The Mango Bride

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Welcome Marivi!

Truth Well Told

People often ask if the events or  characters in my novel are drawn from real life. The short answer is, yes.  I’m constantly watching people, eavesdropping on conversations in cafés or on the street, listening to NPR for anything that might be useful one day in a story.  You might say that writing has made me hyper-aware — why make things up, when you can borrow them from real life, from actual people?

That Dingdong Hello buzzer in the novel’s prologue? I discovered my mother using it  in Manila several years ago, around the time I began  working on The Mango Bride. Before that, she used a buzzer embedded in the floor underneath the head of the table in the formal dining  room.  At dinner parties, my mother would tap on the floor button to  ring a bell in the kitchen. The kitchen’s door was closed, so none of the guests heard the chimes,  but like magic, a maid would emerge from the kitchen to see what needed to be served or cleared away.  When we were kids, we played with that buzzer till it finally broke down.

Yaya Esther, who appears in the prologue as nanny to Señora Concha’s grandchildren is also based on a real person.  Esther cared for me and my three siblings, enforcing afternoon siesta and keeping order in the house until my mother’s diplomat sister lured her away to care for my young cousins in Switzerland.  It’s been decades since she last worked for my family, but Esther still remembers all our birthdays and flew home to attend every one of our weddings.

Naming characters after my friends is a practice I began long before my first book was published:  While working as a copywriter in a large ad agency I  sometimes composed little narrative poems and named the protagonists after my friends, giving them the stories as cheap and cheerful presents.  In like manner,The Mango Bride is populated by friends and relatives  who make cameo appearances as  broadcast journalists, doctors, socialites, diplomats and World War II veterans. 

On very rare occasions,  I can insert real people acting as they do in real life.  This happened with Thoth and Lila Angelique, the singing/violin-playing duo that comprise Tribal Baroque.  I’d been wandering around Balboa Park, looking for a free bench on which to write when the most ethereally beautiful melodies drew me to a hallway at the Casa Del Prado.  I ended up sitting on stone steps trying to capture Tribal Baroque’s amazing performance in words. 

Years later, I bumped into them again and explained that I’d written them into a scene in my novel.  I  subsequently invited them the San Diego book  launch party: they not only showed up in full costume, but  actually performed a song!

The city of Manila plays a large part in The Mango Bride, for it encompasses what my immigrant characters think of as “home.” Because of this, I took extra pains to describe it as vividly as possible, to help non-Filipino readers understand what my characters were giving up when they moved to America.

I grew up in Manila, studied and taught at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, so creating the setting for the chapters that take place there entailed little more than pulling up memories of the classrooms, acacia trees and  the Christmas Lantern Parade. The Hotel Intercontinental was less familiar, but friends in Manila  helped by emailing photos and detailed descriptions of the hotel. Likewise, even though I’d lived eight years in Oakland, I still needed to refresh my memory by looking at  certain locations in the Bay Area via Googlemaps.

Last of all, there is one anecdote that I hung on to for nearly a decade.  It came in the form of an email forwarded to me by a friend in Manila and it was the hilarious account of a circus elephant’s escape from the Araneta Coliseum.  The elephant somehow broke away from his trainer, stepped through the loading dock  and wandered down a major city thoroughfare.  I laughed so hard over that story that I saved the email message, knowing it would come in useful one day. It now forms a major part of the chapter 20, “Elephant in the Room.”


About the Author

Like her main character, Marivi Soliven moved from the Philippines to California, where she now lives and works as an interpreter. Several of her short stories and essays from her 16 books have appeared in anthologies and she taught creative writing at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, the Ayala Museum and the University of California at San Diego. This is her first novel.

Visit her online at: Marivisoliven.blogspot.com,www.facebook.com/marivisolivenblanco, and twitter.com/marivisoliven


The Mango BrideThe Mango Bride

Marivi Soliven – Author

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ISBN 9780451239846 | 368 pages | 30 Apr 2013 | NAL | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 – AND UP
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Two women, two cultures, and the fight to find a new life in America, despite the secrets of the past…
Banished by her wealthy Filipino family in Manila, Amparo Guerrero travels to Oakland, California, to forge a new life.  Although her mother labels her life in exile a diminished one, Amparo believes her struggles are a small price to pay for freedom.
Like Amparo, Beverly Obejas—an impoverished Filipina waitress—forsakes Manila and comes to Oakland as a mail-order bride in search of a better life. Yet even in the land of plenty, Beverly fails to find the happiness and prosperity she envisioned.

As Amparo works to build the immigrant’s dream, she becomes entangled in the chaos of Beverly’s immigrant nightmare. Their unexpected collision forces them both to make terrible choices and confront a life-changing secret, but through it all they hold fast to family, in all its enduring and surprising transformations.









Genre: Women’s Fiction

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.


