Deadspeak 2; Ruth Bainbridge Author



by Ruth Bainbridge


GENRE:  Mystery/thriller



 DEADSPEAK2. The chilling new entry in the Deadspeak Mystery Series

Things look different when you’re dead.

It’s Halloween and a group of teens throw a party at Harbinger Falls’ most celebrated haunted estate. It’s all fun and games until a session with a Ouija board guides the partygoers to the body of a young girl hidden in the attic.

Detective Kimberly Trent is assigned the case and quickly discovers that all is not as it seems. First, there’s the connection between the death and a string of petnappings terrorizing the neighborhood. Then there’s the suicide note that only leaves more questions than answers. A visit from Kimberly’s ghostly friend Griff Lindon sheds an unwelcome light. It seems she’s had a run in with the newly deceased who tells her she’s been murdered.

This is the second in The Deadspeak Mysteries. The entries are meant to be read in sequential order and do not standalone. In each book, you’ll find a new murder for Kimberly Trent to solve. You’ll also find the continuing search for who murdered Kim’s sister Elizabeth. Each book will take you closer and closer to finding out the identity of The Hex Killer, the serial killer who ended Elizabeth’s short life. It will also bring you to the heart of the evil that’s come back to life to wreak revenge.




 “This reminds me of when I was in summer camp and stayed up all night trying to contact the dead,” Julie Welch commented.

Mia or no Mia, the time had arrived and the Ouija board was placed in the center of one of the folding tables.

“You did that, Mrs. Welch?” Angie asked.

“Of course,” Julie confessed with a giggle. “I lived for those summers, and the camp counselors had no idea what we were up to. They only wondered why we were all so tired in the mornings.”

The atmosphere of the Halloween Party had changed. Ever since the announcement, things went from Party Central, to an eerie, expectant quiet. The music was turned off and the food lined up on the rented tables was bereft of pawing hands.

The six rested their fingers lightly on the planchette. “Remember: no cheating! Understood?” Mrs. Welch warned.

The participants nodded in agreement as the woman with the highlighted blonde hair inhaled deeply.

“Hello? Is there anyone with us?” Julie asked, starting off the questioning.

A soft scrape… and … movement! Infinitesimal at first, the planchette picked up speed.


“What the—” Gen started. A loud moan interrupted the moment.

“Yes, I’m here,” a deep voice bellowed.

Fear spread quickly as attendees sprang up from their chairs and readied to run. Another unearthly groan penetrated the air. Angie latched on to Glenn’s hand.


Someone was climbing the basement stairs.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Born in the idyllic, sleepy town of Ithaca, NY, Ruth Bainbridge has been a lover of mysteries for her entire life.

Ever since a child, she has consumed detective stories at regular intervals, becoming enamored with all the superstars of crime. She loved nothing more than to match wits with the likes of Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Thomas Pitt, Lord Peter Wimsey, Richard Jury, and Edward X Delaney, becoming inspired by their brilliance. Hoping to emulate her writing idol’s achievements in dreaming up such characters, she started composing her own short stories.

However, life interfered with her plans of becoming the next hopeful to try a life of crime—on paper at least. Devoting herself to her marriage and the raising of four children, the empty nest syndrome gave her the impetus to return to her first love—murder.

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At Last in Laguna; Claire Marti Author

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At Last in Laguna

by Claire Marti


GENRE:   Contemporary Romance



 Alyssa Morgan has secretly been in love with her older brother Nick’s best friend, Brandt Dempsey, since she was an awkward, lonely teenager. When she catches the bouquet at Nick’s wedding, she throws caution to the wind and propositions Brandt to a two-week fling. He’s tried to ignore how Alyssa has blossomed into a strong, talented, gorgeous woman because as his best friend’s baby sister, she’s off limits.

After they share a mind-blowing kiss, Brandt struggles to fight their undeniable chemistry. His tragic childhood scarred him, but he pushes it deep inside, only allowing the world to see a wealthy, carefree entrepreneur. Forced to work together on Brandt’s latest charitable venture, Brandt and Alyssa’s passion cannot be denied. Alyssa knows he’s the one. Can she convince him they belong together?




“What’s your deal? Are you always this rude, or is it just with me?” Alyssa addressed Brandt’s muscular back. Tried not to notice how hot he looked in his dark jeans.

He placed the beer on the counter and slowly pivoted to face her. Thunderclouds darkened his expression, his eyes a stormy midnight blue. “What are you trying to prove?” His voice was controlled.

She pasted a smile on her face, digging her nails into her palms to avoid the giggle bubbling up. Her plan was working. He was jealous of Steve. Although she was baiting the angry bear, she couldn’t stop herself. He deserved it after the way he’d acted. The pompous ass.

“Prove? Nothing. We had a fling. It’s over. Time to move on, right?” She swallowed the spear of pain down, struggled to keep her tone light. Cool.


Interview with the Author:

  1. How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since elementary school. I wrote my first story, The Cruel Swan, when I was seven.

2. How long have you been a published author?

I published my first non-fiction magazine article in 1997 and wrote several articles in the health and wellness sector. In 2014, I published a memoir called Come Ride with Me Along the Big C detailing how yoga and meditation helped me cope with breast cancer. The Wild Rose Press published my first novel, Second Chance in Laguna, on March 31, 2017. The second book in the Finding Forever In Laguna series, At Last in Laguna, launches October 18, 2017.

