Ruth Bainbridge: Creepz

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by Ruth Bainbridge

GENRE: Suspense Thriller


June 2017. New York is suffering under the worst heatwave in centuries, but it’s the barrage of grisly murders that has city dwellers on edge. Since the homicides don’t fit a pattern, the NYPD is treating them as unrelated, but Detective Grace Jarrod isn’t so sure. Graffiti left at the crime scenes points to the crimes being linked and part of a rampage.

The delivery of a cryptogram to her precinct proves her theory correct. A group calling themselves CREEPZ takes credit for the deaths and for the war they wage. They promise not to stop until a societal revolution is achieved. Jarrod leads the investigation and goes after the madmen that strike at will and profess to kill for love. Little does she know that the group of homeless drifters is led by a genius who believes himself God.




He wasn’t much bigger than she was. With her shoes off, he was only eye level. She could get through him … she could. Like Stacy said, he was just a little punk—a creep—one of hundreds she’d encountered before. He was only trying to scare her, but it wouldn’t work. She could handle this—if only she could move her damn feet.

The click of the gun being cocked echoed in her head. A shiver shimmying up her spine, the filthy stranger’s grin widened as he neared and pressed the cold steel into the center of her forehead.

“No!” she screamed.

“Ya-yo-yes, little girl with no way to go but da-da-down.”

“But why? Why?”

“Because Daniel says so-so-so. It’s adios sad buh-bye time, so maybe you oughta cry.”

“Please,” she begged as tears streamed down her face. “Please don’t kill me. I’ll give you all I have. I will!”

“Haff to blonde hair and not much more. Me and Daniel, we’re goin’ to war, but yah-yu-you? You gonna start it!”

Sharp laughter knocked all thoughts from her head as a paralysis overtook her.

The man was crazy. Deranged. With no more time to think, she lunged forward, prepared to bash into him. A loud blast stopped her in her tracks and made her ears ring.

The impact of the bullet slammed her backwards. Staggering one unwieldy step, a blinding light lit up the alley as the bullet smashed through her skull. Her brain emptied and splattered onto the back wall. Limp, a numbness overtook her.

Was this it?

Her eyes crossed as she fell. Looking upward at the blackened sky, her question went answered.

She was dead before she hit the ground.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Ruth Bainbridge was born in the idyllic, sleepy town of Ithaca, NY, and has been a lover of mysteries for her entire life. Ever since a child, she’s consumed detective stories at regular intervals, becoming enamored with all the superstars of crime. She loved matching wits with Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Thomas Pitt, Lord Peter Wimsey, Richard Jury and Edward X Delaney. In fact, she was so inspired by their brilliance that she began trying to emulate her writing idol’s achievements by composing her own short stories. However, life interfered with her plans of becoming the next hopeful to try a life of crime–on paper at least. But the empty nest syndrome happened and gave her the impetus to return to her first love–murder.

Her works include: THE CURT SAVAGE MYSTERIES (a four-part series that should be read in order); DEADSPEAK, a detective Twin Peaks; and ONLY ONE WILL FALL, the first in THE NICK CROSS MYSTERIES. CREEPZ is her eighth published work. The most intense read of the season, it’s a complex adrenaline rush that’s filled with suspense.




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Happily Ever After by Ruth A. Casie #AuthorLove #Romance

Today’s featured author is Ruth A. Casie.


Happily Ever After

by Ruth A. Casie



From a fall from literary stardom to becoming the heroine in her own romance story, Beth Holmes has turned around her career and her love life. She owes it all to one very special person.

Jarred Watson has loved Beth since he read her first novel and suspected the heroine was the embodiment of the author. But the road to romance was fraught with pitfalls. He almost lost everything because of a conniving agent and a little white lie that got out of hand. At the eleventh hour, with honesty and hard work, their book sales are off the charts and a movie deal is in negotiations.

Interfering families and changed plans take their toll. Will they go their separate ways or will Holmes and Watson continue their literary collaboration and personal partnership in order to find their own happily ever after?



“I don’t know why I let the town council talk me into co-chairing the July Fourth celebration.” Her biting tone wasn’t meant to deceive him. She was very aware why she agreed. The offer at Christmas played to her wounded ego.

“They convinced you Beth Alexander would draw more people than last year’s co-chair. Even Jean agreed.”

“Yeah, easy for Jean to say. She’s my agent with no idea what it takes to run an event like this. More to the point, she’s not in Havenport herding cats. So why am I doing this?”

“Because you love it. You whip up people with your passion. That’s how you convinced me to do the book signing with you at the fair tomorrow.”

“If I remember correctly, I ‘whipped you up with my passion’ quite nicely before you left. You didn’t complain.” Images of their last night together flashed in her mind. They’d spent the day at the beach.

He wore his diving brief, which left nothing to the imagination. His broad shoulders, well-defined abs, and trim waist were romance-cover worthy. Dark wavy hair set off hazel eyes, which held a look of warmth and desire. Their lovemaking was more than heart-stopping strokes and touches. Much more. She leaned her forehead against the cool glass of the porch window to counter the heat threatening to burn her to a crisp.

