A Pardon For Tommy

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A Pardon For Tommy

Who would have thought that a story about a turkey would bring a reader to tears? Within the pages of A Pardon for Tommy by Patricia Nmukoso Enyi readers will find just that. Chelsea Malibu is the protagonist of our story. We begin with her waking from a nightmare in her college dormitory. Chelsea is a survivor of Hurricane Katrina and still suffers from its aftermath. She is a young woman now, but she cannot let go of the horror she faced at the tender age of twelve. The story walks us through what Chelsea experienced during the hurricane, how it affected her and what happened to her family. Throughout her ordeal Chelsea had one pillar of support: the never questioning Tommy the turkey. Tommy was a prize her father had won and expected to eat on Thanksgiving with his family. However, life has a funny way of throwing you…

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Camp NaNo – Week 1

How’s Camp NaNo going for you?

Felicia Denise, Author


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As the end of the first week of July Camp NaNoWriMo nears, I am perplexed. I’m not sure if I should be…

Cautiously optimistic,

Over-the-moon ecstatic, planning a party and inviting everyone I’ve ever met, or

Terrified,

… because I have not encountered one problem… yet.

Words flow each time I open the WIP.

Characters are cooperating and not staging coups of silence.

My word count surpassed 12K this morning.

Looks around, confused.

What is going on?

It’s not that I want problems but every writer expects them. I know a couple who even add meltdown to their publishing timeline.

No matter how excited, geeked, amped, psyched, or pumped a writer gets about their latest project, the negative stalkers are unavoidable.

The icy fingers of You Can’t Do This tickle the back of your neck.

The dark cloud of No One Wants to Read Anything You Write looms above you……

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” Kissed by Shadows (Kissed by Shadows Series, Book 1)” by Lola St Vil


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“Kissed by Shadows (Kissed by Shadows Series, Book 1)”

Author: Lola St Vil

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Fantasy

Release Date: July 5, 2017

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*This is a must read for fans of A Shade of Vampire, Twilight and The Mortal Instruments.*

Meet Atlas Morgan; the hero who just found the villain of her dreams…
A ruthless, demonic army stands ready to attack; to bathe in the blood of all mankind. The only thing that has protected us from them is a mystical river which will run dry by midnight of the winter solace.

The paranormal community— referred to as Shadows—has been given seven chances to complete a quest that will replenish the river. They have failed six times. So, for the seventh and final time, the Shadows look to an unlikely source–seventeen-year-old human girl–Atlas Morgan.

Atlas has just lost the only person in the world that ever truly loved her—her mother. Though she is drowning in grief and sorrow, when she learns she is the chosen one, she gathers up the courage to agree to the quest. However, Atlas encounters something far more frightening than Werewolves, Vampires and Witches—love. His name is Kane and she’s shocked to learn that, like her, Kane has been chosen too–not to save the world but to end it…

Writing Fiction That is Believable

Believe it..or not? 😕

A Writer's Path

by Katie McCoach

Imagine you are sitting amongst fellow writers in a workshop class or critique group. You’ve just finished reading your work and this group is providing constructive criticism. You are nervous, of course, we understand. This writing is a piece of you—anything you write is. This group understands that as well, and they are in the group the same reason you are—to develop their writing. That is why you are here, right? To make your writing stronger? To see how an audience responds?

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Author Melissa Ann #Spotlight

 



