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I Want It All

As an author, I’m a tough sell when it comes to books. My standards are off the charts. If a story doesn’t grab me on page one, I rarely finish the first chapter. I devour well-written books with characters who stay with me long after the story ends, and I love to be swept away, lured into turning each page, twists, turns, mystery, intrigue, romance…you get the picture. If I demand those standareds in every book I write, why should I settle for less in the stories I read? I want it all––the crème de la crème! I’m too busy for anything less. Aren’t you?

Review swaps…not going to happen. I won’t trade my integrity for five stars. But if a book is in a genre I love and someone I know reccommends the story, I’m there. I’ll give it read and if I love it, I’m a loyal fan.

So, why am I blogging about books I love? Because YOU deserve the best! Every year, between 600,000 and 1,000,000 books are published in the United States alone. Many––perhaps as much as half or more––are self-published. But, on average, most sell less than 250 copies. These Days, anyone can publish a book…so choosing which ones to read can be challenging at best. And even if you read all the reviews, you’ll see conflicting comments.

I don’t claim to be a critic, nor would I want to be, but after teaching creative writing and drama for 20+ years and earning the title USA Today Bestselling Author, I know what works when it comes to writing. And I want to share the best books I read with you, my friends, family, and fans. I post some wonderful books in my newsletter along with crazy-good deals, but the crème de la crème I’ll post here on my website. Rest assured, if I recommend a book, the author and story earned my personal stamp of approval. These writers won’t be authors we all know and love, like John Grisham, Sandra Brown, or Diana Gabaldon…but I truly believe you’ll enjoy their work…try them…you just might find a hot NEW favorite!

Each Week I’ll Introduce A New Book For My Crème de la Crème List––Some Amazing Authors You Might Have Missed! And remember…

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OVERDOSE by Uvi Poznansky

A Terrific Short Read Perfect For Halloween––Overdose

This month, Casi’s Crème de la Crème pick is Uvi Poznansky’s newest release, Overdose. A thriller that kept me glued to my seat, Poznansky’s new release lured me in on page one then further enticed me with each page turn, immersing me into a gripping medical thriller––looking over my shoulder as if I was only one step away from the villain. The third book in Poznansky’s captivating series, this story won’t leave readers lost if they read this story first. But should they read this series in order, they’ll be rewarded and stunned at how this USA Today Bestselling Author weaves past characters into this new thrilling saga.

The writer’s first person present style draws the reader into the heroine’s mind as she unravels each clue. Tempted to scream out ‘no, don’t go there’ as if Ash should heed my warning, I rode a rollercoaster with twists and turns all the way to the last page. I read Overdose in one day, but nothing is rushed. Each richly drawn character plays a crucial part and as Ash uncovers the who, why, when, and how of this delicious mystery. And the ending had me wondering how the heroine could possibly be saved in time––and by whom. 

Poznansky pulls in current events and high technology in this fast-paced thriller, which gives the story even more appeal. Overdose will snag your interest, lure you in and won’t let go. I look forward to the next book in the series, Ash Suspense Thrillers With A Dash of Romance. I highly recommend Overdose––especially on a cold, spooky night. 

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Blurb

Months after recovering from coma, Ash discovers that the man who performed her brain surgery has a questionable medical experience and a dark past, starting with his medical mission in India ten years ago and ending just recently, with his wife’s suicide. Should Ash expose him, at the risk of becoming vulnerable to his revenge?

In an attempt to learn more, Ash goes on a date with him. When the waitress drops a pink cellphone into her hand, she is hit by a bullet. On the cellphone are his wife’s last words. “Perhaps you have the urge to shut me off, or at least to ignore what I’m about to say. But listen you must, because even if you don’t believe it, you’re already much too close to danger… Neil is my undoing. Make sure he isn’t yours.”

Great Giveaways and Fun Events

Autumn Treasures

Autumn Treasures

Don’t you just love Autumn…treasure-troves of memorable moments come to mind. Cooler temperatures with crisp fresh air sparks tailgating and county fairs. Who doesn’t love fall festivals and craft shows or football games, fire pits, hayrides, and mountain apple picking? How about the beautiful fall colors painted across the skyline? I remember raking falling leaves as a child then jumping into the piles before my dad had a chance to burn them. And oh, that aroma. Now I love hikes, corn mazes, pumpkins, spooky stories. Best of all––I can’t wait to curl up by a warm fireplace with a mysterious ghost story, mystery, suspense or thriller.
If you love fabulous reads, freebies, and fun events, join me and some of my author friends for great giveaways, special sales, and these amazing autumn treasures.

