Friday, September 1, 2017


September 1, 2017

Grandparent’s Day is this month! We have two beautiful granddaughters who are sisters and as different as night and day. One blonde and one brunette. One in 3rd grade and one graduating from UW-Whitewater this winter. We love, adore, and are proud of our girls.

In this Issue:
©     Quote of the Month    
©     Check This Out
©     Featured Author   
©     New Releases
©     Upcoming Events
©     Coming Next Month

Quote of the Month“The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent.” ~~ Sam Levenson (American Author, 1911-1980)

Check This Out:  
First 5 star review for SIMPLY TO DIE FOR! “I really loved this book. I have read all of Maxine's books and this one is by far my favorite. All her books are great, but the mystery and excitement in simply to die for is just amazing! I can't wait for another book in this series because I must know if Jackie gets her HEA.” 
As well as this editorial review: Maxine Douglas combines the unlikely elements of a candy store, adult films, and murder into an entertaining Romantic Suspense. ~ Alicia Dean, Romantic Suspense Author


Featured Author:  Tony-Paul de Vissage
In my novel, Absinthe, I had deliberately written an epilogue which could lead into a sequel if I ever decided to write one…and my friend didn’t let me forget.
“So…when are you going to write a sequel to Absinthe?” she asked, out of the blue one afternoon.
“Probably never,” I replied, and continued with what I was doing, which was writing a chapter of my new novel.
“But…what about all the questions left unanswered?” she demanded.
“What questions?” I tried to pretend I didn’t know what she meant.
It didn’t work.
“What questions…?  Don’t play stupid. What happens when little David grows up? Are he and Rouge going to have the same relationship as Absinthe and the other Rouge? Will Étienne tell David about his father? And what about this twin sister? Where did that idea come from?” She caught my arm and shook it, jerking my hand from the keyboard which sent it nearly toppling from the typing shelf. I managed to catch it before it crashed to the floor. “Come on, don’t leave us hanging…there’s more to the story and you know it!”
I did know it…and as much as I tried to ignore it and work on something else, the idea had been buzzing around in my brain for a bit. I bowed to the inevitable and took up the threads where they’d been left hanging…and Essence of Absinthe was the result. 
Essence of Absinthe may be considered mild in comparison to its predecessor. Absinthe was a tale of obessesion; Essence of Absinthe is a story of possession, and how the desire for revenge can survive and fester and wreak itself upon the innocent.
I hope those reading the story will applaud the way I handled that.

When the Marquis de Vaurien takes his family from France to escape the revolution, he places his son David in mortal danger.
David’s resemblance to Étienne’s deceased eldest son, Absinthe, means more to one person than a mere likeness of features. Geneviéve, Absinthe’s mistress has pined twenty years for her young lover. Now, she has a chance to get him back…and she isn’t going to let death stop her.
In a short time, David’s living body will house the spirit of a dead man who wants once again to live…and love.
A woman ran toward him. She might’ve once been quite beautiful but now she was
elderly, probably older than his father, perhaps in her early seventies. His attention was drawn to the fact she looked to have received a great shock if her wide, staring eyes were any indication.
“Madame.” He set down the glass, placing it carefully on a nearby lamp table. “May I assist you? Are you ill?”
She stopped in the doorway, staring at him. Slowly, she raised both hands. They trembled.
A wave of uneasiness swept over David. Is this some madwoman escaped from her keeper?
“Absinthe, my dearest.” The woman took a step toward him. “You’ve come back to me, as you said.”
David started. “I’m not Absinthe,” he answered. “My name’s…”
The woman wasn’t listening. Taking another step, she caught his face in her hands as she stared into his eyes. Briefly, David felt as if he were falling into a black and bottomless pit, where some nameless terror dwelled. He wanted to struggle, jerk away from her touch, but he couldn’t.
Mon cher Absinthe…”
Her skin went whiter than the powder upon her face as her hands slid from his cheeks and she collapsed.
David caught her as she fell.

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New Releases This Month:

S E P T E M B E R   1


Renegade’s Rose
Book 6: Incognito
Network 5th in Command, Hunter Savage turns renegade to save his sister, kidnapped by Rex Kovac, leader of the terrorist organization R.E.D. Hunter’s only means of saving Celine? Steal Kovac’s most prized possession—his wife.


S E P T E M B E R   5


Educating Dr. Mayfield
A writing professor finds her career-long plan to establish a romantic fiction writing curriculum blocked by a department chair. Educating him on the benefits of the curriculum may also require a crash course on love.

S E P T E M B E R   5


The Future She Left Behind
One woman's journey home gets derailed by her soon-to-be ex-mother-in-law in a novel filled with humor, small-town charm, rekindled love, and the resilient ties of family.


