Donna Del Oro on Tour: Athena’s Secrets


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Athena’s Secrets

by Donna Del Oro


GENRE: romantic suspense w/ESP elements



What if you could read minds with just a touch? Would you be able to trust anyone?

Athena Butler, the twenty-year-old descendant of an ancient bloodline of psychics, yearns to lead a normal life. She wants a career, a boyfriend, independence. Her clairvoyant gift, however, has taught her that people can be false and dangerous. Although warned to keep her powers a secret, she’s recruited by law enforcement to help search for a serial killer and uncover a terrorist cell.

She bonds with an intriguing, handsome man, Kas Skoros, who knows her secret and accepts it. Of the same bloodline, his mother is precognitive and predicts that they are meant to be together…some day. Kas, military veteran and Search and Rescue deputy, is skeptical and cynical– life is too uncertain–but can’t resist exploring his passion for Athena. Yet there are obstacles beyond their control.

Can Kas overcome these obstacles? Can Athena stay alive long enough to fulfill her dream?



Kas pointed at one of these gravel paths that led through a thicket of oak trees. He seemed to observe how Spartacus was glued to Athena’s side, his tongue flopping out happily, and his tail wagging excitedly.

“We’re pals,” she said.

Kas led her down the back terrace steps to the gravel path behind a row of shrubs surrounding the pool and patio. They’d have to cross twenty acres—about a half-mile, Kas said—to the family’s boat dock.

“I know,” she said, “Alex already took us out in the boat.”

Kas gazed at her with a speculative look. “Women like Alex. He’s the family charmer. Guess he stole your heart, too.”

“Hardly. I’ve grown wary of men who’re too charming.” Athena smiled, bent over and rubbed behind the German shepherd’s pointed black ears until he almost purred with pleasure. Kas looked surprised.

“He usually takes a long time to warm up to people.”

Athena scratched under the German shepherd’s long jaw. “Like his master, I suppose. We became friends yesterday during the ski boat ride. Spartacus told me a lot about you and how he feels about you. You’re his sun and moon, his alpha and omega. He showed me all the things you do together.”

Kas halted on the path. “You read my dog’s mind?”

She didn’t mean for her tone to be so defensive, but out it came. “Well, yeah. It’s what I do. I was holding him in the boat. He doesn’t think in words, of course, but the visual imagery and feelings were there.”

He shot her a crooked smile, then slapped a palm against his thigh, a signal for Spartacus to heel at his side. The dog looked over at his master, back at Athena, gave a whine, and reluctantly moved away from her.

He mock-growled at his dog, which caused Spartacus to perk up his ears. Something was going on with these two-legged humans but the dog didn’t know what.

“That’s for being a traitor, boy. Telling this girl our secrets.”

Athena grinned. “Don’t worry, he didn’t reveal secrets about any of your girlfriends. I don’t think Spartacus knows or cares about that.”

“C’mon, boy.” Kas beckoned as Spartacus rubbed his fur against his master’s leg.

“You’re something else, Athena,” he added, “You’re here three days, and already stealing my dog. But you don’t want Alex? Most women I see hate my dog but crush on Alex. You’re a strange one.”

She almost tripped. Somehow his words both pleased and stung her. “Strange, huh? Well, I don’t think I want to be friends with you after all.”

He snorted but kept on walking, leading her down the path. “No danger of that happening. I don’t make friends with tall, pretty blondes, especially if they have ESP.”

He thinks I’m pretty.  That thought unsettled her more than she wanted to admit.

“Because of your mother’s precog dream? She saw you ending up with a tall blonde?”

“Maybe. She said the tall blonde would have the gifts of the ancient Greek priestesses. That kind of narrows it down, doesn’t it? But hell, no one tells me what my future’s going to be, not even my own mother.” He stopped and fixed his gaze on her face. “Anyway, by strange I meant unique, special. What you, your mother, my mother have—this bloodline of females is extraordinary. You need to be protected.” He looked away and continued walking. “Alex and I do what we can for Mom. We guard her secret. We don’t let the outside world exploit her. Your mother has her husband. I suppose you’ll have to find a protector, too.” Kas looked down at Spartacus, who was trotting alongside. Athena heard his implied message: Don’t expect me to be him.

“Yes,” she said, her chin up, “perhaps. Right now I can protect myself.”



AuthorImage_AthenasSecretsAuthor Bio and Links:

Donna Del Oro lives in Northern California with her husband and three cats. She taught high school and community college English classes for 30+ years and is now happily retired. When not writing novels or reading voraciously, she travels and sings with the medal winning Sacramento Valley Chorus.

Donna is a member of Capitol Crimes, the Sacramento chapter of Sisters in Crime in addition to the Valleyrose chapter of the RWA. She has judged RITA entries and does developmental editing on the side. Two of her novels, Operation Familia and Born To Sing, have won national and international awards.

Follow clairvoyant artist Athena Butler in the next book in The Delphi Bloodline series: ATHENA’S QUEST.


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Ellen Byerrum on Tour: The Dollhouse in the Crawlspace


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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. For good or ill, I suppose that trait is determination. Possibly stubbornness. (pigheadedness?) After working so hard for so many years to write, I couldn’t stop for fear of failing while my friends were making wonderful strides in their chosen careers. Knowing when to quit is important, but I didn’t want to quit writing on the chance it was the day, week, or month just before I might succeed.

  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? The mystery genre has always called to me. Before I wrote my first book, I was constantly reading mysteries and I still do.  I like books where something happens and something is at stake, and I also love crime stories because the best ones evoke a time and place like no other. Just as a personal note, when I travel, I like to check out mysteries that are set in the locales I visit.

3. The plot thickens, or does it? Which one are you, a pantser or a plotter? A bit of both. I always know where the story is headed, as well as the key plot points and characters. But I never want to strangle myself with a preconceived outline or narrative, because the most interesting writing happens when you least expect it. Too much outlining can really suck the energy out of a story, to the point where I might not want to write it anymore. I’m very cautious of plotting the spark right out.

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? Writing about crime is the act of dealing with hypothetical fears I may never have to face. When I write, I’m always coming up with a solution to a fictitious problem that involves a real fear, such as dealing with the police, disarming a criminal, or talking a crazy person down from the edge.

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? Does anyone conquer the juggling act?  It would probably be a lot easier to juggle everything with a housekeeper picking up the messes and cleaning the house. Even better, a nanny for adults, who would clean the house, do the laundry, put out your clothes, fix your lunch, and make you take a nap. Seriously, the only thing I can do is concentrate on one thing at a time. It’s calming to be able to cross things off the list. Writing has to come first. If that means the laundry has to be ignored, so be it.

