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COVER REVEAL: “All I Want For Christmas (A Holiday Novella Collection)”



“All I Want For Christmas (A Holiday Novella Collection)” by Laura Chapman, Cat Lavoie, and Samantha March

**Release date: November 11th**

Blurb: “Making Christmas” by Laura Chapman

While settling into a new career in a new community, Ivy is determined not to let the holiday season pass her by. Enter the grownup advent calendar: twenty-four days of festivities to celebrate Christmas. What begins as a bit of fun turns into a mission to spread cheer when she meets Everett. After learning about his bad Christmas attitude, she invites him to join her quest. Despite his initial reservations, Everett quickly gets caught up in the spirit of the calendar. But when new feelings surface and are impossible to ignore, Everett’s inner curmudgeon threatens to put a damper on the whole experience.

Blurb: “Nine Ladies Dancing” by Cat Lavoie

Casey Ellis is the last person who should be planning her office’s holiday party. Convinced she’s plagued with chronic Christmas bad luck, Casey isn’t interested in tempting fate. But when putting on a party planner hat seems like a good way to get closer to her longtime crush, Casey takes charge—and braces for impact.

When things start to fall apart—just like Casey knew they would—will she run and hide, or will she learn that bad luck can sometimes turn out to be Christmas magic in disguise?

Blurb: “The Christmas Surprise” by Samantha March

Juliette Mabry is a happily married stay-at-home wife and mother…until there appears to be trouble brewing in her nearly ten-year marriage. Juliette takes it upon herself to find out if her husband is up to no good, but does she want to know the truth? Everything is revealed on Christmas, and Juliette is in for her biggest Christmas surprise.

Blurb: “What Happens at Midnight” by Laura Chapman

Romantic comedy junkie Natalie lives out those fantasies in real life three New Year’s Eves in a row when fate throws her together with the same handsome stranger. A heartbreaking turn of events leaves her swearing off of love, forevers, and the holidays (bah humbug). That is until the mystery man from her past reappears years later. Over a holiday season, Natalie struggles to reconcile the whimsical notions of her past with the practical sensibilities she has worked so hard to develop. With the countdown to a new year looming, she must decide whether or not she is willing to give happily ever after another shot.

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COVER REVEAL: “Peri in Progress”



“Peri in Progress” by Cat Lavoie

**Release date: October 28th**


You know what they say about best-laid plans…

After a disastrous thirty-first birthday party where she gets stood-up by a man she isn’t supposed to be dating, Peri McKenna decides it’s time to change what hasn’t been working—which is pretty much everything. Her love life is going nowhere fast, she’s bored to tears by a job that makes her the office pariah, and the lifelong junk food addiction that used to be somewhat quirky is now positively problematic. To top it all off, her newly-purchased home is falling apart and wishful thinking hasn’t done much to fix the leaky roof.

It’s time be an adult now that she’s officially ‘thirty-something.’

But when the first step of Peri’s self-improvement plan backfires, she starts to wonder if change might be overrated.

Enter Milo Preston, an up-and-coming chef who’s in town to take over a local restaurant. When Peri and Milo begin working together, she finds it hard to ignore his easy charm and captivating emerald-green eyes. Since Milo is her best friend’s estranged brother, Peri has to keep reminding herself that he is completely off-limits. As they grow closer, Milo introduces Peri to new foods, the joy (and pain) of jogging, and makes her think her luck might finally be turning.

But when the past catches up with them, Peri finds herself back at square one. Will she be able to sort herself out—or will the roof cave in on her once and for all?

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About the author: Brea Brown lives in Springfield, Missouri, with her husband and three sons, but her international support network stretches as far as Australia. She’s an administrative assistant at an environmental consulting firm for forty hours a week and a writer all the other waking hours of the week not taken up by motherhood, wifedom, reading, and watching Netflix. (That leaves a surprisingly large number of hours, believe it or not.) Her published novels are Daydreamer, The Secret Keeper Series, Plain Jayne, Quiet, Please! Let’s Be Frank, and Let’s Be Real (Books 1 and 2 in the Nurse Nate Trilogy). Her twelfth book, Out of My League, releases October 13, 2015 (tomorrow)!

