Friday, May 31, 2019

Interview with Melynda Price, VOW OF SILENCE

Hi! Thank you for inviting me to share with you and your followers about my new release, Vow of Silence.

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
I wanted to tackle the challenge of writing a story about an Amish heroine that is a suspenseful, heated romance. This is not a sweet “Amish story.” I’m no Beverly Lewis. Vow of Silence is a suspenseful, mildly-disturbing story about a serial killer, murdering Amish girls in Lancaster County and a police detective that returns to his Amish roots to catch a killer. The suspense in high and the romance is hot. There is a taste of culture, but this is definitely a contemporary story.   

Vow of Silence was written as a stand-alone, however there are characters introduced in the story that opens the door for this book to become the first of a series if that’s the direction my publisher wants to take this.

Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
I consider myself a hybrid author, meaning I’ve published both traditional and indie. I have an amazing agent, Nalini Akolekar, who I adore. I queried her in 2015 with a sports romance I’d written called Win by Submission. She loved the story and called me to say she knew of a publishing company that was looking for a story like this. She had my book sold within 24-hours. I was very fortunate to be in the right place at the right time with the right story. Not every book I’ve written has sold so quickly. The romance industry has changed so much in the last four years. During that time, I’ve self-published two books in addition to the seven I’ve writing for traditional publishers—2 of which are coming out this year.

How long before you got your offer of representation/your first contract? Was it for your first novel?
It wasn’t my first novel. I wrote a book (paranormal romance) called Bonded on Exile. Loved the story, but I finished it when the market for paranormal romance was declining. I queried probably ten different agents over nine months trying to sell this book. I had an agent contact me (not my agent) with some advice. She told me she liked my writing but there wasn’t a market for new author in this genre. She told me to write something else and send it to her. When I asked her what genre was in demand, she told me small-town romance. That’s when I realized I had to write for the market and the trends, and I wrote Win by Submission. I queried her and a few other agents with my new project. Within a few weeks I had an agent and a 2-book deal that became my Against the Cage series (currently 5 books).  

What factors influenced your decision to go with a particular agent or publisher?
I researched which agents I’d like to work with and queried them. Things I considered before contacting them was who they were currently representing, how many authors were on their client list, and which publishing companies they were working with.

Are you currently under a traditional publishing contract for future books or do you have manuscripts that you will self-publish? Are you doing both?
I’m currently working on both. Vow of Silence is publishing through Entangled and I have another book called Balls Deep (a sports romance) coming out through their Brazen line 8/12/19. I have another romantic suspense, The Good Samaritan, that’s currently in submission. I’m writing the second book in my (indie) Island of Love series—Hit it and Quit it. Publishing both traditional and indie gives me the best of both worlds because there are advantages and challenges to both.  

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I’m definitely a pantser. I get an idea for a story and just go with it. This is a more difficult process when writing romantic suspense, but it’s just the way my mind works. When I wrote Vow of Silence, I didn’t know who the killer was going to be until I was over 200 pages into the story. I joked with my agent that no one will be able to say this book was predictable, and that they were able to figure out who the killer was because I didn’t even know.  

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
I have an amazing group of beta readers that go through each book before I send it into my agent. If I am self-publishing a project, I will hire an editor to go through the manuscript, otherwise my publisher takes care of this which is a big advantage of traditional publishing in my opinion.  

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
Until Vow of Silence, all my books have been sold exclusively on Amazon because Amazon owns Montlake, which is where my Against the Cage series is published. Entangled sells books through many outlets/sites, so I’m excited about the opportunity to reach a whole different venue of readers with Vow of Silence.

Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer – dogs or cats? Chocolate or vanilla? Coffee or Tea? Talk or Text? Day or Night?
Some fun facts about me… I prefer dogs over cats, but don’t care for large dogs. Dark chocolate all the way—milk chocolate is just pretending to be chocolate, and vanilla? I suppose that depends on my mood, lol. Coffee over tea for sure. My favorite part of the day is my morning latte. I would rather text over talk unless it’s with my daughter or mom. We have too much to say, it would take too long to text. I’m an early riser. The morning is my favorite part of the day and when I’m the most productive with my writing.

