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H. D. Gordon is Visiting!

Santa’s Little Helper

“Santa’s Little Helper” by H. D. Gordon

Published on… 31 October 2014
Published as… Horror

H. D. Gordon’s Guest Post

I’ve spent all my life living in really old, really big houses. The kind of houses with dank, cement-walled basements and rusty hinges. The kind of houses a child could spend hours playing and hiding in, discovering strange new things in dark corners and crevices that gave pause upon approach.

The rooms were deep, but not tall. The sunlight that filtered through the windows in contained rectangles always seemed somehow dustier, floating with tiny specks that made you hold your breath, so as not to breathe them in, as you passed through.

If you’ve ever lived in one of these places, you know that the very walls, the ceiling and the floorboards are constantly singing out to their occupants; groaning and creaking and “settling”–as my mother liked to call it– all around you. To me, the sounds always reminded me of a complaining stomach, and I couldn’t help but feel as though I was the undigested meal inside it.

Yes, I had an imagination. A tendency to envision impossible possibilities. And boy, was it a source of pain for me when I was younger.

I remember one night in particular. I was an embarrassing thirteen years of age, and just then trying my darnedest to sleep in my own room, with the lights off. (I spent a long time sleeping in my mother’s or sister’s room, secretly hoping that when the monsters showed up–because I was certain they would show up–they would eat the other person first, leaving me with a chance to escape.)

I was lying there, telling myself there was nothing to be afraid of, when I heard it. The tiniest of noises, the slightest of “settlings”, and my body went board-stiff in the bed.

It was Chucky! That evil, hideous doll from Child’s Play! I was certain! And there! There! Did I hear correctly?! Dear LORD, please tell that wasn’t the pitter-pattering of his little plastic shoes crossing my bedroom floor, huge knife in hand!

Dear Reader, you may be laughing now, but I was frozen with terror. I tried to scream. For the love of GOD, I tried with all my will to scream my head off, but I was so scared that I’d lost control of my vocals!

That was the only time in my life–save for the occasional nightmare– when I literally had my voice snatched from me by fear. I can tell you, it was not a pleasant feeling.

What happened, you wonder? Well, after what seemed like an eternally long moment of sweat-chilling terror, I finally regained control over my body, and bolted out of the black room, barking my shin on the dresser and somehow escaping with my life.

By the time I worked my courage up to return to the room–standing with my body out in the hallway and searching the inside wall blindly for the light switch–Chucky had hidden from sight.

The point I hope I’m making is, I’m no stranger to terror. Specifically, the kind of terror only an over-imaginative child can feel. And if you were like me, and would like me to take you back there, back to that time when you used to lie staring into the shadows, shivering under the covers, just take my hand, and I’ll lead you there.

I’ve got a little buddy named Santa’s Little Helper, and he’s just dying to meet you.

About the Book

He shows up in a white box, with a bright red book under his arm… He wears a jolly grin and hat, a suit with gold bells and green yarn… He watches you for Santa, or so his red book claims… But though his grin is jolly, he’s not here for fun and games…

The children have been chosen, such precious little souls they are… And may the Gods be with them, if they wish to make it very far… For Santa’s Little Helper does not say, but knows important things… He knows when you’ve been bad or good, and what monsters stalk your dreams… He knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you’re awake…He’s picking out his presents…He’s got some souls to take.

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About the Author

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H. D. Gordon is the bestselling author of THE ALEXA MONTGOMERY SAGA, THE JOE KNOWE SERIES, and THE SURAH STORMSONG NOVELS. She is a lifelong reader and writer, a true lover of words. When she is not reading and writing, she is busy raising her two daughters and keeping the world’s zombie population under control.

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Sophie Park is Visiting!

The Demon’s Game

“The Demon’s Game” by Sophie Park

Published on… 28 June 2014
Published as… Fantasy

A Chat with Sandra

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Sandra: The Demon’s Game is a story following myself, my friend Mira and a group of mercenaries as we travel to the top of the world to recover a dangerous artifact. Lillith brought us together, having recently discovered the location of the artifact and needing some help getting it. She’s a mage and somewhat outrageous but I think it’s all an act. Not the magic of course, but the brave front she shows to the world. I think she’s really as scared as the rest of us and twice as scared to admit it.
None of us know that one of our group members is playing her for a fool, using us to gain access to the artifact with the intention of killing us all after.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Sandra: I’m a royal guard.
Well, I was a royal guard. Now I’m just a hermit, living in the frozen northern reaches with Mira, thriving off the land and trying to forget about anything to do with adventure or danger. I’m being chased by ghosts, you see? I’ve killed evil men but in my weaker moments or when I’m in a crowd, I can see them and it doesn’t matter what terrible things they did in life. They’re still there.
Watching me.
Judging me.
When I listen to them, they tell me about their friends. Their families. Their hopes and dreams. Who was I to cut all that short?

