Monday, January 25, 2016

January 25th 2016 - Meet the Authors

Hi, it’s Christina!

Bekky Morasco - Owner of Let's Steep
Today’s Monday Meet the Authors is going to be a tiny bit different. As many of you know, I do a ton of book signings at Canterbury Tales Forever Book Shoppe, in Peddler's Village, in Lahaska, PA. Unfortunately, at the end of the month, Canterbury Tales, like too many other mom & pop stores, is closing its doors. This left me, and a whole bunch of other authors, without a venue for book signings.

Let's Steep
So, friend and fellow author, Karen Hluchan and I set out to secure us a new venue, and we struck gold at Let’s Steep, the new Tea Shoppe & Art Studio in the center of the Village. The space is PHENOMENAL, the owner Bekky and managers Lauren & Dani (Dani runs the art studio, and she AMAZINGLY talented) are INCREDIBLE, and the tea is TO DIE FOR! Lauren made me a cup of some type of coconut white tea (I told her to surprise me), and I was in hog-heaven. It’s going to be fun sampling their HUNDREDS of tea varieties. YUMMY!!
Dani Giovi

Since our meeting, I have been working on securing and scheduling authors for the 2016 calendar year, and I wanted to introduce you to the lineup and the dates they will be appearing so you can schedule your visits around the authors you would like to meet. 

Please note, this is not a complete list, authors are contacting me daily to be added on to the schedule.

In alphabetical order by first name:

Barbara Steingas
Barbara Steingas, non-fiction author of Germans are Funny Too, A Healing Puzzle, & Solving the Crohn's& Colitis Puzzle, will be there 04/23/16, 07/16/16, 08/14/16, 09/24/16 & 11/13/16.

Chris Redding
Chris Redding, mystery / suspense author of Incendiary, Blonde Demolition, The Drinking Game, Corpse Whisperer & several e-books, will be there 02/20/16, 02/28/16, 03/26/16, 04/04/16, 04/17/16, 04/30/16, 09/18/16 & 12/03/16.

Claire Markette / Zana Etter
Claire Markette / Zana Etter, fiction author of Dances With Destiny & Dark Orchids, will be there on 03/05/16 (more dates coming).
Dawn Kowalchuk

Dawn Kowalchuk, contemporary fiction author of A Sunrise to Share, is going over her crazy schedule and will get back to us on the dates she’s available.

Ellwyn Autumn
Ellwyn Autumn, young adult author of Chris Kringle’s Cops, will be there 04/02/16, 05/22/16, 06/26/16, 07/09/16, 07/24/16, 08/06/16, 08/21/16, 09/10/16, 10/22/16, 11/06/16, 11/25/16, 12/11/16 & 12/17/16. Ellwyn's book is only available at book signings, so if you want one, you'll need to come out to Let's Steep.
Gregg Love

Gregg Love, teacher and children’s author of The One Who Threw from Kalamazoo, will be there 02/14/16, 03/13/16, 03/27/16, 04/10/16, 05/22/16, 06/25/16, 07/17/16, 08/07/16, 09/25/16 & 10/15/16 (more dates coming).

Janet Stafford
Janet Stafford, pastor & historical and contemporary fiction author of Saint Maggie, Walk By Faith, A Time to Heal, Heart Soul & Rock 'N' Roll and several e-books, will be there 02/13/16, 03/12/16, 04/23/16, 05/14/16, 06/25/16, 07/23/16, 09/24/16, 10/15/16, 11/05/16, 11/18/16 & 11/25/16.

Joanne Holliday, the children’s author of Sammy the Unhappy Clamwill be there 01/31/16, 03/06/16, 05/15/16, 07/17/16, 09/11/16, 11/06/16 & 12/18/16.

K. Edwin Fritz

K. Edwin Fritz, BEST-SELLING horror/dark fantacy author of Man Hunt, Woman Scorned, Night Storms: AnEclectic Collection, Cover of Darkness, & Dark Tales From Gents' Pens, will be there 02/20/16, 02/27/16, 03/12/16, 03/26/16, 04/09/16, 04/16/16, 05/14/16, 05/22/16, 06/11/16, 06/18/16, 07/02/16, 07/03/16, 07/16/16, 07/23/16, 08/06/16, 08/27/16, 08/28/16, 09/17/16, 11/05/16, 11/25/16, 12/10/16 & 12/17/16.