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Describe your books in five sentences: The one thing all of my books—whether standalone or series—have in common is that they don’t take themselves too seriously. Even when I’m addressing serious themes, like adoption, divorce, or even death, my characters are navigating those issues in amusing ways, reminding us that fiction is fun, and fictional people—mine, anyway—always figure it out. Real life is hard. It’s important to me that readers recognize their own lives in my stories and characters, but I also want to provide an escape. It’s no spoiler to tell you my books end happily; it’s how the characters get to that happily-ever-after that keeps readers turning the pages (hopefully).

When did you know you were a writer? I’ve known I was a writer since I was a little girl and tried to mimic my favorites: Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, and E.L. Konigsberg. Most days I still don’t feel like an author, but I have a dozen books out there that say otherwise. I’d say the first time it felt real to me was when a cashier at a store recognized my name on my debit card and asked me if I was the same Brea Brown who wrote The Secret Keeper. I still can’t believe that happened!

Tell us about your writing/editing/publishing process: I try to publish two books a year. That means I’m constantly juggling projects. One will be in the resting phase, between drafts, while I’m putting the finishing touches on another for publication, and another is in the brainstorming/honeymoon phase. I typically have three projects going at any one time. It keeps me busy and is definitely never boring!

Salty or sweet? My stories are the Crunch-n-Munch of the literary world. They’re a good mix of salty and sweet, and they stick with you for a while after you set them down. Continuing the comparison, I also recognize that means there’s no great nutritional value in my stories, but they’re a delicious treat. I just hope I don’t give people cavities (or a stomachache).

Is the social media a help or a hinder? Big help! I’ve connected with so many readers on Facebook, and sometimes social media is about the only marketing I have the time or energy (or inclination) to do. Without it, I’d be sunk. Plus, nothing brightens my day more than a chat with a reader about books, food, and just life in general. Follow me! (My links are provided somewhere in here.)

What is a typical day like in your home? Uh… crazy? I have a kindergartner, a sixth grader, and a freshman in college living under my roof, and both my husband and I have full-time jobs outside of the house. ’Nuff said?

Do you have any writing rituals? Because life is so hectic, I have a strict weekday writing schedule. I get up at 4:30 a.m., make a cup of coffee, and write until it’s time to wake up the two youngest kids for school at 6:30. Those two hours are my sacred writing time. Most of the time, especially when I’m in the zone, I resist checking social media and keep my head down, writing or editing (or whatever else I’m doing at that stage of the process). Usually, I’m too tired to multi-task, anyway, and nobody else in the house needs my attention at such an early hour, so it’s the perfect time to focus.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Still cranking out books and getting more ideas than I know what to do with, I hope. Maybe with a few more readers, but if not… that’s okay, too. I love the readers I have and don’t take a single one of them for granted. They are the sweetest, most supportive, most loyal people on the planet!

Since becoming an author, what have you learned most about yourself? I’m more perseverant than I thought. I always kind of saw myself as a strong starter and a tough talker but wasn’t big on follow-through. Well, you can’t be the author/publisher of twelve published novels if you don’t stick with projects until the end. I’m genuinely surprised every time I finish writing a book and see it out there for people to buy and read.

Every author must have (a): Fortitude. You can have all the talent in the world, but if you don’t have the drive to finish a job and do it well, you’ll eventually find some other, easier way channel your energy and amuse yourself. You have to be resilient. On any given day, that means starting over when a project isn’t working, dusting yourself off after a bad review, isolating and improving the weaknesses in your writing, or getting up at 4:30 a.m. when you’d rather stay under the warm covers. But you have to be self-motivated.

What do you want people to take away from your books? Good people can prevail. And you don’t have to be perfect to be a good person who’s worthy of your happily-ever-after. Also, finding humor in everyday life is essential. One of my favorite compliments from readers is when they tell me I’ve made them laugh out loud, especially in a public place or next to a sleeping spouse. Laughing is my favorite.

