Today I Welcome Vicki Batman

03 26 15 vlmb head on hand in pink sweater 22Hi, Vicki, I’m thrilled to have you visiting today. I want to jump right in to the interview.

What is your typical day like? Most days, I’m up by 6 and out of the house for a workout at 7. Home by 815 and shower. Eat and get to writing work. I usually take off from writing on Saturday and Sunday to hang with Handsome.
Where do you get the ideas for your stories? People say awesome things, like #2Son who once said, “I have a theory about love.” My head went boing!!!
What is your favorite dessert/food? I’m really partial to cake. Sigh. I love hamburgers.
Was your road to publication fraught with peril or a walk in the park? My road has been different. I’ve signed with small publishers, sold to magazines, and a good e-publisher for my mysteries. I’ve been involved in four anthologies. I’ve self-pubbed three funny short story collections.
Do you have a view in your writing space? What does your space look like? This is so funny. I used to be wed to my desk with a great front yard view until I bought a laptop, and now, I type anywhere. My office has a desk with book cases behind it loaded with my favorite books. A brown leather loveseat sits across from my desk, decorated with pillows I’ve stitched and some from friends. Above the sofa are my book covers. To the left of my desk is a rolling red tool box which once belonged to my dad.

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Tell us about your hero. Give us one of his strengths and one of his weaknesses. Hero Daniel Ackerman is crazy about Kelly Stinson, his twin sister’s best friend, who has torn the ligaments in her ankle. He steps in to care for her. However, he never comes out and says how much he cares for her, even when the orthopedic surgeon—and his best friend-begins making passes at Kelly.
Tell us about your heroine. Give us one of her strengths and one of her weaknesses. Kelly Stinson does a huge favor for her best friend’s brother by participating in a beauty pageant. Only she trips and falls offstage. Daniel has tormented her all her life; so when it comes to finding true love, he’s overlooked.

What genres are you drawn to as a reader? I read a lot of mysteries, contemporary and historical romance, romantic comedy.
Do you have any words of inspiration for aspiring authors? Persevere. Long ago, I entered a book in a contest and received back this judge’s comment, “Why are you writing?” Needless to say, this was incredibly upsetting for two days. Then I squared my shoulders and determined no one is going to chart my destiny except for me.
What did you want to be when you were a child? Did you always know you wanted to be a writer? As a child, I just wanted to read and always have been a huge reader. But it was Dick Francis’ mysteries that caused an urge to write grow in me. It took a long time before I tried.
Please tell my readers a little bit about your book. Gladly! What if the love of your life was in front of you all along? It began innocently with a few margaritas… Kelly Stinson is persuaded to represent Yahoo! Ranch Steakhouse in the Chamber of Commerce’s beauty contest. After an unexpected swan dive off stage, her heart goes pitter patter over the orthopedic surgeon who repaired her ripped up ankle.

Daniel Ackerman has always had the hots for his twin sister’s best friend. Much to his dismay, her doctor has taken notice of the dark-haired beauty and invaded his territory. That’s about to change when he moves in to help Kelly recover physically and open her eyes to what’s been in front of her all along.

I love this excerpt: “Hey,” Daniel said. Crud. / “Are you drowning in there?” “No.” “Want your back scrubbed?” “Are you a famous, buffed-up action hero?” “No.” “Then, eat poo and die.” “I was thinking-” Amazing. “-I’m going to pick up some burgers.” My stomach growled. “I won’t be long. Be out soon, or I’m coming in.” “Ha. We both know you want to see me naked.” “Been there, done that already today. And by the way-”
“What now?” I heard him move closer to the door, and then he softly said, “The mole on your left hip is worth exploring…with my tongue.” I screamed.

Vicki is a mulit-published author.

Bio:

Award-winning and Amazon best-selling author, Vicki Batman, has sold many romantic comedy works to the True magazines, several publishers, and most recently, two romantic comedy mysteries to The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and several writing groups. An avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Chocoaholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking “What if??

Buy Links:

 

Find “Raving Beauty” in the Just You and Me boxed set at:

http://amazon.com/dp/B06XCZWL6N

 
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/just-you-and-me…/1126423547/
https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/just-you-and-me-1
https://play.google.com/…/de…/Nicole_Morgan_Just_You_and_Me/
https://itunes.apple.com/…/bo…/just-you-and-me/id1238787633/

 

 

Find Vicki at:

Website: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com/p/more-about-me.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vicki-Batman-sassy-writer-of-sexy-and-funny-fiction-133506590074451/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VickiBatman/

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/vickibatman/

Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/author/vickibatman

Email: vlmbatman@hotmail.com

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/vicki-batman/

 

 

 

 

 

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Say hello to author Joanne Guidoccio

Interview with Joanne Guidoccio

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What inspired you to write your first book?

In 2004, I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. While receiving treatments, well-meaning friends gave me inspirational and comedic books. Several health professionals urged me to cross-read and expose myself to new ideas. Their expert advice: By reading unfamiliar and challenging material, I could create new neural pathways in my brain and reduce the likelihood of developing the dreaded chemo brain.

But all I wanted to read were cozies, those delightful murder mysteries that include a bloodless crime and contain little violence, sex, or coarse language. I read voraciously, often finishing a cozy in one or two sittings. Midway through treatments, I came up with a storyline for my first cozy—A Season for Killing Blondes, Book 1 in the Gilda Greco Mystery Series.

When you are not writing, what are your hobbies, passions, etc?

During my teaching years, I immersed myself in the life of the school and had very few outside outlets. When I retired, I was determined to widen my range of interests and achieve yin/yang balance in my life. While writing occupies the lion’s share of my time, I also enjoy reading, yoga, scrapbooking, blogging, movies, artist dates, and meeting friends for leisurely brunches and lunches.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

 

My favorite authors include Ann Patchett, Ann Lamott, Maeve Binchy, Gail Bowen, Louise Penny, and Adriana Trigiani. The protagonists in these novels are older and wiser, having encountered many bumps on the road to romantic love and personal fulfillment.

 

Do you hear from readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

 

I have been very pleased with the positive response from my readers. Here are three of my favorites:

 

In her review, English teacher Colleen McConnell described Between Land and Sea as “a classic wisdom tale with a twist…reminiscent of Jane Austen.”

 

Elisa Balabram gave a glowing review for The Coming of Arabella: “Joanne Guidoccio is a wonderful writer, and throughout her book she shares her wisdom on forgiveness, kindness, personal growth, self-esteem, and value.”

Miss Lill’s review of A Season for Killing Blondes brings a smile: “It is to be devoured like a decadent dessert and finished with a strong espresso!!”

If you could have any super hero power, what would it be?

 

It would be wonderful if I could fly at will. Whenever I felt the need to travel, I would pack my bags, stand at the doorway, and visualize my intended destination. Within seconds, I would be transported to a five-star hotel room in that particular city. This superpower would also come in handy during lengthy meetings and sticky situations.

 

 

 

 

Do you have any advice for new writers beginning their adventures?

 

Carve your own journey and take time to discover what you really like to write. In most cases, you will gravitate toward the genres you read. But don’t limit yourself. Instead, experiment with other genres, nonfiction, and poetry. I highly recommend attending local readings and workshops. If you need more direction, sign up for a creative writing course—online or offline—that exposes you to short stories, children’s and adult writing, creative nonfiction and poetry. Search until you find a warm, supportive environment where your words can flow freely. And most important of all, enjoy the journey.

 

Blurb

When Gilda Greco invites her closest friends to a VIP dinner, she plans to share David Korba’s signature dishes and launch their joint venture— Xenia, an innovative Greek restaurant near Sudbury, Ontario. Unknown to Gilda, David has also invited Michael Taylor, a lecherous photographer who has throughout the past three decades managed to annoy all the women in the room. One woman follows Michael to a deserted field for his midnight run and stabs him in the jugular.

