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April 27, 2020 by in category Contests, Writing Contest tagged as , ,

Book Buyers Best Contest

Open to works of romantic fiction published in 2019.

Deadline for receiving manuscripts is April 30, 2020

Hello published writers!

We wanted to let you know that OCC/RWA is running our annual Book Buyers Best Contest for any author who has published a work of fiction any time during 2019 (traditional or self-published). The contest is open now and closes on April 30th. We welcome you to submit to our contest.

Here is the link describing the contest rules.

Please email us if you have any further questions.

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Cathleen Armstrong and Nancy Brashear
BBB Coordinators
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The 37th Orange Rose Contest for Emerging Authors

Open to unpublished fiction in all genres.

Deadline April 30, 2020

For more information or to enter the contest follow this LINK


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A Review of In Twilight’s Hush, A Thriller by Laurie Stevens

April 24, 2020 by in category Apples & Oranges by Marianne H. Donley, Book Reviews

In Twilight’s Hush
A Gabriel McRay Novel Book 4
by
Laurie Stevens


Price: paperback $14.99 e-book: $6.99
Available wide
Publisher FYD Media, LLC April 2020
ASIN B086DCY5RQ
ISBN 978-0997006827

As a Homicide Detective for LA County Sheriff’s Department, Gabriel McRay has been assigned cold cases to investigate while he recovers from being kidnapped and held captive by a ruthless serial killer. He’s given the case of teenager, Nancy Lewicki, missing since 1988. Every clue he uncovers in Nancy’s case leads to more questions, but answers are dead-ends or blank walls. To make matters worse, his partner, good-cop to his bad-cop, is in jail.


His personal life is in shambles.

He’s not sleeping. His future father-in-law delights in insulting him—both for his choice of profession and his lack of finances. His fiancé, Dr. Ming Li, turns up the pressure on him by insisting on a huge wedding and by maintaining that daddy can pay for it. She also becomes distance when her parents come stay with her for an extended visit. His only friend is his therapist who refuses to be his best man.

Enter a celebrity psychic.


Gabriel tries to juggle his professional life and his personal life when a wildly popular celebrity psychic, Carmen Jenette, offers very public help with his cold case. He’s not interested, but she pushes the issue both with the Nancy’s family, with her powerful friends in the District Attorney’s Office, and with the public via her TV show. When Carmen is physically attacked all evidence leads back to his cold case. Gabriel realizes someone doesn’t want poor Nancy Lewicki found, and they’ll kill to keep what happened to her a secret.

Why I liked the story.


I thoroughly enjoyed reading In Twilight’s Hush. Gabriel McRay, despite all his problems and flaws, is a very likeable character. He tries to do his best for Nancy Lewicki, her family and, even though he doesn’t trust her, Carmen Jenette. He also tries to balance his needs with Ming’s and understand her relationship with her parents without trying to fix everything for her.


Readers who like Lisa Gardner’s DD Warren series or Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli & Isles series will enjoy reading Laurie Stevens. In Twilight’s Hush is the fourth Gabriel McRay novel but it stands alone. A reader wouldn’t have to have read the other three to follow the action or backstory. Gabriel McRay is an engaging character, and Ms. Stevens does a great job of weaving a compelling story, so I suspect a reader will want to read them all. The other titles in the series are The Dark Before Dawn, Deep into Dusk, and The Mask of Midnight.  This series has won twelve awards, among them Best of Kirkus Reviews, an IPPY for Best Mystery/Thriller, Library Journal’s Self-E Award, and Random House Editor’s Book of the Month.


IN TWILIGHT’S HUSH (A GABRIEL MCRAY NOVEL BOOK 4)
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Featuring Meriam Wilhelm

March 29, 2020 by in category Featured Author of the Month tagged as , ,
Meriam Wilhelm | A Slice of Orange

Featuring Meriam Wilhelm Author of the Month

The one thing I know, after all my years as an elementary school principal, is that there is magic everywhere and in everyone. While I miss those enchanting moments with kids, I have always wanted to let my imagination run wild as I seek out my own magic and write about it.  When I retired, I started to write my first books, a series called The Witches of New Moon Beach and inspiration wasn’t hard to find.

I have lived in Redondo Beach all my life, and New Moon might have more than a passing resemblance to my hometown. Every day I walk on the path that runs along the beach, sometimes with my sisters, but most often with my thoughts as I plot my next book.

I am long married and mom to three great grown kids. When I’m not writing or walking on the beach, you’ll find me sewing, reading or traveling and taking pictures.

Website: www.meriamwilhelm.com


MIDNIGHT MADNESS

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MIDNIGHT MADNESS

MORNING MAGIC

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MORNING MAGIC

MURDER BY MAGIC

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MURDER BY MAGIC

NIGHT FLIGHT

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NIGHT FLIGHT

SEA DREAMS

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SEA DREAMS

SUNSET SPELLS

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SUNSET SPELLS
THE WITCHES OF NEW MOON BEACH BOXED SET

THE WITCH OF BERGEN

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THE WITCH OF BERGEN
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Featuring Meriam Wilhelm Author of the Month

March 21, 2020 by in category Featured Author of the Month tagged as , ,
Meriam Wilhelm | A Slice of Orange

Featuring Meriam Wilhelm Author of the Month

The one thing I know, after all my years as an elementary school principal, is that there is magic everywhere and in everyone. While I miss those enchanting moments with kids, I have always wanted to let my imagination run wild as I seek out my own magic and write about it.  When I retired, I started to write my first books, a series called The Witches of New Moon Beach and inspiration wasn’t hard to find.

I have lived in Redondo Beach all my life, and New Moon might have more than a passing resemblance to my hometown. Every day I walk on the path that runs along the beach, sometimes with my sisters, but most often with my thoughts as I plot my next book.

I am long married and mom to three great grown kids. When I’m not writing or walking on the beach, you’ll find me sewing, reading or traveling and taking pictures.

Website: www.meriamwilhelm.com


MIDNIGHT MADNESS

Buy now!
MIDNIGHT MADNESS

MORNING MAGIC

Buy now!
MORNING MAGIC

MURDER BY MAGIC

Buy now!
MURDER BY MAGIC

NIGHT FLIGHT

Buy now!
NIGHT FLIGHT

SEA DREAMS

Buy now!
SEA DREAMS

SUNSET SPELLS

Buy now!
SUNSET SPELLS
THE WITCHES OF NEW MOON BEACH BOXED SET

THE WITCH OF BERGEN

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THE WITCH OF BERGEN
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March Releases

March 17, 2020 by in category Writing

Two new releases for March

First up is Jina Bacarr’s The Runaway Girl

Two women hold the keys to his heart. Only one will survive that fateful night…

A sweeping, emotional historical romance set aboard the Titanic, perfect for fans of Gill Paul and Suzanne Goldring.

This is a revised and fully updated edition of a novel previously published as Titanic Rhapsody.

THE RUNAWAY GIRL
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Next we have a dark fantasy compelling dark fantasy novella by International Bestselling Author, Jaclyn Roche.

A reincarnated goddess…
An unrisen long-dead god…
Only she can bring him back to life.

DARK LEGENDS: CURSE BREAKER
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