What’s next for you?
I’m working on finishing an indie project, the second book in my Island of Love series called Hit it and Quit it. I’ve also had several requests for another book in my Against the Cage series and may tackle that next. My publisher’s requests come before the indie projects because of deadlines, but I’m hoping to have Hit it and Quit it out before the end of the year.

Thank you so much for inviting me to visit and share my books with you and your readers! Have a wonderful day! 😊

Vow of Silence
Melynda Price
Published by: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: May 27th 2019
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

A killer is hiding in Plain sight…
The hunt for a serial killer leads Homicide Detective Josiah Troyer back to his Amish roots. To catch a madman preying on young women, Joe must return to Lancaster County and regain the trust of a shattered community.
The FBI knows Joe is the best chance they have of solving this case. By returning to Lancaster, he will face shunning, and resentment from the people he once called family and friends.
Hannah’s heart was broken when Josiah abandoned her eight-years ago to live with the Englishers. Forced to wed a man not of her choosing, her husband’s untimely death has left her struggling to put her life back together.
When unspeakable tragedy strikes again, Josiah unexpectedly returns, investigating the murder of her sister and two other young Amish women. Hannah quickly discovers the man that’s come back is not the same one she fell in love with.
Gone are Josiah’s easy smiles and gentle ways. He’s harder, colder—a true Englisher… But not even shunning can stop the attraction from consuming them both, and Josiah soon opens Hannah’s eyes to a world of passion and pleasure she never imagined. Choosing Josiah would mean walking away from the only world she’s ever known.
Josiah’s investigation begins to unravel when he discovers the killer is closer than he thought. Soon, he’s in a race against time to save the only woman he’s ever loved before she becomes the next victim.

Author Bio:
Melynda Price is a bestselling and award-winning author of contemporary romance. Her novels have finaled in and or won many awards such as the RONE, USA Today BBA, Golden Quill, National Readers’ Choice, Write Touch, and New England Readers’ Choice.
What Price enjoys most about writing is the chance to make her readers fall in love, over and over again. She cites the greatest challenge of writing is making the unbelievable believable, while taking her characters to the limit with stories full of passion and unique twists and turns. Salting stories with undertones of history whenever possible, Price adds immeasurable depth to her well-crafted books. She currently lives in Northern Minnesota with her husband and two children where she has plenty of snow-filled days to curl up in front of the fireplace with her Chihuahua and a hot cup of coffee to write.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Interview with Chad Alan Gibbs, TWO LIKE ME AND YOU

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
Two Like Me and You is the story of two high schoolers, a lovesick boy and a mysterious girl, who take a World War II veteran back to France in search of his long-lost love. There is also a famous ex-girlfriend involved, and a fair amount of ‘90s hip hop references. It is a stand-alone novel.

Do you have a favorite character?
The WWII veteran, Garland Lenox, was by far the most fun to write because he’s old and ornery and doesn’t really have a filter. I think Parker Haddaway is my favorite character though. I’m sure some readers will see her as manic pixie dream girl, but I think Parker’s wants and desires actually propel all the action in the book, and her past eventually explains all of her eccentricities.

Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
I did. This is my first novel, but I’ve had two non-fiction books traditionally published by Zondervan/HarperCollins. My former agent pitched the book to several editors without success. I tried querying new agents later, but most were understandably turned off by the fact that the book had already been shopped around. After Two Like Me and You received a Kirkus Star a friend in the industry wanted to send the book to a couple of agents, but by then I was just ready to get the book out there and let people read it. I am querying agents with my second novel now.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover? designed my cover. They sent me an early version with two different faces, and I loved the idea, but not the faces, so I asked if it was okay if I searched around on Shutterstock for a couple of better faces. That was a bizarre process. You can search by model on these stock photo sites, so when I found faces I liked I was scanning hundreds of photos of the same girl and guy. There they are playing tennis. There they are on their wedding day. There they are in doctor’s scrubs. I finally found photos of them both looking up, and we used them on the cover.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
go to the same coffee shop in Auburn, World Cup Coffee, five days a week for about three hours. When our youngest is in kindergarten next year I’ll have a lot more time, but for now I’ve just got the three-hour window when he’s in the Children’s Day Out program at a local church. It’s a quiet coffee shop, and I listen to music the entire time. Usually, I play the ‘my favorite’ mix on Apple music, though sometimes I’ll listen to an album or a song that means something to the scene I’m working on. I’ve accidentally listened to the same song more than 20 times in a row on a few occasions when the writing was going well.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I outline scenes, but make room for the story to go in unexpected directions. I need some idea of where I’m going on the first draft, or I’d probably stare at the blank screen for three hours and then burst into tears.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
I did. My friend Becky Philpott, who worked on my books at Zondervan, did the macro and micro edit for Two Like Me and You, and she was invaluable.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
Yes! There is so much to learn, and since deciding back in February that I’d indie publish Two Like Me and You, my latest novel has been mostly on the backburner while I read about marketing and learn how to format a book and all the other things an indie author has to do. Hopefully, if I indie publish my next novel, my learning curve won’t be as steep.

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
Before our kids were born I played a lot of golf. My wife and I are both Auburn grads, and we live in Auburn, so we go to a lot of football and basketball games. I’m a big Star Wars fan and collect old action figures. I usually buy myself a new one whenever Auburn loses to cheer myself up. My wife and I both love to travel. I’ve been to six continents (you’re next Antarctica) and about thirty countries. We went to France while I was working on Two Like Me and You and retraced the route the characters take in the book. We’re going back to Europe this summer, Paris and Barcelona, and I can’t wait!

What’s next for you?
I’ve finished a second novel called The Rome of Fall. It’s a high school football story loosely based on Julius Caesar and half set in the early ‘90’s and half set modern day. My third novel, which I’m only about 15,000 words into, is a Gatsby retelling set on the Florida Gulf Coast during the financial crisis and housing market crash in 2008.

Two Like Me and You
Chad Alan Gibbs
Publication date: May 20th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Edwin Green’s ex-girlfriend is famous. We’re talking cover-of-every-tabloid-in-the-grocery-store-line famous. She dumped Edwin one year ago on what he refers to as Black Saturday, and in hopes of winning her back, he’s spent the last twelve months trying to become famous himself. It hasn’t gone well.
But when a history class assignment pairs Edwin with Parker Haddaway, the mysterious new girl at school, she introduces him to Garland Lenox, a nursing-home-bound World War II veteran who will change Edwin’s life forever.
The three escape to France, in search of the old man’s long-lost love, and as word of their adventure spreads, they become media darlings. But when things fall apart, they also become the focus of French authorities. In a race against time, who will find love, and who will only find more heartache?

Author Bio:
Chad Alan Gibbs lives in Alabama with his wife, two sons, two dogs, and an embarrassingly large collection of Star Wars action figures. Two Like Me and You is his first novel.

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#Excerpt: TIL DEATH DO US PART by K.S. David

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Quinn McGuire is settling into her new life just fine. She's moving beyond the trauma of her past. She's fallen in love with her best friend, Jack Lassiter, and slowly rebuilding the career she'd once abandoned. Then her old nemesis is arrested for murdering her husband. To the surprise of everyone, Glenda Penderherst wants Quinn to represent her as legal counsel. Quinn doesn't do criminal defense anymore. Nope, she's focusing on areas a little more refined - less drama.

