4/20/18

The Tawnee Mountain Mysteries Series Spotlight & Giveaway


This morning, we are featuring The Tawnee Mountain Mysteries in our book spotlight!  Check out this mystery series, learn about the authors and enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!

The Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series is a collection of seven brand new mysteries from seven award-winning and bestselling authors taking place at the same final destination, the Tawnee Mountain Resort. 

Each book in this multi-author series is a standalone novella, and the series can be read in any order.


Leona's Last Resort
Tawnee Mountain Mysteries Book 1
by Karen M. Bryson
Genre: Mystery / Suspense

A small-town mystery novella with a dash of romance and a few ghosts.

When Max Elliot invites Izzy Grant to a fancy Ivy League alumni reception at the Tawnee Mountain Resort, the ghost hunters anticipate a romantic weekend getaway at the premier ski and golf destination.  But when wealthy hotelier Leona Hutton is murdered, and her ghost asks Izzy to find her killer, she and Max decide to investigate.

Will Izzy and Max solve the case before more alumni end up dead, or the killer turns the tables and decides to hunt the ghost hunters?

Leona's Last Resort is a part of the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series, a collection of seven brand new mysteries, from seven award-winning and bestselling authors, taking place at the same final destination, the Tawnee Mountain Resort.

Leona's Last Resort features ghost hunters, Izzy Grant and Max Elliot, from the Izzy & Max Paranormal Mystery series.

Each book in this multi-author series is a standalone novella, and the series can be
read in any order.



Dark Side of the Mountain
Tawnee Mountain Mysteries Book 2
by R.J. Rosatte

Katie Douglas thinks doing a mechanical inspection job at the Tawnee Mountain Resort is going to be a working vacation. But that’s before three young mountain bikers go missing while riding the trails of the mountain and a ransom note is delivered.

Partnering with a charming guest of the resort, novelist Casey Malone, Katie soon discovers there is a twisting plot possibly involving the missing men’s girlfriends and perhaps even the FBI.

When their investigation is complicated by the discovery of bomb making material in a cave on the mountain and the threat of an approaching hurricane, Katie and Casey go into overdrive to find the missing men and prevent what could be a devastating attack on an unknown target.

As Hurricane Patrick pays a rare visit to inland New Jersey, the story reaches an explosive climax as they and the staff of Tawnee Mountain Resort deal with both of these threats.

Dark Side of the Mountain is a part of the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series, a collection of seven brand new mysteries, from seven award-winning and bestselling authors, taking place at the same final destination, the Tawnee Mountain Resort. 



Deadly Reception
Tawnee Mountain Mysteries Book 3
by Karen Randau

A severed head. A philandering husband. A skeleton in the basement. This was not the perfect wedding Rita Avery planned for her daughter Zoe!

Rita Avery and her detective husband Cliff arrive at New Jersey’s Tawnee Mountain Resort prepared to greet Zoe’s wedding guests in just three hours. Who would have expected to find a man’s torso in their closet?

Things explode into high gear when the victim’s head shows up at the golf equipment shack. A good look at his social media makes Rita wonder if a wife murdered her husband as revenge for infidelity. Or did a secret admirer decide to liberate the wife from her scoundrel husband? 
Worse, is Zoe in life-threatening danger . . . again?
And will Rita and Cliff escape the trap in which the murderer snares them?

Murder and a passel of twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Zoe’s wedding is the most exciting you’ll attend!

Deadly Reception is a part of the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series, a collection of seven brand new mysteries, from seven award-winning and bestselling authors, taking place at the same final destination, the Tawnee Mountain Resort. 

Deadly Reception features characters from Karen Randau’s Rim Country Mysteries series. 



Deadly Misfire
Tawnee Mountain Mysteries Book 4
by Laurie Fagen

KWLF-FM crime reporter Lisa Powers’ boss sends her to a radio news conference in New Jersey, in the dead of winter, and far away from her beloved crime beat in Arizona. She goes to the Tawnee Mountain Resort begrudgingly, afraid she’s going to miss a big story.

But at the convention, where she is up for an excellence in reporting award, an unknown stalker torments her for several days. When she takes the stage to learn the winner, the stalker antes up the stakes – with deadly force. 

Deadly Misfire is a part of the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series, a collection of seven brand new mysteries, from seven award-winning and bestselling authors, taking place at the same final destination, the Tawnee Mountain Resort. 

Deadly Misfire features characters from Laurie Fagen’s Behind the Mic Mysteries series. 


Cassidy's Deadly Exit
Tawnee Mountain Mysteries Book 5
by Marla J. Hayes

Broadway actress Cassidy Quinn finally wins a long coveted Tony award, but the words in her acceptance speech stir up a new problem - a previously low-key fan ramps up online rhetoric to the point where her usual security categorizes this unidentified person as an avidly persistent stalker.

