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Monday, September 20, 2021




by David Scott 




GENRE: Autobiography






For thousands of years, stars have held our attention and imagination. They influence our life—we wish upon them, sing songs about them, navigate by them, write about them, follow them, and even give their name to the actors we love. My memories have revealed a lifetime of navigating by the stars, and moving beyond the fear and anxiety that self-doubt so insidiously cloaks us in. Yes, as Jiminy Cricket sang for us in Walt Disney's Pinocchio, "when you wish upon a star . . . fate steps in and sees you through."


Memories and influences have a profound effect on our lives. I look back on my childhood years—the 1940s to mid-'50s—and I can recall the people who were inspirational to me. Mostly it was my family, but there was also Jiminy Cricket. You no doubt recollect the song "When You Wish Upon a Star," with its lyrics that lift the spirit and let you believe anything is possible. I didn't doubt Jiminy for a minute.


The early years of my life were a time of innocence, security, adventure, and family love. How quickly my situation changed—one decision by my parents, made with my best interests foremost in their thoughts, shattered the world I had known. Through the fear, torment, isolation, and loss of my own identity, my memories and influences would come to have an overwhelming power on the choices I was to make.


My transition from teenager to adult seemed to happen overnight, but my unflappable outward appearance belied the struggles of a boy coming to terms with his guilt, and an irresistible need for his parents to be proud of him. My future was being shaped from the past, but it took me a long time to realise it. I chose the road less travelled, steeped in the wonder of the cinema and accompanied by my beloved animal companions, and it has been intriguing, daunting, rewarding, and, at times, solitary, but I always felt it was the path I was meant to take.


Like so many people, I let the emotions attached to memories hold me captive, and I missed opportunities to choose with more clarity. A near-death experience helped me to live a simpler life. Participating in a creative writing course inspired me to engage in script writing, stage work, and novel writing. This is my third book, an autobiography that has revealed more of me than I ever intended to share, and fate has led you to it.







Talking about one’s conception with a parent sounds bizarre, but it happened quite innocently while Mum was staying at a thoroughbred horse stud I ran in the eighties.


My house was on a hilltop surrounded by paddocks, a brilliant location for observing mares about to foal but physically draining as it entailed walking up and down sloping ground. Mum had called out that afternoon tea was ready, and by the time I had trudged up the hill for the umpteenth time that day I was whinging about its steepness.


“It’s odd you don’t like hills,” she murmured, immediately busying herself with pouring tea.


Now, I wasn’t going to let an intriguing comment like that pass without explanation, so I pestered her until I had dragged out a sanitised version of what she’d referred to.


My parents had gone rabbiting by themselves while my siblings were at school, choosing Nine Mile Hill for the venture—an ingenious name the locals came up with because it is nine miles out from the town of Wodonga in south-eastern Australia.


The ferret Dad had sent down a burrow refused to come out, so while he decided whether to dig or smoke it out, he joined Mum on the picnic blanket. I imagine with his ferret loose an amorous glint appeared in his eye.


The rest is history—mine.





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David Scott is a playwright, director and novelist – among other things. His career included forty years as a film exhibitor; establishing a horse stud; managing a motel; working in the hospitality industry, and a few other experiences along the way. David’s latest book, Stargazer, is an autobiography highlighting the value of family, ingenuity, bravado, old-fashioned common sense, colourful characters and unfailing good humour. From rural towns in Victoria and New South Wales, to the mountain life in Queensland, the constant has been faithful canine companions, perseverance and a joy for living.








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Saturday, September 18, 2021

Saturday Sample and Weekend Writing Warriors


Welcome to Saturday Sample and Weekend Writing Warriors. Today I'm sharing  excerpts from Return Engagement, my first book about the Lovinggood family. I've already shared some of the first part so I'll be doing a little jumping around. First a blurb, then that excerpt. Oh, and on Sunday when you finish here go to for more excerpts from a talented group of authors.


