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15 #NEW Books join the #LeiCrimeKW family on @KindleWorlds

Along with 14 other spectacular authors, I’m proud to release my third book for the Lei Crime Series for Kindle World.

Charade at Sea follows A Snake in Paradise and SEAL of a Monk.

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Starting today, you can learn more about all the new books and its authors as we cozy up to Toby Neal who started the terrific series. She will host interviews with us over the next two weeks, and there will be prizes!

I’ll have the pleasure of being on Toby’s blog mid July and will announce it here on my blog. And of course I’ll have giveaways too! 

Speaking of prizes, you still have several days to enter the Rafflecopter on Book Rhythm’s page.  Don’t miss your chance to enter.

GRAND PRIZE:  Kindle Oasis and power adapter, Fintie Kindle Smart Case, Full set of LCKW books, Kindle headphones, Lei Crime Box Set, $75 Amazon Gift Card

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Charade at Sea is currently available, so grab your copy! Find out more from the summary below.

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Charade at Sea

A luxury cruise is ideal for a budding romance … or is it?

Lainey Lee and ex-Navy SEAL, Max Scott, shared an incredible experience when they met in Kauai. A romantic cruise around the Hawaiian Islands seems perfect for discovering if they can become more than just friends.

But mystery abounds.

Lainey meets a fifty-something newlywed on her honeymoon. The chatty woman speaks highly of her husband and his secret missions abroad. Lainey is intrigued but her intuition tells her something is not right.

Even while her feelings for Max grow, Lainey can’t help wondering about the charade being played at sea.

 

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Join a Facebook Party to celebrate #New #LeiCrimeKW books #Prizes

I’m celebrating the release of Charade at Sea – my third book in the Lei Crime Series for Kindle World.

Charade at Sea follows A Snake in Paradise and SEAL of a Monk. They are stand-alone books although I’d recommend you read them in order. It’s the best way to understand the symbolism woven throughout.

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Charade at Sea will be live on Amazon US shortly, however, there’s no time like the present to have a party!

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Join me with other Lei Crime Kindle World authors, including Toby Neal who started the terrific Lei Crime series.

When? June 27, 6 PM – 8 PM EST.

I’m giving away books and a $20 Amazon gift card.

Come by for your chance to win!

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Charade at Sea is a romance/mystery that tackles the important issue of stolen valor.

Find out more from the summary below.

Hope to see you at the Facebook partyJust drop by, say hi to authors, and have fun! Easy to win free books and great prizes!

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Charade at Sea

A luxury cruise is ideal for a budding romance … or is it?

Lainey Lee and ex-Navy SEAL, Max Scott, shared an incredible experience when they met in Kauai. A romantic cruise around the Hawaiian Islands seems perfect for discovering if they can become more than just friends.

But mystery abounds.

Lainey meets a fifty-something newlywed on her honeymoon. The chatty woman speaks highly of her husband and his secret missions abroad. Lainey is intrigued but her intuition tells her something is not right.

Even while her feelings for Max grow, Lainey can’t help wondering about the charade being played at sea.

 

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Multi-genre author @BRChitwood releases PHOENIX FIRE

Multi-published author, Billy Ray Chitwood, has just released another book, and I’m very pleased to spread the news! He writes in multiple genres, and this book will surely appeal to the romantics in all of us.

Let’s learn more about Phoenix Fire in a short interview, along with a FREE chapter to whet your appetite! 

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Chatting with Billy Ray Chitwood

You’re known for your mystery/suspense books. Many of them are based on real life stories. What is it about Phoenix Fire that makes it unique and romantic?

Phoenix Fire is the result of a reworking and editing of another manuscript. The book was originally published with a different cover, but I was not pleased with it. It failed the ‘first impression’ test as the image did not convey that it was a romance. I consider the book a very good read, so I’m extremely pleased with the new cover.

When you add in the fact that I’m a ‘romantic’, I like love tales, and Phoenix Fire is a great love story.

What is the inspiration for Phoenix Fire?

My twin granddaughters: beautiful of body and soul – both now happily married. They were cheerleaders for the Baltimore Ravens for several years, and the great news is they’re coming to visit me. The book’s dedication belongs to them.

Of all the different books you’ve written so far, which is your personal favorite and why?