Gilda’s life is awash with complications as she wrestles with a certain detective’s commitment issues and growing doubts about her risky investment in Xenia. Frustrated, Gilda launches her own investigation and uncovers decades-old secrets and resentments that have festered until they explode into untimely death. Can Gilda outwit a killer bent on killing again?

Excerpt

Carlo’s hand caressed my thigh. More sex. The man could be insatiable. And it had been almost two weeks since our last romp. We started to kiss and then his cell phone vibrated.

Carlo groaned as he leaned over and picked up the phone. He sat up, his back to me. “What’s happened?” he barked. Carlo’s shoulders tensed. A long sigh and then his terse words. “Clear the perimeter, stat.”

Clear the perimeter. My heart beat faster as I recalled the last time I had heard those dreaded words. It could mean only one thing. Another murder. Two murders in less than twenty-hours. What were the chances of that happening in Sudbury? At the Christmas party, the police chief had bragged about one of the lowest murder rates in Canada during the past twelve months.

I swallowed hard. “What’s wrong?”

Carlo turned and gave me a long glance. “Andrew Frattini was found dead in the alleyway behind the ReCareering office.”

The nightmare couldn’t be starting again. This time with different players but still with the same intent. To pin the murder on me. But that strategy wouldn’t work. I had an iron-clad alibi no one could refute.

Carlo dressed quickly. He picked up his phone and then turned toward me. “Stay clear of this, Gilda.”

“How can I ignore it?” I said as I felt myself tearing up. “Someone’s trying to frame me again.”

He leaned over and kissed me. “Well, they didn’t succeed, did they?”

 

 

Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/CORaCadAnbA

Buy links:

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Amazon (Canada):  https://is.gd/1pX3Bn

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Barnes & Noble:  https://is.gd/NFHdlS

 

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Guidoccio 001Bio

 

In 2008, Joanne took advantage of early retirement and decided to launch a second career that would tap into her creative side and utilize her well-honed organizational skills. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes cozy mysteries, paranormal romance, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.

Social media links:

Website: http://joanneguidoccio.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/joanneguidoccio
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorjoanneguidoccio
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joanneguidoccio
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jguidoccio/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7277706.Joanne_Guidoccio

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Please Welcome Shari Elder to the blog.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog. I’m very excited to share Unnatural Allies, Book Two in the paranormal romance series, Shifting Alliances. Although part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone novel.

Photo213828-Full author picSince I like to have dessert before dinner, I’ll kick off the interview in the same way.

What is your favorite dessert/food?

Coffee ice cream, chocolate pudding and flan. I like any dessert of a semi-liquid substance you have to eat with a spoon that slides down your throat. No matter how much you have eaten, you can still find room for it.

Do you have a view in your writing space?  What does your space look like?

I write where I am.  I don’t have a home office and like many other authors, I have to write in small slices of time in between job, family and community obligations.  Like many other authors, I have to write in small slices of time in between job, family and community obligations.  So I write at the dining room table, on the couch with my feet up on the coffee table, on the metro on my way to work, on sticky plastic chairs while waiting for my daughter’s lessons du jure, and struggling through odd jazz choices in local coffee shops. There’s no one way, or one look. When I can write, I do, wherever I am.

Unnatural-Allies-evernightpublishing-2017Tell us about your hero.  Give us one of his strengths and one of his weaknesses.]

My hero, Evan, is rat shifter alpha. He is strong but kind. He is skilled at managing groups, because the strength of the rats is in the pack. He values intimacy but won’t run away from a fight, which he tends to win.  He escapes into poetry, an unusual habit for an alpha but he finds that the rhythms and images feed his need for intimacy and spark insights into managing groups. He sometimes struggles with personal priorities, letting his loyalty to his pack intrude into his personal life.

Tell us about your heroine.  Give us one of her strengths and one of her weaknesses.

Nicca is a lone wolf and the wolf pack beta. Loyal, calm, rational, she is committed to her work and is the woman everyone relies upon.  A hard-wired introvert, she tends to keep to herself, often running long and hard to manage her powerful wolf. When she has time, she loves photography, and hides cameras throughout the forest to sneak photo shoots when she can. She is stocky and strong, and does not see herself as attractive.  She loses herself in her work, and ignores her own emotional needs. As a result, she carries a soul deep loneliness that does not believe will ever be quenched.

Do you prefer to read in the same genres you write in or do you avoid reading that genre? Why?

I write and read the same genres – paranormal and science fiction, romance and just straight from the glass.  I’m an explorer by nature. I love books that create new worlds, bust up rules, and come up with new ways of being human.  It’s a truly great pleasure to build those worlds myself.  It offers me a different way of exploring.

Do you have any words of inspiration for aspiring authors?

Find your own way.  One of the greatest gifts of the internet is that you can meet so many authors, who are usually happy to share their stories and what they have learned along the way.  The downside is the belief that there are rules that you should follow—word counts, number of social media sites, etc…  It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the expectations, especially as we each have unique challenges.  Figure out the rules and patterns that work for you. If you can only write 200 words a day, embrace your style, and ignore the others who insist you have to write 1000. If you can only write for an hour three times a week, do that, and forget word counts.  Hate FB, but love blogging. Do it. Just figure out your way, and make that the best it can be. Filter advice through your realities.

Please tell my readers a little bit about your book. 

 

The blurb tells it all.

 

A World in Transition

Violent fae encroachment on shifter land is heating up. With death tolls rising, the impossible becomes necessary – an alliance among predator and prey shifters.

An Inconceivable Love

Nicca Baron, lone wolf and wolf clan beta, finds herself under the command of Evan Grant, the rat alpha.  In different circumstances, he’d be dinner. Or so her wolf keeps reminding her.  Evan proves to be a perceptive leader, a skilled fighter and irresistible to her lonely heart.

 

To rule the rats, you have to rule the pack. Evan is a whiz at managing people and groups. Until he finds himself leading a mission made up of every single large animal that thrives on rat flesh. And not the kind between his legs.  The only bright light is Nicca. Her storm gray eyes miss nothing, her brilliant mind comprehends everything and her succulent curves offer the perfect place for a rat to nestle.

An Impossible Future

In each other’s arms, Nicca and Evan discover love and a new perspective in an off-kilter world. But a wolf cannot mate with a rat, no matter the strength of the human attraction.

 

Buy Links

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0718ZTNFY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1493422440&sr=8-2&keywords=Shari+Elder

Evernight Publishing: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/unnatural-allies-by-shari-elder/

Bookstrand: http://www.bookstrand.com/unnatural-allies-mf
Excerpt

Evan had never seen Nicca look frightened before. Those silver eyes expanded into saucers, and they were still beautiful. He wanted to wrap her in his arms, just hold her close as they both tried to process a world spinning out of control. Even his rat wanted to comfort her.

She was getting under skin and fur.

The last leaves hung limp on the branches, resisting winter’s pull. Away from the sidhe, the air had warmed, although the sky retained a grayish winter hue. Shifter bodies held heat, keeping them comfortable in the most brutal frost. Evan burned hot from continuous movement, the too frequent adrenaline spikes, and Nicca’s nearness. Everything about her fit, like she was made for him. That agile mind, open-mindedness, those lush curves. Hell, she even spouted poetry. He yearned to put a sign around her neck—no trespassing, this woman belongs to Evan Grant.

Except for that whole wolf thing…

“Why don’t we find a comfortable place to set up camp near Fairy Falls and call it a day?” he said to get his mind back to practical things, not wishing for something he couldn’t have. He told himself he selected the location as part of the mission. All species declared the pristine, wild falls a safe zone, so they wouldn’t need the wolves or eagles to stand guard. The fact that it was the number one rated site for shifter romances had nothing to do with the selection. Nothing at all.

