Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hide and Seek by Desiree Holt


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Anything can happen when you let your guard down . . .

After receiving a violent threat on the heels of her father’s disappearance from the town of Arrowhead Bay, Devon Cole fears for her life—until Vigilance, a local private security agency, steps in to shield her from danger. Although she isn’t usually quick to surrender her freedom, she has no problem stripping her defenses for her new sexy bodyguard . . .

Tortured by the painful memory of lost love, Logan Malik is determined not to fall for a client again. So when he’s tasked with watching over Devon day and night, he’s focused on doing his job. Day is no problem, but as tensions rise at night, nothing can protect them from giving in to unbridled passion . . .

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“And we’re working on the backgrounds of the Cole International execs. Do you have everything there you need?”

Logan had his own personal weapons with him—a Glock 19, a Ruger LCP and his Kabar knife—but on the remote chance of an invasion he wanted to be covered on all fronts.

“More firepower. I’ll text you the list as soon as I hang up. How are you coming with the phone?”

“We’ve just gotten started with it. First of all, it’s not an ordinary cell phone. It’s made by a company like the one that makes ours.”

“So it’s ten times as hard to crack.”

“That’s right. We got past the factory restore and there’s data on it, but it also seems to have multiple passwords.”

Logan snorted. “Can you say paranoid? Now I’m sure there’s shit on it we need.”

“I’ve got Del on it. He’s got it hooked up to a bunch of different programs at the same time. If anyone can break it, that would be him.”

“Okay. Keep me in the loop on that.”

“Ginger’s been digging into Graham Cole with an electronic shovel. I want to know everything from the past ten years, personal and corporate. There’s a clue somewhere and I mean for us to find it. I’ll bet we find a lot of unpleasant crap there.

“I hope we find something soon,” he told her. “I don’t think they’re near done with her.”

“And that’s why you’re there, Mr. Marine.”

“Ooh rah.”


About the Author:
USA Today best-selling and award-winning author Desiree Holt writes everything from romantic suspense and paranormal to erotic, a genre in which she is the oldest living author. She has been referred to by USA Today as the Nora Roberts of erotic romance, and is a winner of the EPIC E-Book Award, the Holt Medallion and a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice nominee. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The (London) Daily Mail, The New Delhi Times and numerous other national and international publications.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

The Accident by Glen Ebisch


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Karen Walker is an ex-homicide detective slowly recovering from the trauma of an automobile accident in which she was injured and her husband was killed when a drunk driver struck the car she was operating. After a year of surgeries and attempts to come to terms with her feelings of guilt, she finds herself living the narrow life of a semi-recluse.

Her seclusion comes to an end when an old friend from college, Clarissa Hammett, asks Karen to help in the search for her missing sister, Justine. Karen agrees, and she goes to live alone in the family’s summer home on the coast of southern Maine, which Justine was occupying at the time of her disappearance. Karen even goes one step further and takes on Justine’s job as hostess in a local restaurant, hoping to learn more about the missing woman’s life from her co-workers.

Conversations with the sister’s estranged husband, her present boyfriend, and a mentally disturbed young girl on the beach, lead Karen to believe that Justine’s disappearance was not voluntary and that, if still alive, she may desperately need help.

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“I heard about what you did to Sam,” she said.

“I didn’t do anything to Sam.”

“You got him involved in your half-assed investigation into Justine’s disappearance and got him hurt. You didn’t think I’d find out so soon, but you forget, I have contacts everywhere in town. Anything that happens, I know about.”

“Sam offered to help me. I didn’t force him to do it.”

“No, you didn’t force him, but you acted nice to him, knowing that Sam was the kind of guy who would always help a woman in distress. He got involved with you the same way he hooked up with Justine because you both needed help. You knew that and took advantage of him.”


About the Author:
I have been a professor of philosophy for over thirty years. Most recently I retired from teaching at a small university in western Massachusetts. For much of that time I have also written mystery and suspense fiction, starting with books for young adults and moving on to writing for adults. I have had twenty-eight books published, fifteen of them in the last fifteen years as time has allowed me to write more. All are cozy in nature and suitable for any reader.

I live in western Massachusetts with my wife. My hobbies include reading (of course) and going to the gym. We also look forward to traveling to Maine and Cape May, New Jersey for our needed dose of the beach.

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Deadspeak 2 by Ruth Bainbridge


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DEADSPEAK2. The chilling new entry in the Deadspeak Mystery Series

Things look different when you're dead.

It’s Halloween and a group of teens throw a party at Harbinger Falls’ most celebrated haunted estate. It’s all fun and games until a session with a Ouija board guides the partygoers to the body of a young girl hidden in the attic.

Detective Kimberly Trent is assigned the case and quickly discovers that all is not as it seems. First, there’s the connection between the death and a string of petnappings terrorizing the neighborhood. Then there’s the suicide note that only leaves more questions than answers. A visit from Kimberly’s ghostly friend Griff Lindon sheds an unwelcome light. It seems she’s had a run in with the newly deceased who tells her she’s been murdered.

This is the second in The Deadspeak Mysteries. The entries are meant to be read in sequential order and do not standalone. In each book, you’ll find a new murder for Kimberly Trent to solve. You’ll also find the continuing search for who murdered Kim’s sister Elizabeth. Each book will take you closer and closer to finding out the identity of The Hex Killer, the serial killer who ended Elizabeth’s short life. It will also bring you to the heart of the evil that’s come back to life to wreak revenge.

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“This reminds me of when I was in summer camp and stayed up all night trying to contact the dead,” Julie Welch commented.

Mia or no Mia, the time had arrived and the Ouija board was placed in the center of one of the folding tables.

“You did that, Mrs. Welch?” Angie asked.

“Of course,” Julie confessed with a giggle. “I lived for those summers, and the camp counselors had no idea what we were up to. They only wondered why we were all so tired in the mornings.”

The atmosphere of the Halloween Party had changed. Ever since the announcement, things went from Party Central, to an eerie, expectant quiet. The music was turned off and the food lined up on the rented tables was bereft of pawing hands.

The six rested their fingers lightly on the planchette. “Remember: no cheating! Understood?” Mrs. Welch warned.

The participants nodded in agreement as the woman with the highlighted blonde hair inhaled deeply.

“Hello? Is there anyone with us?” Julie asked, starting off the questioning.

A soft scrape… and … movement! Infinitesimal at first, the planchette picked up speed.

