Sale Alert: The Wedding Planner's Son by Donna Fasano

Looking for a good book for the weekend? Look no further because Donna Fasano is having a sale on The Wedding Planner's Son. It's only 99cents!

About The Wedding Planner's Son

Jack and Tawny are as different as sea and sky, but the fascination they find in each other’s company can’t be denied. Can they withstand the crazy twists that fate tosses their way?

Tawny McNealy is a driven, high-achiever who fully expects to someday take over and run the family accounting firm. But when an attempt is made to use her as a pawn, Tawny flees to the only place she’s ever felt truly free and happy—the beach.

Jack Barclay spends his summer days creating romantic seaside weddings for lovers. His laid-back attitude has served him well over the years. He feels stressing out about work only causes a person to miss the best parts of life.

Jack and Tawny are as different as sea and sky, but the fascination they find in each other’s company can’t be denied. Can they withstand the crazy twists that fate tosses their way?

The Wedding Planner’s Son is Book 6 of Ocean City Boardwalk Series. Find it at: Kindle * Nook * iBooks * Kobo *

Takeaway Truth

Grab a copy of The Wedding Planner’s Son before the sale ends.

Random Friday: Writer Humor

I thought I'd share a joke aimed at writers. If you know a writer--or worse, if you are a writer--you'll appreciate this.

Today's Laugh

A writer died and was given the option of going to heaven or hell.

The author decided to check out each place first. Descending into the fiery pits, he saw row upon row of writers chained to desks. They worked in steaming heat, and as they worked, they were beat with whips.

"Oh, no," said the writer. "Let me see heaven now."

A few moments later, the author ascended into heaven, where there were also rows of writers, chained to desks in intolerable heat. As these writers worked, they were also whipped.

"Wait just a darn minute," the writer said. "This place is just as bad as hell!"

"Oh no, it's not," a loud voice said. "Here, your work gets published."

Takeaway Truth

Write hard. Live free.

Fall In Love With New England Romance Reader & Author Conference

Autumn in New England attracts tourists to view the beautiful falling leaves.

Another attraction you may not know about is The Fall in Love With New England, Romance Reader and Author Conference.

(There's been an ad in the left sidebar of the blog for the last couple of months so I hope you've checked it out and taken advantage of what promises to be a wonderful weekend.)

The Romance Reader / Author Conference is being held in Manchester, New Hampshire, on October 13 and 14.

About The Conference

"In the great New England tradition, this new conference is a grassroots endeavor. It's not part of any big organization or magazine, agency or publisher. It's been organized by romance authors who want to have fun with--and spoil--their wonderful readers!

Author Ashlyn Chase established the basics for the conference, but a lot of authors contributed countless hours and ideas to make it, in a word, superb!

So if you want have a weekend of fun, talking about books and hanging out with authors, the Fall in Love With New England, Romance Reader and Author Conference is the place to be! You'll have tons of fun and make new friends too!

Details

To Register As An Author

To Register As A Reader

Cost: For Authors $119.00 | For Readers $89.00
Registration fee includes:

~ A goody bag with schedule and FREE books
~ All workshops and author panels Friday afternoon and Saturday morning
~ Dinner Friday night and luncheon buffet on Saturday (breakfast is included in hotel fee)
~ Author and reader apple social, meet and greet
~ Plenty of interaction with your favorite romance authors
~ Loads of giveaway baskets
~ Yankee toss up Saturday night (Like a yankee swap meets let's make a deal!)
~ Friday evening Halloween costume contest with prizes
~ Readers "trick or treat" Authors' rooms with a bookmark hanging on the door
~ Free and early admission to the booksigning on Saturday afternoon

Lodging:

Rooms are $99+ per night and include breakfast every morning. You must book your own room at the Best Western Plus Executive Court Inn & Conference Center. in Manchester, New Hampshire. Be sure to ask for the conference pricing!

Any questions not answered on the website, email ash @ ashlynchase dot com.

By the way, the weekend of the conference is prime viewing time for the glorious autumn leaves.

Takeaway Truth

For registration and all the details, visit Fall In Love With New England.

