Thursday, April 13, 2017

My Time Travel Murder Mystery Romance Reviewed in Cape Cod TImes

My time travel romance murder mystery DARK BREW was reviewed in the Cape Cod Times last Sunday, along with HAUNTED SOULS by my author friend Kathryn Knight, and several other novels set on 
Cape Cod.
See the reviews here

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Meet New York Times Bestselling Author Melissa Foster and Read About TRULY, MADLY, WHISKEY

TRULY, MADLY, WHISKEY
a stand-alone romance 
by Melissa Foster

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Meet Linda McLaughlin and Lily of LILY AND THE GAMBLER for our #EggcerptExchange

Linda and I have hosted each other many times. She grew up with a love of history, so it’s only natural that she sets most of her books in the past. A native of Pittsburgh, she now lives in Southern California. She loves transporting her readers into the past where her characters learn that, in the journey of life, love is the sweetest reward. Linda also writes steamy to erotic romance under the name Lyndi Lamont, and is one half of the writing team of Lyn O'Farrell. 

A few words from Linda

Thanks so much for hosting me today, Diana! I’m so thrilled about my latest release, a Western romance set in the California Gold Country, specifically Grass Valley, 1868. My husband and I visited the area some years ago and I fell in love with it. Grass Valley was especially interesting to me because of the large Cornish population in the 19th century. This area had deep gold veins that couldn’t be panned. Cornish miners were encouraged to come because of their experience in the tin mines of Cornwall, which were petering out. To this day, the Cornish pasty is a local treat, and the city still celebrates a Cornish Christmas.

A shorter, sexier version of this story was previously published by Amber Quill Press. When I got the rights back, I realized I now had the opportunity to tell the tale as I’d originally intended, as a sensual romance. It was fun to revisit Lily and King’s world and spend time with them again. They are two of my favorite characters. I hope readers will agree.

About LILY AND THE GAMBLER


Respectability is in the eye of the beholder. Or so Lily Penhallow hopes when she assumes the guise of the widow Albright. She has learned the price of flaunting convention and is determined to obey society's rules from now on. After her lover, Nigel Albright, was killed in a duel over a card game, Lily dons widow’s weeds and travels to Grass Valley, California where she plans to marry the man her uncle works for, a respectable mine owner named Hugh Ogilvie. Then, on the riverboat from San Francisco, she meets Creighton 'King' Callaway, a professional gambler, just the kind of man she should avoid.

King believes that since life is a gamble, there's no point in planning for the future. You have to trust Lady Luck. After meeting Lily, King knows he has found his Queen of Hearts. But can he convince her to pass up a sober businessman for a foot-loose card sharp?

Only Lady Luck knows for sure...

(Previously published in a shortened version by Amber Quill Press)

Excerpt:

Lily smiled at him. “That was quite a trick. Do you tell fortunes, too?”

“As a matter of fact, I do. Is the lady interested?”

“Perhaps,” she said, aware he was flirting with her again and annoyed with herself because she was enjoying it. “There should be a deck of cards here somewhere.”

“No cards required. Just let me see your palm.”

Unable to stop herself, Lily stripped off her gloves and let him take her hand. He held it in his left hand, and with his right index finger, traced the lines on her palm. Shivers ran up her arm at each caressing touch. His scent, a mixture of bay rum, male musk, and a faint hint of tobacco, overwhelmed her.

“What do you see?” she asked, her voice suddenly breathless.

“Health and long life.”

“What, no handsome stranger?” she joked.

He raised his head and stared into her eyes. “Oh, yes, I see romance ahead for you. With a dark haired fellow. But he isn’t a stranger.”

For what seemed an age, she stared into his green-gold eyes while her pulse quickened and warmth stole through her veins. It would be so easy to surrender to the feelings he evoked.

“I also see a fork in the road ahead,” he added softly. “You have a decision to make. A very important decision.”

She snatched her hand away, knowing she couldn’t afford to be distracted by him. It wasn’t as if he had made her any promises. “I think you need to practice your fortune-telling skills, Mr. Callaway.”

He chuckled. “There’s something else I’d like to practice.” Cupping her chin, he stared at her, his eyes full of half promises. “Oh, hell, I may get my face slapped for this, but…” His hand moved to the back of her neck as he lowered his head and captured her lips in a kiss that stole her breath away.

For a moment, she closed her eyes and gave herself up to the kiss. Then a door slammed somewhere in the house, reminding her of where they were. She pushed him away. “How dare you?” she hissed.

He gave her a lazy grin. “What’s that old saying? Nothing ventured, nothing gained?”

“I think you’d best be going.”

He paused at front door, turned and held her gaze for a moment, then left.

She sighed and leaned against the doorjamb. What had she been thinking to let him kiss her, however briefly?