Naomi Banker, the resident vibrational therapist, asks Quinn to look into an intellectual property rights claim. The request seems innocent enough - but boring. Things soon spice up when Quinn discovers that Naomi was romantically linked to Glenda's murdered husband. Soon, more bodies start to surface and like it or not, Quinn finds herself caught in a whirlwind of broken hearts and private alliances, all while trying to manage a few special secrets of her own. She’s convinced of Naomi's innocence and starts to dig for answers. But if she's not careful, she'll end up being added to the body count.


The day before, I’d told Jack about my disappointment in meeting Naomi. I wanted no part of her case. He didn’t push me to explain. I sensed that he wasn’t surprised.

“She said something about hearing noises and seeing strange lights behind her home.”

Jack straightened. “What kind of noises? What kind of lights?”

“She doesn’t describe it well. She just says that she sees eerie lights come from the trees behind her house and sometimes she hears voices. So, I thought if I went back there I could find a practical explanation. There’s a footpath just beyond the edge of her property. You won’t believe what I found. And, you won’t believe whose house sits on the opposite end of those woods.”

Jack’s brow narrowed. He’d reached in his pocket and withdrew a red and white peppermint, popped it into his mouth and stared off into the distance, thoughtful. He’d grown up in the Hills and knew every street.

“I’ll be damned,” he huffed. “It has to be the Penderherst home.” I nodded when he looked at me for confirmation.

“Exactly. There’s more, Jack. You have to see the place for yourself.” I could tell him about the tents. I could tell him about the heaps of trash and the footsteps that danced way too close to Naomi’s house but there was no substitute for a first-hand experience.

Instead of driving straight to Naomi’s house, Jack parked in front of the Penderherst home. Yellow and black police tape still covered the drive and stretched over the doorway. Jack and I followed the stone path around the house. The Penderhersts’ lawn needed to be cut. The edges were overgrown, and the grass could use a good dosing of fertilizer. Brown spots were peaking up through the weeds. Jack and I walked up on the patio. The wooden slats were warped. A few looked gnawed away by wear and age. After a moment, we descended the steps and headed into the woods. We’d barely walked a hundred yards when Jack turned and looked back at the house.

“They sure didn’t overspend on curtains,” he noted as we peered through the crossed arms of branches. “Someone standing here can see straight through the entire house at nightfall,” he said.

I tugged at Jack’s hand. “Come on, you have to see the rest.”

There was no way I ever would have gone back alone. My skin started to prickle just thinking about the sense of foreboding that had washed over me earlier.

We had started moving deeper into the woods again when Jack asked, “Did you seriously come back here alone?” The foliage was growing dense and the unruly branches darkened the space around us.

“Yes.” I sighed, knowing the complaint that was going to follow once Jack saw what waited inside the clearing.

A low growl escaped him.

About the Author: 

K. S. David lives in the Mid-Atlantic with her husband, their three children and a menagerie of pets. New storylines are constantly running through her head. She keeps notebooks tucked in pockets of the car, the nightstand and makes voice recordings just about all day long. She's addicted to true life mysteries and crime shows, both of which marry well with a great romance. Some of her favorite things are long walks, reading in bed, baking and of course, writing her next novel.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

#Review: THE EARL NEXT DOOR by Amelia Grey

  4 of 5 stars

I really enjoy Ms. Grey's stories and this one is another enjoyable read. Adeline, Dowager Countess of Wake, finally free from her controlling and cruel husband, has vowed to never marry again and let another man control her. Her resolve starts to crumble when she meets her handsome and imposing neighbor, Lyon Marksworth, the Earl of Lyonwood. From their first meeting, sparks fly, but Adeline is determined to ignore and spend all her time and energy on her school for girls whose fathers' or brothers' died in a sea tragedy. Can Adeline control her desire for her sexy neighbor?

