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All She Never Wanted

By

Carolyn LaRoche

Author Bio:

Carolyn LaRoche grew up in snow country but fled the cold and ice several years ago. She now lives near the beach with her husband, their two boys and one sweet kitty. When she is not at the baseball field cheering on big hits and home runs, she is busy teaching science to unwilling teenagers.

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Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolynLaRoche

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7734909.Carolyn_LaRoche

Twitter: @CarolynLaRoche

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Carolyn-LaRoche/e/B005OKHIDI

Blurb:

One moment changed everything…

Evie Ward had everything she’d ever dreamed of. An action-packed job where no two shifts were ever the same, the best friend a girl could ever want, and a fairy tale wedding just days away. Her life was absolutely perfect. Until one bullet—one horrible choice—left her with a broken heart and shattered dreams. Fleeing the city she loved and a lifetime of memories, Evie took a job in the Outer Banks of North Carolina in the hopes that the ocean air and fresh beaches could somehow restore her soul. Falling in love again wasn’t part of the plan.

Landon Reed was on top of the world. The money, the women, the status—he had it all until one bad decision nearly cost him his life. His father gave him three months to get his act together or be cut off from the family fortune and business. No house, no job and no money. His will and his patience are tested further when his father hires a nurse to whip him into shape. She may be little but she’s mean and it looks like Landon has finally met his match.

With her shattered heart and his broken spirit, the road to recovery will be long. Can they help each other heal or will their fractured pasts be too much to overcome?

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Excerpt:

Good morning, Landon!” Amelia hummed a little tune quietly as she set up the bedside table. “It’s a beautiful day, today. Perhaps you’d like to go down to the beach after your physical therapy appointment?”

I pulled the covers over my head. “I changed my mind. I’m not going to any appointment.”

Come on, Landon. You can’t spend the rest of your life sitting here in this room.”

Yes, I can.”

You are going to physical therapy.” The covers disappeared from my face as I looked up into the smiling grey eyes of Amelia. “Rise and shine!”

I’m not getting up.” I buried my head under my pillow.

Amelia walked toward the door. “Maybe you’ll have better luck with him.”

Good morning, Mr. Reed. Do you plan to stay in bed all day?” A different voice, one thick with the distinctive accent of New York City replaced Amelia’s soft southern sound.

What’s it to you?”

Well, it’s all the same to me if you want to rot away in that bed. I get paid either way.” I heard soft footsteps cross the room toward the little sitting area.

Rolling over on my side, I shifted the pillow enough to peek out. From my vantage point, all I could see was a pair of canvas shoes. The television turned on. I heard her flip through channels, finally settling on that home improvement show with the twin brothers. Every woman I knew loved them.

Nobody watches those stupid shows anymore.”

Either she didn’t hear me or she was ignoring me.

Those shows are ridiculous.” I made sure to project my voice from under the pillow.

No more ridiculous than a grown man hiding under a pillow and acting like a two-year-old.”

I threw the covers off and shot up to a sitting position, ignoring the burning pain in my leg. “What the fuck is your prob…” Holy shit. The woman sitting on the couch looking at the television and completely ignoring me wasn’t hideous or horrible. In fact, she was fucking hot. “Who the hell are you?” I knew exactly who she was.

She looked over at me, boredom in her expression, before returning her attention to the television. “The nurse your father hired. Who do you think I am?”

I don’t need a nurse.”

I agree.” She flipped the channel to a news program and grimaced. “The way you’re acting, you need a nanny.”

What’s that supposed to mean?” I turned so I could swing my legs over the side of the bed, my knee making my movements jerky not angry and pronounced like I’d intended.

It means, you can’t even dress yourself so how can anyone expect you to do anything?”

I followed her glance down to my lap. “See something you like?

Nope. I’m a nurse. I’ve seen worse. Of course, I’ve seen better too. Much better.” She clicked to another station. I could have sworn I saw her lip twitch as I growled over her insult.