6. Switch positions with one of your main characters in a scene. What is the outcome, disaster or divine intervention? It’s hard to theorize something different than is on the page, because I always take the place of my characters when I write them. When I write dialogue, I even tend to speak aloud in their accents if they have one. Southern, Russian, New Jersey, whatever. Makes the dialogue more interesting.

7. Where is your favorite place to write? Add that one comfort food that you can’t do without. My favorite place changes all the time. I have to change my location, depending on where I am in a book. In the early part of a book, I like to leave the house and go write at the library, or a coffee shop, or a book store. Other times, I work at my desk, or in a chair in the living room, or on the daybed in the boudoir. Comfort food? Chocolate, with a side of chocolate.

8. Writing inspirations? Almost anything can inspire, whether it’s a news story, say about the science of blocking memories, or a dream where a fragment sticks with me until I use it. For example, I once had a dream about the ghost of a young woman strolling up the sidewalk with a giant bowl of fresh strawberries. I know the story, I just haven’t had the time to write it yet. Locations can inspire me. Middleburg, Virginia, was a huge inspiration for The Dollhouse in the Crawlspace. People-watching is fun and individuals can morph into certain character types. Some years ago, while I rode the Metro to work in D.C., I would regularly see a guy I called “Boxhead Man.” Honestly, the man must have been afraid of aliens (or the government). Boxhead Man wore a contraption that looked like part of a motorcycle helmet duct-taped to a wooden box, which he wore over his head with support straps over his shoulders. You couldn’t see his face. I was dying to know what on earth he was thinking, but a little too afraid to approach him and ask. (I never saw anyone else approach him, either.) I haven’t used him in a story as of yet, but the option remains open.

9. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them? Favorite author this week? I would love to have conversations with Raymond Chandler and Elizabeth Peters, among many others. The question for everyone is: How do you hang on to the dream when things look bleak, when you think you’ll never make it or get that book deal or the recognition you seek?

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. 
Most of my friends are writers too, and they have their own quirks. We mystery writers tend to say things like, “That would be a great place to find a body,” or “What an interesting way to kill someone!” I try not to say those things in front of people who wouldn’t understand.

Thanks so much for having me here and asking such great questions!




The Dollhouse in the Crawlspace

by Ellen Byerrum

GENRE: Suspense/Thriller




If you lost your memories, would you lose your soul?

“In my memories, my eyes are always green.”
After a devastating accident, a young woman finds herself recovering in a memory research facility. Her eyes are brown; her memories are broken. Years of her life are blank, yet she remembers being two very different women, one called Tennyson, the other Marissa. If she can’t trust her memories or her own eyes, who can she trust? To save her sanity and her life, she begins a secret journal between the lines of Homer’s Odyssey—and her own harrowing odyssey into madness and murder. Lost among her shattered memories, can she find her true self?



The nightmare came again last night.

The cast-off thoughts of an incubus haunt me and press me and smother me while I sleep. Recurring and mutating, but always returning to taunt me. It calls me out of the Fog.

In the dream, I am running. It is very dark and the only thing I can see is the dim outline of a house. It resembles the home I lived in growing up. The home of one of me, anyway. It’s a little two-story white Victorian cottage with green shutters and trim, only three feet tall. There are lights on inside and the tiny door swings open for me. With every step I take I shrink, until I am almost small enough to fit through the front door. Something is hard upon my heels. Someone calls my name. This time, I can’t quite remember if the voice calls for Tennyson or Marissa. I’m almost home, almost up the front steps and through the door. But I never quite make it.

My face was wet with tears when I woke up, my heart beating like a drum in my chest, a sour taste in my mouth. Despite feeling like someone was in the room watching me, I was alone. I was conscious of the ever-present camera, but it was dark. I put my hand on my chest and willed my heart to slow down.

The first time I had the dream, weeks ago now, Giles was there beside me, suddenly turning on the bedside lamp. The glare hurt my eyes. “Tennyson, are you all right?” He reached for my wrist to take my pulse. He wore a T-shirt and silk boxer shorts. “What is it?”


AuthorPhoto_TheDollhouseInTheCrawlspaceAuthor Bio and Links:

Ellen Byerrum is a novelist, playwright, reporter, former Washington D.C. journalist, and a graduate of private investigator school in Virginia. The Dollhouse in the Crawlspace is her first suspense thriller, which introduces Tennyson Claxton, a woman with two sets of memories from two very different women.

Ellen also writes the Crime of Fashion mysteries, which star a savvy, stylish female sleuth named Lacey Smithsonian, a reluctant fashion reporter in Washington D.C. (“The City Fashion Forgot”).Two of the COF books,Killer Hair and Hostile Makeover, were filmed for the Lifetime Movie Network and can occasionally be seen on odd dates and odd times in the middle of the night. The latest book in that series is Lethal Black Dress, but there will be more to come.

She has also penned a middle grade mystery, The Children Didn’t See Anything. She occasionally writes a newsletter that contains her latest publishing information.


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Triangulating Bliss

by Janelle Jalbert

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. For better or worse there are two traits that helped me become a published author, and both are essential to being successful. First of all, I tend to see the world with a different perspective. Part of that allows me to make connections between things that many people miss. That helps with creating stories, and I usually use it outside of my writing to make people laugh or see things in a new way.

Second, to put it nicely, I have a tenacious streak. I often blame it on my very name because I was once told that Janelle means “Gift from God, tenacious, God is gracious”. That doesn’t mean that I think I’m God’s gift or anything egotistical, but the tenacious part stuck. I’ve been known to be stubborn and driven though I’ve got the California, laid back, personality too. Once I set my sights on something, I charge ahead to make it happen…no matter how unlikely it seems. It’s led to wonderful opportunities as well as “growth experiences” when I’ve crashed and burned.

In writing, you have to be able to envision and communicate a story that grabs readers, and you have to have the stubbornness to see it through to the end. The end doesn’t just mean that the drafting is done. You’ve gotta stick through it in editing, and most importantly, getting it out into the world. There are always obstacles and naysayers along the way, but an author has to believe in their “book baby” like a protective mama bear by making it the best it can be, giving it every opportunity to succeed, and then being able to withstand the storms that may arise on its journey out in the world without losing the belief that it is a story worth sharing.

