May I introduce: Felicia Rogers "Pearl Valley"

Pearl Valley
by Felicia Rogers

On her own website, Felicia Rogers describes herself as:  "your average, ordinary woman, with a side interest-- writing." Well, let me tell you, there's nothing average or ordinary about her wonderful books!

1 – You write contemporary as well as historical romance. Where do you get your ideas from?
My story ideas come from a little bit of everywhere and everything. One historical I wrote, Labor of Love, came to me after a Voice of the Martyrs Conference. A speaker relayed the story of a young girl in Ireland forced to deny her faith or drown. After I heard the moving historical tale, I knew I wanted to write a similar story, thus Sorcha in Labor of Love was born.
As for my contemporary story ideas, they spring from real life events as well as dreams. Diamond Mine, which is the first book in the Wounded Soldiers Series, started because I wanted to write a mission impossible type story. The more I thought on the mission the more I realized I wanted it to include information about the slave trade in Africa. But still something was missing, my hero. I’ve shared this story before, but I love telling it so I’ll do it again. I was watching the game show, Minute to Win It, when I witnessed two soldiers who had lost their legs in a Middle East military excursion. Their positive attitudes on life made me realize I wanted my hero to be wounded, but with God’s help and the love of a good woman, have the ability to overcome.

I like I said, my story ideas come from everywhere and everything.

2 – How did you come up with the idea for Pearl Valley?
I’m a little embarrassed to admit that the story idea for Pearl Valley came from the fact that I wanted the hero to wear a cowboy hat. Silly, but true. Although that is how the story started, it became a story about two broken people looking for peace. In some way everyone is broken and we are always searching for that piece that fixes us. Trevor, cowboy hat and all, thinks he is the one who needs to find the peace, yet in the end he gives it.

3 – Tell us about your next project.
 I have more than one project in the works. The third book in the Wounded Soldiers Series, Emerald Street, is set to come out in August. I also hope to publish the rest of my Andrews Brothers Series and the Southern Hearts Series before the end of the year. Of course this doesn’t include any new ideas that might come to mind. Watch out…you could be in my next story!

A town plagued by mysterious fires, and two people struggling to find peace.
Trevor Jacobs, ex-navy seal, lost his leg during a military excursion. Not only is he hampered by physical limitations, but he has to suffer the pitying stares of strangers whenever he ventures into the public eye.

Janie Dossett lost her mother to a fire ten years ago, and her life changed forever. Now she shies away from the public, secluding herself in the only place she feels comfortable, her hometown.
When Trevor Jacobs shows up searching for Jane Dossett, Janie doesn’t readily reveal herself. Trevor is seeking something from her, something she doesn’t think she can give.

Felicia Rogers is an author of multiple novels and novellas. When she's not writing, Felicia volunteers with the Girl Scouts of America, teaches at a local homeschooling group, hikes, and spends time with her family. 

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The ladder stabilized, and she looked down to find a tall man, his head covered in a cowboy hat, holding the ladder in place.

“Come on down, miss. I’ll hold it steady.”

Frozen with fear, it took a few moments for her to move.

He said, “Am I going to have to come up and get you? I can do it, but then I’ll be putting both our lives in the hands of these kids down here, and I don’t think you want me to do that.”

Janie shook her head and slowly descended. When her foot touched the ground, she felt unsteady. She shot her hand out, and it landed on the well-muscled arm of the man before her.

“Are you okay?” he asked, drawing his brows together.

She nodded and closed her eyes as she waited for the stars to disappear. “I’ll be fine if you can just give me a minute.”

She felt the pressure of his hand as he guided her to the bleachers and helped her sit down.

“Place your head between your knees.”

“Are you sure? I mean won’t that make me more dizzy?”

“Are you going to question everything I say?”

Obeying his firm words, Janie placed her head between her knees.

“Now breathe real deep. Give it a few minutes and then lift your head real slow. I’ll be right beside you when you come up.”

The deep breaths calmed her rapid pulse, and when she opened her eyes, the stars were gone. She lifted her head slowly and stared at his face. He smiled, showing a row of perfectly white teeth.

“Do you feel okay?” He’d positioned his arms on either side of her, like in a big hug, so if she toppled in either direction he was ready to catch her. Staring at his face, she found she couldn’t answer.

