Spicing Things Up – Mill Pond #4; Judi Lynn Author


Spicing Things Up – Mill Pond #4

by Judi Lynn


GENRE: Contemporary Romance



Tyne Newsome promised to help Daphne Ferris pick up the pieces if her professor boyfriend dumped her. Tyne is a hottie chef with no intentions of committing to anyone. He has big plans for his future. Daphne owns a stained glass shop and spends most evenings eating dinner with her parents. She prefers safety and solitude, but Tyne keeps bumping her out of her usual routines. He’s not someone she can ignore. And soon, they find that they complement each other so well, they’re both pushed to places they’ve never been before.




Tyne zipped down the inside staircase and stopped to glance at Daphne’s shop in the dim light.  Most people didn’t move at four-thirty in the morning, for good reason.  When he returned later this afternoon, would the shop be decorated with dangling crepe paper and balloons?  The professor she’d been seeing was supposed to be a free man today.  All he had to do was sign his divorce papers.  Patrick could finally ask Daphne to marry him.  Nothing Tyne would celebrate.  The man was as exciting as porridge, but Daphne thought she’d be happy with him.

On his way out the door to his Jeep, he inhaled the crisp, clean Fall air.  It perked him up, cleared his head.  Driving down Main Street with its brick buildings, striped awnings, and old-fashioned street lamps, he saw Maxwell step out of his bakery to snag the morning paper by his door.  Another early riser.  When Maxwell saw Tyne’s orange Jeep, he raised a middle finger and grinned.  Tyne laughed and returned the gesture.


Interview with the Author:

  1. How long have you been writing?

Geez, this makes me feel old.  I started writing when my husband signed me up for a continuing education class at our regional IPFW—Writing For Fun and Profit.  Our girls were little (a baby and a toddler), and he babysat every week so that I could do something I’d enjoy.  (I know, he’s a keeper😊

2. How long have you been a published author?

The writer who taught that class liked one of the articles I turned in and recommended that I send it to Byline Magazine (no longer in print).  I didn’t have much faith that they’d buy it, but if they rejected it, I’d only be out a stamp, so I sent it.  And they offered me $25 for it.  It was printed in 1985.  I remember looking at my husband and saying, “Wow!  Writing is easy.”  Ha!  It was only beginners’ luck.  But I was hooked on writing by then.  It took three years and lots of “selling” stories for free copies before I sold a short mystery to the Womansleuth Anthology.

  1. What titles do you have available?

I have urban fantasies, written as Judith Post, available as e-books.  And I have romances from Lyrical Shine, (e-books, too) written under my pseudonym, Judi Lynn.

4. What made you choose the subject of this book?

I wanted to write about a character as much unlike me (but a good guy, not a serial killer or anything) as I could get who meets a girl with almost no ego or self-esteem at all, who’s satisfied making her stained-glass art and quilts and sort of hiding from the world.  The story’s about Tyne forcing Daphne to discover her true self.  In the process, he changes, too.

5. Do you have any new titles coming soon?

My fifth Mill Pond romance, FIRST KISS, ON THE HOUSE, comes out near the end of June and my sixth, SPECIAL DELIVERY, will be available in November.

6. What is your favourite genre and why?

I like to bounce between urban fantasy, romance, and mystery, but mystery is probably my favorite.  I’m an optimist, so I like Good to always win in the end.  I enjoy matching wits with the detective and criminal in a mystery, too, looking for clues and not getting tricked by red herrings.  For me, mysteries are great character studies.  When a matter is life and death, you get to the essence of what’s important pretty fast.

7. What, to you, is the most exciting part of the writing process?

Surprising myself.  I’m a plotter, and I always start a book by staring at a blank screen and wondering how in the world I’m going to come up with enough ideas to write 70,000 words.  But once I write the first plot point and ask “What if?”, a second usually comes, and then a third, etc.  And once I finish my plot points, I stare at them and ask, “How am I going to bring those to life?”  But that’s when my characters decide to flex their muscles and walk and talk—and even though I’ve plotted what they have to do, they decide to do it their way.  And I’m surprised again.

8. If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose and why?

My first thought was Elizabeth George, because if any writer could walk on water, it would be her.  I think she’s the best.  But that’s why I couldn’t write with her.  I’d never feel worthy.  I’d be so intimidated, the words would clog in the gray folds of my mind and die.  So I’d choose Ilona Andrews.  She feels more rough and tumble to me, and she’d probably challenge me or kick me in the fanny if I screwed up.  And I’m okay with that😊



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Judi Lynn lives in Indiana with her husband, a bossy gray cat, a noisy Chihuahua, and a parakeet.  She loves to cook and owns more cookbooks than any mortal woman would ever need.  That’s why so much food sneaks into her stories.  She also loves her flower beds, but is a haphazard gardener, at best.

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Twitter: @judypost






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On Seas So Crimson; James Young Author


On Seas So Crimson

by James Young


GENRE: Alternate History



Adolf Hitler is dead.  Great Britain has fallen.  The Royal Family has fled to Canada, and the United States stands alone against the Axis.

On Seas So Crimson collects both novels of the Usurper’s War into a single package.  Acts of War (Amazon Bestseller in alternate history) begins this universe with London on fire, while Collisions of the Damned (recommended by Alternate History Weekly) continues it with the desperate defense of the Dutch East Indies.




It’s never a good day when you become commander of a vessel simply because no one else was left.  From what he understood, Keir had started the day as chief of Hood’s Navigation Division.  That had been before the vessel took at least three 15-inch shells to the bridge area, as well as two more that had wiped out her gunnery directory and the secondary bridge.

Captain Gordon was right—she was a very powerful warship.  Unfortunately that tends to make you a target.

