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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


Sharon Cullen

Releasing March 31st, 2015



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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Sharon Cullen

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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Guest Post– “Writing Mystery” by JoAnne Myers author MURDER MOST FOUL

Hello Sarah, it is great to be back. I will be awarding two lucky people who comment each a paperback or PDF of their choice. The choices are: Murder Most Foul, Wicked Intentions, Twisted Love, The Crime of the Century, Flagitious, Loves, Myths, and Monsters, or Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between.                                           

Writing Mystery


Before writing a word, take some time to jot down key story points. As you’re writing, the story will want to take on a life of its own. Having a handy reference of key points will help keep your story on track and you from pulling your hair out. A list of key points is also helpful when outlining the story plot. You may very well find that the story begins to unfold as you’re writing down the key points. If this happens…let it! Write down any ideas or details that come to you, they’ll come in handy later.

Some key points to consider are; what is the mystery? This is the underlying theme to the entire story so be as in-depth as possible (has there been a murder or a theft or a kidnapping? If so, how and where was it committed?).
Hunt for the culprit. Every good story has at least one antagonist, but what steps must the hero or heroine take to find him/her? How will the villain evade the hero? How is the mystery solved? In mystery writing there are a lot of twists and turns. Write down your initial thoughts for plot twists, red herrings to throw the readers off the trail of the true villain, and of course the final stages of how the good guy will prevail…or does he? You need to decide whether or not the hero or the villain wins in the end. Many hero’s die trying to solve their case. Many are involved in physical altercations with other characters. You must decide how many altercations, the number of characters involved, and what weapons if any are used. It is not a good idea to only engage your characters with fist fighting. Throw in some knives, chains, falling from windows, or my favorite, a poisoning, and other nasty assaults.

Every great story has well rounded characters. We read fiction because we want to be entertained and develop a connection with the characters. Outlining items such as personality traits, physical features, and quirks can help bring your characters to life; a speech impediment, or limp, or a nervous twitch.

For the Protagonist, decide the name, age, where does he/she live, does he/she have a family or pets, what is their driving goal for taking on this particular case? Is the hero a police officer, a person sworn to honesty, pride, and valor. Or is the good guy a private detective being paid to find a certain someone. Or your main character could be a parent or sibling searching for a missing loved one.

For the Antagonist, decide the name, age, where does he/she live, is there an underlying reason for being the antagonist? Perhaps this person is a career criminal. On the other hand, maybe he/she is a good person that suffered an unjust and turned to crime out of bitterness and despair.

Then you have your support characters, who are the color of the story. They provide depth to the story whether good or bad. A support character could be as simple as a loud mouth hot dog vendor standing on a street corner or as in-depth as the villain’s partner in crime. In writing a mystery story, support characters can take on a life of their own with the reader, so make them interesting. Just because they are labeled support characters does not mean they are any less important than the main characters.

Next is the location of the story. When and where is the story set? These two key elements are what bring your story to life. Mystery story writing is a broad genre and could be set in any time period and in any place. When working with actual locations it is a good idea to do research on the location first. Readers want to feel as though they are there with the characters, so being able to accurately describe a location is vital. Time periods are no exception. If the story is set in 1940’s New Orleans, the reader will want to see their surroundings, not just be told the story is taking place in a speakeasy or church. Be descriptive!

A mystery story is not a story without a solid well thought out plot. Some things to consider when developing the story plot: What is the driving force of the mystery? To solve a murder, or rescue a kidnap victim? What does the villain do to thwart the hero? Does the villain get his goons on the hero? Is the hero being set up by the villain and now he is being hunted by police. What other obstacles get in the way of solving the mystery?

One of the most important elements of writing a mystery story is suspense. Giving away too much too soon will bore the reader. It is best if the suspense is sprinkled throughout the story; bring the mystery to light within the first few chapters, then as the story progresses add a clue here and there without revealing the outcome until the final chapter. Do not be afraid to add a “red herring” or false clue, within the stories context. Readers love nothing better than to think they have everything figured out only to find in the end they were mistaken the entire time.

The final few chapters of the story should hold the climax of the conflict and resolution between the hero and villain, including how all of the clues scattered throughout the story cumulatively solves the mystery. A good conclusion gives the reader a sense of closure in finding out how the hero solved the mystery. Remember that not all mysteries have to be completely solved or have a “happy” ending. If you are writing a series of stories, the villain may get away at the end of story #1 with the hero using clues from story #1 to track down the villain in story #2. In mystery story writing, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.


Author News: Murder Most Foul is being transformed into a screenplay so that I may offer it to production companies for a film project. Wish me luck.

