#Flashback – Meet author Graysen Morgen

Good afternoon Friends and welcome. Thank you for stopping by last week for my review of Breanna Hughes‘ ‘Stunted.’ Today I’m featuring a flashback of my interview with Graysen Morgen. Since then Graysen has been at work. Her book, ‘Mission Compromised‘ is doing very well and is a great read. You can read my review by clicking below:

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In addition, she has been creating a very special writing project which will be revealed soon. More yet, she has very good news to tell the world and we are all looking forward to meeting the newest addition to her family.

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Good afternoon friends and welcome. I want to thank all of you who visited last week for my 2018 Goals blog. Today I have a special treat for you. Graysen Morgen of Triplicity Publishing is here to talk with us. This is an interview you want to read. She is amazing. Come see why.

Author Profile PictureTell us about yourself.

I’ve been happily married to my best friend for 18½ years, and we have a 7-year-old daughter. I went to the University of Florida, which is where I met my wife. I was a Lieutenant in the Navy, working as a flight deck officer on an aircraft carrier. I now spend my time writing books, sports writing for women’s pro soccer, and coaching youth soccer.

      What is your book “Boone Creek” about?

Boone Creek is a western, set in Colorado in 1880. This story is the first in a series about an outlaw woman named Jessie Henry, who leaves her past behind to start anew. She winds up in a small, troubled town called Boone Creek, where after a mishap, she becomes the Town Marshall.

Me: Graysen’s new book, ‘Castor Valley’, is the second in this series and one that you’re going to want to read.

How did you feel the moment you saw your first book published?

I was overjoyed. I’d always loved reading, and once I’d started writing, it sort of took off. I’m still thrilled to see each new book get published. It’s a huge sense of accomplishment.

What was the last book you read? Would you recommend it?

I don’t find as much time to read as I used to, but the last book I made time for was Scarlett. It’s a sequel to Gone With The Wind, by Alexandra Ripley.

How has your daughter been an inspiration for you? 

My daughter, Rylie, is my whole world. She looks up to me in so many ways and mimics everything I do. I try my best to be a good role model for her. She makes me a better person. When I first wrote Natural Instinct, my wife and I weren’t thinking of having any children, at least at that time. It’s funny, my daughter turned out very similar in character to the little girl in the book. I don’t write many children into my books, but each one has a piece of Rylie in it for sure, whether it’s when she was little, what she’s like now, or what I hope for her to be like as she gets older.

Graysen and RylieWhat are your daughter’s creative activities?

She loves anything to do with art, and she’s actually written two books about animals, both of which she also illustrated. Plus, an avid reader and has a soaring imagination.

How has your family been supportive of your career?

My wife is the person who first told me I should write my own stories, instead of reading so many books, mostly because after reading a book, I’d tell her everything I would’ve done differently. J When I wrote a couple of stories, she pushed me to get them published. She’s been behind me from the very beginning. The rest of my family is very proud of what I have accomplished. Some of them have read every single book that has been published.

Can you explain more about “#Bekindchallenge”?

Be Kind Challenge is about random acts of kindness. There is so much power in a simple gesture. The challenge is a month of doing one kind thing every day.

What is the cutest thing your dogs do?

Remy and Roxy are Jack Russell Terriers who are just over a year old. They are littermate girls, and they run our lives! They chase each other around the house, watch TV with our daughter, hang out in the office when I’m writing, you name it. I’d say the cutest thing is the way they are always together. The sleep in the oddest positions like yin/yang or on top of each other.

 

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Who are you rooting for in the next World Cup Soccer championship?

If it’s the World Cup, then I’m always rooting for the USA. I’m a fan of Canada, Australia, and England so I root for them if they’re not playing the USA.

Where is a good place to hang out with friends?

We do a lot of family stuff, so our hangout this past year was Disney World, literally every month. We have an oasis in our backyard, so hanging out at home is always nice.

What would be the perfect ‘stay-cation’ for you?

We pretty much have a stay-cation every weekend, but the perfect stay-cation for me would be some quiet time with absolutely nothing to do but read a novel or lie in the hammock by the pool.

What is your favorite time of year and why?

I love the holidays. There is just something magical about that time of year. We decorate inside and put up a full yard display outside with a lot of lights and wood cutouts that I make myself. I also look forward to the little bit of cold weather that we get in North Florida.

Would you ever want to co-write a book with another author?

Probably not. I believe all authors have a vision, and everyone’s vision is different.

What puts you in the zone when you are writing?

Music is my muse, so I listen to music when I write. It varies from classical to pop and everything in between.

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What’s next for you?

