Cover reveal: Driving Tempo



Announcing the third novel in the House of Archer rock star romance series

By Raine Thomas

Fantasy and romance novelist Raine Thomas has returned to her series about the rock band reality-TV show, following up Imperfect Harmony and Unsteady Rhythm.

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What is Driving Tempo about?

A rock band. A reality show. A life swerving out of control.

The House of Archer cameras continue to roll, and Lily and Archer feel the pressure to perform. As the show’s stars and media’s newest darlings, their love life is bright in the public’s eye. But what should be the best time of their lives has Lily feeling like she’s an inch away from a head-on collision.

Between the never-ending cameras and a relationship moving forward at top speed, she barely recognizes her life anymore. All she wants is to pursue her writing career and plan her future with the man she loves. With complicated road blocks popping up at every turn, neither seems possible.

Time to call in reinforcements.

Recruiting the help of her sister, Rosemary, seems like the answer to Lily’s problems…until things between Rosemary and The Void’s spoken-for sound specialist, Sage Strickland, start to heat up. Now there’s one more teetering band relationship for Lily to balance in the media along with her own. One misstep could not only destroy The Void’s recent success but end the only career she has.

Once Lily, Archer, and the band transition from touring back to everyday life in L.A., they’ll have to learn how to navigate the twists and turns of their newfound fame. After all, the summer tour may be coming to an end, but the drama is just beginning.

Driving Tempo, House of Archer Book 3, the new adult contemporary rocker romance launches May 22.

Learn more on Goodreads. And watch Amazon for the launch.

About the author

BestSelling author Raine ThomasRaine Thomas is the award-winning author of bestselling Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Known for character-driven stories that inspire the imagination, Raine has signed with multiple award-winning producer Chase Chenowith of Back Fence Productions to bring her popular Daughters of Saraqael trilogy to the big screen. She’s a proud indie author who is living the dream. When she isn’t writing or glued to e-mail or social networking sites, Raine can usually be found vacationing with her husband and daughter on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

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Sydney Rye Kindle World Week: The Catalyst, by DelSheree Gladden



Day 3 of Sydney Rye Kindle World Week

The new Sydney Rye Kindle World launches on Thursday, March 17. As an extended St. Paddy’s Day present from me to you, valued readers, Written Words presents excerpts from each of the seven novellas in the project. Today’s installment is from DelSheree Gladden’s The Catalyst, where the Syndey Rye and Blue world crosses over the Eliza Carlisle reality.

CatalystCover“Before I let you get back to sleep,” Lauren said, “have you been keeping up with local news while you were in LA?”

It seemed like a random question. “No. Why?”

“Uh, no reason,” she said cryptically. “One of my students, could you keep an eye on her while I’m gone? She’s got a lot of talent, but she’s been struggling the last few weeks. She might need a little extra encouragement.”

My head ached from lack of sleep and jetlag, but I smiled. Lauren’s soft heart was a contrast to many of her coworkers at the culinary institute. Some might call it weakness, but I never would. “Who is this student?” I asked.

“Her name’s Eliza Carlisle. She’s a bit of a misfit at times, but like I said, she’s really talented and I would hate to see her get overwhelmed and give up.” Lauren sighed, like a weight had been lifted from her shoulders. “Thank you, Hugh. For covering for me, and for keeping an eye on Eliza. You’re a good friend.”

“Yeah, well, you’ve been there for me often enough the last year and a half, I figure I owe you,” I said with a smile. “I hope everything goes okay with your dad.”

“Thanks,” she said, emotion making her voice squeak. She’d played off her fears when trying to talk me into covering her classes, but I knew how much not being there was eating at her even then. She drew in a deep breath to calm herself. “I’ll bring the key by this afternoon. My flight is a five, so I’ll swing by on my way to the airport. Get some sleep.”

