Morgan O’Neill Releases Begun By Time

BegunbyTime_MorganONeill_1600x2400 (2)    You can go forward in time, or you can go back…Morgan O’Neill makes the journey rewarding whether you begin in ancient Rome or modern London. Her current Elizabethan time travel series is especially rewarding for me, because my mother always insisted that on her side of the family, we go back to luminaries such as the pirate Harry Morgan and the aristocratic Lord Nelson.

I had the honor of hosting a spotlight of The Thornless Rose here, the first in the series, which goes back to a London few would recognize now–unless you regularly read Morgan O’Neill works!

Now, I’m thrilled to feature the prequel to that first book, the brilliantly crafted, heart-rending, and utterly satisfying Begun by Time.

Begun by Time begins in another foreign time to many of us–wartime London, when air sirens might signal a terrifying dash for shelter–or the horrific loss of loved ones to a German bomber attack. While that setting might not seem the appropriate backdrop for an ageless love story–trust me. Begun by Time, with its courageous heroine and unforgettable heroes, will captivate you. In honor of release day today, August 24th, 2015, here is what you should know:

Begun by Time

The Prequel to The Thornless Rose

Author: Morgan O’Neill

Publisher: Entangled/Macmillan Select Historical

Publication Date: August 24, 2015

Genre: Historical/Time Travel Fiction

About the Book:

In 1945, a man disappeared into thin air… In the final days of World War II, Catherine Hastings meets the man she wants to marry. Flight surgeon Jonathan Brandon isn’t just handsome—he’s everything Catherine could hope for in her betrothed. But her dream of a happily ever after is shattered when Jonnie disappears shortly before their wedding…leaving Catherine bereft, broken-hearted, and with a lifetime of unanswered questions. Arthur Howard is smitten with the lovely Catherine the moment he sees her. He’s certain he’s found the woman he wants to marry. Yet behind Catherine’s sparkling green eyes is a haunted look—the look of a woman who has known loss. But can he love a woman who still grieves the loss of her fiancé? Now Arthur wants answers about the man Catherine intended to marry.

But the truth about Jonnie’s disappearance is far stranger than fiction…







About the Authors:

A chance meeting at a writers’ conference brought Cary Morgan Frates and Deborah O’Neill Cordes together, two award-winning authors who connected because of a mutual love of time travel fiction. Collaboration ensued, the search for a pen name the first step in their working relationship. Their maiden names provided the solution – and “Morgan O’Neill” was born.  Cary and Deborah’s backgrounds are uniquely suited to writing stories steeped in atmosphere and history: Deborah has a Master’s Degree in history and is a dedicated genealogist; Cary is a talented linguist in French and is currently a student of Latin. They’ve traveled to Europe’s ancient and medieval sites many times, with Cary living on the Continent for five years.  The Morgan O’Neill time travel novels have received a number of literary awards, including two finalist wins in the Booksellers’ Best Awards, two semifinalist wins in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, first, second, and third place wins for the Mainstream Novel with Strong Romantic Elements category of the Golden Rose Contest, a top ten finalist award in the Pacific Northwest Writers’ Conference Zola Awards Literary Contest, and a top ten finalist win in the Orange Rose Contest.

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And once you read Begun by Time, don’t forget to pick up The Thornless Rose. This acclaimed Elizabethan time travel will prove just as breathtaking and engrossing as Begun by Time. A brief recap if you missed the original posts:

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Publisher: Entangled/Macmillan Select Historical

Publication Date: December 29, 2014

Genre: Historical/Time Travel Fiction


About the Book:

No one ever knew what really happened to Dr. Jonathan Brandon back in 1945. He simply disappeared from a London pub, leaving behind an unsolved mystery and his fiancée—Anne Howard’s grandmother. Seventy years later, Anne herself is haunted by the strange tale, along with inexplicable hallucinations straight out of Elizabethan England. Including a scarred, handsome man whose deep blue eyes seem to touch her very soul….

Anne wonders if there isn’t something more to the story. Is it even possible that Jonathan disappeared into England’s dark past? And why does Anne keep hearing him whisper her name? Because now she too feels the inexorable pull of the past, not to mention an undeniable attraction for a man she doesn’t even know.

It’s just a matter of time before Anne will step back into history, and face a destiny―and a love―beyond imagining…







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Deborah O’Neill Cordes Releases Alienne Mine

AlienneMine_CVR_LRG  Deborah, welcome back to Return to Rio. I’m excited when you visit–you’re always buried in projects and have wonderful news for us, so it feels like a celebration.  You actually have a couple of new releases this month,  Alienne Mine, a prequel to Dragon Dawn, and, with Cary Frates, the other half of Morgan O’Neill, Begun by Time, the prequel to The Thornless Rose, your Elizabethan Time Travel series.

I had the pleasure of getting a sneak peak at Alienne Mine, which isan exquisitely crafted story of improbable love, vast, far-flung dreams, and a meeting of dinosaurian and human hearts and minds.  I don’t regularly read time travel and was skeptical about the science fiction elements of dinosaurs who evolved with human-like qualities. I needed to be won over–and Deborah blew me away with Dragon Dawn. The prequel  is shorter, completely stand alone–but just as beautifully and believably crafted

Deborah, thanks for agreeing to share some background on Alienne Mine. Let’s get started.