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Sandra: She has an unhealthy obsession with my moments of weakness. There are dark places in me that I don’t even like to go and she lays them bare for all to see! It’s embarrassing and maybe a little cathartic if I’m telling the truth. Mira looks up to me in an unhealthy way, and Lillith’s crew only sees my skills with the sword. They can’t know the real me because they can’t imagine that there’s another side, you know?
Sophie sees it. She sees it all. There are things I thought I could hide from myself, but I can’t hide them from her. It’s… freeing, I suppose? All the bravado and the false impressions and in the end I know that there is at least one person who understands me.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Sandra: We’re saving the world! It’s difficult and sometimes boring and exciting and everything that you might want adventure to be, all rolled together until you don’t know what will be happening that day but it definitely is different than the day before. Frankly, I didn’t even want to go at first. Mira and I still have most of the gold we took from the dragon and our cabin is about as far away from civilization as we can get… I thought I liked it, right?
I thought it was everything that I needed. I thought it was helping drive away the ghosts for good.
I was wrong.
The building, the isolation, even the money. None of it mattered.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Sandra: Well, let’s see: I get humiliated, melted, stabbed, hugged, bludgeoned, swarmed by undead, and lacerated from the inside out. What do you think?

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Sandra: A beach. Seriously, when this is all over I’m going to make Lillith show me where she’s from. Have you seen her outfit? It’s the middle of winter and she traipses around with almost nothing on!
She says it’s cultural, and her magic protects her from the cold, but I’m not so sure. There can’t really be a place where it’s that warm all the time.
Right?

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Sandra: I don’t think she’s ever going leave me be. Steel runs through my blood, and I still need to find out what those hallucinations are about. Margo thinks that they’re visions but she’s a cleric so I’m pretty sure she thinks that everything’s a vision.
Besides: I really need to know how it works out with Mira and Margo! After everything we’ve been through she deserves a little happiness.

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Sandra: Lillith mentioned one night that very powerful mages can go back and forward through time. Can you imagine it? She’s always setting things on fire with just the power of her mind so I’m inclined to believe her. My point is: late 70’s Sigourney Weaver, most definitely.
She kicks ass, she’s snarky but she’s not invincible. No one is, really. You’re always one breath away from doom, one mistake away from death.

About the Book

In this sequel to the Top Selling fantasy novel The Dragon’s Prize, Sophie Park blends dungeon-crawling fantasy action, romance and a bit of spice into an intriguing mixture sure to satisfy your palette!

After slaying the dragon Daro and fleeing their homeland, Sandra and Mira have been living a life of quiet solitude in the Wild North. With no one around for miles and nothing to focus on but survival, Sandra has finally quieted the ghosts of Velmar and her guilty conscience.

Everything starts to unravel when Lillith walks into their life: Mira, itching for adventure and any human company besides Sandra, sets off with his band of mercenaries on a quest to quite possibly save the very world while Sandra tries to focus on keeping the shreds of her sanity intact.

On the way Mira finds herself falling for Margo, the group’s cleric with an alien philosophy and a reputation for breaking hearts, and Sandra realizes that it may not have been the new lifestyle keeping her sane.

While relationships are tested and dangerous monsters challenge everyone’s skills, will they all lose The Demon’s Game before they even know they’re playing?

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About the Author

Sophie lives and works in the Pacific Northwest with her supportive family.

In the dribs and drabs of her spare time she juggles a number of activities including reading, writing, video gaming and tabletop roleplaying. She DM’s a regular Monday session of Pathfinder for friends, and occasionally play GURPS and D&D 4th Edition on the weekends.

Her literary influences range from pop culture like TV, video games, anime and movies to the old Forgotten Realms series of books and of course the images whirling around inside her head. While writing she often listens to dubstep and other electronic music, but because of the kids she also knows all the words to the Hot Dog Dance.

