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Who Is This?

In creating my Inspiration Boards for Hunter, the sequel to Swamp Ghosts, I have been looking high and low for a someone who looks the way I picture Hunter Painter looking. After a time-consuming and exhausting search through THOUSANDS of pictures of good looking men…oh, the things we suffer for our art!…I found ONE photo that looks like Hunter would have looked in his earlier years. (He’s 34 at the start of this book, so would have a tiny bit more wear and tear on his face…maybe). There was no identification on this image at all, and I’m afraid I don’t recognize this man. If he’s an actor or model, someone must surely know his name, right? And I’d like to find a few more photos of him, so I’m putting it to you guys. Can you help? Who is this?

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#SwampGhosts Excerpt #4

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Lest you think Swamp Ghosts is a grim, dark book, I thought I’d share a few lighter moments. Yes, the book does have grim, dark scenes scattered here and there, but overall, it’s a love story, with plenty of humorous moments.

Swamp Ghosts Chapter 5 Excerpt

     SUNDAY MORNING arrived looking like a picture out of a travel brochure. A buttery yellow sun beamed down from a cloudless swath of blue sky, and the trees along the river were that jewel-like shade of green you only see in early summer.
I watched Gunn as he surveyed the boat launch. “You sure you don’t want to do a dry run on land first?”

     “Maggie, I’d feel silly standing over there under a tree, getting in and out of the canoe, instead of just launching it here, like anyone else. I’m sure I can do this.”
     “Okay, Thor. Your funeral,” I muttered.
     Gunn’s eyes widened. “Excuse me? Thor? Did you just call me Thor?” Read more…

Call For Beta Readers

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Going back to the mountains again, as I start working on the sequel to Wake-Robin Ridge, and I’m looking for beta readers once more. I would like to have a few more this time around, so if you are interested in doing something like this, please email me. Contact info at the top of this page. I do this a little bit differently from many authors, so I would need to explain how it all works.

If you’d like to be in on the process of taking an idea and turning it into a finished publication, I’d love to hear from you. I think most of my Beta readers have enjoyed the journey, and the knowledge that their comments and support have helped shape the finished project. Would LOVE to talk to you about how it works. Email me for all the data.

And for those who’ve read Wake-Robin Ridge, this is your chance to find out what’s going on with Sarah & Mac before anyone else. 😀 Hint…odd things are happening in Darcy’s Corner, North Carolina. I’ll be waiting to hear from you.

#SwampGhosts Excerpt #3

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Time for a bit more creepy with this one. Hope it makes you shiver. A bit.  🙂

Swamp Ghosts Chapter 4 Excerpt

THE ROOM WAS lit only by two small nightlights on each side of the dirty mattress. He liked it dark, knowing it would add an extra element of fear. There needed to be just enough light for him to see the terror in the eyes of his latest…guest…or it wouldn’t be nearly enough fun. Leaving the rest of the room shrouded in darkness was exactly the type of horror movie effect he wanted to achieve.
     He’d been gone several hours, and now the girl was lying on her side, curled into a protective ball–as if those pale little arms wrapped around her body could save her from him. He stood there contemplating various ways to wake her up, each guaranteed to bring her screaming into consciousness as she struggled against the restraints. Read more…

Swamp Ghosts Excerpt #2

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Maggie Devlin owns an eco-tour boat on the St. Johns River. Billy Truitt is her unofficial first mate and mechanic. They have just finished their last tour of the day, and are about to head home.

Swamp Ghosts Chapter 3 Excerpt

A man was walking down the floating pier, reading the name of each boat he approached. A really big man. Big enough that his weight caused the pier to bob up and down, which seemed to worry him, if his frown was anything to go by. Billy and I watched his cautious approach with curiosity. The tours were over for the day, and he just didn’t look like he belonged here at the marina. When he spotted my boat, he smiled and picked up his pace, causing the floating pier to dip sharply. He lurched to a stop in front of us. Read more…

Win A Free Download of “Swamp Ghosts!”

