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Are You Devoted To One or Love the One…

Writing Can Be Like Dating

Barbara Bettis

Are your devoted to one or love the one you're withIn the past few weeks I’ve had an issue with my WIP. When I hit a major obstacle, I thought I’d try what several fellow authors do so successfully—work on another book to divert my thoughts and move back and forth between the two stories.

Some of my friends always have two books going at once, usually in different genres. It works for them beautifully, they say.

Well, I undertook beginnig another story. And learned that for me, writing is a lot like dating was when I was younger. I’m a one-boyfriend-at-a time kind ’a gal. And I learned it the hard way.

My roommates successfully juggled boyfriends with no problem. Surely I could do the same, I thought. So I found myself dating more than one guy—no serious relationships mind, just casual dates here and there. They were delightful boys, very different, and I liked them all.

Until they unexpectedly showed up to visit, all on the same night. To give them credit, they were perfect gentlemen and when each arrived a few minutes after the other, they all sat down to talk. My roommates saw what was happening and joined us to ease the tension. The third and last one brought ice cream. I did what any good hostess would do—I served it to everyone.

Later, my roommates thought it was all hilarious. I did not. I was stressed, I felt guilty and conflicted. I felt like a horrible person. And right then, my dating rules solidified. One at a time, no matter how casual.

That story does have a happy ending. All three guys called to ask me out again and I did date one throughout the summer until college started again in the fall.

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So how does that apply to writing more than one book at a time? I found myself getting completely wrapped up in the new story to the point I couldn’t concentrate on the first one. Which would take precedence? This switching back and forth didn’t work for me—when I was deep in the medieval mindset, getting back into the Regency rhythm took forever. When I was immersed in the Regency period, my medieval knights sounded way too sophisticated. And anachronistic. And I became conflicted.barb bettis

For those who can juggle more than one book at a time successfully, I have nothing but respect and awe. But I don’t see how you do it.

Barb’s latest is a medieval


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He must pursue his enemy; she must protect her people. Can their love survive the duties that drive them apart?

When her elderly husband dies, Lady Katherine fakes her own death and disappears into the forest with others escaping the brutish new lord. Determined to protect her people, she knocks the wrong man senseless. But Lord Henry isn’t an enemy, he’s the brother of her childhood friend. Although his tender confidence tempts her, she’s bound by duty.

Henry of Chauvere has found the one lady he wants for his own, never mind she’s tied him hand and foot. When he learns the king has ordered her to wed Stonehill’s ruthless new master, he insists Kate seek haven with his sister. But she won’t desert her friends. Henry vows to solve her problem, provided he catches a traitor before the threat from Kate’s past catches her.

When a daring rescue compels Henry and Kate to join forces, their attraction grows into love. If only duty didn’t drive them apart.

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ABA’s Awesome Bewitching Authors Highlight Tena Stetler

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ABA’s Awesome Bewitching Authors Highlight Tena Stetler

Best selling author, Tena Stetler, uses her over-active imagination to spin tales of paranormal romance/suspense and cozy mysteries. Her spicy romances spin the adventures of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. From demons to faeries and witches to vampires her intriguing characters take roads less traveled to draw you into exciting tales that  engage the imagination and warm the heart. We ar excited to feature Tena Stetler as our ABA’s Awesome Bewitching Authors Highlight. 

Tena’s Inspiration for A Demon’s Witch:

A Demon’s Witch was my debut novel and has remained close to my heart. A Demon’s Witch hit the market and garnered best seller status. It earned The Romantic Reviews Readers Choice 2016 Nominee in the paranormal romance category.   I love talking about this story.

The ideas begin to percolate as I sat in a beauty salon listening to the chatter from other customers. One woman swore she’d been approached by a vampire want-to-be.

This got me to thinking, which is scary in and of itself. What if the hairdresser was an alpha male, Demon Overlord of the Western Hemisphere that owned a multi-species salon in Washington DC? Enter a powerful witch, whose beauty caught the eye of the demon on a rainy day when she rushed into his salon. Now, unbeknownst to him, she is not any ordinary witch, but the little sister of the demon’s enforcer. Now you have a romance with unbelievable complications.