“You still there, or did I hit a dead zone?”

“I’m here. Lost in the vision of ‘whipping you up.’” She stepped to the side table, breaking the conjured spell, and took a long drink of lemonade. The tartness quenched her thirst, but didn’t satisfy her other craving. That had to wait until Jarred got home.

“Yeah, me, too.” His voice rumbled with a soft, teasing laugh that he usually combined with a smart-ass Bruce Willis smirk.

She needed to get her mind on something else. She was so past mooning over him like a love-struck teenager. Her inner teen giggled. No, she was definitely a love-struck thirtysomething.


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RUTH A. CASIE is a USA Today bestselling author of historical swashbuckling action-adventure time-travel romance about strong women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all. Ruth also writes contemporary romance with enough action to keep you turning pages. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, three empty bedrooms and a growing number of incomplete counted cross-stitch projects. Before she found her voice, she was a speech therapist (pun intended), client liaison for a corrugated manufacturer, and international bank product and marketing manager vice president, but her favorite job is the one she’s doing now—writing romance. She hopes her stories become your favorite adventures. For more information, please visit or visit her on Facebook, @RuthACasie, Twitter, @RuthACasie, or Pinterest RuthACasie


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Lyric by Andrea R. Cooper #AuthorLove #Romance

Today’s featured author is Andrea R. Cooper with Lyric.



by Andrea R. Cooper


No man can resist a siren’s song…

Cassie must convince a CEO to give her interior decorating company a chance at his offices in order to stay in the black. But even using her half-siren voice, he refuses. What can she do to change his mind?

Daniel Davis has a secret he’s paid hundreds of thousands to keep that way. Now when exotic Cassie marches into his office, he can’t stop thinking about her and makes her an offer. Be his date for a high-profile party and he’ll consider her company for his office redecorating project.

After an accident, Cassie gives Daniel her blood to heal him. Trouble is, if she can’t keep him alive, he’ll become a soulless ghoul.

Worse, someone is out to kill him. Can Cassie keep him alive…both in fighting her nature and from whoever is after him?



“Thank you for not telling my mom.”
What was he talking about? Him falling asleep on his feet? Or her nearly running over him? If that damned soothsayer hadn’t forgotten her appointment, she wouldn’t have been so furious or driving so recklessly. “About what?”
He gave a crooked smile that sent her heart hammering. “Our arrangement for this weekend.”
Oh, that. Heat crept up her neck and into her face. Why was she blushing? She’d been with human men lots of times. “Of course.” Her throat dried and she took a sip of her coffee.
“I know you might think it was strange, my offering you the design contract in exchange for a date.”
She shook her head; humans had done more bizarre things over the centuries. Like the dehumanizing of the Japanese in World War II, where American Marines kept Japanese soldiers’ body parts as souvenirs. Or Vlad the Impaler, or even Betsy Ross who had women sleep with enemies during the revolutionary war, for Intel.
“It’s just that,” he frowned, “I forgot about the party. Me and my cousin have this love/hate relationship. Even when we were little, we competed against each other. He married well, while I pursued business.”
“So I’m eye candy to show up your cousin?”
She’d been worse. Or that time she was a spy against Russia in the Cold War. Of course, she’d gotten too close to her target and because of her nature, devoured him. The same growing attraction trickled through her with Daniel, but she pushed down the desire to kill and eat him. Strangely, part of her was relieved it wasn’t an ex-girlfriend he was trying to make jealous. “Is that the only reason you asked me?”
“No.” His eyes widened. “I-I thought the time together would give us both the chance to get to know each other. We kind of started off not on the best terms. Plus, you can provide me with your portfolio and suggestions for how you’d decorate my other buildings. My penthouse too, especially after you promised my mom you would?”
“Sure, if you enjoy living in a sterile, bland environment.” She leaned forward, her arms resting on the black metal table. “Let me show you what I can do. I guarantee you’ll be so pleased with my work that you’ll even have me redo your headquarters, no matter what my competitors have done to it.”
Was he thinking about kissing her? He stared at her lips as if mesmerized. Yet, it was her vocal sound that should have him begging to please her. He glanced up, and the sunlight reflected gold specks in his russet eyes. It was refreshing to talk with a guy and not catch his attention wandering to her chest while she spoke.


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 Andrea’s Bio:

Andrea has always created characters and stories. But it wasn’t until she was in her late twenties that she started writing novels.

What happened that ignited the writing flame in her fingers? Divorced, and disillusioned by love songs and stories. They exaggerate. She thought. Love and Romance are not like that in the real world. Then she met her husband and realized, yes love and romance are exactly like the songs and stories say. She is now a happy wife, and a mom to three kids (two boys and a girl).

Andrea writes paranormal and historical romance. When not writing or reading, one may find Andrea dancing in Zumba.

