Giveaway! Enter to win

Enter to win! That’s all you have to do. Solstice Publishing is celebrating Plots & Schemes Vol. 1 becoming a best seller in Germany during its release by giving away three autographed copies of the print edition of this fabulous anthology.

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/237966-plots-schemes-vol-1

All you have to do is click on the Goodreads link between May 26 and June 9 and enter. It’s that simple. Once the contest ends, Goodreads will notify us of the winners names and you will receive your copy.

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Her child vanishes in a puff of smoke.

When Murder is on the Itinerary

An eavesdropped comment leads to an impossible scheme!

Mysterious events pull Dana into danger.

A rock star’s murder leaves Emlyn Goode questioning everything she knows about herself.

Murder most foul puts this cop to the test

One murder, one plan, two possible outcomes.

Losing your mind is scary…

If you’re not at the beach, the Tough Luck stories will take you there.

Trail Town Texas leans heavily on their sheriff

 

Murder, kidnapping, mysterious events, and more are our treat to you in this wonderful anthology from Solstice Publishing. Discover the talents of K.C. Sprayberry, Debbie De Louise, Donna Alice Patton, E.B. Sullivan, Susan Lynn Solomon, Johnny Gunn, K.A. Meng, Leah Hamrick, Lois Crockett, and Stephy Smith.

 

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Here’s a little taste of what you’ll find inside this intriguing book!

 

A smile was on his face. Despite the fact that he was supposed to connect with the egg donor of this lovely child, he had no thoughts of doing that or returning the kid at the appointed time. His timing was perfect. The child—Lanie is such an idiotic name; I’ll have to come up with another one—would be five in a few days. In time, she would forget there had been his loser ex in her life. She—Sheila will regret divorcing me—had battered through his training, all he’d gone through to make her a compliant and complacent wife. She’d run away after he ordered her to get an abortion.

Good thing the bitch ignored me. I wouldn’t have this gorgeous child to raise to be like me.

Granted the child was weak now, but he would fix that, as soon as he made sure they vanished forever. No one would stop him from raising his daughter as he saw fit, and that meant keeping her away from her weakling of a mother.

Quietly, Mark Jannson, scion of the globally famous Jannson family, whose assets numbered in the billions, removed anything he considered important from his lavishly furnished thirty room mansion located in the mountains above Denver. His mother’s jewels were carefully packed into a leather satchel, to be given to his daughter, if she remained true to the Jannson name. The woman who called herself his mother had been consigned to a hovel in the southeast somewhere, once she showed her true colors by attempting to take him from his father.

“Let the bitch live in poverty the rest of her life,” he whispered.

 

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Starting May 26, 2017, simply click on the link provided and enter. If you aren’t a member of Goodreads, you can join easily. This is a great place to discover books by new and exciting authors and be in on the fun of all sorts of entertainment!

 

A kick-a$$ mystery read

As you all probably know by now, I’m an AVIIIIIIID reader. You know, the kind that used to read with a flashlight under a duvet and asked her mom to lie she wasn’t home when friends asked if she went out to play. The kind who spends rainy afternoons in libraries that smell of parchment by an old oil lamp. I focus on classics and mystery, and today I’d like to recommend a sleek, elegant one that grips and keeps. I’d like to introduce Debbie De Louise, traditionally published author and award winner with her new launch, “A Stone’s Throw”.

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A Stone’s Throw: the first book in the Cobble Cove mystery series

Welcome to book one of the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series. In this book, you will meet widowed librarian, Alicia, and follow her through the mystery that brings her to Cobble Cove and her meeting with John McKinney, the small town newspaper publisher with whom she becomes romantically involved before realizing that he may play a part in the death of her first husband. This book is a second edition that includes a new chapter and cover.

A Stone’s Throw releases March 8, 2017

By Solstice Publishing

Universal Purchase Link: myBook.to/Stonesthrow2

Amazon Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XGNXQCS/ 

Blurb

Widowed librarian Alicia Fairmont needs answers …

After her husband is killed in a hit and run accident, Alicia travels upstate to his hometown of Cobble Cove, New York, hoping to locate his estranged family and shed light on his mysterious past. Anticipating staying only a weekend, her visit is extended when she accepts a job at the town’s library.
Secrets stretch decades into the past… 
Assisted by handsome newspaper publisher and aspiring novelist, John McKinney, Alicia discovers a connection between her absent in-laws and a secret John’s father has kept for over sixty years. But her investigation is interrupted when she receives word her house has burned and arson is suspected, sending her rushing back to Long Island, accompanied by John.
Back in Cobble Cove, cryptic clues are uncovered … 
When Alicia returns, she finds a strange diary, confiscated letters, and a digital audio device containing a recording made the day her husband was killed. Anonymous notes warn Alicia to leave town, but she can’t turn her back on the mystery—or her attraction to John. As the pieces begin to fall into place, evidence points to John’s involvement in her husband’s accident. The past and present threaten to collide, and Alicia confronts her fears…
Has she fallen in love with her husband’s killer?

