Celebrating Book #6 Release

Celebrating Book #6 Release

Last week I released my 6th published book. ACT OF BETRAYAL, is Book 3 in The Second Chances Series, which covers the lives of four women in their mid-40s who’ve been friends since they met at summer camp when they were kids.

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The first book signing I’ll have for this book is Saturday, Oct. 30 in the Decatur Public Library. I’ll get to do a book reading, and speak about the publishing business, as well as sell books. Decatur is a small town about an hour north west of Fort Worth. I’m hoping a few friends from the northwest side of the metroplex will come up, but this gives me an opportunity to meet with a whole different bunch of folks. Love it.

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So here’s the blurb:

A cosmetics company owner in Dallas, Devon Moore, wants to save her company from bankruptcy, but her ex-husband’s embezzlement sends her into dangerous waters trying to pay back his clients, replace the money he stole from her company and keep her, her daughter, and her parents safe.
Private Investigator, Brett Townsend, wants to find who is threatening his new client and locate the missing money. He suspects the beautiful Devon hasn’t been completely honest with him. A wife, even an ex-wife, has to know, doesn’t she? When she is attacked twice and her daughter is kidnapped, he adjusts his thinking.

Despite Brett’s initial doubts about whether Devon really knew about the money her ex-husband stole, still he’s attracted to the redheaded beauty and admires her love of her daughter for whom she’ll do anything. Their attraction for each other sizzles under the surface of all they do.

Will they reclaim the stolen money and find the bad guys in time to save her business and the lives of her daughter, parents, and Devon?

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Here are the links:

Amazon   http://amzn.to/2wfyMKD

B & N  http://bit.ly/2wAWqnT

KOBO  http://bit.ly/2ftRfAf

Please, please if you read the book, leave a review. None of those yet. And if you read ACT OF TRUST, Book 2 and didn’t leave a review, please do so. Thanks so very much.

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Inspiration from My Favorite Mystery Authors

Collecting quotations has been one of my lifelong hobbies. In the pre-computer days, I would jot down quotations on slips of paper and toss them in a desk drawer. Once a month, I would type them up and place them in a special file folder. I’ve kept the folder but now use Pinterest and Goodreads to store my quotations.

Here are ten inspiring quotations from my favorite mystery authors:

Approach your lives as if they were novels, with their own heroes, villains, red herrings, and triumphs. Mary Higgins Clark

Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions. Agatha Christie

Do no harm and leave the world a better place than you found it. Patricia Cornwell

Somewhere along the line, I realized that I liked telling stories, and I decided that I would try writing. Ten years later, I finally got a book published. It was hard. I had no skills. I knew nothing about the business of getting published. So I had to keep working at it. Janet Evanovich

Both back when I was acting and now that I’m writing, I’ve always wanted the same thing out of my career: to be able to get up in the morning and do what I love doing. Tana French

The English tradition offers the great tapestry novel, where you have the emotional aspect of a detective’s personal life, the circumstances of the crime and, most important, the atmosphere of the English countryside that functions as another character. Elizabeth George

I don’t want to write formula. I don’t want to crank these books out like sausages. Every book is different, which takes a hell of a lot of ingenuity on my part. Sue Grafton

I had to learn compassion. Had to learn what it felt like to hate, and to forgive and to love and be loved. And to lose people close to me. Had to feel deep loneliness and sorrow. And then I could write. Louise Penny

You don’t find time to write. You make time. It’s my job. Nora Roberts

What I’m doing is writing stories about women who care about justice…who think about the difference between right and wrong, what’s legal and illegal, ethical and unethical, moral and immoral.  Lisa Scottoline

Do you have an inspiring quotation to share?

Where to find Joanne Guidoccio…

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines with the theme LAUGH, CHUCKLE, OR GIGGLE, #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the theme LAUGH, CHUCKLE, OR GIGGLE for a fun start to the week. Enjoy!


