Friday, November 21, 2014

Book Signing at Santee Barnes & Noble

My second Barnes & Noble book signing, this time in Santee instead of La Mesa, was a lot of fun. Unlike last time, this signing was part of an all day author event. I got to chat with Majorie Hart and I finally got to meet USA Today best-selling author Jennifer Coburn! My Facebook friend and fellow author Jan Moran came out to visit. It was nice finally getting to meet her in person as well.

I also discovered that the community relations manager Fernando (pictured to the right) went to the same high school I did but was 1 year ahead of me. What a crazy coincidence. He also went back East for college like I did and experienced a rude awakening. "Oh, so this is what a thousand tons of snow looks like. And this is what frostbite feels like. Huh."

All and all I sold some books, met some great new people from the community, and had a ton of fun. I've been invited back as well when my next book comes out, so stay tuned for more events coming soon :)

The Passion Thief Pre-order

Few things are as thrilling for true bookworms than paying for a pre-order and counting down the days until it's yours. Anne McCarthy Strauss' new women's fiction novel, The Passion Thief, is my latest obsession. The book launches on December 15, but right now it's only 99 cents! Word from the publisher is that price won't last past 12/15.

The Passion Thief

The tumble between the sheets can get a little stale and infrequent in some marriages. At least that’s what Betty Boomer tells herself at night, while Stan, her husband of two decades, snores upright on the couch. Emboldened by too much Chardonnay, she searches the Internet for her college boyfriend Michael, the proverbial one who got away. Memories of their youthful passion reignite a lust Betty thought had dried up long ago.
Michael responds to Betty’s cyber message, and temptation calls this globe-trotting freelance journalist. While Stan’s idea of excitement is staying up past ten o’clock on a Saturday night, Michael has evolved into a flashy Las Vegas casino manager with three ex-wives. Which man offers stimulation and which one brings monotony coupled with reliability is vividly clear.

Written with the yearning and struggle many women feel, Betty Boomer is not alone when she asks, “Is this all I need or should I take another shot at passion?” Author Anne McCarthy Strauss brings us her latest women’s fiction coupled with a large dose of romantic comedy and a dozen long-stemmed roses.

About Anne

Anne McCarthy Strauss is a writer of women's fiction. In 2013, Booktrope published her first novel, A Medical Affair, the story of a doctor who violates a sacred trust by having an affair with one of his patients. The Passion Thief, due out December 15, 2014, is a story about the one who got away. Strauss injects humor into the tragic situation of a woman torn between a boring marriage and her still-exciting first love. She keeps you guessing until the book's extraordinary ending.

Anne lives in upstate New York with her husband and their two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. She has written for both consumer and trade magazines including Old House Journal, Waterfront Home & Design, Design Trade Magazine, Design New England, Distinction, Log Home Design Ideas and Florida Design Review. She has been a regular contributor to Martha's Vineyard Magazine and Vineyard Style.

She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA). Anne is hard at work on her next novel. When not writing, she's likely to be crafting, swimming, or walking her dogs. To learn more, visit her at:  

Monday, November 10, 2014

It's Swimming Home Time

It's been at least a year since I read Ruth Mancini's Swimming Upstream, a gripping and insightful work of literary women's fiction that left me feeling... well, it left me feeling something. Introspective maybe. But it's a feeling I don't get from a lot of books, and it's usually a sign that you've witnessed something important. 

Naturally, I want to dive back in and now I can with Swimming Home, the long-awaited sequel that looks even better than its predecessor. 

About Swimming Home

Lizzie’s life hasn’t exactly gone to plan. Eighteen years ago, she made the difficult decision to leave London for Paris to escape her best friend’s fiancĂ©, the man who’d attacked her and turned her world upside down. Secure in the belief that she and her daughter, Helena, are now safe from harm, Lizzie contemplates her future. But is the nightmare really over?

When the captivating Sky Donoghue comes along, pulling Helena into dangerous waters, Lizzie’s strength and judgement are put to the test. Just how far should she go to save her daughter? How far will she go to save herself?

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Be sure to get Swimming Upstream too!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

New Release Spotlight: The Heiress of Santorini

 Angel Sefer's third mystery romance, The Heiress of Santorini, was just published! Her first novel was a #1 best seller and Rone Award finalist. Her second novel just got a rave review in San Francisco Book Review Magazine. I think we can expect great things from the third novel.

About The Heiress of Santorini

An unexpected threat...

When insurance manager Alexandra Stewart is assigned to the Imperial Resorts Corporation account and has to travel to the island of Santorini, she's worried about keeping the promise she made to her late father. Alexandra swore to keep her real identity a secret and to stay away from her maternal grandfather, a Greek billionaire who lives on the island. However, what Alexandra thought was fate is actually a plot to bring her home.

An undeniable attraction...

The new assignment embeds Alexandra in a deadly game of vengeance and greed that threatens to destroy her grandfather’s empire. The only one she can turn to for help is Mark Taylor, the seductively handsome Managing Director of the corporation. Mark is torn between his intense attraction to Alexandra and his promise to her grandfather to guard the secret that could destroy the entire Vassiliou family. His puzzling behavior infuriates Alexandra, but it can’t quell her desire.

A startling revelation...

Will Alexandra be able to trust Mark when he has already lied to her once? Will Mark be able to convince Alexandra he’s not the enemy? And when the time comes, will he be able to confess the truth to her?

Get The Heiress of Santorini FREE with Kindle Unlimited

Don't forget to check out Angel's other titles, Spellbound in His Arms and Deadly Secrets!

