Tuesday, December 1, 2020

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A Mother For Christmas
by Jackie Weger
Genre: Women's Fiction, Christmas Romance



Decker Davenport is on a deadline. He has thirty days -- Christmas Eve, to be exact -- to remodel a St. Augustine Victorian house, or the owner will put it back on the market. Not a good time for Decker's decorator to take off on a honeymoon, leaving him with Annalise Owens, a stand-in with a malaise he isn't privy to.

But as he watches Annalise work miracles on the house and his daughter, he realizes the two of them have bonded in some ethereal way, as if they've always known each other.

As Christmas Eve approaches, Decker still sees the curious malaise in Annalise's eyes. A haunting that even his kiss can't take away. What secret does the new woman in his house possess? And will learning Annalise's secret bring him and his daughter joy, or tear their world apart?


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The Island Series by Rie Anders Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

  • How did you come up with the name of this book?

The story of Julie Hunter was not originally planned. When I wrote ‘Pavey Boulevard’, the first in the Island Series, it was supposed to be a standalone novel. The vision for that story was so clear to me, the words so strong in my mind. I was thrilled to have it published. As the first book unfolded, I realized there was a much deeper story to Julie. Looking back at the storyline now, and then throughout ‘On Island’, the second in the series, I saw I was building her story all along. It was unintentional at first, but then opportunities in the development of the first two started presenting themselves for me. I couldn’t resist the chance to lay the foundation of incredible growth and maturation for Julie.

 When Julie’s story begins in ‘Hunter’s Moon’, I wanted her to be tired. I wanted her to be ready for more, and yet still conflicted. She has never really processed what happened to her, nor has anyone ever challenged her to be anything different. On a superficial level, she is still seen as the island party girl. Those around her are waiting for the moment when she finally lets go.

 For Julie, the sacrifice has to be extraordinary. It has to force her to give up control. When everything is at stake, she finds the determination to dig deep and let everything go. I believe that in opening her heart and her soul, she makes a decision that is true and honest and really culminates her transformation.

 I read a poem called ‘The Promise of a Hunter’s Moon’ and it felt serendipitous that it should be the name of the story. A Hunters Moon is supposed to be a time of cleansing; of starting over. And that is exactly what Julie does.

 

  • What is your favorite part of this book and why?

 I would love to tell you that, but I can’t…it would give away the best part. What I can say about it, is that it is so classically Julie that you will be laughing, and rolling your eyes at the same time. The scene was so much more than her actions. It was about knowing that your friends (you true friends), will understand, and love you, no matter what.

 

  • If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

I would totally hang out with Mia Brooks from ‘Dear Santa, Define Good”. She is a kick-ass, world champion snowmobiler and yet, super fun, and sweet, and smart. I would love to go out into the mountains of Wyoming and sled all day long with her.

 

  • Are your characters based on real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

Some are, some aren’t. Ideas come to me all the time, sometimes in horribly inconvenient locations. I carry a notebook with me ALL THE TIME so that I don’t lose an idea. I have a story coming out in 2022 that is set in Kentucky during the lead up to the Kentucky Derby, and some of my characters are based on the people I met while on a recent research trip. It was fun to add people to the story that I hadn’t originally planned on. That is the best part about writing…I get to make stuff up. Full disclosure? Jason in the Island Trilogy is based on a boyfriend I had. I never intended his fate when I wrote the story, and I remember writing that scene on an airplane, crying. My daughter was sitting next to me at the time, and she poked me asking, “What’s the matter?” I hadn’t even realized I was crying. That was kind of cathartic for me.

 

Pavey Boulevard
Island Series Book 1
by Rie Anders
Genre: Contemporary Romance

When Shaye dropped out of college mid-semester, and moved to Lopez Island for the summer, she’d hoped to figure out what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. Instead, she reconnects with childhood friends Jason and Nick, and good intentions spiral into harrowing confrontations. The summer ends in tragedy and Shaye flees the Island, haunted by her mistakes.

Eight years later, Shaye is forced to return to the place she’d hoped never to see again. Now, she must face the people, and the pain she left behind. She must confront the person she was, and decide who she will become. Can Shaye forgive herself enough to let the past go, and let love in?