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Blurb for “Murder Most Foul” – a detective/mystery


When two dismembered torsos wash up on the banks of the local river in the small industrial town of Pleasant Valley, residents are horrified. Between contradicting statements, police ineptitude, lust, lies, manipulation, incest, the motorcycle gang The Devil’s Disciples, crooked cops, and a botched crime scene, everyone becomes a suspect.

The young beautiful Jackie Reeves, a registered nurse, believes the killer is a man from her past. She contacts the dangerously handsome FBI Agent Walker Harmon. An arrest is made, but Harmon and Jackie believe an innocent man is being railroaded by local cops. How far will these lover’s go to solve this heinous crime before anymore killings. Determined to find the truth, Agent Harmon and Jackie are forced to run a gauntlet of deep trouble and turmoil, which marks them for death.



Unbeknown to the killer, his actions set off a chain of events that turned Pleasant Valley upside down, terrified some into moving elsewhere, and left everyone asking, “Why?”

Someone not living in the county, but also disturbed by the carnage was F.B.I Special Agent Walker Harmon, from Columbus. The type person capable of committing such savagery weighed heavily on the mind of the thirty-four year old bachelor who promptly contacted Sheriff Brown.

“It is imperative we meet and discuss my suspicions of Terry Jenkins,” Harmon urged.

“What the hell is goin’ on? What could you guys from Columbus have to say about Terry Jenkins?” Sheriff Brown asked angrily.

“Sheriff, I received a copy of the psychological profile performed by a State University Criminologist concerning the murders. The profile exactly matches Terry Jenkins.”

Snapping at the Federal Agent, the sheriff said. “I also received that psychological profile and, in my opinion, it fits a lot of people in this hick town, most especially Vernon James. I have my men on the case, and we’re gettin’ closer to solvin’ this crime.”

“Sheriff Brown!” Harmon beseeched. “We must join forces. Can you divulge the caliber of the bullets killing the victims?”

“No, I can not!” he said. “That information is privileged to only case personnel. I will not divulge it to anyone, not even a big city detective like you.” He then abruptly hung up on the agent.


                                    Reviews for “Murder Most Foul”


  1. 5 ***** BTS Magazine-December 2013 Issue 17- Reviewer Marie Haney

Review: The author recreates the scenes with dramatic fashion, adding characters that are so realistic; it feels like you’re living the moment right along with them. She is a wonderful storyteller, paying attention to every intricate detail and leaving you hanging onto every word. If you’re a fan of crime thrillers, this book will definitely not disappoint!

  1. Goodreads author James gives “Murder Most Foul” 5***** on March 2013

Review: What can I say about this book? I absolutely loved it. It is one of those books that when you start it is very hard to put down. Everything is very descriptive and exciting it will always keep your interest peaked for more. Maybe the only way it could be better for me is reading it aloud to others around a campfire. It is a wonderfull read. Well done JoAnne Myers, well done.

  1. Goodreads author Emily Capeles gives “Murder Most Foul” 4 **** on June 2013


Author Bio:me and jasmine (2)

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.

When not busy with hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, 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 original canvas paintings, can be found at:


Other books by JoAnne:

“WICKED INTENTIONS” a paranormal/mystery anthology

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

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


“TWISTED LOVE,” a true-crime anthology

“FLAGITIOUS,”  a crime/mystery anthology


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Guest Blog featuring Daisy Banks and her new book TO ETERNITY

Thank you so much for hosting me, Sara, and helping me celebrate the release of my new book To Eternity, the second book in the Timeless series.

I hope those of you who enjoyed meeting Magnus and Sian in Timeless will enjoy this next step in their story.  I hope those of you meeting them for the first time in To Eternity will want to find out about their past in Timeless.

I am presently in the process of writing Out of Time, Book Three in the series and hope to have it completed this year.

One of the elements I enjoyed writing most in To Eternity was the development of the relationship between Magnus and Sian. As the story unfolded they moved forward as a couple, learning from each other and dealing with the difficulties their specific relationship must cope with. I mean, let’s face it, falling in love with a guy who is several hundred years old can’t possibly be easy and the fact he’s a werewolf too doesn’t make for a simple situation. I have always enjoyed Sian’s courage and she didn’t let me down in To Eternity. I’ve picked a little excerpt to illustrate.

I do hope you enjoy this.

A man in a set of old-fashioned green overalls, carrying a steaming bucket and a broom, headed toward the path down to the lake. That was Monty. She’d best let security know he belonged on the estate. The photographers, too, just in case they need a few extra shots.

Oh, my God. Magnus knew! He must have contacted Monty to clean up. That’s what had upset Magnus so much this morning. He knew Franklyn had been here and what he’d done. Oh, why hadn’t he said?