 You’ve visited Rio before, so we know a little about you. But you stay so busy! What would you like to share so that we can more or less catch up with you?

There’s an old adage that says “idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” **smiling** I tend to be at my happiest when I’m busy, but it seems this past year has been positively frantic. In addition to writing my sci-fi prequel, Alienne Mine, the Morgan O’Neill Elizabethan time travel series (of which I am a co-author) was launched. On August 25, 2015, Begun by Time, the prequel to The Thornless Rose, will debut from Entangled/MacMillan. And the third novel to the series is due to Entangled in March of 2016. Oy! In reality, I am quite thankful for the work, but I have discovered that publishing deadlines are not for the faint of heart.

Your schedule is a little frightening. But as long as you’re smiling! I’m always struck that from your Italian time travels to Elizabethan England to your dinosaurian series, your research is meticulous—but never boring. How do you accomplish such painstaking work while keeping it simple and relevant enough to interest your readers? Are there significant differences in researching actual human periods that have more factual historical documentation, such as Elizabethan England, and dinosaurian periods, in which there is fossil evidence that must be interpreted through the lens of modern sciences and not from actual human observation?

Thank you. I’ve worked quite hard to learn how to insert information into my narrative and dialogues without overwhelming the reader with info dumps. I also taught seventh and eight grades (and high school), and I learned by trial and error what captivates inquiring minds (junior high/middle school students are great at letting you know if you are boring). As for researching human vs. dinosaurian periods, imagination is needed for both. I find I’m looking through the proverbial “glass darkly” because we will never truly know what existed before our own time. I do believe human emotions and motivations to some extent mirror what we feel and observe today. As for dinosaurs, we have the birds to study. For all intents and purposes, they’re the living, breathing descendants of the theropod dinos. I just visited a zoo with my grandniece, where we watched emus walk about and feed. Dinosaurs! Just add a bit of imagination, a few ancients plants and animals like horsetails, magnolias, turtles and crocs, then a dash of terrible wonder, and you have a Cretaceous environment just ripe for literary adventure.

 Through teaching, we become the taught! And on the general subject—the Jurassic Park series—do you love the movies or hate them, either on a personal or scientific level?

I’ve read Jurassic Park and seen the movies Jurassic Park and the new Jurassic World. Michael Crichton must be commended for his brilliant and original idea for Jurassic Park. The novel is great fun, and the flicks are wonderful popcorn movies, although they stretch reality and scientific findings a wee bit. For example, in Jurassic Park the amber which provided the DNA for creating the velociraptors was supposed to come from Central America. But velociraptors lived in Cretaceous-era Asia, so that DNA would not have been found in samples of mosquito blood preserved in American amber. In Dragon Dawn, I tried to make certain my ancient plants and animals originated and lived in the correct places. That being said, I take my hat off to the late Mr. Crichton for a really good read.

Alienne Mine is the prequel to Dragon Dawn, a short, very compelling story that introduces us to Drajulal-kishah, or Alienne, a sentient alien who selects a human, Ed McAdams, as her Chosen. Alienne’s character intrigues me. How did she come into being, and how did you achieve such a perfect blend of qualities human readers could relate to and admire, while creating the other worldliness she possesses?

It was a mixed bag regarding Alienne, with no major preparation on my part ahead of time. Regarding her physical appearance, I adore the colors blue and green, so I wanted to make her beautiful and appealing, hence her skin and eyes colors, which have all the shades of a tropical sea. The rest just happened as I wrote about her; she seemed to evolve before my eyes. After several dozen edits, there she was!

She’s a beautiful creation. I think Steven Novak does credit to her–and your series–in his covers for Alienne Mine and Dragon Dawn. Stunning work! Part of Alienne Mine is set in Hawaii, and you describe settings there unlikely to be known to the common traveler. Is Hawaii of special importance to you? Are there other locales in the world that you feel especially attached to or interested in?

My husband loves Hawaii (I do, too, of course), and we’ve visited numerous times over the years, especially Kauai. On our last trip, we went to a remote beach on the western side of the island. My character Edward’s experiences on the shore there mirror some of my own recollections, except I didn’t find an alien in the surf! **wink**

As for other places for which I have a special attachment, I’ve always loved England, especially Westminster Abbey. In The Thornless Rose, I hope my readers experience the Abbey through my own heartfelt memories in the scenes where Anne Howard confronts the past—and her own future. Writing those scenes was so much fun!

I don’t want to get off track, but the Elizabethan time travels–wow! A royal success!  For the moment, though, your next chapter in this journey through space and evolution  is Dawn of Time. When can we expect it, and are there any special tidbits you might throw our way while we wait?

I now have the beginning and ending of Dawn of Time written, but a huge chunk of the middle exists in that mysterious zone I liken to some kind of ether or ozone. I will tackle pulling it from the proverbial mist next year, when I’ve finished work on the Elizabethan time travel series. As a tidbit I’ll let you know there is a happy ending for Tasha—I could not let her suffer the loss of Lex for all time.

That is good news! I like to end interviews by asking my guests to tell me anything they want to include—professional, personal—whatever you’d like Rio guests to know as we wrap things up.

