Lizzie Borden by Elizabeth Engstrom

About Elizabeth Engstrom Elizabeth Engstrom

Elizabeth (Liz) Engstrom grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois (a Chicago suburb where she lived with her father) and Kaysville, Utah (north of Salt Lake City, where she lived with her mother). After graduating from high school in Illinois, she ventured west in a serious search for acceptable weather, eventually settling in Honolulu. She attended college and worked as an advertising copywriter.

After eight years on Oahu, she moved to Maui, found a business partner and opened an advertising agency. One husband, two children and five years later, she sold the agency to her partner and had enough seed money to try her hand at full time fiction writing, her lifelong dream. With the help of her mentor, science fiction great Theodore Sturgeon, When Darkness Loves Us was published.

Engstrom moved to Eugene, Oregon in 1986, where she lives with her husband Al Cratty, the legendary muskie fisherman, and their Duck Tolling Retriever, Jook. Liz holds a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing and a Master of Arts in Applied Theology, both from Marylhurst University. A recluse at heart, she still emerges into public occasionally to speak at a writers conference, or to teach a class on various aspects of writing the novel, essay, article or short story. An avid knitter and gardener, she is on faculty at the University of Phoenix and is always working on the next book.

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About the Book

Lizzie Borden book coverLizzie Borden by Elizabeth Engstrom
Genre: Historical Mystery, Thriller


Did she do it?

A hundred years ago, it was the Trial of the Century. A young woman stood accused of brutally murdering her father and stepmother in a crime so heinous that it became a benchmark in human tragedy.

A hundred years later, the Lizzie Borden case still resounds in the imagination. There are those who staunchly defend Lizzie’s innocence while others vehemently declare that she did it, and that the murder was justified.

In Elizabeth Engstrom’s brilliant novel, the dark psychology of the Borden household is laid bare. Lizzie, her sister Emma and their parents Andrew and Abby Borden, are sharply illuminated—as are the paranoia and concealed hatred that secretly ruled the family. Domestic violence and dysfunctional families are not inventions of modern times.

“Every door in the Borden house is metaphorically locked, and each room holds the terrible secrets of its occupant…Engstrom skillfully and subtly builds a psychological plot, moving the reader inexorably toward the anticipated savage denouement.” —Publishers Weekly

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Breanna Hayse Presents, Switched in Time

Breanna Hayse SwitchedSwitched in Time by Breanna Hayse
Genre: Time Travel Romance


Nya Lynn Crow is stuck in a boring life. Her only real joy exists in attending BDSM and kinkster parties with her best friend, Tawni. However, even those events are being ruined by a woman who’s out to destroy her, and because of whom Nya ends up being drugged, beaten and left to die on a mesa in the Sandia mountain foothills.

She tries to walk home in the dark and stumbles on to ancient Indian burial grounds, only to awaken in the care of two very handsome ranchers who are strong, kind, and ridiculously old-fashioned. While they nurse her back to health, she finds herself yearning for modern conveniences—conveniences that she soon discovers have not yet been invented.

Flint Masters, stern cowboy and owner of High River Ranch, takes an instant shine to this beautiful but strange ‘half-breed’, but her lack of proper manners and inability to follow direction grate on his nerves. As a result, Nya soon discovers that all the fantasies and role playing games she so enjoyed enacting before at BDSM events are nothing like the reality of a real, old-fashioned spanking. She’s also quick to learn that her sexual appetite is something beyond the ‘polite society’ expectations of a gentleman rancher; and her desires end up inviting not only another switching, but also fulfillment the likes of which she’s never before experienced.

Can a modern, sexually expressive, and highly opinionated young woman survive in the Old West in 1863, surrounded by cowboys, Vaqueros and Apache Indians?

Especially when time proves itself to be cyclic, and Nya finds herself face to face with her old nemesis once again—only this time, the evil woman is trying to not just destroy her, but every Apache and Vaquero in the territory. Nya must decide whether to stand up to her for once and for all, or to run and hide, and she ends up risking everything, including her blossoming relationship with Flint, to saves the lives of the people around her, and to hopefully make the future a better place for all of them.

This fast-paced Western adventure is full of what fans have come to love and expect from Breanna Hayse; gorgeous men; strong, opinionated, curiously vulnerable women; sizzling spankings and rich historic detail; with a witty dose of humor thrown in for good measure.

