Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Wednesday Code Blue #MFRWHooks #BWLAuthor #Medical suspense #Romance

 

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BLURB:

In the medical suspense Code Blue by Janet Lane Walters, published by Books We Love and previously published as Obsessions, nurse Susan finds the body of the hospital’s “gossip queen” in the orthopedic storage room. She doesn’t realize this is the first of a series of murders involving her colleagues or that her life is in danger. She is a widow and is exploring a new romantic relationship that promises love but she fears the man she is falling for is as controlling as her dead husband. The arrival of courtship gifts, at first, seen as innocuous soon takes on a sinister note.

Reviews

This book kept me on edge from the first page to the last. Several times I just 'knew' I'd figured out who the killer was, but each time, there was a bit of doubt there until the very last paragraph! I highly recommend this book. 4 Stars (Excellent!)"--Tracie's Book Reviews by Kathy's Faves and Raves

"A series of murders, suspense, action, a tad of love makes OBSESSIONS an intriguing tale designed to mystify your mind. If you love mysteries, you'll love Janet Lane Walters newest release. 4 Stars!"--Just Views

"Fast-paced mainstream novel ... Walters plots carefully, each scene constructed to perfection. For readers who enjoy being terrified, this is an author to turn to for entertainment. She tells all, while managing to create paranoia among the characters."--Affaire de Coeur



Excerpt:

Susan sighed. She could, but would anything be done? The practical had been reported more times than the rest of the evening staff combined. She had never been warned let alone disciplined.

With quick steps, she headed for the storage room. To her surprise, the door was locked. "Why? Had Kit forgotten to open the door after the day shift left? Susan pulled the large ring of keys from her pocket. She unlocked the door and flipped on the lights.

The disorder made her groan. Why had the orthopedic cart been left in the middle of the room? The stench of urine assaulted her. Who had left a dirty bedpan behind?

The cart blocked the path to the shelves at the end of the room where most of the supplies she needed were stored. She pushed the cart toward the wall. The wheels caught on an obstacle. She tried a different angle with the same result. With a jerk, she yanked the cart toward the door and edged around it.

Her eyes widened. A harsh gasp escaped. "Barbara!" Guilt over her earlier anger warred with fear. She stepped closer. "Oh God!"

The streak of red on the practical's white uniform spoke of violence. Susan had seen death many times, but never like this. A soundless scream reverberated in her thoughts. Who had done this and why? She stared at Barbara's battered head and face and fought the need to flee.

Several minutes passed before the scattered hundred dollar bills registered. Susan blinked but the money remained. Who had given Barbara the money? Had it been her killer?

She inhaled. She had to do something. Like a robot programmed to perform a series of tasks, she knelt beside her co-worker. She pressed the bell of her stethoscope against Barbara's chest and stared at the sweep second hand on her watch. One minute passed. Then two. She heard nothing.

With a shudder, she rose. Questions fomented in her thoughts. The desire to bolt grew stronger. The clutter in the room impeded her escape. Step by step, she backed around the ortho cart. Three more steps took her into the hall. She held back the fear-generated sobs that threatened to burst free and hurried to the nurses' station.

There for stability, she grasped the counter of the U-shaped desk. She swallowed convulsively.

Kit held the phone to her ear. The two practicals sat at the long section of the desk. Trish lounged in the med room doorway. The mundane scene failed to erase the bizarre picture in the storage room.

"In...in..." The words emerged as a harsh whisper. She gulped a breath.

Julie stepped out of the semi-private room across from the desk. "What took you... Susan, what's wrong?"

"In...in..." Susan couldn't force her frozen tongue to form the words.

Trish strode across the green carpet. "You look like you've seen a ghost."

Susan cleared her throat. Her knees buckled. Only her grasp on the counter kept her erect. "In the storage room... Barbara..."

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Tuesday's Writer's Tip - Steps in Using Melodrama #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Melodrama #Using in Stories

 You have your melodramatic incident planned out. How do you get it across to the readers wiithout it seeming contrived and unbelievable. To do this there are steps to take.

Show it right away. I'm looking at a book that I'm in the process of revising to sent off to dem This demonsrate. The book is a quest story with characters having to find a mythical place where their powers will be activated.. So in the opening scene the first heroineis called and the element is exposed. Accoring to ancient tales. The Three and Three, Wariors, Healers and Seers will rise again to return to rule of the nome to the ancient gods.