I want to express my gratitude to everyone who stopped by and read my words. It is always a pleasure being here, Leslie! And my sincerest thanks to one and all for reading books and supporting me and my fellow authors.

Deborah, thank you for coming. And I hope I won’t embarrass you when I mention to our other visitors today that besides laboring over your stories to create unforgettable stories for your readers, you’re always ready to offer anyone words of encouragement and support. Best of luck with today’s release of Alienne Mine, and your visit–I hope you’ll come back again soon!

Deborah’s provided some special goodies, and if you’d like my take on Alienne Mine, you can find my review on Amazon.

Alienne Mine, a Prequel to Dragon Dawn.

Book blurb:                                                                                                                              AlienneMine_CVR_LRG

Far from her home world, an alien female clandestinely observes the Earth, but her intense need for a mate overwhelms her desire for secrecy. It is time to pick her Chosen, the one who will share her life. With her keen ultraviolet vision, she’s watched the human astronaut, Edward McAdams, a man with a unique and compelling aura. Is he the one? If so, will he agree to leave Earth and travel with her to the stars? But her plans are threatened when she discovers dangers lurking in the vast reaches of the Milky Way galaxy, menacing aliens who may not only imperil Edward, but everyone else on Earth.

Dragon Dawn, Book One of the Dinosaurian Time Travel Series.                         

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What if the extinction of the dinosaurs hadn’t occurred? An alien stranded on Mars is determined to find out by sending human astronauts back in time to rewrite Earth’s past. But a female astronaut, through a strange twist of fate, survives the change in the space-time continuum. After finding herself in a dinosaurian body, she must race against time – and the formidable alien – to restore the universe to its rightful course.

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Deborah O’Neill Cordes is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist of historical and speculative fiction. She is the author of the sci-fi time travel novel, Dragon Dawn, Book One of the Dinosaurian Time Travel Series, and its prequel, Alienne Mine, which blends fields of study she loves in equal measure – Deborah holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a master’s degree in history. She is also the co-author of the Morgan O’Neill time travel novels. Deborah resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two West Highland White Terriers, who, alas, are precocious terriers and therefore never white.

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Coming Soon: Samantha Anne’s Company Ink


After heartbreak threw her years off track, Violet Young is finally making her dreams come true. She’s just landed a sweet position with Wynne’s Kitchen, New York City’s world-renowned bakery at Rockefeller Center.

Ben Preston rose to greatness as a general manager at one of the finest dining establishments in the Big Apple only to fall from grace when life dealt him a rough hand and his wife left him. A phone call from the hiring manager at Wynne’s Kitchen is the catalyst he needs to start over.

Sparks fly when Violet is asked to train her new boss, who stands between her and the next promotion she needs. Worse still, she and Ben must fight not to fall in love … because there’s a fine line between a delicious affair and dipping your pen in the company ink. Will Ben and Violet turn up the heat or do their careers take the cake?

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Nancy C. Weeks: Shadows and Light–The Complete Series

Nancy’s forthcoming five book bundle called Shadows and Light: The Complete Series releases on June 1st. The series is a fascinating mix of mystery, suspense and romance with intriguing elements of the supernatural.

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Thanks for taking the time to tell us about your new book bundle, Nancy, and coming by to let us know about this special set of thrillers.

Leslie, it is my pleasure to be a guest on your lovely blog. Thank you so much for inviting me.

Can you tell us more about the titles in your bundle?

I have brought along a short blurb of each of the books. The seed that spouted Shadows and Light: The Complete Series came from a common, but powerful adage: love conquers all. From In the Shadow of Greed to In the Shadow of Vengeance, I engulf my heroes and heroines in one conflict after another and demand they learn to trust each other and love follows.

As law enforcement officers, my five brothers’ lives constantly intersect with the worst that mankind has to offer. While each brother feels his world is too dangerous to share with that one special woman, fate butts in and gives an extra hard push. But falling in love for any one of the McNeil brothers isn’t your typical fall-in-love. It changes their understanding of the world. I have also surrounded them with a large family of secondary characters who give their all to help my couples reach their well deserved happy-ever-after.

What was the best part about writing the series?

After reading one of my books, readers might come to the conclusion that I just love to blow things up. Well, that’s true, but what I really loved about this series was writing my hero and heroine’s love story. The romance that begins in chapter one and follows my characters through to the last page is such a joy to write. The external dangers and evil surrounding them will keep readers turning the page, but it’s their internal emotions that will tug at the heart strings.

What’s next up for you?

By the time I turn in a book to my editor, another story is churning around in my self-conscious, begging to be told. My next project will be another romantic suspense series about three siblings whose worlds’ fall apart the night their father is murdered. This series will have an interesting supernatural element based on the proverbial principle to ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.’  I have just begun drafting the first book, working title: Marked by Visions. My heroine is going to be a forensic scientist who witnesses her father’s murder. She is forced to work with a man she hates to unravel the mountain of lies and betrayals surrounding her father’s assassination.  It should be a blast to write.

Now for the most important part of this interview: Where can we find Shadows and Light: The Complete Series?

AMAZON BARNS AND NOBLE KOBO Blurb for Shadows and Light: The Completed Series: Meet five Irish brothers, all sworn to protect and serve – and the smart women who help them take down the terrorists gunning for their family. Lock up your heart: when it comes to love, the sexy McNeils know how to walk this beat.

