Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hallmark Movies and Mysteries

OK, I'm a sucker for cozy mysteries.

When I was growing up my mother loved watching Diagnosis Murder, Murder She Wrote, Matlock and Father Dowling. So it is easy to see where my love for this genre has come from.

I love that Hallmark plays these shows, as well as Monk, which is one of my very favorite shows, along with Psych. Oh how I miss good mysteries that weren't all cops and detectives all the time.

I started watching some of the new movies that Hallmark is doing. Some are quite good and others, well they are pretty bad.

I like Lori Loughlin's Garage Sale Mysteries. I really wish there were more books to the series that this set of movies is based on.

I'm up in the air with the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, cos I really dislike Candace Cameron Bure.

Then there's Murder She Baked, which is based on the awesome Joanne Fluke novels feature the character Hannah Swenson. I could go one for hours about how bad these are. I've read most of the books and everything about the casting is off, as well as The Cookie Jar. I can't even watch these, they are so painful. (Well at least to anyone that has read the books)

I think I like the shows that don't have a series of books attached to them, because like movies the books are always better.

What's your favorite Hallmark Mystery?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Blurb Blitz: Tales of Yosemite


Tales of Yosemite
by Jonathan Williams

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GENRE: Fiction

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BLURB:

A land of vast beauty and constant change, Yosemite National Park never ceases to amaze and inspire its visitors. And fiction writer Jonathan Williams, an avid camper and fan, is no exception. In four charming short stories, he captures the Park’s diverse landscape and unique wilderness, using it as backdrop in all its glory to tell his tales.


The Condor Suit” tells the story of Tim whose life-long dreams of flying prompts him to move to a small town in the foothills of the Sierra to pursue his quest: building a bird suit and flying into the Park. In “Dog Lake,” a young boy on a Yosemite camping trip falls into the lake and disappears, only to discover another world lurking beneath its surface, and the lake magically comes to life. “The Rescue” tells the story of a hiker, and the unusual relationship he forms with a bear and her cub in the park. And with “The Old Man in the Sierra,” visitors in Yosemite National Park encounter a strange man leaving them wondering if he is the Park’s notorious mystery man? Does he exist, or is he the stuff of everyone’s imagination, and simply part legend, part ghost?

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EXCERPTS:

Condor Suit:"Tim was about twenty four miles into the flight and passing the main Park entrance when he noticed something strange.  His vision became clearer, and things became brighter."

Dog Lake:"Nathan found himself in a large empty room surrounded by water.  He carefully touched one of the glass walls, and his fingerprints smeared."The Rescue:"Instinctively, I made as much noise as possible, and blew my whistle but the mountain lion continued toward me."The Old Man and the Sierra:"The Old Man stood drenched, his outback hat offering little protection. His eyes closed, he faced the gales, the rain striking his weathered face, and he opened his mouth to the downpour."

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jonathan Williams has worked in Information Technology for over twenty years. He has spent most of his career working in the Financial and Pharmaceutical \ Biotech sectors. He specializes in Database Management Systems.








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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Goddess Fish Promotions Blurb Blitz: Her Leading Man





Her Leading Man
by Maggie Dallen

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GENRE: Historical Romance

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BLURB:


An avid knitter and manager of a yarn store in New York City, Caitlyn finds herself at loose ends after getting dumped by her long-time, live-in boyfriend. What better way to move on then to find a man like the old-school movie stars that she dreams about? But her first attempt at online dating is a disaster. Especially when the date turns out to be the new renter of a room in her apartment.


Wall Street powerhouse Ben needs a place to crash while his condo is being renovated. Love is the last thing on his mind since he’s just getting over a breakup. But he can’t resist a challenge, especially one like his prim and proper new roommate. A do-gooder with a heart of gold, Caitlyn is spearheading a fight to save an old theater, while Ben is working for the developer trying to tear it down. Sparks will fly, but they may not be enough to ignite big-screen romance . . .

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EXCERPT:


Ben was living his worst nightmare. His worst fear come true—he’d gone and hurt Caitlyn, the one person he never wanted to see in pain.

But she was standing before him now and pain was clearly written all over her pretty features. He’d done that. Way to go, asshole.

She was waiting for him to say something. Anything. But for the life of him, he couldn’t think of anything to say. Nothing sounded right. His brain had temporarily shut down along with the rest of his body, and he stood there in the center of the kitchen like he was shell-shocked.