May I introduce: Patricia Kiyono & Stephanie Michels "The Friendship Star Quilt"


The Friendship Star Quilt
by Patricia Kiyono & Stephanie Michels
It's an absolute pleasure to have Patricia and Stephanie as my guest today. With the title "The Friendship Star Quilt", the obvious question was whether they quilt as well.
1 – Quilting is still popular here in Australia. Do you ladies quilt?
Patricia: Every other week I sew quilts with a group of ladies at my church. Once in a while I'll sew quilts for members of my family.
Stephanie: I don't make quilts, but I collect them. I have one old one from my grandmother that is almost 100 years old, and several others I've picked up over the years. I do sew and used to make a lot of my own clothes. Now, however, my crafts of choice are crochet and knitting. They're more portable for me. 
2 – How did you come up with the story and how do you work together?
Patricia: I came up with a basic story line for Anne, and Stephanie fleshed it out.
Stephanie: When Patty first talked about the series, we sat down and created a large group of quilters to populate the the quilt shop. Then we gave them families and possible story lines. We're constantly adding new characters and plots. 
3 – Will there be another Michaels/Kiyono collaboration?
Patricia: We're working on more Stitching Post stories!
Stephanie: Maybe not co-authored as such, but there will be more stories. I'm working on a Christmas one featuring one of my favorite characters in the quilt shop, and Patty is working on a story line that is dear to her heart.  



Anne Brown loves her job at The Stitching Post Quilt Shop in Grandville, Michigan, but she keeps a suitcase packed so she can leave at a moment's notice. Living under the radar, she longs for a normal life, but settles for listening to family stories told by the friendly la-dies of the quilting club who meet at the shop on Tuesday evenings. When she meets Brad, the handsome band director of an area high school and his adorable daughter, Anne begins to hope for a happily ever after of her own. But someone has far different plans.

Brad Carmichael is juggling the demands of his job as band director at Rivertown High School with trying to be a better father to his daughter. When Brad is late picking Jennie up from a birthday party, the pretty young clerk from the local quilt shop comes to his res-cue. Kind-hearted and talented, Anne becomes a vital part of Brad and Jennie’s lives. But her past threatens to destroy their relationship.



Stephanie Michels -

Stephanie Michels considers herself a “Jill of All Trades.” During her corporate career, she worked as a computer trainer, advertising copywriter, personnel agent, radio DJ, magazine columnist, and a financial planner among other things.  She recently left those behind in order to focus on writing full time.
Raised in Michigan, she lived in South Carolina, Missouri, and Germany, before returning to the Mitten State to raise her family.  When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her reading or spending time with family, friends, and Beta Sigma Phi sisters.
The Friendship Star Quilt is her second novel with writing partner, Patricia Kiyono.

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 Patricia Kiyono retired from public school teaching, and is now an adjunct faculty member at Grand Valley State University, where she instructs future teachers. Born in Japan, she lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from their five children and nine grandchildren. In addition to writing, she enjoys sewing, scrapbooking, playing in local bands and orchestras, and taking care of grandchildren.


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few minutes later, an early model sedan raced into a parking space in front of the shop, and skidded to a halt. The driver’s side opened, and a tall man in a blue windbreaker jumped out. His dark hair practically stood on end, as if he’d been running worried fingers through it. He glanced around, spotted the shop, and hurried toward it. Without a word, he rushed to Jennie’s side and scooped her up in a tight embrace.

“Jennie, I am so, so sorry! I knew the party was over at five-thirty. I should have set the alarm on my phone. I’m so sorry you had to wait for me.”

“It’s okay, Daddy. This lady said it was okay for me to wait in here for you because the ice cream man turned the lights off and said I had to leave.”

“He what? Why would he do such a thing to you? Especially when it’s raining! I ought to go over and…”

“I think he went home. But it was okay, Daddy. I came in here to wait safely.”

Her dad took a deep breath. Although his face appeared somewhat calmer, anger still burned in his dark brown eyes.

“Smart thinking, Princess. I’m very glad you did.” He turned then and, shifting his daughter to one arm, held out his free hand to Anne. “I’m Brad Carmichael. Thank you very much for letting Jennie come inside to wait… and for calling me.”

She shook the outstretched hand and introduced herself. “I’m Anne Brown, and you’re entirely welcome. Your daughter was no trouble at all.”

“Nonetheless, it was very kind of you,” he said then reached for Jennie’s backpack. “I can see you’re busy, so we’ll get out of your hair now.”

“Bye, Miss Anne,” Jennie said from her perch in her dad’s arm.

“Thanks again,” he called before heading into the night.

Anne nodded and stifled a desire to sigh. Brad Carmichael wasn’t movie-star handsome, but he had such beautiful, warm brown eyes. More importantly, she could tell he cared about his little girl. His concern for her made him far more attractive in Anne’s opinion than mere good looks. Although he was awfully cute with his hair all tousled and disarrayed.

“Anne, do you have more of this interfacing? I think I’m going to need it for my appliqu├ęs.”

