Thursday, February 24, 2022

Chatting with author Colleen Driscoll

With me today is Colleen Driscoll, author of some darn adorable books for children. Today, she's chatting about Mommy, I Need a Hug.  So without further ado, let's meet Colleen.

What inspired you to write this book?

My sister told me about a bedtime game she played with her twin boys when she tucked them in at night. I thought the game would make a cute story for kids and their parents. This creates a special bonding time with parents and lets children feel secure knowing they are loved. Who doesn’t love a hug?

What's your favorite genre and why? 

I love reading mysteries. As a child I read The Secret Seven series and Trixie Belden books. Solving riddles has always been a fascination. Even today, I love puzzle books and Escape Rooms.

What do you do when you’re not writing? 

When I’m not writing, I’m playing the piano, gardening, walking my dog, or housecleaning (last resort!).

Now for the speed round!

Good girls or bad girls? Good girls (I’m not much of a trouble maker!)

Favorite food? Chocolate cake

eBook, paperback, or audiobook? Paperback

Plotter or Pantster? Plotter

Favorite movie? August Rush

Night on the town or cozy evening in? Cozy evening in

Favorite fictional world? Harry Potter—Hogwarts

Stilettos or flipflops or sneakers? sneakers

Cake, cookies, or pie? Cake

Favorite TV show? Hallmark movies

Beach or mountains? Beach

About the book

Mommy, I Need a Hug
Author: Colleen Driscoll
Genre: Children’s Picture Book


Bedtime is Cole's favorite time of day. Can he trick his mother into giving him another good-night hug? And then another...and another...?

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About the author
Colleen Driscoll lived her childhood years on a small farm in New Germany, Pennsylvania. After starting a family, she relocated to beautiful, scenic West Virginia. Colleen believes creativity can be expressed in many ways and loves that her writing entertains children and adults of all ages. She especially enjoys meeting her fans and inspiring others to write.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Chatting with author Jennifer Wilck

It's such a pleasure to welcome author Jennifer Wilck to my blog. Her latest book, Unlock My Heart, is now available. Jennifer shared an excerpt, but before we get to that, let's meet the author.

What inspired you to write this book?

This is the second book in my Scarred Hearts series (although each can be read as a standalone). The series follows four best friends who have amassed a tremendous amount of wealth in their chosen careers, and with their extra money, they invest in philanthropic organizations. But as wealthy as they are, they’ve been unlucky in love, until they each meet a woman who turns their world upside down.

For this story, I wanted to make the hero hard of hearing. Although I’ve made Ted’s condition worse, his lack of hearing is similar to mine. Until I started wearing hearing aids (and sometimes, even with them), I’d often mishear things, with sometimes comical results. And I started thinking what would happen if a successful, powerful man had to hide his disability so people wouldn’t think he was stupid? And what kind of woman would fall for him/would he fall for?

I’m a big fan of strong heroines, so making Abby a tech wizard was a lot of fun. I interviewed a friend of mine from high school for the technology information and I hope I got it all right. But I love Abby’s strength and determination, especially in the face of all the adversity I throw her way.

Tell us about a book that stayed with you long after you finished reading it.

I just read Life After Life by Kate Atkinson and that book has stayed with me for months. It’s about a woman who lives multiple lives—every time she messes up, she dies and is reborn, reliving the same life but making a different choice this time around. It’s fascinating and confusing and I could not put the book down. Not my usual choice, but I’m so glad I picked it up in the bookstore and I highly recommend it.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

Well, my husband and I are finally empty nesters. We have two daughters, one who’s a junior in college and one who’s a first-year law student, and after lots of remote learning due to Covid, and a lot more time at home than any of us expected, they are finally back at school. So we are both working from home and getting used to just having the two of us around. We spend a lot of time together when we’re not working—hiking, fixing things around the house, traveling, and just getting reacquainted after years as “parents.”

On my own, I like to read, photograph nature, cook/bake, and socialize with friends.

About the Book

Unlock My Heart
Author: Jennifer Wilck
Genre: contemporary romance
Heat level (if over PG13): steamy


Abby Marlow, computer security expert, lands a job at the best IT security firm in the country. Her sole focus is financial independence so she never has to rely on others again, especially a man. But why does her boss make her wires short circuit?

