STRANGER OR FRIEND with Silvia Villalobos

stranger or friendSTRANGER OR FRIEND is a dark yet hopeful literary suspense novel about a woman’s hold on courage in the middle of murder, secrets, obsession, and distrust.

The book begins with Zoe Sinclair’s return to snowbound Wyoming after a long absence. She leaves her big-city career behind and aims only to care for her ailing mother, but is soon confronted with soul-shocking news: her lifelong friend was found strangled to death. Moreover, home no longer resembles the quiet town she’d left behind — mysterious cries come from the woods, new neighbors moved across the road.

Immediately, the cloistered townsfolk close ranks against outsiders — new arrivals and those passing through — because no local “could have killed one of their own.”

In the background of the main story is a chance at love for Zoe, when she meets Sebastian, the neighbor across the road. But can she trust him? He is one of the new arrivals. Can she trust anyone?

There are doubts and second thoughts. There are heavy psychological burdens being hefted by everyone. The pages seem weightless, however, as the story moves along to an unexpected end.

The pursuit of the truth in this tiny universe engages. Seduces. It’s an adrenaline high quite possibly addictive, because nothing will drive a human being more nuts than an answer that eludes him until The End.


71TG5Znc8bL._UX250_Silvia Villalobos, a native of Romania who lives immersed in the laid-back vibe of Southern California, is a writer of mystery novels and short fiction. Her stories have appeared in The Riding Light Review, Pure Slush, and Red Fez, among other publications. She is constantly drawn to premises filled with questions which arouse feelings that are often beyond imagination yet seem real. Her upbringing in Romania, the land of Eminescu and Eliade, may have contributed to such complex imagination and stories filled with peril. When not taking long walks through the local paseos or hiking the Santa Clarita Woodland Park trails, she can be found writing, blogging, or preparing and giving speeches for Toastmasters International.

TEARDROPS KNOW MY NAME & GC Giveaway w/ Dalia Florea


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Book Title: Teardrops Know My Name
Author: Dalia Florea

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Romance

Recommended age group? 18 and up

Publisher: Dalia Florea (March 27, 2015)




Dalia Florea is a novelist and native New Yorker. Her debut book “Mirrored” recently reached the top 100 Best Sellers list in Women’s Detective Fiction and rated favorably on both Amazon and Goodreads. When she isn’t crafting suspenseful romance, Dalia enjoys solving Sudoku and cryptogram quotes, attending jazz concerts and visiting wineries. Dalia currently lives in Northern Virginia and is hard at work on her next two novels.


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Someone is stalking, fashion photographer, Linda McNair and turning her world upside down. She has no idea who it could be. Is it an old boyfriend? Someone in the industry? A complete stranger? The only thing Linda knows for sure is her stalker has to be stopped. Her life may depend on it.
When Linda meets Detective Sean Gregory, one of New York’s finest in more ways than one, stories unravel, revealing secrets, lies and betrayal that nearly destroy her, breaking her heart into a million tiny pieces.
Linda tries to resist Sean’s affection, but she can’t help wondering if he’s the right man who can put the shattered pieces of her heart back to together.

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HERE LIES A WICKED MAN with Chris Rogers

