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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Magic of Books- Alathia Paris Morgan


DEADLY DISCOVERY
Nova Ladies Adventures, Book Three

by Alathia Paris Morgan

Genre: Thriller/Suspense


Julie, while recovering from wounds sustained in the line of duty, discovers she isn't who she believed herself to be. Her journey into the past, leads her on the path to her future, but there are those who would prefer the past not to resurface. Determined to find out the truth about her family, Julie is in a race to sift through years of secrets before the past has a chance to silence her for good.





“Well, you said you needed to talk, so spill. I’ve got hours to listen, drink coffee, and eat pie.” Allie grinned as she took a sip of her coffee.


“You really should be a cop.” Julie shook her head at Allie’s intuition, and relayed the conversation with her grandmother from earlier in the day.


“I’m very confused. What do I do about this situation?” Julie concluded.


“Do you want to go to Georgia and meet your grandmother?” Allie watched Julie’s face closely.


“Yes, but I feel like I’m betraying Grams. I mean, she’s the one that wants me to go, but doesn’t meeting Mimi Millie lessen all the things she’s done for me over the years?” Julie grimaced in frustration.


“Absolutely not,” Allie exclaimed vehemently. “She will always be your grandmother, and she knew this day would come eventually. It would be good for you to expand your horizons and meet more of your family. Admit it, you might find a handsome man to fall in love with, ’cause Lord knows, you won’t find one here.”


“Allie, I can’t meet a man there. He might be my cousin or uncle, or something weird. There are no men knocking down my door, but I haven’t been overly friendly with guys either.” Julie looked disgusted.


“Julie.” Allie laid a hand on her arm. “There are plenty of men in the entire state of Georgia that aren’t related to you. You just have to be willing to open up and let them get to know the real you.”


“I can’t. As soon as they find out that I carry a gun and run toward danger, guys run in the opposite direction. Besides, if I went out there, it would be to meet my family, not a guy. My life is here,” Julie finished, firmly running out of reasons she couldn’t date a guy.


“Really, your life is here? Where you grew up and know about everyone and their dating histories? Unless you know someplace where they have mail order grooms that don’t need a green card, then you could just order the perfect man,” Allie joked.


“See? This is why I called. I knew it was crazy to go across the country and meet people who might be criminals themselves.”


“Nope, not what I said. Besides, we have serial killers right here. You helped to take one down that you’ve known your whole life, so at least give these new people in your life the benefit of the doubt, okay? They can’t be any worse than the people here in this town.”


“Crap. Why did you have to bring up sensible reasons when I was looking for excuses?” Julie pouted.


“So are you going to tell them you’re coming, or just show up on Mimi Millie’s doorstep?” Allie asked practically.


“I’m going to wait until Grams leaves for church in the morning. She won’t know until she gets home what I’m doing.” Julie pulled out the key to the cedar chest. “I’m going to read through sixty years’ worth of letters before I go traipsing about. I might get all the answers I need and not have to go anywhere.”


“Uh-huh, keep telling yourself that. I’ll just explain it to Justin that you needed to go on an epic adventure and destroy a ring at the top of a mountain.” Allie laughed at the bewildered expression on Julie’s face. “Justin made me watch this movie about a Hobbit who goes on an adventure. He said my movie education was sadly lacking.”


“Oh, I get it now. Haha.” Julie gave her a tight smile.


“All right, that’s it. Get up.” Allie stood abruptly.


“Wait, where are we going?”


“To get you packed for your journey.” Allie collected the trash to dispose of it as they left.


“But I’m not sure if I’m going yet,” Julie protested.


“Julie, do I need to call Megan on her honeymoon?” Allie was referring to their friend who had been chased by a serial killer and poisoned. She was now recovering with her new husband, and wouldn’t want to be disturbed, but the threat of calling her would be enough guilt for Julie to comply.


“No,” Julie whined. “Let’s go.”



Ding-Dong—Is She Dead
After witnessing a Mob murder in NYC, Allie Foster is placed in the witness protection program. Starting a new life in Texas is hard enough—but finding a front door hanging on its hinges while delivering Nova beauty products makes it even more difficult. A grisly trail of blood leads her to a terrifying discover… a body. After a heart-stopping moment of fear, Allie realizes her friend is still alive, although badly beaten. When she rushes Megan to the hospital, it puts Allie right back where she doesn’t need to be—embroiled in yet another mystery.


Allie offers to help her friend protect her daughter, even as a second attempt on Megan’s life reveals her husband will stop at nothing to prove he’s above the law. When it fails again, Megan’s abuser decides to take his anger out on Allie instead. With the help of a handsome stranger, Allie escapes, but now both women are in danger. Justin Greenley, the gallant protector, offers them a safe haven until the would-be murderer is caught. His family’s ranch seems the idyllic choice, but Allie isn’t sure if she should trust Justin with her life… even if her heart tells her she should.


