Welcome J.E. Irvin back to the blog. We met when we were both speaking at a writing event. She's passionate about her writing and her latest book is out now.
The Rules of the Game
By J.E. Irvin,
$3.99 ebook, $15.95 paperback
When teacher Cammie Rose finds an old photograph hidden in her father's den, she begins to question her family history and the truth about all the men in her life, including the one who is stalking her. Soon, she begins a deadly game of cat and mouse with the mystery figure. As the ghosts of the past rise, Cammie races to discover the identity of her tormentor before she becomes his next victim. In this return to Hopewell, the setting of her award-winning The Dark End of the Rainbow, J. E. Irvin introduces a compelling new cast of characters, a decades-old secret, and a killer.
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Bio: J. E. Irvin, author of the award-winning novel The Dark End of the Rainbow, has published her second mystery novel - The Rules of the Game. In this return to the setting of her first mystery, Irvin introduces a new cast of characters, a compelling mystery and a villain determined to break all the rules. Irvin's works have appeared in a variety of print and on-line journals, including Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, SPARK a creative anthology, Nexus Literary Journal and The Zodiac Review. An avid hiker and canoeist, she lives in Ohio on the edge of a nature park.
You may contact her at janetirvin.wordpress.com or facebook.com/darkendoftherainbow.
It's the one year anniversary for my book, Landry in Like! To celebrate, I will send anyone who buys the ebook this month the Landry in Like sticker I'm holding in the picture. The sticker fits perfectly on a composition notebook. I'll throw in some Landry bookmarks as well. All you have to do is message me your order number and your address. If you share your post about purchasing it and tag me, then you're entered to win a $15 Amazon gift card. The sticker and bookmarks are for U.S. residents only, but international residents can enter the gift card giveaway and I'll email you a bookmark!
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Three small-town young women face big-time battles.
After suffering a heart-aching breakup, Marissa retreats into herself, over-exercising and depriving herself of food. When she takes on an acting role portraying a mysterious woman named Poppy, she realizes that to find joy again, she must fight for it.
Still reeling from the void left after her father died, Elise fills the space with short-lived thrills and flings, each leaving her lonelier than before. But when she meets Brady Bradshaw, the lead actor in a movie being filmed in her hometown of Bluebonnet, she finds herself drawn to something more than his charm and good looks.
The honeymoon phase ended long ago for Charlotte and her husband, who pays more attention to his phone and sports than to her. After meeting handsome, blue-eyed Wes, her imagination shifts from the fantasy world of her romance novels to reality. Will she strive to save her marriage, or will lust and apathy undermine what she knows is right?
Poppy McAdams calls these women the Orchids. Despite barely knowing them, this sage older woman assigns each a particular species of orchid, one that reveals what they struggle against and how to fight back victoriously. Her own life has been rife with hardship and heartache, but it serves the Orchids well as they learn to trust in God’s work.
A story of hope, inspiration, and life-changing belief.
Two weeks. That was it. Two weeks to sulk, to sob, to replay the final conversation over and over again while reading old text messages, listening to old voicemails, and staring through tear-stung eyes at the tan line left by the engagement ring.
“After two weeks, it’ll be time to get on with your life. Then you will get back to work and get your mind off of him…”
The words of her mother rang in Marissa’s head as her alarm clock beeped and buzzed. She rolled onto her side and groaned at the sight of “11:00 a.m.” flashing before her, then pounded the snooze button and pressed her phone awake. But nothing was waiting there for her. Day Fourteen was here, and still no message or call from Jack.
Marissa’s finger circled over her phone’s Facebook icon, tempted to touch it and see what her ex was up to, who he was hanging out with and where, but she’d made a vow to herself on Day One not to resort to stalking.
“Don’t be creepy, Marissa. Whatever you do, do not be creepy,” she whispered to herself. She set down her phone and shut her eyes, repeating the mantra in her mind, a discipline that had become a daily practice.
“Marissa! Honey, are you still asleep?” The voice belonged to Marissa’s mother, Teresa, the only other person who had a key to her apartment now that Jack had returned his.
“I brought coffee!” Teresa announced. “And bagels!”
Marissa didn’t budge. There was no use trying to look put together or feign cheerfulness. And even if she did try, her mother would see right through the act and ask her whom she thought she was fooling.
Marissa heard her mother simultaneously knock on the bedroom door and turn the knob.
“Marissa Grace Bryant, it’s eleven o’clock!” Teresa said, tugging on her daughter’s big toe peeping out of the lavender duvet cover.
Marissa gave a sigh of surrender and forced herself to a sitting position.
“Good morning, Mom,” she muttered, rubbing the sleep from her eyes.
