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Time WARped Novel & Traveling Rocks

Guess what swag I’m bringing to BOOK LOVERS CON next week?

If you guessed the typical pens, bookmarks, and coasters you would be correct. But wait, there’s more!

I’m bringing traveling rocks hand-painted by yours truly. Okay, so, once those of you who know me stop laughing, because you know I’m the least crafty person on the planet, let me say that I really did paint these rocks myself.

To celebrate the release of Time WARped (A Preserver & Protector novel), the first book in my new time travel romance series, I have fourteen of these original painted rocks to hand out at the conference during the book signing on Saturday.

Here’s how it works:

Author Valerie J. Clarizio

Presents

Time WARped

and the Traveling Rocks

I invite you to stop by my book signing table and take one of these traveling rocks.  Keep it as a paperweight or hide it for someone else to find and enjoy (They in turn register and keep it or re-hide it.). Either way, take a selfie with it, with or without me in it, and register it at facebook.com/valerie.clarizio/ after you ‘like’ the page so that we can see where this rock traveled to and who it is keeping company with.  If you’d like, feel free to paint your own Time WARped traveling rock, whether you are at the Book Lovers Con conference or not, and register it on my FB page. I’d love to see what you come up with.

The rocks, just like the characters in Time WARped, inquiring minds want to know what they are up to.  Let’s have some fun with this! How far will these rocks travel and how quickly? Let’s make this thing go viral!

Here’s a peek at my handiwork.

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Not coming to Book Lovers Con to nab your copy of Time WARped, no worries, you can nab your copy from one of the retailers below.

Tag Line: Romancing destiny one moment at a time.

Blurb:

When Veteran Blake Cornelis visits his great grandfather’s Civil War grave, he is whisked back in time to Gettysburg, where his ancestor was a hero. His mission—to preserve his family’s decorated military record, because his cousin, Evan, is determined to steal the Cornelius heroism for his own family’s ancestry. Fighting Evan is demanding and requires unremitting vigilance. Fortunately, the gods have sent Blake an exquisite guardian angel to help him.

Ariel, a time travel Protector, is tasked on this journey with safeguarding Blake, and she vows to do that—at any cost. But the attractive hero from Wisconsin is unlike others she’s been assigned to protect. The intense attraction between them casts them into deadly peril on the battlefield.

Blake and Ariel are sent into other wartimes, and as secrets unfold they realize they must sacrifice all to conquer his evil cousin, for the Cornelis honor is not all that is at stake. The fate of the American people lies in their hands. But Evan is a formidable foe, determined to achieve his mission, and since he has nothing to lose, he’ll do whatever it takes to succeed—no matter the cost.

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Best,

Valerie

 

Coming Soon – Time WARped (A Preserver & Protector Novel)

Admittedly, I’m getting pretty excited about the upcoming release of Time WARped. It’s also a bit nerve-racking because time travel is a new adventure for me. Release day, March 17th, can’t get here soon enough. My PR team is working hard to get the word out. My review team is reading and some have already provided advance praise for the book which you can find below.

Tag Line: Romancing destiny one moment at a time.

Blurb:

When Veteran Blake Cornelis visits his great grandfather’s Civil War grave, he is whisked back in time to Gettysburg, where his ancestor was a hero. His mission—to preserve his family’s decorated military record, because his cousin, Evan, is determined to steal the Cornelius heroism for his own family’s ancestry. Fighting Evan is demanding and requires unremitting vigilance. Fortunately, the gods have sent Blake an exquisite guardian angel to help him.

Ariel, a time travel Protector, is tasked on this journey with safeguarding Blake, and she vows to do that—at any cost. But the attractive hero from Wisconsin is unlike others she’s been assigned to protect. The intense attraction between them casts them into deadly peril on the battlefield.

Blake and Ariel are sent into other wartimes, and as secrets unfold they realize they must sacrifice all to conquer his evil cousin, for the Cornelis honor is not all that is at stake. The fate of the American people lies in their hands. But Evan is a formidable foe, determined to achieve his mission, and since he has nothing to lose, he’ll do whatever it takes to succeed—no matter the cost.

