Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Book Feature: The Earl Not Taken by A.S. Fenichel

By A.S. Fenichel
Historical Fiction

Left standing on the side while their contemporaries marry into society, four young ladies forge a bond to guard each other from a similar fate . . .

Finishing school failed to make a proper lady of Penelope Arrington. But as a Wallflower of West Lane, Poppy has a far more vital role—she and her three best friends have made a pact to protect each other from the clutches of dangerous, disreputable men. So when one of them is about to be married off to a duke sight unseen, Poppy makes it her mission to divine the prospective husband’s true character. If only she didn’t require the aid of London’s most unsuitable rake.

Rhys Draper, Earl of Marsden, has known the headstrong Poppy since she was a young girl, naïve to the ways of men. To her eternal chagrin—and to his vague amusement—they have been at odds over the memory of their embarrassing first encounter all these years. Now, with his services in need, Rhys sees a chance to finally clear the air between them. Instead, he is surprised by the heat of their feelings. If the two do not tread carefully, they may end up in a most agreeably compromising position . . .

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“I want you, Penelope Arrington. I’ve never desired anyone as I do you, now, in this place.” He waited for her to slap his face, but the strike never came.
Her nose scrunched up as it did whenever she gave something a lot of thought. “Then you do not hate me.”
Holding in a laugh that would have given away how uncomfortable he was with his behavior over the last six years, his shame swelled in his chest. “I have never hated you, Poppy. I have always thought you a beautiful, smart, incorrigible woman. I won’t deny that your antics and attitude toward me have inspired behavior I am not proud of.”
Those sweet lips that set his blood on fire pulled down, and a crease formed between her eyes. “I have long thought you were off bedding everything in a skirt you could catch.”
“I am not a saint. However, your assessment was a vast exaggeration.”
She stepped back like an emerald in a room filled with every other color. Poppy shined the brightest in a room filled with jewels. “Do you remember our first meeting at George’s when you escorted me home and said you hoped I would someday tell you my wants in life?”
While he wanted her back in his arms, he respected her personal space. The moment she spoke of had changed his presumptions about her. “I remember.”
She toyed with the fringe on one of dozens of pillows tossed haphazardly on an oversized red chaise. All the furniture might fit nicely in a sheik’s harem. Sitting, she sighed. “I want to have a different kind of life.”
Following her, he sat close. “Tell me about the life you dream of.”
“My dreams do not include a husband to boss me about and keep me at his convenience.” An angry edge laced her words.
“Is that what all husbands do?”

A.S. Fenichel gave up a successful IT career in New York City to pursue her lifelong dream of being a professional writer. She adores writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Originally from New York, she grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in Missouri with her real-life hero, her wonderful husband and two temperamental cats.



Q&A with Jennifer Chase Author FLOWERS ON HER GRAVE @JChaseNovelist

Jennifer Chase is a multi award-winning and best-selling crime fiction author, as well as a consulting criminologist. Jennifer holds a bachelor degree in police forensics and a master’s degree in criminology & criminal justice. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent psychopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells. In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling.  She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists, and member of the International Thriller Writers.


Website: https://authorjenniferchase.com/
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Tell us about your book! What is it about and what inspired you to write it?

Flowers On Her Grave is the third installment in the Detective Katie Scott thriller series—it can also be read as a stand-alone novel. This story takes readers into the reality of solving cold cases and what it really takes.

After a festive tenth anniversary party for her aunt and uncle, the next morning Katie finds her aunt’s body sprawled across the floor. All fingers point to Katie’s uncle, Pine Valley’s beloved sheriff and protector – after all, his prints are all over the antique knife found at the scene.

Ignoring warnings from her team, Katie digs into her uncle’s old case files and discovers photographs of the body of a young girl found tied to a tree after a hike in search of a rare flower. Her body is covered with the same unusual lacerations her aunt suffered. Katie knows it can’t be a coincidence, but every lead she follows takes her to a dead end.