“Commander, you are certain that…” Gordon started, then collected himself.  “You are certain His Majesty is dead.”

“Yes sir,” Keir said.  “His Majesty was in the conning tower with Admiral Pound when it was hit.  The Royal Surgeon positively identified His Majesty’s body in the aid station before that was hit in turn.  We cannot get to the aid station due to the spreading fire.”

“Understood.  His Majesty would not have wanted any of you to risk his life for his body,” Gordon said.

“I just…” Keir started, then stopped, overcome with emotion.

“It is not your fault lad,” Gordon said.  “Her Majesty will understand.”

Gordon turned and looked at the Exeter’s clock.

“Very well, we are out of time.  Stand by to fire torpedoes.”

“Torpedoes report they are ready.”

“Sir, you may want to tell your torpedo officer to have his weapons set to run deep,” Keir said.  “She’s drawing…”

There was a large explosion aboard Hood as the flames reached a secondary turret’s ready ammunition.  Eric saw a fiery object arc slowly across, descending towards the Exeter as hundreds of helpless eyes watched it.  The flaming debris’ lazy parabola terminated barely fifty yards off of Exeter’s side with a large, audible splash.

“I think we do not have time for that discussion,” Gordon said grimly.  “Fire torpedoes!”

The three weapons from Exeter’s starboard tubes sprang from their launchers into the water.  Set as a narrow spread, the three tracks seemed to take forever to impact from Eric’s perspective.  Exeter’s torpedo officer, observing Hood’s state, had taken into account the battlecruiser’s lower draught without having to be told.  Indeed, he had almost set the weapons for too deep a run, but was saved by the flooding that had occurred in the previous few minutes.  In addition to breaking the battlecruiser’s keel, the triple blow opened the entire aft third of her port side to the ocean.  With the audible sound of twisting metal, Hood started to roll onto her beam ends.  She never completed the evolution before slipping beneath the waves.


Interview with the Author:

  1. How long have you been writing?Since I was about 10. Actually something someone would want to read? We’ll go since the late 1980s.  The first time I got paid for doing it was 1993, when I took third place in a fiction contest at Central Missouri State University.  Much to my mother’s eternal angst, I promptly spent that first $5 on dinner and a movie.


  1. How long have you been a published author?

    I was twice published in Circle in the Spiral, the United States Military Academy’s fiction magazine, in 1994 and again in 1997. As an independent author, I’ve been using Amazon Kindle since December 2012
  1. What titles do you have available?                                                                                               I have titles available in three fiction universes (novellas in quotation marks):

            Vergassy Universe:

“Ride of the Late Rain”

“A Midwinter’s Ski” (free)

            An Unproven Concept (The Kraken edition contains both An Unproven Concept and                “Ride    of the Late Rain”)

Usurper’s War

“Pandora’s Memories” (free)

Acts of War

Collisions of the Damned

On Seas So CrimsonUsurper’s War Collection No. 1 (Acts of War + Collisions of the Damned)

Scythefall Universe

“After the Scythe”

I also have a nonfiction work, Barren SEAD, that discusses the United States Air Force’s doctrinal development from 1953-1972.

I also sell prints of my cover and internal artwork at Clan Young on Etsy. Examples are below:




AUTHOR Bio and Links:

James Young is a Missouri native who escaped small town life via an appointment to the United States Military Academy.  After completing his service in the Army, Mr. Young moved to Kansas to pursue his doctorate in U.S. History.  Fiction is his first love, and he is currently the author of the Usurper’s War (alternate history), Vergassy Chronicles (space opera), and Scythefall (apocalyptic fiction) series, all of which are available via Amazon or Createspace.  Currently living in the Midwest with his loving, kind, and beautiful spouse, Mr. Young spends his time completing his dissertation while plotting new, interesting ways to torment characters and readers alike.  As a non-fiction author,  Mr. Young has won the 2016 United States Naval Institute’s Cyberwarfare Essay contest and the U.S. Armor Center’s Draper Award for a battle analysis of the Golan Heights.  He has also placed in the James A. Adams Cold War History contest held by the Virginia Military Institute and been published in the Journal of Military History (“The Heights of Ineptitude”).


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Behind the Mask; Multiple Authors


Behind the Mask

by Kelly Link, Carrie Vaughn, Seanan McGuire, Cat Rambo, Lavie Tidhar and others



Behind the Mask is a multi-author collection with stories by award-winning authors Kelly Link, Cat Rambo, Carrie Vaughn, Seanan McGuire, Lavie Tidhar, Sarah Pinsker, Keith Rosson, Kate Marshall, Chris Large and others. It is partially, a prose nod to the comic world—the bombast, the larger-than-life, the save-the-worlds and the calls-to-adventure. But it’s also a spotlight on the more intimate side of the genre. The hopes and dreams of our cape-clad heroes. The regrets and longings of our cowled villains. That poignant, solitary view of the world that can only be experienced from behind the mask.



Behind the Mask is a multi-author collection with stories by award-winning authors Kelly Link, Cat Rambo, Carrie Vaughn, Seanan McGuire, Lavie Tidhar, Sarah Pinsker, Keith Rosson, Kate Marshall, Chris Large and others. It is partially, a prose nod to the comic world—the bombast, the larger-than-life, the save-the-worlds and the calls-to-adventure. But it’s also a spotlight on the more intimate side of the genre. The hopes and dreams of our cape-clad heroes. The regrets and longings of our cowled villains. That poignant, solitary view of the world that can only be experienced from behind the mask.



