Friday, July 22, 2022

On the Road Again

This Week's Newsletter
YA Romance Whodunit
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What's new with Ashleigh?

Have I mentioned yet that this year is the summer of road trips for the Stevens family? My last newsletter was sent to you from Maine. As you read this, we are preparing our 900-mile trip to Atlanta. It is the furthest we have traveled with the camper, as well as the furthest we have ever driven with the children. It will definitely be an interesting experience and I look forward to sharing our adventures with you.

I want to thank everyone who replied to last week's email blast looking for beta readers. I received a number of responses. However, I still have room for a few more readers for my young adult romance. Of all my books in the Hartfield Chronicles series, Book 2 is one of my favorites. Unlike the webserial, where both voices are presented at the same time, the book features the two voices separately. However, you have the story of reading either Pat's story or Melinda's story first.

As always, beta readers will receive free copies of the final product, including the option for a free signed paperback. In case you're interested, here's the blurb:

When his movie finally finishes filming, Pat can't wait to return to Hartfield to spend time with his brother. But Walter would rather pretend they're complete strangers. At least his friend doesn't seem to mind him hanging around.

Melinda has just about figured out how to balance her schoolwork with her new dance class and friends. She's even found a way to spend some time with her boyfriend, Eliot. Life should be perfect, right?

Except for the fact that Eliot doesn't like that Melinda's best friend is a boy. Or that Melinda happens to be friends with a famous actor.

And just when Melinda thinks her life can't get any more complicated, an unexpected kiss forces her to reexamine they way she thinks about one of her friends.

Click here to read the beginning and sign up to be a beta reader.

Hartfield Chronicles

Hartford Chronicles
Season 4 of Hartfield Chronicles has arrived!

When Melinda is invited to join a new dance class, she sees this as her big break, a chance to advance her skills. Before she can accept, however, another kind of break stops her in her tracks.

Pat wants to be the supportive boyfriend, but his efforts seem to be making Melinda uncomfortable. He can’t go to his own friends for advice, because they can’t understand.

After Melinda calls for another type of break, she and Pat must examine their relationship to determine whether they are meant for each other.

Hartfield Chronicles follows the lives of Melinda, Pat, and their friends as they navigate their way through boarding school life. Each episode features two stories, one from Melinda's point of view and one from Pat's, along with an excerpt from Melinda's writing journal. New episodes are published every Friday.

Here's what you missed:

  • Episode 87: Melinda and her brother are invited to visit Pat's family
  • Episode 88: Melinda and Pat have a misunderstanding

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Free Books

Song of the Siren

Song of the Siren

A short story loosely based on a popular fairy tale - Welcome to Grimmly Woods

She's lost her ability to sing. Will she also lose her chance at love?

Ariel can no longer sing after a mean prank by her cousin, Ursula.

Even worse, the one guy she'd had a crush on is returning to Grimmly Woods for a special duet with Ursula. There's a rumor that Eric has written a special song for a special girl, but since Ariel's lost her ability to sing, she doesn't stand a chance.

She hopes Eric leaves town as quickly as possible and never remembers the girl who once had an amazing voice. Because she doesn't want to relive the humiliating day she lost it.

Entered in the Alien Bride Lottery

Entered in the Alien Bride Lottery
An Alien Sci-Fi Romance

There are a million ways to end up in the Bride Games. But it takes only one.

She's playing this game to lose.

Every unmarried female human over the age of 21 gets entered once a year. You can also accept extra entries for legal infractions—instead of paying a parking fine, for example, you can request an extra entry. Lots of women do that. I mean, why not? The chances are astronomical that your name will get chosen to be one of the hundred or so women who get shipped off to space every year.

And even if your name is drawn, the odds are slim that you’ll match up with an alien who’s looking for a mate.

Most of the lottery-drawn women come back to Earth every year and resume their lives as if nothing changed.

But some don’t.

And no matter what, getting drawn in the Lottery means you have to compete in the Bride Games.

Guess that's where I'm heading now.

I only hope I can avoid catching the eye of one of the giant, rainbow-hued brutes whose mission is to protect Earth—and who can claim me as a mate.

All because I was Entered in the Alien Bride Lottery…

72 Hours in Savana

72 Hours in Savannah
Quick is Back for Another Adventure

Murder, Mystery, & Twinkies!

Jonathan Quick is in Savannah, just trying to find love and Twinkies. But the police have a different agenda. A body found at the local ballpark has a trophy sticking out of it. Not only is Quick the expert in identifying baseball relics, but he's also connected to the suspected killer. The police think revenge is the motive. Quick is sure it's greed. And now he has 72 hours to find the killer and the most valuable artifact in baseball history. It's a treasure hunt like no other in the land where pirates routinely buried gold and people who got too close to the truth.

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Secret Supers

Secret Supers

What happens when 'differently-abled' people become 'super-abled'?

Jeremy Gentle fell flat on his face at therapy. That was normal since he had cerebral palsy. But his new superpower wasn't normal.

Then things got weirder when his best friend, Dan Elanga, got a different superpower. But Dan was still blind.

Kayla Verdera and Aubrey Wilcosky, two girls in their middle-school special ed class, discovered they too had new superpowers. Kayla was mute and needed a walker. Aubrey lost two legs and used crutches. But they were as powerful as the boys.

What should the four friends do? Jeremy knew if the word got out, it'd be a media circus. Then they started fighting crime, as the Secret Supers. Who knew a disability could be a perfect disguise? No one would ever think of disabled kids as superheroes. Then they ran into problems they never expected.

Captured by the Earl

Captured by the Earl
The Secret Crusaders Book 2

As a member of the Distinguished Ladies of Purpose, Lady Emma Sinclair strives to help those less fortunate, even as others disregard her ideas as fanciful nonsense. That is, until she accidentally starts a rumor she is betrothed to Philip Fitzgerald, the powerful but absent Earl of Peyton. As society celebrates her victory in capturing the elusive lord, she enjoys new influence. Everything goes perfectly, until…

The earl returns.

Philip is shocked to arrive home to an unexpected betrothal. He doesn’t know Lady Emma’s motives or goals, yet the intelligent lady intrigues him. He will continue the ruse, chasing her secrets, even as he continues his own clandestine work. He saves people while in disguise, setting London aflame.

As everyone guesses the identity of the mysterious masked rescuer, Emma and Philip delve closer and closer to the truth, and each other.

When secrets are revealed, will a pretend betrothal become real?

Ivan's Dilemma

Ivan's Dilemma
Mila K. Mysteries

It’s been a month since Mila returned to Chernivtsi. And it had been an eventful homecoming. She was still contemplating how Pietro, whom she thought was the lost love of her life, could have been such a fraud and then killed so horribly?

She was glad the school year had started, and she was able to focus on her courses and students instead.

However, with the arrival of the new dean circumstances become both good and bad for Mila. Though Sergei Vasilovici seems to be a challenging fellow with no real connections or much of a personal history, Mila finds him an acceptable replacement for Pietro Melnik as dean, especially when he offers her a promotion. At the same time, he is not as amiable with the students, particularly Ivan Popov. The two are seen arguing at Sergei’s welcome assembly and when Sergei is found murdered in his office the next morning Ivan is pulled in as the likely killer.

When she realizes what has happened Mila rushes to help Ivan. For though Ivan may be a womanizer and headstrong, Mila is very sure he is NOT a murderer. Ivan's arrest also brings his brother Oleck rushing home from his posting in Kyiv.

The two join forces to help Ivan and soon discover that there is more going on than meets the eye…and maybe that applies to the two of them as well.

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