Look Who Dropped By Today: Courtney Rice Gager

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Good morning. It’s another blustery day, 18 º F, but it feels like 5º F with the windchill, and we have a month before Mother Nature supposedly gives birth to Winter. Take it from me, I think she’s had a premature delivery and I’ll bet anyone living in or around Buffalo New York would agree. Today, I’m pleased to be part of  Courtney Rice Gager’s blog tour and, a fellow author at Anaiah Press who’s here to introduce her latest novel, Tess in Boots, an Anaiah Romance

Bout the Book:

Tess Dougherty plans every aspect of her life right down to the last detail. But she doesn’t plan on running her boyfriend off by bringing up the topic of marriage before he’s ready. And she doesn’t plan to lose her job on the day she’s set to receive a huge promotion. So when her perfect world unravels, Tess makes a new plan: disappear.

Tess packs her bags and leaves her city apartment for a remote vineyard in North Carolina. At first, she’s put off by the slow pace of small-town life in the South. She’s especially irritated by Thatcher, the vineyard’s smart-mouth, dimple-faced farmhand. But she soon begins to appreciate the area’s charm, and Thatcher’s charm, too. She even swaps her trademark heels for a pair of cowboy boots. As Tess spends more time getting to know Thatcher, she finds herself loosening her grip on her old life little by little. Unfortunately, things on the vineyard aren’t as simple as they seem. There’s a secret here, and when the truth comes to light, Tess is forced to reconsider every plan she’s ever made.

Tess in Boots will be released December 2, 2014

Book Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22779717-tess-in-boots

Anaiah Press: http://www.anaiahpress.com/Tess.html

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NDBW6ZK

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tess-in-boots-courtney-rice-gager/1120200617?ean=2940046115178

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/tess-in-boots/id911135042?mt=11

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/468762

Excerpt form Tess in Boots:Tess in Boots Cover

I heard the sound of tires on the wet road, and looked up in time to see another truck slowing down to avoid crashing into the cow. The truck pulled around the cow and stopped alongside where I stood on the side of the road. The driver rolled the window down, and when I saw his face, I wanted to cry.


It was not my day.

“You all right?”

I crossed my arms. “I’m fine!”

“Guess your GPS didn’t tell you to go around the cow, did it, Heels?”

I turned away from him and pulled my phone out of my pocket.

“What are you doing?” he asked.

“I’m calling for roadside assistance.”

“Good luck. Cell phones don’t work on this stretch of road.”

I turned around and glared at him. “What?”

“I said cell phones don’t work on this stretch of road.”

“I heard you. That’s insane.”

“Go ahead and try. Maybe you have some fancy magical cell phone.”

I rolled my eyes and turned away again, attempting to place a call. He was right. Nothing.

“Get in the truck, Heels.”

I didn’t budge.

“Come on, now. Get in.”

I turned around to see him hop out of the truck, walk around to the passenger side, and open the door.

There was no way I was getting in his truck.

“You gonna make me stay out in the rain all night?” he asked.

I put my hands on my hips.

“You know,” he said, “it ain’t right for a cow to stand in the road like that. You ever heard of Mad Cow Disease?”

I looked at the cow, then back at Thatcher, then back at the cow.

Was he kidding? I couldn’t tell. What choice did I have anyway? I was soaking wet, freezing, and miles from the vineyard.

I balled my hands into fists and took several strides toward the truck. “Fine. But I’m only coming with you because you look like an idiot standing out here in the pouring rain.” I got in the truck, and he shut the door behind me.

“Well, so do you, Heels.”

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Courtney Rice GagerAuthor Bio:

Courtney Rice Gager graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in communication and a minor in creative writing. Courtney is also the author of The Buggy List. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and daughter.

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Look Who Dropped by Today: David K. Bryant

This morning, I’d like to welcome David K. Bryant  who recently published his first novel, TREAD CAREFULLY ON THE SEA, with one of my publishers, Solstice Publishing.

