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Another Sneak Peek…


Last Friday, I shared the first part of the prologue of Too Many Women in the Room. You can read it here. Here’s Part 2 of the Prologue: He forced himself to slow down and hoped she would catch up, maybe even overtake him. Before making a move, he wanted to get a lay of the land. No point putting on the moves if she didn’t measure up. Though lately, he’d been less discerning. Twenty years ago—heck even ten years ago—women in their twenties and thirties returned his winks and smiles, often boldly and with no qualms about what followed. But turning fifty-five had brought those encounters to a virtual standstill, and he had tired of the chase. Was this a harbinger of what old age would look lik...
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Inspiration…Blowing in the Wind


Pink tutus and pointe shoes. Walls of mirrors and hours of practice. The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. These are the images that come to mind whenever we think of little girls and their ballerina dreams.   A world away and a world apart from Mabinty Bangura. Born in Sierra Leone during the Civil War, Mabinty was orphaned at three years of age after her father was shot by rebels and her mother starved to death. Suffering from vitiligo, a skin condition that produced white freckles on her neck and chest, she was called a “devil’s child” by the other girls and women at the orphanage. Known as Number 27, Mabinty ranked at the very bottom of the orphanage’s ranking system. Her only companion was...
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Taking a Sneak Peek…


It’s official! The Wild Rose Press will release Too Many Women in the Room on Friday, May 19, 2017. Today, and for the next two Fridays, I will share sneak peeks of the Prologue. While the rest of the novel is written in the POV of the protagonist (Gilda Greco), the Prologue is written in the victim’s POV. Here’s Part I of the Prologue: He couldn’t believe he was following his wife’s advice. After twelve years of paying lip service to deep yoga breaths, mindfulness, and all the other New Age crap she espoused, he had finally found a use for it. His midnight run usually sorted out all the stress, but tonight was different. He still couldn’t shake the venom that had been directed his way. To m...
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Life Lessons from Noah’s Ark


While writing this post, I’m enjoying a cup of my favorite tea–Flora Echinacea Elderberry with Cranberry and Rooibos–and smiling contentedly as I contemplate not going out in the rain. When it rains several days in a row, I prefer to stay warm and dry indoors. The cool, wet weather motivates me to plan and work ahead. These past two days, I’ve filed and decluttered, cleaned my condo, written several posts and reviews, and worked on the launch of my upcoming cozy, Too Many Women in the Room. But improved work habits aren’t the only benefits to be gained from rainy days or the anticipation of rainy days. Here are 9 life lessons from Noah’s Ark: 1. Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built ...
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Available for Pre-Order: Too Many Women in the Room


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Irish Blessings

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May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rains fall soft upon your fields and, Until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand. ___________________________________________________________ May you have: A world of wishes at your command. God and his angels close to hand. Friends and family their love impart, and Irish blessings in your heart! ___________________________________________________________ May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been the foresight to know where you’re going and the insight to know when you’re going too far. ___________________________________________________________ May God...
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Spotlight on Between Venus and Mars

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I’m happy to feature S.C. Mitchell’s new release. Tag Line An intergalactic adventure filled with laughs, love, and adventure. Blurb An ancient legend spanning eras, continents, and worlds. To some, it’s nothing more than a dream. To others, a pretty fairy tale handed down through the generations. For those in critical need of their own happy ending, a gift. Once Upon a Galaxy . . . Zana Starchild is on a mission to restore her tribe’s livestock and save herself from one more meal of kelp. Sure, it’s technically illegal to visit Old Earth, but to a rim rat like Zana, galactic laws are really just guidelines. Her wrecked starship just means she’ll need to use her backup plan to get off the ab...
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Email Power!

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Can you compose efficient and effective emails? When I heard this question, my first impulse was to say, “Yes, of course.” But glancing through my in-box, I realized I wasn’t that efficient or effective. While I don’t ramble or use ambiguous language, I could improve the tone of my emails. In her book, Playing Big, Tara Mohr devotes an entire chapter to “Communicating with Power.” She stresses the importance of identifying those “little things” that “walk the fine line of saying something without coming on too strong, but in fact they convey tentativeness, self-doubt, or worse, self-deprecation.” Continue reading on the Sisterhood of Suspense blog. Original link
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Happy International Women’s Day!