October Events

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Great Giveaways and Fun Events

Fall Into Suspense

🏡🏫🎄 FALL INTO SUSPENSE 🏡🏫🎄

Looking for a something to listen to on a chilly, scary night…then fall into suspense with our amazing authors.

Oct 29 at 9:00 a.m. –– Oct 30 at 6:00 p.m.

Join us on this event link
Take a look at these fabulous audiobooks written by some of my amazing author friends. As a GOING guest, you might win one of them!

Fall into suspenseA select group of authors joined forces to bring you these amazing stories, narrated by incredible voice actors. Looking for a something to listen to on cold, scary night? Come listen to our audiobooks. You might even win one! To gear up for the party, try listening to a few excerpts of Casi’s audiobooks…simply click Listen To Your Destiny on my casimclean.com menu.

✿ Take a look what you can win: https://tinyurl.com/audiobook-prizes
✿ Never listened to an audiobook before? It’s easier than you think: http://tinyurl.com/never-listened

Check out some of our amazing authors on Facebook.

Uvi Poznansky

Casi McLean

Sarah Mallery

Aaron Paul Lazar

Stephanie Giancola

Linnea Tanner

Colleen Mooney

James DiBenedetto

Cary Allen Stone

Patrice Wilton

Juliet Rice Jones

Barbara Silkstone

Elaine Raco Chase

Linnea Tanner

Roberta Kagan

Kent Allen Farnsworth

John Cawlfield

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Aaron Paul Lazar

This Week’s Crème de la Crème Highlight is

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

Aaron Paul Lazar

A vacation on Cape Cod spirals out of control when the lure of ancient pirates’ gold incites madness in local feuding families, pulling two young lovers apart.

Mounting tensions give way to true danger as people start vanishing. And in the middle of a fast-brewing hurricane, Gus discovers the real secret at the heart of the feud: someone who will stop at nothing to make sure their side wins. Including murder.

Buy Now On Amazon!

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USA Today Bestselling Author Aaron Paul Lazar is obsessed with… Read more “Aaron Paul Lazar”

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Buckle Bunny By Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Buckle Bunny

By Pamela Fagan Hutchins

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

“Hutchins’ Maggie is an irresistible train wreck—you can’t help but turn the page to see what trouble she’ll get herself into next.” Robert Dugoni, #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of My Sister’s Grave

Every cowboy at the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo is hot for rising music star Maggie Killian. But Maggie is laser focused on her songs, her next show, and her future. She’s not going to be any cowboy’s buckle bunny. Down-and-out bull rider Hank Sibley needs big money fast, so he strikes a deal with the devil to lose in Cheyenne for cash. When Hank reneges to get Maggie to go out with him, the only thing standing between him and deadly payback is a pissed-off, buckle-wearing Maggie.

Buckle Bunny is the USA Today best-selling prequel novella to the trilogy featuring sharp-tongued protagonist Maggie Killian from the addictive What Doesn’t Kill You romantic mystery series. If you like nerve-racking suspense, electric characters and relationships, and juicy plot twists, then you’ll love USA Today best seller Pamela Fagan Hutchins’ Silver Falchion Award-winning series.

 

˃˃˃ See why Pamela wins contests and makes best seller lists.

    • USA Today Best Seller
    • #1 Amazon Best Seller
    • Top 50 Amazon Romantic Suspense and Mystery Author
    • Silver Falchion for Best Adult Mystery
    • USA Best Book Awards Cross-Genre Fiction
    • Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, Romance, Quarter-finalist

˃˃˃ Once Upon A Romance calls Hutchins an “up-and-coming powerhouse writer.”

If you like Sandra Brown or Janet Evanovich, you will love Pamela Fagan Hutchins. A former attorney and native Texan, Pamela splits her time between Nowheresville, Texas and the frozen north of Snowheresville, Wyoming.

˃˃˃ The reviews are in, and they’re good. Very, very good.

“Murder has never been so much fun!” — Christie Craig, New York Times Best Seller

“Maggie’s gonna break your heart—one way or another.” — Tara Scheyer, Grammy-nominated musician, Long-Distance Sisters Book Club

“Hutchins nails that Wyoming scenery and captures the atmosphere of the people there.” — Ken Oder, author of The Judas Murders

“You’re guaranteed to love the ride!” — Kay Kendall, Silver Falchion Best Mystery Winner

˃˃˃ Catch more adventures with Maggie and her friends in the What Doesn’t Kill Youromantic mysteries.

