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Coming Soon!

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Yes! The third book in my most popular series is coming soon. Heart of Stone picks up a year after the battle that saw the deaths of Vadim and Irina. Of course, our antagonist, Toma, comes back meaner, with bigger plans than ever, and a never-ending thirst for revenge. This volume focuses on the side characters who've moved to the front of the story as the saga becomes wider in scope: Jonathan and Bianca, Devian and Ivanna, Luca and his brothers, and of course, Toma.
As usual, there will be lots of drama, action, and a sprinkling of erotic scenes. Anyone who has read any of my books knows that my erotic scenes are always explicit.  There are also some scenes that deal with taboo matters, but the society of vampires is not guided by human morals. Fiction is just that: fiction! If you want clean and soft, my books are not it.
When will Heart of Stone be out? 2018 turned out to be a bad year for me. I was forced to put aside my writing to deal with catastrophic family matters. I have r…

Experience the Passion, the Mystery, the Future Past!

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Experience adventure, passion, and mystery in a series unlike any other.

In an earth two-hundred years in the future, life is similar to that of American colonial times. The planet is green again, and most of our technology has been lost. Billions of people were lost to a pandemic eighty years earlier.

But this is not a tale of survival. Mankind is actually flourishing again in the absence of  a poisoned environment. This is a tale of the passions that drive the human heart: love, lust, hate, envy, greed, ambition, need for revenge.  No zombies or Mad-Max warriors here. Lots of romance, mystery, humor, and a measure of eroticism!

Each novel is markedly different from the previous one. Fire Dance is a true romance in the traditional genre. Victor Strongheart, handsome lord (ruler of his territory) travels to meet a  young lady that he has agreed to marry, as required by a territorial treaty. But upon his arrival, events do not go according to his plans.

Hunter's Snare  is a romantic…

New Facelift for Daniel's Fork!

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The Daniel's Fork series has been re-edited and given fresh new covers. Each book has also been retitled. Why the extreme actions?

It has been not only an immense amount of work, but it has also been rather emotionally painful to do the changes. Strongheart's Woman and Daniel's Fork are my first novels and dear to me. They are also what I consider my best work as they are truly original in theme and genre: so much so, that they have been hard to place in popular genres and difficult to market. 
As a new author, I had difficulty choosing their titles. It seems now that the old titles were not evocative of the proper images in the minds of contemporary readers. When someone thinks of the word "fork" now-a-days, the image that comes to mind is the eating type of fork- and not a fork (branching) in a road or a river. 
The old covers were also not properly evocative either. The new covers address the actual themes more effectively. The Hunter's Snare (previousl…

How Do Best-Selling Lists Differ?

These are listings for Bestsellers (ebooks) as of today at four major sellers: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Kobo, and iBooks. Silly of me to expect that best sellers would reflect across the board on all sites. Not true. Every list is different.


Barnes & Noble Top-Selling Nook Books Today

1. The Key to Rebecca- Ken Follett
2. After Anna- Lisa Scottoline
3. A Higher Loyalty- James Comey
4. The Sixth Day- Catherine Coulter
5. Wicked in His Arms- Stacy Reid
6. A History of God- Karen Armstrong
7. The Night Child- Anna Quinn
8. The Thief- J.R. Ward
9. I've Got My Eyes on You- Mary Higgins Clark
10. Shoot First- Stuart Woods


Amazon's Top "Paid" Kindle Books Today

1. A Higher Loyalty- James Comey
2. Switch on Your Brain- Dr. Carolyn Leaf
3. Say You're Sorry- Melinda Leigh
4. The Key to Rebecca- Ken Follett
5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People- Stephen R. Covey
6. The Coaching Habit- Michael Bungay
7. The Winter Over- Mathew Iden
8. When Never Comes- Barbara Davis
9. It Ends With …

My Picks from Today's 100 Top Free in Kindle.

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On today's Kindle Top 100 Free books, there are several books PROBABLY worth reading. Emphasis on the word "probably" because I chose by considering the number of ratings, the average rating, the blurb, and the genre. I have not yet read any of these. 
There are many books other than these that are probably great reads but don't have as many ratings. Reviews, in today's reading market, are not easy to get.  As an author, I refuse to beg for reviews or give away free books in exchange for them. Many authors feel as I do. 
I also tend to stay away from the abundant crop of free shifter, billionare, Taming xxx, and end-of-the-world themes. 


#9 This book comes in with 633 reviews and a 4.6 stars average. The setting is Dublin, Ireland, 1925.



At Amazon


#1 in Free List today with  4.4 stars average on 540 reviews. This is the story of a missing child and the investigator trying to find her before it's too late. 


At Amazon



#37  This one comes in with 4.6 stars average on 7…
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Interested in Paranormal Romance? Wonder how it became so popular? I am happy to share the following article written by paranormal author Kiersten Fay. I love the genre and have my own Angel's Guardian and the brand new Once Chosen paranormal romance reads. I agree that we are now experiencing the golden age of paranormal romance.

Serials are Back!

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Serials are back. No, not cereals. No, not serial killers. I am talking about the novella-length or short-story-length writings that present an extended story in episodes or volumes.

Some writers of serial stories have begun to group them into "seasons," imitating the TV shows. Some serial titles may be only four or five volumes, while others may have dozens of volumes. Serials are now available in just about every genre of fiction. Decades ago, serials were very popular. They followed the same formula as the soap operas of early radio and TV.

How are they different from a regular book series? In several aspects.

