HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A YEAR OF POSSIBILITIES!

Happy New Year! I hope you are ready for a wonderful new year filled with possibilities.


What’s on your agenda for January? Do you have goals for the month—or the year? I am blessed to be looking forward to an exciting month and belief in the coming year.

This week I’m finishing up a family book on my father’s family and lateral lines for which my brother and I have been gathering information and photos for longer than I will admit. We have hundreds of photos to go along with seemingly endless details about the family. Many of the photos are borrowed, so my relatives will be thrilled to have them returned. I will too. I hate being responsible for borrowed items of any kind. I’ll also be relieved to have this non-fiction (maybe with a few family tales) work completed and published so I can move forward to fiction.



What timing! Next week, my three plotting co-conspirators and I are going on a three-day, two-night plotting escape, hopefully to get three books plotted for each of us. We don’t plan to leave the house we’ve rented for the entire time so we can work long days. Yes, we really do work, although there’s an abundance of laughter along with our productivity. Perhaps the laughter even heightens our productivity. Who knows? At any rate, we can work long hours in our sweats or jammies if we wish with no one to disturb our concentration.

We'll bring plotting boards and sticky notes and laptops and ideas. Now please don’t think—as someone did—that we write one another’s books. Nope, we just throw out ideas and keep each other on course as each person plots her book. Brainstorming, where four heads truly are better than one. It’s a system we learned first from Robin Perini and Laura Baker in their “Story Magic” workshop. Now we have fine-tuned the process to fit our styles and needs.

Late in the month, with any luck I’ll be releasing WINTER BRIDE, the next in my Stone Mountain Texas series. Sheriff Butch Parrish is the hero of this book, and I love the guy. Of course, all my heroes’ good points remind me of my Hero.

Don’t forget I’m giving a gift card at the end of each month to one person who left a comment on this blog during the month. Each time you comment is another entry. Good luck!
  
Again, HAPPY NEW YEAR! 


Monday, December 29, 2014

DANSE MACABRE BY CRISTELLE COMBY




Danse Macabre
by Cristelle Comby

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Blurb of DANSE MACABRE:

Private investigators Alexandra Neve and Ashford Egan are hired to succeed where the police have failed, to safely return home a missing ballerina. With no lead to pursue and no idea who could be behind the young woman’s kidnapping, they soon find themselves at a loss as to what to do.

To make matters worse, the heart of England seems to be caught in the middle of a little Ice Age. With snow endlessly falling and Tube lines either too cramped up to use or out of service, it is a pain to do any legwork in the huge metropolis.

Oh, and because trouble never comes alone, there may also be a serial killer on the loose in the streets of East London...







Excerpt of DANSE MACABRE:

Mrs Doughton called the agency this morning, with urgency in her voice, and asked for a meeting that very afternoon. She requested Egan and I come as soon as we could, for a job of the utmost importance. She refused to divulge more information over the phone, but my curiosity was piqued. I promised her we would honour the appointment — besides, we didn’t have any other clients banging down our door.

We stop at the front door of a typical Victorian terrace house and I press the doorbell. The door swings open, before I have a chance to remove my finger from the button, revealing a slim woman in her forties with short curly hair, high cheekbones and tired eyes. I note in passing she’s long overdue for a root touch-up to hide the silver strands eating their way down her brown hair.

She’s wearing a wrinkled blouse and a pair of jeans. She beckons us in, with a quick, nervous gesture. ‘Ms Neve, Mr Egan, please come in.’ She leads us to the living room of the small house and has to remove papers from the settee to make room for my colleague and I to sit down.

My stomach clenches as I catch sight of the documents: missing person posters. I only catch a glimpse of the documents, but the word MISSING printed in bold and capitals is impossible to ignore and they show a picture of a young girl with dark wavy hair.

Mrs Doughton drops the leaflets on a nearby table, already filled to the brim, and turns back to face us. I nod at the notices she just put away. ‘Your daughter, I presume.’

‘Yes,’ the woman says in a tired voice. She sits down, looking both exhausted and distressed.

‘She disappeared last weekend. I… I have no idea where she is.’

Egan frowns and asks, ‘Have you contacted the police?’

‘Of course I have. It was the first thing I did, Sunday morning, when I couldn’t reach her,’ she replies, her hands twisting in her lap. ‘I called all of Isa’s friends, the other dancers, her teachers, everyone in our family… everyone I could think of.’

