RG2E Featured Author Stacey Joy Netzel on Her Favorite Reader Comment “I Wish It Were Longer…”

Happy Monday, RG2E Peeps!

For an author, nothing beats knowing our readers are really loving our books and want more.

Here’s RG2E Featured Author Stacey Joy Netzel on that very thing…

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“I wish it were longer…” 

As an author, those are words I love to hear. It means the reader wanted more. They loved the book, but didn’t want it to end so they could continue to spend time with their new ‘friends.’ Not to be confused with “The story ended too soon,” which many times means the reader wasn’t satisfied with the way the story ended.

I have a shorter story that has received both these responses. The readers who wish for more usually leave a great review. The ones who say it ended too soon, well…not so much. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and this is not to complain about the readers who expected more. I am sorry if I let them down.

The thing is for me, when I wrote the final sentence for that story, it was done. My characters were on their way to their Happily Ever After (HEA), and there was nothing left to tell. Forcing more wouldn’t have satisfied me, or any of my readers.

Then came my story Beneath Still Waters (Part One), in the Tales From The Mist anthology.

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An old legend tells of a beautiful witch unjustly persecuted who became a ghost bent on revenge…

The danger lies in not believing.

On a sorority camping trip in the Colorado Rocky Mountain National Park, Becca scoffs at the story of the Ghost of Still Waters, despite the convictions of her fellow campers, Liz and Shane. When Liz challenges her to summon the witch’s spirit, will Becca’s disbelief seal her fate?

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I was writing to a word count limit, but the closer I got to 8,000 words, the more antsy I got, because I could feel there was no way the characters’ story would truly be finished to my satisfaction within that limit. But I really wanted to be part of the wonderful collaboration of stories, so I wrapped BSW up, and then decided to write a sequel.

Rising Above (Still Waters Part Two) took me by surprise, too. What I’d expected to be about 15,000 words morphed into 35,000 before the characters stopped ‘talking’ and I could give them the ending they’d earned. And you know what…there’s still the remote possibility that one of the characters from this series will start talking to me in the future.

If she does, there will be a Still Waters (Part Three).

In the meantime I’d love to offer five ebook copies of Tales From The Mist today. Hopefully you’ll WISH Beneath Still Waters was longer and pick up a copy of Rising Above (Still Waters Part Two).

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Imagine you’ve lived before, but don’t remember or believe it’s even possible. Therein lies the danger. For in not believing and learning from your pasts, the power shifts to the one who would see you dead. Again.

Ryan James never gave much thought to ghosts or the idea of reincarnation—until the appearance of the beautiful Ali Whitman triggers terrifying visions that feel like real life. As he pieces together their past lives, he discovers they aren’t the only players. Worse, if he can’t convince Ali to believe before their past adversary makes the next move, he’ll lose her all over again.

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And now, my question for you lovely readers: Do you more often find yourself wishing a story were longer, or thinking it ended too soon?

Let me know in the comments, along with your email address, and I’ll draw 5 winners for a download of the Tales From The Mist ebook.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Stacey Joy Netzel

Award-winning author Stacey Joy Netzel fell in love with books at a young age, so for her the graduation to writing them was natural. An avid reader and fan of movies with a happily ever after, she is thrilled to call herself a full-time writer after 20 years as a travel agent. She writes romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and the occasional paranormal romance short story. Colorado is one of her favorite settings for her books, followed closely by Wisconsin and Italy.

Follow Stacey online:

Website and Blog:  http://www.StaceyJoyNetzel.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/StaceyJoyNetzel

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/StaceyJoyNetzel

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Loved this Behind the Scenes Scoop, Stacey, and can’t wait to read your new series!

Thanks Bunches for sharing with us and for the Ebook Gift Copies too! U rock!!!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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Bestselling Romantic Comedy Author Alicia Street talks “I Heart Valentine’s Day”

Happy Hump Day, RG2E Peeps!

We’re starting our Valentine’s Day Celebration a wee bit early here at The RG2E with the help of one of my fave authors and good friends – Bestselling Romantic Comedy Author Alicia Street.

Take it away, Alicia…

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Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, a special day for those of us who love romance. J Aside from wondering what my DH might give me, I can’t help dreaming about how the sweethearts in the Dance ‘n’ Luv contemporary romance series might celebrate.

