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Sunday, June 2, 2024

The Wild Rose Press Authors

I'm writing today to thank my fellow roses. Roses refer to all authors who write for the traditional publisher, The Wild Rose Press. I asked them to tell me about their book and offer a short description. What you'll check out are wonderful samples of the quality of The Wild Rose Press authors.


When little Piper Callaghan appears at Hope’s Home, too traumatized to speak after discovering her murdered mother’s body, Dr. Madison Wagner hopes to make the child’s possible father, writer Luke Callaghan, take responsibility for the bloody chaos he’s apparently created. For his part, Luke has his own story and refuses to be patronized.
But when they discover Piper is the victim of prominent citizens profiting from an online international child sex ring, Madison and Luke understand they’re in this fight together. And guiding them from beyond the grave is a murdered young mother seeking retribution…and atonement.
Madison and Luke must prevail against overwhelming odds, or their relentless pursuit of truth will hurtle them toward a shocking reality neither ever anticipated.

A letter, sealed with blood red wax, arrives in a small coastal town. Samantha’s hopes of a new, quiet life are shattered. The killer is back. Like years before, the crime scenes mimic classic mysteries Samantha once taught in her English Lit class—The Art of Detection. Is one murder staged from an Ellery Queen novel? P.D. James? Sherlock Holmes? Maybe more?

Five years ago, strangers died. This time—friends. As the body count climbs, this menace must be found or the killings may never stop. What’s hidden in the tiny details? Why is the killer taunting her? As the killer closes in, does she once again cut and run or stand and fight? What will Sam risk to bring this nightmare to an end?

A Moonlit Beach by Carly and David

Alexandra is a successful businesswoman in desperate need of a retreat from her stressful world. On an escape with her best friend in Hawaii, her sexy and outgoing companion garners plenty of male attention, resulting in a few sexual encounters for her. Despite opportunities created by her friend, Alexandra declines each advantage. She longs for a passion ignited in a moment as the strike of a match that burns with the intensity of a shooting star. The kind she has been so allusive in her life.
With their holiday coming to an end, she is about to give up finding the elusive romance in paradise when a handsome surf instructor shows her what she has always longed for. And more.

A sensible, mature widow like Susan doesn’t belong on a tour bus seated next to her high school crush. Thirty years later, Phil is as charming and handsome as ever, but she doesn’t need a new partner, especially not a love-’em-and-leave-’em guy.

Happily single, Phil tags along to celebrate his matchmaking mom’s eightieth birthday. She’s embarrassingly persistent, but maybe she’s right he should, finally, settle down with the right woman.

Susan only wants a little family time with her two cousins and a scenic vacation to Northern Saskatchewan…so why does she feel like a fluttery teenage girl? Can Phil spark even more excitement than games, scenery, and wildlife?

Kathleen Gray—talented, a little wild, at times rebellious, but always popular—has a fun, easy life in rural Somerset, with a doting family.
Suddenly, they are gone, everything is changed, and she has only Uncle Jack. Try as he might, he cannot be father and mother to her—he has a business to run and his own life to manage.
Kathleen takes a chance and becomes Kate Westfield, fending for herself in London, with a new life built on her hopes and dreams and new friends. She could hardly have imagined that one of those friends has a shoebox full of answers.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

The Wild Rose Press Authors

I'm writing today to thank my fellow roses. Roses refer to all authors who write for the traditional publisher, The Wild Rose Press. I asked them to tell me about their book and offer a short description. What you'll check out are wonderful samples of the quality of The Wild Rose Press authors.

She only wanted Not to fall in love with him. Julia-Rae wanted to shut him out of her heart like every other man that ever got close. Roy only wanted to seduce Julia-Rae and convince her to sell him her company. Only what do you do when you fall in madly in love with the enemy and the enemy with you.
Will the dark secrets they hold tear them apart or bring them closer together?

Lady Raell can fight, ride, and argue politics as well as her brothers. Only being mistress of her father's household keeps her in skirts. In Naed, the new Lord of Druemarwin, she has found devotion, a kindred spirit, and a marriage promise. But when a forgotten and unwanted betrothal comes to light, she has no choice but to run.

Amidst sweeping revolution, Naed must rally his people, fend off assassination attempts, and fight against claims he's a traitor. Then he discovers everything about his lineage and family is a lie. And his beloved belongs to another.