Let’s start with a look at the novel.

Tread Carefully on the Sea cover pictureStep up the gangplank to an adventure tale set in the 18th Century, when the world made its money from conquest and slavery, pirates were the muggers of the sea lanes and life was fragile – with violence and disease never far away.

Tread Carefully on the Sea is the first novel by retired journalist David K. Bryant. Packed with historical atmosphere, it will take you on a voyage from Jamaica to the “New World” of the American colonies. The action comes as rapidly as the horrors in a ghost train, starting with the kidnapping of an aristocratic young woman on the night of her 21st birthday party by Captain Flint’s crew.

Amidst conspiracy, murder, cannonades, bare-knuckle boxing, disease, and a devastating storm, there is the chance for all the main characters to reveal the better or worse sides of their natures. This is a swashbuckle, yes, but it’s also a story about the strengths and weaknesses of believable human beings.

“I’ve written an escapist yarn in the tradition of high adventure but in much more user-friendly language than the old classics,” says David K. Bryant.  “It’s exciting, involving, a bit tear-jerking and is pure adventure and romance.”

A Look at the Main Characters: 

Captain Flint is a lonely man. His education, intelligence and wit leave him isolated amongst the pirate crew who sail with him. He feels more affinity with the hostages who are brought aboard his ship but he becomes trapped by the need to escape the consequences of the kidnap and the challenge to his leadership from one of his officers. Flint kills and schemes his way out of several dangers but there are two threats from which he cannot escape. The first is the failing health that he refuses to accept. The second is the scale of his own success as a criminal. He will never be left in peace to enjoy the proceeds of his piracy. In this story we learn what finally happens to him.

Captain Michael Townsend is the model of a disciplined and dutiful Navy officer. He is also a man haunted by something in his past; something that could ruin his future. The decisions forced upon Townsend by the kidnapping help him to resolve his inner conflicts but jeopardize the survival of those he wishes to protect. Townsend’s instincts are to put duty first but will duty deny him happiness?

Jessica Trelawny is the spirited niece of the Governor of Jamaica. She hates the conformity of 18th century society. Soon after she is snatched away from her home she puts her rebellious nature to work against the pirates. Captain Flint learns to admire her — and to regret that she ever came aboard his ship.

Jessica’s maid Libby becomes a prisoner simply because she is with her mistress at the time of the kidnap. She plays a major role in the fight-back against the pirates. Does she bring into use special talents inherited from her African origin — or is she simply a very clever woman?

Patrick O’Hara began life in the squalor of the Irish famine and by a fluke became an officer in the Royal Navy. He is thrust into a vicious bare-knuckle fight aboard the pirate ship. Whether or not O’Hara wins, the legacy of the fight is a power struggle threatening the survival of Captain Flint himself.

The Walrus is the huge black galleon stolen by Flint from a Spanish captain. It has a pivotal role in the narrative and a heart-rending demise when Captain Flint’s voyage of crime comes to an end.

Extracts From the Novel

As the shirt was removed, her eyes came level with a huge tattoo of an eagle on his chest. Ridiculously, that gave her renewed terror, as though the tattoo was worse than the man. There was certainly menace from the eagle. It stared at her, its talons outstretched and its wings spread wide. It looked prepared to pounce right out of his chest and claw at her face.


The cry that would have brought forth a dozen soldiers was about to leave the governor’s tongue – but remained unleashed as the pirate warned: “I wouldn’t do that, Governor, for the sake of your niece’s health.”


“Did you get the name of the ship?” demanded the governor.

“It was the Walrus, Sir,” the messenger replied.

“Captain Flint,” said Trelawny, and for the moment that was all he did say.


One of the stories that had evoked within the Royal Navy a sneaking admiration for the pirate chieftain was that he had captured a big Spanish galleon and made it his own. Now Townsend could see in front of him the confirmation of that audacity. The big ship sat on the ocean like she owned it.


