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Look Who’s Basking In RRBC’s Spotlight!

It is my pleasure to once again share my blog with an incredibly talented indie author. Please give a warm welcome to this week’s Rave Reviews Book Club Spotlight Author Nancy M. Bell.

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For Storm’s Refuge, my inspiration was a black momma dog I saw on a First Nations reserve near Calgary. She was thin and hungry but we couldn’t catch her. She never made it off. Storm is inspired by her, but is a conglomerate of many rescue dogs I’ve known. The book is dedicated to all the animals who need rescue and to all those who rescue them. I wish I could say they all have happy endings like Storm, but sadly that isn’t true. Animal abuse and cruelty is rampant and since animals are viewed as chattels or property it is very hard to help some of them. I urge everyone to find a reputable animal rescue in your area and support them. Eagles Den Rescue in Clarkton, NC does amazing work in the U.S. I support Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society in Calgary, Alberta.

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Book Blurb:

Laurel Rowan is determined to find her estranged grandmother. She wants answers to some questions that arose after her visit to Cornwall. Laurel needs to know why her father is angry with Gramma Bella.  Arriving in the hamlet of Bragg Creek, Alberta, Laurel is disappointed to find Gramma Bella has gone to England. A Christmas visit to her friends in Cornwall seems like a good idea, after all that’s where all the questions started. What she finds there is both exciting and disturbing. Laurel and her friends embark on another adventure over the windswept moors and down the narrow winding streets of Cornish villages. The biggest question is: Where is Gramma Bella and what does Vear Du know about it?

 

Book Links:

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VH5O2HY/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

Books We Love – http://bookswelove.net/authors/bell-nancy/

 

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Author Bio:

Nancy M Bell is a proud Canadian and lives near Balzac, Alberta with her husband and various critters. She is a member of The Writers Union of Canada and the Writers Guild of Alberta. Nancy had numerous writing credits to her name and her work has been recognized and honored with various awards. Nancy has presented at the Surrey International Writers Conference and the Writers Guild of Alberta Conference. Her publishing credits include poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

 

Twitter – @emilypikkasso

Facebook – http://facebook.com/NancyMBell

Website – http://www.nancymbell.ca

Blog – http://nancymariebell.blogspot.ca/

 

 

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The Spotlight Is On Indie Author Kathryn R. Biel

I am excited to share with you amazing readers this month’s Rave Reviews Book Club Spotlight Author, the talented Kathryn R. Biel.

Take it away, Kathryn…

Five Things About Declan McLoughlin

Declan McLoughlin is the dashing hero of Jump, Jive, and Wail. Here are five things you may or may not know about Declan:

  1. Declan started figure skating to pass the time while his older brother played hockey. Declan’s dad thought Declan was too small to play hockey. Declan grew up to be 6’2″ and solid muscle. His brother, Ronan, topped out at 6′ tall.
  2. While Declan is no longer romantically involved with figure skating partner, Natalya Koval, they keep up the pretense for the sake of the media, who seems to love a good romantic story. In reality, Declan cannot stand Natalya.
  3. Delcan’s plan when he retires from figure skating, is to return to the University of Michigan, and study to be a physical therapist. His desire to do this came from years of physical therapy while being injured during skating.
  4. Declan’s manager is his mother’s best friend, Frankie. She knows him better than he knows himself. If you need a mental picture, try Estelle (Joey’s manager) from Friends.
  5. Declan is somewhat embarrassed to have been named as one of People Magazine’s sexiest bachelors. Somewhat. That being said, maybe, just maybe, he uses it to his advantage.

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Here’s an excerpt from my new novel, Jump, Jive, and Wail. This is told from Declan’s perspective:

I head toward the shops, prepared to kill a little time. Then, I see her—the woman I ran into. She’s sitting in a chair by the water feature. She looks hypnotized by it. Propelled by a desire to be near her again, I veer toward her. Her hand is in her light brown hair, absently twisting away. She’s crying. That’s not good. I should abort this mission and walk away. But something in her face looks so lonely and vulnerable, and I can’t resist.

I sit down and start talking at her. That’s my strategy whenever a woman cries. I just talk at her until I distract her from what’s really bothering her. It may or may not be the reason why I haven’t had a relationship in a while. Natalya is the big reason, of course, but I may be lacking in the interpersonal skills as well. I ramble on. “Sorry for running into you back there. I really am. I’m not usually very clumsy. Not at all. I don’t even know why I was hurrying so much. I knew my flight was going to be delayed. Is yours delayed also?”

