How two southern runaways found refuge in kingless Godwalkar and started and assassins’ school that trained the best, including Kilig the Sword.

 

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GIVEAWAY

The first 50 get the ebook in their preferred format with 50% discount

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Use coupon code is XG43E (not case-sensitive)

 

 

Excerpt

Khanda was in front of the fountain, struggling against Khopesh. He had obviously taken all her secret weapons – her dagger lay on the ground – and was trying to force himself on her. To her credit, Khanda wasn’t screaming for help, but Talwar didn’t think she could stop his cousin.

 

He stepped into the garden, squeezing the shaft of his weapon and gritting his teeth.

 

“Let her go!” he ordered.

 

Khopesh stopped trying to kiss her and rip her bodice off to glare at him.

 

“Get out of here, Ajay. I told you she’s mine.”

 

“I’m not yours!” Khanda struggled again and slapped him.

 

Khopesh held her even tighter, so Talwar whirled his pole-arm and hit his cousin in the back with the shaft, not the blade. Khopesh groaned and scowled at him. He let go of Khanda and pulled out his double-bladed katar.

 

“Get out of here, Ajay!” he repeated threateningly.

 

“My name is Talwar. And she doesn’t want you to touch her.”

 

Khopesh swung his arm with a scream of anger, but Talwar jumped back. Instead of using the blade, he used the bottom of the pole-arm to thrust.

 

Tum zinda ho!” he whispered, activating the spell of the seal of the Goddess Zindagi.

 

Khopesh screamed in pain, thrown back by the green magic flame of the seal. He fell on his back and shivered uncontrollably before passing out. Talwar saw that his cousin’s tunic was burned and that his skin was marked by the seal of Zindagi, a burning scar that would never allow him to forget.

 

Khanda had gasped when Khopesh had been hit, but she recovered first. She grabbed Talwar’s wrist with both hands and shook him.

 

“Let’s get out of here, quickly!” She picked up her dagger from the floor and they rushed out of the garden and the palace. “What did you just do?” she asked, worried, as they mixed with the crowd in the paved streets of Agharek.

 

“I went back to the monastery to say good-bye to my teachers and the abbot thought I deserved to take the pole-arm with me, even though I’m an assassin,” he answered, still breathless. “The seal of Zindagi doesn’t kill. Khopesh will have a scar to remind him that no means no.”

 

“He’s not dead?” she insisted.

 

“No, but the spell hurts more than the scarification rite, obviously…”

 

“Then we must leave this place,” she said, determined, stopping to look him in the eyes. “He will never forgive you, and will make our life miserable. Even if your father and mine agree to our wedding, he’ll do everything in his power to destroy us.”

 

 

Buy Links

Ebook available on Amazon, Apple, Barnes&Noble, DriveThruFiction, Kobo and Smashwords

 

Paperback on Amazon, Createspace and other retailers.

 

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Author Biography

Barbara G.Tarn had an intense life in the Middle Ages that stuck to her through the centuries. She prefers swords to guns, long gowns to mini-skirts, and even though she buried the warrior woman, she deplores the death of knights in shining chainmail. She likes to think her condo apartment is a medieval castle, unfortunately lacking a dungeon to throw noisy neighbors and naughty colleagues in. Also known as the Lady with the Unicorns, these days she prefers to add a touch of fantasy to all her stories, past and present – when she’s not wandering on her fantasy world of Silvery Earth or in her Star Minds futuristic universe.

 

She’s a writer, sometimes artist, mostly a world-creator and story-teller. Two of her stories received an Honorable Mention at the Writers of the Future contest. She writes, draws, ignores her day job and blogs at: http://creativebarbwire.wordpress.com.

 

 

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Author @CharJGordon Introduces Her Brand New #Romance: Beware the Blue-Eyed Thunderbolt #books


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Title: Beware the Blue-Eyed Thunderbolt
Author: Charmaine Gordon
Vanilla Heart Publisher

 

Blurb:

Yes, it can happen, you see. Blue eyes can connect at the Vet and suddenly it’s love. But she’s not ready and he’s about to adopt two girls, children of his deceased sister. She has 4 cats and a business called Get Gorgeous; he has a puppy and a busy doctor business. Do you think it can work out? Personally, I’m not sure. Read and find out.

 

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Beware-Blue-Eyed-Thunderbolt-Charmaine-Gordon-ebook/dp/B07623PY7R

 

Giveaway:

What do you love to read in a romance centered around families?

The best comment regarding romance and family gets a prize. Also write a review and you will receive a sweet gift from Charmaine.

 

Open Internationally.

 

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Twitter @CharJGordon and Facebook keep me busy.

 

For many years I was an actress in New York on daytime drama moving on to movies. Harrison Ford shared a hot dog after I sang Happy Birthday to Melanie Griffith.Oh my! After that the movies rolled in; When Harry Met Sally, SNL with Robin Williams, and lunch with Anthony call me Tony Hopkins during a month long movie. What fun until my lovely voice got lost on the way and I started to write.

The Witching Hour by USA Today Bestseller @RuthACasie #RomanticSuspense #Halloween #MFRWAuthor


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Title The Witching Hour

Author Ruth A. Casie

Genre Contemporary Romantic Suspense

Publisher Timeless Scribes Publishing

 

Book Blurb

Rachel Emerson led a charmed life. Steffen Burkett, her greatest love was everything a woman could want and he was hers. But before the wedding invitations were sent, the wedding was cancelled.

 

Fast forward thirty years. Rachel returns to her beloved home on Halloween eve, the day before the house becomes the property of the Historical Society. For years she mourned the loss of her locket, her only connection to Steffen. This is her last chance to find it. Going home takes Rachel on a journey of self-discovery and possibly even reconciliation.

 

Excerpt

Seeing Pam so suddenly caught Rachel off guard. After all these years, the hurt should be gone. However, betrayal ran deep.

 

The Dawes had a long history that went back fifteen generations to Roger Williams and the founding of Rhode Island and Havenport. That the Dawes name was held in high regard was an understatement—they enjoyed a celebrity status among the locals. Not all family members handled that notoriety well. Most were nice and down-to-earth, but others took their privilege to cruel levels.

 

Rachel couldn’t remember life without Pam. Born days apart, their mothers, close friends themselves, bragged that the girls were bosom buddies in the hospital nursery. More like twin sisters than best friends. They did everything together. Even fell in love with the same boy, Steffen Burkett.

 

Steffen. She smiled.

 

The week before Halloween, on her way home from an afternoon of gathering sea shells at the town beach, intent on getting her favorite hamburger and fries at Mellie’s Diner, she carefully approached Water Street ready to cross.

 

Water Street followed the coastline and was a series of serpentine curves that led to a straightaway as it came into Havenport. The last curve, the one everyone called Killer Curve, carried a double punch. A sharp curve and steep rise not only obscured oncoming traffic, but if you didn’t slow down before the drop, well, you could wind up on the beach, if the tide was out.

 

With nothing in sight, Rachel stepped off the curb. Out of nowhere, she found herself in the crosshairs of an oncoming car. Startled, and incapable of making sense of what was happening, she froze.

 

Breaks screeched, filling the air with the odor of burned rubber. Finally, Rachel came to her senses and jumped back toward the curb, but landed badly, her ankle at an odd angle, and fell to the ground. The car skidded to a stop inches away from her.

 

The door swung open, the engine still running, and from her position on the asphalt, she stared at a pair of muscular legs. Rachel worked to catch her breath. Her sunglasses had gone flying, and with the sun glaring into her eyes, she didn’t recognize who stood over her.

 

“Jeez, I could have— Don’t move. I’ll take you to the hospital.”

 

“Don’t be silly. I’m fine.” Rachel sat up and groped for her sunglasses. He plucked them from the street and handed them to her. She put on the twisted frames. Her eyes traveled from his muscular legs, up his bare, ripped abdomen and chest, to his concerned eyes. Who was he? A tourist? He helped her to her feet.

 

“See.” Her leg buckled and she was light-headed.

 

“Whoa.” He had fast reflexes. He caught her before she hit the ground.

 

He easily held her, as if her hundred and ten pounds were nothing, and he didn’t appear eager to put her down. His hazel eyes were striking, but his smile…took her breath away.

 

 

Buy Links

Amazon/Kindle: http://a.co/cxQXIPE

iBook: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-witching-hour/id1289099233?ls=1&mt=11

BN: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-witching-hour-ruth-a-casie/1127193886?ean=2940158680939

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-witching-hour-32

 

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Author Biography

RUTH A. CASIE is a USA Today bestselling author of action-adventure time-travel historical romance about strong women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all. Her Druid Knight novels have both finaled in the NJRW Golden Leaf contest. The Guardian’s Witch, part of the Stelton Legacy series was a Reader’s Crown Finalist. Ruth also writes contemporary romance in the Havenport series with enough action to keep you turning pages. Her short story, The Game’s AFoot finaled in the Aspen Gold contest. Ruth lives in New Jersey with her husband, three empty bedrooms and a growing number of incomplete counted cross-stitch projects. Before she started writing time travel romance, she was a speech therapist, international bank product and marketing manager, but her favorite job is the one she’s doing now—writing romance.

 

Social Media Links

Website: http:// www.ruthacasie.com

Personal Blog:  http://www.ruthacasie.blogspot.com

Google+ https://plus.google.com/+RuthSeitelman

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/RuthACasie

Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/RuthACasie/

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#1 Key to Success: Believing in Ourselves #inspiration #motivation #TuesdayThoughts


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Feeling frustrated and down?

