Sunday, January 31, 2021

Sunday''s Featured Book The Aries Libra Connection #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #contemporary #Romance #medical #Aries #Libra


Jenessa is Aries, a nurse, union advocate and likes a good fight.

Eric is Libra, Director of Nursing, and believes in compromise.

Can these two find a way to uncover the underhanded events at the hospital? They’re on opposite sides but the attraction between them is strong. She’s a widow who fought to save her husband’s life during a code. She feels guilty because the love she and her husband shared had died before his death. He assisted at the code but he feels guilty since he was the one who was responsible for the short staffing the night her husband died.

Now they face falling in love and trying to solve the problems between the nurse’s union and the president of the hospital’s Board who wants a take over of the hospital by his hospital group. Is their connection strong enough to survive?

Reviewed in the United States on December 3, 2018

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hospital Romance
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 26, 2018
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Saturday, January 30, 2021

Saturday's Blurbs feature Books by Shari Elder #MFRWAuthor #Science fiction #Paranormal #romance


As I noted yesterday, I write science fiction and paranormal romance.  I am pleased to share three of my books with you.


The Scent of Memory, Green Rising Book 2

Twelve years ago, Marisol lost Aren. Now he’s back – pointing a gun at her head and treating her like a stranger.

Rebel hacker, Marisol Martinez, never thought volunteering to keep the hospital safe from cyborgs would lead her back to the man sabotage ripped from her arms. The man she swore to avenge by any means possible.

For over a decade, Cap protected the cyborgs under his command from every danger. Until he meets an insurgent, whose scent wreaks havoc on his control. She calls him Aren and insists she knows him. But she’s wrong. He has no past, no present, no future – only orders he’s programmed to complete.

Forced together, Marisol and Cap can’t resist the passion that keeps building between them.  With time running out, Marisol must use her computer skills to restore Aren’s memories or Cap will kill all subversives on the planet – starting with her.


Race to Redemption, Green Rising Book 1

Intergalactic storm racing champion, Elaina Carteret, left the circuit in disgrace after a horrendous accident. Willing to deal with the devil, aka her business manager, she accepts a challenge for one last chance to fly again. The deal seemed easy - pose as Lainie Carter, medical transport pilot, and spy on a hospital outpost. Until she meets the director, Dr. Erik Johansen, who runs the station with an iron hand, a permanent scowl and the tightest bod on the planet.

Erik keeps his emotions and laboratories locked up tight. He once trusted a woman who turned out to be a spy—and millions died. When the sizzling hot Lainie Carter sashay’s into his office with her endless legs, pouty mouth and penchant for sneaking into forbidden areas, he knows she’s dangerous. If only she would stop sneaking into his fantasies.

When the outpost is attacked by mercenaries, the Diva and Dr. Dictator are thrown together in a race across the desert to save two dying children. As a fragile trust grows between their damaged hearts, will it be strong enough to survive the truths that threaten their growing bond?




Shifter Trials, Shifting Alliances Book 1

On the night of the full moon, any male shifter can call the Trials to race against Talia Orion, alpha of the united wolf-eagle clans. Clan law requires Talia to marry the winner of the Trials, a grueling twenty-mile marathon through dangerous, rugged terrain. Talia, the product of an unhappy, political alliance masquerading as a marriage, trains obsessively to ensure she avoids her parents’ fate.

Her newest vampire trainer, Hayden Mitchell, makes her powerful even as he knocks down her defenses, and finds his way into her heart. Hayden has loved Talia since the first moment he saw her. As the destined ruler of the vampire clan, he also has another agenda—to politically unite Talia’s clans with his own. Will Talia be able to forgive him?





Friday, January 29, 2021

Friday Shari Elder is visiting and talking about Who She Was Before #MFRWAuthor #non-profit settings #science fiction #paranormal


I am thrilled to be visiting and have the chance to introduce myself and my stories. Let’s dive right in.


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


Since my books still do not make enough money to support me, I still have my day job.  While I have held many titles throughout my career, my work has always focused on making places better, predominantly in non-profit settings. This type of work has usually included economic development, education, and community engagement – sometimes together, sometimes separately. My day job has not influenced my choices as a writer directly, although it has allowed me to write characters with less familiar jobs such as Chamber of Commerce President, Mayor, and University Professor since I have rubbed elbows with all of them in past jobs.


