#LASR_Anniv Books We love Ltd.

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BooksWeLoveLogoBooks We Love Ltd. is a publisher of genre fiction by established authors in digital and print. Our authors have embraced digital publishing as the model of the future and Books We Love publishes historical novels, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, historical romance and fantasy romance, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, suspense, thrillers, western and young adult books in every genre.

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#LASR_Anniv My Husband’s Sin by Mary T Bradford

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My_Husbands_SinIn the weeks following Lillian Taylor’s burial, her four loving adult children assemble for the reading of her will. For the grieving youngest sibling, Lacey, life is about to come crashing down as a deep secret is revealed. The fall-out affects every member and they struggle to regain the happy family unit they once shared. Each of the siblings, take the reader on a journey as they try to come to terms and learn to handle this huge revelation.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mary Bradford, a mother and an expert in hugging, is a published writer of short stories in magazines, newspapers and anthologies both in Ireland and internationally. Her first novel ‘My Husband’s Sin’ is with Tirgearr Publishing. She also writes historical westerns and erotic romances. Mary also writes plays and has seen her work short-listed and performed.

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#LASR_Anniv Fling! by Lily Iona MacKenzie

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Fling“Fling! is both hilarious and touching, the madcap journey of an aging mother and her adult daughter from cold Protestant Canada into the hallucinogenic heart of Mexico’s magic, where the past literally comes to life. Every page is a surprise… A scintillating read.”
–Lewis Buzbee, Author and Professor of Creative Writing, University of San Francisco

When ninety-year-old Bubbles receives a letter from Mexico City asking her to pick up her mother’s ashes, lost there seventy years earlier and only now surfacing, she hatches a plan. A woman with a mission, Bubbles convinces her hippie daughter Feather to accompany her on the quest. Both women have recently shed husbands and have a secondary agenda: they’d like a little action. And they get it.

Alternating narratives weave together Feather and Bubbles’ odyssey. The two women travel south from Canada to Mexico where Bubbles’ long-dead mother, grandmother, and grandfather turn up, enlivening the narrative with their hilarious antics.

In Mexico, where reality and magic co-exist, Feather gets a new sense of her mother, and Bubbles’ quest for her mother’s ashes—and a new man—increases her zest for life. Unlike most women her age, fun-loving Bubbles takes risks, believing she’s immortal. She doesn’t hold back in any way, eating heartily and lusting after strangers, exulting in her youthful spirit.

Readers will believe they’ve found the fountain of youth themselves in this character. At ninety, Bubbles comes into her own, coming to age, proving it’s never too late to fulfill one’s dreams.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A Canadian by birth, a high school dropout, and a mother at 17, in her early years, Lily Iona MacKenzie supported herself as a stock girl in the Hudson’s Bay Company, as a long distance operator for the former Alberta Government Telephones, and as a secretary (Bechtel Corp sponsored her into the States). She also was a cocktail waitress at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, briefly broke into the male-dominated world of the docks as a longshoreman (and almost got her legs broken), founded and managed a homeless shelter in Marin County, and eventually earned two Master’s degrees (one in Creative writing and one in the Humanities). She has published reviews, interviews, short fiction, poetry, travel pieces, essays, and memoir in over 140 American and Canadian venues. Fling, one of her novels, will be published in July 2015 by Pen-L Publishing. Bone Songs, another novel, will be published in 2016. Her poetry collection All This was published in 2011. She also teaches writing at the University of San Francisco, paints, and travels widely with her husband.

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#LASR_Anniv The Master Passion by Juliet Waldron

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MasterPassionTHE MASTER PASSION is the story of the marriage – called by some a misalliance – of Alexander Hamilton, our First Secretary of the Treasury, and Betsy Schuyler. Although born poor and illegitimate, Hamilton courts the daughter of Major General Schuyler, an American princess.

Hamilton is one of a trinity of Founders who seem to have been created on purpose to invent our nation. Like all mission-driven men, he is preoccupied, often absent, and not the best provider. The trials of making ends meet and raising an ever growing troop of children are Betsy’s. This woman-behind-the-man is barely known, but through war, Indian attacks, multiple births, epidemics, infidelity, unending politics and dire tragedy, Betsy is the force which holds the family together.

Betsy’s passion is Alexander, but, sometimes, even more than this wife, Alexander loves America.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Juliet Waldron has lived in many US states, in the UK and the West Indies. She earned a B. A. in English, but has worked at jobs ranging from artist’s model to brokerage.

