RECLAIM MY HEART by DONNA FASANO
Good Morning Peepsickles!
Today I'm delighted to host a very good friend and talented author, Donna Fasano, with her new novel, RECLAIM MY HEART. Donna has been a guest of mine before and I'm pleased she's brought out a new release for me to tell you all about. First let me tell you a little about Donna.
Donna Fasano is a three time winner of the HOLT Medallion, a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award winner for Best Single Title, a Desert Rose Golden Quill Award finalist, and a Golden Heart finalist. Her books have sold over 3.6 million copies worldwide and have been published in nearly two dozen languages. Her books have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List numerous times, climbing as high as #17. Not bad, eh?
I had a chat with Donna and asked her the all important question: Why Romance? Here's what she said...
Why I Write Romance Novels ~ Donna Fasano
I can’t tell you how many times over the course of my 20-plus year career as a published romance author I have been asked, “When are you going to write a real book? You know, a [insert genre of choice: mystery, historical, thriller, etc].” So I’d like to take this opportunity to tell readers why I write romance novels.
I suffered a lot of tragedy while I was growing up, the worst of which was the death of my mother just as I was entering my teens. I felt as though I went from 13 to 35 overnight, and when my friends were off having fun, I was cooking and cleaning and helping my little brother with his homework. Romance novels were an escape for me. The Wolf and the Dove, The Far Pavilions, Whitney My Love, Rebecca, The Thorne Birds… if the book featured one man and one woman falling in love, I read it! Romance novels offered me hope for a happy future filled with love (hokey, maybe, but I was a naïve teen). As a young wife and mother, I discovered Silhouette Romance Novels. These books were short and sweet and uplifting. Each and every story put a smile on my face, and the happily-ever-after endings always boosted my spirits. Are romance novels real? No. Does every real-life relationship end in HEA? Of course not. But if I wanted doom and gloom, I’d watch the evening news.
As an author, I can’t think of a better way to use my talent than to bring pure enjoyment to my readers. I tell people that I write cotton candy for the mind. Think about that. When you were a kid and you put a small cloud of that wispy confection on your tongue, what did you do? You smiled. And maybe you even laughed. That’s the reaction I’m going for with my short, upbeat stories. That’s why I write romance novels. So if you’re looking to get lost for a few hours in a fun, cheery story, I hope you’ll try one of my books. DF.
So let's now take a look at Donna's latest creation, Reclaim my Heart
Researching the Agatha Christie Process.
And what a fab morning it is here in sunny Cyprus today! We have
near perfect temperatures with a slight cooling breeze, great for outdoor life or snoozing in a deckchair with a fave read.
Most of us have favourite authors, and seeing as I write mainly crime I read dozens of books written by famous and not so famous writers. Some I’ve enjoyed include, Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens, Ruth Rendell, Reginald Hill, Henning Mankell, Steig Larsson, Karin slaughter, Patricia Cornwell and Agatha Christie.
Now Agatha Christie
may be an anomaly…she is purported to have sold the most books of any author and yet some readers do not like her writing style as it crosses many genre and, does not always stick to a strong formula – which I happen to like as I often break the rules. What rules? I hear you ask and I have to agree…writing is and should be entirely fluid
A little background on AG...According to Wikipedia and to the Guinness Book of World Records
, Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly 4 billion
copies, and her estate
claims that her works rank third, after those of William Shakespeare
and the Bible
, as the world's most-widely published books.
According to Index Translationum
, Christie is the most-translated individual author, and her books have been translated into at least 103 languages. And Then There Were None
is Christie's best-selling novel with 100 million sales to date, making it the world's best-selling mystery ever, and one of the best-selling books
of all time.
In 1971, she was made a Dame
by Queen Elizabeth II
at Buckingham Palace
A pretty fine testament I think! This led me to think what processes did Agatha Christie
go through when writing her books?
When reading her autobiography I wasn’t surprised to learn that she never had a dedicated place in which to write. Many of us don’t, and a table and a laptop is all we need. Agatha liked a steady table and a typewriter for instance. When she became irritable and broody and in real agony over a book, she took herself off until she emerged weeks later, shaky and pale but triumphant with her latest creation. Her initial chapters she wrote in long-hand, and for three weeks or so she always found it terribly difficult to get on with it at all. She says it was like a feeling of paralyzed hopelessness. Once that episode was over and she was well into the flow with ‘it’ she then she wrote straight onto her type writer (around 1930).
It was during WW2, that she started writing two books at once. Agatha had the notion that when she was writing one book, she found she was running into danger of becoming stale. If this happened she would put it aside and come back to it later. During the war, there were few social distractions in the evenings, and Agatha could spend far longer writing and becoming at one with her characters. Some books took years of thought – she often felt she had a book growing inside her, until it all fell in place -the cast list, the plot, the full story. On one occasion when this happened, she sat down and wrote the book in three days! She wrote the first chapter and the last, because she didn’t want her train of thought interrupted along the way. After her three day marathon she slept for 24 hours, completely drained and exhausted.
Agatha Christie believed in using simple, everyday language and in the economy of words. She thought this was particularly important in detective stories. She relied heavily on dialogue, and we find that often the solution to the plot depended on the reader’s interpretation of something a character has said. This leaves a reader to focus on the story and not worry with a challenging vocabulary, making this one of the key
points of Agatha’s work.
A research team analysed her books for structure and word length. They found that all of her books are very similar in style, using the same number of letters in a word on average, and nearly the same number of words in a sentence. And what’s more this is true throughout her career. Had she found a successful formula which captivated her readers…I think so. She repeats key words and in a small space. Research has shown that language affects the mind by having an effect on how we think and feel. Agatha often repeats words often three times in a paragraph, and this enables a reader to become convinced about something
I found this fact fascinating since I always look for alternatives! In addition, research claims that a person’s conscious mind has a very limited focus, and can only focus on between five and nine things at one time. Once there are more than nine things, the conscious mind can’t continue to track them all, and so the person becomes ‘overloaded’. The 'Agatha Christie Code' claims that Agatha often uses more than nine characters, and has more than nine plot lines taking place at any one time. So when the reader’s mind gets overloaded, they begin to really experience the book
, and become lost in it. Because feelings are infinitely more memorable than thoughts, people associate these feelings with Agatha Christie's name and subsequently with her novels.
Finally, if you look through an Agatha Christie novel, you'll discover she has very precise control over the speed at which we read her books, simply by changing the level of descriptive passages. There are more descriptive passages at the beginning of her book than at the end. This has the effect that we read more quickly towards the end of her books... we are literally rushing towards the end to see who did it!
