Thursday, July 20, 2017

LAST DAY - KEY TO LOVE - NOW $0.99 - Mystery and Romance

He was known as the bad boy around town. But now Lucas Fisher is all grown up and he knows what he wants. He wants his best friend's sister, talented architect Elise Springer. But he's on the East Coast and she's on the West. Will they find their KEY TO LOVE?


BLURB:
KEY TO LOVE
When architect Elise Springer's father is injured, she immediately leaves San Francisco to care for him. The last person she expects to encounter in her Pennsylvania hometown is her childhood friend Lucas Fisher. Lucas is investigating his brother's mysterious death, and Elise can't resist lending a hand.

Lucas longs for the close family ties he never had. He's back in Scranton to set up a classic car restoration business and build a future. The torch he carries for Elise burns brighter than ever, but before he can declare his love, he must obtain the legal rights to adopt his nephew--and prove his brother's death was no accident.

As they unearth clues to find the murderer and a missing stash of money, Elise faces a dilemma. Is her career on the West Coast the key to her happiness, or is it an animal-cracker-eating four-year-old and his handsome uncle instead?

Now only $0.99 for a short time. 
ENDS JULY 28TH

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

MEET THE AUTHOR - Beth Trissel - "Somewhere My Lady"

I'm pleased to have Shenandoah Valley Author Beth Trissel on my blog with her novel, "Somewhere My Lady." In her own words, Beth is going to tell you about herself, her writing,  and her passions.

I’m excited about getting back into writing time travels and set Somewhere My Lady in my home state of Virginia. I live on a farm in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley that’s been in my husband’s family for several generations, but the story unfolds in a manor house along the James River. A string of plantations were built along the James. The oldest and most impressive homes are from the seventeen hundreds. Harrison Hall, in Somewhere My Lady, is fashioned after Shirley Plantation, with elements of my father’s family home in the Shenandoah Valley, a beautiful brick house, circa 1816, called Chapel Hill.

I’m fascinated with the past and blend historical details with the time travel/fantasy elements of the story. I enjoy doing research and delving into different eras. Not only do I sometimes get plot ideas this way, but it helps me make the settings more believable. I want readers to feel as if they’ve stepped into another century. I feel that way when I’m writing. If I don’t have this sense, I go back and do more research. I also visit historic homes and sites, especially in Virginia and neighboring states. My favorite time period is colonial America. I’m also interested in the Civil War. My ancestors were here early on and fought in every war there was. One line goes back to Jamestown. Research into family genealogy is the original inspiration behind my writing.

Gardening is also a passion of mine. I love to grow herbs and heirlooms flowers with their rich connection to the past. I included a lovely garden in Somewhere My Lady, and incorporated herbs into the story. Can you smell the lavender and roses?

I must have the right music to write to, and can stall for hours finding it. I mostly choose instrumental movie/TV scores with poignant moving sounds. Music that transports me… Some haunting melodies are the sort that make you wonder ‘who else’ is in the house when no one’s there. I’m drawn to including ghosts in my stories, and cannot stay away from the paranormal. As I was writing Somewhere My Lady, ghostly figures appeared in the front hall for a dance. So yes, Somewhere My Lady is a ghostly, fantasy, time travel romance with a surprising mystery. The history is well researched. It’s what I do. I hope you will give the story a try.

"Somewhere My Lady is a fun supernatural romance that will have you 
slipping in and out of the past and future as if you were a spirit yourself.’’ 

Blurb:
Lorna Randolph is hired for the summer at Harrison Hall in Virginia, where Revolutionary-War reenactors provide guided tours of the elegant old home. She doesn't expect to receive a note and a kiss from the handsome young man who then vanishes into mist.

Harrison Hall itself has plans for Lorna – and for Hart Harrison, her momentary suitor and its 18th century heir. Past and present are bound by pledges of love, and modern science melds with old skills and history as Harrison Hall takes Lorna and Hart through time in a race to solve a mystery and save Hart's life before the Midsummer Ball.

Excerpt:
Something about him held her spellbound…the tilt of his head, arch of his brow, glimpse of his profile… She followed his every move with the fixity of an owl.

He turned blue-gray eyes toward her and sensuous lips curved into a smile on his handsome face. Hands down. No contest. He was the hottest guy ever. Her heart beat a thrilling new rhythm.

