Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Bast's Warrior - The Heroine #MFRWHooks #BWLAuthor #Paranormal #time travel #alternate Egypt

 Join the authors at #MFRWHooks here http://mfrwbookhooks.blogspot.com  for some great excerpts.  Mine is found at wwweclecticwriter.blogspot.com and features Bast's Warrior.


Blurb
Tira flees a threat to her life and encounters two elderly women who offer her the chance to be sent to an alternate ancient Egypt with no thought of return. She has had a fascination with Egypt and can even read hieroglyphics. Once there she will be given a task. Failure could mean death. Dare she take the chance and can she find the lost symbols of the rule before an enemy finds them?

Kashe, son of the nomarch of Mero is in rebellion. His father desires him to join the priesthood of Aken Re, a foreign god. He feels he belongs to Horu, god of warriors and justice. He decides to leave home, meets Tira and joins her in the search for the symbols of the rule. Will his aid bring good fortune and will their growing love keep them from making a fatal mistake?

Previously published as The Warrior of Bast

"This engaging voyage into an ancient Egypt that includes power-hungry priests and hazardous treasure hunts entertains from page one. Familial intrigue heightens the tension, as does a kidnapping or two. The cast of characters is dynamic and complements the well-conceived plot." ~ 4 Stars, Susan Mobley, Romantic Times Magazine


Excerpt:

Tira cast her dream self aside and donned the role of practical sister. She hurried to the exit and stepped from the past into a steamy August day. Heat shimmered from the sidewalk. The air hung heavy and filled with the odors of the city and the noises of traffic. She strode along the crowded area taking advantage of every opening.

Ten days to dream. Ten days to walk the halls of the museum. Ten days to study the artifacts that had become her lodestones. She breathed the aromas of real time, spices of cooking foods, metallic scents of passing traffic and the odors of people, some pleasant and some not.

Several blocks from the apartment building the crowds thinned. In an alley she glimpsed furtive movements in the dark shadows. She hurried past. On the corner across the street a group of gang members gathered. She sucked in a breath and held her head high. For all her twenty three years she’d avoided the gangs. As she strode past she heard the usual crude remarks about her body and her attitude.

Get a life, she wanted to scream.

When she saw the ambulance and two cop cars in front of the building where she lived she halted so abruptly she stumbled. A hand caught her arm. Tira saw the gray-streaked beard of one of the winos who slept in the doorways or the alley. “Get your hands off me.”

“Don’t go home,” he whispered. “Lose yourself in the crowd and keep your head down.”

Tira saw a keen intelligence in the man’s dark eyes. Who was he? He wasn’t as old as she had imagined either. “Why?”

“Your sister’s dead. Cops’ll be looking for you. They heard about the fight.”

Tira’s stomach clenched. She blinked away a rush of tears. Though hearing about her sister’s death wasn’t unexpected another dream shattered. There would be no rehab for Luci. “Junkies O.D. every day,” she said.

“She was murdered.”

A chill slithered down Tira’s spine. A rush of acid burned her throat. What? Why? Who? Keeping her eyes on the ground she inched away from him.

“Murder. Murder.” The murmured word spread through the crowd gathered on the sidewalk and stung like attacking wasps.

The EMTs wheeled a gurney from the building. When Tira saw the body bag strapped to the frame her nails bit into her palms. Despite the heat of the day she felt chilled. A wave of guilt made her knees buckle. She stuffed her fist against her mouth to keep from crying aloud.

What now, she wondered. The apartment was a crime scene. Until the cops finished their investigation she wouldn’t be allowed inside. An officer stepped from the building. “More along, folks. There’s nothing to see here.” He stepped from the stoop. “Anyone seen her sister? We have some questions for her.”

My Places

   https://twitter.com/JanetL717

 https://www.facebook.com/janet.l.walters.3?v=wall&story_f

bid=113639528680724

 http://bookswelove.net/

 http://wwweclecticwriter.blogspot.com

https://www.pinterest.com/shadyl717/

 

Buy Mark

https://bookswelove.net/walters-janet-lane/

 


Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Tuesday Books by Janice Seagraves are featured today on Blurbs #MFRWAuthor #Romance #Paranormal

 Out of this world stories that will leave you breathless


Thank you.

