Archive | May 2013

From me to you Friday – Tamara- Release Day Blitz- Not!

Today was supposed to be the release day for Roping LoveRopingLove_LRG(1)

But as many of you know, Roping Love released early, April 29, almost a full month early!
Reviews mean so much to us authors, they make us smile, preen and sometimes cry (both with joy and sadness)
So today I will give a look at some of the reviews Roping Love has received so far:

Kim at Read Your Writes gave it 4.5 stars
Ten years ago, Chance Ryan broke Carrie Stewart’s heart. Not because he didn’t love her, she’s truly the love of his life, always has been/always will be. But Chance’s life changed in a heartbeat and he didn’t think he had anything to give Carrie that was worthy of her love. So he stops taking her phone calls and never speaks to her again. But for Chance out of sight, out of mind isn’t true. He always knew what was going on with Carrie. This is a story that will truly bring a smile to your face.

Roping Love by Tamara Hoffa is a short story but it has everything you could possibly want. It has the love, the loss of love, the second chance, and the happily ever after. It’s a story where there really isn’t anything not to like. The characters will have you falling in love with them immediately.

Lalo La fleur said:
What a sweet romance! This is what I would call a short story and I seldom find romantic short stories. It was great. It is an adult story. The sex scenes were well done and did not get boring.

As you can guess, the story is about a cowboy and a cowgirl. Carrie has her own horse ranch and has done very well, but ten years ago, Chance broke her heart. She had fallen madly in love with him and thought he felt the same way about her. But the night after they first made love under the Fourth of July fireworks, he left.

Not only did he leave, but he refused her phone calls and never responded to her letters. But she’s over him now. At least she thought she was over him until she takes her nephew, Tyler, to a big horse show. And then she sees Chance again.

Chance tries to get her to talk to him. He thinks her nephew Tyler might possibly be his child. She tells him no and refuses to talk to Chance.
She returns to her ranch and tries to forget about Chance again. These two do finally get together with a little help with Chance’s brother. It turns out he had a valid reason for leaving her ten years ago and thought he was doing the best thing for Carrie by breaking off contact with her.

This is a very sweet and well written romance. I am amazed the Tamara Hoffa got so much information into this very well written romantic short story.

I also liked that the heroine did not just take one look at the hero and cave. I loved both the hero and the heroine and the glimpse I got of the supporting cast made me want to read more about them also.

This story is very well done and I recommend it highly to anyone who enjoys a good romance and especially to anyone who enjoys western style romance stories.

A solid five stars – wish it could have been more.

Sharon Buchbinder – 5 Stars
Carrie is an independent horse woman who has made a name for herself in the equine world. A family woman, she is a sucker for her nephew, Tyler. The story begins with said arm-twister running into her kitchen and breathlessly announcing he has permission from his parents to go to The All American Quarter Horse Congress with Carrie. His announcement leaves Carrie stunned. She hasn’t been to Congress in years. Sick of the politics, back-biting, and constant jockeying for position, she was content to stay home and work on her own horse breeding program. Now Tyler is begging for her to throw herself back into the world she left behind ten years before, largely because of one big hunk of a cowboy named Chance.

The last person Chance ever expects to run into at Congress is his first love, Carrie. Stunned when he sees the boy with her, he worries at first Tyler may be his son. Carrie, to his dismay, is even more beautiful than she was a decade ago. How could he have left her that day? On the other hand, how could have not? Still torn up by the fateful decision, Chance attempts to make amends with Carrie and rebuild their lost relationship. Will Chance be able to win her back? Will Carrie allow this man another opportunity to break her heart?

This is a well-developed story with true-to-life characters. They are not perfect, they are loving people and each has their believable motives for their behaviors. I highly recommend this lovely read and give it 5 bright and shiny stars.

I would love for each and every one of you to read Roping Love! In the mean time, would you please add Roping Love to your Goodreads list?

