Friday, March 15, 2013

The Writer's View: Maggi Andersen


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My writing space, I’m forced to admit, is messy. My father accused me of being an untidy dreamer. Dreams do come in handy for a writer at times. I’ve written more than one story based on fragments of a dream. Poor Dad, he was a very ordered man – a place for everything and everything in its place. My mother was a wonderful artist and a bit of a messy dreamer too. She had a great sense of color and design, and the decor in our home never lasted long enough for us to get bored with it. Like my mother, I can become easily distracted by some artistic pursuit. Hours later, I haven’t written a word!

I confess I tidied my desk up for the picture, but my writing space frequently lacks order. But ask me to find something and strangely, I can lay my hand on it quite quickly. Perhaps there is an element of order within the chaos. And now I am forced to become more ordered. I’m writing the Spies of Mayfair Series and must abandon my pansterish tendencies and gasp! Plot!

The view outside my window is a fearful distraction. A lovely old timber house painted dark red, and a Himalayan Dogwood tree in the garden which flowers in spring and turns lovely colors in autumn. Verdant green lawn slopes down to a stream where grey and white ducks folic. Bird life clamor for seed, fruit and meat and my Persian cat, Affie insists on settling on my papers beside the computer. So, despite my best intentions, it’s a fight to get the writing done!

About the Author: Maggi Andersen and her lawyer husband are empty nesters, living in the countryside outside Sydney with their cat and the demanding wildlife. Parrots demand seed, possums fruit, ducks swim in the stream at the bottom of the garden, and the neighbours chickens roam their yard providing wonderful eggs. She began writing adventure stories at age eight. Three children, a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing degree later, her novels are still filled with adventure and suspense, but are also passionate romances. Georgette Heyer among others, brought inspiration to her seductive Regencies and she also writes darker, Victorian novels, contemporary romantic suspense and young adult.

She supports the RSPCA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals) and animals often feature in her books.

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London, 1816. A handsome baron. A faux betrothal. And Horatia's plan to join the London literary set takes a dangerous turn.

Now that the war with France has ended, Baron Guy Fortescue arrives in England to claim his inheritance, abandoned over thirty years ago when his father fled to France after killing a man in a duel. When Guy is set upon by footpads in London, a stranger, Lord Strathairn, rescues and befriends him. But while travelling to his country estate, Guy is again attacked. He escapes only to knock himself out on a tree branch.

Aspiring poet Horatia Cavendish has taken to riding her father's stallion, "The General", around the countryside of Digswell dressed as a groom. She has become bored of her country life and longs to escape to London to pursue her desire to become part of the London literary set. When she discovers Guy lying unconscious on the road, the two are forced to take shelter for the night in a hunting lodge. After Guy discovers her ruse, a friendship develops between them.

Guy suspects his relative, Eustace Fennimore is behind the attacks on his life. He has been ensconced in Rosecroft Hall during the family's exile and will become the heir should Guy die. Horatia refuses to believe her godfather, Eustace, is responsible. But when Guy proposes a faux betrothal to give him more time to discover the truth, she agrees. Secure in the knowledge that his daughter will finally wed, Horatia's father allows her to visit her blue-stocking aunt in London. But Horatia's time spent in London proves to be anything but a literary feast, for a dangerous foe plots Guy's demise. She is determined to keep alive her handsome fiance, who has proven more than willing to play the part of her lover even as he resists her attempts to save him.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

BLURB BLITZ TOUR: THROUGH THE LENS by K.M. Jackson


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Mika Walters is a normal woman working in the not so normal world of New York Fashion. As long time assistant to uber sexy photographer Alejandro Vargas she’s tired of being the girl in the background. Just once she wants Alejandro to look at her with the same smoldering look he gives to his willowy models and now she has her chance.

Stranded.

After a travel mishap where the rest of the crew and the models can’t make the remote location shoot for another three days Mika is taking her moment to catch Alejandro’s eye and put herself in front of Alejandro’s camera and if all goes to plan, his bed… at least until the real world catches up with them.

