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Authors in Bloom Blog Hop & Giveaway!

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Thank you for dropping by my site for the 5th annual Authors in Bloom Blog Hop! I’m giving away the box set of my Shades Series, which includes Deadly Shades, Shades of Holly and Killer Shades. I’m also giving away a gift card of $15 from Amazon. When you enter, you will be automatically included in my newsletter. I don’t believe in spam, and I only notify a person when it comes to giveaways, book releases and contests.

I’m not much of a cook, but I do love to garden. I found a great way to start a garden if you hate digging or your ground is just impossible to penetrate. It’s called lasagna gardening. Sheet composting is another term for it. I stumbled across it while I was looking into starting a garden. You start off by using newspaper or cardboard for the bottom layer, then on top of that you add peat moss. Your third layer is organic compost and you layer this by green and brown material. You top it with compost or mulch. The techniques vary but there is a wealth of information on the subject on the Internet.

The advantages of lasagna gardening are:

  • You don’t have to weed or water as much because of heavy mulch.
  • Works well in small places (even containers). Perfect when you have limited gardening space.
  • No digging.

About the Shades Series Box Set that is up for grabs:

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Deadly Shades

Kennedy Sinclair is given a pair of simple sunglasses. Or so she thinks. Within twenty-four hours, she discovers they are far from simple or normal. The lenses open a door to the dark side of her personality and a serial killer, who turns his focus on her. Can she outwit, outrun a murderer? And if she survives the night, does she have the strength to become the person destiny has created for her?

Shades of Holly

Enter Zach Howard, a man who’s finally managed to get his life on track, until that is, he comes across a pair of otherworldly sunglasses. Once on, they reveal scenes of a past he would like to forget and a future he finds terrifying. If he can trust what the visions portray, Holly, the one woman he’s never stopped loving, is in danger of a psychopath.

Christmas is a breath away, but will Holly take her last breath? Holly has no idea what fate has placed in front of her this holiday season. Two years before, she turned her back on Zach because she wasn’t strong enough to deal with his broken soul. This time around, does she have the courage to fight for Zach’s life at the risk of her own? Or can miracles and angels save them both?

ShadesSeriesBoxSet_3books_smallKiller Shades

Jenna Barnes slips on a pair of simple sunglasses, but they’re not so simple. Jenna soon realizes they’re dangerous when people start dying, including her soon to be ex-husband. His unnatural death has her on the police radar as a prime suspect. After all, she had the most to gain. But one of those police officers is none other than Kyle Newman, a man she’d loved and dumped five years ago.

Kyle Newman doesn’t believe Jenna killed her husband, and he sets out to protect her, only to become a suspect himself in her husband’s death. The killer is still out there. If Jenna doesn’t stop asking questions, he knows she could be next. He needs to guarantee that doesn’t happen. But is he willing to lose his career, even his life to save her? Because a pair of sunglasses can kill, and he’s soon going to find out the death of Jenna’s husband is just the beginning.

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Good luck in the contest! 🙂 There is also a $15 Amazon gift card that you can win.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE ENTERED FOR A CHANCE TO WIN THE GRAND PRIZE. You will also be entered in my newsletter.

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By |April 7th, 2016|Blog Hop|35 Comments

Facebook Party with Nina Pierce

I’ll be visiting with Nina Pierce and a whole bunch of other authors for her latest release, GARDEN OF SERENITY, at 3:00 EST on Facebook. They’ll be lots of giveaways from everyone. I’ll be giving away a signed, print copy of Shrouded in Darkness.

So please come and join the fun!

By |October 15th, 2014|Blog Hop, Giveaways|0 Comments

Winter Wonder Man Blog Hop Giveaway Jan 16th to 19th!

Winter Wonder Man Blog HopThanks for dropping by the Winter Man Blog Hop with over 50 blog hops participating, and a grand prize of $50 for an Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card (winner’s choice). I’m also giving away a free ebook of Shrouded in Darkness, the first in the Shrouded Series, which is a romantic suspense with paranormal elements.

