Monday, October 9, 2017

The ten authors of Indie Publishing Coalition Presents.... #99cent #preorder #boxedset #RPBP @poisedpenpro @lilian3roberts


Stories of Sun, Sand & Sea - Mistletoe & Palm Trees. 


Makes for ten holiday celebrations like none other. Sunny skies. Check. Palm Trees. Check. Beaches. Maybe. Family. Sometimes. Love and Romance. Double Check. Scrumptious food and a few cocktails. Triple Check. Murder. At least one.


Ten novellas written with heart felt holiday spirit that will make you laugh, bring tears to your eyes, warmth to your soul, intrigue to your psyche, with just enough romance to make you wish for more.



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Celebrate with us! The ten authors of Indie Publishing Coalition Presents....



The Stories of Sun, Sand & Sea - Mistletoe & Palm Trees Boxed Set Inclusions!
Judith Lucci: Biloxi Beach Murders (Book 2)
Kat, who finishes her graduate degree in Art History in December, travels from Washington, DCwhere she is interning at the Smithsonian Museum to Biloxi for some Thanksgiving holiday fun with her friends. Everyone is there including - her former main squeeze Liam. A great time turns sour when one of her old friends from the University of New Orleans is found beaten and bruised, floating in a fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico.



Judith Lucci writes what she knows.....Hospitals, Patients, Physicians and Health Care. She adds suspense and intrigue along with well-developed plots, vivid descriptions and memorable characters, and produces medical thrillers that few readers can put down. 

Dr. Lucci is the author of the Alexandra Destephano Series, a series of medical thrillers that offer fans an escape into the busy world of a fictitious world-class hospital in New Orleans.
Author web links:
Lilian Robert: Waves of Passion
Lindsey is a stunning young woman full of life, smart, efficient and ambitious, she surrounds herself with quality friends and has gained the respect of coworkers, superiors, and friends.

Her heartbreaking separation from a five-year relationship left a void that someday would need to be filled. But at this point, romance seemed like unsafe territory.

And just about the time she thought she had achieved an impenetrable, relationship-proof fortress, Paul, a virtual friend on Facebook, sweeps he thoughts away and sets her nights on fire. If he is anything like what she had built in her mind, he would be a force to be reckoned. Lindsey is just about to find out.

Lilian Roberts is a corporate engineer. College, and the corporate world kept Lilian's writing on the back burner for a few years. It wasn't until later on in life that she decided to sit in front of the computer and finally put her thoughts on paper. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an avid reader and loves novels that feature characters draped in passion, mystery, and adventure. She is especially fascinated with the concept of immortality. 

Lilian is the author of the Immortal Rapture series, eight paranormal, captivating, romance novels. A young British girl Arielle Lloyd with special gifts and an immortal man Sebastian Gaulle find their way to each other and want nothing more than to pledge their undying love to the world. For five centuries Sebastian has sought the one soul who can fulfill his dreams of everlasting love. Then he meets Arielle, whose heart calls out to him like no other.
Author web links:
Website: http://lilianroberts.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angie.rueckert
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lilian3roberts
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/106342217777220181698
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lilian-Roberts/e/B00BVDKEA6/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/LilianRoberts
Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/LilianRoberts
PJ Fiala: Copper Moon – Colby

Aubree Norman has run Norman House Inn since she was twenty years old. Boyfriends have come and gone, not understanding her need to keep her grandparents home viable and running. Settling in to grow old in the beautiful Victorian and make her bed & breakfast the place to be, she killing it.

When fire jumper, Colby Landon comes to town he brings excitement with him. First, the hotel burns down other fires soon follow. As the flame burns hot between Aubree and Colby, will their love have a chance to grow or will the arsonist's torch turn their newfound flame into smoldering embers?

Writing has been a desire my whole life. Once I found the courage to write, life changed for me in the most profound way. Bringing stories to readers that I'd enjoy reading and creating characters that are flawed, but lovable is such a joy.

When not writing, I'm with my family doing something fun. My husband, Gene, and I are bikers and enjoy riding to new locations, meeting new people and generally enjoying this fabulous country we live in.

