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Hi, and welcome to the debut of “NOVY’S SON:  THE SELFISH GENIUS” BOOK TRAILER DEBUT!  This amazing story has been penned by Author, Karen Ingalls.  To find out more about Karen, please visit her blog tour page at 4WillsPublishing, where this event is being sponsored. We hope that you will enjoy this amazing story, told thru visuals, meaningful words and music.
Novy's Son by Karen IngallsBOOK BLURB:

From his early childhood, Murray Clark sought love and acceptance from his father, who was raised as the bastard child of a famous artist. Murray struggled with jealousy toward his younger brothers, and he questioned the morals and values of people around him.

As an adult, Matthew lived life his way, with years of lying, womanizing, and heavy drinking. Though married four times, did he ever find unconditional love? Would Murray’s high intelligence, his love for his two daughters, and his unique philosophy of life help him rise above his demons?


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Zinnia’s Journey by RRBC Author A.M. Manay

It is my great honor to introduce you to A.M. Manay. A.M. is a very supportive member of Rave Reviews Book Club and has authored 3 books in the November Snow Series:

She Dies at the End

She Lights up the Dark

She Sees in her Sleep

am manay she diesIn addition to her work as an indie author of paranormal fantasy, A.M. Manay is a former inner-city chemistry teacher, a singer, a yoga enthusiast, a Clerk of Session in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and a mother through domestic open adoption.  She has a passion for increasing diversity in popular culture and for strong heroines who stand up for themselves, make their own decisions, and don’t depend on romance as their reason for being.

Be the first to know about the release of the upcoming sequel as well as bonus material about your favorite characters by:

Checking out her website: www.ammanay.net

Signing up for the fan email list: November’s News

Following the author on Facebook: facebook.com/ammanaywrites

Following the author on Twitter: @ammanay

Following the author on Instagram: instagram.com/a.m.manay

Following her Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/ammanay


Zinnia’s Journey     am manay she lights

by A.M. Manay

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I enjoy playing around with the thoughts and backgrounds of my supporting characters. Below is a journal entry from the point of view of Zinnia, a young fairy and one of the main characters in my series.  It provides plot hints about the second book in the series, She Lights Up the Dark, which was released in April, 2016.  At the end of the previous book, She Dies at the End, Zinnia bonds with a young werewolf orphan named Carlos, whom she writes about here. This relationship is problematic due to the history of animosity between fairies and werewolves. You can learn more about these characters by reading She Dies at the End, She Lights Up the Dark, and She Sees in Her Sleep, all available this weekend for only $0.99 each!

I’ve started writing down my thoughts.  Normally, I would talk to November, or call my mother.  Neither of those is an option anymore, but if I don’t get my thoughts out, I’m going to lose it.  Sigh.  So, here I am.

Carlos is gaining weight fast, thankfully.  He’s sleeping a little better, too, though the bad dreams are frequent.  He’s warmed up to Pine, finally.  I’ve been reading a lot online about how to help traumatized children.  I’m hoping that if we ever find someplace we can safely stay for any length of time, that I can find him a decent therapist or something.  Right now, I’m encouraging him to draw lots of pictures. Some of them are pretty disturbing, but I figure that’s good, right?  He’s trying to process what happened to him and his family.  Hector’s traumatized, too, of course, but he won’t talk about squat, at least not with me.  I’m hoping Pine has more luck.    

Pine and Hector grow more adorable by the day.  I think Hector finally admitted to him that he’s also gay.  Carlos and I have a bet going as to when they’ll finally hold hands.

I keep wondering how November is doing.  I wonder if she’s keeping tabs on us.  If she is, she’ll see that we’re not making much progress.  I’m feeling pretty useless over here, trying unsuccessfully to talk to people who hate us while Luka blows up half the world.  I think there have been at least three attacks since we left Oakland two weeks ago, spread all across the country.  The humans are flipping out.  Every town we drive through, we see the National Guard on street corners.  I read yesterday that there’s a proposal to institute martial law. Smh.

 Carlos is waking up, so I’d better stop for today and get my teaching hat on.  I picked up some books, so we can homeschool on the road.  He’s smart as a whip, but then, I’m biased.  :-)

 Book blurb for She Lights Up the Dark (November Snow Book 2)

A frightening vision stalks November, even in her grave . . . and things go severely sideways just as soon as she claws her way out of it. 

Continuing the story begun in the well-received paranormal romp She Dies at the End, She Lights Up the Dark finds November Snow struggling to adjust to her new life as a vampire with none of the support she’d expected. Her nemesis Luka has plotted to isolate November and scatter her allies as he executes his plan to bring human society under his control. Her loneliness leads her to become emotionally entangled with a charming but likely untrustworthy fellow vampire. 

When danger flares, November discovers that her psychic gift has expanded in a powerful and perilous fashion. Coerced into close company with her enemy, she fights to master her power and to uncover the secrets that may help her to save both her friends and the human world from being crushed under Luka’s boot. November is determined to stop Luka as his plan builds toward an unknown and deadly climax, but she may find that lighting up the dark comes with a high price to pay. 

This books contains violence, some sexual content, and occasional profanity.

Short Excerpt from Chapter 4 of She Lights Up the Dark (November Snow Book 2)

They had stopped for gas and food in some random town a couple hours outside Portland.  Hector and Carlos were cleaning out the McDonalds while Pine pumped gas into the RV and Zinnia found excuses to touch strangers and take little sips of their life energy.  

She bought a newspaper in the convenience store, along with a pack of gum for Carlos.  Another day, another terrorist bombing.  How many had there been, now? A dozen? She sighed.  This one was in Tulsa.  Luka’s bombers seemed to be choosing more obscure targets lately, trying to instill fear everywhere from downtown to the barnyard.

National Guardsmen were rapidly becoming a common sight.  Metal detectors and armed guards now greeted people at the entrances of shopping malls.  Stadiums were empty, parades cancelled.  She’d heard on the radio about a bill flying through Congress to permit bombing strikes on terrorist training camps on U.S. soil— not that they had found any yet, nor would they ever, as long as Willow was around.

The internet was rife with speculation.  Most blamed the Muslims out of old habit, but a hundred different groups had claimed responsibility, which only made people more frightened and suspicious of one another.

Her reverie in the parking lot was interrupted when Carlos flew to her side and wrapped his arms around her waist.  “Hey, kiddo,” she exclaimed, hugging him back and bending down to kiss the top of his head.  “Did you get a good lunch?”

