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Authors in Bloom 6th Annual Blog Hop–Sharing 2 Recipes and GIVEAWAY Kindle Fire/Nook

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 Welcome to the Authors in Bloom Blog Hop!

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GRAND PRIZE

This year’s grand prize is an Ereader of the winner’s choice (Kindle Fire or Nook) along with a $25 gift card for the ebook retailer of choice. Grand Prize winners will be Winners will be posted on both the first (Dianne Venetta) and last (BloominThyme’s) websites.

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***To win the grand prize, you must visit each and every author on the hop. *** 

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MY PRIZE

I’m also giving away a $5 Amazon Gift Card

(Open to USA residents 18 years or older. Click HERE for giveaway rules.)

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Prize winners will be announced on April 7th.

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Besides gardening, I enjoy cooking. This year I’m going to share two recipes that I hope you all enjoy…

This first recipe is a combination of about three that I found on Allreipes.com.  As with most recipes from there, I read several before picking one, and usually I read the comments to see what others did to change the original. One of my favorite soups is Corn Chowder. But I’ve never made it, until I decided to make it for a soup sale the social committee was sponsoring at work.  So, I searched for a recipe, or rather several, that sounded good, and picked and chose what I liked from them, then combined those things and added a few things of my own into a brand new recipe. This is what I came up with.

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Corn Chowder with Bacon and Ham 

INGREDIENTS:

6 slices of bacon, chopped

1 onion, chopped

¾ cup water

2 potatoes, chopped

2 stocks of celery, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

2 (14.75 oz) cans cream style corn

2 (15.25 oz) can whole kernel corn with liquid of 1 can

1 cup ham cubes

½ teaspoon salt

ground black pepper to taste

1 to 2 teaspoons ham flavored soup base

2 tablespoons flour

1 can evaporated milk

½ cup half-and-half

1 teaspoon parsley

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Fry chopped bacon until crisp in a Dutch oven or stockpot. Remove bacon from drippings and set aside.
  2. Add chopped onion to bacon drippings and sauté until tender. Add water, potatoes, celery, and carrots. Cover and simmer until tender, 15-20 minutes.
  3. Stir in canned corn (both cream style and whole kernel), salt, pepper, soup base, and ham cubes. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  4. Reduce heat until no longer boiling and let simmer just under a boil for five minutes.
  5. Whisk flour into half-and-half. Stir both evaporated milk and half-and-half mixture into soup, let simmer just under a boil for five minutes, or until soup thickens.
  6. Stir in parsley and bacon crumbles to serve.

Oh, and it was a best seller at the soup sale.

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This next recipe was passed down to me from my mom, and it in turn had been passed down to her. This is my family’s favorite cheesecake, and a tradition for Christmas, Easter, and even other special occasions. Once, I made this for a baby shower and decorated it with edible flowers. It has the look and texture of a soufflé and a mild creamy flavor. It is delicious with either canned or fresh fruit, and homemade whipped cream. Definitely a desert for angels…

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Cheesecake

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Mix together:

20-25 Graham crackers crushed or 1 box of Graham cracker crumbs

¼ to ½ pound of salted butter softened

3 tablespoons powdered sugar

Press onto the bottom and sides of 9 inch spring form pan, set aside.

Cream together:

2 large packages of cream cheese (8 ounce each)—I’ve used ⅓ less fat cream cheese with success, but fat free does not work.

½ cup sugar

2 tablespoons flour

Separate 4 eggs, beat yolks into cream mixture one at a time.

Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 cup Half-and-Half.

Beat egg whites until stiff and fold (do not over mix) into mixture.

Pour into crust, back 60-70 minutes. With oven door open, leave cake in oven 1 half hour after baking to cool.

Remove spring form pan while cake is still warm to touch.

Top with canned pie filling or fresh fruit and garnish with whipped topping or whipped cream

 

Whipped Cream:

Freeze bowl and beaters for at least 2 hours before beginning.

1 cup of heavy whipping cream

Beat on medium speed for 30 seconds, then add 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar. Beat on medium speed until stiff. When cream begins to thicken, reduce speed and watch that cream does not turn to butter. When topping begins to appear shinny, stop beating. The toping is ready and it is thick enough to be piped through a pastry bag (if desired) and held overnight.

(Photos only used for presentation. Although, my corn chowder did look a lot like the one pictured, I couldn’t find a cheesecake picture that looked like my mom’s cheesecake.)

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Find book information and buy links at  THE COLTON GAMBLERS 

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A Cover Reveal, a Goodreads Giveaway, and a Sale….OH MY!

I have a lot of exciting news!

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COVER REVEAL: 

Cowboy’s Forever ... from the same authors who brought you the international bestselling anthologies Cowboy Up and Cowboy Up 2.

Cowboys Forever will be releasing in both ebook and print December 1!! Click on the title for more information.

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GOODREADS GIVEAWAY:

My January 2016 release Heartsong will be featured in a Goodreads giveaway running from November 1 – November 30. Goodreads members will be able to enter in order to win a copy. There will be 1 winner for the giveaway.

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SALE!:

Gambling On A Secret, Gambling On A Heart and Gambling On A Dream  will be discounted from November 29 – January 3 across various retailers for $.99, $1.99 and $2.99 respectively.

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Author’s In Bloom Blog Hop–Space Saving Strawberry Garden Ideas….. Comment to win!

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 Welcome to the Authors in Bloom Blog Hop!

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GRAND PRIZE

This year’s grand prize is an Ereader of the winner’s choice (up to a $200 value) along with a $25 gift card for the ebook retailer of choice. Grand Prize winners will be Winners will be posted on both the first (Dianne Venetta) and last (BloominThyme’s) websites.

