[Women’s Fiction/Contemporary Ficton]


Halfway to Nowhere

*From  Amazon*

December 12, 2013

By USA Today Bestselling Author Steena Holmes and Elena Aitken comes their latest story sure to tug at the heartstrings of those who understand the depth of a mother’s love.

Nikki Landon walked away from her small town, Halfway, Montana, ten years ago, with no intentions of setting foot there again. But, when her mother dies unexpectedly, Nikki has no choice but to return, and this time with the child she was trying to hide—ten year old, Ryan.

Becky Jennings is living her happily-ever-after. She’s married to the man of her dreams and even though that means being the wife of a Christmas tree farmer, she’s happy. There’s only one thing missing from her fairy-tale life: a child to hold in her arms. After countless miscarriages, she’s struggling to accept that might be one dream that will never come true.

As teenagers, Nikki would have done anything to protect her best friend, Becky from heartache, which is why she left. But ten years later, there’s nowhere to hide in a small town where everyone can see the truth of the secret she can no longer keep.

Could Nikki’s son be the child Becky has always longed for? And if he is, can the already fragile bond between the two friends, withstand the heartache?

  • Publisher: Sista’ Books; 1.1 edition (December 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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About Steena….

Image of Steena HolmesNow a USA Today Bestseller!

Growing up as a small town Canadian girl, there wasn’t much to do but ride your bike, hang out with friends on the beach and daydream. I always wanted to write but never dreamed it was something I could do as a career. I love to travel and fell in love with the sheep covered hillside, old castles and romantic history of Scotland and England. I dream about waking up in Tuscany and touring small town shops in the south of France with my husband, of placing my toes in the ocean and experiencing history first hand. As a mother with three daughters, I’m learning that teaching them to pursue their dreams is a lasting legacy. I love to wake up to the Rocky Mountains, will forever enjoy the taste of coffee and chocolate and can’t imagine the day when a story doesn’t unfold in my heart. Living a life with passion and pursuing dreams is a life well lived.

UPCOMING RELEASE: The Memory Child – available March 18, 2014 ~ “New mother Diane can’t imagine life without her angelic baby daughter, Grace–but her family’s dark past collides with her present in this surreal family saga.”

DON’T MISS: The Finding Emma Series: Finding Emma, Dear Jack, Emma’s Secret & Dottie’s Memories.

Website: www.steenaholmes.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SteenaHolmes.Author
Twitter: @steenaholmes
About Elena Atkins….

Image of Elena AitkenLike a lot of my readers, I’m a busy mom. It often feels like life is pulling us in a million different directions, which is why I love to write romance!
There’s nothing better than knowing you have an escape waiting for you at the end of a long day in the form of a good book.

I’m lucky enough to live in the shadow of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in the foothills of Alberta, where I can write the stories I love. Whenever I get the chance, I escape into those amazing mountains and I can usually be found sitting with my feet in the lake, working on my next book.

As well as sweet contemporary romance novels, I also like to write women’s fiction and my collection of stand alone novels are all part of the Escape Collection. I’m always trying something new, so stay tuned to see what’s next!

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[Contemporary Romance]


Colton Cowboy Ecover FINAL

December 7, 2013 On the run… and right into a cowboy’s arms.

When being stalked by an ex-boyfriend, Tori Slater leaves the Montana family ranch to make a new life at Great-Great-Grandmother Rachel’s homestead, Colton Creek Ranch in Wyoming. Suddenly there a brand new complication when the caretaker’s grandson becomes her new business partner and soon her heart gets involved in the partnership.

Ex-cop, Logan McNeely, has his own dreams of a solitary life, raising free-range cattle on his neighboring ranch. Half his dream ends with his grandfather’s recent death. Then in walks Tori to add problems he didn’t need. He can’t seem to ignore her, and when danger comes to the homestead, more than his cop instincts kick in.

To save her, he has to save himself first before they can have a future together.

  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Patricia Wright; 1 edition (December 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

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About the author…..

Patricia ThayerOriginally born and raised in Muncie, Indiana, Patricia Thayer was the second of eight children.   She attended Ball State University, and soon afterward she headed West.   Over the years, she’s made frequent visits back to the Midwest, trying to keep up with her family’s numerous weddings and births.

Patricia has called Orange County, California home for many years.   She not only enjoys the warm climate, but also the company and support of other published authors in the local writer’s organization.   For the past eighteen years, she had the unwavering support and encouragement of her critique group.   It’s a sisterhood like no other.

When not working on a story,  you might find her traveling the United States and Europe, taking in the scenery and doing story research while thoroughly enjoying herself accompanied by, Steve,  her husband for over 41 years.  Together, they have three grown sons and four grandsons.   As she calls them, her own true life heroes.    On rare days off from writing, you might catch her at Disneyland, spoiling those grandkids rotten!   She also volunteers for the Grandparent Autism Network.

Patricia has written for over 20 years and has authored over 39 books for Silhouette and Harlequin.  She has been nominated for both the National Reader’s Choice Award and the prestigious RITA.  Her book, Nothing Short of a Miracle won a Romantic Times  Reviewer’s Choice award.

She has been a guest reader at elementary schools and lectured aspiring authors.  A long time member of  Romance Writers of America, she has served as President and held many other board positions for her local chapter in Orange County.    She’s a firm believer in giving back.

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christmas wishes

A Feartured Sneak Peak:

Christmas Wishes by Mary Manners

Love comes full circle when a child’s Christmas wish arrives special delivery.

When attorney Riley Harper comes home to Maple Ridge following the death of his grandfather, the last thing he expects to find is Kaylee McKenna living in his grandparents’ guesthouse. Though he and Kaylee were once best friends, Riley cannot find it in his heart to forgive her for the death of his mother. His heart, full of bitterness and resentment, has room for little else. 

