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SALE! Covert Exposure, a Nick Spinelli Mystery is on sale for a limited time for just $.99!

Yes, you heard correctly, my publisher has reduced the price of Covert Exposure to just $.99 for a limited time so nab your copy now!



Detective Spinelli’s life is tossed sideways when he is reassigned from the Homicide division to assist in the Child Services division of the Social Services Department for the holiday season. From the beginning, Spinelli and Caseworker Shannon O’Hara generate their own kind of fireworks, causing more than the normal workplace stress. They both have their own philosophies for dealing with the clientele. However, the forces of nature have their own plan for Spinelli and Shannon.

Shannon moonlights as Santa Claus’ little helper at the mall, and when Santa and an elf turn up dead Shannon appears to be next on the killer’s list. Spinelli is placed back on homicide and goes undercover as Santa to help capture the killer. He catches a great deal of grief along the way but will he capture the heart of his little Santa’s helper as well?


Booklover – I adore the characters. Nick is a sweetheart, has a smile to die for, and a soft spot for Shannon. His sense of humor is off the charts, even when he’s in trouble with his boss. If he weren’t so good at his job, she’d probably fire him for insubordination. Shannon has a tough job and a soft heart. She knows there are children that absolutely need to be removed from their parents’ care for one reason or another, but it breaks her heart when she has to.

Bookmaven623 – I really enjoyed this book. Spinelli was a fantastically fun character. It wasn’t just Spinelli though. The story was a great story that unfortunately we could possibly find in the newspaper. That aspect alone gave this story a level of realism. With the realism, the fun characters and the spicy love story between Shannon and Spinelli join together for a great book. I am so glad this is only the first book in the series because I can’t wait to read the next book. I definitely enjoyed the book, the characters and the story. Valerie Clarizio did a phenomenal job and she has found a fan in me.

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New Release & Giveaway – Crazed Reckoning, a Nick Spinelli Mystery

Title: Crazed Reckoning, a Nick Spinelli Mystery (Novella #3 in the Nick Spinelli Romance Mystery Series – Saint Patrick’s Day setting)

Author:  Valerie J. Clarizio

Publisher: Melange Books, LLC

Release Date: March 12, 2015


Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UKJSAUS

Banes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1121413659?ean=2940046628708

Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/526784


Teaser:  “Let me get this right. You’re telling me your dead father’s finger showed up in a cache box in Door County, over forty years after your father died.”

Giveaway: In celebration of the release of Crazed Reckoning, a Nick Spinelli Mystery I’m giving away copies of Covert Exposure, a Nick Spinelli Mystery!  You can nab your copy here at Smashwords for a limited time (MOBI, PDF, or EPUB):  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/415230

Or you can nab your copy here at Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/covert-exposure-valerie-j-clarizio/1117031916?ean=2940045744263

Sale: To further celebrate, Craving Vengeance, a Nick Spinelli Mystery is on sale for a limited time at Amazon for only $.99:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Craving-Vengeance-Nick-Spinelli-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00HFNVXGK/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1426116994&sr=8-4&keywords=valerie+Clarizio

Giveaway #2: Visit the following blogs during the March 12th Release Day Blast and enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win an Amazon gift card!

Read Our Thoughts Book Blog  Spotlight/Excerpt

Aubrey Wynne: Romantasy Through the Ages Guest Post

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Those Crazy Book Chicks Spotlight/ Excerpt

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Kishan Paul Spotlight/ Excerpt

Author Sandra Love Spotlight/ Excerpt

Amanda’s Blog! Spotlight

Padme’s Library Interview

The Phantom Paragrapher Spotlight

Books N Pearls Interview 

Dahlia Donovan Spotlight

Thank you all for visiting and your continued support!

May the luck of the Irish be with you on Saint Patrick’s Day!  Cheers!


Meet my Characters Blog Hop – Meet Nick Spinelli from “Covert Exposure and Craving Vengeance.”

Hi everyone! I was invited to participate in this blog hop by the talented Aubrey Wynne. You can read her post here http://aubreywynneauthor.com/2014/09/01/meet-my-characters-blog-hopmeet-rolf-from-rolfs-quest/

First, a bit of info about Aubrey Wynne

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Aubrey Wynne resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule and barn cats. She is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. Obsessions include history, travel, trail riding and all things Christmas. She is a proud member of the Coffee Talk Writers. Her debut story, Merry Christmas, Henry, was published in November 2013 by Melange Books, LLC and received Best Short Romance in the Editors and Predators Reader’s Choice of 2013. Her humorous shorts, Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies (Top 100 Laugh Out Loud List on Goodreads) and To Cast A Cliché are published with AlfieFiction.com

Here’s Aubrey’s Links: 

Website URL: http://aubreywynneauthor.wordpress.com

Twitter (Full URL or Handle): https://twitter.com/Aubreywynne51

Facebook (URL): https://www.facebook.com/aubrey.wynne.7

Goodreads (URL): https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/17695894-aubrey-wynne

Pinterest (URL): http://www.pinterest.com/aubreywynne51/

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AubreyWynne

Thanks, Aubrey, for the invitation!

Now, I’m supposed to choose one character from a work-in-progress or a recently published book and answer seven easy questions. Here goes!

