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Exclusive Interview with author Nicolina Martin, plus a look at mafia romance/suspense, HEAT!

Hi, readers! I am pleased to announce a very special post today on ILRB. We’re doing something a little different. This is our ninth official author interview on this romance blog! I know in the past, we did character interviews … Continue reading → Original link

“Bayou Fire” Cover Model Jason Aaron Baca is Retiring

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Hi, everyone. My husband called out from the living room this morning that Jason Aaron Baca was on the news. Jason is the cover model for Bayou Fire, and he lives locally.  Hence, his appearance on the morning news to announce his retirement from the book cover model business after 11 years. It’s thanks to Jason that one of Bayou Fire‘s many accolades was for its cover, and I wish him all the best with his future endeavors. KRON 4 article, with video interview, here: Goodbye Romance: Longtime Bay Area Romance Novel Cover Model Retiring Inside Edition interview here: Original link

‘Survival itself is no small achievement’

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Keyes Beech, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1951 for his Korean War battlefield coverage, was based in Hong Kong when he wrote the essay below for The Chicago Daily News centennial edition in 1976.  A renowned correspondent for The Chicago Daily News Foreign Service until it was closed in 1977, Beech died at age 76 in 1990. Keyes Beech was a wonderful role model for any newly-minted foreign correspondent, which is what I was in 1974 when I was sent to Tokyo as the Chicago Tribune’s Far East Correspondent. We crossed paths often in places like Bangkok, Saigon, Taipei, Manila, and Hong Kong, where Keyes lived for many years. Like me, he was in Saigon on April 29, 1975, when the city fell to Commu...
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To Bobbi blog post #335     Bobbi There were a lot page views and some comments on last week’s “Wally and Me” posting. Some people liked it while others felt it was a downer. Me? I just thought it was life. This week, I ask your leave to say goodbye to treasured real life friend. Without further ado, I’ll let the post speak for me. ***** TO BOBBI I met Bobbi ten years ago in a writing class at the Bear Canyon Center, the very class that I now co-host at the North Domingo Multigenerational Center. I walked into the classroom—open to anyone then as now—and took a vacant seat beside a tall blonde. She was busy talking to someone but soon introduced herself as Bobbi. What an inauspicious be...
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Excerpt from More than tempt you by Shayla Black

    I romanced her for revenge…but what if she’s not the enemy after all? I’m Clint Holmes. I was an ambitious guy with a busy life and a growing business. Sure North Dakota wasn’t a tropical paradise, but I was happy enough—until tragedy struck. Now the only thing that matters is finding the person responsible and making her pay. But Bethany Banks is a Harvard-educated shark used to swallowing her enemies whole while playing dangerous corporate games. How can a blue-collar oil man like me possibly beat her? The moment I lay eyes on my beautiful nemesis, the answer is obvious. I seduce her. On Maui, where she’s fled, I get to know the man-eater who caused my family so much pain…only to find ...
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#AtoZChallenge 2019 recap

This April, I participated in the A to Z challenge where each day (except Sundays) you post on a new topic following the letters of the alphabet. So April 1 the topic started with A, on April 2 the topic began with B and so on. This was my sixth year doing the challenge. The organizers of the challenge suggest you pick a theme for your writing. The first year I didn’t do a theme. The next year it was TV shows, followed by characters, antagonists and then songs about magic. This year I chose Character Flaws as my theme. Part of the challenge is also to visit other blogs. You never know when you will find a new favorite blogger. In past years, I have done better at this but this really has bee...
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A mix-tape of the ’70s: Normandy Gold

I went through one of my usual bouts of insomnia, last night, compounded by my pollen allergy giving me the first troubles of the season, and so I did a bit of reading. The first book I picked from the Hard Case Crime Humble Bundle I mentioned yesterday is the graphic novel Normandy Gold, written by Alison Gaylin and Megan Abbott, with art by Steve Scott. The reason for my choice, I liked the cover. So sue me. The plot (without spoilers): after a very hard start, runaway girl Normandy Girl (she was to be called Victory, then her dad died in the D-Day) has pulled herself together and is working as a sheriff in Oregon. When her half-sister dies in Washington DC, Normandy starts her own persona...
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#APC #Spotlight: WILD THING (C.O.A Series Book 1) By Kim Cormack!

Hey Everyone!! :-) I've got Kim Cormack in my APC spotlight, today! Kim is an active and supportive member of the   Authors-Professional Co-op  Facebook group and her coming of age, magical, fantasy, mythological, action/adventure, novel, Wild Thing, looks great! Here's the description: After many years lost in places void of humanity, Grey found her. He introduced her to a partially immortal family. She’d been saved in so many ways by the Ankh. They were the family that she had always been destined to find. They would teach her to embrace the dragon that resided within her. She would learn that both the dark side of her spirit and light were equally important. Lexy of Ankh was a weapon, unm...
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5 Star Review for The Dogon Initiative by Lance & James Morcan

A group of foreign mercenaries hired as deniable assets by a newly-formed humanitarian division of the CIA is tasked with saving Mali’s persecuted Dogon people from genocide. The operation must be carried out in stealth while journeying across some of West Africa’s most hostile terrain. As if all that’s not enough, they are also instructed to help solve an ancient astronomical mystery linked to the pyramids of Egypt. Mission impossible? Duh! Nicknamed the Deniables because their existence isn’t officially acknowledged by the CIA, the mercenaries are crazy enough to accept the mission anyway. However, they soon find themselves fighting for their lives when they get caught in the middle of war...
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ABOUT THE BOOK I know who you really are. Pru has a secret, which she has no plans to reveal – ever. But after a woman is murdered and all clues point to her, she has no choice but to disclose her true identity. When her revelations thwart the killer’s plan to frame Pru for murder, the killer begins stalking her. With each note he sends, he gets closer. The police are stumped. Pru wants to run away. She really, really wants to run, but Ajax has found the woman of his dreams, and he’s not letting her go anywhere. He can be patient. In the meantime, he’ll protect her with his life. Pru isn’t feeling very patient, and her friends, Mel and Terri, are definitely not willing to wait until the poli...
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Do No Harm: The Healer by @CFFBooks

