Summer’s SWEET Embrace Cover reveal

In the last two years my world has changed. Before my writing was just that: stories I would tell people for fun. Then something happened. Two somethings in fact. The first was Purr-fect Mating and the second was my beloved Skydreamer.

Now a third story has come to light and this time, it came with friends.

Summer’s Sweet Embrace…8 authors, 8 stories, 8 completely different stories, 8 lives touched come celebrate the cover reveal of Summer’s Sweet Embrace.

Summer’s Sweet Embrace A Romance Anthology By Various Authors Publisher: Roane Publishing Release Date: August 19, 2015 Keywords: Summer, Beach, Ocean, romance, contemporary, Summertime Romance, short stories

summersembrace Truly Paradise – Michelle Ziegler Description: Waiting for the right one can be torture.  Too bad for Hailey, impatience got the best of her. Finding Mr. Right in time for a destination wedding couldn’t happen fast enough. Instead of listening to reason, or rather her friends, she’s stuck in paradise alone, again. Nothing ruins a tropical paradise faster than catching your date with another woman.  Justin’s ready for a change. He’s been caught up in his own success for too long and is looking to finally settle down. Timing is everything and his cousins wedding is the perfect start of his new life. His luck is changing with the captivating mystery woman on the beach.  Now all he has to do is find her, before he agrees to his family’s match making plot.

Ocean Dust – Laurie Treacy Carly Dawson, 18, is facing her last summer before leaving for college, all alone. Still nursing a broken heart over the loss of her boyfriend, Chase Montgomery, she wants the next two months to be different. A shocking unexpected visitor one night just may offer Carly the excitement she seeks. Her only decision is whether or not to choose what this visitor offers her.

The Beach Rose – Christa MacDonald Description: Annie Thomas can’t believe her good luck when she inherits the family’s beach house in Oceanside Maine.  It’s one of the few places she was truly happy so she sells everything she owns, quits her job, and moves in hoping that her new business, The Beach Rose, will bring in enough money in its first season to let her live up there year round.  But on her first day things aren’t as easy or as simple as she’d hoped.  To cap it off she discovers that her best new client is actually the boy she had a huge teenage crush on.  So much for rekindling a summer romance.  For Craig, Annie was everything he wanted when he was a geeky seventeen year-old.  Now that he’s pushing forty and the owner of half the real estate in town, he wants another shot at convincing her that he’s everything she needs.  He didn’t count on her owning the business he just signed a contract with though.  Craig has to find a way to help Annie’s struggling business without her knowing it since anything else would push her further away and that’s the last thing he wants.  Together they may get a second chance for a summer romance.

When the Sea Swallows the Sun – Kim Strattford Description: A trip to Clearwater Beach was supposed to be a fun escape from the D.C. rat race for Emma and her boyfriend Sam.  Until Sam dumped her, leaving her with a ticket she was too cheap not to use and a resolution to enjoy her time in the sun and get over him.  A plan that sputters when Sam’s good friend Rick shows up.  Rick, who’s never seemed to approve of her for reasons she’s never understood.  Rick, who seems to think he has license to bug her just because he bought Sam’s ticket.  Rick, who may be a much nicer guy than she ever realized, and who might have a very good reason for not thinking much of her.  Can they make peace in the beautiful Florida sun and surf?  Peace—or maybe more?

Love’s Nectar – Jaylee Austin Description: What if fate pushed you to make a choice between keeping a promise and revealing a truth? After her grandmother’s death, she opens an unexpected letter containing an unwanted request. Isabel feels obligated to honor her grams final wish. In the process she risks losing the man of her dreams. Six months before their marriage Isabel reveals a time bomb that will forever change their lives. He loves her but the betrayal of not trusting him weighs heavy on his heart. Trust means everything to Seth. One ring, journal, box, spirit, and flower will teach everyone the power of commitment and the importance of honesty.  Secrets left buried will always haunt the living, a life lived truthfully leads to happily ever after. Will Isabel and Seth realize this before they are doomed to replay the mistakes of the past?

