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New Release – Freedom in the Mountain Wind

Genre: Christian historical romance

Title: Freedom in the Mountain Wind

Author Name: Misty M. Beller

Release Date: January 14, 2020

Series Info: (Call of the Rockies, Book 1)

Back cover blurb:

The last epic journey before her life changes forever.

Susanna Wilkins will do anything to make her father’s final dream come true, including a trek along the path Lewis and Clark explored into the untamed wilds of the Rocky Mountains. Every mile is more crucial now that lung cancer is stealing Pa’s last days faster than she can come to terms with losing him. The journey becomes harder than she ever expected, but paddling upriver through fierce rapids and fighting hungry grizzlies isn’t what terrifies her the most.

Beaver Tail endured more than he can stand from the women in his Blackfoot camp, but the last disaster gave him the final shove he needed to join this band of brothers searching for one of their group who’s gone missing. The last thing he expected was to find a white woman and her sick father stranded at the base of a massive waterfall. His plan is to help them carry their oversized canoe and supplies, then leave them to their strange mission. Yet, the more he learns about the pair, the more he realizes his life is about to be derailed—again.

From a USA Today, the bestselling author comes another epic journey through breathless landscapes and adventure so intense, lives will never be the same.


Author Bio:

Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and children now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

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A New Year and New Beginnings

Guest post by Dianne Harman

Let me start out by saying the paranormal world of witches, werewolves, and vampires has been one I’ve always avoided. I really knew nothing about it other than book covers that featured men with fangs with their mouths near some woman’s neck. Didn’t interest me at all!

My daughter-in-law is an avid reader of books in a number of different genres and knowing that I also read books in various genres, she recommended a couple of paranormal books to me. I told her I wasn’t interested, but she persisted.

Guess what? I read the books and loved them. They weren’t all gory or scary, but fun. And the next step was obvious. I wanted to write a fun paranormal series!

Little Feather is the first book in the series, and I consider it to be kind of an introduction to the paranormal world for those of you who are new to it. It’s also a cozy mystery in that there is a mystery to be solved, and it has no violence, sex, or swearing.

I knew there was a lot I didn’t know about the paranormal world, so I engaged the help of an author who knows it well, Krystal Doolittle. The finished product, Little Feather, is being published January 10, 2020 (TODAY!). It’s available for preorder at this link:

I hope you have as much fun with the read as I’ve had with the write!


A bit about me:

I’m a two-time USA Today Bestselling Author and seven-time Amazon All-Star Author. I’ve had a rather diverse business and personal background from which I draw my stories.

I was the owner of a national antique and art appraisal business for many years, left that industry, and opened two yoga centers where I taught and certified yoga instructors. I’ve traveled extensively throughout the world, and I love nothing more than cooking, playing backgammon with my husband, Tom, and throwing the ball for our dog, Kelly.

Being a dog lover and having attended numerous cooking schools, I couldn’t resist writing about food and dogs. I’m the author of several cozy mystery series: Cedar Bay, Liz Lucas, High Desert, Midwest, Jack Trout, Northwest and Cottonwood Springs. Each of these books contains recipes from my travels. I’m also the author of the award-winning suspenseful Coyote Series, Midlife Journey Series, and the Slade Kelly Suspense Series.

I recently published my first cookbook, A Cozy Cookbook, with some of the recipes from my cozy mysteries at the request of my readers.

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19th Christmas by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

 I read the book 19th Christmas by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro in part because I like James Patterson’s work. The other reason, the title and front cover of the book intrigued me along with the words “The New Women’s Murder Club Novel.”  (For the record, I had never heard of The New Women’s Murder Club Novels before.)

Spoiler alert:  The title is deceiving. Nineteen is the number of the book in the women’s murder club novels.  And, it just happens to take place during the Christmas holiday.

At the onset, the authors introduce you to four women (Lindsay, Yuki, Cindy, and Claire) of the club.

While the book is mostly Lindsay’s story of catching the bad guy and solving the crime, Cindy and Yuki are off in another direction and Claire appears as an afterthought at the beginning and again at the end of the book.