Yes.

“What the—” Gen started. A loud moan interrupted the moment.

“Yes, I’m here,” a deep voice bellowed.

Fear spread quickly as attendees sprang up from their chairs and readied to run. Another unearthly groan penetrated the air. Angie latched on to Glenn’s hand.

Footsteps.

Someone was climbing the basement stairs.


About the Author:
Born in the idyllic, sleepy town of Ithaca, NY, Ruth Bainbridge has been a lover of mysteries for her entire life.

Ever since a child, she has consumed detective stories at regular intervals, becoming enamored with all the superstars of crime. She loved nothing more than to match wits with the likes of Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Thomas Pitt, Lord Peter Wimsey, Richard Jury, and Edward X Delaney, becoming inspired by their brilliance. Hoping to emulate her writing idol’s achievements in dreaming up such characters, she started composing her own short stories.

However, life interfered with her plans of becoming the next hopeful to try a life of crime—on paper at least. Devoting herself to her marriage and the raising of four children, the empty nest syndrome gave her the impetus to return to her first love—murder.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Shadow of a Thief by Norman Green


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Combining his pitch perfect voice for the characters who live in New York's underbelly with a compelling new protagonist, Norm Green’s Shadow of a Thief grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go

In a previous life, Saul Fowler was a thief-for-hire with an impressive client list, including the US government. When he seeks shelter from his addictions up on the coast of Maine, his past come back to haunt him in the form of his estranged stepfather, Reverend McClendon. “Someone killed my daughter,” says the rev. “Find out who did it Saul, I know you can help me. Please?” None of this would be Saul's problem, except that the girl might be his half-sister.

Back in NYC, a place he never thought he’d see again, Saul delves deep under the surface of the dead girl’s life. Before long he finds himself contending with gangs, pimps, prostitutes, the NYPD, and just maybe, the fifth fundamental universal force. Finding the truth will either change his life forever, or end it.

Gritty and unputdownable, this is perfect for fans of James Lee Burke and Robert Crais.

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Money changed hands.

Aniri counted out twenty crisp Ben Franklins. Corey tried not to think about how much Aniri paid and in what currency in order to earn each of those bills. There was another murmured conversation, and then Aniri removed her watch and handed it to the woman before turning to Corey. “Give me your watch, baby. And your cell. We can’t take anything mechanical out there with us.”

“Out where?” Corey handed her his watch and fished around in his coat pocket for his phone. He preferred to keep it clipped to his belt but Aniri would yell at him and call him a nerd when he did that.

“Shh. This is an earth ceremony.”

“Oh great, an earth ceremony. Does that mean like the alleyway out back?”

“Coreeee... Please?”

He didn’t know if she knew it but he was powerless over her, he would do anything to get her to love him back. The woman behind the counter took the phone and the watches, put them in an old cigar box and stuck the box up on the shelf, next to the skull. “Please wait here,” she said softly. She opened a door behind the counter and went out.. Corey looked at Aniri as the door closed. “Life with you,” he said, “is many things, but never dull.”

She locked her pale brown eyes on his. “Some day in South Carolina,” she said, “what a great story this will be.”

“Right now,” he told her, “I can’t even picture what South Carolina looks like.”


About the Author: Norman Green reports this about himself: "I have always been careful, as Mark Twain advised, not to let schooling interfere with my education. Too careful, maybe. I have been, at various times, a truck driver, a construction worker, a project engineer, a factory rep, and a plant engineer, but never, until now, a writer." He lives in Emerson, New Jersey, with his wife, and is hard at work on his second novel.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Of the Divine by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes


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Five Things You May Not Know About Me


1. I was an absolutely amazing writer as a small child.

When I was four, a cousin wrote down one of my favorite stories to tell with the thought that she might help me publish it. Unfortunately, the teacher/friend of hers she brought it to said it was “too advanced” for the age group. Similarly, my first attempts to write— once I learned the basics of phonetic spelling—were amazing. My novel about intergalactic cats was composed in a pink journal with a gold heart-shaped lock (incidentally, this was also my first experience picking locks). Surely the very creative spelling and lack of knowledge of basic grammar, capitalization and punctuation was Emily Dickenson levels of brilliance. When I was eight, I graduated to working on a word processor, where my masterpiece was lost when I password-protected the file, but misspelled the password (dragon) so badly I locked myself out of the file, and lost it forever.

It is a pity these early works were misplaced. Given they have all been lost forever and no one will ever read them, I am quite confident saying they were the work of a true prodigy.

2. I was terrible as a writer on the school newspaper

In high school, I had a brief stint as a writer for the school newspaper. Unfortunately, writing the truth is not my strength.

I can write research papers, and I am reporting these facts honestly (well, mostly, I might have exaggerated when describing how wonderful my early writing was), but writing a news article about a true event seemed so boring. I ended up making up my article, which I think had something to do with Halloween, then resigning my position on the school newspaper.

3. Writing made me a honey snob

While doing world-building and research while editing the Mancer Trilogy, I decided one of Kavet’s major crops is buckwheat. This led me to research buckwheat, and eventually discover that buckwheat honey existed. Upon finding a jar of the stuff at the grocery store, I bought it.

I regret this move. It spoiled me for honey. I can’t stand clover honey any more, which is the commonly-available kind; it has to be at least wildflower honey.

I blame sorcery for this change of tastes.

4. I have a total brown thumb.

I come from a family of green thumbs, but I can’t keep a houseplant alive. I even kill cactuses.

The only houseplant I’ve kept alive lately is a carnivorous basil plant. As an experiment, I used a snip of fresh basil as the bait in a fly trap last summer. I set it in the window and ignored it for weeks. The sprig managed to sprout roots in the tiny quarter inch of water, and the whole thing has grown to fill the container. I figure it must get its nutrients from decaying flies. I’m going to name it Audra III.

5. I am truly phobic of cockroaches.

Several years ago, in Sanibel Island, Florida, I had a run in with a swarm of jellyfish. You would think this would make me phobic of jellyfish, but what I recall most vividly is sitting up all night, unable to sleep due to anxiety and the continued sharp zinging sensation on my skin, and watching the palmetto bugs scamper across the floor.

Apparently, my brain decided these things— pain, deep terror, and Florida’s horrific cockroaches— are intrinsically linked. Years later, I freeze up at the sight, or even the suggestion, of a cockroach.

