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


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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.”


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


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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.  

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




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We’re Leading Up to Season of Promises…

We’re Leading Up to Season of Promises with post from authors in previous Season of Books. Yesterday we visited with Gerri Brousseau, who explained how her short story became a series featured in each of the Season of books.


Tomorrow we’ll visit with Bobbi Lerman. She talks about her invitation to contribute to the series, as well as the nerves she had to control to publish her first story. I can’t wait to read it.


After all authors have posted, they’ll be a drawing. Two lucky readers who commented will receive an autographed copy of the first book in the series Season of Magic.

Seasons Of Magic, By Merry Holly.

Seasons Of Magic, By Merry Holly.

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A Series Was Born


Today I welcome author Gerri Brousseau

A Series Was Born

I never thought about writing a series, and when I was asked to join the amazing authors of Season of Magic and write a holiday novella, I didn’t expect my story, The Yuletide Bride, to lead into one. But, I’m getting ahead of myself in the telling of how this happened. I had never written a novella before. I was thrilled at being invited to join these remarkable authors involved and couldn’t wait to get started.

Seasons Of Magic, By Merry Holly.

Seasons Of Magic, By Merry Holly.



Now as often times it happens to authors, I sat before the computer staring at a blank page with the cursor flashing and no idea what to write. And then the idea for The Yuletide Bride blossomed, and I allowed the characters to reveal their story as I typed. But a funny thing happened. When I had finished telling the story of Stuart Nelson, I found that I wasn’t through with the other wonderful characters of the story. Stuart Nelson’s father, Lord Robert, always the quintessential gentleman that he is, politely requested that he have the opportunity to tell the beloved readers a story of his own. Thus, Puppy Love was written and published in the second Season of Series, Season of Love Box Set.


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Ah, now I should feel a sense of completion, and yet I did not. I pondered this for a day or so when I was promptly scolded and brought to task by the powerful Dowager Duchess, Lady Esther who insisted that her tale be told. Thus, Enticed by a Laird was born. This feisty grand dame’s story appears in the Season of Surprises Holiday Box Set.


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And now I certainly must be finished, I thought. But alas, that was not the case. Far in the recesses of my mind a small voice echoed, a voice from novella’s past. Surely the dear readers would want to know what became of the villainous Lady Roxanne who tried to thwart Stuart Nelson’s plans in The Yuletide Bride. Could it be that the villain, our relentless antagonist of The Yuletide Bride should now become the heroine? Would Lady Roxanne Rothchild finally find her happily ever after? Well dear readers, you are sure to find out because her story will be told in A Promise of Forever, set to release this coming holiday season in Season of Promise.


I have to tell you that writing of a series, although unexpected, was so much fun; and working with a group of fantastic authors so enjoyable that I look forward to being invited to take part in more to come.

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gerriAuthor Bio:

Gerri was born and raised in Connecticut. She attended Connecticut State University. One night after a strange dream about a dream catcher, she was inspired to write According To Legend. Most of the novel was written while she commuted to and from work on the train. Since that time, Gerri has also written A Pirate’s Ransom, To Kill a Monarch, The Yuletide Bride (in the Season of Magic Anthology), Puppy Love (in the Season of Love Anthology), Enticed by a Laird (in the Season of Surprises Anthology), and coming this Christmas A Promise of Forever (in the Season of Promises Holiday Anthology).

In 2012 Gerri served as the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Chapter of Romance Writers of America and is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Gerri has also served on the Board of Directors of CTRWA as a Member-At-Large.

Gerri still lives in Connecticut with her beloved pug, Mimi.


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Happy Saturday! What Are You Reading

Today is Blog Party Saturday over at the Exquisite Quills. Jump over there and find new authors to you and their websites.

Here’s the link:Exquisite Quills


Last weekend with the 4th of July holiday I turned off my electronics, except of course, my Nook. With the electronics off I read three books in three days. It was glorious. I read one for research, one for my guilty pleasure and one to intrigue me.


