Author Interview: D. Lieber & A Very Witchy Yuletide

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Author Interview: D. Lieber

1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book?

I am a genre hopper. I sort of choose whatever I am in the mood for. For A Very Witchy Yuletide, I was in the mood for a warm fuzzy holiday romance.

2. Writers write what they know and must observe the world. Are you a firstborn, middle, or last child, and how does this shape your view of the world?

As a fantasy author (though A Very Witchy Yuletide is contemporary romance not fantasy), I have to disagree with the statement that writers write what they know. A lot of what I do is imagination, stuff that isn’t even possible. But, then again, I still use what I observe in character relationships/motivations and overall themes. But on to your actual question.

Haha that is more complicated a question than you know. My family situation isn’t very clean cut. I will say, I was raised with my younger brother for most of my life as the eldest child. But things got more complicated when we found out I had two older siblings by my biological father. We also knew we had a younger brother from another marriage. And then, more recently, my adoptive father had a baby with his second wife. So technically, I am somewhere in the middle, but I didn’t really have a relationship with any of my other siblings until I was an adult. So, in regards to shaping my worldview, I would say I am the eldest child. Sibling relationships play very heavily in many of my stories as my mom always emphasized my younger brother and I take care of each other. As the older sibling, I feel it is my duty to watch out for him, but then again, he would likely say the same. Having a younger sibling certainly makes you grow up a little faster, be a little more responsible.

3. Where is your favorite place to write?

Any place where I am alone and it is quiet. It usually turns out to be in my office.

4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains?

It is always a little disappointing to throw away something you worked so hard on. But the story needs what the story needs. Forcing it into submission is only going to convolute the parts that are necessary. I’ve never had too difficult a time throwing stuff away if the story demands it.

5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them?

I’m assuming you mean my favorite living author? Because things could get a little awkward otherwise… I actually met her, Anne Bishop, at a convention. I didn’t really have a burning question. I think her work speaks for itself. I just wanted to let her know how much I love her writing, and how very impressed I am that she doesn’t shy away from writing truly evil bad guys.

6. Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows.
I once begged my mom to let me go on a trip to Amsterdam so that I could learn how to sail tall ships for the summer, completely disregarding that I get seasick…She didn’t let me go.

7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack for company. What three items are in your survival pack?

A knife, a water purifier, and a satellite phone.

8. If you could have one superpower in your existence, what would it be?

Teleportation. I have a strong wanderlust, but I hate airports.

9. Favorite snack?

Oh, so many, especially now that I can’t have everything I used to. Hmmm of what I’m allowed to have? Lactose-free Ice cream for sweet and potato chips for salty/crunchy.

10. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going or do you drive the speed limit?

I’m blind. If they let me drive, everyone would die. But…isn’t the Indy 500 just left turns? Who could get lost?

A Very Witchy Yuletide

by D. Lieber

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GENRE: Contemporary pagan holiday romance

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BLURB:

First love is hard to forget, and even harder to ignore…

Evergreen Pendre wasn’t planning on going home for Yule. But when her Mom tells her the old coven is coming for a visit, she wants to see everyone. Well, almost everyone.

After four and a half years, Sawyer Collins finally has a chance to reconnect with his first love, Eeva Pendre. He might have been too shy to tell her how he felt before, but he’s changed. And he’s determined not to let her slip away this time.

As the coven prepares for Yule, they are reminded that not everyone has the holiday spirit in this contemporary Pagan holiday romance.

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Excerpt:

As Eeva shifted her weight from foot to foot, swaying in time, they started the simple steps of the dance, circling each other.

“Yeah, that’s it,” Sawyer encouraged. “You remember. Ready for the staff?”

Eeva smiled. “Go for it.”

Sawyer struck out with his staff, and Eeva met it with hers. He did it again with the same result. And so they went on in rhythm, the mock battle playing out in a dance. They circled each other. They clashed in the middle. They retreated.

Sawyer’s heart raced as the exercise made him warm in his coat. He took it off, his steps still in time. Eeva did the same, her breaths punctuated by white puffs from her lips.

“Ready to try the end?” Sawyer asked her.

“Come at me,” she challenged, her voice teasing.

Sawyer attacked, bringing his face in close to hers, their staves crossed between them. This was where he was supposed to push them apart. She was to fall to the ground, defeated. But as they locked eyes, and he felt her breath on his face, they both froze.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

D. Lieber is an urban fantasy author with a wanderlust that would make a butterfly envious. When she isn’t planning her next physical adventure, she’s recklessly jumping from one fictional world to another. Her love of reading led her to earn a Bachelor’s in English from Wright State University.

Beyond her skeptic and slightly pessimistic mind, Lieber wants to believe. She has been many places—from Canada to England, France to Italy, Germany to Russia—believing that a better world comes from putting a face on “other.” She is a romantic idealist at heart, always fighting to keep her feet on the ground and her head in the clouds.

Lieber lives in Wisconsin with her husband (John) and cats (Yin and Nox).

Published Works:

Conjuring Zephyr June 2016

The Exiled Otherkin November 2017

Intended Bondmates June 2018

In Search of a Witch’s Soul (Council of Covens Noir, #1) March 2019

Dancing with Shades (Council of Covens Noir, #0) August 2019

Once in a Black Moon March 2020

A Very Witchy Yuletide October 2020

Links

Website: www.dlieber.com

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/dlieberwriting

Bookbub: www.bookbub.com/profile/d-lieber

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Author Peggy Jaeger: Mistletoe, Mobsters & Mozzarella

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Finding a body in the freezer of the family deli isn’t the way Madonna San Valentino planned to start her day.

Adding insult to injury, the investigating detective is the one guy she’s never been able to forget. After seven minutes of heaven in the back seat of his car when they were teenagers, Tony Roma skipped town without so much as a thanks for the memory.

Just when Madonna thinks the present situation can’t get any worse, Tony is ordered to go undercover at the deli to ferret out a killer. Forced to work together, she vows to keep their relationship cool and professional. But with the sexy, longing looks he tosses her at every turn, Madonna’s resolve is weakening.