She called the guard from her phone. “It’s okay. I know the old boy down by the lake. He’s one of Mr. Johansson’s people.” She could hardly call Monty a servant. “He’s been sent down there by Mr. Johansson.”

“We’ve checked everyone, Ms. Armstrong, everyone is accounted for,” the guard said.

“Excellent. By my estimation, the crew will be ready to leave by one, the band before then. I want them all checked out as they leave the grounds. You call me when the kit and props are loaded onto the wagon because I want to personally see everyone is off-site.”

“Yes, Ms. Armstrong.”

In the meantime, she’d inspect the rooms used yesterday for even a nick in the paintwork, and try to work out a way to explain to Magnus what had happened. Only once she’d done that, would she contact Franklyn.

The haunting first chords of her favorite song from the Timeless album met her as she entered the long corridor to go along to the music room. For some crazy reason, tears stung her eyes. The strength of love to last eons, to right all manner of wrongs, and most of all, to protect the one you cared for.

She nodded at the last sobbing note of the guitar. The certainty grew. She’d give anything to protect Magnus from his fears, as well as the nuisance Franklyn made of himself.

All she had to do was hold it together and be strong. Somehow she would do it.


Thanks for reading.


Daisy Banks



To Eternity by Daisy Banks


To Eternity-wild beneath the moon- Book Two in the Timeless Series.


For four centuries Magnus has lived according to the dictates of the moon, his heart isolated by the domination of his wolf nature. Now fate has brought the beautiful, independent Sian to his house at Darnwell and their irresistible attraction has exploded into a white-hot passion. Yet she is not wolf, and the time has come for her to embrace the change. But once she completes the ritual and claims her place next to Magnus, the rivals will appear on the horizon…


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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


Maggie McGinnis

Releasing November 18th, 2014





 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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Maggie McGinnis is the author of Accidental Cowgirl and Driving Without a License, which was a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award. A former high school English teacher, an accomplished musician, and a certified black belt, she lives in New England with her family.


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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




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:



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:


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


“FLAGITIOUS,”  a crime/mystery anthology


Author Links:

Website  |  Blog  |  Facebook  |  Amazon Author Page  |  Email




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Guest Post– “My Love Affair With Television Soap-Operas” by Rachael Johns author of JILTED

My Love Affair With Television Soap-Operas

Hi, I’m Rachael Johns (, I write rural romance and I’m a TV Soap-Opera Addict. At least I was, once upon a time before I popped out three kids in quick succession, losing one much-loved soap-opera with each one of them!

Why do they insist on putting soap-operas on at terrible times for Mums? Here in Australia, my two fave soapies were Neighbours and Home & Away and they were on at 6.30pm and 7pm at night, smack-bang in the middle of the time I had to get my kids bathed and into bed. Yes, woe is me, I could have recorded them I suppose but I was never good with stuff like that.

I must admit, I don’t miss them as much as I thought I would, but I DO still get nostalgic when I read an article about the anniversary of something special on the show. A while back TV Week did a special on the anniversary of Scott (Jason Donovan) and Charlene’s (Kylie Minogue) wedding and I lapped it all up. I was VERY little when that wedding was screened but I remembered LOVING it. In fact, I loved all the relationships and weddings that happened on my two favourite soaps so I guess it’s not surprising that this little girl grew up to write ROMANCE!!

As a writer, we’re often asked where we get our ideas from and for JILTED, my love of soap operas formed one of the puzzle pieces. I needed a heroine who had left a small town and started another career that looked to be far more glamorous than life in a small town – she doesn’t think that but the residents of the small town do. Then, suddenly I thought of my love of soaps and decided one way to pamper this love was to make my heroine a soapie actress!!

When I’m writing (or planning) what a character does for a career plays a big part for me. I’ve written about a voice talent, a cultural anthropologist, a country pub owner, and of course a soapie star. I guess in a way, through my writing, I get to experience careers that I may not ever have the chance to actually do.

So, this is my roundabout way of saying that although my books are not auto-biographical, they do each have a little bit of me in them!

Now… before I go, let’s chat TV shows! Are you a soap-opera fan like me or do you prefer something else? Reality TV? Dramas? Crime shows? I’d love to hear what your favourite TV show is and WHY!?


JILTED by Rachael Johns 




Rachael Johns

Releasing Sept 30th, 2014




 She’d left him at the altar, but her heart was always his……

After more than ten years away, Australian soap opera star Ellie Hughes returns to the small town of Hope Junction, determined to fly under the radar while caring for her injured godmother, Matilda.

But word spreads fast in the tight-knit community. It isn’t long before the people of Hope Junction are gossiping about the real reason for Ellie’s visit and why she broke the heart of golden boy Flynn Quartermaine all those years ago.

