Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Romantic Touch of Magic

It's October and that means guests presenting Halloween stories!  This week in My Writing Corner I have the pleasure of featuring Veronica Lynch and her newest romance, Caper Magic.

Veronica Lynch, as well as her alter ego, Kat Henry Doran, tells us  she often travels to Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River to the historic Adirondack and Catskill Mountains for her settings. She likes them to feature strong characters and her books never fail to draw me in.  In her other life, she was a  nurse consultant and victim advocate. She says she and Kat have been called a lot of names, but the one they  both like best is Nana to Meredith, Ashlin, Owen and Kieran.   
 Let's start with a blurb:   
P.I. Nick Forrester comes to Cape Brendan ostensibly to assist with Caper Madness, a month long celebration of everything Halloween. In reality he is tracking a woman on the run. Within days he is confronted by Annunciata Doyle, a vivid reminder of a pain-filled past.
 

 After retreating to Cape Brendan in defeat and humiliation, Nunie Doyle's only hope was to make the best of forced retirement. There, in this quaint tourist town on the shores of Lake Ontario, she earned the love and respect of new friends and neighbors—and put her talent for helping women to good use.
          With the mutual goal of making Caper Madness the best ever, Nick and Nunie fight tooth and nail on the personal level, each discovering a new side to the other, sides that make them consider making drastic changes for the rest of their lives. 

         This attraction: complete madness—or sheer magic? 


Naturally I had a few questions for Nick and Nunie.
Let's start with Nick. Tell us, why is Caper Madness important?
 
 It is a story based on what happens when people rush to make judgments before knowing all the facts. It also brings to light the modern day underground railroad and those who assist women and children escape abuse and mal-treatment after the legal system fails them.
What’s your impression of Nunie Doyle?

Before I really knew her I considered Annunciata Doyle to be a nosy busybody, stick-up-her-ass advocate who'd bang a drum for Typhoid Mary if Mary sang the right tune. Then I saw Nunie in action, working her heart out to make Caper Madness succeed, treating others, even those who don't deserve it, with unflagging kindness, and baking pies that made my taste buds sing the Hallelujah Chorus. That woman weaves a lattice crust that will bring tears to your eyes.

What intrigues you about her?
Her laugh and unflagging belief in the goodness of others.
What makes you want to run from her?
Her laugh and unflagging belief in the goodness of others.
 Now that gives me a whole new set of questions, but let's move on to Nunie--it is your turn.

Why did you come to Cape Brendan?
After I was terminated from my position as Director of Crime Victim Services, I decided to take a long overdue vacation. I gassed up my car and drove north, heading for no place in particular. The road ended in Cape Brendan, a charming tourist town on the cusp of Lake Ontario where it pours into the Saint Lawrence River. It captured my heart and after a few weeks' stay, I decided to make a life there.
 
What makes you want to stay?
The people accepted me with no questions about me or my past, my mistakes or failures. They believe in me and have made me a Caper, the term they use to describe themselves.
 
What frightens you about Nick?
He has a fearsome temper though keeps it in check. He is quite rigid in his beliefs but is not afraid or embarrassed to admit when he's wrong--about me or Caper Madness or his boss, a skeeving git of an attorney.


What attracts you? His eyes which are as blue as a Kerry lake and his smile which, when it breaks the confines of his visage, warms my heart.

Thanks for the answers. I think you've both made us all want to visit Cape Brendan. Here are the buy links:

Wild Rose Press:  https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/3329-caper-magic.html


Amazon:  wwwAmazon.com/Caper-Magic-Hauntings-Garden-Veronica=ebook/dp/B00O0FVUDC/ref=pd-rhf
Thanks, Veronica, for being my guest and introducing us to Nick and Nunie. Any questions for Veronica?



































Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Captivated by An Engaging Romance

What better way to start off the month of October--when we all get to dress up and pretend we're someone else--than with a book about a heroine who is also playing pretend with a very rich hero! That's the basis for the newest book by author Charlotte O'Shay who is the guest in My Writing Corner today.

Charlotte says she was born into a big family and married into a bigger one. She tells us she honed her negotiating skills at the dinner table and that led to a career in law. After having four children, she traded in her legal career to write romance and boy, are we happy about that! She has written some wonderful stories.

