Behind the Scenes of Law Enforcement

Ayden K. Morgen shares behind the scenes of law enforcement.

By day, I write contemporary romance about police officers and the women who love them. By night, I’m a 911 Dispatch Supervisor for my county. As a supervisor, my job is to lead a team of dispatchers as they watch over our deputies, fire fighters, EMS personnel, and the general public.

9-1-1 Dispatching is stressful and chaotic, and we never know what we’re going to deal with on any given day. When the phone rings, we’re prepared for anything. And we’ve dealt with everything. From shootings and stabbings to residential fires to tornado …we’ve seen (and heard) it all!

But the job is incredibly rewarding too. I get to work with some of the smartest, most dedicated people around. I have a lot of respect for our law enforcement officers and the impossible job they do.

In Devour Me, ATF agent Roman Gregory finds himself hiding out with his adult daughter’s best friend after he’s forced to kill a gang member to protect an innocent child. He’s a little rough and wild, and is very protective. He takes his job seriously, and understands the dangers that come with working with gangs and cartels.

Like Roman, a lot of police officers tend to be alpha males. They’re protective and bossy, and can be very demanding. They can also be loud and outspoken.

But they’re also goofballs and are a never-ending source of hilarity. They deal with more crap than anyone, and they do it because they care.

Here are a few other things that might surprise you about Police Officers and what goes on behind the scenes: Continue reading

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Leslie Scott Talks Writing Your First Novel

Leslie Scott iconLeslie Scott spends most days attempting to wrangle the voices in her head and often wishes she could clone herself so that their stories get told faster. She loves words, romance, and characters that feel like family and spends almost all of her free time with her own family; including a boisterous eleven-year-old that she home-schools and an assorted cast of rescue pets. She lives her own happily ever after with her soul mate and best friend in the northern part of Alabama and hopes you enjoy reading her stories as much as she enjoys writing them.

Book writing advice from Leslie Scott

Let’s face facts. Writing books is hard. Sitting down and putting ideas on paper, playing around, writing for the sheer joy of it? That part is easy. But structuring a novel out of writing for fun—doesn’t happen without a lot of work.

Part of that work is honing your craft, learning how a story progresses, and all the things they don’t teach you in high school English. So my writing career began with a lot of stops and starts. I probably have around fifty half-finished manuscripts. A dear friend finally told me not to send her anything else to read, until I finished one.

I finally did. It’s actually the manuscript I sent in to RWA (Romance Writers Association) to prove I was a real live writer.  Also, it’s horrible. I’ve often thought of rewriting it and may still do that one day. But finishing that one story gave me the confidence to write the next one. Which, was The Finish Line, my first published novel. No I don’t have a sob story about all the manuscripts I sent in, that were rejected. Not because those types of work don’t exist, but because they are all in a file… to never see the light of day. I put in the hard work it took to write a publication ready story before I ever submitted.

So, if you’re a fledgling writer and want my advice? Do the work and write your story, that’s the absolute best any of us can do. Continue reading

Wildfire and Roses by Hope Malory

Wildfire and Roses coverWildfire and Roses by Hope Malory
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

Sparks fly when tenacious mountain climber and hiker Beasley McLemore meets hot smokejumper Will Gregor on a search and rescue mission in Yosemite. Getting together, however, isn’t easy. Strong-willed Beasley is bent on building a thriving landscaping business back home in the foothills of the majestic Smoky Mountains. Busy working 24/7, she has no time or energy for a man in her life…she thinks.

Scorched by love in his past, Will is content to live near awe-inspiring Lake Tahoe where he saves lives and forests as a remote wildland firefighter. He doesn’t need a committed relationship complicating his dangerous lifestyle…he thinks.

Through life-changing events and a family mystery, each must question long held beliefs about work, love, and life. Looming over their blossoming love affair is the 2,400 miles separating their homes and livelihoods. Will love keep them together or distance tear them apart? Continue reading

RL Kenderson Presents, Object of My Desire

Object of My Desire book coverObject of My Desire by R.L. Kenderson
Publication date: March 14th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

A romance author, a cover model, a book signing … a crush.

Ordinary women like me know we shouldn’t fall for beautiful men like Travis Zehler, one of the hottest cover models in romance fiction. But, sometimes, we can’t help ourselves.