Soon Ellie and Flynn are thrown back together, forced to deal with the unresolved emotions between them. Because Ellie is not the only one with secrets. Flynn has his own demons to battle, and Matilda is hiding something from her much-loved goddaughter.

When all is uncovered, can the ill-fated lovers overcome the wounds of their past? Or is Flynn destined to be jilted again?





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About the Author:Rachael Johns

Rachael Johns is an English teacher by trade, a mum 24/7, a supermarket owner, a chronic arachnophobic, and a writer the rest of the time. She rarely sleeps and never irons. She writes contemporary romance for HQN and Carina Press and lives in rural Western Australia with her hyperactive husband and three mostly-gorgeous heroes-in-training. Rachael loves to hear from readers and can be contacted through her website at


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Guest Post– “Never Give Up” by JoAnne Myers author of TWISTED LOVE



JoAnne Myers


For as long as I can remember, I have had an artistic flare-whether that be for writing, painting, sewing or drawing. I recall as a child how much I enjoyed drawing. The writing came later. My seventh grade English teacher was Mrs. Henderson-a young mother and wife. She gave us a writing assignment and after gifting me with an A+ told me I should consider writing as a career. She meant as a journalist. I did not take her advise and become a journalist (one of my many misgivings). My mind went toward other things as many young girls dream of-a husband, home, and family of my own. I put my love for writing and painting on hold for years.  I unfortunately married a man who like my mother never encouraged me to be artistic. It was not until my children were grown and I no longer had a husband, that I went back to my first love-art.  I got a late start, but always encouraged my children and others to partake of artistic endeavors.  I now have six books under contract with two publishing houses. So my words to you all, is that no matter what road you choose, never forget your passion, and always keep it close to heart.  Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from enjoying your natural talents.  You might need to put art on a temporary hold, but never ever give up.

Also, I will be awarding two people who comment each a print book of their choice. The choices are: Murder Most Foul-a detective/mystery, Loves, Myths, and Monsters-a fantasy anthology, Wicked Intentions-a paranormal anthology, Flagitious- a crime/mystery anthology and Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between.



Twisted Love by Joanne Myers




Twisted Love

12 Cases of Love Gone Bad


JoAnne Myers



12 cases of love gone bad

It’s a chilling reality that homicide investigators know all too well: the last face most murder victims see is not that of a stranger, but of someone familiar.


The End of Autumn-To keep from paying child support for his three children, Rodney Williams, plots with his parents to kidnap his estranged wife, 25-year old Autumn, in broad daylight. This 2011 crime shocked the small community of Logan, Ohio.


Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing-In 2011, 53 year old Russell Strothers, and his teenage accomplice find their victims through Craigslist and strike with calculating and deadly force.


A Senseless Killing-This 2010 case uncovers how a 40 year old likable barmaid was lured to her death after she rejects her young admirers sexual advances.


The Death of Innocence-This 2011 murder case involved 4 year old Marcie Willis, and her evil stepmother 25 year old Cheryl, from the small bedroom community of The Plains, Ohio.


The Girl Not Forgotten-This cold case took 26 years to solve, but brought justice for 13-year-old Holly Buford, and put serial rapist, 40-year-old Stanley Snead, behind bars.


The Possession-When 29-year-old Valerie Harris severs the penis of her sexually abusive father, it makes national news in 2007.


Home Town Hero-When deaf students are murdered in the prestigious Rose Brick College of the Deaf in 2008, everyone is shocked when discovering the killer is one of their own.


Horrible Sin-When 42 year old Fortune Teller Sally Vu and her 21-year-old daughter Veronica are discovered murdered and physically desecrated, in 2001, evidence points to revenge and a spell gone wrong.


All For the Family-In 2003, as a way to erase her 22-year-old husbands criminal past, 19 year old Molly Abbott devises a ghoulish and desperate strategy.


Thicker Than Water?-When 52 year old Kim Michaels is found dismembered inside her burned out home in 1996, officers find the crime more confusing than a jig saw puzzle.


Mail Order Murder-The last thing the beautiful Russian mail order bride Anna dreamed of in 2001, was being murdered by her controlling and older American husband.


Where’s Christopher?-When four year old Christopher Ellis goes missing, numerous excuses and an odd odor emanating from the backyard in 1991, raises eyebrows.






When a frantic 9-1-1 call came into the police station at 8:30 p.m. on July 7, 2009, a sobbing twenty-nine-year-old Valerie Harris told the dispatcher she wanted desperately to save the life of her bleeding father, Harry Ridge.

She gave the operator her apartment address. She would later tell authorities that she did not want to kill her sexually abusive father, but only to disable his weapon of abuse-his penis.

She informed the operator she was walking in the direction of the police station, and then hung up. She recalled walking to the nearby Hudson River, and tossing the penis into the ocean. She never arrived at the police station.