Sincerely, Janice Seagraves



Out of this world stories that will leave you breathless

Still free on Kindle Unlimited my paranormal romance: Year of the cat

I've launched my Chronicles of Arcon series. The first three books are on kindle unlimited.
The Arcons are coming are you ready?

photo
Janice Seagraves
Published author of breathless life-affirming novels that celebrate enduring love.

janiceseagraves@yahoo.com

https://janice-seagraves.org/

 
 

 


On Sunday, March 31, 2024 at 07:12:55 AM PDT, Janet Walters <shadyl717@aol.com> wrote:


Janice, I can put you down for June 24 and 25. Do you remember you're up on April 5 and 6, also. I have no problems with having guests every month, Janet. Directions for the June bit.

 

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN FREQUENT VISITORS

 

c1. Tell me about your latest release or the book you wish to feature? Genre?

 

2. Where did the idea arise?

 

3. How much research was involved? Did you stay on point or be distracted by wanting to look at just one more thing?

 

4. How long did you take to write the book?

 

5. Now a bit about you. How long have you been writing? What is your Sun Sign?

 

6. Do you write in a number of genres of stick to one?

 

7. Where on the internet can you be found?

 

 

Day 2

 Give the blurbs and buy marks for three of your books.



On Saturday, March 30, 2024 at 06:37:51 PM EDT, Janice Seagraves <janiceseagraves@yahoo.com> wrote:


Okay. Can you set me up in June?

Thank you.

Sincerely, Janice Seagraves



Out of this world stories that will leave you breathless

Still free on Kindle Unlimited my paranormal romance: Year of the cat

I've launched my Chronicles of Arcon series. The first three books are on kindle unlimited.
The Arcons are coming are you ready?

Monday, June 17, 2024

Monday - Janice Seagraves is Visiting and Talking About Her recent works of fiction #MFRWAuthor #fiction #romance

 . Tell me about your latest release or the book you wish to feature? Genre?

I’d like to talk about three of my paranormal romance books, if that’s alright.

Weather Witch about a woman who can control the weather set in Rengency England.  This story was originally published in a short story collection as Pheromone’s Song which is still available.

In Regency England, Lord Godfrey negotiates for a wife, when Meredith, the weather witch, storms in she provides Godfrey with interesting possibilities, but will she embrace a chance to let go of her past and find happiness for her future?

Year of the Cat is about Jared Catterick, a werecat. I had this idea about a werecat and only had bit and pieces to the story. I slowly built it up and it also ran in a short story collection. After I received my rights back, the characters let me know that their adventures were far from over, so I lengthened the original story into a book.

Morgan isn’t expecting romance when she accompanies her friend for a week of skiing, but when she meets Jared, all bets are off.
Haunted by the loss of his parents, werecat Jared Catterick earns his keep working for the Catclaw Clan. Jared has secrets that he doesn’t mind sharing with a special lady, and he hopes Morgan is that special someone. When his past and present collide it’s worse than he imagined, and he’s forced to fight for his life.

Empath’s Ranch about brother and sister Max and Gwen Dréville. Both are empaths in the same family. I plan on adding to the Empath’s series with Empath’s curse. It’ll be about Gwen and Author’s daughter and her romance.

Finding love is hard when your family has psychic gifts you have to hide. Just ask Max and Gwen Dréville. Max talks to animals. Falling for the local dairy farmer's daughter was probably not his best plan. Then there's Gwen. Will she let handsome playboy Arthur Castiel seduce her, or will she turn her gift on him, tossing him into a nightmare of his worst fears? Three related short stories of the Drévilles.

2. Where did the idea arise?

I love paranormal romance books and I’m starting to write books of my own into that genre. The ideas take a while to germinate. I get a hint of something; a dream, something I read, or a talk I had with my husband or daughter, and then it must marinate in my brain for a few months or maybe even years before it’ll take root and grow into a story.