Thirty years ago, after her sons left home, she dropped out of 9-5 and began to write, hoping to create a genuine time travel experience for her readers. She’s a grandmother, a cat person, and a dedicated student of history and archeology. Her mother took her to Nevis, to see Hamilton’s birth place, when she was just eleven years old, so this fascinating historical person has been in her life for quite a long time.

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#LASR_Anniv Beyond the Moon by Velda Brotherton

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VeldaAt the Vietnam Monument

She pretended not to hear for fear of what she would say, raised her gaze, and saw herself and Glen reflected beyond the names like beings sucked into its ebony essence. Their faces stared back from the jet mirror, expressions bewildered and tightened in mourning. She had a wispy vision, a fearful thought that each visitor was somehow captured in the reverse image and stored away within the pure stone slashed from some faraway mountain. It would forever hold the names of the dead and their tortured souls as well as a piece of all who came to lament their passing. The fury of the place burned like a fire, names of the slain marched forever across the black headstone against which lay flowers, pictures, letters, and medals, all spotted by salty tears. It was as quiet as if the world had ended.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Born in Arkansas, Velda likes to place her books there, though many are set in other states. Her six nonfiction books are about Arkansas. She was a finalist in the Willa Literary Awards for Creative nonfiction, and won the Crème de la Crème at OWFI for one of her fiction novels. In 2011 she was presented with the Distinguished Citizen Award by the Washington County Historical Society for her contribution to the preservation of history. Branded as Sexy, Dark and Gritty, her novels are about gutsy women and heroes who are tough enough to deserve them in several genres including mainstream women’s fiction, mysteries, historical romances, paranormal and horror.

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#LASR_Anniv Rainy Day Sisters by Kate Hewitt

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Rainy Day SistersWelcome to Hartley-by-the-Sea in England’s beautiful Lake District, where two sisters who meet as strangers find small miracles tucked into the corners of every day….

When Lucy Bagshaw’s life in Boston falls apart, thanks to a scathing editorial written by her famous artist mother, she accepts her half sister Juliet’s invitation to stay with her in a charming seaside village in northern England. Lucy is expecting quaint cottages and cream teas, but instead finds that her sister is an aloof host, the weather is wet, windy, and cold, and her new boss, Alex Kincaid, is a disapproving widower who only hired her as a favor to Juliet.

Despite the invitation she offered, Juliet is startled by the way Lucy catapults into her orderly life. As Juliet faces her own struggles with both her distant mother and her desire for a child, her sister’s irrepressible optimism begins to take hold. With the help of quirky villagers, these hesitant rainy day sisters begin to forge a new understanding…and find in each other the love of family that makes all the difference.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kate Hewitt is the author of over 40 novels of romance and women’s fiction, and she loves writing an emotionally intense story whatever the genre. She lives in the English Cotswolds with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever.

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#LASR_Anniv Veiled Intentions by Eileen Carr

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Veiled intentionsWhen a Muslim high school student is accused of a crime she didn’t commit, her school counselor gets involved to clear her record in this ripped-from-the-headlines thriller.

When Lily Simon finds cops in the lobby of the high school where she’s a guidance counselor, she’s not surprised: cops and adolescents go together like sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. But when the cops take Jamila, a Muslim student, into custody for a crime she didn’t commit, Lily’s high school becomes a powder keg.

Police think Jamila is responsible for a hit and run, and since she’s not talking, they have no choice but to keep her as the main suspect. And since the victim—a young soldier recently returned from Afghanistan—is lying unconscious in the hospital, the whole town is taking sides on whether or not Jamila’s arrest is religious persecution. Determined to find the truth, Lily teams up with a reporter to uncover what really happened the night of the hit and run. But Lily didn’t expect to find such a tangled web…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Veiled Intentions is the third suspense novel by Eileen Carr. Her alter ego, Eileen Rendahl, is the national-bestselling and award-winning author of the Messenger series and four Chick Lit novels. She writes cozy mysteries as Kristi Abbott.

Both Eileens were born in Dayton, Ohio. She moved when she was four and only remembers that she was born across the street from Baskin-Robbins. Eileen remembers anything that has to do with ice cream. Or chocolate. Or champagne.

She has had many jobs and lived in many cities and feels unbelievably lucky to be where she is now and to be doing what she’s doing.

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#LASR_Anniv I Will Be the One by Larry Farmer

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perf5.000x8.000.inddFollowing his stint during the Vietnam war, James needs something beyond the mundane conformity of his life in Vicksburg, Mississippi. As he enters the Peace Corps, a political reformer named Benigno Aquino is gunned down in the turbulent Philippines, half a world away. James has no idea fate will interweave events for him to witness the overthrow of a dictatorship and the miracle of a bloodless revolution.

