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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Hauntings in the Gardens...
Caper Magic
Author Veronica Lynch

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Tagline:  This attraction: Complete madness or—sheer magic?

Blurb:  P.I. Nick Forrester comes to Cape Brendan ostensibly to assist with Caper Madness, a month long celebration of everything Halloween. In reality he is tracking a woman on the run. Within days he is confronted by Annunciata Doyle, a vivid reminder of a pain-filled past.

          After retreating to Cape Brendan in defeat and humiliation, Nunie Doyle's only hope was to make the best of forced retirement. There, in this quaint tourist town on the shores of Lake Ontario, she earned the love and respect of new friends and neighbors—and put her talent for helping women to good use.

          With the mutual goal of making Caper Madness the best ever, Nick and Nunie fight tooth and nail on the personal level, each discovering a new side to the other, sides that make them consider making drastic changes for the rest of their lives. 

           This attraction: complete madness—or sheer magic?

Author Bio:
Writing under the names Kat Henry Doran and Veronica Lynch, author Kathy Cottrell uses her experience as a nurse, victim advocate and insurance investigator for background in her award winning novels and novellas. Her stories are set in her favorite places to visit: the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains as well as the Saint Lawrence River in the historic Thousand Islands region of Upstate and Northern New York State.

When not writing, or chasing grandchildren, Kathy spends her time designing and making tote bags and aprons to custom order.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Another awesome Hauntings in the Gardens story...
Let's take a look at Cecilia's story. Hmmm...suspense?  I love paranormal suspense.
Crimson Summer
Author: Cecilia Farrell

Paranormal romance
Release: October 27, 2014

Tagline: Keeping secrets is as dangerous as finding them out.


I frowned. Don Perkins had given Daddy’s gun back to Momma, didn’t he?
“God forgive me for saying this but keep it nearby, just in case. The legends are true about that, you know. Silver and iron. They kill.”
“Let’s pray it doesn’t come to that.” 
Behind him the sun was going down, red like roses, red like blood. We looked at each other for a long moment. Then I stood on my tip-toes, took his face in my hands, and kissed him on the mouth. “For luck,” I said. “Good-bye, Liam.”
He smiled sadly. “Good-bye, Ranalt.”
I didn’t leave the truck stop after Liam drove away. I couldn’t wait. I had to call my mother and ask her where Daddy’s gun was. The ‘special’ gun. She sputtered a bit but finally told me: the top shelf of the office closet. In a box marked Christmas decorations.
She didn’t ask why I wanted to know.


What Carrick County’s powerful Phelan family want, they usually get, whether that’s land like the Fitzgerald farm, or women, like the Fitzgerald girls. Handsome Liam can’t tempt Ranalt, whose heart belongs to neighbour Colin Sweeney. But his older brother Rory attracts her sister Lacey like a magnet draws steel.
When the boys and their father Patrick visit Joe and Sheila Fitzgerald with a mysterious offer, all hell breaks loose. A furious Joe orders the Phelans off his property and away from his daughters, warning he knows what to do about their kind. Soon afterwards, Fitzgerald fences are slashed and cattle lie torn apart. Coincidence or cause for fear?
There are secrets in Carrick County people don’t dare reveal. But Ranalt will risk everything to protect her family, the man she loves and the little girl she adores. Each turn of the summer moon brings danger and in the shadows, something waits...

About the author:
“Cee” Farrell grew up in a rural area much like  Carrick County, minus the werewolves. (But there are wolves in the provincial park, so who knows?) She made her first sale to a popular confession magazine while in college. Chocolate is her favourite drug, with mocha lattes not far behind.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cowboy Hauntings in the Garden... Wow! Who doesn't like a cowboy story?  Let's check this out:)


Tag Line: Kick up your heels in the local honky tonk for Halloween...but beware the devil in red cowboy boots...

Blurb: A chance meeting in a honky tonk on Halloween finds Luke in the arms of a brown-haired beauty. But if the stories he overhears are true, she may be far more than she seems...and he's more than ready to find out.

Excerpt: He adjusted his Stetson and sidled up to the bar, tossing a leg over the stool next to the buxom beauty. A heady breeze of cheap perfume plumed around him as she turned and graced him with a perfectly wicked smile. Looks like my lucky nigh—

“I wouldn’t if I were you.”

Luke glanced over his shoulder to find a pair of deep brown eyes laughing at him beneath a smooth raised brow.

“You’re the sixth guy she’s hit on since I’ve been sitting here.”

He frowned and turned back to the blonde he’d had his sights on…except her sights were now on a Captain Jack Sparrow wannabe. “Thanks a lot,” he grumbled, swiveling to face the bar.

