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“Sourcebooks is releasing The Last Telegram by Liz Trenow next month. In this unforgettable debut that’s drawing comparisons to Atonement and The Notebook, author Liz Trenow draws upon her family’s 300-year history in silk weaving, memories of her father, and other remarkable and untold stories of those who helped to save Britain from the Nazis in the desperate days of war. To celebrate the release, they are offering a giveaway of a finished copy of the book as well as they will send a telegram on your behalf to anyone in the United States or Canada.”

*You must make a comment and tell us who you would like a telegram sent to and why*

Please, help us spread the word! Cut off date will be March 30,2013

**WINNER WILL BE PICKED DURING THE WEEK OF APRIL 1-5,2013**

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Release date: April 2,2013

THE LAST TELEGRAMThe Last Telegram by Liz Trenow; April 2013

ISBN 9781402279454, $14.99 U.S.

Trade Paperback, Fiction, Sourcebooks Landmark

 

“A book to savor.”-Kate Furnivall, author of The Russian Concubine

We all make mistakes. Some we can fix.
But what happens when we can’t?

Decades ago, as Nazi planes dominated the sky, Lily Verner made a terrible choice. She’s tried to forget, but now an unexpected event pulls her back to the 1940s British countryside. She finds herself remembering the brilliant colors of the silk she helped to weave at her family’s mill, the relentless pressure of the worsening war, and the kind of heartbreaking loss that stops time.

In this evocative novel of love and consequences, Lily finally confronts the disastrous decision that has haunted her all these years. The Last Telegram uncovers the surprising truth about how the stories we weave about our lives are threaded with truth, guilt, and forgiveness.

“Sparked my interest from the start…charming.”-Sharon Knoth, Between the Covers, Harbor Springs, MI

“This book will easily appeal to fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and I can see it quickly becoming a favorite of book clubs.”-Billie Bloebaum, Powell’s Books

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April 18 Liz Trenow will be visiting with us, please check back~

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A WORD FROM DEBORAH HEAL…”NO CRIB FOR A BED”….

MBA&M PROUDLY PROUD PRESENTS….

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No Crib for a Bed

by Deborah Heal

Christian fiction writers sometimes think their stories are less important than the sermons, essays, and treatises of the “serious” non-fiction writer. But imaginative writing has tremendous power to teach deep truths. For example, many, many people have come to know God through C. S. Lewis’ Narnia stories.

Storytelling is even an effective tool for fund raising. One Christmas, when it was time to send out the monthly newsletter for our crisis pregnancy center, I decided to use a story to help readers understand the problems families faced. Here is the letter I sent out:

 

 

 

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger.” Luke 2:7

 

Now that was a crisis pregnancy! There is something so heart wrenching about the newborn King lying in a stable when he should have had every luxury in the universe.

Every parent wants the best for their precious little ones. But for some couples like, Carl and Brenda…

June, 1955. Carl was just out of the service and couldn’t find a job. And he had a wife and two kids—Brenda, three-year-old Stevie, and two-month-old Patty. So Carl packed up the family and moved, but with the recession there were no jobs. For a while Brenda worked at the dime store, and Carl stayed home to watch the kids. With no gas for the car, he walked across town when he heard the Shell station was hiring. Sure enough, the sign in the window said, HELP WANTED, but the man inside told him the job had just been filled. It was a long walk back home. “The air Force will take me back,” he told Brenda. But the Air Force was not taking men with two children.

The approaching Christmas season just highlighted their misery. “Well,” Brenda said, “at least Patty is too little to know about Christmas presents.” Or maybe she did and that’s why she cried so much. She seemed hungry all the time, no matter how often she nursed, and Brenda began to wonder if she had enough milk.

Brenda cried in the doctor’s office when he explained that, “yes, you can get pregnant even while you’re nursing.” And when baby Mikey came, he slept in a dresser drawer because Patty still needed the crib.

This Christmas season I am asking you to consider a very special gift so that we can continue to help families like Carl and Brenda’s resist the pressure to abort their baby “Mikey’s.” Your gift will allow us to help with baby supplies—like a crib for the baby to sleep in.

 

Apparently, my little story helped to put a face on the problems associated with unplanned pregnancies, because donations poured into the center.

Does the story seem to overly sentimental? The “Patty” in the story is me. I’m grateful to be able to use my family’s ordeal to write real good.

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Deborah Heal is the author of the young adult novels Time and Again and Unclaimed Legacy She lives in Waterloo, Illinois, where she enjoys reading, gardening, and learning about southern Illinois history. She is married and has three grown children, three grandchildren, and a canine buddy named Scout (a.k.a. Dr. Bob). Currently, she is working on book three in the Time and Again trilogy.

You may learn more about the author by visiting her website: http://www.deborahheal.com/, her  Facebook Fan Page, and Goodreads. Her books may be purchased on Amazon.com.

 

 

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE!!

 

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GIVEAWAY AND VISIT WITH BARBARA ELLEN BRINK, AUTHOR OF “SPLIT SENSE”….

MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE PRESENTS:

BARBARA ELLEN BRINK!!!

Good morning and welcome to My Book Addiction and More….

MBA&M: Tell us a little about yourself?

BARBARA: HI, Thanks for having me. I’m excited to be here! I’m the author of five published books. My first two, Entangled & Crushed, are mysteries set at a California winery. I enjoy reading mystery, suspense, and thrillers, so those are normally what I tend to write. My husband and I love to take weekend motorcycle trips during the summer and I often find interesting people or places to use in my stories. I grew up on the West coast but have lived in Minnesota for over twenty five years now. We have two adult children who live nearby, and two lovable mutts who sleep near my desk and keep me company while I write.  

MBA&M: What made you decide to write “SPLIT SENSE”?

BARBARA: The idea for Split Sense came to me while watching a medical mysteries segment on Good Morning America a few years back. They were talking about a strange unexplained phenomena they called, Synesthesia, that affects a very small segment of the population. These people are born with some “wires crossed” you might say. Their senses can be jumbled in a strange way so that they might taste words or hear music notes as colors. I took the mystery a step further and wrote Split Sense.

MBA&M: What were some of the challenges in writing this genre?

BARBARA: I guess my biggest challenge was not to come off as if I were writing science fiction, but to make the circumstances and story plausible enough that the reader believes these things could actually happen to these kids. There are many “medical mysteries” and things in this world that can’t be explained and I just wanted to tap into that and write a suspense/thriller with characters you can connect with and feel for.

MBA&M: What authors,if any, would you say influenced your writing?

BARBARA: I’m sure that to some degree every author I’ve ever read has influenced my writing. I don’t know that I could point to one author and say I tried to emulate them, but you learn from example and I hope that I have picked up some of my writing skills from favorite authors. I recently had a reader say that my writing reminded him of Nora Roberts when she writes as J.D Robb. I was flattered to be in such company. Some of my favorite authors are Patricia Cornwell, Diana Gabaldon, Erika Spindler, Tami Hoag, Sally John, and Sibella Giorello. Of course, I grew up reading authors like Victoria Holt, Phyllis Whitney, Mary Stewart, and Mary Higgins Clark, so my influences vary quite a bit.

MBA&M: Did you always want to be an author or what made you want to become an author?

BARBARA: I’ve always loved to write but truthfully didn’t think about actually writing a book until after I was in my twenties and newly married. I bought an old typewriter and began writing, but really had no idea what I was doing. The busyness of life and having kids took over and I tucked my writing away until the kids were in their early teens. About fourteen years ago I sat down to write and haven’t stopped since. Well…I do manage to take food and bathroom breaks.

