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Stories of Sun, Sand & Sea - Mistletoe & Palm Trees. 


Makes for ten holiday celebrations like none other. Sunny skies. Check. Palm Trees. Check. Beaches. Maybe. Family. Sometimes. Love and Romance. Double Check. Scrumptious food and a few cocktails. Triple Check. Murder. At least one.

Ten novellas written with heart felt holiday spirit that will make you laugh, bring tears to your eyes, warmth to your soul, intrigue to your psyche, with just enough romance to make you wish for more.


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The Stories of Sun, Sand & Sea - Mistletoe & Palm Trees Boxed Set Inclusions!
Judith Lucci: Biloxi Beach Murders (Book 2)
Kat, who finishes her graduate degree in Art History in December, travels from Washington, DCwhere she is interning at the Smithsonian Museum to Biloxi for some Thanksgiving holiday fun with her friends. Everyone is there including - her former main squeeze Liam. A great time turns sour when one of her old friends from the University of New Orleans is found beaten and bruised, floating in a fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico.



Judith Lucci writes what she knows.....Hospitals, Patients, Physicians and Health Care. She adds suspense and intrigue along with well-developed plots, vivid descriptions and memorable characters, and produces medical thrillers that few readers can put down. 

Dr. Lucci is the author of the Alexandra Destephano Series, a series of medical thrillers that offer fans an escape into the busy world of a fictitious world-class hospital in New Orleans.
Author web links:
Lilian Robert: Waves of Passion
Lindsey is a stunning young woman full of life, smart, efficient and ambitious, she surrounds herself with quality friends and has gained the respect of coworkers, superiors, and friends.

Her heartbreaking separation from a five-year relationship left a void that someday would need to be filled. But at this point, romance seemed like unsafe territory.

And just about the time she thought she had achieved an impenetrable, relationship-proof fortress, Paul, a virtual friend on Facebook, sweeps he thoughts away and sets her nights on fire. If he is anything like what she had built in her mind, he would be a force to be reckoned. Lindsey is just about to find out.

Lilian Roberts is a corporate engineer. College, and the corporate world kept Lilian's writing on the back burner for a few years. It wasn't until later on in life that she decided to sit in front of the computer and finally put her thoughts on paper. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an avid reader and loves novels that feature characters draped in passion, mystery, and adventure. She is especially fascinated with the concept of immortality. 

Lilian is the author of the Immortal Rapture series, eight paranormal, captivating, romance novels. A young British girl Arielle Lloyd with special gifts and an immortal man Sebastian Gaulle find their way to each other and want nothing more than to pledge their undying love to the world. For five centuries Sebastian has sought the one soul who can fulfill his dreams of everlasting love. Then he meets Arielle, whose heart calls out to him like no other.
Author web links:
Website: http://lilianroberts.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angie.rueckert
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lilian3roberts
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/106342217777220181698
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lilian-Roberts/e/B00BVDKEA6/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/LilianRoberts
Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/LilianRoberts
PJ Fiala: Copper Moon – Colby

Aubree Norman has run Norman House Inn since she was twenty years old. Boyfriends have come and gone, not understanding her need to keep her grandparents home viable and running. Settling in to grow old in the beautiful Victorian and make her bed & breakfast the place to be, she killing it.

When fire jumper, Colby Landon comes to town he brings excitement with him. First, the hotel burns down other fires soon follow. As the flame burns hot between Aubree and Colby, will their love have a chance to grow or will the arsonist's torch turn their newfound flame into smoldering embers?

Writing has been a desire my whole life. Once I found the courage to write, life changed for me in the most profound way. Bringing stories to readers that I'd enjoy reading and creating characters that are flawed, but lovable is such a joy.

When not writing, I'm with my family doing something fun. My husband, Gene, and I are bikers and enjoy riding to new locations, meeting new people and generally enjoying this fabulous country we live in.

I come from a family of veterans. My grandfather, father, brother, two sons, and one daughter-in-law are all veterans. Needless to say, I am proud to be an American and proud of the service my amazing family has given.
Author web links:
Website: www.pjfiala.com
Newsletter: www.pjfiala.com/ReadersClub
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pjfiala1
Twitter: www.twitter.com/pfiala
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/pattifiala/designing-samanthas-love
Instagram: https://instagram.com/patti_fiala/
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/pj-fiala
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7866768.P_J_Fiala
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/pjfiala
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/116973848613644291786/posts
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/pattifiala
LibraryThing: http://www.librarything.com/profile/PJFiala


Cherime MacFarlane: Wild in Willow


The Larkin family plans to celebrate Christmas a little early due to a commitment made by the oldest son. But things are brewing in the background that may make it Wild in Willow. Irene Maddox is accompanying her friend Libby to the celebration. Can the family survive the blow up? Only time will tell.












Meet Award-Winning, Best-Selling Author Cherime MacFarlane. A prolific multi-genre author, she has a broad range of interests that reflect her been there-done that life. Romance, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, all sorts of characters and plots evolve from a vivid imagination.

I came to Alaska kicking and screaming in 1975, and I never want to leave. I cut firewood on shares for money to get through the winter. I swore I would not live above the Alaska Range because it was too cold there and wound up in the Copper River Basin where it got just a cold as Fairbanks.

My second husband, a Scot from Glasgow, was the love of my life. When I write Scots dialect, I experienced hearing it from my in-laws. Each time my husband got on the phone to Scotland after five seconds, I could hardly understand a word. I was my second husband's chief mechanic's helper and roadie.

I live in a cabin which is slowly being surrounded by the city and wish I were further out. My two cats and Husky-Collie mix dog are happy in our little slice of heaven called Alaska. In the silence of winter dreams of people and places provide a rich pool of ideas to explore.

Author web links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCherimeMacFarlane/

Blog: https://cherimemacfarlane.wordpress.com/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Cherime-MacFarlane/e/B00EP24SZW

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7428820.Cherime_MacFarlane

Nicole Sorrell: The Art of Getting Away

Carlos is head over heels for his sassy girl Andie, and he wants their first Christmas together to be extra special. A romantic escape to the lake cabin where they met will be perfect. But Andie's ex-boyfriend interrupts his plans, begging her to give him a second chance. Carlos suspects the former gang member isn't telling Andie the truth, and decides he's going to do whatever it takes to keep her. And if that means fighting dirty...



 
My first love was reading. From the age of ten I read everything I could get my hands on. I was seventeen the first time I closed a book and thought, I want to do that. Write a story that good. It took a few years, but I finally published my first novel, joining the ranks of contemporary fiction authors. I included everything I love in a book. It's a romance story, has suspense and surprise, and with book two, became a women's fiction series.


I'm still a voracious reader, currently residing in a rural area of the mid-west. After living in various parts of the U.S. and traveling abroad, I recently moved into the very same home where I grew up. I enjoy country living: ours is a small community, and everyone knows everybody. The culture of the city also draws me in: the shopping, dining, and the opera and ballet.