With lives and a kingdom at stake, Raell and Naed must find a way to protect the innocent and save their love.
The Gardener's Secret by S. Hansberger

Believing she’ll get to report gritty news, Callie accepts a job at her hometown newspaper. Instead, she’s assigned the gardening column—a subject she knows nothing about. She begs advice from a tight-lipped neighbor when he admits he’s a retired gardener, even though his mannerisms and speech suggest he’s anything but. Not knowing the full truth doesn’t matter—she needs his help. The townsfolk think him strange and warn Callie to keep her distance, but she regards him and his family as friends. Learning their horrifying secret doesn’t deter her, even though loyalty will draw her into danger.

Bound by honor...tempted by desire

California “Callie” St. John knows just how much one night of rebellion can cost. After narrowly escaping a car bombing, she is forced to acknowledge she needs a bodyguard, just not the one chosen for her. He pushes her buttons and forces his way past her defenses. While she fights to keep the secret that destroyed her family, she worries she's trusting her bodyguard more than she should.

Lieutenant James “Hawk” Hawkins, a member of a special ops unit of soldiers with extra-ordinary abilities, believes acting as a bodyguard to the daughter of one of DC's movers and shakers is a waste of his talents. But as he comes to know the woman behind the icy façade, he realizes she is more than she seems.

When a dangerous enemy from Hawk’s past targets Callie, he’s willing to risk everything to keep her safe. But succumbing to temptation isn't an matter how much he wants to give in. Because secrets always come to light, and the past is never forgotten.

In the deserts of Iraq, a Marine falls in love with an embedded journalist who questions the war. As he battles with the horrific actions he must commit in the line of duty, the love for the journalist twists into something much darker and sends him spiraling on a path of destruction.

Years after the war ends, Detective Jim Castile frantically searches for a serial killer. Each clue brings him dangerously closer to home. When the patient’s and the detective’s worlds collide, Jim Castille's life is forever changed.

Thursday, May 2, 2024

The Wild Rose Press authors

I'm writing today to thank my fellow roses and intend to make this a regular feature. Roses refer to all authors who write for the traditional publisher, The Wild Rose Press. I asked them to tell me about their book and offer a short description. What you'll check out is wonderful samples of the quality of The Wild Rose Press authors.

Beautiful One by Mary Cope

Transformation, empowerment, love and music come together in the book, Beautiful One.
Elizabeth Ryan is a beautiful, shy, naïve high school senior. Having never dated she meets the boy of her dreams, Aidan Mitchell. Despite his history of womanizing Liz is drawn to him. Soon Liz becomes the envy of all the girls on campus, when they become a couple and her dream boyfriend sweeps her off her feet and into the dating world that is all too new and strange for her. When other guys start to take notice of Liz, Aidan is troubled with fits of jealousy.
Elizabeth then meets the ruggedly handsome, Spencer Hayes and they quickly bond over their passion for music. Liz begins to struggle with the feelings that spark between them.
In the end Elizabeth finds herself torn between helping Aidan overcome his jealousy and anger and giving into what her heart truly wants.

Fatal Witness by Michelle Godard-Richer

Jessica opens her bedroom window in the middle of the night to catch a breeze, but instead, she witnesses something that will change the course of her life forever—her neighbor, David, loading his wife’s body onto the back of his truck. She soon learns David knows what she saw and will stop at nothing to eliminate the only witness to his crime.

With her young son Bryce in tow, Jessica flees across the border to Montana. She discovers her first love, Jon Kent, is back in town after an early retirement from the FBI. But he isn’t the only one in town. David surfaces to unleash hell on Jessica and everyone she loves.

Fatal Witness

Rewrites of the Heart byTerry Newman

JJ Spritely, romance author, writes characters that jump off the page. Figuratively, that is. She never expects them to make a literal leap smack dab into her world. But Alex Zurich and Blake Teesdale do just that. And they’re on a mission to help JJ write her own personal love story with a man she recently met, Kennedy King Cooper.

A history professor, Cooper doesn’t see the value of romance novels and he has even less regard for those who write them. Until he meets a woman who haunts his thoughts.

There’s only one small snag in Alex’s and Blake’s plan…okay…two rather large snags. JJ wants nothing to do with Cooper. The other snag? Alex and Blake aren’t able to return to the pages of their own book.

Will JJ and Cooper write their own love story? And will Alex and Blake find their way back to their own world?

Corpse in the Craftsman Cottage by Lori Pollard-Johnson

Thirty-four, newly divorced and parenting two little girls, Jan Weatherly is determined to make it on her own doing what she knows best: do-it-yourself home flipping. With her BFF Pam Bacchus by her side, she purchases their first fixer-upper—a cute Craftsman cottage with quick profit potential in rainy Rainier, Washington. With the first swing of her claw hammer, however, Jan pries back faux cedar paneling and reveals a nude, snow-haired corpse floating in a makeshift aquarium. If that didn’t fully sour their dreams in a plume of formaldehyde-tinged air, Sergeant Daniels arrives and bans the women from the crime scene. Will they continue sleuthing, despite Daniels’s warnings, or simply wait for their dreams of financial independence to fall apart?