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The first ten people to email me directly will receive a free Kindle download of Swamp Ghosts, my new novel set on the rivers of central Florida. Meet Maggie Devlin, an eco-tour boat operator on the scenic St. Johns River. Find out how she and Gunnar Wolfe, a wildlife photographer, plan to make history together. Well…that was the plan before they made a grisly discovery,  and found out the hard way that a serial killer on the prowl is more deadly than any other predator in the swamp.  Email today, and win your download. (Contact info in Menu at the top of the page.)

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Fanfare, Please!

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Ta-daaa! The Big Day is finally here! The first Riverbend novel, Swamp Ghosts, is live on amazon! I’m so excited to have this one “out there,” I can’t tell you, and I want to thank everyone who has been there for me throughout this long process.

Hope you’ll come along for the boat ride, and meet Maggie Devlin, Gunnar Wolfe, Willow Greene, Billy Truitt, the Painter brothers, Lester Purvis…and best of all, my personal favorite, Big Blue. They’re all waiting for you in the sleepy little Florida town of Riverbend. And oh, yeah…did I mention there’s a serial killer on the prowl? Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Swamp Ghosts: A Riverbend Novel

“Romance meets danger in Swamp Ghosts, as a serial killer proves more deadly than any other predator in the swamp.”

It’s ALMOST Here!

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Coming Tomorrow!

I’m busy reading today, checking for last minute errors in my Kindle version of Swamp Ghosts. I want it to be as close to perfect as I can possibly make it, before it officially goes LIVE tomorrow! Mark your calendars! I will have some special offers starting tomorrow, too, so don’t forget to check back here.

Snakes, and alligators, and psychopaths, oh, MY!

Don’t Forget!

Just some reminders:

1. Don’t forget to enter HERE for a Free Signed Copy of Aimee Easterling’s YA paranormal werewolf fantasy, Shiftless. Plenty of chances left to win, and you can enter multiple times, in various ways. Don’t miss out!

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2.  Don’t forget to check out Evey’s Writers Blog, where I’m the featured author all this week. Read a bit about my newest book, Swamp Ghosts, as well as Wake-Robin Ridge, and Summer Magic. There are excerpts from both novels! Please come by and say hi. I promise to answer any questions you might have. 😀 Thanks, Evelyn!

 

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3. And last but not least…oh, no! Definitely not least! Don’t forget that Swamp Ghosts goes live on Amazon, Thursday, May 1. (That’s the day after tomorrow!)This is the one you’ve been asking me about. Snakes and alligators and psychopaths, oh my. A beautiful red-headed heroine, and a big, blond Viking of a guy who’s a wildlife photographer. Oh, the adventures they have, canoeing on some of Florida’s most remote backwaters, in pursuit of the rarest of the rare. Danger and romance, galore. Tune in Thursday for the link for the Kindle download. Print book will follow in a week or two.

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Wake-Robin Ridge Only $1.99 – 2 More Days!

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Only 2 more days! #WakeRobinRidge is available for download for only $1.99. (Regular price $4.99) Find out why librarian Sarah Gray quit her job and moved to a little cabin the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Discover what secret her reclusive, enigmatic neighbor, MacKenzie Cole, is hiding, up there alone in his mountaintop home. And be there when, together, they unravel a mystery involving a decades old murder and the first woman who lived in Sarah’s cabin. Romantic Suspense, with a little touch of spooky. Check it out! 

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Help!

Somehow I forgot to contact BookGorilla about my Wake-Robin Ridge sale this week. 😦 I need to promote this one myself, so I’m hoping you will all tell your friends and family about the promotion. If you have a blog, and reblog my post (below) about it, I’ll be happy to gift you with a free download of Summer Magic as a thank-you. Just let me know your email in order to receive it. I’ll do the same if you post about it on your Facebook page, or Tweet about it. You may use this link to help readers find it: Wake-Robin Ridge

Really hoping to get the word out, as I can’t offer this price again for 90 days. Thanks for any help you can offer!

Wake-Robin Ridge for $1.99!

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For the next five days, Wake-Robin Ridge will be on sale for $1.99. If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, don’t miss out! Love and murder in the Blue Ridge Mountains! You’ll want to get to know Sarah and Mac, and find out what secret has kept MacKenzie Cole alone on his mountaintop, with only his Irish wolfhound, Rosheen, for company. Read how, together, they unravel the mystery of what happened to Ruth Winn, who lived in Sarah’s cabin before her.  Romantic Suspense with a touch of spooky. Get your copy today–you know you want to! 