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? In the case of my latest release, Triangulating Bliss, the story was the main driver, not the genre. That’s probably one reason that it can fit into a variety of genres and subgenres. That can be a blessing and a curse when getting the word out about it. There’s an added hitch in that Triangulating Bliss doesn’t quite have a dominant genre. The most popular option is Paranormal, but I cringe to think that it is lumped with the array of vampire and werewolf stories. I lean towards Supernatural instead because of that. In reality, Triangulating Bliss is Magical Realism, but that often makes people’s noses wrinkle. I don’t know why people have a problem with a genre that celebrates the magic in daily life. It seems more exciting to me than imaginary worlds of wizardry and such, but I’m probably biased.

I tend to read all sorts of pieces, so my writing follows suit with elements of a variety of genres. Triangulating Bliss has elements of mystery, romance, and a quest or coming-of-age story even though the characters are all adults. One thing that I’ve learned about this crazy thing that we call life is that the question “What am I going to do when I grow up?” is no longer limited to the young. We are constantly changing and so are our circumstances, so it is more common than not that someone in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and even 60s are challenged by the question “What’s next?”

  1. The plot thickens, or does it? Which one are you, a pantser or a plotter?Overall, I am a pantser, but I usually have an idea of the major scenes, even if I don’t know exactly how they will play out. Triangulating Bliss was a crazy and fun ride. I knew the basic set up. Greg, the main character, learns about the apparent suicide of a basketball player on the day he drops out of law school. The death is somehow blamed on disappearance from a local restaurant. Greg learns that several people have disappeared in addition to the athlete. I didn’t know the other characters, like Lois – the owner of Bliss – until they introduced themselves as drafting occurred. I had no idea that the love story would emerge or how it would all come together.

In fact, Triangulating Bliss was the first experience that I had where the story didn’t come out in linear fashion. Some character’s popped up and insisted on telling their stories while I was still working on other aspects. Greg’s full story didn’t even emerge until just a couple of months prior to the final edit/proofread, even after more than two dozen rounds of editing and nearly two years’ time. That’s also when I realized that there was more to the Bliss Triangle than Triangulating Bliss, and the Mystique of Living Series was born. Sometimes, the author (in this case, me) is simply blessed with a story to tell, and that may mean that you have to be willing to let it be told rather than acting like the director of all the action.

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? Ha. I think that each of the characters in Triangulating Bliss somehow exhibited some of my fears, either big or small. Greg was probably the closest to me at the time, which is probably why it took two years for him to finally lay out his entire story. It hit too close to home at the time. I began Triangulating Bliss, months after I left my doctoral studies. His conundrum mirrors mine: the fear of doing what you have been doing because it’s expected versus striking out on a new path that is an authentic representation of what you should be doing. Many of the doubts Greg has throughout the novel mirrored my own as I took the leap to follow (whole-heartedly) the passion I recognized at age 10. In some ways, characters allow you to do a bit of therapy, I suppose. Their quirks and challenges, seen in hindsight through editing, can be an eye-opener for many of the things you may not openly realize are playing out in your own life.

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? I am one of those that becomes obsessed when a story surfaces. Triangulating Bliss was written in a matter of weeks. I should clarify. The initial draft was done in a matter of weeks, but it took two years to get it out into the world. The first drafting phase was interesting because when the idea hit me, I heard a little voice in my head that said “You have 30 days”. It seemed melodramatic, and I wanted to laugh it off. Still, I was hooked on the premise of walking through the door to a better life, and I like a challenge. I rolled my eyes in my empty living room and murmured “Why not?” I sat down and began writing immediately and knocked out about 85% by day 30 arrived.

Then, I learned what the Universe met by the ‘you have 30 days’ mandate. I had stalled for a few days because the story took a turn that was hard for me to write because I fell in love with the character of Lois. That day – October 30, 2013 – my dad went to the hospital. Three days later, he had brain surgery to remove one of two tumors, and I found out that he had advanced cancers throughout his body. Talk about a fast ball to the side of the head!

I did finish it in the weeks that he was home once again. He didn’t get to read it though, and Triangulating Bliss went on the backburner as I had to focus on other life matters. Months later, I was awarded a book contract for Wine for Beginners with a 90-day deadline for the initial draft. I was balancing copywriting, ghostwriting, some fiction magazine writing, as well as that book too. It fell into place, though I did have to ask for a two week extension. On the morning, I submitted the wine book to the publisher, my sister was ill. Instead of the big celebration weekend that was planned, I was saying goodbye to her as well that evening. It was a crushing blow, but after initial shock and dealing with her final needs, I realized that writing was the way that my heart and soul mended. That’s what I remember every time things seem to get out of control. I am allowed to and even need to make sure that I do at least a little bit of writing to keep sane. Instead of viewing it as a chore, I view it as a gift.

6. Switch positions with one of your main characters in a scene. What is the outcome, disaster or divine intervention? Actually, I am kind of already in the middle of changing places with a couple of the characters from Triangulating Bliss. I wanted to know more about Phil’s story and how he became the “guardian” of the Bliss Triangle. That’s how Triangulating Bliss went from a single, stand-alone story to the Mystique of Living Series. Triangulating Self is Phil’s story. I am learning that he has an amazing life story as well as a divine mission which is reflected in Triangulating Bliss. It’s been exciting to see it all unfold and can’t wait for it to be released next summer. It makes Triangulating Bliss a fuller story, even if Triangulating Self isn’t the tradition sequel. I tend to think of it as a tandem because it goes into the past as well as covering the events of the Bliss Triangle as they occur.

Also, even as I am working on Phil’s, Triangulating Self, Mikel’s story, Triangulating Wisdom, is taking shape. While Phil is the man behind the door, Mikel is the reason that Greg investigates Bliss in the first place. Mikel’s death and the circumstances leading up to it, screamed for another story or perspective. I’m finding out that the adage “Everything happens for a reason” may in fact be true.

7. Where is your favorite place to write? Add that one comfort food that you can’t do without. Most of the time my writing happens from my couch. I do have a desk in my office, but somehow things flow better from the couch. The more business oriented writing works well from either the desk or the couch, but the creative element appears to be a couch potato. It can make things challenging at the end of the day when it’s time to wind down. Some days it seems that I can’t escape that blasted couch, but thanks to living in Southern California, I make it a point to get out to the beach or up in the mountains when I can for a break.

There are other ways I get a chance to recharge from pounding on the keyboard. My pups are a constant reminder to take a break when I’m getting too focused and losing myself in my writing. If they aren’t nuzzling up and begging for attention, they start barking to let me know that it’s time to go for a ride. Of course, they fully support my cooking therapy. I think the grill is their favorite element of the backyard, but they are willing to condone my non-grilled guilty pleasures when my weakness for chili cheese fries or a glass (or two) of wine surfaces.

