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The Perfect Book To Put You in a Thanksgiving Mood!

Some folks happily go home for Thanksgiving or host their families, excited to see everyone. What if you haven’t gone home for a holiday in years? What if you have gone home but found being with family stressful? Some of the characters in this book love holidays and look forward to them. Others have been estranged and dread going home.

You will love this book with its stories of family, love, and reconciliation. Some stories will surprise you! All will involve you!

One young man has been away in prison. One woman resents her stepmother. Could you forgive your sister for trying to seduce your fiance? Would you allow your EX husband to share Thanksgiving with your family? Go grab this book!

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The Cost of Deception: Can You Forgive a Man Who Lies?

Could you forgive a man who deceived you?

In The Cost of Deception Tess has to face such a situation.  She’s a widow with two teens. Can she forgive the man who moves into her house and makes love to her, the man her teens have learned to love, the man who could have put her and her kids in danger?

Drew tells Tess he’s an insurance investigator who had burned out and wants to be a substitute teacher to decide whether he wanted to become a teacher or not. He can’t tell or her he’s an undercover cop whose enemies might come after her family if they find where who he is and where he is. It’s not a likely situation, since he has been careful. But it could happen. For that reason he plans to leave as soon as his job in her town is finished and the drug dealers are in prison.

How can he expect her to forgive him?’


It was late and Drew nursed a glass of watered down whiskey as he stared at his reflection in the mirrored wall behind the bar. He looked like a renegade. The scraggly, black beard and the tinted lenses hid what was on the outside.

Why do bars have so much mirror space? True, he could see what was going on behind him, as well as anyone who approached him. He hoped to see the man who would be his connection in his current investigation. He could also see too much of himself, which wasn’t much help tonight. He couldn’t stop the mental reflections any more than he could the ones in the mirror.

Not since he left home had he worn glasses, except when he needed a disguise. He wasn’t the skinny wimp he’d been in high school or even during his first years at Georgia Tech. Now few men dared tease the muscular man who filled the black tee shirt and stretched the short sleeves rolled a notch over the bulge of his upper arm. The forearm he saw in the mirror looked lethal as veins bulged each time he flexed his hand. Drew was a man to be feared and respected. He’d worked hard to become that man.

The first year in the army was responsible for most of the transformation to the undercover cop who answered to the name Drew. He answered to many aliases. Tonight he answered to Spider, as the sinister tattoo on one forearm would suggest.

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A Pirate Ship in Our Lake?

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Happy October! My trees are finally noticing Halloween is near! They now sport a few colored leaves. Since I am in Georgia the leaves won’t turn much soon, but the weather has finally cooled. Halloween needs chilly weather! It calls for a book with spooky tales.

Haunted Tales of Spirit Lake contains nine stories that will pique your imagination. Imagine living on a lake in the mountains and having a ship appear in it one day.  The authors of our book live near Spirit Lake in the North Georgia Mountains. Each story suggests a different reason for the ship’s appearance. Could the ship bring the pirate to take you away from a boring life? Vivian loves her work as a librarian, but something is missing. Could her obsession with Frenchman’s Creek be the reason a dream lover comes to her?

Excerpt from “Vivian’s Secret Desire” by Mary Marvella

The chilly night air called Vivian awake, drew her with the melody of Claire de Lune floating on the gentle breeze stirring her bedroom curtains.  She raised her head and smiled.

“Come to me, sweet Vivian.”

A man’s deep voice stirred her blood. “I can’t,” she whispered the words to her empty room.  “I dare not.”

“But you must come to me, I need you, my love.” His voice sounded so near she looked around the moonlit room for him.

“I, I …” She rose from her bed and drifted to her window, drawn by him and thoughts of being with him. So much time had passed since she had seen him that she ached with missing him.

“I’m waiting at the dock, please come to me.”

She touched her fingers to her lips, memories of his dream kisses fresh and tender. The breeze whisked his scent of sandalwood across her nose. Turning from the window, she grabbed her silk robe to cover her nightgown that swirled around her ankles. She would go to him! She must go to him. Her heartbeat raced as she descended the stairs, barely touching the cool wood on the way to the main floor. Moonlight flowing through the floor to ceiling windows gave enough light for her to see any obstacles, but there were none.

