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Review for Silence at Midnight

I really like this series about a simple small town girl, who finds her world turned upside down, by a multitude of secrets that start to unravel in book two, of the Sunset series. If you read book one, you wont be surprised that Royston leaves you with a “Stay Tuned” ending. I don’t usually read trilogies, because I usually find myself bored by the second book, no matter how good the first story is. That being said, I have to tell you I think the second book is even better than the first and I am actively reading the third. I can’t get enough of this story and can’t wait to find out how it ends…but then there is the bittersweet, no more story. I judge a book by how much I want to read it. I have read the first two novels when I woke up, before I went to bed, before the gym, in the doctors office from my phone, and any time I had to snatch a few more pages. It is a great trilogy with interesting characters and an intrigue that leave you wanting more.

Review: Lead Me Into Danger

Lead Me into Danger by [Bernett, Daniella]

I think this was an incredibly well written mystery, with a complex plot. So many layers to keep the reader guessing. It is fast paced, well described and I personally like the tension between Longdon and Kirby. They are multi-faceted characters that make you want to keep reading even after the book is done. Hemingway meets Dan Brown that takes a spin around the ball room with Audrey Hepburn (Roman Holiday Style). If you like intrigue with intelligence, Daniella Bernett checks all the boxes with Lead Me into Danger.

A review for Shadows at Sunset

 

Shadows at Sunset: Book 1 of the Sunset Trilogy by [Royston, Tonya]

Tonya Royston’s, Shadows at Sunset, is a wonderful tale of a teenage-girl who possesses a special ability to talk to animals. Laken Sumner is the kind of girl that can relate to all teen issues, including what to do about college applications and which guy to give her heart to. Her simple days hiking through the forest and serving up pizza are over once the school year starts, and she finds a missing little boy. When a body is pulled from the forest soon after, she has to wonder how her small town has changed, but she knows her pet wolf, Dakota, will keep her safe. A love triangle between Laken, the new deputy and a cool guy at school make this a story you won’t put down. It ends right where you think things will finally unfold, so be prepared to dive into book two of this fast paced series. I already have! 

A dream come true…

Daisy Dukes 'n Cowboy Boots

There have been a lot of lead up post on our blog for the book release of, Daisy Dukes ‘n Cowboy boots. It is with great pleasure that it has accrued several great reviews since it’s release date February 25, 2017. I have always imagined what it would be like to hold a copy of a book that I wrote in my hands, and today I know that feeling is wonderful. I share this grand experience with my co-writer and very dear friend Zoe Tasia, it is a wonderful dream come to life. We are happy with our West Texas Romance and hope to share it with anyone who loves chic-lit, humorous romance, West Texas fun and maybe a little mystery.

Just two more days!


We are excited about our up coming release, just two days away! February 25, 2017! Look for it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Black Opal Books and other online retailers in e-book or print. Our West Texas, humorous romance is sexy, fun and filled with excitement. We hope you enjoy Daisy Dukes ‘n Cowboy Boots.

New release February 25, 2017!

When big-city lawyer, Nolan Anderson, rolls into her small West Texas town, Ferina Kincaid goes into a tailspin of worry over losing her family’s ranch. She knows he’s been hired by town banker and long-time Kincaid nemesis, Lance Morrison, to bring havoc to her world. Morrison owns the land adjacent to Ferina’s property and will stop at nothing to take what is rightfully hers, even if it means digging up the past and hurting innocent bystanders. Dishonest cowhands are cheap in Brewster County, and the banker has enough men and cash to outlast and ruin her with his dirty tricks and vandalism. Hiring Nolan is just the latest of Morrison’s devious shenanigans, which have turned Kincaid Ranch upside-down, and—with more than just her land at stake—Ferina fears she’s no match for this too-handsome, smooth-talking lawyer.

