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Monday, May 21, 2012

Looking Out the Window: K. Dawn Byrd Talks about Shattered Identity, Her New Book

In Shattered Identity Lexi Branson faces danger from the man she loves.

Lexi Branson thinks she's found the

guy of her dreams. So what if he's

older? Her new motto is, "Love

knows no boundaries or age limits."

Zack Bane loves her and treats her like

a princess and that's all that matters.

Lexi soons discovers that she doesn't know Zack as well as she thought. He has secrets, the kind that shatter the lives of those who love him. When faced with the truth, Lexi tries to hang onto him because she has a secret of her own.

When Lexi ends up in danger, she discovers she has no one to turn to except her ex-boyfriend, Jeremy. Can Jeremey, who is still in love with her, keep her safe from Zack? When faced with a choice will Lexi choose to stay with the guy who has become a stranger or will she choose Jeremy, the guy who loves her with all his heart?
Ten Facts about Shattered Identity.
) The story is about Lexi, the "bad girl" from Mistaken Identity. Even though it's the sequel to Mistaken Identity, it can be read alone and make perfect sense as a stand-alone novel.
2) Lexi thinks she's found the perfect guy, but soon learns that he's abusive.
3) In the beginning of the book, Lexi is not living the life of a Christian because she's not one.
4) Lexi keeps secrets. She doesn't tell her mom about her boyfriend, Zack, because he's older and she's afraid her mother won't approve among other things.
5) Lexi finds out that her ex-boyfriend, Jeremy, is still in love with her and she becomes confused as to which guy is the one for her.
6) Eden, from Mistaken Identity, returns briefly in the book to console Lexi when she learns that she's being abused. They had been BFFs, but had ended their friendship when Lexi tried to steal Eden's boyfriend in Mistaken Identity.
7) Lexi finds out that Zack's money is not earned honestly.
8) Lexi wakes up in the hospital to find Jeremy and her mother by her side.
9) Lexi broke up with Jeremy in Mistaken Identity because he started going to church.
10) Lexi has several choices to make. Should she stay with Zack or go back to Jeremy? Can Jeremy save her from Zack and is she placing him in danger by allowing him back into her life? Should she become friends again with Eden? Should she become a Christian?
I rushed down Zack's driveway, anxiety pushing me forward even as my heart fell. If Zack saw Jeremy's car at the lake the other day, he'd know who I was leaving with, and he might not ever get over it. I wasn't sure I was ready for the relationship to end for good, but this might do it.
I stepped into Jeremy's black Mustang, the scent of his cologne enveloping me like a warm, fuzzy blanket. Memories of us as a couple flooded my mind and made me happy and sad at the same time. "You okay?" Jeremy asked.
"Yeah. Just get me out of here. Hurry. He's coming down the hill."
Jeremy backed out of the driveway just as Zack reached the car. He moved until he was directly in front of the car. "Lexi, get out."
I shook my head even as the tears rolled down my cheeks. The crazed look in his eyes sealed the deal. He was either mad or high on something, maybe bath salts.
"Go, Jeremy. Just go."
"I can't run over him."
Jeremy rolled down his window. "Just get out of the way, man."
"She's not leaving with you."
Jeremy picked up his phone and shook it at Zack. "If you don't get out of the way, I'm calling the cops." Zack crossed his arms, standing his ground. "Lexi, get out of the car."
Afraid that they'd end up in a fight if I didn't, I reached for the door handle as Jeremy glanced sideways at me. "Don't do it. That guy is on something."
I rolled down my window. "Zack, go back to bed. Jeremy's just giving me a ride home. We'll talk about this tomorrow."
"No way. Get out of the car."
Jeremy leaned out of the window. "Man, you look like you're on something. If you don't get out of the road, I'm going to call the cops and tell them some doped up guy is in the middle of the road holding up traffic. Wanna cool it in a jail cell?"
Headlights came around the curve and tires squealed behind us. The driver yelled, "What's going on?" Zack shot us an obscene gesture and moved out of the road. He trudged up the hill, head down, shoulders slumped.
The thought of losing Zack was more than I could bear, but right now, something didn't feel right. We'd been so perfect together, and I'd probably never find that again, but I was too scared to think about that. Jeremy took his eyes off the road long enough to glance sideways at me. "What's going on?"
"I don't know."
"Did he hurt you?"
K. Dawn Byrd is an author of many different inspirational genres, including romance and non-fiction. She is an avid blogger and gives away several books per week on her blog at, most of which are signed by the authors. She's also the moderator of the popular facebook Christian Fiction Gathering group at!/group.php?gid=128209963444.