I would guess Parker, gardener supreme, would make a gorgeous heart of roses for Tanya. And maybe his sister Casey would challenge the cocky wiseguy Drew to another ping-pong match, only this time sans clothing. I can see Amanda and Russ staying cozy by a fire in his fisherman’s bungalow. And Jenna and Aiden would take in a show and do the town in NYC.

If you haven’t yet met these couples yet, in the series, I’ve put the Dance ‘n’ Luv Contemporary Romance Boxed Set at a special price. Plus I’ll be giving one away today!

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And since I invited some author friends to chime in on what their characters might be up to for Valentine’s Day, you’ll also have a chance to either buy at a sale price or win a free copy of the books listed below!

To start off, we’ve got three Valentine themed ebooks! Christy Hayes’s Good Luck, Bad Timing & When Harry Met Sally, Sheila Seabrook’s The Valentine Grinch and Kristine Cayne’s Un-Valentine’s Day.

Let’s start with Good Luck, Bad Timing & When Harry Met Sally by Christy Hayes. How would your story sweethearts celebrate?

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Christy: The couple from my stand-alone short story met on Valentine’s Day so this holiday would also be their anniversary. As New York City residents, Celia and David would probably venture to Madison Square Garden to take in a hockey game if one were scheduled for Valentines. If not hockey, perhaps basketball since that is Celia’s favorite sport. They would then go to the pizza restaurant where they shared their first meal and end the night as David would have preferred on their first unofficial date: wrapped in each other’s arms.”

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In Sheila Seabrook’s LOL novella, The Valentine Grinch, the heroine Amanda hates Valentine’s Day. Luckily she meets up with Dane, her high school buddy, and he’s intent on changing her mind about it. So what are they doing on this special day?

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Sheila: They’re going to Grandma Elvira’s wedding — which is giving them both a few wedding ideas of their own. :-)

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In Kristine Cayne’s novelette, Un-Valentine’s Day, her heroine is also set against this lovers’ holiday. How come?

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Kristine: Cassie, the heroine, hates the sappy romantic holiday because the previous year, instead of getting a Valentine’s Day proposal from her now ex-boyfriend, she caught him cheating. But Noah is determined to give her the best, most unexpected Valentine’s Day ever. Cassie doesn’t know what to expect, but it certainly isn’t the day of testosterone-laden activities and the revelation that there is more to cute-but-more-than-a-little-nerdy Noah. Much more.

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What about the fab couple in Chicki Brown’s Ain’t Too Proud To Beg?

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Chicki: Private time is at a minimum for Vaughn and Trenyce. Both of them treasure time away from the hustle and bustle of Tinseltown and the prying eyes of the paparazzi. Since Trenyce has lived most of her life inland, she has an absolute fetish for the ocean. Vaughn and Trenyce’s perfect Valentine’s Day would be a trip to a secluded island retreat where no one recognizes him.  A beautiful retreat in Fiji fits the bill perfectly.

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Then there’s Zach and Sadie in Stacey Joy Netzel’s More Than A Kiss

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Stacey: As the owner of MovieMail in California, Zach is well connected. He surprised Sadie with tickets to Trent Tomlin’s new romantic comedy movie premiere, so they will spend an evening amongst the stars. After the premiere, they’ll take a long walk on the beach.

More Than A Kiss is not part of the giveaway, but it is on sale for .99 (regular price 3.99)

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And I am definitely up for the kind of Valentine gift cooked up by MJ, Diana Layne’s hero from Trust No One.

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Diana: Retired from the dangerous world of espionage, MJ Thornberg and Ben Walker live a quiet life in small town Texas where they own an auto repair shop. Since MJ’s the mechanic, Ben is sneaking away from the office to enlist the help of Dottie, best cook this side of the Red River, to make MJ a down home meal of chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, black-eyed peas, collard greens and cornbread. Plus, he’s making MJ a decadent chocolate-layer cake all by himself.  (Wonder what the kitchen is going to look like when he’s finished?) The question is, will MJ be able to work the next day or will she be in a food-induced coma and have to close down shop to stay home–in bed with Ben?

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The food factor also comes into play for the sweethearts in Nana Malone’s Sultry in Stilettos.

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Nana: Since Beckett and Ricca are such a new couple, they’d spend a quiet night alone. Ricca knows the way to Beckett’s heart is through his…. stomach, so she’d make him all his Trinidadian favorites, in particular Callaloo. And Beckett, knowing his woman is so busy taking care of others that she barely has time for herself, would spend the day pampering her. Massage, nails, hair, the works. She wouldn’t have to leave the house or lift a finger for anything. He’d be her personal manservant.

