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Why Easter's Date Moves Around, + a #Giveaway! #Easter


I've had a busy spring, and I'm looking forward to seeing friends and family over our son's school vacation and Easter Weekend.  Plus, my college son will be home for Easter--yay!  My nephew's birthday lines up with Easter this year, so we'll celebrate that as well.  This is the first time this has happened in his life, so I'm reposting my blog on Why Easter's Date Changes (and how we find it!)...and I have a Spring gift for anyone who enjoys reading Romantic Suspense...and offer for 19 FREE books to fill your e-reader!  With my usual disclaimer about being a novelist and not a historian, here's what I've discovered:  According to documents from the 3rd and 4th centuries, Christians relied o...
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The Haunting of Hillwood Farm in #CapeCod News! #paranormal #Books #Mashpee #Barnstable #amreading


My latest release received a wonderful write-up in our local papers, and I'm posting the online version here...the reporter enjoyed this ghost story + romance and asked some great interview questions.  I'm thrilled my 6th novel has been named Best Romantic Suspense on one review site, among The Top 40 Paranormal Romances at another site, and is nominated for a prestigious RONE Award at InD'Tale.  This story was challenging to write, for many reasons, so I'm glad readers are finding it entertaining.  The Haunting of Hillwood Farm is available on Kindle, in paperback, and soon as an audiobook.  If you enjoy spooky hauntings and romantic suspense, I hope you'll give it a read (or a listen)! "Ha...
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19 #FREE Romantic Suspense #Books! #amreading #Romance #Suspense #Giveaway


One fateful night tore them apart...willthey get a second chance before akiller strikes?  Steamy second chanceromance filled with secrets & suspense...Want to read my steamy second-chance romantic suspense Dangerous Currents for free?  How about 18 other full length novels and 3 special excerpts, all by different authors?  The Sizzling Spring Romantic Suspense Giveaway is underway, so you're in luck!  Check out the 22 offering on our event page, and download the titles that spark your interest!  It's completely free...this is a newsletter builder, so you sign up for the author's newsletter to get your free copy, but you are able to unsubscribe at any time from any of the newsletters.  I hope...
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Love #Books + #Giveaways? Play the Spring Scavenger Hunt! #giftcards #FridayReads #amreading


Join the Hunt!  Discover new authors,win prizes...and be sure to tell a friend!Spring is the sweetest time of year!  Join the Hunt and enter to win sweet prizes...including a See's Candy Gift Basket of treats valued over $100, two $15 Amazon gift cards, and 30 additional prizes offered by the authors along the way...mine's a $10 Amazon gift card.  Playing the game is easy and fun, and all you need to do is visit each author's FaceBook page to find their hidden image.This event begins TODAY, April 5th, and runs through April 8th, so hurry!  Just visit the event home page to get started.  Please consider "Liking" the Author Pages as you search for images, and don't forget to check out the 30 b...
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A Stranger in Alcott Manor ~ #Gothic #Romance #Ghosts #Books


I have another chance to feature one of my author friends today on my blog, and I'm very excited to showcase Alyssa Richard's third book in The Haunting of Alcott Manor series.  Ghost mysteries, Gothic settings, and romance are a few of my favorite things--most of my own books combine those elements--so this is a great trilogy to highlight here!  Please check out the blurb for A Stranger in Alcott Manor below:From USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR, ALYSSA RICHARDS, an addictive, Gothic romance filled with mysteries, ghosts and passion… She thought she had escaped her past. But her haunted homecoming could resurrect an old flame and buried secrets… Peyton Alcott thought she put the past behind her...
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Sweet v. Steamy #Romance #Giveaway! #Books #amreading #FridayReads


A few of my favorite quotes on Haunted Souls from review sites!Romance readers, do you prefer sweet, steamy, or both?  We've got a giveaway with titles across the spectrum!  Up for grabs are two Grand Prize Baskets of e-books of all the titles - over 15 stories!  Plus, over 15 additional winners will win randomly selected individual titles, and there are some bonus paperbacks in the drawing as well (including a signed print copy of Haunted Souls, my steamy romance + ghost mystery).  Entering will also allow you to access the Book Fair, with links to 99c and free books!Personally, I'll read both sweet and steamy - for me, it's all about the story.  I write both, as well.  Three of my novels, ...
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Literacy Night in Dennis-Yarmouth! #CapeCod #Author Event #Books #Barnstable


Forbidden First Love and SupernaturalSecrets in DIVINE FALLI'm excited to be a part of the upcoming celebration of reading at the Dennis-Yarmouth High School this weekend!  Discover New Worlds at the Library will take place on Friday evening, March 29th, from 5 - 7 pm.  This is a free event open to all ages and communities, and the theme of the night is Sci-Fi and Outer Space (costumes optional!).I will be part of the Author Panel, answering questions and signing books.  While my books aren't considered Science Fiction, I do home my stories take readers to new worlds...including some supernatural worlds, as most of my novels have paranormal elements.  Since this is a school-sponsored event, ...
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I'm on the List! Top 40 #Paranormal #Romance #Books! #FridayReads #amreading #PNR


