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contents Michelle Robbins IN TRAINING ROCKIN’ THE ’NOG

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Lorna Peel’s Only You, Krystalyn Drown’s Spirit World, Rachel Kall’s Legally Undercover

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Relationships Part One and how they are expressed in book form By Julie Eberhart Painter

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I’m a romance author, a promoter, a graphic designer, and the creator of Cocktails Fiction & Gossip e-Magazine. I have many novels and short stories that are published and stons that are in process to be published with different publishers. As a promoter I created the new Magazine Cocktails Fiction & Gossip Magazine for everyone to participate in it, no limit to who will be in the magazine or what we will gossip about. It’s for all types of readers who like fiction and innocent gossip lol. I wanted to do something that I enjoy, have passion for, and I found that writing, promoting, and designing book trailers and covers are my real passion so I’m doing that and proud of what I’ve accomplished. Can’t have enough sleep, hick who needs it anyway LOL. Welcome and I hope you enjoy this issue.


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antasies are written so readers can enjoy a different world every time they open a book. Readers like to experience the rush that comes from living in a fantasy they may never experience or maybe experienced in a way or another. Whether it is romance, thriller, paranormal, suspense, or horror, writers only bring fantasies mixed with reality to make it believable for readers and make their enjoyment level elevate to a reality within the pages of an entertaining story. Yes, entertainment brings joy to our lives and it is an escape from our routine days. FANTASIES bring happiness to our lives! eading or writing stories like erotic romance, mass murderers, and blood hungry villain doesn’t mean authors or readers have experienced the life or are obsessed by performing such acts, however, authors are storytellers and entertainers, and they love to deliver a rush not only to readers but to themselves as well. Writing is enjoyable to every author, and an engaging story is most definitely enjoyable to all readers. So, do not be afraid as a reader to fantasize and live experiences you may never live in real life, but you are definitely lucky enough to enjoy it within the doors of your fantasy world with an intriguing story a talented author wrote. Enjoy the ride and continue discovering new authors and stories from many talented authors in the market today.

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Relationships Part One

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n the next three issues of Cocktails and Gossip, I’ll offer my thoughts on relationships and how they are expressed in book form. As a reviewer as well as a writer, I read between the lines. Starting with couples, we’ll follow it with the very complex dynamics of families, and then in Part Three, delve into a more personal story of gay and lesbian friends and lovers.

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well-known pop psychologist said: “We like best the people who make us feel good about ourselves.” These are words to live by in real life. In literature, a likable character can be deceptive until all is revealed. (Spoiler alert) I’m thinking of Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. In this book, we follow the disappearance of Amazing Amy. Can you believe any parents would name their child Amazing Amy? And then publish 18 books about her as she grows up? Might she become a sociopath? Wouldn’t you readers want to take the law into your own hands along with her skinny, flawless neck!

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eeping that in mind, one of the first “couple” rules reads “there is no place for three people in a relationship,” and “three’s a crowd.” So, the plot thickens.

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ecently someone said of heroes: “Love the boy and you’ll love the man.” This is true of Nick until he says: “Here’s where you stop liking me.” Yet you still like him for his self-effacing honesty. If you go over your reading inventory, you’ll find that it’s the boy in the man that appeals to readers, just is it that wounded girl in Amy that makes her so believable.

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n this modern day best seller, Gone Girl, the relationship between husband and wife is shown by having the two key players tell their stories separately. The husband, Nick, starts first in real time when he discovers his wife has disappeared on their fifth anniversary. His actions are logical: he’s selfconscious, even to mentioning that the TV program 48 Hours would have him convicted on their program. He laughs grimly, “The


husband always does it.” He feels like everyone is waiting for him to slip up. He’s dying inside and looks and feels like a fake while he tries to “act normal.” Then we read the fiveyear-long diary of his wife, Amy, who while retaining her need and love for Nick, shows increasing dissatisfaction with their marriage.

tory repeated itself. Being a native of the Philadelphia area, it always surprised me that Philadelphia took the lead among the elite/genteel with New York City only 70 miles away.

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ach character has a logical point of view and the action moves along, easy to follow, as we the readers learn about their families and friends, and try to ferret out what happened to Amy. It’s the vulnerable girl in the woman, no matter how our modern day heroines fight it, that make her loveable. Amy, whose parents “stole her childhood” by turning her life into a series of children’s books wishes for her own identity. ut conflict can come in more biblical forms such as “…cannot have two masters…” or less biblically, “Ah there’s the rub,” divided loyalties. The personality and character of book heroines and heroes along with villains interact psychologically through every aspect of literature.

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n old friend told me “relationships are hard.” She was in her late 80’s at the time; I know she spoke from experience. Having been a product of the Roaring Twenties, she’d had some doozies. Younger people tend to forget that the sixties era was not the first wild period in our social history. The twenties was a time of letting loose. Free love and interracial marriage, which occurred when the parties involved felt there was justification for experimental behavior, began flowing like an open dam among the classes that could afford the experimentation. Until the Depression, many families with old money had ballrooms in their homes. The Charleston was born--not in Charleston but in Philadelphia. When Dick Clark came along in the fifties with American Bandstand, his-

et’s look at some more classical examples in the man/woman, romance books.

trong woman 1500’s: in Taming of the Shrew, William Shakespeare’s play, or Kiss Me Kate, the musical, we see “headstrong woman meets determined man, object matrimony.” Throughout the drama, the characters stay entrenched in their basic beliefs and must be persuaded, cajoled or tricked out of them. We see this device used frequently today as our heroines are more independent and less inclined to “need” a man. more sensitive example is the vulnerable and emotional woman, like Amy. Consider The Thorn Birds, 1977, by Kathleen McCullough. Meggie, a young girl playing among her brothers, is seen helpless and frustrated when her favorite doll is taken. Her halfbrother, also an outcast (part Maori from an affair their mother had in New Zealand), rescues her doll and acts as her protector. This sets the stage for hero worship when she falls in love with a priest. Conversely, the priest has a perfectionist nature and an overdeveloped guilt complex that conflicts with his moral values when he falls in love with Meggie. Trapped in his logic-tight compartment—believing two opposing moral imperatives—his heroic desire to save her plays into their futures. He is also unattainable, her forbidden fruit, which she’s preconditioned from childhood to having snatched from her at her most fragile moments.

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uthors portray emotions and relationships with word usage. Staccato speech denotes impatience, while poetic language and long lyrical sentences show compas-

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sion. How do the characters speak? How do they express their emotions in words? Forceful people don’t suffer fools and are inclined to go to the root of the problem with short, unembellished sentences. Nowadays we call them “bottom-line thinkers.” Weaker or meeker people are likely to be more deferential, less specific or wordy. They hem and haw, dancing around the issues, often afraid to make eye contact regardless of their belief in what they are saying.

seducer. His speech was romantic, and his actions sensitive. He carried that solicitous and gently persuasive posture throughout the story.