I love traveling, especially to other countries, and I speak Spanish. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Literature, and a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising. Home decorating is one of my favorite things. Of course I love to read, and I'm a published poet. I like baking pies and drinking ale. Oh, and I like playing cornhole, and I spend way more time than I should playing computer games.


My sidekick is a tiny Yorkshire terrier named Georgie Doodlebug. I call her GiGi. She's my fur baby.

Author web links:

Website: http://www.nicolesorrell.com/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Nicole-Sorrell/e/B00QVRHZD6/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicole.sorrell.author/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cnicolesorrell

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/nicolesorrell73/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicole-sorrell-820095110

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/117190333488373775302


Angel Sefer: Deadly Paradise

When Angelos Dimitriou a devastatingly handsome prominent attorney from Athens finds Natasha Ioannou unconscious on the steep rocks of a remote beach on Naxos, he is caught in a web of conspiracy, extortion, and greed. But the feisty and brave young woman with the emerald eyes captivates his soul, and Angelos throws caution to the wind in order to protect her. Caught in the eye of the storm, Natasha finds it hard to trust anyone. Will she ever open up to Angelos? And will he be able to save the blonde beauty from the threat hovering over her?







Multiple award-winning, bestselling author Angel Sefer was born in Athens, Greece and has studied and worked on both sides of the Atlantic. She holds a degree in Economics and divides her time between the corporate world and her true passion: writing mystery, thriller, and suspense romances where passion flares and danger lurks around every corner.

Angel lives in Athens, Greece, with the two loves of her life—her son and her husband—and is a member of several writers groups.
Author web links:
Website: http://angelsefer.com/
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Angel-Sefer/e/B00DKUTEUY
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Angel-Sefer-462538183807771/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AngelSefer
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AngelSefer
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/AngelSefer

Sybil Shae: One More Day: Surviving the Waves

After the hurricane Caitlyn's life was in shambles, much like the buildings and the land around her, everything was destroyed. Her home, her family and her love all torn apart by a single wave. There was nothing left for her at Luna Beach. She moved away and spent years struggling to put her life back together. Just when she is starting to feel a small sense of normalcy, a Christmas Card arrives in the mail. What it says sets her emotions and her sanity into a whirlwind.










For Love, Real Love, The Kind Of Love That Lasts Forever….Sybil

Sitting in a chair, at a desk with headphones on, typing away...That’s where you’ll find Sybil Shae most days. She loses track of time and reality as she dives into her romance world, becoming one with her characters and growing with them as they appear through words on the tablet screen in concert with the imagery of a fool’s paradise we all visit in our dreams.

Sybil Shae writes romance, both spicy romance reads and clean reads. She feels it, breathes it, and has built her world around it. Love is at the center of all things. Welcome to Sybil’s world.

Sybil Shae DOES NOT write Erotica by any means, even the Spicy parts aren't as spicy as most others on the market. She writes with Love as the central plot rather than adult content.

Author web links:

Website: http://sybilshaeromance.weebly.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SybilShaeTheAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sybilshae

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sybil-Shae/e/B01MUMSRQX

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/SybilShaeRomance

P.J. MacLayne: Love on the Dunes

Sunny skies, sandy beaches, palm trees and swimsuits. It wasn't like any Christmas Carena Galloway had ever known. She missed her family and worried about her relationship with her boyfriend, Aiden Wade. A picnic on the beach with friends was just the thing to distract her from her problems. Meeting a celebrity was a bonus.

But she never counted on attracting a stalker.










A computer geek by day and a writer by night, P.J. MacLayne grew up in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania and sets much of her writing in that landscape. She currently lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains.
Author web links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/pjmaclayne/posts/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PJMacLayne
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/P.J.-MacLayne/e/B00HVE8WZI
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8177223.P_J_MacLayne
Blog: http://pjmaclayne.blogspot.com/

Stephany Tullis: Baby Boomer Bash

Baby Boomers ONLY! No family allowed.

High school friends Sherry Mattison and Maddy Meriweather refuse to allow their adult children to ruin their love of Christmas and the family based traditions that are so near and dear to their hearts. Unlike Ebenezer Scrooge and the Grinch, they don't decide to cancel this year's Christmas, nor do they harden their hearts. Instead of presenting their annual plea for an extended family Christmas like those of the good old days, the baby boomers greet their families on Thanksgiving Day with a new attitude and a feisty festive spirit that includes a non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner: pot luck!

Their daughters are shocked but pleased when Christmas plans are not discussed as the family watches the annual Thanksgiving Day parade. The guys were relieved that dessert was the focus of football half time and not drawing names for the annual family Christmas gift exchange.

Sherry Mattison and Maddy Meriweather kick off their plans for their first annual Baby Boomer Christmas celebration with a Black Friday shopping spree. And then the thirty-day count-down begins!

Will the boomers' plans implode when their families discover their plans for a holiday beach vacation in the Caribbean?


In my world, there is no life without writing, traveling, family, music and my love of politics. My loves and interests are central to my writing. With this backdrop, regardless of the date or time of your visit, you will find family.

My world (my back-story) is guided by my faith and the inspiration I receive from God. Without exaggeration, family and relationships are the core of every book I write.

I love to travel and like me, my characters are always off and running and in so doing require me to research (and often visit) so many fascinating places.

I also love music—all kinds and I’m never surprised by what track finds its way to my personal playlists and a character’s ring tone, door chime, or car radio station.

People frown sometimes and don’t understand my love of politics, but I have a political administration background and thrived on and in my past government career. For me, it’s the people, the process and what democracy offers. As with life, my fictional towns and cities include mayors, governors, school board members, etc.

If you haven’t guessed, I love my world that allows me to not only live the life I love but to also share it with others.
Author web links:
Website: https://www.stephany-tullis.com/
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Stephany-Tullis/e/B00D3P052W
Twitter: https://twitter.com/StephanyTullis
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/StephanyTullis
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Newsletter: https://www.stephany-tullis.com/contact
Valerie J. Clarizio: Jess & Sam’s Story

After twenty years, Jess returns home to care for her ailing mother. Close proximity to the man she once loved who'd dumped her on the very day she expected a marriage proposal reawakens her broken heart and strengthens her vow to never put faith in a man.

By his own choice, Sam's the most elusive bachelor in town, his walls of defense firmly in place. But when the feisty little brunette he dated in high school and college moves back, Sam needs to step up his game, stiffening those walls to concrete. True love? A forever union? What kind of idiot believes in that?

No matter which way Sam and Jess turn in their little home town, they run into each other. And stumbling under the mistletoe isn't what either one needs.
Valerie Clarizio lives in romantic Door County Wisconsin with her husband and two extremely spoiled cats. She loves to read, write, and spend time at her cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

She's lived her life surrounded by men, three brothers, a husband, and a male Siamese cat who required his own instruction manual. Keeping up with all the men in her life has turned her into an outdoors enthusiast, of which her favorite activity is hiking in
national parks. While out on the trails, she has plenty of time to conjure up irresistible characters and unique storylines for her next romantic suspense or sweet contemporary romance novel.
Author web links:
Website/Blog: https://valclarizio.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Valerie.Clarizio/
Facebook Street Team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/clarizioscronies/
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/valerie-j-clarizio
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VClarizio
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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Valerie-J.-Clarizio/e/B00A87RJVS/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_8?qid=1476915213&sr=8-8

Are Romance Novels Bad For You?

