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Look Who Dropped by Today: Anne Bikov

ImageWrapping up a week of guest posts we have  a spot on  the Welcome to the What Goes Around Book blitz.. Today author Anne Bikov will be talking to us about her new book, ‘What Goes Around’ and offering us a glimpse into her life. There is a giveaway at the end. Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win. 

 

What Goes Around Book Blurb:
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What if your loved ones kept ending up hurt, in danger, or even dead?

After Randie Duncan’s brother is killed in a suspicious industrial accident, leaving behind a pregnant fiancée, Randie leaves her dream life in NYC and comes home to Cullville, WA to mourn and heal with her sister, but has no intention of staying there permanently.

Following a painful break-up, Joe Baxter guards his heart carefully, but when well meaning friends match him up with Randie, he can’t fight his immediate attraction to her. As they grow closer, Randie finds herself debating the idea of returning to NYC, but Joe isn’t the only one who finds her magnetic. When a suspected stalker attacks her, things heat up. Joe believes the attacker may be the town’s troublemaker and mill owner’s son, Jared, who is paying too much attention to his late friend’s fiancée, but will he be able to prove it before someone else gets hurt?

 Excerpt from ‘What Goes Around’:

 Randie lifted her head and pulled back slightly, looking up into Joe’s eyes. She wanted him to kiss her and she wanted it to happen now, before the song was over. What she hadn’t expected was the effect his kiss would have on her entire body. When Randie looked up at Joe, he had a look of mixed emotion, confusion and interest, and then he did exactly what she was hoping he would do. He bent his head down to hers and softly kissed her lips, once and then again. When he pulled back, she wanted more. She looked from his eyes to his lips and back to his eyes again, and ran her thumb over his bottom lip. She grasped the nape of his neck, running her tongue quickly over her lower lip and opening her mouth just enough. He leaned in again, placing his hands on either side of her face, and when the kiss continued, deepening, he pulled her closer putting his right hand on her back and his left hand in her hair. As the intensity of the kiss grew, so did her body’s reaction. They were lost in the feel of the music and the kiss combined, pressing their bodies as close together as they possibly could until finally Joe stopped. He pulled his lips away and kept his eyes closed, as Randie relished in the effect. He leaned his forehead against hers, breathing deeply. He put his arms around her and, pulling her close, buried his face in her neck, lifting her feet just barely off the ground. After a moment, he lowered her, gave her one more quick kiss and then took her hand and led her off the dance floor.

 Meet the Characters

Joe is that perfect Hero that any woman could fall for. He’s a good wholesome man whose main focus was to marry his high-school sweetheart and raise a family in the small town where they grew up.  Unfortunately for him, she had other plans. He remained close to the buddies he had growing up, Ricky and Al.  Ricky and Al married their own sweethearts, and in a way, all three men were like brothers. In that way, Joe was never without family, his “brothers” and their wives and kids.

 Randie grew up with her older sister, Kay, and younger brother, Tyler. She grew up with dreams of moving to The Big Apple, having no desire to stay in the small town where she was raised. She managed her dream life for over six years. After four years away, her parents were killed in a devastating car accident. Though she came home to mourn, she went back and continued her life in New York, while her sister and her family, and her brother carried on with their lives back at home. Two years later, just before the story begins, her sister’s husband and their brother were both killed in an accident at the mill. This time Randie came home, uncertain of what her future may hold, her sole focus being to help her sister, Kay, figure out her future with her kids, and her diner

 What Goes Around is available now.

Buy links:

Amazon Kindle Link http://tinyurl.com/nwdny2e

Amazon Paperback Linkhttp://tinyurl.com/lfghebe

Barnes & Nobles Nook Link http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/what-goes-around-anne-bikov/1117251771?ean=2940045349239&itm=1&usri=anne+bikov

Barnes & Nobles Paperback Link http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/what-goes-around-anne-bikov/1117251771?ean=9781494822170

Smashwords Link – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/367541

Goodreads Linkhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18681357-what-goes-around

Google play –https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Anne_Bikov_What_Goes_Around?id=_D4sAgAAQBAJ

 A Little about Anne: 

Anne lives in the wilds of Northwest Ohio splitting her time between writing and her evil night job(no, it’s not what you think). When she’s not writing, she’s finding new TV shows to add to her already time-consuming line-up, exploring her newly discovered love of blended coffee drinks, and trying to coax her substantially less that vicious dog out from under the bed.