She says still lives on the far west side only 3 subway stops from where she grew up, and Charlotte goes on to say that when she isn't reading or writing steamy contemporary romances featuring heroines in crisis and swoony heroes with issues, she is usually on the hunt for that perfect pair of sunglasses.

Her newest book, A Model Engagement, sounds like a great story that can sweep us all away into a fascinating world, along with her heroine.

 Lacey Reed jumps at the chance for independence with a career in the big city. But her naivety and ambition blind her to the lure of a blackmailer.  

With her savings gone she has nowhere to turn when she literally runs into financier Connor Devlin. 

Though dazzled by Lacey, Connor sees the desperation she tries to hide. He hires her as his fake fiancée. Now Lacey has a job and he has a bandage for a family crisis.

When the blackmailer ups the ante, Lacey resolves to face him down— no matter what the consequences.

Does that mean Lacey will lose the only man who’s ever seen who she truly is? 

Want more?  Let's get a short excerpt:

      In that moment, she relived just why she needed a job so damn bad. In that moment, all she could remember were the targeted emails, the strategic telephone calls ad the persuasive texts she'd received from Barry as he set out to reel her in like the very gullible fish she was. 
       It all came back like a rush of filthy sewage.
      How he’d drawn her in. Discovered her desire to reap the most financial benefit
 from her career before retiring. Then, in a seemingly normal progression, he set up a meeting at his office. Designed for shoptalk so that they could discuss photographic details of her breakout exclusive ad campaign for Mon Secret.
His home office as it turned out, complete with multiple couches and a closet full of evening wear and fur, props for the shoot. Lacey had developed a veneer of sophistication during her four plus years in the business. Or so she’d thought. But Barry’s lavish living and working space wowed her.  
She cringed as she remembered telling him how eager she was to start.
Lacey relived it all in that split second and Connor, who’d done nothing more than offer her his jacket and then a ride home was suddenly a stand in for the monster who had taken her piece of mind along with practically every red cent she possessed. 
If you'd like to get in touch with Charlotte, please do. She says she LOVES to hear from readers.
 Sign up to her newsletter to find out about giveaways and new releases: http://eepurl.com/b4lbvn

Web: charlotteoshayauthor.com
Twitter (@charlotte_oshay)
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The City of Dreams series are standalone books linked by the wedding in The Marriage Ultimatum.
Book 1, The Marriage Ultimatum ~ Sabrina & Vlad
Book 2, A Model Engagement ~ Lacey & Connor
Book 3, An Illicit Affair ~ Honey & Jake
 
Twitter @charlotte_oshay

Blog/Website

Goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15278108.Charlotte_O_Shay

Thank you, Charlotte, for being my guest today. Any questions or comments for Charlotte?


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A Hot Romance for the Cold Season

What is better to warm up a cold fall evening than to curl up with a steamy romance. That's just what we have today as author Gemma Snow visits to introduce us to the characters in her newest romance, Seduction en Pointe.

Gemma is the author of several works of romance and erotic fiction in both the contemporary and historical genres, and she says enjoys pushing the limits of freedom, feminism and fun in her stories. She has been an avid writer for many years and recently moved back to her home state of Jew Jersey from Boston, after completing her education in journalism and creative writing.

She says that in her free time she loves to travel and she spent a semester abroad living in a 14th century castle in the Netherlands. When not exploring the world, though, she likes dreaming up stories, eating spicy food, driving fast cars, and talking to strangers.

Here's a look at her newest title:

When successful TV star of the Queen Anne’sRevenge, Nicco Castillo, finds his lover in bed with another man, other man, he goes full on Hollywood trainwreck. It lands him in the ER. The next thing he knows, the producers are shipping him off to Paris to shape up and to learn to dance for the next season's story arc.

But his incredibly tempting Parisian ballet instructor, Isabella LaCroix, makes that all too difficult, especially when he learns about her decadent desires -- desires Nicco is all too pleased to indulge in.

Warning--This story is hot!  But I wanted to know a little more about Nicco...

Nicco, what brought you to Paris? 