Hello, everyone!

Summer is here! I’m busy writing my third novel and a second installment of my short story to add to The Art of Getting Away.

I hope everyone is having a fantastic time during these months of vacations, swimming pools, BBQ’s and great summer reads!

I love summer romances. All the books I've written, though technically not of the romance genre, contain strong romance and relationship elements. Boy, do I love reading a good bodice ripper.

Love these hilarious fake book covers? For more, see The Wonderful World of Longmire 

Reading? Who has time for reading? you ask. I hope you do, because summer and romance go together like... Well, like Romeo and Juliet. Can’t have one without the other.

But... But... you ask, aren’t they a bad influence? Those naughty tales of billionaires or motorcycle bad boys whose heroes are unrealistically handsome, rich, and emotionally supportive? Don’t they taint our expectations of realistic relationships?

In other words, can smart women read romance novels?

The answer is a resounding, Absolutely!

First of all, romance novels are different than they were decades ago. The role of women has changed in our society, and romance novels have transformed right along with them. Yes, you can still find stories where the hero rescues the damsel. But more likely, the female protagonist is the one rescuing herself, and sometimes the hero, too. Or, they rescue each other. The couple today helps each other grow personally and professionally, battle demons of their pasts, and encourage and celebrate the achievement of the other’s goals.

So, why do we still ask: are romance novels bad for you?

Could it be the sex? BINGO.

A conservative element in our society still holds the view that women should not initiate, enjoy or receive satisfaction from sex, have access to the means to prevent conception, or control what goes on with our own bodies. And (ahem!) romance novels expose women’s sexuality. Even praise it. The stories portray how love and sex help two consenting partners achieve physical and emotional fulfillment. The power lies not with one person, but in the partnership. (See Why Smart Women Read Romance Novels by Anne Browning Walker)

As for smart women enjoying the romance genre, a study by Katrina Fong, Justin B. Mullin, and Raymond A. Mar revealed a positive relationship between reading fiction and interpersonal sensitivity. The study states, “In particular, Romance was the only fiction genre that predicted greater interpersonal sensitivity... Perhaps Romance is a genre of fiction where the plot, goals, and characters in the narrative might primarily be driven by the navigation and resolution of interpersonal interactions and relationships.”

So, how do you like them apples?

Go ahead, grab that romance book and be secure in the fact you are improving your interpersonal sensitivity skills through fictional social experiences.  

But all that psychology stuff isn’t the reason you’ll find me reading them. I just think they’re entertaining.  

 

What is Women's Fiction?

The simple answer is Women’s Fiction is a book genre that appeals to the female reader.

The long answer is, well, long...

Nicole Sorrell, Women's Fiction Authors

When I set out to write my first book, I didn’t consider what genre it would be, I just wrote the story. When I finished my two book series called The Art of Living, pinpointing the category of the novels was not easy. What? you ask. You wrote the books. Don’t you know what the genre is?

Well, yes and no. How do you categorize a book that contains more than one type of story line? What if the plot contains a romance and a mystery and a young woman recalling childhood memories she’d previously suppressed? Is it a Romantic-Mysterious-Remembrance?

Not so much... While the elements of mystery and romance in my books will appeal to fans of these genres, there is a consistent theme that lies beneath like a foundation, if you will. Throughout the books, the main character uncovers shocking information about her family that forces her to reexamine herself, and she learns how to come to terms with what she's found out.

Aha! Now we’ve hit upon the driving force of the novels. The heroine’s journey of self-discovery! Women’s fiction is about the protagonist’s (male or female) experience of self-discovery, self-acceptance, self-improvement, and/or self-preservation. The genre of women’s fiction focuses on the main character’s voyage through personal trials that lead her (or him) to learn and change and grow while making mistakes. Other characters will impact the heroine, but not rescue her. In the end, she saves herself.

Can women’s fiction have elements of romance fiction? Yes, but the romantic relationship is not what steers the plot. (And by the way, I adore romance books.) Is women’s fiction “contemporary fiction”? The contemporary fiction definition is: stories that take place in the present that could happen to real people in real settings (i.e. The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe). It lacks the required self-discovery element of women’s fiction. Can women’s fiction have paranormal undertones? Sure, but it’s not what guides the story from beginning to end. (Yep, lots of paranormal books on my shelf.) Women’s fiction is not Chick Lit, (you guessed it, I love chick lit) which usually centers on the romantic problems of young women (think Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding).

Some examples of popular women’s fiction novels are The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah; The One & Only by Emily Giffin; and All Fall Down: A Novel by Jennifer Weiner.

Sound appealing? They can make for some great summer reads.

What books have you read or that you would like to read that fall into the definition of women’s fiction.  

Introducing my Boxed Set!

The Art of Living Duet
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Two full length novels for pre-order at only $0.99!  
Sale ends on release day, February 6.
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Check out the short version of my Book Trailer!   

 

The Art of Going Home, Book 1: Maddie dreads going home after a decade to face the memories of her dead sister. As it turns out, the haunting reminders of her twin’s murder are the least of her worries. . .

Not given details of the drowning so many years ago, Maddie is persuaded to track down the killer. Her investigation brings to light suppressed childhood memories, and she begins to doubt everything she once believed. And everybody she thought she could trust. Including Zac, her high school crush. Though powerless to resist their attraction, Maddie isn't sure she can forgive his betrayal. Will the horrifying discovery of who killed her sister heal old wounds... or scar her forever? 

The Art of Retribution, Book 2: To celebrate a friend's wedding, Maddie again visits her small home town. But within hours of her arrival, joy turns to fear when she barely escapes a hit and run driver intent on killing her. Certain it's her father, who needs to silence her to avoid prison, Maddie devises a plan to bring him to justice. As she fights to survive his dangerous game of cat and mouse, she learns not everyone is who they say they are. The truth could finally free Maddie from her past... or cause her world to shatter. 

With sexy romance and heart-pounding mystery, the duology explores the exhilaration of falling in love, the anguish of loss, and the devastating consequences of secrets long held by family who will risk everything to protect us.

 

 

Nicole's Newsletter

Happy New Year!

2017 is here! I want to thank everyone for making 2016 special! And I've got big plans for the new year, one of which is to work on my next novel every day. My third book is in the planning stages. Hopefully it will be out by the end of the year!

Today, I'm releasing my NEW book trailer video! Take a look and tell me what you think.

Wishing everyone a safe, happy, and prosperous 2017!

Free 'til Dec. 3rd!

It's December already, and Christmas will be here before you know it! Take a break from your hectic schedule to relax with an e-copy of my standalone short story, The Art of Getting Away. It's FREE until December 3rd.  

On the blind side of a curve, she’s stranded when her SUV dies.

