Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The Twisted Oak

LGBTQ Romance

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Wade Dwyer's life is turned upside down when his father dies and he learns he must marry or he and his siblings will lose the ranch. One last jab of the knife from his father. On top of that, his father's only friend knows about the stipulation and is determined to own the property by any means necessary.

He's facing the very real possibility of being the reason his family loses their home when his brother's best friend, Lance Matthews, offers to walk down the aisle with him. A faux marriage to the man he's loved for years is a torture he isn't sure he can endure.
Can he keep the ranch ... and the man of his dreams, too?

read an excerpt...
“This is nice,” Wade said as he moved closer to the pictures. Lots of family photos, some of his graduation. It was like a timeline of Lance’s life. When his eyes fell on one photo, he stopped, leaning in. It was a picture of Wade, Casey, and Lance on the sofa, playing video games. Probably one of the many nights Lance spent there as a teenager. But Lance wasn’t watching the game. He was staring at Wade.

“I remember that night,” Lance whispered, suddenly by Wade’s side.

“Brings back memories,” Wade admitted. “Who took the picture?”

Lance blushed. “Landon had been bugging us to let him join in on the video games, so I handed him my phone and let him play something on there so he’d leave us alone.”

“Ahh, the little brother bribe. I know it well,” Wade said, grinning.

Lance laughed. “Well, he must have been bored, because when I got the phone back, there were a lot of new pictures. He took some of his room, the barn, the horses, and this one of us playing video games.”

Wade’s chest tightened. “You kept this one…why?” There was nothing really remarkable about the picture. Other than Lance staring at him. But that could have been anything. He could have said something funny or they could have been talking.

Lance’s cheeks pinked. “I just liked the picture.”

He cocked his head and stood in front of Lance. “No reason?”

The man took a step back, and suddenly they were in the same position in which they’d found themselves this morning in the hallway. Lance looked into his eyes and Wade’s heart did a somersault. Lance’s eyes were dark with desire.

“Tell me,” Wade ordered. “Tell me why you kept the picture, Lance. Why were you looking at me instead of the game? Were we talking?”

Lance shook his head. “No,” he breathed out, his voice shaky. “God, I remember like it was yesterday, though. Casey and I were playing a game and you came in and joined us. When you sat next to me…I couldn’t focus. I couldn’t even breathe.” He looked to the side.

Wade cupped his chin and tilted his head to face him. “Why? Tell me, Lance.”

Lance licked his lips. “Because I was crazy about you, Wade. And I was scared of my feelings.”

About Sarah Hadley Brook

Does this book have a special meaning to you?

Actually, yes. This book means a lot to me, for a couple of reasons. I’ve always wanted to do a western romance, but I put it off. Most of the stories I write are novellas, but with this, I wanted it to be longer—and possibly include two more follow-ups with other characters.
When the story started coming to me, I let it build for about six months before I really started working on it. I did start a Pinterest board right away, though. I am a very visual person and the pictures help me start putting things into perspective.

I spent more time creating the town of Ruby, Wyoming, as well as expanding on some of the secondary characters. I wanted a town full of people the reader could relate to and root for. To be honest, I feel like I poured a lot into this book, but then again, I think writers always do that! I hope readers can feel the love and strength of the Dwyer family.
This book is dedicated to Vincent for the honest reviews while I was writing it. I relied heavily on him for honest feedback and I appreciate how much time he spent talking with me.

Where do you get your storylines from?
Sometimes a publisher has a call out for a special theme and I go with it, but most of the time I get ideas from everywhere: a chance meeting at the bank, a traffic jam, a conversation with a stranger. Storylines pop into my head everywhere!

Was this book easier or more difficult to write than others?  Why?
I wouldn’t say it was more difficult, it’s just I got so close to my characters that I tended to go over the story, dissecting everything, until I realized I was picking it apart. So I had a talk with myself and got back to work writing the real story!

Do you only write one genre?
Right now, yes. I only write MM Romance. I do have a couple of historical romance with F/M that I’ve started, but I haven’t completed them. Maybe someday!

