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Natasha C. Pointer's SAVED BY GRACE

Genre: Poetry/ Christian/Autobiography

Book Title: Saved By Grace

Author: Natasha C. Pointer

About The Author

Author | Motivational Speaker | Entrepreneur

Born and raised in Fort Myers, FL, Natasha C. Pointer, shares her stories of faith and encouragement through poetry. She serves in ministry at Destiny Life Ministries. Saved by Grace is her first published work and is currently working on her next book Expressions. She is the owner/founder of Mysteri Message-In-A-Bottle.

About The Book

Saved By Grace is an Autobiography told thru poetry about her life, the hardships she faced, but most importantly how she overcame it all through prayer, faith, and steadfastness.
Poetry to touch the lives of others, to inspire someone, to encourage, and to bring joy in someone’s life. This book is filled with great hope for those facing life’s most challenging moments. 

As a storyteller, Natasha shares where she found her greatest strengths through prayer, faith and her steadfastness. 


From the day you were born,

you were a blessing.

You were a comfort and

inspiration to those around you.
You suffered enormous tragedies

and faced many challenges.

You suffered a great deal

and life as you saw it was over.
Each day seemed like an eternity—

every moment seemed everlasting.

You went in with your eyes closed,

but came out with them wide open.
You fell to your knees and asked,

why, why me?

Not realizing that your trials

would prepare you for your future.

Not knowing you were a blessed child

and you were called for a purpose.
Many obstacles came your way

and the enemy tried to bring you down.

He never wanted you to succeed,

let alone see the light of day.
Your cries reached up to God.

He said, You are my child.

No matter where you go,

I will be with you.
You are blessed.

Blessed you shall be,

and blessed you shall continue to be;

not only to yourself, but to others.
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Why Romance? and giveaway with Lisa A. Olech

Someone recently asked me what made me choose to write romance? My glib answer is that I’m a sucker for a happy ending—which is true—but I believe the real truth lies in my faith that love does concur all.

Love is such a complicated emotion. It brings the greatest joy and elation as well as the deepest pain and longing. It is the one thing even death cannot end. It has made men go to war and risk their lives. It has formed nations and broken down every barrier from race, gender, and social standing.

But one of the most curious aspects of love is its ability to emerge in the most unexpected ways, and at the most unexplained times. Yes, I do believe in love at first sight. I also believe in love building slowly on a foundation of friendship. Love can hit you like a rogue wave, or sneak up on you and seep into your heart when you least expect it.

Can it fade? I think so, but having been in love with the same man for more than thirty years, I’ve learned one truth. Love is fluid with an ebb and flow like the widest ocean. There is also a difference between loving someone and being IN love with them. I love my husband, but truly there have been times over the last thirty years when I didn’t like him much. You know those days when the love of your life doesn’t even breathe right! But I have been in love with my “Wizard of O” many times. The secret to making it work, I think, is that when we seem to fall out of love, we work to get back toward that magical feeling. By not giving up on each other, when we reach that pinnacle again, it is bigger and higher and more amazing than the last time.

Writing about love and romance lets me live out those times of falling in love over and over again. The quickening of the heart, the increase of breath, and the flush of warmth from the soles of your feet to the tips of your hair. It’s that magic that keeps me creating these stories.

And with Romance, it is all about thrusting my characters into situations where their burgeoning love is threatened so my readers can watch the strength of that love always wins in the end.

Like I said, I’m a sucker for a happy ending!

Lisa A. Olech writes about love on the land and on the high seas! Her new historical romance set during the golden age of piracy, WITHIN A CAPTAIN’S TREASURE is the second love story in her Captains of the Scarlet Night series, because even pirates deserve love!

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This pirate’s latest prize may be love. . .

With a single pistol shot and the swing of a cutlass, Alice Tupper saves her mistress’s life. But no lady’s maid in polite society has ever killed a duke–at least, not on purpose. So Alice sets sail for America and her new destiny–only to find herself battling pirates on the high seas. Aboard her rescue ship, The Scarlet Night, she is hailed a hero and earns her place among the crew. . .as well as the ire of Captain Gavin Quinn.


Gavin chose this pirate’s life, but he knows it’s no place for a woman, especially one as exasperating–and beautiful–as Alice. Despite his desire for her, Gavin is determined to do the right thing and deliver her to the new world. But Alice’s deepest wish is a life by Gavin’s side. Will his heart overrule his sense, and will he risk everything to pursue his greatest treasure of all?





Lisa is an artist/writer living in her dream house nestled among the lakes in New England. She loves getting lost in a steamy book, finding the perfect pair of sexy shoes, and hearing the laughter of her men. Being an estrogen island in a sea of testosterone makes her queen. She believes in ghosts, silver linings, the power of a man in a tuxedo, and happy endings.

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An Interview with Ophelia Mills, heroine from TO MASTER & DEFEND with giveaway

  1. What is your name? Do you have a nickname?

My name is Ophelia June Mills. My sister and close friends call me Lia though.