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Kelsey Jordan is Visiting!

Heart of a Rocky

“Heart of a Rocky” by Kelsey Jordan

Published on… 17 October 2014
Published as… Paranormal Romance

About the Book

The Takeover
Tor Omar James, King of the North African pride, needs one woman if he has any hope of keeping his sanity – Anise, his Soul’s Mate. There’s only one problem: she’s pregnant by Derrick, Tor of the United States pride. Anise is caught between the love that every Lycan covets and the motherly devotion to the son she would sacrifice so much for. Can Omar survive the takeover of the US pride and convince Anise that he is more man than lion?

The Defender
Asim Tyson, the Defender of the Hafiz, is fighting off the insanity of his longing after losing his Soul’s Mate in battle. Unfortunately, his self-centered existence results in the gross neglect of his people when they need him the most. When Harmony appears in his life, he is forced to make a choice. Should he resist the lure of Harmony’s caustic melody or embrace his weakness in order to keep her safe?

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About the Author

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Kelsey Jordan is the author of The Gardinian World novels. Though she has a preference for all things paranormal and romantic, Kelsey admits she just writes what her muse demands of her. It’s less painful that way. When she isn’t enjoying the momentary benefits of playing god to the many characters that live in her head, she can usually be found curled up with a book, killing something in a video game, or spending time with her family. At some point in the day she is probably drinking more than her recommended dose of coffee, but don’t tell her that. She doesn’t care about recommended servings.

As a Texas native and self-described Air Force brat, Kelsey now lives in Georgia with her husband and their tutu-wearing minion.

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Maggie Van Well is Visiting!

Ruby’s Letters

“Ruby’s Letters” by Maggie Van Well

Published on… 9 October 2014
Published as… Paranormal Romance

About the Book

You never know what you’ll find behind the wall of a closed up fireplace.

Emma Hopkins is a recently divorced chimney sweep trying to make it in a man’s world. When she wins a huge job in Brooklyn Heights , she finds more than she bargains for; a sexy general contractor who makes her blood boil and an evil spirit who wants her dead.

Ryan Atkinson struggles to keep his once-successful general contracting business alive, but horrors in his past have made him a shell of the man he once was. Now he has to face those fears to save Emma from a murderous ghost hell-bent on revenge.

Together, Ryan and Emma become ghost hunting partners, hoping to solve the mystery behind Ruby’s letters. What they uncover is a one-hundred year old murder and a budding love that can’t be denied.

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About the Author

Maggie lives on Long Island with her husband, four insane children (no idea where they get that from) and three entertaining Italian greyhounds; Rosie, Stripe and Santa’s Little Helper (yes, that’s his real name). She also has two ringed-neck doves, because, ya know, who doesn’t like getting woken up at 2 in the morning by cooing?

She loves the ocean, and feels blessed to be able to go to the beach whenever she wants. She is addicted to café mochas, Godiva chocolate, and hidden object games. Seriously, there’s an intervention in her future.

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V. Fitzgerald is Visiting!

Illusion

“Illusion” by V. Fitzgerald

Published on… 19 January 2014
Published as… Contemporary Romance

About the Book

Someone was watching her…she could feel it in her bones. She’d always trusted her instincts and they told her to run. Alexis Costillano was a fashion designer for Kristopher Stollis, one of the most prestigious icons in the fashion industry. But when her mom was diagnosed with cancer she decided to find her brother and fulfill her dying mothers wish…to see her son. Matt was a member of a motorcycle club and so Lexi left her posh Los Angeles apartment to enter the world of guns, drugs and bikers…she was out of her element.

Riley was the VP of the Screaming Skulls MC and one smokin’ hot biker. Rough around the edges, Riley seemed to have a soft spot for Lexi and takes her under his wing while she’s held hostage by their club President, the infamous Black Jack Trolley. Their attraction to one another is taboo, Jack has claimed her as his ‘old lady and that means hands off. Would he go against his brothers to pursue the fashionista or would he leave her to Black Jack? Through the twists and turns of the MC life they fight to claim each other and just when you think you know their story everything turns upside down and you find its all one big “Illusion”. Each had secrets, deep secrets. Would their relationship survive the lies told when the truth comes out?

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About the Author

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V. FITZGERALD is a novelist, poet and journalist. When she’s not at her full-time job, she’s writing and enjoying life with her husband and daughter in her Southern Oregon home. She enjoys camping, sitting on a beach with a glass of wine and good book and traveling. Her writing inspiration comes from plugging in her IPod, turning up the volume and rocking out!

