PEEK-A-BOO(K) – Molly Daniels, Balancing Act

In a “best foot forward” kind of effort, I’m starting a…
“PEEK-A-BOO(K)” Day!

 This would be a once or twice a month showing of fellow writer-buddies.  Indie authors get to wear those giant Cat-In-Hat-style hats; you know, the ones with all the different stripes and colors that are three-stories tall.  Well, most of these authors, are also three stories tall – that is they are 3 Stories published and are known but not-known by enough!

This is my effort to help cross-promote these authors whose great works don’t get enough attention because they are busy writing them, editing them, designing the artwork for them, and indie promoting them.  We won’t mention the lives they’re trying to lead, too!

My first promoted author is Molly Daniels. Molly (who also writes under the pen name Kenzie Michaels) is a wife, a mom, a grandmother, a critique partner, active in her local choir, and still manages to find time to write. This woman’s hat sure has a lot of stripes and is taller than most! Here’s a little about her and her latest work – Balancing Act.

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Balancing Act, #4 in the Arbor University Tales series by Molly Daniels
Gretchen McLaren has her life mapped out: a tour of duty with the Peace Corps, then work as a social worker for the elderly.  But her boyfriend Joe Walker doesn’t agree with her plan and tries everything in his power to change her mind.  But will he succeed?  Or will his efforts drive her into the arms of another man?
Troy Anderson finds himself hearing the words no man wants to hear, “I just want to be friends.”  But when a skilled manipulator tries to tear down the woman he loves, will he fight for her?  Find out what happens when jealousy upsets the balance of love and ambition.  Has Gretchen been blind to true love the entire time?
Special Sneak Peek:
    “I sure do appreciate the ride.”  Joe slid into the passenger seat.
    “No problem.  What’s wrong with your car?”  Gretchen backed out of her parking space and headed for the main street.
    “It’s in the shop getting the brakes fixed.  I should get it back tomorrow.”
    “That’s good.”
    “Yeah. Listen, I gotta ask you this. There’s a reason why I asked you to take me home.”
    Here it comes. “Oh?  What is it?”
    “Take a left at the next light.  Are you seeing anyone right now?”
    “Not exactly.”  Why is he asking?  Did Shawn put him up to this?  Or is he asking for himself?  “I’m good friends with a couple of pilots at the base, and you know I dated Shawn Graber last semester,  but no one serious.”
    “I’m glad.  See, I’ve been confused all winter.  Ever since you left, I’ve missed seeing you every day.  Now you’re back, and I’ve been promoted to coordinator, and I don’t know what to do.”
    Gretchen blinked.  “Just what are you trying to say?”
    “Hell, I guess there’s only one way to do it, and that’s just to blurt it out.  Gretchen, I think I love you.  Turn right at the stop sign.”
    Gretchen stopped the car.  “What did you say?”
    “I said turn right.”
    “Joseph!  I meant before.” She signaled, turning onto the private road.
    “Third trailer on the left. I said I think I’m in love with you.”
    Gretchen was speechless.  So not what I expected; I thought he was just going to ask me out.  She pulled up beside the trailer and put the car in park.
    “I-I don’t know what to say.”
    “I know it’s impossible, because of company policy.”
    “That’s right!  If we were to get involved, you could lose your job.”
    Joe leaned towards her.  “Would you like to come in for a while?  I’ll try to explain it a little better, and maybe we can figure something out.  Besides, you haven’t told me how you feel.”
    Gretchen sighed.  “I’ll go in under one condition.  No pressure or come-ons?”
    Joe held up his hand.  “Scout’s honor.”
    “Okay.”
    Gretchen followed him inside and took the coke he offered.  She settled herself on the couch while he perched on the edge of a chair.
    “Every day since you came back to work, I can hardly wait for the shift to start so I can see you.”  He laced his hands together on his bent leg.  “I nearly went crazy this winter, wondering how you were doing, what you were doing, who you were seeing. I even got jealous, thinking of the guys you might have been dating.  Now you’re back and more beautiful than ever, plus it’s like we’ve never been apart.”
    “I know what you mean.  There’s no awkwardness, no tension.  Just an easy companionship.”
    “Exactly. So you feel it too?”
    “To be honest, I have been attracted to you since last year, but you were chasing that one girl.  What can we do about it now?  After all, I’ve only got one more month before I go back to school.”  Do I really want to get involved in a long-distance relationship?
Joe stood up and began to pace the floor.  “How about this?  We continue to act the same at work. Everyone knows we tease each other, so that’s okay.  After work, we can go out with the guys, or come here and talk, or whatever you want.”
    “Joe, I don’t know.  Put up a front for five weeks?”  Gretchen yawned.  “Sorry.  I guess we could, but…”
    “And then when you go back to school, we can openly see each other. I won’t be your boss then.”  Joe stopped pacing and sat down on the couch beside her.  “At least think about it?  I know I’m asking a lot.”
    “No, you’re not.”  One kiss will let me know if this is going to work.
    Their gazes met.  Joe took her chin in one hand and kissed her lips.  Gretchen responded, and soon they were in each other’s arms, their kisses growing in intensity.  Calling upon her self-control, Gretchen pulled away and said good-bye.  Joe walked her to her car.  Wow…this might work after all!
Coming soon from Secret Cravings Publishing.  You can find Molly’s other books here.
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Happy Release Day to Me!