Chance felt like he’d been thrown from a bucking bronco. Ten years. He hadn’t seen her in ten years. And it was just like before. God, she was even more beautiful than she had been at eighteen. Time had matured her body, her curves a little fuller than they had been. Her hair was short now, almost boyish in length, but curling softly around her face it looked feminine and flirty. It was a deeper shade of blonde now too, a golden honey color that looked stunning against her sun-bronzed skin. What the hell was she doing here? And who the hell was the kid with her? Chance was busy doing mental math, the kid looked nine or ten. Carrie had called him several times in the months after he left. He’d never returned her calls. Could she have been trying to tell him she was pregnant? No it couldn’t be, she would have told him. Wouldn’t she have?
“I’d say small world, but since it really is a small world and we haven’t run into each other in ten years…”
Carrie arched one eyebrow, he always loved when she did that, it looked so haughty and hot.
“What brings you here?” Chance asked
“Same as you I guess, looking for some brood mares.”
“Actually, we’re selling this mare.” Nodding at the other, nearly forgotten man in the stall. “This is my brother, Chase.”
“Nice to meet you,” Carrie said, looking down at Tyler, “Well, we need to get to the Coliseum, Tyler wants to see the cutting.” Keeping her arm around his shoulders they turned to leave.
“We should talk,” Chance said
Carrie looked over her shoulder and stared him straight in the eye. “I think the time for talking is long past.”
The phrase she was so mad she could chew nails and spit screws ran though his mind at her look. Damn. He had really fucked things up between them. Why hadn’t he taken her calls again?
Oh, yeah, to give her a chance at a good life.
“I really need to talk to you.”
“There’s nothing left to say.”

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Thrill Me Thursday ~ Forgiveness ~ Carrie Ann Ryan Book Tour

Redwood Pack Novella #4.7

by Carrie Ann Ryan
Release Day: May 21, 2013

Adam Jamenson’s courtship of his mate wasn’t the most conventional. In fact, it didn’t exist. Though he knows Bay loves him with every ounce of her soul, he needs to prove to her that he’s worth it. Not only for her, but for himself. While they move on and learn to be the Enforcer mated pair, Bay will find herself on a path that leads her to a history beyond just her and Adam’s mating. When she finds a locket rich in history and memories, she’ll do all in her power to see those involved found and remembered. With Adam by her side, they’ll both find the true meaning of forgiveness.

Author’s Note: This is a novella set between books 4 and 5 to give you a taste of Bay and Adam It is best that you have already immersed yourselves in the Redwood Pack world, however even new readers will enjoy a glimpse of one of the Redwood’s favorite couples.

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Carrie Ann RyanA little about Carrie Ann:
Carrie Ann Ryan is a bestselling paranormal and contemporary romance author. After spending too much time behind a lab bench, she decided to dive into the romance world and find her werewolf mate – even if it’s just in her books. Happy endings are always near – even if you have to get over the challenges of falling in love first.
Carrie Ann’s Redwood Pack series is a bestselling series that has made the shifter world even more real to her and has allowed the Dante’s Circle and Holiday, Montana series to be born. She’s also an avid reader and lover of romance and fiction novels. She loves meeting new authors and new worlds. Any recommendations you have are appreciated. Carrie Ann lives in New England with her husband and two kittens.

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Thrill Me Thursday ~ Ice Queen ~ Lindsay Downs


Coming in June!

Military grade weaponry is disappearing from bases all over the world, only to end up in the hands of terrorists and dictators.

Governments are helpless as the threats of being overthrown mount. As a last resort the world leaders turn to The Consortium to bring the biggest arms dealer to justice. They set Special Operative Jessica Sale on the trail of Justin Grey.
Portraying herself as the go to person when a buyer is looking for quantity and quality Jessica easily instills herself into his organization.

Buried deep within the mountains of Wyoming she finds her target and something she didn’t expect-a traitor in the guise of her boyfriend.

With personal feelings aside she charges ahead with the mission. Flying to New York Jessica arranges for monies to be transferred and weapons shipped. Pleased with her work he invites Jessica back to Wyoming except he never makes it home.