She believes in the power of change and counting each moment as a blessing. But most importantly, she believes in love.


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Reut Barak on Tour: Funny Fairy Tales

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Author Interview

1. Woohoo! You are a published author. Describe a strong character trait you possess, good or bad, and how it helped you become a published author. Thank you. I say, “be impatient – just go for it, don’t wait for anything because if you don’t try, the answer is always no.” I didn’t know what I was doing when I started, and I got it wrong, but then I listened to advice and that’s how I learned. I think looking at life as an opportunity and trying new things is a strong character trait.

2. Sometimes an author begins writing a story before they are aware of its genre. Did you choose your genre, or did it choose you? It definitely chose me. I’ve always loved magic and mystery. Funny Fairy Tales really started a few years ago, when I created a new version of Snow White for a Friend’s kid and she loved it. Then I thought, why not write it as an adult version and send it to a friend to make her laugh! A couple of month ago, I started creating Funny Fairy Tales as a new type of book – it works like an app and feels like someone is telling you the story. They are also a very quick read, like something you read on the plane or waiting for the train. I’m so happy I got to read so many fairy tales growing up. I love this genre.

3. The plot thickens, or does it? Which one are you, a pantser or a plotter? Definitely a plotter. Once I have the plan, things change and I go with it. It’s also important that I laugh as I write, otherwise it wouldn’t be creative enough, and that’s when I get my new ideas, that weren’t part of the original plan.



4. Fear 101: As writers it is our duty to make our characters face their fears. Have you ever included one of your own fears in a storyline? Yes, I did. I think there is a fear of adventure itself, which is what makes us so excited when we head out into the unknown. All my characters have to face this fear, but Cinderella has to face it the most, because she starts from the smallest place and has to grow in order to be free.

5. Fear 102: Yes, deadlines are terrifying. Have you conquered the juggling act between writing and the rest of your life? What do you do when it feels like the balls are dropping all around you? Lol. It’s an adventure! I try to always keep a realistic point of view about what this demands. Some days just have long hours, but then I take a day off when I need a break.

6. Switch positions with one of your main characters in a scene. What is the outcome, disaster or divine intervention? Hmm, I’m going to switch places with Red Riding. the night she has the long conversation with the Wolf. I get to know him better. I get to remember him and all the things he represents. Maybe I even ask to keep in touch…

7. Where is your favorite place to write? Add that one comfort food that you can’t do without. I like to write at home, near the window, in the light. And… strawberries. I can’t live without strawberries!

8. Writing inspirations? Grimm and Disney, but mostly life. I based my characters on people I know who inspire me and I could learn from.

9. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them? I am going back in time to meet Jack London, who wrote Call of the Wild, and I ask him all about his adventures in the freezing expeditions and how it all inspired him to write.

10. I’ve gone mad – why don’t you come with me? Some people just don’t understand us writers. Name a quirky, writer-thing you do that friends wish you didn’t. I am a hiker, which is my favorite thing in the world. I sometimes go alone and that’s where some of my stories start. I just look around me at all the beautiful wild mystery that is nature, and all the magical creatures come to life.




Funny Fairy Tales Series

by Reut Barak


GENRE: Short Stories, Fairy Tales, Humor


Book 1 blurb:  You know this story… or do you?

How about a little twist?

Read the story of Snow White as never told before!

With the vicious queen Anagrola, the confused and sarcastic mirror Shraga, and the most gifted seven men you’ve ever met.

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You know this story… or do you?

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Read the story of Cinderella as never told before!

With the mysterious blue fairy godmother, the cunning step-sisters, and a woman, who for the life of her, just can’t stop cleaning!

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You know this story… or do you?

How about a little twist?

Read the story of Red Riding Hood as never told before!

With the hood that leads to fame and fortune, the mysterious wild wolf, and a grandmother so evil, she could rewrite the history of sin. Red’s not little anymore!

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Reut Barak is a freelance journalist, previously published in National Geographic online. She has an MBA from the University of Oxford, and has worked and traveled internationally. This is her first book series.

Well, no not really… The true story is: Reut was born in Camelot in the year 1201, following the famous explosion of the northern dragon tower.

She has a degree in fantasy and science fiction from the University of Atlantis and this record can be found in the central library, now twenty thousand leagues under the sea.

She likes phoenix riding, dragon fighting and painting the roses red.

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Tainted Rose by Tina Gayle #AuthorLove #Romance

Today’s featured artist is Tina Gayle.

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Blurb for Tainted Rose

Maybelline Beasley enjoys her life in the Silver Leaf 55+ community until her neighbor is murdered. With all eyes point at her as the prime suspect, she struggles with her fear of cops and her attraction to Detective Billy Bob Cooter. Can he save her from the real murderer who’s looking for an escape goat? Or will her second change at love come to an end by a killer’s gun?