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n the other side of the coin, take an obvious villain like “Bluebeard,” an old fairytale about a serial killer with all his dead wives in one bloody room. (Kids of any millennium have their violent dramas.) Bluebeard would be a cliché in today’s market.

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ody language, a dead giveaway called “a tell” in poker, like a twitch or another nervous habit, shows signs of genuine emotions. Pursed lips, crossed arms or knees, and backing away all give the attitude of disapproval or self-protection. Smiling, nodding and leaning in show approval and interest. We are not unconsciously watching for this when reading, but we’d notice if it were missing. nother excellent source of unrest is the protagonists’ goals and priorities: two masters. These relationship clashes create trouble as real as “forbidden fruit.” She wants a career; he wants her attention, or vice versa. The good authors negotiate the characters around their obstacles, and the stories come alive.

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onsider of The Bridges of Madison County, 1992, by Robert J. Waller. The hero was actually enticing a needy, lonely married woman to commit adultery—in her own home! We immediately forgive him because he’s a sympathetic character. (He made her feel desirable and good about herself.) He fulfilled her romantic fantasies. She’d been born into an emotional Italian family, but chose to marry a cold Midwestern farmer who traveled to equipment auctions.) Hero Robert Kincaid was the likable “last cowboy,” who spoke and acted in poetic and nonthreatening ways. He made the perfect 8

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haracters in conflict are all around us in real life. It’s not polite to ask people we hardly know so we have books for that. Contemporary romances are filled with conflicts. How the book characters are sketched produces the desired conflict, which propels a story to its satisfying and hopefully happy ending. It gives readers that sigh of satisfaction. ethods for portraying characters in conflict must come from a deep, personal and less simplistic place than “Loved him hated her.” How does their relationship affect their family, friends and co-workers, and in turn each other? Parental disapproval can solidify a couple—having a common enemy. Or it can tear them apart because of their self-hatred. Such a negative emotion reflects back on them, making them blame the loved one for their feelings. Perhaps they feel unworthy. They might become self-destructive, like the priest in The Thorn Birds, or always feel dissatisfied. We’ll talk about that next time when we address families and friendships.

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easer for the Part Two: What father figure in the animal kingdom is a stay-at-home


dad? He raises the babies, feeds and nurtures the children and keeps the household safe until the mother returns from “shopping.” Despite the shopping, the couple mates for life. Tune in to Cocktails, Fiction and Gossip in July to find the answer and learn about family dynamics. Visit Julie’s Web site at www.books-jepainter.com

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thor Mariah Lynne THE LOVE GYPSY A light-hearted time travel romance, The Love Gypsy is guaranteed to steal your heart. Set in the present, Raya, the gypsy, not only finds true love for the hard to please but also befriends time travelers needing to resolve problems in the present. She is middle aged, beautiful, and has the gift of insight, a gift that only enhances her matchmaking skills. When a gorgeous police detective, Brianna Breeze, is tricked into seeking her services, Raya tries to keep her away from a handsome stranger but their first meeting is hard for each of them to forget. Brianna knows better especially since she lecturessingle women about the perils of dating strangers but there’s something about this guy that she can’t resist. The Love Gypsy will have you rooting for what seems to be the impossible while warming your heart.

Visit the author’s website http://www.mariahlynne.com/ BLURB: Florida homicide detective Brianna Breeze can’t seem to catch a man unless she handcuffs him. So her best friend decides to take matters into her own hands and tricks Brianna into seeing the Love Gypsy, a time traveler’s friend noted for her extraordinary matchmaking skills. When a tall, muscular man wearing jeans, a black leather jacket, and slicked-back 50s hair bursts in on her first visit, Brianna is bewitched. Despite the gypsy’s warning not to get involved with him, Brianna can’t get him out of her mind—even though she, more than anyone, knows the pitfalls of romancing a stranger. A present-day murder, a mysterious vintage car registered in the distant past, and a smoking gun complicate the puzzle. Brianna doesn’t know if her lover from the past is a murderer, or a savior, but she’s willing to risk time travel to find out.

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One Woman’s World:

Are You Crazy? by Columnist:

Tanja Cilia Are you crazy? is one of the many

marks… well, let’s try that tack. supposedly rhetorical, derogatory questions Persons who abuse others sometimes do so because they feel threatened by them, or that tormentors ask their domestic abuse because they want to prove ‘ownership’ or victims. ‘superiority’. The expected reply, as the targets cower in And it is obvious that a victim who is in a a corner of the room, arms covering their faces, is supposed to be “”yes”; for this gives vulnerable position makes a “good” target, since the ensuing drama will give the ofthe , power-crazy bullies satisfaction – and fender an added buzz… look how good I am an added ‘reason’ to mete out further punat getting this idiot into a tizzy. ishment. According to various studies, mental condiThe irony is that there really is a definite tions that made persons more likely to be connection between domestic violence and victimized include bipolar condition, anorexia mental ill-health… and both the perpetranervosa and bulimia, schizophrenia, and obtors and victims may be either male, or sessive compulsive disorder. female. It makes sense, therefore, for health profesIt is, of course, debateable whether people become mentally unstable after having suf- sional to check for domestic violence problems each time someone with mental health fered abuse, or whether the fact that they problems walks into the clinic. are not well is a contributory factor to their abuse, because those who do not treat them There is only one snag to this – how many people will admit that they are being syswell think that ridiculing them is simply not tematically abused in spite of, or because enough. of, their mental health problems? Victims Again, we have to ask whether victims of domestic abuse seek to keep it hidden – women in their majority – would have sufwhether they are threatened with further fered from clinical depression after the abuse begins, or whether the anxiety state is harm if they reveal their injuries, or not. a direct result of the abuse. The statistics in- For it is humiliating and embarrassing to tell someone that the person who shares your dicate that abuse could begin well before or after the clinical conditions were diagnosed, bed is not doing right by you; that you cannot watch what you want, when you want, however; but they were exacerbated, if they on television; that you cannot eat on the had pre-existed, after the abuse. same table, and in the same room, and at The big picture, inevitably, is “hit a person when he’s down”. If it’s irrational anger that the same time, as your “superior being”, that you are trapped inside one room and only brings on the drama – let it. If it’s snide reallowed out of it when your jailer thinks you