  1. Writing inspirations? I get inspired by anything and everything, but I like to focus on the magic of everyday life. I love seeing serendipity, synchronicity, coincidence, and such at play throughout the day. I keep notebooks with me and am constantly jotting down ideas and observations. Many of those seemingly random thoughts became the impetus for stories in my Flash 40: Life’s Moments, so I don’t discount anything that comes my way.

When I was younger and wanted to be a writer, I thought that I’d have to live to have something to write about. I didn’t learn of one of my favorite writing quotes from Thoreau until a few years ago: “How vain it is to sit down and write when you have not stood up to live”. I guess I embodied the concept without knowing it. In some situations it was a case of be careful what you wish for. I have had amazing experiences, and I’ve had heartbreaking moments as well. I wouldn’t change a thing, and yes, it does help me with my writing.

  1. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them? Ugh, I really don’t have a favorite author. I have favorite books, and authors that are on my short list to read or consider. It’s probably because I read just about everything. It’s hard to compare a book on marketing to a good H.E.A. romance. Plus, I have a wide range of interests (and I do mean wide), so even though writing is my “it” as a purpose, I am interested in learning from people from all walks of life.

I joke that if I could have my “perfect dinner party” with people (living or dead) to spend an evening with I would include Tony Stewart (I have racing in my background), Anthony Bourdain (I must have a thing for Tony’s), Kelly Slater, Ansel Adams, Amelia Earhart, Queen Elizabeth (the first one), John Muir, Tim McGraw (He could bring his wife Faith Hill), Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, the Hepburns (both Katherine and Audrey) and probably Oprah. Like I said, there’s a serious mash-up in my world. What can I say? I really don’t have a burning question either. I’d just love to let the conversation go and enjoy the experience.

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. The good (or more benign quirk) is first. I collect random facts…The more random, the better too. I may not write them down, but I store them away. I love to come across something that seems completely irrelevant and see when the nugget of information becomes useful. Like I said before, I love to see the serendipity and synchronicity in life and that’s one of the ways that I do it. For example, I watched a TV show on how the oceans came to be. In it they talked about comets and the differences in the water that they hold. It’s completely outside my wheelhouse to say the least. Days later, talk about “heavy water” came up twice – once with a bunch of engineer types at a happy hour and another time with some surfers in line at Starbucks. Sometimes those close to me get annoyed because I can appear to have a comment about everything.

The truly annoying quirk is that when I am hip deep in drafting stories, I am the subject of a crazy, almost OCD focus to write. I literally pound away for hours on end, completely contented. That means my family, friends, and pups get extremely ticked when I forget to do things like eat or anything else. Since I’m the main cook and cleaner around the house, it can lead to major blowups when they realize that the thought of cooking or cleaning hasn’t even been a blip on my radar as their stomachs growl or stuff starts to pile up while I am lost in my writing.

BookCover_TriangulatingBlissTriangulating Bliss

by Janelle Jalbert



A struggling veteran reads about the mysterious death of a local athlete and wants to learn more. He meets the owner of the business linked to the crime and discovers others have “disappeared”.

All stories include a man with dark hair, blue eyes, and a strong jaw.

Then, it’s his turn.

The mysterious forces at Bliss change everything. What brought them all to Bliss is not as it appears and their lives are powerfully interconnected across space and time.



Greg’s hand shook. It wasn’t enough for the woman behind the counter to notice though. It wasn’t from his morning caffeine rush. He’d skipped his morning pick-me-up in favor of completing the mission in short order. It was too many months overdue.

The pen slipped from his hand, more from the sheen of perspiration than the shaking. Get it together man! He shouted within the confines of his mind. You’re a soldier…were a soldier. Man up! You want to do this. The decision’s been made. Sign it. He grabbed the pen once again, and let it flow automatically across the paper.

The woman took the form, and her nails began clicking away on the keyboard. Her eyes darted between the form and the computer screen. Seconds, maybe minutes, passed. Greg wasn’t sure. There were no clocks to tick off the time, just the woman’s ping-ponging eyes. Greg felt the weight shifting, finally, and continued to wait. Complete relief, however, remained elusive. I took the plunge…took action…that’s what matters. He reassured himself. It’ll just take some time.

“Here you go,” the woman gave a tight, polite smile. “It’s official. If you need transcripts, it will take 7-10 days for your records to be updated.”

“Thanks,” Greg took the paperwork and turned towards the door. It was deceptively simple. Law school was officially part of the past, yet the weight of expectations remained.



AuthorPhoto_TriangulatingBlissAuthor Bio and Links:

Janelle Jalbert has ghostwritten 15 nonfiction books on topics ranging from productivity, money management, marketing, cooking, and relationships. She also worked as a copywriter for some of the biggest online names and worked as a motorsports reporter covering NASCAR. Jalbert enjoys bringing stories to life that celebrate the magic in everyday living. To learn more about her current and upcoming releases and promotions visit Jalbert currently lives in Southern California, though she regularly returns to her second home in North Carolina when her pack of pups grants her a vacation.


Additional Information:

Those readers who purchase the book by 9/30 will receive be able to buy Triangulating Bliss for $0.99 (which will be the lowest price offered…ever), and they can receive the ebook Companion Guide to Triangulating Bliss for free by clicking on the presale promotion link.  Starting 10/1 the Companion Guide will be available for $1.99 ebook and $6.99 paperback.

The “Bliss Challenge” is an effort to take the spirit of the novel’s beloved character, Lois, and help make wishes come true. Ten percent of the proceeds from Triangulating Bliss and 100% of the proceeds from the novel’s companion guide, The Backdoor to Bliss, will be given to a Make-A-Wish program voted on by readers. Selections are based on reader votes for their favorite characters: Los Angeles for Greg, Henri, and Mikel; Chicago for Lois; Charlotte for Jen; and New York for Richard. The goal is to grant at least one wish for a child in the winning city based on funds raised from the novel and guide. Voting and challenge updates can be found at




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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. Constant motivation. This might be a good or bad trait. As soon as I get an idea in my head, and I make the internal decision to do something about it, I will not stop until its finished. I have “started” writing 3 different novels, and I have published 3 novels. I do not have a single “shelved” project. I am also a musician, and have released 7 albums, and that goes for my albums, as well as my novels. Once I commit, I’m in it for the long haul.