3. What titles do you have available?

Second Chance in Laguna

At Last in Laguna releases October 18, 2017

Sunset in Laguna releases Spring 2018.

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

I’m intrigued by people who appear to have perfect lives on the surface, but actually bear deep scars and wounds. Alyssa and her brother’s best friend Brandt both share this trait and their love story requires each to face and heal their inner demons.

  1. Do you have any new titles coming soon?

At Last in Laguna releases October 18, 2017

Sunset in Laguna releases Spring 2018.

6. What is your favourite genre and why?

Romance and historical fiction. Romance is the genre of hope—where you’re reminded that light exists and love can win, despite it all. I love history and enjoy books where the history is woven skillfully into the story. Add in some romance and I’m in.

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

When I’m writing the story and the characters begin to speak to me. I often have something planned for the story and then the characters lead me in another direction altogether. At that point, I’m truly immersed in the flow of the process.

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

I’d love to co-author a book with one of my favorite author’s, Nora Roberts, because she’s brilliant and I could learn so much from her talent and dedication.

Thanks so much for being my guest.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Claire Marti started writing stories as soon as she was old enough to pick up pencil and paper. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in English Literature, Claire was sidetracked by other careers, including practicing law, selling software for legal publishers, and managing a non-profit animal rescue for a Hollywood actress.

Finally, Claire followed her heart and now focuses on two of her true passions: writing romance and teaching yoga. At Last in Laguna is the second book in her Finding Forever in Laguna series from The Wild Rose Press.



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Of the Divine; Amelia Atwater-Rhodes Author


Of The Divine

by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes





 Henna is one of the most powerful sorcerers in the Order of Napthol, and her runes ’s runes tell her that the future of Kavet is balanced on the edge of the knife. The treaties between Kavet and the dragon-like race known as the Osei have become intolerable. The time has come for the royal house to magically challenge Osei dominion. Prince Verte, Henna’ lover, is to serve as the nexus for the powerful but dangerous spell, with Naples–an untested young sorcerer from the Order of Napthol–a volatile but critical support to its creation.

Amid these plans, Dahlia Indathrone’s arrival in the city shouldn’t matter. She has no magic and no royal lineage, and yet, Henna immediately knows Dahlia is important. She just can’t see why.

As their lives intertwine, the four will learn that they are pawns in a larger game, one played by the forces of the Abyss and of the Numen—the infernal and the divine.

A game no mortal can ever hope to win.




“You cannot live your life as a slave to those who have gone before,” Verte replied. “You need to let the living and dead alike move on.”

Wenge glared up at him. Verte paused, keeping his stance and expression neutral as he raised magical shields against a possible attack.

“You don’t know where the dead go,” Wenge accused. “We talk of the realms beyond, of the Abyss and the Numen, but no one really knows for sure what happens once our shades pass out of the mortal realm. What if we just go screaming into the void? What if—”

Verte took the man’s frail, trembling hand in his own. He wished he could use his magic to urge him to keep moving, but Wenge’s decision whether to demand a trial or to take the brand willingly needed to be made without magical coercion.

“Even the royal house, with all our strength and training and resources, does not practice death sorcery. Maleficence or not,” Verte said, hoping the words would pierce the man’s sudden anxiety, “if you continue to let your power use you this way, it will kill you before the year is out. Of that I am certain.”

Wenge’s body sagged. He waved a hand next to his face as if to chase away a buzzing fly—or in this case, a whispering spirit. He flinched at whatever the ghost said, then muttered, “I do not know what to be without it.”



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes wrote her first novel, In the Forests of the Night, when she was 13 years old. Other books in the Den of Shadows series are Demon in My View, Shattered Mirror, Midnight Predator, all ALA Quick Picks for Young Adults. She has also published the five-volume series The Kiesha’ra: Hawksong, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror List Selection; Snakecharm; Falcondance; Wolfcry; and Wyvernhail.

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A Shot At Love; Peggy Jaeger Author


A Shot At Love

by Peggy Jaeger


GENRE:   Contemporary Romance



Nothing’s impossible when love is on the menu. In Peggy Jaeger’s luscious series, the only thing more tempting than a delicious meal is a truly delectable romance . . .
Look for exclusive recipes in each book!

Photographer Gemma Laine is looking for arresting faces on the streets of Manhattan when her camera captures something shocking—a triple murder. In that moment, she becomes a target for the mob—and a top priority for a very determined, breathtakingly handsome, FBI special agent. With deadlines to meet and photo shoots on her calendar, Gemma chafes at the idea of protection, but every moment she spends under his watchful eye is a temptation to lose herself in his muscular arms . . .

With two of his men and one crucial witness dead, Special Agent Kyros Pappandreos can’t afford to be distracted. But Gemma is dazzling—and her connection to Kandy Laine’s high-profile cooking empire makes her an especially easy mark for some very bad people. Keeping her safe is much more pleasure than business, but as the heat between them starts to sizzle, Ky is set to investigate whether they have a shot at love . . .