Elizabeth Lane is one lucky woman. She has it all-money, fame, a satisfying career and a devoted fiancé. Her humble beginnings are all but obscured, but she isn't the kind of woman Senator Henry Lovinggood wants for his son, Richard. Senator Lovinggood plans to make Richard the President of the United States; he'll need a woman from a wealthy, powerful family by his side. Ten years ago the senator broke Richard and Elizabeth up, but this time it won't be so easy, for Elizabeth wants to know what might have been. This time she'll fight back, a struggle which ultimately leads to kidnapping and attempted murder and alienates her from the man of her dreams.

Last Weeks Excerpt:

“I’m sure she does, but she came anyway, honey. Maybe she thought she could help you and Richard patch things up.” 

“I doubt it.” Elizabeth scowled ferociously. “She probably wants to fuss at me because I’m not living with him.” 

“You’ve had weeks to think about it,” Mrs. Lane pointed out. “Have you decided to get a divorce?”

Elizabeth’s shoulders drooped. “No, I haven’t made up my mind about anything.”

Hastily, she changed the subject. She didn’t want to even think about Richard, much less talk about him. “I’m starving, Mother,” she hinted.

Mrs. Lane rolled her eyes. “I knew you wouldn’t talk to me. In that one respect you do resemble your father. He had an absolute genius for dodging unpleasant confrontations, but in this case ignoring the problem won’t make it go away. Your husband isn’t the kind of man you can dismiss and pass off to your lawyers. No, Richard’ll demand a face-to-face meeting, and if things don’t go his way I shudder to think what he might do.”

Elizabeth scrambled out of bed. “I have to go to the bathroom. ”

This week's excerpt:

The doorbell rang just as she joined her mother in the kitchen. She looked out the window and saw a blue delivery van sitting in the driveway. “Who’s that?” she asked. Her heart had picked up a little speed. Ever since the kidnapping, unexpected happenings made her nervous.

“I’ll go see,” Mrs. Lane said. She returned with a huge bouquet of roses.

Elizabeth fumbled for the card which had accompanied the flowers. “They’re probably from Alex. He knows how I love roses, but I’m surprised he’d send red. He knows I like yellow ones better.”

She read the card and wished she hadn’t. She should simply have ignored it. “They’re from Richard, right?” Mrs. Lane asked.

“Yes, how did you know?”

“Look at the envelope. Only one person would have sent the roses to Elizabeth Lovinggood instead of Elizabeth Lane.” 

Elizabeth passed the card to her mother as her stomach knotted. The vague, ill-defined anxiety she had lived with for the last six weeks threatened to choke her. She had wondered how long Richard would leave her alone, and now she knew. She only prayed he wouldn’t arrive in person a few minutes from now.

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Friday, September 17, 2021

The Lady and the Texan


The Lady and the Texan

by Bobbi Smith 




GENRE: Historical Romance (Sequel to Lady Deception)






The Lady and the Texan


The Lady


A firebrand since the day she was born, Amanda Taylor always stood up for what she believed in. Growing up in Texas, she could ride and shoot with the best of the boys before being sent back East for a more refined education. A firm believer in women’s rights, she was not going to let any man control her—especially a man like the rough-and-ready gunslinger Jack Logan, who had been sent by her father to escort her safely back to Texas.


The Texan


After a deadly run-in with the infamous El Diablo, Jack Logan left the Texas Rangers, no longer able to trust his instincts—or any woman. He knew Dan Taylor’s daughter was trouble, and yet her defiant spirit only spurred his hunger for her. Jack discovered that keeping the dark-haired tigress at bay was a lot harder than outsmarting the outlaws who were after him—and surrendering to the sweet fury in her arms was a heck of a lot riskier.






Jack Logan was not in the best mood as he stared out the window of his hired carriage. He’d thought it would be simple, traveling to Philadelphia to escort Amanda Taylor back to Texas to her father. He’d made it to the Randall home, but had been informed that Amanda was spending the night at a friend’s home. He’d headed there, only to discover she wasn’t there either. The servant had given him an address where the young women had gone and now as the carriage drew to a stop in front of a bar, Jack shook his head in disbelief. He had no idea what Amanda Taylor would be doing here.


