Saturday, October 30, 2021

Fall in love with a new book


New Romance and Fiction In The Garden

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Oy Vey, Maria! A Mrs. Kaplan Mystery

Rose Kaplan and her sidekick Ida are at it again. It's the holiday of Purim, and almost everyone at the Julius and Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors is in costume for the Purim play. All except one, who will instead have to be fitted for a shroud. Once again, "Mrs. K" and Ida are called upon to solve the puzzle of a mysterious death at the Home. Described by Chanticleer Book Reviews as "at times more Lucy and Ethel than Holmes and Watson, with a soupcon of Miss Jane Marple," these geriatric amateur sleuths will keep you laughing, guessing, and maybe even learning a bissel Yiddish!

Krampus and the Kolaches
Christmas Cookies Series


Khalie, an avid Krampus-ofile, finally has her chance to sing at a Christmas Caroling Competition. With her loser boyfriend dressed as Krampus and her ghost-hunting friends at her side, what could go wrong? Except, her friend's juvenile delinquent kid keeps running away and messing everything up for Khalie, and it looks like a forecast of snow might put a damper on things. It's going to take a little bit of magic and a strong belief in fairytales for Khalie to find her Happily Ever After.

Werewolves Prefer Shortbread
Christmas Cookies Series


Callum McAllister is not a bad guy. Not really. He doesn't want to evict the nice old lady who lived on his property for the last forty years. But he has to. Trust me. He can't explain his reasons because they involve things like Werewolves. And now everyone in town seems to hate him. Especially the beautiful young baker, who under any other circumstances, would be his kind of girl. Except now that's never gonna happen because that 'nice old lady' he's evicting...that's her Grandma. He knows he's not welcome but he's finding it awfully hard to stay out of her kitchen.
The last thing Lily Harris wants for Christmas is a man who cares more about things than he does about people. But Santa has other ideas and Lily's about to wind up with one very handsome, Scottish Werewolf under her tree. If she's willing to risk her heart she may wind up with the best Christmas gift in the world: true love.

Gingerbread Men and Toad’s Wart
Christmas Cookies Series


Life isn't easy for a witch who bakes cookies instead of brews potions. It's a lot harder for a single witch living with a cranky basilisk. But Cresella's life is upended when a new client, Walter, comes looking for a batch of gingerbread men—and asks her to a Christmas party he's throwing. He's handsome, charming, sweet, but oh so human. Their worlds don't mesh, so a relationship between a human and a witch is foolish. She's also had bad luck in love, and with her floundering cookie business, does she have time for a romance that seems doomed from the start? But Walter offers her a tempting new world she finds hard to resist…

The Great Christmas Jelly Cookie Hunt
Christmas Cookies Series


For some women, having a gorgeous Irishman come for Christmas is like getting an unexpected gift. For Gina St. Ives, it was just another complication. Facing the loss of the family homestead, she wants to have a traditional holiday for the sake of little sister Emma. That includes finding a lost cookie recipe from their childhood.

Donal O'Brien is dismayed to find himself in the midst of sibling discord. Despite her brusqueness, Gina attracts him. And Emma is a kindred soul who believes in the supernatural. When strange things start happening, the St. Ives sisters and their handsome house guest have a mystery to solve. Is Nana's missing recipe the answer?

Luring the Lykan with Almond Macarons
Christmas Cookies Series


After waking from a healing sleep of seventy years, Joanna Kourakis doesn't fit in anywhere, not with her fellow dryads in their Florida Grove, and certainly not with humans and their technology. When she's sent to a small town in Northern Ontario to be a camp counselor for shifters who won't shift, Jo decides to make the best of it, and keeping to herself is what she does best. But it's awfully hard to ignore the handsome lykán wolf shifter who runs the camp, or the human hunters who want to bag themselves a wolf or two for Christmas.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Enjoy the weekend with a great book!


