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Book Review: A Cold Tomorrow

 

5 STARS for A COLD TOMORROW

Riveting, thrilling suspense featuring mysterious events and an iconic urban legend. Remarkable page turner. From the first paragraph, the story radiates a feeling of sinister unease that doesn’t subside until the unique and clever conclusion. The characters are like the people next door, and the reader roots for them to achieve their goals and dreams.

Title – A Cold Tomorrow

Author – Mae Clair

First Published – December 20, 2016

Genre – Mystery Suspense

Series – Book 2 of 3 in the Point Pleasant Series, can stand alone very well.

Setting – Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Heroine – Katie Lynch, a fiercely protective mother of a young son. After a tumultuous childhood in a small town filled with tragedy and secrets, she is just now opening herself to friendship and perhaps something more.

Hero – Ryan Flynn, Police Sergeant who is interested in Katie and skeptical of the wild theories of the Mothman and UFOs that are offered as reason for the town’s unexplained disappearances, animal mutilations, and other eerie events.

Opposing Forces – Three mysterious visitors, each with their own secrets to keep.

Descriptors – Mothman, urban legends, cryptograms, danger, mystery, suspense, sinister, thrilling, small town life.

Favorite Supporting Character – Other than the three mysterious visitors, by whom I am mesmerized, I especially appreciate Doreen Sue, Katie’s mother. She had a hard life, much of it self-created, and learned from her mistakes to become a caring mother and grandmother.

Fun Tidbit – The author made two research trips to Point Pleasant in preparation for this outstanding novel.

Memorable Line – Something loomed over him. Invisible suction-cup fingers clutched his face and wrenched his head up, pinning him in place.

Grab Your Copy of A Cold Tomorrow

 

Cheers & Happy Reading!

Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

Book Release: Ronnie Allen – Scorpio

I’m jazzed to present a special guest, fellow member of Sunshine State Romance Authors, the talented Ronnie Allen and her upcoming crime thriller, Scorpio. Her first two books, Gemini and Aries, kept readers on the edge of their seats — including me, and I’m sure this one will do the same. How cool is the astrological theme, by the way!

I asked Ronnie to answer a few writing questions, as well as share a blurb and excerpt from Scorpio. Take it away, Ronnie!

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I’m so excited to be on SSRA sister’s Flossie Benton Rogers’ blog as my first guest blog appearance for my upcoming release on Oct. 28th from Black Opal Books, Scorpio: The Sign Behind The Crime, Book 3. Wow! I’m only published since June 2015, and the third book is coming out in less than four weeks. I’ll tell you. I’m definitely grateful to the powers-that-be.

What inspired you to write in your genre?

I love the crime genre, so even way back in my screenwriting days in the late ‘70s – mid-90s, that’s what I wrote. For those of you who believe in it, I truly feel I was an FBI agent or detective in a past life.

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Actually, it isn’t the writing. It’s the marketing and what we have to do after we’re published that’s the most stressful.

Who is your favorite supporting character in your book and why?

I absolutely love Vicki Trenton, formerly Victoria Elizabeth Marin. She’s grown from a love interest in Gemini, to the wife of the main character, to now a mommy. She has a fairly large role in Scorpio. In Gemini, she ended the murder case. In Scorpio, she helps the detectives to solve it. And if you love to cook, she has fabulous recipes and cooking tips in both books.

 

Blurb:

With a mind as strong as twisted steel, Scorpio obsessed Henry Slater, suave, sophisticated, sexy, intelligent, and wealthy is the perfect man—except to women who tell him what he doesn’t want to hear.

