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New Release & Giveaway!!! Stories of Sun, Sand, and Sea – Mistletoe and Palm Trees: 10 Beaches – Anything Can Happen

Indie Publishing Coalition is proud to announce it’s second project, Stories of Sun, Sand & Sea – Mistletoe & Palm Trees.  This fabulous collection features short stories from your favorite authors and new to you authors.

Stories of Sun, Sand & Sea – Mistletoe & Palm Trees. “Makes for ten holiday celebrations like none other. Sunny skies. Check. Palm Trees. Check. Beaches. Maybe. Family. Sometimes. Love and Romance. Double Check. Scrumptious food and a few cocktails. Triple Check. Murder. At least one.
Ten novellas written with heart felt holiday spirit that will make you laugh, bring tears to your eyes, warmth to your soul, intrigue to your psyche, with just enough romance to make you wish for more.Celebrate with us!”  The ten authors of Indie Publishing Coalition.

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Blurbs: 

Judith Lucci:  Biloxi Beach Murders (Book 2)

The Gulf Coast Can be Deadly

Kat, who finishes her graduate degree in Art History in December, travels from Washington, DC where she is interning at the Smithsonian Museum to Biloxi for some Thanksgiving holiday fun with her friends. Everyone is there including – her former main squeeze Liam. A great time turns sour when one of her old friends from the University of New Orleans is found beaten and bruised, floating in a fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico.

About Judith Lucci:

Judith Lucci writes what she knows…..Hospitals, Patients, Physicians and Health Care. She adds suspense and intrigue along with well developed plots, vivid descriptions and memorable characters, and produces medical thrillers that few readers can put down.

Dr. Lucci is the author of the Alexandra Destephano Series, a series of medical thrillers that offer fans an escape into the busy world of a fictitious world-class hospital in New Orleans.

*****

Lilian Robert:   Waves of Passion

 Lindsey is a stunning young woman full of life, smart, efficient and ambitious, she surrounds herself with quality friends and has gained the respect of coworkers, superiors, and friends.

Her heartbreaking separation from a five-year relationship left a void that someday would need to be filled. But at this point, romance seemed like unsafe territory.

And just about the time she thought she had achieved an impenetrable, relationship-proof fortress, Paul, a virtual friend on Facebook, sweeps he thoughts away and sets her nights on fire. If he is anything like what she had built in her mind, he would be a force to be reckoned. Lindsey is just about to find out.

About Lilian Roberts:

Lilian Roberts is a corporate engineer. College, and the corporate world kept Lilian’s writing on the back burner for a few years. It wasn’t until later on in life that she decided to sit in front of the computer and finally put her thoughts on paper. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an avid reader and loves novels that feature characters draped in passion, mystery, and adventure. She is especially fascinated with the concept of immortality.

Lilian is the author of the Immortal Rapture series, eight paranormal, captivating, romance novels. A young British girl Arielle Lloyd with special gifts and an immortal man Sebastian Gaulle find their way to each other and want nothing more than to pledge their undying love to the world. For five centuries Sebastian has sought the one soul who can fulfill his dreams of everlasting love. Then he meets Arielle, whose heart calls out to him like no other.

*****

PJ Fiala:   Copper Moon – Colby

Aubree Norman has run Norman House Inn since she was twenty years old. Boyfriends have come and gone, not understanding her need to keep her grandparents home viable and running. Settling in to grow old in the beautiful Victorian and make her bed & breakfast the place to be, she killing it.

When fire jumper, Colby Landon comes to town he brings excitement with him. First, the hotel burns down other fires soon follow. As the flame burns hot between Aubree and Colby, will their love have a chance to grow or will the arsonist’s torch turn their newfound flame into smoldering embers?

About PJ Fiala:

Writing has been a desire my whole life.  Once I found the courage to write, life changed for me in the most profound way. Bringing stories to readers that I’d enjoy reading and creating characters that are flawed, but lovable is such a joy.

When not writing, I’m with my family doing something fun.  My husband, Gene, and I are bikers and enjoy riding to new locations, meeting new people and generally enjoying this fabulous country we live in.

I come from a family of veterans. My grandfather, father, brother, two sons, and one daughter-in-law are all veterans. Needless to say, I am proud to be an American and proud of the service my amazing family has given.

*****

Cherime MacFarlane:   Wild in Willow

The Larkin family plans to celebrate Christmas a little early due to a commitment made by the oldest son. But things are brewing in the background that may make it Wild in Willow. Irene Maddox is accompanying her friend Libby to the celebration. Can the family survive the blow up? Only time will tell.

About Cherime MacFarlane:

Meet Award-Winning, Best-Selling Author Cherime MacFarlane. A prolific multi-genre author, she has a broad range of interests that reflect her been there-done that life. Romance, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, all sorts of characters and plots evolve from a vivid imagination.
I came to Alaska kicking and screaming in 1975, and I never want to leave. I cut firewood on shares for money to get through the winter. I swore I would not live above the Alaska Range because it was too cold there and wound up in the Copper River Basin where it got just a cold as Fairbanks.