With Christmas drawing closer and Tony’s investigation taking an unexpected turn, Madonna is at her wit’s end. Can she really be falling for him again? And will he wind up leaving her broken hearted and alone like the last time?

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Being the oldest of six kids and the only girl in the mix, it takes a lot to scare me.

My brothers are, each and every one of them, a pain in the ass to their cores and I’d grown up the victim of their arguably stupid shenanigans too many times to count. Cooked linguini placed in my bed to look like worms; a farting cushion placed on my chair at the dinner table; toothpaste spread on my school lunch sandwich instead of peanut butter. More times than I could remember one of them would hide in my closet then jump out at me when I least expected it. Anything and everything dumb and dumber they could think up to annoy me, they’d done. And still did to this day if they thought they could get away with it. Chronological maturity hadn’t made its way to their brains yet and they all still acted liked little boys when it came to infuriating me.

This spine tingling sense of unease rippling through me didn’t feel like one of their usual pranks.

But with my brothers, you never know.

“I swear on all that’s holy, Giacomo,” I called out, naming the brother voted most likely to do something moronic, “if this is some dumbass attempt to scare me, I’m gonna make you suffer.”

About the Author:

Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes Romantic Comedies about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them. If she can make you cry on one page and bring you out of tears rolling with laughter the next, she’s done her job as a writer!

Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, she brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she’s created the families she wanted as that lonely child.

When she’s not writing Peggy is usually painting, crafting, scrapbooking or decoupaging old steamer trunks she finds at rummage stores and garage sales.

A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, Peggy is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.

As a lifelong diarist, she caught the blogging bug early on, and you can visit her at peggyjaeger.com where she blogs daily about life, writing, and stuff that makes her go “What??!”

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Author Tamela Miles: The Runaway Witch’s Kiss

 

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Nahla Gregory is a witch on the run from a bad domestic situation. Tomas Castillo, a warlock, has a prepared safe haven for her, while dealing with his own problem, his neutered magickal powers. He’s sworn to protect her and to keep his hands off her, but Nahla is downright tempting. Danger is coming for them and combining their powers may be the only way to survive the storm.

Can Tomas keep Nahla safe, as promised, while she helps him rediscover his long forgotten magick?

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Sebastian waved a hand. “So, I overreacted. I promised you it’ll never happen again, There’s no room in our life together for other men. I told you that from the start. I-I guess the idea of you spending time, even having a coffee, with someone else pushed all my buttons and I went crazy with jealousy.”

She heaved a deep sigh. “But, there’s no reason to be jealous.”

He strode over to stand above her, stroking her forehead with his fingers. “Look more closely in the mirror, Nahla. I have every reason to be jealous. You’re beautiful. Other men want to own you.”

She batted his fingers away impatiently and met his gaze squarely. ‘If you lay a hand on me again, I’m gone. No explanations, no excuses – I’ll be in the wind.”

Her phone pinged again. “I take it we’re both settling in for the evening.”

She shook her head. “No, I’m going to see my Mom.”

His lips flattened and his gaze went cold. He put his back to her and swiped her phone from the counter. “Not tonight. You’re staying right here. I won’t hurt you again but I mean what I say. I always come first in this relationship. Your mother can see you some other day.”

About the Author:

Tamela Miles is a school psychologist with Ed.S and PPS credential and a graduate of California State University San Bernardino and California State University Dominguez Hills. She is also a former flight attendant. She grew up in Altadena, California in that tumultuous time known as the 1980s. She now resides with her family in the Inland Empire, CA. She’s a horror/paranormal romance writer mainly because it feels so good having her characters do bad things and, later, pondering what makes them so bad and why they can never seem to change their wicked ways.

She enjoys emails from people who like her work. In fact, she loves emails. She can be contacted at tamelamiles@yahoo.com or her Facebook page, Tamela Miles Books. She also welcomes reader reviews and enjoys the feedback from people who love to read as much as she does.

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Author Nancy Fraser: The Secrets of Gable House

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Noah Miller is shocked to learn that an unknown great uncle has named him heir to the family fortune, including the residence known as Gable House. Built by Noah’s fifth-back grandfather, the house is ripe with family secrets and unusual occurrences.

Maggie Shephard has spent the past ten years researching the history of Willow-By-The-Sea, including that of her own ancestors. Considered an authority on New England history, she’s often sought out as a consultant. When Noah Miller asks for her help in acquainting him with both the house and his ancestors, she jumps at the chance to share her knowledge with the handsome architect.

Noah and Maggie have an immediate attraction to one another, made even more so by the time they spend together researching the Gable family history. The fact that each Gable male died an untimely and gruesome death, leads Noah and Maggie on a quest for the truth in hopes of setting a murderous spirit free.

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Maggie Shephard raised her head and scanned the dozen or so people spread out around the library’s common area. Most were tourists, one or two were students from the nearby college, and then there was…him. While the others wore faded jeans and sweatshirts, he was dressed in a three-piece charcoal gray suit, likely costing more than her student loan payments. His dark brown hair held a hint of silver at the temples, the well-styled cut barely grazing the collar of his white dress shirt.

Totally out of place, he sat at the back of the room, his gaze intense and laser-focused on her.

She dropped her attention to her notes and back on her closing. “For those of you with questions, I’ll be around for another hour or so. Thank you so much for joining me for today’s presentation. Don’t forget to take a pamphlet from the back table as you exit the library.”

Maggie gathered her papers and then stepped down from the podium. When she looked up, he was there. “May I help you?”

He stuck out his hand. “I’m Noah Miller. Mr. Gallagher from Gallagher, Hastings, and West told me you were the ranking expert on all things related to the area’s history.”

She forced a faint smile to her lips, and placed her hand in his, immediately aware of the warmth his touch generated. The almost instantaneous reaction left her both surprised and intrigued.

