Saturday, December 24, 2016

Get blown away with Hurricane in Paradise!

Poor Madison! With all the unexpected deaths she's dealt with, now a hurricane comes her way! What next? 

Here's a free sample: 

A gust of wind blew the front door open, sending it bouncing off the wall. Creole stumbled into the entry, his black hair whipping around his face. A crack of thunder boomed behind him, announcing the fury of the rapidly approaching storm. “Madison Westin,” he barked, sounding like an angry dog. “What in the hell are you still doing at home?”
            Dropping a small bag at the bottom of the stairs, I watched as my boyfriend veered left, going into the kitchen, dripping wet from the sheets of rain slamming the house in all of Mother Nature’s ferocity. The wind’s howling sounded like someone screaming at times.
            Luc Baptiste was his birth name, Creole the undercover moniker he used in his employment as a Miami detective, but only a handful of people actually knew that little fact. He stood over six feet, his muscles accentuated by his soaked t-shirt. At the moment, he had a two-day scruff of beard and his eyes were an irate blue; when they turned a deep cobalt, I knew he was more than mildly annoyed.  Another bolt of lightning flashed through the garden window. I counted under my breath and listened until thunder rocked in the distance, the eye of the storm getting closer. It was just beginning to make its presence known.
“You need an umbrella.” I watched as he shook the water off like a wet animal. “The news said the hurricane won’t make landfall until tonight.”
            He scowled, looming over me, his brows pulled together. “You promised you’d be going with Fab and Didier to Miami.” He tugged on a tendril of red hair that had escaped my hair clip.
            When I first moved to the Florida Keys, living by myself got old––fast. So, when Fabiana Merceau showed up one day with her suitcases, she caught me off guard, but I was happy to have her move in and had never been sorry that she became a permanent fixture. Not long after, Fab met her supermodel boyfriend, Didier, and decided, without a word to the man, to go to the hotel where he was staying, pack up his belongings, and unpack everything into the closet upstairs. Didier was a quick fit as a friend and family member. And nice to look at over morning coffee, or any other time. It made life easier that we had erratic schedules and were rarely all in the house at the same time.
            “I didn’t make any promises.”

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Christmas is on the menu at Carol's whether she likes it or not!

Poor Carol, she hates Christmas, but a Christmas menu may help save the bistro she co-owns.
What to do?

More about the book:

Carol Gabriel hates Christmas. Not just a little bit, but quite a damn lot. 

She can’t even stand having a boyfriend over the Christmas period and habitually dumps them just before the season begins.

But it’s an uphill struggle. There’s a reason Carol doesn’t like Christmas and it’s one that she keeps to herself…

As time is running out Carol wonders if she’s left it too late.

Will her fabulous and charming employees be able to boost the restaurant's popularity?  

The original title was 'A Recipe for Love'.

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Step into a creative lifestyle: Break through blocks and stay charged.

Carlos Aleman has it all. He is a successful artist and author. It's not easy to succeed in the arts. Carlos developed a guide for an actual lifestyle to bring the creative realm into your daily routine.

The how-to book on life for creative people. A practical guide for overcoming creative block, self-doubt, plus encouragement and strategies to live by. “It will push you to step away from the daily humdrum, and stimulate you in making the acquaintance of the creative realm that awaits you. It will whisper in your ear that it’s okay to make daydreams as real as you want them to be.” —Manuel A. Meléndez Award Winning Author

So, are you ready for some holiday magic? Click here:

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Isn't enough that she's a vampire? Don't make her work in retail!

Being a Vampire in Retail Sucks

December, 1977: I graduate with a Liberal Arts degree and didn't find anything I wanted to get a Master's degree in. I work as a sales clerk in a high end department store. I went from being a college princess in an exclusive dorm to the hired help working minimum wage. Luckily, that was decades ago and I have long since moved on. Again, luckily, Black Friday hadn't been invented yet. 

However, this is not the case for Scarlet Summers who struggles with the all the issues that go with being a vampire along with it. And I thought I had it bad. Besides having a sucky job, what's the book about? Synopsis: Scarlet Summers has been through hell since her last mission left her in the hands of an evil necromancer. She got out thanks to the Moon Wolf pack, but not without a price. When three of the werewolves in the pack go missing it is up to her to solve the case. In order to do this she has to go undercover at a supernatural retail store called Fiona's Corner and Café to find the missing girls. 