“Maybe,” Jeri hiccupped, then brought her fingers to her lips and giggled, “we should eat something now.”

“Yeah,” I said, cringing away from the citrusy cloud of alcoholic fumes drifting my way. “Maybe we should.”

Claire Gem


Grace chuckled. “That man can tempt bees from the trees.”

Joanne Guidoccio


One snort multiplied to two and soon she doubled over the dashboard, laughing out loud. For a long time, she couldn’t stop.

Jeannie Hall


Emerging from the shadowy mountain trail to the wide fields blanketed in sunshine, they urged the horses into an easy gallop, and with every stride, hooves shot glistening snow high into the air, and laughter gently tickled the sky.

Kathryn Jane


“Looks like we can chalk up this up to part of our training.” She laughed, hoping to lighten the mood and remind him of the real reason they were forced to spend time together.

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Shutter (work in progress)


“Oh, a man who offers to help. Good deal, Mom. You ought to keep this one around.” Blair’s laugh filled the room.

Marsha West


Rafe was sure the Prince was holding back a laugh. Although it was hard to tell since Rafe had never even seen the Prince smile.

Sharon Wray
Every Deep Desire


“Promise not to laugh?”

This must be really good. “I promise.” “For fun, my mom and I take ballroom dancing lessons.”

Vicki Batman


She laughed softly and leaned close to brush his cheek with her cherry red lips. “Don’t try so hard,” she murmured.

Jacquie Biggar
Valentine (work in progress)


She brought out the best in me. She taught me it was okay to laugh and touch, love and trust.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


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The Scent of Change #Globalwarming #Inspiration @jacqbiggar

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It’s raining!

I don’t know about you, but those of us in the northwestern part of Canada are celebrating. Every year it gets hotter and drier and the earth is aging seemingly before our eyes.

It was always a dream for DH and I to move to Vancouver Island. We came here on our honeymoon and every year after that we could afford the trip. I craved the beautiful cedars, rhododendrons, ivy, and ferns. The lush greenness of the rainforest, the scent of the ocean on the air, the slap of the waves upon the shore… I could go on and on, lol.

Thirty years later we made the move and it was just as amazing as we remembered!

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I’ve made new friends, explored this magical place I’m blessed to call home, and learned to feel the pulse of the land.

And it worries me.

The birds and wildlife that count on the weather to keep the forest green and the food plentiful, are suffering.

Global warming is not simply a term-it is a view of our future. Unless we do something to change it. Not soon.

Now.

We’ve just come through the worst fire season in our province’s history. I shudder to think how many animals perished along with our forests, crops, homes–lives.

The hurricanes in the southern United States destroyed countless businesses, displaced thousands of people, cost billions of dollars.

And that’s only the tip of a quickly thawing iceberg.

I know this seems all doom and gloom, but it doesn’t have to be. I think we’re being warned, shape up, or face the consequences.

The tide is turning. Many areas now are banning plastic bags, urging economical use of gas and electricity, and promoting more green spaces in cities. This is all good, but we need to do more.

Being part of the baby boomer generation, I think much of the blame lies with us. We grew up in a time of exploration (the first trip to the moon), innovation (personal computers and cell phones), and excess. Lots of excess! Plastic water bottles, disposable baby diapers, takeout foods. You name it, we’ve done it.

I’m amazed by our growth and embarrassed with our neglect.

And I thank God every day that the new generation has learned from our mistakes. My grandson knows all about recycling, composting, energy efficient bulbs, healthy eating, exercise, growing your own sustainable produce.

And he’s ten.

This tells me that we still have a chance.

I’m writing this, drinking herbal tea and listening to the rain as it dances on my roof, and I’m grateful because Mother Nature is forgiving if we just make an effort.

 

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Touch Me by Kathryn Jane

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines with the theme CHOKE, #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the theme CHOKE for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


I invited her out to dinner and put the ring in a glass of champagne. Problem is, she choked on the damn thing and they had to call the paramedics.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


“Wow,” I choked, “you guys must have done really well. You both smell like cat food.”