Because he was!

The L-word. She’d used the L-word. That was all he could think, over and over, as the paralysis spread. Why would she do that? They weren’t supposed to feel anything for one another. Friendship, maybe, but not this. And why the hell would she want a relationship with him?

Because she loves you.

No, because she thinks this is love. Could she really not see how wrong he was for her? She couldn’t have forgotten about their first date, not to mention all the other times he’d managed to drive her insane over the past few weeks.

He didn’t do real relationships. Not with her, not with anyone. She knew that. Or he’d thought she’d known that. It was obvious. They’d spelled out the rules.

A groan escaped his frozen chest, and he saw Caitlyn flinch as though he’d struck her. Gregory was right; she was too naïve and too sweet for this kind of relationship. He should have known she would read more into it than was there. She was a woman who screamed commitment and destiny, not fuck buddy and short-lived fling. Of course she would confuse intimacy with emotions. And that’s all this was. It explained his

own confusion, too—why he was so confused over what should be a simple business deal. Why he was jealous of Mr. Perfect tonight. They’d both let themselves get carried away. But he at least knew the difference between this short-term connection and the type of relationship that Caitlyn wanted and deserved.

He would destroy her in the long run. How could she not see that?

This was his fault. He should have seen this coming. He should have

listened to Gregory and put a stop to it earlier. Hell, he shouldn’t have started anything in the first place.

But none of that mattered now. It was too late to turn back the clock and

do the right thing. He had to make the best of the situation. Caitlyn was still staring at him with impossibly wide eyes, tears threatening to spill.

He couldn’t think of any way to make this right. What would Gregory do? Oh hell, what would Cary Grant do? They would never have gotten themselves into this situation. He was on his own.





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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Maggie Dallen is a huge fan of happily-ever-afters. She writes contemporary and YA romance and has been known to rewrite the endings to classic love stories to ensure that they end on a happy note. In Maggie's version, Ingrid Bergman does not get on the plane. She lives in Northern California and works at a yarn store to support her knitting addiction.

Author Links:
Website: http://www.maggiedallen.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maggie-Dallen/871611042878073
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mag_Dallen
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Monday, February 13, 2017

TV Review: An Uncommon Grace

I'm not usually a Hallmark movies and mysteries kind of girl, but when you toss Amish into the mix, well, I had to watch, and hey it was Sunday night and the Grammy Awards were the only thing on.

Sean Faris stars as the super hunky Levi Troyer, the Amish man that's questioning his super conservative Amish faith.

Jes Macallan plays Grace, who drove me crazy because she reminded me of Mary McCormack from In Plain Sight. Everything about Jes' portrayal of Grace reminded me of Mary Shannon.

She was kind of badass, but in a nice kind of way. She's home from  the Army and contemplating re-enlisting while her grandmother is recovering from a heart attack.

Levi comes home to discover his stepfather murdered and his mother shot. He rushes to his neighbors where he meets Grace, who is an Army nurse.

Grace saves his mother's life and soon becomes a part of Levi's life and his family while the police search for the killer.

There's definitely a huge mystery here with a lot of clues pointing you right to who the killer was along with the red herring that might send you attention elsewhere.

Then there's Levi's church. Oh what a hateful bunch of Amish. The bishop was evil and you could only describe his daughter as a bitch. She had a smug look on her face in every scene, like she was entitled to marry Levi. (Although who wouldn't want to marry Levi)

The movie was enjoyable, but there were a lot of things that were off, if you are someone that knows something about the Amish. If you don't, well then this is just a very sweet movie.

The romance seems more on Levi's side. So when love is declared its amazing to find that the feelings are returned.

I found Levi to be the real star of the show. His conflicted feelings for his religion and for Grace really deepened your feelings for his character.

Grace was...well...Mary McCormack.   She was smart, caring and just the kind of person you want to have your back.

She has her sister's back when she gets involved in something that's a lot over her head, which leads to some tense moments at the end of the film.

This movie was based on a book, which I had to order as soon as I knew it existed.

I recommend this film if only to look at Sean Faris for a few hours.                                      

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Goddess Fish Promotions Book Blast: The Secrets Of Moonlight Cove



THE SECRETS OF MOONLIGHT COVE
by A.G. Reid, Barb DeLong, Jill Jaynes, Shauna Roberts, Janna Roznos, Kathleen Rowland

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GENRE: sweet contemporary romance

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BLURB:

Mr. Valentine Comes to Town by A.G. Reid: A mysterious vacationer—and supernatural entity—Mr. Valentine is matchmaking despite strict instructions from the goddess Venus to leave the people of Moonlight Cove alone.