She takes in a breath, bites at her lower lip. ‘No one’s seen her, not since Friday afternoon. At first I assumed she’d spent the night at a friend’s, but when I still couldn’t reach her on Sunday… She’s never been gone so long, and she always calls me back.’

She shakes her head, and worries her lip again. ‘The detectives think she ran away. I tried to tell them she wouldn’t—’ she clenches and unclenches her hands nervously, ‘—I tried and tried to tell them my daughter isn’t like that. No matter how it looks, she wouldn’t leave me. It’s been just the two of us since my husband died three years ago. Isa wouldn’t leave. She just… she wouldn’t.’ Tears fill Mrs Doughton’s eyes and she seems ready to fall to pieces.

Damn it, I hate jobs like this one. I force an amiable smile, lean forward, and try to get the poor woman’s full attention, to draw her away from the brink before she falls apart on us. ‘Tell us more about your daughter. How old is she?’

In response, Mrs Doughton reaches for one of the missing person posters and places it in my hand, while she dabs at her eyes with a tissue.

I find my answer underneath the smiling face of a young brunette with a cheery smile and her mother’s dark eyes. I read the words aloud, for Egan’s benefit: ‘Isabella Doughton, age 24.’


Cristelle Colby, Author


Cristelle Comby was born and raised in the French-speaking area of Switzerland, in Greater Geneva, where she still resides.

Thanks to her insatiable thirst for American and British action films and television dramas, her English is fluent.

She attributes to her origins her ever-peaceful nature and her undying love for chocolate. She has a passion for art, which also includes an interest in drawing and acting.

Danse Macabre is her third new-adult novel, and she’s hard at work on the next titles in the Neve & Egan series.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

NEED A NAP OR A GIFT?

What a wonderful Christmas I had! Both Darling Daughters spent the holiday with Hero and me. We enjoyed them so much. Now all is quiet again, and Santa is pooped. Yep, afraid Hero is all tuckered out after all the exertion and excitement.


How about at your house? Many friends are still traveling, others still have house guests. I love have guests for special occasions, but now it's back to work for us.

After all the candy, food, and happy goings on, I could use a nap. Dozing is not in the cards for me, though. I have books to write, so I'll keep myself planted in my desk chair in my office and tapping away on the keyboard. Since doing so makes me happy, I'm a lucky person.

Now, if you have a new e-reader and/or a little free reading time, let me recommend my books. I love having people read words I've written. When someone says he or she enjoyed one of my books, I am thrilled that one of you understood the message and liked the words I'd written.

Most writers are insecure, you see. We sit alone most of the time while we create our little worlds. The only way we know if our creations work is from people buying our books and leaving reviews. When we receive an email from a fan or a nice review, we are energized more than an entire health food store of vitamins could accomplish. So, thank you for reading my books. Thank you for reading this blog.


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Monday, December 22, 2014

YUMMY COCONUT PIE RECIPE!

What’s on the menu for Christmas dinner? Darling Daughter 2 is bringing the pies. She brings my husband a pecan pie and—I hope—is bringing a chocolate pie for me.

When my mom was alive, she always made wonderful pies and candy. The only time all year that she made candy was for Christmas. Her pies were the hit of any dinner, though. Her coconut cream pie was fabulous. Mmm, I salivate just thinking about her pie.

I thought I’d give you the gift of sharing her recipe with you.



COCONUT CREAM PIE

¾ cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 eggs with yolks separated from whites
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon  vanilla
1 cup shredded coconut
9 inch pie shell, baked

Mix sugar, flour and salt well. Beat yolks of eggs slightly. Add the milk and stir well. Cook slowly until mixture thickens. Add ¼ cup of the coconut. Pour into pie shell.

Beat egg whites until stiff. Add 3 tablespoons of sugar and beat a little more, then top pie. Make sure egg white mixture meets edges of crust. Spinkle with remaining coconut. Bake at 350 degrees F. for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned.



And if you are in need of last minute presents, please remember books  make wonderful gifts. Of course, I prefer you give and/or read my books. My latest is STONE MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS, a Stone Mountain Texas book. The buy link at Amazon is http://amzn.com/B00OQUTDXA At that site, you can find my other 19 books and 5 box sets. 

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Friday, December 19, 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS!




Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.