Claire Gem


He took her face between his hands, threading his fingers into her hair, and she choked back a sob. How long since he’d touched her this way?

Kathryn Jane


Elise came awake choking on gasoline fumes, disoriented by the sweet maple syrup scent of antifreeze.

S.A.Taylor
A Twisted Fate (work in progress)


She twisted her wine glass. “He said his name was Ray Holland.” Jim choked on a bite of sandwich and grabbed for the bottle.

Marsha West


A huge push of air blew through the room and something crashed into the other side of the house. The shock wave swept dust and sharp debris into a mini tornado, and she choked on the rising smoke.

Sharon Wray
Every Deep Desire


I brushed invisible lint from my nose. “I apologize for intruding on your”—I choked for a nanosecond—“date.”

Vicki Batman


Fear dried the saliva in her mouth and she choked, the heavy gun wavering between the fallen soldier and the unseen threat beyond the open doorway.

Jacquie Biggar
Maggie’s Revenge (work in progress)


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Disasters, 2, 3, & 4…

Wow! What’s Mother Nature so angry about? The last post I wrote on Aug. 30 was about Hurricane Harvey hitting the Gulf Coast of Texas.  Now here we are not quite two weeks later and Hurricane Irma has torn up the Caribbean and the entire state of Florida, followed close on its heels by Jose and then Katia. That doesn’t even mention the category 8 earthquake in Mexico, or the never ending horrific fires engulfing our friends in Western Canada and the US. Whew! 2017 will be in the record books for sure, but not in a good way.

Can we just go back to watching Disaster Movies instead of experiencing them?

I do realize this is hurricane season, and it’s common to have a number of them hurling themselves around, but WOW! This is bizarre and scary.

(And yesterday was September 11 and the 16th anniversary of that disaster. Here’s a link to offer support for the museum site. info@911memorial.org   You can also  listen to podcasts of people’s memories of that day., Our City, Our Story.)

Amongst the horror are all the wonderful stories of heroism and people helping others regardless of who they are, the color of their skin, or their religion. Those behaviors are the only thing that make these disasters at all bearable.

Plus, as I said on Aug. 30—a good romance book to take you away and to give you hope in a happily ever after.

So into all this mess, on Sept. 21, I’m releasing my sixth book, ACT OF BETRAYAL, Book 3 in the Second Chances Series. Right now, you can pre-order it for $1.99 before it goes live for its regular price of $4.99. It’s on three major sites, Amazon, B & N, and KOBO.  The print will be available soon thereafter. ACT OF BETRAYAL Pre-Sale

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The setting for this book is Dallas, but my characters are much nicer than those in the TV show named for the city. Oh, I’ve got a really bad guy, of course, and my usual generational thing going. I did not grow up in that kind of situation, but as an adult that’s the life I’ve experienced. So, family is important to me and that shows up in my stories. When I began writing, I didn’t realize I’d write about older characters or that families would play such a strong place in my stories.

Do you like stories about families or do you prefer reading a story just about the guy and the girl? Do you read or write disaster stories? Have you or your family and friends been impacted by this rash of recent  disasters? I hope you take advantage of all the opportunities to give support, and I hope and pray all your family and friends are okay.

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about a SNORT, #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about a SNORT for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


Matt grinned. “What do you take me for? I’m not that type of guy.” She snorted. “You’re all that type of guy.”

Jacquie Biggar


The deputy was clearly intimidated by the angry firefighter. With a snort, he opened the door and she slipped through.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


When the mare turned away again and realized she was cornered, she snorted, spun, and squared off against the woman standing between her and escape.

Kathryn Jane


“Sending her yellow roses with a card saying he’s her biggest fan,” Josh told Jack. “Humph.” The mayor snorted. “That all? That’s nothing.”

Marsha West


Rafe’s father snorted and rocked back on his heels, watching, waiting. Probably for the apology he wasn’t going to get.