  • In the Shadow of Greed: Brilliant cryptologist Dr. Sarah Tu races against time to block the most dangerous Internet malware ever created – and it’s up to FBI agent Jason McNeil to make sure she stays alive long enough to do it.
  • In the Shadow of Evil: After ten years with Maryland’s Special Crime Unit, very little rattles Jared McNeil. Then his nemesis resurfaces, with his sights set on the woman Jared is honor bound to protect.
  • In the Shadow of Malice: Adam Blake, ex-CIA operative, has gone to great lengths to keep his identity a secret, but his cover’s blown when he ends up on the run with waitress Calista Martin to protect his little girl.
  • In the Shadow of Pride: When Lexie Trevena’s matchmaking friends accidentally place her smack in the path of a terrorist who intends to use her as his pawn, the only person who can help her is Special Agent-in-Charge Luke “Mac” McNeil – the man she holds responsible for her husband’s death.
  • In the Shadow of Vengeance: Elizabeth Merlot can’t afford to let handsome Detective Noah McNeil discover her secret past. But when trouble finds her son, Noah may be the only one who can save their lives.

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Bio: Nancy C. Weeks lives in suburban Maryland with her husband of more than thirty years. With her two grown children out of the nest, she loves spending her days on her deck writing as the local bird population keeps her company.

I love to interact with readers. Please keep up with what’s going on here:

Website: Facebook: Twitter: @NancyCWeeks Goodreads: Pinterest: Amazon:

To get a little tease of my stories, free chapters from Shadows and Light: The Complete Series can be found here: BOOK PREVIEWS

Leslie, it has been a joy spending time with you. I would be happy to answer any questions your readers might have. Please don’t be shy.

Folks, Nancy will be popping in and out, so if you have questions–fire away. And take advantage of the Book Previews–I guarantee you’ll be chewing your fingernails!  Nancy, thanks again!

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Romancing Austin: The Release and Giveaway!


Welcome to Austin, famous for its unique atmosphere and the place everyone wants to party. Seven authors present their boxed set of multi-genre romance, set in Austin and ready to take you along for the ride.

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You don’t have to be in Austin to join the party!

Excerpt from Consortium by Riley Bancroft

“So you marry a stranger to escape instead?” He pursed his lips into a thin line, narrowing his gaze on her. “Why now?” She stomped her foot. “Why are we having this conversation now and not three weeks ago before we said ‘I do?’” “I didn’t realize then that your fiancé would show up, demanding you back.” “He’s not my fiancé. You’re my husband.” Exasperated, she took his hand in hers. “There’s no reason to think for one second that I will leave. I’m not going anywhere.” “And what about when you decide you need more? Hmm?” He took a step closer boxing her in against the side of their house. “What about when you want a relationship? When you want somebody to love you?” Her heart dropped. After Adam tore her soul to shreds, she hadn’t wanted to be with anyone again, to go through the ache of being heartbroken and depressed. She’d written off men, figuring she would be better off alone. Yet, Holt offered her a different type of security, one she thought would satisfy her. It was a relationship with some benefits—not all. “What about you? Do you plan on having affairs to keep yourself happy? You know this door swings both ways.” “I already told you Chloe, I wouldn’t. My words should be good enough for you.” He rubbed his chin in slow back and forth strokes. She took a deep breath and exhaled with force, trying to understand where their conversation headed. “I’m not going anywhere. This is you and me.” He placed his palm against the stone exterior of the house right next to her head, effectively caging her. “I guess we’ll see after this weekend. You will be attending a South-by-Southwest party tomorrow night as my wife.” As he said ‘my wife,’ her heartbeat sped up and warmth blossomed in her core. “Wha—I—what?” “Dex Reed is throwing a party at his condo. There are rumors that he’s thinking of leaving his label to start his own and I want to sign him. I need you to be by my side to win him over with your charm and I will be introducing you as my wife.” Wife.

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About Riley Bancroft:

Riley Bancroft grew up in the heart of Dallas. Ever since she was little she favored stories on the darker side, not only supernatural, but psychological. The pursuit of her writing career began when she wrote a short story based on an intimate scene to share with her friends. They encouraged her to write romance. And so, she did.


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Excerpt from Tall Order by Irene Preston:


“Hello, Dylan.” Dylan closed his eyes at the unfairness of the whole fucked up night. Damn, damn, damn. The sound of his name on Win’s lips still made him weak at the knees. It made him want to punch the asshole in the other room and anyone else who’d touched Win while he was gone. It made him want to take Win home, and take him to bed, and remind him they belonged to each other. Dylan and no one else took care of Win. Unfortunately, none of that was possible, and it was all his fault. He turned. “Win.” It was all he could manage. Up close Win was even more devastating. Dylan locked his knees so he wouldn’t take a step closer. If he started moving toward the man standing in the doorway, he wasn’t sure he could stop. “Most people just call me Aston now.” I’m not most people. Dylan stopped himself from saying it out loud. Win watched him for a minute. “I didn’t know you were back in town.” Was there a shadow of hurt in his eyes? Dylan couldn’t tell. The realization sliced him, because he had always been able to tell exactly what Win was thinking. “Just got back.” What else was there to say? Yes, he was back in Austin. No, he wasn’t in New York. Yes, his Big Chance had been a Big Mistake. No, he never should have left. He should have stayed here, a medium-sized fish in a medium-sized pond instead of trying to swim in the ocean. He should never have forced Win to choose. Win took a few steps closer and all the thoughts running around in Dylan’s head stopped cold so his brain could focus on one fact. Win. Right in front of him. I could touch him. Win was so close Dylan had to tilt his head to keep looking at him. The angle brought back the memory of every time he’d angled his head just so when Win leaned in to kiss him. Dylan held his breath, held as still as he could, and tried not to give the thought away. Win gazed at him for a minute, then lifted one hand and trailed a finger down the front of Dylan’s shirt, lighting up nerve endings as he went. “Cute.”


