Tuesday, July 17, 2018 | By: The Write Way Cafe

Tuesday Special: The Clock is Ticking...

Lainee Cole ●  Lynn Crandall 
●  Rena Koontz

  


Three talented authors. 
Three love stories. 
Three approaching deadlines.

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Midnight Casanova 
by Lainee Cole
Stranded at midnight by a broken-down car, dog trainer Maddie Lockhart finds refuge in a deserted farmhouse. When the owner of the house, Chance Marlow, tries to oust her, Maddie uses the stray mutt he calls Casanova to convince him she can help with his collection of homeless animals. While their paths seem incompatible, working side-by-side to rescue animals, they discover otherwise.
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Two Days Until Midnight 
by Lynn Crandall
Time is running out for reclusive billionaire Tamier Rein to save himself from transforming into a cheetah, and bird-shifter Lark Ellis is his only hope for surviving past midnight. 
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Midnight Deadline for Love  
by Rena Koontz
T.B. Amanscott is Harrison City’s wealthiest man and his kidnappers want one million dollars ransom by midnight or they will kill him. Every possible resource is available to Sergeant Ariana Jeanne Lozione, who is heading up the rescue attempt. There’s only one problem. A.J. wants him dead.
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Friday, July 13, 2018 | By: The Write Way Cafe
The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.
– Thomas Edison

Thursday, July 12, 2018 | By: The Write Way Cafe

Meet God Father's Day Hero - Attorney Justin Martin

The Write Way Café welcomes author Lynda Rees, who gives us a peek inside her hero's life with a revealing character interview.


Handsome, successful, attorney, Justin Martin rushes home to care for his ailing father and unravels an evil past threatening to destroy Justin’s perfect life. Vulnerable at his lowest point, Becky’s strength carries him through. She keeps men at bay for her and her son’s safety, but Justin’s broken spirit penetrates armor opening her fragile heart. Neither of them believes in love, and they certainly aren’t seeking it. Becky can’t compete with his wealthy fiancé. Justin discovers what matters most—in perfect time to lose it. Certain death looms in the sleepy, lakeside town. Vicious confrontation is eminent.

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Thanks for joining us today, Justin. I’ve heard you were a big-shot real estate attorney in Nashville, hob-knobbing with the elite, but recently returned home to your father’s lakeside resort.

JUSTIN: Thanks for having me. It’s a pleasure being here. Yes, my career has certainly taken off since I met tycoon Landon Bridges, a real estate developer. Landon took me under his wing and opened lucrative opportunities for me.

I hear you enjoy more than a business relationship with Mr. Bridges. Rumors are you’re wedding to his daughter. True?

JUSTIN: (Clear’s throat and gives small laugh.) Yancy Bridges and I have been dating for a while now. She’s a fabulous woman, gorgeous and exciting. We’ve discussed matrimony, but I can’t confirm today.

Why the leave of absence and move to your rural, lakeside, Kentucky home town?


JUSTIN: My father, Richard Martin, has developed a critical condition and is unable to manage the resort alone. I want to spend what time Dad has left enjoying his company. I’m here to make his life as comfortable and pleasurable as possible.

How are you managing a critically ill father and his business alone?

JUSTIN: I have help. Luckily Dad’s amazing cardio nurse when he was hospitalized, Becky Simms, helped us. Her sister, Sadie Watkins, also a cardio nurse, now lives at the resort as Dad’s full-time nurse. Dad adores her. Sadie Watkins is a delight. She’s extremely competent and brings needed sunshine into our home.

What’s in the cards for your future, Justin? Is there a love life you’re not talking about?

JUSTIN: That’s a complex question. I don’t believe in fairy-tale, forever-type love. It’s a figment of the imagination—a trick nature plays on us to enable procreation and continuation of the species. I don’t expect to engage in such a thing. Should I marry in the distant future, it will be for the right reasons—position, money and power.