I come from a family of veterans. My grandfather, father, brother, two sons, and one daughter-in-law are all veterans. Needless to say, I am proud to be an American and proud of the service my amazing family has given.
Author web links:
Website: www.pjfiala.com
Newsletter: www.pjfiala.com/ReadersClub
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pjfiala1
Twitter: www.twitter.com/pfiala
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/pattifiala/designing-samanthas-love
Instagram: https://instagram.com/patti_fiala/
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/pj-fiala
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7866768.P_J_Fiala
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/pjfiala
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/116973848613644291786/posts
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/pattifiala
LibraryThing: http://www.librarything.com/profile/PJFiala


Cherime MacFarlane: Wild in Willow


The Larkin family plans to celebrate Christmas a little early due to a commitment made by the oldest son. But things are brewing in the background that may make it Wild in Willow. Irene Maddox is accompanying her friend Libby to the celebration. Can the family survive the blow up? Only time will tell.












Meet Award-Winning, Best-Selling Author Cherime MacFarlane. A prolific multi-genre author, she has a broad range of interests that reflect her been there-done that life. Romance, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, all sorts of characters and plots evolve from a vivid imagination.

I came to Alaska kicking and screaming in 1975, and I never want to leave. I cut firewood on shares for money to get through the winter. I swore I would not live above the Alaska Range because it was too cold there and wound up in the Copper River Basin where it got just a cold as Fairbanks.

My second husband, a Scot from Glasgow, was the love of my life. When I write Scots dialect, I experienced hearing it from my in-laws. Each time my husband got on the phone to Scotland after five seconds, I could hardly understand a word. I was my second husband's chief mechanic's helper and roadie.

I live in a cabin which is slowly being surrounded by the city and wish I were further out. My two cats and Husky-Collie mix dog are happy in our little slice of heaven called Alaska. In the silence of winter dreams of people and places provide a rich pool of ideas to explore.

Author web links:

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

Blog: https://cherimemacfarlane.wordpress.com/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Cherime-MacFarlane/e/B00EP24SZW

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7428820.Cherime_MacFarlane

Nicole Sorrell: The Art of Getting Away

Carlos is head over heels for his sassy girl Andie, and he wants their first Christmas together to be extra special. A romantic escape to the lake cabin where they met will be perfect. But Andie's ex-boyfriend interrupts his plans, begging her to give him a second chance. Carlos suspects the former gang member isn't telling Andie the truth, and decides he's going to do whatever it takes to keep her. And if that means fighting dirty...



 
My first love was reading. From the age of ten I read everything I could get my hands on. I was seventeen the first time I closed a book and thought, I want to do that. Write a story that good. It took a few years, but I finally published my first novel, joining the ranks of contemporary fiction authors. I included everything I love in a book. It's a romance story, has suspense and surprise, and with book two, became a women's fiction series.


I'm still a voracious reader, currently residing in a rural area of the mid-west. After living in various parts of the U.S. and traveling abroad, I recently moved into the very same home where I grew up. I enjoy country living: ours is a small community, and everyone knows everybody. The culture of the city also draws me in: the shopping, dining, and the opera and ballet.

I love traveling, especially to other countries, and I speak Spanish. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Literature, and a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising. Home decorating is one of my favorite things. Of course I love to read, and I'm a published poet. I like baking pies and drinking ale. Oh, and I like playing cornhole, and I spend way more time than I should playing computer games.


My sidekick is a tiny Yorkshire terrier named Georgie Doodlebug. I call her GiGi. She's my fur baby.

Author web links:

Website: http://www.nicolesorrell.com/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Nicole-Sorrell/e/B00QVRHZD6/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicole.sorrell.author/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cnicolesorrell

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/nicolesorrell73/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicole-sorrell-820095110

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/117190333488373775302


Angel Sefer: Deadly Paradise

When Angelos Dimitriou a devastatingly handsome prominent attorney from Athens finds Natasha Ioannou unconscious on the steep rocks of a remote beach on Naxos, he is caught in a web of conspiracy, extortion, and greed. But the feisty and brave young woman with the emerald eyes captivates his soul, and Angelos throws caution to the wind in order to protect her. Caught in the eye of the storm, Natasha finds it hard to trust anyone. Will she ever open up to Angelos? And will he be able to save the blonde beauty from the threat hovering over her?







Multiple award-winning, bestselling author Angel Sefer was born in Athens, Greece and has studied and worked on both sides of the Atlantic. She holds a degree in Economics and divides her time between the corporate world and her true passion: writing mystery, thriller, and suspense romances where passion flares and danger lurks around every corner.

