May 26, 2016

On #Thursday13 learn all about Ghost Walking from #MFRWauthor Ally Shields

#MFRWauthor Ally Shields teaches us Ghost Walking

Ally Shields is a Midwestern writer with a love for mystery and the paranormal. Following a career in law and juvenile justice, she took up full-time writing in 2009. In 2012 her first paranormal was published, and she has two completed urban fantasy series. Ally loves to travel and includes many of those settings in her novels. Readers are welcome—and encouraged—to contact her through her website or track her down on Twitter (@ShieldsAlly).
 
 
                    Ghost Walking 

(A Maggie York Paranormal Mystery Book One)
Genre Paranormal/Suspense
Publisher  Etopia Press

Blurb
New Orleans' homicide cop Maggie York is at the top of her game until a sniper's bullet changes everything. She flatlines, comes back. But not quite the same. She sees and hears things...ghostly things.
Six months later the voices have faded but Maggie's still on medical leave from alleged PTSD. If only. Frustrated, she sets out to track down her shooter, but things get complicated...a ghost wants his own murder solved, and sexy homicide cop, Josh Brandt—her replacement—wants her to butt out of his case.

Unraveling her case draws them down twisted but intersecting paths…and Josh grows wary of how the attractive redhead is staying one step ahead of him. Despite mutual suspicions they continue to track the killer…knowing failure may cost Maggie her life.

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Since my heroine Maggie York is haunted by ghosts of murder victims, it seemed fitting for her to help me compose a list of thirteen famous ghosts. Here's the group we chose, in no particular order.
1. The Hitchhiking Ghost is a very young girl who appears at the side of a dark road, claiming she's lost and needs a ride home. When rescuers arrive at her address, the girl in the backseat has vanished and occupants of the house report having a daughter who died years before.
2. The Ghost of Christmas Past (A Christmas Carole), a rather harsh dose of truth.
3. Man in Gray, an English aristocrat who haunts Drury Lane in London. Stay out of his way...he carries a sword.
4. King Hamlet is probably the best known of Shakespeare's many ghosts.
5. The Bell Witch (Kate Batts). In Ghost Walking, Maggie York's relatives warn her to avoid ghosts like this notorious, vengeful spirit haunting a Tennessee farm family since 1817.
6. (tied) Slimer, the green ghost from Ghostbusters movies; Casper, The Friendly Ghost from comic books and movies.
7. Anne Boleyn, whose headless spirit haunts the Tower of London where she was executed.
8. Bloody Mary is reputed to have murdered her own children. If you want to see her, repeat her name three times while standing in front of the mirror in a darkened bathroom.
9. Elvis, who hangs around Graceland reportedly hiding from his overzealous fans.
10. The Brown Lady was photographed in 1936 on the stairs of Raynham Hall, Norfolk, England. Lady Dorothy had been confined there by her brutal husband until her death.

And for the last three, we selected some of the White House ghosts, those former inhabitants who have refused to leave.

11. Abraham Lincoln has appeared so often since his death he has earned the title of The White House Ghost. Most reported sightings occur in the Lincoln Bedroom and the Yellow Oval Room.
12. Dolley Madison originally planted the Rose Garden. When attempts were made to change it, she appeared and protects it to this day.
13. Abigail Adams hung laundry in the East Room. Recent staff have reported smelling wet laundry and her scent of lavender.


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May 19, 2016

Guess on #Thursday13 who's the Stranger at My Door

#MFRWauthor Mari Manning tells us who's the

                                                 Stranger at My Door

Author Bio
 Let’s start with the fun stuff. I love small towns, mysteries, quiet men, laughter, old-fashioned spaghetti dinners. I love boots and shopping and jokes and Hershey’s dark chocolate and white wine. I love lots of things. But my first love is reading. I love to read. Just about anything, but it has to be well-written. I go through periods where I am into historical novels or romance or mystery or history or biography. I never know when my desires will suddenly change.

Now for the writer-ish, official stuff: Mari Manning is the author of several contemporary romances and three romantic suspense novels set in the Texas Hill Country. Stranger at My Door is the first in her A Murder in Teas series. The second, Stranger in My House will be published by Entangled later this year. The third book in the series is Stranger in My Bed. Currently Mari is working on a series of cozy mysteries.

She and her husband live in Chicago.



 
Publisher Entangled Publishing


Genre Romantic Suspense

 Blurb
The only thing standing between her and disaster is a man she can’t trust …
As far as Dinah Pittman is concerned, men can’t be trusted. Especially cops. Her own father was a cop and a convicted felon who stole a small fortune before dying in prison. The best part? No one knows where the money is…and someone is willing to kill off everyone who knows anything about it.
And Dinah is next.
Rafe Morales left the Dallas police force to settle down to a simpler life in the small Texas town of El Royo. Instead, he finds himself protecting an infuriating, tough-as-nails, oh-so-sexy victim—and driving himself crazy with a thoroughly unprofessional desire.
But as the body count rises, Rafe and Dinah must find a way to trust each other…before they both end up dead.
 