MBA&M: What is the weirdest writing advice that worked have you gotten and from whom?

BARBARA: I think it was at a writer’s conference I attended in Seattle about five years ago. The advice wasn’t really weird but actually quite freeing. I don’t remember who said it, but they basically turned the old adage “write what you know,” that most teachers have spouted for eons, on it’s head. He said, Don’t write what you know, cause that’s boring. Write about something you want to know or something you wish you could do. Live vicariously!

MBA&M:  What is a typical writing day like for you?

BARBARA: I usually answer email, twitter, etc, get all the business stuff out of the way by 11:00 or noon, and then I write steadily until 5:00 when my husband gets home. I like to take a break to spend some time with him. Sometimes I go back to my office for another couple hours later in the evening and edit what I’ve written during the day.

MBA&M: Who is your hero/heroine,be it character,or real person?Why?

 BARBARA: I only write about heroes, but my friend Becky is a Paramedic out there on the streets saving lives every day. She and other medical professionals like herself are my heroes.

MBA&M: What is your favorite “comfort” food?

BARBARA: I usually keep a few things handy in my desk drawer. I call it brain food. Roasted almonds, chocolate (of course), and black licorice. It helps me write. At least that’s what I tell myself.

MBA&M: If you were not writing(thanks for writing,by the way) what would you be doing?

BARBARA: I once fleetingly thought about going to Nursing school but when I learned I needed to take chemistry…suffice it to say that my desire quickly waned. Actually I would probably still be living vicariously, except through other people’s characters, reading lots of their books, watching movies, and selfishly letting my husband support me for the rest of my life while I lived a life of leisure. Seriously, If I didn’t write fiction I would probably want to be a journalist, so I’d still be writing. And truth is usually crazier than fiction…at least these days.

MBA&M: If you could switch places with one of your characters who would it be and why?

BARBARA: I think it would be eye-opening and maybe a little scary to be able to hear other people’s thoughts and feel their emotions. In Split Sense, Zander struggles with those things everyday. I wouldn’t want to have that ability all the time but I think it would be helpful to live in his shoes for a day, to feel the pain, sorrow, and joy of those around me. I think we all need a little more empathy for others in this world. It’s hard to connect on a personal level with social media, online forums, cell phones, answering machines, instant messaging, and such. We have less and less face-to-face time with actual human beings.

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where “SPLIT SENSE” is available?

BARBARA: Split Sense is available in paperback and ebook. You can find Split Sense and my other novels at these online stores: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Apple, Kobo, Diesel, & Smashwords.

You can connect with me here:

My webpage: http://www.barbaraellenbrink.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BarbaraEllenBrink

Twitter: BarbaraEBrink

Drop me a line. I love to hear from readers.     

Webpage: http://www.barbaraellenbrink.com

Email: [email protected]

Blog: http://www.barbarasthinline.blogspot.com

My Author Page: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/barbaraellenbrink

Purchase my paperback “Entangled” here:  http://www.createspace.com/3483348

Purchase my ebook “Entangled” here:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00427YJOK

Purchase my paperback “Crushed” here:http://www.createspace.com/3580992

Purchase my ebook “Crushed” here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004RR19MK

       

   Thank you so much for visiting with us and our readers today!!

SPLIT SENSE

BARBARA BRINK

Paperback:342 pages

Publisher:CreateSpace (December 1, 2011)

Language:English

ISBN-10:1467978388

ISBN-13: 978-1467978385

Product Description(from Amazon)

When a senator and pharmaceutical giant partner to experiment with a new drug on pregnant women, they tap into a world they never knew existed – the supernatural touching the natural – and it will cost the innocent more than they know.
Split Sense interweaves the lives of two families, twins separated at birth, and two different but powerful gifts that each child discovers which impacts their lives and others in unbelievable ways.
Zander Howard has been able to hear the thoughts of those around him for as long as he can remember. Sometimes he is overwhelmed with feelings of anger, joy, or fear that is not his own. He tastes words, feels sounds, is surrounded with voices in the dark of night. He is Howard Pharmaceutical’s prize guinea pig. He wishes to be free of the company and their mind games, but his father is caught up in their web of deceit and can’t bring the Company down without destroying his family in the process.
Emma Tatum has been sheltered in a small town with loving parents who have no idea she’s not their own flesh and blood. She also has a gift. The ability to heal with music. She sees colors of mercy and grace fly from her fingers with each note she plays.
When the twins are reunited, nothing will stop them from seeking the truth about their origins, but someone is willing to commit murder to keep the project secret, while others want to possess the power of the twins.
For a boy who has been used his entire life, learning to trust isn’t easy. But through Emma, Zander has a glimpse of a loving God whose plan of providence has brought them together at just the right time.
(This is a thriller with Christian elements, people struggling with faith to reconcile events in the storyline. Just as the real world has believers and unbelievers, my fictional world is populated with the same.)
Barbara Ellen Brink is also the author of the Fredrickson Winery mystery novels, “Entangled” and “Crushed.”
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We are offering 1 e-book copy of “SPLIT SENSE” by Barbara Brink  and 1 print copy (*U.S. residents,ONLY*) to 2 lucky commenters. No P.O. Boxes,please for the print copy. Giveaway to run from today May 1 until May 8,2012.

 

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE AND HAPPY READING!!!

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GIVEAWAY AND VISIT WITH TRACEY DEVLYN….

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TRACEY DEVLYN!!

Tracey Devlyn writes historical romantic thrillers (translation: a slightly more grievous journey toward the heroine’s happy ending). An Illinois native, Tracey spends her evenings harassing her once-in-a-lifetime husband and her weekends torturing her characters. For more information on Tracey, including her Internet haunts, contest updates, and details on her upcoming novels, please visit her website at:

TraceyDevlyn.com  |  Twitter.com/TraceyDevlyn Facebook.com/AuthorTraceyDevlyn

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Good morning Tracey and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!

 

MBA&M: Tell our readers a few tidbits about Tracey Devlyn?

Tracey: Thank you so much for having me. I look forward to chatting with everyone. As for tidbits about me…I love animals. Right now, I have a 1.5-year-old Doberman rescue pup and a small pond full of Koi and other pretty fish. I’m a nature nut. Love to hike around our local, state, and national parks. So many beautiful places to visit. Hmm, what else? Oh, I don’t go anywhere without a tube of lip balm and a couple tissues. I’ve also saved petals from every rose my husband has ever given me.

 

MBA&M: What was the most challenging thing in writing “A LADY’S REVENGE”?

Tracey: Being at peace with writing outside the norm. I tried to write around the opening scene of A Lady’s Revenge several times, because I was afraid historical romance readers would be turned off by its gritty nature. However, the story’s suspenseful plot and she-won’t-go-there uniqueness seems to be drawing readers, rather than repelling them.

 

MBA&M: Where did the idea of “A LADY’S REVENGE” originate?

Tracey: The story originated from what I call a flash scene, which is nothing more than a glimpse of a woman strapped to a blood-encrusted table in what was obviously a dungeon. From there, A Lady’s Revenge was born.

 

MBA&M: What is on the horizon for you and your writing?

Tracey: At the end of February, I finished the second book in the Nexus series. Checkmate, My Lord will hit the shelves and e-readers February 2013. Once I finish promoting A Lady’s Revenge, I’ll start on the third book. Really excited about diving into a new story!

