Friday, April 6, 2018

Even An Armadillo Needs Love

Sharing Cover Art by Angelica Hart
The singular most important emotion a human spirit craves is to be loved. It seeks it out. It needs it. It craves it. Walk into any book store and check out the romance section, it dominates. There is a reason for that which isn't just about sensual romance. It goes back to that basic need that we long to be loved. There are many romances that play down the aspects of sexuality, take that of a story about a boy and his armadillo, a generational family saga, even a story about war, all play the emotional gambit yet somewhere in each, you will find love, be it for a pet, a child, or your country.

The further we are from love, of feeling loved, of being loved, the more isolated we become, cynical sometimes, and at its worse a life without being loved can poison the body. The closer any emotion comes to love, the more that emotion vitalizes and nourishes the body. Negative emotions seep into our spirit and spread emotional distress that could actually make us ill. Therefore, it is empathically accurate to say that love can cultivate well-being, and in well-being there is joy.

The human spirit constantly searches for that connection, that cannot be found in a new electronic toy, although, one wouldn't mind having that, or a cruise, or a piece of pecan pie. Ok, maybe, the latter is true love. Seriously, no material or emotional love in this world can touch us, encourage us, protect us, fulfill us, strength us, bless us, provide for us, care for us, feed us, house us, clothe us, or heal us like love that comes from inside us, love that we wish to share.

As authors, we choose to share our love with the world though our writing. In our early books from CBG, starting with KILLER DOLLS, the love is more mature, more dynamic, more intense, that snap that comes with instant attraction all centered around the possibility of loss and death. Whereas, in SNAKE DANCE, the love is fresh, new, just as instantaneous but with a connection born from something mystical. CHASING GRAVITAS cuts into the ache and desires of the heart, a yearning that might not be realized, a mysterious truth that might destroy. Yet, in each of these stories there is one truth, the characters have a basic to love. It isn't just the sexual attraction, or the culmination of that passion, but about the real reasons one loves, about see the soul and knowing that soul melds perfectly, that the yin of one cannot exist without the yang of the other.

Some say the romance genre is just a disguise for soft porn. We strenuously disagree, reading romance is partnering with love, championing it, recognizing the fact that love will win out, every time. Maybe, that isn't always the truth of reality, but dang, isn't it wonderful that there is a place where we can play and know for certainly happily-ever-after does exist?

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We'd love to hear from anyone interested in what we do. Anyone who writes us at writingteamcw@yahoo.com (Write - Blog Dawn - in subject line) and leaves an s-mail address, we will send you a free ebook (choose erotic or romantic thriller) and add you to any future mailings.



Angelica Hart and Zi ~ Vixen Bright and Zachary Zane
www.champagnebooks.com - www.carnalpassions.com - angelicahartandzi.com










Thursday, March 29, 2018

Balance in Writing (An Equal Opportunity)


Given all the chatter recently about the need for a proper gender balance in our lives I thought I’d take a look at my writing to see how I’ve fared so far. I consider myself a story-teller and certainly not a literary writer. When I began creating novels I was looking at the tale, not the blend of characters. So, how did I do?

My first published novel was The Dark Lady. The POV main character was female, and most of the main villains were male. One strong male character gradually appeared though the trilogy and I even added a nasty female villain. I’d consider it a good balance, with the ladies taking a larger percentage of the main parts.

My second trilogy was The Queen’s Pawn. The POV character here was a young hapless male way out of his depth. The tale had at least three strong female characters and a pair of male villains. I think they evened out well.

A stand-alone novel that followed, Alex in Wanderland, had two POV characters, Alexis and Alexander, a pair of husband and wife protagonists. The villains were also equal opportunity gender balanced. I don’t think any side was left out.

A stand-alone novella I wrote, Knight’s Bridge, started out as a short story about a defeated warrior who reluctantly rescues a fleeing woman. That turned into a four-part POV novella consisting of: the knight’s story, the villain’s story, a young squire’s story, and the woman’s story which brought all the elements finally together. Because she got to wrap it up, I’d give her at least the equal billing.

Looking at my fantasy detective series, the Housetrap Chronicles, I have a male detective matched up with a strong female counterpoint, his assertive secretary, Girl Friday, partner in crime solving. The villains through the series so far are a mix, though some of my personal favorites tend to be the strong females who delight in mayhem. I’ll give this one a draw, although the hero is frequently overwhelmed.

I try to choose the characters who best fit the tale. I suspect that being good or bad, weak or strong, are gender-equal opportunities. At least in the stories I try to write so far.