Follow Anne at: 

Website/Bloghttp://www.annebikov.weebly.com

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

Twitterwww.twitter.com/AnneBikov

Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/FPRBOOKS/author-anne-bikov/

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7326445.Anne_Bikov

 

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Lool Who Dropped by Today: Elle Marlow

Elle’s here to give you a sneak peek at her latest book,  One Hundred Horses.

About the book:

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Grey Fox grew up listening to tales about a love so passionate and rare that it became worth more than all the horses upon the face of the Earth. He didn’t believe any of it until the day he found the rancher woman injured and near death after an attack by Brother Lion. Now before him the vision materialized. Yet he feels nothing but a warrior’s instinct to protect. How could he love so greatly? His hear

t died many moons ago…Sarah would do anything to escape. She could not possibly be the girl the Comanche predicted would come into their world and be the woman of this great love. But as time and suffering passed like petals on the wind, Sarah would come to realize that the only ties that bound her were the ones around her heart-and hope would grow that, Grey Fox might ride a hundred horses to carry her home.

Coming Soon!

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Look Who Dropped by Today: J. Hamlet

Good morning. My guest today is J. Hamlet, author of the sci-fi novel, Hand of Chaos.

About  Hand of Chaos:

ImageExhausted, cynical, and confused, Anna is always there to report for duty. She’s part of a clandestine government team that defends the nation against supernatural terrorism—a job that understandably leaves her life in shambles and drives her to drink a little more than she should. Toss in a fear of intimacy with a desire to have friends and lovers like a normal person and, well, Anna is a troubled soul wrapped in a special agent with arcane, magical powers. Waking up hung over at five-thirty in the morning with a zombie-infested apartment building in the heart of DC to deal with, she’s knows she’s got the makings of the worst morning possible.

 Purchase Links:

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1484862694?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=1484862694&linkCode=xm2&tag=saywhatsavann-20

Barnes & Noble:

 http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hand-of-chaos-j-hamlet/1116855735?ean=9781484862698&itm=1&usri=9781484862698

About J. Hamlet: 

ImageEveryone needs a hobby. I chose writing. Not one of the easier ones. I chose it at the tender age of 14, churning out terrible science fiction novels that heaped on the clichés and barely hidden tropes of all space operas. Thankfully, those creations reside in the prison of an old Commodore 64 hard drive and several 3.5″ disks (kids, ask your parents) in a landfill somewhere. And, let me be clear, the world is better for it. Along the way, I kept writing. Through college. Through grad school. Through the beginning of my career, such as it is. I like to believe I picked up skills. I write genre novels that have characters brimming with personal problems, professional problems, and sexuality. Sure, novels that do this exist. I’m not trying to say they don’t, I just think too few of them are out there and I intend to do my personal best to increase their numbers.

The following article was first published as an Interview: J. Hamlet, Author of ‘Hand of Chaos’on Blogcritics.

Welcome J; and thanks for sitting down with me today. I’m looking forward to learning more about you, so let’s get started!

I’ve attempted to do as much research as possible (prior to this interview), but there isn’t a whole lot of “about you” out there. With that said, why don’t you tell us something about yourself? Like, where did you grow up?

I’m from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Many people who pass through there are military families, but mine wasn’t. I actually lived there from birth until college whereas most people only stay there for a few years before they’re transferred elsewhere. At that time, there wasn’t much in the area aside from military bases and Virginia Beach; however things are very different now. There are actual bars! And not just in strip malls! Don’t worry though; there are still plenty of bars in strip malls, if that’s your thing. There are even nice restaurants that aren’t chain restaurants and more than one art house theater. I hardly recognize the place anymore…

 I know you started writing (if I may quote you) “terrible science fiction” novels at age fourteen, but what was your childhood like prior to then?

It was on the water, so there was a lot of fishing and seasickness in my childhood. For about eight years, my mother was also a single mother which meant I had to learn how to entertain myself when she dragged me on multi-hour shopping trips.

I was an only child, and a lot of people write about how only children experience solitude rather than loneliness. I think that was very true in my case. I had a lot of time to myself. That’s probably why I still have such an overactive imagination. I would always try to make up new games for my friends to play, which usually just involved overelaborate tweaks to freeze tag or flashlight tag.

