Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Healing Notes

Today's guest is Maggie Jaimeson. Maggie writes romantic women’s fiction and romantic suspense with a near future twist. She describes herself as a wife, a step-mother, a sister, a daughter, a teacher and an IT administrator. By day she is “geek girl” – helping colleges to keep up with 21st century technology and provide distance learning options for students in rural areas. By night Maggie turns her thoughts to worlds she can control – worlds where bad guys get their comeuppance, women triumph over tragedy, and love can conquer all.

HEALING NOTES is the second book in the Sweetwater Canyon Series of four books.  The final two books will be available in 2013.


Forgiving yourself is the first step, but helping others forgive may be just too hard.

Rachel Cullen grew up in Scotland with a fiddle in her hand from the age of four. She couldn't imagine life as anything but a musician. When her husband brought her to America she was immediately embraced by the Celtic and Bluegrass communities. But after her divorce, Rachel's life is a mess.

A year of trying to prove to herself that she's woman enough for any man, and then a vicious rape while on tour with the band, leaves Rachel reeling. When she meets Noel Kershaw, an English teacher who is poetry in motion, she is definitely attracted. But he has a young child and he's suffering from his own divorce. The last thing Rachel needs in life is more baggage.

First, Rachel must reconcile who she is, what she wants, and how to get there. Maybe then she'll know how to be a part of the family she's always wanted.


After she hung up, Rachel stared out at the river behind the house. She had goose bumps along her arms. She could listen to his voice for a long, long time. Why did this man intrigue her so much? Was it just because he didn’t seem interested? Yes, that must be it.  He was safe. He had a kid and he wasn’t interested.  That meant they wouldn’t get involved.

All conversation stopped as she entered the room and the women looked at her in anticipation. She had the urge to say nothing just to be difficult.

“Soooooo, who’s Noel?” Kat took the receiver from her. “I liked his voice. Sounded real sexy.”

Rachel took a deep breath and pasted a nonchalant smile on her face. “Remember the little girl at the last concert who wanted my autograph? Noel is her father.”

“I see.” Theresa drew out the word as an invitation for more.

“It’s not what you think. It turns out the little girl wants fiddle lessons. Since she saw us play, she’s gotten it in her mind that she wants to learn.  He had no idea who to call, so he thought he’d call the main number for the band to find me. He didn’t even think I gave lessons, just that I could make a recommendation.”

“Uh huh,” Michele said, a note of disbelief in her voice.

“But he is cute, right?” Kat insisted. “And you are interested, and something could be going on, right?”


“Ah, come on, Rachel.  How can you not be interested in that voice?”

“It’s just fiddle lessons for the little girl.  The girl is sweet. I’m happy to work with her. As for the father, nothing is going to happen. Believe me.”


Maggie will award one autographed cover flat to a randomly drawn commenter at each blog stop.  In addition, she will award  a $25 gift card to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner's choice) as a grand prize to one randomly selected commenter on this tour, and a $25 gift certificate to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner's choice) to a randomly drawn host.  You must leave an email address to be entered into any of the drawings.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Oxford Whispers

Today's special guest is Marion Croslydon. Marion is a true citizen of the world. She was born in West Africa, grew up in the South of France, and studied in Vienna, Paris, Berlin, Cape Town, and Oxford before finally settling down in London. This wide variety of cities has provided lots of inspiration for her writing. Talk about culture exposure!

In addition to being an author, she works as an entrepreneur, wife and mother-of-one but spends a good deal of time with books, DVDs and listening to her mp3 player; all for the sake of inspiration, of course. She says her debut series, The Oxford Trilogy, has been a blast to write because she can indulge in her favorite types of music: Country and English rock.

Her main goal as a writer is to make readers dream bigger and cause their hearts to beat a little faster. Since her writing is all about sharing dreams and stories, she loves connecting with fellow readers and authors.


Oxford Whispers is the story of Madison LeBon, an American student at Oxford University, with psychic powers she prefers to ignore. But when the tragic lovers in a painting begin to haunt her, she must learn to accept her gift. Otherwise, life will imitate art and Madison's own first love will be doomed.

Oxford Whispers is a New Adult Paranormal Romance (Upper-Young-Adult / MatureYoung-Adult). It’s a “college-lit” fiction. I’m sure people can come up with many other names ;-)

So, yes, there’s some Voodoo, a few homicidal ghosts, and some psychic tricks, but the story is also about these “in-between” years.

