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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

#TuesdayTreasure: Chris Redding & License to Nerd

Good Morning Friends!

Although this is not a Rocking Summer Romance per se' it is a romance so here goes....

Madison West appears on Peter Quincy’s doorstep as expected, when her husband, Charlie, disappears. Peter had been her husband’s best man and had promised to take care of Madison if something happened to him. Neither Madison nor Peter are what they seem, but will their lies to each other to save the world, instead fail to save them from each other?

Excerpt: "He just has to help me," she said to no one. Because no one occupied the alley.

Until a man rounded the corner.

The way the man slammed into her, she knew it wasn’t an accident.
He could have gone around her, but he didn’t. She turned to give him a good Jersey Girl dressing down, when he grabbed her arm. He jerked her close. She looked up into deep-set eyes that held no soul.

The snarky retort died on her lips.

“We want the package, Madison.”

Holy crap. How did he know her name? How did he know about the package? Her heart jumped into her throat. She yanked on her arm, looking around hoping for witnesses.

No one else walked this stretch of the sidewalk. Odd since it was lunchtime. Maybe this man made this happen. His blocking of the road meant power.

Turning back to him, she asked, “What package?”

Madison wanted to snarl at him, but she needed to play the innocent so she shuddered.

“The one your husband sent you,” in a voice that spoke of years of cigarette use.

“I don’t have any package.” Her words tumbled over themselves as he gripped her tighter. His hot, spicy breath wrinkled her nose.

“We know it arrived. You have it. We want it.”

What the hell was Charlie into? Why did he send her that package? Damn him. She would like to give Charlie a nice roundhouse kick, but she after she dealt with this asshole.

“Uh, I don’t have it.”

“Yes, you do.”

License to Nerd will be available soon! IMW, check out Chris's other title Along Came Pauly!

Chris Redding lives in New Jersey with her husband, two sons, one dog and three rabbits. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in journalism. When she isn’t writing, she works for her local hospital Her books are filled with romance, suspense and thrills.

Find out more about Chris at the places below!

Hope you enjoyed the spotlight!

Until next time...take care & God Bless!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: Jen J Danna & A Flame in the Wind of Death

Well Hello Again!

Today you are doubly blessed because you'll get 2 (yeah TWO!) Saturday Spotlights!

My guest author, Jen J Danna contacted me and well, I guess internet gremlins got ahold of her book info the first time around but she sent it to me again so without much further ado, please welcome a fellow Five Star author, Jen J Danna.....

A scientist specializing in infectious diseases, Jen J. Danna works as part of a dynamic research group at a cutting-edge Canadian university. However, her true passion lies in indulging her love of the mysterious through her writing. Together with her partner Ann Vanderlaan, she crafts suspenseful crime fiction with a realistic scientific edge. Their Abbott and Lowell Forensic Mysteries include DEAD, WITHOUT A STONE TO TELL IT, NO ONE SEES ME ‘TILL I FALL, and A FLAME IN THE WIND OF DEATH, with TWO PARTS BLOODY MURDER coming in 2015. Her Skeleton Keys blog has been listed as one of the top forensic blogs on the web. Jen lives near Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two daughters. You can reach her at jenjdanna@gmail.com or through her website and blog at http://www.jenjdanna.com.

Author Website and social links:
Website and blog: http://www.jenjdanna.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jenjdanna
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JenJDanna
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/jenjdanna/

Now about Jen's book.....

Book Blurb:
At Halloween, Salem, Massachusetts is a hot spot for Witch and tourist alike. But when a murder spree begins, a cop and a scientist must team up to find the killer before a media circus unleashes, panic ensues, and more victims are killed.

Forensic anthropologist Matt Lowell and Massachusetts State Police Trooper Leigh Abbott are called in to investigate burned remains following a fire in a historic antique shop. As Matt, Leigh and their team of graduate students investigate the death, clues point to Salem’s traditional Witchcraft community. However, having dabbled in the Craft as a teenager, Leigh is skeptical that someone who has sworn an oath of good to all and harm to none would commit premeditated murder, let alone kill in such a vicious way.

A second body is found in a similar fire and the team begins to suspect that coven members are being framed. Now they must solve the murders before 100,000 tourists overrun Salem for what could be the deadliest Halloween of their lives.

Matt looked up at Kiko. “We’re going to need to do a skull reconstruction.”