Throughout the book, I fully expected the issue that Cindy and Yuki were working on to tie in some way with the crime/murder that Lindsay was working on. And while Claire was in another town, I had hoped she would also have a hand in solving the crime.  I was greatly disappointed as there was no connection between the story that Lindsay was chasing and the story issue that Cindy and Yuki were working on. And as I said above, Claire seemed to be an afterthought.

I was also hoping that 19th in the title would refer to something like this was the nineteenth year in a row this type of crime happened at Christmas or this was the 19th crime of similar nature to take place prior to Christmas and it would be the final one. Again, I was disappointed.

I suggest if you wish to read this book, first read the other eighteen in the series.  That way, the story, and the whole book might make more sense (not making any promises here as I don’t have any immediate future plans to read any of the other eighteen books in this series).


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3 Goals and 8 Principles for Disney

During the Christmas break, I read The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned From 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company by Robert Iger.  This is a leadership seminar in the form of a book.  Every leader, including you if you are self-employed, should read this book.

The dust jacket of the book covers these eight principles:

  • Optimism
  • Courage
  • Focus
  • Decisiveness
  • Curiosity
  • Fairness
  • Thoughtfulness
  • Integrity

The Appendix is titled “Lessons to Lead By.”

After reading the book, I started reminiscing about watching The Wonderful World of Disney (it has been known by other names) when I was a child. We didn’t have a color television so I could only imagine the color of Tinkerbell’s outfit, her wand, and the fairy dust she sprinkled around.  I don’t recall ever wondering about the color of the magical castle.

Disney brought to life the stories of Davy CrockettAlice in Wonderland, Bambi, DumboLady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, and many more.

All these shows brought forth many emotions: tears (when Bambi’s mother got killed), laughter when Wilby Daniels was transformed into a shaggy sheepdog, cheered on Dumbo and giggled when Lady and the Tramp were slurping spaghetti.

Robert Iger inherited these stories and more when he took over as CEO of the Walt Disney Company.  He stressed innovate or die. Iger never looked back, only forward. He developed three goals for the company: build a good quality brand, embrace technology, and go internationally.

Every writer should strive for the same three goals (of course you can have others, but hey, these have worked for Disney).  Your work and your reputation become your brand.  Technology is always changing with new software to use in creating your work and new platforms on which to promote it. If an author can go internationally, he/she will probably become a best-selling author.  What more can an individual strive for?


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Who Will Win The Casual Vacancy?

The Casual Vacancy
Author: J. K. Rowling
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: July 23, 2013
Price: Kindle – $11.99; Hardcover – $9.99; Paperback – various amounts depends on the seller


This is J. K. Rowling’s first novel for adults. It is nothing like the Harry Potter series for children.

The book opens at the home of Barry Fairbrother.  It is his anniversary and his wife wants to go out to celebrate.  He is fixated on an article for the newspaper about one of his students on the rowing team, but not wanting to totally disappoint his wife, he agrees to go to the Country Club for a dinner.  Once outside the Country Club, he drops dead.

Being a member of the local council, Fairbrother’s death leaves a Casual Vacancy.

The book doesn’t have one main character unless you consider dead Barry Fairbrother to be the main character. Instead, the book has several characters whose lives are all intertwined.  At first, it is hard to see the connection, but as the story progresses the reader will see how each character touches the lives of the others.

Readers find out fast that the town is actually a division of two areas and is in the midst of war and not just political war for the vacant council position.  The war comes from the intertwined lives of each character.  Teenagers against parents, couples against each other, teachers against pupils, neighbor against neighbor, rich against poor, and certain individuals are fighting to fill the casual vacancy.  Who will prevail?

Rowling does an amazing job of creating distinct characteristic for each character. Readers will be able to sympathize and empathize with these characters as they could be your neighbors:  doctors, lawyers, school teachers, shop owners, students, wealthy families, poor families, drug addicts, social workers, hospital volunteers, hospital staff, etc. all trying to cope with the problems and issues of the real world.  A few characters you are introduced to is an abusive husband who is involved with crooked dealings and his wife who puts up with the abuse. You meet an educator who lives inside his head and is obsessed with his fear and paranoia of doing something unacceptable to his students. You meet a social worker who left her job in London and uprooted her daughter to follow her boyfriend-lawyer to learn that he really doesn’t want her. You meet Fairbrother’s widow and children. You meet Krystal and Robbie who are children of a drug addict. And so many more characters who lives are connected in one way or another.





