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#RomancingSeptember Day 30 with…ME!

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This last interview of the series features…moi! I am so tickled that I got to join this list of romance writers, and talk about my first romantic suspense novel, Wake-Robin Ridge. Many thanks to both Rosie Amber, and Stephanie Hurt, for putting this event together, and for inviting me to take part. I do hope you’ll go read the interviews, and please share both of them (and this post, as well) everywhere you can. I’ll be very appreciative of that, believe me. 🙂 Thanks, and happy reading.

Rosie Amber: #RomancingSeptember Day 30 with Marcia Meara
Stephanie Hurt: #RomancingSepte4mber Day 30 with Marcia Meara

(First posted on The Write Stuff )

#FindingHunter is Now Available in Print Format, Too!

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Woohoo! Finding Hunter is now available in print as well as Kindle format. Here’s the blurb from amazon:

Before, I never thought about taking a life. Not once.
Now, the thought fills my mind day and night, and
I wonder how I’ll hide that terrible need,
As an old car swings to the shoulder,
And stops.

~ Traveling Man ~

Hunter Painter’s darkest fears have shaped his offbeat personality since he was a child, crippling him in ways invisible to those unable to see past his quiet exterior. In a sleepy Florida town known for its eccentric inhabitants, he’s always been a mystery to most.

Only one person sees beyond Hunter’s quirky facade. Willow Greene, the new age herbalist who owns the local candle and potpourri shop, has secretly loved him since they were in high school. When, sixteen years later, she discovers Hunter has loved her just as long, Willow hopes her dreams are finally coming true.

Soon, Willow learns that Hunter fears happiness at her side isn’t in the cards for him. With her natural optimism and courage, she almost convinces him he’s wrong—that they can really have that life together they both long for—but even Willow can’t stop what Hunter knows is coming.

One by one, his worst nightmares become reality, culminating in an unthinkable tragedy, which devastates everyone it touches. Willow’s battle begins in earnest as Hunter is plunged into a bleak, guilt-ridden despair, threatening to destroy not only their love, but Hunter, himself.

Finding Hunter is the story of a lost man’s desperate struggle to make his way home again, and one woman’s unshakeable faith in him and the power of their love.

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Hope some of you will check it out here:

Finding Hunter

Make Me by Lee Child

 

makemeMy Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Reacher is BACK! Okay, he never left. But the last three or four books have been a bit slower than the earlier ones (not surprising after TWENTY books), and while I still enjoyed them, I wasn’t quite as excited about them as I wanted to be. However, with Make Me, Lee Child is definitely back on his game, 100%.

There is no real way to summarize a Jack Reacher story, without giving away far too much of the mystery involved, so I’m not going to try. What I am going to say is that no matter how many times I thought I knew what was really happening in the tiny little town of Mother’s Rest, I found out I was wrong. WAY wrong. All Reacher really wants to know is how the town got its name, but no one will tell him. They’re too busy trying to make him go away. Permanently, if need be. But Reacher’s general rule of thumb is, if you want me to leave before I’m ready, you’ll have to make me…an imposing task, at the very least.

Reacher doesn’t always get involved in a romance on his travels, but when he does, it’s usually pretty interesting. This one was my favorite to date, and part of me wishes he’d stay in touch with Michelle Chang for future books. But the rest of me knows that putting Reacher in a committed relationship changes all the rules. He’s been there, done that, and isn’t likely to try again.

If you are already familiar with Jack Reacher–the 6’5″, ex-MP, with hands the size of “dinner plates,” and a brain that never stops computing–you’ve probably been eagerly waiting for this one. And those of you who have never read one of these superbly done action/mysteries…well, what are you waiting for? Start at the beginning and read the whole delicious pile of them, one after the other. Reacher overload. Possibly fatal, but a good way to go. 😀

Make Me

 

#RomancingSeptember Days 10 and 11

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Still going crazy around here, this time with Createspace issues, but trying my best to catch up. I certainly don’t want to forget about Rosie Amber & Stephanie Hurt, and their lovely September event. Day 10’s featured author is Lizzie Lamb, and Day 11’s is Adrienne Vaughan. (Don’t forget to check both blogs, as the questions are different.) And please remember to pay it forward! Thanks!

