Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Darlene Deluca and THE STORY BETWEEN US


When did you first get the urge to write?

I’ve been writing so long I can’t even remember. English classes were always my favorite in school, and my college degree is in Journalism. It’s been about ten years since I made the switch from writing for corporate publications to writing fiction. It’s funny that you use the word urge. With so many story ideas in my head and sketched into early drafts, I really do feel compelled to write! 

What happened to your first ever manuscript?

I’ve heard of those scary manuscripts hidden in a box under a bed, but I worked with some critique partners to polish my first full-length novel, and it is now published.

What do your family and friends think of your passion for writing?

Oh, I’ve got some lovely peeps who are staunch fans and supporters and others who aren’t readers and don’t really think of writing as a “real” job.

Have you ever used someone you know as a character in a book?

Only very loosely. Part of the fun of writing fiction is making things up, and that includes the people and the places.

Tell us about this book.

The Story Between Us is a sweet romance published by The Wild Rose Press.

Her agent warned her not to get attached to a fan. But children's book author Kristen Hanover is about to break the rules. Kristen meets a young boy who is a victim of a tragic accident and is drawn into the heartbreaking situation.

Six years ago, Reed Armstrong never imagined he'd actually become guardian of his sister's boy. Now he is, and most days he's not sure he's up to the task.

When he and Dylan meet Kristen, Reed downplays his nephew's crush on the author. But as their lives become unexpectedly intertwined, he finds himself captivated as well. Trouble is, she sells stories for a living. Does she truly care about Dylan…and Reed, or is she using them for her own career advancement?

Give us an example of a favorite scene.

Reed pulled his keys out of his pocket. In the doorway, he folded his arms and leaned against the casing. “Can I ask you a question?”

Chest pounding, Kristen forced a smile. “Of course.” She took a couple of steps toward him and braced a hand against the back of the sofa.

“Is writing your only reason for being here?”

Heavy, charged air closed around her. How to answer that? Honestly, of course, but…how honestly? “Well, writing is my goal for sure. But—” She glanced around the room before looking at him again. “I’d love to ride my horse, er, Star, and spend some time with…with people I like, too.”

As he pushed off from the door, a slow grin spread across his face. “Sounds like an excellent plan.” He sauntered closer. About a foot away, he stopped. “You’re good with dinner at the main house tonight? Don’t let Dylan bully you. You decide.”

She gave a shaky laugh. That was the plan, right? She couldn’t remember for sure. Her brain was going fuzzy. “I’d love to,” she managed to say.

He leaned closer, his breath warm on her cheek. She braced herself for a friendly peck, but when her eyes fluttered shut, his lips grazed hers. Hovered there, and when she thought her legs might give out, Reed caught her arm and pulled her slightly toward him, his lips covering hers again.

Sparks exploded in her brain, and she grabbed hold of his arm. All of her senses came alive and responded to the unexpected deluge.

A long moment later, he pulled back and brushed a thumb across her cheek. “See you in about an hour.”

Kristen could only nod. As soon as the door closed behind him, she collapsed against the sofa. She ran a finger along her bottom lip. That kiss…Oh, man. The chances of her getting any writing done this weekend just dropped from unlikely to who-said-anything-about-writing?


Is this book part of a series?

No, right now it’s a stand alone, but I do have a few ideas for a potential sequel.

Where can we buy your book?

Tell us a little about yourself.

I write contemporary romance and women’s fiction, and like to explore relationships – what brings people together or keeps them apart.

My intent is to bring to life interesting characters that readers can relate to in real-life situations that combine a little fun, plenty of drama (with perhaps a tear or two), and big helpings of friendship, love and self-discovery, and will leave readers either cheering or sighing with a satisfied smile as they turn the final page.

I love getting lost in a good story with a glass of tea, a bit of dark chocolate and a warm, sunny beach.


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This story was a complete surprise to me and I loved it. The characters jump right off the page. This author knows her six-year-olds. Dylan was delightful.