He circled closer to where she stood rooted in the foyer, not moving a toe, scarcely drawing breath. Did he truly see her backed tremulously against the wall, or did it only feel that way?

Unlike the others in the ghostly assembly, his eyes didn’t skirt past her. He paused in the dance. Bending at the shoulders, he tipped his hand to her in a genteel flourish.

He’d freakin’ bowed. Her jaw dropped. He most definitely saw her. And she sure as heck saw him.

A sparking sizzle jumped between them, awakening her as she’d never been roused before. Even more than when the house charged through her at her arrival. It was as if she were plugged in—to him.

How that could be, she had no idea, but when he gazed into her eyes, time seemed to stop. She spiraled into moonless stars, and back again to this dizzying realm. To him. Even if she were dreaming, she’d never forget this moment.~  

Somewhere My Lady is available from all major online booksellers.
 In Kindle at:  
Author Bio: 
Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by my human family and furbabies. An avid gardener, my love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into my work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans, and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of my inspiration. I’m especially drawn to colonial America and the drama of the American Revolution. And I love a good ghost story. In addition to Young Adult and New Adult fantasy romance, I also write historical, time travel, and paranormal romance, plus nonfiction. 

Author Links:
One Writer’s Way: https://bethtrissel.wordpress.com
Facebook Beth Trissel: https://www.facebook.com/beth.trissel
Author Beth Trissel: https://www.facebook.com/bctrissel
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BethTrissel
My Amazon Author Page where all my books reside:
https://www.amazon.com/Beth-Trissel/e/B002BLLAJ6








Saturday, July 8, 2017

KEY TO LOVE - NOW $0.99

He was known as the bad boy around town. But now Lucas Fisher is all grown up and he knows what he wants. He wants his best friend's sister, talented architect Elise Springer. But he's on the East Coast and she's on the West. Will they find their KEY TO LOVE?

BLURB:
KEY TO LOVE
When architect Elise Springer's father is injured, she immediately leaves San Francisco to care for him. The last person she expects to encounter in her Pennsylvania hometown is her childhood friend Lucas Fisher. Lucas is investigating his brother's mysterious death, and Elise can't resist lending a hand.

Lucas longs for the close family ties he never had. He's back in Scranton to set up a classic car restoration business and build a future. The torch he carries for Elise burns brighter than ever, but before he can declare his love, he must obtain the legal rights to adopt his nephew--and prove his brother's death was no accident.

As they unearth clues to find the murderer and a missing stash of money, Elise faces a dilemma. Is her career on the West Coast the key to her happiness, or is it an animal-cracker-eating four-year-old and his handsome uncle instead?

Now only $0.99 for a short time.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Bon Appetite - A Weekend Treat - GREEN TOMATO SOUP



GREEN TOMATO SOUP

8 slices of bacon cut into bite-size pieces
1 small red onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup chicken broth
½ teaspoon celery salt
1 bay leaf
2 pounds green tomatoes chopped
Ground black pepper to taste


Place bacon in a stock pot over medium-low heat; cook and stir until bacon begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir onion and garlic into bacon; cook and stir until onion is tender, about 10 to 15minutes. Add green tomatoes, vegetable broth, celery salt, bay leaf, and black pepper to bacon-onion mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until tomatoes are tender, about 40 minutes. Discard bay leaf. NOTE: Ham can be substituted instead of bacon.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

JUNE - The Month of Roses

Although the rose has always been my favorite flower, it is also the flower of June, my birth month. Growing up on a farm in northeastern Pennsylvania, I cherished the intoxicating fragrance of the antique rose bushes growing around the stonewall foundations of old razed houses on our property where early settlers lived, but later moved westward for reasons unknown. Every June, like a birthday present from the earth and heaven above, it was a delight to see the many bushes, growing wild, bursting into riotous pink blossoms, and spreading over an entire knoll of our pasture.

Old roses, also called “old-fashioned roses,” “heirloom roses,” “antique roses” and “old garden roses” are those plants introduced in America prior to 1867. Although there are hundreds of old rose varieties, they are best known for their hardiness and fragrance.

