P.D. Alleva: Twisted Tales of Deceit


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Author Interview

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

I like to believe the book chose its genre. The three stories in this first installment fit together under the common theme of deceit. I’ve always been privy to and interested in exploring dark themes and the reflection of darkness and light, ego, sin and karma. The Calculated Desolation of Hope is based on a dream I had about five years ago. The story showcases the consequences of being young and naïve: Somnium explores the darkness of dreams and evil influences that impinge on dreams, including the fight to turn them into reality. Knickerbocker, a re –imagining of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hallow, is my good-bye letter to the addiction treatment industry, exploring themes of willpower, inflated ego and commitment or the break from commitment through self-defeating behavior and its consequences. I was a part of the addiction treatment industry for 13 years until going into private practice. I write the stories that resonate and scream the loudest, could be scifi, dark fiction, dark romance, dystopian or horror.

I’m a multi genre writer. The Beyond the Chamber Door series allows for these multitudes. The series features stand alone stories in each installment, connected with the universal theme of light and dark and their raging battle that exists over multiple lives. For what truly lies beyond the chamber door is the dark and sinister heart of man, the corruption of power, ego, manipulation, and torment. Pain and suffering drive evolution, however, if a character is not aware of this need to change, they fall further into darkness, consumed by anger, hate and rage. If misery loves company, than misery is what they reflect and what they receive.

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

I’m the second of four boys. Middle Child syndrome does exist. I believe it’s made me more compassionate and passionate, a self-starter and strong in my convictions, unwavering in my commitments with a loud voice to sound off on situations I feel passionately about.

Middle children are often unheard, shunned and discounted, we become so frustrated we end up screaming to break out of the shell we’ve been kept in for so long. On the flip side, I credit my introvert behavior and comfort being alone with my thoughts for extended periods of time to being a middle child. With all the isolation brought on by NOT being the center of attention, you get used to being by yourself. All is well though I’ve got enough friends in my head to keep me company.

3. Where is your favorite place to write?

My desk. A few years ago I bought a Thomasville Ernest Hemingway English Writing Desk. My pride and joy. My personal space that includes scattered notes, papers, books and a number of writing hats (fedoras) that I’ve collected over the years.

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

My darlings were born to die. The way they die is equal to their sins and a part of their journey. I believe in resurrection and that death is a gateway so there can always be a second part to their story. I enjoy writing these scenes because death is a part of character; the way we die reflects how we lived and I attempt to give them the grand exit they righteously deserve. As far as what I do with the remains, they all go into the same box, where they can mingle and philosophize about why they are there, and what to do next.

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

Ernest Hemingway is my favorite author, but there are so many documentaries, books and movies about him I do believe I’ve got all my questions answered. If I could choose I’d meet Mary Shelley and have a nice long conversation with her. One of my favorite books is Frankenstein. So many classic themes, man vs nature, man vs himself, man vs man and man vs God. Gotta love it. Burning question would be, “Did you actually write Frankenstein?”

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

I spent the first eight years of my life living with insomnia. When I was two years old I was put on sleep medication. It didn’t work. I was plagued by nightmares the few hours a night I did sleep, and wacky thoughts while lying in bed, covers up to my eyeballs (so I could see anyone coming) scared to death to fall asleep while my thoughts were consumed by vivid images and stories of death and destruction, often believing that vampires, monsters and werewolves were out to get me. Also, my mother is convinced there was an evil spirit occupying the room next to me. Strange right? Perhaps there’s a link there somewhere.

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

– A ukulele so I can sing songs to pass the time

– A pocket knife: not only for fileting fish and making supplies but also to cut up coconuts or something similar and turn them into little people I can hang with and have an audience to sing songs too and tell stories while sitting around a fire. They’d never complain. Well, maybe they will but I’d get over it

– A chisel, which I’d use to chisel stories into stones and mountains. With all that time for reflection, there’s got to be so many stories that will come to life.

  1. If you could have one super power in your existence, what would it be?

Move objects with my mind. I attempt this super power every time my boys (I have 7 year old twins) ask for another peanut butter and jelly after I literally just sat down. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to master this one but soon they’ll be making those PB&J’s on their own and I’m off the hook. Well, a little bit at least.

9. Favorite snack?

Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey, Cherry Garcia or Phish Food. Love all three. I’m a big guy so I can down all three in one sitting. Definitely worth the stomach pain the next morning.

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

Both really, I know how to get where I’m going but like to drive the speed limit in a leisurely calm manner while singing along with great music. Yes, I’m that guy you see belting out musical ballads and singing really, really badly, but who is having a great time doing so.

Thank you Danita Minnis for hosting. Your support is greatly appreciated.

 

Twisted Tales of Deceit

by P.D. Alleva

 

GENRE: Dark Fiction

 

 

 

BLURB:

Twisted Tales of Deceit is the first installment in the Beyond the Chamber Door series. Featuring three tales (The Calculated Desolation of Hope, Somnium, & Knickerbocker) chronicling an evil influence on the human psyche, tipping our hands into the engagement of what is most horrifying; our dastardly, human deeds steeped in self-destruction, desperation and the loss of dreams. Metaphorical warnings have been constructed inside these pages to reflect the everyday signs the universe provides under the guise of reflective light that return to mirror how evil tempts our hand so to not fulfill the dreams of the soul. Our doubts, our sadness, our indecisions rooted in fear, are toiled with by the presence of imps bent on hatred and in need of our nightmares to survive. Here, the human spirit is dripped like honey, tasteful to the dark corridors of human malevolence and taken advantage by the corrupt and seamlessly endless parade other worldly dimensions have on what should be our earthly utopia, creating rage in the cosmic hedonism of jealousy.

 

Excerpt:

He remembered the wolf, roaming in the room. Saw the gamer and the boy he had saved with their throats cut out as the wolf fed on them. Their black eyeballs staring at William.

Remembered how the bodies were taken from the room. Remembered how he screamed but had no strength to do anything about it.

And how Katarina appeared again, another needle in hand. Remembered how he wanted it now, to help him forget. She shot him up and his world became smaller, the walls closing in to squeeze all that he knew in between the four walls of that tiny room, now no bigger than the bed he lay on.

He remembered how the world disappeared, melted away like ice.