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Meet Maria Gibbs and Read About Her Heartwarming and Riveting Drama A BOY FROM THE STREETS

A BOY FROM THE STREETS
by Maria Gibbs

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Meet Michele Gwynn & Read About her Crime Thriller THE REDEMPTION OF JOSEPH HEINZ

THE REDEMPTION OF JOSEPH HEINZ
The Checkpoint, Berlin Detective Series, book 3
by Michele E. Gwynn

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Meet Best Selling Author and Dog Rescuer Brian L. Porter

I first met Brian when we were fellow editors at MoonGypsy Press several years ago. He became my editor for one of my novels A NECESSARY END, about Booth’s insane plot to murder Lincoln. We struck up a friendship and recently collaborated on a historical thriller SHARING HAMILTON. Brian is a prolific and successful author. He and his wife Juliet also rescue dogs, and currently have ten. I’ve read many of Brian’s novels, but the most touching are the two nonfiction books about Sasha and Sheba, two of his dogs, and their heartwarming stories. My reviews, also on Amazon, are below, and read on to meet Brian.

Will the real Brian L. Porter please stand up?
 
The Books
 
Bestselling author Brian L Porter holds a rather unique distinction in that his 10 (yes, ten), Amazon bestsellers to date have been achieved under not one or two, but three different pseudonyms.

Sasha, Sheba, From Hell to Happiness, After Armageddon, and its bestselling Italian translation Dopo L’Armageddon and Lest We Forget all carry the Brian L. Porter name, Charlie the Caterpillar, Alistair the Alligator and Wolf are published as Harry Porter and his romantic poetry collection, Of Aztecs and Conquistadors, is written as Juan Pablo Jalisco. Avenue of the Dead recently topped the Amazon Free Books category during a weeklong free promotion.
 
Latest release and bestseller Sheba: From Hell to Happiness is the sequel to Sasha, a no-holds barred true-life story of the  author’s dog, Sheba,  severely abused, used a bait dog by dog fighters, and finally thrown on a rubbish tip and left to die, a barely living skeleton. Her survival, slow and at times painful recovery and eventual happiness as a much-loved pet are told in this no-holds-barred dog rescue story, complete with terrific photo images of Sheba’s life with the author. Sheba: From Hell to Happiness attained the almost unprecedented distinction of achieving bestseller status on the very first day it was made available for preorders, some three weeks before its actual release.


Sasha is now an international bestseller, having reached the #1 spot in its category in the UK (twice), Australia (twice) and now in Italy as well as being a top ten bestseller in Canada, France and Germany.

Winner of The Preditors & Editors Readers Poll Award for Nonfiction Books, 2016, Amazon UK bestseller Sasha was a departure from the norm for the author. This true-life story relates the life story of Sasha, the author's own very special 'miracle dog' whose bravery and fortitude in the face of numerous adversities including the terrible affliction of epilepsy has made her an inspiration to many dog owners around the world. As well as its place as a UK bestseller, Sasha has so far been a Top Ten bestseller in Australia, Canada and France and with over 200 worldwide five star reviews already, plus a 7th place finish in the Best Indie Book, 2016, Awards, this is a book not to be missed. Such is her popularity that Sasha has her own Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/270003923193039/

After Armageddon, an eclectic short story collection featuring a number of post-apocalyptic tales including Toxic Bitch, After Armageddon and Red Sky in the Morning, as well as tales of murder, mayhem and even a hint of romance, contains a guest story from horror author Carole Gill, who Brian is currently collaborating with on an another work which is featured later in this biography. Mention must be made of the story The Voice of Anton Bouchard, a chilling novelette length story set in Paris, one long, hot summer, a real page turner with a double twist in the tale!

To achieve bestseller status is always a significant achievement for an author, but to do it under three different names is something special and quite a testament to the author’s skills. In addition, Brian’s thriller and mystery novels regularly achieve Top Ten rankings at Amazon in both the USA and UK in one of the largest and most difficult categories in which to achieve success.

As for his thrillers, his new series of mystery novels based in his ancestral home town of Liverpool, The Mersey Mysteries are achieving wonderful success and have succeeded in expanding the author’s fan base exponentially.


The first in the series, A Mersey Killing, set against a backdrop of the early 1960’s music scene in Liverpool, has developed something of a cult following, with some superb reviews to cement the book’s popularity. Second in the series, All Saints, Murder on the Mersey is following in the footsteps of A Mersey Killing, with some terrific reviews already received for the book. The third book in the series, A Mersey Maiden is the latest release in the series which will soon be followed by the fourth in the series, A Mersey Mariner, which will surely further enhance the reputation of this series of books, all set in and around the city of Liverpool, on the River Mersey.

His other thrillers include:
 Purple Death, (A serial poisoner at work in leafy Richmond-on-Thames).
 Behind Closed Doors, (A serial killer strikes at young women on the original London Underground Railway in 1888)
 Glastonbury, (A search for the fabled sword of King Arthur is not quite as it at first appears to Joe Cutler and his team)(Winner, the Preditors & Editors Best Mystery Novel Award 2010),
 Kiss of Life, (A modern day thriller based on the old vampire legends of Transylvania) 
Avenue of the Dead, (A serial killer strikes in Mexico City. Mutilated bodies are dumped in the old ruined city of Teotihuacan amid fears of modern day human sacrifice)
 The Nemesis Cell, (A chilling tale of multiple murder, illegal human cloning and a police investigation spanning continents)
Pestilence, (A gripping Cold War conspiracy thriller as a small English village is struck down by an outbreak of pneumonic plague. With links to secret experiments during World War Two, it soon becomes a case of breathe…if you dare)

All of the above followed his original Jack the Ripper trilogy, A Study in Red, Legacy of the Ripper and Requiem for the Ripper.
Look out also for a new short story collection, A Meeting of Minds, a joint short story collection of Sci-fi and Horror short stories from Brian and bestselling horror author, Carole Gill.