 

Keep focused on your goals and refuse to let a little self-doubt set up a tent in your soul.

 

You know that old saying where it talks about how you’ve got to believe in yourself before others will? Well, I’m here to tell you it’s totally true. You can’t expect other people to invest in you when you don’t exude confidence in your abilities.

 

Over the weekend, the winners of a book award were announced and we didn’t win. Heck, we weren’t even a finalist. Was I disappointed? Sure. Does the fact that a group of judges didn’t care for our poetry book stomp out my belief in our writing talent? NO WAY!

 

We all deal with roadblocks and there are times when we’re faced with a belief crisis. Do you keep going or do you stop? Are you good enough or are you a failure? What happens next?

 

The difference between those who succeed and those who don’t boils down to belief, courage and determination. Yes, you’ll encounter set-backs. Yes, you’ll be tested. Yes, you’ll second-guess your goals. No matter what, keep going! Let your determination lead the way and before long, you’ll be a roaring success! 

 

MRS N

Meet Author/Poet/Dramatist @Steveshearbooks and Discover The Trials of Adrian Wheeler #books


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I first met Steve Shear several months ago. He introduced himself and requested a book review of his book, The Fountain of Youth. After reading it (and MR N reading The Trials of Adrian Wheeler), I knew Shear was a gifted storyteller. He’s not afraid to tell the truth and to speak about relevant topics. When I asked him for an interview, he graciously agreed. Sit down, grab your favorite beverage and enjoy! Take it away, Steve: 

 

What is your writing process?

I write every day from about 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon with regular breaks. I don’t make outlines and in the first draft I am never sure what’s going to happen and might materialize on front of my eyes. Apart from the time I spend at the computer, I spend often hours a day solving problems relating to the story I’m working on.

 

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you?

Good writers with good stories and with something to say like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Bernard Malamud, Noah Gordon, and Ken Follett.

 

How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?

I try to fit a name to a character if possible. For example in The Trials of Adrian Wheeler, I started with Wheeler because it is a strong macho name. Sergeant Major John Wheeler (Adrian’s father) is a retired Vietnam vet and a first class bully/bigot. I chose Adrian because it serves as both a masculine and feminine name and suits Adrian’s artsy and sensitive personality as contrasted with his father’s and his brother’s name, John-Mike Wheeler, who is just like his father. Otherwise, often I use the last name of someone I’ve grown up with.

 

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

I assume you are talking about in my writing endeavors. Otherwise I might say my kids since they are great parents and have excellent careers. As for my “best” writing accomplishment, that’s hard to say. I am guessing it is the yet to be published Ira Neebest Trilogy that has taken over ten years to write, dozens and dozens of drafts, and a three generation story that morphed its way into its present state without my help I sometimes think. The three books are: The First Coming, An Eye for an Eye, and Black Hearts and Hungry Bears.

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Be careful with that question. I will be 75 this February.

 

Have you always liked to write?

I wouldn’t say I did much if any writing in high school, college, or law school. It wasn’t until I began my career as a Patent Lawyer that I started writing.

 

What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

Love it or leave it! Writing is and must be an emotional drive that you are willing to take just about every day. For beginners who are interested in writing fiction, I would urge them to start out by writing and reading poetry, not the contemporary stuff that makes me crazy but the good stuff written by the English and American poets who’ve are long gone. Poetry forces you to deal with each and every word and to focus on imagery.

 

If you didn’t like writing books, what would you do for a living?

First of all, if I were writing books for a living I no doubt couldn’t afford the small and reasonable fees charged by book reviewers and the like. As it is I write books strictly for the fun of it. I also paint and sculpt for the fun of it.

 

Are you a plotter or a pantster?

I haven’t the slightest idea what you’re talking about.

 

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?

Yes, I read my reviews and so far I’ve not received any bad ones, I think in part because I have enough honest readers of my material long before I’m at the review stage. And I take serious what these people say. Besides I have a pretty good idea when my stuff stinks.

 

What is your best marketing tip?

First, don’t count on your publisher to do much for you, although that isn’t true for my present publisher, The Wild Rose Press. The marketing team there is quite active. Also, put yourself out there, as much as it hurts, especially on social media.

 

What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?

Marketing, obviously.

 

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

Yes, my study. I think it’s important to have a single comfortable place with a good chair and ergonomic keyboard.

 

Is this your first book? How many books have you written prior (if any?)

I have written a total of six novels (two published), five stage plays (two published), five screenplays (one under option), and over a hundred poems (a few published).

 

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

Presently I am putting the final touches on my Ira Neebest Trilogy.

 

What is the biggest fib you’ve ever told?

I don’t fib … and that is my biggest fib ever, which no doubt in itself is even a bigger fib.

 

Do you write naked?

No.

 

Have you ever been in trouble with the law?

No

 

Have you ever gotten into a fight?

No

 

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

I don’t drink (I did in college), I stopped smoking forty years ago.

 

What do you want your tombstone to say?

I don’t want a tombstone.

 

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

The power to beam myself up and down so I can avoid airplanes and California drivers.

 

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

I have no bucket list. I hate the term. And I’m doing exactly what I want to do; write, paint, exercise, and most important be close with my grandchildren.

 

What do you dream? Do you have any recurring dreams/nightmares?

I flunked out of law school because I never went to class and didn’t know where the exams were being given.

 

 The Trials of Adrian Wheeler

 

Title The Trials of Adrian Wheeler

Author Steve Shear

Genre Drama, Thriller, Mystery

Publisher L&L Dreamspell (originally) Catalina Sun Press (now)

 

Book Blurb

A young soldier faces a court-martial trial while dealing with PTSD, sexual inadequacy, and an unrelenting father.

 

Adrian Wheeler returns from Baghdad with a mangled knee and no left arm, ever mindful of a tormented past and even bleaker future. His brother, John Mike, didn’t return at all. One chilly morning in February both participated in a reconnaissance mission that tragically failed; a mission during which innocent women and children died along with John Mike and other combatants. As the sole survivor Adrian carries the details of that trauma deep within his subconscious and drinks excessively in hopes of hiding from the visitors that torment his dreams.

 

In his compromised mental and physical condition Adrian does everything he can to avoid seeing Rachael, his girl since the first grade. But he can’t escape his domineering father, a retired Vietnam veteran who bullied him into joining the Marines in the first place.

 

When he begins turning things around and taking control of his life, he’s charged with murdering the innocent women and children. Private Wheeler finds himself the center of the most important court-martial trial of the Iraqi war; his only hope is to move beyond his trauma and the terrible secret that lies deep within the cellar of his psyche.

 

Excerpt

Adrian arrived home from the war a broken young man. No one was there to put back the pieces. Ma would have, for sure, but she died on his twelfth birthday. Had she been there to see his new knee and armless shoulder hidden within an empty knotted sleeve, she surely would have been sad, but she would have moved past the sadness quickly.

 

“You still have your mind and it’s a good one. Remember that, boy,” Ma would have whispered from the grave, if she could have.

 

No consolation, he thought as he lumbered once again up the old cement drive cluttered with weed-filled cracks and deeply embedded oil stains. The netless hoop still hung over the garage, and still seemed an insurmountable height from the ground. It wasn’t his thing, never had been. John Mike could always jump higher and was much quicker, but that didn’t matter. Adrian had to play and he had to win. Winning wasn’t everything, Pa preached—it was the only thing. Winning meant surviving, the Master Sergeant insisted with each war story he dished out at the kitchen table.

 

Adrian limped up the ramp through a sawed-off railing onto the front porch in need of painting. The porch, like the garden in the back, brought the fondest memories of his mother. On the long, dark green bench that hung from the rafters, he and Ma cuddled each time Pa beat him down for not doing this or that the way John Mike did it. Mother and son swung to the tune of Old Man River as it flowed sweetly and softly off Ma’s tongue. All the while, the real river meandered downstream behind the houses across the street, beyond the backyards of the Clyburn’s bungalow, and the Levi’s remodeled two-story. In his mind’s eye, whenever he thought of that porch swing and Ma, Adrian could see just a hint of the moving river and that always added a nostalgic backdrop to his recollections of her.

 

When he was just over three years old, right after Pa retired from the Marine Corps, his folks moved from Georgia to Virginia and bought the house on South Willow Street. At the time, South Willow was part of a welcoming middle-class neighborhood of white Christians, according to Pa anyway, but slowly changed into more of a melting pot as the city grew, a change the Master Sergeant was not happy with—and he let everyone know.

 

Not long after they moved in, Pa constructed the front porch and a door leading from there directly into the kitchen. From that day on few people entered or left through the front door. He added the ramp much later, after the accident that forced him into a wheelchair.

 

Adrian shuffled past Ma’s green bench around nine o’clock in the evening. The porch door was open and, late as it was, he smelled dinner through the screen door, fresh catfish stew in the pot and cornbread warming in the oven. Good old Esme was outdoing herself once again.

 

He swung open the squeaking screen door. Pa sat at the kitchen table; dread instantly swirled around in Adrian’s belly.

 

“You’re late again.” Pa gripped the edge of the table in order to pull himself up from his wheelchair ever so slightly, as if to use that contorted position as the exclamation point for his accusation.

 

“You’re late again,” Adrian mimicked the old man. “How are you doing, son? I’m glad you’re home. Really son, how are you doing?” he continued, trying his best to capture his father’s tired accusatory drawl.

 

“Well Pa, thanks for asking, I’m just fine, except maybe for a lost limb, a metal knee that doesn’t seem to be working right, and a bit of self-pity—but no big deal, right, Esme?”

