Thursday, November 21, 2019

Sealer's Game (+Giveaway)


* Sealer’s Game
* by Kathy Coleman
* (Sealer Saga #1)
* Publication date: October 22nd 2019
* Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Hell hath no fury like a goddess scorned…

As Champion, Carita of Bel Auryn thought she would spend her days fighting demons. Instead, she is drawn into the latest scheme of the Moon Goddess, Ruby: a contest to choose a man who will have the “honour” of fathering her child. When Ruby encourages Carita to choose a man for herself, she picks the man she is most drawn to–and immediately regrets it.
Lucian Veradayne is the Lord of Death. He knows he must win Ruby’s game at any cost. It doesn’t matter that he has avoided her for two thousand years. Nor that she tried to kill their first child. And it really doesn’t matter that he would much rather woo Carita. The Soul Well has given Lucian a prophecy: he and Ruby must have another child. A child who will save the world.
Dealing with their mutual attraction will be the least of Lucian and Carita’s problems. They are not the only ones who have been drawn into Ruby’s game. Someone else wants to win. Someone who wants Ruby dead. Will Carita and Lucian be able to protect her long enough for a victor to be named? And if they succeed, will they be able to walk away from each other to ensure the prophecy is fulfilled?
Sealer’s Game is a 55,000 word fantasy romance novella about the King of the Underworld, a kick-butt warrior priestess, and a ruthless goddess who will stop at nothing to get her own way. It contains language, descriptions of violence, and sexual themes that may not be appropriate for all readers. Recommended for ages 18+.

Now here is an excerpt to tempt you even more.

Those eyes. He was doing this with those damned, accursed eyes. They had to go. Now.
Her fingers trembling, she gripped the hilt of the dagger that hung at her waist. Could she do this? Was she capable of hurting a child?
Memories of the night she had gone to Lucian flooded her. The bravado she had carried herself with as she went through her plan to seduce him in her mind. Her nervous uncertainty, trying not to shudder as he removed her clothes. The amount of self-control it had taken not to vomit as his body covered hers. And then the horror, the utter, skin crawling horror, when she realized that was not all he intended to do.
No.
Please.
I don’t want—
The words had died on her tongue, a strangled knot in her throat that she could still feel nine months later. The smell of fresh cut grass and cinnamon still made her want to gag.
That night, their scents had been so potent she could taste them. The power of Earth magic in the air had been so strong it had been hard to breathe. The swell of her breasts, the arch of her hips, and the subtle shift that had flexed through her stomach as her body prepared to carry Lucian’s child… Recalling any of it made her want to tear something apart.
Lucian had caused her entire plan to backfire and he hadn’t even been trying.
With one quick jab, Ruby sliced into the flesh of the baby’s face. A fine line of black and red spotted blood began to seep down his cheek like a single crimson tear. Jerking the dagger up, she jabbed its blade through the offensive dark blue eye that had peered at her so intently. She twisted the dagger around the eye’s socket like its tip was a key and his face a lock, then cut through some skin near his eyebrow as she pulled the dagger out.
One down, one to go.
Or not. The baby’s wails turned into a full-on scream. The long screeching sounds reminded her more of a dying animal than of any proper, sentient being. If he kept that up someone would find her doing this. That was an outcome she could not afford.


Author Bio:
Kathy Coleman lives in a little town in Ontario with her parents, one younger brother and two mischievous little dogs named D'Argo and Coco. She attended Trent University, majoring in English and Cultural Studies.
When she is not being kept awake at 3 a.m. by characters who refuse to quit talking, she can be found performing karaoke at charity events, updating her book blog I Write, I Read, I Review, shopping, or playing video games.
Thanks for stopping by today. Isn't it fascinating when an author takes you to another world they have created just to entertain you?

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

A Bad Hair Day Cookbook


If you’re looking for delicious new recipes to try out, A Bad Hair Day Cookbook: Recipes from Nancy J. Cohen's Cozy Mystery Series is the perfect solution.

Don’t let the book’s title throw you off. This is a cookbook with a fun twist. Not only is it filled with scrumptious recipes, but it has helpful tips and fun stories from the author’s popular Bad Hair Day cozy mystery series.

The series’ hairstylist and savvy sleuth Marla Vail shares more than 160 recipes while including a little backstory on each dish. Marla also shares some of her tricks for cooking and clues you in on some of her unusual adventures.

