Listen up …

I’m usually late to the party, assuming I turn up or have even been invited, but I’m just catching on to the joys of audiobooks.

Fellow author, and a lovely lady to boot, Iris Chacon is the reason for my foray into this world.

I admit to enjoying a good radio play, but getting the timing right is always an issue. The beauty of audiobooks is that you control when and where you listen to them.

Iris’s latest audio-baby is Duby’s Doctor.

A spinster doctor rents her spare room to a brain-damaged patient. Neither of them knows he is a former undercover agent targeted for execution by a powerful criminal.

John Doe remembers nothing of his life before waking up in the hospital. He doesn’t know he was a dangerous man, and he somehow has survived assassination by even more dangerous men. He doesn’t even know how to speak English, or read, or count. Even after his body heals, he will need long-term supervision and care to re-learn how to live.

Dr. Mitchell Oberon has been married to her surgical work for too long. So, she resists being attracted to a brain-damaged patient with the body of Adonis and the mind of a child.

Agent Frank Stone, of Homeland Security, forces the doctor to take John Doe into her own home while he recovers. Stone, who knows John Doe’s past history well, says it’s not safe to send him back to the place he lived before he was “killed” by his enemies. If it ever becomes known that John survives, his foes will make sure he doesn’t live long.

Read by Jenny Hoops, reviews are coming in with high praise for this delightful story with a touch of romance, intrigue and humour.

A fun light-hearted read, very well written. I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of what at first glance seemed to be an out and out romance. Throw in a federal agent with amnesia, and Duby’s Doctor twists and turns into a mystery which kept me turning the pages. If you want a well written, fun read, peppered with romance and intrigue then this is one for you.

Duby’s Doctor is a must read. I loved it. Once I began reading it, I had to continue. It’s a fascinating love story so well written that makes you wonder what was going through the author’s mind. I just had to believe this author enjoys what she writes, doing it at the highest level of performance. This love story holds the readers’ interest until the very end. How, against all odds, Dr. Oberon and Duby were able to fulfill their dreams. But you will have to read this exciting story to discover how.

You can read this in a conventional way, in paperback or ebook, as well as now through Audible.

Be sure to leave a review afterwards. Reviews keep authors writing!

Thanks for reading 🙂

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The Name Game continues …

If you read my previous post, you’ll know I’m a tad curious about how the names we’re given as babies can later reflect who we are.

Pardon? You haven’t read it? Then you’ll not be aware of my “life-taking” qualities then … you’d best take a look back, quickly now … I’m “overpowering” too 😉

I mentioned there was someone I wanted to feature, someone who truly lives up to her name. This lovely lady is a fellow author, she’s a member of the same Women’s Fiction writing group, and she just about epitomises her name with her generosity, warmth, humour, mild coffee addiction, and kindness. She’s also – I’m delighted to say – a great friend of mine, who makes me laugh, cry and repeatedly bang my head on the desk … 

Please, let me hear a huge cheer for Felicia Welch-Reevers, aka the author, Felicia Denise.

Felicia – A constant source of comfort. A truly rare and selfless mind. A generous personality and a genuinely pleasant disposition. Someone so perfectly beautiful, inside and out, just full of love and life. A presence that could bring a smile to the most downtrodden and a heart so pure that it could cheerfully warm any of us even at our most bitter and jaded moments.

The reason for this post is to thank Felicia for all she does within the writing group and beyond. Most recently she has taken it upon herself to feature members of the group on her blog, under the “Women Writers …writing” category. Now, no-one asked her to do this, no-one coerced her and definitely no-one paid her for this. She did this purely out of the goodness of her own heart, and her indisputable nature to do “happy things” (such is the meaning of ‘Felicia’ – the plural form of FELIX)

So, to show her how much we value her, let’s return the favour and take a look at the lady herself.