Sunday, April 14, 2024

The Wild Rose Press

  I'm writing today to thank my fellow roses and intend to make this a regular feature. Roses refer to all authors who write for the traditional publisher, The Wild Rose Press. I asked them to tell me about their book and offer a short description. What you'll check out is wonderful samples of the quality of The Wild Rose Press authors.

Some Other Way, Margot Johnson

Jayne Jones’s life is full as surrogate aunt to her birth daughter, given up in open adoption five years ago, and as leader of the Adopt-a-Dog service. She yearns to expand the overcrowded dog shelter on a coveted piece of adjacent land. When Dr. Evan Scott, her high school crush, returns, he complicates everything by becoming her formidable opponent.
Back in his hometown to join a medical clinic that wants to expand onto the same property, Evan is ready to forget past hurts and embrace a fresh start with the cute girl—now attractive woman—he remembers. But should Jayne bare her heart to the good-looking newcomer? And will her secret change his mind?

Link to Some Other Way

 Child of Mine, Jana Richards

Lauren didn't intend to sleep with her brother-in-law Cole on the day of her husband's funeral. But now that she is pregnant, she's not sorry. Cole's given her a baby, a long-wished-for miracle. He's been her friend forever, though she never told him or anyone else how unhappy her marriage to his cheating brother was. And she's afraid to tell the small town that considered her husband a hero that the baby isn't his.

Cole's been in love with Lauren since he was sixteen. It kills him that everyone believes the baby is his dead brother's. All he wants is to claim the baby, and Lauren, as his own. Though she marries him, will Lauren's heart ever be his?

Lauren must tell the truth or risk losing Cole. Is her newly-discovered love for him greater than her fear of scandal in her hometown?

Autumn's Summer, Felicity Talisman

What if you were given up for adoption NOT because your mother didn't want you, but because she was trying to protect you from a curse?

A mysterious package is delivered by Richard’s solicitors one year after his wife Autumn’s death. What he expected to find, he didn’t know, but he would never have guessed in a million years what was about to unfold.
A beautiful leather-bound diary written in his wife’s hand contains many secrets; that his lonely empty-nester wife’s life changed profoundly after a purely-by-chance meeting in, of all places, a normal, mundane, corner grocery store. She embarks on a voyage of discovery with the spiritualist, Summer, to find new meaning to her life, that, once commenced, transports her to realms and dimensions she never knew existed.
He also learns of a heart-breaking secret and love affair she kept from him until after her death.
Idyllic. That was Richard’s understanding of his marriage. Although often away from their home on Sammamish Lake, he thought that his wife, Autumn, felt the same. But suddenly she develops a cancer as if from nowhere and very soon he is alone.
After a year and a day grieving for his beloved wife, Richard receives a package from their lawyers; her diary. He is to discover many secrets from it, but the first is that Autumn had been conducting an affair only not with a male. With a woman. Her best friend Summer. Richard knew that the friendship, although new, was deep and meaningful, but she was a spiritualist. He thought “deep and meaningful” went with the territory, especially as she was supposed to just be helping Autumn find herself, find a passion for her, now that their two children had flown the nest.
It was just a chance meeting at the grocery store that had led her to Summer, and now he learns that the attraction between them was instant. Apart from the spiritualism, she also claimed to be a psychic, which she proved in part by telling her that she is adopted, which Autumn already knew but had not divulged. She also tells her that she knows Autumn and her husband visit his mother’s grave every Mother’s Day, and that she is drawn to the grave of an unknown woman that she visits whilst Richard sits with his mom.
Autumn’s spiritual journey continues as she discovers that just like her and her new-found siblings, Summer also has a Celtic background.
It is revealed to Autumn that, like Summer, she has a Wolf Spirit, her protector animal spirit.
Summer takes her to a sacred meadow of criss-crossing ley lines to open up her soul.
With Autumn’s spirituality now in full flow, she begins to dream. She finds a stone wall with a locked wooden door, a barrier to her continuing on her journey to find herself. Summer helps her through it and, once through the door, the curse begins that her mother tried to protect her from.

Link to Autumn's Summer

Framed for Murder, Marla White

After a life-changing injury, Mel O’Rourke trades in her badge for bed sheets, running a B & B in the quirky mountain town of Pine Cove. Her peaceful life is interrupted when an old frenemy, the notorious and charismatic cat burglar, Poppy Phillips, shows up on her doorstep, claiming she’s been framed for murder. While she’s broken plenty of laws, Mel knows she’d never kill anyone. Good thing she’s a better detective than she is a cook as she sets out to prove Poppy's innocence.