In a space opera pair of volumes I’m close to completing I didn’t know who would be the main character when I began. A brother-sister pairing opened the story. I gave them both the chance to run with it, but in this case, the sister assumed command and took over. The aliens in these tales are another matter completely. I just write the stories down. The characters I create tend to gallop off in all directions. I apologize to the reader in advance if I leave anyone out. I just do my best to treat or abuse everyone alike as the normal part of the story-telling process.

Do you deliberately think about this issue when you begin to layout a tale?

R.J.Hore
www.facebook.com/RonaldJHore

The Dark Lady Trilogy (Volume 1,2,3)
The Queen’s Pawn (Volume 1,2,3)
The Housetrap Chronicles (Volumes 1 to 8)
Alex in Wanderland,
Knight’s Bridge
We’re Not in Kansas
Toltec Dawn Trilogy (Volume 1, 2, 3)

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Facebook Fallout


Drop out of Facebook? Never. As a writer, I have too much fun roaming the world on the internet. It’s like a surprise package every time I open Facebook to see what goodies they’ve come up with for me to enjoy.

My characters travel the world. I often look for the most expensive hotels in remote parts of the world as well as the worst accommodations possible. One of my first excursions abroad was to take the Blenders to Johannesburg. As they are all extremely wealthy, I sent them first class through Germany. I really, really want to get rich and travel like that! Champagne and caviar all the way. Petit fours and tea. Sigh.

Unfortunately the tour package they’d arranged put them up at less than desirable accommodations in Johannesburg. But along the way, they made friends with a very nice police officer who also turned up at their elegant safari lodgings following a murder.

All this research brought a swarm of adverts on Facebook for lodgings, airlines, and crime stories about South Africa.

Then we went to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia. Now there’s an interesting place. Al and Larry were on this sojourn and had to get kidnapped and abandoned in the Gobi Desert. I learned about the annual horse race, more than I ever wanted to know about Ghengis Khan, and Soviet-era apartment blocks. I also learned that although officially it is illegal to discriminate against gays, it certainly is done. Larry and Al had to be very circumspect, something they were used to in their younger days in the States.

At the moment I’m staying in Honolulu in a first class hotel and about to put someone up in the cheapest possible room. Some of my people were in Seoul and I needed to know a high crime area. I learned that alcoholism is a huge problem in Korea. The statistics are disturbing, especially among the youth of the country. Far worse than occasional binge drinking, and that’s serious enough.

Each time I look something up, there it is – a surprise. Sometimes I look for certain style clothes for my characters to wear, and there they are waiting for me on Facebook. 

Give up the fun? Not on your life.

But they won’t get my bank account or social security numbers.


Veronica Helen Hart is the award-winning author of The Blender Series, The Prince of Keegan Bay, Swimming Corpse, Safari Stew, and Midnight in Mongolia. Her other books, The Reluctant Daughters, Elena – the Girl with the Piano, and Silent Autumn are all available from Champagne Books, Create Space and/or Amazon.

Friday, March 2, 2018

INTERVIEW WITH J. S. MARLO





Alter-ego Day!