Phoenix Fire and my best selling book, Mama’a Madness. Mama’s Madness was inspired by true events, which were awful to imagine and write about. It was gut-wrenching in the penning, and hopefully of some value. There are 52 reviews on Amazon.

Thank you, Billy Ray! Find all book details below, including the buy links for Phoenix Fire.

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Buy Links

Amazon Kindle: US | UK | Worldwide

Paperback: Amazon US |  Amazon UK

 

Phoenix Fire

A Phoenix, Arizona entrepreneur and an ad agency director fall in love in a most unusual way. Their relationship is interrupted by sibling clashes, a gambling addiction, a murder, and a matriarch’s secret that ultimately causes emotional chaos and disorientation. This is a book that will draw the reader into the story and compel them to stay glued until the end. The gripping climax to PHOENIX FIRE is powerful, and tissues are recommended. Treat yourself to a marvelous romance, mixed with some suspense and a desert odyssey to save one’s soul. A truly great read.

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Read the latest review

I received an advance copy of “Phoenix Fire” to review because I have read many of Billy Ray Chitwood’s books. He clearly is an author who loves to write because his genres range from suspense to crime to memoir to political opinion to psychological thrillers to “Phoenix Fire,” a a blend of romance and suspense, heavy into characters’ psychology and psychopathology. I am admittedly a fan—especially enjoying Chitwood’s frequent dips into depraved human psychology and behavior—and “Phoenix Fire” does not disappoint. The sibling rivalry is perverse yet believable, and the protagonist’s inner-demons are understandable, deadly, yet something to be risen above. Bravo, Mr. Chitwood, for another enjoyable two-day read (I read quickly wanting to see what would happen next.).

— Timothy M. Tays

Chapter One

She was lost in the brightness, a magnificent static whiteness, alluring and warm. It was an easy place to be, if it was a place. Perhaps it was a state, a bright and new awareness, a safe and final destination.

She only knew that her essence was etched in the great luminous energy and she did not wish to leave it. The light seemed to be transporting her outward, expanding some awesome truth, recently possessed, and she wanted only to remain and to become whatever the promising ecstasy.

Then, there came a shimmer of interference, vaguely emanating from the mystic fringes, slowly fragmenting the weightless pool of white. There was a rippling which nudged her new awareness, gently precluding her anticipated oneness with the expanding light.

Then came sound, soft and beckoning, like a bird chirping in slow motion, becoming stronger and more strident. She resisted the sound and the fragmenting but she could not pull herself onward into the radiant void. Like a swimmer urgently breast stroking against a strong noiseless tide, she felt herself dipping, sinking, then free-falling from the disintegrating brilliance.

She became conscious of her head shaking in sidelong negation of the interference, her lips silently murmuring, ‘no, no, let me stay! Please let me stay!’

Then she acknowledged the inevitable full immersion back to a solid, contoured reality. The bird chirps became loud concerned voices. The ripples became caring and caressing hands.

The hard ground was cold.  She began to shiver, felt the urge to rise, but was somehow constricted. Her mind made some adjustments and she suddenly knew where she was, how she had gotten there.

Finally, she slowly opened her eyes with a fluttery acceptance of her immediate environment. A man’s face came into focus, hovering two feet above her own. She felt pinned down and quickly discovered that the man was astride her. There was a momentary sense of panic but something about the man’s face made her relax.

A light rain fell, and she was conscious of wet hair matted to her face and forehead. The sky was a dull gray, and skinny treetops came to her peripherally as some surreal apparitions. The man’s concerned face gave her a final focus. She remembered what had happened.

The lightning! She recalled an awful clap of thunder, so jarring and harsh, so totally upon her, instantaneously enveloping her in its loud and splintered brightness. She remembered the searing, exquisite pain that had so consummately wracked her body and mind.

She had been jogging and she must have been struck by lightning. As she blinked from the raindrops and the accounting of the lightning strike, she felt lethargic and without purpose. She had been struck by lightning, yet there was no panic, no real sense of urgency.

The man’s hands left her chest and he studied her with a tender and squinted concern. She felt the weight of his body leaving her, felt a great rush of air fill her chest. The man lifted himself from her but his soft blue eyes remained upon her face.

They were beautiful eyes, shrouded by dark cavernous brows. Wisps of his black hair was pasted about his forehead, and he made odd movements with his lips as though making an adjustment.

