Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Book Review and Giveaway: Too Blessed to be Stressed for Moms by Deborah M. Coty

About the book
Do you feel like you’re drowning in the everyday stress-pool? . . .
Wish you could make busy-ness a business so you’d be a millionaire? . . .
Welcome to the maternal order of slightly sagging sisters of the 'hood. The motherhood. 
With her own offbeat brand of wit and near-wisdom, popular inspirational humorist Debora Coty addresses heart needs of moms drowning in the churning stress-pool of busyness. In her beloved mom-to-mom, grin-provoking style, Coty offers empathy, laughs, real-life stories, practical parenting survival tips, and fresh biblical insights to help you hear Papa God’s still, small voice through life’s chaos. 
Whether you're struggling with stress related to attitude, time-management, guilt trips, patience, or something in between. . .this humor-filled volume will deliver a much-needed smile and equip you with simple-to-implement tips for attaining the peace we all crave—the peace that passes all understanding.
My Review
Too Blessed to be Stressed for Moms is a book all moms should read, because parenting is not always easy and we all get stressed sometimes. I love Debora M. Coty's writing style. It is like she is having a conversation with you, and the stories she shares from her own motherhood experience and the experience of other mothers is hilarious. She uses a lot of metaphors and bible verses to describe and explain her stories. Her way of writing seems very unique to me since I do not read many books like this. There are questions at the end of each chapter that will help moms "navigate the 'hood", and the chapters are very short which is great for busy moms like me. Too Blessed to be Stressed for Moms is fun to read. I recommend this book to moms who sometimes need a break and reminders that we can handle motherhood even on the craziest days, which is probably all of us. 
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

You can read a sample of the book here 

About the author
Debora M. Coty is a popular humorist, speaker, and award-winning author of numerous inspirational books, including the bestselling Too Blessed to be Stressed line. Deb considers herself a tennis junkie and choco-athlete (meaning she exercises just so she can eat more chocolate). A retired piano teacher and orthopedic occupational therapist, Debora currently lives, loves, and laughs in central Florida with her husband, Chuck, and three grandbuddies and one grandprincess. 

Readers can connect with Debora M. Coty via her website, deboracoty.com, or on Facebook (AuthorDeboraCoty)Twitter (DeboraCoty) and Instagram (DeboraCoty)


To celebrate the release of Too Blessed to Be Stressed for Moms and to bless a mom that needs to de-stress, Deb is giving away a “Take a Day for Mom” $75 VISA Cash Card. The card can be used by a mom for a day of pampering or just getting away and enjoying a day to herself. Do you need a day away or know a mom who does? (Is that a trick question?) Then, enter the giveaway and share it with all your friends. (Another little secret… you don’t have to prove you are a mom in order to win!)

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Feeling in Red9/24
Working Mommy Journal9/24
For Him and My Family9/27
Lighthouse Academy9/27
Texas Book-aholic9/28
My Table of Three9/29
Growing in Grace FB Bible study page             9/30
I am believing God9/30
Heck Of A Bunch10/1
Once Upon a Storyville10/1
The Little Friar10/1
bless their hearts mom10/2
The Forgiven Former Feminist10/2
A Peace of Mind10/3
Locks, Hooks and Books10/3
Loraine D. Nunley, Author10/3
Happily Managing a Household of Boys10/4
SK Bell10/5
Joyful Wife Life10/6
Mommy Ramblings10/6
Side Hustle and Save10/7
This Mom's Delight10/8
Book Babble10/10
Cheryl's Book Blog10/10
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Red Headed Book Lady10/10
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Running Through the Storms10/11
A Day Of Small Things10/12
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Monday, October 8, 2018

Review: Organic Silkworm Cocoons for beautiful skin

I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience

Memoir Organic Silkworm Finger Rub
This year I turned 30 years old. I know I am still very young but ever since my mid-twenties I have been worried about wrinkles. For that reason I have been trying to take better care of my skin. Recently I got the chance to try Organic Silkworm Finger Rub. It is supposed to help with wrinkles, blackheads, whiteheads, and acne scars. When I received the package in the mail I thought it would be strange to rub my face with silkworm cocoons but I have been using them for only one week and I can definitely see a difference in my skin. Luckily I do not have wrinkles yet and I'm hoping that by taking care of my skin now I can keep them away as long as possible. The redness of my skin from acne scars is where I have seen the most improvement. The area around my nose also looks so much better than it did before. I have noticed my blackheads are not as noticeable, and this is just in one week of using these silkworm cocoons! This is amazing since nothing I have tried before seems to get rid of my blackheads. It feels like a gentle scrub for my face and I love how my skin feels after using it. 

