Author Spotlight – Rachael Ritchey


Author Spotlight

This week’s second author spotlight shines on someone I hold near and dear to my heart. Young Adult author and book designer, Rachael Ritchey.

rachaelRachael is a writer and book designer for indie authors. She mainly writes YA fantasy fiction, but you can find her dabbling in scifi and contemporary genres too. She has a passion for beautiful books, so book cover and interior designing are high on her list of enjoyable hobbies. When she’s not writing, working on design, spending time with her four kids and husband, homeschooling her youngest, reading a book, or watching movies, Rachael can be found enjoying one of the many beautiful lakes of the Inland Northwest or hiking in the woods of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.

Chronicles of the Twelve Realms

beautyThe Beauty Thief

Magic is long dead in the Twelve Realms. At least this is what most believed until an innocent young woman becomes the obsession of a man who defies time by stealing the only thing that sustains his life: true beauty.

Princess Caityn is more than a pretty face. Her beauty runs soul deep, and because of this, her life is priceless to the thief. On the eve of her wedding to the high prince, Caityn is attacked. The thief’s powerful dark magic leaves her a wretched hag with an unrecognizable, shriveled soul.

Stories of old. A quest. Willing sacrifice. These are all that can save her, but doubt is a powerful weapon, and the thief knows it well. He will stop at nothing to keep the prince from undoing the curse.

And this is only the beginning!
She turned the Beauty Thief into a story book.  Isn’t it beautiful?
Look for it on Amazon

Other books in Chronicles of the Twelve Realms

Captive Hope

The Treasonous

She has an In-Progress PREQUEL called Ismene & Othniel available on WattPad:
IOIsmene & Othniel ​

Ismene has given up her freedom to become wife to the future king of Taisce, all for the sake of her family. She never expected to find love within the castle walls.  But when the corruption of esteemed leaders at court erupts into a full-blown coup, Ismene is forced to choose between forfeiting her duty at the expense of the prince’s life or die with him.

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Get your copy of the Chronicles of the Twelve Realms at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo, iBooks, or Auntie’s Bookstore

Rachael also designs book covers, and let me tell you, her work is AMAZING!  Check out her Book Design Services

book design

You can connect with Rachael through her Website/blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, or Goodreads.

Author Spotlight – Galya Varna


Author Spotlight

Welcome to another week of Author Spotlight. This week’s spotlight is on Galya Varna. Galya is a poet, book reviewer, and visual artist.

gaylaBorn in Varna, the summer capital of Bulgaria, on the Black Sea Coast, Galya Varna now lives in Greece, on the coast of the Aegean Sea.

Galya Varna holds an MA in English literature, and linguistics and language acquisition is another passion of hers. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and plays for many years. Dreams You Thought Were Lost is her first published poetry book.

Galya Varna is the driving force behind the new creative project WeArtFriends and the bimonthly online magazine Doorway to Art.

Her debut poetry collection, Dreams You Thought Were Lost, weaves unexpected stories belonging to the realms of aether and the present day. The poems, organized into 8 sections, tell tales of love and endless wonders, voice fears and hopes, take the reader on happy and sad journeys, paint visions of special times and stormy days, share beauty, sadness and moments of joy, hoping for better tides.

If you ever had dreams you thought were lost, this voyage is for you!


Let’s take a peek at some of her poems.

True Shape

May the night



you thought

were lost.


lets all things


their true shape.

The Wind

Every evening

the wind comes home.


he sits down

to rest

under the rose bushes,

listening to the song of the crickets.

The birds

leave their twigs

to greet him

with a flutter of wings.

Perched on the fence

they wait to hear

the stories

he has brought home.

The wind takes off

his weary coat,

welcomes a warm summer shower

to refresh his body

and begins to narrate.

The stories,

let free,

become wind

and start their trip

around the world.

You take my hand

in your hand

and off we go

on our journey

into the night.

Fear of the Dark


and fear of the dark

pull me back

to a childhood memory

with the feeling

of helplessness.

The warmth

of your laughter

brings me back to the present.

Oh, I know

you  too

have your own fear,

your own sadness,

your own dark.