Buy Links:

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Time-WARped-Preserver-Protector-Novel-ebook/dp/B083HMGLSB

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/time-warped-valerie-j-clarizio/1135967098

iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/time-warped/id1493744849?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/time-warped-7

Universal Link:  https://books2read.com/u/bowG1A

Need some convincing?  Here’s some reviews:

Darla said:

Well-written with characters you’ll love to get know, this book is a wonderful read. It’s intriguing and keeps you engaged through to the end. I was drawn into the story as I went through everything with Blake and Ariel. The time-travel aspect is thrilling keeping you aware of the butterfly effect where one little change can affect everything for years to come. That’s where the Preservers come into play. I enjoyed this book immensely and am really hoping there’s another book to come. I highly recommend Time WARped. 

Helen said:

Time travel, the butterfly effect, protectors and preservers of history as it was originally played out–or was it? If you’re a fan of the Back to the Future film trilogy, you’ll appreciate how this book takes a mind-bending dive into pivotal American war events as they pertain to one particular family tree and its valorous and not-so-valorous branches when dark forces conspire to change the past and influence the future.

Engaging, mature characters in a fast-paced, steamy love affair across time and place add to a story celebrating America’s veterans. Memorial Day anchors the events and anchors Blake and his family line. I applaud the author for her research into history and the mind-boggling mechanics of time travel. This is clearly the start of a series because without preservers and protectors, history is always in danger of being altered. An enjoyable and thought-provoking read. I received an ARC from the author, but this is my honest opinion.

Bookbub DEAL of the Day – MISSING THE CROWN JEWELS is on SALE for just $.99!

The #BOOKBUB feature of the day is MISSING THE CROWN JEWELS! Nab your $.99 copy now!

If you like romance with a touch of suspense this is the book for you.

See what Elle, Amazon reviewer had to say:

What’s not to love about this book? A Kentucky horse ranch, a troubled vet who’s hopelessly in love with his best friend’s sister, and a woman who isn’t afraid to fight for what (and who) she wants.

I really rooted for Peyton and Storm. After they got together, I wondered how the story would keep its tension. Well, I didn’t need to worry. With the threat on the family and their prize race horse, and the push and pull of attraction between Peyton and Storm, I was hooked until the end. But what I want to know is…who won the Derby???

I thought the dynamics between the main characters was both true to life and mature. They had problems, and then talked about them like adults. Kudos to Valerie Clarizio for building a world I would love to live in.

Blurb:

Divorce Moved Her to Despair, But Now She Has A New Chance at Love

After a devastating divorce, Peyton Crown is finally surfacing from a dark hole of despair. She finds herself hoping for a new life with Mason ‘Storm’ Starr, her brother’s best friend.

>>>Striving to Overcome His Demons, He Seeks Solitude In The Country

Storm’s intent is simple: hide in the quiet confines of his best friend’s family horse ranch in Kentucky. The perfect place to sort out his life after walking away from the Army and fight his internal demons. His solitude is interrupted by his buddy’s little sister. The chemistry between them is off the charts, and he willingly surrenders the battle.

>>>Enemies Threaten To Upturn The Family’s Kentucky Derby Ambitions

The Crown family begins receiving threats, just weeks before the Kentucky Derby. The overprotective men in Peyton’s life vow to keep 24/7 tabs on her and the family’s prize horse—Prince Bourbonville—a hopeful for the next Triple Crown. Circumstances arise that threaten to keep Peyton and Prince away from the derby, but Storm and her brother Coach are determined they’ll attend, no matter the sacrifice.

>>>Missing the Crown Jewels is a thrilling and heartwarming romance novel that will leave you wanting more!

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THE CODE ENFORCER IS HERE! Nab your BOGO deal now!

THE CODE ENFORCER by USA Today Bestselling Author Valerie J. Clarizio is out!

Book #1 in the Crime and Passion Stalk City Hall Series

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Tag line:

Will this damaged cop and wounded veteran overcome their inner demons in order to work together to escape the claws of death and perhaps find love in the process?

Book Description:

Having been made the laughing stock of her hometown by her cheating ex-fiancé, Investigator Markie Pearson has sworn off overly-confident, good-looking men. When Bryce Hawk strolls into town, Markie quickly realizes he’s the classic example of a man she needs to keep at a distance.

