Author Interview Randy Overbeck: Scarlet At Crystal River

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Author Interview: Randy Overbeck

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

I’m a very eclectic reader though my preferences run toward mystery and thriller. So it seemed natural, when I decided to step into the writing world, that I’d choose to pen a mystery—or in the case of the Haunted Shores Mysteries, “a cold case murder mystery wrapped in a ghost story served with a side of romance, all set in a beautiful resort location.” (Special thanks to the early reviewer who coined this apt description.) SCARLET AT CRYSTAL RIVER follows in this same vein, though it is also a Christmas mystery. As the third entry in the series, the novel completes the arc of the romantic narrative and seemed the perfect capstone for the trilogy.

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

I’m neither the first, middle or last born. In fact, I’m one of seven brothers, arriving somewhere in the middle. Perhaps, my almost middle child status is why I gravitated toward service and helping others. In fact, I spent more than 35 years serving children in education, first as a teacher, then as a college prof, finally as a school leader. These decades of educational experience has provided me with a rich resource of characters, situations, and crises to weave into my fiction. I do in fact write what I know and that is why all my fictional heroes are teachers—much as my real-world ones are as well.

3. Where is your favorite place to write?

I’m very fortunate that I’m able to write in most any place—the back of a restaurant at lunch, a coffee shop with staff and customers bustling around me, even in the waiting room of my doctor’s office. But without a doubt, my favorite place to write is my office. A few years ago, we designed and built a new house and I was able to design my office the way I wanted. What a treat! With a large L-shaped wooded desk, file cabinet and printer nearby, I have all my resources close at hand. It doesn’t hurt to have a huge window on one side, with a view of the pond and the woods beyond. And since SCARLET AT CRYSTAL RIVER was written mostly during the pandemic shutdown, my office became the perfect oasis to create another world, this one on the sunny Gulf Coast of Florida.

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

As they say in the commercials, I do it all the time. I actually enjoy the process of editing and revising, watching my best writing come to the fore. Of course, this means killing my darlings at times. Usually I drop them into a file of murdered darlings, knowing some at least will see the light of day again, that is, if they are as good as I thought they were.

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

That’s easy. My favorite author is best-selling mystery writer William Kent Kreuger, author of the award-winning Cork O’Connor series. I’ve met and talked with Kent at writing conferences several times over the years. In fact, he wrote a great blurb for the first book in the series, BLOOD ON THE CHESAPEAKE. We first met several years ago when I was trying to balance a demanding career with wanting to write. I knew he had done the same for his first few books, so I asked how he managed it. His answer was so simple and so profound, it helped steer me on the correct writing path.

“For those who enjoy a mixed bag in the books they read, Randy Overbeck has performed a nifty literary feat. Within a web woven of threads from a number of genres—a bit of romance, a lot of mystery, and a good deal of old-fashioned ghost whispering—he’s written a pretty solid social commentary.  Blood on the Chesapeake is a tale to be savored in a darkened room, with an eye to all the possibilities lurking just out of sight.  The first of three in a projected trilogy, it’ll be a hard wait for the books that follow.”—William Kent Kreuger

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

Many years ago, I received instruction from a trained belly dancer so I could make a ship, painted across my stomach, dance on cue for the musical, South Pacific. It was hilarious and great fun.

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

Assuming I have access to water and some food—those life-sustaining essentials—I’d want to have with me at least one compilation of great works, perhaps by William Shakespeare for inspiration and intellectual sustenance. The other two items would likely be a tablet (the kind with paper, not the electronic type) and a good pencil. That way I’d have the ability to record my adventures—which, when I got rescued, would no doubt become a runaway bestseller.

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

I think I’d love to have Wonder Woman’s truth lasso. I simply think it would be great to make anyone and everyone tell the truth. What a perfect weapon that would be in our present world bombarded with so much misinformation and falsehoods.

9. Favorite snack?

That’s hard to say, but it would probably be something in the sweet category. I’m a real sucker for a perfectly baked and gracefully iced Danish. Oh, this is making me hungry.

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

I usually know where I’m going, and I mostly am plowing full speed ahead. For example, I’m almost 75% completed my next writing task, another amateur sleuth mystery about some new drugs that five graders get ahold of and end up killing five students. I’m also knee-deep in the research and planning of my next narrative—as much as my time will allow.

Scarlet At Crystal River

by Randy Overbeck

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GENRE: Mystery

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BLURB:

All Darrell Henshaw wanted was to enjoy his honeymoon with his beautiful wife, Erin, in the charming town of Crystal River on the sunny Gulf Coast of Florida. Only a pair of ghosts decide to intrude on their celebration. And not just any ghosts, the spirits of two young Latino children. Unwilling at first to derail the honeymoon for yet another ghost hunt, Darrell finally concedes when a painting of the kids comes alive, weeping and pleading for his help.