You can check out this book and others by Jessica Samuels here: 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

If You Had a Magic Mirror, what would you do?

The Magic Mirror by [Askham, Roy]

Abigail has a chance to go back in time and undo her bad deeds from the past. She is an old recluse who has used magic to hurt people. This magic mirror offers her the chance to be young and beautiful again if she goes on this journey. She jumps at the chance, but only for reasons of vanity. The mirror presses her to undo her hurtful deeds for less selfish reasons. Will she? Can she? This YA book contains several colorful illustrations.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Need a book break after Black Friday? Check out Jack Nesbitt.

A Rose for St Amelia - When Rose flees to southern Spain following her messy divorce, romance is the last thing on her mind - until she meets fellow art lover Antonio. But A Rose for St Amelia is not the passionate holiday romance it first appears to be. Antonio has a secret, one which unfolds with tragic consequences, as Rose discovers to her cost. 

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Only When I DieWhen the body of a young woman is discovered in a ditch, in a popular beauty spot, Detective Inspector Charlotte Hope is handed one of the most difficult cases of her career to solve. Each one of her suspects has a motive, but a chance discovery of an event which happened twenty five years previously, throws the investigation off course, leaving the killer to strike, once more. Can Charlotte and her team, piece together the puzzle, before he commits one final act of brutality.

This title is available on Amazon Kindle:

Detective Inspector Charlotte Hope sure has her work cut out for her!

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Man with the Golden Mind is mind blowing.

The Man with the Golden Mind: A Detective Maier Mystery (The Detective Maier Mystery Series Book 2) by [Vater, Tom]

Although this book, by German author Tom Vater is a mystery, it is also fits into the suspense thriller genre with a strong helping of pulp fiction. Being from the U.S. and growing up in the Sixties, I only heard what the mainstream media told me about the Vietnam War. After 1973, when the first troops started coming home, it was the end of the war, as far as I was concerned. The MIAs were a constant source of worry and my heart went out to their loved ones, but after 1975 or so, Viet Nam just sort of  fell of the grid for most of the general public in my country.

Well, The Man with the Golden Mind brings postwar Viet Nam back on the grid. As you walk along with Cultural Attache Rendel and his mysterious spy cohort, code named Weldmeister, you can almost smell the damp smell from the muddy river. You can feel the humidity. You meet with those who seek justice after their families, their fortunes and their lives ended up in ruins. Unfortunately, in Rendel and Weldmeister's line of work, or outside his line of work in Rendel's case, you couldn't trust anybody.

In 2001, Rendel's daughter Julia seeks the services of Detective Maier to find out what happened to her father in Viet Nam back in 1976, when he ended up dead. Soon, this beauty goes missing This is a high adrenaline piece and I won't tell you anything more without releasing any spoilers.

To find out more about it, click here:

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Putting on my reviewer hat for Crime Wave Press.

Crime Wave Press

I am venturing into reading a genre I like and talking about the book. Crime Wave Press found me last week and I'm giving you a sneak preview of what this publishing company has to offer.

About Crime Wave Press: 

Crime Wave Press is a Hong Kong based fiction imprint that endeavors to publish the best new crime novels, novellas and short story collections to readers around the globe.
Founded in 2012 by publisher/writer Hans Kemp of Visionary World and writer Tom Vater, Crime Wave Press publishes a range of crime fiction - from whodunits to Noir and Hardboiled, from historical mysteries to espionage thrillers, from literary crime to pulp fiction, from highly commercial page turners to marginal texts exploring our planet's dark underbelly.
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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Time for some Deadly Stuff and more by Joyce Cato.

Product Details

Being a travelling chef sounds like fun, but when Jenny Starling runs into a suspicious death at an Oxford college...well... maybe if you're a sleuth or a mystery buff, you'd call it fun.
Traveling cook Jenny Starling lands a summer job catering for the conference trade at a prestigious Oxford College, but she doesn’t expect murder to be either on the menu or on the syllabus. An unpopular member of a taxidermy society is found dead in Hall, and Jenny is reluctantly persuaded by the college bursar to help the suspicious police solve the case. That’s easier said than done when nobody has a particularly strong motive, and absolutely everybody seems to have an iron-clad alibi.

