First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (November 21)

Check out the book, Carnegie’s Maid, by Marie Benedict, as featured on the Cleopatra Loves Books blog.

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First Chapter
Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the opening paragraph (sometime two) of a book she decided to read based on the opening. Feel free to grab the banner and play along.

This week I’m choosing an upcoming read to share with you all Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict which will be published on 16 January 2018 in eBook format and 1 February 2018 in hardback.


Clara Kelley is not who they think she is. She’s not the experienced Irish maid who was hired to work in one of Pittsburgh’s grandest households. She’s a poor farmer’s daughter with nowhere to go and nothing in her pockets. But the other woman with the same name has vanished, and pretending to be her just might get Clara some money to send back home.

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Bitter Harvest by Ann Gimpel

Check out the Bitter Harvest series by Ann Gimpel as featured on Author Megan Morgan’s blog.

Megan Morgan

Today I’m hosting Ann Gimpel and her paranormal romance/urban fantasy Bitter Harvest series. Check it out below!

Bitter Harvest
Book One
Ann Gimpel

Magic shattered the world, but the worst is yet to come.

“Provocative and engaging. A fast-paced, supernatural ride.”Michelle Fox, NYT Bestselling Author

The sea may have been a harsh mistress, but Viktor longs for the challenges of wind and weather, for the sound of waves crashing over his hull. Turned by a Master Vampire, he hates what he’s become, but there’s no escape. Not from Ushuaia that’s turned into a city of bones, or from the Vampire who rules him.

Ketha and eleven other Shifters traveled to Ushuaia to harness the power of an eclipse and were trapped there when the world turned upside down. Ten years later, they’re staying one step ahead of Vampires who blame them for the cataclysm.

With her luck…

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Review: Left to Chance by Amy Sue Nathan

Check out the book, Left to Chance, by Amy Sue Nathan, as featured on the Novel Gossip blog.


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Release date: November 21, 2017

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Genre: Contemporary Fiction


From the author of The Good Neighbor and The Glass Wives comes an enchanting story of returning home and discovering what truly matters after loss.

No one knows why Teddi Lerner left her hometown, but everyone knows why she’s back.

Twelve-year-old Shayna— talented, persistent, and adorable—persuaded “Aunt Tee” to return to Chance, Ohio, to photograph her father’s wedding. Even though it’s been six years since Shay’s mother, Celia, died, Teddi can hardly bear the thought of her best friend’s husband marrying someone else. But Teddi’s bond with Shay is stronger than the hurt.

Teddi knows it’s time to face the consequences of her hasty retreat from family, friends, and, her old flame, but when she looks through her viewfinder, nothing in her small town looks the same. That’s when she truly…

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In The Spotlight: Finn Bell’s Dead Lemons

Finn Bell’s book Dead Lemons is in the spotlight on the Confessions of a Mystery Novelist blog.

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Hello, All,

Welcome to another edition of In The Spotlight. This will be the first of five special editions of this feature. For each of the next several weeks, I’ll be spotlighting one of the finalists for this year’s Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel. I was privileged to be on the panel this year, and had a great experience. So, what better than to share it with you? We’ll start with this year’s winner, Finn Bell’s Dead Lemons.

Thirty-seven-year-old Finn Bell is at a crossroads in his life. A car crash left him without the use of his legs, and his marriage to his wife, Anna, has ended. He wants to start over, so he buys a small cottage in the tiny town of Riverton, on New Zealand’s South Island.

‘…almost as close to the bottom of the world as you can get without actually moving to…

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David Videcette: My Guest – former Counter Terrorist Detective turned Author: ‘I can’t tell you the truth, but I can tell you a story…’™

Check out this excellent interview with former counter terrorist detective turned author, David Videcette, from this post on Jane Risdon’s blog.

Jane Risdon

I am thrilled to welcome author David Videcette to my blog this week –

Author – Media Commentator – Detective

I think you are in for a treat as we discover more about his career in Counter Terrorism and his writing.

You may well have seen him on TV and heard him on the Radio giving his expert opinion about a terror attack or organized crime,

and unluckily for some, possibly been one of those unfortunate enough to come eye-ball to eye-ball with him as he buys his groceries – whilst he recalls when, where, and why he arrested you in his former life…let’s hope not!

Find out more about David before we get down to my interview with him:

As a former Scotland Yard detective, David Videcette has worked on a wealth of infamous cases.  With twenty years’ policing experience, including counter-terror operations and organised crime, David was a…

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Writing Links…11/20/17

Check out these writing links from Traci Kenworth’s blog

Where Genres Collide


Writing Links…11/20/17

Traci Kenworth

Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/ Paranormal/SF:

  1. Sneak peek.
  2. Questions answered.
  3. More answers.
  4. Settings can be a character of their own.
  5. Son of the dark witch.


  1. Mapping your world.
  2. Answers with Susan Dennard Truthwitch.
  3. Book trailers.
  4. On the difference.
  5. Bullet lists in journals.
  6. Complicated family relationships.

Romance/Women’s Fiction:

  1. Tips for the middle.
  2. The simple process of getting everything inside you onto the page.
  3. The star-catchers and lucky 13s.


  1. Don’t date your books.
  2. Tips to finish NanoWriMo.
  3. Flaws add interest.
  4. I believe we should all support one another. There are enough readers for everyone. If we encourage our readers to read another author, perhaps they’ll do the same and we’ll end up with a domino-effect.
  5. What if there was no money in writing? Would you still write?
  6. Do you…

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Free Writing Resources

Check out these free writing resources courtesy of this post from The Uncensored Writer blog

The Uncensored Writer

Writing is awesome. It’s literally the best profession ever. Though I might be the teensiest biased, I don’t think there’s a job that can top it. It’s fun, it’s intellectually stimulating, and best of all, it’s free!

Writing classes and workshops, however, are not. As much as we’d like to join these classes, or buy books on writing or sign up for fancy courses, the life of the aspiring author is, unfortunately, quite the frugal one. We have to live on the cheap until we reach success, but nobody wants to wait until they’re successful before they can get their hands on these things.

So I’ve taken the liberty to give you my top three free writing resources. These are resources specifically on writing that talk about the craft of creating fiction. I’ve chosen these for their convenience, their utility, and, of course, the fact that they’re all free.


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