(Interviewer gives a snide laugh.) Is that right? Does a broken heart have anything to do with your attitude?


JUSTIN: I’m not sure what you’re getting at. Losing my mom at a young age was devastating, both to me and Dad. I watched his agony. I’ll never subject myself to such pain. Why bother? I’ve been an attorney long enough to realize love never lasts.

I’m sorry you feel that way, Justin. I hope you change your mind and find true love. Tell me about nurse Becky Simms.


JUSTIN: (His face breaks into a genuine smile, engaging tiny wrinkles beside his eyes, making an already darkly handsome face appear more human and vulnerable.) Becky is a fine woman, compassionate and giving to a fault. She watched over Dad like a hawk, and helped me get through bad days with him. She convinced me I’d need professional help to care for him once I got him home, and arranged for us to meet her sister Sadie. Sadie is an answer to a prayer Dad and I didn’t realize we’d sent out. Becky and her son, Evan, visited Sadie last weekend at the resort. That little scamp was delightful. Dad enjoyed having them as guests, and he seemed to feel better with them around.

So nothing can be done for your dad? That’s very sad. You have my condolences.

JUSTIN: No, nothing. We’re taking it day-by-day. It’s rare having the opportunity to say things gone unsaid and to make memories to fondly recall later on. We’re enjoying the time and learning a lot about each other. It’s been enlightening. (A troubled look filters through Justin’s eyes, but he quickly blinks it away.)

I suppose you’re uncovering some secrets.

JUSTIN: (Justin snickers.) Indeed, we are. Things are never as they seem. Be careful what you ask. Once you learn something, there’s no going back.

Wow! That sounds eerie. What other books has Lynda Rees written?

JUSTIN: Two are suspense novels about descendants of past mobsters—God Father’s Day and Madam Mom. Her debut was a historical novel about a young widow’s struggle during the savage 1890’s Alaskan Gold Rush. It’s called Gold Lust Conspiracy. She also co-authored a middle-grade children’s book with her ten-year-old granddaughter, Harley Nelson, called Freckle Face & Blondie. Lynda has authored 9 books in The Bloodline Series, starting with Parsley, Sage, Rose, Mary & Wine. These romantic suspense novels are set in race horse country of rural Kentucky. Two of these, Real Money and The Bourbon Trail, incorporate Kentucky’s mobster heyday history into the plot. Lynda is a U. S. history buff and loves showing how history affects today’s world.

How about that cocktail you promised?

JUSTIN:   GOD FATHER’S DAY COCKTAIL: Kentucky bourbon, vodka and Coke in equal parts, shake and pour over ice.

Where can the books be purchased and how can fans reach Lynda?

Fans can find Lynda at:


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Email: lyndareesauthor@gmail.com

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Lynda Rees is a story teller and dreamer whose dreams come true.  She lives on a farm in Kentucky with her incredible husband and herd of critters watching her children and grandchildren breath—fascinating. Born in the splendid Appalachian Mountains the daughter of a coal miner and part Cherokee Indian, Lynda grew up in northern Kentucky when the Mob reigned supreme in Newport and the city prospered as a gambling, prostitution and sin mecca. She’s fascinated with how history affects today’s lives and it works its way into her written pages. After a corporate career in marketing and global transportation this free spirited adventurer with workaholic tendencies followed her passion with for writing.
 
Gold Lust Conspiracy, her award winning historical romance, launched Sept, 2017 by Sweetwater Publishing Company along with Parsley, Sage, Rose, Mary and Wine, the first of The Bloodline Series of romantic suspense set in Kentucky horse country. Books 1-5 launch before 2018 with others schedule in the spring. Stay tuned.

