Hot steamy nights with a Vampire makes it hard to focus on Catching a Killer!

Hey there! Are you getting your Mardi Gras on? Yes, its Carnival Season and Mardi Gras is fast approaching.

And what goes better than Vampires with Mardi Gras?

April Hollingworth

April Hollingworth

Please meet April Hollingworth. A writer friend living in Ireland. (I hope to make it there someday.)

Double Magick in the Falls

Double Magick in the Falls

Her debut novel is available NOW!

Here’s a little bit about April: Born in Dublin, I moved to England then finally back home to Ireland. I now live in West Cork but want to move to Montana, United States of America. In October 2010 I self published a book of poetry called Different Kinds of Emotions. But I always wanted to write down the stories in my head, until finally I wrote my first novel a paranormal fantasy titled Double Magick in The Falls book 1 in a Candi Reynolds series. When I was a child I fell in love with books, amazing stories filled with mystery and intrigue, danger and fantasy this love has progressed into a passion with me. I also like photography and cemeteries the older the better.

Blurb

After serving in the Army, Candi Reynolds has returned home to her Grandmother’s small town. She hopes for a quiet life but instead finds mystery, murder, and an oh-so-hot vampire who leaves her questioning her feelings.

Searching for answers to his own mystery, Victor Harlow finds himself drawn into Candi’s search for the murderer and finds himself attracted to the beautiful witch.

With the help of Candi’s best friend, and a werewolf detective they race against time to find the killers before they become the next victims. Can Candi harness all the powers she possess to save them and give their love a chance?

Here’s where you can find April’s Book: Double Magick in the Falls
Places to find April:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aprilhollingworthauthor
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Double-Magick-Falls-Candi-Reynolds-ebook/dp/B00RGWV20C/
Website: http://aprilhollingworth.wix.com/april-hollingworth
Twitter: https://twitter.com/No1Bitchmaster
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4759078

I hope you enjoyed meeting April.

Happy Reading!

Linda Joyce
www.linda-joyce.com

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Take a sip of this new read: Martini Club 4 – The 1920s

Happy New Year!

So much is happening. It’s exciting!

Let me introduce you to a group of my friends. A group of ladies of great distinction. I’ll let them present themselves:

Martini Club 4 – The 1920s

Martini Club 4 – The 1920s

Amanda McCabe, Alicia Dean, Kathy L Wheeler and Krysta Scott have a unique friendship. Yes, they are all romance writers, and at different stages in their writing careers. But every Friday night, schedules permitting, they meet at the Martini Lounge in Edmond, Oklahoma where they chitchat, plan retreats to get away and for just a general get away. Over a period of time the idea to create a series of stories where the Martini Lounge would serve as a backdrop—well, as writers, that was inevitable. So here we are with our first go at it. Welcome to 1920s New York City where four young women run away from England excited to make their own way in a new world.

All four stories are now available for the pre-order price of **$0.99** until February 26, 2015, the official release.

Rebellious: Martini Club 4 Series – The 1920s Amanda McCabe

Rebellious: Martini Club 4 Series – The 1920s
Amanda McCabe


Rebellious: Martini Club 4 Series – The 1920s
Amanda McCabe

Blurb: Can an aristocratic lady melt the cold heart of a Russian gangster?

Lady Jessica Hatton fled her high-society London debutante life for one of investigative journalism in New York—only to be relegated to the fashion pages. Searching for a juicy story leads her to Club 501, the city’s most glamorous speakeasy—and its handsome, mysterious owner, Frank Markov. But his past of war and revolution puts their hearts—and their lives—in danger…