“I’m flattered. Mr. Gallagher called earlier to say you’d be stopping by. I hope you didn’t mind sitting through the presentation.”

“No, I found it very interesting, in fact.”

“Mr. Gallagher also mentioned you are the new owner of Gable House.” When he nodded, she added, “I have to tell you, when we heard there was an heir, we were shocked to say the least.”

He shot her a quizzical look. “Why? Is the idea of my great uncle having family that surprising?”

“Truthfully? Yes. Your great uncle was a recluse. The few in town, most of them now in their eighties or nineties, who knew Henry Hastings in his younger years, don’t recall him ever mentioning family of any sort.”

“He had a will, so surely someone knew.”

She shrugged. “No doubt the will was many years old. I don’t think Henry had left the house in over a decade.”

“What about daily necessities?”

“The members of the historical society took turns running his errands. He had a housekeeping service come in every once in awhile. As a matter of fact, I believe it was one of their employees who discovered…uh—”

He raised his hand, interrupting her muddled explanation. “It’s okay. I’m aware of the circumstances of his death.”

“I don’t think anyone was surprised to hear he was gone,” she told him. “Especially given the history surrounding Gable House.”

His eyebrows arched, giving her a wider glimpse of his chocolate brown eyes, her comment obviously piquing his interest.

“History? What history?”

“Surely your immediate family has filled you in on some of the details.”

His expression hardened. His otherwise very attractive features pinching into a deep frown. “I have no immediate family, Miss…uh…”

“Shephard,” she filled in. “Maggie Shephard.”

He gave a curt nod. “Yes, of course. Gallagher gave me your name. Sorry. This whole situation has been a revelation to say the least, and a weird one at that.”

“Have you been to the house yet?” she asked.

“No. I have an appointment with a realtor at three.” He paused, and then asked, “Would you be willing to join me? I’d be happy to pay you for your time.”

“I don’t—”

“It would be nice to have an historian’s perspective on the future of the property.”

She had to admit, she was tempted, if only to see Noah Miller’s reaction to his great uncle’s home. “Okay, I can spare some time.”

“Shall I pick you up here at the library?” he asked.

Her first instinct was to accept. After all, Noah Miller was an extremely handsome man. And a welcome change from the locals she’d been fending off for years. However, he was also an unknown, a stranger in a small town where everyone knew everyone else.

“I can meet you there. I also live in Willow-By-The-Sea, within walking distance of your great uncle’s home.”

His rather docile expression lifted into a half-smile. “Well, then, I truly am getting first-hand expertise. A valuable commodity when you’re in unfamiliar territory.”

About the Author:

NANCY FRASER—Jumping Across Romance Genres with Gleeful Abandon—is an Amazon Top 100 and Award-Winning author who can’t seem to decide which romance genre suits her best. So, she writes them all.

Like most authors, Nancy began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.

Published in multiple genres, Nancy currently writes for two publishers, and has recently thrown her hat into the self-publishing ring. She has published over thirty-five books in full-length, novella, and short format.

When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

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Author Interview: Maggie Clare & Lost and Found

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Author Interview: Maggie Clare

1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book?

I really love the strong, character driven aspect of romance and the high intensity action scenes you get with suspense. Romantic suspense is an exciting, emotional blend of the two genres and really fun to write. Also, I’m a sucker for a happy ending, and that’s a must in romance!

As a mainly science fiction writer, romance was a pretty big departure. For that reason, I opted to write under the pen name, Maggie Clare. I bounce back and forth now between writing speculative fiction as Tabitha, and romance as Maggie. It’s fun, even if I feel like I have a split personality sometimes!

Lost and Found is the third book in the Tactical Solutions International series, but I actually wrote parts of it first. I’d just finished the final draft of a science fiction novel, and I wanted to take a break from that story for a little while. After just a few weeks of working on my new idea, I had to return to writing my science fiction series, and Lost and Found sat in my files for about a year. When I eventually began developing the TSI series, I dusted off that partial manuscript, gave Cam a new and better backstory, and turned it into book 3.

2. Writers write what they know and must observe the world. Are you a firstborn, middle, or last child, and how does this shape your view of the world?

I’m the first born, and I definitely fit the stereotype. I like to be in charge, I’m super organized, and I’m very comfortable in any role where I can lead, teach, or boss somebody around – in a nice way, of course! I also have four kids, and it’s fascinating to consider what parts of their personalities are due to their birth order, and to explore the whole nature vs. nurture question. As a writer, I find myself observing people constantly, and my own family provides plenty of useful information!

3. Where is your favorite place to write?

I love writing outside on my porch, and I’ll go outside for as long as weather permits. Right now, I’m sitting at my kitchen table, which we’ve affectionately called our ‘Game of Thrones’ table as it is ten feet long and made of heavy, distressed wood. Although working in the midst of the household activity is distracting, I also really hate to be sequestered somewhere alone. I feel like a wilting flower without life happening around me! Earbuds are my friends, and I can pretty much tune everything else out.

4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains?

This is such a great question! The phrase is a piece of advice writers hear a lot, and it is sometimes misunderstood. When I first heard the term, I was like, “Wait, kill who?” Would I be required to kill off a beloved main character even if they were supposed to live happily ever after? Thankfully, no.

What I’ve come understand from this alarming expression is that we have to be willing to sacrifice good bits of writing in our manuscript if they don’t serve the story. I’ve had to scrap entire well-written scenes because when I started editing, I realized the story was stronger without them. The overall idea is not to become so attached to a piece of your own writing that you aren’t willing to change or discard it for the sake of telling your story better.

Having said that, sometimes I do literally have to kill a darling in my story, but character deaths are not something I take lightly. It’s becoming more mainstream to take out an important lead for dramatic effect – think Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. Killing off a character in a believable, meaningful way has tremendous impact, but taking someone out every season becomes predictable.

Achieving the correct balance in writing is tricky. On the one hand, we don’t want to traumatize our readers for shock value alone. On the other hand, if we are writing in genres with danger around every corner, it seems inevitable that someone will have to go. We lose believability if everyone makes it home in one piece.

