Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Top Ten Things You Might Not Know about Peter J. White & The Ghost Hunter Series


When the ghostly victims of a small-town crime lord find him, ex-special forces soldier Max Sinclair realizes the only road to peace is to serve them the justice they crave. But the Bannister clan has tentacles that reach from Eastern Washington into Mexico, trafficking women across the border and into their brothels. Haunted by visions of the dead, Max burns a swath through the Bannister empire, doing his best to set the dead free, but odds are he'll be joining them before he's done. The Hollow Men is the first novel in the Ghost Hunter series about a vigilante who sees the dead—Max Sinclair. Haunted by visions and longing for justice and redemption, Max hunts down evil incarnate—his soul hanging in the balance as he walks the line between the dark and the light.


Top Ten Things You Might Not Know about
Peter J. White & The Ghost Hunter Series

1) I lived in Thailand 1984-1990; this has informed almost everything I’ve written since.
2) I started out writing screenplays (almost all horror) and am currently turning my
screenplays into novels. In fact, the first screenplay I wrote for my Master’s became
the Ghost Hunter series.
3) The Ghost Hunter series is inspired by true events. I’ve also created a version of the experience that features Max Sinclair.

4) I grew up in SE Alaska. Sitka, to be precise.
5) Max Sinclair is based on a real guy, a friend of mine.
6) I was a kickboxer for 10 years and had my first kickboxing fight at the age of 55.5
against a 24-year-old. (I kicked his ass.)
7) I climbed Mount Rainier twice.
8) My father was a general surgeon and pilot. He had a Pitts Special in which he flew
complicated aerobatic routines. When he was 80 years old, he took me up and did
such a rigorous routine I passed out.
9) I have a video of him shooting a charging bear dead.
10) Every arcane and supernatural practice in the Ghost Hunter series is based on true
events. My website and newsletter provide more insight into these.
11) (bonus) I answer every email I get.


Peter J. White was born in Colorado and raised in SE Alaska. He has degrees in Education, French, and an MFA in Creative Writing. He taught ELL in Bangkok, Thailand for six years, and currently teaches high school English in Washington State. Hobbies, past and present, include writing, bicycling, mountain climbing, kickboxing, MMA, and yoga.



Sunday, May 21, 2023

Creating a Book You Love by author Patricia Eckerman Ambas


As a writer you pour your heart into your work. But what happens when you get to the end - all the way to publication - and it’s no longer the book you love? Somewhere along the way it was tweaked until it morphed into a new creation - one that you didn’t even like. I published a book in December that I was not comfortable promoting; I didn’t want to share about it personally or professionally. It took some reflection to figure out what was blocking me from the zeal I had held for it leading up to its release, and looking back, I noted that the children’s book had been postponed so long that by the time everything was set, I just wanted to get the book out. Any misgivings or doubts I had were pushed to the side in order to rush through the release before the new year began. But those doubts didn’t leave, and instead, they grew until I realized that it was the book cover that was not attractive to me and some of the art on the pages left me unimpressed. I found myself discrediting the book cover whenever I met a new reader to let them know that I didn’t like the cover, as if to tell them it was okay if they didn’t either.

 To create the book I actually loved, I needed to make changes. So, while the book was out as a less-than-attractive version, I was at work behind the scenes with a new cover designer. Then came the interior work. Months later I had a book that I loved. It is so easy to share the book that had been in my heart all along, but it just needed some adjustments. This makeover allowed me to finally present the book I had imagined.

 One of the benefits in reflecting on why I didn’t love my book was that I could make changes to the second book in the series to ensure this wouldn’t happen again. When I Can’t Wait to Love You Forever: A Big Sister Book released this month, this time, I was incredibly proud to promote it. If you find yourself no longer in love with your book, it may just be a 'you' thing, but it may also be a universal feeling that needs to be addressed. As much as we want to rush the process, slow it down to compose a book that you love. And don’t be afraid of a little modification; it may just be what makes it rework its way into your heart and into the hands of others.


