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Hands-On Therapy is free today through Dec 30th on Amazon. Happy Holidays, all!


White Lady ~ Jessica Bell


To celebrate the release of Jessica Bell's latest novel, WHITE LADY, she is giving away an e-copy (mobi, ePub, or PDF) to the first person to correctly guess the one true statement in the three statements below. To clarify, two statements are lies, and one is true:

The first novel Jessica Bell remembers reading was ...
a. The Faraway Tree, by Enid Blyton
b. The Babysitter’s Club, by Ann M. Martin
c. The Neverending Story, by Michael Ende

What do you think? Which one is true? Write your guess in the comments, along with your email address. Comments will close in 48 hours. If no-one guesses correctly within in 48 hours, comments will stay open until someone does.

Want more chances to win? You have until October 31 to visit all the blogs where Jessica will share a different set of true and false statements on each one. Remember, each blog is open to comments for 48 hours only from the time of posting.

If you win, you will be notified by email with instructions on how to download the book.

Click HERE to see the list of blogs.


*This novel contains coarse language, violence, and sexual themes.

Sonia yearns for sharp objects and blood. But now that she's rehabilitating herself as a "normal" mother and mathematics teacher, it's time to stop dreaming about slicing people's throats.

While being the wife of Melbourne's leading drug lord and simultaneously dating his best mate is not ideal, she's determined to make it work.

It does work. Until Mia, her lover's daughter, starts exchanging saliva with her son, Mick. They plan to commit a crime behind Sonia's back. It isn't long before she finds out and gets involved to protect them.

But is protecting the kids really Sonia's motive?

Click HERE to view the book trailer.
Click HERE for purchase links.

Jessica Bell, a thirty-something Australian-native contemporary fiction author, poet and singer/songwriter/guitarist, is the Publishing Editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal and the director of the Homeric Writers' Retreat & Workshop on the Greek island of Ithaca. She makes a living as a writer/editor for English Language Teaching Publishers worldwide, such as Pearson Education, HarperCollins, MacMillan Education, Education First and Cengage Learning.

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Another Freebie

In case you missed it last time, Hands-On Therapy will be free on Amazon all weekend. Yep, Friday through Sunday. I was feeling generous. Mostly due to how unbelievably generous all of you were during its last promo weekend--all the tweets/retweets and Facebook shares. Thank you so much. I feel beyond blessed to be a part of this amazing writing community.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Enjoy Incubus. (There has to be another die hard out there that gets that! Anyone?)


Secrets Of Honor

I'm excited to share in the cover reveal for Carol's latest novel Secrets of Honor. It's so pretty. Just love the color choices!

By the end of a long evening working as a special set of eyes for the presidential security detail, all Kat Marengo wants is to kick off her shoes and stash two not-really-stolen rings in a secure spot. Plus, maybe sleep with Dave Krizak. No, make that definitely sleep with Dave Krizak. The next morning, she wishes her new top priorities were so simple.
As an operative for a covert agency buried in the depths of the Department of Homeland Security, Kat is asked to participate in a matter of life or death—locate a kidnapped girl believed to be held in Corpus Christi, Texas. Since the person doing the asking is the wife of the president and the girl is the daughter of the first lady’s dearest friend, it’s hard to say no.
Kat and Dave quickly learn the real stakes are higher than they or the first lady believed and will require more than any of them bargained for.
The kicker? They have twenty-four hours to find the girl—or the matter of life or death will become more than a possibility.

Carol writes grocery lists, texts to her family, new lyrics to old songs for her dogs, love notes to her husband, and novels for herself. And for you. In between, she blogs weekly at Under the Tiki Hut and is active on Facebook and Twitter.
She sees mystery and subterfuge everywhere. And she’s a sucker for a good love story—especially ones with humor and mystery. Crime Fiction with a Kiss gives her the latitude to mix and match throughout the broad mystery and romance genres. Having flexibility makes her heart happy.

You can connect with Carol and her books here:



Hey everyone! *waves* I'd planned to be back in the beginning of May but somehow every year forget that May-early June is a span in which I barely have time to breathe let alone blog, Facebook, Twitter, and write. Among other stuff. I can't promise I will get around to commenting but will read blogs and reply to comments here.

I promised I'd follow up on my Self Lovin' Bloghop with a couple things that stood out to me in all the posts.

One was the commonality of what writers named as their strength. There were only about 3 things across the board: characterization, dialogue, and voice. There were one or two other things mentioned but, for the most part, those were the big ones. And all strengths to be proud of in writing. (A handful of folks participated but didn't sign up--you can find them in the comment section of the original linked post.)

The thing that stuck out (yes, like a sore thumb, y'all!) was that 90% of the posts also named what is was the person thought they did poorly. Or gave almost an apology before moving on to the strength. As in "I think I'm good at x, BUT..." I'm no innocent in this! I started to do the same thing before forcing myself to delete the preface.

Why is so darn hard to give oneself props? I know it isn't specific to the writing community but it sure seems to be prevalent here.