Remembered how the darkness invited itself into his space, and how the world had gone mad.

“What the fu…” he grumbled, collapsing to the floor. His heart fluttered, and his skin flushed pale white and red. He leaned against the wall, watching the final dissipation of daylight outside the window. And the room grew dark with a sliver of moonlight that broke through the window as his memories faded and an unnerving hunger cried out from his veins. A tiny voice in his head.

“More,” it called. “Please, more.”

His body felt pain, pain like he’d never felt before. His mind felt confusion, he couldn’t put a thought together. His eyes turned wet with tears and he started to wail. He wailed until his voice gave out.

And then the footsteps. Loud, clunking footsteps against the wood floor. The massive image half hidden in the darkness, half illuminated by the moonlight, seemed to drift toward him with a mindful caution only to disappear just before reaching him. His vision wavered as the hunger grew.

In front of him, nose to nose, Mephisto shined his yellow eyes on him. And Mephisto grinned, scooping him in his arms like a baby and delivering him to the bed.

“Rest,” Mephisto said, pausing as he looked on William who saw the death of stars gleaming in Mephisto’s eyes.

“And welcome…to oblivion.”

His grin was sinister, daring and satisfied.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

P.D. Alleva is an author, psychotherapist and hypnotherapist specializing in trauma, addiction and mental health. He is the author of several books, including fiction novels, Indifference and A Billion Tiny Moments In Time…, Seriously Twisted; These Gods of Darkness (Poetry), Let Your Soul Evolve (1st and 2nd ed), and Spiritual Growth Therapy: Philosophy, Practices and Mindfulness Workbook (non-fiction). He has developed behavioral protocols for addiction and mental health and teaches mindfulness, Buddhist meditations and manifestation techniques to his patients as a means and alternative to using pharmaceuticals. Go to spiritualgrowththerapy.com to learn more. Mr. Alleva offers a special discount on his video tutorials for his readers, so please use Promo Code 7474 for a special 90% discount. He is currently in private practice with his wife, Lisa. He lives with his wife and children in Boca Raton, Florida.

 

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Goddess Fish Promotions Tenth Anniversary

Goddess Fish Promotions Tenth Anniversary

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Welcome to the Goddess Fish Promotions Tenth Anniversary Month Long Celebration!

Who is Goddess Fish Promotions? And what do we do? We’re glad you asked!

We didn’t want your visit here to be dry and boring, so we decided to have a poetry competition and put what we do into verse. Here are the initial entries:

 

Marianne:

Roses are Red.

Violets are Blue.

I’m awful at poetry.

Coffee.

 

Judy:

We can edit your book

find things you didn’t see

It will be fun to look

at the changes from me.

 

Yeah, for some reason, Judy won!

 

Even better, her poem is correct. We DO offer editing as one of our options. Here are a couple of testimonials from clients:

 

I worked with Marianne on a complete edit and was very happy with the results. Her feedback was clear, easy to follow, and she probed on things I hadn’t thought of. She was also responsive whenever I had questions and helped me work through a few issues. Her feedback and guidance improved the quality of my manuscript, all at a very fair price. I’m working on my next book and plan to use their services again.

-J B Glazer, author, In Search of Mr. Anonymous

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Choosing the right editor for a project is incredibly important to an author. Let’s face it, we want the best for our books. When I was considering editors for my first indie-published book, Regenerate, I naturally thought of Goddess Fish Promotions–and I’m so glad I did.

Marianne Arkins and Judy Thomas are incredibly attentive and professional during the entire editing process. Their input was invaluable and the story is much stronger because they cared enough to help unsnarl plot points and find order in the chaos..

I can’t wait to work with them again. Truly, a top-notch editorial team!

– Sarita Leone, award-winning author of Regenerate

 

We also offer Virtual Book Tours, Graphic Design, Social Media Promotion and more. You can see more testimonials here.

We hope you enjoyed getting to know us a little (more information is below) and we’d like to do the same. We’d LOVE to see a little poem that tells us a bit about you in the comments. We’ll be awarding random book giveaways and $5 Amazon GCs to some of the best poetry we find. It might not be at every stop, but when something really makes us smile, we’ll reward it! Come on, be daring…

 

And now, more about us:

 

What are you ashamed of?

Judy: Mostly that I didn’t take better care of myself when I was younger, especially in regards to healthy eating and exercising. I’m paying for it now, but I’m finally on the right track!

Marianne: That’s tough … I’m not easily ashamed. Maybe that I allowed some people to make or sway some decisions when I was younger that weren’t necessarily in my best interest (in retrospect). But honestly, that’s also just life and I’m not particularly ashamed of that either.

What’s the loveliest thing you have ever seen?

Judy: At one time I would have said it was gazing at my first born’s face. But then I saw my first born gazing into her first born’s face…and my heart melted.

Marianne: My husband holding our brand new baby daughter… with tears in his eyes. Thankfully someone snapped a picture of it, or I’d have missed it. I was in labor 37 hours and ended up with a C-section. By the time she was born, I was nearly unconscious from exhaustion.

Who is your favorite author, and what are you currently reading?

Judy: I don’t really have one favorite author, but I do have a lot of go to authors that I grab as soon as they have a new book. Stephen King, Diana Gabaldon, Dean Koontz, J.D. Robb. I have several different books going at any one time. Right at bedtime I’m currently listening to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, in the car I’m listening to Clock Dance by Anne Tyler.

Marianne: It might be a cliche, but Nora Roberts is my only “auto buy” and about 85% of her books are on my keeper shelf as “comfort reads”. I loved Jennifer Crusie, but she’s not really publishing anymore. I also have a soft spot for Tessa Dare (funny, funny historical romance), but I also read fantasy, young adult and mystery/suspense and have dozens of authors I really like.

Do you laugh at your own jokes?

Judy: Of course. I’m a very funny person.

Marianne: Ditto what Judy said. I also usually add a few leg slaps and a guffaw.

 

About Goddess Fish Promotions

Goddess Fish Promotions was established October 14, 2008. Why? Well, when Marianne became a published author and got her the first taste of trying to promote a book on a budget, there was only one other virtual book tour company in place at the time, and their fees were simply too high for a small press author. After coordinating and running her own tour, she knew other authors could use the same service for a reasonable price. Thus, Goddess Fish Promotions was born.

