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Color of Danger – a Christian, Romantic Suspense

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in For Adults, Uncategorized | 2 comments

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This week we’re going to do things a little different. The book feature will be on Monday, and the guest post will be on Thursday. I’ve started reading this book and hope to finish it in time to give a review on Wednesday–depending on my schedule.

Color of Danger (Christian, Romantic Suspense)

Former runaway Mari Del Lobo works hard to save her struggling restaurant and to trust people again. Dallas surgeon Dr. Luke Goodman turns her world upside down with terrifying news. A recent murder has her late brother’s – aka the Smiling Killer – signature and MO. When attacks on her escalate, Mari fights her growing attraction to the good doctor as fiercely as she fights for her life. To rescue herself and those she loves, will she be able to stop the murderer before he strikes again?

Luke couldn’t save his fiancée from the Smiling Killer, but he’ll do anything to prevent more murders, even ask help from the serial killer’s sister. Finding a kindred tortured soul and the perpetrator’s next target in Mari, Luke is determined to protect the stubborn ex-rebel. But Mari would rather face danger than risk the safety of the man she comes to love.
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This Week’s Book Feature – Karen McCullough

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Book Features, Book Reviews | 0 comments

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Programmed for Danger:

Computer programming isn’t usually a dangerous occupation, but Andrea Kingston finds herself fighting for both her love and her life when she’s hired to solve Ferverill-West Company’s computer problems.

Andrea Kingston is surprised by the cool reception she receives when she arrives with her team of troubleshooters to work on Feverill-West’s computer problems. It’s not the first time she’s dealt with people aggravated by programming flaws and hardware malfunctions. Nor is she any stranger to corporate politics and bickering. But normally people are happy to see her since she promises to fix their technical issues. The level of hostility she encounters this time is new, as is the serious nature of the incidents plaguing  Feverill-West’s data processing system.

With the reluctant help of Feverill-West’s attractive Operations Manager, David Purcell, Andi tackles the problems, only to discover that at least some of them are deliberate sabotage. The closer she gets to the source of the attacks, the more personal and vicious they become.

When someone knocks her out to prevent her learning anything more, Andi realizes that more than just her professional reputation is on the line. She’ll have to risk her life to solve the crimes being perpetrated against the company.

Book Questions:

Is this book part of a series?  If so, when do you expect the next one to be available? No, it’s not part of a series.

What age would you say this novel is written for? Avalon Books were considered young adult because of their length and the insistence on clean language and lack of adult content, but I think the story would be suitable and enjoyable for anyone from pre-teen to adults

If it is not a YA novel, what content pushes into the adult market? The protagonists are adults, and the plot centers around a mystery that arises in the course of their employment

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A Gift for Murder:

For fifty-one weeks of the year, Heather McNeil loves her job as assistant to the director of the Washington, D.C. Commerce & Market Show Center. But the Gifts and Home Decorations trade show, the biggest show of the year at the center, is a week-long nightmare. This year’s version is being worse than usual. Misplaced shipments, feuding exhibitors, and malfunctioning popcorn machines are all in a day’s work. Finding the body of a murdered executive dumped in a trash bin during the show isn’t. The discovery tips throws Heather’s life—personal and professional—into havoc.

The police suspect the victim’s wife killed him, but Heather doesn’t believe it. She’s gotten glimmers of an entirely different scenario and possible motive. Questioning exhibitors about the crime doesn’t make her popular with them or with her employers, but if she doesn’t identify the murderer before the show ends, the culprit will remain free to kill again.

Her only help comes from an exhibitor with ulterior motives and the Market Center’s attractive new security officer, Scott Brandon. Despite opposition from some of the exhibitors, her employers, and the police, Heather seeks to expose the killer before the show ends. To solve the mystery, she will have to risk what’s most important to her and be prepared to fight for answers, her job, and possibly her life.

Book Questions:

Is this book part of a series?  If so, when do you expect the next one to be available? Yes, it’s part of a projected series. I’m just finishing up the next book, so it may not be available for quite a while yet.

What age would you say this novel is written for?  Adults

If it is not a YA novel, what content pushes into the adult market?  The protagonists are adults, and the plot centers around a mystery that includes some adult themes.