Instead, she called her big sister Carleen, and confessed to her of what she had just done to their Liberian-born father. Carleen recalled being in total shock at her baby sisters gruesome confession. She begged Valerie not to discard the appendage, saying, doctors had the medical technology to reattach such things.

Valerie, her hair adorned with cornrows cried into the telephone. “It was the evil in our father.  Now the evil is gone. He can hurt no more!”

Carleen advised Valerie to come to her home, and called an ambulance when her sister arrived. After seeing Valerie, her face stained with tears and splattered with blood, with the scalpel in hand and in a “zombie-like state of mind,” the ambulance crew, decided to check her into the Richmond University Medical Center psychiatric ward.

Meanwhile, back at Valerie’s apartment, two responding beat cops arrived.  What the officers found, they said, they never forgot, and neither did the two million five hundred thousand other citizens.

Initially, the officers thought the man lying in a pool of blood had been shot or stabbed to death. Not until they turned him over onto his back did they realize the sadistic nature of his wounds.



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 original canvas paintings, can be found at:


Other Available Books:

Murder Most Foul — a detective/mystery

Wicked Intentions — a paranormal 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

 Other places to find Jo Anne and her books:

Email  |  Amazon Author Page  |  Website


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Guest Post– “Family Dynamics, Romance and Mystery” by Mae Clair author of ECLIPSE LAKE

Family Dynamics, Romance and Mystery by Mae Clair


Thank you, Sara, for allowing me to take over your blog today! I’m delighted to be here and share my newest release, ECLIPSE LAKE.

I’ve always enjoyed writing books that play heavily on character relationships. That’s particularly true when it comes to family dynamics. In all the books I’ve written you’ll find a strong emphasis on a particular family tie, severed by conflict, eventually restored.  I like putting my characters through the wringer, tearing them apart, then paving the way for reconciliation.

Two items that blend well with that storyline are romance and mystery. In my latest, release, ECLIPSE LAKE, I introduce my readers to two brothers, Jonah and Dane, who have been estranged for fifteen years, living on separate coasts. That’s suited both of them fine until the younger brother, Dane, attempts to fulfill a vow made to his late wife. For the sake of his adopted son, he decides it’s time to make peace with Jonah.

But returning to his hometown—a sleepy community tucked on the banks of a resort lake—places him dead center in an unsolved missing person’s case.

Ellie Sullivan, a photojournalist on assignment in Eclipse Lake, finds herself falling for Dane despite the secrets he harbors. Why does he avoid talking about his past and what he does for a living? How is he involved in the disappearance of a local girl who went missing fifteen years before? Why does his brother treat him so coldly, and the town sheriff react with hostility at the mere sight of him?

At its heart, ECLIPSE LAKE is a mystery and a romance, but it’s also a book about healing and forgiveness. About family ties, overcoming obstacles, and believing in the better good.  I’m delighted to share it today.



Eclipse Lake by Mae Clair


Elipse Lake


Mae Clair
Release Date: June 2014



Small towns hold the darkest secrets.

Fifteen years after leaving his criminal past and estranged brother behind, widower Dane Carlisle returns to his hometown on the banks of sleepy Eclipse Lake. Now, a successful businessman, he has kept his troubled past a secret from most everyone, including his seventeen-year-old son.

But memories in small towns are bitter and long.

Ellie Sullivan, a nature photographer for a national magazine, has a habit of ping-ponging across the map. Her latest assignment leads her to Eclipse Lake where she becomes caught up in the enmity between Dane, his brother Jonah, and a vengeful town sheriff. When freshly-discovered skeletal remains are linked to an unsolved murder and Dane’s past, Ellie is left questioning her growing attraction for a man who harbors long-buried secrets.



Ellie stopped walking and turned to face him. “Why are you here?”Dane picked up a flat stone. With a flick of his wrist he sent it skimming across the lake. It danced effortlessly across the surface as if he’d done the same thing a thousand times before. “You know that skeleton they found?”

She nodded.

“I’ve got more skeletons than a graveyard. I can’t pick up and go to another place…to the next photo shoot.” He turned to face her. “Half of my life is here and half’s on the west coast. I have to make them fit together.”

The revelation reminded her of the family she’d left behind in Idaho, reawakening a familiar tug of homesickness. In an effort to find more comfortable ground, she changed topics. “You told me you’re from San Diego. I did a photo op there four years ago. What do you do for a living?”

“I get by.” He took her hand and started walking again.

She sent a speculative glance in his direction, recognizing evasiveness when she heard it. He was wearing a Rolex, and though dressed casually, clearly had expensive taste. Yet he’d booked an ordinary cabin rather than one of the exclusive chalets higher up the mountain.