Lois has joined the Peace Corps to explore the world outside her staid Ohio upbringing. As a teacher in a remote village she totes her own household water from a distance source, learns to accept locals wandering through her hut at all hours, and even becomes accustomed to gunfire in the jungle night. But when the visit of a suspected spy to her village threatens their lives, she and her friend James must make a decision of lasting import.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A native of Harlingen, Texas, Larry Lee Farmer grew up on a cotton farm. He attended Texas A&M but dropped out to enlist in the United States Marine Corps, where he attained the rank of sergeant before being honorably discharged after three years. He worked as a computer programmer in Houston and as a civil servant for a US Air Force Base in Frankfurt, Germany, and traveled and worked in Europe for two years, which included flying to Israel in October 1973 to aid the Jewish State in the Yom Kippur War. He was also in Greece in the summer of 1974, when the war between Greece and Turkey erupted over Cyprus, and he was stuck on the Greek island of Ios for part of that war until he managed to catch a boat to Athens just in time to watch the Greek military dictatorship fold.

Back at Texas A&M, he finished his Bachelor’s degree in Business management and then returned to Europe and also Israel, where he lived for almost a year. Later he taught English and was a model in Taiwan, after which, while still in the Far East, he acted as a stand in and stuntman in the Hollywood movie Inchon, starring Sir Laurence Olivier. He then returned home to get a master’s degree in agricultural economics at Texas A&M. With that in hand, he joined the US Peace Corps and served for three years in the Philippines. He also worked for several years as a computer programmer for the Swiss government. While in Switzerland, Larry was a country singer as well as a coach for the national championship American football team Bern Grizzlies.

Since then he has been working in the IT department of Texas A&M. He has three children.

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Balancing Life and Writing by Clarence Barbee – Guest Post and Giveaway

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Balancing Life and Writing

If there were an easy answer to how to balance life and writing, every writer would be happy on the high wire, tight rope, without balance stick, smiling below to all the viewers. There is no magic mathematical formula to plug into life; God kind of left us alone on that one. If there were such a thing as a inspiration indicator, it would be nice, and I promise you, I have scientist working on it, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 1000 feet below the surface—no not really, but it sounds nice doesn’t it?

Life is complicated, as long as you’re not 6. There are things that have to be done such as deadlines, spending time with loved ones and children, and the occasional class on creativity. Life is wonderful and it can be very filled, the trick to balancing life and writing, truly is time. When do we find the time in life to write? The short answer is easy, we make it. How this is done is up to you, whether you are a master scheduler who can create some time in your day, your week, you month, or if you are a white knuckler who just bangs it out and makes that hole in time so you can actually write. I prefer a bit of both. I am blessed to have a job that I work 3-4 times a week, and pays me enough to pay my bills. Granted I have no significant other, nor children, so I am able to keep my expenses low enough. However, on the days I don’t work, I make sure to take that time to write.

The next trick in writing is inspiration. Sometimes we just don’t feel like writing, or what we write, we know is trash—we weren’t inspired enough. In many aspects, if we don’t write when we get inspired, then we lose it, we forget our train of thought, we get caught up in that distraction. What I’ve done is keep a notebook always handy, and I always have my phone on me. What my phone does is act as a recording device to document my moments of inspiration on whatever comes to mind. I like recording my voice, as I can hear the excitement, and later when I listen to it, I can get excited and inspired all over again.

So how do we balance life and writing? We do it the best way we can. Some things may fall to the way-side, and sometimes it is our writing. However, if we are diligent, and committed, we can and will find that balance…at some points.

MediaKit_BookCover_ChickenSoupAndAShotOfJackChicken Soup, and a Shot of Jack is a strikingly impressive work of literary fiction from new author Clarence Barbee. The writer weaves his form of prose, delighting readers with thought provoking lessons on how to balance the good and bad in life. The book offers common sense values filled with humorous stories and tales.

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She was amazing! A fire was burning on the stove, her son, who she had spent fourteen hours birthin’, was in danger of losing his left nipple by way of a hot dog grease fire. And all she could do was rock in that damn chair, and talk about the pork chop; which at this point was nothing more than a gnarled up bone.

–From the short story “Just Had to Be Grown”

About the Author: MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_ChickenSoupAndAShotOfBlackClarence Barbee has been writing and performing poetry for over a decade. He has produced 9 spoken word albums, under the pseudonyms Nabraska and Poet402. Clarence is now working on self-publishing books of essays and short stories.