 

Adrian dropped his backpack and crossed the room to hug the housekeeper who’d raised him, as he had done often since his return from the war. Esme was his surrogate mother, had been ever since Ma died. Back then, she was a Negro. Today she is African American, and in excellent physical shape for someone who just turned eighty.

 

“Well at least you’re alive.” The old man pushed himself back into his wheelchair.

 

“I know. I know, and John Mike isn’t. Right, Pa? Isn’t that what you were going to say—again?” Sitting across from his father, Adrian edged forward in his chair as if to make his own exclamation point. “I was there when he died! Don’t you remember me telling you that, Pa?”

 

“Enough!” Esme cried out standing by the oven with her back to the kitchen table. Pa might have been Master Sergeant John Wheeler in the United States Marines, but Esme Charles was and had always been the master of the house. She raised Adrian’s mother Lillian and she raised Lillian’s children. She took nothing off nobody—never. “Now, I is going to serve Mr. Adrian…”

 

Private Adrian,” the old man said. “He ain’t received his discharge papers yet.”

 

“All right, I is going to serve Private Adrian his dinner and the two of you is going to sit across from one another and speak respectfully. And you will not bring Mister John Mike—excuse me, Lance Corporal John Mike—to the table.”

 

 

Buy Links

https://www.amazon.com/Steve-Shear/e/B006ACALH4

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-trials-of-adrian-wheeler-steve-shear/1103486128?ean=9780615919393

www.steveshear.net

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21125822-the-trials-of-adrian-wheeler

 

Author Biography

The Trials of Adrian Wheeler was my first published novel (L&L Dreamspell, 2011). It was awarded runner-up in the San Francisco Book Festival 2015.

 

I am happy to say that The Trials of Adrian Wheeler has been optioned as a movie by EVW Entertainment (producer of the movie Break the Stage), and the screenplay has been written by Erik Wolter and me. EVWE is now looking for partners to produce the movie. Erik and I have collaborated on a sequel to the screenplay.

 

The Wild Rose Press published The Fountain of Youth, my second published novel, in May of 2017. It has received exceptional reviews, some of which appear on Amazon and Goodreads.

 

My wife, Susan, and I collaborated on The State vs. Max Cooper and The Steele Deal (published by ArtAge Publications), courtroom plays in which the audience serves as the jury. Both are being produced around the country.

 

In addition, I have four novels that have recently been completed: The First Coming, An Eye for an Eye, Black Hearts and Hungry Bears (a trilogy) and The Click. I have written screenplays on the first three and am presently collaborating with Erik Wolter on a screenplay based on The Click.

 

I have been writing poetry for over fifteen years (some of which has been published) and am also a portrait and figure artist and sculptor, having been represented by a number of galleries in Denver and Boulder, Colorado. I am presently represented by the Delta Gallery in Brentwood, California and on line by Vango Art. My work can be seen at my website, www.steveshear.net.

 

 

Social Media Links

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https://twitter.com/Steveshearbooks

https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-shear-80a03727/

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There’s Only One Way to #Happiness and This is it! #inspiration #motivation #MondayBlogs


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Are you embracing what life has to offer or are constantly worrying about what’s being thrown your way?

 

I used to be a worrywart. I used to fret and let my anxiety get the better of me. I used to worry what will happen next and how else can my life suck. Honestly, I was so unhappy because I was sucking the happiness right out of me.

 

Happiness is not as elusive as you might think. True happiness is not measured by how much money you make or how many cars you own. Happiness is a mindset and it’s different for each person. What makes me happy will not necessarily make you happy. Let me give you an example.

 

This past weekend, MR N and I went on a shopping spree. We shopped for clothes, books, music, movies, beauty (bubble bath, anyone?), housewares and more. In the afternoon, we went to the liquor store. For the next hour, we went up and down the aisles picking up wine, liquor (bourbon) and more. I’m a big wine drinker and I loved looking at each bottle then putting the ones I wanted in the cart. I got eight different varieties of wine and one bottle of Jim Beam Honey (yum). I was giddy with happiness and joy.

 

That’s an example of happiness. The experience of being able to take my time, pick out new varieties and grinning from ear to ear took away the stressors of life and allowed happiness to course in my veins. It’s not the items I bought but the journey that created the happiness.

 

Let happiness flow in your veins! Stop worrying about stuff you have no control over. Find something you enjoy and let the rest of the world fall away.

 

MRS N

#Entertowin 45+ Sweet & Mild Small Town Contemporary Romances + an eReader! #Booksweeps #IARTG


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The Broker by New York Times Bestseller @JohnGrisham #bookreview #thriller #books


The Broker

 

Title: The Broker

Author: John Grisham

Genre: Thriller, Mystery and Suspense

 

Book Blurb:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

 

In his final hours in office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems that Backman, in his heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world’s most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.

 

Backman is quietly smuggled out of the country in a military cargo plane, given a new name, a new identity, and a new home in Italy. Eventually, after he has settled into his new life, the CIA will leak his whereabouts to the Israelis, the Russians, the Chinese, and the Saudis. Then the CIA will do what it does best: sit back and watch. The question is not whether Backman will survive—there is no chance of that. The question the CIA needs answered is, who will kill him?

 

My Review:

My reading of the Grisham library continues in my hopes of finding a book I love.  The 2 stars I give this one means it didn’t happen again.

 

This is an unique book.  The ‘hero’ of the book is downtrodden and put upon and barely makes it out on top in the end.  The ending was not as successful as it could have been.

 

The author spent hundreds of pages working up the litany of assassin groups after the broker and then the end has one called off.  What about the Chinese hit man?

 

Not a strong finish to a book that didn’t appeal to me.  I would have liked 3 chapters of the Broker getting all the people who had treated him badly and torturing them for 6 months.  I detest bad people getting away with being bad.

 

Again, 2 stars and I am giving my hard cover copy away.

 

My Rating: 2 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Broker-John-Grisham-ebook/dp/B003B02PF4/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Broker-John-Grisham-ebook/dp/B003B02PF4/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Broker-John-Grisham-ebook/dp/B003B02PF4/

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1110.The_Broker

 

Author Biography:

Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, John Grisham was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby–writing his first novel.

Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. Realizing he didn’t have the right stuff for a pro career, he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation.

One day at the DeSoto County courthouse, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl’s father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987. Initially rejected by many publishers, it was eventually bought by Wynwood Press, who gave it a modest 5,000 copy printing and published it in June 1988.

That might have put an end to Grishams hobby. However, he had already begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full-time career. When he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures for $600,000, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers, and book rights were bought by Doubleday. Spending 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991.

The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham’s reputation as the master of the legal thriller. Grisham’s success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was republished in hardcover by Doubleday and then in paperback by Dell. This time around, it was a bestseller.

Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one book a year. His other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, The Broker, Playing for Pizza,The Appeal, The Associate, Ford County, The Confession, The Litigators, Calico Joe, The Racketeer, Sycamore Row, Gray Mountain, and Rogue Lawyer. All of them have become international bestsellers. In addition he has written six novels for Young Adult readers: Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, Theodore Boone: The Abduction, Theodore Boone: The Accused, Theodore Boone: The Activist, Theodore Boone: The Fugitive, and Theodore Boone: The Scandal (2016). There are currently over 300 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 29 languages. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marked his first foray into non-fiction, and Ford County (November 2009) was his first short story collection. Partners (March 2016) was his first original digital short story. Nine of his novels have been turned into films (The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas), as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man.

Grisham took time off from writing for several months in 1996 to return, after a five-year hiatus, to the courtroom. He was honoring a commitment made before he had retired from the law to become a full-time writer: representing the family of a railroad brakeman killed when he was pinned between two cars. Preparing his case with the same passion and dedication as his books’ protagonists, Grisham successfully argued his clients’ case, earning them a jury award of $683,500—the biggest verdict of his career.

When he’s not writing, Grisham devotes time to charitable causes, including most recently his Rebuild The Coast Fund, which raised 8.8 million dollars for Gulf Coast relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He also keeps up with his greatest passion: baseball. The man who dreamed of being a professional baseball player now serves as the local Little League commissioner. The six ballfields he built on his property have played host to over 350 kids on 26 Little League teams.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://www.jgrisham.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/JohnGrisham

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/JohnGrisham

Google+ https://plus.google.com/+JohnGrishamAuthor

Youtube https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEBE9C00C73C7E9C8

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

 

The Longest Night by Horror Legend J. N. Williamson #bookreview #horror #supernatural


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Title: The Longest Night

Author: J. N. Williamson

Genre: Horror, Paranormal

 

Book Blurb:

The ladies of the evening will never see the dawn! More than half a century ago, the women died, victims of a crazed and hideous killer. But even in death they found no rest, for night after night they die again. And now the horror grows, as death reaches out to claim new victims and fresh blood…

 

My Review:

What a spectacular ghost story this book is.

 

You take a ‘typical’ American family who is down on their luck and then they find opportunity in another city in a house with a ‘history’.  The ghosts who haunt the home are 99% victims and just want to find the light and 1 is evil and doing evil even in death.  The moral of the story is how the bad in the family empowers the evil to more power.  In the end, the truth sets everyone free.

 

Scary, well written, gripping, touching and absorbing.  A 5-star ghost story by one of the greatest supernatural authors of all time.  My all time fave horror writer who lives on after his passing in his fantastic books.