It is very easy to use, it only has a few simple instructions

1. Soak Silkworm Finger Rub in warm water for 2~3 minutes until it softens.
2. Cleanse face with cleansing foam or soap.
3. Before rinsing with water, gently massage your face using Finger Rub.
4. Rinse with water. Use twice daily per Finger Rub; once in the morning and once in the evening.

5 out of 5 stars

You can buy a pack of 30 Finger Rubs from Amazon for $14.99
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Friday, November 24, 2017

Book Review with Giveaway: Please Explain Terrorism to Me: A Story for Children, P-E-A-R-L-S of Wisdom for Their Parents by Laurie Zelinger and Ann Israeli

A Story for Children, P-E-A-R-L-S of Wisdom for their Parents 

Complemented by exquisite, colorful artwork, Dr. Zelinger skillfully crafts an easily relatable children's story using everyday situations, around the oppressive concept of Terrorism in the news. With masterful understanding of the child's world, new and frightening concepts are introduced carefully and gently, with the child's perspective in mind. Dr. Zelinger provides parent coaching to further the dialogue in her P-E-A-R-L-S of Wisdom section (Prepare, Explain, Answer, Reassure, Listen, Safeguard) where caregivers are given scripts to guide them, as well room for individuality. This pioneer book helps children and parents face a critical, often avoided topic with reassurance and calm.

"This book provides the 'PEARLS' of wisdom for parents and children to discuss a scary topic like terrorism in ways that promote healthy and authentic parent-child conversations that yield to mutual respect and bonding." 
--Marc A. Brackett, PhD., Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

"Deep and yet accessible, her remarkable deciphering of the psychological factors that hinder the free communication between parents and children on terrorism is compelling. This fascinating guide amounts to a riveting lesson of clarity and to a masterpiece in bridging the unbridgeable." 
--Hon. Yehuda Lancry, Former Ambassador of Israel to the U.N.

"Please Explain 'Terrorism' to Me is a straightforward and down-to-earth treatment of a difficult subject. Dr. Zelinger uses common sense, a simple clarification of the basic issues, and reassurance to provide a deeper understanding of terrorism for kids--without a corresponding rise in anxiety." 
--Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D., Psychologist/Author,

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From the Growing With Love Series at Loving Healing Press

Book Review
Trying to explain terrorism to my children before reading this book seemed a bit difficult because as a parent I just want to protect them from all the evil in the world. Even though terrorism is a difficult subject to talk about, I believe that children should be aware of what it is and what they can do to try to be as safe as possible. Please Explain Terrorism To Me makes it easy to have that conversation. It kept the attention of all my children, even my 4 year old! When I finished reading the story to my children, I had a conversation with my 9 year old daughter about what she thought of the book and about terrorism with the help of P-E-A-R-L-S of Wisdom at the end of the book. This book is so helpful for parents that want to talk about terrorism to their children but are unsure of where to start. 

I give it 5 stars!

My daughter telling me what the book is about.