Her own lips felt strangely tender to the touch of her tongue, and, in a moment of clarity, she understood: the man had given her mouth to mouth resuscitation.

The man then spoke, softly, his voice conveying a cultured refinement and pleasant resonance. “Can you move your arms and legs?”

She understood the question and lifted her head tentatively, feeling her hands, arms, and legs slowly move to her inner commands. She nodded to the handsome stranger who knelt above and to her side. She managed a small, sad smile of gratitude.

“And can you speak?” He returned her smile.

“Yes, I think so,” came her weak reply.

She noticed for the first time a small group of people standing off to her right, near a park utility shed. She heard a siren off in the distance, its sound increasing in volume. She attempted to rise from the ground.

“Maybe you should stay where you are until you’ve been medically checked. Are you feeling much pain?” The man lightly touched her shoulder.

As her powers of observation became more keen she noticed how the man was dressed. He wore faded red denim shorts, a powder blue sweat shirt which matched his eyes, white athletic socks, and Adidas jogging shoes. Her own ensemble of white shorts, blue top, white socks, and Nike shoes merged nicely with the man’s attire.

She answered the question. “No, I don’t think so, not pain so much. It’s sort of dull aching almost everywhere about my body. I think I’m okay. You’re very kind to help me. Thank you.”

“No ‘thanks’ necessary. It was kind of freaky the way that cloud exploded above us. You just got unlucky, and I suppose we could be faulted for jogging when a storm was brewing …”

The man stopped talking as he saw the flashing lights and heard the diminishing siren whirr of an approaching ambulance.

Uniformed EMTs rushed from the ambulance to the woman’s side, their faces intent and focused. She watched as they quickly set up equipment and prepared for various medical checks. She was beginning to feel confident that her body had not sustained any permanent damage, although some tingling sensations remained in her legs.

After all the medical tests were run, she heard an attendant announce that her vital signs were normal, that she was stable.

The visage of the handsome stranger stayed with her, after the ambulance attendants had displaced him. The image of his dark hair wet against the brow stayed with her, even when he became a blur on the gray fringe of the rainy day crowd. His face stayed with her even beyond the hospital’s emergency room where she was pronounced hale, hearty, and lucky to be alive. His soft smile stayed even when she had returned to her spacious Scottsdale condominium.

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Author and Poet @LorenKleinman releases THIS WAY TO FOREVER #NewAdultRomance

Poet Loren Kleinman, whom I’ve met and interviewed on numerous occasions is releasing another book – a romance novel this time! I’m happy to give her space to tell you about  This Way to Forever. It’s scheduled for publication August 14, 2016, but is currently available for preorder.

Learn more about Loren and her road to publication with her latest book.

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Chatting with Loren Kleinman

Loren, you are an accomplished poet, known for your books of poetry. What made you decide to write a romance novel?

I love, love. Not in the cheesy sense, but love that’s empowering, love that inspires us to be our best selves. Sometimes what I thought was love wasn’t love, and its taken lots of dating, lots of writing, and lots of reading (and lots of heartbreak) to begin to understand love.

I was also  thinking about this story for years. The characters started to rear their heads, and it was time to write out their lives, their loves.

What was the inspiration behind This Way to Forever?

TWTF is inspired by a true story, which is my first love. It was a very powerful and heartbreaking romance that taught me so much about myself. The whole time I was in this relationship I just wanted him to love me, see me, but I wound up loving myself more in the end. This book is about strong female voices, the kinds of voices that want to be heard, that want to speak up for what they believe in and not what’s socially predetermined.

Are there any similarities between you and your protagonist, Sara Brody?

Yes! We’re both writers, and a bit chubby in the sexiest ways of course. Did I mention she’s a curvy gal?

But really Sara is this mix of so many women I know as well as a portrayal of the many phases of myself while dating, while journeying to stay true to myself.

I’m hoping TWTF empowers young women to be true to themselves, and live their lives regardless of dating and marriage standards, reflect on what “forever” means to them.

Has poetry helped influence your prose? If yes, how?

It has. Sometimes it’s a blessing and sometimes it’s a curse. Moving from poetry to fiction was one of the hardest things I’ve done because you have to let the dialog drive story, and sometimes ‘pretty’ language does’t do a character or a scene justice. However, I do feel that poetry has aided me when writing description, which seemed to flow rather nicely. Dialog took me way longer to write, and I’m still learning.