V. has written four books, with ILLUSION as the first in a published trilogy. DECEPTION is book two of that series, and the next entry, REDEMPTION, is soon to follow…

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Paulette Mahurin is Visiting!

His Name was Ben

“His Name was Ben” by Paulette Mahurin

Published on… 25 July 2014
Published as… Literary Fiction

About the Book

Hearing the words “it’s cancer,” threw Sara Phillips’ life into chaos, until an unexpected turn of events and a chance encounter with a stranger changed everything—his name was Ben. Based on real events, Ben and Sara discover that when all else fails, healing can come in the most unexpected ways. Chilling and heart wrenching, His Name Was Ben is a triumph over the devastating circumstances and fear experienced when faced with a terminal illness. In this narrative, the power of love conquers shadows and transforms the very nature and meaning of what it is to be fully alive. From the award winning, best-selling author of, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, comes a story filled with soul and passion that will leave the reader thinking about it for days after the last page is closed.

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About the Author

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Paulette Mahurin lives with her husband Terry and three dogs, Max, Bella, and Lady Luck in Ventura County, California. She grew up in West Los Angeles and attended UCLA, where she received a Master’s Degree in Science.

While in college, she won awards and was published for her short-story writing. One of these stories, Something Wonderful, was based on the couple presented in His Name Was Ben, which she expanded into this fictionalized novel in 2014. Her first novel, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, made it to Amazon bestseller lists and won awards, including best historical fiction of the year 2012 in Turning the Pages Magazine.

Semi-retired, she continues to work part-time as a Nurse Practitioner in Ventura County. When she’s not writing, she does pro-bono consultation work with women with cancer, works in the Westminister Free Clinic as a volunteer provider, volunteers as a mediator in the Ventura County Courthouse for small claims cases, and involves herself, along with her husband, in dog rescue.

Profits from her books go to help rescue dogs. (Press Article)

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Chase Blackwood is Visiting!

Tears of a Heart

“Tears of a Heart” (Kan Savasci Cycle Book 1) by Chase Blackwood

Published on… 15 September 2014
Published as… Literary Fantasy, Coming of Age

About the Book

A continent on the verge of war.
A boy who is destined to become a legend.
A truth waiting to be uncovered.

A powerful coming-of-age tale of a young man destined to become one of the most powerful men Verold has ever known.

It’s a unique tale of adventure, adversity, and strength. Written with the hand of a poet and the heart of a warrior. The book’s action and depth will astound as the reader delves deeper into the masterful world painted in detailed strokes.

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About the Author

The author has had the fortune of traveling since an early age. This led to years spent abroad, in a variety of fields. Learning languages rather quickly, the author used that advantage in studying martial arts, culminating in training under a number of masters in the orient for a few years.

Nearly 50 countries visited and having lived in a half a dozen others, these experiences have shaped his writing, allowing for greater depth and more vivid imagery, along with an understanding of the human condition.

He spent time conducting research in the field of Biotech, worked as a physical trainer, martial arts instructor, worked with an orthopedic physical therapist, and has enjoyed the field of health for nearly two decades.

The author has earned a few college degrees, served in the U.S. Military, and as a Federal Agent. Writing however has always been one of his passions, and the author has never once let down the pen.

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Victoria Bright is Visiting!

The Daring Assignment

“The Daring Assignment” by Victoria Bright

Published on… 26 September 2014
Published as… Erotic Romance

Victoria Bright’s Boom Baby Blast

1. One Random Fact: When I was a kid, I broke my leg ON Christmas on a scooter I got FOR Christmas. Crazy, right?

2. Fictional Character You’d Really Like to be: Probably Arianna Donatelli from my book, The Daring Assignment, mostly because I want Zane to myself!

3. Your Authorial Theme Song: Probably “Dance For You” by Beyonce. Because I write sexy things, the song makes me feel sexy!

4. Favorite Part of Being a Writer: Being able to fully engage my imagination and having it appreciated is definitely a big perk.

5. Name of Your First Pet (Can include family or significant others…): Midnight! He was a cute, puffy black poodle!

6. Music, Television or Silence While Writing: Music!

7. Early Riser or Night Owl: Night owl definitely!

8. Favorite Season: Spring

9. Did You Always Want to be a Writer: No. Writing is and will always be a hobby for me. The moment it feels like a job, it will no longer be fun!

