Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Josie Riviera's New Book and an Unusual Recipe

Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and live in an old house forever needing renovations.
Have you ever tried something you were afraid to try because it mattered so much to you? I did, when I started writing. Take the chance, everyone, and just do something you love.

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And here’s a recipe you’ll want to try from her latest book, Seeking Fortune.

                                  Recipe for Roasted Hedgehog

According to Medieval experts, the hedgehog should have its throat cut, be singed and gutted, then trussed like a pullet, then pressed in a towel until very dry. Roast and eat with cameline sauce, or in a pasty with wild duck sauce. Note that if the hedgehog refuses to unroll, put it in hot water. The Rom would have dredged the hedgehog in black pepper after cooking.

Although I can’t personally verify the results, here’s the recipe modified from Medieval cookery:

Season the meat. Wrap it in long grass, first lengthways, and then tying more grass crossways to secure the green wrapping in place

Prepare your barbecue and place a large pot filled with water on it. Cook the meat for two hours. Once the meat has cooked, remove the grass, then place the meat back in the barbecue to sear. Carve and serve.

Nettle pudding can be boiled in the same pot and served as an accompaniment.
(Sorry, I don’t have a recipe for Nettle pudding.)

Seeking Fortune A Regency Inspirational Romance

“There are lies more believable than the truth.”

Blurb for Seeking Fortune:

Losing his wife and daughter to influenza shook James Colchester’s faith in God. As another epidemic threatens, he’s torn between what’s best for his fragile son: fleeing to his Welsh homeland, or staying put. In a moment of weakness, the black-haired, green-eyed Gypsy’s delicate touch on his palm quells his fear…and her beauty ignites a warmth he hasn’t felt in years.

Desperate to return to her people, Valentina Rupa goes against every lesson her mother taught her to soothe the Englishman into a false sense of security. But as James’s quiet faith sparks a hunger to know it for herself, she realizes she’s made an unforgivable mistake. One that could rob James of his most precious gift—and destroy their chance for lifelong love.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Goals for Social Media and Marketing

With all the changes in the last two years my writing has been affected.
It’s been slow plodding. I’ve managed two new books, but with minimal
advertising and blogs. I can barely keep up with this blog. But I’m looking
forward to this year. I have my goals and plans sort of in place and I’m
working on editing a book I hope to publish in a few months.
And I plan to write a novella. Never done one before.
I’ve signed up as a guest blog on a few other sites and I took out a BookTweeter two-month tweet.
I’m marking it on my calendar and hoping to post some of the loops more often
I’m looking at doing a couple of ads, maybe Facebook and Twitter and some
Goodreads Giveaways. I’m also researching other promotions. Any suggestions
are welcomed.
I’m looking at doing a newsletter because ‘everyone’ says you should have one.
I’m worried it might be a time suck, but I’d only do about 4 a year. What do you think?
Do you have goals for 2018?  Want to share them?

Friday, January 12, 2018

Stanalei Fletcher's January Blowout Sale Blog Tour

Stanalei’s love of writing romance stems from reading favorites such as Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Barbara Cartland, and Alistair MacLean. She has over twenty years of training in the martial arts and holds the rank of Sandan, a third-degree black belt, in Aikido.
After a taste of life on both U.S. coasts, she now resides near the beautiful Wasatch Mountain Range with her hero, who just happens to be her best friend and husband. Together they enjoy backcountry dirt trails on a RZR, visiting our National Parks, or exploring museums and ghost towns.

