A dashing sailor and a 40-year-old mystery…exciting cobiation
Friday, February 14th, 2020

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The Keys: Voice of the Turtle

by Karen Hulene Bartell



Hours after arriving in the Florida Keys to help her cousin Keya create a turtle preserve, Ruth discovers a washed-up body and not one, but two apparitions—Maita, the angry victim’s spirit, and Bart, a swashbuckling ghost. Ruth’s curious ability to connect with the ghosts may help them move on, but how?

Keya is in a probate battle over her turtle-nesting beach. Land-hungry relatives want it bulldozed and developed. Like Ruth, she has a special gift—she can talk to animals. Between Ruth’s help and Keya’s unique ability, they work to save the property, but is it too late?

Can Keya save her beloved turtles? Can Ruth find Maita’s murderer or help Bart solve his 400-year-old mystery? There’s more than meets the eye to Keya’s land. Add in a dashing sailor who believes in her, and Keya may have more than she bargained for…



“After the annulment, yes—that’s when they diagnosed the PTSD—and psychologists had talked to us right after the bombing.” He scowled. “But they were only interested in regrouping the crew, getting us back in action. Though they prescribed thirty-day furloughs, our R & R didn’t start for another few weeks.”

“Why was that?” Her spine stiffened.

“After the attack, the crew had to stay aboard the Cole, working night and day just to keep it afloat. If not for our actions, that ship would’ve sunk, but because we were stuck there at the scene of the blast…surrounded by the sights, the smells”—he glanced at her—“we relived the nightmare on a daily basis.”

Wincing, Keya momentarily closed her eyes, as if shutting out the images. “How did you manage?”

“I flipped a switch—shut it out mentally—just like the day of the bombing. I had a job to do, even if it was hazardous.”

“Emotionally, you mean?”

“Emotionally, physically—every way.” Despite the balmy evening, a shudder slithered down his spine. “After the attack, the ship had no light, no ventilation, and no air conditioning. The heat was stifling. The ship’s interior was so hot the food began to rot. Between the reeking perishables, the smoke, the acrid odor of leaking fuel oil, and the putrid stench of death…” Momentarily closing his eyes, he drew a cleansing breath. “It was bad.”

She shook her head slowly as if commiserating.

“Not a day has passed without reliving those memories. They’ve robbed me of my peace of mind”—he caught her eye, assessing her reaction—“and robbed me of my marriage.”

“I can identify. Though I haven’t survived a suicide bombing or annulment, I have survived the death of a spouse, the loss of the person I love, and I can empathize. Healing takes time.” She took a deep breath as if grounding herself. Then her eyes probed his. “Are you coming to terms with those flashbacks now?”

“I’m starting to—like a turtle peeking out its shell.” He attempted a smile, trying to lighten the mood and give himself some mental space, but the ruse backfired. The memories crowded in on him. “I’m still bitter about the attack. I want justice, not only for those who lost their lives, but for those of us who stopped living our lives because of it.” He searched her eyes.

Keya stifled a groan in her throat. “We’ve all been wounded and known loss, but I can’t imagine the horrors you’ve experienced.” As if donning a gasmask, she put on a smile. “Thank God it’s behind you.”

“That’s the point. It wasn’t then—and it isn’t now.” Still trying to gather his disjointed memories into a coherent story with a beginning, middle, and end, he struggled to find a redeeming pretext for the incidents. “A second shock hit us when we got home. Because the flight to the States took just a few hours, we had no time to decompress. Returning from deployment, from war—whether declared or not—we had no time to adjust, no transition from one life into the next.

“After we landed, I remember feeling so displaced in civilian life that just walking through the airport seemed surreal, like an out-of-body experience. Even on the taxi ride home, I remember trying to make sense of it, asking myself over and over, ‘What the hell am I doing here?’ ” He stared at her. “Sometimes, I still wake, asking myself, Why did I survive and not the others?


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Author of the Sacred Emblem, Sacred Journey, and Sacred Messenger series, Karen is a best-selling author, motivational keynote speaker, wife, and all-around pilgrim of life. She writes multicultural, offbeat love stories steeped in the supernatural that lift the spirit. Born to rolling-stone parents who moved annually, Bartell found her earliest playmates as fictional friends in books. Paperbacks became her portable pals. Ghost stories kept her up at night—reading feverishly. The paranormal was her passion. Wanderlust inherent, Karen enjoyed traveling, although loathed changing schools. Novels offered an imaginative escape. An only child, she began writing her first novel at the age of nine, learning the joy of creating her own happy endings. Professor emeritus of the University of Texas at Austin, Karen resides in the Hill Country with her husband Peter and her “mews”—three rescued cats and a rescued *Cat*ahoula Leopard dog.