Still the strains of piano music wrapped around her, even as she opened the back door and raced across the porch and down the steps to her lawn. The dew dampened grass felt good on the bottoms of her feet.  The same wind that blew her long hair behind her cooled her neck.

When the slope of the hill dropped she saw the mast of a ship rising above lake waters. The thrill that rose in her made her shiver, and the sight of the dingy at the dock at the bottom of the hill made her heart stop. He’d come to her as he’d promised, else why would the boat be here. Surely fate played no cruel jest!  Her eyes searched the darkness. She finally spotted his imposing silhouette. He had come to her. Her eyes searched the darkness and she spotted his silhouette. The nearer she came to him, the more handsome he appeared. His midnight black hair hung past his broad shoulders. He grinned at her, showing his white teeth against his tanned skin. Moonlight caught in his white billowing shirt and full sleeves.

“I knew you would come.” He sounded as breathless as she felt, and she had been running.

She wanted to fling herself into his arms, but an invisible wall stopped her.

“Your beauty binds me to you.

“Why are you here now?” Her voice shook in her excitement.

From a reviewer: It’s the season and time for things ghosties and beasties and things that go bump in the night. This is the perfect book for Halloween reading. I loved the ones about the leprechaun and Shyra.

Reviews say it well!!

This book is a rich collection of imaginative and spooky tales about a lake in rural Georgia. Each story is unique, suspenseful, scary, and yet all are interwoven with a hint of southern charm, which compels the reader to continue. These stories are so well written, that I look forward to seeing some of these authors again in the near future. Some of my favorite stories are, “The End of the World Bar” by Carol Ansardi, “A Captain’s Tale” by Georgiana Fields, and “Vivian’s Secret Desire” by Mary Marvella. If you like the supernatural, then this is the book for you!

I wasn’t sure what the book would be like, but was so pleasantly surprised to see it was several stories with some similarities. (setting, certain characters) It was easy reading, and each story was different. All were well written, the last story made me ‘think’ to keep up. I got through the book rather quickly (for me). I thoroughly enjoyed it and would surely recommend it. The timing of it (the month before Halloween) was very fitting. Very glad that I bought this one. 🙂
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Hello fans and readers! How is everyone today? I’m great. Fall is my favorite season and in honor of that I am promoting the second book in my Wolff Securities Series, Not Without Risk, Yay! Of course, Kindle Unlimited subscribers always read for free. Keep reading for buy links!

If you haven’t read the first book, Maximum Risk, no worries. These are standalone books as well as part of a series. You don’t have to read them in order, but I recommend it. Simply because you will get a fuller character experience by reading them in order.

As a bonus for your continued support and generosity I have including one of my favorite fall recipes. I make these muffins every year and they never last long, lol. Please enjoy the recipe and Not Without Risk!

Not Without Risk Blurb:

He always keeps his promises…

 Private security specialist, Nate Wolff promised to rescue humanitarian aid worker, Macy Gibbs, not harbor a fugitive. Determined to keep his promise and not make the same mistakes his brother made, he risks his life to protect her from the terrorist group hunting her.

Keeping this one will be the hardest thing he’s ever had to do…

 With a bounty on her head for the murder of a man who bought her in an illegal human trafficking ring, Macy Gibbs puts both her life, and the life of the tall, handsome stranger who’s vowed to rescue her, in danger. Emotionally scarred from her ordeal, she trusts no one. But, can the biggest danger she’s about to face be the impact this former SEAL has on her heart?

Not Without Risk Excerpt:

 Nate put a hand on Macy’s shoulder. She didn’t stir. Unable to resist, he caressed her cheek. Warm. Not as hot. A good sign. Beneath his hand her skin felt soft as silk. He gently ran his thumb across the fading bruise on her jawline. Anger and the urge to protect and defend surged through him. Except, it felt more personal. Not just a bodyguard protecting his charge. More…

Nope. Not going there. The reasons stuck like a knife in his heart.

