The song, Through The Eyes Of A Child by Air Supply, is the epitome of my website, my brand, my passion… It’s all about love and living your dreams.
Some say fantasy is for children. I see magical imagination as a powerful gift. Is it so hard to remember the dreams of childhood? In those days, I could be a princess, or a pirate,or anything my heart desired. I dreamed of castles and kings––but life dims the fantasy of youth. I wanted that feeling back again, the magic of pure innocence, of childhood hopes and castles in the sky.
It wasn’t an easy trek to find the path to my childhood dreams. But eventually, I did, because I never gave up. And now I write, with hope I inspire others to find their own destiny.
The pursuit of happiness drives everyone’s decisions. We search for happiness in relationships, jobs, our homes and careers. We also end things hoping to find happiness––divorce, career changes, and moving away. And we buy things to make us happy, too––but newness fades like the waning smell of a once new car.
How exhilarating to see life as a child again––to chase dreams like elusive butterflies. Everyone has the power within them to change their destiny––to use the past to propel them forward…Just look through the eyes of your inner child, remember your dreams, and do what you love…take a leap of faith and be inspired.
My newest release
Beneath The Lake
shares a heartwarming tale of
star-crossed love and second chances
in an unforgettable time-slip romantic suspense.
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A ghost town buried beneath Atlanta’s man-made Lake Lanier reportedly lures victims to a watery grave. But when Lacey Montgomery flees from an eerie stalker, she plunges into the lake and awakens in the arms of a stranger in a lost town, 34 years before she was born.
Bobby Reynolds, smitten the moment the storm-ravaged woman opens her eyes, sparks fire to melt ice into a stream of molten desire. Can Lacey battle bootleggers, defy twists of fate and find the key to a mysterious portal before time rips them apart or will their star-crossed spirits wander forever through ominous shadows beneath the lake?
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What if you were given a Christmas miracle? I love mystical stories. The kind that leave a warm tingle all over me with a tiny “what if” tinge that lingers long after the end. That’s why I love writing magical mysteries and romantic suspense with a sprinkle of supernatural. Mix them all together and shake gently, what do you get? A Christmas gift that shares part of my soul…a gift for everyone who stops by my website. The Gift, is book 2 in my Destiny Series. A magical Christmas story that will steal your heart:
Savanna Bradford was given a magical chance to change her destiny…Her impulsive reaction to her boyfriend Ryan’s proposal spirals her into a rendezvous with fate. How could she choose between her dreams and the love of her life? Savannah panicked, took off to the solace of the lake despite the impending snow storm. She had to think, but her brief sabbatical didn’t include getting stuck in a ditch in the middle of nowhere, or spending the night with an enigmatic old woman from the twilight zone. Was it fate, or had her accident thrust her into a comatose dream? And will she discover that the mystical gift from her bizarre encounter holds the key to her true destiny before it’s too late?
If you like The Gift, you’ll love the unique magical twist in every DESTINY story.
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Your Destiny is waiting for you…Five Novelettes With A Twist
Susan Marcus Robert Carmel
Then fill in the blanks.
Susan: Likes Robert Is jealous of Marcus’ attention.
Many times creating characters who are opposites gives many opportunities for both humor and conflict. Think of Felix and Oscar on The Odd Couple or The female Salvation Army worker and the gambler in Guys and Dolls.
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The other day at lunch a fellow writer asked me if she was a good writer. It got me to thinking, why does that question always pop into your mind? Whether you’re a newbie to writing, have a story looking for a home, or you’ve published a plethora of books, Negative Nelly is always in the back of your mind, right alongside that pesky self-editor in your head telling you it’s still not good enough. Psssst… I have the same feeling every time I send a manuscript to my editor at The Wild Rose. You would think it would get easier––But It Doesn’t!
..putting your baby that you’ve poured your heart and soul into out for the world to enjoy doesn’t get any easier than the first time. My fifth book and the second in the Demon’s Witch Series released June 14, 2017. Those old butterflies were beating a circle around my tummy for days before its release and if I’m honest, still are. Would people love it? Would they hate it and give scathing reviews? Don’t even get me started on those people who get their jollies tearing down someone else. I sincerely believe they do it to make themselves feel important. How sad.