Can you tell us what you’re working on now? Let’s Be Friends, the third and final book in my Nurse Nate Trilogy is due out in the spring, so I’ll be hitting rewrites and edits on that one pretty hard after the holidays.

I’m also in the middle of writing the first draft of another book (a standalone… I think), but I don’t even have a title for that one yet, and I still have no idea how it’s going to end, because… that’s how I roll. I will say it takes place in a sleepy northeastern U.S. town, is chock-full of cringe-worthy moments, and includes a lot of death jokes. But… that’s all I’m going to say for now.

And releasing tomorrow (GULP!) is my twelfth novel, Out of My League, the first book in my Underdog Trilogy:

OutOfMyLeagueCoverPicMaura Richards has a plan for her life—it involves not having a plan. From biding her time at a long-term temp job to ending relationships before they get too serious, Maura’s only commitment is to being noncommittal.

When she meets Jet Knox, the starting quarterback of her beloved hometown football team, she dismisses their encounter as a thrilling brush with celebrity she can drag out at parties for a few years, and nothing more. Jet has other ideas. He’s someone who’s made a living setting—and scoring—goals. Wooing Maura is his latest objective.

Everyone in Maura’s life seems to have a take on her relationship with the All-Pro QB, but with so many swirling opinions, rumors, and doubts, Maura must rely on the judgment of the very last person she feels she can trust: herself.

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Amanda Kozik



About author: Amanda Kozik is an emerging author. Accidentally Heroic is her first published novel. Previously published works include “My Conversation with Madison” and “The School Mascot”.

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Describe yourself in five words: I am one odd duck.

You knew you were a writer when…: I baffled my 7th grade English teacher with my quirky stories.

Salty or sweet? Sweet

What is your writing/editing/publishing process like? Writing is the passion of a new romance. Editing is the commitment and growth of a marriage. Publishing is the stress of divorce.

Hard/paperback or eBooks? When I am reading, definitely paperback. For my readers, either format is fine. I simply want them to read and enjoy.

Do you have any writing rituals? I do not write “Chapter 1” in the original draft. My superstition has always been that if I label the first chapter I seldom make it much further.

What are you reading right now? My husband hooked me on the Dresden files. Currently I am on Ghost Story.

If you could meet anyone famous, who would it be? I’d say Neil Gaiman, but I’d be too awe-stricken to speak. So, I will go with Patricia Wrede.

Writing wise, where would you like to be in five years? I’d like to have an established readership and be able to write full time.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given? Write the story you want to write.

What do you want people to take away from your books? I want them to have a sense of catharsis, laugh, cry, and just feel.

What are you working right now? The Kindle Format of Accidentally Heroic and (just started) the draft to a new series.

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Accidentally Heroic

Blurb: In a world saturated with Superheroes, Accidentally Heroic puts a new spin on the genre. The novel opens humorously and quickly evolves into a tale that is one part noir, two parts love story, and every last page packed with the grandiose action that marks the world of comic books. The characters may be saving the day, but they still have to go to work on Tuesday.


“You know what I could go for?” Larry mused with a broad grin. Oh god, I thought. I already knew.

“Black Rook Burgers.” Yup, it was as I feared.

“Really man? They’re nasty,” I replied in a vain attempt to avoid a four hour vigil at the porcelain shrine.

“Nah, they’re classic.” Larry ushered me into his Grand Am. We had been on the road for hours; our most recent stop had been unsuccessful. Unlike the Midwest, Nevada had hundred-mile stretches without good gas stations. There was gas, but that was it, no food, no frills, none of the luxuries many associate with road trips. As such, I was skeptical I’d find the proper facilities to handle Black Rook aftermath, but you couldn’t argue with Larry. Larry was one of those people; he was a force of nature. Murphy’s truth, he managed to find the one and only Black Rook Burgers in a 300 mile radius.

Sure enough, four hours later I was crawling out of a gas station restroom. It was the sort of bathroom that is a crime against humanity. Given my composure, slumped and sweaty on the ground, you’d never know my real identity.