Life on a lake is just the ticket, Booker Krane figures. After recovering from a bullet wound that carved up his chest, took a bloody
chunk out of his self-respect and opened a hole in his confidence, he’s had enough of big-city fraud investigation. He wants out.
But at forty-six, he’s too young for retirement. This is his chance to try his hand at commercial photography. After a week of rain, he
finds himself smack against a deadline to complete his first commissioned photo-spread for a regional magazine. His assignment is to photograph interesting country homes, and finally the weatherman promises sunshine. Watching for the perfect light on the lake and the house in front of it, he prepares to snap the trigger then tosses a rock to make a few ripples.
Instantly, his dog, Pup, tears into the lake to fetch, knocking Booker and his camera into the mud. All is not lost, if Pup will just
get out of the picture frame. He swims happily, dragging a dead tree limb across the lake while Booker changes his broken lens. Only after he’s set up again for the shot does Booker realize the prize Pup has brought him is a dead body.
Drawn by the sheriff into helping with the murder investigation, Booker quickly gets to know his neighbors, who turn out to be a
zany cast of characters that drive him batty at times. None seems capable of the crime, but everyone seems to have a motive. The more Booker learns about the victim,  the more he realizes that Chuck Fowler was one wicked son-of-a-gun who deserved to die.
From Chris: I confess to falling in love with my characters while writing this book, especially the loud-mouthed Lady golf pro,
retired, who creates her neighbors’ astrology charts so she’ll know what everyone’s up to. Then there’s Roxanna Larkspur, owner of the local B&B, who’s rapidly stealing Booker’s heart. When these and other likable characters land on the suspect list, I want Booker to solve the puzzle fast—and please let it be a stranger.
Here Lies A Wicked Man  
When Booker Krane retired early from his career as a white collar corporate investigator, he was sure of only two things: he was done digging up buried secrets, and he loved being near water. After recovering from the bullet wound from his final case, he settles into a leisurely lifestyle at his new home on Turtle Lake—including his new part-time job as a freelance photographer. But the morning his dog drags a dead body onto the shore, Booker and his camera are commandeered by Sheriff Ringhoffer, and in less time than it takes the elusive perfect lighting to disappear, he’s deeply embroiled within the investigation.
While the deceased, a prominent yet awfully wicked man, had many people who’d likely have motive and opportunity to kill him, Booker wants to believe it was simply an accident. An arrow would be an unusual murder weapon, and he can’t picture any of the suspects—the victim’s wife, sons, business partner, sexy mistress, or attractive lessee—as cold-hearted killers. But it turns out more than one of them knows how to draw a bowstring, and Booker’s curious mind can’t ignore the evidence against the victim falling on his own arrow—even when the sheriff rules the death an accident.
Putting his own life at risk, can Booker solve the case for the residents of Lakeside Estates? Or will magazine deadlines, his budding attraction for Roxanna Larkspur, or tension with his only son interfere with his search for the truth?

A lover of art and storytelling since grade school, I opened one of my favorite books one day and wondered if I could ever write half as well as Dean Koontz or Minette Walters or Steven King. How did they create such intricate plots? I started with children’s books – after all –
I was a mother … I should understand kids, right?

Well, not so much. So I wrote a romance novel –I’d been married, so I should know a little about romance.

A little was about it. A very nice rejection letter told me there was more mystery in my story than romance. So I owned up to my true calling and, when my suspense thriller Bitch Factor was published, Romantic Times magazine gave it four-and-a-half stars. Rage Factor and Chill Factor also earned high marks for the romantic thread.

The truth is, mystery and suspense novels have always intrigued me, but I also enjoy romance, science-fiction, horror and fantasy, as well as the occasional mainstream novel by such wonderful authors as E. Annie Proulx.

My literary niche, it turns out, is dark and gritty with an occasional humorous twist. If you like that sort of story,
you’ll find my books and short stories thoroughly engaging.

World Building in Fantasy: Creating Westfalia with Austin Miller

When constructing a fictional world the author must constantly tow a fine line between the foreign and familiar. As I created the world of “Westfalia” in my YA Fantasy “Journey to Wasteland” I learned several key things—the foremost being that the creative process in fantasy (in many regards) is much more difficult than non-fiction.

Having written in both genres I can make this statement confidently and anyone who has done the same will readily agree. In non-fiction the laws and aesthetic already exist. Culture is not created but mimicked, places aren’t invented but chronicled, and characters aren’t created but copied.

The key to world building lies in the author’s ability to create an environment different enough from our own so that the reader remains curiously engaged. (If the world is simply a duplicate with few changes, your reader will quickly spot the fraud and check out.) However, at the same time, there must be a dialogue or connection between both worlds. Without this connection the reader will struggle to draw reference and meaning—there needs to be a point of reference so that they might empathize with the characters.