The Haunting of Hillwood Farm has had an exciting few months since its release!  This title is my latest romantic suspense/ghost mystery, and it first released in November as part of a Romantic Thrillers Box Set (Love Under Fire), and the set hit the USA TODAY Bestseller list at #44!  My story was then reviewed at N.N. Light's Book Heaven, and it ended up winning Best Romantic Suspense of 2018 on their site.  Since the box set was a limited edition, this title was re-released as a stand-alone a few months ago, in January.  Because it's part of the Kindle Unlimited Program, it was free on Kindle for a few days in early March, and it hit #1 in three categories on Amazon!I managed to screen cap...
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The History of St. Patricks Day ~ #StPatricksDay #StPatricksDay2019


Look at this adorable cup of clover my girlfriend gaveme for St. Patrick's Day!  So cute.Happy St. Patrick's Day!  These past few years, St. Patrick's Day has taken on a little more meaning for me, after I got my DNA results back and discovered I have a lot more Irish blood in me than I thought!  I did know I had a Sullivan on my father's side of the family a few generations back, but the results say I'm 61% British and Irish.  I've always enjoyed taking part in the holiday fun--wearing green, drinking beer, and serving a traditional Irish meal. You'll notice I said "serving", not "cooking"...cooking is not one of my strengths; however, writing is.  So rather than offering a recipe, I'm dedi...
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The Haunting of Hillwood Farm hit #1! #Ghosts #Paranormal #Romance #Kindle #books


#1 in Paranormal Ghost Romance and Psychic Romance,and The Haunting of Hillwood Farm also hit #1 in thatthird category Paranormal Suspense that weekend!A big thank you to everyone who took advantage of the Kindle Free Days for my latest release, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm!  The amount of downloads drove the title to #1 in two categories on Amazon in the free store, and with so many books out there, that's a big deal, even in the Free Store!  I hope everyone grabbed a copy enjoys the story...and if you missed the free days, no worries--there will be another opportunity in the next few months.  And next month, Dangerous Currents will be available for free (along with about 40 other Romantic...
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#FridayReads Feature ~ Missing Out on Life #RomanticSuspense #Romance #Books


I'm pleased to be featuring one of my author friends, Valerie J. Clarizio, on my blog today...we were part of the USA TODAY Bestselling Romantic Suspense Thrillers Box Set Love Under Fire, and I'm highlighting her steamy Romantic Suspense novel Missing Out on Life today.  Check out the blurb and links if you're looking for a great new read!Jaded by the Past. Closed to a Future. Shocked by Unveiled Secrets. They Were Meant to be Together Meredith Wellington receives a call that her sister has been murdered. Her two young nieces land on her doorstep. An instant family is the last thing she needs as she reaches for the top rung of the corporate ladder. An Unexpected Visitor from His Past Shakes...
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The Haunting of Hillwood Farm is #FREE on #Kindle! #FridayReads #Books #amreading #paranormal


The Haunting of Hillwood Farm originallyreleased Nov. 2018 in Love Under Fire,a USA TODAY Bestselling box set ofRomantic Suspense ThrillersMy latest release, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm, is free on Kindle for a limited time!  You can download your free copy from Friday, March 1 through Sunday, March 3...then enjoy this ghost mystery + romance named Best Romantic Suspense of 2018 out of hundreds of books read over the past year at N.N. Light's Book Heaven Reviews.Blurb, link, and a few review quotes below!  If you give it a read, I hope you enjoy Callie and Luke's story.  All my other titles combine romance and suspense as well...some steamier than others, some spookier than others, most wi...
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Touring Historic Mt. Washington Hotel #NH Mount Washington Resort #travel


Unfortunately, the fog completely obscured the majesticMt. Washington behind the hotel...but it also added to the spooky The Shining atmosphere!A few weekends ago, my husband and I traveled to North Conway, NH, for a fun-filled skiing weekend with friends.  Now, I only cross-country ski at this point in my life, thanks to a certain disastrous skiing weekend in 2013.  But, that's okay, because I was able to cross country right from the back door of our friends' condo, while most of the others drove to a nearby mountain.  But as we all shared coffee and chatted that first morning, the subject of having drinks later at Mount Washington came up.  I had no idea what everyone was referring to, but...
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Voting's Open! Dangerous Currents up for #Book of the Month! #amwriting #romance #suspense #amreading