“Mm, so good, I can still taste it.” Larry patted his belly.

“Unfortunately…” I muttered, alluding to the rancid taste in my mouth. Larry picked me off the ground by my left arm. He shoved me into my seat and walked to the other side of the car. So right about now you’ve figured out the obvious, right? Yup. Larry and I are superheroes. Like I said, obvious.

AUTHOR FEATURE: Heidi Renee Mason



About the author: Heidi Renee Mason always knew she would be an author. Heidi is passionate about writing, and writes fiction, as well as poetry. In her spare time, Heidi enjoys music, genealogy, all things Celtic, and chick flicks. A native of the Midwest, Heidi now resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and three daughters. Investigating the Heart is Heidi’s debut novel.


Describe yourself in five sentences: I am, above all, a wife and mother. I am a perfectionist. I am a strange mix of insane focus and laziness. I am genuinely kind. I have moments of insecurity far more often than I wish I did.

When did you know you were an author? I have always loved to write, and have been doing it for years. I had no problem calling myself a writer. However, even after the publication of my book, I had a hard time referring to myself as an “author.” At my first book signing, when people were standing in line waiting for me to sign their books, hoping to get a picture taken with me, I truly knew that I had earned the title.

Tell us about your writing/editing/publishing process: My writing process is sporadic. I home school my three daughters, so I write when I can fit it into my day. I work a lot out in my head before I ever write anything down. Of course, the characters have minds of their own and usually do what they want to anyway.

What is the best book you’ve ever read? That is a difficult one! There are so many books I love for many different reasons. If I had to choose one, though, I would have to go with Anne of Green Gables. That book represents a defining time in my life. As a young girl, I loved Anne and wanted to be like her. She was also a writer, so I felt like I had found a “kindred spirit” in her.

Hard/paperbacks or eBooks? I definitely prefer a paperback. I need to hold the book in my hands, and feel and smell the pages. Something about touching the book links me to the story in a way that an e-book just can’t do.

Salty or sweet? Both. I like sweet things mixed with salty, like chocolate chip cookies with walnuts or French fries dipped in ice cream.

Do you have any writing rituals? The only ritual I need for writing is coffee. I would like to be hooked up to a constant caffeine drip.

If you could met any other author, who would it be? I would love to meet Nicholas Sparks. He is my writing hero. The way he crafts his characters and storylines is magic. He draws you in and makes you laugh and cry with his characters. He makes you feel something.

At what time of day do you feel you work the best? I work best mid-afternoon to early evening. I guess I’m not a morning person or a night owl. I’m right in the middle.

What do you want people to take away from your books? I recently had a fan tell me that she wasn’t a reader, but picked up my book and finished it in one sitting because she couldn’t put it down. To me, that’s a great compliment. I want to make my readers feel something, to become connected and concerned for my characters. I want people to feel invested in the outcome of the story, and always want more.

Where do you see yourself in five years? In five years, I hope to have several more novels to my credit. I hope to be a bit more well-known and have readers anxiously awaiting my next book.

What are you working on right now? I am working on the sequel to Investigating the Heart. I also have started another completely unrelated novel with the working title of Hope Found.

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BOOK FEATURE: “Festive Feast” by Michele Gorman



Michele Gorman’s FESTIVE FEAST
Three Deliciously Funny RomCom Christmas Novellas

The collection includes:

“The Reluctant Elf” – Meet Britain’s Worst Innkeeper

“Christmas Carol” – One winter wedding, two happy couples, three ex-boyfriends. And a very uncomfortable weekend

“Twelve Days to Christmas” – What if his proposal had an expiration date?

