6/24/2019

Through My Lens: Multnomah Falls, Oregon

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6/21/2019

The July Intrigues

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for an autographed copy of CREDIBLE ALIBI by Tyler Anne Snell at the end of this blog.


CREDIBLE ALIBI

Who knew a man from her past…
would save her from an unpredictable future?


Just as innkeeper Madeline Nash is wrongly accused of a crime, former lover Julian Mercer unexpectedly shows up and lies to give her an alibi. As Julian’s deceit draws him into the dangers and mysteries of Madi’s troubled past, their romance rekindles. Nothing can keep him from protecting the woman he never forgot—not even bullets.

Winding Road Redemption


ANGI: Favorite thing about your hero, Julian Mercer
TYLER: He’s massive! He’s the tallest, most-muscled, and toughest hero I’ve ever written. The heroine, and several other characters, often refer to him as “a mountain of a man” and it’s just so much fun considering his personality is calm, collected, and a bit more quiet than most. His size and skills are only matched by his pure devotion to fighting to keep Madi and their unborn child safe. I honestly picture him as a giant teddy bear…A giant teddy bear who could take you out with his pinky finger if need be.

ANGI: Favorite thing about your heroine, Madeline Nash
TYLER: One thing I enjoy about all of the Winding Road Redemption books is we get to see how an early trauma has completely changed who the Nash siblings were at a young age. Because of this Madi always has an internal war going on between her head and her heart. Her head wants to keep doing what she’s had to do in life to cope while her heart wants that happy ending. Madi Nash is very much the embodiment of – Do we keep what we have because we know it works for the most part or do we take a chance and see the potentially better thing that’s behind Door #2? Adding in the fact that she’s pregnant and Madi is just a wonderfully complicated character that you really want to root for!

ANGI: Favorite scene in CREDIBLE ALIBI
TYLER: There’s several fight and flight moments when Madi and Julian are attacked at her inn that I sincerely had so much fun writing! It highlights their skills, like Julian being a former Marine, while also showing some of the points against them, like her being pregnant and not being able to physically do as much as she once could. Still, they work with what they have and it’s really something special and exciting!

ANGI: Favorite thing about writing
TYLER: Untangling the jumbled up scenes and ideas in my head and making them into a piece of work that makes sense so other people can see what I’m so pumped about! Telling a story that entertains others and makes them happy really is something I’ve always wanted to do…But mostly so I can share my own excitement with them!

ANGI: Share a little about your Winding Road Redemption series
TYLER:
The series is connected through the Nash siblings but it’s also so much more than that. After the triplets were abducted and held captive for three days when they were eight, the series shows the triplets and their older brother as adults, still trying to find redemption, closure, and happiness. It’s my most family-oriented series and deals with the unspoken bonds between, not only family, but with people who have suffered and survived a trauma or tragedy together before. Each book has a mystery specific to that book while also serving that larger mystery that has basically shaped the entire Nash family and the small town they’ve always lived in. It’s probably the most touching series I’ve done yet and I really hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did writing it!

STEEL RESOLVE

Sometimes you can go home again
It’s just not always safe...


Mary Cardwell Savage never meant to send that letter to her ex, Chase Steele. How could she know her words would bring the gorgeous cowboy back to Big Sky, Montana—with an unstable and dangerous stalker following close behind? Now Chase wants to prove that their love deserves a second chance. And this time, nothing will keep him from his heart’s desire…not even a killer.

Cardwell Ranch: Montana Legacy



CALCULATED RISK

She thought she was finally safe,
But her past won’t let her go.


Sheriff’s deputy Tanner Dempsey is just doing his job when he stops a shoplifter trying to steal diapers and formula. But something about this frightened young woman makes him want to do more. Bree Daniels is grateful for Tanner’s help, but there’s so much she can never tell him… The truth is dangerous to everyone she lets into her life—and could be lethal to Tanner.

The Risk Series: A Bree and Tanner Thriller Book 1



WYOMING COWBOY BODYGUARD

Her bodyguard was murdered.
Will she be next?


Following her scandalous divorce, fans turned on country music “bad girl” Daisy Delaney. Now someone wants her dead. But former FBI agent Zach Simmons isn’t letting this violent psychopath get any closer to Daisy. Because the bodyguard will do whatever it takes to protect the bad girl he’s falling for…

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KILLER INVESTIGATION

Some things you never forget…
Because they’ll never let you.