Alejandro doesn’t know what’s gotten into Mika maybe it’s the sand, maybe it’s the sun, but he doesn’t really care. All he knows is that he’s finally opened his eyes and is seeing her clearly for the first time as the smart, gorgeous and incredibly irresistible woman she is.

But why can’t she realize that what he’s feeling for her is not one of his usual one, well, three night stands? This is real. Real love, real passion. What’s it going to take for him to prove to Mika that she’s the woman he wants? Now and forever.

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Alejandro grinned wide, bestowing on her a dazzling white smile, letting her know all was forgiven about the travel plans and he was right where he wanted to be in that moment. That was Ale. Stormy one minute and blindingly bright the next. Totally unpredictable. “There’s my girl. Always the trooper. I knew I could count on you.”

Her frown turned to a grimace. “Well, can you at least admit that taking the speed boat to the island would have been a better choice?”

Alejandro shrugged and lifted his camera once again. He pointed it at the old brown-skinned captain, Tong, who waved and spread his weathered face into a craggy smile just as Alejandro clicked the shutter. “I will not.”

“Of course you won’t.” Mika stuck out her tongue at his back.

Just then, quick as a jaguar, Ale turned his trained lens to her and snapped the picture. “Caught you!” He threw his head back and laughed, for a moment not the usual Alejandro the Great. Not the conqueror of fashion, assistants, and models, but the one in her mind—conqueror of her heart, her soul and, if she was brave enough to admit her deep dark wish out loud, her body.

Mika sighed, letting out a long breath into the salty sea breeze. Yeah, you caught me, Ale, but don’t be so cocky. You just might find yourself caught, too, one day.

About the Author:K.M. Jackson is a writer of women’s fiction, and a former fashion designer. She lives in the suburbs of New York with her husband, boy/ girl twins and her precocious terrier named Jack who keeps her on her toes.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

SBB: Russian Dolls by Cristelle Comby

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3_13 GF MEDIA KIT BookCover_2500Alexandra Neve is a student at University College London whose world suddenly falls apart. When her best friend jumps from the university’s rooftop, she can’t stop herself from asking, ‘Why?’ The police rule her friend’s death a suicide and for them the case is closed — so whom can she turn to for help? Sometimes the person you need the most is the one you least expect to find, and in this case it’s none other than Ashford Egan, a blind middle-aged history professor, who’s more willing than most to listen to what she has to say. Neve and Egan are as different as they come. She’s restless, careless at times, and fearless when the need arises, while he’s almost the complete opposite: a deep thinker with an analytical mind, a highly rational and collected individual. As they enter the violent world of the Russian mafia, they must overcome their differences and learn to work together. It’s their only chance if they want to survive.
READ AN EXCERPT Life, death. Two concepts, two words. You don’t think about them unless you’re forced to. You take the first for granted and try to forget the second. You get on with your life, worry about meaningless things and you simply stop thinking about death, even though you see it every day on the telly, in the papers you read. So long as it’s happening to others, you continue to go on with this comforting lie that says it’s never going to happen to you. The Reaper won’t come anywhere near you — until the day he does. It could be a car crash, it could be a stroke. Or it could be your best friend jumping from the rooftop of the university you both attend. And suddenly you remember that death is very real and there’s no way of knowing who is going to be called next. You’re forced to face the frailty of life and accept your own mortality. My best friend recently passed away and I almost died twice myself in the past couple of weeks. My name is Alexandra Neve. I’m a student who used to live in a reassuring bubble. It burst, and now I finally see the world for what it truly is.


3_13 GF MEDIA KIT author_2000  About the Author:Cristelle Comby was born and raised in the French-speaking area of Switzerland, somewhere between Geneva and Lausanne, where she still resides. Thanks to her insatiable thirst for American and British action films and television dramas, her English is fluent. She attributes to her origins her ever-peaceful nature and her undying love for chocolate. She has a passion for art, which also includes an interest in drawing and acting. Russian Dolls is her first new-adult novel, and she’s hard at work on the next titles in the series. Find out more at www.cristelle-comby.com.