Take 5 with JD Corbett

This morning, I'm having coffee with JD Corbett, the author of Leaving Kate.

In case, JD Corbett is new to you, here's a bit about her in her own words.

About JD Corbett

"I've always had a passion for writing! Ever since I was a little kid, I loved to write stories, and even enjoyed my assigned essays in school! (I can hear the sighs and eye rolls!)

Some of my favorite books (beside my secret passion for teen fiction) are light-hearted and witty romances, and I hope that my writing can attest to that! I am a nurse and educator by trade, but am excited that I can now share my creative side.

On a personal note, I live outside of DC with my husband and daughter, who put up with a lot from me!"

Find JD Corbett Online: Website * Facebook * Twitter * Amazon Author Page.

Let's see how JD answers today's 5 questions.


Take 5 With JD Corbett

Q1: What is your guilty pleasure when it comes to books?

Jennifer: I am absolutely obsessed with teen fiction! Some of my favorites are the Clique novels by Lisi Harrison and I LOVE Nicola Yoon! Yes, I am in my 30’s and most of my reading is for tweens/teens…I can finally admit it!

Q2: In your most recent book, who would you cast as the main characters and why?

Jennifer: I have actually put a lot of thought into who I would cast in the role of Eric, and it would definitely be Luke Pell from JoJo’s season of the Bachelorette. I mean, he’s perfect…plus he fits my character to a T, from the southern drawl to his plaid shirts! For Kate’s character, there were a couple people in mind, but

Q3: What would you change about your career path if you could wave a magic wand?

Jennifer: I have been a nurse for 9 ½ years, and love what I do, but if I could wave a wand and place myself anywhere, I’d want to be working at a zoo or reserve with animals. My dream job as a kid was to work with tigers and other big cats. I did volunteer once at a Big Cat Reserve, but left as soon as I noticed the unusual amount of HUGE spiders that were all over the park! Yuck.

Q4: Do you listen to music during any phases of writing a book? If so, what kind?

Jennifer: I absolutely listen to music while writing, and throughout all phases!

It’s funny, because if I’m reading for fun (not my own stuff), I need complete silence, but while writing and editing my stories, I can only focus with music playing.

I listen to all sorts of music, and depending on scenes or characters, the genre changes. For example, I loved listening to Peter Gabriel’s Book of Love while writing more moving scenes between Kate and Eric. But I’ve been known to listen to anything from Rap to Disney songs!

Q5: Any final things you’d like to say to SlingWords readers?

Jennifer: I just want to add how excited I am to be a part of the Reader/Author community!

This is a dream come true, and I hope you enjoy my first book. As a newbie, I welcome all advice! So bring it on!

Leaving Kate by JD Corbett

No big chances, and no big changes. This was Kate’s motto. With her father out of the picture, and a mother who had quit being mom a long time ago, Kate finds herself floating through life under the shelter of her brother and best friend.

Afraid of rocking the boat and having to face the world alone, she makes every effort to keep her circle tight. That is, until she meets Eric, the charming Southern boy from Texas who stands out like a sore thumb in the bustling city of D.C. Eric has suffered much in his past, but, unlike Kate, he has learned to grow from his experiences instead of run from them.

When Eric first arrives in the city, he is a bit out of place. His southern drawl and beat up cowboy boots aren’t exactly a fit for the area. Motivated by the necessity to get the best help possible for his mother, he strives to rise above his tragic past and make the most of his new surroundings.

He already has plans to be a soldier, just like his father, and he will see his commitments through. After meeting Kate, he thought that falling in love was a positive turning point in his life, but instead he was taken for a ride on an emotional roller coaster.

Just when Kate finally begins to let her guard down, letting Eric in, dark events cloud her new sunny attitude towards life and love. After a traumatic incident that shatters her whole world, fears from her past re-surface and she is forced to decide if she is willing to stay open to love, or if the risk is just too great.

A decision needs to be made soon or she will lose everything.

Add Leaving Kate to Your Romance Library

You will find this romance at: Amazon * Apple * B & N * Kobo * Scribd.

Takeaway Truth

Readers, the weekend is upon us. Why not try Leaving Kate, a debut romance novel by JD Corbett?