More books by the author

About the Author
Illustrator, Ann Israeli, and
author, Laurie Zelinger
Dr. Laurie Zelinger, Diplomate, is a Board Certified Psychologist with a specialty in School Psychology, and a Registered Play Therapist with forty years' experience. She is a licensed New York State psychologist who recently retired from a Long Island public school system and is now devoting her time exclusively to writing, consulting, and her busy private practice. Dr. Laurie's previous books include: "Please Explain Anxiety to Me: Simple Biology and Solutions for Children and Parents," The "O MY" in TonsillectOMY & AdenoidectOMY: How to Prepare Your Child for Surgery (in its second edition), A Smart Girl's Guide to Liking Herself Even on the Bad Days for American Girl, and a chapter on selective mutism in the compendium, School Based Play Therapy (second edition). She is also credited with being a consultant for the Bitty Baby book series by American Girl where she assisted in the development of the "For Parents" sections, as well as editorial development of another American Girl book. Dr. Laurie's interest in writing began in 4th grade, when a play she wrote was performed by students in her public school. Dr. Zelinger is a fellow and elected officer in the nationally based American Academy of School Psychology and spent four years on the Executive Board of the New York Association of Play Therapy. As a media referral specialist for the American Psychological Association, she has contributed to nearly 200 venues regarding child development. Dr. Laurie and her psychologist husband, Dr. Fred, are both certified Red Cross Disaster Mental Health volunteers. They have been happily married for over thirty-five years and have raised four children. You can learn more about Dr. Zelinger and her books at DrZelinger dot com. 

You can also follow the author here...

Ann Israeli graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and began her art career as a textile designer. She worked designing wallpaper and home furnishings before moving on to a career in Women's and Children's knitwear designs, where she won many awards. She began a second career as an art teacher in the Rockville Centre School District on Long Island, New York and earned her Masters of Art degree from Adelphi University (New York). Currently, Ann enjoys visiting her newest grandson in California and spending time with her husband, children, family, and friends. She also relishes her time working on oil painting and hopes to continue on her new path as an illustrator.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Book Spotlight: The Adventures of Fawn by Al E. Boy

Book Genre:  Children’s Fiction
Print Length: 517 pages
Publisher: Al E. Boy (October 1, 2014)
Publication Date: October 1, 2014
Language: English


The Adventures of Fawn is a 'coming of age' series set in the magical world of Santa's North Pole! The year is 1849, and legendary reindeer Comet and Vixen have a young daughter, Fawn. In this first book, 'Til the Last Snowflake Falls' the young reindeer spends far too many days alone in the stable at Santa's Village with no friends and nothing to do.

While her parents caution her she's much too young and inexperienced to go exploring outside Santa's Village by herself, Fawn disagrees. Declaring, “I want some fun and excitement! I don’t care how dangerous it is!” she begins sneaking out each day in search of friends, excitement and adventure. She'll find them all...but also find herself facing dangers like a fierce hungry wolf, a freezing North Pole blizzard, and the treachery of a sea captain capturing animals of the arctic to sell to a zoo in New York City.

Along the way, she'll also learn some valuable lessons about what's really important in life. The Adventures of Fawn are filled with fun and excitement for all ages!​

Excerpt #1 from ‘Til the Last Snowflake Falls

Today was going to
be the day!
Fawn had it all
planned out. The young reindeer would wait until her dad and mum,
Comet and Vixen, came home to the stable, and she was going to calmly
explain how unhappy she was.
mentioned it before, (more like every other day), but each time her
bad mood had gotten the better of her and she’d wound up arguing
with her parents. Each time they had told her she wasn’t old
enough…not mature enough…to be going out on her own.
Fawn had often
pondered over their words.
Not mature
She wasn’t
exactly sure what that meant…but just the same she didn’t like
the sound of it!
I think it’s
like saying I’m still a baby
! Darnit! I’m four and
a half months old
Fawn was convinced
fun…excitement….maybe even friends could be hers to enjoy if she
was free to explore the world outside Santa’s Village.
I blew it those
other times by getting too excited
. If I can plainly and
calmly explain to mum and dad how bored and lonely I am
I need some friends
surely they’ll see how much
I’ve changed
how much more ‘mature’ I am nowwhatever
that means
! I’ll wait for them to come homeand
then I’ll show them
Yes, indeed! She
had it all planned out!

But sometimes even
the best laid plans can fall apart.  

