Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Most Important Catch by Jaclyn M. Hawkes

by Cindy R. Williams

The back blurb:

Run or die!
She knew too much, and she'd seen too much. And the police refused to help. Knowing that she was to be the next scheduled death, Kelly Campbell hid under head to toe black leather and a tinted motorcycle helmet and ran for her life.

When the weather turned cold, she turned south. She ended up in North Carolina, home to one of the most famed and eligible NFL football stars in the whole league; only she didn't know that. She thought he was a businessman. Not being a huge fan, all she knew was that he was incredibly attractive, kind, generous, and that she was safe from him. Or was she?
His brand of fame proved to be all but deadly, but his fame wasn't nearly as lethal as his attractions. He kept her safe and protected. All except for her heart.
If you like a good adventure with high stakes including a clean romance, this is your book.

Ever sense I read "The Pelican Brief" by John Grisham, I have toyed with stories where the hero was innocent, but thought guilty, or maybe the hero knew too much so had no choice but to run. It is a fun challenge to figure out how to be prepared --how to hide a stash of cash, clothes, food, scissors and hair dye, a couple of different cell phones and some wasp spray. Wasp spray? Yes wasp spray. You get it at any hardware store. It shoots about 15 feet and burns the eyes. It's better than pepper spray. 

However, the lead character, Kelly, in THE MOST IMPORTANT CATCH, doesn't doesn't do any preparation. She could have put a few things together when she first suspected there was something fishy going on, but she didn't. Instead, when caught looking at a file with too much damaging information, she knows the jig is up and she only has about two hours to get out of town. She takes nothing with her. She shows moments of brilliance when she stages her own kidnapping, blood and all, then takes off on a motorcycle. Fun twist.

The story is intriguing. It is a "lose sleep" fun read. It also has a fun romance, and stays clean.
Writers Mirror recommends THE MOST IMPORTANT CATCH as a good summer read.

Available on Amazon, Kindle edition. See more about Jaclyn and her books on

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

SURVIVING DENMARK on a bag of peach rings by Tina Scott

by Cindy R. Williams

Get this book free with the coupon Code ZC64M, available until May 28, 2012.

Today's author interview is Tina Scott
WM:  Hi Tina why did you write a travel book?
Tina:  My book has two purposes. I wanted to entertain readers with some of my experiences, and I wanted to share things that I learned about being prepared when traveling. I also rate the places we stayed at and the sites we visited, so I guess that’s three purposes.
WM:  Why should a person buy your book instead of a more popular travel guide?
Tina: Surviving Denmark isn’t intended to replace books like, The Rough Guide to Denmark. I wrote it as a personal accompaniment. The Rough Guide is full of useful information, but there are hundreds of places listed, and all un-objectively. It’s like reading a textbook, and because none of the places are rated, it’s hard for a novice to know which sites to choose for a vacation.
WM:  What if I’m going on vacation somewhere other than Denmark?
Tina:  I believe that many of the travel tips in my book can be used for any vacation. Some, of course are specific to Europe.
WM:  The economy is pretty tight right now. What if readers can’t go on an expensive vacation?
Tina:  Because of the travel experiences and the pictures included, I think readers will enjoy my book even if they aren’t traveling to Denmark or Europe. Plus, I’ve heard that cyber-vacations are becoming more popular these days.
Here’s the link:  Surviving Denmark by Tina Scott

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Author:  Tina Scott

Friday, May 18, 2012

Anna del C. Dye's New Book: A Royal Elf of Abalon

A Book Buzzing Babes Pick
Writers Mirror: Hi Anna! Thanks for being in my blog this week.
Anna: It is my pleasure to be here.

Writers Mirror: So, tell us what’s happening with you?
Anna: My life has been quite busy lately. I am getting ready for the “Renaissance Faire & Fantasy Festival” which will take three of my weekends in May. I take my books and have fun being a princess for three weeks. I really love it.

Writers Mirror: That does sound fun. Tell us about your upcoming release.
Anna: After the great success of “The Curse of the Elfs,” I’ll release: “A Royal Elf in Abalon” this May.

Writers Mirror: Where can we find this book?
Anna: Amazon, B&N, and my website will all have the links to buy it.

Writers Mirror: What inspired you to write this book?
Anna: Amathis, the queen in the story. She is a selfish, demanding, and cruel woman. She forced me to write it.

Writers Mirror: What fantasy bug bit you and got you started writing these mystical tales?