There were so many ups and downs while the three characters navigated through the beginning of their new relationship. Yes, I said the three of them. This wasn’t just about a romance between a man and woman. It was also the rocky road to building a family. Not an easy task considering the trauma Dylan had endured, Reed’s lack of trust, and the miles that separated them from Kristen. They also had obstacles such as the adults’ career goals and family problems. It was realistic – not a fairy tale.

I promise you – this book is worth the read. I’ll be looking for more by this author.

Thursday, April 15, 2021


 Here's a beautiful spotlight for 


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Rock House Grill 

One man’s choices—One woman’s impact 

Winner NNLights Book Heaven 1st place Sweet Romance

Author Shout Out Recommended Read 2020


Aden House, successful but driven chef and TV personality, refuses to slow down. His life implodes one night, damaging him both physically and emotionally. He’s rescued by a woman he thinks of as his angel.


Shay McDowell has rebuilt her life after her divorce. She juggles volunteer EMT duties and her job, while dreaming of becoming a chef. She finds her way to Rock House Grill and back into the life of the man she helped save.


Can love be the ingredient needed to survive the many obstacles they face?



“Easy, you’re going to be okay.” A soft voice eased through the chaos around him. The owner of the voice grabbed his arms and held them in a firm but gentle grip. “I’m right here with you. You are not alone.” 

“Can hardly m-move.” His voice slurred. “C-can’t see anything.”

 “You’ve been in an accident. I’m an EMT with the ambulance squad,” the velvety voice calmly explained. “You can’t see well because we’re under a tarp. Hold still, okay?” 

“‘K.” A small light flickered at the edge of his vision. It shone into a bag next to him. Penlight. 

“You’re restrained to a board. It’s to keep your head from moving and causing more injury.” 

She continued to talk to him. The voice reached down somewhere inside him, calming and peaceful, so he focused on it. A glow from spotlights on the outside lit whatever covered them. The shadow gave the woman the appearance of a halo—like an angel.

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Hi, my name is D. V. Stone. I am a multi-genre author of two independently published books. Felice, Shield-Mates of Dar is a fantasy romance. Agent Sam Carter and the Mystery at Branch Lake is a mid-grade paranormal. Recently, Rock House Grill was released by Wild Rose Press. Rainbow Sprinkles, a novella released on July 8th. I also host Welcome to the Campfire and A Peek Through the Window, both weekly blogs. Here’s a little more about me.


Born in Brooklyn, D.V. Stone has moved around a bit and even lived for a time on a dairy farm in Minnesota before moving back east. Throughout her wandering, she always considered herself a Jersey Girl. She met and married the love of her life, Pete—a lifelong Jersey Man, and moved this time to Sussex County.  They live with Hali, a mixed breed from the local shelter, and their cat Baby.


D.V.’s career path varied from working with the disabled to become a volunteer EMT, which in turn led to working in hospital emergency rooms and then in a women’s state prison. After a few years, she took a break from medicine and became the owner of Heavenly Brew, a specialty coffee shop in Sparta, NJ, and a small restaurant in Lafayette. Life handed some setbacks, and she ended up back in the medical field, but this time in a veterinary emergency hospital. 


“Thank you for taking the time to read about me. Each time you open the pages to one of my books, I hope you’ll be swept away by the story and find encouragement in your own life, never to give up on hope.”


D.V. Stone


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Rainbow Sprinkles

After the storm come the rainbows. 

Felice, Shield-Mates of Dar

One foolish thought. One brutal act. Instead of a peaceful alliance––war.

Agent Sam Carter and the Mystery at Branch Lake

A Mid-grade paranormal 

Contributing Author

Australia Burns

My Review:

Despite the action and suspense throughout this book I thought it was a very easy book to read. The scenes are vivid – the characters are three-dimensional – the plot is well thought out. Red herrings go in all directions without being confusing, but the ending is unexpected. This is what I appreciate from a well-written mystery. And, let’s not forget about romance. Shay and Aiden move slowly and gently toward each other like two intelligent, mature, adults actually would. Another thing I appreciate. I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Tena Stetler with her new release and lifelong passion.