When he and Erin track down the artist, they discover the children’s family were migrant workers the next county over. But when they travel there, their questions about the kids get their car shot up and Erin hospitalized. Torn between fear and rage, Darrell must decide how far he will go to get justice for two young children he never even knew.

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Excerpt:

Darrell started, “Like I said back there, it’s complicated. We—”

Erin’s side window exploded. The fractured glass shot slivers across the front seat. The sound of an explosion followed a beat behind. Erin screamed. Something stung Darrell’s right arm. He grabbed a cut on his skin and then looked across the seat. Damn. Erin’s arm was bleeding, bad.

He couldn’t breathe. “Erin?” He stared at her for a second and then jerked his gaze back to the road and straightened the car.

Something hit the rear window. Luis yelped. The glass shattered and a second later, another crack followed. Luis fell forward. Was he hit? Darrell’s gaze jumped from the road to Erin to the back seat. Luis had fallen to the floor. Darrell couldn’t see him.

“Luis?” Erin called.

No answer.

Dragging his eyes from the road, Darrell shot another glance at Erin. Her entire arm was now turning red, the edge of her short-sleeve wicking up the scarlet. The fingers of her left hand gripped tight around her right arm, the knuckles turning white. The blood still seeped through. Dragging his eyes from Erin for a second, he turned in his seat to try to look.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Dr. Randy Overbeck is an award-winning educator, author and speaker. As an educator, he served children for more than three decades in a range of roles captured in his novels, from teacher and coach to principal and superintendent. His thriller, Leave No Child Behind (2012) and his recent mysteries, the Amazon No. 1 Best Seller, Blood on the Chesapeake and Crimson at Cape May have earned five-star reviews and garnered national awards including “Thriller of the Year–ReadersFavorite.com, “Gold Award”—Literary Titan, “Mystery of the Year”—ReadersView.com and “Crowned Heart of Excellence”—InD’Tale Magazine. As a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Dr. Overbeck is an active member of the literary community, contributing to a writers’ critique group, serving as a mentor to emerging writers and participating in writing conferences such as Sleuthfest, Killer Nashville and the Midwest Writers Workshop. When he’s not writing or researching his next exciting novel or sharing his presentation “Things Still Go Bump in the Night,” he’s spending time with his incredible family of wife, three children (and their spouses) and seven wonderful grandchildren.

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Author Ernesto Patino: Enough to Make the Angels Weep

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Hired to investigate the murder of an 84-year-old widow, P.I. Joe Coopersmith hits one dead end after another in his search for leads. With few clues and no suspects, he nearly gives up, until he uncovers a connection to a bizarre plot to kill the descendants of Irish soldiers who fought for Mexico during the Mexican-American War. Known as San Patricios, they belonged to the St. Patrick’s Battalion, an elite Mexican unit composed mostly of Irish immigrants. When a well-preserved diary of an Irish soldier turns up, Coopersmith knows he’s on the right track. He digs deeper into the plot, soon learning the identity of the man behind it and his warped motive for the cold-blooded murder of the elderly widow.

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The killer sat in his car near a desert road that led toward the mountains. He lit a cigarette and glanced at his watch. The man was late. He’d give him five more minutes and then…he spotted a white SUV speeding toward him. It slowed and pulled up alongside him. The driver, a slender man wearing jeans and a tan sport coat, got out. The killer did the same and they stepped away from their vehicles.

The slender man spoke first, as though to break the ice. “They thought you might need some help. That’s why I’m here. All they want you to do is take a break, lay low for a while.”

“I still got a few things to check out, but if that’s what they want…” He shrugged. “I’ll bring you up to date on everything and then—”

“That won’t be necessary. I think I know what I need to do.”

The killer nodded. “Okay, I know the rules. I’ll step aside and you can take it from here.” He studied him for a second. The man’s expressionless face made it difficult to read.

“They want me to give you this.” The man reached into the pocket of his coat, pulled out a thick envelope and handed it to him. “A bonus, just so there’s no hard feelings.” He forced a quick smile.

The killer took the envelope and shoved it into his back pants pocket. “Well, I guess that’s it, then.” He didn’t want to hang around any longer than he had to. “If they need me, they know where to find me.” He turned to walk to his car but didn’t get far. A bullet from the man’s gun knocked him to the ground. Instinctively, he reached for his own gun and returned fire, striking the man in the chest. He fired two more times. The man dropped to his knees.