If we are going to kill a character, that death should have purpose. It can be a motivating factor for other characters’ actions. It can be a necessary and believable outcome of events. It can be used to push the plot forward. Once a character has died, showing the aftermath and effect on the other characters is imperative. We need to see their grief, anger, and maybe, ultimately their acceptance. A death can provide dramatic moments and add authenticity to the story, but killing a character should never be gratuitous.

5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them?

Wow, this is a tough one! I admire so many different authors for so many different reasons. While I don’t love reading horror much anymore, I am still in awe of Stephen King. If I had a chance to meet him, I’d probably ask if he has nightmares regularly!

6. Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows.

There are very few things about me that absolutely no one knows, but there’s probably a few that my readers wouldn’t know. I once did a ‘five things about me’ type interview, focusing on fun, interesting personal facts, so I’ll share the answers with you here!

When a book is too suspenseful, I get stressed out and read the ending first. I always go back and read it through, but this takes the edge off so I can relax and enjoy the story without worrying about the end. I know it’s cheating!

I’m a bit of an adrenaline junkie. I love roller coasters, and last year I jumped out of a plane for my birthday. I also climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro for my 40th birthday. It was very, very hard. Not Everest hard, but still a huge physical and mental challenge.

Tattoos are awesome and I have a few. I love really artistic ink.

I’m a medical school dropout. Med school with small children was, for me, an impossible task. I always thought I’d return when the kids were older, but it never seemed to be the right time. It wasn’t until I started writing that I was able to let that particular aspiration go.

I taught middle school Latin for over a decade. I know, I’m a dinosaur!

7. If you could have one superpower in your existence, what would it be? When I wrote my first science fiction series, I made the main character a healer. Not only could she see inside the human body and diagnose issues, she could also heal with her mind if there were no other options. As a former paramedic, that’s a superpower I would have loved. As a mom, it would still be very useful!

Lost and Found

by Maggie Clare

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GENRE:   Romantic Suspense

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BLURB: Dr. Lissa Morgan has had a crush on her best friend’s older brother since they were kids, but handsome, brooding Cam Taylor has never given her a second glance. When Cam unexpectedly shows up on Lissa’s doorstep bleeding and bruised, his personal life in shambles, things between them take a steamy turn. 

After an incredible weekend with the sweet, sexy doctor, Cam realizes what he’s been missing. But he’s run from intimacy his whole life, sure he doesn’t deserve a woman like Lissa. He’s doing her a favor by walking away – or so he tells himself.

Frustrated and hurt by Cam’s distance, Lissa must nonetheless rely on his private security firm when an annoying admirer becomes a threat. The more time Cam spends with Lissa, the faster his defenses crumble. When the disturbed stalker finally makes his move, Cam will do whatever it takes to save the woman who’s slowly healing his wounded soul.  

Lost and Found is the third book in the Tactical Solutions International series but can be read as a stand-alone.

Excerpt:

Cam woke with a splitting headache and no idea where he was. For a few seconds, before his foggy brain cleared, he simply stared at the white ceiling overhead. He ran a hand over the soft blanket covering him, and turned his head carefully to the side. A glass of orange juice, a bottle of pills, and a note sat on a coffee table. His cell phone, keys, and wallet were in a neat pile next to the glass.

Snapshots of memory flashed back into his head, coming in reverse order, like a videotape rewinding. Liss suturing his head. Her friend bringing supplies. Cam sitting outside her door, getting drunk while he waited for her to come home.

He reached for the note, licking his dry lips and squinting past the pounding in his head.

Things you may do: 1. Drink this juice and take some Tylenol. 2. Take off your bloody clothes and leave them in the basket. 3. Shower – the sutures won’t dissolve. 4. Move into my room for more sleep. Things you may not do: 1. Leave – doctor’s orders.

He grinned, hearing Lissa’s voice in his head as he read her instructions. His smile faded when he remembered what had driven him to her doorstep in the first place. He couldn’t think about that right now. He considered sneaking out before Liss returned from wherever she’d gone off to, but he discarded the idea pretty quickly. He needed the pills, the shower, and more sleep.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Maggie Clare is the pen name of award-winning speculative fiction author Tabitha Lord.

When channeling Maggie, she writes all the naughty things! Her Tactical Solutions International romantic suspense series features hot hunky heroes, smart sexy gals, and nail-biting narratives.

Count on Maggie to pair great story-telling with an erotic edge.

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Author J.A. Jackson: Lovers, Players and the Seducer

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Lust and passion fueled star-crossed lovers Lacey and Kienan. Their love was packed with anguish and heartbreak from the start. Add in her brother Nicholas addiction to deceitful games. Their daily lives feel more like being on a bad scandal-ridden roller-coaster ride.

Being an older brother has its perks. Nicholas thinks his sister Lacey is the perfect target for his manipulative schemes after a series of bad investments places him in a great need of money. He plots and schemes his way into getting others to do his bidding.

As Nicholas let lose a series of plans, tragic forces emerge. A vengeful seducer is unleashed, as he opens up doors to the past.

The past where the dead never dies.

Life will never be the same in thiss gripping shocking twist-filled story of love, lies, and redemption!

Will Lacey discover her brother’s deception before it’s too late?

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A week later, that Wednesday morning at nine thirty, Nicholas sat in the conference room at his office and looked over the reports. He was a study in contrasts as he sat their hiding his emotions. He’d learned over the years how to use people and today he was using the bastard Dante Channing.

Dante Channing had a nerdy arrogance that came from having been given the best education that money could buy. He was capable at doing his job, Nicholas knew, but he had weaknesses. Many of them, he thought, as he studied him suspiciously. One of them was that he loved to hear himself talk, another was thinking that he was smarter than everybody, and then there was his need to feel he was in control. But his greatest weakness, Nicholas knew, had to be Dante’s lost moral values. He would do anything to make money.