  1. Where were you born? Where have you lived since then? Where do you call home?

I was born in Burbank, California. My parents moved us into the home I still live in now when I was three. So I’ve never really lived anywhere else. I love my neighborhood. It’s close to Magnolia Avenue which has all these cool funky shops and some great places to eat all in walking distance.

  1. What is one strong memory that has stuck with you from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting?

The day my parents died. They were killed in a car crash six years ago. I don’t think that type of loss is something you ever truly recover from but something that you carry with you all the days of your life. I was a high school senior at the time, and if it weren’t for my older sister I doubt I would have graduated.

  1. You’re getting ready for a night out. Where are you going? What do you wear? Who will you be with?

Typically I go to whatever the latest hot spot my friends Anna and Molly have discovered. In Los Angeles, there is always something to do. My friends like the club scene so I have some dresses that are strictly club couture.

  1. Where do you go when you’re angry? What do you do there?

I tend to burrow inside my bedroom anytime my emotions get the better of me. There’s nothing in life that can’t be fixed by a comfy bed, hot cup of tea, and a Jane Austen novel.

  1. Have you been in love? Had a broken heart? Who was it and what happened.

Mister Darcy and all my other eighteenth century book boyfriends. I love each and every one. They have ruined me for mere mortal men.

  1. What is your biggest fear? Who have you told this to? Who would you never tell this to? Why?

That my secret shame would be discovered. I’ve never told anyone what I did and what I caused. It will haunt me until the day I die.

  1. If you had to make a meal for me right now with only the ingredients in your refrigerator and pantry, what would you make me?

It depends on the mood, but I’m really into comfort food: grilled cheese, apples with almond butter, that type of thing.

  1. Look down. Describe what you’re wearing. Is this the way you’re normally dressed? If not, what do you normally wear?

Right now, I’m in my yoga pants and tank top wrapped up in my thick fluffy robe as I work at my desk to try and finish a term paper, followed by a stack of undergrad papers to correct for the professor I work for.

  1. What’s the one thing you want out of life that you don’t think you can have? Why can’t you have it?

I want a man who knows the definition of chivalry and honor. Those are foreign concepts to most modern men. And unfortunately, I can’t extract my favorite hero from the pages of eighteenth century literature to love.


TO MASTER & DEFEND (The Dungeon Fantasy Club Series, Book 2)

Ophelia Mills is coerced by her friends into having a fashionable night out, where she discovers the newest night life destination is actually an exotic BDSM Club named Dungeon Pleasures. She’s always been curious about the lifestyle, but her reserved nature has so far held her back from exploring her desires. When an over enthusiastic club goer goes overboard with his intentions and attempts to force her into submission, the club’s owner comes to her rescue, defending her honor. After a scorching one night stand with her knight in shining armor, Ophelia discovers that the fantasy was one for the record books.

Tobias Ford likes his life just fine. At the helm of two successful businesses, he’s a Dom with a checkered past and isn’t looking for anything permanent. He’s perfectly content to enjoy the submissive offerings at Dungeon Pleasures, as well as his membership in the exclusive Dungeon Fantasy Club. Then Ophelia Mills stumbles in, needing his protection, and bringing forth every dominant urge he possesses. After a torrid night he cannot forget, he devises a campaign, laying siege to her heart even as he spanks her bare bottom for disobedience. With every one of her pleasured cries, Tobias falls further under Ophelia’s spell as she surrenders to his mastering.

As he indulges her newfound carnal appetite, Ophelia will have to face old hurts, and decide whether or not she can trust him with the most precious of gifts…


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Anya Summers

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Anya grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Anya never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a M.A. in History.

Anya is a #1 Amazon Bestselling and Award-Winning Author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance under the name, Maggie Mae Gallagher. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the midwest with her two furry felines.

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Dungeon Fantasy Club Series

Her Highland Master, Book 1, April 15, 2016

To Master & Defend, Book 2, May 15, 2016

Two Doms for Kara, Book 3, June 12, 2016

His Driven Domme, Book 4, July 2016

Her Country Master, Book 5, August 2016

Love Me, Master Me, Book 6, September 2016

Submit To Me, Book 7, October 2016

Her Wired Dom, Book 8, November 2016

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Olivia Dade on Starting over & MAYDAY with Giveaway

Some people sail through their lives, certain from a young age about what they want from their existence and their work, sure where they belong and what they’re meant to do.

I’m not one of those people.

For a long time, though, I thought I was. From seventh grade until the age of twenty-four, I knew I would become a university professor, beloved and wise as I taught in front of rapt students and researched fascinating subjects. I would be intellectually challenged, part of a community, and happy. Above all else, happy.

Then, halfway through my American History Ph.D. program, everything changed.

As it turned out, I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t sure anymore that I wanted to spend my adult life battling for my place in academia. So I left a semester after earning my master’s degree, moved back home with my mother, and applied for a full-time position at the living history museum where I’d been working during my school breaks.