Standing on the Edge

Standing on the edge

of the rock

I look at the glittering face

of the river

and see

fear of alienation.


like paper boats,



Gestures and looks


like thrown pebbles.

From the water

emerges our own

hazy illusion of happiness.




deep into the frozen earth,

dream of

a fresh start

above the ground.


the field sighs

with the wind gust

and recalls the red warmth

poppies used to give it

last spring.


What other poets say about Dreams You Thought Were Lost:

“Galya has crafted a bold and honest collection of poems; the imagery of her verse will truly capture you.” –Nicholas Trandahl

“Galya’s debut book is absolutely beautiful! I did short breaks during my reading to absorb all the serene feelings, the sweetness and the optimistic vibes sent to my soul. Dreamy and tranquil is the poet’s style and this a book to treasure.” –Eden Sleepwalker

“Galya Varna understands what it is to be human. In her poetry, nature and personal reflection interweaves, asking questions and revealing truths.” –Isabelle Kenyon

“When I read this book of magical poems, I was greeted with a gentle voice and ethereal perspective that I’ll not soon forget. This is a collection that will dwell on my bedside table, because it transported me to a world of wonder, impressed me with fresh imagery that I’ve not encountered previously, and left me in no doubt that I’ll want to read it again and again.” –Bianca Bowers

“Astonishing, riveting, a soul bearing experience. A hurricane of emotions as you look through the eye of the storm when reading this poetry.” –Frankie Writez

Dreams You Thought Were Lost is available as a Free download on KindleUnlimited.  Grab your copy through Amazon US or Amazon UK


You can contact Galya Varna on:

Twitter @GalyaVarna

Her blog



or through her Website


Author Spotlight – TL Clark


Author Spotlight

This week’s Author Spotlight is on TL Clark. TL Clark  is a British author who stumbles TLthrough life as if it were a gauntlet of catastrophes. Rather than playing the victim, she uses these unfortunate events to fuel her passion for writing, for reaching out to help others. She writes about different kinds of love in the hope that she‘ll uncover its mysteries.

Her loving husband (and very spoiled cat) have proven to her that true love really does exist. Writing has shown her that coffee may well be the source of life.

Her latest book release is a paranormal romance, the Darkness & Light Duology.

Love BitesThe two book series starts with Love Bites:

Shakira had never felt at home growing up in Surrey, but as soon as she entered the quaint Welsh village she knew she belonged. Maybe it was because of the welcoming villagers. Or perhaps it was the presence of the others whom she sensed nearby; the ones she saw in her dreams, with their strange glowing eyes.

Fate is not always kind. It gives with one hand and takes with the other. There is a reason she didn’t grow up with her own kind.

A rich tale of witchcraft, fae, sorcery, elinefae and dragons; this is a story for all who dare to believe.

Get your copy of Love Bites on Amazon

From fun in the sun in Ibiza to a trip down memory lane, check out her whole range of books on social media:

Goodreads,  FacebookAmazonInstagram, and Twitter.

Read her blog or sign up for her newsletter at

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Author Spotlight – Sarah Klaiber


Author Spotlight

Welcome to another edition of Author Spotlight, featuring Sarah Klaiber.

sarahWriting was Sarah’s first love. Her creations started at a very young age with poetry and short stories. As time went on, her passion evolved into songwriting. Sarah enjoyed composing so much that she made plans to pursue it as a career after high school. She was offered a recording contract, but there was a different path in her future.

Creativity took a back seat as Sarah worked towards being the best wife and mother she could be. The music scene made a brief re appearance, but the experience was disappointing to say the least. After that, the pen stood still for quite some time.

From a very young age, Sarah also fought the silent battle of depression. It worsened in time and began to rob her and her family of the happy memories they deserved. Finally, she had enough. That was the day she began her journey to fight instead of give in. The result has been better days.

Sarah taught herself that, among other changes, taking time to find appreciation provides a better outlook and bring light to some darkness. The concept began with “Treasures,” the resurrection of her passion for writing. Today, she is proud to be the voice of someone who gets it, someone who still struggles but not ashamed to admit imperfections while trying to help others.