Give us a picture of where you write, where you compose these words…is it Starbucks, a den, a garden…we want to know your inner sanctum?
Ha! A desk in my bedroom. A very old desk. It was actually a sewing desk years ago. It’s empty for the most part, but I do have a few little things to keep me going—a rainbow Snoopy, a cat mug full of pens, a picture of Captain Janeway, and sometimes a shoebox for my cat, Mimi. She gets very jealous when I write. I have another cat named Tiger, but he’s older and basically could care less what I’m doing as long as there is food in his bowl and he can curl up in his favorite spot—a corner at the end of the bed. Close enough to keep an eye on things—just in case treats happen to show up!—but far enough away from Mimi that he can get some much needed sleep. He believes anything under twenty hours of sleep a day will destroy him.

And finally, of course…was there any specific event or circumstance that made you want to be a writer?
Reading Little Women in elementary school definitely changed my life. I badly wanted to be Jo! I’m sure that spurred me on, as far as writing. But I’d been writing little stories for my dolls for as long as I could remember. I think it’s just something I’ve always wanted. It took a long time to get around to actually doing it, but once I got back into writing, I never looked back!

Sarah Hadley Brook lives smack-dab in the middle of the Heartland and is the mother of two wonderful young men, as well as two cats. During the day, she works in the non-profit world, but reserves evenings for her hobby-turned-passion of writing, letting the characters she conjures up in her mind take the lead and show her where the story will go. When not working or writing, she can be found reading, working on dollhouses, trying her hand at new recipes, or watching old movies and musicals. In her ideal world, Christmas would come at least twice a year, Rock Hudson and Doris Day would have co-starred in more than three movies, and chocolate would be a daily necessity to live. She dreams of traveling to Scotland some day and visiting the places her ancestors lived. Sarah believes in “Happily Ever After” and strives to ensure her characters find their own happiness in love and life.








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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Poisoned Pawn

Detective Mystery




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Caleb Jacobs is a man with a past. After serving on a failed dark ops assignment in Afghanistan, he leaves Marine Corps Intelligence to try to build a new life in Philadelphia as a homicide police detective.

Jacobs is happy, for a time, until he is assigned to solve the murder of Shannon Faraday. During the investigation, he is convinced the evidence points to him as the killer. He knows it is only a matter of time before other investigators see the same. He has no alibi and the clock is counting down.

Behind his partner’s back, Jacobs hires a private investigator named Lawrence Holmes. The PI is an irritation to the police, but he is unmistakably brilliant. And, many powerful people in the city owe him favors. Holmes is a bit odd. He insists on calling Jacobs Watson but claims to never have heard the name Sherlock. Jacobs can live with this kind of crazy as long as together they find the real killer.

They quickly link the murder to a series of seemingly unrelated crimes occurring throughout Philadelphia, and Jacobs becomes convinced the murder is related to the truth of what had happened during his time in Afghanistan. Old secrets have come back to haunt him.


My Review


Really kind of funny P.I. book Sort of a satire on the Holmes and Watson characters but in today’s modern times with modern people. I said the word satire in the previous sentence, and I tend to love satire, sarcasm and I suppose what you might call a little dark humor. This book has it all.

The main characters developed in this story are very interesting and very well-defined. However, there are quite a few characters and there were a couple of times I had to look back to see “who was whom” so to speak. This can cause me to be irritated once in a while, but I think the other highlights and the overall storyline here won out.

This is a good story with, as I said, some very well-crafted main characters. Something with a little different twist to it which made it a fresh read.  

Although I can find that the author has written in many other formats and genres, this looks to be his first mystery novel. Well worth the reading time.




read an excerpt...
I felt like shit for having to hire a private investigator, especially one who was most likely insane. Still, I couldn’t deny that his type of crazy got results. Reluctantly I handed over an envelope to the man sitting on the sun-bleached bench.


He opened it. Satisfied with my offering, he slid it into his jacket. “Ah, Watson,” he said. “Good to see you again.”


I shook my head and dropped onto the bench next to him. “My name is Jacobs. Caleb Jacobs,” I said, hoping the reminder might stick this time.

He turned to me. “Did you say something?”

I sighed. “No, Holmes.”

