Bookversary Newsletter #Giveaway WINNERS List!

Wahoo! It’s Tuesday, so it’s time to announce the winners from last week’s Giveaway-O-Rama.

A note on how I chose winners: I compiled a list of every name/email entry in an Excel spreadsheet. Then I used’s Sequence Generator to give me a random number sequence for each giveaway; the top number was my winner. Since people could enter any/all giveaways and the numbers are selected randomly, people can and did win more than once, as luck would have it.

I’ve not included last names for privacy’s sake – if you won, I’ll be emailing you! Thank you all for entering!

A Man of Character and A Matter of TimeWINNER of autographed copies of A Man of Character and A Matter of Time:

Carla M.

WINNER of the mini trunk:

Julie S.

WINNER of the key watch:

Lori N.

WINNER of the pocketwatch:

Aleen D.

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WINNERS of a small key (5):

Lori N.
Juana E.
Carla M.
Mary P.

WINNER of the $25 Amazon Gift Card:

Lindsey B.

WINNER of an autographed paperback of A Scandalous Matter:

Melanie B.

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I only send newsletters as often as I have news, and I never give out names, so you’re safe with me!

It’s A Man of Character’s Bookversary! #Giveaway

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That’s me the first time I ever held one of my books in my hands.

Holy cow. It’s A Man of Character‘s Book Birthday. That means I’ve been a published author for one year. Say what?

It’s been quite a ride, and I’m absolutely thrilled so many people have joined me on it.

I treasure every single Facebook exchange, email correspondence, tweet convo, and review left. Every. Single. One.

Because I couldn’t have imagined a year ago I’d have fans. Or that I’d publish two books in the space of a year, with the third debuting July 6th. Or that I’d final three times in the 2016 HOLT Medallion Awards

I’ve met amazing readers. I’ve met amazing writers. I’ve made lots of mistakes. I’ve learned lots more.

And I’m so very grateful for all of it.

Have you signed up for my newsletter yet? I sent one out this morning with TONS of giveaways as a Book Birthday present to you! You can check the newsletter out here:

** Please note if you email me to enter a giveaway (or two or three or seven), I take that as consent for you to be added to my newsletter list. But don’t worry – I only email when I have actual news (such as a new release or a sale), and I try to include a giveaway every time!

MUCH LOVE to all of you. I wouldn’t be here without you. THANK YOU. 

A Man of Character and A Matter of Time

Writer Wednesday – Meet Angela Scavone!

Retriever puppyIt’s Writer Wednesday, and you know what that means! We’ve got an amazing author – in this case, romance writer Angela Scavone – with us to share a bit about themselves and their latest book.

Because we love authors! They give us their hearts on a page, and we soak it up and come begging for more.

Angela has no author photo to share with us, so I’m giving you this cute doggy. But she DID have stuff to say about writing and her newest release, A Journey Home, so read on!

Love By The Book

Which type of romance do you love most, and why?

I love romantic comedies, anything that can make me laugh has my love and respect. I love them because I love to laugh and have fun!

Name one interesting thing you learned in researching/writing your last book:

In A Journey Home, the main character’s job is to bring the bodies of fallen soldiers home. In researching for this I found the protocols and respect that all facets of the Military take in honoring their fallen is absolutely awe-inspiring.

sunset in heart handsWhat’s your favorite romance novel of all time, and why?

My favorite romance novel of all time is Beneath a Blood Red Moon by Heather Graham. I love it because it is an intricately woven tale that weaves in multiple time periods to tell the whole story of this woman turned vampire and her life and love. The fact that this woman has lived a century and in each time period has fallen in love with the same soul plus has an enemy in Jack the Ripper who comes back to the current time period…ohhh it’s good – now I must read it again.

A Journey HomeA Bit About A Journey Home

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Content Warning: Some explicit language 

Stephanie Tyler’s sole job is to fly overseas to war torn areas of the world to retrieve and escort the bodies of fallen soldiers back home to the United States. It is a tough and emotional job but she is honored for the privilege. Her duty also helps her to escape her past and her failed marriage.

But those flights have become increasingly more dangerous and she is forced to have a partner accompany her. Much to Stephanie’s surprise and dismay, she is partnered up with her ex-husband, Captain “D.A.” Douglas Aston.

From the moment Captain D.A. enters the scene, he irritates her. It could have something to do with the fact he slept with her best friend while they were married. As they go on several missions together, Stephanie is forced to be courteous and professional with D.A. even though the very sight of him irritates her beyond comprehension.

Then, Stephanie’s cheating, husband stealing, ex-best friend is killed in Afghanistan and Stephanie and D.A. must escort her body home. While executing this difficult duty, a myriad of conflicting emotions makes Stephanie ponder how short life really is . . . and to question her own ability to forgive. 

Find A Journey Home here: Amazon 

Vintage TypewriterA Bit About Angela:

Angela lives in Ontario, Canada sharing her home with her father and her two much-loved pups (and one evil cat).  She currently works for the Board of Education behind the scenes supporting and analyzing student data, however, in her spare time, apart from her avid love of storytelling, she likes to read, spend time with family and friends and concoct dairy free recipes from scratch. Sometimes she wins some, and sometimes she loses some – tofu, banana and peanut butter pudding we are looking at you.