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have been good enough to deserve it… and more. Whether the abuse is emotional, psychological, or physical, people are reluctant to confess it to perfect strangers. Even when a patient comes from a “pillar of society” family, it makes sense for doctors to delve deeper behind mental health issues. They could literally be saving that person’s life as well as trying to save his sanity. When he calls you crazy… Two dozen things to remember… 1. You may be in this position because you are already vulnerable. Make sure you have a support system available; family, friends, or a Helpline, and Plan B. 2. Write down specifics: threats of harm, humiliation, isolation, blame, being left to make one’s way home from dangerous places, and threats of harm against children or pets. 3. Abuse is about control and domination. Insults are never “only joking”. 4. There will be accusations that are meant to undermine your self-esteem and make you question your sanity; if you realise this, it actually proves that you are not crazy; 5. Remember that abuse and depression are facets of the same vicious circle. 6. Nobody can actually define ‘crazy’; in a combat situation, on the other hand, there is no such thing as normal behaviour. 7. Get witnesses. Abusers usually wait until a person is alone before attacking, but sometimes you can catch them off their guard. Take photos of marks of physical abuse, and send them to someone else for safekeeping. 8. Insecurity, low self-esteem, and dysfunctional patterns from childhood trauma may be behind the abuse. Therefore, again, it’s not you. 9. Beware gradual invasions into your inner sanctum of privacy. It usually starts

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with your having to offer “proof” that you are ‘innocent’ of anything by giving passwords to e-mail accounts… 10. …and graduates to bank account P.I.N. numbers… 11. Just because a person decides that you are wrong, ugly, fat, dirty, or crazy, it doesn’t make it true. Possessiveness is not ‘love’. 12. The comfort zones of control freaks involve putting others down. Do not allow anyone to make you feel ashamed that you have mental ill-health problems. 13. Many abusers continue with their tactics because they know victims do not have a financial lifeline. Keep this in mind when you visit your primary care doctor. 14. Abuse may be a way of hiding the perpetrator’s underhand doings, such as an affair or a criminal background. 15. Abuse may occur when the perpetrator is receiving abuse from someone else – parents, or in the workplace. 16. Leaving an abusive relationship is difficult, but not impossible. It is imperative that you preserve your safety, and that of your dependants, if any. 17. Never be tempted to answer questions like “Why do I call you crazy?” or “Do you know why I don’t trust you?” These are mind games calculated to make you doubt your sanity. 18. Never apologise for something you have not done, to stop the accusations, because your words will be turned against you. 19. Angry sex will not solve the problem – it will only alleviate them for the time being. 20. Situations do not change – people do. Take responsibility for your life inasmuch as you are able to. Nobody can live your life for you. Sometimes, you may need to get counselling as well as medical attention. 21. Gaslighting and crazy-making are not merely words – they are attitudes. Be prepared for when someone tries to use them on you. 22. If you are supposed to be taking medi-


cation for any medical condition, make sure the concentration in the bloodstream must not fluctuate too much. 23. Even abuse that has been happening for a while can be stopped cold turkey; but please know that the effects cannot be eradicated as easily. 24. At all times, remember that no amount of money or gifts or apologies will make up for an otherwise wretched existence, full of emotional and physical abuse. Visit Tanja at: http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/ view/20120605/blogs/gaslight-and-theforgotten-abuse.422899

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AUTHOR ANGIE SKELHORN Severed Ties

Q1) Tell us a little about your book? Severed Ties tells a tale of Frankie, Sandra and Candice, born in a small town,who grow up practicing witchcraft. Candice at the age of thirteen moves away with her parents. Four years later Frankie, during dream time, and Sandra, from a missing person’s ad discover Candice is missing. Sandra and Frankie pack their bags and head to the inner city. There they meet Calvin who offers workable ideas to help with their mission. The two after consulting tarot, ordinary playing cards, astrology, and spell-casting, set forth to free Candice from the dangerous situation she is in. Frankie applies Sandra’s well thought out spells to attempt to save their friend through her addiction and her destructive living circumstances. Q2) What gave you the idea for this particular story?

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Divination is defined as the business of using magic to learn secrets that may not be divulged by ordinary means. The practice of divination seeks to foresee or foretell future events or discover knowledge. There are many ways to attempt to predict something unexpected, answer specific questions, and to communicate with spirit to aid. Ordinary and Tarot cards are my favorite. Each will reveal secrets about past, present, future and potential that may be within. The people who have knocked on my front door have been made aware of my existence as a reader through word-of-mouth. Those who have, have a difficult situation, and for whatever reason, are hopelessly stuck. The inspiration for my paranormal book Severed Ties came about in 2007 when my employer’s wife asked me to read the cards to see if I could discover what happened to her sister who had been missing for years. I discontinued my client service. Most of my time is spent in research,


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to put pen to paper. She encouraged me to write. She said I was good at writing and people would want to know what I had to say. 6) What do you hope to accomplish with your writing? In Severed Ties I provide a unique insight into addiction and the belief that direct knowledge of ultimate reality is attainable through intuition and the unseen world. I hope the reader will begin to believe if you change your choices you can change your life for the better. I hope through my stories my audience discovers to live, live for their health and for their soul. That the decisions they make can bring them inner peace.

Q3) Do you read widely? My book collection is tiny, about sixty books. I read both the magical arts and the belief in and acceptance of witchcraft. The Craft philosophy is the theme that is repeated over and over. I also have a few warm and loving romance novels. Q4) Who are your favorite authors? I became a fan of the fiction writer Dorothy Gilman reading The Clairvoyant Countess. Nora Roberts her creativity is impressive. Writers like Author Douglas Munroe, Laurie Cabot and Ann Moura whose done their homework and have the credentials to write excellent books on how to live magically, spiritually and wholly attuned with nature. 5) Who influenced you most? Joan Kennedy, a very successful psychic from my home town. She was the first to influence me

Q7) What scares you? Horror films scare me. . I believe in some of those things that go bump in the night. Also the images of blood and torture can be frightening and stressful. Q8) Where can we find you online? Here is where I can be found online. Please stop by and share with friends, family and the world. http://AngieSkelhorn.com http://Witchskel.com http://DamnationBooks.com/book. php?isbn=9781615728206 http://Facebook.com/pages/Author-Angie-Skelhorn-Witchskel/106332176093960 http://BookGoodies.com/?s=Angie+Skelhorn http://Amazon.com/Angie-Skelhorn/e/ B004G4HAXQ/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0 http://Witchskel.wordpress.com http://BarnesandNoble.com/s/severed-tiesby+Angie+Skelhorn+store=book http://Clublighthousepublishing.com/productpage.asp?bNumb=232 Q9) Is there anything in your story based upon a