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Thirteen things Mari likes:

1. Warm weather (I'm still wearing my winter coat and it's fricking May!)
2. New clothes (I indulge in retail therapy)
3. Long walks
4. Homemade chocolate chip cookies
5. Homemade oatmeal raisin cookies
6. Fireworks on the fourth of July
7. Strolling through downtown Chicago in the summer
8. Cowboy boots (my Frye boots are as old as Urban Cowboy and I still love them)
9. The Arizona desert in the spring
10. Halloween night (especially when the sky is clear and the moon is out)
11. The color blue
12. A surprise bouquet of flowers
13. Last but not least, I love to write


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May 12, 2016

Be Enticed on #Thursday13 by #MFRWauthor Chanta Rand

#MFRWauthor Chanta Rand is a history junkie, a Walking Dead fan, and a recovering shoe addict. She never met a stiletto she didn't like! If you still want more, check her out at www.ChantaRand.com or email her at Chanta@chantarand.com.




Genre Contemporary, erotic, multicultural, romantic comedy
Blurb
Action star, Lucas Stone isn’t afraid of anything—except commitment. When he butts heads with plus-size photographer, Nyla Maxwell, he thinks he may have finally found his real-life leading lady. Too bad she can’t stand his guts. 
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13 Items I never go on vacation without

1. Passport (I like collecting those stamps)
2. Kindle and charger
3. Cell phone and charger
4. IPod and ear buds (For tuning out those chatting folks sitting next to me on the plane).
5. Sinus meds (Sadly, this nose can attract pollen from fifty miles away)
6. Rubber flip flops (For the hotel shower and the beach)
7. Chap stick
8. Sun shades
9. Beer bottle opener (I’ve got one on my keychain—you never know when you might be stranded with a cold beer and no way to open it!)
10. Tampons (Aunt Flow has been known to show up unexpectedly)
11. Pashima (It can double as a shawl or a sarong, depending on the climate)
12. Flashlight (I hate waking up in total darkness in those cruise ship rooms)

13. Switchblade (Just in case I get tied up and thrown into the back of someone’s trunk—I know, I’ve been reading too many suspense novels!)


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May 5, 2016

On #Thursday13 find out Where Dragonflies Hover from #MFRWautor Annemarie Brear

 #MFRWauthor Annemarie Brear has been a life-long reader and started writing in 1997 when her children were small. She has a love of history, of grand old English houses and a fascination of what might have happened beyond their walls. She writes historical and contemporary fiction.
Her interests include reading, genealogy, watching movies, spending time with family and eating chocolate - not always in that order!


Genre Contemporary, Historical
Publisher Choc Lit 
 Blurb
Sometimes a glimpse into the past can help make sense of the future …
Everyone thinks Lexi is crazy when she falls in love with Hollingsworth House – a crumbling old Georgian mansion in Yorkshire – and nobody more so than her husband, Dylan. But there’s something very special about the place, and Lexi can sense it.

Whilst exploring the grounds she stumbles across an old diary and, within its pages, she meets Allie – an Australian nurse working in France during the First World War.
Lexi finally realises her dream of buying Hollingsworth but her obsession with the house leaves her marriage in tatters. In the lonely nights that follow, Allie’s diary becomes Lexi’s companion, comforting her in moments of darkness and pain. And as Lexi reads, the nurse’s scandalous connection to the house is revealed …

 
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13 Favorite Books

The Woman from Browhead by Audrey Howard
Tilly Trotter by Catherine Cookson
The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick
The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Penman
London by Edward Rutherfurd
The Juniper Bush by Audrey Howard
Nancy Wake by Peter FitzSimmons
Kitty McKenzie by Annemarie Brear
To Take Her Pride by Annemarie Brear
The Gentle Winds Caress by Annemarie Brear
The House of Women by Annemarie Brear
The Day Embroidered by Annemarie Brear
To Gain What's Lost by Annemarie Brear


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Apr 28, 2016

On #Thursday13 find out what an Word of Honor is from #MFRWauthor Lauren Linwood


Lauren Linwood’s historical romances use history as a backdrop to place her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire for one another grows into the treasured gift of love. Her romantic suspense novels feature strong heroes and heroines who unite to defeat a clever antagonist and discover a deep, abiding love during their journey.
A native Texan, Lauren is an avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan who manages stress by alternating yoga with long walks. She plans to start a support group for Fixer Upper addicts—as soon as she finishes her next piece of dark chocolate.
 



                                                         Word of Honor
                                                Book #1 in the Knights of Valor series 

Genre  Historical romance 
Publisher  Windtree Press

Blurb
Merryn Mantel and Geoffrey de Montfort have loved each other since childhood. Once betrothed, Geoffrey leaves for the wars in France for five long years. Upon his return, the two marry and spend one blissful night consummating their love and making plans for their future.

But her new husband vanishes the next day without a trace. Merryn grieves for almost seven years—and then Geoffrey returns to her—changed from the boy and man she knew and worshipped. This stranger refuses to reveal where he has been and why he stayed away for so long.

Will her husband’s silence create a rift too large to heal, or can Merryn and Geoffrey recapture the love they once shared?
 


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13 Things I Love

1.      Flannel sheets on a cold night
2.      Getting a pedicure and seeing that pop of color on my toes
3.      Crushed ice from Sonic in my drink
4.      Game of Thrones (accompanied by dark chocolate)
5.      Reading a book that sweeps me away to another place and time
6.      The smell of a burning fire
7.      A smooth, silky Cabernet
8.      Walking along the beach on Maui
9.      Laughing with friends
10.  Listening to waves coming in and out
11.  Watching my stylist cut and blow dry my hair
12.  Spooning in tomato bisque or clam chowder
13.  Finishing up writing my latest book


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