Cassidy takes control of her career and her safety, while doing her best not to disappoint her most devoted fans - she travels to the Tawnee Mountain Resort to attend her first fan convention, a small gathering of her super fans. After all, what could happen to her when she's surrounded by devoted admirers, trusted employees, and the security precautions of a resort that has hosted large scale political gatherings without a single reported incident?

When events at the gathering turn deadly, Cassidy must figure out who among her fans and her staff wants to kill her, and her career.

Cassidy's Deadly Exit is a part of the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series, a collection of seven brand new mysteries, from seven award-winning and bestselling authors, taking place at the same final destination, the Tawnee Mountain Resort.



Black Diamond Graves
Tawnee Mountain Mysteries Book 6
by Wendy Fallon

Cali May attends an Artists' Retreat at Tawnee Mountain Ski and Golf Resort in North Jersey. She's appalled to see a figure fall from the Black Diamond ski lift as she and the other attendees ride the lift to a small lodge on the first day. She finds herself stranded at the top of the mountain with several creative souls both dead and alive, and must uncover a murderer before she too becomes a target.



The Quinnipiac Disappearance
Tawnee Mountain Mysteries Book 7
by Lee Tidball

Down in South Jersey, you got your Jersey Devil and the Pine Barrens.  Up here, we got E.T.s and Quinnipiac.”
So says Alan Riddiak, NSA field agent Jake Farrister’s friend, as they rent kayaks at Quinnipiac Reservoir, site of what locals say was the most credible mass sighting of a UFO in human history, and just miles from the swanky Tawnee Mountain Resort, where Alan’s boss, revered Senator Grant Bilson of New Jersey, is on an August recess retreat.

Ok…” smirks Jake.
But smirks turn to shock when two bizarre disappearances and an attempted murder suck the rest out of the retreat, and Senator Bilson commissions Jake to solve the mysteries.
Jake finds nothing but frustration, though, until he finally concedes what quirky new friend Nikki Hayes has told him all along; when it comes to Quinnipiac, the only explanations are inexplicable, the only believable witnesses are unbelievable, and in order to stop the world-shattering plot at the heart of the mysteries, Jake must do what he thought was unthinkable—and hope he’s not too late.

**Coming Soon!**



KAREN M. BRYSON writes romantic mystery and suspense stories. She is a winner of the prestigious RONE Award for Excellence in the Indie and Small Publishing Industry as well as the RWA Lone Star Writing Contest.
Karen is also an award-winning/optioned screenwriter.
When she's not at her computer creating new stories, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband and their bloodhounds.
Karen previously wrote contemporary romance under the pen names SAVANNAH YOUNG, SIERRA AVALON, REN MONTERREY and USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR DAKOTA MADISON.




R.J. Rosatte is a native of Prince Edward County, Ontario, his careers have included being an infantry officer in the Canadian Army Reserves, economics teacher at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario, a long-haul truck driver and businessman.
He has travelled all forty-eight lower US states, eight Canadian provinces, Italy, Mexico and most of the Caribbean. He currently resides in Bayside, Quinte West, Ontario with his wife, Wendy, and their Westie, Molly.




A native of the southwestern U.S., Karen Randau has been writing and telling stories since elementary school. She holds a degree in journalism/public relations from The University of Texas at Austin and has enjoyed a long career in marketing communications.

After a short stint working in a psychiatric hospital, when she wrote three self-help books, Karen joined an international relief and development organization to use her skills to help people struggling with extreme poverty. She has traveled to numerous developing countries, witnessing famines, violence, and hopeful people working to overcome a generational cycle of poverty.

She loves to read and write fast-paced mysteries and thrillers, especially those with intricate plots, lots of action, and rollercoaster-like twists and turns.




Laurie Fagen is a "writer by habit" who has enjoyed writing for a variety of mediums, including radio, commercial and cable television, film, newspapers and magazines. 
Fagen, a member of Sisters in Crime (SinC), is also is an artist and jazz singer, and the former publisher of the SanTan Sun News, a community newspaper in the Phoenix, AZ area.










Marla J. Hayes, a produced screenwriter and occasional actress, graduated with a Master Screenwriter Certificate from ScreenwritingU in October 2017 -- check out her film Biz credentials on imdb.com. Now add novelist to her screenplay stories!

Her articles (and photographs) have been published in American and Canadian magazines and newspapers. She was a featured columnist in COLLECTIBLES CANADA magazine for over 10 years. Short fiction pieces have appeared in Canadian elementary school reading program textbooks and public school libraries continue to carry her picture book, HOW A CAROUSEL CAME TO NORTH BAY, published by Scholastic Canada.