Stanalei: Thanks so much for having me today as part of my Blog Tour sponsored by Reviews by Crystal. I hope you enjoy this glimpse into my writing world.
Beverley: Which genre or genres do you write or prefer to write? And why?
Stanalei: I’ve started my writing career in the Romantic Suspense genre. My enjoyment from reading Alistair McLean and Tom Clancy sort of determined that niche for me. However, I so enjoy reading small town romances and would like to try my hand at those as well.
Beverley: Who influenced you the most in deciding to become a writer?
Stanalei: There isn’t one single person who influenced me. In fact, unlike many writers, I’m not much of a storyteller in the verbal sense. I will say that my parents had an influence on me that encouraged me to do anything I wanted to put my mind to. That support from an early age led to the confidence I needed as I grew older.
Beverley: What gets your creative juices flowing?
Stanalei: A good movie or a good book will get my creative juices flowing. I love story, and when it’s well crafted, it’s exciting to be drawn into the world of those characters. However, when it comes time to sit and write, I don’t have a ritual or process. I work with determination to get the words on the page. The muse isn’t often kind to me and I have to work without her most of the time.
Beverley: Do you have a favorite cartoon character? Why?
Stanalei: My favorite cartoon character is Johnny Quest. If that doesn’t reveal my age, than I’m not sure what would. Talk about a crush. But I have to say as I got a bit older, Race Bannon was much more appealing.
Beverley: Who would you love most to meet 'in person' and why?
Stanalei: I would have loved to meet Tom Clancy. I would have loved to learn how he garnered the knowledge he shared in his books. The man was amazing. Next up, would be the duo of Garfield and Judith Reeves-Stevens. The research they do for their mainstream fiction rivals Clancy.
Beverley: If you had an unexpected free day what would you do with it?
Stanalei: Unexpected free days are rare for me. But if it was just me, I’d probably sleep in, (later than I usually do), and watch a movie or TV series marathon. If the free day also came with free calories, it would include popcorn, TV dinners, and ice cream bars.
Beverley: What are you working on now?
Stanalei: I’m currently finishing up that contemporary, small town romance I mentioned above. It’s planned as a two-book series. Now that the Northstar Security books are wrapped up (for now), I’m looking forward to a change of pace.
Stanalei: Thank so you so much for letting me visit today.

Series Blurb:

Northstar Security Firm is an elite private security agency whose mission statement: GUIDED BY THE TRUTH, is the guiding principle to provide justice for those who have been wronged. Founded by former CIA agents Byron O’Neal, Katherine O’Neal, and Sean Malone, Northstar Security has a ninety-nine percent success rate. That one percent is a still open case involving Katherine’s murder and Sean Malone’s career-ending gunshot wound. Nothing is a hundred percent guaranteed, and angst over one unsolved case doesn’t stop good men and women from fulfilling their duty.

Proving Ground
Northstar Security Series Book #1 
A screw-up, a wild fire, and a bio-terrorist. What could go wrong?
Proving Ground introduces the high stakes world of The Northstar Security Firm. Caitlin Malone’s only hope of saving her town, maybe even the entire country, is pinned on the one man who broke her heart.

Screw-ups don’t get second chances. That’s what Caitlin Malone believes when she returns to Oregon after failing her first Northstar Security assignment. When she inadvertently stumbles across a plot to steal deadly pathogens from the bio-lab near her hometown, she sees a chance at redemption.

USDA Forest Ranger, John ‘Mac’ MacAlistair, doesn’t want to babysit the motorcycle club holding their annual rally in his national forest. To make matters worse, Caitlin is attending the rally with Mac’s estranged uncle. Having her home again brings up feelings that are better left buried.

It’s early September. Any spark will send the dry timber into a raging fire. The terrorists are counting on that distraction to work in their favor. When Caitlin is trapped by the wildfire, her only hope of rescue is pinned on Mac, the man she's tried two years to forget. Before they can share their feelings, Mac and Caitlin must first escape the burning forest and stop the terrorists from releasing the deadly pathogens.

Buy Links:
Amazon | The Wild Rose Press

Dead Reckoning
Northstar Security Series Book #2
Byron O’Neal, Northstar Security Firm’s director didn’t always run an elite private investigation firm. His early CIA years were spent chasing Soviet spies. Now his past is catching up, and Kellee, Bryon’s daughter is caught in the middle of a game of Russian Roulette. Northstar agent and former Navy SEAL, Egan Maddox, is tasked to save Kellee from the Russian mafia before it’s too late, a task that puts not only his life, but his heart on the line.