The story became a series, but the other planned books in the series took a strange turn when the majority of readers and reviewers clamored for the enforcer, Tristian’s story to be next in line. I’d never considered writing a book on the witch’s brother, the demon’s enforcer. But after mulling it over for several months and publishing three unrelated books. I am excited to announce A Warlock’s Secrets (Tristian’s story) is awaiting cover art and will be published spring 2017. So please watch for it!

A Demon’s Witch

A Demon’s Witch

Paranormal Romance

Rating PG-13

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Keeping a lid on all the paranormal beings inhabiting Washington D.C., is a daunting job. Bruce, a six hundred year old demon and the Territory Overlord of the Western Hemisphere, keeps his finger on the pulse of DC’s power players through the activities at his highly successful Wycked Hair Salon. His movie star good looks and body builder physique keeps his dance card full and the rumor mills running.  Within these walls, his anonymity is safe, mostly.

Bruce’s world spins out of control when Angelique, a pint size, gorgeous witch, with an attitude breezes through the doors of his salon. She is the younger sister of Tristian, Bruce’s long time trusted enforcer, whose professional skills are second to none. Tristian is furious at the relationship between Bruce and Angelique, a dangerous situation, but something darker threatens them all. Will undeniable attraction between demon and witch tear their worlds apart?


At two in the morning he awoke feeling her restlessness, listening he heard her soft sobs. He pulled on his black silk lounge pants and grabbed the robe from the foot of his bed. Padding silently in his bare feet down the hall, he paused at her bedroom door just as her anguished scream filled the room. He was at the side of her bed a second later. Gathering her onto his lap, he held her unyielding body to his until her flailing limbs quieted and her troubled violet eyes opened. Cognizant of where she was now and with whom, she flung her arms around his neck and clung tight as shivers racked her slight frame.

Megan came running from the other wing of the house where the staff lived during the week. “Is everything all right?” She peeked inside Angie’s bedroom door.

“Just a nightmare, nothing to worry about. She’s awake now.

“Oh no my Lord,” Megan said in a low frantic whisper.

“Don’t call me that,” he growled, his amber eyes tinged with orange glowed in the dark room.

“Sorry. There’s something dark and dangerous chasing that one.” She nodded in Angie’s direction. “It’s not of this world.”

He lowered his voice and spoke kindly. “Go back to bed, I’ve got this handled.” He paused for a beat exhaling slowly. “For now.”

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Haunted Souls Moonlight And Mystery

Kathryn Knight Shares Promotion Tips

Kathryn Knight Shares Promotion Tips

Kathryn Knight shares promotion tipsMaking time for promotion and then actually finding effective ways to get your name out there can be a real challenge for authors—especially when we’re deeply involved in a story and we’d prefer to stay in our fictional world and write. But putting yourself out there can really pay off as well. I’m sharing today how doing local events and getting my name in the paper led to a dream-come-true opportunity—signing books beside the “Queen of Suspense”, Mary Higgins Clark, as well as many other very well-known authors whose books I have enjoyed.

Last spring, I received an email asking if I would be interested in participating in an author panel and book signing event at the end of the summer, with no details other than the proceeds would benefit Dream Day on Cape Cod, an organization bringing children with life-threatening illnesses to Cape Cod for relaxation and vacation time with family. I had no idea who the other authors on the panel would be, but I immediately said yes—a chance to help children and gain visibility for my novels in a win/win.


I didn’t learn the identity of the author panel until a few weeks prior to the event, and you should have seen my expression when I opened the promotional flier and saw “Mary Higgins Clark” next to my name. Then I saw other very well-known names such as Hank Phillipi Ryan, Sally Cabot Gunning, and Jacquelyn Mitchard and nearly fell off my stool at the kitchen island.

A little background into what this meant to me. I’ve always been a voracious reader, and throughout my childhood, my father would bring home stacks of library books each week, selected with the help of the local librarian. That’s how I discovered a ghost story/sweet romance entitled Jane-Emily, a novel which inspired my own books many years later. But when I would inevitably finish all the library books in a few days, I’d turn to raiding my mother’s bookcase. And that’s how I first found Mary Higgins Clark’s debut novel, Where Are The Children?

I can still remember my pulse racing as I tore through the pages.