Yes, three very different genres. I love romance and mysteries. When an author combines the two into a romantic suspense I’m in heaven.


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Here are some of the authors I’ve read in the last month and a half.

Serenity Woods
Heather Choate
Kristine Cayne.
Lucy Kevin (Bella Andre)
Jamie K. Schmidt.
Vanessa Waltz.
Cheryl Yeko.
N.N. Light
Kayelle Allen
Sylvia Pierce.
Lily Zante.
Maggie Shayne.
Alexandra Ivy.
Laura Wright.
Bronwyn Green
Gail Ingis
Danielle Stewart.

Have you read any New To You Authors lately?

Enjoy your weekend, and stay safe.


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Kim Hansen you won If I Fail, A Jake Carrington Mystery.



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Two Covers one book: The Christmas cover is up now. I know I’m reversed. I posted the Summer Cover during the cold, snowy months.

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More Than I Wished For

Hi everyone, on April 12th More Than I Wished For releases. It’s Chase and Noelle’s complete story in one book for the first time. All stories previously appeared in the Season of Anthologies.

I would love to get some love for the book. Please share the Media Sheet below on all your social media sites. As a thank you and for being so awesome your name will be entered into a drawing for a free book and a $5.00 Amazon gift card.

Thank you, Merry/Marian

Media Sheet:

More Than I Wished For trilogy

Release Date: April 12, 2016

Author: Merry Holly

Publisher: Lan Hop Independently published

Word Count: 75,000

Page Count: 241

ISBN E: 978-0-996-3821-7-5



More Than I Wished For book information:

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Book Description: A whirlwind holiday romance, a rushed wedding, to relocating tropical Island of , challenge Chase and Noelle as they adjust to each other and life as a couple.


Noel Noel Noel by Merry Holly

Season of Magic

Dumped and lonely, is it possible to find love at the local mall? Noelle thinks not, but a chance encounter with Chase Clayborne while Christmas shopping has her rethinking her rigid set of rules as sparks flare between them.


A Wedding and a Promise by Merry Holly

Season of Love

A Christmas engagement leads to a Valentine Wedding. Noelle wants to slow down the wedding while she and Chase get to know each other better. In her opinion 63 days of dating is too soon to marry a person.

Marriage wasn’t on Chase’s mind when he headed home for the holidays. But a chance meeting sends him straight into Noelle’s arms. Once he laid eyes on her his heart was gone forever. But he has a secret. One he’s afraid to tell her for fear she’ll break the engagement.


Noelle’s Surprise by Merry Holly

Season of Surprises

Married life isn’t what she thought it would be. Now life changing news has Noelle trying to find the right time to tell Chase it. Lately they’ve been arguing more and more. Maybe they married too soon.

Frustrated at Noelle’s unhappiness, Chase has tried everything to combat it. But her mood swings are driving him crazy. When he finds a brochure on plastic surgery, he flips out. His beautiful wife doesn’t need it. How can he finish the project he’s working on while keeping her happy and on the island until its completion?



In a season filled with secrets, Noelle’s got a big one—it will change their lives forever. How will Chase react to the news?


More Than I Wished For


Excerpt: Noelle’s Surprise

The plane bounced on the tarmac a couple of times before it settled and taxied down the runway. Chase smiled at her when she loosened her death grip on his hand. This was it—their new home for the next nine months. Would she like it? Adjust? Noelle certainly hoped so. Paradise or not, she didn’t know anyone but Chase here. How would she fit in with his clients? Pushing those thoughts away for another time, she decided to enjoy her last week with him before he started work on his next project. All to herself, mmmm! What would she do with him? A smile tugged at the corner of her mouth.  Oh yeah, she knew exactly what she was going to do with him and to him.

“What’s the smile for?”

“You’ll find out when you take me home,” she whispered.


Standing, she stretched, working out the kinks in her back before reaching into the overhead bin for their bags.

“I’ll get that, darling,” Chase said, pushing out of his seat, crouched over like a pretzel as not to hit his head on the plane’s ceiling.