If I wasn’t desperate for his help, I’d strangle him. Of course my superiors at the Philadelphia Homicide Unit wouldn’t appreciate that. But I wondered if a cop hiring a private investigator was any worse of a violation. I needed Lawrence Holmes for his connections and unique viewpoint, things my PHU colleagues couldn’t provide. He might not be the fictional character he played at, but he was a talented PI.


About the author...

To support his writing addiction and excessively extravagant lifestyle, David Siegel Bernstein, PhD, is a data scientist who consults as a forensic statistician. That sounds really boring until you realize that his clients include the US National Security Agency (NSA), the Secret Service, the FBI, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and a host of other acronymonious agencies who cultivate exciting and shadowy reputations. Alas, those reputations are mere facades that disguise the real reason these organizations exist, which is to keep him entertained and fed.
When David wants a break from this spellbinding work, he writes. His fiction credits encompass two novelettes and sixty shorts. His nonfiction has appeared in newsletters, popular blogs, academic journals and he is the author of the book Blockbuster Science: The Real Science in Science Fiction.
He lives within the shadow of Philadelphia with his wife, Michelle, two children, Seth and Gwendolyn, and a dog named Ringo Biggles Woofington.





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More but personal stuff about David...

Does this book have a special meaning to you? i.e. where you found the idea, its symbolism, its meaning, who you dedicated it to, what made you want to write it?
I want to start by thanking Our Town Book Reviews for inviting me here. So, Thanks!

Poisoned Pawn hits me more in the feels than most. It has to do with family. Thanks to my grandmother I had read a library’s worth of mysteries and thrillers before I left high school and with my father, I watched just about every mystery ever aired on PBS and BBC.

As you can imagine, crime has been brewing in my noggin for quite a while. I’ve written a few mystery shorts, but this is my first full length novel. I would like to believe my grandmother would have loved it. My father reading it is very special to me.


Where do you get your storylines from?
I do a lot daydreaming and stream of consciousness writing. I usually start with a character and she leads me where she needs to go. I’m always confident she will fall into some interesting plot. This is in no way means I have a way of getting her out. In Poisoned Pawn my main character Caleb Jacobs (not a she, but nobody is who they appear to be in this book) finds himself in a sticky plot that he is able to free himself from. Maybe.

Was this book easier or more difficult to write than others?  Why?
This was more difficult to write. There were a lot of moving pieces and it was hard to keep them all moving in unison. The characters cooperated. It was a well-oiled machine. That said, at times they lead me down some dead ends. Luckily, I retraced my steps and found fresher paths.

Do you only write one genre?
By practice, I’m mostly a fantasy and science fiction writer. And yet, I knew I had at least one epic mystery in me. Poisoned Pawn this is it. I also write nonfiction. I recently released my book titled, Blockbuster Science: The Real Science in Science Fiction.


Give us a picture of where you write, where you compose these words…is it Starbucks, a den, a garden…we want to know your inner sanctum?
My dungeon is a scary place, and not for the faint hearted. Do you want to come and play there? I dare you. Sighs. Okay, yes It might be fun to play in a dungeon, but I lied about having one. I don’t even have a castle.

The truth is my writing process is a messy. I write when I have the free time and in almost any location. I do not use an outline. I let the story unfold organically as I work on maintaining a daily wordcount.

And finally, of course…was there any specific event or circumstance that made you want to be a writer?
There was no specific moment. The credit or blame goes to my mother. She was a writer and encouraged me to try my hand at it as a wee lad. I did. 











Monday, February 17, 2020

The Great Witches Baking Show

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The Great Witches Baking Show

by Nancy Warren

on Tour February 1-29, 2019

Synopsis:

The Great Witches Baking Contest by Nancy Warren
A baker with secrets
Witches in trouble
The cameras are rolling
Ready, set, die.

Poppy Wilkinson is thrilled to be chosen as a contestant on The Great British Baking Contest. As an American with English roots, winning the crown as Britain’s Best Baker would open doors she’s dreamed of. In more ways than one. Appearing on the reality show is her chance to get into Broomewode Hall and uncover the secrets of her past.

But strange things are happening on the show’s set: accusations of sabotage, a black cat that shadows Poppy, suspiciously unsociable residents at Broomewode Hall—and the judges can be real witches.

There are murmurs that Broomewode is an energy vortex. It certainly makes Poppy see and do things that aren’t exactly normal, and seems to draw interesting characters to the neighborhood.