The cookbook is a great way to meet the sleuth and her family or reconnect with them if you’re already a fan of the series. Either way this cookbook will provide a fun-filled way to prepare your next delicious meal or enticing dessert. This book will make a perfect gift for the mystery lover on your Christmas list, as well as every baker you know.

Now here’s a brief synopsis of the book and where it can be found.

* Paperback: 324 pages
* Publisher: Orange Grove Press (November 19, 2019)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 099979325X
* ISBN-13: 978-0999793251

Are you having a bad hair day? Whip out your whisk, snatch up your spoon, and prepare your palate. Inside the pages of this book are recipes that will bring you good cheer.
          Enjoy 160+ tasty recipes from Nancy J. Cohen’s popular Bad Hair Day cozy mystery series. Included are excerpts, cooking tips, and anecdotes written by hairstylist and savvy sleuth Marla Vail. From appetizers to desserts, Marla offers cooking tips and tricks along with commentary about the dishes she prepares for her family. Whether you’re a skilled cook or an eager novice, this cookbook will unravel the mystery of cooking. Put on your apron and plan to make some killer recipes!


Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you’ll check out this awesome cookbook that is jammed full of fun and tasty dishes. 

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later


It is my pleasure to welcome Author Barbara Barth to Thoughts in Progress today as part of her WOW! Women on Writing Tour for her book, THE UNFAITHFUL WIDOW TEN YEARS LATER.

Please join me as Barbara stops by to talk about her book and about starting a writing group. First, let me tell you about her delightful book.

Picking up where The Unfaithful Widow ended, Ten Years Later continues the author’s journey from widow to a slightly askew woman. A memoir written with warmth and candor on being single again, aging, and finding a creative path surrounded by dogs, friends, laughter, and a bit of craziness.
Barbara Barth shares stories on the adventures that followed her first year alone as she moved headfirst into a new life, listening to her heart, sometimes not so wisely, but always full speed ahead. Join her on the ride of her life, from owning an antique shop to moving to a Victorian cottage outside of Atlanta, and all the follies in between.
Going into the next decade with six dogs by her side, the author proves you are only as old as you feel, and happiness begins with a grateful heart. A funny and engaging memoir for anyone who wants to be their own superhero facing life’s good and bad moments.

* Print Length: 374 pages
* Genre: Memoir
* Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, LLC
* ASIN: B07YBNHXZG

The Unfaithful widow Ten Years Later is available in print and as an eBook at Amazon.com

Now join me in welcoming Barbara as she talks about starting a writing group. Welcome, Barbara.

One of my favorite things to do is to put people together with common interests. I’ve started social groups for dinners out, book clubs, and two writing groups over the past ten years. It’s good for me, keeps me busy and meeting new people, and great for others who are looking for kindred spirits.
    When I had my shop in Old Town, Lilburn, in 2011, I immediately started the Gwinnett County Writers Group. While the purpose of The Little Shop of Arts and Antiques was to sell antiques and gift items, I had discovered writing and published my memoir The Unfaithful Widow in 2010. Instead of focusing on the business of selling, I decided to follow my heart and make the shop a place for writers and artists to gather. We had local author book signings and a few writing classes. The next step was to start a writer’s group.
    A fantastic tool to help kick-start any group is Meetup.com (https://www.meetup.com/). I joined the online site and paid to become an organizer, so I could set up a page and post all our meetings and events. The grand thing about the site if you’re not familiar with it, people join for free, pick out the things they are interested in within a certain mile radius, and locate groups that are exactly what they are searching for. Keywords help, too.  I put up every writing term I could think of in the space allowed. Then I waited. There was interest and we had our first meeting.
      While I’m full of knowledge about writing, learning from the hit and miss self-taught technique, I wanted a more experienced writer to plan and run the meetings. This was not about me, but about helping others learn how to write. A local Steampunk author came by my shop and the rest was magic. She spearheaded the programs and I did the advertising and press. Our meetings were held in my shop space, but when I closed the shop’s doors permanently, our meetings moved to a local pizza restaurant. My favorite combination, pizza and writing.
     As with most everything I do, I did not charge a membership fee to join. My thought process was simple. This was a new adventure in a smaller town, and I wanted to draw people in. Initially, I wasn’t sure anyone would turn out. When I saw how nicely we were doing, I didn’t want to ask for money. A few folks kicked in to help cover my organizer fees on Meetup.
     Metro-Atlanta has many excellent writing groups, but I was not in a metro area. The great news, the folks in a few of the groups around me in Atlanta wrote about our Gwinnett County Writers and what we were accomplishing, with classes and a mini one-day conference, which helped us build our audience, too.
      My only advice for starting a writer's group is to have someone run the meetings that has more knowledge than you do. I do things my way with my writing and don’t follow traditional paths. I’m also in the learning process myself even after all these years. I wanted to offer programs that were more mainstream to give a good foundation to those wanting to learn the craft. It’s easy to find writers who want to give back by teaching others.