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So if you’d like to win one of the giveaway books, tell us your version of a romantic Valentine’s Day. And be sure to include which book you’d want and your email.

Wishing you a lovely and lovable Valentine’s Day!

— Alicia Street

About Alicia (and her husband and writing partner Roy Street):

In addition to being part of today’s Indie writers movement, we are traditionally published authors and recipients of a Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.

We share backgrounds in the performing arts and spent many gypsy years living and working in the different neighborhoods of New York City and Philadelphia. Alicia as a dancer, choreographer and teacher; Roy in theater, visual arts and standup comedy.

Alicia is a chronic reader of every genre including the classics. She also loves old black-and-white movies, making organic soups from recipes she invents, working out and, of course, dancing. Roy’s into sweaty workouts, too, as well as watching boxing on HBO and eating Alicia’s organic soups. Our cat’s name is Wallace, an orange ten-pounder who’s crazy over pizza. He and Roy do slices every Friday night.

Connect with Alicia here:

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This is totally Cupid-style awesome, Alicia! Thanks sooo much and to all of your fabulous friends too for sharin’ the heart-filled spirit of the season with us!

And thanks too for all of the Ebook Gifts and Special Sale Prices too!

Y’all rock!!!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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RG2E Featured Author Stacey Joy Netzel on “Character Crossover in Series”

Happy Monday, RG2E Peeps!

As many of you know, I luuuvvv to do what I call cross-pollination with my characters. In other words, I take my readers’ fave characters and write them into all of my series. For example, once you’ve met and laughed with my Mom Squad blue-haired Charlie’s Angels in The Bootscootin’ Books, you’ll also enjoy their antics in my Cozy Cash Mysteries and my Stuck with a Series Books.

Here’s one of my fave authors – Stacey Joy Netzel – who’s also doing this across her bestselling series…

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Series books seem to be a favorite among readers (and writers—I know I LOVE revisiting ‘old’ friends from previous books), so I got to thinking, if an author has two well-liked series, what could be more fun than having a character from one series pop up to interact with a character from the other series? Or even multiple characters.

I write the Welcome to Redemption series (WTR) with my good friend and critique partner, Donna Marie Rogers. We’re up to six books, with 7 & 8 due out any day. For sure by the end of the week! We each write our own book, connecting them through the town, previous characters, and a shared scene told from our own characters’ point of view. But due to other obligations, we won’t have a chance to add to this series for at least another year, and I’m going to miss the residents of our small close-knit Wisconsin town.

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Well, I also write the Romancing Wisconsin series (RW), set in the real town of Pulaski, WI, which just happens to neighbor our fictional town of Redemption. Convenient, right? Since I WILL be writing two additional books for this series in 2013, I have decided to pull in a few of my WTR characters to interact with my RW characters. A win for me, and hopefully a win for readers.

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I’m sure this isn’t my unique, genius idea, so tell me if you’ve read any authors who do this from one series to another?

For those of you who haven’t read either/both series yet, just for commenting today, I’ll draw for two winners of the ebook WTR boxed set, and two winners of the ebook RW boxed set. After you’re done reading and find the crossover character, you can enter to win your choice of a signed copy of one of my print books!

“Wait, how do I win a print book??” you ask.

If you’ve read both of these series already, or once you do, there is one WTR character who’s already very briefly been mentioned in the RW series. I’ll pick a winner for a signed PRINT book from my backlist from all who email me the correct character name to StaceyJoyNetzel (at) gmail (dot) com. Contest ends Jan. 31st, 2013.

And don’t forget, books 7 & 8 in the Welcome to Redemption series will be out by Friday!

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Thank you, happy reading, and good luck!

Stacey Joy Netzel

About Stacey:

Award-winning author Stacey Joy Netzel fell in love with books at a young age, so for her the graduation to writing them was natural. An avid reader and fan of movies with a happily ever after, she is thrilled to call herself a full-time writer after 20 years as a travel agent. She writes romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and the occasional paranormal romance short story. Colorado is one of her favorite settings for her books, followed closely by Wisconsin and Italy.

She lives in her native Wisconsin with her husband and three children, a couple horses and some barn cats. In her limited free time she enjoys gardening, canning, and visiting her parents in Northeastern Wisconsin (Up North) at the family cabin on the lake.