 

MBA&M: What is some comfort foods for you?

Tracey: My comfort foods tend to vary. I’ll find something I like and eat it until I’m sick of it. I do have a few items that I keep going back to, though. I love my husband’s spaghetti (or pasta, if you prefer). Slim Jim’s at snack time, strawberry Twizzlers while watching movies, Twix candy bars for my at-work sweet tooth, four-pump vanilla lattes to get my through the morning, and soda pop. Oh, and sometimes I get a hankering for a lemon.

MBA&M: What is in your “To Read” pile?

Tracey: Honestly, too many to list. Although I don’t read as much as I used to, I still buy books like I haven’t slowed down. Recent books I’ve purchased and haven’t read—How to Ravish a Rake by Vicky Dreiling, Miss Hilary Schools a Scoundrel by Samantha Grace, A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare, and The Rogue Pirate’s Bride by Shana Galen.

 

MBA&M: Which character in “A LADY’S REVENGE” do you think most identifies with you and your character? Why?

Tracey: I would like to think there’s a little of me in my heroine, Cora, and her lady’s maid, Dinks. But only a smidge. Both ladies are far more courageous and intelligent than I’ll ever be. I do wish I could bundle them up and carry them with me wherever I go.

 

 

MBA&M: Who is your hero/heroine be it person, animal, or character? Why?

Tracey: My husband is my hero, hands down. He loves and supports me despite my many flaws. He’s my biggest fan and my voice of reason. Quite simply, he’s my rock. Without his love, I would never have become the woman I am today. I always want to be a better person when I’m around him. And I adore his mother, too.

 

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where “A LADY’S REVENGE” is available?

Tracey: For more information about me, including my Internet haunts, contest updates, and details on my upcoming novels, please visit my website at:

 

TraceyDevlyn.com  |  Twitter.com/TraceyDevlyn  |  Facebook.com/AuthorTraceyDevlyn

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Tracey, do you have anything you would like to add?

Many thanks to My Book Addiction and More for having me here today!

 

Thank you for visiting with us and our readers today!!

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A LADY’S REVENGE

TRACEY DEVLYN

Mass Market Paperback:448 pages

Publisher:Sourcebooks Casablanca; Original edition (April 3, 2012)

Language:English

ISBN-10:1402258224

ISBN-13: 978-1402258220

(from the author)

BRIEF SUMMARY OF A LADY’S REVENGE:

A British agent flees her French captor’s torturous dungeon and falls in love with the decoder responsible for her imprisonment.

British agent Cora deBeau has spent the last three years seducing secrets from the most hardened of French spies while searching for her parents’ killer. When her latest assignment goes awry, she suffers at the hands of her French captor until Guy Trevelyan, the Earl of Helsford and master cryptographer, saves her during a daring rescue. Scarred and wary of men, Cora shies away from the one man who could heal her savaged heart.

After rescuing Cora from a French dungeon, Guy discovers it was one of his deciphered messages that led to her captivity. Guy strives to earn her forgiveness while outwitting their enemy. But will he find the scars on her wounded soul run too deep?

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Please leave a comment for a chance to win a print copy of A Lady’s Revenge (U.S. and Canada only, please).No P.O.Boxes,please! Giveaway to run from today April 21 until April 21,2012.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!

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GIVEAWAY WITH MEDIEVAL SCOTTISH AUTHOR,MARY WINE,” THE HIGHLANDER’S PRIZE” by Mary Wine!

 

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Good morning Mary, and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!

Thank you so much! It’s a blast to be invited over to chat about my newest baby.

MBA&M: For the readers, who may not know you, please give them some insight into Mary Wine?

MARY: I’m engaged in a constant battle to catch my own tail. Hummm, maybe that isn’t the best way to put it. I am a writer of romance novels and I love it! For the past couple of years, I’ve been working on steamy historicals. This month, The Highlander’s Prize is releasing. It’s the first book in a new saga, set in the era of the war of the roses.

MBA&M: What do you feel the appeal for Highlanders is in today market?

MARY: The Celtic people are amazing. They survive in a place that is as rugged as it is beautiful. Their culture is old and their land mystical. The Highlanders I write about are men devoted to their honor and to the well-being of their people. What girl doesn’t dream of a man who might aim some of that focus toward her? The reality of life is often in conflict with what our inner princess longs for. When I pen a Highlander tale, I’m reaching into my own heart to find that hero I’d like to have sweep me off my feet.

MBA&M: How much research goes into writing a historical romance set in Scotland?

MARY: Research is a state of mind for me. I adore history. I don’t think there is a history channel special I haven’t adored and prowling around old buildings is my idea of a fun afternoon. When it comes to my books, I really do like to get the setting correct. I want my Highlander novels to be more than just the hero and his castle. There were just as many stresses in these times as now and I believe that enriches the story.

MBA&M: Have you been to Scotland, if so what is some of your favorite memories?

MARY: Actually no. But it is on the bucket list that I plan to start on as soon as the nest is empty.

MBA&M: Of all your books, which is your favorite and why?

MARY: I’m always in love with my new babies but there is a spot in my heart for my first book, Dream Shadow. It isn’t on sale at the moment but it is very dear to my heart. In August my newest endeavor will launch, a three book Steam Punk series that I am having a lot of fun writing. But even after that, my Highlanders really hold onto a large section of my heart.

MBA&M:Who is your favorite character in “THE HIGHLANDER’S PRIZE”?

MARY: Broen, my hero. He’s devoted to his people but drawn to Clarissa. What fascinates me about him is his patience. He was a little bit Ninja there, just placing himself in front of her time and again until she yielded.

MBA&M: If you could step into a book and that world, where would it be? Even if it is not one of yours.

MARY: Oh my, what a question. Shall I say Narnia or just expose my inner geek and say Earth of Star Trek? I’ll tell you this, wherever I go, there is going to be high teck medical stuff…no more dentist drills for me!

MBA&M: When you do a series, do you have each book in mind before you start writing or do they come after?

MARY: When I begin I always have the next book in mind, which lasts exactly until I write book one and some other character decided to hijack the next book. This leads to the most interesting conversations with my editors.

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MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where “THE HIGHLANDER’S PRIZE” is available?

Mary:As I’m writing this, I’m all packed and ready to depart for the Romantic Times Book Lovers convention. I will be signing at the book signing on Saturday.

        Mary, do you have anything else to add?

Mary:I want to wish everyone a wonderful spring. Get out and catch some sun, feed some ducks and cheer for your favorite team! Thank you so much for reading and please drop by my Facebook page for information and new contests. Cheers.

It is such a pleasure to have you visit with us and our readers. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with us!!

GIVEAWAY ALERT!

Giveaway is sponsored by the publisher, Sourcebooks. Giveaway is for 1 print copy of THE HIGHLANDER’S PRIZE by Mary Wine. Giveaway is open to US and Canadian Residents only. No PO Boxes please. Giveaway will run the 15th through the 22nd of April. In order to win you MUST leave a valid email address, no email no prize.

To win please tell us your favorite Highlander Hero.

Good Luck to everyone! Please share with others!

*PS we are at RT and WendyK set this one up not AprilR*

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GIVEAWAY AND VISIT WITH “THE LAST ROMANOV” AUTHOR, DORA LEVY MOSSANEN…

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DORA LEVY MOSSANEN!!

Good morning Dora and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!!