About the author: Patricia Eckerman Ambas was inspired by her son’s inventive game when she wrote I Can’t Wait to Love You Forever: A Big Brother Book. At the request of readers, she followed it up with the big sister version in the similarly titled book in the series, I Can’t Wait to Love You Forever: A Big Sister Book. Her experience as an educator prompted her to weave in the important aspects of social and emotional learning and positive parenting into the books. Always surrounded by her three young children, you can find Patricia on the lake catching sunrises or at her family business, Manila Resto. Keep in touch by following her on FB and IG at @PatriciaEckermanAmbas or send her an email at 


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Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Book Spotlight: The K-Frost Caper by James Blakley


Daring insurance investigator Luna Nightcrow and cosmopolitan cop Tiago Toussaint match wits and wiles, in an attempt to find out when anyone has last seen Frost, Kelvin Frost (one of perhaps 3 cold-blooded criminals), in Miami…

Title: The K-Frost Caper
Author: James Blakley
Publisher: The Powers That Be Publishing
Pages: 206
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Romantic Tension 

A cold case heats up when Kelvin Frost, believed to have drowned in Alabama, returns from the dead to apply for more life insurance. Or has he? When a body-a dead body-identified as Kelvin Frost, turns up in Miami, murder complicates matters. Enter Luna Nightcrow, the insurance fraud investigator whose “smartphone never sleeps.” After recovering a valuable Cherokee relic, Nightcrow accepts Charmed Life Mutual Insurance’s offer of $50,000 to sniff out and close down the K-Frost Caper. But it won’t be easy with so few leads or clues. Paired with cosmopolitan cop Tiago Toussaint, the two match wits and wiles, in attempt to find out when is the last time anyone saw Frost … in Miami?








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Excerpt from The K-Frost Caper

Southern Comfort Flight 213 landed smoothly at Miami International Airport around 6 pm. Luna left the plane and walked to the baggage area. While she waited for her luggage to arrive, her first thought was to call Hector Luz’s cell. But, if he was corrupt, Luna’s call—even if she tried to hide her number with a star 67 code—might tip him off that Charmed Life increased its search for him. So she didn’t call.

     When Luna’s luggage finally arrived, it wasn’t hard to find. Nor, it appeared, was she.

     A dark-skinned man in a tan cotton suit and black tie spotted her. He folded the newspaper he’d watch Luna from behind and rubbed his goatee thoughtfully.  Then he began to move. 

     Luna gathered her laptop, slung her purse, and extended the handle of her rolling duffel bag. Just as she was about to start up, the man with the goatee slowed her down. 

     “Luna Nightcrow?” the man asked.

     “Yes,” she answered.


About the Author

James Blakley was educated at Missouri Western State College and Washburn University. While at MWSC, he was a local and national award-winning columnist and section editor of “The Griffon-News.” Blakley worked 10 1/2 years as a page and as an Assistant Librarian for the River Bluffs Regional Libraries of St. Joseph, MO. He currently lives in Topeka, KS where he worked for The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library and several years in clerical and customer support capacities for international computer companies, such as EDS and HP. Additionally, Blakley has worked in information gathering and analysis for various government agencies and programs.


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Monday, May 15, 2023

Finding Love in Rescues, Shelters, and Fosters by author and dog lover Carmen Leal

For every pet parent who knows there's no such thing as 'just a dog,' this collection of uplifting glimpses into the lives of ordinary-turned-extraordinary dogs and the people who love them is a tail-wagging good read. Thanks to the rescue dog who saved her life after a traumatic brain injury, Carmen Leal went from saying she'd never have a dog to becoming an advocate for man's best friend. Carmen volunteered at the local rescue shelter by writing bios and social media posts, applying for grants, and helping to save and re-home over 6,500 dogs from a high-kill shelter. This endearing anthology includes stories that celebrate the bond between canines and humans including Buddy the beagle who went from living chained under a porch to becoming the town's only therapy dog, Heavenly Joy, the frightened Chihuahua who changed the life of a grumpy old man, Bogey, an abandoned mixed-breed trained by prison inmates and adopted by his forever family. I Chose You is a collection of memorable, beautifully written stories of dogs rescued by people and, ultimately, people rescued by dogs. If you like four-legged friends and happy endings, you'll love Carmen Leal's touching collection of heart-warming stories. I Chose You is a feel-good book that resonates with anyone who has ever loved a dog. 