About the Book

I didn’t mean to hurt anyone, especially him…

I was living the dream. I had a great career as a romance author, a successful boyfriend, and am the daughter to a New York power couple. With my standing, my family groomed me to be perfect. Despite having it all, something was missing in my life.

In an attempt to break away from my privileged, suffocating life, I was in pursuit of finding my own path to happiness. After my literary agent gave me a risky writing assignment, I set out to write a best-seller that took me completely out of my comfort zone and into the arms of another man. He was only supposed to be a research toy, falling in love wasn’t a part of the plan.

As I become tangled into a huge web of lies, I quickly find out that I have a life changing decision to make. Do I choose to continue living a life of comfort, stability, and misery or do I take a chance on the unknown to preserve my happiness?

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About the Author

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Victoria Bright is from a small town in North Carolina and currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina. You can usually find her hoarding bottles of Cool Blue Gatorade, playing The Sims when not writing, or obsessing over Camaros.

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Hannah Fielding is Visiting!

The Echoes of Love

“The Echoes of Love” by Hannah Fielding

Published on… 10 February 2014
Published as… Romance

Hannah Fielding’s Excerpt

The clock struck midnight just as Venetia went past the grand eighteenth-century mirror hangingover the mantelpiece in the hall. Instinctively she looked into it and her heart skipped a beat. In the firelight she noticed that he was there again, an almost illusory figure, leaning against the wall at the far end of the shadowy room, steady eyes intense, watching her from behind his black mask. An illusory figure indeed, because when Venetia turned around he was gone.

Venetia shivered. Nanny Horren’s voice resounded through her head, reminding her of the strange Celtic superstitions that the Scottish governess used to tell her. One in particular came to mind. ‘Turn off the light and look into the mirror by firelight at midnight on Shrove Tuesday,’ the old woman would whisper to the impressionable and imaginative teenage Venetia, ‘and if you see a face reflected behind your own, it’ll be the face of the love of your life, the man you will marry someday.’ Was this what had just happened to Venetia? Was this stranger the love of her life?

Rubbish, she remonstrated, laughing uneasily into her own eyes, you’re mad! Haven’t you learnt your lesson? Venetia had indulged in such fantasies several years ago and had only managed to get hurt. Now, she knew better. Still, she did not move away. Venetia leant closer to the mirror that reflected her pale, startled face in the flickering light, as tremors of the warm feelings of yester love suddenly flooded her being. For a few moments she seemed to lose all sense of where she was and felt as though she stood inside a globe, watching the wheel of time turning back ten years.

Gareth Jordan Carter. ‘Judd’. It was a diminutive of Jordan, chosen by Venetia who hated the name Gareth and didn’t care much for the name Jordan either. Judd had been her first love, and as far as Venetia was concerned, her last. She had been young and innocent then; only eighteen. Today, at twenty-eight, she liked to think she was a woman of the world, who would not allow herself to be trapped by the treacherous illusions of passion, however appealing they might seem. She had paid a high price for her naivety and impetuosity.

Venetia tried to shake herself clear of those haunting phantasms and her thoughts ambled back to the masked stranger – well, almost a stranger.

Their brief encounter had occurred the evening of the first night of Il Carnevale di Venezia, ten days before Shrove Tuesday …

About the Book

Venetia Aston-Montague has escaped to Italy’s most captivating city to work in her godmother’s architectural practice, hoping to put a lost love behind her.

Paolo Barone, a charismatic entrepreneur who bears the scars of a tragic past, is endeavoring to build a new life for himself.

Venice on a misty carnival night brings these two people together.

When Venetia finds herself assigned to Paolo’s magnificent country home, love blossoms in the beautiful hills of Tuscany and the wild Sardinian Maquis. But if they are to be together, they must first confront their past and dark forces in the shadows determined to come between them.

Daring to love again after so many years, can Venetia overcome her own demons? Or will Paolo’s carefully guarded, devastating secret tear them apart forever?