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MacIan's Gift
Tartan Threads Series


A bard, Jamie MacIan believes in ghosts and family curses. Nothing else explains the loss of his clan years ago. His wife and newborn son were slaughtered, and he wasn't there to stop it. When he sets out to restore his ancestral home, he finds more than the reputedly haunted tower. He finds a woman as beautiful and innocent as an angel and more trouble than he ever imagined.

Sarah Clinton tries to be obedient and dutiful, but it's difficult when one finds oneself in hell. Rather than wed her step-father's son, she flees and hides in a ruined castle. Discovered by a Scotsman as gorgeous as sin, she can't trust her savior with the truth. Her uncle, known as the Devil of the Highlands, destroyed Jamie's clan. Lying in his arms is heaven, though, and she learns more about love than she ever thought possible.

Can Jamie and Sarah learn from the past and trust in love, or will the sins of their ancestors destroy all hope of heaven on earth?

I'll Be Home for Christmas
Broken Wings Series


A mysterious key left by her murdered sister takes Air Transport Auxiliary pilot Betty Palmer on a journey of discovery and danger. Her estranged parents force themselves back into her life, motivated purely by greed and self-preservation.
Penny's life is unexpectedly turned upside down by a potentially life-changing situation that causes her wounded husband to question their marriage. No one seems safe in the turmoil of the middle years of the war, and some relationships face a breaking point whilst others become stronger.
Kidnap, crashes, and dogfights—the women of the Air Transport Auxiliary Mystery Club have never faced such dangers before. To survive may not be enough. They must find the strength to rise above their most trying times yet.

As Above, So Below


A search for information about his grandfather's mysterious death leads Army physician, Carter Balan, to the town of Ancient Oaks.
Fiona Moon has a secret. Her magical abilities have been fading since her 40th birthday and with Halloween only a week away, the witch fears that her powers are gone for good.
When Carter walks into her bookshop, Fiona knows exactly who he is—the first boy she ever kissed. Carter has no memory of Fiona or the fact he comes from a long line of vampire hunters. When a vampire is discovered in the woods Fiona and Carter must work together to destroy the creature. Can Carter recover his stolen memories before it's too late? Will he accept his family history and pick up where his grandfather left off? Can Fiona find a way to harness her powers and save the town?

Healing Magic
The Witches of New Mourne


Eva Grace Connelly is a witch and a beloved healer. Rodric McGuire, paranormal expert and descendent of faerie warriors, adores the flame-haired beauty. But their future is on hold as a family curse threatens her life.
Centuries ago, the Witches of New Mourne struck a dark bargain with the Woman in White. In exchange for peace, the malevolent spirit takes a Connelly witch from each generation.
Eva Grace is convinced she can heal the ghost's troubled spirit and end the reign of terror. But violence and family heartbreak challenge that resolve.
As Samhain approaches, the Woman and her vile demon have control. Is sacrifice the only road to peace? Can Eva Grace and Rodric uncover the secrets and lies at the heart of the curse?

Spellbooks and Shortbread
Christmas Cookies Series


Juniper Whitethorn is a faerie, a thief for hire, and kind of a scrooge. So when the Order of Magicks needs a last-minute job done on Christmas Eve, of course she's the one they'd call. Stealing a book from an unsuspecting human bookstore owner is child's play for her.

Until she steps into a small town filled with twinkling lights, carolers, an annual cookie contest, and Magnus MacDougal, her devilishly handsome mark. Circumstances force her to play the innocent tourist at the town's holiday festivities. But the more time she spends with Magnus and his daughter, the harder it gets to steal the book and walk away.

The Three Widows of Wylder
The Wylder West Series


Three women on the run.

After the death of her husband, Clara flees a hanging judge and seeks refuge with her brother in Wylder, Wyoming.

With secrets of her own and good reasons to flee, spoiled and vain Mary Rose joins Clara on the trek to Wyoming. Surely a suitable man exists somewhere.