Ted Endicott, CEO and founder of the IT security firm, is hard of hearing. Although an expert in his field, he’s still uncomfortable admitting his difficulty hearing to his clients or employees. So why is he willing to accept Abby’s help?

As Ted and Abby work together, barriers fall away, and soon the lines blur between colleagues and lovers. But a security glitch in a client's system indicates one of his employees is the hacker, and all signs point to Abby. Can they get past the suspicion and find a future together?

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Peek between the Pages

Ted grasped Abby as she started to topple. Pulling her tight against him, he skated them to the rail and leaned against it, giving her time to get her feet back under her. Greg was right; Ted shouldn’t hold her like this, but no one was around and with Abby everything felt right.

And he was enjoying her body against his. He stifled a groan. Soft breasts, delicate bones, strawberry-scented hair. He wanted her, more than he’d ever wanted another woman.

She’d bragged about his success to her mother? For a man who’d grown up with a dad who called him stupid, Abby’s brag was more of an aphrodisiac than any sexy model ever could be.

He hugged her to him on the pretense of making sure she remained upright and waited for her to pull away.

Her lips moved, and he studied them, unable to hear her with the background music, the whoosh of air as they glided, the voices of the skaters, and traffic noise. He thought she said “thanks,” and he nodded. When she started to speak again, he took his finger and placed it over her lips. They were velvety soft and pink, and he would have given anything to kiss them.

Instead, he shook his head. “I can’t hear you. And lip reading is exhausting.”

He expected the usual shame to creep in. Maybe because she was out of her element here on the ice and relied on him. She clutched his hand as he guided them slowly over the ice. Maybe it was because he saw no pity. In fact, desire flashed. She blinked, and it was gone. But he’d seen it.

He could spend their entire time together wondering what conversations he missed. He could worry about what she thought, or about whether or not the CEO of the company should skate this close to his employee.

Or he could skate.

He held her close again, and they circled the rink. The cold air reddened her cheeks and nose. His hands should have been cold without gloves, but they weren’t. Holding Abby, melding their bodies together, created a furnace between them. He was surprised the ice beneath their blades didn’t melt.

They circled the rink once, twice, three times, and on their fourth turn, snowflakes fell. The sky glowed from the reflection of the lights on the clouds, which were so low, it seemed as if the tops of the buildings supported them. Abby shivered. He drew her close again as he stopped at the railing.

“Cold?” he asked.

She shook her head no.

If she wasn’t cold...he leaned toward her, and her eyes darkened. Her lips parted, and his heart thumped in his chest. He wanted to kiss her more than he wanted to be able to hear the sound of his name on her lips.

She reached out and traced her finger across his cheekbone. When she pulled back, there was liquid from a melting snowflake on the tip, and a blaze of heat across his cheek.


He caught the gist, and his shock at her comment broke the spell. “You’ve never seen snow?”

She shook her head. He wanted to ask her where she’d grown up, but this wasn’t the place because of the noise of the tourists. Besides, it was late, and if he weren’t careful, he’d do something he shouldn’t.

Like kiss her next to the golden statue in Rockefeller Center.

He steered them toward the exit, and they returned their skates. Moving away from the noise of the rink, Ted took a deep breath when he could hear again.

“You want to walk in the snow or cab it?” he asked.

The look of joy on her face was contagious as she held her hands out to collect snowflakes. He’d grown up in Ohio. Snow was nothing new to him, although he remembered how much he’d loved to play in it. He’d built huge forts in the snowdrifts, where sound was muted and light filtered through the flakes. The snowy walls offered a natural barrier and allowed him to dream of days when he’d be far away.

Like now.

About the author: Jennifer started telling herself stories as a little girl when she couldn’t fall asleep at night. Pretty soon, her head was filled with these stories and the characters that populated them. Even as an adult, she thinks about the characters and stories at night before she falls asleep or walking the dog. Eventually, she started writing them down. Her favorite stories to write are those with smart, sassy, independent heroines; handsome, strong and slightly vulnerable heroes; and her stories always end with happily ever after.

In the real world, she’s the mother of two amazing daughters and wife of one of the smartest men she knows. She believes humor is the only way to get through the day and does not believe in sharing her chocolate.