Bleeding and barely conscious, the killer got up and staggered over to where the man lay dying. He shot him in the head, then collapsed near his body.

About the Author:Ernesto Patino has been a musician, soldier, schoolteacher, FBI agent and private investigator. He is a multi-genre author whose books range from Mysteries and Thrillers to Romance and Children’s books. His published works include In the Shadow of a Stranger, Web of Secrets, The Last of the Good Guys and One Last Dance. He lives in Southern Arizona with his wife Pamela with whom he shares a passion for ethnic cuisines, classical music and foreign films.

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Author Interview TammyJo Eckhart: Day Unto Night

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Author Interview: TammyJo Eckhart

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

I don’t set out to write in a genre. I write whatever genre works best to tell the story I want to tell at that time, or whatever magazine or anthology I may be thinking of submitting to is looking for at the time. In fact, Day Unto Night is a cross-genre novel including historical, contemporary, and futuristic fiction.

I’ve always loved vampires, ever since I was a child. At the same time, I’m a very picky fan of vampires. While I give it all a try, I don’t love the angst or the whininess of some vampires that have become popular over the decades. An outright monster, though, is also unappealing. I wanted to do something unique, so I looked farther and farther back in time and discovered a potential vampire-like entity that the ancient Sumerians mentioned, though not much information is given. That allowed me freedom to expand and develop a new mythos while meeting some current expectations for what vampires are and can do. That also allowed me to work across genres.

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

You opened the door to so much that you were probably not expecting with this question, so hold on for this explanation. I am the youngest of five children. However, when I was born, three of my siblings were already or were about to be married, and the fourth was in her senior year of high school. Or to paraphrase her: How could my parents embarrass her by having another kid at their age? By the time I was two years old, I was the only child living at home. However, I had a nephew who was only six months younger than me, and he was soon followed by other nephews and nieces.

In a sense, I was the youngest, the only, and the oldest child at the same time, because when my nieces and nephews were around, I was expected to look out for them, play with them, and care for them, particularly as more appeared and the age differences grew between myself and the youngest ones. I took that responsibility seriously for a variety of reasons that I won’t get into here.

If nothing else, this gave me the ability to see the world from different viewpoints. It made it necessary for me to be adaptive to the situation I was in. Was I the baby sister, the only daughter, or the big aunt? Did I have everyone’s attention, or did I need to be watching over someone else? I hope that comes out in my fiction when I create complex characters.

3. Where is your favorite place to write?

I don’t have a favorite place, because I have only one place that I can easily write, and that is my office. I am blessed that we have a house where I am the only person with a dedicated office-only space. I have a desktop computer with a huge screen now, a keyboard, a decent chair, and okay lighting. I can close myself off when I need to focus, or I can be aware of what is happening in the rest of the house simply by opening my door. I really do not write well in other venues. I need to concentrate when I’ve tried writing at conventions or on trips; that’s usually by hand, and there are distractions, as there should be, because I’m there to sell books or teach classes. While I will write by hand if I’m inspired or there’s a deadline, let me tell you that earning a PhD destroyed my handwriting; sometimes even I struggle to read it.

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

If you’re talking about taking out material that I loved writing for the good of the story, most of the time I just delete it. If it’s a story or book that might have a sequel or be part of a series involving the same characters, I’ll save it in a separate file and work it in later. I’ve done this for the next book I’m working on, which the start of a series called Almost Partners.

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

First, I fall unconscious, because that would be Octavia Butler, and she passed away years ago. Then I’d ask her where she found the internal reserves of strength to keep writing when publishers kept messing up the race and ethnicity of her characters on the covers of her early books. That would have made me so angry. I’m sure it made her angry, sad, a mixture of emotions. She kept writing, and she kept getting books issued with the same and other publishers. Each time they were a bit more accepting of what she was doing in her books. I don’t know that I have the self-control to not get so angry I’d mess up my chance to get published again if I saw a cover with a white woman on it when my main character is so clearly black or Hispanic. She made a sacrifice inside to get those books out.

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

I’m a relatively open person about my life. I came out of the closet as poly and kinky back in the mid-1990s when I was first published, but I said, “I’m using my real name.” This is me; I don’t use pen names; a publisher would need to really explain to me why they want me to use a pen name to get me to use one. I live my life with this philosophy: Don’t do things you’re ashamed of. That turns into learning to accept yourself.