When I meet him at a book signing, my attraction to him is instant. I’m infatuated, and I can’t stop thinking about him.

Even though I have doubts he’d ever be interested, I invite Travis to attend a book signing with me. And he says yes.

My fantasy comes true when he takes me to his bed, and the more time we spend together, the more I see that Travis isn’t some object to be desired.

He’s a man with a past. A man who’s been burned. A man who’s learned to keep his guard up.

I want to show him he can trust again, but when our confidence in each other is shaken, I begin to wonder if happily ever afters are only for my romance novels. Continue reading

Eric J. Guignard, Presents That Which Grows Wild

That Which Grows wild coverThat Which Grows Wild by Eric J. Guignard
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Short Stories

Synopsis

That Which Grows Wild collects sixteen dark and masterful short stories by award-winning author Eric J. Guignard. Equal parts whimsy and weird, horror and heartbreak, this debut collection traverses the darker side of the fantastic through vibrant and harrowing tales that depict monsters and regrets, hope and atonement, and the oddly changing reflection that turns back at you in the mirror.

Discover why Eric J. Guignard has earned praise from masters of the craft such as Ramsey Campbell (“Guignard gives voice to paranoid vision that’s all too believable.”), Rick Hautala (“No other young horror author is better, I think, than Eric J. Guignard.”), and Nancy Holder ( “The defining new voice of horror has arrived, and I stand in awe.”)

Stories include:

• “A Case Study in Natural Selection and How It Applies to Love” – a teen experiences romance, while the world slowly dies from rising temperatures and increasing cases of spontaneous combustion.

• “Dreams of a Little Suicide” – a down-on-his-luck actor unexpectedly finds his dreams and love in Hollywood playing a munchkin during filming of The Wizard of Oz, but soon those dreams begin to darken.

• “The Inveterate Establishment of Daddano & Co.” – an aged undertaker tells the true story behind the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, and of the grime that accumulates beneath our floors.

• “A Journey of Great Waves” – a Japanese girl encounters, years later, the ocean-borne debris of her tsunami-ravaged homeland, and the ghosts that come with it.

• “The House of the Rising Sun, Forever” – a tragic voice gives dire warning against the cycle of opium addiction from which, even after death, there is no escape.

• “Last Days of the Gunslinger, John Amos” – a gunfighter keeps a decimated town’s surviving children safe on a mountaintop from the incursion of ferocious creatures… until a flash flood strikes.

Explore within, and discover a wild range upon which grows the dark, the strange, and the profound. Continue reading

Blood and Whiskey by Meredith Allison

What inspired you to write Blood & Whiskey?

I was inspired to write Blood & Whiskey for a few reasons. I’ve always loved mafia films and stories—something about the way tradition, honor, and loyalty go entirely against the laws of the land have always been fascinating to me. Even more so, I’m interested in characters who believe in these ideals, but reluctantly. I wanted to write a story about these themes set during Prohibition, which was really the introduction of organized crime in America, but from the point of view from a young woman. What would it be like to be a woman at this time in history having to make these decisions and deal with these things? That’s what B&W is about. Plus, who doesn’t love the glitz and glamour of the 1920s?

What can we expect from you in the future?

Blood & Whiskey is the first in a series of novels about the Scalisi Family. Chiefly, the series will explore Mia Scalisi’s entry into organized crime and her rise to power, and the repercussions that come with it, both in a tactile sense and also psychologically. Blood & Whiskey is her origin story. The next book, Princes of the Lower East Side, picks up the action about a year after B&W. It will release late October 2019.

About the Book

Blood and whiskey coverBlood and Whiskey A Scalisi Family Novel #1 by Meredith Allison
Genre: Historical Thriller

Synopsis

1924 Chicago is a turf war: the North Side against the South Side. Booze, guns, money, and blood are all currency here.

Prohibition is a breeding ground for the rise of organized crime in America, and for the ambitious, it means building a fortune.

Mia Scalisi, a street-smart showgirl, has big dreams of leaving behind the small-time supper club she performs at night after night. She wants to see her name in lights—and maybe even on the silver screen. And her brother Nick, an ambitious Mafia capo determined to be the next underworld prince, promises to use the spoils of his new liquor deal to make it happen.