No one would ever accuse Nicca of talking too much, but she was withdrawn even for her on the hike to the Falls. “Any suggestions on places to sleep?” he asked when her silence got too loud for him.

“I’ve, uh, never really been here,” she whispered, looking at the ground. “Just run by it on patrols sometimes.”

“And that makes you sad?” He itched to run his hand down her cheek.

“This mission makes me sad.” Her gaze stayed lowered as she walked.

His rat senses perceived a deep despondency wrapped around her like a black aura.

“This mission makes you angry, anxious, and confused. Not sad.”

“Who are you to correct my assessment of my emotional state?” She gave him a half-hearted snarl. He figured he’d hit an open, raw nerve.

“I lead this mission, and I will not have you fall apart on me. Right now, you are not okay.” He opened his arm, aping Rafe’s earlier action, inviting her to him to take comfort. “Let me help.” Let me touch you.

She visibly shook herself, ignoring his outstretched limb. “You’re right. I need space. Let me run as wolf.”

He dropped his hand, then nodded to cover the ripping sound his heart was making. “Stay close,” he said over the lump of disappointment lodged in his throat. “Give me your backpack, and I’ll find a place to sleep. Meet me at the falls when you’re done.”

Relief brightened her eyes. Once shifted, she brushed against his leg, then licked at his hand dangling by his side. He ran his fingers through her thick, gray fur touched with black and silver as she trotted off. “Grab some happy, Nicca,” he said into the air, as she raced out of sight.  Come back to me. Accept me.

Alone, he hummed as he walked toward the falls. The low tune soothed his skittish rat, who hated being alone and wasn’t too fond of the woods. Rats felt secure in the pack. The human in him appreciated the red gold of the sunset streaking across the powder blue of the sky, weaving in and out of spiky, hunter green firs that ate up the landscape. Beauty truly did soothe an aching heart. The whirr of winter birds, a chorus to his ears, unnerved the rat. He picked up his pace, following the smell of ice and the roar of the falling water.

When he arrived at the falls, he saw Nicca standing at the edge of the descending water, running her fingers through the stream. That sadness he’d sensed earlier scented the air and dulled those unique gray eyes. Following a powerful intuition, he approached quietly, staying upwind so she wouldn’t notice until he stood directly behind her. She may have rejected his offer of support earlier, but he was determined to try again. His way.

She turned to face him, and tilted her head up to meet his gaze. He pushed behind one ear a lock of hair that was draped along her cheek. The tresses felt like silk, the skin velvet against his fingertips.

“Evan?”

He leaned over, touching lips to lips ever so gently. Giving comfort. Sneaking a taste. Exploring what might be. She pressed back, her mouth opening slightly beneath his. He sank into cherry and cinnamon, shyness and heat. She didn’t require a friend; she needed a lover. He desperately wanted to be that man.

He pulled back, falling hard for the blush staining her cheeks a bright pink.

“Follow me,” he said, taking her hand, and led her to the camping spot he noticed along the way.

To love a wolf.

 

About Shari

Hello, I’m Shari. By day, I crawl out of bed, mainline coffee, walk the dog, get my kid off to school, hop on the metro, and save cities within the four walls of my office. Usually by email.

 

At night, the other Shari emerges.  I take off the suit, curl up on the couch and let my imagination play, with words and images until stories take shape (while periodically checking on my teen-ager, hiding out in the bedroom and plotting world domination with her furry minions).  As my alter ego, I save cities in a cape and spangled tights, wander space and time on a surfboard, fly over the Himalayas on feathered wings, make six-toed footprints in indigo talc snow on the sixth planet in the Andromeda galaxy or eavesdrop on Olympian gods while pretending to whip up a bowl of ambrosia.

 

In all these wondrous worlds, romance and passion blossom. I can’t resist a happy ending. And I am particularly prone to writing happy endings for those who have given up on ever getting one. That gives me immense satisfaction.

 

Join me on my journey. The best ideas emerge from team work.

 

Hang out with Shari on the Web

Website           http://sharielder.com

Facebook         www.facebook.com/ShariElderStories/

Twitter            www.twitter.com/ShariElderBooks

Pinterest          www.pinterest.com/ShariEldeBooks

Goodreads      www.goodreads.com/ShariElder

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Scandinavian Gold Cake

I love this recipe and make it often. To add a little spice for a different flavor I add all spice and cinnamon. Have fun with it.

IT’S DELICIOUS!

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That’s right. I couldn’t wait once it was out of the oven to taste it.

*Scandinavian Gold Cake

Ingredients:

1 cup of soft butter

1 1/3 cup of shifted flour

5 eggs

1 1/3 sugar

1 ½ baking powder

½ salt—I never use salt in any of my recipes

½ teaspoon almond or vanilla extract (I use a whole teaspoon for the flavor)

Method:

Place the butter and flour in a mixing bowl. If using an electric mixer, mix for 5 minutes on low speed or until the mixture is like meal and well blended.  Or mix with finger tips (I use an electric blender)

Again on low speed, add the eggs one at a time. Or beat in one at a time by hand. Shift the sugar, baking powder and salt together.  Shift over the flour mixture, add in flavoring and mix at low speed. It is here that I will add my extra spices if I want a different flavor.

Fold mixture into a well-greased 10 inch tube pan.

Bake:

Bake in a 325F preheated oven for one hour or until the cake springs back. Turn out onto a rack to cool. This cake is so rich that it is usually served with no frosting, but sometimes a lace paper doily is put on the top and powdered sugar is shifted over it to leave a pattern. This is frequently served as a coffee cake.

ENJOY!

*Recipe taken from James Beard’s American Cookery

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2016 Season of Promises in Review

2016’s Season of  anthology is here. Season of Promise.

And thanks to our awesome and faithful readers for making this series a success! Thank you readers! It brings joy to our hearts to know you continue to enjoy the Season of Series.

Season of Promises

 

The Reviews are Coming in for Season of Promises, check them out below:

1 of 1 people found the following helpful
Season Of Promises Holiday Box Set November 11, 2016
A very sweet, heartwarming set of stories for the Holidays. I enjoy box sets because they give you an opportunity to meet some new to me authors plus enjoy some of my favorite authors books. You can’t go wrong with this set and it is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit.
The Littlest Angel by Vicki Batman sure did stir up some memories for me. It brought back fond memories of decorations passed down in the family for…Read More
A very sweet, heartwarming set of stories for the Holidays. I enjoy box sets because they give you an opportunity to meet some new to me authors plus enjoy some of my favorite authors books. You can’t go wrong with this set and it is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit.
The Littlest Angel by Vicki Batman sure did stir up some memories for me. It brought back fond memories of decorations passed down in the family for many years. It actually had me going into my storage closet to pull out those pieces and reminisce for awhile. I laughed, cried and had some ahhh moments while reading this one.I enjoyed all the stories I’ve read so far.Show Less
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MAGNIFICENT November 11, 2016

