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I feel as though I am having twins. Just a short while ago, September 10th, we brought ‘Shimmers of Stardust’ into the world. I have been incredibly and joyfully busy and blessed since its arrival. And now I am preparing to do it all over again.

 

November  26th is the expected release date of my next Soul Mate Publishing baby, named ‘When Clouds Gather’

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This is the story of Darby Adams and Sam Golden. It’s both a love that can’t hope to win story and a mysterious who-is-the-killer story.

Blurb:

Darby Adams has a successful Bed & Breakfast Inn, The Brass Lamplighter, until a guest is found stabbed to death in one of her rooms. The police and citizens of Driftwood Shores soon make Darby the number one suspect. The surviving family members of the murdered guest want answers–and Darby’s prosecution, so they hire Private Investigator Sam Golden to implicate her.

With all the strange things happening around the B & B, and her world rapidly spinning out of control, Darby desperately needs a friend. Sam begins his new case in the dual role as a sympathetic ally, while still investigating for the needed evidence.

As mysteries and mayhem abound, Darby leans on Sam to survive each calamity. Until feelings start developing between them. Their teen-age kids bring them together for shared activities, creating the feeling of a family weathering the storm. Until the fateful day arrives when Sam has to tell her the truth. Until someone kidnaps their children.

Reeling from Sam’s confession, Darby knows she must trust him to get their kids back safely. But can she ever trust him with her heart again?

 

Coming live November 26th, from Soul Mate Publishing, on Amazon.com—- WHEN CLOUDS GATHER……

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Today I am very happy to announce Neva Brown has stopped in to visit my blog. She brought a copy of her latest book A Pretty Penny and wants to share a little about it.  Welcome, Neva, glad you are here.

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Please tell us a little about yourself first:

I am a retired secondary teacher/administrator and now enjoy the challenge of writing romance novels and doing editing for other romance writers.
I spent most of my life on West Texas ranches and use that culture and environment in many of my stories. My husband and I now live at Rio Concho West in San Angelo, Texas. We enjoy visits from our two sons and their families, are always delighted to hear from old friends, and am amazed at how well they have adjusted to ‘city’ living

Wonderful, sounds idyllic. Tell us a little about your new book, A Pretty Penny.