And I floundered. For years. I had no idea anymore what I wanted to do with my life. I searched for a new calling at an array of jobs: living history interpreter, high school teacher, student tutor, bakery clerk, and librarian. For a woman who’d thought she knew her life path from seventh grade, the upheaval was disorienting and upsetting. Worse, that upheaval didn’t uncover a new calling.

All those jobs appealed to me in some ways, but none of them made me happy. None of them satisfied me in my entirety: my curiosity, my need for community, my desire to set my own schedule, and my creativity. I struggled with a sense of failure. I feared that I’d wasted my potential and disappointed my loved ones.

Then, at the age of thirty-seven—thirteen long years after leaving academia—I wrote my first book. And at long last, I found my new calling.

Mayday, my third Lovestruck Librarians book, is a bawdy romantic comedy, full of sex and banter and nerdery. But it’s also a story about failure and the difficulty of starting over when your life veers terribly off course.

This, of course, is no coincidence. Unlike my heroine Helen, I didn’t lose my job as a bookstore manager when my entire store chain went bankrupt. Unlike my hero Wes, I didn’t suffer an injury that abruptly ended a promising athletic career. All three of us, though, had to start over when the future we’d envisioned vanished before our eyes. All three of us struggled to find a new way forward through confusion and defeat.

In some ways, Mayday became a story about redemption for me. About the possibility of creating a life you love after years of doubt and uncertainty. Giving Helen and West their happy endings—both romantic and professional—brought me so much pleasure. And if you’ve also had to start your life anew, I truly hope my book and my history provide comfort as you create your fresh path forward.

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Helen Murphy loves her supportive family, her close-knit circle of friends, and her part-time job at the library. What she doesn’t love: the fact that she’s a thirty-six-year-old near-virgin who lives in her parents’ house. Eager to move out and reclaim her independence at long last, she’s determined to get the library’s new Community Outreach Coordinator position. Even if that means working side-by-side with the one man she desperately wants to avoid—Niceville’s ambitious mayor Wes Ramirez, who happens to be her only previous lover, and the source of her greatest humiliation… 

Wes needs to make up for his disastrous one-night—actually, make that one-hour—stand with deliciously nerdy librarian Helen. As they plan the city’s upcoming May Day celebrations together, he’ll try to prove he can do better, in bed and out. It may take every bit of his creativity and determination, but their budding romance has already gone down in flames once . . . and he’ll be **** if he’ll let Helen go a second time.

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Olivia Dade grew up an undeniable nerd, prone to ignoring the world around her as she read any book she could find. Her favorite stories, though, were always romances. As an adult, she earned an M.A. in American history and worked in a variety of jobs that required her to hide her bawdy interior under a demure exterior: Colonial Williamsburg interpreter, high school teacher, academic tutor, and (of course) librarian. Finally, though, she realized the call of the hussy could no longer be denied. So now she writes contemporary romantic comedy with plenty of sex, banter, and nerdery. When not writing, she cooks alongside her husband, dabbles in photography, and tries to hide her collection of throbbing-intensive romances from her curious daughter.

SILENT HEARTS & Giveaway with Melissa West

Why series RULE!

I don’t know about you, but when I find a book that I love, that makes my heart skip a beat, that has characters who make me smile and laugh and shout and cry, I want more. So much more! I want to get to know the whole world they are living in, their town, their family. I want every character that I’ve met in the first book to experience his or her own love story!

Which is why I am a huge fan of series. Well, as long as each book is a standalone and each story ends with an HEA of course. I love how grounded you become in a series, how each of the characters in the previous books makes an appearance. Within a few books, the series becomes very much like your favorite TV show, and while one book (episode) might be over, you know there is a lot more fun to come.

And this love of series is what led me to write the Hamilton Stables series. SILENT HEARTS (which released today, woot!) is book 3 in the series, and with it, you get a clear picture of the town of Triple Run, KY and all the quirky characters that go into making it so unique. Each of the couples in the first two books have solid showings in this story, too, which helps to keep fans of the series happy as well as allowing new readers (you!) to get to know the full series.

What about you? Do you enjoy series? If so, tell me your favorite so I can check it out!


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Nick Hamilton has always known he’d take the reins of the family business when his father died, but that doesn’t make it any easier when the time comes. Especially with his two siblings tempted by a shrewd offer from a huge corporation to buy Hamilton Industries. Needing advice, Nick turns to his sensible childhood friend, Becca Stark—and finds her suddenly grown-up beauty ignites brand-new confusion, and crystal clear desire… 

Becca has loved Nick for as far back as she can remember, but she decided long ago that telling him would be a mistake. Stubborn, strong Nick doesn’t see her as anything but the tomboy she used to be—or does he? As she helps him untangle his feelings about the ranch’s future, the familiar bond between them heats into an explosive attraction—and the kind of love that just might take the lead…

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Melissa West writes heartfelt Southern romance and teen sci-fi romance, all with lots of kissing. Because who doesn’t like kissing? She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.