It’s that time again.  You guessed it,
RELEASE DAY!
That’s right, 
A TOUCH OF MADNESS,
the 2nd Abigail St. Michael novel, is available –
TODAY!
A TOUCH OF MADNESS is available in both print and Kindle.
Blurb:
Abbey St. Michael, former cop and psychic consultant, is trapped in a tricky situation. When her ex-husband enlists her specialized help in bringing his new fiancee’s killer to justice, Abbey finds herself obligated by guilt to take a case she knows is bad news both professionally and personally. But when her former boss gives her the evidence collected to date, Abbey realizes this case may end up being worse than she thought. With the clock ticking to prove the killer’s guilt, she needs to assuage herself of her ex-husband’s guilt and rectify her professional life with her personal life. But when the murders take a turn, Abbey realizes this case may end up changing her life and her future forever.
Reader Review:
“This book has definitely been worth the wait! Every time you think you’ve got the plot figured out, the author throws you another curve ball! It’s one unexpected turn after another that keeps you on the edge of your seat.” 

“Memorable” Literature

Lately an exploration of how to be a better, more successful writer has been my obsession.  This isn’t because I think I’m a failure at writing or because there aren’t people who follow my words.  In retrospect it’s probably just because, with every piece of fiction produced, I wonder if I’m effectively reaching target audiences – readers of all shapes, sizes and appetites.

Some of this intrepid-ness has led to finding great sites on how to effectively blog (Kristen Lamb is a genius!) and how to effectively use social media sites I’ve been grossly undervaluing.  But only one of those sites has reaffirmed something I already knew – or thought I knew.

Marianne Arkins posted a great article about using our own memories to infuse our writing.  In the past, I’ve blogged about how our experiences as people effect and shape our writing, but Ms. Arkins goes one step beyond that by sharing exact memories from her life in her writing, essentially using her life to drive her stories.  I thought the article was brilliant and wanted to share it amongst those who share my words with me on this blog.

Recently, at a convention, a long-time computer acquaintance and recent in-person writer-buddy, Bronwyn Green, reminded me that, while my blogging about the subject of writing is interesting, she thinks my life may be just as interesting.  Well, you can imagine how that threw me!  You mean there is something interesting about my life that doesn’t pertain to being an author? *Scooby ‘Aaroo?!’*

Tons of authors have used their lives as grounds for their stories (some of the more infamous are William S. Burroughs, Kerouac, Bukowski, Easton-Ellis, and Palaniuk) but so few authors these days mention if their short story/novella/novel is inspired by their lives or not.  To me, this is sad.  I’ve always found those parts some of the most interesting, and most inspiring, when reading interviews.

Do you have any particular memories that, as authors, have inspired your writing?  I know several good friends whose work is inspired by nothing but their lives. (Yes, Molly Daniels, I’m talking about you here! lol)  But how about you?  Anything you wouldn’t mind sharing with others?  Trust me, they can hardly be more potentially embarrassing than those Marianne shared at her post!

BC Brown is the author of three novels and has participated in multiple short story anthologies. Having committed almost every ‘bad deed’ in the book of ‘How to Be An Author’, she now strives to educate others through humor and simple instruction.

BOOK RELEASE!

There is little else more satisfying, more orgasmic to a writer than finishing a novel – unless it’s releasing said novel to an anxious fan base.  So I am happy to announce the May 15th release of my long awaited, paranormal novel (2nd in the Abigail St. Michael series)…

A TOUCH OF MADNESS
Abbey St. Michael, former cop and psychic consultant, is trapped in a tricky situation. When her ex-husband enlists her specialized help in bringing his new fiancee’s killer to justice, Abbey finds herself obligated by guilt to take a case she knows is bad news both professionally and personally. But when her former boss gives her the evidence collected to date, Abbey realizes this case may end up being worse than she thought. With the clock ticking to prove the killer’s guilt, she needs to assuage herself of her ex-husband’s guilt and rectify her professional life with her personal life. But when the murders take a turn, Abbey realizes this case may end up changing her life and her future forever.

A Touch of Madness will be available in both print and e-book (temporarily only through Amazon for e-print editions).