There was a crowd gathered, and he could hear shouts coming the bar. He hurried inside. The sight that greeted him left him stunned. Six axe-wielding women were smashing every table, glass and bottle of liquor in the saloon.


“Down with demon liquor!” one woman shouted.


“What the hell is going on?” the bartender bellowed.


“We are here to save souls!” the women of the temperance movement responded.


Jack pulled out the tintype Dan had given him of Amanda. If one of these battleaxes was Amanda Taylor, he had to get her out of there fast.


The bartender snatched up a bottle of whiskey from the counter when a raven-haired woman confronted him. 


“Put that bottle down!” she ordered. “We’re here to destroy this blight upon our land!”


“You swing that axe and I’m sending for the law!” 


She did and he did.


“You men! Get the constable!”


Several men bolted out the door to get help.


Jack recognized the woman as Amanda, and he knew he had to make his move now. The last thing he wanted to do was bail her out of jail. True, she was armed and might prove dangerous, but he’d dealt with worse than her before and survived.


“I’ll handle her.” Jack’s tone was so deadly and serious, the bartender stopped his advance.


Amanda lifted her axe again to shatter another bottle, and Jack made his move. He snared her around the waist and jerked her back against him, twisting the weapon out of her grip.


“Unhand me, you fiend!” Amanda cried out in alarm as she found herself pinned against a hard male body in an unyielding grip.


“Shut up!” he ground out, tossing her axe aside.


Amanda fought him with all her might, but his strength was overpowering.


Time was of the essence, so Jack gave up the effort to treat her like a lady. He picked her up and tossed her over his shoulder. She went still, and he smiled grimly as he disappeared out the door with her. He had to get her back to Texas to her father.




AUTHOR Bio and Links:


After working as a department manager for Famous-Barr, and briefly as a clerk at a bookstore,

Bobbi gave up on career security and began writing. She sold her first book to Zebra in 1982.

Since then, Bobbi has written over 40 books and 6 novellas. To date, there are more than five

million copies of her novels in print. She has been awarded the prestigious Romantic Times

Storyteller Award and two Career Achievement Awards. Her books have appeared on the New

York Times Best Seller List, the USA Today Best Seller List and the Wal-Mart Best Seller List.

The rights to Ms. Smith’s books have been sold to China, France, Germany, India, Israel,

Russia and Sweden. Bobbi has also written two faith-based contemporary novels – Haven and

Miracles – using the pseudonym Julie Marshall.


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Thursday, September 16, 2021

French Kiss

                                                                 FRENCH KISS

by Gloria J. Goldsmith




GENRE:  Contemporary Romance






I was DONE! I ditched graduation, dumped my repressed college boyfriend, and dropped my sexual insecurities for a wild ride with Destiny. Unpredictable Fate beckoned with a European adventure!


In a chance encounter, I met Jean Louis. From the instant we met, the dashing young Frenchman soothed my bruised heart, rejuvenated my spirit, and convinced me that leaving my old life was no mistake. Together, we set out to explore southern France.


Jean Louis was torn from my life almost as quickly as he had entered it, yet leaving the haunting memory of his caress permeating my every thought. Driven by love and passion, I journeyed to find my lover, even if it meant scouring all the hidden corners of France. 


Would I ever reunite with the man I believe to be my one true soulmate? Would I ever hear him say he feels the same for me as I do him? What twist of Fate will it take for me to find him?







There was only one window in the room, which had no screen. To keep out the bugs, we closed the shutter, which still allowed some air inside. That evening, I slept on the couch, right below the window, and the guys lay on the cement floor. The males had no blankets or sleeping bags, but at least they were out of the rain.


Some hours into the night, I was dreaming of Luke. Luke, who loved to tease me by fondling me when I was asleep, by touching my cheek or blowing a strand of hair or slowly stroking my hand. I smiled and wiggled my fingers, and he responded. It was so lovely to feel his antics. I missed his night tricks. His hand was trailing up my arm, and soft lips kissed my palm. Luke. So romantic. Always waking me with kisses.


