Saturday, February 29, 2020

Paranormal? Contemporary? Which do YOU Choose? With @meganslayer #pnr #contemp #gay

It's not often I get to post in February. Once every four years, to be exact. Grin. Gotta love leap years!!

I love a good paranormal romance, but sometimes I need a good old contemporary. I'm itching to write another shifter, don't get me wrong. Really itching. But I've been on a contemporary jag. Does that happen to you? Ever get that itch? You just have to read or write paranormal and other times you have to read or write contemporary?

Just me?

Oh well.

This is one of the contemporary stories I just finished. I know you're going to love it. I do. :-)




Billion Dollar Love, Manlove Edition
From Evernight Publishing
Contemporary Gay Romance
M/M, Anal Sex, Masturbation
Cover Art by Jay Aheer
Get ready for our billionaire bad boys...

Our six hand-picked stories are a delicious treat for romance lovers. The heroes are filthy rich, naughty, and need the right man to show them that money can't buy love. Some have earned their fortunes legally, and others dominate the underground. One thing they have in common—when they finally fall in love, they fall hard.

Enjoy one story a day, or binge the entire anthology.


Stories:

Beautiful Chains by L.J. Longo

Or Something by Loralynne Summers

Fallen Angel by Louise Collins

Can't Be Bought by Victoria Vallo

Possession by Pelaam

As Long As You Love Me by Megan Slayer
 

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As Long As You Love Me by Megan Slayer

A class reunion and another shot at love?

Luke Benjamin never thought he’d spend time with his high school crush—not again. He and Carson had been tight, but went their separate ways. He followed his dreams and became the hottie librarian in Litchfield, their hometown. He never forgot his first love or how much it hurt when they split. Can he open his heart to Carson one more time to find the love he’s always craved?

Carson Garett needed to become someone. He spent his college years developing an app for runners. Selling the app made him millions, but he upped his net worth by becoming a spokesperson for nutritional supplements. Now that he’s made his mark, he’s ready to reconnect with the one who got away—Luke. Will Luke want him back? After so much time? Or will he have moved on?

Only time and a reunion they’ll never forget will tell.

Get your copy at amazon and everywhere ebooks are sold!


Here's a sample of As Long As You Love Me
©️Megan Slayer, 2020, All Rights Reserved

Luke’s eyes widened. “Hi.”
Carson focused. Damn. Life had been good to his ex-boyfriend. Still so tall and thin, but handsome. He’d cut his black hair shorter than when they were in college and lines had been etched at the corners of his brown eyes, but he still exuded sexiness. The stubble on his strong jaw added to his attractiveness. What would it feel like to kiss him now? To have him smile and hold his hand again? Would the sparks be as intense? More? 
He had to find out. 
Carson had Luke there and close. He knew what he wanted, and he wouldn’t stop until he got his man. He wouldn’t lose or walk away this time. 
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Luke wished he hadn’t shown up at the reunion and hadn’t brought Duncan. He hadn’t wanted to arrive alone. He’d gone to the prom alone and more than one homecoming dance on his own. Then he’d started seeing Carson, and he hadn’t been a solo act. With Duncan, he wasn’t alone, but he wasn’t happy. He’d have to introduce Carson to Duncan. Damn it. 
Carson extended his hand to Luke. “It’s been a long time.” Warmth shone in his eyes and he smiled. He held the handshake for a pregnant moment. 
“It has,” Luke managed. Carson had that effect on him—tongue-tied. He wanted to say more, but the words weren’t there. He swept his gaze over Carson. His hair was a little thinner, but still perfect in its style. He’d grown thinner, but the slender look worked for him. His blue eyes sparkled. He smelled good, too. 