I am currently working on a romantic adventure/suspense story that involves British MI6. I’m really hoping to turn it into a series. It’s fun, thrilling, sexy, humorous, all the qualities that make for a good read.

Be sure to check out Graysen’s social media links and follow her:

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My Review of Kory M. Shrum’s ‘Shadows in the Water’

Hello everyone and welcome. Thank you for stopping by last week. I appreciate all of your support. Today I am presenting my review for USA Today Bestseller author, Kory M. Shrum’s ‘Shadows in the Water.’ Get suited up because this one will take you for a ride. Let’s meet our players.

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Lou is a bit of a psychopath who is out to get the dirty business party responsible for her father’s death, a man she was very fond of. She follows her own agenda. The only feeling she feels is fear and you will how she handles situations. She is a strong-willed woman and doesn’t stop until the job is done. I applaud her for her strength.

She shares a disorder with her aunt, Lucy, which she uses to her advantage. The relationship between her and her aunt is strained because she doesn’t find anyone trustworthy, including herself. The only person who ever made her feel safe was her father.

Lucy is very progressive in her thinking. I’m happy the author created her as a lot of what she says is inspiring. You’ll see in the book what I mean. She is family oriented and watches out for her niece. Also, she does things like chanting and affirming and does yoga.

Then there is Mel, whom I really liked. She owns a New Age store and does readings. She gets straight to the point and doesn’t put up with anything from the other players. She has a heart of gold. I’m glad she was put in the story and I loved how the other actors respected her. You can’t hide anything from her, and when she stumbles on something, she doesn’t let go. Her personality had a comical side, which got me laughing.

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The author throws in some things about herself into the story, adding to it. Part of it takes place at a vegan restaurant, which I felt was a nice touch.

There is a lot of blood and guts and killing in this story, which for me is a little too much at times. Be prepared from a lot of graphic scenes and some explicit language.

The pace starts out slow in the beginning and then picks up later on. For the most part, it is moderate. Pay attention because some characters are introduced quickly, and their roles are important as the story progresses. There are some bizarre happenings here, including a character whom I didn’t understand until the end. If you like this sort of story, then you are going to love this one. This is creepy cool.
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When Lou woke, something was wrong. The light streaming from the high windows was purple. The sun was dipping low behind the trees, its last eye open on the horizon. Under her pillow, her fingers curled around her gun and found the metal warm from the feathers incubating it throughout the day.

She heard a noise again. A small sound jerked her upright, gun pointed.

“Two for two.” Lucy placed a sandwich wrapped in glossy newsprint on the counter and stuck her hand into the brown paper bag again. She gave Lou a half-smile from the kitchen island as she peeled back the wrapper. “One of these days you’re going to blow my head off and save me the trouble of worrying about you.”

“Stop creeping up on me.” Lou lowered the gun. The smell of red onions flooded the studio. Her stomach rumbled its response. When was the last time she’d eaten? She wasn’t sure. Sometimes when she was working, she’d forget to eat. The task distracted her. It was only when she worried her weak limbs or unclear head would cost her that she bothered to make time for the inconvenient task.

The burger, she remembered. She’d eaten a burger at the vegan fast food place about twenty hours ago.

“What are you doing here?” Lou asked.

“Can’t a loving aunt bring her niece a veggie loaf sandwich when she wants to? I got your favorite. Extra avocado, extra oil, and extra oregano. Come eat with me.” 

Lou thumbed the safety back on and disentangled her limbs from the bedding.

“Don’t you get hot sleeping by the window?” Aunt Lucy asked. She nodded at a barstool by the island where she’d spread the sandwich on its wrapper.

Lou slid onto it, placing her gun on the counter beside the wrapper. It clanked heavy against the granite surface. “It’s the best light in the apartment. I don’t have to worry about waking up in Bangkok.”

Aunt Lucy popped open a bag of chips and dumped them onto the paper spread beneath Lou’s sandwich. BBQ. Her favorite. But Aunt Lucy was frowning. “Do you still slip in your sleep?”

“No,” Lou said, stuffing three chips into her mouth at the same time. The oils began melting the moment they hit her tongue. The muscles in her back loosened. “Because I sleep by the window, in full daylight.”

Her aunt plucked a chip off her spread and made a pensive sound. “I thought that was something you’d outgrow. I did.”

“We’ve already established I’m different.” 

Lucy squeezed her elbow. “Different in the most charming ways, my love.”

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Meet USA Bestseller Author Kory M. Shrum

Good afternoon, everyone and welcome! Today we are speaking with USA Today bestseller author Kory M. Shrum. Come over and meet this amazing woman.

