Tuesday, August 9, 2022

A Bag Full of Romance and Suspense

When I think of purses, I always think of my mother. She was constantly shopping for purses of all shapes and sizes, and I think she passed her habit on to me. Today's guest in My Writing Corner, Wendy Kendall, caught my attention when I learned about her own love of handbags. Her passion for purses, mystery and writing come together in the intriguing Purse Suit Mysteries.

Her book, Kat Out of the Bag, introduced Katherine Watson purse designer/sleuth.  As Kat moves from designer bags to body bags, she's uncovering clues to a murder. The prequel, Purse-Stachio Makes A Splash delves into a chilling cold case. The romantic suspense, Snow Kiss Cookies To Die For created a tangle of mystery and love and raises suspicions about Desiree's romantic new sweetheart, Leo. 

Now Wendy has a new summer read that will keep you on the edge of your beach towel, Cherry Shakes In The Park. It blends danger, divas, and frothy delights. Wendy says she enjoys investigating the Pacific Northwest life, and she leaves a trail of her own clues as a blogger, YouTube podcaster, speaker, project manager, and syndicated columnist. Just wait until you see what Katherine Watson and her friends in Bayside face in their next adventure.

Let's get a blurb:

Selling ice cream on a bike cart, Bryson Tanner pedals his way into a double mystery.

Bryson is training for Olympic trials in track and field, when his coach's brother disappears. The police find no cause for opening a case, but Bryson and Coach disagree. What they uncover leaves Bryson cornered, his life at risk. 

Bryson is also plagued by mysteries of the heart. His ex, Marta is back and stars in the acting troupe's weekend show in the park. She'd stomped on his heart once. Could he trust her with it again? Marta's co-star, Senona charms Bryson over cherry shakes in the park. He's torn between rekindling his past, or starting a new flame. He joins Senona on the actors' mystery hunt, where the winner receives a career-boosting prize. 

Who knew the actors' clue hunt would merge with the kidnapping? Danger escalates during a midsummer night's dalliance at desolate Loon point.

Want to know more about this book?  How about an excerpt:

        “Bryson, Vince might have been kidnapped.” Coach’s voice tremored.

“What? That’s crazy.” 

Coach leaned against his car. Bryson faced him. “The cops will find him. They’re on the case now.” 

Coach put his hand up to his forehead. “What is this about? There’s been no ransom call. They think they found blood. What did Vince get himself into?” 

    They stood speechless, as the cops worked. Jason and Hobbs left the scene, and the dog jumped back into the car. Jason came over. “They’re done with me for now. It’s going to be a long night, and there’s nothing either of you can do at this point. They’ll call you as soon as they know more. I suggest you wait at home.” 

Coach slowly shook his head. “No, I’ll wait here.” 

Jason looked at Bryson, then back at Coach. “Okay. Stay back here while they’re collecting evidence. Good night.” 

As they watched his patrol car leave, Bryson got an idea. “Coach, he’s right, there’s nothing you can do for Vince here—” 

“I’m not leaving. You go ahead.” 

“Listen, you wanted to check out Vince’s laptop. This would be a good time to go to his house. By morning the cops will think of searching there, and they’ll probably put crime scene tape up and not let you in. We can go now.” 

Coach slowly straightened up as Bryson’s words sank in. “Good idea.”


Bryson got in his jeep. “I’ll follow you.” 


This story sounds intriguing, but if you want to read on, you'll have to buy the book. Here are the buy links as well as the information on how to get in touch with Wendy.

Buy Links:

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Wendy-Kendall/e/B085FWG8Q3?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1657503282&sr=8-1 

Barnes and Noble - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cherry-shakes-in-the-park-wendy-kendall/1141622049?ean=2940186707899 

KOBO - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kat-out-of-the-bag 

Social Contacts

Website – WendyWritesBooks.com

Facebook – WendyKendallMysteries

Twitter - @wendywrites1

Instagram - wendyekendall

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

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

A Sweet Summer Treat

Don't we all have those favorite authors we keep going back to whenever they have a new book coming out? I know I do. Some authors I enjoy so much I find myself re-reading their books from time to time. Joining us once again is today's guest in My Writing Corner, Virginia Barlow. She has just had her second book in the One Scoop or Two series published by The Wild Rose Press called Key Lime Coconut Curse.