Marla lives in northeastern Ontario, Canada.



Wendy Fallon -By day I am a technical writer, and by night and on weekends I am an artist and creative writer.  Having lived  in Phoenix, AZ for 20+ years with my husband Tim, I found the urban wilderness to be endlessly fascinating. Our home was tucked up against South Mountain, the largest city park in the U.S. The canal that ran across the base of the mountain provided inspiration for painting, drawing, and writing with sitings of wild coyotes, skittering fluffs of newborn quail, lizards, constant change…and stories of life and death. In December 2017, we moved to a beach in Florida, which is whole ‘nother story!




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4/19/18

Here’s How You Can Prevent Road Rage when On a Family Road Trip


So you’ve got this whole family road trip planned. You’re super excited and you’re very hyped up about the final destination. The problem is that the kids are probably super excited as well, and this can put a little bit of pressure on you to make sure that everything turns out alright. This, combined with bad drivers on the road, can lead you to experience a ton of road rage and this isn’t good for anyone. So if you want to avoid this when you are out on your next family road trip, take a look below to find out how you can prevent road rage when on a family road trip.

Get some Sleep
The main thing that you have to do before you go out on a family road trip is make sure that you get plenty of sleep the night before. If you are running low on sleep then this could be a main contributing factor to your road rage. This is especially the case if you have kids because you may feel as though there is just so much to do and so much to plan for to make the trip a memorable one for the family! If you want to get more sleep at night then one thing that you can do is make sure that you plan out how many hours you need and then go to bed an hour before. This will give you time to unwind.
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Always Plan
If you whiz through your morning routine every single day then it is more than understandable that a family road trip will include ten times the chaos. It’s important that you add on an extra 30 minutes or so when planning your various trip activities because some things are almost guaranteed to go wrong. A lot of people get road rage because they have to be somewhere by a specific time. Remember that you always have more time than you’d think and the hotel isn’t going to refuse letting you in if you arrive an hour late. For this reason, you need to take your time and plan out when things are going to be happening so that you can allow a little extra time for things to go wrong. This will make it way easier for you to really keep on top of everything.

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Turn the Bass Down...and Go Back to School?
The next time you are out and about, make sure that you take some music with you. Relaxing music is great when you are on the road and it is also great if you want to unwind after a stressful morning. You can take a CD with you or you can easily connect to soothing music with your phone. When choosing your music, you may want to select tunes with little less heart pumping bass for a more soothing ride. This is a great way for you to really keep your concentration up when you are on the road and it can also shut off your mind as well. Now--if you really do struggle with road rage then, you may need a little outside help. It may be time to head back to school!  One thing that you can do is go to a school for defensive driving to see if they can give you any support. This is a fantastic way for you to get control of your road rage and it is also a great way for you to really be a better driver--and learn what to look for on the road.

Breathe!

Sure, the family road trip is all dependent on you getting everyone to their destination on time, but if you feel yourself clenching the wheel in a death grip then just try and breathe. Loosen up your fingers and set the cruise control if you are stuck in really slow moving traffic. It helps to take regular breaks as well and this is especially the case if you are going to be on a road trip for longer than three hours. The main reason for this is because your muscles and your joints will tense up after long periods of time and this will make you more prone to feelings of stress. It’s understandable that when you have the family in the car, that you won’t be able to take much of a break, but a simple stop-off at a shop can work wonders for your stress levels and it can also be good for your family as well.

Remember that It’s Not All Your Fault
If you find that another driver has cut you off or if a car has stopped in front of you erratically then it is normal for you to feel stressed about this. You may feel your anger levels rising or you may even feel as though they put your family in danger when they did that. You can’t help things like this, but don’t take it personally and always make sure that you are being respectful on the road.

Long family road trips put you into a number of different driving situations--with many not-so-respectful-drivers sharing your road. Practice these tips to help you prevent some road rage when venturing out on a family road trip this summer!

The Ultimate Guide to Traveling in Canada


Canada cannot be summed up in a few quick tips, but never the less, that is what is about to happen. Here are some when, where, how and why tips for visiting Canada this year!

When
In a nutshell, it is stunning all year-round. However, if you are looking for the perfect Canadian experience, plan according to the activities you want to do.

• Spring is typically March to June. Springtime sees a lot of rain, but it won’t stop you having a fabulous time. If spotting 10,000-year-old glaciers floating on by and white-water rafting sounds like your idea of fun, aim for these months.