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“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
–Maya Angelou

Tell us about yourself and your USA Today Bestselling books.

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Hi everyone! My name is Kory M. Shrum, and I write supernatural thrillers. Some of these fall under the umbrella urban fantasy (badass ladies with a job to do) and others have a more Stephen King-esque horror feel to them.

Because of my range, I prefer the term ‘supernatural thriller’ because you can count on the world building, strong characters and supernatural elements – regardless of the variation in the genre. I currently have eight novels published (in the Dying for a Living and Shadows in the Water series) with at Welcome to Castle Cove coming out May 8, and Under the Bones, coming out June 12.

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How did it feel seeing your name for the first time on the list?
It was very cool. While I don’t think it’s important to have a list “verify” your skills and ability as a writer, it is a good indicator that people are reading and enjoying your work. And that’s all I want – to share my stories with the people who love them.

Me: Thank you for pointing this out. Too many times writers get discouraged over these lists.

Let’s talk about your ‘Dying’ series.
The Dying for a Living series is complete with seven books in all. There are also two short stories (one appeared in the Badass and the Beast Anthology that I edited with the amazing writer Angela Roquet and the other appeared in her collection Limbo City Lights).

The series follows Jesse Sullivan, a death replacement agent, who discovers that not only can she serve as a death surrogate –dying in place of others—but that she has special abilities meant to be used for a higher purpose. What began as a story about a sarcastic, quirky woman with an interesting job, quickly spiraled into a plot about saving the world from dark forces (however reluctant).DyingBook1print3D

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You get the call about making your first “Dying” book into a movie. Who would you cast as the main players?
Ksenia Solo would make a great Jesse Sullivan and Jennifer Lawrence a great Ally. Liam Hemsworth would be my pick for Lane. Jensen Ackles for Brinkley (yes, part of the Supernatural Fandom here ;). And Viola Davis or Danai Gurira for Gloria. Jason Mamoa might pull off Caldwell.

But this being said, I love it when casts are really diverse. So maybe Zendaya should be cast as Jesse, then Idris Elba could be Caldwell.

What keeps you in the zone when writing?
Good music. I have a subscription to Pandora (because nothing takes you out of the writing mood faster than a commercial for weight loss or Viagra). And on this Pandora, I have a Nine Inch Nails station. Oh yeah. That’ll keep me in the zone.

Have you ever been in love with one of your protagonists?
Kind of. Louie from Shadows in the Water is hands down my favorite, followed closely by Gloria Jackson from the Dying books–both are just such strong, admirable women. It’s hard not to be impressed by them. And it’s hard not to be team Ally because of her unfailing loyalty and her willingness to do what’s hard.

But apart from characters I like, falling in love might also mean characters I came to appreciate. My original opinions of characters have definitely changed over time. For example, I used to think Brinkley was the overbearing control freak…then I learned his backstory and his reason for guiding Jesse as he did – and I came to really respect and admire him. He went from that a-hole boss to a hero at the end of Book 2, Dying by the Hour, which is why I ended up telling his story in Book 3, Dying for Her.

What excites you about writing poetry?
Language and visually are really important in poetry. A powerful image and turn of phrase can create such profound meaning and resonance. Amazing stuff.

How has teaching writing to students enriched your life?
You learn so much from your students. About yourself and about your writing. It’s definitely an exchange.

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How do you stay optimistic?
Therapy. Lots and lots of therapy. And chocolate. And yoga. And Debussy’s Clair de Lune.

Where is a place you’ve always wanted to visit? Have you been there?
I always wanted to go to Italy and France (and I’ve been to both several times). But a place I haven’t been that I want to is Kyoto. It’s on the list.

What is your favorite month in Michigan and why?
October is my favorite month for lots of reasons. First, because I love all things fall: cider, donuts, falls clothes, the cool weather, the changing leaves, pumpkins, Halloween, etc. But it also happens to be a really romantic time for me because it’s also when my wife and I fell in love, got married, and celebrate our anniversary every year.

What would you recommend for visitors to see in Michigan?
There are many beautiful places in Michigan. I love Saugatauk, (where we got married) and the lake/beach. The Au Sable River is lovely to kayak down in the summer and it has some of our favorite camping spots. The UP (upper peninsula) is also gorgeous as well as the national forests. If nature/the beach isn’t your thing, I recommend Kalamazoo for the art/culture scene or Grand Rapids for the museums. Ann Arbor for the good food and downtown area.

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Do you like to get out into nature? Where is a favorite place and why?
I really enjoy laying on Oval Beach (Saugatauk) in the summertime. A bag of potato chips, drinks in the cooler and a book—yes please!

