The Duchess In His Bed Book Tour & Giveaway

The Duchess in His Bed Sins For All Seasons Book 4 by Lorraine Heath Genre: Historical Romance

For a duchess with practical desires, falling in love is an inconceivable part of her plan… As owner of the Elysium Club which caters to women’s fantasies, Aiden Trewlove is accustomed to introducing adventurous ladies to sin and vice. But he is uncharacteristically intrigued by the mysterious beauty who visits his club one night, yearning to indulge in the forbidden—with him. Drawn to her indomitable spirit, he breaks his rule of never becoming personally involved with his clientele and is determined to fully awaken her desires. A recent widow, Selena Sheffield, Duchess of Lushing, has never known passion, not until Aiden’s slow, sensual seduction leads her on a journey of discovery and incredible pleasure. But her reasons for visiting the notorious club are not all that they seem. As Selena’s motives become complicated by love, she finds herself with a most unexpected choice: forge ahead with a secret plan that could secure her future—or follow her heart which could prove ruinous. Add to Goodreads Amazon * Apple * B&N * Google * Harper Collins

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“I am here to be bedded.”
The bluntness of her words took him off guard.
He didn’t like at all the singular purpose for which she’d come to his club, and the irony was not lost on
him. He reveled in sin, enjoyed his role in introducing people to vice. What the devil was the matter with
him?
“If you look closely, you’ll see that some of the gents wear a red button on their left lapel. They will
provide that service for you.”
“I’m not interested in them. You intrigue me, Mr. Trewlove. You are the one I want.”
“I do not involve myself with my clientele.”
“I’m not asking you to involve yourself. I’m asking you to bed me.”
Was it even possible to bed her without involving himself?
“We can stand here and debate or we can waltz and debate.” Bowing slightly, mockingly, if truth be told,
he waved toward the dance floor. “Shall we?”

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When a Stranger Comes Book Tour & Giveaway

When a Stranger Comes… by Karen S. Bell Genre: Psychological Thriller

2018 Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medal Winner!A GRIPPING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER FOR FANS OF KING AND KOONTZ! “RIVETING”–Kirkus Reviews What price would you pay for success? A lightning bolt out-of the blue, on an otherwise sunny afternoon, transports author Alexa Wainwright to an alternate universe where the characters from her novels are given the breadth of life. Having just made a vow that she would do whatever it took to once again achieve the international acclaim of her debut novel, Alexa doesn’t realize how ominously that vow would be tested. In this altered reality, she’s introduced to media mogul King Blakemore who offers her an extremely lucrative book contract with guarantees that her work will become a best-selling blockbuster. Given his appearance, odd mannerisms, and aura of evil Alexa wonders if King Blakemore might be the Devil himself. At first, she shrugs off her doubts about this peculiar publisher and very lucrative book deal offer because the temptation of riches and refound fame is too strong. Suddenly, the contract’s been signed. Now what can she do? Alexa realizes she’s trapped in an underworld of evil from which she desperately wants to escape. Her iron-clad book contract changes its wording whenever she thinks of a loophole and King always seems one step ahead of her. Desperate to get her life back, she devises schemes to untether herself from this hellish existence to no avail. She laments the old adage, Be careful what you wish for. Buy this book if you’re a reader who loves a page-turning, heart-stopping, psychological thriller with some magical realism thrown in. Goodreads * Amazon

I get so much satisfaction in the writing process. I take care to choose just the right word, to make sure each sentence has the right cadence. I appreciate other writers who respect the craft in this way, and I hope my readers do so with me. Writing is a need, a desire for expression, and springs from well within my subconscious mind. Thoughts rise up, scenes rise up and blend in with the over-arching story. These thoughts emerge whenever they want to and wherever I am and probably not when I am at the computer. The computer is for the craft, the technique. The thoughts come during walks, or while driving the car, or at the grocery store. I am the willing recipient of these thoughts and so they seek me out. It’s a mystery this business and art of writing and it keeps me enthralled. Website * Facebook * Twitter * Amazon * Goodreads