Emma is a mystery. A crack shot and expert horsewoman, her harrowing past seeps out in a steady drip. She's on the run from something, but what?

After the three women descend on Wylder, a budding romance leads to exposure of their pasts. As disaster looms, will any of them escape?

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

New Romance and Fiction from the Wild Rose Press


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The Witch & Her Knight

Myra Clerica is a knight of the Temple of the Holy Mother, sworn to chastity and to fight magick in all its forms. However, when she meets Vulcura Hexana, a voluptuous sorceress, her resolve is tested. Myra must choose between the life she has always known or a life with the woman she loves?

To Entice a Spy

Widowed Countess Eseld Trehearne seeks revenge for the brutal death of her female companion during a Paris riot. On her return to England, Eseld delves into espionage to defeat the French rebels.

Baron Robert Penhale, Eseld's childhood love, rejoins the Secret Services after his wife's death. He's determined to protect England from the revolution terrorizing France.

A ruthless French spy fights for the common man while disguised as an English aristocrat. He's intent on revenge against those who oppose him.

With the spy stalking them and Robert in fear for Eseld's life, the fate of the couple verges on disaster.

Wylder Bachelor
The Wylder West


When Maryanne Wagner's father runs into money trouble at his bank, he trades Maryanne's hand in marriage for a loan. Her intended is a mean man who likes to hurt women. Maryanne refuses the marriage and robs her father's bank to get his attention. Wounded during her getaway, Maryanne stops at the livery in Wylder, Wyoming and hides in one of the stalls.

Chet Jackson Daniels runs the livery in Wylder and is looking for a new beginning. He discovers Maryanne in his livery and helps her against his better judgement. Fresh from a tangle with the law in Boston, Jackson has black and white ideas on what is right and wrong, until Maryanne comes into his life and shows him different.



It was love at first sight when Maria met Jack on a beach all those years ago. But when Jack suddenly disappears, Maria is thrust closer to Hunter, their long-time friend, taking them on a journey that changes all three of their lives forever.

Maria is a lonely young woman who finds love and acceptance with Jack, a free-spirited musician. In Maria, Jack finally has the girl of his dreams by his side. When Jack introduces Maria to his best friend, Hunter, he feels an instant connection to Maria, but he buries his feelings—along with his secret that he's a vampire—for the love of his friend.

Set in Saint-Tropez, Crush is a vampire tale with a twist. Spanning decades and delving into the past of each character in this thorny love triangle, it is about a woman who must choose between the man she's in love with and the man who is her soul mate. Adventure, love, romance, and vampires all collide in this unique novel filled with powerful emotion, heartbreak, and the question of undying love.



Amitiel is a hybrid creature on the cusp of adulthood and faced with a life-altering question: Be ye angyal or be ye daemon? She lives in one of two neutral realms that survived a civil war fifty years prior.

Walled off from that war-torn Barren, Amitiel's West Realm home flourished in isolation. Within its insular cities, where all creatures once peacefully coexisted, Amitiel and her friends see neutrality slowly dying away, strangled by roots of bigotry.

With acceptance and gender equity balancing on a seesaw, mixed-bloods are encouraged to declare fealty to one race upon reaching their eighteenth year. As Amitiel's birthday approaches, ghastly rumors upend her reality and send her franticly searching for the truth.

Rogue Shift
The Wolves of Rock Falls


An outcast all his life because of his half-human, half-werewolf genes, Kyp is finally getting a chance to belong with the Wolfe pack.

Though fully human, Rachel never cared about his mixed blood. When a family tragedy strikes, Rachel makes an impulsive decision with deadly consequences. Kyp must come to her rescue. But when saving her turns her into a werewolf, it sets off a chain of events that puts them at odds with the Wolfe pack, and brings them straight into the path of the Wolfe's greatest enemy—Victor Atwood.