Series: A Silent Canvas
Title: A Silent Canvas Part One
Author: Melissa Ann
Genre: Historical Romance
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When Sarah has just about given up any hope of finding love in her small town, James a widower with a dark past literally comes to the rescue. It soon becomes clear that fate has brought them together for a reason, a chance for Sarah to find love and for James, finding someone to teach him how to forgive himself and to learn to love again. James moved to Black Rock, a small isolated town to escape his past, but a misunderstanding soon brings everything he is trying so hard to forget crashing in the present, opening Sarah’s eyes to some of his darkness. She knows she loves him but can she possibly entertain a future with a man that doesn’t possess the ability to trust?
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The rain is now falling at a steady beat but I refuse to leave my little girl’s grave. With my finger, I trace over the name Amity, which has been delicately engraved into the headstone by my husband, himself. The rain does well to disguise the tears that flow freely down my face, as I lie on the ground beside the headstone. I have an incredible longing to hold my precious child once more. Amity’s death was an unnecessary crime, committed at the hand of someone I had loved very much and someone I never suspected had such darkness inside. Although Edmund is buried on our property, Amity was laid to rest at the local churchyard surrounded by our family and friends. She was loved by everyone and had the unique ability to lift anybody’s spirits with just her presence.
James and I have suffered so much heartache in the past two weeks, I don’t know if I can find the strength to stand up and make the long dreary walk home. As the rain soaks through my clothing, I can feel the cold penetrating my skin and I start to shiver uncontrollably. My eyelids feel heavy and I suspect that it is a result of all the sleepless nights I have been experiencing. All I need is just a little nap and I will feel better…
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Title: A Silent Canvas Part Two
Author: Melissa Ann
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Sarah feels that being alone is much safer for her heart but when a family tragedy forces James to leave Black Rock, she bravely travels to a strange town to comfort him. After James reveals all of his secrets, Sarah agrees to marry him and together they begin their new life. They’re both anxious to start a family, but it’s not happening as quickly as they would like, until they take Edmund and Amity into their home. They raise Edmund and Amity as their own, so when an unexpected tragedy occurs at the hands of someone they love, leaving both children dead, they are devastated beyond belief.
Will their marriage survive this tragedy? Will the secret that Sarah is keeping from James bring them closer together or push them apart?

 



EXCERPT:

“There’s like a hundred buttons. I’ll never get this dress off you. Whoever made this dress certainly didn’t have the events that occur at the culmination of a wedding in mind.”
“Just think of it as unwrapping a present. Your growing anticipation as you become closer to discovering the treasure that lies within the layers you are unwrapping.” I can feel James press his lips down my spine as each button is released, causing a shiver to run through my body.
“Mmmmm, a present, I like that and just so you’re aware… something’s growing all right but it’s not my anticipation.” James whispers into my ear, his lips so close I can feel his breath tickling against my face. I almost melted into a puddle at James’s feet. I’m not even sure my legs will be able to hold me up much longer because his words made me weak with longing. James presses into my back and I can feel his erection, hard and eager to be touched. It’s impossible for me to stop myself from reaching behind me to grasp him in my fist.
Standing back, James pushes my hand away. “You’ve already unwrapped your present, it isn’t proper etiquette to play with your gift before the other guest unwraps theirs.” I let out a low growl of frustration, which James evidently finds amusing if his laughter is any indicator.

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Title: A Silent Canvas Part Three
Author: Melissa Ann
Genre: Historical Romance
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Little did James
realize the impact opening the letter would have on his life. The letter his
dead father left for him to find
Family secrets
that have remained buried for over two decades surface, leaving James floundering
and wondering what to do.
Certain events
that unfold has James questioning the accuracy of his father’s letter. Will
James finally find the answers he needs to bury the family secrets once and for
all or will he uncover more than he bargained for ?

 

EXCERPT:
As the sun moves
to its most radiant spot in the sky the warmth softens the earth beneath our
feet. We continue to take turns in silence, and with each shovelful of earth,
my apprehension grows. When I’m not shoveling, I am pacing the forest floor, in
an attempt to get rid of the pent-up energy that is humming through my body.
When that doesn’t work, I was begin breaking sticks from fallen branches.
“James, I think I
found something,” Benjamin says quietly. My head whips in his direction, my
heartbeat racing in my chest. I take a deep breath and head over to the hole.
Looking down, I can see what Benjamin is referencing. There is a wooden box at
the bottom of the hole. It’s not very big, but it wouldn’t have to be for a
small child. I take the shovel and start digging around the perimeter of the
box to make it more accessible. I can’t seem to shovel fast enough, and I don’t
stop, even when my arms are screaming and shaking with fatigue. The lid is
sealed tightly, so I start working away at it with the shovel, each stroke
splintering the wood a little more. I start yanking the pieces of wood off the
box, cutting my hands in the process. Benjamin gets in the hole with me and
starts helping me. By the time we’ve cleared away the wood from the top of the
box I can barely close my hands, that’s how mangled they are, but I don’t feel
the pain anymore. I am holding my breath and it is silent aside from the sound
of my heart beating anxiously. I peer into the box and it’s empty. I start to
sob and I can’t pinpoint the exact reason why.