Driving to a vacation he doesn’t want to take, Carlos barely avoids hitting her.

Getting her vehicle to start again is the easy part. The hard part is to stop thinking about the sassy girl with the blue-green eyes. Aw, hell. She would've forgotten him five minutes after she’d stunned him with that thank you kiss. Besides, the last thing he needs is to get his heart all twisted up over some woman. He’s supposed to be using his time off to come to grips with his own problems. 

Until Carlos bumps into her again, then discovers the feisty beauty is in the crosshairs of the most violent outlaw motorcycle gang in the Midwest. He gets in way over his head when he tries to help her get away...


December GIVEAWAY!

 

I just released Book 2 in The Art of Living Duet, The Art of Retribution! To celebrate I'm giving 2 lucky winners signed copies of my books along with the short story! If you're on my mailing list, you're already entered.
Pass this on to a friend, so they can enter by signing up HERE by December 15. 
U.S. and Canada only.

Nicole's Newsletter -

Announcing the Release of The Art of Retribution

I'm ecstatic to announce Book 2 of The Art of Living Duet will be released November 28, 2016!

I delayed this month's newsletter until I could announce the release date for the final installment of my series. It's available for pre-order and on sale. From now until 11/27/2016, you can by for only $0.99 by clicking here!

Returning to her small hometown, Maddie was looking forward to celebrating a friend’s wedding and spending time alone with Zac, her long distance boyfriend. But within hours of her arrival, joy turns to fear when she barely escapes a hit and run driver intent on killing her. 

Certain it’s her father, who wants to silence her to avoid prison, Maddie devises a plan to bring him to justice. Entering a dangerous game of cat and mouse to lure him out of hiding, she soon learns her father will go to any length to hurt her, even harming the innocent. As she fights to survive, deeply buried secrets come to the surface, revealing not everyone is who they seem, nor is everything as it appears. The truth could free Maddie from her past... or cause her world to shatter. 

A sexy romance and heart-pounding mystery, The Art of Retribution explores the exhilaration of falling in love, the anguish of loss, and the devastating consequences of secrets long-held by family who will risk everything to protect us. 


And the winner is...

Last month, our giveaway was 2 signed paperback copies of The Art of Going Home and The Art of Getting Away. Our winners are:

Felicia P.
Catherine G.

Congratulations! 

Nicole's Newsletter

Autumn is here. It's time for a giveaway!

Happy October everyone! It's the time of year we drink hot cider around the bonfire and enjoy gatherings of family and friends. And I have some Big News! Book 2 of The Art of Living series book duet, The Art of Retribution is complete and in the editing process. Here's the cover. 

In Book 2, the story of Maddie and Zac continues when Maddie returns to her small Midwestern hometown for a friend's wedding. But before she can get to the bachelorette party, trouble finds her. It's the perfect balance of steamy romance and mystery. 
AVAILABLE SOON!

To celebrate, I'm giving away 2 signed copies of Book 1, The Art of Going Home. And as a BONUS, I'm including  signed copies of the companion short story, The Art of Getting Away! To enter, sign up for my Monthly Newsletter here. Everybody already on my mailing list is automatically entered (so if you're getting this email, you could win)! Tell your family, friends, co-workers, bosses, hair-stylist and barista! The giveaway ends October 16.   

All my books are available on Amazon, and are FREE with Kindle Unlimited. Check them out!

Here's an excerpt from The Art of Going Home. During Maddie's first visit home, she's is having dinner with her best friend Tabitha (nicknamed Tabs). They're talking about Zac's previous relationship:

Pouring the last of the wine into my glass while trying to appear unconcerned, I rasped, “When was this?”
     “Zac ended it about ten months ago. Elaine talks bad about him behind his back, but would stoop to anything to get him to go out with her again. As if he would. Like my daddy always said, ‘You can’t shit in one hand and eat out the other.’”
     “I guess that explains what she said to him after the vigil. That he knew how to get in touch with her.” My hand flew up to cover my mouth. “Oh my God! Did they sleep together?”
     “I doubt it,” Tabs said, quickly backpedaling. “Who could blame any girl for wanting to? Mm, mm, mmm. With that body of his? Even though Zac obviously knows how good-looking he is, he’s a great catch. You need to take the opportunity to see how things develop between you two.” She went to the kitchen and brought back a second bottle of wine.
     “I don’t know. Zac and me? Aren’t we like brother and sister? And we live so far apart.”
     “Don’t kid yourself,” she scoffed. “He hasn’t looked at you like a sibling since you were a freshman in high school. And neither have you. There are ways to manage the distance.” She could see my hesitation, so she pressed, “Come on, you’ve known him your whole life. He’s a good guy.”
     “I know he is. Probably too good for me. Besides, I’m not sure I’ll ever be ready to trust a man enough to let him get close.”
     “You have to be willing to learn,” she said. “I bet Zac is the right one to teach you how to open your heart.”

 

 

 

Nicole's Newsletter

 

The Art of Getting Away

Big news this month! My short story is now available on Amazon for 99 cents, and it's FREE with KindleUnlimited! New cover, same great romance mystery.

The Art of Getting Away:
When her SUV leaves her stranded, Carlos helps get it running again, then can’t stop thinking about the sassy girl with the blue-green eyes. After discovering she’s in the cross hairs of the most violent outlaw motorcycle gang in the Midwest, Carlos goes in way over his head when he tries to help her get away.


Labor Day Giveaway!

To celebrate this Labor Day, I'm giving away e-copies of The Art of Going Home! 
Click here to enter.

The Art of Going Home:         While visiting her small hometown, things get risky for Maddie as she follows mysterious clues leading to her twin sister’s killer. The evidence ultimately reveals a dark and disturbing past. When the man she trusted deceives her, the future she’d just begun to hope for crumbles to dust. In this story about the extremes of loyalty and betrayal, love, in all its forms, is put to the test.


My novel and short story are also available in collections!

Check out Romancing the Heart and Stories of Sun, Sand and Sea. They're fantastic, and FREE with KindleUnlimited!  

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The Winner Is...

Last week I sponsored a giveaway to show everyone how much I appreciate your support. I randomly selected a winner of the $20 Amazon gift card.

The Prize goes to DARLA GRAY!

CONGRATULATIONS!


The authors of Stories of Sun, Sand and Sea are sponsoring another GIVEAWAY! That's right, you still have a chance to win fabulous prizes!

The winner will receive a copy of the short story collection, plus 16 eBooks, plus $20 coffee gift card, PLUS a $40 Amazon Gift Card! It's an amazing prize package! 


The Art of Going Home is now in KindleUnlimited! You can read it for free if you join! 

Nicole's Newsletter

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I'm so EXCITED!

One of several things I'm happy to tell you all in this month's newsletter is that The Art of Going Home is included in a collection called Romancing The Heart. You get five full length novels plus one short story for only 99 cents! This multi-author set sizzle for summer. From the streets of Chicago, to the Wild West and even a trip down the rabbit hole, it will leave you breathless and begging for more. A little of everything is just what the you need to fill your Kindle for the hot, hot summer.
 