I read a lot, like…every novel written by John Bellairs (at the time), Fred Saberhagen’s Swords books, Lord of the Rings and a lot of Marvel comics. I also did a lot of drawing, a talent I have well, and thoroughly, lost in adulthood.

I was an awkward kid, and sometimes I had a lot of discipline problems at school because I thought drawing comic book and video game characters was much more interesting than math class. The one thing I didn’t do was play D&D, which I actually regret. I also had a handful of like-minded friends who I’d chew things over with as we spent too much time playing aforementioned over elaborate versions of flashlight tag at night and tons of Nintendo during the day.

What about after the age of 14? What did you do for fun? (Besides penning stories to paper and/or floppies).

I spent a lot of time with music. It started with piano lessons when I was about 12. Then I turned into a band geek and spent quite a bit of time playing the saxophone. I even kept that up throughout college, including my long and still ongoing flirtation with being a bad guitar player. I was even in a few short-lived jazz bands in college that were a lot of fun. I definitely went full into being more of a music nerd back then. I owned mountains of tapes, then mountains of CDs.

I’m still a bit of a music hoarder to this day, but since most of it is digital, it doesn’t cause the astounding amount of clutter that it used to. I was the guy in high school who listened to a bunch of bands no one had heard of, but I knew better than to be the snob. We all know teenagers take their music very seriously, and I was coming into my music fanaticism during peak grunge and then the heyday of Tupac, Biggie, and Wu-Tang. I only tried to drink it all in, the popular and the obscure, and I still try to. It’s hard nowadays, though, with so many sub-genres and the disintegration of radio into something that only plays the same ten songs over and over again. Thank god for something like Spotify. I can be a parasite on my friends and expose myself to everything they’re enjoying. I discover most new music nowadays that way. College was often a drunken haze of arguments about whether the loud frat party music was terrible or genius.

J, Based on your book’s genres, I’m presuming that somewhere along the way, between infancy to 14, you became enamored of Science Fiction. How did that come about?

 It all started with watching the Star Trek animated series on Nickelodeon of all places. That was probably my first exposure to sci-fi. Then there was Star Wars naturally, and more Star Trek. I even read a lot of the novels. I was that kind of obsessive. Mix in the Star Wars and all the fantasy books I read and it was always going on in the background of my mind.

A lot of my early writing and drawing were all about imitating those influences; trying to fuse them together. I would invent my own characters and universes, but there were always echoes of these other stories, narratives, worlds, and characters. I also went to a few writing camps when I was an early teenager, and those also helped me hone my interest and abilities. Later, I discovered stuff with a lot more nuance and slippery morality, which is still a subject that interests me to this day, but that early stuff got me hooked through my childhood and then teenage years.

J, in doing my research, I also noticed that you are rather… fond of Immanuel Kant. *smile* How does one bridge the gap from Science Fiction to a man who is, for all intents and purposes, considered to be the central figure of modern philosophy?

Kant was a philosopher who I was obsessed with in college, among others. Hannah Arendt and Michel Foucault were also a huge influence on me. I was a double-major in political theory and econ, and Kant was something that resonated with me. I got into a lot of drunken arguments with some people about him, most of which I had forgotten about until I saw that Russian news story about the people who started shooting at each other over an argument in a bar about Kant. Gave me a lot of flashbacks, definitely.

 Kant held, and I’m paraphrasing a lot here, that what we perceive is partially a result of things that our minds impose on the world. What we know, and see, is not the full picture of objective reality. There may be many aspects of the world and the universe that we cannot comprehend or perceive. That is obviously rich territory for both science fiction and/or fantasy, as there may be areas of science or technology beyond our understanding. Or, of course, magic might exist outside our normal perception.

 Kant originally intended to stop the endless squabbling among philosophers in trying to “prove” the existence of God as that’s clearly a realm outside human perception, but it had much stronger implications than that. There are things that we understand, that we can predict, but we never quite have the whole picture. Again, that’s a dramatic oversimplification, but it’s an important takeaway from Kant’s philosophy.

Moving from childhood into adulthood, what career path did you choose for yourself outside of the writing arena?

 I had a misbegotten urge to take up public service. That started with a college internship I had with the Navy. I studied a lot more in college taking classes in public finance, government, and political philosophy and went to graduate school in public administration. During that time I had an internship with the City of Syracuse and got a close look at the problems the “Rust Belt” in the northeast is facing.