In creating Westfalia I drew influence from a variety of art forms and tried to find something eerie or out of place and alter it. After making it “my own” I would proceed to insert it into the fictional world, checking to make sure it fit with the Westfalian aesthetic. Furthermore, I found history to be a great “public domain” to draw influence from. It’s full of intriguing inventions, legends, dynasties, empires, lunatics, heroes, and prophets that helped build a mythology and culture in Journey to Wasteland. Therefore I came to the conclusion, that if I’m to effectively create another world I must first get to know my own.

You can purchase Journey to Wasteland on Amazon here. Or check out Austin’s blog called the Art of Writingby following the link.


The Grand Gesture with Ines Johnson

Traditionally the Grand Gesture is known to be a common plotting point in romance stories where the hero does something bold or gives up something big in order to show the heroine that his love is true.

In Pride and Prejudice, Darcy puts aside his contempt of Wickham to help save Lydia’s reputation. This grand gesture is what finally convinces Elizabeth to take his hand.

In Twilight, Edward’s grand gesture, the thing that shows his true love of Bella, is when he sucks the poison out of her wrist without killing her.

For more on grand gestures, we’ll turn to the hero of my latest release, Pumpkin: a Cindermama story. This romance is a fairytale retelling of -you guessed it- the Cinderella story.


The Mistress of Ceremonies hurried through her introductions and then the microphone was in Manny’s hand, but he didn’t take out the notes of his prepared speech.

“Many of you knew my mother,” he began. There was a murmur of nostalgic assent throughout the crowd.

“You may not know that after her diagnosis, she spent most of her days watching romantic comedies. She believed she could laugh the illness out of her body. Her favorite moments in these films were something called the Grand Gesture. That scene just after all hope is lost because one of the lovers, normally the guy, has done something stupid that’s led to the end of the relationship. So he thinks up this bold, romantic move to get the woman back.”

A glance around the room told Manny that he held the largely female crowd in rapt attention.

“An example of a grand gesture would be a guy telling his estranged wife that she completes him in the midst of an angry mob of women. Or rescuing her underwear from the class geek and returning it to her at her sister’s wedding. Or holding a boom box over his head, in front of her bedroom window, early in the morning, while blasting the song that was playing as he deflowered her.”

A different wave of nostalgia swept through the crowd this time as they remembered these treasured moments of Hollywood cinema.

“In the real world, some people might call these behaviors creepy, or stalker-ish. But not my mother. She loved them. She believed in love, believed that when you loved someone you said it loud, you showed it often, and you never gave up.”

Manny paused here, partly for effect, mostly to collect himself as visions of his mother’s joyous face played in his head. He rubbed the heel of his hand against his chest.

“The national divorce rate is 50 percent.”

There was no surprise in the room, where most of the men were older and the women on their arms were younger.

“There’s never been a divorce in the Charmayne family. Not one recorded anywhere in our family line.”

The sparkle of young women’s eyes threatened to blind Manny from where he stood on the stage.

“What that means is when a Charmayne gives you their pledge, they are committed.”

The decision was a split second one, but once Manny made it he stuck with it. He stepped around the podium, mic in hand and dropped to one knee. The gasp of every woman in the room was near deafening.

“To earn your vote, I will do whatever I have to, including blast Peter Gabriel in the streets. Charmaynes don’t quit. I’m committed to this, to the people of this town. I hope that I can count on your vote.”

The room erupted in thunderous applause, and the women’s eyes sparkled even brighter.

We’ve seen literary heroes perform the feat of a grand gesture near the end of the tale. InPumpkin: a Cindermama story, my hero Manny talks about this moment in the first act. I take a moment early in the book to teach the reader the rules of the grand gesture in this speech so that they are prepped for later in the book when I break these rules in favor of a more non-traditional grand gesture near the end of the story. To find out who messed up and how they declared their love in a grand way, pick up the book.