Ari Thatcher - His Wedding Date
When he needs a date to his ex-wife's brother's wedding, Ash asks his sexy co-worker. Will she give him a chance to make something of their smoldering chemistry?

Dawn Brower - Cowgirl Fever
A journalist and a rancher become entangled in overpowering passion, and discover love flourishes when you least expect it.

Hildie McQueen - The Last Hero
A mega movie star meets a local bakery owner that has the potential to form a recipe of love..or disaster.

Maggie Dallen - Less Than Three
Lacey finally has a shot at her dream job. Alex is in line to take over the family business. They can both have it all--if they can just keep their hands off each other.

Nicole Sorrell - The Art of Going Home
Maddie follows mysterious clues to her sister's killer, uncovering a disturbing past. When the man she trusted deceives her, love is put to the test.

Rebekah Lewis - The Unraveling
Melody's sister has gone mad. Cheshire cats, Jabberwocks, and the Red Queen are storybook characters... or are they? When the White Rabbit mistakes Melody for her sister and brings her to Wonderland, she has no choice but to embrace the fantasy world around her as she loses her heart to the Hatter.




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If you haven't picked up the e-version of The Art of Going Home, it's on sale! Click the picture to go to Amazon and purchase if for 99 cents THIS WEEK ONLY! Grab it right away!



 

GIVEAWAY!!!

To show everyone how much I appreciate you, I'm sponsoring a GIVEAWAY! To enter for a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card, like my Facebook Author Page here by midnight August 6th. I'll randomly select a winner! (If you've already given my Facebook Author Page a like, you'll be entered automatically!) 

Please spread the love! Forward this and tell all your friends! 


Stories of Sun, Sand and Sea

The anthology, Stories of Sun, Sand and Sea is available for pre-order! Only 99 cents!

My short story (The Art of Getting Away) is included with 10 other stories! They take place on 11 beaches. It's a great summer read. 

Today I'm featuring an interview with my character, Carlos Redondo, from The Art of Getting Away.

The short story is a companion to my series The Art of Living. The main character is Carlos, who lives in the small Midwestern town of Clantonville, Missouri, where he grew up. He’s thirty-four years old, and has one younger brother, Zac.

The story occurs when Carlos takes a vacation at Table Rock Lake. There he meets a sassy girl he calls Andie.

Let’s listen in as Carlos answers a few questions:

Question: “What is your superpower?”

Carlos: “I’d have to say cars. I can fix almost anything wrong with them. I’ve been hanging around my Uncle Jose’s garage since I was a teenager, and I’ve worked for him full time for over ten years. He’s the best mechanic there is, and he’s taught me everything he knows. So if it’s broke, I can figure out how to fix it.”

Question: “What’s your biggest regret?”

Carlos: “I recently lost my aunt, who was like a mother to me. My biggest regret is that I didn’t appreciate her more when she was here. My mother left when I was four, and I never saw her again until a few weeks ago. Looking back, I realize how involved my Aunt Cecilia was in my life. I wish I’d have told her more often how important she was to me, not just at the end.”

Question: “But you did get a chance to tell her?”

Carlos: “Yes, I did. She had cancer, so her death wasn’t a complete surprise. I sat with her one afternoon about a month before she passed, and told her how much she meant to me. We had a chance to remember some of the crazy things I did as a teenager when I was going through a rebellious phase. She kept me out of trouble with my dad, who was a deputy sheriff. She was always there when I needed her, with a smile, or a hug, or just to listen. It’s hard being without her now, knowing I’ll never see her again. We were really close.”

Question: “Clothes in the hamper or on the floor?”

Carlos: “It’s about fifty-fifty. I try to keep the place neat, but sometimes it gets away from me. Gets pretty messy.”

Question: “Do you have a favorite pet?”

Carlos: “I don’t have a pet. If I did, it would be a dog. A big one, like a German shepherd or a Rottweiler. One that would be good for protection, but well-trained. I hate dogs that have bad manners.”

Question: “What’s your favorite food?”

Carlos: “I like spicy food. My Aunt Marie is a great cook, and she makes the best Mexican food. I love her chicken enchiladas. She makes them with her homemade green salsa and sour cream. Delicious.”

Question: “And your favorite vacation spot?”

Carlos: “Table Rock Lake, in the Missouri Ozarks. I recently went there for vacation. I stayed in a little cabin that had a nice private beach. It was beautiful, peaceful. Real special. Even more so because of the people. You just never know who you might meet there.”

Question: “Where do you see yourself in five years?”

Carlos: “Funny you should ask me that. A year ago I would have said the same place I am now. I like small town life, and I like being single. I never wanted the responsibility of a wife and family, or even a pet. But lately I’m not so sure about the single part. I may reconsider that. Having children might not be so bad. You never know what the future holds.”

Stories of Sun, Sand and Sea

The anthology, Stories of Sun, Sand and Sea is available for pre-order! Only 99 cents!

My short story (The Art of Getting Away) is included with 10 other stories! They take place on 11 beaches. It's a great summer read! 

Today, I'm featuring one of my fellow authors from the anthology, Kinsey Corwin. Her story is titled After the stormLet's join Kinsey as she talks to her character, Beck Hollands: 

After the Storm by Kinsey Corwin.

I'm excited to introduce you to Beck Holland, one of the colorful characters from After the Storm, in the 11 Beaches anthology.  I hope you enjoy Beck as much as I did!

Beck Holland is the leading man in After the Storm, which will release as part of our anthology, Stories of Sun, Sand, and Sea. He comes from a well-known family and resides in Ember Cove, Alaska, where he's lived his entire life. When he's not playing handyman, you can find him playing guitar and singing in the local bar.

Question: “Pull up a chair and let's break the ice shall we? If you were stuck in the middle of a zombie apocalypse and you had three people to help you fight of the zombie horde, who would they be?

Beck: "Do they have to be real or fictional? Don't believe in zombies, but should all my intuition on such things be wrong...I'm going to mix it up with some real and some fictional people. First I would choose Charlene McCann, because she's pretty fierce when she wants to be and I hear she's a wicked shot. That guy from the Walking Dead that all the chicks go nuts for...what's his name? Right, Daryl Dixon. Last I would have to choose Travis because although he's a pain in the ass, he's good in a fight."

Question: "So Beck, are you a clothes in the hamper or on the floor?”

Beck: “Typically the clothes go in the hamper, but it would depend on my day went and how anxious I was to get out of my clothes. My mother was firm on certain things when I was growing up, and now that I live on my own, they’ve kind of stuck.” 

Question: "What is your biggest fear? What frightens you the most?"

Beck: "Never being able to outrun the legacy of womanizing that the Holland men are known for. I would love to be able to prove my dad wrong and make a relationship stick for the long haul."

Question: "What's your favorite guilty pleasure?"

Beck: "Watching a movie, in bed, with my girl cuddled up next to me. There is nothing like it." Beck leaned back in the chair. "Wow. Never thought I'd hear something like that come out of my mouth."