A wife, mother, daughter, sister, blogger…and recently published author, Felicia loves all things book-related and coffee-related. A southern girl by birth, the fiftysomething, voracious reader now resides in Arizona (via Michigan and California) with her husband of thirty-four years. Their three adult children also reside in Arizona – with their dogs. Felicia frequently reminds them she is the only one of her parents’ nine children who isn’t a grandparent.

Writing has been a hobby of Felicia’s since grade school, but other than serving as editor and writing for her high school newspaper, she never publicly shared anything until the early 2000s when she began writing fan fiction. At the urging of a good friend, Felicia took on the challenge of NaNoWriMo in 2015, writing what would become her first published book, In the Best Interest of the Child. It was released in the fall of 2016. This was followed, in May 2017, by Free- A Novella.

In her free time, Felicia sews, creates new recipes, and of course, reads. She’s also an avid history buff and loves exploring museums and libraries.

Currently working on several projects, Felicia plans to release book 2 of In the Best Interest of the Child – Family Matters, soon.

It can’t come soon enough for me 😉 (It’s okay, she knows I’m going to nag her about it at every opportunity)

But, there’s so much more to this talented lady – you only have to read her short stories to realise the emotion she pours into her characters. No wonder she won a huge prize recently, as part of the #52weeks52stories challenge.

I recommend you follow Felicia’s blogs – FeliciaDenise or Nesie’sPlace to keep up with her work – and there’s a lot to see.

You might also want to catch up with her on:

Facebook
Goodreads
Twitter
Instagram
Pinterest
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or sign up to her Monthly Newsletter.

Once again, thank you Felicia for all the “happy things”  – may you reap what you sow, in which case you’ll be a very happy bunny too.

Thanks  for reading 🙂

 

Featured Author – Patricia Gligor

Yet again, another great author – Patricia Gligor – from Mystery Authors International has agreed to share details of her latest book “Mixed Messages” with me.

Mixed Messages is the first in her Malone Mystery series, and with a fantastic cover like this it’ll make a wonderful Halloween read. Here’s what’s in store for lucky readers:

It’s estimated that there are at least twenty to thirty active serial killers in the United States at any given time. There’s one on the loose on the west side of Cincinnati.

It’s the week of Halloween and Ann Kern struggles with several issues. Her primary concern is her marriage which, like her west side neighborhood, is in jeopardy. Her husband is drinking heavily and his behavior toward her is erratic. One minute, he’s the kind, loving man she married and, the next minute, he’s cold and cruel.

Ann dismisses a psychic’s warning that she is in danger. But, when she receives a series of ominous biblical quotes, she grows nervous and suspicious of everyone, including her own husband.

As the bizarre and frightening events unfold, Ann discovers a handmade tombstone marked with her name, pushing her close to the edge. Will she be the Westwood Strangler’s next victim?

That sounds like a suspenseful read, what with a Halloween theme, the ignored warning of a psychic and then that tombstone with her name on … are you getting goosebumps too?

So, how does a writer come up with such a spine-tingling tale? Patricia tells me just that …

One day, shortly after I’d moved into a new apartment on the west side of Cincinnati, I went for a walk in the neighborhood and spotted an old Victorian. I remember standing there, gazing up at the house, captivated. I’ve always loved old houses; they have so much character. Every old house has a history; people have lived there and, in many cases, died there. As I looked up at the Victorian, I found myself wondering what those walls would say if they could talk.

Intrigued, I wanted to find out more about the house and the area so I went to the Cincinnati Historical Society and immersed myself in research. Little by little, I began to come up with plot ideas and possible scenarios. The people who would live in the house and in the neighborhood, the characters for my book, came to me gradually. I drew upon my own life experiences and I took bits and pieces of the lives of people I knew or had read or heard about. A physical characteristic here, a personality trait there. I jotted down those ideas on scraps of paper and it wasn’t long before I had a huge pile, which eventually became a chapter-by-chapter outline.

I fictionalized the house in my mind and on paper to fit the story I wanted to tell, which had slowly evolved. I constantly asked myself questions. What if, in the midst of my main character’s personal struggles, a serial killer is on the loose? What if she has reason to believe he’s after her?