this is a must read

the first word that comes to mind is “magnificent”
truly

these authors are each unique and brillant

definitely a 5 star

enoyed immensly

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I enjoyed all of the stories so much November 9, 2016
I enjoyed all of the stories so much! It’s hard to decide which one was my favorite. Each author writes very well. They all know how to develop their characters and story lines. I like that they have a common theme–finding true love–and are set around holidays. You will love each and every story and wish there were more.
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Great set of stories! November 7, 2016
I really enjoyed this set of stories. Each one was unique in its own way and they all kept me interested from beginning to end. I definitely recommend this set!
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” It is a fun collection of six very different stories written by six … November 6, 2016
I just finished reading “Season of Promises.” It is a fun collection of six very different stories written by six different authors, each with their own unique style and talent for creating a very believable group of characters who face the challenges of forgiveness, honoring tradition, believing in someone or something, and crime solving! This is a collection of stories that will enchant any reader ready to find a…Read More
I just finished reading “Season of Promises.” It is a fun collection of six very different stories written by six different authors, each with their own unique style and talent for creating a very believable group of characters who face the challenges of forgiveness, honoring tradition, believing in someone or something, and crime solving! This is a collection of stories that will enchant any reader ready to find a comfy spot and start getting in the holiday spirit. I highly recommend!Show Less
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Absolutely loved this collection of stories November 6, 2016
Absolutely loved this collection of stories, I like to get into the holiday spirit each year by reading holiday novellas and these were top notch! They were romantic, fun, beautiful woven stories that kept me reading late into the night several nights in a row. My favorite of the bunch was Bobbi Lerman’s Tillie’s last match. There are so few romantic stories out there told about women who’s children are grown and I really enjoyed…Read More
Absolutely loved this collection of stories, I like to get into the holiday spirit each year by reading holiday novellas and these were top notch! They were romantic, fun, beautiful woven stories that kept me reading late into the night several nights in a row. My favorite of the bunch was Bobbi Lerman’s Tillie’s last match. There are so few romantic stories out there told about women who’s children are grown and I really enjoyed how this story came together for Miriam Stein.Show Less
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Love is in the air November 5, 2016
I was given an advanced readers copy of Season of Promises Holiday Box Set in an exchange for an honest reviews.
My honest review is that I loved every single book. An awesome collection of romantic stories.
I have read all the Season books written by these authors and can’t wait for the next box set.
One of my favorite books is A Promise is Forever. I have followed all the characters in the previous Season…Read More
I was given an advanced readers copy of Season of Promises Holiday Box Set in an exchange for an honest reviews.
My honest review is that I loved every single book. An awesome collection of romantic stories.
I have read all the Season books written by these authors and can’t wait for the next box set.
One of my favorite books is A Promise is Forever. I have followed all the characters in the previous Season books written by Gerri Brousseau and
was so excited to learn of Lady Roxanne’s Cinderella turn of events!Show Less
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Delightful, Heart-Warming and Romantic November 4, 2016

Season of Promises is a wonderful collection of 6 delightfully romantic and very different books. It was hard to choose a favorite so rather than talk about them all, I picked three.

Bad Luck Partners knocked my socks off with a concept I’d seen before but with a fun brand new twist. I loved the setting in Las Vegas. The hero and heroine were so different from other characters I’ve read and their attraction so genuine…Read More

Season of Promises is a wonderful collection of 6 delightfully romantic and very different books. It was hard to choose a favorite so rather than talk about them all, I picked three.

Bad Luck Partners knocked my socks off with a concept I’d seen before but with a fun brand new twist. I loved the setting in Las Vegas. The hero and heroine were so different from other characters I’ve read and their attraction so genuine that I kept turning the pages faster and faster. It’s unique when a reader feels so comfortable with the characters, but I did. I don’t want to tell the story and spoil it for you. I also love stories where people work their way up.

A Promise of Forever is a historical romance which I seldom read, but this one was amazing. I loved the idea that if everything is wrong with your life, you go to Italy! Why not! These characters were very in-depth and I sympathized with their problems. Extremely romantic and I didn’t want to miss a single word.

The Littlest Angel really tugged at my heartstrings. I loved the idea of a man and a woman both wanting the same rare Christmas ornament for sentimental reasons. The banter between them kept me reading. It was hard to choose who should have the littlest angel, because they are both such likeable characters. I won’t say more.

I stayed up to read this, so I highly recommend it. Each was different, exciting, romantic and just plain fun.Show Less

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I really enjoyed these stories from these authors November 3, 2016
I really enjoyed these stories from these authors. A particular favorite is Bobbi Lerman’s Tillie’s Last Match, with a twist I didn’t see coming. A perfect holiday read!
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Need a lift? November 2, 2016
The stories in Season of Promises are funny, fast paced, uplifting and of course romantic. All six were fun, feel good reads, however, I’m partial to stories with a touch of magic and a lot of humor which made Bobbi Lerman’s, An Unexpected Match my favorite of the collection. I highly recommend readers to pick this collection of holiday stories up.
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Great stories, easy reading, and Fun! November 2, 2016

These stories were so very different from each other. It made it a pleasure to slip from one environment to another and live there with those characters for a while. Highly recommend visiting with these folks for a while. Here are my thoughts on each of the stories.

Unexpected Holiday Bonus – Merry Holly: Great plot about women in business. Had interesting lead characters – strong with the undercurrent of respect…Read More

These stories were so very different from each other. It made it a pleasure to slip from one environment to another and live there with those characters for a while. Highly recommend visiting with these folks for a while. Here are my thoughts on each of the stories.

Unexpected Holiday Bonus – Merry Holly: Great plot about women in business. Had interesting lead characters – strong with the undercurrent of respect for each other; story was well paced-not too fast but moved along well. Ms. Holly’s writing style made me care about the characters. I wanted to know how it all worked out, so read the entire thing while on lunch break. We should all be so lucky to get such a “Holiday Bonus”! Well done Ms. Holly!

The Littlest Angel – Vicki Batman: Love the story line about tree topper! A nice warm Christmas tale! Ms. Batman’s writing was so good that I was drooling when they were eating the yummy sounding cookies. I could totally identify with disliking the male lead but could also understand the female lead’s attraction to him. Ms. Batman handled complicated characters very deftly in this short story framework. I really enjoyed this!

A Promise of Forever – Gerri Brousseau: An Italian and a Brit with secret pasts; a nasty antagonist with an agenda; a lovable auntie; and beautiful Italian gardens all come together in this wonderful tale. I like to follow characters through various story lines and Ms. Brousseau has brought this one to a wonderful conclusion. This story of redemption and love is definitely worth your while. Thank you Ms. Brousseau!

Christmas Promise – Jane Gale: I am guessing this is the first of an arc of stories using these characters. This story while a nice introduction, seemed to end abruptly. I was looking to the next page to see what happened at a meeting, and instead was met with Ms. Gale’s bio. I liked the characters. They were believable and intelligent. The story line was interesting. There was some good action sequences. Overall I feel there was a big build up and then the story just ended leaving the reader hanging.

Bad Luck Partners – Cara Marsi: Las Vegas is the backdrop for this tale about friends only for holidays and gatherings, to stop family and friends from match making. Is it the heat from the Vegas desert, or from the lead characters in this story that made me need a fan? The characters of Laney and Chase feel very familiar. Perhaps we’ve been them, or we’ve been the match makers, all who were likable in this story. Does the friendship evolve into something more or can they remain “Bad Luck Partners”? I recommend reading this story to find out!

Tillie’s Last Match – Bobbi Lerman: Time leading up to a wedding can be stressful without adding Mother’s new beau to the mix. Oh those Matchmakers and their feathers! And oh the twists in the storyline! I really enjoyed this tale of siblings and parents. It was nice to see a family tease, argue, and yet enjoy each other’s company. I so wanted to join them at the dinner table! Nice job Ms. Lerman!Show Less

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Season of Promises is another collection of charming romantic stories. November 1, 2016
Season of Promises is another collection of charming romantic stories. As in last year’s Season of Surprises, I especially enjoyed Bobbi Lerman’s bit of magic in her storytelling. Her matchmaking Tillie is the thread that weaves through the lives of a loving, close knit family. Bobbi’s is able to capture the dinner table banter so familiar to many of us with daughters, sometimes edgy, but mostly delightful! This is a story…Read More
Season of Promises is another collection of charming romantic stories. As in last year’s Season of Surprises, I especially enjoyed Bobbi Lerman’s bit of magic in her storytelling. Her matchmaking Tillie is the thread that weaves through the lives of a loving, close knit family. Bobbi’s is able to capture the dinner table banter so familiar to many of us with daughters, sometimes edgy, but mostly delightful! This is a story of second chances, mending hearts and the angst that goes along with that scenario. I recommend this collection, a warm segway into winter, a cozy sit by the fire, maybe with a glass of wine and then on to the holidays!