Her children’s book, Treasures, was born as a result of a personal journey towards natural mental wellness. It has since evolved into a mission to share the connection between appreciation and happiness. Treasures are not always in the form of gold and gems. Treasures are not always buried or difficult to find. Treasures are sometimes felt and not seen. Treasures are around us every day.

Let’s take a look at her new children’s book, Treasures.


Klaiber’s new book teaches kids and adults how good it feels to love and appreciate the treasures all around us.

There are millions of children’s books available today, and thousands of books on the value of positive thinking.  Award winning author Sarah Klaiber has managed to take a completely unique approach to both genres with this new release.

Nearly all of these kinds of books extol the virtues of positive thinking. Nothing new there. However, to find the reason WHY we should be positive, we must look beyond our perceptions of everyday events. This goes beyond positive thinking to the realization that every happening – good, bad, ugly, sad – offers us the opportunity to find a hidden treasure. What is a treasure? A treasure is anything that has value. And every one of those treasures holds massive power. How do we do that? There are three simple steps – Stop. Look. Appreciate.

“I wrote this book to remind kids and adults to appreciate the small things, the things around them that mean more than they realize,” Klaiber stated. “If more children grow up with this message, the world could someday be a happier place. The same result could come from more adults being reminded of it as well.”

A child’s mental health is all important. Our children face issues we have never faced. The mental health issue is particularly challenging, as today’s kids must interact in a world in which social media (and the resulting cyberbullying) take center stage. This does not only affect children. Adults face many of the same issues. Thankfully, Sarah did not stop with publishing a book. She also created a blog where she presents all kinds of ideas in regards to learning how to stop, look and appreciate.

When asked about the mission of her blog, Sarah stated “It is important to think positively more often than most of us do. The opportunity is always with us, not just when the book is open. My blog gives this message value. It gives the opportunity to connect, comfort and allow gentle reminders into our unprioritized minds.”

Treasures has received high praise from readers and reviewers. The book received a five star review from Readers Favorite. In that review, Barbara Fanson stated, “Treasures will remind children that they have a lot more valuable items in their life than they realize.” Red City Review said, “The lesson offered is a crucial one, and parents will be sure to support the message that the book is trying to make.” Another Amazon reviewer said, “Perfect book for keeping little ones grounded in this high tech, materialistic world.” Great word choices tell what children (and everyone) value most. Excellent for grandparents’ (and parents’) snuggle time . . .”

Treasures is available on Amazon or by private purchase.

Sarah is available for author visits and can be reached using the information below or through her website. You can also connect with her through Facebook.

Contact information:

(716) 628-4770

Author Spotlight – Jeri Lynn Stone


Author Spotlight

It’s time for another edition of Author Spotlight! This week I’d like to introduce you to author Jeri Lynn Stone.


Award-winning author Jeri Lynn Stone lives in a small Arkansas town with her husband. They love to camp and they live between four beautiful lakes and each are within twenty-five miles from their home.
She’s been writing for about twelve years and is currently working on her fourth novel in the Detective Crime Mystery ‘Tara’ series. Taunting Tara, Teaching Tara and Tangle with Tara is available on Kindle and paperback. Texas Authors Association recently honored Tangle With Tara with a First Place award.


Here’s more about the “Tara” Detective Crime Mystery series.

Taunting Tara

tauntingWhen two prominent business men are murdered and mutilated within hours of each other, New York Detectives Tara Woods and Matt Dobbs race to find the killer. As they investigate the men’s pasts, they discover similar unsolved murders spread across the states linked to their current cases. And, then the deadly taunts begin. The killer lures Tara to an abandoned building where the ugly truth from Tara’s past and a burning rage erupts into violence and heartbreak.




Teaching Tara

teachingWhen a New York Senator’s parents are murdered, Detective Tara Woods and her partner begins an investigation that leads them from murder to missing runaway teens to white slavery.

Tara learns from a man who calls himself “Teach” the secrets that link the dangerous, gritty streets to the New York elite.




