<![CDATA[Brenda Sparks| Award-Winning Romance Author - Blog]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:27:38 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[#WednesdayWisdom: The Secret of Success Is To Have Great Friends!]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMThttp://brenda-sparks.com/blog/wednesdaywisdom-the-secret-of-success-is-to-have-great-friends]]><![CDATA[#WednesdayWisdom: The Secret of Success Is Don't Settle for the Norm!]]>Wed, 31 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMThttp://brenda-sparks.com/blog/wednesdaywisdom-the-secret-of-success-is-dont-settle-for-the-norm]]><![CDATA[#WednesdayWisdom: The Secret of Success Is To Respect Yourself!]]>Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMThttp://brenda-sparks.com/blog/wednesdaywisdom-the-secret-of-success-is-to-respect-yourself]]><![CDATA[#WednesdayWisdom: The Secret of Success Is To Take New Chances This New Year]]>Wed, 03 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMThttp://brenda-sparks.com/blog/wednesdaywisdom-the-secret-of-success-is-to-take-new-chances-this-new-year]]><![CDATA[#WednesdayWisdom: The Secret of Success Is To Be Grateful!]]>Wed, 20 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMThttp://brenda-sparks.com/blog/wednesdaywisdom-the-secret-of-success-is-to-be-grateful]]><![CDATA[Chandler County Series blog Tour]]>Tue, 19 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMThttp://brenda-sparks.com/blog/chandler-county-series-blog-tour
Title: Missing Desire
Author: PJ Fiala
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Rolling Thunder Publishing
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR

Can love overcome the insecurities of the past?
Nita Brown is a big, beautiful, resilient woman. She’s endured the loss of a husband, the trials of raising three kids, and the joy of purchasing and running of her own business. But dealing with the issues her son has brought home at the same time meeting a man who sees her for who she is, now this just might bring her to her knees.
Chuck Layton is new in town. He followed his boss, Levi, to Bourbonville to continue working in his newly found profession. Learning the security business has helped him over-come the insecurities his father drilled into him his whole life, and this new case is honing his skills. But, just as he’s figured out what he wants to do with his life he finds he must weigh his livelihood against his growing love of Nita. Chuck has some decisions to make.
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36397487-missing-desire

Author Bio: 
Writing has been a desire my whole life.  Once I found the courage to write, life changed for me in the most profound way. Bringing stories to readers that I'd enjoy reading and creating characters that are flawed, but lovable is such a joy.
When not writing, I'm with my family doing something fun.  My husband, Gene, and I are bikers and enjoy riding to new locations, meeting new people and generally enjoying this fabulous country we live in.
I come from a family of veterans. My grandfather, father, brother, two sons, and one daughter-in-law are all veterans. Needless to say, I am proud to be an American and proud of the service my amazing family has given.
Author Links:
Website: www.pjfiala.com\
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pjfiala1
Twitter: www.twitter.com/pfiala
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/pattifiala/designing-samanthas-love
Instagram:  https://instagram.com/patti_fiala/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7866768.P_J_Fiala
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/2oPfOcY
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/116973848613644291786/posts
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/pattifiala
LibraryThing: http://www.librarything.com/profile/PJFiala
You Tube http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0_BBjvOwu8akytlEN8VQNw
Buy Link: 
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Barnes & Noble:  www.pjfiala.com/Books/MD-B&N
iBooks:  www.pjfiala.com/Books/MD-iBooks
Kobo:  www.pjfiala.com/Books/MD-Kobo
Google Play:  www.pjfiala.com/Books/MD-Google
Title: Missing the Gate
Author: Aubree Lane
Genre: Romantic Suspense

After a thirteen-year hiatus, Bella returns home to discover her aunt Lily high-strung and unpredictable, her dad a recovering alcoholic, and her inheritance in ruins.
When Bella learns her uncle vanished the same day she and her mother fled from her father’s abuse, she enlists her new love, Eli, to help her uncover the many mysteries of Able Manor.
It's generally assumed that Uncle Gordon is dead, but his body was never found. Could there be a connection between his disappearance and his wife’s erratic behavior? Who’s the stranger lurking around the property, and what precipitated the downfall of the once esteemed horse ranch?
Corruption and intrigue plague the small town of Bourbonville. Bella’s prosperous father wants her back in his life. She sees him as a way to bring her ranch back to its former glory, but the price of trusting him may cost Bella her life.
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36262062-missing-the-gate