I dived into Harry Potter. I devoured Twilight. But then what?

I’m not a teen anymore. But in some time-defying ways, I grew up with those heroes. They nurtured my thoughts, my dreams. I cheered for them, cried with them… and fell in love with them (you, broody vampire whose name starts with an “E”, yes you!).

“Coming-of-age” doesn’t only happen in high school. A lot of the excitement, joys and heartbreaks also fill those “in-between years,” when you’re legally an adult but don’t always know how to be one. Or why you should even try to be. But hardly any book deals with this transition into the “big bad” world, about these life-changing, earth-shattering “first-times.” The first time we leave home, our family, our parents, the friends we grew up with, but didn’t always choose. The first home, the first job, the first real love.

So really these are some of the things I wanted to explore through Madison. She’s passed the rebellious teenage years (although hers were very tame because she’s a nerd ;-)). She’s on her own and has to construct her own identity. For her, it will mean accepting where she comes from, her roots, and her heritage.

Independence, uncertainty, building your own life are all themes specific to the New Adult genre.

I’m about to write “The End” on the sequel to Oxford Whispers, Oxford Shadows. The release is scheduled for early May 2013.

Before getting to the last installment in the series, I’m dying to write a contemporary romance (also New Adult). I can’t say too much at this stage but I’m planning to publish it in July 2013, then will come the last episode in the Oxford trilogy in October 2013.

Two star-crossed lovers in the English Civil War
A painting with haunting powers
A murderous ghost back for revenge

Madison LeBon is dead set against the dead. She has vowed to ignore her Voodoo-stamped heritage and the psychic gift passed down through her Louisiana family. The world of the living is where she wants to belong.

But her resolution shatters when the ill-fated lovers in a painting—the subject of her first history class at Oxford—begin to haunt her. The lovers warn her against their own nemesis, a Puritan from the English Civil War.

In misty present-day Oxford, Madison embarks on a quest to unravel the secrets of the past and understand her personal bond with the painting. To protect herself, she must learn to accept her gift before life imitates art, in all its tragedy.

College becomes more complicated when she falls hard for Rupert Vance, a troubled aristocrat and descendant of one of the characters in the painting.

With the spirit of a murderer in hot pursuit, Madison comes to realize that her own first love may be doomed…

Based on a real Pre-Raphaelite painting, Oxford Whispers is full of romance, drama and suspense.

Fall in love for the first time… Again

Marion will be giving away a $20 New Adult Reading pack --i.e. selected NA titles on Amazon to one commenter on the tour) Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2012/07/virtual-book-tour-oxford-whispers-by.html.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012


Today's guest is Marianne Evans, the award-winning author of Christian romance and fiction, who comes to us through Goddess Fish Promotions.

Evans’s novel, Hearts Communion, earned Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year honors in the Romance category and readers have lauded her work as ‘riveting’, ‘realistic and true to heart’ and ‘compelling.’ Evans has also won acclaim in such RWA contests as The Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence where she has been a finalist twice, and the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence.

A lifelong resident of Michigan, Evans is active in a number of a number of Romance Writers of America chapters, most notably the Greater Detroit Chapter where she served two terms as President. She’s also active in American Christian Fiction Writers and the Michigan Literary Network.

Marianne will award 4 autographed print editions of Hearts Crossing, her award-winning novella and book one of her Christian inspirational Woodland Series (US/Canada only) to four commenters from this tour and her review tour, and a $25 Amazon gift card as a grand prize to one commentator from both this tour and her review tour! Leave a comment - the more you comment, the more likely your chances to win!


From This Day Forward
Christian Music agent Kellen Rossiter has everything he ever wanted: A-list clients from coast to coast, a loving wife who honors and respects him, and a faith life that’s never wavered—until now.Juliet Rossiter has the perfect life: a rewarding schedule serving the underprivileged, a husband who loves her as Christ loved the church, and a blessed future as a mother—at least that's what she thinks.

For Better or WorseBut what happens when their rock-solid marriage begins to crumble under the weight of an unexpected and powerful temptation? How does love survive when its foundation is shaken?

'Til Death Do Us PartWhen human frailty and the allure of sin deal a harsh blow to their relationship, it will take more than love to mend the shattered trust and heartbreak. It will take a lifetime of devotion.


“I can’t find a way to ask you to stay put and listen to me. There’s so much I want to say, but you won’t hear a word of it. I’m trapped. I wish I could help you see, and understand that I know I’ve made the biggest mistake of my life. I know all of this in my heart, but I can’t make you see it.”