Chapter Two
The stranger

Margaret is on my permanent access list with the concierge and I gave her a key for my private elevator. She can just come up without the concierge notifying me. When I configured this condo
loft space, I opted to put in a small, enclosed lobby so that the elevator didn’t land right in my
living room. The wooden door with etched glass insert added an elegant touch and was rarely
locked but Margaret always knew better than to barge in without ringing the doorbell buzzer. It’s
a purposely-harsh sound that I can hear when lost in thought in my study at the other end of my
loft. Finishing the wine in one gulp, I open the door.
I greet Margaret with forced enthusiasm. I still wasn’t in the mood for company, but it
was worse than that. She was not alone. I sigh and brace myself for another hanger-on trying to
get into our inner circle. At least he’s better looking than some of Margaret’s other sycophants.
Adoring fans wanting me to sign their books is one thing. People wanting to invade my space to
gawk right here in my loft, well that’s entirely another matter. Invasions of that sort still annoy
me, especially when I’m unprepared mentally to receive anyone. But then, I guess it means my
mojo is still working to some degree.
“Hey, how’s it going?” I say smiling slightly as I let them in.
“Lex…Alexa, I’d like you to meet my cousin, Alex. How funny is that?”
A cousin this time. How tiresome.
“Nice to meet you,” he says while nodding and shaking my hand. “That Chinese Emperor
in plastic in your anti-room there is quite…”
“Lucite, not plastic,” I interrupt.
“Yes, of course, wearing those beautiful red-silk robes. It’s quite a lovely piece and that
porcelain umbrella stand almost too pretty for an umbrella.”
What is he a decorator?
“The emperor was a present from one of her Asian…” Margaret adds before I interrupt
again.
“It was sent to me through my agent by a loyal Asian-American fan and is one of my
prized possessions. The umbrella stand was bought at the big flea market in Paris. The mahogany
console that the emperor sits on is a valued antique and the Art Deco octagon-shaped beveled
wall mirror I found in SoHo. So, you’re a designer, interested in that sort of thing, I guess? I
wasn’t forewarned that Margaret was bringing someone, but I’m in no need of a designer just
now.”
I give Margaret my blank stare of annoyance. Then I study her cousin and immediately
become transfixed. Something…odd. He doesn’t seem to notice my scrutiny. Walks right past
me into the living room. Something about this guy is not right. Something…is…very weird. I get
a rush of a nervous feeling. An awful creeping premonition of strangeness. Unsettling. What is
it? Hmm. He reminds me of someone.
But who?
“Didn’t I tell you this was a fabulous place?” Margaret asks Alex as she drags him over
to see the view. “Nice, huh?”
He nods slowly, like he’s impressed.