Author Bio: 
Aubree Lane is a true story teller. This award-winning author has been writing in one form or another for most of her life and has loved every moment.
Aubree lives in the beautiful foothills of Northern California with her husband, two wonderful sons, and a super special peek-a-poo named Tanner. When not managing the pooper-scooper, Aubree can be found at one of her favorite vacation spots ranging anywhere from Lake Tahoe to Maui.
Her motto: Write Until Your Butt Hurts, And Your Eyes Are Crossed.
Author Links:
Amazon Author page: http://Author.to/AubreeLane
Twitter- @AubreeLane3: https://twitter.com/AubreeLane3
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AubreeLaneAuthor/
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Buy Links: 
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2AnFVxY
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/missing-the-gate
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/missing-the-gate/id1286500884?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/missing-the-gate-aubree-lane/1127117855;jsessionid=4FD6DD0F14E15CF3437577EDBA09BFEC.prodny_store02-atgap04?ean=9781537842646
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Aubree_Lane_Missing_the_Gate?id=KQA2DwAAQBAJ
Title: Missing My Heart
Author: Tina Susedik         
Genre: Historical Romance/Mystery

Time: 1975. Place: Bourbonville
After the death of the grandmother Ellie Farrell had lived with since she was sixteen, she is tasked with the job of cleaning out the over-packed house. When Ellie begins to find love notes and money from a Burt to Randi spanning over four decades, she sets out to find out who these people are and what they have to do with her. An unexpected check for $100,000 dollars delivered to her house, ramps up the mystery – especially when death threats begin to arrive.
Patton Trullinger, an investigative reporter, comes to Chandler County to research bootleggers for a book he’s contracted for. As a Vietnam veteran, he’s dealing with PTSD. When he meets Ellie, he finds her mystery too good to pass up.
Who are Burt and Randi? Who is sending death threats? Will Ellie and Patton’s love bloom as the mystery deepens?
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36548711-missing-my-heart

Author Bio: 
As a child, Tina Susedik always had stories floating around in her head, but had no idea those stories could be put down in book form as writing stories wasn't taught in her classes. One day her brother (yes, her brother) introduced her to Kathleen Woodiwiss’ The Flame and the Flower. Tina was hooked and a love of reading, and eventually writing romance, began. Besides her romances, she is also a non-fiction writer with seven history books in print. She also has written and published two children's books. She also writes under a pen name.
Tina has been married for forty-four years and lives in Northwestern Wisconsin. She has two children and five grandchildren. After careers in accounting and teaching (not necessarily at the same time), she found her career in writing is what fulfills her the most. When not writing, she loves camping, hiking, photography, reading, and playing with her five grandchildren.
She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Wisconsin Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime
Author Links: 
Blog: http://tinasusedik.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tinasusedik
Website: www.tina-susedik.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TinaSusedikAuthor/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1754353.Tina_Susedik
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/tinasusedik/
Newsletter: http://tinasusedik.us11.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=874ff86e3f10f756a138fbc3a&id=1cfdf516fc
Buy Links: 
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2zpiu3v
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/missing-my-heart-tina-susedik/1127117826;jsessionid=5CD8E0C53CD4F845C84F10DF52DB0729.prodny_store02-atgap03?ean=9781537842363
Ibooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/missing-my-heart-a-chandler-county-novel/id1286603051?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/missing-my-heart-a-chandler-county-novel
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Tina_Susedik_Missing_My_Heart_A_Chandler_County_No?id=0B82DwAAQBAJ
Title: Missing Home
Author: Stephany Tullis
Genre: Literature & Fiction - Religious & Inspirational Fiction - Inspirational
Contemporary Fiction – Religious – Christian – Clean Romance
Publisher: Diamond TK Publishing

