Sunday, July 31, 2022

Read an Excerpt from Bells, Rings, and Angels' Wings by Linda Wisdom

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Holiday Homecoming? Humbug!

Libby Banes wished Christmas would go away--along with her husband, Tyler. But would Santa answer a wish from Willow Hills, Indiana, population 400? Suddenly darkness fell, snow swirled, and Libby could barely find her way home. But strangers answered her doorbell...and elsewhere family hung stockings without her. Then she saw Tyler under the mistletoe with another woman! How could Libby make them believe who she was, and get her life--and her husband--back in time for Christmas?

Excerpt:

"Surely you can't expect me to take on another job of that magnitude. Not after I was given the impression that the Brianne situation would be my last assignment."

"Nothing of the sort was stated at the time.

Matthias. that was wishful thinking on your part. It has been known for some time you have hoped for a seat on the Council of Elders. "

Matthias was incapable of hate, but he could gather up feelings of disdain toward Lucius. The man could be so smug at times! He had turned even worse since he'd become a member of the Council. He seemed to enjoy the fact he was now an Elder and Matthias was not.

"While your work with Allie Walker and Brianne Sinclair was successful, we felt your methods were unorthodox, to say the least," Simon, the head of the council, gently chided Matthias. "Still, as you said, it was successful."

Pride was not permitted among their kind, but Matthias felt it nonetheless.

"That is why we are asking you to take on this very special assignment."

A parchment filled with strange symbols appeared in the air and drifted toward Matthias. A quick scan told him all he needed to know about its content. And liked none of it.

"This has to be accomplished during the Christmas holidays." He made it sound like a curse.

"Yes, it does."

"Does this mean I will have to deal with Santa Claus again?" He felt panic inside. "The last time we were forced together was not pleasant. I'd rather work with that blasted Easter Bunny!"

"I'm sure that could also be arranged." Lucius said with a sly smile.

Matthias tamped down his instinctive retort. It would not do to anger the Elders when he so badly wanted to be one of them.

He studied the parchment again.

"She is very important to the future, Matthias," Simon explained. "Her progeny will give the world a great scientist in the next century. It is our duty to make sure nothing goes wrong."

"She is a very unhappy woman," Matthias said after he finished reading the report.

"Yes, she is, but we are certain you will do whatever is necessary to bring her soul back to where it belongs."

Matthias left the Council chambers with a heavy heart and more than a little pique in his spirit.

"If that's the way they feel, then I will just have to somehow turn this horrible disaster around," he grumbled to himself as he made his way to the transportation chamber. "And here I thought I would not have to return to Earth again! As far as I am concerned, this will be the last time."

With a heavy sigh, he entered the chamber and set the coordinates for his destination.

"Willow Hills, Indiana," he muttered. "And to think I once called BabyIon barbaric!"

 

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Holidays in Ocean Alley: Special to the Jolie Gentil Series by Elaine Orr

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Opening your apartment door to see a woman sliding down it is distressing. Especially when that woman has a knife in her chest. How could a murderer be roaming the halls in the middle of the night? After all the times she has encouraged Jolie to mind her own business, Aunt Madge has had a change of heart.

It's Jolie's boyfriend Scoobie Madge turns to to help her figure out who the murderer is. Not that being temporarily in an assisted living apartment prevents Aunt Madge from investigating herself. No, a fall from a stool that results in a broken wrist and ankle can't hold down the owner of the Cozy Corner B&B.

Could the murderer be a resident with a grudge, or a philandering neighbor who didn't want to get caught in someone else's bed? Aunt Madge's scooter rides take her to the laundry room where she thinks she spots a body in a bin, and into the cold to check exit doors to be sure they can't be entries for murder. All she gets is a reputation for being nosy. It's hard not to be when a dead woman's blood is on your carpet.

Murder's not all Madge and friends juggle. What will happen to the Alzheimer's patient whose husband wants to keep her in their apartment? Will Scoobie find information about Melvin, his ornery former professor, that will explain his odd behavior? And how will Madge and her good friend Lance avoid the acid-tongued Elmira Washington, who has decided she wants an apartment in their building? Elmira has been a thorn in Jolie's side for years. Would she be willing to kill to eliminate a roadblock to her move?

For a change, it's Madge whose persistence annoys Sergeant Morehouse of the Ocean Alley Police. He tells her she is moving up on his pain-in-the-ass list. Certainly the director of the Silver Times senior complex wants Aunt Madge to get well enough to leave. And she does miss her exuberant retrievers and husband Harry. He's busy burning muffins at the B&B instead of helping Jolie with the appraisal business.

