Monday, September 22, 2014

What's News in Writing this Week

1. Free Book- His Enemy’s Wife is free for your Kindle through 9/24.


A con artist pulls a bait and switch on Matthew MacKendrick in a land deal. When faced with the possibility of prison, the crook signs over his home. When Mac goes to take possession of the house, he finds his enemy’s wife living there. Jillian has just buried her husband and knows nothing of his deception. Mac believes her, but his brothers don’t. They’re sure she not only knew, she participated in the fraud.


Jillian glanced at Mac. Whether or not Stevens bought the house, Mac was a good client, one who knew how the business worked and was willing to do his part to make a sale happen. Too bad she didn’t have more clients like him.

Mindy took her buyer and the woman he’d picked up in the restaurant and left the house. Relieved the showing was over, Jillian followed them to the door. Mac tagged along.

When they drove away, Jillian breathed a big breath of relief. “Thank God they’re gone.”

Mac closed the front door. “Do you think he’ll make an offer?”

“With Torrie involved, it’s hard to tell. She might talk him into going to Seattle or Bellevue instead of buying in Gig Harbor. If she does, we’ll find you another buyer.”

“Yeah, okay. Something seems hokey about this guy. I haven’t figured him out. Is he a real buyer or a scam artist? Does he really want to live in Gig Harbor, or is he just looking for a woman?”

“Is that all guys think about? Finding a woman?”

“It’s near the top.” He grinned. “So how ’bout it? Want to get naked and help me paint?”

Jillian burst out laughing. Who knew Matthew MacKendrick had a sense of humor? The man had once frightened her with the intensity of his anger. And then made her melt with his intensity in the bedroom.

Mac unbuttoned his shirt and winked. “See anything you want?”

Oh, yes, she saw something she wanted. Seeing his strong chest, her entire body ached with need, and her panties were already damp.

“Come over here, woman.”

“Mac, you caught me in a weak moment before, and I can’t—”

He walked toward her. “Why can’t you? Let me love you, Jillian. C'mon, honey. Mindy and her weird buyer are gone. There’s nobody here but you and me.” He brushed her hair back from her face and kissed her gently, teasing and tasting, then pulled her closer and kissed her with so much passion she could barely stand.

Jillian’s phone rang, interrupting what could have turned into another passionate scene in the bedroom upstairs. Hands shaking, she stepped back and rushed to the kitchen to get the phone from her purse.

“Hey, it’s Mindy. Stay put. Stevens is going to make an offer, and that woman is still with him.”

“She can have him. I’ll wait at the house until I hear from you.”


Jillian turned to Mac. “He’s making an offer.”

“I’ll have my brother check him out, make sure the guy is on the level.”

Mac pulled out his phone and called Finn. Pacing in the living room, Mac said, “I need you to check on a potential buyer. C. K. Stevens, short for Clark Kent Stevens, otherwise known as Superman. He’s from Southern California, probably the L. A. area. Says he was an actor, writer, director. Supposedly divorced and retired now. And wealthy. Says he intends to pay cash for the house.”

“So let him pay cash for the house. What’s the problem?”

“The guy smells funny. Can you do a quick check on him? See if he belongs to the Actor’s Guild or whatever they call it, and make sure he doesn’t have any wants and warrants. I don’t want to take the house off the market and then find out he’s playing me.”

“I’m on it now.”

“Thanks, Finn.”

“Wait until you get my bill.”

“Yeah, sure.” Mac had used Finn’s services three times and had yet to see a bill. Mac helped him build a new deck on the back of his house, so he figured it was a wash.

While they waited for an offer or a phone call from Finn, Mac changed into his painting clothes and started rolling the butter cream color from the kitchen on the walls of the family room. The soft color immediately brightened the space.

Jillian asked, “Did you buy the accent color yet?”

“No, I was waiting for you.”

“I like dark green. It’ll contrast with the light stone on the fireplace and coordinate with the green countertop in the kitchen. Since the family room and kitchen function as one big room, it should look good in here. You’ll need primer, though. A dark color isn’t going to cover these dingy white walls without a primer or a second coat.”

“Yeah, I know.” He thought she was softening toward him on a personal level, and now she was all business. He must be losing his touch.

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2. New Release – Dead Set by Aleah Barley


Hunting zombies is a tough job and Gemma Sinclair’s been working harder than ever to clear the streets of Detroit, Dead City.

She can deal with the feral Biters, by her mother, and even the reappearance of sexy secret agent Thomas Conroy. But an undead serial killer who rips his victims apart will take her to the limit.

Now the entire city’s on edge and if the zombies don’t get her the rioters might.

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3. New Release -Bake Love Write

What do most authors have in common, no matter what genre they write? They love desserts. Sweets sustain them through pending deadlines and take the sting out of crushing rejection letters and nasty reviews. They also often celebrate their successes—selling a book, winning a writing award, making a bestseller list, or receiving a fabulous review—with decadent indulgences. And when authors chat with each other, they often talk about their writing and their lives. Recipes. Writing. Relationships. In this cookbook 105 authors not only share their favorite recipes for fabulous cakes, pies, cookies, candy, and more, they also share the best advice they’ve ever received on love and writing.

Authors include: Brenda Novak, Lois Winston, Debra Holland, Dale Mayer, Shelley Noble, Caridad Pineiro, Diana Orgain, Lisa Verge Higgins, Lynn Cahoon, Jasmine Haynes, Jan Carol, Meg Bellamy, Bobbi Chukran, Melissa Keir, Amy Gamet, Kristy Tate, Terry Shames, Barbara Phinney, Kitsy Clare, Raine English, Cathryn Cade, Haley Whitehall, Shilpa Mudiganti, Melinda Curtis, Jessa Slade, Jill Blake, Daryl Devore, Molly MacRae, Elizabeth Rose, Helena Fairfax, Lourdes Venard, Jessica Aspen, Maegan Beaumont, Kay Kendall, Elizabeth John, Victoria Adams, Cyndi Pauwels, Alice Loweecey, June Shaw, Donnell Ann Bell, T. Michelle Nelson, Nina Milton, Pam DeVoe, Skye Taylor, Conda V. Douglas, Pepper Phillips, Judy Alter, Cadence Denton, Lesley Diehl, Erin Farwell, Regan Walker, Kaye Spencer, Barbara Monajem, Kathleen Kaska, Catherine Kean, Rose Anderson, Suzie Tullett, Deborah Hughes, Cynthia Luhrs, Judy Baker, Alicia Dean, Leslie Langtry, Janis Susan May, Mitzi Flyte, Ruby Merritt, Renee D. Field, Kathryn Quick, Susan Cory, Judy Penz Sheluk, Kay Manis, Kathryn Jane, Debra Goldstein, E. Ayers, Chantilly White, Sloan McBride, Triss Stein, Ana Morgan, Adele Downs, L.C. Giroux, Pamela Aares, Nancy Warren, Barbara Lohr, J.J. Cook, Lynn Reynolds, Cori Arnold, B.V. Lawson, Lynn Franklin, M.L. Guida, Irene Peterson, Sue Viders, Liese Sherwood-Fabre, Susan Santangelo, Sheila Seabrook, Elaine Charton, Sharleen Scott, Kathy Bennett, Jody Payne, Reggi Allder, Ashlyn Chase, Beverley Bateman, Susan Lohrer, Donis Casey, Barbara Leavy, Stacy Juba, Karen Rose Smith.
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  1. OOOh, thank you, Sue! You write a great story. Beverley, thanks as always for the highlights. Hugs.

    1. You're welcome, Vicki. Thanks for checking it out.

  2. Thank you for sharing the newest and latest! :)