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***To win the grand prize, you must visit each and every author on the hop. *** 

Linky List link at the bottom of post

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MY PRIZE

I’m also giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card

(Open to USA residents 18 years or older. Click HERE for giveaway rules.)

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Prize winners will be announced on April 17th.

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What’s better than fresh strawberries? I was looking for some ideas of how I could do a strawberry garden without taking up a ton of space, and of course, I checked out the greatest place for ideas–Pinterest.  I always find tons of great garden ideas there. Here are some of the Pins showing space-saving strawberry gardens that I’ve pinned to my own board. (which can be found HERE). Now, I don’t know which one I like best…

Click on the pictures to be taken to the Pin on Pinterest.

Copied from Pinterest Found on dumpaday.com

 

Growing strawberries in rain gutters hanging about 6 feet off the ground is a great idea if you have the extra room.

Maybe build the  them around the outside of your deck.

Sure would make for easy picking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I love this idea!  This is a 55 gallon drum (barrel) with holes for the strawberries. You probably could plant something like Top Hat Blueberries around the top for the starters for a great fruit salad. Yum!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Do you have an old shoe rack that you have no idea what to do with? Why not make a garden out of it!!

This neat idea shows herbs (which you could do too!), but another pin mentioned using one of these for strawberries, which is a great idea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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These next ideas are probably for other plants, but I don’t see why they couldn’t be used for strawberries…

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Do you have a favorite? Or have you done something like any of these before?

 

 

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All Bets Are Off

Four years have passed. But Wyatt hasn’t forgotten the bold, Native American beauty who stole his heart . . . and broke it. Losing her and the life they had hoped to share left him an empty shell of himself. But if he wants to stop the deranged killer terrorizing the innocent kids of Colton, he’ll have to let Dawn back into his life. It’s a risk he’s willing to take, even if heartache is all he takes home…

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Guest Post– “Top Five Female Spies” by Sharon Cullen author of SEBASTIAN’S LADY SPY, new historical romance from Loveswept

Top Five Female Spies

First of all I want to thank you for hosting me today. I’m so excited about the release of Sebastian’s Lady Spy. This was a fun book to write because these two characters were so suited for each other but too hard-headed to realize it until it was almost too late.

Usually when we hear about spies, we hear about male spies but there were plenty of female spies throughout the ages that had an impact on history.

Here are five of the more interesting ones:

  1. Belle Boyd was a female spy during the Civil War who ran a hotel and ferried information from union soldiers to confederate soldiers using her maid.
  2. Josephine Baker was a renowned beauty and musician who was cleared to play in France during WWII. She worked for the French resistance passing secret information in her sheet music.
  3. Nancy Wake (my personal favorite) worked for the French resistance during WWII. She cycled more than 500 miles to replace destroyed codes and she killed an SS sentry with her bare hands.
  4. Sarah Emma Edmonds was a master of disguise and actually served in the Union Army during the Civil Was as a man named Frank Thompson.
  5. Mata Hari is an interesting study and probably one of the best known of female spies. She was a courtesan and an exotic dancer from India as well as a spy in WWII. She was shot and killed by the French.

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Sebastian’s Lady Spy

Secrets & Seduction # 5

By

Sharon Cullen

Releasing March 31st, 2015

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Blurb

Seduction abounds in Sharon Cullen’s steamy historical romance! For the Crown’s top agents, love is a hazard best avoided—until an unforgettable affair exposes their undercover hearts.

Sebastian Addison has a powerful secret. To society he is the Earl of Claybrook, the patriarch who raised his siblings after the death of their parents. But to the king, Sebastian is Britain’s top spy—a position that has taken an emotional toll on him. Contessa Gabrielle Marciano has also been living a lie, her title a cover devised by the Office of Intelligence. The femme fatale was plucked from a life of crime and prostitution and trained to restrain her passionate nature. Until she meets the earl.

For three deeply sensual days and nights, Sebastian and Gabrielle drop their masks, indulging in pleasures that seem too good to be true. Then the lovers go their separate ways. Seven months later they reunite when inside sources report that an English aristocrat has been aiding France in a plot to topple the Crown. Their objective: to find the turncoat. Their greatest challenge: to keep their wild, wounded hearts from derailing a mission of life and death.

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About the Author:

Sharon Cullen is the author of the historical romances The Notorious Lady Anne, Loving the Earl, and Pleasing the Pirate, as well as many novels of romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance. If you’d like to find out more about the author and her books, you can visit her blog or her website. She is addicted to social networking so you can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Friend her! Like her! Follow her! She’d love to hang out with you and talk about her passion: books.

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Book Spotlight–HOT TEXAS DAYS Boxed Set by Jessie Evans

Diamonds and Dust, Leather and Lace, Saddles and Sin, Hot Texas Nights, Jessie Evans, Tasty Book Tours, Texas Romance, Contemporary Western romance, cowboy romance, contemporary romance, boxed set, anthology

 

 

Hot Texas Days Box Set
Lonesome Point, Texas, Books 1 – 3

By

Jessie Evans

Releasing February 16th, 2015

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HOT TEXAS DAYS BOX SET

Hot Texas Days, Hotter Texas Nights…

Three full-length hot, suspenseful novels by New York Times Bestselling author Jessie Evans, featuring rugged, alpha cowboys and the women feisty enough to tame them. Welcome to Lonesome Point!

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Blurb:

Cowboy bikers, fireworks, and romance, oh my…

Wild girl, Mia Sherman, has a secret—she isn’t as fearless as she pretends. Descended from Lonesome Point, Texas’ founding family, Mia grew up hearing tales of an ancient Irish curse that followed the Shermans to America. The first-born daughter of every generation is cursed to lose her husband on her wedding night, which is one of the many reasons Mia has sworn off relationships. Until the fateful day rancher Sawyer Kane rides his Harley into her life …

Can true love conquer all, even a centuries-old curse? Mia and Sawyer will be the first to find out.