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Thanks so much for joining us, Angela! Wishing you great success with your books!  

SALE! A Man of Character & A Matter of Time are only $0.99 each May 18-21!

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A Man of Character turns one on May 26th, and to celebrate, I’m throwing a party – for YOU!

Scoop up A Man of Character and A Matter of Time on Kindle for only $0.99 each, May 18-21.

And don’t forget – A Scandalous Matter is available for preorder.

Thank you so much for making my first year as a published author such a rewarding one.

The people I’ve met, the stories I’ve heard, the things I’ve learned – all have been fantastic. I’m so glad you’re on this journey with me. 

Writer Wednesday: Meet Kishan Paul!

KishanWait, what? It’s Wednesday again? HOORAY! We love Wednesdays, because that means it’s #WriterWednesday, and I get the opportunity and blessing to introduce you to another amazing writer.

Today, Kishan Paul joins us. Kishan is a romance author who’s wonderfully supportive of other authors (like me!). She dishes up romance and more in her novels and in her great newsletter (so consider signing up!).

So settle in with a cup of tea (and a blanket, if you’re here in Virginia – it’s cold and rainy. Again.), and enjoy learning a bit more about Kishan and her books!

What inspires you to write?

MusicButterflyInspiration comes from many different places for me. Books and movies are the main culprits. The more emotional it is the better and music has that effect on me too. Sometimes it’s just the simple act of driving down a road with no one to talk to and no good music to listen to.


Blind Love coverWhich type of romance do you love most, and why?

I am a sucker for a good romantic suspense. Books that make my heart race and leave me saying ‘One more chapter’ are my crack.


Name one interesting thing you learned in researching/writing your last book:

A symptom of a brain bleed is bruising under the eye and blood in the ear.


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Name two things people don’t know about you:

I’m really goofy and find humor in the craziest things.

When there’s a painful scene in my stories, I have to heal with my characters if that makes sense. I need to see that they’re okay before my heart can stop aching. So those painful scenes are the ones where I’m lost to the world until my characters are in better places.

A Bit on The Second Wife:

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If you want to live, you must let go of the past…

Twenty-eight-year-old psychologist, Alisha Dimarchi, is abducted by an obsessed client and imprisoned in his Pakistani compound for over two years. Forced to change her name and live as his second wife, her life is filled with trauma and heartbreak. Thrust into a world of violence and oppression, Ally must fight not only to keep herself alive but to protect the lives of the people she now considers family. At night, she retreats into her memories of the only man she has ever loved—a man she believes no longer loves her.

Thirty-four-year-old handsome surgeon, David Dimarchi, has spent the last two years mourning the disappearance of his wife. After a painful and isolated existence, he begins the process of healing. It is then he is visited by a stranger, who informs him that Ally is very much alive and needs his help. In a desperate attempt to save her, David enlists the help of a mercenary. Together they find themselves in the center of more than just a rescue mission. Will he be able to reach her in time, and if he does, will she still want him?

Excerpt from The Second Wife:

Ally’s lungs were cement blocks heavy in her chest. Unable to breathe, she lay curled in a ball on the floor, gasping for air, drenched in sweat.


The panic attacks had started after Nasif’s first night away and progressively worsened each day. She wanted to pretend it was because he wasn’t there to distract her. But she knew better.

Sayeed would be here soon.

The gnawing voice in the back of her head wouldn’t stop reminding her of the hell his arrival would bring. As the day grew close, the voice became louder, urging her to do something. But there was only so much she could do locked away in a concrete box.

Unable to shut out the images or find a way to escape, hopelessness would again choke her, triggering another panic attack. Funny thing was, those episodes she spent struggling for air gave her a little hope. Maybe this one will kill me.

Something she knew better than to believe. After all, she’d spent her career teaching clients that panic attacks were typically non-life-threatening.

While this morning’s episode subsided, she stayed on the floor, slick with perspiration, staring at the ceiling.

He said Sayeed would be here in fourteen days.

Ally crawled beside the bed and dug under the mattress until her fingers wrapped around a thin, wooden pencil. After dragging the frame away from the wall, she slid between the headboard and concrete and sat on the floor. She added another tally mark to the twelve already there. Praying she’d counted wrong, she tapped the back of the eraser against each line and counted again. The end result was the same; Nasif had left thirteen times already. Her pencil slipped out of her shaky fingers and fell to the floor.

One more day.

Images of Sayeed, violating her, flooded Ally’s thoughts. Her chest tightened and her body chilled. Time was running out. Her breathing became labored and a cool sweat beaded across her lip.

“No.” She covered her ears and shook it all away.

Whatever happens, I will survive.

Find The Second Wife here: 

Amazon | Barnes And Noble | iTunes | KOBO

A Bit About Kishan:

writingFrom daring escapes by tough women to chivalrous men swooping in to save the day, the creativity switch to Kishan Paul’s brain is always in the “on” position. If daydreaming stories were a college course, Kish would have graduated with honors.

Mother of two beautiful children, she has been married to her best friend for over seventeen years. With the help of supportive family and friends, she balances her family, a thriving counseling practice, and writing without sinking into insanity.

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Thanks so much for joining us, Kishan! It was a delight having you.