War is coming to the packs, and Kyp and Rachel are at the center of it. With their fledgling love and a tenuous mental tie their only weapons, they must overcome the wrath of Atwood. But a toxic secret threatens to devastate them, destroying not only them but the entire Wolfe pack as well.         

Monday, October 18, 2021

Julie Howard - Author of The Three Widows of Wylder


Hello Julie

Tell us about you and your new book.

Have you ever cried while writing a book?

Absolutely! It seems strange that an author would cry while they write, but I get very attached to my characters. When they hurt, I hurt. When they triumph, so do I. I cried at a couple of spots in The Three Widows of Wylder, even after numerous times of editing it through. It gets me every time.


How did you do in English as a kid?

I always loved to read and English meant I got to read and then write about what I read. I was a total nerd about it. My father was a high school English teacher, so we had all the classics at home along with bookshelves full of mysteries, encyclopedias, romances, and thrillers. I read it all including quite a bit of the encyclopedias! So I did very well in my English classes.


Do you have trouble saying goodbye to characters?

I still miss the characters from my first series, Wild Crime. I catch myself wondering what the rest of their lives are like before I realize they aren’t real people. In one way, I’d like to write another book that includes them so that I can be in their world a while longer, but their story is concluded and I’m happy with the ending.


What are your current projects?

I have three underway. One is a historical fiction, another the first of a new contemporary mystery series, and the third is a continuation of my Spirited Quest series. The next Spirited Quest novel (the fourth), which follows the adventures of a ghost-hunter, will take the main character Jillian to central California during the 1930s to solve a murder. I’m not sure when this one will be completed as I have lots of research still to do.


When you wrote this book, did you have an idea of how it would end at the beginning?

When I start a novel, I always have the ending in mind. I create a rough outline before I begin and know the story I want to tell. The plot rarely stays the same as the original outline as the characters take over at some point and drive the story forward to a logical conclusion. In my first book, a murder mystery, I had one murderer in mind but went back and completely changed this to a different character. The story made so much more sense!

and now for a bit of fun.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a novelist so I’m living my childhood dream. I had a career as a journalist too so I’ve earned a living by writing most of my life.


Are you fun to go on vacation with?

Hmmm, a good question. I’m a planner so I usually know exactly what I’d like to see when I travel. And I’m terrible about relaxing while the sun is up. If it’s light outside, I want to be outside either hiking or exploring. So if someone isn’t into that or isn’t a morning person, I can be impatient.


Are you jealous of other writers?

Very much so. Every time I read a great book, I wish I could write so well. But this drives me to do better – write better plots, craft more interesting characters. I learn so much by reading, and I’m inspired to work harder.


Do you have any hobbies?

I collect and send postcards around the world – an interest I share with my sister and father. I love to go cycling, and pedal 10-20 miles most days. There’s a wonderful trail by the Boise river that I usually take and the views are lovely. I also quilt and crochet, and enjoy my vegetable garden and growing roses. And of course I’m an avid reader and have a huge TBR pile – several of them, in fact, all over the house.


What is your favorite time of year and why?

Autumn. I love the crisp mornings and the brilliant colors in the trees. I walk quite a bit and there’s nothing like hearing the crunch of leaves underfoot or being caught in a shower of falling leaves. Cool nights are a great excuse to curl up with a cozy blanket and a good book next to the fireplace.

and where can we find out more about you?





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Sunday, October 10, 2021

LB Griffin, debut author of Secrets, Shame, and a Shoebox Podcast

 LB Griffin, debut author of Secrets, Shame, and a Shoebox, has been invited to be on Frome Radio! FWC's WRITERS ON RADIO: 96.6 FM Next show: October 15th 2-3 pm GMT. Lynn said, “The Wurzel I thought I lost so many years ago has returned. I can hear the nervous giggle already.”

Lynn finds it amazing that people ask for her autograph. She is gratified by the kindness of those who have bought her book – hardcopy and kindle and have given such brilliant reviews. Lynn is dumbfounded when asked to sign her book. From a simple kind of girl, who started life in a very simple place, she writes stories not only for people to enjoy, but to acknowledge the courage of survivors. This is LB Griffin’s debut novel – now out on Amazon. So please support and share.