The entire collection of volumes develops one main story with its central characters.Each episode leaves you waiting for the next one. There are often cliff-hangers that motivate you to get the next volume. Not all serial authors use cliff-hangers.Each volume is usually readable in one sitting, although this also depends on your reading speed. A serial volume that ha…
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Thicker Than Blood is presently on Kindle Unlimited. If you have a KU account, you may read it for FREE! This novel is exclusive to Amazon for a limited time. 


Click HERE to read (on KU) or buy for $4.99

ROMANCE, SUSPENSE, ACTION, HUMOR, & EROTICISM are all packed into another FAST-PACED READ that will leave you once again hungry for more!


This is NOT Twilight! Not Vampire Girl! Not another YA read. Definitely not Sookie!


The vampire Maxim haunts the heights of NYC. He is different. He is flawed. He’ll suck your blood. He’ll steal your heart! 

Maxim, heir to the vampire throne, is recalled home after a long, self-imposed exile. With his human mate, Angel, at his side, he hopes to settle matters quickly and return as soon as possible to his idyllic life in New York City. But soon after their arrival, things go horribly wrong. Angel is taken by his enemy, one that will use her as a pawn and stop at nothing to destroy Maxim and wrest the vampire throne from him. Now, the vampire is in a …

Free on Amazon for February 9, 2018.

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Today, there are many excellent offerings on Amazon's Top 100 Free list. If you love romance, there are a number of promising titles such as The Pawn by Skye Warren and Something in the Way by Jessica Hawkins. There are quite a few interesting mysteries too such as Sign Offby Patricia McLinn and Bed of Bones by Cheryl Bradshaw. I tried to limit my picks to books that seemed unusual in some way.



A mystery set in London, 1889. This is one of my favorite dark-period settings! If you like Anne Perry's books, you'll like this one.

Free today at Amazon.

These caught my eye not only because of the number of reviews, but the amazing things written by reviewers. Intense, heart-wrenching story set in a world of rabbits! I must give these a try. These are adult reading but also suitable for older children.

This is Book 2 of the two-book series. It comes  with 345 reviews and a 4.9 average, which is nearly incredible.  Free today at Amazon.


Book 1 comes in at 1,010 reviews with a 4.8 averag…

What to Read for Free on Jan. 25th, 2018

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Today I tried to pick a variety of books from Amazon's Top 100 Free list, including a couple of nonfiction titles. 


Today at #16 with  4.5 stars on 311 reviews. This is a time-travel romance.

Download for Free today at Amazon.


Who says it all has to be fiction? I am pleasantly surprised to find a book on Linux on our list. I happen to be an Ubuntu enthusiast. I think this book will be of interest to anyone interested in learning a little about an alternative to Windows. At number 46 today, 4.4 stars on 129 reviews.



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Lately, Amazon has been including little jewels of literature, usually classics, as Free offerings in the Top 100 Free. This one listing is a real gem. It includes Franz Kafka's greatest works. Don't know who Franz Kafka was? This book is a great way to find out!





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This is a YA read with lots of dragons in it. I love dragons, so I could not pass on it. 4.3 stars on 435 reviews. It sits at #76.


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What to Read for Free Today: Jan 18th, 2018

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With the exception of the first pick, a mystery, the other books are all different types of romance novels. Sorry, guys!

There is plenty to choose from today as the two-dozen or so tawdry titles I recently highlighted miraculously disappeared from the list yesterday. No fault of mine, I assure you. Maybe Amazon finally caught on to the bad grammar.




This is impressive; a book with a 4.9 stars average in 65 reviews! I could not pass it. I'm not a lover of the serial killer vs FBI agent genre, but such high scores can't lie.


#72 on Amazon's Top 100 Free today.



Historical romantic suspense with 558 reviews. Love dark Gothic!

#11 on Top 100 Free today.



I have been a lover of time-travel romance since my first reading of Outlander. This one has 464 reviews for a 4.4 stars average. I love the title.

#19 on Top 100 Free today.


For those who love contemporary romance, here is a promising one with 4.5 stars average out of 95 reviews. Set in Alaska, a place I'd love to visit someday…

Review

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As I promised yesterday, I read Owned by the Dark Dragon  by Hollie Hutchins. This is a title that placed in the Kindle Top 100 Free, and part of a genre that emphasizes suggestive titles and lurid covers. The prospective reader will expect highly erotic content. In this case, the reader would be totally disappointed unless he is maybe a high-school student.

I will do my best to be fair to the author while remaining honest for the reader's sake. A reviewer's duty is to the reader.

First, this novella (really a long, short story) is in first-draft condition. It seems to be a first writing; it lacks even the most minimal editing. The following are examples from the first few pages.

...hoping to further herself from the chaos.
A correct usage would be ...hoping to distance herself from the chaos

Sinome spoke as he titled his head towards her,...
I hope he "tilted" rather than titled.

...regardless of how bazzar it all must be for her.
I think the author meant to use the w…

What to Read for Free on Jan 16, 2018

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For those readers who may find fault, this is obviously written with tongue-in-cheek.

Kindle's Top 100 Free is the place to go if you want to read free, tawdry titles with truly hilarious covers. In Smashwords, you also get the free, tawdry titles but without the hillarious covers. 

Judging by the rankings, there are plenty of readers out there downloading these free books.

First, let me tell you that it's not easy making the list. There are at least 100,000 free offerings not placing in the top 100 free, including my excellent Vampire, Not Monster.

Remember that the placings change constantly according to how many downloads take place each hour. After a while, I stopped writing down the numbers.

There are authors who have multiple listings in the Top 100 Free. Elena Davinski, Daniella Wright, Malcolm Bryant, and Holly Hutchins all have multiple books in today's list.


Elena Davinski has two books in the Top 100 Free today.

This book has no reviews. It comes in at #42 on the li…