He dropped his hand to his side, sobered, and put his thoughts in proper order. First things first. Get Macy dressed, then grab her and go. They may not have confiscated his weapons, but that could be a ruse to keep him off guard.

His supply of clothing for Macy was running low. Only two shirts and one pair of pants left. Foregoing the undergarments, he grasped the edge of the blanket, prepared to dress her and make a run for it.


The murmured question came from Macy. He froze, his gaze flying to her face to find her eyes open. Glazed, confused.

Letting go of the blanket, he leaned over her. “Hey. I’m here.”

Her beautiful blue eyes that reminded him so much of Bleu Lake back home, met his, radiating with pain. “Don’t leave me. Please.”

The impact of those words went straight through his chest. At that moment, he knew they couldn’t go. Not until she was healthy enough to go. They’d pushed hard already and look where it got them.

Bending, he pressed a kiss to her forehead. “I’m not going anywhere. Go back to sleep. You’re safe.”

That seemed to work because the tension went out of her muscles and her eyes drifted closed. Seconds later her breathing evened out, indicating she slept peacefully.

Nate straightened and scrubbed a hand down his face. He returned the clothes to his pack, dragged the crude chair in front of the bed and dropped down on it. His Glock now rested across his thigh, finger near the trigger as he settled in.

Whomever, or whatever, came through that door they would have to go through him first in order to get to Macy. And he’d die before he let another person hurt her.

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And now for the recipe!! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

15 ounce can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)

1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon salt


8 ounce cream cheese, softened

1 egg yolk

5 tablespoons sugar

1/8 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix pumpkin, vegetable oil and sugar on low speed with electric mixer (I use my Kitchen Aid stand mixer).
  3. Add in eggs, one at a time, combining thoroughly after each addition.
  4. Add vanilla
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and spices. Slowly add to liquids, scraping sides of bowl to combine.
  6. Make Filling: Mix filling ingredients until combined.
  7. Fill 12 muffin cups with cupcake liners.
  8. Fill each with pumpkin mixture.
  9. Spoon cream cheese mixture on top and swirl with a skewer or toothpick.
  10. Bake until done.

Meet Jennifer:

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, Jennifer Lowery grew up reading romance novels in the back of her math book and on the bus to school, and never wanted to be anything but a writer.  Her summers were spent sitting at the kitchen table with her sisters spinning tales of romance and intrigue and always with a tall glass of ice tea at their side.

Today, Jennifer is living that dream and she couldn’t be happier to share her passion with her readers.  She loves everything there is about romance.  Her stories feature alpha heroes who meet their match with strong, independent heroines.  She believes that happily ever after is only the beginning of her stories. And the road to that happy ending is paved with action, adventure, and romance. As her characters find out when they face danger, overcome fears, and are forced to look deep within themselves to discover love.

Jennifer lives in Michigan with her husband and charming rescued tomcat named Shamrock. Their son lives near them and is in the Army National Guard as well as a student at a local university. Their daughter is married and lives with her amazing husband who is stationed at Fort Bragg.

When she isn’t writing she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

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They met because he had premonitions and she was in peril. But you will never believe why they fell in love. Paranormal romance at its best.After mourning the loss of her husband, Brit Roberts manages to pick up her life as a teacher for a rural Georgia High school. Things are fine until anonymous phone calls turn creepy and her life is endangered. It’s not until Sam Samuels, shows up to check on her that she finds a little peace, if not a slight attraction to the handsome yet meddling security specialist.

Sam Samuels isn’t just the father of one of Ms. Robert’s students, he’s a man with premonitions so strong, they make him ill. So when he meets his son’s teacher and pain kicks in, he knows something’s awry but can’t put his finger on it until he interrupts an attempt to kill the teacher. Sam makes it his personal goal to protect her, only he didn’t count on falling for her.

Someone wants Brit, and now Sam, dead too. Could the death of her ex husband be part of the reason? Can Brit and Sam navigate a relationship despite both of their headstrong natures?

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