“Britain came to this part of the world to find riches. It was very successful in doing so but it had a major problem. It was shipping around so many slaves and so much merchandise that it didn’t have sufficient military resources to protect its new-found wealth. So what did it do about the policing of its trade routes and the protection of places like Jamaica? It found it convenient to encourage the people you would call pirates…You had better hope that the King never turns against the Royal Navy in the same way that he turned against the privateers.


Reeling and with blood dripping down his face, O’Hara got up on one knee, then the other. By the time he was on his feet, Hugh was charging forward like a stag in the rutting season. Another head butt was imminent.


Flint bent his knees and placed his hands on them so that his face came level with Townsend’s. “That’s it, then” barked the pirate captain. “You don’t agree to my proposal. I don’t agree to yours. Our fates are intertwined.”


She didn’t close her eyes and her brain pitifully tried to distract her from reality by registering that the gunman was left-handed. His finger was going back with the trigger. Spontaneously, she said a few words of her native Ashanti. The phrase had been taught to her by Queen Nanny: “Do not fear death any more than you fear life.” If Libby was going to die, she wanted those to be the last words she said.

Find out more about this novel by visiting: www.davidkbryant.com

Buy link: http://amzn.to/1zs9ebu

About the Author: 

David, tell us a little about yourself:

DSCF0122I started writing fiction after retiring from journalism and public relations. I suppose the books waited their turn during all the years I wrote articles, features, speeches and promotional material for other people. My career included running a district office for a daily newspaper, helping to introduce professional PR into the British police service and promoting a major parliamentary Bill for Margaret Thatcher’s government.

I live in Somerset, one of the nicest counties in England, and am blessed with a wonderful family. My wife Stephanie and I have been married for forty years. We are proud of our two children Matthew and Melanie, grandson Henry, son-in-law Jamie and daughter-in-law Fleur.

What motivated you to write Tread Carefully on the Sea?

I was seven years old or thereabouts and I walked round the garden reading Treasure Island. When I got to the bit about the musket and cutlass battle I was so engrossed I walked into a tree. I was proud of my bleeding nose – I imagined I got it in a fight with a pirate.

What intrigued me most about that classic book by Robert Louis Stevenson were all the references to Captain Flint, a pirate king who was brutal, intimidating and quite likely an alcoholic – yet obviously very clever.

Without Flint there would have been no Treasure Island for he was the man who had buried the Treasure on the Island. Yet in that book we hear about Flint only in reminiscences from some of the protagonists because Flint is dead by the time the story begins.

Stevenson’s narrative tells us Flint took six men ashore with him to stash the loot. But, having apparently murdered the others, only Flint came back to the ship, giving him the security of being the only man who knew where the cache was.

There had to be a story around that. For me, Flint deserved a biography of his own. What’s more, it should answer all those other questions posed by Treasure Island. If, as Stevenson tells us, Long John Silver had lost his leg in the same broadside as Old Pew lost his ‘deadlights’, what were the circumstances of that broadside? And how come that Billy Bones, the first mate, came into possession of Flint’s map where X marked the spot of the buried loot?

It’s taken me a long time but now I have supplied my own answers. I hope you enjoy them and I hope you identify with the experiences of the other characters I’ve created when you read Tread Carefully on the Sea.


Thanks to my friend Deborah Melanie for interviewing David.

Deborah is at The London Cat

Deborah Melanie’s latest venture is The London Cat, a community where authors can be reviewed, interviewed and browse through beautiful book covers.

Deborah writes stories describing life in England. She loves to write about small market towns and close knit communities. Her stories are contemporary; often combining her interests in the paranormal, comedy and food.

Author Interview with David K. Bryant

Can you tell us how to came to be an author? Has it been an easy or difficult journey?