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? Well, I think that’s different for each of my 3 books. My first book, “Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts” (2007) is a true story about my friendship with someone who was a drug addict and in the music business. My second novel, “Welcome to Parkview” (2010), the genre chose me. I started writing, I knew where I wanted it to go, I knew how I wanted to get there, but I never ever imagined that book to become so dark, until it became dark. The book took its own turn somewhere halfway through and became almost evil within itself. My new book, “Yours Truly, 2095,” was going to be a time travel romance novel right from the start, and I made sure that it stayed within those parameters.

3. The plot thickens, or does it? Which one are you, a pantser or a plotter? I feel like I write the same was we drive to somewhere we’ve never been, but with GPS on. When you drive somewhere far away, and you are using GPS for each turn, you understand what and when the next “turn” will be, but you have no idea what you are going to be seeing out of your window while you are driving to the next turn. I feel that’s how both of my fictional novels were written. I knew what had to happen, and when, but I even surprised myself at some of the things that I saw out the window while I wrote.

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? My biggest fear is death. Dying scares me. However I am not scared of actual dead people, since I was raised in a funeral home and was surrounded by dead people my whole life. I tend to have no problem killing off a main character or an important character, and I think that’s my subconscious way of dealing with my own mortality.

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? When I feel the deadline looming, or real life getting in the way, I do what I call “extend the day to 28 hours long.” I forfeit sleep to make up the time with writing. When I was writing “Yours Truly, 2095,” there were many nights when my wife would kiss me goodnight at 10pm, and I would stumble to bed around 3am. Normally I would have gone to bed with her, but when the balls are dropping all around, I extend my day by giving up sleep to get caught up.

  1. Switch positions with one of your main characters in a scene. What is the outcome, disaster or divine intervention? I would have had accepted the advances of the cute girl in the club, gone home with her, and possibly have never been seen again… or found dead on the moon. (I’m not going to go into further detail, I want to leave an air of mystery of what actually happens.)

7. Where is your favorite place to write? Add that one comfort food that you can’t do without. My favorite place to write, when I was writing “Yours Truly, 2095,” was my dining room table in Japan. I lived in Japan the entire time, from the incarnation of the idea, all the way down to its release date in print. Now that we have moved back to America, I have my own office, so when its time to tackle the 4th book, I’ll be doing it from the comfort of my first legitimate office.

Instead of comfort food, can we do a comfort drink? During the writing of “Yours Truly, 2095,” I couldn’t write unless I had a Chu-hi next to me. That is a Japanese drink that comes in almost every single fruit flavor that you can think of… with 9% Sochu alcohol mixed in.

8. Writing inspirations? I think that is a dual answer. It would have been a handful of teachers starting as early as 7th grade up through senior year in high school who encouraged me to write short stories. But it wasn’t until I read my first Stephen King novel, The Dark Half, when I started thinking about long form writing. I tried to write a novel in high school in 1991, which even though I finished at 350 pages, it was terrible, and I went back to strictly short stories again. (I mentioned earlier than I have never shelved a project. This novel was actually finished. When I was writing “Welcome to Parkview,” I revisited that first novel, and stripped about 30 pages from it, rewrote them, and added them into Parkview.) That’s where I’d stay until 2006, when I wrote what would actually be my first published novel.

  1. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them? Well, I did make the drive from Boston to Bangor, Maine, back in 1998 hoping to meet Stephen King. I found his home address, rented a hotel room in Bangor, and visited the house. Typing this out, makes me sound like a stalker, but really I just wanted pictures of me in front of his house. And if he was there and came out, added bonus.

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. Listen to Milli Vanilli on a regular basis. I don’t care if they were lip-synching. Those songs are catchy!



Yours Truly, 2095

by Brian Paone



Jeff Blue-the victim of a time-travel conspiracy-wakes up trapped in the year 2095. The only familiar face is J0; a robotic copy of the wife he left behind in 1981. But can she be trusted?

J0 could be the only key to unlock Jeff’s journey home, but it will require her to do something against her programming-something human.

During Jeff’s perilous journey through the future, he will have to discover the truth about J0’s origins, and solve the mystery behind how he wound up in 2095, in order to uncover the reality of his own destiny.

Armed with a one-way ticket to the moon, Jeff must race against the clock to seize what might be his last chance to return home to his time. A time without hover cars, Justice Computers, or TeleSkins-a time over one hundred years ago.



The Xanadu moonliner taxied to the launch pad. I didn’t realize how terrified I was until that moment. This was really happening. I was gripping the arm-rests so tightly that my knuckles had gone ghost-white. I tried to loosen my grip, but my palms would not let go.

“How long is takeoff?” I asked in a whisper.

“About eight minutes.”

“All right. I think I can handle eight minutes.”

The Xanadu moonliner propelled us heavenward toward a frontier I could have never, in my wildest dreams, imagined I would be visiting. Takeoff was smooth and effortless. I had experienced worse turbulence when I would let Julie drive the Thunderbird back in 1981 than I did from blasting through the Earth’s atmosphere in the moonliner. During the time it took for us to get from the ground to outer space, passengers were going about their normal business just like any other commute. I slowly allowed my knuckles to regain some of their natural color.

As smooth as liftoff was, I could still tell when we broke through the exosphere. Outer space! Even though I was strapped in by my five-point harness, I immediately felt the weightlessness of my body hover slightly in my seat. Bruce made eye contact with me just long enough for him to smile. This was it. We were really going to the moon.


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Brian Paone was born and raised in the Salem, Massachusetts area. An award winning author, his love of writing began through the medium of short stories at the young age of twelve. After almost 20 years of consistently writing short stories for only his friends and family to read, Brian’s first full-length novel, a personal memoir about his friendship with a rock-star drug addict entitled, “Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts,” was published in 2007. Brian’s second novel, “Welcome to Parkview,” was published in 2010 and is a macabre journey through a cerebral-horror landscape. Brian’s latest novel, “Yours Truly, 2095,” was published in 2015 and follows a man who wakes up one morning, trapped in the future, to discover he’s been the victim of a time-travel conspiracy. Brian is married and has 3 children. Brian’s wife is an Officer in the US Navy. He is also a self-proclaimed roller coaster junkie, and his favorite color is burnt-orange.

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S. B. Redstone on Tour: Stardust Dreams


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In Part I of my romance novel, Stardust Dreams, Lance Forrester: scientist, astronaut, and dreamer who has terminal cancer is embarking on a one way journey into the galaxy to seek immortality. In his spacecraft, he will be cryogenically preserved for the long journey into his unknown future, hopefully to be saved by an advanced alien civilization. He has asked Sage Saint Charles, an old high school acquaintance, who is in hospice care, to join him. Once an actress and super bad girl of Hollywood, she became a social isolate. Lance’s compelling request has her following his dream.