Karen Hluchan, inspirational author of How Have You Loved? and spirit medium, will be there 02/13/16, 02/14/16, 04/16/16, 04/14/16, 05/21/16, 05/22/16, 08/13/16, 08/14/16, 09/17/16, 09/18/16, 10/15/16, 10/16/16, 11/05/16, 11/06/16, 11/18/16, 11/19/16, 11/20/16, 12/03/16 & 12/04/16.
Karen Hluchan

Now please note, Karen will have books there to sign, however, she will be doing Spirit Medium demos which are open to everyone for FREE, and she will be doing one-on-one readings for a fee. You’ll need to sign up for the readings either through her or at Let’s Steep. We’ll let you know which is which as the date nears. I can tell you, Valentine’s weekend will be the one-on-one readings, so if you want a chance for a reading with Karen, you’ll need to sign up soon. The slots will go quickly!

Karen Scheuer
Karen Scheuer, teacher and acclaimed children’s book author of A Bug and a Wish, will be appearing 01/31/16, 02/27/16, 03/05/16, 04/30/16, 05/21/16, 06/11/16, 08/13/16, 09/17/16, 11/05/16 & 11/19/16

Kathi Kurz, notable children’s book author of Does a Robot have a Nose?, is holding off until her second book in her series is released before she schedules her appearances. Look for her dates starting in late spring/early summer. Like Ellwyn, Kathi's books are only available at book signings.

Kenneth Good
Kenneth Good, minister and children’s book author of If I Were a Puzzle, is currently away so we were not able to secure any dates yet, but they will be coming.
Larry Deibert

Larry Deibert, Veteran and author of everything from non-fiction to adventure to paranormal romance including The Life Of Riley, Fathoms: A Novel Of The Paranormal, Family, 95 Bravo, The Other Side of the Ridge, From Darkness To Light, The Christmas City Vampire, Requiem for a VampireCombat Boots Dainty Feet and even some e-books, will be there 02/21/16, 03/13/16, 04/09/16, 05/07/16, 05/21/16, 06/11/16, 07/16/16, 08/07/16, 09/10/16, 10/16/16, 11/26/16 & 12/17/16.

Linda Rawlins
Linda Rawlins, doctor and mystery author of The Bench, Fatal Breach & Sacred Gold, is currently juggling an insane schedule, but we look forward to her joining us late summer / early fall.
Lori Sweeney

Lori Sweeney, acclaimed inspirational non-fiction author of Goodbye Fatness, Hello Gorgeous!, will be there 02/21/16, 04/02/16, 05/22/16, 06/25/16, 07/30/16, 08/20/16, 09/04/16, 09/18/16, 10/09/16 & 10/16/16.

Marielena Zuniga
Marielena Zuniga, comedy fiction author of  Loreen on the Lam: A Tennessee Mystery, is also juggling a crazy schedule and will be getting back to us on her availability.
Mary Ellen Springsteen

Mary Ellen Springsteen, medical mystery author of The Universal Donor & In The Name Of Beauty, will be there 02/06/16, 03/06/16, 04/16/16, 05/15/16, 06/18/16, 07/17/16, 08/14/16, 09/24/16, 10/23/16, 11/12/16 & 12/10/16.

Riley Morton
Riley Morton, teenager and youth fantasy author of Sorcerers & Discovered, will be appearing 01/31/16, 02/13/16, 02/14/16, 03/19/16, 03/20/16, 05/21/16, 09/17/16 & 09/18/16 (more dates coming).
Susan Jean Ricci

Susan Jean Ricci, award winning rom-com author of Dinosaurs & Cherry Stems, The Sugar Ticket, as well as several e-books, will be there for only two dates 04/04/16 & 12/04/16, so if you want to meet Susan, you’ll need to plan accordingly.

Stacey Wilk
Stacey Wilk, young adult author of Welcome To Kata-Tartaroo Welcome To BibliothecaWelcome To Skull Mountain, will be joining us on 04/24/16, 06/26/16, 07/16/16, 08/13/16, 09/25/16, 10/30/16 & 11/20/16.