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Excerpt:

Sawyer searched Mia’s face in the glow of the moon, the soft light making her look even sexier than she had in the yellow bulbs strung above the farmer’s market. “I really like you. A lot.”

“I like you, too,” she said, her full lips curving at the edges.

“But I meant what I said before, about not being ready for anything serious.” The words tried to stick in his throat, but Sawyer forced them out. He owed Mia honesty, and he wanted to make damned sure they were on the same page before things went any further. “I want to make sure that’s still okay. I wouldn’t ever want to hurt you.”

Her smiled faded, but her eyes remained soft, unguarded. “You won’t hurt me.” She ambled down the stairs, stopping on the stair above his, putting them face-to-face and their lips inches apart. “I’m fine with a night, or a week, or the summer…however long feels right. And when it stops feeling right, we go our separate ways, no anger, no regrets.” She lifted her arms, twining them around his neck, sending arousal surging through his body. “This is exactly what I need, Sawyer. You are what I need, and I can’t wait to touch you. Everywhere.”

Any hope of resisting vanished as that last word feathered between her tempting lips. Sawyer closed the distance between them, claiming her mouth as his arm wrapped tight around her waist, crushing her body to his. Her breasts flattened against his chest and her body heat caressed him, making his pulse spike and a moan sound low in his throat. He wanted this woman—badly. And he was past ready for them to be alone in a room with a bed, a door, and a lock to keep the rest of the world out.

Sawyer lifted Mia off her feet, carrying her through the shop entrance before kicking the door shut behind them.

“Up the stairs,” she whispered against his mouth. “Bedroom’s up there.”

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Blurb:

Even sweet cowboys have a sinful side…

Robert Lawson—Bubba to his friends—is six feet, four inches of tall, dark, and handsome cowboy, with a panty-melting voice and a face made to launch a country music career. But when his family’s ranch hands go down with the flu, Robert cancels his high-profile auditions and returns home to help out. Marisol Medina has been looking for her golden ticket since she became a country music manager, but she refuses to mix business and pleasure, even if it will be hell, resisting temptation while spending a week at the Lawson family ranch with her star client.

But as Marisol and Robert grow closer and the passion between them ignites, Marisol must decide if a chance at forever is worth breaking all her rules.

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“I don’t know about the women you date,” Marisol continued. “But I’m not that kind of girl.”

“What kind of girl are you?” Bubba aimed for a casual tone, but his voice came out strained.

“I’m not,” Marisol said, her expression sobering. “As far as you and I are concerned, I’m not a girl. I’m a businessperson. I will use every weapon in my arsenal to get your career moving. I will flirt with club managers and be your arm candy at events until you find a cute little thing to take home to your mama, but that’s where it ends. As long as you’re my client, it’s business between us.”

Bubba swallowed hard, fighting the urge to tell her that he was fine with ripping up their contract, right here and now. He’d rather have the Marisol who kissed him like she’d been dying for everything he wanted to give her than a business partner any day of the week. He’d had several managers approach him after the open mic night, but he hadn’t felt this drawn to a woman since he and Casey broke up a few years after high school.

Still, no matter how much he wanted to let his heart—and cock—do the talking, he had a meeting tomorrow morning with Wendy Dann and her people. Wendy wasn’t country music royalty just yet, but she was a major star. The chance to open for an act like hers, while her original opener was out of commission for vocal node surgery, was a once in a lifetime opportunity. If he landed this job, he could tell his asshole boss at the electric company to go fuck himself, and put his five-year career as a lineman behind him. He’d been relieved to be spared his older brothers’ fates as slaves to the family ranching business—he loved his family and spending long weekends at the ranch, but he’d never felt the call of the cows the way John and Cole did—but it wasn’t his dream to maintain overhead transmission lines, either.

No matter what the rest of the Lawsons had to say about it, music was in his blood. He never felt more alive, more at home, more at peace and generally right with the world than when he had a guitar in his hands and his lips inches from a microphone. Singing was the only thing that had ever lit a fire inside of him, and he didn’t want to risk losing his shot to transform his passion into a career because he was too hot for a woman to focus on the big picture.

So, with a deep breath and a brittle smile, Bubba swallowed the words on the tip of his tongue and said, “Just business is fine with me.”

“Good.” Marisol smiled, but Bubba would swear she sounded disappointed. “Then go get some rest and I’ll pick you up at six-thirty tomorrow. We want to be sure we’re on time. They’re making an effort to squeeze in this meeting before Wendy gets on a plane to Nashville for her week off, and we need to be there bright and early to show how appreciative we are.”

Bubba nodded, plucking his new, three-hundred-dollar cowboy hat off his head and running a hand through his hair, still feeling a little strange wearing a hat for stage dressing. Back in Lonesome Point, you wore your cowboy hat so your nose wouldn’t burn off by the end of a long day working outside. He was definitely out of his comfort zone in the designer hat Marisol had picked out for him. So far, almost all the money he’d made at his gigs had gone right back into clothes and headshot photographs and half a dozen other things he hadn’t realized he needed to launch a country music career. He couldn’t afford to derail things now, when he was so close to making good on his investment.

But as he swung into his truck, and Marisol crossed the parking lot to her vintage Spider convertible, Bubba couldn’t help wishing things could be different. For the first time in his life, he was defying his family’s party line and looking for a life outside of Lonesome Point. If he met someone special right now, it wouldn’t have to end the way things had ended with Casey, with a sad goodbye because most girls want to grow up and leave a small town behind, not settle in and raise a fifth generation of Lawsons with their high school sweetheart.