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


I am genre specific, writing mostly science fiction and paranormal romance.  I have done one modern romance, but I enjoy world build so much, I definitely lean toward genres where I get to make up the rules for living and life.


3. What is your latest release?


My latest release is The Scent of Memory, Green Rising Book 2. As is common in science fiction, there are several corrupt intergalactic government-corporate alliances, and a rebellion brewing, which is what Green Rising refers to.


In this story, our heroine, Marisol, loses the love of her life, Aren, in a mining accident, and spends the next decade as a secret insurgent, because she believes sabotage by a corrupt intergalactic caused the disaster. She is bent on revenge, until a starship explodes in her planet’s airspace. Several cyborgs are rescued from the explosion, and it turns out, they were the miners from the disaster. Aren has come back to her, but with no memory of his past life.



4. What are you working on now?


Believe it or not, I am finishing up a short story for the 2021 Holiday/Christmas romance season.  Submissions are due by March for consideration. The working title is Candles and Honey Cookies:  A Hannukah Fable. I am also revising a future dystopia, which has romance elements, but is not a true romance and later this year, I will start writing Green Rising Book 3. 


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


My reading choices very much influenced my writing.  Science fiction has been a constant in my reading life. Mysteries also dominant my reading list but I have yet to dip my pen into writing one. As for paranormal and romance, I have always cycled in and out of them—digging in deep for a while, then taking a break.  I am not completely sure why.


6. Where can we find you?





Twitter                        @ShariElderBooks  or



Come visit. I’d love the chance to get to know you better.


Thursday, January 28, 2021

Thursday's Opening Scene from Discovering the Jewel's Secrets #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Fantasy #Seven Jewels #seven heroines #seven heroes


Seven Jewels and seven threads.  Find them, twine them, bind them into a braid to discover how to unlock the secret of the Jewels. What was pale becomes dark and dark changes to light.  Sometimes destruction is the way to end a cycle of tyranny.   Blazing sun and icy moons unite in the Yellow Jewel.  You must go over land,  across the sea and back again.  Seek the thread and learn this lesson.  What makes a home does not have to be a place.  Fears may lurk and fears are faced when one learns to trust.


Disa turned and waved farewell to the Holders and their Chosen who remained at the mages’ stronghold.  All but she and Brader stayed to tend to the living and the dead.  Just days ago, the elderly healer had appeared and had given prophecies to all.  The moment Disa had heard those words she knew she and Brader had to leave.  Their role in the destruction of the mages lair had ended.  The overland journey to Quato where they would board a ship to Thanis would take a seven day.   

She prodded her horned horse and caught up with her companion.  “Must we race like prisoners released from a dungeon?”

He slowed his steed.  “Why not?  I wish to reach my home as soon as I can.”

Home, she thought.  Hers had been a peddler’s wagon and then the tavern in Pala.  She didn’t understand his being drawn to a place.  “Thy home won’t run.”

He laughed.  “Thee are right, but some inner yearning pushes me to hurry to High Sanctuary.  What if the mages have established a refuge there?”

She made a face.  “Didn’t Andalor mention a ship filled with Queen’s Guards and mages that arrived in Quato around the time when thee did?”

“One or more might have remained.  I need to find out.”

She supposed he was right but that wasn’t his real reason for the rush to return to his home.  He wanted to visit his mother’s grave to bid her farewell.  Did he really believe her spirit lingered on this plane waiting to hear of the success or failure of Liara’s quest?

At dusk they arrived in Desert’s Edge where they purchased enough supplies for the journey.  She nearly suggested they stop at the Healers’ House for medicinals, but could think of none they would need before they reached the market in Quato.

Eight days of traveling from dawn to dusk brought them to the seaport town.  On the outskirts they passed the villa where she had received her Jewel.  “Remember our time here?”  she asked.

“Clearly.  What a pompous fool I was.  Attacking Valmir when he wasn’t the enemy.  Angering Liara and thee.”

She reached for his hand.  “Thee feared someone would harm her and keep her from the quest.”  She sighed.  “I wonder how the others fare.”

“If there were problems couldn’t they reach us on the inner path?”  Brader asked.

“I don’t know.  I’ve listened every night and the voices have grown fainter.  Should we stay here or go directly to the docks?”