Question: "What’s your favorite comfort food?"

Beck: "Homemade Barbeque Chicken Pizza. Has to be on a thin crust though. Most people in my family think it's disgusting, but once I was introduced to it, I was hooked."

Question: "Have you ever Googled yourself?"

Beck: "No. Don't want to know what exists out there on the World Wide Web about yours truly. I'm sure there are plenty of things that depict a side of me, I'd rather forget."

Question: "If I give you a time machine, what time period and in what place would you travel to?"

Beck: "I wouldn't go back too far. I wish I was living in the fifties. Classic cars, chicks in poodle skirts or pedal pushers, leather jackets, and old fashioned rumbles."

About The Author

Kinsey Corwin is a contemporary romance author who lives in Las Vegas with her two boys. She dreams of moving back to Texas, where she her kids could enjoy the waters in the Gulf of Mexico. You will find that Kinsey is really drawn to small town stories, beaches, and cowboys... she blames this on her love of Texas and the characters one can find in the small town settings. 

Her first novella, After the Storm, is an intro into the fictional Alaskan town of Ember Cove.

Girls Just Wanna...

Drink wine.

I love wine. I fell in love with it during my years living in California. Napa valley was a couple of hours away, and spending a day touring wineries and tasting was something I always looked forward to.

Many people I talk to say they don’t like wine. WHAT? How can that be? There are thousands of types and brands of wine. How can you not like it? The answer is, they haven’t tried enough varieties to find one they think tastes good.

Wine is usually made from fermented grape juice. The earliest form of grape-based fermented drink was found in northern China, where archaeologists discovered 9000-year-old pottery jars. Yep, for millennia man has consumed fermented grape juice. Due to a natural chemical balance, grapes ferment without the addition of sugars, acids, enzymes, water, or other nutrients. All you need to do is add yeast to consume the sugar in the grapes, which converts it to ethanol and carbon dioxide.

Eiswein

Eiswein

Wine is usually named after the grape it comes from, such as Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay and Merlot. When one of these varieties is used as the predominant grape (usually defined by law as minimums of 75% to 85%), the result is a "varietal" as opposed to a "blended" wine. Blended wines are not considered inferior to varietal wines, rather they are a different style of winemaking; some of the world's most highly regarded wines, from regions like Bordeaux and the Rhone Valley, are blended from different grape varieties.

European wines can be classified by region (e.g. Bordeaux, Rioja and Chianti), while non-European wines are most often classified by grape (e.g. Pinot noir and Merlot). Market recognition of particular regions has recently been leading to their increased prominence on non-European wine labels. Examples of recognized non-European locales include Napa Valley, Santa Clara Valley and Sonoma Valley, Anderson Valley and Mendocino County in California, Willamette Valley and Rogue Valley in Oregon; Columbia Valley in Washington; Barossa Valley in South Australia and Hunter Valley in New South Wales; Luján de Cuyo in Argentina; Central Valley in Chile; Vale dos Vinhedos in Brazil; Hawke's Bay and Marlborough in New Zealand; and Okanagan Valley and Niagara Peninsula in Canada.

I love going to wine parties. Everyone brings a bottle, and you get to taste a lot of different kinds. Through my experience I’ve found I dislike chardonnay, but I do like dry wines because I don’t think they don’t have a lingering aftertaste. I also like sweet wines. Ice wine (or icewine; German Eiswein) is a type of dessert wine produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. It is my all-time favorite. It is served cold and I’m telling you, this stuff is the nectar of the gods -- absolutely delicious. If you like Moscotto, you should try it.

The terms—dry, sweet and semi-dry—refer to a level of sweetness or residual sugar in a wine. A wine is considered “dry” when all of the grape sugar is converted to alcohol during fermentation, while a sweet wine still has some residual sugar. “Semi-dry” or “off dry” wines have a mild or softly perceptible sweetness.

These terms can get confusing quickly, because sweetness sensitivity varies from person to person, and because sometimes a wine can be technically dry but give the impression of being sweet because the grapes were very ripe or the oak barrels imparted a sense of sweetness—like a caramel or cream soda note—to the wine. 

Through a lot of trial and error, I found a red wine I like: Shiraz. According to the experts, it has dark fruit flavors from sweet blueberry to savory black olive. When you taste Shiraz you'll be greeted with a punch of flavor that tapers off and then has a spicy peppery note in the aftertaste. I don't know about all that, I just know it tastes good. 

So you see, with so many to choose from, there’s no reason you can’t find one you like. Have a party! Experiment! Drink up! 

I love to hear your comments! Tell me what kinds of wine you like...

Stories of Sun, Sand and Sea

The anthology, Stories of Sun, Sand and Sea is available for pre-order! Only 99 cents!

My short story (The Art of Getting Away) is included with 10 other stories! They take place on 11 beaches. It's a great summer read! 

Today, I'm featuring one of my fellow authors from the anthology, Cherime MacFarland. Her story is titled Dead End Beach. Let's join Cherime as she talks to her character, Fawke DeSantos: 

Dead End Beach by Cherime MacFarland.

The road on Homes Spit is the end of the line in South Central Alaska. Between you and the rest of the world lie the Gulf of Alaska and wild mountains.

Fawke DeSantos rode his motorcycle from Louisiana to the end of the road in Alaska. It’s as far in the United States as he could go. What was he looking for?

Cherime: “I’m sitting here in the Old Salt Bar with a beer and ready to interview someone who has become a bit of a local sensation with the ladies of Homer, Fawke DeSantos. Fawke makes lunch deliveries for a local restaurant and has claimed a bit of fame while buzzing around town.”

“Hi there. What’s your full name? How did you decide on Alaska as a destination?”

Fawke: “My name’s Fawke Layn DeSantos, I’m 28 years old and after spending nearly twelve years of my life taking care of my aunt, it was time to go somewhere else. I pointed the headlight north and kept on going.”

Cherime: “What did you expect to find up here?”

Fawke: “Other than icebergs and igloos?” He stops and rubs one hand down a bare arm. “I didn’t expect to find a little blonde bomb working in a bar as a bouncer. I heard Alaska women were different, but that was something else.” Fawke grins at me.

Cherime: “I suppose that was a real surprise.”

Fawke: “Sure as hell was! That is one jolie blonde in a tightly wrapped package. To be truthful the only reason I’ve been camping out on the beach and working for barely enough for gas money is little Ornery.”

Cherime: “That brings me to my next question. Are you planning on staying in Alaska?”

Fawke: “That’s one question I can’t answer for you. Little Miz Maddox holds the key.”

Cherime: “Do you think you can take winters in Alaska. You know the riding season is short up here.”

Fawke: I get a huge belly laugh from the man and his dark eyes sparkle. “Riding is an interesting concept. A person can ride a lot of things; just saying. After all, isn’t life the wildest ride of all? As to my staying in Homer, the end of the season party on the beach may be when I get my answer. I’ll be sure to let you know. Are you going to be there?”

Cherime: “Sure. It’s the end of summer, we have to send it out right. See you there, Fawke.”