Angel lives in Athens, Greece, with the two loves of her life—her son and her husband—and is a member of several writers groups.
Author web links:
Website: http://angelsefer.com/
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Angel-Sefer/e/B00DKUTEUY
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Angel-Sefer-462538183807771/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AngelSefer
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AngelSefer
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/AngelSefer

Sybil Shae: One More Day: Surviving the Waves

After the hurricane Caitlyn's life was in shambles, much like the buildings and the land around her, everything was destroyed. Her home, her family and her love all torn apart by a single wave. There was nothing left for her at Luna Beach. She moved away and spent years struggling to put her life back together. Just when she is starting to feel a small sense of normalcy, a Christmas Card arrives in the mail. What it says sets her emotions and her sanity into a whirlwind.










For Love, Real Love, The Kind Of Love That Lasts Forever….Sybil

Sitting in a chair, at a desk with headphones on, typing away...That’s where you’ll find Sybil Shae most days. She loses track of time and reality as she dives into her romance world, becoming one with her characters and growing with them as they appear through words on the tablet screen in concert with the imagery of a fool’s paradise we all visit in our dreams.

Sybil Shae writes romance, both spicy romance reads and clean reads. She feels it, breathes it, and has built her world around it. Love is at the center of all things. Welcome to Sybil’s world.

Sybil Shae DOES NOT write Erotica by any means, even the Spicy parts aren't as spicy as most others on the market. She writes with Love as the central plot rather than adult content.

Author web links:

Website: http://sybilshaeromance.weebly.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sybilshae

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sybil-Shae/e/B01MUMSRQX

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/SybilShaeRomance


P.J. MacLayne: Love on the Dunes

Sunny skies, sandy beaches, palm trees and swimsuits. It wasn't like any Christmas Carena Galloway had ever known. She missed her family and worried about her relationship with her boyfriend, Aiden Wade. A picnic on the beach with friends was just the thing to distract her from her problems. Meeting a celebrity was a bonus.

But she never counted on attracting a stalker.










A computer geek by day and a writer by night, P.J. MacLayne grew up in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania and sets much of her writing in that landscape. She currently lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains.
Author web links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/pjmaclayne/posts/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PJMacLayne
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/P.J.-MacLayne/e/B00HVE8WZI
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8177223.P_J_MacLayne
Blog: http://pjmaclayne.blogspot.com/


Stephany Tullis: Baby Boomer Bash

Baby Boomers ONLY! No family allowed.

High school friends Sherry Mattison and Maddy Meriweather refuse to allow their adult children to ruin their love of Christmas and the family based traditions that are so near and dear to their hearts. Unlike Ebenezer Scrooge and the Grinch, they don't decide to cancel this year's Christmas, nor do they harden their hearts. Instead of presenting their annual plea for an extended family Christmas like those of the good old days, the baby boomers greet their families on Thanksgiving Day with a new attitude and a feisty festive spirit that includes a non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner: pot luck!

Their daughters are shocked but pleased when Christmas plans are not discussed as the family watches the annual Thanksgiving Day parade. The guys were relieved that dessert was the focus of football half time and not drawing names for the annual family Christmas gift exchange.

Sherry Mattison and Maddy Meriweather kick off their plans for their first annual Baby Boomer Christmas celebration with a Black Friday shopping spree. And then the thirty-day count-down begins!

Will the boomers' plans implode when their families discover their plans for a holiday beach vacation in the Caribbean?


In my world, there is no life without writing, traveling, family, music and my love of politics. My loves and interests are central to my writing. With this backdrop, regardless of the date or time of your visit, you will find family.

My world (my back-story) is guided by my faith and the inspiration I receive from God. Without exaggeration, family and relationships are the core of every book I write.

I love to travel and like me, my characters are always off and running and in so doing require me to research (and often visit) so many fascinating places.

I also love music—all kinds and I’m never surprised by what track finds its way to my personal playlists and a character’s ring tone, door chime, or car radio station.

People frown sometimes and don’t understand my love of politics, but I have a political administration background and thrived on and in my past government career. For me, it’s the people, the process and what democracy offers. As with life, my fictional towns and cities include mayors, governors, school board members, etc.

If you haven’t guessed, I love my world that allows me to not only live the life I love but to also share it with others.
Author web links:
Website: https://www.stephany-tullis.com/
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Stephany-Tullis/e/B00D3P052W
Twitter: https://twitter.com/StephanyTullis
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/StephanyTullis
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/stephey630/
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/stephany-tullis
Newsletter: https://www.stephany-tullis.com/contact
Valerie J. Clarizio: Jess & Sam’s Story

After twenty years, Jess returns home to care for her ailing mother. Close proximity to the man she once loved who'd dumped her on the very day she expected a marriage proposal reawakens her broken heart and strengthens her vow to never put faith in a man.