D.L.M: Thanks for inviting me.  I’m excited to spend some time with you.

MBA&M: Give our readers some insight into Dora Levy Mossanen?

D.L.M: I was born in Israel and moved to Iran when I was nine.  I was forced to leave Iran, when Mohammad Reza Shah abandoned the country and Ayatollah Khomeini returned and established the Islamic Republic.  I settled in California with my two young daughters, struggled to raise my kids and create a home in an entirely unfamiliar culture.  I eventually decided to go back to school, intending to become a journalist.  I had no idea that I’d become a writer one day.  At the encouragement of one of my professor’s, to whom I owe big time, I applied to the USC Masters program in creative writing.  My first novel, Harem, was my thesis for my masters. 

MBA&M: What made you decide to write “THE LAST ROMANOV”?

D.L.M:  I was fascinated by the decadent era of the last Romanovs that ended up
imploding.  I wanted to discover how it was possible for such a powerful Imperial court with such unimaginable wealth to end up so tragically in a cellar in The House of Special Purpose.  The idea to write this book blossomed in 1991, when the burned, acid-drenched bones of the last Romanovs were discovered after seventy-three-years.  I began research and found every detail more intriguing than the other—Grigori Rasputin, the enigmatic wanderer, Alexei Nikolaevich, the hemophilic heir, Alexandra Feodorovna, the recluse Tsarina, who was disliked by the Russians and who believed in her husband’s “divine right to rule,” the indecisive Tsar Nicholas II, who was never comfortable in the role of the Tsar of all the Russias and who followed his wife’s advice to the detriment of the throne.  I could go on and on, but a paragraph or two won’t do justice to an era that changed the political landscape of the time and affected each and every one of us in different ways.  I hope I’ve succeeded to bring this to life in The Last Romanov.

MBA&M: What is some of your comfort foods?

D.L.M:  Ah!  Love this question.  Right now, as I’m typing, I’m sitting in my big comfortable chair, my legs propped up on an ottoman, laptop on lap while enjoying my number one comfort food.  Chocolate!  It’s melting in my mouth, sweet and creamy, coating my tongue, seeping into my brain, telling me all is well in the world.  Sometimes, when my mood needs an extra lift, I’d drive to my neighborhood bakery to enjoy a warm brioche straight out of the oven, slathered with butter and nutella.  And late in the evenings, when my stomach has long forgotten dinner and is growling for extra comfort, creamy almond butter straight out of the jar does the trick.  Calories be damn!

MBA&M: What where some challenges in writing “THE LAST ROMANOV “?

D.L.M:  There were many challenges along the way.  For one, it wasn’t easy to draw a coherent understanding of the constantly shifting political situation and series of revolutions that culminated in the fall of the Romanovs and rise of the Bolsheviks.  But my greatest challenge came, when I had developed empathy, even love toward my charges.  I am a Jewish writer; my father fought in the Israel War of Independence, my grandfather was a historian who wrote: The Comprehensive History of the Jews of Iran, yet here I was writing about the anti-Semite Romanovs.  But I’m also a novelist and am aware of the power of imagination to penetrate history.  So, I set to work.  I invited my own emissary, the Jewish artist, Avram Bensheimer, to the artists’ salon in Alexander Palace.  He became far more radical and vocal than I had expected.  A passionate spokesman for his people.  I can’t thank him enough.

MBA&M: Who was your favorite character in “THE LAST ROMANOV”? Why?

DLM:  My favorite character, I’d say, is the opal-eyed Darya.  I respect and admire her for her courage and tenacity.  Despite the seemingly insurmountable obstacles she faced, she never gave up, did not lose hope or rest in her search for her beloved Alexei.  The Creator of Miniatures, among some other favorites, is also a much-loved character.  Her courage is very different from Darya’s.  The Creator of Miniatures is painfully shy and keeps her emotions locked, but the stunningly beautiful miniatures she crafts project her feelings better than any words or actions could.  

MBA&M: What do you believe is the appeal for this era/genre?

DLM: Decadence, power, love, magic, mysticism, wars and revolutions, a mad monk with great, mystical powers, and a tragic end that changed the political face of the world.  The life story of the Romanovs encompasses all that and more.  This adds up to a very appealing story indeed.

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where THE LAST ROMANOV is available.

DLM:  The last Romanov will be in bookstores April 3 and also as an ebook.  Please visit my facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/doralevymossanenauthor  and ……. .

MBA&M: Do you have anything else to add?

DLM:  I’d love to ask my readers to visit me at www.doralevymossanen.com and feel free to get in touch and chat.  I love to hear from my readers.

MBA&M: Thank you for visiting us and our readers today!!

DLM: Thanks for inviting me and happy reading.

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THE LAST ROMANOV

DORA LEVY MOSSANEN

Paperback:368 pages

Publisher:Sourcebooks Landmark (April 3, 2012)

Language:English

ISBN-10:1402265948

ISBN-13: 978-1402265945

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: April 3, 2012

IN A TIME OF RASPUTIN’S MAGIC AND ROMANOV MYSTERY, A YOUNG GIRL FINDS HERSELF AT THE HEART OF THE ROYAL FAMILY

She was an orphan, ushered into the royal palace on the prayers of her majestry. Yet, decades later, her time spent in the embrace of the Romanovs haunts her still. Is she responsible for those murderous events that changed everything?

If only she can find the heir, maybe she can put together the broken pieces of her own past-maybe she can hold on to the love she found. Bursting to life with the rich and glorious marvels of Imperial Russia, The Last Romanov is a magical tale of second chances and royal blood.

 *COMING APRIL,2012 TO A BOOK AT A BOOKSTORE NEAR YOU OR ONLINE*

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***GIVEAWAY ALERT***

*Sponsored by the publisher*

*Prize to be mailed directly to the winner by the publisher*

We are offering 1 print copy of “THE LAST ROMANOV” by Dora Levy Mossanen. Giveaway open to U.S. and Canada residents only. No P.O. Boxes,please. Giveaway to run from today April 7 until April 14,2012.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!

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GIVEAWAY AND VISIT WITH SCOTTISH-MEDIEVAL AUTHOR SUE-ELLEN WELFONDER….

MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE PRESENTS…..

SCOTTISH- MEDIEVAL AUTHOR SUE-ELLEN WELFONDER!!

What an honor and pleasure to have you with My Book Addiction and More today!!

Good morning Sue-Ellen!!

MBA&M: Please tell those readers who may not know you, a little about Sue-Ellen Welfonder?

 

SE:  Thank you so much for inviting me.  I’m delighted to be here.

For readers who don’t know me, here’s a mini-bio that sums me up pretty well.

Former flight attendant, Sue-Ellen Welfonder, has three grand passions: Scotland, the paranormal, and dogs.  All can be found in her romances, Scottish medievals and Scottish-set paranormals written as Allie Mackay.  Of Scottish descent, she lived in Europe for fifteen years and still makes frequent visits to Scotland.

I’ll add that I love all animals, not just dogs.  I hate shopping, rarely watch TV, and enjoy living quietly.

 

MBA&M: What is the allure of writing Scottish medieval romances?

SE:  Writing Scottish medieval romance is a natural extension of who I am.  I’m of Scottish descent, so was raised to love Scotland and appreciate the culture and tradition.  My passion for Scotland has always been there.  Likewise my interest in medieval history.  These passions were there long before I even considered writing and they will continue to be a part of life when I no longer write.