Questions aplenty, and all make for a thrilling read. Do you fancy reading an excerpt? I most certainly do. As they say, my wish is my command 🙂 (Okay, so maybe no-one else says that, but here on my blog I do) Let’s take a look at a snippet then.

Ann tried to shut the door in his face but he pushed hard against it and sent her tumbling backwards. She regained her balance and ran toward her apartment door. The man pounced at her and grabbed her wrist, twisting it. “Stop it!” she yelled. “You’re hurting me!”

He shoved her into her apartment and slammed the door behind them.

She stifled a scream. Please God, she prayed, don’t let the kids wake up. Please help me. Is this him? Is he the Westwood Strangler? Am I his next victim? What can I do? I don’t want to die!

I bet you’re glad I insisted now, aren’t you?

But, guess what? If you’re still not convinced, why not take a look at this book trailer. Click here to view in You Tube.

Whoa! That music freaked me out – it’s so haunting. There goes another shiver down my spine.

If you’re ready to find out what happens to Ann, then here’s the Amazon link you need. Enjoy the story and have a fabulous Halloween.

For more info about the author, check out Patricia’s bio and stalk her on Social Media.

Patricia Gligor is a Cincinnati native. The first three books in her Malone mystery series, Mixed Messages, Unfinished Business, and Desperate Deeds take place on the west side of Cincinnati. In Mistaken Identity, the fourth book, her characters are vacationing on Fripp Island in South Carolina. Marnie Malone, the fifth book in her series, is set in Mt. Pleasant and Charleston, South Carolina.

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Thanks for sharing your book with me, Patricia. It looks like an entertaining read. Lots of luck with all your stories.

Thank you for reading!

Featured Author – George M. Nagle

In the September spotlight from Mystery Authors International is George M. Nagle and his debut novel – The Life We Lead:Ascending – which is available to purchase now. There’s a trailer on YouTube that will give you an instant feel for the story. You can see it here.

What’s not to love about spies, romance, drug cartels and the like. The young protagonist, James, has been heralded as a mix between Bond & Holmes. It has to be good to receive that kind of accolade.

This is just the first in a series of what should be three books. At 425 pages, it is the shortest of the series and really the introduction to James, the group, Carissa and a whole cast of others.  The Life We Lead follows the life of James, the main character as he battles criminal syndicates while trying to have a normal life.  It is inspired by real life events, however, names, places, timelines and such have all been altered.  This story has been 25 years in the making and certainly won’t disappoint with an incredible ending to the series.  This series is based in reality of spying so the far-fetched gadgets and such like those found in James Bond won’t be appearing. It is a spy novel has lots of twists in turns that can make you laugh, cry, feel the characters outrage and even love.  The subtitle to the book is a clue to why it ends where it does too.

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It’s a great cover, don’t you agree? Fancy a snippet? Of course you do.

Chapter 03 – [context:  James and Daen capture Nikolias after Petior has been abducted.]

“You are our prisoner, but you are a captive of whatever group you…” Daen began, but Nikolias cut him off.

“What makes you think I want to leave?” growled Nikolias.

“When you help us, your bosses will not be too happy with you. You and your cousin will need to leave to survive,” replied Daen.

“So he says,” Nikolias said curtly, with a head gesture towards James.

“What did he say? Why did he just do that?” asked James.

“Sounds like he doesn’t feel the need for our help. It seems he doesn’t want to, or have a reason to leave,” Daen replied, a puzzled look on his face.

“I am no traitor, and I will die to help our fraternity and country. I am loyal and believe in things, unlike you American dogs,” Nikolias stated in English.

James bowed his head, closed his eyes, and rubbed his left temple for a moment with his left hand. He dragged it down his face before speaking again.

“Okay, tell us what the fraternity’s cause is. What’s so special about it that you’re willing to risk your life, your cousin’s life, because someone felt I disrespected them near a train?” asked James.