What to do, what to do, what to do. Pull yourself up by the bootstraps and say out loud, “I am a good writer and have great stories to tell.” Confidence is the secret. Believe in yourself. Those are the three most important words I’ve learned since becoming a published author. Revel in the great reviews and the compliments. Shuck aside the negative after taking one quick peek to see if anything positive can be gleaned from the situation. If not, don’t dwell on it. Remember writing is subjective, not everyone will love your books. Dang it!
I’ll leave you with one last thought; writing is not for the faint of heart. You must have a tough skin, determination, and a quest for knowledge to succeed. Oh yeah, promo, promo, promo, yourself and your books. Not always buy my book. Readers like to get to know the author whose books they read! Give them a snapshot into your live, but always remember not to post anything you wouldn’t want splashed across the front page of your hometown newspaper.
Years ago, a sacred ceremony at the Dragon’s Moon Coven turned deadly. Son of the high priestess, Tristian Shandie’s life changed forever. With a price on his head and revenge in his heart, he has no choice but to follow in his father’s footsteps to a profession shrouded in secrets. Now his skills as an enforcer for the Demon Overlord are second to none. But dangerous secrets he harbors are a liability he can no longer afford.
A chance meeting with a woman he finds irresistible flips Tristian’s world upside down. Hannah is a cyber security specialist with secrets of her own. Bad boys never appealed to her until Tristian, who changes everything. In his darkest hours, she is dragged into his magical world.
If they survive, is she strong enough to heal his heart and tame the warlock? Or will their secrets destroy them?
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Tena Stetler is a paranormal romance and cozy mystery author with an over-active imagination. Many story ideas come from people watching and listening. Any given day you can find her at the computer with paranormal creatures gathered around her telling their tales. Her books spin the adventures of magical kick-ass women and the mystical alpha males that dare to love them. Well, okay there are a few companion animals to round out the tales.
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Before I retired from the world of human services to become a full time writer, I was honored to serve as director of a crisis intervention team which served 1,000+ survivors of sexual violence each year. We provided a 24 hour hotline, in-person advocacy in Emergency Rooms and clinics, accompaniment to police departments and court and and short term counseling and support. This was accomplished with a professional staff of four and a loyal corps of volunteers. None of this would have been possible unless every person involved embraced the philosophy of ‘teamwork’.
The key to success, I discovered is each member of the team works to their strengths. If counselor Jane is a whiz at group work, she would be the best choice to run a support group. If volunteer Sue once worked in the DA’s office, she’d be the best to accompany a client to court. If counselor Tom was formerly a teacher, he would be the best person to provide educational programs to high school and college students. It worked for us. The program still exists after more than 40 years of serving our community. Somebody must be doing something right.
Nurse, victim advocate, mal-practice insurance investigator. Kat Henry Doran has been there and done that–too many times to count. These days, when she’s not creating stories which often feature lead characters who stand for the “less thans”, she’s designing and making custom order tote bags and aprons. For research on setting and plot ideas, she loves to travel to the wilds of Northern New York State. Kat is called many things, not all flattering, but the absolute best word is “Nana” to the four brightest stars in her life: Meredith, Ashlin, Owen and Kieran.
For me research is crucial. If you decide to make a character a doctor, talk to a doctor who practices that branch of medicine. Cops love to talk about their work. In fact, give them an inch and they’ll write the story for you. I recently wrote a book about a woman who wants to rehab the house where she was raised into a B and B. I shared coffee and doughnuts with a licensed general contractor. He got so enthused the coffee hour extended into lunch because we had so much to plan out.
Pay it forward by following the Golden Rule: do for others [host them on your blog with their latest release, tweet their latest release, post to Facebook, offer to provide a review] and they will return the favor when you need it. Promise.
With thousands of people passing through the casino’s doors on a daily basis, it’s no surprise that a variety of lives and loves are on the line there. It’s said you’re more likely to lose your heart at La Bonne Chance than a hand of poker. Whether you are the Director of Casino Operations or the guy who created its software, a jilted bride or a black jack dealer, a past guest’s ghost or a sous chef–when it comes to love, the stakes are high. Are you all in for love?