My idea for this series revolved around a detective solving cold cases who was a military K9 handler veteran. I’m excited about this series because the possibilities are endless.

Tell us about your publishing process. What was it like? Did you go indie or the traditional way?

Flowers On Her Grave was published traditionally with Bookouture. This series has been the first time that I’ve had a publisher—instead of being an indie author. I wasn’t sure what to expect because I had heard both good and bad experiences from writers. My experience has been great—more than my expectations. With everything that they do, editing, cover design, etc. helps to free my time to write more.

How did you choose the title for your book? Did it come to you right away, before you started writing it, or did it come later?

With Bookouture, I had input and suggestions, but they had the final decisions on the title. I feel that the title is intriguing, which suggests suspense and danger.

Tell us about the cover design process. Did you have a basic idea of what your book cover would be like?

Again, Bookouture has amazing book cover designers which handled the process. With the Detective Katie Scott series, every cover has evoked the theme of crime and police procedural keeping the integrity of the story intact. With Flowers On Her Grave, the delicate flowers play an interesting forensic clue in the story. No spoilers here! 

Who is your cover designer and how did you find him/her?

The book cover creator was a designer from Bookouture.

How was your experience working with the designer?

I didn’t work directly with the cover designer, but through my editor.

What has been the readers’ response to your cover?

It has attracted many new readers for me. It conveys curiosity for readers with murder, crime, investigation, and of course, a police procedural.

What tips would you give to authors who are looking for a cover designer?

I would say that it’s important to find someone that you can trust and have the same types of ideas. It’s fairly clear after a few drafts if the cover designer is someone you can work with or it they understand what you’re trying to convey about your book.

Anything else you’d like to say about your book?

You don’t have to start with the first book in the series, find one that piques your interest and dive in. If you love police and crime stories, and of course a feisty heroine with a K9, I think you’ll enjoy this series and Flowers On Her Grave.
About the Book:

On the floor, amongst the piles of freshly pressed laundry, lay the woman’s lifeless body, her pale yellow nightdress soaked in blood. 
“I didn’t do it…” came a whisper from the corner of the room. 

Detective Katie Scott has never seen two people more in love than her aunt and uncle as they danced on the decking the night of their wedding anniversary party. But the next morning, when Katie finds her aunt’s body sprawled across the floor, that perfect image is shattered forever.
All fingers point to Katie’s uncle, Pine Valley’s beloved sheriff and protector – after all, his prints are all over the antique knife found at the scene. Grieving, but certain of her uncle’s innocence, Katie is consigned to the cold case division after she’s discovered searching the house for clues. Does someone want to keep her as far away from this investigation as possible?

Ignoring warnings from her team, Katie digs into her uncle’s old case files and discovers photographs of the body of a young girl found tied to a tree after a hike in search of a rare flower. Her body is covered with the same unusual lacerations her aunt suffered. Katie knows it can’t be a coincidence, but every lead she follows takes her to a dead end.

Moments before the sheriff is arrested, Katie realizes that a single piece of thread she found at the crime scene could be the missing link that will stitch old crimes to new. But how can she prove her uncle’s innocence without throwing herself directly into the line of fire? She doesn’t have a choice, he’s the only family she has left


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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Q&A with A. Keith Carreiro Author THE PENITENT - PART III

Keith Carreiro is the author of a planned nine-book series called The Immortality Wars. The Penitent—Part III is the third book and the last installment in the series’ first trilogy.
Carreiro is an adjunct professor at Bridgewater State University and Bristol Community College. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Acting on his lifelong love of storytelling, Carreiro began writing The Immortality Wars series in 2014.


Website: https://immortalitywars.com/
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Tell us about your book! What is it about and what inspired you to write it?