Wealthy, arrogant Clayton Brandt knows well the costs of a woman. Not until Penelope (Penny) Jones comes into his life does he know the value of a woman.
Anger at Clayton, her new boss, causes Penny to snap out of the lethargy she’s experienced after seeing her husband killed. She puts to use all her innate abilities, learned skills, and intuitiveness to cope with the overbearing Clayton and the women in his life. Penny, in time, knows she loves him, but will not become one of his women—not on his terms.
On her terms, they marry only to be parted by federal agents before they leave their wedding reception. The ensuing intrigue, danger, and antics of Clayton’s ex-wife play a part in Penny being in imminent peril. Even after their love survives all this, it is once again threatened by a letter from a vindictive woman who is dead. The letter devastates Clayton and crushes his hopes for happiness.
How Clayton and Penny find their happy-ever-after is a breath-holding adventure at times and a breathtaking love story at other times.
Wow, spine tingling is all I can think of.  I  would like to now ask you some questions both about your work and life?
What was the motivation for A Pretty Penny?
Over a period of several weeks, I read little items about unusual things that happened in Texas and New Mexico. One day while doing mindless household chores, I decided these events would make great conflicts for a hero and heroine to have to deal with in a romance novel. The idea became something like a carrot on a stick to get me to finish the chores so I could go play with words and create a story.
Where did the characters and their lives come from?
The characters and their lives are all totally from my imagination.  
Describe your writing process are you a pen and paper writer or depend on high-tech wizardry?
I write with pen and paper and on my desktop computer. My creative muse turns up her nose at my laptop or iPad and goes into hiding. Pen and paper works for me if I’m mulling over a scene or need to brainstorm different approaches to an issue. However, when it’s time to really write then I need my big screen desktop and standard size keyboard.
Describe your writing space? Location, items used, special items, tools you can’t live without.
My writing space is a room away from the traffic area of the house. I can look out double windows to the courtyard where there is always something blooming except in winter. When I bog down, I can give my high back, adjustable chair a quarter turn and look out, think, and hopefully figure a way out of a jam I’ve written myself into. 
 I have an old maple wood table-type desk that has room for the computer screen, the printer, a special lamp, an electric pencil sharpener, a stapler, a catchall basket with compartments for all kinds of necessary “junk” ( extra eye glasses, pens, pencils, sticky note pads, camera, cords, etc.). There’s also room for two file folder boxes and one notebook with passwords and how-to information. I have some kind of paper to scribble on in front of the monitor always (messy pile but lots of valuable info).
Of course, there’s room for my tea and a dish of dark chocolate chips.
I need all this “stuff’ to make me feel like I’m all set to WRITE.  
Is publishing a book everything you thought it would be? Or more?
Publishing is a lot more work than I’d planned for it to be and very exacting. But the challenge is exciting even if it is a tad exasperating at times. The finished product makes up for it all.
Soul Mate Publishing doing A Pretty Penny and Casey’s Courage is a dream come true for me.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started writing?
POV is super important to editors. Show don’t tell needs to be my theme song.  Be sure to get the formatting right from the very beginning because redoing an old manuscript is the pits.
When you began writing, was it with publication and career in mind or as an outlet for creative expression? When was that? Did any sort of mental shift occur? If so, explain.
My first writing was journaling then I starting doing short, short stories for fun when our two sons were very small. We lived on a ranch twenty-three miles from town with no telephone. Adult fictional characters served me well during those years.
I don’t think I ever really felt a mental shift.
Life was lived; a couple of advanced college degrees earned, twenty odd years of teaching, plus the arrival of wonderful grandchildren filled my life. One day it was time to retire. I learned to crochet, do embroidery (something my mother could never trap me long enough to teach me in my early years. I was my daddy’s “cowboy” and far more interested in horses and ranch work than in-house work).
After retiring, I discovered I had time to read for pure pleasure not for teaching, etc. After a time, the need to write came and here I am having fun and working hard to do just that.
Favorite color? Blue, all shades of blue
Favorite food? Beef tacos with all the trimmings
Favorite music? George Strait country style music & old-fashioned church hymns
How do you unwind away from writing?
I spend time with my husband. I also read romance, mystery, suspense, mainstream, women’s fiction, non-fiction and work crossword puzzles. I walk about two miles most every day (great time to let the brain idle).
Writing is such a solitary pursuit, how do you feel about having a strong network of writer and non-writer supporters?
Support groups are wonderful. They give me courage to keep trying, help me when I get stuck, critique for me at times, and answer questions with unbelievable patience (technical things are the bane of my life, but I have people who are always willing to help). The people in these groups even help promote my books. They broaden my horizons and enrich my life.

 

Great stuff, Neva, thank you for sharing so openly. So how can people connect with you?

My social media efforts still need work, but I can be found at: 
I love to hear from my readers. I can be reached at joneva@suddenlink.net.  

 

Thank you so much for stopping in today, Neva, and sharing both A Pretty Penny and so much about yourself. Now, let’s see that lovely cover for A Pretty Penny:

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Today I am excited to have Anne B. Cole visiting. She is here to talk about her debut novel, Souls Entwined, by Soul Mate Publishing. Welcome, Anne!

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First of all, this is your first novel. What can you tell us about it?

Souls Entwined was released April 30, 2014 from Soul Mate Publishing. This is a  romantic suspense time travel paranormal.

Wow, what a mixture. A little something for every reader’s taste. So what is it about?

When a cursed family heirloom sends Gretta Dobbs back in time, a hunky construction worker, Sam Daggett, suddenly finds himself love struck and joins her adventure. Their souls entwine within the bodies of young lovers on a Greek island in 1829, where they begin to unravel the mysteries behind Gretta’s ring all while avoiding a bloodthirsty pirate who is determined to seek revenge. Gretta and Sam must find the secrets needed to save her and her relatives from an afterlife in purgatory and return to their own lives—or risk becoming prisoners of the past, continuing the evil cycle of the ring’s curse.