In Bubba’s gut, he knew he’d return to Lonesome Point eventually, no matter where his new career might lead, but in the meantime he had the chance to see what it was like to date someone he wouldn’t have to run into at the supermarket every other day, someone he hadn’t known since elementary school, and whose mama wasn’t friends with his. But so far, he hadn’t met anyone who intrigued him, let alone made him think about what it might be like to fall in love again.

No one but Marisol, the one woman who was off limits.

“Just my luck,” Bubba mumbled as he started the truck and drove across the nearly abandoned parking lot, doing his best not to peek into his mirror at the convertible behind him. Marisol had made it clear they were never going to be more than friends and colleagues, and Bubba had learned his lesson about pining for impossible things a long time ago.

Still, he couldn’t resist one last glance in his rearview as he pulled out onto the deserted street—wondering how long he’d be able to honor his “all business” promise with a woman who was everything he wanted, wrapped up in one irresistible package.

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Blurb:

The home run neither of them expected…

Pike Sherman is a legend in Lonesome Point, a hometown boy who made it to the big leagues. Literally. Professional baseball acquired one hell of a pitching arm and it’s latest celebrity bad boy when the gifted Pike was drafted seven years ago. Pike’s broken heart came along for the ride, too, but he kept that private. Tulsi Hearst knows she should stay far away from the brooding man her summer love has become, but she can’t resist a dance with the only man who ever made her blood rush.

After a few days back in Lonesome Point, Pike can’t imagine life without the girl he left behind, but when Tulsi’s secret is revealed, his heart is broken all over again. The only thing worse than losing Tulsi, is losing six years with the daughter he didn’t know he had.

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Excerpt:

Tulsi stewed in her anger all day, and by the time Pike pulled up beside her in his red pickup truck as she was walking back to her aunt’s farm for supper, she was in a truly foul mood.

“Tulsi?” Pike frowned at her through the open passenger side window. “What the heck are you doing here? Did you and Mia come up to watch spring training?”

“No, I’m alone, and I’m working, Pike Sherman,” Tulsi said, losing the last of her cool. “I have a job that has nothing to do with you, your sister, your family, or baseball. I am a person, and I have my own dreams, my own interests, and my own life!”

“Okay, okay.” Pike blinked in obvious surprise. “Sorry. I didn’t mean to insult you.”

“Well, you did,” she said, still so angry she couldn’t seem to control her mouth. “You’ve been insulting me for years.”

His eyebrows lifted. “What? When have I ever—”

The black car behind him on the two-lane country road blared its horn, but instead of driving away, Pike pulled over on the gravel shoulder in front of her and got out of the truck.

Tulsi watched his long, lean form emerge from the driver’s side, refusing to notice how amazing he looked fresh out of the shower, with his brown hair hanging in thick chunks against his forehead and a gray tee shirt molding to his impressive chest. Instead, she focused on the fact that Pike was an entire foot taller than her five feet three inches, and how stupid she was to have spent years crushing on a boy who would have put a terrible crick in her neck if she’d ever actually kissed him.

“Have I done something wrong?” he asked, waiting for her response with a lost expression on his face.

Tulsi rolled her eyes, wondering how a boy on the verge of graduating from college with a three point five could be so stupid. It wasn’t like her crush had been particularly subtle. Even her big sister knew Tulsi had it bad for Pike, and Reece rarely paid attention to anything that wasn’t about Reece, still considered Tulsi a baby, and hadn’t been home to Lonesome Point in years.

“Because if I have, I’m sorry. You know I love you,” Pike continued, his words sending an arrow slicing through her already suffering heart. “You’re like the sweet, less irritating little sister I never had. I really… I care about you.”

Tulsi sucked in a shaky breath, pain and frustration warring in her chest, making her brave enough to step closer and pin him with a hard look. “I care about you, too, Pike, but I’m sick and tired of being treated like your little sister.” His eyes went wide with surprise, but there was something else there, too, a flicker of interest that made her bold enough to take another step toward him and add in a softer voice, “And maybe I’m not as sweet as everybody thinks I am.”

“Is that right?” he asked, brow arching.

“That’s right.” Something wild and brave inside of Tulsi raised its head, insisting it was time to make her stand, to grab for what she wanted before Pike was forever out of her reach. “So, as far as I’m concerned, you have two options.”

He nodded slowly, holding her gaze with an intensity that made her shiver. “I’m listening.”

“Either get out of my way and let me forget you,” she said, adrenaline making her pulse pound in her throat, “or shut up and kiss me.”

Oh, boy. That did it…

Tulsi watched the spark in Pike’s eyes kindle into a flame with equal parts fear and excitement. There was no doubt she’d captured his attention, but when he reached for her, the moment still felt surreal. She’d been fantasizing about Pike taking her in his arms for so long that when he finally did it, it felt like a dream: a scene from a movie she’d watched too many times to believe she would ever play the starring role.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessie Evans, gave up a career as an international woman of mystery to write the sexy, contemporary Southern romances she loves to read.

She’s married to the man of her dreams, and together they’re raising a few adorable, mischievous children in a cottage in the jungle. She grew up in rural Arkansas, spending summers running wild, being chewed by chiggers, and now appreciates her home in a chigger-free part of the world even more.

When she’s not writing, Jessie enjoys playing her dulcimer (badly), sewing the worlds ugliest quilts to give to her friends, going for bike rides with her house full of boys, and drifting in and out on the waves, feeling thankful for sun, surf, and lovely people to share them with. 

