Just A Fairy Tale?

My one reason for reading regency/historical books is because they resemble fairytales and Cinderella stories, those of impossible loves but some how they manage not to turn into Romeo and Juliet. There is a certain virginal and yet rakish tune to it that you can’t help dance to. The sway of emotion takes you places you wished you could live in, praying for a time portal to send you back to a time when the words ‘I love you’ and fighting for love meant something. Where people were more shocked by the confession of not being a virgin unlike today declaring virginity was like declaring you spotted a unicorn in the streets.
All that kind of gets destroyed when some authors decide to add a little modern spice to it. Some don’t ruin it completely but others… it’s like drowning puppies!

We love the heroes in these books because they are the original bad boys, RAKES, SCOUNDRELS and yet we pant after them as do the book characters! So yes, we expect them to hop from one bed to another even cheer it on before he is finally shot by cupid and as he battles his way to the realisation that he would never know true sexual satisfaction ever again unless it was with the one who held his heart.

But when it’s the heroine? Dear Lord why! Why do you have to make her this ditzs who can’t decide who’s bed she likes spending time in? Miss loose panties is the one we don’t like, the supporting character that makes us love virginal Mary more because she understands true love, body soul and mind and she wouldn’t dare dance the naked dance with either one of her suitors until she was sure which one she loved. In this modern day and age, whatever–and in fact I’ve seen some authors like their heroines to have very little sexual experience if not none at all– it’s a different time with different rules. But when you’re writing about the fairy tale times, it should be sighs and tissues for those stray tears and of course the quick heart beats when the love birds steal private moments to kiss and hold hands knowing their taking major risks before they finally make love, and the readers heart explodes with emotion!

For a romance author, i’m not much of a romantic about many things but when it comes to regency/historical romance? Some people believe in Cinderella stories, Romeo & Juliet. Historical/regency novels is my fairy tale.


On that note, watch out for my upcoming release A Lady Unbecoming (Slave Bound Series #2)  the sequel to Trial Of Love out on the 15th of November.



Hey guys,

The technicalities of a one night stand are usually, you meet a person at a bar, club or pub. You get a sexual vibe then you take off to a motel, the car or to their apartment. Then early in the morning someone sneaks out and you never see each other again. Rich had perfected the art, he didn’t expect to see Catalella again, but life has a funny way of surprising you. Catalella ends up being his lawyer and more than that she’s got a gift for him, one that he will get in nine months.
Available now http://www.amazon.com/One-Night-Stand-New-Yorker-ebook/dp/B00N3AMP20/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1410113592&sr=8-3&keywords=one+night+stand


Catelella Ross thought that she had been through everything already and come out of the other side a winner. Beating leukemia and getting her life back with the support of her husband, that’s what she thought. When her husband Michael discovers that she can’t have a child…

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Blogging and Writing 101 Start Monday!

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If you’re interested in developing your blog or working on your writing but aren’t sure where to start, then welcome to Blogging U!

Our next offerings start this Monday, September 15. Blogging 101 is a month of bite-size assignments to help you build up your blog, and Writing 101 is a write-every-day challenge to help you build a writing habit and push you as a writer.

Blogging U. challenges are completely free, and a whole lot of fun. We’ll offer our best guidance and resources, and you’ll complete the exercises on your own time and in a way that works for you. Each challenge also has its own private community site for feedback and support — a great way to make connections that will keep you inspired and motivated.

Both challenges kick off on Monday. Fill out this quick form to register; you’ll receive a welcome email on Monday, and you’ll find the first posts…

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SEDITIOUS review by Mari Wells . . .

The Light-Bearer Series by Emily Guido

This Book Review is unsolicited.



the fourth novel in

The Light-Bearer Series


4 Seditious Book Cover1The Blood-Hunters and Light-Bearers have returned to the Castle Charmeine.

Beaming with love and happiness, Charmeine anxiously awaits the birth of her child, and dreams of the other couples in the castle having babies too.

All the Castle Charmeine’s residents know another war waits for them, but they couldn’t have guessed what was in store for them.

       Bathsheba AKA Bath-Bitch The Evil Bathsheba

Darkness waits in the shadows, by the name of Bathsheba.

