A party happens this week (Oct. 7 and 8th, 2014). You get a chance to meet, chat, and learn more about some terrific authors -- and you just might win prizes too!
What's it about? It's to highlight the fact that Miss Mae (also known as M.M.) has gone audible! Yes, clean out your ears and listen up! And the first book she's chosen is "Ahoy, Gum Drop!"
Why this book?
Because it's fun! Because it's crazy! Because it introduces her favorite cyberspace reporter, I.B. Nosey.
So, clear your schedules and make an appointment to join.
Here is the Schedule for Event below (cleverly titled "Schedule for Event")
Schedule for Event:
Oct. 7, Tuesday, coming on at 11 a.m. EST to 1 pm. ~ I.B. Nosey and Owen McCuen - Join us for chat, fun, contests, and prizes... and learn more about "Ahoy, Gum Drop!" heh heh. (Note: much thanks and appreciation to my Party Helper, Hywela Lyn)
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ~ Laurean Brooks, sweet inspirational author 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ~ Sherri Wilson Johnson, sweet inspirational author 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. ~ Cami Checketts, suspense/mystery author
Oct. 8, Wednesday, coming on AGAIN at 11 a.m. EST to 1 p.m. ~ I.B. Nosey and Owen McCuen - More chat, more fun, more contests and prizes.
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ~ LoRee Peery, sweet inspirational author
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ~ J.Q. Rose, mystery/suspense author
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. ~ Gail Pallotta, sweet, inspirational and suspense author
Thrilled to announce the release of my latest book! And at such an appropriate time. July 24th is Pioneer Day here in Utah, and this book has a back story about a pioneer couple, Robert and Abigail Dalton, who traveled by wagon in 1849 from Nauvoo to Salt Lake City. You won't believe what happens to them.
Story-line: Risk-taker Zeke Abberley knows how to be bold when it comes to his antique shop on Merchant Street in Salt Lake City, Utah. He successfully bid on a collection of 1800s antiques in Nauvoo, Illinois that may contain a valuable Hayez painting. However, love is another matter. Afraid that all women are users, he’s always injuring his dates, particularly Lavinia Vega, who works at her father’s art gallery.
Studious Lavinia Vega is tired of proving to Zeke that she has no ulterior motives. When Zeke brings her a damaged painting to restore and authenticate, she is eager to help but not get involved. When she uncovers a hidden map behind the painting that leads to valuable buried coins, the game plan changes. Or so Zeke thinks.
Will the mysteries Zeke, Lavinia and her Poodle, Vivete, uncover teach them that fortunes are for fools and love is everlasting?
The ebook will be released on third-party sites next week and in paperback in 3 months.
Chapter One Excerpt:
Zeke Abberley stared at the damaged 1859 painting with a scowl on his face. Why me? He had bid on the Illinois estate sale as a whole specifically because of this piece and now it had arrived damaged, with a crunched frame and punctured canvas. He had been assured the painting was in perfect condition. He bit his lip, continuing to stare at the entrancing image of the unrecognizable couple from the Middle Ages embraced in a kiss with shadowy forms lurking in the background. Although one of Francesco Hayez’s best known works, this was not the most famous rendition of the pose or lighting—but still the mastery of Hayez. From Zeke’s research, it seemed this particular rendition had never been seen on the market.
That is, if it is an original Hayez. Zeke tapped his index finger on his lips. It still needed to be authenticated by an expert. The family selling the contents of their attic had no desire or time to search for appraisals and had posted the estate sale as a whole. Imagine finding a Hayez.
Although it appeared there were other prized antiques in the collection, Zeke hadn’t understood why he had wanted to purchase an out-of-state collection, especially with their antique shop overflowing as it is and sales down due to the economy. Something had possessed him, though, and this painting had something to do with it.
Aunt Adele walked into the room and set a box of pastries on the conference room table. “You’re looking down in the mouth. What’s happened?”
“Can you believe it? Can you just believe it?” he said, shaking his fist at the painting.
Life was definitely not going smoothly for Zeke. He and his younger brother, Zach, had that confrontation with Pop which had ended up with Pop walking out on them and the business. Then Zach and Holly had married and left on a very long honeymoon. And he couldn’t forget Aunt Adele suddenly marrying Kipp Waterbury at their annual street BearBQ where they barbequed a bear. Aunt Adele hadn’t been around to help with the business, either. His disastrous relationship with Lavinia Vega, the break-ins on the street, and now the damaged painting did not bode well for Zeke either. He sighed. Yeah, most of them were happy events for those involved, but he had taken the blunt of everyone’s absence and had been working double duty for weeks on end. Sure everyone was back and the long winter blues were over, but all the lovebirds kept wandering off.
Trying to manage Abberley Antiques, Zach’s thrift shop, and Kipp’s clock shop had run him ragged. No wonder he was a basket case and his and Lavinia’s relationship had ended. It would have never worked out anyway, not with the way her father felt about his family and not with how reclusive Lavinia kept herself. After all their secret dates, she still hadn’t opened up to him. She was a closed book, albeit a beautiful, gorgeous closed book.
The memory of her attractive, vanilla blonde bob, soft, full lips, delicate curves, and hint of lilac perfume sent his senses tottering and his libido hopping. However, no one, and he meant no one, would ever penetrate that armored fortress guarding her frozen heart. Futile. Utterly futile.
“Did you hear me?” Aunt Adele asked.
“Oh, sorry. What did you say?” He laid the painting down on the table and pinched his chin.
