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Overview of Dark Isle

When evil begets evil, a choice is forced on Quinn, the one person who can see the danger. Does she save the ones she loves, or does she save the world from Chaos?

As the realms of Fae and human collide, Quinn’s future has never looked so grim, or so damn impossible.

Genre- Urban Fantasy

Overview of Enemy in Blue

The streets aren’t safe when your enemy wears a blue uniform and a gold badge.

What if the good guys weren’t good?

What if a cop went rogue and killed an innocent man?

What if it was all caught on video and the cop would do anything to cover it up?

Chase this lawless cop through the streets and to a scintillating series of showdowns with Cruz Marquez, a young attorney trying to nail down his enemy in blue.

Will justice be served?

Genre- Thriller

Overview of Land of the Noonday Sun

When two strangers have nothing left but their dreams, they must forge a relationship in Nantahala, North Carolina, a small town known as Land of the Noonday Sun.

A man with a traumatic past is able to turn his life around and is happy with his chosen career as a whitewater guide.

Everything changes though when fate hurls a woman into his path. His carefree life is in turmoil, and his former weaknesses threaten to overtake him.

Will he be strong enough when tragedy strikes and is once again in danger of losing everything he loves?

Genre- Contemporary Romance

Overview of This Time Forever

Delaney Brannigan and Blake Morrisson met at the Cedar Cove annual costume dance, known only to each other as the leopard and the cowboy–but, as Delaney soon discovers, the cowboy she’d thought had ridden off into the sunset never to tempt her again, is none other than the man she came from New York to find and discredit.

Against her will, Delaney is drawn deeper and deeper into an overwhelming attraction to Blake–an attraction she can’t give in to if she wants to keep the one thing she values more than anything else.

Genre- Contemporary Romance

Overview of Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula

Fourteen-year-old Cassidy Jones wakes up the morning after a minor accident in the laboratory of a world-renowned geneticist to discover that her body has undergone some bizarre physical changes. Her senses, strength, and speed have been radically enhanced.

Lives are put at risk when they find themselves embroiled in a dangerous, action-packed adventure. Soon they are forced to confront a maniacal villain willing to do anything – including murder – to reach his own ambitious goals.

Genre- YA/MG Superhero

Overview of Gray Justice

Gray Justice is the fast-paced debut thriller from Alan McDermott. When a killer walks free from court, the victim’s father sees just two options: accept the judge’s decision; or take on the entire British justice system.

Tom Gray chooses the latter and his crusade attracts instant worldwide media coverage. It was just what Tom was hoping for, but it brought him a lot more than he bargained for.

Gray Justice is much more than a simple tale of revenge: it’s a rollercoaster ride with an ending you’ll never forget!

Genre- Thriller

Overview of Gone at Zero Hundred 00:00

“Their lives are in the hands of two 18-year-olds…”

A Prominent P.I. is gunned down – killed by a sniper – and it’s broadcasted on live TV.

Now, her daughter, along with her childhood pal, are thrust into a complex and riveting thriller forced to take on a secret club whose members call themselves The Privileged Ones.

Murder. Teen abductions and illegal underground parties.

They’re chased by men in ski-masks, nearly gunned down by members of a cartel, and the only way to bring down this criminal enterprise; is to crash a Mardi Gras bash and stop their private cruise ship from sailing off into the sunset.


Overview of Allegiance

Who do YOU pledge allegiance to?

After exposing one of the most notorious rings of police corruption in history, lawyer Cruz Marquez planned on starting a new life south of the border. That plan unraveled when an extremist group of Minutemen captured and tortured him and his wife.

Will Cruz pledge allegiance to do right, or will he do anything to serve up revenge?

Genre- Thriller

Overview of Curbchek Reload

Curbchek-Reload is a dark account of the streets as they were worked by Zach Fortier, a dangerously deranged cop. Welcome back to the inner city and the twisted mentality of Zach Fortier. Patrolling the streets, broken and mentally damaged from years of urban violence, Zach fights a losing battle to maintain a hold on reality. Join him in the passenger seat of a police cruiser for more of the darker and meaner side of life: The inner city.

In Curbchek-Reload you get a front row seat to an attempted murder of a cop, suicide attempts, rapes, and DARK cop humor. Curbchek-Reload – Fasten your bullet proof vest and buckle your seatbelt, it is gonna be a wild ride!

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Meet CJ West!!

Yes, that’s him in the picture! He’s a great-looking guy, right? Would you like to see him in a little less clothing — say, showing off his abs?

