Five Reasons Why Chefs Do it Better

Guest post by Kate Meader, author of Feel the Heat


Thanks to the folks at My Book Addiction and More for letting me talk hot chefs and why they do it better! Feel the Heat is the first in my Chicago-set Hot in the Kitchen series about an Italian restaurant owning family and the sizzling, sexy chefs who love them. The hero of Feel the Heat is British celebrity chef Jack Kilroy, who knows just how to take his kitchen skills and translate them to other areas of his life in all sorts of sexy ways.


1.      It can’t be stated strongly enough: a man who cooks is pretty damn sexy! And when that man happens to look like Jack Kilroy, then let’s just say, the kitchen is now the hottest room in the house. An award-winning chef who’s willing to risk grease burns while he cooks shirtless at the stove? Sign me up!

2.      Professional chefs are often overbearing alphas who rule with a velvet fist in the kitchen. Take that guy away from the burners and into the bedroom, and he’s bringing that bossiness with him. Taking charge when he hits the sheets is his default setting—and Lili DeLuca, heroine of Feel the Heat reaps the full benefits.

3.      Food invokes all manner of emotions: nostalgia, satisfaction, comfort, and arousal, to name a few. When Jack cooks for Lili, he seduces her with his food and she seduces him right back with her sensual reaction. Chefs have a talent for crafting a visceral experience, creating emotion, and making people feel special—and this is exactly how Lili feels when eating Jack’s food.

4.      The hands! Those fast-moving hands can do wondrous things to vegetables, so just think of all the good they could do with a woman’s body. Not to mention that rough, callused skin from years of hard work and kitchen abuse. A chef’s hands are his tools—and in the Feel the Heat, Jack Kilroy is happy to use those instruments in torturously skillful manipulations of Lili’s body.

5.      Creativity and adaptability are part and parcel of the chef’s stock in trade. In Feel the Heat, Jack shows up at Lili’s apartment ready to woo with his goat cheese salted caramel gelato, and before long he’s feeding it to her AND using is as a topping on her overheated skin. Want to seduce with gelato? Recipe provided below!




One of Jack’s tools for seduction is goat cheese caramel gelato. Here’s a very simple recipe for this tangy, almost cheesecake-like frozen treat.

For the gelato:

1 1/2 cups whole milk
2/3 cup sugar
8 oz. fresh goat cheese
6 large egg yolks

1.      Prepare an ice bath and set aside

2.      Place the goat cheese in a bowl with a mesh strainer over it

3.      Mix the sugar and milk over a medium heat until the sugar dissolves

4.      Whisk the egg yolks lightly until thickened

5.      Add the milk/sugar liquid to the egg yolks slowly, stirring constantly to prevent the egg from scrambling

6.      Return the egg/milk/sugar mixture to the pan and heat, again with constant stirring. When the liquid steams and the custard coats the spoon, it’s ready

7.      Add the hot mixture to the goat cheese through the strainer. Stir until the goat cheese is melted and the combination is smooth

8.      Set the bowl over the ice bath and stir until cool. Refrigerate for at least a couple of hours

9.      Make the ice cream/gelato in your ice cream maker

Salted caramel sauce

2 cups granulated sugar
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into pieces
1 cup heavy cream, at room temperature
1 teaspoon sea salt

1.      In a heavy-bottomed 2-3 quart saucepan, cook the sugar over medium-high heat. It take s a few minutes but it will start to melt and clump. Whisk it until it is completely melted, about 10 minutes.

2.      Add the butter (stand back, it will spatter) and whisk until smooth

3.      Remove from heat and add the cream

4.      Add the salt and stir through

5.      Allow to cool for about 15 minutes in the pot, then pour into a jar and refrigerate

6.      Sauce will keep for 2 months in the fridge


Make the sauce ahead of the gelato so it is cool enough to mix with the frozen deliciousness. You can layer the gelato in a container and swirl the caramel through or you can drizzle over the top.

What a delicious story and recipe to go along with ,Kate. Thanks so much!

Fire up the kitchen and other things also….


feel the heatFEEL THE HEAT by Kate Meader

Hot in the Kitchen, Book 1




Photographer Lili DeLuca spends all her time managing her family’s Italian restaurant, instead of following her dream of getting an MFA. When famous British chef Jack Kilroy unexpectedly challenges her father to a cook-off, Lili decides she’s tired of playing it safe and vows to seduce the tempting Brit. But once a video of her and Jack kissing goes viral and her luscious butt starts trending on Twitter, Lili fears she’s cooked up a recipe for disaster.




Jack Kilroy’s celebrity has left him feeling used and used up. While Lili’s oh-so-sexy moans when she tastes his delicious creations turn him on, he’s even more aroused by how unimpressed this beautiful, funny woman is with his fame. He knows they could be amazing together, if she could only see past his bitch fork-wielding fan base. Now, as he’s about to start a new prime time TV cooking show, can Jack convince Lili to realize her own ambitions – and turn up the heat in his kitchen?


Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Feel-The-Heat-Kitchen-ebook/dp/B00B73T20S/
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About Kate

Kate Meader writes contemporary romance that serves up delicious food, to-die-for heroes, and heroines with a dash of sass. Originally from Ireland, she cut her romance reader teeth on Catherine Cookson and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Mills & Boons thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron, and she’s there. She has a bachelor’s in law (useless), a master’s in history (not as useless), and another master’s in library and information science (yay, using). When not writing about men who cook and the women who drool over them, she works in an academic library. Her stories are set in her adopted home town of Chicago, a city made for food, romance, and laughter – and where she met her own sexy hero. For news, excerpts, and recipes, check out her website at http://www.katemeader.com.


Contact: kate.meader@gmail.com

Website: http://katemeader.com

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

Twitter: @kittymeader

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6551743.Kate_Meader

Blogs: http://katemeader.com/blog/




Giveaway Details:

I will be doing a Rafflecopter giveaway during the Feel the Heat release tour. One grand prize winner will get a Feel the Heat Swag Bag containing a Supper Hero-Wonder Woman apron, a Feel the Heat tote bag, a Vespa-shaped pizza cutter, a “Grate Love” cheese grater, heart-shaped measuring spoons, a Feel the Heat fridge magnet, heart-shaped pasta, delicious cookies, and a recipe card for goat cheese caramel gelato. I’ll also be giving away smaller swag bags of assorted kitchen utensils and more!