Jennifer Wilck is an award-winning contemporary romance author for readers who are passionate about love, laughter, and happily ever after. Known for writing both Jewish and non-Jewish romances, her books feature damaged heroes, sassy and independent heroines, witty banter and hot chemistry. Jennifer’s ability to transport the reader into the scene, create characters the reader will fall in love with, and evoke a roller coaster of emotions, will hook you from the first page. You can find her books at all major online retailers in a variety of formats.

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Thursday, February 17, 2022

Chatting with author Darlene Fredette

I'm delighted to welcome Darlene Fredette to my blog. She is the author of contemporary romance. Her newest book, Finding Home Again was released this month. Please help me welcome Darlene!

How did you come up with the concept and/or characters for the book?

Jordan McKenzie was a character mentioned in a previous book in my Redford Falls series. I wanted her to have her own story because she has connections to the town that she doesn’t know about. This book was also my first dip into romance suspense, which I have wanted to write for a while.

What are you reading?

I am a professional book reviewer, so I always have a book open. I just finished a military romance suspense, and I am currently reading a paranormal romance.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

My favourite way to unwind is walking my dog. We go for a thirty-minute walk (longer depending on the weather) every morning. I also love to read, paint, draw, watch movies, and mostly hang out with my family.

Now for a fun speed round!

Favorite food? Rice with chicken and mozzarella.

Favorite beverage? Hot chocolate.

Favorite season? Summer!

Dogs or cats? I love all animals, especially dogs.

Favorite holiday? Christmas

Favorite movie? The Notebook and Tombstone.

Ironman or Superman? Superman (Henry Cavill)

Cake, cookies, or pie? All of the above!

Favorite junk food? See above answer, lol!

Favorite TV show? Survivor

About the book

Finding Home Again
Release Date: February 7, 2022
Author: Darlene Fredette
Genre: Contemporary Romance Suspense
Heat level (if over PG13): Sweet


A missing dog, a potential poisoning, and a suspicious death. Will Jordan and Logan find their happy-ever-after before another mysterious accident occurs?

Caretaker of a historical home, Jordan McKenzie, promised to keep a secret, but doing so gets harder by the minute, especially when an innocent kiss misses its intended target. Entangled in a web of mysterious mishaps, she discovers a surprising family connection. Is putting her trust in her boss' handsome nephew a risk worth taking?

Chef, Logan Crane, returns to Redford Falls hoping to claim an inheritance to open a restaurant, but he side-lines his plan after meeting Jordan. When past secrets intermingle with a present attraction, will Logan open his heart to the possibility of a future in Redford Falls…and with Jordan?

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Peek between the pages

“That kiss was meant for your cheek. You moved.” Jordan pulled on her helmet then waved a hand for Miska to jump into his seat. She tossed Logan his helmet. “You weren’t supposed to kiss me.”

“A beautiful woman plants one on me and I’m not to respond?” He stepped beside her and ran a finger down her cheek. “Unfortunately, I can’t tell your boyfriend our outing was strictly platonic anymore. Because I kissed his girl, and I liked it.”

Blushing, Jordan nudged her shoulder against his before getting into her ATV and driving away.

Logan shouldn’t have kissed her—and he shouldn’t have flirted. But dang it, he truly enjoyed both—and given the opportunity, he would do both again.

About the author:
Darlene resides on the Atlantic Coast of Canada where the summers are too short, and the winters are too long. An avid reader since childhood, Darlene loved to develop the many stories coming to life in her head. She writes contemporary romances with a focus on plot-driven page-turners. When not working on her next book, she can be found with her husband, her daughter, and her yellow Labrador.

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Monday, February 14, 2022

Be Mine Bookish Giveaway

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Thursday, February 10, 2022

Chatting with author Avis M. Adams

I'm delighted to have Avis M. Adams with me today. She's chatting about her book The Incident, guilty pleasures, and what she does when she's not writing. So without further ado, let's meet Avis! 

What inspired you to write this book?

Katrina had just hit New Orleans and storms seemed to be getting stronger and stronger, and our president at the time didn’t believe in global warming. I’ve always felt global warming was the wrong term for what is happening and decided to write a novel about changing weather patterns which seemed a bit closer to what was happening.

Also I teach at a community college and I was wondering what it would take to get my students off their devices, and so I had that in the back of my mind as I wrote as well.