On Island
Island Series Book 2

Growing up on Island the sister of Nick and Jason Reid was not easy when it came to dating. All the guys looked at her as a sister and the island's darling daughter. Evie runs the bakery and when her brother hires Attorney, Ethan Archer, to run the Island office, she thinks he is going to be just another friend.

Ethan is a cowboy at heart and a gentleman. Not wanting to ruin his career and his friendship with his boss, he steers clear of a romantic attachment to Evie. But their friendship grows until one night they cross the line and change their friendship forever. As their relationship begins to grow the past comes back to haunt Ethan and could destroy another relationship for Evie.

"This book is so incredibly moving, and quite honestly, there are parts that are, just laugh out loud, righteously hilarious. Evie Reid is kind and good, and loving, and Ethan has to be the sexiest man alive. Not only is this a beautiful story of love and family, but holy smokes, Ethan and Evie are so sexy." - Chelsey S.

"Can I please just move in next door to these people? In this second book, Anders builds on the relationships of all the characters from her first novel and introduces us to some incredible new additions to the story. Her ability to weave them in, and make you fall in love with them, is extraordinary. Find a couple of hours to yourself, because you won't be able to put it down." Lisa L.



Hunters Moon
Island Series Book 3

From a young age, Julie Hunter had her whole life planned. She would inherit her parents' vineyard and live happily ever with her childhood sweetheart, her first and forever love. When he dies, however, her dreams die with him. She retreats within herself, burying her wounds under a facade of hedonism and debauchery.

Over the years, her friends have come to accept her sometimes crass behavior. But as Julie matures, she tires of the act. When she inherits the vineyard, she decides to chase her dreams on her own and develop the property into a world class resort.

Enter Dax Bentley, a prominent Seattle investor. She finds herself drawn to his sleek, polished demeanor.  But her construction manager, Riley Johnson, challenges her motives. He forces her to examine her feelings, and her true self.

Julie, Riley, and Dax find themselves grappling with a history of lost loves and past resentments. With the future of her resort at stake, Julie must learn that sometimes you have to let go of that which is most precious to get what your heart desires.










Rie grew up in the Pacific Northwest and spent her summers as a child in the San Juan Islands.
"Pavey Boulevard", released in 2018, is the story of Shaye Richards & Nick Reid, and is the first in the Island Series. The second in the series, "On Island", released in May, 2019, continues the saga with Evie Reid, the sister of Nick, and her love story with Ethan Archer.
Rie currently lives in Texas with her family and returns home to the Pacific Northwest as often as she can.




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Monday, November 30, 2020

The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes: Essays on Victorian England Box Set Volumes 1 & 2 by Liese Sherwood-Fabre Genre: Non-Fiction

 

Why Essays?

 I never set out to publish a series of essays on Sherlock Holmes, but as a trained social scientist, it evolved naturally. When I began my first book in The Early Case Files of Sherlock Holmes (The Adventure of the Murdered Midwife), I knew Sherlock had said, “my ancestors were country squires.” I had to know what life was like for a country squire to be able to write about Sherlock’s early life. As I researched, I thought it might be nice to share this information with others—first, with those who are part of Sherlock Holmes societies across the world and in need of items for their newsletters; and then with those who might have an interest and didn’t know that such societies exist.

 As a result of these efforts, I’ve made acquaintances with Sherlockians all over the world. My essays have traveled more than I have!

 Dr. Sherwood-Fabre has collected these essays into her series, “The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes.” Volume Three has just been released, and the first two are now available in eBook as a box set.

 

The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes: Essays on Victorian England
Box Set Volumes 1 & 2
by Liese Sherwood-Fabre
Genre: Non-Fiction


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories are full of everyday Victorian activities and events that send the twenty-first-century reader to consult their reference books. Few, for example, are intimately acquainted with the responsibilities of a country squire, the importance of gentlemen's clubs, or the intricacies of the Victorian monetary system.

These forty-eight short essays, gathered together from the first two volumes of "The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes" series, explore various aspects of life mentioned in the original stories. Readers gain modern-day insight into the nineteenth-century world. Untangle the complexities of inheritance, the Victorian wedding, and the treatment of brain fever. Discover the pleasures of the circus, the Turkish bath, and beekeeping. Such examinations bring deeper meaning and color to the adventures of the world's most famous consulting detective.