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“My Thoughts” on “Feel the Heat” by Kate Meader


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Thank you for the opportunity to bring my story to your readers. DJ’s Lullaby – A Mother’s Love Song is a very personal project. It is the bedtime story I created for my son when he first came home to us. The lullaby at the end is the same one I have sang to him hundreds of times. I wanted him to know from a very young age how special he is and how loved, wanted, and prayed for he has been. I am the mom in the book and my son is DJ. This is our story.


In August of 2009, my husband and I became foster parents and welcomed baby DJ into our lives. We fell in love with him from the first minute we saw him. Truth be told, I fell in love with him years before when I knew in my heart he would come. I didn’t know he would come through adoption. But believe me, I knew he would come. My son is now a toddler about to turn four and one of the biggest fans of this book. I think he likes to see his image on the cover. He also enjoys the pictures that go with all the silly faces I would make when I would tell him the story.


A mother’s love is a universal theme. That’s the overriding message of my book. Throughout the pages, I talk about this “mom in waiting” who has all the special mommy parts needed to do the job. In the end, her baby comes to her through adoption. Nonetheless, all the special mommy parts are still there and used for exactly the right purpose; being a mom. Anyone who is a mom, a child of a mom, or even knows a mom can relate to it. There is an adoption component to the story. Families who have grown through adoption will find it particularly special. Most importantly, it is a children’s book intended for sharing with the very special children in our lives. My goal in sharing this very personal story is to provide parents a tool for conversation about the depth of the love they have for their adopted children. With all my children’s stories, I want to make adoption a celebrated choice.


My book combines a few themes at the same time. Certainly it is a book about a mother’s love for her adopted son. It also has an element of faith and trust in God’s plan. I think it is important for children to hear these messages from a very early age. What sets my book apart however is the fact that it is a book with a mission. We were blessed to have DJ’s two older sisters join our family a year after he did. We finalized our forever family by adopting them too. Adoption, in particular adoption from foster care, is a cause very near and dear to our family. I have partnered with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. They are a wonderful organization that works to find “forever families” for youth in foster care. My proceeds from this and future children’s books are being donated to help children in my area get matched with their forever families.


DJ’s Lullaby is my debut book. I am currently working on several other children’s books. Simon the Dragon is being illustrated at this time. Simon is a dragon who struggles with being different.  A special book about DJ’s sisters is also in the works. Their story is a little different. We were their 4th home and they were old enough to understand what was going on. There are struggles for them that come with that experience. My books all have a special component about diversity, adoption, acceptance and other themes that children in foster care or who are adopted struggle with. I hope to help children with similar experiences understand they are not alone. I hope to help parents by providing a fun and interactive tool to open discussion about these themes.

I would be remiss if I didn’t take the opportunity to mention my illustrator, M.A. Moisa. She is my extremely talented sister. She is an amazing artist and person. Right now, she is busy working on Simon the Dragon and I have seen some of the drawings. Readers are not going to be disappointed. She has an uncanny way of breathing life into the words. They tell the story just as much as the words do. She is featured on my website: www.marveluzbooks.com.


My book is unique in that it combines a few themes at the same time. Certainly it is a book about a mother’s love for her adopted son. It also has an element of faith and trust in God’s plan. I think it is important for children to hear these messages from a very early age. My book is also special because it is a book with a mission. Proceeds from my book are being donated to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. My husband and I adopted our children through the foster care system. Helping others connect with these wonderful children is a family mission. There are over 400,000 children in foster care right now and more than 100,000 immediately available for adoption because parental rights have already been terminated. These are wonderful kids (like my three) who through no fault of their own find themselves without family. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a wonderful organization that works to find “forever families” for youth in foster care. They are particularly successful in finding homes for older youth who would otherwise age out of foster care. When children in foster care turn 18, they are no longer anyone’s responsibility. Imagine sending off your child into the world at 18 and saying – so long and good luck. Yet that is what children who age out of foster care face. Everyone deserves to have a loving home and family…18 is not a magic number for that to end.


In addition to the proceeds from my book, we are organizing a DTFA Kickball for a Home Tournament in Rockford, IL the first weekend in September. This is another way my family is trying to raise funds for the DTFA. More information about this will be going up on my website. If you are interested in playing, sponsoring a team of foster youth to play, or simply making a donation, you can visit my website for more information.


 Again, proceeds go to a wonderful organization that does great work for children in foster care. This is a book you can feel good about buying for many reasons.

Thank you,Lucy for sharing your story with us and our readers!


LUCY RIVASAbout the Author

Lucy Rivas Enriquez is a business woman who has worked in the field of human resources for more than 17 years. In that time she has learned a thing or two about people, diversity, and the human condition. Writing has always been a part of her life and now she weaves real-life experiences and lessons about diversity and people into her children’s books.

In her debut book, DJ’s Lullaby, Lucy shares the bedtime story she created when DJ joined her family. It is a heartwarming story of love for her adopted son. Lucy and her husband became foster parents when they learned there was a baby coming into the world who might need a home. They welcomed baby DJ into their lives when he was 10 days old. One year later,  DJ’s two older sisters joined him. Today, Lucy, her husband, and three (now) adopted children live in Illinois, where running around, being silly, and singing songs are an important part of daily life.

Visit Lucy at:

Website: www.marveluzbooks.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Marveluz-Books/30462993176

Twitter: @marveluzBooks

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/marveluzbooks/




  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (February 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478711485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478711483

Book Description


February 21, 2013


Every child is a gift from God. Like many women, Lucy Rivas Enriquez wanted to be a mom. She prayed for a child to bless her home-and then discovered that God had a very special plan for her. On a bright August day, DJ came into Lucy’s life, making her dream of motherhood come true. DJ’s Lullaby is a beautifully illustrated bedtime story and lullaby-a song of love from mother to child-written to celebrate the many wonderful aspects of adoption. Because every child is a gift from God. And every child is perfect for every mom who loves them.
 Available now on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com
*Proceeds go to a wonderful organization that does great work for children in foster care.*


DJ’S LULLABY~ A MOTHER’S LOVE SONG  by Lucy Rivas Enriquez is an interesting children’s book/Family/Adoption. A cute tale of the love of a mother for her beloved foster children and adoption. Written from the heart with beautiful illustrations. A beautiful bedtime story for all children rather adopted,foster children or natural children. A lovely story told by a mother. Received for an honest review from the publisher/author.
*Proceeds go to a wonderful organization that does great work for children in foster care.*
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
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~KAY DAVID~TEXAS HOLD ‘EM,INTERVIEW WITH A PAIR OF Harley Davidson Earrings raffle copter

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So without further ado, welcome Kay!!