Excerpt: “Do you smell that, Meggie?” Jessica Hatton cried as she leaned into the cold, salt spray wind, her t-strap shoes perched on the lowest rung of the ship’s railing. She’d lost her hat, and the short strands of her hair blew into her eyes, but she didn’t care. England was far behind them. They had escaped.
“It smells like freedom!” she shouted, and threw up her arms. It felt like she could fly all the way to America.
“I only smell old fish,” Meggie said. “Now come down from there, Jess. If you tumble into the drink, it will all be over before it even starts.”
Jessica laughed and shook her head, but she did climb down. She spun around to see Meggie stretched out on one of the deck chairs, the glossy mink collar of her coat drawn close around her.
The sky was grey and dismal-looking, the water not as glassy-smooth as when they slid past Ireland yesterday and headed out to open sea. Several of the passengers had retreated to their cabins, but Jessica couldn’t stand staying inside. Not when there was so much to be seen.
“It smells like fish and freedom,” Jessica insisted. “But we can go in now. Maybe Charlotte and Eliza will want to play some cards or mah-jong.”
“Finally,” Meggie grumbled as she swung her feet down to the damp deck. But her smile was broad. Jessica knew Meggie was loving it all just as much as she was.
Bio: Amanda McCabe wrote her first romance at the age of sixteen–a vast historical epic starring all her friends as the characters, written secretly during algebra class (and her parents wondered why math was not her strongest subject…)
She’s never since used algebra, but her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times BOOK Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion. She lives in Oklahoma with a menagerie of two cats, a Pug, and a very bossy miniature Poodle, along with far too many books.
When not writing or reading, she loves taking dance classes, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network–even though she doesn’t cook.
Amazon buy link: http://amzn.com/B00RICWBC8
Contact info: http://ammandamccabe.com

Ruined: Martini Club 4 Series – The 1920s Alicia Dean

Ruined: Martini Club 4 Series – The 1920s
Alicia Dean


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Ruined: Martini Club 4 Series – The 1920s
Alicia Dean

Blurb: She vowed she’d be no man’s doxy, but fate had other plans…

After the Earl of Goodwin attempts to force himself on her, housemaid Eliza Gilbert flees England for New York, hoping to build a better life. But the land of opportunity proves as harsh as the London docks, and she finds herself in a situation more dreadful than the one she escaped.

Former boxer, Vince “The Fist” Taggart dreams of marrying, having a family, and living a quiet, peaceful life. But when a girl he’s known since childhood disappears, he heads to New York in search of her and meets Eliza, a woman with a less than honorable reputation. Inexplicably captivated, Vince can’t force himself to stay away, especially when he learns Eliza is the key to finding his missing friend.

Excerpt: Eliza lifted her gaze, then looked away when she met his eyes. They were just too…striking, too blue. “I’m afraid you’ll have to speak to Oscar. He handles all my transactions.” She could never have a normal outing with a man. A lump of regret rose in her throat. She turned and started up the stairs.
Vince caught up to her in a few steps and grabbed her arm, taking the bag from her at the same time. “That was a lousy thing to say.”
She opened her mouth to accuse him of going around Oscar so he didn’t have to pay. But that was ridiculous. He hadn’t taken what he’d paid for the first time. She lifted a hand and rubbed her forehead. His attention confused her. What was his angle? He didn’t want sex. Did he think she was hiding something about Cynthia and if he spent time with her he could draw it out? “What do you want from me?”
“A picnic.”

Bio: Alicia Dean lives in Edmond, Oklahoma. She has three grown children and a huge network of supportive friends and family. She writes mostly contemporary suspense and paranormal, but has also written in other genres, including a few vintage historicals.
Other than reading and writing, her passions are Elvis Presley, MLB, NFL (she usually works in a mention of one or all three into her stories) and watching her favorite televisions shows like Vampire Diaries, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Haven, The Mindy Project, and Dexter (even though it has sadly ended, she will forever be a fan). Some of her favorite authors are Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Lisa Gardner, Sharon Sala, Jordan Dane, Ridley Pearson, Joseph Finder, and Jonathan Kellerman…to name a few.

Amazon buy link: http://amzn.com/B00RICLM2I
Find Alicia here:
http://aliciadean.com
http://aliciadean.com/alicias-blog/
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008364070487
https://twitter.com/Alicia_Dean_
http://www.pinterest.com/aliciamdean/

Reckless: Martini Club 4 Series – The 1920s Kathy L Wheeler

Reckless: Martini Club 4 Series – The 1920s
Kathy L Wheeler

Reckless: Martini Club 4 Series – The 1920s
Kathy L Wheeler

Blurb: Lady Margaret turned Lady Bootlegger…

Singer Margaret (Meggie) Montley needs money…fast. Her friend is in a dire situation with nowhere to turn. While Meggie is on the brink of stardom, it’s not soon enough to save her friend.

Harry Dempsey is out to avenge the deaths of his father and brother at the hands of a ruthless gangster. But trouble spirals out of control when Meggie Montley shows up the night he meets his nemesis to settle the score. Saving the impetuous woman from a crime lord might be easier than saving her from her own reckless behavior.