The Penitent – Part III is the third book of a planned nine–book series called The Immortality Wars. It concludes Pall Warren’s search for John Savage. Pall is an elite soldier who is a gifted combatant in close quarter fighting. Savage, also being almost seven–feet tall, is a fierce and indomitable warrior known for his accuracy with a longbow and fierce fighting prowess. Unknown to Pall, Savage is working for the High King and Minister of Affairs’ intelligence network. Savage was sent by Minister Pereduras to investigate strange rumors about supernatural creatures being unleashed against the people of West Fündländ, as well as to learn more about an alarming increase in raids being conducted along the western coast of the Realm.

After first meeting Savage close to a deadly field of combat in Part I, both men become separated from one another as a result of a pitched battle they have against Commander Gregor Mordant and his Marauders at a nearby abandoned farm. Added to the mix is a demon named Ünger whose sole purpose is to destroy “breathers” (i.e., humans), for whom he has an insatiable appetite. Pall’s pursuit of Savage brings him to Gullswater. Here, he learns from Merek, a former Marauder who helped torture Pall at the farmstead, but is now allied with him, that Savage has most likely gone east to the coast of the Sea of Fáelán.

In Part III, Pall’s quest for understanding what is happening around him brings him to the port city of Seascale, the summer residence of the High King’s court. Pall becomes involved in a deadly running battle between the High King’s forces and those of a renegade priest named Kosem Mungadai. A thaumaturge of the 13th level of the occult arts, his origins are unknown. He is capable of great feats of organization and oratory. Considered a savior by his followers, he is also respected by almost everyone in Seascale where he has a monastery called the Church of Equity. However, his sole purpose is to defeat and overthrow everything around him for the sake of investing all power into himself and the powers he serves.

The forces arrayed against the High King, his kingdom and army become further entangled with the war being waged between Mungadai, Commander Mordant and his Marauders and the spiritual forces unleashed by the priest against Savage and his companions. Combat swirls relentlessly throughout the city at night in the middle of a torrential downpour of rain.

In search of John Savage, Pall Warren encounters the destructive power of evil arrayed against him. Even though loss ekes a toll upon his life, he summons the strength and courage to continue his quest for meaning. He discovers that the role he must play in determining who he is forms an integral part in the destiny of everyone around him.

Evil unleashed. Goodness embattled. A spellbinding story erupts onto the pages of the concluding novel of the Penitent trilogy.

Tell us about your publishing process. What was it like? Did you go indie or the traditional way?

I went indie for my publishing process because I could maintain artistic control over my work and a better return of profit on book sales than going the traditional way. The process was arduous at first because of the steep learning curve I was on, especially in trying to find reliable and professional people in the book publishing industry to help me get the story released to the public. I went with a book shepherd who, while helpful, did not have the overall expertise I needed to have for the type of books and series I was creating.

It’s tough having to accomplish a task, like publishing a book, without having the requisite skill set to do so. Thus, many areas of the first book I published (2016) lacked sufficient product standards. For example, the copyright page was not professionally formatted and I could not sell the book to libraries or stores such as Barnes & Noble. I also was advised to use a publisher, lulu.com, that did not offer as much visibility as Amazon and who offered a far less royalty program for kindle and paperback version than Amazon.

For the second book (2017), I switched over to Create Space. Working with this platform was a lot better experience. 

I went with a local area publisher, Stillwater River Publications, for my third book. I also republished the first two books with Stillwater and released all three on my birthday last year (August 18, 2019). I now have three books I am very proud of creating.

How did you choose the title for your book? Did it come to you right away, before you started writing it, or did it come later?

In early May of 2014, the title for the series, The Immortality Wars, came to me in a burst of inspiration before I started writing the first book.

Tell us about the cover design process. Did you have a basic idea of what your book cover would be like?

I had a basic idea about the way my book cover would be created. I wanted the main image to be that of a remarkable looking copper beech tree. This tree, along with its fellow specie members, plays a pivotal role in the story. I had an image of it in mind that resembled the gifted work of Maxfield Parish (1870-1966). Parish’s brilliant portrayal of color, especially how his paintings employed saturated hues, were amazing to me. His use of fantasy and classical themes were relevant to what I was attempting to achieve in telling the story in my series.

