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Monday, September 24, 2018

Excerpt and Insider Info: "Death's Shadow" by Dariel Raye and Muffy Wilson





This is our story in the "Death and Damages" mystery/thriller boxed-set




How far would you go to bring your twin’s killer to justice?

No one notices when Brianna Denton goes missing every weekend. With no immediate family or close friends left, being alone is something with which she has become well-acquainted, but when her sister is murdered, she finds herself on a lone mission to identify the killer.

According to the authorities, ‘no body, no case.’ Brianna’s quest to find her sister’s murderer despite the police department’s refusal to help, draws her into a life of drugs, alcohol, and prostitution – the very elements that led her twin to the shadows and rat holes of the underbelly of North Beach.


Drawn into the dark underground society to face Tatianna’s killer, Brianna is about to come face-to-face with her own shocking destiny. As she unearths long-buried secrets, the tight edge of reality comes to light, challenging her tenuous grip on life as she knows it. Finding the answers she seeks could lead her to an even darker place.

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Excerpt from "Death's Shadow"

"Death's Shadow" - from the "Death and Damages" mystery boxed-set
This excerpt is from the story Muffy Wilson and I just sent to the editor. It's raw right now, and editors always make it better. It's a rewrite of Muffy's  story about a young graduate student who takes to the streets (and I mean that in every sense of the word) to find her twin sister's killer:

There would be no sleep tonight, restless or otherwise. Brianna stepped out onto the fire escape. Tabby curled around her feet as usual while she sat, gazing and thinking back to her arrival in the city. It seemed so long ago now. So much had happened. She remembered feeling compelled to come down from grad school. When she came to the city, she came to bury her sister. Images of her sister’s face flashed before her, scarred and bloody, a reminder of her mission, her purpose.

When she arrived at the apartment, the first thing she did was shower and taxi to the hospital to make arrangements for her sister, but no one knew anything about her twin, nothing about Tatianna Denton. Admitting had no records. Nothing in the ER. The ambulance service knew nothing.

She had checked everywhere, unable to shake a strange feeling of déjà vu. Tatianna hadn’t been dropped at the doors to the ER, so where was she? She had no doubt her sister had been killed. She felt it, a deep hollow inside her, and yet there was no body. Even now, no body had been found, and Brianna was starting to believe it never would. Horror movies were too often based on true stories, and the ways to get rid of bodies were endless.




Sunday, September 23, 2018

Woodstock 1969 & Babyboomers —Back To The One I Love

I recently watched the movie The Book Club and loved it. It's funny, a great portrayal of women over 60, and the book they read in the movie, the catalyst for everything in the film, is an erotic romance book. So, of course, I love that move. Gracie and Frankie is a funny comedy series on Netflix where the main characters are over 60.


I wrote a comedy romance novella about a hero and heroine who are over 60, Back To the One I Love.  Cash met Keith at the Woodstock Art and music festival in 1969 when she climbed onto the back of his motorcycle and he gave her a ride into the festival. They've been together ever since, but now that they are in their 60's and they're both retired, apathy and boredom has set in, and Cash thinks she may have gotten on the back of the wrong motorcycle all those years ago. 

Through the help of a goddess posing as a marriage counselor and a 1960's Volkswagon Van Time -Machine, they go back to the festival in 69 but their ages don't change they're both still seniors, citizens, in their 70's at Woodstock. 

I was thirteen when Woodstock happened. So, I missed it. I was too young. But, I've always wanted to go. So by writing this fun, zany book I got to go with Cash and Kieth, at least in my mind. 

Here's the blurb:
The thrilling adventure of first love and self-discovery is just as groovy the second time around.
A free-spirited, baby boomer couple, Cash and Keith, find their marriage of forty-five years unraveling amid apathy, boredom, and retirement. Cash feels Keith is no longer attracted to her and he’s consumed with a couch-potato life of streaming Firefly all day long. Trying to hang on to their marriage and rekindle the romance they lost along the way they turn to a counselor. The therapist uses an unorthodox magical method of a time-traveling Volkswagen van to cast them back into the garden…four days of Eden at Woodstock….the epic music festival… where they first fell in love.


Will the freedom of Woodstock lure Keith and Cash to push their individual boundaries and seek new lovers? Or can Déjà Vu and grooving to music….truly lead them to rediscover the peace, love, and harmony they once shared?