The Writer's View: Frank Nappi


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The View Inside My Writing Space


I suppose my writing space is not that unlike those of other authors. Well...maybe that’s not entirely true. I do most of my writing in my office at home, a modest room with burnt orange walls adorned with my most treasured baseball memorabilia, highlighted by a beautiful 16X20 black and white Cooperstown signed photo of Ted Williams which hangs right over my desk. I have other unique items in the room as well, including game used spikes signed by Tony Gwynn, an autographed Sports Illustrated cover celebrating Hank Aaron’s 715th home run and two Shea Stadium seats that I acquired after the Mets shut down the old place. There’s lots more as well - other baseball items from seasons past that are imbued with memories that always make me smile.

The true story of Frank Nappi the author, however, probably lies in a careful analysis of my actual work area. My desk is essential to my existence as a writer, as it houses my Mac, keyboard and printer. This oversized walnut flat top is also littered with a cornucopia of items, some of which you would expect any author to possess - practical articles germane to the writing process, like pens and pencils, a clock, an old fashioned dictionary, and other office supply “stuff” like paper clips, tape, staples, etc. Although in this technological age most of the actual work that goes into writing a novel occurs on computer, there are times when those traditional items come in handy.

Those items, however, share the space with others that hover, I suspect, in the realm of the idiosyncratic. These more colorful articles cluttering my desktop, the ones which really provide a glimpse into the world that is my writing space, include a tiny wooden Hemingway House replica I bought while in Key West, a 12 inch Batman figure, a New York Met Bobblehead, San Diego Sno Globe, lots of loose family photos and a F.Scott Fitzgerald magnetic finger puppet I received as a gift. An I-Pod loaded with every song every produced by the likes of Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Jason Aldean and a few others is also just a hand’s reach away, when the moment calls for a little diversion or inspiration as it were.

It is quite an odd amalgamation of “things” but it’s my space and it works for me!

About the Author:Frank Nappi has taught high school English and Creative Writing for over twenty years. His debut novel, Echoes From The Infantry, received national attention, including MWSA's silver medal for outstanding fiction. His follow-up novel, The Legend of Mickey Tussler, garnered rave reviews as well, including a movie adaptation of the touching story "A Mile in His Shoes" starring Dean Cain and Luke Schroder. Frank continues to produce quality work, including Sophomore Campaign, the intriguing sequel to the much heralded original story and the just released thriller, NOBODY HAS TO KNOW, which received an endorsement from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille. Frank is presently at work on a third installment of his Mickey Tussler series and his next thriller. He lives on Long Island with his wife Julia and their two sons, Nicholas and Anthony.

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Nobody Has To Know, Frank Nappi's dark and daring new thriller, tells the story of Cameron Baldridge, a popular high school teacher whose relationship with one of his students leads him down an unfortunate and self-destructive path. Stalked through text-messages, Baldridge fights for his life against a terrifying extortion plot and the forces that threaten to expose him. NHTK is a sobering look into a world of secrets, lies, and shocking revelations, and will leave the reader wondering many things, including whether or not you can ever really know the person you love.
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Monday, March 11, 2013

The Writer's View: Nicole MacDonald


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My writing space


We rent a dinky wee house and I have a room for sewing/writing but my favorite space to write is our conservatory. It’s what used to be the front porch area and I love how a ‘proper wall & windows’ looks through to our bedroom. For some reason it always reminds me of a holiday cottage near the sea. The conservatory is carpeted and has full length curtains and is just big enough to squeeze a long low bookcase, a man-robe and a single arm chair in. From the arm chair I can see out to the hills at the end of the valley we live in and across the road to the local shops. Pretty net curtains stop people on the outside from directly seeing me through the full length glass windows. Normally the conservatory is just used by the cat and dog for sun baking *grin* but I also like to use it in the evenings to meditate. My fabulous partner set up a surround sound system for me so I can just plug my phone in and enjoy!

When I’m on a writing buzz I’ll spread out over the armchair with my giant green cushion jammed behind my back and a cup of tea on the low book case that runs right beside the chair. Littering the tops of the book case and man-robe are my collection of rocks and crystals. I especially love faceted crystals and have a few hanging ones in the windows too. It helps add to the ‘magical’ feeling I get from the room. I find it really easy to slip off to another world while in there and I’m less likely to be disturbed too. It’s a really simple, pretty and for me, enchanting room.

