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Stellar Series Spotlight: Illegally Blonde by Anna Snow

asibAfter solving the biggest case of her career, PI Barb Jackson’s business is finally taking off. Cases are rolling in, she and her staff are getting paid, and she’s the apple of her hunky detective boyfriend, Tyler Black’s, eye. Life couldn’t get much better.

Instead, it gets much worse. Barb’s best friend, Kelly, is arrested and accused of killing her shifty on-again-off-again rock star boyfriend. Suddenly it’s up to Barb to hunt down the real murderer and save her friend’s life. Between an eccentric bookie, an oddball drug dealer, and an obsessed fan, Barb has no shortage of suspects. But understaffed and in over her head, Barb has no other choice but to call in an old friend for help…a gorgeous, flirtatious, charming friend…and Tyler isn’t going to like it. Can Barb track down a killer and save her friend from the slammer… before the killer strikes again?

Coming November 2016

Cover Reveal: Inspirational Anchors To Ground You Through The Waves of Life

inspirational-anchors-cover-final-smaller-version“The cover reveal for the amazing Diane Morasco’s new book!!”

What a way to wake up, huh? No, cookie cakes, not being called amazing, although, I love knowing that, but to have the magnificent Beth Prentice reveal my cover. Really lil’ ol’ me to be given such high praise from my friend, colleague, NaNoWriMo partner, Aussie cookie cake, and USA Today Bestselling Author. Me? Bronx born, Long Island raised and Jersey seasoned Curvalicious Visionary. WOW! She also gave it the royal treatment because she unveiled her new website for my cover reveal. All of my prayers are being answered. And, if I am dreaming – please do not wake my arse. ;} Nope, I taste the salt from my tears. I am not dreaming.

An amazing honor – The cover reveal for ‘Inspirational Anchors To Ground You Through The Waves of Life’

I am truly honoured to have been trusted with the reveal of the cover for Diane Morasco’s upcoming novel. Inspirational Anchors To Ground You Through The Waves of Life will inspire you to beat your demons and get up to face the world head on. It will encourage you to health, happiness and ultimate victory.

Diane Morasco’s new inspirational title coming 13th December 2016.  Available for pre-order now!!! Be sure to grab your copy early!

What we think matters. What we put in our mind matters. Our awareness has incredible control over our triumphs or failures. What we feed our brains is vital to how we live. Our thoughts are powerful. What we nourish our minds with either raises us to a higher existence or plummets us to flounder in despair. We were not meant for mediocrity. We were not designed to just get by with fruitless, ho-hum or unrewarding lives.

When life limits our thinking, and holds us down by heaping on the gunk, turning up the heat and leaving us to deal with our trials, we have what it takes to overcome and excel.

We are leaders. What we think manifests in our lives. Good or bad the thoughts we hold onto seep into our being. Which is why we need to infuse our minds and spirits with encouraging words, loving declarations and optimistic thoughts. Positive inspiration is the gateway to achieving happiness, health, spiritual growth and victory.

 

Cover design © 2016 by TRT STUDIOS™

Author Fun: 13 Questions About Patti Benning!

1. Where is your favorite place to write?

Well, I have completely taken over the den as my office so I am loving being able to write in there. I have such a great set up and am even considering adding a mini fridge and a coffee maker. 😉

2. Coffee or Tea?

All of the above? I’ve recently been forced into trying iced coffee and I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, the weather is going to be getting pretty chilly and I’ll have to stick with my warm beverages for now. English Breakfast tea and black coffee.

3. Favorite book of all-time?

You Bet Your Life. The 18th book in The Murder She Wrote Series. I must have read it 5 times!

4. NaNoWriMo yes or no?

It is something that I have thought about but because the stories that I write are shorter in length, I always felt that I’d not be “winning” since it would be more than one novel equaling that high word count. I have never had a problem getting my words on to paper, thankfully, so maybe someday I’ll give it a shot if I ever choose to branch out of the cozy mystery genre.