Excerpt from “Fool” by Keith Frady

 On a skull-shaped tropical island deep in the Atlantic, five stories beneath a dormant volcano, Dr. Entropy admired his new portrait, contemplating Armageddon and its implied suicide. The portrait hung on a wall erected center stage of the theater, and Dr. Entropy’s painted-self returned his judgmental squint with wide, maniacal eyes emphasized by a slight down tilt of the head. Their wardrobes matched since Dr. Entropy was in costume: red lab coats with black buttons, and two pairs of black gloves and black boots. Their brunette shocks of hair scattered in different directions for the simple reason that Dr. Entropy never tended to it, and allowed it to bunch and curl and fall as it wished. His painted skin was pastier than his flesh, but the only lights adorning his windowless volcano were artificial, and he had to admit to himself that it had taken a pale toll. The portrait doctor stood in the workshop, holding his ray gun in his right hand, his left touching a red button on a panel embedded in the volcano wall. The likeness was uncanny: a stranger passing through might have thought Dr. Entropy was considering himself in a mirror.

Generator Organizing Graphics and Hues Mark VI was not programmed to twitch or fidget or sigh, so it stood resolute as Dr. Entropy passed sentence on the portrait. It also could not speak to its creator unless given a command or asked a question, so it made no reply when Dr. Entropy told the portrait, “I did well creating you. This shall be a towering monument for whatever species next crawls on the Earth’s surface. Every race should be so lucky as to gaze upon their God.” Dr. Entropy swept away from the portrait, calling behind him, “Turn the lights off behind me.” The android bowed, “Yes, Master.” Dr. Entropy paused backstage, and added, “Spend the last few minutes of your existence as you wish.” The android bowed again as Dr. Entropy went out into the stairwell, and said, “Yes, Master.”




 Keith Frady writes weird short stories in a cluttered apartment in Atlanta. His work has appeared in Love Hurts: A Speculative Fiction Anthology, Literally Stories, The Yellow Chair Review, and The Breakroom Stories.

Interview with the Author:

  1. How long have you been writing?

Since elementary school, when I started writing poems for my parents and teachers. When I was around twelve or thirteen I began the first book in a fantasy series, but that project quickly died. I scribbled terrible poetry in the corners of my high school notebooks, but I convinced myself writing was just a hobby, and eventually matriculated to a technical college in a video game programming degree. That delusion popped a year or two in, though, when I realized I didn’t love the details or rigors of programming in the similar, visceral way I loved sentences and finding the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning. So I stopped running from writing, switched majors, and dedicated myself to the craft.

2. How long have you been a published author?

My first published stories were flash fictions in online journals in 2014. My first paid story was published in Meerkat Press’s other collection, Love Hurts, in 2015.

3. What titles do you have available?

Two of my stories are available in anthologies: “Stargazer” in Love Hurts, and “Fool” in this collection, Behind the Mask. My other recent stories are “Voracious,” on the audio journal The Breakroom Stories, and “Once Upon a Time,” on The Yellow Chair Review.

4. What made you choose the subject of this book?

Eventually, the world is always saved in mainstream superhero comics. The timer never hits zero, the portal to a dimension of evil beings never opens, the virus never releases into the atmosphere, the button never gets pushed. Considering the dizzying array of supervillains per superhero, it seems impossible that, not even once, some superhero would slip up and simply not even be aware one of their various enemies was about to eradicate all life. The true and practical explanation is that a monthly comic book series that shares a universe with dozens of other titles can’t destroy the planet and then pop back again for next month’s adventure. But what’s the in-universe answer? That’s “Fool,” my ode to unhinged, dramatic, lonely supervillains and their inability to end the world.

5. What is your favourite genre and why?

I have a soft spot for fantasy, in particular magic realism. Neil Gaiman’s Sandman broke my skull open in high school, and implanted the idea that writing could be something I’d want to do for the rest of my life. And in college Jorge Luis Borges’s collection Labyrinths reshaped what I thought stories could be. Magic realism is a complex beast, but one of its aspects that appeals to me is that it acknowledges that we experience reality as a cognitive dissonance, that we are correct to feel terror when the door creaks at 3 a.m., and awe when we watch the sun rise, because beneath the mundane writhes an ineffable something we can only describe as magic.

6. What, to you, is the most exciting part of the writing process?

At the beginning, when the story or character hasn’t fully formed, and everything is tinged with the aroma of freshly-brewed coffee. It’s raw creation that can upend generations and universes with a scratched-out line. Then the ideas materialize, the themes develop, the character stares at the first obstacle in their path, and it’s time to chisel at the mountain with a quill.

7. If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose and why?

I’m not certain about prose, but I’d give at least a finger to co-write a comic book series with either Matt Fraction or Brian K. Vaughan. They are masters of character, world building, and of comics in general, and I admit my intentions are selfish in that I’d want to learn from them firsthand.

8. Where can readers find you on the web?
I post updates on Twitter, where my handle is @Keith_Frady.


 All other authors in the anthology:

Kate Marshall lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and several small agents of chaos disguised as a dog, cat, and child. She works as a cover designer and video game writer. Her fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Crossed Genres, and other venues, and her YA survival thriller I Am Still Alive is forthcoming from Viking. You can find her online at

Chris Large writes regularly for Aurealis Magazine and has had fiction published in Australian speculative fiction magazines and anthologies. He’s a single parent who enjoys writing stories for middle-graders and young adults, and about family life in all its forms. He lives in Tasmania, a small island at the bottom of Australia, where everyone rides Kangaroos and says ‘G’day mate!’ to utter strangers.

Stuart Suffel’s body of work includes stories published by Jurassic London, Evil Girlfriend Media, Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine, Kraxon Magazine, and Aurora Wolf among others.  He exists in Ireland, lives in the Twilight Zone, and will work for Chocolate Sambuca Ice cream. Twitter: @stuartsuffel

Michael Milne is a writer and teacher originally from Canada, who lived in Korea and China, and is now in Switzerland. Not being from anywhere anymore really helps when writing science fiction. His work has been published in The Sockdolager, Imminent Quarterly, and anthologies on Meerkat Press and Gray Whisper.