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The Night Prowlers

Graduate assistant Jan Lindell has her hands full supervising a team of archaeology students as they excavate the site of a Colonial-era inn in central Virginia. Sweltering heat, feuding students, vandalism, a visit from the local lunatic fringe, and complaints from the handsome son of the property’s owner are all complications she doesn’t need.

Her problems increase when it becomes clear someone doesn’t want them around. Vandalism turns into threats and then attacks on the students. On the bright side, when Gary Simpson, whose mother owns and lives on the property, assists her in the effort to thwart and identify the assailants, they discover a mutual attraction.

But someone seriously wants to stop them. When the attacks escalate and threaten to turn deadly, Jan realizes she’s fighting for more than a graduate degree and an archaeological site. All of their lives may be at stake.

Book Questions:

Is this book part of a series?  If so, when do you expect the next one to be available? No, it’s not part of a series.

What age would you say this novel is written for? This is a republished version of a book originally published by Avalon Books. Their books were considered young adult because of their length and the insistence on clean language and lack of adult content, but I think the story would be suitable and enjoyable for anyone from pre-teen to adults

If it is not a YA novel, what content pushes into the adult market? The protagonists are adults, and the plot centers around a mystery that includes some adult themes.

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To Update or Not to Update

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Guest Author Posts | 0 comments

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To update or not to update—that was the question I faced when I decided to re-release some of my older published novels as ebooks. I actually requested rights back on a number of my books some years before Amazon introduced its digital publishing program and then sat on them, confident that some sort of opportunity for republishing would come along.

The problem, of course, is that most of those books were written over twenty years ago, and a lot has changed since then. Since my books are romantic suspense and romantic mystery, changing technology can have a huge impact on the books. It’s amazing to me to consider that when I wrote my early books, cell phones and iPods didn’t exist, laptops were the size and weight of sewing machines and the Internet still belonged almost solely to the Department of Defense.

I could have left the books as they were and marketed them as recent historicals, but they were intended to be contemporary and that didn’t feel like a good solution. Fortunately, the first couple of books I released didn’t require that much change. Although the existence of cell phones had the potential to change things, both were set, in whole or in part, in places where I could legitimately explain that they were out of coverage area.

But when it came to the book titled Programmed for Danger, it wasn’t going to be that easy. The heroine of that story is a computer programmer. Obviously, the technology has changed so much in the twenty-plus years since that book was first published that I couldn’t just do a few tweaks to update it. I had to basically rewrite the story.

Plot and characters remained basically the same, but nearly all the detail had to be updated. I was fortunate that updating the technology didn’t force major changes in the story itself.

While re-reading and re-writing Programmed for Danger, I realized that I still very much liked the characters and the story. That helped make it worth doing the work to make it sound genuinely contemporary.

Author Bio:

Karen McCullough is a web designer by profession, and the author of a dozen published novels and novellas in the mystery, romantic suspense, and fantasy genres as well. She has won numerous awards, including an Eppie Award for fantasy, and has also been a four-time Eppie finalist, and a finalist in the Prism, Dream Realm, Rising Star, Lories, Scarlett Letter, and Vixen Awards contests. Her short fiction has appeared in several anthologies and numerous small press publications in the fantasy, science fiction, and romance genres. She has three children, five grandchildren and lives in Greensboro, NC, with her husband of many years.

You can learn more about Karen and follow her at:  

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Do You Want Signed Copies of my Novels Mailed to You?

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you would like for me to mail you an autographed copy of Unexpected Metamorphosis or Unexpected Entrapment, you can purchase them via Paypal through the publishing company. The price for one book is $14.00, and the price for two books is $26.  This amount includes U.S. shipping and sales tax. If you live outside the U.S., you can contact me, and I’ll check on the price of shipping.

Please be sure to list the name and address you would like your copy mailed to. Also, be sure to write whose name goes inside the book and any special message if you have a preference for what is to be written.



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Goodreads Giveaway – Signed Copy of Unexpected Entrapment

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Here’s the first Goodreads giveaway for Unexpected Entrapment, the second book in the Alissia Roswell Series. The first book in the series is now available in any ebook format free through Smashwords. You can also buy the paperback version at Amazon. Be sure to enter and add it to your read list. Good luck!

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Unexpected Entrapment by Tianna Holley

Unexpected Entrapment

by Tianna Holley

Giveaway ends August 06, 2014.

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