Awesome. Can you share a little part of it with us?

Excerpt from Chapter Two of Souls Entwined

Not a sound was heard as Sam’s eyes snapped open. Under the branches of the downed tree, Purple Shorts began to stir.

“Sorry, are you okay?” Sam gently lifted his weight off her.

“I think so,” she replied faintly. Sam released his hold on her shoulder, amazed her face wasn’t scratched. He wondered how bad he appeared.

“Do you think you can stand?”

She nodded. Together they rose to their feet, easily stepping out from the tangle of branches. Eyes growing wide, she began to sway.

“Sit,” Sam commanded, steadying her.

“No, look!” She pointed.

Sam gazed over his shoulder. His mouth fell open. Beneath the tree, their bodies lay, motionless.

“Are we . . .” Purple Shorts began.

Sam shook his head slowly. Before she could say more, he interrupted, “I don’t know. Do you feel—”

“Dead?”

He scanned the area for help. Everything around them was still, as if they were watching a movie and someone hit ‘pause.’ No wind, no sound, no movement. He flinched when cold fingers clutched his hand.

Squeezing gently, he lifted her hand in front of their faces. “Can you feel this?”

Purple Shorts nodded.

“I don’t think we’re dead,” Sam whispered, gazing into her blue eyes.

Oh, I have goose bumps already, just reading that short bit. Is there anything…secrets maybe?…or something special about Souls Entwined that you are willing to share?

Sharing secrets is fun! Here are my top five secrets behind Souls Entwined

#5 Pirates!

Johnny Depp’s character, Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean Movies is the inspiration behind Souls Entwined pirate character, Kadir Haty….and yes…Kadir will return in the sequel, Souls Estranged!

#4 Grandmothers and Rings

My real life great, great, great, great grandmother’s name was Roxana, who gave her second granddaughter a garnet ring that was given to her by her brother, who was a US sailor in Europe during the early 1800s. It was passed down through the generations to my grandmother. She gave it to me (I’m also also a second granddaughter) when I was about 12 years old. I’m not aware of any curses on my ring and I wear the heirloom often.

#3 Runners

I enjoy running and once nearly tripped over a squirrel that darted in front of my purple sneakers. During Gretta’s run in the park, Sam watches her suddenly fall. He didn’t see the squirrel that tripped her…this was cut out during edits…Readers don’t know in Souls Entwined that Katarina’s spirit is entwined within the squirrel. In the sequel, Souls Estranged, Katarina’s presence within the squirrel will be revealed in true ‘Katarina style’.

#2 Deleted, but not forgotten

I wrote the first draft of Souls Entwined in composition notebooks. It topped at 150,000 words. In this original, Gretta and Sam don’t meet in the park until Chapter Eight! Needless to say, I have many deleted chapters and scenes to reveal in the future on my blog.

#1 Titles

Souls Entwined was originally titled Maledicta, which is the Latin word for ‘cursed.’ During edits, it was suggested that I change my title to something that is easier for readers to pronounce and remember. Authors tend to bond with their titles, especially their first novels. For weeks I referred to my novel as #1 because I already had the sequel written and was in the editing process. I asked everyone I knew for title ideas and finally came up with Souls Entwined. The #1 nickname stuck and I continue to call it #1 and refer to the sequel as #2. The (yet to be written) final book of the Soul Series is called, you guessed it, #3.

So there you have it. I hope you enjoyed Five Secrets from Souls Entwined! Check out my website and Souls Entwined on Amazon.

Fascinating. So what secrets can you tell us about you, Anne? 

Souls Entwined is my debut release, combining sweet romantic suspense, time travel, and paranormal elements in a New Adult novel attractive to a wide range of readers.

In addition to writing, Anne teaches preschool and is raising three very active teenagers with her husband of twenty-two years. Her love for making fresh baked goodies, running, hiking, historical fiction, and her three pet cats continue to be her inspiration while she pens the sequel to Souls Entwined.