 

Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTL6s3a9Y1s

Embedding Code (for WordPress sites): https://youtu.be/bTL6s3a9Y1s

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About the Author:

Debbie De Louise is an award-winning author and a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island. She is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, International Thriller Writers, and the Cat Writer’s Association. She has a BA in English and an MLS in Library Science from Long Island University. Her three published novels include Cloudy RainbowA Stone’s Throw, and Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Solstice Publishing, 2016) that has been on the Amazon bestseller list for cozy mysteries. Her romantic comedy novella, When Jack Trumps Ace, was published in February 2017. Debbie has also written articles and short stories for several anthologies of various genres. Her third Cobble Cove mystery, Written in Stone, will be published in Spring 2017. She lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and two cats.

Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.delouise.author/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Deblibrarian

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DebbieDeLouise

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/debbiedelouise

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2750133.Debbie_De_Louise

Amazon Author Page: (use whichever one works. If they both do, include them both)

Universal Link: Author.to/DebbieDeLouise or https://www.amazon.com/Debbie-De-Louise/e/B0144ZGXPW/

Website/Blog/Newsletter Sign-Up: https://debbiedelouise.com

Cobble Cove Facebook Chat Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/748912598599469/

Sneaky the Library Cat’s Blog: https://sneakylibrarycat.wordpress.com

Do you have recommendations of your own? I’d love to read about them. Feel free to leave a comment with recommended reads and let us talk about them – I looove book talk.

Smart, Thrilling,Worth it – COVER REVEAL “A World Apart” by Camelia Miron Skiba

Military romance and intelligent, well-researched content – this novel by experienced and refreshing author Camelia Miron Skiba is much more than just your every-day romance on the block, and it’s totally worth the read! You all know me by now pretty well, and as such you know I don’t throw around with recommendations without truly believing in the content. This book stayed with me for months after I’ve read it. Well-researched, worked through and totally worth your time. Here’s a few words for you from the author herself, plus a great GOODY that you’ll most probably want to try for:

As promised since beginning of this month I have a $ 25.00 giveaway going on for anyone stopping by to see the new cover. All you have to do is leave a comment here with what retailer you’d prefer the gift card from.

For a limited time A WORLD APART is up for grabs for only .99cents. Hurry up before the sales ends!

And now . . . drumroll please!

Then                                               . . .                                      Now!

OLD cover                                        NEW cover

 

Trauma surgeon Lieutenant Cassandra Toma begins her deployment at the Joint-Unit Air Base on the wrong foot. On her first day, she clashes with her new commander. Her rebellious nature and sassiness rival her excellent performance in the operating room. It might be the only reason she’s not reprimanded … or is it?

Major David Hunt is unsure how to handle the brilliant and beautiful Cassandra. As her commander, he can’t consider a relationship. A forbidden passion consumes them with the intensity of an erupting volcano, leaving her heartbroken and him with tarnished honor and pride as an officer. The only way out for David is disappearing into the dangerous warzone in Iraq.

When their paths cross again, Cassandra and David find they have a common goal—to find Cassandra’s brother, Maj. Robert Toma, kidnapped by insurgents while on patrol. To rescue him, they must put aside their resentments and fight their common enemy. And the fire between them is back.

Cassandra wants to give David—and their love—another chance. But she doesn’t know that his mistake, his secret, could cost them both the love they’ve finally found.

Liebster Award – Praising and “Prizing” Bloggers

A huge bunch of flowers and thanks to Miss Andi for having nominated me for the Liebster Award. I can only hope that these words manage to convey my genuine gratitude and pleasure to be part of this. Miss Andi and her co-bloggers aren’t music critics, but they have great taste – that’s how they describe their blog and I can endorse the statement, as well as Miss Andi’s talent with words and – hopefully soon – pancakes. I’m coming over for that pancake one of these days, Miss Andi 🙂

The Liebster Award is a new-comer award given by bloggers to other bloggers, it creates a great platform for new blogs to be discovered and build communications. The best thing about this award is that it creates a lot of encouragement and support within our blogging community.