I didn’t want to come to Paris. My producer is a real SOB and anyone in Hollywood knows Hartley Parker can break a man’s career in the blink of an eye. I’m lying in a hospital bed after the most humiliating experience of life and he tells me that if I don’t learn to twinkle my toes in this inane ballet class in Paris – really just an excuse for them to keep me by the short hairs – then I’ll be dancing out without a job. That’s why I’m in Paris.

What was it about Isabelle that caught your attention?

You ever look at a Greek statue, yeah, one of the half-naked ones with all the wet drapery and the perfect features and you know that if that state came to life they would just glow, right? From the minute I walked into that office and saw her sitting there, all haughty and so French, tight ponytail, I wanted her. And I wanted to help her too, crazy as that sounds. I know pretty well why people wear masks of stone. 

What keeps you wanting her?

See, that's the thing. Isabelle, she was Miss LaCrois in the beginning. She wanted nothing to do with me. And I should have stepped back. I hadn't come to Paris expecting love, nor had I wanted it, not after everything that went down with my ex-boyfriend back in Hollywood, but I couldn't get this woman out of my mind.  I'll be honest. The colder she was to me and the harder she pushed me in the ballet class, the more I wanted her. We're different people, Isabelle and I. She tens to push down when she's hurting and I push out -- the the reason I got my sorry ass sent to Paris in the first place. But when we were fighting against the same thing, well, that changed everything between us. 

What concerns you about this growing relationship?

Belle and I, we've both been hurt before. Her ex-husband was a real piece of work and I think he made her doubt herself more than she lets on. And my whole thing with Antonio isn't exactly a Shakespearean comedy, ya know. We're not used to trusting people or relying on people, either of us and that can be a really hard thing to work around. But she's worth trying. 

Have you come to any decisions about your future?

The future? Do I look like a future-thinking kind of guy? All I know, and I haven't figure out how, is that I'm going to keep Isabelle in mine. No matter what....

If you would like to see what happens to Nicco and Isabelle, here are the buy links:

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And if you would like to directly ask Gemma questions, you can reach her on:

Or at GemmaSnow.com

Thank you, Gemma, for being my guest today!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Joy of Listening

When I was in elementary school one of the most fun parts of my day was the hour after lunch when our teacher would read to us.  I can’t remember the names of the books, but I remember it being a daily occurrence in several grades and different schools. We could color or draw while the teacher read, and the entire experience was something I always enjoyed.

Twenty years ago I re-discovered the joy of having someone read to me. During long drives every weekend between where I worked in Los Angeles and my home that was still in Las Vegas, I began listening to audio books. My boss who had made the same trip for several years made the suggestion to me and once I discovered the joy of audio books, I’ve never been able to give it up.

I started with audio tapes back in those days and found myself buying and listening to books I’d already read. I listened to the classics like Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice and Rebecca. I went through whole mystery series of my favorite authors like Sue Grafton. I listened to romance favorites like Debbie Macomber. I’ve never been able to stop. As the years went on and the car stereos went from tape to CDs, I acquired whole libraries of all my favorite authors and never left home without an audio book. From trips to the grocery store to long distance trips across country, I enjoyed books while I drove. 

Now technology has come given me a way to listen to books on audio so that I never have to leave home without one or find I’ve heard everything in the car. These days I can use either my ipad and I just discovered how easy it is to upload them on my phone. Many of my writing friends feel the same way, Almost all of us admit to driving around the block one more time before going home  just to hear an exciting part of an audio book.  

And to take the joy of listening one step further, I’ve discovered yet another reason for celebrating audio books. The publisher of my most of my books, The Wild Rose Press, has begun putting books on audio and I hope to one day be able to listen to my own books.  
            
But even before I get to hear my work, some of my fellow authors are beginning to have their books released on audio. I am excited at the prospect of hearing my favorites and discovering some new TWRP authors as well. This week I got a notice from one of my favorite authors, Andrea Downing that her Golden Quill Award winning novella, and winner of a Maple Leaf Award for Favorite hero, Dearest Darling,  was available on audio and I can hardly wait to listen to it.  