He prodded his horse.  “This is too far from town.  We’ll find an inn.  Word of ships leaving for Thanis will be heard at one, but we can’t leave for a day or two.”

She nodded.  “We have to sell the horses.”

“And arrange for passage.  We’re too late for today’s animal market.”

Once inside the town Disa led him to the inn where she and Andalor had stayed.  They were in luck and one of the suites on the third story was available.  After leaving their packs in the suite’s central room, they ordered a meal to be brought as soon as they finished in the baths.

A short time after returning to the suite, Disa opened the door for a serving woman bearing a large tray of food.  Disa inhaled the aroma of brewed chokla and grinned.  She slipped the woman a coin.  Brader entered from his sleeping chamber.  He fastened his amber colored hair at his nape with a thong.

“What of our plans for tomorrow?”  Disa filled a mug with her chosen drink.

“Sell the horses.  Find a ship.  Purchase some extra food for the journey.  Ship’s food is plain and sometimes not tasty.”

“Will we have to wait long?”  Though they’d taken coins from the mages’ treasury, if they were forced to stay too long their coins would vanish.

He shrugged.  “Who knows?  I’ll slip down to the common room.  Someone there will know about sailings.”

Disa lifted a banta leg.  “No tragon.”

He laughed.  “Guess Liara told thee how little tolerance I have for spirits.  I’ll stick to ale.”

Though Disa had planned to stay awake until Brader returned, the soft mattress lulled her to sleep.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Wednesday Toth's Priest #MFRWHooks #BWLAuthor #Fantasy #Alternate world #ancient Egypt


Join the authors at #MFRWHooks here for some great excerpts. Mine is from Toth's Priest Book 3 of the alternate Egypt trilogy

Amara faces trouble and she uses a phone number given to her by a friend who has vanished. When she is offered the chance to be sent to an ancient Egypt, she accepts even though she must perform a task and risk losing her life. But here, she faces the same fate. She arrives and there is much she must learn before she can rescue a young man held by the priests of Aken Re.

Namose was taken prisoner by Hebu, beloved of Aken Re, and forced to translate ancient scrolls giving Hebu some of the powers given to the priests of Toth by the Three of the Two Lands, Toth, Bast and Horu. After his rescue, further troubles arise. He and Amara must join their powers to save their land and friends from the evil Hebu.

Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2015
In her contemporary life, Amaa is an orphan, raised grudgingly by her uncle and threatened with rape by two men. When given a chance by two women skilled in magic to travel back in time to ancient Egypt, she accepts.
Namose wants to become a priest of the god Toth but is captured and forced to follow the dictates of an alien god and to translate scrolls of that god.
"Toth's Priest" tells of Amara's and Namose's adventures and growing love for each other. This book was obviously well-researched and is full of action. For those reasons, I gave it a 5 star rating. However, the sentences didn't show much variation and often read monotonously. I would have liked to see a bit more narrative interspersed with the dialogue.
Neverlheless, this is a great adventure and worthwhile read.

Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2015
A teen age girl in desperate circumstances flees into an alternate past, hoping to find a better life. Here she steps into another, just as dangerous, world, one of magicians, rival gods and spell-casting. This is the final book in a YA series set in an alternate past—Ancient Egypt. There is plenty of action, brave young characters, twists and turns, all set in well-researched ancient setting. Egypt, all by itself, is sufficiently interesting for many readers, but here the “alternate” adds a bit more spice. The names of real history players and gods are here, slightly changed.


A chill walked Amara’s spine and broke her concentration on the movements of the martial arts exercise. As she hit the wall to propel herself into the air, she slipped and landed in a heap on the matted gym floor of the church run community center. She peered toward the door. The local drug lord and his nephew paused in the doorway. Ramos was probably headed to Father Joe’s office for his weekly visit. Her hands coiled into fists.

Ramos moved away but Miguel sauntered to her side.  He stroked her cheek with a finger. Her body shook. Every day he grew bolder.

Miguel leaned closer. “Gonna own you, babe. Make you mine.”

She shook her head. “No.”

He leered. “Once I take you hard, I’ll own you body and soul ‘til I tire of you. Then my boys will have a taste.”

Words of defiance froze on her tongue. His hooded gaze stripped her naked. He squeezed her breast. “See you soon.”