Well, guess what?! You can!  If he can get 5,000 people to comment on his website, he has agreed to be featured on Jillian’s MANday blog showing off what we all IMAGINE are awe-inspiring abs!

CJ is secretly working out now in preparation for his BIG REVEAL! He needs our help.

Keep reading and Jill will fill you in on the rules of the contest – because there’s more in the way of prizes than just being rewarded with the opportunity to drool over a picture of CJ sans shirt! Continue reading

It’s Milestone Friday! Let’s Celebrate!!

!!!Happy Milestone Friday, Everyone!!!Party

Come on in and join the party!

As you might expect, at my house we have CHOCOLATE Parties! So dive in to the goodies on the table…come on, I’ll show you what we have:

Milk Chocolate custard

Flouted Milk Chocolate Custard

chocolate amaretto semifreddo

Chocolate Amaretto Semifreddo

Chocolate strawberries

Chocolate-covered Strawberries


Dark Chocolate and Mocha Truffles

Grab a Chocolatini or a glass of Merlot and a plate of your favorite chocolates. Then rock to the music! 



Wow! What a party! Okay, settle down a bit. I need your attention!

I have an announcement to make!


Each of The Life List Club writers has a gift for one or more subscribers/commenters on today’s post. Check individual writers’ blogs for their details on how many winners will be chosen and when the contest ends.

My contest runs between 7am, 9/23 and midnight, 9/30(EST). Winner will be announced Saturday, October 1st! You have lots of time to subscribe and comment!

For one subscriber commenting on this post, my Prize Package includes:

1. A copy of my flash fiction story, Night Moves!

2. An invitation for you to guest post or be interviewed on my blog! (A guest post can be a work of flash fiction, a short story up to 2,000 words, or a post on history, life lessons, sweet obsessions, women’s issues, health & wellness, or writing)

3. I will name a character in my trilogy, The Dance and The Dancer, after you!


Let’s get to the reason for this celebration…my 3-month progress report: (My progress is in red.)

1. Write for the book no less often than 5 days a week. I did poorly on writing daily due to grandchildren life getting in the way.

2. Write a minimum of 400 words each of 5 days each week. This would have equaled 24,000 words over 12 wks. If we count my WIP, my blog, flash fiction and short story I’ve written approximately 45,000 words. YAY!! (If we only count my WIP, my numbers stink!)

3. Visit ROW80 twice a week to stay motivated in my writing goal. I chose, instead, to visit once a week, but missed a few weeks during the summer. Checked in all this month and am ready to go for Round 4 with a fresh set of goals!

4. Get my butt out of my desk chair for at least 10 minutes every hour. I don’t get up every hour-I get too engrossed in writing-but I do get up more often than I used to.

5. Take at least 2 online classes to improve my blog and/or writing. So far, I’ve taken one (another was canceled) and am signed up for a second one this fall.

6. Find a critique partner/group to get feedback on my book. No luck with this yet. Does anybody have a connection with a good group or individual?

7. Feed my addiction to chocolate, daily. 🙂 I’m stellar at this! Another YAY!!

8. Allow myself only 2 hours a day to read blogs and keep up with social media marketing. I have found that 2 hours is just not enough time everyday. Sometimes it takes 3 hours to take care of the above, plus responding to comments on my blog posts and commenting on other blogs.

9. Get moving! Exercise at least 30 minutes 6 days a week. Ugh! This summer with the grandgirls was more movement in my days, but not necessarily exercise, per se. Started this week back to my routine and got in 3 days so far.

10. Only have 1 dessert each week. Yeah, right! What was I thinking? I vow to do better, though. How about 3 per week?

11. Read 25 books in the next 12 months. On target with this. I’ve read 7 books in 3 months. YAY!!

12. Attend a writer’s conference or workshop. No time so far; found one in Dallas next May that I’m hoping to attend.

13. Teach my granddaughters good new habits, like how much fun it is to do chores. 🙂 Oooh, they learned this so well! They set the table and cleaned up toys, put dirty laundry in the hamper, helped with dusting and making their big bed, and took their dirty dishes to the sink. Even my 2yr old accomplished all of this! They were awesome, especially since they never complained.

14. Add more fruits and vegetables into my diet. So far, no rotting fruits or veggies in the refrigerator drawer! That means I’m eating what I buy every week! YAY!!

15. Create 15 minute pockets of time each day to spend alone with my hubs. We spend time at breakfast talking, planning and catching up. After dinner, we watch a movie together and late night, he stops in my office to chat for a while. It ends up being roughly 2 1/2 hours a day. And you just nevermind what we do after we talk in my office. 😉

16. Lose at least 35 lbs, in order to get off all my meds, about 3 pounds a month. This means I should have lost 9 lbs so far…uh, no. I’ve lost 2 lbs and am working harder now that the grands have gone home to their Mama.