Great. Pets offer great inspiration and distraction, that is for sure. So how can readers connect with you?

To follow my publishing journey and connect with me, check out my website and find me on Twitter and Facebook.

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Click on the Buy Link below to see Souls Entwined on Amazon.

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Well, it has been a pleasure to have you here today, Anne. I know when I read Souls Entwined, I really enjoyed it. I love those combined genres. So I wish you best wishes for a success with your debut story and I eagerly await for the sequel.

Now let’s have a look at that stunning cover.

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Today I am delighted to have Sophia Kimble visiting, to talk about her book Protect Her from Soul Mate Publishing.  Welcome, Sophia.

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Thank you, it’s good to be here and share a bit about Protect Her. Below is a transcription of my notes from a meeting that took place on June 9th. That morning, and what transpired in the days to follow, prompted me to write it all down, to tell Golden’s story. Protect Her, available from Soul Mate Publishing, is an accounting of these events:

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I stood on the front stoop of a modest two-story bungalow in Huntington Beach, California with moist palms. I’d met Golden Alexander and her sister, Maggie before, but being at their house made me nervous, especially this early in the morning before the sun had come up. Golden’s story had scared the crap out of me since I’d first heard it, and though I needed to find out if what she said was real, I wasn’t really looking forward to being so close to her, and well, the thing she’d told me about.

Maggie answered my knock wearing a blue robe, black curly hair a mess, and looking frazzled, to say the least. When I looked past her shoulder to Golden, a drop dead gorgeous blonde whose body trembled beneath a pink tank top and boxer shorts, a sheen of sweat coating her brow, I understood Maggie’s demeanor. Something wasn’t right.

Maggie motioned me inside and asked Golden, “What happened?”

“The demon . . . it came back.”

Those five words sped my pulse and I wanted to get back in my car and drive fast and far, but I didn’t. I’d never been able to pass up a good story, and Golden’s had the makings of an incredible one.

Maggie closed her eyes and took what appeared to be a calming breath before she walked past us toward the back of the house. Golden pegged me with a glance and whispered, “She’s never believed me.”

Golden glanced up the stairs, and I, of course, followed suit. It was obvious that’s where she’d seen the creature, and visions of an insect-like body, crimson eyes below horns, and a grotesque forked tongue circled my mind. I tightened the grip on my notebook and pen, the clasp digging into my palm as I prayed I wouldn’t see the thing.

Golden sighed and took a few yoga breaths. “Don’t worry, it’s gone.”

I nodded and she wrapped her arms around her chest and walked toward the sound of coffee gurgling in the next room. With a last look up the stairs, worrying my butt off, I hurried after her.

She pulled out a chair from the kitchen table, motioned to an empty seat next to her, and sat across from Maggie who stared into one of the three mugs of coffee sitting on the scarred teak surface. Man, you could cut the tension with a knife.

“I think you should go see Dr. Rosenthal again,” Maggie said.

Golden jerked her gaze to her sister, and out of the corner of my eye, I spied her legs bobbing a mile a minute, fists clenched under the table.

“I don’t need to see a psychiatrist. I need to get the hell out of this house!”

Annnd, that was my cue to leave. “Maybe we should reschedule?”

Golden shook her head at me, and I wasn’t sure how I felt about staying, but opened my notebook and started taking notes.

Maggie’s spoon made a slow circuitous path in her coffee. “Golden, it’s sleep paralysis. You need to start taking your medication again.”

I knew what sleep paralysis was, had actually met Golden in the library while researching it after having experiencing it myself. You wake up while still being in the REM cycle of sleep and can’t move. It’s very scary, and it’s common to have hallucinations during the episode . . . demons being seen frequently. Antidepressants are sometimes used to keep it from happening, though since I’d only had one episode, I’d never personally tried that route.

Golden waited a few seconds before saying anything, looking like she was trying to get a hold of her anger. “Dr. Rosenthal is wrong, and so are you. The meds did nothing but space me out. The demon still came. The only difference being I was so drugged up I didn’t tell you about it.”