In 1450 there were 100 new books published. Now there is a book published every 30 seconds. Amazing isn’t it? I wonder how many Agatha would contribute every year?
And now for a little fun...MY VERY OWN 'AGATHA CHRISTIE' TYPE REVIEWS FROM MY BOOKS! Thanks guys!
5.0 out of 5 stars The Assassins' Village
, By R. Murry "Roy"
(Florida) - Amazon Verified Purchase
Ms. Mortimer's novel starts you off with a zinger that holds your attention until the last `t' is crossed and the last `i' is dotted in the final chapter. And even then, you're not certain as to if the mystery is solved. Agatha Christie
novels kept me on the edge, as this well written "Who done it?" tale. Who could ask for anything more?
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read, as always!
, By Beeshon This review is from: Camera...Action...Murder!
You're always in good hands when you have a date with Faith and her Diana Rivers mysteries. Not quite the same age as our very revered Miss Marple,
but equally shrewd in the sleuthing department, Diana is considerably younger and--no offence to dear Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Winning Formula,
By Alice Turner This review is from: The Surgeon's Blade )
After reading Faith Mortimer's previous other 2 books in her Diana Rivers mystery thriller series I was keen to read more. From the opening first few pages I was not disappointed. Like another reviewer before me has already said, Faith surely has got to be the Agatha Christie
of this century.
5.0 out of 5 stars What a "novel" idea!
, Jackie Purple
- This review is from: Children of the Plantation
Faith Mortimer picked an interesting and effective method to weave her story and unravel a compelling mystery. Miss Chalcot, the intriguing hostess and owner of an old Malaysian rubber plantation turned hotel, hires a guest, Diana Rivers, on vacation and likened to a "modern day Agatha Christie
", to write a novel that would tell the Chalcot family's story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Diana Rivers Mystery
, By AnnE This review is from: CHILDHUNT
I was waiting for this book in the Diana Rivers Series and downloaded it immediately when it was available. And, Faith has done it again. I am feeling like old friends with the characters and loved reading about their next case. As with the prior books, the story reels you in from the first pages and keeps you on the edge of your seat to the very end. Thanks Faith for another great read and I will be waiting on your next one. For readers that love a good mystery, you won't be disappointed in this book or any of the other books in the series. As I said -a bit of fun! They said it not me, lol!Take care everyone and thanks for dropping by.Faithx
Most of us writers have been there...a touch or two of suffering from the dreaded 'writer's block'. But does it really exist or is it a figment of our often over-worked and over-tired mind and imagination. I can't honestly say I've suffered bad enough where I cannot put pen to paper, but sometimes I do feel I'm getting bogged down with one part of the manuscript or feeling a little stale. There are some favourite things I do to keep my mind in top gear and out of interest I asked a handful of my fellow author friends what their solutions were...here's mine...
1. Apart from going for a long exhilarating walk, I point walls! Yes, I've become quite an expert and my walls are famous in our village! I've found that by allowing my mind to relax when doing something manual, by the time I've finished I'm ready to sit down and get writing again.
2. I ensure I always have a writing pad and pencil within reach - night or day - you never know when inspiration will grab you!
3. Do a little house work! - My least favourite solution...
4. Gardening, lovely in spring and summer!
5. And that old favourite of simply staying in the chair and doodling with something completely different until you get going at full revs again. Let's hear what the others say...
Margaret Lynette Sharp:
My personal way of coping with writer's block is to take the pressure off. Swim!
Swim, and let the oxygen re-energise those stressed out brain cells. Let the ideas flow.
Let your mind do what it wants to do. If nothing happens, don't worry. Repeat the process again, later. Above all, know you can do it!
Is a new release and the sixth collection of Australian Short Stories written by Sydney author Margaret Lynette Sharp, and edited by her husband Ronald William Sharp, the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.
In common with her previous works, 'Encore' contains a selection of mainly romantic tales, overwhelmingly positive in theme.
Crime, historical, fantasy author et al, Tim Ellis says it straight and doesn't beat about the bush!...
Writer's Block - no such thing. It's like saying your brain has stopped working - no imagination, no ideas, no ability to string words together! My advice is to stop making excuses and get writing.
The House of Mourning~(New Release)
Parish & Richards must find a serial killer who is carving broken hearts on women. Stick & Xena are given the case of a severed hand, which was found by a bag lady in a waste bin outside the local fish & chip shop, but Xena has her own problems. Jerry Kowalski gets involved with a woman who thinks someone is trying to kill her, so she asks for Cookie's help, but the trouble with Cookie is that she doesn't know when to stop. Oscar Gamboa, a lieutenant in the Colombian Los Cambios drug cartel, has been tasked by drug lord Esteben Garcia to get his money back, and kill whoever has it. Oscar decides to take Rosibel Cabelleros with him against her will. Parish & Richards finally get the chance to visit the Excess Bagage depot in Wembley and find out what is in the briefcase
Faith, I just have this great quote by Sidney Sheldon: "A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God." Seb Kirby
Take No More ~ When James Blake discovers his wife has been murdered in their London home, he is determined to find her killer. Julia, a conservator - a protector and preserver of fine art - has left him with just two clues: the words help me on her mobile phone and a strange attachment of Michelangelo's Leda and the Swan.
As the prime suspect of his wife's murder, James flees England and sets out on a trail of deception and danger across the sweeping landscapes of Venice and Florence into a dark underworld of corruption, a trail that will lead him to the killer - and the shocking truth behind the mystery.
Please note! New Release! Regret No More, the second in the James Blake thriller series, is out now and is available at the special launch price of $2.99 / £1.99.
Writer, Betty Carlton says:
Have a character ask a question. Why does that work - because someone in the room must respond.
Here's the best part, You Hate what you wrote. No problem you hate it because you thought of a better way for the scene to go. If you scrap it, so what. You're writing and the ideas are back. Bonus, if like it now you have a whole new scene.
Wolfkeeper's Woman ~
A country where the strong survive. Some people are strong of body. Other people are strong in spirit.
The warrior Wolfkeeper is such a man. A man not only physically strong but strong willed with a wisdom beyond his years. A wisdom that serves his people well. Until the day he begins to question how he could have tender feelings for someone he considers an enemy.
Childhunt ~(New release)
My writer's block comments are as above.
Two weeks before Christmas. The villagers of Agios Mamas, in Cyprus, are preparing for the season’s festivities. Without warning terror strikes the heart of the village.
Two small children disappear...without trace... the frantic search is on.
Who has been stalking the family for the last six years and knows their every move?
Why has this family been targeted? What is the kidnappers’ ultimate goal? Will local author and amateur sleuth, Diana Rivers and CID Police Chief Inspector, Adam Lovell find the children in time?