Kathryn Knight shares Promotion TipsI quickly hunted down the two other paperbacks we owned, A Stranger is Watching and The Cradle Will Fall. Over the years, I read all three again many times in between waiting for new releases. And before I began writing my debut novel, Silver Lake, I re-read Where Are The Children? as a lesson on building tension and suspense. I was surprised to discover the book was set on Cape Cod, a place which meant little to me as a child, but has now become my home for the last 18 years.

What a great night the event was! It was held at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, and it was entitled Art, Word, and Wine, organized by and benefitting Dream Day on Cape Cod. There were nine authors in total, each with a large table displaying our books, bios, and cards, and while we signed books there, Brewster Book Store employees took care of the sales. Local shops offered wine tasting and appetizers, and there was a large raffle table as well. We had a 45 minute author panel with a quick Q&A session; for the most part, we signed books at our tables and chatted with attendees.

Haunted Souls

I was able to chat quite a bit with Mary Higgins Clark and Hank Phillipi Ryan, whose tables were near mine. What an honor! Mary Higgins Clark signed my author panel name card on request, and was so very gracious about it, and Hank Phillipi Ryan suggested I Facebook friend her. Done! Quite a few of my friends came to the event, as well as a number of members of the gym where I work.

I met a lot of new people as well, including the County Administrator of Barnstable, who works right near the Old Haunted Jail from my novel Haunted Souls (which he purchased and said he enjoyed very much in follow-up emails!). Since the building in that area (Barnstable Village) are so old and filled with history—and possibly ghosts, per our local paranormal society—he offered to give me a tour of some areas “off limits” to the general public, which was a fabulous experience. The pictures and notes can be found on my blog; and for a taste of some Cape Cod spooky suspense mixed with steamy romance, give my latest release, Haunted Souls, a try!

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Kathryn’s best author Tips:

Writing Tip: This goes along with trying to balance time between writing, promo, and life in general, and it speaks to me because I’m not a speedy writer. It’s advice from Chris Bohjalian, an author I enjoy, who writes in several genres. “Write one terrific sentence. Don’t worry about anything else – not where the story is going, not where it should end. Don’t pressure yourself to write 500 or 1,000 words this morning. Just write 10 or 15 ones that are very, very sound.” – Chris Bohjalian, from his Goodreads author page Q & A.

Promo Tip: Again, relating to this post…get your name out there! Every time I do an event, whether it’s a book signing, a reading, a class, etc., I make sure the event is listed on the events calendars of all the local publications. It’s something you can easily do yourself, and it’s free promotion, and it also leads to bigger things. Aside from the book signing I discussed above, I’ve been contacted and asked to display my books at a local bank, appear at a salon open house, talk to a high school creative writing class…so many opportunities pop up just from letting people in the community know that I write novels!

About Kathryn:

 Kathryn Knight spends a great deal of time in her fictional world, where mundane chores don’t exist and daily life involves steamy romance, dangerous secrets, and spooky suspense. Kathryn writes contemporary romance spiked with mysterious hauntings as well as YA paranormal romance filled with forbidden love. Her novels are award-winning #1 Kindle bestsellers and RomCon Reader Rated picks. When she’s not reading or writing, Kathryn spends her time catching up on those mundane chores, driving kids around, and teaching fitness classes. She lives on beautiful Cape Cod with her husband, their two sons, and a number of rescued pets. 

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Awake On Garland Street by Laura Strickland

Romance: In Action By Laura Strickland

 Laura Strickland Shares Romance: In Action

Laura Strickland Want to know about romance? Ask Laura Strickland.

When I was younger, I had definite ideas about what made something “romantic”. I guess all girls do. Young women tend to sit and weave dreams into hopes and expectations. Back then I thought it was all about the sigh-worthy gesture: the long and meaningful gaze, the single red rose, the walk hand-in-hand through the moonlight. If a young man had written me a heart-felt love poem, I probably would have swooned.

The truth is, men don’t particularly want women who go around swooning and life’s not all about red roses. Life’s about loyalty and courage and hard choices. It’s about a kind word when your partner’s exhausted. It’s about sacrificing your comfort for the one you love.

