October, Fall is In The Air

October has arrived and with it we in the south are enjoying some cooler weather. It also ushers in the holiday season. Do you know what makes a great gift? Books! I have always loved to give and receive books as a gift. My daughter would be very disappointed if she did not receive at least one book at Christmas, This is a tradition we have been doing for thirty years.

But back to October, some folks think pumpkin spice is the perfect thing for October. Not me, A cozy mystery or a paranormal romance fits the bill. Check out our daily guest post, as well as our review pages for some great reads.

And closing on a serious note, October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Please check out the post and books regarding this. There are some great books out there on the subject.

We Are Back………..

When I started this site in 2019 it was to showcase the oft ignored independent author. Some of the best books I have read have been self-published, small press, or vanity press products. When the pandemic set in, it put an end to the book launch, book signings, conferences, and workshops I so enjoy. Entering 2021, I like many others, had become somewhat isolated and lost interest in some things I had once been passionate about. I let the website go dormant.

Earlier this year I was approached by someone I had completed beta reading asking if I was still doing that. Soon after, I was approached by another former client about editing their newest book. Several other opportunities popped up and reminded me how much I enjoy working with authors. I decided to resurrect the website and start proving services once again to authors.

I also have been asked to take over the Georgia Independent Author of the Year awards by the founding partner. Information on this will be forthcoming as well as info on the Independent Author of the Year Awards that encompass the entire United States of America.

I hope you will join us as we head into 2023 with renewed enthusiasm .

Mary

Tamsen’s Hollow

Tamsen’s Hollow by Wendy Dalrymple Genre: Contemporary Romance

Tamsen Hayes vowed never to return to her hometown of Franklin, North Carolina. But then again, she never thought she would lose her job and end her relationship on the same day, either. Weary of the hustle and bustle of corporate work and city life and in need of a new place to live, Tamsen impulsively purchases a fixer-upper farm that she had always admired as a child. With a few coats of colorful paint, and the addition of a few adorable goats, her little farm in the holler starts to feel like home. What she didn’t bet on was that a handsome neighbor with a mysterious past would come with the territory. Despite their friendship and mutual attraction, Tamsen just can’t seem to shake the memories of her ex, and finds herself building a wall and running away before she gets hurt by anyone… especially the enigmatic Jake Turner. Tamsen soon learns that if she can’t move on, she might end up closing the door on something good and missing out on an unexpected love that, just maybe, was always meant to be. **Only .99 cents!!**Add to GoodreadsAmazon * B&N * Kobo * Scribd ***OR get it FREE when you subscribe here! ***https://wendydalrymple.com/newsletter/ https://www.youtube.com/embed/4kzWXtfyTHE

Wendy Dalrymple gleans inspiration for her Southern Gothic stories of romance, history and horror from the great Sunshine State. When she’s not writing stories about happily-ever-afters, otherworldly beaches or Florida folklore, you can find her camping with her family, painting (bad) wall art and trying to grow as many pineapples as possible. Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Bookbub * Amazon * Goodreads

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Phineas Varga and the Revenants of Windsor

Phineas Varga and the Revenants of Windsor by A.K. Rouse Genre: Dark Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal Romance, Historical Fiction  

“A brilliant and riveting vampire novel . . . showcases a complete mastery of this dark fantasy genre.”–Midwest Book Review In 1014 AD, Nieve, a young Irish woman, nurses wounded Fintan, a mysterious foreigner fighting for the Irish at the Battle of Clontarf. From this point on, their fates are intertwined as they attempt to navigate secrets, supernatural beings, a rival for Nieve’s affection . . . in addition to their own conflicted feelings for one another. Over five-hundred years later, in 1563, the Black Death descends on the kingdom of Queen Elizabeth I. She welcomes into her court at Windsor Castle, a man, Phineas Varga, who offers protection. However, the young queen soon finds that his strategy includes the use of gargoyles . . . for she and her kingdom are to be defended against something far worse than the plague. England and all mankind are at the mercy of the revenant should those most ancient and evil have their way. Phineas, too, has his secrets, secrets that shaped who he is and who he will become. In his quest to rid Europe of the foul revenant, he is joined by a young, eager apprentice, a gargoyle warrior, a female assassin of a strange guild, and others who seek to find the source of the revenant outbreak. It is only when mysteries are revealed, and tragedy occurs that the reader discovers why five-hundred years is but a short time for some. Today, the revenant is known by its most popular name . . . that of . . . vampire.     **Kindle countdown deal Oct 31st – Nov 7th!! **Goodreads * Amazon