The second step is to show it works in the past. In my story, the quest legend is told in several ways to the different characters. All the versions show that in the apst it worked.

The third is to establish reasonable characters. In this book each of the six focus characters are shown in their daily life and sent out on the quest.

The fourth is to establish the everyday life of the characters and show the world through their eyes, always keeping the main quest in the background. There are small things they must do to reach that final goal.

Five use one melodram at a time. In this case of my book. All the characters are facing the same quest and how they unite is also part of the story.

The sixth is to never play this bit of melodrama for laughter. This is serious business. There could be touchesof shumor that don't effect the main story.

Seven - Show the melodrama through action rather than in the narrative of the story.

Eight - Don't let the melodramatic element take over the story. It's there in the background but how this comes to fruition is through the characters, not the wand waving and they lived happily ever after. Have them earn the happy ending.

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Monday, September 20, 2021

Meandering on Monday with Janet Lane Walters #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Reading #Writing #Thoughts

Meander 1 - Reading - Finsihed the last of the Vladmer books by Mercedes Lackey that I have on my kindle. Read  D M Barr's Simple Tryst of Fate - A cute story and almost a sweet romance but there is some sexual content. Now I'm reading Lackey's Dragon Jouster books.

Meander 2 - Thoughts - Found and have begun working on a story I had started eyars ago. A partial had been requested by some publisher. I wrote the synopsis and three chapters. Was turned down because the editor who read the partial didn't believe nurses could be sluts. That was about 30 years ago. I doubt things have changed much. I'm working on this to see if I can go further.

Meander 3 - writing - Still busy typing in the Incal book. Still aiming for the end of the month to send it off thought it won't be pusblished before January. 

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Sunday's Book A Marriage Takes Two #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Romance #Medical

 

"This is medieval.” That’s Carrie’s response to the reading of her grandfather’s will. The money will allow her to provide for her ill mother and give her the chance to give up one of her full time jobs as a nurse. The money won’t be hers until she marries. This creates a dilemma. She has no time for dating and doesn’t know who would marry her until she thinks of her former best friend, Tony. But can she ask him? Two months later time is running out and she decides to take the plunge. Three years ago, Tony and his wife divorced. Last year he obtained custody or their child. When Carrie asks him to marry her he decides since this won’t be a real marriage, he can accept. Years ago, he loved Carrie but never said anything to her. Now burned, he doesn’t believe in love. To help her uncomplicate her life he agrees. Can Tony and Carrie get past the reason for the marriage and find love and make a home for his son?




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Saturday, September 18, 2021

Saturday's Blurb features a book by Malverna McFarlane #MFRWAuthor #Mafia romance #Olivera


Inescapable (Oliveri Mafia Book One):



Jessie has sworn off relationships until she can exorcise her secret celebrity crush from her thoughts. More importantly, her fantasies. Crushing on someone rumored to be in the mafia was a red hot no for her. When she comes face-to-face with the man himself, he is more dangerous than she initially thought... and not just to her safety.

Gio Oliveri is the wealthy heir to the dubious Oliveri business empire. Ruthless in business and his personal life, Gio never lets an insult go unaddressed. So when a woman embarrasses him, in his own club no less, he sets out to teach her a lesson, only to set his sights on her friend. After a disastrous first impression, be buys himself three months to woo Jessie, who challenges him at every turn. He has to find a way to keep Jessie before his family responsibilities tear them apart forever.

As he pursues his deepening desire for Jessie, unknown threats to his business and her life begin to appear. In addition to uncovering the mysterious threats, he has Jessie’s misgivings about his chosen profession to contend with. He must find a way to make his temporary relationship permanent.

Exposed to Gio’s mobster persona, Jessie cannot deny the devastating violence he wields so effortlessly and questions if she could one day be on the receiving end.

As they navigate their new relationship and the dangerous parties seeking to destroy them, it will take a devastating loss and deep soul searching before they trust each other enough to fight for their love.

 

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Friday, September 17, 2021

Friday's Guest Malverna McFarlane is Visiting and Talking about Who She Was Before #MFRWAuthor #Credit risk #romance #interracial mafia romance

 

1. What were you before you became an author? Did this influence your choices as a writer?

Before deciding to write, I worked as a credit risk strategist. My responsibilities drained me of all my creative energy, but circumstances pushed me into uncertain waters. I had worked in Corporate America since college, always moving from one position to another without ever thinking about what would make me happy. So when I was forced to either continue on that path or do what gave me joy, I chose to pursue joy. To some extent, what I write now was influenced by what I used to do in that it is the complete opposite. Whereas I shied away from risky things in my professional life, everything I do as a writer is risky. From the sub-genre, word choice, character, plot, setting and more, every choice I make is a gamble in the hopes it resonates with readers.