When not reading or writing, K. Dawn enjoys spending time with her husband of 16 years while walking their dogs beside a gorgeous lake near her home and plotting the next story waiting to be told.
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Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Winner of Trespasses

Thanks to all who entered. It was difficult to choose, so I scrambled up the names and picked one. The winner is...
Hats and Horns...
Cassie Simmons! Congratulations, Cassie!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Looking Out the Window: Award-winning Author Anne Patrick Talks about Trespasses, Her New Book. She'll Give Away a Copy. She AlsoTells How to Make Cookies That Are Good for You.

Award-winning author Anne Patrick talks about her new book, Trespasses.
Imagine cookies that are good for you. Anne tells us how to make them!
She also shares her favorite Bible verse, which re-assures us of God's love.
To enter to win a copy of Trespasses leave a comment and your email address.

About Trespasses
When the skeletal remains of three young women are discovered on the vacation estate of a U.S. Senator, the local sheriff enlists the help of Special Agent Gabe Landry and a local forensic sketch artist to help him solve the murders.  As a profiler, Gabe knows his skills are useless until they discover the identity of the victims.  
That’s where the beautiful and talented Mackayla Kensington comes in. Mackayla is all too familiar with the heartache of not knowing the fate of a loved one. The brutal murder of her own daughter is the driving force behind her determination to bring closure to families missing loved ones. Using her artistry skills, Mackayla works frantically to put faces to the skulls so that their identities can be revealed and the killer can be caught. When the killer realizes how good she is, it appears she may be the next to die.
You can purchase Trespasses at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and most online bookstores.  Here's the link to my author's page on Amazon where most of my books are listed.

Cookies That Are Good for You! Wow! I can't wait to try this recipe.
Anne says, "Not only are these cookies tasty, they’re good for you. And for those of you on weight watchers you get two cookies for one point."
Ingredients. chips (chocolate, peanut butter, butterscotch, white chocolate, whatever you like) and Fiber One 'original' cereal.
Using a double boiler system (glass boil on top of a pan with boiling water {be sure the water is not touching the bottom of your boil}) melt your chips. You need a standard bag of chips. I mixed peanut butter and chocolate together, but you can use whichever flavor you like.
Once melted, mix in an 18oz box of Fiber One cereal, then, with a spoon, scoop them out onto wax paper. Cool. Then enjoy. Note: You could jazz these up by adding coconut, dried cherries, nuts, etc.

Anne's Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 49:15-16a (NLT)
“Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child?  Can she feel no love for the child she has borne?  But even if that were possible, I would not forget you!  See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands."

Bio: Anne Patrick is the author of more than a dozen novels of Romance, Mayhem; and Faith, including the award-winning and best-selling Fire and Ash, Lethal Dreams and Sabotage.  Her heroines are usually strong willed, witty, and often very opinionated…combinations that usually land them in situations where death seems imminent.  When she's not working on her next novel she enjoys spending time with family and friends.  She makes her home in Kansas.
To learn more about Anne, please visit her website: or blog: She loves to hear from here readers!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Looking Out the Window: Linda Weaver Clarke Holds Book Launch Party for Desert Intrigue. Giving Away a Copy Here

Linda will be giving away a copy of Desert Intrique. To enter to win leave a comment and your email address.

It's so nice to have you, Linda. First, tell us a little about yourself.
I travel throughout the United States, teaching a Family Legacy Writing Workshop, encouraging people to write their family history and autobiography. I am also the author of nine novels and two non-fiction e-books. The historical sweet romance series, “A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho,” includes: Melinda and the Wild West - an awarding winning novel. I also have a mystery/adventure series called “The Adventures of John and Julia Evans.”

Tell us about your latest book.
Desert Intrigue is the 4th book in a mystery/ adventure series. In each book, I try to add mystery…adventure...romance...humor...and intrigue! When Julia’s brother announces that his dude ranch is haunted, she believes that someone is trying to sabotage his place and force him to sell. The mysterious happenings have to do with Superstition Mountain, the lost Dutchman’s goldmine, and the great Thunder God. Is it possible that the legend of the Thunder God is actually true? After a terrible thunderstorm, everyone begins to wonder. John and Julia quickly head to Mesa, Arizona and discover a few mysterious events. Will they find out who is behind these disasters before Uncle Kelly’s dude ranch is ruined?