When Dr. Jared Johnson's research project collapses, so does he. He tosses the funding rejection letter in his office wastebasket and his plans to marry the love of his life out the window.
The last thing he wants to do is return to his home town, Chandlerville, Kentucky. An unexpected call from his grandmother, a lifelong resident of the small town, convinces him that all things indeed happen for a reason and perhaps this is the right time to reestablish his roots and start anew.
When he arrives--single, with no intent to marry, he's shocked to learn that the town has unanimously approved his pastoral appointment to the newly refurbished 100-year-old Baptist church. Despite his divinity training, Jared never intended to pastor a church—not when his specialty is psychological profiling. 
As fate would have it, the evil spirits that begin to permeate the town and its good-hearted citizens shortly after his arrival challenge his technical skills, experience and community relationships. To complicate matters, a local angel finds herself in the eye of the storm causing Jared to re-evaluate his past and question his future.
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36408927-missing-home

Author Bio: 
In my world, there is no life without writing, traveling, family, music and my love of politics. My loves and interests are central to my writing.
I published my first novel The Master's Plan, A Novel in November 2013 (Edition 3 issued in 2016) and my first Christmas novel, 48 Hours 'Til Christmas, in November 2014. In 2015, I released Love, Peace & Joy: 3 Short Stories.
BLUE LADY (a short story) published in February 2015 launched my first series, The Angelica Mason Series. The first full installment in this series, entitled BLUE LADY'S Sweet Dreams was released July 2016 to be followed by BLUE LADY'S Mission Impossible in 2018.
In June 2016, I launched my second series (B.B.B.) with a novella entitled, Beach Baby Blues (part of an 11 author Beach Anthology, Stories of Sun, Sand and Sea). I hope to publish the sequel in this new series, entitled, Baby Boomer Blues by July 2017.
The sequel to The Master's Plan, entitled, Forgive, Forgotten, Forever is scheduled for release in the Fall of 2017.
I am pleased to partner with my friend and fellow author, PJ Fiala to sponsor the Chandler County multi-branded author series and will soon be releasing two books in this series. Missing Pieces is currently on pre-order with an April 11th 2017 release date and my second book in this new series is entitled Missing Chances and will be released in November 2017. Nine other authors will publish their books in this exciting endeavor during 2017. All books are based on our fictional towns, Chandlerville and Bourbonville Kentucky, 'where the unbridled spirit of romance roams'.
I live in Georgia with my family where I continue to write professionally and have published on Examiner.com as Atlanta's Society and Culture Examiner and in various health related peer review journals.
Author Links: 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Author-Stephany-Tullis-547681421950977/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/StephanyTullis
Blog: http://www.stephanytullis.com/blog
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/stephey630/
Web: www.stephany-tullis.com
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2kTDGKg
Readers Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/StephanyTullis/
Buy Links: 
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Title: Missing By A Heartbeat
Author: Lizbeth Selvig
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Dr. Victoria “Tori” Sterling is one of Kentucky’s youngest equine veterinarians, but she knows her way around race horse injuries better than vets with twice her experience. Scrupulously honest in a world where rule-bending is normal, Tori has fought to earn her reputation. She’s also learned the hard way that her animal-focused lifestyle is too hard for any man to understand much less share—so she wastes no energy looking for love relationships.
Trainer Winton Crosby has finally made it to his dream destination: the venerable Churchill Downs. With a gift for getting the best from his horses, his goal is to reach a big stakes race. It’s no easy task, however, when every member of his young staff has a record. But Winn was once a troubled teen, and along with his love of horses, he loves “his kids” and will do anything to help them succeed as he has.
Winn knows immediately he wants Tori Sterling on his side. She’s straight-talking, funny, smart, and passionate, and she makes his ever-restless spirit feel like it’s found home. But when a Derby-bound colt is targeted by a saboteur, and illegal acts mount up on Churchill Downs’ backside, Winn and his stable of misfits are prime suspects. He must convince Tori he’s not behind a tangled web of sabotage and a strange horse doping scandal.
Tori finds herself in a partnership with Winn that’s half detective team and all unexpected passion. But they’re soon racing against time. Someone is desperate to eliminate Tori and Winn’s investigating any way possible, and the two have to find out who before both of them lose their careers, their lives or, worse, their chance at love.
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36356003-missing-by-a-heartbeat
Author Bio: 
Award-winning author Lizbeth Selvig writes heartwarming contemporary romance. Whether set in a small town, on a huge western ranch, or at a Kentucky racetrack, her strong, fun and funny characters don’t mind poking at societal norms even while they’re finding their ways home to family and love. Lizbeth turned to fiction writing after working as a newspaper journalist and magazine editor, and raising an equine veterinarian daughter (handy, since there are usually too many horses in her stories) and a talented musician son (also handy because she’s been known to write about rock stars).  She shares life in Minnesota, where her first book series is set, with her best friend (aka her husband, Jan), an under-ridden gray Arabian gelding named Jedi, two human grandchildren, and her four-legged grandbabies of which there are over twenty, including a wallaby, three alpacas, a mammoth-eared donkey, a miniature horse, a pig, five dogs, six cats, and seven regular-sized horses (pics of all appear on her website www.lizbethselvig.com). In her spare time she loves to hike, quilt, read, and horseback ride. She also loves connecting with readers—so feel free to contact her any time!
Author Links:
Website: www.lizbethselvig.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lizbethselvigauthor
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/lizbethselvig
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/lizbethselvig
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5730878.Lizbeth_Selvig
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/lizbethselvigauthor
Newsletter:  http://eepurl.com/Lgsw9
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Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/2j1GPFQ
Buy Links: 
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ytx6O4
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/missing-by-a-heartbeat-lizbeth-selvig/1127136323?ean=2940154872796
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1288577288
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/missing-by-a-heartbeat-a-chandler-county-novel
Title: Missing Out
Author: Trish Edmisten
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Will she lose her heart along with her ranch?

