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Monday, October 20, 2014

#SurviveAndThrive Blog Hop


I’m thrilled to take part in this one-day blog hop. This blogfest is meant to bring awareness of disease prevention and early detection regarding medical conditions that may be averted or treated if caught in the early stages. Our desire is to motivate people to go in for early screening, and if a condition is caught early and treated, then our world just became a little better place to live.

This event is hosted by:

Be sure to stop by their blogs. I hope you will be inspired by their stories and those of the other participants (click here) to take good care of yourself.

I want to tell you why self-examination and mammograms are so important to me and my family. If not for early detection of breast cancer, I might have lost both my sisters and my cousin. One of my sisters is now a twenty-one year survivor. My other sister has been cancer-free for six years. My cousin hasn’t had as easy of a time. She’s also had ovarian and uterine cancer. Still, she’s a survivor.

Until twenty-one years ago,no one in my family had been hit by breast cancer. Then those three all in the same generation. Somehow, I’ve escaped . . . so far. And I’m the oldest. I am so thankful. This year, breast cancer hit the next generation. My niece (my brother's daughter) is going through chemo-therapy. Her cancer was not caught as early as the others. We’re praying that she will not only survive but thrive.

My annual mammogram is scheduled for next week. When is/was yours?

For more information on helping yourself, go to http://www.cancer.org/healthy/morewaysacshelpsyoustaywell/breastcancer

Sunday, October 19, 2014

#WorkInProgress #BlogTour

In the twenty years I’ve been writing, I’ve met so many wonderful fellow writers. Some have been traveling the road to publication for a long time, others are just beginning, and some have reached and exceeded their goals. Despite where we are on our journey, one thing is constant. We support each other.

So when Alyssa Alexander tagged me for the #WorkInProgress #BlogTour, I was delighted. The rules of the WIP Blog Tour are easy: (1) Link to the person who tagged you and tell all about them, (2) share the first sentence from the first three chapters of your WIP, and then (3) tag more writers and tell all about them.

Alyssa is charming, a hard worker, and a terrific bolster of her fellow writers. I met her through the Mid-Michigan Romance Writers of America. At meetings, we often shared stories about the antics of her little boy and my one-year-younger grandson. The two boys have terrific imaginations that must have come from their mother or grandmother. LOL When I say she’s a hard worker, you won’t believe all she gets done. Besides the duties a mother and wife, she has a full-time job, and volunteers for her writing groups. Best of all, she writes enchanting stories that take place in the Regency period. Forget the traditional Regencies of Georgette Heyer (whom I loved, by the way). Alyssa’s characters are smugglers, warriors, and spies. I loved The Smuggler Wore Silk and can’t wait until the December 2nd release of In Bed With a Spy. I already pre-ordered it. Alyssa is on Facebook and Twitter.

And now for the author I’m tagging: Margo Hoornstra. Margo is a delightful lady who writes romantic fiction. A long time before I met her, she and a few other writers founded the Mid-Michigan Romance Writers of America. And I am so glad she did because that’s where I met her. When Margo was downsized after years in the corporate world, she finally had time to return to her writing career. Margo’s realistic characters prove that love can happen at any age. I especially related to Cynthia in Only If You Dare who was helping her daughter plan a long-distance wedding. I’m not newly divorced like Cynthia, but I can tell horror stories about planning a wedding from a distance. Margo’s latest release is Saturday In Serendity, a charming reunion story. You can find Margo on Facebook here and Twitter here.

For the next portion of our WIP blog tour, the excerpts. Since I have two WIPs, I’m going to share two excerpts. First is the sci-fi romance I’m writing, the working title of which is The Barkeep. I know, my critique partner hates it, too.

“Last call.”
Dillan raced back to his quarters for his wrist comm.
Considering the knife at his throat, Dillan figured he needed a better excuse than wanting to make sure Rissa was all right.

My second set of excerpts is from my soon-to-be-released mystery featuring a female private eye named Alex O’Hara, The Case of the Bygone Brother.

She had trouble written all over her.

“Hello, gorgeous.”

I waffled between screaming at Nick that he couldn’t take away my agency and doing a happy dance that he planned to stick around.