From the desk of ~
DONA PENZA TATTLE, ESQ.
AND
ASSOCIATE WRYE BALDERDASH
Greetings,
We are so happy and eager to this interview with J. S. Marlo! So, rather than dicker and dacker, we are off for our Love of Literature Leap immediately!
Tattle and Wrye leap into J. S. Marlo’s kitchen.
T: Ta Daaaaaa! We’re baccccck.
W: Aren’t ya glad to see us. (Tosses J. S. an apple) We’ve been eating healthy lately and encouraging others to do so.
T: (Chews quickly so her chipmunk cheeks won’t give away that she just squirreled away two cookies before they left) Yum, yeah, right… errrr…. I brought grapes and plain water. (Can’t help crossing her eyes cause she hates plain water)
J. S.: Hey guys! I’m guessing you didn’t bring any melted dark chocolate for me to dip the fruit in, did you? Nevermind, I’ll melt some right now. Make yourself comfortable.
W: (Grabs a chair and straddles it backwards) So, it’s like this, doll face.... and instantly starts dipping into the melted chocolate. Tattle snatches the biggest strawberry before he can get it.
T: (Interrupts) Doll face? Really? What century are you in?
W: (Blinks, checks his notes) Oh, wait, sorry, I was just reading a gangster dime novel from the thirties, got my timeline confused. (Gives big puppy eyes) Please accept my apologies for being inappropriate.  Book/genre hoping can throw a guy off.
J.S.: No worries, I’ve been called worse. I was in charge of an election office a few years back, and you should have heard what some people called me when they were too late to vote. Come to think of it, you don’t want to know what these guys called me.
T: And with that, we are jumping right into our interview. Be warned, we are getting downright serious with our interview. We have totally become investigative reporters, so brace yourself! (Gives J. S. the narrowed eyed ultra- serious look) What character do you think about most when you are alone in your car?
W: (Mouths) That’s all you got?
T: (Mouths back) I’m new at this serious stuff.
Both look at J. S. awaiting her answer.
J.S.: Let's see…if I’m alone in my car, that means I’m driving, right? And when I’m driving alone, I like to sing-along my playlist. That way I don’t scorch anyone’s ears. Between you and I, I’m an awful singer, and I couldn’t carry a tune if my life depended on it, but I still like to sing. So, to answer your question, I don’t think about any characters.
W: Now let’s get down to business. (Pops up from his chair, walks around J.S., eyeing like a private detective from that dime store novel he had been reading. A toothpick appears in his mouth) What would be the soundtrack to your HEART and ENDURANCE series?
J.S.: “Never Surrender” by Corey Hart
…So if you're lost and on your own
 You can never surrender
 And if your path won't lead you home
You can never surrender
 And when the night is cold and dark
 You can see, you can see light
 Cause no one can take away your right
 To fight and never surrender…
It’s a beautiful song. Perfectly fitting. You need to google it and listen to it.
T: Will have to do that, sounds beautiful.  If your characters Hope Craig, Sheriff Morgan and Colonel Matheson from your Novel COLD SWEAT came for dinner, what would you cook for them?
J.S.: Hopefully they would come during the summer so I can barbecue. I live in northern Alberta, so sorry but I don’t cook outside at -40C (-40F). I’d barbecue T-Bones, baked potatoes, corn on the cob, and I’d make a giant garden salad.
T/W: If you could live in one of your books, which book would it be?
J.S.: Tough choice…It’d be a toss between living on Riley’s ranch in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta (in Unscripted – Duty Bound Series #1) and living on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Prince Edward Island (in Unearthed – Duty Bound Series #2).
T/W: Do you remember the first galactic alien you ever met? (Feel free to use your imagination if you hadn’t met any.) And what book of yours did it want to read and why?
J.S.: I knew my imaginary friend Bob wasn’t imaginary. He’s an alien! Sorry Bob for mistaking you for a figment of my imagination all these years.
Bob loves “Cold Sweat – Heart & Endurance #1”. He read it three times. He’s fascinated, and a bit infatuated, by Hope and her abilities, resourcefulness, and resilience.  See, Hope is deaf, but she can read lips and people better than Bob can, and she refuses to let anything or anyone stand in her way. She’s a tough cookie, the kind Bob loves.
T: Is being a writer a gift or a curse? If it is a curse, would you like to curse someone else and who would that be? (Tattle points to Wrye)
W: Hey, I am already a writer and I think it is a gift.
T: I know, silly-smarty-pants, I just like it when you turn red and sputter.
W: Oh… ummm… Cheese doodle on a cracker, ye-literary-goofer, that was a conversation ender. Sooo, m’dear,  J. S. (Offers J. S. a gentlemanly bow) As always it has been a pleasure.
T: Yes, thank you for your time. You are indeed a delight.
As they escort themselves out, Tattle leaves a box of homemade chocolate chip cookies.
J.S.: Thank you, guys! It was fun. Come again. My door is always open….except when it’s cold. Then you have to knock, and hurry in. Au revoir!
Book Titles:
Salvaged
Unscripted – Duty Bound Series #1
Unearthed – Duty Bound Series #2
Untamed – Duty Bound Series #3
Cold Sweat – Heart & Endurance #1
Thin Ice – Heart & Endurance #2
Hot Water - Heart & Endurance #3 (coming in August 2017)
Links to buy your books:
Champagne Book group
http://champagnebooks.com/store/index.php?id_manufacturer=169&controller=manufacturer
Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/J.-S.-Marlo/e/B002BMGUCC/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
KOBO
https://www.kobo.com/us/en/search?query=J.%20S.%20Marlo&fcsearchfield=Author
Barnes & Noble
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/%22J.%20S.%20Marlo%22?Ntk=P_key_Contributor_List&Ns=P_Sales_Rank&Ntx=mode+matchall
Social links
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005715001393
Twitter
@JSMarloAuthor
Website
https://sites.google.com/site/jsmarloauthor
Until next time, keep reading!
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We'd love to hear from anyone interested in what we do. Anyone who writes us at writingteamcw@yahoo.com (Write - Blog Dawn - in subject line) and leaves an s-mail address, we will send you a free ebook (choose erotic or romantic thriller) and add you to any future mailings.