“You’re very welcome.”

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Stacy Dawn: www.stacydawn.com www.stacydawn.blogspot.com

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Wild Rose Press Hauntings in the Garden collection

Linda Carroll-Bradd, Unlocked Treasure, released Oct. 20, is another piece of the collection.  Let's take a look...

Tagline: Will a prophecy keep a lonely woman from accepting the promise of adventure?

Blurb: Aleen MacRae blames the lure of the sea for breaking apart first her family then her engagement. When her interest is caught by a man she sees both in person and in a dream, she resists—afraid to believe in her aunt’s prediction that her future is tied to the sea.

Braden Williams is on the hunt for treasure buried centuries earlier by Rhode Island pirates. His search brings him to the property where Aleen lives. Collaboration on genealogy research draws them closer, and Braden steers her toward his true passion--sailing.

Attending a party with Braden’s family lets her glimpse what she’s been missing. An unexpected discovery before her date with Braden at the Halloween Midnight Organ Recital forces a decision. Will Aleen play things safe or accept what this free-spirited man offers?

Ah, the story of her life—practically invisible. The reminder his first sighting had been of her bikini-clad backside made her blush. Still didn’t change the facts. Aleen squared her shoulders. “I remember, but the Manor grounds are still closed.” Should she be nervous about being alone with this stranger, especially one who ignored posted rules?

Sorry for the intrusion. Let me start over.” Smiling, he approached and extended his right hand. “My name’s Braden Williams.”

Aleen bit her lower lip, but accepted his hand. “Pleased to meet you. I’m Aleen MacRae.” At the moment their hands clasped, she felt warmth flooding her fingers. With a jerk, she released her grip, tingling sensations running along her skin. Immediately, the scent of fresh air and summer breezes wafted her way. Definitely a man of the sea. Just where I foretold your future lies. Whispers of her great-aunt Zsofika’s prophecy trickled through Aleen’s thoughts. At the memory, her cheeks flamed with heat.

Wow.” Frowning, Braden flexed his hand and narrowed his gaze then dropped it to his flexing fingers. “That was bizarre.”

Static electricity, from all that wind yesterday.” A reasonable explanation. In the back of her mind, Aleen could hear Zsofika scoff, “Static schmatic. A connection like that is destiny.”

Well…” His gaze searched her face. “Aleen—hey, that’s pretty, like the direction alee.” A wide smile exposed even teeth.

Her own smile dimmed. Like I’ve never heard that before. “Thanks.” This guy was not charming his way around the rules. “Sorry, but you’ll need to come back when the gardens are open for visitors. That’s Wednesdays through—”

Yeah, I read the sign.” He gave a dismissive wave then turned to gaze back at the main house. “But I just needed five minutes to check out some dimensions and the lot layout.”

So, you woke up this morning and just decided to start out your week by trespassing?”

Author Bio:

As a young girl, Linda was often found lying on her bed reading about fascinating characters having exciting adventures in places far away and in other time periods. In later years, she read and then started writing romances and achieved her first publication--a confession story. Married with 4 adult children and 2 granddaughters, Linda now writes heartwarming contemporary and historical stories with a touch of humor and a bit of sass from her home in the southern California mountains.

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The Wild Rose Press 

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Wild Rose Press Hauntings in the Garden collection
The House released October 20, 2014 is a chilling story about a nasty haunting.  Lara Parker creates chills and spills, literally, in this awesome read. Let's take a look at Lara's favorite part and check out what The House is all about, shall we?
 "One of my favorite spots in the book (excerpt)..."

A faint sound reached me. It sounded like wind blowing through treetops. I listened closely and heard an almost imperceptible word.Leave. My heart rate increased, and I started to hyperventilate. I felt tingles in my limbs as my hands shook uncontrollably.
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Blurb: Unexpectedly, Leslie Harrison inherits a sprawling horse farm in Florida from a distant relative. She packs up her life and relocates to the Sunshine State with no idea what awaits her. Upon her arrival, she meets the farm manager, Preston McClay and, to her chagrin, he isn’t happy to see her. Quickly the cantankerous, but rather good looking, farm manager becomes the least of her worries when things start to go bump in the night. Will the sinister activity in the house chase Leslie away, or will she prevail in the struggle between good and evil?

Author Bio:
Lara Parker has worked in the industry for over 10 years but finally gathered the courage to write and publish her first story. Much toil and tribulation has been rewarded with The House being released by The Wild Rose Press on October 20, 2014. Growing up in rural Ohio and now residing in Florida gave her the background for The House. Look for more from this fresh and exciting author in the future. 