Just get out. I don’t need you. Tell my father to go to hell.”

She tossed the remote control on the coffee table and checked her watch. “You have ten minutes to get ready for physical therapy or I’m taking you the way you are.”

I pulled the sheet onto my lap and crossed my arms over my bare chest. “I already told Amelia, I’m not going.”

You are going to get dressed.” She stood and looked me in the eye. “You’re down to nine minutes.”

And just how do you expect me to get down all of those stairs?”

The same way you got up them. Walter showed me the elevator.”

Damn it. I was hoping she hadn’t found that yet. “Are you planning to watch?”

Watch what? There’s nothing to see.” She dropped her gaze to my lap and gave me a little smile that was way more taunting than friendly.

Fine. Suit yourself.” I whipped the sheet back and reached for my wheelchair. Instead of turning away, she stayed right where she was with that little smile dancing around on her lips. With about as much grace as a bull in a china shop, I managed to get from the bed to the chair while she just stood there and watched.

I thought you were supposed to be here to help me.”

You didn’t say you needed my assistance.”

Really? I had to ask? Isn’t that what you are here for?”

Let’s get something straight, Mr. Reed.” She put her hands on her hips and glared at me. “I’m a trauma trained RN. I am not your maid or your gopher or any other thing. It is my job to get you back on your feet both literally and figuratively. I’ll handle your medical care and your personal care as needed but I am not at your beck and call.”

Just get out of my way so I can get dressed.” I pushed past her to the large walk-in closet and started grabbing clothes. Dragging a pair of sweats, some boxer briefs and a t-shirt into the bathroom, I struggled my way into them. The doctors had promised me that things would get easier once the pain wasn’t so excruciating but my knee just refused to bend like it used to.

When I was done, I ran a comb through my wild hair, mostly so I won’t have to see the look on Amelia’s face when we leave the house.

Come on, we’re going to be late!” The nurse called.

I’m coming already!” I whipped open the bathroom door and scowled at her. “You never told me your name.”

She shrugged. “You never asked.”

She was fucking infuriating—despite the way her long brown hair tumbled in sexy waves over her shoulder from the pony tail it was secured in.

Fine. What is your name?”

Evie.”

What’s your real name?”

That is my real name.” She stepped behind me and turned the wheel chair toward the door. She stopped and grabbed a pair of tennis shoes from the floor, placing them in my lap.

I meant, is Evie short for something?”

Yes.” She pushed the chair down the hall toward the door at the end and pressed the button for the small service elevator—the number one reason I had chosen the beach house as my home base after the accident.

Are you going to tell me what it is?” The elevator opened and Evie pushed me inside.

Nope.”

Why not?”

It’s none of your business. You can call me Evie or nurse. That’s all you need to know about me.”

Anyone ever tell you that you can be a real bitch?”

Honey, I grew up in New York. They teach a class on that in high school.”

The door opened at the ground level. Evie pushed me out of the elevator and down the ramp Walter had constructed to get me in and out of the house.

I’m going out on a limb here but I bet you aced that class.”

You’re smarter than you look, Mr. Reed.”

Dino Hunt – Goodreads Contest

Dino Hunt
by Max Davine
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Contest Closes May 10, 2015.

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Off The Map – Goodreads Contest

Off The Map
by Max Davine
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Contest closes May 10, 2015.

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The Students Sold Us Secrets Book Blog Tour

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Title: The Students Sold Us Secrets
Author: Lee J Mavin
Series: Volume 1
Hosted by: Beautiful Promotions

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No one is safe! The school has become a war-zone and the innocent are turning fast! A brave and nameless teacher has collected some awful and disturbing documents from some ghastly students. These are their stories and they will shock and amaze both teacher and student. But they haven’t been given away for free. This terrified individual has paid a hefty price to get the truth and is paying for it, with his freedom. In his report he states: ‘If you are considering a career in teaching I would advise against it completely. It has become a profession far more dangerous than a police officer or even an army soldier in open war.’ ‘I’m risking my life giving you this information, but I feel you need to know the truth. On the surface these children appear innocent and well-mannered but it is inside where their darkness dwells.’ The Students Sold Us Secrets Volume 1 is the first collection of short stories from the writer that brought you Reverse the Universe, Lee J Mavin, and will take you down a path you never thought existed. It’s packed with twelve short stories, all equally alarming and unsettling, as well as a secret report written by an undercover teacher.