A flutter of her eyelashes is able to make Tabbruis and Dmitri lose their minds.

Tabbruis defends Bathsheba and tries to attack Charmeine, and their unborn child.

Overwhelmed by jealousy and feelings betrayal Charmeine flees the castle.

Alone and without money, she does her best to protect and provide for her baby and prepare for upcoming war against Lord Cromwell.

Meanwhile, Tabbruis is at Castle Charmeine cooing…

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HVA Top Rated!!!



Her Venice Affair got Top Rated from Romance Novels in Color! I’ve always coveted that spot on their reel at the top of their page and I finally got it. Here is the review that got me there.

If you have never read a book by Christian OW consider starting with Her Venice Affair, the first book in the series, The Albury Affairs. Readers, you will experience an array of emotions from beginning to end, but it is well worth it. Her Venice Affair is a page turner that will leave you wanting to read more of the author’s work.

Riana Albury and Allen Sinclair are from different social circles; however, the life lesson they experienced left both with apprehension about loving others. It was witty how the author conveyed how men and women respond differently when faced with an obstacle. Riana made her presence known to her boyfriend and roommate after watching them degrade her bedroom; her emotional stance was typical for a young woman in her first real relationship. The day she met confident, blue eyed, handsome Sinclair, Riana finds herself trying to protect him from finding out about his girlfriend’s extracurricular activities. When things couldn’t become more awkward, Allen offers Riana a trip to Venice.

Italy brought out the best and worst in the undefined duo; Riana withholding important news and Allen’s fears resurfacing, causing humiliation towards Riana. Jealousy, selfishness, and hatred left the hero and heroine fighting for life, serenity, and happiness.

The characters Ms. OW created are those readers will be able to connect with; every scene is developed with perfection. As much as I tried to contain the water works at the end, I lost the fight (grab a tissue or two). Her Venice Affair is highly recommended. You will not be disappointed! By the way, Book 2, His Bahamas Affair, is also available.

Row of columns (Italy, Vatican)

So far this has been my best selling book ever with 50 #5stars and 10 #4stars reviews and all I can say is thanks and make sure to read the entire series, you don’t want to miss out on the crazy love stories of the Albury siblings.

Deep Trouble by Jean Erhardt


Guest Post

Award winning Southern author, Allen Gurganus, best known for his 1989 debut
novel, Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, once wrote:

“The novelist needs both a dictionary and a cemetery. Graveyards offer more than
your eventual remaindered resting-shelf. Approached in the joyful spirit of
mortal play, they provide historic bullet points, bird sanctuaries, excellent
fictitious names, and the lifelong source of such sweet calm.”

Perhaps, Gurganus’ words were floating around in the back of my mind when I
accepted a position as a family service counselor at a cemetery in Portland,
Oregon. My job is to assist families with their preneed arrangements as well as
those who are at need. I spend a lot of time in the cemetery, or park as we call
it. Every day I am reminded of all of the many lives and stories that are
evidenced when I pass each grave and headstone, from Hattie T. who lived 103
years to infants who never took their first breaths.

I visit with those who have come to pay their respects to their loved ones like
Melanie S. whose young husband’s life was taken in a tragic car accident. She
brings along a CD player because he was a jazz musician and loved music, and she
sits for hours at his grave each week and listens quietly to Chet Baker, Dave
Brubeck and Ornette Coleman. Sam H. brings apples and leaves them on his
sister’s grave because he knows that the deer will come for them. Holly R., who
is five years, old recently lost her mother to breast cancer. She comes on the
weekends with her cousins and aunt who sits by the grave quietly as Holly and
her cousins run and play in and around the headstones.

Life and death, the inescapable circle, and everything that happens in between
is what we as writers are responsible to observe, absorb, filter, allow to
marinade in the juices of our own experiences and record. This is a weighty
responsibility, but one that can bring great satisfaction, even joy and,
occasionally more than a bit of humor.



About The Author

I was raised in the small rural town of Amelia, Ohio, about twenty five miles
out of Cincinnati. My younger brother and sister and I had a pony, a horse, many
great dogs and a couple of motorcycles. We raised a lot of hell. My father
served in The Big One at 17 and, after riding a motorcycle around Europe, became
a lawyer and later a judge. My mother worked as a homemaker and nurse, a skill
she had to use a lot with all of the injuries my siblings and I subjected
ourselves and one another to.