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Wild Rose Press Hauntings in the Garden collection

Ooooh...doesn't this look interesting?  I love witch stories! 
Let's check out Eliza March's new release.

Witch's Tattoo

Pride or power, lust or love, life or death. 

A young witch must find her soul mate and unite with him in order to defeat the dark forces gathering around her.

Release: October 13, 2014

The skirt she wore barely covered her sexy ass—like a black leather napkin filled with wicked delights. Damn, the witch looked hot enough to melt ice-forged steel. He tortured himself with the image of her wearing just the pendant and the boots—thigh high, black leather cut in lacy patterns, exposing her creamy skin...
The tips of her long black hair brushed her narrow waist the way it had the night he watched her in the scrying mirror. His fingers twitched with the desire to trace her plunging neckline. A neckline that bared her deep cleavage and the pendant.

Eliza shares an interesting tidbit about the book.

"While I was attending a workshop with WRP Publisher, Rhonda Penders, she mentioned needing a few Halloween short stories, I came up with Witch's Tattoo and pitched the concept off the top of my head, growing more enthusiastic as I spoke. Thankfully, she liked the idea, too. "
Link and contact info:
Buy link (The Wild Rose Press) http://tinyurl.com/m26vzcv



Friday, October 24, 2014

The Wild Rose Press Hauntings in the Garden collection

 Here's another ghostly story from The Wild Rose Press' celebration of Halloween/Samhain. Caster's Unfriendly Ghost released on October 2, 2014. Let's check out what this story is all about...

A year after her husband’s death, Emily Tillman is ready to start dating again, and hopefully, find what she’s always wanted—marriage and children. But the man who broke her heart five years ago is back. And he’s anything but the marrying kind. 

Confirmed bachelor Reese Caster is perfectly content with his life—and he’s finally over Emily, the one woman who almost made him commit. Now, his world is rocked when her dead husband shows up, demanding that Reese pursue Emily to keep her out of the clutches of her latest suitor—a jerk who is only after her money. 

Being around Emily again has made Reese reconsider his bachelor life style. But now that the threat of the other man is gone, the pesky ghost wants Reese to break things off. Can he and Emily find the love they were denied, or will the ghost of her dead husband destroy their chances? 

“Emily is the kind of woman you have to take things slowly with.”

“Sure, if this was real. But you have to step it up, turn on the charm. You need to show you care, that you know her, buy her things that she loves. Her favorite flowers are white roses, she loves dark chocolate, and her favorite wine is Merlot. You need to move in on her, hard.”

Caster gave a humorless laugh and shook his head. “Do you hear yourself? You were her husband, for God’s sake. Have some respect.”

Joey’s face flushed. “I do respect her. That’s why I don’t want this asshole putting one over on her. She deserves to find someone who will truly love her and give her the things I couldn’t.”

A note of pain in his voice almost made Caster feel sorry for him. But not as sorry as he felt for the family who lost a loved one less than half an hour ago. “Listen, I’ve performed back to back surgeries today, and had my night capped off by an emergency surgery that ended with a young girl’s death. So, you’ll understand why I’m not in the mood for this right now.”

“I’m sorry, but there’s nothing I can do about that. My concern is with Emily. And I need you to follow through with your end of the deal.”

“Deal, my ass. You blackmailed me into going along with this bullshit. Well, I’m out. I’ll finish the haunted forest thing, but no more of this romancing Emily crap. I can’t use her like that, I can’t break her heart again.”

“Break her heart? You sound pretty sure she’ll fall for you. My, my. Someone’s full of himself.”

Caster stood and stalked to the door. “Look, I don’t know if she will or not, I just know I can’t do this any longer. You can destroy everything I own, keep me up every night for the rest of my life, but I’m done.”

He put his hand on the door, but Joey’s voice stopped him. “I’ll tell her.”

Caster paused and turned to face him. “You’ll what?”

“Not only will I continue to screw with you, even on the job, but I’ll appear to Emily, tell her about our little scheme. What do you think she’ll think of you then?”

“You’re bluffing. You wouldn’t hurt her like that.”

Joey shook his head and closed his eyes. When he opened them, they were suspiciously damp. “I don’t want to. But I’ll do anything to keep her from making the biggest mistake of her life.”