Tangle With Tara is the 3rd stand alone book in the Tara series

Honored as 2018 Best Detective Crime Mystery by the Texas Authors Association

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Relentless New York Detective Tara Woods and her partner are about to face the worst nightmare of their careers. A horrifying murder of young, beautiful girls directs the detectives to a case of missing teens. Six teenage girls are kidnapped and held hostage in a bizarre circumstance. When a case of teenage girls being kidnapped and held captive hits too close to home, Detective Tara Woods and her partner investigates and links the victims of the murder and kidnapped cases together. One by one, innocent girls living within a five mile radius of Tara’s apartment come up missing. Then, the creep snatched her friend’s teenage daughter who lived next door. Game on. He tangled with the wrong person.

You can purchase Tangle with Tara as an Ebook or Paperback


Connect with Jeri through FacebookTwitter, or through her blog   

Author Spotlight – Kalen Cap


Author Spotlight

 Welcome back! Today’s author spotlight shines on Kalen Cap. Kalen Cap is a writer living in Ohio and regularly commutes back and forth between Columbus and Port Clinton residences. Set among the Lake Erie Islands, The Ancient Tripod of Peace is his second novel, first of the Teen Thief-Catcher series. His first novel, Tangled Ties to a Manatee, was published in 2012.

TripodofPeaceLet’s take a look at his book, The Ancient Tripod of Peace

Risking their lives, teens confront thieves in authority.

Plagued by loneliness in her Lake Erie Islands community, vegan Lexi hopes to make friends in high school. But she finds her new teachers’ obvious dislike of her troubling. After relics are stolen from her dad’s museum, her priorities change.

His dad in jail, cipher enthusiast and bacon-loving Gil hopes for a clean slate as a freshman. Soon, he discovers secret codes within a Shakespearean play while paired with Lexi, pulling him into an ancient mystery.

As the official burglary investigation veers off track, the mismatched teen sleuths join forces to crack the case. Lexi’s inquiries and Gil’s codes capture the attention of the thieves who wield the Tripod of Peace, a relic of astounding power, sought by rival secret societies. Caught in the crossfire, Gil and Lexi encounter danger.”

You can purchase The Ancient Tripod of Peace in e-book or paperback through Amazon and Amazon Kindle.

To connect with Kalen, visit his website, author’s facebook page, or Amazon author page.

Author Spotlight – Sarah Zama


Author Spotlight

This week’s spotlight is on Sarah Zama.

ZaraSarah Zama was born in Isola della scala (Verona – Italy) where she still lives. She started writing at nine – blame it on her teacher’s effort to turn her students into readers – and in the 1990s she contributed steadily to magazines and independent publishers on both sides of the Atlantic.

After a pause, in early 2010s she went back to writing with a new mindset. The internet allowed her to get in touch with fellow authors around the globe, hone her writing techniques in online workshops, and finally find her home in the dieselpunk community.

Since 2010, she’s been working at a trilogy set in Chicago in 1926, historically as accurate as possible but also (as all her stories are) definitely fantasy. She’s currently seeking representation for the first book in the Ghost Trilogy, Ghostly Smell Around. In 2016, her first book came out, Give in to the Feeling.

She’s worked for QuiEdit, publisher and bookseller in Verona, for the last ten years. She also maintains a blog, The Old Shelter, where she regularly blogs about the Roaring Twenties and anything dieselpunk.

Let’s take a look at her book, Give in to the Feeling

Even in sparkling Jazz Age Chicago, spirits can trick you into believing they’re mengive in

When Susie comes to Jazz Age America, she knows her life will change. Back in China, spirits mingle in the mists of the rice fields and trick humans into believing they’re men so to steal their soul, and the expectations of a daughter are unimportant and ignore. Here in Chicago, Simon gives her the carefree life of the New American Woman, the freedom to dress daringly and do things once only reserved for men–drinking, smoking and dancing with strangers. It’s an exciting life and she considers the loyalty Simon demands of her a small price to pay.

Until she meets Blood.

Blood lets Susie speak her mind and listen to her heart. He commits himself to her and asks nothing in return. Through his eyes, Susie begins to see her loyalty to Simon as the bars around her “freedom”. But she knows Simon will never let her go.