Maggie’s Mystery Man by Barb DeLong: Who is the reclusive visitor that has rented the entire Bed and Breakfast in the historic Moonlight Cove Lighthouse and who only appears in public in a bad disguise complete with a ridiculous fake wig? Maggie might find the big story that will save her small town paper. Or she might find much more.


Once Upon a Love Letter by Jill Jaynes: Chloe Reiser sees dead people, and now that she’s back in Moonlight Cove to make a fresh start, she’s done keeping it a secret. But how is she going to tell her more-skeptical-than-ever high school crush that his dead father has an important message for him?


Surprise Deliveries by Shauna Roberts: Serious, sensible Mr. Hamasaki left for a trip and never came back. His daughter and an artist must team up to find him.


Second Time Around by Janna Roznos: A woman with her business on the brink may find more than she bargained for in the old Victorian house left to her by her dead sister.


Lily’s Pad by Kathleen Rowland: Lily Holmes knows enough tricks to attract celebrities to her beachside bistro, Lily’s Pad. She knows the rules but breaks one when she falls in love with her valued client, reality T.V. star Scarlett Royale’s man, Creed Taylor.

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EXCERPT:



from Maggie’s Mystery Man by Barb DeLong:
The investigative reporter in Maggie flared to life. She wanted to know the 5 Ws of Mystery Man. Who was he really? What was he doing here? Where was he from? When was he leaving? Why was he so, well, mysterious?

from Once Upon a Love Letter by Jill Jaynes
Chloe blinked up at the guy standing before her. Her glance slid up over the black leather jacket that accentuated his slim waist and broad shoulders, then settled on his face: green eyes, ruffled auburn hair, killer smile complete with dimple. He’d been a heart-throb basketball star in high school, and her secret (okay, maybe not so secret) crush for her whole junior year. He’d apparently grown into the full powers of his charm.



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jill Jaynes began her love affair with romance when she was a teenager growing up in Southern California, spending many a late-night under the covers with a flashlight and good romance novel. Today she writes stories with happy endings her own way--with a dash of magic that means anything can happen. When she’s not writing, you can find her wine-tasting or hiking with her awesome husband, plotting her next story with her writer-daughter or working at her day job in her spare time.

https://www.facebook.com/JillJaynesRomance/
http://www.jilljaynes.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14369211.Jill_Jaynes


Shauna Roberts writes historical fiction, science fiction, romance, and fantasy and is a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. Her publications include more than a thousand nonfiction articles, three nonfiction books, several short stories, two novelettes, and three novels (Like Mayflies in a Stream, historical fiction, 2009; Claimed by the Enemy, historical fiction with romantic elements, 2014; and Ice Magic, Fire Magic, fantasy with romantic elements, 2015).

http://www.shaunaroberts.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shaunaroberts
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2127144.Shauna_Roberts

A.G. Reid developed a love for romance novels while serving in the military. It helped keep him grounded. He now writes romantic stories with a paranormal twist. Enjoy his short story Mr. Valentine Comes to Town in the romance anthology, Secrets Of Moonlight Cove.

https://www.facebook.com/AG-Reid-author-565738970277946/

Barb DeLong loves all things romance, animals and light-hearted, so she combines the three into her contemporary and paranormal stories. She has published a short story in Romancing the Pages anthology, Secrets of Moonlight Cove anthology, and is currently working on another short story plus a three-book paranormal romance series.

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16049288.Barb_DeLong

Janna Roznos writes about the middle-ages: middle-aged women that is! Second chances, life changes and starting over are themes she continues to explore in her writing. Her short story, Second Time Around for Secrets of Moonlight Cove is her first published work.

https://www.facebook.com/jkroznos
https://jannaroznos.wordpress.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16049289.Janna_Roznos

Kathleen Rowland is devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high-stakes suspense with a sizzling love story sure to melt their hearts. Some are sweet: Lily’s Pad within the Secrets of Moonlight Cove anthology, but a sizzling hot example is Deadly Alliance from Tirgearr Publishing.

https://www.facebook.com/kathleen.rowland.50
http://www.kathleenrowland.com/

Buy Links
Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Moonlight-Cove-Romance-Anthology-ebook/dp/B01M2B1PVG/
Amazon UK:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secrets-Moonlight-Cove-Romance-Anthology-ebook/dp/B01M2B1PVG/



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Saturday, December 17, 2016

TV Review: Hairspray Live

Hairspray Live! is probably the only NBC musical event that they couldn't kill and they didn't.