Daisy Dukes ‘n Cowboy Boots

Daisy Dukes 'n Cowboy Boots Cover

I am excited and proud to reveal the cover to our West Texas, humorous romance, Daisy Dukes ‘n Cowboy Boots. It has been an amazing journey and I have learned a lot along the way. Working on the manuscript with Zoe Tasia was great fun… the editing, not so much, but our editor at Black Opal was a real pleasure to work with. I’m thankful for all her patience.

I took an advertising art class in high school many, many years ago. I loved the drawing and won a national ribbon for my billboard add for MADD. I had so much fun developing the cover for our book, that I am fashioning a cover for book two. It is amazing what tools are out there to assist an aspiring artist with limited computer abilities… that would be moi. I am thrilled with our story, and I think the cover captures just the right image to promise lighthearted fun and romance, West-Tex style.

Make sure you check out our book this February 25, 2017 at Blackopalbooks.com, Amazon.com, and all other on-line book sellers. It will be available in e-book or paperback!

Resolutions

IMG_1023Ask a woman if she has made any resolutions for the New Year and chances are she will mention losing weight. I always wonder if it crops up as much when men are asked. Do men even make resolutions? Noting my over-indulgences during the months of November and December evident in the mirror, I, along with a bazillion others, nodded at my reflection and vowed to do something about it. Until someone concocts a magic shake or lotion to vanquish fat, I am sticking to more prosaic methods. I decided that each week, I would make one habit change toward a more healthy living style. I began with keeping a food log to get an idea of how I needed to tweak my intake. The second week, I added short five minute walks every hour during marathon sessions in front of the computer. So far, it’s all doable and I don’t feel overwhelmed as I have in the past by making too many changes in too short a time. Wish me luck.

“My life has gone to the dogs!”

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For those of you who don’t know this little fella, his name is Leo. He is my Louisiana, roadside puppy that my mom bought off hwy 90 in Hammond, Louisiana over five years ago. As my friend from Spain says, he is so cute he breaks my teeth. I have six canine family members at this moment and all are super cute, but there is something about Leo that steels everyone’s heart. Maybe it is because he is a Libra, like me. He even shares my birthday, but not the same year of course. It could be his chocolate dapple color that makes him look like a little butter bean or the way he fusses indignantly at anyone, who has crunchy food, to give him a bite. He has a sliver of blue leftover on one eye, from when his baby blues turned mostly brown. Each of my furry family members have wonderful little souls that make my writing life bliss, but it’s Leo’s Leo-ish behavior that lets most of the family let him get away with being a little turkey. Who could refuse that face?

So hear we are, finally, almost ready for the release of our first book and with almost 9,000 Twitter followers between @ZariReede @ZoeTasia and @Minette_Lauren, and I have tweeted so many dog photos that my followers surely are expecting a coffee table book with photos of dachshunds and Boston terriers…don’t think that I haven’t thought of it, but who buys actual books anymore? It seems that the world has turned to e-readers, laptops, and disposable media. I say this because so many things are out there pinging us with free information everyday, like Twitter, FB, Snapchat and other forms of free press. Who has time to actually read a full novel? I myself spend most of my time on social media that will push the very book that I’ve spent hours, weeks, months, years trying to get to print! Do I sound like I am stressing and waiting for the end? Maybe just a little anxious…but then I look at these cute little fur babies and say, “Hey, what’s it really all about? It’s about spending time with the ones you love and fill your life with happiness, right? Well, that means I am exactly where  I want to be. Writing my stories and soaking up the Houston sun with my dogs/writing muses right by my side. The rest is just lagniappe.

Edits, bleh!

imageI’ve been editing my book and find it is hard to know when to stop. Every time I reread it, I find one more thing to correct. Correction, several things to correct.  I’m struggling with when to let go and send it forth. I want it to be perfect. I have many wonderful writing tools to help me. My friend has read it and assured me I’ve told a good story. Yet, I cling to it. I’ve decided to give myself a deadline. I’ve been fairly good this last year with writing goals. I guess this is one more for me to add to the ever-growing list. Bye, bye, little novel. Time for you to meet more readers.