Dr. John Trenton is called back to NYC for a case close to his heart, while NYPD Detective Samantha “Sam” Wright and Dr. Frank Khaos, conflicted about their on-again-off-again relationship, take on another case—a serial killer who’s orchestrated sixteen murders across the United States over a nine-year period. The seventeenth victim is Sam’s best friend, Carrie Baines. When forensic science connects Frank to Slater, Frank is pushed to delve into his past, something he swore never to do. Meanwhile, due to the interstate nature of the crimes the FBI gets involved, convincing Sam to go undercover. But Slater is clever, and Sam is no match for him. Will her psychic skills and police training be enough to survive this close encounter with a killer,  or will she end up as his eighteenth victim? And even if she lives, is her relationship with Frank really over?

 

Excerpt:

His reaction took her totally by surprise. How could he do this to her?

“Any more good news?” The sarcasm rolled off his tongue. “That’s not what I’m concerned with.”

“Then what?”

“The way he looked at you.”

“Don’t worry about it. We’re adults here.”

“Exactly.”

“Frank, please. Can’t you deal with this?”

He did a double take. “Know what, Sam? No. I can’t. And I didn’t realize you’re so emotionally disconnected.” He checked the clock and blew out a deep breath. “As soon as it hits daylight, I think it’s best that you go back to your place.” He rolled over onto his left side, his back facing her.

“What are you saying, Frank?”

He barely turned his head. “Use your psychic intuition to figure out what I’m saying.”

“You’re breaking up with me?”

“I think we need to distance ourselves. It’s been too hot and heavy these past eight weeks, anyway. You’re not the woman I thought I knew.”

“How in hell are we supposed to distance ourselves? We work cases together. Every day, if I have to remind you.”

“Keep it formal. I’m now Dr. Khaos from you, and you’re Detective Wright from me.”

“But—”

“No buts. I’m done. We’re done.” His stomach twisted as he uttered those last two words.

 

Where readers can find Ronnie:

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Catch up on Gemini and Aries, Books 1 & 2 of the series. 

 

Bio:

Ronnie Allen is a NYC native transplanted to central Florida nine years ago. A teacher for 33 years, and a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, she includes her experience and skills in education, the paranormal and psychic development into her novels. Her characters have the skills she taught to her clients. Ronnie is an advocate for children and their health and well being. That’s included in the themes throughout her books.

 

Cheers & Happy Reading!

Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

 

 

 

 

Review: Our Justice #RRBC

5 STARS FOR OUR JUSTICE

Author – John W. Howell

First Published – 2016

Genre – Suspense Thriller

Setting – California locales

Hero – John Cannon, lawyer and quick study

Villain – Matt Jacobs, wealthy terrorist set on assassinating the President and killing anyone who gets in his way or annoys him

Major Theme – Determined good wins over evil.

Descriptors – fast paced, moves at light speed, never a dull moment- seriously, well researched, puts the reader in the mind and body and behind the eyeballs of the hero, part 3 of series but stands on its own

Favorite Supporting Character – Ned Tranes, excellent police chief, good hearted friend and mentor of the hero

Fun Tidbit – I’m used to reading books with 3rd person POV. This book is written in 1st person POV, and not only that, it’s written in PRESENT TENSE. This gives it a fantastic quality of immediacy– Examples:

To add to my misery, a droplet runs down my forehead and into my eye. I don’t have a free hand to wipe the sweat away, and it burns my eye. I try to wink in the hope of clearing away the salt water.

“Also, if you make any sudden moves, I’ll have to pop you in the knee with my little friend here.”

Memorable Line – The coffee appears to have some magical power—the color flows back into her cheeks, and she looks much younger than just two minutes ago.

Buy Our Justice

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

Author on Board: Carmen Stefanescu Book Release

Please welcome my special guest Carmen Stefanescu of Romania. Carmen has an exciting new book release. Love her stunning cover! I have already pre-ordered my copy, as I don’t want to miss out on being one of the first readers. Carmen asks a question a few paragraphs down, and my mysterious, short and sweet answer is, “Yes, I have.” Take it away, Carmen!

Thank you, Flossie, for inviting me to celebrate my latest release on your blog!