My second husband, a Scot from Glasgow, was the love of my life. When I write Scots dialect, I experienced hearing it from my in-laws. Each time my husband got on the phone to Scotland after five seconds, I could hardly understand a word. I was my second husband’s chief mechanic’s helper and roadie.

I live in a cabin which is slowly being surrounded by the city and wish I were further out. My two cats and Husky-Collie mix dog are happy in our little slice of heaven called Alaska. In the silence of winter dreams of people and places provide a rich pool of ideas to explore.

*****

Nicole Sorrell:  The Art of Getting Away

Carlos is head over heels for his sassy girl Andie, and he wants their first Christmas together to be extra special. A romantic escape to the lake cabin where they met will be perfect. But Andie’s ex-boyfriend interrupts his plans, begging her to give him a second chance. Carlos suspects the former gang member isn’t telling Andie the truth, and decides he’s going to do whatever it takes to keep her. And if that means fighting dirty…

About Nicole Sorrell:

My first love was reading. From the age of ten I read everything I could get my hands on. I was seventeen the first time I closed a book and thought, I want to do that. Write a story that good. It took a few years, but I finally published my first novel, joining the ranks of contemporary fiction authors. I included everything I love in a book. It’s a romance story, has suspense and surprise, and with book two, became a women’s fiction series. 

I’m still a voracious reader, currently residing in a rural area of the mid-west. After living in various parts of the U.S. and traveling abroad, I recently moved into the very same home where I grew up. I enjoy country living: ours is a small community, and everyone knows everybody. The culture of the city also draws me in: the shopping, dining, and the opera and ballet.

I love traveling, especially to other countries, and I speak Spanish. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Literature, and a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising. Home decorating is one of my favorite things. Of course I love to read, and I’m a published poet. I like baking pies and drinking ale. Oh, and I like playing cornhole, and I spend way more time than I should playing computer games.

My sidekick is a tiny Yorkshire terrier named Georgie Doodlebug. I call her GiGi. She’s my fur baby.

*****

Angel Sefer:  Deadly Paradise

When Angelos Dimitriou a devastatingly handsome prominent attorney from Athens finds Natasha Ioannou unconscious on the steep rocks of a remote beach on Naxos, he is caught in a web of conspiracy, extortion, and greed. But the feisty and brave young woman with the emerald eyes captivates his soul, and Angelos throws caution to the wind in order to protect her. Caught in the eye of the storm, Natasha finds it hard to trust anyone. Will she ever open up to Angelos? And will he be able to save the blonde beauty from the threat hovering over her?

About Angel Sefer:

Multiple award-winning, bestselling author Angel Sefer was born in Athens, Greece and has studied and worked on both sides of the Atlantic. She holds a degree in Economics and divides her time between the corporate world and her true passion: writing mystery, thriller, and suspense romances where passion flares and danger lurks around every corner.

Angel lives in Athens, Greece, with the two loves of her life—her son and her husband—and is a member of several writers groups.

*****

Sybil Shae:  One More Day: Surviving the Waves

After the hurricane Chloe’s life was in shambles, much like the buildings and the land around her, everything was destroyed. Her home, her family and her love all torn apart by a single wave. There was nothing left for her at Luna Beach. She moved away and spent years struggling to put her life back together. Just when she is starting to feel a small sense of normalcy, a Christmas Card arrives in the mail. What it says sets her emotions and her sanity into a whirlwind.

Sybil Shae:

For Love, Real Love, The Kind Of Love That Lasts Forever….Sybil

Sitting in a chair, at a desk with headphones on, typing away…That’s where you’ll find Sybil Shae most days. She loses track of time and reality as she dives into her romance world, becoming one with her characters and growing with them as they appear through words on the tablet screen in concert with the imagery of a fool’s paradise we all visit in our dreams.
Sybil Shae writes romance, both spicy romance reads and clean reads. She feels it, breathes it, and has built her world around it. Love is at the center of all things. Welcome to Sybil’s world.

Sybil Shae DOES NOT write Erotica by any means, even the Spicy parts aren’t as spicy as most others on the market. She writes with Love as the central plot rather than adult content.

*****

P.J. MacLayne:  Love on the Dunes

Sunny skies, sandy beaches, palm trees and swimsuits. It wasn’t like any Christmas Carena Galloway had ever known. She missed her family and worried about her relationship with her boyfriend, Aiden Wade. A picnic on the beach with friends was just the thing to distract her from her problems. Meeting a celebrity was a bonus.

But she never counted on attracting a stalker.

About P.J. MacLayne:

A computer geek by day and a writer by night, P.J. MacLayne grew up in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania and sets much of her writing in that landscape. She currently lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains.

*****

Stephany Tullis:  Baby Boomer Bash

Baby Boomers ONLY! No family allowed.