Barbara, thanks for stopping by to share these tips with us. Sounds like a great way to help one’s creativity.

Author Barbara Barth
For those who aren’t familiar with Barbara, here’s a bit of background on her.

Author, blogger, sometimes antique dealer, dog hoarder, bedazzled by life. Widowed ten years ago, Barbara writes about finding a creative path back to happiness. Her recent move to a 1906 historic cottage brought many surprises, including discovering the Monroe–Walton Center for the Arts where she started the monthly Walton Writers group and is on the MWCA Board as Literary Arts Chair.

Barbara is a contributor to Walton Living Magazine and a former blogger for The Balancing Act, Lifetime Television’s morning show for women. Currently she lives with six dogs, rescue dogs that rescued her. 

Visit her website at https://www.barbarabarthwriter.com/, follow her on Twitter @writerwithdogs, and follow her Amazon author page.


--- Blog Tour Dates

Today @ The Muffin
What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Grab your coffee and join us in celebrating the launch of Barbara Barth's new book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later. You can read an interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the book.

November 12th @ All Things Audry
Author Barbara Barth is a guest writer over at Audry's blog today and will be talking about women friendships.

November 13th @ Words from the Heart
Stop by Linda's blog and you can read a guest post by Barbara Barth about publishing anthologies.

November 15th @ The World of My Imagination
Visit Nicole's blog and read her review of Barbara Barth's book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.

November 16th @ Lori Duff Writes
Stop by Lori's blog today where you can read her interview with Barbara Barth and read her review of Barbara's book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.

November 16th @ Jill Sheets Blog
Visit Jill's blog today and you can read Barbara Barth's guest post about self-publishing.

November 17th @ A Storybook World
Be sure to stop by Deirdra's blog today and check out her spotlight of the book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later and enter to win a copy of the book!

November 18th @ Beverley A. Baird's Blog
Be sure you visit Bev's blog and read Barbara Barth's guest post about starting over at 70. You won't want to miss this!

November 19th @ Look to the Western Sky
Be sure to visit Margo's blog and read her interview with author Barbara Barth. Don't miss it!

November 20th @ Anthony Avina's Blog
Make sure you visit Anthony's blog today and read Barbara Barth's guest post about publishing anthologies.

November 21st @ Cassandra's Writing World
Stop by Cassandra's blog today and read her review of The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later. You can also enter to win a copy of the book as well!

November 22nd @ Karen Brown Tyson's Blog
Join us at Karen Brown Tyson's blog where you can read a guest post about self-publishing by author Barbara Barth. Don't miss it!

November 23rd @ Beverley A. Baird's Blog
Visit Bev's blog again and you can read her review of Barbara Barth's book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.

November 24th @ Choices
Be sure to stop by Madeline's blog and read Barbara Barth's guest post that will be talking about women friendships.

November 25th @ Wild Woman Writer
Visit Anne's blog today and you can read Barbara Barth's blog guest post about starting over at 70.

November 26th @ Life Like A Galaxy Girl
Stop by Alanna's blog today and you can read her review of Barbara Barth's memoir The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.

November 27th @ Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
Visit Lisa's blog today and you can read her interview with author Barbara Barth and find out more about this incredible author!

November 28th @ Bibliotica
Stop by Melissa's blog and make sure you read Barbara Barth's guest post about grief over the years and finding happiness again.

November 29th @ Stranded in Chaos
Visit Sara's blog and you can read her review of Barbara Barth's book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.

November 30th @ Anthony Avina's Blog
Visit Anthony's blog again and read his review of Barbara Barth's book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.

December 1st @ Words from the Heart
Visit Linda's blog and read her review of Barbara Barth's book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later. 

December 2nd @ Women's Writing Circle
Stop by the blog Women's Writing Circle and you can read a guest post by Barbara Barth about adopting dogs while all her friends are having grandkids. Don't miss this one!

