Romance Collections Three and Four

Dear readers,

Wine flights, also sometimes referred to as tasting flights, are tastings of multiple wines, which allow tasters to get a feel for breadth or depth. They are usually intended for those new to the experience of tasting wine, or those who want to increase their understanding of a specific region, vintage, or varietal.

A romance collection is very similar but with added advantages. It includes either two or three romance novels but not just a taste. They are full length unabridged romance novels that allow the reader to get a feel for the breadth and depth of the author in a singular sub-genre or type of story.

Today two Collections are being released. Pregnant and Alone and Single Dad’s. A great romance novel isn’t just about the sex and not everything in life is pretty, free or easy.

Pregnant and Alone consists of two of my all-time best-selling novels. In both books, the heroines find out they are pregnant. Neither are married, but both are delighted at the prospect of becoming mothers. Their circumstances are very different, but each is faced with the complications of adding the father back into their lives. Caution: these books are emotionally charged. You’ll laugh and you’ll cry along with Lauren and Jessica. They will touch your heart forever.

COLLECTIONS Pregnant and Alone

Single Dads consists of two of my all-time favorite novels. These are both romantic comedies because any time you have a child in the mix, things seem to quickly get out of control.

COLLECTIONS Single Dads
The three boys in Count Your Blessings are actually based on my own three sons, Greg, Adam and Scott. It was a lot of fun to write their characters.  Look for this book a future collection or order it directly on Amazon.com.

Romance Collection for Best Of The West

Hello again past, present and future readers,

As I mentioned in my earlier blog, in 2012 I made 21 of my 23 novels previously published through several mainstream publishing houses available on Amazon.com. In late 2012 I began to publish my suspense and young adult fiction as an Indie author. And while my career has taken a turn from romance to suspense and time travel mysteries I have decided to also take the time and effort to answer both an old and new reader request, making the books available as several collections.Earlier today I was pleased to announce that I am taking the 21 novels and grouping them in a collection of books. I believe this is a good solution to reader queries and requests.

The books are being separated into 9 different collections of similar sub-genres and reader interest. Remember these are the original full length unabridged books. All of the collections of either two or three books each, are published direct to the reader at a price that will save them money. It is the start of the summer reading season so enjoy!

This morning it was Men In Uniform and now here is a brief blurb for the second romance collection, Best Of The West.

COLLECTIONS Best Of The West

Many fans have requested that I offer boxed sets of my romance novels, so I have grouped them into categories that share themes.  This one I’ve titled Best of the West because the two novels take place in the modern-day Wild West states of Colorado and Montana.  Goodbye Desperado and Cody’s Last Stand were two of my favorites, partly because they both have lots of horses, but mostly because the two heroes are super-sexy macho studs.  For those of you who love sensual, but emotional love stories, I think you’ll enjoy spending some time with Matt Montana and John Cody. 

Reader Appreciation Collection Savings

Dear past, present and future readers,

In 2012 I made 21 of my 23 novels previously published through several mainstream publishing houses available on Amazon.com. In late 2012 I began to publish my suspense and young adult fiction as an Indie author. And while my career has taken a turn from romance to suspense and time travel mysteries I have decided to also take the time and effort to answer both an old and new reader request, making the books available as several collections. I am pleased to announce today that I am taking the 21 novels and grouping them in a collection of books.  I believe this is a good solution to reader queries and requests.

The books are being separated into 9 different collections of similar sub-genres and reader interest.  Remember these are the original full length unabridged books.  All of the collections of either two or three books each, are published direct to the reader at a price that will save them money.  It is the start of the summer reading season so enjoy!

Here is a brief blurb for the first collection, Men In Uniform.

COLLECTIONS Men In Uniform

The Men In Uniform Romance Collection is about several men and women who served in different branches of the military and how that experience affected the rest of their lives. They were set against the Vietnam era but could apply to any time our soldiers were involved in a conflict thousands of miles from home and family.  These stories will make you laugh and cry and understand the depths of wounds a war can cause.  I truly love these people and their stories and hope you will, too.  

To read more about the three books, click on the Romance Collection tile above. 

Additional collections will be made available on Amazon throughout early June.

June Kicks Off Summer Reading Season

What’s happening this weekend…

Like the 1960s? Like the music of the 60s more than the politics?  Remember ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDTibRqRL4o

Like a great character driven story?  Have you ever made decisions you wished you hadn’t

This book was a FINALIST – THE BEST INDIE BOOK COMPETITION OF 2013 Life’s What Happens can happen to you through the weekend for 99 cents!

