Thursday, June 30, 2016

Book Spotlight: Heartland by @Sara_W_Ellwood #NewRelease

Check out a new release from Sara Walter Ellwood! Heartland is the third book in her contemporary romance series, Singing to the  Heart.

Sex, drugs, and country music. That was the lifestyle for Emily Kendall, a Texas girl who hit it big on the country music charts—until she found herself pregnant and battling addiction. Now out of rehab and seeking a new life for herself and her unborn child, Emily returns to her hometown of McAllister. The last thing she’s looking for is trouble, no matter how good it looks in uniform…
A widower, single father, and former Army Ranger struggling with PTSD, Sheriff EJ Cowley has his own demons to battle while keeping folks safe. The last thing he needs is a troubled celebrity speeding through town in her bright red Maserati. But when someone from Emily’s past threatens her safety and the peace of McAllister, EJ has no choice but to protect her. And soon both will learn there’s more to the other than meets the eye. And that wounded hearts can love again…
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Although Sara Walter Ellwood has long ago left the farm for the glamour of the big town, she draws on her experiences growing up on a small hobby farm in West Central Pennsylvania to write her contemporary westerns. She’s been married to her college sweetheart for over 20 years, and they have two teenagers and one very spoiled rescue cat named Penny. She longs to visit the places she writes about and jokes she’s a cowgirl at heart stuck in Pennsylvania suburbia. Sara Walter Ellwood is a multi-published and international Amazon bestselling author of the anthology set Cowboy Up. She also dabbles in the paranormal genre with her The Hunter’s Dagger Series, which was previously published under the pen name Cera duBois.

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The other books in Singing to the Heart…
Heartstrings, Book 1 and Heartsong, Book 2 are also available in ebook and print.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Colliding Memories by Guest Blogger Alice Orr #NewRelease A Villain for Vanessa

Family members create a patchwork with family memories. A traumatic incident occurs in their shared past. The details sear the consciousness. Yet, when notes are compared, those details differ from one relative to another.

The discrepancy can be good-natured like it generally was with my brother Michael and me. We’d debate and tease, but only with the non-touchy bits. Nostalgic not gut wrenching. The dreadful stories we mostly didn’t mention.

We tiptoed around those quicksand narratives. One wrong step and we could be sucked down, with no hope of rescue from the collision of our versions of reality and the confrontation that might erupt. We’d silently agreed to avoid such battles, and we usually did.

Michael left this earth with all but a few of our most potent shared experiences unspoken. Maybe my regret of that is one reason colliding stories flow like a brackish river through so much of my Riverton Road Romantic Suspense series.

Book 4 – A Villain for Vanessa simmers with raw material for combustible collisions. Between Vanessa and her mother Amelia. Between Amelia and her sister Angela Kalli. Among just about everyone on the Westerlo side of Vanessa’s family. The explosive tonnage is terrifying.

This is fertile ground for storytelling but toxic territory in real life. Who in your family do you tiptoe around because of differing truths? What eruptions have you barely survived when one of those toes slipped into the memory mine field?

My advice. When you tell those stories, swear to heaven they’re fiction~Alice Orr

A Villain for Vanessa by Alice Orr

A story of tangled roots and tormented love.                              
Two families are shaken to their roots. Vanessa Westerlo must find her roots. Bobby Rizzo is torn between Vanessa and his true roots. They are all tormented by love – past and too present. Meanwhile a man has been murdered. And that is the most tormented tangle of all.

Alice Orr is known for Delicious Suspense spiced with Romance.
She does it again in A Villain for Vanessa.

A Villain for Vanessa is Book 4 of the Riverton Road Romantic Suspense series set in remote Riverton, New York. This story features the Kalli family and the fortunate people who find safety and welcome at the Kalli homestead on Riverton Road. A Wrong Way Home is Book 1 of the series and A Year of Summer Shadows is Book 2. A Vacancy at the Inn is Book 3 and introduces the Miller family of Riverton Road Hill.

Find all of Alice Orr’s books at and other online retailers.