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Please Hold for the Afterlife: The Creation and Science Behind the Ouija Board by L. A. Kelley


Development of the Ouija board

The Ouija board came from the 19th century obsession withspiritualism, the belief that the dead can communicate with the living. Spiritualism in America began in 1848 with the Fox sisters of upstate New York who claimed the rapping on the wall signified messages from the beyond.  Spiritualism spread rapidly. This is no surprise since the average lifespan back then was less than fifty. Nowadays, it’s rare to find a family with a mother who died in childbirth or a child that didn’t survive infancy, but one hundred and fifty years ago such deaths were commonplace. Spiritualism, unlike mainstream religions, gave comfort from actually speaking with the dearly departed. In also spawned business opportunities.

As spiritualism grew, so did frustration with the time it took to get messages from the afterlife. People didn’t have all day and substituting raps on the walls for letters of the alphabet took too long. In 1886, a new device appeared in spiritualists’ camps in Ohio. It was called a talking board and had letters, numbers and a teardrop-shaped device with a window called a planchette. Two people placed their fingertips on the planchette, asked a question and voila. The planchette moved of its own accord to spell the answer.

Sound familiar? It sounded profitable to an enterprising man in Baltimore, Maryland named Charles Kennard. He pulled together a group of four other investors to start the Kennard Novelty Company to make and market the new talking boards. None of the men were spiritualists, and the original advertisement skewed toward family entertainment. Spiritualists actually disapproved of the Ouija board as it cut out the middle man and their source of income. The first Ouija board went on sale in Pittsburg in February 1891, marketed as a “link between the known and unknown.” The cost of communing with the dead was $1.50.

Elijah Bond's Grave
Where did the name come from?
Contrary to popular belief, “Ouija” is not a combination of the words for yes in French and German, oui and ja. One of Kennard’s initial investors was a man named Bond. His sister-in-law, a proponent of spiritualism, supplied the name in very sensible way. She asked the board what it would like to be called and it spelled out “Ouija.” She asked what that meant and the board replied, “Good luck.” At the time, she happened to be wearing a locket with picture of a woman, with the name “Ouija” printed above her head, but that was only coincidence, of course. There was also a popular women’s rights activist named Ouida and “Ouija” may have been a misspelling, but the name sounded exotic, a little creepy and oh so suitable for summoning the dead.  

How does a Ouija Board work?
The mysterious mechanism that powers the Ouija board is called the ideomotor effect. It can generate a strong impression of movement controlled by an outside agency. The brain signals your body to move without conscious awareness.  Dowsing rods work on the same principal, a small muscle movement causes a larger effect. Planchettes are particularly well-suited to this as they have felt pads to glide smoothly over the even, flat surface of the board.

In the case of a Ouija board, the brain unconsciously creates images and memories in response to questions. The body responds by causing the muscles in hands and arms to move the planchette to the answers the person may unconsciously want to receive. Multiple scientific studies have shown the ideomotor effect in action. For instance, the Ouija board only works when participants can see the pointer. If blindfolded, the messages are garbled and incoherent.

Despite the spiritualism silliness, Researchers at the University of
British Columbia’s Visual Cognition Lab believe the Ouija Board may be a good way to examine how the mind processes information on different levels. The ideomotor can express what the non-conscious knows. Dr. Sidney Fels, professor of electrical and computer engineering, began looking at exactly what happens when people sit down to use a Ouija board. “You do much better with the Ouija on questions that you really don’t think you know, but actually something inside you does know. The Ouija can help you answer above chance.” In other words, forget about calling the ghost of Great Aunt Olga for advice and instead, if you can’t decide, let your subconscious be your guide.


L. A. Kelley writes science fiction and fantasy adventures with humor, romance, and a touch of sass. Her Ouija Board always puts her on hold.







Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Pause That Refreshes . . . by Nancy Gideon


When did taking care of ourselves get pushed onto a forgotten back burner? When we studied for exams, got married, kids came along, and we worked 9-to-5? When we’re under deadline? Those are the RIGHT times to make time! We’re not asking for a lot, just a mini-break from an often soul-crushing schedule. But how to make it happen?