Join Diana and her friends as they try to unravel the horrific nightmare which has hit the sleepy little village.
Y K Greene says:
When I hit a block after the wailing, gnashing of teeth and general pleading for the words to come out, I take time from the project and write something else: a short story in the same world as the book, a short story in it's own 'verse, a blathering blog post, half a dozen forum posts, a review, a letter. I keep writing these other things until my main project gets jealous enough to drag me back to it.
Ash of Ambitions ~
The world is a place full of secrets...Ash is a keeper of secrets, a Cleaner, and she's very good at her job. So good, she's about to be pulled deeper into a world of mystery and darkness than she ever wanted to go and just her luck, it looks like her baby sister is going to be coming along for the ride. Sometimes the secrets that are kept from you - are the only things keeping you safe.
Author Tracey Alley puts it differently;
"I tend to think of it as more a case of doubt than an actual block. It's not that you have nothing to say it's just the tiny voice in the back of your mind that questions whether what you have to say will be of any interest to anyone."
Erich's Plea ~
The Kingdoms of Kaynos have been at peace for nearly a thousand years. Now the ambitions of a dark sorceress armed with a new, deadly type of magic called witchcraft threaten to tear the Kingdoms to pieces. Locked deep in the bowels of Zeaburg's infamous, horror-filled subterranean prison the young druid Slade is haunted by a strange, recurring dream. A dream in which his beloved father, High King Erich of Vestland, pleads for Slade's help.
Convinced of the dreams truth Slade must somehow attempt the impossible and escape the inescapable Zeaburg prison in order to find and save his father. Gathering an unlikely assortment of allies along the way Slade must not only find a way out of Zeaburg prison but must also find a way to prevent what threatens to be the bloodiest, most brutal war in the history of all the Kingdoms of Kaynos.Will an unimaginable alliance, an unlikely friendship and a forbidden love be enough to save the Kingdoms of Kaynos?
Thanks everyone for contributing, it seems we all have our favourite means of keeping those words coming.
And thank you readers for dropping by - we write for you after all!
Good Morning Peepsickles! Today I'm pleased to be hosting the very talented author, Carol David Luce with her new trilogy, Night Trilogy.
First let me tell you a little about my guest.
Carol is an Amazon bestselling author of the “Night” books. NightWriter Carol Davis Luce writes standalone suspense novels with strong elements of romance. After publishing five books through a traditional publisher, she turned independent author with her 2011 suspense novel, Night Widow
, and two short story trilogies. In 2012, her new release Awakening: Secrets of a Brown Eyed Girl
branched out into women’s fiction. This tough, coming-of-age novel is a fictionalized memoir, loosely based on her childhood. She lives with her husband Bob, and their psycho cat in Sparks, Nevada. Her novels include: NIGHT NOVELS
: Night Stalker, Night Prey, Night Hunter, Night Passage, Night Game,
and Night Widow
. Short-story trilogies: Broken Justice
and For Better, For Worse
. During our interview I uncovered some interesting facts about Carol...here goes
... What attracted you to writing in the first place?
Writing was my second career in the second half of my life. I began as an artist. What attracted me to writing? I wasn’t satisfied with the ratio of romance to suspense in traditional thrillers, so I decided to write what I loved to read, suspense with a strong element of romance (contemporary Gothic). English in school was not a strong point, but storytelling won out over sketchy language rules. Then a funny thing happened. The longer I worked at writing, the better I got at this thing called grammar. What genre are you most comfortable writing?
Romantic suspense. Although, after dipping my toe into the ‘coming of age’ women’s fiction genre, I may have found a second love. How has your upbringing influenced your writing?
I had a quirky and somewhat challenging childhood. My new novel, AWAKENING: Secrets of a Brown Eyed Girl, echoes a large portion of my early childhood in Southern California in the 50s. An era when no one locked their doors and it was safe to let your child roam the streets—in most cases, that is. As a latchkey kid, being on my own a lot helped to fuel my already over stimulated imagination. From the time I was old enough to sit in front of the tube, I became fascinated with things that go bump in the night. TV shows that were grounded in a deep creep factor, and puzzlers. Alfred Hitchcock, Twilight Zone, and Science Fiction Theatre drew me in like maggots to a corpse. When I learned to read, I devoured mysteries, true crime books, and anything scary or twisted. I see the world differently than most people. I see menace in every corner. Always have. I scare myself. Where do you get your inspiration and ideas from?
In real life, if something odd or unusual happens to click on that light bulb in the creative chamber of my mind, I start to play the “What if…?” game. What if a beautiful model is splashed in the face with acid? What if the suspicious death of a recluse leads to hidden bodies in a small mining town? What if a woman is stalked in her own home? What if a woman with psychic powers sees a brute of man abducting women off the street?
See the pattern emerging here? Woman + jeopardy = Women in Jeopardy. Do you have any writing rituals or listen to “mood music” when you write? Where is your favorite place to write?
My creative brain doesn’t kick in until noon, so anything I try to write in the morning is garbage. I really get going around 4 pm—wine time. I like to think that my best writing comes with a glass of the red stuff (the Hemmingway School of writing). I’m most productive writing in my dining room with the TV’s white noise in the background. Fame or fortune, which would you prefer?
A little of both. Famous enough to have my name recognized in the literary arena. Enough coin to continue to pursue my writing career full time. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
A famous artist. I sold my paintings from a local gallery until I took up writing. I never went back. If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
I would love to be a successful singer. Unfortunately, I can’t carry a tune, not one decent note. And I have stage fright. If you could live inside the world of a book which book would you choose?
It wouldn’t be a horror or suspense book. I’m a huge wuss when it comes to real life drama. I can dish it out, but can’t take it. Probably a mystery series, with myself as the cleverly shrewd female sleuth. Give your fans three fun facts that they may not already know about you.
1. At birth, I had a collapsed lung and I squeaked like a mouse.
2. I first appeared on TV at the age of ten to give a one-year-old elephant a birthday party.
3. I played at a blackjack table in Reno where comedian Bill Cosby was the dealer. Chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry?
Chocolate, in hot fudge form. If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
Only one thing: A Time Machine. Who would you credit for helping you along the way in your writing journey?
Friends, family and writing buddies, of course, but my profound thanks and appreciation go to my awesome readers. I can’t thank them enough. I love connecting with them. I’ve met so many wonderful people through my books, and made some solid friendships. Without them, none of this would have happened. They are truly the wind beneath my wings. What advice would I give to new authors?