With the career of her dreams within her reach and friends like Al Capone and Johnny Torrio, Mia’s future has never looked brighter, and she turns a blind eye to Nick’s criminal activities and morally bankrupt ways…until it all catches up with them.

Too late, Mia discovers ambition always comes with a price, and that price must be paid—in blood.

When her world implodes, there’s only one thing she cares about after the dust settles.

Revenge.

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Meredith Allison has embraced her nerdiness from youth, with minor jaunts of attempting to be “cool” during high school and college. Spoiler alert: she was unsuccessful at fooling anyone. After this dark period, she returned to the light, embracing her bookish nature and penchant for action and horror films, bloody survivalist video games (she’s looking at you, Resident Evil and Call of Duty) interspersed with the occasional sweeping fantasy adventure RPG (Final Fantasy, anyone?). Along the way, she developed her knack for storytelling, which began when she was a mere child-person many moons ago.

Meredith is a writer (and reader) of many kinds of fiction, but in particular spy thrillers, military-esque suspense, and historical crime. A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, she is by proxy a Huskers fan (GO BIG RED!), as UNL is her undergraduate alma mater, and moonlights as an obligatory Blue Jays fan due to completing her graduate MFA studies at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

When she emerges from her writing cave, blinking in dismay at having to be exposed to the cruel light of day yet again, she can be found romping with her two Pomeranians, serving her overlord cat, hanging with her husband, battling it out with the undead or practicing a new kind of magery on her PlayStation, or simply huddled in a dark corner somewhere with just enough light to read a favorite book. Other interests include baking, cooking, and blogging about new restaurants.

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Author Holly Tierney-Bedord, Shares Advice for Aspiring Writers

Author Holly Tierney-Bedord, shares her writing process behind her latest novel The Woman America Loves a Latte.

Photo Holly BedordWhat is your writing process and what do you think are common traps for aspiring writers?

Starting with an outline doesn’t work very well for me because it feels like one degree away from writing a research paper. For me, writing a book or story is like starting a journey with no itinerary. If I’m going to keep on that journey, it needs to be fun and surprising. Since I often have very little idea where a story is going, I look forward to getting back to a work in progress the same way I look forward to catching up on some TV show I’ve DVR’d.

My books start with a character and a setting. It’s often some intriguing woman who’s in the midst of a personal crisis. Sometimes she’s likable, other times she isn’t, but she’s always up to something that makes me want to know more about her. I’m interested in people and relationships. While I usually have little or no idea about the plot when I start writing, the mood or “voice” of the story or novel is already there.

In The Woman America Loves a Latte, for instance, one of the opening scenes introduces readers to Veloura, the novel’s main character. She’s waiting for a job interview. We’ve all been there before and can relate to her nervous excitement. Before long, I discovered she was on the run from her ex-fiancé. Exciting, right? It certainly kept me wanting to write more!

I think this free-form writing style works for me because I had writing teachers in grade school and then again in college who encouraged us (made us, actually–not that I was opposed to it) sit down and write, without letting the pencil stop moving for more than a second or two.

There wasn’t time to over-analyze our work or get self-conscious, and the writing wasn’t meant to be collected or seen by others. I HIGHLY recommend this technique to people who want to be writers, and even to people who couldn’t care less about being writers. Continue reading

Book Talk with Kathleen O’Donnell

Kathleen O'Donnell blog tourWhat did you learn from writing of The Invisible Heiress?

Where do I start? Oh, yes. I learned the more I write the harder it is, the more I care about the finished product. I’ve been lucky to work with exceptional teachers, writers and editors. So I can’t fool myself anymore.

I know what’s good and what sucks. I learned every sentence matters. I learned a lot about what I believe, what my definition of family is, and the strength of the mother/child bond.

I believe it was Joan Didion who said she writes to find out what she thinks. That was definitely true for me with this novel. Everything I believe is there, on the page.

What is your favorite part of The Invisible Heiress and why?

Two favorites. First, I’d have to say the humor. It’s definitely irreverent and even inappropriate but it makes the story more unique. Some of the events are tragic yet the humor makes them more bearable, more relatable.