Adam R. Shannon is a career firefighter/paramedic, as well as a fiction writer, hiker, and cook. His work has been shortlisted for an Aeon award and appeared in Morpheus Tales and the SFFWorld anthology You Are Here: Tales of Cryptographic Wonders. He and his wife live in Virginia, where they care for an affable German Shepherd, occasional foster dogs, a free-range toad, and a colony of snails who live in an old apothecary jar. His website and blog are at

Jennifer Pullen received her doctorate from Ohio University and her MFA from Eastern Washington University. She originally hails from Washington State. Her fiction and poetry have appeared or are upcoming in journals including: Going Down Swinging (AU), Cleaver, Off the Coast, Phantom Drift Limited, and Clockhouse.

Stephanie Lai is a Chinese-Australian writer and occasional translator. She has published long meandering thinkpieces in Peril Magazine, the Toast, the Lifted Brow and Overland. Of recent, her short fiction has appeared in the Review of Australian Fiction, Cranky Ladies of History, and the In Your Face Anthology. Despite loathing time travel, her defence of Dr Who companion Perpugilliam Brown can be found in Companion Piece (2015). She is an amateur infrastructure nerd and a professional climate change adaptation educator (she’s helping you survive our oncoming climate change dystopia). You can find her on twitter @yiduiqie, at, or talking about pop culture and drop bears at

Aimee Ogden is a former biologist, science teacher, and software tester. Now she writes stories about sad astronauts and angry princesses. Her poems and short stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Daily Science Fiction,, Persistent Visions, and The Sockdolager.

Nathan Crowder is a Seattle-based fan of little known musicians, unpopular candy, and just happens to write fantasy, horror, and superheroes. His other works include the fantasy novel Ink Calls to Ink, short fiction in anthologies such as Selfies from the End of the World, and Cthulhurotica, and his numerous Cobalt City superhero stories and novels. He is still processing the death of David Bowie.

Sarah Pinsker is the author of the 2015 Nebula Award winning novelette “Our Lady of the Open Road.” Her novelette “In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind” was the 2014 Sturgeon Award winner and a 2013 Nebula finalist. Her fiction has been published in magazines including Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Uncanny, among others, and numerous anthologies. Her stories have been translated into Chinese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Galician. She is also a singer/songwriter with three albums on various independent labels and a fourth forthcoming. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her wife and dog. She can be found online at and

Carrie Vaughn is best known for her New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty, who hosts a talk radio show for the supernaturally disadvantaged, the fourteenth installment of which is Kitty Saves the World.  She’s written several other contemporary fantasy and young adult novels, as well as upwards of 80 short stories.  She’s a contributor to the Wild Cards series of shared world superhero books edited by George R.

  1. Martin and a graduate of the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop. An Air Force brat, she survived her nomadic childhood and managed to put down roots in Boulder, Colorado. Visit her at

Cat Rambo lives, writes, and teaches atop a hill in the Pacific Northwest. Her 200+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld Magazine, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She is an Endeavour, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award nominee. Her second novel, Hearts of Tabat, appears in early 2017 from Wordfire Press. She is the current President of the Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers of America. For more about her, as well as links to her fiction, see


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Jersey Diner by Lisa Diane Kastner


Jersey Diner

by Lisa Diane Kastner


GENRE:   commercial romance



Lauren has a dead end job as a waitress at the Oaklyn Diner. She becomes ecstatic when the diner is chosen to be the focal point of an upcoming movie, *Jersey Diner,* starring Jonathan Pearce. When filming ends she moves to California to start a new life with him. Lauren quickly discovers that all that she thought was real and true are in question.




“Before me the television hummed. The remote felt heavy and big in my hands. With the next channel came my favorite interview show. The host, Lawrence Corran, spoke with Jonathan. I couldn’t believe it. They played a rerun of my favorite episode.

The two men were on a stage with a black backdrop. On a table next to them stood glasses filled with water. Lawrence, a small man with a receding hairline, thick horn-rimmed glasses, a goatee, and a rounded jaw, sat across from Jonathan. Jonathan lounged in his high backed chair. If someone else sat in the chair, it would have been overpowering, but he looked confident, relaxed. Mama used to call him a young Sean Connery. His thin black sweater provided a hint of the muscles underneath it. A grey suit jacket hung from his shoulders. The creases in his black suit pants followed the bend of his knees. I wanted to reach in and touch those creases. He glowed with each move and every word. He crossed his legs and formed a pyramid with his fingers.

Wasn’t that screen test for the next day?”

Jonathan looked embarrassed by the question. “Yes. They said they could use someone with my looks and then sent me home.”

I moved closer to the screen.

“How long after that test did you get your first part?”

“Six months.”

Now. See students? Don’t get discouraged if they don’t call you back immediately. Even Jonathan Pearce waited to get his first part.” Lawrence flipped to the next note card.

“I was an extra in a military movie called, The Edge of Life.”

My lips moved in time with his.

“I had one line. I said, ‘Sir, yes sir.’” His eyes crinkled with a touch of a smile. I had heard this story a dozen times.

“Again, students. Not only did he have to wait six months but he also had a very small role.”

“After that my next role wasn’t for another year. I took night classes and got a job as a construction worker.”

“That’s how you stayed trim.”

“I wanted to spend my money on classes so I needed a job that would maintain my physique.” Jonathan turned, looked at me and leaned in. “Lauren. Lauren? How are you doing?”

I looked around the living room. I felt self-conscious in my clothes. I tied the knot in my robe tighter and pointed to myself as if another Lauren sat next to me.