By his own choice, Sam's the most elusive bachelor in town, his walls of defense firmly in place. But when the feisty little brunette he dated in high school and college moves back, Sam needs to step up his game, stiffening those walls to concrete. True love? A forever union? What kind of idiot believes in that?

No matter which way Sam and Jess turn in their little home town, they run into each other. And stumbling under the mistletoe isn't what either one needs.
Valerie Clarizio lives in romantic Door County Wisconsin with her husband and two extremely spoiled cats. She loves to read, write, and spend time at her cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

She's lived her life surrounded by men, three brothers, a husband, and a male Siamese cat who required his own instruction manual. Keeping up with all the men in her life has turned her into an outdoors enthusiast, of which her favorite activity is hiking in
national parks. While out on the trails, she has plenty of time to conjure up irresistible characters and unique storylines for her next romantic suspense or sweet contemporary romance novel.
Author web links:
Website/Blog: https://valclarizio.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Valerie.Clarizio/
Facebook Street Team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/clarizioscronies/
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/valerie-j-clarizio
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VClarizio
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100928949465109415957/posts
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/valerieclarizio/
Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bn6QoD
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Valerie-J.-Clarizio/e/B00A87RJVS/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_8?qid=1476915213&sr=8-8
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Did you love Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children? #99cent #sale going on now! #RPBP @LucyBison

Now's The Time To Start Reading With  A New Author! 
This series is the next in line with some of the greats! 
BOTH BOOKS AVAILABLE FOR 99 CENTS US/UK
A Fun For All Ages New Series Of Modern Day Magic & Adventure. 



Did you love Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children? How about the stories written by J.K. Rowling & Rick Riordan?

Then You Will Love This!


"This Author Has A Truly Inventive Imagination!"

The Changeling and the Cupboard
​The Complications of Being Lucy Book 1

NEVER GO INTO THE PARK.

Lucy was never afraid of the dark. She never questioned her family. She never thought that the world of logic and science could be a lie. But on her ninth birthday everything changed when a strange boy came into her life from the very lands she was forbidden from ever entering and she finds herself immersed in a conspiracy that was created before she was born. Her reality is shattered by the existence of magic and things of legend. The bonds of family are tested by a lifetime of deception and the truth of who she actually is, becomes the least of Lucy’s torments. For someone has unleashed a nightmare, and Lucy, her family, and her new friends, are soon on the run from a creature that even darkness fears.
The Changeling and the Borrowed Family 
The Complications of Being Lucy Book 2

A nightmare is just a dream in the light of day.

Lucy was used to everyone hiding things from her. Now she is the one forced to hide. The Changelings have been discovered and to save herself, Lucy must slip into the life of a creature who shares her nightmares. With her family scattered in search for answers and her only friend powerless to help, all alone Lucy must guard her heart from the world she always longed for and from the people that want her dead. But how can you fight the agony of your dreams and the secrets buried in your own blood.


Who Is Author Gus Kenney?



Meet Gus Kenney

Gus lives in western New York with his amazing wife and five four legged children. He decided he wanted to be a writer when he realized that he could never be a spy as good as Timothy Dalton's Bond and that Hired Sword was not part of any growth industry. When he is not semi-busy writing, he spends his time pretending he knows what he is doing at a nine-to-five job and the rest of it complaining that it is taking way too long for them to start showing new episodes of his favorite cartoons. If you're bored, or just a creeper, you can check out the insanity that doesn't make it into his books on his social media outlets.

Facebook
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As It Is Blog (Stop over and sneak a peek at Book 3!)

Find out what Gus says when asked the difficult question, "What is your favorite part of the story?" Click Here!

Interested in speaking with the author?
​Email him: guskenney@yahoo.com

Gus was asked a slew of questions during an in depth interview with Rukia. Here is just one Q & A from that interview. 
Q: Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

A: Honestly, write something else. Anything at all. You can't get truly blocked unless you stop completely. Sure the story you have been focusing on for months suddenly stalls. No need to fear. Just prime the pump of creativity with some other ideas. Do the paint chip trick (look it up on Pinterest). Look online for story prompts(also Pinterest). Take your characters and put them in strange and unusual scenarios that would never come up in the world you created for them. Write something off the wall like a race of people that aren't carbon based but cocoa based (I call them Fudgelians). If all else fails do some dishes. That always works for me. Don't believe me? Come to my house and wash them. You'll see. 
Get to know the author!