High school friends Sherry Mattison and Maddy Meriweather refuse to allow their adult children to ruin their love of Christmas and the family based traditions that are so near and dear to their hearts. Unlike Ebenezer Scrooge and the Grinch, they don’t decide to cancel this year’s Christmas, nor do they harden their hearts. Instead of presenting their annual plea for an extended family Christmas like those of the good old days, the baby boomers greet their families on Thanksgiving Day with a new attitude and a feisty festive spirit that includes a non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner: pot luck!

Their daughters  are shocked but pleased when Christmas plans are  not discussed as the family watches the annual Thanksgiving Day parade. The guys were relieved that dessert was the focus of football half time and not  drawing names for the annual family Christmas gift exchange.
Sherry Mattison and Maddy Meriweather kick off their plans for their first annual Baby Boomer Christmas celebration with a Black Friday shopping spree. And then the thirty-day count-down begins!

Will the boomers’ plans implode when their families discover their plans for a holiday beach vacation in the Caribbean?

About Stephany Tullis:

In my world, there is no life without writing, traveling, family, music and my love of politics. My loves and interests are central to my writing. With this backdrop, regardless of the date or time of your visit, you will find family.

My world (my back-story) is guided by my faith and the inspiration I receive from God. Without exaggeration, family and relationships are the core of every book I write.

I love to travel and like me, my characters are always off and running and in so doing require me to research (and often visit) so many fascinating places.

I also love music—all kinds and I’m never surprised by what track finds its way to my personal playlists and a character’s ring tone, door chime, or car radio station.

People frown sometimes and don’t understand my love of politics, but I have a political administration background and thrived on and in my past government career. For me, it’s the people, the process and what democracy offers. As with life, my fictional towns and cities include mayors, governors, school board members, etc.

If you haven’t guessed, I love my world that allows me to not only live the life I love but to also share it with others.

*****

Valerie J. Clarizio:  Jess & Sam’s Story

After twenty years, Jess returns home to care for her ailing mother. Close proximity to the man she once loved who’d dumped her on the very day she expected a marriage proposal reawakens her broken heart and strengthens her vow to never put faith in a man.

By his own choice, Sam’s the most elusive bachelor in town, his walls of defense firmly in place. But when the feisty little brunette he dated in high school and college moves back, Sam needs to step up his game, stiffening those walls to concrete. True love? A forever union? What kind of idiot believes in that?

No matter which way Sam and Jess turn in their little home town, they run into each other. And stumbling under the mistletoe isn’t what either one needs.

About Valerie J. Clarizio:

Valerie Clarizio lives in romantic Door County Wisconsin with her husband and two extremely spoiled cats. She loves to read, write, and spend time at her cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

She’s lived her life surrounded by men, three brothers, a husband, and a male Siamese cat who required his own instruction manual. Keeping up with all the men in her life has turned her into an outdoors enthusiast, of which her favorite activity is hiking in national parks. While out on the trails, she has plenty of time to conjure up irresistible characters and unique storylines for her next romantic suspense or sweet contemporary romance novel.

 

 

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Stories of Sun, Sand, and Sea – Mistletoe and Palm Trees: 10 Beaches – Anything Can Happen is up for Pre-Order!

Indie Publishing Coalition is proud to announce it’s second project, Stories of Sun, Sand & Sea – Mistletoe & Palm Trees.  This fabulous collection releases November 7, 2017 and features short stories from your favorite authors and new to you authors.

Stories of Sun, Sand & Sea – Mistletoe & Palm Trees. “Makes for ten holiday celebrations like none other. Sunny skies. Check. Palm Trees. Check. Beaches. Maybe. Family. Sometimes. Love and Romance. Double Check. Scrumptious food and a few cocktails. Triple Check. Murder. At least one.

Ten novellas written with heart felt holiday spirit that will make you laugh, bring tears to your eyes, warmth to your soul, intrigue to your psyche, with just enough romance to make you wish for more.

Celebrate with us!”  The ten authors of Indie Publishing Coalition.

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2xSi2fM
Universal Linkhttps://www.books2read.com/u/mvjoKe
Barnes & Noble: http://www.pjfiala.com/Books/MPT-B&N
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Blurbs: 

Judith Lucci:  Biloxi Beach Murders (Book 2)

The Gulf Coast Can be Deadly

Kat, who finishes her graduate degree in Art History in December, travels from Washington, DC where she is interning at the Smithsonian Museum to Biloxi for some Thanksgiving holiday fun with her friends. Everyone is there including – her former main squeeze Liam. A great time turns sour when one of her old friends from the University of New Orleans is found beaten and bruised, floating in a fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico.

About Judith Lucci:

Judith Lucci writes what she knows…..Hospitals, Patients, Physicians and Health Care. She adds suspense and intrigue along with well developed plots, vivid descriptions and memorable characters, and produces medical thrillers that few readers can put down.