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Cover and Trailer Reveal: Too Many Women in the Room

I’m thrilled to share this cover and trailer with all of you!

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Spotlight on D.R. Grady

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I’m happy to welcome multi-published author D.R. Grady. Today, she shares her writing journey and books. Here’s D.R. Grady! I knew I wanted to be a writer from the moment we learned about words and placing them together to form a sentence. Those sentences then became a paragraph, and multiple paragraphs formed a story. The magic of writing dawned on me then, and the glow hasn’t left since.Writing for me is more about me being nosy than anything. I want to know what happens to the characters, so I sit down and start typing. Eventually, I end up with a story. The only downside to this is that writing is a solitary process. And what did I do with these finished books? I came into possession of ...
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Visiting N. N. Light’s Blog

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I’m enjoying a virtual coffee with Mrs. N and chatting about A Season for Killing Blondes. Drop by her blog and visit for a while. If you leave a comment, you could win a free eBook. Original link
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More Blessed

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If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the millions who will not survive the week. If you have never experienced the dangers of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 500 million people around the world. If you attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death, you are more blessed than almost 3 billion people in the world. If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish some place, yo...
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Open Windows

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I’m happy to welcome author Liese Sherwood-Fabre. Today, Liese shares her writing adventures and books. Here’s Liese! My excursion into fiction writing began a little more than twenty years ago. While living in Mexico and after reading several issues of Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine, I thought, “I can do that,” and labored for several weeks to produce a 20-page short story quickly rejected by the publication. Regardless, I learned two things from that experience: it was possible for me to complete a story, and that I needed to learn more about how to write if I were to ever be published (not so easy when living abroad and before the Internet came into its current form). Shortly aft...
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A Second Act? At least.

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Welcome to my Second Acts Series! Today, we have Soul Mate author Caroline Warfield chatting about her multi-act life and her latest release, The Renegade Wife. Here’s Caroline! By my reckoning, I am well into my fourth act, but I suspect a better analogy, is perhaps the bard’s Seven Ages of Man (As You Like It, Act II Scene 7) They prove to be as true for women as they are for men and as true now as they were in the sixteenth century. As Infant, I was an adored only child. As Schoolgirl, I was moved from place to place, doing what in an earlier age would have been called following the drum. I was an army brat, perpetually the new kid on the block. I found my refuge in books and in the tree ...
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Spotlight on Perfectly Together

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I’m happy to feature Linda O’Connor’s new release. I’m very excited to release Book 6 in the Perfectly series, Perfectly Together. I wrote Perfectly Together as the final book in the series. But I also said that after the third book, haha, so we’ll see if it sticks. Genre: Contemporary romantic comedy Blurb Newly graduated naturopathic doctor Jayden Locke has a dream – start a practice in small-town Emerson and never move again. She’s found the perfect office building to buy. It passes an inspection, design plans are drawn up, and the bank okays the loan. Only one problem. Dr. Cole Cameron scoops it before she has a chance to submit an offer. What? It’s a good investment. Cole isn’t interest...
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From Chanticleer Book Reviews

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Received a lovely review of A Season for Killing Blondes from Chanticleer Book Reviews. Molte grazie! Original link
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Fun Friday

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Movie Review: Queen of Katwe


When I first heard of this movie, I assumed it would receive several Oscar nominations. That buzz was apparent at the Toronto International Film Festival this past fall. Unfortunately, the Academy chose to bypass the movie. Disappointing but not discouraging enough to prevent millions of people worldwide from seeing the movie on the big screen and now on DVD. Set in Africa, the movie has an entirely black-speaking cast and focuses on a five-year period in the life of Phiona Mutesi (brilliantly played by Madina Nalwanga), an illiterate Ugandan girl living a hardscrabble life in a Kampala slum. The trajectory of Phiona’s life changes when she walks into a small classroom, enticed by an offer o...
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