  Though part of her childhood was spent in the West Midlands, A. K. Rouse now writes from the United States’ great Midwest. Memories of traipsing through beautiful English gardens, forests, and castles during these years provides the backdrop for her stories. Now, you will find her roaming the verdant fields of a music fest or walking the city streets with her husband, three children and two Irish terriers.   Website * Twitter * Instagram * Amazon * Goodreads

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Sorry Can’t Save You

Sorry Can’t Save You by Willow Rose Genre: Mystery, Suspense

From Multi-Million-Copy Bestselling author Willow Rose comes an outstanding stand alone Mystery that will keep you guessing till the end!What if you thought your husband was a murderer? The man you loved, the man who gave you two beautiful children and a perfect life. What if no one believed you? Laurie Davis is the mother of two children, struggling to keep her family together since her husband, Ryan, went to war and came back changed. His PTSD is evident. He wakes up at night, screaming in fear; he can’t stand loud noises or anyone sneaking up on him. He even gets aggressive toward Laurie and the children. It has gotten so bad that he can no longer stay under the same roof as his family. When a woman from his squadron is found murdered, Laurie discovers something that makes her suspect Ryan, her own husband. But what do you do when no one believes a decorated war hero could also be a murderer? What if you don’t want to believe it yourself? As more people from the squadron turn up dead, by apparent suicides, Laurie digs deeper into the case. She is risking her own life by putting it all on the line in a race against time to avoid becoming the killer’s next victim. Buy SORRY CAN’T SAVE YOU today and you’ll miss sleep, skip chores and have no time for family or friends.Goodreads * Amazon

Willow Rose is a multi-million-copy best-selling Author and an Amazon ALL-star Author of more than 80 novels. Several of her books have reached the top 10 of ALL books on Amazon in the US, UK, and Canada. She has sold more than six million books all over the world. She writes Mystery, Thriller, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense, Horror, Supernatural thrillers, and Fantasy. Willow’s books are fast-paced, nail-biting pageturners with twists you won’t see coming. That’s why her fans call her The Queen of Plot-Twists. Willow lives on Florida’s Space Coast with her husband and two daughters. When she is not writing or reading, you will find her surfing and watching the dolphins play in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Website* Facebook* Twitter * Bookbub* Amazon* Goodreads

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Daddy’s Home

Daddy’s Home A Holly Jennings Thriller Book 1 by A.K. Alexander Genre: Thriller, Murder Mystery

A KILLER STALKS HIS PREY… A calculating and deadly killer is in search for what he terms as his perfect family. Preying upon single mothers and their innocent children, the police have dubbed him “The Family Man.” HE WATCHES THEM…HE TAKES THEM… He plays out his role as the perfect father. When things don’t go so perfect in his insane fantasy world, the family man kills. HOLLY JENNINGS IS ON THE CASE… Crime Scene Investigator Holly Jennings of the San Diego Police Department is determined to track him down and see that justice is served. With Holly being a single mother herself, this man’s crimes are deeply personal to her, and turn more so when a friend and her daughter become the latest victims of “The Family Man.” Along with tracking an evil killer, Holly is dealing with her own internal demons. She is raising her daughter Chloe alone after the death of her husband–a death she feels guilty for. To complicate her life further, Holly is doing her best to avoid possibly falling in love again with charming veterinarian Brendan O’Neil. As Holly delves deeper into solving the murders, she finds herself being sucked into a game of cat and mouse by “The Family Man,” that may lead her down a dark path too horrible to bear. One that may cost her gravely-her family, her new found love, and even her life. ** Only .99 cents!!**Goodreads * Amazon