Dr. Lucci is the author of the Alexandra Destephano Series, a series of medical thrillers that offer fans an escape into the busy world of a fictitious world-class hospital in New Orleans.

*****

Lilian Robert:   Waves of Passion

 Lindsey is a stunning young woman full of life, smart, efficient and ambitious, she surrounds herself with quality friends and has gained the respect of coworkers, superiors, and friends.

Her heartbreaking separation from a five-year relationship left a void that someday would need to be filled. But at this point, romance seemed like unsafe territory.

And just about the time she thought she had achieved an impenetrable, relationship-proof fortress, Paul, a virtual friend on Facebook, sweeps he thoughts away and sets her nights on fire. If he is anything like what she had built in her mind, he would be a force to be reckoned. Lindsey is just about to find out.

About Lilian Roberts:

Lilian Roberts is a corporate engineer. College, and the corporate world kept Lilian’s writing on the back burner for a few years. It wasn’t until later on in life that she decided to sit in front of the computer and finally put her thoughts on paper. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an avid reader and loves novels that feature characters draped in passion, mystery, and adventure. She is especially fascinated with the concept of immortality.

Lilian is the author of the Immortal Rapture series, eight paranormal, captivating, romance novels. A young British girl Arielle Lloyd with special gifts and an immortal man Sebastian Gaulle find their way to each other and want nothing more than to pledge their undying love to the world. For five centuries Sebastian has sought the one soul who can fulfill his dreams of everlasting love. Then he meets Arielle, whose heart calls out to him like no other.

*****

PJ Fiala:   Copper Moon – Colby

Aubree Norman has run Norman House Inn since she was twenty years old. Boyfriends have come and gone, not understanding her need to keep her grandparents home viable and running. Settling in to grow old in the beautiful Victorian and make her bed & breakfast the place to be, she killing it.

When fire jumper, Colby Landon comes to town he brings excitement with him. First, the hotel burns down other fires soon follow. As the flame burns hot between Aubree and Colby, will their love have a chance to grow or will the arsonist’s torch turn their newfound flame into smoldering embers?

About PJ Fiala:

Writing has been a desire my whole life.  Once I found the courage to write, life changed for me in the most profound way. Bringing stories to readers that I’d enjoy reading and creating characters that are flawed, but lovable is such a joy.

When not writing, I’m with my family doing something fun.  My husband, Gene, and I are bikers and enjoy riding to new locations, meeting new people and generally enjoying this fabulous country we live in.

I come from a family of veterans. My grandfather, father, brother, two sons, and one daughter-in-law are all veterans. Needless to say, I am proud to be an American and proud of the service my amazing family has given.

*****

Cherime MacFarlane:   Wild in Willow

The Larkin family plans to celebrate Christmas a little early due to a commitment made by the oldest son. But things are brewing in the background that may make it Wild in Willow. Irene Maddox is accompanying her friend Libby to the celebration. Can the family survive the blow up? Only time will tell.

About Cherime MacFarlane:

Meet Award-Winning, Best-Selling Author Cherime MacFarlane. A prolific multi-genre author, she has a broad range of interests that reflect her been there-done that life. Romance, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, all sorts of characters and plots evolve from a vivid imagination.
I came to Alaska kicking and screaming in 1975, and I never want to leave. I cut firewood on shares for money to get through the winter. I swore I would not live above the Alaska Range because it was too cold there and wound up in the Copper River Basin where it got just a cold as Fairbanks.

My second husband, a Scot from Glasgow, was the love of my life. When I write Scots dialect, I experienced hearing it from my in-laws. Each time my husband got on the phone to Scotland after five seconds, I could hardly understand a word. I was my second husband’s chief mechanic’s helper and roadie.

I live in a cabin which is slowly being surrounded by the city and wish I were further out. My two cats and Husky-Collie mix dog are happy in our little slice of heaven called Alaska. In the silence of winter dreams of people and places provide a rich pool of ideas to explore.

*****

Nicole Sorrell:  The Art of Getting Away

Carlos is head over heels for his sassy girl Andie, and he wants their first Christmas together to be extra special. A romantic escape to the lake cabin where they met will be perfect. But Andie’s ex-boyfriend interrupts his plans, begging her to give him a second chance. Carlos suspects the former gang member isn’t telling Andie the truth, and decides he’s going to do whatever it takes to keep her. And if that means fighting dirty…

About Nicole Sorrell:

My first love was reading. From the age of ten I read everything I could get my hands on. I was seventeen the first time I closed a book and thought, I want to do that. Write a story that good. It took a few years, but I finally published my first novel, joining the ranks of contemporary fiction authors. I included everything I love in a book. It’s a romance story, has suspense and surprise, and with book two, became a women’s fiction series. 

I’m still a voracious reader, currently residing in a rural area of the mid-west. After living in various parts of the U.S. and traveling abroad, I recently moved into the very same home where I grew up. I enjoy country living: ours is a small community, and everyone knows everybody. The culture of the city also draws me in: the shopping, dining, and the opera and ballet.