After taking off on their secret quest, I am interviewing them on my radio show.

Dr. Forrester, where are you going?

“To seek our destinies in the stars.”

Could you clarify what you hope to achieve.

“Since childhood, I dreamed of becoming an astronaut and reaching distant alien civilizations like Flash Gordon. Now that I have terminal cancer, it was time for us to board my spacecraft, Forrester’s Folly, and soar into the unknown galaxy to fulfill our dreams. So far we are having a successful flight.”

What kind of spacecraft do you have? How did you keep this a secret?

“It’s an obsolete jumbo jet that was redesigned for space flight. And keeping it a secret was no easy task. I had a secret ranch in New Mexico.”

Why was the air force trying to shoot you down?

“A stupid misunderstanding. They thought I was a traitor, selling aerospace parts to our enemies. It’s been clarified and all is forgiven.”

Distant stars are really far away. How will you reach them? How will you survive the journey?

“Sage and I are going to be cryogenically preserved. Our bodies will not deteriorate further. And Forrester’s Folly has engines that will have us attain great speed.”

What technology have you invented?

“That’s a secret. As I said the rocket technology will allow to attain great speed, but in the hands of the military or terrorists, it could become a weapon of mass destruction. I can’t let that happen. That’s why I’ve destroyed all evidence of its design and nature.”

How do you know you’ll find these aliens?

“Oh, I have great faith that we’ll be found. The galaxy, as in all galaxies, in all universes, must be teeming with life. It’s been a belief of mine that whatever power or powers created these wondrous universes would not have done so, if no one would be present to see creation. It would be a pointless exercise. Think of making a movie without any audiences. It would be silly. And that’s why I believe an advanced alien civilization will see our light show, and when they do, they’ll bring us back to life.”

Let’s agree that you’ll be successful. Will you ever return to Earth in the far off future?

“I don’t know. Forrester’s Folly has not been designed for a return trip. So, if friendly aliens find us and return us, that will be one further miracle.”

Ms. Saint Charles how do you feel about all this?

“Help! I’m being abducted by a mad scientist! Only kidding folks. I can only say that Lance promised me one helleva ride into outer space and he kept his promise. He’s an amazing man. We have a bet. If we wake up on some crazy planet and they’re bloodthirsty monsters, they eat him first.”

Have you taken copies of your films with you?

“We have a spaceship full of Earth culture. Even Lance’s golf clubs.”

What are your hopes?

“I’m not as optimistic as Lance. In truth, I think we’re going to die in space. But that doesn’t matter. Only dreams matter now. And he’s made me a dreamer. Should I get a second chance of living life over again—well, I’ll think about it then.” 

Is there anything you’d like to say to the people of Earth?

“Yes I do. Take care of my planet. From up here in space it looks so lonely and isolated. And it wasn’t put here for all of you to destroy. You have no right to do that.”

“I agree. If you destroy your only home, you have no other. Future generations, my grandchildren of many generations, deserve a chance for life and happiness. So stop living for the moment. Stop caring about your narcissistic pleasures. Do all you can to reach the stars as we are doing. Come and explore the great unknown with us.”

Do you think you’ll meet God?

“Why not?” Sage answered me. “Lance says God wants us to find him. That’s why he’s given us the ability and intelligence to seek him. I don’t doubt him.”

Do you have people you wish to say good-bye to Dr. Forrester?

“All great endeavors entail sadness. I am already missing my family and all my friends. But, I believe, one day, should I return, I will meet my grandchildren of many generations. And that would be my greatest joy.”

And you Ms. Saint Charles?

“I have no one to say good-bye to.”

“Bon Voyage,” I said.

“So long from two dreamers. We love you all.”


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by S. B. Redstone



Lance Forrester is a dreamer. After a celebrated career as an astronaut and engineer, he and a friend build a secret spacecraft to seek their destinies in the stars. But his friend dies and Lance is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Desperate not to succumb to his fate, he convinces an acquaintance, ailing actress Sage Saint Claire, whom he hasn’t seen since high school, to join him on his quest to reach an advanced alien civilization which can heal them both.

Unfortunately, true life is not a Hollywood movie, as much as Sage might want it to be, and problems abound. Mistakes in the past have turned Sage into a bitter old woman, and she turns out to be a less-than-perfect traveling companion which no amount of optimism, youth, or good health can cure. Can these two intrepid octogenarians-turned-immortals overcome the emotional scars of their pasts and achieve true happiness, or are they doomed to suffer for their mistakes, no matter how far from Earth they go?



I knew that the truth in my heart reflected in my old, weary eyes. “Yes, I do. Look, I’m no slick-talking salesman, as you can see. I’m just a scientist and engineer, but I truly believe there is a statistical probability of success. But even if I’m wrong, and our voyage ends up to be pointless, so what? Think of the fun you’ll have. Imagine the excitement and wonders of space travel that come before our long sleep.”

I paused to dramatize my resolve and let a burst of quixotic energy erupt from me. “Cherish the adventure!”

It wasn’t her fears that I was battling against, but a lifetime of distrust. My confidence in a successful mission collapsed.

“Of course, you have no reason to believe a word of what I’ve told you. You don’t really know me, except through my noted accomplishments. But I can’t disappoint you because I’m only offering friendship and hope.” I pushed my point harder.

“Sure, we can die here on Earth. We can die in space. Or we can awaken on a remote and caring world that saves us! We are the captains of our fate, not the Grim Reaper—yet!”


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Steven Rosenstein, penname S. B. Redstone, had a career as a school psychologist and private practice Licensed Clinical Social Worker on Long Island. Always seeking the truths of human nature, he wrote a personal improvement book, Taming Your Inner & Outer Bullies: Confronting Life’s Stressors And Winning, published by New Horizon Press Books. He has written articles on human nature and relationships, given lectures, and appeared on radio shows. Always having a vivid imagination, he first became a successful writer of short stories. His mystery thriller, A Sinister Obsession, was published by Black Opal Books. As an expert in the field of human psychology, he has an exceptional ability to develop realistic and exciting characters in his novels. Many of my characters have been taken from his clinical experiences. Stardust Dreams is his first romance novel, although romantic relationships stand out in his other works. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers Org and Romance Writers of America. He resides with his wife in New York and Florida.


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by Robert Baker

GENRE: Crime Drama


When a series of child abductions and murders disrupt the life of an economically blighted community, the consequences have far-reaching implications. The brutal crimes take a different toll on a disparate group of individuals; the scuba diver who retrieves the children’s bodies; the disfigured cellist who thinks he knows who’s responsible; the undercover federal agent; and the mother of one of the victim’s. United in a situation not of their choosing, they are forced to take a deep, introspective look into their intersected, yet isolated lives.