Wildlife Rescue has always been one of my passions. I’ve been involved with several rescues and sanctuaries for wildlife, parrots, and all kinds of needy animals.

 When I was a kid, I brought home every kind creature that needed love, caring, a home and understanding. I admit my mother was less than thrilled.  My bedroom was filled with extra crates, glass enclosures, heating pads, and anything an injured or abandoned creature could need. I say creature, because it didn’t matter whether it was scaled, feathered or furred, I brought it home. Mom drew the line the night I brought home a Coral Snake.  My mom called the DOW. Yep, it’s poisonous. Luckily no one got bitten. I thought it was a King snake. After that, I never forgot that Coral Snakes have yellow and red bands that touch each other, while black bands always separate the yellow and red bands on King Snakes. Whew! FYI Coral Snakes are not native to Colorado. Upon further investigation, DOW discovered someone had released several poisonous snakes not from our region in our neighborhood creek.

 As I grew up, I discovered there were sanctuary and rescue organizations that were better equipped to handle these types of creatures. I joined their efforts and to this day continue to do so. This is where the inspiration for A Witch’s Journey Series came from. My new release, CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY MAGIC is kinda a continuation of HIDDEN GYPSY MAGIC, third book in the series.

 Chocolate Raspberry Magic clicked into my sights as I was finishing Hidden Gypsy Magic. Paul and Trinity were such interesting, hard-working characters that I had to tell their story. Prim and proper Trinity Shilo is the assistant manager for Salem's Wildlife Sanctuary.

 Now Paul has also had his share of hard knocks. Paul Thorp is a wounded Special Forces veteran now working in security and computer support A Salem Wildlife Sanctuary.

 All bets are off when they are called to assist with rescue and an Ice Cream Social fund raiser for a small Wildlife Rescue in in Puffin Cove, Maine. Though the work can be heartbreaking at times, the rewards are so much more.


Prim and proper Trinity Shilo is the assistant manager for Salem's Wildlife Sanctuary. She hasn't had much luck in the boyfriend department, but the new employee Paul is different. Deep and brooding she sees something special hidden below the surface. Besides she has secrets of her own.

  Paul Thorp is a wounded Special Forces veteran now working in security and computer support. He's fought hard to keep his demons in check and for the first time feels he is ready for a real relationship.

 When a fire breaks out at Puffin Cove Rescue they are called in to help with the recovery and ice cream social fundraiser. Sometimes things are not what they seem, and neither are people. When magic is unleashed will what they learn bring them closer together or push them apart.

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As Trinity walked through the aftermath of the fire, she lifted the yellow and black caution tape and carefully stepped inside the building. Her gut clenched and that feeling of foreboding washed over her again. The farther she ventured into the burnt building the stronger the gut-wrenching feeling became. Something needs my help. This was a new sensation. She took a small flashlight out of her backpack, directed the beam over the scorched debris, and moved the rubble with her toe. Nothing.

One more sweep of the light and she’d return to the others. Probably not supposed to be here anyway. A weak squawk emanated from the far corner of the building. Picking up a scorched stick, she poked at the debris. A puff of smoke rose as she made her way to where the sound came from. Shining the light into the corner, she saw movement. She knelt down and carefully shifted the charred rubble. Laying on its side, head slightly raised, and using a wing in an attempt to right itself was a small parrot. Its little eyes locked on her for a moment before its head lowered to the ground.

Frantically, she glanced around, but there was no one in sight. How far had she ventured without telling anyone? The structure overhead groaned in warning. No time. “Okay little one, it’s you and me. I don’t have much experience at this, but I’ll do my best.” Shrugging out of her backpack, she unzipped it completely. “I’m going to scoop you up in my backpack and get help.” She didn’t raise her voice to call for help for fear of scaring the poor thing.