You’ve heard it before, but it’s worth repeating: Read. Write. Develop a thick skin. Write in a category you love. One book isn’t going to get you far unless you’re another Margaret Mitchell or Harper Lee. So write. Write. Write. Before you put that wonderful book out there for the world to see (and pounce on), enlist several critique and beta readers to make sure it’s market ready. Pay to have it properly edited and formatted. Pay a copy editor to dot the i’s and cross the t’s. Design a stunning book cover, or hire someone to design it for you. Write a product description that hooks the reader—make it sing. Oh, one more thing: write a damn good book NIGHT TRILOGY Three complete novels in one volume
~ NIGHT STALKER ~ NIGHT GAME ~ NIGHT WIDOW
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Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Carol-Davis-Luce/253106338074036
Author Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/CarolDavisLuce
Author blog: http://caroldavisluce.com/
Author Website: http://imagerystudios.com/carol
Goodreads author/book page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/139562.Carol_Davis_Luce NEW!
Women’s Fiction: AWAKENING: Secrets of a Brown Eyed Girl Interviews/Articles: INDIE REVIEW TRACKER
: How Amazon Helped Me Sell 100,000 ebooks in Four Months Nevada Magazine Featured Article
: Murder, She Wrote: Sparks novelist Carol Davis Luce leaves readers screaming for more. Chris Platt. Writer’s Digest Magazine:
Author profile in “First Byline”. Writer’s Digest Article:
Suspense Writing That’ll “Kill” Your Readers. From Sea to Shining Sea
: A Gallery of Famous Nevadans—Carol Davis Luce, the novelist who “leaves readers screaming for more
Good Morning Peepsickles! Today I am excited and thrilled to announce the release of the 5th Diana Rivers psychological thriller, 'CHILDHUNT'.
I've been bombarded by friends and followers over the last couple of months, asking me when the latest book is due out and I can now say - here it is
! I thoroughly enjoyed writing this murder mystery and I'm sure you'll enjoy it too. Here is a short book description, and if you're tempted to treat yourself or a loved one to a copy, then all the Amazon book links are below. It will be available on Smashwords, KOBO, APPLE and B & N in the next few days. ENJOY, and thank you, everyone for your fab support!
I really appreciate it. Faithx CHILDHUNT
Two weeks before Christmas. The villagers of Agios Mamas, in Cyprus, are preparing for the season's festivities. Without warning terror strikes the heart of the village. Two small children disappear...without trace... the frantic search is on. Who has been stalking the family for the last six years and knows their every move? Why has this family been targeted? What is the kidnappers ultimate goal? Will local author and amateur sleuth, Diana Rivers and CID Police
Superintendent, Adam Lovell find the children in time? Join Diana and her friends as they try to unravel the horrific nightmare which has hit the sleepy little village. AMAZON.COM AMAZON.CO.UK AMAZON.DE AMAZON.FR AMAZON.IT AMAZON.ES AMAZON.CA AMAZON.CO.JP AMAZON.COM.BR
Good Morning Peepsickles!
Today I'm delighted to host my good friend and writer, Seb Kirby with his new release, Regret No More. This is the follow up to Take No More, a novel I read a year or so back and thoroughly enjoyed.
I've read the first few eight chapters of the new novel --and I'm loving it! If Regret No More is as good as the first novel then Seb's got a winner on his hands!
But, before we get on with the book, let's hear a little from the interview I had with Seb last week...
Morning Seb and Welcome! What attracted you to writing?
I was raised with books but not in the usual sense – my grandfather ran a mobile library in Birmingham and my parents inherited a random selection of the books. They weren't much interested in them; they were piled up in a box room, gathering dust. I would disappear in there and resurrect much read classics. I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s always seemed a natural thing to want to do – to write.
What genre are you most comfortable writing?
I write thrillers and I write sci fi. That’s probably because those are the genres that I get the most enjoyment reading. I’ve written quite a lot of non fiction, as yet unpublished. I have a hankering to write comedy one day but that’s a hard call since you don’t know if what you write will be funny until you try it out on an audience.
How has your upbringing influenced your writing?
I had a tough upbringing in Birmingham. I think that gave me a lifelong understanding of what really matters in everyday life. But I received a good education that gave me a grasp of cultural tradition and the importance of maintaining it. I try to address both these aspects in my writing.
Where do you get your inspiration and ideas from?
Ray Bradbury put it best: ‘My stories run up and bite me in the leg - I respond by writing down everything that goes on during the bite. When I finish, the idea lets go and runs away.’ I feel the same. The best ideas come when a story is in full flow and the characters take on a life of their own.
Do you have any writing rituals or listen to “mood music” when you write? Where is your favourite place to write?
I carry a notebook. I write whenever it feels right – on trains, on a flight, in a hotel room, at home. I listen to jazz a lot but I’ve never been able to do that while I’m writing. I prefer silence and I’m lucky to live in a place that has real silence.
What’s your favourite place in the entire world?
That’s a tough one. I’m lucky that I’ve been able to travel and find places that resonate and that I want to return to as often as I can. With the exception of Ambleside (The English Lake District) all are cities: Florence, London, Venice, San Diego, Paris, San Francisco (in no particular order).
What was your favourite part of REGRET NO MORE to write? Which part was the hardest?
I enjoyed recapturing the ascent to Sandia Crest that I made some years ago aboard the Sandia Peak tramway outside of Albuquerque. I find those cable cars very scary. The view over the Rio Grande plain was memorable but the descent over TWA valley was something of a challenge.
What I found hardest was synchronising events in Austin, Texas with events in London. There’s a six hour time difference in Summer and it was challenging to make sure that the characters were doing what they were supposed to be doing at the right time of day – sleeping, having breakfast or dinner. I hope I got it right!
Give your fans three fun facts that they may not already know about you.
Not sure how many of these are fun but here goes: I try to walk 15 miles each week; I think Miles Davis was a musical genius; I’m a lifelong vegetarian.
Chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry?
It’s just got to be chocolate. I’m a chocoholic, so ‘more than 70% cocoa solids’ is the kind of off the wall talk that appeals to me!
So what’s next for you as an author?
I’m ready to develop my sci fi novel DOUBLE BIND with a sequel but the next thing on the list is to complete the James Blake trilogy. The full extent of the corruption merging from the Landos in Italy is a story yet to be told. The working title is FEAR NO MORE. I’m hoping to complete this before the end of the year, or sooner if the creative process goes well.
Thanks Seb! Okay, so let's have some details about the book, and most importantly - where you can get your copy! Book Synopsis below:
Simply click on the book cover below for either Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk:
REGRET NO MORE ~ Book Synopsis
Nothing is safe from the past
The mystery deepens as the tragic events in Florence return as a matter of life or death for James Blake and his family. A stolen Picasso used in an art swindle lies at the root of an international conspiracy that reaches into the life of a prominent US politician with devastating consequences not just for him but for so many of those caught up in the crime.
