Thursday, December 20, 2012

A Special Christmas Treat - The Ring That Binds

This novella is on for only $.99 and worth far more. Get a mug of cocoa, snuugle in and enjoy Linda Carroll-Bradd's The Ring That Binds.

My Review:

It’s almost Christmas and a cold winter in the 1886 mining town of Aspen, Colorado, finds widow, Celina Innes, struggling to run her dress shop and care for her daughter, Keena. Celina’s husband’s poor choices left her in debt and she vows she will not follow another man in his strike it rich scheme.

Mikel Toussaint who owns the general store with his brother quietly watches the woman and wishes he could make her life easier. Mikel loves little Keena and slips her treats when she visits his shop with her mother.

Late one evening Mikel comes to the dress shop and brings Celina a slice of his mother’s cake and a taste of his apple cider. Celina is shocked and surprised as this gesture and realizes she longs for a man’s company.

Mikel notices the Christmas ornaments Celina is making and offers to sell them in his store. She is grateful for the extra income even though she doesn’t know he has hung the first ornaments over his bed.

On the morning Celina must deliver a coat she’s made to crotchety Mrs. Peabody, Keena wakes up not feeling well. With no other choice, Celina bundles her up and makes the long walk across town to deliver her product. Keena only becomes worse and Celina binds her daughter to her back, struggling against the storm to get home. Mikel sees them and picks them up in his wagon. He carries the sick child upstairs.

Mikel goes to find the doctor and when the doctor makes his diagnosis, Celina learns a patent medicine will help Keena, but it is five dollars, far out of her budget. Mikel returns to his store and Celina goes to the general store to pawn her wedding ring, the only thing she has of any value.

Mikel keeps her fires going, chops wood, and does the breakfast dishes all the while endearing himself to Celina. Then he disappears. On her next trip to the general store, Celina asks Daniel, Mikel’s brother, where Mikel is. Daniel tells her he has gone to a larger town to increase the store. Celina fears from this comment Mikel will be moving to find a larger location for the general store. Has she fallen in love with another dreamer?

This wonderful heart warming story takes the reader back to a time when life was much harder. Ms Carroll-Bradd whisks us off to Aspen and engulfs us in an amazing Christmas tale. Mikel is a gentle, caring man who wants to make Celina’s life easier but her first responsibility is her child. She learns she can depend on Mikel to take care of both of them.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Bonnie McCune's A Saint Comes Stumbling In

Bonnie McCune credits her tenacity for the successes in her life, and A Saint Comes Stumbling In is proof. Since fifth grade, she has been determined to be a writer. This is her first published novel, but her interest in writing led to her career in nonprofits doing public and community relations and marketing. She’s worked for libraries, directed a small arts organization and managed Denver's beautification program. Simultaneously, she’s been a free lance writer with publications in local, regional, and specialty publications for news and features. Her main interest now is fiction writing, and her pieces have won several awards. Her civic involvement includes grass-roots organizations, political campaigns, writers' and arts' groups, and children's literacy.

For years, she entered recipe contests and was a finalist once to the Pillsbury Cook Off. A special love is live theater. Had she been nine inches taller and thirty pounds lighter, she might have been an actress. For reasons unknown (an unacknowledged optimism?), she believes that one person can make a difference in this world. McCune lives in Denver, Colorado, where she’s been married to the same man forever, has two children and three grandchildren, and is working on a humorous novel about aging.

My Review
Joan Nelson’s ex-husband, James, drops a bombshell. He needs her to sell their house because his girlfriend is pregnant. This is the final blow to Joan, who wanted a child from her marriage to James, but it never happened. Reeling from the divorce, she learns to cope with doing things for herself. She has no college degree, has a low level job in a law firm, and struggles to exist.

She’s lost in her own world of hopelessness but her friend, Delores, who works in the cafeteria of the building where the firm has its offices, is more than willing to draw Joan into the dating game. They visit art shows, outdoor concerts, and even try a night out dancing.

Joan has an overwhelming crush on one of the lawyers, Scott, who rents space at the office. She wants to appear attractive but cookies and ice cream have been her friends since the divorce. One evening during one of her downward spirals, Joan watches a movie about Joan of Arc and then and there Joan Nelson decides she can conquer anything.