Excerpt: Meggie launched herself from her hiding place and threw her arms about Harry’s neck. Locked in his muscular embrace, she rested her chin on his shoulder. His arms tightened around her. “Oh, Harry. I came as fast as I could. Just as we’d planned.” The words, she’d intended to carry, came out breathless.
“Fast, huh?” The whisper was against her ear where no one else could hear, raised goose prickles over her entire body. “Guess I’ll have to do something about that.” He lifted his head. “What are you doing with my girl, Joe?”
Joey’s hands flew into the air, indicating his surrender. “Sorry, Dempsey. Had no idea she was anyone’s quiff—”
Meggie’s cheeks burned, and she stiffened at the insult. Harry’s one arm gripped her closer. The other shot up, jerking her body like a rag doll. She couldn’t see Harry’s face with her own now buried in his neck, but she felt the corded muscles contract.

Bio: Kathy L Wheeler (also known as Kae Elle Wheeler) writes both Contemporary and Historical Romance. She was born in Presque Isle, Maine. How she ended up in Texas, then Oklahoma is as much a mystery to her as anyone. She graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a BA in Management Information Systems and a minor in Vocal Music.
She is published through The Wild Rose Press. She loves to travel. Ports of call include a three week stint in Europe covering Madrid, Barcelona, Avignon, Paris, Koln, Amsterdam and London. Other exciting places she’s visited are Grand Cayman, Puerta Vallerta, Mexico, Vancouver, Canada, and roaming from one romance writing conference to another nationwide. You may have met her in Seattle, Dallas, San Francisco, San Diego, New York or Atlanta. She is a member of the Oklahoma RWA Chapter, Dara, and The Beau Monde. Kathy lives with her musically talented husband in Edmond, Oklahoma. They have one grown daughter and one bossy cat, Carly!
Amazon buy link: http://amzn.com/B00RICW0G0
Contact info: kathy@klwheeler.com
http://kathylwheeler.com
http://kathylwheeler.blogspot.com
http://facebook.com/kathylwheeler
http://twitter.com/kathylwheeler
http://pinterest.com/kathylwheeler

Runaway: Martini Club 4 Series – The 1920s Krysta Scott

Runaway: Martini Club 4 Series – The 1920s
Krysta Scott

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Runaway: Martini Club 4 Series – The 1920s
Krysta Scott

Blurb: Can she prove her innocence before more than her dreams are destroyed?

After escaping an arranged marriage, Lady Charlotte Leighton lands on a new shore, determined to realize her dream of opening her own bakery. But her plans are shattered when her former fiancé follows her to New York. Now, she finds herself in a fight for her freedom.

Haunted by a string of failures, Detective Felix Noble is determined to solve his latest case. But his efforts to find a murderer are jeopardized by a forbidden attraction to his number one suspect. While he’s certain Charlotte Leighton is keeping secrets, instinct tells him she’s not the murderess he first believed.

Excerpt: Long thin fingers curled around a glass and lifted it from the tray. Charli followed the direction of the drink. Derrick Chaunce, or as the local duffs referred to him, “Slick”, grinned, exposing yellowed teeth.
“You … You…” Her throat closed. The rest of her diatribe wouldn’t budge.
He winked. His thin hair slicked back in the latest fashion exaggerated the gaunt cheekbones and sunken eyes, tinging him with an unhealthy, dilapidated look. He gulped the whiskey. A bit of the amber liquid escaped through the gap in his teeth and down his chin. Her stomach lurched.
“Thank you, sweet cakes. Put it on my tab.” He skulked off.
Charli whirled around. How did the bounder get past Tiny? Ira fumed about customers who ran up a high tab without reconciling at the end of the night. Now she would have to explain yet another charge added to Slick’s mounting debt. She sighed and rolled her eyes to the heavens. The customer was always right. Even when they were wrong.

Bio: Krysta Scott is a family law attorney in her false life. After years of writing and winning contests, she is now taking the plunge into publishing. A fan of sci-fi and dark stories surrounding people in crisis, she also enjoys way too much TV including Vampire Diaries, Breaking Bad, and Sherlock. Runaway is her breakout story.

Amazon buy link: http://amzn.com/B00RIFHGPC
Contact info: http://krystascottauthor.com

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Moving soon

Greetings!

Fleur de Lis

Fleur de Lis

What’s on Your Bookshelf?