Finding Love in Rescues, Shelters, and Fosters

You can’t buy love, but you can find it in rescues, shelters, and foster groups around the country. When we started looking for a dog, I was absolutely clueless. We had relocated only a few months before, so we didn’t know many people and had no idea where to begin. The local Humane Society website popped up first when I did an online search using the words “rescue dog.” They had spotty hours and my husband’s work schedule made it hard to get there when they were open.

Next, I stumbled on an organization that had dogs for adoption that were being fostered. This was the first time I heard the term “foster” applied to dogs. People who foster take a puppy or dog into their home and give it love, care, and attention. Fostering can be for a specified amount of time, to help them to reach a certain health or training goal, or until the dog is adopted to its forever family. Many groups do not have a brick-and-mortar facility, even if they are licensed to rescue and find homes for dogs. In these cases, the group depends on people opening up their homes to care for dogs until the right family is found. Those I found online didn’t have set hours and when no one returned my phone call, I kept searching. The place I finally found was at the bottom of the second page of the results and was where we found our dog that first day. They met all my criteria—and some I didn’t know I should have had.

People use the terms “shelter” and “rescue” interchangeably but there is a difference. Most cities or counties will have a shelter or a fee-for-service contract with someone like the Humane Society to take in stray and owner-surrendered dogs. These organizations take in homeless pets within a specific community and are often a great place to find a pet. Rescues can be housed and cared for in a building or they can be foster-only without a physical location. They both identify areas that have stay dog problem and overflowing shelters. They often partner with a specific shelter in a high-need area and transport dogs who would likely be euthanized to other states that have people who choose to adopt instead of buying from a breeder. Rescue groups, always short-staffed and often volunteer only, rescue in the truest sense of the word. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, over 1.6 death row dogs are saved every year through adoption.

Every dog deserves a good home. Every family that wants to be a responsible owner deserves a good dog. There are many, many dogs and puppies in need of homes. When you adopt a pet, you are saving a life.

Please visit Carmen’s gorgeous site for more details on her book! Wag Away Publishing – Imperfectly Perfect Rescue Dogs and Their Humans 

10 Things You Might Not Know About Crossing a Fine Line by author W.L. Brooks

Fletcher J. McKay has been shot, driven insane, and tortured by a madman, so what’s one more psycho coming after her? But this foe’s disturbing attempts to extinguish Fletch’s light leave her shaken. Running out of options, she must consort with the enemy. Fletcher is undoubtedly Sheriff Noah Reed’s nemesis. Their discord began with an irrevocable outcome of an unforeseeable trauma, but duty demands he keeps her safe. The closer he gets, the more his loathing turns to lust. Devastated by loss, Fletcher agrees to go into Noah’s protective custody. Passion takes them across the boundaries of their animosity, but is their tentative bond enough? Or is the line between love and hate, as with life and death, fixed.

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10 Things You Might Not Know About Crossing a Fine Line


1.       This is the fifth and final book in my McKay Series. 

2.      I have been working on this series for twenty years (ten of which the manuscripts were in a box under my bed). 

3.      Fletcher is a reader favorite. 

4.      I’ve been building this enemies-to-lovers storyline over the last four books.

5.      I wrote the original first draft in one week back in 2005. 

6.      Fletcher was the first character of the McKay series I wrote words for. 

7.      As in the book (and the series), the show Murder, She Wrote was the inspiration for this series—this character.

8.     Fletcher is one of my favorite characters to write. 

9.      This book gives Jasper’s POV for the first time in the series, and I can’t wait to hear what people think. 

10.  Noah and Fletcher are one of my spicier couples. 



W.L. Brooks was born with an active imagination.  When characters come into her mind, she has to give them a life- a chance to tell their stories. With a coffee cup in her hand and a cat by her side, she spends her days letting the ideas flow onto paper.  A voracious reader, she draws her inspiration from mystery, romance, suspense and a dash of the paranormal. A native of Virginia Beach, she is currently living in Western North Carolina. Pick up her latest novel, Unearthing the Past - available now!