Connect with Stacey here: 

Website and Blog:  http://www.StaceyJoyNetzel.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/StaceyJoyNetzel

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/StaceyJoyNetzel

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What a treat, Stacey! Thanks Bunches, my friend!!!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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Two Fave RG2E Featured Authors are Back – Lisa Mondello and Stacey Joy Netzel – Plus, A Holiday Free Par-Tay featuring RG2E Featured Authors!!!

Oh boy, RG2E Peeps! We’ve got some big-time holiday treats for you today!!!

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First up, let’s Welcome Back to The RG2E two of your fave RG2E Featured Authors – Lisa Mondello and Stacey Joy Netzel!!!

Here’s a treat from Lisa that’s been in The Top 100 Contemporary Romances for 6 Straight Weeks…

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Sometimes fate needs a little help…

Jonah Wallace knows what it’s like to grow up without love. Despite having more money than the Queen of England, his childhood was cold and stale as he grew up in boarding schools. He’s dedicated his life to helping homeless and displaced children find the love and support they need by creating the Haven House Foundation, work that resulted in him being Knighted by the Queen.

Now that he’s living in America, his work is going along just fine…until his grandfather gives fate a little nudge by insisting he take a wife before he can inherit.

Coffee shop owner, Maggie Bonelli, is pregnant and the baby’s dad has gone AWOL. She knows too well the pain of growing up without a daddy. So when Jonah Wallace comes into her shop proposing marriage for a year, she takes him up on his offer, even if it’s only for a year. Live in a mansion and give her baby a name and a daddy to call his/her own. But can they keep their perfect arraignment strictly business…or will fate’s helping hand bring them love at last?

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Connect with Lisa here:

http://www.lisamondello.blogspot.com/

And now from Stacey…

Can a family connection to the ill-fated Titanic bring new hope to sinking dreams?

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Forced to sell precious family heirlooms to pay for her mother’s cancer medications, Loral Evans swallows her pride when handsome antique dealer Jake Coburn offers her one thousand dollars for a dragonfly brooch they both know is fake. She simply can’t afford to walk away.

On the brink of bankruptcy, Jake is taking a huge risk on Loral’s costume jewelry. Then again, it’s Christmas, and he hasn’t been able to resist her since the first time she entered his shop. When he discovers new information about the brooch’s connection to the Titanic, Jake’s attempt to do the right thing just might cost him his business and a future with Loral.

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Connect with Stacey here:

http://staceyjoynetzel.blogspot.com/

And that’s not all…

Today is also the last day for another fabulous Free Par-Tay, featuring many of our RG2E Featured Authors!!! Check it out here for a bunch of FREE Ebooks, including Boxed Sets too!!!

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And be sure to let us know if you’d like an Ebook Gift Copy of Lisa and Stacey’s books, you might win one…or both!!!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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Beach Book Blast is Back with a New Fall Book Release and a Thanks for Great Books Blog Hop Too!!!

Welcome, RG2E Readers, to the BBB (BeachBookBlast) New Fall Book Release and Thanks for Great Books Blog Hop. I know that’s a mouthful, but isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about—appreciating the abundance in our lives? With that in mind, have we got a treat for you! Today and tomorrow, November 25-26, nine of our awesome and talented WG2E Street team members are celebrating the release of their latest books. You can find all the fabulous new releases and their buy links at our BBB page here.

In response to your suggestions that we offer ways for you to get to know us better, each author has written a blog about what fantastic book, author, or character has most influenced them. We’d love for you to participate in this opportunity to share your favorites with us and tell us why you’re grateful for great books. In addition, each author is offering some special prizes, gifts, and giveaways to randomly chosen commenters that stop by their blogs today and tomorrow. Links to all the blogs can be found at our BBB page. Also on our main page is your chance to enter to win our grand prize giveaways for participating in the hop. Prizes include a $25 and $10 gift card to Olive Garden and a car. Ooops…sorry…no car. But I got your attention, didn’t I? I hope to see you there!

Here is a sampling of some awesome new books on sale today and tomorrow. Please stop by the author’s blogs and let them know how much you appreciate them for writing great books!