Recently, on Facebook, there was a post about a quote from Holbrook Jackson, “Your library is your portrait.” I asked friends to post 10 titles. I, of course, did the same. In no particular order:

Prince of Tides, Pat Conroy
A Duke of Her Own, Eloisa James
I’ll Be Home For Christmas, Julie L. Cannon
Traces, Betty Bolte
A Risk Worth Taking, Melissa Klein
The Power Within You, Louise Hay
Men, Women, and Relationships, Dr. John Grey
Sacred Contracts, Caroline Myss
Secrets from a Creativity Coach, Romeny Qualline Nesbitt
Wired for Story, Lisa Cron

I have hundreds of books, but these grabbed my attention first. What do you think it says about me?

My booklist contains one by Julie L. Cannon. She was a lovely, gracious, endearing woman who critiqued a manuscript of mine at the Southeastern Writer’s Association workshop. She has since passed away. Her book, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, is one I’m going to start rereading now. Julie told me one thing about being an author back in 2011–I hadn’t yet been published in fiction yet–she said, “Writers write. Author’s speak.”

I’m going to start speaking again. I’ve presented programs at national conferences and workshops before. I’ve shied away from it for a while. In 2015, I’m seeking opportunities to speak, not only about writing, but also about self empowerment.

And so, I ask you very gently, when you’re speaking or writing to others, even if it’s an email, text, comments on social media, please take care in the words you select. Please let your words truly represent you, your heart, and your core values.

And if you don’t agree with my blog posts, I’m happy to hear your opinions because I believe dialog is a way to come to the middle and find a greater understanding about each other, find some common ground. However, please do not stoop to name-calling and expect me to approve your comments on my blog. “You can’t write bitch. Take my class.” is a comment I will never approve on my blog. It was left for a guest blogger, and I won’t stand for that.

Now, about moving. In 2015, I’m revamping my website www.linda-joyce.com The blog will become a part of my website and this URL of lindajoycecontemplates will disappear into the ether.

As some point in 2015, I’ll stop paying for the url for this blog…who knows what will happen then, but you’ll find me blogging on my website. I’ll be speaking out and seeking to help us empower ourselves to live in a better world.

Happy Reading!

Linda Joyce
@LJWriter

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Have you seen the Man in the Moon?

A fresh face in children’s fiction: Kelly Silverman.

She’s a fascinating woman. Author. Screen Writer. Film Producer. Wife…and new mother.

Kelly Young-Silverman

Kelly Young-Silverman

Please meet Kelly Silverman.

Memories Are Stories: Why I Read To My Baby

My daughter Evelyn is eleven months old. My husband, David, and I have been reading to her since before she was born, before we even knew whether she was an Evelyn or a Michael.

In the beginning, it felt as if David and I were the only ones getting anything from the experience: the times when I was reading Gone Girl out loud to my belly; the times we read Good Night Moon to our tiny newborn whose eyes stared off into the vastness of this great big world. I absolutely love those memories, but they are mine and David’s, not Evie’s.

Today, we know exactly why reading is not only one of the most important things you can do with your child, but one of the most special: it creates memories. Every night before we go to bed, Evie has two stories she must hear before she can sleep. It’s as much a part of our routine, our ritual, as a goodnight kiss and saying ‘I love you.”

I now see we are forging memories with Evie every time we read to her. Every time she picks up a book on her own and starts turning the pages. Every time she lights up when we get to a part of the story she loves. We are making memories through stories.

Looking at baby Evie reminds me of the joy I felt when I had a book in my hand and a story in my heart. Books made me want to be a writer. They’ve affected every one of my beliefs and shaped me into the person I am today. They’ve inspired, angered and moved me, and it amazes me to know they have the power to do that for my daughter as well.

I can’t wait to hear her read her first book, or tell her first story. I can’t wait for that moment when she picks out her first book at the library. My heart melts thinking how excited she’ll get when she describes her favorite stories to me.

I’ve written in many different mediums: screenplays, plays, young adult novels. After I had Evie, though, I knew I wanted to write children’s stories, which is why I created Evie and Knox Stories (with the talented Erin Wicker known professionally as erin the great).
It’s contemplating those “firsts” that make writing for children so special. When children fall in love with books, they do so with their whole-hearts. They become friends with the characters. They read a story and study the pictures over and over until that book becomes a part of their childhood.

Stories impact us at every stage of our lives, and it all begins with the first book someone reads to us. My hope is that Man in the Moon will be some child’s first story, and perhaps even part of a loving goodnight ritual.

MAN IN THE MOON

MAN IN THE MOON

“A whisper and a good night kiss. Sweet dreams for you, is what I wish!” – Man in the Moon

Kelly Young-Silverman Bio: Kelly is a Midwest girl living in the South who loves to tell stories. Her work ranges from screenplays and stage plays to children stories and young adult novels.