Laura’s Romance

Eventually I met a young man with a romantic heart. How did he express that tendency toward romance? Well, he did give me a dozen red roses after our first date. More important, he was there for me when my life fell apart. And he’s been there every day since for nearly forty years. Having studied the heart of the man, I can share the most romantic thing he does for me: even if he’s feeling tired and beat-up from shoveling the driveway during one of our harsh, Western New York winters, he never leaves for work without cleaning my car off, just so I won’t have to. And every time I walk out the door and see that car, I feel loved. Better than roses, that’s romance in action!

What’s the most romantic thing a man’s ever done for you?

Laura’s Best Author Tip:

And here’s a writing tip (free of charge): include some of the everyday in your romance writing. Encourage your reader to relate to your characters by letting them see the simple romantic gestures in the hero and heroine’s lives. We’re not all millionaires but we all need love… Also, when doing a promotion I like to give away something that reminds your recipient that each day is beautiful—a simple bracelet or nature-themed bag. Beautiful doesn’t have to be expensive!

Laura Strickland’s Latest Release:

Awake On Garland Street

Awake On Garland Street by Laura Strickland


Brendan O’Rourke hasn’t had a decent night’s sleep since he arrived back at the family home in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The famed Celtic fiddler’s being haunted by the ghost of his great-grandfather, Charlie, who’s bent on keeping Brendan from ruining his life with the same selfish choice he made between music and the woman he loved.

Grace Dawe was finished with Brendan O’Rourke eight years ago when he chose music over their relationship. So why can’t she look at him now without going weak in the knees? And why, when he offers everything she’s ever wanted, is she considering his welfare above her own? Not until a beautiful old tune shows them the true meaning of love will they find a way to play their own song.

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Casi McLeans Valentine

Love Matters … And It’s All About Love

 Love Matters

And … It’s All About Love

Do you taste ice cream before you choose the flavor you want?

Why not try a free taste of my writing? 

Would you like … A FREE taste of

Casi McLean books?

With romance writers, every day is the perfect time for love. Romance rules the day and I love to stir the soul with passion, mystery, and a sprinkle of magic. My stories cross genres from ethereal, captivating shorts with eerie twist endings to believable time slips, mystical plots, and sensual romantic suspense. So scroll down and see the magic…It’s all about love.

Romantic Suspense, Time Slips,

And Mystery with a Sprinkle of Magic.

After Midnight by Casi Mclean

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Sabrina Wentworth’s bewildering gift swept her into the sensuous arms of a dream lover. Every night, sometime after midnight, she slips into an illusory world drenched in passion. But the sands of time run out tonight. Can Brie find the key to her fantasy world before the reality of her ex boyfriend’s deadly plot plays through or will she be destined to death After Midnight?

If you like time slips read Beneath The Lake

Beneath The Lake by Casi McLean

You’ll Love This Love Story

I love romance, and stories with a twist, the kind that take your breath away. Not with fear, but with a warm excitement and happy tears. I’m taking your imagination on a journey today, first through time to an era that few people still remember first hand. You can smell the cool, crisp November settling into the North Georgia foothills. Feel the anxiety of a young woman just opening her eyes, realizing she’s in the arms of a handsome stranger, in a place she’s never heard of––34 years before she was born.

A ghost town submerged beneath Atlanta’s famous man-made Lake Lanier reportedly lures victims to a watery grave. But when Lacey Montgomery’s car spins out of control and hurtles into the depths of the icy, black water, she doesn’t die. She’s swept to town buried beneath lake––in 1949.

When the 2012 lawyer tangles with the 1949 hunk, fire and ice swirl into a stream of sweltering desire. The desperation to find her way home dissolves as Lacey falls in love with a town destined to be erased from the face of the Earth, and the man who vows to protect it. Will the couple discover the key to a mysterious portal before time rips them apart? Or will their star-crossed spirits wander forever through a ghost town buried beneath the lake

If you crave strong, believable heroines and delicious hot heroes who tempt your deepest desires, then fan the flames and be swept into your innermost romantic fantasies. See, hear, and feel the magical eeriness of one fateful night. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for love and Beneath The Lake is an amazing tale of star-crossed love and second chances.