Stuck in a life of servitude to her penny-pinching brother, Emily Darling, longs for a more exciting existence. When a packet with travel tickets, meant for one Ethel Darton, accidentally lands on her doormat, Emily sees a chance for escape. Having turned down the dreary suitors that have come her way, is it possible a new existence also offers a different kind of man?

Daniel Saunders has carved out a life for himself in Wyoming -- a life missing one thing -- a wife. Having scrimped and saved to bring his mail-order bride from New York, he is outraged to find in her stead a runaway fraud. Even worse, the imposter is the sister of of his old enemy. But people are not always as they seem and sometimes the heart knows more than the head.  Here is the link to buy if you'd like to listen.

https://www.amazon.com/Dearest-Darling-Love-Letters/dp/B075D9M43X/

And here is a link to the blog Andi did on her audio book experience.

http://rosesofprose.blogspot.com/2017/08/making-me-audible-by-andrea-downing.html

Personally I am continuing my love affair with audio books. I have an extended road trip coming up and Dearest Darling is one of the audio books I will be taking along for the ride. If you haven't tried an audio book, I highly suggest it. You may find yourself driving around the block too.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Escaping into History with Romance

Historical romances are always high in my reading pile, and like any avid reader, I'm always looking around for new books and different authors to read. This week I am featuring one of those new authors in My Writing Corner, Loreen Augeri.  

Like so many other authors, she tells us her love affair with reading and writing began as a child. She would make up her own stories about a girl and her horse. While her college degree was in computer technology, her enjoyment of the written word extended into her adult life, and she now works in a library.

Loreen says she always enjoyed reading historical romances from the time her children were babies, and eventually she decided to try to write one herself. Her first attempt was simple to see if she could actually do it, but eventually that led to her wish to be published. Her newest book is Not A Gentleman.

When Juliana Stevenson's father dies under suspicious circumstances, her greedy uncle betroths her and her sister to vile men for his profit. They refuse to be part of his plan and flee, but her uncle hires an arrogant, demanding man to bring them back.

Needing money to care for his brother and sister and repair a manor in disrepair, Nicholas Blackstone agrees to find the women. He captures Juliana but not her sister and imprisons her in his manor until he can discover the whereabouts of her sibling. 

Juliana's body calls to Nicholas, but she can never be his--her life is already mapped out. Can they fight the passion pulling them together while her father's killer stalks them? 

Want more?  Let's get an excerpt!


The small, warm form lay still below him. Had he killed her? No. Her ragged gasps penetrated his fear. Nicholas hadn't meant to land so hard, but the aggravating chit deserved it. She held a gun on him and threatened to shoot!

But she was a woman and a small one at that. He jumped off her, grabbed her arm and hauled her to her feet. 

"Let go...  of ... me." She panted as she fought to catch her breath.
"Are you hurt?"
"I don't... know. Probably. You pounced on me." She fought to free herself.
He released her. "You had a gun."
Miss Stevenson brushed the dirt from her bodice and skirt. "You tried to kidnap us."
"I wasn't kidnapping you. I was returning you and your sister to your uncle. He is worried about you." He strode to one side of the cave and scooped up the gun lying beside the wall. 
"He doesn't care for us. His concern is how much money our marriages will bring him." She examined her palm and winced. "We won't go back."
"He is your guardian." He peered at her hands. "You cut yourself."
"It's your fault, and he's not my guardian. I am of age."
"Well, Miss Emily isn't, and he wants you both. Where will your sister hide?"
"I have no idea."

She walked away. This female who didn't reach his should actually walked away. He thought his job would be quick and easy, and he would soon be with his brother and sister with money to start repairing the crumbling estate he inherited, so he could return to the army where he belonged. Where exasperating women didn't question his orders and answered when asked for information. He ran to catch up and grabbed her elbow. 
"Where are you going?