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Guest Post by bestselling author Maggie McGinnis featuring her latest release A COWBOY’S CHRISTMAS PROMISE

I Was Supposed to Marry a Cowboy (Don’t Tell my Husband)

 

Thanks so much for hosting me today! I’m so excited to celebrate the release of A Cowboy’s Christmas Promise with you!

I’m a born-and-bred New Englander, so I have to admit I get more than my share of the “Why cowboys?” question at family gatherings. Of course, my go-to answer is “Seriously? You have to ask?” But truly, why DO I write cowboys?

I think maybe I was supposed to have married one, and somewhere along the way I got distracted. Now, if my husband is reading this, it’s not about you. Truly. You’re awesome. Amazing, even.

Just … not a cowboy.

See, to me, cowboys totally own the whole tall, dark, and handsome thing. Even if they’re short, you put them on a horse, with a Stetson, and voila: sexy American icon. I mean, really. What could be better than a man who puts his animals before himself? A man who’s skilled enough to live outside for days on end? A man who speaks with his eyes and works with his hands?

A cowboy means horses, and campfires, and moonlit rides to secluded waterfalls. It means log cabins and barn kittens and haylofts and—sigh—those jeans, people.

I’m just sayin’.

Now, it’s possible I hold cowboys to an unrealistic standard, and maybe they’re not all gorgeous and fit and dreamy. But the ones I create are. I have architect-cowboys and veterinarian-cowboys and just plain cowboy-cowboys, and every single one of them is gorgeous, tough, and sexy-as-heck. They just need to find their happily-ever-afters with the right gals, and life will be perfect.

I didn’t get to marry a cowboy, and in reality I’m pretty okay with that, but I gotta tell ya—I’m still holding out for one of my besties to find one so I’ll have an excuse to go visit.

How about you? Whether you married him or not, what’s YOUR dream “type?” Did you ever long to be a cowgirl? Or are tall, dark billionaires more your style?

 

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A Cowboy's Christmas Promise by Maggie McGinnis

 

A Cowboy’s Christmas Promise

By

Maggie McGinnis

Releasing November 18th, 2014

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Blurb:

 In a captivating novel spiced with holiday magic—perfect for fans of Rachel Gibson, Susan Mallery, and Molly O’Keefe—a rugged Montana man mends a Northeast girl’s jaded heart.

Boston veterinarian Hayley Scampini tends the city’s pampered pets but dreams of the rural life of a country vet. She’s single and determined to stay that way, convinced that love isn’t permanent enough to trust. Then a vacation to the Whisper Creek dude ranch introduces her to Daniel McKee, a sexy single dad who runs the kind of veterinary practice she aspires to—and rattles her conviction to keep men at a distance.

Managing a thriving practice, coping with the loss of his wife, and fighting a custody battle with his in-laws over his twin daughters, Daniel couldn’t be more overwhelmed. Hayley is a godsend, accompanying him in the field and winning over his girls. It doesn’t take Daniel long to realize he’s falling for this woman, hard and fast. So before Hayley returns to Boston, he extracts a promise: that she will return to Whisper Creek for Christmas. It’s the perfect time and place to show Hayley that the promise of a beautiful life together is something she can believe in.

 

Praise for Maggie McGinnis:

 “Maggie McGinnis writes the kind of characters that keep you smiling long after you turn the page.”—USA Today bestselling author Katie Lane

“A writer with a talent for both humor and emotion.”—New York Times bestselling author Lori Handeland, aka Lori Austin

“McGinnis comes out of the chute with force, grabs your emotions, and gets a death hold on your attention to the last page, where you sigh and wish there was one more chapter.”—New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown

“Heartwarming and sweet, Maggie McGinnis is definitely an author to watch!”—USA Today bestselling author Tina Leonard

 

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Book Spotlight–FALLEN by Tamara Gill

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Sara Daniels needs to change her life, so she sets out to run her late grandmother’s farm. With no man at her side, and deserted by friends who can’t abide her obsession with mythology, it’s the perfect time to escape.

Hermes, favored son of Zeus, has been framed by his hateful stepmother, Hera. Fleeing Olympus with his life, he finds himself in an abandoned farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. It’s the ideal place to hide from Zeus that is until the owner— a woman with long, flaming red hair and the darkest blue eyes he’s ever seen — decides to move in.

Sara’s family has divine secrets that even she’s not privy to. Hermes’ secrets, however, have the power to shatter their lives. And with a god as your farmhand, it’s only a matter of time before those secrets are revealed in all their destructive glory.

But the wild attraction that blazes between these two souls will not be denied…even if the outcome threatens to doom them both.


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Tamara is an Australian author who grew up in an old mining town in country South Australia, where her love of history was founded. So much so, she made her darling husband travel to the UK for their honeymoon, where she dragged him from one historical monument and castle to another.

A mother of three, her two little gentlemen in the making, a future Lady (she hopes) and a part-time job keep her busy in the real world, but whenever she gets a moment’s peace she loves to write romance novels in an array of genres, including regency, medieval and paranormal.

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Interview with Gemma Brocato author of EXPOSED TO PASSION

Hi Sara. Thanks for having on your blog today to talk about my new release, Exposed To Passion.

Wecome, Gemma!!!  Let’s start by you telling us a little about yourself.

 

I’ve been writing steadily since 2011, and contracted my first novel with Lyrical Press in 2013. I submitted the second a month later, then the third in Feb 2014. It’s been an exciting ride, with a very steep uphill learning curve. I’ve met so many wonderfully helpful people along the way it makes me believe my chosen career isn’t as solitary as it seems.

 

 

What genre/genres do you write?

I write contemporary romance, but I’m about to dip my toe into the sci-fi romance genre. I have a Christmas novella set in the 23rd century that I’m cleaning up with the intention of self-publishing in December.

 

 

Whatever became of your very first book?