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Single mother Malika “Pumpkin” Tavares lost faith in fairytales after she fell for a toad. Now she believes she’s not cut from the storybook, heroine cloth and searches for Mr. Good Enough amongst the sidekicks and supporting men of the town.

Love at first sight isn’t a cliche for town royalty Armand “Manny” Charmayne. For generations the Charmaynes have spotted their soulmates by seeing a golden aura the first time they laid eyes on The One.

When Manny meets Pumpkin he sees…nothing, but sparks fly off the richter scale. The more he gets to know her the more he considers defying fate, if only he can convince her to take a chance on love again.



Ines writes books for strong women who suck at love. If you rocked out to the twisted triangle of Jem, Jericha, and Rio as a girl; if you were slayed by vampires with souls alongside Buffy; if you need your scandalous fix from Olivia Pope each week, then you’ll love her books!

Aside from being a writer, professional reader, and teacher, Ines is a very bad Buddhist. She sits in sangha each week, and while others are meditating and getting their zen on, she’s contemplating how to use the teachings to strengthen her plots and character motivations.

Ines lives outside Washington, DC with her two little sidekicks who are growing up way too fast.

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When the young slave Demetrios kills his Roman master and flees with his mentor and fellow slave Elazar, he believes he’s found freedom. But in creating a new life and a new identity, he quickly finds he’s as enslaved to the secret of murdering his master as he was to the master himself.

A chance at love with a young woman is ruined by a glimpse into his mysterious past, and Demetrios and Elazar are forced to run again. Demetrios fears he is destined to be alone and wonders how he will ever find the freedom and love others enjoy if he cannot share the truth of who he is, or find forgiveness for his crimes.

Demetrios soon discovers his trust in Elazar has been misplaced when Elazar reveals he’s confessed the murder to a so-called prophet named Jesus. Enraged by Elazar’s betrayal and desperate to keep his past a secret, Demetrios focuses his bitterness and fear on the prophet. He cannot allow this Jesus to alert the authorities, which could mean for Demetrios an arrest or execution. Demetrios must stop Jesus at all costs.

When a second chance at love arises and Demetrios sees first-hand the work of this prophet, Demetrios must reconsider everything he believes. Should he continue to fight to keep his secrets buried, or should he risk his life to tell the truth to the woman he loves and ask for forgiveness?

Set in first century Palestine, Blood of a Stone is a sweeping story of murder, betrayal, love, and the search for redemption.
(Synopsis from the back jacket copy on the author’s site:

My thoughts 4.5 stars….
Ms. Gassman does a magnificent job transporting the reader back in time to first century Palestine. In the beginning it was hard to connect with Demetrios and easier, in some ways, to relate to Elazar. While I sympathized with Demetrios’ plight he often acted against Elazar’s sound advice and thus counter to his best interests. This was frustrating at first but as events progressed it dawned on me that, personally speaking, Demetrios represented life’s journey. From ignorance to awareness, not only of ourselves, but of the people around us and how we influence each other, like ripples in a pond. Some of those effects can be far reaching with lasting consequences we’d never imagine at the time. Our past acts, while perhaps not a grievous as Demetrios’, shape us and our future behavior. Whether we learn, grow, forgive, and move forward or allow them to haunt and burden us is, in the end, our decision.

Demetrios becomes successful with a nice home but still lives in fear of his past catching up with him. It’s a two edged sword. In many ways he’s more empathetic and thoughtful but he isn’t happy, loved, or fulfilled. His past holds him in thrall. When Elazar betrays him Demetrios’ fear leads him to contemplate and go to great lengths to attempt even rasher deeds than the initial deed.

Just what extremes is Demetrios willing to go to in order to keep his past secret? How much is he willing to lose? Will another death bring him the peace he seeks?

