Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Life and Times of Jackson Haines ~ Fairshot by Carl Randal #Western #MustRead

The Life and Times of Jackson Haines:
Fair Shot

By Carl Randal

It was the fall of 1890, a mere
decade away from the twentieth century. But some parts of the west were still
as wooly as they’d ever been.

Fairshot, Wyoming, is just such a spot. Jackson Haines is a household name in
America, known far and wide as a dandy, a high-stakes gambler, and a sometimes
lawman who’ll tame the wildest town—for a price.

He’s in Fairshot to do just that. But with cattle baron Ike Hillyard against
him, backed by his vast wealth and as many hired guns as he needs, will
Haines’s skill with a pistol and his dime novel reputation as the Deadliest Man
Alive be enough?



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Carl Randal settled into an early retirement a little while back, he decided
that now was the time to realize a lifelong dream; that of being an author.
While this is a secret desire of many, relatively few actually pursue a second
career as a writer.
it was a long-held interest in fiction and its creation, maybe it was his
educational background in English Literature—and not wanting it to go to
waste—but Randal proved different. His latest venture into novel writing is the
first part of a planned series of books concerning the life and times of the legendary
Jackson Haines, adventurer, sometimes lawman, entrepreneur, gambler, and famous
frontier character.
at work on research for the second Haines novel, Randal enjoys reading fiction
for pleasure, day trips around his northern California base, and relaxing with
friends and family. His literary interests are wide and varied, so don’t be
surprised to see a mystery, or science fiction novel, or a contemporary
thriller from this author.
has lots of book ideas, and he wants to explore them all…

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

#Halloween Dress Up with #VickiBatman ~ #Boo #TrickorTreat #Romance #HolidayAnthology

Halloween Dress Up!

When making costumes for Halloween, Mom told us to use our creativity. I didn't feel like I had any creativity since my sissie had been deemed the artsy one.

One year, someone held a yard sale on a huge corner lot. Line had been strung between two big oak trees and clothing on wire hangers dangled from the string. I'd never been to a yard sale before and talked my best friend into going to see what one was like. We walked around, looking at all the stuff. Finally, I stepped over to the clothing on the clothesline and flipped through it. A fancy, midnight blue lace dress with short sleeves, lined in a matching satin caught my eye. A net petticoat had been sown in to create the bell shape popular in another decade.

I was entranced. Possessed. I would look awesome in it. I. Had. To. Have. It.

Attached to the garment was a price tag which said the dress cost forty cents. I knew without asking I'd have to use my sparse savings to pay for it. My fifty cent allowance didn't go far with part of it for savings, part for church, and the rest for me. I hadn't begun babysitting and had a hard time saving up any money.

Somehow, I convinced the yard sale person to hold the dress for me, ran the four blocks home, emptied the savings from my paper-maché mushroom bank, ran back to the sale, and paid for the dress. Clutching it to my chest, I was so ecstatic, I thought my heart would burst. I felt positive I'd look like a fairy princess when wearing this creation.

When Halloween rolled around a couple of weeks later, I knew what my costume would be--my new dress. Never mind it wasn't the least bit scary. Never mind I had to wear my white Keds with it. I would be beautiful. I put it on, and for the final touch, added a wedding veil from our dress-up box.

Unfortunately, as weather unpredictably does where I live, it turned cold, and I had to wear a coat when we went door-to-door for Trick or Treat. No one could see how special I looked because my coat covered my dress.

But I knew.

In the long run, it didn't matter 'cause I reached my biggest goal: a grocery sack full of candy!

Do you have a story to share about your favorite Halloween costume?

The holidays are right around the corner and perhaps, you might like to check out “Holiday Handbag Extravaganza,” a romantic comedy short story in the Season of Surprises anthology:

Here's a little tease!

Blurb for “Holiday Handbag Extravaganza”:

Christmas Countdown is on! Hunk-a-licious customer, Jack Treadaway, pesters boutique owner, Callie Woods, to locate a vintage handbag for his mother. Too bad the wedge between them is his sister, the meanest girl in town.