Glancing at the clock on her dashboard, seven-eighteen, she figured Rose would be inside her house by now. The urge to glance at her neighbor’s roof had Maybelline staring up ahead. A motionless mass lying on the shingles caused her heart to jump to her throat. She narrowed her focus to the fluffy pink housecoat and caught sight of white, spinally legs. “God, Rose, don’t tell me you’ve gone and done something stupid.”

She spun her car into her driveway, slammed on the brake, threw it into park, and cut the engine. Quickly jumping out, she ran to the end of her driveway and yelled, “Rose, are you okay?”

The woman didn’t move.

Maybelline’s heart dropped, and tears clouded her vision. A bolt of adrenaline demanded action.

“Aw, shit, don’t make me do this. I hate having to call the police.”



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Tina Gayle’s Bio

Her first romantic novel published in 2008, Tina Gayle has written over thirty romantic books under two different pseudonyms. Her novels span several different genres from contemporary to fantasy and sweet to erotic. She enjoys the challenge of drawing a reader into a story and having them travel down the same road as her hero and heroine. Married thirty years, she enjoys spending time with her husband on the golf course. Find out more about Tina on her website –

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Tender is the Night by Christa Maurice #AuthorLove #Romance

Today’s featured author is Christa Maurice.


Tender is the Night

by Christa Maurice


Love is a long journey.

Lisa Benedict needed a date for a bar mitzvah, but when the escort she hired arrives he’s not just good looking, he’s also kind, gentle, and protective. He makes her feel sexy again and she wants to keep him around. But she doesn’t know that the terrible abuse Gale suffered at the hands of one of the Hollywood elite keeps him from being able to trust her no matter how much he wants to.

Gale loved being with Lisa and her sons, but when she put a contract in front of him, he thought she wanted to enslave him as another woman had threatened to. He fled. Months later, with some therapy behind him, he wants to try again. Will she be willing to take him back after the way he stormed out?

And if she does, can he trust her to not reject him when she learns the truth?



“Help me, Gale Wallace. You’re my only hope.”

Gale grinned. “I love that movie.” Too bad they couldn’t stay in tonight and watch it. They could cuddle on the couch, eat popcorn, and repeat their favorite lines. He swallowed. He should not be thinking of his client as a person. It would make the whole date more difficult. But it was impossible not to, especially when she was treating him as an equal.

“Me, too. See, we already have something in common.” She set aside her glass.

“We met at the Starbucks near where you work.”

“Yes, and we ended up chatting.” She patted his knee again.

“About Star Wars.”

She laughed and it was full of joy. “Of course we did. After coffee, we decided to have lunch. My ex had the boys last weekend, so we went to Brandywine on Saturday.”

“And you asked me to come with you this weekend.”

“Perfect. I did kind of invite you last Saturday.” She stroked his arm and then yanked her hand away. “I’m sorry. I don’t mean to manhandle you.”

“Actually, to sell it, you will want to.” Not entirely true, but Gale was enjoying being touched by her.

“Oh good.” She rested her hand on his forearm again. “I should probably know what you do. I suppose you want to be an actor. You’re good-looking enough.”

“I tell people that I’m a model, but I do want to get into acting. What do you do?”

“I work for ABN in development picking which shows are green lit for production.”

“That sounds important.”

She shrugged. “I guess it would be if I had any power at all.”

If he leaned in right now to kiss her, what would she do? Kiss back? Slap him? Too soon to tell.


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Christa Maurice spends a lot of time lost in imagination. When not writing, she loves to travel and has spent several years living overseas. She spent four years living in Abu Dhabi where the temperature was always hot, the sunrise and sunset were pretty stable year ‘round and she could go weeks without speaking to a man who wasn’t selling her groceries. You know that happens to a woman living in what amounts to a harem situation? She spends a lot of time talking about shoes and thinking about men. Which brings us right back to being lost in imagination…

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Alpha Lover by Brenda Sparks #AuthorLove #Romance

Showing some #AuthorLove for a Hot Paranormal #Romance, Alpha Lover, by Brenda Sparks



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Starved for blood, vampire, Nicholai Peterhof is greatly relieved when two tourists, in Russia for the Christmas holiday, decide to grace his restaurant, but one sip from the pretty brunette and his world is forever turned upside down. Juliette Staint-John is everything he could have asked for in a heartmate; pretty, smart, built with curves in all the right places…and totally unavailable. Juliette doesn’t want anything to do with the handsome, young-looking Nicholai. As if their differences aren’t enough, the acute grief over the loss of loved ones keeps her heart guarded. He may be her fantasy, but that’s all he can ever be. To get past Juliette’s defenses and in order to keep her safe, Nicholai must prove himself worthy of her love and trust. Unbeknownst to the couple, her personal demons are not the only ones threatening their relationship. Hiding virtually unseen by the vampires, Demon Royalty plots to destroy not only the couple but the entire vampire breed. Luckily, Nicholai will do anything for Juliette—even if it means sacrificing himself.



     She had only a second to realize Nicholai stood in the doorway before Desmond’s powerful thighs brought him to the door in a single bound.