She liked the feel of his fingers around hers, warm and firm. The contact sent a pleasant tingle up her arm. What the hell was wrong with her, getting caught up in his touch as if it were magic? As if she’d waited her whole life for that sensation. He had skeletons in his past, a brother who couldn’t stand the sight of him and a sheriff who wanted to run him out of town. Eccentric, or just plain trouble?


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mae clair

Mae Clair opened a Pandora’s Box of characters when she was a child and never looked back.  Her father, an artist who tinkered with writing, encouraged her to create make-believe worlds by spinning tales of far-off places on summer nights beneath the stars.

Mae loves creating character-driven fiction in settings that vary from contemporary to mythical. Wherever her pen takes her, she flavors her stories with mystery and romance. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about cryptozoology, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail and cats.

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Guest Post– “Top 10 Things That I Wish I’d Known About Being Published” by T.J. Kline author of THE COWBOY AND THE ANGEL


  1. That plotting saves so much work in the long run

I know what all of you Pantsers out there are going to say, I used to be one of you. And I understand the need to have the freedom to let the story flow as it comes and let your characters surprise you. But, you’re probably already plotting (at least in your head) already. Once you take a day or so just to get those ideas on paper, you’d be amazed at how much time it will save in the long run. One day of plotting has literally saved me weeks of rewriting and agonizing over cutting entire scenes. Since I started plotting skeletal outlines and ideas of scenes, placing them where they should go (very generally), I have gone from writing a book every 3-6 months to writing one every 2 months (including editing).

  1. How fast I can really write

Nice segue, huh? For those who’ve never tried it, go look up NaNoWriMo. Right now, I’ll wait. (Don’t worry, I get no kickback and there’s nothing in this for me except seeing you get better!) Now, sign up! As a perfectionist, I let my inner editor – who is very loud and extremely obnoxious – slow my writing down, agonizing over every single word. In the words of Elsa Let It Go! NaNo will help you do that. Be realistic about how many words you think you can do, set the bar low and raise it when you need to. I went from barely eking out 1500 words per day to writing well over that in 1 hour now. The faster you write, the more you produce. Even if it begins as, well, let’s say, less than Shakespeare-like prose, you can take time after to polish to perfection. I promise you, you will need less polishing than you think.

  1. That deadlines can be my friend if I let them

I like spontaneity as much as the next person. Okay, maybe more than the average person, but deadlines are my friend. I work from home and there are a vast number of ways I can get distracted and off task. However, remembering my looming deadline, seeing it in front of me (on my calendar daily) and creating my daily to-do list keeps me focused. In the midst of all my family activities (I do have three busy teens), work demands as well as a separate business I run from home, I need to keep a lot of balls in the air. Take your deadline and break it up into a daily or weekly word count (or pages, or chapters…whatever works best for you.) Then stick to it no matter what. I know if I have a meeting that will keep me occupied one day, I need to make up my word count before the meeting. So far, not only have I been able to meet all of my deadlines but I recently turned in a manuscript 3 months before it was due. That, my friends, is what a deadline can do for you.

  1. That my brain will never shut off until the book is written (and then the next, and the next…)

People will always ask where your ideas come from but the simple fact is, the more you write, the more ideas will come to you. Like a muscle that becomes limber and strong from use, your imagination will be in overdrive when you write consistently (and quickly). You will find yourself working out plot ideas as you shower (when you have no way to write them down), while you drive (use the recorder on your smartphone!), and as you’re dozing off to sleep (sorry, no suggestions here, other than I work out plot twists while I sleep – another reason to write first thing in the morning!)

My point is, your mind has an unlimited supply of ideas, stories and plot twists that won’t be purged until you write them down. Once you do, it is going to torment you with another. Get used to it. This is the mind of a writer.

  1. How much “hurry up and wait” there is.

Let’s say you’ve finished your book (poem, short story, novella, whatever) and it’s polished, pretty and ready to be sold. Get comfortable because now you get to sit and wait…and wait…and wait…and wait some more. There is nothing about seeing your work in publication that moves quickly (other than deadlines that come too fast when you procrastinate or when your publisher needs edits.) Agents will shop the manuscript around, editors will need to read your work and, even if it sells right away, it will be months to publication. Even in our digital, instant-results age, it still takes time for covers to be created, copyedits to be made and release parties to plan. If you’re not a patient person, you either need to learn to be or get out of this business.