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They told her he’d died….but had he really?
Thursday, February 13th, 2020

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September’s Song


Ryan Jo Summers

Hero’s name, rank and serial number current or former):

Keegan Zackary London, no rank or serial number specified

Branch of the service Covert Special Ops, no branch specified as they each have special ops branches

What is his most heroic trait? Keegan was recruited into ultra-special ops due to his do or die “hero” behaviors to defend his team.  He does not see them as heroic but standing by his team, doing his job. He is humble. He will not do anything to put anyone he cares about in danger.

What kind of woman is his perfect match? His wife, Ivey. They were so much in love, and had such dreams, until Ivey was told Keegan died in action and she had to move on with her life. When Keegan escapes, returns for answers to his erased past and discovers Ivey, she is an instant turn on as they retreat together.


Ivey London was told her military husband died on a mission overseas. She buried him as a war hero and tried to move on with her life by raising their young son, dealing with her vengeful brother, and coping with her mother’s Alzheimer’s. Five years go by and one day she learns of a secret underground chamber were special soldiers are imprisoned to recover. Further, one amnesiac soldier managed to escape. When her son begins to display unusual behaviors, she goes to investigate. All evidence points to finding her late husband. If it is him, back from the dead, Ivey refuses to give him up again.

Keegan London awoke in a hospital cell with no memories. Fleeing, he finds himself in a strange, unknown world, with no one to turn to. Until he finds a friendly Priest who runs a homeless shelter and he stumbles across the woman who claims to be his wife. While she can fill some gaps in his lost memories, she cannot explain his curious abilities. Pursued by someone determined to get him back, Keegan has few options but to trust the woman who makes his heart fire like a cannon. Ivey has dibs on him, but first they have to uncover who—and what–Keegan really is before they can recover what they had.





Why do you like writing military heroes?

“September’s Song” was my first one. I chose an amnesiac war hero in order to have a blank slate to work with and develop. I enjoyed the freedom to mesh the characteristics and behaviors engrained from military training and their inherit personality. Also, I think writing sincere stories about our military heroes is a nice way to pay our soldiers back for all the sacrifices they have done for us.

Now I am working on two more military stories. One is a series of shorter length stories based on wounded vets at an equine rehabilitation ranch and finding the women of their dreams there, the other is part of an established series that features a wounded vet coming home to small town, coasting North Carolina and trying to adjust to home and family.

Author Bio:

Ryan Jo Summers writes romances that blur the lines of subgenres. She mixes contemporary with time travel, Christian, suspense, sweet, and paranormal like blending a fruit and yogurt smoothie. Her non-fiction works have appeared in numerous trade journals and magazines including ‘WNC Woman Magazine’, ‘Critter Magazine’, ‘Journey Devotions’, and ‘Vet Tech Journal’. She is a regular contributing author for the ‘Asheville Pet Gazette’.

Her hobbies include baking, crafts, gardening, enjoying nature, and chess/mah-jongg/word-find puzzles. She pet sits/dog walks when she’s not busy writing and she fosters homeless pets for area animal rescues.

She lives in a century-old cottage in North Carolina with her own menagerie of rescued pets and way too many houseplants. “September’s Song” is her second self-published work, the first one being the chronicles of the first two years with her adopted PTSD rescue collie.


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He’s the last person she wants to get involved with
Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

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Yokai Magic

Meet: Thad Garrett, Lieutenant Commander. US Navy

His most heroic trait? Readiness to offer help and protection when needed, even if unsure how his offer will be accepted (as with the heroine of Yokai Magic, who initially distrusts him because of their youthful past together).

What kind of woman is his perfect match? Intelligent, independent, and mentally flexible.


When Val unearths a Japanese scroll and a cat figurine inherited from her grandfather, magic invades her world. The statuette, actually a cat spirit named Yuki—a yokai—enchanted into that form for her own protection, comes to life. Over a century ago, an evil magician cast a curse on her, and a wolf-like demon conjured by the curse still hunts her. Because Val is the one who broke the protective spell, that dark magic endangers her, too. She must turn for help to the last person she wants to get involved with, her former high-school boyfriend, now an officer in the Navy. Together they search for a way to vanquish the threat from the spirit realm, while facing the attraction they thought they’d long since put behind them.


Val woke in the middle of the night, not an unusual event, since she still hadn’t become completely used to sleeping in her parents’ bedroom. Even after replacing the mattress and redecorating with new drapes, bedspread, and linens, she’d needed a while to nerve herself to the logical step of moving out of her cramped, ten-by-twelve-foot childhood room. Now and then she still imagined the lingering ghostly fragrances of her mother’s cologne and bath powder. This time, though, she had the impression that something besides her own restless brain had awakened her. She sat up, straining her ears. Did she hear a rustling sound from the attached bathroom?