I loved Adeline. She was an unusual heroine--feisty, bold and passionate--not the usual sweet young miss just out on the marriage mart. I also adored Lyon. He was the perfect gentleman--kind, considerate although his ordered life is soon upset by the widow next door along with the young girls of the school. Their interactions are explosive from the moment they meet and it will take a compromise from each of them to finally have their happily ever after. The book is a quick read although I did figure out the twist in the story early on. While I loved the twist, the reader needs to suspense belief a bit and just enjoy it. Fans of regency romances will enjoy this story.

I voluntarily read this story and the opinions are my own.

#Excerpt: ASTRAEUS by Haley Cavanagh

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One pre-apocalyptic Earth. One desperate space mission to find a solution. One unexpected alien.

When Dr. Sakota Thorell signed onto the mission to scout out a new, habitable planet, she knew discovering extraterrestrial life was always a possibility. But she never expected to find an alien adrift in space, nor for that alien to be so intriguing. Sakota feels an instant and undeniable attraction to Astraeus, but he represents a million possibilities, and just as many threats.

There are others hunting Astraeus, and his rescue may cost Earth its last hope.

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She moved to pull away, but the man’s fingers closed over her wrist.

“Let me go.” She jerked her arm, but he wouldn’t release his grip. She gave him a cautionary look, and he loosened his fingers, though he still held her. Warning bells went off. What if he’s not here in peace? But his eyes sparkled impishly. He seemed to enjoy her skin pressed against his. Maybe he hadn’t been touched in a while. Or maybe he had a crush. Who knew.

Before she could extricate herself, the intercom chimed. “Sakota, are you okay?”

“Yeah, I’m fine. He’s just being friendly—”

The man’s forefinger trailed along her arm again. She sucked in a breath and shut her eyes as a series of images flashed through her mind. A high wall made of stacked stones. A hand spread out to touch the tips of tall, golden wheat of a field. Multihued buildings in the distance under a purple sky. Children’s laughter and then screams. She jerked when the images changed. Strange rain, like metal. Black ships attacking from the sky, horrible screams which rent the air, death. A gentle brush against her hand again. She inhaled and opened her eyes. The man searched her, calm and patient. She struggled to see straight, but her mind spun.

“W-was that your—”

The isolation walls shot up. Rutledge burst into the room and advanced like an angry bear, brutish, immaculate, and combat ready in his black Oceanstone fatigues. “Let her go,” he snarled.

Rutledge yanked the man’s hand off her and pushed her aside. She fell to the floor on her back in a dizzy haze, reeling from the vision. She turned her head. The man bellowed and tore loose from his restraints. His and Rutledge’s images faded into one as they collided and fought. Rutledge’s weapon whirred as he strained to activate it. The rifle propelled over her head and hit the wall.

“Stop.” Her pleas fell on deaf ears. She closed her eyes.

The men barged into the room with heavy footfalls and angry shouts. She opened her eyes, but her vision swirled. The blurred image of the alien lifted Rutledge’s lieutenant like a kitchen chair and catapulted him in the same direction as the weapon. “Stop,” she hollered to the men. “Don’t shoot him. He wasn’t attacking me.”

Another soldier fell to the floor with a sick thud, holding his stomach. “Yeah? Well, he’s attacking me.”

The alien pounced over her, crouching low. He caged her with his body and made a guttural rumble in his throat, a warning to the men. She turned her head to the marines, who zeroed their weapons in on them.

About the Author:

Haley Cavanagh is a military veteran, wife, and mother. She is an alumna of Columbia College, a musical theater nut, and she loves to dive into any book that crosses her path. Haley resides with her family in the United States and enjoys spending time with her husband and children when she’s not writing. She loves to hear from her readers, and encourages you to contact her via her website and social media.


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Monday, May 27, 2019

THANK A SOLDIER on 2019 Memorial Day and every day

We all get caught up in the fun activities of Memorial Day--getting together with friends, BBQs, having a great time, but let's not forget the real meaning of Memorial Day. Soldiers risk their lives every day for our freedom, a freedom that we take for granted. Nothing in life is free and I for one am thankful that we have such brave men and women who are willing to put their lives on the line to protect our freedom.  