She stepped forward to allow him to climb into the aisle behind her. “Thanks, honey, it feels good to stretch.” With that she rubbed her lower back.

“I’ll take care of that too, shortly,” he said, his voice husky with need.

Hot glowing coals splotched across her face. Quickly she looked around to make sure no one had overheard him. “Behave.”


People started moving forward, pushing her and Chase along the aisle to disembark the plane, interrupting their conversation. And a good thing too, she thought. Would this feeling of love and want ever abate? She hoped not. The warm, humid air hit her in the face as she stepped up to the exit. Palm trees everywhere she looked swayed in the soft ocean breeze beyond the runway. Airport personnel wearing shorts in February all seemed so foreign to her. It was a wonderful welcome after leaving the snowy skies of Connecticut. Though that first hour in the air was touch and go, turbulence rocked the plane like a boat on rough seas. Thoughts of death plagued her as she downed vodka and tonics faster than Andrew Miller could throw a pitch for the Yankees. She believed Chase still had her nail marks in his forearm.

While Chase collected their luggage, Noelle decided to head to the door to hail a cab to save time and started walking away from him.

“Noelle,” Chase called out.

“I’m going to grab a cab.” The floral, peppery air filled her senses. It smelled delicious.

He caught up to her with their suitcases under his arms and pointed. Naturally he thought of everything. A big shiny limo parked at the curb, a driver holding up a sign with their name on it both thrilled and embarrassed her.

Their name.  Her name. Mr. & Mrs. Chase Clayborne in big letters it announced to the world we’re a unit. Two weeks ago she was Noelle Eve Barnes. Today she was Noelle Clayborne. And she loved how it sounded.

The driver took their bags while Chase helped her into the backseat. Stepping in from the humid air into the frigid air-conditioned car sent waves of shivers up and down her arms and legs. Her yellow sundress offered no warmth.

“Well, Mrs. Clayborne, what do you think?” Chase asked.

“It’s beautiful. I want to see the rest of the island today. Will we have time?”

“Time stands still here. This week is yours. Anything you want to do, we do.” He draped his arm around her shoulder, pulled her in close, and rubbed his hands up and down her arms to warm her.



All Stories in More Than I Wished For appeared in the Season of Anthologies.



I loved how each story ended with the author sharing a favorite, delicious-sounding recipe.
5 stars. Heartwarming Holiday Tales. A Season of Magic is a great read. Five heartwarming tales of love, romance and food. Did I mention the recipes? I can’t wait to try making my own homemade Rosie’s Christmas Cookies. You can’t go wrong with this collection after all it is reading and cooking in one!

5 stars, Delightful Reads Seasons of Love, a Box Set containing five delightful novellas by noted romance authors, is a perfect choice for times you need a break from the craziness of our world. Each story is different, yet compelling in its own way. In Wedding and a Promise by Merry Holly, a prospective bride is concerned when she realizes her fiancé is filthy rich and there’s so much she doesn’t know about him. In Bobbi Lerman’s Unexpected Match, a nurse hooks up with a restored coma patient to whom she’s revealed her innermost thoughts. Stacy Hoff had me craving chocolate in Love Delights, when coworkers compete for a promotion and end up you know where. Beachcomber Valentine is actually part of by Stephanie Queen’s Beachcomber Series, continuing the angst between two detectives who lust after each other but can’t quite get it together. I loved multi-published Gerri Brousseau’s English caper, Puppy Love. Two dogs, who are smitten, lead a wealthy Lord to find true love. All the stories in this volume are light and fun to read—a good reason to buy the book.


5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous collection of holiday stories

5 stars, Season of Surprises is a lovely collection of stories that will get you in the holiday mood early! In Merry Holly’s story, Noelle’s Surprise, Noelle and Chase and a small circle of associates confront one another in questions of trust under the glare of the Florida sun. It takes Christmas in July to shed light on their true situations. To read more of this review and other 5 star ones click on this link:




Marian Lanouette aka Merry Holly information

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Author bio:

One of ten children Marian Lanouette/Merry Holly took up writing to explore new and adventurous places. While her friends traveled on planes for vacation, Marian/Merry traveled in books. With an overactive imagination she started creating her own characters and stories. Marian’s first book If I Fail, A Jake Carrington Mystery was followed up with Burn in Hell the following winter.