 Sue-Ellen’s  favorite place!

(from Sue-Ellen)

In general, I believe Scottish medieval romance appeals because of the beauty of the land, the deep and poignant history, and the proud, brave men and women who define Highland Scotland.  Few places offer so much to love, admire, and fire the blood.  All that combines to make Scottish romance popular with readers and the many authors who write it.  Even other genres, such as urban fantasy, often have a hero connected to the Highlands.  Everyone loves Highlanders.  I don’t need to mention the accent, the kilts, the pipes, the castles and mist, the heather and moors, etc, etc.  What’s not to love?

 

MBA&M: You also write as an alter ego, Allie Mackay, what are the challenges in writing with an alter ego?

 

SE:  The writing itself is a pleasure.  I love my Allie Mackay titles and have so much fun working on them.  The challenges are in the logistics.  It can be trying to juggle dual deadlines.  For example, it never fails that when I am in the worst deadline heat for one publisher, the other will send work that also needs doing yesterday.  Deadline looming on one book?  Be assured, major revisions for the other title will arrive and have the same due date as the other book’s deadline.  Or a deadline will fall on the release date of the other title, causing all kinds of fun with deadline work, plus release date promo work.

 

MBA&M: The third in the “Highland Warriors series” will soon be released, what is the release date,and what made you decide to write this series of three proud Highlanders and the three strong lasses that win their hearts?

 

SE:  Alasdair’s book, Seduction of a Highland Warrior, will be out later this year, available in Dec.  I decided to write my Highland Warriors trilogy because I’d written books for all the characters in my MacKenzie series and had no desire to write stories for Duncan and Sir M’s grandchildren.  I did not want to show either of these well-loved heroes as grandfathers, as would then have been necessary.  So I needed a new series.

Proud Highlanders and their deep love of the land always inspire me, so it wasn’t hard to come up with the trilogy.  And (my readers surely know this) I really love strong heroines.  I can’t abide weepy, sobbing women in real life and certainly don’t want to write them.  Readers can always expect to find heroines with backbone and spirit in my books.  I enjoy writing them that way and watching them come to life on the page as they stand tall and go after their dreams.

MBA&M: If you could step into one of your books which one would it be and why?

SE:  My Allie Mackay title, Some Like It Kilted.  It remains my personal favorite under both names.  The American heroine is the only heroine I’ve ever written who didn’t start out loving Scotland.  Changing her mind about a place she was determined to dislike was lots of fun.  Scotland won her heart big time (obviously), as did the hero, Bran.  He’s another reason I love this book so much.  He’s probably my favorite of all my heroes.  He’s big, gruff, and rough around the edges, has a heart of gold, the sexiest burr, and he loves dogs.  He also has a sense of humor and gives great neck nuzzles.  My kind of man.

Also, the book’s setting, Barra in the Hebrides, is one of my favorite places in Scotland.  So I would not mind slipping into the pages of Some Like It Kilted and ending up there for good, like the heroine, Mindy.

 

 

MBA&M: If you can, tell our readers about your next project(s)?

 

SE:  I am superstitious about talking about upcoming projects until close to the release date.  I will say that I am working on a new four-book series (Scottish medieval) that is a spin-off on my Highland Warriors trilogy.  These four books have the most roguish ‘bad boy’ heroes I have ever written.  They are handfuls and so much fun.  Likewise, I am just starting a new Allie Mackay series (Scottish-set paranormals) that blends old and new characters.  I really love these books.

Ardvreck Getting Closer Still!

(from Sue-Ellen)

MBA&M: We at My Book Addiction and More know you enjoy Scotland,when will you be going back?

SE:  Good question.  For years, I visited Scotland each autumn.  I’d love to fly over in mid-Oct.  But my little dog is now 13 ½ and he has a few health issues.  He’s also become needy in age.  I am no longer comfortable leaving him.  I didn’t travel during his first year as he needed me then, too.  Now, much as I love Scotland, I love my dog more.  So we’ll see.  I might pop over for a brief visit, but it all depends on how Em is doing at the time.

 

 Kilt Rock Skye!

(from Sue-Ellen)

MBA&M: Who would you say your hero/heroine is,be it person,animal,or character from one of your books? Why?

 

SE:  My greatest hero is Robert Bruce.  I’ve loved and admired him as far back as I can remember.  The reasons are obvious as he was Scotland’s greatest hero king.  Yet when you research him in depth, you discover the amazing man he was as well.  He truly was one of those larger-than-life people who stand heads and shoulders over the rest of us.  Men and women alike loved him, his enemies respected him, and his passion and devotion to Scotland still shines brightly today, many centuries later.  Some of my most memorable trips to Scotland have been those dedicated to visiting sites tied to his life and career.

 

MBA&M: Sue-Ellen, please tell our readers where to find you and where they can find your wonderful books?

 

SE:  Readers can visit my website: www.welfonder.com to stay updated on releases, find a printable book list, check series order, and find excerpts and buying links.  They can also join my mailing list: http://welfonder.com/mailing-list/ (I do special giveaways for these readers.)

Readers who enjoy chatting regularly with authors, can find me daily at my blog, Tartan Ink: http://tartaninkblog.wordpress.com/

And I’m also on Twitter: http://twitter.com/SE_Welfonder  or  @SE_Welfonder

Sue-Ellen do you have anything else to add?

 

SE:  Just many thanks to My Book Addiction and More for inviting me to be here today. 

I’ll give away a copy of my most recent release, Haunted Warrior, an Allie Mackay title.  International readers are welcome in the drawing. (See Below)

As always, thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with My Book Addiction and More and our readers today!!!

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HAUNTED WARRIOR

ALLY MACKAY

Reading level:Ages 18 and up

Mass Market Paperback:352 pages

Publisher:Signet; Original edition (January 3, 2012)

Language:English

ISBN-10:0451235487

ISBN-13: 978-0451235480

Kendra Chase is exhausted from her work as a ghost whisperer, so she’s been looking forward to her vacation in Edinburgh. But work awaits her as the tiny fishing village is being excavated, and supernatural uprisings have been reported.

Graeme MacGrath knows the source of the psychic trouble. The excavation is disrupting the protective veil between this world and darker, more ancient ones. He hates to admit it but he will need the fetching Kendra and her paranormal abilities to save the town he loves from unspeakable evil.

 

BUY LINKS:

AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Haunted-Warrior-Signet-Eclipse-Mackay/dp/0451235487/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1332783341&sr=8-2

BARNES&NOBLE: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/haunted-warrior-allie-mackay/1101076008?ean=9780451235480&itm=1&usri=haunted+warrior

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Sue-Ellen is offering 1 lucky commenter a print copy of  “HAUNTED WARRIOR” by her alter-ego Allie Mackay. Open to International readers. No P.O. Boxes,please. Giveaway to run from today,March 30 until March 6,2012.

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VISIT WITH AUTHOR LARRY JOHNSON,”LOVE UNDERCOVER”….

MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE PRESENTS…..

AUTHOR,LARRY JOHNSON!!

Good morning Larry, and welcome to My Book Addiction and More..
MBA&M: Please tell our readers a little about Larry Johnson?

 

LARRY: I was born and raised on a tobacco farm with seven siblings. I was mostly a loner and spent my growing up years experimenting with electrical and electronic ideas, photography, and going on adventures in the wilds of the mountains. My imagination never stopped. Fear has never been a weakness of mine. Our community was steeped in superstitions and in my younger years, I slept in haunted houses and graveyards to prove that ghosts do not exist.

