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November 22, 1963...THE END OF CAMELOT


  November 22, 1963, a day that changed America forever. Who killed President Kennedy?   I've been a HUGE JFK assassination buff since that very day. Everyone who was alive on November 22, 1963 knew exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news. I was in my first grade classroom. The teacher got a call on the classroom phone and told us ‘the president was shot.’ A collective gasp went around the room. I was 6 years old and in first grade. It was ten years before I saw the footage of Ruby shooting Oswald, on an anniversary documentary.            But it was my grandmother who got me interested in the biggest mystery since 'who killed the princes in the Tower?' (I'm...
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Meet Gwendolyn Whisper Stone, Author of MALICE: THOMAS JEFFERSON'S CONSPIRACY TO DESTROY AARON BURR


I met Gwendolyn through the Aaron Burr Association, which I joined when researching my biographical novel of Burr's last wife Eliza Jumel. She's a true Renaissance woman.  About Gwendolyn Gwendolyn has been writing on law and politics for twenty years. She became an investigative reporter and legal commentator (sub nom Jennifer Van Bergen) for various online news outlets after 9/11 and has published two books prior to MALICE: THOMAS JEFFERSON'S CONSPIRACY TO DESTROY AARON BURR as well as several scholarly law journal pieces.  Her research on Burr's friend and protege, novelist Leonora Sansay uncovered and established that mysterious woman's true origins and biographical history for the first...
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Meet Award-Winning Romance Author Marie Lavender and Read About UPON YOUR RETURN, Book One of the Heiresses in Love Series


I've known Marie for several years, and am happy to host her again. Her latest release, UPON YOUR RETURN, will be on sale November 23, in which Marie brings excitement and passion to two coastal France towns in this captivating love story about a young heiress and a devilishly charming ship captain.  About Marie Multi-genre author of Victorian maritime romance/family saga, Heiresses in Love, and 20 other books. Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and two cats. She has been writing for a little over twenty-five years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published 21 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romanc...
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Meet Linda Nightingale, Author of Sci-Fi Romance LIFE FOR SALE, Book 2 of Tomorrow's Angels


About Linda After 14 years in Texas, Linda returned home to her roots in the South Carolina red clay. She has eight published novels, four of which are available in audio from Audible.com. For many years, she bred, trained, and showed the magnificent Andalusian horses. So, she’s seen a lot of this country from the windshield of a pickup truck pulling a horse trailer. Several  writing awards have come her way,  including the Georgia Romance Writers’ Magnolia Award for Excellence, the Raven Award, and the SARA Merritt. In real life, she was a legal assistant. She loves to dress up, use the good china and crystal, and host formal dinner parties. She has a fondness for sports cars like her curre...
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Meet My Guest, Best-Selling Author and Dear Friend Brian L. Porter in His Own Words


I've known Brian for many years. We collaborated on a historical romantic thriller, Sharing Hamilton, which became an Amazon international best seller. I've read many of his books, and recently finished Requiem for the Ripper, Book 3 in the trilogy that I devoured. You'll see my praise for Requiem in my review below. Here are Brian's own words about his journey and his best-selling books: JACK THE RIPPER AND MORE First of all, I’d like to thank Diana for inviting me to contribute this article to her blog. Diana has recently read and reviewed the third part of my recently republished fictional Jack the Ripper trilogy, Requiem for the Ripper. Diana loved the book, I’m pleased to say, having al...
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Meet Diane Bator and Read About “Drop Dead Cowboy,” Book 1 of the Sugarwood Mysteries, Just in Time for Halloween!


Every year I gather at least a dozen ghosty, spooky, creepy and paranormal books for October, and in between watching all the paranormal TV shows, I read them. Here's another, by my guest Diane Bator. About Diane Diane is the author of several mystery novels—and series. She’s a member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime Toronto, International Thriller Writers and the Writers Union of Canada. When she’s not writing, she works in a small, professional theatre which will one day be subjected to immortality in a whole new paranormal mystery series. A bout DROP DEAD COWBOY I wrote this book during NaNoWriMo 2019 where you push yourself to write 50,000 words in a month. I did it, and then...
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Salem, a Halloween Landmark--and if You're Fascinated With the Salem Witch Trials...