BIB LIFES Small Medallion

John Lennon had it right!  Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. Ten years before John Lennon’s death life happened to nine fraternity brothers at Kent State University.

Their lives, and the lives of a million others, were forever changed.  They start their senior year at Kent State University year full of hope and promise, busy with their classes, their buddies and their girlfriends.  But the Vietnam War and the Federal Government’s new draft lottery to back-fill the lost men and women in the most unpopular war in U.S. history is approved on Thanksgiving eve when no one was watching.  For millions, Vietnam took away their options and forced them to change their plans.  Instead of choosing a career, they are faced with the choice between life and death.

And yes that is Joe Walsh in the video at Kent…a long time before Eagles fame.  Anyone see Michael Keaton in the video? 

Hook up with the book at  Life's What Happens REVISED COVER - Copy

People you might look for in the video about Life’s What Happens are …arsinio hall Drew Carey joes walsh michael keaton

Book #3 in the CUL8R [See you later] Time Travel Mystery series arrives July, 2013.  The first two books in the time travel mystery series, CUL8R, are on Amazon through the weekend for 99 cents each!

Book #1, OMG the mystery happens back in 1966. Book #1 has its own trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4dlWmUi9hM Please excuse the old cover.  Find it on Amazon at OMG eBook 3  

Book #2, BRB [Be Right Back], takes place in 1980 and can be found at BRB eBook Cover 2

Finally, the next two weekends makes Nashville FREE!  What happens in Nashville gets written about…Go to Nashville, back stage and tour bus seat included for $0.00

Another Sunny Day Cover Golden Days Cover

Wait until you hear about the weekends of 6/6 – 6/10 and 6/13 – 6/17!  You can spend your weekends in Nashville, back stage and on the road with the Day sisters.  What really happens backstage, off stage and on the tour bus.

Summer Reading Season 2013

Four Books, Two Best Selling Authors

#1  A women’s fiction about making mistakes and fighting for what feels right.

Price $0.00.

May 30th – June 3rd

http://www.amazon.com/ANGEL-OF-MERCY-ebook/dp/B0085RZPC8 

What do you do when the choice you made was the wrong one?  During the war, Jeff Hawkins’s tenderness had been nurse Angela’s sanctuary from the horrors of Vietnam, and his passion had been their salvation. But Jeff had been wounded long before a bullet brought him to the EVAC hospital.  Fearless, with nothing to lose, Jeff was the kind of soldier to whom they awarded Purple Hearts . . . posthumously.  Years later, when he encountered Angela again at a veterans’ reunion, she could no longer pretend that the madness of war had triggered their brief, all-consuming alliance.  Could they have a second chance?  Or had she forfeited any claim to Jeff’s love when she did the unforgivable . . . married his best friend?  Not all wounds are visible . . . and not all wounds can be healed by the soft touch of a nurse’s hands.  But Angela knew he was worth fighting for . . . and Jeff was tired of fighting.

This book received –

  • The Romantic Times Special Winner of the “ROMANTIC TIMES” Reviewer’s Choice Award for Series Romance
  • Finalist in the Romance Writers of America Golden Choice Award.ANGEL OF MERCY COVER

#2  A 20th century general fiction. A FINALIST – THE BEST INDIE BOOK COMPETITION OF 2013 with the price reduced to $0.99 through May 31st is Life’s What Happens.

This is some of the story behind the antiwar movement and the hatred of the Vietnam era vets. John Lennon had it right!  Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. Ten years before John Lennon’s death life happened to nine fraternity brothers at Kent State University.

Their lives, and the lives of a million others, were forever changed.  They start their senior year at Kent State University year full of hope and promise, busy with their classes, their buddies and their girlfriends.  But the Vietnam War and the Federal Government’s new draft lottery to back-fill the lost men and women in the most unpopular war in U.S. history is approved on Thanksgiving eve when no one was watching.  For millions, Vietnam took away their options and forced them to change their plans.  Instead of choosing a career they are making a life and death decision.

.Life's What Happens REVISED COVER - Copy

#3 -The first two books in the time travel mystery series, CUL8R, are on Amazon for 99 cents each!

Book #1, OMG the mystery happens back in 1966. and Book #2, BRB [Be Right Back], takes place in 1980

OMG eBook 3        BRB eBook Cover 2

#4 – What happens in Nashville gets written about…Go to Nashville, back stage passes and tour bus seat included for $0.00

Wait until you hear about the weekends of 6/6 – 6/10 and 6/13 – 6/17!  You can spend your weekends in Nashville, back stage and on the road with the Day sisters.  What really happens backstage, off stage and on the tour bus.