In another direction, Brian has co-written a new historical fiction novel with me. I  wrote to Brian asking if he’d care to contribute to my book by creating an unusual serial killer to feature as a back story. Look out for Sharing Hamilton, by Diana Rubino and Brian L. Porter which will feature his newest serial killer creation, the charming, handsome and very deadly Doctor Severus Black.



Awards


2016 saw Brian win The Preditors & Editors & Editors Readers Award for Nonfiction Books with Sasha, which also won its category and achieved an overall 7th place finish in The Top 50 Best Indie Books of 2016.


Brian was also the winner of the Preditors & Editors Readers Award for Best Author, 2009, and A Study in Red won the P & E Best Thriller award 2008.
As Juan Pablo Jalisco he won the P & E Best Poet Award in 2008 and as Harry Porter, won the Best Children’s Book award in 2009 for Tilly’s Tale, soon to be republished by Creativia. 2010 saw Brian pick up a double award with Requiem for the Ripper winning the P & E Readers award for Best Thriller, whilst Glastonbury picked up the award for Best Mystery Novel.
Many of his book covers have won awards for their designs.
As previously mentioned, Sasha has been nominated for the 2016 Indie Book Awards, as has All Saints, Murder on the Mersey.



 
 
For Children
 
As Harry Porter, all of Brian’s children’s books contain not only fun stories for both parents and children to share but also carry an educational aspect to them, with lessons to be learned about life, friendship and the world around us. All of his children’s books have been Amazon bestsellers.

A Touch of Romance

Some years ago, during a difficult time in his life, Brian crossed the world and spent some time in Mexico where he fell in love with the country, the people, the history and culture of the country. On his return to the UK, he persona of Mexican poet Juan Pablo Jalisco was born, and created the romantic and highly evocative poetry collection, Of Aztecs and Conquistadors, a number one bestseller in the USA, UK, and Canada. This superb collection won the author the Preditors & Editors Best Poet Award in 2008.
 
Movies
 
Brian is also a screenwriter and co-producer for ThunderBall Films, and all his books are signed to a franchise deal which will eventually see them adapted for the screen, either for the big screen or for television. Together with ThunderBall CEO Mario Domina, he is the co-creator, co-producer and screenwriter of a new Docu-Drama series, Jack the Ripper, Reality and Myth, currently in development.
 
And finally…
 
When not writing, Brian lives at home with his wife Juliet, two step-daughters, and their ten rescued dogs. Avid dog lovers and rescuers, Brian and Juliet devote all of their spare time to caring for their ten extra family members who all share their home and their lives.
 
For the full list of Brian’s books, including his pre-Creativia days, see his Amazon author page at http://viewauthor.at/brianlporter
Or for his Harry Porter titles,   http://viewauthor.at/HarryPorter
Juan Pablo Jalisco’s Of Aztecs & Conquistadors is at http://viewbook.at/Aztecs-Conquistadors
 




My Reviews of SASHA and SHEBA







 Sasha
A Special Dog and a Special Owner—Will Tug at Your Heartstrings
***** 
Brian and his wife Juliet, owners of many rescue dogs, found Sasha as a puppy on a cold winter’s night. I won’t go into detail, but she wasn’t in good shape—and when they brought her home, they wondered if their other dogs would like her. But that ever-wagging tail stole all their hearts. With her own bed after sharing with Dinky, she began her comfy life with a loving home, plenty of treats, and pet insurance—a very lucky girl.
Sasha is a survivor in every sense—through surgery and seizures that she sometimes suffers as an epi-dog, and the meds she must take, that tail never stops wagging.
Sasha’s story is one of inspiration and hope. You don’t have to be a huge dog lover or owner of rescue dogs to appreciate this story. Despite what the vet said, I wish Sasha a longer-than-average life, full of the continued happiness she brings Brian and Juliet. I also admire them for saving so many lives. They are a rare breed.

Sheba: From Hell to Happiness

Heart-Wrenching to Heart-Warming
***** 
Brian and Juliet are truly gifts from God, rescuing dogs from hellish conditions and giving them warm, loving homes. They found Sheba in terrible condition, and concluded that she’d been used as bait for fighting dogs and thrown away. Her story evoked three major emotions in me—deep sadness, that she had to suffer until Brian and Juliet became her saving grace; rage at the evil, heartless and soulless monsters who would abuse an innocent animal so brutally; then relief that Sheba is now warm, comfortable, well fed, and very much loved. Please take some time out of your busy lives and read these stories, which I know will not just evoke many of same emotions, but I’m hoping they will inspire you to donate to shelters or even rescue some animals and do a good deed. The rewards are endless.