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Will Charlene Taylor beat the clock?

Rock-A-Bye Baby
Author: Luke Murphy
Publisher: ANM Books
Publication Date: June 15, 2019

Price:  Kindle – $6.99; Paperback – $16.99; read for FREE on Kindle Unlimited

About the book:

An aunt’s worst nightmare…

In the city of Denver, a series of baby kidnappings has the town devastated.  With no ransom demands and no contact from the perpetrators, local law enforcement is at a dead end. No motive equals no answers.

A cop’s personal obsession…

Charlene Taylor’s niece becomes a victim, and the LAPD detective is thrown headfirst into a whirlwind case with similarities to one from seven years earlier. Out of her jurisdiction, and with no friends or leads, Charlene must walk-the-line between cop and sister.

Who can she trust?

Charlene has to decide who’s an ally, and when an unlikely partner steps forward, they must race against the clock: because that critical 48-hour window has come and gone.


Review Blurbs

“Rock a Bye Baby has everything—a haunted protagonist, heartfelt emotion, and a twisty, thrilling plot.  A scorcher of a follow-up in a promising series.”—David Ellis, NYT bestselling author of The Last Alibi

“Murphy has cleverly crafted a riveting crime thriller, with a hefty dose of white-knuckle suspense. Entertaining and enticing to the very last page.”—Cheryl Kaye Tardif, bestselling author of Submerged

“Rock a Bye Baby is an exquisitely told thriller, full of surprises and terrifying moments. Murphy is a gifted storyteller who keeps the tension crackling throughout. Charlene Taylor drives the story to a very satisfying and unexpected ending.”—Kristina Stanley, bestselling author of the Stone Mountain series.


Author Bio (2019)

Luke Murphy is the International bestselling author of two series. The Calvin Watters Mysteries: Dead Man’s Hand (2012) and Wild Card (2017). The Charlene Taylor Mysteries: Kiss & Tell (2015) and Rock-A-Bye Baby (2019).

Murphy played six years of professional hockey before retiring in 2006. His sports column, “Overtime” (Pontiac Equity), was nominated for the 2007 Best Sports Page in Quebec and won the award in 2009. He has also worked as a radio journalist (CHIPFM 101.7).

Murphy lives in Shawville, QC with his wife and three daughters. He is a teacher who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, and a Bachelor of Education (Magna Cum Laude).

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Literature Fellowship – Non-matching $25,000 Grant

The National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships deadline is March 6, 2019.

If you write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, apply for a non-matching $25,000 grant.



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Review of The President Is Missing

The President is Missing

By: Bill Clinton and James Patterson

Publisher: Little Brown and Company and Knopf

Publication Date: June 4, 2018


One of my summer reads was Bill Clinton’s and James Patterson’s book, The President is Missing.   I give this book 5 stars as it is definitely a page-turner.

President Duncan, recently widowed and with health issues, is the main character.  His daughter asks him about “Dark Ages,” a code word about cyber terrorism known only to his cabinet of eight.  With this new found knowledge, the President realizes he has a traitor within his cabinet, but who?  At the same time the Speaker of the House, Lester Rhodes, wants to impeach him for, supposedly, letting Suliman Cindoruk the leader of the Sons of Jihad and a cyber terrorist escape.

Nina, a cyber hacker contacts the president, but she doesn’t know who she can trusts.  So, she gives the president instructions to follow.  President Duncan follows Nina’s instructions and meets her partner, Augie who knows only how to locate the virus but does not have the password to delete or stop it.  When the President and Augie are close to meeting up with Nina, she is killed by an assassin named Bach.  But, who hired, Bach?  During the shootout, Augie is hustled into the vehicle with the president by the Secret Service.  Close to the White House, the President’s motorcade is attacked and the president decides to go into hiding at a cabin deep in the woods.  Here the president is surrounded by only a few trusted secret service agents and a team of cyber experts from the United States, Germany, and Russia, who are trying to find the virus that has been planted into the United States infrastructure software. If the virus isn’t stopped, the country could be thrown into total chaos.

Who is behind the cyber attack?  Suliman Cindoruk or someone else?  Who is the traitor in the White House and why?  Who is the assassin, Bach?  Who does Bach want to assassinate?  Who hired Bach?

