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Audiobook Tour – “The Collar and the Cavvarach” by Annie Douglas Lima

Audiobook Tour – “The Collar and the Cavvarach” by Annie Douglas Lima

A GRIPPING YOUNG ADULT ADVENTURE!
 

About the Story:

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire’s most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie’s escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time. With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?


What is the Collar for, and What is a Cavvarach?

The story is set in a world very much like our own, with just a few major differences. One is that slavery is legal there. Slaves must wear metal collars that lock around their neck, making their enslaved status obvious to everyone. Any slave attempting to escape faces the dilemma of how and where to illegally get their collar removed (a crime punishable by enslavement for the remover).  

Another difference is the popularity of a martial art called cavvara shil. It is fought with a cavvarach (rhymes with “have a rack”), an unsharpened weapon similar to a sword but with a steel hook protruding from partway down its top edge. Competitors can strike at each other with their feet as well as with the blades. You win in one of two ways: disarming your opponent (hooking or knocking their cavvarach out of their hands) or pinning their shoulders to the mat for five seconds.

More About the Story


Set in a world alarmingly like our own, The Collar and the Cavvarach is the story of fourteen-year-old Bensin, a slave, whose status is made obvious to everyone by the steel collar locked around his neck. A martial artist who competes to win money for his owner, Bensin fights in tournaments with a cavvarach. But his greatest battle is the struggle to protect his little sister from the horrors of legalized slavery in a world where slaves have few rights. Desperate to keep her safe, Bensin struggles to find a means – legal or otherwise – to arrange for her freedom.

(For a fun introduction to the story’s setting and its culture, including an explanation of how cavvara shil works, click here.) 


Sound Like a Book you Might Enjoy? 


Click the play button below to listen to the first 15 minutes of the story as narrated by Joseph Baltz.

Click here to go to the audiobook on Audible.
Click here to go to the audiobook on Amazon.
(Either way, try listening to the free sample to see what you think!)


Like to Read Along While You Listen? 


The Collar and the Cavvarach ebook is available for FREE from July 14-18. Grab your copy now!

 

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About the Author

 

Annie Douglass Lima considers herself fortunate to have traveled in twenty different countries and lived in four of them. A fifth-grade teacher in her “other” life, she loves reading to her students and sparking their imaginations. Her books include science fiction, fantasy, YA action and adventure novels, a puppet script, anthologies of her students’ poetry, Bible verse coloring and activity books, and a fantasy-themed cookbook. When she isn’t teaching or writing, Annie can often be found sipping spiced chai or pomegranate green tea in exotic locations, some of which exist in this world.

 
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Author spotlight – Cynthia Tereist and “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie”

Author spotlight – Cynthia Tereist and “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie”

Please welcome a great author to the blog – say hello to Cynthia Tereist!

Cynthia Terelst is a project officer by day and a writer by night. She is a contemporary romance writer who likes to share a little bit of history, some Australian scenery and a whole lotta love. Cynthia does not shy away from difficult topics, as she feels that they should not be ignored. She lives in Queensland, Australia, where the sun shines at least 283 days a year.

 

 

You can follow Cynthia all over the interwebs:

Website http://cynthiaterelst.com/

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Linktree – https://linktr.ee/cynthiaterelst

Cynthia’s new book is LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE

Will one of the treasures they find be each other’s heart?

It’s been five years since Tara walked out of Shepherd’s life without a word. Since then he’s spiralled through drugs, alcohol and empty relationships, with Tara on his mind the whole time. Now he wants to win her back, and what better way to do it than by creating a fake scavenger hunt? He knows she won’t be able to resist. Tara’s lost enough loved ones and she didn’t want to see Shepherd added to that count. So, when she saw him high at graduation, she did the only thing she could – she walked away. When she’s teamed up with him for a million dollar scavenger hunt, the feelings reignite. For a second chance at love to work, she needs to be brave enough to open up to him, to tell him everything she withheld the first time around. Shepherd didn’t realise how much winning would mean to Tara. He now needs to come up with $3 million for her foundation before the hunt is over. If he can’t he will need to tell her its all fake, and he doesn’t know if he can risk that. Will secrets destroy them a second time around?