**”Festive Feast” is available now for pre-orders on Amazon (in both paperback and eBook).


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Blurb: Emerson Sinclair, twenty-seven year old hotel heiress, has said yes. With just over a year to plan her extravagant, over the top nuptials to Logan Worthington, it’s all hands on deck with the wedding plans. A Sinclair marrying into the Worthington family is the talk of their small New Hampshire town, and ideas include filming the wedding for a TV segment. But as the items get checked off the list, plans start to go … not as planned. From not getting a designer dress to a selfish bridesmaid and unaccountable best man, Emerson is afraid her wedding will be more a joke than anything. 
When both her mother and sister seemingly begin to lose interest in her wedding plans in favor of their own personal lives, Emerson fears her big day will turn into the forgotten wedding. With the pressure to pull off a beautiful and elegant event that everyone expects from their respectable families, Emerson starts to forget the reason why she is saying I Do in the first place.


Chapter Nine Status Update: Nearly lost a bridesmaid today. #needaredo #redhotmess

The day of the bridesmaid dress appointment felt similar to picking out my wedding dress. Once again, Mom, Grams, Milly, Sienna, and the rest of the bridesmaids gathered at the house for breakfast. Delilah had even made the trip down once again, and we were going to have a sleepover at Milly’s that night with the three of us. I couldn’t wait.

Once we were finished eating, we were off in the limo once again to the bridal shop where I had purchased my dress. I had to put my foot down on this. Evie (and also Honor and a tad bit of Tatiana if I’m honest) pushed for a New York trip to find the bridesmaid dress, throwing out all these top-notch shops filled with designer dresses. But . . . if I couldn’t have a designer dress, why would my maids wear one? I had finally come to terms that I had my dream dress and it just happened not to be a big name designer. I couldn’t handle if the other girls had one. The men were wearing Vera Wang for God’s sake. Cut me a little slack here.

Once we arrived at the store and were greeted warmly by Sandra, the owner, she ushered us to the back and I sat on the throne—a big fluffy red chair reserved for brides. Milly handed me scorecards that she had made so I could rate each dress from 1-10, and Sandra explained what would happen. We had fifteen minutes to walk around the store and grab dresses, then the fun would begin. Pretty simple.

On her mark, the lot of us scattered like marbles on a wood floor, on the hunt for the perfect bridesmaid dress. I managed to pull two, getting overwhelmed quickly by all the choices. How would I ever find one? Maybe each girl could wear a different dress in the same color. Would that be too busy? Did I care? Why was I here? Couldn’t I have made Katrina handle this on her own? But no, she probably would have been sucked into going to New York as well. It was better I was here and in control.

“Time!” Sandra stood in the middle of the floor, and I realized then that we were the only people in the store, which I had to think was unusual for a Saturday morning. I wondered if Mom had reserved the space solely for us. That was sweet and a necessity I hadn’t even thought of because I wasn’t sure I could concentrate if a bunch of other bridesmaids were traipsing along the aisles.

After handing my choices over to Sandra and taking a seat at the throne, I waited anxiously for the girls to come out. Each was coming out first in a pick of their own, and I was curious to see what each girl’s style was going to be. Milly was the exception. Since she was my maid of honor, I was going to let her off the hook for trying dresses on. I figured we had enough girls around. She had thanked me profusely that morning for the favor.

“Got your scorecards at the ready?” Sienna asked me, her eyes bright. As the countdown to the big day got closer, Sienna seemed to be more and more in her element. I think Mom was relieved she was taking some of the pressure off her, especially with the pageant taking up more time than she expected it to.

I held up the thick cards that Milly had clearly put a lot of time into. “Ready to roll!”

Sandra cleared her throat and started listing off the designer names and the dress features. Honor was in a strapless dress that fell to the knee, with a belted waist and crumb catcher top. Delilah’s dress also featured a crumb catcher top (these two were so alike it could be scary) but hers had no belt and was less structured than Honor’s. Tatiana had a long strapless dress with a keyhole in the chest area—a little too risqué in my opinion. Evie . . . Evie. Evie was in a short hot pink dress that dipped low in the back, nearly to her crack, and her boobs were pushed up so high I was sure a nip slip was going to happen in the store. How in the world that was a suitable bridesmaid dress for anyone was beyond me. I couldn’t even look at her.

“Gabby’s dress is my favorite out of this group,” I said, my eyes immediately going to her soft chiffon dress with delicate straps and a ruched bodice. It fit her well and looked so pretty and feminine. And to be honest—a crumb catcher scared me. Even the name was just plain weird.

