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What Would the Founding Fathers Think: A Young American's guide to understanding the mess our country is in and how we get out
Isabelle Webb: Legend of the Jewel
Captive Heart
Cobble Cavern
Caller ID
Promises
Protected,
Summer of Secrets
On Little Wings
We Lived in Heaven: Spiritual Accounts of Souls Coming to Earth
Christ's gifts to women
A Woman's power: threads that bind us to god
Scary School
Hope's journey
Blue
Targets in Ties
Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island
Venom
With a Name like Love
Sean Griswold's head


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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Cover Reveal and Giveaway for: Christmas Secrets By Donna Hatch






Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.


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Holly's two Christmas wishes this year are to finally win her mother's approval by gaining the notice of a handsome earl, and discovering the identity of the stranger who gave her a heart-shattering kiss...even if that mystery kisser is the resident Christmas ghost.


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Loving this cover and now I can't wait to read the book!!!


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Monster Mash Halloween Countdown Blitz and Giveaway: Day 3-The Unmistakable Scent of Gardenias By Denise Moncrief





Denise is a Southern girl who has lived in Louisiana all her life, and yes, she has a drawl. She has a wonderful husband and two incredible children, who not only endure her writing moods, but also encourage her to indulge her writing passion. Besides writing romantic suspense, she enjoys traveling, reading, and cooking.

Accounting is a skill she has learned to earn a little money to support her writing habit. She wrote her first story when she was a teen, seventeen handwritten pages on school-ruled paper and an obvious rip-off of the last romance novel she had read. She's been writing off and on ever since, and with more than a few full-length manuscripts already completed, she has no desire to slow down.





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Content with the direction her life takes…



The temptation to earn a sweet payday and collect enough money to start her own interior design business is too much opportunity for Sophia Cannon to ignore, but working for her new client, Les Wakefield, is like working for a creepy stalker. He seems to be everywhere she goes.

Until trouble walks around the corner and into her life again…

Dylan Hunter almost turns down the Wakefield Manor restoration job until Les Wakefield tells him Sophia is the interior designer hired to oversee furnishing the old plantation house. Sophia has been the ghost in his life since the day she left him, haunting his heart with her memory every day and every night.

Stirring up more than just the spirits of the dead…

Sophia and Dylan fight with each other until a much bigger threat puts both their lives in danger. Discovering that generations of Wakefields have restored the plantation only to disappear months after moving in to the manor house stirs up spirits that would rather remain undisturbed.


Can love survive the long nights at Wakefield Manor with the unmistakable scent of gardenias hanging so heavily in the air?






Q&A With the Author:


1.   When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author?

My desire to write began in high school. I wrote my first “story” when I was a teen. It was seventeen pages on school-ruled paper and an obvious rip-off of the last Harlequin I’d read. I think I’ve always had the urge to write, but when I was younger, I never had the time or the motivation to follow through and finish anything. Many years after I wrote my first romance, I was telling my husband about a story idea I had. He was so encouraging about the idea and so supportive of me trying to get it published, that I followed through and wrote the book. Purgatory wasn’t the first book that I published, but it was my first concept for a book that made it all the way to publication.

2.   Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it?

I’m currently working on three projects. One of them is the final and fifth installment of the River Road set of the Haunted Hearts Series, The Sweet Madness of Honeysuckle. Today’s highlighted book, The Unmistakable Scent of Gardenias is the first book in the set.
In Honeysuckle, Tricia is a woman who has had a run in with one of the crime families in New Orleans. She escaped from them once but is afraid they will find her again. She’s hiding out in a small town, working in a bar on the edge of the swamp. The new bouncer at the bar is a has-been ex-cop with a sketchy past and a bum leg. Together they become entangled in the ghost story that has been the story arc for the whole River Road set.

3.   What is your favorite writing snack?

Coffee. All I need is coffee.

4.   If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would you choose? Why? What food would you serve?

The River Road series is set in south Louisiana, a part of the world that I am somewhat familiar with. I’ve always been fond of the culture and flavor of the area. I would want to get the ensemble of characters from the River Road set together and have a crawfish boil. That is very Louisiana.

5.   Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

My husband and I took a few trips to south Louisiana while I was writing this series. I’ve always loved the culture and flavor of the area. I took a lot of pictures and took some time to absorb the feel of the area. Hopefully, I’ve been able to describe some of what I absorbed. I think any little bit of authenticity that can be added to a setting or a plot point makes a story richer. The time a time for an author to use her imagination, and there are other times when the scene being described should be realistic.