  1. How many books there are out there just like yours.

I know, your book is different, it’s special, it’s a one of a kind. Guess what? That one probably won’t sell well. I’m not saying your book has to be like everyone else. I’m saying readers like to know what to expect from certain genres (including literary fiction). Romance better have a happy ending (of some sort), action and thrillers better get their hearts pumping and literary fiction better leave them feeling like their soul has been touched and changed. You are competing for ad space and trying to corner a very crowded market. There are more books on the market now, thanks in part to ebooks and the door to self-publishing, than ever before. That’s not a bad thing but you must be aware that in the grand scheme of things, you are just a blip on the radar of readers unless you make yourself a bull’s-eye target to them.

  1. How much time you really need to spend marketing

Which brings me to the next point – marketing. Ah, the bane of every writers existence. As much as I’d love to write all day, every day, marketing is something that every writer needs to spend at least a little time on. You need to devise some sort of strategy that works for you and your budget. Even if you have a publisher.

Wait, you say? They won’t do it for me? Nope, not entirely. I have a great publisher but I’m not going to leave my entire career in their hands, hoping they can draw in readers. They can help but ultimately, if I ever part ways, I want to know, people will read anything I write. Therefore, I need to market myself, not just my writing. That might mean having a blog for some, social media for others, advertising in various media…it’s up to you (and all of it works to differing degrees for different authors) but it has to be something you are comfortable with. Set aside at least 10 minutes to market for every hour you spend writing. You can do it all at once or a little at a time. But, like Nike says, “Just do it.”

  1. How making the best-seller lists is mostly luck

We all want to see the words “best-selling author” near our names. It’s just a fact. It goes with writing the way peanut butter goes with jelly. And deep down, we all know it’s nothing more than a title. It doesn’t make you a good writer, right?

Hitting the best-seller lists (any of them) really comes down to your book being the right book in the right place at the right time. It’s a bit like a lightning strike. Sometimes great books never make lists, no matter how you try, even if they should. And other times, poorly written books will. Publishers don’t know why, agents don’t know why and authors wrack their brains trying to figure it out. Don’t waste your time. Let someone else do that brain-wracking. Your time is far better spent writing and promoting and then repeating those actions.

  1. How many author friends I would make

Repeat after me – I will find other authors to commiserate, celebrate and keep accountable with. You are not an island, no matter how much you want to be. You must make connections and a group of fellow writers, especially in your chosen genre, are invaluable. You need them and they need you. And, unlike most businesses, writers love other writers and don’t see them as competition.

Let’s face it, writers are readers (we have to be) which means we have our own favorite authors. And there is no possible way one writer can fill the need of millions of readers. Why not feel at home with a group of people who “get” you and your quirks because you’ll soon realize, most other people in life won’t. Make friends and cross-promote like crazy!


  1. That most authors suffer from the same anxiety issues

It’s true, my friends. Every writer I’ve ever talked to has gone through the “I’m great/I stink” days. Our psyches shift faster than the sand in the hourglass. One minute we are riding high, loving our craft and the next we read a review and it shatters us for days. Some things just can’t be changed. It’s part of who we are and what makes us able to open ourselves up and pour raw emotion onto the page. However, it also leaves us vulnerable. It’s an occupational hazard you accept when you send out that manuscript for publication. I have yet to meet an author who doesn’t feel the same way. This is when having friends helps because those people who understand you sort of “crazy” are the ones who are going to help you move forward and grow. The ride is exhilarating but far more so with companions.




The Cowboy and the Angel by TJ Kline

 The Cowboy and The Angel

Rodeo #2


T.J. Kline

Releasing August 5th, 2014

Avon Impulse



From our NaNoWriMo author T. J. Kline comes the stunning follow up to RODEO QUEEN. When a sexy cowboy falls for a not-so-angelic reporter, secrets and sparks abound.

Reporter Angela McCallister needs the scoop of her career in order to save her father from his bad decisions that have depleted their savings. When the chance to spend a week at the Findley Brothers ranch arises, she sees a chance to get a behind-the-scenes scoop on rodeo. That certainly doesn’t include kissing the devastatingly handsome and charming cowboy, Derek Chandler, who insists on calling her angel.

Derek has a rodeo to run and a chip on his shoulder. He has no time for the fiery woman who is clearly hiding something. But for some reason he can’t keep his hands off of her. Their connection is instant and explosive but Angela’s secrets could threaten his family and Derek needs to prove that he’s not the irresponsible kid brother anymore.

When the rodeo dust has settled, will the Cowboy and his Angel allow themselves to give in to the attraction that threatens to consume them both?



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Meet T.J….TJ Kline

T. J. Kline was raised competing in rodeos and Rodeo Queen competitions since the age of 14 and has thorough knowledge of the sport as well as the culture involved. She has written several articles about rodeo for small periodicals, as well as a more recent how-to article for RevWriter, and has published a nonfiction health book and two inspirational fiction titles under the name Tina Klinesmith. She is also an avid reader and book reviewer for both Tyndale and Multnomah. In her spare time, she can be found laughing hysterically with her husband, children, and their menagerie of pets in Northern California.