Ex-Marine Bryce Hawk moves to small-town Wisconsin after his military career-ending injury. All he wants to do is hide in his mundane job as the city’s code enforcer while he sorts out his life. What Bryce doesn’t account for is Markie, that emerald eyed beauty, walking through his office door on day one. Too bad it’s too, late. Women are not in his plans, nor will they ever be…especially Markie, the one who gets his dormant juices flowing while irritating him at the same time.

When the municipal code violators that Bryce is investigating are murdered, Bryce becomes Markie’s number one suspect. Or, is he another target? Is she?

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Code-Enforcer-Crime-Passion-Stalk-ebook/dp/B07RC8G99Z

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Excerpt:

His lips silenced her words and his large hands cupped her cheeks, heating her skin. His flavor seeped into her. The kiss that started as urgent slowed, calmed, teased her to the brink of uncontrolled desire. He paused, lingered, and then returned to a soft, slow seducing pace. This guy knew how to kiss.

Bryce. The guy kissing her beyond the ability to think was Bryce. How?

Shit, who cares? His lips felt so good she kept in sync with him. Could do this for hours.

Bryce pulled back. The hope it was just a pause and he’d resume faded quickly as he edged back a bit farther.

Sheer disappointment raked through her. Distance clouded over the desire in his gaze. Where was he going off to?

Markie took a step toward him. He took a step back and shoved his hands in his pockets. His sun-darkened face turned white.

“Are you okay?”

His gaze landed on the floor. “I’m fine. I’m sorry.”

Her heart hammered. “Sorry you kissed me?”

Silence.

This certainly wasn’t the behavior of a confident womanizer. “Bryce?”

He slowly lifted his gaze to meet hers. “I’m sorry, but I shouldn’t have kissed you. It was a mistake. We work together. We shouldn’t do this.”

That was the biggest line of crap she’d ever heard. What was he afraid of? You can’t kiss someone with that much emotion—heart—and not really mean it, feel it. So it couldn’t be how he felt about her that made him back off just now, something else bothered him. What?

After several beats of uncomfortable silence, she fished her car keys from her pocket. “Okay then. You’re probably right. This is a bad idea.”

She spun around and headed for the door, holding hope he’d call after her.

Nothing.

Moving slowly, she climbed into her vehicle and started the engine, all the time wishing that front door of his would open and he’d step through it to stop her from leaving.

Nothing.

If it hadn’t been for the swirling desire in his gaze when they stared at each other in silence, she wouldn’t have held hope he’d come after her. Between his intense stare and the seducing movement of his mouth when it was pressed to hers, there was no way he didn’t desire her. So why did he fight it?

Peeling back the layers of Bryce Hawk just became her new life mission.

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BOGO DEAL

The first twenty people to email a proof of purchase of the Code Enforcer to valclarizio@yahoo.com will score a copy of MISSING THE CROWN JEWELS!

Don’t delay: BOGO deadline is 7/2/19

Pets for Vets Donation!

As some of you may remember, I was part of a boxed set entitled LOVE UNDER FIRE.  The romantic suspense set featured 21 stories by bestselling authors. A portion of the proceeds were to be donated to the PETS FOR VETS program. A program that pairs shelter pets with veterans. This past weekend, one of the authors, Kathryn Knight, presented a check in the amount of $1,725 to the PETS FOR VETS chapter in Portland Maine.  Soon, another author in the group will present a check for the same amount to the group in Washington DC.

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It was such an honor for me to be a part of this fabulous group of authors and project.

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The LOVE UNDER FIRE set is no longer available as a book bundle but most of the authors have rereleased their stories separately. Check out the author links below for more information.

Judith Lucci

Love Under Fire title:  RUN for Your Life 

A long awaited romantic interlude turns deadly…

Stephany Tullis

Love Under Fire title:  Blue Lady’s MISSION Under FIRE

THE MISSION changed. Her COVER is blown. With NOWHERE to run and NOWHERE to hide, what can she do to SURVIVE?

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret A. Daly

Love Under Fire title:  Monsters in My Closet

Can Becky keep her secrets?

