Monday, August 3, 2020

ONLINE PSYCHIC GALLERY with Halley Élise WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5th 2020 at 7:30 PM


with Halley Élise
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5th 2020 at 7:30 PM

The Psychic Gallery is a forum in which you have the opportunity to:

  • Have your questions answered psychically.
  • Get guidance on important matters.
  • Understand how to create peace and health.
  • Gain a working knowledge of what centered and clear means.
  • Learn quick techniques to access your Psychic/Intuitive ability.

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The Art of Short Story and Novella Writing Savvy Writer’s Book #2 By Kim Knight Genre: Self-Help, Writing, Nonfiction

Compared to novel writing, short stories and novellas need special and different skills that every writer should master. Readers love shorter stories! From Kim Knight, the award-winning and number #1 best-selling author of 365 Days of Writing Prompts for Romance writers, The Art of Short Story and Novella Writing writer’s reference is perfect for both seasoned and aspiring writers of all genres. The Art of Short Story and Novella Writing will help you perfect, sharpen, and increase your skills and abilities when writing engaging shorter stories, novellas, or novelettes for both stand-alone and series stories. With detailed and practical steps, the sole aim of this guide is to help writers confidently write within a high demand and well-paid market. With easy-to-engage-with chapters, discover the practical art of short story and novella writing. The Art of Short Story and Novella Writing includes practical exercises to help you master the skills to write your next series of stories: 

•Story-telling styles for short stories: how and why it should differentiate from novel writing. 

•Character development with limited word count. 

•Strengthening themes and plots with limited word count. 

•Where and how to start a shorter story to capture the reader’s attention. 

•Creating compelling stories with peaks and satisfying endings for readers, with a small word count. 

•Learn about the market, paid writing contests, and where to submit shorter stories. 

Each chapter has a dedicated writing space for every practical exercise, and for plotting your ideas and characters. Writing compelling shorter stories with meaning, and well-developed characters is not easy! But, with The Art of Short Story and Novella Writing, you will ramp up your skills set and become a master of the technique. Note: the paperback will allow writers to make notes, carry out the exercises, and throw away the hundreds of notepads us writers have sitting around. 

Available in e-book ( $2.99) and paperback ($5.99), the audio version on its way! 

Kim was born in 1983 and from London in the UK. She's a mother to a beautiful little boy, and a proud award-winning author (awarded Best Romance 2017 for A Stranger in France), and #1 Best-Selling Author (365 Days of Writing Prompts for Romance Writers). She's also a contribution writer at Aspiring Authors Magazine LLC. Kim started her journey as a traditionally published author and later dived into self-publishing also.

As a reader she's head over heels in love with romance, historical fiction, crime fiction, African- American, suspense and thriller genre books. As a writer, Kim enjoys creating stories with a diverse and multi-cultural line up, within the romance, romantic suspense and general thriller and crime genres. When she's not reading, or writing stories of her own her other passions include practising her French, astrology, fashion, make-up artistry, drawing, spending time at her sewing machine dressmaking, watching make -up and beauty tutorials on YouTube, letter writing and being a mum.

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It Gives You Strength by Philip Raymond Brown Genre: SciFi Fantasy

A mashup of Science Fiction, Historical Fiction and Fantasy, set in New York during prohibition, the characters interact with actual historic figures, including mobster Jack “Legs” Diamond, heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey, and World War heroine Edith Cavell.

The story follow an alien anthropologist, Tashan Zho, on a rescue mission to the distant planet Earth in 1926. Zho, is transported into the dying body of bootlegger Ryan Costello. Immediately following his death, Costello’s body is reanimated by the alien. Unfortunately, Zho’s new “host body” is so damaged from a decade of alcohol abuse that the alien’s memory and vital files are corrupted. All that remains of Zho’s mission plan is one phrase: “Find the one called Mike Kelly.”

Complicating matters, the alien soon discovers that Kelly is, himself, the leader of a criminal gang of World War veterans, who are battling mobster Jack “Legs” Diamond for control of the lucrative Canada/New York rum-running market. Upon recognizing Costello’s enhanced abilities and physical strength, Kelly forces the alien into the mob. Since Kelly is his only chance of discovering and completing his mission, the alien agrees. Costello soon recalls his critical task - to free an alien child from the Craig Colony, which they interpret to be a prison camp, before his home world, Dagan, dispatches its “rescue armada.” A force so massive and clumsy that its mere entry into the Earth’s atmosphere would devastate the planet.