We all read Hawthorne's stories and books THE SCARLET LETTER and THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES in school, but did you learn what made the handsome brooding genius tick, and what haunted him? I’ve always been fascinated with Hawthorne’s dark stories, but never knew he wrote out of his own fears and demons until I began researching my story about him and his wife Sophia. This was a true love story. About FOR THE LOVE OF HAWTHORNE Salem, Massachusetts witnessed horrific and shameful events in 1692 that haunted the town for three centuries. Accused as witches, nineteen innocent people were hanged and one was pressed to death. Judge John Hathorne and Reverend Nicholas Noyes handed down the senten...
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Meet Jill G. Hall & Read About Her Trilogy of Novels About Strong Women Through History


Jill writes about women through ages, as do I--and the books in her trilogy are set almost exactly during my New York Saga: 1894, 1930s and 1960s. I am planning to purchase and read Jill's books, but meanwhile, meet her here and read about them: About Jill Jill is the award-winning author of a dual timeline trilogy about women searching for their place in the world connected by vintage finds. The Black Velvet Coat and The Silver Shoes are book club favorites.The third in the series, The Green Lace Corset, will be released October 13. Hall is an instructor at San Diego Writers, Ink as well as a seasoned presenter at readings, and community events. She loves visiting with book clubs and organi...
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Meet J.E. Rowney and Read About Her New Book I Can’t Sleep: The gripping psychological thriller that will keep you awake at night


  J.E.'s new title will be released tomorrow. Meet her and read about I CAN'T SLEEP.....       A gripping psychological thriller about a young woman losing her grip on reality in a world where she can’t even trust her own mind.     Editorial Review “A cracking thriller with a killer twist. Loved it.” – Stuart James (author of Apartment 6)   Advance Reader Reviews “I recommend for all lovers of the psychological thriller!—Alexandra Arnott – Goodreads Reviewer   “This book kept me on the edge of my seat. Is she imagining someone watching her or is someone really there and, if so, who?” – Rachel Axford – Goodreads Reviewer   “Wow I couldn't put it down. I thought I knew what was going to happen...
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My Halloween Story, Orb Photos, and a Favorite Salem Paranormal Romance Novel


DOWN SALEM WAY by Meredith Allard A Journey Back to the Horrific Salem Witch Hysteria I will read anything connected to the Salem Witch Trials and the hysteria that led up to 19 innocent victims’ hangings. DOWN SALEM WAY by my author friend Meredith Allard tells us the story in vivid detail through the eyes of John Wentworth and his beloved wife Elizabeth, a couple extremely devoted to each other and very much in love. They were acquainted with many of the victims, such as Bridget Bishop, Sarah Good and Rebecca Nurse, and witnessed the horror of their trials and executions. The 1692 atrocities were enabled by “Hanging” Judge Hathorne, (Nathaniel Hawthorne’s great-great-grandfather), Rev. Nic...
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Meet Kara O'Neal, Author of Western Romance THE SHERIFF'S GIFT, Book Two of Texas Brides of Pike's Run


My blog guest today is Kara O'Neal, who recently hosted me on her blog. Meet Kara and read about her Western romance THE SHERIFF'S GIFT. The Pike's Run series is Texas romance that will touch your heart and give you hope. About Kara Born and raised in Texas, the state had to be the setting for my first series. From the food to the fun, like floating the rivers, it is the fire in my blood that inspires me. My family and friends take center stage in my books. My sisters and best friends are my heroines, and my husband created my favorite hero. Love and family are the point of my stories, and I seek to entertain, relieve stress, and inspire people. Books can take one on a journey that one can r...
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Meet Mystery Author Paty Jager, Read About Her New Title and Puzzling out a Murder Mystery


Paty hosted me last week on her blog Ladies of Mystery featuring my historical mysteries. Now, to return the favor, she's my guest! Paty is an award-winning author of 46 novels, 8 novellas, and numerous anthologies of murder mystery and western romance. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Paty and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. Riding horses and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it. This is what Mysteries Etc says about her Shandra Higheagle mystery series: “Mystery, romance, small town, and Native American heritage combine to make a compelling read.” ...
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Meet Marlene Wagman-Geller, Author of Many Biographies of Strong Ladies Who Made a Difference


Marlene and I have something huge in common, she's been at it a long time, I recently started: we write about strong ladies throughout history. While my books are fiction, hers are biographies. I'm featuring WOMEN OF MEANS, FASCINATING BIOGRAPHIES OF ROYALS, HEIRESSES, ECCENTRICS, AND OTHER POOR LITTLE RICH GIRLS, which I am currently reading and enjoying.Meet MarleneMarlene is the author of several books, including Once Again to Zelda: The Stories Behind Literature's Most  Intriguing Dedications (Perigree/Penguin 2008), Eureka!: The Surprising Stories Behind the Ideas That Shaped the World (Perigree/Penguin 2010), and And the Rest Is History: The Famous (and Infamous) First Meetings of the ...
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Former VP Aaron Burr Married Eliza Jumel On This Day in 1833