Plan for Downtime: You’re busy, I get it! But even your laptop and cellphone need to recharge. When I had two boys, my escape was the bathroom for a weekly Calgon, take me away. A fragrant soak as hot as I could stand it and woe to any who knocked on the door. Now, without the luxury of a tub, I stretch out for a therapeutic nap (with or without cats), shoes off, curtains closed, on top of or under the covers. Whether I actually nap or not, isn’t the point. I’m relaxed, my mind is quiet in a ME-moment without interruption.

Me-cation: Following the example of a writer pal, I took my first last summer, renting a hotel suite, All By Myself, with a mini-kitchen, work desk, buffet breakfast and . . . hot tub and pool. Best money I ever spent. The hardest part was leaving everyone/everything behind without apology. This was a work vacay, so laptop demanded my day but then…Me time. No phone calling. No Social Media (well, not much!), unsettling at first then . . . delicious! No TV until evening. In my comfies unless I left the room. Five days of guilt-free bliss. You don’t need a residence suite, just a room and a desk and . . . silence!


Take a Mental Vacay: Can’t afford the real thing? Take a mental sabbatical. Close your eyes and picture that place where everything in your soul sighed. The sound of waves, scent of pines, crunch of leaves, the heat of the sun against your skin and eyelids, warm massage oil on tired muscles, the gentle rock of a boat—whatever floats it, put yourself there by pulling those cherished details into your senses. Breathe in then relax abdominal muscles, allowing each breath to escape as if your body is moaning. Continue for at least a minute.

Get Zen with Your Tightly Wound Self: I couldn’t sleep and when I finally did, I’d wake up two hours later, rehashing events from the day or those simply anticipated. Tension, worry, anxiety, leave me alone! A critique partner taught me a simple breathing trick that became my mental Calgon. After lights out, I draw a deep inhale to the slow count of four, hold it for another four count, release it slowly for an eight count, then pause without breath for a four count. Concentration is on the count and breathing. After a minute or two, mind and body are ready for a restful night and amazingly, I’d sleep right through. In the morning, I stand in the kitchen to the smell of my coffee brewing, inhale bringing arms overhead to the first four-count, hold them there for four, slowly bring them down for eight, and let lungs remain empty for four. This refresher centers my energy for the day.

Escape to the Movies: Whether the theater or just the couch, let body relax while mind is captivated. Lights out, feet up, popcorn optional, lose yourself in the past or future for a two-hour getaway. Make it a ritual to anticipate.

Walk the Dog: Get thee to the sidewalk! We have an elder dog who sees every bush and pole as a pee-mail op so this isn’t exercise as much relaxation. Breathe in that fresh air! Dream as you pass through the neighborhood about who lives in those houses, which one you’d pick to renovate. Notice the surroundings as seasons change . . . and the cracks in the sidewalk! It’s not a race. Clear your head and your lungs and the dog will thank you. No dog, your body and mind will thank you!

Music Calms the Savage Beast: Nothing takes me away from stress like my favorite tunes: In the car, while sitting on the deck, while working out to take the punishment out of those last few reps or miles. Whether you prefer calming instrumentals or Rob Zombie (Don’t judge!), music calms and clears mind and body.

Mini Indulgences: We pamper others but forget how good it feels to get spoiled. My idea of heaven is getting shampooed. I drive halfway across the state just to be pampered by my stylist. I’d never considered a massage until my D-I-L booked us tables at a spa. O-M-G! I’d never been so relaxed in my life! If I can get a massage once a year, even just hands or feet, I’m doing good, but it’s so worth it. 


Bottom Line: Simple things can become Events, i.e. a botanical show, a play (local theatre or Hamilton), having nails done, browsing upscale places you can’t afford or a craft fair, going to the gym. Getting fifteen minutes of uninterrupted quiet. Pick your own Nirvana and stick to it. Arrange your schedule and be unavailable during these mental/physical therapy sessions. We work hard for our money, juggling, multi-tasking, deadlining. Do body, mind and soul a favor. Schedule “Me Time” into your planner for a happy, healthy you. Sometimes, you just gotta say, “Ahhhhhhh!”