REVIEW OF NELLIE, CYNTHIA WOOLF'S LATEST RELEASE







Nellie (The Brides of San Francisco I) by Cynthia Woolf

Review of NELLIE by Caroline Clemmons


My review of NELLIE
by Caroline Clemmons

NELLIE is the first of award winning and bestselling author Cynthia Woolf’s new series, The Brides of San Francisco. I admit I’m a fan of this author and have read her numerous titles. When I started reading this book, I believed I knew exactly what would happen, but Cynthia surprised me with fresh twists and turns.

The heroine of NELLIE is, obviously, Nellie Wallace. The story opens in New York at the end of the Civil War when a soldier arrives to tell Nellie she’s now a widow. Her husband, Robert, died without ever seeing their youngest child, Violet. Nellie’s son, Henry, is devoted to his father. Henry remembers his father, who showed him a good deal of attention.

Nellie and her children have been living in a guest house on her interfering in-laws’ property with an acrimonious relationship between the in-laws and Nellie. She knows she can’t tolerate living there now that she’s a widow. To escape, she checks in with a marriage broker, specifying she wants a kind man who won’t mind a woman with children and will treat them well.

Serendipitously, the marriage broker has received a letter and generous amount of money from a man in San Francisco who requests a woman with children to make him an instant family man for business purposes. He states the woman will need to be his hostess when he hosts business dinners. Nellie believes she has found the perfect solution to her problem because he lives on the opposite side of the country from her mean-spirited and disapproving  in-laws.

Nellie and her children are instantly accepted by Blake Malone, especially by little Violet. The little girl is delighted by Blake and instantly calls him Daddy. Nellie is relieved that handsome Blake is considerate and appears the perfect husband.

Oh, yes, there are a couple of drawbacks. You know if anything seems too good to be true, it is. Blake owns a successful saloon, not a business of which Nellie approves. He needs the family in order to acquire the respectability required for a new venture for family entertainment. That fact offers Nellie a balm to his current business. The major flaw in his plan is an employee, Maddie Singer, with whom Blake had an affair before his marriage. Maddie is determined to continue the relationship.

I can’t tell you more without spoiling the story, and I don’t want to do that. You need to read this book. I hope Cynthia will have Blake’s partner, Nick Cartwright, as the hero of her next book. I’ll be watching for her next release. I hope you will too.

Quick Facts                                        
Release Date:  November, 2014                
Genre: Historical Romance. Western                                              
Formats to buy: Paperbacks and all ebook formats




NELLIE Synopsis
 
Nellie Wallace is a young widow with two children. In post civil-war New York, the men are scarce and none want the burden of a wife with children. Her dead husband's family is wealthy, and cruel. Desperate to escape their influence, and eager for a home, a husband, and a stable life for her children, Nellie decides to make a new life in San Francisco as a mail order bride.

Saloon owner Blake Malone is a bachelor and likes it that way. He worked hard for everything he has, but the San Francisco City Council won’t approve his plans to build a family emporium unless he is a family man himself. The solution? A mail order bride from New York who will bring him a ready-made family, stability, and the council's approval.

Blake expects his future wife to care for his home and, other than helping him impress the city council, to stay out of his business. He expects life as usual. What he gets is an unexpected desire to win Nellie's heart, a dangerous threat to his new bride, and a rich benefactor determined to steal his new family out from under him.  Blake believed his battle for success a hard one. But he will discover that the battle to win Nellie's heart and keep his family safe is going to take everything he's got.







Excerpt from NELLIE:
PROLOGUE
 April 28, 1865

RAP! RAP! RAP!

If only she could fix her problems with a needle and thread she’d be set. Nellie looked up from the socks she was darning toward the knocking on the front door.Who could that be? She set aside the socks, straightened her dress, checked her reflection in the mirror on the wall in the hall, patted her blond hair back into place and then answered the door.“Mrs. Robert Wallace?” asked the soldier in dress uniform who stood at attention on her front porch.

Oh, God. No. Please. No. “Yes,” she said, trying to keep the tremor from her voice. “I…I’m Mrs. Wallace.

 The young soldier handed her an envelope. “I regret to have to inform you that Lieutenant Robert Wallace was killed at the Battle of Appomattox on April 8, 1865. I’m sorry for your loss, Mrs. Wallace.”\

Nellie didn’t know what to say over the lump in her throat. She always knew this could happen—from the first moment Robert joined, to his last farewell eight months before Violet was born.“I, uh, thank you, Officer…”

“Black, ma’am. Sergeant Black.”

“Thank you for letting me know, Sergeant.” Her grip tightened on the door knob. “I…I have to sit down now.”

“Of course, ma’am. Do you need help?”