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

How my brain immediately works is to take what I know is a fun question and treat it seriously, which tells you something about me as a person and a writer. Easy to set up solar-powered long-distance radio Easy to set up water filtration system Large Swiss Army knife or Leatherman’s Tool

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

This question is quite easy for me to answer. My answer comes from a real-life challenge I am daily struggling with. I would have the ability to communicate in and to understand any human language. This is because I have dyslexia, which is a horrible thing for either a writer or an academic to have. If I could have that superpower, it would save me so much time in terms of creating fiction and non-fiction and also getting it published and into the hands of readers and bloggers like you.

9. Favorite snack?

Some folks will expect me to say chocolate, because they may know about my blog called “The Chocolate Cult,” but chocolate is not a snack; it is more than a mere snack, though it can be used in a snack. For me, the perfect snack would mix protein and carbs in a balanced way that would satisfy me for hours, so that could be cheese with peanut butter on whole-grain crackers or bread. Better would be walnuts or pecans with dried cranberries and 70% chocolate coating them.

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

Oh, Goddess, I’ve been living south of Indianapolis now for over two decades, and the Indy 500 is this massive deal here. I drive in the other direction and stay away for the entire freaking month before the race. That’s what I do. I’m not knocking the Indy 500 in particular; I’d drive the other way from any sporting event or perhaps go hiking instead.

Day Unto Night

by TammyJo Eckhart

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GENRE:   Vampire

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BLURB:

A Sumerian child named Ningai survives the murder of her entire family and cries out to her people’s gods, who answer her prayer in an unexpected way. Now, as the first of the Akhkharu, the living dead, Ningai embarks on a journey across the millennia to rebuild what she lost. The best of her offspring must maintain some shred of goodness to prove worthy to their Child-Mother while fighting the deadly impulses of their kind. Join their journeys across time in a series of interconnected stories from the earliest cities to a brutal future where humans are mere pawns in the hands of near gods. Like all of us, Ningai and the best of her children will stop at nothing to protect her family. Can they succeed before they lose what’s left of their humanity, or will all of humanity become enslaved to the Akhkharu forever?

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Excerpt:

I remember running.

I ran between their bodies as they did things to her that I didn’t even have words for.  I ran over the cold stone floor, slipping on the cooling sticky substance that dripped from my mother’s still body.  I ran over the door and my brother’s cold mass trying to block it.  I ran over the earth and grass, matted from my father’s slaughter.

I remember running.

I ran until I fell into the Great Water, what you call the Euphrates, but we only called Puranum, and was carried until I could grasp a branch with my hands, tearing at it until my blood also covered the ground as I pulled myself up.

I remember my pain.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

TammyJo Eckhart, PhD, is the published author of science fiction, fantasy, contemporary, horror, and historical fiction. Her non-fiction works covering subjects ranging from history to alternative sexuality to relationship advice and the challenges of trauma recovery. She holds a PhD in Ancient History with doctoral minors in Gender & Sexuality and Folklore.  Her blog, The Chocolate Cult, has been the go-to guide for chocolate lovers since 2009. She loves visiting conventions as well as organizations to read, sell books, or share her experiences and insights on various topics in the form of lectures or workshops.

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Maria Imbalzano: Red Velvet Crinkles and Christmas Sprinkles

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Competitive, work-obsessed Bella Simonetti has just been fired from her high-paying job at a Manhattan law firm. At an all-time low, she returns home and helps her parents at their small-town gift shop, but the business is failing and may not make it past the Christmas holidays.

Successful landscape architect Dean Jackson is like a son to Bella’s parents. But he’s a persistent annoyance to her—he seems to have forgotten his unforgivable blunder thirteen years earlier.

When Bella transforms her parents’ gift shop into a cookie cottage, Dean’s generosity and magnetic smile are hard to resist, and those feelings of unrequited adolescent love come rushing back. But can Bella let go of the past and accept Dean for the man he is today?

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“I agree with Dean. Barb’s Gift Cottage has been in Princeton for thirty years. You don’t decide one day to revamp the entire business. Get rid of the old, make way for the new. It doesn’t make any sense to me.”

Bella bit her tongue before responding, reminding herself to stay cool. “Okay. I’m open to anything. Let’s talk about your ideas to stay afloat.” She sat, poised with her pad in front of her, pen in hand.

Silence.

She looked directly at her dad first, eyebrow arched. “I’m listening.” Then she scanned over to Dean.

Her gaze moved up to his eyes—sea green in the harsh kitchen light but beautiful just the same.

His gaze locked with hers and held her hostage— an unwilling prisoner to his warden. All ire morphed into a swirling eddy of primal lust, and she felt herself disappearing into his aura. She needed to save herself as well as her ego. Fighting the pull, she surfaced, blinking to clear her eyes, inhaling to bring her back to the present.

She disconnected and glanced at her parents. Had they noticed she’d been missing?