Setting aside her musing, the young clerk hurried to help her customer. Pining for something she couldn’t have was nothing but a waste of time, a daydream. The Stitching Post and its customers were her reality.




Book Blitz: Jennifer Anne Davis "The Power to See" (18+)

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Title: The Power to See
Author:  Jennifer Anne Davis
Published:  May 16th, 2014 by Crimson Tree Publishing
Word Count:  99,000
Genre:  NA Crime, Suspense, Romance
Content Warning:  Graphic violence, sexual themes including assault, adult language, and drug usage
Recommended Age:  18+
Synopsis:  At first glance, twenty-two-year-old Brianna’s life seems perfect. But she harbors a deadly secret—her father is the leader of a ruthless drug cartel. Brianna struggles to find her place in a world her father meticulously controls, and believes she is nothing but a pawn in her father’s deadly games.
After graduating from college with an enormous debt, Dominic finds himself lured by money and power into a job that appears too good to be true. He doesn’t realize he works for a drug cartel until he’s in too deep. Trying to keep his family safe, he takes a deal offered by Brianna’s father and agrees to marry Brianna while continuing to work for the cartel.
Brianna and Dominic must rely on one another as their lives become further entwined in the lethal drug world. When Dominic discovers a deadly secret, he begins to question everything and turns to Brianna for support. However, Brianna’s heart belongs to another man—an undercover DEA agent.
The DEA closes in on the drug cartel, forcing Brianna and Dominic to choose sides, igniting a battle between family loyalty, love, and survival. Brianna soon realizes that she may be the only person capable of bringing down her father’s empire—if she can find a way to outsmart the master manipulator, without losing herself, and her heart, in the process.
There was a soft knock on her door. Matt popped his head in, making her flush. As much as she fought against it, Brianna had to admit, Matt was hot. She hadn’t seen him since their dinner the other night. There was something different about him from other men she’d known. She liked that Matt was intelligent and highly sought after in the law field. Even though he was confident, he wasn’t cocky, and there was something gentle about him. She couldn’t put her finger on it, but she liked that he seemed interested in getting to know her. It was a refreshing change. Of course, it was also nice that Matt was untouched by her father.
“Do you have any plans for the weekend?” he asked, giving her a half smile.
                “Nothing too exciting. I have a lot to do before we meet with the judge on Monday.”
                “Well, you can’t work all weekend, so I have a proposition for you.” Matt walked in and sat on the edge of Brianna’s desk, pulling two tickets from his shirt pocket. “I’m taking you to a baseball game Saturday night.”
                Did he just ask her out? Was Matt interested in her? This wasn’t good. Why couldn’t Matt be married or unattractive? Why did she have to meet him now? “I don’t know,” she managed to say.
                “You owe me a dinner,” Matt reminded her, the dimple in his cheek showing.
                “I can’t.” She really wanted to, but her father would never approve.
                Matt raised his eyebrows. “I’m not asking you out on a date, so don’t get all defensive. I’m simply asking you to a baseball game, and it’s work related if that makes you feel any better.” He leaned in close, smiling like they shared a secret.
Why did he have to keep looking at her like that? “Work related how?” she asked. Perhaps there was a way to get her father’s approval.
                “The firm has a box. So, technically it’s a work function.”
                “Is anyone else going?”
                “No,” he whispered.
                Brianna wanted to be alone with Matt, but she wasn’t sure she could control herself around him. Salazar’s plan was very direct and specific, and Matt was definitely not a part of the plan. She couldn’t afford to lose focus now. But the way Matt sat on the desk, his smile, those eyes—she was drawn to him. She closed her eyes, smelling his musky scent. Not once in Brianna’s life had Salazar ever asked her what she wanted. Everything was planned and she was expected to go along with it. Against her better judgment, she agreed to go to the game.
                “I’ll pick you up at six.” Matt smiled. He slid from her desk and strolled to the door.
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Jennifer graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. Afterwards, she finally married her best friend and high school sweetheart. Jennifer is currently a full-time writer and mother of three young children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids’ creativity.
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Giveaway Details:
There is an international tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
  • Reader's choice of Clean Teen Publishing eBook and bookmark swag pack. 
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May I introduce: Jennifer Rae Gravely


 I've got the very talented Jennifer Rae Gravely as my guest today. And as it seems, she's not only a very successful writer, but also a very successful athlete. :-)

It's wonderful to real about the passion she has for her sport and the team she coaches. And congratulations on the Five State Championships!!!!