Praise for Angel Sefer

"Set in the Greek Islands, this wicked plot of murder and mayhem creates a stark contrast to the pristine beauty that Angel Sefer describes when she proudly introduces us to her island home... The deadly secrets revealed created a bitter-sweet ending that was quite satisfying." - San Francisco Book Review

"The author deftly interweaves the plot as it twists and turns until the reader fears for the lives of heroes Jackie and Michael. It's a fast paced, suspenseful read, with diabolical villains, an intrepid heroine and a super hot detective!" - InD'tale Magazine

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Spotlight: New Release, Is This All There Is?

Now available in print and ebook the long-awaited women's fiction novel, Is This All I Want?, sequel to the acclaimed novel Is This All There Is? by Patricia Mann. Patricia's new book picks up four months after the events of the first book. The series touches upon themes of family, infidelity, temptation, and regret.

About Is This What I Want?

Four difficult months have passed since Beth’s husband Rick discovered her affair with a former student. The couple has worked hard in therapy to salvage their marriage and understand their roles in everything that happened. Things are looking up until Dave reappears, awakening Beth’s fantasies of what could have been had she taken their affair to the next level. Now that she is faced with another opportunity, Beth battles an even more impossible dilemma than the first time she was caught in Dave’s web.

Amidst the trouble in her marriage and pressure to shield her children from the discord, Beth is also called upon to help her two best friends, both with serious problems of their own. The stress sparks temptation to seek comfort in her favorite vices. But she knows she can’t hide if she wants to save what matters most. The question is, what does she want?

Borrow free with Kindle Unlimited 

Be sure to check out the spotlight for Is This All There Is?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New Contemporary Romance: The New Ever After

Booktrope has released Julie Farley's second novel, The New Ever After, the second book in The New Ever After Series. Julie's series is all about getting a second chance at happiness. Have you ever thought you missed your opportunity for love? Ever thought your dreams were over? Then check out this new book.

The New Ever After Blurb

Heather Meadows has been given a second chance at happiness. When her first husband passed away, she never thought she’d love again but a fortuitous meeting with a charming author changed the course of her life — in more ways than one. Thanks to the love and support of her sexy new partner, the mother of three became a mother of five and embarked on a promising career as a writer. But despite her newfound joy, her fast-paced life begins to take its toll.

The New Ever After is a tale of friendship, sacrifice, do overs, and making it work.

And be sure to check out the Tripped Up Love spotlight.

Monday, October 13, 2014

And They All Lived Happily Ever After Spotlight and Giveaway

Today we're spotlighting the dark fantasy story  And They All Lived Happily Ever After by Crystal Connor. Be sure to check out the excerpt and giveaway below!

And They All Lived Happily Ever After

Once upon a time, in a dark & scary place, in a frightening land way too close to home…

Crystal Connor’s …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! is a collection of short fables not meant for children; but for those who enjoy the madness of nightmares.

In the ‘Queen’s Pawn’ you’ll visit a magical kingdom full of wonder and splendor only to come to the sickening realization that when the Queen had a message…she sends her pawns.

The perils of eating forbidden fruit have been cautioned against since the Book of Genesis, but will our urban princess in ‘The Apple’ heed those warnings?
Embark on a mystical and treacherous quest to reach ‘The Ruins’, located in place so sacred that is should never be visited by mortal man.

These are just a few of the adventures you’ll have as you explore the dark imagination of Crystal Connor. Fourteen short stories of horror, science fiction, and fantasy; 65,306 words of terror by a single author who clearly intends to one day be known as a Master in the genre.

Monsters, Women, and Villains (oh my)!

Crystal ConnorGet to Know Crystal

Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to dramatization specialist because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Along with inducing insomnia within her readership Crystal also reviews indie horror and sci-fi movies for

Enjoy an Excerpt

There's a whole host of benefits allotted to those, who like myself, possess these very specialized set of skills. One of the benefits is, that afterward, you sleep really good at night and I mean really good.

Well, it's true, it's hard to believe I know, but trust me it's true. Sam, my uncle, sent me to this exotic land that used to smell of frankincense and myrrh. He sent us there, my brothers-in-arms and me, so that we could become proficient in the art of death. We were good at what we did too, because now it only smells of gunpowder, burnt oil, and death. That's a hellofa predicament you've found
yourself in, isn't it?

Well, at least now you know I'm good with a gun and thanks to my Uncle Sam I am also very comfortable with a blade. This ten inch beauty here is a staple, it’s sharp enough to be use as machete. But this one, with the gut hook, is my all
time favorite and I'll show you why here in a minute. Now, I can understand why you broke into my home, these are tough times, and a guys gotta eat I get that. I do.

Maybe I would have let you live if you had simply demanded my money and jewels, but, then again, I was never known for being charitable.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Sex Toys in Literature

I recently wrote a guest post for Chloe Thurlow's fun adult blog. Although my guest post contained no erotic content, the post was well-received and I do think I made some good points, so I wanted to share them here.

Sex Toys in Literature

I don’t often read negative reviews of my books because despite having the initials S & M, I’m not into masochism. But when a 1-star review of my contemporary romance novel, Spin Off, popped up I took a peek. I’m glad I did because I learned an interesting lesson: one woman’s trashy is another woman’s treasure.

The reviewer, let’s call her Prue, complained that Spin Off contained “trashy” sex scenes. Although I pride myself on being a wordsmith, this made no sense to me, so I checked to see if the definition of “trashy” had changed. The closest synonym that could possibly apply is ‘indecent,’ since there was nothing trash-like in the scenes. No doing it in an alleyway against a dumpster or using a trash bag in lieu of a condom. Since there were only a few short sex scenes and they were between loving, married couples (one gay, one straight) I couldn’t understand how ‘trashy’ applied. Unless a married couple invites a prostitute, a goat, or a clergyman into their bedroom (or dungeon), I don’t understand how anyone could be offended. Read more