Good question. I’m cleaning it up to get it ready to submit to my editor at Lyrical. I wrote the story while suffering a huge bout of homesickness and missing my teenage children after my husband’s job made a move to England. Kids wanted to stay home, and I pounded the story out on a company issued computer to ease the loneliness.

 

What can you tell us about Exposed To Passion that isn’t in the blurb or excerpt?

The theme of Exposed deals with what happens when someone is faced with a bully. Not only did I have a secondary character, Katie, who is bullied in the halls of the school Sam Kerrigan teaches at, but Sam and Rikki face bullying from a grown woman. The scene detailing and incident where Katie is bullied came from a real life situation I witnessed.

 

 

Is Exposed To Passion part of a series? If so, tell us about it.

Yes, Exposed is book #3 in the Five Senses Series, based on the Kerrigan family of a fictional town, Granite Pointe, Massachusetts. Each book is based on one of the senses. The heroine has a job which relies on the sense connected to the book. In this book, Rikki Salerno is a photographer, which of course, requires sight. Book #1, Cooking Up Love, about a chef, is based on taste, and book #2, Hearts In Harmony, about a music therapist, on hearing. I’m currently working book #4, which is based on smell, and features a heroine who owns a flower shop.

 

 

How long did it take you to write?

Each novel takes about three and a half to four months to complete. Then the hard part, editing begins.

 

 

Who was easier to write–Hero or Heroine? Why?

I have to confess the hero, Sam, was easier to write. I’ve been in love with him since he first walked on to the page. He’s a kind, sweet man who is a steadfast friend, and hot, hot, hot.

 

 

Now for some Fun Questions…

What’s your favorite TV show or movie of all time?

French Kiss, with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline. Probably because whenever I’m watching it, my husband will sit down to watch it with me. It’s become a Valentine’s tradition for us.

 

 

If you could chose a period in history to be born in, what would it be and why?

I’d probably say the 1920s. Great music, great art and literature, and women were finally gaining independence.

 

 

What was the most embarrassing thing your husband/boyfriend/partner/friend ever did to you in public?

Hmmm, well, he’s pretty quick to point out when I’ve embarrassed him, usually in front of other people. No one likes to be called on the carpet in front of an audience.

 

 

What is the one place you have never visited but would love to?

Scotland. We’d planned to visit Edinburgh while we lived in London, but couldn’t book a hotel room. We were attempting to go during the midst of the Edinburgh festival. No room at any inn!

 

 

If you were stranded on a desert island and could chose any famous person (living or dead), who would you chose to be stranded with you and why?

Josh Holloway (Sawyer on Lost). He was a very resourceful guy.

 

 

Quick Quiz

  1. Cake or Chips – I’m a savory gal, so chips.

 

  1. Steak or Veggie Burger – Veggie Burger for sure.

 

  1. Chocolates or Roses – Oh, definitely roses. I love how the colors have significance.

 

  1. Boxers or Briefs or Nothing at all – Can I go hybrid and say boxer-briefs?

 

  1. And since I write both, I have to know which you prefer… Vampires or Cowboys – Well, I’d choose a Vampire, unless it’s a vampire cowboy, in which case, that guy would win hands down.

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Exposed to Passion by Gemma Brocato

 

Exposed To Passion

Five Senses Series Book #3

by

Gemma Brocato

 

Blurb:

They walked through the shadows individually. Will they emerge into the light together?

Leading a vagabond life as a curator for a traveling photography exhibit translates to a lot of bad days for Rikki Salerno. But her trouble doubles when a careless high school student shoves her into a marsh. Being rescued by teacher Sam Kerrigan should have made things better, but Rikki’s inability to confess her true identity casts a shadow over their budding affair.

When Sam refuses an overly aggressive parent’s marriage proposal, she’s determined to ruin him. Not only does she doctor photos to make it look like Sam’s behaved inappropriately in front of students, she hacks the foundation website to reveal Rikki’s true identity. Faster than the blink of a shutter, Rikki’s focus changes from pursuing her full-color future to the black and white necessity of clearing Sam’s name.

 

Excerpt:

Rikki dragged her eyes from his profile and turned her attention out the front window. “Oh, Sam, it’s perfect.”

Obligingly, Sam stopped the truck to let her take pictures. She adjusted the brightness setting, snapped another couple of shots, then dropped the camera into her lap.

“I’d love to see this at dawn. Do you know how haunting this would be in a low-light setting?” She fidgeted in her seat, battling her muse’s demand to pick up her camera again. The images she’d captured so far were sufficient. She’d known the second she took the best photo from that vantage point. She’d bet her favorite camera it was the way a baseball player knew a ball would soar out of the park the second the bat connected. Adrenaline spread through her like spiders, creeping and crawling through her chest and along her arms.

Sam put the truck back in gear and eased forward into a parking spot. “I brought wood so we can make a campfire over here, under the trees. The best spot for us to set up our camera equipment will be there, along the riverbank.” He lifted his hand from the steering wheel and gestured toward a flat, sandy section of land. “There is nothing overhead to mar the focus. Unless you see a better location…”

“I’ll look around, but the riverbank makes the most sense. It’s flat, and as long as it’s solid, should be good.” She flashed back to the spit of land where they’d met, when the bank hadn’t been stable enough to keep her from tumbling into the water. “I’ll unload the equipment if you start the fire.”

“Deal.”

Putting his shoulder to the door, he paused, appeared to think better of it, then twisted toward her. Desire changed his eyes to steamy, mesmerizing cobalt. Leaning across the center of the truck, he lifted a hand to her cheek and urged her lips toward his. His mouth, soft and warm, possessed hers, shortening her breath. After a brief moment, he deepened the kiss, opening his mouth on hers, demanding more. Without hesitation, she responded, welcoming the intrusion of his tongue and plunged her fingers through his hair, pulling him closer.