Here’s an excerpt:

It’s been five years since Tara walked out of Shepherd’s life without a word. Since then he’s spiralled through drugs, alcohol and empty relationships, with Tara on his mind the whole time. Now he wants to win her back, and what better way to do it than by creating a fake scavenger hunt? He knows she won’t be able to resist. Tara’s lost enough loved ones and she didn’t want to see Shepherd added to that count. So, when she saw him high at graduation, she did the only thing she could – she walked away. When she’s teamed up with him for a million dollar scavenger hunt, the feelings reignite. For a second chance at love to work, she needs to be brave enough to open up to him, to tell him everything she withheld the first time around. Shepherd didn’t realise how much winning would mean to Tara. He now needs to come up with $3 million for her foundation before the hunt is over. If he can’t he will need to tell her its all fake, and he doesn’t know if he can risk that. Will secrets destroy them a second time around?

Last, but not least, here’s an interview with Cynthia

Who is your favorite author?

It all depends on what genre I am reading. For romance I enjoy Pippa Grant and Jami Albright. Thrillers, I like Michael Connelly. Fantasy, at the moment I am enjoying reading Sabaa Tahir. YA dystopian would be Suzanne Collins and Alexandra Bracken.

How do you describe your writing style?

I would say that my writing is clear, my thoughts flow in a logical manner. It is informal, I use swearing where I feel it is appropriate and I like to incorporate Aussie slang into my novels. Because I write in first person, I feel I am able to immerse myself, and hopefully my readers, into my characters thoughts and feelings.

Why should we read your books?

My motto for my writing is that I like to share a little bit of history, some Australian scenery and a whole lotta love. I believe I do this in an entertaining way. My characters actions and thoughts are believable. Reviewers have said how they can relate to my characters and root for them. I have one person say that they wanted to slap a character. That’s when you know you have connected. I like to include difficult, real life topics into my writing such as domestic violence and loss.

Have any of your characters been modelled after yourself?

I guess there’s a little piece of me in all of my characters. But none have been completely modelled off me.

If you could exchange lives with any of your characters for a day which character would you choose and why?

I think I would choose Evie, from The Cat’s out of the Bag, while she is on the road trip with Jesse. I miss travelling. A lot of the adventures they had were taken directly from my experiences while travelling with my daughter.

What books have most influenced your life?

I can honestly say that none have influenced my life.

If you could select one book that you could rewrite and add your own unique twist on, which book would that be and why?

That’s a difficult question. I don’t think I’d like to change any book. I would rather create my own.

Beatles or Monkees? Why?

Beatles, because I am more familiar with their music.

Who should play you in a film of your life?

Someone whose acting shows a lot of depth, maybe Sandra Bullock.

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The Quarantine Sale Continues!

The Quarantine Sale Continues!

With everyone stuck at home for at least the next few weeks, I went ahead and put all my books on sale for $0.99. That includes all the Dream Doctor Mysteries, all the Jane Barnaby Adventures, Mr. Smith and the Roach, and all my sweet romance novellas.

So if you’re looking for something to read, here are your great options:

FREE!
Dream Student (prequel for the Dream Doctor Mysteries) – www.books2read.com/DreamStudent

Betty & Howard’s Excellent Adventure (a fun vacation romance featuring characters from the Dream Doctor Mysteries) – www.books2read.com/BettyHoward

Dream Fragments (a collection of short stories from the Dream Doctor Mysteries) – www.books2read.com/DreamFragments

FREE TOMORROW FOR KINDLE UNLIMITED MEMBERS
A Reel Christmas in Romance (sweet romance novella) – www.books2read.com/ReelRomance

Twice Blessed (sweet romance novella) – www.books2read.com/TwiceBlessed

ON SALE FOR $0.99
Books 1-9 of the Dream Doctor Mysteries (a medical student discovers she can step into other people’s dreams, and nothing but trouble results) – start with Dream Doctor – www.books2read.com/DreamDoctor

All three Jane Barnaby Adventures (an American archaeology student gets mixed up in international intrigue) – start with Finders Keepers – www.books2read.com/FindersKeepers

Mr. Smith and the Roach (weird mystery; a retired New York cop and giant cockroach team up to solve a crime) – www.books2read.com/MrSmith

Finding Dori (sweet romance novella) – www.books2read.com/FindingDori

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Quarantine Sale!

Quarantine Sale!

With everyone stuck at home for at least the next few weeks, I went ahead and put all my books on sale for $0.99. That includes all the Dream Doctor Mysteries, all the Jane Barnaby Adventures, Mr. Smith and the Roach, and all my sweet romance novellas.