Angelica Hart and Zi ~ Vixen Bright and Zachary Zane
www.champagnebooks.com - www.carnalpassions.com - angelicahartandzi.com










Thursday, March 1, 2018

How do You Create Your Masterpiece?



Working at a book table during a recent Con set me thinking. You get to meet and talk with a lot of new or developing writers at these busy events. Some come looking for hints, or just want to talk about the writing world in general.

One young gentleman’s comment that he only writes in longhand in a notebook got me thinking. When I mentioned using computers he was dead set against them. Pen to paper was the only way for him. He intended to work that way until he had his final draft of his manuscript completed.

I too started out writing in a notebook. I still have them buried in my office somewhere. Then I graduated to a manual typewriter. (I’m a two-fingered typist and I like it that way.) The typewriter certainly made for easier-to-read work. I also went through large reams of paper and whiteout by the jar or strip.

Then I graduated to a Commodore 64 computer and 5 inch floppy discs. I was in my glory. Unfortunately, I still have two novels that never escaped from the floppy discs. Fortunately, I do have hard copies buried around the office somewhere, if I ever get the ambition to transcribe them on to my latest computer while editing out all those beginner errors at the same time.

Now I have three laptops, numerous thumb drives, and an external hard drive. Which brings me to the moral of this lengthy tale and why I’m quite happy I kept moving on up through the equipment in search of something better.

I was wrestling with my latest epic recently. My Beta reader was working me over. I decided she was correct, again. I needed to make some important changes. First, was completely re-writing the opening. Then, I needed to make several changes through the manuscript. Next I had to add some new scenes to make sense out of the revised opening. I shudder to think of doing this amount of revision work on a typewriter or even the trusty Commodore. Never mind scratching around in a notebook!

I can give another better example. A couple of years ago I turned in a manuscript that came to somewhere north of 100,000 words. That particular publisher decided it was a bit long for them when they brought out the print editions. Their request, cut the manuscript into two, flesh those two out to a decent length of somewhere over 80,000 words each, and then write a third novel to turn the whole project into a trilogy.

I can imagine doing the above using a handwritten notebook. One final thought on the subject. I keep a separate file on the computer of notes for each project that I can call upon and bring up as I am working. Useful stuff such as, “How did I spell that character’s name?” or “What did I say was the color of her eyes?”

Experience is a good teacher. Bottom line, writing is a very personal exercise. Write in the way that suits you best, and take all the advice from us old timers with a grain of sea-salt.

R.J.Hore
www.facebook.com/RonaldJHore

The Dark Lady Trilogy (Volume 1,2,3)
The Queen’s Pawn (Volume 1,2,3)
The Housetrap Chronicles (Volumes 1 to 8)
Alex in Wanderland,
Knight’s Bridge
We’re Not in Kansas
Toltec Dawn Trilogy (Volume 1, 2, 3)

Friday, February 2, 2018

Happy Valentine's Month




Just because Valentine's Day hasn't arrived doesn't mean the entire months shouldn't be celebrated. 
So, we compiled a compiled a few quotes to help keep the mood going.  
Enjoy!

The most precious possession that ever comes to a man in this world is a woman's heart. 
~ by Josiah G. Holland ~

There is only one happiness in life: to love and be loved.
~ by George Sand ~

Love is an act of endless forgiveness
A tender look which becomes a habit.
~ by Peter Ustinov ~

Love is a fruit in season at all times,
and within the reach of every hand.
~ by Mother Teresa ~

The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.
~ by Helen Keller ~

The courses of true love never did run smooth.
~ by William Shakespeare ~

But true love is a durable fire,
In the mind ever burning,
Never sick, never old, never dead,
From itself never turning.
~ by Sir Walter Raleigh ~

Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some people move our souls to dance. They awaken us to new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom.
Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon.
They stay in our lives for awhile, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never ever the same.
~ by Flavia Weedn ~


Seduce my mind and you can have my body,
Find my soul and I'm yours forever.
~ by Anonymous ~

So dear I love him that with him,
All deaths I could endure.
Without him, live no life.
~ by William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet ~