Nikolias laughed. “We know you’re looking for drugs. You feel drugs are not disrespectful and destroying. You think we do not know that is why you are here? We see you peoples, and how you treat us. You all deserve death for your exploits on us, and our children.”

Check out the full blurb – I’m sure this will have you one-clicking in no time:

The DEA, FBI, and CIA have failed for years to bring down the Spara family, who control the world’s largest drug cartel. A secret society of spies whose members are under the age of 25 will try to succeed where the government has failed.

At only 21 years old, James is the most skillful member of this society. His new target is the Spara family. Through their relationship with Russia, the Sparas are the largest distributor of heroin in the world.  While beginning his investigation in Russia, James inadvertently saves the life of a former KBG officer who has a connection to the Tan family. This connection leads James farther into the heart of the criminal cartel.  However, the Tans have a dark secret of their own, which could jeopardize James’s perfect record and his tenure as a spy as he struggles to do what is right while protecting his family, friends and the love of his life.

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George is the 3rd of 6 children and grew up in western Pennsylvania. He earned his BS in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh, his MSc in Biology and his MBA in Marketing and Management from Duquesne University. He is also a Master 5th degree black belt in the art of Taekwondo with Young Brothers in Pittsburgh. He currently in a global marketing and strategy professional in science industries. He also has one son, Matthew.

Follow him and his series at any or all of these sites:

WEBSITE

FACEBOOK

TWITTER  

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE

GOODREADS AUTHOR PAGE

SMASHWORDS AUTHOR PAGE

Don’t forget to leave a review afterwards – reviews keep authors writing – and you’ll want to read the rest of this series, I’m sure.

Good luck with sales, George, and your push for those bestseller lists.

 

A Dare, A Ouija board and A Riddle

Something spooky this way comes … but you’re going to have to wait until September 1st for this treat. Sorry, but it’ll be worth the wait, because this week’s featured author is none other than Lynette Ferreira.

Here’s a little insider info about this very talented author, with a whole shelf of books waiting to welcome you.

Lynette writes predominantly supernatural fiction and most of her stories address social issues. Her stories always have threads of first love, really cute boys, kissing and all the drama. Her stories “will touch you and sometimes even make you cry“.

Her first indie book, My Recycled Soul (Recycled Souls) hit #89 on the Amazon Top 100 Paid list in August 2010. In that year, Lynette also entered her manuscript in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards where it was chosen from 5,000 entries as one of the Top 250 in the competition. My Recycled Soul can often be found in the Top 10 Most Wished for Young Adult Books on Amazon in the Christian Science Fiction category.

In 2011, Lynette entered When we Love (The Great Divide) in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards, and again was chosen as one of the Top 250 stories from 5,000 entries.

For me, creative expression is as important as breathing.

Since 2008, Lynette has released more than 20 fiction books, one of which is a collection of bestselling and popular Flash Fiction, The Dark, Dark House.

In 2016, Lynette founded Bellatrix Books, where she helps fellow self-published authors to turn their amazing stories into good-looking books. Here she utilizes skills she acquired from working as a personal assistant in an international financial environment for most of her adult life.

I always seek truth and meaning, and I try to live my life in line with my values.

She also worked as a shoulder to cry on at a Youth Group once and she loves connecting with young people, listening with a sympathetic ear to their real worries and stresses, providing a safe place to discuss their issues which she will never ever share with anyone or anywhere. She could not be more honoured to be a sounding board for all the hurt, sadness and often exhilarating happiness of living in the modern world.

I think there’s room for everyone at the table, and I love to learn what makes people tick.

Since she was young she moved around a lot and has not yet found the place she can call home. She currently lives in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Lynette does not really like the cold, is afraid of what might be hiding in the dark, and loves anything in, on or smothered with chocolate.

The book I’m dying for you all to read is The Girl in Room 13.