Rosie Amber: #RomancingSeptember Day 10 with Lizzie Lamb
Stephanie Hurt: #RomancingSeptember Day 10 with Lizzie Lamb

Rosie Amber: #RomancingSeptember Day 11 with Adrienne Vaughan
Stephanie Hurt: #RomancingSeptember Day 11 with Adrienne Vaughan

(Originally posted on The Write Stuff)

#RomancingSeptember Day 12

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#RomancingSeptember is approaching mid-month, and going strong, with lots of wonderful authors giving us insight into what and how they write. Today’s featured author is Monica La Porta. Check out both of her interviews! And please share with all the usual suspects. 🙂

Rosie Amber: #RomancingSeptember Day 12 with Monica La Porta
Stephanie Hurt: #RomancingSeptember Day 12 with Monica La Porta

Saint Odd by Dean Koontz: A Sad Farewell

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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

I’ve had this book since the day it came out, but couldn’t work up the nerve to read it. Of everything Dean Koontz has ever written (and I’m a huge fan), the Odd Thomas series has been my very favorite. I found Oddie to be one of the most endearing and special characters I’ve ever enjoyed reading about, so I’ve been very reluctant to read the final book in the series, knowing I would have to say goodbye. Finally, I worked up my nerve and plunged in headfirst.

As always, Koontz’s writing touches me deeply. No matter the nature of the bad guys, horror or alien, four-footed & furry or merely evil to the core, what Dean Koontz does best is remind us that there is nothing more powerful than love. That’s why he’s my favorite horror/ghost/urban fantasy writer of all time. Bar none. This series has been no exception, and anyone who was surprised at the ending of Saint Odd hasn’t been paying attention. It ended exactly the way it needed to, even though it broke my heart to read it.

If you have followed Oddie from the beginning, you’ll want to read this, and see him come full circle, doing everything he set out to do. If you haven’t read any of these books, you really should. There’s no other character out there quite like Odd Thomas. And I doubt there ever will be again. I’m going to miss him.

Saint Odd is definitely NOT a standalone story. Do yourself a favor. Start with Odd Thomas, and read the entire series.

Saint Odd

Odd Thomas

Rising Fury: Hexing House Book 1 by Jen Rasmussen

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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Jen Rasmussen is fast becoming a favorite author of mine. Her creativity and imagination are wonderful. I would give Rising Fury five stars for originality alone, but thankfully, I don’t have to do that. The plot is engaging, and the heroine, interesting. And the furies? Complicated, three-dimensional, and fascinating. Add to that the fact that Rasmussen’s story telling skills are excellent, and her books are well-thought out, well-edited, and well-written from start to finish. (I discovered this with her Lydia Trinket series, beginning with Ghost in the Canteen. One of the coolest concepts I’ve read in ghost stories in a long time.)

If you want to read about something just a bit different…like winged furies…no, make that PURPLE winged furies…Rising Fury is for you. Follow along with the flawed but very interesting main character, Thea Gideon, as she uncovers an organization, and a species of creature, she never knew about before, despite her own hidden talents. It’s a great ride. Umm…flight. Okay, adventure! Check it out! You might find yourself in need of the services of Hexing House yourself, someday. 😀

Rising Fury: Hexing House Book 1

 

#RomancingSeptember Days 7, 8, and 9

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In all the sturm und drang of the weekend, sorting out the mistake I made on Amazon, I didn’t have a chance to post links to these latest three #RomancingSeptember author interviews–for which I apologize profusely. Here they are for those checking out this entertaining group of writers. Day 7: Pamela Beckford, Day 8: E. L. Lindley, and Day 9: F. J. Thomas.  Hope you’ll share their interviews in all the usual ways. Thanks! Remember, when it’s your turn, we’ll do the same for you. 🙂