It’s a journey I didn’t know I was going to make. I spent my career in journalism and public relations, writing reams of stuff for other people. During that time I made one attempt at a book, a pirate story. Many years later I read it to my young son. Then in about 2010 when he was in his twenties he asked to read it again. I was ashamed to give him the sub-standard original so I set about re-writing it. It became Tread Carefully on the Sea, which has now been published by Solstice. It’s my first published book – at the age of 68.

What motivates you as an author?

This should be a simple question to answer but it’s got me stumped. Hoping not to sound trite, I think I want to produce something that people will enjoy. I want it to be good in terms of making sense, being exciting, having some originality and a believable set of characters. I think it’s important to create characters who readers can associate with, feel their emotions, understand their faults – and like.

How do you deal with rejection and setbacks as an author?

I think I can boast that I deal with them well. I approached 370 literary agents with Tread Carefully on the Sea. But I wasn’t going to give up until there was nobody left to try. Then I started sending to indie publishers who took direct submissions and Solstice took me on. God bless Mel Massey-Maroni (my editor-in-chief).

How do you deal with writer’s block?

While it’s very frustrating, I think you have to wait. All of a sudden when your mind is totally elsewhere, you’ll get an idea of how to continue your story. I think it’s worth always carrying a notepad around and writing down thoughts whenever they occur to you. And if you can’t write at that particular moment because you’re driving or something, then keep repeating the idea inside your head so you don’t forget it.

Do you have any motivational books or websites which you find useful from time to time?

I am so glad there is a thing called Wikipedia because it answers so many questions. Motivational books – The Odyssey, one of the oldest bits of literature around. It’s about a guy who spends ten years encountering all the dangers of reality and fantasy yet he never gives up.

Who has been the biggest influence upon your writing?

My dear brother Ray. He helped me get into journalism and he was an author himself. His main work was published in the 1980s and is still available from Amazon. It’s called Warriors of the Dragon Gold and is based on the Bayeux Tapestry. Ray died far too early.

Tell us about a typical day for you. Do you have any special routines which you strictly keep to?

I’m retired so my time is my own and a lot of it is spend hitting the keys I’m hitting now. I make a conscious effort not to leave my wife an ‘author widow’. But she’s very understanding and helpful with the books.

How have family and friends reacted to you as an author? Are they supportive?

Yes, they are supportive. They make constructive suggestions and have stopped me falling into a few traps.

Do you have a muse? If so, please could you tell us a little about him/her?

No, I don’t think so.

Going forwards as an author, what do you realistically hope to accomplish?

Recognition for being good. I’m not being conceited and saying I am good, but I would love the world to judge me so – and enjoy my work.

Thank you, David for joining me today. Best of luck in all your endeavors. Write on!

Mid Week Tease: Coming Home

midweekteaseOn this fine wintery day, the best place to be is inside the house with the heat on and a hot cup of coffee in hand. Thanks once more to the lovely ladies who participate in this blog hop each week. Please remember to visit their posts today too.

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is only 30 days away. While I have my outdoor decorations out, my living room is buried in bins full of what makes it Christmas indoors, and despite the cold outside and the snow on the ground, I’m not feeling motivated to decorate. That’s unusual for me since I love Christmas. Last week, I gave you a taste of my two holiday books, so this week, I thought I’d share a little bit more from Misty Matthews’s new release, Coming Home.

About the Book:

Home is where the heart is.Coming Home cover

Motorcycle riding, attorney Alana Stewart is a far cry from the shy, teenager who left Chance determined never to look back. Family obligations force her to return to the town that only holds bad memories for her. A stop at her former sanctuary brings an unexpected surprise…the new manager just might be what she needs to get her through the holidays.

When sexy, leather-clad Alana walks into the bookstore, Connor Tate, has a feeling he may be in for the ride of his life. Despite the fact that their lives are headed in different directions, they are drawn to one another. Connor is determined to prove to Alana that Chance isn’t the place she remembers, but will his efforts fail when she discovers he hasn’t told her the whole truth about himself?