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real life event? If so, tell us about it. Well, I’m not shy about drawing on my life for the settings in my books. As a child I explored the forest, chased butterflies out in the green fields, and heard the twitter of wild birds. I grew up on the family farm established 75 years ago composed of crops and livestock. My early years in the country were a very nice place to be. As a young adult I moved out of my comfort zone to where people were murdered in gang fights or random acts violence sprang up over night. I experienced the worst parts of people. I weave those experiences into my backdrop. Q10) When did you first know you wanted to be a writer? I started writing by documenting rituals, spells and incantations; reason, how and the results. My relationship with clairvoyant Joan Kennedy has been one of the most powerful, beneficial and magical relationships I’ve experienced. For many years we met, talked, laughed and exchanged readings. Her penetrating insight and wisdom offered encouraging, helpful guidance for me to make positive changes in my personal, professional and spiritual life. The readings I received over the years were done with purpose and intention and were more than mere entertainment to me. Her aweinspiring prophecy told me after I write, read, rewrite and re-read, attempting to adequately edit my stories I’d become a published writer. Q11) Have you ever written something that you’re afraid to let other people read? Why? I save most of my poetry for myself. I write in the moment my about the struggles and intimate moments of my everyday life. The emotional honesty isn’t something I always want to share with others. 12) Why do you write the genre(s) you do? My genre is young adult, paranormal. Young adults want to be independent, free thinking people. Sometimes it’s not easy to decide which the right choices are. Many of the decisions they make now will affect the rest of their 24

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lives. It can be difficult for them to plan for a future that can only be imagined right now. Young people experience new challenges everyday. Because of my own teen rebellion I try to tell my stories as a young female adult growing up, not as an adult lecturing. I want my voice to be heard where risks can take one with their wild and precious life. Q13) What is the toughest part about being a writer and how do you get past it? When I first began to write I was under no deadline pressure. I took my time with my writing projects. I spent countless hours refining the plots and characters while checking for spelling and punctuation to have the best version of my manuscripts to submit to have someone sit in judgement. A tough part of becoming a writer was rejection. The literary world is filled with rejection. Negative or positive results are only one person’s opinion. Mark Twain said it best, “THE PUBLIC IS THE ONLY CRITIC WHO’S OPINION IS WORTH ANYTHING AT ALL.” It’s up to the reader to decide. I realized trail and error are part of the process of creation. On potential alone I was helped by many professional writers. These people gave their time to read my work and give encouragement and constructive critiques. Reading my work aloud is still a problem for me. Q14) I’ve heard it said that writers are the sanest people on the planet because they get their daily stresses and problems out in a story. What are your thoughts on this? Is writing therapy? I never thought I’d be a writer. Writing wasn’t something I wanted to do. Once I put pen to paper I discovered writing is what I had to do. Writing made me a better person. The process tore me apart and rearranged me. As a writer I can reinvent, recreate, recycle, and refine my life. Q15) Do writing violent or highly sexual scenes bother you? Why or why not? I agree over the top violence, pain and suffering has very little value in our lives, but there


is violence in my stories. How can you appreciate the good in life without experiencing the bad? The teenage years have always been filled with a sense of freedom and corruption. A lot of teenagers run away from home to solve their problems. Their world becomes larger and they can lose their innocence real fast. Every one wants friends at the age. Teens begin to keep company with different groups of people to give a sense of belonging. Teenagers try whatever their peers are doing for recreation to fit in or to survive by illegal means – using/ trafficking drugs, smoking, drinking, and prostitution. I write violent scenes in the story to show young adults there are people around who mean to do harm. They will stand by with their own self serving agenda. As far as highly sexual scenes in my books I believe every writer put a piece of themselves in their stories. This may sound corny I don’t want to put that part of myself on paper. Q16) What about your book makes it special? My story Severed Ties provides the reader the opportunity to experience hope and remembrance. Severed Ties, has real drama in a fictional story. Amid the chaos there are moments of insight in the story. The characters show the struggle some young people go through and how they might come to a conclusion with the aid of divine influence. Q17) What are your thoughts on the future of books? The publishing industry is changing. Today more and more writers are self-publishing either in ebook or print format to keep the profits. The problem with this is who proof reads the stories. I have a book published by a small ebook publisher that has a typo on the front cover. I believe a writer is as only as good as their editor. A trained second set of eyes never hurts. With this said the market might be flooded with

books ending up not being the best book it could be. Q18) What are your hobbies? Do you ever work them into a story? My hobby offers part time employment. I love horses and on race nights in town or out of town I help groom the magnificent animals when asked. I harness the horses; have them ready when called to the track to race, and then, walk and water the animal to cool their body down. I don’t care where the horse finishes. Spending time with horses is what I love most. The Ontario racing industry is under some major changes. I’ve been going to the racetrack since I was eight. I can’t imagine it not being in the backstretch anymore. My published book No Reins a YA, romance takes place at a harness racing track. Reviewer, Cheryl from http://Manicreaders.com wrote: I have never read anything by Angie Skelhorn before now. I did like that the author had so much knowledge of the horsing world as she was right on everything down to the last detail. My wish though would have been to see more of the horses racing. Most of the story took place in the stables. Angel was nice. I like that I could get behind her as a character. Stephen was a dashing gentleman. He treated Angel like an angel. The chemistry shared between them was more sweet than sizzling. Angel and Stephen showed that you cannot be reined in by love. Sometimes you have to go with No Reins! Q19) How do you want to be remembered? “Your thoughts lead to actions, your actions lead to character, and your character is what determines your destiny” I want to be remembered for my character, integrity, my love for my family and then my accomplishments. Q20) How does your childhood influence your writing? A parent’s duty is to protect, care for and guide their child. Their duty is not to be their child’s friend. My parents gave up their own dreams to raise their children. Growing up my mom did the house chores, grew a vegetable garden, baked, ministered to the sick animals 2013 -Issue14

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and her children, and kept the bills paid. She did any job that needed to be done. My dad labored on the farm for the money needed. My brothers, sisters and I helped our parents care for the livestock, work in the barn, out in the fields and help with the domestic chores. We lived and worked as a family unit. When I was a little girl living on the rural homestead there was a special closeness between us. Sure there was some sibling rivalry and over the years rifts in the family have occurred, but through those trials and tribulations that come with living my parents healers and advisors have been there dispensing practical advice from the heart Even though my brother and sisters are on different paths as adults, we have each other. My adolescence brought misunderstandings between my parents and I. As a young adult I didn’t run away from home like most teenagers, I was running full steam a head to live my life. My parents were a phone call away. I returned home whenever things became too much or when I wanted to. My parents instilled in me that people come and go; family is forever and an excellent work ethic. Q21) Everyone has a quirk; what’s yours? I enjoy solitude. I like to be home by myself. I cherish spending time with friends and family, but they can become a distraction when I am writing. Q22) Tell us one thing about yourself that no one would guess by just meeting you. I am a down to earth, sweatshirt, jeans, and running shoes kind of woman. When people discover I am a witch, spiritualist and a published writer tends to catch them by surprise.