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Meet Jana Lane of SATIN DOLL with Paper Doll giveaway

Interview with Jana Lane, the leading character in SATIN DOLL

a Jana Lane mystery by Joe Cosentino, published by The Wild Rose Press

Hi Manic Readers, this is Joe Cosentino, author of the Jana Lane mystery series. With the release of the third Jana Lane mystery, SATIN DOLL (The Wild Rose Press), I let my leading character, Jana Lane, out of my head for an interview. Since you can’t see Jana, I’ll tell you, that’s her on the gorgeous Jana Lane mystery book covers. Welcome, Jana.

Thank you for letting me out. It’s great telling you what to write for the Jana Lane mysteries, but sometimes I need my space.

Jana, as a kid, I loved watching child stars like Shirley Temple and Hayley Mills, always wondering what it would like to be in their small but talented shoes. Since you were America’s most famous child star, can you enlighten us?

After acting on Broadway with my father in Sweet Nothings at five years old, my agent Simon Huckby discovered me. From ages six to eighteen I did all those movies opposite my father: Daddy’s Girl, The Girl Detective, The Cowgirl and the Bandit, Jungle Girl, School Spy, The Pirate Princess, The Cutest Scientist and many more. In addition to acting, singing, and dancing lessons, I learned how to ride horseback, dive off a cliff, wrestle a bear, steer an out of control motorboat, body surf, identify various chemicals, interrogate criminals, and throw a tomahawk.

And in each movie you saved little Timmy from every evil fate, and the audiences adored you. What was it like going to movie premieres, as you arrived in a limousine and were led on the red carpet into the theater?

I remember camera flashes going off in many directions all at once. Hundreds of people called out my name. I felt like God’s special child.

And inside the theater, when you saw your face on that screen as large as a billboard?

I felt totally loved and protected, until it all went away.

When you were attacked at the studio lot in 1960.

And I left the business for many years.

You went to college, got married, bought a mansion in Hyde Park, New York, and had children. Then in 1980 you were attacked again. But this time it was different.

I somehow summoned up the lost courage I had as a child and used the skills I had learned as a child star to figure out who attacked me in 1960 and again in 1980 and why. In the process I uncovered a web of secrets about everyone I loved.

And you turned the tables on the murderer.

That last scene is my favorite part of PAPER DOLL.

And your reviews were amazing. “Paper Doll is a superbly crafted mystery with an eclectic cast of characters that will engage you and elicit some very emotional responses as you are completely caught up in the events that unfold in these pages. Everyone has secrets and the people in Paper Doll have them in spades!” Fresh Fiction

“Mr. Cosentino has produced a masterpiece of mystery (Paper Doll)” “The story gripped me from the start and there were enough twists and turns, with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure, to keep hold of me until the end of the book.” “Great book, can’t wait for book 2.” Readers’ Favorite

They liked me. They really liked me.

Good one, Jana. Since I was an actor, working opposite stars like Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards, I used my insider Hollywood knowledge to write the next Jana Lane mystery, PORCELAIN DOLL, where you make a comeback film in 1981, His Obsession.

I loved making that film.

And you were nominated for an Academy Award.

But even more importantly, I again used the skills I learned as a child star to discover who was being murdered on the set and why.

Not to mention your heart was set aflutter by your co-star, America’s heartthrob Jason Apollo.

And the reviews were amazing.

Beautifully written and intensely detailed, Porcelain Doll is one not to be missed. Flirtatiously decadent with a strong moral undertone, set in a decade of extraordinary social change this is a story of its period that is as poignant today as it was then. Joe Cosentino controlled the emotions that the book encouraged with a deft but delicate touch. Suspenseful and mysterious, Porcelain Doll is a masterful creation, one that was impossible not to be affected by.” Carol Fenton, BooksLaidBare Reviews

Murder, mystery, and suspense are high inside of this brilliant masterpiece by Joe Cosentino.” “Every page fills the readers with intrigue.” “Edge of your seat mystery that lures readers instantly.” “Once you read it, you can’t put it down.” Danielle Urban Universal Creativity Inc.

I noticed you avoided talking about Jason Adonis.

Good observation, Joe. And now in SATIN DOLL, my family and I head to Washington, DC, where I play a US senator in a new film, Madame Senator, and I become embroiled in murder and corruption at the senate chamber.

Tell us about some of the people you encounter in SATIN DOLL.

There are some familiar faces from the first two novels like my old world, loyal, and hysterically funny agent, Simon Huckby, who produces the AIDS benefit I host at the Ford Theatre.

I want to play Simon in the movie version.

Good luck with that, Joe.

Thanks. Go on.

My best friend and lawyer, Congressman Jackson Mitchell and his partner Adam, host my family at their rustic home on a lake. And there are some new faces too like Senator Maxmillion, the Republican majority leader of the Senate, and Benjamin Topower, Maxmillion’s wealthy super pack contributor. And there is Senator Cassie Castle, the Democrat senator touted to run for Vice President.

Everyone asks me if Cassie Castle was patterned after Hillary Clinton.

Cassie is a smart, strong woman who is deeply involved in protecting the environment, women’s rights, gay rights, education, and creating jobs, like her father before her. She is also quite charismatic. So in some ways she’s very much like Hillary.