Can they trust each other enough to take a chance on love?

Buy links:

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This week’s tease: 

Ten minutes later, Alana opened the door and noted her mother had been busy putting the final touches on her Christmas wonderland. The house was decorated more or less the way it had been for as long as she could remember, and the sense of nostalgia she experienced surprised her. Santas of various sizes, shapes, and styles posed in corners, wreaths hung on the walls, and fake snow—not a flake out of place—lay under the miniature Dickens Christmas village which had grown substantially in size since the last time she’d seen it. A short, white, wooden fence surrounded the village, no doubt to keep curious little fingers from playing with the breakable figurines.

Christmas had always been her mother’s favorite time of year, and she loved all the glitz and decorations that went with it. None of this had come to Austin when the family had come for the holiday. Alana noticed a number of familiar items as she moved through the room, but there were several new things too. A waved of guilt flooded her. What a sacrifice it must have been for her mother to leave everything behind for the sterile confines of Alana’s condo. A fake, designer tree, no matter how expensive, didn’t stand a chance against all this.

The empty corner of the room had been cleaned and awaited the tree, a real pine, not an artificial one. Christmas Eve, the whole family would gather to decorate it together. It was a Stewart tradition, one she’d tried to continue in Texas, but it hadn’t been the same. Pine-scented spray couldn’t compare with a natural evergreen’s aroma. When she’d been a child, once the tree had been decorated, they’d all gather in the kitchen to bake and ice cookies. Afterward, her father would sit down to read A Christmas Carol, until she and her sister, buried in a mountain of blankets and pillows on the floor, fell asleep. Melody always crashed after the Ghost of Christmas Past, but she usually managed to make it through the Ghost of Christmas Present. That particular tradition, the one nearest and dearest to her heart, was one she hoped she could persuade her father to revive this year. How could I have forgotten all this? God, I hope I’m not turning into a female version of Ebenezer Scrooge, putting my job above everything else.

The thought sobered her. Grasping what she’d ignored selfishly over the last few years, Alana realized why her mom had insisted she come home for Isabelle’s first real Christmas, one the child would understand and remember. She wanted her grand-daughter to experience a traditional Stewart Christmas with all the bells and whistles that made it great. Letting the memories wash over her, Alana thought about the past. And when the scene shifted to include images of future Christmases with Isabelle, she knew she couldn’t ask the family to give them up. It would be wrong to deprive that beautiful little girl of what she herself cherished. Since Melody was a single parent, they were all the family Isabelle had. Her sister adamantly refused to disclose the name of the child’s father, insisting he never learn of her existence. Alana disagreed. Although she was prepared to dismiss the thoughts of Melody’s secrecy for the moment, she did plan to have a heart-to-heart talk with her before the holidays were over.

Spotting the ugly snowman she’d made in third grade, she couldn’t believe her mother had kept it all these years. Gently reaching for the fragile decoration, she picked it up, remembering the day she brought it home. Her mom had made such a fuss about it and had displayed it so that everyone who came into the house could see how talented her daughter was. Alana had been so proud. Tears pooled in her eyes at the memory. When had she become so self-centered? Putting the snowman back where it belonged, she moved deeper into the house knowing where she’d find her mother at this time of day.

Check out the other teasers.

Hump Day Hook: Holiday Magic

humpdayhookWelcome to winter 2014. I know the calendar says we’ve got another month of autumn, but the temperature outside, with the wind, is a balmy 7 degrees F (-14 C) and there’s snow on the ground. Cold + snow = winter. Now, I love Christmas, and like many of my neighbors, my outdoor decorations are up, but I’d very much like my last month of fall back. I never got the summer I wanted, and I have a seaking suspicion this winter will be a lot like the last one.

IN keeping with the temperature, I thought I’d do my hook this morning on one of my Holiday Magic (2)Christmas books, Holiday Magic.