The Season of Anthologies are Marian/Merry’s brain child. The books in the series include the following; Season of Magic Holiday Box Set (2014), Season of Love (2015), Season of Surprises Holiday Box Set (2015) and Season of Thrills mystery/suspense/ thriller box set (2015). Season of Magic hit the Amazon Bestselling list. She plans many more books in the Season of Series.

An avid reader, she discovered her love of mysteries by reading the Daily News as a youngster. Intrigued by the real life crimes, and how the police worked and eventually solved cases, ignited her imagination beyond the ordinary.  Her love of romance and adventure came about while reading the gossip columns.

Marian has many books planned for Jake Carrington and his crew. The third book in the series Mated for Life will be out in late 2016 as will Season of Promises Box Set.




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It’s Release Day!


The first book in a series introduces you to wonderful characters and the people in their lives, their situations –both triumphs and tribulations. Check out Season of Thrills. You’ll be introduced to five full length novels all in one place.

Pre-order the box set for a limited time for ninety-nine cents (on sale only during pre-order. Goes back to the regular digital list price on December 1st). Available at all online vendors including Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, Amazon and more!

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FIRST Sentence – The desire to surrender, to slip into a painless, deep sleep tugged hard at Kay Taylor. – HELL OR HIGH WATERS by Jerrie Alexander (Lost and Found, Inc. Book 1)


FIRST Sentence – Mason Bailey gulped down his third Glenlivet. “I didn’t kill her.” –REFLECTION (A Whitney Steel Novel – Book One) by Kim Cresswell


FIRST Sentence – “Four weeks…. Two days…. Sixteen hours…….‘Til death.” –KILLING SECRETS (A Thorne’s Thorn Novel, Book One) by K. L. Docter


FIRST Sentence – “Give me the money and he’ll never see these,” he breathed, his noxious breath caused Tara Jacobs’s stomach to heave in rebellion. –BROKEN PIECES (Bits & Pieces Book One) by Rachel Kent


FIRST Sentence – “On days like this, Jake questioned if there was a God.” –IF I FAIL (A Jake Carrington Mystery Book One) by Marian Lanouette

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Today Author Jo-Ann Carson joins me.


Why suspense?

I’m a suspense junkie and I always have been. While I read all sorts of stories, I like thrillers best of all.

As a writer I feel like a marionette puppeteer pulling the strings of my characters to heighten the suspense in the plot. It’s fun. It’s great fun.


Excerpt (from Black Cat Blues launching January 15, 2016)

This is the opening from the book I’m launching in a couple months.


Walking through a dark alley at three-thirty in the morning wasn’t smart, but Maggy Malone didn’t have a choice, or at least not one she liked. A bone-numbing cold wind off the Strait of Georgia hit her face as she opened the back door of the Black Cat Blues bar. Pulling her jacket close to her body, she descended the stairs into the inky darkness of the night, her guitar case in one hand. She checked over her shoulder before she started her descent.


Vancouver in November—endless grey skies and drizzle. The waning moon slipped behind layers of dark clouds leaving her little light to help her on her way. She quickened her pace. A warm glow beckoned from the street lamp, a hundred yards away. Her scalp tingled. She took a deep breath of the salty night air.


What the hell. She could handle a few minutes of fear. Singing in the best blues bar on the coast had been her dream since she was a teenager. If it meant getting up close and personal with the creepy back alley on occasion, then so be it. Her shoulders tightened.

Stepping over the dirty needles, used condoms and Micky D wrappers left behind by the prostitutes, addicts and homeless who shared the alley, she tried not to let the filth reach inside her, but the stagnant stench of rotting garbage and urine turned her stomach. If only it would rain, really rain, then the city would be washed clean.