 

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I truly enjoy reading the seasons of promise November 1, 2016
I truly enjoy reading the seasons of promise. They are all such light-hearted sweet love stories. I enjoy following the authors very match. Especially following the characters of Gerri Brousseau. She has a special way of making you wish you lived in that time.
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The gift of love. Sweet read from a sweet November 1, 2016
Season of Promises boxed set should be on everyone’s wish list this Christmas. Nestled amongst the talented authors in this set, you’ll find Vicki Batman’s, Littlest Angel. In the spirit of true Christmas magic, the littlest angel brings Lauren and Smith the gift they’d not even been searching for. The gift of love. Sweet read from a sweet, talented and witty author. —this boxed set is sure to please.
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Youa re going to love it ! November 1, 2016
Magic and love fill the air in this complication of stories that you will absolutely adore. You will take on a journey to many places where magic and love fill the air. This is a must have for anyone who loves the holidays and the magic it brings to us all. For both the young and the young at heart. I simply could not put the book down. Another great job by these terrific authors.
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… all the Season Of anthologies and have very much enjoyed. The stories are romantic and fun November 1, 2016
I’ve read all the Season Of anthologies and have very much enjoyed. The stories are romantic and fun. Season of Promises is no different. The six stories made me smile, laugh and even cry a bit. They were all a wonderful way to kick off my favorite season. I especially liked reading about Tillie the Matchmaker’s latest adventure in Tillie’s Last Match and going back to Regency Italy and England in A Promise of Forever. I…Read More
I’ve read all the Season Of anthologies and have very much enjoyed. The stories are romantic and fun. Season of Promises is no different. The six stories made me smile, laugh and even cry a bit. They were all a wonderful way to kick off my favorite season. I especially liked reading about Tillie the Matchmaker’s latest adventure in Tillie’s Last Match and going back to Regency Italy and England in A Promise of Forever. I highly recommend!
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The Good, The Bad and The Ghostly…

The Good, The Bad, and The Ghostly

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What do you get when you combine cowboys and ghosts? A collection of eight (stand-alone) amazing stories from the Old West with haunts of every variety.

Get your love of alpha cowboys on and feed your addiction for the bizarre (and sometimes spooky) world when you purchase The Good, The Bad and The Ghostly.

Bestselling and Award-winning authors are pleased to save you more than 75% on this fantastic boxed set! (Price if books sold separately).

Buy link: http://mybook.to/GoodBadGhostly

 

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Wild, Wild Ghost by Margo Bond Collins

Blurb:

When Ruby Silver traded in her demon-hunting rifle for a badge at the Tremayne Psychic Specters Investigations, she didn’t want another partner—losing the last one was too traumatic. But when a new case in the Texas Hill Country pairs her up with the slow-talking, fast-drawing Trip Austin, it will take all their combined skills to combat a plague of poltergeists in this German-settled town.

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Comes An Outlaw by Keta Diablo

When a tragic accident claims her husband’s life, Jesse Santos must find a way to keep the ranch, the only home her 12-year-old son has ever known.  The ranch hands have abandoned her, a gang of cutthroat ranchers want her land and an ancient Yaqui Indian insists a spirit has taken up residence in the house.

 

After a fifteen year absence, her husband’s brother, Coy, returns to his childhood home. He doesn’t plan on staying, and he certainly doesn’t intend to settle down with a widow and her son…no matter how pretty she is.

 

He’s an outlaw, after all, and made a decision to put an end to his gun-slinging days long ago. Will his conscience let him walk away from family, or will his heart overrule his head?

 

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Long A Ghost and Far Away by Andrea Downing

When Lizzie Adams returns as a ghost to a life she led in the 1800s, she is surprised to find herself on a ranch in Wyoming, but delighted to learn she was married to a handsome and loving man.  The reasons for her return become clear when she discovers how she died, yet the unresolved issues surrounding her death leave her unable to either live in the 1800s or return to her present life.

Colby Gates misses the wife he loved, yet a ghost is a poor substitute. Re-married to a woman he doesn’t care for, and with outlaws searching for buried gold on his ranch, the spirit of his wife is a further complication.

Perhaps if the questions surrounding Lizzie’s death can be answered, the two can be together.

For all time.

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A Ghostly Wager by Blaire Edens

Even a skeptical detective needs a little otherworldly help.

 

Nineteen-year old Annabelle Lawson hops a train to Reno to escape a marriage to a man twice her age. Alone and nearly destitute, she spots an employment advertisement that might change her life. If she can use the dreams that have haunted her for the last four years to land a job with the mysterious Treymane PSI Agency, she might be able to buy a train ticket home to Kentucky.

Agent Cole Swansby is an up and coming detective for Tremayne PSI. There’s only thing that can sink his career: if the boss realizes he’s a skeptic. He’s solved dozens of cases using old-fashioned logic, but he doesn’t believe in the paranormal. Now he’s under tremendous pressure to solve a new case before the president of Midas Mining shows for a week of R&R at The Blade Saloon.

Cole can’t solve this case without some otherworldly help, though, and Annabelle is just the woman for the job. As the two of them are drawn deeper into the mystery of the woman in green, they may not be able to banish the ghost without losing their hearts. To each other.

 

 

How the Ghost Was Won by Erin Hayes

 

From orphan to saloon girl to ghost whisperer, Hattie Hart has been and seen a lot of things in her time. Her new job as a detective with the Tremayne PSI Agency takes her out to the remote town of Carolina City, Nevada on a vague assignment to investigate the disappearance of a US marshal.

 

Except, when she arrives, she meets the devilishly handsome Grant Madsden, a US marshal who is alive and well. Certainly not missing, but certainly the man of her dreams. So why did her boss send her out to this small boomtown when there’s nothing for her to investigate?

 

She soon discovers that in Carolina City, there are strange happenings from the afterlife that threaten to kill her or worse. She’ll have to race against time to save her life, the town, and the US marshal she was sent to find—and maybe, if she’s lucky, her heart.

 

McKee’s Ghost by Anita Philmar

 

His fiancée called off their engagement after being accosted by a ghost in his house. Now, a beautiful ghost detective has shown up at his ranch, saying his brother has hired her to take care of the unwanted spirit.

Konnor McKee is more than happy with P.S.I Agent Ruth Oliva Wilson. One look and he’s hooked. Now, if he can only get some help from a ghost, he might be able to secure himself a bride after all.

With the return of his ex- fiancé, his life is turned upside down by an angry ghost, a vindictive woman, and a sexy medium. Konnor doesn’t know which way to turn.

Can he get everyone out of this alive and marry the P.S.I Agent? Or has he lost all hope of a happy future because of the ruthless ghost of one of his ancestors?

 

A Ride Through Time by Charlene Raddon

 

Ghosts. Murder. Love.  P.S.I. Agent Burke Jameson travels to Eagle Gulch, Colorado to investigate a report of ghost activity at a house where a murder took place in 1881. When his vehicle carrying his P.S.I. equipment dies, and a riderless mare appears, he mounts up, hoping the horse will lead him to her fallen rider. What he finds is a whole new life beyond his imagination.

Clorinda Halstead believes she’s a widow. After all, she was the one who shot her husband, Horace, on a violent night in 1881. He deserved it, the jury concluded. Living with the town marshal and his wife, all Clori wants is to be left alone. Then a stranger, Burke James, joins the household and nothing is ever the same again.