MA&M: Please Kay give our readers some insight into your mind and your world of writing?


KD: I don’t really think you want insight into my mind!  It’s a very scary place because a lot of people live there. They’re constantly talking to me, usually all of them at the same time.


Luckily, these folks are the characters in my books (usually).  My writing world swings from very organized to pretty chaotic, depending upon where I am in my current book.  I prefer to progress along an orderly road and follow the synopsis I’ve written for the book, but I always seems to wander off the path.


In TEXAS HOLD’EM,  I made some very minor changes when I was about halfway through the book, but I believe they made a huge difference in the complexity of the story and the characters who were involved.



MBA&M: What inspired you to write “Texas Hold’ Em?


KD: I saw a piece of artwork of a man riding a motorcycle, and it triggered that ‘ah ha’ moment that all writers long for!  It doesn’t take much for my brain to take off once I get the key element, which, in this case, was a motorcycle rider. I combined that image along with an encounter with a biker (all good) when I was a teenager and TEXAS HOLD’EM was born.



I always enjoy writing about law enforcement characters, too.  The vast majority of officers represent what is good and noble in our society; bravery, sacrifice, love for their fellow man.  I’ve never known one who would describe him or herself in that way, but who else would risk their lives, give their time, and help folks who sometimes don’t even want their help?  When I think about the salary athletes make versus what cops make, I just shake my head.




MBA&M:  What is the allure of Biker gangs,law enforcement,cartels and of romance,combined in one story for readers today?


KD: Two words:  Bad boys!  I love to write the bad boy hero, and in our culture, motorcycle gangs are perceived to be a rough bunch who do drugs and drive fast.  I just turned that upside down, a technique I think always makes for an interesting story (This is something I learned from my critique partner, Amanda Stevens).  The result was a motorcycle gang of undercover policemen. The cartels came into the story because I’m a Texan, and border violence is, unfortunately, a reality in my state.  I know a Department of Public Safety officer who worked in that location, and he put his life on the line every day down there.  The romance part was easy!  My characters live dangerously so they have to love passionately. They know their lives could end tomorrow(or on the next page, at least).



MBA&M: Where did you draw your research from and how hard is it to write this genre in today’s market?


KD: The DPS officer I mentioned above gave me some insight as well as a friend who’s a double bad-ass biker! The back of his bike is a terrifying, wonderful place.  You wouldn’t believe the webpages in my ‘favorites’ list.  Everything from ‘Harley baffles’ to ‘Latin architecture’ is noted.


As far as the genre goes, writing romantic suspense has always been the focus of my professional life, but, as in every situation, change is the only factor that is constant.  The market for romantic suspense was very strong when I first started writing, then it dipped in popularity. It’s coming back now, and I think it’ll be even stronger.  We have some great writers out there like Amanda Stevens, Deb Webb and BJ Daniels who are making folks realize again how great these stories really are.



MBA&M:  On the subject of characters, who was the easier to write, the hardest to write and which was your all time favorite?


KD: My heroes are always the easiest characters for me to write because they come to me with a full set of emotions and complexities.  I’m not sure why that is but I see them very clearly before I start the book. In TEXAS HOLD ‘EM Timothy Santos was a pleasure to write.  I knew immediately what he looked like, how he thought, even what he liked to eat before I started the book.


The hardest characters, conversely, are usually the heroines.  In my mind, they arrive as complete as the heroes do, but they’re usually more conflicted.  For me, it’s just more difficult to write female characters.  I hope that doesn’t say something strange about me, but I’m sure it probably does.  Rose Renwick was a little easier than most because she has such terrible secrets.


My all time favorite character is always the next one I want to write!



MBA&M:  Which scene in “Texas Hold’Em was the hardest to write? Why?


KD: I’ll define ‘hard’ these two ways:


The action scenes always take a lot of time because I almost need to choreograph them in my head before I start to describe what happens. So they’re hard in that way.


In another way, the black moment—the defining point in the story where love seems like an impossibility for the hero/heroine—is hard to write because you’re pulling apart two characters you’ve just spend 200+ pages bringing together! Ouch.


The Smokin’ ACES series is turning out to be both difficult and enjoyable to write, just as the characters are both good and bad.


The team works separately and together, so there’s a group dynamic as well as individual motivations.  I’d love to keep the series going for a very long time because the possibilities intrigue me.  I hope my readers feel the same way!

Thank you Kay for the delightful insight into your mind and your writing!


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A bit about the novel Texas Hold ‘Em:
Part law enforcement. Part criminal. And all deliciously bad…
Working undercover as part of an elite team of Rangers disguised as the Smokin’ ACES biker gang, Timothy Santos walks the thin line between law-enforcer and law-breaker. With one of his informants missing—and possibly dead—at the hands of vicious cartel leader El Brujo, Santos will do whatever it takes to find justice. Even if it means heading to Rio County to look up his former lover…who’s not only the sheriff, but Santos’s only lead.
Rose Renwick is not happy to see Santos. In the past, their chemistry had been explosive—raw, sensual, and unforgettable—but she’d been burned. Now Santos is back in town, looking just as lethal and as irresistible as she remembered. But Santos wants something from her—and suddenly Rose’s family is in danger and her town is under attack. The only way out is to trust the one man she swore never to trust again. Ante up…
kay david

A bit about Kay:



Kay David is the author of over thirty five romantic suspense novels. After enjoying a variety of careers including computer programming at NASA, custom home building and working in the oil and gas industry, Kay admits that writing has always her been her first love.      Living in such diverse countries as the United Arab Emirates, Argentina and Bolivia has made Kay appreciate her own great home in Texas while allowing her to add intimate details to her books of the exotic settings she knows firsthand.
Kay David’s Links:
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Kay will be giving away a pair of Harley Davidson Earrings at the end of the tour.