Dante passed out another report. “Everyone, Neon-Tech is a sure winner. And we have Nicholas La Cour to thank for doing the full financial check on Neon-Tech, and I must say it is now starting to show a very nice, albeit tiny, profit.”

Dante watched Nicholas for a moment and then walked over and nudged him whispering. “Nicholas are you paying attention? I just gave you a compliment.”

He put him on the spot.

Nicholas knew that he had been thinking about something else entirely. He’d been thinking about how glad he was that he had a programming background. He knew he’d done his homework when he’d set up a dummy corporation to do his siphoning. He needed to make some extra money the old-fashioned way, quickly, silently, and secretly.

Frustrated, Nicholas looked up at the other men in the conference room. He could tell they were glad Dante’s focus was on him and not on them. His smile was carefully crafted when he looked back at Dante. He shook his head. “You know I was just doing my job Dante, but thanks for the compliment,” he said with a sly smile, letting him know he’d heard every word he said.

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J.A. Jackson is the pseudonym for an author, who loves to write deliciously sultry adult romantic, suspenseful, entertaining novels with a unique twist. She lives in an enchanted little house she calls home in the Northern California foothills. Her love for cooking and writing come from her Southern roots of Louisiana and Arkansas. She isa member of South Bay Writers Association, Yosemite Romance Writers and Romance Writers of America (RWA).

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Author RW Reels: The Trey Parker Story, Vol II

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The Trey Parker Story II: Case of the Lost Child, the second novel in this paranormal thriller series, will make readers keenly aware of the unseen world around them. After hiding away in a small farm town in the Philippines, Trey Parker is compelled to return to the States to assist Detective Landis in finding a lost child. Trey’s wife, Iris, fears that the secret government agency that monitored Trey since his Near-Death Experience and took the lives of the tenants of the Sundance Apartments will be waiting for him upon his arrival. Iris believes Trey leaving so close to her due date is reckless and that he is oblivious to the perils.

Back in Tacoma, Washington, Detective Landis is still unable to cope with the loss of his daughter and his ex-wife Jada, even as the Detective struggles with a new relationship. Landis’s past is not so easy to escape, as Thomas Barstow attains parole and looks for the opportunity to settle the score that can only be resolved through bloodshed.

The lives and souls of all hang in the balance and divine intervention may be only the solution.

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It is like you are on a white horse in a white robe on a spring morning facing a large snowcapped mountain across a vast valley. The sun is on your face and on each side of you, there is an endless row of battle angels glowing in brilliant white. They all have gold swords in their sheaths.

About the Author:

My infatuation with writing was born before I ever took my first breath, somewhere on the rural plains of Eastern North Carolina, nourished by the adventures of my grandmother’s childhood. From the time I was only four or five years old, her memories gave flight to my imagination and fuel to my curiosities. Her stories widened my eyes to the fascinatingly bizarre in the everyday.

As a young girl, my grandmother would bring her puppy with her to stalk rabbits every morning. The two of them would chase an unlucky long-eared rascal until it escaped into a hollow at the base of a tree, and she would run a stick around the inside of the opening as though churning butter. The spell of the sound and vibration would lure the rabbit out of the tree and into her hands.

Good fiction, inventive and provocative fiction, reverberates in readers and spellbinds them. It can spur surprise, delight, discomfort, and revelation and defy reason. As a storyteller, I strive to help others solve their problems by sharing things that I have read about, heard about, and seen. But I also prize the look on people’s faces when they hear the brilliant punch line of a joke, or when they experience an epiphany that knocks the logical wind out of them. These are the reactions that I live to inspire in my audiences when I write paranormal thrillers.

My obsession with the extraordinary in my writing might also, ironically, stem from my 20-year career in the U.S. Army. I can allow my mind to wander in the extraterrestrial sphere while my love for my country keeps me grounded in domestic affairs. Of all of my accomplishments, serving as a paratrooper in a Special Forces Group and a Field Artillery outfit during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm claims high rank. Few situations force a person to confront his humanity as painfully as going off to war, and this experience taught me both to accept accountability for my actions and to trust others. Eventually, I became a successful Army Recruiter and Station Commander, earning the Top Recruiting Station awards in Dallas and Seattle Recruiting Battalions. North Carolina Central University granted me a Public Service Award for my work in the local community. And currently, I serve fellow veterans as an HR Specialist for the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Other passions of mine include playing chess, photography, traveling, and indulging in my contrarian nature by instigating debate. Spending time with my wife tops the list of my life’s privileges, however. Whether I am entertaining her with my emulation of Laurence Olivier as Marcus Crassus or protecting her from an elk during one of our photography excursions in the wild, I treasure her companionship and affection.

When I was twelve years old, I announced to my Aunt Becky and Cousin Tony that I wanted to write a book. They stared at me in astonishment. The world of publishing was an enigma to simple country folks in Beaufort, North Carolina in 1982. These days I am achieving my dream with the ebook, a medium through which I can express my individuality without sacrificing my voice to expectations of marketability, popularity, and deadlines. My goal is to create an opportunity for escapism that is bold and absolute.

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Author Interview: Sydney Jamesson

1. What is the sweetest thing someone has done for you?

I’m fortunate in that I have a group of close friends who go all out to do the sweetest things, instinctively.  Birthday celebrations have come and gone, but their thoughtfulness has continued throughout the year. I’ve had encouraging, handwritten notes when times have been particularly difficult at home, thank you bottles of bubbly, congratulations bouquets on release day … but the sweetest thing was when our daughter paid for us to go on holiday to the Caribbean six years ago to coincide with her dad’s ‘special’ birthday. After a hectic year, the holiday was just what we needed and, best of all, our daughter and her partner met us in Mexico having traveled from their home in Sydney, Australia. It wasn’t only a holiday of a lifetime; it was an unforgettable family reunion—there’s double sweetness for you!