A.K. Alexander is the international bestselling author of Daddy’s Home, “Mommy, May I?, The Cartel, and The Michaela Bancroft Suspense Series. When she isn’t writing thrillers, she is writing mysteries and young adult novels under her real name Michele Scott. The author resides in San Diego, Ca with her family and large crew of animals. Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Bookbub * Amazon * Goodreads

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Willow’s Way

Willow’s Way by Cheryl Headford Genre: YA Fantasy, LGBTQ

Cale always told Tay that fairy tales were dark. But they always have happy endings, right? Taylor Preston is a normal sixteen-year-old whose biggest worries are his GCSE exams. He’s right in the middle of them, but he has a summer of fun with his parents to look forward to after. Or not. Despite their promise to spend the summer focusing on their one and only son, Tay’s parents, Local Authority specialist foster carers, take on one more special case. Willow’s arrival throws more than Tay’s summer into chaos. Suddenly, his best friend is possessed by a demon, his parents aren’t his parents after all, and he’s literally living a nightmare in a fairy tale world that as dark as anything Cale ever warned him about. All he has is Willow and a burning desire to save his friend before he succumbs to the demon and Willow kills him. Add to GoodreadsAmazon * Devine Destinies

Cheryl was born into a poor mining family in the South Wales Valleys. Until she was 16, the toilet was at the bottom of the garden and the bath hung on the wall. Her refrigerator was a stone slab in the pantry and there was a black lead fireplace in the kitchen. They look lovely in a museum but aren’t so much fun to clean. Cheryl has always been a storyteller. As a child, she’d make up stories for her nieces, nephews and cousin and they’d explore the imaginary worlds she created, in play. Later in life, Cheryl became the storyteller for a re enactment group who travelled widely, giving a taste of life in the Iron Age. As well as having an opportunity to run around hitting people with a sword, she had an opportunity to tell stories of all kinds, sometimes of her own making, to all kinds of people. The criticism was sometimes harsh, especially from the children, but the reward enormous. It was here she began to appreciate the power of stories and the primal need to hear them. In ancient times, the wandering bard was the only source of news, and the storyteller the heart of the village, keeping the lore and the magic alive. Although much of the magic has been lost, the stories still provide a link to the part of us that still wants to believe that it’s still there, somewhere. In present times, Cheryl lives in a terraced house in the valleys with her son, dog, bearded dragon and three cats. Her daughter has deserted her for the big city, but they’re still close. She’s never been happier since she was made redundant and is able to devote herself entirely to her twin loves of writing and art, with a healthy smattering of magic and mayhem Website * Blog * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram

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31 Cents to 43 Countries

31 Cents to 43 Countries: Hardcore Tips to Increasing Profits by Dina Preston-Ortiz with Don Ortiz Genre: Non-fiction Financial

31¢ to 43 Countries: Hardcore Tips to Increasing Profits gives managers, entrepreneurial thinkers, and executives a practical guide on how to optimize resources, capitalize on the unknown while finding a work-life balance to increase profits nationally and internationally. The reality is that most businesses fail or struggle because of poor resource management, business planning, and the inability to adequately lead problem-solving. By overlooking these building blocks, many potentially successful businesses leave money on the table. 31¢ to 43 Countries: Hardcore Tips to Increasing Profits provides tips and tricks to increasing an organization’s bottom-line. Dina Preston-Ortiz and husband, Don Ortiz shares their unique anecdotes for increasing profits through sheer guts and grit, by being purposeful, adapting and finding innovative solutions in dynamic environments of constant change. Learn how to manage talent, find excellence, adapt in difficult and controversial situations, do more with less, while keeping clients coming back for more. You’ll discover tools for:Making good decisions in atmospheres of uncertainty• Successfully leading in virtual environments • Creating competitive advantages that can’t be copied• Leveraging talent and relationships to optimize resources• Finding the right work and life balance Dina and Don reveal their own personal stories to help you create a unique niche in your own industry market. With proven strategies, their simple 3-section the framework lays out information to help increase profits. Goodreads * Amazon https://www.youtube.com/embed/tXhmj35gtww