Because both Judy and Marianne were authors and editors prior to running Goddess Fish Promotions, they approach the business with a unique point of view, and treat their clients how they would expect to be treated.

 

The people behind the fish

 

Judy Thomas

Judy has a college degree in English and she’s worked in retail, education, at her local library as well as an editor for a small press and for the now defunct ShadowKeep Ezine. She’s also a published author so can see things from both sides of the fence. In 2013, she “retired” and now spends her days helping authors make their dream come true—as well as working as much as she can with her local theater group.

 

Marianne Arkins

Grammar freak and coffee lover, Marianne wrote her first novel at ten years old, built her first commercial website in 2000, and published for the first time in 2006. She worked as a professional editor for just over a year, and knows what it’s like to write, edit and promote a book on a budget.

 

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Bobbi Smith: The Half Breed


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Author Interview: Bobbi Smith

1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book?
I love Westerns. I grew up watching them on TV, and they were so wonderful. The good guys always won. It doesn’t get any better than that, and that’s what I love the most about the romance genre: our books guarantee everyone lives happily ever after. My whole life, all I’ve wanted to do is make people happy, and I hope I’ve done that with my stories. I love heroes who face great challenges and overcome them, too. (After all, that’s what heroes do, right? ) That’s why I created Chase McBride. As the illegitimate, half-breed son of Tom McBride—a father who’s denied him—he’s had a rough life, but that doesn’t stop him from being a good man.

2. Writers write what they know, and must observe the world. Are you the first-born, middle or last child and how does this shape your view of the world?
Re birth order, I’m the second of two girls. My sister and I are two years apart. I had a great childhood with the world’s most wonderful parents. I don’t think being the “baby” really affected me—other than watching my sister get into trouble and making sure I didn’t do what she’d done.  About my writing, I am a research lover. I try to travel to all of the places I write about to make sure that I’ve got it right.

3. Where is your favorite place to write?
In my office with the door shut! I need to block out reality and live in the world I’m creating. It was tough when my sons were young and at home, but I did it. 

4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains?
I try to keep my writing fast and simple so the story moves quickly along. It’s all about the story for me, so I’ve never had to kill any “darlings.” 

5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them?
I love this question, because it’s already happened to me! The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss is the reason I am a published author. I read that book many years ago and thought “I could write one of these!” It took me two and a half years, writing longhand and then typing it on a manual typewriter, but I did finish my first book. I was very blessed in that I was able to sell it. Some years back, Kathleen Woodiwiss came to town, and I went to the autograph party to meet her. I told her how she’d inspired me, and she was so sweet and kind. The one big question I did ask her was—Were you thinking of any particular guy when you made up Brandon, your hero? Her answer was no. He was one great hunk of a hero. She had a great imagination!

6. Inquiring minds want to know….tell readers something about you that no one knows.
A few years back I was inspired to write two contemporary, faith-based books—Haven and Miracles. I wrote them under the pseudonym of Julie Marshall. It was definitely a different experience for me—no cowboys or horses. I originally titled the first book 6:30. I’m Catholic and often attend 6:30 a.m. weekday Mass. I loved that title, but my editor said Haven would be a better choice. Haven is about a man who sees a crime and runs into the church during morning Mass to hide out. Miracles tells the stories of a good man with only months to live, a deadly sniper terrorizing the town and a teenage drunk driver who gets into trouble. I truly enjoyed writing them.

7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack for company. What three items are in your survival bag?
A radio to call for help, a book on how to survive in the wilderness, and a knife. Of course, matches would probably be good, too. 

8. If you could have one super power in your existence, what would it be?
To make people happy.

9. Favorite snack?
Right now candy apples! The rest of the year—ice cream!

10. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going or do you drive the speed limit?
I love using my phone for directions! It’s so much easier than having to pull over to the side of the road and look at a map (what’s that?). And I try to stay just about five miles per hour over the speed limit to keep traffic going. I got my one and only speeding ticket on the day I finished my last college exam and was on my way home. I think I was doing 40 in a 25. Oops! But I was a little excited at the time. 

 

The Half Breed
(Secret Fires)
by Bobbi Smith

 

GENRE: Historical Romance

 

 

BLURB:

SECRET FIRES

In the midst of the vast, windswept Texas plains stands a ranch wrested from the wilderness with blood, sweat and tears. It is the shining legacy of Thomas McBride to his five living heirs. But along with the fertile acres and herds of cattle, each will inherit a history of scandal, lies and hidden desire that threatens to burn out of control.

THE HALF-BREED

Chase knows he has no legitimate claim to the Circle M. After all, his father made it painfully clear he wants nothing to do with his bastard son or the Comanche girl he once took to his bed. But Chase has his own reasons for answering Tom McBride’s deathbed summons. He has a job to do as a Texas Ranger, and a woman to protect—a woman whose sweet innocence gives him new faith that love born in the darkest night can face the dawn of all his tomorrows.

 

Excerpt:

Chase was ready for trouble and trouble was exactly what he got when he snared the would-be horse thief around the waist. The thief put up a fierce struggle, but only when Chase heard the scream did he realize he was dealing with a woman!

“Hold still!” he commanded.

Fighting with all her strength, it took Faith a moment to realize he’d spoken English. Only when she was slammed back against the solid, hard-muscled width of his chest and held pinned there, did she become aware that this was no ordinary renegade.

“Damn it woman! I said hold still!” Chase groundout, wondering how this golden-haired wildcat of a woman had ended up in his camp trying to steal his horse in the middle of the night.

He looked down at her as she finally stilled in his arms. Only now did he notice that her blouse was torn and her pale flesh was bared to his gaze. She was filthy and there were bruises evident upon her flesh. They were a silent testimony to abuse she’d suffered. He wondered who she was and what had happened to bring her to him.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

After working as a department manager for Famous-Barr, and briefly as a clerk at a bookstore, Bobbi Smith gave up on career security and began writing. She sold her first book to Zebra in 1982.

Since then, Bobbi has written over 40 books and 6 novellas. To date, there are more than five million of her novels in print. She has been awarded the prestigious Romantic Times Storyteller of the Year Award and two Career Achievement Awards. Her books have appeared on numerous bestseller lists.