Another Sunny Day Cover          Golden Days Cover

Summer reader? Then start it off right and cheap!

 

Start your summer reading season off with a sale! Mystery series on sale starting TONIGHT.

The CUL8R Time Travel Mystery Series has two books going on sale tonight until the end of May.

Book #1 is OMG [Oh My God]
OMG eBook 3

Kelly, a teenager from Texas has recently been orphaned and sent to live in Florida with her aunt Jane, a busy lawyer. Right away Kelly meets her tall, nerdy neighbor Scott, and they bond over a shared love of a video games and a mysterious gadget they find in Aunt Jane’s garage.

The gadget turns out to be a lost invention of Thomas Edison’s called the “Telephone to the Dead”. The mystery begins when Scott gets the Spirit Radio to work and a girl named Wendy comes through, pleading for help . . . from beyond the grave. Is Wendy a ghost? And if she didn’t kill herself, who did? Kelly, Scott and his best friend Austin must find a way to go back to 1966 to help her . . . without getting killed.
Well plotted and fast paced. Martha Bryce
The best time-travel novel I’ve read yet, and I hope there’s more to come. A big thumbs up! C
WOW! I’ve been thinking about that book for a week now since I finished reading it. It kept me engrossed with intelligent writing, depth of characters and a fast pace. Overall, a very satisfying novel. Jasmine

Find OMG starting Memorial Day evening on Amazon.

Book #2, BRB [Be Right Back]
BRB eBook Cover 2

“It’s difficult to investigate a crime that hasn’t happened yet.”

Kelly, Scott, Austin and Zoey have just returned from changing a girl’s life in 1966 and are a little battered and bruised from their adventure. But when a small voice pleads for their help to save her family from a murderer, they know they must respond.
They research the story, but there is very little information to be found. All they know is that it takes place on Crystal Key, a small private island off the Florida Keys. Since it appears to be deserted, they decide to pop in, gather clues, then pop back. It was a good excuse to spend a lazy day on a beautiful beach.
But from the first step, their journey back to 1980 goes horribly wrong. The area is crawling with drug traffickers and tens of thousands of refugees fleeing Cuba. They meet the young girl and her family, but their intervention puts them in the direct path of the killer.
Can they find out who he is in time to save the girl, her family . . . and themselves? Or are they destined to be a madman’s latest victims?

“It’s an exciting mystery with plenty of surprises to keep you guessing.” Danielle Marie

“The “CUL8R” series stands out and shines as something unique that manages to mix fantasy with realistic characters and situations.” Erica Lucas

“I literally could not put this book down.” K. J. Pierce

Find BRB starting Memorial Day evening on Amazon

And before school starts back in the fall or the end of the summer depending on the schedule, latitude and attitude, Book #3, BION [Believe It OR Not] will be released. This is the first time of the characters in the series finds themselvesBION eBook 1 in a serious romance. Here’s the cover.

The war and the love continues…and its FREE! PLUS We have a summer of free reading by NYT Best Selling Author Kathy Clark

We’re underway with the give away of the second book, Phantom Angel. We’d appreciate if you would leave a review for last weekend’s free book #1, Kissed By An Angel on Amazon. The series is all about veterans and immerses the reader in the hardship and heartbreak of war as it relates to these relationships before during ad after..

For the next two weeks, every Thursday through Monday, the last of Kathy Clark’s Angel Series will be free on Amazon.com. With 1st edition sales of over 350,000, this three weekend give away is a great way to introduce readers to or reacquaint you with NYT best-selling author Kathy Clark.

Book #2 is Phantom Angel will be free from 5/23 through 5/27 at http://www.amazon.com/PHANTOM-ANGEL-ebook/dp/B0085RZPJ6/ on Amazon. With the backdrop of the war he shouldn’t have survived. . . not the crash landing in the Vietnamese jungle nor the years of backbreaking labor. But the painfully thin man with the arresting blue eyes had paid a high price for survival. The man Melora Delaney faced across a rice paddy, the man she was to bring back to America, had lost his youth and his memory. As a psychologist she couldn’t restore Bo’s lost years, but she could help him begin life again. She planned two months of intensive work with her patient. But then she came to know the man, who existence was a miracle of strength and will. When the time came … and it would … would she be able to let him go?
• Book #2 was a finalist in the Romance Writers of America Golden Choice Award.