The words were spoken in a tender way. She sensed his regret, but his tone held a layer of challenge as well. She retained just enough strength to answer him back. “Let me ask you something. Do you regret betraying our marriage, or do you regret getting caught in the act?”

Kellen’s shoulders bent and his eyes flickered when he paused and shook his head. “No matter what I say, you won’t believe me. No matter what I do, it’ll be wrong.”

He had aged a decade in mere minutes. Lifting her chin, refusing to feel even the slightest degree of empathy, Juliet gathered herself once again. She tried to brush past him but for a second time Kellen stood in the way. She watched him start to reach out again, this time as if wanting to take hold of her arm. When she stepped back, he gritted his teeth and dropped his hand to his side.

“I’m going to ask you—with all that I am—please don’t leave our home.”

Weighted by firm conviction, Kellen’s words fell through her heart but found no room to settle.

Marianne Evans is an award-winning author of Christian romance and fiction. Her hope is to spread the faith-affirming message of God’s love through the stories He prompts her to create.

Evans’s novel, Hearts Communion, earned Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year honors in the Romance category and readers have lauded her work as: ‘Riveting.’ ‘Realistic and true to heart.’ ‘Compelling.’ Evans has also won acclaim in such RWA contests as The Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence where she has been a finalist twice, and the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence.

A lifelong resident of Michigan, Evans is active in a number of a number of Romance Writers of America chapters, most notably the Greater Detroit Chapter where she served two terms as President. She’s also active in American Christian Fiction Writers and the Michigan Literary Network.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Die Run Hide

Today's special guest is PM Kavanaugh. A writer of thrillers spiked with romance, PM Kavanaugh has always loved intrigue, danger and adventure, especially when observed at a safe distance from her own life. She shares her home, dreams and some of her plotting dilemmas with her clever-enough-to-be-a-spy husband and her talkative office cat, Max. PM comes to us through Goddess Fish Promotions.


Follow orders or die. Anika Washington knows the rules laid down by the counterterrorist agency that owns her. When she aborts a mission in order to spare a young girl, she’s given an ultimatum: take on a new mission that requires betraying her fellow operative, and lover, or forfeit her own life.

After discovering that her lover, Gianni, has chosen another, Anika accepts the mission. In the aftermath, she learns that Gianni was faithful to her and she’d been tricked into thinking otherwise. The knowledge comes too late and she’s almost killed in an agency double-cross.

Now she must run—battling time, former enemies and the agency itself to stay alive and save the man she loves.


The diamond stud vibrated in Anika’s ear. She slid her fingers through her hair in a rhythmic move and touched the comm device. Over the thumping bass of the band, she heard the go-ahead to leave the party and ascend to the rooftop. With a well-aimed thrust of one hip, she knocked her dance partner into a gyrating mix of arms and legs. Then she strode off the floor, filled an oversized glass from the champagne fountain and slipped out of the room.

In the dim stairwell, she hiked up her glittering dress, snagged her painful four-inch heels in one hand and sprinted up the steps. The heavy bass receded into the background. She held the glass away from her, careful not to spill the liquid. She wished she could drink some of it. Hell, she wished she could drink all of it and go back for more.

Instead, she told herself to stay focused on the mission as she had dozens of times before. The rest would take care of itself.

So why did her insides feel like balled up razor wire?

On the roof, she hurried over to the utilities closet. Her eyes swept the area before she keyed in the code and removed the parts of the P-16. Another sweep, then she bent to her task assembling the old-style rifle. She tested the balance, the feel of the trigger, the scope. Everything was in order. Everything was as it should be.

Except that once she sighted the target and fired, the life she had known for the past three years would be over. She would have crossed the line. No going back. Even though she had agreed to do it, she wondered now if she had made the right decision.


PM Kavanaugh will be awarding a 1st prize of a $20 Amazon GC and a 2nd prize of a $15 Amazon GC to randomly drawn commenters during the tour.

Be sure and follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:  goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2012/08/blurb-blitz-tour-die-run-hide-by-pm.html


A writer of thrillers spiked with romance, PM Kavanaugh has always loved intrigue, danger and adventure, especially when observed at a safe distance from her own life. She shares her home, dreams and some of her plotting dilemmas with her clever-enough-to-be-a-spy husband and her talkative office cat, Max.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Beldam's Eye

Today's guest is Jennifer Rainey. Jennifer was raised by wolves who later sold her to gypsies. She then joined the circus at the age of ten. There, she was the flower girl in the famed Bearded Bride of Beverly Hills show until the act was discontinued (it was discovered that the bearded lady was actually a man).  From there, she wandered around the country selling novelty trucker hats with vaguely amusing sayings printed on front. Somehow, she made enough money to go to The Ohio State University for a major in English.