The tired, small hatchback hit a rock next to the edge of the road and came to an unexpected and abrupt stop. Erica had not seen the bulky thing hidden underneath the uncut grass. She switched off the engine and got out. There seemed no significant damage to her old banger but she couldn’t care less right now, to be honest, and decided she would leave it parked here anyway. She must be close. Quite frankly, she considered herself lucky to have made it this far; the roads had been bumpy and her car was in a dire condition, too. It wouldn’t be much longer before it would have to be scrapped. Living in London she rarely needed it and had often been tempted to sell it anyway. This was deepest Wa...
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All I can say is, “WOW!”  Such an incredible honour to be shortlisted in two categories in the 2019 Word Awards that celebrates Canadian Christian writing. This year, the shortlists were announced by live stream thanks to Castle TV and … Continue reading → Original link

My new favourite thing

The Children’s Literature Fest in Mumbai was spectacular, guys—I wish you all could have been there! Huge shoutout to ORCHIDS The International School and the other sponsors, and Rupsa and her team for making it happen. Apparently this was not only the first Children’s Lit Fest in Mumbai, but the largest anywhere? I think 10,000 guests over the course of the festival were anticipated. (So happy I don’t get stage fright!) The level of production was just unbelievable; they had this thing they called a “story street” where they’d created like 10-foot high vinyl-printed illustrations and pop-up installations all along a corridor so you literally walked through stories to get to the festival. Al...
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A criminal birthday

This year my birthday came twenty-eight days earlier than expected, thanks to the generosity of my brother and an unexpected Humble Book Bundle . As I mentioned in the past, the Humble Bundle is a great way to keep reading quality books while being broke – usually with as little as 80 eurocents you can get a handful of books in a variety of subjects (both a blessing and a curse if you are an omnivorous reader or just plain curious about a lot of different things), and at the same time help a charity. And today I was notified the start of the bright new Pulp Fiction Humble Bundle , in collaboration with Titan Books and Hard Case Crime, and even before I checked the contents I knew I was in fo...
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2nd Quarter Giveaway

I host a quarterly giveaway and occasionally other giveaways. You MUST be on my email list or join my email list to be eligible to win. To enter: If you are already on my email list, simply enter your email address for the first entry in the rafflecopter form below. You will then be offered additional entries. If you are not already on my email list, complete the form on the right side menu bar. You will receive an email to confirm. After confirming, enter your email address for the first entry in the rafflecopter form below. You will then be offered additional entries. ​ ​ ​ Terms and conditions are available on the rafflecopter. Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway Original link

I Love Meeting Authors and Readers

As a reader I love meeting authors, and as an author I love meeting readers. I learned many years ago that if you reach out to authors, sometimes they write back. I once received a hand-written note back. The clue … Continue reading → The post I Love Meeting Authors and Readers appeared first on Katrina Shawver - Author . Original link Original author: Katrina Shawver

Recipe of the Month: May 2019

For my Recipe of the Month, I have chosen Risotto con gli Asparagi ( Risotto with Asparagus ), in honor of Tavagnacco’s Festa degli Asparagi. Held over a span of three weekends from late April into early May, this festival celebrates the town’s locally grown white asparagus. Visit for the recipe. Original link

Wildflower Chasing

When we first started hiking in Lassen at the tail-end of summer last year, we saw a few wildflowers blooming along the trails. (You can read more about those eye-opening adventures on my travel blog Vaughn the Road Again.) I took some photos of the colorful blooms and didn't think much of it. And then I began to wonder what they were called. What are your names? I wondered as I scrolled through Original link

A Tale of Long Lasting Love

The Music of Us     Still Life with Memories, Book 3              By:                                                                                                                                 Uvi Poznansky                               Narrated by:                                                                                                                                 Don Warrick                      Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins     22 ratings     Overall 3.9
LISTENER Shannon G The Music of Us Still Life with Memories, Book 3By:  Uvi Poznansky Narrated by:  Don Warrick  A Tale of Long Lasting Love  Overall    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️         4 out of 5 stars Performance    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️         4 out of 5 stars Story    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️         4 out of 5 stars Reviewed: 04-06-19 This is a beautifully written story of just how love can see us through the most difficult times in life. Dealing with Alzheimer disease is a very hard thing to do and Uvi Poznansky does a wonderful job portraying everyone's emotions. The characters are nicely developed and the story well written. I enjoyed listening to the memories Lenny shared with us. Seeing the love form from a bud and ...
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Author interview with mystery and suspense author Tony Lee Moral

New on Amazon UK and Amazon US A supernatural mystery, a coming of age story with romance, faith and hope. The biggest theme in the novel is what it means to be alive, focusing on Alice as she tries to navigate her grief for her mother, her new relationship, and her family. As history, a curse and ghosts plague the town, life and death are tackled in a unique way. I'm pleased to welcome mystery and suspense author Tony Lee Moral to The Writing Desk: Tell us about your latest book The Haunting of Alice May is a mystery and suspense story between a ghost and a human. When Alice May Parker moves to Pacific Grove, California, she is rescued from drowning by Henry Raphael. Handsome, old fashioned...
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