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“My Thoughts” on  “Texas Hold’em”

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MBA&M: Welcome to MBA&M! Please tell our readers a little about yourself?


RRM: Hi — thanks so much for having me! I write contemporary romance novels with bold, flawed heroines and strong, sensitive heroes. I like raw stories with a lot of grit and realism and I tend to prefer writing novellas so I can keep the stories tight and fast-paced. I live in Brooklyn, New York with my husband and our two sweet boys, and when I’m not writing, I read like crazy and ride my bike around the city.

MBA&M: What was your inspiration for writing “Hurricane Lily”?


RRM: Hurricane Lily started with this character in my head that stockpiled emergency supplies and was afraid to leave her house. It came to me right after Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast of the U.S., and I was thinking about this new reality where weather events like Sandy could become more commonplace. I wanted to tell a story about two very real people facing this reality – one with anxiety and one with anger – and to see what would happen when they clashed against each other.

MBA&M: Who is your greatest inspiration in your writing career?


RRM: At this point in my career, I’d say I’m most inspired by Louis CK, the writer/comedian/director. He does exactly what he wants to do artistically, and what he does is both completely weird and totally original. He’s adamant about his own vision, and I think the best stories come from that place. They might not be perfect, but they are raw and beautifully unique. That’s what I’m aiming for in my writing – something new, independently produced, with a strong voice.

MBA&M: What do you hope readers will gain by reading “Hurricane Lily”?


RRM: I hope they’re entertained and inspired by the love story and I hope they leave the book thinking. I raise a lot of questions in Hurricane Lily, and I hope readers will engage with that and have fun with it.

MBA&M: How much research was involved in writing “Hurricane Lily”?


RRM: I watched a lot of Doomsday Preppers, which was wonderful! I also did some reading about disaster preparedness and talked to a lot of people who’ve worked with anxiety issues. Most of the research I do is toward making sure I really know my characters and depict them accurately. I love doing that kind of research, because even beyond the needs of the book, it helps me understand people better.

MBA&M: Which character do you feel the biggest connection to and why?


RRM: I feel equally connected to Lily and Cliff, actually, which is why I wrote from both of their points of view. Their feelings and worldviews make sense to me, and yet I see how their perspectives have limited their ability to love and be loved. I feel a lot of compassion for them, and also a strong desire to see them overcome their struggles and find happiness and love in their lives.

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to connect with you and where they may purchase “Hurricane Lily”?


RRM: Come on by my website! You can find links to all my books there, as well as my blog. I also spend a lot of time chatting with friends and readers on Facebook, so please join me there. I’d love to hear from you all!


Thanks so much again for having me here today!

Thank you for spending time with us and our readers today and for sharing your stories with us all!

Rebecca Rogers Maher Author PhotoABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rebecca Rogers Maher writes contemporary romance novels about real women. She’s a Vassar graduate, a former community organizer and Brooklyn public school teacher, and a mother to two insanely sweet boys. Rebecca likes bold stories with strong, flawed heroines. She believes messed-up ladies deserve happy endings too, as well as lots of hot sex with genuinely kind men. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her hot, kind husband and their children.RT Book Reviews describes Rebecca’s writing as “beautiful, heart-wrenching, and heart-warming,” Library Journal calls it “dark, electrically charged…gut-wrenching…” and Dear Author says it “resonate(s) with depth.” In a ridiculously embarrassing article, New York Daily News called her novels “steamy.”Come hang out with Rebecca on Facebook. She’s very chatty there.


http://tool.vook.com/media/corp/rebeccarogersmaher/assets/8461/9781625395375.jpgHurricane Lily
 Rebecca Rogers Maher
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Editor: Melissa Johnson (from Carina Press, Samhain)
Self-Published / Promised Land Books
Page Count: 120
Word Count: 40,000
ISBN: 9781625395375
Release Date: April 15, 2013
Price: $1.99

Lily Sawyer flees her controlling, wealthy family in New York City for a solitary existence on Cape Cod. Three months later, a mounting anxiety binds her to the house she can no longer leave.




With hurricane season approaching, Lily hires Cliff Buckley—an angry carpenter with an immediate disgust for his elitist employer—to storm-proof her house.




Cliff soon discovers they have more in common than he thinks, as well as a raging spark between them could either destroy—or save—everything they care about.  The question is, can either of them survive Hurricane Lily?
HURRICANE LILY by Rebecca Rogers Maher is an exciting contemporary romance set in Cape Cod. Follow, Lily Sawyer and Cliff Buckley on a journey of love. What happens when an angry carpenter and a wealthy tourist with paranoia issues meet,well first you have strong emotional issues,then there is the mental illness issue,next you have some steamy passion and last but not least you have a hurricane on the horizon. A powerful,dark,quick read filled with flawed people,and emotions. If you enjoy contemporary romance with a bit of a twist than “Hurricane Lily” is just the deal for you to pick up and read. Received for an honest review from the author.
REVIEWED BY: AprilR,Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More



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So without further ado,please give Helena a big MBA&A welcome……

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Hi all, and thanks so much for having me on MBA&M.  I’m really thrilled to be here!

My name’s Helena Fairfax.  I’m a British romance writer, and I live in an old Victorian mill town in the north of England.

Many years ago I spent some months working as an au pair in the beautiful city of Lyon, France.  This period of my life made a lasting impression on me.  My home in England is in a pretty bleak location, on the edge of those Yorkshire moors which the Brontë sisters made famous.  You can imagine the contrast for me as a teenager, arriving in a wonderfully colourful city in the south of France, with its vibrant night-life and café culture, its heat and the two magnificent rivers that run through it.

When it came to writing my first romance novel, The Silk Romance, I just knew that the historic city of Lyon had to be the setting.  And since my own part of the world is famous for its woollen weaving, I decided to utilise my knowledge of the weaving industry and make my hero the owner of a silk-weaving mill.

At one time Lyon was the centre for silk-weaving in the whole of Europe.  In many parts of the world, sadly, weaving is a dying industry.  Jean-Luc, the gorgeous French hero of The Silk Romance, makes a moving statement about its decline:  

 ‘We have a saying that there are three rivers at the heart of Lyon.  There’s the river Rhône, the river Saône and there’s the river of tears left by the silk workers.’