17. Get back to the routine of cleaning bathrooms and dusting weekly, instead of pushing it off on my honey. Done! YAY!!

18. Be in, or finished with, the process of publishing my book by December, 2011. On target to finish the writing and self-editing, but may have to adjust the timeframe for publishing.

19. Floss everyday. Almost.

20. Remember to thank my husband everyday for his constant love and support. Always do! YAY!

21. Learn how to create podcasts, videos and a book trailer for my blog site. Not yet, maybe next time.

22. Eat more slowly. Practice. Practicing, but I still finish first. Dang!

23. Notice the little things and appreciate them. Doing it!

24. Live in the moment. YES!

25. Play. Often.

So, what do you think? Please rate my progress below, 1-5 stars. The score you give me has no effect on choosing the winner of the Prize Package, truly!

Now to go visit the other amazing writer’s blogs and enter to win theirballoons fabulous prizes, listed here. Just click on the writers’ links below:

Jess Witkins – a signed copy of Bethany Wiggins’, Shifting

Pam Hawley – package including: 1. Winner’s choice of excerpt from my novel-in-progress or a copy of my short story, “Elevated.” 2. I will interview the winner on their goals and ambitions for a future post in Hawleyville. 3. Option to publish a piece of their own fiction/essay (up to 2,000 words) or do a guest post at my blog.

Sonia Medeiros – an ebook, Larry Brooks’, Story Engineering

Jennie Bennett – 1. a 10-page in-depth critique, 2. 3-book set -Oliver Twist, The Secret Garden and A Little Princess

Jenny Hansen – 1. a guest post by Jenny on the winner’s blog, 2. an interview of the winner on Jenny’s blog

Emily Moir – a 5-piece (4×6) photo series by Kate Moir

Lyn Midnight – an in-depth critique of two chapters

Diana Ligaya – 1. a copy of Joseph Campbell’s, the Hero with a Thousand Faces, 2. an in-depth fiction critique up to 15,000 words.

David Walker – 1. a copy of David’s short story, Bubba’s First Cruise, 2. a guest post swap

What generous writers we have at The Life List Club! I’m sure you’ll findParty ladies several prizes you’ll want to win!




Author Interview: Kim Wright

Welcome, friends! I am honored today to interview long-time author, Kim Wright! Her newest release, Your Path to Publication: A Guide to Navigating the World of Publishing, is available now and is a must-read for anyone who has plans to be published.

Kim WrightKim Wright is the author of the literary novel, Love in Mid Air (Grand Central) and is presently at work on a Victorian mystery series and a self-published fantasy series. She has been a full time journalist for almost thirty years, specializing in the areas of travel, food, and wine. She is a two time recipient of the Lowell Thomas Gold Award for travel writing and has updated her best selling family guide Walt Disney World With Kids for 22 years in a row. She lives in Charlotte, NC

Kim, please tell us how your writing career has progressed.

 I was a journalist and non-fiction writer for the first twenty-five years of my career, but I always felt I had a novel in me, somewhere. Love in Mid Air was published last year, and I wrote a mystery, which is with my agent now for editing. I hope to make it the first in a series of mysteries. Also, I’m currently working on a genre series, which I will self-publish with a friend.

 What experience do you have with publishing your books?

 I’ve had a wide spectrum of experiences  – newspapers, magazines, a travel book series, a novel with a big press, nonfiction with a small press, and now self-publishing.  It’s a complicated time in publishing and no one knows exactly what’s going to happen so I believe in laying my chips all over the roulette table! My years of writing in various genres and the scope of my publishing experiences qualified me to write Your Path to Publication.

 Who should hire an agent?

 If you hope to sell a novel or a high concept non-fiction book to a major publisher, you will need an agent, since they only accept agented submissions. If you are expecting a substantial advance for your book, you will also need an agent.

 If you plan to go to a small independent or university press or, if you write primarily short stories, essays, magazine articles, or poetry, you won’t need an agent.  If you write the kind of non-fiction that is easily explained and understood – i.e., cookbooks, how-to books, or travel guides, or plan to self-publish, you can do without an agent.

 What would you say is the difference between Small Press publishing and Indie publishing?