About The Author

I’m Cherime MacFarlane and proud to call myself an Alaskan. I’ve spent more than half my life in this state and it is home. I’ve done a lot of things while living here, the opportunities were endless.

Come and look around my sites. At the least I can guarantee you a lot of beautiful pictures of my home.

http://alaskaromance.blogspot.com/
https://cherimemacfarlane.wordpress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCherimeMacFarlane/?fref=ts
amzn.to/1SFJ64m

 

 

Stories of Sun, Sand and Sea

The anthology, Stories of Sun, Sand and Sea is available for pre-order! Only 99 cents!

My short story (The Art of Getting Away) is included with 10 other stories! They take place on 11 beaches. It's a great summer read! 

Today, I'm featuring one of my fellow authors from the anthology, Judith Lucci. Her story is titled Beach Blanket Murders: The Ocean Can Be Deadly.  

Beach Blanket Murders: The Ocean Can Be Deadly by Judith Lucci

Kat had been counting the days until her beach reunion in the Outer Banks of North Carolina with her college friends from New Orleans. It would be the first time she’d seen major heart-throb Liam Cross since Christmas. She dreamed of a diamond engagement ring as she tucked her new bikini into her suitcase. Little did she know that in a few hours her life would change forever. Fire and Ice, Love and Murder. The Ocean can be Deadly.

Let's listen in as Kat practices her job interview techniques:

As I looked at the pretty young dark-headed young woman sitting across from me I noticed she’d checked her watch twice since she'd come into the room for her interview. As Associate Dean for the Graduate School at UNC, Chapel Hill, I planned to interview her for several reasons and wondered if she was in a great hurry. 

“Good morning Kat. I’m Dr. Judith Lucci. Thank you for agreeing to be interviewed for the University newspaper. As you know, we're doing student interviews as part of resume building so that when you get your graduate degree next semester, you'll already have experience with interview techniques. Does that sound okay to you?” 

“Yes, yes, that sounds great. I'm excited about the interview.” Her voice was young, her eye eager, and I had her total attention. 

“Tell me a little bit about yourself. Where are you from, where did you go to undergraduate, and a little bit about your family. I watched as Kat formulated her response. I could see the wheels turning in her head. She was so pretty, tiny and petite, with her emerald green eyes and her perfect smile. Truly a lovely girl. 

Kat took a breath and began. “Well, I'm sorta from everywhere. My dad is retired military, Navy actually, so I've lived all over the world. I’ve got two older brothers. It's been a great experience for me to have been so many places, all over the world, at such a young age. My dad retired my high school senior year, and we moved to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. I went to undergraduate school at the University of New Orleans and became intrigued with the art, history and culture of the Big Easy so deciding to get a graduate degree in art history was a no-brainer.” 

I nodded. “What made you pick the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for graduate school? Of course, were delighted to have you,” I added. 

“Oh, it was definitely the reputation of the school and my brother went here and loved it.” She hesitated a minute and added, “I wanted to put a little distance between my boyfriend and I just so I could figure out whether it was a serious relationship, you know, the real deal,” she added with a serious smile. 

I grinned at Kat and said “That's the first time I've heard that response but I appreciate your honesty.” 

Kat blushed a little bit and said, “I guess that wasn't the best answer.” 

“I think it was a very honest answer and its fine. I’ve noticed you've checked your watch three times in the last 10 minutes. Are you in a hurry? 

Kat blushed even more, the red flush spreading from her neck to her face. "Yes, I sort of. I'm going to meet my old college friends from the University of New Orleans and my boyfriend, Liam… who lives in New York… for a long weekend at the beach. I'm so excited and I've been waiting for this for what seems like forever. Please forgive me if I'm acting rude." 

I really liked this girl. "No problem, I just hope your weekend is everything you've been looking forward to.” 

"Oh, I'm positive it will be. Nothing could possibly go wrong. All my best friends are coming and who knows, if I get my wish, maybe I'll get a marriage proposal!" 

I smiled again at the eager young woman and hope everything went according to her plan. "Kat, I want everything you want. Now tell me, what are you planning to do with your graduate degree? Where are you planning to work?" 

Kat’s smile was direct. "Well, I'm a little on the obsessive-compulsive side so I started researching where I might want to work last year." 

I smiled at her. She was so young and eager. I remembered when I been young and idealistic. Anyone would be lucky to get her. "And, what's the verdict? What's your ideal job?" 

"Well," she said with a huge, warm smile. "I want to work at the Smithsonian...I want to live in DeeCee..." 

I smiled at her in return. "DeeCee, huh. Lots of opportunity and lots of traffic! Talk to me next spring. I’ve great contacts there who would love to have you,” I said as I stood and offered her my hand. “Have a wonderful time on the Outer Banks. I hope it all goes well with your boyfriend," I added as I smiled into her happy face. 

"Oh, it will,” she assured me. "Nothing could go wrong. We're perfect for each other. I'll let you know how it goes." 

"Please do," I said as she stood to leave. "Keep in touch with me during the next semester. I want to help you reach your dream of living and working in Washington." 

"Promise," she said as she clasped my hand. She was gone in a flash leaving a scent of violets, a wave of energy and an exceptional impression." 

That young woman is going to go places, I thought as I returned to my computer. Little did I know what the next few days had in store for her. 
 

About the Author

Virginia born Judith Lucci holds graduate and doctoral degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia. She is the author of numerous academic and health-related articles and documents. Her novels are based on her clinical experiences, very active imagination and experiences living in New Orleans and Virginia. When not teaching or writing, Judith is an avid silk painter and multi-media artist. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her family and six dogs.
 
Alex Destephano Novels
Medical Thrillers that Chill the Heart

Michaela McPherson Mystery
Tough, Gritty Crime Thrillers

Contact Judith:

JudithLucciwrites@gmail.com
www.JudithLucci.com
https://www.facebook.com/judith.lucci
 

The Labor Pains of Writing a Book

Today in my post I thought I’d give an update on my progress (slow as it is) on The Art of Retribution.

It’s the sequel to The Art of Going Home, and the final book of the series.

First, there’s the cover. It’s always a challenge to find one that will appeal to the largest number of potential readers, invite them to open the book, and coordinate with the first cover in the series. I’ve got a concept in mind, and I’m hoping to create it myself. My graphic art skills are rudimentary, though. Creating something beautiful will definitely test my skills (and tolerance for frustration!). Here is a crude mock up along with the first book.

I’ve found it’s harder to write the second book than the first. Maybe because in the first I had the freedom to do anything I wanted: to take the characters and/or plot in any direction. The second book has to answer all the questions left open in the first, and introduce a separate plot realistic in the context of the characters’ personality and the setting. It all has to be wrapped up in a way that will leave the reader satisfied.

Ugh!

I’ve written 38,000 words so far, and hope to reach about 66,000 words before editing (about 200 pages.) Don’t know if I’ll end up with that many, but we’ll see. I still have to consult with experts regarding the medical and legal details of the plot.