Great News! Gus Kenney has something he wants to share with you!
A Rafflecopter Giveaway
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Name The Character competition!



 Name The Character

Author Gus Kenney is offering a chance to name one of the characters for Traitor's Neice, Book 3 in 

The Complications Of Being Lucy Series!

The Rules:

Get book 1(The Changeling And The Cupboard), snap a pic of you with the book like the one above(if it's an eBook open it on your ereader device), tag us (Gus Kenney / Margaret Daly) and post your picture! That's it! The winner will be announced on Facebook on The Complications Of Being Lucy Page!

Now's the time to get your copies of these books, each priced at 99c/99p.

Then enter the competition to name the character in Book 3!


Don't miss this opportunity to not only read the next hit series, but to be a part in the story yourself!
Thank you for joining us today! We hope you're coming away from this with a better sense of this new hit series by Gus Kenney...

If you have any questions you can normally find Gus on FB, or you can send him an email. 
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Friday, December 2, 2016

Release Day Blitz! The Case of The Dead Dowager by @JudithLucci! #RPBP #ASMSG #Thriller


Retired homicide detective Michaela McPherson and the aging Countess Dorothy Borghase team up again—this time to match wits with two serial killers stalking children, women and the elderly.
When Dottie Borghase's friend Camilla Rothrock collapses at a lunch gathering of old friends, the countess's only concern is to dial 911 for help. But Camilla's subsequent death has authorities buzzing about international safety and retaliation, because her son is decorated U.S. Army General Stuart Rothrock.

As other restaurant patrons in Richmond meet similar fates, Michaela and Dottie join forces with the Richmond Police and the FBI to track down the pair of heinous murderers. But in order to catch the killers, they will put their own lives and the lives of others in in serious jeopardy.What Price Must a City Pay to Keep its Citizen's Safe?

Book link: http://bit.ly/GetCaseofDowager


How about an excerpt:
Dottie turned off the main highway and headed south to Blackstone Virginia. Madame Toulescent lived just outside of Blackstone and that's where she conducted her psychic readings. She wished away the butterflies that cramped her stomach. She had a sense that what she was going to hear wasn’t good. She wished she didn't believe in the value of psychics or the unknown but she did, and that was that. She’d seen psychic readings and prophecies come true time after time during her life. Mic wasn’t a believer at all but had grudgingly admitted psychics had helped them in a case about ten years ago.

The speedometer on her car registered over sixty miles an hour on a forty-five mile limit stretch of highway. I'd better slow down. The last thing I need is a Virginia state trooper on my tail. She braked and her car skidded but she handled it skillfully. The Cadillac was a big, monster car but she really liked it. Since Dottie had lived in the US, she had always preferred German-made cars and previously owned multiple Mercedes Benz. Of course, when Count Borghase had been alive, they’d always driven Italian cars, mainly Ferraris. But now she was pretty much American and she loved her Caddy. There was something about the Cadillac that was so plush and so American that she bought a new one every couple of years.

She saw an old gray mule in the pasture out of the corner of her eye and saw the fence that was lying on the side. Dottie didn’t know what she’d do if they ever repaired that fence. She’d been looking at that fence on the ground for years and it was her landmark just before she turned onto Madame’s private road. She knew her turn was just up ahead. She slowed for a farmer carrying a load of hay in an old truck. He was hogging the entire road. Now where in the hell am I supposed to go? She steered her big car to the side of the road as far as she could without falling into the ditch. She cursed and held her breath as the farmer passed her. She swore the farmer missed her by less than an inch. The old codger hadn't even looked her way. She shook her head and cursed again softly. She threw her white Caddy into first gear and roared out of the ditch spewing gravel, dirt, and mud all over the road. She saw three rabbits running for their life and hoped she hadn’t interrupted their nest. Dottie drove a little further and made her left turn. She turned right on the first road and started the difficult trip along the horrible, rutted road to Madame Toulescent’s tiny home. The road was almost a mile long. Dottie's tall, thin frame bounced all over her plush leather seat and her hair fell out of her neatly arranged bun. I'm going to have to take a pain pill. All this jumping around is killing my hips. Secretly Dottie new she needed to have her hips replaced but there was no way she was willing to do that, at least not while she could walk. I wouldn't be able to help Michaela. And then, what would she do?