PHANTOM ANGEL COVER

Angel of Mercy will be free between 5/30 thru 6/3 on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/ANGEL-OF-MERCY-ebook/dp/B0085RZPC8 What do you do when the choice you made was the wrong one? During the war, Jeff Hawkins’s tenderness had been nurse Angela’s sanctuary from the horrors of Vietnam, and his passion had been their salvation. But Jeff had been wounded long before a bullet brought him to the EVAC hospital. Fearless, with nothing to lose, Jeff was the kind of soldier to whom they awarded Purple Hearts . . . posthumously. Years later, when he encountered Angela again at a veterans’ reunion, she could no longer pretend that the madness of war had triggered their brief, all-consuming alliance. Could they have a second chance? Or had she forfeited any claim to Jeff’s love when she did the unforgivable . . . married his best friend? Not all wounds are visible . . . and not all wounds can be healed by the soft touch of a nurse’s hands. But Angela knew he was worth fighting for . . . and Jeff was tired of fighting.
This book received –
• The Romantic Times Special Winner of the “ROMANTIC TIMES” Reviewer’s Choice Award for Series Romance
• Finalist in the Romance Writers of America Golden Choice Award.

ANGEL OF MERCY COVER

And we’re not done yet! Do you like country music, the CMAs the TV show Nashville??? Wait until you see the weekend giveaways starting June 6th.

Downtown Nashville at Night

And there is more planned through the summer reading season. And be fore you know it the CUL8R, that’s see you later for the older set, will have a third book to join OMG and BRB…og yeah, that’s Oh My God and Be Right Back.

OMG eBook 3 BRB eBook Cover 2

The teen time travelers head back to the roaring twenties…in BION [Believe It OR Not] in August, 2013…

BION eBook 1

New Covers & New Blurbs to Better Match The Award Winning Writing

As many of you know our new Time Travel Mystery Series written for the Young Adult through New Adult ages launched in December, 2012. We were fortunate to win two awards for book #1, OMG in 2013 as follows:

BIB OMG Small Medallion and Beverly Hiss Finalist

Following a successful book giveaway and after seeking feedback on the books we have decided to refresh the covers and to better explain the blurbs on the first two books. So…book #1 is about Kelly, a teenager from Texas has recently been orphaned and sent to live in Florida with her aunt Jane, a busy lawyer. Right away Kelly meets her tall, nerdy neighbor Scott, and they bond over a shared love of a video games and a mysterious gadget they find in Aunt Jane’s garage.

The gadget turns out to be a lost invention of Thomas Edison’s called the “Telephone to the Dead”. The mystery begins when Scott gets the Spirit Radio to work and a girl named Wendy comes through, pleading for help . . . from beyond the grave. Is Wendy a ghost? And if she didn’t kill herself, who did? Kelly, Scott and his best friend Austin must find a way to go back to 1966 to help her . . . without getting killed.

Well plotted and fast paced. Martha Bryce
The best time-travel novel I’ve read yet, and I hope there’s more to come. A big thumbs up! C
WOW! I’ve been thinking about that book for a week now since I finished reading it. It kept me engrossed with intelligent writing, depth of characters and a fast pace. Overall, a very satisfying novel. Jasmine

Look for the new cover – OMG eBook 3

In Book #2, the teen time travelers discover “It’s difficult to investigate a crime that hasn’t happened yet.”

Kelly, Scott, Austin and Zoey have just returned from changing a girl’s life in 1966 and are a little battered and bruised from their adventure. But when a small voice pleads for their help to save her family from a murderer, they know they must respond.

They research the story, but there is very little information to be found. All they know is that it takes place on Crystal Key, a small private island off the Florida Keys. Since it appears to be deserted, they decide to pop in, gather clues, then pop back. It was a good excuse to spend a lazy day on a beautiful beach.

But from the first step, their journey back to 1980 goes horribly wrong. The area is crawling with drug traffickers and tens of thousands of refugees fleeing Cuba. They meet the young girl and her family, but their intervention puts them in the direct path of the killer.

Can they find out who he is in time to save the girl, her family . . . and themselves? Or are they destined to be a madman’s latest victims?

“It’s an exciting mystery with plenty of surprises to keep you guessing.” Danielle Marie

“The “CUL8R” series stands out and shines as something unique that manages to mix fantasy with realistic characters and situations.” Erica Lucas

“I literally could not put this book down.” K. J. Pierce

We kept the poor girl but gave her the doorway to the past and back again as time passes by on our new cover with – BRB eBook Cover 2

Finally, book #3 is coming along wonderfully! A one week trip to the Fort Myers Beach area and to the Circus Hall of Fame and to visit our new firend Jackie, a retired clown with Ringling Brothers, has added a lot of great facts and details to this book. It will be published in August, 2013 and we hope you like the cover…BION eBook 1

Looking to read the books?