Although silk-weaving is now a dying industry in France, I have revived it in my modern-day sweet romance novel.  My hero, Jean-Luc, is just the dynamic sort of character to bring silk back to life, and I have made him the owner of a thriving silk mill in the historic silk-weaving district of the Croix-Rousse.

The Croix-Rousse district of Lyon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  If you visit, you’ll still find many covered stone passageways in Lyon known as traboules.  These covered passageways enabled the weavers to carry their silk protected from the rain.  The houses in the Croix-Rousse also have very high-ceilings, necessary to accommodate the tall looms.

It’s a fascinating story and a beautiful city.  As for the final product – well, what’s not to love in the glamorous sheen and feel of genuine silk?

The Silk Romance is released on May 24th by MuseItUp Publishing

~Happy pre-“Release Day”,Helena~

MAY 24,2013!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!


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About the author:

Helena Fairfax was born in Uganda and came to England as a child.  She’s grown used to the cold now and that’s just as well, because nowadays she lives in an old Victorian mill town in Yorkshire, right next door to windswept Brontë country.  She has an affectionate, if half-crazed, rescue dog and together they tramp the moors every dayone of them wishing she were Emily Brontë, the other vainly chasing pheasants.   When she’s not out on the moors you’ll find Helena either creating romantic heroes and heroines of her own or else with her nose firmly buried in a book, enjoying someone else’s stories.  Her patient husband and her brilliant children support her in her daydreams and are the loves of her life.

If you’d like to know more about Helena, please visit her at her blog www.helenafairfax.com, or her Facebook page, or on Twitter @helenafairfax

She loves to meet new people J



 The Silk Romance 300dpi

Helena Fairfax 

The Silk Romance

Published by MuseItUp Publishing May 24th 2013

MuseItUp Publishing

14878 James, Pierrefonds, Quebec, Canada, H9H 1P5

Cover Art © 2013 by Charlotte Volnek

Edited by Marni McNiff

Copyedited by Jessica Naccari

Layout and Book Production by Lea Schizas


eBook ISBN: 978-1-77127-321-3


First eBook Edition *May 2013


Production by MuseItUp Publishing

Category:  Sweet contemporary romance

52,125 words

Contact:  helena.fairfax@gmail.com


The Silk Romance Blurb

Jean-Luc Olivier is a courageous racing driver with the world before him.  Sophie Challoner is a penniless student, whose face is unknown beyond her own rundown estate in London.  The night they spend together in Paris seems to Sophie like a fairytale—a Cinderella story without the happy ending. She knows she has no part in Jean-Luc’s future.  She made her dying mother a promise to take care of her father and brother in London.   One night of happiness is all Sophie allows herself. She runs away from Jean-Luc and returns to England to keep her promise.

Safely back home with her father and brother, and immersed in her college work, Sophie tries her best to forget their encounter, but she reckons without Jean-Luc.  He is determined to find out why she left him, and intrigued to discover the real Sophie.  He engineers a student placement Sophie can’t refuse, and so, unwillingly, she finds herself back in France, working for Jean-Luc in the silk mill he now owns.

Thrown together for a few short weeks in Lyon, the romantic city of silk, their mutual love begins to grow.  But it seems the fates are conspiring against Sophie’s happiness.  Jean-Luc has secrets of his own.  Then, when disaster strikes at home in London, Sophie is faced with a choicestay in this glamorous world with the man she loves, or return to her family to keep the sacred promise she made her mother.


The Silk Romance extract

“Sophie,” he began again huskily.  “Sophie, this is not what I want.”

“Isn’t it?” In that moment, a hollowness rushed to fill her, so that she could barely bring herself to speak.  She turned her own face away in bewilderment.  Outside the window, the black waters of the river Rhône could be seen as they crossed the bridge, orange lights bobbing and rippling on its surface.  She let her curtain of hair swing forward to hide the misery in her expression and pressed her forehead unseeing to the glass.  She felt Jean-Luc move to take her hand, his fingers gentle now, the strength in them subdued. 

“This mustn’t end the way it did before,” he said gently. “We need to know each other better.  I don’t want you to run away again.”

Sophie said nothing.  For a few moments, there was a deep, ominous silence.  The timeless silence that falls before the surge of a tidal wave, before the swell reaches its peak to come crashing down blindly on the rocks. 

Then an unstoppable anger surged through her.  She whirled her head round. “You think we need to get to know each other better?” 

Jean-Luc reached one hand up to touch her face, taken aback by what he saw there, but she jerked back.

“What does that mean?  I don’t know you at all,” she cried.  “All I know is, everything you set your heart on, you get.  First of all, you railroad me into coming to work for you. Then when I get here, you talk me into going out with you, and you ask me all about myself, and you say nothing about you.  And you insist on bringing up that night when I’m trying to forget all about it.  And then I want you to kiss me, and you tell me you’re not going to kiss me, like what I have to say doesn’t mean anything!”

The rush of jumbled words left Sophie panting for breath, her face up close to Jean-Luc’s in anger.  He began to speak, but she broke in before the words could leave his mouth.

“I’m glad I left you in that hotel room, because you deserved it.”  She jabbed one finger at his chest in violent confirmation.  “And I’m sorry I apologised before because, actually, I’m not sorry.” 

Her final sentence spilled out incoherently, but she was beyond caring.  For a few moments, the only sound in the astonished silence was her rapid breathing as she forced for mastery of herself.  She sank back again into her own corner, still not beaten.

“You’re completely single-minded,” she added bitterly.  “And if it’s any consolation, I’ve never known anyone like you.” 

Her anger was stoked still further by Jean-Luc’s reaction.  In the half-light of the car, the street lamps lit up his face one after another in a regular pattern.

“Are you smiling?” she asked incredulously.

 “I’m sorry I made you angry,” he said gently.  “When I want something, I don’t always see what’s in my way.”

“No, I’ve noticed.  You’re like a dog with a bone!”

“A dog with a bone?” he repeated, and now the smile on his face was unmistakeable.  “Is that a dog with no flies on him?”

“Oh, you’re impossible.”  Sophie snatched her hand out of his grasp and turned her face towards the window. 