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Michelle Robbins I. IN TRAINING - http://www.amberquill.com/ AmberHeat/InTraining.html Normal cost $6.00 / holiday price $4.50

http://amberquill.com/pics/InTraining.jpg http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/pics/med_ InTraining.jpg http://amberquill.com/pics/tnInTraining.jpg Teaser: His life in turmoil due to past unpleasant experiences, Seth Taylor isn’t looking to get involved with anyone or anything. He especially isn’t looking to train another slave but the arrival of Abigail “Abby” Harrison changed his mind. She’s a delicious little bit of slave meat, eager to please and learn, and so sweet it made his teeth ache. But the complexities and unpleasantness in his life weren’t going away soon. Yet the temptation Abby presented was irresistible. A Master/slave relationship had always fascinated Abby. The idea of being owned by a dominant male stirred her mind and body into a white hot heat. Taking her courage in hand, she makes an appearance at a local BDSM event at the invitation of her friend Liz. There she meets the enigmatic Seth Taylor. She is given a card and the chance of a lifetime: to make her fantasy come to life and to be possessed by The Master.

But a more subtle thing is happening between Seth and Abby with each ‘trial run’ of a BDSM kink. Trust. She is being taught to trust the Master, to give herself wholly and fully into his hands, mind and body and soul. Of course small steps are necessary. Women in the western society have been conditioned not to give themselves that freely to a man. They are conditioned to hold something of themselves back, just in case the man proves to be false and untrustworthy. Isn’t that horrible? Not giving yourself fully to your lover ‘just in case’? That is why Seth does not have a safe word. Just a terminating signal. It’s not up to the trainee to choose the boundaries; if she is doing that then she’s absolutely not submitting—not trusting— the Master. Each training session is a new experience, yes, and is geared to see how compatible Abby is for the particular kink but Seth is teaching her more than how bodies come together for pleasure. He is helping Abby release her preconditioned control-slash-boundaries. He is accompanying her along a journey of trust. He becomes her loadstone, her lighthouse, her port in life’s storm—and that is the true dynamic of an M/s or O/p dynamic. He, an alpha male, doesn’t have to live his life struggling for control in his home, and she, with the gentleness of her spirit and love, softens his edges. They are two people who have found, together, a place of refuse in these complex times. And that is a beautiful thing. II. Additional title: ROCKIN’ THE ’NOG -

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http://amberquill.com/pics/tnRockinNog.jpg Teaser: Christmas is a magical time of year…but not to Deborah Marlow. Not this year. She stays inside her home this holiday season and frets over the possibility of “The Big C.” A recent biopsy had bruised her heart and her breast. Now, all she could do is await the results. No, this was no joyous holiday. Thankfully the holiday spirit hadn’t forsaken her. The young and beautiful stud she’d nicknamed “Mr. Hotness” knocked on Debbie’s door. He wanted to come in. In fact, as his brazen and rampant text had indicated, he wanted more than to share a cup of eggnog. He wanted her. Her? A fifty-something woman was the object of a thirty-something stud’s desires? What a holiday! Unfortunately, Caleb’s sexual talents and interest in Debbie didn’t remove the cloud of worry that hovered over her head. Cancer loomed. Cancer always won and she knew, deep in her heart, that she had no chance. It would be beyond selfish to link Caleb to her when she would soon face death. So when Caleb indicated that he wanted more from her than their one-night Christmas stand, Debbie refused the gift he offered: love. But that isn’t the whole story…. Blog/ruminations: My upcoming short story, “Rockin’ the ‘Nog,” came as a surprise to me. No, really, it was a surprise. I was hanging out in my home one fine evening near Christmas, drinking eggnog and concluding that my life was in the pits when my phone chirped an alert. Of course, like any techno-nerd of the 21st century (that seems to be everyone these days), I plucked up the device to read the message. And Chapter One was born. Now, some clarity is needed. Yes, it was a booty call and yes it was from a former work colleague. No, nothing beyond a few moments of hilarity between he and I happened. He soon realized that he’s used the wrong number for

his evening’s goals. My evening made a drastic turn from morose to gaiety. Better, the seed of a story bloomed and “’Nog” was born. In little time I was laughing my way through the story, making notes and dumping my imagination onto the pages as fast as I could. The thing about short stories is their compression. Things must happen fast, be believable, and come to a fine resolution somewhat swiftly. Indeed, the story of ’Nog spans only the five hours between midnight and dawn. But it is life altering for my characters, as is often to case when Fate takes people in hand. I touch upon a dark subject in ’Nog: breast cancer. The shadow of fear generated by that specter looms over many a woman. We can only do the best we can and make monthly breast examinations. But what if…? For Deb, that question awaited only the medical results of her biopsy. Her loneliness, fear, and despair were about to ruin her Christmas. Then arrived the burble of her cell phone that signaled, unbeknownst to her, the opportunity of a lifetime. Santa had delivered joy onto her doorstep in the form of the very tasty Caleb. He arrived with a carton of eggnog…and rocked her life. The BDSM elements are light, with Caleb in the position of “top” and Deb embracing her role as “bottom”—the recipient of the sensations and excitement Caleb created for them. Additionally, there is a scene of uproarious non-traditional sex. (Well, I thought it was funny.) Ever hear of “freight training”? That was news to me until the offer arrived onto my phone by mistake. Okay, yeah, I embellished and had some fun with it. But that’s what I do, right? Anyway, I hope you will give “Rockin’ the Nog” a try on some cold winter evening as the Christmas lights glimmer off the frost. I hope it warms your heart and tickles your funny bone, and gives you the joy of the holiday season. And don’t forget the eggnog. 2013 - Issue14

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help she can get to escape a powerful spirit threatening to fulfill a prophecy that endangers the entire human world.

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A Midsummer & A Midwinter Night’s Delights – Two hot Historical/Fantasy romances by Kelli A. Wilkins

Hi everyone!

Today, I’m sharing a bit about two of my Amber Quill Press historical/ fantasy romances, A Midsummer Night’s Delights and A Midwinter Night’s Delights. A Midsummer Night’s Delights introduced readers to newlyweds, Julian and Annabelle. They were strangers trapped in an arranged, sexless marriage. To loosen them up, Julian’s father sends them to the Marquis of Demby’s estate to attend a Midsummer Ball. (And this type of ball isn’t for dancing!)