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About Irene Preston:

Irene Preston has to write romances, after all she is living one. As a starving college student, she met her dream man who whisked her away on a romantic honeymoon across Europe. Today they live in the beautiful hill country outside of Austin, Texas where Dream Man is still working hard to make sure she never has to take off her rose-colored glasses.


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Intense, Provocative, Addictive: Susanne Lee Matthews’ The White Carnation

The White Carnation

Evil exists in the world, and Susanne Lee Matthews captures its horrors in an exquisitely crafted, gripping romantic suspense, The White Carnation, first in The Harvester Series. I found the book intriguing, and the suspense chilling. Faye Lewis and Detective Rob Halliday are swept into the labyrinth of danger presented by serial killers and secretive cults, and their escape is never a given. Author Susanne Lee Matthews shares details with us:

Blurb For The White Carnation

The last person disgraced reporter Faye Lewis wants back in her life is Detective Rob Halliday, the man she blames for ruining her career and breaking her heart. But when she finds an old friend murdered, he’s the one she calls.

For the past year, Rob and his team have been hunting the Harvester, a serial killer who ritualistically murders new mothers and vanishes with their infants. What Rob doesn’t need is another case, especially one involving his ex-fiancée.

Then Faye is assaulted, and Rob realizes the cases are connected. She may hold the answers he needs to find the elusive killer. But the more they investigate, the more complex the situation becomes. Can they set the past aside and work together, or will the Harvester and his followers reap another prize?

The White Carnation will be available April 20, 2015. For buy links, please visit



Twenty minutes later, the unmarked police sedan pulled up behind the black and white outside the brownstone. The paramedics were parked farther along the street, just ahead of the police car, reducing traffic to a single lane. The coroner’s van pulled up behind them. Rob got out and approached the coroner.

“Amos, I didn’t expect to see you here so soon. I called for a bus, not the meat wagon.”

“Paramedics were nearby so Logan got here quickly. He radioed in—exsanguination due to a lacerated throat. He’s still up there. Nothing he can do for the victim, but your fiancée is taking it hard.”

“The victim was like a second mother to her.”

Your fiancée—Amos’s words were true once, but never again. There was no way Rob would hitch his wagon to a woman who could believe he’d betray her like that, a woman who’d put her job so far ahead of him, he’d barely been on her radar at times. The sex had been great, but love was supposed to be more than that. Still, she’d reached out to him. He took the stairs to the brownstone two at a time, his lean, muscular body having no problem with the climb. He flashed his badge at the officer who stood guarding the door. “Anyone showing any interest?”

“No, Detective. According to the concierge, the people in number five are in Europe, and I don’t think the rest of the residents are home from work yet. Looks like a robbery—the place has been tossed pretty good—and there’s no damage to the door, so she must have let them in. Logan says her throat’s been slit from behind.”

“Where’s Ms. Lewis?”

“In the living room with Logan. He wanted to take her to the ER—claims she’s in shock. I told him she had to stay put until you arrived. He’s pissed at me. Says I’m interfering with his job. He seems pretty friendly with her. I heard she’s some big shot investigative reporter.” He chuckled. “Some crime reporter—she’s puked a couple of times already.” He continued to laugh. Rob’s face must have reflected the anger moving to the surface because the guard choked it off.

“Rick Logan is one of the best paramedics we have. For the record, McMillan,” Rob read the nameplate on the policeman’s uniform, “the next time he says someone has to go the ER, you’d better damn well listen to him. And as for Ms. Lewis, the victim was a personal friend. It’s different when the victim’s someone you know.” His voice was clipped, his displeasure obvious.

Rob turned and entered the apartment. He’d learned the need to remain objective in order to do the job properly, but as he’d told the young officer, it was different when it was personal. Not only had the victim been an acquaintance, Faye was in there. He swallowed and tried to find the emotional distance he needed.

The place was a mess, just as the officer had said. He looked around quickly, his trained eye taking in everything in an instant—the wallet on the table, money on the floor mixed with the victim’s blood, the take-out bag, Faye’s purse and its scattered contents. Whatever this had been, it hadn’t been a routine robbery. Someone had been looking for something other than the usual snatch and grab items, so what were they after? What could Mrs. Green have that was worth dying for?

He found Faye sitting on the living-room sofa with Logan. Her face was red and blotchy, her blue-green eyes mascara-rimmed from her tears, and her clothing disheveled and covered in blood. She stood and moved forward, stopping before she reached him. Wrapping her arms around herself, she looked young and vulnerable, not a bit like the bitter, angry woman she’d been the last time he’d seen her.