I love traveling, especially to other countries, and I speak Spanish. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Literature, and a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising. Home decorating is one of my favorite things. Of course I love to read, and I’m a published poet. I like baking pies and drinking ale. Oh, and I like playing cornhole, and I spend way more time than I should playing computer games.

My sidekick is a tiny Yorkshire terrier named Georgie Doodlebug. I call her GiGi. She’s my fur baby.

*****

Angel Sefer:  Deadly Paradise

When Angelos Dimitriou a devastatingly handsome prominent attorney from Athens finds Natasha Ioannou unconscious on the steep rocks of a remote beach on Naxos, he is caught in a web of conspiracy, extortion, and greed. But the feisty and brave young woman with the emerald eyes captivates his soul, and Angelos throws caution to the wind in order to protect her. Caught in the eye of the storm, Natasha finds it hard to trust anyone. Will she ever open up to Angelos? And will he be able to save the blonde beauty from the threat hovering over her?

About Angel Sefer:

Multiple award-winning, bestselling author Angel Sefer was born in Athens, Greece and has studied and worked on both sides of the Atlantic. She holds a degree in Economics and divides her time between the corporate world and her true passion: writing mystery, thriller, and suspense romances where passion flares and danger lurks around every corner.

Angel lives in Athens, Greece, with the two loves of her life—her son and her husband—and is a member of several writers groups.

*****

Sybil Shae:  One More Day: Surviving the Waves

After the hurricane Chloe’s life was in shambles, much like the buildings and the land around her, everything was destroyed. Her home, her family and her love all torn apart by a single wave. There was nothing left for her at Luna Beach. She moved away and spent years struggling to put her life back together. Just when she is starting to feel a small sense of normalcy, a Christmas Card arrives in the mail. What it says sets her emotions and her sanity into a whirlwind.

Sybil Shae:

For Love, Real Love, The Kind Of Love That Lasts Forever….Sybil

Sitting in a chair, at a desk with headphones on, typing away…That’s where you’ll find Sybil Shae most days. She loses track of time and reality as she dives into her romance world, becoming one with her characters and growing with them as they appear through words on the tablet screen in concert with the imagery of a fool’s paradise we all visit in our dreams.
Sybil Shae writes romance, both spicy romance reads and clean reads. She feels it, breathes it, and has built her world around it. Love is at the center of all things. Welcome to Sybil’s world.

Sybil Shae DOES NOT write Erotica by any means, even the Spicy parts aren’t as spicy as most others on the market. She writes with Love as the central plot rather than adult content.

*****

P.J. MacLayne:  Love on the Dunes

Sunny skies, sandy beaches, palm trees and swimsuits. It wasn’t like any Christmas Carena Galloway had ever known. She missed her family and worried about her relationship with her boyfriend, Aiden Wade. A picnic on the beach with friends was just the thing to distract her from her problems. Meeting a celebrity was a bonus.

But she never counted on attracting a stalker.

About P.J. MacLayne:

A computer geek by day and a writer by night, P.J. MacLayne grew up in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania and sets much of her writing in that landscape. She currently lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains.

*****

Stephany Tullis:  Baby Boomer Bash

Baby Boomers ONLY! No family allowed.

High school friends Sherry Mattison and Maddy Meriweather refuse to allow their adult children to ruin their love of Christmas and the family based traditions that are so near and dear to their hearts. Unlike Ebenezer Scrooge and the Grinch, they don’t decide to cancel this year’s Christmas, nor do they harden their hearts. Instead of presenting their annual plea for an extended family Christmas like those of the good old days, the baby boomers greet their families on Thanksgiving Day with a new attitude and a feisty festive spirit that includes a non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner: pot luck!

Their daughters  are shocked but pleased when Christmas plans are  not discussed as the family watches the annual Thanksgiving Day parade. The guys were relieved that dessert was the focus of football half time and not  drawing names for the annual family Christmas gift exchange.
Sherry Mattison and Maddy Meriweather kick off their plans for their first annual Baby Boomer Christmas celebration with a Black Friday shopping spree. And then the thirty-day count-down begins!

Will the boomers’ plans implode when their families discover their plans for a holiday beach vacation in the Caribbean?

About Stephany Tullis:

In my world, there is no life without writing, traveling, family, music and my love of politics. My loves and interests are central to my writing. With this backdrop, regardless of the date or time of your visit, you will find family.

My world (my back-story) is guided by my faith and the inspiration I receive from God. Without exaggeration, family and relationships are the core of every book I write.

I love to travel and like me, my characters are always off and running and in so doing require me to research (and often visit) so many fascinating places.

I also love music—all kinds and I’m never surprised by what track finds its way to my personal playlists and a character’s ring tone, door chime, or car radio station.