Excerpt #1 from Book 2- The Ona Pendulum

It was at that
very moment…something very strange occurred.
Santa and Wajic
suddenly became motionless, and their faces appeared in energized
broken patterns…almost like shattered, electrified pieces of glass.
Every angle of the fractured pattern sputtered and flashed likenesses
of them……but each one different. In some they looked younger…and
in others, older…….and older still.
Fawn, Bunny,
Snowboy and Doctor Weather were all quite surprised and taken aback.
They had absolutely no idea what was happening…or what they should
do. The only choice they had was to stand there powerlessly watching.
Then, just as
suddenly as it began, it stopped.
Looking a bit
overwhelmed, everyone just stood there…watching Santa and Wajic.
“Are you
alright?” asked Fawn.
fine.” Santa answered. He noticed the concerned looks on everyone’s
face, and added, “Why do you ask?”
The Doctor
explained, “Well…something just happened a moment ago. Very odd!
You didn’t notice? You didn’t feel anything?”
Wajic stretched
his arms and yawned.
“Come to think
of it…I am a little tired all of a sudden.”
Santa brought a
gloved hand up to cover his mouth, as he also yawned.
“Me, too! Hmmm.
That’s very strange! What was it you saw?”
Fawn, Bunny,
Snowboy and Doctor Weather gave them the details of what they’d
seen, and with each piece of information, Wajic looked more and more
Santa noticed.
“What is it, old
“I’m not quite
sure, Kris. It could be nothing…or….it could be something! When
we get back to the Village, I’ll head to my workshop and look into
As he yawned a
second time, Santa said, “Let’s just hope it’s nothing

Excerpt #1 from Book 3-Far And Yet So Near

“A little snow
shouldn’t be a problem, eh?” Doctor Weather called out to Foddle.
For the umpteenth
time, she brushed snow off Hutch that probably measured a couple of
inches thick.
Foddle looked at a
loss for words, as he flicked snow off his beard and face.
“What can I
say?” he replied. “How could I have known?”
Bunny was
completely covered in snow, and shouted angrily at Snowboy, “A
little snow never hurt anybody! Isn’t that what you said?”
Snowboy couldn’t
think of anything to say, except, “I’m sorry! Really! I am!”
He took a moment
to look down at himself and then blurted out, “Hey! I think I’m
getting bigger again!”
Once again, Bunny
pointed a paw at him. “Stop that!!”
Snow was falling
so heavily, it was difficult for anyone to even see the end of the
dog teams.
Perched on Fawn’s
back, Bunny cleaned snow off herself as best she could, and shook her
head disgustedly.
“A drop-off into
nothingness…Hangnail Pass…a Bridge with a mind of its own…playing
‘catch-up’ with a bunch of wandering reindeer…and now a heavy
snowfall! What’s next? An earthquake?!”
Fawn’s eyebrows
came down heavy over her eyes as she looked at her friend.
“Shh! Don’t
say that! Don’t even think it! When folks say ‘Things could be
!’...you’re not supposed to help things get that way!”

Through almost 40 years as a Santa Claus, Al E. Boy developed quite a repertoire of tales to explain and answer the many questions children ask about Santa, the North Pole, his reindeer, and his friends, the elves.

​It was this collection of tales which prompted him to begin writing The Adventures of Fawn. Through the young daughter of legendary reindeer Comet and Vixen, he's been able to weave an exciting, colorful, imaginative world which will delight readers of all ages!

Mr. Boy not only hopes you enjoy these tales, but make reading them part of your Christmas traditions, as well.


Friday, December 16, 2016

Now & Forever by Simi K. Rao Book Review and Giveaway

About the Book:

Can Shaan and Ruhi face their biggest fears and unite together?

Shaan and Ruhi Ahuja, very much in love Indian newlyweds, discover each other in Simi K. Rao’s Now and Forever—the sassy and sexy sequel to Inconvenient Relations. After getting the scare of their lives while traveling in the Grand Canyon, Shaan and Ruhi go back home to one dilemma after another. Shaan’s job is in jeopardy, and one of Ruhi’s closest friends, Sunshine, needs her. How will Shaan and Ruhi handle life’s hurdles, while still trying to get to know each other as husband and wife? Will they be able to forsake all others and consolidate their relationship?