Dear Solider: Thank you for your Service. Thank you for your Sacrifice. Thank you for your Courage. I Salute YOU. This day honors all of you. 

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formally known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women, who have died in military service for the United States. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season.

Memorial Day started as an event to honor Union soldiers, who had died during the American Civil War. It was inspired by the way people in the Southern states honored their dead. After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women, who died in any war or military action.

The current name for this day did not come into use until after World War II. Decoration Day and then Memorial Day used to be held on May 30, regardless of the day of the week, on which it fell. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed as part of a move to use federal holidays to create three-day weekends. This meant that that, from 1971, Memorial Day holiday has been officially observed on the last Monday in May. However, it took a longer period for all American states to recognize the new date.

Whatever you decide to do on this holiday weekend, say a prayer and a "thank you" for all of the US military personnel who are serving around the world to keep us all safe.

#Excerpt: THE LADY RAVEN by Rebecca Henry

The Lady Raven: A Dark Cinderella Tale
Rebecca Henry
Publication date: December 5th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy

In The Lady Raven, Rebecca Henry tells the tale of Zezolla, a little princess abandoned by her father into the hands of her evil stepmother and wicked stepsisters.
A familiar fairy tale you may think but all is not as it appears. The reader is soon drawn into a web of witchcraft, lies and deceit, and gradually realises that this is no typical fairy tale but a dark and macabre take on one.
Zezolla is treated with the utmost cruelty, neglected and vilified, and left to live in the damp cellars of the castle. The only friends Zezolla has are her beloved raven and her pet wolf. Her only comfort lies in the loyalty of the creatures of the forest and her mother’s hazel tree. Will Zezolla have the power to escape her torment and ultimately save herself from the unscrupulous clutches of the king? The Lady Raven is a compelling tale and one that is not for the faint-hearted.

Baldric bent down, whispering into his wife’s ear. “I am going to drown you in the river, my love. I want you to hear my words and know that it is I who will kill you. Do not think that I do not know what you did.”
Before Avelina could protest, her face was plunged into the icy water. She tried pulling her head up, but Baldric was too strong. She began to buck her legs around like a mule, desperate to make contact with Baldric, anything to weaken his grip. Baldric climbed on top of her and pinned her body beneath his. “Die, Avelina.” he growled. Hands were flying all around him as he drowned his wife, the only woman he ever loved. Princess Avelina was a fighter and she determined to stay alive, but it was to no avail.
Baldric kept her head under the water well after her body stopped moving. Avelina’s betrayal caused Baldric’s love to turn to hate, just as water turns to ice in the frozen kiss of winter.
“Die, you lying witch. Die! You do not deserve the life you have. You do not deserve me. You have taken everything I’ve loved away and now I will take everything from you.” Baldric’s hands trembled with rage as he dismounted his wife’s limp body. Baldric arose, looking around the grounds to ensure that no witnesses could testify to his crime. Still, he would not suffer the consequence of murdering his wife. To seal his innocence, he gathered heavy rocks from the bank and shoved them in Avelina’s robes.
“They will think it a suicide and my hands will never be traced to her death.” He bent down to see her face one last time before kicking her corpse into the lake.
“I loved you mind, body, and soul. I would have loved you until my dying breath, but I will never think of you again. From this day forth, you no longer consume my heart. May you rest in hell, my love.” He watched her body sink; he was triumphant, sentencing her to the punishment that fitted the crime: death.
Before her body disappeared into the ultramarine water, he spat on her. One final act of defiance.