Minutes after Arden Mayfair returns to her hometown, lawyer Reid Sutton appears on her doorstep. He warns her of the murder of a young woman, which closely resembles that of Arden’s mother. Reid may be the man Arden left behind, but he’s taking no chances with her safety. She could have seen her mother’s killer. And the heartbreaking past between them won’t stop Reid from protecting Arden with his own life.

Twilight's Children Series


DEFENSIVE ACTION

A daring CIA agent and a risk-averse I.T. expert
need to combine forces—like it or not.


Ryan Carr’s mission is to deliver top secret intel—not guard I.T. expert Haley Nobel, the unsuspecting woman who saved him while he was in a shoot-out. But with bullets flying, Ryan and Haley have no choice except to rely on each other and their survival instincts. With both of their lives on the line, will they find the best defensive action is total engagement?


Protectors at Heart Series


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6/20/2019

Jacqui Nelson’s North of the Border with guest Shereen Vedam

Who’s next on my North of the Border guest blog series? Today we have Shereen Vedam, author of the Harrington Bay Mysteries series and the new release, Missing You. 

Where does Shereen get her inspiration? How is Canada part of her inspiration? Read on and see...


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Trees love to toss and sway; they make such happy noises – Emily Carr

We’re within kissing distance of Canada Day, July 1st. Writing a blog about my country made me pause to consider what I love most about Canada. What comes immediately to mind are trees. Everywhere I’ve lived across this beautify country, I’ve loved the trees.


I’ve moved from Ontario (grew up in Ottawa) to Manitoba (met my two best friends there) to Saskatchewan (where I learned all about veterinary practices in a farming community) to British Columbia (I finally settled on Vancouver Island and laid claim to this spot as the home of my heart).

In every one of those provinces, I’ve adored the trees that grew there. Now, thinking back, the maple trees in Ontario remind me of school trips and my very first taste of maple syrup. Yum!!!

In Manitoba, I went on my first ever camping trip and was surrounded by oaks and spruce and Cedars. I remember a group of us carrying a canoe over our heads through the forest to go paddling on a lake.

In Saskatchewan, I remember there were miles and miles of flat country. I was lucky to see one tree as we drove down country roads. I searched for trees at every farm the vet and I visited.

By the time I arrived in British Columbia, I was surrounded by trees again. They were everywhere. Planted along the sidewalks, growing in the parks, along highways and down mountain paths. This is where I had my first taste of white-water rafting, as we sped through lush forest landscapes.


I now live in a house where I planted a spooky Weeping Sequoias at the front and back of the property and an Arbutus tree in my immediate backyard.

It’s almost time for me to move from here into a condo. I think I’ll miss the trees the most. In the back of my mind, though, there’s a plan growing for a container garden in my new balcony. It’s going to be spectacular. Though I’ll be limited in how big the plants can be there, guaranteed, there’s going to be a tree in one of those pots! Fingers crossed, the strata council isn’t reading this post.

If you’ve read this post down to here, you might have gained the impression that I like to travel as much as I love trees. In my books, you’ll encounter reflection of both these loves, as characters go from place to place exploring vast new landscapes, encountering interesting new folk and sheltering against trees.

Below is an excerpt from my newest release called Missing You, a travel mystery romance (big surprise).

Excerpt from Missing You 
Copyright Shereen Vedam, 2019

Missing You - book cover
Still a little bleary-eyed from her twenty-one-hour flight and the shift in time difference, Phoebe texted her aunt. I’m home.

She got out of the Uber, hoping Aunt Helen would come downstairs and let her in. It would save her waking up her parents or her great-grandfather Walter.

After a three-year absence, it felt odd to be back in Harrington Bay, or HB as it was known among the locals. HB was located south of Portland, Oregon, close to the coast. She stood partially shielded by the thick trunk of a white oak as she observed their closed front door. It was past midnight, so the porch light had been switched off. The moon, too, wisely hid on this cloudy spring night that vibrated with tension.

Her phone buzzed. Another text from her aunt. Finally.

Thank God you’re back, Phoebe! I’m already in. Hurry!

Phoebe ran toward her front door while thumbing back the obvious question. In where?

The next text flashed a different address than theirs. She stopped in her tracks, her astonished gaze swinging left, toward the large Victorian house next door.

She fished a flashlight from her travel duffle bag before tucking her kit behind a bush near her front door. She then cautiously headed to the neighboring property.