Find eBooks or paperback on Amazon at these links…

OMG http://www.amazon.com/CUL8R-Time-Travel-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00AF2Q30E/

BRB http://www.amazon.com/CUL8R-Time-Travel-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00C8SK9JO/

Free Books

This weekend book #1 of my Angel Series is free on Amazon. Kissed By An Angel

Paper to Pixels #2.0 – One More Thing Before…

I know, Paper to Pixels is supposed to be blog about my personal journey from writing books with hammer and chisel to a arc from paper to eBooks. But you have to understand that the only journey that goes in a straight line is one that involves jumping off something really high up and without a parachute. I’m not going to do that. So before I get back into the story of how I have moved from paper to eBooks and go through how to get 11,600 free book giveaways over a weekend for Starting Over and that kind o thing, i have to address the burning question, WHAT’S YOUR RIGHT TIME TO WRITE?. Starting Over is at http://www.nightwriter93.com/Women_s_Fiction.html or can be ordered on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/STARTING-OVER-ebook/dp/B007EHUHSC/ .

This is important! At least to me and is likely to you as well. Read on and see for yourself. All the books on my website, http://www.nightwriter93.com were written at night…hence nightwriter93. Maybe the 93 will be talked about later.

When are you most creative? Morning? Afternoon? Middle of the night? Speaking for myself, it’s absolutely night time. (You probably could have guessed that from my website http://www.NightWriter93.com.) I think I’m in the minority, because most people prefer mornings. But I wonder how many people actually know when their right time is to write.

Early in my career, I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon with Janet Dailey. I loved her books, respected her business decisions and envied her career. She was one of the first Harlequin authors to set her novels in America (one in each state), create strong, age-appropriate female characters and to write under her own name instead of a pen name (which Harlequin adamantly opposed because she eventually went on to write for other publishers and carry her fans with her). But what I found interesting was that she told me she always got up early (five or six a.m.) and locked herself in her office until she had written a specific number of pages. Her husband would bring her coffee and food, but she stuck to it until she had reached her goal. Then she walked out of her office and spent the rest of her day with her horses. That sounded ideal to me since I needed the discipline and I love horses.
Except when I tried to write in the morning, I found myself staring out the window, dusting the furniture, re-alphabetizing the books on the shelves, playing on-line video games, etc. Not a creative thought entered my mind or made it to the page.

When my kids were young, I tried writing during the day while they were at school, but the phone would ring, groceries had to be bought and there were a million things to distract me. I would read through what I had written and realize it was crap. Pages of disjointed, clichéd crap, totally lacking in a heartbeat.

I’m not sure how it happened, but I tried writing at night, not sitting down to my computer until the kids were all in bed. The fingers flew, the words filled the pages, the characters blossomed and took over the story, just as they should. It was almost an out-of-body experience. The next day I would read what I had been written and be amazed. Things happened and characters had conversations that I honestly didn’t remember writing. I had clearly found my right time to write.

Since then, I don’t even try to write while the sun is up. Maybe I’m a new breed of vampire, but without the superhuman strength and thirst for blood. I’m lucky because I’m at a point in my career where I have the freedom to arrange my schedule according to my deadlines. However, I do all my editing during the day when my creative brain is asleep and my logical, analytical brain is wide awake.

I’ve talked to some of my friends about this discovery and realized that while they weren’t fellow night writers, they had found their own sweet spot during the day when their creative juices flowed best. Others continued to write to a schedule, and to be perfectly honest, when I read their books I can see the structure and the discipline rather than lose myself in the story. I don’t think they’ve found their creative time.

Of course, there are those who don’t have a choice and believe it’s better to write something at an off time than to right nothing at a right time. Those of you who are forced to work your writing in around a job or family responsibilities, you have to do what you have to do. But listen to your creative soul and find your right time. It’s better to write two pages that flow from your guts than twenty pages that are mechanical and dull. If possible, re-arrange your schedule to allow for a writing window or save yourself for your days (or nights) off to make the magic happen.

Experiment and see what works for you. Everyone’s brains cycle in patterns, so first you have to find your time. Then get to work.

One more thing…the CUL8R Teen Time Travel Mystery Series will be having a second book added to book #1, OMG, in April. Look for BRB in all the usual places….

CUL8R First 2 covers

C’ya next time…