When she’s not working on her novels, she is frequently a guest speaker for writer’s groups. Bobbi is mother of two sons and resides in St. Charles, Missouri with her husband and three dogs.

You can follow Bobbi on Facebook in the group Bobbi Smith Books (https://www.facebook.com/groups/45814589415/about/).

Bobbi has been awarded the prestigious “Storyteller of the Year” Award from Romantic Times Magazine (New York) and has attained positions on the New York Times Best Seller List, the USA Today Best Seller List, the Walden’s Best Seller List, B. Dalton’s List, and the Wal-Mart and K-Mart Best Seller Lists.

The foreign rights to Ms. Smith’s books have been sold to China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Russia and Sweden. Smith’s current publisher is Amazon. Bobbi has written two faith-based contemporary novels – Haven (https://bobbismithbooks.com/product/haven) and Miracles (https://bobbismithbooks.com/product/miracles) – using the pseudonym of Julie Marshall. (https://bobbismithbooks.com/author/who-is-julie-marshall)

Copyright © 2018 Bobbi Smith.

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Marie Johnston: Based on Principal


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Marie Johnston will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Author Interview

1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book? I started writing what I read, which is paranormal and contemporary romance, and I usually like my reads on the steamy side. So I write what I’d like to read. Based on Principal is from my series take on the billionaire romance. Only, since I know nothing about what it’s like to be rich, I put a geeky twist on it. And the heroine has the loaded pockets in this book.

2. Writers write what they know, and must observe the world. Are you a first born, middle or last child and how does this shape your view of the world? My brother is nearly six years older than me, so I was the youngest, but for many years after my brother moved out, I was like an only child. It helped me be independent, both in my personality and the freedoms my parents gave me. My brother was the one that gave them gray hairs so I had a pretty easy slide through my teenage years.

3. Where is your favorite place to write? A local coffee shop with booths. It’s comfortable. I can people watch during breaks, and listen to my music. I get so much written! But I have to order something each time, of course, which adds up. Then there’s the calorie laden options to order, so often I skip the coffee shop to prevent the temptation.

4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains? It’s rare that I kill my darlings. I write very lean and since I self-publish I often choose to keep what I write, or make it work so I get the best of both options. My editor doesn’t often get adamant about slicing and dicing portions of my manuscript.

5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them? I have no idea what I’d ask JR Ward, but I’d love to talk to her and just chat about the industry and her experiences. She’s been such a powerhouse for so long and she doesn’t spend a ton of time online, but hosts and participates in huge reader events. I can’t imagine reaching that level of success.

6. Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows. People are taken off guard when they learn I’m a veteran. I got out almost twenty years ago and rock the frumpy country mom look way better than a pair of combat boots. I also play hockey—when I can fit into my breezers. The local women’s team is laid back and loves teaching newbies and helping us improve.

7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a back pack for company. What three items are in your survival pack? My items are going to be so boring. Chocolate. Water. A picture of my family. You might be surprised that I don’t add a book, but I rarely re-read books. So being stuck with just one book to read over and over is not my idea of survival.

8. If you could have one super power in your existence, what would it be? To clean my house with the power of thought. Clean toilets? Boom. Done. Scrub the floors? Done.

9. Favorite snack? Chocolate covered almonds. It has to be milk chocolate and they’re getting hard to find.

10. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going or do you drive the speed limit? I’m the slow driver. I never used to be but I feel like I’ve used up all my close calls with my driving in my younger days. You know, those times I was cruising down the interstate with my feet on the dash and the music up loud? Now, my ears have constant ringing and I drive 55.

Based on Principal

by Marie Johnston

 

GENRE:   Contemporary Romance

 

BLURB:

By day, Natalia is the strict principal of a private school with a staid, troubled legacy. By night, she’s a lithe, agile assassin with a penchant for latex. Or at least her cosplay character is. The two identities don’t mingle until she meets a handsome comic book shop owner at the local comic con. Now there’s a guy she’d be willing to peel her mask off for.

Too bad he’s the father of one of her students.

Single father Chris has no time to date, thanks to his business, his daughter, and his ex’s meddling family. But how can he resist a comic lover in a business skirt? She’s his perfect woman. Or she would be, if she didn’t keep the professional and play parts of her life so separate. And he swore he’d never date a woman ashamed of him again.

Too bad she’s obsessed with what the wrong people think of her.

Together, they could be an unstoppable duo, but when Chris’s daughter acts out at school, Natalia will be put in an impossible position: break all her school’s rules, or pack away her cape forever.

 

Excerpt:

“About the name calling—”

Jaycee cut Ms. Shaw off. “Oh my god. Mr. Budinski’s an adult, and he’s getting snippy about a kid messing up his name?”

“Jaycee…” He hadn’t expected to finish his warning, but Ms. Shaw was gazing at him like she was waiting for him to finish. He scrambled to find an acceptable reproach. “It’s about respect.”

“Then he can respect what I want to be called. Yet he refuses to use Richards.” She crossed one leg over the other and folded her arms. He knew that mutinous look, the one she wore when she refused to listen. A spear of fear went through him when she pinned Ms. Shaw with that look. “I mean what if people called you Mrs. Shaw and knew perfectly well you’re not married.” He cringed at the way she stressed not married. It wasn’t a death sentence to be single. “Or what if they called you Natalie instead of Natalia.”

He jerked his head to face Ms. Shaw. Natalia Shaw. What were the odds her name was the same as—

What were the odds her butt was as spectacular in a skirt as in a cosplay costume? What were the odds he’d feel like they’d met before?

The odds were pretty damn good. She couldn’t hide that mouth, just like she couldn’t hide the poleaxed expression in her widened eyes. His daughter’s principal, the woman he couldn’t quit lusting over, was the same woman he’d held in his arms just days ago.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Marie Johnston lives in the upper-Midwest with her husband, four kids, an old cat, and a young dog. After trading in her lab coat for a laptop, she’s writing down all the tales she’s been making up in her head for years. An avid reader of paranormal romance, these are the stories hanging out and waiting to be told, between the demands of work, home, and the endless chauffeuring that comes with children.