I believe book trailers create the mood of the story. Even though pictures are a great part of a book trailer, the music helps to create the mood that you desire. I was so excited after I put this one together. It set just the right mood. It’s one of my favorites. I’ve had many people tell me how much they liked it. Here it is below.

What inspired you to write this particular series?
This series was inspired by one of my favorite TV shows long ago called Hart to Hart, which featured a married couple investigating and solving crimes staring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers. The couple was madly in love–you laughed at the humor and sighed at the romance. I wanted to create something similar with a little suspense and adventure. In this series Julia is a reporter for a daily newspaper and John is a professional knife maker. Just like Hart to Hart, because of her curiosity, Julia gets herself into a bunch of trouble. Before long, she finds herself and her husband up to their necks in danger and running for their lives. There is one difference. John and Julia Evans have three college age daughters. I feel this makes the couple have more appeal to a larger audience. This series, The Adventures of John and Julia Evan includes Anasazi Intrigue, Mayan Intrigue, Montezuma Intrigue, and Desert Intrigue.
I loved watching Hart to Hart too. It's great inspiration. I understand you enjoy history. Does that play a part in the ideas for your books?
My interest in the ancient American Indians is what got me started with this series. First, I’m teaching people a little about the ancient American Indians, artifact theft, the Mayans, Montezuma’s treasure, etc. This new book, Desert Intrigue, surrounds the legends of Superstition Mountain and the lost Dutchman’s goldmine. Second, I’m teaching people that we can still have romance in our lives, even after 20 years of marriage. We must keep our marriage alive with a bit of teasing, playfulness, forgiveness, and romance. In this series, The Adventures of John and Julia Evans, we find out what a marriage can be like if we give and take a little. In fact, I patterned John and Julia’s marriage after my own. I even add a few true things in my book that happened to us, to bring a bit of humor into my story.
Does your faith affect your writing? How?
It certainly does. My characters are Christians with Christian standards. All my books are “Family Friendly” for both teens and adults. So yes, my faith does influence my writing.
Do you put yourself in your books?
Yes, many times. It’s hard not to put yourself into each book, in one way or another. I feel that it brings my story to life.

About Desert Intrigue:
“Romance, Mystery, and Regional History Collaborate to Create a Satisfying, Intriguing Story! It was difficult to put this one down. I cared about the characters, I cared about their ranch, and I was brainstorming right along with this delightful family, figuring out how to either remove the curse or solve the mystery that threatened to destroy their way of life. But as with life as I’ve experienced it, it’s never just saving the ranch. There are children flirting with romance, relational complexities, and a wedding in the works that just won’t seem to come together. The writing is clear and lively, never calling attention to itself or getting in the way of the story. The touches of humor and inclusion of regional history tie it all together to make a satisfying story all the more fascinating. Highly recommended!” –Written by Steve Miller, Author
Learn More about Linda and Visit Her Sites:
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Monday, May 7, 2012

Looking Out the Window: Sweet Romance Author Larry Hammersley Shares a Free Short Story, Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe and His Favorite Bible Scripture

Larry Hammersley talks about his sweet romance books and short stories. Read about his favorite recipe and favorite Bible Scripture. Read "Ice Rink Romance" for free. See below.

About Beautiful Inside and Out – Larry’s latest short story
Bess Simpson, a sharp college student in engineering, wasn’t into checking out the men on campus but one in particular, Art Fuller, did catch her eye.  She perceives she’s overweight despite her best friend, Milla, telling her otherwise.  Can Bess catch Art’s eye and capture his heart when he is dating Angie, the petite drum major for the marching band?  Will being a top student in aeronautical engineering and a math whiz help her sway Art her way as she tutors him in math?  What happens when she meets Angie on two different occasions?
Excerpt from Beautiful Inside and Out
Very few questions were asked as she wrapped it up after an hour. Many passed by her, thanking her and addressing her as Miss Simpson. They didn’t give her time to tell them to drop that formality now that the lecture was over. Veronique
complimented her as she passed by. Art was still seated, conversing with a friend beside him about something in his notes. He finished, rose from his
seat, sidestepped to the aisle, and danced down the steps toward her. Bess took a deep breath.
“Miss Simpson, thanks so much for a great lecture,” Art said, coming to a standstill in front of her. Everyone else had left.“For goodness’ sakes, Art. It’s Bess,” she said, laughing.
“Art. Let’s go,” Angie called from the back of the room. She stood with her hands on her waist, her hip cocked, her face in a scowl aimed at Bess.
“I’m talking to Bess. Be there in five minutes.
Oh, and let’s just have a malt tonight. Skip the movie. I’ve got to study, big time.” Angie stomped out.