Wolfgang Heller, a ruthless assassin, is seeking to eliminate those who have any knowledge of the swindle. James has to leave the secure life he has established and become involved in this new threat to the future.
REGRET NO MORE combines thrilling action with a thought-provoking story line centred on international art crime.
REGRET NO MORE is the second book in the bestselling James Blake series of thrillers. The first, TAKE NO MORE has been widely praised for its innovative and knowledgeable depiction of art crime. The final book in the series, FEAR NO MORE, is to be published later this year.
Praise for TAKE NO MORE
‘I loved the inclusion of a more modern evil …. along with the search for lost classic art and the romantic tale of James Blake, who loved his wife very much…’
‘Kirby's spare yet rich prose, his perfect word choices, made this a work that appeared to be effortlessly constructed. That seamlessness is the hallmark of a gifted writer.’
'It was a few pages before I realized what I was reading: a sort of modern noir. I walked in the hero's shoes, was privy to his thoughts and intruded on his emotions
‘Memorable characters with murder, organised crime, Italy and art….’
‘Mystery and the arts – a great combo. The art world depiction was fascinating….
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Seb-Kirby/e/B004J95W0G
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I'm delighted that The Seeds of Time is today's Bargain book of the Day on ENT! At just 99c or 75p or 63 euro cents for the next 36 hours only!
So if you haven't read this novel (which I have to confess is one of my favourites and possibly the best I've written!) then please take advantage of this special offer now. Here is a quick description of the book with two sample reviews below. Many thanks for dropping by.
This intensely romantic yet realistic action and adventure novel spans two generations and the unimaginable gulf between the Second World War and the present.
When Englishman Richard Barker suffers a devastating loss he learns to come to terms with his grief. He is helped by two beautiful women, newly discovered quiet and smouldering American, Sorrel and the tempestuous and wilful, Miranda an old flame from long ago.
While Richard is battling with his feelings, by chance he enters into the dark, often surreal world of his dead father's past life spent during the Second World War. It is Sorrel's Grandfather, an American Air Force pilot, who contacts Richard with some intriguing news which helps Richard to his senses.
Richard lives in a world that is sometimes as tragic as A Farewell to Arms and as sensuous as The English Patient. His story and that of his father are crafted from the ruins of war and the indestructibility of love. The action is non-stop, the locations are intriguing and the characters are appealing. There is tension, romance and harrowing escapes all woven within a story that captures the imagination and keeps the reader guessing until the very end.
Will Richard find inner peace and love?
Praise for The Seeds of Time:
"This is a story of romance, bravery, determination, survival, heartbreak
and joy, all poignantly and convincingly conveyed. Richard's compelling
desire to discover the horror of his reticent father's experiences
bring with it regrets and touching recollections of his relationship
with him. All perfectly blended, well balanced and served up with
Faith's usual clarity. There is a clue in the title--Book 1 indicates
there's a Book 2--and there's a gentle little teaser to tempt you on."
"Another incredible story from Faith Mortimer riddled with suspense, intrigue
and action. There are not enough words to express how much I love her work. Just when you think the characters have no way out, the twists
take the book in a whole new direction. LOVE IT!!"
Bonjour Peepsickles! & a Happy Easter!
Many people take a well earned break around this special time of year. We like to slough off the winter blues, the grass is growing, the sky is bluer, temperatures are rising and there's a feeling of promise in the air.
With leisure time on our hands we may visit the beach, go hiking along trails, visit family and friends - or simply chill out in the back garden at home.
Whatever you're planning make sure you have enough reading material to entertain you - and if you're in the UK where the weather is appalling at the moment, make sure you throw another log on the fire and snuggle down with a good novel!
This holiday weekend, I've got together with 16 excellent writers who have agreed to offer a selection of books at special prices - we're calling it our 'golden eggs
The genre cover humour, anthologies, fantasy, sci-fi, gothic, paranormal, romance, and mystery suspense thrillers. Something for everyone and all for a snip of a price.
And don't forget - I'm participating in a BabyBoomer Blog Hop - some of the books here qualify! If you want more information on that why not why not join us…read the posts on the Boomer Lit blog Hop
, by clicking HERE.
You can also find us on our Facebook page
and our Goodreads Group.
An excerpt from The Seeds of Time
(a boomerlit novel) is at the bottom of this blog post.
So now relax, recline your garden lounger and read! Happy Easter! Faithx
HUMOUR & WOMENS CONTEMPORARY
The Fall of the Misanthrope ~ Louise Wise
Valerie Anthrope's life began going wrong in childhood: her parents, brother and grandmother died in separate incidents and her first boyfriend had a serious accident that ended their relationship. To survive, Valerie unconsciously developed a false persona: a business woman from hell. But then she met her self-appointed 'fairy godmother' and so begins Valerie's story: The FALL of the Misanthrope.
Fourteen Days Later ~ Sibel Hodge
When accident-prone Helen Grey finds a thong stuffed into the pocket of her boyfriend's best work trousers, it's time for her to move on. His excuse that he needed to dust the photocopier and just thought that it was a rag sounds like a lame excuse. Helen's life is propelled in an unexpected direction after her best friend, Ayshe, sets her a fourteen-day, life-changing challenge. Helen receives a task everyday which she must complete without question. The tasks are designed to build her confidence and boost her self-esteem but all they seem to do is push her closer to Ayshe's brother, Kalem. How will Kalem and Helen get together when she's too foolish to realize that she loves him? How can he fall for her when he is too busy falling prey to her mishaps and too in love with his own perfect girlfriend? How will Kalem's Turkish Cypriot family react when they find out? Is it really possible to change your life in fourteen days?
Sydney's Song ~ Ia Uaro
Olympic fever runs high in the Australian summer of 1999 and 17-year-old Sydney has caught it. Little does she know taking a holiday job in the beehive that is the Olympics' public-transport call centre will be life altering. Shaken by her parents' divorce, the sheltered Aussie is further plagued by abusive callers, obnoxious government agencies, constrictive office rules, and liberated friends. She is trying to negotiate these challenges as her own personal Olympics when Pete finds her. Pete, Boston's former child prodigy whose soothing voice floats across her workstation, sees through Sydney's tough outer shell. Pete knows what it takes to present a dignified front when all you want to do is howl at the moon. Treating their friendship like an art, he invests time and creative effort to pull Sydney out of her despair. Tragedy strikes when an accident leaves Pete with a major brain injury in a Boston hospital. Their families think Sydney is too young to cope with all the complications, but she doesn't agree. After all that he has done for her, Sydney refuses to leave Pete with people who view him only as an endless chore. Deferring her university studies, alone in a foreign land facing new trials, Sydney stays at his side-even when he doesn't recognise her.