What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

Detective Nick Spinelli is the main character in the Nick Spinelli Mystery series. I just have to say…to me, Spinelli is as real as they come, but I’ve been told he is fictional.

When and where is the story set?

The Nick Spinelli Romance Mystery series is set in the current day.

The first two books in the series, Covert Exposure and Craving Vengeance, are set in Milwaukee. The third book in the series, Crazed Reckoning, is set in Door County, Wisconsin, and is scheduled for release in early 2015. 

What should we know about him/her?

Spinelli is tough as nails on the outside, but a big softie on the inside.  You’ll never hear him say it though. Actually, he’s in complete denial about being a softie. 

What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

The beautiful Shannon O’Hara messes up Spinelli’s life pretty good. She doesn’t mean to but she does. Her co-workers, ex-lovers, and old family acquaintances do nothing but get in the way. 

What is the personal goal of the character?

Spinelli’s number one goal is to keep Shannon alive! Yep, you heard me correctly, Spinelli spends much of his time just trying to keep his new love interest out of harms way. 

Is there a working title for this novel and can we read more about it?

The third book in the series is titled Crazed Reckoning, a Nick Spinelli Mystery and is scheduled for release by Melange Books, LLC in early 2015.  I hope to post some teasers on my website in the near future.

You can find the first two books in the Nick Spinelli series here:


Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=valerie%20clarizio&sprefix=valer%2Caps

Melange Books, LLC: http://www.melange-books.com/authors/valeriejclarizio/index.html

Now, who are you going to hear from next week…….

The Awesome Shelley Pickens is on deck!

Shelley is the author of The Haunting of Secrets

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Shelley Pickens is a Spanish teacher by day and a novelist by night. She’s been in love with everything paranormal since she can remember.  After years of teaching high school students, she decided to take her firsthand knowledge of young adults and apply it to her passion for creative writing and fantasy.  When not teaching or writing, Shelley likes to spend time with her husband and two beautiful children in Atlanta, Ga.  Her escape from reality is her love of complex thriller and science fiction TV series like Supernatural and Sleepy Hollow.  In her spare time she is an avid watcher of little league baseball.  THE HAUNTING OF SECRETS is her debut novel.

Here’s Shelley’s links:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Haunting-Secrets-Shelley-R-Pickens-ebook/dp/B00M2E3IVK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410132840&sr=8-1&keywords=shelley+pickens

Melange Books / Fire and Ice Imprint: http://www.fireandiceya.com/authors/shelleyrpickens/index.html

Website/Blog: http://shelleypickens.wordpress.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/shelleypickensauthor

Twitter:  @shelleypickens


Blog Hopping Schedule

I’m doing a little blog hopping during the months of October, November and December to celebrate my recent releases in the Nick Spinelli Mystery series!  Some of the visits include ebook giveaways!


I will be visiting the following Blogs:

10/21/13 – Night Owls (there’s a chance to win an ebook through November 8th) – http://romance.nightowlreviews.com/v5

10/28/13 – Highlighted Author – http://highlightedauthor.com/

10/30/13 – Terri Rochenski – http://terrirochenski.blogspot.com/

10/31/13 – Sharon Buchbinder – http://www.sharonbuchbinder.com/

11/1/13 – Coffee Time Romance Author Interview! http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/Interviews.html#.Um0t-1Uo5jo


12/3/13 – Rachel Cron – http://rachelcronauthor.blogspot.com/

12/4/13 – Dawn Roberto- http://dawnsreadingnook.blogspot.com/?zx=2e318c6a853a9778

December 2013 – Penny Ehrenkranz – http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.blogspot.com/

December 2013 – Melissa Snark – 25 Days ofChristmas – http://melissasnark.blogspot.com/?zx=41d55dda3bdec263

Goodreads Giveaway!

Yep, you heard it correctly, I’m going to be giving away two (2) copies of Cookies for Santa, novella #1 in the Nick Spinelli Mystery series. Sign up for a chance to win a limited edition of novella #1. I say limited because as of the first week of September, Cookies for Santa was re-released as Covert Exposure, A Nick Spinelli Mystery. Fortunately, I have some copies left for two lucky winners! Part of the madness behind this Goodreads Giveaway event is to get the word out about the soon to be released novella, Craving Vengeance, A Nick Spinelli Mystery, novella #2 in the Nick Spinelli mystery series.

The contest will run from midnight on September 18th through midnight on September 30th.

Click the link below for your chance to win a copy of the limited edition of novella #1 of the Nick Spinelli Mystery series, Cookies for Santa: 


It’s Official!

Cookies for Santa, my romantic suspense novella, has been officially re-released this week as Covert Exposure, A Nick Spinelli Mystery, the first novella in the series.  Craving Vengeance, A Nick Spinelli Mystery, the second in the series, is scheduled for release by Melange Books in October.

Covert Exposure takes place during the Christmas holiday season and Craving Vengeance takes place on Valentine’s Day.  Hmm, think you can guess which holiday will pop in in novella three which is currently about 30% complete?

Anyhow, here’s the cover of the new re-release:


Currently, Covert Exposure, A Nick Spinelli Mystery can be purchased through my publisher’s website:  http://www.melange-books.com/authors/valeriejclarizio/covertexposure.html

***Coming soon to Amazon***