Sunday, April 2, 2017

A Cowboy's Passion--Naked Bluff, Texas series Book 7 by Anita Philmar for our #eggcerptexchange--Warning: Adult Content

A Cowboy's Passion

Naked Bluff, Texas series
Book 7
by
Anita Philmar

About Anita

Anita likes to create stories that push the limit. A writer by day and a dreamer by night she wants her readers to see the world in a new way.

Influenced by old movies, she likes to develop places where anything can happen and where special moments come to life in a great read.

Naughty or Nice?

Read her books and decide.

About A COWBOY’S PASSION




A Cowboy's Passion is a hot adult erotic mystery that explores the passion of having multiple partners. MFM

Tess Van Pelt doesn't have time to grieve the loss of her husband, not when the wolves are already at the door.  Still, she has a lover that is willing to help save her. He introduces her to his cousin, Reece Bristol Smith.
As a lawyer, Reece can keep the debtors at bay. The problem or solution is he can't keep his hands off Tess. With her deceased husband accused of murder and the major creditor making unreasonable demands, Reece has to secure Tess's future in the best way he knows how.

Now, will Tess trust him and his cousin to keep her safe or will he need to teach her a few lessons in handing over control to him?

Excerpt

Tess couldn't hold back a small chuckle. "I don't know how you can say such a thing. I have bags under my eyes from crying. My clothes hang on me because I have no appetite. And worse of all, I'm the wife of a murderer." The last part had her vision blurring. "How could I've..."

"Stop, you had no way of knowing." John wrapped his arms around her and held her tight against his chest. "Now, why don't you come downstairs with me? I'll get you settled in the parlor with Reece and then head into the kitchen to get you some coffee."

She leaned into him for a moment longer, wanting him to take her back to bed and make love to her. Forcing the seductive idea out of her head, she lifted her gaze to his.

His lips twitched in amusement, and he cupped his hands around her face. "You're regretting your decision to have me sleep in the guest bedroom last night, aren't you?"

She stiffened, surprised by how easily he'd read her thoughts. Their bond had grown stronger over the last few days, but she didn't want to admit the truth to him. "I was thinking I should probably dress before meeting your cousin. After all, the man is a stranger."

"He won't be for long." He leaned forward and dropped a quick kiss on her lips. "One look at you, and he'll beg for a chance to join us in bed."

Her fingers curled and dug into the smooth cotton of his shirt. "I'm, uh, not sure that's wise."

John smiled and stepped to one side to direct her around the bed. "Sweetheart, we both know you are struggling to keep your hands off me. Wait until you meet Reece."

"Meaning?" She followed his lead out of the bedroom door without bothering to find her slippers. 

"Only that it won't take you long before you'll desire him as much as you do me." He drew her to a stop at the top of the landing and swept her up into his arms. "Now, just relax. I'll have you settled on the couch in the parlor before I introduce you to Reece then I'll head off to the kitchen."

Tess wrapped her arms around his neck and didn't argue.

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Other Books in the Naked Bluff, Texas series

In Deep Water   Skinny-dipping to cool off in the Trinity River couldn't cause any problems...could it? 

In Too Deep   The peace of the day is shattered when her best friend steps too far into the Trinity River.

Duty's Bride   Can Sadie have a new life or will her old one rear its ugly head?

More Than Ready   Can a determined woman win her heart's desire?

A Cowboy's Pleasure   Does this cowboy want the job he's being offered?

The Country Doctor's Bride   Run from a murder or marry a doctor, which one will she choose?

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Meet Ronnie Allen, Author, Healer, and MUCH More!

I was very happy when Ronnie agreed to guest here. She's a New York City native, born and bred in Brooklyn, where she was a teacher in the New York City Department of Education for 33 years including the obtaining of a New York State license as School Psychologist. Her various roles included classroom teacher, staff developer, crisis intervention specialist, and mentor for teachers who were struggling. Always an advocate for the child, Allen carries this through as a theme in her novel Gemini, with the reader seeing the horrors of child abuse through the eyes of three characters.

In the early 1990s she began a journey into holistic healing and alternative therapies and completed her PhD in Parapsychic Sciences in 2001.

Along the way, she picked up many certifications. She is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner as well as a crystal therapist, Reiki practitioner, metaphysician, dream analyst, and Tarot Master Instructor. She has taught workshops in New York City and in Central Florida where she now lives.

Combining a love of the crime genre and her psychology background, with her alternative therapies experiences, writing psychological thrillers is the perfect venue for her.

The Sign Behind the Crime Series
Gemini


His life is exactly the way he wants it to be—until he meets her…
Both psychic and clairvoyant, Dr. John Trenton is a forensic psychiatrist who has a wife he worships and a position as a department head at a hospital for the criminally insane in Manhattan. His patients—young adult men, who are some of the most psychotic and psychopathic criminals in NYC—enable him to live his life on the edge, just the way he likes it. Then he meets a woman who changes everything.
She is two days from accomplishing the revenge she lives for—until she meets him…
Stripper by night, school psychologist by day, Gemini obsessed Barbara Montgomery, makes a critical mistake and is committed for seventy-two hours of observation, where she risks it all in an unnerving escape. Furious with Dr. Trenton for interfering in her life, she is now determined to kill his wife and unborn child, along with everyone else who has ever caused her pain—real or imagined.
As the killing spree continues, John is forced to use all his ESP, as well as his knowledge and expertise, to interpret this psychopath’s Gemini obsession and unravel her dark and murderous past. But can he track her down and bring her to justice—before she destroys his world completely?