“The doctor’s not wrong, you’re not thinking clearly right now.” Maggie almost sounded robotic in her response, like this conversation had happened many times before, and I wondered just how many times Golden had seen the demon.

Golden’s words were measured and slow. “There’s nothing wrong with how I’m thinking. The problem is you don’t believe me. You never have.”

Tink, tink, tink, Maggie’s spoon hit the side of her mug as she stared at the wall. A clock ticked above a dripping faucet, the soft plink, plop making my frayed nerves jump.

“I’m leaving, and I’m not going to see Dr. Rosenthal or anyone else so they can tell me I’m just imagining something I know is real.”

Maggie sucked in a breath and closed her eyes. She didn’t say anything, but kept stirring of her coffee. Tink, tink, tink. Golden had told me she was moving to Vermont, to go to college, get away. I guessed it was more than the demon she was running from.

Tink, tink, tink. “You’re not ready for this, Golden. You and I both know it,” Maggie said.

Golden sighed. “I have to do this. Please try to be happy for me.”

Maggie pinched the bridge of her nose as if trying to stave off a headache, then gave Golden a weak smile and a small nod before returning her gaze to her coffee.

“Just promise me you’ll come home if things don’t . . . work out,” Maggie said.

Golden stood, kissed the top of Maggie’s head and grabbed her mug, taking it to the sink. I noticed she didn’t promise Maggie anything, and I got the feeling she’d never move back here regardless of whether the demon were real or not.

A heaviness settled around the kitchen, its thickness coated my mouth and almost tasted sour. The situation between them had become a stale-mate. Maggie didn’t think she should go and Golden didn’t want to stay.

Golden waved at me to follow her as she walked out of the kitchen toward the front of the house. I thanked Maggie, rinsed my cup in the sink, jiggling the handle until the drip stopped, and followed Golden.

In the living room, Golden settled herself on the couch, I took a chair. Golden’s gaze strayed to the staircase illuminated by a glow from the porch light streaming in through the sidelight window, and she shivered.

“Do you ever wonder if you’re going crazy, or are already there?”

I assured her I had and she closed her eyes. “Heavenly blue morning glories.”

“Pardon?” I had no idea what she was talking about.

“It’s my favorite flower. It also happens to be the color of the man’s eyes I’ve been seeing in my dreams since I first saw the demon seven years ago. I know his eyes almost better than I know my own. Almond shaped with scattered flecks of violet, long lashes surrounding the piercing blue color, light-brown eyebrows, and sandy-brown hair hanging to his shoulders. He comforts me.”

I kept quiet, waiting for her to continue.

“God, I wish he was real. Dr. Rosenthal said I invented him to help with the traumatic loss in my life, and I guess he’s right about that, even though he’s full of crap about the other diagnoses.”

“What other diagnoses?”

Her lids popped open, deep green eyes boring into mine.

“The demon, Sophia . . . it’s real.”

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OK…. I officially have chills now. Powerful.

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Blurb for Protect Her:

Golden Alexander is trapped in a nightmare.

Trying to flee her hallucination of a demon, she runs heart first into the brooding alpha male she’s been dreaming about for years, and then her nightmare really begins. 

Kris Pietka is done with women…he’s broken. But when he meets Golden, an overwhelming need to protect her tests everything he thought he knew about himself, and the paranormal. 

A bond forged centuries ago thrusts them together as they search for a way to break an ancient Druid curse prophesying their demise. Racing against the clock, they travel from Vermont, to the Carpathian Mountains in Poland, and the Scottish Highlands in search of answers and a way to break the curse.

 But something evil watches—it covets, and time is running out. 

Will fate allow love to prevail against unbeatable odds, or will Golden wake to find it was all a delusion? 

 

So the question we have to ask now is: Does love burn eternal?

Protect Her is the first novel in The Druid’s Curse series.

Here is the Amazon shortcut:  http://goo.gl/fDXkz7

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Wow, okay, just in case your socks aren’t blown off yet with all that, here is a little personal stuff about Sophia. Take it away….