An old friend from high school, Kevin, shows up at her door. Kevin is a realtor. She is always thrilled to see Kevin, but her fondness for him waivers when she learns James has sent him to sell the house. Kevin is James’ friend but he’s Joan’s friend, too.

She lets Kevin help her list house and when he shows her an apartment for rent in his building, they become neighbors. Joan relies on Kevin for everything from exercise classes to overflowing water heaters. She keeps telling herself he’s a friend and she even asks Kevin how she could win over the lawyer she’s lusting over. Kevin is patient and kind most of the time but everyone can see he’s in love with her, everyone but Joan.

Then disaster strikes at the office. Someone is getting into the company files after hours. All fingers point to Joan as she is the newest employee. Her arch rival, both at the office and in the jousting of approval from Scott, Kimberlee, seems to be doing her best to implicate Joan.

With Kevin’s never ending support, Joan has lost weight and even tried out for the company skit. She secured the leading role only to hear rude comments from Scott and Kimberlee during practice. Kimberlee warns Joan she doesn’t know what she’s getting into with Scott.

Even through tight security, the files continue to disappear and Joan asks Davis, a computer geek, who she and Delores met while out dancing, for assistance. With approval from one of the partners in the firm, Mr. Horowitz, Kevin, Joan, Delores and Davis set up a sting operation to catch the culprit.

Will Joan catch the criminal and discover she can stand on her own two feet? Will she understand her experiences with men started long ago when a piece to a childhood puzzle is revealed? Does Joan realize love is waiting where she least expects it?

Ms McCune gives us a soul-searching glance into the lives of many women who have stuck out on love and think they’re mired in unproductive circumstances. Ms McCune brings redemption to Joan Nelson’s circumstances and while the reader fears Joan will never see all the attributes of her long time friend, Kevin, love wins out in the end. Well done, Bonnie.

The book is available at PRISM Book Group


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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Today I'd Like To Welcome Josie Riveria

Multi-award-winning author Josie Riviera is a mother of three grown children. She spends her days teaching piano, lending an ear to her teenage daughter’s ongoing drama, and, of course, writing. Josie and her family are transplanted upstate New Yorkers, now living in the sunny state of SC. She writes character-driven novels filled with inspiration and emotion.

Her latest release Seeking Patience is currently on the top 100 list at Amazon in both the Kindle and printed book lists.

My Review

When the dowager, Patience Blakwell, is called to find a mysterious Gypsy injured on her doorstep, she welcomes him into her home as any Godly woman would. What she doesn’t ponder to comprehend, she has also welcomed him into her heart.

Within hours of her attempt to hide Luca Boldor, the leader of a group of Roma Gypsies, Marko, Luca’s enemy from another tribe, arrives at Patience’s door. Her boldness and assertiveness is awarded with the back of Marko’s hand and he makes his way to Luca’s bedchamber but Luca is gone. When Marko decides to leave the estate, he burns her barn in revenge vowing to return and render his own justice to those who harbor Luca.

Patience finds the dark, handsome man hiding in her sewing closet. True to her name she nurses him back to health and teaches him a love he has never known. She also teaches him to trust in God.

Luca and Patience lead very diverse lives. One of seeming wealth and fine circumstances compared to that of a nomad who steals for his meager existence. Fiercely loyal to his tribe and those who try to protect him, his angst grows as he longs to be with Patience. He yearns to return to her blaming the infection raging through his system but he comes to understand she is his path to his healing both physically and spiritually. Once in Ipswich, Luca finds Patience dealing with the misfortune of the looming charge of murder of her former husband and a worrisome stepson who insists she return to London and live with him.

Ms. Rivera writes a remarkably powerful novel. While the reader is whisk away to Regency England, from the first page to the last Ms. Rivera captures the mood and scenery of the period. Along with Patience, I grew intensely anxious for Luca’s return; worried he would not survive his injuries and worried for Patience’s safety. The emotions and the underlying problems of the couple are played out with convincing awareness. The attention to detail and Ms Rivera’s approach to informing the reader to truly know the character makes this an extraordinary read.

I commend Ms. Rivera on a job well done and after all who wouldn’t want to find am attractive Gypsy at her doorway. Kudos Josie!

You may follow Josie on her Facebook Page.