Good humor at the Jersey shore. Except for the poor dead woman. Add the Christmas and Hanukkah season and there's good fun mixed with the murder.


 

Friday, July 29, 2022

The D.C. Incident: Novella (The Dangerous Affairs Series) by Taylor Lee

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•Politics, Corruption, Murder, and Sex. Must be Washington D.C.

•The two hard charging special agents love as passionately as they fight.

•Even the most powerful men in D.C. discover at their peril, you don’t mess with this gang of former special ops bad boys (and girl) .

Thursday, July 28, 2022

The Ex Who Conned a Psychic by Sally Berneathy

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Third book in Charley’s Ghost series
by USA Today Bestselling Author Sally Berneathy

Amanda is still haunted by her ex-husband, Charley…literally haunted. He’s stuck between this life and the next, unable to move on, unable to get more than a couple of hundred feet away from Amanda and unwilling to go even that far. She’d like to take a shower without worrying about him peeking, to have a phone conversation without him listening and commenting, to have a date with the hot Detective Jake Daggett. Jake has asked, but a threesome with Charley doesn’t sound like fun.

Her new friend Teresa, a professional psychic and medium, may be able to help. However, before she moves Charley on to the next life, she needs his help in contacting her own dead husband to find out who murdered him. His ghost isn’t talking, and if they can’t find his killer, Teresa could go to prison. Amanda would lose not only a friend but also the possibility of getting rid of Charley. The facilities for spiritual progression in prison are limited.

While Amanda is trying to help Teresa find her husband’s murderer, a man from Charley’s past shows up with a document signed by Charley giving him possession of Amanda’s motorcycle shop and apartment. Surely Ronald Collins doesn’t really believe he get can away with that, but after he shoots Amanda’s live oak tree and burns her truck, she realizes the man is serious…and psychotic.

Amanda just wanted to get rid of her ghost. Now she has a killer, a crazy man, and two ghosts in her life.

Friday, July 22, 2022

Be Mine This Christmas Night by L.A. Sartor

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Christmas in July is a fun way to break up the summer by adding some virtual snow and cold to your summer beach life


This is the book that started the series Star Light~ Star Bright which ended up a #1 best-seller on Amazon. Yep, it made me a best selling author!


Be Mine This Christmas Night has won 1 st place in the International Digital Award for Contemporary Short. That was an honor indeed.

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 Combine a spunky children’s author, a young boy who has lost his mother, and a father who can’t quite figure out how to balance his grief and his children’s, and you have Be
Mine This Christmas Night.


Throw in a few conflicts (which are spoilers, so I’m not going to mention here) a brother-
in-law who is completely difficult, along with a Christmas star on the mountain above
Boulder, CO, lots of snow, hot chocolate, and…you guessed it, Christmas.


Each of the characters you’re introduced to in this book make appearances in the
series’ subsequent books.

So, head over to your favorite online bookstore and snag your copy or your recording
(Yay, it’s an audio book as well ) of Be Mine This Christmas Night, and let the season
begin, even if it is July.

Christmas is the perfect season to fall in love and find a family. Unless you’re hiding a secret.

Annie Hamilton, author of a beloved children’s series, is about the flip the switch on her home’s annual Christmas light show when the sight of a lone boy among the crowd reminds her of what she wants most. A family of her own. But after Annie’s secret has already caused a groom to flee, she knows that wish is only a dream.

Cole Evans may be a brilliant scientist, but raising two sons as a widower is beyond his expertise. When Cole moves next door to his youngest son’s all-time-favorite author, she becomes another complication, albeit a pretty one. But the boys’ beloved uncle doesn’t like Annie and makes no attempt to hide his distaste from anyone, including them, and creating an impossible choice for Cole, as choosing Annie means cutting ties to his late wife’s brother and hurting the boys.

Can a Christmas star bring Annie and Cole a beacon of hope during this magical season?

Be Mine This Christmas Night is the first book in the Star Light ~ Star Bright series set in the charming town of Boulder, Colorado. If you like holiday romances filled with characters facing what they believe to be impossible hurdles, in a series where characters make repeat appearances, then this book is the place to start.

Buy Be Mine This Christmas Night for a cozy read filled with warmth, joy and discovering what love is truly all about. 

****Also available in online lending libraries and other great online bookstores***


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About L.A. Sartor

I started writing as a child, really. A few things happened on the way to becoming a published author … specifically, a junior high school teacher who told me I couldn’t write because I didn’t want to study … urk … grammar.

That English teacher stopped my writing for years. But the muse couldn’t be denied, and eventually I wrote, a lot, some of it award winning. However, I wasn’t really making a career from any of this.