THE MANGO BRIDE by Marivi Soliven is an interesting debut novel in Women’s Fiction. Two women two cultures and their struggles to fit into American life. Told between the two main characters,Amparo Guerrero,a banished Filipino  and Beverly Obejas,a mail-order bride. With a murdered child,secrets,culture difference,betrayal,an unwanted pregnancy,a mail order bride,exile,immigration and a bit of romance, you can’t go wrong with “The Mango Bride”. A very complex story ranging from the Philippines to California, all is not what it seems in “The Mango Bride”. An enduring story,the storytelling was very in depth,the characters fascinating as well as engaging. Ms. Soliven is a great storyteller in the making. An author to watch for in the future. If you enjoy learning more on culture difference, immigration and all that entails you will enjoy “The Mango Bride”. Received for an honest review from the publisher.



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Ann GimpelAbout the Author:

Ann Gimpel is a clinical psychologist, with a Jungian bent. Avocations include mountaineering, skiing, wilderness photography and, of course, writing. A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines and anthologies. Several paranormal romance novellas are available in e-format. Three novels, Psyche’s Prophecy, Psyche’s Search, and Psyche’s Promise are small press publications available in e-format and paperback. Look for two more urban fantasy novels coming this summer and fall: Fortune’s Scion and Earth’s Requiem.

A husband, grown children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out her family.

Her latest books are Magic’s Daughter & Dancing in the Flame.

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Magic's DaughterTitle of Book: MAGIC’S DAUGHTER

Genre: Spicy Paranormal Romance

Author: Ann Gimpel

Website: www.AnnGimpel.com

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books



Destined to be surrounded by magic yet have none of her own, Cassie walks a thin line between love and danger. Her mother is dying and her boyfriend has turned into something which terrifies her. By the time she wakes up to the danger she’s in, it’s nearly too late.

Cassie’s friend Jeremy warns her about her scumbag boyfriend, but she’s not listening. Deeply disturbing events unfold. Her life hangs in the balance. With few choices left, she and Jeremy join forces to battle the darkness threatening them. Meanwhile, Cassie warms to Jeremy in ways she never could have anticipated. Love was there all along if she’d just opened her eyes and looked.




Dancing in the FlameTitle of Book: DANCING IN THE FLAME

Genre: Spicy Paranormal Romance

Author: Ann Gimpel

Website: www.AnnGimpel.com

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books


Life in a were bordello is all Keira has ever known. Because of her mixed blood, none of the magicians’ guilds want her, or protested when the Weres bound her as an indentured hooker. Mired in the hopelessness of her dreams, Keira longs for more.

Barrett, one of the Daoine Sidhe, runs a magician supply shop in what’s left of Seattle. No one is more surprised than he when the Sidhe leader commands him to extricate Keira from the weres.

Magic and intrigue throw Keira and Barrett into one another’s arms. Convinced they have a job to do, they struggle against the heat of the passion between them. Until it gets way too hot to handle.



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MBA&M: Please give our readers some insight into the life and mind of Stella Cameron?
Born in England but more glad to be American than I can explain, this country means so much to me and I have never regretted the decision to make my home here.
Married to Jerry with three children, two biological and one adopted, and five grandchildren, one dog and one cat (at the moment!).  My family and friends are the glue that keep me together.  Writing is like breathing to me, I need to write.  I need to tell the stories that crowd my mind, sometimes to the annoyance of my poor family.  Conversations with Stella can turn out to be pretty one-sided…
But I love parties.  Parties are the best story fodder there is–just look around, and listen, and let your mind do it’s thing!
I’m passionate about justice, and simple kindness-don’t understand malice, and don’t tolerate nastiness.  We are all on a journey and part of our travels involve helping companions make the trip, too.
Animals should be given far more respect than they sometimes get.  I only wish I could have many more than is possible!
MBA&M: What do you feel is the allure of Paranormal Romance,shapeshifters in particular, with todays’ readers?
STELLA: Haven’t we moved into a grown up version of myths, legends, or just lovely fairytales?  And why wouldn’t we be fascinated by stories that take us away from a world that can be a bit grim?  Our paranormal heroes and heroines are often the good witches and warlocks of those early tales, with even more fantastic magic thrown in and the irresistible lure of enough strength to overcome evil.  Of course, love with a magnificent creature can’t be bad either, can it?

MBA&M: What was your inspiration in writing the “Chimney Rock” series?
STELLA: Whidbey is a beautiful island, mysterious, surrounded by clear waters that run over perfectly smooth stones and sandy beaches, and incredible forests where, naturally, amazing things happen.  For me Whidbey came together with the deep undersea activity that happens in the Pacific Northwest, to create the mystical source of power that makes the women of Chimney Rock so powerful, desirable–and in such danger.

MBA&M: In “Darkness Bred” we follow Elin who escaped to Whidbey Island, what made you decide to have her and werehound Sean Black connect? Was this a natural event or did you have to work to put them together in this story?
STELLA: We first saw Elin in the first book, Darkness Bound.  As shapeshifter cat and friend of Leigh, the heroine in that story, she became my natural choice for Darkness Bred, particularly since this slinky, sinuous cat, Skillywidden, was so enamored of Blue, the giant wolfhound who apparently belonged to Leigh’s love, Niles:)  Of course, in human form they are spectacular, just look at the cover of Darkness Bred to see Blue as he really is–that is our Sean.