The Musician

I just sat there. Looking closely at the gun, I cocked the trigger back and forth repeatedly, like a curious child studying the physics of a toy, wanting to grasp the technical aspects of it, what made certain parts of it function and react the way that it did when it was used.


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Robert Raker graduated with a degree in Journalism from the University of Pittsburgh. He currently resides in Philadelphia where he enjoys art, music, literature and live theater. He is currently working on his next novel.

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by Karyn Good

GENRE: Romantic Suspense


Kate Logan needs a safe haven, a place to start over after her modeling career disintegrates in scandal. But her hometown of Aspen Lake isn’t the sanctuary she hoped. Her vow of a low-key life is disrupted by a break-in and other strange happenings at her boutique. As the chair of Aspen Lake’s Gothic Revival Festival, she’s also drawn the ire of a religious fanatic. Kate is up to her stilettos in drama and intrigue including one sexy carpenter who’s determined to get in her way.

New to town, Seth Stone is seeking inspiration and solitude to concentrate on his art. Short on funds, he agrees to take on a second job restoring the damage to Kate’s Closet. Trouble erupts along with the desire to get to know Kate better. When he’s used as a pawn in a smear campaign against his gorgeous boss Seth fights back. But now the whole town is watching. Including the man determined to further his own agenda. Time is running out with nowhere to hide.



“I’m wrapping up a meeting.” She gestured toward her group. “The Gothic Revival Fair committee.”

He stifled a laugh. “Seriously?”

“Very serious. It’s an annual thing.” She rested a hand on the bar and smoothed another over her hip.

Britt sauntered back into view, dimples gone. She plunked down a little wire basket containing cutlery, napkins, ketchup, mustard, salt and pepper. “Another round, Kate?”

“Thanks, Britt.” Kate spared her a glance then pointed to a poster tacked to the wall. “The fair’s the last weekend of October. This year it’s an Edgar Allen Poe theme. The whole town goes all out with street vendors, readings of the tarot and palm variety, as well as literary ones.”

“‘Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary…’”

“Impressive. You know your Poe.” Kate squirmed closer as a guy squeezed in to give Britt his order.

“The first couple of lines, anyway. I can’t say as anyone’s found that impressive before.” Seth worked at not inhaling her scent, but it wafted out to surround him. Everything hot and sultry, like bazaars, spices, and colorful scarves. Desert heat in September on the Canadian Prairies. Sweat dampened the back of his neck, the palms of his hands. The unexpected reaction had him grabbing for his beer.

“Well.” She gave the bar a pat and straightened up. “See you Thursday.”

She headed back to her table. Hips swaying, curves covered but impossible to hide, and calves accentuated by the killer heels. Her father, his boss, would smite him down for noticing. He hadn’t needed to hear Bill Logan’s “I’m trusting you, boy,” on his way out the door to know it.

So, it was a good thing she wasn’t his type.

“You’ve met our local celebrity.” Britt set his meal down in front of him.

Food, exactly what he needed. He grabbed for the ketchup bottle and lifted the bun off his burger. “Celebrity?”


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I grew up on a farm in the middle of Canada’s breadbasket. Under the canopy of crisp blue prairie skies I read books. Lots and lots of books. One day the inevitable happened and I knew without question the time was right. What to write was never the issue – romance and the gut wrenching journey towards forever.



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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. Determination, I wrote and submitted to agents and was turned down. It wasn’t until I bought a kindle and discovered the self-published writer, Amanda Hocking and fell in love with her books did I realize that I could publish my books too!

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? No I always know the genre. All of my stories have a bit of romance, even horror. Go figure.

  1. The plot thickens, or does it? Which one are you, a pantser or a plotter? I am a plotter with pantser tendencies. I know the end before the beginning, so I work backwards outlining, but as I write surprises pop up everywhere.

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, all the time. I think every character needs flaws and I pepper flaws and/or insecurities because it makes them human and me not needing a therapist. Ha.

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? No, I still haven’t figured it out and I add more to my life daily. I blow deadlines, miss birthday parties, and find an excuse to procrastinate, but without the ciaos I wouldn’t be me.

6. Switch positions with one of your main characters in a scene. What is the outcome, disaster or divine intervention? Ha. That’s a funny question. I can think of a scene when my character is riding a motorcycle and I think it would be a complete disaster. I can’t drive a motorcycle and I think I’ll crash all over the place.

7. Where is your favorite place to write? Add that one comfort food that you can’t do without. Surprisingly, at any coffee shop and I usually eat donuts and coffee while I write. I think the combo of sugar and caffeine makes me keep going.

8. Writing inspirations? Music. When I hear a song the words speak to me. I feel myself getting lost in the words and inspired.
9. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them? I’ve met her. I met H.P. Mallory at an RT convention and I went all fan girl on her be for asking her what’s been her favorite part, and she told me that it was a dream to see her books in Barnes and Noble. I can’t wait for that moment!

  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. I tell them to send me text messages with things that I say when my phone is dead. They always claim they partially wrote my books, but I just laugh.


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by Lola James

GENRE: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy


The journey of a spellbound woman, her friends, and the men who vie for her affections as she falls headlong into a world of vampires, witches and Greek gods. Who will she choose as her one true love and how many lives will be turned upside down in her quest to fulfill her eternal destiny? Friends become enemies and enemies become deadly as each seek to find the one thing that will bring true fulfillment.



Unbound, Book Two

Hades closed the space between us. “I will return soon, my sweet.” He took my hand, kissing my fingertips, before releasing it. Then the three gods and Dawn disappeared.

Ben and I stood alone in the hallway as I moved closer to him. The lust from our kiss still lingered thick between us.

“Ben . . . I—”

“Shhh.” His finger touched my lips, stopping my rambling. “We have only a short time, and I need to plead my case to you; so let me show, rather than tell you why it should be me you pick for eternity.”


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Lola is a fool for a love story, a sucker for a cupcake, and let’s not talk about what she’d do for a Klondike bar. She enjoys long walks on the beach and movies that involve chainsaws. By day she’s the HR Lady and by nightfall she puts on a cape to become a romance writer.

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by Bess George


Dallas ADA Kelsey Brackston survives a brutal attack but struggles with PTSD. When someone begins to stalk her, she relocates hoping for a new start. A person can’t be hurt if they can’t be found. Her logic seems flawed when someone tries to kill her—again.