Aries




Lying. Deception. Cover-ups. Anger. Revenge. Death. That’s what happens when an Aries-obsessed killer combines black magick rituals, knives…and murder.
Samantha Wright, a rookie NYPD detective, gets her first case, a big one, by stumbling over the body while jogging in the park. Sam has a lot to prove, both to herself and to her new precinct, on this serial murder case involving fashion icons in NYC. Together with a rough around the edges BJJ fighter, forensic psychiatrist, Frank Khaos, Sam chases down leads through the five boroughs of NYC. As the bodies pile up, sparks fly and Sam and Frank, polar opposites, go from their dislike for each other to setting the sheets on fire. But their main suspect is hooked up to an IV in a hospital bed, so how has she pulled off five murders in seven days? And can Sam and Frank stop her before even more innocent lives are lost?


AN INTERVIEW WITH RONNIE



You, the Author

Tell us more about yourself! Readers love to know about the authors, and this would give you the chance to make them feel close to you!

What kind of books do you love to read? Why?
I love thrillers, psychological and domestic. For me I get high on the action and when an author writes multi layered plots, which are the norm for this genre, I can become very involved in the experience.

What is your stress buster?
I Love love love love shopping, so my stress buster would be watching the home shopping channels, and yes ordering, much to the dismay of my husband. It's also my guilty pleasure, as it is for the rookie detective in Aries. She and I are definitely the fashionistas.

Describe yourself in one word.
Undeterred

If a fairy grants you one wish and one wish only, what would it be? Why?
Wow! Only one? I have so many wishes that I'd like granted, but I'll focus on a career one. I'm looking toward the universe and taking action to be guided to TV producers to take Aries and Gemini to a TV episodic.

How would readers find out more about you?
Http://www.ronnieallennovel.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ronnieanovelist
Twitter & Instagram @ronnieanovelist

Your writing

How did you feel when you receive your first contract? What did you do? Any celebratory dinner, dance, event, etc to commemorate the occasion?
Omg! It was amazing. I remember it as if it was yesterday. May 14, 2014 at 9:06 PM, I received an email from my publisher Black Opal Books saying they wanted to publish Gemini. I let out such a scream that my neighbors down the block probably heard me. My husband was watching a game on TV in the den and I ran in screaming and jumping up-and-down he thought I was having a nervous break down. I couldn't stop the excitement for hours. I responded with a resounding yes, and I received the contract via email two weeks later. I printed out the contract went through it with a fine tooth comb, and I was familiar with contracts and what should be included within them from discussion with other writers. This one was easily understood. I sent it back the next day. Gemini was released on June 6, 2015.

What is your advice to aspiring writers?
My main advice is to learn your craft, the parameters of your genre, what is the excepted in the industry, learn the industry trends, become familiar with how to look for publishers and which ones to avoid, and basically to do your homework before you submit to a publisher. Another bit of advice is to not give up in your quest for a traditional publisher, and self publish because you do not want to do the work. Self publishing should be a choice you make because you want to do it no matter what, not as an easy way out or to get your work out there. No matter which route you take, make sure your manuscript is edited, formatted, story structured to the best it can be. Notice I said the best it could be, not to the best of your ability because with the former you may have to hire professionals to get your manuscript to where it is in publishable shape. Also, never pay to be published. Run from Vanity Presses.  

Among those that you’ve written, which is your favorite book and why?
I love both my books Gemini and Aries, but Aries is my favorite because I like the sassy intelligence of one of the main characters, detective Samantha Wright, and the other main character, Dr. Frank Khaos, is a drop-dead sexy hunk, as well as the most compassionate, caring man who is giving back to society for his privileged life after his adoption at 10 in spite of the personal traumas he is going through.

Which of your heroes/heroines is most similar to you? Why?
Great question for me. Everyone asks writers if they're in their own novels. For me, it's a resounding yes. For example, Dr. John Trenton is psychic and clairvoyant and practices alternative therapies with his clients. These are the same therapies that I practice and then I teach my clients. Even the killer Barbara Montgomery is a master in Tarot which I am. The reader will learn about Tarot, crystals, contacting their spirit guides. Barbara also has the same day job I had, minus being the stripper and murderer.
In Aries, the rookie detective, Samantha Wright is first coming to terms with her abilities and she works with crystals and spiritual cleansing as well as her spirit guide. She taught for ten years before entering the NYPD. She smart, sassy, and what's on her mind is in her mouth, very much like me when necessary.