S E P T E M B E R   1 2


Second to None
Second Glances series
When a billionaire and a single mom get another shot at love, will the past tear them apart?

S E P T E M B E R   1 5


Lord of Temptation
A Rogues to Riches Novel
When Lord Hawkridge inherits a penniless marquessate, he must abandon his courtship of the low-born girl he loves. Years later, she rises from commoner to textiles heiress. But how can he convince a woman whose trust he destroyed that he desires her far more than her money?


S E P T E M B E R   2 5


Hot & Sinful Nights
The curtains are drawn, and the sheets are rumpled… Prepare to melt for 22 tales of lustful abandon that will fulfill your deepest, darkest, most secret desires on many hot and sinful nights.

S E P T E M B E R   3 0


Falling for Captain Hunk
Captain Colin “Hunk” Lynch is tempted past his ability to withstand the sizzling attraction to the wrong damsel-in-distress—an undercover siren on the run from a heroin dealer out for revenge. Breaking his long-standing rule forbidding involvement with a fellow law-enforcement professional could be the mistake of his life. But more importantly, he hopes to hell it doesn’t compromise his ability to save hers…



 Upcoming Events:

Ø Third Saturday of the Month:  OKRWA Meeting, Oklahoma City, OK
Ø October 6-8: Rock Island Arts Festival 2017, Chickasha, OK
Ø November 1-December 20: New Voices Young Writers Competition entry dates
Ø March 16-18, 2018:  A Weekend With The Authors, Nashville, TN (reader event)
Ø April 18, 2018:  Eufaula Memorial Library, 11:30 am, Eufaula, Oklahoma (speaking event)
Ø May 19: Donald Maass, Oklahoma City, OK, FMI email
Ø June 7-9: Wild Deadwood Reads, Deadwood, SD (reader event)
Ø July 18-21, 2018: RWA Nationals, Denver, CO

Coming Next Month:  Maureen Bonatch, October releases, and a maybe new fall recipe for you to try.

With much gratitude, until next time…keep reading.

Maxine



Spark your imagination and entice your mind
Be adventurous in your own mind
Take a journey into a new world and be inspired
Enjoy the pleasures of reading ~~
It does the mind and body good.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017


August 1, 2017

Can you smell it? Fall is just around the corner—or so it seems. The first NFL game of the season, college football is gearing up, and the kiddos are getting ready for school. Won’t be long and you’ll be shopping for Halloween candy and Christmas presents.

In this Issue:
©     Quote of the Month    
©     Check This Out
©     Featured Author   
©     New Releases
©     Author Recipe of the Month 
©     Upcoming Events
©     Coming Next Month

Quote of the Month: “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world” ~~ Buddha (563 BCE ~ 483 BCE)

A Weekend with the Authors in Nashville was a blast! It is a small and intimate reader event with a limit of 50 authors attending. There was speed dating, a western party and cookout on Friday night, the signing on Saturday, steampunk party on Saturday night, and so many other events and games for those who attended. I’m looking forward to March next year! Click here to see pictures of the signing.


I am always looking for ways to give my readers something. I am currently seeking several people who are interested in reading an Advance Reader Copy of Simply to Die For and posting a review within 1-5 days of the release date. Click here to read sample chapters. If you are interested in reading/reviewing the entire book, please send me an email to obtain a link to the ARC.  Thank you!



I’ve always loved stories based on families, especially when there is a strong parent. I grew up watching shows like Bonanza and The Big Valley, and I remember being drawn to Ben Cartwright and Victoria Barkley, even though I was young when those shows aired. When the authors at Eskape Press agreed to do a multi-author series about a widower with several children, I immediately signed on to write the patriarch’s story.
Since the alpaca business is not as lucrative as it once was, I had to be sure my character had another profession to fall back on. I thought of careers that could continue on a part-time basis and decided the Tom Cooper would be a successful attorney who became an alpaca rancher when he inherited the ranch from his grandfather. Tom had a loving marriage, and has mourned his wife for ten years. To get him to take a chance on love again, I needed a compassionate woman who understands loss all too well, and former nurse Laurie Matthews came to be.
For inspiration I chose two television actors. The hero is modeled after my favorite silver fox – Mark Harmon. He’s about the age of Tom Cooper, my alpaca rancher. He’s handsome, but not what I’d call pretty. The characters he plays are intelligent, but he’s not flashy. Actress Jean Smart was my inspiration for the heroine. I loved her as office manager Charlene Frazier on the show Designing Women. She’s sassy, but there’s an underlying layer of pain.