If you want more, you will need to buy the book.  Here are the  buy links:
Amazon e-book: https://www.amazon.com/Not-Gentleman-Loreen-Augeri-ebook/dp/B073N1CYCX/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1503506162&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=Not+A+Gentlaman
Amazon paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Not-Gentleman-Loreen-Augeri/dp/1509215972/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1503506268&sr=1-1
The Wild Rose Press e-book: https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/5206-not-a-gentleman.html?search_query=not+a+gentleman&results=6
The Wild Rose Press paperback: https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/paperback-books/5246-not-a-gentleman-paperback.html
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/not-a-gentleman-loreen-augeri/1126668442?ean=2940158815836

If you would like to contact Loreen, here is her contact information:
Website: www.loreenaugeri.com Facebook: facebook.com/loreenaugeri Twitter ID : @LoreenAugeri
Goodreads author page:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4094757.Loreen_Augeri
Thank you, Loreen, for being my guest.  Any questions or comments?
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Time Slip into Romantic Suspense

Stories that feature time travel have always captured my interest so I'm always excited to find something new in that arena. When I started reading about author Casi McLean's Lake Lanier series I was immediately hooked and wanted to know more. Casi is my guest today in My Writing Corner and she not only introduces her new story but tells us a little about where the idea originated. 



Casi is an award winning romantic suspense author who mixes romance with suspense and a sprinkle of magic. Her books are filled with eerie twists and what she calls believable time slips in their mystical plots and, of course she includes plenty of romance, suspense and a sprinkle of magic. Her book, Beneath the Lake, which was the Lake Lanier Mysteries book one, was awarded the 2016 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence for best romantic suspense. She says she likes to mix "believable heroines with delicious, hot heroes." Now there is a recipe for fun reading! 

The newest book in the Lake Lanier Mysteries, Beyond the Mist, promises to be another page turner. 


Piper Taylor concedes she’ll never fall in love, until a treacherous storm spirals her into the arms of the handsome Nick Cramer. Unrelenting remorse over a past relationship haunts Nick, but he can’t deny the mysterious connection and hot desire Piper evokes.
The allure of a secret portal hidden beneath Atlanta’s Lake Lanier tempts him into seizing the opportunity to change his mistakes. But his time slip triggers consequences beyond his wildest dreams.

Can Piper avoid the international espionage and terrorism of 2001 New York, find Nick, and bring him home before he alters the fabric of time, or will the lovers drift forever Beyond The Mist?
What inspired the Lake Lanier mysteries? Here's her reply: 
A ghost town time forgot––the eerie lore attached to a rural area sleeping beneath Atlanta's famous man-made lake, Sidney Lanier, fascinated me. Homes, churches, businesses and untold stories still linger hidden within it's 38,000 acres of water, and fed by the Chestatee and Chattahooche Rivers. What Inspired my series? The strange phenomenon, vanishings, eerie lore, and ghost sitings sparked my muse.
Looper Speedway, a half-mile dirt track where bootleggers competed with their souped-up cars, bared its cement stands in a recent draught. The moonshiners of the 1940's added built-in suspense, not to mention the birth of NASCAR.


A portion of the grandstands, once submerged beneath Lake Lanier, bared its remains near the shoreline Monday, Dec. 17, 2007. As a record drought took it's toll on the 38,000-acre man-made reservoir that supplies more than three million residents with water in metro Atlanta and north Georgia. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

There's a Lady of the Lake who haunts the ghost town too

Swimmers get trapped among the deadfall of sheared-off trees and town remains until they join her in her watery grave. Even expert divers get tangled beneath the murky surface, hence the lake's unnerving label: Lanier never gives up its dead. These stories are the basis for what inspired Beneath The Lake. The inspiration beckoned me, begging for a story to be told. What a perfect setting for my romantic time-slip suspense series.
Tune in to Katie O'Sullivan's blog tomorrow to see why I love writing time travel: https://katieosullivan.blogspot.com

I know I will be checking that out! And I think I'll go back and get that first book too--I love starting at the beginning of a series.

Here are the buy links and information for contacting Casi.

Author Links:

 Website     Twitter     Facebook     Goodreads     Amazon Author Page     BLOG

Buy Links:

Universal world-wide Amazon:  http://myBook.to/BeyondTheMist


Thanks, Casi, for being my guest and introducing us to Lanier Lake and time-slip romantic suspense. Any questions or comments?