She’s not listening, I can tell. I don’t know why I’m even bothering, other than the fact that she has a look about her like a lost puppy or something. Regardless, I keep talking. That’s the one thing I can do. I can talk a blue streak. It gets on Nat’s nerves. Sometimes I talk just to annoy her. This girl is certainly not Nat, but I keep talking anyway. “Yeah, the last thing I want to be doing is flying right now. I’m so burnt out with traveling. I just want to stay home in my own bed. How about you? Do you like to travel? Where are you headed anyway?”

There’s no response, so I’m about to get up and walk away when she actually responds. I repeat my question and am strangely pleased that we are going to the same destination. Why? What is it about her? Certainly not her personality. She’s a bit abrasive. I don’t need more abrasive. I’ve already got that in spades with Natalya.

Okay, the small talk is not quite as difficult as pulling teeth, but almost. She just looks so sad and alone. I notice that her brown eyes are a bit almond shaped and her skin is a milky white. It looks smooth and creamy and I think about how her hips felt underneath my hands. I wonder if her skin is that creamy all over.

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Author Bio:
Telling stories of resilient women, Kathryn Biel hails from upstate New York and is a spouse and mother of two wonderful and energetic kids. In between being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage the government and insurance companies to fund her clients’ needs, and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. Her musings and rants can be found on her personal blog, Biel Blather. She is the author of Good Intentions (2013), Hold Her Down (2014), I’m Still Here (2014), Jump, Jive, and Wail (2015), and the short story, Fly Robin Fly (Part of Cupid on the Loose!: A Valentine’s Anthology of Short Stories, 2015).

 

JUMP, JIVE, AND WAIL Links:
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Kathryn’s Social Media Links:
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Introducing Angelia Vernon Menchan

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It is my great pleasure to share in the Rave Reviews Book Club Spotlight Author Program. This week the spotlight shines on indie author Angelia Vernon Menchan.

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SOUL TIES: BE CAREFUL WHO YOU BED AND WED: 

FIRST CHAPTER

ANGELIA VERNON MENCHAN

Soul Ties: Be Careful Who You Bed!

Fletcher Mitchell stared out the window and was unable to accept that his wife, the woman he loved and married was getting out of the car with another man. Unable to move or react, he watched the guy walk around and open the door for her. Offering his hand, she took it and got out. He opened the gate for her but wasn’t stupid enough to walk inside. He held his breath, praying she wouldn’t be dumb enough to allow him to kiss her in front of their home, but he wasn’t sure because if she were bold enough to allow him to bring her home when her husband and children were inside, she might. It took everything in him not to go outside and confront them but his sons were inside. Thankfully, she simply flicked her fingers and strode up the sidewalk with the guy watching her until she got inside.

Denisha jumped out of her skin when Fletcher stood up, turning on the light. The shock on her face quickly changed to a mocking look. The one she always got when she knew she was wrong and no longer cared. He knew she had not cared for a long time and tonight was the final proof. There was so much he wanted to say but he refused to utter a word. Making his way to the room where his twin sons slept, he sat in the recliner next to their beds. The words his mother had uttered two years earlier pounded in his head, “Son, be careful who you tie your soul to, everything that is good to you is not good for you and ripe fruit soon spoils.”

Pain rocked through him because that is exactly what had occurred. He had tied his soul to her, allowing her to mother his children and his life was filled with rotten fruit.

Soul Ties

Chapter One

Two Years Earlier…

Walking into the nightclub, Fletcher Mitchell could feel the pulsing music. He had decided to attend graduate school at USC and was enjoying the left coast. He was an east coast man in his blood but after breaking up with his longtime girlfriend he needed distance. Los Angeles was a long way from North Florida. After graduating from the University of North Florida he had worked for a few years at United Parcel Service because they had paid his tuition. The management training program was good but he wanted more. When USC accepted him and his company provided him with a transfer that paid more, he was all in. The company had found him a great roommate who was also a co-worker and fellow student, Rashad Ferguson.