Can you tell us a guilty pleasure… books you can’t get enough of?

I love fantasy set in medieval ages and historical novels set in the same time. I could read those books alone. I like reading about old technology and ways of doing things with horses and oxen, and without electricity. It was such a different life from our own. I don’t think I’d survive very long without central heating and refrigeration! Not to mention my smart phone and wifi!

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I love being outside. I love to hike, bike, swim, ski, snowshoe, you name it. I also love to garden and work on my yard and landscaping. I love being physically active, so I like to work out and lift weights, and that’s a good thing because I love to eat, and if I’m in the mood, I like to cook. I love animals, horses being my favorite, but I don’t own a horse right now. Dogs are my second fave, and I love my puppy walks every morning. J

About the book

The Incident
Author: Avis M. Adams
Genre: YA, adventure/thriller/clifi
Heat level: cool J


Their world is destroyed by cataclysmic storms, two teens find each other and learn to survive in the chaotic aftermath where the rules have changed, and it takes more than luck to survive.

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About the author
Avis M Adams lives in the Puget Sound area of Washington State on a small farm, where she loves to garden and write. She teaches English courses at a local community college, and her poems have won awards and been published online and in various literary journals. She also writes YA fiction, and The Incident is her debut novel.

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Thursday, February 3, 2022

Chatting with author D.V. Stone

I'm delighted to welcome D.V. Stone to my blog. Both of her Agent Sam Carter Books are available as Kindle Unlimited but are also on sale for a limited time at $.99 each. But before we get to that, let's meet D.V. Stone!

What inspired you to write this book?

Several years ago I was working on both a fantasy novel and a romantic suspense. During the Christmas Holiday season, my family attended a concert at church. While waiting for it to begin, my nephew, Carter, who sat several seats away began crawling over the laps between us until he reached me.

Leaning in with his hands holding his chin and cheeks said, “You write books don’t you?”

Not knowing where the question was leading I peered down at him. “I do. How can I help you?”

“Well,” he replied. “I want you to write a book about me. I want to be a secret agent with a really long mustache and ride a motorcycle.”

I said, “Okay.” Why not work on three books at the same time. (I’m rolling my eyes.)

Now here I am with two Agent Carters and a third one in the works. The books are so much fun with a lot of “Easter Eggs” for anyone who knows our family or area.

What's your favorite genre and why?

I am a multi-genre author. I write Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary Romantic Suspense. I read across all genres and particularly like Young Adult Fantasy. Some of my favorites are The Inheritance Cycle Eragon; Eldest; Brisingr; Inheritance by Christopher Paolini and Harry Potter. (Before you ask I’m a Hufflepuff.) One that I must mention is The Chronicles Of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. I just listened to the audio of it and re fell in love with it.

Tell us something about you.

Right know during this interview I am living in my 41foot long 5thWheel camper. My husband, Pete, and I love the life style and he took a job working in a campground while I spend my days writing and being a stay-at-home dog mom.

My favorite thing is to be outdoors especially around a campfire. Traveling and history are two of my passions. Not only reading it, but seeing, touching, and feeling it. Talking to so many interesting people we meet and listening to the stories they share. It’s not an accident The Mystery of High Pointe Tower takes place at a campground.

About the books

Book 1
Agent Sam Carter: Mystery at Branch Lake
Author: D. V. Stone
Genre: Mid-Grade Paranormal


Book 1: Agent Sam Carter of G.A.S.P., or the Government Anti Spector Program, is called away from vacation to the small Community of Branch Lake.

Someone, or something, is breaking into the summer cabins, and indications are it may not be humans.

Join Agent Carter, Sheriff Holly Stone, and Uncle Martin in the sometimes-crazy adventure in the mystery of Branch Lake.

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Book 2
The Mystery at High Pointe Tower: An Agent Sam Carter Book


Join the gang in the second Agent Sam Carter series. Sam's camping vacation is canceled. Strange happenings at the High Pointe Tower are going to take all his wits and skill to save the world from its latest threat. The convergence of the Dragon Aurora and volcanic eruption tears a hole between the dimensions trapping a paranormal creature on earthside. But as usual, nothing is as it first appears.