Anna: It was a great masterful bug and it bit me hard a few years ago—The name of the bug J. R. R. Tolkien. I love Lord of the Rings and that is my inspiration for my Elf Series.
Writers Mirror: Intriguing, so tell us what is this book about?

Anna: A princess of a mankind kingdom, who is so sheltered by her mother that she makes some unsafe choices growing up. They will change her life and that of her kingdom as she faces challenges that she isn’t prepared for. It also tells of a young Elf who feels an unsafe fascination about the nearby mankind kingdom. Against his elders’ wishes, he ventures there, finding heartaches, betrayal, and murder. 
Writers Mirror: Now I want to read this tale. Tell us what’s the first rule in building a fantasy world?

Anna: To stay true to the rules. If you say beings in that world don’t do something, don’t have them doing it later without explaining what changed so that now they can do what you said they couldn’t.
Writers Mirror: Have you ever wanted to write your book in one direction but your characters wanted to go in another direction. What did you do in such a situation?

Anna: Your characters are the most important parts of your book. So, if they want to go left you go left, even if you wanted to go right. If you don’t, it will be quite hard to make them change and your tale will feel forced. I want my tales to go smoothly, so I don’t fight the characters, they know better than me. 
Writers Mirror: Sometimes people envision an author’s life as being really glamorous. Tell us what’s the most unglamorous thing you’ve done in the past week?

Anna: Change dirty diapers and keep my little Alexis happy. She didn’t feel to good. I love taking care of her though.
Writers Mirror: What's your favorite music?

Anna: Romantic, hands down. The Platters, The Stylistics, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, soft rock, lots of oldies. More recent artists: Il Divo, Julio Iglesias, Celine Dion, etc.
Writers Mirror: Please share a favorite quote(s) with us.

Anna: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I am a big believer of paying it forward.
Writers Mirror: What other fantasy tale are you weaving for us?

Anna: I am ready to finished The Flying Elf, which will be my Elf book for next year.
Writers Mirror: Thanks so much for sharing with us, Anna.

Anna: Thank you for inviting me to come. I had a wonderful time visiting with you.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

PROMISES by Carolyn Twede Frank

Cindy R. Williams

Here's the back of the book blurb:

Hattie is barely twelve when her pa's "business adventures" move her family to the new town of Tropic, Utah. Her pa views the town as opportunity. Hattie is hopelessly shy and views it wit apprehension. More than anything else, Hattie wants to be like her father---note afraid of meeting new people, talking to strangers, and sanding up for herself. So it is with trepidation that she accepts her pa's challenge and promises to make new friends.

Hattie forms more promises as she struggles to make friends, finding companionship in places she wouldn't have expected and learning that there is a difference between complaining and standing up for one's self.

Promises is a heart-warming story of friendship with a touch of mystery and adventure set in the days before Bryce Canyon became a national park. Drawn from the memoirs of early Utah settlers, it is a realistic glimpse into the past and a delightful story for readers ages eight to eighty.

I wasn't sure if I was going to like the book at first look. It seemed like this little Hattie girl was going to be a little whimp. However, I knew it would be interesting to take a peek into what the Bryce Canyon area was like back in the settlement days so I gave it a go.

I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked Hattie. What a charming character. It was fun to see her grow and learn to speak up for herself. Sometimes I wanted to get after the villain on Hattie's behalf--you know how the mothering instinct thing kicks in when you see someone picked on--but alas, I had to sit back and mind my own business and read the book.

Frank does a nice job in her descriptions of the area. I would love to explore the cave she writes about. If the cave is really there, it sounds like it would be one of those town secrets that only the residents know about.

It was interesting to get a glimpse into the LDS Church at that long ago time. The members had the same problems that are dealt with today, just with a different twist.

Promises is another fun summer read.

PROMISES is pulished by August Corp Press, Kaysville Utah.
Visit Frank at

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

MILLION DOLLAR DIVA by Tristi Pinkston, Brett Kitchen and Ethan Kap

by Cindy R. Williams

MILLION DOLLAR DIVA, The Smart Woman's Guided to Getting Rich Safely is a finance book for women (now don't roll your eyes.) It's not dull, dry or boring. It's a book that will help EVERYONE get on top of their finances, written specifically for women, and with the friendly voice of Tristi Pinkston. Reading this book is like sitting on a cushy couch visiting with a good friend you can trust to give you good advice. If you have ever had the pleasure of meeting Tristi, you know she is an incredibly warm and personable lady. Her style is the same.  