“You have a little diversity here with styles and even lengths,” Sandra said, standing by me. “Let’s focus on Honor and Delilah first, since they are similar. Do you like the crumb catcher top?”

I held up a scorecard with a 4 on it. “Sorry, ladies. I think those tops are weird.”

“Emerson!” They both screeched, looking at one another and laughing. Milly joined in from her perch on the chair next to me.

“I bet this would look great in your wedding,” Delilah said, patting Honor on the arm, who I think turned a little pale at that. “Or yours, Milly. And I can’t wait to hear all about this Miles tonight!”

Milly blushed as we all—even Grams and Sienna—hooted at her. “Yeah, yeah, let’s get back to the task at hand. So nothing fashion forward for the bride. No crumb catcher. Got it.”

“How about Tatiana’s? What do you think of a long dress?” Sandra asked.

I flipped through my stack and held up a 7. “I like this one more, but I’m not sure about long. Most of the pictures I’ve been pinning are short.”

“Long tends to work better for more formal weddings,” Mom said as her cell phone started to ring, piercing through the quiet store. “My gracious, my apologies. I thought I turned the ringer off.” She fumbled in her Prada for her phone, looking at the screen and frowning. “It’s the pageant. Again. Third call this morning. I’m sorry, let me just step outside quick and I’ll be back in a shake.” She rushed outside without even grabbing her coat, and I stared at her retreating back, frowning. For someone who was donating her time and efforts to the pageant cause, she sure was pretty invested in that event.

Shaking my head, I focused again at the task at hand. “Let’s keep it long then,” I said. “I like the idea of a more formal wedding, so if that will help with the pictures, let’s do it. And it’ll be September, so not like the girls will be overheated or anything.”

“Long it is,” Grams confirmed.

“Let’s move to Gabby’s,” Sandra suggested.

“I thought you didn’t want chiffon,” Milly said, remembering a conversation we had in the past about bridesmaid dresses.

“I didn’t think I did, but seeing it on her, it looks really good. I especially like how it’s tight in the middle. I think it would be really flattering on everyone.” I eyed the dress, liking it more with each passing second. I held up a 9. “This is a serious contender.”

Sandra cleared her throat. “And how about . . . Evie’s?”

Everyone was silent. “No,” I said simply.

Evie stomped a foot. “But, Emerson, this color is gorgeous! And not to diss any of these other top-notch dresses, but this one really is the best.” Her tone dripped in sarcasm.

I raised a brow. “No,” I said again. “I’m not even going to touch on how hideous that dress is—no offense, Sandra—or how inappropriate it would be for not only my wedding, but the majority of weddings that take place. Now go back, pick a dress that is actually suitable, and come back. Or leave. I honestly don’t care which.” I folded my arms and stared at her.

She wavered under my glare—I saw it. “Fine.” She flounced away and everyone stood frozen to their spots, not sure of what to say.

Sandra cleared her throat. “Well, um, a successful first round. Let’s head back into the dressing room and I’ll do one of your picks, Emerson, along with picks from the others in the group.” Sandra ushered my maids away and I leaned back in the chair, replacing all the score cards and gearing up for round two.

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SamanthaMarchNewPic**About the author: Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things health, fitness, fashion, and celebrity related. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and has three published novels – Destined to Fail, The Green Ticket and A Questionable Friendship. When she isn’t reading, writing, or blogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers. Samantha lives in Iowa with her husband and Vizsla puppy.

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“Lotus” by Kay W. Smith

Blurb: Saying ‘I do’ is easy. Deciding who to spend forever with can be a little complicated.

Newlywed Lotus Price has everything that she should have ever wanted:  a great husband and a dream job as an executive of Chicago’s most prominent philanthropic foundation.  Her pre-planned future seemed to be gift-wrapped in a perfect bow, until the day she discovers she is pregnant and runs into her first love. Despite his offer to be friends, Lotus tries to keep the past where it belongs.