So if you’re looking for something to read, here are your great options:

FREE!
Dream Student (prequel for the Dream Doctor Mysteries) – www.books2read.com/DreamStudent

Betty & Howard’s Excellent Adventure (a fun vacation romance featuring characters from the Dream Doctor Mysteries) – www.books2read.com/BettyHoward

Dream Fragments (a collection of short stories from the Dream Doctor Mysteries) – www.books2read.com/DreamFragments

FREE TOMORROW THROUGH SUNDAY FOR KINDLE UNLIMITED MEMBERS
A Reel Christmas in Romance (sweet romance novella) – www.books2read.com/ReelRomance

Twice Blessed (sweet romance novella) – www.books2read.com/TwiceBlessed

ON SALE FOR $0.99
Books 1-9 of the Dream Doctor Mysteries (a medical student discovers she can step into other people’s dreams, and nothing but trouble results) – start with Dream Doctor – www.books2read.com/DreamDoctor

All three Jane Barnaby Adventures (an American archaeology student gets mixed up in international intrigue) – start with Finders Keepers – www.books2read.com/FindersKeepers

Mr. Smith and the Roach (weird mystery; a retired New York cop and giant cockroach team up to solve a crime) – www.books2read.com/MrSmith

Finding Dori (sweet romance novella) – www.books2read.com/FindingDori

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Book Tour – “Fighting to Save Us” by Sarah Stevens

Book Tour – “Fighting to Save Us” by Sarah Stevens

Title: Fighting to Save Us
Author: Sarah Stevens
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Melissa Gill
Publication Date: October 29th, 2019
Blurb:
One call. One word. And the future Bren envisioned crumbles to dust. There’s a sickness in her, a malignant force threatening her happy life. While she longs to feel Max’s arms around her—holding her tight in assurance everything will be okay—she can’t bring herself to reveal her crushing truth. To save him from the sadness to come, Bren feels she has no choice but to push him away.
After running from his past for so long, Max got his first taste of a blissful life with Bren. Behind him are the days of mafia brutality and rival families… or so he hopes. But things take a dark and inexplicable turn when Bren begins pushing him away. After all he’s lost, he refuses to let her destroy what they have by hiding behind secrets. Hell bent on saving her from herself, Max is prepared to fight his way back to her side… no matter what it takes.
During life’s darkest trials, battered hearts can only be saved… by love.
Buy Links:
The Night He Saved Me: https://amzn.to/2PtGsW7
Fighting to Save Us: https://amzn.to/349IKxU
Sarah Stevens is a New Adult Romance author.
Sarah started writing her first novel The Night He Saved Me in her free time while being a stay-at-home mom. Then one day, it started to flow, and she was writing “The End” in a matter of two months.
When she isn’t writing, she is enjoying the southern life with her husband, three kids, a Saint Bernard—who is still adjusting to the southern summers and Bruno a rescue dog. She can’t go a day without her coffee in the morning—and a few more cups during the day and her late nights writing.
She enjoys reading Contemporary or New Adult Romance and going to the pool or beach as much as she can. She loves all things Disney and collects Disney mugs to drink her beloved coffee in.
Author Links:
Buy Links:
The Night He Saved Me: https://amzn.to/2PtGsW7
Fighting to Save Us: https://amzn.to/349IKxU
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Audiobook Tour – “By Design” by J. Boykin Baker

Audiobook Tour – “By Design” by J. Boykin Baker

Title: By Design
Author: J Boykin Baker
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Audio Producer: The Audio Flow, LLC
Narrator: Hallie Ricardo
Blurb:
Anne is a young, Southern professional with just the right connections and a privileged point of view. Confident in her innate value, she has complete faith in her power to control her own future. After all, even with the challenges that come with working at a high-profile interior design firm located in the heart of Atlanta, she knows exactly where she’s headed. What she doesn’t expect is Dr. Brad Young, Jr.
Sparks immediately fly between the handsome young doctor and Anne when she’s assigned to troubleshoot for his surgical practice, but chemistry can only get you so far. As their relationship develops, so too does a burgeoning conflict and confusion over the uncommon roles their mothers play in their lives. Over the course of an emotional weekend and the exposure of a secret lurking in his past, Brad is forced to make a life-changing adjustment as Anne discovers the devastating betrayal of a trusted plan.
By Design is an emotional romance guaranteed to warm the hearts of anyone who has ever experienced the breathtaking intensity of new love.
 
