Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Linger Series by Edward Fallon

Looking for a great new Thriller author to add to your summer reading stash?

Well, here's a great new series I've received ARC's for: Linger by Edward Fallon. 

Edge of your seat suspense. Great characters. A story line that will have you cringing and begging for more. And guess what? You're in luck. All five novels will be released on July 1, 2015. You can pre-order them now on here! So you don't have to wait even a second to read the next one in the series when you finish the first. And it's a good thing too. The minute I finished the first book, I knew I was in trouble.

Sorry, hubby. Supper will have to wait. Laundry? Oh, shoot. Let me just finish this next chapter. What? It's bedtime already? Where the heck did the day go? LOL

This is one of those series that will stick with you long after you reach the last page.

Five Stars All the Way!! :)

First Book in the Series:

Linger: Dying is a Wild Night (A Linger Thriller) Kindle Edition

by Edward Fallon  (Author), Robert Gregory Browne (Editor)

The Blurb:

Every crime scene has a smell. A look. A trail of DNA.
It also has a feel. An emotional residue that lingers... floating unseen, like bacteria in the air, just waiting to be absorbed. To be experienced.To be interpreted.
And only the man and the boy know this.
Veteran major crimes detective, Kate Messenger, has a problem on her hands: six bodies--father, mother, three children and the family dog--all slaughtered in their own home, with not a single clue or a shred of DNA that points to the butcher who killed them.
But late one night, as she's visiting what the newspapers have dubbed the House of Pain, Kate finds a couple of intruders at her crime scene: a man and a young blind boy who have no real explanation for their presence there.
In the hours that follow, Kate will discover that this is no ordinary boy--not by a long shot--and his ability to "read" the lingering residue left by the killer and his victims will not only open some old and very tender wounds, but may also help her find a killer who has been watching her every move...

        Amazon Link

Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday Morning Inspiration

Yosemite National Park 2013

—Let go of things/people stressing you out, causing you griefbigger and better is just over the horizon
Forget striving for perfection. 
Show your vulnerability and connect with those around you on a deeper level. 
—Don't be afraid, be strong! (My favortie!)
—Even if it seems impossible, reach for your dreams—nothing makes you feel more alive!!

Hope everyone has a Wonderful Weekend!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

How DYI Can Help You Get Back on Track

I've always loved the do it yourself concept. Yes, you can probably go out and buy that special piece you're looking for, but there is nothing like creating something with your own hands. For me, going to craft shows started years ago when I was still quite young and thought I could do anything. Fast forward a few years and I'm sad to say that awesome outlook on life has changed quite a bit. Stupid fear and doubt. LOL

One of my favorite shows lately is a show on HGTV called Fixer Upper. It's been on for a few seasons I think, but I only recently found it a few months ago. I absolutely love how this couple transforms a house. Wow! Makes me want to go out and buy an old fixer upper and try my hand at it. Thank goodness hubby has some self control!

As I sit here thinking about it, this idea kind of goes along with my writing as well. You know the saying,"You can't fix what you don't have." Well, this show is proof! A few of these houses I've seen on the show were lost causes in my opinion. That is, until the Gaines step in and completely blow my mind.

So awesome! And it got me to thinking about my current WIP. So many times I get stuck on a scene because I can't come up with something I feel is good enough. When the truth is, I should just write through the crap to discover the gems hiding in the middle of it all. I really like the idea. Sure beats staring at a blank page, right? :) A do it yourself quick fix of sorts until you're ready to start the edits and go back to really make that manuscript shine.

As I procrastinated today, I came across this video by Joanna Gaines. Thought I'd share because I found it so inspiring. Following our dreams is such an important part of life. It's what makes us grow, keeps us happy and helps us find our purpose. We must not let fear and doubt get in the way of what we are meant to do.
Off to write through the crap! LOL

Monday, March 23, 2015


Today I thought I'd talk about characters. Mainly because the ones in my current work in progress are refusing to play nice. I know what they should be doing, but getting them to do it is an entirely different story.