Scroll up and grab your copy of Buckle Bunny today.

Amazon Buy Link

About Pamela Fagan Hutchins

I like big butts and I cannot lie: horse butts that is. As in draft cross horses, which I ride with my hunky husband way up in the frozen north of Snowheresville, WY and deep in the heart of Nowheresville, TX. I am a wannabe barrel racer afraid of going fast, an eater of ribeye, and the author of the USA Today bestselling What Doesn’t Kill You world of romantic mysteries.

{By the way, to get free exclusives, first looks, and special deals with my newsletter, go to  https://bit.ly/pamelaNL.}

You can read my What Doesn’t Kill You series of novels in any order or as standalones, but they’re a lot of fun if you do them like this:
1. Katie (PG-13): Saving Grace, Leaving Annalise, Finding Harmony
2. Emily (PG-13): Heaven to Betsy Earth to Emily, Hell to Pay
3. Ava (R, sexual situations): Bombshell, Stunner, Knockout
4. Michele (PG-13): Going for Kona, Fighting for Anna, Searching for Dime Box
5. Maggie (R, language): Live Wire, Sick Puppy, Dead Pile (plus shorts Buckle Bunny and Shock Jock)

When I’m not writing or riding, I’m passionate about hiking, always with a couple of rescue dogs (and an occasional goat and donkey), bear spray, a mountain lion knife, and my Judge. NO ANIMALS HAVE BEEN HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS LIFE ADVENTURE (but don’t sneak up on me).

I’ve made some lists and won some awards, yada yada. 2018 USA Today Bestseller. 2018 #1 Amazon Bestseller. 2018 Top 50 Amazon Author (Romantic Mystery, Romantic Suspense). The 2017 Silver Falchion for Best Adult Mystery WINNER (Fighting for Anna), the 2016 and 2015 WINNERS for USA Best Books Fiction: Cross Genre (Hell to Pay, Heaven to Betsy), and others. With downloads of nearly 2,000,000 for the What Doesn’t Kill You world, readers seem to enjoy my smart, sassy female sleuths–I think they have exceptionally good taste. {insert silly grin here} Lots of them follow my podcast, too, where I fangirl my favorite authors and interview them for your listening pleasure.

If after all that you still want to learn more about my books, my podcast, or me, then God Bless Ya, and head over to http://pamelafaganhutchins.com

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Reign of Fire Audible Version The Mystical Muse

Reign of Fire Hits Audible

Reign of Fire Hits Audible

 
 
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When love sparks danger – Even ash burns! LISTEN…Discover the Magic in Reign Of Fire!

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Now you can listen to Reign of Fire, too! Check out this Excerpt!

Available on AUDIBLE—with narrator, Kristin [KJ] James, who totally rocks!

USA Today Bestselling Author, Casi McLean, presents a political thriller with military and supernatural elements in Reign Of Fire.

Reign Of Fire

 

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Summer Review Wars

Announcing Moonlight And Mysteries Epic Events

Moonlight And Mystery Authors are thrilled to announce our hot, new epic event, SUMMER REVIEW WARS. Be excited…be very excited! Our Review War events will change reader/author relationships forever.

The dream of every author revolves around one thing––getting reviews. Without them, our books are lost in the oblivion of a never-ending sea of publications. As authors, the creators of Moonlight and Mystery drift on the same ocean. How can our fabulous books stand out in such a swamp? I discovered the secret to what we need most …

 

 

 

Readers…especially readers who will write reviews so potential readers can not only find our stories, but will be inspired to read them. We need sales to validate the value of our career, not to mention pay a bill or two.

**If you’re an interested reader, click the picture for our Facebook Reader Group.

Most authors…

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Summer Of ’78 By USA Today Bestselling Author K.M.…

The Summer of ’78: A Gripping Romantic Crime Thriller 

When You’re a Serial Killer’s Type… K.M. Hodge does it again!

“Could not put this book down. Excellent thriller.”–  Amazon reviewer 

Plucky twenty-year-old, Susan Evenbright pledges to make her last summer in Texas a big one. With only an army surplus bag and a brand new journal in hand, she sets out to hitchhike from her home in Abilene all the way to Austin to catch Willie Nelson live in concert. But what starts out as an innocent adventure soon turns…

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