“Can I get you something? Water, coffee, tea?” I ask being polite but actually becoming
increasingly irritated along with feeling rattled at this intrusion. Margaret should know better
than surprising me with a guest. I’m not that vain, but come on. She knows what I look like when
I’m working. No make-up. Greasy hair. Comfortable sweats. It would have been nice for a heads
up. Plus, I’m in no mood to be social after working almost all night with just a few hours cat nap.
Maybe if I yawn, they’ll leave soon. I yawn. No reaction. But then I remember, she has some
important news for me. Oh well. Better make the best of this.
“Some ice water would be great,” he says.
“I’ll get it,” says Margaret and runs into the kitchen slamming cabinet doors and getting
ice water from the fridge dispenser. “Wait,” she yells, “Do you want sparkling water or plain?”
“Great, I’ll have some Pellegrino,” he says in a strong, deep voice with no discernible
accent.
“No, it’s straight from the fridge, one of those fancy-schmancy kind that serves sparkling
from the dispenser,” she calls to us. “How about you, Lex?”
“Sure, fizzy sounds good.”
I direct him to have a seat and he walks with a slight limp over to my cushy cream-
colored leather, L-shaped sectional sofa, puts his briefcase on the floor and sits down resting his
arms on the back. The body language of being in charge. I sit opposite in my club chair from my
old apartment. This well-worn greenish, suedeish recliner, a garbage night found treasure, is a
constant reminder of how far I’d come and stands out as an oddity in my well-furnished home.
It’s also my talisman for chasing away writer’s block. Sit in the chair and ideas being to flow. I
don’t understand how it works, it just does. I’d had a lot of need for its remedy in the last few
years.
Cousin Alex sits looking at me and then around at the loft and back to the view offered
by my wall of glass, like he’s making a mental calculation of the cost of my lifestyle. The rather
large sofa that he’s sitting on is dwarfed by the 15 ft. ceilings and more than ample square
footage of the open floor plan. Soft, soothing earth tones are the color palate for my walls,
pillows and throws, offset by the large, woolen antique Oriental rug in opulent blues, reds, and
greens over my dark, bamboo floors. I see him eye my wildly colorful and quite costly Chihuly
hand-blown glass bowl, the perfect complement to the glass coffee table designed by Piero
Lissoni, where it is placed for optimum enjoyment. While he studies the surroundings, I study
him boldly in the silence before Margaret comes in with the drinks. He wasn’t much of a talker
and I wasn’t feeling like making small talk myself, which afforded me the opportunity to
continue observing him quite intensely until I knew why he seemed familiar.
Stonily observing every detail of his face, it suddenly became clear to me in a rush, that
Alex was actually someone I knew very well. It was so startling that I almost gasped audibly at
the shock when I realized he was a character from one of my books sprung to life. Not in name,
of course, but in every other way. A dark-haired, blue-eyed handsome lad that is the consistent
image in my mind when I write the villain or the love interest. With his chiseled features, thick
black hair, lightly tanned skin, sexy stubble of facial hair, Alex is the manifestation of the exact
words used to describe the good guy in my debut.
And he is right here in this room. Right here in the flesh. Alive. Sitting on my sofa. I
know that description is not like looking at a photo and readers can come up with their own
mental image. But here’s the thing, his face, Alex’s face is what I saw in my mind when I wrote
his character, Rick, in Foregone. The first romantic hero that I pictured and the basic model for

all the others that came later. His exact face. A knot forms in my stomach. How does one deal
with absurdity?
“Okay, here we are,” says Margaret, as she sets the tray of drinks on the coffee table and
joins Alex on the sofa. “Let me give you some background here. Alex just moved here from LA.
He’s the creative director and set designer for Off Street Films, a newly formed but apparently
well-funded production company in TriBeCa that’s looking for new projects. I gave him the first
two manuscripts of your trilogy and told him about Darkside.” Now it makes sense why he’s
been scoping out my apartment. A set designer.
“Let me take over here, Peggy.” Peggy? I ask her with my eyes and she just shrugs.
“I love the concept of these books,” Alex continues, “the different dimensions of the
female psyche manipulated by life’s challenges, molded by unique circumstances. From what
Peggy tells me, Darkside is kind of a modern day Looking for Mr. Goodbar meets Sons of
Anarchy. So I was thinking of combining all those stories into one. Have a tragedy happen just
after Jodie gets married when she graduates college, and before any kids, throwing her into the
Jodie of Darkside. That version of Jodie and her terrible choices becomes the main plot of the
movie.”
This angers me. “Whoa. Stop right there,” I say in a tone of displeasure. “Is this the
interesting marketing idea you mentioned when you called me, Margaret?” She looks at me
perplexed. Then to Alex, “You sound as if there’s an imminent deal. There’s no imminent deal.
This is the first time I’ve heard about this. Did Margaret tell you she spoke to me and I was
interested? If she did, she was deceptive. She knows how strongly I feel about this.
“I swore I would never allow any of books to be made into a film again after my horrible
experience with A Foregone Conclusion. I felt violated. The story was in tatters, the movie was a
bomb and probably led to my subsequent work not selling as well, now that I think about it.
Right off the bat, you brazenly tell me how you intentionally want to destroy the integrity of the
trilogy. No-no. Emphatically, no. I don’t even know the movie you mentioned, the mister candy
and the other…sons…whatever you are referring to.”
I stand up to signal the end of this meeting. My eyes send daggers to Margaret and I have
already fired her in my mind. She knows she’s in trouble when she catches my look.
“It’s Looking for Mr. Goodbar, a financial and critical success, I might add, and the other
was a recent hit TV show about a biker gang.”
“I don’t care. Not interested. Sorry. I’m busy just now and exhausted. I need to rest
before taking care of important business. If you’ll excuse me. You can show yourselves out.”
“Wait, Lex! Hear him out. This is different,” says Margaret jumping up and looking
petrified as if she just saw a spider. She definitely caught the meaning of my look.
“No, I’m done. As I said, not interested. Good day.” I walk into the hallway to my
bedroom and shut the door firmly. I hear murmuring in the living room for about two minutes
and then the front door clicks shut. I’m furious and run the water for a bath to calm myself. Half
undressed, I decide another glass of wine is warranted and walk out to get one. I stop short and
let out a startled scream.
“Oh, I’m so sorry,” he says, as I run back to get a robe and turn off the bath before
coming back out.
“What in the hell are you still doing in my loft? Look, Alex, mister, whoever you are,” I
say calmly trying to recover some decorum by acting in control, the mature and successful
woman who’s no longer half-naked. “I could have you arrested for being here uninvited. When I