In 2009, Kelly co-founded Cakebaby Productions with her husband, actor/filmmaker, David Marshall Silverman. Through Cakebaby, Kelly and David have written, directed and produced several award-winning short films, and have had their worked screened nationally at prestigious festivals.

Kelly’s experience is eclectic to say the least: education, advertising, theatre, film and (most recently!) motherhood. Man in the Moon is the first book in a series of nighttime stories by Kelly and illustrator Erin Wicker. It is set to be released today, 11/11/2014!

Interested in purchasing your own copy of Man in the Moon?

WordCrafts Press
Amazon

Interested in learning more about Kelly and her work?

Evie and Knox Stories
Twitter
Facebook
Cakebaby Productions

Linda here. I hope you’ve been enjoyed meeting Kelly. Check out her new release for that special little person in your life.

Happy Reading,

Linda Joyce
www.linda-joyce. com

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French French Toast for the Weekend!

Greetings!

So many of you loved Karen’s brownie recipe made in her George Foreman Grill from an earlier post, so I asked her for more yummy food–Grill-style.

Here’s Karen’s take on a breakfast favorite: French Toast.

Hi everyone, I’ve been invited back to share another recipe with you. I was happy to see how well-received my brownie recipe was, it has long been a family favorite! I found out that many of you use your George Foreman Grill on the go while in your RV. That is a great idea and I learned something new!

It’s the weekend, so that means big breakfast! One of my family’s favorite breakfasts is what we loving call French French Toast. It is baked and since using the oven here in Seoul, South Korea is expensive, I’ve turned again to my ever-trusty George Foreman grill. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Pan of French Toast

Ingredients

Ingredients

3 eggs
2/3 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons butter
6 to 8 slices French or Italian Bread, 1-inch thick, cut on the diagonal

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Beat eggs, milk and vanilla; pour into a shallow plate large enough to hold all the bread in one layer.

Make sure your bread fits into the pan you want to use before you soak it in the egg. That way you won’t have eggy toast that will not fit!

Soak bread for 2 minutes.

Bread in batter

Turn and continue to soak bread until all egg mixture is absorbed.

While bread is absorbing the egg mixture, place butter into a 13×9-inch pan and melt it in the oven.

Place in Grill

Place in Grill

When the butter is melted, add bread in one layer and bake for 15 minutes.

Turn and continue to bake for an additional 10 minutes more.

When Done in Grill

When Done in Grill

Note: If you are using your George Foreman Grill, you may need to adjust the temperature and time to cook to your taste; because the grill is smaller than the inside of an oven, the toast gets darker than you may like. Also, eight slices of bread do fit into the deep-dish attachment – it is just a snug fit!

Serve with Buttery Pecan Syrup

Buttery Pecan Syrup

3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup light corn syrup
3 tablespoons water
1/4 vanilla
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans

In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, corn syrup and water. Bring to a rolling boil; boil continuously for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, stir in salt, butter and vanilla. When butter is melted, stir in pecans. Serve with your Pan of French Toast.

FT with Pecan Syrup

Note: This syrup keeps well refrigerated and reheated as needed.

I hope you’ll give Karen’s recipe a try and tell us how you like it.

You can find Karen on Twitter — @AwesomeVampireG

Happy Reading and Cooking!

Linda Joyce
www.linda-joyce.com
@LJWriter

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Loving You Always

Greetings!

Do you believe it’s October already? The year is flying past quickly. Much too fast for me.

In August, I teamed up with authors Marilyn Baron, Melissa Klein, and Kenney Ryan to speak at the Decatur Book Festival over the Labor Day weekend. Kennedy and I had met before, we belong to a local writing organization, but never really spent time together before joining forces to present, “Tackling Sensitive Topics in Fiction.”

All went well. We had a nice crowd. We had fun!

And I discovered that Kennedy is a woman passionate about life, helping others, and writing. Her latest release: LOVING YOU ALWAYS is out TODAY!

Please meet Kennedy Ryan:

Things I Keep Learning

I think sometimes life has a way of making sure we’ve learned certain lessons. Like a teacher might ask you the same basic question in several different ways to be sure you’ve truly grasped the material, life does that. Life is that thorough instructor constantly reframing the same questions to ensure we truly know the answers.

I saw this over the last year in the process of releasing my debut novel, WHEN YOU ARE MINE. Certain questions I had settled and lessons I had learned, I found myself circling back to. Life’s way of saying “just making sure.” These are three of those lessons.