The smallest smile quirked Dean’s lips—surely acknowledging her lapse into Dean-land. She reached for the annoyance she’d let slip from her grasp and pulled it back into her arsenal.

About the Author:

Maria Imbalzano is a retired matrimonial lawyer who now writes full time. Instead of drafting motions, legal memoranda, and briefs, although fascinating, she now spends her days creating memorable characters and taking them on their emotional journeys through her contemporary romance novels.

Her novel, “Unchained Memories,” won the Wisconsin Romance Writers Write Touch Readers’ Award and the ACRA Readers’ Choice Heart of Excellence Award. “Sworn to Forget,” the first of the four-book Sworn Sisters Series was a finalist for the illustrious RONE award as well as the Book Buyers Best Award. Her novellas, “The Blueberry Swirl Waltz” and “A Song For Another Day” each came in first in their category in the National Excellence in Story Telling contest.

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Author Wendi Zwaduk: Starting Over

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Music soothes Levon Blackfoot’s soul. He lives for the rush of the crowd and the high of performing, but something’s missing. The music he loves isn’t working. It’s time to make some changes.
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Good thing it’s almost the New Year, the Haudeshaun. There’s no better a time to evaluate and pursue the woman he loves—Callie.
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Callie King has loved Levon since the moment they met, but a misunderstanding destroyed their relationship. If she can open her heart, they can have a second chance. She loves and needs him.
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Maybe Haudeshaun is the perfect time to get what she wants—Levon.
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Two broken people with a chance to start over at Haudeshaun—if they’re willing to try.

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“Callie?” Levon tilted his head and half-smiled. “What is it about you that makes me want to forget this life and just be with you?”

“My animal magnetism?”

“Probably,” he murmured. “What did I do that made you hate me?”

“I don’t hate you.” She could be evasive when she wanted to—like right now.

He nodded. “Salina?”

She tensed and pressed her lips together. Salina had a lot to do with why she couldn’t be alone with him. “She’s part of it.”

“Cards on the table,” Levon said. “I never slept with her. Never wanted to. That night in Dallas, she followed me to my room. Said she wanted to meet Haven and I believed her. All she wanted was to bed one of us. Didn’t matter which.”

She’d heard this before.

“She told everyone we slept together because it gave her credibility,” he said. “But we didn’t. She saw your photo in my guitar case and knew there was no chance. She told me to pay her a grand and she’d forget ever being in my room. When I said no, she told everyone we slept together.”

Callie knew most of those details, too—all except the thing about the photo. “I saw you kiss her.” The memory had been imprinted on her mind and tore at her heart.

“You saw a misunderstanding and a woman who wanted to hurt you. She did that just to piss you off and it worked.” Levon held both of her hands. “I don’t know what you’re not telling me, but those are my truths. I love you, Callie Mae King. Have since we met.”
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About the Author:

Wendi Zwaduk, is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009. Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to LGBTQ and BDSM themes. No matter what the length, her works are always hot, but with a lot of heart. She enjoys giving her characters a second chance at love, no matter what the form. She’s been the runner up in the Kink Category at Love Romances Café as well as nominated at the LRC for best author, best contemporary, best ménage and best anthology. Her books have made it to the bestseller lists on Amazon.com.

When she’s not writing, Megan spends time with her husband and son as well as three dogs and three cats. She enjoys art, music and racing, but football is her sport of choice. She’s an active member of the Friends of the Keystone-LaGrange Public library.

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Author Kathryn Hills: Sand, Salt, and Spirits

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Sand, Salt, and Spirits

by Kathryn Hills

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GENRE:   Romance / Halloween / Contemporary

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BLURB:

Can a weekend visit to Last Chance Beach undo decades of brokenhearted memories? Conjuring up some island magic might just be their trick. Or treat!

Kyle Worthington hasn’t returned to Last Chance Beach in years. He’s worked hard to prove himself to his overbearing father and the rest of the world. Now it’s October, and the vacation island paradise is celebrating the season with an island-wide Fall Festival. Family obligation demands he participate. Everyone will be there, including the ghost that haunts his grandparents’ B&B.

The running joke that Kyle never sticks with anything—not a career or a woman—will continue to plague him. Unless he brings a knockout of a date to the weekend-long event. Cassandra Corwin fits the bill perfectly. Kyle’s had his eye on his brilliant, beautiful coworker since day one. But Cassie is an enigma, a loner. There’s no room in her life for anyone except Odin, her goofball of a Great Dane.