The psychology-neurology nerd in me finds this mental association and phobia fascinating. The writer in me finds it good fodder for character development. The realist in me is a little worried about whether I would need to simply move out if I ever discovered a cockroach in my basement, or if burning the house down would suffice (yes, I’m joking. I could just burn all my stuff and hire an exterminator).

So now you know a few more little-known facts about me. Unless I made them all up, in which case I hope you were at least entertained.

Henna is one of the most powerful sorcerers in the Order of Napthol, and her runes ’s runes tell her that the future of Kavet is balanced on the edge of the knife. The treaties between Kavet and the dragon-like race known as the Osei have become intolerable. The time has come for the royal house to magically challenge Osei dominion. Prince Verte, Henna' lover, is to serve as the nexus for the powerful but dangerous spell, with Naples--an untested young sorcerer from the Order of Napthol--a volatile but critical support to its creation.

Amid these plans, Dahlia Indathrone’s arrival in the city shouldn’t matter. She has no magic and no royal lineage, and yet, Henna immediately knows Dahlia is important. She just can’t see why.

As their lives intertwine, the four will learn that they are pawns in a larger game, one played by the forces of the Abyss and of the Numen—the infernal and the divine.

A game no mortal can ever hope to win.

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“You cannot live your life as a slave to those who have gone before,” Verte replied. “You need to let the living and dead alike move on.”

Wenge glared up at him. Verte paused, keeping his stance and expression neutral as he raised magical shields against a possible attack.

“You don’t know where the dead go,” Wenge accused. “We talk of the realms beyond, of the Abyss and the Numen, but no one really knows for sure what happens once our shades pass out of the mortal realm. What if we just go screaming into the void? What if—”

Verte took the man’s frail, trembling hand in his own. He wished he could use his magic to urge him to keep moving, but Wenge’s decision whether to demand a trial or to take the brand willingly needed to be made without magical coercion.

“Even the royal house, with all our strength and training and resources, does not practice death sorcery. Maleficence or not,” Verte said, hoping the words would pierce the man’s sudden anxiety, “if you continue to let your power use you this way, it will kill you before the year is out. Of that I am certain.”

Wenge’s body sagged. He waved a hand next to his face as if to chase away a buzzing fly—or in this case, a whispering spirit. He flinched at whatever the ghost said, then muttered, “I do not know what to be without it.”


About the Author:
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes wrote her first novel, In the Forests of the Night, when she was 13 years old. Other books in the Den of Shadows series are Demon in My View, Shattered Mirror, Midnight Predator, all ALA Quick Picks for Young Adults. She has also published the five-volume series The Kiesha’ra: Hawksong, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror List Selection; Snakecharm; Falcondance; Wolfcry; and Wyvernhail.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

All Inclusive by Farzana Doctor



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Why do you write in your genre? What draws you to it?

My favourite books have always been works of literary fiction that have either a touch of magical realism or politicized perspectives about contemporary culture, or both. I like novels that make me think deeply about a character’s motivations and actions and help me learn about an experience I’ve never had myself. I like to laugh out loud and have my heart crack open a little.

What research is required?

One of All Inclusive’s protagonists is a spirit. Much of the time, he “came” to me as a voice in my head (I get most of my material from listening to these voices), but I also had to figure out some of his abilities and limits for the plot to work.

I borrowed some spirituality from Islam and asked a psychic some questions about her take on the afterlife. I’m also an amateur tarot reader and sometimes used this tool to help me find answers.

Name one thing you learned from your heroine.

My other protagonist, Ameera, is a young woman who stumbles into the swingers’ scene while working at a resort in Mexico. Most writers will tell you that it’s almost impossible to write sex scenes well, and they avoid the challenge altogether.

But I wanted to grow myself as a writer, and write her sex scenes in a way that both revealed her character and moved the plot forward. At the same time I needed her to be embodied, and well, really write sex as it is—messy, clumsy, ecstatic, fun, annoying! Ameera taught me how to do this.

Do you have any odd or interesting writing quirks, habits or superstitions?

I’ve never admitted this publicly, but what the heck! Each time I’ve written a novel’s first full manuscript draft, I begin to have all kinds of catastrophic thoughts about my computer exploding, or worse, that I’ll die before the book is published! So I usually email the document to a friend for safe-keeping and this calms me down.

Are you a plotter or pantser?

A combination. I like to know the story’s arc and the characters’ main obstacles and desires before I begin writing. I’ll sometimes brainstorm a list of scenes to help me for when I get stuck later. And then the rest of it is pantsing, I guess, where I listen deeply to my creative unconscious and the spirits voices that come to me.

Look to your right – what’s sitting there?

My morning cup of coffee, which I think is a comfort object for me. I like to have a cup of something warm beside my laptop when I write.

Anything new coming up from you? What?

The US launch for All Inclusive is tomorrow night! If your readers are in NYC on October 12th, I hope they will join me! Details: http://aaww.org/curation/tourisminliterature/

I’ve just finished the 8th draft of my 4th novel, Unfamiliar Skin, which I hope will come out sometime in 2018/9.

Do you have a question for our readers?

From your experience of reading, do you think it’s true that it’s hard for writers to write sex scenes well?

A story about an all-inclusive resort, the ghost of an unknown father, and the tragedies we can’t forget.

What’s it like when everyone’s dream vacation is your job? Ameera works at a Mexican all-inclusive resort, where every day is paradise — if “paradise” means endless paperwork, quotas to meet, and entitled tourists. But it’s not all bad: Ameera’s pastime of choice is the swingers scene, and the resort is the perfect place to hook up with like-minded couples without all the hassle of having to see them again.

Despite Ameera’s best efforts to keep her sideline a secret, someone is spreading scandalous rumours about her around the resort, and her job might be at stake. Meanwhile, she’s being plagued by her other secret, the big unknown of her existence: the identity of her father and why he disappeared. Unbeknownst to Ameera, her father, Azeez, is looking for her, and they both must come to terms with the reason why he abandoned her.

A moving new work from award-winning author Farzana Doctor, All Inclusive blurs the lines between the real world and paradise, and life and death, and reminds us that love is neither easily lost nor found.

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March 27, 2015, Huatulco, Mexico

A DC8 droned above.

“Here they come,” I announced. Friday was our departure-arrival day. One sunburned and grouchy group left for their northern homes, and another cohort, ecstatic and pale, touched down and took their place.