With a mental brain shake, she lifted her head. As their gazes met she leaned back and settle her elbows on the bar top. The effect was damn near instantaneous as it helped stretch the flimsy material over her breasts.
His heated smile of approval, she saw, confirmed the distraction was working. While part of her kept him occupied she positioned her booted right foot against the front of the bar. “You got it?” Her voice soft, with a touch of sensual huskiness.
“And more, if you want,” he replied as he leaned forward to close the distance.
From the bottom of her vision she caught movement as he lifted a hand. She fought back a cringe when he brushed the tips of his fingers along the side of her breast.
“Nope, just what I ordered.” She paused to look him down and up. “Don’t see anything else that I could use,” her voice hardening ever so slightly.
“You sure?” he asked before his thumb drifted toward her peaked nipple.
“Yep, and if you don’t want to sing with the Vienna Boys Choir, I’d suggest you remove your hand. Oh,” she paused to let the first words sink into his lecherous brain, “and look down if you don’t believe me.”
Never one to doubt or underestimate a dangerously beautiful woman he dropped his eyes. He could feel them open even wider when he saw a knife point glisten in the weak light of the room, a centimeter from his groin.
“You really are the Ice Queen everyone says you are.” He stepped back, taking his hand with him. “You have the money?”
“Sure am. That’s why I’m so good at what I do.” She saw he was about to say something but silenced him with a glare. “And don’t ask what I do—you might not like the answer.”

Lyndsay DownsLindsay Downs

What does it take to be a bestselling author? Determination, skill, talent, luck or taking a risk with a venture into a totally new genre. For me it was a little of some and a lot of the others.
In 2008 when I got 2 books published I thought it was due to skill; little did I know it was more luck than anything. Over the next three years I wrote, submitted, got rejected. I then did what I tell everyone who asks; I wrote some more. I didn’t give up.
More on a dare than anything I tried my hand at a regency, one of the most difficult genres because of the rule, which I might add I broke almost every one. Within two days of its release the book was on a best seller list and stayed there for two months.
Turns out it is all of the aforementioned.
After two failed marriages, one from divorce while with the other she dies unexpectedly I decided upon retirement to move. That opportunity came in September 2012 when I migrated to Texas.
For me, as a multipublished author it was one of the best things I’ve done to date. Now, every day I can write, creating stories to take my readers to places they can only dream about.

Wicked Wild Wednesday ~ Interview ~ Lynn Rae

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Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY Lynn. Thanks so much for joining us today. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.

Thank you for inviting me! My name is Lynn Rae and I am a romance writer residing in Columbus, Ohio. I have had a lot of different jobs in fields ranging from contract archaeology to librarianship along with making donuts and teaching museum studies. I enjoy incorporating my real-life adventures into my writing (except the naughty parts). Bent Boot Road is my first novel with Sweet Cravings Publishing, and my second book, Return, is scheduled for release with Musa Publishing in September 2013.

Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?

My brain! It helps if I have a computer with Word on it, but a notebook and pen work for me too. Anything else; solitude, hot cup of tea, quiet, no chores staring at me or hungry people needing to be fed, is just icing on the cake.

Beverly: When did you start to write?

Just recently, the fall of 2011. My family had had a tough medical summer and when my son started preschool that fall I decided I was going to do something besides laundry or housecleaning for those couple of hours I had free three days a week. So I wrote books.

Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?

A hero is someone who does the tough and honorable thing when everyone else stands back.

Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?

I have a lot of favorite characters, James, my hero from Return is great. He’s quiet, has dry wit, and is loyal and giving. I love my secondary characters too. In the contemporary I’m pitching now, I have a great one named Graham Tipton. He’s a funny British actor stranded in rural Ohio for a movie location shoot. He’s dramatic and quite a matchmaker. My characters definitely come from my subconscious. I write character studies for them in my planning notebook well before I write a word of story and those are the easiest pages I write. They’re all waiting in the wings of my mind anxious to get in ‘their’ story.

Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?

Hmm, I love to write sex scenes, those are fun because I get my characters very frustrated before I let them have fun. I love dialogue for the same reason, all the give and take. I’ve written a few fight scenes and those were tough to do since I don’t fight people!

Beverly: What writer, if any, influenced how you write?

Barbara Michaels/Elizabeth Peters. Love her romantic suspense books. I can only hope she has influenced me because she is such a good writer. She writes intelligent people doing interesting things and that’s what I try to do. Her locations are much more exotic than mine, but when I can afford to travel to all the places in her books, I’ll be able to take my characters on vacations of their own.

Tamara: Who would you choose as your “book boyfriend”? From what book? Author?

Easy; Jack Reacher from Lee Child’s books. He’s big, quiet, has simple needs, and would be able to take on any bad guy out there. Oh, and he likes women too. That’s very important to me, I can’t read books where the male protagonist has misogynistic thoughts or actions.

Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!

I seem to have a thing for bathrooms, and that’s all I’ll say about that!

Beverly: LOL! Just make sure there’s not someone taking their own picture and you’re caught in the background!

Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?

I like the person in between. It’s easier for me to be interested in a character when she has some problems but also has the strength of character and intelligence to solve most of them on her own. I’m really thrown out of the book when the heroine is a martial arts expert sharpshooter serial killer profiler with a perfect head of long wavy hair that never gets in the way.

Tamara: *flipping her long wavy hair away while cleaning her gun, the sunlight shining off the detective badge on her gi* What? I, er, she can’t be perfect?

*Lynn rolls her eyes and laughs*

Beverly: What was your worst date ever?

Probably the one with my future husband in which I lit my menu on fire with the candle on the table. It was a very romantic restaurant and I really killed the mood when the thing went up in flames. He laughs about it to this day.

Beverly: *smothering laughter and wiping tears from eyes*

Tamara: *elbowing Beverly while trying not to smirk* If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? (you have food, water, shelter, all the necessities, so nothing mundane)

Do I have sunscreen and a first aid kit? If yes, then I’d love to have a miniature natural sciences lab filled with collection jars for specimens, a microscope, and a full set of guide books for whatever the location. And some decent cookware and a full pantry set-up.

Tamara: *raises eyes to sky* Does no one know how to count anymore? *turns to Beverly and glares* You know this is all your fault! you couldn’t leave it to three for your turn!

Beverly: *looking angelic and ignoring Tamara* Lynn, what is your “guilty pleasure”?

Eating out at exotic restaurants. I love trying new dishes and ingredients.

Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize?

Dog sledding. Making my own sauerkraut. Going to the Galapagos Islands.

Beverly: What was you most embarrassing moment?

I can’t really think of anything, I’ve either blocked them out or I’m not easily embarrassed.

Tamara: If you were a color what would you be and why?

Khaki, because I’m dependable, durable, and I blend in.

Beverly: Who has influenced how you perceive love? Why?

My son. The love I have for him is so entirely different than any other. It’s more powerful and elemental than anything I’ve ever experienced. I know I could never write anything that would describe even a fraction of how it feels.

Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so I have to ask. Who loves you?

Gosh, I hope my family does! I think our beta fish Lazyboy really, really likes me because I feed him.

Now for some quick fun questions:

Boxers or briefs? I like those combo ones the best.
Coffee or Tea? Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon, but both are decaffeinated, doctor’s orders.
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? TDH for the win.
Hairy chest or smooth? Chest hair please.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Mmm, could I have a sorbet instead?
Kinky or Sweet? I think you can have both.
Fast or slow? Again, both please. Variation is key.
Public or private? Oh, that’s difficult. Private is good but there are definite pluses to public. Pass, next question please.
Top or bottom? Top.

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Lydia Back has problems; a dead end job cataloging artifacts no one wants to see, an office in a dusty basement storage room, and she’s just discovered that her friend is missing. Adding to her frustration is the arrival of a too-charming private investigator who needs her help.

Carter Harris has no problems; he has his own successful business and is enjoying a few days in a scenic southern Ohio town to gather information on a missing professor. But his local contact turns out to be an uncooperative woman who prefers traipsing around in the forest to having a civilized conversation with him.

They begin to uncover the secrets that lurk under the surface of other people’s lives and also discover an inconvenient attraction. When danger looms, both Carter and Lydia realize it will be impossible to survive without each other.

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South of Surrender Release Day Blitz – Giveaway – Laura Kaye


South of Surrender
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I am thrilled to welcome Chrysander Notos and Laney Summerlyn to the world today! Chrys is the hero of South of Surrender, the third book in my Greek-mythology inspired Hearts of the Anemoi series. The Anemoi were wind gods the Greeks associated with controlling the wind, the weather, and the seasons, and as the summer god, Chrys is the hottest of them all! Laney is Chrys’s nearly blind love interest who sees him more than anyone else ever has. Together, they are pure sweet, sensual, sexy win! Need more proof? Check out this sweet, sensual excerpt from when they’re traveling in elemental form and the giveaway that follows!