The local officials were fighting a losing war against a city with a shrinking tax base and a shrinking population, but with growing problems in all sorts of areas like crime, abandoned housing, and unemployment. They were dedicated and smart people, but they were facing questions that had no good answers. It was sobering, but when I graduated in 2003 the only things available were public sector jobs at the federal level here in DC. That’s how I ended up in the DC area, and I’ve worked for several different agencies as a fed and as a contractor since then. I’d like to one day work for local government, or write full-time, but both of those are not the easiest situations to pull off.

Let’s talk about your debut novel: Hand of Chaos.  What inspired that manuscript?

 A few different things… A lot of it was very spur of the moment. I had decided that I would do National Novel Writing Month in 2007 and I had a few different ideas kicking around in my head. I wanted to do a dark fantasy story set in present day for quite a while, and I had a few different scenes and characters in mind, so I decided to just do it. I also had recurring nightmares about zombies in my high-rise apartment building, and that was just a gift from my subconscious. I couldn’t NOT write about that.

One thing: Hand of Chaos was very inspired by was the BBC show Spooks, MI-5, here. That show had a lot of things shows like 24 and The Shield did, where the protagonists have to morally compromise themselves in order to stop the greater evil, but the pacing and the characters were so much richer and the villains and antagonists evil, but relatable on some level. Especially interesting in that series was the impact their jobs had on their lives, the fact that they lived in deception and couldn’t have an authentic personal life. That’s obviously something that has influenced me, not in terms of straight-up anti-heroes, but more like people who constantly have to live in a world of moral flexibility where truth and certainty are illusive.

 They do good, they do evil, and they have personal problems. They struggle for the right answer and get it wrong sometimes and they accept that “it is what it is” when that happens. I thought it would be interesting to build my heroes out of a worldview like that, one where both pure good and pure evil are the problem. Both can be equally oppressive in certain ways. The Grays, as my characters are referred to by others, seek to balance them. They keep either side from truly winning and try to protect ordinary people from all of these hidden agendas. I took the ideas of demons, angels, and these other mystical forces and sort of have them stand in for terrorists, ideologies, and geopolitics.

Aside from all that pretentious talk, I also wanted to write a fantasy novel where the magic was something deeply unnatural and disturbing. I wanted the moments of magic use to be surreal and unsettling, even when the protagonists use it. Sometimes the way magic is treated in fantasy is frustrating to me, so I wanted to do it the way I wanted to see it.

 What were your favorite aspects of writing Hand of Chaos?

 Aside from the adrenaline-fueled experience of churning out the first 50K during NaNoWriMo, I took to reading some weird things for inspiration. Things like medieval witch-hunter handbooks (malleus mallificarum), the Goetia with its demon-drawings by Aleister Crowley, lots of folklore, Apocrypha, and Gnostic Bibles. That gave me a lot of interesting alternative viewpoints and historical perspectives on Christianity that I could use to shape out this world.

I adapted it to the modern context and tried to understand how these concepts and ideas could fit in with not only a contemporary setting but to the world of espionage and counter-terrorism. Solving those puzzles and finding the interesting pieces to put together was fun and a challenge. There’s also watching the characters come to life. They popped in Hand of Chaos, feeding off each other and growing better than I expected. It’s exhilarating when you have a “cast” that gels together like that.

What were your least favorite aspects?

Editing. I’ve gotten a lot better at it over time, but it was tough with this one. One of the early pieces of feedback I got from a lot of my beta readers was that they wanted more explanation and description. In subsequent drafts I took that way too far and ended up with these exposition dumps all over the place. My manuscript went from the original, hefty length of 130K to a 190K word monster. Obviously that was unreadable, so I ultimately decided to eviscerate it. I got it down to around 115K at the end, which was like cutting a Great Gatsby and then some out of my novel.

It was painful, and I lost a lot of interesting “flavor” moments and dialogue between the characters, as well as a lot of stuff shaping out the main villain, but in the end the manuscript became a lot more focused and most appreciate the slim version more than the bloated one. It was a difficult and painful process to cut so much, though. It’s a painstaking process for any author to put so much of their own writing in the trash. It did make me more economical as a writer overall, though. The fact that I can actually write flash fiction, which is something that I thought myself incapable of before, is a good measure of that.