Love’s High Tide – Niki Mitchell Description: Tired of the vacationers hitting on her, surf shop owner, Skye Taylor quits dating. In walks the cocky, Harley Nicholson from Idaho. She’s not open for another summer fling. Can he convinces her to give love a chance? Harley sees Skye shooting through the Huntington Beach Pier on her surfboard. Mesmerized by the woman’s connection with the wave, he sets out to meet the brazen surfer. He bets his cousin that before he leaves in three weeks, she’ll be his. Skye’s life is kept busy running the Epic Surf Shop and training for annual surfing contest. The handsome, buff Idahoan interests her, but she doesn’t want another disastrous summer fling. Harley charms her into giving him a surfing lesson, woos her with moonlight strolls, and coaxes her with sweet gestures. Skye discovers Harley’s betrayal. She refuses to see him or hear his explanation. Miserable, Harley must do something monumental to win her back. Will Skye ever forgive Harley?

Linger – Melissa J. Crispin Description: Tracey Thompson isn’t like most twenty-year-olds. She’s looking forward to settling down and marrying her soul mate, Noah Martin. Even though their love bloomed when they were just little kids, they never doubted it and never looked back. When a tragic accident separates Tracey from Noah, she struggles to go on without him. As the days wear on, she becomes aware of a chance for them to be together once again. All she needs to do is understand what tore them apart in the first place. But, overcoming this is harder than it seems. Will she be strong enough to find her way back to him?

Above Reproach – Sheryl Winters Description: Executive Secretary Margaret Simms should have had it all. An apartment on the beach and a job at Reynolds Ad Agency, working for her best friend and business mogul Garrett Reynolds. A one night stand leads to a pregnancy and a re-evaluation of her life goals. In reality, Margaret’s always hated her office job and culinary school is her life dream. But that too is ripped away from her when Garrett, her best friend and father of her child, develops cancer. Obligation forces her back to the work she hates. When office espionage threatens her life, Margaret finds she must make a choice. Stand up for what she truly believes in or lose all she’s ever wanted. 

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Things Mysterious

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And without further ado, Things Mysterious by Matthew Chabin!

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Title: Things Mysterious
Author: Matthew Chabin
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: June 22, 2015
Keywords: Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Mortality, Literary

Blurb:
Dasan Garret is a disappointed man. Recently divorced and just returned from a traumatic tour of duty in Iraq, he moves back to his hometown of Portland, Oregon only to find himself unexpectedly alone. His old friends are all gone, moved away, locked up, or dead. Women seem to occupy a parallel universe. With no community and few prospects, he takes a job as a night watchman and withdraws ever deeper into the shadows of his mind. Until one day when he meets Edenia, and she lights up his world like a bolt of pure energy. She seems perfect: vibrant, gifted, kind, sexy, a sudden and unlooked-for reprieve from the sad ruin of his life. And yet there remains a nagging sense that something isn’t right. Could it be that he is merely slow to trust the happiness she offers him? Or is there something behind that waver in her laugh, that fleeting look of sadness in her eyes?

The mystery deepens when one day Edenia disappears. Dasan believes he must find her in order to go on living. But to find her again, he will have to confront a devastating truth about her life, and his.

Bio:
Matthew Chabin was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico and grew up in Portland, Oregon. He served four years in the US Navy as a ship crewman, journalist and public affairs liaison. He studied literature and philosophy at Southern Oregon University. After graduating in 2010, he started teaching English abroad, working in the Czech Republic and volunteering with the Dalai Lama’s affiliate organization, Tibet Charity, in Dharamsala/Mcleod Ganj, India. He currently lives in Nagano Prefecture of Japan with his wife, Marie, and cat, Futa.

His work has appeared in Gravel: A Literary Journal, Southern Pacific Review, Piker Press, and Black Denim. He is the author of a memoir, Equaling Heaven, which he hopes to see published in the near future.

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Top Ten TV Shows With Great Writing
Disclaimer:
I watch a limited amount of TV, and I know there are a lot of shows with reputedly great writing (Madmen, comes to mind) that I simply haven’t made time for. I don’t mean to slight any shows that didn’t make the cut—I’m sure they’re great—and certainly the ones that did reflect my personal tastes as much as anything. That said….

10) The Sopranos
The flagship series that launched HBO’s golden age, the success of the show owed as much to the writing as to the cast. Some of the later seasons suffered meandering story lines and general sprawl, but overall this was one of the most memorable, best written shows in recent history.

9) The Shield
This West Coast crime drama, centered around an indomitable and corrupt cop, begs comparison to the Sopranos. I give it priority of place because it stayed tight and followed through with a much more assured ending.