As a part of Till Life do Us Part deals with past life regression, I want to share with your  followers several interesting things I found while doing a thorough research for my story on this topic.

Past Life Regression Therapy is considered one of the fastest and most effective ways to help you transform your life experience. It is a pretty simple process : you are suggested to travel back through the years to recall specific memories. Conflicts from the past and the patterns resulting from traumatic experiences can distort our physical, emotional and mental well being. Some indications of unresolved past experiences: Irrational fears, unexplained and recurring physical pains or sensations, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, persistent feelings of panic, anger, guilt, depression, disturbing thoughts, feeling blocked, emotional outbursts, blocked feelings, low self-esteem, self-harm, numbness, repeating relationship problems with family, work or social contacts, repeating patterns of self sabotage, limiting habits.

Past Life Regression Therapy works just the same for anyone, whether they believe in reincarnation or not. It can help to:

– uncover and address the root cause of current issues,
– understand and resolve old karmic patterns,
– heal the pain from past trauma,
– overcome fears and obstacles,
– clear blocks to healing and progress
-rediscover talents and abilities,
– recognize old friends and soul mates,
– diminish the fear of death

Isn’t it awesome? Have you ever tried it? I haven’t but I’d have  liked to give it a try if I’d had this opportunity around here. I hope that reading my novel will offer you an insight into this controversial topic – past life regression.

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Till Life Do Us Part

Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Mystery, Suspense, Reincarnation,
Release date: 9th June 2016

Blurb
Barbara Heyer can hear voices of dead people. They whisper of their deaths, seek comfort for those left behind, and occasionally even warn her about future events. But when Barbara’s brother, Colin, is accused of murder, it will take more than her gift to prove his innocence.
Becoming smitten with the handsome investigator, Detective Patrick Fischer, is a serious complication given his assignment to her brother’s case. Barbara senses there is something far deeper—and perhaps much older—than the surface attraction between them. Could that be why she’s visited by a mysterious woman named Emma in her dreams? Could past life regression tie all the seemingly unconnected events together? Barbara and Patrick must overcome heartache to find the truth to save Colin, and perhaps themselves.

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Buy Links:      Solstice Publishing          Amazon

Excerpt

Patrick poured the bubbly liquid into the glasses. He offered one to Barbara and raised his.

“To the undercover, paranormal investigator, Barbara.” He smiled and touched his glass to hers, looking straight into her eyes.

“To you, too, Patrick, Detective Fischer. If it hadn’t been for your determination to find out the truth, many families wouldn’t have had the small consolation to see their relatives’ murderers behind bars.” She took a sip of the champagne.

“There’s something else I’d like to tell you, Patrick said. He cleared his throat and took one of her hands in his. “It’s something that I wanted to tell you… to ask you for a while, but it never seemed the right moment.”

She heard the tremor in his voice and was sure what was to come. Yet, she didn’t want to make it easier for him. She saw it in his eyes, felt it in the touch of his hands. He was in love with her as she was with him.

“So, as I was saying… I want to ask you if—”

The telephone rang again, cutting like a steel blade through the thick emotional atmosphere surrounding them.

“Oh, not again.” Barbara rolled her eyes upward and headed to the bloody thing. She picked up the receiver and said in a voice that sounded a bit irritated, “Yes. What? Who? Yes, one moment, please.” She turned to Patrick, “It’s for you. An emergency, it seems.”

Patrick grabbed the phone, “Yes, Fisher here. What? When? I’m on my way,” he said and put down the receiver.

“I’m sorry, Barbara. There’s an emergency, indeed. Bruce has been injured. He’s in the hospital right now.”

“Oh, goodness. Is it bad?”

“I’ve no idea. They didn’t say. I’m going there. Sorry I spoiled the evening.”

“No need for apology, Patrick,” Barbara replied hiding her disappointment. “Duty comes first in your job, I know.”