Beneath The Lake

An Award Winning Novel WON:
2016 Best Romantic Suspense
Winner Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence 
Winner 2016 Best Heroine Still Moments Magazine
2016 Aspen Gold Finalist for Best Romantic Suspense
2015 Top Pick by Night Owl Reviews
2015 Chicago Fire and Ice Finalist

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My Destiny Series shares five novelettes with a twist you won’t see coming

Winner 2014 AWC Short Story Award

Judges’ comments:
At first these stories reel you into what appears to be a formula romance. Then they turn the genre on its head, throwing a perfectly aimed, delightful curveball at the surprising and satisfying endings. The writer doesn’t rush any part of these stories, letting the reader see, hear, and feel the magical eeriness of each fateful night.

Destiny Series


As I said, I love twist endings. I’d like to introduce you to self-reliant Reagan Nichols. She’s no stranger to challenges, but ever since twilight fell over Spirit Lake and that murky mist oozed inland, everything felt surreal. When she finds a little girl wandering through the eerie fog, Reagan vows to save the child’s father from the bowels of a ghostly vessel adrift on the lake. Will the three survive a confrontation with pure evil in order to meet their Destiny?

Next, I’d like to introduce you to Savanna Bradford. The impulsive reaction to her boyfriend Ryan’s proposal spirals her into a rendezvous with fate and a mystical gift that could alter her future. Will the timeless struggle between dreams and passion bait her into repeating history, or will a simple Gift from her bizarre encounter steer Savannah toward her true destiny before it’s too late?

But Wait … There’s More

Meet prominent heart surgeon, Sierra Norton. She performs minor miracles on a daily basis, but never in her wildest dreams did she imagine she would live one. When lightning strikes her flight the aircraft plunges, swirls through turbulence, and catapults Sierra into a treacherous past––the attack on Pearl Harbor. In a whirlwind blur, Sierra’s courage, skill, and passion challenges her sanity. Can the Convergence of three strong women reset history to fulfill her destiny?

Finally, when New York Time’s best selling author, Katlyn Harris, discovers a timeworn painting in the attic of the isolated home she mysteriously inherits, she feels a surge of déjà vu that spins her into a mysterious fantasy. Can dreams pierce the realm of reality or is Katlyn’s mystic connection to the antique painting the fulfillment of a promise torn from the pages of history? Or will she disappear on the wings of The Pegasus Chronicle?

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Awesome Bewitching Authors Highlights Darcy Flynn

Awesome Bewitching Authors Highlights Darcy Flynn

Double Trouble

A Sweet Contemporary Romance [rated PG13]

I’ve always loved romantic comedies, especially mistaken identity stories. And what better way to confuse my heroine, than identical twin brothers. Some of my dearest friends have been identical twins, from my early childhood, until now. Six sets, to be exact. I’ve always loved being the one who could tell them apart, the best friend who shared their secrets and their pranks. I thought it was time to write a story for them.

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About Darcy:

Darcy Flynn is known for her heartwarming, sweet contemporary romances. Her refreshing storylines, irritatingly handsome heroes and feisty heroines will delight and entertain you from the first page to the last. Miss Flynn’s heroes and heroines have a tangible chemistry that is entertaining, humorous and competitive.

Darcy lives with her husband, son, two English Setters and a menagerie of other living creatures on her horse farm in Franklin, Tennessee. She raises rare breed chickens, stargazes on warm summer nights and indulges daily in afternoon tea.


From the first moment coffee mogul, Will Carrington, gazes into the fiery, green eyes of Clare Sullivan, he’s hit with the feeling she does not like him. Not. One. Little. Bit. Used to being the proverbial prize by some gorgeous gold-digging fortune hunter, he’s learned to be careful. But with his hunter instincts now on high alert, he’s determined to find out the why behind her stormy-eyed glances.

Top home designer, Clare Sullivan, wants absolutely nothing to do with arrogant, self-assured Will Carrington, especially after he called her half-sister a gold digger. When she gets the opportunity to design his multi-million dollar Miami penthouse, she arrives at his office ready to decline his offer, and to tell him exactly what she thinks of his cruel and un-warranted comments.

While there, she overhears his one-sided phone conversation, which seems to further insult her sister. Assuming the worse, Clare makes the rash decision to accept the job and charge him a fortune in the process. Someone needs to teach him a lesson and what better way than with a swift kick in his wallet.

Since she and her sister have different surnames, Clare conveniently hides the connection to her sister. But while she works with Will, she discovers another side to this self-assured, woman-hater. A Jekyll to his Hyde. Charming and professional, he’s nothing like the man she’s heard about. What she doesn’t know is Will Carrington has a few secrets of his own.

