Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Fall Happenings!


 Have you swapped your summer wardrobe for your fall clothes yet? I just packed away my shorts, and today, the sun is out and it's a balmy 70 degrees. 

What do you enjoy most about the fall?

For me, I love the riot of color on the falling leaves. I love the cooler mornings and evenings-no bugs. Sipping on peppermint hot chocolate, and cozy evenings by the fire inside or out. This time of transformation from one season to another always heralds a change inside myself, a desire to reach higher, make more goals, be more organized, make more plans, and be more energized. Every shift in the seasons is a new start, a new beginning. And I love anything that brings us back to the earth and nature.  



My latest read!
So as we prepare to hunker down, as the days get shorter, it's the perfect time to get sucked into a new book. I have been indulging in my greatest pleasure and recently read, The Mother Road by Meghan Quinn, a romantic comedy that touches on one family dealing with the loss of their mother as they fulfill her wish to take a trip along Route 66. A 5-star read! Check it out.  The Mother Road

My news!
Finally, I have a new release coming out on October, 11th, 2020 called, An Unexpected Christmas, and I'm so excited to share this with you. It's a sweet and sentimental romance, and book 1 in The Sandy Bay Series. You can pre-order your copy here. An Unexpected Christmas  

    

  



 Blurb

Jenna Hartman is attending the movie premiere of her latest release when a breaking story emerges that destroys her image and threatens her career. Forced into hiding, and with Christmas looming, the only place to retreat is Seashell Cottage in Sandy Bay. But returning home is far from easy. It means fulfilling her mom’s final requests and facing the man who broke her heart.

Farmer by day and furniture maker by night, Ryan Cooper doesn’t have time for a serious relationship. As head of his family, he’s trying to keep the business afloat. But when Tinks—aka Jenna Hartman, the childhood sweetheart who slipped through his fingers—reappears, he can’t ignore the fiery sparks between them, even if he should.

Thrown together, they share an unexpected kiss, but is that all it is?

As they spend time together revisiting the past, will Jenna be able to forgive him? Will Ryan make her realize what’s missing in her glamorous life—a family and the chance of real love?

  
Happy reading, stay safe and warm my friends!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day!



Valentine's Day has different meanings to different people.
To some, it is a designated day of spending time with their loved one exchanging heart-shaped cards, romantic gifts of flowers, chocolate or jewelry, maybe going out for dinner. For others, it's another day on the calendar—one that means little, if anything at all.
This year, I planned ahead. I have bought my husband a small gift and some chocolate. It really is a gesture of appreciation because honestly, if I need anything, he's always there. He is my rock. And while we don't need a day set aside to show each other how we care, in an age where we are all so busy, it's great to make an effort every now and then for those we love.

 With that in mind, I have a special offer for you. My publisher has put Forgotten Love on sale from February 14th-18th. Check it out, and enjoy!


I’m an ex-Navy SEAL. A wounded warrior with a hard-ass exterior and a checkered past to match. All I care about is my outdoor survival business—teaching others the skills they need to survive in the face of danger.

But fate has a wicked sense of humor.

From out of nowhere this brunette-beauty with the easy smile and doe-eyes walks into my life…and it’s not the first time.

Summer doesn’t remember me. But she’s the one I can’t forget.

I know that she’s in danger, and I’ll gladly give in to every protective instinct I have when it comes to keeping her safe.

There’s a reason fate sent her my way for a second time.

Only, this time…I won’t fail her.

Not again

AMAZON


My Plans for the next 3 months!

2020 is a busy year for me.  I have several books slotted for release, and two author/reader conferences  that I am attending. I have become a committee member of the Fall in love With New England Conference in October responsible for the book signing portion, which I am super excited about.
My book club, Babes with Books, which I started last September is growing, and it's a lot of fun. If you want to stay in touch, find out more about me, my books, join my romance only book club, click on the link below and sign-up for my newsletter. If you do you'll receive a free ebook.  







Next time, I will be sharing some exciting new! Till then, keep reading.





































Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Summertime Sizzle




           

Giveaways

Because I know you love to read, I'm sharing details of some amazing summertime sales. If you enjoy contemporary, paranormal, fantasy or sci-fi books then click on the link below and grab these deals while they last.
https://artofthearcane.wordpress.com/July-Free-Love-Giveaway-Giveaway





Destiny of the Witch

 
In between running my youngest kid around this summer, I am finishing the final book in The Rise of Orion series, Destiny of the Witch. It has been the hardest book to write for a variety of reasons, but I will get there.

To wet your appetite, I am sharing the cover, which I hope you love as much as I do. 

Destiny of the Witch is the culmination of five years of work focusing on the rise and fall of soul-shifter Ella Masters. She is a beautiful, haunted creature that has never believed she deserved to be happy because in her previous lives she has been betrayed, tortured, and murdered. 