Roberto grabbed a plastic file-box and gestured for me to sit beside him. I lowered myself onto the makeshift seat and wiped away a slick of perspiration from the creases behind my knees.

“Ameera, you hear about that tour rep getting fired over at Waves?” Roberto stroked his thin moustache.

“Nancy? Yeah, I’m still in shock.” I hadn’t known her well, but I’d gone clubbing with her and the other tour reps from our sister resorts a few times. She’d seemed all right to me. The airplane circled closer, and, in unison, we clapped our hands over our ears and tilted our chins to the sky. After it had rolled across the tarmac and quieted its engines, we resumed our gossip.

“What I don’t get is why someone in their late twenties would want to have sex with a fifteen-year-old.” Roberto shook his head, as though trying to dislodge the idea.

“But didn’t the kid lie about his age? He told her he was eighteen, right?” While I’d never in a million years sleep with a teenager, I could imagine how booze and loneliness could have led Nancy to her mistake.


About the Author:
Farzana Doctor is the author of three novels: Stealing Nasreen, Six Metres of Pavement (which was a 2012 Lambda Literary Award and the 2017 One Book One Brampton winner) and the recently released All Inclusive which was a Kobo and National Post Best Book of the Year. Farzana was named one of CBC Books’ “Ten Canadian Women Writers You Need to Read Now”. She is also a Registered Social Worker with a part-time psychotherapy practice. She curates the Brockton Writers Series.

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Book club guide: https://www.dundurn.com/sites/default/files/supplementary/AllInclusive-BookClubResource.pdf

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A Shot At Love by Peggy Jaeger


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Why do you write in your genre? What draws you to it?

I write romance because I truly believe everyone deserves their own Happily Ever After. There is so much sadness and negativity in the world today, reading about two ordinary people who, through some quirk of the universe and the author’s imagination, find themselves and fall in love is uplifting and empowering to me.

What research is required?

In every book I write, I have a strong heroine. Emotionally, physically, spiritually strong. They are all successful in what they do, professionally, as well. I’ve written a master chef, an artist, a professional ice skater, a photographer, a doctor, a chocolatier, a CPA. Except for the chef and the ice skater, I knew nothing about the other professions. So, in order to make the characters’ actions and knowledge believable to the readers – because if it’s wrong on any count they will let you know! – I had to research these occupations. My mother in law is an artist, so that one was easy. A very good friend of mine is a doctor – again, easy. The photographer one was the easiest and the hardest because my best friend’s daughter is a professional photographer. So when I needed new head shots for publicity (the hard part, because I hate having my picture taken!) I contracted with her and then went about picking her brain while we were shooting. For the other professions, I contacted friends of friends and then set up meetings to ask questions. I think in one week I was at Panera five days in a row, basically interviewing people!

Name one thing you learned from your heroine.

Gemma Laine is the warrior sister in the Laine family. She’s the one the others went to when they were bullied, growing up, because even at a young age Gemma had a take-no-prisoners personality and would always defend her sisters in whatever battle they found themselves in – be it verbal or physical. What I learned from her while writing her was that past bad experiences can either break you or make you as a person. Without giving away any spoilers, something happened to Gemma when she was a teenager that promoted her to learn marital arts, where she found she had an innate talent. She uses that talent in her life to keep her grounded emotionally and to feel strong, physically.

Do you have any odd or interesting writing quirks, habits or superstitions?

I have one habit that absolutely annoys everyone in my realm. I always carry a notebook wherever I go – whether out to lunch with my friends, to the grocery store, even to Mass. When an idea hits me, or a snippet of dialogue that I’ve been struggling over finally breaks through, I whip out my notebook and write it down. Even in Church! I’ve been using the notebook more and more these past few years since I hit menopause because, you know….menopause brain! Which translates to wicked forgetfulness!

Are you a plotter or pantser?

Plotter. First, last, always. I’m that person who never just sets out for a casual stroll, or a car trip just to drive around. I need to know where we are going, when we are getting there, and who we’ll see or what we’ll do when we get there. It really is obnoxious, but it’s the only way I know how to be. Before I ever type a word on the page of a new book I know where I’m going, what my people are going to say and do, and the twists and turns they’ll encounter on their road to HEA. Yes, I do make detours along the way, but for the majority of the book detailed plotline gets me where I want to go.

Look to your right – what’s sitting there?

My vision board for the next romance series I’m writing! I’m a little schizoid about works in progress, so I won’t tell you much about it, but it involved weddings, small towns, and crazy family members.

Anything new coming up from you? What?

Book 3 in the WILL COOK FOR LOVE series, CAN’T STAND THE HEAT, releases into the book reading world on 4.3.18. Here’s the blurb:

In Peggy Jaeger’s delectable series, delicious food is just an appetizer for life’s main course: the kind of love that feeds your soul.

With three successful TV series under her belt, including her cousin Kandy’s, executive producer Stacy Peters is ready to helm her own show. But to make that happen, she has to do her network boss one favor first—spend two months on a ranch in Montana wrangling the notoriously difficult director of Beef Battles. Apparently, he eats producers for breakfast. Yet all Stacy can think when she meets the lean, rugged man is how hungry he makes her . . .

Dominic Stamp—Nikko to his very few friends—has had enough interference from TV newbies. And when Stacy climbs out of the car in Montana, he’s not convinced she’s even old enough to drive, much less produce his show. But he can’t deny that the long-legged blonde with the stubborn will and the dazzling smile whets his appetite. And as Stacy proves her talent with the crew and the budget alike, Nikko vows to prove to her that love is on the menu for both of them . . .

Do you have a question for our readers?

Actually, I do. How do readers feel about reading romances for people older than the age of 35? Most contemporary romances deal with a younger crowd ( typically 203, 30.s early 40s.) I’ve been knocking around a series of women and men a little older and wiser in their 50s. Is that too old for the book reading audience? With so many divorces, spousal deaths, etc, in this age group, my thought that everyone deserves their own Happliy Ever After extends to them as well. Do you think there’s a market for that type of romance, the kind that caters to a more mature crowd? Let me know. And thanks for any input.

Thank you so much for hosting me today. It’s been a blast!

Nothing’s impossible when love is on the menu. In Peggy Jaeger’s luscious series, the only thing more tempting than a delicious meal is a truly delectable romance . . .
Look for exclusive recipes in each book!