I let out a sigh, slowly drifting my eyes open. It seemed it had been forever since Luke had brushed my cheek or held me close. I longed for his warmth. 


The room was so dark, I couldn’t see a thing. I wasn’t on the waterbed. My heart pounded with alarm. Where am I? My arm was hanging over the side of a couch. Where the hell am I? It was pitch-black. 


The fingers tickled a bit more with a kiss on my arm, then came a whisper. Was I dreaming? Or awake? The whisper came again.


I whispered back, “What?” I felt the side of the bed depress. The murmuring voice was now by my face.


“J’ai froid.”




“Oui. J’ai froid.” 


This wasn’t Luke. Not my Luke. A bolt of recognition struck me hard as I comprehended. I didn’t recall his name, it did sound something like Luke, and it was the French guy Marc had brought in from the rain.


My high school French was twisting my brain cells to recall…J’ai means I am, right is droite, left is gauche…and a left faucet is chaud, which means hot, and right is froid—COLD. He is cold!


I patted the couch, and he squeezed onto the settee with me. He cuddled his arms around me, kissed my cheek, and we returned to slumber.


 All three of us woke as the morning sunlight pierced the slits of the shutter. They bounced off the wall and into the room. We had some tea before the two men left. Around dinner time, Jean Louis returned alone, with sandwiches and chocolates. I had unknowingly passed another sex attraction test.


Constrained by the lack of English language skills, Jean Louis spoke very few words. I am an excellent mimic, but my French language skills were limited. 


After dinner, sipping our tea, Jean Louis turned to me.


“I wants stay wis you.” I wasn’t sure exactly what that meant. For the evening? Sleep on the floor? Sleep with me?


“En bas?” I tapped the floor with my foot.


“Si je dois. Je préfère avec toi.”


I wasn’t sure about all the words, but the last two, avec toi, meant “with you.”

A Word With the Author


1. Did you always want to be an author?

Yes, it was always a secret desire. I wrote in journals and diaries as a child. But with little privacy, I stopped until I was considerably older. I had written several of the stories down that first year after returning from Europe. They seemed to be minor individual incidents. When I decided to write a love story that takes place in Europe, I checked to see if those stories would work. Many of them did fit and were incorporated into the book. I will let the readers determine for themselves what is fact and what they believe is imagination.


2. Tell us about the publication of your first book.

French Kiss is my first contemporary romance. This story is close to my heart, so I decided to use a professional editor. Plus, a cover and interior designer. I am impressed with their skills and how much it compliments my work. 


3. Besides yourself, who is your favorite author in the genre you write in?

I actually write in two genres, contemporary and historical romance. My favorites authors in contemporary romance are Nora Roberts and Patricia McLinn. In the historical romance genre, I enjoy Sarah MacLean, Brenda Hiatt, and Bree Wolf. 

Sarah MacLean is a particularly clever and exciting writer. I try to emulate her, especially by using all the senses in scenes. She is a master at it.



4. What's the best part of being an author? The worst?

The best part of being an author is using my rather large imagination and creating many different scenarios. And you are never without something to do.

Unless you have gobs of money to spend on people doing marketing services, many of us have to figure out how to create our own websites. Beyond that is managing the marketing of our books regularly. We would prefer instead to be writing the idea that is burning our brain cells to get out. I know waaaay too much about Word Press, Elementor, and Astra, and yet never enough to make changes without asking Support Services for help.


5. What are you working on now?

I love incorporating historical facts into a story. It makes the characters even more believable when dealing with the societal and political reality and how it affects them. 

I soon begin the first round of editing my historical romance. This is a series, and the first is That Wylde Woman! Here is a short description: 

Marleigh Barret, the American daughter of the Earle of Wylde, rides her stallion astride, is deadly accurate with a shepherd’s sling, fences with stamina and strategy, and has become an astute businesswoman. 

Independent and headstrong, Marleigh uses a commerce perspective with marital suitors in England. That is until the loathsome attention from an unwanted Lothario is quickly dispatched by a disarming Duke. 