Some writers edit excessively as they write; others wait until a novel is finished to do the bulk of editing.  How about you?
I plot a lot before I type but I'm finding the more I am writing, now into the fourth novel, I'm leaning towards being a panster rather than a plotter. The novel is taking me in the direction I want to go, and expanding it where plot twists that I did not expect to happen did. These are making the novel, Libra, flow beautifully. I do edit as I go. I'll print out 12 chapters, and go through it to make sure I mark all of my set ups that I need to pay off in the later part of the novel. This helps me avoid plot holes. I will work on sentence structure and grammar minimally at this point because as I go through other edits I will go deeper possibly into description and a lot of my sentences may change.

How much research was involved in writing your book?  How did you go about it?
Research is very important in my genre. Crime scenes, forensics, medical information, locations, all have to be portrayed realistically. I google all the time, print out relevant information, and keep everything in labeled folders. This is necessary, and I referred to the same folders for future novels. It also may be necessary to send proof to your publisher's editor who might question a fact. I had to do that for one fact in Gemini in discussing the difference between a psych patient and a forensic patient, the latter being in a hospital for the criminally insane unable to stand trial.

How much time do you spend promoting your books?
I spend a lot of time promoting my books. In fact I find it more stressful after publication then the entire process of writing and finding a publisher.

Have you had any careers before becoming a writer?
I've had many careers. I was a teacher in the New York City Board of Education for 33 years. From the late 70s to mid 90s I was in screenwriting and film and I had a script consulting practice, The Script Tutor of Brooklyn. In the mid-90's I began a journey in holistic healing, became certified in many areas and obtained my PhD in Parapsychic Sciences in 2001.

Do you have or belong to a writing organization?  Which one?
I belong to RWA, ITW, and MWA.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

My Redesigned Website is Up, Running, and Live...and More!

I had my website redesigned with up-to-the-minute graphics--and A NECESSARY END, about Booth's insane plot to murder President Lincoln with a paranormal twist, has been republished with Creativia, with a new cover.

Stop in and say hi!



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Meet Award-Winning Author Alina K. Field and Read About THE MARQUESS AND THE MIDWIFE for our #eggcerptexchange

About Alina

Award winning author Alina K. Field earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and German literature, but her true passion is the much happier world of romance fiction. Though her roots are in the Midwestern U.S., after six very, very, very cold years in Chicago, she moved to Southern California and hasn’t looked back. She shares a midcentury home with her husband, her spunky, blonde, rescued terrier, and the blue-eyed cat who conned his way in for dinner one day and decided the food was too good to leave.

She is the author of the 2014 Book Buyer’s Best winner, Rosalyn’s Ring, a 2015 RONE Award finalist, Bella’s Band, and a 2016 National Reader’s Choice Award finalist, Liliana’s Letter, as well as her latest release, The Marquess and the Midwife. She is hard at work on her next series of Regency romances, but loves to hear from readers!

About THE MARQUESS AND THE MIDWIFE

Finding the woman he lost turned out to be easy. Winning her is another matter.
Once upon a time, the younger brother of a marquess fell in love with his sister's companion. He was sent off to war, and she was just sent off, and they both landed in very different worlds. 

Now Virgil Radcliffe has returned from his self-imposed exile on the Continent to take up his late brother's title and discover the whereabouts of the only woman he's ever loved. 

Abandoned by her lover and dismissed by her employer, Ameline Dawes has found a respectable identity as a Waterloo widow, a new life as a midwife, and a safe, secure home for her twin girls. Called to London at Christmas to attend her benefactress's lying-in, she finds herself confronted by an unexpected house guest--a man determined to woo her anew and win her again.  
But, is loving the new Marquess of Wallingford a mistake Ameline cannot afford to repeat?  
Excerpt
Ye gods, but her ladyship needed more maids, and a couple more footmen with both arms and both legs, at least for this type of fetching and carrying.
Ameline chided herself for being insensitive and balanced the steaming bucket. She set down the lamp momentarily to gather her skirts, along with the lamp handle.
A pair of men’s boots moved into view and the lamp bobbled. Fine boots they were.
She sighed, gritting her teeth. Lord Hackwell’s visits had unnerved his lady, and Ameline had counseled him to leave.
Very well, she’d thrown him out, once almost literally. He would wonder what she was doing below stairs. He might send for the accoucheur he was mumbling about, and his lady would not like it.
“I’ve just popped down to the kitchen for a word with Alton, my lord,” she said. “All is going well, except he’s a bit short on staff.”
“We have noticed that.”
The skin on her back rippled and she shivered. This wasn’t Hackwell—it was him.
Panic flared in her and her hands and ankles began to tingle. He carried no light. She let her own lantern dip lower and stepped to one side. What was he doing on the servants’ staircase in the middle of the night?
If he saw her, he would remember her, but he would not want to, unless he would think to befriend her again. Heat flamed in her.
She took in a breath. “Let me pass, Lord Hackwell,” she said.
“Let me carry that bucket for you.”
“No.” She forced in another breath, willing herself to speak calmly. “That is, no thank you. I shall send a servant for you when it is time.”
Footsteps scurried on the stairs. “Mrs. Dawes?” Jenny called, breathless.
Her heart raced again. She’d tarried too long in the kitchen. “I’ll be right—”
Heat touched her hand as the bucket came out. The lantern, too, lifted higher, and she looked up into the face of Lord Virgil Radcliffe, now the latest Lord Wallenford.
Mrs. Dawes?” His eyes widened and then narrowed, and his lips curved down.
Anger spiked in her. “Lord Wallenford.”
He moved down to the step below her, putting them at eye level, and crowded her against the hand rail.
“Give me the bucket, sir. I can manage quite well without your help.” Quite, quite well.
“Can you, indeed?” he drawled, sounding just like his brother the day he’d sacked her.
Blast him. Blast the Wallenfords. Blast the Hackwells. “Alton has a bottle set out. Best go and fetch it.”
His lips quirked.
She gritted her teeth. “Give me the blasted bucket, Virgil.” 