The pair headed back to their home on wheels.  Zinnia’s smile faltered as the hair rose on the back of her neck.  She turned around to see someone staring at them.  He was a fairy.  His hard olive green eyes met hers for a moment, and her heart dropped, but she didn’t sense the hatred from him that usually washed over her in waves when another fairy or a werewolf saw her makeshift little family.  He turned and walked swiftly away.  Zinnia could have sworn she almost saw him smile.

Pine had also spotted him.  “We’d better get going,” he said, hurrying them along, scanning for any other signs of trouble.  

They never stayed in any place very long.  After a week, sometimes less, local werewolves or fairies or vampires would make their lack of welcome clear.  They would share warnings about Luka with the strangers, implore them to consider working together, and then move on, continuing their quixotic effort to build common cause between the three species of supernatural creatures.  With millennia of distrust to overcome, it felt like an impossible task, but what else could they do?  This was their part of the mission.

They weren’t much suited for anything else.  Hector was a werewolf without a pack, unwelcome everywhere.  Carlos and Zinnia were so tightly bound by magic that they couldn’t be separated without risking their health, which made them likewise outcast.  Zinnia wasn’t cut out for guerrilla warfare or spying anyway.  And Pine wasn’t going to leave Zinnia alone with only werewolves for company.   He’d known her since she was a little girl. And there was the matter of his growing fondness for Hector . . .

They were about an hour gone when they saw the fairy again, this time standing in the middle of the road.  “Weapons ready,” Pine called quietly to Hector, trying not to wake the angelically sleeping Carlos.

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Author Links for A.M. Manay

She Dies at the End: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0112S00KI

She Sees in Her Sleep: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B019EG1NWE

She Lights Up the Dark: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BQGGBMW

Website: www.ammanay.net

Fan email list: November’s News

Facebook: facebook.com/ammanaywrites

Twitter: @ammanay

Instagram: instagram.com/a.m.manay

Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/ammanay

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It is my great honor to introduce Nonnie Jules to you today! Nonnie is an accomplished author, poet, wife, mother, and creator and president of Rave Reviews Book Club. Nonnie works tirelessly on behalf of others and models true leadership. This is Day 13 of the “100 THINGS WE ALL WONDER ABOUT NONNIE JULES” Blog Tour! I encourage you to visit each stop to get a complete picture of the Grand Dame we know as Wonder Woman! Her tour line-up can be found here.



Leave a comment at each stop and get your name entered that number of times into a random drawing for one of the 5 giveaways listed below!

(2) $10 Amazon Gift Cards

(1) $5 Amazon Gift Card

(2) e-book copies of “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE…”


Anyone who purchases a copy of  “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE,” “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND,” of “IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC” and send to me a copy of the purchase receipt to nonniejules@gmail.com, and also leave a comment along the tour, will get their name entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon Gift Card!  One entry for each book that is purchased, whether in e-book or paperback format.  Purchases must take place between 2/14 – 2/29/2016.  If you have already purchased all of my books, then feel free to gift a friend, just for the chance to win!  Spend a little, and you could win a lot!


Anyone who reads and posts a review of “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE…” “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER…”or “IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC” and sends the link to their review to nonniejules@gmail.com, will get their name entered into a drawing for a $20 Amazon Gift Card!  One entry per each book read and reviewed.  Reviews must be posted between 2/16 – 3/15/2016 to be placed into the drawing.

Now…Here’s Nonnie!

Q: What gives you joy, Nonnie? What events, activities accomplishments, people fill you with pleasure?

A: Rebecca, you should already know that the first on my list of things that give me joy is my wonderful family. Reading and writing both bring me joy, exercise brings me joy, cleaning my home, walking around just basking in the glow of my beautiful home…all these little things bring me GREAT joy! Being of service to others is also high on my list of things that bring me pleasure.

Q: As busy as you are, how do you take care of yourself, mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually?

A: Well, I nourish my mind with ideas and I allow myself the freedom to let my thoughts wander. When they do, they return with a storehouse of wonderful ideas for me to use in my quest to help others reach that pinnacle of success! I nourish my body with exercise and clean eating for the most part. I meditate and pray, twist myself into knots with Yoga and Pilates…and I try to live an honest and “true” life…I practice what I preach.

Q: Looking back at your life, what 3-4 things (happenings, philosophies or people) gave you the confidence and strength to start RRBC?

A: Let me share this quote from my site, www.BooksByNonnie.wordpress.com: “As a child, no one ever told me I couldn’t, therefore, in all things I THINK I CAN.” Rebecca, I can hear my mom saying, even now: “She was the only child I had who demanded things!” “She was the only baby I had that came out breach.” I take all these things to mean, that even as a child, I knew that I was destined to do great things, because even as a child, I expected it…demanded it, even. I came out feet first because I knew that these feet were made for some serious miles!

Q: In ten words or less, what do you want written on your tombstone?

A: Here lies the remains of Nonnie Jules, she lived her life by her own rules. She wanted to serve and serve she did. This appearance…her farewell bid.  OK, maybe I wouldn’t have it to read that way, how about simply: A full life lived, in service to others.

Q: You have commented about your wonderful husband and happy marriage. What advice would you give to newlyweds.

A: You’ve misquoted me, Rebecca. I said I was happy. I can’t speak for him…LOL!


To follow Nonnie’s tour and to get more of your questions answered, please visit her Blog Tour Page on the 4WillsPub site http://wp.me/P43s9i-FEw. Thanks for stopping by today and good luck on winning some of these great prizes!


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“Jazz: America’s Gift” By Author, Richie Gerber

It is my great honor to welcome AUTHOR, RICHIE GERBER on the first stop of his “Jazz: America’s Gift” Blog Tour!

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Richie Gerber is a musician, performer, comedian, and impresario. Over the years, he produced hundreds of jazz concerts that featured his band The Free Radicals, playing straight-ahead jazz, bebop, and swing with jazz greats like Eddie Higgins, former Count Basie alumnus Pete Minger, five-time Grammy nominee Ira Sullivan, and Buddy DeFranco.

George Gershwin’s BIG January 1924

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New Year’s Day, January 1, 1924, New York City

For 25-year-old George Gershwin, 1924 started out with a bang. On New Year’s Day, young George had both hands full writing the music for the three-act Broadway musical Sweet Little Devil. His partner for the gig was his lyricist buddy, Buddy DeSylva. They were working tirelessly to finish up the music for this Broadway musical comedy slated to open at the 1,600-seat Astor Theatre on January 21st.

The Astor Theatre was located in the heart of the “Great White Way” at the corner of Broadway and 45th Street. Sadly, the Astor was demolished along with four other historic theaters—the Helen Hayes, the Morosco, the Bijou, and the Gaiety—to make room for the Marriott Marquis Hotel in what is now known as “The Great Theater Massacre of 1982.”