asked you to leave, I meant it. Margaret’s cousin or not. I don’t know you. And actually, I don ’t
care to. So please leave. At once.” And I walk toward the door.
“At least read the offer,” he says as he pulls a packet out of his briefcase and puts it on
the coffee table before walking over to the door. “Read the offer and then come out with me for
dinner tonight. Make reservations at your favorite and most expensive restaurant. I’ll come back
here at 8:00. Even if you’re still not interested in working on this project, I’d like to take you to
dinner.” He leans in as if to kiss me and his alluring, strong, masculine scent, a mix of the
freshness of a pine-tree forest, wood fires burning, worn leather, and the wind-whipped sea
knocks me back and arouses me. My unexpected reaction confuses me, as he hands me his
business card instead of a kiss.
“Oh,” I say awkwardly after snapping my head back before realizing what he’s really
doing. I look at his card. “What? What is this? Your name is Wainwright? Alex Wainwright?
This is a joke, right? And not funny at all, I might add.”
“One of life’s strange coincidences,” he says playfully. Before I can say any more, he’s
out the door and jumps in the elevator. I’m more than shocked. A coincidence? He being a ringer
for Rick? Having the same name as me? Well, not really my name. Of course, Alexa Wainwright
is a made-up perfect pen name that I changed legally.
Gladys Lipschitz, my real name, a major misstep on the part of my mother, was a name
that belonged embroidered on the shirt of a pink waitress uniform. Gladys evokes an image of a
woman who wears a hairnet and keeps a small lead pencil tucked behind her ear and an order pad
shoved into her skirt pocket. She works the late shift serving greasy food at a dive luncheonette
on the upper far West Side under the elevated trains. That Gladys personified my obsessive fear
of being a failure as a writer. I wanted to get as far away from her as I could. Alexa connoted
sexy and sophisticated. Wainwright sounded snooty, British, non-ethnic.
I also played with the idea of calling myself Alex instead of Alexa, but I really didn’t
want any gender confusion. I was proud of being female and wrote mainly for a female audience.
If I had done that, though, Alex Wainwright and I would have the exact same name. Odd, so odd.
Also odd is his lingering scent. From that quick close encounter when he leaned in and his
masculine aroma filled my nostrils, I now smell it everywhere. It has taken over my loft. I spray
Pledge on my furniture and mop the floors. Pour my favorite perfume all over me after I take that
bath. Spray it into the rooms. No good. His scent is in my nose. In my being. Leaves me restless
and uneasy and doesn’t go away. I’m edgy, unsettled, fearful that I’m being marked for
something. A spider web of intrigue is ensnaring me. Pulling me closer to its center where I can’t
escape. First it’s his scent that I can’t get rid of.
What’s next?
The packet stays untouched on my table for several days. Not interested. Why bother
reading it? Finally, I grab it and throw it in the trash. Sitting down in my club chair with my
morning coffee the next day, I pick up one of my gossip magazines that’s sometimes on that
table with the mail, a guilty pleasure. Actually, it’s more of a compulsion, checking to see if
there are any articles about me. Of course not. Not anymore. But wait. What the…? It’s not a
magazine. It’s that damn proposal. Shape shifting into a magazine and then back again to mock
me. I drop it in horror on the table and then throw out the rest of my magazines. The packet gives
me the willies, but I won’t touch it again. Trying to bring logic into the equation and rekindle the
memory of throwing it out, I recreate the steps. Envision the garbage can and try and feel the
packet in my hands. Can’t completely remember doing it. I don’t know, maybe I really didn’t
throw it out. Still creepy, though.