I’m a sports freak. I started with softball when I was five, played recreation basketball in the fourth grade, and finally added volleyball when I was in the eighth grade. I continued with all three in high school and secured a volleyball scholarship to go to college. Despite the dream of being a lawyer, I always knew I wanted to coach; therefore earning a Masters in Education so that I could teach seemed the more logical plan. And here I am decades later coaching my favorite sport volleyball at my high school alma mater. My teams have won five state championships and seven upper state titles in eleven years. Woohoo!

But I’m also a writer. In my first published story Knight of the Dead I avoided sports for the most part. In fact the heroine Persephone Richards is anything but an athlete as she is klutzy and constantly tripping over her own feet. However, when I started my second book Set to Love, I decided to concentrate on what I know and love—coaching the sport of volleyball. The story focuses on the two rival high school coaches Randi Sly and Blake Steele as they compete for the state crown.

Fiction and real life often intersect and I found myself using book quotes to motivate my athletes this season as we marched to the volleyball state title—the fourteenth for our high school. Here’s one of my favorites and the one that became our motto for the year: "Today she started the climb toward the top of the mountain. The hike might be difficult, but the view would be spectacular. Each practice another step toward the pinnacle that is the championship."

Here’s a picture of the tagxedo I made featuring the quote, and the design we ultimately used for our region championship t-shirts.
Do you have a favorite quote from a book that applies to real life? I’d love to hear it.

Thanks, Iris, for having me stop over and talk about two things that I love—sports and books. (I’ll come another time and talk about my beagles—I have seven of the baying hounds!)

You can find both Knight of the Dead and Set to Love at most online book retailers. I also have a spin off sports short story in the Astraea Press anthology Love and Diamonds.

Born in Ohio but raised in Pickens, SC, Jennifer Rae Gravely graduated from Converse College with a triple major in history, politics, and English before earning a master’s degree in education. Returning to her high school alma mater to teach English and coach volleyball, Gravely’s teams won five state championships and seven upper state titles in eleven years. Moreover, the SCACA named her coach of the year for the 2013 season.

Jennifer writes about the fictional Southern town of Keowee. The Astraea Press novels, Knight of the Dead and Set to Love, in addition to the short story, “Love and Diamonds,” deal with present day Keowee and are contemporary romances.

She lives with her husband, daughter, seven beagles, and one rescued barn cat.

Jennifer loves to talk beagles, balls, and books!


Twitter: @JenniferRaeGrav


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May I introduce: Deborah Kreiser "Three Wishes"

Three Wishes
by Deborah Kreiser

 My guest this week is follow Astraea Press author Deborah Kreiser. She met her husband while they were both park rangers. She calls her blog "Going in Circles" because in German, "Kreiser" means one who goes in circles. Apparently that's her crazy life :-) I'm sure lots of us can relate to that.

1- Tell us a bit about how you came up with the story of "Three Wishes."

Growing up, I always loved reruns of I Dream of Jeannie, but even as a kid it bothered me that Jeannie was kind of an airhead and had to do as her master commanded. When I decided a few years ago that I was going to write a book, I thought about how a) genies don't come up often in current literature (though interestingly, that's changing), and b) I'd enjoy turning the usual genie trope on its head. Instead of a subservient genie, my Genie is athletic, smart, and she has to find her own master, not the other way around. And I thought it would be a funny twist to have her go from regular girl to va-va-voom curvy when she finds out about her genie heritage.

2 - What fills your day when you're not writing?

After working part-time and staying home with my kids for years, I just started a new full-time job as an elementary school librarian (which is totally awesome!). Beyond that, I sing in an a cappella group and I am training for a half-marathon.

3 - Tell us a little bit about your current project.

I love my work-in-progress to pieces, though I'm still working out some of the details and characters. I can say for sure it's a retelling of Romeo and Juliet from Paris' (and possibly Rosaline's) point of view. It's set in Washington, D.C., and the Montagues and Capulets are Democrats and Republicans.



Tall and lanky, Genie Lowry is only noticed at academic awards assemblies—until the day she turns 17 1/2, when her body changes from Kate-Hudson-flat to Katy-Perry-curvy—and she finds out she’s a real, live genie. Suddenly, every guy at school is paying attention to her, including Pete Dillon, her never-in-a-million-years crush.

But to gain her full powers and keep her new body, Genie has to find a master, and she’s not sure if Pete’s Master (or Mr.) Right. With help from her dead mother’s interactive diary and an imposing mentor with questionable motives, Genie uncovers the family history and genie rules she never knew. She grapples with her new powers and searches for the perfect master as she tries to make her own wishes come true.