How did Burke find his way through time to the year 1881, and who is haunting the lovely but distant Widow Halstead? Can Burke find the ghost of Eagle Gulch without his P.S.I. equipment? And how will he ever choose between going home to his own time and a life of love and happiness with Clorinda?

 

The Ghost and the Bridegroom by Patti Sherry-Crews

 

Life is looking rosy for Abbott Foster when he brings his new bride to his ranch in Arizona. But when he is unable to consummate his marriage due to a malevolent spirit in the bedroom, he is forced to call in Psychic Specters Investigations.

Agent Healy Harrison doesn’t want to accept this case. She has her own demons and likes her quiet life, lived in the anonymity of St. Louis. But Tucson is where she finds herself—with instructions to “Have an adventure! Have a romance!” Things get interesting when she meets handsome Pinkerton detective, Aaron Turrell. Is this the romance she’s meant to have, or when their two cases intersect, will it drive him away?

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Charlene Raddon’s first serious attempt at writing fiction came in 1980 when a vivid dream drove her to drag out a typewriter and begin writing. She’s been writing ever since. Because of a love for romance novels and the Wild West, her primary genre is historical romance. At present, she has five books originally published in paperback by Kensington Books. More recently these were published as e-Books by Tirgearr Publishing. In May, 2016 Charlene self-published her ebooks with new covers. Charlene also designs book covers and other graphic materials for authors at her site, Silver Sage Book Covers

 

About A Ride Through Time:  Ghosts. Murder. Love.  P.S.I. Agent Burke Jameson travels to Eagle Gulch, Colorado to investigate a report of ghost activity at a house where a murder took place in 1881. When his vehicle carrying his P.S.I. equipment dies, and a riderless mare appears, he mounts up, hoping the horse will lead him to her fallen rider. What he finds is a whole new life beyond his imagination.

Clorinda Halstead believes she’s a widow. After all, she was the one who shot her husband, Horace, on a violent night in 1881. He deserved it, the jury concluded. Living with the town marshal and his wife, all Clori wants is to be left alone. Then a stranger, Burke James, joins the household and nothing is ever the same again.

How did Burke find his way through time to the year 1881, and who is haunting the lovely but distant Widow Halstead? Can Burke find the ghost of Eagle Gulch without his P.S.I. equipment? And how will he ever choose between going home to his own time and a life of love and happiness with Clorinda?

Excerpt

Once more, a whinny and the riderless horse clip-clopped further up the lane. Spook barked.

 

Frowning, Burke halted. Thanks to his years on Pop’s ranch, he’d learned horse talk and had little doubt what this one wanted. “Gabe, I think he wants me to go with him. I’m going to try to ride him, see if he’ll take me to his owner. Follow in the van but don’t get too close.”

“How am I going to do that with a dead motor?”

“Just try it.” Years at Psychic Specter Investigations had honed Burke’s understanding of the unusual, and instinct told him this was no ordinary situation.

The car door creaked open, and Gabe cursed. In the next instant, Spook stood beside Burke. He barely glanced at the Vizsla, keeping his eyes on the horse instead in case it bolted. “Bad dog. I told you to stay.”

Behind him, the van’s engine roared to life, sweet as apple pie.

Burke considered putting the dog back in the van, then relented. “Stay close, Spook. Understand?”

Spook barked.

Shaking his head, Burke inched closer to the horse. “You want to take me to your owner now? We’ll help him if he’s hurt.” Rather than laying in wait to scare the shit out of him like his peers had twenty years ago.

This time, the animal stood still, watching him over its shoulder. Burke hadn’t dealt with horses since leaving for college, but some things never changed. Including the urge to sneeze around equestrian dander. He walked up beside him, allowing the full beams of the van lights to fall on him. Only he saw now that it wasn’t a him; she was a beautiful dappled gray mare. He patted the long bridge of her nose while she sniffed his hand. As if in approval, she snorted and nodded.

“You like that, huh?” Burke continued to stroke the sleek gray coat, checking her neck, withers, and shoulders. She seemed in good shape.

Skittish, though. She danced away a few steps, whinnied and looked back at him as if to say come on.

“You want me to go with you, show me where your rider is?”

Another nod.

The beautifully expressive creature communicated effortlessly. “Damned if you aren’t a clever one. I’ll call you Silver.”

She stomped her hooves with impatience.

“All right, all right.” Burke retrieved his hat from the van before returning to the mare. He felt naked without it. A quick check of the cinch strap later, he hoisted himself into the saddle. Silver snuffled. To Burke’s surprise, Spook leaped into his lap.

The mare allowed her canine passenger—a bigger surprise yet—and trotted up the road.

Gabe followed in the van.

As he rode, Burke kept a close watch for the absent rider. Not knowing where her missing rider might be Burke gave the gray her head. She’d know where to take him.

A rickety old fence bordered the road on the right side. Didn’t look as if anyone had tended to it in a long time. Fence poles lay on the ground like pick-up sticks.

A few miles later, Burke caught a glimpse of the dark, hulking Halstead house in the distance through the trees. His pulse ratcheted up.

He’d made it back!

This time, as a full-grown, established ghost hunter instead of a fifteen-year-old kid, scared, breathing hard, and wishing more than anything he could turn tail and run home.

Course, home no longer existed. Tract housing occupied the land his father, and his grandfather before him had farmed. Home now was Aurora on the outskirts of Denver, the Colorado headquarters for P.S.I. His parents resided in Heaven.

He realized he was grinning from ear to ear and shut his mouth, lest he end up with his teeth plastered with bugs. Spook looked back over Burke’s shoulder and panted doggie breath in his ear. Tree limbs slapped Burke’s face, and he grabbed to keep his Stetson from flying off. A spider web caught on his whiskery cheek. He wiped it away. The horse leaped over a deadfall, and he hung on tight. A skunk scurried away, its tail a black and white banner in the wind.

Silver leaped over a fallen gate and the trees thinned to nothing, leaving only stumps that dotted the uncleared land.

What the…? Burke tried to turn to look back at the forest they’d left behind but couldn’t with the dog in his lap. Why had someone cut them down? Was the historical society planning to put a parking lot here?

The van’s engine faded to silence. Gabe couldn’t follow across the field. He had to keep to the lane leading to the house. The separation troubled Burke. Number eighteen of the psychic investigators code book: never leave a team member behind. He reached into the pocket of his lamb’s wool coat for his cell phone.

No service. Shit. He could try texting his partner but decided to wait.

He continually scanned for the fallen rider and cursed his inability to see in the deepening shadows. The house remained in view with no trees to block it, but he saw no man on the ground.

At last, they arrived in front of the two-story clapboard structure, the dark windows like eyes staring at him. Spook jumped down and disappeared, probably after a rabbit or squirrel. Burke dismounted.

Halstead. At last.

Lifting his face to the moonlight, he gave in to his earlier whim and howled.

The house appeared pretty much the way he remembered it, although something seemed different. He would figure it out. First, he had better find that injured man. Once that was taken care of and Gabe showed up, they could get to work.

“All right, girl.” He turned to Silver. “Where is your ri…?”

Gone. Vanished. As if the horse never been there.

Burke looked down at his hand that had held the reins. How had the horse pulled free without him noticing?

The hair on his arms and neck rose.