What do you consider more difficult to write? Poetry or narrative?

Both are so different and require discipline. I think one can seem harder than the other when you’re starting out, but the point is to not think about how “hard” something is. It’s a matter of committing yourself to the process and opening yourself up to its challenges. It took me over four years to write this novel. I had many times where I wanted to just give up, but I learned to pace myself and take it day by day.

What is next for you as an author?

Right now, I’m outlining the second novel, which is a companion novel to TWTF. I’m also finishing up the companion screenplay for TWTF and starting my fifth poetry collection.

Regardless of how any book does, I have to keep writing, keep going, look ahead.

Thank you, Loren! Find all book details below, including the buy links. You can preorder now! 

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BOOK SYNOPSIS

Sara Brody thought she had met her soulmate in Tad Bolak, a charming exchange student. Their whirlwind romance includes nights staring at the stars, declarations of love, and promises to talk often when Tad must return to his native Poland to complete his Master’s Degree. But Sara’s idealistic view of Tad and plans to be together when he gets his degree come to a shattering halt when he admits to having a fiancee back home.

Heartbroken, she vows to keep her heart safe from men and and focuses on her own studies. Until she meets Ethan.

Sara discovers that no relationship is perfect, especially when one still mourns past loves. Tad never gives up on her. Ethan wants her to give their relationship a chance. And Sara wonders what will become of her sense of self if she gives in to either man.

EXCERPT

He leaned in, his mouth inches from mine. Our lips brushed once, and he held my jaw, his thumbs caressing my cheeks. He gazed down at me as though he’d discovered beauty I couldn’t fathom anyone could see in my skin, my lips, my pale widow’s peak. Soft fingers stroked my neck, slipped into my hair, loosening my ponytail. Unable to glance away, I lost myself in his blue eyes, seducing me like a clear sky on a chill winter’s day. We fell into a temporary kiss, losing ourselves–and our balance–as we stumbled to the floor. Laying beside me, he found my hand, his gaze melting my apprehension.

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Loren Kleinman’s poetry has appeared in journals such as Drunken Boat, Nimrod, Wilderness House Literary Review, Paterson Literary Review, Narrative Northeast and Journal of New Jersey Poets. Her interviews appeared in IndieReader, USA Today, and The Huffington Post. She edited Indie Authors Naked, which was an Amazon Top 100 bestseller in Journalism in the UK and USA.

Kleinman is the author of four collections of poetry, and her memoir The Woman with a Million Hearts released 2016 with BlazeVOX Books. She also blogs for The Mix (Hearst), where she publishes personal essays in Good Housekeeping, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and Woman’s Day.

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Introducing a new #LeiCrimeKW book ~ CHARADE at SEA

It’s been a while since I released a new title, and I’m so proud to do so with my third novella for the Lei Crime Series on Kindle Worlds.

Charade at Sea follows A Snake in Paradise and SEAL of a Monk. They are stand-alone books although I’d recommend you read them in order to understand the symbolism woven throughout.

Snakes and strength prevail in A Snake in Paradise, where I introduce the main character, Lainey Lee.

Dhamma and endurance weave through SEAL of a Monk, and introduces ex-Navy SEAL Max Scott.

In Charade at Sea, Lainey and Max meet again in Hawaii.  It’s a romance/mystery and tackles the important issue of stolen valor.

Look for its release end of the month, kicking off with a Facebook party June 27th.

Join me with other Lei Crime Kindle World authors, including Toby Neal who started the terrific Lei Crime series. Lots of books and great prizes to be won!

In the meantime, my other two books are only 99 cents. I don’t set the price so grab them while they are on sale!

And now … here is the cover … I love it and hope you do too!

As always, huge thanks to award-winning designer, JB Graphics for his vision and hard work!

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Charade at Sea

A luxury cruise is ideal for a budding romance … or is it?

Lainey Lee and ex-Navy SEAL, Max Scott, shared an incredible experience when they met in Kauai. A romantic cruise around the Hawaiian Islands seems perfect for discovering if they can become more than just friends.

But mystery abounds.

Lainey meets a fifty-something newlywed on her honeymoon. The chatty woman speaks highly of her husband and his secret missions abroad. Lainey is intrigued but her intuition tells her something is not right.

Even while her feelings for Max grow, Lainey can’t help wondering about the charade being played at sea.

 

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