Buy Links:
Amazon | The Wild Rose Press

Beyond Duty
 Northstar Security Series Book #3

When Northstar Security Firm investigates the blackmail of a U.S. Senator, agents Riley O'Neal and Mary "Chip" Anderson don the unwelcome cover of newlyweds to find two kidnapped women and stop the blackmail - and posing as newlyweds to avert a national security crisis is a lot harder than it seems.

Buy Links:
Amazon | The Wild Rose Press

Breaking the Honor Code Northstar Security Series Book #4

Cyber-terrorism brings even the most powerful companies to their knees. When Northstar Security Firm discovers a breach inside their computer firewall, agent Sloan Cartland will do anything to help the firm's brilliant computer tech, Allison Richards, find the culprit—even after he learns that all evidence of the hack points back to Allison.

Buy Links:

Amazon | The Wild Rose Press

                           Tell It Like It Is
              Northstar Security Series Book #5

FBI agent, Nelson Kane's Aunt Rosalee has a story to tell. Someone wants her stopped. When Northstar Security's unconventional bodyguard, Justine Shelby, is assigned as Aunt Rosalee's protection, Shelby learns she's as welcome as a wiretap at the annual J. Edgar Hoover Christmas party. Ornaments start to fly when Shelby informs by-the-book, Agent Kane to stay out of the way while she helps his aunt complete her tell-all memoirs.

Buy Links:

Amazon | The Wild Rose Press 

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Check This One Out - Plus a Free Book

Guy Ogan was born in Washington D.C. during the early stages of WW-II. His father served overseas with the Office of Strategic Services, so he and his mother relocated to her parent’s home in Texas for the duration of the war. After the war they returned to Northern Virginia, while his father continued to serve in what became the Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.). As a teen in Arlington, VA Guy ran cross-country and track and road an old BSA Bantam motorcycle. He moved with his parents to his father’s new job in Los Altos, CA in the late 50’s where Guy continued to run cross-country and track. Guy attended Foothill J.C. (A.A. Degree) transferring to Texas Christian University (B.S. commissioning as a 2nd Lt. in the USAF). Guy served a bit over 20 years and was assigned to such far flung locations as Rantoul, IL, the island of Okinawa (pre-reunification with Japan), Austin, TX, Keflavik, Iceland, Soesterberg, The Netherlands (where he obtained an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Psych.) /subsequently he was assigned to Abilene, TX/then, 15th Air Force Hq, March Field in Southern California before his retirement and through Ball State's European Campus). He then returned to West Texas (completing an M.Ed. at Hardin-Simmons University). After retirement from the USAF, Guy operated an Assessment Clinic for ADHD, writing an assessment guide, “Can Anyone Help My Child?’ He then worked for the TX Dept. of Criminal Justice writing drug treatment programs for inmates and performing psychological intake evaluations. Upon the death of his father, Guy retired as an Associate Clinical Psychologist to care for his mother who had Alzheimer’s. Upon her death he found the photograph (shown on page 2 of “Immortal Relations” spurring Guy to write his “Immortal Relations” series. The stories are written as if transcribed from his diaries written about his becoming a vampire.

I would like to explain why I started writing my "Immortal Relations" series.

  After my mother passed away, I had been taking care of her once my father passed, I had to clean out father's many file cabinets. Finally reaching the last drawer in the oldest file I found a small, sealed, envelope, stained and yellow with age. Picking it up to throw it in the trash, it made a clicking sound, as if something had moved inside of the envelope. Tearing it open, an old, black and white photograph fell out. The picture was of my father as a young man in his 20's standing in front of a very ancient building with a clock-face on it.

  Had I thrown it away at that point, I would have never written anything; however, I turned it over. There, in my father's bold script, was "Prague, Czechoslovakia." Again, had I tossed the photograph at that point all would have been well. BUT NO, I noticed something else on the back. I looked more closely and near the bottom, in a feminine hand was "I will always be waiting for you".