Joyce Cato has a lot more mysteries up her sleeve. Check them out on her Amazon link:

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Who wouldn't want to inherit a house on Starfish Island? Deborah Brown takes you there!

Starfish Island by [Brown, Deborah]

Author Deborah Brown is no stranger to Paradise; she wrote nine books about it. Now, she has written another book to get you daydreaming: Starfish Island.

After a bad break-up, Nicole Alexander is ready for a change. When she inherits a house on Starfish Island from a grandmother she never knew, it seems like the perfect opportunity for starting over. But soon after moving in, Nicole receives a cryptic message warning her to leave immediately. 

Determined to get to the bottom of the hauntings, Nicole starts an investigation. When things get hot and heavy with one of the island’s most charismatic residents, Michael Edwards, Nicole begins to suspect his amorous attention might be a cover for dark motives. 

Will Nicole discover the reason for the island’s hostility before it’s too late? Can she fall for a man she doesn’t exactly trust?

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

A Halloween treat from Romance Rebels Publishing: Shifters Hallows Eve!

Shifters Hallows Eve is a collection of short stories of all things paranormal and relevant to Hallows Eve or Samhain.

Shifters Hallows Eve by [King, Lori, Hart, Audra, Shaw, Bethany, Evans, Bryce, Butler, R. E., Boon, Elle, Mills, Julia, Jones, KD, Bell, Melissa, Snark, Melissa, Blevins, Candace, Lea , Sydney]
So, do you want a sample?
Here is a story by my friend Melissa Bell titled The Valley of Shadows:

Steeped in centuries of tradition and in accordance with the Laws of Lupine. When the daughter of an Alpha comes of age, she stands before her pack as the prized female. Held in the Valley of Shadows, on All Hallows Eve is a twisted game of survival. Only the eldest unmated son of the Alpha’s may compete for if they fail it means they are dead. It is part of an ancient ceremony one that will bring packs together from far and wide. It’s an honor to be chosen to run the gauntlet, and a disgrace not to accept.
He watched as Draven left the cave without looking back, identifying the man’s loss by the way the Grand Alpha carried his shoulders. He wore them in a heavily slouched fashion that exuded defeat and failure. On another day he may have found it within himself to feel sorry for the male but today his only concern was for his mate, Rainah. Turning to her now, his heart almost broke at the way her body wracked with silent shellacking. His arms circled her from behind and he whispered gently in her ear, “Shhh, I’ve you.” His blooded thumbs finding the cuffs around her wrists to unlock them by smearing her father’s blood on them. The rattle of the chains as they broke open and clattered to the floor was almost painful to his sensitive ears.
When Rainah was no longer leashed she snarled and wriggled in his embrace but he wasn’t ready to let her go. Spinning her in his arms he caged her body, wedging her back against the stone wall. Flattening his palms on the rocky surface either side of her head, he leaned in closely and sniffed at her neck. Running his nose up along the column of her throat he nipped at her jawline before suckling on her earlobe. His body warming, hardening, aching for what it knew belonged to him and him alone to the point of delirious pain. His heart beating profusely inside his chest, sensing the rise of Rainah’s inner wolf.
Rainah plastered her hands on the male’s naked chest and gave a warning snarl as she attempted to shove him back. He was too close, too male and too everywhere and too everything. She couldn’t think when he was close enough to share oxygen. He smelt too wild, looked too hot and damn it to hell her body wanted him too much. Her inner wolf instantly recognised him as her true mate when she surfaced from the spell of the chains.
Boon felt Rainah’s nails dig into the skin on his chest and it made him harder than hell. The images racing through his brain of hot summer nights and cold winters evenings in front of a fire, buried deep inside his mate and her claws raking down his back as she came apart at the seams under him. Fuck he’d never wanted a female like he wanted Rainah, and something told him that if she allowed him to claim her he’d always want her with a fierceness he wasn’t sure either one of them could handle.
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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Taking requests: What kind of books do you want me to blog about?

