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Reading: GhostWriter by Tiana Laveen

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I am sick as a dog.  

My two week whirlwind trip has whirled the wind right out of me and I am whipped. I am bedridden nursing a horrible cold, but lo and behold, I feel cheerful.  Tiana Laveen’s new book Ghost Writer is out.


Sloan Kenneth Steele, a popular NYC author, has recently uprooted himself from the stony, callous grip of Manhattan. Wishing for a fresh start after an ugly divorce, he relocates to the city of Maxim. He is still close enough to his adult children and grandson to feel at ease, but there are enough miles between them for him to relish his newfound privacy. Besides, Sloan believes that home is truly where the heart is. What the notorious skeptic fails to realize is that his new life would have its fair share of things that go bump in the night. Not one to easily scare, Sloan ignores the odd goings-on in his newly renovated property, and immerses himself deeper into his work. As time wars on, he gets to know the locals and the place he now calls home. Then, a chance encounter at a grocery store in the wee hours of the morning weaves a path straight into his heart…

Emerald St. Claire is a divorcee with an army daughter. A bit of a hermit, she does enjoy the company of others from time to time, as long as it doesn’t infringe on her passion – fixing the beloved worn and broken. Emerald loves her ho-hum routine, taking comfort in the predictability of her life … until Sloan enters the scene. The two forge a fast friendship and romance, but as Emerald gets to know Sloan better, she realizes he is not what she expected. He is more than she ever anticipated – a tapestry of manliness, suaveness, and contagious humor.

On his part, Sloan finds in Emerald what he always desired – someone he can depend on, a person unafraid to love and be authentic, regardless of who is watching, even if that ‘who’ is the ghost that dwells in Sloan’s remodeled historic home. The house has a troubled history, and so does Sloan. This begs the question: Who is haunting who?

On their independent journeys to self-discovery, forgiveness, and love, they find surprises around each and every dark corner. Will Emerald be able to endure a love that is unexpectedly meshed with the paranormal, and will Sloan finally become a believer in not only ghosts, but the resilient spirit of the human heart, with its ability to heal?

Here is the trailer.

Link on Amazon.

About this book:

This is the first book of a series (Raven Maxim); however, EACH BOOK IN THIS SERIES IS A STAND ALONE, FULL LENGTH NOVEL. What that means is there are no cliffhangers and no one book in this series is contingent upon another. All of the books take place in the same city: Maxim, New York. The reader may go in chronological order in reading each book released, skip about, or even read them in reverse. It is completely up to the reader. Some of the secondary characters will show up in other novels in the series, but such appearances will not impact comprehension and enjoyment of the series. All the books in the Raven Maxim series are classified as romance novels, and the subgenre varies from book to book. 


PLEASE READ: This book contains topics that are adult in nature. These adult themes/topics cover a gamut of subjects, including but not limited to:

1. Graphic depictions of sexual acts/sexual intimacy
2. Child abandonment
3. Mental illness and depression
4. Unnatural Death
5. ‘Lightweight’ chilling/ supernatural elements
6. Divorce
7. Periodic mentions of drug use
8. Homophobia
9. Racial tension/ethnic subjugation
10. Profanity

Damn!  I am reading this one right now!

What I am Reading: 30 Days

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30 Days by [Larsen, K.]30 Days by k. Larsen

Abused by her husband. Dealing with the loss of her only sister. A suicide attempt that doesn’t end in death and a husband who wants her inheritance. Elle’s life is a catastrophe. But she has a list and thirty things she’s determined to accomplish. Love isn’t on that list but it comes crashing unexpectedly into her life.

Ryan’s current lifestyle requires a lot of funds, he likes his toys. He married his wife knowing she had a hefty inheritance and is bent on securing it for himself by any means possible.

Boxing coach and personal trainer at the gym he co-owns, Colin’s content with his life. Until a chance meeting with a woman eating alone at a restaurant sets his heart in motion. As secrets unveil themselves his only goal becomes holding on to what he’s found.

Dr. Rand is floundering in the wake of his wife leaving him. His alimony payments are forcing him towards bankruptcy at an alarming rate. When he’s offered a large lump sum that would solve his problems, he takes it, condemning an innocent woman to a life of misery.

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Day 11: Bainbridge, Georgia

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So, I have to stop here to do some research.

I am thinking my character grew up here in Bainbridge, Georgia, moved to Atlanta, then on to Charlotte.

She went to church here. Baptized and everything.

Her Momma was the housekeeper (well maid here).  This is what started her making up great stories in her head to alter her reality.

It’s a work in progress. I will keep you updated.

I am heading home tomorrow.

Tired, but enriched.  Talk to you soon.

Still love you.  I still mean it.

Day Ten: Portland, Oregon

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Yeah, this is what I really came for.  The Alaska thing was a big boondoggle. Portland.

Paul is tired of this.

He wants some more of this.

So we are headed here.

to get a feel of this.

and this

Because Paul’s full time job is the Postmaster here.

Yeah.  Ms. Fancy Pants living here.

I can’t wait to write this.


Did you come up with a name for her yet?

Day Nine: Too Much Beauty

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Yeah.  Here ya go.

I don’t know what he is doing.  I guess…wait for it…

He is getting some Octa-Puss.

Yeah, I miss you too.

I will be home soon.

Day Eight: Victoria, BC, Canada

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This is a pretty place.

What if Trump gets elected and I have a woman that does a Mail Order Bride thingy to Canada?


Seriously though, I am scouting it out for you.

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Victoria, capital of British Columbia, sits on the craggy southern end of Vancouver Island. With a mild climate and an abundance of trails and parks – including sprawling, amusement-filled Beacon Hill – it’s a destination for outdoor activities. Its beginnings as a British colony show in its Victorian architecture, such as stately Craigdarroch Castle mansion, as well as in its many formal gardens.
Hotels: 3-star averaging $136, 5-star averaging $247. View hotels
Getting there: 8 h 46 min flight, around $795. View flights
Weather: 61°F (16°C), Wind SW at 2 mph (3 km/h), 86% Humidity
Local time: Saturday 6:31 AM
Population: 78,055 (2006) UNdata

Day Seven: Kethickan, Alaska

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Hello Ketchikan.

Ketchikan is an Alaskan city facing the Inside Passage, a popular cruise route along the state’s southeastern coast. It’s known for its many Native American totem poles, on display throughout town. Nearby Misty Fiords National Monument is a glacier-carved wilderness featuring snowcapped mountains, waterfalls and salmon spawning streams. It’s also home to rich wildlife including black bears, wolves and bald eagles.
Weather: 59°F (15°C), Wind SE at 9 mph (14 km/h), 96% Humidity
Hotels: 3-star averaging $239. View hotels
Getting there: 9 h 58 min flight, around $1,105. View flights
Local time: Saturday 5:14 AM
Population: 8,214 (2013)

Hoping to see some of this. Not that close though; those cause as sister just got a perm, she is arthritic and that cold water will not look good on me.