 

You can find Charlene at:

 

charraddon@pobox.com

http://charleneraddon.com

http://charleneraddon.blogspot.com

http://silversagebookcovers, com

 

https://www.amazon.com/Charlene-Raddon/e/B000APG1P8/

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Poetry of Love: the Engagement Year

Title: Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year

Author: N. N. Light

Genre: Poetry, Love Poetry

 

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Book Blurb:

I had been searching for love my whole life. It took the opening up of the world via technology for me to find my soulmate. Once I laid eyes on her, at the arrivals gate, I knew I was never going to let her go. The following is a collection of poems I wrote to my angel, from our first meeting up until our wedding day. I was working crazy hours as a chef and I had a long commute. I chose my commuting time to pen her a poem each day. These poems speak of our life, our challenges and our growth together…in every aspect they speak of our love.

 

May this book give someone the courage to let their special someone know how much they care for them and how much they mean to them. Saying I love you is a gift you can give many times a day.

 

Excerpt #1:

Insecurities and Dreams

 

Insecurities and dreams

They are a part of us

They stem from when we only felt

That Heaven was impossible

And we only faced Hell.

 

Our love is all powerful

It surpasses our hopes and dreams

How can insecurity stand up

When soulmates share the love

Of a thousand sun beams.

 

Excerpt #2:

Our Love

 

Our love exists in so many ways

Even when parted I feel you

I long for your gaze

Knowing our love is true.

 

When in the heaven of your arms

I feel our love’s warmth surround me.

 

Your grace, beauty and charm

Leave me gasping breathless in serenity.

 

The pureness, sweetness and sincerity

Our so perfect love

Oft compels me to my knees

To thank our Lord above

For our love.

 

 

Excerpt #3:

As My Beauty Sleeps

 

I love to lay and listen

As my beauty sleeps.

 

The sound of each breath

As my beauty sleeps.

 

I think how I will awaken her

As my beauty sleeps.

 

To kiss her softly

That is my plan

As my beauty sleeps.

 

My lips move close

But I just enjoy listening

As my beauty sleeps.

 

Goodreads Giveaway:

 

Enter to win an autographed copy of Poetry of Love: The Engagement year

 

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/204691-poetry-of-love-the-engagement-year

 

 

Buy Links:

Available at Amazon Worldwide or FREE on Kindle Unlimited:

https://www.amazon.com/Poetry-Love-Engagement-N-Light-ebook/dp/B01M13IKRH

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32054659-poetry-of-love

 

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Author Biography: N. N. Light is the husband-wife writing team, commonly known as Mr. N and Mrs. N. Mrs. N. has been creating stories ever since she was little. Her grandfather remembers when she was two years old, she would stand at the top of the stairs and tell him a story filled with emotion (and in a language foreign to him) with her hands on her hips. Let’s just say she was a born storyteller.

They’re blissfully happy and love all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports, trains, history, cooking and baking. Their mantra is to spread the Light.

Most of the time you can find them on Twitter or getting new ideas on how to spread the Light on Pinterest. They’re a proud member of ASMSG, Independent Author Network and Marketing for Romance Writers.

In addition to being authors, they’re also book promoters/reviewers, social media marketers/influencers and the owners of N. N. Light Author Promotions. They both love books, have ever since they were young. Matching up books and readers is something that gives them great pleasure.

 

They’d love to connect with you either via email or via these various social media sites:

Website: http://princessofthelight.com

Blog: http://princessofthelight.wordpress.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/nnlight

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/NNP_W_Light

Bookbub:  https://www.bookbub.com/authors/n-n-light

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/nnlight

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Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/nnlight

Independent Author Network: http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/n-n-light.html

 

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SEASON OF PROMISES 2016 IS HERE

I’m very excited to announce that this year’s Season Of Holiday Box Set, Season of Promises, is now available for preorder.

https://www.amazon.com/Season-Promise-Merry-Holly-ebook/dp/B01LQUP9AS/

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It’s a season of holiday wishes and promises made. Six fun filled stories to fill your holiday with promise, love and kisses by award winning and bestselling authors.

 

Unexpected Holiday Bonus by Merry Holly

Suzette has a firm policy of no dating within the company, but Dirk is impossible to resist. Then she discovers the truth. Has she fallen for a corporate spy? Or has Christmas given them a most delicious, unexpected holiday bonus?

 

The Littlest Angel by Vicki Batman Two people. One ornament for the tree. Can the twosome find common ground and discover the true meaning of Christmas?

 

 

A Promise of Forever by Gerri Brousseau

Courage overcomes a scandalous past and leads to love and A Promise of Forever.

 

Bad Luck Partners by Award Winning Author Cara Marsi

In Sin City, a couple, unlucky in love, gamble on each other. Win or lose?

 

Tillie’s Last Match by Bobbi Lerman

Legendary matchmaker, Tillie has one last heart to mend before retiring, but Miriam & Mike may be her hardest match ever. Can she summon the magic one last time to bring the enchantment of love long given up back to life.

 

A Christmas Promise by Jane Gale

District Attorney Cherry Stevens is rescued by sexy police officer Drake Boarden during an attempted robbery igniting their passion for not only justice but for each other.

 

Merry Holly/Marian Lanouette Amazon author page:

https://www.amazon.com/Marian-Lanouette/e/B0095YFGZ6/

 

Check out the other Season of Holiday Box sets: Romance

Seasons Of Magic, By Merry Holly.

Seasons Of Magic, By Merry Holly.

Season Of Love, By Merry Holly.

Season Of Love, By Merry Holly.

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Book Spotlight: One More Second Chance by Jana Richards

Title: One More Second Chance
Author: Jana Richards
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, the Lobster Cove Series
Release Date: February 6, 2015

 

I’m currently giving away a print copy of ONE MORE SECOND CHANCE at Goodreads. For your chance to win, please enter my contest here.

 

Blurb:
Dr. Alex Campbell has an agenda—finish his contract to provide medical services in Maine, pay off his medical school debt, and head back to his real life in San Diego. But when he meets Julia, all his carefully laid plans are put in jeopardy.
Julia Stewart, Lobster Cove’s high school principal, swears she’ll never let another man drag her away from the home she loves. Her aging parents need her, and the Cove is where she wants to raise her daughter. When her mother’s illness brings her and the big city doctor closer together, panic sets in. Her marriage taught her men don’t stay.
Can she put aside the heartaches of the past and trust Alex enough to accept the love he’s offering? Or will her fear of abandonment mean she’ll send him away forever?

 

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Excerpt #1: (If you decide to use an excerpt, please choose just one)
“What did the x-ray find?” she asked.
“A spiral fracture of the right arm.” He paused for a moment and took a deep breath as if trying to control his emotions. “I’ve seen this kind of injury before. A fracture like this can be the result of a fall, but it can also be an indication of child abuse. An arm as small as Ava’s will break like a twig if it’s twisted hard enough. I’m obligated to contact the authorities if I suspect abuse.”
Julia stared at him in mute shock, her brain struggling to process his words, as if trying to translate some unintelligible language. The words child abuse rang in her ears. Finally she found her voice.
“You think someone deliberately hurt her?”
“Her injuries are consistent with abuse.”
“I don’t give a damn what they’re consistent with. Ava has not been mistreated. My mother said she fell down the stairs, and if that’s what she said, then that’s what happened.”
“I believe there’s more to the story than a simple fall.”
“If it comes down to believing you or believing my mother, I’m going with my mother.”
“Perhaps you don’t know your mother as well as you think you do.”
Julia sucked in a breath and stared into Dr. Campbell’s dark, accusing eyes. The idea that her mother would hurt Ava was ridiculous. She adored Ava, would do anything for her…
She blinked and looked away, remembering an incident the other day. She’d heard her yelling at Ava about the milk she’d spilled on the kitchen floor, making such a huge deal of it that Ava had cried. It had struck her as strange, since she couldn’t remember her mother yelling at anyone, ever. She wasn’t as patient as she used to be. And how did she explain her strange phone call telling her Ava had been hurt? Of course she’d been upset, but her mother had been nearly incoherent with distress. Was something going on she wasn’t aware of? She was seventy-one now. Maybe looking after a rambunctious five-year-old was too much for her.
No. She shook her head to reject the disloyal thought. Dr. Campbell was the one who was wrong.
“I know my mother. She didn’t do this. It was an accident.”
“We’ll soon find out. Sharon is questioning Ava now.”
Julia stared at the door. “She’ll be scared, all by herself.”
“Sharon’s very good at what she does. She has a way of making kids feel comfortable.”
Julia turned on him, the anger and despair she’d been holding inside spilling out. “And you? Do you enjoy upsetting five-year-olds and turning families’ lives upside down? Does it make you feel powerful to sic the authorities on us?”
“Look, Mrs. Stewart, I take no pleasure in bringing in the authorities. But I’ve seen child abuse, up close and personal, and I can tell you it’s damn ugly. The things parents and caregivers are capable of doing to defenseless children…”
He stopped abruptly, his chest heaving. Closing his eyes, he averted his face and took a deep breath. When he turned back to her, his steely control was back in place. “So yeah, if I have even the smallest suspicion that a child has been abused, I’m going to ask questions. And I’m not going to apologize for it.”

