And the Pulitzer Prize goes to…..

WOW! What a whirlwind of excitement we are finding ourselves in! Our crazy schedule is filling up quickly!! We have many book signings in the very near future (April and May are both full!) for “What She Knew,” several radio interviews (more info coming) and the best one of all the AMAZON PARTY on April 12th, from 8:00 – 10:00 pm EST!! And who doesn’t love a good party? Well, truth be told, we tend to view life as one big party! What’s the point of living life if you don’t live it to its fullest? After all, it was Marilyn Monroe who said “You never know what life is like, until you have lived it.” So true, so live your life, and eat your cake too.

Yesterday, K.R. and I talked about the wonderful Koda Conference we had just attended and that we felt as though we were saturated sponges. What a wealth of information gleaned from that one event. We are still strategizing how to implement at least half of what we learned over the next few weeks. That’s probably a bit ambitious, but hey, it’s us!

Another great aspect of the Koda Conference was meeting other authors. We met authors from around the world, such as Ireland, England and Canada. Some have been at this writing thing for twenty plus years, while others are just starting. All of them have great stories to share and we wanted to take a minute and introduce you to them.

Jane Carroll – “Bertha Size Your Life” Bertha-Size Your Life! is a fast read, a must read, that leaves the reader feeling uplifted and positive. There is an introspective infusion incorporated into each chapter that leaves you with the realization that Bertha’s life experiences parallel our own much of the time. Each chapter is a joyous encounter in the pursuit of life. Available at

Cathy Brockman – “Luke’s Dragon” Luke awakes to find that his dreams literally have come true in the form of his favorite stuffed toy Gage, the dragon who has followed him home from his journey to Dreamworld. Join Luke’s adventure as he tries to return Gage to his family before the full moon or the dragon will become a beast and destroy Luke’s family and home town. Available at

Debra Shiveley Welch – “Cedar Woman” Debra’s pen was dipped in the essence of life to write this amazing book. Once again her talent rises to the challenge and we meet not just a person but a people. Through narrative we experience the highs and lows in the account of Cedar Woman and dwell within the unfolding story. We travel through the pages on a journey through time and circumstance, from the sweat lodge to the edge of the world and beyond; from powwow, to opening the first Central Ohio Native American restaurant. Truly a great work concerning a great nation and one small part of it in particular. Available at

Martin Crosbie – “My Temporary Life” Heroes are not born. They’re made. Malcolm Wilson’s strength was forged during harsh childhood days—ugly days when he faced down schoolyard bullies and endured the neglect of a promiscuous mother. It is a strength that he has wielded to defend himself and his friends. Available at

Alivia Anders – “Illumine” For the past five months Essallie Hanley has been trying to forget about the frightening murder of her boyfriend. Haunted by vivid nightmares and hallucinations of the event she does anything she can to pretend she’s like every other normal girl in High School. Only Essallie is far from normal. Able to conjure blue fire and a shimmering silhouette of wings from her body, she seeks the only known solace left to her name; her first home in Belfast, Maine. But she soon realizes that her return home is only the beginning of a long and twisted road taking her as far from her humanity as possible, with Kayden, the demon originally summoned to slaughter her, leading the way. Unable to touch her but oddly curious, he joins Essallie in her search to find out just what she is. But neither of them were prepared for the secrets they’ve begun to unravel, secrets that will change Essallie and everyone around her forever. Available at

Siggy Buckley – “Next Time Lucky” Cherie, a professional matchmaker from Dublin, Ireland, faces the ultimate challenge when she tries to find a soul mate for herself. She surfs the risky waves of the Internet and flies around the world to adventures, disappointments and not a few surprises. Chat-rooms prove to be intoxicating, and Cherie feels like in a kid in a candy store. Among the Lotharios she encounters are recycled bachelors, breezy islands of ego, fly-by-nights, birds of paradise, commitment phobics, and the odd sex maniac. She learns the hard way that it’s easy come, uneasy go at this smorgasboard of cyber-dreamboats. Available at

Lorraine Nelson – “A Cowgirl’s Pride” Leah Manning grew up among so many domineering, protective males that it left her frustrated, longing for a different life. Her family couldn’t understand that she needed to dance. Unknowingly, she’d embroiled herself in a deadly game from which there seemed no way out. Now she was home. Would they welcome her back? What if trouble followed? Most importantly, did Cal still work the ranch? Brian Calhoun, Cal to his friends, hated Leah when she’d left, but hated himself even more for not going after her. Now she was back and more lovely than ever. Would his adolescent love for her return, develop into something more, or die a slow death at the hands of this new Leah? Trouble does follow Leah home, and her ex will stop at nothing—even murder—to silence her. Will the terror draw Leah and Cal closer together or drive them apart forever? Available at

Patti Larson – “Family Magic” Sixteen-year-old Sydlynn Hayle is the daughter of a powerful witch and a demon lord of the seventh plane. The trouble is, she just wants to be ordinary. Syd struggles to survive the minefield of her new high school while being torn between her attraction to football hero Brad Peters and the darkly mysterious Quaid Moromond. When her coven comes under attack, Syd is forced to face the fact only her power can save her family’s magic. Available at