Seeking Patience is available at Prism Book Group


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Two Wonderful Christmas Short Stories at a great price

The Christmas Answer/Kimberly B. Jackson

Donna and Mark Du Boise have a seemingly wonderful life as professional gospel singers. After their last performance of the year, Donna sits in her dressing room crying in despair. She remembers how they met and how happy they had once been, but now ten year later she wasn’t so sure. She wonders if Mark would be better off married to someone who could give him a child. That ended for her when she lost their first and only baby.

Donna wakes up a few mornings after they’re home to a note from Mark that he’s gone on a two week fishing trip. Feeling abandoned and pouring out her problems to her friend Ellie, Donna finds herself agreeing to go on a missionary trip to the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky.

Upon arrival at her host home, Donna meets Sara Cagle. The woman, her two sons and adopted daughters, Jessie and Lexie, live in extreme poverty and have very little to eat. Sara’s husband died from black lung disease and her two sons must work in the coal mine to help support the family.

Donna works helping with the assigned tasks of the mission group. She is so overcome with her own sadness, she finds herself in a church talking to the minister and that’s when she realizes her real missionary assignment is to help with Sara’s family.

Sara falls ill and is taken to the hospital. Donna fixes up the old shack Sara and the children live in and loads it with food. Donna wants to have a real Christmas for Sara’s children.

Sara takes a turn for the worse. What will happen to her four children and will Mark understand why Donna has used so much of their savings to help this family?

Kimberly B. Jackson touches your heart with the story of a family full of love despite their circumstances. Her characters learn to reach out beyond themselves and let God’s grace surround them.

Three Gifts/Claire Sanders

Jack Stewart’s job search just hadn’t been going as he planned and he couldn’t marry Molly without a job and a home for her. He’d exhausted all the opportunities in Popular Bluff but he couldn’t leave the grandmother who raised him behind to pursue a job in a larger city. He would stick to his plan even if it meant losing Molly.

Molly has a dead end job at the nursing home but has had an excellent recommendation to a larger children’s hospital in the state capitol. She can’t leave Jack and he won’t leave Popular Bluff. She knows that one day they’ll be a family and she’s willing to wait.

When Jack decides he’s a failure even though he’s done a wonderful job at restoring his grandmother’s house and remodeling his former pediatrician’s kitchen, he breaks off his engagement with Molly.

Jack wise grandmother and three special gifts at Christmas turn Jack’s heart around. But when he decides to listen to God and go by His plan is when he wins Molly back into his arms.

Claire Sanders writes a wonderfully romantic story where believable characters face some very real problems. They learn to rely on their creator and trust His will.

These wonderful Christmas stories are available from Prism Book Group

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Next Big Thing

I'm giving you all a heads up on my two books that will be coming out soon from PRISM BOOK GROUP.

1. What is the working title of your book?

Cairo and The Tempering Agent.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

My interest in archaeology, Egypt and exotic gemstones.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

Inspirational Romance/Suspense

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Cairo - Amy Adams; The Tempering Agent - Julanne Moore

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Cairo - Unexpected circumstances in an exotic land reveal an unquieted love.
The Tempering Agent - Mystery, intrigue and murder bring together an unlikely couple.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?


7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

About a year for both

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Escape to Big Fork Lake; Marked in Mexico

9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

For Cairo, I wasn't finished telling the story started in my first novel, Alvarado Gold in The Tempering Agent, I wanted to mix my two hobbies of writing and gem collecting. The Tempring Agent continues the story started in the other two novels.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Both books take place in Egypt and there is a mix of mythology, and ancient customs in both books. Also the gemstones of the high priest are explained in The Tempering Agent.

My nominees are:

Linda Robertson

Carrie Padgett

Linda Newton

Barbara Capell

Thursday, November 15, 2012

This week I'd like to review Her Only Hope by Kat Jones

Kat Jones writes sweet contemporary romances that center around cozy hometowns, troubled characters, and families finding true love—always with a smile and dash of laughter. Kat resides in the North East with a patchwork family of her own, including three ornery kids and husband who loves to tell corny jokes.

Buck Washington wonders where his Aunt Cora has found the woman to rent the Victorian home nestled in Hope Springs, Alaska, and furthermore she has brought along with her an over-exuberant little boy. Buck aware of his aunt’s persuasiveness knew his new neighbor was a fresh target for Cora’s insistent matchmaking.