By setting part of the plot in the Craig Colony, a little-known state institution in which patients with seizure disorders were essentially warehoused, the novel raises awareness of the human rights violations that occurred there. 

Philip Raymond Brown lives in Colorado with his fabulous wife, four beautiful children, and two good dogs. He has a B.A. in History and Political Science from Le Moyne College and a J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law.

His debut novel IT GIVES YOU STRENGTH launches the week of August 17, 2020. It is a mashup of science fiction, historical fiction, and fantasy set in prohibition-era New York. For more about the novel, see the description above. The yet-untitled sequel to STRENGTH will be released in the Spring of 2021.

Writing fiction is Philip's lifelong dream, and is his second career. In 2017, he walked away from a highly successful career as a trial attorney to pursue this dream. While writing STRENGTH, he devoted his time to his family, coaching little league and youth basketball. This year, while his heroic wife, the fabulous Dr. Sarah Brown, was on the front lines of the battle against COVID 19, Philip was homeschooling their four children.

As a trial attorney, he received numerous accolades, including being named to Best Lawyers in America, attaining the highest ethical/ability peer review rating ("AV") in Martindale-Hubbell, and being listed in Super Lawyers. Among his legal achievements, he is likely the only attorney in America to have received trial verdicts against New York City and Honolulu in separate cases for Civil Rights violations by their police. He currently has a screenplay in development about one such case.

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Dreams of Winter A Forgotten Gods Tale #1 by Christian Warren Freed Genre: Epic SciFi Fantasy

It is a troubled time, for the old gods are returning and they want the universe back…

Under the rigid guidance of the Conclave, the seven hundred known worlds carve out a new empire with the compassion and wisdom the gods once offered. But a terrible secret, known only to the most powerful, threatens to undo three millennia of progress. The gods are not dead at all. They merely sleep. And they are being hunted.

Senior Inquisitor Tolde Breed is sent to the planet Crimeat to investigate the escape of one of the deadliest beings in the history of the universe: Amongeratix, one of the fabled THREE, sons of the god-king. Tolde arrives on a world where heresy breeds insurrection and war is only a matter of time. Aided by Sister Abigail of the Order of Blood Witches, and a company of Prekhauten Guards, Tolde hurries to find Amongeratix and return him to Conclave custody before he can restart his reign of terror.

What he doesn’t know is that the Three are already operating on Crimeat.

Read Dreams of Winter now and begin your journey into the realm of the Forgotten Gods. 

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Christian W. Freed was born in Buffalo, N.Y. more years ago than he would like to remember. After spending more than 20 years in the active duty US Army he has turned his talents to writing. Since retiring, he has gone on to publish 17 military fantasy and science fiction novels, as well as his memoirs from his time in Iraq and Afghanistan. His first published book (Hammers in the Wind) has been the #1 free book on Kindle 4 times and he holds a fancy certificate from the L Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest.
Passionate about history, he combines his knowledge of the past with modern military tactics to create an engaging, quasi-realistic world for the readers. He graduated from Campbell University with a degree in history and is pursuing a Masters of Arts degree in Military History from Norwich University. He currently lives outside of Raleigh, N.C. and devotes his time to writing, his family, and their two Bernese Mountain Dogs. If you drive by you might just find him on the porch with a cigar in one hand and a pen in the other. 

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

The Prince's Prisoner Series by Quinn Blackbird Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance

The Prince's Prisoner Book 1 
by Quinn Blackbird 
Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance 

A dark fae prince. A stolen human girl.
And an unwanted marriage.
Not all beasts can be redeemed...

Callie doesn’t believe in fairy tales. Too bad they believe in her.
The fae whisk Callie and her friend off to be prisoners of an eternal dance. But Callie is stolen again.
Maybe the eternal dance wasn’t so bad after all…

Everything in the fae realm comes at a price…

Please read content warnings inside book preview. This is a dark retelling of the ORIGINAL Beauty & the Beast retelling with elements and themes that deal with Stockholm Syndrome and violence. Serves as a cautionary tale. 