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Guest Post–Karen Michelle Nutt explains the Boabhan Sith from her book SOUL TAKER… And a 5* review

A Legend of the Boabhan Sith (pronounced baa’-van shee)

There were four men who had gone hunting in Ross-shire. They had lost track of time and the sun had set before they took the path for home. With no moon to guide them, they took shelter in a deserted shieling they’d come across, and to keep themselves warm, they sang and danced. One of the hunters voiced how he wished that their sweethearts were there to dance with them. At that moment, the wind blew the shieling’s door open and four beautiful women stood just Soul Taker baobhan sithoutside. The men paused in their dancing and singing to invite them in.

All four women had golden blonde hair and their gowns were rich earth green, flattering their odd colored eyes. Three of the men danced with three of these beautiful women, while one of the women sat by the singer by the hearth. After a while, the singer noticed one of his friends was bleeding, drops of blood fell to the floor and the woman he danced with lapped up the blood flowing from his friend’s neck.

The singer flew to his feet with the intent to warn his friends, but the female who was sitting next to him attacked. He barely escaped her clutches, but somehow managed to break free and run outside. He hid among the horses, and though the woman who attacked him followed in his wake, she halted her steps when she spotted the animals. She hovered near, but wouldn’t venture closer. She tried to lure him away, her voice like an enchantress, but he closed his eyes and sang a melody to drown out her words. He stayed by the horses all night and sometime before daybreak the woman left with her other three companions.

Safe now, the singer ventured back inside the shieling to find his friends’ bloodless bodies. To his horror, he realized the four women had been the dreaded Baobhan Sith (pronounced baa’-van shee).

In my vampire mythology in Soul Taker I have taken creative license with the Boabhan Sith myth by incorporating my own spin on the legend. The Grim Sith are purely a vampire sept fashioned from my imagination and not from folklore.

The Boabhan Sith mate with human males to produce an offspring, but only a female child of the species is allowed to live. After they are mated, they kill the human male. However, Fallon, a powerful Boabhan Sith decides to create her own army of male vampires. She turns her male victims by drinking their blood until their hearts almost stop then she feeds them her blood to revive them again. The transformation is almost immediate. This new species of vampires born from her perverse plans to dominate are called the Grim Sith (pronounced Grim Shee).




Soul Taker by Karen Michelle Nutt


Soul Taker


Karen Michelle Nutt



No soul is safe…

A vampire from the Grim Sith sept is sucking the souls out of young women from the Boston area, but this sinister crime is far worse than a vampire seeking substance. He’s selling the souls to the highest bidder and it seems business is booming.

A vampire, a werewolf, and a Necromancer are a most unlikely team, but Garran, Harrison, and Isabella plan on putting a kink in the dubbed Soul Taker’s plans. It’s personal now. One of their friends has fallen victim to the Soul Taker’s charms, but to stop him from hurting anyone else, their efforts may involve raising the dead.


After Karen announced she was looking for blogs to host her audio book, Soul Taker, I had to download it… And I loved it!  Of course the Star Wars fan in me loved that it was about Sith…. But soon found out this Sith wasn’t a Jedi gone bad, but a scary Scottish soul-sucking vampire!

My Thoughts… 5 Stars

I’m an avid paranormal reader and every once in a while I find a book that really grips me. This is one such story.  The characters are engaging and well written. Isabella is interesting and someone I’d love to be friends with. She’s smart and uses her head instead of waiting to be rescued. The sex Scottish vampire is brooding and terrifying but as the reader soon discovers is a protector the very humans he claims to despise. Harrison, the Irish werewolf and best friend of Garran, is my favorite character. He’s fun and cares about Isabella and her friend Johanna. The dialogue is spot on and snappy without losing its feeling of real speech. And the secondary characters are well developed. The plot is fast-paced without being so fast, the story seems undeveloped. I love the way Karen sprinkled in the characters’ back story, even to the very ending.

I can’t recommend this story enough!!


Meet Karen…

Karen Michelle Nutt resides in California with her husband, three fascinating children, and houseful of demanding pets. Jack, her Chorkie, is her writing buddy and sits long hours with her at the computer.

When she’s not time traveling, fighting outlaws, or otherworldly creatures, she creates pre-made book covers to order at Gillian’s Book Covers, “Judge Your Book By Its Cover”. You can also check out her published cover art designs at Western Trail Blazer and Rebecca J. Vickery Publishing.

Whether your reading fancy is paranormal, historical or time travel, all her stories capture the rich array of emotions that accompany the most fabulous human phenomena—falling in love.

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