Madame Toulescent waved at Dottie from her front porch filled with flowers and beautiful hanging baskets of petunias and begonias. Her small white cottage was immaculate. Madame Toulescent watched her painstakingly steer her huge Cadillac down her battered road. Dottie brought the iron beast to a stop, looked in her rearview mirror and re-pinned a piece of white hair that had worked its way out of her perfect updo. Even though the Madame lived in a house that was little better than a house trailer, Dottie had been trained from birth to always look perfect when visiting. This task had become monumental at age 82. She reached for her purse and checked to make sure her Glock was nestled in its special pocket. She checked her lipstick in the mirror, pinched her lips together, cursed the fine lines around her mouth and got out of the car.

"Hello Madame Toulescent. Thank you for seeing me today on short notice." Dorothy smiled her gracious smile at the psychic, showing her beautiful white veneers, once available for a large price from the famous, dentist-to-the-stars Dr. Michael Smirkowitz.

"You are so welcome, Countess Borghase." Madame Toulescent looked around the empty fields and through the trees and gestured with her arm. "As you can see, there is no waiting line. Please come in. I've made us some tea." She paused for a moment and said, "Watch the steps. They're in need of repair," she cautioned.

In need of repair, my butt, they need to be rebuilt Dottie climbed the rickety steps dodging rusty nails and wood splinters. She grasped the loose railing and posts that held up the old front porch. The last thing she wanted to do was fall and break something. She followed Madame Toulescent into her small but neat and cozy home. There was a wonderful scent in the air and Dottie’s mouth watered.

"Please have a seat in the easy chair," the Madame offered. "I'll bring us some tea and sweet bread."

Dottie nodded and smiled her thanks as she carefully studied Madame Toulescent. She wasn't sure of her nationality. She thought she was Eastern European but she seemed very much like the French and her house had several amazing pieces of French country furniture. In years past, she had asked the Madame about her former life, but the psychic seemed unwilling to share her past. Her voice had a strange accent Dottie couldn't identify which frustrated her. Dottie had traveled the world and she knew the languages and dialects of most ethnic populations. But she couldn't figure out Madame Toulescent’s origins. That puzzled her.

Madame handed Dottie a cup of herb tea. The aroma alerted her senses and she immediately felt more awake and inspired. The tea had given her energy and awareness. She took a sip. It was delicious.

"Oh my, Madame Toulescent. Whatever is in this tea? I feel a million times better just from smelling it. You’ve got to tell me where you got it because I know Cookie would love it too," Dottie gushed as she sipped her tea.

Madame Toulescent smiled and said. "I made the tea. It's a blend of ginger, mint, lemon verbena and a few other things I grow in my herb garden. I'll send some home with you. It's sweetened with honey I collected from my bees yesterday." She smiled briefly, and her lips stretched over teeth that could benefit from a cosmetic dentist. "That's probably what you love so much."

Dottie nodded and studied the Madame. The years hadn't treated her so well. Dottie didn't know her age but her face was a mass of wrinkles that blended one into the other. Dottie guessed each wrinkle had its own story. Her skin appeared soft but deeply creased. Her jet black hair was streaked with gray and hung freely past her shoulders. She wore a simple blue shift with a silver belt and wore tennis shoes and socks. She smelled of lemon and freesia.

Dottie, as usual, smelled of Chanel #5. "It's so lovely out here, Madame. Do you ever come to town?"

Madame Toulescent shook her head. "Very rarely. My neighbor collects my groceries for me when I need them and as you know, I have a huge vegetable garden and I can and freeze most everything I need. I like it here and I like to stay with my animals - my dogs, cats, cow, mules and horses. It's quiet here and my love is nature."

Dottie nodded. She couldn't imagine staying in these four walls every single day. She supposed she didn't have the patience and gentleness of spirit that the Madame had. But that was okay. Dottie was very happy in her own way.

The two women shared a comfortable silence and continued to sip their tea until the Madame asked, "How can I help you today, Countess?" She smiled at her and said, "I can tell you have some significant things on your mind and that you are troubled."

Dottie put her teacup down and said, "Yes, I do. Have you been watching the news?" Dottie saw the woman pale under her sun-darkened skin.

Madame Toulescent nodded. "You’re here about the poisonings, aren't you?"

Dottie held Madame’s dark eyes with her own and said, "Yes, I am. Camilla Rothrock was one of my dearest friends and I need to know who poisoned her."

Madame shifted her gaze to the floor and said, "Countess Borghase, this is a very bad business that is happening. I've had some visions and they are upsetting. It reminds me of the evil work of Hitler in Germany."