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What do "slop shops," "scissorizing," "agony aunts," and "foolscap" have in common?

These and other Victorian references appear throughout the original Sherlock Holmes tales. What was part of everyday existence to the Victorian has the modern day reader running to references books to discover its significance. These twenty-four short essays explore various aspects of life mentioned in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Sherlock Holmes tales, providing modern-day insight into the nineteenth century world. Topics include:

*Violins
*Electric vs. Gas Lighting
*Scrapbooking
*Agony Columns
*The Agra Fort
*Cardboard
*Sound Recordings
*Telephones
*Jellyfish
*Rugby
*Brandy
*The Opera
*The Crown Jewels
*Yellow Fever
*Snakes
*Italian Political Organizations
*Banks
*Diabetes
*Pocket Watches
*Writing Paper
*Coroners
*Pawnshops
*Clothing
*Calling Cards

This collection also includes a bonus essay—"Evil Women: The Villainesses of the Canon," originally published in the Baker Street Journal.

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Liese Sherwood-Fabre has won awards for her thrillers, romance, and literary short stories, and NYT bestselling author Steve Berry describes her writing as "gimmick-free, old-fashioned storytelling."
In the second grade, she knew she was destined to write when she got an A+ for her story about Dick, Jane, and Sally's ruined picnic. After obtaining her PhD from Indiana University, she joined the federal government and had the opportunity to work and live internationally for more than fifteen years. She draws upon these experiences to endow her characters with deep conflicts and emotions.




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Mountain Blaze The Carolina Series Book 1 by Debby Grahl Genre: Contemporary Romance

 


Mountain Blaze
The Carolina Series Book 1
by Debby Grahl
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Can Dillon and Diana elude a killer while their newfound love grows?

Disillusioned by his wife’s betrayal, rodeo star Dillon McCoy comes home to the mountains of North Carolina to lick his wounds. When he agrees to take over the family ranch, the Lazy M, he’s unaware danger waits.

Diana Thompson is having doubts about her engagement to Trent Sawyer. She agrees to leave Chapel Hill and spend Thanksgiving with her friend Jenn at the Lazy M. When Diana and Dillon meet, neither can deny their attraction, but both must resolve past relationships while fighting their growing desire.

After Dillon turns down an anonymous offer to purchase the ranch, attempts are made on his life. When a body is found, Dillon sets out to discover who wants the McCoy land enough to commit murder.





Award winning author, Debby Grahl, lives on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, with her husband, David. Besides writing, she enjoys biking, walking on the beach and a glass of wine at sunset. Her favorite places to visit are New Orleans, New York City, Captiva Island in Florida, the Cotswolds of England, and her home state of Michigan. She is a history buff who also enjoys reading murder mysteries, time travel, and, of course, romance. Visually impaired since childhood by Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), she uses screen-reading software to research and write her books. His Magic Touch, a paranormal romance, was released by Wild Rose Press December 5, 2018. Her latest book, Mountain Blaze, released November 2, 2020.




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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Heresy The Heretics Saga Book 1 by C.A. Campbell Genre: YA Dystopian

  • Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?

Sure. I’m C. A. Campbell, and I’ve been writing since I was eleven and Lord of the Rings inspired me to pick up a pen. I live in Kansas City, MO, with my husband and our three ridiculous but adorable dogs. I like to say I have three careers. Besides writing, I’m full time faculty at a nursing university, and a part-time neonatal intensive care nurse. I love my nursing career, but it’s always been a dream of mine to be a write and publish a book, so I decided to figure out a way to make both things happen. And here I am, publishing my first novel. Sometimes, you can have it all.

  • How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?

Funny story, actually. My characters began as original characters that I put into Harry Potter fanfiction. I’m sure you could find it out on the internet somewhere if you really tried (please don’t). When I knew I wanted to start original fiction, I decided to keep them with me, because I loved all of them so much. I had the concept of being a ‘Heretic’ -- being different than the world wanted you to be, so I knew I wanted something along that. And that’s where I struggled for the next ten years while writing this book.

The theme of ‘being different than what the world wants you to be’ is something I felt as a teenager (when I first started this book), strongly. But I had to go on a journey. I had to own that in my own life--truly make the decision to be myself even though the people around me may not like it. I also needed to see many other individuals--much braver than me--who have had to make that decision as well. Only then could I write this story that addresses the topic at the core of my own story.