I wanted to know the answers to these questions and other readers will want to know too.

In this day and age, there is a possibility of a cyber attack occurring somewhere in the world.  It gives me some comfort knowing that there are people who are working every day to prevent a cyber attack.




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Interview with Author, M. J. Mallon

Welcome to my Wednesday Author Interview Series.

Today, I am interviewing Marjorie Mallon.

Welcome, Marjorie!


Q: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

A:  I’m a late bloomer, with a young outlook on life. I adore all forms of creativity: art, photography, music, poetry, prose, drama, etc. I can’t draw or paint but I wish I could!  Instead, I enjoy taking photographs. I live in the UK in Cambridge with my husband and youngest daughter. My eldest daughter is abroad at the moment teaching English as a Foreign Language in South Korea and I miss her terribly. Family is very important to me and perhaps that is why I wrote a family-centered YA novel. But, please believe me when I say that my main protagonist Amelina’s dysfunctional, weird family is nothing like my own!

Q: When and what made you decide you wanted to be a writer?

A: It wasn’t a conscious decision. I blame magic. One day I woke up and had this overwhelmingly strange desire to write. It coincided with a succession of visits from a stray feline who became Shadow, my black cat character in my book. I’ve never been the same since! I’m certain that beautiful, mysterious cat cast a spell on me.

Q: Can you tell us something about the genre of your books and why you write in that genre?

A: I write fantasy because life is too dull without magic. I’m drawn to horror, but I’m frightened to write it. The other genre that I long to explore in future writing is… crime writing — murder… but that scares the heck out of me too.

Q: Where do you get your ideas from?

A: A magical well at the bottom of my garden! I throw in a penny and out pops a fully formed idea! When the well is dry I go beyond the far reaches of my backyard and visit museums, art galleries, travel somewhere, or eavesdrop on trains. Also, I meet and greet a lot of visitors in my day job. One young man had an uncanny resemblance to a vampire! I’ve stored him in my memory bank for a future story idea! Recently I discovered a magical park which I’d never noticed before. It made me wonder could this be a prompt for a story?

Photograph of Garden is  Copyrighted by Marjorie Mallon.

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A History Book Disguised as a Debut Novel

Today, I am interviewing Sheena Macleod author of Reign of the Marionettes, a historical novel set in the Highlands in Scotland.

Welcome, Sheena!

Q: Would you please tell us a little about yourself?

A: I live in a small seaside town in Scotland with my family, and two dogs – Lola a Dalmatian and Missy a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  My working life was spent in mental health nursing, first as a practitioner and then as a specialist practitioner (Cognitive Behavioural Therapist). Around this time, I moved into nurse teaching, gaining an MSc in Advanced Mental Health Nursing and then a PhD.  After taking early retirement from the University of Dundee, I combined my love of history with my passion for research and set out to write a series of historical fiction novels. Reign of the Marionettes, a historical drama based in Restoration London, is the first of these books and my first published novel.

Q: When and what made you decide you wanted to be a writer?

A: I love to read and have since childhood. I became interested in the Highland Clearances and started researching the life of the Duchess of Sutherland – Elizabeth Sutherland Leveson-Gower – who is regarded as one of the principal agents involved in clearing tenant farmers from the internal straths and glens of the Highlands in Scotland to make way for sheep.

I traced Elizabeth Sutherland’s family back through the generations, trying to understand her background and role in the Highland Clearances. The main character in Reign of the Marionettes, Elizabeth Herbert, is a distant relative of the Duchess of Sutherland.

Q: Where do you get your ideas for your books?

A: From history. Fact is sometimes stranger than fiction.

Q: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

A: I write historical drama and enjoy including small details of the time. Despite writing historical fiction, I try to keep a current feel as if events are happening now.

Q: How are your books published?

A: Reign of the Marionettes is published by Dark Ink Press.

A short story, “Ghosts of Culloden”, was published in a fiction anthology in March this year by the One Million Project. Over a hundred authors from around the world contributed short stories to form three anthologies- Fiction, Thriller, and Fantasy. All proceeds, less costs of publishing the anthologies, will go to help Cancer Research UK and homelessness.

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