I have blogged about Young Adult, Paranormal Fiction, Foodie Romance, Foodie Mystery and Crime Fiction. I am always on the hunt to discover independent writers in Australia and New Zealand. I know that my writer friend, Jessica Samuels is coming up with Tales from Behind the Counter soon. I can so identify with that as I worked retail decades ago. I also blogged about an environmental book and literature with a political slant.

Tell me, what should my next blogs be about? Which writer should I highlight? What publisher should stand in the limelight? Don't be shy, now.

To respond, send me a private message on Facebook. I am listed under Liz Kingsbury McKeown or send me a message on Twitter. My handle is: @WritersBoost

I will be blogging again next weekend.

Monday, October 10, 2016

The fruits of a nightmare: Explore the intriguing tale of The Harris Sisters.

The Harris SistersInspired by a reccurring nightmare, Amie Jane aged 16, woke in the middle of the night and scribbled down on paper the repeated scene she kept seeing in her dreams, and placed it folded within her paperwork. She lived by the belief ‘If you don't have the courage to chase your dreams, how can you possibly catch them’?
 When one family’s secret reveals an unknown danger, it uncovers a world where the terrifying things children see in the dark are not just shadows or the result of an overactive imagination, but the very creatures they imagine them to be. In this world, reality and fantasy become the same. Every day humans are hunted like prey and battle to survive. Love is cruel, betrayal is real, and evil presents itself around every bend.
It all comes back to one night and the chance to change the life you wished away. It all begins with a secret; a treasured possession, which was found quite by accident. 

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

What's Lady Justice doing with a Ghost Whisperer?

Part of a fun series!

The perfect ghost story for the upcoming Halloween season.
What do a Confederate soldier who died on the field of battle, a woman who was driven from her home by the ravages of the Civil War, and a man who perished in a turn-of-the-century asylum have in common?
They all contact private investigator, Walt Williams. 
A bizarre series of events surrounding these paranormal visits culminate in the discovery of a terrorist plot to detonate bombs at a crowded festival.
Once again, Lady Justice pairs Walt with forces from beyond the veil to solve mysteries hidden for decades and bring evil-doers to justice.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Raspberry Truffle Murder - The first of a series of tasty reads. #CulinaryLit

Raspberry Truffle Murder (A Maple Hills Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Meadows, Wendy]

As you know, I am mixing my fondness of Food Network and Cooking Channel shows with book blogging. 

Raspberry Truffle  Murder kicks off the Maple Hills Cozy Mystery series by Wendy Meadows. 

What is the book about?
When Nikki’s husband of 20 years decided that he wanted a different life in Los Angeles it spawns a new life for her as well. Leaving behind Atlanta and her Journalism career there, she and her college bound son move to the small and tightknit town of Maple Hills, Vermont. With a bustling tourist season, the thriving community seems the perfect place to set up her new Chocolate Shop… yet opening day proves more deadly than profitable.
A hit and run right outside her shop door leaves a man dead and questions swirling. When the victim is identified as Steven Denforth, the most hated and reviled man in town, it resurrects the fissures that had recently torn Maple Hills apart. It seems that when Denforth first came to town, the quiet man bought the local paper, then proceeded to publish damning articles about some of the communities’ most prominent members - secrets that no one should have known about.
Now he is dead and everyone is a suspect, including Nikki. As both a former reporter and an FBI Consultant, Nikki instinctively knows the dirt in Maple Hills is piled high and if she doesn’t get to the bottom of it, and to the murder, then her stay in the quaint Northern Town may very well be short lived.

Want to know more about the series?

If you are hungry for more Maple Hill Cozy Mysteries, you can move on to Peppermint Chocolate Murder, Blueberry Truffle Murder and Sea Salt Caramel Murder.

Maple Hill Cozy Mysteries can be read in one to two hours. It is perfect for those moments when you are waiting at an appointment or want to enjoy a quick read --- Sounds convenient. 

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Time for some Culinary Lit: Off the Menu by Stacey Ballis.