How do you dare to be different in a world that tells you exactly what to be?

  • Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?

The Heretics Saga focused mostly on two main characters--Shiloh Haven and Jacob Osgood--while also following three other ‘main’ characters - and a few friends who join them along the way. In Heresy, we get to see the POV of three of them.

Shiloh Haven is the orphaned daughter of heretics whose grown up in a cruel place, called a Haven, with other children of heretics. As a Haven, she has been despised and had to fight just to survive in Arcadian society. Because of this, she lives by strict rules in order to survive--which is all she really wants. This really gets tested over the whole of Heresy when the survival of people she cares about suddenly depends on her -- and saving them might mean signing her own death warrant.

Jacob Osgood comes from the complete opposite of society. As the son of one of the nation’s leaders, he could have anything he wanted--except freedom. Jake’s a rebel without a cause at the beginning--doing anything he can to disrupt the perfect dance his father, United Councilor Samuel Osgood, forces him to perform too. In the story, we get to see what happens when he actually finds a cause to stand with and something worth fighting for. But he makes reckless choices and the consequences will be devastating.

Nicolette Howell is a young rebel who has lived most of her life on the run. She’s driven by loyalty to the cause fighting against Arcadia, but when she’s captured, she’s dumped into a strange world where she’s unsure who to trust, but she knows she can’t escape on her own. And if she doesn’t escape--more than her life will end.

And Val and Stefani...well, you’ll just have to read to know a little more about them.

  • Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?

Oh goodness, so much stories. There were so many things that ultimately couldn’t make it into the book. I’m sure I’ll have to write bonus scenes or novellas to show all the things I know about the characters.

  • If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?

It would be smoky and woodsy, with a little sweetness-- like a fire burning cedar, wth just a hint of cinnamon. I would call it “Smells like Teen Revolution”.

  • What can we expect from you in the future?

HERESY is the first book in The Heretics Saga. Right now, the series is slated to be four books, but it’s always subject to change. I hope to release them all within two to three years.

  • Is there something specific you want to tell readers?

I hope you love my book, but more importantly, I hope you learn from it. I hope at the end you choose to be a Heretic--to be fearlessly, unapologetically yourself even in a world where sometimes that feels dangerous. Because who you are is not wrong. Who you are is perfect and amazing. And never let anyone convince you otherwise.

  • Lastly, a few fun questions: What kind of world ruler would you be?

I don’t know. If it’s anything like being a teacher, it would probably involve a lot of hair pulling of -- “Why weren’t they listening?” “I know they hate this new law but can’t they see it will make them better?” “Why do they hate me? All I’ve ever done is love them.” And then I’ll probably have servants stress feed me chocolate.

  • What book do you think everyone should read?

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. I know, I know, it’s not fiction, but it’s amazing. Here’s just one quote of a million from her book. “Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”

  • The advice you’d give new authors?

Self-doubt is a liar. Punch it in the face, and just write your book.

Heresy
The Heretics Saga Book 1
by C.A. Campbell
Genre: YA Dystopian

In Arcadia, being different is HERESY.

Heresy is DEATH.

To survive, citizens must live, dress, and even love according to the United Council’s will. Their power is absolute—until a rebel bomb ignites at a national ceremony and unites the lives of three unlikely people.

When the bombing goes wrong, Nicolette Howell, a young heretic, finds herself alone and on the run, bearing secrets that Arcadia would kill for. When she’s captured, she must escape, but how can she, when her best chance lies with the son of her sworn enemy?

Driven by the execution of an innocent, Jacob Osgood, a United Councilor’s son, hunts for the truth about the heretic movement that Arcadia has hidden. But truth could cost him the one thing he cannot stand to lose: the girl who saved his life at the bombing.

Shiloh Haven, the orphaned daughter of heretics, is forced to become Arcadia’s spy in a sinister plot to destroy the heretic army. She faces a terrible choice: survive or risk everything to save the boy she might just love and the rebels who are her only chance of being free.

As their fates entwine, the three must answer an impossible question.

WHAT WOULD YOU DIE FOR?