 

Excerpt #2:
They drank their tea in silence, but the silence didn’t feel awkward. Julia felt soothed, the stress slowly leaving her body. Perhaps her grandmother had been onto something. The tea seemed to be working.
She finished the last of it and set down the cup. “I should be going. I left Ava with Tracy, and she’s probably hungry by now.”
Julia got to her feet and headed to the front door, with Alex following her. “Thanks for the tea, and for listening. I guess I needed both today.”
“Anytime. Seriously, Julia, anytime you need to talk, about anything, give me a call.”
She wondered if he was speaking as a doctor, as a friend, or as a man. Which one did she want him to be?
“Thank you.”
“I’ll try to keep an eye out for your folks, see if there’s anything I can do for them.”
She was touched by his offer. “I really appreciate that, but I know how busy you are.”
He waved away her concern. “It’s no big deal. I appreciate my grandmother’s neighbors checking in on her, and I’d be happy to do the same.”
He really did understand how she felt. “In that case, thank you.”
She opened the front door and stepped outside. Turning to Alex, she smiled. His thick hair had begun to dry, and the dark strands gleamed in the spring sunshine. Her breath caught in her throat at his beauty.
“Bye, Alex.”
“Bye. Take care.”
Julia hurried down the steps and across the lawn to her car. An appreciation for his looks was as far she could take any relationship with him. Her life was too complicated, too full already. And she would never get involved with a man who planned to leave Lobster Cove in only a few more months.

 

Excerpt #3:
Beth fanned herself with a napkin, giving an exaggerated sigh. “If only I was fifteen years younger and twenty pounds lighter, I’d be all over the good doctor.”
Julia laughed. “Aren’t you forgetting something? Or someone? You know, Marty? The guy you go home to every night?”
“Marty?” Beth pretended to think about the question. “The name does sound vaguely familiar.”
“It should. You’ve only been married to him for the last twenty years.”
“What can I say? A pretty face like Alex Campbell’s can turn the head of even the most devoted wife.”

 

Bio:
When Jana Richards read her first romance novel, she immediately knew two things: she had to commit the stories running through her head to paper, and they had to end with a happily ever after. She also knew she’d found what she was meant to do. Since then she’s never met a romance genre she didn’t like. She writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and historical romance set in World War Two, in lengths ranging from short story to full length novel. Just for fun, she throws in generous helpings of humor, and the occasional dash of the paranormal. Her paranormal romantic suspense “Seeing Things” was a 2008 EPPIE finalist.
In her life away from writing, Jana is an accountant/admin assistant, a mother to two grown daughters, and a wife to her husband Warren. She enjoys golf, yoga, movies, concerts, travel and reading, not necessarily in that order. She and her husband live in Winnipeg, Canada with their Pug/Terrier cross Lou and several unnamed goldfish. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.janarichards.com

 

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Author Bobbi Lerman talks about the Jitters of being published.

“Would you like to write a Chanukah themed novella for an upcoming holiday anthology?” My writer friend Marian Lanouette asked me back in the fall of 2014.  

 

I was more than a little flattered by the invitation to join this group of talented authors. Not to mention a little anxious where I had never written a novella before. I loved the idea; holiday stories are some of my favorites to read. They never fail to inspire, make me smile and always have a happy ending, (at least the ones I gravitate to). I loved the idea of creating my own tale. I just had one problem. I kept coming up blank for a story idea I could embrace until I sat down for the Jewish New Year celebration dinner one fall night a few years ago with my boisterous, loving, but in your face family and my up until then missing muse.

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Listening to my siblings, my nieces, nephews and assorted cousins banter back and forth, give opinions on everyone’s personal life whether asked or not brought up memories of my mom, Tillie and my aunts Koko and Florence who always believed everyone’s true love waited for them and could be found if the person just knew how and where to look. My mother was a repressed matchmaker; my aunt and a couple of my cousins (who shall remain nameless) were not so subtle. From that dinner along with a few deliberate nudges from my muse, Tillie the possibly otherworldly, definitely magical, always on the verge of retiring to Bocca matchmaker was born.

 

I was drawn to the idea of one family needing assistance in finding their own true loves. I based a lot of the personality traits of my character’s on family members. And yes, it is possible I may have imbibed them with a lot of exaggerated yet fun embellishments and okay, maybe a bit here and there was based on the irrepressible characters from the old TV show, The Nanny, most of whom I swear was based on my family members.

 

I’m more of a panster when it comes to plotting. I knew only two things for certain when I sat down to write the first story. One, the women in this family had given up on true love existing at least for them and the concept of happily ever after? For them just some far fetched fairy tale. Second, Tillie had more than one story in her.  Lucky for Tillie, and me The Season of Anthology has was followed from the first stories featured in Season of Magic, to Season of Love, Season of Surprises and the upcoming Season of Promises where I get to weave the tale of Tillie’s last match, or is it?

 

I hope the readers enjoy Tillie and her adventures as much as I have enjoyed writing them.  

 Author Bio:

Bobbi PhotoA self-proclaimed “muse locater,” Bobbi has been running workshops for over fifteen years aimed at helping writers unblock and find their voice and inspiration. She founded Scribbler’s Ink, an active online community and website offering interviews with authors, writing tips, daily prompts, workshops and retreats.

 

Bobbi Lerman’s love for writing began at a young age when she would spend her afternoon crafting short stories about her extended familyin the three decker home she grew up in and about life on the North Shore of Mass. she earned a degree in Fine Arts from Mass Art, and is a member of the Romance Writer’s of America, and the New England Romance Writers. 

 

Through the years, Bobbi’s writing has evolved to cover a multitude of topics, from travel writing for blogs such as Wanderlust Woman, View from the Pier and others. Today she primarly writes Historical Medieval Romance and travel essays.

 

When she isn’t writing ro work-shopping, Bobbi loves to travel, having spent time living in Europe. Today, she and her husband and cat Skye, make their home in Nahant. 

 

Bobbi is the author of three novella’s; Matchmaker, Matchmaker, An Unexpected Match and Providence in the Seasons Of Anthologies.  

If you’d like to meet Tillie the Matchmaker check out The Season of Anthologies at:

 

https://www.amazon.com/Season-Surprises-Holiday-Box-Set-ebook/dp/B014LZJRVM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1468261987&sr=8-1&keywords=Season+of+Surprises+boxed+set

 

https://www.amazon.com/Season-Love-Box-Merry-Holly-ebook/dp/B00X3ZAR3E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1468262021&sr=8-1&keywords=Season+of+Love+boxed+set

 

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Keep an eye out this October for Tillie’s latest adventure in Season of Promises!

 

 

 

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