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Get Cozy with a New Mystery

Cozy mystery novels have long been among my favorite reading material, and it's always fun to find a new series to follow. Today's guest in My Writing Corner is author LeeAnn Betts, who writes cozy mystery novels, while her real life persona, Donna Schlacter, writes historical suspense.

LeeAnn has released five titles in her cozy mystery series, By the Numbers. Her latest book, Hidden Assets,  was released in June and it sounds like just the right title to end the summer reading season.

Let's have a look at Hidden Assets. 

Carly Turnquist, forensic accountant, responds to a call from her friend, Anne, who is in the middle of a nasty divorce, and travels to Wyoming to help find assets Anne thinks her husband has stolen. But the mystery begins before Carly even arrives when she sees a man thrown off a train. Except there’s no body. Husband Mike uncovers an illegal scam in a computer program he has been asked to upgrade, and then Anne is arrested for her ex’s murder. 

Can Carly figure out what’s going on, and why a strange couple is digging in Anne’s basement? Or will she disappear along with the artwork, coins, and money?
This calls for more!  Here's an excerpt:

Carly pushed through the door into the small foyer between cars, and paused. The sun was well set now, and their train seemed to be slowing. She stepped nearer the window and raised the glass. A porter passed by, and she turned to him. “Excuse me, why are we stopping?”
“Nothing serious, Miss. Just to let the express westbound train pass.”
“Okay, thank you.”
She turned back and breathed in the smells and sights of the train. Diesel. Squealing brakes. The smell of hot metal. Cool evening air. Apparently, May in Wyoming wasn’t as warm as May in Bear Cove. And as the train settled to a halt, the hissing of steam, the groaning of metal coming to rest.
Faint at first, then building in volume, metal wheels on metal tracks drew closer. A train horn, low and mournful, recognizable anywhere, sounded from behind her train. And then the westbound express streamed past. In one of the passenger cars, a small boy waved at her, and she waved back. In another, somebody pulled down the blind. In yet another, two men struggled on an open platform between two cars before one fell over backwards on the opposite side of the train. The remaining man peered over as he gripped the ladder leading to the roof of the car, then adjusted his jacket and stepped back inside the car.
She gasped. And blinked. And craned her neck to look at the train passing by again.
Had she seen what she thought she saw?
Surely her overactive imagination was simply playing tricks on her.
And if not, somebody would raise the alarm and stop the express train.
But the final car passed her, and all she saw were the tracks, glinting dully in the moonlight, and a foot, propped at an odd angle, the rest of the body out of sight on the slope running down and away from the track bed.
The diesel engines on her train revved and moaned with the effort of starting their forward momentum again, until finally the wheels beneath her spun, gathering speed, and her train pulled out onto the main track once more.
Hurry, hurry. Catch up with it! Her mind screamed, but her body froze in place, her fingers gripping the bottom ledge of the window.
Her heart pounded in rhythm with the powerful diesel engine pushing and pulling her train. For several moments, she was certain she would faint.
But she was not the fainting type.
She was the action type.
She glanced from left to right, hoping Mike had come back looking for her.
But no, he wouldn’t. He couldn’t have been gone more than three or four minutes. He’d think she was still trying to decide which book to buy.
She stepped into the gift car. Maybe if she changed her surroundings, she’d realize her imagination had almost run away with her. Because otherwise, what she’d seen was too horrible to even consider.
To throw a man like a piece of trash off a fast-moving train was unthinkable.
Inhuman.
She needed to find someone to help her understand what had happened.
There had to be a rational explanation.
There had to be.

Because otherwise, that reality was just too much to consider.

If you would like more information on Leeann or Donna, she has written a devotional for accountants, bookkeepers, and financial folk, Counting the Days, and with her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, has published a book on writing, Nuggets of Writing Gold, a compilation of essays, articles, and exercises on the craft. 

She publishes a free quarterly newsletter that includes a book review and articles on writing and books of interest to readers and writers. You can subscribe at www.LeeannBetts.com or follow Leeann at www.AllBettsAreOff.wordpress.com All books are available on Amazon.com in digital and print, and at Smashwords.com in digital format.


Thanks, Leeann/Donna for being my guest today! Any questions or comments?