She rose and completed the final exercise of today’s martial arts training session. A quick glance at the door showed he was gone. She should have felt relief but her hands shook and the sour smell of fear remained.

“Ready for a match?” another of the students asked.

Amara shook her head. “I have to leave.”

The teenager stepped closer. “Wonder what Ramos wants?”

“Father Joe will know but I don’t intend to ask.” With shaking hands she pulled on her jeans and tee shirt and tied her sneakers. In a half-run, she hurried to the door and left the community center.

Outside, aromas reached her. Cooking food, exhaust from cars and busses. Her own fear-laced sweat. Noises penetrated. Music, horns, people’s voices. Her head darted from side to side. Was anyone watching her?

What could she do?  Each time she’d encountered Ramos’s nephew her fear strengthened. Each time his words carried the same threat.

“Gonna plow you good, babe. You’ll sing for me real sweet.”

She had no one to guard her back. Hadn’t had anyone since her father’s death. She sighed. She’d almost had a friend. An undercover cop had saved her. Then Ramos had discovered the man’s identity. Seth had vanished. Was he dead?

As she scurried toward the apartment building where she lived with her uncle and his family, she fought to control the fear rocketing through her thoughts. Her breathing came in quick gasps. After her father’s death and her mother’s suicide, her uncle had reluctantly given her a home. Social Security benefits had been the reason but she would soon age out.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Tuesday's Writer's Tip - Opening Scene - Description #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Writer's Tip #Opening Scene #Description

 The Opening Scene should show your character or characters in action. Long descriptive passages make for a slow start. One thing readers ofted agree or disagree with is the descriptions of the character or characters. Some writers go on for paragraphs and leave little to the reader's imagination. Other writers may give no physical description of their characters. I've been called on this several times for not giving enough description by some readers and others like the fact I don't. Romance readers usually like more physical description than other readers. As I was thinking about this I realized that I've read a number of books where there have been just a line or two about what a character's appearance is. I've learned these characters in other ways such as their actions, reactions and perhaps a bit that shows their description. Only when the physical matters do many writers give these descriptions. In my romances, I usually give the characters hair and eye color but only if there's a reason for this. More than often, I hone on shoulders or hands, also mouths. I also may let another character give the description of the hero or heroine and hopefully select the things that are important. The way they smile like, he gave that crooked smile that always made her heart race. So there are ways of showing what the characters look like using a bit of description and the reader's imagination

The same goes for other descriptions when you're writing.

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Monday, January 25, 2021

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

Meander 1 - News - Instead of thoughts, I have some news. Along with ten other authors at my publishers, I've been sent this.

Meander 2 Reading - Have finished reading Mary Jo Putney's Regency romances that I have on my Kindle. I've begun reading Marian Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series. Have enjoyed both.

Meander 3 Writing - Moving forward and the twists and turns are fun and interesting. Rough draft of Haunted Dreams has only one and a third chapter to write. Then I must begin making sense of all that I've written. Should be interesting and fun.


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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Sunday's Book Discovering The Secret of the Jewels #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #fantasy #jewels #secrets


Seven Jewels – Seven Holders and their bondmates. The words of an elderly Healer send each pair on a quest to learn the secret of the Jewels. Are these gems just tools or do they hold hidden danger for the Holders? The seven leave on seven quests to discover the answers. When they find the answer, they must decide the fate of the Jewels.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Saturday's Blurbs feature Books by J. Q. Rose #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Memoir #Dangerous Sanctuary #Mystery Arranging a Dream


Arranging a Dream: A Memoir

In 1975, Ted and Janet transplant themselves, their one-year-old daughter, and all their belongings to Fremont, Michigan, to make their dream of building a blooming business in the floral industry come true. Laugh with them. Cry with them, but most of all watch them grow as they cultivate a loving marriage, juggle parenting and dig deep to discover what it takes to root a thriving business.


Your Words, Your Life Story: A Journal for Sharing Memories-- Your Words, Your Life Story: A Journal for Sharing Memories, is a journal and a guide for capturing the moments that impacted your life—the happy, sad, funny and crazy times that shaped a generation. Family and friends want to relive your experience through your words. This book contains the lessons I have shared in my life storytelling workshops to ignite and share memories.