Yes. I wondered if you needed anything?” he said.

I hesitated for a moment. My throat dried up as I tried to respond. “I-I-I’m fine.”

Jonathan rested back in his chair, tension eased from his shoulders. “Good. I’m glad to hear it. I’ll be in town soon. We can get together for coffee.”

Did Jonathan Pearce ask me out on a date? “I’m sorry? I mean. Sure. That. Would. Be. Great.

” I reached my hand out to touch the screen. To see if I could be there with him and test if this was real. My fingertips reached the screen’s edge. The static electrified them, covered them in a fuzzy haze that spread up my wrist and traveled down my arm. It prepared me to become one with the images before me. Ready me to become one with Jonathan.

I prepared to break through the barrier of static, glass, and electricity, when Jonathan said, “Lauren, you better get to bed.”

He nudged my shoulder. “I gotta go now. Don’t forget. Coffee.” He winked. “Lauren. Lauren?”

His voice changed to emulate my father’s tone. Now that’s a gross thought. Someone shook my shoulder a little more. A fog broke free from my mind. It forced me to wake up. The television shone before me, my father clicking off the static filled screen.

“You should head to bed now.”


Interview with the Author:

  1. How long have you been writing?
    I’ve been writing creatively for nearly 20 years. Before then I was a journalist while in college and often volunteered to do public relations and marketing for the school and for non-profits.
  2. How long have you been a published author?Well, if we count my first news article then a really, really long time ago. So even longer than 20 years.  If we count my first published short story then 2008.
  3. What titles do you have available?I just edited a story anthology for Running Wild Press called “Running Wild Anthology of Stories: Volume 1”. My first novel, JERSEY DINER, is available as of May 1.
  4. What made you choose the subject of this book?When I was a teenager, I was on a syndicated television show called, Dance Party USA on the USA network. I had a few fans who went to great lengths to discover my phone number and address. Some even visited me. Luckily, I was a bit naïve at the time and didn’t really understand this was abnormal behavior.  So I started to wonder what would encourage someone to go to those lengths. What would be the impetus? And then I started thinking about my own crushes and how I responded to those. The combination of the two and a ton of research is what brought us JERSEY DINER.
  5. Do you have any new titles coming soon?Although JERSEY DINER isn’t part of a series, the characters pop up in other books like LUSCIOUS which will come out in 2018/2019 which starts on the morning that Lee Therese needs to hand in her dissertation, she is literally run over by Xander. The first words out of his mouth are, “Sorry, Luscious.” Immediately smitten, Lee forces herself to recompose and drive forward with her day and her purpose – to get the dissertation approved, graduate, and start a new life with a teaching job in Hawaii. The catch? Xander keeps showing up at the most unexpected times. What Lee doesn’t know is that Alex has his own dark reasons for moving to Philly.In addition, I’m currently working on a few things. I’m the executive editor of Running Wild Press and I’m working on a novella anthology and on the first book of a new fantasy series called MAGIC FORGOTTEN by Jack Hillman. In addition, I’m working on a new novel series called, NEWLY MINTED WINGS AND SALTY FRENCH FRIES, which will start off with a novella by one of the main characters, Morgan Cruise.  Morgan, is a former teen and twenties star who is finding much less glory in her older years.  In search of a renewal, she reaches out to a trendy plastic surgeon. Anticipating that he’ll recommend a face lift, instead he tells her to get functioning wings.  That’s right, those babies work! Morgan finds herself in flight over the Hollywood Hills and inadvertently runs into a rather long line at the local In and Out Burger starting a chain of events that will keep you enthralled.
  6. What is your favourite genre and why?I love cross genres.  I read just about everything – romance, Sci Fi, fantasies, thrillers, mysteries, commercial fiction, literary, horror … you name it. I like stories that surprise me.
  7. What, to you, is the most exciting part of the writing process?I love generating new ideas. I love the research.  I love writing fresh prose.  I love editing (I know … there’s something wrong with me.)  I love when I get feedback from a trusted reader and their comments are spot-on.  It’s like someone reinforcing my gut instincts.
  8. If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose and why?
    I completely idolize Toni Morrison so I don’t think I’d be able to co-author a book with her. I’d be too intimidated. That said, I’d love to have a cup of tea with her. If she was still alive, I’d love to write with Angela Carter. I deeply admire her magical realism short stories.
    Thank you for spending a few minutes with me and my readers. Wish you all the best with this book.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Lisa is a former correspondent for the Philadelphia Theatre Review and Features Editor for the Picolata Review, her short stories have appeared in magazines and journals such as StraightJackets Magazine and HESA Inprint. In 2007 Kastner was featured in the Fresh Lines @ Fresh Nine, a public reading hosted by Gross McCleaf Art Gallery.

She founded Running Wild Writers and is the former president of Pennwriters, Inc. ( She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University, her MBA from Pennsylvania State and her BS from Drexel University (She’s definitely full of it). Her novel THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS was shortlisted in the fiction category of the William Faulkner Words and Wisdom Award and her memoir BREATHE was a semi-finalist in the nonfiction category of the same award.

Lisa presented at a TEDx in Seattle on The Power of Connecting. And presented at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) on the “You Sent Us What?” panel.

Born and raised in Camden, New Jersey The Redness migrated to Philadelphia in her twenties and eventually transported to Los Angeles, California with her partner-in-crime and ever-talented husband. They nurture two felonious felines who anxiously encourage and engage in little sparks of anarchy.


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The Devil Orders Takeout; Bill A. Brier Author



by Bill A. Brier


GENRE: Mystery/Thriller



A tax attorney with integrity…a powerful mobster determined to bend his will…

Grayson Bolt isn’t about to compromise his integrity to help a notorious crime boss escape the cross-hairs of the IRS. But there’s a steep price to pay for defying The Man–Grayson’s beloved wife and older son.