 

Author web links: (web, blog, twitter, facebook, goodreads, etc)

Website http://www.mariejohnstonwriter.com/

Blog http://www.mariejohnstonwriter.com/blog

Twitter https://twitter.com/mjohnstonwriter

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mjohnstonwriter/

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/11248716.Marie_Johnston?from_search=true

Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Marie-Johnston/e/B00R6SC79Q/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1472785586&sr=8-1

 

 

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John Molik: The Three Poisons

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It’s 2025. An evil cabal known as the Horsemen are looking to colonize space with advanced technologies that have been kept hidden from humanity. A dark faction wants to destroy life as we know it. An artificially intelligent computer must learn love to save mankind, but is there enough time?

Read an excerpt:

Just then, the lights dimmed and a beautiful young woman wearing a dazzling alabaster white Kabuki mask complete with sumptuous plum-colored lips entered the room from behind Ben’s podium. On the mask were black eye holes with curving lines ascending from the corners which stylistically became the eyebrows—a solitary blue tear was painted just below the right eye. She was dressed in a stunning flesh-colored skin-tight silk flowing robe which clung to every sensuous curve of her body. She sashayed up toward the men at the table while the somber second movement of Beethoven’s seventh symphony played from speakers in the back of the room. The lights in the room had dimmed further and an intense white hot spotlight lit the young woman from the front. She carried a reddish vile in the cupped palms of her hands. The vile was placed on the table in front of everyone. Slowly, a laser shone down from the ceiling and bathed the capsule in a bright white light.

Ben spoke. “Herein lies the blood of your brother, who has been rightly sacrificed.” He paused as the light shone onto the vial. “Light and darkness are deemed the world’s eternal ways. He who walketh in the former does not return; that is to say, he goes to eternal bliss, whilst he who walks in the latter comes back again in the material form and is thus destined to pass through further transmigrations until his everlasting soul is purified by the light.”

The inner circle started the chant. “Lux e tenebris. Lux e tenebris. Ignorantia ad mortem. Iter nostrum ad lumen est.” The entire room joined in as the gorgeous taffeta-sculpted mystery woman slowly walked out of the room with her arms raised and palms up facing the heavens.

About the Author: I grew up in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, and currently reside with my wife in Christchurch, New Zealand. We have two kids, Jared, 20, and Lauren, 18.

My passion for writing began when I was a student at UC Davis and worked as a feature writer for the California Aggie newspaper. Having been nominated for a Brasler Prize (National Scholastic Press Assoc., 1986) for a feature on genetic engineering, I later found the inspiration to write again. In 2013, I began outlining my first thriller, The Fiduciary Delusion, which became the first novel in the Horsemen trilogy. I love to read techno-thrillers, science fiction, and action and suspense novels. Some of my favorite authors include: Philip K. Dick, Kurt Vonnegut, Lawrence Sanders, Robin Cook, and Clive Cussler.

My interests include science, information technology, speculative fiction, existential philosophy, health, and both Western and Eastern holistic medicine. On many occasions, I have also been witnessed strumming guitars, tickling the ivory piano keys, and writing music. In addition, I can be regularly found at the gym lifting weights, or trudging up hills, sea kayaking, and getting out and about enjoying the beautiful, wild outdoors.

Author’s Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/John-Molik/e/B01DXWD5SU/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WriterJOHN/

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Sweet Christmas Kisses

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Fill your holiday stocking with love and 9 sweet romance novellas, from USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, and award-winning authors.
Sweet Christmas Kisses 5 brings you heartwarming contemporary romances that celebrate the joy of the season around the world, including in snowy Maine and the sun-kissed skies of Florida, the mountains of Colorado, small-town Illinois and South Carolina, New York to San Francisco, and even the glittering lights of Paris and the old-world charm of Florence. The Sweet Christmas Kisses 5 bundle features all-new, standalone novellas that will make you smile and fill your heart with the Christmas spirit.

*****

Christmas With The Poker Group by Beate Boeker, USA Today Bestselling Author. After losing her beloved grandmother and getting dumped by her boyfriend, Sabrina is left feeling like Scrooge this Christmas. She makes a plan to survive the holidays in Florence, only to realize her grieving grandfather has a plan of his own. One that involves the crazy Mantoni family and the distractingly handsome man she’s determined to avoid. It’s beginning to look a lot like a tricky Christmas.

About the Author: Beate Boeker is a USA Today bestselling author with a passion for books that brim over with mischief & humor. She writes sweet, sophisticated romantic fiction and cozy mysteries, many of them set in beautiful Italy. While “Boeker” means “books” in a German dialect, her first name Beate can be translated as “Happy” . . . and with a name that reads “Happy Books,” what else could she do but write novels with a happy ending?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Beate-Boeker-153573758044433/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BeateBoeker
Website: http://www.happybooks.de/
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*****
Christmas With The Carmichaels by Christine Bush, USA Today Bestselling Author. Widow and retiree Gabby is ready for a rocking chair. At least according to her daughter. Except maybe she’s not. After getting stranded in a Maine snowstorm with a silver-haired fox, Gabby might find the courage to say “yes” to life once more, and find a Christmas love she never expected.

About the Author: Christine Bush is an award-winning author of many sweet romances, mysteries, and novellas. When she’s not writing, she can be found teaching Psychology at a local college, working as a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, or (mostly) spending time with her twelve grandchildren.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christineabush
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Christine_Bush
Website: http://christinebush.com

 


*****
The Mistletoe Bachelor Auction by Milou Koenings, USA Today bestselling author. When a supermodel with a string of bad news boyfriends “wins” a volunteer firefighter at a charity bachelor auction, Rose and Ryan might both discover they’ve found their perfect Christmas match. A fun and romantic holiday tale set in the fictional town of Green Pines, Illinois.

About the Author: USA Today bestselling author Milou Koenings writes heartwarming romance novels because sweet stories with happy endings are like chocolate – they bring joy to the world and so make it a better place. She’s lived all over the world, working as an editor and newspaper columnist, but loves staying home with her family most of all. She’s the author of the Green Pines Romance series.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MilouKoenings
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MilouKoenings
Website: https://www.miloukoenings.com
Newsletter: http://bit.ly/milousnewletter

*****



Sweet Peppermint Kisses by Josie Riviera, USA Today Bestselling Author. Sometimes the best gifts are hiding right under your Christmas tree. His emotions were once trampled flat. Can he throw his heart over the fence toward the ultimate Christmas gift—a future filled with love? A holiday tale about the healing power of love, set in the charming fictional town of Cherish, South Carolina.

