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November  2016

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Quality Quote

" Not everything that counts can be counted,
and not everything that can be counted counts."
Albert Einstein
Book Buzzings

This month I highlight  Buying Love by Toni Shiloh  and  Take Her Breath Away by Kathryn J. Bain . Below is information about these books.
(Disclaimer: I may not have read these releases yet; just letting you know about them.)    

Title: Buying Love  
Author: Toni Shiloh
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
Publisher: Celebrate Lit 
Release Date: October 2016 
Toni's Wedsite
Book available at Amazon

After offering a monetary reward for a husband, Nina Warrenton begins to regret her decision when she starts falling for the handsome restaurant owner, Dwight Williams. 

Title: Take Her Breath Away  
Author: Kathryn J. Bain
Genre: Thriller/Suspense Romantic
Publisher: Independently published     
Release date: September 2016
Kathryn's Website 
Book available at Amazon

Ty soon discovers Rayleene is hiding a painful secret that can do more to destroy their marriage than any killer's weapon. Some secrets worth keeping are worth killing for.

Newest Release!

Book Description:

Will Rose find the solitude she seeks during her island  summer
or is solitude what she really wants?  
A compelling story of one woman's pursuit of restoration from physical abuse at the hands of her fianc√©. Rose Marie Henley's Great-Aunt Clara convinces Rose to spend the summer at her South Carolina beach house. 

Aunt Clara's handyman sends his nephew to repair Rose's water heater. Last year Rose would have been excited to see his over-the-top handsome nephew, Frank Sutton. But now she doesn't want any man in her life again. 

Frank has an instant attraction to Rose. Can he break through her defenses? He'll do anything to protect her, but will she open her heart to trust him? 

Amazon Review:

"First, Author Jo Huddleston did not shy away from the issue of abuse, but faced the issue head on. During the 50's, the attitude towards abuse was most often to ignore or blame the other party. Ms. Huddleston, carefully and thoughtfully, brought this issue to the forefront. Secondly, I felt Rose's fear and each shake of her body in the aftermath. Her character growth...was skillfully presented.  I found the characters and story-line well-developed and the pace steady. This is a sweet clean well-written romance. I would not hesitate to buy this book for myself or a friend."

eBook available now at Amazon
Paperback available soon

Book 1, Book 2 and Book 3 in my
West Virginia Mountains Series
now available in
eBook and paperback

Book 1 Book 2 , and  Book 3
 in my  
Caney Creek Series 
now available in
eBook & paperback 

Guest Gab
From This Moment     
by Elizabeth Camden      
Elizabeth Camden
Our guest this issue is 
Elizabeth Camden, author of
From This Moment.
 Elizabeth is a research librarian at a small college in central Florida. Her novels have won the coveted RITA and Christy Awards. She has published several articles for academic publications and is the author of four nonfiction history books. Her ongoing fascination with history and love of literature have led her to write inspirational fiction. Elizabeth lives with her husband near Orlando, Florida.

Welcome, Elizabeth. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
I'd like to meet Peter the Apostle. His heart was in the right place, but he suffered from fear and anxiety, and was often overshadowed by the more articulate and prolific Paul. I'd like to meet someone who was there at the very beginning, and quite frankly, I think I would be intimidated by Paul. I find it easier to relate to Peter.
What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
I've always had a couple of wild, unfulfilled dreams. The one I can't let go of is moving to Alaska for a year and working in a fish cannery. When I was in college I met a girl who did that, and I immediately glommed onto it as a wonderful adventure I wanted to try, but I was too timid to pursue it. I wish I had. I know the work would be hard, smelly, and uncomfortable, but I wish I had such a year in my memory bank. Now that I'm older I realize that my early twenties was the perfect time to do such a thing. It's too late now. I've got elderly parents who I'm a caregiver for, and a husband who has zero interest in moving to Alaska. When I was in my twenties I was so worried about money and building my own safety net that I didn't realize it was the perfect time to do something wild and adventurous.  So if there are any twenty-somethings reading this, please recognize that this is your time to be brave and do something wild!
What can readers expect from you next?
My next novel, To the Farthest Shores, comes out at the end of February, and I can't wait! Although most of my heroes are bold, take-charge kind of guys, this is the first time I've written a gentle and shy hero. But oh my, is he ever still a hero! It's one of the most romantic novels I've written so far, with lots of twists and unexpected turns, and the reader gradually figures out just how bold and daring my kind and poetic hero can be.

Please tell us a little about your current novel, From this Moment.
The novel is set in Boston of 1897 and begins with a man who appears to be brilliantly successful. Romulus White is lethally charming, handsome, and is the editor of the world's most respected science magazine.  He desperately wants to hire renowned artist Stella West to make full-color lithographs for his magazine, but she has steadfastly refused him. That changes when Stella needs his connections to infiltrate circles of high-society Boston in order to solve the mystery of her murdered sister. The novel combines intrigue and romance against the backdrop of one of America's most vibrant cities.