Virginia appeared in My Writing Corner a few weeks ago, where we featured her first book in TWRP's One Scoop or Two Series called S’mores Siren Song. As she told us, she has been married to her best friend for 39 years. When she isn't writing, she says she loves to knit, crochet and quilt.

Virginia's latest book, Key Lime Coconut Curse, sounds like a winner!

Let's get a blurb:

Tilly O’ Brian returns to Key West, Florida following a brutal divorce and her ex wants revenge. When Cole Turner follows her home, she isn’t sure if he’s her ex’s newest spy or the dark warlock coming to steal the family talisman. But the powerful chemistry between them won’t be denied.

Cole Turner has been hired to get information on Tilly. With one look, he realizes she’s innocent and a witch. Powerful warlocks and demons converge on Key West and Tilly’s life is in danger. They must focus their power to survive.
Then there’s the matter of the curse….

Doesn't that peak your interest as a fun summer read? Want to learn more, let's get an excerpt:

She set the spoon down and stared at the dish. If it wasn’t the ice cream, it must be the customer. Aunt Mable was wrong. Her customer/stalker had to be the dark warlock.

Tilly stood and hurried to the front. “I’m going down to the beach for a few minutes. I’ll be right back. If anything happens, you can text or call.” She smiled at Kamie as she closed the shop door behind her.

Once she reached the beach, Tilly dialed Aunt Mable and filled her in on the events in the store and her suspicions. She walked the beach and kept her distance from other people so she wasn’t overheard. The conversation was private and for Aunt Mable’s ears only.

Silence filled the other end of the line. “You think the stranger is here for the talisman?”

“Yes.” Tilly glanced around and quickened her step. A couple of joggers ran up behind her. She turned around and slowed her pace so they could pass. “What other explanation is there?”

“Your stalker is not the black warlock. In my vision, he’s shorter, and his hair is darker.”

She clasped the phone to her ear. “How can you be sure? You haven’t seen the man who’s been following me?”

Aunt Mable chuckled. “I did see him. I asked the stones to reveal him to me this morning, and they did. I must admit, he’s one fine-looking man. If I were younger, I’d go after him. He’s got quite a nice package.”

Tilly froze. “The stones showed you his ‘package’?” Her voice rose an octave.

“He was in the shower when I asked the stones about him.” Her aunt’s voice was matter of fact, as if spying on naked men were a regular thing. “I didn’t know he got up at six a.m. to shower. Nor did I anticipate he would turn to rinse the lather off his back while I watched.”

Tilly choked. “Jeez, Auntie, did you see anything else?”

Aunt Mable chuckled. “Asking for a friend?

Tilly rolled her eyes. She realized how it sounded as soon as the words burst from her mouth. “No. Did you see anything else, as in, something magical like a talisman, grimoire, or mystical object? Something revealing he’s a warlock?”

Her aunt sighed. “No, just his beautiful, muscular body.”

Tilly closed her eyes. Sometimes her imagination worked too well. “So, do you think the ice cream is cursed and caused the situation earlier, or another witch is in town and causing mischief?”

“I don’t know.” Aunt Mable’s voice faded off as if she were a million memories away.


Thank you Virginia, for being my guest today on My Writing Corner.  To learn more about Virgina and her books, here are her buy links and social contact information.

Buy Links (including Goodreads and BookBub)

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Key-Lime-Coconut-Curse-Scoop-ebook/dp/B09Z9YRMMK/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2ZLGOLRB2P0HZ&keywords=Key+Lime+Coconut+Curse&qid=1654392050&sprefix=key+lime+coconut+curse%2Caps%2C142&sr=8-1

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/key-lime-coconut-curse-virginia-barlow/1141502646?ean=2940185729601

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61220683-key-lime-coconut-curse

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/key-lime-coconut-curse-by-virginia-barlow

Social Media Links:

Website: https://www.virginia-barlow.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Virgini35142126

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/virginiasromancenook/?hl=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3046288755596817

Are there any comments or questions for Virginia?