“I agree,” Kiko said, “but it’s going to be a challenge. Even if we can find all the pieces, the bone is going to be calcined.”

Leigh slid in beside Matt, bracing her hand on his shoulder to lean over the body. “What happened to the head? Blunt force trauma?”

The forehead and top of the cranium were missing above the startlingly white bone rimming the eye sockets, exposing the mass of charred brain tissue. Below the eye sockets, the fleshy cheeks were burned a deep, leathery black. “Could be, but I doubt it. That’s typical fire damage.”

“The infamous exploding skull,” Bree said.

Leigh glanced from Bree to Matt. “Exploding skull?”

“People think the skull fractures like that because pressure builds up as the brain boils, causing the head to explode,” Bree explained. “Somehow they seem to forget that the skull has several natural openings that allow the steam to vent.”

“There’s actually a very simple explanation,” Matt said. “Skin burns first, then the muscle and fat underneath. In areas like the forehead, there is very little fat and muscle below the skin, so the organic components in the bone start to burn quickly. When the organic components are gone, what’s left is calcined bone—the mineral scaffold which is extremely brittle and shatters easily under any pressure.”

“Like from a water stream or the roof collapsing,” Bree supplied.

Leigh leaned closer to the body. Matt reached up to steady her as her eyes locked on the torso where it disappeared under the wardrobe. “See something?” he asked.

“There’s something buried in the chest.”

Matt stretched upward, trying to peer over the side of the corpse. “I can’t see from this angle. What is it?”

“There’s a lot of damage and the upper body is curled in on itself, but it looks like a knife.” She paused. “It’s just . . .”


Leigh remained silent for a moment, then she straightened. “Let’s wait until the body is out from under all this. We’ll see better then.”

Buy links:
Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Flame-Wind-Death-Jen-Danna/dp/1432828096
Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/Flame-Wind-Death-Jen-Danna/dp/1432828096/
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-flame-in-the-wind-of-death-jen-j-danna/1116603763?ean=9781432828097

Well Friend, hope you enjoy this additional spotlight! Stay tuned next week for more Rocking Summer Romance reads on Tuesday Treasure, Thursday Thoughts and of course another Saturday Spotlight!!


#SaturdaySpotlight: Winter Madness

Good Morning friends!

My Saturday Spotlight guest was unable to make it so I thought in the heat of summer you might enjoy a little Winter Madness....

Blurb: Sienna has survived what most succumb to - the death of a spouse and child and has maintained her faith despite her troubles. William has never met anyone who actually lived out what they say they believe. Is it true love between the faithful optimist and broody pessimist or simply winter madness?

Excerpt: Her merry hazel eyes danced with humor, but she simply arched an eyebrow at him without comment and rose from her chair. She held a hand toward him. “Come on, I know what we’re going to do today.”

He couldn’t resist the lure of her joy, and grinned as he placed his hand in hers. “What are we going to do?”

“I’m going to show you the beauty and joy of life, if only for this one day.”

Hope flared in his heart that she may be the one person who could do what he considered the impossible. After all, he’d never really gotten over her. Nor did he forget how she’d touched his heart so many years ago in a way no other had since. They paused at the door to fasten their jackets and slip on caps. She took his hand again and led him across the way and two blocks down to a park on the other side of the street. The tiny wooden bridge they traversed crossed over a creek and swayed under their feet. Sienna stopped midway to their destination.

“Listen,” she urged.

He cocked his head. “What?”

“What do you hear?” He turned in the direction she looked, stood still, and tried to hear what she heard. A smile tugged at his lips when he turned to her. Her eyes were alight with joy.

“You hear it too, don’t you?”

“Tell me what you hear, Sienna.”

“Children laughing, the sounds of joy, of love, two things that make this world go around are love and joy. A child’s laughter encapsulates both.”

His heart melted another degree.

Winter Madness can be purchased at Amazon for Kindle or directly from Pelican Book Group!

Hope you enjoyed the spotlight, t's always a pleasure to share one of my own stories with you!

Until later.... take care, God Bless and Remember....when the going gets tough, the tough go dancing!

"Inspirational with an Edge!" (tm)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

#ThursdayThoughts: Serenity....

Good Morning Friends!

Well it's time for another Thursday Thoughts and to be honest, until moments ago I had no idea what I was thinking much less writing about. But I saw this on Facebook....