Sunday, May 14, 2023

Advertising and Finding an Audience by author Hugh Fritz


Soleil is lost in time, launched through history at the hands of the Old Ticker. Now he is out of his element. He must adapt to his new home, hope it’s possible to return to his original time, and pray for a chance to correct some mistakes along the way. Tyrell knows Flarence killed Darren. He wants revenge, though a mere human with limited resources has no chance of harming a Genie. But Roy’s body is failing to the point that not even Genie blood can sustain him. The cause of Roy’s slow death may give Tyrell the opportunity he needs to make Flarence suffer. The Old Ticker’s designs have been leaked. Now they rest in deadlier hands and more mischievous minds. A pair of spell-casting revolvers were nothing compared with the new weapons being developed in secret. The Genies may have met their match when a scientist emerges armed with the most devastating firearm the world has ever known. These three novellas are the culmination of the Mystic Rampage series—historical fiction, contemporary action, and near-future science fiction. Connecting them all is their shared theme of overcoming regrettable decisions to forge a brighter future. Anomaly Aftermath is available in print and as an ebook at Amazon. You can add it to your GoodReads reading list as well.

Advertising and Finding an Audience

It would be great to have a billboard featuring my books set up along the highway, but that kind of advertising is expensive and from what I can find paying monthly is common. There are enough repeated expenses in my life as it is and the last thing I need is another tacked on. Occasionally I’ll look into media outlets and reach out to a few of them, such as my university’s newspaper or local radio stations. So far none of them has expressed interest in advertising my books. To land those kinds of opportunities, the hosts or columnists need to be convinced that the topic has a good chance of attracting an audience and so far I haven’t convinced anyone that a fantasy novel will serve as an attention grabber. While public outlets have been slow to bring success, I’ve found my moments in smaller gatherings.

Most of my advertising is done on-site through word of mouth. The primary sales events are comic conventions. I spend a lot of time making signs for my booth and some places are willing to let me hang smaller ones around the convention center. The last one I went to was a joint effort where three other authors and I split the cost and space of a booth together. One of them made brochures which he passed around near the entrance. That helped bring people to our booth and when someone stopped by there was an inherent contest for which of us could pitch our book better. It was fun to have that healthy contest between ourselves and if it happens again, I believe I’ll have a better chance. My second book, Public Display of Aggression recently won an award in The Book Fest. Marie Parks’ book, Unrelenting, also won an award, and having that sticker on the cover seemed to help increase her sales.

The lesson that’s come from these small advertising efforts at events like comic conventions is that my book has a niche audience. One piece of feedback I received when submitting this book to agents was that it doesn’t follow the typical format of urban fantasy, which has been verified while trying to pitch it to customers. Some potential customers ask if there is romance in my books, and they lose interest when I tell them “No.” The cover of my second novel looks like a superhero movie poster which makes some people wonder if the format is anything like a Marvel movie, so they ask me if there are any jokes in the novel. I have to be honest with those people and explain to them that there are a few funny lines of dialogue, but generally, the books are not intended to be comical. The customers who stick around are the ones who are interested in non-stop action and revenge stories. I constantly adjust my elevator pitch, but I’ve learned to bring up my Inspector R.E.D. character as quickly as possible. He’s a zombie with psychokinetic control of the bullets that killed him. When people perk up at that description, chances are good that I can hook them and get a sale out of them. In that way, my advertising methods are like fishing. I’ve spent hours at my booth hearing everyone who stops by just say “Sorry, this isn’t what I’m looking for,” and walk away. But occasionally someone will clearly be interested and quickly become invested in the characters and plot. Even on a bad sales day, if I just capture one person’s interest like that, it makes the work feel worthwhile.  