He grabbed Nicholai’s shirt with one hand, his other made a fist that landed squarely on Nicholai’s jaw.

Nicholai’s head snapped back. Shock took his face. With a mighty push, Nicholai threw Desmond backward across the room into one of the flowery couches. It moved under his weight, crashed into the end table, and the Tiffany lamp tumbled to the floor.

Julie’s eyes went wide. The two men became a blur of motion, bodies flying apart then back together. She had to concentrate to make out the shapes of hard forms in the powerful whirlwind.

Connor pulled, lunging at the whirling mass. His deep growls and barks added to the chaos as the two males swirled around the living room. They spun around the room like a tornado, moving so fast Juliette’s eyes did not register their kicks and punches. However, she heard bones crunch and the slap of skin while the two exchanged blows.

The furniture that exploded when the blurry mass neared evidenced the fierceness of their battle. Julie watched one piece of furniture after the next burst into pieces. First her delicate coffee table, next the end table where the Tiffany lamp had been, then the rocking chair. When the mass moved toward the antique credenza, Juliette screamed.

Her beautiful roses sprayed about the room. Red petals floated slowly to the floor in surreal contrast.



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Author Bio: Brenda Sparks has always loved all things spooky and enjoys incorporating paranormal elements in her writing. She refuses to allow pesky human constraints to get in the way of telling the story. Luckily the only thing limiting her stories is her imagination. Her characters are strong, courageous, and she adores spending time with them in their imaginary world.

Her idea of a perfect day is one spent in front of a computer with a hot cup of coffee, her fingers flying over the keys to send her characters off on their latest adventure.


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Author Interview: Ginger Black – Riverside Lane

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Riverside Lane

by Ginger Black


Author Interview


1.Woohoo! You are a published author. Describe a strong character trait you possess, good or bad, and how it helped you become a published author.

Julia Thum: Self Belief!  Gaynor and I have discovered on our road to publication that it is not enough to be a good writer and story teller, you then need to create a digital footprint, find an agent or publisher, and that is all before your novel hits the shelves.  After that you need to become marketing and social media experts, as well as an event planner to promote your book, while still finding time to write the next one and holding down a full-time job.  All of this takes energy, drive and determination as it is extremely hard work, but beneath all of that you must have the self-belief to push yourself forward.

Gaynor Pengelly: Optimism and a strong work ethic are my two best character traits.  I truly believe that if you give out a positive vibe and have a ‘can do’ attitude you can invite good luck into your life. Being an optimist means that you are more likely to take advantage of opportunities that come your way, and not get too bogged down when things go wrong. Talent and hard work are essential to writing success, but an ability to see the positives when the chips are down, gives you the resilience to accept rejection and never give up hope.


  1. Sometimes an author begins writing a story before they are aware of its genre. Did you choose your genre, or did it choose you?

Julia Thum: The genre chose us though it took us a long time to discover the “cozy mystery” label that is so popular worldwide.  We always called our story, Riverside Lane, a ‘village mystery’ and set out from day one to write a gentle, uplifting, character driven tale that would intrigue and entertain.   

Gaynor Pengelly: With so much trouble and strife in the world, Julia and I wanted to focus on the other side of the spectrum, and write about more affirmative things.  The cozy mystery genre allows us to write about joy, resolution, kindness and virtue, as well as the dark undercurrent of a thrilling village mystery.


  1. The plot thickens, or does it? Which one are you, a pantser or a plotter? 

Julia Thum: We are plotters!  As a writing partnership, we must be super organised to keep a tight hold on where the story is going and to make sure that we don’t double up on one another’s work.  We developed a system writing Riverside Lane which is already making the next novel easier, and it involves knowing exactly where the story is going before we write the very first word.

Gaynor Pengelly: Hee-hee. Julia says we are plotters but (whisper it) I am a secret ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ writer.  My co-author is super organised, so our novels always have a robust framework, providing us with the comfort of knowing the beginning, middle and end of our story. The only trouble is our pesky characters tend to take on a life of their own, and before you know it – they’re heading off in all sorts of direction without permission!  Our partnership works because we complement each other’s writing styles, Julia’s disciplined approach ensures our characters and storyline are credible, while my more haphazard method, gives us the freedom to explore unchartered territory.


  1. Fear 101: As writers, it is our duty to make our characters face their fears. Have you ever included one of your own fears in a storyline? 

Julia Thum: I would not go so far as to call it fear but there are qualities our characters have with which I can relate.  The lovely Bianca Fielding who is plagued by feelings she is not good enough for her husband and his world and every time she opens her mouth seems to put her foot in it and alienate herself more.  Like Rosalind Braithwaite – I have often wished I could be more assertive like her friend Joy the politician’s wife but then Joy wishes she could be diplomatic and charming like Rosalind and I can relate to that too!

Gaynor Pengelly: There is a lot of fear in Riverside Lane, all of which I can relate to – loneliness, rejection, disappointment, ridicule, old age, death, money worries. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, we all struggle with the same needs and desires and we are all vulnerable to human emotions. I love that Julia and I have been able to explore this theme in our novel.