About the Author: Nicole MacDonald is the Independent author of The Arrival and Awakening, the first two books in the BirthRight Trilogy. Writing had never been a lifelong dream for her until she began The Arrival
but it now is an all-consuming passion.

A proud Kiwi (New Zealander) Nicole dreams that one day Peter Jackson will be in touch to option the film rights for the BirthRight Trilogy. When she's not daydreaming about that she's working on book three in the trilogy - Feel the Burn, available December 2012 - and planning future works.

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Four friends in the midst of a man drought cast a love spell on a whim, unexpectedly landing them on another planet.

Oops.

On a foreign and often hostile world, love teeters on the horizon while the threat of civil war looms thanks to the girls' surprising gifts. Will the girls master these gifts in time to survive a war in which not only are they the ultimate weapons, but also the ultimate prize?

Friday, March 08, 2013

SUPER BOOK BLAST and Giveaway: LOVE IN PROVENCE by William Auch

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MEDIA KIT Book Cover (2)When John Martin is forced to sell his tech company, he decides to take a six-month vacation to the south of France. When he meets Madame Garcin, her daughter Sophie, and her granddaughter Isabelle, his life is changed forever. What began as a long vacation becomes a journey of self-discovery marked by love, loss, and tragedy. He is molded by this family of three generations of women, tempered by tragedy themselves, in ways that he could never have imagined.



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 On the weekends, John would visit surrounding towns to explore. He visited Avignon and Gordes, as well as other cities in Provence. He always liked market day, when the farmers came into town with their produce to sell in the town plaza. The market became a sea of color with the various fruit and vegetables stacked neatly in rows as people from town gathered to select their food for the week. It was not only the fruit and vegetables that attracted him, but also the stores filled with cheese, pastries, and meat. It seemed like there was a specialist for everything.

 Unfortunately, the bucolic nature of his current life continued to be interrupted by his weekly updates from his lawyer regarding the SEC investigation. He wondered if it would ever go away. His lawyer continued to fend off the SEC, but eventually he would probably need to return to California for questioning. His lawyer kept telling him not to worry, but that was easier said than done. The whole ordeal continued to weigh on him. Since his arrival in Aix a month before, the calls about the investigation seemed like the only news he had heard from home. Mike was probably too busy getting ready for the arrival of his new baby, Michelle was probably not speaking to him, and his parents didn't call. He assumed his father was mad at him for selling the company.


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 About the Author: William Auch is a physician residing in Sacramento, California. When not seeing patients, he writes, studies French, and travels the world.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

EXCERPT TOUR and Giveaway: Lucky Charm by Marie Astor


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Twenty-eight-year old Annabel Green is about to tie the knot with her college love, an aspiring author Jeremy Blake, but her plans for an ideal wedding are rudely interrupted when she catches Jeremy kissing his gorgeous book agent.

Shell-shocked by Jeremy’s betrayal, Annabel retreats into the quiet routine of TV dinners and solitary evenings. It is then that Annabel’s best friend, fashion designer Lilly Clayton, sets herself on a mission to draw Annabel out of her shell. In an attempt to persuade Annabel to keep an open mind on dating, Lilly takes Annabel for a stunning makeover, but after Annabel passes on a date with a dashing entrepreneur, Lilly decides that more drastic measures are needed. Lilly invites Annabel to see a palm reader who gives Annabel a lucky charm that is supposed to help her find true love.

A few weeks later, Annabel meets a new love interest, and as the two embark on a whirlwind romance, she starts to believe in the power of the talisman the palm reader has given her. But what Annabel doesn’t know is that Lilly is hiding a secret that could unravel her faith in her newly found luck in love.

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After Annabel made her way down, she spotted Etienne’s Porsche parked next to the curb.

“Hello.” Etienne’s eyes danced with sparks. “I didn’t want to risk coming upstairs with your chaperone and all.”