In this book, as Ella attempts to keep her family safe, she faces her nemesis,  the Morrigan, who will stop at nothing to get what she wants, which they believe is her husband Marcus. A vision has predicted that Ella will fight the shadow queen in the Temple of the Gods, and they have hatched a plan to outwit the devious goddess. But at the wedding of Roman De'Luca and Isabella Lockhart everything changes. On the brink of war, Ella believes her destiny is to surrender to the Morrigan to save those she loves, but there is more at play that it seems, especially when the Devil gets involved.

This is the thrilling climax to The Rise of Orion series. 

  




Fall in Love with New England Conference.


I love any event which puts me in front of the readers. I get to chat about my work, the plots in my books, meet some wonderful people who still love to read, and sell books.

I just love it.

The next great /reader conference I am attending is called Fall in Love with New England. I will be there in Nashua, NH October 18-19, 2019.

There will be giveaways, Halloween trick or treat, readers costume party, and a book signing, which is free to the public on Saturday afternoon.

Click on the link below for more information, or again email me and I can answer any questions you have.

http://fallinlovewithnewengland.com/

Forgotten Love 

My contemporary romance is only 99cents grab a copy now and enjoy book 1 in the Bound by Love series...

Link to Amazon



Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Author Theresa Van Spankeren




I love to share other authors that I meet along my writing journey, and today, I'm introducing you to hardworking with two jobs, indie author, Theresa Van Spankeren. We have know each other on Facebook for a couple of years, and I have enjoyed reading her fantasy stories.




Here is a little bit about the lady herself...


Theresa Van Spankeren lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her fiancé and pug. She enjoys hiking, exploring haunted places, playing Zelda, and swimming. She has been writing almost as long as she has been reading. Her first stories were based off of The Babysitters Club. She also tried to write mysteries at an early age because she loved Nancy Drew. While she learned she was a better mystery reader than writer, it didn’t stop her love for both.


   



In high school, she started writing X-Files fanfiction with recurring vampire characters. From these stories and characters evolved the idea for the War of Destiny series. Julia, once just a half-formed secondary character in this fanfiction, had her own story to tell. Hers is one of overcoming adversity and trauma, learning to love, and discovering her strength and power to embrace her destiny. Julia’s story spans three published novels, War of Destiny 1: Lost Soul, War of Destiny 2: Pursuit into Darkness, and War of Destiny 3: Between Darkness & Light. She is currently working on releasing a 2nd edition of the first book, as well as working on other additions to the series.



Keep up to date with her latest happenings at her webpage or Social Media:

http://tvanspankeren.wixsite.com/author-blog

https://www.goodreads.com/Theresa99

https://www.facebook.com/WarofDestiny/

https://www.instagram.com/warofdestinybooks/



Thank you, Theresa for giving us some insight into your life as an author, and thanks everyone for taking a peek at my blog. I will be attending the North Andover Sheep Shearing Festival on Sunday. 19TH May, and I hope to see you there!





Remember, I have a free book out right now. It's the prequel in The Rise of Orion series, it is a shocker and not for the faint of heart. Link below.


mybook.to/BecomingtheWitch








Tuesday, March 12, 2019

New release: Forgotten Love


Forgotten Love

                                         
💥💜~~~Forgotten Love~~~💜💥


         My #newrelease, Forgotten Love is now LIVE.


It's the first book in the Bound by Love series, which centers around four military buddies who are rebuilding their lives after serving their country and the women who give them a reason to overcome their demons and find happiness.


                   It's #free on Kindleunlimited.... 

                   Universal link to Forgotten Love Kindle version
mybook.to/ForgottenLove                   


         


Blurb for Forgotten Love


I’m an ex-Navy SEAL. A wounded warrior with a hard-ass exterior and a checkered past to match. All I care about is my outdoor survival business—teaching others the skills they need to survive in the face of danger.

But fate has a wicked sense of humor.

From out of nowhere this brunette-beauty with the easy smile and doe-eyes walks into my life…and it’s not the first time.

Summer doesn’t remember me. But she’s the one I can’t forget.

I know that she’s in danger, and I’ll gladly give in to every protective instinct I have when it comes to keeping her safe.

There’s a reason fate sent her my way for a second time.

Only, this time…I won’t fail her.

Not again.



Enjoy and I hope if you read the book, you will let me know what you think!  

Monday, March 4, 2019

Writing in local coffee shops!





As a writer, I've become comfortable secluded away in my office tapping away and creating my stories. It's where I find, I am most productive. However, there are times I venture outside and meet my fellow authors to brainstorm the writing process. Many times, we end up inside a local coffee shop. This started me thinking about whether I could, once a month, actually write in a productive way in such a location, and of course, I wanted to write about this adventure.