  1. Fear 102: Yes, deadlines are terrifying. Have you conquered the juggling act between writing and the rest of your life? What do you do when it feels like the balls are dropping all around you?

Julia Thum: This is one of the many advantages of a writing partnership!  It seems that whenever I have too many balls in the air Gaynor steps in and catches a few for me and I hope I do that for her.

Gaynor Pengelly: Working as a journalist trained me to be at my best when there is a deadline.  The worst thing for me is too much time, I overthink things and lose the rhythm of the story. However, combining writing novels with a full-time career and family life is not for the faint hearted. Having a writing partner with a great sense of humour, who sees the funny side in trying to juggle too many balls, is a great way of defusing stress.


  1. Switch positions with one of your main characters in a scene. What is the outcome, disaster or divine intervention?

Julia Thum: Our has-been game show host Frank Fielding leads a double life.  I have often thought that to do so must be the most complicated and exhausting thing in the world.  Liars must have such incredibly good memories and in today’s world of Find my Friend and such like, it must be almost impossible to deceive somebody who really wants to know where you are.  I would be dreadful at it, probably trip at the first hurdle and definitely fall at the second!

Gaynor Pengelly: I’d be intrigued to become Kathy MacConnel, the sinister, man-eating house-keeper.  I love her determination to achieve a better life by fair means or foul. A lot of novels these days focus on bleak, confrontational, dysfunctional bad guys.  Kathy is none of these – and who doesn’t love a ‘baddie’ who comes up smelling of roses?


  1. Where is your favorite place to write? Add that one comfort food that you can’t do without?

Julia Thum: That’s easy – I like writing in the garden (even with a blanket and four coats on) and an endless supply of earl grey tea and very dark chocolate for me please!

Gaynor Pengelly: I agree, I like writing in Julia’s garden too, watching the Thames roll by.

I’m hopeless writing in my own home, there is always too much to do.  After a while, I get distracted by cobwebs and dirty dishes from last night’s supper. Infuriatingly, my family don’t respect the fact that a great literary genius lives among them, and they follow me around the house with their list of demands.  I’ve been known to climb a tree or work in the car to avoid them!

  1. Writing inspirations?

Julia Thum: I suppose it is cheesy to say Gaynor, my co-author.  She has inspired me more than anybody else since I first shyly passed her one of my children’s stories.  She has helped me to find and finesse my writing style during the production of Riverside Lane and for that I will always be grateful.  More famous inspirations – the two books I really wish I had written are The Elegance of the Hedgehog and Bel Canto so on that basis Muriel Barbary and Anne Patchet.

Gaynor Pengelly: Writing is a lonely profession, so I feel blessed to share the journey with a supportive, like-minded co-author.  For my greatest writing inspiration, I’m going to choose Roald Dahl, a childhood favourite whose stories still hold the power to enthrall me.


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

Julia Thum: C. S Lewis and how on earth did you do it without a computer?

Gaynor Pengelly: Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights – how could you write so commandingly of passionate love when you were an unworldly spinster living in a gloomy parsonage?


  1. I’ve gone mad – why don’t you come with me? Some people just don’t understand us writers. Name a quirky, writer-thing you do that friends wish you didn’t. 

Julia Thum: Great question and my family certainly do think I’m mad.  I was a social media virgin before embarking on the journey to Riverside Lane and despite its necessity in the writer’s world I have a nagging conscience that time on social media is an indulgent waste of time SO to make myself feel better about it I do it all standing on one leg (the logic is I am doing a bit of exercise whilst browsing!)

Gaynor Pengelly: I spend my day working with words but for some reason I can’t speak them.  Quite often, I open my mouth to make some fascinating point and it comes out as gobbledygook. When my son was little he used to say: ‘Oh good, mummy’s playing opposites’ as I absentmindedly instructed him to put his arms through his school trousers!


GENRE:   Cozy Mystery


After arranging a house swap with a debonair antiques dealer, a darkly handsome American named Luca Tempesta arrives in a quaint English village. Tempesta, who claims to run a detective agency in Los Angeles, is supposedly on holiday – but the inhabitants of the village are unconvinced. Yet, as they attempt to solve the mystery of the stranger in their midst, it gradually transpires that there are more than enough secrets to go around in the village itself, harboured by the local MP and his uptight, ambitious wife; the has-been former game show host; the respectable couple with the jailbird son; the hometown journalist, striving for a scoop that will rescue her from debt; and so on. The place is revealed as a labyrinth of deception masquerading as a picture-postcard hamlet; tension begins to mount in between the dinner parties and evenings at the pub, and soon culminates in an unexpected death. Behind perfect privets and brightly painted front doors, the lives of Riverside Lane’s residents slowly unravel. Tempesta, guarding his secrets with a vengeance, is suddenly threatened with exposure by the elderly religious zealot Ivy Midwinter, whose own past involved keeping professional confidences. When she challenges him in church, she learns that Tempesta will stop at nothing to protect his privacy … Set against the exquisite backdrop of a gastronomic village by the Thames, Riverside Lane is a tautly paced page-turner that also gently satirises middle- class English manners: the upstanding denizens of the village watch and whisper behind a mask of English hauteur, whilst their own fragile lives come undone.