Well, I have always wanted to be an author, but for years, life got in the way. I wouldn’t change a thing about how my life turned out, though. My family keeps me laughing and loving. My wonderful husband and two extraordinary children stand beside me every step of the way and make this journey called life worth living.

In addition, I have worked as a nurse for twenty years, but have put that career path aside to devote my time and imagination to writing down the stories that keep me up nights.

I  take my love of the paranormal, history, and genealogy and weave them into tales of family, fated love, and supernatural occurrences.

That’s just great, Sophia. Where can readers connect with you?

They can connect with me at the following sites:

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Blog:

Facebook:

Twitter:

I love to hear from my readers.

Yes, so do I. Building a relationship with our readers and fans is as much fun as writing for them. Well, as we wrap up this visit, I am glad  you stopped in, Sophia, and I wish you great success with “PROTECT HER”. Let’s see that cover just one more time, shall we?

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Today I have the pleasure of hosting Felicia Rogers on my blog. She has recently released a suburb romance story with Soul Mate Publishing and she is stopping by today to tell us all about it. Please welcome Felicia Rogers!

Felicia, please tell the readers about the book that is being showcased today.

The book I’m sharing today is titled A Month in Cologne. It is a contemporary inspirational romance set in Cologne, Germany.

Here is the blurb: Rachel Wilson has committed to working in Cologne, Germany, for one month. Consigned to a tiny apartment, she looks forward to completing her responsibilities to the museum so she may explore Europe and begin her new life.  John Viteri is a confident museum curator, but when he arrives at his new job in Germany, he struggles to find God’s plan for his life.  Thrown together, will Rachel and John allow God’s providence to guide them, or will they choose their own path?

How did you come up with the concept for this book? The concept for this book came from a writing challenge – pick an exotic locale, and use three writing prompts. I chose Cologne, Germany, because of its ties to religious history. The prompts were a swing, a fluffy pillow, and something I can’t remember, but trust me…I got it in there!

{Chuckle} Yes, I trust it’s in there. Prompts really get us to thinking.

What are you working on now? Do you have a release date for this book? Currently, I’m working on Amelia the second book in my Southern Hearts Series. A tentative release date for this book is late June 2014. I also have a new book titled, Emerald Street, which is the third book in my Wounded Soldiers Series that is coming out August 18th.

Please share with the readers how you got started writing.

I’d like to say that I’ve been writing forever, that I decided from birth that I wanted to write, but that wouldn’t be true. When I was a teenager, I did enjoy plucking on a cheap typewriter and making up short stories. However, writing to publish didn’t come about until about four years ago. I thought my cousin and I could write a novel together. I would do the basic writing, and she was supposed to make it “better”. Then her life got busy. I kept writing and next thing you know I’ve written the entire novel. But that wasn’t the end of the story. I had multiple rejections and rewrites before the book was ready, but it did happen. And now I’ve published a total of sixteen novels and novellas with more in the works.

Do you have a favorite book? (Or books since it’s always hard to whittle it down to one.) I don’t have one favorite book, but I do have a favorite series—Mark of the Lion Series by Francine Rivers. I also like books written by Verna Clay and Kelly Martin.

I like going to the movies. Do you? If so, what was the most recent movie you’ve seen? I love going to movies! I’m an action and superhero junkie! The last movie I watched was Captain America II.

What caused you to want to write an inspirational book? I love to share my faith with others, but I also love to share the history of my faith. One thing about Germany is it was at the center of the church’s Reformation.

What is your favorite scripture? My favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Every day it is more obvious that I can’t do anything on my own.

Felicia, it has been a pleasure having you here today. As you say goodbye, can you leave the readers with an encapsulation of your life’s philosophy? (a quote, a verse, a precept you live by or have tried to instill in your children?)

Thanks so much for allowing me to visit with you today. A precept I live by is that every day is a new day. Even if the day before was bad, the next day is new and fresh and the opportunity to be different and better.