As part of her initiation, as a new arrival at boarding school, she has to accept a dare. Unfortunately, Alison’s dare requires her to go into the dreaded room thirteen on the anniversary of Lily’s death. It is rumoured, Lily, the girl who used to reside in the room killed herself on the thirteenth of February, the day before Valentine’s Day. When Alison goes into the room, alone and afraid, armed with only an Ouija Board, the dead girl gives her a riddle, which leads Alison on a journey of discovery to find out what really happened to Lily. What dark secrets is the girl in room thirteen hiding?

It’s available to pre-order here

I know waiting is hard, but as the saying goes “everything good comes to he who waits”.

But, if you really want to try some of Lynette’s other works, then I can recommend both  The Otherworld and ForNever series. Check out her website for more details, there is so much more there can I can squeeze into one post.

You can connect with Lynette at any or all of these sites.

Facebook
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Don’t forget to snag your copy of The Girl In Room 13!

Why you should travel to the darker side of fiction

I admit, it’s not something I usually read. The very thought brings me out in a rash. I could never watch a horror movie after The Birds (and that was eons ago)
That was until I read a short story by a good friend of mine:

Meet DM Wolfenden

Now, it’s clear she has a ‘different’ view of what makes a great read – she was horrified (pun intended) when I didn’t know who HP Lovecraft** was. (Even Googling the man and his works freaked me out!)
Evidently, on that point we can agree to disagree.

But, this lady knows how to tell a good story.

Twisted? Often.    Chilling? For sure.    Dark? Always.

DM Wolfenden is a British author, who loves to write about the darker side of life, she describes her writing as a little dark with a lot of heart. From vampires to poetry, serial killers to people looking for love, full length novels to short stories there is something for everyone one and with prices starting as little as 99c, her stories won’t break the bank.

The first story I read of hers was Carly. To this  day, it is still one of the best short stories I’ve read. Here’s a snippet:

After he laid me down, he washed my wounds with disinfectant, he put plasters on almost every little scratch. He kissed each plaster.” She pulled the scrunchie out of her hair, and put it around her wrist. Absentmindedly, she scratched her head.

“He kept going on about how much he loved me, how he didn’t want to hurt me, but I needed to be punished. Something about the stars and the signs, how they meant we were to be together. I had to promise not to try and leave him again.” Her hand went to her pocket, and she took comfort in knowing the pictures were still there.

“He fed me soup. He even gave the dog some, but only after I pleaded with him. I asked about Lisa again.” She stared into Vanessa’s cold eyes. “He said, not to worry about her, she’s with Nessie now.”

Vanessa’s face paled. “He said Nessie? What did that mean?”

Carly pursed her lips and shrugged her shoulders. “Don’t know. Wouldn’t tell me.”

Vanessa closed her eyes for a few seconds.

This story has a sinister undertone, but also a heart-tugging backstory. It’s a clever suspense tale and – I promise you – you won’t see that twist coming.

If you follow it up with The Box, Then I guarantee you’ll be hooked. Read on …

The hospital smells hit me the moment I stepped inside, like sour disinfectant. Why do they all smell like this? The corridors seemed to go on for miles, and my head spun in the harsh light. Each step I took felt like I was walking through the gates of hell. Did I really want to do this? No, but I had to!

A nurse stopped me when I entered the ward.

“I’m sorry, but visiting hours are over. You will have to come back tomorrow.” Her face was quite firm.

“I have to see my dad. He called me, and said they were going to operate on him in the morning. What does he need an operation for?” I kept my voice purposefully low, I don’t know why.

“What’s his name, love?” Somehow, she looked ten years younger as her face softened. She walked behind the nurse’s station.

“Philip Doves.” I replied and wrapped my arms around my stomach. Just saying his name made me feel sick, and want to run away.

But, I kid you not, there’s more to come. Wolfie’s most recent publication is a beautiful story that will have you laughing and crying – until it hurts. Winters Day is a Rom Com (yes, from the Mistress of Dark Fiction!!) and therefore, of course, there has to be an evil antagonist lurking not too deeply below the surface.  Check this out:

She stood in the living room. There was blood on the chair nearest her, her blood. The side table lay smashed on the floor. In the carpet shards of glass sparkled like diamonds as the winter sun shone through the window. She jumped when Peter touched her arms.