I’d hoped to get the manuscript ready to send to my editor by the end of July. Well... not sure THAT will happen. I have to edit it myself before I send it out. Self-editing is very difficult. Since I know what I’m expressing, it’s hard to see when the writing is unclear or confusing.

Then, there’s the step in the middle of all the editing that comprises the beta-readers. Beta-readers are the folks who agree to read the manuscript and provide honest feedback about a pre-published, still-to-be-finalized book. Depending on their feedback, re-writes could be anything from small tweaks to major modifications of the plot line. The last step is the proofreader, who fixes punctuation, grammar, repetition, and points any plot inconsistencies.

YIKES! I get nervous just thinking about it.

So tell me, is there anything you readers would like to see in the sequel? Any questions answered or anything happen to the characters?

I’d love your input!

Kthxbye!

Nicole's Newsletter

May has been a very busy month!
I learned that my publisher was going out of business at the end of the month. 
As of June 1, 2016 I will continue to self-publish my work, 
and apologize in advance if there are any glitches. 
The Art of Going Home can currently be purchased on Amazon, 
and will available soon through Barnes & Noble, kobo, iBooks, Scribd, and many more! 
Thank you for your patience during the transition.  


Stories of Sun, Sand and Sea
11 Beaches - Anything can Happen

The anthology is available for pre-order! My story, The Art of Getting Away, is included in a collection with ten other short stories, all set on beaches around the world.And, we're having a giveaway! When we've had 1,500 pre-orders of the anthology, someone will win $25.00 via paypal. When our pre-orders reach 2,500, we'll give away $50.00 paypal, a 10 signed paperbacks. When we reach 3,000 pre-orders, one winner gets the grand prize: $100.00 and 10 signed paperbacks of the authors' books! No purchase is necessary. Click here to enter the giveaway! 

#GetYourBeachOn!
#11Beaches -- 11 Stories of Sun Sand and Sea. 
Only 99 cents!

Click here to pre-order on Amazon! Release date June 28
 

Stories of Sun, Sand and Sea

The anthology, Stories of Sun, Sand and Sea is available for pre-order! Only 99 cents!

My short story (The Art of Getting Away) is included with 10 other stories! They take place on 11 beaches. It's a great summer read! 

Today, I'm featuring one of my fellow authors from the anthology, PJ Fiala. Her story is called Copper Moon -- The Meeting. 

The Artist…
Brie Spencer is in need of solitude and scenery to help her heal from the loss of her sister. Feeling she will never be able to move on from this heartache, and the torment of the night her life changed forever, she makes the trip to Copper Moon, to paint and heal.

The Biker…
Hank James has always wanted to win the coveted Copper Moon Cup. But having the fastest time has eluded him, that is until this year. Having spent every waking moment tinkering on his baby, he thinks he's finally going to bring home the elusive trophy.

The Problem…
Looking to capture the perfect sunrise, Brie tumbles into the path of Hank James - literally. Making final adjustments on his bike before the race begins, Hank heads to the beach for a trial run. Almost running over a woman and dumping his bike is the last thing he needs.

Now let's talk to Hank James:

So, Hi. I guess you’ve gathered already that I’m Hank. I’m a Marine, and hopefully soon, a full-time bike shop owner and builder. I want to open my own shop and specialize in vintage motorcycles. I fell in love with older bikes when my dad, George, was still alive and I was a little boy. You see, my dad always wanted to win the Copper Moon Cup. Every year, we would load up my dad’s old 1942 Crocker and head to Door County, Wisconsin to race in the Cup. The Cup is a race for vintage bikes only. They have to be at least 20 years old, but the 20 year olds are the new bikes there. 

The Crocker, which was my grandpa’s bike first, was special to my dad because it was the bike he learned to ride on. My grandpa bought it used, only a few years old, while he was home on leave from the service and it sat in his dad’s garage until grandpa got home to ride it. Then, well, he rode that bike everywhere. He didn’t have a lot of money when he first got out of the service, so the Crocker was his only mode of transportation for two years. Since he lived in Dell Hollow, Kentucky, it wasn’t too bad; the weather is usually mild most of the year. 

When my dad turned 15 Grandpa let him learn how to ride the Crocker. Then, he got a job bussing tables at a local restaurant and paid Grandpa for it as soon as he could. Just like my grandpa, he rode it every day to and from work and school. He used to tell me that he thought he was the cat’s meow when he was on that bike. A smile as wide as an ocean and the girls thought he was something special. At least, my mom sure did. After they had me, Dad didn’t ride it that much – only on the weekends or when he needed to let off some steam. And of course, there was the Cup.

So, to race in the Cup, you can’t have any modifications on your bike; it has to be original. Of course, old parts are hard to come by sometimes, so they allow you to put newer parts on it as long as they are made just like the old ones and there aren’t any enhancements to it. There’s always someone trying to cheat, but that’s what happens when you have a large purse. The race has grown in popularity so much that the purse is now a half million dollars. That's something special. 

My two best friends are Colby Landon and Brian Knight. We’ve known each other since grade school. We all went into the service the same year, but we were each in a different branch of the service. I went into the Marines, Colby was a paratrooper in the Army, and Blake is a SEAL. Nowadays, Colby is a smoke jumper, which is a firefighter, and Brian is a bouncer. We’re all in our 40’s but none of us are married at this time. I was, but divorced many years ago. Brian’s never been married; he’s kind of a man whore and Colby was engaged to a gal whom he met in the Army, but she was killed in combat. He’s had a hard time getting on with life.

Back to the Cup: Colby and I want to win so we can open our own bike shop. He says he’s getting too old to continue on with the firefighting, and he’s the best damn fabricator I’ve ever met. He’s made most of the parts we needed for the Crocker. Brian will be there with us, I’m sure. I’ve mentioned it a few times, but he’s noncommittal about it; first, we have to win.

That brings me to Brie. Holy shit, she almost made me dump Julie, that’s the Crocker – long story, but anyway, I did end up dropping her down when Brie stepped out in front of me on the race track. Silly woman. I was pissed off, but something about her just stirs me something fierce. She’s beautiful and kind of sad; but at the same time, she’s smart, funny, and well…I’m hoping we will be able to get to know each other better.

Meet the author, PJ Fiala!

I am a wife of thirty years, a mother of four grown children and the grandmother of three lovely grandchildren. When not writing a new story, I can be found riding my motorcycle and exploring this fabulous country of ours. My writing revolves around people anyone would love to spend time with. No self-absorbed billionaires for me. 

Earning my Bachelor's Degree later in life fulfilled a dream for me. Then, I found the courage to write and I haven't looked back. Currently I have five published books. I also serve as the VP of Communications for WisRWA and devote a large amount of my time helping other authors slog their way through this thing called publishing. I love to hear from fans, so look me up and touch base.

I come from a family of veterans. My grandfather, father, brother, two of my sons, and one daughter-in- law are all veterans. Needless to say, I am proud to be an American and proud of the service my amazing family has given. Touch base with me or stalk me (I’d love that.)

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