Here in Chicago spirits can mingle in the smoke and jazz of speakeasies and trick humans into believing they’re men. They can still steal their soul. And if Susie doesn’t see the spirit behind the mask of the men fighting for her, she might lose much more than her freedom.

Here’s an excerpt:

Susie left Simon’s table and crossed the speakeasy toward the bandstand.

The club was dusky, smoky, chock full with people. She knew most of these people, at least by sight. The smoke and the soft light had become so familiar to her that they now wrapped around her like a warm protection.

She squeezed in between two men standing beside a table with cocktails in hand. One of them winked at her. She smiled back but didn’t stop. The show would start momentarily. Susie found a chair waiting for her by the bandstand and sat, watching the crowd ease off the dance floor as the band finished their number. As always, before the show, her heart beat faster. She liked that sensation. The music embracing her, taking control of her body — it lit a flame inside her every single time.

She watched her fellow dancers take their positions on a line of chairs on the other side of the dance floor, all dressed in yellow and showing off their legs and shoulders. All sporting black bobs adorned with white feathers.

Susie dropped her gaze to her hands as she fanned her fingers. Even her nails were polished red. Red like her lips and her dress. It took her a while, but she had become accustomed to her new look. She actually liked it, now. Her fingers were steady, didn’t tremble like the first time she danced right here in this club. Was it only two years ago?

She looked across the floor for Simon. He sat in the dusk of the far corner, his face lit by the golden glow of the stained-glass lamp on the table, a finger tapping his cocktail glass at the rhythm of the fading music.

He smiled at her when their gazes met. A small smile curled the corners of Susie’s mouth.

She raised her chin and straightened her back. The song died out and the murmur of customers took over.

A brush on her shoulder, and she thought a feather might have fallen from her headband. Its gentle touch breathed down her back, causing her a shiver that wasn’t unpleasant, but when she turned, she saw no stray feathers. Her gaze then raised to the entrance by its own accord.

That’s when she saw him.

A stranger.

Only people familiar to the doorman would enter, or people introduced by a customer, and she had never seen this man before. Lithe and willowy and dressed in a grey suit with a matching fedora, a grey coat draped on his shoulders. A black man with black curly hair reaching past his shoulders — and she was staring at him.

She tore her gaze away and saw his companion, taller, bigger and watchful. He wore a black suit, black fedora, black long coat and when he stopped beside his friend and leaned to speak to him, Susie saw he wore his dark hair in a long braid on his back.

So unusual.

Back in China, all men wore their hair in braids even longer than that, but she had never seen it here in Chicago. Simon didn’t wear it like that.
And this man was not Chinese.

Her gaze moved back to the black stranger in the grey suit. She couldn’t look away. Was he really a stranger? Hadn’t she seen him before?

Don’t stare, that’s so rude.

The music burst alive. Susie started and jumped up, joining the dance a second later.

Here’s what people are saying about Give in to the Feeling

As Sarah had described it as romance, I was worried Give in to the Feeling might not fit into the rest of the blog, so I asked her for an ARC, which she kindly provided.
I received it around 10 pm. My intention was to flick through it to make sure it was appropriate to my blog, then head to bed – which I estimated I’d do some 10 minutes later. Instead, I was sucked into the world of Susie and the 20s Chicago.
What started out as a love triangle between Susie, a Chinese dancer at a speakeasy; Simon, the owner of the joint; and a haunting stranger called Blood, soon took a sinister, paranormal turn. And I kept turning the pages, not turning in until after midnight…Nicholas C. Rossis Blog
I really thought Susie is a tough heroine. She is a woman who is determined to live comfortably. She is very loyal and dutiful to her lover, but when she meets Blood, she realizes that there is more to life than just to live comfortably. She begins to question her life and desires, and realizes that if she wants to be happy, she must make hard choices. –Lauralee Jacks, History from a woman’s Perspective, A Book Blog

Grab your copy of Give in to the Feeling from Smashwords, B&N, Kobo, iBooksInktera, OverDrive, and Scribd 

The book is not currently on Amazon but is available for Kindle via Smashwords

For more information or to connect with Sarah, visit her blog or website, or connect with her on TwitterGoodreadsInstagram, Google+Pinterest, or Facebook

Author Spotlight – P.J. Mann


Author Spotlight

This week’s Author Spotlight shines on P.J. Mann

PJP.J. Mann is first of all a traveler who cannot live without having a flight ticket to the next destination. Her wanderings brought her to meet new people, cultures, and places from where she gets the inspiration for her novels. She doesn’t like to restrict her stories to a particular genre, although she prefers crime stories to which she adds her personal twists of introspection, proposing an alternative point of view to the many issues of life.