Prince of War 
The Prince's Prisoner Book 2 

A dark fae prince. A stolen human girl.
And an unwanted marriage.
Not all beasts can be redeemed...

A lethal fae has taken Callie as his unwilling bride, and she has to balance between life and death in his castle, while finding a way out of the dangerous fae realm.
Only, she’s playing games with the Prince of War.

The Prince learns just how far Callie will go to save her friend from a lifetime of torture—and just what she will do to save herself from his clutches. 

Unwilling Bride 
The Prince's Prisoner Book 3 

A dark fae prince. A stolen human girl.
And an unwanted marriage.
Not all beasts can be redeemed...

Trapped in a lethal marriage to a deadly fae prince, Callie must escape the wicked world around her, abandon the cruel prince, and save the young boy she’s come to love before she turns from prisoner to prey.
But as the prince himself tells her, ‘Sacrifice is no noble thing in the fae realm.’

Everything in the fae realm comes at a price… 

Quinn Blackbird loves a good anti-hero. 
All of her villains stay submerged in 'dark' so expect little redemption. She thinks them up over hot coffees and warm cups of tea on the porch. 
When not writing, Quinn loves a good face mask and book on the couch with her two pups. 

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Saturday, August 1, 2020


LAST CHANCE BEACH is the island paradise where dreams go to live again and wishes may come true. It’s Summer’s End on the island, and the cottages, condos, hotels, and bungalows are filled to capacity.

This set is up now for pre-order before an August 4 release date. I would like to be a guest on your blog to promote this set. It will only be on sale for 90 days and will sell for only 99 cents.

There’s still plenty of time to find summer fun and summer love, new romances and second chances; hot alpha males and heartwarming heroes, beach bunnies, dudes, and romance popping up when you least expect it.

Throw a log on the beach bonfire tonight and celebrate LAST CHANCE BEACH: Summer’s End, a special collection of 14 short stories from bestselling authors—all new, never published before—that will thrill the hopeful romantic in you. Some stories are sweet; some are sizzling hot. All will touch your heart and make you want to book a vacation to LAST CHANCE BEACH! Only 99 cents for a limited time!

Purchase link is ~ Last-Chance-Beach-Summers-End-ebook

Hot August Night by Joan Reeves, NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

Can a chef and a hot dog loving cop resist desire when they’re forced to share the same overbooked beach cottage?


Something New by Liz Flaherty, USA Today Bestselling Author

Their lives are all planned out—until they're not.


I Do…Again by Nancy Fraser, Amazon Top 100 Author

Can they re-ignite what they once had and take a last chance on love?


The Man in Gull Cottage by Caroline Clemmons, Amazon Top 100 Author

Will the solution to her dilemma drive them apart or into one another's arms?


That One Summer by Maddie James, Amazon Top 100 Author

He's the one who got away. She's the one who couldn't commit.


Romancing the Spouse by Jan Scarbrough, Amazon Bestselling Author

Can she turn back the clock to save her marriage?


Blue Sky Summer by Kathleen Lawless, Amazon Bestselling Author

Of all the beaches on the coast, who does she see again? Him!


Hangover Husband by Bonnie Edwards, Amazon Bestselling Author

What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there


One Last Shot by Marcia King-Gamble, National Bestselling Author

She can run, but can she hide?  Will love still find her?


Secondhand Hearts by Kathryn Hills, Award Winning Author

Life takes you down many winding paths. Will theirs lead to love on Last Chance Beach?


Paradise Perfume by Connie Vines, Award Winning Author

Fragrance and love cannot be hidden.


Dreams of the Past by Laura Hunsaker, Award Winning Author

Can dreams of the future erase her nightmares of the past?


Beach Kisses & Sunset Wishes by Nora LeDuc

She wants someone interested in a fling. He wants someone interested in a ring.


Can't Buy Me Love by Hannah Rowan

Things aren't always what they seem.


Legend of Last Chance Beach


There are many legends about this beautiful island. This is my favorite one because it explains why it's called Last Chance.