It featured an all star cast that included the likes of Kristin Chenoweth , Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Martin Short and Harvey Firestein and new comer Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad

I have a huge issue with the way these live musicals work on tv, because the hosts or whatever they are called have to be all perky and happy at the commercial breaks.

But as for the musical...well there are some things that just didn't sit well with me, and it had nothing to do with  the music or the singing, I'd say all the performers were pretty spot on and delivered a pretty close to perfect performance.

What I found annoying were the way some of the characters were portrayed.

I found I liked Michelle Pffiefer's Mrs. Von Tussele more evil sounding...whereas Kristen Chenoweth came across as bitchy, which was the same for Amber.

Probably the most surprising and sometimes disappointing performance was Ariana Grande as Penny. She was freaking adorable in the role, until she talks and she turns into Cat again. ARGH!

Martin Short was awesome as Mr. Turnblad, almost as good as Christopher Walken. He was beyond lovable.

The other character I wasn't fond of was Link. Garrett Clayton didn't have the charisma of Zac Efron. Don't get me wrong, he had the hot factor going on. I admit to feeling like a cougar watching him, but I just didn't fall in love for him the way I did with Zac's Link.

Harvey Fierstein's Edna is one I had a love/hate relationship with. Yes, he played Edna on Broadway and won a Tony for it, but Travola's Edna was more motherly and lovable.

Overall, this was a fun night of music, not much to complain about.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Goddess Fish Book Promotions: Tale of the Lizard





The Lizard’s Tale
by Kurt Kamm

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GENRE: Mystery/Crime Thriller

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BLURB:



Kurt Kamm has written a novel that's a literary crime novel, with a strong thread of non-fiction running through it. The Lizard's Tale is a tale of crime—with an a wide-ranging cast of characters.

When the DEA goes up against the Sinaloa Cartel, an orphan and an endangered lizard are caught in the conflict. The action moves from Guatemala to Mexico to Catalina Island off the coast of California.

Alejandro, a middle class Guatemalan, wants his share, and makes a deal with the cartel. Now he’s risking his life to deliver the goods.

El Dedo, a brilliant financier, is the Sinaloa Cartel’s banker. He worries about what to do with the billions of dollars collecting dust in his underground vault.

Ryan, a DEA Special Agent, needs to make a high profile case to get a promotion. Is the big yacht headed for California carrying a Mexican drug shipment?

Kate, a wildlife officer on Catalina Island, smells smoke. When she heads out in the middle of the night to investigate a fire, she makes an astonishing discovery.

Jorge, an orphan from the streets of Mexico, is abandoned in the United States. Will he find his way back home and track down his mother’s killer?

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Excerpt:

Dedo was one of the few outsiders at the top of the cartel hierarchy. He came from a different background than most of the drug lords, who had grown up in poor towns in the Sierra Madres where people suffered a hard existence living in hovels made of cinderblocks. Dedo had no poverty to escape. He grew up in Mexico City and lived a blessed childhood. His father owned a small Mexican chemical business that grew large when it began to supply the Cartels with the ingredients used to make methamphetamine. His mother was Swiss, and had worked for a chemical company in Basle when she met his father. Dedo inherited his intellect and business sense from his father. His grey eyes came from his mother.

When his father brought him to the State of Sinaloa for the first time, Dedo stood in the dust and blasting heat and felt the moisture evaporating from his skin. “Those mountain highlands,” his father had told him, pointing off into the distance, “are ideal for growing poppies. All they need is sunlight and moisture.” Then he turned and pointed in the direction of the Pacific Ocean, and continued, “And out in those valleys between the mountains and the coast, the climate is perfect for growing marijuana.” Finally, his father looked at Dedo and told him, “Fortunately for us, sunshine and water don’t produce methamphetamine. For that, they need chemicals—a lot of chemicals—and that’s why we’re here.”




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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Malibu, California resident Kurt Kamm has written a series of firefighter mystery novels, which have won several literary awards. His newest novel, The Lizard’s Tale, provides a unique look inside the activities of the Mexican drug cartels and the men dedicated to stopping them.