3. How much research was involved? Did you stay on point or be distracted by wanting to look at just one more thing?

I do a ton of research. I don’t use everything I find during my research since that would be overwhelming and an information dump. So, I just use enough that it sounds like I know what I’m writing about.

4. How long did you take to write the book?

Each book takes its own time. Some only take a month for the first draft and others take a bit longer. And revising the stories can take a year or three. NaNoWriMo was a great influence on me cranking out a rough draft in a month, but I’ve since suffered from writer’s block after losing two family members. Two years later, I’m writing again, but it’s slow going.

5. Now a bit about you. How long have you been writing? What is your Sun Sign?

I started writing at age twenty. Just a bit here and there. Then when I was in my forties, I decided to write with an eye toward publication. I’ve been writing for forty-three years.

I’m a Taurus. Stubborn and goal motivated.

6. Do you write in a number of genres or stick to one?

I write mostly in the romance genre with various subgenres. I'm currently working on four different series. Chronicles of Arcon is a science fiction romance, Dragon Magick is a fantasy series the first one Dragon Mirror has been published and I’m already working on the next one in the series, Empath's ranch is a paranormal romance and the next one will be Empath’s Curse. I have a new series that’s called Magic Surge, an urban fantasy series, but it hasn’t been published yet. It’ll have three books in all, two are finished and I am working on a third.

7. Where on the internet can you be found?

Janice Seagraves website: https://janice-seagraves.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JaniceSeagravesAuthor

X Twitter: https://twitter.com/JaniceS39484

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/janiceseagraves5/

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Bast's Warrior's Heroine #MFRWHooks #BWLAuthor #Paranormal #Romance #Time travel








Join the authors at #MFRWHooks here http://mfrwbookhooks.blogspot.com  for some great excerpts.  Mine is found at wwweclecticwriter.blogspot.com and features Bast's Warrior.

Blurb
Tira flees a threat to her life and encounters two elderly women who offer her the chance to be sent to an alternate ancient Egypt with no thought of return. She has had a fascination with Egypt and can even read hieroglyphics. Once there she will be given a task. Failure could mean death. Dare she take the chance and can she find the lost symbols of the rule before an enemy finds them?

Kashe, son of the nomarch of Mero is in rebellion. His father desires him to join the priesthood of Aken Re, a foreign god. He feels he belongs to Horu, god of warriors and justice. He decides to leave home, meets Tira and joins her in the search for the symbols of the rule. Will his aid bring good fortune and will their growing love keep them from making a fatal mistake?

Previously published as The Warrior of Bast

"This engaging voyage into an ancient Egypt that includes power-hungry priests and hazardous treasure hunts entertains from page one. Familial intrigue heightens the tension, as does a kidnapping or two. The cast of characters is dynamic and complements the well-conceived plot." ~ 4 Stars, Susan Mobley, Romantic Times Magazine


Excerpt:

Tira cast her dream self aside and donned the role of practical sister. She hurried to the exit and stepped from the past into a steamy August day. Heat shimmered from the sidewalk. The air hung heavy and filled with the odors of the city and the noises of traffic. She strode along the crowded area taking advantage of every opening.

Ten days to dream. Ten days to walk the halls of the museum. Ten days to study the artifacts that had become her lodestones. She breathed the aromas of real time, spices of cooking foods, metallic scents of passing traffic and the odors of people, some pleasant and some not.

Several blocks from the apartment building the crowds thinned. In an alley she glimpsed furtive movements in the dark shadows. She hurried past. On the corner across the street a group of gang members gathered. She sucked in a breath and held her head high. For all her twenty three years she’d avoided the gangs. As she strode past she heard the usual crude remarks about her body and her attitude.

Get a life, she wanted to scream.

When she saw the ambulance and two cop cars in front of the building where she lived she halted so abruptly she stumbled. A hand caught her arm. Tira saw the gray-streaked beard of one of the winos who slept in the doorways or the alley. “Get your hands off me.”

“Don’t go home,” he whispered. “Lose yourself in the crowd and keep your head down.”

