Wednesday, November 1, 2017




November 1, 2017 

It is the season where we begin to give thanks for all that we have. May your days and nights be filled with many blessings. Happy Thanksgiving from my home to yours. 

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©     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:Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” ~~ William Arthur Ward (American Author, 1921-1994) 

Check This Out: 
So excited to let you all know that The Marshal’s Bride finaled in the Internal Digital Awards (IDA)! It tied for second place in the Short Historical category!  And in celebration, The Marshal’s Bride is at a special price of $0.99 thru Sunday (11/5) at most online retailers like Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Google, etc. Click here for buy links. 



Featured Author:  Darcy Flynn 
Eagle Eye is the second book in my series, Like No Other, a charity foundation that works with teenage girls. The inspiration for my heroine is Jill Jeffrey, who is a secondary character from my first novel, Keeper of My Heart. Jill is a teen fashion designer making her the perfect heroine for Eagle Eye.
My undercover journalist hero was inspired by a young homeless man from Los Angeles, Ca. One morning I witnessed this man eat off a dirty plate on the table next to me at a sidewalk café. I share the story and the inspiration for my hero, below…

One morning a couple of years ago, I was at Hugo’s Restaurant in West Hollywood having breakfast. I sat outside at a small table for two. A couple seated at the small bistro table next to me had recently left and the waitress hadn’t yet picked up their plates.
A handsome young man, dressed in loose clothing, with wavy longish hair and a short beard walked by at a nice clip. He briefly stopped at their table and grabbed a napkin. To my astonishment, without missing a beat, he lifted a spoon, scraped the last bit of food onto the napkin, then shoveled it into his mouth as he continued walking. He acted without the least hesitation. Without thought. As if he’d done this many times before.
I sat stunned. Horrified at what had transpired, I watched him walk the length of the restaurant, then turn right before he disappeared.
When the homeless young man strode off, my heart cried out to stop him, to offer him a meal. But what 60-year-old woman runs after a thirty-year-old homeless guy? So, I did the normal, sane thing, simply sat there and watched him leave. I glanced around at those seated near me and not one of them seemed to have noticed him.
I’ve thought about that young man many times since then, replaying the scene over and over in my head. In my daydream, I call out to him. He stops and turns. I offer to buy him breakfast, and although surprised, he accepts. We sit at the bistro table on a beautiful California morning and I discover more about him over a hearty breakfast.
But, that’s not how it happened.
I thought about those who loved this young man, who worried about him. And mostly, I thought about his mother. As I pondered this man’s condition I played several scenarios in my head. Maybe he was a spy, undercover, and fleeing his most recent captors. Nearly starved. Why else would he eat off the plate of a stranger?
I knew someday I’d give him a story and a reason to do what he did. Thus, my undercover journalist hero was born. Then I gave my heroine the heart I’d wished I’d had that day. The heart that was in me, but afraid to act. I gave her the courage to actually go after the homeless man and the will to at least try and change his life. 

Undercover journalist, Cameron Phillips, is known for his forthright exposé articles uncovering scandals of New York City’s rich and famous. Using the pseudonym Eagle Eye to hide his identity, he is free to wield his finger pointing, no-holds-barred articles at leisure.
Jillian Jeffrey, teen fashion industry’s latest darling, has a heart for the less fortunate. Her goal is to raise enough money for fashion icon Anna Delany’s, Like No Other charity foundation. The donation will not only keep the charity afloat, but will place Jill in the running for a coveted position on LNO’s board of directors.
In a moment of weakness, at the charity gala, Jill reluctantly accepts a bet from her ex-boyfriend and uses a homeless man to raise twenty thousand dollars. Unknown to Jill, the homeless guy is the cynical, undercover journalist, and Jill has just become his latest exposé target.
     In a twist of fate, Cameron is soon hired to shadow Jill as she volunteers with the charity. Shorthaired and clean-shaven, he looks nothing like the bearded, disheveled man Jill had encountered the night of the gala. During their time together, he not only discovers the noble reason behind the bet, but witnesses first hand his article’s negative impact on her business. Faced with the prospect of losing her, will Cameron come up with an antidote for Eagle Eye’s toxic exposé before Jill loses everything she’s worked for?

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New Releases This Month:

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Hard to Handle
Book 8: Incognito Series

Network operative Dez Luttino has been instructed to prepare the head-strong, hunting machine Nova Granger for an undercover mission. In the process, he realizes he’s gone beyond duty and done the unthinkable by falling in love with her.