Take Keith for example. Fine young man. Comes from a good family. A wealthy family with ties to a Senator. His problem? He's an only child. And growing up he was constantly bored with his life. Probably not much different than most teenagers now days. I have three teenagers, so I've got a pretty good inside look at what goes on in those over stimulated minds of theirs.

But Keith. Oh, Keith. He didn't have the supervision he needed growing up during those difficult years. And when he got into trouble there was always someone there to bail him out. He has a juvie record. But it's sealed up tight.

Now that's not too bad. People make mistakes. Especially young people. But Keith has a secret. One he's hidden pretty darn well. Even from me! LOL

See, he has a crush on my heroine. An innocent crush. Or so I thought.  She used to babysit him when he was in middle school. Over the years, they grew to be good friends since he's only about five years younger.

Imagine my surprise when my hero gets knocked over the head with a baseball bat and I discover the culprit is none other than my sweet, misunderstood and sometimes mischievous Keith. What? That's not how this story played out in my head. Not even close.

But as I write further and get to know Keith better, I can't believe I didn't see it all along. It's there in chapter one. I've been setting this little freak show up since the beginning and had no idea. Talk about crazy! LOL

Can't wait to see what Keith has in store for these poor characters. Blindsided is an understatement.

***Found a great blog about character building. Here's a link if you interested. :) Great read!
                    Kill Zone - Top 10 Things you need to know about characters.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Not Playing Fair - Survival of the Fittest

Rain smacked the window. The huge droplets sounded like bullets as they hit. Menacing, foreboding, the feeling of doom unshakable as wind howled within the branches of the trees.

A knock at the back door.

A bump in the night.

The darkness promised to swallow everything whole as an eerie noise scrapped against the window-seal, sending cold vibrations through the thick, humid air.

And then.....

Danged if I know what happens next. LOL

I've been at odds with the muse for several months now. I want to write one genre, the muse has other ideas. Ideas that in no way, shape, form or fashion will mesh. So what to do?

One might think pushing through and showing the muse who's boss is the answer. Well, I've tried that.

Me - 0  Muse 155 and counting.

Yep, I'm batting zero. Muse is like, so you won't write what I tell you to, then you won't write at all.  Moowhaaahaaa....

Complete and udder shut down. Ugh...... So not fair!

On a brighter note, I had lunch with a good friend today who told me to let the muse go. Let the words flow. Write it down. What will it hurt? No one has to see it but you.

How do some people become so wise? ;)

I know what I need to do. Heck. Honestly, I've known for some time. But hearing someone else say it? Someone I respect not only as a writer, but also as a person. Someone who has helped me grow in my writing more than they will ever know. Priceless! Thank you, my dear friend!

So I'm buckling down, bracing for the ride, or impact. I'm not sure what's in store, but I'm going to be brave. And maybe, just maybe I'll share snip-its here from time to time. I'm cringing at the mere thought, while the muse is grinning like the blasted Cheshire cat!

I'm both excited and leery. But also a bit eager about the possibilities of discovering an avenue of my writing I've not been open to in the past. Who knows, maybe this will pacify the muse so I can get back to writing those simple, feel good stories I keep trying to write.

This should be fun!
Writing should always be fun!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

4 Days Down and A lot of Words to Get There

Gia, My Great Motivator!
I have to admit, I haven't had the blazing start I was hoping for these past few days. But I have made progress. Not only am I trying to reach that NaNo goal of 50,000 words, but I'm also trying to finish up edits on my next book. Crazy I know!

Four more chapters to go on that!

Yes, I'm excited! LOL

My NaNoWriMo survival kit:

Trusty Laptop
Beverages (lots of beverages)
Notebook/Pens and Pencils (for when I need a boost in the creativity department.)
Flash drive to save my work
Do Not Disturb or Else signs for family :)
Picture of Captain Jack Sparrow ( My secret muse...crap. Not a secret anymore.) LOL
Jacket for when I get cold

That's about all I can think of right now. Time to quit procrastinating and see if I can get a few more words in before bedtime. Who needs sleep anyway! Ha!

Here's to more progress!

Monday, October 27, 2014

It's That Time Again!