1. Never expect anyone to work harder for you than you are willing to work for yourself.

I signed a three-book deal with one of the large publishing houses, Hachette. There are advantages that come with that, but there is no resting on the proverbial laurels. I have worked harder than I ever have, maybe in my life, over the last year. With such a saturated market, it’s hard to penetrate. Hard to be heard. Hard to stand out. Writing a good book is the best thing you can do, but it is certainly not the only thing expected of writers anymore. I never expected my editor, my publicist, or anyone on my team to do more than I was willing to do to promote my book. I hustled. Researched trends. Developed relationships. Spent my own money. When it comes to my career, if there is a work bar to be raised? I will raise it!

2. Don’t look to the left or to the right. Look in the mirror.

Kennedy Ryan comparison_vazantWhat does that even mean? So many times, we look to the left and to the right. We think someone owes us something or we pout because such and such gets more and has it easier. There are factors we can’t control which propel some into NYT rarefied air, and leave some less lauded. One of my favorite quotes comes from Iyanla Vazant. “Comparison is an act of violence against the self.” Do not torture yourself with the success of others. Make. Your. Own. The insidious danger of comparison is that it whittles away your confidence and allows you excuses for achieving, not less than someone else, but less than what you could achieve. Define what success means for you, figure out strategically what it will take for you to reach that, and pursue it relentlessly. Don’t look back. And definitely don’t look at anyone else.

3. Relationships are the true world currency.

So many times over the last year, I have rediscovered this principle. I have not, like so many, been slaving away at this for years. I wrote a book, and the first agent I pitched to signed me, and the first editor, bought my book. That sounds good, but I had zero knowledge of the publishing landscape. To put it in Twitter terms, I had no klout…clout. You know what I mean! LOL! I approached this new venture the way I approach every other aspect of my life. Make friends. Look for opportunities to help others. Treat others as you would want them to treat you. Those lessons, you NEVER stop learning. They are so fundamental to how I define success as a person, I take refresher courses in them. I didn’t target influencers, or set out to network with an agenda for what people could give me. I just followed those three principles that I cherish IRL. Before I knew it, bloggers with big numbers, bestselling authors, and industry influencers were looking for ways to help me. That is humbling. I have not arrived. Wherever “there” is, I am nowhere near it, but I know there are opportunities that have come my way because of these three principles. And they are chances money could never buy.

Ryan_LovingYouAlways_ebookAs I release LOVING YOU ALWAYS, the second novel in that three-book deal that shocked me as much as anyone, I realize life is still quizzing me. These same lessons are on repeat, and I hope every time I’m tested, they embed themselves deeper into who I am, until they are second nature. And if there were a fourth lesson, it would be remain teachable.

Because there is always more to learn.

LOVING YOU ALWAYS SYNOPSIS:
Kerris Moreton should be the happiest woman in the world: She has a successful business and is about to start the family she’s always wanted. But the man of her dreams-the one whose green eyes see straight into her soul and whose gentle hands make her body hum with pleasure-is not hers.

Each secret moment with Walsh Bennett serves to remind Kerris of what she’s missing. And every stolen hour makes it harder to see her future without him. But being with Walsh would betray a sacred promise and upend her perfect life. When tragedy strikes, the razor’s edge between love and loyalty grows sharper than ever. And Kerris must decide where her heart will fall . . .

Kennedy Ryan Bio:
Kennedy Ryan writes contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She always give her characters their happily ever after, but loves to make them work for it! It’s a long road to love, so sit back and enjoy the ride. In an alternative universe and under her government issue name, Tina Dula, she is a wife to the love of her life, mom to a special, beautiful son, and a friend to those living with autism through her foundation Myles-A-Part, serving Georgia families.

Her writings on Autism have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, and she has been featured on the Montel Williams Show, NPR, Headline News and others. Ryan is donating 25% of her proceeds to her foundation and her national charitable partner, Talk About Curing Autism (TACA).

Her interview series MOMMIES DO THE MOST AMAZING THINGS is featured each month in Brooke Burke’s online magazine Modern Mom.

Looking for Kennedy? Look no further!

Amazon
Facebook
Twitter
Website
Google +
Pinterest
YouTube

I hope you enjoyed meeting Kennedy. Check out her new release!

Happy Reading,
Linda Joyce
www.linda-joyce.com

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Linda’s Lovelies. What’s that?

Hey there!

How’s your fall getting started?