What are your Go-To self-pampering escapes?

♚♚♚♚♚
Nancy Gideon on the Web


Thursday, February 20, 2020

New Release | The Demigod Complex

I have a new(ish) book out and am so excited to share!

The Demigod Complex is being re-released, new and improved, with my awesome publisher, Entangled! While the basic plot remains the same, some things have changed and the book is now set in the dragon shifter world of my Fire's Edge and Inferno Rising series.

Each of the other novellas in the series will also be going through a makeover and re-release. Shift Out of Luck (previously The Worse for Were) is coming this April and Bait N' Witch this June. Then...we get to dig into brand new stories starting in October!

But let's get started with The Demigod Complex, only $0.99!!! (And is that new cover gorgeous or what!?!?)

THE DEMIGOD COMPLEX

BRIMSTONE, INC. #1
Two nights. One room. One demigod-sized problem.
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When Lyleia Naiad was head-hunted by Brimstone, Inc., for her job as Executive Assistant to a high-powered billionaire demigod, she was given one directive—do NOT fall in love with Castor Dioskouri. Doesn’t matter if he is the son of Zeus and can electrify a room with a single glance. As an ex-nymph, she possesses a unique ability—a gift from the goddesses to protect nymphs from the randy gods—to resist her boss's charms.

Or so she thought.

He insists she accompany him to an alpha wolf shifter mating ceremony, an event where the pheromones fly, and so do clothes...and inhibitions.

Goddesses save her, because Castor has stolen into Lyleia’s heart, and she’s not so sure she can hold out much longer...

***This novella was previously self published as a Legendary Consultants story, but has undergone a complete re-edit. Scenes were added, things were changed, but the kissing still remains!



EXCERPT

Marrok suddenly gave a low whistle.

“What?”

“Did you see Leia before coming here?”

“Yes.”

“Was she dressed for the wedding yet?”

“No.” She’d preferred to come to the ceremony without him, a decision that had bothered him more than it should. She’d muttered something about needing to sit near the back. Whatever that meant. Best guess, she was avoiding the werewolf who’d ruined her identity as a nymph. The only thing keeping him from ripping out the bastard’s neck when they’d been introduced ten minutes earlier was not wanting to ruin his friend’s important day. That, and Leia had warned him not to before he’d left the hotel.

Dark laughter lurked in Marrok’s voice. “Let’s just say you’re going to need a very large stick.”

Stick? What the fuck was Marrok talking about? “Why?”

“To beat off the wolves.”

His friend was obviously enjoying the hilarity of the situation but had to be mistaken. Leia was gorgeous, but she didn’t flaunt her beauty, tending to dress on the conservative side. Besides, he doubted she wanted to call attention to herself with Kaios here.

He scanned the crowds filing in at the back of the chapel. “I don’t see her.”

“Navy dress. Her hair is up.”

Navy sounded right. Conservative. The way his nymph liked to dress.

He caught a flash of blue and the top of her golden blond hair piled high on her head. Then the tuxedoed man blocking most of her from view stepped aside. What was Marrok talking about? While she looked incredible to him—his body started to heat up and harden at the sight of her like it always did—he harbored feelings for her. Given the way the other ladies were dressed, he doubted Leia had anything to worry about with the wolves.

The dress was long, draping to the floor, the top gathered over her right shoulder. No cleavage showed. A thin slit at her hip showed a sliver of flat belly. Sexy as all Hades. But still covered up compared to the skin on display from the lady wolves. Leia appeared classy in a room full of overdone.