Can you tell Alex is a little conflicted about Nick showing up after so many years? Just when she gets a case that will give her bottom line a much needed boost. She might even be able to change her diet from ramen noodles to prime rib. All she has to do is track down a man who’s been missing for over ten years. Piece of cake . . . until a mugger orders her to back off.

The Case of the Bygone Brother will be released at the end of October.

There you have it. Terrific friends and works-in-progress to tempt you. Happy Reading!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Saturday Sampler - STONES by Marilyn Baron

I don't usually comment on Saturday Samplers, but I have to on Marilyn's new book, STONES. Women of a certain age will find this story poignant, funny, and totally relatable. I loved it. Love the cover, too. Isn't it gorgeous?

Stones Blurb:

Books with Bling: A Coming-of-Middle-Age Novel

When Julie Paver’s husband Matt moves his business to Atlanta, she is forced to leave behind her thriving jewelry boutique, Stones. The move threatens their twenty-five year marriage, because now if Matt isn’t out of town negotiating a merger, he’s spending late hours on overseas phone calls with his sexy-sounding second-in-command. 

Feeling neglected and unloved, Julie seeks closure by reconnecting with her first love, Manny, when he pursues her with his Internet innuendos. Manny is unaware he is the father of Julie’s son, and Julie contemplates revealing the secret to him on the eve of their son’s wedding. But would such a walk down memory lane be worth the cost?

Julie and Manny finally meet at her oceanfront condo—in the midst of a hurricane—and elements collide to create the perfect storm in this coming-of-middle-age crisis. 


To go or not to go to Palm Coast is no longer the question. The question is what will I do once I get there? Will I really have the nerve to reconnect, or as my daughter Natalie likes to say, “hook up,” again with Manny Gellar? How will I feel tomorrow when I see him alone for the first time after 25 years? Will I finally reveal what I feel compelled—no, what I'm busting a gut—to tell him? That he has a beautiful son, that our son Josh is getting married in just three months? I'm probably rationalizing, but I think he finally has a right to know.  

If I could, I’d fix what is wrong with my marriage and put it back the way it was before. Before Matt yanked me out of Miami by my roots as if I were a noxious weed he was tossing out of a flower garden and carelessly transplanted us to Atlanta. Before we moved a state away from my family and my best friend and a business I’d worked a lifetime to create. Before Matt sold his freight expediting business to a German conglomerate for mega-millions and agreed to run the company for them from Atlanta for the next two years, barely consulting me. Before the German occupation, or rather before he became preoccupied with his sexy-sounding German second-in-command, Gretchen. Before he stopped sleeping with me in the biblical sense. Before I turned fifty. 

All I really want is closure. I’m convinced that meeting Manny Gellar again is the only way I will ever come full circle and reconnect with my life.

Stones Buy Links:

Amazon (Paperback and Digital)

The Wild Rose Press (Digital)
The Wild Rose Press (Paperback)  

Barnes & Noble


All Romance eBooks



About the Author:

Marilyn Baron is a public relations consultant in Atlanta. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and Georgia Romance Writers (GRW) and the recipient of the GRW 2009 Chapter Service Award. Marilyn writes humorous women’s fiction, romantic thrillers, historicals, and paranormal romantic suspense for The Wild Rose Press. She has won writing awards in Single Title, Suspense Romance, Paranormal/Fantasy Romance and Novel With Strong Romantic Elements. Visit her Web site at www.marilynbaron.com to find out more about her other books and stories and upcoming releases and visit her blog at www.petitfoursandhottamales.com.

Marilyn and her sister, Florida artist, Sharon Goldman just released a new musical called Memory Lane, at http://amzn.com/B00GBJWFIO. To listen to a medley of the songs, visit her Web site at http://www.marilynbaron.com/anthologies-and-more/ .

A native of Miami, Florida, Marilyn now lives in Roswell, Georgia, with her husband. Marilyn graduated from The University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, with a B.S. in Journalism [Public Relations sequence] and a minor in Creative Writing. She met her husband at UF and both of her daughters graduated from UF. Go Gators!

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