N O V E M B E R   6

A Secret Scottish Christmas
Book 4: Agents of the Crown

Spend Christmas in Scotland with Spies, Scots & Shipmasters as twin brothers vie for the love of a Scottish lass!
N O V E M B E R   2 2

Beachcomber Test
Book 7 Beachcomber Investigations series
Ex-special ops legend Dane Blaise is staking his life on passing every one of his partner Shana's tests for him. Desperation is making him crazy or he would never have agreed to the divorce case.

N O V E M B E R   2 8

 
Knight Treasures
Knights of the Swan Book 3
In 15th Century England, alliances can be deadly for a Knight of the Swan. Especially those made in the heat of passion…



Prinny's Plum Cake




1 c oil (I use organic Canola oil)
2 cups granulated sugar (I used organic cane sugar)
3 eggs (I use extra large organic eggs)
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour (I use organic pastry flour)
1 teaspoon each: nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice
24 pitted prunes
1-2 cups diced walnuts
Powdered sugar

·        Preheat oven to 350 degrees (can lower to 325 degrees if a dark pan is used)
·        Prepare Bundt pan: Oil and flour a large Bundt pan. You can make two smaller ones using two 6-cup Bundt pans, but you must reduce the baking time to about 35 minutes.
·        Cut up 24 prunes into small pieces and set aside (I use one bag of the Sunsweet ones as they are moist and I sometimes add more than 24.)
·        Measure out 1-2 cups chopped walnuts and set aside
·        Sift 2 cups baking flour with 1 teaspoon each of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice and set aside (I use organic pastry flour, sometimes mixed with hazelnut flour).
·        In an electric mixer combine:
·        1 cup oil
·        2 cups sugar
·        3 eggs (1 egg each time beaten w/fork before being added)
·        1 cup buttermilk mixed with 1 teaspoon baking soda (I measure the buttermilk first, then add the soda using a 2 cup
·        measuring cup as the mixture will expand. I also prepare it just after I prepare the flour mixture so it can rise a bit)
·        1 teaspoon vanilla
·        When well mixed, add in the flour mixture, the prunes and the nuts and mix to evenly distribute.
·        Pour into your prepared Bundt pan(s).
·        Bake for 60 minutes and check to see if done . Check for doneness with a toothpick and by pressing your finger slightly to the top to see if it “bounces” back. If the toothpick comes out clean and the cake bounces back when pressed, it's done. If not done then, leave it in for another 5 minutes (it usually takes 65 minutes for me).
·        Cool 10 min. before taking out of the Bundt pan. Cool another 15 min. before dusting with powdered sugar.
·        Store in foil in the refrigerator. It will keep for 2 weeks if not eaten before!


This cake goes well with my Agents of the Crown series in which the Prince Regent is frequently mentioned.

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


Upcoming Events: 
Ø Third Saturday of the Month: OKRWA Meeting, Oklahoma City, 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: Eufaula Memorial Library, 11:30am, 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: RWA Nationals, Denver, CO

Ø May 18, 2019: Capital City Author Event, Montgomery, AL (reader event)
Ø October: Sterling North Book and Film Festival, Edgerton, WI

Coming Next Month:  Linda Nightingale, December 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 and take a journey
into a new world to be inspired.
Enjoy the pleasures of reading ~~
It does the mind and body good.

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Sunday, October 1, 2017


October 1, 2017

It’s Halloween! Who has their costume all picked out? My husband and I walked the streets of a real ghost town in New Mexico over Labor Day weekend. It was really cool to see the church and schoolhouse that the people who lived there attended.

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

Quote of the Month: “Let us remember, so far as we can, that every unpleasant thought is a bad thing literally put in the body.” ~~ Prentice Mulford (American Author/Literary Humorist, 1834-1891)

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So excited to let you all know that I’m working with a narrator, who is marvelous, to get the Brides Along the Chisholm Trail books in audio!  Here’s a sample of The Reluctant Bride coming this holiday season:




Featured Author:  Maureen Bonatch
The inspiration for Evil Speaks Softly came from Maureen’s own struggles. As a writer who 'writes by the seat of her pants' her relentless characters can be very demanding in wanting their story told and often have their own agenda. They just aren’t ruthless spirits and there’s no ancient curse…that she’s aware of.
  