 So, Hand of Chaos has been published, and you have moved on to Scarred Earth, a Tumblr novel where you share new content weekly. What started this compilation? Is this a story that will ever come out in book format, or do you prefer it to remain on Tumblr and forever free to all?

It began with NaNoWriMo! Sorry, it’s a recurring theme. I find it important to me as a writer. It forces me to get bolder and take more risks in my writing, and usually the leftovers from it help me develop something better either in subsequent drafts or repurpose into something else. That’s sort of what happened with Scarred Earth. I had a problem with writing chapters and scenes that were far too long. I didn’t let the negative space, the hidden transcript between the text, speak for itself.

Scarred Earth was a challenge I undertook to write extremely short chapters. I had long had a lot of ideas and had written some manuscripts and stories for a fictional universe that involved an alien invasion and the aftermath of that, and Scarred Earth was when I finally decided to tell that story. The multitude of perspectives and characters lets me examine things from a lot of different angles and even in forms that don’t match traditional fictional narratives.

As far as whether I will put it out in book format, I’m not sure. If anything, I would probably release it in e-book format and maybe put some extra chapters and material in to justify releasing it separately, but I certainly don’t ever plan to take the Tumblr version down; barring significant changes in the platform. A lot of writers put free stories up to promote their work and get things out to readers and I’ve decided Scarred Earth was a great method for that, especially as it is a novel and an anthology wrapped in one.

Last question… What’s your plan/vision from here? Any political satire books to write/share? *chuckle*

 Political reality satirizes itself nowadays. That said, I am moving forward with the sequel to Hand of Chaos. I’ve written most of the first draft and it does have a lot more acidic things to say about politics, as does a lot of Scarred Earth. A lot of my experience has made me pretty cynical, but it’s been a long transformation. In my past I actually did things like lit dropping and political canvassing, but it’s tough to look at the landscape nowadays and think happy thoughts. If anything, I do tend to have faith in people, but not so much in institutions. Certainly not so much of our civilization’s leadership, either.

 To learn more about J. Hamlet, check out:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jhamletauthor

Website: http://jchamlet.com

Blog: http://jchamlet.com/blog

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18470903-hand-of-chaos?bf=500&from_search=true

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/J.-Hamlet/e/B00F76WA5K/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jayhamlet

 

 

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Writing With a Partner and Book Blitz

Good morning!

I hope the fact we’re only a month away from spring makes everyone feel good. Here in Eastern Canada, we’ve had snow since early November and I, for one, am more than ready to look up from my computer and see something green instead of white!

Misty Matthews, which consists of author Misty Cail and myself, is having a book blitz over the next few days and you’re invited to join the fun. Check out the website and follow the posts. There’ll be book excerpts and e-book giveaways for everyone. Follow the link below and join us in our first attempt at this. Misty or I will be around periodically, so you’ll have a chance to chat with us too. You’ll find links to other blogs on a number of different topics, Q & A, character interviews, and so much more.

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Writing With a Partner:

Coming Home, Book One of Taking a Chance on Love is indeed a work of love, the brainchild of the Misty part of the co-authorship. Misty created the town of Chance and all its loveable characters. It was her imagination that gave the story a life of its own. Connor and Alana became real for me when she sent me the first plot draft of Chapter One of the story.

I’ve been asked how two people who’ve never met and live over a thousand miles apart can collaborate on a book and the answer is simple. The Internet. In the twenty-first century, it makes distance irrelevant. Misty and I met online through an author chat. We hit it off. After a few months of sharing thoughts and ideas, we decided to co-author a book. She sent me the story, chapter by chapter, and I used her words to flesh out the characters. There isn’t a story without Misty’s plot. Her vision drove the romance as surely as Alana drove her motorcycle. I was the passenger along for the ride.

So what was my part in the creation of the novel? In addition to verifying grammar and sentence structure, I did the research and added the details. If the scene takes place in the desert, I made the desert come alive on the page of the book. If the scene was at home, I added those bits that made home a real place. My prior novels provided some information I was able to use to bring other sections of the story to life, but, since this is a no-spoiler blog, you’ll have to read the novel to find them.

Misty uses pictures for motivation, I do too, but not the same way she does. Connor and Alana live in my mind as do all the characters I create in my own novels. My Connor resembles my husband the way he was when we met at Carleton University. My Alana resembles my niece with the same name, and while my vision of the main characters may differ from Misty’s, the places they visit, for the most part, are real. I found countless pictures of the Sonora Desert and Havasu Falls to help me describe those places. I poured over maps of Arizona, checked moonphase tables and temperature charts to make sure our book was accurate. if someone in Phoenix reads Coming Home, we wanted them to say–Yeah; it’s just like that! 