Margaret repeatedly calls and I won’t answer. She texts me incessantly and I don’t
respond. She knows better than to just show up here when I’m angry at her, afraid of my
reaction. Afraid I might actually fire her. She’s learned that it’s best to give me a cooling off
period when I’ve outright threatened to fire her in the past or just have given her that look she’s
come to know. It has worked before but not now. I’m so livid with her presumptuousness. A
movie deal! When she knows full well how I feel. Then I just go for it. “You’re fired,” I finally
text her at a random moment on a random day.
I had already begun busying myself with editing and copyediting Darkside and, although
boring, it was important. By now, I was pretty good at catching wrong words that spellcheck
didn’t catch, “faze” instead of “phase” and the like, and missing periods at the end of sentences.
So…who needs Margaret? Saved me money and her bothersome obsequiousness. The editors at
Jameson would go over it again, so no real worries about missing something.
However, there’s one aspect of Margaret’s help that I will miss, but oh well. She gives
my writing a brightness that sometimes gets lost in the complicated story lines. Tightens the
narrative. Fills in the plot holes. Sharpens the tone. Her instincts are genius. She’s the perfect
collaborator. I found her on a jobs website for editors and she polished up Foregone for not
much money. She was probably responsible for Gloria, saying “yes” and then Jameson House
offering that three-book deal and hefty advance. Yeah, she was a real find and was also
company. A welcome disruption from the intrinsic isolation of being a writer. I admit, I’ll miss
her spontaneity, her easy laugh, and her off beat style. But I’m stubborn and she crossed the line.
No regrets. Well, maybe. Firing her in a text was a chicken shit thing to do. I feel better about
myself after I mail her a large severance package.
Done.
Not done.
I forgot to take her off the easy access list and to lock my front door, which I rarely ever
do because my private elevator needs a key. Margaret still has a key, an unfortunate oversight on
my part.
“Please Alexa, don’t do this,” she says hysterically crying as she rushes into my study
unexpectedly and makes me burn my tongue on a hot sip of coffee. “I’m sorry I brought him
here. He’s not really my cousin. I just met him at a script-writing seminar. He was giving one of
the classes…”
“Wait. Thstop,” I say, my sore tongue making it hard to speak for a moment. “What? You
brought some jerk that you didn’t even know up here to my home? You know what, Margaret,
you’re still fired…and moreover fired again! Now get out and don’t come back.” And I turn back
to my computer screen and cool off my tongue with a sip of bottled water.
“Alexa, please listen. He’s not some jerk. He can do what he says. Okay, the cousin thing
was stupid. But when I saw your face as you opened the door, I had to think of something fast, so
you would let us in. Please just listen. This could be big for you. Put you back in the spotlight.”
I turn around slowly. “Peggy,” I say sarcastically, “you are not in charge of my career.
You cannot create any spotlights for me. You and your fake cousin Alex Wainwright do not have
the magic. I make my own magic. I alone. Now get out.”
“Wait. What? His name is Alex Wainwright?”
“He didn’t tell you his name?”
“Well, I knew it was Alex, but I never really paid attention to the seminar materials
listing the leaders. They just called him by his first name and only mentioned his title as the