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Julian and Annabelle meet the Marquis, Vincent, and his wife, Sabrina. Over the course of their visit, they learn how to open up and explore their sexuality. When they attend the Midsummer Ball, they shed their inhibitions while indulging in their wildest fantasies. A Midwinter Night’s Delights picks up six months after the first book. (If you haven’t read the first story, that’s okay – each novella stands alone as an individual read. And yes, this book is just as hot – if not hotter – than the first one.) In the sequel, we discover that Annabelle and Julian have taken what they’ve learned and gone wild. Ever since the summer ball, they have been overindulging in all sorts of erotic activities and are more than eager to give in to their desires whenever (and wherever) the mood strikes – even if it’s at a formal dinner party. Needless to say, Julian’s father sends them back to Vincent’s estate to be disciplined and learn self-control. A Midwinter Night’s Delights is more intense than the first book. From the outset, readers know that Julian and Annabelle are learning lessons and being disciplined – but it’s all for their own good. I sprinkled in some B/D/S/M throughout the story to make things interesting. It was fun to explore a different side to the games that take place at the estate house and watch how the characters reacted as they received their ‘punishments’ throughout the book. So, will there be a third book? Yes, so stay tuned! There’s definitely another chapter coming soon in this saga. Full plot summaries and hot excerpts are on each book’s page: A Midsummer Night’s Delights - http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/MidsummerNightsDelights.html A Midwinter Night’s Delights -http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/MidwinterNightsDelights.html I hope you’ll check them out. They were a lot of fun to write! 34

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Happy Reading, Kelli A. Wilkins About the Author: Kelli A. Wilkins has published more than 80 short stories, 15 romance novels in varying heat levels and genres, and 4 non-fiction books. Kelli invites readers to visit her NEW website: www.KelliWilkins. com to read summaries and excerpts from all her romances. She also writes a weekly blog http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com/ and shares inside looks at her books, writing tips, and more! Kelli is also here on the web: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kelli. wilkins1 Twitter: www.Twitter.com/@KWilkinsauthor Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1123678.Kelli_A_Wilkins Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon. com/Kelli-A.Wilkins/e/B001JSAB24/ref=sr_ ntt_srch_lnk_3?qid=1326933452&sr=8-3 Amber Quill Press Author page: http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/bio_Wilkins.html


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Readers, New authors, and published authors…let’s play a GAME. You will benefit from this game in so many levels. The GAME: The Best Story Ending Written!

• Write totally different ending for ‘Behind A Closed Heart’ by Suzannah Safi, it is a free short story I wrote in 2009, and in this game one winner- a reader, a new author, or a published author will write the new ending! • Word count is between 500-1000 words that is 2 pages to 4 pages • The work will be edited by a professional editor.

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THOR! You will have fun, for the first time writing something that will be published with your name. • You don’t have to be shy, and your writing doesn’t have to be perfect but your idea/ dialog is intriguing in my opinion! • The winner’s work will be edited by professional editor and will be shown to readers at its best.

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and experienced editor. Owner and senior editor for Scarlet Scribe Editing Services, Miss Bates has worked with a multitude of authors in various genres. She has also worked for sev-

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Behind A Closed Heart By

Suzannah Safi cheap fur coats, and long legs dressed in sheer stockings. They dotted the streets like bonbons in a candy shop in different flavors.

Adam Reed pushed open the noisy backdoor of the police station and stepped into the chilly February night and trudged to his car. He tucked his thin jacket tighter around him as he swept his gaze across the dark parking lot; one never knew when danger would or could strike. It was a lesson that had been taught after ten years as a detective for homicide. One should be on full alert. He climbed into his car and closed the door behind him. With heaviness in his chest, he leaned against the icy steering wheel and swore. Don’t wanna go home yet. He hated going home. All that he had to look forward to was a wife reminding him how much she loathed him in every possible way. The engine of the car roared like a nearing thunderstorm, and mingled with the sounds of the other cars on the main street on First Street* A Ave in Manhattan, the city that never sleeps. Pulling out into traffic, Adam let the smell of leather and pine soothe him as he drove through the nighttime traffic. Yellow taxicabs lined the streets at such a late hour. He eyed them with a half-assed grin, they looked like bees in heat, Adam mused. Dirty corners filled with women in miniskirts, 38

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Adam chuckled, if only some people had heads on their shoulders to recognize the different flavors of diseases that filled them as well. His gaze spotted ‘Dark Moon Bar and Diner’ he turned right and parked, making sure not too close to the overflowing dumpster. Adam pushed the bar’s door and stepped into the dim warmth, and the stuffiness of the half empty place. As usual Steven the barman stood behind the counter, cleaning the glasses preparing the place for next day. Tuesday’s were not crowded, especially at three in the morning. He liked it that way. Slow music played in the background good enough to suit his mood. He slid his jacket off and threw it over his shoulder carelessly. “Adam…long time no see,” said Steven with a wide cheerful smile placed on his boyish twenty-year-old face. “Hey cousin...what’s up, how is’t goin’.” Steven wiggled his soft blond eyebrows. “Wonderful, I asked Milana out last night. Thanks for your advice. It was spot on.” He laughed. “Man, seeing a detective like you, all stiff and growling ninety percent of the time, wouldn’t count on you for matters of the heart.”


“Yeah well, this time it worked. Saved me from your whining at least.” He tossed a half grin at the younger man. Despite it being closing time, and for the end of Steven’s shift his cousin always welcomed Adam at this late hour allowing him to relax for few minutes before heading home. The kid never asked any questions; he just served him his drink, and let him listen to the slow music in peace. His eyes adjusted to the faint lights that hung on all four corners of the walls. “No one is here.” “Your strange friend sits in the corner.” “Xaz?” Steven leaned closer and whispered. “He is weird, dunno what you see in him, he is as old as an ancient rock.” “Who you think provided me with that advice I gave ye.” Adam winked. “Holy crap, you gotta be kidding me?” Steven slapped his forehead. Adam spotted the old man sitting at the end corner of the bar. “Later kid, bring us the usual.” Adam zoomed through the tables careful not to knock any chairs that piled on top of them.

something was fishy about him, but a careful and subtle dig through his background had revealed nothing shady. The man came from a small town in Nashville, taught third graders for almost forty years and retired in Staten Island. With no family and no living friends he seemed out of place and alone. Yet in spite of his eightyfive years on earth, he seemed to have more energy than Adam himself most days. “I have been around, and today I sensed you needed to see me.” A faint smile quirked Xaz lips, serenity filled his eyes. “Hmmm…you say that every time I see you.” Adam narrowed his eyes to slits. What nagged Adam was all hiding in his brain; no one knew what it was except him. If the problem was his job Xaz might have known about it after few investigations or monitoring, but not something buried deep into his brain, deep into his heart. Today Adam wanted to talk, needed a friend, ached to scream and shout, maybe even cry. Anything to release this pressure on his mind, his heart. What could he say, he knew his life was in the gutters, and he needed someone to ease his pain.