Photographer Gemma Laine is looking for arresting faces on the streets of Manhattan when her camera captures something shocking—a triple murder. In that moment, she becomes a target for the mob—and a top priority for a very determined, breathtakingly handsome, FBI special agent. With deadlines to meet and photo shoots on her calendar, Gemma chafes at the idea of protection, but every moment she spends under his watchful eye is a temptation to lose herself in his muscular arms . . .

With two of his men and one crucial witness dead, Special Agent Kyros Pappandreos can’t afford to be distracted. But Gemma is dazzling—and her connection to Kandy Laine’s high-profile cooking empire makes her an especially easy mark for some very bad people. Keeping her safe is much more pleasure than business, but as the heat between them starts to sizzle, Ky is set to investigate whether they have a shot at love . . .

Read an excerpt:

“How many do I have to hit for you to be satisfied?”

Ky looked over to where she stood to the side of the garage, the Glock in her hand, its barrel aimed at the ground. He’d watched her load the clip, then weigh and balance the gun in her hand like she did it every day of her life.

“All of them. You might never get a second chance if a first bullet misses an attacker, so yes. All of them.”

She moved to the line in the grass he’d drawn for her to shoot from, mumbling something he couldn’t hear, but guessing it wasn’t something complementary.

“Ready?” he asked.

“Yup. Any particular order you want me to hit them in?”

He had to bite back the grin threatening to fly free at her snooty, disgruntled tone.

“Your call.”

Gemma nodded and took a stance. She flexed her shoulders and neck, the motion so subtly erotic, it made his pulse quicken, and she shifted her weight. From his viewing position behind her, he appreciated just how tall and lean she was. Narrow shoulders were relaxed and tapered down into a waist no bigger than a hand span. How many times in the past few days had he thought what it would be like to slip his own hands around that tiny area and pull her in close? Too many for prudence, that was for sure.

The first bottle, the one he’d put the farthest from them, shattered into a thousand fragments. Before he could take a full breath, she’d hit the next two.

The final three closer ones she dispatched with equal ease.

When she turned to him and asked, “Satisfied?” in a tone filled with condescension, Ky had to physically restrain himself from running to her, lifting her up in his arms, and kissing the gorgeous smirk off her mouth.

Because he’d discovered how much he liked sparring with her—go figure that out—he pursed his lips and nodded. “Not bad.”


About the Author:
Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them.



Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, Peggy brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she has created the families she wanted as that lonely child.



Tying into her love of families, her children's book, THE KINDNESS TALES, was illustrated by her artist mother-in-law.

 Peggy holds a master's degree in Nursing Administration and first found publication with several articles she authored on Alzheimer's Disease during her time running an Alzheimer's in-patient care unit during the 1990s.

In 2013, she placed first in two categories in the Dixie Kane Memorial Contest: Single Title Contemporary Romance and Short/Long Contemporary Romance.



In 2017 she came in 3rd in the New England Reader's Choice contest for A KISS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS and is a finalist in the 2017 STILETTO contest for the same title.

A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, she is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Christmas Wedding Swap by Allyson Charles


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SOMETIMES YOU GET WHAT YOU NEED . . .

Allison Stuart has always been the odd-woman-out of her family. She wears her jeans a little too tight, colors her hair a little too blonde, and instead of going into medicine and law like her sisters, she runs a diner. She’s also the only single sibling left. And while she won’t change her style, and her meatloaf is to die for, thank you very much, she wouldn’t mind her share of wedded bliss. So she makes an early New Year’s resolution: No more meaningless flings.

Drop-dead sexy Luke Hamilton is everything Allison has sworn off. His only serious relationship has been with his five-star restaurant, Le Cygne Noir, in Chicago. When he’s threatened by a lawsuit, Luke decides to hide out in Pineville, Michigan, until the statute of limitations runs out. The small town is filled with Christmas charm, but he can’t imagine living there. Heating things up with the hottie who owns the local diner would make his exile bearable—if he can convince her to give up her ridiculous resolution . . .


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She laid a hand on his arm and squeezed. “Both my sisters are married to nice, dependable men, and I have two nieces. That’s what I want. No matter how much my hormones want to take you up to my bed and have their way with you, that’s not going to get me to my dream.”

“Nice. Dependable.” He shoved his hands deeper in his pockets. “It doesn’t sound like you want a husband. It sounds like you want a pet dog.”

She took a step back and ran her hands down her dress, smoothing out the creases. “There’s nothing wrong with dependable.”

“It’s boring.”

“Reliable.”

Raising his hand, he picked up a lock of her hair and twisted it around his finger. “That’s just a synonym for dependable, not an argument.”

“This isn’t something you can argue with me about. It’s my decision.” She took a step away before turning back. “I’ll show you to your room. And I really am sorry I threw myself at you like that, gave you the wrong message. It won’t happen again, hot shot,” she said with a wink, her good humor restored.

Luke picked up his bags and trudged after her up the stairs. She bounced back as quickly as her curls did, and a tiny kernel of resentment blossomed in Luke’s gut. He didn’t want her to be heartbroken, but a token display of dejection wouldn’t go amiss. Luke was man enough to admit that the fact that he was never going to have Allison Stuart caused an ache behind his breastbone.

And just for a moment, he thought about what it would take to be the kind of man Allison wanted.


About the Author:
Allyson Charles lives in Northern California. She’s the author of the "Pineville Romance" series, small-town, contemporary romances published by Lyrical Press. A former attorney, she happily ditched those suits and now works in her pajamas writing about men’s briefs instead of legal briefs. When she’s not writing, she’s probably engaged in one of her favorite hobbies: napping, eating, or martial arts (That last one almost makes up for the first two, right?). One of Allyson’s greatest disappointments is living in a state that doesn’t have any Cracker Barrels in it.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Devil's Gamble by Michele Arris


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Sienna Keller saw how men used her mother, and from an early age she swore she’d never allow it to happen to her. So when she meets smooth-talking billionaire Gavin Crane, who uses his connections to help her art career, she resolves to keep things strictly professional—no matter how gorgeous he is.

Gavin might be the son of the head of the Kavanagh organized crime family, but he wants no part of that life. It’s important to him to prove to Sienna that he’s a good guy. But when she winds up in the hospital with a gunshot wound, he is driven to exact revenge. His father agrees to provide security to watch over her as well as find the man who shot her, but at a cost—Gavin must come back into the family business.