Edie Matthews’ first introduction to Buck wasn’t a pleasant one. She tangled with him over his remarks about her son and later finds herself pray to Buck’s super soaker water pistol.

Sick with a cold from her unexpected dousing, Eden is beleaguered by the constant comings and goings of Aunt Cora. No one knocks in this small town or bothers what time of the day or night it is when they come to call. Buck slowly wins her over as he learns to love the whirlwind she calls her son. Buck brings her roast meat and once she’s ready to meet the rest of the town, mostly family, he introduces her.

Both knowing they can’t enter into a relationship because they’re both still married, Buck to a partner who left him shortly after their marriage for a more appealing life than a small town in Alaska could bring and Edie is on the run from her abusive husband, his beatings, and the law. The boy she claims as her son isn’t hers. She’s kidnapped him to keep him safe and she’s all too aware of what she must do to achieve that goal.

But the two manage to fall in love. Their both hurt from past relationships and ghosts from their past until one day Edie’s past comes to Hope Springs and tracks her down. Her ex-husband arrives and it is up to her to keep her son safe even if it means surrendering the only hope she had of a normal life with Buck.

Kat Jones writes a wonderful story laced with laughter and comical situations while facing the deadly serious topic of spousal and child abuse. The story is well written and has a heart warming solution. Anxious moments keep the reader turning the page fearful that Edie will be found out.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Welcome Kim McMahill

Working for the National Park Service has given Kim and her husband the opportunity to work and live in Grand Teton, Hawaii Volcanoes, Guadalupe Mountains, Carlsbad Caverns, and Wind Cave national parks, and on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi. Residing amid some of America’s most stunning landscapes and extensive travels to remote parts of the world have provided inspiration for many of her stories and articles. Along with her passion for romantic adventure stories, Kim has also published over eighty travel and geographic articles, and contributed to a travel anthology. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from the University of Wyoming, and currently resides along the unpredictable banks of the Missouri River.

Marked in Mexico
Jessica Hughes longs to take a much needed break from her hectic life as an attorney. She and her best friend, Amber, are leaving for Mexico. The current trial Jessica is working on isn’t going her way nor is the relationship with her not so endearing boyfriend, Phillip Harmon. She wants to make her father, a Texas Senator, happy and has joined Phillip’s law practice and Jessica knows her father has his eye on Phillip as a future son-in-law.

While tanning on the white sand beaches, Amber and Jessica meet Zach, Dave and Jack. The women joined them for a drink and encouraged the men to go on a tour of Chichen Itza. When they board the bus, Jessica can’t decide who to sit with. Dave looks like Phillip and she didn’t want to be reminded of him. Amber has captured Zach’s attention so Jessica sits down next to Jack, a move that may save her life.

At the ruins, part of the tour group chooses to walk to the sacred well. Facing the tour guide, Jessica notices his face distort and she turns to see two gunmen approaching the group. A young girl screams and a rifle butt hits her head. Everyone is forced down on the ground and the gunmen methodically decide who they will kidnap. Jack, Jessica, two college girls, Megan and Ashley, and an over-talkative man named Gilbert are forced into a white van.

Deep in the jungles of Mexico the group is forced into a dark, unwelcoming room to wait out their fate. Only three of them will escape to fight the forceful jungle elements, disease, and drug runners to grasp any hope of freedom. Both Jessica and Jack harbor secrets from their past and during their capture they learn to trust each other as well discover a new found confidence in themselves.

Kim McMahill presents a story of well written suspense. The book is hard to put down and keeps you turning pages and fighting from slipping off the edge of your seat. Being a suspense writer myself, I once told an interviewer I wanted to write the kind of books I want to read – this is one of them. Well done Kim.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Gay N. Lewis ~ Amazon Best Seller in Three Categories!

