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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. 

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.   

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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.”




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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! 

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 Cover for The Art of Going Home and Adventures in Fast Food

Choosing the image for your book cover is very difficult. The cover art has so many roles to fill. It’s got to stand out from millions of other covers; it needs to entice the reader; and it needs to relate to the genre. It’s the image that will represent the blood, sweat, and tears you put into your writing.

Since my story is both a romance and a mystery, it was difficult to choose which genre to portray. The ever popular naked male torso? (There’s no mistaking that for anything other than a romance novel!) A sinister scene of police tape surrounding a child’s body? (Clearly a murder mystery.) After considering dozens of concept covers, in the end, I chose neither.

Woven throughout The Art of Going Home’s plot is the struggle of the heroine Madisen to come to terms with the events that occur during her visit to her hometown. It’s the story of her personal journey as she struggles to cope with the death of her surrogate mother, the antagonism of her father and the emotions re-experienced surrounding the murder of her twin sister that took place a few days after their tenth birthday. The things she discovers about her sister’s drowning shock her, and she fears for her sanity. She feels adrift and vulnerable, floating in a sea of uncertainty, unsure she will survive the turmoil thrust upon her.

The image of a young woman adrift seemed the most appropriate.

Tell me what you think. Does the cover make you wonder what’s going on? What cover would you choose? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

On a completely unrelated note, I’m featuring a short escapade written by a friend of mine about his quest for a quick meal. Enjoy!

Jeffrey Adams Post on Facebook
 1:33 am · February 13

I went into Wendy’s today. I ordered the 4 for 4, obviously, like anyone would do. “Are you dining in?” Do I want a bag? Don’t sugar coat it with your marketing speak. I’m at Wendy’s ordering a 4 for 4, either or will do for both parties. “4 for 4 with the crispy chicken please.” This fellow seems competent but I don't trust him enough to ask for no mayonnaise. My card, yes here you go, swipes and back to me & “here’s your drink cup.” Well done, well done Wendy’s. Many a times Micky D’s will leave you standing with your phone in your hand while waiting on your order. Not at Wendy’s, you best hurry over & touch the same button every being off the ark has touched to get your soda because guess what? ORDER UP!

#fastfood  #orderup #everybeingofftheark