Dangerous Sanctuary—cozy mystery

Pastor Christine Hobbs has been in the pulpit business for over five years. She never imagined herself caring for a flock that includes a pig, a kangaroo, and a murderer. 


Detective Cole Stephens doesn't want the pretty pastor to get away with murdering the church music director. His investigative methods infuriate Christine as much as his deep brown eyes attract her.


Can they find the real killer and build a loving relationship based on trust?


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Friday, January 22, 2021

Friday J. Q. Rose is visiting and talking about her latest release #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Arranging a Dream #Memoir #Life story #Flowers


Thank you for hosting me during my Arranging a Dream: A Memoir Virtual Book Tour.  A lucky commenter will win a PDF copy of Arranging a Dream. Just leave a comment or question for me below to enter.


1.Tell me about your latest release? Genre? My latest release is Arranging a Dream: A Memoir. Here is the information from the back of the book. In 1975, budding entrepreneurs Ted and Janet purchase a floral shop and greenhouses where they plan to grow their dream. Leaving friends and family behind in Illinois and losing the security of two paychecks, they transplant themselves, their one-year-old daughter, and all their belongings to Fremont, Michigan, where they know no one. 


Will the retiring business owners nurture Ted and Janet as they struggle to develop a blooming business, or will they desert the inexperienced young couple to wither and die in their new environment?


Most of all, can Ted and Janet grow together as they cultivate a loving marriage, juggle parenting with work, and root a thriving business?


Follow this couple’s inspiring story, filled with the joy and triumphs and the obstacles and failures experienced as they travel along the turbulent path of turning dreams into reality.


2. Where did the idea arise? For many years, I have presented workshops on writing life stories preaching to everyone to write their life story. So, I decided to take my advice and offer a good example for the participants by writing my story. A person’s life story is made up of many life experiences. Think of your life or autobiography as a cherry pie. A memoir is a slice out of that delicious cherry pie. I chose to record the story of our first year in the floral shop because that was a life-changing event in my life.


3. How much research was involved? Did you stay on point or be distracted by wanting to look at just one more thing? The research consisted of getting the dates, weather and the events that occurred in 1975-76 correct. I wrote the chapters and would insert #### in bold letters so I would know to go back and check out the weather at that time or a fact like when the plant tours ended at Gerber Products Co. (My little town is the International Headquarters of what is now Nestle-owned Gerber Products.) My main resource for information came from my husband and his memory of the events the route we took to get to Fremont, Michigan, from Marseilles, Illinois, and what the area around the flower shop looked like in 1975. In 2021, the shop and greenhouse location is now a grassy lot in front of a big box store and surrounded by fast-food services and other businesses. Nothing like the rural setting in 1975.


4. How long did you take to write the book? I am “guess-timating” I wrote on and off for six years. I am sure I made notes before that.


5. Now a bit about you. How long have you been writing? What is your Sun Sign? I have been writing since I was in second grade. My mother was my teacher. I had a bad habit of finishing my work early, so I would hop up and visit, or interrupt as my mother said, my classmates. So, to stay out of trouble, I began writing stories and then shared them with the class. I had fun entertaining them with my stories, so I continued to write all through school. I took a hiatus to teach, get married, run a flower shop and take care of our two daughters. When we sold the shop in 1995, I asked the editor of the regional newspaper if he would be interested in any articles for the paper. He said “yes!” That was my springboard to launching a career in writing non-fiction articles for magazines, newspapers and online magazines. Then, tired of interviewing people or getting the facts about a vacation place, I decided to try writing fiction and began with writing what I liked to read—mysteries. BWL Publishing released three of my mysteries and released Arranging a Dream: A Memoir in January. My sun sign is Gemini. I think I do have the characteristics of being born under that sign of the twins. I love learning new things and call myself a life-long learner. I enjoy meeting people, and I am in the media or arts as an author.


6. Do you write in a number of genres or stick to one? Perhaps another sign that I am a Gemini. I write non-fiction and fiction. I have non-fiction books in gardening, writing, a MG book for girls, and how to record memories for your life story. The fiction genres are romance, mystery, paranormal and time travel.


7. Where on the internet can you be found? You can connect with me at these sites:

J.Q. Rose blog


Telling Your Life Story and Memoirs Circle FB Group:

J. Q.  Rose Amazon Author Page



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