Clearing as much debris away from the bird as possible, she scooped up the parrot in her bag. Slowly she stood, so as not to jostle the little creature. Holding the bag gently against her chest, she picked her way across the downed wooden braces, charred remnants of cabinetry, and broken glass.


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Tena Stetler is a best-selling author of award winning paranormal romance with an over-active imagination.  She wrote her first vampire romance as a tween, to the chagrin of her mother and the delight of her friends. Colorado is home; shared with her husband, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-five-year-old box turtle. When she’s not writing, her time is spent kayaking, camping, hiking, biking  or just relaxing in the great Colorado outdoors.  Her books tell tales of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. Travel, adventure and a bit of mystery flourish in her books along with a few companion animals to round out the tales.

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Jennifer Wilck talks about A RECKLESS HEART and her research.


Title: A Reckless Heart 
Series Name: Scarred Hearts 
Theme(s): Small Town, Scarred Hero/Heroine 
SubGenre(s): Contemporary 
Keywords: Beach setting; Billionaire; Broken Reputation; Brooding Hero; Celebrity; Charity; Close Proximity; Contemporary; Damaged Hero; Fairy Tale; Fear of int 
Page Count: 296 
Word Count: 72351 

Digital Price: 4.99 
Print Price (if applicable): 16.99 

Release Date: 2021-03-29

978-1-5092-3517-9 Paperback 
978-1-5092-3518-6 Digital 

Meg Thurgood, former society girl, took the blame for her friend and paid a steep price. Now all she wants is solitude and a chance to rebuild her life. She thinks she's found that in an isolated house she rents from a mysterious stranger.

Simon McAlter has hidden in his house on the coast of Maine since a fire left him scarred. A successful landscape architect who conducts his business and teaches his classes remotely, he's lost his inspiration and is trying to pretend he's not lonely. 

Simon's new neighbor is more than he bargained for. When he learns Meg's secret, will he retreat into the shadows or will he learn to see past the surface and trust in Meg's love? 


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Thanks so much to my friend, Sandy, for hosting me today! My book, A Reckless Heart, released March 29, and my hero, Simon, is a renowned landscape architect. What the heck is a landscape architect, you might ask. Well, before I did my research, I wondered the same thing.

You see, Simon has been badly scarred in a fire. And I wanted him to be surrounded by beauty, preferably of his own making. I immediately thought of flowers. However, he’s also basically a billionaire. I hesitate to actually use that word, because this book is not a billionaire romance in the true sense of the trope. But he’s ridiculously wealthy, as are all the heroes in the series (psst, the hero in book 2 is a computer security genius), and I needed something more powerful than “gardener.”

Well, guess what? Landscape architects, truly renowned ones, fit my parameters! Or they can. According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, landscape architecture involves the planning, design, management, and nurturing of the built and natural environments. They improve human and environmental health in communities. They plan and design parks, campuses, streetscapes, trails, plazas, and residences. 

As soon as I found out that information, I knew this was perfect for both Simon as a character, and me as the author. Imagine surrounding yourself with beauty when you think you’ve lost yours. Imagine restoring the grounds of your destroyed estate. Imagine the therapy of creating beauty from a nightmare. Simon faces all those things. As the author, I was able to take him, and his profession, and weave in a therapy garden, a town’s desire to save open space from developers, and my own love of flowers. 

I hope you enjoy the results. In the meantime, here are a few photos that you can find on the ASLA site that depict some of the amazing work landscape architects do. And feel free to check out their site for more:

Portland Japanese Garden.

American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial.

Native American Garden, NY Botanical Garden.

Naval Cemetary, Brooklyn, NY


Nervous laughter bubbled in her chest. They’d been close before and held hands. Granted, he’d covered hers on the ladder, but still. It wasn’t the first time they touched. Why was this different? She remembered the sensations when he’d covered her hand on the roof— warmth and roughness and safety. And she wanted it. She bumped her hand against his, on purpose, to feel his skin. It wasn’t smooth like hers. Its texture, unique to him, fascinated her. A moment later, he rubbed his arm against her.