MBA&M: “Darkness Bred” is the second in the “Chimney Rock” series,why this setting,why werehounds,and do you feel the reader should read “Darkness Bound” first, or can this series be read as stand alones?
STELLA: I’ve already explained the setting and would only add that I hope many of you will have a chance to see Whidbey for yourselves.  The books are complete and can stand alone, but (and I could be biased) I do think it’s fun, and the tension mounts even more, if they are read in order.

MBA&M: What was the most challenging part of writing “Darkness Bound”,and where do you find research on Paranormal events?
STELLA: I had already written The Court of Angels trilogy and my understanding of the paranormal was fairly wide.  Research should be my middle name.  Between my extensive library on the subject and my trust in the Internet (and my patience) I feel well grounded.  Some years ago I wrote a series called Mayfair Square.  These are historical books with a paranormal twist and that gave me an appetite originally.  Hm–still think I have a story or two in me from that series.

MBA&M: What is next in the “Chimney Rock” series, inquiring minds what to know? We will keep it a secret,I promise,although,some of us may not be able too*;) winking
STELLA: Ri-ight!  You obviously don’t believe in “have computer, will travel and talk.”  Right now I’m deep in a book called COLD, the first Alex Duggins Book set in England’s Cotswold Hills.  A very mysterious, very titillating story I shall soon finish.  As for Chimney Rock–does the name, Saul, sound familiar?  I don’t think I’ll say much more than that but when you have a chance, see if you can summon up a mental picture of Saul with  his black eyes and hair, his pale skin and the long, flowing coat he wears.  That’s where I’ll be going.

MBA&M: Now, Stella, please tell our readers where they may find you and where to purchase “Darkness Bred”?
STELLA: I hope your readers will come to see me at:

Thank you so much for such a tantalizing conversation. How could we not enjoy “Darkness Bred”!

Chimney Rock #2
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pp.
ISBN-10: 1455500143
ISBN-13: 978-1455500147
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Forever
On Sale Date: June 2013 (05-28-13)
THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOONEver since shapeshifter Elin escaped to Whidbey Island, danger has stalked her every move. Her human traits, combined with her unique supernatural gifts, make her a prized being to be possessed . . . or destroyed. It is only the passionate attraction she shares with werehound Sean Black that gives her hope for her future—if she can elude the lethal predators who are hot on her scent.


Sean knows that Elin, with her delicate beauty and seductive powers, is his one perfect mate. The woman who can restore his humanity and make him stronger than ever. He’ll need that strength and more to protect her from those who wish to destroy him and everything he desires. For Sean carries a secret that binds him to an enemy from the past and to a darker, deadlier force—a malignant evil that is hunting the women of Whidbey Island . . .


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About Stella

Stella Cameron is the New York Times best selling author of the acclaimed Court of Angels Series, the Bayou Books and many others. There are fourteen million copies of her books in circulation worldwide. She is the recipient of the Pacific Northwest Achievement Award for distinguished professional achievement and for enhancing the stature of the Northwest Literary community. She lives in Washington State.




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MBA&M: Good morning Deb, welcome back to MBA&M. For those who may not know please give them a little background information on yourself as an author,mother,and wonderful Lady?


DEB: Thank you for the lovely compliment!  I count it as a high honor, coming from such lovely ladies yourselves.

Hmm..background.  I’m the mom of two teenage boys.  You know what that means!  I spend a large amount amount of time feeding boys, planning to feed boys, shopping for food to feed boys, taxiing boys to school, sports and social events, and then feeding boys again.  J  In between all of that I write Regency romances that include action and adventure and flawed characters that never give up.


MBA&M: What was your inspiration behind writing “The Love List”,which by the way sounds very intriguing?


DEB: Well, have you heard of the Harris List of Covent Garden Ladies?  It was a yearly publication, a list–with descriptions–of London’s prostitutes.  I read a copy.  It was very witty and fun–but also sad.  Then my writer’s brain started what-iffing…what if someone who wasn’t supposed to be on that list ended up there?  What if it was used for revenge–and worse?  And The Love List was born!


MBA&M: What was you favorite scene in writing “The Love List”?


DEB: It’s so hard to choose!  Forced to make a choice, though, I’d have to pick the scene where Brynne finally forces the issue with Aldmere–in both a physical and emotional sense.  It’s a huge step for both of them and they handled it with laughter and tears.  I just sort of sat back and let them go.  J


MBA&M: Which secondary character do you wish could have their own book,but at this time will not?


DEB: Hestia Wright is fascinating to me.  I hope she is to readers too.  She is going to have her story, eventually, but we’ve got a lot to learn about her before then.


MBA&M: The secondary characters help to carry the story along, who was your favorite and why?


DEB: I loved Callie Grant in this story too.  She’s so strong on the outside, and fiercely protective of the few people she loves. 


MBA&M: How many books are you planning to be in the famous “Half Moon House”

series? What’s next,if you can reveal that sought after information?


DEB: There are going to be at least 3 full novels and 2 novellas in the Half Moon House series.  Maybe more!