Caster let out a resigned sigh and shook his head. “Nah, getting mixed up with the two of us was the biggest mistake of her life.”
Author Bio:

Alicia Dean lives in Edmond, Oklahoma. She has three grown children and a huge network of supportive friends and family. She writes mostly contemporary suspense and paranormal, but has also written in other genres, including a few vintage historicals.
Other than reading and writing, her passions are Elvis Presley, MLB, NFL (she usually works in a mention of one or all three into her stories) and watching her favorite televisions shows like Vampire Diaries, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Haven, The Mindy Project, and Dexter (even though it has sadly ended, she will forever be a fan). Some of her favorite authors are Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Lisa Gardner, Sharon Sala, Jordan Dane, Ridley Pearson, Joseph Finder, and Jonathan Kellerman…to name a few.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Happy Octoberfest!!!!
Please join me in celebrating my new release as well as other author's new releases showcased in
 The Wild Rose Press'
Hauntings in the Garden collection
And get a chance to win a $25 Wild Rose Press gift certificate.
Just follow this blog through November 1st and leave a comment including your email address.

Witch familiar, my new release, is part of the Hauntings in the Garden series available at The Wild Rose Press. 

Witch Familiar will release worldwide on October 27th, 2014

Please come celebrate with me and other authors who are being released this month. All wonderfully chilling stories just right for the Halloween/Samhain season. I will highlight some of these stories right here on my blog. So please drop by and check out the haunting line up.


Breanna McShae is a practicing green witch—harm to none, do as you will is the mantra she lives by. She must seek a familiar as her powers have reached peak and grounding does not pull enough of her magick back.  After performing a ritual asking the Goddess to provide her with her given familiar, she finds she has two animals vying for her attentions—a wolf and a raven.  The catch is one of them is the love of life and the other devastating trouble—a sikkqui—a creature that can assume any shape and sucks the very essence of human spirit and soul out leaving none but death and destruction behind.  The only way to destroy it is too perform a dark ritual, which is taboo for a green witch.  Her biggest problem is to figure out which animal is the sikkqui and then go against her very nature to destroy it without destroying herself and the shifter who has captured her heart.

The monster hovered inches above his mother’s sleeping form. Hunter tried to scream, but no sound came. He tried to run, but his feet stuck as if glued to the floor. The hideous apparition turned its face to him, eyes glaring red, its wrinkled mouth forming a wide “o” as it turned back to his mother, lips crawled back revealing rows of hideously sharp teeth. Hunter tried to shift. If he could, maybe he could break loose from whatever held him. What good would it do even if he could shift? He was nothing but a helpless puppy.
He watched her body wrench as the creature sucked her spirit from her slightly open lips. A glimmering silver-white essence poured from his mother into the mouth of the creature levitating above. Her skin grayed, and her body gave one final twitch and dropped to eternal stillness. The thing drifted past Hunter, its fiery eyes locked on him. Fear slithered through him even as whatever held him in place loosened, allowing Hunter to run down the little hallway toward the room he shared with his brother. His mind screaming, no! no! no!
He reached the doorway and once again was locked in place as he watched the creature repeat the process and take his twin brother as well. Tears poured down his cheeks. His father was away, and it was up to him to protect them. He should have taken care of his mother and brother. How could he have let this happen?
Hunter trembled as the thing turned toward him. Evil emanated sending a wave of cold tremors along his spine as it righted itself and hovered inches from the floor. Then it slid forward. The boy grimaced with the effort to move his feet, but he could not. Fear nauseated Hunter and shook his body. He watched as the horrid mouth yawned open, the monster now close enough to smell its foul breath.
Hunter squeezed his eyes shut, pushing his arms out in defense, which passed right through the specter. “No! Stay away from me!”
It moved closer, stopping within inches of the quivering boy. “You will live to suffer,” it rasped. “I just want to taste…”

Stay tuned for other Hauntings in the Garden releases right here.  I will be showcasing other books in this collection every other day or so.  Please drop in often. Don't miss a TRICK or TREAT.

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Happy Hauntings!


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Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day!

As we enjoy the day off from work, the family barbeques, the day at the beach, let us remember those who have fallen to make a better life for us all.  Those who have fought for our freedom and continue to fight for peace and human rights.

Let us give thought to those innocents who have fallen needlessly to terroristic acts.

And finally, seek to create a better world.  Hope that if we all join together we can stamp out inhumanity, war, and needless killing and atrocities.

Peace and blessings on this Memorial Day.


Saturday, January 4, 2014

Happy New Year!

Well, another year has come and gone.  Time surely does not slow for anyone! At any rate, I haven't dropped of the face of this sweet earth. Merely caught up in my life and editing which some of you may know. I am a professional editor, as well, an author.  My muse has taken a back seat for some time now. But... That is about to change.

Dayana Knight is going to be very busy this year.  I have taken down my website, Roma Wolf Tales, and will be working on a brand new look.  I have several projects in the works for later this year. I will also be working on some restructure of this blog:) 


May this year be filled with prosperity, change, and success for all of us.