This time it was Dottie who paled, her heart beating so hard she could hardly breathe. "Oh my God, Madame. We both remember his devastation in Europe and the millions of people he murdered."

Madame Toulescent rubbed her hands together, her face grim. "Indeed we do. A sad and sorry time. Let's move into the back where I work and see what we can see."

Dottie stood and followed Madame to the room in the far back of her modest home. It was a glass room with beautiful views into the forest. She left her teacup on the coffee table. Her heart thumped dangerously in her chest and she was short of breath. She was so terrified she almost lost her balance. She gripped her purse and cell phone in her hand. She was scared and just the idea of having the Glock made her feel safer. Could the evil be so strong it permeated her soul?

“Countess, why are you so upset? What can I do to help you?” Madame Toulescent looked at Dottie with concern.

Dottie stared at her but her eyes said it all.

“Let me get you something to calm you down so we can have a good reading. Please stay in the chair and I’ll be right back,” Madame Toulescent said as she left Dottie and walked to her kitchen.

Want To Read More? Read Chapter 35 here!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Butterflies Fluttered~ 'Family Forever' by @VClarizio A #Contemporary #Romance. Available now #RPBP

I'd like to introduce my wonderful friend Va Clarizio who writes dynamite Romantic Suspense. She has a brand new release, Family Forever that came out last week on October 26th. It's doing great in the charts. Val and I are both authors in the long running "Stories from the Sun, Sand & Sea," a collection of beach romances that are still so popular, we're changing the cover to 'winterize' the collection. Anyway, look below for Val's info. You're gonna love her books!

The death of Dylan’s parents leave his five younger brothers and the family dairy farm in his care.


Neighbor Marissa, raised by an alcoholic father, seeks a way out. Desperate for help, Dylan offers her a live-in nanny/housekeeper position. She jumps at the opportunity. The chaotic household, full of love, feeds her maternal instincts. She falls for Dylan and the boys.

When Dylan finds himself desiring Marissa, he pulls back. His heart has been broken in the past by women resistant to a large, ready-made family. But if she walks away, she’d not only break his heart but those of his brothers, too.

Will Dylan ever believe in Marissa’s devotion to his family, risk his heart, and those of his brothers, for the woman he loves?

Available Online at: http://smarturl.it/famfornew

Valerie Clarizio lives in romantic Door County Wisconsin with her husband and two extremely spoiled cats. She loves to read, write, and spend time at her cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

She’s lived her life surrounded by men, three brothers, a husband, and a male Siamese cat who required his own instruction manual. Keeping up with all the men in her life has turned her into an outdoors enthusiast, of which her favorite activity is hiking in national parks. While out on the trails, she has plenty of time to conjure up irresistible characters and unique storylines for her next romantic suspense or sweet contemporary romance novel.

Author Interview

Can you tell us a little bit about where you are from?
I grew up in a small farming community in Wisconsin and went to a rural high school. After I graduated, I moved to a nearby big city–population 7,700 at the time. The population is now just over 9,000. LOL–Real big city, right? Anyhow, my hometown is the heart of Door County Wisconsin. You may have heard of it because Door County is a major tourist destination. We get over 2 million tourists a year in our beautiful little county.

What does your writing desk look like? What would we find on it right this minute? 
My writing area is kind of tiny and usually tidy. I can't work in clutter. Right now you will find on the surface of the desk a cup of coffee and bowl of oatmeal. This is my typical writing scene because I usually write before I head off to my day job which starts at 8:00 am.

When and why did you begin writing?
The ‘want’ to write came to me about eight years ago. I had just finished the course work for my Master of Business Administration degree and found I had a boatload of time on my hands. I always held a full-time and part-time job while attending college at night, and suddenly I found I had nothing to do at night. I was bored.

An avid reading friend of mine handed me a Janet Evanovich book and I promptly said, “No thanks.” The last thing I wanted to do was read anything. I’d read enough text books to last me a lifetime, and up to this point in my life I had never read for pleasure. She pushed the book toward me and urged me to read it. I read that book in two days, and then I read every book Evanovich penned. When I was done with her I moved on to JA Konrath and Leanne Banks. I logged over 50 books read in the first year. They were much easier reading than text books I was accustom to. Anyhow, one night I dreamt up Detective Nick Spinelli and I thought to myself that he would be an awesome character for Evanovich to write. After more thought, I figured I should just do it myself, and did.


At what point did you first consider yourself a writer?
It was when I received that first contract offer for the first novella in my Nick Spinelli romance mystery series.