2. How would you spend ten thousand bucks?

Mmm … I could probably make something up like a trip to Disneyland, to The Grand Canyon or spending a fortnight in a villa in the Côte d’Azure, but that’s much too kitsch for me and Mr. J. I think I’d simply put the money towards having my kitchen remodelled. Boring, I know, but we’ve been meaning to do it for years. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t plan on spending a lot of time in there cooking, more like mixing drinks and listening for the satisfying clinking of ice falling into a glass tumbler…

3. Where do you get your best ideas?

Like a lot of writers, I get my best ideas in bed; it can be at night or when I wake up in the morning. I like to think of the writing process as sort of listening to the voices in my head; that might sound crazy to anyone who doesn’t write, but it’s true. You know you have a story when you keep thinking about it; you know you have a great story when you can hear the characters’ voices in your head, recounting their story. Over time you get to know them, and their story begins to take shape. You, as the writer, become the conduit through which they can reveal their story to the rest of the world—and you!

4. What comes first, the plot or characters?

Having answered the last question, I think it’s pretty clear that it’s the characters; my books are character driven. Of course, there is a plot, usually it’s peppered with twists and turns but, essentially, I have to connect with the characters in order to breathe life into them, make them credible and create a character arc. That doesn’t mean that I have to like them. Hell no! Some of my characters I don’t like at all. Having said that, I think it’s a good idea to give an antagonist an opportunity to redeem themselves. If they choose not to, then they suffer the consequences.

5. What does your main character do that makes him/her special?

In my latest novels, The Duty Bound Duet, the central character is Emily Parsons; she’s a banker who becomes a reluctant investigator, driven by a compulsion to find out why her sister committed suicide.  Her partner says that she is like a dog with a bone—she won’t let anything drop. Not without a fight.  As the story develops, that is shown to be true.   Like some of the most memorable characters in psychological suspense, she is flawed; at the start of the novel she’s arrogant and intolerant, in her youth she has done things she is not proud of—yet she would do them all again if similar circumstances arose. In spite of that, she is special; a special woman who selflessly puts her younger sister first, makes sure she has all the things she never had and will stop at nothing to avenge her apparent killing, even if that means putting her own life in danger.

The Duty Bound Duet – DUTY OF CARE – THE CARETAKERS

by Sydney Jamesson

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GENRE: Mystery/Suspense (Psychological)

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DUTY OF CARE:

On her death bed Emily Derbyshire’s mother made her promise to take good care of her little sister. Keeping her promise, twelve-year-old Emily did exactly that and became five-year-old Rita’s benefactor and bodyguard.

After eighteen years of sisterly devotion Emily receives some shocking news! Rita has committed suicide. When disturbing details start to surface, Emily puts her highflying career on hold to seek out those responsible. She hires an American private investigator Robert Blackmoor; a motorbike riding, no-frills, computer hacker who will use any means necessary to unearth the truth.

Not surprisingly, Robert uncovers secrets from Emily’s troubled childhood and chips away at the glossy veneer of deceit which masks the truth behind, not only Rita’s life, but Emily’s imperfect life too.

Together they assemble the pieces of a sinister puzzle, revealing a cruel and corrupt world of exploitation and murder: a Dark Web into which Rita has become entangled.

As dark forces encircling Emily tighten their grip, and with everything to lose, she must make a life and death decision that she may live to regret.

THE CARETAKERS:

Emily Parsons is a product of a difficult childhood: self-reliant, fiercely protective and willing to do whatever it takes to safeguard the wellbeing of those in her care. She has even slayed a monster, or two … or three in the name of poetic justice, and yet she is haunted by the image of a beautiful blond girl.

Sixteen-year-old Louise Travis has been abducted.

Louise’ fate rested in Emily’s hands, but she let her slip through her fingers like gold dust, only to be swept away by a malevolent band of brothers.

By once again enlisting the help of computer hacker, Robert Blackmoor, Emily must find Louise before she is lost forever in a Dark Web of heinous crimes, cruelty and corruption. The clock is ticking, and Emily’s investigation is drawing the wrong kind of attention, but she will not back down. She is duty bound to protect those she loves.

With skeletons from her past being unearthed, who can she turn to, and who can she trust with her own sinister secrets?

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For the next two days Emily stayed at Rita’s bed side. She read to her during the day and prayed for her at night, making God all kinds of promises if he just let her live.

After a forty-eight hour vigil, Emily woke to the sound of a little voice. “Where am I, Em?”

Emily raised her weary head to see two bright blue eyes; eyes she feared she might never get to gaze upon again. She yawned and stretched away the stiffness in her arms and legs. “You’re in hospital.”

“Why? Did I fall over?” Rita wiggled her toes.

Emily reached for her hand and shook her head. “No. You had a cough.”

Rita forced a cough. “I don’t have a cough now, just a tickle.”

 “That’s good. I’m glad you feel better.” Emily’s eyes watered and she smiled.

Rita followed the line of the intravenous drip attached by a cannula into her hand. “I’ve got a tube in my hand.”

“It’s to make you better. It’s got medicine in it. Don’t touch.”

Rita removed her fingers from the cannula. “Is it dinner time?” she asked noticing the darkening sky outside.

Emily shook her head. “I don’t know what time it is. I’ll go and find out.” She poured Rita a glass of water. “Sip this slowly and I’ll go find you something to eat. What do you feel like?”

Rita thought hard. “A big cake with sprinkles.”

“Little Miss Sprinkles really is back,” Emily announced tearfully. Given half a chance, she would have begged, borrowed or stolen such a cake for her sister. Having her back was cause for celebration. “I’ll see what I can do.”

“Em?” Rita called. “Guess what?”

Emily turned to face her. “What?”

“I saw Mummy last night.” Rita smiled innocently and pushed back her hair from her face.

Emily took an unsteady step back in Rita’s direction. Maintaining an even tone, she asked, “You did? What did she look like?” She slid onto the side of the bed.

“She looked like Mummy. She had a pretty white dress and no shoes!”

Emily wanted to laugh at the startled intonation. “No shoes?”

Rita nodded. “She talked to me and said, ‘Don’t be scared, I’m with you.’”