The old man’s head lay back on the wall, closed eyes. His long white hair cascaded passed his shoulders. Peacefulness punctuated his chiseled features. Adam’s shadow slid on the old man’s face, he opened his brilliant blue eyes, and a soft smile curled the sides of his thin mouth. “Nice to see you again,” Xaz said, his tone held strength From the corner of his eye, Adam caught sight of within the layers of his deep voice. his cousin approaching them with a tray of their usual drinks. “Here you go one bottle of water Adam took his place on the seat. “Pleasure is with a hint of honey to you, sir.” He placed it in mine old man, I haven’t seen you for a while.” front of Xaz. “And Ice tea in this cold weather to Knowing Xaz’s dislike of being touched, Adam you.” settled back without offering his hand. Adam snorted at Steven’s sense of humor as if Adam had met Xaz a few months ago. They’d he was telling them how weird they were tomet in this same bar and became buddies. Odd gether. Xaz on the other hand thanked him with that he’d trusted the old man so quickly, when a nod not giving the matter much concern. Xaz he didn’t trust many too easily. This man mesdidn’t like alcohol, and Adam never liked going merized him so much that, at first, he’d thought home drunk, so he quitted drinking all together 2013 -Issue14

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and settled for virgin drinks, when Steven knew about it he had laughed and said, “There is nothing virgin here, coz.” As Steven strode away, the old man looked at Adam with haunted blue eyes. Adam didn’t know if that look was fatherly, or a look of someone who knew exactly how much he suffered. The emotion in the old man’s eyes took Adam by surprise, he just stared back. Crying wasn’t an option; hell would freeze if he did. Anger took over his emotions instead. An urge, strong one, forced him to talk this time openly to the old man. “I hate her…I hate myself.” Adam averted his eyes away from the knowledge, the understanding in Xaz’s gaze. He took a long gulp from his drink in a vain attempt to cool the volcano buried inside of him. “It is strange…” the old man said, his voice calm, slow, like good bourbon. “What?” “Love…is strange. Emotions all tangled and woven together —all can sting the heart.” “Yeah…you got that right old man.” Adam snorted at the irony in his words. “We all choose how to play our role in this life. So, why don’t you leave her?” Adam swung his head, and fixed his gaze with Xaz’s determined one. “I pray every day if I can do just that.” He took another go at his ice tea. “If the pain will ease, but it won’t. My heart promised her eternal love.” “It is strange…” “Eternal love?” “No. How emotions are handled differently from one person to another.” He paused then asked, “How is your daughter? She is ten now right?” This was the first time Xaz had ever asked about her. “Slowly, she’s distancing herself from me just like her mother. Jasmine will be ten this 40

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summer. ” He sighed and shrugged. “But it feels like it’s been a million since we were close.” The old man pushed himself up. His old bones cracked and popped with the movement as he placed his hands on the table to balance himself. “It still early,” Adam pointed out, uncertain if he could deal with the issue at hand alone. “By leaving, pain will ease…by joining, love will be redeemed,” the old man’s voice rose above the soft, sultry blues drifting over the sound system. He patted Adam’s shoulder then he strolled away disappearing in the shadows outside the bar. Adam shook his head, gulped the rest of his drink, and threw twenty bucks on the table. He wore his jacket, as he reached the door he turned over his shoulder. “Hey Stevy…left ye a twenty. Goodnight.” “Goodnight Coz.” The frigid air slashed at his face matching the coldness in his heart, never cooling the heat that grew in his guts. He shivered and glanced up, searching for any hint of snow or rain. With a muttered curse he shuffled toward his car, anxious to go home to his bed. Although he knew what awaited him, he had never admitted that the few moments of pleasure with his wife were worth a life time alone. But the bits he had, usually vanished fast as if in a dream. Her wild use of his body, savagely used—pleased him, mostly knowing she enjoyed it as well, even if she denied it over and over again after their lovemaking. As he pulled along the quiet street leading to his home, Adam took note of the fact that most of his neighbors were sleeping, but he knew she didn’t. He stepped out of his car, closed the door, keys in hand. As he neared the house, she swung the door open.


“I can’t believe you…do you even care about of her, nor have I told her negative things about anything?” The demand in her voice was unmis- you? You’re the one whose drew a way from takable. her.” A deep sigh escaped his lips, he knew a fight could flare between them as always, he just wanted to be as quiet as possible, his part of the fight at least. He passed her inside, his shoulder brushing hers slightly, but she made sure to block his brush with a hard hit. The end result was her being in pain; she held her shoulder with a rubbing hand. Adam closed the door behind him, turned to her, and attempted to rub her pain away, but she moved aside. He wished they wouldn’t fight tonight, just one night, but he knew better. “Have you eaten?” “Of course, and waited for hours, you promised to come home early today.” “You know my job is unpredictable, couldn’t be home early.” He climbed the stairs heading to their bedroom. His body hummed with the knowledge that she was right behind him. “Is Jasmine a sleep?” “Yes, and she waited up for you as well.” Pushing his bedroom door open, he trudged inside and took his jacket off throwing it on the red heart-shaped loveseat at the corner of the bedroom.

She stared back as if wanting to exhale flames at him. “I’m not asking for your love any more, Adam. I know it’s beyond—” “No, you don’t know.” Adam spat and pulled his tie loose. He dropped it on his jacket and began unbuttoning his shirt. “You don’t know much of anything these days.” Her slap cracked across his cheek, and he took it without flinching — knew it was coming his way. His steadiness, his lack of emotion drove her to this. She used his lack of emotions to fuel her rage at him and the whole world. “How dare you!” she ranted. Her fingers bent into talon-like claws, her eyes shooting daggers at him as she advanced. He held her hands, but he knew her rage wouldn’t stop. Not yet. She fought to get some reaction from him.

Thrown on his back on the bed, Annie on top of him struggling with his strength, he mused how she kept doing her best, yet, she was as light as a feather. Fighting like a kitten. When she gave all her energy with failed trials, she cried. He drew her closer in a tight grip, knowing “If you cared for your daughter you would come her anger controlled her despair moments. He home earlier to see her, and spend sometime...” sighed. “I’ve tried…tried to hate you, but I “She avoids me, thanks to your incessant desire couldn’t. Please stop.” to fight. Damn it, I just got home do you have to be such a...” He bit back the angry burst, She heaved, and buried her head into the holrefusing to say something he’d regret later. He low of his neck. Her warm breaths carried her glanced up and sighed, exhausted. anger and her arousal as well. Savoring the feel of her in his arms, and the soft lavender smell Her green eyes widened, tears formed in them of her golden hair, he wanted to tear her white and sparkled like little diamonds. His heart nightdress off, and bury himself deep inside her. ached for the cruelty, the bitterness that lay like It was always this way – to get sexual passion the gaping mouth of some gargoyle between there had to be a raging torrent of anger. them. As he slid her dress off her shoulders, he hoped “How dare you say that, I never fight in front he would get her back. He prayed his every 2013 -Issue14

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action would show her his love. He found her lips and kissed her hungrily, wildly. Clumsily he pushed aside her clothes, leaving her naked and exposed to his gaze, his touch. His eyes lingered on her milky skin, drinking in the sight of her lithe frame. She helped him yank his clothes off with rushed motions. When their flesh touched, he surrendered to the reality that he missed her more than he could ever put into words.

“You can’t make me hate you.” He muttered, his eyes fastening on the play of shadows on the ceiling. “You must, it will be easier…

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CRUCIFIX

Welcome to Vale Square, A friendly tight knit community situated in the Highlands of Scotland. The faces are warm and the food is plenty. But that’s until a deranged psychopath starts abducting villagers and tortures them in the Lord’s name, as he believes that he is an angel sent to clean the sins away from their tainted souls. A young mental health nurse; Ellie Doherty’s fifteen year old sister is also abducted and the police aren’t helping, so she starts to search for her sister herself. But when she finds her, she learns of a dark secret that turns her world upside-down forever.......