To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.
~ by Karen Sunde ~

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself
But if your love and must needs have desires,
Let these be your desires:
• To melt and be like a running brook
• That sings its melody to the night.
• To know the pain of too much tenderness.
• To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
• And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
• To wake at dawn with a winged heart
• And give thanks for another day of loving;
• To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy;
• To return home at eventide with gratitude;
• And then to sleep with a prayer
• For the beloved in your heart
• And a song of praise upon your lips.
~ by Gibran Kahlil Gibran ~

Husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it .. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.
~ by The Holy Bible, New International Version Ephesians 5:25-33 ~

Love doesn't make the world go round,
Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.
~ by Elizabeth Browning ~





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We'd love to hear from anyone interested in what we do. Anyone who writes us at writingteamcw@yahoo.com (Write - Blog Dawn - in subject line) and leaves an s-mail address, we will send you a free ebook (choose erotic or romantic thriller) and add you to any future mailings.



Angelica Hart and Zi ~ Vixen Bright and Zachary Zane
www.champagnebooks.com - www.carnalpassions.com - angelicahartandzi.com




Thursday, February 1, 2018

Things a Pantser Will Do


I’m a pantser and proud of it. Here is one reason why.

I was working on a lengthy manuscript the other day. The scene had the heroine trying to escape a boring party and being harassed by a dull male until she eventually shooed him away. At that point he was just inserted by me as part of the scenery. I began to wonder if he had an ulterior motive. What was his real purpose? Maybe he was up to no good.

If I was a serious plotter I would already know the answers, having decided he was simply a walk-on, throw-away character passing her by in the night. But being a pantser, I wondered if I should find something useful for him to do and employ him a while longer.

The heroine is going on a trip. Would anyone be curious about this? I have it! My throw-away character is a bumbling spy who must continue to pursue her. Gives me someone to keep her busy while she is in transit. I can use the action around this hapless male to explain the how and why of a few other things going on rather than use a boring info dump. So I did.

Might never have come up with this angle if I was a meticulous plotter. While not a character who will become a main player, he did get to play an expanded part.

I often create characters I know little about at the time, only to learn more about them as I create. Sometimes they become major players. In this case a simple walk-on player earned at least two more scenes and probably made enough extra to cover his groceries and beer for the next week.

R.J.Hore
www.facebook.com/RonaldJHore

The Dark Lady Trilogy (Volume 1,2,3)
The Queen’s Pawn (Volume 1,2,3)
The Housetrap Chronicles (Volumes 1 to 8)
Alex in Wanderland,
Knight’s Bridge
We’re Not in Kansas
Toltec Dawn Trilogy (Volume 1, 2, 3)

Saturday, January 27, 2018

pending 2







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We'd love to hear from anyone interested in what we do. Anyone who writes us at writingteamcw@yahoo.com (Write - Blog Dawn - in subject line) and leaves an s-mail address, we will send you a free ebook (choose erotic or romantic thriller) and add you to any future mailings.



Angelica Hart and Zi ~ Vixen Bright and Zachary Zane
www.champagnebooks.com - www.carnalpassions.com - angelicahartandzi.com










Sunday, January 14, 2018

Is it Ever Done?

Is it Ever Done?

Writing is a satisfying occupation, be it journaling, writing poetry, short stories or novels, but is your manuscript ever done—finished—completed?

After working on The Knife for over thirty years, and most recently, seriously for three years, I believed it was finished. It had been through two different writing critique groups and two beta readers. One gave a hearty thumbs up. Then I waited for the other reader’s comments.

Aargh! After all my careful editing and rewriting, Beta #2 found two serious plot errors that skipped right by everyone else. Maybe that’s a good thing. If I’d sent it to the agent, would he also have not noticed the flaw? But once it was pointed out to me it stood out like an emergency flare on a dark night.

The story starts with a murder and, as it moves along, we have at least five suspects plus a couple of red herrings. The ending took everyone by surprise (as I’d hoped it would), yet they could go back and see the clues along the way.

In the denouement, our villain is confronted by several people, some of whom were suspects. Two of them are shocked to learn that person is the killer. Unfortunately, the way I wrote the story, they should have known all along. I’m glad no one else caught that flaw, but now that I know it’s there, I have to go back and write ending number four, making sure it is clear who knew what, when.

I’m thinking Beta Reader #2 ought to be on the political investigation committees. This is a person who knows how to detect a flaw in a story and root out conflicting stories.