“Hi.” She took a step closer toward him, aware of how glad she was to see him.

“It’s wonderful to see you again,” he murmured, taking her hand. Then his lips found her mouth and she felt her knees go weak.

“Well, I guess we’d better get going before we get caught.” Etienne smiled after he finally pulled away from her.

“It’s the housekeeper’s day off,” Annabel murmured, thinking that she would not object at all to scrapping the dinner plans in favor of Etienne having his way with her upstairs.

“We don’t want to be late for our reservation.” Etienne opened the car door for her, and Annabel blushed, fearing that he might have read her thoughts. Thank goodness that mind reading only existed in science fiction.

“Where are we going?” Annabel asked.

“You’ll see. It’s a surprise.”

Thirty minutes later they were still on the road.

“Could you at least give me a hint?” Annabel asked when she saw Etienne take the highway exit out of Paris.

“Let’s just say it will be a combination of history and dining.” He smiled. “It should be another twenty minutes or so.”

Finally, after driving through massive iron gates, Etienne put the car to a stop.

“Wow, this place is amazing!” Annabel exclaimed as she got out of the car.

“Just wait till you see what it’s like inside.” Etienne closed the car door behind her. “I thought you might enjoy a brief chateau tour before dinner. I remember you said you wanted to see the royal chateau. This is, of course, by no means the Fontainebleau, but I think that you will still find it interesting.”

“Do you think we could still get in?” Annabel looked at her watch. It was quarter to seven, and she remembered that most museums closed at five or five-thirty at the latest.

“Let’s just say that I’ve arranged for a private tour.” The mischievous spark in Etienne’s eyes made it impossible to resist his offer, and without a moment’s hesitation, Annabel followed him inside.

It was so quiet inside the chateau that Annabel could hear the panels of the wooden floor squeaking under her feet – the kind of noise that made you think of ghosts. The place was dimly lit with electric lights that were put into the candelabras instead of candles, and Annabel clasped Etienne’s hand tightly for fear of stumbling.

“Are we all alone in here?” she whispered.

“Don’t worry. I assure you that it’s perfectly safe.” Etienne put his arm around her. “I know the way well. We will not get lost.”

About the Author:Marie Astor is the author of contemporary romance novels: This Tangled Thing Called Love, Lucky Charm, On the Rim of Love; romantic suspense: To Catch a Bad Guy; and a short story collection, A Dress in a Window. Marie is also the author of a young adult fantasy adventure novel,Over the Mountain and Back.

If you would like to learn more about Marie’s writing, please stop by her website: www.MarieAstor.com or visit her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/marieastorcollection

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: INSATIABLE by Emily Kimelman


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INSATIABLE is the third novel in the Sydney Rye Series of dark murder mysteries. This series feature a strong female protagonist and her canine best friend. It is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don't mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!

INSATIABLE begins with private detective Sydney Rye living a simple, disciplined life in London, but when a dangerous man from her past calls, Rye finds she cannot turn him away. Robert Maxim explains that the daughter of a powerful friend has gone missing and he wants Rye to find her. In exchange he offers her something she had given up hope of ever having; freedom from her past.

With her dog, Blue, at her side, Rye meets up with her new partner, a handsome man she's not sure she can trust. Heading for Mexico City, they go undercover, posing as husband and wife. After meeting with the bereaved parents, Rye starts to sense that there is more going on than just a missing girl. But it isn't until they arrive in the Yucatan Peninsula, hot on the girl's trail in Paradise, that all hell breaks loose. Sydney has to reach out for help from old friends and deal with the consequences of her past, if she's going to find the girl and keep them all alive.
This was an exciting book!  My only problem with it was----I haven't read the other two.  But that didn't keep me from enjoying the action and the characters.  It only makes me want to go back and read the other two books in the series to see what I've missed.  You don't need to have read the other books in the series, but I think it might make your reading richer.

I don't want to give away too much--this is a mystery after all.  The writing is good, the pace is quick, the characters are likable-- I especially like Sydney and Blue. Their bond is strong and they've been through a lot together.

I also really liked Dan and am interested to see how his and Sydney's relationship develops in the next book of the series. I see many adventures ahead for this group.





