Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Christmas Arrives Early

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 Join the authors for the Release Party, Tuesday, Sept. 27 on Facebook!

Ring in the holiday season with 17 all-new, stand-alone stories from New York Times, USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors. Sweet Christmas Kisses 3 takes you around the globe from small-town USA, to London, England, and even to Africa with a foreword written by USA Today Bestselling Author Donna Fasano. Don’t miss out on this sweet romance boxed set that’s sure to touch your heart, make you smile, and put you in the mood for Christmas.
Mona Risk 
On Christmas Eve by Mona Risk
She yanked him out of her heart years ago. But fate throws him in her path again and his tender gaze erases her loneliness. Can they forgive each other and create a new future?

Christine Bush 

Christmas Holly by Christine Bush
 Can a lonely single father of five-year-old triplets find love on a South Carolina beach? It might just take a Christmas miracle!

Lyn Cote 
Mistletoe and Sage by Lyn Cote
 New deputy in town, a single mom, two wounded hearts with a puzzle to solve together—will love spark under the mistletoe?

Denise Devine 

A Merry Little Christmas by Denise Devine
Merry Connor and Anthony Lewis search for treasure and find true love.

Raine English 
The Christmas Gift by Raine English
When Riley Wayne receives a dog for Christmas, it’s not just the pup that makes her heart flutter, the rescue group’s handsome owner does too.

Untangling Christmas 
Untangling Christmas by Shanna Hatfield
Tricked into helping with Silverton’s Festival of Trees, electrician Mike Clarke battles faulty outlets, tangled lights, and a woman determined to share the spirit of the season.

Ciara Knight 

A Christmas on Miracle Mountain by Ciara Knight
When it takes a miracle to heal a heart.

Milou Koenings 

The Kampala Peppermint Twist by Milou Koenings
A twist of fate. An overbooked flight. Christmas in Africa will flip her life upside down.

Magdalena Scott 
The Road Not Taken by Magdalena Scott
Francie Standish Carrington has some tough decisions to make and a lot of questions about a past she thought she understood.

Roxanne Rustand 
A London Christmas by Roxanne Rustand
When Catriona heads to London for Christmas to meet a guy she met online, he steals her purse and disappears, but will a handsome photographer in the pub end up being the man of her dreams?

Alicia Street 
Her Christmas Secret by Alicia Street
 Desperate to help her sister’s family, Lila courts a cold-hearted investor for her handmade toys, but learns Christmas has a way of bringing surprises where they’re least expected.

Kristin Wallace 
Falling For You at Christmas by Kristin Wallace
 One expectant mother. One gorgeous innkeeper. Three days that will change her life forever.

Merrillee Whren 
Second Chance Christmas by Merrillee Whren
A young boy helps his estranged parents find love again at Christmas.


Christmas Eve Wedding by Cindy Flores Martinez
 A maid of honor is swept up in the chaos of planning her best friend’s spur-of-the-moment Christmas Eve wedding.

Victoria Pinder 
Secret Wish by Victoria Pinder
Luke Morgan doesn’t believe in miracles, but this season Christmas brought him Caro Soliz, the family maid.

Josie Riviera 

Candleglow and Mistletoe by Josie Riviera
 A rising pianist and a pro stuntman winding down his career find love amid the glow of Christmas candles.


Couple by Christmas by Pat Simmons
Divorcee Derek Washington wants to reconcile with his ex-wife by Christmas. Although he’s got a plan, with the help of his six-year-old son, Derek only has two weeks.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

It's A Miracle. It's A Miracle.

Look! Look!  Not only did my mum survive the kitten, the flowers came back purple!  Not buying that? Well, it was worth a shot.  Yes, I did buy a new one and replaced the poor, mangled yellow mum. The injured flower went into the relocation program where it can recover at its leisure. 

If you are wondering what's under the screen, it's my tulip bulbs. The terminator seems hellbent on watering and fertilizing my new tulip bulbs, hence the screen.  I'll let you know if it works.

Got any terminators in your garden?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The (Ex)Terminator

Today I'm visiting with our pal, Stephanie Faris.
And speaking of Stephanie...yesterday was her bday! A belated happy one, Steph.
Lots of bdays this month!

Monday, September 19, 2016


Have you seen this yet?  Oh my gosh, best film ever. I was ambivalent about seeing it.How much tension could they bring to an 'after the fact' film? It wasn't an adventure or natural disaster film. The disaster has already occurred so what's left to hold our interest?  Plenty! And if you don't care for insurance companies now, this film isn't going to make you warm up to them. Tom Hanks, who is always stellar, outdoes himself. I look for Oscar nominations for this one.
Highly recommended.

I'm visiting with the lovely and highly-talented Mae Clair today.
He came through time to find her.

As Sarah Miles drives down Eighteenth Street a stranger materializes in front of her car. She throws on her brakes, braces for impact and...drives straight through him. For a brief moment, his voice echoes in her head, "Saura." Then he's gone. Later that day, she discovers the SUNDIAL and her incredible journey through time begins.