Ready to roll the dice?
An Inn Decent Proposal, Sharon Buchbinder
Can an hotelier with a past and a chef with a future revive the grand dame in a neglected old inn?
Perfect Odds, Lashanta Charles
When a jilted bride meets the man of her dreams, will she embrace the new plan, or cling stubbornly to the old one?
A Ghost To Die For, Keta Diablo
She didn’t believe in ghosts…until one showed up in her room.
Raising Kane, Kat Henry Doran
Funny how a night in jail will change a woman’s outlook on life.
For Money Or Love, Margo Hoornstra
She’s the one woman he can’t afford to lose.
Take A Chance On Me, M.J. Schiller
Who do you count on when the chips are down?
To add to the fun, we are giving away a gambling themed handmade item to ONE lucky commenter who will be selected by a Random Number Generator.
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While trying to add sausages to the gumbo, I was cooking, what did I find? Impossible packaging is what. Each sausage was individually wrapped in vacuum packing, so tight it required stabbing the plastic—often stabbing the sausage as well to get at them. This had me thinking, first about those deli containers that you have to break an arm getting the lid off, then about those totally idiotic hard plastic packs that wrap around various items, which you need to cut a finger to get at, and then the medications in people-proof containers. I’m sure you’ve all been there. But this eventually led me to think about how tightly we package our emotions.
We may not break an arm or cut a finger to get at them, but many of our emotions are buried so deep inside, the damage is occurring without being seen. I once read that the reason men were more likely to have a heart attack is because they tend more toward bottling their emotions.
I think most writers have, at one time or another, received a note from their editor in ‘track changes’ that says something along the lines of, ‘add more emotion here.’ But adding emotion doesn’t equal actually saying, ‘he felt happy’ or ‘she loved her dad.’ That would be telling, and we all know about showing vs. telling. So, an author writes how a character acts or reacts to the actions or dialog of another character, or explains what the emotion stirred in his body or what showed on his face. While humans can hide the elation of seeing a Royal Flush in their poker hand, and manage to sit with a blank face (or at least some can!), it’s always in the best interests of the story to at least hint at something by giving away a little internal feeling: he could feel his heart pounding in his chest, or he bit his lip and crossed his arms so as not to show the shaking.
Art doesn’t always imitate Life, and it’s probably for the best. I’m all for giving free rein to emotions when appropriate, though we often try to hold back tears or stop ourselves from laughing at someone. Usually, it’s best to unwrap those feelings, and communicate what’s going on inside.
And as for those sausages…they were worth the trouble.
Best Promo Tip: Do your research on paid ads, give yourself a budget, and make your selection count. Over time, you’ll see what works for you.
Best Author Tip: Remember what you write carries your name; if you don’t agree with your critique partner, beta-reader or even your editor, go with your gut and stand up for your work.
A native New Yorker, Andrea Downing currently divides her time between the canyons of city streets and the wide-open spaces of Wyoming. Her background in publishing and English Language teaching has transferred into fiction writing, and her love of horses, ranches, rodeo, and just about anything else western, is reflected in her award-winning historical and contemporary western romances.
She has been a finalist in the RONE Awards for Best American Historical Romance twice, placed in the International Digital Awards twice, and won ‘Favorite Hero’ along with Honorable Mentions for Favorite Heroine, Short Story and Novel in the Maple Leaf Awards. Her book, Dearest Darling, has also won The Golden Quill Award for Best Novella and been on the short list for winning The Chanticleer Award for Best Short or Novella.
Catch a cowboy … Keep a cowboy …
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THE LEGEND OF BAD MOON RISING by Carra Copelin
Sheriff Ben Hammond is finally over the woman who shattered his heart, but when Dinah Horne suddenly returns, can he ignore the passion still burning bright between them?
CITY BOY, COUNTRY HEART by Andrea Downing
Trading horses for subways for two years seemed like a good idea to cowboy Chay Ridgway, but can city girl K.C. Daniels keep a rein on his country heart?