A dusky gauze veil lifted to reveal the soft pink light of dawn. The sun recast the Earth in a glorious patchwork of fields, and a cacophony of birdsong stirred the residents of Riverside Lane from their slumber. Cherry and magnolia trees formed a guard of honour over the lane, which lay tranquil, deserted and calm.

High above, skimming the rose-coloured clouds, a British Airways jet descended over the River Thames. Luca Tempesta checked his seatbelt and reached for his cigarettes, curling his fingers around them with the zeal of a junkie. He flipped the packet, prompting disapproving looks from a couple playing chess beside him, and thought about his meeting with the Russian academic. He had felt bound by reckless honour to visit his wife’s friend and mentor in Moscow, despite the risk. The man had deserved to know what happened to Natasha, but it gave Luca even more to hide.

The scent of freshly ground coffee permeated the cabin, reminding the American of his caffeine-addicted wife; he missed her clear, analytical mind and ability to rationalise situations. He thought of her final moments, and her terror as the net had closed in. She had paid the ultimate price for her loyalty. He stretched his legs into the aisle, seeking a comfortable position for his tall frame, and quashed a familiar feeling of dread that he knew served no purpose. It was imperative that he maintain a cool head; he could not afford the luxury of surrender. He turned his attention to a photo of Kingfisher House. Luca’s agency partner, Maria, had found the place through a movie-industry fixer who knew an Englishman in need of a roof over his head in California.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Ginger Black is a writing partnership between Gaynor Pengelly and Julia Thum.



Julia left Somerset for London at 16. She founded & ran her own consumer P R agency representing a range of international brands including Braun, Molton Brown, Clairol & Kleenex. After selling the business she trained as a psychotherapist specializing in eating disorders & hosted a phone-in show on Radio Luxembourg.

Julia writes bespoke literature & articles for private clients and visits secondary schools & prisons representing two national charities in providing emotional support to pupils & inmates. A keen kayaker and a passionate cook, she lives in Bray-on-Thames with her husband Nicolas and their four children.



Gaynor has worked as a national newspaper correspondent for more than twenty years, interviewing everyone from the great and the good to extraordinary people in ordinary lives. The rich variety of her subject matter and their circumstances has given her a rare insight into human nature and the challenges many people face.

Gaynor’s great loves include sitting in pavement cafes watching the world go by, National Trust and English Heritage and hiking across the windswept Yorkshire moors. She lives in Bray-on-Thames with her husband Jonathan and their son, Freddie James.






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Other Than by Mia Jo Celeste #AuthorLove #Romance

I’m excited to take part in Author Love, this author exchange of great stories was set up by the talented romance author Tina Gayle.  Let’s give some #AuthorLove to our Romance authors. Today’s featured author is Mia Jo Celeste.


Mia Jo Celeste:

Looking for an Idea for Your Next Manuscript? Think of a Controversial Problem…Then Solve It

Hi, I’m delighted to be part of the #Authorlove blog exchange and I’d love to tell you about my new release, but before I do that I want to share a thought rift that may help you start your next project.

Think of a problem, but make it specific. Animal Extinction may be too broad, but salmon unable to return to their spawning stream because of the new dam that creates the communities’ electricity and employs almost everyone in town works. Once you have a problem, look at the different sides of the argument. Put your hero on one side and your heroine on the other.

To quote Linda Howard, “If your hero is a firefighter, your heroine better be an arsonist.”

Develop personalities, histories and careers that foster your main characters’ beliefs. Then make them work out a solution to the problem together. Once you’ve done this, you’ve got the beginning of a story.

OTHER THAN, a Gaslamp Fantasy/ Paranormal Historical Romance, came from just such an exercise. My heroine died or in Princess Bride terms she was mostly dead. She wanted to return to life while my hero embraced the immortality an undead status conveyed.



It only takes one drink from the Water of Immortality to kill Evie Woods—halfway. Trapped in undead flesh, the world’s last skin-slider wakens on an island purgatory where a cursed spring bubbles with immortality, and zombie cannibals crave living flesh.

Her only hope of escape rests in the hands of the one man who would see her fail. Bound to her by cords stronger than death, Lord Victor Lowell is both the man of her dreams, and her darkest nightmares. Contrary and intractable, Victor preys on others to maintain his angelic charisma and preternatural prowess. Drawn to the compellingly gallant and vulnerable soul behind his mercurial humors, Evie can only watch as protecting her forces Victor to sacrifice yet more of himself to the ancient evil long tethered to his soul.

