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Setting for Bleeding Willows

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Growing up on the south side of Chicago, I remember hearing tales of devil worshippers heading to Bachelor's Grove Cemetery to pay their respects to Satan.  It creeped me out, yet I was also very curious and wanted to investigate.  This autumn I've decided I will visit the cemetery and will update when I do.

I did NOT take these photos. They come from this website: https://brothertom.wordpress.com/category/graves/

But this abandoned and haunted cemetery has inspired the setting for Between the Bleeding Willows, my current work-in-progress novel.  Cassidy, the main character, lives in Homer Glen, IL, as I did growing up. She will find her life forever changed when she wanders into the cemetery. Welcome to Bachelor's Grove!



Happy Fall! Here's a teaser from Bleeding Willows

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I love fall, absolutely the best time of year in my book.  The trees are painted different colors, the air is crisp and cold - leaves you cuddling in your favorite sweater or blanket.  So to celebrate the First Day of Fall and the half way mark in my new MS Between the Bleeding Willows...here's the last bit written from Chapter 12.  Where will we go from here????

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“Thanks for everything Casper.  You’ve been amazing.  Oh, here’s your book back, I didn’t have time finish it.” “No, keep it – you need to finish it, it’s a great story.” “Are you sure? I hate for you not to have it.” He put the book in my hand and closed my fingers around it.
“I’m sure.” I leaned over the table and gave him a hug. We cleaned our plates and walked to the Center – he had his arm around me and I knew I would miss this feeling of closeness, would miss my friend Casper. The Center was dim, lit with candles along the wall –peaceful. We entered the room and saw Jackson, Killian, Angeline, and Lena staggered…

Giveaway! Win an ebook copy of Rarity, the YA Romance by D.A. Roach!

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A love story and a devastating diagnosis...Rarity.

This Is THE Book You Should Read This Weekend!

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Need a Read for this weekend that will  make you laugh and cry?


It's not your typical teenage romance...

Get Rarity today and fall in love with the book that others are raving about.
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Have You Seen This Girl? Flocksdale Files #1

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HAVE YOU SEEN THIS GIRL?  Author: Carissa Ann Lynch Series: Flocksdale Files #1
Publisher: Limitless Publishing - SYNOPSIS - Wendi Wise is a troubled young woman who snorts her breakfast through a straw and spends more time in rehab than in the real world… 
Her life is seemingly out of control.
But now she has a plan.
That plan involves a sharp set of butcher knives. 
She's going back to where all of her troubles began…
Flocksdale.
Wendi was lured away from a local skating rink, at the age of thirteen, and held captive in a place she calls 'The House of Horrors.' Dumped off blindfolded on the side of a dirt road, Wendi soon discovered that she was addicted to the drugs they fed her while she was captive. 
Too scared to go home, and having a new habit to deal with, she hopped on a bus, vanishing from the family she loved. 
Vanishing from Flocksdale…
The town of Flocksdale is littered with fliers with a grainy image of young Wendi, and the words 'Have You Seen This Girl?' w…

2 Author events this week - all are invited!

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Please join me at these two fun author events! All are welcome!
Heavenly Sent Book Promotions Multi-Author Scavenger Hunt Taking place throughout 9/4-9/11 Hunt, solve riddles, win prizes, and uncover new authors – all are welcome!
https://www.facebook.com/events/162015227464109/
And... Saturday evening I'm taking over Jennifer Cleary Roche, Author page!  My time slot is from 9:30-10PM.  I'll talk about my inspiration for Rarity, have a contest and a chance to win a $25 amazon gift card AND a chance to win a signed copy of Rarity!  Come join the fun!
Epic End of Summer Celebration for 500+ Likes 9/5 from 7pm-midnight EST
https://www.facebook.com/events/1619536028325462/


Bitter Sweet! Need a new read...I got one for you!

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★★#OneClick★★
Bitter Sweet by Author Jennifer Labelle is available on Amazon!

✯ #oneclick →→ http://amzn.com/B00YYFVIDK ✯ Publisher: LIMITLESS PUBLISHING
★✯SYNOPSIS✯★
An accident on a rain-slicked highway leaves Jenna Baker alone… 

Jenna is scarred, confused and vulnerable after surviving an accident that took her husband’s life. After a year of mourning Tyler and struggling to raise their son on her own, Jenna’s best friend whisks her off to fulfill her lifelong dream of visiting Ireland. She never dreamed her trip would include a self-appointed tour guide in the form of a sexy Irishman with piercing blue eyes and a smile that promises to fill her empty heart. 

Brady Connelly is irresistibly drawn to the lovely, broken Yank…

Our Stories of Strength review & interview!

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Having a child that was diagnosed with a rare disorder, Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, has been a life changing experience.  One of the challenging aspects of being diagnosed with it is finding a support system, people with like minds who face similar challenges.  We find support in online groups and within our personal family but outside of that, it can feel pretty isolating.  Recently a book entitled Our Stories of Strength was released - it too has helped us feel not alone in our journey.

Our Stories of Strength is a fascinating book that I hope all doctors, med students, teachers, therapists, and patients with silent disorders pick up.  It is a collection of personal stories from patients that are challenged with various types of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.  The stories are not depressing but rather show how each patient overcame the difficulties they faced - how they rose above a diagnosis and it's limitations.  The stories are told by children and adults - the editing is spot …