“Toby, are you in there?” She shuffled into the bathroom. No sign of the cat or any other living creature. After using the toilet and flushing, she jumped at a noise from behind the shower curtain. Not a rustle so much as a slither.

The plastic rippled. She grasped the edge of it. “Toby?” She swept the curtain open.

A screech burst from her. She stumbled backward and collapsed on the bath mat, with a jarring thump to her rear end. “What on earth is that?”

A hunchbacked creature about two feet tall huddled in the tub. Brick-red, naked except for a ragged loincloth of the same color, it had a mop of stringy, black hair and elongated fingers and toes with nails like claws. It was licking the tile walls with a long, sinuous tongue like a frog’s. Its saucer-like, black eyes stared at her. With a stifled “eep!” it blinked out of existence.

Trembling, Val clutched the edge of the sink and hoisted herself upright. She scurried into the bedroom and dove under the covers like a child fleeing the boogeyman.

She lay there with her lids squeezed shut until her pulse slowed to normal. I did not see that. I did not. She opened her eyes and gazed into the darkness, softened only by the night light from the open bathroom door. “What is with these crazy dreams all of a sudden?”

“You are not dreaming.” The feminine voice sounded as if it came from somewhere in the middle of the room.

Val sat up with the sheet pulled to her neck. “Who’s there?” She switched on the bedside light.

A slender, white cat leaped onto the end of the bed. The animal had emerald-green eyes and wore a red scarf around her neck. “Greetings and profound thanks for your hospitality. I assure you this is not a dream.”

Val bent her knees to keep her feet out of the phantom feline’s reach. “Is too. I must be still asleep. If not, how did you get in the house?”

Demurely seated at the foot of the bed, the cat curled her tail around her paws. “I have always been here. I was bound to the magic of the scroll, and your blood released that magic.”





Author website: Carter’s Crypt

Why do you like writing military heroes?

My husband served in the Navy for thirty years, retiring as a Captain. Like the hero of Yokai Magic, he spent a tour as an instructor at the Naval Academy in Annapolis.

Author bio:

Reading Dracula at the age of twelve ignited Margaret L. Carter’s interest in a wide range of speculative fiction and inspired her to become a writer. Vampires, however, have always remained close to her heart. She holds a PhD in English from the University of California (Irvine), and her dissertation, later published as a book, included a chapter on Dracula. In the course of numerous cross-country moves as a Navy wife, she taught college English classes and worked for over twenty years as a legislative editor for the Maryland General Assembly. She has authored books and articles on vampirism in literature, as well as editing an anthology of scholarship on Dracula. In fiction, she has written horror, fantasy, and paranormal romance novels and novellas. Her short stories have appeared in various fantasy and horror anthologies, including several “Darkover” and “Sword and Sorceress” volumes. She and her husband, Leslie Roy Carter, a retired naval officer, collaborated on a sword-and-sorcery series.




Meet SEAL Chance Adams – hero of DEADLY CHANCE
Monday, February 10th, 2020

Her son has been snatched by Russian rebels. Who better to save him than a Navy SEAL.

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Hero’s name, rank and serial number current or former):

Chance Adams, Commander, current but retiring in a few months

Branch of the service

US Navy – he’s a SEAL.

What is his most heroic trait?

Integrity – he thinks the heroine is married, and won’t have a relationship with her, even though                he wants to.

What kind of woman is his perfect match?

The heroine, of course. (lol) Intelligent, independent, capable. But he still wants to protect her.

Why do you like writing military heroes?

I’m an ex-Navy wife, and Navy mom (both submariners). I love men in uniform and law   enforcement. They’re the quintessential alpha males.


Photographer Tempest Raines and her adult son are in the Republic of Georgia when he’s              snatched by Russian rebels. The US government refuses to get involved, so in her desperation              she turns to Navy SEAL Chance Adams for help.

Chance doesn’t recall their brief shared history and reluctantly agrees to attempt a rescue,  although the plan, whether successful or not, could end his career.

But even if they manage to survive, when Chance learns the truth, Tempest might be better off   dead.


Talia Logan is the pen name for an award-winning author of thrillers, but Talia writes romance. Her alter ego isn’t a secret, but she does want to keep her genres separate.

In her stories you’ll find heartbreak and joy, maybe a little intrigue, and always a happy ending. She writes from the porch of a Chesapeake Bay-front home, where the seagulls caw by day, the waves crash by night, and the moon casts a sultry glow over the dark waters… Okay, that’s not entirely accurate, but after all, Talia writes romantic fiction.