Sliding his hand down her arm, he cradled her wrist, then pulled her hand to rest along his chest. His heart thumped violently, racing, echoing her speeding pulse. His lips curled into a smile. He laced his fingers through hers and pressed, flattening both against his body. The warmth of his hand, the rhythmic thud of his heart, and the sensuous insistence of his lips rocked her. It changed mere passion into something more enduring.

The loud blare of a horn interrupted the brief interlude. Sam jumped away from her, disentangling their fingers, pink staining his cheeks. Moving his hands to his lap, he attempted to hide the evidence of their steamy kiss from the group of students pulling into the spot next to his truck.

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About the Author:Gemma Brocato

Gemma’s favorite desk accessories for many years were a circular wooden token, better known as a ’round tuit,’ and a slip of paper from a fortune cookie proclaiming her a lover of words; some day she’d write a book. All it took was a transfer to the United Kingdom, the lovely English springtime, and a huge dose of homesickness to write her first novel. Once it was completed and sent off with a kiss, even the rejections addressed to ‘Dear Author’ were gratifying.

After returning to America, she spent a number of years as a copywriter, dedicating her skills to making insurance and the agents who sell them sound sexy. Eventually, her full-time job as a writer interfered with her desire to be a writer full-time and she left the world of financial products behind to pursue an avocation as a romance author.

 

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Also By Gemma Brocato:

Cooking Up Love

Hearts In Harmony

 

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Release Day Blitz–DEMON HUNTER by Jaquie Underdown

Demon Hunter by Jacque Underdown

 

Demon Hunter

By

Jacquie Underdown

Releasing October 20th, 2014

Beachwalk Press

 

Blurb:

Sometimes finding love at the wrong time and in the wrong place can be exactly what is needed.

Sammy has dedicated her life to helping others. She doesn’t have an enemy in the world, so why is she suddenly on the Dark Walkers most-wanted list?

Jonty is a soldier from the future and is sent back to the twenty-first century to eliminate the Dark Walkers. He hates this time period and wants nothing more than to get in, perform his duties, avoid all distractions, and get out. But that changes when he meets Sammy. There is something about her, beyond her beauty and courage, which he can’t resist.

When Sammy is saved by Jonty, it’s insta-boom-lust. There is nothing complicated about how this strong, sexy man makes her feel. And she knows Jonty feels the same way, so why does he resist her?

With humanity under threat, and both their lives in danger, there are greater things at stake than a little romance. Or is there? Destiny may have other plans. And their deep sexual attraction may just be the key to saving them all.

Content Warning: contains steamy sex, mature language, and some violence.

 

Excerpt:

Sammy couldn’t take it anymore. Being in such close proximity to Jonty and not being able to lean over and take that sumptuous bottom lip of his between hers and suck his tongue until he moaned into her mouth was torture. She released a loud breath of air, stood, and straightened her skirt and t-shirt. She had to get away from him or she’d burst.

Sammy sat on the bed and reached for the remote. Jonty slid his chair back from under him and followed. Her heart thumped, harder, faster, but she remained focused on the television. He sat beside her. She could feel his stare. Eventually, she turned to face him and looked into those incredible blue eyes.

He took a deep breath and scrubbed his hands over his face. “So much is at stake, Sammy. I can’t pursue—” He pointed from his chest to hers. “—this, us.”

Air escaped from her throat, leaving her breathless. “Why? Why can’t you?”

His features twisted, almost with pain, and his mouth drooped into a deep frown. She pressed her hand to her heart, an attempt to stop the aching she felt for his struggle. She could see his turmoil. She resented it, because in her own mind nothing at all was complicated about how she felt about this man. Regardless of what she had been through, of anything else that could possibly exist in their lives, what she felt was simple. It was only his continual rejection that was stopping them from happening.

She stroked the length of his cheek with her finger. His eyelids drifted shut. When he opened them again, she slowly leant closer and pressed her lips to his. All his angst, all his desire, was communicated in a single sigh of acceptance. He opened her lips with his, found her tongue. She loved his warmth, his taste, the rough prickle of his chin. She had ached for this ever since that first kiss. Her entire body buzzed with a delicious energy, a want, a need. His strong hands gripped her hips, then slid up her spine to her neck where he pulled gently on the hair at her nape.

She looked into his eyes. “How can what is happening between us be wrong? It feels so pure.”

“It’s complicated.”

“Does it have to be complicated?”

He shrugged. “I can’t see any other way.”

Sammy ran her thumb along his full bottom lip. His eyes languidly closed. She couldn’t resist leaning in, taking that very lip between her own, and kissing him again, exactly as she imagined.

“Tasting you is easy enough,” she said.

He smiled. “Easy, and it feels so incredibly good.”

Sammy stood before him and lowered onto his lap. She circled her arms loosely around his neck and kissed him again. “How about we do whatever feels incredibly good then?”

He rested his forehead against hers. His lips lightly grazed her as he spoke. “But once I start with you, I—I won’t be able to stop. I will cross the line.”

She ran her tongue over her bottom lip and whispered, “I won’t want you to stop.”

 

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Jacquie resides in hot and steamy Central Queensland, Australia, with her husband and two sons. On permanent hiatus from a profession she doesn’t love, she now spends her time wrapped up in her imagination creating characters and exploring alternative realities.

Jacquie is an author of a number of novels, novellas and short stories that are emotionally driven and possess unique themes beyond the constraints of the physical universe. She strives to offer romance, but with complexity; spirituality, without the religion; love, with a tantalising splash of spice.