 

My Rating: 5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Longest-Night-J-N-Williamson/dp/0843922885/

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/370251.The_Longest_Night

 

Author Biography:

Gerald Neal Williamson (April 17, 1932 – December 8, 2005) wrote and edited horror stories under the name J. N. Williamson. He also writes under the name Julian Shock.

Born in Indianapolis, IN he graduated from Shortridge High School. He studied journalism at Butler University. He published his first novel in 1979 and went on to publish more than 40 novels and 150 short stories. In 2003 he received a lifetime achievement award from the Horror Writers of America. He edited the critically acclaimed How to Write Tales of Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction (1987) which covered the themes of such writing and cited the writings of such writers as Robert Bloch, Lee Prosser, Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, H. P. Lovecraft, August Derleth, William F. Nolan, and Stephen King. Many important writers in the genre contributed to the book. Williamson edited the popular anthology series, Masques. Some of his novels include The Ritual (1979), Playmates (1982), Noonspell (1991), The Haunt (1999), among others.

He was also a well-known Sherlockian and received his investiture (The Illustrious Client) in the Baker Street Irregulars in 1950.

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

 

Put a Spell on Me: 10 Fabulous #Books Featuring Witches! #FridayReads #amreading


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Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round Up. Halloween is eighteen days away and I feel magick in the air. Oh wait, that’s just my Kindle overflowing with  paranormal romance, urban fantasy and magical realism books begging to be read. From the time I first saw the television show, Bewitched, I’ve loved stories that feature witches. So here are ten of my favorite magical books featuring witches:

 

Conjuring Quantico (The Federal Witch Book 1) by T S Paul

How do you cope with magic that goes its own way?

 

As a second year FBI academy witch, Agatha Blackmore has a curtain reputation. After nearly blowing up the school, an untended mid-air incident involving the FBI Director, and declaring war with the US Marines, she has to wonder if she will even see graduation.

 

But when a rash of mysterious disappearances catches the attention of local authorities Agatha finds herself asked to lend a hand to the investigation. Determined to offer protection where it is needed the most, Agatha and her quirky roommate Cat along with her mini- unicorn familiar Fergus, attempt to unravel the mysteries of the four distinctly magical disappearances before time runs out.

 

Does Agatha have what it takes to be an agent? Or will everyone that crosses her end up eating chicken feed for the rest of their lives?

 

Conjuring Quantico is the first book in a brand new Urban Fantasy by T. S. Paul.

As a direct sequel to Born a Witch… Drafted by the FBI, T. S. Paul returns with the first book of the Federal Witch Series!

 

Spellbound: A magical sequel to Bewitched by Daisy Prescott

If you don’t carve a pumpkin, it will appear ripe and perfect for months while it slowly rots from the inside out before imploding. The act of transforming a simple, ordinary gourd into something magical accelerates its downfall.

 

The same could be said for my life.

 

For twenty-one years I’ve lived quietly in the shadows, avoiding attention, and escaping notice.

 

I hide in plain sight.

 

With glasses and average brown eyes below the same dark hair sported by the majority of humans on the planet, there’s nothing extraordinary about me.

 

Except nothing about me is ordinary.

 

Not with the last name Wildes in Salem, Massachusetts.

 

My mother believed she could escape my fate by marrying a normal man.

 

My father thought he could change me by removing me from Salem and my mother’s history.

 

Both of them are wrong.

 

My fate has been sealed since the first time I laid eyes on Madison Bradbury.

 

She thinks she’s average, but she’s extraordinary to me.

 

A new love. A curse. Everything can go wrong.

 

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

 

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge–with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth’s surface. And the woman with the Tiger’s heart is on the prowl . . .

 

The author of the highly acclaimed, award-winning novel The Witch’s Boy has written an epic coming-of-age fairy tale destined to be a modern classic.

 

Witch’s Bell Book One by Odette. C. Bell

Can this witch survive in a world of magic, possibilities, danger, and love?

 

Ebony Bell owns a cantankerous magical bookstore with a personality like a battering ram. Her best friend is a detective who drives like a bat out of hell. And a tall, dark, handsome, but seriously irritating stranger by the name of Nathan Wall has just walked into her life.

 

Oh, and she’s a witch. A consultant witch, to be precise. She spends her mornings selling books and her evenings investigating magical crimes for the local police department.

 

While her life is messy, she manages, until one investigation ends in a costly mistake. She reveals her powers to a normal human, and in punishment is severed from her magic for one lunar cycle. If that was her only problem, she would cope, but very soon darkness surrounds her.

 

Something is after Ebony Bell. A curse. She must fight it, or die. And if that wasn’t bad enough, she has to rely on the help, and kisses, of that darn Nathan Wall.

 

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How to Date Dead Guys (The Witch’s Handbook Book 1) by Ann M. Noser

College sophomore Emma Roberts remembers her mother’s sage advice: “don’t sleep around, don’t burp in public, and don’t tell anyone you see ghosts”. But when charming Mike Carlson drowns in the campus river under her watch, Emma’s sheltered life shatters.

 

Blamed for Mike’s death and haunted by nightmares, Emma turns to witchcraft and a mysterious Book of Shadows to bring him back. Under a Blood Moon, she lights candles, draws a pentacle on the campus bridge, and casts a spell. The invoked river rages up against her, but she escapes its fury. As she stumbles back to the dorm, a stranger drags himself from the water and follows her home. And he isn’t the only one.

 

Instead of raising Mike, Emma assists the others she stole back from the dead—a pre-med student who jumped off the bridge, a desperate victim determined to solve his own murder, and a frat boy Emma can’t stand… at first.

 

More comfortable with the dead than the living, Emma delves deeper into the seductive Book of Shadows. Her powers grow, but witchcraft may not be enough to protect her against the vengeful river and the killers that feed it their victims.

 

Inspired by the controversial Smiley Face Murders, HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS will ignite the secret powers hidden deep within each of us.

 

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

BONUS: This edition contains excerpts from Sarah Addison Allen’s First Frost and The Girl Who Chased the Moon.

 

In a garden surrounded by a tall fence, tucked away behind a small, quiet house in an even smaller town, is an apple tree that is rumored to bear a very special sort of fruit. In this luminous debut novel, Sarah Addison Allen tells the story of that enchanted tree, and the extraordinary people who tend it.…

 

The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers. Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

 

A successful caterer, Claire Waverley prepares dishes made with her mystical plants—from the nasturtiums that aid in keeping secrets and the pansies that make children thoughtful, to the snapdragons intended to discourage the attentions of her amorous neighbor. Meanwhile, her elderly cousin, Evanelle, is known for distributing unexpected gifts whose uses become uncannily clear. They are the last of the Waverleys—except for Claire’s rebellious sister, Sydney, who fled Bascom the moment she could, abandoning Claire, as their own mother had years before.

 

When Sydney suddenly returns home with a young daughter of her own, Claire’s quiet life is turned upside down—along with the protective boundary she has so carefully constructed around her heart. Together again in the house they grew up in, Sydney takes stock of all she left behind, as Claire struggles to heal the wounds of the past. And soon the sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy—if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom—or with each other.

 

Enchanting and heartfelt, this captivating novel is sure to cast a spell with a style all its own….

 

The Cupcake Witch (The Chancellor Fairy Tales Book 2) by Poppy Lawless

They say the course of true love never runs smooth.

That’s nothing a magical cupcake can’t solve.

 

Julie

 

Buttercream. Vanilla. Fondant. Dark chocolate. Brown sugar. Molasses. Baking has always been my true love, but it wasn’t until my mother’s death, and the unexpected inheritance of Serendipity Gardens, that my bliss called me. Bittersweet. But Serendipity Gardens has more to offer than just a potential shopfront. An unusual recipe box left to me by a distant relative might be the key to unlocking my dreams.

 

Too bad the most powerful family in Chancellor has plans that could turn those dreams to ruins—literally.

 

Too bad the son of that powerful family is just the kind of guy I’ve been looking for.

 

Horatio

I suppose being heir to the Hunter family’s Blushing Grape Winery should make me happy, but nothing could be further from the truth. With my mother gone, my father has taken me under his wing, and I despise everything about the way he does business. Sour grapes, indeed. Instead of raising money for charitable causes, my true passion, I’m chasing my father’s manifest destiny.

 

Too bad his dream includes paving paradise.

 

Too bad the property owner is the sweetest woman I’ve ever met.

 

The Cupcake Witch is a stand-alone sweet romance and book 2 of The Chancellor Fairy Tales series.

 

Broommates: Two Witches are Better Than One! (Kentucky Witches Book 2) by Rebecca Patrick-Howard

Kudzu Valley was just starting to adjust to having one witch…what’s it going to do with TWO?

 

When Bryar Rose, Liza Jane’s feisty sister, has a breakdown in front of millions of people on live TV, she decides she needs a break from the glamorous life. Moving in with her sister to the small mountain town in Eastern Kentucky will hopefully give her some time to meditate, reflect on the past, and drown her embarrassment in copious amounts of bourbon.

 

Life in the ‘Kudz isn’t as uneventful as she’d hoped, though.

 

As the sisters struggle to coordinate the deep-fried food vendors and knock-off designer purse booths for the annual Mushroom Festival, they soon find themselves at the center of an investigation–half the town has been poisoned and Bryar Rose is the accused!

 

Of course, that’s not stopping the townspeople from continuing to come to Liza for everything from love spells to money charms (everyone needs a bigger tax refund).

 

Can Liza Jane Higginbotham clear her sister, put on a fabulous festival, and take care of everyone before the sisters are chased out of town with pitchforks?