Where were all the street people? Usually there’d be one or two around at this time of night, huddled against the cold brick walls with only a blanket to keep out the cold and misfortunes of the night. Something felt wrong. She looked over her shoulder again. No one.

Her throat constricted as a chill crawled up her spine. She adjusted the weight of her canvas guitar case into her other hand, ready to run. It had been a long night. She should never have descended into this God forsaken alley. Friggen Frank. She took a deep breath, eyes darting in every direction.


The lights of the street were only a few yards away when she saw the body. Lying in a pool of blood with a silvery spike protruding from his chest—

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Meet Author Jacqui Nelson

Jacqui Nelson is another one of my Sisters in Suspense who is featured in Snippets of Suspense.










How did you choose the suspense genre?



I write what I love to read: high-stakes stories that leave me breathless with anticipation and worry and eventually the thrill of a hard-earned victory against seemingly unbeatable odds.



Where do you get the ideas for your stories?


From history!




Tell us about your hero.  Give us one of his strengths and one of his weaknesses.


In Between Heaven & Hell, Paden Callahan is an ex-Texas Ranger tormented by his inability to save his wife during an Indian raid. Despite Paden’s wish to leave his past behind, he cannot say no when asked to lead a wagon train west by his mentor, his dead wife’s father.



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


In Between Heaven & Hell, Hannah or Blue Sky is a woman with two names, but no last name. After her parents were murdered by a band of renegade militiamen, Hannah was raised by Osage Indians. She’s an expert rider and sharp shooter who wins a position as scout on a wagon train bound for Oregon. Due to her unusual upbringing, she struggles to fit in with either of her two worlds.



How far do you plan ahead?


I love to plan! Before I wrote a single word of my current work-in-progress (Book 2 in my Gambling Hearts series), I created a ten-page document of story notes.



How likely are people you meet to end up in your next book?


Fairly likely. A friend’s story about her singing gospel in a karaoke bar became the inspiration for Between Love Lies’ heroine singing Amazing Grace in a saloon, and a cowboy’s response of: “You sing like a preacher’s daughter. But if I’d wanted a sermon, I’d ’a gone to church.”

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What inspired your latest book?


The spark for newest release Between Love & Lies (Book 1 in my Gambling Hearts series) came from my collection of Time-Life Old West books containing these lines: “The longhorns were carriers of a microscopic tick. The Texas animals were immune to the parasite, but the same tick produced deadly splenic fever in local cattle.”


I imagined a small farm, held together only by the grit and hard work of its owner, might not survive such an event. I wondered what might happen next, both on that unlucky farm and in the nearest town: Dodge City, the Queen of Cattle Towns—where life would be challenging for a woman who luck had deserted.



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Blurb: Between Heaven & Hell (release date June 2014)


On a trail full of danger, will he guide her to heaven or hell?


Fort Leavenworth, Kansas – 1850


Hannah knows one thing the moment she enters Fort Leavenworth—she’s arrived in Hell. But inside is the means to a new life, a position as a scout on a wagon train bound for the Western Territories. All she has to do is convince the wagon master, Paden Callahan, she’s the right person for the job.


After his wife was murdered by the Comanche, Paden let his work as a Texas Ranger consume him. Now he wants nothing more than to disappear into the West. Unfortunately, the one man he can’t refuse has asked him to guide a wagon train full of tenderfoots across thousands of miles of Indian land. But Paden’s greatest challenge turns out to be Hannah, a woman his heart won’t allow him to ignore even though she was raised by an enemy he hates.


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Meet the author

Jacqui Nelson writes historical romance adventures set in the Old West. Her stories feature ordinary women thrust into extraordinary roles including an Oregon Trail scout, an ex-Rebel spy turned government rabble rouser, and a Dodge City cardsharp gambling with love and death. Her love for the Old West came from watching classic Western movies while growing up on a cattle farm. She’s been nominated for over 20 awards and won the RWA® Golden Heart® for historical romance & the Laramie® for western romance drama.

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