Viola Belle doesn’t have time for love. Ever since her father’s death, Viola’s been doing everything she can to keep her family’s thoroughbred breeding business afloat. It hasn’t been easy, especially not when her biggest competition, Steele Horses, is stronger than ever. As much as Viola hates to admit it, Barron Steele, the cocky cowboy who owns Steele Horses, is as good at horse breeding as he is handsome. Barron’s good looks aside, Viola has no intention of falling for him. When it becomes obvious that someone’s trying to sabotage her struggling ranch, Viola has to consider the possibility that the man she would never admit that she wants may have something to do with it. Will the culprit be caught in time, or will Viola lose her ranch as well as her heart?
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36400023-missing-out
Author Bio: 
Trish Edmisten is the author of several novels, including Extraordinary Will, a Reader Views Literary Award Winner. Her work has appeared in Writer’s Journal, Creative With Words and A Long Story Short. Besides being an author, she holds a degree in criminology. Trish lives in Fresno, California with her husband and their teenage daughters. To learn more about Trish, visit her website www.trishedmisten.com. You can also follow her on Twitter, @trishthewriter and be sure you follow her blog trishthewriter@blogspot.com
Author Links:
Website: www.trishedmisten.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrishWritesRomance/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/trishthewriter
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/trishthewriter/
Buy Links: 
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ksyZpn
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/missing-out-trish-edmisten/1127157861?ean=2940154566152
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/missing-out-a-chandler-county-novel/id1290575217?mt=11
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/missing-out-a-chandler-county-novel
Title: Missing Alaska
Author: Charime MacFarlane
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Kentucky holds a surprise for a young Native Alaskan man on the run, a young girl with a desperate need to get far from Chandler County.