The oldest rose planted today was in existence some 2,000 years before the birth of Christ. It migrated from Persia (Iran) through Turkey to France and finally into England Later, clippings of these old garden roses were often hand-carried to America by early immigrants from Europe.

In my novel, Four White Roses, I chose to have the heroine try to save the last white Austrian rose that the hero’s great-grandmother brought with her stateside just prior to World War I.

Sometimes writers don’t know where they get ideas for writing a novel. Sometimes thoughts and ideas just pop into our heads. To be honest, only when I started writing Four White Roses did mental sparks erupt—and I was able to draw an eerie connection to my own life. I have actually saved the last old roses bushes planted on my family farm and dating back to the 1800s.

Luckily, I took cuttings after my husband and I were married. With the passing of my parents, the rose bushes eventually died out, probably succumbing to harsh winters, the elements and wildlife, and lack of nourishment and care. Now, more than ever, I find it humbling when I realize I possess the very same roses planted by the hands of our first settlers. And, the lineage is still alive for over a hundred and fifty years.

Ralph Waldo Emerson best reflects my feelings about these beautiful flowers with those prickly thorns:
 “There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.”

BLURB:
 When widower Rich Redman returns to Pennsylvania with his young daughter to sell his deceased grandmother’s house, he discovers Grandmother Gertie’s final request was for him to find a missing relative and a stash of WWI jewels.

 
Torrie Larson, single mom, is trying to make her landscape center and flower arranging business succeed while attempting to save the lineage of a rare white rose brought from Austria in the 1900s.

 Together, the rich Texas lawyer and poor landscape owner team up to rescue the last rose and fulfill a dead woman’s wishes. But in their search to discover answers to the mysteries plaguing them, will Rich and Torrie also discover love in each other’s arms? Or will a meddling ghost, a pompous banker, and an elusive stray cat get in their way?


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

GOODREADS GIVEAWAY - UNTIL JULY 6TH - ENTER AT THE RIGHT --->


Can a wily old ghost help
two fractured souls find love again? 
 
When widower Rich Redman returns to Pennsylvania with his young daughter to sell his deceased grandmother’s house, he discovers Grandmother Gertie’s final request was for him to find a missing relative and a stash of WWI jewels.

Torrie Larson, single mom, is trying to make her landscape center and flower arranging business succeed while attempting to save the lineage of a rare white rose brought from Austria in the 1900s.

Together, the rich Texas lawyer and poor landscape owner team up to rescue the last rose and fulfill a dead woman’s wishes. But in their search to discover answers to the mysteries plaguing them, will Rich and Torrie also discover love in each other’s arms? Or will a meddling ghost, a pompous banker, and an elusive stray cat get in their way?
 LINK:  
https://www.amazon.com/Four-White-Roses-Judy-Davis-ebook/dp/B06XPBKY7F

Monday, June 12, 2017

MEET THE AUTHOR: Kat Henry Doran - All in for Love, An Anthology

It's my pleasure to introduce Kat Henry Doran who is from western New York. She writes romance, occasionally with elements of suspense. When she's not writing, she listens to audio books of her favorite authors while she's driving or sewing. Today, Kat is letting us take a peek at a Boxed Set of six award-winning authors with romances from sweet to sensual and filled with thrills and maybe even a ghost or two. All for less than the price of a cup of coffee--99 cents! Her work, "Raising Kane," is included. The set was released on June 1, 2017

ALL IN FOR LOVE - Titles and Authors

An Inn Decent Proposal  - by Sharon Buchbinder
Perfect Odds - by Lashanta Charles
A Ghost To Die For - by Keta Diablo
Raising Kane - by Kat Henry Doran
For Money Or Love - by Margo Hoornstra
Take A Chance On Me - by M.J. Schiller