Saturday, September 22, 2018

2 Boxed-sets, 2 Blurbs, and 3 Reviews





This is our story in the "Death and Damages" mystery/thriller boxed-set


How far would you go to bring your twin’s killer to justice?

No one notices when Brianna Denton goes missing every weekend. With no immediate family or close friends left, being alone is something with which she has become well-acquainted, but when her sister is murdered, she finds herself on a lone mission to identify the killer.

According to the authorities, ‘no body, no case.’ Brianna’s quest to find her sister’s murderer despite the police department’s refusal to help, draws her into a life of drugs, alcohol, and prostitution – the very elements that led her twin to the shadows and rat holes of the underbelly of North Beach.


Drawn into the dark underground society to face Tatianna’s killer, Brianna is about to come face-to-face with her own shocking destiny. As she unearths long-buried secrets, the tight edge of reality comes to light, challenging her tenuous grip on life as she knows it. Finding the answers she seeks could lead her to an even darker place.




This is our story in the "Wings of the Wicked" boxed-set

Centuries ago, he died for her. Now, it’s her turn.
Pride kept them from looking at one another, but their bodies could not lie. Recognition lived in their souls, rekindling memories of passion, love, betrayal….and death.
Apache Elder Aidan Stringfellow,V, is a very wealthy man with one wish – to free his only son, the brilliant, yet abrasive David, from the curse that has plagued his family for generations.  When his controversial plan for a cure is revealed, shock and disbelief are only the beginning, for David has deadly, yet beguiling secrets of his own.
Choosing to honor Aidan’s wishes, David and Deidra unwittingly awaken an ancient evil desperate to lay claim to the last-born Stringfellow – David. The tumultuous consequences of a vengeful pact spanning generations, defies time, tradition, and death itself.
Deidra finds herself falling in love with a man whose gaze and touch ignite long-forgotten passion, propelling her to fight for his life. She unearths one devastating clue after another on her winding journey toward the truth, but unseen forces escalate their attack as truth collides with myth. Clinging desperately to her own sanity, she must find a way to reconcile the two, for even her own identity comes into question. Trust no one. Not even David.
Time is running out. Promises will be kept, and if the devil has his way, souls will be claimed.


Grab your copy now from these retailers:

Coming soon to Amazon

Praise for "Dark Opius" A Full-length, Stand-alone Cursed Angel Watchtower Charmed Legacy Novel


"WOW! What a fantastic read. It has a unique story line and exceptionally well developed characters. The story pulls you in from page one until the final page. You live the story along with the characters. I cannot say enough about this book -- do not miss and I highly recommend it." - Fairycrystal




Dark Opius: Watchtower
Cursed Angel Collection

"I thought this was excellent. The character descriptions brought me right into the story, and really let me know them. I thought it was a different telling, and loved the uniqueness of it. Once you start you will not want to put it down." - Michelle S.



Wow!! One of my new favorite books!
Gabriel, Narsae and Helen are so amazingly written.
I love how thought out the story is and so well written, I also love how unique it is, I dont feel like I've read it before. - Donna Reynolds







Music is Everywhere

When I was growing up (many, many years ago), I discovered all my new music and artists on the radio. In the evening, I’d turn on the Top Ten countdown and listen to the popular songs. I even taped some on my reel to reel recorder using a microphone held to the radio speaker. (I did mention it was a long time ago.)

 I bought 45s and full vinyl albums with my allowance. Later on came the 8-track player, cassette tapes, and finally the CD. If I wanted music on the go, I could listen to a portable radio, a boom box, a walkman, and years later an iPod. No doubt about it, music has evolved quite a bit in my lifetime.

Nowadays there are many different places to discover new artists and music. Recently, I’ve discovered some new artists and music on television. And I’m not talking about a music program. No, it’s the soundtracks of various television shows. Every now and again, I’ll hear a snippet of a song and it doesn’t leave me, so I’ll Google it.


Here’s my latest find—Human by Rag'n'Bone Man. I actually heard the song on the commercial for the new show Jack Ryan. I probably won’t watch the show, but I’m grateful to it because I discovered this song.
 

 
And although the hero from my latest book can't use this as his theme song as he is anything but human, I still love it.
 