Excerpt Three:

“How many do I have to hit for you to be satisfied?”

Ky looked over to where she stood to the side of the garage, the Glock in her hand, its barrel aimed at the ground. He’d watched her load the clip, then weigh and balance the gun in her hand like she did it every day of her life.

“All of them. You might never get a second chance if a first bullet misses an attacker, so yes. All of them.”

She moved to the line in the grass he’d drawn for her to shoot from, mumbling something he couldn’t hear, but guessing it wasn’t something complementary.

“Ready?” he asked.

“Yup. Any particular order you want me to hit them in?”

He had to bite back the grin threatening to fly free at her snooty, disgruntled tone.

“Your call.”

Gemma nodded and took a stance. She flexed her shoulders and neck, the motion so subtly erotic, it made his pulse quicken, and she shifted her weight. From his viewing position behind her, he appreciated just how tall and lean she was. Narrow shoulders were relaxed and tapered down into a waist no bigger than a hand span. How many times in the past few days had he thought what it would be like to slip his own hands around that tiny area and pull her in close? Too many for prudence, that was for sure.

The first bottle, the one he’d put the farthest from them, shattered into a thousand fragments. Before he could take a full breath, she’d hit the next two.

The final three closer ones she dispatched with equal ease.

When she turned to him and asked, “Satisfied?” in a tone filled with condescension, Ky had to physically restrain himself from running to her, lifting her up in his arms, and kissing the gorgeous smirk off her mouth.

Because he’d discovered how much he liked sparring with her—go figure that out—he pursed his lips and nodded. “Not bad.”


Interview with the Author:

  1. How long have you been writing? In all honesty, I’ve always been a writer. I was given a lock and key diary when I was about 6. I never wrote anything about myself, my days, my teachers, etc, in it. I thought my life was pretty boring, so I made up stories instead. The stories all centered around an overweight only child whose parents were divorced. Like that old saying write what you know, I was actually writing about myself, just doing so under the guise of a fictional character.

    2. How long have you been a published author?  I had my first romance novel SKATER’S WALTZ published in 2015, but I first found publication in college when I wrote an article for a nursing trade magazine about the life of a nursing student – me! Again, write what you know. After I started working as a nurse I had several more Nursing articles in various nursing magazines purchased and published. When I had my daughter, I started writing for parenting magazines and newspapers and had two children’s books published by an extremely tiny independent press! I had quite a few fictional mysteries published in literature magazines in the early 2000’s, all culminating in my 2015 novel release. And I’ve never looked back. Since March 2015 I’ve had 10 romance books published.

    3. What titles do you have available? From the WILD ROSE PRESS, I have 7. The MacQuire Women series, books 1-5. Skater’s Waltz, There’s No Place like Home, First Impressions, The Voices of Angels, and my august release of Passion’s Palette. Two works about the San Valentino family, 3 Wishes and A Kiss Under The Christmas Lights. The latter book has been up for several awards this year, including a new England People’s choice award.  From Kensington/Lyrical Press, I have 3 books under the WILL COOK FOR LOVE series. Cooking with Kandy (april 2017), A Shot at Love (October 2017), and Can’t Stand the heat (April 2018).

    4. What made you choose the subject of this book? A SHOT AT LOVE, book 2 in The Will Cook For love Series, is Laine sister Gemma’s story. I loved writing her as a foil to her sister Kandy in book one and wanted to give her her own HEA. She needed a man who could stand up to her domineering and independent personality, and one who could calm her fears and provide her with emotional stability. It was so much fun inventing Ky Pappandreos for her. The fact that he’s the FBI agent who needs to protect her when she witnesses a mob killing, made writing their scenes all the more fun.

    5. Do you have any new titles coming soon? CAN’T STAND THE HEAT, book 3, releases on April 3, 2018 and this is cousin Stacy’s story.  Here’s the blurb for it:

In Peggy Jaeger’s delectable series, delicious food is just an appetizer for life’s main course: the kind of love that feeds your soul.

 With three successful TV series under her belt, including her cousin Kandy’s, executive producer Stacy Peters is ready to helm her own show. But to make that happen, she has to do her network boss one favor first—spend two months on a ranch in Montana wrangling the notoriously difficult director of Beef Battles. Apparently, he eats producers for breakfast. Yet all Stacy can think when she meets the lean, rugged man is how hungry he makes her . . .

Dominic Stamp—Nikko to his very few friends—has had enough interference from TV newbies. And when Stacy climbs out of the car in Montana, he’s not convinced she’s even old enough to drive, much less produce his show. But he can’t deny that the long-legged blonde with the stubborn will and the dazzling smile whets his appetite. And as Stacy proves her talent with the crew and the budget alike, Nikko vows to prove to her that love is on the menu for both of them . . .

6. What is your favorite genre and why? I don’t even know if this is a real sub-genre of romance, but I love love love to read small town contemporary comedic romances. Small towns are near and dear to my heart since I live in one. The contemporary genre is familiar to me in so many ways that I tend to read it the most of all the sub-genres I read. And a story that makes me laugh on one page then cry on the other is a story I will read again and again and tell other people about!