And in some ways she is different. For example, Cassie is dating the Republican majority leader of the Senate, and Cassie seems to wear her heart on her sleeve.

As an actor and college theatre professor/department head, Joe, you generally write about the world of show business. What caused you to venture into the world of politics?

Hey, who’s asking the questions?

Right now, I am.

I’ve always found politicians like Maxmillion and Cassie fascinating. How they can speak to someone and make him/her feel as if he/she is the only person in the room. I also marvel at Cassie’s will to serve others and to make the world a better place. The issues I am concerned with are Cassie’s issues, so I am clearly on the liberal bent. However, I believe all the political characters in the story are treated equally in showing their good points and bad.

I agree.

As in the first two Jana Lane mysteries, you are tempted by a handsome and muscular man, this time ex-football player Detective Chris Bove.

Can you blame me?

Frankly, no. And your husband, Brian, goes through a major personal event.

That part of the story still brings tears to my eyes when I read it.

Your comic banter with Jackson, and with Bove, still make me laugh.

And you wrote it!

With your help.

Since it’s 1983, I get to dance to songs like “FlashdanceWhat A Feeling” and “Maniac.” I also wear layered hair, shoulder pads, and lace gloves, which I love!

And you also experience historical events like Karen Carpenter’s passing, the still new AIDS epidemic and the devastation it caused when ignored by our political representatives, and dangerous proposed legislation by conservatives like the Protect the Children Act, which was a disguise to try to make gay people second class citizens. And like in all the Jana Lane mysteries you are a champion fighting for funding for AIDS research, protecting victims when nobody else would.

I’ve always believed it is our duty to take care of the less fortunate who need our help.

There is also a sexy young senator in the book, Senator Sancho Ramirez from New York. Like everyone in the story, Sancho has secrets that are eventually revealed.

I love that about my books. Readers get a complete mystery with each novel full of revealed secrets, plot twists and turns, and a white knuckle ending leading to a shocking conclusion.

What’s next for Jana Lane?

You tell me.

In China Doll (releasing late May), you head to New York City to star in a Broadway play, co-starring the gorgeous Peter Stevens, and you’re faced with murder on stage and off.

And after that?

RAGDOLL, where you’re offered the leading role in a new television mystery series. And again life imitates art.

How do you think up all these terrific storylines and surprise endings?

You’re in my head helping me out. 

Don’t you have another mystery series published by Lethe Press?

Yes, the Nicky and Noah comedy mystery series.

I’m jealous.    

No need. That series is quite different from yours.

How so?

The series takes place at an Edwardian style New England college. In DRAMA QUEEN (Divine Magazine’s Best Mystery of 2015) theatre college professors are dropping like stage curtains. With the inept local detectives, it is up to Directing professor, Nicky Abbondanza to use his theatre skills (including playing other people) to solve the murders, while he directs a murder mystery onstage. Complicating matters is Nicky’s intense crush on Assistant Professor of Acting, handsome Noah Oliver, the prime suspect in the murder. In DRAMA MUSCLE Nicky and Noah have to use their theatre skills to find out why musclemen are dropping like weights in the Physical Education department while Nicky directs the Student Bodybuilding Competition. In DRAMA CRUISE (not released yet), Nicky and Noah go on a cruise to Alaska, and discover why college theatre professors are going overboard like lifeboats while Nicky directs a murder mystery dinner theatre show onboard ship.

And there are also my MM romance novels and novellas: IN MY HEART (AN INFATUATION & A SHOOTING STAR), A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, and THE NAKED PRINCE AND OTHER TALES FROM FAIRYLAND (Dreamspinner Press); and the Cozzi Cove beach series: COZZI COVE: BOUNCING BACK and COZZI COVE: MOVING FORWARD (NineStar Press).

But I’m your favorite, right?


We should get back to work on the next Jana Lane novel.

You’re a stern taskmaster.

Tell the readers how they can contact us.

At Joe and Jana signing off for now.

Enjoy my books!

SATIN DOLL, a Jana Lane mystery by Joe Cosentino

published by The Wild Rose Press


Murder, corruption, and scandals rock Washington, D.C. America’s most famous ex-child star, Jana Lane, is playing a US Senator in a 1983 film. Just as she and her family arrive in DC, two Washington power players are murdered, and Jana is caught in the web of intrigue and political scandal. Jana falls under the spell of the breathtakingly handsome detective assigned to the case, ex-professional football player and food aficionado, Chris Bove. Will Jana and Bove uncover the murderer’s identity and shocking secrets before Jana and her family become the Capitol’s next victims? 

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Jana felt goosebumps as she looked over at the dias for the presiding officer—a rotating senator elected by the majority/Republican party. Her eyes spanned the one hundred desks in a semicircle, where senators sat by order of seniority with the majority leader (Josiah Maxmillion noticeably absent) and minority leader (Ben Stevens present) sitting front and center on each side.