Debra Burroughs- The Heart of Lies-$0.99 at Amazon

Stacy Green- Into the Dark- $4.76 at MuseItUp Publishing paperback available at Amazon and B&N

Stacey Joy Netzel- Rising Above (Still Waters part Two) On sale Nov.25-26 only $0.99 regular $2.99

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Lily Silver-The Rock Star next Door- $3.29 at Amazon

Janice Lane Palko-A Shepherd’s Song- $2.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords

Blessings,

PJ Sharon

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Wow, Pj!!!  Beach Book Blast it totally rockin’ the house again!!!  My one-click-buy trigger finger is going to get a workout the next two days!!!

Thanks bunches for all of your Ebook Gifts and other special prizes too!!! :-)

See y’all tomorrow for more Beach Book Blast Books!!!

The Best of RG2E Ereading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

For All of You Paranormal/Horror Fans…Check Out Tales From The Mist!

Happy Hump Day, RG2E Peeps!

Welcome to The RG2E and/or Welcome Back!

Here at The RG2E, we’re beginning our Halloween Celebration early!!!

Check it out…from the wonderful Rhonda Hopkins

I’m so excited! Today is the release of TALES FROM THE MIST, a paranormal/horror anthology which includes eleven original short stories from some new authors in the horror genre and one reprint from best-selling author, Scott Nicholson.

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Wicked cover, right? As you can see, best-selling author Aiden James wrote the foreword for us. So very cool of him. :-) Thank you, Aiden!

The authors featured in this book are members of the WG2E Street Team and I am honored to be included among such talented writers. We’ve been working for months on this project. It’s been hard work, but fun and exciting too. I’ve learned so much from each of the other authors and am grateful for their support and encouragement.

Back of the cover blurb:

TALES FROM THE MIST will take you on a journey into the dark world of the paranormal. These twelve stories vary in their degree of horror, yet all reach across the boundaries of their genres into the chilling realms of the macabre. Witches, ghosts, shape-shifters and vampire rats are some of the creatures that reign within these pages.

Reviews:

From TW Brown, author of Dead: The Ugly Beginning: “To have a collection assembled by such a talented group of authors makes this THE anthology to own if you are a fan of horror.”

Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Flesh Eaters and Mutated: “Tales From The Mist is one of those rare anthologies that gets it right from the first story to the last. It’s a magnificent feast of horror from some of the most assured voices working today. From cold-blooded tales of revenge to Faustian bargains to terrifying journeys into the dark corners of our world, these stories will make the shivers climb your back.”

You can find more in-depth reviews of the book at the following:

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Not only did Mr. Brown and Ms. Bartotto write reviews for us, but they also featured each of us during the last couple of weeks. I can’t thank them enough for their generosity and support. Check out their sites for interviews and guest posts.

Blog Hop:

We’ll be having a blog hop October 17th – 18th to celebrate the release of TALES FROM THE MIST. Each of the WG2E authors will have a blog post and you can enter to win some great prizes including Amazon gift cards. For more details on how to enter and win, check out the blog at our Beach Book Blast website. Just look for the button below.

Featured Authors:

So who all is featured in this anthology? Glad you asked! ;-) Here are the authors and their story blurbs:

Wampus Cat by Scott Nicholson

A camping trip into the Appalachian Mountains leads to the discovery of a spooky creature thought to be nothing more than a folk myth. 

The Consuming by Rhonda Hopkins

Serena knows her late uncle wasn’t crazy. So when she inherits his sprawling Carolina mansion and leaves the big city to restore both his home and his name, she uncovers a mystery that could cost much more than her sanity. As the house slowly reveals its dark secrets, and the extent of her peril becomes evident, she’ll settle for escaping with her life – if it isn’t already too late.

Addiction by Marty Young

If you were told you could become a God, would you? Imagine the power, and how it could be used. But then there’s that saying about power isn’t there? And how it corrupts…

The Messenger by Cate Dean

Sarah escapes her tour group, hoping to find some much needed alone time in the local cemetery. What she finds instead casts her in the unwanted role of savior, and forces her to make a life or death choice.

Jade O’Reilly & the Graveyard Shift by Tamara Ward

Private investigator Jade O’Reilly finds herself on security-guard duty at a supposedly haunted historic mansion on Halloween night. She doesn’t believe in the rumors that say the house is cursed; she doesn’t believe in ghosts. Will she by the end of her shift?

In A Beginning by Meredith Bond

There is no way Lilith is going to accept Adam’s chauvinistic attitude. If he wants to rule the Garden of Eden, she’s outta there! But things get a lot more interesting – and scarier – after she leaves the Garden and falls in love with the demon, Samael.