They went up into the sky, and though the rain and wind were all around them, were them, it was just as Chrys had said.

The wind didn’t buffet her, because she was the wind. The rain didn’t batter her, because she was the rain. The thunder and lightning didn’t scare her, because she knew exactly when they’d occur. A tremendous thrill roared through her. That she got to experience this, that he’d made her see the beauty in something that had long terrified her, that he’d shared it with her at all.

This is amazing, Chrys, being a part of this, being a part of something bigger than yourself. Thank you for bringing me with you tonight. Thank you for…getting involved. Even if he’d only done it out of obligation or duty, this moment, this night, this whole time since she’d first laid eyes on him was something to be cherished forever.

Warmth surrounded her, like he was hugging her. Words came to her, in that odd language she’d sometimes heard him speak, but not in the way they normally communicated. It was like the words were on the wind. Something about the sound of them flooded longing through her being. And heat.

Overwhelmed with everything she was feeling, everything she’d experienced this night, Laney didn’t speak again. Instead, she just soaked in every bit of the splendor of the nighttime world. After all, this was the world she’d been without the longest. Her night vision had been the first to go. Normally, she was completely blind in the dark. Now, she could see that the night wasn’t black, but was painted with a palette of blues and greys and purples that possessed its own beauty.

And Chrys had made it all possible.

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About South of Surrender:

She’s the only one who can see through his golden boy façade to the broken god within…

Chrysander Notos, Supreme God of the South Wind and Summer, is on a mission: save Eurus from his death sentence and prove his troubled brother can be redeemed. But Eurus fights back, triggering vicious storms that threaten the mortal realm and dangerously drain Chrys.

Laney Summerlyn refuses to give up her grandfather’s horse farm, despite her deteriorating vision. More than ever, she needs the organized routine of her life at Summerlyn Stables, until a ferocious storm brings an impossible—and beautiful—creature crashing down from the heavens.

Injured while fighting Eurus, Chrys finds himself at the mercy of a mortal woman whose compassion and acceptance he can’t resist. As they surrender to the passion flaring between them, immortal enemies close in, forcing Chrys to choose between his brother and the only woman who’s ever loved the real him.

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Tamara’s Review

Every one of the Anemoi series just gets better. South of Surrender gives us two damaged heroes.

Laney Summerlyn is damaged on the outside.Afflicted with RP Laney is almost completely blind. But she sees through a heart of pure gold. Laney is strong, independent, loyal and kind. She is the kind of woman we all strive to be.

Chrysander Notos is broken on the inside. A beautiful exterior hides a broken soul in this man/god who has been conditioned to believe that all signs of affection and love bring only pain.

The surprise star of this epic was for me, the god Hephaestus.I just loved him. And his intervention into these two lives is pivotal to the story.

Laura Kaye tells stories of damaged characters, who find peace and healing through love. South of Surrender will take you from the depths of despair, to the heights of ecstasy. I will admit to blubbering sobs at one point (but won’t give and spoilers)

Laura Kaye does it again. A fabulous Must Read Novel!

Laura_Kaye_croppedAbout Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Mystical Wonders: Circle of Friends ~ Karen Cino ~ Mesmerizing Monday

mystical background with candles for a party on HalloweenMystical Wonders: Circle of Friends

Madison Morina, college professor, meets Sal at the college’s pep rally. They hit it off, but Madison still has her doubts regarding their relationship.

Shari Stafford, a clairvoyant, hairdresser, finds love when she hires a carpenter to do renovations on her house. She has a special gift of reading minds.

Private Investigator Cassie Scott has an on and off relationship with Dennis. When family secrets are revealed, her life is changed forever.

Bad boy Angelo Esposito sweeps Fay Odina off her feet. He has a dead wife and an ex-wife, along with a secret past and an agenda. Angelo finds his perfect mark in Fay, who owns the family Vintage Clothing Shop.

Despite her friends’ warnings that she is in imminent danger, she runs off and marries Angelo. It’s up to the girls to juggle their own relationships and dig deeper into Angelo’s past.

Four friends, four lives intertwined together.