 

A Little Night Magic by Angie Fox

New York Times bestselling author Angie Fox is back with an enchanting collection of six sweet, quirky, laugh-out-loud tales of paranormal mischief. Enter a world of magic with the ever-popular and always rowdy biker witches; take off on a spine tingling adventure with a Southern good girl turned reluctant ghost hunter; and sizzle in the sultry heat of New Orleans as a voodoo mambo makes one very big mistake when casting a love spell. These charming tales of love, friendship, and laughter are a pure delight.

 

Features six short stories (also available individually on Kindle):

A Ghostly Gift

Ghost of a Chance

Gentlemen Prefer Voodoo

I Brake for Biker Witches

Date with a Demon Slayer

Some Like It Hexed

 

“Fabulously fun”

—The Chicago Tribune

 

“Angie Fox has a genuine gift for creating dangerously hilarious drama.”

—RT Book Reviews

 

“A funny paranormal romp with a little heat and lots of action.”

—Fresh Fiction

 

Cursed (The Thorne Trilogy Book 1) by R.K. Ryals

The Thorne Trilogy Book 1

 

He is cocky, evil, and dangerous with one motto: sometimes being bad is better …

 

Ellie Elizabeth Jacobs, often known as Monroe due to her fascination with vintage attire and old movies, is an 18 year-old witch and a darned good one! But there is also something very wrong with her. Demonic energy makes her powers stronger, she has the ability to ward off Demons, and Lucifer wants her.

 

The hybrid Demon son of the cursed Cain and the Demon Lilith, Luther “Thorne” Craig is reluctantly sent to New Orleans, Louisiana by his brother, the hybrid Demon ruler of the Outer Levels of Hell, to protect Monroe from Lucifer’s searching Hellhounds.

 

But what happens when things go wrong?

 

In this riveting spin off from R.K. Ryals’ Redemption series, Monroe is faced with an old grimoire, an ancient curse, a magnetic Demon, and a journey to discover a family secret that may surprise them all.

 

What witch books do you love? Share in the comments below. Happy Reading!

 

MRS N, Book Addict

No Matter What Keep Pounding! #inspiration #motivation #FridayFeeling


Keep Pounding

 

Keep pounding!

 

This is the mantra of the Carolina Panthers and it really resonated with me when I watched Thursday Night Football last night.

 

Sam Mills was a Carolina Panther football player who was told from the time he was in high school that he was too short (5’9″) to play. Did that stop him? No way! Pro scouts told him he wouldn’t make it in the NFL. Sam took that as motivation and proved everyone wrong. He played several years in the NFL and even coached the 2003 NFC Champions Carolina Panthers (lost in the Superbowl). Cancer took him in 2005 but his legacy is alive and well.

 

Are you struggling and don’t know how much more you can take?

 

Keep pounding!

 

Are you heartbroken after a bad break-up?

 

Keep pounding!

 

Is an illness/disease bringing you down?

 

Keep pounding!

 

No matter what comes your way, remember Sam’s words and keep pounding. 

 

MRS N

 

The Du Lac Princess by Award-Winning Author @MaryAnneYarde #bookreview #FridayReads #Arthurian


The Du Lac Princess UPDATED

 

Title: The Du Lac Princess (Book 3 Of The Du Lac Chronicles)

Author: Mary Anne Yarde

Genre: Historical Fantasy

 

Book Blurb:

War is coming…

 

The ink has dried on Amandine’s death warrant. Her crime? She is a du Lac.

 

All that stands in the way of a grisly death on a pyre is the King of Brittany. However, King Philippe is a fickle friend, and if her death is profitable to him, then she has no doubt that he would light the pyre himself.

 

Alan, the only man Amandine trusts, has a secret and must make an impossible choice, which could have far-reaching consequences — not only for Amandine, but for the whole of Briton.

 

My Review:

War is coming and nothing can stop the man orchestrating everyone and everything to exterminate the du Lacs from the face of Earth. But the Keeper of the Blade has just emerged and he is flesh and blood, not just a myth. He will need the help of the du Lac brothers, that is if they don’t kill him first.

 

Amandine is rescued from certain death by Alan and kept alive. She is forced into captivity while Alan is away and tortured by monks all in the name of the Roman Church. “The Devil must be purged from her body and soul.” Alan returns (along with King Philippe and Mordred) who delivers swift punishment for Amandine’s mistreatment. King Philippe makes her his ward and she is safe, for now. For surely, her death will come, as all who are du Lacs.

 

Merton aka Galahad, believing his beloved Amandine is dead, vows revenge. Even though he is a crippled, one-armed man, he won’t rest until her killer is dead. He runs away from Brother Sampson and heads back to his brother, Alden. Along the way, he gets lost and an old Celtic woman finds him. She restores him back to health and teaches him many things, things Merton never knew about his father (Lancelot), Arthur and even Guinevere (yes, Arthur’s Guinevere).

 

Alden is at his wits end trying to run his kingdom, look after Merton, determine who is his enemy and who is his ally all while trying to keep war from crossing his borders. When he sends out a search party to find Merton, shock and remorse shake Alden to the core when they return. The Keeper of the Blade seeks his council and assistance as does a woman all of Briton thought long dead. Will the du Lac brothers unite under the same banner or will they kill each other with Mordred watching from the shadows?

 

I’ve been waiting months to read this book and when it finally came out, my expectations were high. The Du Lac Princess has a lot going on, between twice as many characters as in previous books and the multiple storylines, and I found myself re-reading passages to keep everything straight. I found it a little jarring to go from one storyline to the next, especially in the middle of a scene. This pulled me out of the story on several occasions, which I don’t believe was the author’s intention.

 

The dramatic tension was well done, though. While I didn’t care for the compounding obstacles Merton had to continually face, it all tied together by the end of the book. The dramatic tension between Alden and his brothers, especially leading up to the climatic conclusion, was spot-on. Lessons learned, betrayals revealed, grace and love unite to combat evil deeds all make this a must-read. Yarde breathes life into Arthurian legends and makes history come alive.

 

If you’re a fan of historical fiction, especially 6th century Briton, this is a must-read! Fans of Game of Thrones and The Vikings will love this book and will want to read the whole series.

 

Favorite Character/Quote: Amandine. What a brave woman she is. She’s lost the one man she’s ever truly loved and King Philippe is the man responsible. She’s tortured in the name of God by the Church and yet still maintains her dignity. She’s a du Lac, after all.

 

My Rating: 4 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Du-Lac-Princess-Book-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B075XS4NZ1/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Du-Lac-Princess-Book-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B075XS4NZ1/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Du-Lac-Princess-Book-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B075XS4NZ1/

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36307275-the-du-lac-princess

 

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Author Biography:

Mary Anne Yarde is an award-winning author of the International Bestselling series — The Du Lac Chronicles.

 

Yarde grew up in the southwest of England, surrounded and influenced by centuries of history and mythology. Glastonbury–the fabled Isle of Avalon–was a mere fifteen-minute drive from her home, and tales of King Arthur and his knights were part of her childhood.

 

Social Media Links:

Blog

https://maryanneyarde.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/maryanneyarde/

 

Twitter

https://twitter.com/maryanneyarde

 

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15018472.Mary_Anne_Yarde

 

Amazon Author Page

https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Anne-Yarde/e/B01C1WFATA

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

#99cents Alert: Saving Grace by @Aubreywynne51 #FridayReads #supernatural #books


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Title  Saving Grace

Author  Aubrey Wynne

Genre  Romantic Suspense

Publisher  Plato Publishing

 

Book Blurb

The ghost of the Pungo Witch meets a shattered heart.

 

Chloe Hicks’ life consisted of an egocentric ex-husband, a pile of bills, and an equine business in foreclosure until a fire destroys the stable and her beloved ranch horse. What little hope she has left is smashed after the marshal suspects arson. She escapes the accusing eyes of her hometown, but not the memories and melancholy.

 

Jackson Hahn, Virginia Beach’s local historian, has his eyes on the mysterious new woman in town. When she enters his office, he is struck by her haunting beauty and the raw pain in her eyes. Her descriptions of the odd events happening in her bungalow pique his curiosity.

 

The sexy historian distracts Chloe with the legend of a woman wrongly accused of witchcraft. She is drawn to the story and the similarities of events that plagued their lives. Perhaps the past can help heal the present. But danger lurks in the shadows…

 

The legend of the Witch of Pungo is based on a historical figure.

 

Excerpt

“Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.” 

 

Late February 2006


Four Seasons Ranch Shawneetown, Southern Illinois

 

Martha Graham 

 

Chloe bolted up, willing the fog in her head to dissipate. The bed sheets were twisted around her ankles. Sweat trickled down her back. The terror froze her limbs while she struggled to calm her thudding heart and listen for the sound all horse owners dread. But it was the smell that made her realize this was not a terrible dream.

 

Smoke.

 

Instinct took over and she scrambled from the four-poster, making a beeline for the back door and the barn. Her toe smacked against the corner of a wall as her eyes adjusted to the darkness. Oh god, not my babies. Not Bunny. Panic weighed down her legs as her bare feet hit the gravel. Everything seemed to move in slow motion. She tried to run down the long driveway, her eyes riveted to the red-orange flames shooting up into the black sky. Paul, her trainer, emerged from the darkness, his signature white hat on his head, his face colored yellow from the fiery glow. He signaled for her to take the front of the building as he disappeared around the back.

 

The frigid night air slapped her awake, but a horrifying screech from a panicked horse kicked in her adrenaline. Chloe reached the big, sliding doors and tugged them open. Heat smacked her face, and the smoke assaulted her lungs. Coughing, tears running down her cheeks, she slid back the bolts and opened the stall doors. On the other side, Paul’s voice faintly reached her over the crackle that filled her ears.