About the Author: Author Josie Riviera writes Historical, Inspirational, and Sweet Romances. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their empty nest with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and an old house forever needing renovations.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Josie.Riviera
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Josieriviera
Website: https://josieriviera.com/


*****
Christmas In Paris by Roxanne Rustand, USA Today Bestselling Author. Kindergarten teacher Heather thought all her dreams were coming true—until she was jilted by her fiancé three months before their Christmas wedding. Since the honeymoon to Paris is already paid for, Heather determines to go sans groom and have a great time, no matter what. Love is not part of her travel plans, but when a handsome young doctor literally runs into her on the street, the magic of Christmas in Paris may cause a change of heart.

About the Author: USA Today bestselling author Roxanne Rustand is the author of thirty-five traditionally published novels, plus four indie novels. She was a Golden Heart finalist twice, and a Golden Heart winner in 1995. She has won two RT Magazine Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and was nominated for an RT Magazine Career Achievement Award. Her earlier books were secular, but she now writes sweet indie romance, and inspirational romance for Love Inspired.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoxanneRustand
Website: http://www.roxannerustand.com
Newsletter: http://roxannerustand.com/newsletter-signup


*****
Second Chance Christmas by Kristin Wallace, USA Today Bestselling Author. Ten years ago, Mia Reynolds and Win Barrington spent one magical Christmas together—until lies and manipulation tore them apart, and left Mia to raise a daughter all on her own. Now, both are back in their hometown of Palm Cove, Florida just in time for the holidays. Once they uncover the truth about what happened, can Mia and Win rediscover love and celebrate a Second Chance Christmas with their daughter?

About the Author: Kristin Wallace is a USA Today bestselling author of inspirational, contemporary and women’s fiction filled with “Love, Laughter and a Leap of Faith.” Her popular series include the Covington Falls Chronicles and Shellwater Key Tales.

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/KWallaceAuthor
Website: http://kristinwallaceauthor.com
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*****
Ghosts From Christmas Past by Mary Alford, Publisher’s Weekly Bestselling Author. She was the love of his life, until a tragic accident on Christmas Eve left Charlotte Swenson in a coma. For eight years, Sheriff Dylan Parker of Bitter Creek, Colorado has held on to the hope that somehow his love will find a way back to him. And when Charlotte opens her eyes, just days before Christmas, Dylan can’t help but believe a holiday miracle may grant his every wish.

About the Author: Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author Mary Alford was inspired to become a writer after reading such romantic suspense greats as Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney. Creating characters and throwing them into dangerous situations that test their faith was a challenge, but 2012 Mary received “the call” to publish her first book — a dream come true. Today, Mary writes Christian romantic suspense, and small-town contemporary romances.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaryAlfordAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/maryalford13
Website: http://maryalford.net


*****
Christmas Pizza To The Rescue by Jean C. Gordon. When a freak winter storm strands them alone at the Team Macachek barracks in Central New York, champion motocross racer Royce Evans and out-of-work investigative reporter turned pizza deliverer Samantha Linder strike a bargain that benefits them both. But when it appears Sam has broken the agreement, will the spirit of Christmas be strong enough to save their blossoming holiday love?

About the Author: Award-winning sweet and inspirational author Jean C. Gordon writes what she knows best — small-town, happily-ever-afters set in her native Upstate New York.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JeanCGordon.Author
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JeanCGordon
Website: https://www.jeancgordon.com/
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*****
The Love Clause by Liwen. Y. Ho. He needs a fake girlfriend to advance his career. She needs a pretend date to keep her mom off her case during the holidays. The solution to both of their problems? A contractual relationship with one clause: neither of them can fall in love. A Christmas tale set in romantic San Francisco that will cause this reluctant couple to rethink the “no love” clause.

About the Author: Liwen Y. Ho writes sweet and inspirational romance infused with heart, humor, and a taste of home (her Asian roots). She lives in California with her family and blogs about life as a recovering perfectionist.

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Linda Charles: A Reason To Stay


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A Reason to Stay

by Linda Charles

GENRE: Contemporary Western

BLURB:

Rachael, a successful lawyer in Sydney, returns to her foster family and the only place that ever felt like home: Mindalby, to help with the failing family business, the town’s bakery. With the cotton gin’s closure, all businesses are struggling, and it looks like the only option is to close up the bakery and hope to sell. But when Rachael returns, she realises that her skills give her other options: refreshing and revitalising the bakery and a chance to rekindle her love of baking.

Irishman, Mike O’Malley is a staying kind of man, looking to settle down in Mindalby with a woman who loves the wild country and wants to get involved in the community. Rachael is not that girl, but the attraction is hard to deny. Determined to show Rachael that Mindalby can be a home, he draws her out into the community and deeper into his life. But when it comes time to make a decision, can he trust Rachael to risk her heart?

 

Excerpt:

‘Sorry,’ she said. ‘I don’t play ball.’

He hugged the ball close to his chest. He understood that. None of his sisters were into sport either. But, he loved his sports; it was a major part of his life.

‘What do you play then? I’m up for anything.’

She rubbed her hands against the afternoon chill, as her clear blue eyes met his. His heart hammered. They were the prettiest eyes he’d ever seen, and if he wasn’t careful his concentration would take a serious hit, and he’d sound like some daft prick.

‘I’m not very sporty. How did they go?’

Mike shook his head. ‘Another loss,’ he all but whispered.

She gave him a soft smile. ‘Oh, that happens. Are you having a reconnoitre with them?’

His lips quivered, but he couldn’t hold back. He let out a belly laugh.

She’s gorgeous. A one-off.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Linda Charles is a contemporary romance writer who lives in Newcastle in the Hunter Valley, NSW. She was born and raised in Sydney where she studied and taught drama for many years. She loves to read, travel and enjoys a good conversation. Following a move to the Hunter Valley she started to write her own stories. Linda is a member of the Hunter Romance Writers, Romance Writers of Australia, and Romance Writers of America.