The Silk Romance

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Joshua Graham 11About the Author:


#1 bestselling author Joshua Graham’s award-winning novel DARKROOM hit 3 bestseller lists on Amazon the night of its release.

CBS News described DARKROOM as a book with “action, political intrigue and well-rounded characters…a novel that thriller fans will devour.”

Many of Graham’s readers blame him for sleepless nights, arriving to work late, neglected dishes and family members, and not allowing them to put the book down.

Suspense Magazine listed BEYOND JUSTICE in its BEST OF 2010, alongside titles by Scott Turrow, Ted Dekker, Steven James and Brad Thor.

His short story THE DOOR’S OPEN won the HarperCollins Authonomy Competition (Christmas 2010.)

Publishers Weekly described BEYOND JUSTICE as: “A riveting legal thriller…breaking new ground with a vengeance…demonically entertaining and surprisingly inspiring.”

Joshua Graham grew up in Brooklyn, NY where he lived for the better part of 30 years. He holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degree and went on to earn his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. During his time in Maryland, he taught as a professor at Shepherd College (WV), Western Maryland College, and Columbia Union College (MD).

Today he lives with his beautiful wife and children in Southern California. Several of Graham’s short fiction works have been published by Pocket Books and Dawn Treader Press.

Writing under the pen name Ian Alexander, Graham debuted with his first Epic Fantasy novel ONCE WE WERE KINGS, an Amazon #1 Bestseller in multiple categories and Award-Winning Finalist in the SciFi/Fantasy category of The USA “Best Books 2011″ Awards, as well as an Award-Winning Finalist in the Young Adult Fiction category of The USA “Best Books 2011″ Awards, and an Award Winner in the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards in the Teen/Young Adult category. ONCE WE WERE KINGS is available in ebook and hardcover editions.

For Film Rights Josh is represented by UNITED TALENT AGENCY. Please use the CONTACT button on this website for all inquiries.

Joshua’s latest book is the paranormal suspense novel, Terminus.

Visit his website at www.joshua-graham.com.





TerminusAbout the Book:

How far must an angel fall to find his destiny?

Having witnessed one too many senseless deaths, Nikolai, a disillusioned Reaper 3rd Class, resigns his commission with the Angel Forces after a tedious century of gathering souls.

Immediately, another division recruits him with the promise of a more rewarding career, and issues his initial assignments: To bring down a few very dangerous threats to the human race. In the process, Nikolai falls in love with one of his targets—Hope Matheson, a woman who will lead thousands astray.

Caught between conflicting agendas, Nikolai chooses to “fall” from his celestial state and become mortal in order to circumvent angel law and be with her. But for angels and humans alike, things are not always as they appear. Still a target, the threat against Hope’s life intensifies.

Now, in order to save her, Nikolai must rally the last remnants of his failing supernatural abilities to prevent her assassination, as well as the destruction of an entire city by a nuclear terrorist strike.

But his time and power are running out…

Terminus is a perspective-altering saga that delves into ageless themes of redemption, destiny, and the eternal power of love.


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The man in the black leather jacket had looked down for just three seconds to read a text message on his phone. And in the interim, his five-year-old Houdini of a stepdaughter Chloe had unstrapped herself, climbed out of her car seat, and slipped out of sight—nowhere near the doorway of the office where he was to meet his contact.

Just three lousy seconds!

His mouth went dry.

He scanned the streets, sidewalk, between cars, to the left then right then a quick three-sixty. Despite the thorough sweep, which took all of two seconds, he didn’t see her.


She didn’t answer, but he spotted her. Way down the street, her auburn pigtails bouncing with each step.

“Chloe! Wait!” He slammed shut the back door of his Focus. Didn’t bother to lock it.Ran up the sidewalk—fast. But the little stinker was fixated on a black cat luring her across the imaginary border that separated thegentrified arts district of Carleton Village and the slums of East Brentwood.

The cat bolted around the corner at the sound of the man’s agitated shouts. Both hands outstretched, Chloe giggled and ran even faster.


He nearly tripped over an uneven seam in the sidewalk as he ran, his heart going faster than his feet.

A pair of SDPD squad cars with flashing red and blue beacons raced past Birch and came to a screeching halt somewhere around the corner of Lamont.

The little girl turned the same corner and vanished behind the red bricks of the apartment building. Straight onto Lamont.

“Stop, Chloe!” He’d gained but was still several steps behind.

The sound of a policeman shouting filled his head. Could things get any worse? He ran even harder.

It all happened within a matter of seconds.

Three lousy seconds.

That’s what it took for him to round the corner and make out the figure fleeing the pimped-out Honda Civic that had crashed into a hydrant. The gunman shot at the cops, who now stood behind the open doors of their angled cars.

The man in the black leather jacket leapt at Chloe.

“Get down!”

Over his shout, the shouts of the police, the screams of frightened pedestrians, came a deafening pop! whose impact toppled him.

Chloe screamed.

A sudden chill overtook him as a crimson pool expanded around his face, now planted on the cold concrete sidewalk. He tried to speak, stretched his fingers towards Chloe. Felt nothing but the cold pumping though his entire body.

Life didn’t flash before his eyes.

He heard more gunshots.

The last thing he saw was Chloe lurching back, her pigtails flailing to the side. As though in slow motion, she was falling.


He never saw her hit the ground.



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About the Author


Meg Donohue is the author of the bestselling novel How to Eat a Cupcake, which was translated into Dutch, German, Italian, and Polish, and the forthcoming All the Summer Girls. She has an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Dartmouth College. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she now lives San Francisco with her husband, two young daughters, and….

Cole, her endearing Taiwanese rescue pup. (Cole makes an appearance in How to Eat a Cupcake under the pseudonym Gus.)

For more on Meg, please visit www.megdonohue.com. Follow Meg on Twitter at @megdonohue.


  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (May 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062203819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062203816


In Philadelphia, good girl Kate is dumped by her fiancé the day she learns she is pregnant with his child. In New York City, beautiful stay-at-home mom Vanessa finds herself obsessively searching the Internet for news of an old flame. And in San Francisco, Dani, the wild child and aspiring writer who can’t seem to put down a book—or a cocktail—long enough to open her laptop, has just been fired… again.