 

2. Are you genre specific or general? I don’t mean major genres but subdivisions or romance, mystery or paranormal.

I am genre specific right now. Specifically, I write interracial mafia romance. That may change if my readers want to see me expand out. With one book published, there is still a lot to explore in this genre, so it may take some time before I become a generalist.

 

3. What is your latest release?

My debut novel, Inescapable (Oliveri Mafia Book One), was released in July

 

4. What are you working on now?

I am working on the second and third book in the series now. They are at differing stages of development, but I hope to get a draft to my publisher by the end of the year.

 

5. Does your reading choices influence your choice of a writing career?

Absolutely. I read a lot of romance, though my specific sub-genre is only a small part of what I read. I go on spurts where I will read a ton of books with a specific sub-genre or trope before I revisit or discover new-to-me authors and books. I love to see how different authors resolve conflicts and what aspects of the characters resonate with me.

 

6. Where can we find you?

I am on AmazonGoodreadsBookBubTwitterFacebook, my website and Instagram. For one stop shopping, go to: https://melvernamcfarlane.com/follow-melverna-mcfarlane/

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Thursday's Opening Scene from The Doctor's Dilemma #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Medical romance #Foster babies

 

Streams of people eddied around Nora Harte, the pile of luggage and the double stroller. She scanned the faces of the crowd. A babble of voices filled the air. In an impatient rhythm, she tapped her foot against the floor.

Where is he?

Since Thursdays were almost a universal doctor’s day off, the trip had been scheduled for today. He knew the flight number and the time of arrival. The plane had been on schedule.

She groaned. The simple baby run had become anything but easy.

The loudspeaker crackled. “Would passenger Nora Harte pick up one of the courtesy phones?”

When the words blared a second time, with a start, Nora realized the message was for her. Yeah, right. She stared at the three suitcases, one diaper bag and the pair of car seats. She would need the arms of an octopus to fulfill the request.

What had kept Dr. McKay from the meet?

One of the twins puckered his mouth and added his screams to the cacophony in the baggage claim area of the Dallas airport. Nora crouched and stroked the baby’s cheek. “It’s only a minor delay. We’ll be out of here soon.” At least, she hoped they would.

The strident voice issued the command again. “How?’ she asked. The logistics of the move defeated her. She couldn’t abandon the babies or the luggage to search for a phone. She’d been deputized to deliver Molly and Todd Jamison to their guardian and she took this duty seriously.

The sight of a man in a gray uniform pushing an empty luggage cart solved the problem. “Sky cap, over here.” She used the voice that had parted crowds on busy New York City sidewalks. The one she hadn’t used since she’d moved upstate.

“Take these bags and the infants.”

“Don’t load babies on the cart, ma’am.”

“Sorry. I know that. I meant the infant seats. I have to answer the phone.”

“Excuse me.” His expression projected the idea she had flipped.

Maybe she had…last week when she’d agreed to deliver the babies to their guardian. “The page. Nora Harte. That’s me.”

He pointed to the far wall. “Courtesy phone’s over there.”

“Thanks.” Nora gripped the stroller handle. She pushed through the crowd like a subway rider aiming for the last seat. The noise level made her wonder if she’d be able to hear the message.

An easy trip, she thought. A way to add to her dream house account. Just fly to Dallas with the infants, meet their guardian and be on her way.

So far nothing about the trip had been a snap. Why had she thought her experience as a nurse would make the mission a breeze?  Even a three month tour of duty in a busy city hospital nursery hadn’t prepared her for the reality of caring for twins.

She hadn’t counted on the surround-sound screams that they’d raised in protest of being air-borne. Or of juggling two infants who wanted a bottle at the same time. Not finding their guardian at the airport had been the final episode in her nightmare of the week.

She lifted the courtesy phone receiver. “Nora Harte speaking. I believe you have a message for me.”

The voice on the other end of the line explained that Dr. McKay had been unavoidably detained. Ms. Harte was to proceed to the car rental desk to pick up a car and the directions to the doctor’s house in Prairie, Texas.

She gritted her teeth. This deviation from her agenda added another problem she should have expected. Why had she believed anything about this trip would work?