6.   How do you relax, or what do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?

More than anything, I enjoy being with my family. That’s become especially important to me since I’ve become an empty nester. I confess I have a terrible Netflix and Hulu bingeing habit. My husband did a good thing for me for my last birthday and bought me a new guitar. So lately, I’ve shifted some of spare time to getting back into playing the guitar again.

7.   What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?

I had to think about this question for a long time. There have been a few dreams of mine that have come and gone. Sometimes, you have to let a dream go so a bigger or better dream can take its place. I always wanted to sing for an audience. That didn’t happen the way I wanted it to. So I set that dream aside and concentrated on something else. Writing took its place with a different set of goals. I’m living the dream. I feel like my writing career is already successful. So I don’t think I hold any dreams that haven’t been fulfilled.

8.   What do you fear most?

Nothing gets to me more than being forgotten, unheard, or overlooked. So all of my fears center around being abandoned.

9. What advice would you give someone who wants to write a book some day?

Two pieces of advice that I read over and over are only good advice if you go beyond the surface of their basic meaning.

Write what you know – This means that you should be familiar with your subject. If you want to write about something you don’t know much about, expand what you know on the subject. Don’t let a lack of knowledge stop you from exploring new interests in your writing.


Write every day – This means that you should practice writing every day. Like anything done well, you have to keep doing it or you’ll lose your edge. But this doesn’t just mean accumulating words in a manuscript. Let everything you experience in your life become part of your writing process. Write even when you aren’t writing words. 



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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Monster Mash Halloween Countdown Blitz and Giveaway: Day 2-Teapots and Treachery By Donna K. Weaver







-->Award-winning author, wife, mother, grandmother, Harry Potter geek, Army veteran, karate black belt, and online gamer girl.

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-->A Savage Ghost
Lia Savage reluctantly puts her dream of opening a dessert boutique on hold to help her dad remodel a castle he’s inherited in Washington State. Soon, a specter targets her younger sister.

Lia enlists the help of strapping Coop Montgomery, the head gardener and her former crush. As they search together for a way to rid the castle of its ghost, the romance she used to dream about with Coop kindles.

But Lia’s gentle giant means to stay in Washington while she’s determined to return to California. She must find the courage to face both the ghost and her future.

With Coop. Or without him.

Waves of Deceit
Twenty-six-year-old Shelby Nash wants to break free of her controlling, billionaire father. With the completion of one more project for his company, she can branch out on her own. However, her ex-boyfriend’s been appointed as the new lead architect. She has to find a way to protect her heart from him while avoiding whoever’s making anonymous threats.

Wade Masters did a poor job handling the news about the identity of his girlfriend’s father. Shelby walked out of his life without another word. Finally, four years later, Wade has a chance to win her back. As long as whoever’s targeted her doesn’t get her first.



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Q&A With The Author:

When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author?

I've been an avid reader since I was quite young and have always entertained myself making up my own stories. I decided to give writing a full-length novel in a personal NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in January of 2010, just to see if I could. I wrote 80,000 words that month and have been hooked ever since.

  Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it?

I'm working on a Victorian Time Travel story, Against the Magic, with three other authors. We went to England in the spring for research. It was so much fun! 

  What is your favorite writing snack?

Light cheesesticks and Cherry Coke Zero.

  If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would you choose? Why? What food would you serve?

I'd go to a family reunion at Randolph Ranch in Montana (from my Safe Harbors series) when their American Samoa rescuers join the family and friends. With the large front lawn with great shade trees, Jack Randolphs smoker barbeque, horses to ride, and the comfortable camaraderie of people who really like each other, I would be one happy girl.

  Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I did some research on Williamsburg for A Savage Ghost and would love to visit that historic venue someday. 

  How do you relax, or what do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?

I'm an online gamer, and my favorite game right now is League of Legends. I use it as the "carrot" (reward) for when I accomplish certain tasks, writing related. I also play while I walk on the treadmill. Fastest 30-45 minutes ever!

  What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?

I'm a Navy brat and spend a lot of my youth growing up in Asia. I would love to travel to some of the countries I visited to see how much they've changed. South Korea, for example, is incredibly sophisticated and technologically advanced now.

  What do you fear most?

Losing loved ones. My mother died when I was fourteen, and I was widowed at twenty-six. I have a belief in an afterlife, so I don't fear for them being wiped from existence, but I know from sad experience how hard it is to be left behind.

  What advice would you give someone who wants to write a book some day?


Just do it! Consider signing up for NaNoWriMo this November and just see if they can do.