What was the last live music performance you saw?
Yo-yo ma played at the Wharton Center this past Monday. A few weeks before that Postmodern Jukebox at the Fillmore. Both were great.

Do you have any funny stories about your pug, Josephine?
One time she got into the trash, trying to eat something. This trash also happened to have paint materials in it (I think I was touching up the kitchen cabinets). I came home to have painted dog with trash stuck to her and white paw prints all over the wood floors…wait, was this supposed to be funny?

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What is next for you?
More books in the Shadows in the Water series(Under the Bones is out June 12) as well as a new series about Castle Cove—a creepy town with dark secrets.

Me: This is a chiller and I can already feel shivers down my back. Do keep us posted, Kory. Be sure to follow her website for news when this will be released. Also, check out her other links and follow her other links and follow her.
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I want to thank Kory for stopping by. It has been a real pleasure. Stay tuned for next week when I’ll have more exciting news to share with you.

Until Next Time,

Lynn

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My Review for Erin Wade’s ‘Death Was Too Easy’

Good afternoon readers and friends and welcome. I want to thank author Jenny Frame for stopping by last week. Also thanks to all of you for your support.

Today, I have a special treat for you. A few months ago, I interviewed author Erin Wade and for those of you who missed it, you can click on the link below. Recently, I read her book, ‘Death Was Too Easy’, and today I’m reviewing it. I invite you to join in and participate in the comments.

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This story is brilliantly written. The main characters are Judith and Mandy and Angie. Along with them are Jordan and Rick, who play key roles.

Judith is a judge who is lonely.  She is a conservative who wants to restore justice.  However, she has a soft hidden side to her that she wishes to express. And it is no coincidence when Mandy enters her life that her maternal instincts emerge. But there is a price.

Angie is a teen who escaped an abusive relationship. I found her to be a great character because she is sweet and would never hurt anyone. You will find out more about her as you read along.

Like Judith, Mandy wants nothing more than to restore justice for the community. She is a lawyer who has dedicated herself to a life of service. She carries herself well and is respected. She is my definition of being ‘sharp.’ She fits her role perfectly.

Judith and Mandy experience love and romance in a sweet and passionate way. Mandy meets up with Jordan and the flirting begins. I love stories that have this aspect to them. The sensual scenes are described in such a way, that you can visualize without them being too graphic.

Mandy is charmed when a second interest, Rick comes into play. He is very persistent with a magnetic personality. He is smooth talking and did add good drama to the story.

In the midst of this is a mystery case, involving both Judith and Mandy. A twist pops up that will blow you away, so you’re going to need to pay attention. I was locked in as the story moved along. The plot kept me wondering throughout.

Some scenes described were graphic and shocking.  There is abusive action and I had to put the book down to catch my breath. Then another surprise to this deep story emerges, creating more spectacle. You are going to want to set aside about six hours to read this because you are not going to want to put it down once you start. Be prepared for the unexpected ending. Whew!

I have included an excerpt to get you started. Enjoy.

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Jordon drove to her office. She knew she wouldn’t be able to sleep. Thoughts of Mandy Kincaid were racing through her mind. She tried to ignore the scenes that continuously played behind her closed eyelids.

Mandy Kincaid wasn’t just beautiful; she was excruciatingly gorgeous. The feelings she stirred in Jordon were achingly painful. Her beauty fueled the fantasies of men and women.

Jordon changed into shorts and a light t-shirt. Five miles on the treadmill should send her into an exhausted sleep. She searched for the reason she had kissed Mandy. She was certain the attorney was straight. The shocked look on Mandy’s face haunted her. The last thing Jordon needed was to become involved with the prudish blonde, but it was the thing she most wanted. She thought about a line written by poet Sylvia Plath; I desire the things which will destroy me in the end. Plath committed suicide at age thirty.

Jordon was certain an entanglement with Mandy Kincaid would destroy them both.

Thank you for stopping by. Like I mentioned above, I’m encouraging book discussion in the comments. Stay tuned for next week when I will be speaking with author Kathy L. Salt. Her new book, ‘Out of Hand’ is now available.

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My Review of Samantha Jacobey’s ‘Christmas Carol’

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I just love this time of year, Christmas has always been a favorite of mine. For the past two years, I’ve been featuring Samantha Jacobey’s ‘Christmas Candy’ series. This year it is the third installment, Christmas Carol. Although you don’t need to read the first two books, it is recommended. The author does a nice job of explaining some things that were in the pervious books. Here Candy and Gary are on another exciting adventure.