I wrote my first mystery story when I was in fourth grade. It was about a kid a
lot like me who heard strange noises coming from the attic and became convinced
that the attic was haunted. Eventually, the mystery was solved when she
investigated and found a squirrel eating nuts in a dark corner. It wasn’t a
terribly exciting conclusion, but my teacher gave me an A anyway.

As a teenager I worked at a lot of different jobs. I worked at a gift shop in
Gatlinburg, Tennessee, which is a frequent locale in my books. I was a swimming
instructor and a lifeguard where my primary goal was to never get wet. I did a
stint in a stuffed animal gift shop at the Kings Island amusement park where I
actually sort of met the Partridge Family when they shot an episode there. After
graduating from high school, I went on to attend Maryville College in Maryville,
Tennessee, a stone’s throw from the Great Smoky Mountains. There was some more
hell raising at college and I made some very good friends and occasionally we
have our own private reunions.

In high school and college I played basketball and I graduated from Maryville
College with a degree in Phys Ed. I went on to teach at Amelia Junior High, the
same junior high that I had attended. There was something a little weird about
passing by my old school locker every day when I walked down the hall as a
teacher. Plus, some of the teachers I’d had back when I was in junior high were
still working when I started to teach. Some of them had been none too fond of me
as a student and I don’t think they were much fonder of me as a teacher! I
coached the girls’ basketball and volleyball teams which was the best part of my

In my late 20’s I moved to the West Coast to get a broader perspective on life
or something like that. I ended up working in retail security, or loss
prevention, as it is now known, at an upscale Northwest retailer. I kept getting
promoted and with each promotion, the job became less and less fun. It was a lot
more fun catching shoplifters than sitting in endless meetings and crunching
budgets. After ten years of that, I quit to try my hand at some serious writing.
I wrote two books of fiction (not mysteries), Benny’s World and Kippo’s World,
as well as a book of not-especially-reverent poetry called A Girl’s Guide to God
and numerous short stories, articles and poems which have appeared in The Sonora
Review, The Quarterly, Word of Mouth, Blue Stocking and 8-Track Mind.

After that, it was time to go back to work. I got my private investigator’s
license and hung out my shingle. At first, I took a lot of the cheaters cases.
It seemed to me that if a guy thought his woman was cheating, he was usually
wrong. On the other hand, if a woman thought her guy was cheating, she was
almost always right. Eventually, I moved on to take mostly criminal defense
investigation work which often involved trying to figure out what the client did
and didn’t do and then minimize the damage of what they usually did do. There
were so many crazy ways that people could get themselves in trouble. In one
case, the attorney I was working for represented a wife who had gotten so
enraged about all of the time and affection her husband lavished on his pet
iguana that she shot the poor iguana and killed it. The husband was furious and
wanted the district attorney to press charges. The wife was eventually charged
with reckless endangerment and took a pretty sweet deal because even the DA felt
sorry for the fact that she was married to such a schmuck.

It was an interesting ten years. Somewhere in this time period I began to write
the Kim Claypoole Mystery Series, which was a great distraction and a lot of
fun. I liked the idea of having many of the same characters appear in each book.
So here I am now, working on the fifth book in the series.


About The Book

The Fourth of July isn’t going at all as Kim Claypoole expected. It starts with
a bang, including a run-in with a dead body, and ends with her juvenile
delinquent nephew, Little Bucky, disappearing from her double-wide trailer on a
souped up Suzuki.

When Little Bucky fails to return and no one seems concerned but Claypoole, she
sets out to find her wayward nephew. Nothing ever goes easy for Claypoole, and
her investigation soon involves several trips to Krispy Kreme, a visit to Jesus
Our Savior Bible Camp and some nasty encounters with a series of backwoods
characters, including hillbilly counterfeiters and a major league Smoky Mountain
dope dealer. In the midst of this chaos and while Claypoole is desperately
trying to keep a rocky romance on track, her kooky mother and redneck cousin
Alonzo show up for a surprise visit. Relatives, murder and love—all ingredients
in a recipe for Deep Trouble.



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