Today I'm excited to have Gay N. Lewis. Last week she was number one in these three categories on Amazon:
#1 in Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Literature & Fiction > Science Fiction & Fantasy
#1 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Religious & Inspirational > Science Fiction & Fantasy
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Religious Fiction > Science Fiction & Fantasy

A native Texan, Gay lives in Fulshear—a small town west of Houston. Gay has always been involved with creative and artistic ventures. Two videos she produced—The Canadian Rockies, English and Japanese translations, and Psalms from the Mountains, were sold in Canada and America as well as international markets. Both were well received. For the San Felipe Baptist Association, she was a contributor for the video Many Churches, One Vision.
Graphic skills kept her busy as a portrait photographer, and for over ten years, she used her imaginative insight in the interior design field.
Gay’s real love is writing and reading—both go nicely together. As a pastor’s wife, she has written, produced, and photographed many programs, and her Faith Features have been published in various church periodicals.
Gay teaches an adult Bible study every Sunday morning and is often called upon for speaking engagements. When needed, she plays the piano and serves as worship leader in her husband’s church.
Gay’s family reside in Texas—three daughters and four grandchildren.
She features the verse from Col: 3:17 on her website.
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father though him.” Zondervan NIV

Sarah: A Mission of Love

Sarah, a directionally challenged little angel, gets her first assignment on earth. It’s mid-January and she needs to find a partner for Tom Shoemaker by Valentine’s Day. He’s a wealthy businessman in Houston but he’s been asked to fill his late father’s position in the pulpit of a small, rural church.

Sarah intervenes as Tom takes his mother, Allison, to The Pie Palace. Due to Sarah’s ravenous appetite she turns herself into a human so she may indulge in earthly food. Playing with the sugar packets she drops the white powder on the floor. When Sarah crouches to clean up her mess, she trips the waitress, Marcy, who dumps a full tray of food into Tom’s lap.

Marcy and her young daughter, Hope, live alone in the small town after the death in Afghanistan of Marcy’s husband. She is struggling to keep her job and raise her daughter.

Through Allison’s unexpected invitation to dinner and bungling Sarah’s attempts to keep the couple together a relationship develops. Sarah has lost her instructions on how she should complete the mission and takes on more responsibility, tells some lies and due to her fondness for cheeseburgers finds herself in hilarious situations. Her desire to wear stilettos is one of her many endearing qualities.

The elders want a decision from Tom on the ministry and his confusion causes Marcy to question their relationship. Will they be together in time for Valentine’s Day? Will Sarah please her superiors in The Heavenlies and be allowed to return?

Gay L. Lewis writes an engaging comedy with a powerful message. One of the lines I enjoyed the most was from Mother Goodness, Sarah’s mentor: Your situation isn’t all of one thing and nothing of another. You aren’t doomed to failure. You are somewhere between the noting you think you are and the victory you can achieve.”

I enjoyed Sarah’s adventures and I’m anxious to read more about her in: Sarah: Laney’s Angel.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Interview with Mary E. Merrell

Today on my blog, I'd like to interview Mary E.Merrell. She's the author of several books: House Haunting, Curve Appeal and her soon to be released Affinity-Bird in a Gilded Cage.
Mary E. Merrell lives in the Central Valley of California with her husband, two dogs and four cats. She has two grown sons, Everette Merrell and Richard Mickelson who is married to a great girl, Brooke. Mary has worked at various jobs, selling furniture, a meat company and a manufacturing company. It wasn’t until she started selling real estate that her Real Estate Paranormal Mystery Series came to life in that old, vacant home. She enjoys reading all types of genres and writes Paranormal Mysteries and YA Urban Fantasies. When she’s not writing, she’s working on her decorative planter business LivingCreations with her husband, gardening and playing soccer.