However, the award comes with a price. We have to answer a set of 10 questions formulated by the person who nominated us, providing honest answers and, at our turn, a set of 10 questions of our own. Here are Miss Andi’s questions and my answers:

 

  1. How do you eat your pancake?

 

Fat, fluffy and smeared with chocolate.

 

  1. Do you sing when you cook (Do you cook)?

 

I don’t sing (I have a terrible voice – husband says “swan voice.”) I also happen to have two left hands what cooking is concerned.

 

  1. What would you rather live without? Tea or coffee? Why?

 

Tea. I cannot imagine a life without coffee. I’m a total coffee junkie, I love it so much I take it 20 times a day like some people take the cigarette. It’s almost a fetish, I even pin coffee pictures on Pinterest.

 

  1. To turn off the world do you watch a movie or listen to music?

 

Listen to music, if I have to choose between the two. But I normally turn to books. Coffee and books by the window on a rainy day is my idea of paradise and my kind of unwinding/meditation.

 

  1. Do you stream (music or movies) or prefer physical copies?

 

I stream.

 

  1. When was the last time you went to a record store?

 

Seemingly an eternity ago. I was ten and I borrowed a DVD with Jet Li from Planet Hollywood (with my mom). Does anybody know if they still exist?

 

  1. What band did you last see in a concert?

 

Last concert was Michael Jackson in 1996 with my mother.

 

  1. What’s the best way to procrastinate?

 

Daydreaming.

 

  1. What’s your happy place?

 

The sea. Physical or in my mind.

 

  1. Are you going to do the A to Z challenge in April?

 

Not sure yet. I’m considering adjusting the challenge and making a quiz every day starting with the respective letter, but that would mean some changes in the schedule for the online reads, so I’m still thinking about it. What do you guys think, should I do it?

 

Now, before I share with you my own 10 questions, I’d like to mention that I don’t know if all the bloggers I’ll nominate here are new-comers, but I’ll nominate SOME (ONLY SOME!) of those that I truly believe deserve the award and don’t have over 1000 followers. There are many bloggers I discovered and who deserve a close look, and I’ll link to them in the following Meet and Greets.

Okay, here are my questions, and I hope you’ll take the time to answer one or two of them in a comment, because I’d love to hear from all of you. I’m a people lover and I can’t get enough of you guys.

  1. What’s your favorite pastime (hobby)?
  2. If you had to choose between a book, a song and a movie, what would you choose? Why?
  3. What is your ideal lover like?
  4. What’s your life dream?
  5. What’s your ultimate goal with your blog?
  6. What’s your favorite book or movie? Why?
  7. What do you daydream about?
  8. What was your favorite fairytale as a kid?
  9. What’s your favorite word?
  10. What’s your favorite place in the world? Tell me a little about your reasons for the choice.

 

I nominate the following bloggers:

 

Hyperion Sturm – stories and wisdom

 

Sara Flower – creative writing

 

Dracul van Helsing – comedy writing

 

Gary Lum – special food blog

 

Miriam – Travel Blog

 

Eternal Atlantis – about mythology, history and mystery

 

Rosie Amber – book reviews and book/publishing mentor

 

Stephanie Hurt – romance novels and writing tips

 

Niki’s Simple Life – Inspiring, motivating, mindfulness

 

Mark Fonz – last but definitely not least, cancer survivor blogging to encourage

 

Liebster Award Rules:

 

  • Thank your nominator;
  • Share the award on your blog;
  • Answer the 10 questions asked to you;
  • Ask 10 questions to 10 new nominees (who have less than 300 followers);
  • Notify them via social media.

 

Looking forward to reading from you 🙂

Meet and Greet

Meet and Greet Saturday is here! : ) I’m loving this Meet and Greet project every day more. Since I started it I discovered blogs that bring value to the world, focusing on different fields and approaching them in a unique way. Special blogs, special people, special topics and special approaches. Some of these blogs I’ve discovered from other bloggers’ recommendations, so please, by all means, if you follow blogs that have impacted your life or that you regularly read with pleasure and interest, let me know, I’ll sure check them out. Now these are the bloggers I’d like to introduce to you today:

ThePowerOfQuantumThinking is a blog that addresses sensitive matters in a new way. The author is a rather mathematically inclined man, whose reflections are somewhat different, as the title of his blog suggests. He provides for good and inspiring reads.

MyMindFullLivingDiary. A different approach to mindfulness. It teaches the reader to meditate in an easy, effective and sensoric way. This article has me hooked.