Hugh Fritz is thrilled to have completed his Mystic Rampage trilogy, a project eight years in the making. While writing the series he has outlined and written rough drafts of other stories ranging from horror to romance. He is currently bouncing between his works in progress, deciding which one should get his full attention. Whatever comes next will assuredly be a step in a whole new direction. Author website:   

Friday, May 12, 2023

Mike Martin's All That Glitters cover reveal!


We invite you to Mike Martin's ALL THAT GLITTERS Cover Reveal! Please leave a comment to let Mike know you stopped by and don't forget to order your copy!

Author: Mike Martin
Publisher: Ottawa Press and Publishing
Pages: 282
Genre: Mystery 

Sergeant Winston Windflower is moving on to a new chapter of his life, no longer an RCMP officer but now a Community Safety Officer in his home of Grand Bank, Newfoundland.

But when a body is found in the bed and breakfast he co-owns, diamonds are found in the body’s digestive system, and then Windflower’s friend Dr. Sanjay, who was given the diamonds for safekeeping, is kidnapped, it’s clear that crime has returned once more to Grand Bank.

Windflower finds himself back in the thick of it, helping his newly promoted friend, RCMP Corporal Eddie Tizzard, track down a ruthless diamond smuggler who will stop at nothing — kidnapping, even murder — to pull off his dirty business.

This is another finely spun Windflower mystery that contrasts suspense and tension with the joys of friendship, family, and gratitude.

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Mike Martin was born in St. John’s, NL on the east coast of Canada and now lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario. He is a long-time freelance writer and his articles and essays have appeared in newspapers, magazines and online across Canada as well as in the United States and New Zealand.

He is the award-winning and best-selling author of the award-winning Sgt. Windflower Mystery series set in beautiful Grand Bank. There are now 13 books in this light mystery series with the publication of All That Glitters

A Tangled Web was shortlisted in 2017 for the best light mystery of the year, and Darkest Before the Dawn won the 2019 Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award. 

Some Sgt. Windflower Mysteries are now available as audiobooks and the latest A Tangled Web was released as an audiobook in 2023. All audiobooks are available from Audible in Canada and around the world.

Mike is Past Chair of the Board of Crime Writers of Canada, a national organization promoting Canadian crime and mystery writers and a member of the Newfoundland Writers’ Guild and Capital Crime Writers.




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Sunday, May 7, 2023

Five Things You Might Not Know About Fateful Connections by author Karen Charles


Fateful Connections tells the story of four people brought together by the tragic events of 9/11 in the United States. These four individuals were attending a conference in Seattle, Washington, and found it nearly impossible to make it back to their homes, which were scattered across the country. They decide to rent a car and drive together, as they cannot get any flights home. As rental cars are also impossible to come upon, they find a friend who has access to a repossessed car, which he is willing to rent out. Unbeknownst to the friends, the rightful owner of the car wants his car back, and as they find out, hidden inside the car are drugs and guns. What ensues is a dangerous journey which impacts on the four friends’ lives forever. The story follows them on their harrowing journey home, then one or two years later as they meet up for an annual reunion.

The strengths of this story are the easy-to-read narrative and compelling plot. The author introduces four intriguing main characters, as well as a number of antagonists, who hunt down the friends and engage in dangerous and illegal plans to not only recapture their guns and drugs, but also kill the friends so there are no witnesses to their illegal activities. The reader is instantly drawn into the storyline and moves along with the characters as they experience fear, joy, love, and relief. The plot is compelling, and the reader cannot help but become invested in the lives of these four main characters. Amazon:

Five Things You Might Not Know About Fateful Connections

1. At a Christmas brunch my friend, Sandy, told a story of what happened to her brother who was at a CEO conference on 9/11. I was so intrigued by the bazaar events that I decided to develop it into a thriller.

2. After I heard the story my book is based on, it took a year and a half before I began writing the manuscript.

3. I own a condo in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where one of my characters in the book lives.

4. The ranch setting in Santa Clarita, California is owned by my son.

5. One of the characters in the book is very much like me.


About the Author: Karen Charles is a children's book author and educator. She lives with her husband on a beautiful bay in Washington State. Her latest book is the thriller, Fateful Connections.



Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Book Spotlight: The Algorithm Will See You Now by JL Lycette


The most dangerous lies are the ones that use the truth to sell themselves.

 Medical treatment determined by artificial intelligence could do more than make Hope Kestrel's career. It could revolutionize healthcare. What the Seattle surgeon doesn't know is the AI has a hidden fatal flaw, and the people covering it up will stop at nothing to dominate the world's healthcare — and its profits. Soon, Hope is made the scapegoat for a patient's death, and only Jacie Stone, a gifted intern with a knack for computer science, is willing to help search for the truth. But her patient's death is only the tip of the conspiracy's iceberg. The Director, Marah Maddox, is plotting a use for the AI far outside the ethical bounds of her physician's oath. A staggering plan capable of reducing human lives to their DNA code, redefining the concepts of sickness and health, and delivering the power of life and death decisions into the hands of those behind the AI. Even if the algorithm accidentally discards some who are treatable in order to make that happen... Purchase a copy on, Barnes and Noble, and You can also add this to your GoodReads reading list.


About the Author

 Jennifer / JL Lycette is a novelist, award-winning essayist, rural physician, wife, and mother. She has a degree in biochemistry from the University of San Francisco and attained her medical degree at the University of Washington. Mid-career, she discovered narrative medicine in her path back from physician burnout and has been writing ever since. Her essays can be found in Intima, NEJM, JAMA and other journals; at Doximity and Medscape; and her website https: // She is an alumna of the 2019 Pitch Wars Mentoring program. Her other published speculative fiction can be found in the anthology And If That Mockingbird Don't Sing: Parenting Stories Gone Speculative (Alternating Current Press). The Algorithm Will See You Now (Black Rose Writing Press) is her first novel.

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 Advance Praise for The Algorithm Will See You Now

 “I've been waiting for a book like this: a full-frontal assault on the dangers of artificial intelligence and the failures of our mangled health care system, all wrapped up in a clever, ripping thriller. Jennifer Lycette is an author to watch.” — Rob Hart, author of The Paradox Hotel

"In her debut, Lycette explores the darkest realities about the healthcare system and what generations of the near future could potentially face if power shifts to the wrong hands. Perhaps even more gripping is how she delves into the ways grief can shape someone, causing them to make questionable decisions in the name of redemption. With nuanced characters and a truly terrifying premise, The Algorithm Will See You Now is an ambitious debut that delivers."— Heather Levy, author of Anthony nominated Walking Through Needles

 "Both tense and topical, The Algorithm Will See You Now is a meticulously researched and deeply informed novel about the perils of where healthcare is likely heading, and the agonizing human costs involved. There are no easy decisions here, and Lycette paints a wonderfully complex portrait in an exciting debut." — E.A. Aymar, author of No Home For Killers

 "Full of intrigue and smart thrills, The Algorithm Will See You Now is a incisive vision of a tech-driven future, amping up the contemporary horrors of our healthcare system to the extreme. Lycette's mastery of the medical field shines through, and her empathetic storytelling invites us to examine where we are headed and how we treat each other as human beings." — Victor Manibo, author of The Sleepless

 "An AI is putting profit over life. And patients are dying. The Algorithm Will See You Now is a tense, terrifying ride that dives into prescient themes of power, control, and the corruption of Big Medicine. Here’s your wake-up call. This disturbing future is closer than you think." — L.P. Styles, author of The Molecule Thief

 "Get ready to be enthralled! Dr. Lycette poignantly lays out the future of healthcare with impeccable lucidity when AI becomes the center stage of medicine. While AI is promised to improve operational efficiencies, streamline tasks and cut down human error, it comes with its own challenges like overlooking personal preferences, fears and economic restraints for patients. A brilliant book with vivid characterizations!" — Rajeev Kurapati MD, MBA, award-winning author of Physician: How Science Transformed the Art of Medicine

 “Bringing the reality of the imminent threat to the healthcare system and the patient sovereignty disheartenment to life… the epitome of patient care sceneries at the end of the slippery slope towards which we are headed.”— Dr. Adam Ray Tabriz, MD Medium Author, Physicians Are Working Like Robots for Robots