Q. When did you start writing? I’ve dabbled in writing ever since high school, but I really started seriously writing about 10 years ago. My husband made a smart ass remark, “Why don’t you write a book.” We were watching Romancing the Stone. And I thought, “Why don’t I?” I have an epic Science Fiction story in my head and we had a computer. So, I started writing it. Then I went into real estate and that inspired my Real Estate Paranormal Mystery Series.
Q. When did you first consider yourself a writer? As I wrote my epic novel of love in space, I took some on-line writing classes. There was so much I didn’t know. Then I joined a writer’s group. I think once I received my first slew of rejection letters was when I really felt like a writer. A sad writer, but a writer.
Q. What books influenced you most in your life? My favorite book is Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster-Bujold. She writes all her characters so well, secondary characters as well as the main character. Her books are science fiction but they are character driven and that’s how I write as well. I hope, anyway.
Q. How do you make time for your writing? When I was working, I would get up early and write before work. You know, I enjoyed it so much, sometimes I would wake up, look at the clock and think, no it’s too early to get up yet. Since the company went out of business, I have more time to devote to my books. I still get up early and write first thing in the morning. Nothing better than sitting in front of my laptop with a cup of coffee. Usually in my slippers and jammies. But I can write during that day too, and that’s wonderful.
Q. How did you come up with your titles? The titles for my Real Estate Paranormal Mystery Series are puns on real estate terms that coincide with the ghost in that particular mystery. House Haunting and Curve Appeal. Curve Appeal has a stripper ghost. I’m really proud of myself for that one. My editor came up with the fourth book’s title, Soul Pending. Isn’t that clever? The third and fourth books are written, just waiting on revisions and editing.
Q. How much of the book is realistic? In the Real Estate book, I was inspired by an old vacant home I went into when I worked in the real estate business. That house started the whole series. The house in the story is the same house I went into, at least in my own mind.
Q. Are the experiences in the book based on someone you know or your real life? Well, the Real Estate Paranormal Mystery Series is loosely based on my experiences in real estate. Although Rosemary is doing a better job. Geez, and I didn’t even have to worry about the ghosts.
Q. Who is one of your favorite characters in your books and why? That’s such a hard question. It’s like asking who your favorite child is. I do love Marcus from Curve Appeal. And Rosemary’s best friend Laura Toste is a hoot to write. Keith, the ghost from House Haunting was fun to write. I get a lot of comments from people about bringing him back.
Q. How long does it take you to write a book? That’s another really hard question. I think I must have been working on House Haunting and Curve Appeal almost for the last ten years or so it seems. I learned how to write with those books. Lately, it takes about two months to write the rough draft of a novel. I participate in the NaNoWriMo, and write the first 50,000 words in November and finish up the book in December. I’ve written my last three books that way. When I was working it took several months to revise a rough draft, now that I’m unemployed we’ll see how long it will take to revise a book. Soul as Is, the third book in the Real Estate series is due for a serious rewrite.
Q. What writer would you like to be your mentor? I would like Lois McMasters-Bujold to be my mentor. That would be cool. My instructor who taught me most of what I know, Bonnie Hearn Hill, is a published author, and she is like my mentor.
Q. What are you reading now? I’m participating in a reading challenge through Goodreads, so right now, I am reading the first book in the Sentinel series, Burning Alive by Shannon K. Butcher. I have a whole list of books to read though. There never seems to be enough time, and I’d almost always rather be writing.

Check Amazon for her new book which was published October 24, 2012.

The crows followed Talon around everywhere. When he graduated from high school, Talon moved to Sacramento to work with his uncle, and the birds followed. He recognized the same straggly-tailed old crow that had followed him around since junior high.

Iris Yorita lived in his old neighborhood in Modesto. Snakes were drawn to her as the big, black birds were drawn to him. She called their ability an AFFINITY. Claimed it was a gift from God, and they should use it to help people. Talon thought she was out of her mind. How could a bunch of mangy crows or slimy snakes help anyone?

When a thief targeted the people in his uncle's neighborhood, all fingers pointed at the new kid, Talon. He decided it was time to put this strange ability to the test. Find out who was robbing their neighbors and clear his name. As Talon worked on communicating with his crows the thievery heated up. Something more sinister than mere robbery was going on, and it would take Talon, Iris, and their new found friends, to discover what really was going on in this up-scale neighborhood.

Please visit Mary's website to see what she’s working on next., or contact her through Facebook and Twitter.

Other Links:
Goodreads book page:!/mary.merrell.5

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Carlene Havel Author of A Hero's Homecoming

Today, I'd like to welcome Carlene Havel. She writes Christian-themed romances and historical novels set in Biblical times. She’s lived in Turkey, Republic of the Philippines, and all over the southern half of the United States. Carlene has worked for a banana importer, a software development company, and everything in between. She attended several colleges and universities, including one that granted her a diploma, to everyone’s surprise. She enjoys reading, writing, and almost every variety of needlework. Carlene and her husband Glenn live surrounded by their family in San Antonio, Texas.