Book Links:

Goodreads * Amazon

My Review
I read Inconvenient Relations back in 2013 when I won the book from the author. At that time Inconvenient Relations was called An Incurable Insanity. I loved it. If I would have read Now & Forever back in 2014 I think I would have enjoyed it so much more. I enjoyed the book overall but was annoyed with Shaan and Ruhi a lot of the time. I give this book 3 stars.

About the Author:
Simi K. Rao was born and grew up in India before relocating to the U.S., where she has lived for several years. The inspiration for her books, and other projects, comes from her own experience with cross-cultural traditions, lifestyles and familial relationships, as well as stories and anecdotes collected from friends, family and acquaintances.

Rao enjoys exploring the dynamics of contemporary American culture blended with Indian customs and heritage to reflect the challenges and opportunities many Indian-American women face in real life.

Much of Rao's down time is devoted to creative pursuits, including writing fiction, poetry and photography. She is an avid traveler and has visited many locations around the world.

A practicing physician, Rao lives in the United States with her family.

Contact the Author:

Website * Blog * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads

Other Books in the Series:

Shaan Ahuja found himself bowing to tradition and agreeing to an arranged marriage to the beautiful Ruhi Sharma. He went through the motions but had no intention of carrying through on his vows. His last foray into matters of the heart with an American girl had left him scarred and unwilling to try again. Thoroughly disillusioned and disgruntled he wasted no time in making his intentions clear to Ruhi on their wedding night. But, he was completely unprepared for what his new wife had in mind.

This multi-cultural contemporary romance story of an arranged marriage is a beautiful blending of showing the Indian and American cultures. Readers will learn more about the Indian heritage and the romance that happens behind closed doors in an Indian relationship in Simi K. Rao's Inconvenient Relations. This coming of age story about true love explores multi-cultural issues.


1)  A $10 Amazon Gift Card 

2) A kindle copy each of Inconvenient relations and Now and Forever. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Paranormal Bar and Grille with Giveaway

October starts out warm and sunny, but this is the month when everything changes. Mornings grow frosty, leaves change colors, and the breeze takes on a bite.

Summer dies.
It's a time for harvest celebrations. A boy loans a girl his coat. She snuggles a little closer and takes his hand. A riot of autumn splendor accompanies the farmer's market where they stroll.
But the vibrancy of daylight doesn't compare to the darkness of night. Is that chill on your neck the breeze or something else?
You walk a tad faster and look over your shoulder. The trees creak when the wind whips through their branches—at least, you hope that noise came from the undulating bows.
You check under the bed and inside the closet before climbing under the covers. Sleep doesn't come easy. The old house groans its complaints, and the night magnifies every innocuous noise until terror paralyzes you—because you know nefarious things go bump in the night.
Welcome to the Paranormal Bar & Grille Blog Tour
...where you can rub elbows with everyone from a gargoyle or vampire, to a creature from urban legend, to the ghosts from realms of myth. Step up to the bar, grab a booth. You never know what’s on the menu, or if you might end up there yourself.
Sound like your kind of hangout? Then you’ve come to the right place. We're a group of five authors who love nothing more than to trigger the chill that crawls up your back, the nervous glance tossed over your shoulder. We invite you to discover outstanding books and check out our awesome tour prizes.

Enter our $30 Rafflecopter giveaway here, then visit our blog StoryEmpire.com to participate in a scavenger hunt. Fifteen prizes are up for grabs on Story Empire, three from each author. You have the opportunity for 10 Amazon gift cards ranging in value from $15 to $10, plus ebooks from the participating authors. 

Just be careful of what the bartender serves you. That heady brew may not be a beer, and witches can't be trusted to provide effective antidotes.