As many of you know, I have been spending a lot of my time with my Food TV blog recently including a celebrity sugar artist interview and a campaign to promote Food Network Star finalist Jernard Wells, The Chef of Love. I thought I would make a smooth transition back to promoting books and writers. So, I am going 'off the menu'....

What is Off the Menu about?

As the executive culinary assistant to celebrity Chicago chef Patrick Conlon, Alana Ostermann works behind the scenes—and that’s just the way she likes it. But with developing recipes for Patrick’s cookbooks, training his sous chefs, picking out the perfect birthday gifts for his ex-mother-in-law, and dealing with the fallout from his romantic escapades, she barely has a personal life, much less time to spend with her combo platter of a mutt, Dumpling.
Then a fluke online connection brings her RJ, a transplant from Tennessee, who adds some Southern spice to her life. Suddenly Alana’s priorities shift, and Patrick—and Dumpling—find themselves facing a rival for her time and affection. With RJ in the mix, and some serious decisions to make about her personal and professional future, Alana must discover the perfect balance of work and play, money and meaning, to bring it all to the table—one delicious dish at a time…
Want to know more this book and others by Stacey Ballis? Click here:

Monday, July 18, 2016

Why won't this butterfly take flight? He didn't want to miss this book trailer!

What's the book about?
George was like other butterflies of his age in so many ways. He loved to play Daisy Dodge with the other boys. He read lots of books. And after doing his homework, he loved playing his favorite video game, Knights and Castles. But George wasn’t like other butterflies. You see, George was the butterfly who didn’t want to fly. In The Butterfly Who Didn’t Want to Fly, George learns that the first step is admitting your fears and the second step is facing them, but can George overcome his fear and save his friend in time? The Butterfly Who Didn’t Want to Fly is an endearing story of courage and bravery that children of all ages will enjoy.

Watch the book trailer. Link:
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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Engaging #SciFi #Dystopian book free July 12-15 for Kindle - Into the Outside by Lynda Engler

What's it about?
Fifty years ago the Earth died. The Earth is now a fertile but dangerous jungle world. Wildlife has prospered although often in oddly altered forms. Survivors live in underground shelters waiting generations for the environment to become safe enough to emerge. Above ground, the radiation and poison has mutated the few humans that are left, but they do their best to survive for the 20 to 22 years they might live before the toxic planet or disease kills them. 
16-year-old Isabella has grown up believing mutants are sub-human, stupid and would eat every shelter person if they had the chance, until she spies a wandering mutant tribe through the glass bottom swimming pool that is her shelter’s only light source. Isabella is fascinated by them, but it’s their 17-year-old leader, Malcolm, who truly captivates her – ebony skin, straw-colored hair, rippling muscles, four fingers on one hand and six on the other. Night after night she sneaks out of her shelter to watch the tribe, dressed in her grandfather’s chemical/radiation suit. When Malcolm discovers her, they are wary of each other at first but eventually become friends and then lovers. Isabella finally leaves the safety of her shelter to follow Malcolm into the perilous Outside. 
Isabella knows the government plans to exterminate the mutants once it is safe for the shelter-folk to come Outside, and she expects radiation and disease, but no one in the tribe is prepared for cannibals! 
Isabella’s family mourns for their lost daughter, knowing that she will die Outside, but Grandfather refuses to search for her. Even if they found her, he knows that she will not return without the mutants, and he will not allow them into the shelter. But everything changes when her brother, Luke, learns of Colonel Ericssen’s deadly plan for the mutants. Luke defies their grandfather and leaves the shelter to track down Isabella and warn her of the threat she knows nothing about. But he is no more prepared for the dangers Outside than she is. Hunted and finally captured by the military, Luke must escape their grasp, find Isabella, and save her life. 

Don't miss it! Links below:

Friday, June 17, 2016

Becca honors her Dad by offering a free ebook this weekend: The Shadow Soldier.

What more appropriate way to honor a veteran Dad than by offering a free Kindle ebook Father's Day weekend!

What's it about?

When a soldier is lost in the snowy mountains of Afghanistan, his girlfriend feels the loss thousands of miles away in Boston's Back Bay. Can a shadowy figure, known only as the shadow soldier, bridge the gap and help her heal? This second edition contains new content, and a bonus short story.