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At the end of the last installment, Gary, made a decision that put a twist in the story. Like always he is so huggable and very loving. I just love his gentle spirit. He gives people a sense of reassurance that is truthful and genuine. There is nothing that would turn him off from the beauty of life. He is the perfect vision of a caring family man.

“I’m still scared of losing you,” she reminded him as he set her back on her feet. “But I’m more afraid of not letting you be the man you were meant to be, and I could never live with myself if I took that away from you. Now, let’s go get dinner made and celebrate year number one, Mr. Ford.”

Candy is as loveable as ever. She is juggling her life right now between caring for her son, Daks, and her mom. I felt the pull she had between both of them. However never once does she compromise on their wants and needs.

She is the star of the story and her aura shines very brightly. I just adore the mother-son relationship she has with Daks. I applaud the author for creating him as this character will touch your heart tenderly.

A situation comes up that is unexpected and you’ll have to read the book to find out what happens. It is priceless.

A blast from the past emerges and Gary finds himself working on a cold case. I applaud the author for including this. It added more depth to the story.

This story is short and took me about two hours to read. There is no course language or violence here. In fact this story is perfect to enjoy after a day of Christmas shopping or while you are waiting for the pie to bake in the oven. It really put me in the Spirit of Christmas and that is what I love about Sam’s Christmas books.

Here is an excerpt from this sweet tale. Enjoy!

“Surprise,” Evelyne called as she entered her son’s home. It was Christmas eve, and they had arrived in town that morning to surprise their son and his family with gifts and holiday dinner.

“What are you doing here!” Candy squealed, throwing her arms around the taller woman for a hug. Realized the awkwardness in her mother-in-law’s stiff form, she released her, and settled for a less enthusiastic half-squeeze from Roger. “Did Gary know you were coming?”

“No, silly girl, that’s why it’s a surprise,” Eve informed her while removing her coat. Looking around, she wrinkled her nose and demanded, “Where is Gerald? It’s Christmas Eve, don’t tell me he’s working!”

“He’s,” Candy hesitated. “He’s at the hospital with Caroline and Ben. I think they are going to release Ben today, and they are going to help him get home and settled.”

“That Gary,” Roger shook his head with a chuckle. “He’s always been the natural hero, in every situation.”

“Yes,” Candy agreed.

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Life isn’t always sweet, even for girls called Candy.

Candice Parker’s life has never been easy. Plagued by losses and setbacks, each day is a struggle for the petite brunette and her young son. Today, she’s ready to take the next step, but will his rich and powerful mother allow it?

Gerald Ford had always kept things simple. He had lived a fast and furious lifestyle, with no intentions of slowing down. However, when he finally decides he’s ready to take the plunge, it seems that the entire world is conspiring against them. Will his mother, Eve, be their saving grace, or will she?

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Anyone who knows me could tell you, I am a friendly kind of person, never met a stranger and take up conversations anywhere at any time. I work hard, and my mind never seems to shut down, as I wake up often in the middle of the night with ideas pouring out and demanding to be dealt with. Of course that means much of my books were written in the middle of the night.

I grew up and still live in the great state of Texas where everything is bigger, where we have warm weather and a central location. I love my state, my town, and my family, which includes my four sons, my significant other, and many friends as well.

I have thoroughly enjoyed writing the books that are currently available and hope you will enjoy reading them just as much. And of course, there will be many more stories to come.

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Meet USA Bestselling Author Julie Morgan

Good afternoon friends and welcome. Today I have a special treat for you. USA Today Bestselling author Julie Morgan has stopped by to chat with us. She is the queen of steampunk literature and has published fifteen books that are all available for sale. Come stop by and join us. If you have questions for this amazing woman, you can ask in the comments.Author Photo 2 

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Tell us about yourself.
I currently live in Winter Haven, FL, and am originally from Burleson, Texas. I’m married, going on 13 years to an amazing man, and we have one child together, who will be 10 in August. Growing up in Texas, there was no shortage of fun to be had with rodeos! Although I’ve since hung up my spurs, I do occasionally enjoy a horseback ride.

How long have you been writing professionally?
Since 2013.

Let’s talk about your book, Deadly Alchemy. How did you come up with the title?
The story is about an Alchemist and what she created because so deadly for her, the name came about that way.

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What part of the steampunk culture do you like the best? Why?
I love the Victorian era with the corsets and bustles! With the gadgets worked in, you’re able to create a world where only your imagination is the limit. Steampunk you can make anything happen.

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Would you describe your protagonist as a strong and wise woman?

Strong and smart, yes. I feel wise comes toward the end of the story.

Did anything significant come to the surface as a result of writing this book?
Nothing in particular, no. 

What has been a great life accomplishment? Tell us about it.