Many years ago, when travel was done by rails and sails, a pampered young woman, an acclaimed beauty, spurned each man who sought to claim her hand. Her wealthy merchant father grew angry at her refusal to marry and provide him with a grandson to inherit the kingdom he'd built.


He cajoled her with sweet words, bribed her with jewels, pleaded illness and declining years, but nothing gained her agreement to give her hand in marriage.

Angered by her obstinance, the father declared he would marry her to a man of his choosing. The spoiled beauty, possessing much of her father's attitude, declared no man would own her, but the one she chose.


Neither would yield.


One day, a young man from far away visited the father to ask for free passage on one of the man's ships so he could return to his home. In exchange for passage, the young man would use his talent as a writer to record every detail of the ship, the crew, the passengers, and the voyage.


The father left the room for a few minutes, and his daughter sneaked in to see the visitor.


He stood, tall and handsome, with a smile that showed dimples. His dark eyes bewitched her. Neither could look away.


Her heart pounded and her skin heated. She stepped toward him. He stepped toward her.


The beauty knew the man she'd waited for had appeared. Their hands touched. "It's as if I met you before—in my dreams," he murmured. They had but a minute to exchange names.


For a week, the young man dined with them each evening and told them of his family and home far away. The young couple could not take their eyes from each other. Her father finally noticed his daughter's infatuation with the impoverished young man. He leapt from his chair. "No! I forbid it." His daughter ignored him.

The father shouted at the young man. "Leave here at once."


The young man stood but went to the beauty's chair. He knelt on one knee. "I'll return for you."


The father shouted for servants. "Take him to the nearest ship that sails on the morning tide." 


"I'll wait for you," the beauty shouted as she was carried away and locked in her room. She wept because she knew the young man who had touched her heart would be imprisoned in the ship's hold. He might well perish.


The daughter schemed and bribed and gathered information about the man to whom she'd given her heart.


When she was ready, she ran away and made her way to his country. He was not at the home he'd told her about. He had not returned to his family.


Filled with despair but not giving up, she searched through other towns and ports, hopped from island to island, but it was like looking for a grain of sand on an ocean beach.


Out of money, she landed on an island not far from the mainland. A newly constructed lighthouse helped guide ships into the ports that had been established. 


A minister's wife befriended her immediately and invited her to stay with them. "This fair island is a haven, my dear. We rescue people, their bodies and their souls. That's our mission—to give people another chance, perhaps their last chance—for life and happiness."


That night, the minister, his wife, and the beauty gathered in the parlor before dinner.


"We have one other guest," the minister said. "He has a bit of difficulty getting around. He washed ashore here some months ago. He'd been held hostage on a ship. When the ship went into a safe harbor during a storm, he escaped and jumped overboard. You can imagine how the stormy ocean battered his body. It's a miracle he survived."


The sound of wood on wood preceded the parlor door opening. The beauty saw a crutch.


Her gaze rose and collided with the startled gaze of her beloved.


She flew into his arms, knocking the wooden crutch aside. They clung to each other, at last where each had longed to be.


Fate had provided them their Last Chance to find each other.

Lady Anne and the Menacing Mystic Lady Anne Addison Historical Mysteries Book 4 by Victoria Hamilton Genre: Historical Mystery

Creating the Difficult Heroine

By Victoria Hamilton

"I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like." - Jane Austen, on writing ‘Emma’.

Lady Anne Addison… wealthy, opinionated, passionate and particular. I had in mind Jane Austen’s infamous words concerning Emma Woodhouse when I created Lady Anne; I was pretty sure some readers would not like how outspoken and challenging she could be. My thoughts were prophetic. I have indeed seen some criticism of Lady Anne, in particular concerning her treatment of her love interest, the intensely magnetic Anthony, Marquess of Darkefell. One reviewer was particularly put off and said no man would fall in love with a woman like Lady Anne, who talked back, was stubborn, and refused to do as she was told.

But… I beg to differ. Some men… maybe. But there are and always will be men who are unafraid of being challenged by strong women. The marquess is one such man.