When a fellow contestant dies in mysterious circumstances, Poppy has more to worry about than burned pies and cakes that won’t rise. There’s a murderer on the loose and it’s up to Poppy and her new friends to solve the crime before it becomes a real show-stopper.

From USA Today Bestselling Author Nancy Warren, this delicious series of cozy paranormal mysteries will have you guessing until the end. Includes recipes.


MY REVIEW:

Being dropped off at a bakery as a baby and growing up with good parents is a good thing. Not knowing who your original parents are could be a bad thing to some or maybe just a niggling bother. Poppy has that little niggling question and plus who wouldn’t want to be in a baking contest? Specially if a ghost taught you to bake. What? Believe it or not the very black and white thinker writing this review enjoyed this ghost-seeing baker cozy more than you can imagine.

This is easy to read with characters you can’t help but like, like Poppy for example. Even some of Poppy’s ghosts are fun and all the baking contestants have their own personalities. In fact, this sounds like a lot of characters and a lot of characters in a story can be confusing. That didn’t happen here. I think it’s because Nancy Warren seemed to be so good at giving each their own feel; their own eccentricities. You had a feeling you knew who was speaking even before you read his or her name. His or her or a ghost for that matter. It sounds like I’m making a little fun here but only because of the fun of this story. It was humorous, made me laugh, and made me like reading it. That’s what good stories are right?


Book Details:

Genre: Culinary Cozy

Published by: Ambleside Publishing

Publication Date: January 15th 2020

Number of Pages: 250

ASIN: B07ZL472PK

Series: Culinary Cozy #1

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CHAPTER ONE

As life-changing moments go, getting the call that I’d been chosen to compete in The Great British Baking Contest was right up there. I’d practiced, auditioned and practiced some more. I was a decent home baker, but was I really the best in Britain? Probably not. But I didn’t have to be.
The contest was my way of getting into Broomewode Hall, where the show was filmed. I had my own reasons for going there that had nothing to do with baking.
Still, it hadn’t been easy to be chosen. There were thousands of applicants every year and then an excruciating selection process, where the show’s producers chose twelve from the short list and made us bake on camera. Some people went to pieces; some were just really boring. They randomly selected bakers off the short list and tried out different combinations of personalities, a bit like baking, really, seeing which ingredients created the most interesting results. I quickly learned that the trick was to be a good character, try to be funny, be a good sport, pretend you didn’t notice that cameras were on you and a clock was ticking down the minutes, and still turn out a decent jam tart.
Easy peasy! Not.
One of the reasons they chose me for the show, I think, was that while I was British, I’d grown up in the States, which was kind of fun, as the show had become a huge hit in America. I’d also started life in a bakery. Or, more accurately, in a cardboard box outside a bakery in Norton St. Philip, a charming village near Bath in Somerset.
I like to think my mother, whoever she was, chose the bakery so she knew I’d be warm and, since bakers start work so early, I’d be found. And I was. When Gareth Philpott came to work that morning, he said he looked into the box and found me wide-awake, staring up at him. Not crying, not fussing, just staring as though I’d expected him. They named me Poppy. The Philpotts would have kept me if they could have. They’re a nice family, but they already had three children, and the authorities don’t just give a family a baby because they happened to stumble across one. First they tried to find my mother or any information at all about my origins. When that proved impossible, I was adopted by Agatha and Leland Wilson, and they became my parents.
They were both teachers. They’d tried for years to have their own children, and their delight in getting me was reflected in the way they pretty much turned their lives around to give me the best upbringing they could. They were loving parents, kind and patient. Strict when they had to be. We lived in Bath for the first eight years of my life, and then my dad was offered a teaching job in Seattle.
I grew up there, mostly, lost the British accent, became a typical American teenager, and then when I finished high school, my folks retired and moved back to the UK. I could have stayed in Seattle. I had friends, and I could’ve gone to college there, but I chose to come back to England. I think, deep down, it’s always felt like home. Besides, like a lot of adopted kids, the mystery of my beginnings haunts me.
Soon after returning to England, my folks moved to the south of France to bask in warmer weather, grow lavender and cook gourmet meals. My dad, who taught history, was writing a book. My mom was learning French.
They’d saved up a nice chunk of change for me to go to college but, in spite of having teachers as parents, I never felt the urge. I was always more artistic than intellectual, so I went to an art and design college for two years, and they let me use the rest of the money toward buying a tiny cottage in Norton St. Philip. It’s probably crazy, and nobody even thinks my mother was from there, but I started my life in that village and so it pulled me back. The Philpotts still ran the bakery and were my second family. I guess you’ll always have a bond with the person who picked you up off the street as a newborn. Besides, growing up as an only child, I was fascinated by their sprawling, noisy family.
I became a freelance graphic designer, which allowed me to work from home.