Kaylee has no time to dwell on events of the past, especially where Riley’s concerned; she’s too busy raising her six-year-old niece, Rosie, and working as an ER nurse. With Christmas quickly approaching, her days are spent helping with charity events and filling the wishes on Rosie’s Christmas list. 

But when Rosie’s father makes an unexpected visit, Kaylee must call on Riley’s legal expertise to ensure Rosie of a safe and secure future. Will Rosie’s special Christmas wish heal Riley’s damaged heart and bind the trio together as a forever-family? 

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The Vintage Club

MBA&M: Darin, please tell our readers a few tidbits about yourself?


DARIN: I am a practicing patent attorney, helping to protect products from well-known companies like Western Union, Trek, and Boppy, in addition to start-up companies with innovating technologies ranging from heart pumps to smart phones.

I’ve been married for twenty years to my wife, Robin, and we have four children ranging in age from 12 to 21. We currently live in the Denver area.

I love anything outdoors. I participate in triathlons, ski (water and snow), fly fish, and play tennis and golf.  I love the Rocky Mountains and spend a few weeks each summer backpacking in where few people ever visit.  If I can get away with it, I’ll download an audiobook on my iPod and listen to a good book while I’m at it.

MBA&M: What was the challenges in writing “The Vintage Club”?

DARIN: One of the challenges was how to create a story where I integrated a legend about a wine that can make you live forever with modern technology that could be used to scientifically verify whether this is possible.

In a similar vein, I wanted to tell a story about how the wine symbolizes what it takes to live an eternal life.

On top of all this, I needed a character who struggles with his human frailties so that he could in a personal way learn what the legend of the wine really represents.

MBA&M: What made you decide to write a story about some the world’s wealthiest men, wine elixir, eternal life, and murder?

DARIN: Ever since I was introduced to Joseph Campbell and his lectures on mythology, I have been fascinated with stories of elixirs and eternal life. He mentioned that his favorite place in the word was a cathedral in Chartres, France because of all the stained glass windows depicting these ancient legends. 

So, several years ago when I was in Paris, I took the train to this small town and spent the afternoon staring up at these beautiful scenes. It was there I hatched the idea of a modern holy grail story. I chose a group of wealthy men to portray individuals who were looking for a literal elixir, hoping to find a way to increase their longevity, even if it meant murder. This was the perfect set up to contrast with the real meaning of the wine symbol which is that eternal life is not measured in terms of a length of time, but in terms of how you live. In other words, the kind of life you currently live can be eternal if you learn what creates that type of life. While the members of the Vintage Club are searching for a wine that can make you live longer, the real message is that what the wine represents can make you live eternally—right now.

MBA&M: What is next for you as a writer?


DARIN: In the immediate future, I’m going to be giving lectures and writing about the concepts found in The Vintage Club. However, more books will be coming.

And, I do plan to enjoy the moment. After spending years getting a book ready for publication, it’s nice to sit back a have a few months off.

MBA&M: Will “The Vintage Club” be a series, if so how many books and what’s next?


DARIN: It won’t be a series, but I’m hoping it will be part of a sort of trilogy. My next book will be about transcendence, and after that there will be a book about endless energy.  Both will be set up as thrillers.

MBA&M: Who do you feel was the greatest influence in your writing career?

DARIN: I’d say John Grisham. I was a first year law student when The Firm was released, and a group of my friends read it the first week instead of reading court decisions. I’ve read every one of his books since then.

MBA&M: Inquiring minds want to know, with the Christmas holidays fast approaching…what is one of your favorite memories? How do you and your family celebrate the holiday?


DARIN: Our family loves traditions, so every year we follow the same routine. We have a nice dinner with clam chowder on Christmas Eve, then read Christmas stories together by the fireplace. Before going to bed, everyone gets to open one gift. I’d love to say that we sleep in, but someone always seems to get up early and insist we rush in and open our presents. The rest of the day is usually spent figuring out how to put in batteries or assemble some contraption.

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where they may connect with you and where they may purchase your title?

DARIN: Information about The Vintage Club and my background can be found on my web site at ww.daringibby.com. My email is dg@daringibby.com.  The book may be purchased on line at most major bookstores. 

Links to these sites are found at http://www.daringibby.com/books/the-vintage-club/

Thanks, Darin, for spending time with us and our readers today! What a fascinating tale, wine, murder and mystery!




*Author’s website*

Can wine really make you live forever? Yes, if the grapes are an ancient varietal—or so the members of the Vintage Club believe. Made up of some of the world’s wealthiest industrial magnates, the club conducts secret scientific research to discover what has eluded humans throughout history: the elixir of life.


Their quest hits a snag when scientist Walter Trudell is murdered. The prime murder suspect is his godson Reggie Alexander, a patent attorney whom Trudell once saved from a life of poverty in northeast Washington, D.C. As soon as news of the murder spreads, Reggie goes into hiding—soon after his wife and son disappear.


After being chased by mysterious assailants, beaten unconscious, and planted with a bug, Reggie must come to grips with his own private demons while figuring out how to save his family. The Vintage Club is a thriller that both explores the ancient Christian symbolism of wine and imagines ways that modern nanotechnology could be used to discover the fountain of youth.

  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Koehler Books (December 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938467655
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938467653

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A bit about the author….

Darin Gibby is the author of Why Has America Stopped Inventing? He is also an internationally renowned patent attorney and has been featured in a wide variety of publications as well as TV and radio shows, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Leonard Lopate show, Yahoo! Finance and To The Best of Our Knowledge.

Website: ww.daringibby.com


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