Leadership Freak is a business blog, but Dan’s tips on leadership are valuable in many more fields than just business. It helps us understand other people and their actions, teaches us how to react to them and how to make the best of our relationships.

Looking forward to your recommendations, propositions and links! Subscribe to the blog to get notifications about new posts (personality tests and stories), or follow me on Twitter at @AnaCalinAuth, I’d be happy to know you : )

Meet and Greet

Welcome to Saturday Six of my new project “Meet and Greet!” Once again, I’ll tell you in short what this Meet and Greet project is about:

I read the WordPress Reader as I would the morning newspaper, because the articles in the Reader are often more valuable and positive than the sensationalist and unbearably dystopian ramblings of today’s media. I come to know interesting blogs (true, I discover them often among my own followers) that have something special and authentic to offer. I’m always looking for worthwhile reading so, by all means, feel free to recommend blogs that have drawn your attention – leave a link to them plus a few words about what they stand for. I’ll be sure to check them out, as well as your own blog. There’s nothing better than reading interesting articles with a cup of good coffee, and imagining I’m drinking it with the writer themselves. Sharing is caring!

My recommendations for today are:

IndiHope is a successful (with reason) blog with focus on self-help and personal development, which offers valuable advice. What drew my attention in the first place were the quotes they post, how they rely on century-old wisdom as opposed to “pub philosophy.”

OutAnAbout is Miriam’s journal on her travels, one that goes way beyond mere description, and that captures the “spirit” of the places she visits. She immerses in the nature and surroundings, and conveys the “spirit” with skill. She sends a positive vibe that will charge your day, motivate you and make you start off with a smile on your face. Very inspiring.

Discovermarche is a bi-lingual (English-Italian) blog about lifestyle in Italy, full of culture and adventure and that will brighten your days. On many a morning I travel to Discovermarche with my coffee. I’m considering setting a story in Marche, just because of this blog. Nature, culture, wine, you’ll feel on a romantic journey.

Looking forward to your recommendations, propositions and links! Subscribe to the blog to get notifications about new posts (personality tests and stories), or follow me on Twitter at @AnaCalinAuth, I’ll be happy to connect.

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MEET and GREET

Welcome to Saturday Five of the new project “Meet and Greet.” Inspired by a fellow blogger whom I admire I started this project some weeks ago, and I feel ever more motivated to go on – it goes so well with a cup of hot coffee (Coffee, My Love, My Sweet Addiction, LOL). In the context of this project I endorse blogs that I discovered (yes, often among my own followers) and that have something special to offer the world. Please feel free to recommend blogs that have drawn your attention, and I’ll check out yours as well. Here are my special recommendations for today:

The Richness of a Simple Life -This blogger talks about relevant things in life, and she does it often. Always a good pic, always a good thought, always a good word. You’ll most probably hear me talking about her articles more often.

Rosie Amber – I’ve “known” Rosie Amber since my beginnings as a writer and blogger, and have great respect for her. She’s an avid reader with a special love of flowers. She reviews novels and offers support for authors, and has wonderful tips I wouldn’t miss for the world.

Putting my Feet in the Dirt – This blogger has offered me profound and meaningful minutes with myself, which are a rare commodity these days. You’ll find words of wisdom and real passion.

Looking forward to your recommendations, propositions and links!

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MEET and GREET – Special Blogs

Welcome to Saturday Four of the new project “Meet and Greet,” in which I talk about blogs that I discovered (given, often among my own followers) and that have something special to offer the world. Please feel free to recommend blogs that have drawn your attention, and I’ll check out yours as well. Here are my special recommendations for today:

Mental Health Today – the name says it all; this special blog writes about psych issues of our times. Check out their latest article about codependency, truly enlightening.

Fonz and Cancer – is the very special blog of Mark, who won the battle against cancer and writes daily to encourage others in difficult situations. What he did is huge, and it has given him experience and wisdom from which he can truly feed us.

Leadership Freak – is savvy in the field of business and not only. If you are in a position of leadership or aim for a position of leadership, this is the blog you need for hot tips and teachings.

These are really special blogs worth checking out, for that I give you my word. Looking forward to your recommendations, propositions and links!

RECOMMENDATIONS – Blogs worth reading

Three weeks ago, inspired by a smart, kind and considerate fellow blogger, I started the Saturday Recommendations project, which basically involves my writing a few words every Saturday about three blogs I truly and genuinely appreciate. Here are my recommendations for today, which I give you with hand on my heart – they are worth checking out.

Marta Frant – Marta is smart and witty and discusses matters that are not only relevant, but also interesting, in a funny and classy way.