Was it accidental, too? She snuck a glance at his profile. Although his hair blocked most of his face, she’d swear when the wind blew it, a ghost of a smile hovered, like they shared a private joke. Her belly warmed, and the air between their knuckles, where they almost touched, crackled with electricity.

The next time their bodies touched, she slipped her hand through his elbow. His body jolted before he pressed her arm against his side, and they walked to the curve of the shore connected.

When they stopped, they watched the waves lap over the rocks, their froth sputtering into the cracks.

“This is the only place I’ve ever not felt alone,” he whispered.

“How long have you been alone?”

“Too long,” he replied.
“This is the only place I’ve ever felt seen.”

“I can’t imagine you invisible,” he said.

“When “It Girls” and camera bulbs surround you, it’s easy to fade into the background.”

The sky and water darkened as the light faded, and she shivered in the chill air. Her hand grew icy as he pulled away from her. As she was about to complain, a weight landed on her shoulders. His arm drew her close. He remained still, as if he waited to see if she’d object. Instead, she leaned against his side. Heat emanated from him, and tingles ran through her body. A desire to turn into him, to press her body against his, to kiss him, overwhelmed her. He positioned her in front of him and rested his chin on the top of her head. His heart beat against her back. A soft moan escaped her lips, and they both froze. All of a sudden, she was aware of how close she was. His jacket was warm from his body and smelled like him.


Jennifer started telling herself stories as a little girl when she couldn’t fall asleep at night. Pretty soon, her head was filled with these stories and the characters that populated them. Even as an adult, she thinks about the characters and stories at night before she falls asleep or walking the dog. Eventually, she started writing them down. Her favorite stories to write are those with smart, sassy, independent heroines; handsome, strong and slightly vulnerable heroes; and her stories always end with happily ever after.

In the real world, she’s the mother of two amazing daughters and wife of one of the smartest men she knows. When she’s not writing, she loves to laugh with her family and friends, is a pro at finding whatever her kids lost in plain sight, and spends way too much time closing doors that should never have been left open in the first place. She believes humor is the only way to get through the day and does not believe in sharing her chocolate. 

She writes contemporary romance, some of which are mainstream and some of which involve Jewish characters. She’s published with The Wild Rose Press and all her books are available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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Monday, March 29, 2021

Reviewing THE REIVER'S CUB by Laura Strickland



Ten years ago, Bess Mowatt promised to guard her newborn cousin from his father, Aleck Maxwell. Called the Reiver Wolf, Maxwell is the scourge of the Scottish marches, and no fit guardian for a child. But when the keep where Bess and the boy live suddenly comes under Maxwell's protection, she has nowhere to hide.
Aleck doesn't quite believe the tale he was told, that his son died at birth. His head tells him one thing, and his heart another. While protecting the keep from marauders, he makes a connection with Bess's young charge. But Bess stands in the way, a woman who is also a warrior, a protector who needs his protection. Can he persuade this fiery woman to accept his help? Will a lie told long ago stand in the way of their love?

My Review:

This is the kind of excellent writing I’ve come to expect from this author. Her historical romances are action-packed and amazing.

My favorite thing about this story is the overwhelming integrity of the lead characters.

On one hand, you have Bess. She has to shut herself off from her attraction to Aleck because of a solemn promise she’s made to her close friend for the safety of a child. She keeps that promise even though she finds it hard to believe her friend's story after spending time with the man.

On the other hand, Aleck suppresses his attraction to Bess because he’s been burned by a woman and lost all trust. Also, he still grieves for the son he lost. However, the desire for a home and family burns deep inside him.

But of course, my favorite character in the story is Dexter. At ten-years-old his only concern is learning to be a warrior and protector. In his opinion, there’s no one better to teach him than his new mentor, Aleck.

Laura Strickland has created a twisted tale that she untangles and lays out for her readers to soak in and swoon over. This is the type of story you’ll want to read again and again.