Double Trouble by Darcy Flynn


Will loved it when a plan came together, and this one was flowing along beautifully. So well in fact, if he wasn’t careful, Clare might be inclined to get up and run. And that wouldn’t fit in with his plans at all.

And if she gnaws any more on her bottom lip, there won’t be much left to kiss.

He held out his arms. “Come here.”

Her eyes widened, and her jaw dropped two inches.

“In your dreams.”

“There is some truth to that.” He made a deliberate show of getting out of his chair, and an equally deliberate one of removing his jacket and tie.

After tossing both on the back of his chair, he took a step in her direction.

“What are you doing?” Alarm filled her eyes.

“Getting comfortable and finishing what you started this afternoon.” He undid the top button on his dress shirt, then the next. “Do you mind?”

“Yes, I mind.” She shot to her feet, snatched up the shawl and held it to her chest. “This has gone far enough.”

He shook his head. “Not nearly.” He stopped in front of her, gave her the slightest of smiles, then scooped her up in his arms as if she were a child.

She sucked in a breath and push hard against his chest. “Put me down.”

“That’s the plan, sweetheart. The question is, where?”

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Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters Moonlight And Mystery

Public Speaking: A Writer’s Advocate

Public Speaking: A Writer’s Advocate

It’s A Game Changer 


Lida Sideris Public Speaking Writers AdvocateAs a mostly introverted, newly minted author, the prospect of promoting my novel was daunting, if not terrifying. Public speaking was nowhere in my vocabulary. I was grateful that my first two book signings required only one-on-one contact. But my third book signing was different. It was a game changer.

When I sat on a panel with two other authors, one seasoned, and one promoting her second book, I watched and learned…fast.  An upcoming panel at a Writers’ Conferences I was scheduled for would have a larger audience. A crash course in public speaking was needed. Turns out watching my co-panelists was just what I needed. It made me realize giving birth to a novel is sort of like raising children. My kids changed me (for the better) because I needed to learn to be their advocate, a solid role model, and a source of inspiration. This is also true with promoting a novel. I had to be my book’s advocate while acting like a model author, while striving to inspire my audience. Once I looked at appearances in that light, public speaking didn’t seem so daunting.

Public Speaking Is A Writer’s Advocate

Fast forward nearly a year and a half later. Now I love talking up books and writing. I feel a sense of elation thinking about the possibility that perhaps an audience member actually came there to hear me speak. I find that possibility incredible! This unexpected love affair has led to podcasts, interviews, radio shows, and more writers’ conferences. Amazing what can happen when we choose to look at things a little differently.

About Lida:

Like her heroine, Lida Sideris worked as an entertainment attorney for a film studio. Unlike her heroine, she was not blackmailed into investigating the suspicious death of a co-worker. She lives in the northern tip of Southern California with her family, their rescue shepherds, and a flock of uppity chickens. She was the recipient of the Helen McCloy/Mystery Writers of America scholarship award for her debut novel,Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters. To learn more, please visit:

Lida’s Best Tips for Authors:

Promo Tip: Just ask. It’s incredible how many bookstores, libraries and writers’ conferences I got into just by asking. Simple but true. And ask again. And again. Follow-up can make all the difference. Out of over a hundred applicants, one conference leader told me I was selected because I kept asking, I kept myself as a frontrunner. I sent her gentle reminders once a month.
Author Tip: Don’t fret so much. It keeps us from enjoying the moments and putting out our best work.

A Must Read by Lida Sideris Murder and Other Unnatural Disaster by Lida Sideris Public Speaking Writers Advocate


Watch out Southern California! There’s a new entertainment attorney in town and she’s got game. Only problem is, it’s not the one she should be playing. Corrie Locke belongs behind a desk, not behind a Glock. She should be taking VIP calls, not nosing around a questionable suicide. Instead, she’s hot on the trail of a murderer.

Luckily, she’s the daughter of a late, great private eye and she’s inherited his love of sleuthing…and illegal weaponry. It doesn’t help matters that her gene for caution is a recessive one. Corrie finds herself in the center of a murder case, unearthing suspects in shocking places. With a cold-blooded killer on the loose, Corrie will have to up her game, or die trying.