   Realizing what that meant, things my late mother had said when I was far too young to understand, but which she had said with such pain in her voice, came roaring out of my subconscious. I sat down in my computer's chair and started writing my feelings of betrayal as a cathartic exercise. I imagined that I would go to Prague in a vain attempt to find out if what my mother said, "He is over there with that woman" and later, "He has had a child with that woman!" She had asked then (I was less than six years old), what I would do if she divorced my father. Not fully knowing at the time what divorce meant, I'd said something like, "If he hurt you, you should leave."

Anyway, working through my feelings, I finally thought that with some work what I had written might make an interesting story in which I could put some of my military knowledge and experience as well as my political beliefs. So was born the first book in what is currently a three-part series. You can look at the copy of the photograph, it is on page two of the first book

Book excerpt from Immortal Relations, the first book in the series (I love dogs as my novels show) The guardian vampires of the Residency Coven are sworn to protect innocent humans but had never interceded to help animals. Gary Logan, now a vampire, has lost none of his love of small animals, especially cats and dogs. Here Gary and the two ladies are in a monitoring station watching for evil be it vampires, criminals or political thugs):

"We continued to monitor the screens, but nothing else happened until about 9 p.m. when I saw a large man chasing a little dog down a side street. He carried what looked like a rusty old pipe. Fearing he’d kill the dog, I asked Evy if we could do anything. She said they’d never responded to help an animal…I felt that I had to do something to help the dog and asked where that street was.

“Four streets to the north and about a mile to the east,” she said.

My love for little animals hadn’t abated any by becoming a vampire, and I said I needed to do something to help that dog.

Maggie said she’d go with me. It was dark and a weeknight, so little traffic and no pedestrians were out. I ran the mile without stopping to confront the man. I moved so fast, no human could see me. As I flew past the man, I tapped the end of the iron pipe, causing it to fly out of his hand and I caught the pipe as I continued on. This occurred so fast, his brain couldn’t register what had happened; he slowed and looked at his hands and then stopped to turn around, looking behind him for the pipe he must have dropped. By this time, I’d stopped in the shadows under some trees a mile farther down and simply crushed the old iron pipe into dust.

It was then that Maggie found me. “I’ve never seen anyone run that fast. You didn’t run that fast at the quarry…how could you run so much faster now?”

I looked at her and said, “I was running for fun at the quarry, but just now, I had to save that little dog. I just can’t stand to see a small animal hurt or killed.”

She hugged and kissed me, “I think you are one of the most soft-hearted people, let alone vampires, that ever existed.”

I shrugged, “I wish it were this easy to save all the unwanted animals; in America, they kill thousands of dogs and cats each day, just because no one wants them. It always breaks my heart to think about it…”

I told her I couldn’t think of a more terrible condemnation of someone than they would harm a dog or a cat!

She kissed me again and said, “Let’s go back to Evy.” as we walked back arm in arm, we saw a woman, who must have been the man’s wife scolding him, as she carried the little dog in her arms, so I felt it was safe.

Once back in the monitoring room, Maggie told Evy what happened as I sat in a chair, my head down, trying not to think about little animals being harmed. Evy turned and asked if I’d heard the story of “Ferdinand the Bull” and said I was like Ferdinand, strong but with a soft heart…I could only say, “Thank you.”

Buy links for

Book #1 “Immortal Relations” *

Book #2 “Immortal Relations"

Book #3 “Immortal Relations Coming Out”

*The first book has some erotic content. For those who prefer less “explicit togetherness” I suggest starting with book #2 as it has a conversation between major characters that covers the important points of the first book. It still has “togetherness” just a bit less “explicit.”

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Blogs: http://immortalrelations.blogspoticom/

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Guy is offering a FREE digital Amazon-Kindle copy of any of the three novels in my “Immortal Relations” series to the most interesting blog comment or reply. Winner to be pickof the blog's time. The winner will be picked by the author, who will post the winner’s name at the end of the blog. The winner MUST send their e-mail address to Once the author has the e-mail address he will have a digital copy of the chosen “Immortal Relations” novel sent by Amazon-Kindle to that e-mail address. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can get a free copy of the App for your computer or tablet from Kindle.