Thursday, October 22, 2020

Halloween Countdown Blitz Day 4

I am a South African children’s author. Up until a few years ago, I was a journalist and editor. Something rather unexpected sparked my new career as an author—a family trip to Egypt with my mother and two young nephews. We had a great time and I thought I’d write them a short story as a different kind of souvenir…. Well, one book and a planned book series later, I had changed careers. I am now on Book 5 of The Chronicles of the Stone adventure series. I also teach online novel writing for aspiring authors and I find that very satisfying.

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Continuing the adventure that ended in Britain just a short while ago, cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair, with their friend Kim Maleka, are now hunting for the third Stone of Power, one of seven mysterious stones lost centuries ago. The third stone might be located in an ancient city, hidden in the depths of the Mexican jungle. When their small plane crashes in the jungle, Adam, Justin, Kim, and James are rescued by an uncontacted tribe. James, who is wounded, must stay behind as the kids, with only a young boy, Tukum, as their guide, make their way through the dense and dangerous jungle to find the city. River rafting on a crocodile-infested river and evading predators are just part of this hazardous task.

Of course, their old adversary Dr. Khalid is close behind as the kids press on in search of the lost city of stone gods. But he is not the worst of their problems. This time Adam will clash with a terrible enemy who adopts the persona of an evil Aztec god, Tezcatlipoca, and is keen to revive the ancient tradition of human sacrifice. Adam, Justin, and Tukum must play a dreadful ball game of life and death and maybe survive. Will they emerge alive from the jungle? Will Dr. Khalid find the third Stone of Power before they do?

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Top Ten List:
My Top Ten (in no particular order):

1. Travel – I have been fortunate enough to visit many countries but there are still more on my list.

2. Animals – I love animals and wish I had tons of money to donate to many of the causes I read about. One day, I will!

3. Movies – I LOVE movies. Detective, thrillers, animal feel goods, historical series, adventure, action, marvel character movies, I love it!

4. Books – I LOVE books, of course, and still have many of my old childhood favourites inherited from my parents and grandparents.

5. Music – listening to music, mainly classical and movie themes, is very relaxing.

6. Theatre and ballet – would you believe it I started out studying drama at university, went to drama school in London and mime school in Paris, came back home and ended up in writing and publishing.

7. Writing – not just writing middle grade adventures though. I have an alter ego named Arabella Sheraton who writes Regency romances and has actually written more books than I have. Arabella is the proud author of eight books so far. Do I have a problem wearing two hats? Not at all. I love jumping into a historical fiction romance and having fun.

8. Antiques and collectibles – I have inherited so many beautiful antiques (furniture and collectibles) but that hasn’t stopped me browsing flea markets and antique shops to enjoy the beautiful items of yesteryear and sometimes buy.

9. Friends/family – getting together with good friends is something that can’t be beaten. I love having friends/family over and making a great dinner for us to enjoy.

10. Giving talks on child literacy – I didn’t start off as an expert on child literacy, but after I fostered and later adopted my daughter Mabel (a disadvantaged young African girl) I had to learn pretty quickly because she came to me just about illiterate at age eleven. From my experiences in teaching Mabel to read, I then was asked to address many institutions and groups on the topic. I enjoy helping parents and teachers to get kids to love reading.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Featured Author: CA Miconi

 Welcome Today's Featured Author  

CA Miconi!!!

Finding Love in Green Springs series:

My books are available exclusively from Amazon in ebook and paperback, and are enrolled in KU.


Welcome to small town romance—with heat! Introducing the “Finding Love in Green Springs” series, a collaboration between J.B. Havens and CA Miconi. The first book, Be Brave with Me, is set in the small southern town of Green Springs, Mississippi, where the days are hot and the nights are hotter!


Meg thought she was strong until tragedy struck--twice. Now she's alone in the world. For six months, she's been running from her demons, never staying in one place for long. Until she lands in Green Springs, Mississippi.

Drew was the golden boy of Lee County, destined for football greatness. It all went to hell in an instant, forever changing his life. He clawed out of his pit of despair and is settled into a comfortable, but lonely life, when Meg comes roaring into town. Immediately, he recognizes Meg’s pain hiding behind her brash exterior.

Drew wants to help her heal; Meg wants to flee to continue searching for peace. Is she brave enough to stay? Is he brave enough to let her go?


 Be Brave with Me is now on audio and I have US and UK audible codes to give away!

Book 2 in my series involves a 40 year old secret baby and finding a lost family through a DNA test. City meets country in this opposites attract story!

Book 2 in the "Finding Love in Green Springs" series, Be One with Me, is the story of Nolan and Sally, who you are introduced to in Book 1.