 

“Hiya! Move it, move it.”

 

The fire had consumed the other half of the barn where the arena was located. Above her was the loft, filled with winter hay and the last of her savings, now adding fuel to the already intense blaze. She pushed the thought from her mind as the flames shot through the center of the alleyway and the arena caved in.

 

Grabbing one of the lead ropes that hung at each door, she smacked the first horse on the rump and sent him flying out of the barn. The first three horses on each side followed their stable mates into safety with little persuasion. But Duchess, her mother’s old mare, wouldn’t budge. Chloe threw the lead rope over her neck and forced a calm tone. “Easy, girl. That’s my girl. Walk on, now. Walk on.”

 

The old horse snorted and pranced but followed her out of the stall. When they neared the opening, she withdrew the rope and whacked Duchess’ hindquarters. With a leap, the horse disappeared into the gray haze. The acrid odor of scorched hair and burnt wood filled her nostrils. Embers popped. She felt her cheek blister and wiped at it with her shoulder, while leading two more horses out by hand. She could hear BW’s shrill bark and knew he was herding the animals into a paddock as she sent them out.

 

Crack! 

 

Above her, a beam gave way and formed a fiery V. The horses must have sensed it also because they lunged ahead, snapping Chloe’s shoulders forward. She struggled to maintain her balance but fell to the matted floor, her knees striking the hard rubber. A boom behind her sent a spray of sparks, and pain shot along her backside. From the corner of her eye, she saw a strand of her hair spark. She beat at her neck frantically, putting it out with her bare hand. The heat was sweltering now. Images wavered in the flames that licked at the dry timbers of the remaining stalls and the heavy beams above.

 

Scrambling to her feet, Chloe ran outside into the frigid night and stumbled down the drive to help Paul. As she reached the other side of the barn, she doubled over as a coughing spasm racked her body. Hands on her knees, gasping to pull air into her tight chest, she heard him yelling over the crackle and whinnies.

 

“Bunny won’t leave the stall, and won’t let me near her foal.”
“What about Jack?”
“He’s good. C’mon, the roof is gonna give.” His hand tightened around her arm and pulled with such force her feet almost left the ground. Plunging back into the smoking hell, they entered Bunny’s stall and found the foal in the corner.

 

“Paul, I’ll get the foal then Bunny will follow.”

 

Another loud snap from above. She grabbed the lead rope dangling from the horse’s halter and handed it to the trainer. Running a palm down her mare’s neck, she spoke soothingly, “Atta girl, Bunny. There’s my girl. Let’s get your baby out of here.” The mare’s ears perked at her voice and words. Chloe tossed a rope around the foal’s neck and pulled. The baby gave in to the pressure and followed Chloe out.

 

Behind her, a loud, splintering crash was followed by a shrill squeal. Her stomach twisted as she turned to see Paul pulling on the lead rope. A fiery beam pinned Bunny as she thrashed, her legs flying in the air. One hoof caught the man in the head, and he crumpled to the ground.

 

Fighting for air, her chest a tight ball of agony, Chloe stumbled back in and grabbed Paul under his arms. BW appeared at her side. Together, they dragged him out of danger. With the last of her strength, she shuffled backwards until her feet tripped on something solid. She fell, his body tangled in her legs as they both landed with a thud.

 

A sob ripped at her raw throat at the sound of a muffled shriek. Tears spilled down her burning cheeks as she shook the lifeless body on top of her. BW licked at his master’s face. Chloe collapsed, her hand still on Paul’s chest, finding hope in the slight rise and fall of his shallow breathing. In the back of her brain, the sound of sirens wailed faintly. Above her, a shadow loomed. Mike? How did he get here so fast? And then her world went black.

 

 

Buy Links

99 cents, for a limited time!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MTFI1FP

 

Aubrey Wynne

 

Author Biography

Bestselling and award-winning author Aubrey Wynne resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule and barn cats. She is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. Obsessions include history, travel, trail riding, and all things Christmas.

Her short stories Merry Christmas, Henry and Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies won the Preditors & Editors Reader’s Choice in 2013 and 2014. Dante’s Gift, first in A Chicago Christmas series, received the 2016 Golden Quill, Aspen Gold, and Heart of Excellence awards.

Her upcoming series “A Vintage Romance” was inspired by tales of her stepfather, who served in the British Air Force in WWII. Wynne’s medieval fantasy series “Medieval Encounters” begins with Rolf’s Quest, 2016 NTRWA Great Expectations winner.

 

 

Social Media Links

http://www.aubreywynne.com

https://www.twitter.com/aubreywynne51

https://www.facebook.com/magnificentvalor

https://www.instagram.com/Aubreywynne51

 

 

Indulge Once in Awhile… You Deserve It! #inspiration #ThursdayThoughts #grateful


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When was the last time you treated yourself? 

 

I like to treat myself. Not only does it make me feel good for all the hard work I’ve done but it makes me grateful for all the wonderful things life has to offer. Mostly, I treat myself with food (hello chocolate), drink or books.

 

I’m reading this book called Candyfreak by Steve Almond and in it he talks about his obsession with candy. He says it’s his freakdom and he embraces it with every fiber of his being. He says, “You don’t choose your freak; it chooses you.” I totally agree.

 

Ever since I was little, I’ve loved chocolate and pop/soda. It’s my freakdom and I’ve learned to embrace it full-force. Luckily, I married a fellow chocolate freak (MR N) so we can covet chocolate together. At all times, we each have a stash of chocolate and every day we indulge in a chocolate bar.

 

With Halloween just a few weeks away, I hope you can treat yourself. You’ve worked hard and deserve a treat. No matter what it is, indulge yourself. It’ll change your perspective and gratitude for all that life has to offer will radiate from you. 

 

What’s your freakdom? What do you indulge in? Share in the comments below.

 

MRS N

“Her Protector Became His Betrayer” A Penny’s Worth @CynaMarie #bookreview #romanticsuspense


A Penny's Worth

 

Title: A Penny’s Worth

Author: Cynthia Austin

Genre: Romantic Suspense

 

Book Blurb:

Sara Conrad just about had it all, wealth, beauty, a prominent place in Las Vegas society as the owner of a popular nightclub, and a reputation that was second to none.

There was only one thing Sara failed to possess…

Her life.

That’s because it was dominated by a despicable sociopath, her husband, Ezra Silverstein, who rarely let Sara out of his sight and manipulated her every move.

Out of desperation, Sara turned to a bodyguard at her club, Max Tobias, for sanity and salvation. Before long they are on the verge of a torrid affair that threatens not only to engulf them personally but their very lives, as well.

When Silverstein catches wind of Sara and Max’s relationship, he is determined to make them pay for their betrayal. He makes it his mission to inflict a blood thirsty punishment on his beloved Sara and her romantic rescuer.

As events reach their dramatic climax, Sara is stunned to discover Max is not really a bodyguard at all. This revelation turns her entire world upside down leaving her vulnerable and unable to trust anyone, especially the man to whom she had given her heart.

Riveting. Unpredictable. Page turning.

The story of a good woman trying to survive in Sin City where Satan himself has set up camp in her own marriage, and the only man she had truly loved turned out to be a virtual stranger.

God help her.

 

My Review:

“He had set all the players nicely on the board, but perhaps he chose to place the wrong protector next to his Queen. The bishop has been a betrayer.”

 

Sara is married to Ezra, a vicious, devious bastard and he loves nothing better than to elicit pain in creative ways to those around him, especially his wife. Sara, frightened beyond belief, turns to her bodyguard, Max, for help. Their affair, while hot, threatens to expose their betrayal to Ezra. Sara is caught between her sadistic husband and her protector who is hiding secrets of his own. When Ezra vows revenge, Sara doesn’t know where to turn and is left to fend for herself. Will she survive and if so, is her life worth more than a penny?

 

I liked A Penny’s Worth for its damaged characters, intense drama, accurate portrayal of an abusive husband, suspenseful plot and romance. Yes romance. While the genre is romantic suspense, I would categorize it more as dark mafia romance. The grittiness of what it means to be a part of an organized crime family is the backbone of this book. Every decision Ezra, Sara and even Max make revolve around this theme.

 

Yes, it is a classic love triangle but Austin puts an intriguing new spin on the trope that I found refreshing. Sara is, quite surprisingly, a strong woman and in the end, her choices are a part of who she becomes. Ezra is a controlling SOB but he loves Sara in his own way. Max loves Sara, too, but his love is fraught with secrets (no spoilers here).

 

I found the drama a little too much to take at times. It felt like it was a soap opera (think Dynasty from back in the day) and while some drama is good, it was a little over the top.

 

If you’re looking for a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat, not knowing what will happen next, read this book! There’s definitely some twists I didn’t see coming.

 

My Rating: 4 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Pennys-Worth-Cynthia-Austin-ebook/dp/B0748MXRXH/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Pennys-Worth-Cynthia-Austin-ebook/dp/B0748MXRXH/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pennys-Worth-Cynthia-Austin-ebook/dp/B0748MXRXH/

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35669156-a-penny-s-worth

 

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Author Biography:

Cynthia Austin lives in Northern California with her
husband, two boys, and Olde English Bulldogge named Count
Dogula. They love all things horror, gothic, and Victorian
which prompts her friends to dub them as “The Adams
Family.”

