Bundle of Love

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A woman is contacted by the daughter she gave up for adoption years ago.

Lots of things drive people a little crazy. Waiting drives authors crazy all the time. I’m crazy right now, waiting to hear back on a submission.

Meanwhile, I watch the fantastic and fun antics of Zoe Winters as she romps all over the Amazon charts.

I want to play! I’ve been working on Space Junque to pass the time, but it’s not enough. I desperately want something to be out there.

Bundle of Love is on the literary side of things, not funny, not a romance, not even more than a few pages. But people who’ve read it have liked it. I hope you do too.

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Bad Karma by Theresa Weir

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Kindle version.

Full disclosure: My short story Slurp will be included in Anne Frasier’s upcoming Halloween anthology. I “met” Theresa Weir (Anne) on Twitter and used her editing service a while ago. [She’s a marvelous critic. If you want professional input, I recommend trying to get a spot on her schedule.]

THE BLURB:
She had no idea what she was looking for…until it found her.

Officer Daniel Sinclair can spot an outsider a mile away. He ought to know—he’s the worst kind. A natural-born native of Egypt, Missouri, who left home and came back citified. Even before he lays eyes on Cleo Tyler, his L.A.-honed suspicions tell him the psychic hired to locate Egypt’s missing master key is a fraud. She also possesses a soft, exotic kind of beauty that sets him on edge.

Cleo’s used to dealing with skeptics—in fact, she is one. She longs to believe abilities like hers don’t exist, yet she can’t explain the odd glimpses into other people’s lives, nor the terrible flashbacks from her own past. She’d like nothing better than to put on a good show, collect the money, and hit the road. But behind Egypt’s quaint façade is a chill she can’t shake, and a powerful attraction to Daniel that’s stronger than her increasingly desperate need to run.

Cleo more than makes Daniel uncomfortable. She sets him on fire—and sees right through him. And right through the town’s charming veneer at something so deadly, her next vision could be her last.

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Likari’s take:

Samhain Publishing’s reissue of Bad Karma is a chiaroscuro of romantic suspense with a nice contrast between Cleo’s and Daniel’s dark, even tragic pasts and the lighter goofiness Daniel’s brother Beau and Police Chief Jo bring to the story.

Weir has great pacing — there’s never a good place to put the story down! — but I also adore her talent for description that doesn’t feel like description. I feel myself in the scenes, experiencing the textures, the smells, and the emotions of the characters.

“He stared at her with spoon-bending concentration.” Ha! isn’t that a great phrase?

I classified this as magical realism as well as romantic suspense. There is a fantastical element to Cleo’s experience. Does she or doesn’t she time-shift? (I think she does.)

This is definitely a romance, but not out of a cookie cutter. I couldn’t figure out how Cleo and Daniel would resolve their relationship, another quality that kept me going to the last page.

This book was first published 1999 and won the Daphne du Maurier for paranormal romance and the All About Romance Desert Isle Keeper. It is a page turner — I am a slow reader, and I finished it in two sittings.

Theresa Weir’s dedication for Bad Karma is For the readers who didn’t forget. Samhain Publishing’s new — and improved — reissue will delight those readers and add many more to the Anne Frasier/Theresa Weir fan club.

Max Under the Stars by Anne Frasier

Likari’s take: If you’re a writer who “can’t not write,” Anne Frasier’s new short story is for you. Give yourself a treat, click on over to Smashwords and grab this gem. Then sit down with your favorite adult beverage and enjoy.

[Smashwords blurb:] A writer is born…and his name is Max. Follow Max on his lifelong quest to produce the perfect novel. Touching, irreverent, hilarious and sad. Every writer should read this story. Every writer will relate to Max. Please note: This is a SHORT STORY consisting of 2,500 words.

Available now at Smashwords.