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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

We're celebrating Debby Grahl's new release, MOUNTAIN BLAZE

When did you first get the urge to write?

The desire to write began in my early teens. I was born with a disease of the retina called Retinitis Pigmentosa which causes gradual vision loss. I lost the ability to read in my early twenties, but even when I had sight, seeing the printed word was always difficult for me. Reading a book would take me twice as long as a person with normal sight. I became frustrated with this and began to make up my own stories. It wasn’t until the invention of computers and wonderful screen reading software that I was able to put my stories into words.   


What happened to your first ever manuscript?

The first book I wrote is a mystery cozy titled Decorated To Death. I came up with the idea for the story while living in a historic district. Each year we opened our homes for a Christmas tour. While sitting through a tour committee meeting, I thought what would happen if dead bodies began to show up during the tour. I finished the manuscript about twelve years ago, where it sat in my computer until I decided to self-publish it. I have to say there’s only one review posted on Amazon, but everyone who reads it enjoys the story.

What do your family and friends think of your passion for writing?

 I have incredible support from my husband, family, and friends. They understand when I’m writing, I go into my cave and don’t want any distractions.

Have you ever used someone you know as a character in a book?

Yes, all the time. I’ve included family, friends from my book clubs, lunch ladies, and neighborhood friends. They’re usually secondary characters, but they’re recognizable.

Tell us about this book.

Disillusioned by his wife’s betrayal, rodeo star Dillon McCoy comes home to the mountains of North Carolina to lick his wounds. When he agrees to take over the family ranch, the Lazy M, he’s unaware danger waits.

Diana Thompson is having doubts about her engagement to Trent Sawyer. She agrees to leave Chapel Hill and spend Thanksgiving with her friend Jenn at the Lazy M. When Diana and Dillon meet, neither can deny their attraction, but both must resolve past relationships while fighting their growing desire.

After Dillon turns down an anonymous offer to purchase the ranch, attempts are made on his life. When a body is found, Dillon sets out to discover who wants the McCoy land enough to commit murder.


Give us an example of a favorite scene.

Dillon smiled and Diana thought it the sexiest smile she’d ever seen. There was a slight cleft in his chin, and fine lines formed at the corners of his eyes. Diana inwardly groaned. The butterflies were back.

“I’d hold onto you. I wouldn’t let you fall,” he softly said.

With his slow southern accent, the words sounded like warm honey rolling off his tongue. The depth of his eyes and the sound of his voice mesmerized her.

The horses stood side by side. Her and Dillon’s legs touched. He leaned toward her, and the light aroma of wood smoke, hay, and his spicy cologne filled her nostrils. Diana knew what he was about to do but had no willpower to stop him. He cupped her cheek and their lips met.

Gentle at first, his lips glided over hers. He increased the pressure until she opened her mouth and his tongue slipped in. Diana moaned and wrapped her arms around his neck. His arms around her waist, he deepened the kiss. Before she realized what he was doing, without breaking their kiss Dillon lifted her from Flora and placed her across his lap.

Cradled in his arms, Diana clung to him, delicious sensations filling her. Her body came alive in a way that surprised her. The only thing that mattered was this man and this moment.

Flame moved, bringing her back to reality. Diana’s eyes fluttered open, and she stared into Dillon’s, deep with passion and need.


Is this book part of a series?

Mountain Blaze is the first in my Carolina series. I’m working on Island Heat, which I hope to have released next year.

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Tell us a little about yourself.

Award winning author, Debby Grahl, lives on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, with her husband, David. Besides writing, she enjoys biking, walking on the beach and a glass of wine at sunset. Her favorite places to visit are New Orleans, New York City, Captiva Island in Florida, the Cotswolds of England, and her home state of Michigan. She is a history buff who also enjoys reading murder mysteries, time travel, and, of course, romance. Visually impaired since childhood by Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), she uses screen-reading software to research and write her books. His Magic Touch, a paranormal romance, was released by Wild Rose Press December 5, 2018. Her latest book, Mountain Blaze, was released November 2.


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