AUTHOR Bio and Links:


As a Special Education teacher, I became fascinated by the English language. I still marvel at how it changes and expands over time. My most pleasurable teaching moments were showing children how a wondrous story can take their imaginations to other times, places, even other worlds. When the pandemic began, I started my first foray into publishing a nonfiction book, The Sensible Parent’s Little Homeschooler Handbook.


My secret pleasure-writing has always been focused on romance. French Kiss is a Contemporary Romance based on a fictionalized version of experiences during eighteen months of living and working abroad before the formation of the European Union. 


Next year, my first Historical Regency Romance That Wylde Woman will be published.  It has allowed me to indulge my curiosity and enthusiasm for history by incorporating in the storyline a historical geologic event which affected weather and farming and even how England’s war with Napoleon impacted clothing styles.







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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The Rewired Series: The Recruiter and Deeply Rooted Dreams


The Rewired Series: The Recruiter

by Alexander Mukte




GENRE: Mystery/Thriller Sci-fi




BLURB:  The Rewired Series


Series Blurb:


This is a fantastic, genre-bending series that weaves together the best mystery, visionary, and speculative fiction elements. With characters that span across books and time, The Rewired Series explores what plagues humanity and the impact each person can have while leaving you with the promise of a better tomorrow. Alexander Mukte wraps all of these themes inside edge-of-your-seat, engaging mysteries with larger-than-life characters you’ll want to revisit again and again.


Blurb:  The Recruiter


A fast-paced and thought-provoking mystery that will keep you on your toes until the very end. The Recruiter is an entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable start to the series, full of intriguing twists and turns.


Leslie may be an idealist, but she's no fool. She trusts her boss, Ori, implicitly. He has vision, principles, and a way with people. When a bomb is detonated at work, she finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of events. All of a sudden, their lives are on the line, and every choice matters.


Is Ori who she thinks he is? Why would anyone want to hurt him? And how do they get out of this mess? Leslie doesn't have it all figured out, but what becomes clear is that there's a lot the world doesn't know about Ori Clayborn.


Jessica is driven to make a difference by uncovering the truth. Investigative reporting is her life. One day she gets a unique assignment that leads her back to her hometown and into Ori's orbit. What will she find, and what's her role in this?


The Recruiter is a captivating, imaginative story that draws you in deeper and deeper, page-by-page. Alexander Mukte creates a universe that pulls you in and doesn't let you go.

Blurb - Deeply Rooted Dreams:


This bold and compelling sequel is an evocative page-turner on the journey to a better future.


Since her encounter with Ori years ago, Jessica, an investigative journalist, has continued her mission to print the truth that the world needs to hear. Her pursuit has led her to meet with a source, Zach Carver, a leading mind at Singularity Group. The meeting goes awry, and Jessica awakens to find that she has a gap in time and memory and that Zach is now missing. 


What happened? Who is responsible? And how can she help Zach? It is imperative that Jessica find out, and to her surprise, Ori has reappeared to help her do just that.


Malik, an intelligent and inventive young man, is determined to find a way to overcome the virus that has impacted the world. When he crosses paths with powerful people at Confidence Biotech, the leading treatment and contact tracing company, they take an unusual interest in him. Then, all of a sudden, they paint Malik as public enemy number one, forcing him to go on the run. 


What do they want from him, and does this mean that he is close to discovering something they couldn't? 



Deeply Rooted Dreams is the second installment of The Rewired Series, unveiling more of the universal trial that Ori alluded to in The Recruiter. Alexander Mukte's second novel creates an even more intricate world, striking an engaging balance of mystery and wonder.




EXCERPT: from The Recruiter


Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?” 


Martin Luther King Jr. 




“Did you think we were going to let you get away with it?” The man’s voice was both incredulous and triumphant. The light from the full moon began to fill the room as Ori’s eyes adjusted. He inhaled deeply. The man continued as if he was talking to himself, “We knew you were up to something. Did you actually think that you stood a chance?” Ori surveyed the room. He squinted to focus on his surroundings. 


“Are you listening to me?” the man continued speaking while Ori remained silent, not acknowledging him. Ori made out three bodies in the room with him: one talking, one holding a flashlight, and a third one close to what looked like the door. 