Angelo pulled his truck over a few blocks away, but changed his mind, driving off his route to Great Kills Beach. This was the perfect place. Plenty of women walked around in bikinis, with bodies he would love to devour. He was always lucky down here. Women loved men in uniform. They got excited every time he unzipped his pants and his stiff dick shot out. Those were the days he had run around commando. Now that he had Fay, he had to wear old-fashioned white briefs so she didn’t get suspicious.
On his dashboard, under his delivery gun, lay the mail he took off Fay’s counter. Flicking through envelopes, he pulled out her bank statement along with a credit card bill. A wicked smile appeared on his face as he opened the bank statement.
He gasped in shock as he looked at the total on the bottom of the sheet—two hundred and twenty-seven thousand dollars and fifty-two cents. Boy did he hit the jackpot. This broad not only had money, but also adored him. On further examination of the bank statement, it read as a business account meaning there had to be a personal bank statement lurking around.
He knew what he had to do. He’d have to snoop around and see where she kept her business and personal files, a feat that shouldn’t be hard to do. He had no doubt in his mind that Fay had fallen in love with him. Why wouldn’t she? His charm had always swept women off their feet, except for his ex-wife. She never trusted him enough to leave him everything. But in the end, it worked out in his favor.
As soon as he told Fay he was a widower, that his wife Julie died in a car accident, she was sympathetic and attentive to all his needs. She cooked for him every night, bought him clothes, knickknacks and volunteered to clean his house. Oh yes, he had found the perfect suitor for all his needs.
No matter how tired she was after a long day at the shop, she would still sexually take care of him. A weekly dinner satisfied her need of appreciation. The little display made her happy as he slowly wangled his way into her life.
The only thing that could possibly stand in his way was her daughter Heather. He saw the way she questioned her mother every time he was over. Heather always found a reason to call Fay into the other room or had a last minute errand that needed to be done. She would be the one person who could ruin what he was trying to achieve with Fay.
Get a grip on yourself, Angelo old boy. You can’t lose control like you did with your dearly departed. There had to be a way to win Heather’s trust. He would have to think of ways to woo a sixteen year old. He needed her on his side. Maybe, he would buy her the new cell phone she’d been whining about. Damn, she whines just like her mother.
Standing up, he walked to the back of the truck. He had seen a cell phone carrier box back there earlier. He maneuvered all the boxes around until he located it. Of course it wound up in the bottom of the pile.
He opened the box and inside was two boxes. Clinching his hand, he bellowed, “Score.” This was a dream come true. Not one cell phone, but two! It was the perfect gift for the biggest whiner.
“Let’s see,” he said picking up his signature pad. He would make it a point to pass by the house, make sure they weren’t home, and then forge their signature on a first attempt sheet giving permission for the package to be left. The little inconvenience was the perfect way to steal merchandise without getting caught. “What a total financial genius you are man!”
It was a shame Julie gave him a hard time about their finances. He couldn’t understand why she wouldn’t put his name on the bank book and checking account. Why did she need total control of the money?
When Julie’s parents passed away, they left her their one and a half million dollar house and close to two million dollars in a bank account in her name. Why was Julie so cheap with her money that she made him get a second job to pay for her extravagant lifestyle? What a bitch she was! She got exactly what she deserved. In the end, that was no gain for him. Instead, the hag wound up costing him money.
He couldn’t believe he pulled it off. All it took was a drug addict and five thousand dollars for the job to be done. When the police came to his house telling him his wife was killed in a fatal car accident, he put on the charade of his life. Boy, he’d been so convincing.
After an extensive investigation, the case was closed. A few weeks later, he contacted her attorney for the reading of the will. He made certain he wasn’t in a rush and played the grieving widower to the hilt. What he didn’t know was that he was going to be in for the shock of his life.
Upon the reading of the will, he had everything mapped out. He planned on selling the three bedroom ranch house her parent’s had given them as a wedding present and investing in a penthouse apartment in Manhattan. Then, he would put in his two week notice and live off Julie’s money.
Wrong. According to her will, upon her death, all medical bills incurred by her disabled nephew and her sister were to be paid one hundred percent. She left him twenty thousand dollars. The deed to their house was in her sister’s name.
By the time he walked out of the attorney’s office, his tears weren’t for the loss of his wife, but for his own stupidity for not researching the contents of the will. That’s why this time, he would play his cards right. He’d wine and dine Fay and, if necessary, marry her. As long as she took care of everything financially, there would be no reason for any untimely disasters.
With Fay, he didn’t have anything to worry about. Women like her kissed the ground he walked on. She was so insecure that she would do anything not to lose him. Oh yes, he definitely made the right decision when he asked her out on a date a week after he was reassigned to her route.