MBA&M: What was some interesting facts you found and was unaware of,that readers may be interested in knowing?


DEB: See above regarding the Harris List of Covent Garden Ladies.  Such interesting reading!  I also found a lot of fascinating info on the Royal family that will play a part in the ongoing series.


MBA&M: If you were to pick one character in all of the books you have written thus far who would it be and why?


DEB: Pick for what?  J  As a favorite?  There’s no way I could make that choice!  I’ve written reclusive anti-heroes, charming rogues, treasure hunters, designers, Evangelicals, gardeners, weapons collectors, neat freaks…and more.  I love them all!


MBA&M: What is a subject you would enjoy writing about but you have not?


DEB: I’ve never written a spy.  I think I could have a lot of fun with that. 


MBA&M: Now to the good part, please tell our readers where they may find you and where they may purchase “The Love List”?


DEB: The Love List is available in ebook on the Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks, Smashwords, everywhere.  It’s available in print through Amazon too. 


I love to talk with readers!  You can explore my website and contact me at www.DebMarlowe.com.  I’m also on Facebook and Twitter.


British MuseumBy the way I see you have also written an anthology “An Encounter at the Museum” recently with Claudia Dain, Ava Stone,and Michelle Marcos,inquiring minds want to you, or me rather…How hard is it to write a story in an anthology with other authors? What is the best part and what was the hardest part?


Yes!  An Encounter at the Museum was such a fun piece to put together.  All of the stories involve a significant encounter at the British Museum.  My story, An Unexpected Encounter, is actually the first peek readers have into the Half Moon House series.  We had a great time sharing the history of the museum and our inspiration for our encounter spots.  The hardest part was waiting to share it!


Thanks so much for having me back, ladies!  

It is always such a pleasure to have you visit with us and our readers. You have such fascinating stories to tell….



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Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)
Series: Half Moon House series#1
Source: Received for an honest review from the author.
  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (March 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1483912345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1483912349

The Love List(From the author’s website)

The Harris List of Covent Garden Ladies, that wickedly witty annual register of the city’s lightskirts, was once a London tradition.  Now, as all of Europe celebrates the end of the long wars, the scheming Lord Marstoke has revived it–and transformed it into a weapon.

A List no respectable lady wishes to be on . . . 

Miss Brynne Wilmott escaped the monstrous Marstoke once, with the inadvertent aide of Nathan Russell, the Duke of Aldmere, and the incredible generosity of Hestia Wright, the former courtesan pledged to help any woman in trouble.  But now Marstoke’s Love List is threatening her new future–and forging her into a weapon made to destroy her friend.

The request a certain Duke has no wish to hear . . .

The Duke of Aldmere doesn’t believe in meddling.  Fate has proved that interfering in personal matters only leads to bigger trouble.  He has no wish to involve himself in Brynne Wilmott’s affairs, despite her spirited beauty and damned tempting mouth.  But she’s discovered that his brother is mixed up in this business is well.  Reluctantly, they agree to work together.
Their search leads them through some of London’s most dangerous haunts and it quickly becomes clear that Marstoke’s plans are more twisted and treasonous than anyone has suspected.  Yet the danger and intrigue are as nothing compared to the effect that Nathan and Brynne have on each other . . . 
 Available in both print and ebook.
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Cover - The Sweet Spot



I’m not going to bed in makeup. If I haven’t frightened him away yet, he can take it. She pinched her cheeks to add some color to the butt-white skin and tried not to look too closely in the mirror. Maybe that’s why God makes your vision fail as you get older. It’s kinder.

She stood before the mirror, buttoning blue flannel pajamas with shaking fingers. Fluffy white cartoon sheep bounced across the material on her chest. Oh, nice. You’re a forty-year old woman, taking a man to your bed for the first time in forever, and this is the best you can do? How sad is that? It’s going to put a damper on the mood if he’s laughing his head off.

It would almost be better to walk out naked. She reached for the top button before she remembered. He’s used to a twenty-year old! Her hand dropped. Better flannel sheep than floppy boobs and a poochy belly. He sure hadn’t traded up in the body department.

Her panicked gaze darted the room, searching for an alternative. My robe! She reached for it. Yellow terrycloth, it covered her from neck to ankle. She looked closer. In spite of numerous Shout applications, the sleeves were stained grey, and snagged strings dangled everywhere; it looked like a shedding bison. A yellow shedding bison.

She groaned.

A soft tap at the door made her jump. “Charla? You okay in there?”

She shot a look to the ceiling. You got me into this. I hope you’re amused. She pulled open the door. . .

And forgot all about what she was wearing. He stood before her shirtless, skin glowing in the light of the table lamp. She’d always loved Jimmy’s chest. Whipcord working muscles under pale skin dusted with dark hair. She followed the line down, to where it disappeared beneath his flashy belt buckle. Her swallow clicked loud in the hushed room.

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Laura will also have a booth at the Professional Bull Riding finals in Las Vegas October 23-27. (She’s a bull riding enthusiast!)


May 28, 2013 Sweet on a Cowboy (Book 1)


A Love as Big as Texas . . .