About "Lab Partners"
Leroy Doyle, a college chemistry major and track star is on the verge of scholastic probation after flunking calculus. As he enters his sophomore year he can’t afford the distractions of having a girl friend, but that changes once he meets Jody Stinson. A chemical engineering major and the smartest student in the sophomore class, she is beautiful, arrogant, and not very happy about being forced into being his lab partner. But Leroy senses there is more to Jody than she portrays to the outside world. Her treatment of him only serves to fuel his interest and despite her barbed remarks, he strives to win her heart.
Excerpt from Lab Partners:
"You going to be late for every lab?" she asked as he placed his books near hers.
"Leroy Doyle," he said, extending his hand for a shake. She ignored it, maintaining a scowl.
"I'm hoping my literature professor will allow me to leave class five minutes early the day we have lab. Smith Hall is a long way." Leroy gave up and withdrew his offer of a handshake.
"I'm not interested in your excuses. I'm only partnering with you because Doctor Braddock insists everyone have a partner," Jody said, staring at him with her piercing brown eyes.
Leroy resolved not to judge her. Despite her sharp reply, he thought she was beautiful. She was slender, perhaps five-eleven, only an inch shorter than he was. Her red hair curled inward just below her ears. The smooth, shiny hair framed a pretty face, her eyes behind steel-rimmed glasses. The faintly cherry lips held a scornful tilt. Her flared lavender skirt hung below her knees in alluring folds, neatly arranged about her legs as she sat on the lab stool. Intricate flowers adorned her white blouse and Leroy made an effort not to gaze below her chin, at least while she was looking at him.

Nourish the Soul
Larry’s Favorite Bible Scripture: Ruth 1: 16 -17, “But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.’”
Leroy quoted this passage at his and Jody’s wedding at the end of A Change of Heart, a book based on the characters in "Lab Partners."

FREE READ—Short Story: Read "Ice Rink Romance" by clicking here

Nourish the Body
One of Larry’s favorite things to eat – his wife Sue’s peanut butter fudge

Into large heavy pan put 2 lbs. confectioner’s sugar, one half cup butter or margarine and one can (13 oz.) evaporated milk.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until ingredients melt.
 Continue cooking to soft-ball stage: 235 degrees.  Remove from heat, quickly stir in one jar (7 oz.) marshmallow cream, one jar (18 oz.) peanut butter.
 Pour into two (8x8x2) greased pans.
 Makes 5 lbs.

Links to Larry’s Other Stories
See Larry's Wild Rose ebooks here
A short story on Red Rose Publishing here
"Small is Beautiful" on Smashwords here
"Photo Beauty" on Smashwords here
Learn more about Larry at

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Looking Out the Window: Meet Dora Hiers and Characters from Her Book, Journey's Edge. Read About Her Humorous Lunch

Dora Heirs gives us a humorous look at plotting over lunch with her husband. She introduces two characters from Journey’s Edge and tells us about the book. She’ll
give away a copy of Journey’s Edge. To enter to win leave a comment and an email address.

Plotting Over Lunch with my Hubby
Since I started writing inspirational romance, my husband seems almost scared to go to lunch with me. I can’t help but wonder why.
The other day, I met him at Buffalo Wild Wings. He breezes in, slings the fire radio off his belt, does that one-handed flip with the thing, and leans down to plant a kiss on my cheek before sliding onto the opposite bench seat. “Hey.”
“Hi, honey.” I flash my best “happy to see you” smile.
“Ready to order?”
Well, I am, but he just sat down. Doesn’t he need a couple minutes to look over the menu? I shrug. “Sure.”
The waiter brings our drinks, takes our order, and leaves. I’m the type that usually orders the same thing. At Buffalo Wild Wings, it’s always the buffalito. The meal arrives, and I dig into my buffalito. I finish my meal, ready to talk.
“So, honey. I need your help. I need a way to crash a plane.”
His eyebrows practically arch off his head. His gaze darts around the room. He sees a couple local police officers sitting a few tables away, nods, and smiles at them. He leans back and inhales, deep and shaky, lets it out slowly. Takes a long sip of water. “OK. Crashing a plane. Hmmm.”
“Yeah. Or maybe a poison.” I let that swirl around in my head for about thirty seconds. “Yeah, poison might actually work better. Just enough of a drug to make the pilot a little woozy, but not enough to kill him.”
My husband scrunches his face, does another quick glance around the dining room, and hunches his generous body lower in the bench. In the smallest voice he’s capable of (my husband only has one volume: booming), he says, “Poison. OK. Give me this afternoon. I’ll make some phone calls and find you something to work with.”
A head from a nearby booth swivels in our direction and frowns. The man leans towards his lunch partner and whispers, begins punching numbers into a cell phone.
My husband grabs the check, bolts to his feet, and holds out a hand. “You ready to go?”
He throws a desperate glance over his shoulder, waves at the police officers, and hustles me out the door.
I’m thankful for my real life hero. And that we live in a small town.
About Journey's Edge:
A Routine Audit? Hardly.
Red flags—including some goon who's following her—raise McKinley Frasier's suspicions that numbers don't add up at the insurance firm. When someone tries to snatch McKinley's daughter from school, she turns to police officer and ex-fiance, Renner Crossman—the cop who walked out on her a month before their wedding. But Renner's not the same guy who broke her heart ten years ago. He calls himself a "new man." She trusts the new Renner with her daughter's safety...but what about her heart?