I decided to choose local coffee shops within a maximum of a 20 mile radius from my home, because I do not want to spend all my time driving to get there.  I want to write!

This first place, I was frothing at the mouth and super eager to visit is right on my doorstep. A mere 15 minute drive.

                                           Battle Ground Coffee Co, Riverwalk, Lawrence.

I was excited to try this place after learning that it's run by a husband and wife team, namely Dana and Salvatore DeFranco. What also piqued my interest was the fact that Salvatore is an ex-Navy SEAL. This stirred my writers mind, especially because I am creating my Bound By Love series which centers around 4 ex-military buddies who rebuild their lives after serving their country.

I felt, I needed to touch base with this entrepreneurial couple, and not only explore my ability to write in their coffee shop, but to discuss their story, and learn more about the challenges they have faced.

Anyway, I visited Battle Grounds Coffee Co's new location which has only been open a few weeks. Their second cafe is a smaller site in Haverhill. The café I visited in Lawrence is right on Washington street with ample free parking for up to 90mins. The inside offers a spacious seating area with plenty of tables and seats for customers. They offer a variety of drinks, snacks, and wraps.





I sat at one of the tall tables at the back of the cafe looking out at the front. There were plenty of power outlets on the wall and I powered up ready to write while sipping on my lovely hot chocolate. I had hoped to visit earlier in the day, because that's when I write the most, but I didn't get there until 3 p.m. It was quiet, although a few customers called in for take-out orders, and another table was occupied by a group of local businessmen, so the distractions were kept to a minimum. For the most part, I was happy to sit and attempt to write. But perhaps, because I'm starting a new writing project, or because writing in this environment is new to me, I didn't make much progress, which only served to make me feel frustrated.

                               


I'm thinking, it may be better to spend two hours promoting while I am in a coffee shop because that doesn't require me to switch off completely. I found myself people watching and staring around which doesn't aid my writing. The coffee-shop closed at 5p.m. as part of it's soft opening and by then I was ready to leave, having only jotted some notes about this blog, and not having accomplished my objective for that day, which was to start chapter 2 for Destiny of the Witch.

Next time, I will definitely bring my headphones. I think, however, this is going to take me some time before I feel comfortable.

For those of you that do write in public places, please, share any tips you have learned over time, or stories you're willing to share, I would love to hear them.


A few more facts about Battle Ground Coffee Co, "It's a little bit about serving coffee and a lot about serving your community," I love that even after serving his country, Mr. DeFranco is giving back and helping others making it very much a part of his business philosophy. The strong couple are involved in local initiatives to help battle homelessness among the veterans and host community events in their coffee shop. Needless to say, I will be back and hopefully, I will get the chance to chat with them about how they overcame their challenges together.

"The success of your mission depends on your skill, proficiency, and attention to detail. Start with the right tools."

I also love the fact that Mr. DeFranco acknowledges the important roles his wife and mother have played in his recovery and success. He carried the skills, he learned as a child through his Navy SEAL days and uses it today in his business, quoting mental toughness and resilience which helped him discover the man he has always been even after leaving a career he had hoped to pursue for many years to come.

I wish both Dana and Salvatore DeFranco much continued success and happiness. Please, check out their coffee shops and they have an on-line presence so you can order products from anywhere.   

https://battlecoffee.com/about-us/



          Till next month, when I will be visiting another local coffee place, Cafe Nero in Andover...






















Monday, February 18, 2019

Author interview: Satin Russell



Today, I have fellow author Satin Russell as a guest to chat about herself and her books. I first met Satin several months ago while we were both attending a holiday shopping event at Lowell Technical high school selling our books. Of course, I bought her book, Secret Hunger, which is a great read and it’s why I invited her along to talk shop. I love to hear another author’s story.   


                                                              Intro:
Satin Russell is an indie author living in Massachusetts. Growing up, she was an avid reader who wanted to be either an English teacher, librarian, or author. However, life took her in a different direction and she became a financial advisor. Then, on the eve of her 36th birthday, she decided to follow her dreams. Now, she’s published the first two books in her romantic suspense trilogy called The Harper Sisters.







                                                                               Secret Hunger Synopsis:
Secret Hunger is the first book in the Harper Sisters Trilogy. It follows the story of Olivia Harper, who is the oldest of the three sisters. Have you ever been at a crossroads in your life where you knew the decision you made would affect everything? That’s the kind of decision Olivia is facing at the beginning of Secret Hunger.

                                                                                   Secret Hunger Blurb:
                                                         **She’s chasing dreams.**

Olivia, a café owner and cook, never regretted forsaking her dreams to finish raising her sisters after the death of their parents. Now grown, they've moved out of the house, leaving Olivia free to pick up where she left off — if she can find the courage to start over.