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Series: Unbound by His Love
Title: Unbound by His Love
Author: Melissa Ann
Genre: Contemporary/Suspense Romance
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Newly engaged to Tyler,
Michelle needed to get away,
To escape her controlling fiancé,
So, to Durham College she goes to stay.
Surrounded by friends and a certain boy named Jax,
Michelle finally feels like she belongs.
Jax is a dream come true,
But Tyler’s possessiveness stays strong.
Michelle knows who her heart should pick,
The bass guitarist for a Christian Rock band.
But her boyfriend Tyler doesn’t like to give up what’s his,
Can Michelle risk Jaxon taking a stand?
EXCERPT:
I walk over to my stereo and press play. Linkin Park’s, “Breaking the Habit” breaks the silence. I sit on the carpeted floor and with shaky hands, I carefully pull the cloth away from the instrument of pain nestled inside.
 Tears sting my eyes and I can feel my heart rate accelerate … Is it fear? Adrenaline? Or is it the trepidation of giving into my craving … my addiction. I run my finger along its surface feeling the urge start to take a stronger hold and my resolve is fading fast. Taking the x-acto knife in my hand, I submit to the addiction. I run the tip of my finger along the edge of the fresh blade and watch in fascination as blood starts to drip and land on the carpet. Pressing the blade against my inner arm I add enough pressure that the tip cuts into my skin. A euphoric feeling floods my body as the blade cuts deeper and the emotional pain is no longer there. The anger of the music speaks to me, consumes me… I hate my life, I hate the way I look, I can’t do anything right, no wonder no one wants me, I no longer want to feel…. I press down on the blade a little bit harder. Looking towards the ceiling, I plead once again with God. “Please let me die. Why won’t you listen to me? I am begging you to end my misery. I have nothing to live for!” My grip on the blade slips and I realize it’s from the blood covering the handle. So much blood… I feel woozy as I look at the open wound on my arm. I am unable to see how bad it really is because of the blood that continues to weep from the wound. The rivulets of blood painting a trail along my arm, bears a striking resemblance to tears… it’s my soul weeping for me. With each beat of my heart I can feel my soul fading.
 What have I done? I’ve never cut this deep before. Stumbling to the bathroom, I push my way through the darkness that is starting to cloud my vision. I can’t pass out… I can’t pass out. I now have a new focus and it’s to slow down the bleeding. I lean on the bathroom counter for support, resting my bloodied hands on the surface. Looking into the mirror I am terrified at the person staring back at me. I don’t know who I am anymore. I’m lost in the maze of life and have yet to find the exit. It seems at every turn there’s a dead end, and with each wall I meet my sense of hope diminishes. My blood covered hands make it almost impossible to get a grip on the knob to the linen closet but through the use of both hands I manage to open the door and grab a towel from the shelf. I slide my back down the bathroom wall and after haphazardly wrapping the towel around my arm; I lay on the mat that lies beside the counter and close my eyes.
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Title: Unbound by His Love 2
Author: Melissa Ann
Genre: Contemporary/Suspense Romance
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A decision was made
Michelle chose the one
That would make her as happy as can be
And her heart they had won
Michelle knows relationships aren’t easy
Challenges there will be
But what they’ll endure
Makes Michelle want to flee
The love of her life
Has been threatened, you see
So now once again a decision must be made
A difficult one indeed.
There will be jealousy and threats
A surprise at the end
Someone making the ultimate sacrifice for love
And a heart that might never mend.
EXCERPT:
I start to turn back to the front of the lecture hall to listen to the professor when a paper missile comes flying at my head. It bounces off my face and lands on my notebook. Opening it up I recognize Michelle’s writing right away.
Kings of Leon – Sex is on Fire
Now I’m adjusting myself. How am I supposed to focus after a note like that? Brody is snickering beside me. It’s quite obvious he must have read the note over my shoulder. I lean my head on the back of the seat, take deep cleansing breaths and think about naked, wrinkly old ladies. I shudder at the thought but it worked. I’m now back in the zone… the learning mode. Although I would like to be in another zone…like Michelle’s erogenous zone…between her legs…sinking into her hot, wet core…Oh crap…naked wrinkly old ladies…naked wrinkly old ladies.
I turn the piece of paper over and write…
Baby I’ll treat you like my homework – I’ll slam you on the table and do you all night long.
I bunch the note up once again and toss it over Michelle’s shoulder. Jenni reaches down to pick it up and as she starts opening the paper up Michelle grabs it out of her hand and shakes her head playfully. She opens the paper and after reading what I wrote she tosses her head back and silently laughs, her shoulders shaking. She peeks at me over her shoulder and winks.
And back to my mantra I go… naked wrinkly old ladies…naked wrinkly old ladies.
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Title: Unbound by His Love 3
Author: Melissa Ann
Genre: Contemporary/Suspense Romance
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Sacrifice of a love affair…
Hearts broken
Questions unanswered
Pasts intertwined
And blackmail spoken
Michelle’s number one priority was keeping Jax safe but she soon discovers that perhaps it was a tragic mistake.
Why isn’t he looking for me?
Has he forgotten me already?
I’m drowning in a sea of darkness
Please save me from this misery.
Since the first moment he laid eyes on Michelle, Jax knew she was “the one”, but her constant need to run from their relationship has him wondering if she cares about him at all.
Why did she leave me?
She took a part of me that day
Things just aren’t adding up
I just can’t stay away.
EXCERPT:
Michelle turns her back towards me and drops her towel to the floor. I lick my lips as I take in every delicious curve of her body. She peeks over her shoulder and crooks her finger in a “come and get it” kind of way. Of course, it was a very hard decision to make… NOT… and I follow her like a lost puppy dog, or maybe it was a hungry dog… but before I follow her, I grab the bowl of whipped cream.
I set the bowl of whipped cream on the bed, and Michelle’s eyebrows lift up in amusement, her eyes unable to hide the desire burning in them. Pointing at the bowl she says, “Are you hungry?”
“Uh-huh. I want my dessert.” I cup the back of her neck and I slant my mouth over hers, luxuriating in the softness of her lips moving against mine. Before I pull away, I gently bite her lip. My hand cups her breast and my thumb caresses her already turgid nipple. Leaning down, I take her nipple in my mouth and using my tongue I circle it, my cock growing even harder when I hear her moan. I gently ease her back on the bed, and grabbing a spoonful of whipped cream, I cover her nipples with it. I lap the sugary cream off her nipples, and follow the white dessert laden trail to the landing strip that so adequately points me in the direction of where I must go. Picking up the spoon, I paint her hot core with more dessert topping. Running my tongue along the folds of her pussy, I swirl the tip of my tongue around her clit.
“Oh god, Jax that feels so good. Is dessert to your liking?” She speaks to me in a husky voice.
“Oh yeah, baby. You taste so good.” I place Michelle’s legs over my shoulder and continue to lap at her hot center, absorbing the sounds of her quickening breath and groans of pleasure. My cock is as hard as granite and pushing against the fabric binding it.
“Jaxon!” Michelle screams my name as an orgasm rips through her body.
I’m shaking with pent up sexual energy. I have to be buried in her right now. I reach my hand out to help Michelle up from the bed. She complies, but her eyebrows are scrunched with confusion. I turn her around so she’s bent over with her hands resting on the bed. My lips brush along her spine.
“Is this okay?” I wait for her to grant me permission. This is my favorite position, and at one time hers as well, but I never want to do anything that would make her feel uncomfortable or scared.
“Yes.” Her voice is trembling but I don’t think its fear, but rather desire.
“Are you sure?” I ask again.
“Jax if you don’t fuck me right now then… I don’t know what I’d do, just do it already.” She almost growls with frustration.
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Title: This Beautiful Escape Vol.One
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Open this book each day for an inspirational message written by some of your favourite authors.
This Anthology is special because each author that contributed has shared a piece of their heart with each and every reader.
This book is about spreading love and hope through the written word.
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Open this book each day for an inspirational message written by some of your favourite authors.
This Anthology is special because each author that contributed has shared a piece of their heart with each and every reader.
This book is about spreading love and hope through the written word.
All proceeds will be donated to Ataxia Canada.
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Title: The Phoenix
Author: Melissa Ann
Genre: Poetry/Story Book
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Happy
Birthday, David!
Here
is a story.
A
story for you.
Happy
Birthday, my friend.
All
that I wrote is true.
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 Title: Solace In Silence
Author: Melissa Ann
Genre:
Poetry