Sweet Retaliation by Mimi Barbour

My friend Mimi Barbour dropped by to talk about her new series The Mob Tracker.

Book Chat and Coffee

Joan: Tell me about Sweet Retaliation, the first book in your Mob Tracker Series.

Mimi: This book has been a revelation to me. In fact, the whole series has worked its spell.

I’m writing the fourth and final book for the series now, and I’ll admit that it’s been bursts of magic mixed in with a hell of a lot of hard work.

Joan: What do you mean?

Mimi: Every once in a while, an author begins a new story, and as soon as it starts, the character takes over.

This happened to me. I could picture this girl in my mind, a librarian whose personality had to be that of a shy, scared, insecure miss who did nothing when she watches some mob members kill her twin.

After that incident, she needs to change into a person who feels such revulsion for her behavior that nothing matters except that she seeks revenge for the death of her brother.

How can she live with herself if she doesn’t? Right? But how can she - a weak woman who’s never stood up for herself - make it happen?

That’s when the magic starts…

Readers, Sweet Retaliation, Book 1 in this exciting series, is reduced from $3.99 to only 99 cents until the end of the month. Read on for the blurb and a Chapter 1 excerpt and a sneak peek at the sexy covers for the other books in this series!

Sweet Retaliation by Mimi Barbour

Four gang members killed her brother. Now it’s payback!
The thrills never stop…

Cassidy Santino watches a bullet rip the life from her brother and can do nothing to stop the vicious mob murder. Overflowing with rage for revenge, she dreams of making the killers pay.

The problem is changing from a naive, over-protected librarian to a woman who can dwell in the same Vegas nightclub that’s a hangout for the gang members. Her skills as a boxer, learned from years of fun sparring with her brother, help somewhat.

Now if only she can get that sweet fantasy, Detective Trace McGuire, to back off from his protective shadowing so she can put her plans in action.

Detective Trace McGuire’s sick mom is breaking his heart and filling his spare time. He sure as hell doesn’t need another responsibility in his crazy busy world. Weirdly, Cassidy Santino has wormed her way into his head and won’t be shook loose.

Working as a bartender at the Lipstick Club, she’s become invested in the seedy place, and he fears the underworld will eat her alive. Then he sees her fight and wonders if the underworld will survive her!

Excerpt, Sweet Retaliation, Book #1 of The Mob Tracker Series
By Mimi Barbour

Chapter One

What the hell was she doing following her brother, especially at night? Cassidy Santino didn’t do darkness. Not in the slums of a city like Las Vegas when, molasses thick, it threatened and terrified.

Gagging, sweating, she’d reached the end of her backbone. Thoughts of giving up and retreating gobbled up the small amount of bravery still hanging on by a thread, making her hesitate. Then worry for her twin, Raoul, kicked in.

Biting her lip, she eased forward so she could see around the rickety fence into the semi-lit alley behind a big warehouse. A group of men milled about in a circle. Two of them were head-to-head in a heated discussion. Adrenalin kicked in when she saw her brother step out of the circle.

Raoul’s shoulders were hunched in the same way he’d hold himself when their father had intimidated him as a boy. She watched him flinch and start to turn away. Then the man he’d been arguing with let out a bellow, backhanded him across the face and shoved hard. Before she could get her bewildered brain to accept the incident, Raoul went down and the other men crowded in and began kicking him.

No! Stop!

Her mind screamed the words, but her voice didn’t connect. It froze. When she opened her mouth fear struck her mute. Though she tried to release her rage, to force sound past the blockage in her throat, not even a peep escaped. She’d never felt so useless in all her sad, ineffectual years. Forcing her limbs to move, she fell forward onto her knees but couldn’t get her leg muscles to function.
Infuriating seconds ticked by as she watched the men work her brother over like he was a soccer ball, rather than a human being.

God! Please…

Movement, shuffling, a voice called out from another direction. “Police. Stop what you’re doing and back away. Get your hands up. Do it now!”