BLOOD OF A STONE is moving, thought provoking, and at times, felt deeply personal. I sincerely hope this isn’t the last we hear from Ms. Gassman.


My thoughts….4.5 stars
Anna Benz is an American expatriate living in a suburb of Zurich. Anna and Bruno have three children, Victor, Charles, and Polly. From the outside Anna’s life seems wonderful.
Anna exerts little effort, even in the beginning, to become a part of the community she lives in, preferring the fringes. She’s never
bothered to get a license and finally, after living in Dietlikon nine years and learning the minimum German necessary to get by, she begins German classes.
Anna’s also in psychoanalysis, suggested by Bruno to fix what he terms “her misery”, where she uses her expensive session time to play
word games with Doktor Messerli. The snippets are revealing yet secretive at the same time.
Bits of Roland explaining the German language and grammar serve as a complement to Anna’s sessions, memories, and present situation.
On one page you may have the present, a session fragment, a bit from German class, and one or two memories. The jumps are disconcerting at first but clarify Anna’s thoughts and actions in the best possible way. It also ensures your complete attention.
HAUSFRAU is elegantly and beautifully written. Ms. Essbaum’s word selections, combinations, and descriptions were so enjoyable that there were times I would re-read for the lyrical flow and pleasure of it. In stark contrast the sexual passages were, no doubt intentionally, vulgar and blunt.
Personally speaking, Anna went beyond ennui. After extremely brief periods of actual participation, Anna seems to prefer passivity, allowing life to happen to her. She drifts and acquiesces, negating responsibility because she obviously had no choice, right? This behavior is a life trend for Anna, not just an acquired behavior since moving to Switzerland.
This quiescent attitude made it difficult to relate to Anna even while being drawn to her story, akin to rubbernecking at a wreck. We always have and make our own choices, acknowledged or otherwise, and passivity can often carry a high price.
HAUSFRAU isn’t an easy read but it is rewarding. On many levels it’s disturbing with tough questions asked of Anna and by extension,
readers. I may not have particularly liked or understood Anna but her story affected me. After reading the last words I sat, saddened and thoughtful, thousands of miles away on a train platform in Wipkingen with Anna as she finally understood and accepted her true self. In the end there was no other choice, was there?

DUMPED Review ~ Women unfriending women

Getting dumped sucks—and no, we don’t mean by a significant other. We’re talking about the atom bomb of abandonment: Getting dumped by a best friend. Millions of women who know the universally-experienced-but-rarely-discussed trauma of being dumped by a close female friend can relate to the candid stories in Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women (She Writes Press, $16.95 hardcover, March 3, 2015).

Twenty-five celebrated writers—including Jacquelyn Mitchard, Ann Hood, Carrie Kabak, Jessica Handler, Elizabeth Searle, Alexis Paige, and editor Nina Gaby—explore the fragile, sometimes humorous, and often unfathomable nature of lost friendship.

The essays in Dumped aren’t stories of friendship dying a mutually agreed-upon death, like falling out of touch. These are stories of suddenly finding yourself erased, without context or warning.

There should be an Adele song for this—and now, the millions of women who have cried over the inexplicable loss of a friendship can bond over the raw, charming, funny, and soul-baring stories of women who know how they feel.

From teenagers to soccer moms, teachers to friends, Dumped is for women who enjoy Bridesmaids as much as Little Women, or HBO’s Girls as much Anne Lamott and Alice Munro. It will make women ages 16-70 smile, cry, laugh, and best of all, say “Me too!” as they learn that being Dumped by a close friend doesn’t mean going it alone.