Becca also has a book trailer: . 

So, where can you take advantage of this offer? 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Bitter Envy is doing well!

What is this YA Urban Fantasy about?

Years ago my parents sold me to shifter lord Uriah Amstead. He developed my light magic, warping it into something darker through means that would make a hardened criminal flinch. Now I use my enchantress power to help Uriah grow his criminal empire. I torture shifters with my light magic, and sometimes I’m forced to kill. In my crazy world, it can be hard to know who to trust. But I have to take a chance because Uriah has finally gone too far. I am Envy Davis, and I am through being a pawn.

Kimber Leigh Wheaton has written many other books. Check out her website here:

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Monday, June 6, 2016

#indieWriters? #SelfPublishedAuthors? What can Ocean do for you?

As an indie writer myself, I know it can be an uphill battle if you don't have an agent or a big name publisher behind you. Self-publishing success is something you automatically reach for. Ocean Reeve can help you do that. Besides publishing, Ocean has been in television and film production. You can profit from his experience. Learn more here:!publishing/ca4p

Learn more about his non-profit,  Pied Piper Productions Trust and his other endeavors  here:!about/c20r9

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Attention YA Bloggers; Don't miss the chance to sign up for the Windrunner's Daughter Blog tour.

YA Bound Book Tours is organizing a Blog Tour for: Windrunner's Daughter by Bryony Pearce. This tour will run from July 18th to 22nd. For more details about signing up, follow this link:

What is the book about? 
A sabotaged colonization attempt leaves the last humans in the universe stranded on Mars. Braving a half-terraformed atmosphere, terrifying indigenous species, and a colony government that is openly hostile, a young girl named Wren must defy tradition to save her mother and perhaps, every human left. 
It is forbidden for women to steal the wings that allow a select group of runners to carry messages and goods between colonies. It is forbidden to cross the wastes with a sand storm on the horizon and it is certainly forbidden to share the secrets of the windrunners with those who spend their entire lives in the biospheres. 

For more about the author, click here:

Monday, May 23, 2016

Paying it forward, paying your respects. Likes and Re-Tweets.

To me, a Facebook Like or a Twitter Re-Tweet is like a pat on the back. To writers, local business people and celebrity chefs, they are even more important. Many times, I will look at indie writers', local business or rising celebrity chefs'  Facebook or Twitter pages and Like or Re-Tweet, just because.

I include rising celebrity chefs since I have done my part to try and start a Foodie Lit movement.

That's my thought for the day. giving your favorite indie writer, local business or rising celebrity chef a pat on the back.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Audio Screenplay Release Party tomorrow - New Orleans 1967. I'm intrigued!

Audio Screenwriter Rowena Whaling
It is so hard for somebody to break into screenwriting. Unless you have access to a recording studio, it is very costly to record an audio book. Having access to a radio station that airs radio plays is rare these days. And yet Rowena Whaling is releasing an audio screenplay, New Orleans 1967 at the Pagan Unity Festival tomorrow starting at 9pm.

New Orleans 1967

It is a unique presentation of a 3+ hour audio book/screen play, which is acted in character, with an album's worth of original recorded music woven into its story. (songs by: Whaling & Dryden) Rowena invites you to Immerse yourself into the social and political turmoil, and the glory of New Orleans in the late sixties. And fall in love with "Honey". 

Are you in the Nashville area and want to come to the release party? Here is the link:
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Friday, May 13, 2016

Lady Justice and the Ghostly Treasure coming out soon!

Do you like detective stories? Do you like to laugh?

Robert Thornhill has another treat for you!

Is there really a spirit world? And if there is, can those disembodied souls communicate with the living?
Can departed love ones speak to family from beyond the grave?

These are questions Walt must ponder when a bizarre series of paranormal events lead his friend, Mary, to a treasure hidden away for seventy years, and a family she never knew existed.

Walt’s ultimate answer lies in the words of the Professor, “There are still many things beyond the comprehension of mortal man.”

A light-hearted look at things that go ‘bump’ in the night.
Bob anticipates the release in a few weeks - so stay tuned!

To check out Bob's books for adults and children alike, click here:

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Love Chef is back - As a contestant on Food Network Star! He inspired my 1st contest!