According to her aunt, Tucker Harrington, a retired army major, had recently returned to the town his ancestors helped build and then brought this house.

Over shoulder-high box hedges, the neighboring home’s exterior appeared to have been painted a new lighter shade. The garden had been tamed since Phoebe left home. It no longer grew wild, appearing tended and landscaped, with fresh dark mulch spread thickly on the beds.

Why was her septuagenarian aunt texting Phoebe from inside Tucker’s house? No porch lights on there either. Tucker was also in his seventies, so he could be asleep. Was her aunt in his bed? Phoebe shook off the unsettling image. Just how close was Aunt Helen to this old dude? Was his grandson home?

A light flickered in one of the downstairs windows. Her phone buzzed. Another text from her aunt. You coming? Head to the right of the front door. Don’t wake Tucker!

It was the longest note Phoebe had received since Aunt Helen first mentioned this family emergency. It set her alarm bells ringing.

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Shereen Vedam - Author Photo
Once upon a time, USA Today bestselling author Shereen Vedam read fantasy and romance novels to entertain herself. Now she writes heartwarming tales braided with threads of magic and love and mystery elements woven in for good measure.

Shereen's a fan of resourceful women, intriguing men, and happily-ever-after endings. If her stories whisk you away to a different realm for a few hours, then Shereen will have achieved one of her life goals.


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6/19/2019

Meet Tracey Lyons


A LOVE FOR LIZZIE
Childhood friends joined by a painful past…
Can love blossom between them?


After her father falls ill, Lizzie Miller and her family desperately need help to keep the farm going during harvesttime. Neighbor Paul Burkholder is eager to lend a hand—and to court Lizzie. But Paul has a secret that he fears could push Lizzie away. Can they finally heal from a tragedy in their pasts…and open their hearts to each other?


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An Amazon #1 bestselling Christian romance author, Tracey Lyons sold her first book on 9/9/99! She holds membership in Romance Writers of America, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Novelist, Inc. Tracey's books have been translated into several languages. A finalist in the Booksellers Best, National Readers Choice and the National Excellence in Romance Fiction awards contests, Tracey has appeared on the award winning Cox Cable Television show, Page One. 

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THE Q&A
ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
TRACEY: Every time I write an intensely emotional scene, I find myself getting lost in the plot. Sometimes when I take a break from writing, I look up from my computer screen and realize I’m in my house! LOL! That’s a good day!

ANGI: What’s your favorite thing about your book’s hero?
TRACEY: I love that Paul never once gives up on Lizzie. He loves her no matter what and stands by her even when she doubts her own ability to fall in love.

ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
TRACEY: Ohhhh I so love the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I know it’s non-fiction but it totally plays like a fictional event.

ANGI: What’s your perfect day?
TRACEY: Right now, my perfect day would be one with sunshine in it!

ANGI: Salad or soup?
TRACEY: Soup.

ANGI: Favorite TV rerun you watch every time you channel surf? 
TRACEY: Big Bang Theory

ANGI: Favorite date night…fancy or at home? 
TRACEY: fancy

ANGI: Champagne or Soda?
TRACEY: Champagne

ANGI: The most daring thing you’ve ever done… Care to share?
TRACEY: Okay here goes; As a dare made by my then boyfriend and now husband, I once sat on the edge of a bridge on a train trestle while the train whizzed by me inches away. Not my brightest move by the way, but I guess we’d do anything for love! And children don’t try this at home!

ANGI’s GOTTA ASK:  SHOW ME YOUR SHOES…


TRACEY’S GOTTA ANSWER:  Flip Flops
  
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A Love Inspired Amish book.

PREVIOUSLY RELEASED by TRACEY:
A SURPRISE FOR ABIGAIL
Women of Surprise, #1

Cole Stanton was a man on the move. On his own since the death of his family, he drifted from place to place, guarding his heart from attachment to anything or anyone.

Meanwhile, Abigail Monroe was busy planning her wedding until she was jilted by her intended, Edward Quinn. Her heart broken and her hopes dashed, Abigail vowed to never fall in love again, fleeing to the town of Surprise to visit her sick Aunt Margaret.
However, when Abigail arrived, she found that her Aunt Margaret had an unorthodox request of her: become the town's first woman sheriff!

When Abigail agrees, her life quickly turns upside down. Her first arrest is none other than Cole Stanton, for drunken and disorderly conduct. After his arrest, it becomes clear to Abigail that Mr. Stanton could be much more than he seems. He may very well be a wanted man: wanted both by the law and by Abigail.