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How does a Physician find inspiration in her daily life?

How does a Physician find inspiration in her daily life?

Bubbles + BuddhaA life that can often challenge my views on life and love.

Over the years, I’ve had to find creative ways to cope, ways of finding deeper meaning and a greater acceptance of what I’ve been called to do.

I now know, that I’m a Healer at heart and that there are many ways to administer healing. One of these being using my words to heal the World.

I’ve found that once I meet the basic guidelines discussed below, my life seems to flow better and my creativity improves. I am healthier, happier and feel more in tuned to the flow of Life. In short I am filled with Body Joy™

  • Nourish my body with clean wholesome food and adequate water. I practice the 80/20 rule – Eating clean 80% of the time, focusing on a plant-based diet and using meat more as a garnish than as a major part of my meals. I enjoy my meals and allow small indulgences as part of my 20%. I’ve never passed up on an offering of cheesecake, but I enjoy a small portion, savoring each mouthful.
  • Exercise is a non-negotiable. I try to exercise daily, varying my routine but always ensuring that my heart, muscles and core all get in on the action. Some of my best ideas have come to me during my exercise sessions. Nothing seems to bolster my creativity like a good sweat session.
  • Nourish my mind with adequate sleep. Once I get to working on a project, I can sometimes go on and on and lose track of time. Time seems to fly by once I’m in the “zone”, and sleep can get put on the backburner. I’ve now learned that my body and my mind function much better with good restorative sleep. I practice good sleep hygiene by trying to get at least 6 hours every night and keeping my bedtime as consistent as I can. When I am well rested, it’s so much easier to get into a creative zone.
  • Spend time in solitude and in nature. There is nothing like a sunset or walk along to beach to rev up my creative juices. There have been moments when I feel stuck or when there’s something weighing on my mind, and after a few hours alone in nature, breathing in fresh air, listening to the waves crash along the shore, new ideas and solutions come bubbling up. I never regret making time to connect with yourself and nature.
  • Nourish my spirit by connecting deeply with God. I could not do this work without relying on my faith. Faith that I am being guided by a Higher Power and that everything is working out exactly as it’s supposed to. I make time each day to pray and ask God to help and guide me in this work He has chosen for me to do.

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David B. Seaburn Presents, Gavin Goode

David SeabornGavin Goode by David B. Seaburn
Genre: Literary Fiction


“I don’t know how, and I don’t know why, but I think I died today.”

So begins the complex and mysterious journey of Gavin Goode and his family. What happened to Gavin and why? What secrets will emerge along the way? Frankie, his wife and a dress store owner, feels guilty, but why? His son, Ryan, who owns an ice cream parlor, and daughter-in-law, Jenna, who is a bank manager, are expecting their first baby. How will this trauma affect them? And what of Rosemary, Frankie’s best friend? Or Ben Hillman and eleven year old, Christopher? How are they implicated in the events that unfold around Gavin’s misfortune?

This is a story of despair and hope, dreams and reality, uncertainty and faith,humor, secrecy, forgiveness and beginnings. As in his previous novels, David B. Seaburn demonstrates his in-depth understanding of the human experience and his storytelling mastery.

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Gavin Goode AuthorIn 2010 I retired after having been the director of a public school based free family counseling center.

Prior to that I was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center for almost twenty years. During my tenure there I taught in a Family Medicine Residency Program, practiced Medical Family Therapy and was the Director of a Family Therapy Training Program.

In addition to this I am a retired Presbyterian minister, having graduated from seminary (Boston University) in 1975. I served a church full-time from 1975-1981 before entering the mental health field permanently. I am married; we have two adult daughters and two wonderful granddaughters.

My educational background includes two master’s degrees and a PhD. Most of my career was as an assistant professor of psychiatry and family medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. There I wrote two professional books and over 65 papers and book chapters.

In addition to long fiction, I write personal essays, many of which have been published in the Psychotherapy Networker magazine.

I also write a blog, “Going Out Not Knowing,” for Psychology Today magazine (

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What You Did Eva Rae Thomas Mystery Book 2 by Willow Rose

Willow Rose what you didWhat You Did Eva Rae Thomas Mystery Book 2 by Willow Rose
Genre: Thriller, Suspense


Former FBI-profiler, Eva Rae Thomas, faces the most personal case in her career, as bestselling author Willow Rose’s new hit series continues.