“Why don’t you go and have a soak in the bath? I’ll clean up.”

She nodded.

She lay down in the warm water, bubbles encasing her, the smell of vanilla and coconut filling the room. Her emotions went wild. She silently cried as the anger, sadness, fear, then finally relief flooded through her.

See! I told you so.

But, the best is yet to come.

DM Wolfenden is offering a free copy (direct to kindle) of each of these stories to the first people who head over to her Facebook page and Like and leave a comment saying where they have seen this offer.

Tell her “Twinnie” sent you 🙂

Click here for her Author Page on Facebook or to follow her on Amazon UK  or US.

I still haven’t told you about Bernie & the Beast, another fantastic short story with some very foreboding moments. Not forgetting her debut novel Behind Blue Eyes,which is the most original vampire story you’ll ever read.

If I were you, I’d head over to Facebook and Amazon and get to know DM Wolfenden better.

Rumour tells me she’s working on an awesome Zombie novel next. Shush …. you didn’t hear it from me (okay, so yeah, she scares me a little!)

**Yeah, I got his name wrong first time round – I called him Lovelace. Proves my point – I had – have – no idea who this man is? It is a man, right? 🙂

 

Meet Mr Memoir

It takes a skillful wordsmith to tell a personal story with integrity, wit and honesty. My friend and author Rod Baker has such a talent.
I’ve been reading excerpts of his soon-to-be-released book “Um, where is Belize?” and I can guarantee there is indeed a treat in store for readers.

If you’re not familiar with Rod’s work, let me tell you a little about the main man (in his own words):

I grew up in small town England. Like many teens I was bored with life and decided to leave home and go to sea. At age sixteen, I joined the British merchant navy as a deck hand. It wasn’t quite what I thought it would be, but then nothing ever is. My first book, Constant Traveller R8011768, is about those adventures.

In 1968, aged 21, I immigrated to Canada and worked as a mate on a tugboat. The tugboat sank and was run over by a barge in the Haida Gwai islands. I decided to change careers and worked as a shipwright, businessman, College instructor, and CEO for mental health organizations.

I could never decide what to be. Now retired, I am trying my hand as a writer. I live in Lions Bay, British Columbia with my partner, Anna, and dog Fargo, who takes me for walks between bouts of writing.

You can read more about Rod’s experiences on the high seas in the 1960s in his book “The Constant Traveller – R801168”

 Reviews so far call it:

“a captivating story from start to finish”

“a damn good read”

“round the world on a merchant ship at 16”

“an excellent debut book”

and my particular favourite, “The first part of a remarkable life.” You can get a copy here

But that’s not all Mr Memoir has to offer. Oh no. siree! Book number 2  tells the story of his life running a boat repair shop.  “I need my yacht by Friday” is an apt title for the story that covers twenty years.

As a recent immigrant to Canada, I had completed an apprenticeship as a shipwright and found a good paying job in the shipyard, which allowed me to buy a three-bedroom house house for my growing family. Three weeks before Christmas, the foreman at the shipyard gave me one hour’s notice that I was laid off. I found piecemeal work to help pay the mortgage — then decided to go into business repairing boats. I rented a large warehouse, brought a chair from home, made a desk from a door and bought a brown manila envelope to put receipts in. I Need My Yacht by Friday, is the story of what happened next.

Reviews confirm that this is more than just a boat book. If you like messing about on boats or just want a great read about the challenges of setting up a business, then this is the book for you.

Get it here

To follow Rod’s progress with his next memoir, you can track him down on his website here.

You can be sure of an entertaining, funny, mind-boggling read. Sometimes, you’ll never believe it’s not fiction!

Thanks, Rod, for letting me share your writer’s life here.

Wishing you lots of success with many, many more books.