In his professional life he has worked with, educated, and supported many children. Clarence believes in keeping an eye on political planes and social occurrences such as changes in world leadership, and social inequalities. These actions of men are a huge curiosity to the author; he believes in writing about them, and discussing them, so solutions can be made.

Clarence has taken these experiences and written about them extensively. He asks, “Who doesn’t want to be happy,” then goes about the business of finding the answer. Please take some time to join him on this journey as they are set through words, sometimes with music, and always taken with a grain of salt.

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Pondering the Muse by Jeanne Mackin – Guest Blog and Giveaway


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Pondering the Muse
by Jeanne Mackin, author of A Lady of Good Family

“You couldn’t ridicule me into going into the box,” Joni Mitchell said in a recent interview. She is Saint Laurent creative director Hedi Slimane’s new muse and I say amen! Mitchell has been my musical hero for a while, both for the unwavering femaleness of her fabulous voice, and the powerful poetry and honesty of her lyrics. I don’t think the muse could wear a better face than Joni Mitchell’s, at any age.

In fact, I thought of Joni Mitchell quite often when I was developing the character of my protagonist in my latest novel, A Lady of Good Family. Beatrix Jones Farrand, a privileged woman of the Gilded Age, could have married well, supported her husband’s ambitions, and raised a family. That was what her society expected her to do. But she outwitted them and made her own plans, fulfilled her own ambitions. She wouldn’t be boxed in, either.

For a woman artist, invoking the muse has special meaning because the muse, traditionally, is a woman, the semi-divine being who inspires men to do their most creative work, or to simply keep working. Muses, like boats and until quite recently storm systems, were female. When you think about it, those three have a lot in common – they float, they disturb, they keep you off balance. But for a woman to invoke another woman? That can be difficult because whether anthropologists admit it or not, women can be pretty competitive and uncooperative sometimes. When I call upon my muse, I am always aware that I am calling upon a part of myself, to work better, to work harder…sometimes to work at all. The muse isn’t something to tame or train or rely upon but to become. As did Joni Mitchell. As did Beatrix Farrand, the muse of American garden design. As should we all, whatever our chosen endeavor.

Raised among wealth and privilege during America’s fabled Gilded Age, a niece of famous novelist Edith Wharton and a friend to literary great Henry James, Beatrix Farrand is expected to marry, and to marry well. But as a young woman traveling through Europe, she already knows that gardens are her true passion. How she becomes a woman for whom work and love, the earthly and the mysterious, are held in delicate balance is the story of her unique determination to create beauty while remaining true to herself.




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Lenox, Massachusetts

My grandparents had a farm outside of Schenectady, and every Sunday my father, who worked in town, would hitch the swayback mare to the buggy and take us out there. I would be left in play in the field as my father and grandfather sat on the porch and drank tea and Grandma cooked. My mother, always dressed a little too extravagantly, shelled the peas.

A yellow barn stood tall and broad against a cornflower blue sky. A row of red hollyhocks in front of the barn stretched to the sky, each flower on the stem as silky and round as the skirt on Thumbelina’s ball gown. In the field next to the barn, daisies danced in the breeze. My namesake flower.

I saw it still, the yellows and red and blues glowing against my closed eyelids. The field was my first garden and I was absolutely happy in it. We usually are, in the gardens of our childhood.

When I opened my eyes I was on a porch in Lenox, a little tired from weeks of travel, a little restless. My companions were restless, too, weary of trying to make polite conversation as strangers do.

It was a late-summer evening, too warm, with a disquieting breeze stirring the treetops as if a giant ghostly hand ruffled them. Through the open window a piano player was tinkling his way through Irving Berlin as young people danced and flirted. In the road that silvered past the inn, young men, those who had made it home from the war, drove up and down in their shiny black Model T’s.

It was a night for thinking of love and loss, first gardens, first kisses.

Mrs. Avery suggested we try the Ouija board. Since the war it had become a national obsession.

“Let’s,” I agreed eagerly.


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Jeanne Mackin ‘s latest novel, A Lady of Good Family, explores the secret life of gilded age Beatrix Jones Farrand, niece of Edith Wharton and the first woman professional landscape design in America. Her previous novel, The Beautiful American, based on the life of model turned war correspondent and photographer, Lee Miller won the CNY 2015 prize for fiction. She has published in American Letters and Commentary and SNReview and other publications and is the author of the Cornell Book of Herbs and Edible Flowers. She was the recipient of a creative writing fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society and her journalism has won awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. She lives with her husband, Steve Poleskie, in Ithaca.

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