Who is your cover designer and how did you find him/her?

I looked all over my area for an artist who could do something like I had in mind to do for my first book cover. Lo and behold, my cousin Hollis Machala was getting into painting water colors and I very much liked what she was drawing. We started talking about ideas for the book cover, and after she did some preliminary designs for me, I commissioned her to create the cover art.

How was your experience working with the designer?

Hollis was remarkably patient with me, especially because I cannot even draw a decent stick figure, and my inelegant visual attempts made it seemingly impossible to describe to her what I was looking for in a cover design. Not only did she adapt my suggestions into a series of design choices, she created three of the images I have respectively used for my first trilogy cover art.

What has been the readers’ response to your cover?

I have received a positive response from readers about the quality of the book covers. They say the covers are uniquely rendered and attractive, thus drawing prospective readers into examining the book more closely.

What tips would you give to authors who are looking for a cover designer?

Please don’t skimp on the cost of the design. People do judge a book by its cover. Be sure to conduct a comparable book cover search on books done for other authors in your genre(s) of writing. Try to have it designed within the parameters of the genre(s) you are writing in, but have it look uniquely yours. After all, you are creating your brand, and doing so is incredibly important.

Anything else you’d like to say about your book?

I believe my readers are those individuals who first and foremost love an entertaining and exciting adventure. They include those who love science fiction, fantasy, thrillers and spiritual odysseys.  Young readers (ages 14 to 18) and adults alike who read series that chronicle the human condition are those who are appreciating my work. As it is Christian themed, I hope that the Christian community of readers who love speculative fiction will embrace this story.

Reader fans mean a lot to me because their support of my writing represents a validation of the stories that have come to me and with which I have the opportunity to bring before them. I have always loved to hear stories and I have been fascinated by them and their respective storytellers. I consider it an honor to be able to play a part in such creation.

My greatest hope and wish is that the release of this third book in The Immortality Wars series helps this saga become known nationally and internationally. In doing so, I hope that it will help me to focus solely on my writing. I want to see this story fully developed, written and released to avid readers throughout the world.
About the Book:

THE PENITENT—PART III Completes the First Trilogy in The Immortality Wars Series as the Battle between Good and Evil Explodes onto Urban Terrain

THE PENITENT—PART III, the third installment in author A. Keith Carreiro’s Immortality Wars series, brings Pall Warren, an elite warrior touched by the hand of God, into a new battle that pits the forces of good against those derived from the evils of man and beyond. As the final book in The Penitent trilogy, Pall joins with former enemies and comes closer to fulfilling his purpose of overcoming the corruption threatening humanity.

In THE PENITENT—PART III, Pall Warren recovers from another bout of the suffering that has plagued his life by helping his friends bury their family members who were killed by a supernatural being with an insatiable appetite for humans. He travels to Gullswater, West Fündländ, in search of John Savage—the accomplished bowman—who was once his foe. The men forged their friendship in combat against Commander Gregor Mordant and his Marauders.

While Pall searches for his friend, Savage meets with his employer, Braucus Peredurus, the King’s minister of affairs, to report his observations of mystical events and otherworldly creatures and then reveals that he has been tracking Commander Mordant, who, as he learns from Peredurus, is a key member of the King’s intelligence service network.

Mordant is loyal to Kosem Mungadai, the respected head of the Church of Equity in the City of Seascale and a practitioner of the occult arts. Savage suspects Mordant is working against the King’s agenda and wants to detain the Commander, but Peredurus orders him not to; however, this command does not stop the bowman from surveilling Mordant. Meanwhile, Pall encounters Merek, a former member of the Marauders and crossbow expert. Merek suggests that Savage has gone to Seascale in search of Mordant.