The shack was an old cabin but was well built. No lights were turned on, nor was there a fire burning, so as not to attract any unwanted attention. The natural moonlight was perfect to illuminate most of the space. In the areas where the moonlight did not reach, there was the glow of a bright flashlight. This flashlight was suddenly pointed directly into Ori’s eyes.

A Word With the Author

 What is the sweetest thing someone has done for you?

My wife bought me a nice Italian leather journal with my initials embroidered on it. She gave it to me for Father's Day after our first son was born and said it was so I could write down my dreams for his future. At the time, I had begun writing my first novel but was not yet bold enough to say this would be my career. It was her way of showing me that she had complete confidence in me and supported my dream. It meant the world to me and helped solidify that this was the path for me. 

How would you spend ten thousand bucks?

If I could quiet my frugal side long enough, I would spend it on a luxurious vacation to Southeast Asia. I'm seeing first-class flights, great food, and massages on the beach. If my frugal side wins out, I would save it until I have enough to invest in a passive income stream like a rental property.

Where do you get your best ideas?

That's a good question. I'm not really sure. If I had to say something, I would say that I get my best ideas from being curious about the world around me and asking how things work and why. If I'm really interested in something, I'll get several books on the topic to learn more. Often that will spark an idea. Then I love to ask the question "What If," and I'll play out endless scenarios in my head until one feels right.

Lately, I've been spending a lot of time with my four-year-old. It's been great because it has made me realize that there's so much that I don't know. He asks questions about things that, in the past, I wouldn't have thought twice about. And, my desire to give him a correct answer leads me down the path of learning something new. There are several themes in Deeply Rooted Dreams, my second novel, that came from me hanging out with my kid. 

What comes first, the plot or characters?

I have two books out that are the first two installments of The Rewired Series. The primary plot came first for book one, though it was centered on one key character. It started with Ori, the visionary leader of a large private company, using his business to help "the little guy." Then someone tries to ruin him and everything he's built.

Then as I developed the plot further, both other plot lines and other characters began to take shape.  I started to see his lead counsel, Leslie, an FBI agent on the case, Evelyn, an investigative reporter, Jessica, and the list goes on. 

Many of these characters are in book two as well, and I had a little fun thinking about the different roles they could play. But again, it was a new primary plot that came first. This time, I wondered what if this virus could or was somehow meant to unite us?

While the plot comes to me first, I try to put equal attention on that and on the characters. Since I spend so much time with the characters, it's essential to ensure that the characters are people who I would want to be around.  I figure, if I want to spend time with them, then other people will too. 

Across plot and characters, my ultimate goal is to create an engaging novel that stretches the imagination and hopefully stretches readers' perception of what's possible. 


What does your main character do that makes him/her special.

Ori can see things other people can't, about themselves, and about a chain of events and how actions spark different outcomes. There's more that makes him unique, but you'll have to read it to find out… no spoilers!



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Alexander had an active imagination his whole life, but it wasn’t until the birth of his son that he began putting the stories in his mind on paper. He wanted to be an example of someone pursuing his passion, dreaming big, and taking chances. 


Alexander loves people, their stories, and their backgrounds as well as what shapes them, how they think, and what they dream about. He has a passion for learning and is known by most as an intensely curious person who eagerly soaks up anything and everything he can. He dreamt of a career that allowed him to learn new things every day. In writing, he has found a life that allows him to do just that. 


After graduating with a degree in business, Alexander volunteered in the U.S. Peace Corps where he aided in creating sustainable small business ventures in Central America. Before taking this leap of faith, Alexander did Business Development and Consulting for large domestic and international companies. These experiences weave themselves into the characters, places and stories he creates.


An avid traveler, Alexander enjoys exploring new places with his family. He was raised in Southeastern Arizona, and now calls Georgia home, along with his wife and two sons.  


The Recruiter is Alexander’s first novel, though perhaps the 39th in his mind. We hope you enjoy it, and Deeply Rooted Dreams, as much as we have.


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