Nellie shook her head. “No. Thank you. I’ll be alright.”

The man saluted her, turned and walked down the sidewalk to the waiting carriage.How many of these calls did he have to make today? Was I the only one? I doubt it. Not in a city the size of New York. She closed the door and leaned against the wall next to it, her legs no longer able to support her, she slid to the floor. Tears left salty trails on her face, but for the life of her she couldn’t remember crying. Screaming, cursing God, yes, but crying, no. 

Even though our marriage wasn’t what I’d dreamed it could have been when I was a child, I shall miss him. He had his good side, he was funny and could make her laugh. He was gentle every where except…no I will not think about that now. I endured and have two beautiful children.

How am I to tell Henry his father is dead? Violet was just a baby and didn’t know her daddy but Henry… Her son missed his father something fierce. Robert had doted on Henry. They spent so much time together that Henry cried for days when his father left the last time. And now I have to tell him his father is never coming home. How do I do that?

She wiped her cheeks with the backs of her hands, took the hanky from her apron pocket and blew her nose.  No need to put it off. The task would be difficult enough, without waiting and making it harder. Perhaps she and Henry could grieve together. In any case, she needed to be strong for her son and daughter. She was all they had now.Taking a deep breath, she mounted the stairs to the play room and her children.
Get to know the author:
Cynthia Woolf, Author
Cynthia Woolf is the award winning and best-selling author of ten historical western romance books, one short story, and one novella in the anthology Lost in a Kiss, with more books on the way. She was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the mountains west of Golden. She spent her early years running wild around the mountain side with her friends.
Their closest neighbor was one quarter of a mile away, so her little brother
was her playmate and her best friend. That fierce friendship lasted until his
death in 2006.
Cynthia was and is an avid reader. Her mother was a librarian and brought new
books home each week. This is where young Cynthia first got the storytelling
bug. She wrote her first story at the age of ten. A romance about a little boy
she liked at the time.
Cynthia loves writing and reading romance. Her first western romance Tame A
Wild Heart, was inspired by the story her mother told her of meeting Cynthia’s
father on a ranch in Creede, Colorado. Although Tame A Wild Heart takes place
in Creede that is the only similarity between the stories. Her father was a
cowboy not a bounty hunter and her mother was a nursemaid (called a nanny now) not the ranch owner.


Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and the great friends she's made at CRW for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.


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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

VISITING LILLY BY TONI ALLEN




Visiting Lilly
by Toni Allen


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BLURB:

D.I. Jake Talbot is a burnt-out British detective given a second chance to believe in love, friendship and the transcendent essence of the human experience. When he investigates a seemingly innocent visitor to a residential care home for the elderly he uncovers a dangerous family hiding a forbidden romance that mysteriously crosses the boundaries of time. The deceitful family does all they can to prevent Talbot from discovering their secrets surrounding an unsolved murder, family betrayal; at the core of which is a keenly intelligent, though somewhat mentally challenged young man who is fixated on an elderly woman being held captive by her own grandson. Talbot sets out to right the many wrongs done to the blameless, and in turn, rediscovers his own humanity.







Excerpt of VISITING LILLY:

Jake makes notes

Chapter 17

Notes, yes, he should make notes, before all of the mad ideas popping into his head were zapped off into outer space. Time machine, bloody hell, he’d be interviewing little green men next, and scanning the airways for flying saucers. Placing his notebook on the table he tapped his pen up and down. Just make marks on the paper, words, anything, don’t think, write.

1)         Frankie Hayward did not have a time machine … did he? Okay, so check it out. How? Good bloody question.

He drew heavily on his cigarette and stared down the street at people hurrying about their business. A young woman nearly slipped on the snow and fell. Instinctively he stood, ready to assist. Haste. Now there was a good word to write down. He sat and scribbled.

2)         Two people were in no hurry to do anything. Why didn’t Keith’s parents report him missing? Where were they in all of this before they cried ‘murder!’?

3)         See if there are any early psychiatric reports on Frankie. Mother said there were, Weissman alluded to them. Perhaps they would come with the files Weissman had promised.

4)         How long has Lilly got to live? Stupid question, can’t be answered. Not long.

On better days he would have phoned Yates to run it past him. Suddenly there was only him, no sounding board, no second brain to fit the puzzle together. Closing his eyes, he smiled. So that was Weissman’s game. Now the only confidante he would have was Frankie Hayward himself. Oh, how clever, single him out and throw them together. Shit, was Weissman expecting him to go the same way as Keith? Involuntarily he shivered and hugged his coat tighter around his chest. Images of the headline sprang before his eyes, 'Stressed copper on leave disappears, alien abduction suspected.’