Writers Digest says Ruthie is a strong and interesting character, Lloyd is compelling and psychotic, and Sarah and Mac’s relationship is adorable. 

“What a wonderful story! Funny, sad uplifting,could not put it down.” 5 Stars

“The author has a wonderful command of language.You feel you have been whisked away to the Blue Ridge Mountains.” 5 Stars

” I love books that evoke emotions. I cried real tears, and laughed out loud.” 5 Stars

“Great character development, beautiful imagery. It’s unique, endearing, funny and at times, tragic.” 5 Stars

“Two days later, I’m still thinking of the characters. Hope there will be a sequel.” 5 Stars 

“The suspense kept building until I just couldn’t put the book down.” 5 Stars 

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Spring Is In The Air!

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Actually, down here in central Florida, we’ve already had some days in the low 80’s, so you could say summer is in the air, too. But today is a cool, upper-60’s kind of day, so I’m calling it spring. The migrating goldfinches have shown up at my feeder, where they will consume vast quantities of thistle seed before molting into their bright yellow breeding plumage, and heading farther north to nest. Cardinals are already building this year’s homes, and I’ve even seen a black racer or two, venturing out to bask in the sunlight. 

And on other exciting fronts, I have finally finished my second novel, Swamp Ghosts, and it is in full edit, as I type. You might notice the header has changed to something appropriate for this news. 🙂

I love the editing process, through and through. Revising, cutting, sharpening, looking for better ways to say the same thing, or cleaner prose, or a funnier tidbit to insert. To me, it’s the icing on the cake, and the best part of writing. Hopefully, this book will be published by May 1. I’ll keep you posted on that.

And lastly, maybe the most fun of all, I have a bit more time to read again! I’ve missed it more than you can imagine, and I have some books to review, starting this very afternoon. Just finished Chloe Neill’s latest Chicagoland novel, for one, and a few other things I want to share with you. So stay tuned, folks. Things should be picking up here a bit more each day. Until I start novel #3, that is, and I’m already outlining it. 🙂

 

Wake-Robin Ridge On Sale!

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I just discovered amazon.com has the print version of my book, Wake-Robin Ridge, on sale for $10.17, a savings of $2.82 over the regular list price. If any of you guys were thinking Read more…

Early Christmas Present For MEEEEE!

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Just got my proof for Wake-Robin Ridge in the mail today, and I must say, it was the most exciting thing to happen to me in a long, long time. I’m absolutely blown away by how gorgeous it looks! (Excuse the poor quality photo. An iPhone in low light will only do so much.) My cover designer, Nicki Forde, Read more…

Summer Magic FREE Today!

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Got up a bit late this morning, sorry! But for those who may have missed the earlier post, my book of poetry, Summer Magic, is free today, tomorrow and Monday. Hope some of you will take this opportunity to download it. Nothing to lose, right? And you may discover it is something you enjoy. If so, hope you’ll consider leaving a positive review on amazon. Thanks!

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Summer Magic FREE November 2 Through November 4!

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Since I have been at the hospital with my mother daily and haven’t been able to post anything new, I thought it would be a good time to run a promo for my chapbook of poems. Summer Magic will be available for free download Saturday, November 2, Sunday, November 3, and Monday, November 4. Hope some of you will check it out. The verses are very special to me, especially those that are about MacKenzie Cole (from Wake-Robin Ridge) as a boy of ten, exploring the fun of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s free. You can’t lose! 😀

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Back Home Again, And Thank You!

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Nothing Like A Day At The Beach To Make A Guy Happy!

Just wanted to touch base and let you guys know I’m home again, after a wonderful trip, and I’ll be catching up here soon. Got a couple of new reviews to put up, but I have developed a complication from my cataract surgery that might keep me from spending quite as much time on the computer as I’d like. Will know more on that in a day or so. 

In the meantime, I just want to thank everyone who participated in the free promo of Wake-Robin Ridge. Thanks to you guys, there were nearly 2,000 downloads of my book, and I’m pleased as can be. Hope some folks will enjoy it enough to leave a few more good reviews. Stay tuned to see what’s free on Monday’s Lunchtime Giveaway!