Sweet Little Devil started out with the initial title of My Dear Lady, but the producers renamed it The Perfect Lady just before its shakeout performances in Boston and Providence. It then went on to the Big Apple, opening on the 21st as Sweet Little Devil. The comedy’s circuitous title change from “dear lady” to “perfect lady” to “devil” is quite remarkable. Then again, it shines a light on the Broadway producers’ twisted thinking on what theater-goers would buy into. But let’s be honest, in New York City, Broadway tickets for a show with “little devil” in the title will outsell “dear or perfect ladies” every time, hands down!

The Gershwin-DeSylva team banged out a total of fifteen songs for this Broadway musical, three of which were chopped in the final cut. So Sweet Little Devil ended up as a final production with a dozen songs. Each song of the final dozen took hours of tweaking and polishing for any number of reasons—think, accommodating a prima donna or making the tune easier for the chorus or making it longer or shorter. You get the picture. Just for the record, Gershwin was one of the most accommodating composers in the biz. Mr. Flexibility.

Sweet Little Devil ran for 120 performances, which meant it lasted the season. At the time, that was considered a successful musical.

In the early morning hours of Friday January 4th, the seeds of change were planted in the lowly, smoke-filled Ambassador Billiards Parlor on Broadway and 52nd Street. Of all the billiard parlors in all the world, the Ambassador Billiards Parlor was about to change American Popular Music forever. JAZZ was about to become the talk of the town, America, and the world! And George Gershwin was the centerpiece of this upheaval. You may be wondering, How could this possibly happen?

At the time, George was downing beers, smoking cigars, and shooting three-cushion billiards with Buddy DeSylva (who incidentally won the game). Meanwhile, his older brother, Ira, was reading the amusement page of the Herald Tribune. Ira burst out about an announcement claiming that Band Leader Paul Whiteman was producing a concert dubbed “An Experiment in Modern Music.” The article went on to state that “George Gershwin was at work on a jazz concerto,” which the Whiteman Orchestra would play at the February 12, 1924, concert in Aeolian Hall.

George looked at the newspaper and then at Ira and Buddy and told them that this was news to him! Not only that, he said it was virtually impossible because he was way too busy with the soon-to-open Sweet Little Devil. In a few day’s time, he would be leaving for Boston for the rehearsals.

Gershwin hastily called Whiteman—who was baptized “The King of Jazz”—and told him there was absolutely no way he could work on this new project. He advised the bandleader to get back to him in six months when his schedule might see the light of day. After some back-and-forth negotiations, Whiteman and Gershwin “met in the middle.” In other words, Gershwin agreed to deliver the “jazz concerto” in less than 24 days. The Whiteman Orchestra needed rehearsal time, so the sooner the work was completed the better. As you can plainly see, George’s negotiating skills were no match against the King of Jazz. Obviously, Gershwin had never read Trump: The Art of the Deal.

To be fair, Gershwin wanted to get this gig, which meant he was ready to take on just about anything for the chance to make history. George was an ambitious young man with something to prove. The times were changing all around him. Following World War I, a new dynamic America had emerged. Prohibition, speakeasies, gangsters, and the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, ruled the day. There was a new carpe diem, live for today, ethos. The machine age and the modernism movement in art were taking the country by storm.

Gershwin wholeheartedly embraced this new modernism through his music. In fact, Gershwin and his Rhapsody in Blue would become the champion of this new America. Actually, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue was the herald of The Jazz Age and The Roaring Twenties. . . . But I am getting a bit ahead of myself here.

In the first days of 1924, George hopped a train to Boston for the première of Sweet Little Devil. This train ride to Boston provided the inspiration for his Rhapsody masterpiece. He wrote:

“I was summoned to Boston for the première of Sweet Little Devil.…It was on the train, with its steely rhythms, its rattle-ty-bang that…I suddenly heard—and even saw on paper—the complete construction of the rhapsody, from beginning to end.…I heard it as a sort of musical kaleidoscope of America.…By the time I reached Boston I had a definite plot of the piece.”

“As for the middle theme, it came to me suddenly, as my music sometimes does. It was at the home of a friend, just after I got back to Gotham….all at once I heard myself playing a theme….No sooner had it oozed out of my fingers than I knew I had found it.…Within a week after my return home from Boston I completed the structure in the rough of the Rhapsody in Blue.”

Gershwin said that he began writing the piece on January 7th and finished eighteen days later on the 25th—two and a half weeks! However, in a June 1926 article titled “Jazz Is the Voice of the American Soul,” which appeared in Theatre Magazine, Gershwin said, “I wrote it in ten days.” So who are we going to believe? Eighteen days or ten days? George Gershwin or George Gershwin? You decide. Either way—IT WAS REALLY, REALLY FAST!

So, upon his return to Gotham from Boston, George dove exhaustively into his newest and about to be his greatest project. George dubbed the working title of the piece American Rhapsody but changed it when his brother and master wordsmith, Ira, suggested Rhapsody in Blue inspired by Whistler’s “Nocturne in Blue and Green.” George loved Ira’s suggestion because the music had, “a dominant theme derived from the fashionable ‘blue’ or melancholy rhythm.”

Enter Ferde Grofé, Paul Whiteman’s longtime crackerjack arranger. Since the Rhapsody needed to be completed in breakneck speed and Grofé knew the ins and outs of the Whiteman Band as well as the capabilities of each and every musician in said band, he could put his masterful arranging hand on the accelerator.

Every day while living with his parents and siblings in the family’s uptown Amsterdam Avenue and 110th Street apartment, Gershwin would compose several pages of his magnum opus on the upright piano in the back room. Grofé would snag the “catch of the day” and hustle off to his studio to transform Gershwin’s two piano form creation into a fully orchestrated work designed specifically for the Paul Whiteman Orchestra.

This exquisite dance of the two extraordinary virtuosos ended on January 25th—eighteen days from Gershwin’s’ start to finish! Remember, Sweet Little Devil premièred January 21st, a mere four days earlier.

Since Gershwin was pressed for time and knowing he was booked as the pianist for the performance, he delivered only 60% of the work to Grofé on the 25th. It’s fair to ask then, if Gershwin handed Grofé 60% of Rhapsody, what happened to the rest of the piece?

Short answer: Gershwin intended to improvise the remaining 40%. THAT’S JAZZ!

On the original final manuscript, 181 bars of the 452-bar manuscript were intentionally left blank with Gershwin’s handwritten directive “Wait for nod,” advising conductor Paul Whiteman that his piano improvisation was concluded and to cue the orchestra to resume.