About the Author:Emily Kimelman lives on a boat in the Hudson Valley with her husband, Sean and their dog Kinsey (named after Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone). Kimelman has a passion for traveling and spends as much time as possible in the pursuit of adventure.

Her Sydney Rye series feature a strong female protagonist and her canine best friend. It is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don't mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!


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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: SEVEN YEAR ITCH by S.D. Skye


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Her Family Was Vexed With a Generational Curse. Now for Lie Detecting FBI Spy Catcher J.J. McCall, the Truth is in The Seven Year Itch.

FBI Special Agent J.J. McCall is a born lie detector who recruits foreign spies to catch American traitors. She and co-case agent Tony Donato have lost two of their most critical Russian sources in the past two years, and they may lose another in just a few short days if they don’t catch him, The ICE PHANTOM, a rumored insider spy more insidious and elusive than Ames and Hanssen combined. They suspect he might be burrowed deep inside FBI counterintelligence—and his body count is going up.

Drawn into an unsanctioned mole hunt, they have a week to catch him, save a key source’s life—and their own. While J.J.’s lie detecting ability helps them narrow down the list of suspects, the lie she tells to herself may help the ICE PHANTOM defect to Moscow and get away with the murder of the man she loves.

Skye's debut FBI Series, filled with mystery, espionage, romance, and suspense, will keep you burning through the pages until J.J. catches the very last spy.

This debut novel by S.D. Skye holds promise for a new FBI series--there are plenty of sub-plots, many interesting characters, and she ends the book with the promise of more conflict in the future, both personal and professional.

For a thriller, the book was a little slow-moving for my taste. I realize the author is setting up a new series, but the personal side stories, while interesting, slowed down the main purpose of the story--finding the Ice Phantom.  In my opinion, the book would have been tighter and faster moving, as a thriller should be, if the author had not given us quite so much information about the characters--some character development is good, especially of the major players, but a lot of it could have been left out without damage to the plot itself. And, since this IS the debut novel of a new series, some of what we were told in this book might have been better used spread out through the series.

On the other hand, it's obvious that S.D. Skye knows what she's talking about and has a real passion for the world of counterintelligence. It has to be tough being a woman in a male-dominated field and she shows us that in the character of J.J. McCall.  Not only is she a woman, but she's a woman of color with a racist boss. And the racism doesn't stop there--she gets to face it on the other side when she visits her father, a former Black Panther who feels like she'll be better off if she just quits her job and finds her a nice black man to marry who will take care of her.

Add to that the added complication of J.J. and her partner, Tony (whose mother wants HIM to settle down with a nice Italian girl), being attracted to each other and the story has some lighthearted and interesting moments. A nice twist at the end has me wanting to read the next book in the series.




About the Author:
S.D. Skye is a former FBI Russian Counterintelligence Program Intelligence Analyst and supported several key cases during her 12-year tenure at the Bureau. She has personally witnessed the blowback the Intelligence Community suffered due to the most significant compromises in U.S. history, including the arrests of former CIA Case Officer Aldrich Ames and two of the Bureau's own--FBI Agents Earl Pitts and Robert Hanssen. She has spent 20 years supporting counterintelligence, intelligence, and military missions in the U.S. Intelligence Community.

An award-winning author of romantic comedies in her other life, Skye is a member of the Maryland Writer's Association, Romance Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. She's addicted to writing and chocolate--not necessarily in that order--and currently lives in the Washington D.C. area with her son. Skye is hard at work on the next installment of the series.

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Monday, March 04, 2013

SBB: MEMORIES OF MURDER by Lara Nance


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. At each stop, Lara will award a signed cover flat; and a $50 Amazon gift card will be awarded to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. A $50 Amazon gift card and a signed cover flat will be awarded to a randomly drawn host. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour. Memories of Murder by Lara Nance, a Paranormal Romance is available now and can be bought for 0.99 from March 4 – 8th on Amazon Kindle.



When Maeve McKenna renounces her witch powers and accepts a low-key nurse practitioner position at a Virginia retirement community, the last thing she expects is a suicide her first day on the job.