Her Latest Release – The Ghosts of Morgan Street


In the city of New York, the homeless problem has reached breaking point – but the Governor’s new enrichment program promises to change everything…
When he took shelter in the abandoned house of Morgan Street, Jake entered a close-knit community of the downtrodden and dispossessed, surviving only by selling himself on the street.

Yet now, as winter approaches, the swearing of a new state governor sparks hope, and soon the house’s residents find themselves leaving, one by one, for better lives. As Jake moves into a new home, his friend Patrick, an addict, enters rehab at one of the Governor’s new rehab centers.
But all is not well within the facility walls.

Unexplained disappearances and a terrified message from his friend force Jake and his erstwhile ‘customer’, Chief Detective Ayden of the NYPD, to peer beneath the surface of the Governor’s plans for the homeless people in the rehab facility. It’s only when they find a strange list of crossed-off names that the former residents of Morgan Streets realize they might have been safer out on the streets.

Let’s take a look inside:

He walked for some time alone trying to get some order in the chaos he had in his mind. He looked around and called a taxi.

“Where do I have to bring you, Sir?” The taxi driver asked.

“I know I should go back home, but I am not sure I am ready for that,” he replied amused.

“Troubles with your lady?” The driver dared to ask, glancing at Darren from the rear-view mirror.

Darren smiled, “No, trouble with my own thoughts.”

“Are you worried about the interview you will have tomorrow, Sir?” he asked, recognizing him.

“Somehow, yes. I tell you what, give me a tour of the places where the people who will benefit the most from my campaign are,” Darren said.

“I know a place where you can have a good idea of what you will have to deal with, and it won’t be pleasant,” he warned, whilst he started to drive.

“I know what you are talking about. This afternoon, I went to one of these centers, where people volunteer to offer a safe place for drug addicts to get their fix. They are doing a great job, in my opinion, but they will need more funds to be able to help more people. They do not have any way to treat them; those are not rehab hospitals. However, they offer an invaluable tool to avoid at least that they will get infected with life-threatening diseases, by sharing the syringes.”

“You saw just the clean part of the problem. People living in poverty, who cannot afford a house, a decent health care or even collect three meals a day, are too many. Their lifestyle is something nobody dares even to think about or figure out,” he replied.

Darren nodded, “it seems like you know a lot about it,” he noticed.

“I was once like them, but I am just an exception to the rule. I was lucky to be found by a far relative of mine, who helped me; many of those people do not have the same luck. Most of the people on the streets do not have a family or friends or anyone who cares about them,” he explained.

“It seems like I will have to deal with ghosts,” Darren considered almost within himself.

“The ghosts of the society’s dirty consciousness; It is easy for the government to forget about them, virtually they do not exist. They are not paying taxes or contribute in any way to the economy of the country. Therefore, if they suddenly disappear, no one will ever notice it. There won’t be anyone to miss them, besides the people who share the same situation,” he said. “You can already start to look now; these are the ghosts you are promising to bring back to life. They are drug addicts, alcoholics, indigent people, prostitutes; people of almost all ages and walks of life. The largest homeless community is living here, on Morgan St.”

The Ghosts of Morgan Street is available through Amazon

A Tale of a Rough Diamond


Not all that glitters is diamond; sometimes it is only glass. But even its sharp edges will never hurt you like family.

Stephan is living a life every teenager would envy. Son of a wealthy businessman, he lives carefree and carelessly. However, nothing is as it seems, and his perfect life is doomed; it has been since before he was even born. Days thrill-seeking, nights lock-picking; it’s all just about to fall apart.