As Sienna begins to let her guard down around Gavin, seeing the kind, caring man he’s always wanted her to see, his secrets begin to pile up. Has she done the one thing she vowed never to do—trusted her heart to the wrong man?

About the Author:
Award winning author, Michele Arris, writes steamy contemporary romance.

Michele is always plotting out her characters’ next move. Even when she’s not seated in front of her laptop writing about strong-willed, professional heroines and the complex heroes who strive to have them, she’s plotting scenes in her head. “I love to write story where my characters are guaranteed their Happily Ever After.”

In her spare time, Michele enjoys reading all types of romance genres. She loves paranormal romance as well as historical romances, enjoys watching period classics (Little Dorrit, The Buccaneers, and Persuasion to name a few), actually looks forward to working out, is a holistic enthusiast/vitamin junkie, and spending time with family and friends – simply enjoying life.

http://www.michelearris.com
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

A Model Engagement by Charlotte O'Shay


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Lacey Reed jumps at the chance for independence with a career in the big city. But her naivety and ambition blind her to the lure of a blackmailer. With her savings gone, she has nowhere to turn when she literally runs into financier Connor Devlin.

Though dazzled by Lace y, Connor sees the desperation she tries to hide. His gut tells him to help, and he hires her as his fake fiancée. Now Lacey has a job, and Connor has put a bandage on a family crisis.

When the blackmailer ups the ante, Lacey resolves to face him down—no matter what the consequences. Does that mean Lacey will lose the only man who’s ever seen who she truly is?


Read an excerpt:

Lacey took twenty minutes to decide which pasta she wanted to eat. Then they both devoured their entrees in about five silent minutes.

“I love a girl who enjoys her food.” Connor mopped up some of his spaghetti sauce with a chunk of the right-off-the-grill Italian bread.

“I did scarf that down fast.” She shrugged, not in the least embarrassed. Then she waved her wine at him. “Hey, save some of that bread for me.”

She grabbed a piece from the basket between them and ripped it into small pieces before popping each of them into her mouth with abandon.

The restaurant occupied the first floor of a charming old world 1880’s brownstone. Mellow piped in mandolin music was just the right volume to cover but not overwhelm private conversation. Much later festive live music and dancing in a small open space on the burnished old pine floor would usher in the New Year.

But Connor didn’t know how long Lacey would want to stay. He had to be content with this moment.

He’d chosen this secluded corner table with care. Lacey hadn’t been recognized and right now the night was a win. Was his luck beginning to turn? Was she starting to relax with him a little? He wanted—damn he wanted so much but he wouldn’t rush her.

Don’t screw this up, Devlin.

“Okay so what’s your pleasure for dessert? Tiramisu? Tartufo? Cannoli?”

He watched as she poked her tongue out and perused the menu. In that silver dress she looked like the angel on top of his Christmas tree. And right now she might as well be perched that high and far away.

Because she had to be the one to decide to resume their sexual relationship—or not. And yeah, the waiting sucked.

“You may’ve noticed I’m wearing this tunic dress.” She gave a little shimmy in her chair and the loose fabric glittered and sparkled. “It was skillfully chosen,” she waved a hand, “because as you can see,” she shimmied again, “there’s no waistline. I can have two desserts if I feel like it.” She tilted her head and winked.

“Didn’t you wear that on Thanksgiving?”

“Very observant, Mr. Devlin. Give this man another drink.”

Lacey in teasing mode was something he hadn’t yet experienced. And he liked it. Oh man, he liked it a lot. And he had another reason to despise Bixby seeing how much of her vibrant personality was hijacked by her dealings with that asshole.

Now he could see how constrained she must have felt, how her obvious natural buoyancy was squashed as the victim of a predator and a blackmailer. If he ever came face to face with that piece of crap...he shut that thought down. Because tonight he had everything he wanted right in front of him and he wasn’t wasting a second thinking about anybody but Lacey.

Lacey was in a teasing mood and it was New Year’s Eve.

Thank you, God.


About the Author:
NYC girl Charlotte O'Shay was born into a big family and married into another big family.

The drama! The noise! The inspiration!

Negotiating skills honed at the dinner table led her to a career in the law. After four beautiful children joined the crowded family tree, Charlotte gladly traded her legal career to write about happily ever afters set in and around NYC.

When Charlotte isn't reading or writing steamy contemporaries featuring heroines in crisis and swoony heroes, she's on the hunt for that perfect pair of sunglasses. She loves to hear from readers.

Web: charlotteoshayauthor.com
Twitter (@charlotte_oshay)
Instagram (charlotte_oshay_author)
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The City of Dreams series are all standalone books linked by the wedding that takes place in The Marriage Ultimatum.

Book 1, The Marriage Ultimatum ~ Sabrina & Vlad
Book 2, A Model Engagement ~ Lacey & Connor
Book 3, An Illicit Affair ~ Honey & Jake

Buy links for A Model Engagement

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Other Worlds Special Box Set - pre-order for only $0.99


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The authors will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Lea Kirk, thanks so much for stopping by. How did you get started writing?

I can’t remember a time I wasn’t writing or making up stories, even as a child. Being a writer was something I knew I wanted to do with my life. My dream, my ambition, my career. My only regret is that I didn’t get serious about it sooner.

When I did finally get serious, one of the first things I did was join my local Romance Writers of America chapter. This was the best thing I have done for my career. RWA has given me a support network and opened doors that would have taken me a lot longer to locate on my own.

The other thing I did was to read everything I could about writing. I discovered I really dig writing deep point of view. I’m not perfect at it yet, but I am trying.

What was the inspiration for your book?

This is a really interesting question. There’s not any specific thing I can credit for inspiring me to write Touch the Stars. I just knew that the alien hero had to get the Earthling heroine off her planet, but I didn’t want it to be because she was his mate, or his planet had a shortage of women. I love those tropes, but I wanted to do something different.

What’s the one genre you haven’t written in yet that you’d like to?

I would say straight up PNR, but I recently released a vampire novella, so, goal achieved! Yay! My second choice is Sci-Fantasy. Alien elves are a thing, peeps, and I want to write about them.

Are there any genres you won’t read or write in? Why?

Noir. I just don’t think that way nor do I find it entertaining.

What are you up to right now?

I’m taking a little break from writing to promote Touch the Stars and the Other Worlds boxed book set, along with my vampire novella (Made for Her).