If Deborah Kreiser had three wishes, they would include: a lifetime supply of calorie-free chocolate; a self-cleaning house; and the ability to expand time as needed. When not dreaming of her next plot, she teaches nature programs to preschool kids in Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and two young daughters. 


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 We rush to get changed in the locker room, but while I wrestle my swim suit over my unexpectedly curvaceous chest, I realize, somehow, I have grown from a barely B to a voluptuous D. We’re talking, like, Kate Hudson to Katy Perry.

I pinch myself, and run over to the mirror. The cold, hard tiles beneath my feet remind me I am awake, though the bright overhead lights make me look like a zombie. I have seen enough — this change is real. But, frozen in shock, I can’t tear my eyes from my reflection.

For a moment, I think I stop breathing. Black spots fill my peripheral vision, and I start feeling lightheaded. I lean on the wall for support, and inhale, trying to keeping from fainting.

Recovered, I glance over at Leia to see if she’s noticed, but she’s still getting her suit on with her back to me. My hands flutter up, ready to caress my new curves, but I manage to resist,

knowing Leia is going to turn around at any moment.

Panicky, I wonder what I am going to do about this situation. I’ve sprouted boobs, hips,

and—stop the presses—major junk in the trunk. My heart’s beating so fast I think it’s going to burst out of my already burgeoning chest. I grab my towel and hold it in front of me, hoping it will provide some camouflage.

"More Beginnings" review by the newspaper The Courier #ebook #love

More Beginnings
Review by Frank Nolan, The Courier / VoiceFM


More Beginnings is the second of a proposed three story series by author Iris Blobel. It follows the lives of characters introduced in the first book of the series titled New Beginnings. Six years have now passed since Sophie Levesque and her younger sister Mia unexpectedly became the owners of a cottage in beautiful Chestnut Avenue, Battery Point, Tasmania. The identity of their mysterious benefactor has now been revealed and fourteen year old Mia is happily settled at school. However, her life is suddenly disturbed when a stranger named Darren Schuster turns up and she is faced with ”more beginnings” in her young life.

Iris Blobel tells an interesting story with believable characters and More Beginnings will have her readers eagerly awaiting the third instalment of the story of the folk at Chestnut Avenue, Battery Point.

May I introduce: Nicole Zoltack "Starving for Love"


Starving for Love
by Nicole Zoltack

Nicole Zoltack doesn't like to get boxed in by genre - and it shows, she loves to write fantasy, paranormal, horror, romance, historical, contemporary; for adults, YA, MG, and PBs. She's also a freelance editor and a content and line editor at MuseItUp Publishing. When she's not writing about girls wanting to be knights, talking unicorns, or zombies, she loves spending time with her growing family.

1- Starving for Love reminds me of "The little Mermaid". Did you have that story in mind when you wrote the book?
I did! I specifically set out to take a fairy tale retelling with a zombie twist and boom! Starving for Love was born. I'm planning on doing more and can't wait to get starting.

2 - you have three little boys. Tell us how you manage between family and finding time to write.
It's a daily challenge. I'm so lucky that the younger two nap every day at the same time while the eldest is at school. Built in writing time! Other than that, I try to write before they wake up and after hubby's left work for and if I haven't reached my word count during nap time writing, I stay up late after everyone else is in bed. Family time is more important to me than writing time.

3 - Tell us a bit about your current project.
I'm 70K into Scarlet Magi, the last book in my superhero romance trilogy that will be coming out in October from Desert Breeze Publishing. After that... not sure yet! ;)


Sirena never thought a trip to the surface would change her life forever until she meets Kristian. The sea might hold her body, but Kristian now holds her heart. Their love can never be, however, for she is a mermaid and he a human.

Rushing to steal some time with him, Sirena swims as if sharks are after her only to find Kristian's lifeless body in the sea. Heartbroken, she turns to a sea dragon witch. With the promise to bring Kristian back to life at the mere cost of Sirena's memories of him, the sea witch works her magic. Only, Sirena isn't specific enough with her request, and her love returns as a zombie who threatens the mortal world.

Longing to fill the emptiness inside, Sirena swims to the surface and discovers a distraught child crying about a monster eating his family. Appalled at the notion, she promises to slay the monster, not knowing she is seeking to destroy the man she loves.




Nicole Zoltack loves to write in many genres, especially romance, whether fantasy, paranormal, or regency. When she’s not writing about knights, superheroes, or zombies, she loves to spend time with her loving husband and three energetic young boys. She enjoys riding horses (pretending they’re unicorns, of course!) and going to the PA Renaissance Faire, dressed in garb. She’ll also read anything she can get her hands on. Her current favorite TV show is The Walking Dead. To learn more about Nicole and her writing, visit 


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