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Toni Allen is a professional tarot reader, astrologer, author and photographer.

I’ve been a professional tarot reader for about 30 years, and an astrologer for about 25. Now, thanks to the internet, I have an International client database. My main website is creaking because I haven’t updated it for so long, but it’s still fully functional and full of lots of interesting information. www.toniallen.co.uk . A new build is underway, with lots of modern bits and pieces so that you can connect with me via Facebook and easily keep up to date with events that I’m offering readings at.









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Monday, December 15, 2014

IF YOU BELIEVE - A CHRISTMAS ROMANCE BY MYA O'MALLEY


If You Believe (1)


Synopsis of IF YOU BELIEVE by Mya O'Malley

Sometimes love only comes once in a lifetime. For some lucky people, it is possible to love again.

Melody and Jack had shared an unforgettable love story that abruptly came to an end. Melody, left picking up the pieces, finds herself alone years later, with no hope or desire to date again. With the holiday season approaching, Melody finds it particularly difficult to get Jack out of her thoughts.

Jack isn’t sure if he’s an angel or a ghost, but his mind is set on one thing only, finding a new love for Melody by Christmas Eve at midnight. Easier said than done, with many obstacles to tackle, Jack underestimates how difficult the task is. With conflicting emotions, Jack takes it upon himself to find a man for a woman he still loves.

With the clock ticking as the holidays approach, this charming story of finding love the second time around will have you laughing and crying, but ultimately, it will have you believing in true love.

If you believe






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Excerpt from If You Believe- Mya O’Malley