They were never supposed to meet. Fame came easy for Liv by following in the footsteps of the female writers in her family. The cycle repeated for decades…until Liv changed the story. Her villain doesn’t like the revision—and he isn’t a fictional character. In his story, the bad guy always wins.
They were never supposed to find love. Liv never questioned her demanding nocturnal muse, or the strange incidents in her old, family home until she met Gage. His job was to watch her from afar, not reveal the truth about the curse and the stories of the dead. They’ve broken all the rules. Together they unravel secrets as they strive to stop the cycle. Liv’s ability to find love, and protect her loved ones, hangs on the fickle whims of the dead—and they’ve got nothing to lose.

Excerpt:
“I met this strange man at the bar last night. He told me some really weird stuff.”
I paused. When she remained silent, I continued. “He said it was related to my writing.” She watched me with the fascination of one who desperately wanted to look away but couldn’t. As if a deer blinded to the oncoming headlights, she was fixated, trapped. “He said to talk to you.”
I searched her face. I knew my Grams. When resignation settled on her features a knot clenched in my stomach from either fear, or the excitement of validating Gage didn’t fabricate the story. Perhaps he wasn’t crazy.
Grams slowly closed her eyes and opened them again. “He found you?”
I nodded.
She turned to stare out the frosted window where the birdfeeder sat frozen over from the recent snow. “I can’t believe he took that risk. Watchers are never to approach the Recorders. It could totally upset the balance.” She worried her lower lip between her teeth.
When she used the same terms as Gage, my anxiety elevated. I expected her to deny his claims and then we’d laugh about the incident. “Grams, please tell me. I don’t know what you’re talking about.” I took a deep breath. “Some weird things happened last night. Occasionally I notice unusual things, but it’s an old house and I have an active imagination, but this time it scared me.”

Available for Preorder- Release Date October 11, 2017

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New Releases This Month:

O C T O B E R   1

Undercover Angel
Book 7: Incognito Series
Second in Network command Shannon McKee leads the organization with an iron fist. Yet, when the opportunity comes to take down the world's most notorious drug dealer, she goes after the chance to destroy the man who killed her younger brother. Can Ron Blair save her from herself?


O C T O B E R   2

 Dillon: Her Rule Breaker

Delicious sparks ignite when a lingerie boutique-owner’s matchmaking cat steals her underwear and leaves it on her hunky neighbor’s bed.  
Breaking the rules with his best friend’s sister has never felt so right!


O C T O B E R   3

A Very Cowboy Christmas

Sydney Steele needs to wrangle cowboy firefighters to model for her charity Christmas calendar, and Dune Barrett--who she has in mind for Mr. December--is just the man for the job.


O C T O B E R   3

The Oregon Pursuit
Window to the Heart Saga, Book 4
Amelie Leclaire must return home to Oregon to take over the family bakery. Pierre Girald, the Vidame of Demoulin, is traveling on business when a chance meeting at the bakery changes their lives forever.

O C T O B E R   1 0

Papa’s Prey
(Erotic Romance)
Trapped in a world of dark decadence, the innocent Corinne is now bound to obey her new husband’s every depraved desire.


O C T O B E R   1 4

Loving the Horseman
The Cañon City Chronicles, Book 1
Annie Whitaker refuses to wait for some man to come along and make her life better when she can do that herself. And then Caleb Hutton rides into town.

O C T O B E R   1 4

Straight to My Heart
The Cañon City Chronicles, Book 2
Looks like old enemies can become friends—and more—until Whit Hutton tries to tell Livvy what a woman can and cannot do on a cattle spread.


O C T O B E R   1 4

Romancing the Widow
The Cañon City Chronicles, Book 3
After losing her husband and her hope, a young widow returns to her parents’ home in Cañon City, where she meets a dark and disarming Colorado Ranger.

O C T O B E R   1 9

The Sherif’s Bride

He came to town to settle a score. She was desperate to be loved at any cost.


O C T O B E R   1 5

A Singing in the Blood

Will they bow to a Madman or be called Traitors?

 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 October 27: Fall Author Festival, Chickasha Public Library, Chickasha, OK
Ø November 1-December 20: New Voices Young Writers Competition entry dates
Ø March 16-18, 2018A Weekend With The Authors, Nashville, TN (reader event)
Ø April 18: Eufaula Memorial Library, 11:30am, 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: RWA Nationals, Denver, CO
Ø May 18, 2019: Capital City Author Event, Montgomery, AL (reader event)

Coming Next Month:  Maureen Bonatch, October 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 and take a journey
into a new world to be inspired.
Enjoy the pleasures of reading ~~
It does the mind and body good.

Photo from Pinterest
Monster Mash video from YouTube