Dina and Don have performed in 43 countries through their company, DEO Entertainment Group. Their practical experience includes speaking, teaching and working with corporations, entrepreneurs and small business owners in multicultural virtual leadership and team development, sales, marketing, management, and business development while managing tours and performances for the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. State Department, and Fortune 500 companies. Their global award-winning Dina Preston Band has performed over 26 international tours representing the United States as “Ambassadors of Goodwill” as coined by former Hollywood Mayor Johnny Grant. International performances include entertaining in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, South Pacific, Caribbean, Central America, Caucasus Region, Russian Federation and Africa for presidents, foreign dignitaries, and ambassadors. The Dina Preston Band has decades of experience performing for “A- List” Fortune 500 companies. They elevate each event by featuring a distinct music performance with audience engagement and world-class fun! They have received numerous recognitions and awards, including:

  • Various Department of Defense Certificate of Esteem for Desert Storm and Bosnia
  • The United Nations Protection Force & US Task Force Provide Promise
  • Distinguished Service Certificate in support of the United Nations Protection Force
  • Peacekeeping Operations in the Republic of Croatia
  • Arizona State University W.P. Carey Spirit of Enterprise Nominee, 2009

Dr. Dina is the recipient of the AACC Dale P. Parnell Faculty Distinction, The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award, and MCCCD Diversity Advisory Council Excellence Award. Don is an AZ MPI Member of the Year recipient, recognized by Ken Bennett, Arizona Secretary of State. Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * LinkedIn * Amazon

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A Shore Thing Series

Flirting With Fire A Shore Thing Series Book 3 by Grace Kilian Delaney Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance

A stuntman with a love for fire. A yoga teacher in search of zen. A holiday season neither will forget. Stunt performer and self-declared badass, Tate Astbury returns to his hometown to spend another dreaded Thanksgiving with his dad. But his father forgets and makes other plans, resigning Tate to a quiet and depressing holiday alone unless he can find someplace else to celebrate. When Tate’s mischievous friend learns about the unfortunate twist, he dares Tate to enter a radio contest to become a fake boyfriend for a desperate caller’s holiday dinner, and Tate never turns down a dare. Endre Michel is a mess. His yoga business is on the cusp of ruin, and his moms are visiting from out of state for the holiday, intent on meeting his boyfriend, a person Endre invented. Through the contest, he meets Tate, a crude, tattooed older man who plays the role of doting boyfriend so well, Endre suspects and hopes it’s not all for show. Neither man can deny the unintended connection, and they struggle to overcome the distance between Tate’s put-together Hollywood career and the chaos surrounding Endre’s unsteady future—a situation that intensifies when an unthinkable tragedy uncovers a dark and painful truth. Will Tate and Endre’s future together perish in flames, or can their love rise from the ashes? Flirting with Fire is a standalone holiday romance with several cups of angst, questionable jokes, a bird with a wicked sense of humor, a bed with loud, squeaky springs, and an HFN/HEA ending. CW: suicide, substance abuse disorder, grief, mental illness **All books can be read as a stand alone**Goodreads * Amazon