• Summer is June to September. Perfect for hiking, camping, festival season is in full swing, and the BBQs are heavenly. Also, summer is the optimal time for outdoorsy types – love canoeing, kayaking and the super Canadian portage? Then this is the time for you.

• Fall lands September to November. Not for the faint of heart, Polar Bear spotting is possible during these months. Be aware that it might require some lengthy travel and may be expensive but without a doubt worth every dime and mile. Speaking of paws and claws, how about some Spirit Bear watching? It might sound like hooey except Spirit Bears are simply a rare subspecies of black bear. They are most likely spotted in fall. Thanksgiving is taking place in October you’d be remiss not to consider booking a trip to experience a real Canadian Thanksgiving while you have the chance.

• Winter snowy and ethereal, but above all, very cold. The landscapes make for some of the most beautiful in the worlds, one that photographers shouldn’t miss. Niagara Falls is frozen, making the landmark stunning when the Winter Festival of Lights arrives too.

Where

North of Vancouver is home to one of the biggest ski resorts in North America, not only that but nestled in the Blackcomb mountains is Delta Hotels Whistler Village Suites a luxurious and perfect place to start your Canadian adventure. After that, choose a few places to visit – Canada is huge! Jasper National Park and Banff National Park are the closest… relatively speaking.

How
It is no secret that Canadian flights aren’t cheap and in fact, there are no budget airlines to speak of. Try to book well in advance and keep a little bit of flexibility. Ideally, hire a car, campervan or RV and sink your cash into gas. You’ll get to see much more, stop where you like and save on accommodation too. Bonus! As mentioned in ‘Where’, if you opt to head to Whistler, Jasper and Banff being the nearest National parks, the RV option will save you a heap of money here. They are high tourist areas and come with premium prices too. Bus and train are also an option but don’t give you the freedom your own wheels will.

Why
If all of those don’t whet your appetite for some exploration, then have a look at the image below. Breathtaking, phenomenal, maybe even once in a lifetime travel awaits you in Canada.


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Stock Up: Topping Up Your Business Income With Shares


In such a rocky financial climate and an ever-changing market; it can be a challenge to feel secure and comfortable with your income. If you’ve been working in your career for a while, or run a business; you might want some additional income to fill up your savings account, and give yourself peace of mind for the future. Whether you want to save for something specific like education or property, or you just want to create a nest egg for a comfortable retirement ahead; it’s worth looking into how to increase your monthly earnings. Many financially savvy people are looking towards stocks and shares to increase their income. If you have knowledge of the market and are able to make quick and smart decisions regarding what and when to buy and sell; it can be a lucrative pastime, that may turn into something more.

However, you can’t venture into buying and selling stock without adequate knowledge and skills with numbers. Therefore, it’s worth researching into what to do in regards to increasing your original investment. It’s an ongoing and ever-changing process, so make sure that you’re willing to put in the time, or you have the means to invest in reputable help to increase your money. The following are some ideas and advice for those venturing onto, or already a part of, the exciting stocks and shares market, for a financially savvy future ahead.


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Build Up Your Portfolio

The best way to attain more income for your small business or savings account, and become successful with your stocks and shares, is to build up your portfolio. It’s not about rushed decisions and impulsive behavior; it should be a steady process, where you learn the ropes and grasp a thorough understanding of what you need to do. The more you invest in research and help to assist you in your future in the market, the sooner you’ll be writing covered calls for others who want a piece of the action. Therefore, take your time to begin with, and make wise choices; tackle the challenge as you do your business, for a thorough and thought-through future ahead.

Brokers Know Best

Again, you don’t want to get too cocky too soon, especially when you’re investing in shares to benefit your business and your financial future. A stockbroker is your best port of call; make sure you research into a reputable individual or company so that they will give you the best chance of success. If you’re unhappy or uncomfortable with the actions or manner in which your broker goes about things, don’t be afraid to move on and find someone new. Remember that it’s your hard earned money at stake, so your choices should be firm.

Can You Afford It?


Buying shares is not something you should be doing if your small business is in any sort of financial trouble. It is not a guaranteed means to raise income, so if you can’t afford to lose what you invest; don’t risk the loss of your money.


Inevitable Book Spotlight & Giveaway


This morning, we are featuring a new paranormal romance novel for adult readers.  Check out Inevitable, learn about the series and the author & enter for a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card in the book tour giveaway on the blog.

Inevitable
The Curse of Avalon Book 2
by Sariah Skye
Genre: Paranormal RH Romance

A few short weeks ago, I knew exactly who I was: Ava Dawson, a woman with a surprising magical ability, a daughter, a friend, and invisible to men. 