In Georgia, it’s 74 degrees. 46% humidity (which is low for us). Sunny. A few wispy white clouds.
The squirrels are out in full force burying things in my garden. In other words, things are a changin’.

Me, too.

I’m making the leap. Taking the risk. Opening myself up to a new adventure. Will you join me? I’m starting a street team!

Magnolia

Magnolia

Linda’s Lovelies.

What’s that? I’m gathering a group of avid readers who enjoy the journey of books. Not only the story in the book, (Yes, of course, I want you to love the book!) however this is about unveiling a book to the world, then spreading the word about it. So Linda’s Lovelies will get the first glimpse of any new release of mine. Plus some special perks.

Linda's Lovelies Bling

Linda’s Lovelies Bling

Would you be willing to share promos, updates, giveaways and teasers?

Tell your friends?

Share with book groups?

Take part in my author events?

If so, I’m lookin’ for you to join me on this journey!

I’m working with some Sassy Savvy Fabulous ladies to help me make this happen. Here’s link to sign up: Linda’s Lovelies

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Linda Joyce
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Friday with Friends: An American Abroad–exciting journey!

I really love connecting with people. I love the stories of their lives. Everyone is interesting to me, and I have never failed in finding some common connection with anyone. A love of good food is a good bonding moment.

I’ve become more active on Twitter (@LJWriter) and through it, I’ve reached people all over the world.

Including Karen from Twitter @AwesomeMartiniG . Who’s now in Korea. She’s sharing about her journey.

Please meet Karen Knowles.

Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea


Hello everyone, I’m coming to you from Seoul, South Korea; working for the United States Army.

This is the view from my kitchen!

We are living in a high-rise apartment overlooking the Han River. Seoul is beautiful and we are enjoying it very much. Cooking here is a challenge due to the differences in power between the US and here. I have a gas range and an electric oven. Electricity is expensive here so I do not use my oven often so we have a George Foreman Grill that I use in place of the oven.

It works pretty well!

Karen's well-preserved recipeI have been asked to share my favorite chocolate comfort food with you.

I have shared this recipe with family and friends. It is an all-time favorite. I found the recipe on the back of a bag of chocolate chips almost 30 years ago and as you can see, it is very well loved! It is super easy and once you try it, you will never by a box mix again! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Double Chocolate Brownies

Karen's Ingredients

Karen’s Ingredients

The ingredients list:

3/4 Cup Flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter or margarine (I use Butter Flavored Crisco)
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 – 12 ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt, set aside.

In a small saucepan combine sugar, butter and water over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until sugar melts. Remove from heat and add ½ bag (1 cup) chocolate chips. Stir until smooth.

Remove chocolate mixture to a bowl and add vanilla. Beat in eggs one at a time quickly so the eggs do not cook. Stir in flour mixture remaining ½ bag chocolate chips and nuts if used.

Batter Spread into a greased 9” square pan, or into the deep-dish attachment on your George Foreman Grill.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool 10 to 15 minutes before cutting.

Brownies!

Brownies!

Karens browniesThese are great warm with a cold glass of milk!

Have you ever cooked brownies or other goodies like this? Let us know. Share a recipe with us!
Thank you Karen for expanding our world and showing us how ingenuity and creativity create a wonderful life.

Happiness abounds,

Linda Joyce
www.linda-joyce.com

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Nine months, Short and Long

Fall is approaching. I love the change of seasons.

Cooler days. The change of the color of sunlight.

This is month nine of 2014. The year moved so fast and so slow.

What can you accomplish in nine months?

When 2014 rolled in, I had such a great plan after having my life derailed for two months by health issues with my parents. I would complete three full manuscripts, attend conferences, and reader events. I would cook more and enjoy my garden. (Okay, it’s really hubby’s garden. He plants and I cook the harvest.) My four-legged boys and I would have more time for games and racing around the yard, playing fetch and chase. I would visit with my nieces and nephew and their families. My friends and I would have potluck dinners and share laughs. My hubby and I would have a lovely anniversary trip somewhere special. (I had an Alaskan cruise or a Riverboat cruise in Europe picked out.)

None of that happened.

Instead, I have devoted much of my time to caring for aging parents. Moving them from their homes. Helping them adjust to a different way of life that they need, but don’t want. I’m handling finances and interpreting doctor’s instructions. Making sure taxes, insurance, and medical bills are paid timely and appropriately. And learning patience.

I’m reaching a new balance in my life. But it’s not easy.