As for me, I’ll be there A LOT. Officially on 02/06/16, 02/20/16, 02/21/16, 03/05/16, 03/19/16, 03/20/16, 04/02/16, 04/04/16, 04/23/16, 04/24/16, 05/21/16, 06/04/16, 06/05/16, 06/12/16, 06/18/16, 07/16/16, 07/17/16, 07/23/16, 07/24/16, 08/06/16, 08/07/16, 08/27/16, 08/28/16, 09/10/16, 09/11/16, 09/17/16, 09/18/16, 10/22/16, 11/05/16, 11/06/16, 11/12/16, 11/13/16, 12/03/16, 12/04/16, 12/10/16 & 12/11/16, plus I will fill in on other dates when we don’t have a full house. On the other hand, I will also be giving up some of my slots if needed (with the exception of Scarecrow Festival – 9/17 & 18 – which is my favorite festival - so I’m going to be selfish and not relinquish my spot on those days).
As I said, there are several other authors who are also interested, but we haven’t been able to connect yet to go over the details. You’ll just have to watch either my Facebook page or Bekky’s Facebook page (hey, while you’re there, why don’t you give her page a “Like”, I’m sure she’d appreciate it) for updates.

The kick-off event in on Sunday, January 31st from 1 – 5. This is a kids event, so bring your little ones. There will be all sorts of fun stuff for your kids to do. Authors Karen Scheuer (A Bug and a Wish), Joanne Holliday (Sammy the Unhappy Clam), and Riley Morton (Sorcerers & Discovered) will be at the event. I hope to see you there!

Until next time, I hope you have a WONDERFUL day & Happy Writing!

James Hockenberry
UPDATE: James Hockenberry, award winning author of the thriller Over Here will be joining us on 02/27/16 & 04/17/16.


Steve Mariotti
Steve Mariotti, entrepreneur and author of The Young Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting and Running a Business: Turn Your Ideas into Money! will be there on 04/24/16.

Monday, January 18, 2016

January 18th 2016 - Meet Some Authors

Hi, it’s Christina –

Good Morning! It’s Monday again, and that means I’ve got some new authors for you to meet. So, what did you think about last week’s group – K. Lamb, KK Allen & Tamara Ferguson?

This week I’m going to bring you all over the spectrum again – starting with the FAR OUT – outer space that is. Among many other genres of books, Eric Thomasma has a SciFi series called Seams 16.

“Charlie and Susan Samplin make a new home for themselves on the finest repair depot in space. On the Space Equipment Authority's Maintenance Station 16, Charlie discovers that he has a natural talent for the station's favorite pastime, Zeegee, a zero gravity sport. He also finds satisfaction professionally when his skills as a technician are finally allowed to shine. Susan finds life on the station stimulating too, as she makes many new friends, including Station Director Sureenon and his wife, Penny.

But soon, a series of mysterious mishaps occur in seemingly unrelated systems, one of which results in the death of a co-worker.  Charlie suspects the one person he doesn't get along with, but others disagree. The mishaps stop as mysteriously as they started-for a time-but when an old friend comes aboard they begin again, leading to the discovery of a device that can only be alien technology. But who brought it on board and why? Join Charlie and Susan as they work together with new friends and old to solve the mystery and discover A New Home”

“Picking up where A New Home left off...

Charlie and Susan are shocked when the confession is thrown out. Director Sureenon convinces the judge that the alien devices should not be removed from the station, but the judge then orders that the trial be held on SEAMS16.
Preparations are made and just as the trial is about to begin, a massive alien ship appears, disrupting a long awaited Zeegee match. But they haven't come for repairs...

News of the aliens travels fast, bringing an unannounced visit from the S.E.A. Director of Security. With all of these arrivals, can Charlie and Susan handle one more?”

“A collision in space leaves Captain Darien Stolt and his crew searching for a suitable planet on which to land their fatally wounded ship. The passengers, a group of Utopian colonists set on making a new home for themselves on a distant world, lose their founder and leader, Jacob Slowdon, in the crash. A new leader, Susan Stark, steps forward and lays claim to the new world on behalf of the colonists. She tells the captain that his crew, and the handful of aliens rescued from the other ship, must adopt their way of life. But that life wasn't supposed to include murder. Security Chief Todd Sureenon must do his best to apprehend the murderers. It's a perilous start for a new civilization.”