Charla Rae Denny was the perfect wife with a perfect life, content to keep the home fires burning while her husband, JB, competed as a champion bull rider. Then their son died in a tragic accident-and everything fell apart. Divorced and saddled with a hill of bills and a failing ranch, Charla must now cowboy up to put her life back together.

James “JB” Denny doesn’t stay where he isn’t welcome. So when Charla shut him out of her grieving heart-and their home-a year ago, he took comfort where he could find it. Now after seeing beautiful Charla again, he wants it all back. She can’t work the ranch alone, and deep in his heart he knows he can be the man she needs. But after so much history and heartbreak, can JB convince Charla to take a risk and give their love a second chance?

Mass Market Paperback: 336 pagesPublisher: Forever (May 28, 2013)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 1455521957ISBN-13: 978-1455521951


LAURIE HINDLEYAbout the Author

Laura Drake grew up in the suburbs outside Detroit, though her stories are set in the west. A tomboy, she’s always loved the outdoors and adventure. In 1980 she and her sister packed everything they owned into Pintos and moved to California. There she met and married a motorcycling, bleed-maroon Texas Aggie and her love affair with the West was born. Laura rides motorcycles: Elvis, a 1985 BMW Mystic, and Sting, a 1999 BMW R1100.

In Texas, Laura was introduced to her first rodeo, and fell in love. She’s an avid fan of Pro Bull Riding (PBR,) attending any event within driving distance, including two PBR National finals.

Laura now lives in California with her family. She is hard at work on her next novel.

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Twitter: @PBRWriter
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The book “The Sweet Spot” is a good read. I especially liked the way Laura Drake developed her characters in to dynamic people. She gave life like details to not only the main characters but the secondary ones as well. The only complaint I have is the length of the book – at times it sort of just dragged on and I found myself skimming paragraphs multiple time. Overall, good book with complex plot and characters. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
REVIEWED BY: Anie Lyn(Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More)
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SEAL of Honor

By Tonya Burrows




It’s a good thing Gabe Bristow lives and breathes the Navy SEAL credo, “the only easy day was yesterday,” because today, his life is unrecognizable. When his prestigious career comes to a crashing halt, he’s left with a bum leg and few prospects for employment that don’t include a desk.

That is, until he’s offered the chance to command a private hostage rescue team and free a wealthy American businessman from Colombian paramilitary rebels. It seems like a good deal—until he meets his new team: a drunk Cajun linguist, a boy-genius CIA threat analyst, an FBI negotiator with mob ties, a cowboy medic, and an EOD expert as volatile as the bombs he defuses. Oh, and who could forget the sexy, frustratingly impulsive Audrey Van Amee? She’s determined to help rescue her brother—or drive Gabe crazy. Whichever comes first.

As the death toll rises, Gabe’s team of delinquents must figure out how to work together long enough to save the day. Or, at least, not get themselves killed. Because Gabe’s finally found something worth living for, and God help him if he can’t bring her brother back alive.

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Title: SEAL of Honor

Author: Tonya Burrows

Series: Hornet #1

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Length: 352 pages

Release Date: May 28, 2013

Imprint: Entangled Select

ISBN: 978-1620612583


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Tonya Burrows | Writing has always been my one true love. I wrote my first novel-length story in 8th grade and haven’t stopped since. I received a B.A. in creative writing from SUNY Oswego and I’m now working on a MFA in popular fiction at Seton Hill University.

When I’m not writing, I spend my time reading, painting (badly), exploring new places, and enjoying time with my family. Give me a good horror movie over a chick flick any day. (And, let’s be honest, I’ll take a bad horror movie too!) I’m a geek at heart and pledge my avid TV fandom to Supernatural and Doctor Who. I’m also a big fan of The Voice. What can I say? Guilty pleasure.​​

I share my life with two dogs and a ginormous cat. We live in a small town in PA, but I suffer from a bad case of wanderlust and usually end up moving someplace new every few years. Luckily, my animals are all excellent travel buddies.


Author Website: http://www.tonyaburrows.com

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 SEAL OF HONOR by Tonya Burrows is an exciting contemporary romance/romantic suspense. #1 in the “Hornets” series,and what a beginning. Fast paced and action packed. A ragtag team of private hostage rescue members make up the “Hornets”,all are ex military. Meet Gabriel “Stonewall” Bristow,crew leader and former Navy Seal, Bryson Van Amee,kidnapped businessman,and Audrey, Bryson’s sister. Did I mention hot,sexy and feisty sister? Oh, well let’s more on,are just a few cast of characters in “Seal of Honor”. With heart pounding action,strong heroine, alpha males,sensual tension,suspense,military action, and romance, you can not go wrong. Mixed with everything a romance reader could possibly want in a romantic suspense. Debut author,Tonya Burrows,did an amazing job with her mix of military action,sensual tension between the hero and heroine, a bit of humor and lots of romance. Her new series “Hornets” is a not to miss series and one I can hardly wait to read next. A sure to be favorite military series.  A must read for romantic suspense readers,contemporary romance and anyone who enjoys a fast paced,thrill ride of a story. Received for an honest review from the publisher.