“I’ll call you. Soon. There was something important I wanted to tell… to ask you. Goodnight, Barbara,” he said and kissed her hand affectionately. He hurried outside.

Barbara stood in the middle of the room. It looked empty and cold without him. She took the bottle of champagne, pushed the cork back into it, then went to the kitchen and put it in the fridge.

Moments later, she returned to the living room. With a reflexive gesture she picked up the packet of cigarettes Patrick had forgotten on the table. She weighed them in her hand for a moment and smiling, opened a drawer of the bookshelf and placed the cigarettes inside. She took her book from the bookshelf and sat on the couch, enveloped by the faint smell of aftershave left behind by Patrick.

Jack stretched, then came to Barbara and curled up in her lap.

“Yes, Jack. It is like that. It’s always been like that. Just you and me.” She sighed and opened the book. She failed to notice a faint light hovering outside the window.

CArmen1Author Bio
Carmen Stefanescu resides in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire Count Dracula, but where, for about 50 years of communist dictatorship, just speaking about God, faith, reincarnation or paranormal phenomena could have led someone to great trouble – the psychiatric hospital if not to prison.
Teacher of English and German in her native country, and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of oppression, by escaping in a parallel world that of the books.
Several of her poems were successfully published in a collection of Contemporary English Poems, Muse Whispers vol.1 and Muse Whispers vol.2 by Midnight Edition Publication, in 2001 and 2002.

Her first novel, Shadows of the Past, was released in 2012 by Wild Child Publishing, USA.

Carmen joined the volunteer staff at Marketing For Romance Writers Author blog and is the coordinator of #Thursday13 posts.

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Enjoy Carmen Stefanescu’s newest book Till Life Do Us Part. Cheers & Happy Reading! Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Romance

 

 

 

Author on Board: Mae Clair with an Exciting Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway: A Thousand Yesteryears by Mae Clair #mystery #suspense #Mothman

MaeClair AThousandYesteryears_hiresA THOUSAND YESTERYEARS is a tale of mystery and suspense centered around events that took place in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. You’ll discover a small river town plagued by tragic history and rumored sightings of the Mothman—a terrifying creature said to haunt an abandoned WWII munitions site.

The characters are everyday people facing extraordinary circumstances—secrets, betrayal, murder. I hope you find the blurb intriguing:

Behind a legend lies the truth…

As a child, Eve Parrish lost her father and her best friend, Maggie Flynn, in a tragic bridge collapse. Fifteen years later, she returns to Point Pleasant to settle her deceased aunt’s estate. Though much has changed about the once thriving river community, the ghost of tragedy still weighs heavily on the town, as do rumors and sightings of the Mothman, a local legend. When Eve uncovers startling information about her aunt’s death, that legend is in danger of becoming all too real…

Caden Flynn is one of the few lucky survivors of the bridge collapse, but blames himself for coercing his younger sister out that night. He’s carried that guilt for fifteen years, unaware of darker currents haunting the town. It isn’t long before Eve’s arrival unravels an old secret—one that places her and Caden in the crosshairs of a deadly killer… ~ooOOoo~

A THOUSAND YESTERYEARS releases on April 26th, but the ebook version is already available from Amazon and all other major book sellers. If you’d like to pre-order you can find a complete list of links here.

In the meantime, I invite you sign up for the paperback giveaway at Goodreads and tell your friends! The Mothman Cometh!

Mae ClairAuthor bio:
Mae Clair has been chasing myth, monsters and folklore through research and reading since she was a kid. In 2013 and 2015, she journeyed to West Virginia to learn more about the legendary Mothman, a creature who factors into her latest release.

Mae pens tales of mystery and suspense with a touch of romance. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and numbers cats, history and exploring old graveyards among her passions.

Look for Mae Clair at the following haunts:

Website        Blog        Twitter (@MaeClair1)

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Mae, thank you for sharing your amazing book and Goodreads Giveaway with us! Best of luck with it– Flossie Benton Rogers.