BLUE SAGE by Kristy McCaffrey
Archaeologist Audrey Driggs rolls off a mountain and lands at the feet of rugged cowboy Braden Delaney. Together, they’ll uncover a long-lost secret.
THE DRIFTER’S KISS by Devon McKay
Determined to take back what belongs to her, Addison Reed will do anything. Even trust a complete stranger.
HER MAN by Hildie McQueen
Deputy Mark Hunter falls for Eliza Brock during a murder investigation. Is it fate or bad luck, especially when she may be involved?
BORDER ROMANCE by Hebby Roman
Widow Leticia Villarreal wants to establish a horse-racing stable and old acquaintance John Clay Laidlaw offers to help. But can she trust him with her business and her heart?
PHOENIX HEAT by Patti Sherry-Crews
After losing her fiancé and her New York City business, Harper Donovan returns to Arizona and meets cowboy Frank Flynn. Will his past and their differences extinguish the heat between them?
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In Her General in Gray, John Sibley Allen (my grandfather’s real name) is the hero. He was a Confederate General killed at the Battle of Antietam. The culprit was one of his own soldiers, a turncoat without courage to face almost certain death. A muse finds foder across history and ancestry.
The Battle of Antietam, also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg (particularly in the South) occurred on September 17, 1862 and was the first to be fought on Northern soil. This horrible engagement was the single bloodiest battle in American history. Antietam derives its name from Antietam Creek.
on Lee’s left flank, attacks and counter-attacks sweeping across Miller’s Cornfield and churning around Dunker Church. Union soldiers finally pierced the Confederate center, but the Federal troops did not follow-up on their advantage. Later, however Major General Burnside took a stone bridge spanning the creek and advanced on the southern forces’ right. Lee’s soldiers were outnumbered 2 to 1, his men suffering crippling casualties.
I saw a post on Facebook last week listing wars in which this country fought and they posted casualty statistics. The Civil War wasn’t even mentioned nor, of course, was Antietam. I don’t know if now any mention of the War Between the States is politically incorrect. The conflict wasn’t about slavery but, like most wars, was economic. In order to be reelected, Lincoln jumped on the anti-slavery bandwagon when, in fact, the war was fought over cotton.
I guess being a South Carolinian I’d call the engagement the Battle of Sharpsburg. Yes, I’m a southern girl, but notice not once did I say ‘Yankee’.
At one point in my book, the heroine Autumn thinks of the hero as ‘a man who’d ridden into battle in his gray coat, into a doomed fate from a doomed society, still a lovely moment in the passage of the years.’
Autumn Hartley purchases Allen Hall at a steal, but the northern lass gets far more than a beautiful plantation in the South Carolina Low Country. The house comes complete with its own ghost, a handsome and charming Civil War General—for the Confederacy. The stage is set for another civil conflict.
John Sibley Allen died in battle from a wound in the back, the bullet fired by the turncoat, Beauregard Dudley. The traitor’s reincarnation is Autumn the Interloper’s first dinner guest. Sib bedevils her date and annoys her with fleeting, phantom touches, certain he can frighten her away as he did previous purchasers. As time marches on, her resident ghost becomes more appealing while her suitor, Beau, pales in comparison. Autumn finds her ability to love didn’t perish in the divorce that sent her south seeking a fresh start.
After over a century in the hereafter, Sib discovers he is falling for none other than the feisty Yankee girl, but what future could a modern woman and an old-fashioned ghost possibly hope for?
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Born in South Carolina, Linda has lived in England, Canada, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta and Houston. She’s seen a lot of this country from the windshield of a truck pulling a horse trailer, having bred, trained and showed Andalusian horses for many years.
Linda has won several writing awards, including the Georgia Romance Writers Magnolia Award and the SARA Merritt. She is the mother of two wonderful sons, a retired legal assistant, member of the Houston Miata Club, and enjoys events with that car club. Among her favorite things are her snazzy black convertible and her parlor grand piano. She loves to dress up and host formal dinner parties.
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