People frown sometimes and don’t understand my love of politics, but I have a political administration background and thrived on and in my past government career. For me, it’s the people, the process and what democracy offers. As with life, my fictional towns and cities include mayors, governors, school board members, etc.

If you haven’t guessed, I love my world that allows me to not only live the life I love but to also share it with others.

*****

Valerie J. Clarizio:  Jess & Sam’s Story

After twenty years, Jess returns home to care for her ailing mother. Close proximity to the man she once loved who’d dumped her on the very day she expected a marriage proposal reawakens her broken heart and strengthens her vow to never put faith in a man.

By his own choice, Sam’s the most elusive bachelor in town, his walls of defense firmly in place. But when the feisty little brunette he dated in high school and college moves back, Sam needs to step up his game, stiffening those walls to concrete. True love? A forever union? What kind of idiot believes in that?

No matter which way Sam and Jess turn in their little home town, they run into each other. And stumbling under the mistletoe isn’t what either one needs.

About Valerie J. Clarizio:

Valerie Clarizio lives in romantic Door County Wisconsin with her husband and two extremely spoiled cats. She loves to read, write, and spend time at her cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

She’s lived her life surrounded by men, three brothers, a husband, and a male Siamese cat who required his own instruction manual. Keeping up with all the men in her life has turned her into an outdoors enthusiast, of which her favorite activity is hiking in national parks. While out on the trails, she has plenty of time to conjure up irresistible characters and unique storylines for her next romantic suspense or sweet contemporary romance novel.

Author’s Social Media links

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New Release – Missing the Point, a Chandler County Novel by PJ Fiala

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Missing the Point by PJ Fiala

I’m so excited to release Missing the Point for so many reasons.

First and foremost, this is a series I’ve thought about for a long time.  You see, my father’s parents were both born and raised in Kentucky.  My grandfather came from a very poor family and on top of that, his father divorced his mother when he was very little, about 2 or 3.  Divorce today isn’t thought of in a negative way, back then it was horrible.  My great-grandmother did remarry and the man she married, took my grandfather as part of the package, but the stigma remained.  As a result, my grandfather lied about his age as a 16 year old and joined the Army.  He wanted a new beginning and he was willing to do what it took to find it.  The thing is, he’d met my grandmother before hand at a church dance and he didn’t want to leave her behind.  He went to boot camp and as soon as he could come back, he did, and he married my grandmother, but they’d need to leave Kentucky.  Grandpa stayed in the Army for many years, and after leaving the Army, my grandparents settled in Missouri.  My grandmother went back to Kentucky every year to visit her sisters and brothers and their children, my grandfather only went back periodically, the bad memories just couldn’t be erased, no matter the situation.

As a result of my grandmother going back each year, as I got to be a bit older, I got to travel with her to Kentucky and spend several weeks.  I remember those times fondly and they’ve ingrained in me a sense of family, easy times and a long-ago world.  Now, as an adult, I go back as often as I can to visit my father’s cousins and my cousins.  My dad’s cousin, Janet Sue, still lives on the family farm my grandmother grew up on and visiting there is such a treat for me.  So, as a result, I always knew I wanted to write stories that took place in Kentucky.

Secondly, my friend and fellow author, Stephany Tullis created Chandler County with me and this was truly a labor of love.  We knew from the beginning we wanted to invite other authors to write in Chandler County with us, so we could share this world with them and all of our readers.

It is with great pride and pleasure that I release my first book in Chandler County, Missing the Point.  This book is the first of my books in Chandler County but certainly not the last.  Sam McKenzie is an Army veteran who has finally retired after 25 years.  He and three of his friends have started Bluegrass Security in the little town of Bourbonville, one of two towns in Chandler County.  As the Kentucky Derby nears, the over-flow of people coming to Chandler County brings with it trials and tribulations and as the locals deal with these and other scenarios, we get to know many of the residents in Bourbonville.

Stephanie (Stevie) Jorgenson is a detective in Chandler County.  Though she comes from a wealthy ranch family, she made her own way in the world and followed her dreams.  Keeping Chandler County safe is her top priority.  When she meets the handsome security specialist from Bluegrass Security, there is an immediate spark and the two succumb to the attraction, but neither believes anything more should come of it.  Life, circumstance and intrigue follow the pair as they are thrown together time after time dealing with some terrible situations in Bourbonville.

I hope you’ll enjoy Missing the Point and the books of my fellow authors in Chandler County.

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New Release – Missing Pieces, a Chandler County Novel by Stephany Tullis

Missing Pieces

A Chandler County Romantic Suspense

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The partnership she’s petrified to refuse and afraid to accept

As Chandlerville prepares for a series of local celebrations in honor of the annual Kentucky Derby in nearby Louisville, Kentucky, chaos ensues threatening to cancel the town’s festivities.