The meeting resumed. Jana stood in awe and listened as senators took to the floor, yielding and accepting time to and from one another, making their case for or against the vast expense of taxpayers’ dollars.

After ten minutes had gone by, Jana realized she had left her notepad in Cassie’s office. Wanting to write copious notes about her meeting with Max and about the senate debate, Jana hurried through hallways and around corridors. Again flashbacks from her nightmare rendered her unable to move, but she commanded her legs to obey and miraculously found her way back.

Upon entering Cassie’s office, Jana noticed Cassie’s secretary and Lenore were not at their desks. Probably on their lunch breaks. Since Cassie’s office door was open, Jana peeked her head inside and gasped at the sight of Tamaya Stormcloud, lying motionless on the Persian rug, surrounded by a pool of blood.

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Bestselling author Joe Cosentino won Divine Magazine’s awards for best mystery novel, best humorous novel, and best contemporary novel of 2015. He is the author of the Jana Lane mysteries: Paper Doll, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, and China Doll (The Wild Rose Press); the Nicky and Noah mysteries: Drama Queen, Drama Muscle, and the upcoming Drama Cruise (Lethe Press); the Cozzi Cove beach series: Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back and Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward (NineStar Press); and the romance novellas: In My Heart anthology (An Infatuation & A Shooting Star), A Home for the Holidays, and The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press); and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Eldridge Plays and Musicals). As an actor, he has appeared in principal roles in film, television, and theatre opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married.

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An Interview with Declan McDougal, hero of Her Highland Master & Giveaway


  1. What is your name? Do you have a nickname?

My name is Declan McDougal. The only nickname I have is not uttered in polite society, but I am sometimes referred to as Master D within the confines of the Dungeon Fantasy Club.

  1. Where were you born? Where have you lived since then? Where do you call home?

I was born in Scotland. I have homes in four countries and on three continents. The longest period I was away from my homeland was while I was in school in London. Of the places I have lived, my ancestral home, Mullardoch Manor, near Glen Affric in Scotland is my home.

  1. If you have a family, how do you get along with them? If you don’t, are there people in your life that you consider family? How do you get along with them?

I don’t have any immediate family. I have a few cousins still left on my mum’s side. Some of the other Doms in the Dungeon Fantasy Club, I consider my brothers.

  1. What’s the one thing you’re afraid of losing? Why?

I wouldn’t say I’m afraid of losing anything. If I have any fear at all, it’s being liked for my wealth and what I can do for a person, not for who I am.

  1. You’re doing intense spring cleaning. What is easy for you to throw out? What is difficult to part with, and why?

There are very few mementoes that I have held onto throughout the years. The only thing I would hate to part with are Mullardoch Manor and my mother’s favorite necklace, it was an heirloom piece from her grandmother and always meant the world to her. I have maids to take care of the spring cleaning for me.

  1. Do you have a secret? If so, who do you need to keep the secret from and why?

I keep my BDSM lifestyle away from the boardroom and the society papers. There’s a lot of stigma associated with the lifestyle and in my position, I have to keep them separate.

  1. It’s Sunday morning. What are you doing? Give details.

Hopefully, a beautiful little sub and a true gentleman never tells.

  1. Has anyone broke your heart? Who was s/he?

My ex-fiancée cheated on me and ran off with another Dom. She was only after my numerous bank accounts.

  1. What’s the one thing you want out of life that you don’t think you can have? Why can’t you have it?

I’m really a simple man for all my wealth and privilege. I’d love a wife and family. In my position, it’s hard to allow just any woman in. With my experience, they never want me, only what my money can do for them. 

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 Zoey Mills’s life is in shambles. She’s been accused of leaking her upper crust Hollywood clients’ data to an online magazine for a large payday. After a wine and chocolate-filled evening of drowning her sorrows, she determines that her best course of action is to leave her home in sunny Los Angeles for a week-long vacation in the Scottish Highlands. It’s the only way she can escape from the fact that her image is being splashed across the nightly news – and it might actually give her a chance to consider what her next move should be, now that her Great Master Life Plan has disintegrated into dust.

Unfortunately, she’s only just landed and is navigating the tiny roads in her rental car when a freak early autumn snow storm hits. Zoey finds herself stranded and winds up on the doorstep of Mullardoch Manor; home of the sexy Scotsman, Declan McDougal, who is her every dark fantasy brought to life.

Declan is one of the founding members of The Dungeon Fantasy Club. As a billionaire businessman and a Dom, he prefers to keep his sexual preferences and tastes away from the boardroom. He’s also become bored, not just with the club, but also with his life. None of the subs he meets can hold his interest for more than a night and it’s been that way for a long time. He just never wants more than a brief encounter. At least, not since his ex-fiancée cheated on him with another Dom and ran away. However, that all changes when Zoey barrels into his home uninvited and upends his luxurious but stale existence.

When Zoey finds herself without a place to stay, Declan makes her a tantalizing but scandalous offer: Stay in his home for the week, free of charge, and spend each night warming his bed. Or any other time of the day, for that matter. Deciding she doesn’t have much to lose and possibly everything to gain, Zoey accepts.