Hopping right along, next up is Claudette Melanson, our Canadian Vampire wannabe. She may never achieve her not-so-secret goal, but her books sure do, and she has the international awards to back it up!

“Could Maura's life get any worse? ...turns out it most certainly can.

Isolated and sheltered by her lonely mother, Maura's never been able to make friends. She seems to drive her classmates away—except for the odd times they pay enough attention to torture her—but she doesn’t understand why. Maura considers herself to be a freak of nature, with her unusually pale skin and an aversion to the sun that renders her violently nauseous. Her belief is only worsened by the fact that almost everyone around her keeps their distance.

Even her own father deserted her before she was born, leaving Maura alone with her emotionally distant mother, Caelyn. Even though Maura is desperate for answers about her unknown parent, Caelyn remains heartbroken and her daughter can’t bring herself to reopen her mother’s wounds. Or is there a more sinister reason Caelyn refuses to utter a word about her long-lost love?

When a cruel prank nearly claims Maura’s life, one of her classmates, Ron, rushes to her rescue. Darkly handsome & mysteriously accepting, Ron doesn’t seem to want to stay away, but Maura is reluctant to get too close, since her mother has announced she’s moving the two of them to Vancouver…nearly 3,000 miles away from their hometown of Indiana, Pennsylvania.

If life wasn’t already challenging enough, Maura begins to experience bizarre, physical changes her mother seems hell bent on ignoring, compelling Maura to fear for her own life. Vicious nightmares, blood cravings, failing health and the heart-shattering loss of Ron—as well as the discovery of a tangled web of her own mother's lies—become obstacles in Maura's desperate quest for the unfathomable truth she was never prepared to uncover.”

“Maura finally found the truth she was always seeking…or has she?

After being left in the dark for all of her life, Maura’s father, Maxwell, has finally returned to reveal sinister family secrets Maura could never have dreamed possible—including his revelation that she is one of The Born. But his daughter soon discovers both he and her mother are keeping pieces of her reality hidden, still. As Maura struggles to unravel the mysteries surrounding her new existence and discover every piece of the cryptic puzzle, life appears intent on casting stumbling blocks across her path with every step forward.”

“Ariane & Aureliam have grown up together, always knowing they were destined to spend their lives together. But a chance meeting may bring an end to the happiness they've always hoped to have together. Ariane's father has other plans for her future...and they don't include Aureliam.

The faerie pair are not willing to lose each other so easily and Aureliam has laid a plan in place that will hopefully ensure their future together. Will Ariane's dreams of a life with her true love come true?

This short story will captivate readers with its magic and shimmering imagery. Sure to become a fairy tale for the ages!”

Mistral Dawn, our camera shy east coast gal, is ready to heat up your nights – these ain’t your grandma’s fairy tales…

Warning: These books contain graphic sex scenes as well as feature some touchy subjects. These books will not be for everyone. I have included the warning labels after each blurb.

“Discarded and ignored by those around her for most of her life, Cassie is a lonely human woman struggling to find her place in the world and meaning in her life. Cadeyrn is the Erlking, the leader of the Wild Hunt, a hundreds of thousands of years old Fae who has always known his purpose. He has spent his entire long existence tracking the criminals of Fairie and punishing them for their crimes.

While hunting for the murderer of a child who has escaped to Earth Cadeyrn comes across Cassie and realizes that she is the one that the great mother goddess has designated as his soul mate. He kidnaps her and takes her to his fortress in Fairie to protect her from his many enemies. He knows she will be angry and that he'll have to work to earn her trust, but he finds his task to be even more challenging than he had thought it would be due to Cassie's difficulty in opening her heart.

Will Cadeyrn be able to convince Cassie that the bond between them is real and earn her love?”