The situation gets complicated, however, when the ruggedly handsome Deputy Sheriff Gregg Marks flirts with Mel, bringing him dangerously close to the criminal she’s hiding. And just when her friendship with café owner Jackson Thibodeaux blossoms into something more, he’s offered the opportunity of a lifetime in New Orleans. Should she encourage him to go, or ask him to stay? Who knew romance could be just as hard to solve as murder?

The Wishing Tree: Love, Lies and Spies on Chincoteague Island, M.S. Spencer

Will the wind whip her token from the Wishing Tree and make her wish come true? Addison Steele dreams of the day her husband-lost at sea-returns to her. Instead, she meets Nick Savage, whose every word may be a lie. She is soon embroiled in mystery, all related to the top-secret science station at Wallops Island, Virginia. After a Belarusian scientist at Wallops is murdered, the questions multiply. Was it because he caught the person stealing classified documents or because he wanted to defect? Is Nick the spy-or is it his brother? How can she trust the man who is slowly claiming her heart when his story keeps shifting?

Link to The Wishing Tree

Thursday, March 28, 2024

The Wild Rose Press authors

I'm writing today to thank my fellow roses and intend to make this a regular feature. Roses refer to all authors who write for the traditional publisher, The Wild Rose Press. I asked them to tell me about their book and offer a short description. What you'll check out is wonderful samples of the quality of The Wild Rose Press authors.

BROOME ENIGMA by Meryl Tobin
On a working holiday in Australia's cosmopolitan Outback town of Broome in 1986, Jodie, a young book designer is open to romance and adventure.
At the holiday village where she is staying, she meets Joe, a young man who works there. Despite the strong attraction between them, the many unknowns about his earlier life keep them apart. To try to uncover his mysterious past, they travel to Perth and back to Broome and are drawn into not only bizarre but also dangerous situations.

Is Joe the person Jodie thinks he is, or is he some alter ego? Can she stop their relationship from developing until she knows whether he is free to love her?

THE LAST SHOT by Brett Wallach
"It is the beginning of the fourth quarter for me, actuarially. Time is running out, I’m way behind, and I’ve got to score. Now."

Middle-aged Philadelphia Private Investigator Phil Allman is writing a detective novel. And he is determined to have it published by a major house. No matter what it takes.

Rachel Arison is Senior Vice President of Fiction at Bryce Douglas. And was a high school classmate of Phil’s. When he compels her to publish his book by taking her hostage, she acquiesces in part because she has an agenda of her own. Their uneasy arrangement takes several surprising turns along the way.

The Last Shot is a suspenseful and often funny elegy about the challenges of getting older while trying to make a dream come true before it is too late. It is also a book within a book; Phil’s novel is a chronicle of his abduction of Rachel and its aftermath.

The Last Shot is the ninth in the series of Phil Allman mysteries; unlike the protagonists of many mystery novels, Phil is certainly no hero, but you can’t help but root for him.

When Harriet Laws loses her grandmother and her job, her happy life in London seems over. Alone, grief-stricken and penniless, she thinks wildly of ending it all. Fate steps in as Tom Fletcher saves her, gives her hope, and guides her to new employment. He takes her to dinner, and she finds him attractive. He's older, but she doesn't mind. Does he?
Tom, a quiet, hardworking man, is unsure of Harriet's feelings, but he's also very busy building his business interests. So it's no wonder a suave, sophisticated fellow walks off with Harriet right under Tom's nose.
What follows, no one could have predicted, as Harriet not only loses contact with all her friends but must again fight for her very life...will she ever see Tom again?
Link to Secrets, Shame, and a Shoebox

KAT OUT OF THE BAG by Wendy Kendall
When celebrated international purse designer, Katherine Watson, hosts a gala for her Purse-onality Museum, she never expected the next day's headline to read: 'Murder at the Gala Premiere.' But after a dead body is found during the event, that's exactly what happened.

Working to solve the murder, Katherine matches wits with local cop Jason Holmes and his K-9 partner, Hobbs. Although Holmes and Watson disagree often, they discover an undeniable attraction building between them. But they'll have to put their feelings on hold and focus on solving the murder, before Katherine becomes the killer's next knock off.
Link to Kat Out of the Bag

RAG LADY by Susie Black

Holly Schlivnik dreams of being a writer, but fate has other plans. A family crisis throws her into an improbable situation and her life will never be the same. Determined to make her own luck when things don’t happen the way she plans, the irrepressible young woman takes a sledgehammer to the glass ceiling and shatters it to smithereens. The wise-cracking, irreverent transplanted Californian goes on a raucous, rollicking rollercoaster ride of hysterical adventures as a ladies' apparel sales rep traveling in the deep South and finds herself along the way.