With Zoey’s every sweet subsequent cry of ecstasy, Declan uncovers a sub who warms not only his bed, but slowly thaws his frozen, scarred heart. And as Zoey explores her deepest fantasies, even as he spanks her bare bottom for disobeying his rules, she finds herself wanting more than just a week of unmitigated pleasure with the Dom.

Things seem to be progressing perfectly, both in bed and out, when Zoey’s past catches up with her. When he feels betrayed once more, and fears the woman he has grown to care for is not who she says she is, will Declan still be willing to risk his heart to become Her Highland Master?

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Anya Summers

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Anya grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Anya never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a M.A. in History.

Anya is a Bestselling and Award-Winning Author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance under the name, Maggie Mae Gallagher. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the midwest with her two furry felines.

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Dungeon Fantasy Club Series

Her Highland Master, Book 1, April 15, 2016

To Master & Defend, Book 2, May 15, 2016

Two Doms for Kara, Book 3, June 12, 2016

His Driven Domme, Book 4, July 2016

Her Country Master, Book 5, August 2016

Love Me, Master Me, Book 6, September 2016

Submit To Me, Book 7, October 2016

Her Wired Dom, Book 8, November 2016

First Kiss by Mackenzie Crowne with Giveaway

One of my favorite movie lines is “There’s nothing like a first kiss” from 50 First Dates. Due to a brain injury, the heroine suffers short term memory loss, starting each day as a clean slate. The hero must reintroduce himself daily and make her fall in love with him again. Sometimes he succeeds, and sometimes his efforts end in an epic fail, but on those good days, their kiss is brand new…

While I would hate the rest of what goes with her injury, experiencing that first kiss is…magical. As a romance writer, the first kiss is one of my favorite scenes to write. With Jessi and Max from my new release, TO WIN HER HEART, their first kiss has been a long time coming, and for Jessi, there is definitely nothing like a first kiss…

“I’m about to tell my family a gargantuan lie.” With a groan, she dropped her head back. It bumped his shoulder. She straightened immediately and scrunched her eyes closed. “Oh, Lord, why the hell didn’t that inconvenient truth dawn on me before now?”

He didn’t give her a chance to answer her own question. Covering her hand with his, he twisted the knob. The door opened with a quiet snick. Her eyes popped open and she bit her lip against a guilty whimper. At the far end of the open floor plan, the kitchen teemed with familiar faces, several of whom looked their way. Tuck’s dirty blond brows arched to his hairline as his gaze zeroed in on her and Max.

“Too late now. It’s show time.” Max’s deep whisper tickled her ear. Before she could respond, he used the hand on her lower back to turn her.

As he lowered his head toward hers, she slapped a hand to his chest. “What are you doing?” The shocked demand came out in a quiet squeak. Her stiffened arm did her little good. He drew her closer.

“Making sure your plan works.”

Her world tumbled as he covered her mouth with his. Stunned pleasure liquefied her limbs. With her fingers clenched in the soft material of his sweater, she held on for dear life. The animal heat of his body swirled around her and seeped into her tingling skin as his mouth introduced her to his taste and scent. Spicy man and power. An intoxicating combination.

No simple peck on the lips, this. His tongue swept the seam of her mouth. Helpless to resist, she complied. Opening her lips to welcome him inside, she savored the rich combination of heat and silk as his tongue tangled with hers in a sensual dance. A willing moan gurgled in her throat as he pulled her tight against the muscular frame that had starred in countless of her fantasies over the years.

If his plan was to put on a show for the family, he did one hell of a bang up-job. Talk about an Oscar worthy performance. She willingly stepped into the role of supporting actress.



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In order to protect her, they’ll both have to let their guards down…

Country music’s It Girl Jessi Tucker is fed up with her family’s stifling security measures. The threat of a dangerous stalker has gotten the men in her life—including her football star cousin, Tuck Tucker—monitoring her every move. To get the freedom she yearns for, Jessi hatches a plan to recruit Max Grayson, Tuck’s sexy brawler best friend, to play the role of her new boyfriend. But if her scheme works, will she be forced to hide her true romantic feelings for the sake of her independence? Or will she finally steal the heart of her dream man?

Max has been pining for Jessi for years and would do anything to protect her, but a professional cage fighter with too many skeletons in his closet has no business being with one of America’s sweethearts. Yet while Max does his best to keep Jessi at arm’s length, the Tucker family persuades him to accept her offer.
Max believes he can keep Jessi safe from danger, but can he shelter her from his own dark secrets, the media’s unforgiving spotlight—and a mutual desire that’s harder to resist each day?





Wife, mother and really young grandmother, Mackenzie lives with her high school sweet heart husband, a neurotic Pomeranian, and a blind cat. She calls Phoenix home because the southwest feeds her soul. Though her friends claim she’s a princess, she disagrees. After all, one can’t raise two rambunctious boys to wonderful men without getting a little dirt under their nails. A lover of the romance genre, her resolve to share her stories with others was sharpened by a bout with breast cancer. Today she is an award-winning author and eight year survivor, living the dream. Her friends call her Mac. She hopes you will, too. Connect with her at, FB, and Twitter.