Grofé sequestered himself in his studio to wrap up his orchestrating duties. He finished orchestrating the work in ten days, on February 4th, giving the orchestra a scant eight days to learn and rehearse Rhapsody in Blue, not to mention the twenty-two other pieces slated for the concert. Ergo, “An Experiment in Modern Music” featuring George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at the citadel of the hoity-toity, high-culture blue bloods, Aeolian Hall, was ready for Prime Time.

George Gershwin’s January 1924 proved to be the start of one of the most momentous years of his short 38-year life. Imagine Gershwin riding the train to Boston hearing its “steely rhythms” and “rattle-ty-bang” saying, “I frequently hear music in the very heart of noise.”

Jazz America's Gift by Richie Gerber

Contact info for Author, Richie Gerber:

Twitter:  @jazzgift1
Purchase link:

Jazz:  America’s Gift – www.amazon.com/dp/B0100RC8CK


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Sherilyn Powers–I’m Not Crazy…I’m Allergic!

Hi, and welcome to the final day of the “I’M NOT CRAZY…I’M ALLERGIC!” Blog Tour with Author, Sherilyn Powers.


Sherilyn Powers imageIf you have followed this awesome tour, then you already know that Sherilyn enlightened an empowered us with information to help us, help ourselves.


Recently, Sherilyn commissioned 4WillsPublishing to create the perfect book trailer to enhance the wonder, that is her book.  Today, we are introducing you to that trailer and we are asking you to stop by if you haven’t already, take a peek, and then share it on social media with all your friends and family.


If you missed any stop along the tour, please head to Sherilyn’s Blog Tour page at 4WillsPub where you can go back and follow each stop.


If you haven’t already, be sure and leave a comment on any of the stops to be entered into Sherilyn’s awesome Giveaway!


And now, we give you the “I’M NOT CRAZY…I’M ALLERGIC!” Book Trailer!  Let us know what you think in in the comments below!


Thanks for stopping by and huge thanks to Rebecca, for ending this tour with a bang!

I'm Not Crazy I'm Allergic by Sherilyn Powers

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Simple Decision: How my writing support group grew 400+ with one click


A chance post on my Facebook page led me to Rave Reviews Book Club. I’d never heard of it before that morning less than a year ago. Rave Reviews Book Club was created by its president, Nonnie Jules, and exists to gather readers and independent authors into supportive relationships. But that does not mean members give “Rave Reviews” to other members! The goal is to buy, read, and give an honest review of 4 member books per year. Through the club, members are chosen to be promoted in a variety of ways, Book of the Month, Push Tuesdays, Pay It Forward, Rave Waves Blog Radio, “Spotlight” Author weeks, weekly newsletters, and more.


What did I gain from joining Rave Review Book Club?

  • My Twitter following has grown from 1800 to 4526 (as of this moment). These are real followers, not bought.
  • I average 20+ tweets and re-tweets about my books, posted by others, each day.
  • I have been given two blog radio interviews-one from Rave Reviews and another from a host who saw all of my support on Twitter.
  • My work has been featured on multiple writers’ blogs.
  • My book, Haunting Megan, has been chosen to be this month’s Book of the Month. It has received a great deal of extra support, a chat room discussion, and many more sales and reviews—And there are still 11 days left in the month!

More importantly…

  • I have learned how to support other authors.
  • I’ve read books I would not have read and explored genres I would have ignored.
  • I have developed relationships with writers and readers all over the world.
  • I have a peer group who is always available to answer questions, give feedback, and encourage me on my writing journey.
  • I belong to a team.
  • My life has been enriched because of Rave Reviews Book Club.

If you are an author, I strongly encourage you to look into Rave Reviews Book Club! If you are a reader, explore the catalog. You will find some amazing work!

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Why I Think Cops Make the Best Romantic Heroes in Fiction

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It used to be that cops were considered the good guys, the honorable, the men and women you automatically respect. But today, if you follow social media, or even the news, you’d believe one of the most despised groups of people in our country are police officers. Cops are portrayed as unremorseful killers of children, corrupt bullies who prey on the weak, or unfeeling dispensers of their brand of subjective justice.

Yes, there are bad cops in the world, but 99+% of the men and women who wear the badge walk the line with the right motives and a dedication that affects their health, their relationships, and their wallet.

Why are cops the favored romantic hero in my writing? First and foremost, a police officer represents honor and integrity to me. He has taken an oath to stand between the lawful and the lawless. The officers I have known will choose right over easy, truth over lies, and sacrifice their personal needs for the good of others.

Second, they make attractive heroes because the job wears him down for all the right reasons. A cop, in fiction, can be broken, disillusioned, and seem unfeeling because his honor clashes with the dishonor of the people with whom he has to deal. A man of justice must live in the world of injustice. A man of integrity must walk among men of villainy. The life he chooses to live, by its very nature, is the one most opposed to his character.

Dr. Gary L. Patton conducted a study in 2011 on the desacralization of police officers (http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/law-enforcement-bulletin/june_2011/research_forum).

“In the experience of desacralization, people lose contact with the aspects of their lives that they previously had considered sacred and special.” Patton says.

Police officers become cops because they believe in the value of the law and the importance of justice. Desacralization means that those beliefs are questioned, mocked, and seen as parody on the streets he tries to protect.

Patton explains, “Given the sense of disappointment and disillusionment that law enforcement officers frequently encounter in their work, it is reasonable to conclude that they seem to experience a loss of some of the special reasons and motivations that they had set out to fulfill and experience. Certainly, officers encounter times of high drama and intense excitement, yet they do not spend a shift racing from one call to another as some people assume. When this repeated experience of waiting and watching is linked with the times of heightened adrenaline, officers feel like they ride an emotional roller coaster. While they can get excited and dismayed, they frequently deal with the events they encounter with a sense of apathy. The officers in the author’s research indicated that they would not be able to cope if they let themselves feel too much.”

Third, it is the nature of a cop to rescue those in need. He doesn’t consider it heroic, he just does what needs to be done.

Put it all together, and you have a good man who’s encased himself in an emotional shell, wanting to rescue others, but in need of being rescued himself. Seeing him come alive again, with the help of his heroine, of course, is a beautiful thing. It makes for good reading, too!

Curl up with Sherriff Deputy Jason Belt, one of the characters in Rebecca Reilly’s new novel, Haunting Megan.