5. Genre that you would write if you had no restrictions?

You know, I really think I would still write mysteries but I would really love to be able to write a romantic mystery. The same feel-good stuff that’s in a cozy, but with a larger romance component.

6. If you could have any superpower what would it be?

I’ve always had such a hard time answering this! My grandson asks me all the time. I have to say, it’s a toss up between being able to understand and speak to animals, and super-human strength. Quite the mix huh?

7. Favorite author?

Debbie Macomber. There is just something so inviting about every one of her books and I’ve read them ALL!

8. What kind of music do you listen to when you write?

I prefer quiet when I write. Occasionally I may have the television on in the background but it’s rare.

9. If you could live anywhere in the world where will it be?

Somewhere warm and on the beach. I’m not picky!

10. What do you do when you get writer’s block?

Muddle my way through it and keep going. Sometimes I end up writing words that have nothing to do with the story but I keep going either way and remove the stuff that makes no sense when I do my first round of self-editing.

11. Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I don’t really do much for plotting, I have my version of an outline which is sometimes just random thoughts I put together and I do my best to go by what that says but sometimes the characters take action and what they want to do outweighs what I want to do!

12. Do you have a playlist for your characters?

I’ve never thought of this, so no, I do not but it would be kind of fun to see what songs I could think of that may match up to some of my favorite characters!

13. Do you write every day?

With both the Pizzeria Series and the Killer Cookie Series going on right now, I do generally write every day. I have nothing to complain about though because I love that I am able to do this and would even try to write a third series if I could.

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© 2016 by Diane Morasco. All Rights Reserved

What I’m Reading…

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In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

TOUGH Journal Entry Saturday 10/22/16

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As I write this nestled in my New England condo, tears fall splashing on my HP Gold Luxe. My trio of blessings want to make Mommy better with kisses and love and I greedily inhale it like a fish out of water gasping for air. The tears are bittersweet as I know this is the last weekend Even Tough Women Can Crack Like Eggs Sometimes will ever be a manuscript. In four days, a piece of me will head to my editor and then go on to retailers to be released as my first book on November 22, which is a month from today. One month. There are no coincidences in my world, so it is sheer divinity this journal entry is written today. I am listening to Imagine by the prolific John Lennon; moments before it was Let It Be by the brilliant Beatles. I am not a “Beatle-head” as I used to tease my ma. My mom was. She was over the moon for Paul. As a teen, she wanted to marry Paul McCartney. I remember being grossed out to the max hearing this. Eeww! I still am. J My mom is no longer with me on earth but she is with me as I type this. It breaks me to pieces knowing she isn’t here to share this moment with me. I know, I know, she is looking down at me, but it is not the same. It isn’t. It isn’t for the unwanted little girl who came miraculously into this earth with the chips stacked against her; nor is it for the woman who is finally letting the scars of her childhood be a badge of courage to sport proudly because she made it through. I made it through. We made it through. Right now, I want my Mommy. I want her to hold me as I cry and grieve the yesteryears that were a chaotic nightmare. I want to apologize for not realizing how tough she was. I want her to know I forgive her because she did the best she could at twenty being surrounded by vultures who let fear rule them instead of love. I want to say, “I’m sorry, Mommy, I didn’t fully realize what you went through until I started writing this book. I am sorry with all my heart. I love you, Mommy. I miss you so much.”

So, as I move into the final hours with my novel all to myself, I am reminded it is another loss I will be experiencing since being temporarily placed in New England. In fact, it will be my third. And for those who know me, know 3 is my number. 3, 13, 33, and 333. A woman I once knew kindly told me it was the trinity. I remember smiling because it summed it all up for me and my life’s voyage.

The third loss was the catalyst for my debut novel and for that I will always be grateful.

When I release my manuscript to my incredible blessing of an editor, Tanya R. Taylor, on Wednesday and she polishes it to near perfection, please know you aren’t just getting a book by Diane Morasco, you are getting a piece of her.

Thank you for sharing this phase of my life with me. I appreciate it more than you can even imagine.

Enjoy your weekend!

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