Kurt has used his contact with CalFire, Los Angeles County and Ventura County Fire Departments, as well as the ATF and DEA to write fact-based (“faction”) novels. He has attended classes at El Camino Fire Academy and trained in wildland firefighting, arson investigation and hazardous materials response. He has also attended the ATF and DEA Citizen’s Academies. After graduating from the DEA Citizen’s Academy in 2014, he began work on The Lizard’s Tale.

Kurt has built an avid fan base among first responders and other readers. A graduate of Brown University and Columbia Law School, Kurt was previously a financial executive and semi-professional bicycle racer. He was also Chairman of the UCLA/Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Foundation for several years.

Visit his author website at www.kurtkamm.com

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Kurt Kamm LITERARY AWARDS
TUNNEL VISIONS (MCM Publishing 2014)
2014 USA Best Book Award -Fiction: General – Finalist

HAZARDOUS MATERIAL (MCM Publishing 2013)
Best Novel 2013 – Public Safety Writers Association
Winner of the 2012 Hackney Literary Award for best novel of the year ($5,000 PRIZE)
Reader's Favorite 2013 – Finalist – Urban Fiction
The 2012 Dana Award – Finalist
Eric Hoffer Award - Finalist (2014)
Excerpt published in Birmingham Arts Journal http://www.birminghamartsjournal.com/pdf/baj10-2.pdf

ONE FOOT IN THE BLACK (MCM Publishing 2012)
The 2012 USA Best Book Awards – Fiction: General – Finalist
The 2013 Beverly Hills Book Awards – Fiction: General – Finalist
Excerpt published in Felons, Flames and Ambulance Rides: Stories About America's Public Safety Heroes

CODE BLOOD (MCM Publishing 2011)
Writer’s Type - First Chapter Competition. January 2011- First Place
2012 International Book Awards - Fiction: Cross Genre Category – First Place
National Indie Excellence Book Awards – Faction (fiction based on fact) - Winner of the 2012 Award
The 2012 USA Best Book Awards - Fiction: Horror - Winner
LuckyCinda Publishing Contest 2013 First Place – Thriller
Reader's Favorite 2013– Finalist – Horror Fiction
Knoxville Writer’s Guild - 2011 Novella or Novel Excerpt – 2nd Place

RED FLAG WARNING Aberdeen Bay 2010
The Infinite Writer– Mystery 2010 – First Place
The Written Art Awards - Mystery/Thriller 2010 – First Place
Royal Dragonfly – Mystery Category 2011 – First Place

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Interview with Jorge, or La Cuiza, A Character in TALE OF THE LIZARD
Before proceeding with the interview, it is important to know Jorge's backstory. Maria Gabriella, the beautiful prostitute who has become the mistress of Dedo, the banker for the Sinaloa Cartel, describes Jorge as follows:
There’s a young boy, his real name is Jorge, but everyone calls him the La Cuiza—the Little Gecko—because he collects lizards.”

Maria Gabriella says she wants to bring Jorge to live at Dedo's mansion. She explains that Jorge is the son of one of the prostitutes she once worked with and his mother is dead:

Jorge was only five at the time, and after Luisa was killed, he had no one. We took turns, caring for him for a few days or weeks, but that was all anyone could do. No one had the time to raise a child. He has never had a real home and now that he’s older, he just drifts
from place to place, sleeping in someone’s entryway or kitchen, eating meals wherever he finds them.”

Jorge is not a normal child. He has had a severe traumatic shock—he has watched a man kill his mother:

The room was filled with the lemon scent his mamá wore when she worked, and the odor of rancid sweat from the naked body grinding away on top of her. The man, who had come many times to visit his mother, intensified his efforts. The bed shook and the sagging web of springs holding the filthy mattress pressed down on top of Jorge. In a few months, he would be six—too big to crawl under his mother’s bed.
A cuiza, a small, unremarkable gray-green gecko, crawled through the dust on the concrete floor under the bed, trapped between Jorge and the wall.
No, dammit, no, no,” the man bellowed. The bed stopped swaying.
Jorge heard the sound of a hand slapping flesh and his mamá whimpered.
You pig,” the man said. “Do better than that. Damn you.”
The second impact was louder, harder. Jorge heard her high-pitched cry. He reached for the gecko and it flattened itself against the concrete, remaining motionless in the dust. Its head was inches from Jorge's face. He looked at its black eyes and it stared back. A live insect—a tiny fly—struggled in its jaws. The little lizard swallowed the insect.
The man became furious and the blows were more powerful. This had happened before, but it had never gone on so long or sounded so brutal. His mother’s cries turned to screams and Jorge tried not to listen. He grabbed the cuiza's tail with his fingers.
The gecko made a chirping sound—chik, chik, chik—shed its tail, and skittered away.
The force of the final blow knocked his mamá off the bed. From his hiding place, Jorge saw the brown skin of her naked back as she lay on the floor.