She caught his eye and waved. Her lips, painted bright pink, stretched wide in a smile. Castor caught his breath as his stomach clenched in response. Her smile was for him alone. How he knew, he wasn’t entirely sure. His heart hadn’t tripped over itself like this since he’d captured his wife. Only this was different, not stronger exactly, but…different. Hilaera had been familiar, his love tender. With Leia he was all fire and need and protectiveness. Leia pointed at the back pew, indicating where she intended to sit.

Someone he couldn’t see snagged her attention, though she seemed reluctant to turn away from him, but she did.

Castor inhaled sharply.

The back to the dress was…there was no damn back to the dress. The garment was held in place by a thin strap or two across her shoulders and dipped low to a point above her curvy derriere. Barely above.

“Holy hell.” His body, already charged by the intimate smile she’d graced him with, responded rapidly. He shifted his stance, trying to ease his discomfort. In the meantime, every man around her did a double take. What was she thinking?

His friend had the temerity to chuckle. “You’re a lucky man.”

“She’s my assistant.”

“Right.”

Yeah. He didn’t believe it, either.


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Friday, February 14, 2020

Say Hello to Neon, Your Next Best Friend

Have you met Neon?  You might like to say hello. In the next few years, Neon could be sitting on the seat beside you.

Neon is the newest entry in Artificial Intelligence (AI) from Samsung-backed Star Labs' demoed 6 Neon avatars at CES 2020. This humanlike android runs of propriety technology platform CORE3. R3 stands for realtime, reality and responsiveness. The Neon models each demonstrates a unique personality, expressions and dialogues.

Neon, our first artificial human is here (according to Star Labs). Neon is a computationally-created human being who looks and acts like a human being, able to demonstrate emotions and intelligence. One day soon, these new 'people' may exist from all walks of life.

Star Labs plans to introduce a beta version of Neon with select partners in 2020.  Neon is the brainchild of CEO and President of Star Labs, Pranav Mistry.

Such androids are being considered to work with the elderly and with children as well as many other roles within society. In Japan, there are already android receptionists in a hotel, and an AI newscaster.  The Japanese people think of them less as threats, and more like partners. What is your opinion on this controversial subject?

Neon is marketed as not "Hey, Neon." Not an AI assistant, music player, or internet interface. Neon can speak English to Hindu, and all in between. They can connect and learn more about us, becoming simply a friend (again according to Star Labs).  They can converse and sympathize like real human beings in realtime, with latencies of less than a few nanoseconds.

The pictures of the androids on the website is mind-blowing. The website itself is very well done, even if the info is sparse.  It's worth a visit to look at the prototypes. If you are really, really interested, there is a newsletter to which you may subscribe.



https://www.neon.life/

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My sci-fi romance Love For Sale deals with androids, totally indistinguishable from human beings, who are being marketed as love for the lonely. However, that is not the real purpose of these almost humans.  When Christian and March discover the actual plans of Mayfair Electronics, their freedom and indeed their lives are at peril. Available in print, eBook, and audio.





I am now working on rewrites with my editor at The Wild Rose Press on the sequel, Life for Sale, which will be released in late Spring. This book explains the dark secret and continues to follow March and Christian in their quest for the truth.

Have a most happy Friday (and Valentine's Day)!  I want to buy a Neon!!

Linda

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Women in Science by Diane Burton


Yesterday on Facebook, I read two posts on Women in Science that we should know, one from CNN and the other from A Mighty Girl. Of the 20 women listed, I knew 4 (indicated with asterisks). That is pathetic. 

How many do you know?