Chef Jernard Wells, the Love Chef!

I first saw Jernard Wells aka The Love Chef on Cutthroat Kitchen. I Tweeted to him and asked if he wanted to inspire and judge my first short story writing contest. He did inspire a romance writing contest and I am republishing the winning entry. Much to my delight, Jernard will be competing to be the next Food Network Star and appearing on TV with Giada DeLaurentis and Bobby Flay! Yay Jernard! 
 Here is more information on Jernard in Season 12 of Food Network Star:

And - the Love Chef's choice of romantic short stories: Sweetest Madness by Stephanie Parke

She knew it was wrong the moment she smelled it burning. She skidded down the hall, her heart socks sliding on the hardwood floor. She slid into the kitchen just as the fire alarm went off. The howling shrieks of the alarm echoed in her already splitting head as she grabbed her moose oven mitt and pulled the oven door open.
Black smoke bellowed out combining with the scent of burned meat making her gag. Casey slammed the door shut and did the only thing that felt right, she screamed.  Once her mini breakdown was over Casey slowly approached the oven and turned it off. She grabbed the remains of her steak and slammed it down on the counter.  It hit with a solid thunk making her eyes water. Casey put her hand to her mouth to keep another scream at bay as the phone rang. She pushed her tangled blonde hair out of her eyes and answered it.
“Hello” she said sourly almost hoping it was a telemarketer so she could unload all her venom. She had spent all day waiting for the other shoe to fall. Nothing was going right: Ruined Valentine’s Day dinner, check, sick kids, check. Today had been perfect.
“Hey hon, bad news.”  Jon said softly through the phone. Her husband’s voice usually made her heart beat, even after seventeen years of marriage, but today she wanted to throttle him.
“What’s wrong?” she said trying for monotone, hoping she wasn’t being a bitch.
“I’m going to be late again. The plane was delayed and I won’t be in till midnight.”  He waited and she knew he was waiting for her to go nuclear. Jon had gotten a play by play update as each disaster had come crashing down today. She knew he knew she was furious, probably why he was calling instead of texting her, he knew she hated that.
“Great” Casey  muttered as she counted to ten and tried for calm. She knew it wasn’t his fault he was going to miss Valentine’s day with her. His job as a company vice president kept him away often and she knew how air travel was but right now all she wanted to do was rip someone’s head off. 
“I’m so sorry hon” he said softly “I promise I’ll make it up to you this weekend.”
Casey went to reply when the sound of vomiting reached her from the living room. She sighed and rubbed her hand down her face.  “No problem” she said in a sweeter voice than she felt before ending the call and hanging up. She raced down the hall again and slid again on the floor as she entered the living room and saw the mess and the big miserable eyes of her five year old son.  She wondered if she could get away with leaving it here and simply cleaning him up then the smell hit her and she decided that was not an option.