About the book:

Seeing is believing, or is it?

Georgia Baxter loved everything about Christmas until she walked in on her fiancé in bed with another woman. Wounded and heart sore, she canceled her Christmas Eve fantasy wedding and fled to New York City, leaving everything and everyone, including her twin sister, Eleni, behind.

Three years later, still hurting but knowing it’s time to move on, she agrees to come home to help her sister, despite the fact she’ll be doing so at a time of year she now associates only with pain and betrayal. Discovering she’ll have to work closely with the man who shattered her dreams only makes things harder, especially when her body craves his touch.

Mark Anderson has no memory of his bachelor party other than waking up naked in the wrong woman’s bed. He clings to the hope someday he can convince Georgia to give him a second chance, but until she’s ready to listen, it won’t happen. Discovering she’s coming home to manage Holiday Magic for three months may be his lucky break.

Is there enough magic left in Christmas to help them overcome the past?


Here’s your hook for this morning:

Georgia closed the door quietly and stepped into the hallway, greeted by the scent of fresh pine from the small balsam tree in Eleni’s living room and the pine oil they’d used on the sachets last night. She took a deep breath. Christmas! She loved everything about the season from the mad rush for gifts to the beauty and serenity of a Christmas Eve church service. The lights and decorations turned ordinary places into magical ones, dispelling the gloom of winter’s darkest days. Smiling, excited children, anxious for a visit from Santa, reminded her of her own youth when everything had been carefree and wonderful. If she could wear pine-scented perfume, she would.

This year, Christmas was even better because all of her dreams would come true. In less than two weeks, on Christmas Eve, she’d marry the man she loved. Love wasn’t a strong enough word for the way she felt about Mark. She adored him. He was her hero, her soul mate, her best friend, and together they were going to have the best happily ever after.

Check out the other Hump day hooks:

1. kerrianne Coombes 2. Living the Dream
3. A Siren’s Revenge 4. Linda Hamonou

Look Who Dropped By Today: Jaye Shields

Today, I’d like to welcome another author, Jaye Shields, here to talk about her latest novella, His Human, found in the Sex, Love and Aliens anthology. In case you can’t guess from the title, it’s a steamy scifi. Be warned there is some violence in it.  His Human is the 3rd title in the anthology and it’s about 20k so it’s a quick read.


His Human By Jaye Shields (the Sex, Love and Aliens Anthology)

Can a human clone trained to kill also learn to love?

Elara Roberts is the captain of a space shuttle sent to retrieve a group of cloned soldiers from the planet US-2. As soon as she lands, the shuttle is overtaken and all of her men killed.

Svarog aka Rogue, is the leader of a rebel group of clones who desire freedom. He’s been trained his entire life for one thing—to kill. But when he lays eyes on Elara, the only woman he’s ever seen, his first instinct is to love. Taking her for himself, his new mission becomes exploring the body of the creature, and punishing any other clone male who dares come close.

Elara witnessed how easily Rogue killed her men and fears she is next. But instead, the beast seems curious and more lustful than anything else. Her best survival strategy is to play along. But when she gets a chance to escape she realizes she may not be ready to leave Rogue behind.

Content Warning: this story includes a deadly, devastatingly sexy clone who isn’t above foul language and dirty sex

His Human Excerpt

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Sex-Love-Aliens-Volume-1-ebook/dp/B00OM34BK6/ref=zg_bs_7654408011_4

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sex-love-and-aliens-volume-1-imogene-nix/1120574517?ean=2940150720718

About the Author

Author Pic Jaye Shields

Jaye Shields is a flight attendant by day and romance author by night. Her addictions include reading, travel, and other activities not even a romance writer will confess to. She’s in a committed love affair with her readers, so don’t be shy!

This morning, Jaye also brings yo news of a second novel ON SALE MONTH OF NOVEMBER .99!


Confessions of a Sex Demon by Jaye Shields

Zahra proves that sex demons do it better as she goes from captive to captivator.