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Lee J Mavin previously published a collection of poetry titled Reverse The Universe: collected poems and unused lyrics and has also published a children’s novel titled The Diary Of A 7th Grade Hybrid. This year he will be publishing more mad fiction in the form of a wicked a weird fantastic adventure titled The Intergalactic Custody Battle and the book he has always wanted to finish, also another young adult novel without a title yet.

He is currently enrolled at Sydney University as a Ph.D. in Arts and teaches ESL and Japanese between shots of caffeine to keep him awake.

He sneaks as much writing he can in between lessons, it helps to ease the pain. He has started a series of stories titled “The Students Sold Us Secrets Volume One” with ASJ Publishing. Volume 2 to the series is out now!

He is also kept on his toes by his feisty wife and five year old daughter both of whom are Chinese. They like to let me know how bad my Chinese is on a daily basis.

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Book Signing – Robert P. Mitchell

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Robert P. Mitchell, author of Tales Of A Tenacious Tenor, will be having a book signing at the Monroe County Library, (Hughes Library), Stroudsburg, PA on Saturday April 18th, 2015. From 10:00AM til 3:00PM

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Bob’s amazing story of how movie idol Mario Lanza inspired him to sing, and the road he traveled to realize that dream.

From Central Pennsylvania to the opera stages of New York, Bob overcame many obstacles to realize his dream. 
It’s an inspiring story for all dreamers and doers, those who have the courage to follow their inner voice, and make their singing voice as rich as it can be.

If you are in the area, don’t miss it!

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Interview With…. Craig A McDonough

Hi Readers. Today I welcome Craig A. McDonough. Craig was born in Melbourne, lived here for most of his life til 2011 when he packed up and moved to the US to get married, and he now resides on the edge of the Mojave Desert. He loves a good horror/thriller/ crime novels and films.

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Craig, welcome to my blog. Please tell our readers about yourself.
My first story ever written was in high school. Some years later I submitted a story for a Herald-Sun
competition, but I didn’t win 😦

Always had a story or 2 on my mind and dabbled with writing but it wasn’t until 2012 that I started writing seriously after my wife’s encouragement. She is a very creative person herself (an artist & writer) and it helps to be around others of like mind. In 2013 I self published the first 2 books/parts of my novel “The Chronicles of Vladimir” and in 2014 added the final 2 books/parts and published in a single volume. The book has just had a title change to “Horror at Pine Ridge” the mysterious cemetery in the story.

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In 2014 I submitted – and was successful- a short story called “She Said” to a horror anthology “Happy Little Horrors“. Towards the end of 2014, my current project “Toward the Brink” (an apocalyptic novel), was accepted for publication by Winlock Press an imprint of Permuted Press. It was released on February 24 2015. Its the first of a 4 book series.

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What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee, Oh, and have to feed the Dogs, Cats and Horse !

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
It would probably have to be someone from another planet – I’d like to meet someone with real intelligence at least once which obviously leaves humans out. lol

What’s the story behind your latest book?
Apocalypse, post apocalypse survival

What are you working on next?
I’m currently writing the final book for the Brink series titled “Back from the Brink” (which could be doubtful in itself) as well as preparing a new story set in a lovely small town with picturesque scenery… it just happens to have a serial killer on the rampage. Just to liven things up a bit. On top of that I’m writing a short thriller/suspense type story that will be available only to subscribers of my newsletter – FREE – however, it will be professionally edited.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I’m pretty intuitive and perceptive of others thoughts – not all but most.

Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen king (doesn’t everyone say that?) James Scott Bell, Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson James M. Cain. and have lately become interested in Dashiel Hammet and Raymond Chandler.

What do you like to do with your free time?
Play guitar listen to some good music

Tell us about your plans for upcoming books.
At the moment I’d would like to get 2 good length novels (around 50-60k words) and 1 anthology out per year plus 4 novella’s (about 25k words each) as well this year will be 4 novels at 50k words plus and maybe 3 novella’s so its kind of backward but thats ok. 🙂

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Where can people find you on the web?
Web: www.craigamcdonough.com
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Craig-A.-McDonough/e/B00G9FZW26
Toward The Brink book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvDPDLswZCI
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Any final thoughts?
I would just like to thank you for the opportunity to talk about what I’m doing , I appreciate it.

Interview With…. Lillian Csernica

Welcome readers and book lovers. Today I am joined by Lillian Csernica. Lillian was born in San Diego and is a genuine California native.She resides in Northern California with her husband, two sons and three cats.

Her very first short story sale, “Fallen Idol,” appeared in After Hours and was later reprinted in DAW’S YEAR’S BEST HORROR STORIES XX. Lillian has gone on to publish stories in DAW’S Year’s Best Horror Stories XXI, 100 Wicked Little Witch Stories, and HORRORS! 365 Scary Stories. Lillian has also published an historical romance novel, SHIP OF DREAMS, and has written a considerable amount of nonfiction in the field of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. She has also been a columnist for Speculations, writing “The Fright Factory” and “The Writer’s Spellbook.” Her controversial column of literary criticism and short fiction reviews, “The Penny Dreadful Reader” ran in Tangent, earning praise from such leading lights of the field as editor Ellen Datlow.

PR photo colorLillian. thanks for being here today. Please tell our readers about you.
I’ve been married 26 years, I have two teenage sons, and I love to travel.  My sons both have special needs.  My older son has cerebral palsy and seizure disorder.  My younger son is high-functioning autistic.  Their needs keep me at home most of the time, so that means I have to do my traveling inside my own head.  Fortunately, that makes me well-suited to be a writer.

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The alarm clock.  I’m a night owl and I tend to stay up later than I should.  On weekdays I have to be up early to give my older son his medication and get him ready for the school bus.  On the weekends I sleep late, but I do spend most of my day in my office working.

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If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
My patron saint, St. Irene of Chrysovolantou.  In the 9th Century, she was abbess of a convent in Greece.  The story of her life and the miracles she worked can be found at http://oca.org/saints/lives/2015/07/28/102119-st-irene-chrysovolantou.

What’s the story behind your latest book?
I’m working on a trilogy I call The Flower Maiden Saga, historical romance set in Japan, 1865 to 1867.  In the first novel, my heroine Yuriko is a British girl sold to a corrupt samurai by her diplomat father to settle a gambling debt.  She escapes and meets my hero, Tendo Kazuhiro, who fights to protect her from the corrupt samurai.  Right now I’m halfway through the second novel.  Tendo and Yuriko are now married and facing all the challenges that presents given how much his family disapproves of him marrying a foreigner.  The social and political upheavals of this period in Japanese history provide a lot of story material.
What are you working on next?
The third book.  I’m also quite busy with short story projects.  I’ve begun writing steampunk, and I find I really enjoy it.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I’m good at public speaking.  I was on the Speech and Debate Team in both high school and college.  That training comes in very handy, especially when I’m on panels at conventions.

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Who are your favorite authors?
Tanith Lee, Elizabeth Peters, Wen Spencer, Terry Pratchett, A.M. Burrage, and Seabury Quinn.

What do you like to do with your free time?
Watch the wildlife in my backyard.  A creek runs along our back property line, so we have wood ducks, deer, foxes, squirrels, and a variety of wild birds.  I keep the bird feeder filled, which also provides some entertainment for my three cats.