Tira saw a keen intelligence in the man’s dark eyes. Who was he? He wasn’t as old as she had imagined either. “Why?”

“Your sister’s dead. Cops’ll be looking for you. They heard about the fight.”

Tira’s stomach clenched. She blinked away a rush of tears. Though hearing about her sister’s death wasn’t unexpected another dream shattered. There would be no rehab for Luci. “Junkies O.D. every day,” she said.

“She was murdered.”

A chill slithered down Tira’s spine. A rush of acid burned her throat. What? Why? Who? Keeping her eyes on the ground she inched away from him.

“Murder. Murder.” The murmured word spread through the crowd gathered on the sidewalk and stung like attacking wasps.

The EMTs wheeled a gurney from the building. When Tira saw the body bag strapped to the frame her nails bit into her palms. Despite the heat of the day she felt chilled. A wave of guilt made her knees buckle. She stuffed her fist against her mouth to keep from crying aloud.

What now, she wondered. The apartment was a crime scene. Until the cops finished their investigation she wouldn’t be allowed inside. An officer stepped from the building. “More along, folks. There’s nothing to see here.” He stepped from the stoop. “Anyone seen her sister? We have some questions for her.”

My Places

   https://twitter.com/JanetL717

 https://www.facebook.com/janet.l.walters.3?v=wall&story_f

bid=113639528680724

 http://bookswelove.net/

 http://wwweclecticwriter.blogspot.com

https://www.pinterest.com/shadyl717/

 

Buy Mark

https://bookswelove.net/walters-janet-lane/

 


Murder and Mint Tea is Sunday's Book #BwlAuthor #MFRWAuthor #MYstery #cozy

 

Katherine is a retired nurse and a retired church organist. The small Hudson River village where she lives in her Victorian “Painted Lady” makes her the neighborhood matriarch. Along with her Maine Coon Cat Robespierre, she guards friends and families.

When amoral Rachel moves into the first floor apartment of Katherine’s house, trouble erupts. The murder weapon is one she recognizes and makes her fear for her friends and family. Finding the killer becomes her goal.

Editorial Review
Murder and Mint Tea is a gem in its genre, combining the voice of a classic American whodunit with that of a traditional British detective novel. Murder She Wrote meets Miss Marple in a beautifully crafted tale that makes the reader want to reach into the pages and dispense justice to the villainess themselves. ~ Writer Gail Roughton

Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2019
Yes, the book unfolds slowly, exactly as you can imagine such events happening. A glamorous young divorced woman and her children, boy and girl, move into a friendly, safe, pleasant neighborhood and rent the downstairs of a lovely old house. Pretty quickly, the landlady, a retired nurse with deep roots in her community, learns that her renters, foisted off on her by a trusted friend of her son, are trouble. Not the daughter, who both brother and mother treat as a live-in slave, but the boy, who is malicious and aggressive. Bit by bit, Mrs. Miller realizes that she has not one but two sociopaths living downstairs, because the mother proves to be a toxic personality. Plenty of creepy crawlies as you read, and piece by piece the true crime aspects of this "it could happen here" story unfolds. What I liked best about the book were the well-observed and true to life characters as well as the unsettling description of the unraveling of what has been a nearly idyllic neighborhood. I also loved the fact that Mrs. Miller is a mature woman and that her wisdom and her insights do have impact upon setting the world to rights again.
4 people found this helpful
Report
Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2023
A who done it that has the readers routing for the murderer. Really liked the ending, with a plethora of murder suspect to go with it.
Good read for anyone that likes a good mystery.
Report
Reviewed in the United States on July 3, 2021
Ms. Walters is a superb storyteller. In Murder and Mint Tea, she keeps us guessing and builds the tension with her excellent painting of a broad picture filled with well-developed characters and situations before she lets the hammer down on who is the victim in the story. Then she wraps it all up with a satisfying conclusion by revealing the murderer and motive. Yes, instead of opening with the crime, we learn all about the people in the neighborhood. I kept reading to figure out who was going to be murdered and how. After the murder, I kept reading to find out the guilty person! If you like reading mysteries, this one is just right for you.