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Cruising On Ice with Kerry Evelyn

Author Kerry Evelyn talks about writing her latest novel Cruising on Ice

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Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Cruising on Ice? How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?

My daughter has been asking me for years why I haven’t written a cheer story. We both love the sport, and Taylor has been in my head for a long time. As has Kingston—he was a side character in Love on the Ice, and I developed him completely when I wrote that story. I thought the two of them would be good together, as more than friends, and it was time to write their book. Since cheer comp season ends around the time of the hockey playoffs, I knew it would have to take place over the summer.

The idea to put them on a cruise ship came to me when I was planning one of our family cruises. Their room has the layout our family had on the Disney Dream, and I pulled my favorite things from other ships, like the ice rink.

What did you learn during the writing of your recent book?

I learned how much I didn’t know about hockey! I had the sport down but the contracts and expansion draft minutia – yeeesh! Luckily, I have some superfan friends and dear friend in the Florida Panthers organization who helped me get it all right.

My Panther guy was especially helpful with the epilogue scene logistics, and when I sent him the finished version, he loved it!  it was an awesome moment for me.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Nope! I love every word I wrote in Cruising on Ice! The freedom of publishing it myself come s with hiring an editing team that helps my vision come to life instead of trying to fit it to what’s trending in the market. Also, I love my ensemble cast! If I’d have pubbed it traditionally, I’m sure many of my side characters would have been cut.

What inspired you to write this book?

I’ve always been a hockey fan.  No Sweet 16 party for me – I dragged my friends to a hockey game! Several of the players were friends of mine, and I loved to watch them play.

When I moved to Florida, I couldn’t find anyone to go to games with me. It was such a bummer! A couple years ago, I decided to write a short romance story, Love on the Ice, and during my research I discovered hockey romance was thing! I read a Kat Mizera book and was hooked! That story went on to become finalist in the Florida Writers Association’s Royal Palm Literary.

How did you come up with the title of your first novel?

It was originally On the Edge. My characters were dealing with PTSD and staying at resort called the Cliff Walk in Downeast, Maine. A main scene takes place near the edge of a cliff. I loved that “edge” represented many things in the story. However, that title didn’t hint at the genre.

While at an industry conference in July 2017, I mentioned that to my favorite Regency author, Anabelle Bryant, and she suggested simply adding Love to the title. So, Love on the Edge it became!

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New Novel: The Light Through the Pouring Rain

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Title: The Light Through the Pouring Rain by James Ruvalcaba
Genre: Nonfiction
ISBN-13: 979-8575160397

Synopsis

A remarkable love story that pulls on your heartstrings and leaves you inspired.

A page turner that gives a first-hand look into the lives of a young couple madly in love and eager to start their lives together, only to have it all halted by a cancer diagnosis. With no clear road map on how to navigate their new normal, James and Anabel proceed into uncharted territory, hand-in-hand, with the love of their families and their faith in God to guide them.

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About James Ruvalcaba

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Before he started writing romance stories, James worked with the special need’s population for 10 Years. He devoted his life giving back to the population. From school’s to agencies and everything in between James has worked almost every job within the community. After that, during the pandemic James decided to start writing to pass the time, but to come through on his promise he made years earlier. He devoted his life to giving back, now he devotes his life to telling his stories.

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About Stranger’s Kingdom

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Hi. I’m Brandon Barrows. Maybe we’ve met before. Maybe you know me from my previous novel Burn Me Out, or from stories of mine that have appeared in various magazines and anthologies.

Burn Me Out and many of those stories are lodged firmly in the noir category of crime fiction, so Strangers’ Kingdom is something a little different for me: a true mystery. It’s also a police procedural set in rural Vermont, which was harder to write than it sounds.

So it’s something different for me as a writer. So what, you might think. Well, I’ll tell you: because it’s a novel I put a tremendous amount of effort, heart, and hopefully you’ll agree, soul into that I know you’ll enjoy.

Let’s start with the basics – the blurb.

Politically blacklisted detective Luke Campbell’s last chance in law-enforcement is a job with the police department of rural Granton, Vermont. It’s a beautiful town, home to a beautiful, intriguing girl who’s caught his eye, and it’s a chance at redemption. Even if his new boss seems strange, secretive, and vaguely sinister, Campbell is willing to give this opportunity a shot. And no sooner does he make that decision than the first in a series of murders is discovered, starting a chain of events that will change the lives of everyone in this once-quiet town…

How does that grab you? Interested in knowing a little more, hopefully?

Well, the setting came first. While the town of Granton is fictional, the area where the book is set, Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, is very real. In fact, it’s where my mother grew up and a place I still have family.

Being in a sort of triangle between two states and Canada, there’s a lot that goes on up there, probably more than we’ll ever know. Despite everything that can happen in such a setting, though, for most people, a rural town is a very small world and that’s certainly true of the main character, Luke Campbell.

Luke grew up in Vermont, but lived most of his adult life in Albany, New York before coming to Granton. Because of that, it’s less a homecoming for him than it is a brand-new world, something both he as the protagonist and I, as the writer, were continually discovering while I wrote it.

So why a police procedural mystery? Truthfully, it didn’t start out that way. It began as a rural noir, like many of my short stories, but I discovered early on that it just wasn’t working for me. I couldn’t tell the story the way it needed to be told if I stuck to that and I liked the ideas I had for this book so much, I wasn’t willing to create something I felt inferior, so I played around with the format, switched it up, and ended up creating an entirely new protagonist to go along with the new format.