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About the author:
D. V. Stone is an award-winning, multi-genre, traditionally and independently published author. She writes books people want to read. Whether romance or fantasy, her stories are about the importance of friends and family. About overcoming obstacles while doing it with humor.

Around the Campfire is a popular weekly blog where she introduces both established and new authors giving an insider’s look into their lives and books as well as tidbits about her own life.

Recently retired from full-time employment in a medical office, she’s wife to an amazing husband, mother to one son, and not your average grandma to three beautiful grands. A woman of faith, D. V., believes and trusts in God. When not behind the wheel of 2Hoots—a 41 foot long 13.2 feet high 5th Wheel camper she rambles around town in Northern New Jersey in a white Camaro.

“My greatest pleasures are spending time outside with friends and family, cooking over the open fire, sipping a glass of wine, and reading.”

Hali, her rescue dog, always reminds her to let readers know, “Woof, woof.” Which is loosely translated as support your local animal rescue.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Book Blitz & Giveaway: The Cassandra Curse by Hope Bolinger

I'm thrilled to be a part of The Cassandra Curse by Hope Bolinger Book Blitz organized by Xpresso Book Tours. Hope will be awarding a $20 Amazon gift card or a signed copy to a randomly drawn winner

The Cassandra Curse
Hope Bolinger
Published by: February 1st 2021
Genre: Middle-Grade, Young Adult


Charity’s acts of kindness always end in disaster, but when one clown costume too many lands her in the Vice Principal’s office, she receives a mysterious note from a group called “The Cassandra Coalition,” asking her if she wants to be rid of the curse that seems to follow her.

The teens of the coalition claim to be cursed by a mirror world connected with their hometown known as Delphos. To make things worse, Delphos appears to be invading their world and turning people into zombies—either that, or someone switched all the coffee to decaf.

When one of their members goes missing, they’ll try to track her down, close the portal to their world, and find a way to end their curse, before the curse ends them.

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Light from a dangled candy cane overhead flashed red in Hector’s eyes.

“Did your former director ever happen to mention a handbell player named Cassandra?”

Bella jolted back and knocked over a folder stand on the table behind her. She clutched at her chest with a fist.

“No, can’t say that I have.” Her voice shot up to a high-bell octave. She weaved her gloved fingers into her hair, but the cloth caught on a curl. Abandoning ship, she left the glove in a tangle and polished the bells on the table with a black cloth.

“Come on!” Paris slammed his hands on the table. But because the players had covered the surface in a foam pad, the sound muffled. “We got evidence at the library that she played with this group thirteen years ago. You joined a year after. You had to have heard something. And if my brother is going to show up in public in that ridiculous Red Riding Hood cloak, then you better make it worth it.”

Wowza, Paris standing up to the man. Well, wo-man.

Not being under the scrutiny of Danae’s glare had its wonders and benefits.

Unfazed, Bella started to shove bells into a case. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Hector pulled out his tablet—

Where on earth had he been keeping that?

—and the screen illuminated a scary-eager grin.

“Oh yeah, well take a look at—” his voice dropped, cracked, “this?”

Charity took two steps back and hoisted herself on her tiptoes to glance at the screen. The file had disappeared and a red “Error” replaced its slot. Had her touch back in the car eradicated the newspaper from the device?

Bella waved her hand at some invisible bug near her sharp nose. “Sorry, kids, but I don’t have time for this. We need to pack up in the next five minutes before the ‘Looking Sharp Jazz Choir’ gets here.” She jerked her chin over her shoulder at her other band members who hoisted suitcases full of bells onto rolling carts.

They needed to act, now.

When Bella turned to shove some mallets covered in yellow yarn into a black felt bag, Charity tore both gloves with her teeth, spat them on the floor, and gripped the handle of a bell the size of a baby doll’s head. Her arm swung down a few inches under its weight.

“What are you—” Bella stiffened. She sweetened her voice. “Now, put that thing down on the table. Nice and easy.”

With a knee crack, Bella lunged forward for the bell. But Paris and Hector stepped in front of Charity to form a barricade. Blanched, Bella whirled around to call for the aid of her bell-mates, but they were busy grunting and heaving the carts toward the door.

Now, for the bad cop sans good cop routine Charity’d practiced with her stuffed animals. This would, in no way, make Bella’s world a better place today. But she needed to do this for Io.