Where can readers find you online?
Where can readers purchase your novel, From This Moment?
Any parting comment?
Thanks for inviting me onto your newsletter! I love a chance to meet new readers!
Elizabeth, thanks for visiting with my readers and me!
Elizabeth has graciously offer two books for giveaways. On November 25, I'll draw two winners from current newsletter subscribers--one winner will receive their choice of a print or eBook copy of  From This Moment.  The second winner will receive their choice of a print or eBook copy of  To the Farthest Shores
but will have to wait until late February to get the book (when it releases).

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What Am I Reading?
I recently read Deadly Neighbors by Cynthia Hickey, Winged Publications, 2013, 318 pages. Cynthia Hickey writes a delightful cozy mystery with humor sprinkled about. Marsha Calloway and her teenage daughter, Lindsey, live with Marsha's mother. When the small town's "Barney Fife" accuses Lindsey of theft, Marsha snoops around in hopes she can discover the culprit that's doing the thefts and murders. To complicate Marsha's life further, her high school sweetheart Duane returns to town-the boy that broke her heart fifteen years ago-pushing Marsha to marry Duane's brother, now dead. The capers of the Calloway women, especially those of Marsha, are hilarious as trouble seems to follow Marsha the deeper she goes into her investigative endeavors. A good read.


           Read  FREE  the first chapter of each of my novels on  my website

The August 2016 newsletter winner of a copy of  The Saddle Maker's Son  by Kelly Irvin is Wynne . Congratulations!


On November 25, 2016 I'll draw two winners from current newsletter subscribers on that date to receive their choice of a  print or eBook copy of: Winner #1- From This Moment and Winner#2-To the Farthest Shores, both books by Elizabeth Camden.

Note: To select winners in my book drawings from active subscribers of this newsletter, I use If you're a winner, the rules are simple: I'll email winners and get the book to them. For print copies, U.S. mailing addresses only. (See 
Disclaimers for complete details.)      

Clean Chuckle

At Duke University, there were four sophomores taking Organic Chemistry. They were doing so well on all the quizzes, midterms and labs, etc., that each had an "A" so far for the semester.

These four friends were so confident that the weekend before finals, they decided to go up to the University of Virginia and party with some friends there. They had a great time, but after all the hearty partying, they slept all day Sunday and didn't make it back to Duke until early Monday morning.

Rather than taking the final then, they decided to find their professor after the final and explain to him why they missed it. They explained that they had gone to UVA for the weekend with the plan to come back in time to study, but, unfortunately, they had a flat tire on the way back, didn't have a spare, and couldn't get help for a long time. As a result, they missed the final.

The professor thought it over and then agreed they could make up the final the following day. The guys were elated and relieved. They studied that night and went in the next day at the time the professor had told them. He placed them in separate rooms and handed each of them a test booklet, and told them to begin.

They looked at the first problem, worth five points. It was something simple about free radical formation. "Cool," they thought at the same time, each one in his separate room, "this is going to be easy." Each finished the problem and then turned the page.

On the second page was written, (For 95 points): Which tire?

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Inspirational Insight

Below is a recent post from my inspirational blog, Lifelines. I hope you'll visit me there. While there you can sign up to receive each new post in your email inbox.

Is Your Past a Foreign Country?

      "The past is a foreign country;
       they do things differently there." 
   -L.P. Hartley, British author, 1895-1972

We can't be certain of the author's intent when he wrote the above quotation. He could have intended to convey a somber mood; he could have meant to be sarcastic; or perhaps he wanted the statement to be humorous. We can never know for sure.

When I first read the above quotation, here's how my thinking went:

First, he refers to the unknown THEY. Growing up, I often heard statements about they did so and so, or they went here and there, or they spent their money on this and that. When I was old enough or brave enough to challenge, I'd ask who they were. No one could or would ever identify they.

Allow me to substitute some words into the quotation above and let it be thus: "The past is a foreign country; I would do things differently there." 

Yes, the past is a foreign country, another location separate from where we currently are. In the here and now as we look back over our past actions and words, we have what we call 20-20 hindsight: we can see the beginning, middle, and end of everything that transpired in the past.

Therefore, concerning those things in the past that we now know didn't turn out so well, in hindsight we would of course do things differently in order to have a better ending. Of course we would, no doubt about it.

Would that be wonderful to have the benefit of hindsight and the opportunity to apply it to the past? My, oh my, what a difference we could make!

But that will never be. No, the only good I see from hindsight is to use the experience of it and apply it to situations in the present. That would help us to prevent missteps and bad judgments so we won't repeatedly make the same mistakes and reap the same consequences.


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