ANTHOLOGIES & SHORT STORIES
The Bamboo Mirror ~ Faith Mortimer ~
Mystery-suspense-thriller writer, Faith Mortimer warmly welcomes you to her anthology of short mystery stories, "The Bamboo Mirror". In three of the stories the reader is introduced to sleuth, Diana Rivers who features in Faith's mystery thriller series of full-length novels. In "The Bamboo Mirror" each story has a unique setting, is sometimes psychological and always with a twist in the ending.
Special Delivery! ~ Lia Fairchild
Free flowers every month for a year! Recently widowed Amy was delighted to find that she had won. Flowers had always been a big part of her life. But delivery driver Dave brings more than just bouquets. Can he help Amy find happiness again? Will Amy get even more than she bargained for? Find out in this short story about love, loss, friendship and flowers.
The Society of Sinners ~ Charity Parkerson
"Evil lives in the dark. We instinctively know this as children." Nestled high in the mountains...The quiet community of Jackson Station is where everyone knows your name and...species? Vampires have existed since almost the beginning of time, but not in the way we have been led to believe. These were not men cursed by the devil but warriors blessed by God to have great strength, agility, and eternal life. Eternal life came at a price, the price of human blood. Some chose to live within their own society; The Society of Sinners.
The Sky used to be Blue ~ Patrice Fitzgerald
Karma lives in a Silo deep beneath the earth. She isn't sure of much else… only that the wallscreen shows an outside view that is barren and swirling with toxic clouds. Most of the others seem content—except for the ones who jump to their death from the hundred-level spiral staircase. And the ones that are pushed. After the doctor prescribes a special liquid and tells her to avoid tap water, Karma begins to remember a very different world. Despite the fog in her mind, she is convinced that something came before. Such memories are dangerous to talk about, or even to know. She must figure out who can be trusted. The doctor… her husband… or no one at all.
FANTASY, SCI-FI, GOTHIC
Rex Rising ~ Chrystalla Thoma ~
In a world where parasites create new human races, Elei leads a peaceful life -- until a mysterious attack on his boss sends him fleeing with a bullet in his side. Pursued for a secret he does not possess and with the fleet at his heels, he has but one thought: to stay alive. His pursuers aren't inclined to sit down and talk, although that's not the end of Elei's troubles. The two powerful parasites inhabiting his body, at a balance until now, choose this moment to bring him down, leaving Elei with no choice but to trust in people he hardly knows. It won't be long before he realizes he must find out this deadly secret - a secret that might change the fate of his world and everything he has ever known - or die trying.
Island of Secrets ~ Tammie Carke Gibbs
His Uncle was an eccentric determined to prove she existed. Everyone thought the man was crazy. Shane Alexander was determined to prove to the world that his family wasn't crazy... That HE wasn't crazy. It was working... Until he made one mistake...that would change his life forever... and force him to question his own sanity.
Fire in the Blood ~ Ibitz Dale
On Eyidora, the gods of nature are at war, and Earth is in chaos. During a home invasion, seventeen-year-old Haley is tumbled to Eydora. Alone, afraid and confused, Haley just wants to go home to Earth...but the gods have other plans. With her stone of power, Haley must stop the war...but two men stand in her way. Haley's forced to make a choice that will decide the fate of all the worlds. But who should she trust, who should she fight, and who is the one with fire in his blood bent on betraying them all?
Cruxim ~ Karin Cox
Amedeo is Cruxim, a mysterious, immortal fallen angel. Destined to seek redemption as a vampire hunter, he quenches his insatiable hunger on vampire blood. But when the object of his passion, the novice nun Joslyn, is turned into a vampire and enters a vampire coven, Amedeo's worlds collide. Shattered by the loss of his beloved, he vows to rid the world of vampires once and for all, even if it means destroying Josyln in the process. A Paranormal Game of Cat and Mouse. Joining Amedeo on his quest to rid the world of the undead is Sabine. Half-woman, half-lioness, she is a Sphinx, a Guardian who has protected humans from vampires since the dawn of time. Yet Sabine comes to this fight pursued by her own enemies. An evil scientist, Dr. Claus Gandler, knows the secret of Sabine's mythological past, vowing to torment her for eternity or destroy her forever. Immortal Ever After. Captured by the evil doctor, Amedeo and Sabine are paraded as sideshow freaks in the Circus of Curiosities. Only vampire Joslyn has the power to intercede. Will she prove Amedeo's redemption, or his destruction?
ROMANCE, ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
She Belongs to Me ~ Carmen DeSousa ~
After secrets and a mysterious background leave a wife's life hanging by a thread, a husband must look for answers in the only place he knows--the past. When wealthy construction company owner and Charlotte detective, Jordan Monroe, meets Jaynee for the first time he is awestruck and determines to make her his wife. Jaynee, however, has a history she cannot easily overcome and is fearful to submit to love. Jordan succeeds in making her his wife, but five years into their marriage, he realizes she is keeping secrets. Before he can decipher her duplicity, he discovers her unconscious in their home from a gunshot wound only hours after giving her an ultimatum concerning their relationship.
Wolfkeepers's Woman ~ Lisa Day
A country where the strong survive. Some people are strong of body. Other people are strong in spirit. The warrior Wolfkeeper is such a man. A man not only physically strong but strong willed with a wisdom beyond his years. A wisdom that serves his people well. Until the day he begins to question how he could have tender feelings for someone he considers an enemy. There were no pangs of conscience when he took the child for his brother and sister-in-law to raise. They had no children of there own. The Mother even though an enemy the infant wouldn’t survive the journey if he hadn’t brought her along. Cassie raised in an orphanage only recently began to believe she found happiness. Now she learned to hate. She just wants her son back. Thrown into an unfamiliar lifestyle and unable to communicate she must learn how to stay alive for her son. She will learn the language. She will follow the rules. She will do anything she needs to get her son back... But will it be enough?
A Very French Affair ~ Faith Mortimer
When Margaret discovers her fiancé is cheating on her, she leaves England for the south of France in search of a new life and a fresh dream. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Margaret is determined to put romance out of her mind and avoid forming personal ties. Things are looking up, until a series of events draw her into meeting handsome Frenchman Jean-Paul. Despite her reservations, Margaret begins to let down her guard with inevitable consequences.
Can she trust him with her heart?... Has she found a safe haven? Or is she poised on the brink of the abyss...