Tom Cooper left his high-pressure law practice in Indianapolis for life on an alpaca farm in the tiny northwest Indiana town of Escape. Though he continued to practice law, the farm provided a good life for him, his wife, and their four children. But when his wife died, grief consumed him. His withdrawal into himself damaged his relationship with his children, and they've all left. He's resigned to taking care of the farm alone, but a disturbing medical diagnosis could change things.
Laurie Matthews left her nursing job in shame. The town of Escape has welcomed her, and she now owns the local diner. She's attracted to the handsome widower who comes in for coffee and a hot meal but keeps her distance. Everyone she's ever loved has died -- her grandparents, her parents, her husband, and one other -- one she still can't bear to think about.
A romantic relationship isn't on the agenda for either of them, but when the diner falls on hard times, Tom steps in to help, paving the way for them both to escape the loneliness in their lives. 
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New Releases This Month:

A U G U S T   1

Hunter’s Blues
A Woodcutter’s Grim Series Futuristic

When the evil in Woodcutter’s Grim unleashed, humans turned into ravenous ghouls. Guardian hunter Reece Pallaton discovers the source of the evil, the mirror that’s the opposite half of the “glass darkly” world, and his own terrifying connection to both.



The Way It Hurts

Two teens who dream of fame find it in the worst way possible... a viral tweet.
A U G U S T   1 7

The Good, The Bad, And The Scandalous

Andrew Elliott, Earl of Hartland has received a warning: danger is heading for London and it’s looking for Sarah Shipton. Can Hart keep her safe from a person hell bent on her destruction?


A U G U S T   1 8

Close to the Skin
Book 2 The Skin Quartet

Can a powerful crime boss give up his empire to save the woman he loves?

A U G U S T   2 2

A Hero To Love
Book 2, Changing Tides Series

Navy Chief Master at Arms Jackson "Jax" Faraday is at a crossroads. As the Navy base veterinarian, town local Risa Reynolds is right where she belongs: close to her parents in a farmhouse full of animals-with room to grow.



Simply to Die For
A Black Horse Canyon Novel

Can ex-adult film star, Kandi Kyses and surfer reporter, Jimmy O’Brien find a serial killer before he finds Kandi?


I love a good chicken recipe with lots of flavor and this one is oh, so French. It was the favorite of Jean Donet, comte de Saintonge, the hero in Echo in the Wind.

Chicken Fricassee
also known in 18th century France as Fricassée de Poulet a l’Ancienne


1 chicken, cut into four parts
2 Tbs. butter and 1 Tbs. olive oil
sea salt and fresh ground pepper
½ cup grapes
1 medium onion, diced
2 cups chicken broth
¼ cup breadcrumbs Juice of 1 lemon
1 shallot, diced
4 cups white wine (can use less)
1 tsp. parsley, minced
3 egg yolks

·        Cut the chicken into four parts. Coat lightly with breadcrumbs and parsley. Over low to medium heat, sauté in butter and olive oil with salt and pepper until lightly browned on both sides.
·        Place chicken in a stewpot with broth, wine, onion, shallot, grapes, and lemon juice. Simmer for 25 minutes. You can also add vegetables to the pot.
·        Remove chicken.
·        In a medium bowl, whip the egg yolks. Gradually add ¼ cup of the sauce to the yolks while stirring to temper the eggs. Be sure not to cook the egg yolks. Stir mixture into the rest of the sauce. Heat gradually until sauce thickens.
·        Pour sauce over the chicken and serve with steamed or sautéed vegetables (unless you cooked them in the pot).

Can Donet resist the English vixen who entices him as no other woman? Will Lady Joanna risk all for an uncertain chance at love in the arms of the dashing Jean Donet?

Regan Walker didn't start out as a writer of romance. Although she wrote stories as a child, by the time Regan got to college, and at the urging of my professors, she became a lawyer. After years of serving clients in private practice and several stints in high levels of government, she decided it was time for a change. Becoming a bestselling author and winning awards were the subject of dreams when Regan first began writing historical novels. But dreams sometimes do come true.

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Upcoming Events:

Ø Third Saturday of the Month:  OKRWA Meeting, Oklahoma City, OK
Ø October 6-8: Rock Island Arts Festival 2017, Chickasha, OK
Ø November 1-December 20: New Voices Young Writers Competition entry dates
Ø March 15-18, 2018:  A Weekend With The Authors, Nashville, TN (reader event)
Ø May 19: Donald Maass, Oklahoma City, OK, FMI email
Ø June 7-9: Wild Deadwood Reads, Deadwood, SD (reader event)
Ø July 18-21, 2018: RWA Nationals, Denver, CO

Coming Next Month:  Tony-Paul de Vissage, September releases and a new recipe for you to try.

With much gratitude, until next time…keep reading.

Maxine

Spark your imagination and entice your mind
Be adventurous in your own mind
Take a journey into a new world and be inspired
Enjoy the pleasures of reading ~~
It does the mind and body good.


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