In an effort to regroup, Kate, Vanessa, and Dani retreat to the New Jersey beach town where they once spent their summers. Emboldened by the seductive cadences of the shore, the women begin to realize just how much their lives, and friendships, have been shaped by the choices they made one fateful night on the beach eight years earlier—and the secrets that only now threaten to surface.

William Morrow / ISBN: 9780062203816 / May 2013



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Sandra D. BrickerAbout the Author:




Sandra D. Bricker was an entertainment publicist in Los Angeles for 15+ years. She is now a best-selling, award-winning author of laugh-out-loud fiction for the inspirational market, and the mastermind behind the Another Emma Rae Creation series that started with Always the Baker Never the Bride. As an ovarian cancer survivor, she gears time and effort toward raising awareness and funds for research, diagnostics and a cure.




Visit her Web site at www.SandraDBricker.com  and her blog at http://sandradbricker.blogspot.com.





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About the Book:




In the first book, readers fell in love with Emma Rae and Jackson, and they’ve gotten more acquainted with them in the two books that followed. But now it’s time for the diamond to meet the road as Jackson fields an offer to sell The Tanglewood, a move that will uproot this high-flying family act once and for all. Get reacquainted with all of the lovable and quirky characters from the first three books as your favorite diabetic baker figures out if she’ll achieve her greatest goal of all: Will Emma, at last become FINALLY the Bride?








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“A champagne flute of vanilla bean gelato topped tableside with a shot of espresso.”




            “Chocolate chip bread pudding drizzled with warm caramel.”


            “Oh. My.”


            “Tiramisu lady fingers in coffee liqueur and cocoa.”


            Emma balled up the lapel of her jacket in her fist and whimpered. “Jackson. My heart.”


            Jackson leaned toward the waiter and clicked his tongue. “I’m thinking we should just move on to the sugar-free menu. She’s diabetic.”


            “Oh. All right.”


            The gentleman pointed at the other side of the dessert cart as Jackson interrupted. “But I’ll have that bread pudding,” he whispered.


            “Yes, sir. And for the lady, our sugar-free menu includes a warm berry tart with frozen vanilla yogurt.”




            “A red velvet cupcake with cream cheese icing sweetened with agave.”


            “You can stop right there,” Jackson told him. “You had her at red velvet.”


            “Not so fast,” she countered, and Jackson’s heart began to thump. “Go on. What else?”


            “Pumpkin spice cake with creamy buttermilk icing.”


            “Oh, that sounds lovely.”


            Perspiration puddled over his top lip, and Jackson wiped it away with his napkin. “Don’t be ridiculous,” he said. “Red velvet is your favorite.”


            “Yes, but I can make my own sugar-free red velvet. The pumpkin sounds—”


            Jackson’s attention darted to the waiter and they shared a lingering exchange before the waiter offered, “The red velvet is our specialty. It comes highly recommended.”


            “Really?” she reconsidered. And by the time she nodded, Jackson’s heart had begun to pound at double-time. “Okay. I’ll try the cupcake.”


            “Very good.”


            “Coffee for me, and a pot of tea for my date, please,” Jackson said, leaning back against the leather booth with a sigh.


            “Are you all right?”


            “Hmm? What do you mean?”


            “I don’t know,” Emma replied. “You seem a little tense tonight.”


            “Oh. No. I don’t know. I guess—”


            Fortunately, the waiter reappeared so that he didn’t have to concoct some lame excuse. He stopped breathing as the waiter set the beautiful red velvet cupcake down in front of Emma. A shiny pink cupcake tin held the confection, and a ring of intricate white chocolate made to look like a crocheted doily surrounded it. The carefully-chosen diamond ring shimmered on top of it, catching the light from the chandelier overhead and reflecting the glint of recognition in Emma’s brown eyes.


She looked up at him, and those spectacular eyes of hers crested into turbulent waves of gold-flecked recognition. Her perfect lips parted, but not a single syllable passed over them. She blinked several times before glancing back at the cupcake, and Jackson knew this was his moment. He slipped from the booth and hit one knee beside her.


            “What…What are you…Jackson?


            He took her hand and grinned at her.


            “Are you serious?”


            “I’ve never been more serious in my life. You’ve changed me, Emma. You are the center of everything for me. I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to get here, but I can’t even think of living without you. Will you marry me?”


            And with that, she turned her head away from him and began to sniffle.


            “Are you crying?” he asked on a laugh. “Emma, this is not a night for tears.”


            “I can’t help it,” she chuckled, and he watched her struggle to pull herself together. “You’ve really surprised me here.”


            “In a good way, I hope,” he said, and he plucked the ring from the icing and gave it a quick lick.


            “Frankly, I thought the best part of this night was going to be the cupcake.”


            “Emma. Will you give me an answer, please?” he asked, wiping the ring clean with the corner of a napkin. “Before my legs go numb?”


            “Oh. Sorry.”


            He waited. “Is that a yes?”


            A mischievous glint betrayed her amusement. “Can I let you know after I eat the cupcake?”


            Jackson laughed. “I’d kind of like to hear it now, if you don’t mind.”


            “If you insist,” she told him, and she tilted her head slightly and smiled. If he’d been standing, he thought his knees might have gone weak under the weight of that sweet little smile.


“You’re killing me here,” he said with raspy emotion. “But I adore you.”


“You do?”


“Oh, now you’re just messing with me.”


“You really do adore me?”


Jackson sighed, glancing at the floor.


Emma touched his jaw with one finger and nudged his face upward. “Yes, Jackson. I’ll marry you.”






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ALWAYS THE BAKER,FINALLY THE BRIDE by Sandra D. Bricker is an interesting inspirational romance.#4 in the “Emma Rae Creations”,but can be read as a stand alone. See,”Always the Wedding Planner,Never the Bride”,”Always the Designer,Never the Bride”,and “The Big 5-Oh”. You will fall in love with the characters and the plot. With a bit of humor,lots of food,Emma may just be a bride after all. It is filled with delightful recipes,a bit of trivia,wedding cake drawings,wedding tips,romance and so much more.At the end of each chapter you will find delicious recipes for you to enjoy. Who doesn’t love recipes,weddings and romance,right? You will delight in this story. This was my first read by this author and it will not be my last. If you enjoy Janice Thompson’s “Weddings by Bella”series,you will delight in “Always the Baker,Finally the Bride”. I plan to go back and read the others in this series,as this was the final book in the “Emma Rae Creations”,although, I will already know the conclusion to Emma’s story. A wonderful read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR (Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More)




On Sexy Paranormal Romance author

~Cynthia Eden~

Avenging Angel


Coming on May 28,2013 at a bookstore near you…..