Return of the Runaway Bride ~ Donna Fasano
Once upon a time...There lived a lovely young woman named Savanna who was engaged to Daniel, a handsome law student. Theirs was to be a fairy-tale wedding. But Savanna's second thoughts were too big to be ignored, so the would-be bride ran away. As the years passed...Daniel's heart turned to ice. It was this unfeeling man that Savanna faced upon her return. The love of her youth was now a stranger. Could Savanna ever make Daniel understand why she abandoned him? And could she convince the man of her dreams he would always be her Prince Charming?
MYSTERY SUSPENSE THRILLER
Children of the Plantation ~ Faith Mortimer
Sexy, feisty sleuth and heroine, Diana Rivers and her partner Steve, decide they deserve a holiday. Trying to relax at their luxurious palm fringed plantation hotel in lush, tropical Malaysia; things don't quite work out as they imagined. Diana is approached by the hotel owner, the enigmatic Miss Chalcot, well-bred, imperious and secretive, to take a look through some old family documents. Miss Chalcot possesses a burning ambition to put right a dreadful wrong that occurred over forty years ago - and Diana is given free rein to pursue the mysterious past of the family and discover what lies behind the dark stories. Diana enters into a world of the 1950's and 1960's, where lies, deceit, illicit love, jealousies and perhaps murder all feature. What really happened all those years ago? Who were Paul, Hermione and the beautiful but selfish Eleanor? Who was responsible for events that shocked the whole family and plunged it into despair? And what is the real story behind the façade?
Take No More ~ Seb Kirby
Julia Blake is a conservator, working with classic art. Her expertise includes imaging beneath the surface of paintings to discover what lies beneath. She is sure that a number of those valuable paintings described as 'missing, believed lost or destroyed' have in fact been overpainted as a means of hiding them when the moral edicts of the past deemed them unsuitable. She has tracked down a collection of pictures in Florence that looks promising and has gone there to try to discover a hidden masterpiece and make her reputation. 'Take No More' begins when James Blake, Julia's husband, returns to their home in London to find that she has been shot and killed. What had brought her back to London unannounced? Why has someone killed her? Blake determines to find her killers. He has little to go on - just her last message to him sent from her mobile phone: 'help me' with an attachment showing Michelangelo's painting 'Leda and the Swan'. There is no help from the police as he is impeded by the unsympathetic Inspector Hendricks who suspects him of the murder.
Double Bind ~ Seb Kirby
Over there. Someone like you. Not just like you. Someone who is you. Author Raymond Bridges has it all - success, money, a gorgeous girlfriend - and is living the good life. But when he wakes up naked in a shopping mall with no memory of who he is or how he got there, he finds his journey to discover the truth is only the beginning of a terrifying nightmare. A shocking psychological thriller that questions the very heart of reality, trust, and loyalty, Double Bind is a must-read that will leave you breathless - and rock the foundation of everything you believe.
#Boomerlit Excerpt from The Seeds of Time ~
(Now in a double volume with part 2 Harvest)
"Richard looked around his surroundings and forestalled him by saying hoarsely, ‘Where’s Connie? Where’s my wife?’ His voice wavered, and he felt his heart thump wildly in his chest. There was silence. No one spoke. All sounds drifted away from him. He was in a dreamlike glide, and the reality was too strange to comprehend. He felt as though his actions were slowing, as if in a slow-motion film, frame by frame passing by. Everything took an eternity: a raised hand placed on his shoulder, a sentence spoken slowly by someone, but everything seen with an achingly clear focus, sharply defined. He imagined her limp in his arms, her head thrown back, and the curve of her throat, so beautiful. She was gone.
The slow world turned crimson red. It spun wildly on its axis and then rushed up to engulf him as his head hit the hard deck with a thump."
I am delighted to now offer you both volumes of 'The Seeds of Time' and 'Harvest' ('The Crossing') as a 'boxed eBook set'.
This saves you money! The reviews on Amazon have been amazing and almost a full 100% @ 5 stars.
Thank you everyone who has read and taken the time to comment on my books.
Feedback is so important to an author. I listen to your views and where possible I write accordingly, including asking what - You - the reader is looking for in a novel.
There is a short synopsis here just in case you don't know what the two books area about!
Finally, I have to say I LOVED writing these books and because of fans I'm considering adding a third to the pair. Richard's exciting life hasn't come to a close yet!
Thank you for dropping by and have a great day!
PS. BABY BOOMERS.
some of you will have been following my posts on #boomerlit. This genre is really taking off, especially as the baby boomers are reaching retirement at a rate of 3.5 million a year! With sufficient disposable income they love to read books as entertainment and they’re avid readers. Boomers are often people who have faced life’s latest challenges with courage and humour and they can be as rebellious, sexy, romantic, adventurous, wise – and fun as anyone! My books The Seeds of Time and Harvest mentioned above are two good examples of #boomerlit.
If you’re interested, why not join us…read the posts on the Boomer Lit blog Hop, by clicking HERE. You can also find us on our Facebook page and our Goodreads Group
Two Complete Novels tell the story of "The Crossing"
"The Seeds Of Time."
...intensely romantic yet realistic action and adventure novel spans two generations and the unimaginable gulf between the Second World War and the present.
When Englishman Richard Barker suffers a devastating loss he learns to come to terms with his grief. He is helped by two women, sexy American, Sorrel and the tempestuous, Miranda.
While Richard is battling with his feelings, by chance he enters into the world of his dead father's past life spent during the Second World War. It is Sorrel, who contacts Richard with some intriguing news which helps Richard to his senses.
Richard lives in a world that is sometimes as tragic as A Farewell to Arms and as sensuous as The English Patient. His story and that of his father are crafted from the ruins of war and the indestructibility of love. Non-stop action, intriguing locations and appealing characters.
Continues Richard and Billy's stories which begun in "The Seeds of Time".
Billy returns home and marries his love, while Richard has to make a decision between the two beautiful women in his life. Richard discovers he is torn between love and duty.
In Sorrel he finds what he believes is his soul-mate, whereas sexy Miranda keeps Richard guessing. When Richard discovers an old war-torn photograph of a woman and two children he is shocked.
What was it his father did & never divulged to his wife and family? Harvest is a world where tragedy rests alongside joy, dealing with harsh, cruel, & often despicable conditions - at the same time describing the indestructibility of love in past & present lives. This is a story of deep romance, bravery, survival, heartbreak and happiness, all poignantly & convincingly conveyed.