He stood, watching her, feeling every ounce of her pain, her anguish. He was probably the only one who understood what it was like to lose the person you loved, the person who was everything in the world to you.
If only he could just touch her, reach out to her, make her feel happy again. But that was just selfish on his part, wasn’t it? It wouldn’t be fair to Melody. Anybody could see that even three years later, she was still struggling. Hadn’t he always told her that if something happened to him, he would want her to fall in love again? It saddened him to think that if she continued down this cold and lonely path, she would be alone forever.
Melody had wanted it all, a home filled with children, a loving marriage. Thinking back to how happy they had once been, it broke his heart to see her this way, and it was always saddest to see her like this around the holidays, which were quickly approaching.
Jack’s mind was whirling with ideas, if only...He wished that he could talk to her just one more time, but alas, that was against the rules. If only there was some way, if only he could help her see the light. The corners of Jack’s mouth crept up as his mind took hold of an impossible thought. Would he be able to pull this off? If he did, could he ever be the same again? …
The electricity was undeniable. It was something that he should have considered, knowing how powerful their attraction and love had been in life. The look on Melody’s face was shock, confusion and curiosity all rolled into one. He would have to remember not to touch her again, it was simply too much of a risk to take. He knew that if his cover was revealed, the rules stated that he could never make contact with her again.
“What was...did you feel?” Poor Melody peered at him with those gorgeous light brown eyes of hers. There was something different about her eyes now; once they had been filled with spark and mischief, but now they were sadder, as if the light had somehow gone out. The same eyes that had looked at him with varying degrees of emotions for all those precious years they had shared together. The same eyes that held him spellbound right now. Jack didn’t know what to expect; he had no way of knowing how hard it would be to not reach out and touch this woman who was his wife, the love of his life. She evoked so much emotion in him that he had to turn his head before she saw the tears that sprang from his eyes. He had known this would be hard, but Melody took his breath away. Melody was always beautiful, but now she also appeared slightly sad and fragile. Looking down at her so many times before, he knew of her sadness, of course, but standing right here beside her, Jack could practically feel her strong emotions within his own heart.
Since he had gone to great lengths to disguise his true identity, Jack would have to do better than this. There was no way that she could recognize him by his appearance. He was once tall, standing six foot three inches tall, maintaining a trim physique with messy light brown hair. He now stood barely five foot seven with wavy dark hair and a stocky build. The only thing about his appearance that Jack wasn’t able to change was his eyes. Nobody could change their eyes, because it was a fact that eyes were the windows to the soul.
Melody stood before him, her mouth gaping open as if she were caught in a spell. Think of something, quick, he told himself.
“Melody. I heard great things about your store. You see, I’m new to this area and I was just walking around and I figured I’d come check out your store.”
Melody appeared as if she had composed herself slightly. Clearing her throat, she finally spoke. “Where are you from, if you don’t mind me asking.”
He really should have been more prepared, how could he have forgotten how inquisitive Melody was?
“Um, I’m from down south, Florida.”
“Whereabouts? I have a friend from the Orlando area.” He should have also remembered her old college roommate from Orlando. Was Miami far enough away to field off further questions?
“Miami.”
“Miami? What brings you all the way up north to the New York area?”
Wow, she should have been a lawyer instead of owning a business. “My job. I work in the city now and live here in the suburbs.”
“What do you do for work?”
Thinking quickly on his feet, Jack steered away from his real occupation in life, working for an insurance company.
“I work for a pharmaceutical company. I’m in sales.” That ought to do it. He was reminded of a time when Melody had quizzed him nonstop when they had first met, he had felt like he was interviewing for a job. They had laughed many times together over that memory.
“Oh. Well, who is it that recommended you to my store?” Her eyes peered cautiously through her striking auburn hair. The long hair that was always slightly out of place, always in her eyes. Wishing that he could reach out and touch her beautiful hair just once more, he reeled himself back in.
“Just some guy at a diner recently. He raved about the selection of books and the coffee. Hmm, if I recall, he also said that you have the best cheesecake in town.” That should do it. Melody loved to bake and could go on and on about her desserts.
And that she did, thank goodness for the distraction of a good cheesecake. When Melody had stopped gushing about how she prepared her cheesecake, she caught herself and chuckled.
“You must think I’m something, rambling on like this. I’m sorry, I just realized that I didn’t catch your name.”
My name, my name. Something unusual perhaps, but fitting for a friend. “Oliver.” Where did that come from?
“Oliver. Well, Oliver, I don’t usually do this because we are closed, but would you like to try some of the cheesecake? We happen to have some left over.”
“Oliver” could tell that he had gotten on Melody’s good side. She wasn’t a particularly outgoing person. As a matter of fact, she was usually pretty shy, but he was delighted to see that he had made an impression on her. Or perhaps it was just good business sense. Either way, Oliver had succeeded in completing the first step of his mission: meeting Melody.
****
Melody couldn’t recall the last time that she had felt so comfortable with a total stranger. It wasn’t like she was even physically attracted to him, Oliver wasn’t her type at all. He was the complete opposite of Jack in every way. Well, in every way except for those captivating blue eyes. It was uncanny how much Oliver’s eyes reminded Melody of Jack’s eyes. It wasn’t just the color or the shape, but it was the intensity of his gaze. That was probably why Melody had felt so comfortable with him from the start.
“I know that you’re going to think this is forward, but would you mind showing me around town sometime?”
Melody sucked in a breath and inwardly panicked.
“My girlfriend is coming up in a few weeks and I wanted to show her around a bit.” He finished.
Melody’s shoulders visibly dropped as she let out a sigh. “Sure, yes, Oliver, I think that would be fine.”
Two finished slices of chocolate cheesecake and decaf coffees later, Melody realized this was the best evening she’d had in, well, just about three years.



Mya Omalley
Mya O'Malley, Author
Mya O’Malley was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, where she currently lives with her husband, daughter and three step-daughters. The family also consists of two boxers; Destiny and Dolce and a ragdoll cat named Colby. Mya earned an undergraduate degree in special education and a graduate degree in reading and literacy. She works as a special education teacher and enjoys making a difference in the lives of her students.

Mya currently has three new releases: AT FIRST SIGHT, a contemporary romance about dating in the modern world, published by Astraea Press, and WHERE THERE IS LOVE, a contemporary romance in which a woman struggles with past obstacles, ultimately faced with whether or not she will open her heart to love. WHERE THERE IS LOVE is published with Solstice Publishing. Mya is excited to say that Astraea Press released her contemporary holiday paranormal romance titled IF YOU BELIEVE. Due to be released late January is THE CALM AFTER THE STORM, published by TouchPoint Press. This novel is a contemporary romance taking place in the setting of Hurricane Sandy. The story revolves around the idea of a utility worker from Georgia falling in love with a woman in New York.

Mya’s passion is writing; she has been creating stories and poetry since she was a child. Mya spends her free time reading just about anything she can get her hands on. She is a romantic at heart and loves to create stories with unforgettable characters. Mya likes to travel; she has visited several Caribbean Islands, Mexico and Costa Rica. Mya is currently working on her sixth novel.



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