His older brother has uncovered a secret. For all their years together, Roger has envied Stephan’s life, his success, the attention he has from their father, but now Roger can wait no longer; this is the moment, the moment he can hurt Stephan the most, when he can turn Stephan’s choices against him, tear apart everything he cherishes, and steal away his future.

With secrecy and the resources of the Russian Mafia on his side, the older Mills brother effortlessly brings Stephan’s world down around him, a single tip-off to the police burying him under the ruins of his former life.

After a year behind bars, Stephan seems to have no hope, no future. Cut off even from the rest of his family, can he reclaim his life and freedom, or will he sink still lower? Will his years of petty crime damn him, or will they be enough to help him fight back?

And will he have to do it alone?

Here’s an excerpt:

Roger looked at his hands. They were shaking – that nervous shake he’d learned to recognize and deal with a long time ago. His head felt as if it were going to explode, so strong was the pain he felt.

He reached for the cabinet, where he kept the first-aid kit and took a couple of analgesic pills. He knew they wouldn’t really help, but he took them anyway.

He was expecting two guests, both very important. The first one didn’t worry him at all, as he knew he could easily be dealt with.

The second one, however, was on a totally different level. The success or failure of all he had built so far was at stake – his firm, his career, his wealth, and his own life. That was the reason for the restless state of his mind, that made his hands shake and his head ache.

He looked anxiously at the clock. There was still time, but it seemed as his heart had a different perception of time, and it started to race in his chest. He took a couple of deep breaths and went to sit in the armchair behind his desk.

He made himself comfortable, sinking into the soft leather, and closed his eyes to regain some calm. He thought about what the deal of the game was, and how the success of both the meetings was to be achieved. Success was not an option.

As soon as he felt his heart calm down, he opened his eyes. The internal phone rang.

“Yes,” he answered calmly.

“Mr. Mills, there is a certain Mr. Raven here,” replied Stacey, his secretary, in her crystalline voice. “He has asked to talk to you. He said he had an appointment, but his name isn’t in the diary.”

“Let him in,” said Roger. “I called him today. I’m sorry I hadn’t told you about him.”

The heavy door opened, and a strange-looking person walked in, carefully closing the door behind him. Roger examined him from head to foot, trying to decipher what kind of person he would have to deal with, and smiled. Far too easy, he thought.

The young man was a miserable punk, the kind you’d expect to see ending up in jail, but not for serious crimes. No, this one would never have had the guts or be smart enough to plan anything more elaborate than robbing apartments.

“Thanks for coming, Mr. Raven,” said Roger. “I’m sorry for inviting you here at such short notice, without explaining my reasons.” He stood up from his chair.

The man looked suspiciously at Roger. He had no idea why he had been asked to see him.

“Please take a seat,” continued Roger charmingly. “Make yourself comfortable.”

Raven sat, his face expressionless. “Thank you,” he said in a low tone of voice.

Deadly Deception -Book I


Ethan is a liar.

He can’t help it, he doesn’t even realize he’s doing it, but he lies to everyone he meets, and he doesn’t know how to stop.

Cut off from those around him, Ethan finds himself at the door of Dr. Wright, agreeing to a radical treatment. Ethan will leave his home of Boston behind to tour the world, and, given a plane ticket and a course of experimental medication, change his life forever.

But when, mid-treatment and a thousand miles from home, Ethan is accused of murder, how can he, or the embassy, or even his closest friends defend him? After all, Ethan can’t remember where he was the night the murder happened – all he knows for sure is he was with the woman just before she died.

With his freedom and sanity at stake, the truth seems to be further from Ethan’s grasp than ever. But then, if he wants to keep his freedom, perhaps lies are all he can depend on.

Here’s a sample:

From the moment that I was forced to take a break from Karen, the time seemed to fly away.

The day after, I left South Africa and I arrived in the evening at the Livingstone airport. That was a small one, as I noticed from the beginning as we could walk from our airplane to the arrival gate.

I looked around, and the gate itself looked quite small. In fact, it was just a small hall at the end of which was the passport control.

Quite minimalist, I thought, but at least not disperse, and hopefully quite efficient.