J Boykin Baker grew up in the small town of Wilson, North Carolina. She knew from the age of seven, after seeing the old movie “Pillow Talk,” that the only career for her was interior design. After college, marriage, and babies, her dream of being an interior designer came true with the start of her own design firm in Atlanta, Georgia. As timing would have it, she just happened to be in the right place – at the right time – with the right look and ended up designing hospitals, corporate offices, and high-end residential projects across the nation.
During her years as President of Baker Interiors, Inc. she had the privilege of working with countless women. Due to a caring nature, she was led to mentor young women through familiar struggles of a reoccurring nature. Eventually, she carried her love for women and children even further when she founded a non-profit, Widow’s Mite Experience, Inc, to provide emergency water relief for families in the United States and around the world. With the help of hundreds of women volunteers, this ministry is now active in 32 countries.
Author Links:
 
Narrator Bio:
Originally from Bloomfield, New Jersey, Hallie was introduced to the performing arts by her Broadway performer parents. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the University of Southern California’s School of Theatre in Los Angeles and now works as a professional film and television actress and audiobook narrator. She has narrated more than forty titles over the past four years across various genres. When she’s not behind the camera or the microphone, Hallie helps other artists hone their acting technique and on-camera auditioning skills. Hallie is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA.
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Book Tour – “The Sweetest Torment” by Kate L. Mary

Book Tour – “The Sweetest Torment” by Kate L. Mary

Title: The Sweetest Torment
Author: Kate L Mary
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic/Zombie
Publisher: Twisted Press
Editor: Lori Whitwam
Publication Date: October 11th, 2019
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb:
I wanted Andrew to suffer, and part of me thought watching his torment might be the sweetest victory I would ever experience.
Stranded hours from home and empty-handed, with Kellan on the brink of death, Regan finds herself facing the most difficult challenge yet. Their enemies are still out there, lurking in the shadows and seeking revenge, and with nowhere else to turn, she must put all her faith in the hands of strangers if they have any chance of surviving.
Traveling by land and water, and with the help of people they just met, Regan and Kellan must brave zombies, humans, and harsh conditions in the ruins of what was once the United States as they make their way back to Oklahoma. But the real challenge is yet to come. Andrew isn’t finished with them. Only this time Regan is determined to be ready for him. More importantly, she isn’t going to let him get away without paying for the things he’s done.

 Kate L. Mary is an award-winning author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, ranging from Post-apocalyptic tales of the undead, to Speculative Fiction and Contemporary Romance. Her YA book, When We Were Human, was the 2015 Children’s Moonbeam Book Awards Silver Medal Winner for Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fiction, and the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner for Young Adult Science Fiction, and her dystopian novel, Outliers, was a Top 10 Finalist in the 2018 Author Academy Awards for Sci-Fi/Fantasy, and the Winner in the 2018 Kindle Book Awards for Sci-Fi/Fantasy.

Author Links:
Buy Links:
The Loudest Silence: https://amzn.to/2MZmSxa
The Brightest Darkness: https://amzn.to/2TZtIpT
The Sweetest Torment: https://amzn.to/2NTnmIe
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Book Tour – “Solomon’s Surrender” by Michelle Dare

Book Tour – “Solomon’s Surrender” by Michelle Dare

Title: Solomon’s Surrender
Author: Michelle Dare
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design
Publication Date: October 11th, 2019
Blurb:
Cocky. No word better described Solomon. He projected the playboy image, but only he knew the truth. Deep inside, he wanted what his brother and friends had—a mate.
Fifteen hundred years was a long time to be alone. Solomon’s pure vampire bloodline and family name made him desirable, but that didn’t take away the loneliness.
Lilah was fiercely independent and distrusting of paranormals out of necessity. Some treated her with contempt because of her half cheetah shifter/half fae heritage. They thought she was beneath them when she was actually superior.
Someone was determined to take Lilah’s life, but who was behind the attacks remained a mystery. Solomon fought off the first assault then became Lilah’s sole protector until he uncovered who wanted to harm her.
One wanted a mate, and the other didn’t. But fate didn’t ask for their opinion. They could only fight what was meant to be for so long before the inevitable happened. If they managed to stay alive, maybe they would learn what it meant to be fated. 
 