“A Hero’s Homecoming” is Carlene first published novel, but others are others in the pipeline. Watch for “Daughter of the King” coming in the fall of 2012 from Prism Book Group. It’s the story of Princess Michal, daughter of Saul, the first King of Israel. Interestingly, Michal is the only woman the Bible describes as being in love with a man. Who was the object of her affections? Can’t wait for the book to find out? Check the eighteenth chapter of I Samuel in the Old Testament.

Colonel Rich Martino arrives home to a stranger living in his house. His wife is gone along with his car; his credit cards are invalid; and when he tries to enter his father’s home, the alarm beckons the police. Shortly thereafter, Rich meets Psychologist Charlotte Phillips, who not only knows the whereabouts of his father, but is in charge of his legal affairs.

The Colonel learns his father is in a coma and Rich is positive Charlotte is after his father’s fortune. When Rich discovers even his father’s lawyer has been taken in by Dr. Phillips, Colonel Martino is determined to find the truth.

Unfortunately everyone thinks Rich died in action and Charlotte believes he’s on the wrong course with his feelings for God and he’ll never change. Events surrounding Rich’s father keep bringing the Colonel and the doctor together. Or was that the plan of the matchmakers in Charlotte’s life?

Carlene writes a compelling story full of believable scenes and romance. The book will captivate your attention to the end. A Hero’s Homecoming warms the heart.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Accident Waiting to Happen

My Gateway Thursday conintues with a visit from Trinity Hart.

All her life, teachers praised Trinity Hart’s writing skills, but she’d never considered becoming an author. A teacher, a dolphin trainer, a veterinarian, and an archeologist—these are just a small sampling of her aspirations growing up. But finally, she’s found a way to be a little of everything and anything her heart desires through the characters in her books. Of course, when it comes to heroes, she has an undeniable weakness for a man in cowboy boots and a Stetson!

Raised by a loving, Christian family, Trinity rebelled as a young adult as so many do and through her darkest hours discovered a deeper connection to God that has made her a stronger woman, mother, and wife. She is delighted to now be spreading God’s love through her stories.

Trinity Hart resides in Amish Country, Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter and is the proud mother of two grown stepsons. She enjoys gardening, concocting her own recipes and hiking, and is a self-professed yo-yo dieter.

Accident Waiting to Happen

Like her name, Hope, that’s all she had when she hears the words from her fiancé’s lips: "She’s worth more to me dead than alive!”

Hope Pearson is desperately trying to reach her father’s Circle C Ranch when she slides off the road. She’s rescued by ex Texas Ranger, Caleb McBryde.

Caleb, injured in an explosion, manages the Circle C. He wants to protect Hope and lead her back to the Christian life she’s abandoned but he fears she’ll never love him because of his scars, which are deeper than physical.

Hope discovers her deceased parent’s secrets: her mother’s to turn the ranch into a retreat and a secret of her father’s that may very well end Hope’s life.

The novel has it all: romance, suspense, and creativity. Trinity Hart does an excellent job of keeping you on the edge of your seat.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Gateway Thursday - Pathways to Inspiring Fiction

I'm going to designating Thursday for my book reviews and I'm excited to introduce Mary L. Ball.

Mary lives in North Carolina and as she states on her website - between the wondrous mountains and glorious beaches. She writes Christian suspense where everyday characters face hardships and discover the meaning of grace.

She also writes a weekly article for the Greensboro Christian Living Examiner, supports her husband's ministry and has a great dog named Lou.

Being a suspense writer myself, Mary's Escape to Big Fork Lake caught my eye.

Samantha Blacker can’t imagine living any where but the big city. But she’s lost her job and she’s being stalked by a neighbor who she dated only briefly.

A chance once a year meeting with a gentleman named Bo, who she thought attended the restaurant convention as a supplier, leaves her inheriting his inn. She’s convinced herself she’ll only stay for the year required in the will until she finds the place at Big Fork Lake very much to her liking.

And one other thing she is finding she likes very much is Noah Frye. They get off to a rocky start but their love grows. Sam is reluctant to trust the Lord as Bo always told her to but Noah is willing to show her the way.

Sam learns to strengthen that trust when it becomes obvious someone is trying to do her harm. Noah vows to stay by her side and but she fears she’ll lose him if she’ll have to leave the place she’s grown to love.