The topic of the hop is: What makes a hero in movies and books wonderful to the point your toes curl?”

I have to admit I love a hero who is passionate, empathetic, kind, brave, and the list can go on and on… oh did I say sexy? lol My favorite hero in the movies right now I Channing Tatum. I loved him in channingtatum_rachelmcadamsThe Vow.

Don’t forget to check out the other blogs on the list below. Many are giving books, prizes and swag! Enjoy!

Below is an excerpt of Shrouded in Darkness.

Margot Davenport should never have opened the front door. She should have just kept on getting slowly and thoroughly drunk that night. But the pounding on the door went on and on, reverberating throughout the house and inside her skull. Stumbling from the couch in the living room, Margot knocked over her glass and an empty wine bottle, and grabbed onto her throbbing head with a hand.

“Damn it!”

In the hall, she tripped over her calico cat, Marmaduke, who streaked past her and up the stairs. She swore again. The banging continued. The crazy fool outside had given up on the doorbell long ago.

“John! Come on. Open up! It’s me, Jake!”

At the mention of Johnny’s name, Margot’s stomach twisted and rolled with sudden nausea. “Okay! Okay! Give me a second.”

She groped for the light switch to the hall. Nothing happened.

Shrouded in Darkness“Damn, stupid thing!”

But that’s what she got for not replacing the house’s ancient wiring.

“John, I’m freezing my ass off!”

“What do you expect,” Margot muttered, wondering if this guy was playing some sick joke at her expense.

Margot hit the outside light switch and peered through the glass panel beside the door. A man stood on the front porch. She didn’t recognize him, but then again, the sheet of snow and the light’s glare against the night backdrop didn’t help matters.

A gun or pepper spray for protection sounded pretty nice right now, but Margot hated guns and had never expected the need, living on the outskirts of Greyson, Arizona. It wasn’t like the town was loaded with crime. The worst incident had been a case of disorderly conduct last winter, and that had been from a drunken tourist.

“Who is it?”

A pause on the other side followed–almost as if she’d surprised him.

“Margot? Is that you? It’s Jake Preston.”

Though muffled, his words were clear enough to make out. The name sounded familiar, but she couldn’t recall what Johnny had said about him.

Margot frowned and winced as pain cut across her temple, brow and the base of her skull. She should have stopped at one glass of wine. “How do you know Johnny?”

“I worked with him at Miltronics for several years on the outskirts of Boston.”

Margot debated about turning this Jake away as she watched him stamp his feet against the porch. He must be freezing–what with the wind and snow.

“I know it’s late, but I need to talk to John. Please. If you could just get him, you’ll see I’m harmless.”

The urgency in his voice made her decide. He obviously didn’t know about her brother. She sighed heavily. What she had to tell him wasn’t going to be easy.

Margot unlatched the lock and opened the door.

An angry gust of wind burst into the house, tearing the knob from her grasp. The door flew wide and crashed against the wall. Gasping, she reeled back as snow flew in, stabbing her cheeks with icy spikes.

“Here, let me.”

Jake stepped inside and shoved the door closed with his shoulder. He turned his back against the light from the kitchen, casting his face in shadow. His baseball cap further shielded his features–along with sunglasses of all things.

How very odd. Sudden apprehension curled up her spine as Margot stepped away from Jake and the doorway. Topping a good six-feet, he appeared far larger than when he’d stood behind a locked door.

“What are the sunglasses for?”

“The light.”

“What?”

“My eyes. They’re sensitive to light. I injured both corneas as a child.”

“Oh.” She must have been staring at him like an idiot, but something about him made her uneasy. And it wasn’t just the glasses and pale complexion.

Jake shrugged a large canvas backpack from his shoulder and placed it on the floor.

“Can you get John for me?”

“He’s dead.”

Margot never intended the words to come out so abrupt and final, but…it hurt. Balling her hands into fists, she fought against the sudden tears that burned the back of her eyes. Please no. Not now. She couldn’t fall apart in front of this stranger.

“He can’t be. That’s impossible.”

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By |January 16th, 2014|Blog Hop, Excerpts|16 Comments