“Do you think the shipping company damaged it?”
“Most likely. I viewed the painting on Skype and didn’t see the damage. Of course, it could have been masked. Just my luck.”
“It’s The Kiss by Francesco Hayez, isn’t it?” Aunt Adele said, moving to the small fridge for a quart of milk to go with the pastries.
“Yes, well, no. This is one of the five renditions Hayez did with different lighting, but not the most known. I don’t think this one has surfaced before. That is, if it really is a Hayez.”
“So I guess you know what you have to do.”
“What’s that?” He wrapped the painting back in brown paper and bubble wrap.
“Take it to Lavinia.”
He fumbled the painting as he tried to slide it into the box. It landed on the floor, and he accidentally kicked the painting across the carpet as he reached to pick it up. “Are you joking?”
“I can’t even mention her name without you turning into a spaz.” She smiled and shook her head. “Holly’s right. You have that—what did she call it?—pistanthrophobia.”
So, have you read the previous books in the series?
Story-line: Dependable Adele Abberley is tired of seeing to everyone else’s responsibilities. When idealistic Kipp Waterbury drops by her antique store, will his romantic nature help her to view the world in a brand new light?
Story-line: Holly just can’t figure out all the mystery on Merchant Street. Will her imagination run wild when people are willing to kill for a worthless clock and a sexy homeless man just isn’t all that destitute? Only time will tell.
Hunting for Happenstance: A Merchant Street Mystery #2
Story-line: Daniela is tired of waiting for love and life to come to her. When her Uncle Benito goes missing while out deer hunting, she asks Duston with his expert dogs to help find him. Will they both stop waiting for happenstance and shoot for what they want—love and happiness?
Thursday, July 17, romance author Ginger Simpson, guest stars with cyberspace reporter, I.B. Nosey. She'll discuss her western historical, "Odessa". To whet your appetite, here's the blurb: "When the wagon carrying Odessa Clay and her father overturns, he is killed. She is left alone in the middle of the desert to try and find her way to kin in Phoenix. Hot, dry and scared, Odessa is near death when Zach Johnson finds her. Squinting up into his tanned and handsome face, she imagines she's died and gone to heaven. Would-be-outlaw, Zach, comes across an unconscious woman alone in the middle of nowhere. Where did she come from? She appears young, but the curves beneath the dusty gingham say otherwise. He didn't plan to become someone's hero, but he cannot leave her helpless and stranded. Will the promise of Odessa's sweet lips lure Zach from the secret mission that has his gut twisted into a knot? His father's ranch isn't the only thing at stake-now it's his heart, too."
You're invited to join the fun, meet and chat with Ginger, and - you'll face some oddities too!
Diane Bator guest stars June 12, 2014, to discuss her book, "The Bookstore Lady". What happens when a woman on the run changes her name, opens a bookstore, and tries to hide from her past? It's suspense, danger, and romance! Come over to meet Diane, and be prepared to have fun while you learn more about her story in only the way that cyberspace reporter, I.B. Nosey, can achieve. He asks the questions that no other interviewer would dare!
A sports mystery with suspense, first love and spiritual
talk, Stopped Cold shows us we don’t
have to be number one for God to love us. And we don’t have to be a winner all
the time to enjoy athletics. Readers meet Maggie Butterfly, Eight-Ball and an
imposter monk as teens solve real problems in the real world.
Stopped Cold is set in a small town in the North Carolina
Mountains, but things aren’t what they seem in peaceful Mistville.
Margaret McWhorter enjoys a laid-back Freshman year in high school
flirting with Jimmy Willmore, swimming and hanging out with friends—until that
day. Her brother, Sean, suffers a stroke from taking a steroid. Now he’s lying
unconscious in a hospital. Margaret’s angry at her dad for pushing Sean to be a
great quarterback, but a fire of hatred burns inside her to make the criminals
justice, she takes Jimmy and her best friend, Emily, through a twisted,
drug-filled sub-culture. A clue sends them deep into the woods behind the
school where they overhear drug dealers discuss Sean.
Time and time
again they walk a treacherous path and come face to face with danger. Even the
cop on the case can’t stop them from investigating. All the while Margaret
really wants to cure Sean, heal the hate inside, and open her heart to love.
Stopped Cold finished fourth in the 16th Annual Preditors
and Editors Readers Poll. Here's what readers said.
Very compelling with emotions and feelings that have been felt by
everyone in their lives at one time or another. Everyone can relate to this
book! Great for all, especially students and parents.
One of the best books recently published dealing with self-esteem,
drugs and the drive to be #1 at any cost. A must-read for the young athlete and
This is an exceptional work and tells the truth of today.
Great story framed with a timeless, heartfelt message.
"…follow Margaret's journey to discover the depth of true
character and faith not only in school and friends, but family." —Author and Book Reviewer
"They…" (the characters) "..are as finely tuned as a
lovely stringed instrument, each having a different song to play in the
story." —Book Reviewer Barbara
Comments from Stopped Cold’s
finalist position in the Grace Awards:
Stopped Cold, Ms. Pallotta utilized
marvelous word imagery, unique metaphors, and dealt with timely topics.
Cynthia Hickey, author of cozy mysteries, appears in her first interview at my site to talk about her book, "Fudge Laced Felonies". Cynthia has fifty books to her writing credit. Isn't that amazing? You don't want to miss this fun-filled, unusual interview with an author who also is a very nice lady, and a jolly good sport! Join us Thursday, May 22, 2014.