We said our goodbyes and I ended the call. Rolling back toward my pillow, I pressed my face into the fabric. James’ scent had long faded, but the memory of it hadn’t. I both loved and hated the reminders of him that still lingered even after packing up his things. I wondered if the wounds losing him created would ever heal.

Friends didn’t understand. It had been a year and a half since his murder. The killer was dead at Joy’s hand. Didn’t that mean closure? Shouldn’t I have been able to move on after so long? Sometimes I wondered that as well. Moving on sounded good, in the same way made-from-scratch mac and cheese sounded good on a rainy day. Comfort food didn’t make the rain stop. Wishing I could move on didn’t make me miss him any less. It didn’t make me feel any less responsible for not being there when he needed me.

My body begged me to go back to sleep, but my mind was too awake. Lauren’s question about whether I had been following local news poked at me. What had happened while I was gone? An uncomfortable dread settled in the pit of my stomach. The last time something had blown up in the news, it had surrounded Joy, James, the mayor, and murder. Picking my phone back up, I brought up the latest news stories, found nothing overly interesting, then wondered about the girl Lauren had asked me to look out for. It took me a few seconds to remember the name.

Typing “Eliza Carlisle” into the news app, I hit the search button and sighed when the results loaded. “Local culinary student plays key part in solving 50-year-old murder.” That wouldn’t have sounded so ominous if not for the pictures and videos accompanying the headline. Anything involving SWAT couldn’t be good. My mind decided it had had enough and was ready to shut off. Ditching my phone, I crawled back under my blankets and closed my eyes. Lauren’s favor just got a whole lot more complicated.

What’s The Catalyst all about?

Eliza Carlisle has the unwanted talent of attracting trouble, in all its forms. That couldn’t be truer than when she moves into the most bizarre apartment building on the planet. Weekly required dinners with the landlord and assigned chores are bad enough, but the rules don’t end there. Top most on the list of requirements is NO physical violence against the others residents.

There have been issues.

In the past.

The young manager, Sonya, claims that hasn’t been a problem recently, but Eliza comes home from her first day of culinary school to find a dead resident, her next door neighbor looking good for the crime, and a cop that seems more interested in harassing her than solving the case.
All Eliza wanted was to escape her past and start over, completely anonymous in a big city. That’s not going to be so easy when the killer thinks she’s made off with a valuable piece of evidence everyone is trying to get their hands on. The ultimatum that she turn it over to save her own life creates a small problem. Eliza has no idea what the killer wants, or where the mysterious object might be.

If she can’t uncover a decades old mystery in time, surviving culinary school will be the least of her problems.

About the author

DelSheree GladdenDelSheree Gladden lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children. The Southwest is a big influence in her writing because of its culture, beauty, and mythology. Local folk lore is strongly rooted in her writing, particularly ideas of prophecy, destiny, and talents born from natural abilities.

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What are Kindle Worlds?

SRKWlaunchimageKindle Worlds is an Amazon initiative that allows authors to publish stories set in another author’s fictional universe. The Sydney Rye Kindle World is based on the characters and situations created by bestselling author Emily Kimelman.

The Sydney Rye series of vigilante mysteries feature a strong female lead and her rescue dog, Blue. It is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, a dash of sex and don’t mind a little salty language. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery with tons of action that will keep you reading late into the night!

New #LeiCrimeKW title for Christmas: Esther’s Gift



By Bette Lee Crosby

A new crop of Lei Crime Kindle World (#LeiCrimeKW) novellas and stories hit the Amazon e-shelves last week. Here’s a sample of one by bestselling author Bette Lee Crosby.

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The dream wakes her two hours before dawn. She feels the chill of an evil wind whistle through the open window and bolts upright. She calls her husband’s name. “Keoki,” she says, “Did you feel that?”

He is turned on his side with his muscled back to her and doesn’t stir.

She touches her hand to his shoulder and gives a gentle shake. “Keoki?”

“Auwe!” His eyes spring open and he turns to face her. “Why you wake me in the middle of night?”