 
Drakon Unchained
Blood of the Drakon, Book 5

Victoria Marshall is living a lie. She works for a member of the Knights of the Dragon, a secret society that traps and uses dragons for their own gain. As a child, she made an unlikely friend—a drakon. He went missing, and she’s spent the past twenty years searching for him. The only thing distracting her from her mission is Luther Henderson, her boss’s new head of security.


Luther is also living a lie. One, if discovered, could lead to a fate worse than death. He’s attracted to Victoria, but can’t fully trust her, doesn’t know if she’s truly innocent or a true member of the Knights. It’s not only his life at stake, but those of the people he loves.


As they’re thrust deeper into the dangerous dealings of the Knights, they each have to share their secrets in order to survive.


Buy Links:

Entangled: https://entangledpublishing.com/drakon-unchained.html
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/drakon-unchained-n-j-walters/1129098413
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/drakon-unchained/id1412732920
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/drakon-unchained
 

N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.
                   

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Autumn Is Coming!

🍂🍁Happy Autumn🍁🍂

Fall is hands down my favorite season. Here in the Missouri Ozarks we suffer the soupy humidity of the mid-South and the frigid cold snaps of the Midwest. Spring brings with it storms, and yikes! tornado season. Honestly, Fall seems to be the only time southern Missouri doesn't hate us and wants us suffering. 

I welcome sweaters, and jeans, and crisp, frosty mornings followed by mild days. I love seeing my horses frisky and kicking up their heels. I love drinking hot tea while soaking up the morning sun on the porch. And some years, if the weather is just right, we're treated to beautiful displays of changing leaves.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on Fall and your favorite season!

Olivia
www.authoroliviastarke.com 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Caden is here. Plus a sneak peek at Teacher...

Good morning everyone, Caden is finally here, and in a couple of weeks, Teacher will be released! Michele and I are so excited, I can't even explain it. Here is your first look at Teacher.


Blurb:

Keeley and Danielle are searching for a teacher. One that will help not only those who have abilities, but also a shifter in particular—Utah. Their ad is simple. Wanted: School teacher who is fluent in ASL and loves kids.

Mark Hill; school teacher by day, paranormal romance writer, Orion Davis by night, is ready for a change of scenery. When he saw the ad for a teaching position in Window Rock, he knew he was the man for the job.

However, Mark has secrets of his owns.


Excerpt:

Sam tapped his hand, and he glanced over at the moderator for the event. She stared back at him with an expectant look. Lost in his thoughts, he missed the question. He looked to his interpreter and signed, Can you repeat the question? While Sam answered out loud.

 “Is it true you write all of your female characters after a long-lost love?” This time, he read her lips. The insightful and interesting question caught Mark a little off guard.
The answer, he began while Sam spoke, isn’t an easy one. I think we all have lost loves. But to categorize all of my female protagonists as the same person over and over again is preposterous.
Sam laughed. “He hasn’t had that many.”
Mark cut his gaze to the audience to gauge their reaction. When he saw them laughing, he grinned. He’s just jealous.
Says you, Sam answered.
After another round of questions, the Q&A session came to a close. He had a thirty-minute break before he was supposed to meet everyone in the giant hall to sign books for those who attended today. He made the appointment with Danielle for after the book signing so they’d have more time to sit and talk. Mark snapped his fingers and Molly, his faithful K-9 companion, took her position by his side.

Mark is another of our deaf heroes. This is just a small sampling of his story. I'd like to also add, you will see some very familiar characters start to pop up in the next few months. It was a difficult decision to bring them over, but I hope you enjoy new stories featuring old characters. Also, Teacher will be FREE read! Who can pass that up? 


If you haven't yet checked out Caden you can do so now!

Blurb:

Caden Raferty messed up—big time. He's turned his back on his family and friends, but most of all his mate, Danielle Blueriver.
Danielle is done with love and done with Caden. After two near death experiences, she's regressed into herself, not wanting to be seen or heard. Her life is crumbling down around her and the only thing giving her the will to live are her boys, Aiden and Nicolas.
But, an old foe isn't done with either of them, and once again, they are thrust together in a situation neither can get out of.
Can Danielle and Caden find their path to happiness this time, or will the sins of their past destroy their future?