Avenging Angel


Release Date: May 28, 2013
Publisher: Kensington Brava
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: The Fallen Book 4
ISBN: 0758267657 / 9780758267658


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With a messed up family background and a tendency to grow claws and fangs, Tanner Chance isn’t exactly the boy next door. But he’s a decent cop, and he keeps himself on the side of the good guys. Convenient, because when he rescues a survivor of a horrific shifter attack he finds himself instantly smitten—with an honest-to-goodness angel, as innocent as she is irresistible.


Marna may be angelic, but she’s not stupid or weak. She can take care of herself. Tanner is more temptation than protection anyway. Or so she thinks, until someone wearing her face starts taking out some of New Orleans’ more unsavory paranormals. With police and predators both gunning for her blood, Marna has no choice but to trust Tanner…even though what’s sparking between them is hotter than anything holy.



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Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: The Fallen #4

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher


AVENGING ANGEL by Cynthia Eden is another exciting Paranormal Romance. #4 in “The Fallen” series, but can be read as a stand alone,with re-appearing characters. See,”Angel of Darkness”,”Angel Betrayed” and “Angel in Chains”. Follow, Tanner Chance and Marna on a journey of vengeance,healing and the power of love. Filled with demons,angels,danger,justice,passion,the angel of death,a guardian angel,shifters,trust,romance,and love.Everything a reader could possible want in a Paranormal Romance.  A fast paced,sexy thrill ride from the first page to the last page with a few twists and turns along the way. I have always enjoyed Ms. Eden’s stories and “Avenging Angel” is another reason why. She is a wonderful storyteller,a voice all her own in the paranormal romance industry and one who engages the readers as her characters come to life on the pages of her stories. I can hardly wait for the next installment of “The Fallen” series. What a powerful voice this author has. She cast not only engaging characters,but intriguing, interesting,and exciting plots. A page turner for any paranormal,shifters,demons,angels, or romance readers to enjoy. A must read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR,(Review Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More)



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Thanks to the fabulous and generous,not to mention talented,Cynthia,we are offering 3,yes readers you read correctly,3 copies to 3 lucky commenters,winner’s choice of  either print OR digital copy of  “Avenging Angel”.  All we ask in return if for you to make and comment and spread the word to your social networks and let us know where.

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Join Mark All, author of the paranormal thriller, The Spellcaster’s Grimoire, as he tours the blogosphere May 6 – 31 2013!


Please welcome our guest today, Mark All……


The Magic of Writing Paranormal Thrillers




If reading is an escape from our ordinary lives, then Paranormals offer the most magical escape possible, to exotic otherworlds where time and the rules of reality break down and anything can and does happen. They transport us to strange lands fraught with perilous situations and terrifying monsters we vicariously vanquish.



We find modern Paranormals and urban fantasies all the more enthralling because they present worlds based on our own familiar realities, with a twist.That makes them more believable, more real for being grounded in our own world.



Along with the thrills, Paranormals appeal to us on a deeper level by staging our dilemmas and moral quandaries in an otherworldly context, where we can see them more clearly.We gain insight into human problem-solving by experiencing the symbolic playing out of our own tribulations.



These novels also typically feature strong heroines.Protagonists are often witches or women with similar magical abilities, and witchcraft has always been a potent metaphor for the power of women.It’s basic and elemental, as witchcraft seeks to command the forces of nature, a symbolic control over our reality and our lives.



While these journeys are magical excursions into the unknown for readers, they are even more exciting for the writers!We fully immerse ourselves in our wildest imaginings and wish fulfillment.We rehearse our own life struggles in a situation removed from reality—much more fun than sitting around agonizing about how to deal with that troublesome coworker or pay for that plumbing project we’ve been putting off. We get into flow and explore these curious supernatural dimensions as we create them.



And if the reader has half as much fun as the author, then she’s had quite a joy ride. Providing that entertainment and respite from reality for others makes all the hard work of world-building more rewarding than any other undertaking I can imagine!

Thank you, Mark, what an interesting and intriguing take on “The magic in writing Paranormal Thrillers”!






Bestselling witchcraft author Trish Sinclair has a shameful secret: she’s a lousy spellcaster, and the spells in her books belong to others. So when a dying warlock entrusts her with an ancient and powerful grimoire, she runs for her life from his murderer, psychotic witch Kate Cavanaugh. Kate pursues Trish relentlessly to obtain the grimoire, which holds spells to command the fearsome power of a magic crystal hidden in town—and Kate is determined to have that power.

When the town coven refuses to help Trish protect the grimoire, she is forced to turn to cynical warlock Aidan McCarthy, who has a secret agenda of his own, and Rain Devereaux, a novice witch whose spellcasting abilities are even worse than Trish’s.  As Kate unleashes the elemental might of tornados and ice storms on the trio, they desperately struggle to defeat her.

But Kate is too powerful, and she manages to steal the grimoire and unearth the crystal. Trish knows Kate will use the stone’s power to exact her deadly revenge on Aidan and the town coven unless Trish can manifest her latent magical abilities to save them.

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Mark All is the author of paranormal thrillers The Spellcaster’s Grimoire and Mystic Witch, published by ImaJinn Books in trade paperback and eBook formats.  He has won two international writing awards and contributed to Computer Legends, Lies & Lore.


Mystic Witch received a 5 Star review from the Paranormal Romance Guild, and 3½ stars (out of 4½ possible stars) from RT Book Reviews.


Mark is a full-time author after a career as an instructional systems designer at a Fortune 16 company. Prior to his work in computer-based training, he held jobs ranging from gravedigger to FM radio announcer to professional rock guitarist.


Mark presents writing workshops and taught his “Planning Your Novel” course at the Spruill Center for the Arts.


He earned a Masters degree in computer-based education and a Bachelor of Music cum laude.


You can visit Mark All’s website at www.MarkAllAuthor.com.


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