My thoughts……4 stars

Dumped is akin to sitting around with a glass of wine while sharing difficult memories with good friends. Sure, broken romantic
relationships are painful but broken friendships are often worse; especially when there’s no explanation, just unreturned communications and unanswered questions. Wasn’t this the person who would stick with you through thick or thin? Who knew you inside and out, the ugly included. You’d bared your souls to each other. What changed? What was or wasn’t done? Why? We aren’t talking the gradual fading or growing apart that frequently occurs with physical moves or life changes. These are sudden, wrenching, bewildering, and hurtful. One minute they’re there and the next they aren’t. Where’d they go? Were there signs?  What happened? What was missed? All that remains is conjecture, pain, and memories.
DUMPED has a story for every woman who’s been dumped, has dumped, or both. While every story may not speak to you, you’re sure to find several that do.  Personally, the one that spoke the loudest was How I Lost Her. The most baffling was Ten Days.
DUMPED allows readers to commiserate and find solace. It’s a keeper, to be taken out whenever the need for comfort may arise, a reminder that you aren’t alone.

NINA GABY is a writer, widely shown visual artist, and psychiatric nurse practitioner whose essays and fiction have been published by Lilith Magazine, Creative Non Fiction’s In Fact imprint, Seal Press, Paper Journey Press, Wising-Up Press, The Prose-Poem Project, and on

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Cover Reveal~ Emma Chase’s SUSTAINED

A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.

When you’re a defense attorney in Washington DC, you see first-hand how hard life can be and that sometimes the only way to survive is to become harder. I have a reputation for being cold, callous, intimidating – and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.

Complications don’t work for me – I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will get you off. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming – and I don’t pretend to be.

Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I’m going to Mommy & Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room and am knee deep in a damn compost pit.

Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be hard, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, defend her…and the kids.

And that – that I know how to do.

​ OUT AUGUST 25th!​

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Inspiration with Artemus Withers

I’m often asked where I get the ideas for my stories. Honestly, they come from multiple sources and somehow coalesce in my brain into a semi-coherent plot and characters. Perhaps there’s a method to my madness as I sit and think about how I arrange ideas and thoughts in notebooks and on the screen.
Plot ideas come from movies I’ve seen and books I’ve read. It seems just about any time I see a movie or read a book and have certain expectations and they go in a direction I didn’t anticipate, I wonder “what if?” What if the character they killed off was the hero instead of the person the writer chose? What if this villain had a different agenda? How much better would it be if such and such unexpected event happened and the characters had to deal with it? Would it be better or worse?
When I have those ideas, I put down the book and jot the idea down. It may take a life of its own then and I fill a few pages. Once it’s out of my head, then I can go back to the book and finish reading it – at least, until the next tangent pops into my mind that must be recorded. Movies are a little different. It’s a rare occasion that someone won’t be offended if I pull out my cell phone in the middle of a dark theater and begin recording notes. I can’t pause the movie and I hate missing anything. In those instances, I usually wait until I get home and then jot the notes in my mind down on the computer or in a notebook. I’ve occasionally started that process on my cell phone right outside the theater after the movie. I’ve taken to finishing movies even if I’m at home watching a recorded one.
These ideas and plot lines or characters are never stolen idea. I literally break off in a completely different direction, creating different characters of my own and the finished story idea doesn’t resemble the material that inspired my thoughts in the first place. This isn’t really a conscious decision on my part, but perhaps a subconscious one. I’d never want to steal someone else’s character or plot mostly from the sense that I want to own my own creation and bring my own twists and turns to a story.
The most interesting I’ve ever jotted down in my notebook where from dreams. I’ve literally woken up from a bizarre dream and walked to my desk and either jotted my dream down on a piece of paper of booted up the computer and typed like mad. It may seem strange, but I’ve found that if I don’t do that, nine times out of ten I won’t recall the dram or details enough for there to be anything coherent for me to draw from. If I jot enough of the details as I remember them right at the moment of waking, I can usually pull more of the dream back from my subconscious filing system to enrich the story. That doesn’t mean every story idea is a winner, but it has served to fill several short stories I’ve written and even a novel idea or two.