I’m gearing up for another NaNoWriMo round. J

Yes, it can be addictive! And if there was a support group in my area, hubby would make sure I was all signed up and first in line when the doors opened. LOL

The truth? My favorite part of writing is just to do it. No editing. No worries. Just let the words flow as the ideas filter through my scattered brain.

Maybe not the best strategy since there is so much editing to do when I finally do go back through the manuscript. But the adrenaline rush and new story produced at the end makes all the hard work worthwhile. You can’t fix what you don’t have, right?

Number one reason I participate:

NaNo gets my booty in the chair every day. Helps me remember why I love writing so much. And that in my book is Priceless!!

So who else is Nanoing?   :)

Need another friend to support you along the way?

You can find me under: mdohno

Best of Luck!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tasty Book Blast for GOD WHISPERER by Kimberley Troutte

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God Whisperer
Kimberely Troutte
Released July 15th, 2014
Astraea Press

A frightened mother on the run

LONNIE HOGAN has lived and breathed fear for the eight years she and her son have been on the run. She cut ties with the past and is hiding out in a small offbeat Danish community in California. Will the killers find them? She’s ready to run again, or fight for her son’s precious life, but she won’t let anyone take David.

A desperate man searching for his family…

Few people on St. John, Virgin Islands, know their favorite doctor, MARK NORTON, is a desperate man searching for the life that was stolen from him. After hours, he surfs the internet for leads and retraces paths gone stone-cold to find his missing family. He’ll do anything to find them and get his son back.

Will sacrifice everything to protect the boy who hears God…
DAVID HOGAN is a regular kid, if you don’t count the one-ear thing. He didn’t mind being deaf in one ear, but it hurt his mom, way down deep, as if she caused it. Why won’t she see bad things can happen for good reasons? Like the ear surgery that allowed him to hear God. Talking to God is one of the greatest things to ever happen to him, even if Mom doesn’t believe it. But the killers can find them now. Can one little kid save them all?

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10% of the author royalties will be donated to the American Society for Deaf Children.


Monday, April 14, 2014

NEW Release: Kick-Ass Heroines & Hot Heroes

A collection of romances that will thrill and captivate readers with their strong heroines and oh-so-hot heroes. 
The Wedding Wager
Regina Duke
Megan leaves the hospital whole, but in despair. Can Kevin heal her heart and save his fortune? Sweet romance from USA Today Bestselling Author Regina Duke.
The Silver Cross
Debra L Martin
Detective Lacy Gardner is the best at what she does – hunting down vampires that prey on the good citizens of Boston. Her skills will be sorely tested when a powerful new adversary comes to town, but her greatest threat will be losing her heart to one she may have to kill.

Murder, Mi Amore
Cara Marsi
Jewel thieves, murder and terrorists intrude on American Lexie Cortese’s Roman holiday; can she trust the sexy, mysterious Dominic Brioni who comes to her aid?

Kiss Me, Tate
Karen Cantwell, USA Today Bestselling Author
Tate Kilbourn was Bunny Bergen’s secret high school crush, but that was 24 years ago, and a lot has happened since. When she lands a job at the nature center where Tate is the lead naturalist, will sparks fly, or will Bunny be disappointed all over again?

Eyes of Jade
Tess St. John
After multiple attempts on her life–that oddly mirror her action movies–America’s sweetheart, Eve Knight, must put her faith in the FBI agents assigned to her case. After Agent Jake Dane’s special care of her, not only is her life at risk, but so is her heart.

Target of Betrayal
Melissa Ohnoutka
Kathleen Landon thought her life would finally get back to normal after the bizarre death of her husband. But a “chance” meeting with an old boyfriend throws her and her family on a dangerous and emotional journey full of secrets and betrayal.

Love by Secrets
Debra Elizabeth
Emily Stanton is falling for the dashing and handsome Connor Preston, but when her father objects and forces her to accept the proposal from Lady Tisbury’s shy nephew instead, her heart is broken. How can she love her new husband when her heart belongs to the man who wrote her such beautiful love letters?

Forgotten Soul
Sandra Edwards
A con-artist, hired to locate a buried treasure, finds more than she bargains for in this enchanting tale from NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Sandra Edwards.

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