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Strengthen Your Marriage: The Power of Casual Touch

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Christian Sex and Marriage-It’s Complicated is a book based on years of interviews and research into the practical workings of marriages. Woven through hundreds of interviews and testimonies is this truth: To be fulfilled in your sex life and marriage, you must believe you are both loved and liked by your mate. One of my favorite chapters in the book is Chapter Seven-The Power of Casual Touch, because it offers simple ways to build that much needed belief. Below is the chapter in its entirety. You may find out more about Christian Sex and Marriage-It’s Complicated here: http://bit.ly/sexbookpg. You may purchase the book on Amazon: http://bit.ly/SexMarriagePB.

Christian Sex and Marriage-It’s Complicated 

Chapter Seven

The Power of Casual Touch

At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.


Jesus touched people. That is not a euphemism for connecting on an emotional or spiritual level. The God of the universe became a man and physically placed His hands on lepers, on the sick, and on sinners. Power, healing, and love emanated from His touch. But still, actual touch was not necessary; Jesus could have healed without physical contact. He touched because humans need to be touched.

We come out of the womb with touch as our primary language. The culture of our family, our spiritual beliefs, our society, and even our climate stymie that dialect. Americans touch less than the majority of the world. Those in colder climates touch less than those who live in warmer areas, and people of faith are more uncomfortable with touch than agnostics and atheists.[ii]

Fortunately, those are trends we can buck. Personal physical contact is life giving. We may be uncomfortable with it, but with effort our marriages can be made stronger and our intimacy deeper if we learn to practice the art of touch.

Helen’s Story

Sex means nothing to me. I don’t care if we never have sex again, but I’d wither up and die if he didn’t hold me.

Lisette’s Story

I used to hate seeing couples cuddle up in church. It seemed wrong to show so much affection in a worship service. Now, I wish my husband would put his arm around me and pull me close, wherever we are.

Aileen’s Story

Every time he touches me it means sex. Sometimes I wish he’d just hold me because he wants to hold me.

Cecily’s Story

I know he loves me. I’ve never doubted it in thirty plus years of marriage. He holds my hand, rubs my shoulders, just reaches out and touches me when he can. That says more to me than words.

Rhonda’s Story

I don’t want him to touch me in public. It feels like a show, because he doesn’t touch me at home. I cringe when he touches me.

Marci’s Story

I’m way more affectionate than he is. I want to touch and be touched. I’m less likely now, though, to take his hand or lean on him while we watch a movie. I don’t know if he’ll return the affection or pull away. Sometimes, it’s not worth the risk.

What Research Tells Us

Casual Touch is the Language of Love

We are not people who touch each other carelessly; every point of contact between us feels important, a rush of energy and relief.

Veronica Roth[iii]

Your body responds to touch. God created you that way. He gave you hundreds of thousands of microscopic easily stimulated nerve endings that send messages to your brain. The meaning of a touch translates to pleasure, pain, comfort, fear, anger, relief, love, affection, and a myriad of other emotions. Research studies illustrate a wide range of physical and psychological benefits that come from being touched, even by strangers. Much more valuable is touch from someone you love.

Casual touch is just that—casual. It is touch that can be done in public, in front of your children or your parents. Holding hands, rubbing shoulders, a touch of her face communicates love she can feel and the world can see.

Casual touch communicates affection. It is not surprising that couples that report being very satisfied in their relationship touch each other more often than those who feel unsatisfied. As important as it is to touch your mate with affection, it is more important to positively respond to their touch. Men and women both report a higher degree of emotional intimacy and satisfaction with the relationship when their spouse reciprocates affectionate touch.[iv]

The positive results of making, or bringing back, casual touch as part of your relationship are astounding.

A tender touch, as simple as running the tips of your fingers up his forearm, tells him that you care for him. An extra squeeze when you’re holding hands implies intimacy. Sitting close enough to rub shoulders tells her you like to be with her. A hand on his shoulder tells him your attention is focused on him.

The opposite is true, too. Failure to casually touch communicates desire for distance. It says you want to protect your space. It tells your spouse you are blocking some part of yourself from him.

That may not be your intention, but on some level, touch, lack of touch, or a negative response to touch sends a clear signal ranging between affection to dislike. You can speak romantic words, but if you do not reach out with casual touch or cringe when she does, your spouse may still doubt the depth of your attachment.

Casual Touch Builds Friendship

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.

Friedrich Nietzsche[v]

When you enjoy the person you are with, it comes more naturally to touch them. Touch, both giving and receiving, builds trust. Touch invites open communication. Touch celebrates unity.

Do you treat your spouse with the same level of joyful touch as you treat your close friends?

I Don’t Want to Touch or Be Touched

You are ice and fire

the touch of you burns my hands like snow.

Amy Lowell[vi]

An infant who does not receive ample loving touch is at a higher risk of behavioral, emotional, and social problems as he grows.[vii] A marriage that does not foster ample loving touch is also at higher risk of behavioral and emotional problems. Touch deprivation is an issue that marriage counselors see on a regular basis.

Touch is necessary. God designed us with an innate need to give and receive touch.   Our emotional and physical health suffers without it. For that reason, God often brings people together with a variance of perceived need; one partner has a high comfort level and acknowledged need for affectionate touch, and the other has a resistance to it. Beautiful healing and deeper intimacy can result for the spouse who is touch deprived, but without understanding, serious problems in the relationship can develop. Both partners suffer.

If you are the spouse who does not want to be touched, determining why casual touch is objectionable to you is the first step to enable change. In this area, a little change can vastly deepen your emotional intimacy and the quality of your marriage.

It Is Not My Nature to be Touchy-Feely

Our comfort level with casual touch is most affected by our childhood. Those who do not grow up viewing and participating in casual touch can have both a physical intimacy deficit and/or a skewed perception of the value of affectionate contact.[viii]

For others, boundaries of culture, past rejection, shyness, fear of overstepping your spouse’s boundaries, or dread of doing something wrong can be internalized and result in a distaste for casual touch.

In all of these cases, the resistance to affectionate touch is a learned behavior. You are designed by God to touch and be touched. With effort, a great deal of effort in some situations, learning to give and accept touch can also be learned. The key is to recognize the value of touch and take intentional steps to bring that to your marriage.

Begin with communication. Make a date to talk about your feelings. Tell your spouse that you are not comfortable with a lot of affectionate touching. Give the reasons, if you can. Assure him you desire to grow in this area. Ask him to initiate personal touch that does not lead to sex once a day. You commit to initiate one casual touch a day as well. Talk a lot and add to the frequency of your touches until it becomes natural to you. Revisit why you are uncomfortable and why touch is valuable as often as you need.

Be patient. Enjoy the success.