Mary Anning (1799-1847) discovered the first known ichthyosaur fossil.
Alice Ball (1892-1916) discovered a treatment for leprosy.
Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) first to demonstrate the basic DNA strands.
Dorothy Hodgkin (1910-1994) determined the structure of biochemical 
   structures.
Grace Hopper (1906-1992) developed multiple computer languages.
Barbara McClintock (1902-1992) botanist.
Lise Meitner (1878-1968) responsible for advancements in nuclear physics.
* Sally Ride (1951-2012) astronaut.
Tu YouYou (1930- ) treatment for malaria
Maria Winkelman (1670-1720) discovered a comet
Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997) physicist
* Maria Sklodowska Curie (1867-1934) discovered radioactivity
Henrietta Leavitt (1868-1921) astronomer
Gerty Cori (1896-1957) chemist
Helen Taussig (1898-1986) founded field of pediatric cardiology
* Rachel Carson (1907-1964) launched environmental movement
Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909-2012) discovered nerve growth factor
Gertrude B. Elion (1919-1999) invented treatment for leukemia
Maria Tharp (1920-2006) created 1st scientific maps of ocean floor
* Jane Goodall (1934- ) world's foremost expert on chimpanzees.

When I read their mini-bios, I was appalled by those whose male partners and even some husbands who took credit for the women's research and either claimed it as their own or gave a mere footnote about their help when the women made the discoveries. After watching the movie Hidden Figures about the contributions women made to NASA, so I guess I should've known better.

I didn't intend that this post be a rant on men who cheated women. But that struck me, when I should have been learning more about women who excelled in the sciences. As you can see from the list, these women are not recent. Most are older than me, older than my mother. Most were my grandmother's contemporaries. Astronaut Sally Ride is the only one on the lists who was younger than me.

When I was in school, girls were expected to be homemakers. Until they were married they were nurses, teachers, secretaries, or telephone operators. Girls didn't go into sciences. Yet, not only did the women in the two articles go against the norm, they excelled. Did we ever read about them in school? Were they ever held up as role models?


Today, we read about the many STEM programs. I am so proud that Girl Scouts of the USA offers many STEM opportunities to encourage girls to explore the sciences, to discover and stimulate their love of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.    

If you want to encourage youngsters in fun STEM projects, check out the games on Amazon. I love the LEGOS Women of NASA Space Heroes. 


Along with the mini-bios in the A Mighty Girl article, books about these fantastic women are listed. Great gifts.

Not all girls want to be scientists, engineers, etc. They want to dance ballet, sing, write, paint, or play sports. That's okay, too. We need to give them as many opportunities as we can to help them explore and not limit them.


  

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Support Relief Efforts for Australia's Wild Fires by Reading



One thing I've discovered during my author journey is that most authors are amazingly generous and supportive. 

A Little Help From My Friends


I've made author friends over the years and many are fellow authors of The Wild Rose Press (WRP). WRP has authors all over the world, including authors from Australia. So when Australian author, Stephen B. King reached out to the WRP to help support recovery efforts with the worst wildfires Australia has seen in decades people volunteered in droves:
  • Over 40 authors offered stories
  • Countless others planned to promote
  • Editors, and cover artists stepped up
  • The Wild Rose Press volunteered all the time and effort involved in creating a 3 book anthology

Nothing short of Amazing


If you're not familiar with the process of the birth of a story until it's publication date—it can take a long time. In 'author time' it feels like nearly a lifetime, but this 3 Book Anthology was prepared and out for publication in less than a month. Amazing.

The Wild Fires of Australia 

If you're not familiar with what's happening in Australia, here's a snippet from someone who's there: 
"Recent rains have helped enormously, still there are fires, but not to the same extent as there were, and the focus now is more on recovery and rebuilding. To that end there are advertising campaigns now to stop what’s called the second wave disaster and that is people staying away from tourist areas and business who rely on travelers and visitors to survive. Most of our tourist destinations are unaffected, yet people think the whole country is gone, which of course isn’t true. The problem of course is that if people stop visiting, businesses will go broke, making the overall recovery much harder. With the rains, re-growth has already begun and some burnt out areas have grasses and shrubs recovering already.
Then of course there is the wildlife, and those organizations such as the RSPCA, and others are doing remarkable work rescuing animals and rehousing them. A lot of our native trees are Eucalyptus, and with millions of trees gone, Koalas only eat those leaves, so regrowth and resettlement is going on in huge numbers to save a cuddly species from extinctions in the wild. Kangaroos will bounce back, and in time, the feeling is most other animals will to, but the key words are – in time. In a lot of cases we hope the burnt trees themselves will regrow as they have evolved to grow after bushfires. I’m told with heavy rains in recent days some are showing green growth, which is encouraging."   – Wild Rose Press Author Stephen King

