Friday, September 08, 2017

Introducing I Belong with You by Ashelyn Drake

If you like romance novels, you should definitely check out Ashelyn Drake's books. She never disappoints. Today, she's revealing her latest cover. Scroll down to read all about it!


Emily Richards and David Burke are the best of coworkers—pretending they’re over their hot yet short-lived romance.

When Emily finds herself without a place to live, David jumps to her rescue, offering a room in his apartment. But how can two people who are very attracted to each other survive being in such close quarters, sharing everything including a shower?

David is ready to settle down, but that’s the last thing on Emily’s mind. Will the lies and jealousy between them be the end of their relationship for good?



Ashelyn Drake is a romance author. While it’s rare for her not to have either a book in hand or her fingers flying across a laptop, she also enjoys spending time with her family. She believes you are never too old to enjoy a good swing set and there’s never a bad time for some dark chocolate. She also writes speculative fiction under the name Kelly Hashway.

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

IWSG: Pleasant Surprises

It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means hundreds of us will be posting about our insecurities. If you haven't yet, join in. You'll be glad you did!

Each month we have a question. This month's question is:

Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing? For example, by trying a new genre you didn't think you'd be comfortable in?

Before I answer this question: a caveat. In addition to my novels, I write for a dozen or so freelance clients, providing 2,000 or more words a day. I write about everything from cloud computing... antique furniture.

But the freelance topic that surprised me the most was cold fusion. When I was asked to write about it, I was new to freelancing, which is 100 percent the only reason I agreed to do it. I didn't know any better.

That was when I first realized I could somehow manage to write about something I didn't understand. And every time I have to write about the Blockchain or Bitcoin, that same cycle happens all over again.

When I wrote the middle-grade novel that helped me land my agent, I wasn't sure I could do it. I wanted to write a story about young ghost hunters, but I wasn't sure I could handle the suspense/adventure that was required. I'd never done suspense/adventure before.

But I managed to do it...and well enough to get an agent. It also captured the attention of some big publishers, even though it never quite made it here:

What I learned was that we can all tackle new challenges. We just need to push ourselves. After all, I can write about cold fusion when I don't even know what it is!

Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing? What did you learn from the experience?

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Introducing Ready, Set, Goal by Debbie Dadey AND Halfway Normal by Barbara Dee

It's another round of book birthdays. They come in twos and threes these days! Today we're sharing birthday cake with Debbie Dadey and Barbara Dee--two fantabulous authors you see around here very often!

First up is this book by my friend and fellow Aladdin author Debbie Dadey. It's the latest in her Mermaid Tales series.


Shelly Siren and Trident Academy’s Shell Wars team travel to the city of Atlantis for the championship game in this sparkling Mermaid Tales adventure.

Shelly Siren loves playing on Trident Academy’s Shell Wars team. But is she ready to compete in the Shell Wars Championships in the fintastically famous city of Atlantis? She’s not sure, but luckily Echo, Kiki, and Pearl will be swimming along for the ride.

As part of their trip, the mergirls get a tour of Atlantis, and learn all about how the great human city ended up at the bottom of the ocean. But when they swim through Poseidon’s Temple, Shelly spots a spookfish—which legend has it, carries a horrible curse.

Shelly’s sure the curse is just a silly sea story. But after she knocks over a precious relic, accidentally hits Rocky with her Shell Wars stick, and gives another player a black eye, Shelly isn’t sure what to think. Could the Spookfish Curse be real? And will it ruin the chances of Trident Academy’s Shell Wars team taking home the championship trophy?

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Debbie Dadey is an award-winning children’s book author who has written more than 150 books. She is best known for her series The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids, written with Marcia Thornton Jones. Debbie lives with her husband, three children, and three dogs in Sevierville, Tennessee.

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Book birthday #2 is a mega-talented author with an impressive career. Her book Star-Crossed was the talk of the kidlit world earlier this year, and her latest book is already making a similar splash:


A cancer survivor must readjust to “normal” middle school life in this hopeful novel from the author of Star-Crossed and Truth or Dare.

Norah Levy has just completed two years of treatment for leukemia and is ready to go back to the “real world” of middle school. She knows it'll be tricky—but like the Greek mythological characters she read about while she was sick, Norah’s up for any challenge.

But seventh grade turns out to be trickier than she thought. Norah’s classmates don’t know what to make of her. Her best friend, Harper, tries to be there for her, but she doesn’t get it, really—and is hanging out with a new group of girls. Norah’s other good friend, Silas, is avoiding her. What’s that about, anyway?

When Norah is placed with the eighth graders for math and science she meets Griffin, a cute boy who encourages her love of Greek mythology and art. And Norah decides not to tell him her secret—that she was “that girl" who had cancer. But when something happens to make secret-keeping impossible, Norah must figure out a way to share her cancer story.

But how do you explain something to others that you can’t explain to yourself? Can Nora take her cue from her favorite Greek myth? And then, once she finds the words, can she move forward with a whole new ‘normal’?

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Barbara Dee is the author of Halfway Normal, Star-Crossed, Truth or Dare, The (Almost) Perfect Guide to Imperfect Boys, Trauma Queen, This Is Me From Now On, Solving Zoe (Bank Street Best Children’s Books), and Just Another Day in My Insanely Real Life (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Barbara is one of the founders and directors of the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival. She lives in Westchester County, New York, with her family, two naughty cats, and a rescue hound dog named Ripley. Read more about Barbara at

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Monday, September 04, 2017

Mystery Monday: The Mall Murders

It's Monday, which means it's time for another...

***Warning: Today's mystery involves the deaths of children.***

On December 12, 2007, Nancy Bochicchio and her seven-year-old daughter, Joey, pulled into the Town Center Mall in Boca Raton, Florida. They were captured by a surveillance camera leaving the mall at 3:11 p.m.

Police were called to the mall just before midnight. Nancy's SUV was parked in the Sears parking lot with the engine still running. The bodies of her and her daughter were inside, bound, and one of them was wearing blacked-out goggles.

Nancy's purse was found 45 miles away. The crime has never been solved. 

Joey and Nancy Bochicchio

However, it was only one of a string of similar cases in the Boca Raton area. Earlier in 2007, Randi Gorenberg left the Town Center Mall following an afternoon of shopping. Her body was found behind a nearby Civic Center. Police were alerted to the situation by a witness who reported hearing gunshots and seeing a woman being pushed from the passenger side of a dark SUV. The SUV matched Randi Gorenberg's vehicle.

Randi Gorenberg and her vehicle

An anonymous woman may have provided insight into what happened to this woman. In a 2008 interview, she described in detail what happened to her and her daughter at the Town Center Mall just four months before Nancy and Joey's murder.

The mom, identified as Jane Doe, left the mall for her SUV. She strapped her son into his car seat, closed his door, and walked around to the driver's-side door to get in. That was when she saw a man in the back seat with a gun pointed at her son's head. The man made her drive, stop at an ATM to withdraw $600, then drive to a remote spot. He bound her with zipties and drove around, but as they spoke, he seemed to warm up to her and let her and her son go. This was the composite that was made of the abductor.

The crimes appear to be isolated to 2007, which means the perpetrator could be in jail on another charge or maybe he stopped killing altogether. He could have simply changed his M.O. Or maybe the three crimes weren't connected at all. What do you think?