There’s only one way for Grayson to prevent his younger son, Jim, an innocent golf prodigy, from also being taken out: play a dangerous game of cat and mouse. And what will Jim be forced to do when the woman he loves gets ensnarled in a web of betrayal and deceit?




 “I’m afraid you’re going to get it hard, Mr. Bolt.” Costanzo had that fatherly tone of this will hurt me more than you. “Did you ever stop to think that there’s only one way of being dead, but many ways of dying?”

Grayson felt something cold touch his spine, all the way down. “I don’t follow.”

“Take your man Stockard. He killed two of your beloved family members, wife and eldest son. Isn’t that right?”

A strangling tightness gripped Grayson’s throat. “That— that’s right.”

“Wouldn’t you say a part of you died too?”

“What’s your point?” Grayson’s voice erupted in suppressed panic.

“You don’t have to die to feel dead. I’m going to kill your other son. That’ll be your punishment.”

The blood drained from Grayson’s face. Just like that. Most people held the basic principle that no man should be punished for the deed of another. Costanzo was not one of them. Grayson would be cut right to the bone, and his son would be the sharpest knife Costanzo could use. Costanzo had spelled out the thought in invisible brushstrokes. It was there and Grayson had tried not to see it.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Bill grew up in California and went to Hollywood High School, then served in the Air Force as a combat cameraman.

After hiring on at Disney Studios as a film loader, he soon advanced and moved on to other film studios.

He earned a master’s degree in psychology. A big help when working with Trumpish Hollywood producers. You’re fired!

During his more than twenty-five years in the movie business as a cameraman, film editor, and general manager, Bill worked on everything from the hilarious, The Love Bug, to the creepy, The Exorcist, to the far out, Star Trek and Battle Star Galactica.

Eight years ago, Bill switched from reading scripts to writing thriller/mysteries and driving racecars. After completing three award-winning novels, he signed with Black Opal Books. His first novel, The Devil Orders Takeout, is about a devoted father and husband who makes a deal with a real-life devil to protect his golf-prodigy son after his wife and older son are killed in a mysterious accident — and pays hell for it.

Bill’s second mystery, The Killer Who Hated Soup, is Book One in the 1950s The Killer Who series, and it launches this Summer. The Internet? Never heard of it. Smart phones? Who you kiddin’?

Energetic and eager to make his mark on what Time magazine called the next great boom town, Bucky Ontario leaves his daddy and little sister in Louisiana and rides a bus to Defiance, Oklahoma, a town not particularly adverse to murders, just the embarrassment of them when committed by high officials.

Book Two, The Killer who Wasn’t There, will be on bookshelves this fall.

Bill writes every day and golfs infrequently (that damn right knee!). His five children and eight grandchildren keep him busy going to birthday parties, and he never misses a one!

The Brier Patch is Bill’s wildly entertaining blog about his shameless early days in Hollywood. It’s on his website,, along with a contest linked to The Devil Orders Takeout, which will award the grand prizewinner $1,000.

Bill is a member of Mystery Writers of America.

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The Call House by C.P. Stiles

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The Call House

by C.P. Stiles


GENRE:  Historical Fiction



A war on vice In Washington, DC—a city constantly awash in scandals? Hard to believe, but it really happened.  Only not exactly the way it’s told here.

All Mattie Simon knows is that she wants adventure and her hometown doesn’t have any. She wants independence, maybe some romance.

All Andrew Stevens wants is to do his job as a newly-elected congressman.

But Washington has a way of changing people—even when they get what they want.

Fast-paced and funny, The Call House takes you back to a time of relative innocence, when people flocked to the nation’s capital to do good works and instead got caught up in sex, money, and politics. What else would you expect?




IN the mornings, the bathroom was crowded with the sweet smells of lavender soap, gardenia perfume, and lilac dusting powder, with the bright colors of pink-red lipsticks and near-orange rouge, with drying stockings and still damp lingerie. With five women in one apartment, even an apartment as grand as Flo’s on the top floor of the building on Connecticut Avenue, mornings were hectic.

Awake early but unsure what to do, Mattie ended up being last in line for the bathroom. She wasn’t used to waiting.

She’d grown up with only her mother; her father had been wounded in the last war, his lungs badly damaged by gas. She barely remembered the man who died when she was four, but his absence lingered in the white clapboard house. Upstairs, her mother kept always to one side of the bed and lived so quietly, Mattie almost felt as if she’d grown up on her own.

A tall girl, with soft ash-blond curls, walked past Mattie waiting in the hall.

“You’ll have to learn to be pretty fast around here if you want to get in the shower while we’ve still got hot water.”

“That’s all right,” Mattie said. She’d never showered in hot water back home. Her momma hadn’t wanted to trouble anyone to fix the water heater after it broke. She didn’t like troubling anyone for anything, so when something broke, and it couldn’t be fixed by prayer, it stayed broken. Mattie thought her momma’s whole life stayed broken after her daddy died.

“I’ll show you how it’s done,” the tall girl said.

She banged on the bathroom door. “Vera, there’s exactly one of those jelly donuts left. If you want it, you’d better come grab it fast.” She had to step back, the door opened so quickly.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

P. Stiles is a fiction writer living in Washington, DC. This is her first novel

From the Author

I’ve been writing all my life.