Will this woman of mystery agree to Kyle’s scheme to impress his family? Can two near strangers from opposite worlds survive family gatherings and back-to-back Halloween events while pretending to be a couple? Kyle’s father seems hell-bent on derailing everything before they even shout “Boo!”

Or will the island’s magic prove too powerful for them to resist?

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Excerpt:

Cassie snatched up her purse from the coffee table and dug through it until she found his business card. Her fingertip slid over the expensive linen-like cardstock, his name and title embossed in slate blue. Kyle S. Worthington, Senior Sales Representative. Even his card screams class and old money. The polar opposite of who she was and where she came from.

The other night at the restaurant, Kyle had been the only one wearing a two-hundred-dollar shirt, starched and meticulously ironed. With cufflinks. Okay…so he’d ditched the tie, but no doubt, it too likely cost more than she spent on groceries in a week.

Dare I consider his offer to visit Last Chance Beach? Odin whined and tipped his regal-looking head.

“What are you suggesting, big guy? You don’t even know the man. He’s not like anyone I’ve ever met. Certainly not like anyone I’ve ever…dated.”

Cassie scowled when the dog continued to stare as if judging her.  Was it necessarily a bad thing that Kyle S. Worthington was different from any of her exes?

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

The rich history and many mysteries of New England are the perfect backdrop for many of KATHRYN’s books. Winding roads lined by old stone walls, forgotten cemeteries, grand homes with shadowy pasts…all sparks for her imagination. Whether it’s a quaint seaside town or the vibrant city of Boston, it’s easy for this “hauntingly romantic” author to envision the past mingling with the present. No surprise, some of Kathryn’s favorite stories include ghosts! Sprinkle in some magic, and you’re off on a great adventure.

When not writing, this best-selling author is reading, researching, gardening, or cooking up something special in her chaotic kitchen. She shares her colonial home in the north woods with those she loves most – her wonderful husband, daughter, and three crazy dogs.

Find Kathryn Hills Online

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Author Parker Fairchild: Christmas Cookies on a Cruise Ship

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Author Interview: Parker Fairchild

1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book?
In the case of “Christmas Cookies on a Cruise Ship,” the romantic comedy genre found me! I began this book on a Caribbean cruise some years ago to answer the romantic question: What if you could dream up your perfect man? As I developed my heroine and hero, Olivia and Jace, and their interactions and encounters grew funnier and funnier, I knew I had a romantic comedy brewing.

Fast forward to when I met my now hubby, Jason, on a Hawaiian cruise. Just as Olivia and Jace fell in love at first sight, so, too, did my hubby and I.

Then, when the COVID lockdown hit, my mom suggested I use this time to finish one of the many manuscripts that are parked on my computer. A Christmas novel full of laughs, love, and holiday cheer seemed a perfect choice.

2. Writers write what they know and must observe the world. Are you a firstborn, middle or last child, and how does this shape your view of the world?
I’m an only child, and being observant was something that my mom taught me from an early age. In my opinion, observation and research are essential to crafting realistic, great stories.

3. Where is your favorite place to write?
I typically write from home at my desk on an iMac; this is a comfortable and productive space for me. I’ve also written on vacations and cruise ships. As one can obviously conclude from “Christmas Cookies on a Cruise Ship,” ships are a real inspirational place for me to create and write.

4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains?
Thus far, in my published fiction career, I haven’t had to kill a character yet.

5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them?
Susan Elizabeth Phillips—how do you keep coming up with so many funny, wonderful stories and such interesting, quirky characters?

6. Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows.
I’m a real foodie; I love to eat, and I eat well!

7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack for company. What three items are in your survival pack?
I’d have a satellite phone capable of calling anywhere on the planet and two solar chargers. That way, I can call for help. I love islands but not deserted ones lacking luxury resorts!

8. If you could have one superpower in your existence, what would it be?
I’d love to be able to read people’s minds.

9. Favorite snack?
Chocolate Chip Cookies!

10. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going, or do you drive the speed limit?
I know how to get where I’m going. If I don’t, then my GPS does, and if it doesn’t, then Siri knows—she knows everything!

Christmas Cookies on a Cruise Ship

by Parker Fairchild

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GENRE:   Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

Chemist and budding romance writer Olivia Chasen is on a cruise to avoid spending Christmas with her beautiful twin sister and new fiancé—Olivia’s ex. Now, thanks to her lonely, intoxicated ramblings on Santa’s lap, her fellow passengers think she’s in love with a fictional character.

