Friday, July 1, 2016 | By: Cafe
Some books leave us free and some books make us free.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thursday, June 30, 2016 | By: Cafe

New Facebook Discussion Group for Romantic Suspense Readers

The Write Way Café welcomes author Jo Grafford, who dares you to join in the suspense... Romantic suspense, that is!


Did you ever read “The End” on an un-put-down-able suspense novel and then couldn’t wait to tell someone about it?

Well…for those of you who cruise through a romantic suspense novel or two or fifty per week, we have the perfect place for you to swoon and rave all about it. It’s an all-new discussion group on FB that is growing by leaps and bounds as new readers discover us.

Our emphasis is on our lively book discussions. We are a NO-SPAM group where even the author members are allowed to do very little promoting.

Here’s a sneak peek at our Reader Rules of Engagement:

1. DO start a discussion on the romantic suspense novel you're reading now.
2. DO mark spoilers so people can avoid them.
3. DO ask for book recommendations.
4. DO post only about romantic suspense books. We are a dedicated group; no other types of novels will be discussed.
5. DON'T be rude.
6. DON’T post about politics or any other sensitive, divisive, or inflammatory subjects. Opinions on such topics belong on your personal profile, not in this group.
7. NOTE: Romantic suspense novels cover a wide range of stories, including some that contain sexually intimate situations, violence, or foul language. If you are offended by such stories, please reconsider joining this group.

Our authors include NYT, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling authors, and we love reading books as much as we love writing them. We also love to host fun Q&As, super awesome giveaways, and opportunities for you to get involved in our book worlds behind the scenes. This may include (but is not limited to) helping choose book covers, character names, and spending time with us at book signings, conferences, and other booklover events.

Go ahead and join us at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RomanticSuspenseReaders/.


We dare you!

Jo Grafford


Also, check out Jo’s latest sizzling release: Designed for You, first book in the FOR YOU SERIES:

Jillian Lang’s interior design company soars to a new level of success after hiring the world’s sexiest, most gorgeous office manager. Holland Sparks makes everything spike — her sales, her heartbeat, her temperature…

When a pesky stalker suddenly moves his game from the cyber world to the real world, Holland becomes the one person she trusts implicitly. An anchor in the midst of her chaos. A man whose ruthless business instincts turn to devastating tenderness after hours.

Until his own secrets start to unfold, leaving Jillian to wonder if her beautiful business partner is actually the one spinning the deadly web that’s fast closing around her.

HERE’S WHAT THE 5-STAR REVIEWS ARE SAYING:

• “Heart-pounding suspense mixed with fun, quirky characters, lit by steamy scenes, and riddled with so many twists that you’ll be guessing until the last page.”
• “One heck of a roller coaster ride”
• “Gutsy heroine, alpha men, heart-pumping drama”
• “Highly entertaining. Not a dull moment. Didn’t want to put this book down.”
• “5+++ stars!”

STAY IN TOUCH WITH JO:
www.Facebook.com/JoGraffordAuthor
www.Twitter.com/JoGrafford
www.JoGrafford.com



Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | By: Cafe

Fuel Love

Stunned. Again. Senseless killing. Again.

It's been a few weeks, but it’s still hard to process the mass shooting at the Orlando nightclub on Sunday, June 12. More than one hundred people shot, fifty killed. So much destruction. So much sorrow and grief. So much anger and disappointment.

So much blind hatred that finds expression in devastation. It touches us all, regardless of any personal beliefs. This is our country, our home, our loved ones, and our way of life – all precious to us.

Emotions overwhelm me as the story is recounted. A young man who at one moment was talking and dancing with friends and in the next watching them fall, bloody, wounded, lifeless. Parents still waiting to learn if their child is alive. Survivors and their families elated that they are alive, but also devastated that others did not. I wonder at how people survive an ordeal of such great magnitude that it won’t stop replaying in their head, with all the horror still fresh. When it seems as though the world has stopped turning, how do we go on with our normal lives knowing that for so many there is bottomless sorrow, and that the senseless death will probably strike again? Things are so complex and there are no simple solutions.

I think the answers to those questions are varied. But in general, I’ve answered them for myself by grounding myself in the power of love yet acknowledging the pain and the joy; the suffering and the support. We can be tender and raw with emotions and still go on. I think we must go on with our lives, but we can do so living with more awareness and with more attention to doing what needs to be done in our own lives. I can be tenderhearted with my words and chose to speak with consciousness. If I have a project to complete, I can work at it with recognition that I have an opportunity to do so. If I go to lunch with a friend, I can be really present for that person. When I sweep my kitchen floor, I can appreciate that I have a home. Awareness of the tragedies in life can bring up close the pleasure of a cup of our favorite coffee, available to us so easily. And maybe if we have to stand in line for a bit to get it, awareness of the suffering other people endure can temper our impatience. Maybe we can smile at the server and offer a sincere thank you, knowing that in other places here and around the world, there is deep sorrow and despair.