You can visit Linda at her Webpage; or follow her on Twitter; Facebook, or Pinterest

 

Website:  http://www.lindacharles.com.au/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/lindacharles167

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Linda-Charles-1009142862442443/

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com.au/lindacharles165/

 

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Diane Demetre: Retribution


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Author Interview:  Diane Demetre

1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book? Retribution chose me. I hadn’t consciously set out to write a romantic suspense, but I did feel strongly about a couple of social and moral issues. This story is my way of paying tribute to the people who have endured more than most. Those who have lived hellish childhoods, those who have fought for our freedom, those who have experienced unimaginable trauma and those who may never recover from their suffering. With the overarching theme of forgiveness and redemption, Retribution pays homage to the human condition in all its glory and misery.

  1. Writers write what they know, and must observe the world. Are you a first born, middle or last child and how does this shape your view of the world? I’m an adopted only child, which I love and wouldn’t have it any other way. I have a rare insight into human behavior, which I have studied all my life, as I’m an only child by nature and by nurture.3. Where is your favorite place to write? In my spacious purpose-built office overlooking a canal on the Gold Coast.4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains? When I first started writing this was difficult, so I put them into a Darlings File in my pc, thinking I might use them one day. I never did. Now, I happily kill them off to make my stories sharper and tighter.

    5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them? Hard question, as I don’t have one favorite author. However, I think I’d like to sit down with Nora Roberts and ask her what she’d do differently if she was to commence her career today.

6. Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows. I trained in ballet and have recently set up my own dance studio at my home. I love working at the barre again and practice every day when I’m not at the gym.

7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a back pack for company. What three items are in your survival pack? I’m very practical so I would take fresh water, a blanket and a lighter

8. If you could have one super power in your existence, what would it be? To time travel

9. Favorite snack? Raw almonds

10. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going or do you drive the speed limit? I know where I’m going, and I drive ‘pedal to the metal’ 😊

Retribution

by Diane Demetre

GENRE: Romantic suspense

BLURB:

She’s a ballerina with a dark secret. He’s a retired sniper with a tortured past. Will they find love or fall prey to a stalker’s deadly game?

Professional ballerina Jessie Hilton wraps her battle scars in satin pointe shoes, but there’s a deeper hurt that haunts her sleep. When a handsome man steps in to save her from a mugging, something about her hero makes her heavy heart leap. Though her career can’t afford distractions, he may be her sole source of safety when she gains the unwanted attention of a relentless stalker.

Ex-sniper Brad Jordan survived his tour of duty, but a tragic accident cost him the lives of those closest to him. With his faithful border collie Whiskey by his side, Brad gets a second chance when he protects the beautiful Jessie from danger. When the ballerina’s stalker grows more brazen, Brad’s tactical training may be their only weapon against tragedy.

Will Jessie and Brad survive a deadly game, or will the assailant destroy their chance at love?

Retribution is a standalone romantic suspense novel. If you like tough-as-toe-shoes heroines, second-chance romance, and page-turning plots, then you’ll love Diane Demetre’s heart-stopping saga.

 

Excerpt:

Cold, damp and hard—wherever she was, it wasn’t her bed. Scattered thoughts whirled in her head as she searched for recent memories. A pungent smell lingered in her nose wakening her further. It reminded her of science class. What was it? Chloroform? Crunched on her side, her body cried for movement and she strained to focus on her surroundings. But she couldn’t. She was groggy and dazed and there was no light by which to see. Exhausted, she heaved her hand in front of her face, but she couldn’t see that either. It was as if it wasn’t there. Absolute, petrifying blackness. A nightmare. It was another nightmare. But she knew it wasn’t. Now fully conscious, she lay somewhere dank and cold, in pitch blackness. The inability to see rendered her immobile, preventing her any chance of escape. Even if she began to crawl, feeling her way, she might tumble down a precipice or a staircase. She didn’t even know whether she was lying on the ground or on something man-made. All she knew was it was rock-solid, cold and a little uneven. He’s left me here, alone, to die. The thought scared her even more than her captor returning.

She rolled carefully onto her back. Stretching her body, she used her hands and feet to check that she wasn’t about to roll off wherever she lay. Once assured she was safe, she relaxed a little. Deep, controlled breaths cleared her mind and nose of whatever drug he’d used. With no idea how long she’d been unconscious, she existed in an abyss of unknown time. She struggled not to panic. As she stared into nothing, her sense of what was up and what was down destabilized. The subtle illusion of losing her balance teased her inner ear, increasing the fear. Rolling over slowly, she managed to get onto her hands and knees, connecting with the surface below to correct her equilibrium. Head lolling forward, she froze— humiliated, helpless and hopeless, overcome with despair. Minutes slipped by or was it hours?

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Being a passionate woman who’s always done things a little differently, Diane’s diverse career began as a school teacher before she moved into a full-time career as a professional choreographer, director and dancer, strutting her stuff on many stages throughout Australia. She was responsible for the original multi-million dollar extravaganzas at Conrad Jupiter’s Casino, Gold Coast—Starz & Galaxies.

Following her onstage career, Diane’s thirst for knowledge led her into the field of self-development. Using her highly developed communication skills and love of people, she spent many years as a stress & life skills therapist and life coach, teaching individuals, couples and groups the methodologies of personal success and fulfilment.

With her business acumen, Diane launched into the corporate arena, working in a variety of positions as a consultant in marketing, special events, tourism, business strategies, quality management and human resource management. Combining her entertainment and business backgrounds, she returned to the stage as a keynote speaker and corporate facilitator, educating business leaders in the ‘new mindset’ for business and relationship building in the 21st century.

Assuming the pseudonym of the Goddess of Love, she appeared as a guest presenter on Gold FM radio, Gold Coast, a national radio program broadcast to 1.4million listeners. Her weekly program proved popular with Diane providing empowering advice on life, love, sex and relationships, sprinkled with a good dose of humour. Her passion for life and compulsive sharing nature made her a great inspiration to her listeners. As the Goddess of Love she also appeared as a regular guest on the national television program Beauty & the Beast, where her practical insights were televised to viewers across Australia.