Former Navy SEAL Commander Jace Morse has dealt with plenty of unusual situations in his career, but he’s never had the honor, the pleasure, or the privilege of being a beautiful and intelligent woman’s fantasy hero come to life. While he hasn’t officially met the sexy chemist, he’s sure eager to explore the chemistry that’s sizzling between them.
Bringing the charming SEAL together with the skeptical Olivia is going to take more than just Christmas cookies and a little help from Mrs. Claus; it’s gonna take a heaping dose of Christmas magic.

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Excerpt:

“Dr. Olivia Chasen,” Santa’s jolly baritone popped her mental fuzzy bubble.

She stopped as she struggled to whirl around. “Me?” She touched her chest with a dramatic flourish she didn’t know she possessed.

A powerful spotlight illuminated her; its heat burned her already flushed face. She pressed a clammy palm to her chest. “How do you know my name?” The haze in her mind was paralyzing all cognitive function.

“My dear girl,” Santa chuckled, “you should know by now that Santa knows everything and everyone,” he tapped an index finger to his temple.

Santa Claus turned to address the waiting line. “Girls, Boys, Moms, Dads, everyone, if you don’t mind waiting for a brief moment, I’d like for Olivia,” he pointed a white-gloved finger at her, “to please come up here on stage, and tell me what she wants for Christmas.”

She stood dumbfounded as the audience and the people in line clapped and chanted her name,

“Olivia! Olivia! Olivia!” Oh no! What was she going to do? She couldn’t possibly go up onto that stage. She was far too shy to address a theater full of people. But if she didn’t go that would be so unexciting and so like the old Olivia. But she wasn’t unexciting! She was the new Olivia, and she was exciting! And she wanted to have fun! Correction: She was determined to have fun. Besides, she’d never see these people—her fellow passengers—ever again.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Parker Fairchild is a model, social media copywriter, and freelance writer with multiple writing credits. A Virginia native, she and her husband had their own shipboard romance as they met on a cruise ship tender in Maui, and as her mom is fond of saying, “they haven’t stopped talking since.” When she’s not busy playing with words, she loves spending time with her husband and family in Arizona where she now resides.

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Author Bernadette Marie: Something Discovered

 

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Sometimes coming home opens the door to discovering something new.

After Coach Diaz’s funeral, Alex Burke realized there was nothing left for him in Boston, especially after he found out his girlfriend had moved on. Moving back to Colorado, and bonding with his college friends, is what Alex needed to get his life back in order.

Catherine Anderson grew up in the shadow of Coach Diaz’s daughter. The best friend that was always overlooked, Catherine had reservations about the men who had been Coach’s Fabulous Five, especially Alex Burke who always had eyes for Rachel, and didn’t even know Catherine existed.

Coming together to mutually help Rachel through hard times, Catherine and Alex realize they’d had eyes for one another back when. Perhaps now that Alex was home, it would be a good time to explore an adult relationship. But when news out of Boston rocks his world, it just might be more than Catherine can handle.

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Alex took the brush from her and set it on top of the open can of paint. “Do you dance?”

Now he wrapped his arms around her waist and pulled her closer. Her eyes were wide as she studied him. She might have thought he was crazy, but she wasn’t pushing him away.

A few measures later, she finally lifted her arms and swayed with him.

“This is silly,” she chuckled shaking her head.

“Spontaneous,” he corrected as he pulled her a little closer. “It’s supposed to be romantic, right? Stopping what you’re doing and dancing?”

Her eyes went wide. “Are you trying to be romantic?”

“Am I not good at it?”

Catherine blinked and he could see her lip tremble. “I asked you first,” she said and her voice shook.

Alex slowed his sway. Maybe he was trying to be romantic. Maybe that was why he felt the need to show up at her house with flowers and wine.

He slowed even more, until they were simply standing in the bathroom—his hands on her hips, her arms around his neck.

“I guess I am,” he said looking down into her blue eyes.

Catherine swallowed hard and ran her tongue across her pink lips. “Then I guess you’re good at it.”

The ball was back in his court, he decided. He could let go of her and pick up the paint roller, or he could take the next step and see what happened.

Catherine’s fingers began to make circles at the nape of his neck, and now he trembled.

Lowering his mouth, until his was only a breath from hers, he stopped and locked eyes with her. Her baby blues were soft before they disappeared behind her eyelids, and he knew then she wanted the kiss he was contemplating as much as he did.

About the Author:

Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie is known for building families readers want to be part of. Her series The Keller Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in 2011. Since then she has authored and published over forty-five books. The married mother of five sons promises romances with a Happily Ever After always…and says she can write it because she lives it.

Obsessed with the art of writing and the business of publishing, chronic entrepreneur Bernadette Marie established her own publishing house, 5 Prince Publishing, in 2011 to bring her own work to market as well as offer an opportunity for fresh voices in fiction to find a home as well.