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karen10Author Bio:

Karen is an author, poet and former journalist. “Life as a writer is fun, adventurous and can also be quite rewarding”. Her years of being a freelance journalist at The Staten Island Register were some of her best. The afternoon, she received her newspaper and saw her article on the front page…well let’s just say that the whole neighborhood herd her yelling in the middle of the street.

I’ve been writing since I’m fourteen years old. I started my career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for the high school newspaper. After reading Jackie Collin’s Lovers and Gamblers and Jacqueline Susann’s, Valley of The Dolls, I knew I found my niche. I wanted to write women’s fiction. I wrote my first book during the summer before I started college.

My daily walks down at the boardwalk is what gets my muse going. It clears my mind and helps me find realistic plot ideas and characters boosting up my muse. I love writing about local places that people can relate too. The late Paul Zindel’s books took place in Staten Island and reading them, especially My Darling My Hamburger, still brings back many memories.

Finding love and happiness is what keeps you alive inside, having it is what life’s all about. It’s strange but some days love comes easy, others you have to work hard at it. I’d rather have it come easy, but it’s on those hard days that I built characters.

The world is at our fingertips. Dream, imagine and love.

Karen is a single mom living in Staten Island with her two children, Michael and Nicole, along with three cats. Secret Cravings Publishing published her debut novel Roses in April 2012 and The Boardwalk in June 2012. Mystical Wonders – Circle of Friends is the first book of a four book series.


Karen Cino
Roses April 2012 by Secret Cravings Publishing
The Boardwalk June 2012 by Secret Cravings Publishing
Mystical Wonders – Circle of Friends April 2013 by SCP
Coming Soon
Mystical Wonders – Second Chances May 2013 by SCP

Sensational Sunday – Book Spotlight – Celestine – J.F. Wilson

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In 1795 New Orleans, the Spanish controlled city struggles to rebuild after two devastating fires, and a young teenage girl is just as determined to leave her past behind and start anew. Celestine, the daughter of a Mississippi River prostitute spends most of her time hating herself, her life and the dirty men who rut with her mama. When she turns thirteen and her mama informs her she’ll be servicing the very men she hates and fears, she has no other option but to run to the good nuns of the Ursulines Convent where for the first time she encounters kindness and a different kind of life.

After meeting the dashing ship captain Maurice Dubois, a man with his own past demons to reckon with, Celestine allows herself to be truly loved for the first time. But when a shocking turn of events leaves her once again with nothing more than her own wits to survive, Celestine begins to realize the power her intoxicating beauty gives her over men including the debonair and infamous pirate Jean Lafitte. It’s this very power that Celestine learns to capitalize on to begin a new career…not as the common riverfront lady of the night her mother had been…but as the most sought after courtesan in all of New Orleans.

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Bio F.J. Wilson
F.J. “Nita” Wilson was raised on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi in the fishing village, artist community of Ocean Springs, ninety miles east of New Orleans; the city far from her reach but close to her heart. Much of her time growing up was spent reading under her grandmother’s big camellia bushes hiding from housework and the inevitable call to come inside and help start ‘supper’? In a time when young girls dreamed of big weddings and picket fences, she dreamed of the dangerous but darkly handsome Heathcliff and the English moors of days long gone. With Hemingway’s Paris, Scott Fitzgerald’s language and Margaret Mitchell’s characters keeping her company, why would she ever want to clean her room?
After college where she studied theatre, music and history she married and spent the next many years raising her autistic son, Jason,(the best years of her life) and traveling from New York to Los Angeles with her film career. She has written humorous articles for the Arts and Entertainment Section of the Hattiesburg American newspaper. While living in New York she and Marco Pennette wrote an episode for the hit sit come, “Kate & Allie” titled “Mother’s Day” which was produced in 1987.
She now lives among the bones of her kin in the deep south with her two Springer Hound Spaniels and is at the time married to her computer and her love of writing.

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blog link: (Vignettes of the Deep South) for short stories of the
Child angel, Lil Bit.