When she launched into a writing career, Diane’s debut erotic romance series, the Dance of Love was voted Luminosity Publishing Readers’ Choice Best Books and Best Covers for 2015 and 2016.

Her romantic suspense, Retribution won the Romance Writers of Australia Emerald Pro Award 2017 for Best Unpublished Manuscript. Diane loves to write genre-busting stories with a twist. Her works are packed with emotional punch and feature empowered heroines who live life to the fullest, much like the author herself.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

WEBSITE   http://www.dianedemetre.com/

BLOG   https://dianedemetre.com/blogposts/

FACEBOOK   https://www.facebook.com/dianedemetreauthor

TWITTER   https://twitter.com/DianeDemetre

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Connie de Marco: Tail of the Dragon


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Tail of the Dragon

by Connie di Marco

GENRE: Mystery

BLURB:

San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti never thought murder would be part of her practice, but now, Julia’s former boss and current client has asked for help.  He has serious problems at his law firm.  Three people have received death threats and the only common denominator between them is a case long settled — the infamous Bank of San Francisco fire.  Julia’s convinced a woman is behind the threats, perhaps even the widow of the man who died in that same fire, but no one wants to believe that astrology could provide a clue.  Before Julia can help her client, two lawyers are dead and her own life is threatened.  Can she unmask the killer before he (or she) takes another life?

 

Excerpt:

I settled into the office chair and flicked on the computer.  Samantha, at the Chronicle, had sent forty-three AskZodia emails.  I heaved a sigh.  So many people asking for advice.  I separated out the letters that asked no particular question and then separated the emails into male and female groups.

A few of the emails were quite intriguing.  One woman wrote to ask about the dynamic between her brother, now deceased, and her mother.  Her mother blamed herself for her son’s death and was torturing herself with guilt.  I could tell by the brother’s chart, strong Uranus and Mars aspects, that there was absolutely nothing her mother could have done to control her son.  The mother had done the best she could and needed to let go.

I clicked on another.

Dear Zodia ~

I’ve been happily married for twelve years.  My wife is a wonderful woman and a loving wife and mother.  For the past few months I’ve found myself attracted to another woman.  I know I shouldn’t be, but I can’t help myself.  It’s become an obsession and I don’t know what to do.  I’ve never cheated on my wife but I find myself thinking about it all the time.  I think this other woman is also attracted to me, but I’m not sure.  I’m so confused, I don’t know what’s happening to me and I don’t know what to do.

~ Confused

 

Dear Confused ~

I’ll be very direct.  It’s really not a choice between one woman or another.  You are yearning.  You are seeking an aspect of your own ‘anima’ or female self.  Neptune is currently opposing your natal Venus and you, believe me, are most likely projecting all sorts of qualities on to this other person, most of which you would ultimately discover are not real. 

We experience great yearnings with Neptune transits and tend to believe that the answer is ‘somewhere else.’  Under transits of Neptune, especially, it is not possible to see things clearly.  You and your wife are quite compatible astrologically.  It would be a shame to destroy your marriage for what may be no more than a passing wraith. 

I recommend seeking professional help to discover what you are missing in your life and your love life.  Often, the ‘other’ that you are attracted to turns out to be much like the person you are currently with.  There is an excellent book on this very subject:  ‘Love Triangles’ by Julia Bonatti, published by Stargazer Press.  This might be a start in helping you sort out your feelings. 

~ Zodia

 

Samantha would get a kick out of this response.  Me, anonymously, plugging my own book, but I really did think it would be a help to this man.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Connie di Marco is the author of the Zodiac Mysteries from Midnight Ink featuring San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti.  The Tail of the Dragon, third in the series, will be released on August 8, 2018.  You can visit her at conniedimarco.com, at Facebook.com/Connie di Marco Author or Twitter @askzodia.

Writing as Connie Archer, she is also the author of the national bestselling Soup Lover’s Mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime.  You can find her excerpts and recipes in The Cozy Cookbook and The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook.  Connie is a member of MWA, Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers.

 

Tail of the Dragon

Amazon:

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https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780738751061

 

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Lillian Marek: A Match for the Marquess

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Decisions, decisions…

Should Lady Anne Milhaven marry the wealthy and handsome young marquess, or should she resign herself to living out her life in poverty and disgrace, exiled from the world she was born to?

Should Philip Tremaine, the new Marquess of Penworth, redeem his honor and marry the proud and beautiful earl’s daughter whom he has unintentionally compromised, or should he prove himself as dissolute as his contemptible family?

They are not fools, but marriage is only the beginning. Now can they learn to work together and thwart the vile plots of their scheming relatives?

A Match for the Marquess is the prequel to the Victorian Adventures series.

Read an Excerpt:

Lady Hadlow arrived first. The feline smile she turned on Anne was clearly not intended in friendship.

“My dear child,” she said, “you must be quite overwhelmed with all that is happening. It hardly seems right for such a little innocent to be married off to a man of such wide experience as Penworth. Do feel free to ask if you have any questions about how to please a man.”

Anne started to freeze up so she could allow the comments to slide past without touching her, the technique she had perfected while coping with the Craddocks. Then she realized that she did not have to retreat. Thanks to Penworth, she now had a place of her own, a standing quite as secure as that of Lady Hadlow.

She offered a smile as sincere as Lady Hadlow’s. “Oh thank you so much, Lady Hadlow. Not every older woman is generous enough to offer the fruits of her experience to the next generation. I am sure we could all profit”—here she gestured at her new friends, who were listening avidly to the exchange—“from the lessons of your many years in…society.” She lifted her hand to her breast so that her betrothal ring glittered in the candlelight.

Lady Hadlow had not been expecting any riposte, and since she was staring, mesmerized, at the ring, it took a few moments for the import of Anne’s words to sink in. Her eyes widened, and her fingers curled. “Next generation! Why you little chit…”

About the Author: When she retired after too many years in journalism, Lillian Marek felt a longing for happy endings and stories where the good guys win and the bad guys get their just deserts. Having exhausted her libraryís supply of non-gory mystery stories, she started reading romance novels, especially historical romance. This was so much fun that she thought sheíd like to try her hand at writing one. So she took her computer keyboard in hand, slipped back into the 19th century, and began.

She was right – writing romance novels is as much fun as reading them.

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