Books and Authors - interviews with Lynn Griffin, Annette Burkitt and Amy Jeffs. PODCASTS of past shows here:

Friday, October 08, 2021

New Romance and Fiction In The Garden


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The Fog Ladies: In the Soup
A San Francisco Cozy Murder Mystery


The Fog Ladies are back, in the third installment of this endearing cozy murder mystery series.

"There was a man in the soup." When the Fog Ladies volunteer at a San Francisco soup kitchen, these spunky elderly friends plus one overworked young doctor-in-training envision washing and chopping and serving. Not murder. Now the soup kitchen is doomed, and the mysteries have just begun. Was the death rooted in a long-ago grudge? Can they save the soup kitchen? Will they find the killer? Could the Fog Ladies, too, end up "in the soup"?

The Roast


Tess has loved Adam for over ten years, but tonight, he's on his way to the altar with somebody else. Tess is left wondering how the situation got this far. When her friends throw a roast, they attempt to convince Tess she doesn't need Adam. With the help of strong friends and stronger drinks, she begins to believe she can move on from Adam. But drinks also reveal truths that could change her friends' minds about Adam and his true devotion.
Was Adam tricked into marriage by a woman with fiancée-itis? Lamenting is fruitless and frustrating. Does Tess have one last chance to fight for the love of her life?

By Mortal Slain
Deputy Kyle Shaw Mysteries


By 1298 the iron sword of English oppression has sunk deep into the heart and soul of the Scottish populace. Deputy Kyle Shaw is not surprised when an English nobleman is murdered in a Scottish tavern. Was the man's death part of a rebel plot or was he killed for a more sinister reason?

When Kyle comes across another murdered English nobleman, he begins to wonder if a seer's prediction may hold the key to the untimely deaths. And a possible plan to assassinate the king.

The Texan's Favor


Ambushed, Texas Ranger Jake Fontaine's a dead man until a Kansas spinster raises her shotgun in his defense. Despite the rogue lawman's obsession to bring in his brother's killer, duty demands he escort her to the next town.

Kat Collins is a thief, though an honorable one. She's on the run from controlling kin and aims to escape her past. Traveling with Jake offers the perfect cover—until her uncle finds them sharing a campfire and imposes his own kind of justice—a wedding.

Marriage will cost Jake his freedom, but refusing may cost him his life. Kat figures he's bound to recognize her on a wanted poster. Would sharing passionate nights in his arms be worth the peril?

Peculiar Activities
A Henry Ike Pierce Novel


Junior Detective Henry Ike Pierce is hired to reassess cold-case killings. On the third day of his new job, a dismembered body appears in a local park. The corpse's desecration is like slayings from over two decades ago, and his boss assigns Henry to his first investigation. He must uncover the present-day killer while his boss pushes him to resolve crimes from the past.

Henry seeks a killer within a community of rival ethnic groups, refugees from the 1990s Balkan wars. Rumors point to a killer called 'the hooded one.'

As his investigation unfolds, the young man from western Virginia's coal country discovers that 'trust' has a flexible definition.

A Daughter of the King


Paris, 1663. King Louis XIV sanctions a program to send destitute women to Quebec to settle his new colony. They are called, "Daughters of the King." Jeanne Denot is one of them. Of noble birth, she assumes a false identity and boards a ship to Canada, narrowly escaping death at the hands of those closest to her. But when Jeanne encounters a mysterious stranger onboard, the course of her life is altered forever. After braving turbulent seas and hardship in the New World, she decides to risk everything to reclaim what is rightfully hers.         