Trapped in an ever-escalating war they can’t stop, Victor and Evie fight time for a cure, but as the long days pass blackness tears at Evie, ripping her thoughts from her one memory at a time. Victor will to do whatever it takes to prevent her from deteriorating into a rotting husk, even if it means dooming himself, but Evie won’t surrender his soul without a fight. Battle lines drawn, the soul mates resolve to find redemption or die trying.



He materialized in the inky shadow.

Or rather his apparition did. His ghostly frame hovered before her, sinuous and lithe. Against his shadowed form, the string glimmered like liquid silver. Slowly he unwrapped her, tossing the spectral bands to the floor until a coil lay between him and her.

Something inside her chest fluttered. “You followed me.”

An accusation.

He nodded. With a slight shrug, he spread his hands. “You shouldn’t be alone.”

She wanted to turn, giving him her back, but her betraying gaze remained fixated upon him. When he paced around her, she waved him away. “Don’t.”

He caught her hand and placed an insubstantial kiss in her palm. “Let me help you…please.”

A gallant gesture, perhaps, but her skin-slider sensitivity noted the rigidity of his stance, the twitch along his jaw, and the slight narrowing of his eyes. How could he think of helping her when he was in so much pain?

Ordinarily, she might be grateful. Might…if loss hadn’t hollowed her.

She ripped her cooling flesh from his spectral arms. “I don’t deserve kindness.”

“Good.” He gave her a rakish smirk. “Because I’m not kind.”

She shook her head, biting back the emerging smile that had no place on her countenance. She couldn’t be civil, couldn’t risk the involvement. “I can’t go on like this—stuck betwixt life and death.”

“You must. Don’t you see, sweet dove? You’re beyond both. You’re immortal. Like me.”


If you’d like to check out Other Than, you can find it at these links.



Mia Jo Celeste comes from a family of writers and English teachers, so it was no surprise when she chose to pursue both careers. She grew up watching horror movies and reading romances. To her, the two genres go together like salty and sweet in kettle corn.

If you’d like to contact her, you can find her at these links.

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Judy Ann Davis: Four White Roses

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Four White Roses

by Judy Ann Davis


GENRE: Contemporary Romantic Mystery


When widower Rich Redman returns to Pennsylvania with his young daughter to sell his deceased grandmother’s house, he discovers Grandmother Gertie’s final request was for him to find a missing relative and a stash of WWI jewels.

Torrie Larson, single mom, is trying to make her landscape center and flower arranging business succeed while attempting to save the lineage of a rare white rose brought from Austria in the 1900s.

Together, the rich Texas lawyer and poor landscape owner team up to rescue the last rose and fulfill a dead woman’s wishes. But in their search to discover answers to the mysteries plaguing them, will Rich and Torrie also discover love in each other’s arms? Or will a meddling ghost, a pompous banker, and an elusive stray cat get in their way?



When Torrie stepped up to grab the notes from Rich’s hand, he scooped her into his arms and, without warning, planted a light kiss squarely in the center of her forehead, oblivious to the dirt on her face from working at the landscape center. Before she could react, he shoved the notes and phone in her hand, spun her around, and nudged her toward the steps. “Now go pluck the local flowers and bamboozle all those poor unsuspecting customers. I have work to do.” He smiled an arresting smile.

“Bamboozle?” She turned toward him and gave him a perplexed look. Seriously? Isn’t that a word to better describe your occupation, counselor?” Forcing herself to suppress a grin, she clambered down the steps and called over her shoulder, “Don’t forget to feed the cat. Have Lulu teach you.”

She slid into the driver’s seat and tossed the phone and notes onto the passenger seat. But before she could pull away from Gertie’s house, her phone rang. This time it wasn’t her usual ringtone. Rich Redman had changed her tune from I Love the Flower Girl to the Yellow Rose of Texas.

“The audacity of that man! What a blockhead,” she sputtered aloud. How dare he toy with her ringtone? Her mother had suggested the 60’s song when she first started floral arranging at the landscape center. She reached for the phone and answered more sharply than she normally would, “What? What do you want now, Richard Lee Redman? I’m driving. I can’t talk.”

There was a pause on the other end of the phone, and Torrie hoped he wasn’t going to say you—or his Friday outing with her was going down the drain.

Instead, he merely said in his low and sensual voice, “You know you have dirt on your face, don’t you?”

Torrie hung up on him.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Judy Ann Davis began her career in writing as a copy and continuity writer for radio and television in Scranton, PA. She holds a degree in Journalism and Communications and has written for industry and education throughout her career.

Over a dozen of her short stories have appeared in various literary and small magazines and anthologies, and have received numerous awards. She is published in multi-genres, including romance, mystery, western, and comedy. Four White Roses is her fourth novel to date.

When Judy Ann is not behind a computer, you can find her looking for anything humorous to make her laugh or swinging a golf club where the chuckles are few.

She is a member of Pennwriters, Inc. and Romance Writers of America, and divides her time between Central Pennsylvania and New Smyrna Beach, Florida.


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