As tensions rise in the city, Mordant, Mungadai, and Savage cull together fighters to engage in urban warfare during a torrential rainstorm. As the battle begins, Pall and Merek stealthily contribute to Savage’s efforts. While the warriors relentlessly brawl throughout the pitch-black night, Mungadai conjures a squad of supernatural beings to assault Savage and his warriors with the ultimate goal of overthrowing the kingdom and empowering the evil forces he serves.

In writing THE PENITENT—PART III, Carreiro’s goal was to create an epic story that brings Pall closer to fulfilling his destiny by posing the question, “In his quest for meaning, can virtue be used to combat and overcome evil?” For the reader, Carreiro hopes THE PENITENT—PART III offers a sense of “the mystery, wonder, and grandeur that is in this world and beyond that is available to us in the time we are placed here, despite the suffering and challenges each of us faces in our own lives.”

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Q&A with Sheila Roberts Author of BEACHSIDE BEGINNINGS

Best-selling author Sheila Roberts has seen her books published in a dozen different languages and made into movies for both the Hallmark and Lifetime channels. She’s happily married and lives in the Pacific Northwest. When she’s not hanging out with girlfriends, speaking to women’s groups or going dancing with her husband she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.


Tell us about your book! What is it about and what inspired you to write it?

I love this book. It’s one of my Moonlight Harbor novels so it’s set at the beach. What’s not to like about that? This is a book about starting over. My main heroine, Moira Wellman has left an abusive relationship and has escaped to the beach town of Moonlight Harbor. Moira is a stylist and an expert on hair color. I turns out she’s also pretty good at inspiring some of the other women in town to get out there and live their best lives. The book is getting good reviews and I’m hoping readers will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Tell us about your publishing process. What was it like? Did you go indie or the traditional way?

I’m a traditional author with Harlequin’s Mira imprint and very happy there. So many people at that company work very hard to bring their author’s stories to people all around the world.

How did you choose the title for your book? Did it come to you right away, before you started writing it, or did it come later?

You know, I can’t remember what the original title was. Something similar to the end product. Authors don’t always get to keep their original titles – a lot of people from editors to the marketing department weight in on finding a title that will do justice to the story.

Tell us about the cover design process. Did you have a basic idea of what your book cover would be like? 

This is something that pretty much gets left to the art department. I may share thoughts but in the end I don’t make the final decision. Of course, I see the covers and can have input, but that’s not my area of expertise so I’m happy to let the artists design my covers. I love the covers my publisher designs for me!

Who is your cover designer and how did you find him/her?

Designers! It’s a team. J

How was your experience working with the designer?

As I said, I’m very happy with the job the wonderful people at Mira do for me. They always give me charming covers. Let me tell you, I spend a lot of time staring dreamily at those covers when my editor first sends them for me to look it.

What has been the readers’ response to your cover?

I think readers like the covers. I suppose one of the proofs is if a reader buys your book. A lot of us are drawn to what we see on the cover of a book and will pick it up.

What tips would you give to authors who are looking for a cover designer?

Look at the work that designer has done for other authors. If like what the designer has done for them you’ll probably like what the designer does for you.

Anything else you’d like to say about your book?

Buy it. LOL!
Thanks for having me.


Moira Wellman has always loved makeovers—helping women find their most beautiful selves. Funny how it’s taken her five years with her abusive boyfriend, Lang, to realize she needs a life makeover. When Moira finally gets the courage to leave Lang, the beachside town of Moonlight Harbor is the perfect place to start over.

Soon Moira is right at home, working as a stylist at Waves Salon, making new friends, saving her clients from beauty blunders and helping the women of Moonlight Harbor find new confidence as well as new looks. When she meets a handsome police officer, she’s more than willing to give him a free haircut. Maybe even her heart. But is she really ready for romance after Lang? And what if her new friend is in hot pursuit of that same cop? This is worse than a bad perm. Life surely can’t get any more difficult. Or can it?