“I hate to do this, Bella, and I never envisioned myself being a CIA interrogator. That was twenty-seventh on my list of possible occupations for me in the future, next to skydiving instructor and corgi herder. But you’ve left me with no choice.”

“Listen, do you want money?” She dug a leather wallet out of her black slacks, opened it, and waved a neon-orange business card. “I have a coupon for two dollars off a pint of ice cream at The Scoop. You want?”

Oooh, ice cream.

Memories of sweet pralines of butter pecan mixed with cotton candy swirled over her tongue. Her favorite combo.

No, focus.

“Ma’am, if you do not tell us what you know about Cassandra, I’m afraid I’ll have to . . . have to,” she made a claw with her fingers. Digits wriggled like spider legs, “have to touch this bell with my bare hands.”

Bella slapped both palms against her over-blushed cheeks. She gasped.

Charity’s fingers squirmed so much, aches formed in her palms. She’d never threatened anyone before. Hoped she wouldn’t have to again. But for Io . . . she’d even get a fingerprint on this bell.

“Think of the oils from my skin.” She slithered each s like a snake. “The tarnish on this beauty. Bet it will take forever to wipe off. What is this?” Her thumb budged down an inch to reveal the label on the black handle. “A middle C.”

“Yes.” Bella’s voice tremored. She even crunched two crooked teeth down onto her pink lipsticked bottom lip.

“That’s an important note, isn’t it?”

“Some would argue that it’s the bread and butter that holds the music together.”

“Pity if I touched it . . . or even worse. Dropped it.”

Her fingers wriggled closer, closer . . . a centimeter away . . . .


Author Bio:

Hope Bolinger is literary agent, freelance author and editor, YA novelist, and obsessed with anything to do with theater.

Books include The Quiet and the Storm (Taylor University Press), Blaze (IlluminateYA), Den (IlluminateYA), Dear Hero (INtense Publications), and Dear Henchman (INtense Publications). She's also contributed to books that were published by Broadstreet Publishing and New Hope.

When she isn't busy adding to her 600+ bylines, or showing up in her town square dressed as Red Riding Hood, she loves to connect with readers. Find her at or connect with her @hopebolinger

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Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Magic Menagerie by Kale Lawrence

I'm delighted to be a tour host for The Magi Menagerie organized by Xpresso Book Tours. Kale Lawrence will be awarding a signed copy and an Amazon gift card.

The Magi Menagerie
Kale Lawrence
(The Magi Menagerie, #1)
Publication date: September 7th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, New Adult, Young Adult

Some stars aren’t meant to be followed.

For seventeen years, Ezra Newport and his parents were habitual immigrants, traveling from their Ottoman Empire home across 20th century Europe. As the Newports migrate to Belfast, Ireland, Ezra wants nothing more to settle into a consistent life and lay the foundation of his architectural dreams. But after a strange, mechanical bounty hunter murders his mother and prompts the disappearance of his father, Ezra discovers that his parents had actually been on the run. Now, their enemies are targeting him, and they won’t stop until he is dead.

In a moment of desperation, Ezra’s fate collides with the Third Order of the Magi, a secret society dedicated to using their supernatural powers to protect their communities. With increasing violence around the world, the Magi are fairly certain they know who’s behind the attacks on Ezra and his family since the same group could also be threatening their own existence.

Both Ezra and the Magi’s survival hinges on knowledge only Ezra’s father has and the key to saving them could be buried within history itself. In a race across continents and time, both Ezra and the Magi must secure an ancient Babylonian artifact before hell is unleashed on the world. And, against all odds, Ezra must decide where his allegiances truly lie, despite what is written in the stars.

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Peek between the pages

Jonas van der Campe awoke with a start. 

Heaving heavy breaths, his fingers fumbled for the key on the oil lamp mounted to the wall above his nightstand. Golden light bathed the bedroom in a soft essence, shedding a momentary sense of relief over his heightened nerves. 

"Just stay calm,” Jonas muttered to himself as he untangled his limbs from his bed linens. With every panicked heartbeat, vexation set in. He never had to talk himself down from a proper nightmare. As a child, perhaps. But as a thirty-year-old Magus? He was stronger than this. "Pull yourself together, now."