Reztapsmall copyThe Adventures of Reztap
Even simple plans never quite work out for intergalactic trader Tar Reztap, and yet he and his loyal friend Gorth keep finding their way into crazy missions that border the impossible. Chased throughout known space aboard the Bloated Namreg (quite possibly the ugliest ship to ever dock in a space port), it’s not long before Reztap’s nemesis catches up. And it’s not the Captain of the Progorian warship (really it was an honest mix-up that started that war); nor the Madame of the Courtesan Academy, who happens to be half-sister to the head of the assassin’s guild. No, real trouble requires blood ties. Reztap’s brother sends the traders spinning back into space on a mission to rescue a princess from a fortress on Alaga One’s moon.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Reztap and Gorth are forced to pull out their back-up navigator – an eccentric android named Chuck, who has a thing for decorating (and “Rezzy”).Aboard the Namreg, a door that couldn’t be opened for thirteen years mysteriously grants entrance to a hidden chamber. Inside is a treasure, a long-lost family member, and a mission no one has to force Reztap to do. This time, he can’t fail. Regretfully, the “rescued” Princess Slurk is still on board, with plans of her own.


Inspired by authors such as Douglas Adams, Harry Harrison and Terry Pratchett, Artemus endeavored to create a world of science fiction and humor to delight readers across the world. A lifelong computer systems professional, Artemus went from the military to government contracting to the commercial world fixing various computer problems and helping workers and companies get to where they need to go. Artemus also dabbled in acting as an improv troupe member for several years and performed in various stage, television and film productions. He lives in Katy, Texas with his wife where they rule their family kingdom of three adult daughters from afar and enjoy the company of their grandson and two dogs.

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Who is Caroline’s Roger in NEED ME?

Everyone has different ideas on the perfect hero in a book. The wonderful thing about fiction? You can literally make the person anyone you choose. For me, there isn’t a perfect “type” of look when it comes to the right character. There is, however, a perfect chemistry. That’s what makes the book work. The man can be wild and crazy, or sedate and methodical. It really doesn’t matter as long as his personality works with hers. The only key element to a story’s success is that he becomes the protective, caring, alpha type where she’s concerned.

In Need Me, my hero’s name is Roger. A nice, sedate name for a seemingly nice and sedate guy. He’s the complete opposite of Caroline and that’s what draws them together in the beginning. She is everything he hopes to be and he feels stronger and better around her.

Unfortunately, life steps in and tears them apart. He continues plodding along his sedate and reliable path while she goes off to conquer the world as a journalist.

While she’s gone, he evolves into a much more interesting man with all sorts of great attributes that compliment what she liked about him in the beginning.

What would a guy like that look like? I decided to poll the internet in search of my Roger and realized the search criteria wasn’t very helpful. How do you search for pictures of “hot but stable guy” or “decent, nice guy” and not get a bunch of crazy things? I decided to survey Hollywood. If Roger were depicted in a movie, who would play his part? Okay, I have to admit it’s a little easier to find that type of guy because actors are plastered all over the internet. In truth, my Roger wouldn’t really want his pictures “out there”. But I did find a few actors that would certainly fit the idea of Roger and almost be suitable for Caroline, my heroine.

Here are the actors that carry the physical traits that come to mind:

  1. Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson, like he looked here on this blog is great.

Or here on the Dior ads:

But definitely NOT this Robert Pattinson:

OR the one that’s ghostly pale and sparkling in the Twilight movies. No, Roger isn’t that, um, shiny?

  1. Then there’s Ryan Reynolds.

My daughter thinks he’s awesome and perfect in everything he does. This Ryan Reynolds is certainly charming and funny—like Roger:

But this one is way too…perfect:

Caroline’s Roger is nice but he’s not perfect, unusual, or even concerned with his looks.

Wait….forget Robert Pattinson and Ryan Reynolds.

The man that could play Roger any day and every day? Definitely Ryan Gosling. Even on his worst day – he’s Caroline’s Roger. What do you think?


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Of course, Richard or Ryan would work too if this ever became a movie.