Russell is running from the mess he made in Alaska during Thanksgiving. By allowing his resentment of his mother and step-father’s living arrangement to motivate him, he hurt both his mother and step-sister’s feelings. A road trip far from Alaska seemed like the cure. But Kentucky holds a surprise for Russ.
Gentry is the youngest of four children. Her sister and middle brother both joined the military and left her home to care for her father. Augie Dane is a ginseng hunter with a drinking problem. His oldest son isn’t much better. Gentry is on the run when Russ almost runs her over on Bald Knob Road. Things are about to get hot in Chandler County. 
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/photo/36273644-missing-alaska-a-chandler-county-novel
Author Bio: 
I came to Alaska kicking and screaming in 1976, and I never want to leave. I cut firewood on shares for money to get through the winter. I swore I would not live above the Alaska Range because it was too cold there and wound up in the Copper River Basin where it got just a cold as Fairbanks.
My second husband, a Scot from Glasgow, was the love of my life. When I write Scots dialect, I experienced hearing it from my in-laws. Each time my husband got on the phone to Scotland after five seconds, I could hardly understand a word. I was my second husband's chief mechanic's helper and roadie.
I live in a cabin which is slowly being surrounded by the city and wish I were further out. My two cats and Husky-Collie mix dog are happy in our little slice of heaven called Alaska. In the silence of winter dreams of people and places provide a rich pool of ideas to explore.
As a reporter for the Copper Valley Views, Cherime MacFarlane received a letter of commendation from the Copper River Native Association for fair and balanced reporting.
Cherime won the Hardest Working Author Award from Author Classified.
Author Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCherimeMacFarlane/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CherimeMacFarla
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/7428820.Cherime_MacFarlane
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/2B2frQy
Google+: Cherime MacFarlane
Buy Links: 
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ytA1pP
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/missing-alaska-a-chandler-county-novel-cherime-macfarlane/1127130622?ean=2940154557143
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/missing-alaska-a-chandler-county-novel/id1287374074?mt=11&ign-itsct=1287374074-1287374074&ign-itscg=0177&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/missing-alaska-a-chandler-county-novel
Title: Missing Us
Author: Traci Wooden-Carlisle
Genre: Christian Romance with elements of suspense
Dr. Atherton Nathan, Terry, never imagined that the pact he made four decades ago would cost him what he treasured most – his family. Though he survived the slow disintegration of his marriage, he held fast to the hope that he could win back the only woman he ever loved.
His youngest daughter now has a life and love he has always wanted for her and their relationship has healed enough for her to allow him to give her away during her wedding.  He hopes the weeks he will spend in Chandler County to ensure her transition from her life and career in Chicago to Chandlerville before the nuptials will be enough to convince his wife…ex-wife of his love for her and hers for him.
Reina Fellows Nathan can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Her youngest daughter’s life is out of danger and Shauna is carving out her own path towards happiness. All Reina has to do is get through the weeks it will take to help her daughter plan her wedding and avoid her ex-husband. He nearly destroyed her once and despite some of the changes he’s recently made she dare not trust her heart to him.
Each day brings new challenges that work against her resolve to remain unaffected by her ex- husband’s attempts to court her again, but secrets, lies and a long-held pact that comes to light may make it impossible for a true reconciliation.
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36302195-missing-us
Author Bio: 
Traci Wooden-Carlisle began writing poetry and short stories as soon as she was able to form words on paper. She used that as a way to creating worlds, as well as, to communicate with God. A native of Los Angeles, California, she grew up attending United Methodist Church under the leadership of a pastor whose heart was for youth.