creative director of the production company holding the seminar. And it never came up at
dinner.”
“You went out with this guy?”
“Well, yes. He asked me after the lecture when I mentioned to the group that I worked for
you. He wanted to know if you were working on the third book of the trilogy. When I told him
you were, he took me out to dinner to discuss it.”
“This makes me angry on so many levels. The book hasn’t been published yet and you’re
discussing the plot with him before it’s officially out, and worse yet, giving him manuscripts,
which probably violates something in my publishing contract.” I shake my head in disgust. “I
should probably sue you, but I know you’re broke.”
“Except for my severance pay. Do you want it back?” she asks sheepishly.
“You’re fired. It’s yours. Go away. But first tell me how did he know anything about my
first two books of the trilogy? That there even is a trilogy. Jameson is waiting to begin a big
marketing push and until then keeping things very secretive. No one knows, outside of my
editorial team.”
“I’m not sure. I didn’t tell him anything because he already knew. All I did was mention
that I work with you, as I said. Maybe he knows someone at Jameson? Or possibly, Gloria? I’ll
try and find out. But let’s look at the bright side, pun intended. The trilogy is already creating
some buzz.”
Bingo. She said the exact right words to bring me around.
“Anyway, as I was leaving that afternoon to come here, he called and asked to join me.
To have me introduce you to him. We met in the coffee shop and he showed me the offer.”
“Wait, so you called me before you met him? What were the marketing ideas you had
that you wanted to tell me about?”
“What? I called? I never…”
Just then the phone rings. “Hello…hello?” No one there. No caller ID.
“So, what did you think of it?” she continues forgetting our conversation thread, as did I.
“The offer. You can’t be upset about the offer. It’s mind boggling.”
“I haven’t looked at it.”
“No wonder you’re so angry. It’s an amazing offer. You have to look at it.” She sees me
contemplating what she’s just said and senses the fight is out of me. At least toward her. “How
about I make us some fresh coffee and those grilled cheese sandwiches that you love so much,
and you come into the living room and read the proposal packet, okay? By the way, your place
smells nice. Have you installed an air freshener?”
I just look at her not knowing what to say. I haven’t left the apartment, so I don’t smell
him anymore. Gotten used to it, I guess. It’s too weird to explain, so I just nod my head “yes”
and she goes happily into the kitchen. I sigh. You just can’t get rid of some people. And really
deep down, I don’t want to. I’ve been quite lonely during this altercation and missed her…a lot.
I’ve also been missing my mom. Right now, she’s probably sleeping off an all night observation
after gazing at the stars somewhere for a well-funded research project. I’ve become accustomed
to her absences as a professor in Theoretical Astrophysics, but there are times I really need her.
And I need her right now. Need to be in her presence. Need a hug. Being overwhelmed
by the emptiness and fear when I complete a new book project can be assuaged by a little
mother/daughter time. Her remarkably inquisitive mind and nurturing attention has the power to
soothe and the sweet scent of her signature lavender perfume always calms me. I also want to
know if she thinks Darkside will be my big comeback. Being desperate for positive feedback and