Now? Everything has changed. The only family I’ve ever known? Betrayed me. My best friend lives clear across the city, and I seem to have the favor of four gorgeous, reluctant incubi. That complicates things a bit.
Also, I have this powerful magic coursing through my veins: the power of the mythical isle of Avalon. It’s real, I promise—I feel it every day. If I don’t learn how to control it, I might just end up hurting the people closest to me. Mathias, Trystan, Bash, and Xander are the new sworn protectors of Avalon—me. They’re powerful, but this magic? Might be more so.
I’m resisting the magic and trying to figure out who I am again. 

Losing my control? It's probable. Losing my heart, split among four gorgeous men? Yeah, I’m sure it’s only inevitable

(this is a slower-burn paranormal/ reverse harem romance, like the first book in the series. Due to language and adult content, the entire series is recommended for adults 18+)




Invisible
The Curse of Avalon Book 1

My name is Ava Dawson. Ever since I was young, I have had this strange “gift” of invisibility. I can’t explain it, nor can I always control it. It affects my work, my personal life, dating—all but my mother and best friend seem to be affected. No matter what I do, I seem to always be forgotten.


Until I meet these gorgeous guys during a girls’ night out, and there’s something strangely alluring about them. An ancient curse brings us together, while a group of supernatural “Collectors” is threatening to tear us apart. They’re targeting people with special abilities like mine, and all four men have taken it upon themselves to protect me. But with their complicated pasts, I can’t help but feel protective of them, too. I’m trying not to get in over my head, with these men, and the magic. 

But I have to admit, It’s nice to be seen after years of being invisible.

*Author's Note: this book is 'reverse harem;' meaning, one woman, multiple love interests. This series is meant for readers 18+ only




Sariah Skye physically resides in southern Minnesota with her husband, two kids and a dog (so really...3 children) but mentally her head is in the clouds dreaming of anything that doesn't require adulting. 

When not writing she's probably geeking out watching Star Trek, playing World of Warcraft, reading yet another fantasy book or staying up way too late. She'd love it if you dropped her a line at Facebook or Twitter but be prepared...she's a nictofiliac so be patient for a response while her eyes adjust to the light of day and beware of sarcasm. It helps to throw her chocolate or glitter first before engaging. Wine is also acceptable...but not to throw. Hand it over gently.




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Masked Desire Book Spotlight & Giveaway


Today, we are featuring a paranormal romance in our book spotlight.  Check out Masked Desire, Book 2 in The Masked Arcana series from Alana Delacroix.  Be sure to enter for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!

MASKED DESIRE
The Masked Arcana #2
by Alana Delacroix
Genre: Paranormal Romance


A Perfect Disguise
As security chief of the supernaturals’ ruling council, Michaela Chui has seen more than her fair share of disaster. For centuries, she’s survived through caution and strategy. But when the only human councilor is viciously murdered, Michaela knows the coincidences that keep blocking her investigation are a sure sign of bad things to come. She needs answers fast. And her only ally is Cormac Redoak: wild, unpredictable, unreliable—and worse, distractingly attractive.

A Hidden Truth
An exile from the court of the Fairy Queen, Cormac has all the experience with careful strategy and veiled intentions he can stand. But he also has the fey talent for getting his way, and he’s sure his way lies with Michaela’s. No matter that she can change her lovely face at will; there’s a clarity to her being that he’d know anywhere. Working with her will be temptation and frustration bound together. Somehow, though, he must convince her to trust him—without revealing the secrets he dares never share . . .



MASKED POSSESSION
The Masked Arcana #1

A Man Who Can Wear Any Face
Caro Yeats doesn’t run from much. As a former investigative reporter now working PR for Toronto’s supernaturals, what she hasn’t seen mostly isn’t worth seeing. But the assignment to “rebrand” Eric Kelton’s out-of-control alter egos has her on edge from the start. Kelton is the heirarch of the Masquerada, beings able to change their face—their entire persona—on a whim. Eric’s charisma muddles her instincts. How can she trust a man who can become anybody?

A Woman Without A Past
Eric has never met anyone like Caro, with her lightning wit and uncanny insight. But desirable as she is, he’d be a fool to let her near. Struggling to hide the sudden loss of his powers, Eric can’t risk becoming entangled with a woman who scorns her supernatural side and claims not to play politics. The enemies on her trail are strong, clever, and vicious. And when they force Eric and Caro together, the fallout could shatter far more than two hearts . . .



Alana Delacroix lives in a little house filled with books in Toronto, Canada. She loves exploring the city, on the hunt for both the perfect coffeeshop as well as ideal locations to set her paranormal romances. A member of RWA, Alana worked as an archaeologist before forging a slightly more stable career in corporate communications. 


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