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Sometimes in our darkest moments,
When we can’t tell the lies from what’s true,
When we don’t have the strength to go on,
The love of a friend helps us get through.
Solace in Silence,
Is my personal fight,
Through poetry,
From darkness to light.
EXCERPT:
One Day
Give me your hand,
I’ll help lift you up.
Let me hold you near,
And you can tell me what’s up.
You’ve been hurt in the past,
You have been broken down.
Instead of hating who did this,
You blame yourself, I can see it in your frown.
You hold the world on your shoulders,
Sometimes you wish you didn’t feel so much,
But this is the gift you’ve been given,
And you must accept it as such.
You fight the demons,
Every single day.
Most days you win,
But some days you’re too tired to slay.
If you look
Deep within your soul,
You’ll see a light,
Do you see the dim glow?
Just have faith,
In who you are.
And one day,
That light will grow.
So look at how far you have come,
Not how far you need to go.
As long as you keep fighting,
One day you won’t feel as low.
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Melissa lives in the Great White North in her spacious igloo with her two daughters, one of which is a mermaid, the other a unicorn. When she is not writing, she is riding her moose and wrestling with her polar bear. Due to the demand of her books, she was forced to train her hamsters to guard her home, as she typed out what the crazy voices in her head demanded.
She’s an avid supporter of World Wildlife Fund and makes an effort to involve herself as well as her family in fundraising campaigns for various charities. Melissa has an Employment Counsellor Diploma from Fleming College, but she prefers writing stories over resumes.
Presently she has nine books published in a variety of genres, which include Poetry, and Historical and Contemporary Romance.
Her Work in Progress is an Urban Fantasy titled, Mirrored Souls will be published soon.