I would have to say my daughter. She’s my daily inspiration to want to be a better person. She is the best thing I have ever done in my life.

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What types of music do you enjoy listening to?
I’m all over the board from classic rock to Mozart. It really depends on my mood.

Where is a great family oriented place that you can recommend for everyone?

If you’re visiting Polk County, Florida, give Manny’s chop house a try. Amazing food and the staff are always super friendly!

Do you follow Lesfic literature? If so, who have you read?
I don’t necessarily follow one genre over another. I enjoy reading to escape. I have read so many authors it is hard to nail it down to one.

What has been the greatest gift from becoming a mother?
Aside the love of my daughter? Learning more about myself.

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What intrigues you about paranormal stories?
It pushes the boundaries of what real life is. Imagine having the ability to fly, or grow gills to swim under oceans, shift to run through woods, or never having to sleep? It would be something different for sure.

Where is the most exotic location you’ve ever visited?
Europe. My husband took me to Venice back in October, then we took the Orient Express train to Paris. It was SO amazing!

How has your family been supportive of your success?
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Describe the feeling you had the first time you made the USA Today Bestselling list. What, you didn’t hear me scream? HAHA! Excitement. Thrill. Disbelief. Amazement!

What is next for you?
I’ll continue writing and discovering new worlds and new characters. I love world building and bouncing ideas off my fellow authors and readers. As for what is coming next, I’m going to be working on two different series storylines, both paranormal. I’m pretty excited for them!

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Before you go be sure to check out Julie’s blog where you can read more about her. Her book series, Symphony of Night received a facelift, although the story is the same. She has worked with Desiree Orto and the two of them rebranded the series.

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In addition, she has social media sites you for you to read.  She welcomes new followers to don’t forget to follow her:

webpage: www.juliemorganbooks.com;

Facebook: www.facebook.com/juliemorganbook;

twitter: www.twitter.com/juliemorganbook;

Instagram: www.instagram.com/juliemorganbooks

I want to thank Julie for stopping by to talk with us. It has been a real pleasure. Stay tuned for next week’s blog as I will be featuring Lacie Harmon and Robin Greenspan from the Lacie and Robin show, which is on YouTube.

Until Next Time,

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My Review for Linda Bates’, ‘It Drew Pale’

Good Afternoon Everyone!  I hope you all had a lovely holiday, for those who chose to join in.  Today  am featuring my review for Linda Bates’ ‘It Drew Pale.’  This book recently debuted, just in time for this holiday season.  Come on in and join us for this fun journey.

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Her greatest asset was her determination, and if you wanted to succeed in something in Oregon, or anywhere in the world for that matter, you had to have plenty of spirit!

Linda Bates

 

It Drew Pale takes place in the 19th century in the rural west. A man named Jack Preston was moving to Oregon to start a new life. Jack is tough but even keeled. He is witty, has a nice sense of humor, and is respectful of others. Jack is as honest as he can be. However, he has a big secret that your going to need to read the book to find out.

Eleanor and Marianne are sisters who enter Jack’s life. They are daughters of a shop keeper and they dress very well. Their beauty radiates and they are both very nurturing.   it’s no wonder that their family business is doing so well. These two women reminded me to stay optimistic. You can’t help but feel good when you are around them. They are both attracted to Jack’s charm. It’s no wonder that Jack is attracted to them. The question is how are they going to feel once they learn Jack’s secret.

All three players are solid. They are brave in their own ways. Marianne, under pressure, never showed any weak characteristics.   Nor did she cry out for a man when she was in an unpleasant situation. Marianne’s heart is as big as the world. Her strength is very visible and I applaud the author for creating her.

Eleanor doesn’t put up with nonsense. She knows how to hold her own ground and get her point across clearly. She isn’t afraid to use force either. She knows what she wants. No isn’t an option for her. If she wasn’t so attached to her family, I could see her going out on her own and starting a life someplace else. I found her to be a bit standoffish, but after learning a few things, I understood.

Jack has inner strength that is comparable to a super human. Jack isn’t afraid and doesn’t allow physical pain to slow him, especially when fighting for justice. Emotions are well tamed and never take over any situation.   I could see Jack stealth his way across a battlefield unnoticed.

This story is quite an adventure. There is a little bit of violence that made me pause from reading for a moment. The read itself kept me at a slow pace and I had to backtrack a few times so I wouldn’t miss anything. The story hooked me and I enjoyed the ride. You are going to want to carve out time so that you can fully experience the entire story without interruptions. And don’t forget to read the introduction before the story. I found it to be very inspiring.

Here are two excerpts from this fine story for you to check out.  Enjoy!

