Amazon Best-selling Historical Romance

Amazon Best-selling Historical Romance
Escape to a romantic period where love endured, grew, and flourished despite a Civil War.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Next Big Thing Blog

1.      What is the title of your book/WIP?

Whispering Cypress

2.      Where did the idea for the book come from?

Camping and falling in love with beautiful campgrounds. I love nature, the woods, flowers, trees, birds, animals, and camping.

3. What genre would your book fall under? Inspirational Romantic Suspense

4.      Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Meg Ryan or Jennifer Aniston with Tom Hanks or Jim Carrey

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? After a decade of no contact, a woman purchases the campground a man from her past dreams of owning and hires him to repair and remodel the cabins.

6. Is your book published or represented? Releases August 11 from Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc.

7. How long did it take you to write? About six months.

8. What other books within your genre would you compare it to?  I have an Amazon reviewer who says my other two novels are comparable to Terri Blackstock, Collen Coble, and Brandilyn Collins, but I've only read Brandilyn Collins.

9. Which authors inspired you to write this book? Eva Marie Everson, Naomi Musch, Lynn Austin, Nicholas Sparks.

10. Tell us anything else that might pique our interest in your book.

You'll never have peace here. Leave the past where it belongs, or it will ruin you.

Spring Showers stared at the cutout newspaper letters pasted on a sheet of typing paper. Her heart pounded harder than any nail gun, and she placed her hand over her chest as if to still it. Nothing about the rundown campground prepared her for such a threat. Who could possibly care if she restored it?

After a decade of no contact, she purchases the campground a man from her past dreams of owning and hires him to repair and remodel the cabins. She still has feelings for him, and the sparks are still there -- smoldering like embers from a left-over campfire. A male friend from the city visits and trouble brews. A girl is attacked. Hackett is arrested. Did authorities arrest the right man? The girl is pregnant -- who is the father?

Going Green with Clean! by Valerie L. Strawmier

Going Green with Clean! Homemade Cleaning Products Using Green Recipes by Valerie L. Strawmier is a new release at, a short, easy read, full of recipes to save you money and keep you and your family healthy. I read it this morning and found products that most homes contain, such as baking soda, vinegar, salt, lemons, and hydrogen peroxide that can be used to make your own cleaning products. Your family's health is of the utmost importance, not to mention saving money on your grocery bill. I don't know about you, but I know what runs mine up, and it's usually the cleaning products. Why not cut your grocery bill and protect your family's health at the same time? Spending $4.99 today might save you much more in the long run.. I urge you to see for yourself. Now, I've always known about vinegar being used for cleaning, but this little book contains product recipes for cleaning from such items as cream of tartar, Borax, and even tea-tree oil that I never knew about. There are also many more uses for simple items that I wasn't aware of, so if you're looking to save money on cleaning, this is the book for you. Check it out at Spending a few dollars here might save you many in the long run. Open Going Green with Clean and find the treasures you may have in your own home and the true value they can offer.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Everglades by Petie McCarty

Everglades by Petie McCarty is a novel set in the Florida Everglades that you won't want to put down because it entwines action, adventure, romance, and nature, blending them together in such a way that you have a unique read. I felt like I was riding on an airboat through the river of grass. The author does a wonderful job with detail and description that pull you right into an adventure with Kayli Heddon, a photo journalist who takes a tour boat journey with Skye Landers, a Seminole Indian guide, or so she thinks. Throw Clay Jameson, a shallow, self-serving, political guy into the mix. He insists over and over that Kayli is his girlfriend, but no matter how many times he says it, he can't convince her. Just when you think this book can't get any better, it does. Just when you think it's winding down, it spirals back up again and has you sitting on the edge of your seat with bated breath. Vivid description, awesome details, a hunk of a tour boat guide, a spitfire of a woman who forgets her ladylike ways with the air hitting her face as she glides through Big Cypress Bend on an airboat. Kayli falls head over heels for Syke, but an unexpected beautiful blonde with a Southern drawl appears. Guns, knives, snakes, drug dealers, a legendary cat and uncle, cousins who bring trouble to the camp that's supposed to be hidden so well in the Everglades that no one can find it, and you've got a read like never before. I love how this novel makes you feel like you're right there in the thick of things with Kayli. Without hesitation, I rate it five stars, and I've found another author I love. This is one ride you don't want to miss.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Echo of an Earth Angel by Sarah M. Ross

Echo of an Earth Angel is now Available!!! Sarah M. Ross, author of Awaken, has released her new Young Adult Paranormal novel. Echo of an Earth Angel (Book 1 of the Earth Angel Trilogy) is now available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. The first novel in the series, Awaken is available for free Wednesday and Thursday only, so grab your free copy. About the Book: 18 year old Tessa Copeland barely survived the worst year of her life—in fact, it was a miracle. After making it through the tragedy that killed both of her parents, she’s left to pick up the pieces of her life. Combating the holes in her memory and the concern of her friends was hard enough, but a new talent threatens to destroy everything she’s trying to reclaim. David Allegri didn’t mean to ruin Tessa’s life. She was the brightest soul he’d seen in centuries and he couldn’t let her die, so the fallen angel used his abilities to heal her—only he took it too far and changed Tessa forever. Now, he has to figure out a way to explain what’s happening to Tessa and somehow protect both of them from the consequences. His choice made them targets for the Hunters, who will use any means necessary to capture their prey. Only a desperate plan can help them escape, and sacrifices will be made. Time is ticking. Will they make it, or will they be lost to the echoes of fate? PRICE: $2.99 for ebook $11.99 for Paperbacks. (Autographed copies available at About the Author: I started my obsession with reading at an early age, getting in trouble for sneaking BabySitter Club and Nancy Drew books into math class in elementary school. I would read any fiction book I could get my hands on. I knew it was an addiction when instead of grounding me from TV or music, my mom would take away my books as punishment (The Horror!). My love of all things paranormal was inspired by my good friend Laurie, who convinced me that books with vampires, witches, and all things shifter were amazing. After a little reluctance, I gave it a shot with the Sookie Stackhouse books, realized she was right, and the rest was history. I grew up in Pittsburgh, graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with my degree in English, and taught 8th graders to love reading as much as I do for several years. I will always be a proud member of the Steelers Nation, but I couldn't take the cold and moved my frozen tush to Florida where I now live with my family and two cats. You will find me now with my trusty Kindle in hand and toes in the sand! When I'm not writing or reading, I am probably partaking in my favorite vice: sunbathing. I know it's wrong, but I love the feeling on the hot sun on my skin and could lay in it for hours. I do live in Florida for a reason! Please feel free to contact me! Website- Facebook- Twitter-!/SarahtheAuthor