Dancing With A Star A Shore Thing Series Book 2

You had my heart as a boy, and whether you realized it or not, you’ve kept it all these years. Androgynous fashion model Quinn Bouchard knew this day was coming. Hours before one of the most important photo shoots of his career, his wife asks for a divorce—a divorce they had agreed upon before exchanging vows—causing upheaval in his otherwise happy queerplatonic relationship. As if the day wasn’t hard enough, Quinn learns Xander Engstrom, his childhood best friend now a movie star, is part of the photo shoot, and their reunion awakens something Quinn hasn’t felt in years, leaving him sure of only one thing: he needs Xander back in his life. Movie star Xander Engstrom has regrets, and the epic fight spread across the tabloids between him and his ex-boyfriend—an addict that won’t leave him alone—is the biggest. To control the damage, Xander agrees to an interview and photo shoot with a well-respected publication where he meets Quinn, the first boy he had a crush on. Xander’s pathetic, romantic heart falls all over again for his long-lost friend. The only problem is the type of relationship he’s thinking of isn’t possible with the stunning model. Living on opposite coasts and worlds apart, they navigate through months of coordinating schedules, the whims of a finicky film company, and nights in hotel rooms to spend time with each other until secrets force them to choose between a future together or letting their pasts tear them apart. This friends-to-lovers, slow-burn romance contains implied sexual abuse, one photogenic gargoyle, and discussions about cannibalism. Can be read as a stand-alone book as Quinn’s story starts before Julien’s in Living on a Dare (Book One) and ends a year later. **All books can be read as a stand alone** Goodreads * Amazon

Living On a Dare A Shore Thing Series Book 1

Stuntman Draven O’Connor never turns down a dare—even if it means getting down on one knee to propose to his former college roommate and friend. The same man he’s been crushing on since the first day they met. The same man that has grown distant over the past year. And the same man who just agreed to be his fiancé. Julien Bouchard is tired of living a lie. He spent the past year exploring his sexuality in secret, enduring countless dates with women to appease his mother, and dodging his best friend, Draven, who knows everything there is to know about him, except the one thing that could change their friendship. Ready to face his friend, he meets him at a bar and is greeted by an unexpected marriage proposal. The dare isn’t surprising; it’s the scorching hot kiss that sends Julien’s head and heart in a tailspin—and gives him an idea for the perfect plan. But his plan hits a bump when news of their fake engagement spreads to their families as fast as a wildfire, forcing them to confront their true feelings about each other and hope they don’t get burned. **All books can be read as a stand alone**Goodreads * Amazon

Author, musician, and human slave to the dog and cat that rule her house, Grace Kilian Delaney enjoys giving her characters a dark sense of humor and a happily ever after. Website * Facebook * FB Group * Twitter * Instagram * Bookbub * Amazon * Goodreads

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Now I See You

Now I See You Mountain Resort Mystery Series Book 1 by Shannon Work Genre: Mystery

Two murders. A terrified mountain resort. Can a daring reporter help stop an avalanche of dead bodies? Celebrity TV anchor Georgia Glass wants out of Denver and far away from her obsessed fan. Set to host her own investigative crime show in LA, she’s surprised to inherit a Victorian house in Aspen from a mysterious uncle she never knew. But while exploring the gothic property, she discovers the frozen corpse of a missing heiress. Georgia’s journalist instincts kick in and she is determined to help police track down the killer. But by investigating the murder, has she made herself the killer’s next target? Can Georgia help solve the case before she becomes the next victim? Or will the stalker that followed her to Aspen get her first? Now I See You is a fast-paced whodunit set amidst the spectacular scenery of Aspen, Colorado, and the first book in the suspenseful Mountain Resort Mystery series. Goodreads * Amazon

Shannon Work grew up in Del Rio, a border town in the dusty wilds of West Texas. When she graduated from high school, she moved east to College Station and graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a master’s degree in Land Economics and Real Estate. Most of her working life has been spent developing real estate, earning a national Best in America Living Award for one of her developments. After two failed starts at writing a novel while raising three kids and working, she retired to pursue her dream of writing mystery novels full time. Shannon and her husband are recent empty nesters and split their time between Houston, Texas and Telluride, Colorado. Always with their laptops and dogs in tow. Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Bookbub * Amazon * Goodreads

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Clans Isken & Utbek

Lyla Immortal Vows: Clans Isken and Utbek Book 1 by Katherine Prince Genre: Time Travel Historical Romance