When I first heard the story about the best-known, high-priced call house on the East Coast located right in the middle of a nice residential neighborhood – I was intrigued. I’m still not sure why. Even after spending a few years researching and many more years writing. Maybe it’s the idea of having something sort of shady going on right down the street and none of the neighbors had the faintest idea. (Warning: No sex or even steamy scenes)


C.P. Stiles

The Call House


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Kasper Mutzenmacher’s Cursed Hat


Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat

by Keith R. Fentonmiller


GENRE:   Magical Realism



Berlin hatmakers threatened by a veil-wearing Nazi known as the “stealer of faces” must use the god Hermes’ “wishing hat” to teleport out of Germany during Kristallnacht. They won’t be safer in America, however, unless they break the curse that has trapped them in the hat business for sixteen centuries. Set in the Jazz Age, Nazi Germany, and World War II Detroit, Book One of the Life Indigo series is a family saga about the fluidity of tradition, faith, and identity. It will appeal to fans of Everything is Illuminated and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.




Kasper plunged his hand into the safe’s darkness and retrieved the hat. When he put it on, the warm scaly leather conformed to his skull like a blanket of heated wax. He closed his eyes and recalled his father’s instructions: First, think of the place. Then make the wish. Not the other way around. Kasper breathed deeply and then exhaled as much air as he could, a precaution to stave off the overwhelming nausea that surely would follow. Before the next inhalation, he thought, Take me there. In an instant, he was compressed to a point, drained of all material substance. The world went dark and silent. He felt only a sensation of impossible acceleration and then nothing at all.

Kasper wished himself from cabarets to booze cellars, concert halls, and boxing venues all over Europe and North America. Although hat travel made him queasy and headachy, whiskey took the edge off. Then, after a week of around-the-clock hat travel, the nausea and head pain receded, and he began to enjoy the rush of compression, expansion, and acceleration.

Well, labeling the experience “enjoyable” would’ve been a vast understatement. The nascent drug addict doesn’t merely “enjoy” a shot of heroin or a puff of opium; he relishes it, embraces it, becomes one with it. Using feels like an act of self-creation—conception, gestation, and birth wrapped into a singular, lightning-strike moment 


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Keith is a consumer protection attorney for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. Before graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, he toured with a professional comedy troupe, writing and performing sketch comedy at colleges in the Mid-Atlantic States. His short story, Non Compos Mentis, was recently published in The Stonecoast Review and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His short story Exodus was just published in the Running Wild Anthology of Stories.

Find Keith Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble


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Ascended by Maggie Mae Gallagher



by Maggie Mae Gallagher


GENRE: Urban Fantasy



War. It’s here. The last war of mankind. The winner takes Earth as its prize.

My name is Alana Devereaux. I am an elite Cantati Forces Lieutenant from Earth’s desolate future. I was sent back through time to save your world. My mission to stop the Mutari faltered. Demons infiltrated our world when the walls between Earth and Infernus fell. Millions died in the first volleys.

The Mutari changed me on an elemental level and my new powers scare the bloody daylights out of me. Formorian Hunters are closing in on my trail with a singular goal, to enact the death warrant placed on my head by their Queen. Now I am running for my life, on a quest to discover a way to kill an immortal on a power trip, stuck between mortal enemies, and everyone else wants me dead.




 In the twenty-four hours since the Mutari, Gaelen, my sexy Fae prince partner with the body of a god and the attitude of an angry bear, had dragged my prone form all over the world searching for a safe haven. We found one at the edge of frozen tundra as far north as we dared go.

As if my mind conjured him, Gaelen slid his strong muscular arms around my belly, pulling up the confines of his black T-shirt I had slept in.

“Why aren’t you in bed?” Gaelen’s deep voice rumbled low next to my ear as he nuzzled my neck. His softer-than silk blond hair wafted against my cheek, while his hands caressed my flesh.

“Can’t sleep, but you go ahead.” I bit my lip, trying to keep the moan from escaping. His teeth teased the sensitive skin below my right ear. My eyes slid shut, thrilling at the feel of his shadow beard as it grazed my neck. Tendrils of desire scorched a path wherever he touched. The man was a drug to my senses, a drug I wanted to imbibe, overindulge in, again and again until we were both spent.

We had not exchanged any words regarding our feelings toward each other. Put in perspective, none were needed. He showed me that I mattered, gave up his world for me, defied his mother with his go-fuck-yourself attitude that I’d come to admire.

“Come, shower with me, cara,” he murmured in a deep, lust-soaked voice that made my body zing to life. His hands cupped my breasts, and moisture flooded my center. The roughened pads of his fingers grazed my nipples, sending currents of delicious need thrumming into my core. The man touched me, and I was lost. Who was I kidding? When the damn man looked at me with those come-hither crystalline green eyes smoldering with indecent passion, I practically came on the spot. His hands stroked my flesh. The rational part of my brain, the one not attuned to satiating my hunger for him, knew I had to stop him.

My body yearned to acquiesce to his passionate demands. Except I couldn’t. Why did I always complicate things further? Instead of enjoying what he so readily offered, I let words of refusal leave my lips before my brain could retract them. “I’m sorry, I’m not feeling well. Can I have a rain check, though?”



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Maggie grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Maggie never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in History.

Maggie is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes erotic romance under the name Anya Summers. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the Midwest with her two furry felines.

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Twitter: @magmaegallagher



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The Mystic Series



The Cantati Chronicles




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Social Media Just for Writers; Frances Caballo Author


Social Media Just for Writers

by Frances Caballo


GENRE: Nonfiction



You wrote your book and sold copies to everyone you know. But you have goals that extend beyond a few dozen copies sold.

How do you achieve your dream of selling books around the world? With social media, you can build your platform and reach readers in locales you never imaged possible before.

In this book, you’ll learn how to:

  • Create a Facebook fan page and actively engage with your readers.
  • Optimize your LinkedIn profile.
  • Tackle Instagram, Tumblr, and Snapchat.
  • Build and optimize Pinterest pinboards for SEO to maximize exposure of your books, blog, and other landing pages.
  • Improve your blogging.
  • Excel on Twitter.
  • Create images for your blog and social media posts.