My husband told me repeatedly that independent publishing was becoming a valid way to publish a novel. I didn’t believe him even after he showed me several Wall Street Journal articles. I thought indie meant vanity press. 

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

I started pursuing this direction seriously, hit the keyboard, learned a litany of new things and published my first novel. My second book became a bestseller, and I’m absolutely on the right course in my life. Email me at Leslie@LeslieSartor.com. I’d love to hear from you.




 

Read an Excerpt from BETRAYED The Criminal Affairs Collection Book 3) by Taylor Lee

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BETRAYED: Book 3 in USA Today best-selling author Taylor Lee’s Sizzling HOT Detective Series, The Criminal Affairs Collection.

•Viviana, his renegade cop, is hard enough to control. Now Jax has to fend off an interloper who is almost as sexy and arrogant as he is. And that is saying something.
•The Rising Star Political Hotshot wants Viviana’s expertise. Not incidentally, he wants her!
•Viviana has spent her life denying her ugly past. But her nightmares have caught up with her. The Sexy Police Chief insists that together they will find and punish the evil men who abused her.

Excerpt:

Jax pulled up in front of the precinct building and arrowed his Alpha Romeo into the designated parking spot for the chief of police. Quickly rounding the snazzy automobile, he was at the passenger side before Viviana could open the door. Ignoring her attempt to push his hand away, he reached for her and pulled her up next to him. Tipping up her chin, he forced her to meet his gaze. Seeing the constricted expression straining her pale face, he shoved at his concern and forced a tight smile to curve his lips.
“Oh no you don’t, sweetheart. No pushing away the guy who loves you just because we’re
going to meet the team. Don’t worry, Sergeant Moreau. It’s an ill-kept secret that the SJPD chief
of police is ass-over-elbows in love with the gorgeous VCU sergeant known as the Enchantress.”
When she frowned and tried to pull away, he shook his head and blew out a hard sigh. “Listen
up, baby. We had a challenging night, but we got through it. The same way we’re going to do
everything from now on—together.”
When she didn’t answer, he grinned. “Don’t worry, baby, I’m not going to cuff you to my
side. You still get to be your ornery self, the renowned shining star of the Violent Crimes Unit.
However, know that the arrogant police chief intends to make his presence known.” He added
with a chuckle, “He’ll likely be a more frequent visitor at the VCU. Which is to be expected
given that we are now working as a team.”
Jax was relieved that his intentionally cocky assertion brought some angry color to her
cheeks. Anything was better than the strained expression that had lived on her usually expressive
face since she had woken from her troubled sleep. It had taken him over an hour to rock her back
to sleep following what had to have been a terrifying nightmare. It wasn’t as though she hadn’t
had them before. Since he’d moved her into his condominium, and now that they were sleeping
together every night, Jax had become aware of how troubled her sleep was. In the last ten days,
she’d had three full-blown nightmares, the worst being last night’s.
As she had done after her previous nightmares, Viviana refused to acknowledge her
midnight terror. Not so much as commenting on the fact that she’d spent most of the night
huddled on his lap, she’d dashed past him down the rooftop staircase. From there, she
sequestered herself in her bathroom until it was time to leave for their morning meeting. A fierce
scowl and a raised shoulder greeted his suggestion that she have a piece of toast and perhaps
some fruit for breakfast. Her refusal was firm and more than a little confrontational. “You should
know by now, Jax, that I don’t like breakfast and that I don’t like to talk before I’ve had my
coffee.”
Jax shot her a narrow grin as he handed her a thermos filled with her required coffee, a brew
that he insisted could hold its own with paint thinner. When she brushed by him, heading for her
car in the driveway, he shook his head and pulled her next to him. “Uh-uh, darlin’. You’re going
to ride with me this morning. In that we are going to the same place for the same meeting, two
cars aren’t necessary.”
She glared at him. “What if I need my car during the day? Or do you plan to cuff me to your
fucking side for the entire day?”
Not responding to her aggrieved query, he shrugged. “If you do need a car, I’m confident
your partner, Detective O’Reilly, or your supervisor, Commander Bannon, will be pleased to
ferry you around.” Pulling her next to him and ignoring her attempt to free herself, he murmured,
“And you can relax, darlin’. I’m not going to force you to talk about your nightmare last night.”
At her surprised start, he continued, “At least not now.” Lifting her chin, he gazed into her
stormy, azure eyes. “But, Viviana, we are going to discuss what happened last night. You know
that, don’t you, sweetheart?” When she slammed her eyes closed, refusing to meet his gaze, he brushed his lips across her heated cheek and said, “But for now, we’re going to get into my car
and head to the precinct for a very important meeting.”

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