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Monday, October 16, 2017

Monster Mash Halloween Countdown Blitz and Giveaway: Day 1-Riptide: Betrayal of Blood By Claudette Melanson






Claudette Melanson writes & edits in Kitchener, Ontario, with her husband Ron and four bun babies: Tegan, Pepper, Butters & Beckett. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English and an MA in Literature. She's wished to be a Vampire since age five. She hopes to one day work full time as an author, since there are many, many books living inside her head.

In her spare time she enjoys watching Japanese Anime and reading vampire stories....along with other great fiction. She is also very interested in good health and is an advocate of Ketogenic eating, using whole and natural foods. Her favorite foods are bulletproof coffee, cashew flour crust pizza and treats made with xylitol and almond, coconut or cashew flours.

Future dreams include writing many more books and spending more time with her son Jacob. Her biggest dream is to make Universal Halloween Horror Nights a yearly event with hubby and son. A Rabbit Rescue fanatic, she also hopes to help rescues all over the world save many innocent lives.


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The 3rd book in the 1st of several trilogies featuring Maura & her family! 

Maura has never felt so alone in her life…nor has her existence ever been so overshadowed by peril… 

Not only do both her parents—her distant but loving mother and recently- returned father—remain absent from her life, but due to the hideous error in judgement executed in collusion with her best friend, Valdamir, and adoptive sister, Susie, Maura has been cut off from the pair’s friendship and support, forbidden by both her father and the fallout from the dire outcome to see either of them. The heartbreak she suffers, brought on by the weight of these estrangements, is only intensified by the continued mysterious absence of her supernaturally-destined mate, Ron…whose disappearance delivers grave consequences Maura would have never dreamed possible…

Despised by her vampire cousin, Aldiva, for reasons Maura cannot yet comprehend, the young changeling will be forced to guard her back with every step, as she comes to realize this member of her vampire family would love nothing more than to bring about her demise. Aldiva’s wrath calls forth other members from both Vancouver covens, forcing them to rush to Maura’s aid—even though her father, their king, has expressly forbidden the other vampires to initiate contact with his daughter. Will her extended family on Vancouver Island obey, abandoning Maura to her doom, or will they instead rebel against Maxwell’s wishes in order to save her life? 

In addition to the menace personified in her unsolicited enemy, the unlikely vampire princess will find herself drowning as she is pulled down into the depths of a far more devastating crisis…one which may condemn her to a fate she considers much more undesirable than death. But in order to tear herself free from the deadly pull which is drawing her under, Maura must enlist the help of her preternatural family, exposing her newfound friends to a danger none of them have ever had the misfortune to face before. Can she be saved or will the riptide drag Maura under…along with those she loves the most… 

In this third and final book of The Maura DeLuca Trilogy,the first of several trilogies to come, the reader will delve even deeper into the secrets guarded by Maura’s father, the mystery of Ron’s role in her life and the identities of the mysterious Vancouver Island Coven members who have, up until now, remained hidden in the shadows. This trilogy rounds out the segment of Maura’s life during which she discovers she is a member of The Born—a human destined to complete her transformation into a vampire! This series of young adult fantasy novels has been enjoyed by readers of nearly every age and are found by them to be dramatically different from any other vampire books they have read in the past. Discover a magical world filled with fae, angels, elves, pixies and other enchanting creatures in addition to two families made up of some of the most likeable vampires—for the most part—to ever exist.







Q&A With The Author:

1.         When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author?
I started writing at the age of five. My mom read to me since I was a baby, so I always loved stories. I wrote a continuing fairy tale for my ballet class and my teacher let me read it at the beginning each week. I was always narrating things in my head. My first big influence was Stephen King. Since my mom thought I was too young to read his books,  my Aunt Betty started slipping them to me when I was about twelve.
2.         Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it?
Yes, I have two books which are being published next month. The first is my 2nd Children’s Book, Teggie Wants a Hippo for Christmas. The book is based on a running joke in our house with our eldest bunny, Tegan, aka Teggie. The eBook is on sale for $1.99 until its release date on November 1st. These are the links to pre-order:
I will also have a Christmas Horror Anthology coming out around the end of November titled, The 12 Terrors of Christmas. It will include a bonus story by Author Lynn Lamb, a story I wrote for Halloweenpalooza (previously only found on the blog), and eleven original stories written by me. One of those will be a sneak peek at Maura’s last Christmas, skipped over in Riptide that will include some new information for fans of the Maura DeLuca Trilogy.
3.         What is your favorite writing snack?
Does tequila count? LOL, I do like to have a bit if I’m having a hard time or getting blocked. It frees up the thought process. As far as food goes, I do love grass-fed beef jerky. Plus, it has the added benefit of being easy to eat while typing.
4.         If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would you choose? Why? What food would you serve?
Definitely would have to be Millicent. I love her snark and the way I know she could scare the bejeezus out of me with her dark humor. I would have to serve me since Millicent is a vampire and could only hope to talk her into making me one of her kind. The dinner conversation would be fantastic, given her nearly six centuries of experiences. Plus, she loves a good book ;)
5.         Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Being an indie author is not easy. Marketing is a necessary evil but steals away too much of my writing time.
6.         How do you relax, or what do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?
Going to any amusement park and riding all the coasters. I also love to read every night before bed. It helps me escape from the stress of never being able to get everything done. And of course, I love hanging out and playing with my bunnies. They bring me immeasurable joy!
7.         What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
I want to hit the NY Times bestseller list. The only thing I can do is keep writing more books. I have pages of ideas, so I plan to keep at it for as long as I’m breathing.
8.         What do you fear most?
Losing those I love. My bunny who moved from Vancouver with me, Cuddles, passed away four years ago, and losing her crushed me. If one of them isn’t feeling good, I go into full panic mode.
9.         What advice would you give someone who wants to write a book some day?
Keep writing. That is the best thing you can do. Watch your time on social media and marketing; don’t let it eat up all your writing time. Just keep pushing. The only way you will ensure your failure is to give up.







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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Dark Days of Promise By Shaunna Gonzales-Book Blitz and Giveaway





Shaunna Gonzales currently resides with her family in the greater Seattle area. Married over thirty years, her role as wife and mother of four continue to be her priorities.
A storyteller in her youth, she endevored to extend her love of stories to the written word and in 2005 began to write her first novel. Though that manuscript will remain buried, she has continued to learn.
Once told by her doctors that she would never leave her wheelchair -- due to her Multiple sclerosis. It has been tucked in a closet while she continues on. (In other words muddles on.)

Shaunna has worked as a professional reviewer for InD'Tales eMagazine for three years. In 2012 she also served as the vice president of Moonwriters, the on-line chapter of American Night Writers Association (ANWA She prefers to write romantic fiction and has ventured into the romantic suspense, and time-travel genres. Her debut novel, Dark Day s of Promise was released by Desert Breeze Publishing in 2012 re-released 2015.
Although she prefers to spend her days writing, she is willing to share what she has learned from the school of life and is often found "giving back." 


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Thirty-four year old Vicki Laramie must learn to trust before she can love, but she might die trying.


While Vicki’s children grapple with the death of their father -- a man whom she’s successfully fabricated as loving, a lie her rebellious teenager recognizes -- she must find a way to support her family and find a role model for her boys. She never intends to fall for Staff Sergeant Chase, her best friend’s son, who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She’d much rather choose a safer man to love, but her children have a voice in the decision she makes. With two deaths to deal with, a suitor after her money, a rebellious son, and Sergeant Chase’s repeated attacks, she can only hope to survive the danger she faces. If she doesn’t, her children will be left without either parent.






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Was he telling me the truth about Carter calling? I wasn't sure. The reality of whether or not I'd survive the night and claim I'd made the right choice to accept a ride from such a dangerous man was, as of yet, to be determined. A fierce battle raged within me. Although grateful for the ride, and the warmth of his Jeep, a cold shudder of terror slithered up my spine every time he glanced my direction. The locked door added to my apprehension. Cold overwhelmed me again.

He exercised a considerable amount of care in adjusting the army blanket higher across my chest with one hand. His warm hand brushed against my skin. I flinched, wanting to scream, but managed to keep it in check, in all honesty because I couldn't ... The phantom pressure of his hands lingered at my throat.

It seemed incomprehensible. I'd once thought him in need of my comfort, only to have him turn on me, becoming a killer. Never, if I lived forever, would I forget the coldness in his eyes at the moment I knew I'd die. The memory of his eyes, the cold purposeful reflection of them, caused me to shudder. I couldn't bring myself to look at him. Would his seeming gentleness be absent, replaced instead by the killer I knew existed behind the veil of concern for my well-being? Though good-looking, he'd proved beyond dangerous -- he'd proven deadly. He'd held my life in his hands. The option of my continued breathing his choice and his alone. I wasn't at all sure by what fate I continued to breathe and feared it had been a calculated move on his part to heighten my terror. He'd measured me well if such were his intentions.


It required a firm determination on my part to remain calm. In the subconscious recesses of my mind, I considered myself his prisoner. Distrust replaced my calm acceptance of his explanation of finding me with emphatic surety. I tried in vain to calm my instincts to run should the opportunity present itself.



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