Michelle Dare is a romance author. Her stories range from sweet to sinful and from new adult to fantasy. There aren’t enough hours in the day for her to write all of the story ideas in her head. When not writing or reading, she’s a wife and mom living in eastern Pennsylvania. One day she hopes to be writing from a beach where she will never have to see snow or be cold again.
Author Links:
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Blessings of Love – Book 6 – “Backward Blessings” by Rachel A. Anderson

Blessings of Love – Book 6 – “Backward Blessings” by Rachel A. Anderson

Today’s the release date for the final book of the amazing BLESSINGS OF LOVE sweet romance novella series (my book is out this Friday).  Today, it’s BACKWARDS BLESSINGS, by Rachel A. Anderson.

First, a little about Rachael

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of Rachel Andersen’s favorite memories in college was when a music theory professor turned one of her exams back to her. With a twinkle in his eye, he said, “I can always tell that it’s your paper because you have a story written on the back.” She was just killing time after the ear training and aural skills portions of the test (where he played notes, and the students were to write down the interval or melody), but it hinted at a larger love. She loves stories. She loves reading them, she loves hearing them, she loves telling them, and she loves living them!

Growing up as the oldest of nine children, she used stories to make mundane (and sometimes disgusting) tasks fly by like when she quoted Disney movies for her youngest siblings while she changed diapers or got them dressed. Though the youngest sibling is a senior in high school, the quotes she pulled out of thin air are used as family jokes that rock the house with laughter.

Stories propelled her through difficult days in college. They sustained her through the stress of student teaching. They were her favorite time of day in elementary and early childhood classrooms.

Her only hope is that these stories bring you as much joy and pleasure as they bring her!

You can follow Rachel at her website, on Facebook and on her Amazon Author Page.

And now for the book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jake Littlefield hates Thanksgiving. So, naturally, his sister abandons him to spend the holiday in Blessings where the town starts celebrating a week early. The only thing keeping him from hopping onto the next plane to Miami is the promise his sister makes to leave his love life alone for a year if he’ll endure a week-long stay in Blessings. At least, that’s what he’s telling himself…

Teresa Rampton’s marriage and subsequent divorce has left her a little gun-shy in the romance department. Content to wrap her world around her young son Logan, she’s unprepared when her new guest comes in for a landing.

Now, if he’d just ask her to the Harvest Ball, things might go smoothly with the mysterious pilot taking control of her Thanksgiving.

You can buy it on Amazon RIGHT NOW!

Last, but certainly not least, we’ve got a great interview with Rachel!

Who is your favorite author?

That’s such a tough question! The author I pick up almost without question is Rick Riordan though that may be more because I fell in love with his first characters and they’ve been woven into almost every series he’s written in one way or another.

How do you describe your writing style?

My writing style is sensitive to the delicate nature of relationships and emotions. I enjoy peeling back the curtain in the lives of men and women who face difficult challenges and come off conqueror in the hopes of inspiring readers to try to do the same.

Why should we read your books?

My books bring humor and compassion to relatable experiences. Though they are geared toward adults, they are safe enough that children and teens could read them without the questionable material to which they are so often exposed. While not overtly Christian, there are themes of redemption and healing in each of her stories.

Have any of your characters been modelled after yourself?

All of my characters have a piece of me in them. Teresa Rampton is probably the most like me. Though I’ve never been married, I know the walls she’s erected to protect herself intimately. Like her, I’m a good cook and a decent homemaker though I can come across intimidating and cold from time to time. I’m learning how to be a better advocate for myself and others as well, and I have a wonderful support network of people like Jake who help me learn how to do that for myself instead of trying to do that for me.

If you could exchange lives with any of your characters for a day which character would you choose and why?

Ooh! Interesting! I’ve always wanted to run a bed and breakfast, so I would probably switch places for Teresa for a day–especially if I could go to the Harvest Blessings festival with Logan! That kid cracks me up!

What books have most influenced your life?

While I was writing Backward Blessings, I got a book-craving for Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles. Reading Cinder and Scarlet helped me develop more vibrant descriptions which made it easier to finish the project. So, those books helped me most recently. C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia series opened a new world of literary possibilities to me, followed closely by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Both series helped me to embrace my own quirks and trust that they would become strengths which could shape the world.

If you could select one book that you could rewrite and add your own unique twist on, which book would that be and why?