The muscles in Emily’s throat tightened. “That was nice of her.”

“But I wasn’t scared. I’m never scared.” Emily stood to leave. “Because I have you. You always take care of me, Em.” She blew Emily a kiss the way she used to when she barely had a vocabulary of twenty words.

Emily pretended to catch it and blew one back. “I always try to, Reet, but maybe Mum was saying not to be scared of being in hospital…”

Rita appeared stunned. “I’m not scared of being in hospital.” She patted the sheets. “These feel nice and I’m not cold.”

Those innocuous remarks almost brought Emily to her knees—two stark reminders of what their lives had become; a series a bitterly cold nights with them wrapped in blankets, coats and starched sheets. She caught a tear before it fell from her eye and sniffed. “You’ll be all right then while I go and fetch some food?”

Rita nodded. “Love you, Em.”

“Love you too, Sprinkles. I won’t be long.”

To the sounds of a girlish chuckle, Emily closed the door quietly behind her and leaned against it. She bowed her head and cried for the mother they had lost and for the sister she had come so close to losing. Drawing on her twelve years of experience, she dried her eyes on a shredded tissue, brushed out some of the creases on her T-shirt, and approached the nurses’ counter with a hopeful smile.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Sydney Jamesson is a USA Today bestselling author by night and an English teacher by day. She is nocturnal by nature and loves nothing more than staying up late, listening to music and being inspired to write. She has always written creatively; in her home is one enormous wastepaper basket full of discarded phrases, opening lines and pieces of dialogue that have hit her like lightning in the middle of the night. Her USA Today bestselling trilogy, THE STORY OF US sold worldwide, and she has been thrilled to continue Ayden Stone’s and Beth Parker’s epic love story in The Story of Us Series: Into the Blue, featuring Blue Genes, Blue Hearts and Blue Moon.

More recently, Sydney has focused on psychological suspense. THE DARKEST CORNERS was her first venture into the new genre: a complex love story filled with lots of angst, emotional scenes and edge of your seat suspense as a single father and a troubled young woman confront their deepest, darkest fears together. The twists come think and fast and the ending is unforgettable!

In her latest novels, DUTY OF CARE and THE CARETAKERS – THE DUTY BOUND DUET -readers explore the seedier side of the Dark Web; witness abduction, human trafficking, and a devoted sister’s willingness to do whatever it takes to safeguard the wellbeing of those in her care. It’s a real page turner, filled with incidents which are heart-breaking and heart-stopping in equal measure!

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THE CARETAKERS

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Author Raj Anand: Apophis

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Author Interview: Raj Anand

1. What was the scariest moment of your life?

I guess if one has lived an inquisitive 52 years on this planet and challenged several debilitating life-tenets, then you would have had more than one scary moment. So here is one:

Heart surgery (due to an electrical problem, ha ha) when I was 29 years old. Watching the doctor pierce, a hole in my chest, put a wire inside my aorta and then burn a small muscle in my heart. All while I was under local anesthesia only and I continued to have discussions with the cardiologist about the sports of the day.

2. Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?

When I begin writing in the early morning of each day (3:30 am to 7:30 am). I do listen to some light instrumental music or Chopin; both always gave me the clarity and focus to write. But when I become immersed in writing then I usually prefer to switch off the music.

3. What is something you’d like to accomplish in your writing career next year?

With the launch of my first book – APOPHIS – and post the launch and marketing frenzy that is required to get the word out. I hope to finish writing the second book in this series of four books. The first book took me five years, but I believe that I could write the second in less than two years. Especially given that the plot structure and the larger narrative has already been chalked out.

4. What is your favorite meal?

If I am travelling to a far-off place (which is often) beyond a couple of weeks, then I miss a good home cooked Indian yellow lentil & rice dish.

But if I am out with friends or family, then I really enjoy eating Linguine with a roasted vegetable ragu, accompanied by a bocconcini, tomato, basil salad and of course beer!

5. Where did you do most of your schooling?

I completed my Junior High School education at JHS 217, Robert A. Van Wyck in Queens, New York between the years 1981-1983 and Richmond Hill High School (also in Queens, New York) was the next stop between the years 1983-1986.

I developed an interest in history while studying at JHS 217, inspired by one teacher – Mr. Wall (7th grade). Watching him teach history, I decided then that I wanted to definitely teach in the future – he was truly an inspiration. Certainly, one of the greatest teachers I have ever been a student of. On any given day and moment, he could be funny, serious, focused and informative; prodding us to think beyond the school syllabus and discuss the culture of Japan, which was his most favored subject.

In high school, I developed an interest in reading and writing, inspired once again by another teacher – Mrs. Silver. Her strict weekly regimen was to ensure that we read one book every week (from a list of books provided by her at the beginning of the semester). With a detailed, typed, double-spaced (40 to 50 page) book review of the book to be submitted every Monday morning that needed to cover the characters, the plot, the setting of the story and the larger idea behind the book. And of course, to begin reading the next book the following week. The regimen was truly intense and quite exciting. Beyond the course work, I was also a member of the cross-country team and the track team at Richmond Hill High School, including being captain of the cross-country team in my senior year. It was there that I developed a keen love for long-distance running and fitness in general. Over the years I have taken part in several half marathons, usually clocking times of under two hours.

Apophis – Into the Folds of Darkness

by Raj Anand

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GENRE: Sci-fi, Science Fiction

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January, 2022: A dark monstrous twin-headed apparition – Apophis – feverishly races past the expanse of the Milky Way galaxy and bolts to the edge of the solar system. Recklessly accelerating, the sinister rock-dyad enters the gravitational keyhole of the blue planet and continues its resolute inebriated journey – to soon arrive with an apocalyptic impact on Earth.

December, 2012: Five sentient beings born in different cities – New York, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Azores Islands and Istanbul, discover amongst haunting memories of their phantasmal past lives, that it is their destiny to save humanity from the evil forces unleashed by the alien fiends – the Skyllats.