 A Thousand Yesteryears (Point Pleasant Series)
by Mae Clair
Supernatural Suspense/Mystery
Date Published: April 26, 2016
Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Underground

“Masterful, bone-chilling fiction…one intense thriller. A Thousand Yesteryears will keep you guessing, gasping and turning the pages for more.” —New York Times bestselling author Kevin O’Brien

Behind a legend lies the truth…
As a child, Eve Parrish lost her father and her best friend, Maggie Flynn, in a tragic bridge collapse. Fifteen years later, she returns to Point Pleasant to settle her deceased aunt’s estate. Though much has changed about the once thriving river community, the ghost of tragedy still weighs heavily on the town, as do rumors and sightings of the Mothman, a local legend. When Eve uncovers startling information about her aunt’s death, that legend is in danger of becoming all too real…
Caden Flynn is one of the few lucky survivors of the bridge collapse, but blames himself for coercing his younger sister out that night. He’s carried that guilt for fifteen years, unaware of darker currents haunting the town. It isn’t long before Eve’s arrival unravels an old secret—one that places her and Caden in the crosshairs of a deadly killer…

About The Author
Mae Clair has been chasing myth, monsters and folklore through research and reading since she was a child. In 2013 and 2015, she journeyed to West Virginia to learn more about the legendary Mothman, a creature who factors into her latest release.
Mae pens tales of mystery and suspense with a touch of romance. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and numbers cats, history and exploring old graveyards among her passions.  Look for Mae on her website at MaeClair.net

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The Glade
by Harmony Kent

Date Published:  November 2014

“Readers who like to curl up during the long winter evenings and feel the delicious chill of fear running up and down their spines need only turn to The Glade to have all their expectations fulfilled.

The Glade is a horror story in the mould of Stephen King, and rendered the more so by its faint echoes of Pet Cemetery and the even stronger resonance of the pervasive malignancy of It.”—Review by Brian O’Hare

This gripping, edge-of-your-seat mystery/thriller will have you thinking twice about booking that idyllic cottage in the country. Nothing in this woodland paradise within the Forest of Dean is what it seems. 

The Wenstrops have it all: health, wealth, and happiness. Until everything falls apart. Helen gets arrested for murder, and yet is either unable or unwilling to give a defence. During her detention, vital evidence goes missing and tensions run high.

Meanwhile, in the woods, malignant forces gather power. 

This sensational second novel by acclaimed author Harmony Kent will have you alternately laughing, crying, and gripping the edge of your seat as this roller-coaster ride of a plot unfolds. It will keep you guessing through its many twists and turns, and hijack your attention right up until you turn the final page. This book has it all: murder, intrigue, the supernatural, a broken marriage, a love affair, courage against impossible odds, suspense, and high drama. 

“Expertly written, the book keeps you guessing at every turn. What can I say? You really have to read this book ... if you're brave enough!”—Review by Fantasy Queen

The Glade is an IndieB.R.A.G.Medallion honoree, and an Official Selection for the New Apple Book Awards 2015.

Purchase Links

About the Author:
Harmony Kent is famous for her laughter, and has made quite the name for herself … she’s also, um, a writer … and fairly well known for that too. She’s even won a few awards. Harmony lives in rural Cornwall with her ever-present sense of humour and quirky neighbours and refuses to admit to her age.
If you catch her at work, you’ll see that she also offers editing, proof reading, manuscript appraisal, and beta reading services. Not to mention being passionate about supporting her fellow authors.

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Will O' the Wisp
by C. S. Boyak
Paranormal/Young Adult

Date Published: March 13, 2015
There is something evil up Bergamot Holler, and it's been targeting the Hall family for generations.
Patty Hall is fifteen years old. She loves stargazing, science fiction, and all things related to space exploration. This leaves her perfectly prepared for the wrong problem.
Patty is afraid her mother will send her to a care facility if she tells her what she's seen. If she doesn't figure things out soon, she's going to join her father in the Hall family cemetery plot.
Patty has to come to grips with her own physical handicap, survive the wilderness, and face an ancient evil all alone if she's going to survive.
Will O' the Wisp is suitable for young adults. It involves strong elements of suspense, and is set in the mid 1970s.

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About The Author:
I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I'm not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.
I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.
I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.