Preorder Book One of the Anthology Now


The Anthologies are grouped by genre— and my story, Detective Paws and Lip Gloss (a cozy mystery flash fiction story I wrote some time ago that I was thrilled to find a home for) is in Book #1. 

Book #1: A collection of Short Stories in Mainstream Fiction,

Women’s Fiction, Thrillers, and Mystery


  • A Solicitous Wife by Madeleine McDonald
  • No One Knew by Larry Farmer
  • Pinochle by Brenda Whiteside
  • The Tuesday Night Meeting by Peggy Jaeger
  • 911, What’s Your Emergency? by D. V. Stone
  • Tall Tales by Laura Strickland
  • Fare Gain by Alexandra Christle
  • The Note by Stephen B. King
  • Three Ghosts by Julie Howard
  • Detective Paws and Lip Gloss by Maureen L. Bonatch
  • The Ring by Margaret Ann Spence
  • Portrait of a Gunfighter by Hywela Lyn
  • Six Hours or So by Lisa Wilkes
  • Prussic Acid by Melody DeBlois

Blurb: Detective Paws and Lip Gloss by Maureen L. Bonatch

Catherine, with her basset hound, moves out of her father’s home, to prove she has what it takes to be a cop. 
But when two menacing women inadvertently share their killer secret, Catherine wonders if she can solve the mystery or end up being nothing more than a `Fraidy Cat.

Book #2 of the Anthology 

Book #2: A collection of Romance, Young Adult, and Women’s Fiction Short Stories

  • Che Gelida Manina by M. S. Spencer
  • Recipes for Love by Carol Henry
  • Waiting for Caleb by Gini Rifkin
  • Wings of Fire by Jana Richards
  • A Lark by Gabbi Grey
  • Apple Crisp by Terry Graham
  • Goody Twoshoes by Mark Love
  • The Number by Barbara Bettis
  • Deadly Homecoming by Peggy Chambers
  • An Egg-Cellent Witness by Marilyn Barr
  • Season of Withered Corn by Judy Ann Davis
  • Beneath the Pines by Debby Grahl
  • Christopher Reisner by Linda Griffin
  • Unexpected Love: Chase Allen by Anna Lores
  • The Cowboy and the Lady by Jean Adams
  • The Heart Necklace by Amanda Uhl
  • The Relaxation Response by Darcy Lundeen
  • Dancing Through Tears by Jeny Heckman

Book #3 Information Coming Soon




Like We Need a Reason to Read


Every single state in Australia is suffering major fires, many hopelessly out of control. Estimates of how many and how big vary, but one source says 17.9 million acres of Australia have burned in one of the country’s worst fire seasons on record. Another report says that well over one billion native animals and birds have lost their lives…one billion.

Please help and show Australia some love by purchasing one or more of these anthologies. ALL proceeds will be donated to organizations aiding the victims of this horrific event and assist those still battling the flames. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Order now at The Wild Rose Press.

You CAN order these books through AmazonBarnes and Noble, or other online book retailers, but this reduces the funds going to the Red Cross. 



Author Bio: Maureen Bonatch grew up in small town Pennsylvania and her love of the four seasons—hockey, biking, sweat pants and hibernation—keeps her there. While immersed in writing or reading paranormal romance and fantasy, she survives on caffeine, wine, music, and laughter. A feisty Shih Tzu keeps her in line. Find Maureen on her websiteFacebook & Twitter Be the first to know about Maureen’s book sales and new releases by following her on BookBubAmazon and/or signing up for her newsletter