Tell us about your plans for upcoming books.
I look forward to writing the third novel in The Flower Maiden Saga.  Most of my other work involves fantasy of one type or another.  Historical fiction is wonderful, but fantasy will always be my first love.

Where can people find you on the web?
lillian888.wordpress.com
Goodreads
Twitter
Amazon

Any final thoughts?
This is a great time to be a writer.  We have more options than ever before.

Thanks for being my guest today Lillian. Readers, be sure to check out Lillian’s links on Goodreads and Amazon for some great titles.

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Interview With…. Sally Odgers

Hi Readers. Today I am chatting with Sally Odgers. Sally hails from The Apple Isle, Tasmania. Sally is the author of some 270 books, published over thirty-six years.

I will just say that I have had the pleasure of visiting Tassie a few years back. What I can say about Tassie is that it is very picturesque, peaceful. Although far from the rest of the world (especially for those of you in the Northern Hemisphere), it is a place you really need to visit, at least once. 🙂

Sally, please tell our followers something about you 🙂
I’m from Tasmania, and still live here. I’m arguably Tasmania’s most-published living author,… if you go by word count and number of publications. I started writing as a child and haven’t stopped since. I’m a daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother and alpha-bitch to our Jack Russell pack. I write, read, walk, garden, edit and assess manuscripts for others, run a tiny collective called Prints Charming Books, a blog called Promote Me Please, a listing called Tassie Book Talks and a fleet of websites.

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270 books is quite the achievement. Tell us, what inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I’m not a morning person, but I have to get up to go and see to my dad. He’s 93 and I go to his place to get him up and give him breakfast. I take a dog along.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
I’d have loved to spend some time with Diana Wynne Jones. I’m not sure she’d have liked me, but it would have been interesting.

What’s the story behind your latest book?
I have two. One is Bush Rescue, a children’s book co-written with my husband. It’s part of the Pup Patrol series and is published by Scholastic. We worked up the series to follow our Jack Russell and Pet Vest series. The other is Heather and Heath, a long historical novel from Satalyte Publishing. That one sprang from research I did in the 1980s and 1990s for a tourist guide and also from family stories. It’s about three generations of women who love the high country property of Glen Heather. Scottish immigrant Ness arrives there in 1837, colonial-born Isobel marries its young owner in 1861, and her granddaughter Alice holds it during the Great War.

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What are you working on next?
I always have a lot of WsiP, but most of my time is taken up with affordablemanuscriptassessments.com, my manuscript assessment and editing service. Some of the books I work on as and when I have time include a fantasy called Garlands of Thorn and May, one called The Green Door and another called Khloe: Out of Arcadia.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I’m pretty good at assessing and editing work for others. I discovered this talent by accident in the 1980s. I can also write a poem on any subject at a moment’s notice.

Who are your favorite authors?
Elizabeth Marie Pope, Diana Wynne Jones, Sally Rogers-Davidson, Michelle Tatam, Geoffrey Trease, Ruth Park, Margaret Mahy, Anne Farrell…

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What do you like to do with your free time?
I don’t really have free time, since I work seven days a week. However, I do multi-task, so I walk the dogs and exercise myself while “reading” via audio book and doing the shopping and P.O. run. I also exercise one dog while gardening (he is our potter-dog whose back condition means he can’t do long walks).

Tell us about your plans for upcoming books.
I’m working on the last stages of two Prints Charming titles that should have been out in February. However, my dad had a fall, and so I got behind. I have a new Pup Patrol story to write and a mass of editing and assessing to do. I am also working with artist Kerri Slaven on a series called The Fairies of Farholt.

Where can people find you on the web?

www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com
www.printscharmingbooks.com
http://promotemeplease.blogspot.com.au
http://tassiebooktalks.weebly.com
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Awesome. Thanks for being my guest here today Sally.

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