I veered out of the parking lot and bounced onto the cavity-ridden dirt road. The mystery car appeared out of nowhere from beneath the tall pines, eclipsed by the darkness. Now it raced away somewhere ahead.

“Why didn’t we hear it start?” I asked James.

“It’s a hybrid.”

“We’re in a car chase with a Prius?” A car chase with a Porsche or Ferrari was respectable, but with a battery operated car? All bragging rights vanished.

I shifted into warp speed and surged downhill. Seconds later, we faced the hybrid’s rear bumper. The spot for the license plate sat empty.

“He’s not getting away,” I said.

The hybrid turned and launched up a hill, kicking up pebbles and a dusty haze. It fish-tailed and I nearly nipped it in the rear. I executed a sharp left and ran over something large. And lumpy.

“Stop,” James said.

I skidded to a halt, a cloud of dirt trapped in my headlights. The Prius escaped through an open gate and onto La Paz. My eyes cut to the rearview mirror. My tail-lights illuminated the road behind us in an eerie red glow. As I surveyed the scene, not a trace of saliva remained in my mouth.






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Live your Dreams

The Perfect Time For Love

It’s All About Love

In the life of a romance writer, every day is the perfect time for love. Romance rules and I love to stir the soul with passion, mystery, and a sprinkle of magic. My stories cross genres from ethereal, captivating shorts with eerie twist endings to believable time slips, mystical plots, and sensual romantic suspense. So scroll down and see the magic…It’s all about love.

Looking For Love?

If you crave strong, believable heroines and delicious hot heroes who tempt your deepest desires, then fan the flames and be swept into your innermost romantic fantasies. See, hear, and feel the magical eeriness of one fateful night. If you love stories of star-crossed love and second chances, then try my time slip romantic suspense, Beneath The Lake.

Beneath The Lake

2016 BEST Romantic Suspense

Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence
Beneath The Lake by Casi McLean

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The Destiny Series––

five novelettes with a twist you won’t see coming

Winner AWC Writing Contest

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At first these stories reel you into what appears to be a formula romance. Then they turn the genre on its head, throwing a perfectly aimed, delightful curveball at the surprising and satisfying endings.

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After Midnight, answers the question of what if…a slant on the concept of alternate worlds with a touch of Casi McLean magic.

After Midnight by Casi Mclean

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But my most significant story was my own.

Wingless Butterfly shares a lifetime of secrets lies, romance, betrayal, and mystery like whispers from a best friend––A story that began with my mother’s haunting warning: “You don’t want to know your biological father, he’s the kind of man who pulls wings off of butterflies.” 

Wingless Butterfly by Casi McLean

Take The Oxygen First

We’ve all heard the phrase before. Flight attendants explain daily why passengers should take oxygen themselves before administering to others. The command makes sense. Take care of yourself so you’re able to help others. When I thought about the simple phrase I realized the theory applies to life and love, too.

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Red HeartI’m not advocating self-gratification. Especially in the all about me society we seem to live in these days. But when I feel good about myself––who and where I am emotionally and physically––I live happier, love better, and open a door to inspire and encourage others. Life and love thrives when filtered through internal contentment.

It’s All About Love

My friends know the impact secrets and lies held over my life and the metamorphosis that took place when I unraveled my past. But unveiling secrets didn’t transform me or my self-image. The shift occured when I realized my self-image grew from what I believed about myself. Beliefs that wern’t true. The bully in my mirror reflected a discarded child, tossed away by her own father. And the reflection reinforced my beliefs day after day. 

The Perfect Time For Love

This is what I know about you and me, and everyone around us. Perception is reality. True or perceived, what we believe has incredible influence over our lives. So take time to know and understand what’s true and genuine about you…and your world. You, me, we all are united by a human distinction, we become who we believe we are, and we design our lives around what we believe is true. 

Live Your Dreams

Live your dreams explodes from my website, whispers through my manuscripts, and bubbles from every engagement I pursue. That is the passion I live, and it’s all about love! My passion, my brand, and the force that drives me is etched into my books and my Internet presence.

When you see CASI MCLEAN, visit my website, follow my blogs, or read my books, I hope you’ll see a vision of inspiration, feel a sense of encouragement, and discover the value of your own self-worth. It’s all about love.