7. What, to you, is the most exciting part of the writing process? This is going to sound corny, but to me the best and most exciting part of what I do showing people ( through my books) that everyone deserves, and can have, a happily ever after in their own lives. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how much trauma and drama you’ve been through in your life, how you think you’ll always be alone. Everyone. EVERYONE deserves their own happy ending.

8. If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose and why? I don’t even have to think about this one. Nora Roberts/JD Robb, hands down. I would love to be able to see first hand how she weaves her plots and characters into the wonderful stories she tells. To sit at her knee ( or desk!) and just inhale those 30+ years of writing wisdom while providing some of my own inspiration is a bucket list item, for sure.

Thanks so much for hosting me today! This interview was fun and I loved the questions.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them.

Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, Peggy brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she has created the families she wanted as that lonely child.

Tying into her love of families, her children’s book, THE KINDNESS TALES, was illustrated by her artist mother-in-law.

Peggy holds a master’s degree in Nursing Administration and first found publication with several articles she authored on Alzheimer’s Disease during her time running an Alzheimer’s in-patient care unit during the 1990s.

In 2013, she placed first in two categories in the Dixie Kane Memorial Contest: Single Title Contemporary Romance and Short/Long Contemporary Romance.

In 2017 she came in 3rd in the New England Reader’s Choice contest for A KISS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS and is a finalist in the 2017 STILETTO contest for the same title.

A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, she is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.



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The Chocolatier’s Wife and The Chocolatiers Ghost


The Chocolatier’s Wife &

The Chocolatier’s Ghost

by Cindy Lynn Speer


GENRE: Fantasy Mystery





A truly original, spellbinding love story, featuring vivid characters in a highly realistic historical setting.

When Tasmin’s bethrothed, William, is accused of murder, she gathers her wind sprites and rushes to his home town to investigate. She doesn’t have a shred of doubt about his innocence. But as she settles in his chocolate shop, she finds more in store than she bargained for. Facing suspicious townsfolk, gossiping neighbors, and William’s own family, who all resent her kind – the sorcerer folk from the North — she must also learn to tell friend from foe, and fast. For the real killer is still on the loose – and he is intent on ruining William’s family at all cost.

The Chocolatier’s Ghost: Married to her soul mate, the chocolatier William, Tasmin should not have to worry about anything at all. But when her happily ever after is interrupted by the disappearance of the town’s wise woman, she rushes in to investigate. Faced with dangers, dead bodies, and more mysterious disappearances, Tasmin and William must act fast to save their town and themselves – especially when Tasmin starts to be haunted by a most unwelcome ghost from her past…literally.

The Chocolatier’s Ghost is an enchanting sequel to Cindy Lynn Speer’s bestselling romantic mystery, The Chocolatier’s Wife.




At the top of the hill, the snow spun and shimmered in the cruel wind.  As she neared it, she slowed.  Tasmin didn’t want to step into that whirling, dancing wall of snow, but she mentally kicked herself and kept going.  Home and warmth, Tasmin.  Not so far, now.  Just stop letting your imagination draw strange fancies where nothing is.

She crested the hill, and the wind fell silent.  The snow fell away, except for one spot, where it swirled and settled, drawing details that glowed faintly in the darkness to become the figure of a woman.  Her head turned slowly, looking over her shoulder at Tasmin, and then the rest of her followed suit, the snow falling and lifting and resettling on the curves and folds that outlined the silvery figure.  She stared at Tasmin, moving her head this way and that, as if trying to focus on the face in front of her, considering.

The ghost tilted her head, reaching out one hand slowly, making as if she would touch Tasmin.  Tasmin backed up a step.  The hand was getting closer, and she panicked.  No herbs, no amulets would help her, but she did have another talent, thin and unpracticed, but still there.

She raised a fist, palm towards the figure, and opened it quickly, warding the touch away.  “Forbidden,” she whispered, and a spear of air shattered through the snow.  The ghost disappeared, and the world seemed to right itself, the wind died down and everything seemed to be normal.

She stepped carefully around the newly formed pile of snow and continued her walk home.  Determined not to think any more about it, she stripped off her clothes and fell into bed, half wondering if her exhausted mind had not conjured the whole thing.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Cindy Lynn Speer has been writing since she was 13.  She has Blue Moon and Unbalanced published by Zumaya.  Her other works, including The Chocolatier’s Wife (recently out in an illustrated hardcover to celebrate its 10th anniversary) and the Chocolatier’s Ghost, as well as the short story anthology Wishes and Sorrows.  When she is not writing she is either practicing historical swordsmanship, sewing, or pretending she can garden.  She also loves road trips and seeing nature.  Her secret side hobby is to write really boring bios about herself.  You can find out more about her at, or look for her on Facebook (Cindy Lynn Speer) and Twitter (cindylynnspeer).


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Detective Madison Knight Series; Carolyn Arnold Author

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by Carolyn Arnold


GENRE: Mystery, Police Procedural


Murder. Investigation. The pursuit of justice. Do you love trying to figure out whodunit? How about investigating alongside police detectives from the crime scene to the forensics lab and everywhere in between? Do you love a strong female lead? Then I invite you to meet Detective Madison Knight as she solves murders with her male partner, utilizing good old-fashioned investigative work aided by modern technology.