Veronica Helen Hart is the author of the Blender Series at Champagne Book Group, as well as Silent Autumn from the same publisher. Her other books are historic novels about women striving to overcome serious odds. She is currently rewriting the ending to The Knife, and working on a novella about a young man returning home after being captive in North Korea for twenty years. This story revolves around the family dynamics as affected by his disappearance and reappearance.

Visit Veronica at: www.uppitywomanpress.com


Friday, January 5, 2018

REVIEW ~THE FORTUNE TELLER'S SECRET by Ron D. Voigts - Book 2 "A Cavendish Brown Paranormal Mystery"

 

FROM THE DESK OF
DONA PENZA TATTLE, ESQ.
AND
ASSOCIATE WRYE BALDERDASH
 
Greetings,

“Whaja think I should wear for Halloween? Tattle holds up a ghost costume, a mummy costume, and a Witch’s hat.

Wrye decides to stay clear of anything suggesting Tattle might be a witch. “How about ghost? Then you can go boo-gie.”

“Ha-ha! But what about the mummy?”

“You’re not wrapped up thigh enough. Brrrhahahaha!” Wrye laughed at his joke.

She wrinkled her nose at him then put on the witch’s hat. “How about….”

Wrye tossed the hat aside, again refusing the bait of calling her witchy. Instead he escorted her into a Love of Literature Leap.


Wrye Balderdash and Cavendish Brown exchanged hi five, low five, and a chest bump. 
 
Good to see you again. That last paranormal adventure in THE WITCH’S DAUGHTER was harrowing.” Wyre does the two finger eye point. “You almost had this ole man wetting his pants.”

Cavendish raked fingers through his hair, “That was a boo-licious treat, glad to have shared it.”

“Hey, I’m the jokester ‘round here!”

Tattle kisses Cavendish on the cheek. “Actually, that would be moi. See you in cyberspace.”

With a wink, the two vanish in their Love of Literature Leap Review and appear in THE FORTUNE TELLER'S SECRET by Ron D. Voigts - Book 2 "A Cavendish Brown Paranormal Mystery"

After he felt Tattle’s kiss, Cavendish awakened and realized he was dreaming. “Who were those two strange specters?”

Tattle smacked Wrye on the arm, playfully. “He thought we were specters. Tee hee.”

“He called us strange. What a great compliment. I like this character.”

“Cavendish is not your typical hero, but he is A…A…Adorable! And always gets caught in the odd and bizarre. I’d have it no other way. His imperfections are what makes him so perfect.”

“You have a crush!”

Tattle’s thumb and forefinger nearly met. “Maybe just a little, but I am always impartial in my reviews. I fully got caught up in the story not just cause Cavendish is a dimensional, complex character but because the author nabs your attention immediately. I mean, a female ghost appears to him, he tackles a cold case file, there’s a dead man on the Ferris Wheel, and a teenager plotting to bomb the carnival. Ooooheeeee!

“That’s not all of it,” Wrye concluded. “Don’t forget how he and local sheriff, Clinton Pike, can’t agree on anything. Plus, there is the appearance of The Angel of Death, a Fortune Teller’s skills predict Cavendish’s life is at stake.” Wrye pretended to kick an imaginary bucket. “And away he goes.”

“He’s going nowhere, you bucket kicker, you!  He has the help of Jane, a psychic, and Alex, a Goth witch!”

“The paranormal layers the storyline with a different twist. Ron D. Voigts executes every phrase of the plot with a grab-em-hard and don’t let go attitude. There is never a glitch, or hang-up. Just one mystery after another, that you, the reader, must uncover and unravel. However, not a single hint gives you an idea to the conclusion. You just have to read and read and read. Another winner! This book is another winner!”

“For me, it’s not just the brilliance of the overall story, it is the individual characters. They aren’t puppets dancing to the author’s pen strokes, more storytellers expecting the author to write their personal narratives. I find myself expecting Alex to walk around the corner with a wink or Marbella Wellingway, newspaper owner, to offer me a deadline. Every minute detail is exposed in every character, while the plot continually demands one’s attention. As always Ron D. Voigts gave us an unforgettable story needs to be read more than once.  You won’t be disappointed. Excellent work!”


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We'd love to hear from anyone interested in what we do. Anyone who writes us at writingteamcw@yahoo.com (Write - Blog Dawn - in subject line) and leaves an s-mail address, we will send you a free ebook (choose erotic or romantic thriller) and add you to any future mailings.



Angelica Hart and Zi ~ Vixen Bright and Zachary Zane
www.champagnebooks.com - www.carnalpassions.com - angelicahartandzi.com