On this day in 1833, former Vice President Aaron Burr, 78 and poor, showed up at Eliza Jumel's doorstep with a minister. Eliza, 58, New York City's richest woman, agreed to marry him. I so enjoyed researching and writing my biographical thriller ELIZA JUMEL BURR, VICE QUEEN OF THE UNITED STATES.A true rags-to-riches story: how “Bouncin’ Bet Bowen” George Washington’s daughter, became Eliza Jumel Burr, wife of Vice President Aaron Burr and New York City’s wealthiest woman While researching Hamilton, I became fascinated with his political nemesis Aaron Burr, which led to Aaron's last wife Eliza Bowen Jumel. Only a handful of biographies of her exist, so I learned as much as possible about her ...
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Meet Michael Fiorito and Read About CALL ME GUIDO, His Collection of Stories About Growing Up Italian in Queens, NY


About MikeI am currently an Associate Editor for Mad Swirl Magazine and a regular contributor to the Red Hook Star Revue.My writings have appeared in Narratively, Pif Magazine, Longshot Island, Beautiful Losers, The Honest Ulsterman, Chagrin River Review, The New Engagement and many other publications.  My short story collections, Hallucinating Huxley and Freud's Haberdashery Habit, were published by Alien Buddha Press.  Both are available on Amazon.    Published by Ovunque Siamo Press in 2019, my book CALL ME GUIDO explores three family generations as seen through the lens of the Italian American song tradition. In 2019, I was nominated for the Pushcart Prize by Ovuqnue Siamo Press. Let's C...
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Meet Diana Jackson and Read About MISSING Past and Present, A MYSTERY INSPIRED BY HISTORY


About DianaAfter six years in the wilderness, (wandering the Fife Coastal Path and finding her way back to writing, to be precise!) author Diana Jackson is about to launch the second novel in her Mystery Inspired by History series. A retired teacher of sixty one years, Diana Jackson has published five works since 2009. Her first, historical romantic fiction, Riduna, set in the Victorian era, was published by Pegasus Elliot Mc Kenzie in 2009 but was re-launched by Eventispress in 2012 - a writer’s indie collaborative publisher, through which all her other works have been published: 2012 Ancasta, Guide me Swiftly Home ~ Riduna’s sequel 2013 The Life and Demise of Norman Campbell ~ a memoir 201...
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Meet Narrator/Voice Actor/Storyteller Nina Price and How She Discovered Audio Books--Including Mine!


Nina has narrated several of my books, and is working on more, my romantic comedy time travel FOR LOVE AND LOYALTY with a variety of British accents (she's nailing the Yorkshire accent). Her voice is expressive and animated, and her accents include German, French, Australian, New York, Scottish, and several regional British accents. She has an impeccable sense of comedic timing and sarcasm. She really makes my characters come to life--the fictional ones I made up, and the historical figures who really lived!   Nina's Story: How I Came to Narrate the Audio Versions of Diana Rubino’s New York Saga Books I’m Nina Price and I thoroughly enjoyed reading and narrating all three of Diana Rubino’s N...
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Meet Alicia Dean and Read About PRECARIOUS: MARTINI CLUB 4 ~ THE 1940s


About AliciaAlicia began writing stories as a child. At age 10, she wrote her first ever romance (featuring a hero who looked just like Elvis Presley, and who shared the name of Elvis’ character in the movie, Tickle Me), and she still has the tattered, pencil-written copy. Alicia is from Moore, Oklahoma and now lives in Edmond. She has three grown children and a huge network of supportive friends and family. She writes mostly contemporary suspense and paranormal, but has also written in other genres, including a few vintage historicals.Other than reading and writing, her passions are Elvis Presley, MLB, NFL (she usually works in a mention of one or all three into her stories) and watching (a...
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Meet Sam Rawlins, Author of YOUNG LINCOLN OF NEW SALEM, in Celebration of Lincoln's 211th Birthday


I've been a huge Lincoln buff since childhood, and it was a joy to write my own novel about Booth's insane plot to assassinate him (A NECESSARY END). I read every Lincoln book--fiction and nonfiction--I can find. When I saw a post about Sam's book on one of my Facebook author groups, I snapped it up and read it immediately. After thoroughly enjoying it, I gave it a glowing review on Amazon (below).In Sam's Own WordsIn all my years of researching Lincoln’s life for my book, Young Lincoln of New Salem, I have found what he lost in life was worth saving in his memories. This was something he learned time and again throughout his life.In the many first hand accounts I have reviewed over several ...
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Meet Voice Actor/Narrator/Storyteller Nina Price--And How She Discovered Audio Books


Nina has narrated several of my books, and is working on more, my romantic comedy time travel FOR LOVE AND LOYALTY with a variety of British accents (she's nailing the Yorkshire accent). Her voice is expressive and animated, and her accents include German, French, Australian, New York, Scottish, and several regional British accents. She has an impeccable sense of comedic timing and sarcasm. She really makes my characters come to life--the fictional ones I made up, and the historical figures who really lived! Nina's Story:How I Came to Narrate the Audio Versions of Diana Rubino’s New York Saga BooksI’m Nina Price and I thoroughly enjoyed reading and narrating all three of Diana Rubino’s New Y...
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