"Alice Orr is a brilliant writer who has a number one best seller in her pocket," says one Amazon reviewer. Alice loves to write. Especially romantic suspense novels and blog posts. She’s been a workshop leader, book editor and literary agent. Now she lives her dream of writing full-time. So far she’s published fifteen novels, three novellas and a memoir – either traditionally or independently. Alice wrote her nonfiction book, No More Rejections: 50 Secrets to Writing a Manuscript that Sells, as a gift to the writers' community. A revised edition is now in progress. Amazon says, "This book has it all." And calls her novels, "Delicious well written suspense spiced with a love story." Most of all, Alice is thrilled to hear from readers. Visit her at her website Alice has two grown children and two perfect grandchildren and lives with her husband Jonathan in New York City.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Long Hot Summer has Arrived

The Weather Channel has issued a heat advisory this week and when that happens in the South, you know the long, hot summer has arrived. I've had a busy week so far with family visiting from Texas. Today we ventured to Shiloh National Military Park and ate at nearby Hagy's restaurant where we had great catfish and hushpuppies plus a beautiful view of the Tennessee River.

My plans for July include staying in out of the heat and working on Book 3 of the Love on Call series. Each book is a stand-alone book but they feature the same location and characters reappear. As a working title, I'm calling this book "Not Through Loving You." I hate just calling it Book 3. This is Aaron's story. He's a pediatrician who is a colleague and friend to Marla and Brett, protagonists in the first two books. I've written the first chapter, and it was so much fun. Aaron father, Frank, and his youngest brother, Stevie, are so funny. They are going to add a lot of humor to an otherwise serious story about Aaron adopting an unwanted newborn and his battles with the baby's aunt.

I took a computer to Goodwill this afternoon. It was such a good machine until I updated to Windows 10 because I thought it was necessary. I can tell you right now that was a huge mistake and not one I will make again. It ruined the computer, so I yanked out the hard drive and got rid of it. I think Microsoft is such a crappy company. I couldn't believe those stupid commercials where they had a baby saying they were going to grow up with Windows 10. What a joke.

Right now my house is a wreck, and I need to get rid of a bunch of stuff, but that will have to wait. It is too hot to pursue a yard sale. But if you want to stay in the cool and read about a funny yard sale, check out my short story by the same name. It's a hoot!
“Truly classic”~reader review, “The Yard Sale.”  

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

A Look Back at the Beginning of Supermarkets in 1916

Clarence Saunders opened the first modern self-service supermarket in Memphis in 1916. Prior to this, when you needed groceries, you made out a list and gave it to a store clerk who collected all the items for you. Many ladies preferred to send their list to a store and the groceries were delivered to their house. At that time, items in the store weren't priced and charges could differ.

Saunders came up with a revolutionary way of shopping. The customer selected her own items and all the items had the price clearly marked. The customer went through a checkout stand to pay. The Pink Palace museum in Memphis has a 1919 replica of Saunder's supermarket, which he called Piggly Wiggly. Although there were many who preferred to send a list to the store and have their groceries delivered, soon the concept caught on and changed the way Americans shopped for household goods.

Let's go shopping.  The supermarket wasn't very large and you were guided through the store by aisles. You entered the store on one side, started down aisle 1 and followed a simple maze until you reached the exit aisle.

After you entered, you selected a basket to put your items in. Obviously, people didn't buy as much as we do today.

Then you started down the first aisle where shelves held canned foods. The items were clearly price with a label hanging in front of the goods. 

Many of the brand names in  are familiar to us and still sold in stores today. The labels on the cans are reproductions of the original labels for that time period. But there is a huge difference in the price and also the size of the cans, which are much smaller nowadays. Like the DelMonte beans are 1 pound cans for 8 cents.

The store had basically an entrance aisle, a couple of middle aisles and exit aisle. Above the aisles were catwalks where store security would patrol, keeping an eye on customers. Housewares, heavier merchandise such a bags of flour and sugar, fruit and refrigerated boxes were located along the exit aisle.

At the end of the exit aisle was turnstile that you went through and a path you followed to check out and leave the store.

The check out counter had a cash register, scales and a some candy jars. After you paid, your groceries were bagged in brown paper sacks. The supermarket help-yourself stores became a huge hit and other grocery chains besides Piggly Wiggly soon sprang up over the country. The concept of self service is now the custom for shoppers.