Gina Philpott was my age and my best friend. She was also the only one who knew why I really wanted to get on that show.

It went all the way back to when I was just a baby in that cardboard box. I’d been wrapped in a curious blanket.
I saw my baby blanket one day when I was watching The Great British Baking Contest. They always filmed at Broomewode Hall, a Georgian manor house that wasn’t open to the public. Broomewode Hall was the seat of the Earl of Frome, Robert Champney and his family. During one of the behind-the-scenes segments on the show, Lady Frome, showed them around her home.
As the camera panned around the great dining hall I was instantly transfixed by a woman in an oil painting who seemed to be wearing my baby blanket! I saw now that, in fact, it was a shawl. But the pattern was the same. I was certain of it.
And from that very moment, I began my quest to find out more about Broomewode Hall. Lord and Lady Frome guarded their privacy tenaciously, and it was impossible to get access to them and their family home. Besides, what would I say? “I think one of your ancestors once wore my baby blanket? The best way I could think of to spend time there was to qualify as a baker on The Great British Baking Contest.
I’d done it. Against incredible odds, I’d been chosen as one of twelve bakers. It was one step toward finding how who I really was. All I had to do now was figure out how to get the rest of the way.
***
Excerpt from The Great Witches Baking Show by Nancy Warren. Copyright 2019 by Nancy Warren. Reproduced with permission from Nancy Warren. All rights reserved.





Author Bio:

Nancy Warren
Nancy Warren is the USA Today bestselling author of more than seventy novels, including the best selling Vampire Knitting Club series and the Toni Diamond mysteries. She's from Vancouver, though she tends to wander. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa university, appeared on the front page of the New York Times when her book Speed Dating launched the Harlequin/Nascar series. She was also the answer to a clue in a crossword puzzle in Canada's National Post newspaper.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Gouster Girl

Young Adult
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Gouster Girl is the coming of age, risky affair between Valerie Davis a cute black girl from the South Side of Chicago and nerdy white Jeffrey Stark.

While the two are somewhat smitten they are late to realize that falling in love on Chicago’s South Side in 1963 is a highly risky business for an interracial couple.


Opportunities arise for both of them to help one another out of tough fixes—he saves her from attack at an all-white amusement park and she saves him from injury in a racial brawl at their high school. But as their romance becomes more serious, so do the racial dangers. White police target Valerie as a prostitute and black gang members see Jeffrey as trying to sexually exploit a black girl. Seemingly inevitably, the blossoming romance collides head on with the realities of Northern-style racism one hot summer afternoon at one of Chicago’s most beautiful Lake Michigan beaches, when a racial protest turns ugly, confronting the couple with terrible choices.




Read an excerpt...
My opportunity to finally approach Valerie came unexpectedly on a Monday, when I received an official note in home room that I was being penalized with two extra study periods that week for “creating a disturbance in the hallway.” That meant I would have to stay at school for an extra fifty minutes on two days, sitting in a room with similar “problem” students.

At first I was upset—I’d never been punished this way, and I was afraid it might affect my college application process, due to begin the following fall.

It was clear at the first study hall that these penalty periods were gouster affairs. I was the only white student of the maybe twenty-five present. Booker sat near the back, looking as sullen and distant as in gym. Near the front was Valerie, the only Ivy Leaguer I could identify, and one of just three or four girls.

It didn’t make sense that she was being penalized, since she was the one who saved the event from becoming a catastrophe. How did her involvement in the fight even get noticed?