 

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“Kiss Me Cowboy: A Summer Box Set” by Multiple Authors

This #BoxedSet is available for a #LimitedTime Only!


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“Kiss Me Cowboy (A Summer Boxed Set)”

Author: Multiple

Genre: Western Romance/Anthology

Release Date: July 4, 2017

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Help a Hero – Read a Cowboy!

Six Western Romance authors have joined up to support their favorite charity — Heroes & Horses — and offer you this sexy box set with Six Full-Length Contemporary Cowboy Novels, filled with steamy kisses and Happy Endings.

All Proceeds go to Heroes & Horses – Grab your copy and help an American Hero today!

Prairie Heat (Cowboys of the Flint Hills #1) Tessa Layne
Will an Alpha Cowboy find true love on the range in this sexy, small-town western? Blake Sinclaire will do anything to reclaim his family’s stolen land, including talking sexy scientist Maddie Hansen into a fake engagement. As he falls for her, will he risk losing everything when long-kept secrets come to light?

Forever a Soldier (Always a Cowboy #1) Genevieve Turner
Solider Hank Moreno has finally returned home from combat, ready to lick his wounds in solitude. But when beautiful historian Lale Pehlivan crashes into his life in search of an old family mystery, will their hearts survive the upheaval?

Return to Love (Willow Valley #1) Christine Kingsley
Cassie Powell is perfectly happy with her small town life in Willow Valley until her old crush, Jack Martin swaggers back into town. As things heat up with Jack, secrets she’s worked too hard to keep threaten to bring it all tumbling down around her.

Secret Heart (Hearts of Three Rivers: The Montgomerys #1) Amity Lassiter
Former rodeo star Nate Montgomery has returned home to Three Rivers to nurse his wounds and come to terms with his new life. Perpetual girl from the wrong side of the tracks Layla Sullivan’s been keeping a secret for nearly two years that’s about to turn his world upside down…if they can keep the sins of their past from destroying it.

Accounting for Love (Long Valley #1) Erin Wright
When Stetson Miller inherits his father’s farm in Idaho, he’s too focused on crops and yields to pay attention to the financial side of things. The next thing he knows, he’s got a stack of unpaid bills, the bank is threatening to foreclose … and the auditor who’s come to examine his accounts is the sexiest thing he’s ever laid eyes on. The sparks between them fly even faster when the road washes out and Jennifer has to spend the night on the farm. But passion alone won’t pay the bills. Can Jennifer find a way for Stetson to save his farm? And if she can’t, will he ever forgive her?

Mountain Angel (Northstar Angels #1) Suzie O’Connell
A strong-willed woman, a heart-weary deputy, and a cozy mountain cabin. What could possibly go wrong… or right? Aelissm Davis has finally returned home to Northstar, Montana – exhausted by fast-paced city life and shadowed by an obsessive friend. The last thing she needs is another complication, and sexy Deputy Pat O’Neil is definitely that. Still, there’s something irresistible about the haunted man, and as she gets her bearings again, a different kind of problem arises. When his “vacation” is over, will she be able to convince him to stay?

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Q: What makes Kiss Me Cowboy special?
Many of us write Military Heroes (or are planning to real soon!) in our western romances. While we guarantee happy endings for our heroes, we know that the men and women who serve our country often aren’t so lucky. Twenty-two veterans kill themselves each day. We wanted to team up with Heroes & Horses to help raise awareness and make a positive impact for our real life heroes.

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