Sex Demon Zahra Aniron is a closet romantic. Too bad she spends her time having hot, kinky sex with paying strangers. But she needs the money to pay off her sister’s debt to wizard thugs. There could be worse things than getting paid for pleasure, especially since a sex demon needs climax to survive.

As a blacksmith, Lennox Aegros puts his fury to good use pounding steel into swords. When he arrives at a new town, his real cause for being there isn’t to sell weaponry, it’s for revenge. When he finds the succubus he’s been searching for, her beauty means he can mix business with pleasure. But the joke’s on Lennox, because as he succeeds in torturing his victim by repeatedly bringing her to the brink of orgasm and then denying her the release that she so desperately needs, he realizes that Zahra’s slow demise means the breaking of a heart he didn’t think he had.


Look Who Dropped By Today: Sam Newsome

Today, my special guest on Living the Dream is Dr. Sam Newsome, author of the inspirational novel, Jackie

JackieAs a child Jackie is abused at home and bullied at school. He is judged autistic and relegated to home bound teaching that fails him. His only solace is TV cable news. Years later he is reunited with one of his classmates, Jimmie. Together they discover Jackie’s ability to read closed-captioned broadcasts and ads so clearly that he creates a psychic connection with the viewer. This talent enables Jackie to fulfill his destiny.

By Sam Newsome
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 264 pages | ISBN 9781483403236
E-Book | 264 pages | ISBN 9781483403229
Available at Lulu.com, Amazon and Barnes and Noble web sites

General/ Inspirational/ Humorous Fiction

KING, N.C. – A young man born to misfortune discovers a secret ability and enormous untapped potential in the novel “Jackie” (published by Lulu) by Sam Newsome, who is doing a new marketing push for the 2013 publication.

As a child, Jackie is labeled as mentally challenged. He is bullied at school and abused at home. Deemed uneducable, he is kicked out of school in the third grade. Thirteen years later he is reunited with one of his old bullies, Jimmie. A friendship is fostered and Jimmie helps Jackie discover a hidden talent. Friendship, luck and Jackie’s special talent are the springboard that propels him on a journey to fulfill his destiny.

“Even the most disadvantaged of us may have unfound abilities,” Newsome says. “Ignored, these talents lay dormant and wither. When discovered and fostered, they can lead to amazing outcomes.”

“Jackie” deals with serious issues in a humorous manner. The inspirational story of an unexpected hero defying odds and achieving fame and good fortune shows the positive resolution that can come when a person struggles, evolves, interacts and, ultimately, grows.

“I tried to make the story of a disadvantaged child continually positive,” Newsome says. “A positive or a humorous scene minimizes any depressing moment as soon as possible. I want to entertain the reader and give a positive feeling after reading the book.”


Honorable Mention at JM Northern Media 2014 Beach Book Festival, New York Book Festival, Hollywood Book Festival

Second Place in Contemporary Fiction in Colorado Independent Publisher Association 2014 awards

Finalist in 2014 Reader’s Favorite Humorous Fiction Category

 What people are saying about ‘Jackie’

5 Stars - A book to open one’s eyes and speak to the heart By R. Jones, Amazon Reviewer

4 StarsFood for thought By Gmont, Amazon Reviewer

4 StarsJackie is an inspiring story of love and friendship involving a person with a disability. Author Sam Newsome certainly knows his subject and he absolutely has his heart in it. Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers’ Favorite

5 StarsThe author of Jackie, Dr. Sam Newsome, does a marvelous job of describing the title character’s disability and his gift. I highly recommend this book. The story line keeps you turning the pages and the characters make you cheer at times and cry at others. It is a wonderful read. Reviewed by Michael McManus for Readers’ Favorite

5 StarsEvery chapter was written exquisitely and the story was fascinating. A lot of new scenes and characters were introduced in the beginning, but it all came together beautifully. Reviewed by Lorena Sanqui for Readers’ Favorite

4 StarsThe book has interesting twists and turns and also a good dose of triumphs and tragedy, with an end that I never saw coming. Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers’ Favorite

NewsomeAbout the Author

Sam Newsome, M.D.  is a physician in rural North Carolina. His 35 years of practice have allowed him to hear a treasure trove of stories and hone his own storytelling abilities.