This is the perfect book series for fans of Law & Order, CSI, Blue Bloods, Rizzoli & Isles, Women’s Murder Club, and Hawaii Five-O.

Read in any order or follow the series from the beginning: Ties That Bind, Justified, Sacrifice, Found Innocent, Just Cause, Deadly Impulse, In the Line of Duty, Life Sentence (Bonus Prequel).


This Christmas, murder doesn’t take a holiday…

Detective Madison Knight should have ignored her phone when it rang on Christmas Eve. Now she is spending her holiday dealing with her least favorite thing: a bloody murder scene.

Claire Reeves had it all—looks, sex appeal, and business savvy. But it seems that one of those things has caught up with her. Now, Madison and her partner are digging through the victim’s personal life, but the more they dig, the more people they find who had motive to kill her.

All the while, Madison is battling with a touch of the holiday blues, and the man she’s dating isn’t making things any easier. With the status of their relationship up in the air, it’s affecting her focus on the investigation. And if that wasn’t enough, tack on being the only female detective in the Major Crimes division and reporting to a sergeant who thinks less of her because she is a woman. Not that he’d say so in as many words.

But despite the odds, Madison is determined to prove herself by finding Claire’s killer and, more importantly, making sure justice is served.



Interview With the Author: 

Meet today’s guest, Carolyn Arnold.

 She is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series and has written nearly thirty books. Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark, POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Today, she answers a few questions for us and gives us insight into her life and journey as a mystery author.

Have you ever been on a manhunt or at the scene where a dead body was found?

I took part in my local police department’s Citizen’s Academy. As part of this, I received an inside look at seventeen divisions over a ten-week period. As an added benefit, each student was afforded a ride-along. And mine… Well, I went on the perfect one for a crime writer.

My ride-along actually started out with a manhunt. I experienced the excitement of wanting to find the guy and found myself scrutinizing every male I spotted in the area just to make sure he wasn’t the one we were after. Unfortunately, the search moved to the downtown area from the eastern end of the city where the hunt had begun, and the sergeant signed off the investigation. By the end of my ride-along, about five hours later, the man still hadn’t been found.

After the sergeant left the investigation, he turned to me as he was driving and asked if I had ever seen a dead body. I told him I had at memorials and funerals and then asked why. I soon found out that our next stop involved one.

I figured I’d catch a glimpse of the deceased under a tarp or being wheeled away, but I got far more than that. I received a front-row seat to a death investigation. For hours, the sergeant and I were mere feet away from the body. I witnessed firsthand how it changed color over time, but I also found that I went into detective-mode. The forensic identification unit—essentially CSIs—was called in and arrived with collection kits. The team members gloved up, snapped photographs, took fingerprints from the deceased, and more.

The entire time that I was on scene, I noticed myself going into a detached state—the result of adrenaline. Later that evening, it began to sink in that I had spent hours with a dead body, and I was nauseated. As more time passed, I became weepy as it sank in that the deceased had been a husband, a father, a lover, a friend…a person. That night I dreamed about the man. It wasn’t a nightmare, but I was an officer trying to figure out what had happened to him.

I couldn’t imagine returning to the field the next day and having a similar experience or witnessing something even worse, like a violent murder scene or that of a fatal car accident.

What do members of law enforcement say about your books?

Many testimonials attest that I am pleasing readers in law enforcement. They love that my mysteries are accurate in that regard, and they view that alone as a sign of my respect for them.

Here are a few testimonials that I have received on Eleven (Brandon Fisher FBI series):

“I spent thirty-eight years with a major police department in Missouri, fifteen of which were in the homicide section. I also had numerous dealings with the FBI throughout my career, mostly bank robbery, interstate shipment thefts, and a few kidnappings. Eleven kept my interest piqued throughout… Loved it.”
Richard Bartram, Sergeant (retired), St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, St. Louis, MO

“I am a forty-year veteran of police work. All local, no Fed. Eleven was a great read. All the descriptors and nomenclature were spot on.”
–Joe Danna, Police Officer, Katy Independent School District Police Department, Katy, TX

“Very good! I worked as a police officer for eleven years and with the Federal Bureau of Prisons for twenty-two. I have also dealt with the FBI.”
–Richard Smith, Facilities Development Manager (retired), Federal Bureau of Prisons, Central Office, Washington, DC

“A great police procedural! … Full of twists and turns. The characters are well-developed and a mix of interesting personalities. … Holds your interest to the end!”
–Mark Davis, FBI Special Agent (retired), Washington, DC

What did you do before you became a bestselling author?

For a living, I worked in accounts receivable for a few different companies collecting from businesses. Yet, despite working full time, in 2006 I was reunited with writing. I wrote every chance I got—before work, on lunch breaks, after work, on the weekends. I became so focused on writing and the publishing world that hardly a day went by without them being a part of my life, and since the summer of 2014, I’ve been a full-time author.

How do you know so much about what criminals think?

I can’t answer that without incriminating myself… Just kidding.

Everyone has what we call a “dark side.” In writing these books, I suppose you could say I tap into this side of my psyche. Whatever I can scheme up is possible, and I write that which scares and excites me.

When did you know that you had hit the big time with your books?