“Did you feel it?”

“Feel what?”

“The wind of the storm.”

“There is no storm,” he grumbles and again closes his eyes.

Esther knows better; she has seen it in the dream. It is not just a storm, but a storm that will tear the island of Kauai apart. She saw trees that have stood for centuries downed and broken into splinters. Whole houses blown away, fields flooded, crops destroyed.

This isn’t the first time such a vision has invaded her sleep and forewarned of a disaster. Years earlier she saw Lilinoe’s diabetes; it happened a full month before she sat beside her sister and listened to the doctor tell of it. And before that she’d begged young Lono not to take his boat out on the weekend. In her dream she’d seen the boy floating face-down in the bay and she’d warned him. But youth believes itself invincible and he refused to listen.

This knowing is a gift that Esther can neither explain nor wish away. It simply is what it is, but she has learned to heed its warnings.

She slides from the bed and silently pads toward the kitchen. The sky is still dark but on the edge of the horizon a silver strand of light is already feathering the blackness. Within the hour it will be daylight. She will allow Keoki to sleep until then. This will be a long, hard day and it will go better if he is well rested.

Esther fills the coffee pot with water then adds the rich Kona blend coffee and sets it to brew. The powerful aroma drifts through the hallway and tickles Keoki’s nose. He rubs the sleep from his eyes and swings his feet to the floor.

When he appears at the kitchen doorway, Esther smiles. “Good,” she says, “you are up.”

He nods sleepily, then lowers himself into the chair opposite hers. She pours a cup of black coffee and sets it in front of him.

As a sliver of steam rises from the cup, he takes a small sip and then waits for it to cool. After the third sip he says, “Now what is this nonsense about a storm?”

“I saw it in my dream,” Esther replies. “Terrible destruction, crops ruined—”

Keoki interrupts, “Eh, not so. The radio weatherman says there is a storm but it is far south of the islands. You worry without cause.”

“No, I worry with cause,” Esther replies. “This is what I have seen. It is what I am certain of.” Her words are solemn and without apology or hesitation.

“This is a knowing?” Keoki asks hesitantly. It is the word they have ascribed to her visions because there is no other explanation.

She nods. “Today we have much work to do.” She speaks of the supplies to be gathered, the crops to be harvested, and the animals to be stabled or brought inside.

As soon as the sky turns light, Esther begins telephoning friends and neighbors. She warns of the coming storm but few listen. Like Keoki, they have heard the weatherman saying the hurricane named Iniki is four hundred miles to the south of the Hawaiian Islands and expected to continue westward.

For most of Kauai, this is a day like any other. A bit breezy perhaps, but with a blistering sun and puffy white clouds dotting the sky. There is no hint of rain but still Esther and Keoki work at getting ready for what she knows is coming.

Plucking the ripe breadfruit and mangoes from the trees, they harvest what they can and carry it to the storehouse. They work through the afternoon and into the evening, bringing in everything that cannot survive such a storm—beans, corn, green onions, tomatoes and squash. Some of the produce is not fully ripened, but still they gather it. Even though much of it is not ready to be harvested, it is better than losing everything to the storm. Keoki climbs the trees and tosses the lychees down to Esther and she fills basket after basket. She knows that great hunger and need will follow the storm, and she is determined to save all they can.

That evening they sit at the kitchen table and listen for news of the storm, but there is none. There are bits of local news, word of a new farmer’s market, a prediction of increased sugar cane prices, and an ongoing stream of music, but no one speaks of the storm.

“Are you certain what you saw is a knowing?” Keoki asks. “Maybe it was just a dream? The aftermath of a late-night snack?”

Esther gives a solemn nod and again explains the vision. “It will be a storm such as we have never seen,” she says. “The ocean will roll ashore with waves so tall they cover a tree and the wind will tear across the island with a force that lifts houses from their foundations.”