Drops of frustration splattered her thoughts. If Dr. McKay had attended his foster sister’s funeral, this disaster would have been avoided. He could have taken custoddy and faced the journey from hell on his own.

She waved to the sky cap. “Where’s the car rental desk?”

“This way, ma’am.”

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Wednesday Children of Fyre #MFRWHooks #BWLAuthor #Fantasy #Romance #Dragons #Gems

 


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Blurb

In this return to the Island of Fyre, each of the heros and heroines of the three previous books have children. Lorton is the youngest son of the Wizards of Fyre and he has bonded with the yellow dragon.

The dragon through the magic of the stones has been rejuvenated and is now green. Dragon sends Lorton to travel to where the Dragons of Fyre are raised. There he meets Arkon son of the hero and heroine of the Dragons of Fyre.

There have been four eggs laid and there must be two young men and two young women found to bond with them. On the island where the evil wizards were exiled, Cerene has grown up as little more than a slave. She can use all the fyrestones unlike her father. She learns about the kidnapping of Riara, daughter of the hero and heroine of the Temple of Fyre and vows to save her.

The four must unite with their dragons and finally destroy the evil.



Excerpt:

The sound of thudding feet and shouting voices woke Cerene. She crawled from her place beneath the ladder and stretched. What was happening? She waited for the hatch to open and frowned. What did the wizards have to offer as a trade? She couldn’t think of a thing. After sipping water from the leather flask, she climbed the ladder and peered through the crack in the cover and watched the activity on deck.

Sailors bustled about. Sails were raised to catch the wind. When she saw her father, Zondo and another wizard, she nearly fled down the ladder. As the ship moved away from the dock, she realized the three intended to travel aboard and she believed she knew their destination.

How many days away was the Island of Fyre? She knew they meant to bring trouble there. What evil had they planned to lure a priestess to the shore?

Zondo turned his head. He seemed to be looking in her direction. She scrambled down the ladder and returned to her hiding place. Being discovered now would thwart her plans to escape.

She huddled against the wall of the hold. The light from the crack in the hatch cover momentarily vanished. She tensed and pulled her knife from the sheath. To her relief and surprise, a huge tawny feline came down the ladder. The cat entered her hiding place and stared. She reached to touch the soft fur. The creature remained silent for a short time, then meowed and set off to explore the nearly empty hold.

Cerene reached into her pack and selected a piece of flatbread and cheese. She ate and sipped water between bites. The cat approached and rubbed against her legs. She broke off a piece of cheese and set the tidbit on the deck. The cat purred and ate.

Some time later, she regretted the brief meal. The swaying motion of the ship caused her stomach to lurch. For what seemed like hours, she fought to keep from spewing. Finally her stomach settled. With a knife, she cut a notch on the ship’s ladder to keep track of her time aboard. Thus began her journey.

Some sleeps later, when she woke, she found the boards of the deck had warped. Sea water oozed to form puddles of stagnant water. At least her selected corner had remained dry. She counted the notches on the step.

Would the ship survive a storm? She needed to leave this hole. Her supply of food was gone and just a few sips of water remained. The single time she had ventured forth to replenish her supply, she’d nearly been caught. Why had she left her fyrestones in the lifeboat? Having the power of the yellow to cast shadows about herself would be useful. This time she had to find a different hiding place.


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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Tuesday's Writer's Tip Melodrama conntaining #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #writing #melodrama contained

 Melodrama is rather like using spices in cooking. Too little and the story falls flat. What happens when melodrama istoo heavy. Melodrama when used right allows for suspension of disbelief. It this isn't done with care, the reader will scratch their head and thing "I don't believe a word of this." You want to make them see the possibility working.

Melodrama is extreme and raises strong emotions. What you need to do when writing this kind of scene is make it seem ordinary by your use of language. You need to turn this from a curse to a blessing.

 

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Monday, September 13, 2021

Meanderin on Monday with Janet Lane Walters #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Reading #Writing #Thoughts

 Meanser 1 - Reading - Finished Chance's way and enjoyed the story. Perhaps there will be another story in this thread. Read Canada By Jove and found it an interesting bit of history and at times a bit hard to read but finally enjoyed the story. Back to Valdemar for the rest of the week.

Meander 2 - Thoughts - Have some kind of flu that's knocked me into sleeping and lack of appetite. Hope rest will cure this.

Meander 3 - Writing - Am now typing in the changes and hope to finish by the end of the month.

 

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