With all the heart and humor readers have come to expect from a Sheila Roberts novel, Beachside Beginnings is the story of one woman finding the courage to live her best life. And where better to live it than at the beach?


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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Book Feature: FLASH! The Science Behind Intuition by Dr. Anne Watson

We're thrilled to be hosting the virtual book tour for FLASH! The Science Behind Intuition by parapsychology/ESP author Dr. Anne Watson. Scroll down to find out how you can pick up a copy of her book!

FLASH! The Science Behind Intuition
By Dr. Anne Watson

If we have intuitions (and we do) where do they come from? Where, in us, do they arrive? What, in us, allows us to receive and interpret them? And why? Why do we get them?
Fourteen years of research, often waiting for the science to catch up with a vision sent to me by the Universe, these questions are answered in lay terms for the wonderment and affirmation of those interested in energy from another plane.

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The more scientifically sophisticated the machinery to look inside the brain and body, the less scientific and the more spiritual we become.
Chapter 6. How Do We Receive Messages From Light?
While I was receiving the visitor’s message, I knew that the lights, the vibrations, and the humming were not incidental; they all were vital to the message I was receiving, they all had something to do with how we get messages from light, including how I was currently getting the vision itself. What, inside me, was ready to receive messages from light?
I needed to find something that could take unwritten and unspoken messages from the energy field which our brain is tuned into, and turn them into usable information. Here is a quote from the physicist Nassim Haramein
"There's a fundamental field of information that is the source of our consciousness. Consciousness is not an epiphenomenon of your brain, it's actually something that your brain is tuned into like a radio is tuned into a set of information." 
I am not a radio. I do not have antennae or dials. But something in me acts as if I was a wave receiver. Let’s see what the candidates are for that function.
Obviously, my eyes receive information from light, because when I close them, I can’t see: I cease getting the picture. But wait! If I closed my eyes while looking at the vision projected on my bedroom wall, I could still see it. Also, whenever I try to invite my intuition to come to me, I close my eyes for greater viewing success in case it plans to send me visuals to support its answers. So, I don’t think messages come to us from light via our eyeballs, although some may.
Where, then?
When first I read about the pineal gland, located in the brain, I got excited. This gland is often called the third eye. Many believe the pineal gland to be the receptor site for non-sensory information. That is, information that comes to us not from our five senses. You may recall Descartes’ belief that the Pineal gland was the interface between the mind and the brain, the mind dealing in non-sensory information. Non-sensory information comes to us from insight, from intuition. If you believe that some thoughts arrive through insight, or intuition, then they have to arrive in our minds somehow and the Pineal gland was the only thing I discovered to be up to the task. It is not, however, located on the surface of our brains, ready to receive light messages. It’s situated deep inside the brain, parallel to the space between our eyebrows. (On the cover of this audiobook, you can see a rudimentary diagram of where the pineal gland is located inside our brains.)
 If we are having messages sent to us from light as energy, then within our bodies, something must be ready to receive the vibrations of the energy, the electromagnetic oscillations of it……….

Anne Watson is a Canadian author and educator and co-author of So You Have to Go to Court! A Child’s Guide to Testifying as a Witness in Child Abuse Cases with Wendy Harvey. She was raised in England, trained as a teacher, and after starting teaching in Canada at Thistletown Regional Centre School for Emotionally Disturbed Children, she then taught in the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas, and in Palm Beach County USA. Just before beginning doctoral studies in Special Education Psychology at U. of T., she travelled right around the world. Once a doctor, she became a Prof at UBC and later at Trent U., then switched to doing psychoeducational assessments (CSI of the brain!). After 30 years of midnight oil reports and early morning parent meetings she retired to concentrate on writing and art. Her calling is to help people contact their Inner Voice – the Universe – by fast tracking open brain states using EEG devices, some of which can be glimpsed in a couple of scenes in her just finished movie, “A Thousand Reasons.” She has two successful adult kids and one almost grown up granddaughter.

Twitter Link: @Post_Hypnotic