As the town's sexy sheriff, Paul Sutton, starts looking into the tragic death of his father's friend, Maeve can't help but get involved--with both the case and him. Their informal investigation unveils an old journal that connects the ruins of a nearby asylum and long-forgotten cemetery with the shiny new retirement community's memory unit--and Maeve's Alzheimer's patients.

Maeve senses a sinister presence in the old asylum, calling to the patients, but in order to stop it from killing again, she must first conquer some demons of her own and reclaim the magic she's denied herself.

As if on cue, her cell phone rang and when she saw her mother’s number she sighed. Her Mom had been great during her crisis, but now had trouble letting go. Of course Maeve was grateful her mother and aunts had flown to Atlanta as soon as they’d heard about the attack. The Gems—the triumvirate of her mother, Opal, aunts Ruby and Pearl insisted Maeve return to Savannah to heal as soon as she could leave the hospital. There, the Gems helped restore her health with tenderness and a little magic.

Her mother and aunts had to stop worrying about her. She took a deep breath and forced a brightness into her voice she didn’t feel. “Hi, Mom.”

“Emerald, darling, how are you?” Her mother’s voice was a rich contralto tinged with concern.

Maeve cringed at her mother’s use of her first name. She chose to use her middle name after she bound her powers. However, her mother persisted in calling her Emerald or Em no matter how many times Maeve reminded her.

“Yes, I’m fine. I made it and I’m on the way to the cabin I’m renting now,” Maeve said. “How are you?”

“Oh, I’m the same as ever,” her mother said with a deep chuckle. “Incorrigible.”

Maeve had to laugh. Yep, that was her mom.

“So, do you like it there?”

Maeve sighed. “I just got here. But so far it’s very picturesque. The retirement community is obviously exclusive. You should see it. In a few months maybe you guys could come up for a weekend and sightsee.”

“You’re not telling me something. What happened to upset you?” Opal’s tone sharpened.

“Mom, stop it. You always say that when I talk to you from out of town. I’m perfectly fine,” she lied.

“Really, Maeve, Ruby saw a crow in her front yard this morning. A crow!”

“Big deal, a bird flew into her yard.”

“No, not just any bird. And then she went out back to work in the garden and found another one dead on the stone path. You can’t say that’s a coincidence.” She ended on a triumphant note.

“Mom.”

“I know, I know. You don’t want to hear about omens. But mark my words Emerald Maeve McKenna, one day you will recognize the value of your heritage and be glad you have the powers.”

“Mom!”

“Okay. I’m done.”

“Good. Now please give the rest of the Gems my love, tell them I miss them and take care. I’ll call you later in the week and let you know how the job is going.”

“I will. Take care and I hope whatever it is you’re not telling me is nothing really bad.”

“Mom!”

“Good bye, darling.”

“Bye, Mom.”

She didn’t know whether to smile, grit her teeth, or both. Although her Gems had saved her, she also needed distance from her family for a while. It was important to find her own balance now that she had renounced her witch powers. She swallowed, regrouped her thoughts, and then headed into downtown Rolling Gap. She had to keep going. There was no other way to survive.

Abut the Author:
Lara Nance grew up and lived in many cities throughout the South. She loves to write in a variety of genres within the scope of women’s fiction. But the basis of all her stories is a tale that will entertain and intrigue.

If you want to escape and lose yourself in a novel, you’ve come to the right place. Choose your genre and settle in to be entertained. From thrilling mysteries and steampunk tales, to paranormal romance and adventure, Lara’s willing to explore a variety of compelling stories full of danger and suspense, with a touch of romance.

Having been on the fencing team in college and now living on a sailboat convinces her that she was a pirate in another life, or possibly kin to Errol Flynn… However, due to the unfortunate demise of the romantic pirates of the past, she lives out her fantasies, thrills and adventures in her stories.

Currently docked in Norfolk, Virginia (until the wind changes) Lara enjoys living on her sailboat and spends time reading, of course writing, indulging a variety of artistic endeavors, cooking and sailing with her husband, Joe and their Yorkie, Rio.

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