Three girls disappear on prom night at the local high school. One of them is the prom queen.

FBI profiler Eva Rae Thomas is chasing her long-lost sister when detective—and boyfriend—Matt Miller asks her to join the investigation of the three girls’ disappearance. They were last seen walking home together after the dance.

When the body of a young girl shows up in her backyard, Eva Rae knows she can no longer watch from the sidelines, and soon she realizes not only is she involved in this investigation, she’s also this killer’s target.

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Sheena Austin talks writer’s block + more

Sheena Austin is the author of Returning to Mr. Darcy and Alexandria. A lover of all romance, fantasy, cat whisperer, and Kermit obsessed, the author currently lives in Virginia with her boyfriend and two cats. She is a substitute teacher and aspires to fulfill her dream of being a Special Education teacher.

A quick chat with Sheena Austin

Sheena Austin iconCan you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?

I write a little bit of everything, though my first novella is a time travel Pride and Prejudice story. I have a short story YA Fantasy, and I currently am working on a couple of other stories.

I’ve been writing for 28 years and I began writing when I was 10. My first story I wrote with my sister while we would sit outside and play. This was before the internet and Netflix.

It was in the early 1990’s and we had written a story about talking house cats. I still have it and it’s handwritten in pencil! I always loved to write when I was a child. I was big into Terry Brooks when I was 10 and that’s how I would spend my summers. I would get immersed in some fantasy book. That sparked my love for writing.

I’ve also been writing poetry since I was 12. My Grandma Orr would always encourage me to write and not to give up on writing. She introduced me to my first romance novel by Victoria Holt, The Lord of the Far Island and believe it or not I was 12. It wasn’t a bodice ripper, so it sparked my love for sweet romances and later on inspired to write my own romance story.

What is something unique/quirky about you?

I can do an impersonation of Kermit the Frog! I can only say “Hi Ho there Kermit the Frog here” if I say anything more it loses its magic and I sound so stupid! I guess a quirky thing about me is that I like collecting angels, fairies, anything Kermit the Frog, and Smurfs. I’m an 80’s child and you can tell if you saw my collection from my childhood. I love going to antique stores and every time I see something I had a child; I’ll point it out to my boyfriend. It’s like a walk down memory lane!

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Petie McCarty Presents, Ambush in the Everglades

Ambush in EvergladesAmbush in the Everglades by Petie McCarty
Genre: Romantic Suspense


Plenty of action-adventure in this romantic-suspense tale. Photographer Kayli Heddon is given the biggest assignment of her career—a photo essay on the Everglades Restoration—and a special airboat safari is arranged, so Kayli can get her pictures. What she doesn’t count on is being stranded alone in the Everglades with her handsome and unpredictable airboat guide. Kayli is forced to learn some tough lessons. Trust means everything in the dangerous River of Grass, and a skilled partner makes all the difference in your survival.

Skye Landers takes the airboat safari gig as a favor to his cousin who is called out of town. Skye doesn’t expect the governor’s photographer to catch his eye, but Kayli Heddon is unlike any woman he has ever met. He knows he should keep his distance, but common sense flies out the window whenever she gets near.

Unfortunately, Kayli thinks honesty is the most important thing in a relationship—any relationship—and Skye Landers is a fraud. When secrets surface from his past, Kayli and Skye are soon on the run from more than just alligators. Continue reading

Roxanne San Jose Talks Making Time Travel

Roxanne San Jose Time TravelThe making of Time Travel, a chat with Roxanne San Jose 

It took me two years to write it because I went to the Philippines briefly.

Upon my return to the United States, I started to write again and brainstormed with the help of my creativity. I immediately sent it to publishers without editing it which was the greatest mistake I did. Got rejected but got accepted as well from hybrid publishers. I took my mother’s advice not to go with a hybrid publisher because I have to pay for it. Best decision ever because I am the kind of person who lives saving money.

After my self-editing it, I brought it to an editor then sent to publishers.

I was over the moon when I got an acceptance letter from Avid Publishing LLC, I received my publishing contract and I signed it the same day.