One fateful night tore them apart...will they get a second chancebefore a killer strikes?I'm thrilled that my Romantic Suspense, Dangerous Currents, is one of six books chosen for February's Book of the Month shortlist at Read Free.ly.  Voting is open for the next week and I'd love if you could take a moment to show some love to Dangerous Currents!  Link to vote is here:  Read Free.ly's Book of the MonthAn email is required to vote, so no one can vote twice, but the site is very safe and reputable (and if you're an author, you should be taking advantage of their free and low-cost promotional services!).  In fact, my ghost mystery/romance Haunted Souls made it to their best books of the year ...
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History of St. Valentine's Day ~ Happy #ValentinesDay #ValentinesDay2019


Valentine's Day is here, and in the tradition of dedicating my blog to a bit of history about certain holidays and traditions, I decided to look into the facts behind St. Valentine and the reasons we celebrate love and romance on February 14th.  Turns out, there is quite a bit of conflicting information regarding this particular saint and the holiday named for him. Disclaimer: as always, please keep in mind I am a romance author, not a historian!  The name Valentine comes from the Latin word "valens" which means healthy or strong.  The derivation Valentine was a popular name between the 2nd and 8th centuries AD, which could explain part of the confusion surrounding this saint. St. Valentine ...
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"Intense emotion" "Heart-stopping action" 5* #Review! #amreading #suspense #romance #book


A shiny new review from Page Princess for Dangerous Currents that has me grinning ear to ear!  Dangerous Currents is a steamy second-chance romance with suspense and dark secrets, and it's the only one of my novels without a paranormal element.  Of course, I have to tell the story that's in my head (or pick one of them, anyway), but I do like to challenge myself to try different things.  It definitely involves coming out of my comfort zone a bit.  For example, I have one Young Adult novel, Divine Fall, and I wrote that in first person POV (point-of-view) versus third, which involved a learning curve.So hearing that the suspense plot in Dangerous Currents was "well thought out" and that "the ...
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Exploring #Bourne Farm for Inspiration #amwriting #Ghosts #CapeCod #Falmouth #Travel


Bourne Farm, or Crowell-Bourne Farm, circa 1775You wouldn't think a ghost mystery would require much research--part of the fun of writing paranormal elements is using your imagination.  But I've had to do research for every one of my books...some more than others.  Haunted Souls, in particular, took a huge amount of research.  The initial inspiration for that story came from a visit to the Old Jail here on Cape Cod--the oldest wooden jailhouse in the country, built circa 1690 and reputedly haunted.  For this particular plot, historical research was necessary, and also a great deal of research into the military background of one of the characters, who was an EOD tech (Explosive Ordinance Disp...
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Last Days on #NetGalley! Ghost Mystery + Romance ~ #books #bookreview


Short and sweet post:  The Haunting of Hillwood Farm is now available on NetGalley!  If you're a reviewer and you enjoy paranormal suspense, ghost mysteries, and romance, please request a copy!  From NetGalley reviewer M.H.: "Romance, supernatural, and danger elements are all present in a champion plot."  And I loved this admission from reviewer P.K.: "I almost missed an appointment because I did not want to put this book down."  Made my day!Links, blurb, and excerpts below - Happy Haunted Reading!After tragedy strikes, Callie Sinclair is left with a gift she never wanted—the ability to communicate with ghosts.  But when a desperate widow begs for her help, she reluctantly agrees to investig...
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Reunion Romance + Ghost #Mystery~ Final #sale days! #99c #FridayReads #1 #Kindle Bestseller


Final days! My debut novel, SILVER LAKE, is currently on sale for 99 cents, and this sale ends on Jan. 28.  Part reunion romance, part ghost story, Silver Lake is a second-chance romance between two friends who never acted on their feelings in high school...will they get a second chance at first love?  It's also a mystery revolving around the disappearance of another of their friends, Brandy, who may be haunting the lake house where the group reunites in a last ditch effort to discover what happened to her during their senior year.  Brandy's ghost has a message to share... A #1 Kindle Besteller ~ on SALE for 99 pennies!And there's *more*! This novel is part of a Limited Time Amazon Promotion...
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Amazon #Kindle Promo! Buy 3 at #99c get a $3 credit! #amreading #books #KindleDeals


A #1 Kindle Bestseller on sale for 99c!I was so excited to learn that my debut novel, Silver Lake, was selected for one of the titles in this offer!  Right now, Amazon is offering a $3.00 credit toward a future Kindle selection purchase if you buy three titles from their list now--and there are over 550 books on the list, ALL on sale for 99 cents! If you're expecting snow today like me (or have already been hit!), take a moment to peruse the list and pick some new reads to curl up with!  I have some recommendations below as well.  And if you enjoy a mix of spooky suspense and second-chance romance, give Silver Lake a try while it's on sale for 99 pennies!  The sale is valid until 1/28, so ev...
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