Death by Poison
After surviving an abusive husband, Megan Butts wants nothing more than a fresh start with her daughter Sally. She’s grateful for their home at the ranch, pitching in whenever she’s not working on her new Nova business. When she offers to clean out a cabin on the property, she uncovers more than she bargained for in a stack of old diaries.



Her tentative relationship with Mark Greenley takes a nosedive when Megan starts to investigate his mother’s death by supposed suicide, uncovering a trail of hidden money and blackmail twenty-five years in the making. Mark doesn’t want to dredge up the past, but Megan is determined to dig deeper, despite her overwhelming urge to give into her inclinations to obey men, a lesson her ex tried to beat into her. When the mystery starts to endanger not only her life, but the life of her daughter, Megan must decide if her new love and life are worth the pursuit of justice.



Alathia is known to those around her for having an a long time love affair/obsession with Dr. Pepper, she has asked to be buried with a can so that it never runs out in the after life. Always bossy, she uses her mothering instincts to help others and share awareness of abuse in child and domestic situations.



A B.S. in History and English gave wings to her vivid imagination in book form. A supportive and loving husband has given her the chance to make her dreams a reality. Their three daughters and three dogs keep her busy while writing is a great way for her to wind down and destress.





Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Magic of Books- Angela Scavone


CELEBRITY STATUS
by Angela Scavone

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Pearman Literary Publishing



Famous Hollywood actress, Elizabeth Stanfield, has a glamorous lifestyle with a lavish house, glittery parties, a people magazine's fifty most beautiful people fiance and best friend Billy Stone - Famous actor, producer and secret organized crime enforcer.


Everything is not as it seems...Elizabeth's fiance cheats on her, a studio head and director are hell bent on making her life miserable and it gets harder to keep her secrets protected.


The only good thing in her life is Billy, their budding romance, and connections that give them freedom to do whatever they want in Hollywood.


Will their connections be enough to keep their secrets hidden and Celebrity Status safe or are they doomed to be torn down?





“So, Mr. Stone.” I seductively moved towards him. “When do you have to be back on set?” I stood in front of him.



“Well, Miss. Stanfield.” Taking a cue from me, he put his hands on my hips and began to pull me towards him. “I don’t have to be back there for another hour.”



“Really?” I allowed myself to be pulled forward. Putting a knee on the couch on either side of his hips, I straddled him and sat on his lap. “Neither do I.”



With my hands on either side of his face, I bent down and kissed him. He pulled me closer and began undoing my blouse, slowly, one agonizing button at a time.



As I kissed him, I started to work on the button of his pants. Once I got that opened, I pulled my shirt off to speed up the process.



“A little impatient?” He laughed as I pulled his shirt over his head.



“Uh, yeah, we only have an hour.”



“Elizabeth, trust me, that’s plenty of time.”



I began kissing his neck. I could feel his arm muscles tighten as he began work the back clasp of my bra.



I moved from his neck, to his shoulder, to his collarbone, and then down to his chest. I was continuing my descent when there was a knock on the trailer door.



“Go away,” Billy commanded to the intruder.



“Billy, we need to talk.” Sonny’s voice came from the other side.



Without hesitation, I continued my journey down to his stomach as I slid off him and knelt on the floor between his knees.



“Not now, Sonny.” Billy took in a sharp breath as I circled his belly button.



“I’m not asking again.” Sonny sounded angry. “I need to speak with you and Elizabeth now. I do not like to be kept waiting.”



“Oh, for God’s sake,” I said, extremely irritated, and stood up. I quickly threw on my blouse and began buttoning it up as I opened the door.



“What do you want?” I asked angrily.



Behind me Billy was buttoning up his pants and trying to find his shirt.



“Oh God,” Sonny exclaimed as he walked in. “Is this what I have to watch out for every time I come to see you guys?”



“Well, if you had listened to Billy and left us alone, you wouldn’t be witnessing this, would you?”



“What are you doing?” Sonny ignored my snarky comment and asked Billy.



“I can’t find my shirt.”



I looked around and it was on the opposite side of the trailer on the floor. I must have really flung it when I took it off him.



“It’s over there.” Sonny pointed it out.



Billy looked to where it was but didn’t move from the couch. “It’s okay, I don’t really need it right now,” he said as he crossed his legs.



“Oh God,” Sonny repeated. “I don’t know if I can handle this.”



I laughed at Sonny’s discomfort and threw Billy his shirt.



“So?” I said to Sonny. “What was so urgent that you had to bust in here?”



“We have a problem.”



“Yes, I know,” I sarcastically answered. “We now only have forty-five minutes until we are due back on set and I should be underneath Billy by now.”



Sonny made a face.



Angela lives in Ontario, Canada sharing her home with her father and her two much-loved pups. She currently works for the Board of Education behind the scenes supporting and analyzing student data, however, in her spare time, apart from her avid love of storytelling, she likes to read, spend time with family and friends and concoct dairy free recipes from scratch. Sometimes she wins some, and sometimes she loses some – tofu, banana and peanut butter pudding we are looking at you.


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