As the pregnancy begins to interrupt the dream that Lotus envisioned for her marriage, she is forced to rethink everything she thought she knew, including the single day that led her to her husband and away from the man she saw herself spending forever with.   Ultimately, the one question which will remain is who will be willing to give up what they have in order to get what they have always desired?

In the end, the scars that each of them thought were long buried will resurface to reveal the single event that changed each of their lives forever.


By the time the sun began to creep through the silk curtains, I had already been awake for three hours. My mind was no longer racing and for the first time in a long time, my thoughts were oddly quiet. I was strangely numb. Knowing that I couldn’t avoid getting up any longer, my palms clenched at the sheets beneath me one last time as I tried to push down the nausea that was slowly trying to creep back into my stomach.

Rolling over, I shielded my face from the sunlight that was now beginning to brighten the entire room. It wasn’t until I heard the loud snores coming from under the sheets next to me that I even remembered that she was there. I snapped out of my haze and began to contemplate how many times I might have to lie and say that everything was okay before the day was over.

Worried that my eyes were bloodshot, I reached for the pocket mirror that I had left on the nightstand next to me. After blindly feeling around unsuccessfully in the dark for a few minutes, I started to run through all the excuses I would give if any of the twenty people who would soon be in my hotel room inquired about my appearance.

I’m overwhelmed with happiness.

I’m hungover from last night.

I’m nervous because I’ve dreamt of this day my entire life.

Another bad excuse was forming in my mind when I heard her voice.

“It’s not too late to hop a plane to Mexico,” she whispered from under a pillow.

I kept my back to her as I ran my hands across my pillow one last time. In case she turned on the lights, I wanted to be sure that the wet puddle that had formed through the night was gone. I took a deep breath before turning in her direction, conscious enough to avoid eye contact with her as much as possible.

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KaySmithPic**About the author: Kay W. Smith is a writer and blogger living in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and two sons.   She worked in public policy for several years before pursuing her passion to write full-time. She is a graduate of Spelman College and the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

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AUTHOR & BOOK FEATURE: “Afraid of Her Shadow” by Carol Maloney Scott



“Afraid of Her Shadow” by Carol Maloney Scott

Blurb: Forty something, self-proclaimed cougar, Rebecca is committed only to her cats and her career. Her veteran single girl lifestyle has been peaceful and happy – that is until she started dating age-appropriate Steve, an entomology professor with a sweet smile and demeanor to match. Who knew an insect scientist could be so appealing?

The problem? Steve is a widower with baggage to spare. Memories of his late wife fill his home. Smiling photos and jars of bugs serve as constant reminders of Steve’s continued attachment to his dearly departed wife, Noreen, who shared his passion for creepy crawlies!

Now that Rebecca is facing her commitment phobia by moving in with Steve, she is becoming more unhinged. Behaving more like her zany friends than her level-headed self, she burns her butt at the tanning salon, crashes on energy drinks, and even loses a hamster. Throw into the mix a few delusional relatives, a sarcastic teenager, and a fluffy dog who sheds a new dog every day, and Rebecca doesn’t recognize her old self.

And if that isn’t enough to push her over the edge, her smokin’ hot ex returns, reminding her of a simpler time with a man who carries no more baggage than a wallet.


Steve is an Entomology professor at the state university downtown. Yes, I am dating a nerdy science guy. Apparently, there are a handful of students who are passionate about bugs, or “insect biology.” I took Bio in ninth grade and I tried to be sick as much as possible during the bug study unit. Steve’s wife, Noreen was a high school Biology teacher. The love of creepy crawlies was something they apparently had in common. Something I can’t give him.

“My ass isn’t little anymore, and I love your stories, except when you start to explain about the claustrophobic foundation and the genital grabbers.” My eyes cross when he brings up these topics, but it is an awesome insomnia treatment, especially when coupled with hair caressing. I just love having my head… “What did you say?”

Steve is practically doubled over in his chair. “Love, its claustral foundation and genital claspers.”

I look down and bite my lip. “Oh. Honestly, I don’t even see how the first one is different. Don’t the termite king and queen hide and make babies by feeding off their fat or something? And I know some other bug grabs its mate during sex. Claspers, grabbers, close enough.”