NeedMeAspiring journalist Caroline Sanders doesn’t have time for frat parties and college keggers—not even when the gorgeous Roger Freeman climbs into her car unexpectedly one night on campus. The two are inexplicably drawn together but when Caroline’s offered a prestigious internship that could lead to a job at The New York Times, she leaves Roger behind for more serious prospects. Six years later, back home and starting a new career as a florist, she’s shocked to run into Roger again. He’s never forgotten the girl who left him to find herself, though he’s certainly tried. As the two begin seeing each other and grow closer, he finds it impossible to resist falling for her once more. What he doesn’t know is that Caroline’s life over the last few years has been filled with tragedy, and the adventurous and exciting woman he remembers is all but gone. Is Roger ready to risk his heart again, and is Caroline ready to trust him with her story?

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Author Bio

Shelley K. Wall was born near Kansas City, the middle daughter of three. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with additional post graduate work there and at the University of Wyoming extension in Casper. She also holds a length career in Information Technology.

Her first release, Numbers Never Lie, debuted in 2012 and was an Amazon Bestseller. Other titles include Bring It On(2012), The Designated Drivers’ Club(2012), Flood Flash and Pheromones(2013), Chloe’s Secret(2013), Text Me(2014), and her latest release Find Me.

Shelley enjoys writing characters that deal with drama in a humorous way, situations that are believable even if intense, heroes and heroines that aren’t perfect, and villains that may have an inkling of redemption hidden away.



Twitter: @skwallbooks


My thoughts….3.5 stars    Amazon    Visit Sandra

Returning to her family estate after twenty years in India and the loss of her missionary parents in The Mutiny, Rebecca Ravenshaw doesn’t expect to discover an imposter has not only preceded her but also passed away, leaving a mystery in her wake.Now Rebecca must prove her claim and adjust alone and friendless to what feels like a foreign land rather than home.

There are obvious differences in MIST OF MIDNIGHT and the Gothic’s I’ve read in the past. MIST OF MIDNIGHT doesn’t have the dark, oppressive, air of foreboding they all had in common. Rebecca’s movements are less restricted also. Rather than being confined to an isolated manor house or small village with few characters, MIST OF MIDNIGHT has Rebecca visiting the large village of Winchester to shop and see to errands, attending functions and balls, hosting picnics, being called on and making calls, and even venturing to London. In addition to these differences, there was no point where I believed Rebecca’s life was truly in peril; her well being and security perhaps but never her life. However, there is a lack of certainty regarding who is trustworthy. Who’s a friend and who’s a foe? I questioned each characters actions, honor, and possible motive(s).

The central mystery involves Rebecca’s impersonator and her death. Who was this woman? How did she manage to arrive and lay claim to Headbourne and Rebecca’s monies before Rebecca could even obtain safe passage from India after the Mutiny? What happened to the woman’s Indian maid? Was her death truly self murder or did someone remove her for their own self serving reasons?

There are whispers and obvious snubs surrounding Luke, Captain Whitfield, dating from the imposter’s death and burial. As a distant relative her death benefited him greatly. Is he what he appears or does his friendly, thoughtful exterior hide sinister motives? Is Miss Delia Dainley’s offer of friendship and assistance genuine or are there strings attached? What about Rebecca’s French ladies maid, Michelene, who also served the imposter? What secrets is she hiding? The servants are borderline insubordinate with Rebecca excluding Landreth. What’s behind their manner? A plethora of questions for inquiring minds.

The defined, realistic characterizations are enhanced by Ms. Byrd’s incorporation of India, its culture, languages, and history into MIST OF MIDNIGHT. Its inclusion adds depth and historical interest, rounding out the story nicely. As to the ending (not the epilogue) I’m still of two minds.

I’d classify MIST OF MIDNIGHT as light gothic with strong historical element and authentic (formalized) romance. Nice change of pace from recent reads so I’m definitely on board for the next book in the series.

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