When not immersed in the writing/publishing world, Bernadette Marie can be found spending time with her family, traveling, and running multiple businesses. An avid martial artist, Bernadette Marie is a second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do, and loves Tai Chi. She is a retired hockey mom, a lover of a good stout craft beer, and might have an unhealthy addiction to chocolate.

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Author Amber Daulton: Forever Winter

Will their love withstand the storm to come?

Forever Winter by Amber Daulton

Publisher: Daulton Publishing Release Date: October 5th, 2021 Genre: Historical Romance Length: 15k Heat Rating: Sweet

Synopsis:

A perfect Christmas wedding, a snowstorm, and a shocking secret. What could go wrong?

Susanna Lorican must marry the man she loves before the truth is discovered, or face the gossip of the ton. With an unexpected snowstorm injuring the minister, her future hangs in the balance.

Viscount Camden Beckinworth vows to keep his bride safe, even if he must betray her confidence. When their love is put to the test, how will he uphold her honor without jeopardizing his own?

– Warning: this sweet, complete Regency romance novella features a brief scene where the heroine is assaulted.

– Second edition. Newly revised and edited.

Excerpt:

As he lifted his fist to knock, the door swung open, and the loveliest woman he had ever seen scowled at him. Then a shriek split her lips and damn near ruptured his eardrums.

She halfway closed the door and ducked behind it. “Camden, why are you here? Do you wish for bad luck? The blasted snow is already an omen!”

“Susanna! Language.” Lady Lorican hissed at her from somewhere in the room. Footsteps resounded, then she pushed opened the door and pursed her lips at Camden.

He fidgeted under her intense scrutiny and dropped his gaze. After she stepped back, he crossed the threshold and nodded his gratitude at the baroness. At least her presence established a semblance of decorum and would silence any wagging tongues.

“Now, Susanna.” He held up his hands to placate her as Lady Lorican closed the door. “Before a string of unladylike curses flies from your lips, allow me to explain. The—”

Susanna stomped toward him and poked him in the chest. Then she sniffed and wrinkled her nose. “You cad. Have you been drinking and smoking? You should not be here.”

Camden expelled a long breath. “I know, darling, but I’m relaying a message from your father. There’s been a slight change of plans.”

She rolled her dark eyes. “I already know we must have the ceremony inside. I’m not happy about it, but I accept it.”

“I see.” Camden arched his eyebrow. How was she so calm? His dear fiancée had been daydreaming about marrying him under the ivy-festooned latticework in the courtyard and even sketched how she imagined the scene to look. Lady Lorican had probably already pulled the younger woman back from the edge of panic. “There’s something else.”

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About the Author

Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through Daulton Publishing, The Wild Rose Press, and Books to Go Now, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats.

She lives in North Carolina with her husband and demanding cats.

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Author Jim Cheney: All is Set Anew

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A fast-paced examination of loss, survival, and ultimately acceptance of those things we do not understand but must contend with as if our lives depend upon it.

From deep in the rural Tennessee woods, two brothers flee their murderous father only to find that a violent, supernatural force has followed their escape and will haunt their family for multiple generations.

All Is Set Anew is the story of abandonment and its subsequent revenge, set against a backdrop of characters imprisoned by poverty and self-doubt and their struggle to outrun the evil and illness that relentlessly pursues them.

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“You remember me?” Hicks said

“Goddamn right I remember,” Eli Stearns said.

Hicks hit him in the mouth. He felt teeth give against his fist and the man was instantly knocked from the stool, unable to break his fall as he dropped to the floor. He landed on his shoulder and then rolled over on his back, both his hands clutching his mouth. Blood was coming through his fingers and he was screaming and gargling, muffled by his palms. Hicks stepped back and kicked the man in the ribs. Then stepped back again and kicked him in the groin. The man curled and bellowed from his bloody mouth, his hands now holding his testicles. Hicks dropped to one knee and grabbed the man’s thinning hair and banged his head up and down on the floor, the sound a rhythmic thump, thump, thump on the wooden boards. Hicks stood and looked at his own hands, saw there was blood on them and leaned back down to wipe them clean on the front of the man’s shirt. Still bent over and out of habit, he went for his knife in his back pocket, but they had taken it from him when they arrested him. He stood again and was about to leave when he returned to the man on the floor and launched a kick into his side that forced an almost inaudible moan carried out on a thick spray of bloody breath. Hicks turned again and walked across the room to leave.

About the Author: Jim Cheney was raised in North Georgia and has written professionally for more than 25 years. He has been published in media outlets throughout the United States. This is his first novel. He lives in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife, two boys and three dogs.

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