Jennifer's latest release is The Beldam's Eye. When Erasmus Bramble finds the recently-deceased Angus Heyer rummaging through his kitchen cabinets, he knows he has a unique case on his hands. 

As paranormal investigators in rural Ohio, Ras and his business partner Antony Yeats tackle ghostly problems on a daily basis, from poltergeist exterminations to troubled spirits just looking for a shoulder to cry on. Angus isn’t looking for ghost therapy. He needs Ras and Yeats to help him retrieve a pocket watch stolen from him after death, a pocket watch that is said to be cursed: The Beldam’s Eye.

The skeptical Ras and Yeats agree to take Angus’s case, but they soon find themselves in over their heads, facing murder, theft and perilous dark magic. Is it all just backwoods superstition or is the curse of The Beldam’s Eye grisly reality?


1. When did you begin to write? What prompted you to write your first book?

I’ve been writing since I can remember! I wrote fanfiction when I was a young teen for various fandoms (The Beatles, included!) and once I got a little older, I started focusing more on original fiction. I started and didn’t finish and/or edit many books before I finished and edited and polished my first novel, These Hellish Happenings; what kept me going was an absolute love for the protagonist. He’s still one of my favorites, and I just cared too much about him to let his story go untold.

2. Why did you choose your particular genre?

Oh, the paranormal and contemporary fantasy genres chose me! I never had a say in the matter! I’ve loved the spooky side of things since I was very young; one of my earliest crushes as a child was Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas. That should say something about me. Every time I try to write something that doesn’t have some kind of spooky or fantasy element, it gets thrown aside. I never finish it (or I finish it, but only after adding vampires or ghosts or something).

3. What do you like to read? Favorite authors/ books?

I read a lot of what I write. I like paranormal lit, horror and fantasy, but I also love classic literature. I majored in English lit at university, and some of my favorites are Fitzgerald, Huxley, Conrad… The list goes on and on. I’m awful at choosing a favorite author!

4. How do you develop your characters?

They develop themselves. I wish I had that much control over them. I really just let them reveal themselves to me as I write. I have a vague understanding of them in the very beginning of a project, and then I just set them loose.

5. How did you get the plot idea for your book?

The inspiration for The Beldam’s Eye came from all over the place. I wanted to write something that was as much about these characters from all walks of life crashing into each other as it was about paranormal elements. It was about the human and the paranormal element. So I had this cursed pocket watch be the paranormal element that brought them all together. Mass chaos ensues!

6. What's next for you?

Well, I’m working on getting the sequel to These Hellish Happenings ready for publication, as well as the second book in the Bedbury series. This November, I’m writing a novel about a male siren who I introduced in my collection of short stories, Thoroughly Modern Monsters. How I’m going to balance all this and not go mad, I can’t say.

7. What's one thing you'd like fans to know about you that they may not already know?
I never take myself too seriously. The day I do is the day I’ll stop writing. I promise.

A pillow with the words God Bless This Mess stitched across the middle immediately flew at his head. He ducked and charged into the wind tunnel that was supposed to be a guest bedroom. The windows were shut, but curtains billowed into the middle of the room and cutesy Americana-flavored decorations rolled across the floor like tumbleweed.

“Where is she?” Ras yelled over the roar of the wind.

“Over there in the corner!” Betty Ann answered.

Yeats immediately snapped a picture of the corner. The spirit box spat out a photograph, and he waited for the image to develop, throwing one arm up to protect himself from a flying quilt.

“Mrs. Walsh, you might want to wait downstairs,” Ras said. “We don’t want you to get hurt.”

Betty Ann was halfway back down the hall when Yeats yelled, “Ras, we’ve got a rogue here.” A portrait of Jesus Christ, the kind where the eyes were always on you, tumbled to the ground.

Ras dodged a potted plant and examined the image. Something that used to be a young woman in a red dress stood in the corner, her long black hair flying in all directions as though she’d been struck by lightning. The wind spirit’s skin was mostly chalky, save for just around her eyes where the flesh was bloated and black. Her fingers were smeared with dried blood.

She had no pupils, just black marbles where eyes should be, and yet Ras could still tell she was staring straight at the spirit box.