Lynda’s first children’s book, Freckle Face & Blondie, is co-authored with her granddaughter Harley Nelson launching early 2018. Enjoy her stories. She hopes you become life-long friends.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 | By: The Write Way Cafe

Tuesday Special: Blinked by Zari Reede

Zari Reede


by Zari Reede
It’s 1975 in the Big Easy where Mardi Gras floats and strangely dressed people are in abundance. Mindy Nichols, an agent of the Inner Space Monitoring Alliance Team “ISMAT,” is about to set the Crescent City on its ear. This special government team protects Earth from the Blink phenomena that connect our world to the Realm of Ortharos. An energy portal indiscriminately exchanges beings between both worlds, Blinking insane Other Realm Beings (ORBs) in as Earthlings Blink out, causing worry and angst over missing loved ones who sometimes never reappear. ISMAT’s longstanding protocol, to exterminate all ORBs for the safety of mankind, is challenged one fateful night when Mindy wakes up to find her husband, Jim, missing; a huge, naked Cyclops in her bed; an OCD brownie cleaning her kitchen; and six purple imps swinging from a chandelier. The last time ORBs roamed the Earth unchecked, a great war ensued, and Mindy knows things are about to get ugly…


I didn’t have time to play nursemaid to every ORB who Blinked onto the planet, especially a high- maintenance fire goddess who was bound to get me canned…

Miffed, ’Punzel glared at me.

“Oh, don’t take it so personally. I admit we all wish at one time or another we could blow up the world. Unlike most of us, you can.” I had started toward the door when I saw Max’s helmet and motorcycle keys on the entry table. Bingo! I had taken a tutorial from Max on his Triumph Bonneville in the Schwegmann’s parking lot one afternoon at lunch. One down, five up, I reminded myself. It wasn’t terribly hard. I just had to point it north out of town.

Leaving through the door this time, we made our way to Max’s parking space. Doubting my sanity as ’Punzel saddled up behind me, I instructed her to hold on tight. She was begrudging being led along like a puppy, but I could tell by the few smiles she couldn’t smother that she was really enjoying her vacation from Ortharos. Maybe she wasn’t aware of the DOA status of most ORBs when they returned to her world. They say ignorance is bliss, so let her be happy and hope we make it to Harry’s all in one piece.

’Punzel tapped the helmet I wore. “Where is my fancy hat?”

“Can’t your hair protect your head?” I tried to remember how to get started and realized I should probably wheel it out of the tight corner it was wedged in first. Apparently, Max shared his parking place. More likely, some hot chick shared her space with Max.

“I want a hat like yours.” ’Punzel’s pout trumped Sammy’s, but I was a pro at resisting pouts.

“Hop off for moment and let me wheel this out.”

“You made me get on and now I have to get off. And I don’t have a hat!”

Her bottom lip stuck out so far that the freaking helmet could have fit on it.



“Fine! You can wear the helmet!” I knew I shouldn’t yell, but not being a biker, I shuddered at the thought of riding the thing. I hopped off the Triumph and scowled.

She studied the handlebars and glanced over the motorcycle.

“Doesn’t look so hard.” Rapunzel eyed the bike with glowing interest. A spark shot out of the ignition switch, she revved the Triumph and sped out of the lot toward the street. As I ran after the motorcycle, I saw her hair curl and shrink around her head until it resembled a helmet with pink flowers.

Dammit all! Now I had to catch the ORB before ISMAT spotted her and she doomed us all.