 

In my working careers, I have been a corporate executive, business owner, engineer, pastor, philanthropist and adventurer. After I retired, I began writing as a means of expressing my life’s experiences. I am currently engaged to the love of my life and soul mate and spend my time traveling, writing and remodeling my country home in North Carolina. 

I have carried out excursions in Guatemala, South Africa, Kenya, Mexico, Norway, Italy, Germany, France, Denmark, and many island countries. I have  lived most all my life in North Carolina, but had short stays in Northern Europe, on the Mediterranean and California.

My writings are the inspirations from my life experiences, my imagination, and the actual incidents that have occurred in my lifetime.

Photography has always been my hobby, with writing a close second.  In my computer storage, I have approximately 5,000 documents and over 80,000 photographs.

MBA&M: What made you decide to write “Love Undercover”?
LARRY: Love Undercover is a ‘looking back’ at my life’s experiences with a bit of embellishment at times. I had just retired (a little early) and was reflecting on my past and anticipating my future. Also, I had just emerged from a divorce due to my partner’s infidelity and emotions were in quite a stir. Writing the book over a period of time helped to get me back to a state of normalcy. It was quite a trip and very enjoyable I might add. All is well now.
MBA&M: What are some of the challenges in writing a romantic suspense?
LARRY: A real challenge for me was the story line and keeping it interesting.
Mixing adventure, personalities and romance was a real task for me also.
I have had a lot of experience in adventure, but not so much in romance.  It took a lot of work to be  realistic and yet keep the reader turning the pages. Hopefully I will get better at this.
MBA&M: Which character in “Love Undercover”do you identify with  and why?
LARRY: I identify with the protagonist, Nicholas Watson,  as his personality and character are based on my life and  experiences. But he is much better than I really am… the kind of guy I would like to have been…
MBA&M: Where did your idea for “Love Undercover” come from?
LARRY: I wrote a short story entitled “Went to Lunch Early” and it was so touching as people read it, I felt I should develop the reason for the emotional strength of that short story. It became the last three chapters of the book. So the ending of the book was written first, then the beginning, and over a period of time, all in between…
MB&&M: Where can our readers find you and where is “Love Undercover” available?
I am on Facebook as Larry Johnson
email there is [email protected]
And on Facebook as Love Undercover
The book, Love Undercover is available direct from the publisher at
And most online bookstores such as Amazon.com, Barnes and Nobles, etc.
Other bookstores as they choose to carry it. You can always ask.
Signed copies are available from me direct.
Video Trailer
http://youtu.be/QcunFtoGYJw
                   Larry, do you have anything else to add?
I would say this to any beginning or aspiring writer. Get an understanding of how your brain works. Your logic thinking is
in your left brain…unknowns here produce fear.
It looks at the past, tries to project the future, and worries in the present…intellect rules.
Your creativity is in your right brain and is always in the moment.
The amazing thing about the right brain is that when you get it in gear, it produces without you thinking…I use music (not singing) (that I don’t know, such as Russian, etc) to open my right brain and then it plays out like a movie. I get excited for I never know how it will turn out until I get there…quite enjoyable to write as it comes down the line…
Of course, you then always revert to your left brain for re-writes…but that is the work part of writing…
             Thank you for visiting with us today!!
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Love Undercover

 A Novel by Larry Johnson

Publisher:Tate Pub & Enterprises Llc 2011-11-01 (2011)

Language:English

ISBN-10:1613463170

ISBN-13:978-1613463178

ASIN: B0071GJTKS

Nicholas Watson craves a little mystery and excitement in his life. After all, he is an undercover agent working for a US counterterrorism unit—which is not exactly the kind of lifestyle that one should have when searching for someone to settle down with. He yearns for love and intimacy but feels that he will never find it, especially since he has already experienced one failed marriage. His life goes into a tizzy when Kalyna, a beautiful and mysterious European, walks into his life. Nick discovers she also works for her respective government’s counterterrorism unit. When Nick and Kalyna are thrown together in a work-related encounter, they fall deeply in love—which is not part of their assignment. Because of their line of work, they can never make their relationship known. They continue to be placed together in professional situations, only to be separated again when the work is done.

Miraculous happenings against unexpected complications that bring conflict to their newfound love simply fuel the fire of their journey. Dangerous circumstances and life itself rises against the possibility of such a relationship between them. Yet the drive for fulfillment of this personal desire in their lives continues to keep the pages of hope turning for the faint possibility of them finally being together freely.

Can love truly conquer all? Can Nick and Kalyna overcome their secret lives in order to be together openly, or will they have to forever keep their Love Undercover?

 

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“COMING SOON”

Our “Thoughts” on “LOVE UNDERCOVER” by Larry Johnson

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GIVEAWAY AND VISIT WITH KYMBER MORGAN,AUTHOR OF “SHAFTED”…

IT IS OUR PLEASURE TO WELCOME TO MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE KYMBER MORGAN TODAY…

MEET PARANORMAL  ROMANCE AUTHOR, KYMBER MORGAN!!

 

(image from the author’s website)

Kymber lives in the shadow of the Canadian Rockies and was raised on stories steeped in Celtic lore surrounding her own ancestral link to mythology – The Faery Flag, a gift to the Clan Macleod from a Princess of the Fae to the Cheifton she fell in love with.

As a writer and fan of fantasy and paranormal romance herself, Kymber loves nothing better than taking her imagination out for a spin, often asking, among other things, what if the myths and legends we grew up on were real?

Thirty-three Little Indies – One Amazing Success Story!

Thank you for inviting me to be a guest on MBA&M today. It’s great to be here.

And don’t get me wrong, I’m very excited to announce the release of my new book ‘Shafted’, but rather than focus solely on it, I’d like to do something a little different today and tell you about how it come to be in the first place.

In order to do so however, I first have to ask you a question:  What do you think happens (besides the obvious LOL) when a group of writers get together over drinks and end up in an impromptu brainstorming session?

In this case, after runaway train of creative inspiration, the birth of an incredibly unique project I’m not only fortunate, but proud to be a part of. A project which started life as an Indie experiment, and became a model emulated by some of the better known traditional publishers out there, in less than six months.

 

Welcome to Bandit Creek Books, the brainchild of Carla Roma and her multiple collaborators. The town of Bandit Creek is nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains of Montana. Here you’ll meet fascinating residents, learn about the buried town at the bottom of nearby Lost Lake and discover a world of intrigue and excitement.

The difference between this series and any other is, although the stories are always set in the town of Bandit Creek, each is written by one of thirty-three different authors in their own chosen style, genre and heat level. Can you imagine? From mystery and suspense to paranormal and fantasy, to historical romance, horror and erotica and more – Everything happens in Bandit Creek!

For instance, in my story, ‘Shafted’, you’ll meet Callie Jamison, a modern day woman who inherits her grandmother’s cabin in the woods – along with a family curse that guarantees a lifetime of heartache – just in time for Eros’s ill tempered, poker-playing, twin brother to get his divine butt tossed to earth after being struck by one of his brother’s arrows.

Now mix in his interfering family, an egocentric demon with a pirate complex, a Valentine’s dance no one wants to go to and a couple of Bandit Creek’s more colorful inhabitants and all kinds of sparks ensue – and I do mean all kinds. (Insert evil grin here).