Excerpt 1

Stepping onto Oregon soil, Jack immediately began to feel the familiarity of it all. It had been eight months since the tired legs had set foot on some good old honest earth. It felt wholesome and fresh. And firm, too, after the bobbling about on the schooner. People were still around to trip over in the busy port-side, yet already Jack felt free. It was certainly a welcome contrast from the life Jack had led back at the claim. There were some real women milling about! Jack was not the type who discriminated against those women who wore trousers and flannel open-necked shirts. After all, in the gold fields it was more practical for a female’s needs, but in Jack’s mind, there was no female figure that was not the embodiment of nature in crinoline and frills! It was the way of it, and Jack had no mind to change the laws of nature. The others, Jack observed, were also viewing the magnificent local scenery.

Excerpt 2 

The busy storekeeper and her sister heard the slam of a door, but were too busy to attend their aggrieved relative. Besides, they had experienced the tantrums of the twenty-year old, and were quite used, after years of the same, to Eleanor’s behaviour. Her father always had the same answer when Eleanor was ‘in a sweat’ as he would call it, and deduced she would desist being out of sorts as soon as she found herself a strong man to calm her temper. And that would anger Eleanor the more her father would vocalise his philosophies. They would never see eye-to-eye on the ideals that matched the general populace, because Eleanor did not see herself as one of the crowd. Rather she was an individual, with needs of her own she had not quite worked out yet.

 

Four Stars!

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Lynn

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#Flashback Friday – Alicia Joseph’s ‘Her Name’ Review

Hello Everyone and a warm welcome to you!  Today is #Flashback Friday and I am reposting my review for Alicia Joseph’s novel, ‘Her Name’, originally posted on 11-Jan-15.  This is a story that you can read over and over.  I soon fell in love once again.  I invite you to stop by and check out this mysterious romance.

“Did you ever have a dream where you woke feeling like it was real?”

Madison is a spirited woman who has a big heart.  She is nearing forty and looking for love. Unfortunately, she attracts women who don’t have her best interest at heart.  She’s ready to settle down with a wife and have a family.  But she seems to lack some confidence since she is a beautiful woman who catches the attraction of both men and women when she is out and about.  Madison desires a woman who loves her for who she is and wants to share her journey of life.

Her best friend, Shelly, has told her not to be so hasty in her search that she overlooks some early important details; ones that point out bad traits of a person.

Madison isn’t into the party scene anymore;  she doesn’t want to look for love in a bar.  Nor does she want to pretend.    However, for now she goes along with the ride keeping her hopes to herself.

The passing of her mother is causing disturbing dreams for Madison; dreams that haunt her when she is awake.  Here, the author’s description is filled with such sensory detail that I felt it.  The line between consciousness and Madison’s subconscious experiences is effectively blurred.  I got the chills during certain points during the story.

Raw emotions are exposed many times during the story.  On one hand is her truth that she wants to share, yet on the other she is afraid of going insane.  Her friendships are strained and though Shelly doesn’t understand her, she still supports her.

The chemistry throughout the entire story is electrifying.  The romance parts were very unique and the sex is hot.

This story has twists and turns that kept me on my toes the entire ride.  It’s an easy read and can be finished in a few hours.  The story is very heartwarming and I felt tears a few times.

Here is an excerpt for you.

When I walked into my apartment, she was standing over the stove making dinner. She smiled. “How was work?”

I dumped my backpack on the nearest chair and went to her. Her hair was pulled back in a casual ponytail. She wore a fitted gray T-shirt and light blue sweatpants with an image of a mermaid swimming across her thigh. I stood behind her and breathed in the fresh scent of her hair. I massaged her neck, her shoulders. 

She moaned and leaned her body slightly back. “That feels good,” she whispered while I circled my thumbs and fingers in a rhythmic motion toward the back of her shoulders.

I moved my mouth slowly down her neck and felt her quiver as I pressed my lips against her skin. She reached her arms behind my neck, pulling me deeper into her. 

My hands traced down her back, to her waist, as she turned around to face me. 

“I missed you today,” she said, her voice coarse. With the tip of my right thumb, I outlined the edges of her lips. 

  “I’m here now,” I replied, conviction rising from my chest to my face as I felt—and tried to convey—that I would be there for her, always.

Five Stars.

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Lynn

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My Review of Catherine Lane’s ‘Heartwood’

Good morning and welcome to you all!  Today I’m sharing my review of Catherine Lane’s ‘Heartwood.’  I found out about this adventure from the author herself and want to thank her.  This is another story you don’t want to miss, especially if you love some mystery.  Come on in and join us.