My upset turned to nervousness as it dawned on me that this was my big chance to make a move on Valerie. I sat about halfway back in the room of mobile wooden desk chairs, at the end of a row, with Valerie in the front and Booker in the back. Valerie was a study in concentration as I watched her from a side angle, intently focusing on some homework, not glancing up or around. The air was heavy, stale, from the dozens of students who had been in and out of the classroom over the course of the day, and she looked as tired as the room felt, her normally buoyant wavy hair limp, and nearly drooping. She didn’t look like she welcomed contact with anyone.

I pulled out a notebook with blank 81/2 x 11-inch sheets of white paper. I had homework as well—a few geometry problems, some reading about World War I for social studies, and an English composition essay to write based on readings we had been doing about Ralph Waldo Emerson. But instead, I retrieved some colored pencils from a case and began sketching Valerie’s profile.

About David E. Gumpert...


David E. Gumpert grew up on the South Side of Chicago, in South Shore and Hyde Park. In the years since graduating from the University of Chicago, he has attended Columbia Journalism School and worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and an editor for the Harvard Business Review and Inc. magazine. He has also authored ten nonfiction books on a variety of subjects—from entrepreneurship and small business management to food politics. His most prominent titles include How to Really Create a Successful Business Plan (from Inc. Publishing); How to Really Start Your Own Business (Inc. Publishing); Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Food Rights (Chelsea Green Publishing), and The Raw Milk Answer Book (Lauson Publishing).

He spent ten years in the 1990s and early 2000s researching his family's history during the Holocaust. The result was a book co-authored with his deceased aunt Inge Belier: Inge: A Girl’s Journey Through Nazi Europe (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing).

He spent much of the last half-dozen years going back to his own roots in Chicago to research and write the historical novel, Gouster Girl. While some of it stems from his own experiences growing up in South Shore and Hyde Park, he also conducted significant additional research to complete the book in late 2019.

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Restart in Bristol



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He’s a hot mess. She wants stability. Will these childhood sweethearts risk another pass at love?

Veterinarian Holly Nicholson longs to put down roots. And with a growing practice and pending nuptials to a handsome doctor, her dream future is finally within reach. But when her NASCAR racing high-school steady rolls into town, Holly’s heart takes an off-track excursion.

Curtis “CC” Clark burned out from life in the fast lane. Switching gears, he moves to a small town in search of some cosmic signpost to reveal his destiny and crosses paths with the only girl he’s ever loved. But he’s worried fate sent him into the pits when he finds out she’s engaged.

Between working at the same animal shelter and her engagement crumbling, Holly can feel old desires stirring. But before they can pick up speed, CC gets his big chance for a high-profile comeback. And returning to the road may mean giving up his beloved forever.

Can CC and Holly find common ground and take their love across the finish line?

Restart in Bristol is the third standalone novel in the Racing Hearts in Serenity contemporary romance series. If you like bad boys with a heart of gold, strong women, and a touch of new age spirituality, then you’ll adore Sedona Hutton’s fun, sexy romance.


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Curtis rested his forehead against Holly’s, and her heart decided. She nodded in agreement.

“Is that a yes?” he asked, his voice low and husky.

“Yes.” Her response came out breathy, which didn’t surprise her. Whenever she was around Curtis, she felt like a breathless teenage girl.

“You won’t be sorry.” He brushed a hand through her hair. “Damn, you’re beautiful.”

She let out a nervous laugh. It was so dark that all she could make out were shadowy images. His words were sweet, but that didn’t stop the insecurity from poking at her insides. She didn’t look anything like the stunning women she’d seen him with over the years.

“That, coming from you.” She shook her head. “You’ve always seemed to have a steady stream of gorgeous women.”

“You can’t believe everything you read.”

Maybe she shouldn’t, but she’d read the articles and she’d seen the pictures. She wondered if any of those women had meant anything to him and if he’d found love over the last decade. She didn’t want to ask, but she needed to know. “What was your longest relationship?” she asked, scuffing her sandal on the floor.

He ran a hand through his hair. Maybe it had only been a few weeks, which is what the Internet had led her to believe.

“Over six months,” he said, surprising her.

She tilted her head. “Why did you break up?”

His pause was long, but she held the silence, determined to wait him out. After what felt like an hour, he finally responded. “Georgiana thought I was still hung up on you.”