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Author’s Bio:

Felicia Rogers born and raised in the southern part of the United States is a Christian wife and mother, with a side interest– writing. She won the Celebrate the Season Contest by Solstice Publishing in Sept. 2010 allowing her first novella, “The Holiday Truce” to be published. Since then she has published more than fifteen novels and novellas.

To learn more about this author visit her website at http://www.feliciarogersauthor.weebly.com or check her out on facebook at facebook.com/feliciarogersauthor.

Buy Links:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JVAO2AE

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What is his motivation? What is his ultimate goal?

Police Detective Fox Windlow is a hard man to figure out. Tough-as-nails Becca Wallerby  left all remnants of her past life in Chicago and drove to Sweet Willow, North Dakota to become Sheriff in the predominately all-male town. It is and was a job Fox Windlow determined was rightfully his.

From the moment Becca arrived in the outskirts of town, the battle lines between these two are drawn. It just isn’t always clear what battle they are fighting.

Fox can be so sweet: cleaning Becca’s house, giving her a kitten, massaging her nerve-wrecked muscles in her back. He can also write her a $200 traffic ticket for a U-turn and push her to the brink of sheer rage. He is calculating as he is sweet, angry as he is loving.  So what gives? She finds herself responding to his charm and his energy in some surprising ways.

The mysteries deepen, involving not only Fox’s personal agenda, but who murdered the original Sweet Willow Sheriff, inside the very house Becca is currently living in? Where does Dan, Fox’s handsome and single partner fit into all this? In a town of mostly males, when a woman enters, it’s every man for himself.

Except Becca not only wants a fresh start in Sweet Willow, she wants to leave some ghosts back in Chicago. Things she’d rather her new officers and neighbors not find out about. Like who her mother was, her past love life and other deeply personal things they just don’t need to know. Things she will fight to keep them from finding out.

Until she finds out the FBI agent sent to solve the murder of the prior sheriff is one of her former flames. Until she finds out Fox has methods to dig deep on his new boss, uncovering all her layers of dirt.

When the killer tracks them down, not only is it every man for himself, it is the end of the battle lines and time to make peace if they hope to make it out alive.

WISE INDECISION is a pulse racing story as exciting as riding in a speeding squad car with all lights and sirens going full out.

 

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Anne B. Cole sent me a story to read, a sweet romance, with time travel, paranormal set as a historical. Anyone who has read my ‘Whispers’ will know I can’t refuse such a mish mash of genres. Bring them on!
So with great expectations, I began ‘Souls Entwined’. I was not disappointed. It was a wonderful read.
Set in two spaces of time, the present day and the Aegean Sea in 1829, it quickly caught my attention.
We begin with our character Sam, whose attention is grabbed by a lady jogger he refers to as Purple Shorts. Can you just guess what she might be wearing? A falling tree and mysterious cat in the mist transports Sam and Purple Shorts– aka Gretta back to 1829 as they entwine with Lorenzo and Anya.
We get pirates, cursed treasures, a purgatory pit and a fairy tale book full of pirate’s codes. All mysterious bits of the puzzle rooted in a ring Gretta wears. A very old ring.
Gretta and Sam make repeated trips to entwine with Lorenzo and Anya to learn the secrets of the ring and the curse that has sent generations of women from Gretta’s family to the purgatory pit.
The emotional twists that fate had in store for the young lovers had me brushing the tears away one moment and gasping ‘Oh no!’ the next. The clear cut division of love and attraction between Sam and Gretta and Lorenzo and Anya were well done.

‘Souls Entwined’ is a book I recommend. It offers plenty for readers who like paranormal, historical or any of the genres mashed up within the lovely over. It is available from Soul Mate Publishing and Amazon. Readers can connect with Anne at her blog  http://annebrocole.wordpress.com/

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‘Written in the Cards’ has an authentic western air about it, instantly appealing itself to me. Dime novelist Maggie Rutherford intends to interview cattle drover Ben Mason for one of her upcoming novels. She never intends to fall in love with him. And Ben certainly never intended to care about another woman again, but there is something about Maggie’s spirit and beauty that draws him close.