The horrific carnage of the train accident troubled him more than any dream typically would. Jonas could feel in his bones this nightmare was real. And it wasn’t the first time he had witnessed cruelty at the hands of the Watchers.

Without wasting a second, he pulled a robe around his night clothes and hurried from his cellar flat up three flights of stairs to the rooftop garden. The moment the glacial March air washed over his face, he sighed in relief and closed his eyes to bask in the clarity of daybreak.

"You’re certainly up early, Cousin," spoke the soothing voice of a young woman sitting underneath a vine-covered trellis. Still in her nightdress, Kierra McLarney’s bare feet grazed the rug beneath her as she allowed the swinging bench to sway in the morning breeze.

Jonas swallowed the trepidation forming in his throat.

Kierra waited for his reply but turned when silence answered instead. Her features morphed from complacent to uneasy.

"What’s wrong? Bad dreams?”

"The whole thing. Ghastly. All of it," he stammered, searching for his usual voice of reason. "Kierra, I feel the tides are shifting."

"How do you mean?" She motioned for him to join her on the bench. 

Jonas sank beside her and stared at the purple glow crowning the horizon. The images burned across his consciousness were not the only things troubling him. The timing—

God. The timing could not be any worse.

With worrisome storms brewing in his mind, Jonas reached into his robe pocket and retrieved a small logbook, right where he had left it after the previous evening’s stargazing. Flipping toward the centre, he ran a fingertip over the pages and froze, his fears confirmed by the hasty ink.

“What, Jonas?” Kierra asked, her features becoming increasingly troubled.

“The State of the Stars at the turn of the new year hinted at something concerning in our near future,” he summarised, his eyes racing across the penmanship. “When I observed the stars the evening of January first, I noted a strong planetary presence within Aquarius. Both Saturn and Mars battled for dominance within the Great Water Bearer.”

“Concerning, indeed,” Kierra admitted. Strands of light red hair obscured her face, rippled by the wind.

Jonas closed the book, his palm caressing the soft leather cover. Such disturbances within the Magi’s constellation suggested more than a mere harbinger. It sang of transformation, an irreversible shift in destiny. “It did not make sense then, but now…” his voice trailed off, battered by internal tempests. “We will undoubtedly find ourselves challenged by fiery aggression from our enemies. And I think I might have just witnessed the igniting spark.”

Kierra remained silent, anticipating his explanation.

"In my dreams, there was a boy," Jonas said, his voice distant.

"A boy? One of my students at the academy?"

"No. At least, not yet. He’s an immigrant,” Jonas recalled. “All I know is that he—or his family—are important to them. Beyond the usual means. I cannot explain it, but I know they are important to us, too. Crucial to the Magi’s existence. Right now, at this very moment in time."

Kierra’s eyebrows knitted together while she digested the information. "So, this is not just about the Order of Babylon?"

“Something even darker than that.”

Kierra hesitated as Jonas folded his hands together in nervous contemplation. "What should we do? Should we alert the Magi Administration?"

Jonas lowered his eyes from the horizon to the oil lamp sitting on the floor beside them, completely bewitched by the dancing flame. Even with the Gift to control fire, the flames taunted him with their flickering movements. It was far too similar to the ones he had just witnessed devouring a vulnerable passenger train only minutes before. Letting the scene dissolve into a fading echo, he met his younger cousin's gaze. 

"I shall send them a telegram this morning,” Jonas insisted, drawing his robe closer around himself for warmth. “We must wait for further instructions from the Council. They will know what to do.”

Despite the confidence in his voice, the flame inside the oil lamp teetered on the edge of extinction.

Author Bio:

Since the early age of 6, Kale Lawrence knew she either wanted to be an astronaut or an author. Obviously, the astronaut gig didn’t work out, so instead, Kale turned to fantastic fictional worlds. When Kale is not writing creatively, she works as a Marketing Manager at a pet product company, and pretends she’s an Olympic swimmer at the gym. She has also served as a board member for the South Dakota Writes organization.

In addition to books, Kale has lent her writing prowess to television, and her writing has been featured on nationwide PBS television programming, NBC newscasts, ABC newscasts, and the Travel Channel.

Kale currently lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with her feisty tortoiseshell calico cat, Emma Bug and sassy Siamese, Seattle Bean.

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