                                                         **He's hunting nightmares.**
Mason is a Boston police detective, recuperating from a tragic incident that left his partner dead. All he wants is to heal and get back to the job of hunting the killer down. The last thing on his mind is romance.

                                              **Finding love wasn't in either of their plans. **
But as things heat up between Olivia and Mason, events happen that make her realize she's drawn a far more sinister kind of attention. Suddenly, she finds herself fighting not only for her dreams, but her very life!

This is a romantic suspense novel with a HEA and NO cliffhanger!
Readers 18+

This is the first book in the Harper Sisters Trilogy, but each book can be read as a stand-alone.
Secret Hunger is available for sale on Amazon. http://amzn.to/2d3iaQi



                           Social Media Links:
    Website: https://satinrussell.com/
    Satin Russell Newsletter: http://bit.ly/2rxdCHS
   Twitter: https://twitter.com/SatinRussell 
   Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/2xgVLpM

Secret Hunger Excerpt:
Olivia hunched over her steering wheel while the headlights cut a swath through the hypnotic swirl of flakes. The squeak-swish of the wipers kept pace with her heart as they struggled to keep up with the storm. Luckily, the snow plows had been hard at work and the accumulation on the roads wasn’t too bad.
At the end of Centre Street, she took a left and made her way up the hill and out of town. The roads were icier here, the reason she always hated driving this hill in the winter. Olivia knew she’d have to accelerate to have any hope of making it up the slope, and mentally crossed her fingers.
The good news was she was used to Maine’s storms, having lived in the area all her life. The bad news was she was driving her 4-door sedan with no four-wheel drive and very little tread on her tires. She’d been saving up money to replace them, but hadn’t gotten around to it yet.
Just before she reached the crest of the hill, another vehicle came flying over the rise, sliding around the curve. Olivia had just enough time to take her foot off the gas and turn the wheel, barely missing being side-swiped by the reckless driver. Her car began to lose its forward momentum up the slope.
“No, no, no…come on!” She muttered as her car started to slide down the slope backwards. She pressed on her brakes and could feel the tires spinning without purchase as the backside of her car slid, angling towards the ditch on the side of the road.
“Ugh!” she pounded her hands against the steering wheel. “This is NOT what I needed right now.”
She climbed out and looked at her car lying canted sideways in the ditch. At least she wasn’t blocking the road, she thought ruefully. Olivia climbed back into the driver’s seat and pulled her cell phone out of her pocket.
“No bars. Of course. This afternoon just gets better and better,” she grumbled. It was already nearly full dark due to the storm, and the last thing she wanted to do was to wait until someone came along to help her out. Most sane people would already be cozied up in their homes by now. Who knew when the next person would be by?
With that thought in mind, Olivia secured her hat on her head, fastened her coat, and gathered her grocery bag from the passenger seat. It wasn’t too long a walk back to the house. Besides, she was already halfway up the hill. She’d just have to get Liz to pull her car out and tow it back to the shop tomorrow after the storm. Reluctantly, she locked the car, and with a final backwards glance, started the trek up the hill to her house.
About twenty yards from her car, she wondered if she’d made the right decision. The whole world felt cold and desolate. The sky was already gray, and growing darker by the minute. Soon she’d feel like the last person left in a frozen, lonely world.
Maybe she should have just stayed in her car. At least she’d be able to have the heater on. She briefly debated pulling her phone out and checking for service, but taking her gloves off to use the phone seemed unbearable in the wind.
Just then, a Ford pickup truck pulled up alongside her and the passenger window rolled down. “Hey! I’m guessing that was your car back there. Need a lift?”
Sighing with relief, she smiled and turned towards the truck, surprised to find herself facing the man she’d noticed earlier at the diner. Oh wow, was her first thought. He was even better looking up close.
He leaned across the cab and popped the door open. “Here, get in. It’s way too cold, let alone dangerous, for you to be walking alongside the road like that.”
Gratefully, she lifted her grocery bag onto the seat and crawled up into the cab. She briefly fought the wind to close the truck door, and then just sat back with her eyes closed and breathed for a moment. The man let her take a second to get her bearings, but she could feel him watching her and discreetly looked back over at him.He was dressed in a Carhartt coat that did amazing things for his shoulders. Black, tousled hair was in disarray, probably from the knit hat that was on the console beside him. His jaw had a couple of days’ worth of scruff, which just worked to make him seem even sexier. He had a high brow and straight nose, but really, it was his eyes that stole her breath away. They were clear and as blue as a distant summer’s day, and at the moment, looked more than a little concerned.


                                     Well, thank you Satin for joining us today, and good luck with all your future writing projects! Before I close, I have to slip in a promo for my upcoming release, Forgotten Love, due out 12th March, about a second chance at love. 


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