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

An Engaging Summer Series

Buying and reading books in a series has long been one of my favorite ways to pick out my next book to read. For years, I've looked forward to my favorite authors' latest books to learn what is happening in their characters' worlds now.  Keeping up with favorite characters' lives is so much fun.  That's one of the reasons I have developed a few series of my own--the Dead Man and Blues series.

Today's guest, Jana Richards appeared previously in My Writing Corner, when  Book 2 of the Masonville series, To Heal a Heart was featured. Jana now gives us the opportunity to return to the Masonville series, through Book 4, Strong Enough.  Today, Jana will interview Charlotte Saunders, a character in  Strong Enough but let's learn more about Jana first.

When Jana read her first romance novel, she tells us, she immediately knew two things: she had to commit the stories running through her head to paper, and they had to end with a happily ever after. She also knew she’d found what she was meant to do. Since then, she says she’s never met a romance genre she didn’t like. She writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and historical romance set in World War Two, in lengths ranging from short story to full length novel. Just for fun, she tells us, she likes to throw in a generous helpings of humor, and the occasional dash of the paranormal. Her paranormal romantic suspense novel, Seeing Things, was a 2008 EPPIE finalist. 

In her life away from writing, Jana is an accountant/admin assistant, a mother to two grown daughters, and wife to her husband, Warren. She says she enjoys golf, yoga, movies, concerts, travel and reading, not necessarily in that order. She and her husband live in Winnipeg, Canada. She says she loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.janarichards.com.

Now, let's learn more about Jana's book, Strong Enough. How about a blurb?

Charlotte Saunders has a full life—a rewarding career as a nurse, meaningful volunteer work at a dog shelter, and family, friends and pets she adores. But no matter how hard she tries, she can’t forget the horrible event that’s haunted her for ten years.

A survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Damon Greyson now helps others who have suffered trauma. His experience and intuition alert him to trouble in Charlotte’s past, and he wants to help her, if only she’d let him.

As they work together to help veterans suffering from PTSD and neglected dogs needing loving homes, their feelings for each other deepen. But when the trauma from Charlotte’s past roars back to life, both are forced to confront their painful histories—or die trying.

Jana agreed to interview her character, Charlotte:

Jana Richards: Hi Charlotte. Thank you for sitting down for an interview with me.

Charlotte Saunders: (Charlotte squirms in her chair.) You’re welcome.

JR: So, I understand that you volunteer at a dog shelter.

CS: Yes. I do whatever I can to make the lives of the dogs at the shelter more comfortable, and perhaps a little more bearable. 

JR: Why is helping at the shelter so important to you?

CS: Because dogs are beautiful, trusting animals. They deserve our protection. All animals do. 

JR: I have a feeling protecting dogs is very personal for you.

CS: Well, yes, of course it’s personal. Through my work at the shelter, I’ve seen how cruel people can be to dogs, how they use them for their own financial gain without any thought of the pain they’re inflicting on fellow creatures. It’s horrendous what people are capable of. I take personal offence to the cruelty, and I feel compelled to save suffering dogs.

JR: You can’t save every dog.

CS: (Frowns.) Maybe not, but I can certainly try. 

JR: Fair enough. Let’s change gears. Tell me about your relationship with Damon Greyson.

CS: We’re friends, that’s all.

JR: You’ve been friends for a long time, haven’t you?

CS: Yes, since we were kids, though we hadn’t seen each other for a long time until he moved to Masonville recently.

JR: What did you think of Damon when you were teenagers?

CS: I thought he was very shy and quiet. I wanted to draw him out because there was something…I don’t know…fragile about him back then.

JR: What do you mean?

CS: I guess I sensed he was hurting and I wanted to protect him. I’m not sure what made me think that. But then, not long ago when we were at Blair and Garrett’s wedding, he told me about being sexually abused as a child. I was outraged on his behalf. How could his parents have let that happen to him? But looking back, his shyness as a teen made sense. He was filled with shame he couldn’t speak about. But it wasn’t his fault. He was just a little boy. (Her eyes fill with tears, and she turns away.)

JR: I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to upset you.

CS: (Wipes her eyes with a tissue.) Sorry. Thinking about what Damon went through as a child makes me sad. And it makes me angry, too. Parents are supposed to protect their children.

JR: It’s obvious you care about Damon.

CS: Sure. As a friend.

JR: As a friend, sure. What do you like best about Damon?