“The Summer Court is in an uproar. The king has just been executed for unpardonable crimes, and the queen is prostrate with grief over his loss. This leaves the Summer kingdom bereft of true leadership; a problem which is compounded by the fact that the laws of Fairie require balance to be maintained by having a male and a female ruler for both Season Courts at all times. Uaine, the Summer prince, is the only one who can put things right, but he is without a mate. Knowing that he must take a bride quickly, for the sake of his people, even though he is struggling with his own feelings of pain and anger over his father's treachery, he goes for a walk in a forest near the palace to try to clear his head and determine how best to choose a female to rule beside him.

While walking Uaine discovers a human female running loose in Fairie, which is against the most basic tenets of Fae law. Furious at one more problem he must deal with, he takes her prisoner and locks her in the dungeon; only to discover later that she is his soul-mate. The magical bond between them means they are meant to be together forever, but humans can't feel the magic of Fairie. Will Uaine be able to win her heart and convince her that she can trust him to keep her safe from all the dangers of Fairie...including himself?

Roni is a human con woman and petty thief. Having run afoul of the local crime syndicate in the city where she is staying, she finds herself running for her life. Trouble is no stranger to her, but when she falls through a hole in a wall and finds herself in a world with carnivorous trees and rocks that eat people she realizes she may have found more of it than she can deal with.

Rescued/arrested by the prince of the Summer Court, it doesn't take long for her to formulate a plan to use him to get herself home. Unfortunately for her, she soon finds that her heart, which she had thought long ago turned to stone, has begun to feel the love she has been playing at. Will she be able to overcome a lifetime of caution and allow herself to follow her heart? Can a criminal love a cop?”

Please be aware that this book contains explicit sexual scenes, depictions of BDSM, and anal play. If these things disturb you, then this may not be the book for you.

“Kate is a woman on the run. After years of being physically and emotionally abused by her fiance, she's finally had enough. But leaving might be even more dangerous than staying, so she needs to get as far away as she can as fast as possible. A late night, desperate drive through the pouring rain ends suddenly when a cat appears in the middle of the road. While trying to avoid the half-drowned creature, Kate loses control of her car and crashes through a portal to Fairie.

Ankou is a fallen God of Death and the king of the Winter Court of Fairie, and he's facing pressure from every direction. The magic of the Court is out of balance due to the centuries-long lack of a queen. He is harried constantly by the Court nobles who want him to either step down or take a mate. All the duties of a ruling pair rest squarely on his shoulders. And added to all this is a soul-crushing loneliness. His existence stretches back hundreds of millennia, and in all that time he has never found the one person who could warm his lonely heart. He is exhausted and discouraged, and the last thing he needs is to go tearing off into the night on a fool's errand. But one of his lingering god powers is the ability to sense the right course of action to follow, and his instincts are screaming at him to go to a particular place in the forest of the Winter kingdom and wait. Imagine his surprise when he finds the one he has been waiting for his whole life!

Using a careful blend of patience, seduction, and domination, the Winter king tries to win his soulmate's love. Feeling safe and valued for the first time in her memory, Kate explores her new freedom by agreeing to try the BDSM games her lover suggests. As she experiments with both domination and submission, she learns just how liberating surrender can be. Will Ankou be able to convince Kate that she can trust him with her feelings as well as her body? Will Kate find a way to overcome the trauma of her past and open up her heart to accept the love that is offered to her? Can these two broken people find a way to fit all their disparate pieces together into a stronger, united whole? You'll have to read to find out!”

**Trigger Warning: please note that this story contains depictions of domestic violence and other forms of familial abuse. If these types of situations cause you distress, this may not be the story for you.

**Please note that this story contains scenes of violence and explicit sexual scenes including BDSM. If this type of material offends you, this is probably not the story for you.

As I said last week, I was not going to limit my selection of featured books to only the ones I prefer. Personally, I tend to stay away from Non-Fiction, Horror, SciFi, and Erotica, but that does not mean I cannot appreciate a well written story. I also realize that, just because you like my books, does not mean you do not read other genres as well. That is why I will try my hardest to focus on how well a story is written as opposed to its subject matter when featuring books for you here.

Until next time – I hope you have a WONDERFUL day & Happy Writing!

Monday, January 11, 2016

January 11, 2016 - Meet Some Authors

Hi, it’s Christina –

Good Morning! It's a new year, so I thought I’d try something new. During the past few years, while I have been on this writer’s journey, I’ve had the privilege of crossing paths with some incredible authors. I would like to introduce you to some of them on Monday's blog posts.