Casual Touch Always Leads to Sex

By far, the number one reason women give for resisting personal touch is their belief that their husbands use casual touch to maneuver them into bed. They believe sex, rather than affection, is the motivation. It is an accusation many husbands deny.

Selected Comments From the Wives

“I don’t want to be touched because I can’t afford to give up an hour to satisfy him when I’m trying to get dinner on the table.”

“He just wants sex. That’s why he does it.”

“I’m tired. I’d like to feel him hug me more, but I don’t have the energy for what comes next.”

To reject personal touch because the timing is not right for sexual intercourse does damage to both partners. One feels rejected, and the other feels used. Casual touch and foreplay touch differ, and both are vital for a healthy marital relationship.

Casual touch can be public. A hug in front of the kids, hand holding on a walk, a scalp massage during television watching, or giving your partner a gentle forearm squeeze at the dinner table are casual touches that show affection.

But casual touch can also be private, and foreplay touch can feel the same even though one partner’s intent is not sexual. Because the touches are similar, cues can be missed resulting in anger or frustration. How does one partner know what the other is thinking?

The only solution to this problem is communication.

First, and most importantly, agree with your spouse that casual touch is valuable, and you want to share that with each other. Next, acknowledge the significance of foreplay touch. Discuss the differences between the two types of touch in your relationship. Ask your partner to share his or her cues. How can you know what her touch means? How can you know if he is saying he loves you or he wants you?   For example, “A hug means, I love you, but when I add a kiss on your neck it means, I want you.”

Cues will change—you want them to change as your relationship grows. When you learn to watch for them, and your intimacy deepens, they become easier to read. At first, it may feel like spontaneity is lost when things are discussed in such detail. You are two people on a journey to become intimate in mind, body, spirit, and emotions. Talking and planning gets things going in the right direction. It keeps you from getting lost, or it gets you back on the right path. It doesn’t mean you can’t veer off later when you’re steady and on course.

Finally, share with each other how you want your partner to accept affectionate touch when they are not ready for sexual intimacy. Communicate your love and your desire, but acknowledge that sex cannot always happen. Learn how to be graceful and loving as you enjoy casual touch even if it can’t become more intimate at that time.

Trust builds when each of you takes an active role in initiating casual touch. Each partner needs to be touched. Each partner needs to touch.

I Have No Affection for My Spouse

Kaila’s Story

Married 28 years

We’ve been married a long time. I’m not attracted to him anymore. He’s hurt me too much. I don’t want to touch him, much less have sex with him.

Mia’s Story

Married 13 years

It’s not his fault. We’ve just grown apart. I don’t know what to do. I know I don’t want a divorce, but I don’t want him to touch me either.

Anne’s Story

Married 4 years

Everything he does drives me crazy. I don’t know why I married him.

Melina’s Story

Married 21 years

There’s too much resentment. Too much neglect. He’s a good man to other people, but he doesn’t pay attention to me. I don’t think of him fondly.

My heart breaks as I read and listen to stories of marriages on the brink of destruction. Sometimes, intense counseling is necessary to aid healing.   Check with your church and with people you trust to find a counselor who understands and supports your faith and is trained to help you in your situation.

When affection for your spouse disappears, it does not need to be lost forever. You have a powerful God who fills you with powerful love. “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7). You have the almighty God of the universe to fill you, sustain you, and love you as you are.

The focus here is on you. What can you do to rekindle your love and affection for your spouse? How committed are you to allow God to change your heart? Can you do the work needed without expectation that your partner will ever return your love? Because if you focus on changing your mate into something you want, nothing but frustration, anger, and pain awaits.

If you are willing to risk rejection, to give more than you thought possible, and to try day after day after day, casual touch is a powerful tool to spark a dying love.

Research studies across the board demonstrate that affectionate touching is essential for emotional development; it also eases physical pain, slows the heart rate, drops blood pressure, and speeds up recovery from illness. In other words, touch has the power to heal.[ix]

Affectionate touch heals physically. It heals emotionally. And it heals relationally. Casual touch says I love you, and you are important to me. Most importantly in this case, casual affectionate touch begins to build a love bridge that reaches from you to your spouse.

When you make the conscious and deliberate step to act out an emotion you once felt, your heart begins to feel again. Not the first time, not the second, and maybe not the third. But if you desire to love your spouse, and you demonstrate that love before you feel it, amazing things can happen. There is power in demonstrating love without feeling the emotional tie. By choosing to love, by using your mind to consciously decide to demonstrate affection, affection grows. Love grows.

If possible, ask your spouse to hold you every morning and every night—just a thirty-second hug. Asking brings your spouse onto the love bridge. It helps build the affection for him or her, too. If you cannot ask, you must step forward and do. Hug. Hold. Be physically close for thirty seconds.

Reach for his hand whenever you can. Put your arm around her as you walk or sit. Two, three, four times a day initiate affectionate touch. Come back and try again later if your partner pulls away. Let him or her know you need to touch and be touched. You will not give up on your relationship.

What do you have to lose? It does not compare to what you have to gain.

I Get Busy and Forget to Touch

Everyone gets wrapped up in life. Work, kids, chores, errands, church, and friends pull us into a crazy business we can only handle by complete focus. If casual touch doesn’t come naturally, or if it isn’t part of the routine, it gets forgotten.

So make it part of your routine.

Sure, it means more when it’s spontaneous. The goal is that when he sees you he’s so motivated by love and affection that he can’t keep from giving you a hug.   Sometimes it takes work to reach your goals.

Set a reminder on your phone. It beeps, you find him, and you hug him.

Send an email: “I forgot to hug you this morning. I owe you two hugs tonight. Love you!”

Experiment with different types of casual massage. Write it in your day planner as you would for a professional massage.

Challenge each other in competitions with the winner receiving a ten-minute massage. If you are sports fans, bet a foot massage on the game you are watching. If you cheer for the same team, bet on how many points will be made, or strikeouts, or whatever seems fun. If you are into movies, bet a massage on how many cars will crash, or how long it will take before you laugh. Anything! Betting massages insures you will be touching each other. It adds intimacy to whatever you do. Have fun with it!

Prayer, patience, commitment, and love work together to build affection. Choose to love your mate. Choose to demonstrate your love with casual touch.

How Do I Touch You? Let Me Count the Ways

When it comes to casual touch, it is best to trust your instincts. If you think about touching your spouse, do it. Catch his or her eye and smile; just a second adds power to your message of love.

Hold hands whenever possible.

Hug each other. Hold on a few seconds too long.

Play footsies under your dinner table.

Put your head in his lap as you watch a movie or the news.