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About the Author

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Hannah Fielding is a novelist, a dreamer, a traveller, a mother, a wife and an incurable romantic. The seeds for her writing career were sown in early childhood, spent in Egypt, when she came to an agreement with her governess Zula: for each fairy story Zula told, Hannah would invent and relate one of her own. Years later – following a degree in French literature, several years of travelling in Europe, falling in love with an Englishman, the arrival of two beautiful children and a career in property development – Hannah decided after so many years of yearning to write that the time was now. Today, she lives the dream: she writes full time, splitting her time between her homes in Kent, England, and the South of France, where she dreams up romances overlooking breathtaking views of the Mediterranean.

Her first novel, Burning Embers, is a vivid, evocative love story set against the backdrop of tempestuous and wild Kenya of the 1970s, reviewed by one newspaper as ‘romance like Hollywood used to make’. Her new novel, The Echoes of Love, is a story of passion, betrayal and intrigue set in the romantic and mysterious city of Venice and the beautiful landscape of Tuscany.

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Daryl Hajek is Visiting!

Blood Blossom

“Blood Blossom” by Daryl Hajek

Published on… 9 July 2014
Published as… Family Drama

Daryl Hajek’s Excerpt

She sat in the driver’s seat of her shiny, candy-apple red, 2014 Mazda Miata convertible with the top down.

The car had been parked on the southbound shoulder of Colfax Avenue, north of Ventura Boulevard near the feet of the hills of Studio City. The Los Angeles River dribbled by a few yards to her right. Directly across the street from where she sat were several charming, two-level, storybook-style houses with large, ornate windows and a chimney on each rooftop. The Miata’s engine purred idly and all four orange-yellow hazard lights blinked.

The sun warmed the top of her head and highlighted her golden strands of blond hair, which had been cropped below her earlobes. Sporadic cars passed by her along the quiet, narrow, two-lane street. A crow cawed as it flew overhead.

She looked through a pair of binoculars at a large, white two-story house perched on the side of the hill above, south of Ventura Boulevard. The house looked north with a 180° panoramic view of the San Fernando Valley. She surmised it must have an expansive view. Her intense, steely blue eyes focused their dire attention on only the white house. She pointedly disregarded the rolling, sloping, grassy terrain around it. Instead, she noticed the trees, the brush and shrubs, and the well-maintained grounds laid out with colorful flower gardens around the perimeter of the estate.

She drove up the hill to a higher elevation where could see the entire property below. More flowers graced the back of the house near a swimming pool and around a gazebo beyond the pool. Two marble statues of a Greco-Roman man and woman in differing poses flanked either side of the veranda, and a few small porcelain knick-knacks were strewn in between. A large outdoor water fountain stood in the middle of the semi-circular drive at the front of the house, and some terracotta pottery with five-foot-tall topiaries sat on either side of the front door.

“So, that’s her story,” she said to herself. Her lips formed a frightful sneer. She adjusted her position in the driver’s seat to make herself more comfortable. “Ain’t that nice? Well, we’ll see about that, won’t we?”

A light breeze wafted by and tousled several strands of her hair. A small brown bird chirped from a nearby tree, then flew away.

She wondered about the wretched wench who’d lived in that beautiful home on the side of the hill all those years.

Twenty-two years of my sorry-assed life, she thought. Just ticks me off. Really makes my blood boil. Tears welled in her eyes. Now, don’t start feeling sorry for yourself again, damn it! She continued to stare at the house. Just watch. Everything’ll change. From now on, it’s my story.

She sat for a few more moments, her eyes locked at the view of the house as she ardently scrutinized it. She abruptly hurled the binoculars into the passenger’s seat with a huff. They bounced off the seat, bumped against the closed door of the glove compartment, then fell to the charcoal-gray carpeted floor with a soft thump.

She put the convertible in gear, slammed her foot on the pedal, and tore away from the curb.

About the Book

After having been separated for twenty-two years, Vivian wants to reestablish ties with her younger sister, Christine. Instead, she is met with hostility and resistance. Christine wants one thing and one thing only–revenge. Fueled by rage and having a sadistic sense of humor, Christine will stop at nothing to go after their mysterious mother, Rose. No one better stand in Christine’s way–or else!

They all become embroiled in a battle of wits to stay one step ahead of the other. Lives are further complicated in a whirlpool of diverse events as they occur at breakneck speed. Overwhelming crises develop, strengths and weaknesses are tested, truths overcome lies, and shocking secrets are revealed that could push some to the brink of insanity.

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About the Author

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Daryl Hajek lives in Los Angeles, California. “Blood Blossom” is his first novel. He is currently at work on his next novel.

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