The second is the rage. It was a lot of fun to write a character who is so enraged. Preston has no filter. She says what she wants, when she wants, to whomever she wants. She spares no one her wrath. It was freeing to give Preston life, an angry, spoiled, often hilarious one.

It was also fun to write someone as manipulative and focused as Isabel. She does whatever it takes to get her way. No extreme is too extreme. I loved her even though she’s villainous.

The Invisible Heiress by Kathleen O’Donnell
Genre: Psychological Thriller

Synopsis

Dark, disturbing, deliciously inappropriate.” – Leslie Wolfe, best-selling author of The Watson Girl.

From two-time Book of the Year finalist Kathleen O’Donnell comes a gripping psychological thriller filled with unexpected twists.

Invisible Heiress book coverA psychiatric patient with a dark secret

Preston Blair, a blogger with a dark sense of humor, is committed to a private psychiatric hospital, accused of a shocking crime. Her father Todd’s influence as a D.A. has kept her from prison, but her sanity remains on a knife-edge.

A therapist with an agenda

Preston’s therapist, Isabel, is too preoccupied working her latest con on a rich, married, sadomasochistic secret lover, to care about Preston’s problems, even when Preston tells her that her socialite mother, Harrison Blair, had committed an unthinkable crime herself years before—one that might help explain Preston’s own misdeeds.

A shocking secret that begs to be told

When Preston’s absent husband, Brendan, suddenly turns up and tries to prove her innocence, tragedy strikes. Preston’s convinced her parents were involved, but it turns out to be much more complicated. As Preston delves deeper into the mystery, her head clears and a devastating event that she had long erased from her muddled mind comes rushing back.

A killer that cannot be stopped

Stumbling onto video evidence, which exposes a killer’s greed and lust for power, Preston finds her own life is in danger from a surprising and once trusted source. She discovers that the truth hurts. It just might be the death of her.

Fans of Gillian Flynn and Jessica Knoll will love Kathleen O’Donnell.

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Kathleen O’Donnell is a wife, mom, grandmother and a recovering blogger. She currently lives in Nevada with her husband. She is a two-time Book of the Year finalist for her debut novel The Last Day for Rob Rhino. You can find short stories and blog posts on her website.

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Not My Baby by Fallyn Briggs

Not my baby book coverNot My Baby Babies For Billionaires Book 2 by Fallyn Briggs
Genre: Sweet Romance

Synopsis

Some women are hired for their looks… Sydney Campbell wasn’t one of them.

Unbeknownst to her, Sydney Campbell is hired because CEO Grayson Carter believes she has no chance of turning his incorrigible son’s head. Aiden Carter is young, handsome, and set to inherit his father’s billion-dollar company. He also has a habit of dating his assistants.

But Sydney has as much time for rumors, taunts, and bad reputations as she does for relationships, love, and babies.

As in none.

She has her own demons to battle, a father who relies on her, and a plan that says working for Aiden Carter is just a stepping stone in her climb to the top of the marketing ladder.

She will not date Aiden. She will not fall in love with him. And she will most certainly not have children with him… right? Continue reading

Bella Fontaine Presents, Kiss From a Rose

Kiss from a rose coverKiss From a Rose by Bella Fontaine
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

Secrets that were meant to be hidden jump out of the closet in this hot, sexy, enemies to lovers romance. From USA Today Bestselling Author Khardine Gray writing as Bella Fontaine…

There are two things in this world that I’m certain of:
1.  Money doesn’t grow on trees.
2.  Caine Donoghue is the devil. He’s the kind of guy who’s sexy, knows it, and uses his charm to fool you. It doesn’t help that he’s an Ex-Navy man with all that hard muscle and a body built like a god. He’s the devil.

It sounds harsh, but it’s true. I should know because I practically grew up with him. I had to endure many summers of his evil. So I should know.

However, the day came when the man decided to go and shock me.

It only took a fifteen-year absence in each other’s lives, but…one major act of kindness that saved the person I loved most dissolved the barrier I placed up to keep him out.

I never saw it coming.
Me, trapped in the charm he oozed. Me, trapped in the temptation that lured me to him just from his sinful sexy smile. Me, getting lost in a man I thought was my worse nightmare. Continue reading