“Guess what day it is, sweetheart,” Teresa said with a high, melodic voice.
“You say it like it’s Christmas morning, or my wedding day,” Marissa answered, her eyes dropping to her naked left hand.
“Stop that, Marissa. No more moping or feeling sorry for yourself. You promised me that after two weeks, you’d start moving on and forget about what’s-his-name.”
What People Are Saying
“Armor for Orchids is my favorite book for 2016. The characters come to life so you feel like they are a best friend or a neighbor you know. The storylines are riddled with humor, everyday drama and unexpected twists. I literally laughed out loud at times! It is a page-turner that you can't put down and look forward to getting back to. This book can help young women who struggle with some of the issues these characters struggled with. However, women of all ages will love Orchids.”
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I'm excited to have Abigail Shepherd on the blog today! I enjoy her posts on Instagram and think you'll love her, too. And a big thank you to her for how patient she was as we worked to get my website back on track this week! Welcome, Abi!
From Abigail Shepherd:
Growing up, I was never made to feel that there was anything I couldn't do because of being a girl. My dad taught me his trade of window cleaning and I joined him in that as soon as I left school. So it was a bit of a surprise to find that most people considered it 'sweet' that I was accompanying him on his rounds. To my mind, I was just as much a professional window cleaner as he was. But most people didn't see it that way.
I'm still a window cleaner now, only Dad's retired and I work with my husband instead. Now that I'm 29, people don't think it's 'sweet' anymore. Instead, they usually assume that I'm my husband's assistant and sometimes, that I'm too stupid to get another job. Because window cleaning isn't considered women's work.
So ultimately, I think that's why I wrote a story about a young girl trying to be a farmer. Because I wanted to show teen girls that they can do whatever they want to do for a career, even if that's something traditionally done by males. Sadly, not everyone will agree with them on that. As in my character Victoria's case, there will be times when they aren't taken seriously, times when people try to hold them back. Sometimes they'll even manage it. Because, in essentials, this hasn't changed much since Victorian times. But I hope my book will show them that they can succeed anyway. And that the more opposition they face, the bigger the victory when they win through.
Bio: Abigail Shepherd is the 29-year-old author of teen historical fiction novel Victoria’s Victorian Victory. Her other work has most recently been published by The Flash Fiction Press, and Mystery Weekly, and she has a regency romance series, Ask Me No Secrets, on channillo.com She’s hoping her upcoming novel will encourage teenage girls to think about their futures, set goals for themselves, and insist on being treated with the respect they deserve. Her hobbies include fishing, napping, and drinking exceptionally good wine. She blogs at bewritingblog.wordpress.com
Link to buy my book: https://rainydayreadspublishing.com/buy-links/victorias-victorian-victory-fiction/
Link to sign up for my newsletter: https://bewritingblog.wordpress.com/contact/ All subscribers in January get a free prequel short story.
A Rocky Harbor Novel
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Limitless Publishing, LLC
Release Date: January 17, 2017
Graham Riley enjoys the laid-back freedom of a pilot’s life—until one choice puts his career in jeopardy…
Graham loves his job—it allows him to escape his troubled past and the stigma of being a murderer’s son. But after an altercation with a drunk passenger is posted on social media, he's forced to go on administrative leave until his name can be cleared. To get his wings back, he must attend anger management classes, and to avoid the media frenzy near his home base in Texas, he heads to Rocky Harbor, Maine.
Responsible therapist Maggie O’Fallon wants a stable relationship with a man who’s not going anywhere…
Maggie grew up with parents who were never around, physically or emotionally. Needing steadiness in her life and in a relationship, she only dates men with normal jobs. But when Graham walks into her office and flashes his charming steel-blue eyes at her, she's at a loss for words. Torn between her ethics and her heart, Maggie asks Graham to see a different therapist so they can explore the chemistry between them.
He has everything she’s been looking for—except stability…
Maggie touches something deep within Graham and he panics, pushing her away, too scared to face his feelings. But when a private investigator threatens to discredit not only Graham, but Maggie’s practice as well, he is faced with two choices. Fight…or take flight.
Battling a lawsuit and his heart, Graham must decide what’s more important—the life he thought he wanted…or Maggie. Maggie might be the only thing that will ever help Graham
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MEET THE AUTHOR: Marianne Rice writes contemporary romances set in small New England towns. Her heroes are big and strong, yet value family and humor, while her heroines are smart, sexy, sometimes a little bit sassy, and are often battling a strong internal conflict. Together, they deal with real life issues and always, always, find everlasting love. When she’s not writing, Marianne spends her time buying shoes, eating chocolate, chauffeuring her herd of children to their varying sporting events, and when there’s time, cuddling with her husband, a drink in one hand, a romance book in the other.