Pull her head to your lap and give her a scalp massage. Cup her head with both hands and slowly move your fingers in circles. Ask her how it feels. Does she want it softer or harder? You can also gently pull strands of hair. Move across her scalp as you pull.

Use your fingernails as you stroke up his forearm.

Give her a hand massage. Use lotion and your thumb to give steady pressure.

Use his electric razor to shave his face. Have him lie down in bed. Use gentle strokes to put him to sleep.

Massage her feet. Use lotion. Press your thumbs in circles across her arch. Run your fingertips along the base of her toes. Rub her heal across the palm of your hand. Just touch, smooth, and pamper her.

Giving your spouse a full body massage does a lot of wonderful things for your relationship. If you make this a regular part of your life, you might want to purchase a fairly cheap portable massage table. If not, the sofa or bed works, but can be hard on the body of the giver. Start with gentle pressure. You are giving and receiving touch, not trying to release knots. Smooth, long, confident strokes feel good. Use lotion, and try to avoid jerky movements. Women tend to carry tension in the muscles around their neck. Do not squeeze too tightly. Ask how the pressure feels and adjust. Men tend to carry their tension in their lower back. Use your thumbs and push up and down along the spine (one thumb on each side), then use the heel of your hand to press from the spine toward the hip in the lower back.

The buttocks hold large muscles. You can roll your fist across them, or use the palm of your hand to go deeper. Again, ask how your pressure feels and adjust.

When massaging the legs and arms, begin at the extremities (feet or hands) and move toward the heart. Long, firm, gentle strokes feel good and are comforting.

One of the most relaxing massages is one done on the face. Begin with your fingertips at the center of your spouse’s forehead. Bring your hands down to his or her temples, one hand on each side. Move your fingertips in circular motions over the temples. Repeat several times. Press one finger on each side of the bridge of the nose. Move your fingers, pressing over the sinus area. Use your fingertips to rub circles over the joint of the jaw, and then gently massage the outer part of the ears. Finish with a scalp massage.

On Your Own

Look in the mirror and remind yourself of these facts every day:

God knows my every fault, and He loves me deeply.

I am worthy to be loved.

I am a masterpiece created by the God who invented beauty.

God blessed me with talents, some of which I have not yet discovered.

God has forgiven me. I must forgive myself.

It is right to love myself. I see value in who I am.

I am a work in progress. I like where I am going.

Evaluate yourself:

In 2 Thessalonians 1:3, Paul says, “We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.” Do you believe your love for your spouse can increase? What can you do to help your love grow?

Affectionate love and sexual love go together in good marriages. Which type of love is strongest in you? Which type of love is strongest in your marriage? Do you see the value in working on each type of love? Why or why not? What strategies do you have for working on affectionate love? On sexual love?

What keeps you from casually touching your spouse more often? Can you change that?

Count how many times you casually touch your spouse in one day. Add to it the next day.

Sometime this week, say these things to your spouse:

You are worthy to be loved.

I am worthy to be loved.

I need to touch you. I need you to touch me.

Can I give you a massage?

I think about you when you are gone.

I’m glad we’re friends as well as lovers.

I need your affection.

You make me happy.

I love you. I’m glad I married you. I’d marry you again tomorrow.

Open Communication

Conversation Starters

What is the most sensitive part of your body to touch?

What do I do that that tells you I love you?

If we were in a room full of people and couldn’t have sex, what five things could I do to show you I want you, I need you, and I love you?

Did you see/feel a lot of affection when you were growing up?

How can we model affection for our children?

Just an Idea

Take a walk. Hold hands the entire time.

While watching television, exchange scalp and neck massages. One partner sits on the floor in front of the other. Switch half way through the show.

Do a mundane chore together (washing dishes, folding laundry, etc). Casually touch often throughout the time you work.

Bet a fifteen-minute back massage on the next sporting event you watch together.


[i] Plato. BrainyQuote.com, Xplore Inc, 2014. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/p/plato394857.html, retrieved 11/5/14.

[ii] Rick Chillot, The Power of Touch, Psychology Today,

http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201302/the-power-touch, retrieved 11/2/14.

[iii] Veronica Roth, Allegiant, Katherine Tegen Books, October, 2013.

[iv] Rick Chillot, The Power of Touch, Psychology Today,

http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201302/the-power-touch, retrieved 11/2/14.

[v] Friedrich Nietzsche. BrainyQuote.com, Xplore Inc, 2014. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/f/friedrichn109784.html, retrieved 11/14/14.

[vi] Amy Lowell, Opal, Selected Poems of Amy Lowell, by Amy Lowell, Melissa Bradshaw, ‪Rutgers University Press, 2002.

[vii] Katherine Harmon, How Important Is Physical Contact with Your Infant? Scientific American, http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/infant-touch/, retrieved 11/13/14.

[viii] Doug Weiss, Don’t Allow Touch Deprivation to Creep Into Your Marriage, Charisma Magazine: New man

http://www.charismamag.com/life/men/6746-married-faithful-mad, retrieved 11/13/14.

[ix] The Healing Power of Touch Delivers both Emotional and Physical Recovery, Insiders Health,

http://www.insidershealth.com/article/the_healing_power_of_touch_delivers_both_emotional_and_physical_recovery/4438, retrieved 11/14/14.


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C.S. Boyack: The Frighteningly Fun Halloween Tour


Welcome! I am happy to host C.S. Boyack today as he journeys across the Web on his Frighteningly Fun Halloween Tour! Enjoy!

Don’t forget to comment below, and be sure to pick up Will ‘O the Wisp for a great Halloween read!


Will O’ the Wisp is a paranormal from C. S. Boyack. It involves a mildly handicapped girl facing a mysterious threat. The wisp has been killing off Patty Hall’s family for generations, and she’s next on the list. It is suitable for young adult readers. It’s a perfect Halloween read.

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**It’s always nice to meet the main character at some point during a blog tour. I wrote about how I chose Patty in a post called Draft Day. Those who are interested can read it here https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/draft-day-2013/


The setting is a small farming community in the fall of 1974. Patty Hall is fifteen years old and starting high school. She wears corrective leg braces to straighten her bowed legs. This was a fairly common practice back then, and those of us who were around all knew at least one kid who had these. They traditionally got rid of them after puberty.

I chose the name, Patty Hall, because it’s about as vanilla as I could come up with. I didn’t want her to come across as special in any way. She’s just a regular kid. A regular kid with a big problem.

Patty’s father died in a terrible accident when she was small. Her mother remarried a local farmer, and in a small town environment it means the men grew up together. She gets along well with her stepfather, but fights with her mother. Patty is a typical farm girl with chores and everything.