Haste by Catie Rhodes          

A betrayed wife who murders her cheating husband and his lover in a fit of rage becomes the victim of her own impulsiveness.

King of Rats by Gregory Carrico

All that stands between him and a lifetime of food is a Queen, his sister, and a surface world overrun by vampires. Will the King of Alley Rats risk everything for his throne and his pack, or leave it all behind for a pretty mouse in distress?

To E.A. Poe by Mitzi Flyte

In 1845 a grieving brother writes to the author, blaming Poe for his sister’s death. Could one of Poe’s short stories lead someone to do the unspeakable?

An Inconvenient Debt by Natalie G. Owens

A mother makes a Faustian bargain for her son’s freedom. But can she truly meet the cost when his real prison demands payment of a different debt?

Dead Lily Blooms by *lizzie starr

Someone wants vampyre Lily dead, and a bargain with Death has been struck. Death sends servant Agaar to bring Lily to him, but the task becomes more complicated than either Death or Agaar anticipated.

Beneath Still Waters by Stacey Joy Netzel

An old legend tells of a beautiful witch unjustly persecuted who became a ghost bent on revenge. The danger lies in not believing.

Seriously cool stories, if I say so myself. And, I do. ;-) I’ve read them all! Hopefully you’ll feel the same. :-)

Interested in finding out how our stories came to be or more about the other authors and their stories? Check out Natalie G. Owen’s website where she’s hosting each of the TALES FROM THE MIST authors for her 13 days of Halloween series beginning October 19th. And click on the links above for each of the authors. Many of them are giving away individual prizes as well October 17th-18th.

To celebrate, we’re also giving away 12 copies of TALES FROM THE MIST today on the RG2E. Just leave a comment for your chance to win and let us know which format you’d like. 

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Is this totally superfab, awesome sauce scary fun or what, RG2E Peeps?! Our WG2E Street Team totally rocks, and I’m over the moon they all found each other in WG2E-Land (our RG2E Sister Site…The WG2E…The Writer’s Guide to Epublishing) and are now doing their own terrific short story collections/anthologies!!!

Who all wants an Ebook Gift Copy?! I know I do!!!

The Best of RG2E Ereading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

“Why Buy a Christmas Book Now?” RG2E Featured Author Stacey Joy Netzel has the Answers

Happy Sunday, RG2E Peeps!

Welcome to The RG2E and/or Welcome Back!

“Why Buy a Christmas Book Now?”

Here’s the fabulous scoop from RG2E Featured Author Stacey Joy Netzel.

Take it away, Stacey…

10 Great Logical Valid Reasons to Buy a Christmas Book Now

It’s that time again—the kids are barely back in school, bikini’s are on sale, and sparkly, jingle bell-y decorations have taken over the store shelves. Songs meant to be played AFTER Thanksgiving flow from the loudspeakers, driving us insane because all they do is remind us we don’t have enough time before the holiday to get everything we want done done AND clean the house.

So forget it. Grab yourself a cup of tea, coffee, wine—whatever trips your trigger—and snuggle in your favorite reading spot with my a good book. You shouldn’t need an excuse, but if someone does question you, feel free to use any of the following reasons to explain why you bought a Christmas book now.

  1. Beat the rush. In a few months everyone will be doing it and you can then brag that YOU started the craze.
  2. Everyone else is doing it—you don’t want to get left behind, do you?
  3. Santa Butch is making his list and checking it twice. If he sees you’re in the spirit, he’ll make sure you Match-Up on the right side.
  4. It’s cheap. (Well, my book is anyway. Mistletoe Mischief $0.99 at Amazon, BN, Apple, ARe, Kobo, SW)
  5. Hey, look at that—you matched your shoes today! I say you’re on a roll and buying my a Christmas book will only make your day better.

(Hold on…you checked your shoes, didn’t you?)

  1. Oranges are orange. (This reason is really quite self-explanatory.)
  2. Heartwarming stories are perfect ANY time of the year.
  3. When someone catches you under the Mistletoe you can create a bit of Mischief. (Tell them about the great Christmas book you read—what’d you think I meant?)
  4. M&M’s melt in your mouth, not in your hands. It’s pure Magic.
  5. The song “I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas,” makes you want to drop-kick the plastic reindeer in the store, but if you buy a great Christmas book now, it’ll help  relieve your stress, thus keeping you out of Mischief.

