Monthly Archives: March 2014

A Bit O’ Irish Mini Blog Hop

And the winners are:

Gift cards: Deb F, Stephanie G, Tina M, Laurel L.

Ebooks: Paul M, Susan S, Stephanie G, Raeline P, Cathy C, Amy B, Jay I, Tammy O’, Janice C.

Join us for some Blarney and bits and pieces of the Emerald Isle.

Sign up now through March 17, 2014


Welcome to the Bit O’ Irish mini blog hop.

Rules: bloggers must post something Irish, even if it is vacation pics taken while on the Isle. Participants may join in any day before St. Patrick’s Day. Please make sure to visit fellow hoppers. If you would like to add something to the  main giveaway, please notify me with a comment. All participants are welcome to add their own giveaways on their site. Erin Go Bragh!


 We love to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Sturgeon Bay.  No matter the temperature, whether it’s 70 degrees or 17 degrees, we head downtown to watch the parade and have a few green beers.




We will be spotlighting Jill Bisker’s inspirational story Within Reach and giving away a variety of ebooks and two $5 and one $10 Amazon gift card.

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Within Reach is the story of Emma, a woman coming to terms with her mother’s increasing dementia and the everyday challenges associated with it.  Inexplicably, she finds herself ‘re-living’ specific events from her past.  She soon wonders if her own sanity is slipping, and only her mother can help find the key.

About The Author

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 Jill Bisker lives in Stillwater, MN with her husband and a calico cat named Senora, and a grown son who is in college. She believes in empowering women to be strong enough to protect themselves, while still soft enough to be loving and compassionate. Her work includes paranormal mystery, traditional high fantasy, as well as contemporary and humorous fantasy and an everyday living blog. Once a dedicated stay at home Mom, Jill now writes full-time.

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Join in the Blarney. Click on the Pot of Gold below for a chance to win cash prizes great reads.

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 Choose from the following ebooks:

      Within Reach

      By Jill Bisker

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Merry Christmas, Henry

By Aubrey Wynne

Contemporary Romance

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Craving Vengeance and Covert Exposure

By Valerie Clarizio

Romantic Suspense

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By Mary Kate Brogan  (Romance set in 1950′s Ireland)


Note: When you add your link, you can copy and paste the thumbnails to your page and the links will be all done for you. Less work and more time for green beer and corned beef with cabbage.

The Writing Process: What is the Secret?

My Writing Process

This particular blog hop is all about authors offering others a glimpse into their work, their work schedules, and perhaps their innermost thoughts. Some of us are quite opposite our real life personas.

So who subjected you to this arduous journey through the innermost working of my mind?  The very talented romance author, Aubrey Wynne.  Though Aubrey’s story, featured below, is a holiday story its uniqueness makes it a great read for any time of the year.

Author of:

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Click here to find out how she does it!

Q. What am I working on?

I am currently finishing up the third book in the Nick Spinelli Mystery series, Crazed Reckoning which is scheduled for release by Melange Books in early 2015. Each book in the series revolves around a holiday.  The first book in the series, Covert Exposure, a Nick Spinelli Mystery is set during Christmas and Detective Spinelli is forced to go undercover as Santa Claus to catch a killer.  The second book in the series, Craving Vengeance, a Nick Spinelli Mystery takes place on Valentine’s Day and poor Detective Spinelli finds himself playing the role as a singing cupid as he hunts down a killer.  This brings me back to the third book in the series.  I know by now you know which holiday is next on the docket.  Hint:  Think green!


Additionally, I have two releases scheduled for this spring so I’m in the midst of edits for Taken by Surprise, a contemporary romance novel with suspense elements, and Unforeseen Obsessions, a romantic suspense novel.  Both of these novels will be released by Whiskey Creek Press.

Q. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Though the Nick Spinelli series has the suspense components to keep you guessing and on the edge about what is going to happen next, I’ve inserted some quirkiness and humor to keep things realistic in regard to everyday life and human behavior.


Q. Why do I write what I do?

At some point, during my adult life I began reading for pleasure, and the two types of books I couldn’t seem to put down were quirky, humorous romances, and thrillers, but not the real gory ones.  Anyhow, I thought it would be fun to mix the aforementioned together to see what kind of peculiar little fictional world I could create.  Once I started writing, I realized just how therapeutic writing was for me.  After a long eight hours at the day job, I can’t wait to get home and start pecking away on the keyboard, and relax and enjoy the little fantasy world my characters whisk me away to for the evening.

Q. How does your writing process work?

I start with a lot of thinking, then some more thinking, and when that turns up nothing, I pay my local Police Department a visit to find out what kind of crazy stuff has gone on in our little City recently (my day job is at City Hall).  I get a few ideas from the PD but because our City is safe and secure – Thank goodness – I’ve had to learn to embellish quite a bit on our drab little hometown events.  Fast speed ahead, once I get the main plot worked out in my head I start typing, and before I know it my characters are telling me how it’s going to be.  Though they usually let me pick the beginning and the end of the story, the middle is theirs.

Q. Who will we meet next week?

First I’d like to recognize author Mary Hughes.  Mary is a lovely lady who I met early in my publishing life.  She writes RED HOT paranormal books that you just can’t put down.  Mary is celebrating a new release week this week for the book pictured below.  Downbeat is the 7th book in her Biting Love Series.




Next I’d like to recognize Tory Richards.  Not all that long ago I stumbled across Tory’s books.  Just take a look at her sassy sexy covers.  If you like Romance with an Attitude, you’ll want to check these out!  Happy Birthday Baby is scheduled for release in March.  Tory Richards is a multi-published author whose books have received some awesome reviews.

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Buy Links: Clicking on any of the above covers will bring you directly to the buy links.