Biblioklept – paintings, rare and original; the real thing, interesting symbols that are inspiring, and that will send your intellect and creativity soaring.

Camelia Miron Skiba – is a terrific author! Her writing is flawless, her voice unique, she puts a huge amount of work in her romance books (some of them with historic and military flavor). You will most likely hear me talking about her again.

I’m always, always, always hungry and looking for true value so please, if you have recommendations of your own, leave them in a comment (link and a few words, so that I know what the blog is about), and I will check them out. If your recommendations „speak“ to my heart, I sure will recommend them one of these Saturdays. Should I ever ignore a recommendation, please, don’t take it personally. It does NOT mean the recommendation isn’t good, just that it does not „speak“ to me (for example I’ll resonate little with fashion blogs that don’t have a bit of „soul“, such as vintage-gone-hipster or even elegant-sexy).

Looking forward to your propositions, recommendations and links!

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RECOMMENDATIONS – Blogs with varied focus, all of them priceless

As promised, here comes the Saturday with the three blog recommendations I said I’d deliver you guys every week, with the blogs that I’ve discovered, tried, followed and consider they provide value.

Every Saturday I will be doing this, so please feel free to leave me a link AND a few words (even one line will suffice, but I have to know what the respective link is about) about the ones that you consider of particular value, or that you have a special liking for. I’m really looking forward to your recommendations! As always, your opinion is valued and taken into account.

These are the three blogs I have really good words to say about today.

Kristen Lamb is someone who has become special to me. I’ve read her books on social media marketing, follow her blog and follow her on Twitter. Her posts and articles and books are not only valuable because they offer more worthwhile information a page than many of the MBA high-class textbooks that have been through my hands, but also because she feeds us her content with humor and a strong print of her helpful personality.

Sara Flower is a writer, but not just ANY writer. She probes places most of us are afraid to tread, places deep in the psyche where deep sorrow but also bliss are to be felt in really skillful writing. She has a crisp and to-the-point style that I very much like, she’s very visual, and she makes of the darkest depths of the psyche thrilling stories that will keep you reading with your heart in your mouth.

Gary Lum writes about food. Those of you who know me will surely ask yourself – Ana and FOOD? No way! YES. Way. After I got married I got away with bad cooking, because my husband is a master in the kitchen. But since I became a mother, Mr. Right’s fancy recipes of once a day haven’t been able to keep up, so I had to learn. Great thing is, that’s the moment when I discovered Gary’s blog, and his pictures of the dishes he makes and tries have had my mouth watering EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. If you want not only original ideas but ALSO how to make the oldest dishes taste terrific, check out Gary’s Blog.

Looking forward to your propositions, recommendations and links!

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RECOMMENDATIONS – My truest and most genuine appreciation for . . .

Today I learned a great lesson from a great blogger I recently discovered. He links to other bloggers as a way of helping us gain more visibility. He gave me what I think is a super idea, namely – wait for it, here it comes – to make a day of the week when I will share links to blogs I TRULY and GENUINELY believe worthy and special. This is NOT paid promotion, or promotion of friends and family. This is promotion of true valuable content, because I think the world desperately needs it. With the media being paid and manipulated into endorsing falsehood and poor quality, it is now up to us, the bloggers, to point our fingers to the real thing. To the truth and the quality.

That being said, today I’d like to recommend:

Danny, the great blogger I owe this idea to. Danny is SAVVY – which is what earned him his followers, including Yours Truly. Go over to his site and leave a link to your blog with a few words, and he will most probably link to your blog in one of his posts the following days. Make sure to check out his blog posts, for example the 10 Lies We Tell Ourselves and the one on social media from today. They’re totally worth the read, I learned from them.

Dracul van Helsing writes original vampire stories with a delicious core of COMEDY and with the wit of Sherlock Holmes. Stay tuned for an article on his debut novel, “The Giant Rat of Sumatra” on Monday.

Hyperion Sturm – a scientist and a well of wisdom, Hyperion encodes his knowledge (earned first hand) about Artificial Intelligence and newest developments in technology in the SCI-FI story of the Dragons. The romance spice and some first hand guy-advice enwrapped in Dialogue Package with a ribbon of Sexy as to HOW TO GET YOUR GUY’S ATTENTION sure kept my interest in place.

Looking forward to reading your experience with these three recommended blogs, and, of course, to your RECOMMENDATIONS. Please leave them in a few words in a comment, telling me why you consider the blogs you recommend valuable, plus link, I’d be much obliged.

 

Yours Truly : )