 Small presses offer a kinder, gentler, publishing experience than large pressYour path to Publication by Kim Wright publishers. They will consider unagented material and the kinds of books larger publishers often shy away from, such as poetry or short story collections. You’ll likely be consulted on all decisions and will be treated as more of a member of the team. They won’t offer you a substantial advance. Small presses often sell their books almost exclusively over the internet or at hand-picked regional indie bookstores. Although, unlike large publishers, small publishers keep authors in print much longer and give them more time to reach readers via word of mouth.

 The beauty of self-publishing is that no one can tell you “No.”  With a little work, you can have your book available for purchase – either via print on demand or e-reader downloads – within a couple of weeks. There are no up-front advances, obviously, but you’ll keep a much larger percentage (between 35-70% depending on how you price your book) on each copy sold.  All the editorial and promotional work will fall to you, so be prepared to do everything from design your own cover to organize your own blog tours. Indies are professionals who help self-pubbed authors through the process of editing, formatting, publishing, and promotion, but you’ll pay for all this help.

Would you explain the difference between the types of writer’s conferences?

 For new writers, the big expo-type conference is great for inspiration and general information.  You’ll listen to panels and speakers but aren’t required to show any of your own work. these expos are great for meeting other writers and networking  Expos usually last 2-3 days.  One example is the huge AWP conference, which will be in Chicago next year.

 If you are well into your writing and ready to be critiqued by an expert and a circle of your peers, consider the workshop-style conference, the best known being Bread Loaf and Sewanee. This type of conference requires a larger investment of both time and money, since they usually last one or two weeks. 

 If your book is finished and has been critiqued, revised, and polished, consider a pitch and sell conference designed to help you meet agents and editors.  These usually last only one day, are most often in a large city. They are the literary equivalent of speed dating because you have a very limited amount of time to interest a professional in your project. An example would be the Algonquin Pitch and Shop.

Marcia’s Note: Backspace Writer’s Conference has a two-day conference scheduled for early November 3-4, 2011. See the video for a peek at what to expect.

Thank you, Kim, for being with us today and for answering some gnawing questions.

Naturally, far more in-depth information on all of these topics can be found in Kim’s comprehensive book.

 Webpage and link to order: Your Path to Publication: A Guide to Navigating the World of Publishing

 Amazon: Your Path to Publication: A Guide to Navigating the World of Publishing

It has been said (and I plan to read for myself) that reading Kim’s book is like sitting in your kitchen talking with a friend, who knows her stuff, over a cup of coffee. Among several glowing reviews of her book, here is an excerpt of one readers’ thoughts: 

“Finally. Someone wrote the book that writers who are about to publish want to read…This is actually a guide book written by a wise, funny, knowledgeable person who somehow divines exactly what you’ve been wondering about. And she knows how to tell you in a way that is both enlightening and entertaining. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. You’ll underline entire paragraphs. You’ll re-read chapters. You’ll keep the book on your bedside table from the minute you complete your manuscript till your book is ‘out there.’ I’d like to give this book 6 stars!” Judy Goldman

Do you have any publishing questions for Kim?

You know I love hearing from you and anxiously await your comments!

As a ‘Thank You’ to all my readers, Kim has generously offered me a copy of her book to be given to one lucky commenter. The winner will be announced on September 20th!

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Book Giveaway Winner!

August 31st, I was honored to interview Lisa Rivero about her new book, Oscar‘s Gift. Lisa graciously provided me with an autographed copy of her book to give away to one of my commenters.

And the winner is….

HALEY WHITEHALL!! Congratulations!

Haley, please email your mailing address (not a P.O. box) to me at marichards320 AT yahoo DOT com. and I’ll get your copy out to you as quickly as possible.

There are more book giveaways coming!

Check out my interview with Jody Hedlund about her book, The Doctor’s Lady. Commenters will be eligible to win the book until midnight on Sunday, September 11th. The winner will be announced on Monday, September 12th.

On Thursday, September 15th, I will be interviewing Kim Wright, author of Disneyworld for Kids, Love in Mid Air, and her newest release, Your Path to Publication. Kim has a broad base of experience having been an author for more than 20 years. She has generously set aside a copy of her new book for our giveaway contest. Commenters will be eligible to win from September 15th to midnight on September 19th. The winner will be announced on September 20th.

Don’t forget about Life List Club Friday this week! If you haven’t joined the club yet, all you have to do is subscribe to one or more LLC writers’ blogs. You’ll find all the LLC writers listed in the sidebar. Feel free to blog hop on Friday to see what we’re all up to.

September 23rd is our 3-month check-in on our life lists. You know what that means…!!!MILESTONE PARTY!!! and…!!!PRIZES!!! Join us for food, drink and merriment!  We’ll fill you in on our progress and hope you’ll tell us how you’re doing, as well. Be there or be square!