Last week, when I featured Lisabeth Scott, Ron Shaw and Susan Ricci’s new releases, you got a little taste of what I had in mind. The response was good, so I think I’ll continue along the same lines. I will try to feature authors across the genres and age groups, so I don’t bore you to death with only my favorite – romance.

This idea is still a thought in progress, so I’m not sure exactly how I’m going to do this, or if I’ll necessarily follow the same template every week. Some weeks I may feature one genre with several authors, some weeks I may feature one author who has multiple releases, some weeks I may feature new releases. I think I’ll just go with how the mood strikes me on that given morning.

However, feedback from you would be greatly appreciated. Also, if you have a particular author you would like featured or if you would like to be featured (yes, believe it or not, I do have quite a few authors who follow my blog) let me know, and I’ll see what I can do.

Last week was easy because I happened to have three friends who had new releases. This week is a little more difficult; not for lack of quality material I assure you, just my indecisiveness at who to feature. I think, as a kick off, I’ll give you a smattering across the board, and I will chose folks who I have never mentioned to you before. Here goes:

First up – K. Lamb. K, a San Francisco gal, has a series of early reader books called The Dani P Mystery Series. K is an advocate for early literacy and spend time in classrooms reading to children. Having a daughter Dani myself, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give my Dani, though considerably older than K’s target market of 6 – 10 year olds, one of the books as a gift. It was a big hit.

“Dani shivers in the cold night air as her heart races and butterflies dance in her stomach. This is her big moment. She is out to prove to everyone that age doesn't matter when it comes to solving mysteries. With the help of her best friend, Chloe Marshall, Dani is determined to uncover the secrets within the haunted walls of the house on the hill. With a big gulp, she steps forward. There is no turning back now.”

“After solving her first big case, Dani is famous in her small town and has earned the title of being the best almost-eight-year-old detective in the world. However, even she isn't prepared for the surprise that awaits her when Sheriff Spinelli summons her to the Shady Hollow courthouse. 

Now it is up to her to prove to Sheriff Spinelli that she can keep the citizens of Shady Hollow safe. Just one problem: How does an almost-eight-year-old detective stop a thief? With the help of her best friend, Chloe Marshall, she'll have to figure it out soon before the local mall becomes the next target!”

“When Nellie Wilson—the school bully—announces that the Rocking Horse Ranch is hosting a horse show, Chloe can't wait to compete. However, when she is mysteriously hurt while out riding, Dani suspects foul play! Is someone trying to keep Chloe from entering the competition? With the help of her friend, Ricky Ramirez, Dani sets out to discover the truth behind the dastardly deed.”

Your reading needs fall in a little bit older category? How about coming of age stories with a Greek Mythological twist? Then you need to check out KK Allen.

“After Katrina Summer’s mother dies a mysterious death, she is hurtled into life at Apollo Beach where she learns the legends of her Ancient Greek ancestors. Kat’s world unravels as secrets from her heritage are exposed—secrets that her mother purposefully concealed. Leading to her 16th birthday, the day of the Summer Solstice, Kat becomes frightened when enigmatic visions and disturbing dreams haunt her. As her visions become reality fear turns to terror as powerful forces threaten the lives of those around her. Amidst the turmoil, Kat meets neighbor, Alec Stone, who becomes her sole solace in an evocative world of mythological enchantment and evil prophecies that lurk around every corner ...”

“Katrina Summer finally comes to terms with her enchanted skin as she is challenged with an evil that threatens the Solstice settlement of Apollo Beach...

At a private gathering on Summer Island, Kat meets an entire secret society of Enchanters–and other mythological descendants of a different breed. The gorgeous Valli sisters appear, forcing Kat to take a deeper look into her new existence. And when Arabella, the youngest of the sisters, befriends her, Kat learns the most disturbing Summer family secret of all... To escape the lurking dangers of the Equinox, which brings outrage and heartbreak to the entire town, Kat accepts a job at the Island Grille where her handsome, yet brooding co-worker, Johnny, makes life even more challenging. Meanwhile, Kat struggles between her lingering and undeniable attraction for Alec, the secrets that she is forced to keep from him, and a betrayal that sends them on separate paths.”