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Meet Liza O'Connor and Check Out RANA, TEENAGE QUEEN, her YA Fantasy

RANA: TEENAGE QUEEN
by Liza O'Connor

Friday, March 24, 2017

Meet Kathleen Rowland and Read About Her Romantic Suspense UNHOLY ALLIANCE for our #EggcerptExchange

My author friend Kathleen has a new title on March 29, UNHOLY ALLIANCE, which you can purchase at the preorder discount of 99 cents on Amazon and Smashwords. Meet Kathleen and read on!

About Kathleen

Book Buyers Best finalist Kathleen Rowland is devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high-stakes suspense with a sizzling love story sure to melt their hearts.  Writing a romantic suspense Irish American series for Tirgearr Publishing, Deadly Alliance is followed by Unholy Alliance with a release date of March 29, 2017.  Keep an icy drink handy while reading these hot stories.

Other books are sweet new adult such as Lily’s Pad and the Intervenus Series: A Brand New Address and Betrayal at Crater’s Edge

Kathleen used to write computer programs but now writes novels.   She grew up in Iowa where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and raced her sailboat on Lake Okoboji.  Now she wears flip-flops and sails with her husband, Gerry, on Newport Harbor but wishes there were lightning bugs in California.

Kathleen exists happily with her witty CPA husband, Gerry, in their 70’s poolside retreat in Southern California where she adores time spent with visiting grandchildren, dogs, one bunny, and noisy neighbors.  While proud of their five children who’ve flown the coop, she appreciates the luxury of time to write.  If you’d enjoy news, sign up for Kathleen’s newsletter. 

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About UNHOLY ALLIANCE




A decade ago, Tori Rourke and her cousin, Vivienne, ran from the Irish mob after witnessing a brutal murder. Tori was framed by the mob, and while she served time in prison, she worried that the killer, Seamus McGinn, had kidnapped her missing cousin.

Attorney Grady D. Fletcher, defender of the wrongly condemned, appeals Tori’s case and wins her release. Now, going by Victoria Morningstar, she runs a food truck from a seedy waterfront neighborhood, hoping to find her cousin's kidnapper.

When Grady agrees to defend a new client, Samuel Peterson, who’s been accused of beating to death the wife of a noted professor, the evidence mounts. The professor is missing, as well as his laptop that contains data dangerous to national security.

And Seamus McGinn is back, and rumors of a massive annihilation is about to begin. As they race to assist the FBI, the bonds between Grady and Tori are about to be tested. It becomes clear Grady and Tori are falling fast for each other, but what to do about it is a different story. He’s a divorced dad who wants more time with his kid. She brings danger to his front door.

Grady has questions of his own; Is Vivienne at the center of the mob’s operation? How much will it cost Tori before she learns the truth? All Grady knows is the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you.

Excerpt—

“Don’t let the anxiety of freedom consume you.”  Attorney Grady Donahue Fletcher clenched his teeth and rehearsed what he’d say to his client, Victoria Morningstar. He’d won her appeal and drove to pick her up at Gladstone Penitentiary. “At least you won’t be placed in solitary.” That was worse.
Six months earlier Grady had phoned a reporter at the Los Angeles Globe. "Drew Barker. Grady Fletcher here.”
“Ah, the lawyer. Calling about a tip?”
“I am. Here's something you can investigate. Tori Morningstar, did she murder Irene Brennan?"
"I wrote that story many years back," the journalist had said. “I assume you have new discoveries.”
"Fraud, illegal testimony. Do you want the story first?" A second passed. "Otherwise, I'll call the Orange County Guardian."
"Okay, okay. We want it."
Three days later Grady had a hand in writing the first article in Drew Barker’s column. "The public labeled Tori Morningstar as an undesirable. Not black and poor, but disfavored, accused, incarcerated, and wrongly condemned. Her cellphone has been recovered. Her call to 911 identified her voice and substantiated screams of the victim in the background. Could she have beaten someone while speaking to dispatch at the same time?"
The reporter had written the second article. "People who get their ideas about criminal lawyers from TV probably would be disappointed in Grady Fletcher. He lacks flash but stands up straight, his posture neither ramrod nor slouched. He doesn't smoke, doesn't wear thousand dollar suits. His voice is soft and low, one of his assets. He speaks truth with a voice inviting confidences."
As nice as that was, Grady’s stomach cramped over pressure and strain from Drew Barker’s final article with the headline, Tori Morningstar, Released Today. Picked up by the online service, Newser, KTLA, and CBS Los Angeles, they planned to broadcast his arrival to escort his client from Gladstone.
Tori’s decade-long prison sentence ended today but with a sobering fear over tomorrow.
When was a July morning this hot? Grady balanced her release papers on his lap as he rolled up one sleeve then the other while gripping the damp steering wheel. Sweat blossomed on his throbbing forehead, wrapped like a python’s grip. He adjusted the dial for the AC and embraced the challenge of helping another client get back on track. Embrace and conquer. Or at least sound like it.








Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A MERSEY KILLING by Brian L. Porter--Creepier Than His Jack the Ripper Books!



I had two reasons for snatching up this murder mystery: I’m a rock ‘n roller who grew up with all the “Mersey Beat” bands, and as a Jack the Ripper buff I’ve devoured all of Brian Porter’s Jack novels. After devouring this one as eagerly, I’m glad I did. I have to say, in its own way, it’s creepier than the Jack books, mainly because this murder took place in my lifetime, and I’ve been to Liverpool, my husband’s home town. So I’m not so far removed from the setting as I am from 1888 Whitechapel. I don’t want to give the plot away, but I’m hoping what I do divulge will be enough to convince readers other than Brian’s many die-hard fans to pick this up and expect to be creeped out for several hours.

In 1999, Liverpool Detectives Sergeant Clarissa, (Izzie) Drake, Detective Inspector Andy Ross and Detective Constable Derek McLennan are observing a skeleton found in the mud at a dockside. The skull is bashed in and the kneecaps are shot off. Flash back to 1962 when Brendan Kane and some friends form a rock band to rival the others zooming up the charts. Despite their efforts, they’re not causing The Beatles to lose any sleep. Brendan wants to go to the USA and try to get discovered there. He convinces his girlfriend Marie to go with him. Do they ever get there?
The story flashes back and forth between those early 60’s days and 1999, with the detectives’ efforts to identify the victim. Their efforts are rewarded twofold—they identify the victim AND the killer, who’s still alive 3 decades later. Then more murders suddenly take place—and that’s all I’m going to say.

As a mystery fan, I always try to figure out whodunit, not letting the red herrings throw me too far off the track. But Brian Porter delivered a twist that has me eagerly awaiting the next book in the series—and I’m counting on a series! 

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Meet Trevann Rogers and Read About Her LGBT "Living After Midnight" Series--Caution: Adult Content

About Trevann


Trevann writes urban fantasy and LGBT paranormal romances. Her books include HOUSE OF THE RISING SON and its prequel novella, AFTER MIDNIGHT. Trevann's stories incorporate an unquenchable addiction to music and her love for vampires, Weres, incubi and rock stars. Like these elusive creatures, Trevann learned long ago that sometimes being yourself means Living After Midnight.

 After Midnight

Prequel to House of the Rising Son
Living After Midnight Series




Improbable love. Impossible life. Immeasurable danger.

Jewell’s stepfather thinks she’s worthless. She agrees. When she looks in the mirror she sees an overweight, overemotional, overeating mess who can’t keep her fangs to herself.

Ria hails from a family of old world vamps who'd be happy to share their wealth with her, if only she’d fall in line. Fat chance, especially since being in that line includes not being gay.

Being in love is easy for Ria and Jewell—the young vampires belong together like vodka and tomato juice. Adding Cheyenne, a talented and sexy incubus, to their union is the hot sauce in their Bloody Mary. The only problem? Vampires and incubi are mortal enemies.

Despite the odds Ria, Jewell and Cheyenne find their way to happiness. But Jewell is hiding a huge secret, one that defies the laws of procreation: She’s going to have a baby.

While she tries to figure out how to break the unbelievable news to her lovers, a horror from Jewell’s past slithers into her present, forcing choices no one should have to make.

Will it be love or death? Happiness or safety? She has until dawn to decide...and it's already After Midnight.
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Excerpt:

The choice between staying in on a Saturday night to clean and going to see Cheyenne at his first real gig hadn’t been a complicated decision. He was a world-class rocker who could play the guitar like a fiend and had a voice that made you feel…everything. Or made you horny. And fuck if she didn’t love him. Damn incubus.

She reached across him and caressed Jewell’s side. Jewell’s eyes opened and she stared expressionless at the ceiling, hyper-alert to danger. It always took a few moments after resurrecting for her to remember where she was and who was with her, but since moving into their new home it seemed to take even longer.

Ria sighed. She’d do anything if it would help Jewell feel safe enough to die each dawn and awaken peacefully. “All is well, Babydoll. It’s just me. Time to rise and twinkle with the stars.”

“Already?” Jewell scrunched her eyes and blinked as if trying to focus them.

Cheyenne lay his head on the soft swell of Jewell’s belly. “Didn’t we just go to bed?”

Ria kissed his back and licked a slow trail down his spine. “Hours ago. Did we tucker out the poor little sex demon?”

“Not hardly, dead girl.”

She grabbed a fistful of his hair and turned him to face her. “That’s undead girl, thank you.” She bit his lower lip and let it drag between her teeth. “Show us what you’ve got left.”
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