About the Author:



Author Sedona Hutton finds inspiration in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and curly-coated retriever. In addition to writing, she’s a Reiki Master and a certified Chopra Center Meditation instructor. She enjoys reading, yoga, gardening, and experiencing the great outdoors on boats, motorcycles, and Jeeps. Sedona pens a “Peace, Love, &  Joy” blog on her website.

Sedona’s novel, Cloud Whispers, was a Finalist in the 2018 Readers’ Favorite Contest, an Official Selection in the 2018 Summer eBook Awards for New Apple Literary, Shortlisted for the Books Go Social Best Indie Book of 2018, and a Bronze winner in the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Nora’s Promise was awarded the Bronze medal in the 2019 Reader’s Favorite Contemporary Romance category and was a Finalist in the 2019 NIEA contest. The Perfect Lap was the 2019 Reader’s Favorite Contemporary Romance Finalist.





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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Finding Frances

Contemporary YA


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Retta Brooks thinks her life is on track after convincing her overprotective mom to stop home-schooling her and allow her go to Buckley High. She comes home from a night out with friends to find that her whole world has changed, and she has extremely hard decisions to make. Not to mention finding the answers to questions some people would rather she not know. Is she strong enough for what lies ahead?


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“Did he just hit us?” I asked, turning around. I couldn’t see anything behind us except the vague shape of a car with a silhouetted driver—it was so close the headlights weren’t visible.

“Yes!”

We were speeding up, already going way too fast for this road, but the car was still right on the truck’s bumper.

I clutched the dashboard as Jack tried zig-zagging a bit to shake the guy, but it didn’t work. Then the truck accelerated, and finally the guy fell back. Jack hit the brakes pretty hard, and I hit the door and was jerked to the floor as we took a corner sharply.

“Retta!” Jack yelled. “Are you okay?” He leaned over and gripped my arm, helping me back into the seat before speeding back up.

I put the seatbelt on before stealing a glance behind us. “I don’t see him.”

“No, I think he might not have made that corner. It’s what I was trying to do, but I never would have if I’d realized you didn’t have a seatbelt on!”

“I’m okay, it’s fine.” I shook my head, having to extricate myself from the top half of the seatbelt to pick up the phone off the floor.


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Kelly Vincent wrangles data weekdays and spends the rest of her time playing with words. She grew up in Oklahoma but has moved around quite a bit, with Glasgow, Scotland being her favorite stop. She now lives near Seattle with three cats who definitely help her write her stories. She’s also working toward the Red Earth Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at Oklahoma City University.



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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Adults in the Room


A Tim Hall Mystery
Mystery, Thriller
Published: June 2019
Publisher: The Good As Gone Group

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Retired CIA officer Tim Hall drinks heavily to forget the few troubles he can actually remember. Still suffering from the car crash that killed his wife and stole his memories, he volunteers for a medical trial to recover the mysteries of his past. But after he wakes from a blackout lasting days, he’s convinced two sinister men are hunting him down…

Relieved by the familiar face of his biker girlfriend, he’s shocked to learn her true identity and the devastating secrets about his accident. And soon he’s swept up in a deadly mission that could decimate American politics. But unsure if can trust his own mind, his dangerous new role may be patriotic—or treasonous.

Can Hall fill in the blanks of his fractured memory before his choices turn fatal?

The Adults in the Room is the first book in the high-octane Tim Hall Mystery series. If you like stunning revelations, deep state conspiracies, and a touch of romance, then you’ll love Jeffrey Mechling’s mind-bending thriller!

Buy The Adults in the Room to fire up an electrifying adventure today!



About the Author


Jeffrey Mechling was born in Alexandria Virginia to a family full of secrets. His maternal grandfather was thought to be an original member of the OSS [The Office of Strategic Services].

Other members of the Mechling and Emerson families, as well as family friends, lived within the shadowy world of espionage and would only revealed that they "worked for the government".

Mr. Mechling himself has worked as a Financial Economist and Operations Research Analyst with a not too secret government agency.

Jeff has written two novels - The Adults in the Room and The Safe House. Both feature super spy couple Tim Hall and Mary Ann Wilson. He is currently writing a third Tim Hall and Mary Ann Wilson adventure.

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