 

I hope you’ll drop by and join the fun at www.banditcreekbooks.com and www.kymbermorgan.com.

You can follow me on twitter @kymbermorgan or check out my author page www.facebook.com/KymberMorganAuthor, where, with friends like these guys, you just never know who may drop by.

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 I’d also like to invite you to check out a special treat we have for you over on the Bandit Creek Books web-site.

http://banditcreekbooks.com

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Thank  you Kymber for a wonderful insight into your world and the world of Bandit Creek Books!!

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Is her love real or just a myth?

                       

 

ISBN 978-0-9879178-1-2

 

Returning to her summertime home of Bandit Creek, Callie Jamison discovers there’s a lot more involved to her grandmother’s legacy than a few cabins and some land, including a curse. The last thing she needs now is to fall in love.

 

Anteros, dark twin of Eros, is responsible for avenging unrequited love, a job that’s been a lot harder since his brother succumbed to ambro-fever and has been running amok shooting all the wrong people – including Anteros.

 

The clock is ticking, not only on his immortality and Callie’s free will, but their hearts as well. Soon they’ll each have to decide if the overwhelming attraction they feel is the real deal or if they’ve simply been ‘Shafted’ and it’s all a cruel illusion.

 

Available on

www.Amazon.com

and

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*Warning,excerpt may not be suitable for all readers*

Excerpt from:(from the atuhor)

SHAFTED

A Bandit Creek Paranormal Tale

By

Kymber Morgan

 

An obnoxious sound polluted the air, loud enough to make Anteros wince. It took to the count of three to realize the annoyingly repetitive groan was coming from him.

That couldn’t be good.

Had he gotten drunk with Charon again? His brain cells were sluggish coming back online, but didn’t miss the cold cramp of muscles and aching bones currently housing him. Shit, he was probably on the crap end of another of his friend’s oh-so-hilarious practical jokes.

The last one entailed a term of servitude to the Furies before he was able to buy his way out of their lair. Given the nature of his indenture, time with them wasn’t all bad, but that wasn’t the point. No one wanted to piss off a woman created to rip a man’s soul from his still breathing body, let alone three of them, so wiggling his way out of that one had been tricky.

Was he on the banks of the Styxx this time? Why else would he be so cold? It wasn’t like the Underworld had an air conditioning problem or anything. Or worse, had the bastard dumped him on the shores of Acheron, theRiverofWoe?

A shard of dread lodged in his heart. In either case being a god himself didn’t mean there wouldn’t be Hades to pay – literally – and Anteros already owed his uncle too much after that last ill fated poker game. Contemplating the consequences made his head spin even worse.

A nudge in his ribs interrupted his conjecture, shooting a spike of warning up his spine. It really didn’t matter which of the Underworld Rivers he was languishing beside, anything corporeal enough to touch him was bad news. Here, only the damned, stuck without coin for the Ferryman, had substance. To them anything that might pay their way to the other side, especially some other poor sap’s soul, was fair game.

“Hey? Are you…”

Knowing surprise was his best shot, Anteros snaked his arm out and grabbed the prodding limb before it could drag him into the river. Charon had been his friend longer than either could remember, but there was no way he’d give a soul back, even Anteros’s, if he ever got hold of it.

With a hard yank and a yelp from the thing, he pulled his assailant down and flipped his body. Scissoring his long legs he trapped the other and pinned it beneath his superior mass. A wave of corresponding vertigo hit before his besotted brain caught up to the lighting fast movement.

Keeping his stomach in check wasn’t easy, but he’d be damned if some soul-sucking vagrant was going to drag his ass into in that disgusting water, especially hung over.

It took as much determination to open his eyes as it did to beat back the lingering nausea, but he clenched his teeth tighter and forced himself to blink away the blurriness. He needed to see what he was up against before the thing regained its equilibrium.

As his vision cleared, shock drove the remaining miasma away. The thing was hideous! Its upper body was bloated and lumpy, and there were stiff mangled strands where its face should be. Though much smaller than him and vaguely human in shape, it had enormous rubbery feet and red blobs instead of hands. Had they been cut off before the thing died?

Worse yet, it was making a pitiful noise, as though screaming with its mouth sewn shut. It was actually kind of pathetic. Deciding the thing wasn’t such a huge threat after all, Anteros began to lift his weight, planning to simply roll it back into the river where it belonged and be done with it.

Before he could get a good hold, the thing jerked violently under him and suddenly every molecule of air in his body evacuated in response to the worst explosion of pain he’d ever experienced in his life. Fireworks shot off, blinding him beneath his puckered eyelids and his breath burst painfully from his insta-paralyzed lungs. His beleaguered stomach filled with acid and his limbs gave out all at once, dropping him to the ground like a stone. Not in all his eons had he felt pain like this. Apparently he wasn’t the only one who could use the element of surprise.

The bastard had canned him!

“What the hell do you think you’re doing? Are you crazy? God I thought you were hurt. I just wanted make sure you were okay and you freaking attack me!”

With the bells of Hades ringing in his ears, it took a minute for Anteros to realize it wasn’t ‘Dead Soul Speak’ wailing at him, but what sounded suspiciously like the annoying screech of a mortal female.

What was a mortal doing here? He must still be drunk. That was it. He’d heard enough Ambrosia could make you think things were real, which must be true because he could swear the apparition fidgeting a few feet away was really there.

“I’m so sorry. Are you going to be okay? I didn’t mean to hurt you, but you caught me off guard when you grabbed me. Scared me, you know?”

Anteros braved another glimpse, cracking one eye open; yup, an ugly one to be sure, but a mortal female nonetheless. She hadn’t come any closer probably to stay out of range should he retaliate. Smart girl, but he could hear the genuine regret and concern in her voice.

“Mister? Hey really, are you going to be okay? Should I call for help? A doctor or something?”

His tongue might as well have been coated in cement for all the good it did him. “In fin, unky dorky. Kint you till? Jus gim me a sick to gatch my bret.”

“Excuse me I didn’t quite get that.”

He flopped over onto his back, hoping his lungs would remember what to do with the first full breath of air they’d gotten in what seemed like an eternity, and cleared his throat to try again. “I’m fine, hunky dory. Can’t you tell? Just give me a second to catch my….”

The last word formed on his lips, but as his eyes focused, he lost track of what he was saying. He was snared by a pair of green eyes fringed in enough frost to stick their edges together, giving them a disturbing mismatched shape. They were peering at him out of a blotchy pink face, complete with a hint of chapped lips, a runny nose and a mess of icicle spiked hair sticking out in every direction like some frozen parody of Medusa.

She was beautiful.

Huh? Where the Hades had that come from? What in the Nine Hells was wrong with him?

As though struck by a God-bolt, his memory came crashing back and with it the truth of how he ended up here.

He hadn’t been drinking with Charon at all. No, he’d been coming in after a particularly painful fix of another of his brother’s careless mistakes…. Suddenly the last piece of the puzzle clicked into place, filling him with an overwhelming sense of dread and anger.

The miserable little shit shafted him! HIS OWN BROTHER!

He’d barely entered his temple home onOlympuswhen something behind one of the marble columns had caught his eye. He lived alone, and rarely did any care to visit, so he immediately recognized the movement for the threat it was.

He remembered reaching behind his shoulder with one hand and bringing his black titanium bow to bear with the other, but not fast enough. Flickering torchlight caught a golden flash flying straight at – no, through – him. Anger turned to bitterness as the memory played across his mind.