Do you have any releases planned, or are you still writing?

Touch the Stars will be part of the Other Worlds boxed book set releasing on October 17th. On November 1st, I’ll turn my attention back to the third book in my Prophecy series—Collision. Hope to have it out soon!

Alright, now for some totally random, fun questions.
Favorite color? Pink! Second favorite, vintage aqua.
Favorite movie? I can only pick one? Okay, how about this: PrincessBrideWrathofKhanThisisSpinalTapTheVoyageHomeIndianaJonesStarTrekReboot. That’s my answer and I’m sticking to it.
Book that inspired you to become an author? No single book can claim that honor. I love all the books! And every one of them has inspired me in some way. Nancy Drew, The Chronicles of Narnia, Charlotte’s Web, The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and a steamy series of books by Bertrice Small are just a few. I have to throw in here that the book that saved Prophecy—my first book—from the trash was The Star King by Susan Grant.

You have one superpower. What is it?

The one I wish I had was being tech-savvy to the point that I could rebuild my computer if I wanted. In reality, I can read pretty fast. Now if I only had more time to use that super power that would be all kinds of awesome!

That’s all from me, thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!

Other Worlds: A Limited Edition Collection of Science Fiction Romance and Paranormal Romance

Journey into a multiverse beyond the boundaries of your imagination…

21 award-winning and best-selling authors bring you the best of PARANORMAL and SCI-FI ROMANCE in this enticing boxed set of exclusive epic adventures.

Rogue spaceship captains, dark vampire lords, supernatural hunters, crafty hackers, uncompromising alien alphas, fearless shifters, and MORE await in this highly sought-after collection including BRAND NEW romantic, otherworldly tales!

Step into OTHER WORLDS as these fresh voices of SFR and PNR take you on a journey to immortal realms and extraterrestrial territories where your imagination takes flight and fantasies come to life.

About Touch the Skies by Lea Kirk

When her twin disappears without a trace, Kaitlyn Faulks can't accept that she's gone. In her heart, she knows her sister is alive out there, somewhere. One alien abduction later, Kait finds herself on a posh spaceship, the honored "guest" of a sexy seven-foot-tall alien of questionable sanity. He insists she's the heir to his "Star Empire" and that the fate of Earth, and the empire, depends on her compliance. What hooey.

Warrior Baatar must retrieve the Earth woman for the emperor. It is the only way to restore his family's honor and insure that they do not pay the ultimate price for his brother's treachery. But the future empress, Kaitlyn, is a difficult, wily female who challenges him at every opportunity. And Baatar begins to have doubts about the truth behind his mission.

As the stakes rise and the fate of an empire hangs in the balance, Kaitlyn and Baatar are thrust into a conflict decades in the making, where nothing is as it seems, and no one can be trusted.

Touch the Stars is book one of a new SFR series by Lea Kirk

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About the Author:
Lea Kirk loves to transport her readers to other worlds with her science fiction and paranormal romances. She is the author of the sci-fi romance Prophecy series. Her fascination with science fiction began at six years old when her dad introduced her to the original Star Trek TV series. She fell in love with the show, and may have run through her parents’ house wearing the tunic top of her red-knit pantsuit and white go-go boots pretending to be Lieutenant Uhura. By nine years old she knew she wanted to be a writer, and in her teens she read her first romance and was hooked.

She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her wonderful hubby of twenty-seven years and their five kids (aka, the nerd herd).

Her sci fi romance, Touch the Stars, is part of the Other Worlds Collection, a special $0.99 boxed set bundle of 20 PNR and SFR novels for a limited time. Preorder now! http://www.OtherWorldsCollection.com

Website: http://www.leakirk.com
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/leakirk
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LeaKirkAuthor
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LeaKirkWrites

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Murder in Rock & Roll Heaven by Robin Ray


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Why do you write in your genre? What draws you to it?

Over the past few years, I’ve released books in several genres. “Tears of A Clown” is horror. “Murder in Rock & Roll Heaven” is mystery/sci-fi. “Stranded in Paradise” is historical fiction. “Commoner the Vagabond” is general fiction about a man with Asperger’s trying his best to navigate through this thing we call life. My upcoming book is called “Obey the Darkness: Horror Stories.” That said, if I was to pinpoint my “main” genre I’d lean towards horror. I find horror easier to write than, say, sci-fi. From an economic standpoint it’s easier to film, too. I suppose I read horror because I like a good scare and, psychologically, it’s a release, as I often liken the monsters to being bad bosses, abusive parents, bullies, thugs, loud people in public libraries, and so on.

What research is required?

As a writer, you have to build a set, sort of as if you were making a film and was employed as the set designer to realize the director’s vision. Of course, as the writer, you are the director. Since you also set the mood, you’re the score creator. The characters have to get dressed by you, so that automatically makes you the clothing designer. You are your own consultant to the script; all the research for your production has to be done by you. For sci-fi, this includes poring though encyclopedias and technical journals online, reading the notes of respected and accomplished scientists, taking a closer look at how infrastructures are created and maintained, and having a basic understanding of how machinery, weapons, vehicles, etc are used. Because “Murder in Rock & Roll Heaven” took place in a whole new world, I had to design the city, angels, clothes, food, jobs,agriculture, etc. One element that was new to me in writing “Murder” was trying to come up with a plant that would serve as their main crop. I thought it’d be a cool idea if one plant was their “manna,” so to speak. After looking at quite a few, I decided on flax because of its many uses. From paint to clothes to bread to soap to linen to medicine, its uses seemed endless. I guess the Romans didn’t call it Linum usitatissimum, or most useful plant, for nothing.

Name one thing you learned from your hero/heroine.

The hero, Det. Gregory Angelicus, is a weisenheimer, a jokester, a clown who does take his job seriously but also likes levity every so often. When faced with the whole new world of Heaven, he could’ve simply succumbed to the uniqueness of it and turned into a slobbering idiot in a psych ward somewhere. He didn’t. Unafraid to ask questions, he pressed on. Consequently, if I learned anything from him, is how to be resilient.

Do you have any odd or interesting writing quirks, habits or superstitions?

I like to set the mood in action scenes by listening to driving soundtracks; otherwise, I prefer writing in silence. Also, since I tend to get distracted by people where I live in a transitional shelter, I have to write at night when everyone’s asleep, usually 10 pm to 6 am. And, of course, I have to write with internet access to fact check my work; unfortunately, this shelter has a poor wi-fi connection, so the fact checking bit can be a bit difficult sometimes.