Patty is a social outcast because of her braces. Some of the other kids are cruel to her. She has some good friends, who also occupy the fringe of the school social structure. She is enamored with the space program, and dreams of going to space one day herself.

The Will ‘O the Wisp first shows up when she and a friend are out stargazing. Patty assumes it must be something from outer space. She couldn’t be more wrong. It seems she is well prepared for the wrong problem.

This branch of the Hall family is being systematically killed off, and it’s been going on for centuries. If she can’t figure it out soon, Patty will join a long list of forgotten victims.

This story has high school issues too. It’s hard to watch your friends start dating and driving when there is no chance for Patty to do the same. There is a strong coming of age element to this story.

I had so much fun writing this one. I sincerely hope the readers out there will give it a chance.


Patty Hall is perfectly prepared for the wrong problem. She is enamored with the space race, and knows the history of NASA by heart. She is faced with an ancient threat that has been targeting the Hall family for generations. Hampered by an overprotective mother, if Patty can’t figure it all out in time, she may be the next member in the Hall family cemetery plot.

It’s not hard enough to be a fifteen year old girl, and a social outcast. As she watches her friends mature and grow, she has to face the idea of never turning sixteen. Please consider joining Patty on her incredible adventure.

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Author Bio
I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.

I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.

I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.


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My Heroines In Their High School Days: Back-To-School Book and Blog Block Party!

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This happening party gives you, the guest, a chance to rub shoulders with great authors, hang out with interesting fictional characters, win fabulous prizes, and the best part—you can invite everyone you know to join the fun!

The prizes you can win at this stop:  

First Prize-A $10 Amazon Gift Card

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All you have to do is read about my favorite fictional women and comment before midnight, CST.  Share your thoughts, or tell me what do you remember most about high school.


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My Heroines In Their High School Days

Keeping with the Back-To-School theme, I thought it would be fun to take a peek at the early lives of some of my book’s leading ladies to see how they would have faced their first day of high school.

But first…an announcement from our principle:

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Phoebe as a freshman (from Diary of a Christian Woman: How I Used 50 Shades of Grey To Spice Up My Marriage)

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00058]I bought a neon pink sweat suit to wear on my first day of high school. How was I to know the pretty girls had declared pink was out that year? I felt like a stick of cotton candy toddling around campus. If only it’d rained. I could have melted away instead of shining like a beacon of nerdiness.

Of course, I got lost and walked into boys’ locker room instead of the girls’. The tuna fish in my sandwich soured and stunk up the cafeteria. I tripped up the stairs, split my new pants up the crack, and squirted blood all over myself when my nose smacked against the sidewalk. At least wearing neon pink wasn’t my biggest problem anymore.

On a brighter note—I raised my hand in class and answered every question asked. I think my teachers loved me. That will make me popular!

Diary of a Christian Woman: How I Used 50 Shades of Grey To Spice Up My Marriage-Synopsis

Food is not a great substitute for sex, but it’s all I’ve got.

It’s not that I’m not happy in my marriage. I am. George is a good man, and I love him. I love our two children. I love our home. I love our church. And I love my job. I love everything I have.

And I’m bored out of my mind.

I know God created sex for marriage. And not just for beautiful people, either. Sex is supposed to bind a man and wife; to give them an intimacy they share with no one else. Sex is supposed to be fulfilling. And fun! I think we’re supposed to want to have sex with our spouse.

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Julie as a senior (from Into Dark Waters)

BookCover5_25x8_BW_330.pngJulie slid her damp palms across her thighs. The tight fit of her new jeans made her uncomfortable, and she felt fat rather than the sexy she’d hoped for. She buttoned the crisp, pink collared shirt and hesitated only a few seconds before deciding to leave the top one undone. Joel will notice me today, she told herself. She left the room quickly before her reflection scared her into changing into the old, conservative style clothes she’d always worn.

For Julie, stepping onto the school bus was like entering a different world—comfortably familiar and sparkling with promise. Old friends, new friends not-yet-met, and the prospects of the year ahead took her mind off her embarrassing attempt at look-at-me fashion. How could her impossible dream of romance compete with the reality of laughter and the social whirl of high school?

When the bus pulled into the lot, Julie’s smile died. She stayed seated until only she and the driver remained. She looked down and sighed. Julie quickly buttoned her shirt to the top, picked up her book bag, and stepped onto the campus.

Into Dark Waters-Synopsis

A cruise ship is an easy place to commit murder. Body disposal’s a cinch, and suicide’s the likely verdict. The only problem is determining how to choose the next victim.

Sad and sexy, women find Detective Jim Tanger attractive. He doesn’t care. His wife’s suicide three years ago froze his soul. When Jim hears that Sunburst Cruises has lost another young female passenger to an assumed suicide, Jim’s passions erupt. He pushes the department and the cruise line into letting him investigate. Battling seasickness and overwhelming shyness, Jim must protect the women and find the killer only he believes exists.

Julie Cooper loves her husband Joel. She hopes their anniversary cruise to Hawaii will be a new beginning for them. Before her suitcases are unpacked, someone unleashes a campaign of terror against her. Anonymous threats, cryptic messages in her cabin, and an attempt on her life force Julie to look at the one person who might want her dead; the one person she trusted with her life.

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Megan as a sophomore (from Haunting Megan)

BookCover5_25x8_BW_330.pngIt’s tough to go unnoticed when your grandfather forgets to buy you new jeans, and the only ones you have are two sizes too big in the waist and three inches too short. Too tall. Too skinny. Too gawky. Too weird.

That’s the girl who sees ghosts, someone will say.

She looks like a ghost herself, they’ll laugh.

They’ll look me over then look away.

You know her mother’s in jail for murder, they’ll whisper.

You know she discovered the bloody body, they’ll giggle in sick delight.

Maybe it’s her fault her sister’s dead, each one will think.

But I will know.

She doesn’t belong at school with normal people, they’ll shout.

I don’t belong anywhere.

Haunting Megan-Synopsis

After suffering years of abuse at the hands of her alcoholic mother, Megan wakes to screams, cries of murder, and the room splattered with blood. Sent to the mountains to live with the grandfather who’d once abandoned them, Megan must learn to care for her young sisters and manage Wind Hollow Lodge. Fighting to live a normal life, Megan ignores the haunting memories of her past. But she can’t ignore the ghosts that terrorize her. Believing her sanity is slipping away, Megan is unable to keep her visions a secret from the town. When murdered men are discovered on Wind Hollow land, people start to wonder just how crazy Megan Wilson really is.

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