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About the author:

Susanne Matthews was born and raised in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. She’s always been an avid reader of all types of books, but always with a penchant for happily ever after romances. In her imagination, she travelled to foreign lands, past and present, and soared into the future. A retired educator, Susanne spends her time writing and creating adventures for her readers. She loves the ins and outs of romance, and the complex journey it takes to get from the first word to the last period of a novel. As she writes, her characters take on a life of their own, and she shares their fears and agonies on the road to self-discovery and love.

Follow Susanne on her:  Website    Blog    Facebook page    Twitter @jandsmatt

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Susanne always provided a bonus, for those who want to know more. Why not meet one time crime reporter Faye Lewis before you dive into her chilling story:


Meet Faye Lewis:

Creating three dimensional characters the reader will identify with is a challenge faced by most authors, including myself. For Faye to be “real” to the reader, she had to be “real” to me. I wanted my readers to love her, identify with her, and care about her and her struggles the same way I did.

Faye Lewis, the heroine in The White Carnation, Book One of The Harvester Series, is named after my best friend, and in writing the story, I tried to give Faye Lewis those qualities I admire most in my friend. With apologies to the real Faye, I’ve tortured my heroine, but she’s a fighter, and believe me, she gets her happily ever after in the end.

So what kind of person is Faye Lewis?

Dedicated: Faye’s an aspiring journalist who’ll do whatever it takes to get the story. She’ll work long hours, and make whatever personal sacrifices are necessary on the way to her ultimate goals—a Pulitzer Prize and the number one spot on the crime beat at Boston’s most prestigious newspaper.

Caring: She has a soft spot for underdogs, and befriends those who are marginalized by others. She also jumps to help those who ask for her help. She accepts people at face value, but if you get on her bad side, forget it. She can and does hold a grudge.

Knowledgeable: Faye’s intelligent and well-read, and has done a lot of research on a number of different topics in her quest for the truth in reporting her story, and her search for the story that will win her that Pulitzer Prize.

Perceptive: She has the ability to look at a number of seemingly disconnected points and pulling them together so that they make sense. She’s invaluable to Rob as they try to solve the Harvester case.

But, in order to be well-rounded, Faye also has her faults.

Stubborn: When Faye thinks she’s right, nothing can make her change her mind.

Distrustful: Due to her father’s behavior, Faye expects to be let down by people. She doesn’t trust anyone, not even the man she purported to love.

Quick-tempered: Irish to the roots of her chestnut hair, she loses her temper quickly, jumps to conclusions and says things she regrets almost as soon as she’s said them.

When the story starts, Faye has two fears: clowns and electrical storms.

The White Carnation is available now from most major e-retailers. Visit my website  for direct purchase links to this and the rest of my books.

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Morgan O’Neill presents The Thornless Rose


THE THORNLESS ROSE 1600x2400   Ageless romance, royal intrigue and fictional characters so perfectly drawn they become part of the history of their time–and all time. Morgan O’Neill’s new release, The Thornless Rose, Book One in the new Elizabethan time travel series, is a perfectly crafted jewel!


No one ever knew what really happened to Dr. Jonathan Brandon back in 1945. He simply disappeared from a London pub, leaving behind an unsolved mystery and his fiancée—Anne Howard’s grandmother. Seventy years later, Anne herself is haunted by the strange tale, along with inexplicable hallucinations straight out of Elizabethan England. Including a scarred, handsome man whose deep blue eyes seem to touch her very soul…

Anne wonders if there isn’t something more to the story. Is it even possible that Jonathan disappeared into England’s dark past? And why does Anne keep hearing him whisper her name? Because now she too feels the inexorable pull of the past, not to mention an undeniable attraction for a man she doesn’t even know.

It’s just a matter of time before Anne will step back into history, and face a destiny―and a love―beyond imagining…





Meet Morgan O’Neill:                                           

A chance meeting at a writers’ conference brought Cary Morgan Frates and Deborah O’Neill Cordes together, two award-winning authors who connected because of a mutual love of time travel fiction. Collaboration ensued, the search for a pen name the first step in their working relationship. Their maiden names provided the solution – and “Morgan O’Neill” was born.  Cary and Deborah’s backgrounds are uniquely suited to writing stories steeped in atmosphere and history: Deborah has a Master’s Degree in history and is a dedicated genealogist; Cary is a talented linguist in French and is currently a student of Latin. They’ve traveled to Europe’s ancient and medieval sites many times, with Cary living on the Continent for five years.  The Morgan O’Neill time travel novels have received a number of literary awards, including two finalist wins in the Booksellers’ Best Awards, two semifinalist wins in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, first, second, and third place wins for the Mainstream Novel with Strong Romantic Elements category of the Golden Rose Contest, a top ten finalist award in the Pacific Northwest Writers’ Conference Zola Awards Literary Contest, and a top ten finalist win in the Orange Rose Contest.

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Elke Feur Presents Deadly Race-Book Two in the ‘Deadly’ Series

ElkeFeuer_DeadlyRace_800px   Elke Feur’s December release, Deadly RDeadly Race - Preorderace, available now for pre-order, brings together the elements of a fabulous lifestyle–an island lifestyle, fast cars, deadly men–a perfect playground for heroine Remy Borden. Until people start dying, and she and Dr. Jackson Wilson clash–and burn.