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A 1970s wife—secretly in a government project to fight supernatural invaders—must find a solution when a magical creature from a dangerous fantasy realm switches places with her husband.
Pseudonymous author Reede (Daisy Dukes ’n’ Cowboy Boots, 2017) conjures a semicomical urban fantasy focusing on the antics of Mindy Nichols, a young New Orleans wife and mom. Mindy is really an agent for the Inner Space Monitoring Alliance Team, a covert U.S. government task force that battles magical intruders from other realms. Readers are told that letting such entities go uncontrolled led to the two world wars. It’s 1975, and ISMAT’s new headache is the “Blink” phenomenon, wherein hostile fairy-tale beings—imps, cyclops, etc.—are teleporting into the U.S. apparently at random from a magical world called Ortharos. For each appearance, an earthling has to teleport to Ortharos in exchange, and outcomes are not good. During Mardi Gras masquerade time, Mindy discovers that her husband, Jim, is missing, having Blinked away. But replacing him is a house-elf–style “brownie”—the first Ortharian to be communicative and friendly. Mindy, to figure out what’s happening and save her family, disobeys standing orders to terminate such beings. Multiple story strands in short, addictive chapters, each in first-person narration by a different quirky character, follow Jim to Ortharos, where he meets a green-skinned witch and her enticing, imprisoned Rapunzel look-alike sister (named Rapunzel, in fact) and the cyclops queen. Meanwhile, Mindy contends with myriad crises and phantasmic fallouts back home. The best conceit is that mythic characters defy expectations of who’s good or evil. But with two sets of protagonists teleporting or dodging peril via hidden passageways, there are considerable storyline snarls involving who is doing what, where, and in which world before things intersect at the Bacchus Krewe parade in the French Quarter. Paranormal romance followers who take the bouncy ride should delight in the playful tweaking of all the ingredients, including the Carnival king cake.
A frothy paranormal comedy-adventure that offers a respite from the usual brooding over messy werewolf/vampire love affairs.  


Writers extraordinaire, domestic goddesses, lovers of all furry things…

Zari Reede is a writing team consisting of Zoe Tasia and Minette Lauren. Both have an addiction to collaborative writing that rivals Oreo Double Stuffed cookies with fine champagne. Writing solo for years, they decided to engage in a writing exercise to strengthen their skills and enlighten their creative minds. It turned out to be a great venture and is still going strong today. Zoe lives in Houston, has two cats, two boys, and a priceless husband, who supports all her rebel dreams. Minette Lauren also enjoys living in Texas, has five dogs, two god-dogs, three turtles and a wonderful husband that thinks all things she writes are golden… even if it is horse hockey. They are lucky in life, enjoying every day they can write and dream.

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Friday, July 6, 2018 | By: The Write Way Cafe
Freedom is the oxygen of the soul. 
- Moshe Dayan
Thursday, July 5, 2018 | By: The Write Way Cafe

Elly Molina Introduces Annabelle and the Domino

The Write Way Cafe welcomes Elly Molina, who knows a thing or two about mind potential for children and all ages.

Tell us a little about Annabelle and the Domino.
Annabelle is a six year old girl attending a private school in a rural part of Washington State. Here she is introduced to the concept of Human Potential and Mind Power. The children learn about the remarkable mind powers inherent in all of us. Children are taught to focus, use mindfulness, and ultimately learn how to "see without their eyes" (remote viewing) and move objects with only their minds ( telekinesis).

Where did the idea for your story come from?

Annabelle and the Domino was inspired by a true account. I taught at a private school in Washington State. We focused on developing the children's, as well as our own, incredible mind powers. We worked on telepathy, remote viewing, telekineses, blindfolded archery, to mention just a few.

Why did you pick the setting you did?
If you've ever been to Washington State, Seattle is known as the Emerald City. Towns south of it are filled with evergreens, douglas fir, and when moisture forms onto the bushes it sparkles like tiny jewels. It's the perfect setting for real magic!

What have been surprises you've encountered while writing the book and after?
The biggest surprise I encountered were agents and publishers saying there was no market for this book. I went ahead and self published. So far all I have received are accolades and for Annabelle and the Domino, 5 star reviews and parents and children asking for more Annabelle stories! Children and parents love her! They love the message.

If Annabelle and the Domino were made into a movie, who would play your main characters, and
why?