Sharon Wray
Every Deep Desire


“Somewhere, out there, is the perfect retail job.” I snorted, tucked a strand of hair behind an ear, and let my gaze wander to look beyond the window.

Vicki Batman


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Kindness is the ultimate headline, don’t you think?

By Kathryn Jane

 Here most of us sit in front of our monitors and televisions, watching disasters unfold, and what I’m seeing time after time, in spite of the horrible click-bait type of headlines, is Kindness!

 I’m seeing:

 People of all races, ethnic backgrounds, and stages of financial security helping each other.

 Posts of gratitude by those reasonably well off, who have been hit by Hurricane Harvey just the same way the poor were hit

 People regardless of socio-economic background gobsmacked by the kindness offered them by fellow human beings.

 Video footage of men and women reaching out to each other in a time of need.

 Groups, whole groups of people hooking up their expensive hauling rigs and driving INTO the fire zones to rescue horses and pigs and llamas and any other critter who needs a ride out before the flames wipe out their homes.

 Facebook pages where people can reach out to ask for or offer help. Where strangers from miles away facilitate a meet up wherever it is needed.

 A woman driving 14 hours to deliver a vanload of feral cats and kittens to a specialized shelter. These are creatures only alive and on the planet due to human neglect. Yet not only was some wonderful person in Quesnel looking out for them, providing them food every day, but another wonderful human stepped up when that lady was being evacuated, went into an evacuation zone and trapped these half wild cats, then brought them to safety.

 Men and women driving long hours, then lining up on a highway, with their trucks and boats, waiting to get into a hurricane ravaged landscape to rescue strangers. Nobody seemed to care what color the rescuers or the rescued were.

 Strangers combing neighborhoods, using everything from boats to totes in an effort to rescue pets left behind due to circumstances beyond the control of their owners.

 Big strong men holding tiny babies in their arms without any apparent consideration of color, race, ethnicity, or whatever making any damn difference to how gently those babies were held, or how grateful the mothers were for the help.

 Kids selling lemonade so they can send money to other kids who’ve lost their home in a wildfire in a place far away.

 What I’ve seen and continue to see?

 Humans being kind… on my television, and my monitor, every damn day.

 And that my friends, is a good thing.

 


Kat loves crisp sunny days, the warm breath of a horse, cats with a sense of humor, the smell of the ocean, and her very own charming prince—in no particular order.   http://kathrynjane.com


 

Soul destroying questions and equally stunning answers have Dusty digging deeper than she ever thought possible, and when she discovers her Self, in an entirely foreign landscape, she begins anew, more determined than ever to achieve her lifelong dream.

 

 


 


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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about a YAWN, #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about a YAWN for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


“I fell asleep.” I tucked a strand of hair behind my right ear. “How embarrassing. I hope I didn’t snore.”

“No big deal, and you didn’t.”

Vicki Batman


 Alone, every little sound seemed amplified, from the cawing of a crow overhead to the muted noise of the traffic flowing by the yawning mouth of the road.

Jacquie Biggar


Quin yawned and experienced that tired, fuzzy, ‘not quite all there’, feeling.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


Zoe yawned and stretched, fanning angels with her arms and legs across the cool, silky bedspread. It felt good to be alive, a sensation she hadn’t experienced in a while.

Claire Gem


I would need some time to sit and reflect on what Jim had shared. While he had filled in some of the blanks, there were still yawning gaps.

Joanne Guidoccio


Dusty stifled a yawn and leaned back to study the serious look on his face, pushed herself off his lap. “Tuck me in like old times?”

Kathryn Jane


Devon covered her mouth with her hand to stifle a yawn, but her mouth flew open wide anyway. “Guess I’m heading to bed. Sorry to be such a bad hostess.”

Marsha West


Juliet yawned and laid her head on his shoulder again. Before she drifted away, she noticed two things: Rafe’s handgun on the nightstand and her daddy’s rifle against the wall.

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Every Deep Desire


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