And now, the reincarnated 9-year-olds must rely on their shared, ancient wisdom to prepare humanity for the war across the galaxy that is imminent.

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Excerpt:

The Barred Spiral Milky Way Galaxy

At the Edge of the Solar System

January 17, 2022 (Earth Time)

A dark monstrous apparition, slingshot from across another realm, camouflaged in a jagged, charcoal black rock, adroitly surfed the gravitational waves of the universe. Feverishly racing past the expanse of the Milky Way galaxy, it bolted to the edge of the solar system and arrived from above the plane of the ecliptic – gyrating closer to the sun.

The dark fiend continued its charge forward, cutting across the path of Venus – nearly crashing onto it, before it deftly decelerated and reached a stable orbit in a retrograde rotation around the pale-yellow planet. This tenacious temporary satellite immediately scrambled to steal a fragment of the protesting planet’s enormous momentum. Catapulted along the plain of the ecliptic, recklessly accelerating at an impossible speed – it shattered, splitting into two.

The newly formed rock dyad – a small black moon orbiting a sphere of death – pulled free from Venus. It continued its inebriated journey, salivating at the opportunity to rain a resolute chaos upon an orphic azure-blue bubble still 40 million kilometers away.

Unbeknownst to the alien rock dyad, a faint sliver of gold orbited nearby. The 7.5-meter-tall and 3.2-meter wide Sentinel Space Telescope clothed in a gold foil, with a giant heat-reflector shield strung along its back; cooled to 40 degrees Kelvin by a two stage, closed cycle Stirling cryocooler. Its 0.51-meter aluminum mirror, dutifully scanned any and all Inner Earth Objects larger than 90 meters in diameter that ever dared to fly across its 200-degree angle of regard.

The Sentinel Observatory, alarmed by the presence of the ghostly twin-headed monster, recorded the black rock dyad’s trajectory, shape, size, mass, and rotational dynamics, before it urgently sent a coded message to its home base in southern Japan.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Savinder Raj Anand is an architect and has been teaching Architecture & Design at various Universities in India for more than 12 years. A long-distance runner with a wanderlust to explore the world, and write stories that traverse across diverse cultures. He lives in Goa with his daughter, a dog, and two cats.

Inspired by his then 18-month-old daughter – when she quoted Socrates – while they together sat in a children’s bookstore in Bangalore (LIGHTROOM) in early January of 2015, he has completed this – his first book – as she turns 7 years old.

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Author S.R.Cronin: She’s The One Who Thinks Too Much

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She’s the One Who Thinks Too Much (Book One of the War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters)

by S.R. Cronin

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GENRE: Historical Fantasy

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It’s the 1200’s, and the small realm of Ilari has had peace and prosperity for generations. That doesn’t mean everyone is happy, however.

Ryalgar, a spinster farm girl and the oldest of seven, has always preferred her studies to flirtation, yet even she finally meets her prince. Or so she thinks, until she discovers he’s already betrothed. Embarrassed, she flees her family’s farm to join the Velka, the mysterious women of the forest known for their magical powers and for living apart from men.

As a Velka, she develops her telekinesis and learns she has a talent for analyzing information. Both are going to come in handy. For she’s continued to meet her prince at the forest’s edge, thinking being his mistress isn’t such a bad deal. Then she learns more about his princely assignment. He’s tasked with training the army of Ilari to repel the feared Mongol horseman who’ve been moving eastward for years, killing all in their path. And, her prince is willing to sacrifice the outer farmlands where she grew up to these invaders, if he has to.

Ryalgar isn’t about to let that happen.

She’s got the Velka behind her now, as well as a multitude of university intellectuals, a family of tough farmers, and six sisters each with her own unique personality and talents.

Can Ryalgar organize all that into a resistance that will stop the Mongols? She thinks she can.

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A dozen of us gathered in a large living room to learn about the art of moving objects with our minds. The glass in the windows of this room could be raised to let the fresh spring air rush in. I always sat by a window.

Two of the older women were our informal teachers, but we all contributed. Most of us could only nudge small items or move smoke and dust in the air, but a couple of the younger women were advanced enough to be scary. We practiced and exchanged tips and theories and sometimes we speculated about how oomrush worked or when it could be useful. I suppose I got a little better with each session, but mostly I enjoyed the chance to not feel weird about doing something that had always fascinated me.

One of the two skilled women seemed to take a liking to me, and we started to sit together at dinner. Her name was Joli and I learned she was from Zur, the only nichna in Ilari’s large central forest. The Zurians had been trying to drive the Velka and others out of the open the forest for centuries, hoping to incorporate some or all of it into Zur. The Svadlu had been forced to step in many times, as the rest of Ilaria believed the existence of this unincorporated space was vital to the realm. It sure was vital to the Velka.

Zur and the Velka had such a history of animosity, I was surprised any Zurian women would do what Joli had done. Then she told me she’d been with the Velka for about five years, having joined them when her oomrush abilities became so strong she had to spend most of her energy concentrating on not using them.

“It was no way to live,” she said.

I understood. It had been hard enough to hide my nascent talents.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Sherrie Cronin is the author of a collection of six speculative fiction novels known as 46. Ascending and is now in the process of publishing a historical fantasy series called The War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters. A quick look at the synopses of her books makes it obvious she is fascinated by people achieving the astonishing by developing abilities they barely knew they had.

She’s made a lot of stops along the way to writing these novels.  She’s lived in seven cities, visited forty-six countries, and worked as a waitress, technical writer, and geophysicist. Now she answers a hot-line. Along the way, she’s lost several cats but acquired a husband who still loves her and three kids who’ve grown up just fine, both despite how odd she is.

All her life she has wanted to either tell these kinds of stories or be Chief Science Officer on the Starship Enterprise. She now lives and writes in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where she admits to occasionally checking her phone for a message from Captain Picard, just in case.

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Amazon link for the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08BY4RLX1 

Author Blog: https://sherriecronin.xyz/

Book Series Blog: https://troublesome7sisters.xyz/

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