Who can resist a story that promises so much, and throws humor into the mix along with suspense and some Cayman Island glitz?


Book Blurb:

Race car driver Remy Borden likes fast things: bikes, cars, and men. Her plans to become the first woman from the Cayman Islands to race internationally gets sidetracked when she’s injured and pulled from the final race because of a fiery confrontation with another driver.


Life goes from bad to worse when the racetrack owner is killed and she’s suspect number one because his death puts her back in the race. But racing again proves difficult when Dr. Jackson Wilson insists she stop racing until she heals, making her wonder if his ‘doctor’s orders’ don’t have ulterior motives-the racetrack owner was his friend.


She and Jackson search for the truth behind the murder when accidents start happening at the racetrack, and an adoring fan gets too close. Soon the simmering attraction between her and Jackson boils over, forcing her to admit Jackson makes her think of a life beyond racing.



“I didn’t really have a relationship with her. She was someone I wanted, but she didn’t know how I felt until an hour ago.” Would she decide to kick him out of her apartment for either leading her on or being a complete ass?

She gripped the couch tightly and it collapsed beneath her hands. Her eyes narrowed to slits and her mouth twisted in anger. Here comes her emotional eruption. He braced himself.

“You put me through all of that for nothing?” She said it with so much control he wondered where she got it.

“It wasn’t nothing to me,” he reasoned.

“Wasn’t nothing? Do you know how many times I felt guilty because you had a girlfriend, or know how many nights I lay awake imagining I’d go to hell for the dirty thoughts I had about you in this apartment, inside and outside your car, even the examination table in your office?” She paced before him.

Jackson was speechless, and turned on, as he thought about everything she’d just mentioned. He remembered the night she kissed him in the car and wondered what would’ve happened if they hadn’t been interrupted, or if they’d been in a secluded area instead of outside her apartment.

“Hey!” she shouted, pulling him from his erotic thoughts of her spread out over the roof of his car.

“Stop that! You don’t get to have a fantasy in the middle of my rant. Got it?” Her index finger pointed at him.

He wanted to smile, but knew she’d probably knock his lights out if he did. “Please continue,” he said as politely and seriously as he could.

“Why couldn’t you be honest with me?” She ran a hand through her hair.

Honest about that? She couldn’t be serious? “Honest about wanting someone I hadn’t even told how I felt? I hardly knew you, Remy, and you wanted me to share something I’d kept secret for nearly two years?”

“Two years?” Her voice echoed in disbelief.

It sounded ridiculous to hear it out loud.

She must’ve thought so, too, because she laughed. It started as a light chuckle, but then escalated to full, out loud, boisterous laughter until it was so extreme she fell to the floor behind the couch.

He walked over to where she lay. “It’s not that funny,” he insisted.

She looked up at him with tears in her eyes and laughed harder.

“I’m glad you’re enjoying this at my expense.” He extended a hand to help her up, but she waved it away as another fit of laughter overtook her. “You might not believe this, but I’m incredibly shy.”

She roared louder and gestured with her hand for him to stop talking.

He couldn’t blame her for laughing. He’d been anything but shy around her. She had a knack for bringing out emotions in him that were less than passive, with her audaciousness and that unfiltered mouth of hers.

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About the Author:

Elke was born and raised on Grand Cayman and lives there with her husband and two kids who keep her on her toes.

She’s a cof­fee­holic, check­list fanatic, and future space explorer. She has a sarcastic/quirky sense of humor and loves meet­ing new people. When not writing, she’s helping other writers in Cayman through her organization CayWriters.

The author of For the Love of Jazz and Deadly Bloodlines, book one in her Deadly Series. She stumbled into writing romantic suspense because of her fascination with serial killers, but writes other genres because characters keep telling her their stories and she’s a sucker for a crazy story.

What people say about Elke

“Elke knows how to create a page turner and will leave you begging for more”

“Elke is an up and coming author to watch”


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Gift Yourself–The Santa Drag, Free!!


Black Friday FREEBIE!

From 11/28 – 11/30/14, The Santa Drag is FREE from Amazon! Reviewers have called this story charming and funny, so for a quick holiday pick-me-up, one-click The Santa Drag.


Things aren’t always what they seem, and this shopping mall Santa has a secret only true love can reveal.  Mackenzie’s an out-of-work actress who takes a job as a shopping mall Santa to pay the rent. She fools everyone with her Santa drag, until the day Joe McBride walks into the mall. Joseph Timothy McBride – the real-life, got a soap opera gig and you saw him in Scream II actor. The only guy she ever really loved. Can Mack stay in character, or is it time to strip off the red coat and peel off the beard for good?  The Santa Drag is a 6,000 word short story about a Santa with a secret, stressed out parents in the mall, and one very handsome actor.


“Hey Santa, smile again,” Maya said, her eyes crinkling with suspicion.

I’d drifted off into my own thoughts while still holding the baby. It was starting to droop towards the left, and its next stop would be the pile of packages at my feet. Oops. I gave the heartiest “Ho-ho-ho,” I could muster and shifted the baby back into the crook of my arm. After a month, you’d think I’d be better at managing the little ones.