Once she finished college at she found herself at a loss. She felt caught in the transition between childhood and adulthood. She surrounded herself with saints and volunteered her services as a graphic artist. Through the early-morning prayer, all night Friday prayer and 3-day shut-ins she started on her journey toward her most desired gift, an intimate relationship with God.
Today, Mrs. Wooden-Carlisle lives in San Diego with her husband, David Carlisle. When she isn’t writing she teaches fitness classes and runs a jewelry and craft business.
Author Links:
website: www.tawcarlisle.com
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2yurrap
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/Author_TraciWCarlisle
Facebook: www.facebook.com/traciwoodencarlisle
Instagram: www.instagram.com/tawcarlisle
Bookbub - https://goo.gl/WMGebX
Twitter: www.twitter.com/traciwcarlisle
Pintersest: www.pinterest.com/tawcarlisle
Buy Links: 
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2o3JrIR
Barnes & Noble: http://tinyurl.com/bnmissingus
Kobo: http://tiny.cc/kobomissingus
<![CDATA[The Christmas Confection Release Blitz & Blog Tour]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMThttp://brenda-sparks.com/blog/the-christmas-confection-release-blitz-blog-tour
Title: The Christmas Confection
Author: Shanna Hatfield
Genre: Western, Victorian, Sweet, Holiday Romance
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR
Blurb: Will a sweet baker soften a hardened man's heart?
Born to an outlaw father and a shrewish mother, Fred Decker feels obligated to atone for the past without much hope for his future. If he possessed a lick of sense, he would pack up and leave the town where he was born and raised, but something... someone... unknowingly holds him there. Captivated by Hardman's beautiful baker, Fred fights the undeniable attraction. He buries himself in his work, refusing to let his heart dream.
Elsa Lindstrom adores the life she has carved out for herself in a small Eastern Oregon town. She and her twin brother, Ethan, run their own bakery where she delights in creating delicious treats. Then Ethan comes home unexpectedly married, the drunks in town mistakenly identify her as a missing harlot, and a mishap in the bakery leaves her at the mercy of the most gossiped-about man in Hardman.
Mix in the arrival of three fairy-like aunts, blend with a criminal bent on dastardly schemes, and sprinkle in a hidden cache of gold for a sweet Victorian romance brimming with laughter and heartwarming holiday cheer.
USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield writes character-driven romances with relatable heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian" while her contemporary works have been called "laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way."
Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, this hopeless romantic is out to make it happen one story at a time. When she is not writing or indulging in chocolate (dark and decadent, please), Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.
Shanna is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Romance Writers of America, Sweet Romance Reads, Cowboy Kisses, and Pioneer Hearts.
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Buy Link: Amazon: http://amzn.to/2iPdceI
The pleased grin on his face broadened. "Very well, Elsa."
Her knees wobbled at the sound of his deep voice saying her name, but she resisted the urge to grip the counter for support. "You said there were two things you wanted, in addition to cookies. What is the second?"
"It is a tiny little thing really," Fred said, tightly gripping his hat in both hands.
"A tiny little thing? Then I shall take great honor in bestowing whatever it is." Her gaze roved over the kitchen trying to imagine what in the world Fred could want. She had a jar of candy she sometimes used to decorate cakes and cookies. Perhaps he wanted one. "A piece of candy?" she asked.
Fred shook his head. "No, Elsa. It is sweeter than candy and far, far better."
Intrigued, she took a step closer to him. "What is it?"
He waggled his index finger, indicating she should step closer. When she stood so her skirts brushed against the toes of his boots, he tapped his cheek with the same finger. "A little sugar right here would be even better than ten batches of cookies."
<![CDATA[A Cemetery, a Cannibal and the Day of the Dead]]>Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMThttp://brenda-sparks.com/blog/a-cemetery-a-cannibal-and-the-day-of-the-dead
Title: A Cemetery, a Cannibal and the Day of the Dead
Author: CC Dragon
Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Cover Designer: Viola Estrella
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR

Title: A Cemetery, a Cannibal and the Day of the Dead
Author: CC Dragon

Deanna has seen a lot of wild paranormal and supernatural things in New Orleans. But grave robbers? Dead bodies exposed and pieces removed… Who would do that?
Could it be cannibals? Are these hate crimes? Mentally ill criminals? Or is it an elaborate hoax staged by Walking Dead fans?
The Day of the Dead and Halloween are a big deal in the Big Easy. Ghost and cemetery tours mean major business from tons of tourists. This desecration of old graves has to stop.
When the monsters turn out to be real and the dead are being disrespected, the supernatural balance is thrown into chaos. It’s up to Deanna and friends to lock down the paranormal crazy before the veil between the living and the dead is destroyed.
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A loyal Chicago girl who loves deep dish pizza, the Cubs, and The Lake, CC Dragon is fascinated by the metaphysical and paranormal.  She loves creating characters, especially amateur sleuths who solve mysteries. A coffee and chocolate addict who loves fast cars, she’s still looking for a hero who likes to cook and clean…so she can write more!
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A straight woman owning a drag club in the French Quarter might seem odd. After Katrina hit, there were some unexpected property opportunities. Only having Ivy around made it a smart move. She had the Long and Big Easy turning a profit and packed every night. The décor changed and now it was decked out for Halloween. Smoky grays and full moons. Neon orange and green lights marked the dancefloor.
As always, hot shirtless men served drinks. I walked in and found Greg at a corner table staring at the glass bar. Following his line of sight, I saw Gunnar talking with Ivy and a tall handsome man in drag. I’d seen a lot of drag but a black man dressed as a very pretty Marilyn Monroe was a first for me. He pulled it off well.
Before I was noticed by Ivy, I headed over to Greg. “That’s Brody?”
He nodded.
“You don’t like him? Her…what’s her drag name?” I asked.
“Brandy on the Rocks,” he replied.
“Okay then. What’s wrong with her?” I asked.
“I haven’t gone over. Ivy just does this all the time. Half of them she doesn’t bring here. She dates around,” he said.
“No law against that.” I knew Greg cared about his drag queen cousin. They were quite different but both adults.
“I worry about her. I want her protected. Another drag queen. In this political climate?” Greg asked.
“So, her getting married to a big burly guy is better?” I asked.
“Safer. Brody isn’t weak but lean. I keep looking at them. I think this might be the one.” Greg kept staring at them.
“Jealous? You can settle down whenever you want. Ex-priest wedding or gay wedding, I’m good with both.” I shrugged.
He smiled. “I can take care of myself.”
“Stern outer layer, always-so-tough Greg. Ivy wears her heart on her sleeve. Doesn’t mean she’s weaker than us. Sometimes she’s better at relating to people because she’s not pushing the emotions away.” I watched for a moment and saw what Greg saw.
The sparkle wasn’t just coming from Ivy. Brandy (aka Brody) stared at Ivy like she was a goddess.
“How long have they really been dating?” I asked.
“Gunnar asked around. Sounds like a couple of months at least. No one has a bad word to say about Brody, except an ex-boyfriend who seems bitter. He manages a bridal shop.” Greg sipped from a bottle of water.
“Sounds pretty normal for Ivy. Good.” I pulled out my phone and texted Ivy to let her know I was there.
Ivy looked around and I waved. She dragged Brandy over and Gunnar followed.
“Deanna, Greg, this is Brandy. Brody.” Ivy nodded.
“Nice to meet you.” I shook her hand.
Why were drag queen’s nails always so much better than mine? I needed to get to a salon. Her French tips had a pretty golden pattern over the nail.
“Hi, Greg. You’re Ivy’s cousin?” Brandy asked.
Her voice was a bit low but drag was about expression, not passing as the opposite sex. Still, it was a little jarring.
Greg nodded. “Yep. But she’s special and has a lot of friends.”
Brandy smiled. “The obligatory mess with my cousin and I’ll beat you up’? That’s sweet.”
Greg cleared his throat. “No. I’m not violent. I figured you’d know I used to be a priest. But she has a lot of friends who look out for her.”
“Including police,” I tossed in for fun.
“Be nice, you two.” Ivy smacked Greg’s shoulder.
“I already warned Brandy about Ivy’s inner circle.” Gunnar smiled.
My phone chimed and I checked it. A text from LeBlanc.
Just checking on you from last night. Feeling okay?
I replied: Fine. That was nothing.
A minute later my phone chimed. Where are you?
Was this guy serious? My club.
“Who are you texting now?” Ivy asked.
“LeBlanc. I had a vision last night at the cemetery and he got all freaked. He’s just supposed to be part of the clinic stuff. I don’t know why he’s following me around while I work.”
“He’s interested in you,” Gunnar said.
“No. He’s confused. Thinks he’s getting into business with a freaky psychic person. It’s fine. I should’ve taken you with me then he’d have left me alone,” I replied.
“Is he cute?” Brandy asked.
“Hot. Like reserved, stern Darcy hot.” Gunnar winked.
“He’s not.” I rolled my eyes.
“He’s hot.” Ivy took Gunnar’s side, of course.
I looked to Greg for support.
“I’m no expert on men’s attractiveness, but he seemed interested in you. More than just work. Or friendship. It’s subtle. He’s not obvious or crude. That’s good,” Greg encouraged.
Ivy grabbed my phone and started texting.
“What are you doing? Stop!” I ordered.
“I’m just giving him the address. He can come by and have a drink with friends. It’s a good test to see how a straight guy does in a gay bar,” Ivy insisted.
I got my phone back and reread the message. At least there were no crazy cutesy emojis in there. 

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