About Time Travel

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Time Travel Avid Second Chances Bundle by Roxanne San Jose
Genre: SciFi Romance


Angelie Thompson invented a time machine in 2015 and her boyfriend, John Salvador, was accidentally transported back to 1970. Left with no other option, Angelie journeys through time, searching for John. Along the way, she encounters several adventures, meeting new people on her desperate search for her lover.

Meanwhile, stranded in 1970 and with no hope of ever returning back to his own time, John begins a new life, working as a receptionist in Lesti Hotel where he finds a new love, Elisha.

Conflict arises among the characters due to their complicated relationships and when disaster strikes, it’s up to Angelie to save the world with her time machine invention.

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A Quick Chat with River Ames

Photo River AmesRiver Ames spent the first eighteen years of her life in Southern California. Here is a partial list of some of the cities in which she lived: Pasadena, South Pasadena, Duarte, El Monte, Arcadia La Puente, Lomita, West Covina, Pacifica, Santa Monica, Palmdale, and Hacienda Heights. In some of those cities, she lived at six different addresses.

In the city of La Puente, River’s family lived in four different houses on the same street. The non-glamorous reason for all the moves was habitual eviction necessitated for non-payment of rent. It was an interesting way to grow up.

River attended twenty-six different elementary schools, two different junior high schools and four different high schools. In one elementary school, she was a student for only three days.

Perhaps, because she was so frequently identified as the “new girl,” the pattern of River being an observer instead of a participant in the interactions going on around her seemed a logical fit for her personality.

When she was thirteen, River read Gone with the Wind. She skipped three days of school in order to finish the book in one sitting. Disappointed in Rhett for “not giving a damn,” River wrote her own sequel–in long hand, on three-hole punch, notebook paper. The opening line? “Tomorrow dawned bright and fair.” In less than fifty pages, Scarlett had been transformed into Jane Eyre and Rhett had fallen in love with her all over again.

After Southern California, River has spent the next part of her life living in the semi-rural town of Idaho Falls, Idaho. She is a graduate of Idaho State University, majoring in Health Education Sciences and Addiction Counseling. She’s worked the past ten years at a Behavioral Health Center where she assisted children, teenagers, and adults committed in a 24/7 secured facility because of mental health challenges they are experiencing.

River’s books celebrate the good-natured humor that lays at the heart of most of our human predicaments. The conflicts are significant, yet it is her characters and their quirky (yet somehow universally relatable) thoughts, words, and choices that reflect a light-hearted peek into a world we wish was real. The amazing thing is that these worlds are real to readers for the time they visit there.

Readers have said:

“In a River Ames book, one minute I’m laughing out loud, and the next I have a lump in my throat.”

River is currently readying a historical novel, Gideon’s Justice. This three-part novel is Book I in a three volume western series set in the Colorado Territory. Continue reading

Charlene Johnson Presents, Shattered

Shattered Circle of the Red Scorpion Book 1 by Charlene Johnson
Genre: Paranormal Romance


Beneath the flashing lights and the throbbing beat of the music in an LA night club, Drake Devereaux admits he’s grown tired of his playboy lifestyle and vows to change it. Haunted by a devastating tragedy in his past, he’s never dated a woman he could love.

Ebony Jordan lives a mundane life but longs for the hot, steamy nights she writes in her romance novels. She can write happy endings in her stories but never one herself.

Drake and Ebony meet by chance and know it is more than a casual fling. Their attraction is immediate and all consuming. They share a passionate kiss and an unforgettable night of sex. When he opens the door to her innermost fantasies, she starts to believe in the impossible. When Drake allows his fears to separate them, Ebony must face the stark reality – happily ever after only happens in fairytales.

Solomon Blackwell, a powerful Rogue vampire, sees Ebony and is stunned by her resemblance to the woman he loved and lost decades ago. Ebony rouses his bloodlust and her sexy body sets him on fire. He will stop at nothing to claim her soul.

When an unexpected tragedy brings Drake and Ebony back together, Drake is given a second chance. He must to face the consequences of his actions and protect the woman he loves from a dangerous man who has set his sights on her. Will Drake and Ebony’s love survive or will it be shattered by an obsessed vampire who threatens to tear their world apart?

In a high rise above the city, Broderick Devereaux holds clandestine meetings to formulate a plan to protect his only son and the woman his son loves from the Rogue vampire he’s pursued unsuccessfully for more than two decades. The same cruel, sadistic vampire who also destroyed his life. Will history repeat itself? Continue reading