CS: He’s a very compassionate person. He’s dedicated his life, and his life savings, to helping veterans with PTSD. Damon is a very special person and I admire what he’s doing.

JR: How do you feel about him, as a man?

CS: (Shrugs, looks away) I think he’s a wonderful man.

JR: Have you thought about having a relationship with Damon, beyond friendship? Have you thought about making love with him?

CS: (Her eyes widen in alarm.) Of course not. Like I told you, we’re friends. That’s all.

JR: What are you afraid of, Charlotte? Why is it you haven’t been in a relationship with a man since you were in college?

CS: I’m not afraid of anything. (She stands up.) I’ve got things to do. Are we done here?

JR: We’re done. For now. But we’ll talk again soon.

CS: (Charlotte walks away.) Don’t count on it. 

A very interesting interview!  Let's get an excerpt of Strong Enough.

    As their names were called, Charlotte reached for Damon’s outstretched hand and stepped into his arms. They glided effortlessly across the floor as if they’d been dancing together all their lives. As if they were perfectly in sync. 

    “You’ve been holding out on me, Greyson. You never told me you could dance.”

    He appeared uncomfortable with her compliment. “My school had obligatory ballroom dance classes. To be honest I haven’t danced in years, but apparently it’s like riding a bike. You never forget.”

    “Those classes were time well spent, I’d say.”


    To her surprise, his mouth twisted in distaste. “My mother would likely agree with you. She’d be the only one.” 

    Charlotte heard the bitterness in his voice. Last summer at Everett Branson’s funeral, she’d sensed a deep tension between the three Greyson children and their parents. Blair refused to invite her parents to the wedding. It seemed very important to her, so despite the odd request, Charlotte hadn’t questioned it. Now as she stared up at the tight line of Damon’s pursed lips, she wondered at the reason.  

    “In any case, you make even someone like me with two left feet look good.”

    To Charlotte’s relief, the tension eased from his face. 

    “Glad the classes weren’t a total waste of time.”

    With that, he pressed Charlotte close and spun her into a tight, fast spin. She let out a squeak of surprise and hung onto to his broad shoulders. As he straightened their steps, she laughed in pure delight. 

    “Maybe I don’t have two left feet after all.”

    “Maybe you just needed the right partner.”

    Charlotte stared at him, her heart doing a panicked two-step as she tried to interpret what he was saying. Did he want a different, more serious relationship with her? She needed to keep their relationship light because she didn’t think she could deal with a totally serious Damon Greyson. 

    “Anytime you want dance lessons, give me a call,” he said, a teasing light in his eyes. 

    She relaxed again, relieved their relationship remained in the friendly, playful zone. 

    “Get over yourself, Greyson. You’re not that good.”

    Damon laughed and spun her again. This time Charlotte was more prepared, matching his steps. He held her close and she was suddenly aware of her breasts pressed against the hard wall of his chest, of his chiseled chin, of the smell of his cologne. As he gazed down at her, all teasing gone from his dark brown eyes, Charlotte found it hard to breathe. 

    He leaned forward to whisper in her ear. “I think you make me look good.”  

Thank you, Jana, for being my guest this week on My Writing Corner. Here are Jana's buy links and social contact information.

Buy Links:

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09VNRFZW7 

Amazon CA - https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B09VNRFZW7 

Amazon UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B09VNRFZW7 

iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/strong-enough/id1615684106 

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/strong-enough-jana-richards/1141265231?ean=2940161031278 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60582342-strong-enough 

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/strong-enough-masonville-series-book-4-by-jana-richards 

Short Links:

Amazon ~ Amazon CA ~ Amazon UKiBooks ~ BookBub ~ Goodreads

Social Media Links:

Website:  http://www.janarichards.com

Blog:  http://janarichards.blogspot.com

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/JanaRichardsAuthor

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/JanaRichards_

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/author/janarichards

Amazon UK Author Page:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B002DEVWWG 

Newsletter Signup: http://janarichards.com/contact.html#newsletter 

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2892274Jana_Richards

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jana-richards 

Are there any comments or questions for Jana?

A Bag Full of Romance and Suspense

When I think of purses, I always think of my mother. She was constantly shopping for purses of all shapes and sizes, and I think she passed ...