assurances borders on the ridiculous and is embarrassing. But I’m trapped by these hated
insecurities. I know she’s proud of me. Proud of my accomplishments thus far. Just then the
phone rings, again.
“Hi, my darling.”
“Mom! Hi! Where are you?”
“Well, I can’t really tell you. Top secret location and all that,” she says laughing. “I tried
to call a few minutes ago but couldn’t get through. Bad signal. Damn cell phones.”
“Is the research going well?”
“Better than expected. The additional funding has been approved and I get to stay and
play for a few more weeks, maybe longer. I must say, the work here is so exciting. We’re finding
some very interesting things about dark matter. All of us are psyched about making major
advances in this field. Might solve all the mysteries of the universe,” she says laughing, “but we
have to do it before the funding runs out. What a crazy business. And how about you? I’m glad
you finally finished that book. I know it was a hard one for you. Emotionally, that is.”
“How’d you know I finished it? I haven’t spoken to you in a while.”
“You know, one of my silly dreams. I see big things with this one darling. But be
careful.”
“Be careful? Why be careful?”
“Not quite sure. Just a feeling. Big successes sometimes come with drawbacks, as you are
well aware. Anyway,” she laughs again, “you’ve been warned, so be alert. By the way, has Jerry
called you?”
“No.”
“Well, if he does, tell him I’ll call him in the next few days and send him kisses. Gotta go
now, darling. I’ll call soon. Love you. And remember, just be careful.”
Jerry was my mother’s most recent beau. No one can call her because of security. Also,
due to the delicate aspect and precision of the work, none of the scientists wanted to be disturbed
by ringing phones. When she wasn’t at the observatory she was asleep. So she made all the calls
and everyone respected that, even me. This latest project was top secret because it was funded by
NASA, the results solely owned by the agency. It was kind of fun thinking of my mother as a
NASA scientist involved in a high stakes game.
Maybe she was really at Area 51 interviewing aliens. I pictured the aliens looking at my
mother with awe and wonder. She’s tiny, only about 5 feet, like the grays, those big-eyed aliens
of myth and legend, but she wears dangerously high heels to disguise her height. Her blazing red
hair is cropped short and her enormous blue eyes, aided by colored contacts, are mesmerizing
and make her appear touched by the gods. She’s a curvy size 6 with ample breasts and can pull
off wearing body conscious clothing of tight jeans and boob hugging tops. No stodgy scientist
attire for her even at her age, which she won’t tell me.
I assume she’s at least in her late-40’s or early-50’s because I’m 31. Sometime ago, I
found a hard to read birth certificate but she told me it was fake. So her exact age remains a
mystery. With limitless energy and a magnetic personality, she attracts all within her purview. In
articles written about her, she has been described as a fireball, a force to be reckoned with, a
dynamo, and so on. I’ve tried to capture her essence, her vitality, to own it for myself, but alas, I
never could. The genetic pool of my DNA must favor my father, whom I have never met or even
seen in photos. I would have loved to be a red head and have her coloring, but my hair is nearly
black and so are my eyes. No one would describe me as petite at 5 feet 7 inches and although I’m

slender, I can’t get my butt into her jeans or walk for very long on the circus clown stilts that she
calls heels and wears even when home.
“Coffee and sandwiches are ready,” Margaret calls from the kitchen.
I waddle into the kitchen, still in my bathrobe and slippers and grab a sandwich and
almost swallow it whole without chewing. I realize that I haven’t eaten since yesterday, my
absorption into grammar, style, and usage being my sole focus. It will be a relief to hand it off to
Margaret. Even with her meshugas, Yiddish for craziness, her input will be invaluable. Margaret
watches me wolf down the food and sits down with me at the kitchen table in the breakfast nook
of my chef’s kitchen. The kitchen has all the current trends in design with its concrete
countertops, stainless steel Miele appliances, and multi-colored mosaic glass tile backsplash. The
rage. It opens to the living room/dining room combo where the untouched packet can be seen
still on the coffee table from the week before and it still looks…sinister.

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The Dung Beetles of Liberia Book Tour & Giveaway

The Dung Beetles of Liberia by Daniel V. Meier Jr. Genre: Adventure, Historical Fiction