She is an avid reader who may be slightly obsessed with
music. She hears music in a way that she believes the
artist intended it to be heard: visually, with a storyline
that follows. Listening to the songs by her favorite
artists, she was inspired to write her first series titled
“The Pendant.”

Cynthia has been published twice in The Writer’s Monthly
Magazine as well as the online news site, Yahoo!
Voices. She currently attends Diablo Valley College, in
Pleasant Hill, California, where she is working to achieve
her degree in English.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://www.limitlesspublishing.net/authors/cynthia-austin/

Twitter https://twitter.com/CynaMarie

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cynthiaaustinwriter

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/38467459-cynthia-austin

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

“Wow! A Must Read.” Angelica by @ClabePolk #CrimeFiction #bookreview #Suspense


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Title: Angelica (The Detective Mike Eiser Series Book 2)

Author: Clabe Polk

Genre: Mystery, Suspense

 

Book Blurb:

A long time ago, Angelica Vicetti did some very bad things with some very bad men. Now she’s built a new life for her family, far from Las Vegas.

Now it’s all about to come crashing down.

Angelica Vicetti of Las Vegas has become Angela Cassetta of Poplar Bluffs, just outside Atlanta, Georgia. She’s built a successful real estate agency, and the son she rescued from Vegas when he was a youngster is now a high school baseball star and destined for great things.

But the mob bosses in Vegas who forced her underground haven’t forgotten about her. A string of hit men come to town to kill her, but each time she saves herself and her son, with the help of her friends and Mike Eiser, a local Sheriff’s detective who has seen far worse.

Then things get even more complicated, when one of the hit men changes his mind and becomes strangely important to Angela in a whole new way… and a team of Federal agents come to town and ratchet up the odds. Suddenly, sleepy little Poplar Bluffs is awash in blood.

Angelica will have to take it all the way to the edge and beyond – into murder, kidnapping, and lying to the Feds – to save herself and her son. But… can she survive the fight for her family’s freedom?

 

My Review:

Wow.  A MUST READ. What a fantastic story this is.

 

I have to say that a small town like Poplar Bluffs faces the most crime a small town has seen since Jessica Fletcher lived in Cabot Cove.

 

I loved the story of Angelica and her family and just LOVED how every group of bads moved in, tried something and were dealt with in superb fashion.  The growing relationship between Danny and Angela was beautiful.

 

The best line of the book has to be, ‘What happens in the kitchen, stays in the kitchen.’

 

It became so funny how every type of bad guy/cop/etc. ended up eating at Bertie’s.

 

A fantastic book that I loved every second of and am sorry it ended because I can’t wait to read it again.

 

If you are only going to read one Detective Eiser book, make it this one. It is the greatest and a fun read.

 

I would give it 1,000,000 stars but must settle for 5+

 

My Rating: 5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Angelica-Detective-Mike-Eiser-Book-ebook/dp/B072KHYQWJ/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Angelica-Detective-Mike-Eiser-Book-ebook/dp/B072KHYQWJ/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.com/Angelica-Detective-Mike-Eiser-Book-ebook/dp/B072KHYQWJ/

 

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/angelica-clabe-polk/1123644087;jsessionid=7C8D96533E308BFB48053085B83B35FA.prodny_store02-atgap11?ean=2940157199180

 

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/angelica-24

 

iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/angelica/id1248671492?mt=11

 

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/729888

 

Google Play https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Clabe_Polk_Angelica?id=SCspDwAAQBAJ

 

Blio https://www.blio.com/web1/actions/searchHandler.do?key=BTKEY0020982171&nextPage=booksDetails&parentNum=12848&itemNum=ITEM:2

 

Overdrive https://www.overdrive.com/media/3329230/angelica

 

Scribd https://www.scribd.com/book/351329966/Angelica

 

Author Biography:

Clabe Polk is into a second career as a fiction author.  Retiring after more than thirty-seven years of professional environmental protection, including criminal law enforcement and criminal law enforcement training, Mr. Polk has taken his professional experience, scientific background, a lifetime of practical skills from designing and building houses to music, his love of reading, research and writing and combined them into action stories about real people told in a tongue-in-cheek style all his own.

 

He currently lives in Powder Springs, Georgia with his wife, two daughters and the family’s cockerpoo named ‘Annie’.

 

Clabe’s creation, Poplar Bluffs, Georgia, hometown of Detective Mike Eiser is a community all its own. Margie over at Bertie’s Café is never without a friendly cup of coffee or a glass of sweet tea and she has her ears tuned to take in whatever you’re talking about, so y’all come see us!

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://clabepolkmysteryadve.ipage.com/index.html

Twitter https://twitter.com/ClabePolk

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Clabe-Polk/378843275625201

Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/clabep/clabe-polks-book-board/

Google+ https://plus.google.com/112644276834570344182

LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

 

Amy J Hamilton @WriteNaughty Introduces @radish_fiction #books #RadishFiction #App #writing


Radish

 

Greetings, I’m here to introduce you to Radish Fiction. Radish what now? I’d never heard of it either. What, you have? Well, go and read my books then.

 

For the rest of you, here’s the background:

 

Radish Fiction is a free app available for iOS and Android. The app contains serialised fiction in bite-sized chunks or episodes. (Like radishes, get it? Bite-sized.) It’s aimed at those who like to read a bit at a time. Which, to be fair is me. We’re all busy, but we can generally manage ten minutes of reading here and there.

 

But how will I know if I like a book?

 

The first three episodes of any book will always be free.

 

This gives the reader plenty of time to determine if that book is something they might want to continue reading. If you don’t like it after three episodes, or after the first episode, don’t read it. It won’t have cost you anything other than your time. It’s a superb way of getting to know different authors without having any initial outlay.

 

From episode four there are three ways books are priced:

 

Some books are totally free. That’s it, free. Boom, no cost involved. (My free one is the Erotic Sci-Fi Modified.)

 

The next level unlocks episodes for free at a rate set by the author, for instance, one new episode every week. But, the reader can unlock an episode early by paying 3 Radish coins per episode. Those who don’t want to pay for episodes, just need to wait until the next one is released for free. (I’ve got one of those too-Nate and Day the sequel to Modified.)

 

The third option allows authors to be paid for their work. For this option, all episodes after the first three cost 3 Radish coins each. (I’ve got two of those. The Sci-Fi Murder Mystery Missing Remnants and a Paranormal Sci-Fi called Iridessian Haunts.)

 

Yes, but about those coins, they’ll cost a packet, won’t they?

 

Radish coins are like any other game coins. They work in the same way. You buy Radish coins via the app. How much each payable episode costs depends on how many coins you buy. It’s as little as 30-42 pence/cents per episode. That’s not much money for thousands of words which would have taken hours for the author to write, edit and upload. As an author, I can confirm we are very grateful for all the coins we receive.

 

How do we know we’re getting quality stories?

 

What one person thinks is a brilliant book will have someone else questioning that person’s sanity. That will never change. However, authors are invited to write for Radish, you can’t just create an account and start writing like other platforms. We have, therefore, had our work read by a content editor and been deemed fit for publication. What? How? No, seriously, I have! I don’t think they have particularly low standards either! Or maybe they had an off day when they took me on…

 

My latest two books are available exclusively on the Radish Fiction app. They have been written specifically for the Radish serial style.

 

Missing Remnants is a Sci-Fi murder mystery following a detective who is forced to take three months off just as a woman dies at his front door. Alone, except for his robot dog Banyon, he’s been followed, kidnapped, attacked and has strange messages relayed to him via the screens and the service bots around the station.

 

If that wasn’t enough I started writing a second serial recently. I am currently questioning my sanity; I haven’t finished Missing Remnants yet.

 

Iridessian Haunts is a Paranormal Sci-Fi story following two planetary scouts as they discover if the planet Iridessia is suitable for long-term habitation. The planet has all the usual stuff, solid ground, breathable atmosphere, water source, ghosts.

 

I hope I have convinced some of you to download the free Radish Fiction app and read some bite-sized serialised fiction. Preferably mine… they are some of the best stories ever written, said no-one ever.

 

https://radish.app.link/rN4eTruQCG

 

ajh

 

Author Biography

Amy J Hamilton is about 300 years old and was spawned on an alien planet. She exists mainly on coffee and chocolate, but mainly coffee.

She has been writing since she could hold a pencil in her left nostril. Amy’s books fall into various genres:

Erotic/Sci-Fi: Lunar Medical series (Modified, Nate and Day), Sci-Fi Murder Mystery: Missing Remnants. Paranormal Sci-Fi: Iridessian Haunts

She has a husband, two teenagers, tropical fish, a tortoise, a degu and a bearded dragon who can fly and breathe fire (lie). In her spare time, she bakes things, sews things and play things on the piano.

 

Social Media Links

Radish https://radishfiction.com/users/AmyJHamilton

Twitter https://twitter.com/WriteNaughty

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15275986.Amy_J_Hamilton

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/ajhworld/

Blog http://barkingmaddj.blogspot.co.uk/

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Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amy-J-Hamilton/e/B01N0ZHDEC/

 

 

You Have the Capability to Change the World! #inspiration #motivation #WednesdayWisdom


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Are you living up to your potential?

 

Each of us has incredible potential and has the capability of changing the world! It’s all a matter of believing in yourself and hard work!

 

It’s too hard.

I’ll mess up.

I don’t have the energy or talent.

 

These thoughts and more tie us down. Sure, it takes hard work and perseverance. But if it was easy, everyone would do it.

 

I talk to authors and artists all the time. The biggest complaint I hear is how hard it is to get noticed or to make a difference. Here is what one author asked me yesterday:

 

How do you do it? How do keep positive? How do you continue when constantly met with rejection? It’s exhausting!