As a result of the emotional shock, Jorge has become what psychologists call a selective mute. This means that although he is capable of talking, he has withdrawn into himself and does not speak. As a result of the juxtaposition of his mother's death and the gecko he sees under her bed, Jorge has become obsessed with lizards, and the only words he utters are chik, chik, chik, the series of three chirps which is the sound of the gecko.

With this background, we can now proceed to the interview:

INTERVIEWER: Jorge, tell us what you saw when you descended into Dedo's underground vault.
JORGE: Chik, chik, chik.
INTERVIEWER: The vault supposedly had billions of dollars of American cash. Is that true?
JORGE: Chik, chik, chik.
INTERVIEWER: Uh huh. Ok, perhaps you could describe the trip you took to Catalina Island on Dedo's yacht.
JORGE: Chik, chik, chik.
INTERVIEWER: Well, young man, thank you. Your comments have been very interesting.
JORGE: Chik, chik, chik.

Does Jorge ever say anything but "Chik, chik, chik?" Does he ever get over his trauma and regain his voice? Read TALE OF THE LIZARD and find out!


He watched the man’s bare foot poke her and then push her body aside before he walked out the room. When Jorge crawled out from under the bed, he saw the blood dripping from his mother’s face, collecting in a small red pool on the floor. He wanted to wake her, but his brain no longer controlled his voice. His throat was frozen—no words came. Jorge lay down on the floor, curled up next to his mamá, and cried silent tears. Above him, he saw the tailless gecko climbing the bedroom wall.
“” The Cuiza made the gecko sound, ,


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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Goddess Fish Promotions Book Blast: The Pawn


The Pawn
by Skye Warren

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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The price of survival…


Gabriel Miller swept into my life like a storm. He tore down my father with cold retribution, leaving him penniless in a hospital bed. I quit my private all-girl’s college to take care of the only family I have left.


There’s one way to save our house, one thing I have left of value.


My virginity.


A forbidden auction…


Gabriel appears at every turn. He seems to take pleasure in watching me fall. Other times he’s the only kindness in a brutal underworld.


Except he’s playing a deeper game than I know. Every move brings us together, every secret rips us apart. And when the final piece is played, only one of us can be left standing.


THE PAWN is a full-length contemporary novel from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren about revenge and seduction in the game of love.

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Excerpt:

Kinky stuff,” Gabriel says, the corner of his mouth turned up. “What do you know about kinky stuff?”

My face feels hot. “I’ve seen the movie, okay? I know about things.”

That’s a lie. I squirmed through the movie, lips parted in shock. How did people think of this stuff? Why would any girl like it? And I’m not just a random face in this city. My picture has appeared in the society papers. People know my father. Maybe some of the men were cheated by him, just like Gabriel. Would they want to hurt me in revenge?

Tell me what you know,” Gabriel says.

The words are mocking, but something sparks inside me. “I know that some men like to hurt women. I know it makes them feel big and strong to hurt someone weaker.”

And are you weak, little virgin?”

No, I want to say. Except I’ve lost everything in the past two months. My life, my school. My friends. I’m a shadow of my former self. Little virgin makes me fight back, though. Gabriel makes me fight back. “I’m doing what I have to do. Is that weak?”

His gaze flickers over my body, the yellow of his eyes brighter in the lamp’s glow. When he meets my eyes, there’s a begrudging respect.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance such as the Chicago Underground series. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, two sweet dogs, and one evil cat.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/skyewarren
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Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MCV02X1
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01MCV02X1
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-pawn-skye-warren/1124892956;jsessionid=E389EB80B20DC5B63F463C0AF1FB013B.prodny_store01-atgap10?ean=2940156816125
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-pawn/id1166560955?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/the-pawn-14



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Monday, December 5, 2016

Goddess Fish Promotions Book Blast: Girl In The Water


Girl in the Water
by Dana Marton

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GENRE: Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:
After the tragic death of his family, Ian, fresh home from the Army, is a shadow of his former self. Only his best friend's disappearance in South America pulls him back from the ledge. He rushes to Brazil, but he gets there too late. The best he can do now is find his friend's murderers. The single lead in the case is also the single biggest obstacle--Daniela, a mysterious beauty very much in need of protection, with a host of secrets hidden in a dark past. As the two of them track down clues and try to untangle an impossible case, they draw the attention of all the wrong people, and danger follows them back to the US.