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Scarlett-Savage-2-286x300About the Author:



Scarlett Savage was born and raised in Maine. She began her writing career at age 5 after reading LITTLE HOUSE IN THE BIG WOODS. When she finished the book, she announced to her family that she would become an author. She began to write stories but soon turned her attention to the theater, which led her to explore playwriting. By the time she was in high school, she was writing for professional stage companies in Maine. She received a full scholarship to the University of Maine at Orono, where she won her first major writing awards. Her play, DEAR DADDY, LOVE CASSIE, won several awards and raised money for both national and regional sexual assault support centers. Scarlett moved to Los Angeles in 2009 and made her L.A. theater debut with her latest play, SHE F*&KING HATES ME: A LOVE STORY. She lives in Santa Monica with the love of her life, Mike Biggie, who designed the cover of NARCOTIC NATION.


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It’s present-day America, but in which all Narcotics were legalized fifteen years ago with the advent of the Freedman Bill (the formal name for the Legalization). While there is finally plenty of money to pay police, teachers, firemen, and other public workers, and no one in the country is without food, shelter, or insurance, the government now utilizes methods designed to keep usage within a safe parameter…violating many Constitutional rights in the process.


The country is torn by this decision. There are the Realists, who firmly feel that since drug use isn’t going away, that they should tax it, make it available, and put those trillions toward improving the country and its citizens. The Idealists are convinced we are allowing our baser instincts to be used for the good of the politicians, and are fiercely fighting for the bill to be overturned.


In the midst of all this, rock band Deus Ex Machina (latin for “God from the Machine”), having won an American Idol-type competition, executes its first world tour. Roped into participating by his lead singer girlfriend, Raven, bassist and aspiring politico Ashe Brecken is dismayed when his band actually wins on live television. But there’s a silver lining for him—he can use his newfound celebrity toward a purpose. Working hand in hand with Stay Straight, the organization dedicated to overturning the Legalization, his dedication borders on zealotry. What he doesn’t know is there is a saboteur in the band…someone that supports the Legalization and the help it offers to sick and hungry children. After a public humiliation completely discredits him in the eyes of Stay Straight and the entire country, As he deploys deadly designs to make his statement to the world. Turning to someone he’s long despised to assist him in this dangerous effort, this longtime band of friends find themselves keeping treacherous secrets from each other while they’re in the midst of changing not only the nation, but the whole world.


But at what cost?


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Move over “Call the Midwife” here comes “CALL NURSE MILLIE”…..


Call Nurse Millie



MBA&M: Good morning, Jean! Please tell our readers a little about yourself?

JF:  I was born within the sound of Bow Bells in Whitechapel – Jack the Ripper country – and I absolutely adore my birth place of East London where my family has lived in the area since the 1820s. I use real East London locations and have my characters walking past actual shops and houses that once existed. I have also drawn on my family heritage for many of my stories, such as the charity school, public houses and market.

I’m a qualified District Nurse and now teach nursing studies at a London University. I live with my hero of thirty-five years just outside London in Epping Forest and have three grown-up daughters.    

I started writing eleven years ago after a work-related stress management course and will continue to do so until they prise the keyboard out from under my cold dead hand.  

MBA&M: What was your inspiration behind writing “Call Nurse Millie”?

JF: I suppose my own East London background inspired the setting and many of the character in Call Nurse Millie. Growing up in the 1960s the Second World War was still a real memory to my family. My dad and his brothers fought with the 8th Army in North Africa and my mother and aunts lived in London all through the blitz. To them life events were always ‘before’ or ‘after’ the war.      

I didn’t want to set my book in the actual war years, so Call Nurse Millie starts in 1945 as the troops begin to return home and the inhabitants of London attempt to put their lives back together. For 25-year-old Millie, a qualified nurse and midwife, the jubilation at the end of the war is short-lived as she tends to the needs of the East End community around her. But while Millie witnesses tragedy and brutality in her job, she also finds strength and kindness. And when misfortune befalls her own family, it is the enduring spirit of the community that shows Millie that even the toughest of circumstances can be overcome.

Through Millie’s eyes, we see the harsh realities and unexpected joys in the lives of the patients she treats, as well as the camaraderie that is forged with the fellow nurses that she lives with. Filled with unforgettable characters and moving personal stories, this vividly brings to life the colourful world of a post-war East London.

MBA&M: How hard was it to find research on this topic during the 1940’s in London?

JF: I always try to use first-hand accounts of a period such as diaries or official reports, as well as historical non-fiction books to start my research. I did this to get the background for what it was like to live in post-war East London but as the period is still within living memory I managed to find a couple of nurses who actual worked in East London at the time and was able to interviews retired district nurses as part of my research. 

MBA&M: Does Nurse Millie represent anyone close to you or did she just appeared to you?
JF: I never base any of my characters on real people so Millie, like all my previous heroines, came straight out of my head. But when I read her story back I felt she represented the generation of nurses for whom nursing was a vocation rather than a career and who regarded their patients’ health and wellbeing as their paramount duty.

MBA&M: Who was your favorite character to write and why?