If any one of those reasons made you smile, laugh, roll your eyes, throw up, check your shoes, or cry, then it’s very important you don’t waste any time—get your copy of Mistletoe Mischief right away. Toads everywhere will be happy and so will I. (Read the book and you’ll understand.)

Christmas in July at the zoo is the last place single parents Eric Riley and Marissa Wilder expect to find love. Thanks to some mistletoe mischief in the form of their two young daughters and Santa, they discover mistletoe rules were not made to be broken.

You do remember it’s cheap, right? (The price, not the book! Seriously, the book was part of the Mistletoe Rules anthology that won the 2010 Write Touch Readers’ Award.)

Now it’s YOUR turn, RG2E Peeps. Get creative with your reasons to buy Christmas books now and I’ll gift up to 10 ebook copies of my other Christmas story, Dragonfly Dreams. But you have to work for it, sorry.


Forced to sell precious family heirlooms to pay for her mother’s cancer medications, Loral Evans swallows her pride when handsome antique dealer Jake Coburn offers her one thousand dollars for a dragonfly brooch they both know is fake. She simply can’t afford to walk away.

On the brink of bankruptcy, Jake is taking a huge risk on Loral’s costume jewelry. Then again, it’s Christmas, and he hasn’t been able to resist her since the first time she entered his shop. When he discovers new information about the brooch’s connection to the Titanic, Jake’s attempt to do the right thing just might cost him his business and a future with Loral.

What? You thought I’d give away Mistletoe Mischief? It’s only $0.99. Dragonfly Dreams is $2.99. See how I did the math for you? You buy cheap, I give high.

You’re welcome. Now go get your copy of of Mistletoe Mischief (a Christmas in July story) and Merry Christmas!

Stacey Joy Netzel

(Mistletoe Magic and Mistletoe Match-Up, the next two in the Romancing Wisconsin series, are coming soon!)

Website and Blog:  http://www.StaceyJoyNetzel.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/StaceyJoyNetzel

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/StaceyJoyNetzel

I fell in love with books at a young age, so for me the graduation to writing them was natural. An avid reader and fan of movies with a happily ever after, I am thrilled to call myself a full-time writer after 20 years as a travel agent. I write romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and the occasional paranormal short story just for fun.

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This is just a hoot, Stacey! Christmas Books are one of my fave things! And not only will I be releasing three this year too, I’ll be buying and enjoying all of yours and many more too!!!

Thanks Bunches for treating us with Ebook Gift Copies and for your superfab fun list! U rock, my friend!

The Best of RG2E Ereading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

Small Town…Not Just For Mellencamp, According to Our Fabulous RG2E Guest Authors Stacey Joy Netzel and Donna Marie Rogers

Happy Sunday, RG2E Peeps!

Welcome to The RG2E and/or Welcome Back!

Please help me Welcome to The RG2E, two of my fave Authors…

Stacey Joy Netzel

and

Donna Marie Rogers

Take it away, Stacey and Donna…

John Cougar Mellencamp wrote about a Small Town.

TV shows and movies are set in scenic small towns all the time. (Gilmore Girls, Hart of Dixie, Smallville, Everwood, Little House on the Prairie, Picket Fences, Sweet Home Alabama, Places in the Heart, Fried Green Tomatoes, Hope Floats, New in Town…clearly our list could go on and on and on.)

Lord knows there are a ton of books set in small towns, series and single title, so we won’t even begin that list.

So what’s the draw? Particularly for a series? What brings people back again and again? The appeal of a series was recently covered by fellow WG2E Street Teamer Alicia Street, so my good friend Donna Marie Rogers and I will be covering the small town aspect from the perspective of two authors who come from very different backgrounds.

Here’s Stacey Joy Netzel’s take:

I grew up in a small town, just like John Cougar Mellancamp’s song talks about, and I pretty much hated it. As you drive into town (14 miles from our house in the middle of nowhere!), there was a sign that said “Crivitz, Population 996.” My high school graduation class contained 72 people, but I longed to go to school with people who I hadn’t known since 2nd grade—people who didn’t remember me galloping around and neighing on the playground as I played horses with my best friend. When I graduated, I couldn’t wait to leave and get out into the ‘real’ world where everyone didn’t know everyone else’s business.