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DENIED MICHAEL RUSHNAK

Imagine looking over your shoulder into the eyes of someone with no conscience--with no sense of guilt, wondering when they will strike! Joseph Gallagher, a charismatic Cardinal of the Church, suffers from an untreated mental illness that compels him to kill. Believing that he is on his deathbed, Gallagher confides in his long time friend, Dr. Jonathan Rogers, the ghastly murder of his son. While expecting forgiveness for his psychopathic act, the Cardinal asks Rogers to seek out the woman who once bore his son, out of wedlock; only to discover that she is hell bent on a path of personal revenge, threatening public disclosure of Gallagher’s darkest secrets. In Rome, Bishop Peter Shuls, a conniving insider who will stop at nothing to ensure the election of the Cardinal as the next Pope, pins Rogers against the ominous Door of Death, threatening that he must take to his grave anything that Gallagher might have confessed about his shadowy past. Will Rogers be able to stop the murderous rampage of those a heartbeat away from hijacking the Papacy?

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I MARRIED MR. AMERICA - LINDA TEFFT, MS

Review “A heart-felt and honest read. I highly recommend this book to growing and self-help seeking people.” Debbie Dachinger, Award Winning Show Host of Dare to Dream Syndicated Radio, Bestselling Author” A literary jewel...brings an electrifying charge of spirituality that empowers women to break out of the enclaves of silence. Lindy’s decisive struggle represents a shining light at the end of the tunnel and hope for all humans.” Salomon Gill, Movie Producer “To take this journey with Lindy - who withholds nothing - is sometimes harrowing, sometimes absurd, sometimes incomprehensibly mean... but ultimately wonderful as we walk with her through too many years of living in the darkness of fear and abuse...to finally emerging into the sunshine of enlightenment, joy, and freedom.” Jeff Rense, Host of the Nationally Syndicated Jeff Rense Radio Program “Lindy...ultimately realized that being married to the “perfect” man wasn’t “perfect” at all. Yet a butterfly has emerged fully grown.” Carolyn Shannon, Women of Worth Magazine”Great story... and a desire to get it right.

Lindy is a beautiful dynamic person with a heart of gold and an open mind.” Mark Pavlovich, Agent/Owner, Character Talent and Associates From the Author Sometimes we feel so alone as we walk through our unique journey. With a gnawing hopelessness, you feel that no one understands your pain. Well, I really do. I wrote this book for all those suffering from debilitating hurt and sorrow. I Married Mr. America will help you find that flicker of light through the depths of darkness. I also acknowledge all those silent heroes that have survived life’s toughest challenges. Writing I Married Mr. America took a tremendous amount of courage to face into the old pain and describe it in this book. But, I can now look at my past with less emotional turmoil and a clarity of true understanding, and offer my turbulent, fast-paced life story as an inspiration to help you gain confidence, recognize deception, claim your authenticity, and find the courage to express your own voice. My book is from my heart to yours. If I can change my life, you can too, and I will you show you how....

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INSATIABLE HUNGER - SUZANNAH SAFI

An interview with a rock ‘n’ roll star on a cruise-ship turns into a deadly nightmare. As Jewel Henderson, a journalist travels to Athens; accidentally she takes the wrong Ship filled with Vampires, ‘Other-Kin’ called Vrykolakas. As her nightmare begins, her struggle to survive starts with a full force. Draven, the son of his maker King Lykourgos, cannot but smell her blood demanding to have a taste of her insatiable blood and she is his for the taken. Jewel as an intruder, the King pronounce her death sentence. Despite his hatred for humans as he was one five hundred years ago, Draven battles between executing the order, and saving her life for his own amusement. Jewel’s only way to survive is to die, and Draven’s only way to save his soul and existence is to keep her alive. Is Jewel worth it for Draven to break the Vrykolakas’ law and face the wrath of his King? Will she win her life, gain a new life, or maybe wish she were dead. A spicy paranormal romance available April 2013 from MuseItUp Publishing !

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Author – Kaylin McFarren

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Title: Severed Threads Author: Kaylin McFarren Genre: Romantic Suspense Blurb: Believing herself responsible for her father’s fatal diving accident, Rachel Lyons has withdrawn from the world and assumed a safe position at a foundation office. When called upon by a museum director to assist her former love interest with the recovery of a cursed relic from a sunken Chinese merchant ship, she has no intention of cooperating – until her brother is kidnapped by a drug-dealing gangster. In order to save him and gain control over her life, Rachel must not only overcome her greatest fears, but also relive the circumstances that lead to her father’s death. Publisher: Creative Edge Publishing LLC Pages: 349 Rating: Spicy ISBN: 9781475186529 ASIN: B008UZYLOI Website: www.kaylinmcfarren.com purchase link : http://www.amazon.com/SeveredThreads-Kaylin-McFarren/dp/1475186525/ref=la_B003BC PKE0_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1343689337&sr=1-2

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KILLING TIME - AMY BETH ARKAWY

“Who is doing more in Goodship than just Killing Time?” Welcome to Goodship, New York. The sleepy, suburban hamlet harbors a terrible secret. A secret that may be at the heart of two mysterious murders. Twenty-five years after the “big game” and the requisite homecoming party, Goodship’s secret begins to haunt its otherwise comfortable and carefree residents. When the first murder is reported, the residents are warned, but take no action. When town landmarks are vandalized, residents are shocked. And, when an attempt is made on a local hero’s life, the town mobilizes, especially the young, vivacious former soap star (now proprietor of Soup Opera, the favorite local lunch spot) Eliza Gordon and her pal and local radio personality Midge Sumner. When the prime suspect turns up dead, Eliza and Midge dedicate themselves to solving the murders and catching the real perpetrator. Fans of “Murder She Wrote,” Leslie Meier’s Lucy Stone mysteries and Laura Lippman’s Tess Monaghan series will enjoy following the clues and taking their best shot at helping Eliza Gordon figure out: “Who is doing more in Goodship than just Killing Time?”

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REFLECTIONS OF ICE- KAT HOLMES

Reflections of Ice The Artica Lights Series - Book Two

by Kat Holmes

Release: December 14, 2012 Editor: Nancy Bell Line Editor: Greta Gunselman Cover Designer: Suzannah Safi Pages: 95 ISBN: 978-1-77127-216-2 Price: $3.50

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Delia is a woman on the run from her past. Everything she knew, even her own name are no longer hers. But that past is catching up to her. Elric is a man from a land forever locked in winter. But with the help of a mirror and mystical lights he glimpses his future. But can he cross time and space before the woman of his dreams vanishes on a tidal

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