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A CHANGED AGENT
The Andirondack Pinkertons #1

When schoolteacher Elsie Mitchell meets rugged William Benton on a train platform in Albany, it appears they have nothing in common. He isn’t the sort of fellow a proper young woman of the 1890s would ever speak to, much less become involved with. But when she arrives at her small town in the Adirondack Mountains, Elsie is offered a job as caregiver for this mysterious out-of-towner’s niece and nephew, who’ve been tragically orphaned. Heartbroken for them, she accepts.
Unknown to her, William is an undercover Pinkerton agent posing as a lumber-company foreman. He’s never wanted family—his work is too dangerous. Yet as Elsie transforms his house into a home and he spends time with the children, he feels drawn to family life—and to Elsie.
As a good Christian, Elsie is troubled by William’s secrets…though she does find him intriguing. And when a sinister figure from her past arrives, Elsie and William will have to trust in faith and newfound love to protect their unlikely family from danger.
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TRACEY WANTS TO KNOW: Well because of the rain and cold we didn’t get many of our spring flowers this year. So I’d like to know what is your favorite spring flower?

6/18/2019

E.E. Burke On The Journey: an inspiring love story

Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century. ~ Mark Twain, Notebook, 1894

Sam and Livy: A Love Story

By E.E. Burke
(Pictured above: Sam and his Livy.)
As a romance writer, I’m always on the look-out for great love stories. One of the most poignant is the romance between Sam Clemens (Mark Twain) and Olivia Langdon. What an unlikely pair they were. Olivia, known as Livy, had a proper Eastern upbringing in a family of high social standing. Sam was a westerner with many rough edges. He grew up poor and left school at age 12. In contrast to Livy’s even temperament and piety, Sam had explosive bouts of anger; he smoked, drank and could out-swear a sailor. Nevertheless, these two found in each other a love that only deepened over the years.
Clemens reported that he fell in love with Olivia when he first saw her in an ivory miniature on board a ship with her brother in 1867. He met her the following December, 1868.
He later wrote in The Autobiography of Mark Twain: “She was slender and beautiful and girlish–she was both girl and woman. She remained both girl and woman to the last day of her life.”
Within days of meeting Livy. he proposed marriage. She refused. It took real determination to convince her to marry him–more than 180 letters over 17 months.
He later wrote: “She said she never could or would love me – but she set herself the task of making a Christian of me. I said she would succeed, but that in the meantime, she would unwittingly dig a matrimonial pit and end by tumbling into it.”
She did indeed take the tumble and loved Sam for 34 years until the day of her death in 1904.
This poignant recollection from Twain’s autobiography gives some insight into one of the reasons he loved his Livy so faithfully and passionately. “She poured out her prodigal affection in kisses and caresses, and in a vocabulary of endearments whose profusion was always an astonishment to me.”
Sadly, the devoted couple experienced heartbreaking loss. Their first child, Langdon, died of diphtheria before he reached his second year. They lost daughter Susy, 24, to meningitis, and Jean died from epilepsy at 29. Clara was estranged from her father for many years although they reconciled before his death. Clara lived to age 88, but left no children.
Sam and Livy’s love story is, in part, what inspired me to write love stories for the beloved characters Mark Twain created. I like to think Sam would appreciate the difficulties both Tom and Huck face when they fall in love.
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I noticed some pieces of limbs and such things floating down, and a sprinkling of bark; so I knowed the river had begun to rise. ~ Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Life On The Big Muddy

This year, those of us in the Midwest have been reminded of the Missouri River’s power and unpredictability. But the Big Muddy has always been a dangerous river.
Ever Changing Channels: The Missouri River has never liked to stay in predictable channels. According the Mark Twain’s writings, 19th century pilots on the Mississippi River could memorize that river enough to run at night. But steamboats on the Missouri River would only travel during the day when the pilots could actually observe the river because it changed so often. The course they took on the trip upriver could be entirely different from the one they encountered coming back downriver.
Spilling over its banks: This aerial photo from KMBC-News in Kansas City shows historic flooding in Platte County, MO (about a half hour north of where I live). While doing research for Taming Huck Finn, I read about a famed Mississippi River steamboat pilot who made one journey up the Missouri River in the early 1870s, and declared he would never do it again. He said only a madman would attempt to pilot such a wild, unpredictable river. It sounded to me like the kind the river that would appeal to Huck Finn.
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