JF: As the heroine and hero Millie and Alex are my favourite characters but I did enjoy creating Mr Shottington, the pompous hospital consultant and Millie’s Aunt Ruby who was really my Aunt Nell.  

MBA&M: What was your favorite scene to write and your worst or most disturbing scene to write?

JF: I love so many of the scenes I can’t really pick a favourite but one of my top five has to be the one where Millie and Alex meet at a VJ night dance. My most disturbing scene was when Millie visits her mother in a mental hospital as it brought back memories of visiting my mother when she was an inpatient in a similar institution in the 1960s.  

MBA&M: If you could go back in time when would it be and where would you go?

JF: Everywhere from Senlac Hill to see William the Bastard change English history, to the Scottish Highlands fighting for Robert the Bruce then onto Boston in 1776 to witness ‘the shot heard ’round the world’ at the start of the American War of Independence, then to work alongside Florence Nightingale in the Crimea and finally to experience the wartime spirit in the London Blitz.

Unfortunately the only way I can time travel at the moment is in my head which according to my Hero-at-Home is probably just as well as he thinks if I went back in time I’d be burnt as a witch for nagging people to wash their hands!!!     

MBA&M: Jean, we all or me anyway, want to know, do you watch “Call The Midwife” on PBS? If so, what is your impression of this series? and Who is your favorite character on “Call The Midwife”?

JF: I do watch Call the Midwife. Over here it’s on the BBC and think they are all great characters but I have to say I like Chummy as like me she can’t ride a bike and married a policeman.

I also like Sister Julienne who is the mother superior. It’s nice to see a person of faith portrayed as an ordinary human being.

MBA&M: Now,Jean, please tell our readers where to connect with you and where they may purchase a copy of “Call Nurse Millie”?

You can purchase a paperback or ebook copy of Call Nurse Millie most easily from Amazon at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Call-Nurse-Millie-ebook/dp/B00BMUVRT0/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1363121249&sr=1-1

And you can connect to me on my website at www.jeanfullerton.com to find out about me, my previous books, and my East London heritage along with pictures of the actual East London locations I use in my books.

You can also find me on Facebook as Jean Fullerton and follow me on Twitter as @EastLondonGirly  

And thank you MBA & M for giving me the chance to speak to your lovely readers.


I am a retired nurse,myself and am always interested in nursing. We get so little credit and so much work,thank you for writing “Call Nurse Millie”. Nursing is something you have to love to do….. I couldn’t agree more. Thanks for having me on MBA.


jeanfullertonAuthor bio

Jean Fullerton is the author of four previous historical novels, which were set in Victorian East London. Her book have won a number of awards and been shortlisted in national competitions. A native East Ender, she is also a qualified District and Queen’s nurse who has spent most of her working life in the East End of London, first as a Sister in charge of a team, and then as a District Nurse tutor. She is also a qualified teacher and now lectures on community nursing studies in a London university.

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Book details

Title: Call Nurse Millie
Author: Jean Fullerton
Genre: Post WW2 Historical Fiction.
Publisher: Orion Fiction
Pages: 432

Here’s the blurb:


Call Nurse MillieIt’s 1945 and, as the troops begin to return home, the inhabitants of London attempt to put their lives back together. For 25-year-old Millie, a qualified nurse and midwife, the jubilation at the end of the war is short-lived as she tends to the needs of the East End community around her. But while Millie witnesses tragedy and brutality in her job, she also finds strength and kindness. And when misfortune befalls her own family, it is the enduring spirit of the community that shows Millie that even the toughest of circumstances can be overcome.




Through Millie’s eyes, we see the harsh realities and unexpected joys in the lives of the patients she treats, as well as the camaraderie that is forged with the fellow nurses that she lives with. Filled with unforgettable characters and moving personal stories, this vividly brings to life the colourful world of a post-war East London.




An absorbing and richly detailed novel following the life and work of a young nurse in post-war East London – perfect for anyone who loved CALL THE MIDWIFE.




Call Nurse Millie is released by Orion on the 23rd May, and will be available from Amazon UKThe Book Depository and all other good book retailers.

You can purchase a paperback or ebook copy of Call Nurse Millie most easily from Amazon at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Call-Nurse-Millie-ebook/dp/B00BMUVRT0/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1363121249&sr=1-1