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Beth Walker is a writer who has a lot of books under her name. In fact, the whole little town where she lives worships her work. Unfortunately, she is a recluse with no friends. I could see that underneath her protective armor, she is smart, witty, and has a caring heart. She is intelligent and a success in many people’s eyes, including mine. One can’t help but wonder what happened.

The story backtracks to 1960 when Beth was in her youth. At the time, she is a bit naïve and unsure of her life’s ambitions. All she knows is the sheltered life she lives with her birth family. During the day she helps out with the family business. Deep inside she has a dream that is itching to come forth.

Soon Beth is introduced to an older actress, Dawn. Dawn and her husband have just bought a nice house in the little town that Beth lives in and he wanted her to have a companion so he hires her.   He is off filming for weeks on end.

Dawn is in an arranged marriage and doesn’t love her husband; her heart is sad, yet she does what she can to keep up appearances. At the same time, they are having a baby together. Dawn is scared, yet I felt a motherly vibe from her and know that she was going to love motherhood. The author did an excellent job describing Dawn’s emotions during her pregnancy.

Dawn grew up in a loveless household, so it is no wonder that she found a career where she could act out the emotions she was never allowed to show growing up. At the same time, I get that she resents being a known person in the entertainment business. This would explain why the big house in the unknown town.

The sensual scenes were very romantic, and hot. The descriptions flow just right and they really tugged at my heartstrings. The love is definitely there which really deepens the scenes.

Then the story returns to the present. A mystery comes forth that kept me on edge the entire ride.   As it unfolds so does the intensity of the mood. Needless to say be prepared for page turning scenes. The way they were described pulled me in and got my adrenaline going.

Bring in Nikka. She is a go-getter who lives by her father’s words, “Winners embrace opportunity, big or small.” She is a mid-level associate for a law firm and works for a Lea Truman, an attorney who is handling Beth Walker’s affairs to the best of everyone’s knowledge.

The characters are so well written, that I was turned off by one of them, right from the start. Immediately, I felt her razor sharp nails as they scratched the chalkboard.

Maggie is a former personal chef for Ms. Walker whom I feel was wrongfully terminated. She was perfect for the main character as she cared for her wellbeing and went out of her way to make her meals special. However, Maggie is independent and doesn’t like to work for too many people. I can see how she may have ruffled the feathers of others along the way.

Maggie always attacked life as if she were climbing a mountain: finding her route as she moves forward, only looking up to the top, not waiting for others to catch up. She is fearless and doesn’t let rules stop her in any way. Once she makes up her mind, she finds all the hoops to go through.

Nikka and Maggie don’t know it, but their love and dedication toward Beth, deeply impresses upon her heart. Their actions and words are genuine and not guided by some self-fulfilling agenda. Their strengths as a team are shown in various places throughout the story.

Another strong supporting character, Josie, emerges during the story. Her heart is as big as the world and she is not afraid to go the extra mile to accomplish what she sets out to do. Josie is someone everyone deserves to have as a friend as she is the real deal. Her role is small, but important and with her come secrets from the past.

Be prepared. There are a few scenes that were very disturbing and it took me some time to get through them. One truth that came forward got me crying because I know how messed up things are. I don’t like to see anyone get hurt and was crushed when I read about the extent of the madness in the story. What was frightening was that the scenes were so real that I felt like I was there witnessing them.

I am waiting for a sequel to this story.

I would suggest that you carve out some time to read the book and not feel rushed. Keep a box of tissues nearby as there are some scenes where you’re going to need them. When I was finished I was left thinking about how a single moment can change the course of life. Everyone deserves fulfillment and love and Beth Walker was full of love and I enjoyed watching her emerge as the strong woman she is. She is her own hero and should be proud of herself.

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Here is an excerpt:

After lunch, Beth and Dawn strode deep into the redwoods behind the house. Tall trees towered over them, their branches creating a protective canopy over the green moss and ferns and a little path that disappeared deep into the grove. Afternoon sunlight filtered down among the leaves and dappled their shoulders and heads with an almost magical glow. 

Dawn stretched out her arms and whirled around, spinning in the light. “This is like a fairyland. I can hear the music. The trees are singing.” 

“So you can read plants as well as people?” Beth cringed. Had she gone too far? 

Dawn laughed and patted the nearest tree, a grand giant disappearing into the blue sky. “You don’t need any special skills to know how happy they are here. You probably just have stopped noticing. You’ve lived here all your life, right?” 

“Is it that obvious?” 

“Yeah, it is. Look at you. You walk as if you belong here. Nothing timid about the way you move in the forest. You should move through life like that.”

Five Stars.

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Lynn

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