I am so grateful for the support of friends. Those who share a joke and check-in to see if I’m a total nut-job yet or not. I am grateful to have a loving, caring, and understanding sister. I am so blessed to have a wonderful husband who is strong. He senses when to step-in to pick up my load and offer a hand to guide me. He is the calm voice of reason.

What lessons have life given to you this year? What are you grateful for?

Warmest Regards,

Linda Joyce
www.linda-joyce.com

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TOMORROW COMES AT MIDNIGHT

Hey there!

How’s your summer going?

It doesn’t officially end until September 22nd, so here’s another Must-Read book, TOMORROW COMES AT MIDNIGHT.

Author Gina Hooten Popp

Author Gina Hooten Popp

Author Gina Hooten Popp is a soft-spoken woman with a funny bone that will keep you smiling if not rolling on the floor with laughter, a smile that makes you want to sit and chat with her over coffee, and a writing voice that will keep you intrigued in her stories. I know. I first heard TOMORROW COMES AT MIDNIGHT when it was still in rough-draft form and I was captivated before the end of the first paragraph.

More about Gina: A native Texan, Gina Hooten Popp was born in Greenville and now lives in Dallas with her husband and son. Her debut THE STORM AFTER is a 2014 RONE Awards Finalist. Before publication, THE STORM AFTER was a finalist in The Linda Howard Award of Excellence for Unpublished Writers Contest and the Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest. Her new book, TOMORROW COMES AT MIDNIGHT was released on August 7th.

TOMORROW COMES AT MIDNIGHT

Tomorrow Comes At Midnight

Tomorrow Comes At Midnight


by Gina Hooten Popp

Tomorrow Comes At Midnight is a story of love, loss and redemption. Thus the inspiration for its title. Because it is true that with each setting sun there comes a chance to put the past to rest and start anew. An especially meaningful concept for the story’s hero Jayden James—a twenty-year old up-and-coming ballplayer who injures his pitching arm in a motorcycle crash. After the accident, Jayden still aspires to go pro, but through an unusual set of circumstances (mostly due to his own flawed decision making process) he finds himself living in a treehouse and dealing drugs to get by. The one bright spot in his life is his girlfriend Lula—a promising abstract artist who likes to paint bluebirds with black spots.

Set in 1979 and early 1980, this Texas-flavored drama unfolds amidst a small-town backdrop of parties by the lake, drug deals and everyday life. In short, it’s the story of Jayden and Lula. Neither have fame or wealth when they start out, but they do have two things in common…both struggle with a sense of self worth…and, both have more fun than most people. He has a razor-sharp wit and strong pitching arm, and she is a highly creative abstract artist. Together they discover the meaning of love and loss, while they work toward their shared goal of not being ordinary.

Tomorrow Comes At Midnight  (Back Cover)

Tomorrow Comes At Midnight
(Back Cover)

On a deeper level, the book’s storyline addresses the many obstacles one faces as they attempt to be the best at what they do . . . whether that is sports, art, etc… A person really has to jump a few psychological hurdles in addition to physical ones to achieve their dreams. And, no one else can do that for them. The inner strength and drive has to be found from within.

There’s one other thing about this book that’s a little different—the hero Jayden James has some interesting thoughts on life. For example, he would tell you this—
“You need a spiritual life most when you’re at your worst…not so much when you’re perfect.” Such is his thinking as he overcomes inner demons and physical injuries to reach his goal of going pro. So this story is a little bit about that, too. Although, I wouldn’t consider it a religious message because Jayden and his friends cuss like sailors and they do some really bad things because, after all, they are drug dealers and such. However, Tomorrow Comes At Midnight carries an overall positive message of hope and inspiration.

Back Cover Blurb: Living in a treehouse and dealing drugs is one way to overcome your fear of being ordinary. But Jayden discovers it’s not the best way, as he gets beaten-up, thrown in jail … and then beaten up again before being thrown out of jail. And that’s only a small part of the punishment the universe seems to heap on him as he makes his way from being a troubled soul who struggles with a sense of self-worth to being a confident, professional ballplayer. Set in the 1970’s, this Southern drama would be your typical small-town-boy-makes-good story.

Except that it’s not.

TOMORROW COMES AT MIDNIGHT is available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00BDTRKV4

You can find Gina on FB: https://www.facebook.com/ginahootenpoppauthor

On Twitter: @Gina_Popp

And her website: http://hootenpopp.com/

Happy Reading!

Linda
www.linda-joyce.com

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