Lauren Linwood has written an engaging story with characters you want to see succeed. Characters you can’t help but care about. Maggie and Ben, of course, plus Rebecca and Frank and especially little Jennie. And there are also the characters you hope don’t succeed–the soulless Black Tex Lonnegan and the contemptible Richard DeForest.

The closer I came to the ending, the richer the action became, the more characters that swept through the pages. The harder it was to put aside. Ultimately, Lauren Linwood finished her story with a satisfying conclusion that left me happy.

Written in the Cards’ is just one of Lauren Linwood’s fine novels. I can’t wait to read another. Her work is available from http://www.amazon.com and http://www.soulmatepublishing.com.

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Okay, confession time– I really don’t like to self promote my books. I’m not very good at it, either, or so I think. I am a bad salesperson and would starve to death if my sole living was just selling things on a commission.  But I learned something interesting the other day while I was at my doctor’s office.

I was sitting in the lab, chatting with the lab tech who was drawing my blood. There was another patient resting in the suite over so I was trying to be respectful of her need for quiet. The tech and I talked about my day job, folks she knew who had worked nearby where my day job is located and so on. Finally I casually, almost embarrassed, mentioned I just signed for my third book and had the free-lance work this year.

“That’s right,” she remembered. “Children’s books, right?”  Not even close. I haven’t written a child’s book since I was a child. “No,” I said, almost sorry I mentioned it. “No, murder, right?” she asked, “The murder and who done its?”  Again, not so close. I just shook my head and said ‘No.”  She considered the next option. “That’s right, it’s more a romance, right?”  Much warmer. “Yes,” I said, “basically love stories with a few twists and turns.” And I left it at that. She covered my boo boo site and I left.

Minutes later, while checking out and discussing stuff with the receptionist, the lab tech came up to me, whispering, “What’s the name of your books again? My patient was interested.”  Startled, I wrote them all down, along with what is available now and expected release dates for the others. I thanked her and left, still pondering what had sounded interesting in that small conversation.

Whatever it was, it worked to do what I always try so hard to do, garner interest in my books, hopefully enough so to go look them up and buy them. And my day was not done.

Hours later I was at my day job when an associate walked by. He gave me a huge smile and asked if I was a writer for  the ‘XYZ’ Magazine. I said I was, positive I was blushing by then. Other co workers were listening by now as he said he had been reading that magazine over the weekend, liked my recent article and did not know it was me until he got all the way to the end and read my name and bio. My name is unique as there are no others around (that we know off). So we chatted about that free-lance opportunity and the other one I write for, and ended the conversation with a sentence about the upcoming books.

One sentence. That was all.  But people are listening and sometimes, they are interested in what little they hear.

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Wow, today I turned the page of my calendar, began my first of the month rituals (mostly pet related health stuff) and realized in two weeks is the anniversary of the release of ‘Whispers in her Heart”. What a year!

Many months ago I had planned to host a giveaway to celebrate that one-year milestone and somehow it completely slipped my mind with so much other non-book related stuff going on. Won’t elaborate here but suffice to say, what a year….and while I am grateful beyond measure for ‘Whispers’, a lot of my year’s events had nothing to do with it. And also suffice to say, the journey is by no means close to complete yet, again despite what the calendar might say,

So to that end, back to the plan at hand. To honor ‘Whispers in her Heart”, I would like to give away two autographed copies to a couple lucky readers. Here are the real easy ground rules: giveaway is open from today, November 1, 2013 and ends either November 15, 2013 or when two people have responded with the correct answers listed below, which ever comes first. I will contact winners as soon as possible and they can provide me by email their physical mailing address. I will then immediately mail them their autographed copy of ‘Whispers in her Heart’.

Sound like fun? Okay, the three questions to answer correctly–or reasonably close- are: 1) what three horse races make up the Triple Crown? 2) what is a Druid? and 3) which of the following is NOT a natural element….earth, air, smoke or water?

And yes, all three questions are related to the book. Please leave your answers as a comment. Good luck and thank you. You can also check out the giveaway on Goodreads.com where I am giving away another three autographed copies as well.

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