Since completing Coming Home, Misty and I have collaborated on a short story, Grand Slam, available where e-books are sold, and are currently working on Book Two of Taking a Chance on Love. We’re taking a chance readers enjoy our books and want to read more of them. So, if you’ve read Coming Home and liked it, please review it. Reviews drive sales and as poor fledgling authors, we need your support to get people to know our work is out there for their enjoyment.. Please Take a Chance on us and support Coming Home. 

 

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Look Who Dropped by Today: Elle Marlow

 

ImageMy guest today is Elle Marlow who’s here to tell you about her two latest books: The Gambler’s Passion and Pour Me  which are available now. If you love cowboys and western romance, these books are for you. There’s a link to a chance to win great prizes at the end of the blog. Comment leaving your email address for your chance to win an e-book copy of Grand Slam, the latest Misty Matthews effort  or The Captain’s Promise by Susanne Matthews. Have a great day. Valentine’s Day is for love. 

 

 

 

The Gambler’s Passion Blurb:Image

 

Beautiful Arizona Summers is determined to fulfill her mother’s dying wish and realize her dreams-even if it means dancing at Bare Backed Belles, cheating at high stakes poker or running from a spray of bullets with a man she’s given her innocence to. She’d do it all and over again to find love and keep her promise.

 

Jace Forrester gets a thrill out of living a double life. Preacher’s son by day, card hustler by night. Always after the big win, he can’t resist Arizona’s ultimate challenge. He may lose more than he bargain for-his heart.

 

Excerpt:

 

As Arizona and Vivian followed closely behind him, Vivian enjoyed the sight of the Victorian architecture in the area, while Arizona enjoyed looking pointedly at this stranger’s backside. When she caught her mother shooting her a disapproving glance, Arizona blushed for the third time in as many minutes, but she just couldn’t help it. The tall man with the dark mahogany hair, grey piercing eyes and terrific rear demanded her attention.

She continued to watch him intently. Jace Forrester walked with his head high, and with a swagger that bespoke of his confidence. He obviously fibbed about being meek. And she certainly had been around enough actors to know when somebody was hiding something. And this man was just too beautiful, too well dressed and way too charming for his own damn good. She also wondered about the strange items he didn’t want anyone to notice. For sure, he was harboring some kind of wonderful secret. She found him deliciously intriguing, and continued to mull him over with her thoughts, as they made their way along the busy boardwalk.

He finally stopped in front of the entrance of the Grand Palace, an aging, two story, Victorian-style building with chipping, faded white paint. Arizona knew it probably wasn’t the nicest place in town, but she would bet right off it was still too expensive. Biting on the inside of her cheek, she prayed her mother wouldn’t say anything else to embarrass them both.

“The doorman will retrieve your bags. Is there anything else I can do for you?”

Arizona watched him as he hooked his fingers into the pockets of his trousers and smiled down on them with an expectant look on his face. Sure… you can tell me what you’re hiding, for starters.

Arizona cleared her throat. When she spoke, no trace of her suspicions showed.

“Do you know where we might find Dr. Douglas?” she asked, batting her eyelashes. The gentleman gazed down at her. He seemed to be intently studying her. His gaze made her stomach flip. Was he purposely trying to make her uncomfortable? Did he use his charm to seduce women and bend them to his will? Her mind went wild with questions, while she also had a distinct feeling he was somehow assessing her very worth. Then a sigh escaped his lips, as those grey eyes of his filled with flashes of remorse and regret.

“I’m afraid I do. The good doctor left for Texas yesterday.”

 

Buy Links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Gamblers-Passion-Elle-Marlow-ebook/dp/B00HY3R78Y/

 

FPR: https://www.frontporchromance.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=71_149&products_id=251&zenid=6o5h6mg1gtmvuos0kovbrqd911

 

All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thegambler039spassion-1401207-154.html

 

SmashWords – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/400175

 

 

 

Pour Me Blurb:Image

 

Wanted: One Cowgirl Mommy

 

That was the ad right next to the bartending one. Carly wasn’t sure she was prepared for either, but she was heading back to Arizona regardless. Running from her past and hopefully to a brighter future, Carly couldn’t predict that all three would collide and force her to face her demons. And sexy cowboy, Cade McCormick would be to blame for all of it.