Rosie Amber – Pamela Beckford: #RomancingSeptember Day 7
Stephanie Hurt – Pamela Beckford: #RomancingSeptember Day 7

Rosie Amber – E. L. Lindley: #RomancingSeptember Day 8
Stephanie Hurt – E. L. Lindley:  #RomancingSeptember Day 8

Rosie Amber – F. J. Thomas: #RomancingSeptember Day 9
Stephanie Hurt – F. J. Thomas: #RomancingSeptember Day 9

(Originally posted on The Write Stuff )

#RomancingSeptember Days 5 and 6

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So sorry I didn’t get to this yesterday. Spent the whole day trying to get Finding Hunter ready for CreateSpace, with a few formatting glitches that Word just wouldn’t let me correct! Grrrrr.

BUT. Never fear, here are the links to Saturday’s featured author, Georgina Troy, and today’s, V. Steele. Check them out, and  please remember to share.  Thanks!

Rosie Amber: #RomancingSeptember Day 5, Georgina Troy
Rosie Amber: #RomancingSeptember Day 6, V. Steele

Stephanie Hurt: #RomancingSeptember Day 5, Georgina Troy
Stephanie Hurt: #RomancingSeptember Day 6, V. Steele

(Originally posted on The Write Stuff)

#RomancingSeptember Day 4 with Michelle Betham

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September is turning out to be a very romantic month, and I’m loving it. Hope you guys are enjoying these  posts, too. Today’s featured author is Michelle Betham, and you can find her interviews (different) here:

Rosie Amber: #RomancingSeptember Day 4, Shirley Valentine Goes to  Vegas

Stephanie Hurt: #RomancingSeptember Across the World Day 4

Happy reading, and be sure to share everywhere you can. These authors will love you for it!

(Originally posted on The Write Stuff)

#RomancingSeptember Day 3

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Hope you guys are enjoying meeting these authors as much as I am. Today’s #RomancingSeptember guest is #LindaLeeWilliams, and you can read her two interviews here:

Rosie Amber: #RomancingSeptember Day 3 – Old Town Nights

Stephanie Hurt: #RomancingSeptember Across the World – Day 3

Happy Reading, and don’t forget to share!

#RomancingSeptember Day 2

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Today’s featured author is Helen Hollick. Another interesting interview, and plenty of info about historical fiction. Check it out, and please share both this post, and the posts on these two sites. Again, we’re Writers Helping Writers, and we will do the same for you. Happy reading!

Rosie Amber: #RomancingSeptember Day 2 – Helen Hollick

Stephanie Hurt: #RomancingSeptember Day 2 with Helen Hollick,

#RomancingSeptember with Rosie Amber & Stephanie Hurt

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Today is September 1, and that means…tada!…#RomancingSeptember has begun. Thirty days, thirty authors featured on two different blogs, answering two different sets of questions. I have been invited to take part, and my post is scheduled for September 30. I hope you’ll all read it, but PLEASE don’t wait for me. There are some wonderful writers being featured (I’m so lucky to be in the mix!) and you’ll want to meet one each day.

I will be posting the links daily to both Rosie Amber’s blog and Stephanie Hurt’s blog, and you can check each of these authors out for yourself. I predict you’ll learn something from each one of them, find some new books to read, and have a lot of fun along the way.  (You’ll also find two new blogs to follow, as well.)

Today’s featured author is Melissa Foster. Here are the links to her posts:

Rosie Amber:  Romancing September Day 1 – Melissa Foster

Stephanie Hurt: Romancing September Across the World Day 1 – Melissa Foster

Hope you enjoy learning about Melissa Foster, and please remember to share these posts everywhere you can. Remember, it’s all about Writers Helping Writers, here.

Have a great day!

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