To the outside world, this city girl has it all: her own business, an upscale condo, plenty of money in the bank. After losing her mother to cancer, she’s lonely and longing for a family. A deathbed confession and a violent attack cause her to run from the only life she knows.

To the outside world, this country boy has it all: his own business, the pleasures of small town living, plenty of money in the bank. After losing his wife to cancer, he’s lonely and longing to love again, but his feet are firmly planted in the town his ancestors founded.

Sally is city; Nolan is country. The only thing they have in common is losing someone they love to cancer, but is that enough to build a relationship? Can these two opposites overcome their differences and become one?

New Release in Samantha A. Cole's Suspenseful Seduction World: Releasing exclusive to Amazon 10/20:



For over twenty years, I waited for him to return from deployments. Since retiring from the Navy, he’s been by my side, with no idea I’ve been living a double life.

In an instant, a violent home invasion turns our world upside down.

Now I’m waiting for him to wake up, waiting for him to remember that I’m his wife, his true love. And praying that when he learns my secret, he’ll also remember he’s mine.

***Waiting For Him Too is part of Samantha A. Cole's Suspenseful Seduction World.  

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About CA Miconi:

CA Miconi began reading at the age of five and has never stopped. Her childhood was filled with multiple readings of Gone With the Wind, the ultimate tragic romance. CA got her own HEA when she married her retired military hero, Gary, in 2010. She began her author services company, Lucky 13, in 2015, specializing in editing, proofreading, promoting, social media management, and administrative support. CA also hosts and sponsors author and reader events, never dreaming she would one day attend events as a signing author. When she’s not reading, writing, or working with authors, CA enjoys traveling, spending time with her grandchildren, boating, motorcycling, and cheering on her beloved Baltimore Ravens.

Let’s stay connected!






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Interview With CA Miconi:

1. Can you tell us a little about your books?

I write small town steamy with strong female leads! I love showcasing strong women by writing from their point of view. I have two books out in my Finding Love in Green Springs series with plans for two more. I'm also starting a spin off trilogy set in the same small town, and have just released a book in Samantha A. Cole's Suspenseful Seduction World.

2. What inspires you to write?

I'm an accidental author! I started out editing and providing author services, then got the writing bug! My inspiration comes from people and events that have shaped my life, and the inspiration for my fictional small town comes from the small town I grew up in near Richmond, Virginia!

3. Do you work with an outline, or just write?

I do best with an outline and like to plot chapter by chapter. Then I write based on my "script." 

4. How do you come up with your characters' names? 

Many of my names come from family and friends!

5. If you could be friends with one of your characters, which one would you choose?

I think it's a tie between Sally from Be One with Me, a sassy, sexy, successful 40 year old from Chicago, and Eileen from Waiting for Him Too, who is in her mid 50's and had a secret career with the federal government.

6. Do you have a release day tradition?

Not really, although i love being active on social media on release day, talking with everyone about my book!

7. If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose?

Probably Bonaire, one of the ABC islands in the Dutch Caribbean. I love it so much I put it in a book!

8. What writing projects are you currently working on?

I'm starting my spin off trilogy, the Healing Hearts Trilogy. The first book is going to be in Samantha A. Cole's Suspenseful Seduction World, and is set in my fictional small town of Green Springs. It involves a farm providing equine therapy to cancer patients and veterans with PTSD.

Halloween Countdown Blitz Day 3

TJ Amberson hails from the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband and nutty cocker spaniel. When she's not writing, TJ might be found enjoying a hot chocolate, pretending to know how to garden, riding her bike, playing the piano, or surfing the Internet for cheap plane tickets. With a love of many genres, TJ Amberson writes sweet romance for adults, and historical fantasy and contemporary sci-fi adventures for teen and mature tween readers. 

Alexis Kendall has a pretty typical teenage life: a crush on a cute guy, a loathing of chemistry, and a tendency to stumble into embarrassing mishaps. But everything changes after an unexpected discovery in chemistry class gives Alexis incredible powers. 

With her powers rapidly growing beyond her control, Alexis races to her teacher, Mr. Haber, for help. A chilling twist of events leaves Mr. Haber and his young assistant, Noah Weston, no choice but to reveal to Alexis a secret. And suddenly, Alexis is faced with a decision that will change her life forever. 

Top Ten List:

10 of my favorite things:

-Traveling, especially in Europe

-The scent of freshly mowed grass



-Playing the piano

-Thunder & lightning

-Movie editing

-The sound of the ocean

-Musical theater

-Mint chocolate chip ice cream

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