Kristina Jackson – “The Fool’s Journey” Can tarot cards help a young woman whose life is not all it’s cracked up to be? Moira is frustrated by her life and even more so because she doesn’t know what to do about it. A spur-of-the-moment decision to visit a psychic fair for a tarot reading changes everything. The reading helps her to see what she should do. When they learn she is consulting cards for guidance, Moira’s friends and family begin to believe she is losing her sanity. When she decides to quit her job, sell her house, and move away, they’re sure of it. Can Tarot cards help Moira learn more about herself and guide her to a happier future? And what do a haunted chest and an encounter with a poltergeist have to do with Moira’s journey to find fulfilment? Available at

CJ West – “A Demon Awaits” From the moment Randy Black appears in CJ West’s novel, Sin and Vengeance, he is consumed with a lust for revenge. Randy is so obsessed that he plans to sacrifice himself to destroy the man who has taken his rightful place. Randy delivers retribution in spectacular fashion, but his suicide mission takes an unexpected twist. Randy survives, his blood cools, and he doesn’t know what to do next. A Demon Awaits is the second book in the Randy Black series and as the book opens, Randy sees his future. Horrific torture lies ahead if he doesn’t change course. He’s given a chance to atone for his mistakes. He latches on and begins the difficult journey to rebuild the life that tragedy stole from him 15 years earlier, but questions haunt his every step. Is he worthy of forgiveness? Can God forgive him? Can he forgive himself? Earthly trials impede Randy at every turn. Randy is threatened and beaten. He’s repeatedly tempted to lash out and undo the spiritual progress he’s made. Randy resists only to discover that he’s being manipulated by Tom Gold, his own defense attorney. Finally, Randy is ready to strike back, but there are limits to what he can do. Sin carries weighty consequences in the afterlife and Randy is out of second chances. Available at

Joe McCoubrey – “Someone Has to Pay” Someone Has To Pay is a fictional action thriller based around the last days of the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’ in 1994. The British Government and the IRA are hurtling towards peace under international pressure, but both sides want one last attempt to win an outright victory. The British decide to set up a multi-service undercover unit, tasked with bringing the terror organisation to its knees. Hidden away behind the cover of an RAF base at Bishopscourt in County Down, the unit sets out on a ruthless campaign to wreak havoc in the IRA ranks. Kidnap, torture and shoot-to-kill orders are all on the table. Available at this April.

RaeAnne Hadley – “With Love Now and Forever” Multiple soul mates. She ran the statement through her shocked brain, allowing it to seep into her broken heart. Twelve years after losing the love of her life, she was being told that everyone has more than one chance at true love. Could it possibly be true? From outward appearances, Anastasia Cassadine has the perfect life; a very successful company and handsome men vying to be her companion. But the appearance she projects is terribly misleading. Ana is haunted by a dark secret from her past, one that involved her first love, Austin Troy.Ana is still grieving when she meets Rick Montgomery, the attractive psychic who immediately puts her on her guard, though their attraction is undeniable. As they get closer, dark forces gather to tear them apart.Once more forced to relive the terror that forced her and Austin apart so many years before, Ana and Rick must join together to battle the darkness that will threaten everything they know. Available at

Natalie Star – “The Keeper” The morning of her sixteenth birthday, Billie feels blessed despite the reoccurring nightmare that wakes her. Loving parents, a caring boyfriend, and great friends surround her until an heirloom necklace throws her into a world she never imagined. “Gifted” with supernatural powers and an unexpected destiny as the Keeper, Billie and a mysterious boy from her past must work together to find answers. But, as they begin to discover feelings for one another, he disappears leaving her to fight evil alone. Her life spirals out of control. She breaks up with her boyfriend, Tony, and alienates her best friends Arianna and Jocelyn to protect them from the truth. As dark forces pursue her, Billie longs to run away from it all, yet a need to do what’s right compels her to face the future as the keeper of more than her own fortune. Available at

Charles and Wendy Siefken – “Kai’s Journey” “Kai’s Journey” is a story about a young man, set fifteen years in the future. An archetypal story about the clash between generations, the novel’s protagonist, Kai, has spent most of his youth trying to right the wrongs of his father. His father was a military scientist charged with the task of perfecting a formula that would create a superior breed of soldiers. Kai’s father accidentally created a race of zombies. Like a virus, it soon spreads to the entire world, unleashing a period of unsurpassed chaos and conflict. In the midst of this turmoil, Kai comes across a young woman named Clover, who is part of a clan traveling across the United States to try to find what is left of humanity. Clover is a part of a clan of werewolves, unlike any werewolves that have previously appeared in pop culture or literature. Along the way Kai and Clover come across stragglers who join with the group as they journey across the upper part of what used to be known as North America. One night while Kai and Clover were watching a meteor shower they meet a group totally out of this world. Kai and Clover begin a heroic journey, fueled by the increasingly dim hope that somehow, the human race will have a chance to start over. Available at

Whew! So many great new reads! Be sure and check out each of these authors websites or Facebook pages. You’ll see what other great books they have available and learn a bit about them.

Have a wonderful evening! Love from two slightly skewed authors, K.R. and T.L. 🙂


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