Rachel Blakely’s (editor of the Chandler County Chronicles), partnership with ex-NYC socialite, AJ Manning crumbles in the midst of their planning for the town’s Derby-related activities. AJ is the mayor’s wife and Rachel discovers that Fitzgerald Manning, the mayor’s father, has close ties to an unidentified conglomerate of farm investors who may be coercing local farmers to sell their land.

Jairo Aquino, aka Blue, a handsomely, mysterious newcomer is trusted by no one and appears to have an investment scheme of his own. Arriving in Chandler County from Miami, Florida, Aquino has decided to put Chandler County on the map. “His plan was air tight. He just had to find a few missing pieces.”

Rachel and Blue continue to cross paths until they reach a point of no return where they accept they can no longer ignore the sizzle of their interactions and their constricted heart strings that cause them to question the true nature of their relationship.

Can she trust him? Can he trust her? Can they together find the missing pieces?

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CHAPTER 11

“Every decision you’ve made has brought you to where you are today… exactly where you are meant to be.”

~Unknown~

She woke to the silent sounds of nothingness but didn’t rise, searching instead for solace in the comfort of her bed. Refusing to open her eyes, she wiggled and scooted her body in the cocoon-like wrapping of her down-filled comforter. Her body luxuriated in and sought the protective assurance that her blankie offered. Assurance that she needed. Assurance that she was increasingly fearful without. Assurance that she could go forward. Assurance that her world wouldn’t disintegrate. Again.

In a further effort to fight the start of another day that she had no reason to believe would be better than yesterday, she shielded her eyes with her arm. Her thoughts rambled, twisted, and turned. Meditative breathing, prayerful enjoinders, and burying her head under her pillow failed. She wondered why experts raised false hope by guaranteeing results claiming research-based success stories. Meditation was the answer. Not! Prayer always worked. Not! Protect yourself! How? Her morning save thyself rituals failed. Again.

She succumbed to her despair, accepted the inevitable start of another day, and opened her eyes. The early morning sun greeted her through her sunflower yellow bedroom blinds. She lay still searching for meaning in the glittering rays.

After about five minutes, the rays shouted.

Get up off your butt! Face the music. What is the song of the day? Cry me a river?

Tears formed.

She fumbled for the pack of ciggies in her side table and rolled out of bed. What the heck? Why bother?

She tiptoed to the window and peeked through the blinds as though embarrassed that the universe heard her indignant retort.

She peered down at the town’s early morning greeting to the start of a Chandlerville, Kentucky morning. Drivers travelled at a higher than normal speed as they hurried to their jobs. Shop owners headed to their stores, preparing for their early morning customers. The vinyl blinds protected her much like her blankie and her one-bedroom studio apartment conveniently located above the CCC office, her second home but first love.

She adored everything about Chandlerville. Its Southern charm, the food, the rolling grassy landscape, the artistry… the friends she had made. Most importantly, she loved her job. She’d heard that the town was looking for someone to run the local newspaper at a large crafts festival in Berea, Kentucky a few years ago. She was writing an article on the annual Berea Crafts Festival for a travel magazine and ran into a colleague, a professor who taught at Berea College.

The rest was history. She lied to herself. Her first love was long ago buried but not forgotten. She lied to others. This time, no lies. Period. History would not repeat itself.

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About the Author

           In my world, there is no life without writing, traveling, family, music and my love of politics. My loves and interests are central to my writing.  I published my first novel The Master’s Plan, A Novel in November 2013 (Edition 3 issued in 2016) and my first Christmas novel, 48 Hours ‘Til Christmas, in November 2014. In 2015, I released Love, Peace & Joy: 3 Short Stories.

BLUE LADY (a short story) published in February 2015 launched my first series, The Angelica Mason Series. The first full installment in this series, entitled BLUE LADY’S Sweet Dreams was released July 2016 to be followed by BLUE LADY’S Mission Impossible in 2018.

In June 2016, I launched my second series (B.B.B.) with a novella entitled, Beach Baby Blues (part of an 11 author Beach Anthology, Stories of Sun, Sand and Sea). I hope to publish the sequel in this new series, entitled, Baby Boomer Blues by July 2017.

The sequel to The Master’s Plan, entitled, Forgive, Forgotten, Forever is scheduled for release in the Fall of 2017.

I am pleased to partner with my friend and fellow author, PJ Fiala to sponsor the Chandler County multi-branded author series and will soon be releasing two books in this series. Missing Pieces is currently on pre-order with an April 11th 2017 release date and my second book in this new series is entitled Missing Chances and will be released in November 2017. Nine other authors will publish their books in this exciting endeavor during 2017. All books are based on our fictional towns, Chandlerville and Bourbonville Kentucky, ‘where the unbridled spirit of romance roams’.

I live in Georgia with my family where I continue to write professionally and have published on Examiner.com as Atlanta’s Society and Culture Examiner and in various health related peer review journals.

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Calling all Readers – LitRING Promo – Fun Quiz – Awesome BOOKS – $1,500 in Prizes

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Calling all Readers!