Website: www.jackiebysnewsome.com | Email: snewsome@phscorporate.com

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Look Who Dropped By Today: Flossie Benton Rogers

This afternoon, I have the pleasure of welcoming a new author to Living the Dream. She’s a fellow author from Secret Cravings Publishing. Please join me in welcoming Flossie Benton Rogers, here to tell us about her latest book, Lord of Flame – Wytchfae 5 . This Paranormal Fantasy Romance was released on 11-12-2014

Hi Susanne.Thanks so much for featuring Lord of Fire on your site today. Garnet, Gabriel, and I appreciate your hospitality.


Woods5-2014Here is a picture that shows the forest surrounding the cabin where Garnet first chases the demon and meets Gabriel, the Lord of Fire.

 Lord of Fire – Wytchfae 5

Blurb: When The Hawk meets his Wytchfae, the result is spontaneous combustion.

Garnet McAnna chases the demon responsible for attacking and enslaving innocent fae familiars. She never expected to run headlong into a mesmerizing stranger known as The Hawk. Nor did she anticipate the way his masculine power kindles a womanly flame within her.

Exiled from an elite warrior’s brigade, Lord of Fire Gabriel Hawk guards his heart and his solitude. He wants nothing to do with the world of men or the realm of fae. Then a beautiful Wytchfae bursts into his life, stirring desire and sparking need. Garnet is on a dangerous mission, and he can’t let her face the evil alone. What else can he do but fight beside her? When she disappears, he raises hell to find her. Will he be too late? Will darkness conquer this couple or will love burn their souls into one?

LordofFire_MEDFirst Line Teaser: She’d catch the demon tonight if it killed her.

Memorable Quote: “Garnet McAnna, you’re the hottest woman in thirteen worlds.”


Garnet dimpled as morning’s first whispered glow cast an incandescent gleam on their half-naked flesh. Lying on their sides, bodies touching, an electrical current seemed to bolt back and forth between them. Reaching out, she raked a hand through The Hawk’s blue-black hair. She loved the sight of it spread out on the pillow and its silken texture in her fingers. The hard planes of his chest enticed her to seek him there as well.

One corner of his mouth tilted into a smile. “Brazen woman.”

Video Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTifE-174mE

Amazon Buy Link: http://amzn.to/1nzt1Bs

Secret Cravings Publishing: http://bit.ly/1FKwWBu

Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wytchfae-5-flossie-benton-rogers/1120627377?ean=2940046361803

Bookstrand http://www.bookstrand.com/wytchfae-5-lord-of-fire

All Romance https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-wytchfae5lordoffire-1654243-149.html

fbr4-26-14headshot Author Bio:

Flossie Benton Rogers is the author of the Wytchfae paranormal romance series. She is Sagittarius with a Libra ascendant and Taurus moon, or a 5th generation Floridian and freedom loving mystic. She pursues her passion for mythology by writing romances with fairies, goddesses, ghosts, angels, demons, and other magical beings. The Wytchfae world brims with dimensions parallel to our own. Some are welcoming, others dangerous and forbidding. Through the darkest night and the fright of unchained chaos, love will always shine.

Connect with Flossie:

Website: http://flossiebentonrogers.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FlossieBentonRogersAuthor

Twitter: http://twitter.com/FrostFyre

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/Wytchfae

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/flossiebentonrogers

Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6553203.Flossie_Benton_Rogers

Amazon author page: http://amazon.com/author/flossiebentonrogers


Thanks for stopping by Flossie and good luck with your book. !


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