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When Revenge Sparks Danger — Karma is Hell!
Sunday, February 9th, 2020

The List: Alyssa’s Revenge

The PLayers

Hero ––Wyatt Rose, Staff Sergeant, specializing in explosive ordnance disposal––disarming and destroying improvised explosive devices. Serial number 228-68-3892

Heroine: Harper Drake––Director NCIS served five tours in Afghanistan

Branch of the service

Marines and NCIS.

Note: Both are minor characters in Reign of Fire Book #1 of Deep State Mysteries and move to hero and heroine in the List: Alyssa’s Revenge

What is his most heroic trait: Wyatt is fearless and will do anything necessary to safeguard his Marine brothers, his country and the people he loves.

What kind of woman is his perfect match? Harper. A strong, over achiever, dedicated, brave and fearless woman who challenges him…but he also wants her to be vulnerable at times.

The List: Alyssa’s Revenge


 Cartel, Corruption, and Chaos … Can a Ghost Tame Her Rage To Exact Revenge?

When her fiancé is injured in Afghanistan, Harper Drake immerses herself in the military. Now, as NCIS Director, she heads a secret faction, fighting corruption and terrorism—until she’s abducted by a trafficking cartel. Wyatt Rose can’t overcome his loss—especially after his sister’s murder. When the New Patriots recruit him, he finds a traumatized girl that spirals him down a rabbit hole of conspiracy, drug smugglers, and slavery. Obsessed with revenge, can a ghost save Wyatt and Harper before her rage explodes, or will she spin them all through the gates of Hell?


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Reign Of Fire

When Love Sparks Danger––Even Ash Burns!


Lies, Corruption and Murder…


Can a ghost spark love in the midst of chaos? To expose a faction threatening America’s democracy, Emily Rose joins forces with a team investigating her sister’s murder, but she never expects to fall in love––or to encounter her twin’s ghost. Ashton Frasier accepts his detective career choice means a life of

bachelorhood––until Emily Rose blows into his world. Surrounded by danger with the country’s democracy at stake, Emily and Ash must protect the White House while taming their mysterious burning passion––lit by cunning spirit with good intentions.

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Author Bio:

Website:  http://casimclean.com

We asked the author why she likes writing military heroes?

“As an ex history teacher, [drama, and English, too] I’m very patriotic and I’m so proud of our men and women who put their lives on the line for America’s freedom. We owe so much to our Vets. Writing about them is my way to lift up their incredible bravery and selflessness.”

USA Today & Amazon Best Selling Author, Casi McLean, pens novels to stir the soul with romance, suspense, and a sprinkle of magic. Her writing crosses genres from ethereal, captivating shorts with eerie twist endings to believable time slips, mystical plots, and sensual romantic suspense.

Known for enchanting stories with magical description, McLean entices readers with fascinating hooks to hold them captive in storylines they can’t put down. Her romance entwines strong, believable heroines with delicious, hot heroes to tempt the deepest desires, then fans the flames, sweeping readers into their innermost romantic fantasies.

With suspenseful settings and lovable characters you’ll devour, you’ll see, hear, and feel the magical eeriness of one fateful night. You’ll swear time travel could happen, be mystified by other worldly images, and feel the heat of romantic suspense, but most of all you’ll want more.

Casi’s latest series enters the realm of political thrillers with Reign Of Fire, exclusively found in the #1 bestselling, romantic suspense boxset, Love Under Fire. Watch the trailer exclusively on this page.

Inspired by freak accidents, strange phenomena, and eerie lore attached to Atlanta’s man-made Lake Sidney Lanier, USA Today Best Selling Author, Casi McLean spins a spine-chilling time-travel, romantic suspense series in her Lake Lanier Mysteries.

What if excavation created more than a lake? What if explosions triggered a seismic shift, creating a portal that connected past to future?

Beneath The Lake, Lake Lanier Mysteries Book #1
Won 2019 PRG Reader’s Choice Awards Best Time Travel Novel

2016 Best Romantic Suspense
Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence

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Beyond The Mist, book #2 in her romantic time slip treasure chest, is a stunning tribute to the victims and first responders of the 911 World Trade Center terrorist attack. Here is the trailer link: https://youtu.be/Bj6ySTh_7xI

Between The Shadows brings the saga full circle with an amazing time slip to 1865 and a search for the Confederate gold. Don’t miss this trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voa2qbtqATY

Uniquely qualified to write self-help and inspiration, Casi tops the scale with her powerful memoir, Wingless Butterfly: Healing The Broken Child Within, sharing an inspirational message of courage, tenacity, and hope, displaying her unique ability to excel in nonfiction and self-help as well as fiction.

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