As darkness pulled him under, Eros had emerged from the shadows, still holding his own glistening bow, a triumphant grin on his handsome face. Not a moment later their mother had materialized directly behind him, her face void of emotion, but her words had said it all.

“Perfect shot, my son, you’ve done well.”

He’d been shafted all right. The love of Psyche, Eros’s wife, had proven too much for his brother, causing his fall to ambro-fever, an irreversible condition many gods developed after an overload of what they personified. The result in Eros’s case was him periodically running amok, so drunk on love he couldn’t see, let alone shoot straight, willy-nilly nailing any poor sucker who got in his path.

It had fallen to Anteros as the God of Requited Love to run damage control by canceling out his brother’s diamond-tipped silver arrows with his opposing obsidian-tipped lead ones. Instead of being the final reckoning for those who deliberately preyed on the hearts of others, it became his job to save mortals suddenly in love against their will with people who would never love them in return. Anteros was the only one able to free Eros’s shooting-spree victims but it meant absorbing their heartache as his own to do it.

And what thanks did he get for spending the last several centuries drawing in and carrying the pain of all those hearts? His beloved brother, the one at fault in the first place, shot him – and on their mother’s orders no less! And not with just any arrow either. No, it had to be one of his thrice cursed golden ones. His fate was sealed.

Within twenty-four Olympian hours, roughly one week on earth, his heart would be hopelessly lost to the first creature to cross his path. Anteros’s eyes were involuntarily drawn back to the lumpy-limbed figure in front of him. He could feel the pull starting already. Hades Balls! He’d imprinted on the hideous creature with the rubbery feet and runny nose. A mortal! A groan escaped his pursed lips. Why a mortal and why’d it have to be so damn ugly?

Anteros’ heart bashed up against his chest wall and the last of his fog cleared. Zeus’s beard, they might as well have condemned him to eternal torture in the lowest levels of Tartarus as this.

He was doomed. With the use of a golden arrow, not only was his heart forfeit, his soul would soon be irrevocably tied to hers. When she died, she’d take him with her.

Not only had they ruined his life, they’d killed him by robbing him of his immortality!

Anteros couldn’t decide which was worse, the burning in his heart from the arrow’s path, the hole in it from the enormity of his family’s betrayal, or the fact he would never know a moment’s freedom from the monstrous ice encased mortal currently hoping from one foot to the other screeching like a banshee as she hovered over him.

“Hey Mister? I’m sorry, really. Oh gosh, what can I do? Can I help you up maybe? Do you need a doctor? Or is there someone else I can call?”

The concern in her eyes pulled on his heart strings and, to his horror, other things as well. Stupid arrow was working all right.

“Who are you? Can you tell me your name?”

Uh, tell her his name? Come to think of it, probably not. Hmm, let’s see, how did one explain such things to a mortal?

Hello, I’m a pissed off god who’s been shot with the equivalent of a super love potion slash aphrodisiac by ‘Stupid Cupid’ and you, you lucky thing, are now the target of my every superhuman desire. Something, by the way, that will build in potency to a point I’ll no longer be able to resist and will very likely jump all over you. Which really isn’t working for me because the second I do, the arrow’s magic will pierce you too – lovely little golden bugger that it is – and you’ll fall for me against your will. In turn, my immortality goes up in smoke and I’ll die the second you do.

Oh and since you asked, my name is Anteros, God of Love Returned, Dread Avenger of Unrequited Love, brother of Eros and son of Aphrodite and Ares. Let’s have sex right now. How do you like me so far?

Oh, yeah, that should go over real well.

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                        Please welcome USA Today and New York Times Best-selling author Jodi Thomas!!   

  

Jodi Thomas is the NY Times and USA Today best-selling author of 31 novels and 9 short story collections. As of July 2006, she was the 11th woman to be inducted in to RWA Hall of Fame. She is also currently serving as the Writer in Residence at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. 

Jodi Thomas is the NY Times and USA Today best-selling author of 31 novels and 9 short story collections. As of July 2006, she was the 11th woman to be inducted in to RWA Hall of Fame. She is also currently serving as the Writer in Residence at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.

 

             

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WELCOME JODI!!

I’ve been waiting for JUST DOWN THE ROAD to hit the stands for months.  When I was writing it, the story flew.  Harmony, Texas, is a town I’ve lived in for a while but this time the characters new and old danced off the pages as fast as I could type.  I love that the readers go on this adventure with me and this time I promise to keep them up.
My story opens with a rancher named Tinch Turner who is grieving the loss of his wife and best friend the only way he knows how, but working too hard and fighting just as hard.  He’s lost the light in his world and sees himself as just waiting to take his last breath.  Only problem is, he runs into is a doctor who sees her job as fighting to keep people alive, even him.
Doctor Addison Spencer moves in just down the road from him and before either realize it they both become involved in the same cause.  One little boy pulls them together and makes them both forget their own problems because his needs are so great.
I’d like to welcome you to step into my town, Harmony, Texas, and get to know the people.  The streets of Harmony, the ranches and farms around, the vast open land that molds a special kind of people, all form together in my head as real as a road map.  My characters, spurs and all, step into my imagination, “have a set” and tell me their stories.  They are as real to me as family and friends and they’ll come alive to you also.
Who knows, when you finish the book, you might just feel like you have another home town.
Remember, always be kind to one another, and enjoy my newest story,
Jodi Thomas


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JUST DOWN THE ROAD Coming April 3, 2012

Reading level:Ages 18 and up

Mass Market Paperback:336 pages

Publisher:Berkley; Original edition (April 3, 2012)

Language:English

ISBN-10:0425246922

ISBN-13: 978-0425246924

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When   Tinch Turner lost his   wife, he gave up on living. Now he spends his   nights brooding, boozing   and brawl-ing. When one of his escapades lands   him in the ER, he   finds himself staring up at the beautiful new doctor   in town. For the   first time in years, he feels a spark, but Addison   Spencer wants   nothing to do with the unruly rancher—or any man for that   matter.   She’s only in Harmony four months, long enough for the trouble   she   left behind to be over. But then a vulnerable little boy barrels   into   both of their lives, forcing them out of the past —and into a   future   where love is just down the road…

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NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Jodi Thomas is pleased to present JUST DOWN THE ROAD, the fourth novel in her award-winning Harmony series.
When Tinch Turner lost his wife, he gave up on living. Now he spends his nights brooding, boozing and brawl-ing. When one of his escapades lands him in the ER, he finds himself staring up at the beautiful new doctor in town. For the first time in years, he feels a spark, but Addison Spencer wants nothing to do with the unruly rancher—or any man for that matter. She’s only in Harmony four months, long enough for the trouble she left behind to be over. But then a vulnerable little boy barrels into both of their lives, forcing them out of the past —and into a future where love is just down the road…
“Extremely powerful and gripping writing…full of passionate moments, hidden secrets, and likable characters.
~ Roundtable Reviews
“ Even for readers new to the series, the intricate relationships between these affable men and ec-centric women are easy to follow and even easier to love. “
~Publishers Weekly
JUST DOWN THE ROAD
Sell date: April 3, 2012
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 978-0425246924
Retail price: USA $ 7.99
Jodi Thomas is the NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of 34 novels and 11 short story col-lections. In June 2011, WELCOME TO HARMONY won a RITA, the highest award for women’s fic-tion. Jodi currently serves as the Writer in Residence at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.
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Jodi Thomas, NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

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