“Winter in Apollo Beach is anything but a wonderland for Kat and her friends as their Enchanted community comes face to face with Erebus and his latest act of evil that strikes close to the heart. There's no turning back. Erebus has his sights set on Kat and using her to access the mysterious energy source. Kat will do anything to keep her friends and family safe … even if it means surrendering herself to the God of Darkness. Meanwhile, Kat is finally picking up the pieces of her broken heart and moving on until all goes awry at the Arctic Winter Masquerade Ball. Everything she's worked for is shattered when she lands in the arms of someone who will divert her path … and heart … once again.”

Now that the kids are taken care of, how about you? Need some romance, mystery, suspense? Then Tamara Ferguson is the gal for you. 

“Separated by circumstances fifteen years earlier, Jake Loughlin and Danielle Reardon are fatefully reunited at Dragonfly Pointe. But the mysterious Dragonfly Pointe has a history of tragedy. An unsolved brutal assault and murder of a six-year old girl over twenty years before has remained unsolved.

A successful entrepreneur, Jake has hidden his status as a special investigator for the FBI. As owner of the Dragonfly Pointe Inn, Jake has returned to restore and renovate the abandoned property. Unofficially, he's investigating the theory that a ring of human traffickers is operating in the area. With three to five kidnappings occurring at the end of each year, over the states of Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, Jake can trace a pattern going back as far as thirty-five years, and there could be a connection to the death of the little girl at Dragonfly Pointe twenty-two years earlier.

Grieving after the death of her grandmother several months before, Danielle has finally returned to Crystal Rock. A former model and vocalist for a band, Danielle escaped her chaotic life as a celebrity when her boyfriend died of a drug overdose. After obtaining her horticulture degree, she opened a successful landscape business in New York.

When Jake and Danielle finally meet again, it's magic.”

A woman who's afraid to trust.

Successful designer, Penny Wentworth has arrived from New York to take charge of the wedding flowers for the new owners of the Dragonfly Pointe Inn. As a single parent of a severely autistic and mentally impaired son, she has no romantic illusions; her experience with an abusive husband has left her wary of relationships.

A man who's afraid to love.

Haunted by his past since discovering a six-year old girl brutally murdered at Dragonfly Pointe over twenty-two years before, Sam had intentionally avoided returning home. But after resigning from his job as a homicide detective in New Orleans when his marriage fell apart, Sam is now the chief of police in Crystal Rock, Wisconsin.

An undying passion that's endured throughout the years.

Penny's escort for the wedding, Sam had once been the object of every single one of her teenage fantasies. Despite his overwhelming attraction to Penny as a teenager, Sam had deliberately kept his distance because of their age difference. But from the moment Sam meets Penny again, he realizes she's always been the only woman for him.”

“Kate Callahan has always known that, someday, she’d run the family business. So men have always been merely a distraction for Kate; she just doesn’t have time for love. Until fate steps in by way of a prophecy foretold, years ago, by a friend who’d been blessed with a remarkable gift. Kate has been warned that, one day, she’ll be kissed by fate. And love will happen with that unforgettable kiss. 

Michael Murphy already has his life mapped out. After graduating with his degree in Architecture, he’ll be working at a prestigious firm in Chicago. When he arrives in the town of Crystal Rock to serve as an intern at Callahan Construction, the last thing he expects is his instant attraction to lovely crew boss, Kate Callahan. 

Kate’s immediately drawn to Murphy, too. And sparks fly when they unite in an attempt to discover the identity of the thief who’s been stealing construction materials from her family’s company. But how could a long-term relationship between them ever survive? They’re both young, with different dreams and goals. So even after their unforgettable kiss, Kate lets Murphy go. 

Six years later, Kate’s finally admitted her mistake; she’s just never been able to forget that kiss. Devastated when she learns that Michael Murphy’s become engaged, Kate comes up with a plan to try to win him back. But will she be too late?”

So there you have it, nine books from three fantastic Indie authors. Hope you find something that interests you.

Until next time – I hope you have a WONDERFUL day & Happy Writing!