 

Fiona Quinn

Love Under Fire title:  Cold Red

Undercover. Under fire. Under arrest. It’s hard to save a special agent’s life with your hands cuffed behind your back.

Kathryn Knight

Love Under Fire title:  The Haunting of Hillwood Farm

A dangerous ghost brings them together…but will they survive long enough to find happiness?

Casi McLean

Love Under Fire title:  Reign of Fire

When Love Sparks Fire, Even Ash Burns

 

K.M. Hodge

Love Under Fire title: Summer of ’78
When you’re a serial killer’s type…

Linda Watkins 

Love Under Fire title: The Turning
The Witches of Storm Island

It is the Year of Our Lord 1685 and 14-year-old Maude Prichard finds herself at a crossroads in life…

Alyssa Richards

Love Under Fire title:  Chasing Secrets

Her husband’s secret tore everything down. A ruthless killer threatens all she has left. It’s up to her to make everything right.

Tamara Ferguson

Love Under Fire title:  Two Hearts Under Fire

Can two wounded hearts under fire survive love?


Suzanne Jenkins

Love Under Fire title:  Running with Horses

Moving horses to the high country comes just in time when Mindy and her coffee date witness murder at a Mojave Desert cafe

Valerie J. Clarizio

Love Under Fire title:  The Code Enforcer

Can they overcome their painful pasts–and a murder investigation–to find happiness together?

Stephanie Queen

Love Under Fire title:  Ace Under Fire

Can this bad boy has-been make a comeback to save an old flame?

Uvi Poznansky

Love Under Fire title:  Virtually Lace

Michael sets out to create a virtual reality simulation of the murder. Can he bring the mystery to life? Can he solve its clues in time, before the killer turns on the woman he loves?

Inge-Lise Goss

Love Under Fire title:  Diamonds and Lies

When murder upends a diamond heist, can the jewel thief trust the mark who vows to protect her?

Anna Celeste Burke

Love Under Fire title:  Lily’s Homecoming Under Fire

Someone in wine country wants Lily dead…

S.R. Mallery

Love Under Fire title:  Tender Enemies

In 1941, when Lily sets up a “honey trap” for Joe, the Nazi, she soon faces a danger she isn’t prepared for–falling in love. 

Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Love Under Fire title:  Buckle Bunny

The last guy to call Maggie a buckle bunny didn’t make his eight seconds

Jinx Schwartz

Love Under Fire title:  Baja Get Away

Sometimes love is murder

Aaron Paul Lazar

Love Under Fire title:  The Asylum

Carmen has a secret, and his name is Dr. Micah Worthy

Chris Patchell

Love Under Fire:  Deception Bay

She’s armed. He’s dangerous. Together, can they stop a killer from tearing a small island community apart?

WisRWA Announces the Finalists in the Write Touch Readers’ Award Contest!

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So this happened yesterday…I am thrilled to announce that MISSING OUT ON LIFE finaled in the romantic suspense category in the Wisconsin Romance Writers Write Touch Readers’ Award Contest.

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Congratulations to all the finalists and a big THANK YOU to all who judged and helped with the contest.

A full list of finalists can be found here: http://wisrwa.org/write-touch-2019-finalists/

Upcoming events!

I, like many others, am ready to get rid of this snow and move on to warmer and sunnier pastures. Though, with the amount of snow we had this year we had a great snowmobile season – no complaints about that part of winter. But, the cold finally got to me and I’m ready to bring on the Spring activities which for me means the hiking, fishing, and BOOK EVENT season is about to start. The hubby and I have begun what we call ‘practice walking’ for our upcoming trip to Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Zion and Joshua Tree national parks.  Here’s some pictures of some of our past hiking and fishing trips:

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I’ve also begun to prepare for upcoming book events.

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On April 12th I’ll be doing a workshop for Write on Door County at their WRITING ON THE DOOR: Paths to Publication Conference.  I’ll be talking about writing your first draft fast and how to carve out tome to write, no matter what, to finish your book.  We’ll talk about increasing productivity and staying the course.  I will also be sitting on a panel with four other authors to discuss, and field questions, in regard to our paths for publication.