When I got to say good-bye to my day job! Even before I fully resigned, I had cut back a five-day a week job to four days, then to three. It got to the point, though, that I loathed going in for that many days, and I knew it was time to make the move and become a full-time author. That was in the summer of 2014. Since then, I incorporated my own publishing company in the summer of 2015, and, at the start of 2016, my husband joined me there full time.

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Excerpt from chapter 4 of Justified (Detective Madison Knight series)

BY THE TIME MADISON WALKED into her apartment, it was well after midnight. Her answering machine flashed two new messages. She pushed the button.

“You have been selected for a one-week Caribbean cruise—”

Delete. Next.

“We wish you a Merry Christmas. We wish you a Merry Christmas…”

She dropped onto the couch and closed her eyes while she listened to her sister’s and nieces’ voices fill the apartment with some seasonal cheer.

Picturing their faces made her smile, but the images transformed without warning to the horror she saw tonight. Far too much blood for her liking. Blame it on her childhood and Chelsea’s failed attempt to climb an oak tree, which had resulted in a compound fracture. Madison was only ten at the time, her sister four, and the blood seemed to pour out of her younger sister’s leg endlessly, rendering Madison helpless. Now every time there was a bloody crime scene, the memory came flooding back.

But more than the sight of Chelsea’s leg injury haunted Madison now. Claire Reeves had died alone. She didn’t even have anyone on record as the next of kin, and based on Allison’s statement had a counterfeit best friend. What Claire did have, though, was a lover. Likely more than one. Had one of them killed her?

Of course, it was too early to tell. Madison would find out, but she’d have to put her melancholy aside to get the job done.

“Yeah…Merry Christ…mas,” she said aloud to herself, her words fragmented by a yawn.


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Temptation Trials II; B. Truly Author



by B. Truly


GENRE:  Erotic Urban Fantasy



Lust Is the Epitome of Damnation

Lust, one of the seven deadly sins, was sweeping through the nation like wildfire. In its true essence, lust was leading mankind down the path to damnation. In this dystopian society, Cali and Stefani had to comply by the Regime’s strict rule of arranged marriage. But Eminence, the world dictator, doesn’t play fair.

Against all odds, they both decide to put their relationships through the ultimate test on The Temptation Trials—a reality TV show where every temptation of the flesh was set before them.

As participants on the show, they soon learn that losing may cost them more than the men they love. Cali’s torn, unsure of what her future holds with Cade. Stefani worries whether her relationship with Tobias can be salvaged.

Love can be blind. The betrayal they face from the Trials burden them. Will love be their redemption, or will it destroy them?

A million questions torment their minds.

Can you love two people at once? If a person is chosen for you, can those feelings be real?

Cali and Stefani must overcome heartbreak and pull together with their loved ones before it’s too late. The abominable truth is unveiled, which sends them on a journey that will jeopardize their lives.

The will of the weak is his for the taking. Can love save their souls?


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Glazed, cryptic eyes pierced through me, reminding me of a strung-out junky. His face seemed vaguely familiar, right down to his golden curls. Just couldn’t put my finger on where I’d seen him before. An eerie thrill rippled my spine. The way he was staring creeped me out. I quickly skirted past him, only to have Blondie clasp my arm. Okay, now I was officially freaked.

“Let go of me!” I seethed.

“The time has come,” he blurted.

“What are you talking about?”

“The decision is made … binding.”

This dude was clearly psycho. He spoke in riddles, none of which I understood. “You’ve got me confused with someone else.”

“No, you’re the one.”

My purse, where I normally kept my Taser, was nowhere to be found. He’d better be glad or I’d light his ass up. This whole scene was turning more bizarre by the second. I couldn’t figure out where I was. My surroundings were dim and heat began to consume me. Blondie leaned closer to me. Being nearer, I got a better look at his dilated eyes. His pupils were diamond-shaped, not the usual round. His grip tightened.

“Asshole. Take your hands off me!”

“You’re chosen, and you’re coming with me.”

Though I struggled against him, it didn’t do any damn good. Bright light blazed up ahead, mixed with smoldering heat. I soon realized the light and scalding warmth was coming from giant flames. Doubling my efforts, I fought harder, to no avail. Blondie’s face became a blur, and darkness encompassed me—the scalding heat grew stronger. Time seemed to stand still—my mind swirled in a haze. The only thought that became clear, which seemed to chisel into my mind, was that I had to make the right choice.


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  1. Truly has wanted to be an author since she was fifteen years old and is grateful to have accomplished this dream. She has very vivid dreams and a wild imagination. She likes to read, watch tons of TV shows, and movies. She’s addicted to romance and gets a thrill out of action and sci-fi. She writes New Adult and Adult, Romance. Sci-fi, Dystopian, and Paranormal genres.

Truly likes to explore different elements of sci-fi romance, and create various realms of reality. She also loves creating impossible situations for her characters to grow from and try to overcome.

  1. Truly has three wonderful children and a husband who defines the person that she is today. She works full-time as an Ultrasound technologist in Houston, Texas.

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Jane Austen Lied to Me; Jeanette Watts Author


Jane Austen Lied to Me

by Jeanette Watts


GENRE: Humor



What college girl doesn’t dream of meeting Mr. Darcy? Lizzie was certainly no exception. But when Darcy Fitzwilliam comes into her life, he turns out to be every bit as aggravating as Elizabeth Bennett’s Fitzwilliam Darcy. So what’s a modern girl to do?