If they are to have a future together, they must return to the past… A not-so-ordinary woman… Lyla has the nearly-perfect life in England, but deep within, she struggles with her identity. Sometimes, she feels as if she doesn’t belong in the society around her. An orphan, raised by her aunt, Lyla has no pictures or memories of her parents except the beautiful sapphire necklace she’s worn all her life. Then shortly after her aunt’s mysterious death, unexplainable climate catastrophes begin occurring, coinciding with the nightmares that have begun tormenting her. Are the answers to be found in her aunt’s secret diaries? And who is the strange man who seems to be following her? Shadows of the past… Watcher. Protector. The Shadow Man understands his duty to his tribe. Find the girl, retrieve the stone, and return to his own time eight hundred years into the past to save his people. And Lyla certainly bears watching. The alabaster-skinned beauty has no idea of the danger she’s in. No idea of the supernatural and magical powers she possesses. How can he protect her when his duty is to persuade her to step through a portal into a past she doesn’t remember, to fulfil a destiny that may end her life? How can he do that to someone who has captured his heart? Two worlds, one chance… Now Lyla is being hunted by enemies she doesn’t even know she has. The only chance they have for a future is to escape into the past. Can Lyla and the Shadow Man learn to trust one another with their lives, and their hearts? **Get it FREE!! **Add to GoodreadsAmazon * Books2Read

Ricolda Immortal Vows: Clans Isken and Utbek Book 2

The invisible superstar… When Rhea Adams sings, the whole world stops to listen. A deeply private person, who prefers solitude to stardom, Rhea slips in and out of the spotlight, singing, then disappearing. Growing up, her difference had attracted bullies. On stage, the unique power of her voice attracts screaming audiences. But her voice has also attracted another kind of attention. Trapped for centuries in an abyss of darkness, the ruthless queen of the Isken tribe, Ricolda, has been unable to return to her own time in the 13th century. But through a glowing blue orb, she can watch Rhea. Is the beautiful singer Ricolda’s ticket to her own time, to her army of giants, and her quest to rule all of Scotland? A simpler time… There’s magic—true magic—in Rhea’s voice. It’s the key that unlocks Ricolda’s prison, freeing her to once again pursue her evil plans. When Ricolda appears to Rhea, then steps through a mystical portal, Rhea is compelled to follow her, into the past, into a place where there are no screaming fans, a place where Rhea might find the peace she craves. But nothing could prepare Rhea for Dahniell, a man who enraptures Rhea at first sight. And Dahniell is equally entranced by her. But can Dahniell and his village trust this beautiful stranger who consorts with the likes of the dark magician, Ricolda? No time for love… Ricolda believes love is for the weak, and she is not weak. She plans to be immortal. To conquer the world. That having power is greater than having love. Can the beauty of Rhea’s singing, the power of its magic, transform evil? Can Ricolda in fact be the saviour of the village, or will the past and future collide, condemning them all to eternal darkness? **Only .99 cents until Oct 26th! **Goodreads * Amazon

Edinburgh born and bred Katherine Prince is the author of steamy Scottish Historical Sci-Fi romance with dashes of the fantastical. Passionate about Scottish folklore, storytelling, culture and history, Ms. Prince is also inspired by the amazing festivals, writers, events, castles and places in her homeland of Scotland. Writing from her converted loft with views of the city, her studies of Archaeology and Scottish literature contribute to her books’ immersive sense of place and authenticity. She loves stories with sweet characters and ultimately happy endings, but not until they’ve had a bit of adversity and challenges! In the morning, Ms. Prince may be slightly incoherent until her first cup of Artisanal coffee or tea has rejuvenated her. It may or may not be accompanied by another of her loves, traditional South American chocolate. When she’s not writing, her beautiful spunky son and little diva of a cat keep her busy and entertained, along with games of noughts and crosses, and a quirky and delightfully unexpected taste in music and films! Ms. Prince enjoys hearing from readers and looks forward to connecting with them on any of her social media sites: Facebook * Twitter * Bookbub * Amazon * Goodreads

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