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2021, September & October Giveaways

Hi, All,

After 10 years of managing 2 websites I’ve decided to discontinue this site effective October 1, 2021. If you want to continue receiving updates on books, reviews, interviews and much more, subscribe here.

For now, this site will only host giveaways until further notice.

Enter to win a hockey-themed swag bundle with a $25 Amazon gift card!
Includes: $25 Amazon gift card, cheer bow, sea-themed journal, Sea World shell ornament, bottle of seashells, anchor-shaped soap, mermaid magnet, Seaworld playing cards, Dream Big ornament, Orlando Solar Bears towel, Happy Planner notebook, desk hockey game, Bolts trading card, Take a Shot! glass, Palmer City Voltage puck and magnet, NHL Fresh Ice wax melts, and an I Love Hockey sticker.

P. Sawyer Presents: He Gets Me

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He Gets Me Perfectly Stated Series by P. Sawyer
Genre: Erotica, Dark Romance

Synopsis

Everly

The last thing I needed was another ex-SEAL, Alpha male up in my business. But as the threats against my life increase, my brother ensures me Nox is the best to protect me. There’s something about him that makes my blood boil, and not necessarily in a bad way. As we are forced to spend more time together, I begin to see the man under the gruff façade, and I might just lose more than my life in the process.

Nox

Being assigned to protect a spoiled country pop star was not my idea of a fun time, not even as a favor for a fellow brother in arms. Her spoiled brat act was enough to get on my nerves, until a new threat thrusts us closer together and I begin to see the girl underneath the tough exterior. Seeing her in a new light, she makes me question things I’ve never wanted before. As the danger grows closer, I just might just lose myself and my heart.

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My Take on Spiced Coffee

My family are not big coffee drinkers. In fact in my immediate family NO BODY drinks coffee. That said, I’ve always loved the smell and envied coffee drinkers. I don’t have to stomach for it though, I used to get debilitating cramps. So for years I resolved to just enjoying the smell.

Recently a friend of mine introduced me to South Indian coffee. It is made with coffee (of course) plus a lot of good belly spices and a bit of milk. I took a sip, and loved it, so we sipped until it was done and waited for cramps to kick in but it never did! Woot Woot!

The next time he made it, I got my own cup and it was fantastic! Sans cramps.

I wanted to replicate it at home so I experimented… now it is part of my breakfast repertoire. Here’s the recipe, if you try it and like it, I’d love to hear from you.

Ingredients for Spiced coffee
  1. Semi-sweet chocolate.
  2. Instant coffee
  3. Powdered ginger
  4. Cardamom
  5. Pumpkin spice
  6. Cinnamon
  7. French Vanilla
  8. Milk
  9. ( 1 or 1/2-cup) Water
Instant coffee and chocolate

Instant Coffee: I like the packages because the amount is just right, I use half pack and 1/2 cup of water. I also don’t have a coffee machine and don’t plan to invest in one anytime soon.

South Indian coffee uses a lot of sugar. I try to limit my sugar intake so I use semi-sweet chocolate. From chocolate you get natural anti-oxidants plus more.

Cardamom cinnamon powdered ginger

You can use the sticks of cinnamon, but I used what I had in my pantry. All the spices above helps with digestion and adds tons of flavor. Simmer these ingredients and take a moment to smell the aroma!

whole milk and french vanilla

Add as much or little milk as you like. I eyeball it until it is a nice brown color. Whole milk adds a rich body to the mixture. When you whisk it, it becomes nice and frothy.

Spiced coffee in a pot

When you add the milk it will change the temperature of the mixture, so bring it back to a simmer.

cup with spiced coffee

Sometimes I add Turmeric and Coriander to the mix. Experiment with different spices, you never know what might work and what might send you to the bathroom.

Are you sick of veggies spoiling before you’ve had a to use them, or wish they would last longer? Here are a few tips.

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Unexpected Love Cruisin Around Series

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Chances Are: Unexpected Love Cruisin’ Around Series by Lisa Wood
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

Dani Harper is a quiet woman, always eager to please. She’s overworked and under-appreciated at work and decides she needs a break. A two-week vacation on the Ocean Tides Adults Only Cruise is just what the doctor ordered.

Marc Adams is a typical playboy, with a penchant for poker and women. When he wins a ticket for a Caribbean cruise, he knows he’s hit the jackpot. Seeing a woman in trouble in the nightclub, he intervenes, coming to her rescue.

To his surprise, she has no interest in getting to know him.

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This is a HEA story with no cliffhangers.

Due to explicit language and content, this book is intended for readers 18+.

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Romy Lockhart presents Hybrid Rejected

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Hybrid Rejected by Romy Lockhart
Genre: Reverse Harem Paranormal Romance

Synopsis

Amanda is heartbroken when her true mate rejects her because she’s a hybrid. Realizing she’ll never be accepted by full-blooded shifters, she accepts a place at Gemini Academy.

Her new life gets off to a rocky start when she’s stalked by a dangerous shifter she managed to attract before she left her old pack. Rescued by an Alpha, she soon finds out Wolf Creek is much more accepting of hybrids.

Even so, she doesn’t expect to find another true mate there, never mind three of them. She can’t deny her attraction to them, but she’s afraid to have her heart broken all over again.

Can she let go of the past, or will it come back to haunt her?

Hybrid Rejected is a standalone new adult rejected mate reverse harem romance with college-aged characters, serious steam and an HEA.

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