 

Without thinking I replied:

 

This is what I have always wanted to do with my life. Ever since I was little, I have loved books and creating stories. Sure, some people may not like them. Sure, I may have made some mistakes along the way. I keep positive because I’m living the life I envisioned when I was five. 

 

We all make mistakes and encounter obstacles. The purpose is not to defeat you but to strengthen you! You limit yourself to what you can achieve. There is no limit to your potential!

 

There will be obstacles.

 

There will be doubters.

 

There will be mistakes.

 

But with hard work,

 

There are no limits!

 

MRS N

Bella and the Beast by @izzySzyn is a Fabulous Retelling! #fairytales #BATB #erotica


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Title Bella and the Beast

Author Izzy Szyn

Genre Erotica/Romance/ Fairy Tales

Publisher Smexy and Fab

 

Book Blurb

You only thought you knew the story of Beauty and the Beast.

 

When Bella’s father runs into the woman known as the Beast, she agrees to take his place as a prisoner for the next six months. Plenty of time to get out of her pending marriage to the son of the village’s wealthiest family.

 

When Bella is sent a list of demands and rules, one rule stood out: DON’T FALL IN LOVE.

 

That seemed simple enough, for who could fall in love with a Beast?

 

18 + due to explicit content and language.

 

Excerpt

“You mean she’s real?” gasped Bella. Bella had heard tales of a woman that people in her village called The Beast. Anna Baste lived in a big house just outside of the village. She’d not been seen since the curse that disfigured her with scars. People said she was evil, sadistic, seducing young women, who claim they were tortured.

 

“Yes,” confirmed Maurice. “Very.”

 

Bella, being very curious about the rumors researched what she’d heard. She watched videos of women with other women. Instead of finding it sick and perverted, Bella thought it was erotic, finding herself wishing she could be seduced like that.

 

Recently her friend from school Wendi, became involved in a dominant relationship with her boss, Miss Belle. Wendi told her of the things that she was made to do with Miss Belle. Things that made Bella envious, things that she knew her friend well enough to know that Wendi loved every minute of being with Miss Belle.

 

“Is she going to help you?” asked Bella.

 

“Yes, for a price,” Maurice answered.

 

“How much money is she asking for?”

 

“It isn’t money she wants,” sighed Maurice. “She wants you.”

 

Buy Links

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izzy

 

Author Biography

New York Times Bestselling Author Izzy Szyn was born in May of 2014 when a friend dared her to write. Born and raised in Detroit, Mi. Izzy now lives in Oklahoma City with her furchild Misty, the friendliest Chihuahua/Terrier you will ever meet. Currently works in a call center, where she writes in between phone calls.

 

Izzy loves to keep in touch with her readers. Email her at izzyszyn@gmail.com.

 

Social Media Links

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“If You Decide to Tell Her, That’s Up to You” Trust With Hearts by @KWilkinsauthor #romance


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Title: Trust with Hearts

Author: Kelli A. Wilkins

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

Blurb:

After a bitter breakup, Sherrie Parker seeks refuge at her cousin Dave’s house in rural West Virginia. Early one morning, she runs into Dave’s other houseguest, a singer named Curtis Taylor. The last thing Sherrie wants is to share living quarters with a country music crooner – even if he is sexy, in a cowboy sort of way.

 

Thrown together by circumstances, Sherrie and Curtis get off to a rocky start, but soon discover they have more in common than they ever imagined. Unable to fight their growing attraction, they give in to their desires and start a sizzling summer romance.

 

Everything is perfect between them until Sherrie discovers that Curtis is keeping secrets from her – and his biggest secret of all will change everything. Can their newfound love survive, or will destiny keep them apart forever?

 

Here’s a tame excerpt from Trust with Hearts:

“I told Sherrie to work things out with you. She seemed fine with it,” Dave said as he stirred a pot of spaghetti sauce on the stove.

 

Curtis carried the supper dishes to the table. “Yeah, well, that sure changed fast.”

 

He set Sherrie’s plate close to Dave’s. The round table would fit the three of them fine, but he didn’t want to get too close to Sherrie. He didn’t need to start a new fight with her when they hadn’t finished the old one yet.

 

“She came down to the cottage blaming me because she couldn’t sleep. I coulda let that go, until she insulted my music… again,” he added. “Did you tell her about me?”

 

Dave sprinkled black pepper into the spaghetti sauce. “Of course not. All she knows is you’re staying here and working on your music. I didn’t mention anything about,” he paused and looked toward the kitchen doorway, “CJ, or the hospital. If you decide to tell her, that’s up to you.”

 

“I doubt that’s gonna happen, seeing how she feels about country music,” he replied as he arranged silverware next to the plates. “You know I rarely offer up opinions, Dave, but your sweet-lookin’ Yankee cousin’s—”

 

He stopped as he saw Sherrie standing in the doorway. “Oh Lord.”

 

“His Yankee cousin’s… what?”

 

He breathed a sigh of relief. At least Sherrie hadn’t heard him call her sweet-lookin’. He glanced at her out of the corner of his eye. Truth be told, Sherrie was sweet-looking.

 

Waves of chestnut-colored hair framed her oval face. Her almond-shaped brown eyes were draped with long lashes, she had a kissable, rosebud mouth, and from what he’d seen of her this morning, Sherrie was curvy in all the right places. Too bad she acted so moody.

 

He stared into her eyes for a full fifteen seconds. His piercing baby blues were capable of rendering women speechless. They had the power to charm, as well as disarm, anyone.

 

Sherrie shifted her gaze to the floor and he smirked. Direct eye contact had done the trick. Sherrie might have lots of fight, but she had nothing to back it up.

 

“Ornery,” he answered. “I was about to say ‘ornery’.”

 

Dave banged the wooden spoon on the edge of the pot, breaking the tension in the room. “Sher, I thought you were gonna apologize to Curtis.”

 

“I did, but then His Royal Majesty dismissed me.”

 

Curtis moved back as Sherrie strode past him and yanked the refrigerator open. She stuck her head inside and rummaged around.

 

He took advantage of the opportunity and admired the way her denim shorts clung to her backside. A tingle spread through his groin as he envisioned running his hands up the back of her smooth thighs. He turned his head as she took out the pitcher of sweet tea.

 

“What were you looking at?”

 

“Nothin’.” Why did he feel compelled to touch her? It must be hormones, he reasoned. The last thing he needed was to get involved with a Yankee woman who hated him on sight. He scratched his chin and chuckled. Now there was a switch. Women all over the world would pay a fortune to spend five minutes in the same room with him, and yet Sherrie despised him.

 

“What’s so funny?” she asked.

 

“Nothin’.”

 

“Bull.” Sherrie sat at the table and poured herself a glass of tea.

 

He rolled his eyes. Naturally, she had taken his seat. He wouldn’t protest. Sherrie was Dave’s cousin, and he’d been raised to respect women—even stubborn Yankee women…

 

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Kelli Cliffs

 

About the Author:

Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, 19 romance novels, and 5 non-fiction books. Her romances span many genres and heat levels.

 

Her paranormal-comedy, Beauty & the Bigfoot, was published in September 2017.

 

Kelli released Trust with Hearts, a contemporary romance, in July 2017. Her third gay romance, Four Days with Jack, was released in June 2017. Kelli’s trilogy of erotic romance novellas, Midsummer Night’s Delights, Midwinter Night’s Delights, and Ultimate Night’s Delights was published in spring 2017.

 

Loving a Wild Stranger was published in January 2017. This historical/pioneer romance is set in the wilds of the Michigan Territory and blends tender romance with adventure.

 

Kelli’s third Medallion Press romance, Lies, Love & Redemption is a spicy historical western set on the Nebraska prairie in 1877.

 

Her horror short fiction has appeared in several anthologies. If you like to be scared, don’t miss Dead Til Dawn and Kropsy’s Curse.

 

Kelli’s writing book, You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction is a fun and informative guide filled with writing exercises and helpful tips all authors can use.

 

Kelli posts on her Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKelliWilkins and Twitter: www.Twitter.com/KWilkinsauthor.

 

She also writes a weekly blog: http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com/.

 

Visit her website, www.KelliWilkins.com to learn more about all of her writings, read book excerpts, reviews, and more. Readers can sign up for her newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/HVQqb.

 

 

Here are a few links to find Kelli & her writings on the web

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Medallion Press Author Page: http://medallionpress.com/author/kelli-wilkins/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1123678.Kelli_A_Wilkins

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Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay so be Sure to Take Care of Yourself, Even at Work! #inspiration


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Are you taking care of yourself, making sure your soul is fed and you’re getting the help you need?

 

Today is World Mental Health Day and this year, the focus is on mental health at work. Stress, especially work stress, is one of the main causes of illness and sudden death these days. People are taking less vacations and working more.

 

I remember after 9/11, I struggled at work just to get through my shift. A co-worker and friend of mine suggested that I ask for a couple of days off for my mental health. She told me I wasn’t taking care of myself properly and if I didn’t start taking care of myself, I wouldn’t be around long. I took a hard look at myself and she was right. I took some time off and it helped me tremendously.

 

We all need to take care of ourselves. If the stress is mounting and your body is feeling rundown, maybe it’s time to take a Mental Health day off of work. Your body and soul are the only ones you get so please, I beg you, take care of yourself. Seek help and take steps necessary to achieve wellness. Like the quote above states, your soul is like a beautiful flower and needs Light to bloom. 

 

MRS N