On sale @ Amazon for .99 Sept 19-25.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Good Sport

D.L. Finn won my giveaway on the blog hop.  After she got the package, she shot me an email saying she'd be wearing the earrings (she'd won)  while she read the book (she'd won:)  Of course, I said I wanted a picture. Being the good sport she is, she sent me one. I love it!  Thanks, D.L.
Interested in learning more about DL? Check out her Amazon Page.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

C.S. Boyack and Speculative Fiction

With us today is C.S. Boyack to talk  about his approach to speculative fiction. Welcome, C.S.

Thanks for the invitation today, Sandra. It's always nice to find new places to promote my work. I'm here with something a little bit different today; it's a book of short fiction.

Last year, I released a collection called The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack. This time I got extra creative and called this book The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack II. If this one goes over like I think it will, I can call the next one III.

There is kind of a theme in the covers too. They are weathered tomes with alchemy wheels on them. One on the first book, two on the second one, and if I produce a third one there will be three wheels.

These stories are speculative in nature. There's a little bit of science fiction, a little bit of paranormal, and one that might pass for fantasy.

I'm a big believer in living documents. I keep several going for story structure, editing, writing lessons, and more. Now I keep one for short story ideas too.

When I write my novels, sometimes I burn out before I finish for the day. This usually involves a plot element, or some continuity issue that I need to spend time with. For a long time I allowed that to kill my quality writing time.

Now, when I still have a few hours left, I use one of the ideas from my living document and work on a short story. I get to remain productive, and keep my word count up.

I stashed them away for a long time, then noticed interest in short fiction on Amazon. Many authors were writing a short story that tied in to a novel they were promoting. This is a great idea, because a 99¢ book could lead to sales of the novel.

I used to read a ton of short fiction before it was used as a gateway drug to novel sales. That's when I decided to release my own collections. I priced them at 99¢ anyway, and maybe they can spark interest in my longer works too. The difference is I'm selling myself, not a specific tie to a novel I'm promoting.

Check out my Experimental Notebooks. There are stories about murder, hauntings, magpies, aliens, and even Chupacabra.


Monday, September 12, 2016

Cover Reveal of Timeless

TIMELESS (#3 Maiden of Time) by Crystal Collier #CoverReveal

Book Title: TIMELESS (Maiden of Time #3)
Author: Crystal Collier
Genre: YA Paranormal Historical
Release Date: November 1, 2016


In 1771, Alexia had everything: the man of her dreams, reconciliation with her father, even a child on the way. But she was never meant to stay. It broke her heart, but Alexia heeded destiny and traveled five hundred years back to stop the Soulless from becoming.

In the thirteenth century, the Holy Roman Church has ordered the Knights Templar to exterminate the Passionate, her bloodline. As Alexia fights this new threat—along with an unfathomable evil and her own heart—the Soulless genesis nears. But none of her hard-won battles may matter if she dies in childbirth before completing her mission.

Can Alexia escape her own clock?

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Crystal Collier is an eclectic author who pens clean fantasy/sci-fi, historical, and romance stories with the occasional touch of humor, horror, or inspiration. She practices her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, four littles, and “friend” (a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese. You can find her on her Blog, FacebookGoodreads, or follow her on Twitter.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

IWSG Wednesday

The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Members post about their  doubts and fears, discuss struggles and triumphs, and offer words of encouragement to others who are struggling.  If you aren't a member...please feel free to join us.  We'd love to have you.
I'm going to post today on another p word: Proofing and it's importance.
Usually at some point during the morning I pull up my day's blog post and give it a quick peruse and read my comments.  Last month, I  sat down with my morning coffee, turned on CNN, pulled up my blog and gasped! On my short post, and y'all know most of mine aren't long:), was two--count them--two errors.  One: I'd used the word to instead of too.  And yes I'm using too many to, too, twos, close together:) And a sentence so awkward it made my brain hurt. I immediately made corrections but most of the blogster buds visit early and had come and gone.  Let me just say here, thank you for your kindness in ignoring my blunders and pretending all was as it should be:) But as writers proofing is extremely important in all our endeavors.  Because it's our craft we should hold ourselves to high standards.  We are judged by what we write. I'll be the first to admit, I get lazy when it comes to emails, texting, and now apparently blogging. Blush. Blush. Hmm, maybe I should put closer proofing on my 2017 resolutions list.   What you don't think I should put off improving my proofing skills that long.....perhaps you're right;) 


Logan Hunter is a bestselling author with a penchant for the ladies. Kendall Theron, his efficient publicist is prim and colorless—at least on the surface. Beneath the proper facade is a woman who will do anything to protect her family, even if it’s not quite legal. 

On sale @ Amazon for .99 September 5-11.
If anyone is interested in a download in exchange for a review, shoot me an email or leave me a comment.  Thanks;)