Are you a plotter or pantser?

Definitely a plotter. I write from an outline. Kudos to those who can write a mystery, horror or sci-fi by just winging it. Maybe in 10 years I might be able to do that.

Look to your right – what’s sitting there?

To my right is a kitchen wall; I write in my kitchen.

Anything new coming up from you? What?

My next book is called “Obey the Darkness: Horror Stories.” I actually finished it, or should I say, abandoned it, last week and have already sent queries out to a few publishers. It’d be nice to have it out in time for the Halloween season.

Do you have a question for our readers?

Nope, no question. Just a statement. To wit: Thanks for stopping by It’s Raining Books. I’m glad to be hosted here.

No one ever "re-dies" in Heaven; unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened to singer Amy Winehouse. Her death, an unprecedented event in Heaven's history, has thrown a once docile world into unfortunate chaos. Because of the new uneasy alliance between angels and citizens, a freshly-arrived detective in the rock & roll town has been tasked with investigating the prime suspects, the members of the 27 Club - Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. To make matters worse, a powerful angel from one of the upper levels of Heaven will soon arrive to make her ten-year inspection, a task that fills the other angels with dread since she has the power to banish anyone of them to the underworld. So, with time running out, the PI and his newly acquired sidekick, both aided by rock legends such as Eddie Cochran, Mama Cass, Kurt Cobain, Karen Carpenter and others, must quickly uncover the mystery that threatens not only to close Heaven’s doors forever, but promises to send a ripple effect through the entire universe that can rip it apart.

Read an excerpt:

5:15 PM and still no Jim Douglas Morrison. The bearded singer of ‘Five to One’ was keeping his company of three waiting: Gregory pacing back and forth in front of the window, Tony spinning around on a padded, reclining office chair pretending to understand what he was reading from the law book opened in his hands, and the polygraph monitor, Eric Witherspoon, himself a past bassist in a bar band from Nebraska and former student of the angel D’Ariel. Eric, the recent consumer of four slices of 6-cheese pizzas, three stuffed cheesy breads, one piece of chocolate cake and a giant-sized cup of organic, craft brewed root beer, was comfortably sleeping with folded arms in his reclined chair. Completely forgetting he was with company, he twisted to one side, eased off his butt, and made a fart sound so loud and wet he’d better check his drawers, like, immediately. Gregory opened the window to spare himself the pleasure of the cheese-inspired wind. Just then, Jim came staggering into the office, his pants wet from who knows what, his shirt disheveled, and a road sign in his hand. Instinctively, the PI and Tony helped him sit in a chair before he collapsed on the floor.

“Before you fellas start lecturing me,” Jim managed to spit out, albeit slurred, “just know I have a history of being fashionably late.”

“What is this?” Gregory asked, pointing to the road sign as the examiner woke up.

“What?” the confused singer asked then look down and noticed the wooden item.

“Who gave this to me?” he asked, stunned. Nevertheless, he read the sign:

Jupiter Barbers – Luxury Styles

“Anybody want a haircut?” he laughed. Not amused, Gregory wrestled the sign from the singer and placed in on the desk. “Come here and give me some love,” Jim beckoned the small gathering, outstretching his arms for an embrace; when no one accepted his offer, crestfallen, he folded them across his chest. “You guys are chumps,” he groaned. “I want my money back.”


About the Author:
Robin Ray emigrated to the U.S. from Trinidad & Tobago at the ripe old age of 12. Already steeped in the rich culture and mysteries of his native land, it would only be a matter of time before he, too, became a musician and storyteller. After a short stint at Iowa State University, he became a nurse for practical purposes but never abandoned his musical and literary aspirations. Eventually, he did play guitar in several bands, committing himself to localized tours and album releases. Leaving the music world behind, he delved headfirst back into his second love - writing. To date, he has authored six screenplays, two novels, seven novellas, around fifty short stories and many poems. Thus far, he’s published six books - five fiction and one non-fiction, all available in paperback and e-book formats.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

When I Fell for You by Candace Shaw



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Has a wedding planner with a commitment phobia finally found the man to make her fall head over heels in love?

Reagan Richardson loves planning extravagant, classy weddings as the head planner of Precious Moments Events. Though the notion of walking down the aisle has never entered her mind … considering none of her boyfriends have ever lasted long enough thanks to her. However, meeting Dr. Blake Harrison changes all of that in a glance and she finds herself in uncharted territory.

Blake knows all about Reagan’s fear of commitment but that doesn’t stop him from pursuing the ravishing beauty. Breaking down the wall guarding her heart isn’t as easy as he thought but being with Reagan has stirred emotions in him that no other woman ever has. Can he convince her that history isn’t going to repeat itself this time around?


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“And you’re going to try parasailing? I’m driving the speedboat.”

The thought of being attached to a parachute high above the ocean while dragged by a speedboat made Reagan nauseous. “I’m still contemplating, but I will go jet skiing with you.”

“Perfect. Can’t wait either way. I don’t care what we do as long as I see your fine bod in a bikini.”

Heat rushed to her cheeks. Blake always knew what to say to make her weak at the knees. Now she had to go shopping to find a sexy new bikini and a cover-up considering it was a family outing. She couldn’t be too sexy.

“You just concentrate on keeping me safe on the jet ski and the parasailing.”

“So, that’s a yes to the parasailing?”

“Mmm … only if you go really slow.”

“I’ll drive at whatever speed you can handle,” he said in a low, deep voice. “Just scream out my name when you’re comfortable and want me to go faster.”

“You have a dirty mind, Doc.” Not that I care.

“What?” he asked in an innocent manner. “That’s your mind in the gutter. Just want to make sure you can handle the excitement and stamina of it all. It’s a very … uh, thrilling adventure.”

“I bet it is.”

“Can’t wait for you to find out.”

“Are we still discussing parasailing?” she asked, crossing and uncrossing her legs. This conversation was causing her to have the urge to jump in the car and speed to his bed where he’d just finished his nap.

“Were we ever talking about parasailing?”


About the Author: Candace Shaw writes romance novels because she believes that happily-ever-after isn’t found only in fairy tales. When she’s not writing or researching information for a book, you can find Candace in her gardens, shopping, reading or learning how to cook a new dish.

She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her loving husband and is currently working on her next fun, flirty and sexy romance.

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