Jeanette Watts’ satire pokes loving fun at Jane and all of us who worship the characters who shall forever be our romantic ideals.


This afternoon I got further confirmation that I’ve been seeing an awful lot of Michael.  I was wandering back to the apartment, when Lon hailed me from one of the couches inside the lobby doors.

“I have a message for you from your boyfriend,” he said, kind of stiffly.

I looked at him stupidly for a moment.  “My what?”

“Your boyfriend was here.  He said his phone was dead, so he couldn’t call or text you to tell you that he can’t stick around for dinner tonight.  He has a late meeting with a new client and he had to rush back to the office.”

I was still having trouble with the boyfriend thing.  “Wait – do you mean Michael?”

“If that’s the guy you’ve been seeing the last couple of months,” Lon said with a shrug.  “The one you’re always having dinner with.”

“He’s not my boyfriend,” I protested.  “He’s an old friend of the family.  We grew up together.”

Lon’s head was back at his computer screen.  “Boyfriend, friend.  The guy who kisses you goodnight all the time after he takes you out for dinner.  He’s not coming tonight.  I’ve delivered my message, that’s all I’ve got.”

Right then Allie walked up.  “Hey, Lizzie!  Waiting for Michael?”

“No, he’s not coming tonight.”  I headed to the elevator with her.

“That’s a shame.  I know how much you enjoy having dinner with him, even if he does aggravate you a lot.”

“Yeah.  It’s kind of a love-hate relationship,” I agreed.


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Discussion With the Author :

Topic:  What inspired you to start writing?

Even though I don’t write Science Fiction, the answer is Star Wars. When I was in 4th-6th grades, I used to tell my own Star Wars stories to my best friend while we’d walk to school. It was like a soap opera, every morning I’d give her the new installment on my characters. In a way, though, the who inspired me to write is as important as the what; these Star Wars stories were all just in my head. It was that best friend who asked me to retell some of my past stories to a third friend. I kept missing parts in the retelling. That’s when Terri looked at me and asked, “Do you mean to tell me you aren’t writing any of this down!?” If it weren’t for her, I’d never have started writing.

There’s another really important “who” that is the reason I’m an author, not just a person with a lot of half-written stories in my head and on my computer. My friend Leah, who has a dedication in my first book. I’d been working on the book off and on for years. But Life is full of demands and distractions that were getting in the way of having a completed novel. I knew if I ever wanted to finish the book, I needed to reprioritize my life. I was getting the laundry done, and the errands, and the cleaning, but not the writing. To help me change that, she called me every single day, and asked me one question – “Have you worked on your book yet?” At that point, I’d put down whatever other thing I was doing, and I’d sit down to write. Or I’d get to it later if I could. I couldn’t stand it if I went too many days answering “No” when she asked the question. It really did help me focus my priorities.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jeanette Watts had been writing historic fiction when the inspiration for Jane Austen Lied to Me hit her on the drive home from the Jane Austen Festival. The idea was simply irresistible, and she put aside other writing projects in order to focus on writing a satire, thinking it would be a “mental vacation.” It turned out to take every bit as much research to write a modern story as it does to write a historical one.

She has written television commercials, marketing newspapers, stage melodramas, four screenplays, three novels, and a textbook on waltzing.  When she isn’t writing, she teaches social ballroom dances, refinishes various parts of her house, and sews historical costumes and dance costumes for her Cancan troupe.








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Murder in Rock and Roll Heaven


Murder In Rock & Roll Heaven

by Robin Ray


GENRE:   Mystery/Sci-Fi



No one ever “re-dies” in Heaven; unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened to singer Amy Winehouse. Her death, an unprecedented event in Heaven’s history, has thrown a once docile world into unfortunate chaos. Because of the new uneasy alliance between angels and citizens, a freshly-arrived detective in the rock & roll town has been tasked with investigating the prime suspects, the members of the 27 Club – Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. To make matters worse, a powerful angel from one of the upper levels of Heaven will soon arrive to make her ten-year inspection, a task that fills the other angels with dread since she has the power to banish anyone of them to the underworld. So, with time running out, the PI and his newly acquired sidekick, both aided by rock legends such as Eddie Cochran, Mama Cass, Kurt Cobain, Karen Carpenter and others, must quickly uncover the mystery that threatens not only to close Heaven’s doors forever, but promises to send a ripple effect through the entire universe that can rip it apart.




5:15 PM and still no Jim Douglas Morrison. The bearded singer of ‘Five to One’ was keeping his company of three waiting: Gregory pacing back and forth in front of the window, Tony spinning around on a padded, reclining office chair pretending to understand what he was reading from the law book opened in his hands, and the polygraph monitor, Eric Witherspoon, himself a past bassist in a bar band from Nebraska and former student of the angel D’Ariel. Eric, the recent consumer of four slices of 6-cheese pizzas, three stuffed cheesy breads, one piece of chocolate cake and a giant-sized cup of organic, craft brewed root beer, was comfortably sleeping with folded arms in his reclined chair. Completely forgetting he was with company, he twisted to one side, eased off his butt, and made a fart sound so loud and wet he’d better check his drawers, like, immediately. Gregory opened the window to spare himself the pleasure of the cheese-inspired wind. Just then, Jim came staggering into the office, his pants wet from who knows what, his shirt disheveled, and a road sign in his hand. Instinctively, the PI and Tony helped him sit in a chair before he collapsed on the floor.