Jennifer will provide two $20 Amazon GCs and five copies of Thoroughly Modern Monsters, her short story collection to randomly drawn commenters during the tour. The grand prize to one randomly drawn commenter will be a $25 Amazon Gift card, a copy of These Hellish Happenings (her first novel) and a copy of Thoroughly Modern Monsters.

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:  http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2012/07/virtual-book-tour-bedlams-eye-by.html

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Waning Moon

Today's guest is P.J. Sharon. She says she knew she would be a writer someday when she was a little girl sitting on her grandpa’s knee and telling him stories that he would help put on paper. By the time she entered kindergarten she could already read and write, and she couldn’t wait to look up new words every morning in the ginormous Webster’s Dictionary that sat in the book case at the bottom of the stairs. She would get on the bus and ask her friends, “Do you know what pulchritudinous means?” Between that and challenging the boys to push-up contests at the bus stop, she mostly sat alone on those bus rides to school. But that just meant she had more time to make up stories.


P.J. Sharon's latest book is Waning Moon. In the year 2057, in a post-apocalyptic world where a global shift threatens the remainder of the population with extinction, sixteen-year-old genetically enhanced Lily Charmichael has more immediate problems. Her uncle is dying of cancer and her healing abilities are ineffective against the blood ties that bind them. In order to find a cure, Lily must leave the protection of her quiet town and journey into the trading city of Albany, all while avoiding the Industry, an agency that would like nothing better than to study and exploit her abilities.

Seventeen-year-old Will Callahan has been searching for his father since severe storms blasted through the Midwest, killing his mother and sister. When he learns that his father may be in the city, he catches a ride with Lily, a girl who has come to his rescue more than once. As the two embark on a dangerous journey, the attraction between them grows. But the secrets Will’s keeping could put her in far more danger than traveling to the city with him, and if he was any kind of man, he would have told her to run the minute she found him.


1.      When did you begin to write? What prompted you to write your first book?

I’ve always kept journals and diaries, but I began to write toward publication about seven years ago after a financial seminar that got me thinking about what I would do in my retirement. Of course, retirement was years away, but I knew that I had a lot to learn before I would be able to write anything publish-worthy. My first book came about when I was researching the book market and realized that 55% of the books sold were romance novels. I thought, I know about romance. I could do that. All I needed was an idea. One day while working with a client, we joked about how perfect life would be if we lived on a tropical island, could stay young and beautiful forever, and have hunky guys waiting on us hand and foot. She laughed and said, That sounds like a romance novel. Nine months later, I had a hundred thousand word paranormal fantasy. It was horribly written and broke a zillion writing rules, but I had a blast writing it and realized I really could do this. With the help of Romance Writers of America, critique partners, workshops and conferences, six years later, I did just that.

2.      Why did you choose your particular genre?

After writing four full length novels in various genres, I realized I was having difficulty writing in deep point of view, a problem that was holding me back and seemed a common reason for the rejections I was getting from agents and editors. A writer friend suggested I try writing in first person. Once I did, I felt as if I’d found my writer’s voice and that my work in progress at that time, SAVAGE CINDERELLA, was a young adult novel. I began reading YA stories and fell in love with the immediacy of the drama and the intensity of the problems that teens face. I also found that I loved reliving all those firsts that I could put my own twist on. It was my chance for a do-over of sorts…like living an alternate reality through my characters.

3.      What do you like to read? Favorite authors/ books?

I have pretty eclectic tastes in what I read. As a kid, I loved mysteries and read every Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys book I could get my hand on. As a teen, I turned to the spookier stuff of Stephen King and John Saul. In my twenties I spent a lot of time on self-help books and found Historical romances. Then in my thirties, I was drawn to literature. Books by Barbara Kingsolver completely changed the way I viewed the world of books and words. The eloquence and beauty of her writing jumped off the page. I went through a vampire and werewolf phase too, so I’m pretty indiscriminate about subject matter as long as there are engaging characters and a story that sweeps me away. My favorite author is Diana Gabaldon. Her Outlander series is the only series I’ve read more than once. Her writing is exceptional. I fell in love with her characters and still think of them often. I adore books that live on in my mind long after I read them.

4.      How do you develop your characters?

My characters come to me fully formed, but it takes me time to get to know them. I know that sounds strange, but they usually show up with some problem that needs solving and I get to travel their journey with them as they find the answers. By the end of the book, I feel like they are my friends or family. Early in the story, I step back and do some off-the-page character development by doing a character grid that outlines the goal, motivation, and conflict of the main characters as well as determining what their fatal flaw is and what they are most afraid of. Knowing these things helps me to figure out how they might respond in certain circumstances.