Thank you, Lord! Confidence arrived with the authorities, and Cassi felt a flood of energy. Springing to her feet, she started forward. Before she went two steps, one of the assailants stepped over to Raoul, extended his arm and a gunshot changed the rest of her life. She heard her twin grunt and saw his body jerk.

“No!”

Fear vanished under her instinctive urgency to get to Raoul. She ran. To help him, save him, give up her life for him. He was all she had in the world, the only one who mattered.

Blinded by grief, unaware of the loud gunplay going on around her, she fell to her knees next to his lifeless form. Before she had a chance to understand the danger, a man dashed out, swept her to the side and covered her with his own body.

“Keep down.” Rough, his hands hurting, he pushed her head under his chest while she wiggled to get back to Raoul. “Stop it. You’ll get us both killed.” His voice, hard and angry drew her attention. She shook away from his hand and looked at him, trying to explain that the injured man was her brother and he needed help. When their eyes met, the bit of light from the building’s illumination revealed his face.

Deep blue eyes, encircled with a dark outer ring of pure determination, penetrated for an instant, an order clear and visible that only a man in command could produce. Compelled to obey, but overridden by her need to get to Raoul, she kept pushing at him, until she felt him jerk and heard his grunt of pain.

One of those monsters had shot her rescuer. Disbelief overwhelmed and in seconds the relentless fear returned. Imprisoned and helpless, the horror of the moment clawed at her sanity. Surrendering to its magnetic lure, darkness claimed her and she knew no more.

Add Sweet Retaliation to Your Library

You'll find Sweet Retaliation by Mimi Barbour available at: Amazon * B&N * Kobo * iBooks.

Takeaway Truth

Get Sweet Retaliation, and you'll discover why Readers love romance novels by Mimi Barbour.

Need Some Cheer?

How are you this fine Monday? Oh. Not feeling cheerful?

Hmm. Maybe these words of wisdom will perk you up.

Wear something red today. Christian Dior said: "Bright reds-scarlet, pillar-box red, crimson or cherry-are very cheerful and youthful. There is certainly a red for everyone."

Every time you catch yourself thinking a dark, pessimistic thought, say to yourself: "I am hopeful, enthusiastic, and optimistic." It's like Orson Swett Marden once said: "It is the hopeful, buoyant, cheerful attitude of mind that wins. Optimism is a success builder; pessimism an achievement killer."

Feeling old and tired? Try this quotation by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.: "To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old."

Wearing your cranky pants today? Change that attitude by greeting everyone with a smile. Zig Ziglar said: "Send out a cheerful, positive greeting, and most of the time you will get back a cheerful, positive greeting. It's also true that if you send out a negative greeting, you will, in most cases, get back a negative greeting."

Have you noticed that you feel better when you're with cheerful people? Then pass that on. It's like Lydia M. Child said: "You find yourself refreshed in the presence of cheerful people. Why not make an honest effort to confer that pleasure on others? Half the battle is gained if you never allow yourself to say anything gloomy."

Finally, from one of my favorite singers, Beverly Sills: "A happy woman is one who has no cares at all; a cheerful woman is one who has cares but doesn't let them get her down."

Takeaway Truth

There's a difference in happy and cheerful. I think if you're cheerful, you have a better chance of growing happiness. Have a golden day!

Saturday Recipe Share: Chicken Napoli

Is there anyone who doesn't like Italian inspired food? It rules in my household.

Today's dish is an easy and delicious entree that you'll love. The best part is that it's a skillet dinner. Get some chicken out of the freezer now so you can make this tonight.

Chicken Napoli

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 boneless chicken breast halves, skin removed
  • 1 3/4 cups of chicken broth (that's a 14 oz. can)
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano leaves, crushed
  • 1 clove fresh garlic finely minced or 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes (I use Red Gold. They're wonderful.)
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped, optional
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups uncooked medium shell pasta or a similar sized pasta of your choice.
Directions
  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Add the chicken pieces and saute until browned.
  • Add the broth, oregano, garlic, tomatoes, green pepper, and onion to the skillet.
  • Heat to a boil then stir in the pasta.
  • Cover and cook over low heat 15 minutes or until the pasta is done.
Serves 4 to 6.

Takeaway Truth

Have a wonderful weekend.