I really enjoyed this novel. I was definitely worried things might not turn out well for Sam, but she’s a fighter. Mary L. Ball does a superior job with the suspense and the descriptive painting of the surroundings.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

New Publisher

I've contracted my book, Cairo, with Prism Book Group.

Cairo was written a few years ago right after Alvarado Gold and I've found a wonderful home for it.

After several attempts looking for the right publisher or agent, I found PRISM Book Group and and excited to get started.

The mysterious disappearance of two Americans initiates a rescue attempt by a family member, a close friend, and an Egyptian national. The threesome solves riddles and investigates clues intertwined in ancient mythology, intrigue, and modern-day kidnapping. This fast-paced suspense novel finds the heroine struggling against culture and customs as she falls in love with the Egyptian determined to help her.

Stay tuned for other announcements.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Two More Golds for Great Britian

My wonderful British friend, Sheryl Browne, has done it again. And not once but twice. She's has two new books out, both great reads and a marvelous display of her writing versitility.

Somebody to Love

Donna O’ Connor, raising a teenage son whose father tends to ignore him, and reeling from a tumultuous marriage to same, returns to find her car illegally parked and Officer Mark Evans, a blue-eyed hunk in uniform, coming out of the post office aimed directly for her vehicle. Instead of a ticket, they agree to have coffee.

Because he’s afraid he’ll scare her off, Mark won’t tell her he has a young, autistic son. She won’t tell him about her miserable marriage and her hopes and dreams of leaving her grueling office job and oppressive manager.

Donna’s life includes a three legged dog, a rabbit named Fundus, and a wonderful son who understands his mother is doing her best for him. Mark is torn between getting the right care for his son and doing what is right for Donna.

Through a multitude of miscommunications, intrusion from Donna’s well meaning mother and Mark’s senile father, and hilariously funny star-crossed scenarios Donna and Mark finally connect when she lands a day care position where Mark’s son, Jack, is in care.

In this wonderful story of love and redemption the animals play a large part including Jack’s service dog, Starbuck.

Well done, once again, Sheryl!

Warrant for Love

Leanne Curtis is about as unlucky in love as one girl can get and her slime-ball boyfriend, Richard, leaves her standing alone in a bad part of town where she’s picked up for solicitation. She’s taken to the station by Officer Paul Davis who tends to follow Leanne’s every move with his George Clooney eyes.

The story not only involves the romance of Leanne and Paul but also of Leanne’s sister, Nicky, and their best friend, Jade. Nicky and Jade rescue Leanne from the police station after the charges are dropped and the three of them decide they’ll fix Richard once and for all for not repaying Leanne the money she fronted him for his business.

All works out in the end for all three women, the men in their lives, and each other but there are some very interesting twists and turns in the story that will have you flipping pages right until the end.

This is one of Sheryl’s best offerings. It is a bit racy – a little more explicit than her other two books, but well worth the read. She has developed as a writer and well on her way to many successes.

Well done Ms. Browne!

Both books available in paperback and Kindle at

Friday, July 20, 2012

Fun Summer Read

If your doing a stacation this year - or if you want an afternoon escape, get a copy of Carrie Padgett's new book Short, Sweet & Sassy Volume 1, your favorite cool beverage, and snacks if you've got them, then prepare yourself for a fun read.

The book is a collection of sweet romantic fiction with one little murder mystery to whet your appetite for Carrie's writing style, which by the way, is outstanding.

Since this is volume one, hopefully volume two won't be far behind. I just couldn't put it down

Carrie's book is on Amazon: (paperback and Kindle)

Follow her journey on her blog:

Thursday, March 1, 2012

What a Delightfully Delicious Romp in the Kitchen

If you like to cook and love a little delectable romance, this book is perfect.

Lisa wants to impress Adam and he wants to impress her. Each thinks the other can cook and she agrees to cater an affair for his decidedly stiff and every-so-proper mother’s golf club.

Add in a spoonful of courage from Lisa’s best friend, Becky, who really is the behind the scenes cook, a generous cupful of a scrumptious photographer, who has his lens focused on Becky, and a sprinkling of a mischievous Jack Russell and you can understand where the book gets its title.

Good luck Adam and Lisa! The recipes sound wonderful, especially the avocado fudge. Well done Sheryl Browne and Kim Maya Sutton.

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