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Love Set in Stone
by Staci Troilo
Paranormal Romance

Date Published: April 2, 2016

A cold stone heart breaks more easily than it beats. Than it loves.
Damien was a loyal warrior, killed in battle in 1203. Because of his true heart, he was given the option to pass on to his eternal reward or exist in another state of being as a protector… until the time came when he could resume living the life he’d been cheated of.
A soldier by nature, he chose the latter. And he waited centuries—as a gargoyle—growing increasingly bitter about his choice. Then he sees her.
Rina is a hard worker and loyal friend. She just has the worst luck. One night, after saving her best friend from a violent assault, she finds herself at the attacker’s mercy. Then out of nowhere, a savior comes and rescues her.
With only an angel to guide him, Damien must make the right choices to win Rina’s heart, or be forever damned as a grotesque mockery of the guardian he once was.

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Book Excerpt:
He gasped but only succeeded in inhaling thick embers. “I hate it when you do that to me, Anael. What the hell?”
“Not what, Damien,” Anael said. “Where. It’s against the rules, but you needed to see.”
“The first level.”
Damien choked on clouds of brimstone and looked around. Bodies hung on racks, some scourged by demonic creatures wielding whips of fire, others stretched until their limbs tore off only to reassemble and stretch again. Some souls were skinned and devoured, the torment cyclical, never-ending. Giant beasts with nine-inch claws and twelve-inch teeth tore people into bloody shreds. They gnawed on the bones of writhing beings, snarling and snapping at anything near them. 
There was no blessed retreat into unconsciousness or death. This was their other side, their ever-after, their eternity. The tormented endured each torture, alert and unprotected. Impossibly hot gusts of wind howled through the cavern, tossing the departed from one horror to the next. And the maniacal screeches of the tormentors were only overpowered by the anguished wails of the damned.
“I’ve seen enough.” Damien’s words were barely intelligible through his coughing and wheezing.
“Are you certain? This is only the first level. The second level hosts souls feeding on their own entrails, or having a myriad of sexual violations forced upon them. Rape. Sodomy. Bestiality. And then there’s—”
Damien clutched Anael’s arm. “Enough!”
“Do you understand now?”
Damien looked up and howled, his throat burning, his voice mingling into the sounds of all the other lost souls, an agonizing dirge melodic only to Satan himself. 
When he thought the devil’s name, the most sinister laugh echoed through the cavern, a shadow given voice and power. It sent chills down his burning spine. The demons cheered, their victims cowered, and Damien cringed, seeking escape that would only be denied him.

About the Author:
Staci Troilo has always loved fiction, ever since her parents read her fairy tales when she was little. Today, her interests are much more eclectic. She loves getting lost in sci-fi battles, fantasy realms, horror worlds, suspenseful intrigues, and romantic entanglements.
As goes her reading, so goes her writing. She can’t pick a single genre to focus on, so she doesn’t even try. She’s proud to say she’s a multi-genre author.
When she’s not reading or writing, she’s spending time with family and friends, possibly cooking for them, or maybe enjoying an afternoon in the pool. To learn more about her, visit her website or connect with her on social media.

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Vampire Island
by Sandra Cox
Paranormal YA
Date Published: October 18, 2015

My name is Zoe Tempest. Just let me say, I had no intention of becoming a vampire hunter. My world revolved around the trendiest clothes, the boy of the week and shopping. My parents were well-off and indulgent. I was the center of their universe. I’m afraid I took that for granted. My life was as close to perfect as a seventeen year old can get. I had everything. Then my parents were murdered and my world came crashing down.
After their funeral, I went to live with my uncle Julian Kilmer. That’s when everything changed. In a manner more terrifying than anything I could have imagined.

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About the Author:
Sandra writes YA Fantasy, Paranormal and Historical Romance, and Metaphysical Nonfiction. She lives in sunny North Carolina with her husband, a brood of critters and an occasional foster cat. Although shopping is high on the list, her greatest pleasure is sitting on her  porch, listening to the birds, sipping coffee or a latte and enjoying a good book. She's a vegetarian and a Muay Thai enthusiast.

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Twitter: @ Sandra_Cox

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