What a mess.
The bell sitting on the counter above my head ding-ding-dinged in an irritating way. I huffed. Really?
Then I heard, "Hey,” —two dings— “I need help. Anybody working today?"
Despite the din assaulting my ears, I didn't answer, and not because I was mean. Because I was a woman on a mission. It was imperative I retrieve the hundred dollar bill that had vanished when The Copper Teapot's front door had erupted wide with a wintry gust. All kinds of stuff had gone flying like price tags, papers, and hard-earned moola. In today's sucky economy, every smidgen of revenue mattered.
Obviously, this guy couldn’t see me crouched down on the floor. His toe tapping and bell ringing conveyed his impatience. Sticking the ruler in the gap between the floor and the showcase, I bit my lip and concentrated, waving the tool back and forth so I could snag the elusive dinero. Another three-note ding sounded, and I rolled my eyes before singsonging, "Just a...minute, please."
Fingers drummed above my head. I shrugged my shoulders, thinking, rats. Every customer is important. Guess I should be a responsible business owner and do the right thing. "Be right with you."
"Okay, but hurry."
"Almost...there...Got it!" I jumped to my feet and dangled the money in his face. "Pay day."
I finished my jig to check out the customer only to find —Oh By Golly— Jack, as in the Jack Treadaway, the hunky hunk from Sommerville High School days. I couldn't believe this man graced my shop.
Why was he here?

Award-winning author, Vicki Batman, has sold many romantic comedy works to the True magazines, several publishers, and most recently, two romantic comedy mysteries to The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and several writing groups. An avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Chocoholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking "What if??"

You can find sassy, cute and funny VICKI BATMAN HERE

Find Season of Surprises HERE

Monday, October 12, 2015

Michelle Miles is a Semi-Finalist! #GoVote #Harlequin #Romance #Contest

My sweet friend and fellow Plotting Princess, Michelle Miles is a semi-finalist! Please go vote for A Little Taste of Heaven!

Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write Contest voting open until October 14!

Sign up for a Wattpad account – it’s FREE! Click here: Once you sign up, be sure to confirm your email address before you can vote.

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Cast your vote by hitting the star icon at the bottom of Part 1: Pitch of the submission. If you can’t find the star at the bottom, look for the VOTE button in the top right-hand corner under your name. This is important! To be eligible, votes must be indicated on Part 1: Pitch of the Top 55 Submission.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

#Win #CoverArt for your #Book! #AmWriting #IARTG #Kindle

I'm excited to announce this spectacular contest brought to you by author and cover artist, Skhye Moncrief!!! Not only can this woman write, but damnnnnnnnn...check out her cover art! She is awarding one lucky winner FREE COVER ART! Just leave a comment about 1)Your Writing, 2)Your favorite cover created by Skhye and 3)Tell us about your DREAM COVER!

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Friday, June 19, 2015

#Kindle #Countdown #Alert for Dark #Paranormal #Romance #Lovers! #BookBoost #MustRead #IARTG


Alisha Paige's Ultra Dark Paranormal Romance, Circle City: Lord of the Wolfen, set in Circle City, Alaska is ON SALE FOR .99 FOR 7 DAYS! Save $2.00! Free for Kindle Unlimited Readers!

On the edge of civilization, there is a place called Circle City, Alaska. The last town before the Yukon Flats gives way to frigid desolation.

When Zoe O'Brien, a secluded widow, kills a crazed mother wolf and saves the only cub from sure death, she ignites a war between the Wolfen Clan and the Kontar Clan. The wolf people have been enemies of the dog people for centuries and the cub she takes in is heir to the Wolfen throne.

Taken prisoner by the Wolfen for murder and kidnapping, Zoe is forced to see and do things with creatures she never knew existed, held against her will in a world she both desires and fears

Axl Wolfdorn is coming of age, ready for his Unleashing and on the hunt for his Moonswan, the female he will choose for the Chase and the royal Feral Consummation.

But how can he consider bonding with a mate when the only scent deep within his nose is the tangy scent of the woman who saved his life, the very woman who forced his clan into war, the woman he must now kill to avenge his mother's death?