A quick glance revealed Shauna chatting brightly with Joe. Two kids had come out of the crowd and stationed themselves on either side of him. The girl was holding onto his arm. My Santa-glamour almost cracked at the thought that he’d married someone else and had children.

The young mother finally reclaimed the baby from my lap, which gave me half a minute to myself. The line of squirrely kids and stressed-out parents who were waiting to have photos taken with Santa was way too long for me to take a break. My heart rate jacked up a few more notches when Joe and the kids joined the end of the line.

I took several deep breaths to try to calm my nerves. Didn’t help. I told myself the grapevine would have reported the event if Joe had married someone. That didn’t help, either. I reminded myself he’d sent me roses for my birthday every year since I was nineteen years old, when we were still in college and had barely started dating. The first couple of years he was in L.A., it was only one rose, and I worried he’d have to eat ramen noodles for a week to pay the florist. The year he made Scream II, he sent a dozen big fat scarlet blooms. When they started to fade, I hung them upside down to dry and then put them in a silk bag in my underwear drawer. In the language of flowers, red roses mean true love, and somehow I never doubted he still loved me.

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Liv Rancourt Bio:

I write romance: m/f, m/m, and v/h, where the h is for human and the v is for vampire…or sometimes demon. I write funny. I don’t write angst. When I’m not writing I take care of tiny premature babies or teenagers, depending on whether I’m at home or at work. My husband is a soul of patience, my dog is the cutest thing evah(!), and we’re up to three ferrets.

I can be found on-line at all hours of the day and night at my website & blog (, on Facebook (, or on Twitter ( Come find me. We’ll have fun!

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Morgan O’Neill: The Other Side of Heaven and Time Enough for Love

DeborahCordes&CaryFrates  Are there genres you think you don’t read? Places you never really wanted to go? If so, you haven’t read the right author–or authors. When you pick up a Morgan O’Neill time travel, you’re picking up the minds, talents and hearts of gifted authors Deborah O’Neill Cordes and Cary Morgan Frates–and treating yourself royally to a new fascination with medieval Italy. Morgan O’Neill’s award winning time travel series take you back to an unknown Italy, caught in violence but full of promise, hope and love.  The blurbs and the glowing praise from prestigious reviewers speak more powerfully than I can, so please check out Gwen and Alberto as they live what truly is a love for the ages. 


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The Other Side of Heaven, Book One of the Italian Time Travel Series

Californian Gwendolyn Godwyn seeks to learn her family’s history and hopes to restore the bond that once existed between her Italian forebearers and those who live in America. While visiting her ancestral Italian town, Gwen is caught in a violent earthquake and inexplicably thrust through time. At first refusing to believe what has happened, she nevertheless uses her wits to survive, donning a monk’s cowl to hide her identity as a woman. Ripped apart from all she has ever known, Gwen finds herself in the midst of brutal territorial battles in an era she once blithely called “The Dark Ages.” When the golden Italian summer of 951 emerges from the strife and gloom, Gwen joins forces with a cadre of gallant men, allies in the struggle against the evil nobles, Willa of Tuscany and Count Berengar, kidnappers of Italy’s rightful queen, Adelaide. Along with Father Warinus and Lord Alberto Uzzo, Gwen seeks to rescue Adelaide and restore her kingdom. In the midst of this great adventure, Gwen falls in love with the complex and passionate Alberto, to whom she reveals her identity as a woman. But can Alberto learn to love her strong and independent nature and help Gwen in her quest to discover her rightful place in time?

Time Enough for Love, Book Two of the Italian Time Travel SeriesTimeEnoughLove_CVR_LRG

Through dark magic, Californian Gwendolyn Godwyn has been swept back in time to medieval Italy. There, she finds herself in the midst of a war between Italy’s rightful queen, Adelaide, and those who have kidnapped her and seek to usurp her crown. Risking her life, Gwen elects to play a pivotal role in the planned rescue. In the midst of the chaos, she is drawn to the queen’s champion, Lord Alberto Uzzo, who battles not only their military foes, but also his personal demons. Tested to the limit when he discovers Gwen’s true identity as a time traveler, Alberto nevertheless fights through his doubt and the whirl of superstition that surrounds this intriguing and strong-willed woman. Time is of the essence as the lovers seek to overcome the evil forces rallying against the queen they’ve vowed to save. Will Gwen and Alberto be able to overcome the groundswell of danger to find time enough for love?

Review Quotes:

“What an amazing adventure… These two books will have a very treasured place on my bookshelf.” ~ Review by Hitherandthee of Night Owl Reviews. Both novels were given Top Picks, 4.5 stars for The Other Side of Heaven, 5 stars for Time Enough for Love.


“Alberto and Gwen’s relationship was one of the most touching and heartfelt romances, that I’ve read in a long time.” ~ Review by Angela Searles, Satin Sheets Romance Reviews.



Two authors writing as one, Cary Morgan Frates and Deborah O’Neill Cordes specialize in recreating pivotal moments in history, epic adventure, and romance – with a time travel twist. They are the award-winning authors of the medieval Italian time travel duo, The Other Side of Heaven, and its sequel, Time Enough for Love, and the forthcoming Elizabethan time travel series, which will debut with The Thornless Rose, from Entangled Publishing, LLC, in November, 2014. They are also the authors of the Roman time travel series, which will be re-released in 2015.






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