Sunday, November 15, 2015

Happy Holiday Giveaway!

Hi all,

It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone and we are already into the holiday season again. This has been an incredible year for me, and I hope you have all had an amazing year too. To show my appreciation to all my wonderful readers, I’m having a giveaway!

Together with my fabulous book cover designer – Tugboat Design – we are sponsoring the Happy Holiday Giveaway. Starting today and running until December 15th, we are giving you a chance to win one of two $50 Amazon Gift Cards. (U.S., U.K., and Canadian Residents Only.) Enter by using the Raffelcopter below. There are numerous ways to enter. Or – you can enter by leaving a comment below here and/or at Tugboat Design’s site too.

Good luck! And have a wonderful holiday season!

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Friday, November 13, 2015

What I've Been Up To

Hi all,

It's been a few months since my last book release and many readers have asked me when my next book will be out. So, I thought I'd catch you all up on what I've been doing the past few months.

My husband and I moved this past month and have been crazy busy getting settled into our new home. We upsized - LOL - so we have lots of space to get lost in and we have a peaceful view of the Mississippi River. I have a new writing area in the loft overlooking the river, and am very excited about the new space. Once settled - I will go back into writing mode and get all those novels in my head written.

But don't think I haven't been writing - I've been busy working on a women's fiction novel that is finally finished and I am one-third of the way through a new romance. My exciting news - I just signed again with Lake Union Publishing to publish my next two books. The book I just finished is on the way to them and they will work their magic so it will be out in 2016. And if all goes well, I hope to finish up the romance I'm working on and publish that in early 2016. So - there are new books on the way in the upcoming year.

It has been an amazing year for me both personally and professionally. We love our new home and look forward to many wonderful years in it. My novel Maggie's Turn was re-published by Lake Union Publishing in July and has done very well, and paperback copies were also available in Walmarts across the country. I'm looking forward to working with the team at Lake Union again and feel very lucky to have their support.

Most of all, I am amazed and appreciative of all my wonderful readers who've made my success as an author possible. I can't thank you all enough for all your kind and encouraging words, positive reviews, and for getting the word out
to your friends about my books. I love writing stories, and I'm so thankful that you all love reading them. It truly is a dream job.

Looking ahead - Be on the lookout for my holiday giveaway this month. And for my latest novels in 2016.



Friday, September 25, 2015

Maggie's Turn Soon to Hit Shelves at Walmart

Hi all,

I am so excited to share with you that paperback copies of my novel Maggie's Turn have been selected to be placed in 1400 Walmart stores across the country. Thanks to my amazing team at Lake Union Publishing, this next milestone has been made possible. My readers who have bought, read, and reviewed Maggie's Turn have also made this exciting new venture possible.

I would be lying if I said I wasn't excited when I heard the news. I practically screamed with delight - just ask my husband who was the first person I called to tell the exciting news to. I already felt honored that Maggie's Turn was doing so well on Amazon in Kindle format. This is just the icing on the cake.

Maggie's Turn will hit the shelves at selected Walmart stores on October 20th. At that time, I'll run a contest to see how many people can find my book at their Walmart - so keep an eye out for my contest post around that date.

I can't wait!!!


Friday, September 4, 2015

Book Review: Crooked Little Lies by Barbara Taylor Sissel

Hi all,

I'm afraid I've been slow with my reading lately. I have so many books on my iPad/Kindle that I want to read and so little time to do it. But I did finally finish this interesting novel, Crooked Little Lies, and I wanted to share my review with you.
I chose Crooked Little Lies by Barbara Taylor Sissel to read from NetGalley for two reasons: the interesting cover and the description. I was not disappointed. Here is more about this novel and my review.

Crooked Little Lies

Barbara Taylor Sissel

Book Description:

On a cool October morning, Lauren Wilder is shaken when she comes close to striking Bo Laughlin with her car as he’s walking along the road’s edge. A young man well known in their small town of Hardys Walk, Texas, Bo seems fine, even if Lauren’s intuition says otherwise. Since the accident two years ago that left her brain in a fragile state, she can’t trust her own instincts—and neither can her family. Then Bo vanishes, and as the search for him ensues, the police question whether she’s responsible. Lauren is terrified, not of what she remembers but of what she doesn’t.

Unable to trust herself and unwilling to trust anyone else, Lauren begins her own investigation into the mystery of Bo’s disappearance. But the truth can prove to be as shocking as any lie, and as Lauren exposes each one, from her family, from her friends, she isn’t the only one who will face heart-stopping repercussions.

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My 5 Star Review:

Lauren Wilder nearly hits Bo Laughlin with her car and stops to make sure he is okay. The special needs adult says he is fine, then shows her a roll of money he has in his pocket. As she drives away, she is concerned for Bo’s safety, and calls the police for a welfare check on the young man. A few days later, Bo is missing. Because of Lauren’s shaky memory from a head injury, she begins to wonder if she is wrong about seeing Bo. Or maybe something happened that she doesn’t remember. Unfortunately, the police are wondering the same thing. As Lauren tries to unravel what happened to Bo, the truth begins to show itself, and facing it is the hardest thing she has ever done.

Crooked Little Lies by Barbara Taylor Sissel is a drama/suspense novel that will keep you wondering until the very end. We meet an interesting cast of characters between Bo’s family and Lauren’s family, and get to know them intimately. As each chapter unfolds, you become more drawn into the story so that by the time you are half-way through, you don’t want to put it down. And the ending will surprise you. I highly recommend Crooked Little Lies.


About the Author:

Barbara Taylor Sissel writes issue oriented, upmarket women's fiction that is threaded with elements of suspense and defined by its particular emphasis on how crime affects the family. She is the author of five novels, SAFEKEEPING, EVIDENCE OF LIFE, THE VOLUNTEER, THE NINTH STEP AND THE LAST INNOCENT HOUR.

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, she was raised in various locations across the US and once lived on the grounds of a first offender prison facility, where her husband was a deputy warden. The experience, interacting with the inmates and staff, provided a unique insight into the inmate's lives, the circumstances behind the crimes they committed, and the impact on the families that were affected. Her novels focus on the family at the heart of the crime.

An avid gardener, Barbara has two sons and lives on a farm in the Texas Hill Country, outside Austin.


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