This could be Bode Taggert’s last chance at being a cop after crawling out of a bottle. Focused on the job, he avoids personal commitments. Something within him resonates with the lady ADA. Maybe it’s her desire to move forward after a life altering event. Or not being able to move forward no matter how hard you try.

Despite his good intentions, Bode falls for the sexy lawyer. While he and the police concentrate on arresting her stalker, Kelsey vanishes. With his career—and heart—on the line, Bode will stop at nothing to find her. But will their newfound faith in one another be enough to save the day? Or will their inner demons destroy them both?



The corners of her mouth twitched. “Okay, I’m impressed. What else do you do besides being super cop and community activist?”

A devilish smile made a shiver run down her back. “Well, lately I’ve been chasing a stubborn little gal who won’t let me catch her.”

She grunted. “You haven’t been chasing very hard.”

His eyes twinkled. “Are you complaining?”

“Hardly. I’m just stating the facts.”

“Well, the fact is, after our last meeting I got the idea you needed a little space from me trying to woo you.”

She choked on a swallow of wine. “Woo, me? What is that even supposed to mean?”

His hand patted her back making sure she could breathe. “You know, date you. I seem to have a knack for making you mad, so I decided to back off and give you some time to miss me. Did you?”


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Debut author Bess George lives in Texas with her hubby. Her novel, Happily Never After will be released by Soul Mate Publishing September 2, 2015. In 2014, she won third place in the Pages From the Heart Contest with this manuscript.

Even though Bess crunches numbers for a living, she’s managed to work in some unusual places over the years. The oil business, a gun range, and a golf course are a few jobs where she met all types of characters. She loves to hear stories about people finding the unexpected hero inside each of us.

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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. I’m persistent as hell. I’m not sure where that comes from, maybe my dad, or maybe from playing competitive sports through my youth and into college. Even when I’m most discouraged, within 24 hours I try to get back out there, whether it’s pitching a book for sale or review, or developing the next big idea.

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? I very consciously decided to write in the mystery/suspense genre. I read a lot of mysteries and felt that is where I could do some very good work. It’s a very competitive genre, but I firmly believed that if the work was high quality if would be appreciated by readers. So far that’s held true with all of the Ray Courage books.

3. The plot thickens, or does it? Which one are you, a pantser or a plotter? I’m a plotter. I outline my novels meticulously. And then I deviate from the outline, sometimes quite a bit. But having an outline lets me know that I can get from beginning to end without any stumbling blocks. My current book, Courage Resurrected, is quite complicated. Without an outline I would have driven myself crazy trying to keep everything straight.

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, but only in the sense of those being common fears most of us have. In Courage Resurrected, Ray must stare down and defeat some scary people. I’ve never been in that situation, but I tried to put myself into Ray’s shoes and have him react emotionally in ways that I might.

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? Sometimes it can feel overwhelming. For me I prioritize everything then work as hard as I can to complete the highest priority items before they are due. As an Indie Author, I have to wear a lot of hats. Writing is only part of what I need to do to be successful. I work closely with a book formatter, cover designer, editor and proofreader. I need to give some love now and again to my website as well as to social media. There’s a lot to pay attention to and I feel that I’m getting better at balancing all of the components.

6. Switch positions with one of your main characters in a scene. What is the outcome, disaster or divine intervention? I’m ashamed to say it but if I was put into many of the scenes Ray Courage was put in in my books it would be a disaster. I have written Ray as a common person. He’s in his fifties, can’t punch out people or withstand much physical violence. He has to escape certain situations using his smarts and his guile. I’m not so sure I could be as successful as he is in doing that. For example, when he is in the park meeting the crazy girl and Mastrov’s men chase him, Ray is able to accomplish what I could never do.

  1. Where is your favorite place to write? Add that one comfort food that you can’t do without. I do ninety percent of my writing at my desk in my home office. When I’m not writing there I go to a local coffee bar about a quarter mile from my house. I haven’t recently, but I used to order one of their fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies. They’re about six inches in diameter, warm and gooey on the inside, and just about unbeatable with a cup of their French roast.

8. Writing inspirations? Everyday life. I like to observe people and places.  I don’t journal anymore, but I take a lot of mental notes about people I encounter and how something about them might work its way in to a character in my books. Same with settings and locales.

  1. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them? This is a tough question because I like so many different authors for so many different reasons. Because I also am interested in non-fiction storytelling, I would like to meet Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit and Unbreakable. I would really like to know how she does her research, how she organizes it, and then uses it to create such seamless stories that read like fiction.

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 can’t watch a television show or movie without trying to out-think the writer. Most of the time I figure out the story outcome before the writer wants us to. It’s not because I’m smart, it’s because I’m looking at the story through a writer’s eyes, not that of a typical viewer. I used to announce these revelations midway through the story, much to the chagrin of friends and family. I still do the story analysis and try to one up the writer, but I’ve learned to bite my tongue and not spoil things for anyone watching the show or movie with me.



Courage Resurrected

by R. Scott Mackey


Ray Courage’s wife Pam died thirteen years before in a car accident. Or did she? Ray’s world is turned upside down when he receives a series of e-mails from someone claiming to be his dead wife, accusing him of attempting to kill her and vowing revenge. Ray sets out to find the identity of the e-mailer only to discover the circumstances of his wife’s apparent death appear to be all but accidental.

Soon Police Detective Carla Thurber comes to suspect Ray of killing his wife, and of a subsequent murder of Pam’s confidant. Meanwhile, a murderous predator who does not want the facts of Pam’s death to surface aims to stop Ray. In the greatest challenge of his life, Ray must outrun the police and elude those who are out to kill him as he seeks the truth about his wife’s death.



Walter Heffner told police that night that he thought an airliner had crashed on the road in front of his house, the sound so deafening, the eruption of flames so huge that only an object that large moving that fast could explain it. By the time he put on his shoes and coat he saw what was left of a car straddling the center stripe of the two-lane country road, the heat from the fire so great that he could not get within a hundred feet.


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Scott Mackey lives in Northern California, where he writes both fiction and non-fiction. His first book, Barbary Baseball, achieved critical acclaim from baseball historians for its quality research and writing. He followed that with two young adult novels. His popular Ray Courage Mystery Series includes Courage Begins, Courage Matters, and Courage Resurrected. The fourth book in the series, Courage Lies Beneath, is scheduled for release later in 2015.

Scott’s career arc has included stints as a corporate communications manager, college professor, copywriter, bartender, and youth sports coach. In addition to obsessing over punctuation and grammar, he cares about his family (including his dog and cat), the San Francisco Giants, and his rather sad golf game.


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Twitter: @smackey17



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