I would love to see Annabelle and the Domino made into a movie and any sweet, kind hearted young child would make a perfect lead character. Annabelle is real. She is emotionally mature and has mastered the skills of her own body in order to perform higher functions of telekinesis, which is true in the real world. The children we worked with learned that they had to master their bodies in a meditative pose and concentrate. You can not perform telepathy or telekinesis while scratching your head, jiggling around in your seat, or being impatient. These efforts require a person to "tuck away the needs of the body" and focus on the objective. Many adults are unable to do this for prolonged periods of time.

What would you like to tell us about this story that we haven’t asked?
The story is enchanting and it's real. Kids and adults are inspired. I wish more institutions would consider looking at the benefits of learning to use our unleashed mind potential. I have a lot of exercises and information on this in my other book, the Amazon best seller, Children Who Know How to Know, where I explain and teach how to use more of our minds and to use them in a different way.

What or who has been instrumental in or to your writing journey? 

Jack London inspired me as a young adult. Later as a young adult I took writing classes at the New School for Social Reserarch in NYC and later taught basic college writing. I am self taught. Books have taught me what I know about writing as well as being an avid reader and paying attention to other authors' styles.

What’s the best writing advice you’ve been given? What’s your best writing advice for others? 
Just write. Get out of your head and write. Go back later and rework your piece. First get the ideas out. Steven Pressfield's book, The War of Art has been instrumental in helping me conquer procrastination.

What is your favorite social media? Why? 
Instagram is awesome! I love the visuals and short inspiring texts and it's so easy to connect with people there. Everyone is friendly and open and willing to chat and share!

What’s up next for you? 
I'm currently working on completing a Young Adult Fiction set in the Pacific Northwest. It's an adventure piece. I also consult and introduce adults and children to their own remarkable mind powers through workshops and "salons". I've been giving workshops and book talks now on the West Coast and really enjoying it. I love doing remote viewing exercises with adults and seeing their excitement when they have "hit" their target and used a different part of their brain they never thought possible! I love when people surprise themselves by their own abilities!



by Elly Molina
Annabelle and the Domino is the compelling story of a young girl willing to explore the potential of her mind. Annabelle demonstrates what it takes to develop telekinetic abilities.Her commitment inspires us with the possibility that this skill is available to all humans when they put their heart and soul into something that truly matters to them. The story is inspired by the author's experiences while teaching in the Pacific Northwest.



     Elly Molina, mindpower consultant and the founder of www.psi-kids.com, where children and adults learn to develop, trust and utilize their mind powers and intuitive abilities.
     Elly has appeared on FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, and in the New York Times.
     Her book, an Amazon Best Seller, Children Who Know How to Know, Black Opal Books, was released in March 2017. Elly guides people to obtain audacious results in their lives.
     Her latest release, September 26, 2017 became an Amazon Best Seller and is a collaborative work titled Dancing in the Unknown.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018 | By: The Write Way Cafe

Tuesday Special: A Christmas Kind of Perfect by Christine Schimpf


Christine Schimpf 


Conrad Hamilton thought his life would be easy. A great job running his own construction business. Living in his hometown in Door County, Wisconsin with Lila Clark by his side. He'd planned to marry her as soon as she returned from her Chicago internship, but it never happened.

Lila never expected to become a successful writer nor did she plan to spend years in New York. But she did.

Can the magic of Christmas turn two hearts back to one another again, or is it too late to capture that special kind of perfect?
 

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Christine Schimpf was born and raised in a small town in southeastern Wisconsin, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and is an award winning essayist. Her independently published work includes: “Nick, The Journey of a Lifetime”, “The Ticket”. “A Christmas Kind of Perfect” released November 2017 and “A Perfect Fit” later this year with Pelican Book Group.

She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers Association and the Romance Writers of America and lives on five acres in the country with her husband and golden retriever. She is now fortunate to devote most of her time to writing and always has a work-in-progress. In her spare time, she enjoys golf, tennis, kayaking and simply being outdoors as that is her source of inspiration.

Her advice to those wanting to take the leap into writing is to join a writing/critique group, read as often as you can, and study the craft.

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