 

Cade had to be careful about the women involved in little Danni’s life. A cowgirl was on the bottom of his list! But time has a way of changing hearts and minds roping the past together. Is his new bartender really the woman he thought he lost years ago? Did little Danni really place an ad to find her?

 

Excerpt:

 

“Sit down and eat breakfast,” Waylon ordered. Carly groaned, pushed a wild strand of blonde hair out of her face and sat at the table. He looked at her carefully.

“Who put a burr under your saddle?”

“After you left the Pass, all hell broke loose,” she mumbled, reaching for her coffee. Waylon chuckled then started coughing.

“What did Cade McCormick do this time? Pull your hair or smash manure down your shirt?” He continued to laugh as he sat an enormous amount of eggs and grits on a plate and place it in front of her.

“Christ, you’re gonna make me fat and kill me with all this food,” she exclaimed.

“It hasn’t killed you all these years, I think you’ll live,” he reminded her with a shake of a spatula. “So answer my question. What did Cade do?” he asked as he turned back to the stove.

“He kissed me. And not the nice, brotherly kind of kiss, the man practically tasted my liver with his tongue.”

She noticed Waylon didn’t turn around.

“Really? Well, it seems like that boy has some new tricks up his sleeves.”

Carly squinted. “What do you mean, and aren’t you shocked?”

“Nope.”

“Why not?”

“’Cos that kid has had it bad for you since he first laid eyes on you, thirty five years ago.” Carly had food stuck in her throat and she wasn’t sure she was going to be able to swallow it down or just choke it up.

“Wha-a-t-t?” she finally managed.

“Hell, you got on his nerves all right, but he was always lookin’ out for you, always sneaking peeks at you. I thought you knew.”

Carly’s words came out in a hoarse whisper. “No.” Then as if struck by lightning, Carly sat straight up and waved a fork at Waylon.

“This was your idea! This whole trip to Arizona, you found the ad, you told me about it, and you convinced me! You knew!”

 

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For Your Reading Pleasure

                            

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When I finished my first novel, a friend convinced me to pitch it to an editor. Crimson Romance’s editor was taking pitches that day, and so I did it. She requested some revisions–specifically to eliminate the POV from the villain– which I made and lo and behold, within two weeks, I’d signed my first contract. Fire Angel was born, followed by In Plain Sight. Crimson was my first publisher, and they hold a special place in my heart because of it.

This month, all the books published by Crimson Romance in 2012- 2013 are on sale at Amazon for half-price–the actual amount varies depending on which Amazon site you use, but it’s still 50% off the original price. It’s a great chance to load up your Kindle for the summer, Just remember to leave room for my latest Crimson book, Just for the Weekend, a fun romance about what can happen at a sci-fi convention in Vegas, due out April 14th. 

Being a published author is a dream come true, but developing a reader following is harder than you think. So,I need those of you who’ve read my books to help me with that. If you read one or more of my books and enjoy them, please take a few minutes to rate and review them either on Goodreads or Amazon–both if you like. Tell your friends about them. Mark my new releases as to read. The more your spread the news that my books are worth reading, the more people I don’t know personally will have a chance to enjoy them.

I love to write, but my goal is to entertain, so if I entertain you, pull you out of today, for a few hours, then I’ve done my job.  

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Fire Angel, My First Born Is Coming Home.

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About this time last year, I was head over heels excited about the sale of my first novel. Fire Angel, a romance/suspense was published and released as an e-book by Crimson Romance on April 29, 2013. It was and is the stuff dreams are made of for me, and although I’ve sold, published, and released other books in both paperback and e-book format since then, the first one will always have a special place in my heart.

Fire Angel is now available in paperback, which means I get to hold my first born in my hands, a thrill akin to the way I felt when my children were born. This book is the child of my mind and my imagination rather than my body, but that makes it no less my legacy than one of the three flesh and blood children I gave birth to. E-books are wonderful, but the feeling of holding a paper book in my hand can’t be beat. I have four paperbacks out now. Fire Angel will be the fifth and In Plain Sight, my second Crimson book will be available in paper format sometime in March.

Having a book in paperback opens a new market. It’s not as good as having a book in a store, but it’s a start. Now, let’s see if it sells.