Casey tucked Robbie into bed and wiped her dirty hand across her brow. She slunk down the stairs smelling the cleaner before she was halfway down. It had taken her three hours to clean up the house and get Robbie settled. It was now 10:30 and she could officially say this was the worst Valentines Day ever.  She flopped down on the couch and pulled the grey and white snowflake blanket around her. She wanted to cover her head and go to sleep but she was simply too tired. Casey sighed and snuggled down into the brown couch. The blanket was warm and fuzzy and it was summer, but she loved it, it was one of the only things that made her feel better when things sucked. Jon had bought it for her at Bath and Body works last Christmas but she used it every time she felt like crap. She sniffed and wrapped it tighter around her, daring anyone to try and take her blanket or make her move. She pulled the edge up and heard the crinkle of paper. She groaned, “Please God,” she whispered to herself as she peeked one eye at the offending paper, Please don’t let me have missed a puke covered paper, please don’t let it be on my blanket.”
Her eyes searched her beloved blanket and found the paper. It’s bright pink color popped at once against the grey and white of the blanket and Casey snatched it up, intrigued.
Get up and follow me it read in close tight script. Casey shook her head, sure the stress of the day had finally pushed her over the edge. Then she saw them a trail of pink paper hearts on the floor. Casey scrubbed her eyes and followed them, even though she did want to stomp them.  They led up the back stairs to her bathroom. The pink hearts stopped at the edge of a steaming tub of bubbles. Casey felt her eyes tear up as she plucked the last heart from the edge.
“Come on in the water’s fine” it said in the same tight script. Casey shook her head, a feeling sweeping over her was all about but decided to go with it. She slid out of her clothes and sunk down into the water. Her elbow hit a glass of wine and she pulled the pink heart post it off the glass and smiled.
“Drink me” it said with a smiley face on top of the e. She pulled the drink to her nose and inhaled the scent of Belle Meade plantations raspberry desert wine, her favorite.  She smiled wondering who had organized all this but at this moment she didn’t care, she still had puke in her hair and right now this was heaven.
Casey shook her head as a knock sounded at the door. She squeaked and ducked down until her chin hit the bubbles. Her sister peeked around the door and smiled at her. She slid a robe into sight and shook it. Casey smiled at her younger sister and took the robe when it was tossed to her. She was so curious, “had her sister arranged this?” Rob?”  She quickly tied the robe and went into the bedroom where her favorite red dress was laid out on the bed. It was long and flowing with a sexy split  up the side and she loved it. She slipped it on with the Silver Star sandals beside it and followed the paper hearts back out the door and down the stairs.
Her sister was waiting  at the bottom and handed her a note without speaking. Casey felt her heart thump when she recognized Rob’s handwriting this time. “Come outside and meet me where I told you I loved you the first time.”  Her sister smiled at her and gave her a little shove out the door.
 “Go have fun, I’ve got Robbie.” Her sister said with a laugh as she nudged her forward. She smiled back at her and walked quickly outside. The air was warm despite it being February and Casey smiled as she hurried around to the big oak tree in the back yard.
She felt young again, the tiredness and the stress of the day slipping away as she skirted the blue juniper bushes and hurried toward the tree. She rounded the house and met the eyes of the only man she’d ever loved, her husband Rob. He stood beside the old tire swing in a full suit, his grey eyes twinkling as he held out his hand to her. He stood tall and handsome in his best grey suit and red silk tie and she thought he’d never looked better. She smiled and hurried toward him not sure what to say. Rob was a loving husband but sometimes life got in the way of romance. It had been a long time since he’d done something like this.
“Are you ready to come down the rabbit hole Alice?” Rob asked with a soft smile as he pulled her to him.
“I’m not sure what to say.” She said with a smile as he enfolded her in his arms “I didn’t think you were coming home, and today had been so crazy, I’ve felt like I was going mad.”
“We’re all mad here.” He said with a smile as he kissed her gently and led her over to the candlelit table he had set under the tree. Her favorite dinner Steak and baked potato sat waiting and Casey grinned unable to help but be impressed. She sat softly loving the fact that he had taken the time to remember her favorite meal and to memorize some of her favorite lines from her favorite book Alice in Wonderland.
Rob sat beside her and looked into her eyes and she felt her heart thump the way it had when they had first met eighteen years ago. Sometimes she wished he didn’t work so much but she knew that he did it for their family, for her. Every time he looked into her eyes she remembered why she’d fallen in love with him in the first place.
“It’s the best kind of madness.” She said with a smile as she pulled him close again. Their lips met and time fell away as they lost themselves in each other and Casey knew that whatever happened this would always be the sweetest madness of all.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Get in on the action! Executed in Paradise - Scary and exciting!

Sexy sleuths Madison and Fab race to uncover the truth behind a horrific crime before a loved one pays the ultimate price.

Beautiful Tarpon Cove has everything youd expect from a paradise retreat: Blue waters, white sand and murder?

Thats right: When the vice president of a shady corporation is found dead in her oceanfront condo, Madison and Fab will find that there is far more to paradise than just sun, surf and sand.

With deadly secrets and dark dealings brewing beneath the surface of Tarpon Cove, Madison and Fab are caught in a race against time to uncover the truth behind the grisly murder, which may only be the tip of the iceberg.

The eighth book in Deborah Browns Paradise series, Executed in Paradise will take you on a high-speed thrill ride through non-stop action, steamy romance, and dark intrigue, and leave you begging for more.

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