Link to Rag Lady

Sunday, February 25, 2024

The Wild Rose Press Authors

 I'm writing today to thank my fellow roses. I say roses referring to all authors who write for the traditional publisher, The Wild Rose Press. I asked them to tell me about their book and offer as a sample for this Blog on a first come first serve basis with a limit on submissions. What you'll check out is a wonderful sample of the quality of The Wild Rose Press authors.

After a family crisis, Katie Hathaway must return home to help out in the family's ice cream shop. She leaves behind her dream job of teaching ballroom dance to spend her summer scooping ice cream and mixing milkshakes.

Chaz Hollander, Katie's high school crush, has also returned to town to work in his family's business. After Katie treats him to a blueberry swirl sundae, he invites her to the town's upcoming dance. The only problem is he has two left feet.

When Katie starts giving Chaz dance lessons, their chemistry ignites, and the postponement of her dream doesn't seem as ominous. But financial woes and a suspicious business deal cast a shadow on their budding relationship.

Link to The Blueberry Swirl Waltz


Do killers, stock manipulators, and kidnappers stalk the Temple?

After the body of Roberto Gomez is discovered in Temple Israel's parking lot, Patricia Weiss, nee Reilly, exchanges her suburban-mom sneakers for gumshoes to investigate the supposed hit-and-run.

Inspired by her police detective dad, Patricia feels compelled to uncover who killed the hardworking custodian and why. Before she can progress with her investigation or work on problems in her difficult marriage to a busy cardiologist, and his controlling Jewish mother, she is plunged into the Temple's troubles. Her mentor Rabbi Deborah, who has guided Patricia through her own recent conversion to Judaism, disappears after delivering a controversial sermon in support of interfaith marriage. Despite her husband's concerns, Patricia joins forces with her buddy Brenda. Designating themselves The Yenta Patrol, they unravel the mysteries.

Link to Wild Irish Yenta


A young widow’s world turns sideways when her daughter’s new coach is the hot contractor who years earlier took her heart, and her innocence. On the cusp of relaxing the walls she has constructed, Hayes discovers that the real deceptions came from unexpected sources. Can her new passion stand the exposure of long held secrets?

Link to Reconstructing Hayes


Rebellious teen Teri Darden comes of age in the Summer of Love, 1967, falling hard for Tim Olson, who plays bass guitar in a soon-to-be-famous rock band called Virgin Ram. When the band goes on a lengthy tour, Tim and Teri not only lose touch with each other but the lies of his spiteful ex-girlfriend push Teri into the dark side of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll in the San Francisco of the 1960s.

As his year-long tour comes to a close, Tim realizes how much he has missed Teri, but his efforts to find her again are futile. He goes from one bad marriage to another yet is always searching for Teri, until they meet again thirty years later.
Neither could quite forget the other, but can they rekindle what was lost?

Link to Iris Rainbow


When Joel Tyler drove away from the factory to pick up the load of his rejected creation, the last thing he expected to see was a hitchhiking bride. He didn't have time for this. Besides, he had enough troubles of his own without picking up more. But he couldn't leave her on the side of the road.

Maddy Hayden was exhausted. She'd run away from a terrible situation without a plan or a destination. Hitchhiking was a bad idea. Worse was getting in a truck with a man traveling alone. He was probably a serial killer. Whatever. It was a suitable end to this day.

When two people who are having the worst day of their lives meet, they can either crash and burn, or save each other.

Link to It Happened on Route 66


When stable owner Cheyenne Modine meets vet Jack Carter, it's hate at first sight. He may look like the sexiest man alive but his arrogance tells her he's a privileged member of the elite Lexington, Kentucky, Thoroughbred world. Cheyenne Modine is exactly Jack's type-a smoking hot woman who loves horses-but her slurred speech calls up childhood memories of living with an alcoholic father, and Jack isn't about to travel that road again. After several chance encounters, the fireworks between them become a contest to see who touches who first. Can Jack and Cheyenne overcome their mistaken first impressions or will their gallop to the finish line end in murder by horseshoe?

Link to A Horse of a Different Color


You can see why I love my fellow roses and there are many more. All accomplished, all great reads. All great friends...

I'm back

 After COVID and looking at the number of followers, I put the Blog on hiatus. But with the publishing of The Meet_Cute and its high demand, I took well-wishers' advice to start the Blog again. So I am writing today to say hi and will soon have another Blog entry.