5.      How did you get the plot idea for your book?

I live in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts in a very small, remote town. I have neighbors who think a lot about the collapse of society as we know it. My husband and I have shared some interesting conversations over pizza and card games with them, coming up with worst case scenarios and how we would deal with them. I’m a survivalist at heart and consider myself an Apocaloptimist—someone who believes that the world is doomed but that it will all be okay anyway, LOL. Once I found the TV show, Doomsday Preppers, I knew I could write The Chronicles of Lily Carmichael. The story came to me as a trilogy and Waning Moon was born when I “saw” Lily with her brilliant green eyes and healing abilities and I thought, It’s the next generation that will either be our last or will ultimately save us.

6.      What's next for you?

I’ll be working on Book Two of the trilogy, called Western Desert, where Lily and her friend Will have to travel across post-apocalyptic US to rescue her brother and free other genetically altered kids from the Industry, a government agency set on using the abilities of these children to create an invincible army. I also have a short story prequel coming out this month as part of the WG2E (Writers Guide to E-publishing) October Anthology. The story is called Soul Redemption, and is told from the point of view of Lily’s younger brother, Zephron, a thirteen-year-old boy with a dark side that could cost Lily and her family everything, or might just save the world.

7.      What's one thing you'd like fans to know about you that they may not already know?

I was the youngest of seven children in a very noisy and chaotic household. Despite lots of dysfunctional family dynamics (alcoholism and mental illness run rampant in my family), I found a way to use those experiences in a positive way. After a few years of hard work and therapy, I realized that in order to be heard as a child, I’d had to learn to speak up, stand up for myself, and fight for what I wanted. I also had to learn to share and to work together toward common goals. Those lessons have made me who I am today and I wouldn’t change a thing. It only took seeing my life from a different perspective to recognize the gifts I’d been given. When I go through tough times, I try to remember that.


“Wait,” I said before he got far, “I bet I could find you something to eat.” I tried to appeal to what I knew would work for any hungry male. “Would you like some of this?” I asked. My bag of premium jarred honey lay across my back, and I figured it wasn’t really a meal, but I was willing to bet he’d eat whatever he could get his hands on. Or maybe he could trade Mrs. Higgins for some soup or a place to bathe. She would likely offer him something herself once she saw him. He was clearly in need of both.

The boy eyed the honey as I pulled a glass jar out of my pack, but he put his hands up and backed away. “No, I...thanks anyway…I’ll be fine…I gotta go…” He spun away and strode across the street toward an alleyway. It wasn’t like I could invite him back to the farm. Sam would kill me if I brought home a stranger. His warnings rang clear in my head even as I caught up to the boy and grabbed his arm.

“C’mon. Let me…”

The stranger whirled around, his grey eyes cold and hard. “I don’t need some girl to rescue me!”

Stunned, I took a step back. Not only did his words come as a complete surprise, but the color of his eyes rendered me speechless. I hadn’t noticed beneath his shaggy bangs before, but his eyes were a crystalline blue-grey that reminded me of an icy lake or a stormy sky. Brilliant, backlit with sunshine, and rimmed by dark, thick lashes. I sucked in a breath, confused by somehow feeling happy while being horribly offended at the same time. My brain kicked in and my heart felt the sting.


P.J. has had many other endeavors in life, including the world of figure skating, and later, earning a black belt in martial arts. Though she was a mom at seventeen, she finished school and made it through college, earning a degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant. After nineteen years, two sons, a divorce, and some fairly lean years, she found that it’s true what they say about life beginning at forty. It was about that time when she reunited with the love of her life and worked her way to owning her own business as a Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer, and Yoga Instructor—all of her favorite things. To make her bliss complete, she moved out to the Berkshires and found her muse waiting for her there amongst the lilacs and humming birds.

She now writes Extraordinary Stories of an Average Teenage Life in order to share hope with others, especially teens, that no matter how tough life gets, there is always a bright spot waiting just around the corner. Her published books include the award winning YA Novels, HEAVEN IS FOR HEROES, ON THIN ICE, and SAVAGE CINDERELLA, available through Amazon and B&N Booksellers.

PJ will be awarding an eBook copy of THIN ICE to one commenter at each stop and a $25 Amazon or BN GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.