The second edition of Social Media Just for Writers is both a primer for authors new to social media and an advanced study of platforms that weren’t widely known four years ago. Whether you write romance, historical fiction, young adult, or steam punk novels, you’ll find help in reaching your online audience of new and dedicated readers.


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This handbook is for you. You’ve spent more days than you can count working on your novel, memoir, or anthology of poems. You wrote, rewrote, corrected, edited, developed new scenes, twisted the plot, and returned to make additional edits. Finally, your book was ready for the world to see.

You celebrated your achievement. You invited friends to your book launch, welcomed them with glasses of sparkling wine and cheese, and scheduled readings at local bookstores. Then you wondered, “How can I reach more readers?” Selling books to your friends, colleagues, and family members was easy, but how do you reach people you don’t even know?

By promoting your book online with social media, you can sell your books up and down your state, across the nation, and to people you have no idea how to reach. How, you ask? This book will explore and explain strategies for maximizing your online sales efforts. As a bonus, in the last chapter you will find tips for offline promotion too.

By the time you finish reading this book, you will know how to:

  • Use Facebook effectively and efficiently to market your book.
  • Tap into Twitter to create your tribe.
  • Use virtual pinboards to expand the reach of your brand.
  • Be more successful at blogging so you can reach new readers.
  • Use LinkedIn with renewed confidence.
  • Get started on Tumblr, Instagram and Snapchat to reach younger audiences.
  • Learn how to incorporate more visual marketing into your social media use.

I wrote this book because authors like you asked me to write it. Like you, they wanted to feel more grounded in social media, learn to spend their time more resourcefully, and discover some of the secrets to social media marketing. They wanted a handbook they could take home to use as a reference.

Social media is a dynamic field, and networks are constantly updating features to improve the user’s experience. While writing this book, I frequently rewrote portions and updated my screenshots so that you would have the most recent and relevant information  possible.

To keep informed of  the  newest  updates  to  Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter,

and Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat and Tumblr, and to learn about new social media channels as they surface, visit my blog and website at

This edition of Social Media Just for Writers deleted the chapter on Google+ due to changes on the social media landscape including the in the number of people using that platform.

You are about to begin your social media marketing journey now. Enjoy your time meeting and engaging with your readers.

From caring comes courage.

Lao Tzu



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Frances Caballo is an author and social media strategist and manager for writers. She’s a regular speaker at the San Francisco Writers Conference. In addition, she’s a contributing writer at, and blogger and Social Media Expert

for BookWorks. She’s written several social media books including The Author’s Guide to Goodreads and Social Media in 30 Minutes a Day. Her focus is on helping authors surmount the barriers that keep them from flourishing online, building their platform, finding new readers, and selling more books. Her clients include authors of every genre and writers’ conferences.



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Solo by Lauren E. Rico



by Lauren E. Rico


GENRE: Contemporary New Adult Romance



When graduate student Katherine Brenner walked into my class, I couldn’t stand her—all perfect skin and big, blue eyes—just like the woman who broke my heart.

If it wasn’t for that blizzard, if her car hadn’t broken down outside my house, if she hadn’t looked amazing by the firelight, I never would have kissed her. No matter how hard I try, every excuse I make not to see her comes up flat.

I can’t stop thinking of her lips. Or the way her curves fit perfectly in my hands. There’s a million reasons why this won’t work. I’m her professor. It’s against university policy.

And if this gets out, I could lose everything.




I hear the creak of the bathroom door behind me and there’s a palpable shift in the room as he enters. Then I feel his hand on my shoulder. It just makes me cry harder. And then he is there, on the floor with me, pulling me up against his chest with strong arms. I shake my head no. I don’t want this. But I do. I don’t need this. But I do. And, somehow, this awful, mean, arrogant man seems to know this already.

With my face buried in his sweatshirt, I just cry and cry until the only thing left is the sound of my dry, hiccupping, heaves and sniffling nose. He’s patting my back, rubbing my arms and shushing me softly.

Oh. My. God.

This is my worst nightmare, and then some. I sit up, abruptly, trying to wipe my sodden face with my hands, not looking at him. I can’t look at him.

“I’m sorry,” I say in a hoarse whisper.

Drew Markham gets to his feet and holds out a hand for me to take. I do, still not able to meet his gaze. When I’m upright once more, he turns away from me and briefly runs the water in the sink.

“Here,” he says, cupping my chin in his hands gently, trying to direct my face to his. I stare at the floor and shake my head. “Please? Katherine?”

When he says my name, it’s so unexpected that my head jerks up. He reaches toward my face and I just close my eyes, allowing him to press the wet, cool facecloth to my skin. When I open my eyes again, he’s smiling. But not any smile I’ve ever seen in his limited repertoire of pleasant expressions. It’s shocking. And disarming. And sexy as hell.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Lauren Rico was going to be principal French horn of the New York Philharmonic. That was HER plan, anyway. The New York Philharmonic had no idea of her intentions, and that’s probably a good thing, since she wasn’t an especially good French horn player!

Lauren was, however, an exceptionally good classical music radio host. Calling herself a “Classical Music Reanimator,” she has made a career of demystify classical music for her audiences by taking it off a dusty old pedestal and putting it into a modern context.

It’s only been over the last couple of years that Lauren has discovered a passion for writing, which she’s managed to combine with her love and knowledge of the classical music world.

You can hear Lauren Rico on SiriusXM’s Symphony Hall Channel; on WQXR and WSHU-FM in the New York City metro; WSMR in Tampa/Sarasota, FL; WDAV in Charlotte, NC and KMFA in Austin, TX

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Twitter: @RadioRico

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