Two of the Characters in Journey's Edge
Meet McKinley Frasier
Hi. I’m McKinley Frasier. An Auditor with a CPA firm, not my dream job, but it pays the bills and keeps a roof over our heads. I’m a mom to an adorable nine-year-old daughter, Tessa. I’ve cherished a lifetime friendship, and I’m single by choice. People may think I have my life together.
Hah! They’d be wrong. Right now I’m desperately ducking the creep who followed me to the hotel, this week’s client, Malcolm Brugman. Or should I say, fraudster?
And avoiding the ex-fiancĂ© who dumped me ten years ago, Renner Crossman, who happens to be staying in the same hotel. Why am I thinking about Renner Crossman now anyway? I haven’t thought of him in what? Two days? Not since his totally-off-the-radar phone message. Yeah, well, that apology was about ten years too late. Did he really think I would come running to accept his face-to-face apology? As if!
So explain to me how I ended up wrapped in Renner’s strong arms, hearing his heart thump and shivering when his breath whispered against my hair? What is it about him that latches on to my innermost dreams and desires and won’t let go? His grin? His have-no-cares-in-the-world attitude colliding with my organized, have-to-know-everything-beforehand outlook?
OK, so maybe I’m not totally over him. But I will be when he finds out about Tessa. And Tessa’s father? It’s probably best not to go down that road…

Meet Renner Crossman
Hey. Renner Crossman here. The new and improved version, not the old Renner, the jerk who seduced women, then dumped them. Walls painted white by God’s grace, I’m determined to set things right with people I’ve wronged in my life. Beginning with Kinny.
Beautiful, wholesome, pristine Kinny. Like springtime opening her arms wide after a long, harsh winter; new blossoms popping out to embrace the sun. Unspoiled, if you catch my drift, until a month before our wedding date.
So, I called Kinny a few days ago to apologize, right? Got her voice mail and left her a message asking to meet in person. I could have called that number a hundred times just to hear that sweet voice. Yeah, I’m so not over her.
But, I did the right thing breaking up with her, even if it was lousy timing. She blamed me for the deaths of her mother and brother. Well, not me, but the badge in general.
Ten years later, I’m still a cop, just a different kind: a Deputy U.S. Marshal. That won’t matter to Kinny, though. I still carry a gun and a badge. So, it’s probably best that she blew me off and didn’t show up tonight. With an early morning appointment for a job transfer to Charlotte and plans to hunt down a house near my friends, my plate’s mighty full.
When Kinny stumbles into my room after midnight, a thug hot on her heels, what choice do I have but to protect her? Will she still see me as the “old” Renner? Or can I model the “new man” in Christ?
I hope you enjoyed meeting McKinley Frasier and Renner Crossman from Journey's Edge. To check out the reviews or to purchase Journey's Edge, please visit White Rose Publishing or Amazon
After a successful auditing career, Dora left the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom to her two sons. When her youngest son didn’t want her hanging out at school with him anymore, Dora started writing heart racing, God-gracing books. Dora belongs to the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Carolina Christian Writers. Dora and her husband make their home in North Carolina. When she’s not writing, Dora enjoys reading and family gatherings. She despises traffic, technological meltdowns, and a sad ending to a book. Her books always end with happily-ever-after’s.
Readers can connect with Dora:
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Facebook: Dora Heirs
Twitter: @DoraHiers