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Julia Agrees

I love this Facebook post from Julia Roberts: “Perfection is a disease of a nation. We overlay our faces with tons of make-up. We get botox and even starve ourselves to become that perfect size. We try to fix something, but you can’t fix what you can’t see. It’s the soul that needs the surgery.

How can you expect someone else to love you if you don’t love yourself? It doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside, what’s on the inside counts…I know I have wrinkles but look beyond that. Embrace the real me and you,––who you are, love yourself just the way you are.”

Wingless Butterfly: Healing the Broken Child Within.

Wingless Butterfly by Casi McLean

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Writers Write…It’s Our Oxygen

“A rose by any other name…”

Writers Write. It’s Our Oxygen


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We’ve all read that quote before. It’s from the famous balcony scene in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet tragedy. I thought about this line recently when I was introduced to someone new, by a mutual acquaintance, as a “novelist.”

Hmmm, I thought at the time. That was a new one on me. Usually, when I introduce myself and I’m asked what I do, I say “I’m a writer.” That, of course, leads to the next question of what do you write, to which I respond, “Romantic Fiction.” Any series of questions or facial expressions meets that answer, and I could write a thesis on those responses alone.


The reason the novelist descriptor set me a little back was because, (1) it sounded fairly classy and erudite – two things I am not! And (2) it kind of limited what I really do. Yes, I write novels; romantic novels. But I’m also a professional blogger, so being a novelist kind of defined me in a way I wasn’t quite comfortable with.

So, of course, this got me to thinking of all the ways in which writers are described.

Here are a few:

Writer ( of course!), author, novelist, essayist, satirist, humorist, biographer, journalist, scriptwriter, playwright, dramatist, poet, scribe, diarist.

I’m sure there are more, but for brevity’s sake, I’ll stop there. All those descriptions and terms denote one thing, though: the person performing them writes.

Which is what I do: write. The tag line to my website is WRITING IS MY OXYGEN because, to me, writing is like breathing. I can’t live without breathing now, can I? Well, writing makes me feel the same way. Even when I am sick ( as I am right now with the flu as I write this) I can’t go a day without putting something to paper – or laptop, for the sake of transparency .

I think of myself in many ways and as many things: mother, wife, nurse, cook, comic. But the one description that sums me up more than any other – in my opinion – is writer.

So. This is me: Peggy Jaeger, Writer. Nice to meet you.

Peggy’s Best Advice To Authors:

My most successful promo tip:  I recently joined TRIBERR and since I did, I have seen a doubling in my Twitter follows, which has led to a greater number of people viewing my daily blog. As a writer, this is one of the most worthwhile free promotions I have ever found on Social Media.
My most successful author tip was from the grand Dame of Romantic fiction herself, Nora Roberts. At a lecture I heard her say this: “A Writer never finds time to write. A writer makes it. If you don’t have the drive, the discipline and the desire, then you can have all the talent in the world but you are never going to finish a book.” True words. Sage advice.

About Peggy:

Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance author who writes about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them. She holds a master’s degree in Nursing Administration and first found publication with several articles she authored on Alzheimer’s Disease during her time running an Alzheimer’s in-patient care unit during the 1990s. A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, she is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.

 Cooking With Kandy

Sugar and spice and everything sexy make the perfect recipe for romance in this brand-new series by Peggy Jaeger. Look for exclusive recipes in each book!

Kandy Laine built her wildly popular food empire the old-fashioned way—starting with the basic ingredients of her grandmother’s recipes and flavoring it all with her particular brand of sweet spice. From her cookbooks to her hit TV show, Kandy is a kitchen queen—and suddenly someone is determined to poison her cup. With odd accidents and threatening messages piling up, strong-willed Kandy can’t protest when her team hires someone to keep her safe—but she can’t deny that the man for the job looks delicious. . .

Josh Keane is a private investigator, not a bodyguard. But with one eyeful of Kandy’s ebony curls and dimpled smile, he’s signing on to uncover who’s cooking up trouble for the gorgeous chef. As the attraction between them starts to simmer, it’s not easy to keep his mind on the job, but when the strange distractions turn to true danger, he’ll stop at nothing to keep Kandy safe—and show her that a future together is on the menu. . .

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