Keoki hangs on every word. Although there is no mention of the storm on the news, he knows the power of Esther’s gift and he believes in it.

That evening she cooks the guava and makes it into preserves that will keep for a long time. When that is done, she cooks and pickles the mangoes that are still green. Tomorrow she will start early and make jam of the lychees. It is after midnight when Keoki finally convinces her to go to bed. Esther’s hands ache from the work of cutting and cooking, but she is resolved to start again in the morning.

About Esther’s Gift

A Lei Crime Kindle World (#LeiCrimeKW) novella

In the days before hurricane Iniki hit the island of Kauai the forecasters predicted it would stay south of Hilo. But Esther Ka’awai, a psychic and gifted wise woman of the ancient culture has seen the future. She knows of the devastation that will come to the island. She has warned those she loves; now all she can do is pray.

As she struggles to accept this gift of knowing, Esther discovers that even the most wonderful gift can sometimes break your heart.

A story of love, faith and a belief in the future.

About the author

BLCAuthorPhotoUSA Today Bestselling Author and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby brings the wit and wisdom of her Southern Mama to works of fiction—the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away.

“Storytelling is in my blood,” Crosby laughingly admits, “My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write.”

Crosby’s work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. Since then, she has gone on to win another twenty-four literary awards, including the Royal Palm Literary Award, The Reviewer’s Choice Award, the FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal and the Reader’s Favorite International Book Award Gold Medal.

Her published novels to date are: Cracks in the Sidewalk (2009), Spare Change (2011), The Twelfth Child (2012), Cupid’s Christmas (2012), What Matters Most (2013), Jubilee’s Journey (2013), Previously Loved Treasures (2014), Blueberry Hill, A Sister’s Story (2014) Passing through Perfect (2015) Memory House (2015) The Loft (2015) and What the Heart Remembers (2015). Crosby also authored “Life in the Land of IS” a memoir of Lani Deauville, a woman the Guinness Book of Records lists as the world’s longest living quadriplegic.

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About Amazon Kindle Worlds

#LeiCrimeKW DecemberBadgeKindle Worlds is an Amazon initiative that allows authors to publish stories set in another author’s fictional universe. The Lei Crime Kindle World #LeiCrimeKW is based on the Lei Crime series, created by bestselling author Toby Neal.

The Shell Seeker—a new additition to the Lei Crime Kindle World



By Christine Nolfi

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As I mentioned on this blog, my next book, Torn Roots, will join the Lei Crime Kindle World on July 31, joining the second “wave” of titles in this series. One of this wave is the second in the series by bestselling author Christine Nolfi.

Christine also published a novella in the first “wave,” The Shell Keeper, a story about the principle character Leilani Texeira set in South Carolina, just before Lei became a full-time police officer in Hilo, Hawaii.

The Shell Seeker continues the story.

In South Carolina, there’s more than magic in the air. Now policewoman Lei Texeira must solve the case of the Pirate Necklace. 

The famed emeralds, spirited in the 1700s from the pirate Blackbeard’s ship, have been snatched once again. This time, the bling was taken from Marie-Therese Belvedere, a woman whose cruelty is only topped by her arrogance. 

Lei doesn’t care for the icy socialite, but she feels an instant connection with the woman’s stepdaughter. An unlucky star has followed Sydney Belvedere her entire life. If the necklace isn’t found, she’ll lose a treasure more dear than the finest gem. 

Only the magic of Lei’s intuition stands between Sydney and unspeakable loss. 

Find it on Amazon—unfortunately, on in the US for now.

About Christine Nolfi

39f47-christinenolfiAward-winning author Christine Nolfi provides readers with heartwarming and inspiring fiction. Her 2011 debut Treasure Me is a Next Generation Indie Awards finalist. The Midwest Book Review lists many of her novels as “highly recommended” and her books have enjoyed bestseller status. She has also written the manual for writers Reviews Sell Books. Visit her at www.christinenolfi.com

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