And just so you know, Destin, Florida has some of the state’s most absolutely beautiful beaches, sunsets…and GRANDBABIES! I’m just sayin’……………..

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Wake-Robin Ridge Free Monday & Tuesday!

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Decided to run a free promo on my novel, Wake-Robin Ridge, while I’m out of town this week. If you didn’t download it before, now’s your chance! It’s a romantic suspense set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and involves a little cabin and the two women who lived there fifty years apart. Murder and spooky stuff, all built in, too! Go ahead and check it out. It’s free. What have you got to lose? 😀 And if you enjoy it, please consider leaving a review for me on amazon, to help the book move up in the ranks so people can find it more easily.

I’ll be back in a couple of days, after I get as much Granny-lovin’ in as possible on my little grandson. Hold down the fort while I’m gone, will ya? 😉 And remember, tell all your friends, WRR is free tomorrow and Tuesday, all day long each day!

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Happy reading!

FREE-ky Friday!

FREE TODAY!

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I have decided that Friday’s need to be more than just “What Are You Reading?” Days.  My plan is to have some sort of weekly promotion or giveaway or contest, though I may have to figure out the details as I go. But to start with, for today only, the first five people to email me will receive a free download of my book, Wake-Robin Ridge. If you like romantic suspense, with not one, but two, very different love stories, a decades old murder mystery, and the triumph of good over evil, let me know, and I’ll send you a free download of my book. Just click on the Contact Me button at the top of this page, and let me hear from you. If you are one of the first five responders, you can have Wake-Robin Ridge on your Kindle, iPad, smartphone or computer today. Did I mention Free? How can you go wrong?

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Promo Is Over

Thanks again to everyone who downloaded my book, Wake-Robin Ridge, during yesterday’s Free Promotional. Because of you guys, I had 855 total downloads for the day, including 77 in U.K., 13 in Denmark, 2 in France, 2 in Italy, 2 in Japan, 3 in India, and 11 in Canada! Wow! That is some amazing stuff! Now, I’m sure there are many authors out there who have surpassed these numbers by far, but to me, thinking the someone in India is reading about my Sarah Gray and MacKenzie Cole is just mind-boggling. I’m so stoked! 

My heartfelt appreciation and love goes out to every single person who downloaded a copy, told a friend about the book, posted on their Facebook page, Tweeted, emailed, or posted a review on amazon. This book was a labor of love, and I hope that at least some  readers will enjoy it. I’m hard at work on my next one, and just finishing up my poetry book. I’ll let you guys know when those are available, but in the meantime, back to your originally scheduled programming! (And I’m heading to the Comfy Chair to finish my next book for review.)

Hugs to ALL!

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Bookin’ It News!

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Good morning, Fellow Book Lovers! Just wanted to touch base quickly on two bits of news, both related to my new novel, Wake-Robin Ridge. Then it’s back to business as usual, with two new book reviews I hope to get up today.

First, if you purchased an early copy of Wake-Robin Ridge, you might find some typos that seem to have been generated by Book Gremlins during the upload process to Kindle. I think they slipped into my library in the dead of night and made nasty changes to punctuation and a few other things, while I slept innocently, dreaming only of my immense satisfaction of having finally finished the book. I’m sure–sure, I tell you–that those errors didn’t come from me! No, no. I won’t have that! At any rate, gremlins or no, I just want to let you purchasers who downloaded before 9/2/13  know you are entitled to a free, corrected update, and I definitely want to see that you get one. Stay tuned to this blog to find out more on that. Or email me privately, if you wish.

For those who haven’t downloaded the book yet, (notice I say “yet” … :D) it has been re-proofed, and I think it’s looking pretty good now. You should be safe! Download away!

The second bit of news is that I’m going to establish a separate page here on this blog for “Author News” on Wake-Robin Ridge, Summer Magic, and any other writing I publish in the months ahead, for those who want to track give-aways, news on new releases, and other things related to the writing part of my life now.  That way, I can keep the original part of this blog set up for those who are more interested in book reviews, and yet still have a way of sharing writing milestones with you.

Hope this will work out well for everyone. More as things take shape! Now, as you were, folks. Back to your Labor Day Weekend. Hope it’s a good one!

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