I positioned myself in a queue together with the other passengers of the flight and waited for my turn to get my entry visa. I was making a fast visual tour of the surroundings when I spotted something interesting. It was an information poster where it was stated that now it was possible to get the visa for both Zambia and Zimbabwe straight away from the Livingstone airport, and it cost fifty U.S. dollars.

That’s a bargain, I thought, and immediately decided for that option, rather than paying the same amount for having the visa only for one country.

Somewhere, I read that the Victoria Falls were more beautiful and spectacular from the Zimbabwe side, and I didn’t want to miss that occasion.

I waited and waited. The queue wasn’t long, but the border officers were a bit slow in issuing the visas, and I wondered whether I was supposed to spend the night in that hall.

Eventually, after a long wait, I got the double visa, and then I rushed to the baggage claim, hoping that, at least there, the wait wasn’t too long.

Luckily, due maybe to the fact that there weren’t many passengers with me on the plane, and that the air traffic was reduced, I got my luggage in a matter of seconds. Thankful for that good news, I walked to the exit, hoping to find a taxi.

“Do you need a taxi, sir?” a man asked promptly as he saw me coming out.

“I guess so. I need to go to this hotel,” I said, showing the reservation.

“Sure. No problem,” he said, handing the reservation back to me.

“How much that would be?” I asked routinely.

He thought about it for a while, “It is going to be ten dollars,” he replied as we walked to the parking lot.

I didn’t know whether this was a fair price or not. I didn’t ask to make a bargain; I wanted to be sure that the price was settled beforehand so that there wouldn’t be any bad surprises as I arrived at the hotel.

The price seemed to me quite fair as we drove a long distance to reach the city. Though, when the taxi driver took a secondary and unpaved road, I started to be a little afraid that he didn’t understand at all the place where I needed to be.

It was already dark, and I didn’t have any idea of where we were, or where he was driving me. Moreover, I didn’t have the courage to ask anything.

The Ghosts of Morgan StreetA Tale of a Rough Diamond and Deadly Deception can all be purchased through Amazon.

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Author Spotlight – Alan Vandervoort


Author Spotlight

alanPlease join me in welcoming Alan Vandervoort to the spotlight today.

Alan is a novelist, poet, and consultant. He was born and raised in western Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University. His debut novel is Sandhills – A Novel with a second novel a work in progress. Alan describes his poetry and writing as an exploration of human emotions in association with a variety of relatable enthusiasms. He and his wife reside in Baltimore, Maryland; sharing their house with rescued cats and dogs.

Check out his book, Sandhills – A Novel


Even in a harsh environment, beauty can be found. Jeremy was unable to live up to his father’s expectations in sports. He found his passion in music. He made a decision to leave home after his eighteenth birthday. Complications occurred when he fell in love with a green-eyed girl in his neighborhood. Answers would be found from an unusual source in a land of grandeur, history, and mystery – the Sandhills.

FIVE STAR REVIEW – Sandhills – A Novel

By Eva Pasco on February 3, 2018

A great book will make its way to your Kindle, and the story will remain inside your heart long after you’ve read the last page. ‘Sandhills’ by Alan Vandervoort is that book! A Contemporary, Coming-of-Age featuring a male protagonist named Jeremy, this 468-page novel wasn’t long enough for my liking because I didn’t want my reading journey to end, even though the conclusion of the story was fitting.

The author has written a profound literary work which envelops the reader inside the cocoon of a life-affirming story by capturing realism at every turn:

The psychological and sociological impact Jeremy’s verbally and physically abusive father have on him throughout high school.
The situations, interactions, and snappy dialoguing between young adults.
The author’s intricate knowledge of sports and music—especially trumpet playing, Jeremy’s saving grace to come into his own.
The symbolism of the Sandhills elicited both at the beginning and end of the novel.

Once in a while, a great book offering its reader an accurate glimpse of teen angst and alienation comes along—notably—‘The Catcher in the Rye’ by J. D. Salinger, ‘A Separate Peace’ by John Knowles, and ‘Sandhills’ by Alan Vandervoort.

Sandhills – A Novel is available through Amazon

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