He liked Rashad but Rashad was a ministerial student and a bit too preachy. He had heard enough about God and sin from his parents. His parents had become staunch Christians about ten years ago when he turned fifteen and for all of his high school years it had been God this and God that. Though he moved out at nineteen, they still always referenced God when he saw or spoke to them. He loved his parents dearly but he was tired of it, besides they seemed to have forgotten they weren’t always saved. Richard and Cynthia had once never set foot in a church. He found that hypocritical. Shaking those thoughts from his head, he started moving to the music. He had minored in music production and he knew he had some moves. He also knew that being six-two and muscular and slim the women were watching him. His smooth, dark brown skin and short fro didn’t’t hurt either.

Deneisha Young watched Fletcher from across the floor. She loved the sensual way he danced and wanted to know him. Other than the dark skin, he was her type. She had always been attracted to lighter skinned men like her dad, but there was something about Fletcher that held her attention. Starting her own dance she danced up close to him, with her eyes closed and hips swaying. Taking in her curvaceous body and pretty face, Fletcher touched her lightly, causing her eyes to open.

“Let’s show them how it’s done.”

Smiling, she followed him to the floor and they danced through four songs. Drenched with sweat, he took her hand leading her to the bar.

“What’s your poison?”

He asked in a deep, sexy voice. He wanted to kiss the mole beneath her eye.

“Tall, dark, handsome men who can dance.” Grinning down at her, he winked.

“To drink in a glass.” Her tittering laughter pierced him.

“In that case I will take a margarita. Tequila makes me crazy.”

Loving the sound of that, he ordered a margarita for her and Heineken for himself. He stared at her while they sipped. There was something hypnotic about her stance and her eyes.

“So what’s your name lady and what do you do?”

“I’m Deneisha Young but my friends call me Neisha.”

“Then Deneisha it is. I’m a business student and work for UPS as an IT manager.”

“I work as a paraprofessional at USC. I was in the military for three years, that’s how I ended up out here. My folks live in Alabama. My dad is a music producer.” His ears perked at her words.

“Really? That’s cool. I write music in my spare time, I also play a few instruments. What else do you do?”

“I’m a dancer!”

She started dancing as if moving up and down an imaginary pole.

“A stripper?”

He started humming the strains to ‘I’m in love with a stripper’ by T-Pain. She giggled again at his words and in tune humming.

“No, but for the right man, I am willing.”

For the remainder of the night they danced and flirted. He knew he could take her home but he wasn’t ready just yet. She wasn’t his usual type. Physically, she pretty much had it nailed but he really loved brainy women and she seemed pretty content to be a Para-pro.

Deniesha thought about Fletcher on the way home. Her friend Karen hadn’t been feeling him and was making her opinion known.

“I didn’t care for him. He had the arrogant, stuck up air about him. That boy from the middle class, slumming, with the hood chick’sthing.”

“Karen, how did you read all that into it. I spent three hours with the man and didn’t get all that.”

“I know the type. He is at USC and has all the bougie signs. I am sure he left some girl back home who he is in love with who will have his babies.”

Deneisha’s eyes met her friends and immediately she felt enraged. She got tired of being told she wasn’t good enough. She came from a good family, her mom being a paranoid schizophrenic, notwithstanding. She furiously rolled her eyes and continued staring out the window. She really wanted to slap Karen or spit in her face.

Deneisha was from a long line of volatile women who dealt with everything by hitting. Her mom had been hitting and cussing at her since she was a young child. However, she would be the first one in the church, dancing and praising and damning folks to hell. Her father on the other hand was a passive man; many would call him weak; he was from a hardworking, lower-middle class family who had married her mom because she had gotten pregnant at sixteen. Rena Young was also abusive to her husband. She had been raised to believe that a woman got all of a man’s money and hit first before she could be hit and that was how they lived. Fortunately, Ron was a naturally passive man who allowed Rena full reign. He loved her and would do anything to keep her, including allowing her to poison the minds of their three daughters of which Deneisha was the youngest.

Fletcher was the only child of middle class parents who had worked towards their own version of the American Dream. They had been born of parents who wanted more for each generation and they were no different. They had been married eighteen years and Fletcher fifteen when they had bought their first home. Before that, they had lived in nice apartments in good neighborhoods. His dad worked as a postal carrier who earned a good salary and his mother was a high ranking civil servant and had a side job as a sought after cupcake artist. Several years ago they had moved into a newer home in the country and were living out their blessings as their mother called it. She had often told him that God had taken care of them when they ignored him but now that they gave him praise and honor, their blessings overflowed. He had to agree with that because he had always thought they lived well, but it was nothing in comparison to how they were currently living. God or someone was blessing them.

Get your copy here: http://www.tinyurl.com/l7knvca