.... and it hit me... why not talk about serenity.

What do you consider serenity to be?

The bible teaches us about the "peace that passes understanding."  Could that be the definition of serenity?

Well personally I believe serenity is an inside job. Just like love and peace and joy and happiness...yeah all those seemingly impossible emotions.

Impossible to sustain for any length of time in this harried, stressful world.

But...what makes our lives harried and stressful?

No, it's NOT all the things we have to do...y'know places to go, people to see, etc. It's what's going on inside that makes our outward lives what they are.

So, next time you're feeling stressed or overwhelmed, take a deep breath and think serene thoughts and watch things transform around you.

Something to think about!
"Inspirational with an Edge! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

#TuesdayTreasure: Guest Post by E.A West @eawest

Good Morning Friends!

Although this is not part of the Rocking Summer Romance blog hop, I am so pleased to bring you a guest post by my friend and fellow Pelican Book Group author, EA West!

Like Jezebel Smith, the main character in my new YA novel DIFFERENT, I was an undiagnosed autistic child. I didn’t receive my diagnosis until I was an adult, so I spent a lot of time wondering why I never fit in and why I always felt so different from everyone else. Those feelings along with the impaired social skills that go with autism made it difficult for me to make friends... with people.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved animals. I grew up with all kinds of pets, from dogs and cats to guinea pigs and mice. While I struggled to connect with others my age, I could always count on my furry friends to love me unconditionally. They understood me, and I understood them. If I had a bad day, they made me smile. When I had exciting news I longed to share with someone, my animal friends were more than happy to listen.

Although I had a few human friends, the animals held a special place in my heart. I didn’t have to pretend with them. I could be as weird as I wanted or needed to be, and they never judged me. Even now, one of my best friends is my dog Paisley. She’s almost always by my side. If I need a hug, she’s more than willing to give it. And she’s always ready for playtime, which improves even the worst days.

Animals make great companions for anyone, but for those of us who are different for one reason or another, they can be some of the best friends we’ll ever have.

E.A. West, award-winning author of sweet and inspirational romance, is a lifelong lover of books and storytelling. In high school, she picked up her pen in a creative writing class and hasn’t laid it down yet. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, knitting, and crocheting. She lives in Indiana with her family and a small zoo of pets. Find more about EA at the following places....

Anything can happen when the rules change.

Jezebel Smith is different. She can’t talk, she doesn’t look like anyone in her family, and no matter what she does it’s always the wrong thing. God accepts her for who she is, but He’s the only one who does. Then she finds an unconscious man in her favorite cave, and her life is turned upside down. New people and new rules collide with the old, leaving Jezebel unsure of which set of rules apply to her life. When the strangers in town attempt to help her out of the nightmare she’s grown up in, it promises to change her life forever.


As they approached the house, a man stepped out of the truck, and a shaggy black and white dog followed him. The dog immediately ran toward Peter and Jezebel. It slid to a stop in front of her and gave her a thorough sniffing. She smiled and knelt to rub the dog’s head as Peter chuckled.

“I think he likes you.”

Jezebel nodded and continued to pet the dog, who licked her chin and wagged his tail. Shoving the dog’s snout away from her face, she noticed the man join them with a smile.

“Sparky, be a good boy. No licking her face.”

The dog plopped his rear end on the ground and sat panting in Jezebel’s face. She leaned away from his smelly breath and smoothed his soft fur as she studied the man before them. He had dark hair like her and wore jeans and a light blue shirt. A quick glance revealed he had green eyes, and then she focused on the dog again.

“Roger, I’d like you to meet Jezebel,” Peter said.

“Hi. I’m glad to meet you,” he said. Jezebel stood and moved closer to Peter as Roger continued. “Sparky’s already introduced himself, and I can tell he likes you. He’s a border collie, by the way, so don’t be surprised if he starts trying to herd you.”

“Let’s go on up to the house,” Peter said, and they moved in that direction.

Sparky stayed by Jezebel’s side, and she was glad for his company. She preferred animals to people because they were less confusing, and she found them comforting.

This book releases Today from Astraea Press

Well folks, hope you enjoyed this Tuesday Treasure. Stay tuned for more Thursday Thoughts, Saturday Spotlight and check back often for more Rocking Summer Romance reads!!

Until later... Take Care & God Bless!