Millie Sullivan pushed an escaped curl of auburn hair from her eyes with the back of her hand. She wished she’d put on her cotton petticoat under her navy blue uniform instead of the rayon one. Although the milk float was only just rolling along the street, it was already sweltering hot.
       With a practised hand Millie wrapped the newborn infant in a warm towel. ‘There we go, young lady, say hello to your ma.’
        She handed the child to the woman propped up in the bed. Mo Driscoll, already mother to four lively boys, took the baby.
         ‘Thank you, Sister,’ she said, tucking her daughter into the crook of her arm and gazing down at the baby. ‘Isn’t she beautiful?’
         ‘She’s an angel,’ Mo’s mother, standing on the other side of the bed, replied. ‘And a welcome change.’ She looked at Millie. ‘I’ll clear up, Sister. You look done in.’
          ‘I am, but thankfully it’s my last night on call.’ Millie handed a parcel of newspaper containing soiled gauze to the older woman. ‘Could you pop these on the fire?’
          ‘To be sure.’ She took the packet and threw it in the zinc bucket alongside the dirty linen. ‘That superintendent works you nurses too hard. You should try and put your feet up when you get back.’
          Millie smiled. Chance would be a fine thing.
          She plopped her instruments into the small gallipot half-filled with Dettol, took off her gloves and glanced at her watch. Eight-thirty a.m.!
         Thank goodness. She’d be back by the time Miss Summers gave out the day’s work. Also, as Annie Fletcher, the trainee Queen’s Nurse student assigned to Millie, was laid up with tonsillitis, Millie had given a couple of Annie’s morning insulin injection visits to Gladys to do, and she wanted to make sure she’d done them.
          ‘Do you know what you’re going to call her?’ Millie asked Mo, washing her hands in the bowl balanced on the rickety bedside table.


           ‘Colleen, after me mum,’ she replied.
           Mother and daughter exchanged an affectionate look and Mille glanced at her watch again.
           She ought to get on, as she’d promised her own mum that she’d pop home in time for Churchill’s announcement at three p.m.
           Her parents, Doris and Arthur, only lived a short bus ride away in Bow but, as Millie had two newborns to check plus a handful of pregnant women to see before she swapped her midwifery
bag for her district one for her afternoon visits, it would be a close-run thing.
           Millie packed the four small enamel dressing-bowls inside each other, then stowed them in her case between her scissors and the bottle of Dettol. She snapped the clasp shut.
           ‘I’ll call back tomorrow, but if there’s any problem just ring Munroe House to get the on-call nurse,’ Millie said, squeezing down the side of the bed towards the door.
           Like so many others in East London, the Driscolls’ home was just the two downstairs rooms in an old terraced house that Hitler’s bombs had somehow missed.
           Colleen took the manila envelope tucked into side of the dressing table mirror and passed it to Millie. She opened it and took out two crumpled ten-shilling notes, popping them into the side pocket of her bag.
            ‘Thank you’ said Millie. ‘I’ll mark it in when I get back to the clinic.’


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Just One Kiss, romance novel by bestselling author Susan Mallery

Fool’s Gold book 10

He won’t hesitate to put his life on the line… but will he ever risk his heart?

Falling for Justice Garrett was a high point in Patience McGraw’s otherwise awkward adolescence. Even after he disappeared, Patience never forgot the boy who captured her heart. Now, he’s back in Fool’s Gold, California, and her passion for him is as strong as ever. But how can she trust that he won’t abandon her again—and her daughter, too?

When bodyguard Justice Garrett was a young man, witness protection brought him to this idyllic town and he never forgot its warmth, or the sweet beauty of his childhood friend. He’s returned to open a defense academy, and the Patience he once knew is all grown up. He can’t resist her smile, or her curves. But Justice’s past doesn’t make him husband, or father, material.

Patience and Justice think they’ll succumb to just one kiss… Then one more… Okay, just one night together. But they might learn that falling in love is beyond anyone’s control.

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Susan-Mallery-blue-jacket-webNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susan Mallery has entertained millions of readers with her witty and emotional stories about women and the relationships that define their lives.She has published more than 100 romance and women’s fiction novels, beginning with two books the same month when she was just out of college. Her books have spent more than 120 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list and have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestsellers list
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Linda-White-300x300About the Author:



By day, Linda J. White writes editorials for The Free Lance-Star, a newspaper in Fredericksburg, VA. By night, she plays the “what-if?” game , entangling engaging characters in “white-knuckle” plots. Her first FBI thriller , “Bloody Point,” was published in 2005. “Seeds of Evidence ” (Abingdon Press) will be released in April 2013. Linda ’s husband, Larry, was a video producer/director at the FBI Academy for over 27 years. Married since 1970, they have three grown children and now live with two dogs and two cats on two beautiful, wooded acres in Virginia .

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Stressed-out FBI Special Agent Kit McGovern returns to her grandmother’s Chincoteague Island home in search of peace. But when a little boy’s body washes up on the beach, Kit cannot resist throwing herself into the mystery of his murder. Her only clues: the tomato seeds in the Latino boy’s gut, and the acorns in his pockets.


The medical examiner points out that the volume of tomato seeds in the boy’s gut could indicate he was from a farm worker’s family. But the acorns? Kit discovers they’re from a Virginia live oak, not native to the area where the boy was found. Can she use those to identify his origins anyway? And why hasn’t anyone reported him missing?


Kit meets David O’Connor, a D.C. homicide detective in Chincoteague recovering from a shooting incident. She makes it clear she’s not interested in a relationship, but their passion for justice is mutual and they soon forge a partnership to find the boy’s murderer. As plant DNA evidence leads them straight into the dark world of human trafficking, Kit and David wrestle with the depths of human evil, with questions of faith, and with possibilities for hope. “Seeds of Evidence” takes readers on a white-knuckle ride they won’t soon forget.


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