Ian wants the murderers. Daniela wants Ian to acknowledge the hot sparks of passion between them. He doesn't mind breaking rules, just never his own. Rule #1: You don't seduce the woman you protect



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EXCERPT:

A couple of boats had been dragged up on the flat of the riverbank. Nobody around. Ian sat in the shade of the largest boat and pretended to be watching the barges and tugboats going past him.

He stole a glance at the house, hoping to spot Finch. Nothing there, but something rising out of the water maybe thirty feet from him caught his attention.

At first, he thought it might be a caiman—South America’s version of an alligator. Caimans were native to the area, although, he had no idea if they lived in this part of this particular river.

But instead, out of the river, rose a young woman.

She seemed to be struggling with…an anaconda?

When the shiny black, long body wrapped around hers, Ian moved, ready to dive into the water to help her, but she had the upper hand and dragged the wriggling beast toward shore with a triumphant smile, and he could see that she had a giant eel.

He couldn’t take his eyes off the thing. The eel stretched as long as the woman was tall, over five feet. They wrestled in the mud, the scene stunningly primal and elemental.

She had a piece of rag tied around her small breasts, and another around her slim waist, covering only the private parts of her body. She was the most stunning sight he’d ever seen, long dark hair streaming down in wet rivulets. A goddess risen.

A goddess in mortal struggle.

His western sensibilities pushed him to run and help, but the woman and the eel and their battle seemed somehow the spirit of the Amazon itself, and he felt like an interloper. He felt that he couldn’t take the woman’s triumph away from her.

And she did win, dragging the eel to shore, grabbing a rock the next second and smashing the eel’s head. The eel was still squirming when, with the same, sharp-edged rock, she gutted the thing, dumping the insides back into the river. She was not a peaceful goddess.

She washed the eel efficiently, then picked up the carcass and carried it, staggering under the weight, up the tall, steep bank, and in through the back door of the house Ian had been watching.

Ian’s chin might have dropped a little. Or a lot. In fact, he felt as if his chin just hit his lap.

Who on earth was she?



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Dana Marton has thrilled and entertained millions of readers around the globe with her fast-paced stories about strong women and honorable men who fight side by side for justice and survival.
Kirkus Reviews calls her writing "compelling and honest." RT Book Review Magazine said, "Marton knows what makes a hero...her characters are sure to become reader favorites." Her writing has been acclaimed by critics, called, "gripping," "intense and chilling," "full of action," "a thrilling adventure," and wholeheartedly recommended to readers. Dana is the winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, the Readers' Choice Award, and Best Intrigue, among other awards. Her book, TALL, DARK, AND LETHAL was nominated for the prestigious Rita Award. DEATHSCAPE reached the #1 spot on Amazon's Romantic Suspense Bestseller list.
Dana has a Master's degree in Writing Popular Fiction, and is continuously studying the art and craft of writing, attending several workshops, seminars and conferences each year. Her number one goal is to bring the best books she possibly can to her readers.
Keeping in touch with readers is Dana's favorite part of being an author. Please connect with her via her web site (danamarton.com) or her Facebook page (facebook.com/danamarton).
Having lived around the world, Dana currently creates her compelling stories in a small and lovely little town in Pennsylvania. The fictional town of her bestselling Broslin Creek series is based on her real life home where she fights her addictions to reading, garage sales, coffee and chocolate. If you know a good twelve-step program to help her with any of that, she'd be interested in hearing about it! :-)

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GIRL IN THE WATER

https://danamarton.com/girl-in-the-water


Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Girl-Water-Dana-Marton-ebook/dp/B01LW3QXT4


Kindle UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Girl-Water-Dana-Marton-ebook/dp/B01LW3QXT4/

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/girl-in-the-water-dana-marton/1124815126?ean=2940156873050

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iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/girl-in-the-water/id1152720006?mt=11


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31948388-girl-in-the-water

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