Thanks for stopping by today. Are you a part of a writing group or have you thought about starting one yourself?

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Montana Mistletoe (+ Giveaway)


* Montana Mistletoe
* by Kim Law
* Publication date: July 6th 2019
* Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
She has the chance to create the future she wants . . . but first she’ll have to face her past.
Young, vibrant, and willing to confront any obstacle in her path, Bree Yarbrough has spent the last few years traveling the world and learning from the great artists. Only, her work has yet to strike a lasting chord. When her hometown mentor reaches out with an opportunity that will set her on the path to success, she knows she can’t say no. But once back in Silver Creek, she discovers she isn’t the only one who’s returned home. Justin Cory has as well—and he’s living next door. She may have made a fool of herself over him before, but Bree isn’t the kind of girl to let past mortification stand in the way of something she wants.
The last ten years of Justin Cory’s life has been driven by one focus: go to school, get his physical therapy degree, and return home so he can be there for his mom. But now that he’s back, he can’t stop thinking about the night that changed his life forever—and the guilt he can’t escape. Fun, irresistible, and once-best-friend Bree seems like the perfect distraction. She isn’t sticking around past the holidays, so he doesn’t have to worry she’ll expect more than he can give. But as they spend the season together, stolen mistletoe kisses start to feel all too right. However, with the future uncertain and the past hanging over them, it may take more than mistletoe to get from Christmas to forever.
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EXCERPT:
“Bree.”
Speak of the devil.
She steeled her resolve before turning to face him. “Justin.” She didn’t know what else to say.
He didn’t seem to have any ideas for conversation either, as after he locked his gaze on hers, he then turned and stared at the blank wall on the other side of the room. She didn’t follow suit. Instead, she watched him. And she told herself not to think about how good he looked. Or how much she’d missed him in the last three and a half years.
He sported a trim beard now that was just a touch shorter than his dark hair. His lips were still both a firm slash under a straight nose and as sinfully gentle-looking and kissable as they’d always been. And his lashes remained long, thick, and insanely sexy around his soulful hazel eyes.
Geez, she could so fall under the spell of this man again.
Geez . . . she so had to get a grip, or the next six weeks were going to be both mentally painful as well as sexually frustrating.
She rolled her eyes. She wouldn’t let the latter happen no matter what. Because she was over him. It only took one time of offering herself to a man and having him turn her down—while he also pointed out that if sex did happen, it would be nothing more than sex—for her to get a clue. Justin Cory wasn’t for her, and she wasn’t for him. End of story.
“Mom tells me you haven’t given her a decision yet.” Justin finally spoke, and as he did, those soulful, see-too-much eyes turned back to her.
“You’ve talked to her?” She’d only been gone from Mrs. Cory’s office for three minutes.
“She texted as soon as you left. Says I have to make sure you stay in town.”
At this, Bree lifted her brows. “You have to make sure?” Why on earth would that be the case?
He lifted a shoulder. “She seems to think it’s my fault that you never come home for more than a couple of days.”
It was.
And my fault that you left in the first place.”
Bree stared at him, unwilling to agree to either statement. “And here I always thought of your mother as a smart woman.”
At her reply, Justin merely blinked.
“You know that I’d always intended to leave,” she pointed out. She also fervently hoped he’d forgotten that she’d also once offered to leave with him.
“That’s what I told Mom.”
“Then I don’t understand why you’re even standing here.”
His jaw tensed, and his eyes went flat like they had Friday night. “I’m standing here because my mother asked me to. Can I tell her your answer is yes?”
He could tell his mother anything he wanted to. But she wasn’t telling him a thing.



Author Bio:
As a child, award-winning author Kim Law cultivated a love for chocolate, anything purple, and creative writing. She penned her debut work, "The Gigantic Talking Raisin," in the sixth grade and got hooked on the delights of creating stories.
Before settling into the writing life, however, she earned a college degree in mathematics and worked as a computer programmer. Now she's pursuing her lifelong dream of writing romance novels. She has won the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Award and has been a finalist for the prestigious RWA RITA Award.
A native of Kentucky, Kim lives with her husband and an assortment of animals in Middle Tennessee.
Thanks for stopping by today. Doesn't that cover make you think of Christmas and all the fun things involved? Do you enjoy stolen mistletoe kisses?


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