I’ve had a desire to retell the Rapunzel fairy tale lately. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for the moment of reunion with the prince where Rapunzel nurses him back to health after he’s blinded by the witch. At least one version of the fairy tale implied that Rapunzel and the prince had twins somewhere along the way, and I’d love to dig myself into some research. I’d love to peel back some of the emotion behind a reunion where the prince also discovered he was a father (or at least met his children) for the first time.

Beatles or Monkees? Why?

Ooh! Monkees because “I’m a Believer” is the anthem of romance authors everywhere!

Who should play you in a film of your life?

The only thing I know for sure is that whoever plays me has to have a ton of curly hair!

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Blessings of Love – Book 5 – “Twice Blessed” by J.J. DiBenedetto

Blessings of Love – Book 5 – “Twice Blessed” by J.J. DiBenedetto

Today’s the release date for my book in the excellent BLESSINGS OF LOVE sweet romance novella series!  It’s called TWICE BLESSED

First, a little about me, in case you’re new here…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

J.J. DiBenedetto is the author of the Dream Series.  He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his lovely wife and Danny, a white cat who’s trained them both.  He’s originally from Yonkers, New York.  He loves the New York Giants, fondue, photography, travel, the opera and he’s a huge science-fiction and fantasy geek.

You can follow me pretty much all over the Internet:

You can follow him at:

My website

Twitter  

Facebook

Amazon Author Page

Goodreads 

Smashwords

Audible 

And now for the book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allison is a widow who’s been raising her daughter alone for the last four years. Mike is a teacher who’s new to the town of Blessings. They only have one thing in common: Lucy – Allison’s daughter, Mike’s student, and a nine-year-old who’s watched “The Parent Trap” way too often.

Both Allison and Mike are onto Lucy’s scheme to play matchmaker, but will they fall for each other anyway?

You can buy it on Amazon RIGHT NOW!

As an interesting aside (well, interesting to me, anyway!), I cast all my books with movie or TV actors, and TWICE BLESSED is no exception.  For Allison, I picture Jill Wagner (star of several Hallmark Channel romances, and also a new Hallmark Mystery series, “Mystery 101”.  And for Mike, it’s Dylan Bruce, who’s also a Hallmark Channel veteran (he’s the star of one of my favorites, “A Novel Romance” alongside Amy Acker).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last, but certainly not least, here’s an interview with me…

Who is your favorite author?

It’s so hard to pick just one.  I’d probably go with Alastair Reynolds right now – I love his writing style, and I’m a huge sci-fi fan, so it’s hard to go wrong with him.

How do you describe your writing style?

Conversational and engaging, with a lot of humor, for the most part.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your books?

Because they’ve got a little bit of everything: romance, mystery, humor and plenty of emotion.  and because there’s always a twist to them, to keep you guessing a little bit!

Have any of your characters been modeled after yourself?

I created them all, so I have to say there’s at least a little piece of me in most of them.  But there’s nobody directly modeled after myself in any of my books (thankfully!)

If you could exchange lives with any of your characters for a day which character would you choose and why?

I’d have to pick Sam, the title character of my mystery, Mr. Smith and the Roach.  It’d be really interesting to live his life for one day!

What books have most influenced your life?

Too many to count!  But I can tell you the one book that directly led to my writing and publishing my books: Transpecial by Jennifer R. Povey.  Jenna’s a friend, and when she sold that novel to a publisher, it really made me sit up and think, “why can’t I do it, too?”  So I did (it’s also a really good book, so check it out!).

If you could select one book that you could rewrite and add your own unique twist on, which book would that be and why?

I could pick a lot of books here.  But one that always really frustrated me was the Galactic Milieu  by Julian May.  The books are good, and I enjoyed them.  But she changed the ending because a lot of readers figured out one of the big twists and talked about it on the Internet (this was back in the old Usenet days).  I’d go and put back the original ending, if it were up to me.

Beatles or Monkees? Why?

Monkees!  I loved them as a kid (still do).  I remember very clearly that a Monkees album (yes, a record album, one of those big black discs that you put on a turntable!) was the very last Christmas gift I ever got that was from Santa Claus himself (at least, that’s what the tag on the gift said!).

Who should play you in a film of your life?

Well, it wouldn’t be the most exciting movie ever.  But how about Jack Black?  He’s a good match physically, and he can do socially awkward really well.

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