Are you interested in finding new authors you’ll absolutely LOVE and can relate to?  Are you interested in a chance to win some awesome prizes?  Look no further as this LitRING Fun Quiz can help you on your quest!  The event is home to many genres: Romance, Thrillers, Speculative, Christian, Young Adult, etc.

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  • 1 $500 gift card
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I’m a proud sponsor of this event along with hundreds of other authors!

The book I’m featuring during the event is TAKEN BY SURPRISE.  This book is set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in a quaint little town full of small town mischief.

Who’s hot? Police Chief Jack Ricco that’s who!

Blurb:

Everyone is shocked when Clare Ulster leaves her rich and handsome fiancé, chucks her well-to-do Milwaukee city life, and moves into her grandparents’ old homestead in the remote Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The quiet small town of Iron City is just what she needs to get her life in order and learn to stand on her own. No men needed!

Unfortunately, disaster follows her. Unable to let her go, her abusive, cheating ex- fiancé finds his way to the U.P. and sets out to make Clare’s life more of a living hell then he’d done in the past. Additionally, Clare’s alleged involvement with the Fire Chief, aka, town player, lands her in a world of trouble with his ring of female admirers, sending her on a dangerously chaotic adventure including murder and kidnapping. With Clare’s life in danger, irresistible Police Chief Jack Ricco will do whatever it takes to keep their newest resident safe.

Will Clare and Jack be able to survive the deceptively peaceful Iron City?

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Check out the NEW Michaela McPherson Mystery Series by Judith Lucci!

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Retired homicide detective Michaela McPherson and the aging Countess Dorothy Borghase team up again—this time to match wits with two serial killers stalking children, women and the elderly. When Dottie Borghase’s friend Camilla Rothrock collapses at a lunch gathering of old friends, the countess’s only concern is to dial 911 for help. But Camilla’s subsequent death has authorities buzzing about international safety and retaliation, because her son is decorated U.S. Army General Stuart Rothrock.

 As other restaurant patrons in Richmond meet similar fates, Michaela and Dottie join forces with the Richmond Police and the FBI to track down the pair of heinous murderers. But in order to catch the killers, they will put their own lives and the lives of others in in serious jeopardy.

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Bio:

Dr. Judith Lucci is an Amazon bestselling author who writes what she knows. She is the author of the Alex Destephano Medical Thriller Series and the soon to be released Michaela McPherson, Private Eye, a series centered on a retired homicide detective from Richmond, Virginia who really can’t retire.

“Before I wrote fiction, I was an academic writer who published research, theoretical works, text books and just about anything a nurse or college professor needed to publish to survive. The differences in academic writing and writing fiction are dramatic. Writing what I know propels me to pull from my clinical experiences, some good, some not and use popular fiction as a means to teach and advocate for others. My books have three purposes, to engage the reader, to entertain them and to educate about healthcare and perhaps, the darker side of hospital life.   Dr. Lucci is a nurse who holds graduate and doctoral degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia. I have always been a reader and a writer and I love it. I am a member of the Virginia Writers Club, The Shenandoah Valley Writers and Sisters in Crime.

When I’m not writing I am probably teaching, paining on silk as I am a multi-media artist or playing with my many dogs.  Please feel free to contact me at judithlucciwrites@gmail.com.  I am excited about meeting you!

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Just when I needed it most – A lovely 5 Star Review of Taken by Surprise

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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers’ Favorite

Taken by Surprise by Valerie J Clarizio is full of suspense, mystery and romance. Clare Ulster is engaged to high-flyer Sean, but when she finds him in bed with two other women, it’s the last straw. Leaving her fiancé and her job as a probation officer behind, she moves to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, into her grandparents’ old house in a bid to start again. Iron City is peaceful and quiet, just what she needs to get herself together and get her life back on track. Unfortunately, she isn’t going to get her wish. Sean has followed her and insists on making trouble for her, more than he ever did before. Her relationship with Matt, fire chief and town player, lands her in hot water with all of his admirers and leads to a whirlwind of trouble, including murder and kidnapping. Will Clare survive to tell the tale? Can Police Chief Jack save her from the trouble that has followed her?

Taken by Surprise by Valerie J Clarizio was a great read. It was all action, right from the word go, with no let up throughout the whole book. You have to feel sorry for Clare – she seems to find herself in trouble, no matter where she turns, and it seems that the snakes she tosses out of her garage are tame compared to the human snakes that enter her life. I thought the plot was very well written, it ran naturally and there were plenty of twists and turns to keep me interested. The characters were exceptionally well suited to the plot and written in such a way that the reader will get to know them intimately. The lives of the characters were brought into the story gradually, keeping them alive, and giving more meaning to the story. Excellent book, and I hope to read more from Ms. Clarizio.

Thank you so much Anne-Marie!
I’ve recently received the rights back to this book and am working diligently to get it ready for re-publication!  Look out Amazon, B&N, and other outlets, it’s coming your way soon!
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