Sunday, October 03, 2021

New Romance and Fiction from The Wild Rose Press


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Masonville Series


Single dad Ben Greyson wants only to retain custody of his two stepdaughters. A dysfunctional childhood has made family the most important thing in his life. When his late wife's parents sue for custody, a desperate Ben is left with two choices – run away with his girls or marry his next-door neighbor.
Jamie Garven wants to be a mother. She's intrigued by her handsome new neighbor and falls in love with his little girls. Then Ben is faced with losing his children, and Jamie agrees to marry him for a chance at motherhood. They're determined to show the world, and the girls' grandparents, two loving parents.
Their marriage of convenience turns into unexpected love. But Ben interprets Jamie's efforts to save their family as betrayal—they could lose everything, including each other.

Murder Undetected


The moment psychologist Brittany Ann Thornton thinks she has her life all dialed in, her perfect little family falls apart and the FBI seizes all her assets. Trouble follows her from Seattle to Paris to the south of France.

Viane Thibaudet, darling of a quaint hilltop town in Provence, has been getting away with murder. But when she attempts to poison her husband, Brittany steps up to stop her.

The Wanting


The Wanting is an intimate account of Serena and Teddy's sexual awakening. They undeniably have a magnetic pull and connection that leads them to each other. It is an erotic tale of relationships and their internal struggles as told through dialogue with themselves.

One night, Serena and Teddy are out at a bar and they both meet and fall for another person. Serena meets Ben, an attractive eBook writer and Teddy meets Melina, a sexually charged school teacher. The story that unfurls, is a roller coaster ride of two erotic journeys. Questions arise...Are two people meant to be together? What is serendipity? Do soulmates exist?

The Wanting is a book about the confusion between sex and love. It is a modern romance into the mysterious world of sex and the power it holds over our minds.

YOKAI Enchantments


Yokai Magic
When Val unearths a Japanese scroll and a cat figurine inherited from her grandfather, magic invades her world. The statuette, actually a cat spirit named Yuki—a yokai—enchanted into that form for her own protection, comes to life. With her old high-school boyfriend, she searches for a way to vanquish the threat from the spirit realm, while facing the attraction they thought they'd long since put behind them.

Kitsune Enchantment
On the verge of losing her job, Shannon leaps at the chance to sell her graphic novel series to a major publisher. She'd love to have a closer relationship with her artist collaborator, Ryo, but how can she count on a man who keeps disappearing with the flimsiest of excuses?
Ryo feels the same attraction to Shannon, but he isn't sure how she'd react to the truth. He's a kitsune—a fox shapeshifter—prone to transforming at awkward moments. When a wannabe wizard follows him to a science-fiction convention, Ryo's secret, liberty, and budding romance with Shannon are all threatened.

Kappa Companion
Two years after her husband's sudden death, Heidi hopes to make a fresh start with a new love and a new home. But she hasn't planned on sharing her century-old house with her son's not-so-imaginary friends—a ghost child and a Japanese water monster. At least the creatures aren't dangerous—or are they?



Ellen Cahill's financial future rides on the success of her new pastry shop. A bruising divorce has drained her bank account, along with her spirit. A man enters her life promising love, but Ellen, haunted by the past, questions whether she can pull off this new beginning.

College student Rosa Escamilla has her own culinary dreams—and a difficult mother who's dead set against them. Rosa won't be deterred. She scrapes up the money to enroll at a prestigious culinary school, setting out to prove everyone wrong.

When hidden betrayals by the people they love most surface for both Ellen and Rosa, can they overcome the blows they never saw coming on the road to where they want to go?

Friends to the End


Twelve-year-old Zach is convinced he'll never be happy without his best friend Jeremy by his side. But both of their lives changed with a bang five months ago, and as far as Zach's concerned, it's his fault Jeremy will never see his twelfth birthday.

When Zach moves with his family to a Chicago suburb, he quickly becomes friends with a group of thrill-seeking kids trying to find a disappearing haunted house. But Zach's not worried. He doesn't believe in ghosts, so he follows them into a wild, dangerous encounter that becomes a battle to decide what's real and what's not.