C. A. Campbell hails from Kansas City (The Missouri side, if you please), where she shares her writing space with her husband and three ridiculous dogs. She splits her time between writing, saving tiny lives, and teaching students how not to kill people as a neonatal intensive care nurse and nurse educator. When she’s not working, she can be found (likely, in her pajamas) making things out of yarn, listening to a true-crime podcast, or yelling at medical errors in television shows. Heresy is her debut novel.








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Saturday, November 28, 2020

Phineas Varga and the Revenants of Windsor by A.K. Rouse Genre: Dark Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal Romance, Historical Fiction

 

  • How did you come up with the title of your first novel? 

It was tricky business coming up with a title as the novel is two intertwining stories with different characters, though some overlap, and in some ways, there exists an almost ensemble grouping of characters in many important scenes.  The title refers to the lead character and antagonists of the main story-line.  There is something about the ring of it that appeals to me, though I can't put my finger on it. 

  • Have you written any other books that are not published? 

Yes.  I have written one other book that is not currently published and I am going through extensive edits at the moment.  It takes place in the 1950s through the '80s in The United States and has a strong paranormal element to it.  I also have the third book, which is the second in the Phineas Varga series, in which I've completed the outline and written several parts, but I am now realizing I am farther than I initially thought from completing that. 

  • Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time? 

Several.  I find that writing two stories simultaneously for part of the time, at least, gives me perspective and the ability to notice things I might not otherwise see if I'm only focused on one work.  Often, I'll take a week away from one book to write on the other, and then when I return, things jump off the page needing my attention that I think I would have otherwise overlooked. 

  • Pen, typewriter, or computer? 

Computer, but occasionally I will print out a chapter and edit with pen, then return to make corrections in the electronic file. 

  • What is something unique/quirky about you? 

I am not a fan of social media but use Instagram for work, and I am being told that I need to start using Twitter.  I know that in 2020 this mindset is probably beyond "quirky," but I suppose I got a bad taste in my mouth years ago when I tried Facebook.  I found myself simply overwhelmed by it all . . . the need to "like" posts, the expectation that I should in turn post things of my own, and the time-suck that could occur when going down rabbit holes regarding people I had neither spoken to nor seen in twenty-five years, etc.  I know that there are many good things about these types of apps, and by my not using them, I certainly acknowledge that I am missing out on the daily occurrences of distant friends and acquaintances.  However, I am increasingly wondering whether the bad that comes along with them has come to outweigh the good and if man is innately incapable of collectively and positively wielding a tool with such power.  That being said, if you email me, I will always respond.

Phineas Varga and the Revenants of Windsor
by A.K. Rouse
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal Romance, Historical Fiction


"A brilliant and riveting vampire novel . . . showcases a complete mastery of this dark fantasy genre."
 --Midwest Book Review

In 1014 AD, Nieve, a young Irish woman, nurses wounded Fintan, a mysterious foreigner fighting for the Irish at the Battle of Clontarf. From this point on, their fates are intertwined as they attempt to navigate secrets, supernatural beings, a rival for Nieve's affection . . . in addition to their own conflicted feelings for one another.
Over five-hundred years later, in 1563, the Black Death descends on the kingdom of Queen Elizabeth I. She welcomes into her court at Windsor Castle, a man, Phineas Varga, who offers protection. However, the young queen soon finds that his strategy includes the use of gargoyles . . . for she and her kingdom are to be defended against something far worse than the plague. England and all mankind are at the mercy of the revenant should those most ancient and evil have their way.
Phineas, too, has his secrets, secrets that shaped who he is and who he will become. In his quest to rid Europe of the foul revenant, he is joined by a young, eager apprentice, a gargoyle warrior, a female assassin of a strange guild, and others who seek to find the source of the revenant outbreak. It is only when mysteries are revealed, and tragedy occurs that the reader discovers why five-hundred years is but a short time for some.
Today, the revenant is known by its most popular name . . . that of . . . vampire.

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Though part of her childhood was spent in the West Midlands, A. K. Rouse now writes from the United States' great Midwest. Memories of traipsing through beautiful English gardens, forests, and castles during these years provide the backdrop for her stories. Now, you will find her roaming the verdant fields of a music fest or walking the city streets with her husband, three children, and two Irish terriers.





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