Based on the remarkable true account of a young American who landed in Liberia in 1961. Ken Verrier is not happy, nor at peace. He is experiencing the turbulence of Ishmael and the guilt of his brother’s death. His sudden decision to drop out of college and deal with his demons shocks his family, his friends, and especially his girlfriend, soon to have been his fiancee. His destination: Liberia – The richest country in Africa both in monetary wealth and in natural resources. Nothing could have prepared Ken for the experiences he was about to live through. He quickly realizes that he has arrived in a place where he understands very little of what is considered normal, where the dignity of life has little meaning, and where he can trust no one. Flying into the interior bush as a transport pilot, Ken learns quickly. He witnesses first-hand the disparate lives of the Liberian “Country People” and the “Congo People” also known as Americo-Liberians. These descendants of President Monroe’s American Colonization Policy that sent freed slaves back to Africa in the 1800’s have set up a strict hierarchical society not unlike the antebellum South. Author Dan Meier describes Ken’s many escapades, spanning from horrifying to whimsical, with engaging and fast-moving narrative that ultimately describe a society upon which the wealthy are feeding and in which the poor are being buried. It’s a novel that will stay will you long after the last word has been read. Add to Goodreads Amazon * B&N

A retired Aviation Safety Inspector for the FAA, Daniel V. Meier, Jr. has always had a passion for writing. During his college years, he studied History at The University of North Carolina Wilmington and American Literature at The University of Maryland Graduate School. In 1980 he was published by Leisure Books under the pen name of Vice Daniels. He also worked briefly for the Washington Business Journal as a journalist and has been a contributing writer/editor for several aviation magazines. Dan and his wife live in Owings, Maryland, about twenty miles south of Annapolis and when he’s not writing, they spend their summers sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Pinterest * Bookbub * Goodreads

“A short time after hiring Ku, I went into the kitchen. He was at his waiting station looking at me. I
opened the door to our ancient kerosene-fired refrigerator.
“Wha you wan, boss? Ku get it fo you,” he said, slipping from the stool and putting himself between me
and the contents of the refrigerator.
“Something to eat, Ku.”
“No worry, boss.” Ku said, “We ha good stew, good meat—no bush meat—and French baguettes, fresh
may t’day, from da new market. Vey goo.”
“Great, Ku. If you would prepare it, I’ll have it out on the porch. That’s where I’ll be.” I retrieved a
bottle of beer from the refrigerator, popped it open, and left to find a chair on the porch. Thirty minutes
later Ku brought the stew and several slices from the baguette. I had been in Africa long enough to have
learned that if something tastes good, don’t ask what it is. However, this time I thought I’d try:
“This is great, Ku. A little different, but delicious. What is it?”
Ku grinned. “Oh, boss, don’t worry. It white man food. I kno why you askin. It no bugabug. It not time for
bugabug.”
“Bugabug? What’s bugabug?” I asked.
“Bugabug is wha ya call termites.”
“Termites? You eat termites?”
“Oh, yeah, boss. Dey good. But dey only come out two time a year.”
“How so?”
“Well, you know they live in de big big mounds. Mounds bigga n me. An every now and den, de queen, she
decides to move. So dey all move. Swarms and swarms and billions and billions all leave at the same time
to find a new home. An das when evybody go get ’em, cook ’em, and eat ’em. Dey real good, boss. Kinda
tase lie crunchy chickin.”
“Nice to know, Ku, but when bugabug season comes, I’ll pass.”

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Never Ever Book Tour & Giveaway

Never Ever Eva Rae Thomas Mystery Book 3 by Willow Rose Genre: Thriller, Suspense

Former FBI profiler Eva Rae Thomas returns in Willow Rose’s most hair-raising thriller yet.

Ex-agent Eva Rae Thomas is on the run. The past month she has done things she never knew she was capable of while hunting for her kidnapped daughter. Eva Rae has risked everything, -her career, -her newfound love, -her freedom. She’s looking for the man they call the Iron Fist. The trail has led her to Miami. Meanwhile, Miami is under attack. Hundreds of passengers in the Metrorail are exposed to a deathly nerve gas on a peaceful Monday morning. When Eva Rae Thomas sees her daughter on the surveillance footage from the attack, she knows it is no coincidence. But by the time she uncovers the chilling truth of how it is all connected, it might be too late. NEVER EVER is the third book in the Eva Rae Thomas Mystery Series and can be read as a standalone.**Only 99cents 8/28 – 9/3!!**Goodreads * Amazon

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