It’s not too late to sign up for the conference! Just click here!

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On April 27th from 4:00 to 5:00 I’ll be hosting ‘Romance Bingo’ with three other romance authors.  I invite you Join me, NYTimes bestselling author Stacey Joy Netzel, USA Today bestselling author PJ Fiala, and Steven Mitchell for a fun hour of bingo filled with books and prizes.

On April 28th I’ll be sitting on a panel with three other romance authors and we’ll be talking about ‘Writing Romance in the 21st Century.’

Romance writing can be a tricky enough subject to conquer, let alone having to adapt to the changing market. Join this talented group of writers to learn all about romance writing in the 21st century.  

I will also be taking part in a book signing event on Saturday, the 27th from noon until 3:00!

You can find out more here: UntitledTown Book and Author Festival, Green Bay WI, April 26-28, 2019.

 

USA Today Bestselling Author Announcement!

I am beyond excited to announce that LOVE UNDER FIRE hit the USA Today Bestselling List at #44.  LOVE UNDER FIRE is a romantic suspense box set of which 50% of the pre-order proceeds, along with proceeds from the first week’s sales, will be donated to the PETS FOR VETS program.

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My contribution to the set is entitled THE CODE ENFORCER.

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Tag Line:

Can they overcome their painful pasts—and a murder investigation—to find happiness together?

Blurb:

Having been made the laughing stock of her hometown by her cheating ex-fiancé, Investigator Markie Pearson has sworn off overly-confident, good-looking men. When Bryce Hawk strolls into town, Markie quickly realizes he’s the classic example of a man she needs to keep at a distance.

Ex-Marine Bryce Hawk moves to small-town Wisconsin after his military career-ending injury. All he wants to do is hide in his mundane job as the city’s code enforcer while he sorts out his life. What Bryce doesn’t account for is Markie, that emerald eyed beauty, walking through his office door on day one. Too bad it’s too, late. Women are not in his plans, nor will they ever be…especially Markie, the one who gets his dormant juices flowing while irritating him at the same time.

When the municipal code violators that Bryce is investigating are murdered, Bryce becomes Markie’s number one suspect. Or, is he another target? Is she?

Will this damaged cop and wounded vet overcome their inner demons in order to work together to escape the claws of death and perhaps find love in the process?

Female veteran and dog

If you haven’t already nabbed your copy of LOVE UNDER FIRE you can still do so:

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WHEN LOVE SPARKS DANGER, GET READY FOR AN EXPLOSION

EVERY SALE HELPS A VETERAN GET A PET!!!

Twenty-one Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and other bestselling authors bring you a heart-pounding collection of 21 BRAND NEW, NEVER-BEFORE PUBLISHED stories all in one amazing romantic suspense limited time boxed set.

From Around The Edges of Every Day Existence Lurks Mystery, Betrayal, Greed, and Death

With every turn of the page, feel the heat of adrenaline as fear lights up the night. Fight alongside the tenacious heroes and heroines as they battle for survival. They’ll put everything on the line to thwart the evil coming after them.

They want to trust in the power of love. But is it enough?

Bookbub Deal of the Day! Check out Missing Out on Life for just $.99

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Jaded by the past. Closed to a future. Shocked by unveiled secrets. They were meant to be together.

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Meredith Wellington receives a call that her sister has been murdered. Her two young nieces land on her doorstep. An instant family is the last thing she needs as she reaches for the top rung of the corporate ladder.

Jeremiah Crown, aka Coach, lives a simple life managing his family’s Kentucky horse ranch. When a damsel in distress decked out in a suit and spiked heels needs assistance, he’s more than happy to help out. Happier still to realize this corporate powerhouse doesn’t recognize him as the man she’d deemed an enemy in high school twenty years earlier.

Once she realizes Coach’s identity, any chance of a romantic relationship disappears. When Meredith places her nieces low on her priority list, Jeremiah reconsiders his attraction to her. When danger comes calling, Meredith realizes this kindhearted veteran has the skill set to help her, if only she could set aside her pride to ask.

Can two people overcome past misunderstandings in time to thwart approaching danger?

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Bookbub Deal of the Day! Check out Taken by Surprise for just $.99!

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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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