In creating Lady Anne Addison, a Georgian era daughter of an earl, I had in mind several Georgian and Regency ladies who truly existed. The foremost pattern for Lady Anne Addison and another heroine I created (Miss Emmeline St. Germaine, heroine of my book A Gentlewoman’s Guide to Murder) is the forthright, intelligent and self-reliant Mary Wollstonecraft (mother of Mary Shelley), writer, philosopher and women’s rights advocate.

At one point in the first book of the Lady Anne Addison mystery series, Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark, she expresses her frustration that she lacks the formal education that would have put her on an equal grounding with the men about her. Mary Wollstonecraft addressed just that issue in her treatise, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) in which she argues that women are not mentally inferior to men, they just appear to be so because of tragically inferior education. She was a true revolutionary, and I think she would have been in complete sympathy with Lady Anne, who worries that marriage will unutterably change her life for the worse, since after marriage her identity will merge with her husband’s. In essence, she will become her husband’s chattel, something, as Anne states in my current release, between a beloved pet and a favourite carriage.

I think that the reviewer who criticized Lady Anne’s stubborn refusal to back down to the marquess’s commanding manners did not consider how she would deal with such a society. Every single right we have today, as women, was unheard of then; free movement to go where we want when we want; our own money; our own bodies, and decisions when and if we wish to have children. Imagine a world without those rights (some women in today’s world don’t need to imagine it, it’s how they live) and think how you’d do.

So Lady Anne’s behaviour, though it may seem outrageous to some, is the result of strong feelings and a determination to be herself. And there will always be men who appreciate that.

Mary Wollstonecraft’s life was, in so many ways, tragic, but it was not without love, and her widower was left heartbroken by her death after childbirth. So though some may dislike Lady Anne Addison’s stubbornness and independence, I think more will like her joie de vivre, her resolute passion for life.

It’s why I don’t regret creating, in Lady Anne, a woman for all time, a woman of spirit and independence… a woman not every reader will appreciate. For the Georgian era she may have been somewhat of an anomaly, but she is not alone in her time in her determination to live life on her own terms.

I hope readers enjoy that about her! Happy reading, my friends.



Lady Anne is in Bath staying with her mother and grandmother while planning her nuptials and awaiting the arrival of Lord Darkefell. Word reaches her of a profoundly accurate mystic working in town, and while she doesn't believe in such things, she's eager to visit for an hour of harmless entertainment. 

But the Mystic of Bath seems to know things, and her dark pronouncements have a decidedly harmful affect on Lady Anne's friends--and may have led a gentle and well-liked local cleric to take his own life. Or… did someone else have a hand in his death? He had secrets and enemies, Lady Anne learns. 

Convinced that the woman's predictions are all part of larger scam, possibly in league with other mysterious individuals who have become prominent on the Bath scene, Lady Anne must navigate the swirling rumors and murky affiliations of Bath society to unmask the charlatan for what she is and discover the real culprit behind a tragic death. 

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Victoria Hamilton is the pseudonym of nationally bestselling romance author Donna Lea Simpson. Victoria is the national bestselling author of four mystery series: the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries, the Merry Muffin Mysteries, the Lady Anne Addison Historical Mysteries and the Gentlewoman's Guide Regency Mysteries. She is also the bestselling author of Regency and historical romance as Donna Lea Simpson.
Her latest adventure in writing is a Regency-set historical mystery series, starting with A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder! Don't miss out on this bold, adventurous series featuring gentlewoman Miss Emmeline St. Germaine, a young lady intent on defying every expectation that she will be demure and retiring; she's a lady with a dagger, and she knows how to use it.
She is also continuing the Lady Anne Addison mystery series with a new title, The Menacing Mystic, coming July 7th, 2020. Later this year there will also be a new Merry Muffin Mystery, Double or Muffin.
Victoria loves to read, especially mystery novels, and enjoys good tea and cheap wine, the company of friends, and has a newfound appreciation for opera. She enjoys crocheting and beading, but a good book can tempt her away from almost anything… except writing!
She now happily writes about vintage kitchen collecting, muffin baking and dead bodies for publisher Beyond the Page.
Visit Victoria at: for availability of her books, some of which have also been published in Large Print and Audio formats!
You can find out more about her and all of her series at her website, as well as on Facebook and Pinterest. 

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