Kat's blogging and  giving her insight in to---
                                     "Writing for a Box Set"
            When the opportunity to write for a box set arose, I jumped on it with enthusiasm. I'd participated in a number of series in the distant past for my publisher, both as an author and an editor, and missed the experience of working in the team atmosphere. In my former lives as a nurse and an advocate for victims of violence, the work was exhausting as well as rewarding. I can't say I loved every minute of it, but none of it could ever be termed a success without the efforts of the entire team--either in the OR or in the criminal courts building.
            Probably the most important aspect of a team is, in my opinion, when each member utilizes their particular strengths for the good of the whole. With regard to All In For Love: 
            One of the Lucky6 arranged a mind-boggling blog tour, then put it all down on an easy to comprehend spread sheet. As of this writing, she's doing something called a Thunderclap. For me, who recently mastered the art of opening attachments, I'm amazed at this woman's abilities.
            Another is in charge of formatting. Bless her heart. I wouldn't do that even if someone held a gun to my head.
            A third is the all time champ at graphics. Her teasers and photos, combined with a bright, eye-catching blog, Facebook banner and Pinterest page brings me to tears. I possess ten thumbs when it comes to photography; this woman's work, which feels so effortless, takes my breath away.
            A fourth member, a veteran in box sets guided us newbies in the process, adding options for promotional ideas as well as dividing up the task list. Most helpful to all.
           Another member of Lucky 6 is a wiz, and I stress WHIZ, at tweets and promotions. Again, effortless, mind blowing and tear inducing. 
            Me? Not much. I'm just sitting back, reaping the bennies.
            With this crew there's a million of them.           

The authors are offering a give-away to one person who leaves 
their name and email address today: a wristlet tote.

Excerpt from Raising Kane by Kat Henry Doran
Lt. Kieran Pollack signs in to work and comes up against the woman of his dreams: Mallory Kane, ace investigative reporter. Unfortunately she's just spent the night in jail and is in no mood to speak with anyone--particularly a cop.
“Anything I need to know before I head upstairs, Sarge?”
“It’s all there.” The night duty man passed him the report from the previous platoon. “The usual pugs, thugs and mugs threw themselves a circus down at The Dirty Dawg last night.”
Kieran scrawled his name on the sign-in roster. “Again? Somebody ought to look into closing down that pest hole.”
“I bet the Mayor is thinkin’ along those same lines. With the Chief on vacation and the Deputy Chief at a meeting out of town, as PIO it’s your job to handle the fallout. Lucky man.”
Fall-out? “What are you talking about?”
A woman with mile-long legs and hair the color of roasting chestnuts strode past the desk, heading in the direction of the revolving door.
“Overnight guest,” the sergeant advised under his breath. “TV Reporter. I was you, I’d head that one off at the pass.”
In addition to a talent for scoping out shapely legs, Kieran possessed the good sense to act on sound advice. After shooting both cuffs and ensuring his tie hung straight, he glided up beside the woman. “Excuse me, miss?”
She stopped, threw back her shoulders, then turned. “Yes?”
In the shimmer of an early morning sun he saw a nasty bruise blossoming across one cheekbone and winced. “Does that hurt as bad as it looks?”
“Who are you and what do you want?”
She possessed a voice designed to make a man think of hot nights and cool sheets. Extending a hand, he launched into his usual PIO song and dance. “Kieran Pollack, Public Information Officer for the Victory PD. What’s a pretty thing such as yourself doing in a joint like this?”
The screech of tires on the street outside obscured any response she might have made. Panel vans bearing the logos of the local TV affiliates disgorged reporters and camera-persons who wasted no time in storming the doors to the Public Safety Building.
Kieran attempted to head her off at the pass with a fast two-step and a faster line of bull. “Look, can you help out this hard working public servant?”
She raised one hand to shield her injured cheek. “Not without my attorney.”
“Aw, now. Why do you want to go and do something like that? We don’t need no lousy lawyers to make things right, do we?”
“I believe it’s somewhere in the Bill of Rights,” she murmured, eluding his out-stretched hand with a fast step to the left.
“Please. Hear me out,” he pressed, one eye on the camera-persons now jockeying for position just inside the doors. “I can make this all disappear―if we could go someplace to talk. It would be to your advantage, I promise.”

Links

Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071V94BWM
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/allinforloveanthology/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35052000-all-in-for-love
Webpage http://lucky6authorsblog.blogspot.com/

Author Bio:
Kat Henry Doran uses her past adventures as a nurse and victim advocate for fodder in her stories. This especially held true for Raising Kane, her part of All In For Love. These days, when not not lashed to a sewing machine, creating tote bags in all sizes and functions and aprons in all sizes, she serves as devoted hand-maiden to the brightest lights in her life, her four grandchildren.