“Before you fellas start lecturing me,” Jim managed to spit out, albeit slurred, “just know I have a history of being fashionably late.”

“What is this?” Gregory asked, pointing to the road sign as the examiner woke up.

“What?” the confused singer asked then look down and noticed the wooden item.

“Who gave this to me?” he asked, stunned. Nevertheless, he read the sign:

Jupiter Barbers – Luxury Styles

“Anybody want a haircut?” he laughed. Not amused, Gregory wrestled the sign from the singer and placed in on the desk. “Come here and give me some love,” Jim beckoned the small gathering, outstretching his arms for an embrace; when no one accepted his offer, crestfallen, he folded them across his chest. “You guys are chumps,” he groaned. “I want my money back.”


Interview with the Author:

  1. How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing, off and on, all my life, from high school through college and beyond. Because I had to get a “real” job, my artistic endeavors, writing and music, had to take a back seat to nursing, driving a taxi, working the grill at McDonald’s, adding condiments to pizzas at Pizza Hut, overnight stocking at Wal-Mart, etc. About four years ago, when I could no longer maintain a “real” job, I started writing in earnest. These days, it’s pretty much all I do.

2. How long have you been a published author?

My first professionally published book, “Wetland & Other Stories,” was published through Sound Off Press about three years ago. Back in college, I did “publish” three books, but those were released by my own set up, Sound Off Press.

3. What titles do you have available?

The titles currently available are “Wetland & Other Stories,” “Commoner the Vagabond,” “Tears of A Clown – A Novella,” “Stranded in Paradise – A Novella,” “Murder in Rock & Roll Heaven,” “and You Can’t Sleep Here – A Clown’s Guide to Surviving Homelessness.” “Commoner the Vagabond” is the only that is, so far, also available as an audiobook.

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

I was originally going to write a book of interviews of the dead; that is, me actually interviewing past geniuses such as Einstein, Da Vinci, Tesla, Mozart, Beethoven, Turing, etc. When I found out that idea was taken, I wanted to write a mystery novel since I’d never done that before. Not totally abandoning my interviews of the dead idea, I thought I’d incorporate that into my mystery. That meant, of course, the setting would have to be the afterlife which, in this case, meant Heaven. Now that I’d generated the idea of a murder mystery in Heaven, I had to work out the who, what, when, where, why and how of the book.

5. Do you have any new titles coming soon?

I’ve been working diligently on “Obey the Darkness – Horror Stories” for the past few months and would like to see it released in the next coming months. After that, I’m already making plans for a children’s book. That will be a first for me.

6. What is your favourite genre and why?

I’d say my favorite genre is horror, and it’s actually interesting I’d be fascinated by it given my history of abandonment and abuse. Still, it does intrigue me, whether I encounter it in folktales, fairy tales, movies, books or even music. Horror is a relatively easy subject matter – see the monster, run from the monster, kill the monster, live to die another day. Maybe the monster is a metaphor for the things in real life that can drive you crazy, like an oppressive boss, drunk father, cheating husband, ornery bully, aggressive pit-bull that likes to give your Fifi endless grief, etc. I have a fascination with sci-fi, too, but sci-fi is very difficult and time consuming to write (and read!). I guess I like the simplicity of horror fiction. It’s often not mired in narratives that can distract from, and slow down, the overall motion of the story.

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

The first draft is my favorite part; the subsequent drafts, not that much. I’m not a good artist, so my sketches of sets can be a little tedious. Research for various subjects slows me down, too. Writing the outline of the story can also be a bit much, but it’s an absolutely necessary evil to see the flow of events.

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

Since I’m a fan of Stephen King, I’d co-write with him. He knows how to tell a good story, how to develop character, and how to make brick loads of money from Hollywood. Seriously, though. It’s interesting how Stephen King takes liberties with his grammar and no one complains about it. To wit: he begins sentences with conjunctions, writes sentences that are just fragments, or employs other aberrations that could give grammar Nazis a stroke. He also uses vulgarity which some publishers shun, subject matter which some publishers shun, and deliciously violent content which some publishers shun.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Robin Ray emigrated to the U.S. from Trinidad & Tobago at the ripe old age of 12. Already steeped in the rich culture and mysteries of his native land, it would only be a matter of time before he, too, became a musician and storyteller. After a short stint at Iowa State University, he became a nurse for practical purposes but never abandoned his musical and literary aspirations. Eventually, he did play guitar in several bands, committing himself to localized tours and album releases. Leaving the music world behind, he delved headfirst back into his second love – writing. To date, he has authored six screenplays, two novels, seven novellas, around fifty short stories and many poems. Thus far, he’s published six books – five fiction and one non-fiction, all available in paperback and e-book formats. His latest novel, Murder In Rock & Roll Heaven, can be purchased from the following Amazon link.

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4 years on WordPress


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