COOKING UP TROUBLE & Giveaway with Judi Lynn

I wrote urban fantasies before I tried my hand at romance. I liked them because the female protagonist is always kickass. She fights her own battles. When she meets the male protagonist, the love interest, he has to be her equal, or she doesn’t respect him. She doesn’t even need him. But she’s always his equal, too. He doesn’t surpass her. They might have different strengths and skills, but they balance each other out.

Therefore, when I started writing COOKING UP TROUBLE, I thought it would be fun to write about a female protagonist who repeatedly rescues the man who’s moved in next door. Not that Ian’s weak. He has mad skills, but not many of them relate to country living. He worked in finances in New York before he bought the property next to Tessa’s to make into a resort. He knows business. He doesn’t know how to change a tire. And even though Tessa rushes to his aid over and over again, while she’s helping him, he’s helping her.

He recognizes her fears. He understands that she’s guarding her heart so that it doesn’t get broken again. She teaches him practical skills. He teaches her how to mend. Equals who complement each other.



Tessa Lawrence swore off men when she found her fiancée in the arms of another woman. These days, she concentrates on caring for her small farm and running a bakery and farm stand out of its barn. Ian McGregor moves to Mill Pond to build a resort on the property next to Tessa’s. Tessa’s fine with that. Mill Pond’s trying to attract more tourists. The problem is, Ian understands business, but he’s never changed a tire or pounded a nail. She finds herself helping him more than she expected, and spending time around Ian is a dangerous proposition. The man’s far too good-looking and fun to be around.

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Judi Lynn Bio: When some people think of Indiana, they think of corn—which we have a lot of. But to me, Indiana is green—lush, beautiful, vibrant greens—so I use fictional towns and plunk them in an Indiana setting for a lot of my stories. I love cooking and gardening, and those sneak into my novels, too. I’ve collected more strays than I deserve. I’m a fan of Agatha Christie and urban fantasy, and I believe in happy ever after.

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TEN DAYS IN AUGUST & Giveaway with Kate McMurray

Ten Days in August features a character named Nicky—short for Nicholas—who is a female impersonator. We think of drag queens as being a fairly modern invention, but performers subverting gender have been around for generations. And it wasn’t just men dressing as women in early productions of Shakespeare plays. Nicky is loosely based on a few men I read about in a history of New York City in the nineteenth century, performers who risked a lot for their art, including getting arrested or violence.

If you’ve ever walked along the Bowery in New York City, even in these modern times after it’s largely been cleaned up, it’s not hard to imagine its seedier past. Ten Days is set in 1896, when the Bowery was populated by less reputable clubs and dance halls and brothels. A few notorious clubs catered to a clientele of men who sought the company of other men. Although Nicky dances at a fictional club, there were many just like it. A lot of these places were right near where CBGB’s used to be.

It is also true that the businesses in this neighborhood peddled in exactly the sort of vice Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt wanted to clean up. Part of how it came to thrive was police corruption—business owners paid officers to look the other way. Roosevelt wanted to crack down on crime by cracking down on corruption, and he started weeding corrupt officers out of his police department. Corruption could mean anything from accepting bribes to committing adultery. It is in this environment that Inspector Hank Brandt investigates a murder at Nicky’s club. When Hank starts falling for Nicky, his whole career is at stake.

I found it really fascinating to research and write about these parts of New York history that we don’t talk about much anymore. Most people know about Ellis Island—opened just a few years before the novel takes place—and Central Park and the Empire State Building, but fewer know about this era in history. Hopefully readers find it as interesting as I do.

From the Lower East Side to uptown Manhattan, a curious detective searches for clues on the sidewalks of New York—and finds a secret world of forbidden love that’s too hot to handle…

New York City, 1896. As the temperatures rise, so does the crime rate. At the peak of this sizzling heat wave, police inspector Hank Brandt is called to investigate the scandalous murder of a male prostitute. His colleagues think he should drop the case, but Hank’s interest is piqued, especially when he meets the intriguing key witness: a beautiful female impersonator named Nicholas Sharp.

As a nightclub performer living on the fringes of society, Nicky is reluctant to place his trust in a cop—even one as handsome as Hank. With Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt cracking down on vice in the city, Nicky’s afraid that getting involved could end his career. But when he realizes his life is in danger—and Hank is his strongest ally—the two men hit the streets together to solve the crime. From the tawdry tenements of the Lower East Side to the moneyed mansions of Fifth Avenue, Nicky and Hank are determined to uncover the truth. But when things start heating up between them, it’s not just their lives on the line. It’s their love…

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Kate McMurray is an award-winning author romance author and an unabashed romance fan. When she’s not writing, she works as a nonfiction editor, dabbles in various crafts, and is maybe a tiny bit obsessed with base­ball. She is currently president of the New York City chapter of Romance Writers of America. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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