Classic examples of #boomerlit
Excerpt from: 'The Seeds of Time' "Billy gathered his ‘treasures’ together and laid them at the end of his ramshackle bunk in hut nineteen. There wasn’t a lot to account for three years’ incarceration at the hands of the sometimes-brutal Germans, but his treasures represented his life and more importantly his soul. He thought about the refugees who had filed past the gates of his camp. Old people: women with children, babes in arms, the injured, burned, terrified, and the deranged. All were fleeing from the horrors. The Christians among them struggling to believe and reconcile their religious beliefs with Nazi cold-blooded excesses and mass murder.
Billy considered his pitiful little pile: Christmas cards from Penny, her heavily censored letters and her simple but evocative poetry, the hand-made playing cards, two cigarettes, the German soldier’s – Dieter’s – belt buckle and Nathaniel’s penny whistle. Nathaniel. Billy shook his head in regret and fought back the familiar choking feeling that arose in his throat whenever his memory arose. He thrust his dark thoughts aside and continued picking over his possessions. He would take as many clothes as he could carry. He had nothing heavy; he’d given his Bible away, hopefully to someone who would put it to better use than he. Gathering up his things, he tied them into a bundle with his faded and much darned pullover, and slung it over his shoulder. He straightened his back, lifted his head and stood as erect as his gammy leg allowed. I’ll march out of here proudly he thought. Together with his comrades they formed into ranks and marched smartly up to the gates. The weak and sick were supported by their stronger colleagues, their spirits rising. They didn’t know where they were going, but it had to be a better place than this.
For two days only some very talented authors have come together to offer you great deals on ebooks for your Amazon Kindle. All of the below Kindle books have been marked down to $0.99 for March 19 and March 20.
The Tech Guy ~ Lia Fairchild ~ Emma Barton is a workaholic. Nothing is more important than becoming managing editor of the magazine she works for. And she has the perfect plan to achieve that goal. Then Guy Walker enters her office. Sexy, sweet, and super popular, the new tech guy takes the office by storm. Will he derail every strategy Emma has in place? If he discovers her secret, it could ruin Emma’s career and turn her life upside down.
Taking Love in Stride ~ Donna Fasano ~ Track coach Andrea O'Connor is fuming at the audacity of Ian Powers, the very attractive father of one of her students. He offered to buy school equipment only if Andrea agreed to train him for a half-marathon. Well, train him, she would. And not just in running. As a widower with a high-powered job, Ian needed some instruction in being a father to an active teenage daughter. Yet as this overbearing man opened up, Andrea found herself learning lessons--in loving. Ian knew that Andrea, with her assertive attitude and her penchant for stilettos, was some woman! But her vulnerable heart was on the run, so he'd have to prove that his love, unlike his running, had limitless endurance--and once he caught this swift beauty, he'd never let her go.
Harvest ~ Faith Mortimer ~ Billy returns home and marries his love, while Richard has to make a decision between the two beautiful women in his life. Richard discovers he is torn between love and duty. In Sorrel he finds what he believes is his soul-mate, whereas sexy Miranda keeps Richard guessing. When Richard discovers an old war-torn photograph of a woman and two children he is shaken to the core. What was it his father did & never divulged to his wife and family?
The Baby Trap ~ Sibel Hodge ~ When Gina turns thirty-three her body clock unexpectedly begins clanging in her ear with annoying persistence. The only problem is, having a baby isn't as easy as she thought. Whether she's feng shui-ing the house to death with fertility symbols, throwing out her husband's tight boxers in favour of baggies, swapping wine and chocolate for green tea and yams, popping fertility drugs like M&M's, or having sex so precision-timed it makes international warfare manoeuvres look unorganized, her life is turned upside down. And when nothing seems to be working, her quest for the B-word turns into an obsession. Can Gina stay sane, get pregnant, and keep her marriage together? Or will her baby trail become a baby trap?
Abigail ~ Heather Marie Adkins ~ When Abigail's supposedly immortal faery mother is found murdered, her human father sells her in to slavery. Bought by a young and wealthy landowner named William, she is whisked away to a Grecian island to play caretaker for his baby sister. However, the island has a deadly secret connected to Abigail's past. Her budding romance with William is shattered by Abigail's intimate, unwanted connection with the island's faery prince. Meanwhile, the Faery King is planning revenge upon the family. Abigail must join forces with the very race she's sought to deny, to save the humans she has learned to love.
Carpe Bead'em ~ Tonya Kappes ~ Orphaned at a young age, Hallie Mediate was raised by her (slightly) crazy Great Aunt Grace on the wrong side of the tracks in Cincinnati. Hallie dreamed of escaping her hometown and never looking back. After putting herself through college, landing her dream job in Chicago, and starting a romance with her handsome running partner Bo Pompillio, life is finally exactly as she wants it. That is, until she’s transferred back to the hometown. Not wanting her past to cross paths with her future, Hallie puts her relationship with Bo on hold.
Cold Case Morphs ~ Barbara Silkstone ~ A wacky novella with a squirt of BEETLEJUICE, a squish of GHOSTBUSTERS, and a twist of the infamous. The newest detective agency in Asheville, North Carolina takes on their first case. The Cold Case Morphs enter the world of noir comedy as they rush to the aid of a lonely Victorian ghost. Warning… this is a soft-boiled detective romance with a Beetlejuice paranormal side.
The Time Contessa ~ Georgina Young-Ellis ~ The Time Contessa is an adventure to Siena, Italy, 500 years into the past and 100 years into the future. Something has gone wrong with an historical timeline, causing a famous painting to disappear from the world’s conscious memory, surfacing only in people’s dreams. Two members of MIT’s Chronology team, Dr. Cassandra Reilly and her colleague Jake, must go to Renaissance Siena to repair the timeline so the artist who painted the portrait of a beautiful woman known as Giuliana will ultimately live to complete it. However, the past holds many pitfalls, both dangerous and romantic.
Jealousy's Rage ~ Melissa A Smith ~ Forget everything you think you know about the Gods of Olympus and Atlantis. Both are real, and both are hidden in plain sight. Finally taking his long awaited vacation, Declan finds the one person who just might let him grow old. Although Ellie just might feel the same spark, she’s been mistreated one too many times in the past to trust. Seeing this challenge as one he knows he can win, Declan dives in head first.
But as in all things, his job gets in the way. It steals away his future and any hope at love.
Cruxim ~ Karin Cox ~ Amedeo is Cruxim, a mysterious, immortal fallen angel. Destined to seek redemption as a vampire hunter, he quenches his insatiable hunger on vampire blood. But when the object of his passion, the novice nun Joslyn, is turned into a vampire and enters a vampire coven, Amedeo's worlds collide. Shattered by the loss of his beloved, he vows to rid the world of vampires once and for all, even if it means destroying Josyln in the process.