Before I share more about the book with you, I want to let you know about the incredible offer. If you go to, you can get a free copy of the book for only $5.95 shipping and handling. This offer only goes until June 15th. (The book is regularly $14.95, so don't miss out on the free book offer before June 15th.)

This book is unique because you can also follow Tristi's continuing success on the blog portion of the site listed above.

Now a bit more info. When asked to blog about the new book MILLION DOLLAR DIVA, I jumped at the chance. Who doesn't want to get a handle on their finances?

The book contains:
  • A 5-step, simple, safe, and predictable process to change living paycheck-to-paycheck to enjoying wealth and security.
  • How to give yourself a $400 per month raise without asking the boss or working a minute of overtime.
  • "Spend Like  a Diva." How to have anything your want--nice vacations, eating out, trips to the mall. It's all part of the plan.
  • The secret formula of how to completely eliminate your debt in 1/3 the time and save tens of thousands on interest costs in the process. You'll see why all the TV gurus are wrong!
  • 5 Million-Dollar_Diva investing strategies that will grow your money safely and predictably every year, without the guesswork.
  • Plus! Discover the key to stop fighting and quarreling with your spouse about money forever!

 Here is how the book came about according to Tristi Pinkston.

Last fall, I was contacted by two financial gurus, Brett Kitchen and Ethan Kap, who asked me if I would co-author a book on finances for women with them. (I’m the token woman.) J As we laid out the ideas for the book, we hit upon sheer brilliance (at least I think so, but it was my idea, so I’m entitled to be biased). Rather than just writing a book about finances, these guys sat down with me and worked me through their system, helped me get started on my path to getting out of debt, and then we wrote down everything we did and made it into a book. 

The authors also set up a where Tristi tracks her progress as she pays down her bills. As Tristi says, "It’s totally real, I’m making these changes every day, and it’s been a lot simpler than I thought it would be. It’s my hope that as women everywhere see that I did it, they’ll be inspired to take charge of their own finances as well."

Again, go to to watch Tristi as she makes the journey to become debt free.

The final part of the blurb sums it up well.

Imagine yourself living debt-free and building a million-dollar retirement safely and securely, so you can have total confidence in yourself and your future.

MILLION DOLLAR DIVA receives 10 GOLD STARS from Writers Mirror for being a book that is real, and can change lives.

I am using it now myself. I'll let you know how it goes. I'm expecting big things from this unusual book.

Friday, May 4, 2012

DANGEROUS FAVOR ~ by Joyce DiPastena

DANGEROUS FAVOR  by Joyce DiPastena, the Queen of sweet medieval romance!

Mathilde needs a champion.  Her father has been accused of stealing from the king, an allegation that has reduced her family to poverty. She has one chance to find and marry a man who can help her prove her father's innocence. Lord Therri, heir to a rich barony, has the wealth and connections Mathilde needs to delve into the mysteries of her father's past. Furthermore, Therri embodies all her romantic dreams.

Etinne, the younger son of a disgraced family, has neither wealth nor connections, but is smitten with Mathilde at a glance. She finds the knight intriguing, but believes he is only out to seduce her. While she seeks for a way to win Therri's attention, Etienne tricks her into granting him her favor --an embroidered white ribbon--for a tournament, setting in motion a dangerous chain reaction of events. Can Etienne save Mathilde from a nightmare from her past and prove himself the true hero of her dreams?

Writers Mirror gives DANGEROUS FAVOR 10 stars! 

Joyce graduated from Arizona State University with a degree specializing in medieval history. She writes as if she were living amongst her characters and will transport readers there with her.

Joyce loves cats. One of her little purr-babies is named Glinka Rimsky-Korsakov. There must be quite a story in that.

If you have read Joyce DiPastena's LOYALTY'S WEB and ILLUMINATIONS OF THE HEART, you know you are in for a great read.  Joyce is a master of medieval history, and weaves a delectable sweet romance around a world of intrigue.

(Note; if you haven't read Joyce's other two books, get all three and have a lovely summer spent in medieval times around knights, knaves, castles, beautiful maidens, jewels, crowns and passionate yet clean love stories.)

For you medieval history buffs, you can follow along as Joyce researches her novels at

DANGEROUS FAVOR is available at:
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Here's hoping that Joyce is busy with book four!