Do you have a specific writing style? In other words, are you a plotter or a pantser?
I guess I'm more of a panster. I always know how I want the book to start and end, but the middle takes me on an unknown adventure.

How did you come up with the titles to your book(s)?
I've only actually named two of my books, Family Forever being one of them. My friends and BETA readers have named the rest.

Do you write about things similar to your own life experiences?
Definitely. Pieces of my life's experiences show up here and there in every book.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Virginia McCullough. When I began submitting my first book to agents and publishers I didn’t understand why my book was being rejected, and I was on the verge of giving up when this this awesome lady, Virginia, from my writers group offered to take a look at it. She critiqued the first few chapters and provided lengthy feedback in regard to POV, dialogue tags, pacing, etc. Not only did I read her comments numerous times, I studied the corrections and suggestions she made in the document itself, and then I re-wrote the book based on her feedback. I dare say, the re-write took twice as long as writing the book in the first place, but it was worth every painful minute once I saw that contract offer pop up in my email.

What are you currently working on? Can you give us a sneak peek?

Here's a peek at the war travel book that I'm working on. The main character has just been wounded in a Civil War battle.

Her soft, comforting gaze mesmerized him for the briefest of moments before the doctor twisted his arm sending a stabbing sensation through his nervous system. Blake gritted his teeth as the doctor's fingers probed into him. A splash of alcohol followed. His flesh pricked with the intensity of being stung by a thousand wasps. As the sensation lightened, little picks and pulls to his skin took over. That, he could tolerate after the stabbing and severe stinging. The pick and pull continued as the doctor stitched him up. The stench of blood and rot permeated his nostrils.

The woman loosed her grip on him, dampened a cloth in a container next to the cot and rung it out, before pressing the cool material to his forehead. She repeated the process.

Without word the doctor rose to his feet and moved on to the next wounded soldier.

Blake stared into the caring woman's eyes. He swallowed a couple times to moisten his itchy throat. "What is your name?" His voice not much more than a whisper.

"Ariel."

A perfect name for a guardian angel. At the moment, that was what he felt about her, she'd saved his life.

Ariel patted his forehead again with a refreshed, cool cloth.

"Can you tell me what in the hell is going on now?"

She nodded. "Your dad didn't tell you, prepare you, did he?"

"Prepare me about what?"

Ariel drew in a breath and let it out. "There's no easy way to say this so here goes. You’re a time traveler. It's a power that was passed onto you when your father died. He obtained it from his father, and so on."

Blake pushed her hand away, and thrust himself into seated position. Pain ripped through his arm. Sweat dripped from his forehead and stung his eyes. "That's crazy."

Ariel lifted her hand, and palm up swung it around. "Is it? Take a look around you. You're in the middle of a Civil War battle. In what year were you born?"

Blake glanced around the makeshift hospital, then returned his gaze to Ariel. "1967."

Do you have any advice to offer other writers?
Write what you want. Write from your heart. Stick with it!


Excerpt - Heat Level PG13

          Butterflies fluttered in Marissa’s stomach the second Dylan’s dark gaze zoned in on her. She’d have to remember to send Mrs. Moore a thank you card for the gift she’d just given her. Dylan would never have asked her to dance on his own. He’d have to stop treating her like a little sister, or a wounded puppy first. She wondered if that day would ever come. Would the handsome man holding her now ever be able to see her as she wanted him to, as a woman? She didn’t seem to have a problem getting Jake or Cole to look at her that way, but Dylan was another story.

          She leaned into him, not as hard as she would have liked but hard enough to let him know how she felt. His muscles stiffened against her. Excellent, she got his attention.

          Though she wasn’t sure if it was his intention, his hand splayed across the small of her back and he pulled her closer to his firm body. Her breath hitched, and his masculine scent intoxicated her. Sure, she’d smelled him before, but never at this close proximity. She inhaled slowly and deeply, taking in his cologne, sending her on a natural high. The array of sensations rising in her were more than she bargained for. Her heart raced, and her blissful mind soared to a divine place much like she imagined heaven would be. Her body felt light as Dylan swayed her to the music. Were her feet even touching the ground? She wasn’t sure.

          Dylan stepped back, removed his arm from around her waist, and released her hand, but his gaze held hers for a moment longer. It took her a second to realize the music had stopped completely. The band was taking a break. How could they? Didn’t they know every cell in her body needed them to keep playing slow country songs so she could enjoy the comfort of Dylan’s arms?