We can’t fix the world or rescue everyone. But we can do what we do and do it with heart. By living with attention and awareness, we make the world a better place, I believe, and fuel love, not hatred.
Friday, June 24, 2016 | By: Cafe
Writing a book is an adventure: it begins as an amusement, then it becomes a mistress, then a master, and finally a tyrant.
- Sir Winston Churchill
Thursday, June 23, 2016 | By: Cafe

June 30th Release: The Thorn of a Rose

The Write Way Café welcomes Augustina Van Hoven. She sharies an excerpt from the second book in the Rose series, The Thorn of a Rose.


We are all chess pieces on a board … in a game played by supernatural forces.

John Leeds sat on the crooked edge of his stone, blinking in the light. He rubbed a dirty hand over his face and stared at the unfamiliar surroundings. Large oak and pine trees shaded the ground. A clump of overgrown thorn bushes stood on his right. The wind came in gusts, and it whipped his long sandy-colored hair around his ears and neck. Something had happened, but he couldn’t figure out what it was. The last thing he remembered before he died was leaving Porter’s Saloon with a bottle of whiskey and walking home. He stretched his arms and legs. Every joint and muscle felt stiff. A quick inventory showed his clothes hung in tatters. To stretch his muscles, John took a few tentative steps but found his movements limited to the confines of his burial plot. He turned in time to see a woman in strange clothes disappearing through the trees. What was going on?

The Thorn of a Rose – Release date June 30th

Pre-order link  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/640445


TOWARD A BRIGHTER FUTURE
Newly elected state senator Ashley Halliday is over her failed engagement and ready to help make Idaho a better place to live and work. She has no time for romance … until she and Richard, a handsome state representative, take their friendship to a new level. But then there's John, an aide to the governor of Idaho. Both hold power … but only one is a good man. The other is on a mission to destroy lives. Will she learn the truth in time to save lives and keep her friends safe from dark influences?

Sports bar owner and state representative Richard Fowler is happy for his best friend Stephen and his bride, Rose. He knows their secret--Rose came back from the dead to save Stephen from his lofty ambitions. Richard himself has no time for any supernatural goings-on or for romance, not with his work to save state education funding. Until he sees the vibrant Senator Halliday through new eyes, that is. But to win Ashley, he must keep her safe from a rival who wants her for darker reasons.

FROM A DARK PAST

A villain has returned from the dead, summoned by a demon, and given another chance to do what he failed at the first time. He'll gladly take down anyone else who gets in his way. And his new post in the halls of state government? A devilish chance to play corrupt lobbyist, and foil the plans of those with loftier goals.



Augustina Van Hoven was born in The Netherlands and currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two dogs and three cats.   She is an avid reader of romance, science fiction and fantasy.  When she’s not writing she likes to work in her garden or in the winter months crochet and knit on her knitting machines.


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Tuesday, June 21, 2016 | By: Cafe

Tuesday Special: Shirley Martin

Shirly Martin
http://shirleymartinauthor.com/



When a good witch grants Morgana her deepest desires, the young woman gets more than she bargained for. And a handsome prince gets the surprise of his life.

When Prince Keir attends the fair in a faraway city, he never expected to meet his future bride. But seeing a beautiful woman with blue eyes and blonde hair, he knows this lady was meant for him.  Clad in satin and fur and riding a sleek white horse, she surely must be a princess.  Prince Keir will accept nothing less than a princess as his bride.  But he is in for a surprise, for Morgana is not what she seems to be.

Tired of drudgery and housework, Morgana wishes she could attend the fair and meet other young people. When a good witch grants her these wishes,she gets more than she bargained for. But when Prince Keir comes to her house, he is the last person she wants to see.

Midnight for Morgana is on countdown from June 15 to June 22, priced at $.99!
https://amzn.com/B00696MH6O

About Shirley:

     Born in western Pennsylvania, Shirley Martin graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. She taught school for one year, then obtained a position as flight attendant with Eastern Air Lines. Based in Miami, she met her future husband there. After raising three sons, she devoted her time to writing, something she'd always wanted to do.
     With a vivid imagination and a love of storytelling, Shirley has always enjoyed writing. Her first published novel, "Destined to Love" reflects her familiarity with western Pennsylvania and her love of romance writing. From this historical romance, she blossomed out to other romance genres. "One More Tomorrow" is a vampire romance, one her publisher dubbed "a sizzling seller." With several fantasy novels and novellas, her writing should appeal to just about every lover of romance. Her books have been sold at Amazon and most major bookstores and have garnered great reviews.
     A widow, Shirley lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her two cats.

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Friday, June 17, 2016 | By: Cafe
When you wish to instruct, be brief. Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind. 
- Cicero