He rubs his eyes beneath his glasses and smiles. “Hey, there’s something I want to tell you.” Steve gently places his wine glass on the table and rolls the stem between his fingers.

My breath catches just in time for the waitress to appear with our food and all sorts of enthusiasm. Steve told her it was our anniversary so she is hamming it up. I want her to drop the crabs (which look like big bugs) and run, so I can hear this big announcement. He doesn’t have a little velvet box in…?

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Describe your writing style in five words: Witty. Fresh. Real. Honest. Brave.

What made you want to be an author? As a little girl I wrote non-stop, churning out story after story. Then it all stopped in adolescence – so I had writer’s block for about 30 years.

Now the flood gates have opened, and the universe has unplugged my creative blockage – and the words are flying out of me. In the car – I have to pull off the road. In the shower – I need waterproof paper. In bed – I dream of new stories and have to sleep with my iPhone and it’s many lists.

So that bitch, Writer’s Block, is now history. The words are flowing like a waterfall or the liquor at an Irish wedding. I am no longer expecting any dry days ahead, now that I have rediscovered my first love.

I write because I can’t stop. I love it.

Hard/paperback or eBooks? I love the feel of a real book in my hands, and I especially love to see many books on my shelves. Books are a beautiful decorative home accessory. But I have embraced the Kindle as well. The convenience and the lower cost of e-books have made it impossible to resist.

Do you have any writing rituals? I like to have a drink nearby, and I write better when no one is home. Even if my husband or son are not in my space, just knowing I might be interrupted at any moment messes with my creative flow. I would greatly benefit from a solitary writer’s retreat weekend every now and then.

Salty or sweet? Hmm. I love those candy bars with the peanuts. Payday, that’s what they’re called. They are the perfect combination of both tastes. However, my sweet tooth will always win out!

Where do you get ideas for your books? My books are inspired by real life events, but much of the stories come out of my never ending imagination. I can’t stop thinking of ideas. Of course I don’t sleep very well and stare into space a lot.

If you could meet any other author, who would it be? I would like to meet Laurie Notaro. Her hilarious stories of her own life, as well as her fiction, have inspired me to write. And I know I would have a fabulous time hanging out with her, talking about dogs and stupid things we’ve both done – two of her favorite things that I share.

What time of day do you seem to work best? I am not a morning person. I prefer to sleep through morning and pretend it never happened. Afternoons are best for me, or early evening. Too late in the evening my creativity wanes again.

What must every author have? A private writing space decorated with their favorite things. A good quality computer. Pretty pens – I have a wiener dog pen that makes my chuckle. Colorful notebooks. Oh, and something inspiring. I have a Wonder Woman stuffed doll from the Hallmark store. Oh, and good lighting. I can’t see a damn thing anymore.

Where do you see yourself in five years? I see myself with at least 10-15 books published, and a revenue stream that will allow me to quit my day job. I also see myself blogging regularly and traveling to promote my books.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given? Don’t skimp on quality, whether it be in editing, cover design, formatting, advertising, etc. Pay the pros and invest in your business. You are investing in yourself.

Can you tell us about any of your upcoming projects? Book 3 of my Rom-Com on the Edge series is due out in January! The first draft is complete and I am hard at work on the polishing before it goes to my editor for his suggestions. It’s called The Juggling Act and is the continuation of Claire’s story from There Are No Men, my first book in the series.

My first two books, There Are No Men and Afraid of Her Shadow were told in first person, present tense from a single character’s point of view. The Juggling Act mixes it up a bit and will be narrated in first person present tense, but from the point of view of four characters. It was great fun to get into the heads of the other characters, and I hope readers will enjoy a different twist on my existing story line.

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About the author: Carol Maloney Scott, author of the Rom-Com on the Edge series, is a frazzled new bride and wiener dog fanatic. Recently unearthing a childhood passion for writing, she can once again be seen carrying around a notebook and staring into space. Her stories are witty, fresh and real, just like life.

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