Kindle Scout Nomination Finding Freya

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Kindle Scout nomination Finding Freya is the debut novel of M. Feliz

Author M. Feliz is a, near and dear to me, new author. Her debut novel Fatal Ties is the first book in the Finding Freya series. You have a chance to actually get this book for FREE by nomination on Kindle Scout. If you have an Amazon account, that’s all it takes to vote. Just follow the links above and help this new author publish her first book.

As an author, I know what it’s like to be the new kid on the block. It’s tough. Critics come out of the woodwork. But then again, you also meet some of the greatest people who start off as fans. I wouldn’t trade the experience for the world. However, I wish someone had shown me the ropes when I started out. This is what I’ve done for M. Feliz and I’ve got to say her Finding Freya is not for the faint of heart. It’s an action-packed story. I wouldn’t back it if I didn’t believe that. She’s done a great job. I’m really proud of her.

Here is the tagline and blurb.

Your past can catch up to your future.

In a little restaurant in the town of Bandera, Texas, a woman with a rough background dared to create a life for herself away from the nightmare of her past. Unfortunately, your past can catch up with your future. Not only does she need to decide how to forgive but also to take on a new responsibility she never asked for. Will Freya Gama find the strength she needs to face her fears?

Book Review – Friction by Sandra Brown


I just finished Friction by Sandra Brown and found the novel intriguing.

It’s about a widower who’s trying to regain custody of his little girl from his in-laws when during the court hearing a masked man runs through the courtroom and aims at the judge but kills the court bailiff instead.

Soon the judge and the father, who just happens to be a Texas Ranger during his day job, try to solve the mystery of the masked man.

When I started off reading this novel, I wasn’t really expecting a romance or the tantalizing bits of bedroom drama, though there isn’t too much of it to be a problem. In short, it’s a cute story though I wasn’t sold on a judge compromising her ethics. You have to remember, this is fiction.

Here is Amazon’s description:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown comes a gripping story of family ties and forbidden attraction.

Crawford Hunt wants his daughter back. Following the death of his wife four years ago, Crawford, a Texas Ranger, fell into a downward spiral that left him relegated to deskwork and with his five-year-old daughter Georgia in the custody of her grandparents. But Crawford has cleaned up his act, met all the court imposed requirements, and now the fate of his family lies with Judge Holly Spencer.

Holly, ambitious and confident, temporarily occupies the bench of her recently deceased mentor. With an election upcoming, she must prove herself worthy of making her judgeship permanent. Every decision is high-stakes. Despite Crawford’s obvious love for his child and his commitment to being an ideal parent, Holly is wary of his checkered past. Her opinion of him is radically changed when a masked gunman barges into the courtroom during the custody hearing. Crawford reacts instinctually, saving Holly from a bullet.

But his heroism soon takes on the taint of recklessness. The cloud over him grows even darker after he uncovers a horrifying truth about the courtroom gunman and realizes that the unknown person behind the shooting remains at large . . .and a threat.

Catching the real culprit becomes a personal fight for Crawford. But pursuing the killer in his customary diehard fashion will jeopardize his chances of gaining custody of his daughter, and further compromise Judge Holly Spencer, who needs protection not only from an assassin, but from Crawford himself and the forbidden attraction between them.

FRICTION will keep you on the edge of your seat with breathtaking plot twists and the unforgettable characters that make Sandra Brown one of the world’s best-loved authors. It is an extraordinary novel about the powerful ties that bind us to the ones we love and the secrets we keep to protect them.

So, if you’re looking for a quick read with a little romance and a nice ending, here you go.

Sandra Brown delivers well-written best-sellers. Check out her website here.


Back from Vacation

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I’m from Texas and one of my daughters lives there. So we travel from Washington state to visit family a few times of year.

GetAttachment (2)I’m always shocked at how much San Antonio has changed over the years. I don’t recognize the landscape from twenty years ago.

I’m not much of a city person anyway, so we took a trip south to visit my Aunt Jane & Uncle Dave in Austwell, Texas. Austwell is a small Gulf town with a lot of family history.

We checked out the family cemetery in Tivoli and meet with cousins and had a great time.

I love Texas back-roads in the spring, where you get a glimpse of long horns occasionally and the Blue Bonnets were everywhere. As we traveled, we were even treated to a little Texas lightning.

Some advice about San Antonio: if you enjoy the river-walk and intend to stay there at one of the many fine hotels, try to get a room lower than the twelfth floor. Case in point… the top three pictures were all taken from the same balcony. Stare directly down at the river-walk. Directly out and you have a very different view.

Another tip: If you enjoy sleeping through the night, don’t stay at the same hotel as the famous basketball players. Just sayin… We were at The Westin Hotel. It was nice but the noise level made it impossible to sleep well. Next time, we’ll try another place.

Food Tip: We absolutely loved the family style dinning at La Gloria’s. There are many places to eat in San Antonio but La Gloria’s was amazing and they have really great margaritas as well.

I did write while I was there; mostly on the plane. This week, I intend to write like the wind. The story is coming strong and I see an ending in sight. The cover for book four is in sight and the title is almost set. It was nice to have a break to clear my head. Now I’m ready to get busy.