8) South Park
Even after eighteen seasons, South Park can still deliver laughs and biting social commentary. In its prime it was the funniest and arguably one of the wisest running satires on American life ever to air on TV. If you’ve watched the show regularly and never once felt uncomfortable, you’re probably a psychopath. If you weren’t frequently reduced to tears of laughter, check your pulse.

7) Twin Peaks
David Lynch’s miniseries of small town corruption and supernatural noir was a weird and daring masterpiece of early 90’s small screen. Twenty-five years later, Showtime is bringing it back, which Lynch signed on to direct an 18-episode sequel. Here’s hoping they do it right!

6) Game of Thrones
An indulgent choice, perhaps, but I love this show. It brings a hard-core respectability to the fantasy genre by going medieval on view expectations. The source books’ author, George R. Martin, has done his homework, drawing on the violent histories of old Europe the same way the Sopranos and The Shield’s writers mined the American underworld. It may not be Tolkien, but its riveting good entertainment for our day.

5) Louie
Another example of what happens when talented writers are trusted with creative control, Louie C.K.’s eponymous series is a rare delight. It routinely takes the viewer beyond the comfortable bounds of network comedy and into surreal, almost existential essays of uncharted territory. Behind the humdrum New York scenery and unprepossessing human specimens, you can feel how relentlessly driven this show is, how its animating genius hungers for authenticity like a fat man in line at a pizza parlor. If it falls a little short of polished, aesthetic perfection, one gets the feeling this is a calculated move, a concession to something, like Kafka’s truncated narratives.

4) Boardwalk Empire
A brilliantly conceived, aesthetically perfect, superbly written drama, Boardwalk Empire made very few mistakes in its five season run. If anything, HBO pulled the plug too soon, and the shortened last season felt rushed. Even so, the resolutions were beautifully orchestrated, crowned with a sense of transcendent, karmic gestalt that very few shows manage to pull off. This show had the strength of its convictions and repaid the viewers’ investment at three points or more above the vig.

3) The Wire
There are a number of reasons why you could argue for a lower ranking on this one. The second season was weak. The focus drifted. The dialogue wavered between inspired and ho-hum (consider the often forgettable and seemingly random quotes that opened each episode). And yet this was one of the most addicting, intriguing, and downright moving dramas ever put on television. I think the reasons have to do with the writers’ passion and commitment to realism—not just for the sake of street cred, but born out of a missionary sense of purpose, to tell it like it is in the heart of beleaguered urban of America. The Emmy Awards set only injured their own reputation when they snubbed this one year after year. But those who were watching remember.

2) True Detective
Plenty has been said about this highly intelligent, atmospheric, incredibly intense police drama. Apart from some scattered, uber-jaded dismissals from somewhere beyond the Crab Nebula (it must be lonely to be that cool), the only cogent hit against this show was its lack of strong female characters. That’s fair, but the exclusion followed partly from the sniper-like focus on the two male leads (a year after watching it, who can name any of the other characters, male or female?), and will apparently be redressed in the second installment, set to air this summer. Personally, I think art this good gets a lot of leeway in dictating its own terms.
1) Deadwood
For all the great television HBO has given us since, they never really atoned for the sin of shuttering one of the greatest shows ever after just three seasons. Creator David Milch drew on such weighty works as The Book of Job and Moby Dick to craft his themes, and achieved a result worthy of those influences, television that sinks deep in the way of great literature. The profane, elaborate, architectural dialogues posed a challenge for many viewers, but at its best it could be staggeringly powerful and terribly funny, often both at the same time. I leave you with a taste….

Al Swearengen:

“Her husband came here with childish ideas. Bought himself a gold claim with me an honest broker. Claim pinches out, which will happen. But he can’t take it like a man, has to blame somebody. Sellers left camp, so he picks on me. Says he’ll bring the Pinkertons if I don’t offer restitution. I got a healthy operation and I didn’t build it brooding on the right and wrong of things. I do not need the Pinkertons descending like locusts. So I bend over for the tenderfoot cocksucker. Reconnoiter your claim fully, I say. And then, if you’re still unhappy, I’ll give you your fucking money back. And the tenderfoot agrees. Just as he’s finishing his reconnoiter, cocksucker falls to his death, pure fucking accident. But up jumps the widow in righteous fucking indignation. Wants the doctor to examine him for murder wounds. My vision of locusts returns. I see Pinkertons coming in swarms.”