Author Bio:
Rebecca Henry is a newly published author. Her debut novel is The Lady Raven, A Dark Cinderella Tale, which was published in 2017. The Lady Raven, is for those who have an affinity for fairy tales retold with a link to witches, magic and the macabre.
Her second novel, Louisiana Latte, a chick lit comedy was released February 28th 2019. Louisiana Latte, is a feel good comedy that focuses on the bonds of sisters, and how audacious life can be when you have a diva for one! Both books are available on amazon as well as Barnes & Noble.
Rebecca Henry is a world traveler living abroad in England. Besides being an author of two published books, Rebecca is also a podcast talk host on the show The Latte Talk. The podcast was inspired by her latest novel, Louisiana Latte and her diva sister Deb. She is a serious vegan, gardener, crafter, wife and mom who practices yoga. She loves to laugh, her drug of choice and loves all things witchy with a hint of the macabre. Her favorite holiday is Halloween and her favorite movie of all time is Practical Magic.

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

FREE with Kindle Unlimited: LOVE BY DECEPTION by Debra Elizabeth


Isabel Knott learns the father she never knew has left her a sizeable dowry. The news comes with one restriction--she can never reveal his name. During her first Season, Isabel falls madly in love with Colby Tisbury, but she's afraid his father, Viscount Tisbury, will never accept her as his daughter-in-law because of her lack of connections.

Colby Tisbury must marry, and soon. If he doesn't find a bride before the end of the Season, his father will supply one. When Colby meets sassy Isabel Knott, everything changes--but can he go against his father's wishes and marry a girl utterly lacking in family and connections? 

Isabel is forced to make an impossible choice - reveal her secret identity and bring shame to her true father or lose Colby forever.

LOVE BY DECEPTION is a novel (~200 pages).
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“I’m glad to see the color back in your cheeks,” Isabel said as she helped Georgette pin her light brown hair in a stylish bun at the nape of her neck.
“I have you to thank for watching over me. Without your loving attention to my health, I fear this last fever might have taken me.”
“Mrs. Mullins helped sending up savory broth that tempted you to eat again.”
Georgette nodded. “I am very grateful for Mrs. Mullins and that she has stayed on in the household. I know my father’s behavior can be quite trying at times.”
Isabel put the brush down on the dressing table. “Your father is unlikely to change anytime soon, but you must have a care for your health as well. I cannot imagine my life without you.”
Georgette patted Isabel’s hand. “I know, dearest. I feel the same, but we mustn’t overlook the fact that my health has been frail since I was a child. You must be prepared if something were to happen to me.”
“Nonsense, nothing will happen to you. I won’t let it.”
Georgette smiled. “Of course you won’t. I have absolute faith in your nursing skills.”
Isabel offered Georgette her arm for support. “Come; let’s go downstairs for dinner. I dare say your father may be awake soon and will join us in the dining room this evening.”
“That will be nice. I haven’t seen him awake in more than a week. When I’m downstairs, he’s asleep and when he’s awake, I’m upstairs in my chamber. It makes me sad to see him stumble around so deep in his cups, but he wasn’t always like this. Do you remember when he told lively stories of his time living in London during dinner?”
Isabel nodded. “I remember, but I fear the Mr. Condiff of old will not make a reappearance anytime soon. I wish there was something more I could do for him.”
“Isabel, you mustn’t worry about Father. He has stopped listening to reason a long time ago. The only thing we can do now is enjoy the moments when he is lucid.”
The two young women made their way downstairs and into the dining room. Once Georgette was seated comfortably at the table, Isabel went into the parlor to see if Mr. Condiff was awake. She found him in his chair, but he was not sleeping. His skin had taken on a gray pallor and her worst nightmare had come true.
“Georgette! Come quickly,” she cried out.
When Georgette ran into the parlor, tears were streaming down Isabel’s face. “What’s the matter? Why did you cry out?”
Isabel looked at her beloved cousin. “I’m so very sorry. Your father is dead.”


Reviewers Comments:
"If you enjoy historical romance, or have ever dreamed of a Season in London, don't miss this lovely story."
"There is a shocker or two in store when it comes to Isabel. Twists in the story that I never saw coming. Another fun read and great follow-up to its predecessor"