 

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Guest Post– “Writing Paranormal” by JoAnne Myers author of WICKED INTENTIONS

Hello again Sara, it is nice to be back. I would like to award two people who comment, each a print book of their choosing. The choices are; Murder Most Foul, Wicked Intentions, Loves, Myths, and Monsters, and Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between.

 

JoAnne Myers, Wicked Intentions, Paranormal Fiction, Anthology

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WRITING PARANORMAL

 

When it comes to fiction writing, almost anything goes. That is why I love writing paranormal stories. The author can go completely over the edge and make something unbelievable seem believable. When it comes to ghost stories, I get a lot of my inspiration from real life experiences. Not necessarily my own either. I watch television programs that partake of the supernatural and paranormal flare. Programs from ordinary people who claim they experienced either an afterlife experience, or a haunting.

Some of the stories from my paranormal anthology, “Wicked Intentions” are based on actual hauntings. In The Legend of Lake Manor, I placed my young psychic, Cassandra Lopez, in a haunted mansion I fashioned on my knowledge of a three-story mansion in my hometown and information from television about a restaurant/bar in Ohio, supposedly ruled by demons so violent that the local police are constantly closing it down.

A television documentary about a young mother plagued by ghost sightings since childhood, inspired The Haunting of Barb Marie and her gift/curse.

And The Apartment, in which my newlyweds, Bill and Gayle, are plagued by sightings of evil ghosts that threaten their marriage and theirs lives, originated from a real apartment haunted by the ghosts of two homosexual lovers who died violently. The legend says no tenant is able to stay there until the spirits are chased off by a paranormal investigation team.

On the Discovery Channel, I got the idea for Summer Wind. I learned of the colonial explorer Jonathon Carver who lived during the 1700s and whose ghost is believed to be haunting the Summerwind estate, built in the early 20th century. Carver’s ghost is, supposedly, searching the house’s foundations for deeds to a vast tract of land (10,000 square miles) given to him by Sioux Indian chiefs as a reward for the peace treaty he created between two warring tribes. In my Summer Wind, 29 year-old Ginger is mysteriously drawn to the old mansion, and like the many owners of the real mansion, the haunting had a negative and profound effect on Ginger and her family.

Another investigative program concerned one sister’s psychic premonitions about her twin’s murder. This led to my story, Blood Ties, and my heroine, Audra Roper’s dark, disturbing visions of her sister’s disappearance and the roller coaster of risks, heartbreak, and intrigue that followed.

Dark Visions came from reading a newspaper story while sitting in a diner. A young woman began having visions of her father’s disappearance that was actually his murder from years earlier. So, my Carrie Reynolds starts having nightmares on her twenty-sixth birthday and believes these ‘dark visions’ can solve the twenty year disappearance of her father.

I set my murder mystery, The Truth Behind the Lies, on Norfolk Island after following a three year long murder investigation on that island from 2003. In my story, Federal Police Inspector Ian Christian faces attacks, more murders and ghostly occurrences, and the killer is closer than anyone realizes.

So, the next time you get Writer’s Block, or need a new idea, try switching on the television, open a newspaper, delve into history or simply look and listen. You will find something to stimulate your muse.

 

Excerpt from:

THE LEGEND OF LAKE MANOR

 

Twenty-three year old Cassandra Lopez, embarking on a long-standing family quest, traveled by bus to Lancaster, Ohio, arriving late in the afternoon of March 9. Opposite the depot, directly across from the parking coach, she saw a taxi line running along the street. As soon as traffic permitted, she scurried over, grasped the door handle of the first Yellow Cab and climbed into the rear compartment.

“Lake Manor, please,” she informed the pair of dark eyes peering at her via the rearview mirror. Eyes that widened in shock at her destination.

“That’s a bad hotel. I know many that are much better.”

Leaning forward, Cassandra politely told the middle-aged ebony driver, “So do I, but take me there anyway.”

The man reluctantly removed his cigar. “If the lady wishes.” He then kissed the rosary around his sweaty neck.

Cassandra nodded at the gesture. “I’ve never needed religion, but I’m sure it’s calming to many.”

“For one not to need faith, one must have many guardian angels or be an atheist.”

She smiled at his comment. She then removed her heavy hobo bag from around her shoulders and breathed a sigh of relief. Her two-hundred mile journey was finally over.

The taxi driver shifted into Drive and pulled away from the curb, heading toward Route 22 East. “The only people who dare stay at Lake Manor are fugitives or strangers who don’t know ‘bout its history. Which are you?”

“Neither,” she said. “I’m a thrill seeker.”

“Ahhh, even worse.” He added a hearty laugh as he turned onto the winding Lake Road.

From the corner of the road, with the corn still low, she clearly saw the brick and mortar mansion. The three-story building, built into a hill, was an impressive yet daunting sight. Her first glimpse made the hair rise on the nape of her neck.

 

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About the Author:

I have been a long-time resident of southeastern Ohio, and worked in the blue-collar industry most of my life. Besides having several novels under my belt, I canvas paint.

JoAnne Myers, author

When not busy with hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, my dog Jasmine, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild, Savvy Authors, Coffee Time Romance, Paranormal Romance Guild, True Romance Studios, National Writers Association, the Hocking Hill’s Arts and Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. I believe in family values and following your dreams. My books and original canvas paintings, can be found at: booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com

 

Other books by Jo Anne:

“TWISTED LOVE,” a true-crime anthology

“MURDER MOST FOUL” a detective/mystery anthology

“LOVES’, MYTHS’ AND MONSTERS’,” a fantasy anthology

“THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY,” a biography true-crime

“POEMS ABOUT LIFE, LOVE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN”

“FLAGITIOUS,”  a crime/mystery anthology

 

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