Well, the real world is great, but after some city living with neighbors literally in my backyard, I’m back in the country on 9 acres and wouldn’t trade it for nothing. Our town is a bit larger at about 3500 people, but I LOVE that my kids are in a small town school and that the classrooms are small enough that they know everyone in their grade. One of the best things is taking them up to the cabin on the lake where I grew up and my parents still live, and sharing the experiences with them that I had as a child and now treasure.

As an author, I like the small town setting for the very reasons I hated it growing up. Creating relationships and character back stories in a place where everyone knows everyone else’s business gives an author so much potential for delicious conflict. But there’s also the sense of community to work with—that feeling of family for someone who may have grown up without one and longed for those connections.

And here’s Donna Marie Roger’s…along with a bit of an epiphany:

I grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago in the city of Oak Forest (roughly 24 miles south of downtown Chicago). I’ve always considered myself a ‘city girl’, and though I didn’t hate growing up in the city, I yearned for that small town lifestyle for as far back as I can remember.

I guess it started the first time I went up north with my friend’s family. They owned a cottage in a beautiful small town just over the border in Wisconsin, and I fell hopelessly in love the moment I stepped out of the car. I remember walking along that country road heading to the Piggly Wiggly as if it were yesterday, and riding our bikes down Road 4, which ended with a splash in the lake if you didn’t chicken out before reaching the pier. And attending the Tobacco Days parade for the first time…the inexplicable feeling of excitement and contentment that washed over me as I stood gazing around in awe is almost as palpable today as it was back then.

So my epiphany? I’ve come to realize that Oak Forest had its own brand of charm, but I was so captivated by that small town life that I simply couldn’t see it at the time. I decided to look up some facts before adding my contribution to this blog post, and grew a little nostalgic as I discovered several new tidbits about the place I called home for so many years. 

Incorporated in 1900, Oak Forest was originally called Cooper’s Grove in the early 19th century. A mere 5.7 square miles, Oak Forest is home to over 28,000 residents and 450 businesses. A pretty little city with a couple of small lakes (Twin Lakes) and surrounded by forest preserves full of mighty oak trees (hence the name), Oak Forest is much more than I perceived it to be while growing up. Summers were filled with baseball games at St. Gabriel cemetery, water balloon fights out at Rossi field, street hockey (yeah, I was a tomboy…LOL), and daily walks up to Willie’s Wee Nee Wagon—once we scraped together enough change for a hotdog or an ice cream cone we were on our merry way. It saddened me to learn that Willie’s, established in 1955, had become Johnny’s, and Rossi field is now full of apartment complexes.

I guess Stacey and I both came to appreciate what we once took for granted. It just took me writing about why I love my small town settings to realize it. And while we did have such different experiences growing up, I now know it had more to do with our environments than city versus country.

So that’s the take from us, and though we grew up differently, we now share that small town connection (both in where we live and the community of writers we are a part of). Together we’ve created the Northeast Wisconsin town of Redemption where “…second chances don’t always come easy, but if you’re willing to try, anything is possible.”

Our characters in the Welcome to Redemption Series are part of a close-knit, connected community where they look out for each other and are part of a family that transcends blood relation. We have 6 books so far, and though Donna writes the odd numbered books and Stacey writes the even, we have a similar theme for each set of two, and each set contains a shared scene told from our own character’s point of view.

The first two in the series are “on us” (A Fair of the Heart and A Fair to Remember are both FREE on all platforms), but if you want the whole series, we’ve bundled the current 6 stories in a great deal of a boxed set for just $5.96.

The next two in the series, Never Let Me Go and Hold On To Me, focus on the heartwarming sense of community more than ever with an added touch of suspense. We are working hard for a fall release.

So tell us, what do you love about a small town?

Thanks so much reading!

Stacey Joy Netzel (www.StaceyJoyNetzel.com )

Donna Marie Rogers (www.DonnaMarieRogers.com )

Welcome to Redemption Series Collection links:  Amazon, BN, Smashwords

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(D. D. here):  Bunches of thanks to both Stacey and Donna for this spectacular post! I just luuuvvv chatting about all of our books’ Behind the Scenes Scoop!!!

Who all would like an Ebook Gift Copy of The Welcome to Redemption Boxed Set? Let us know below, and you just might win one from The RG2E! And I believe Stacey and Donna will be Ebook Gifting too!!!

The Best of RG2E Ereading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

Today’s RG2E EOTD is a Superfab Romance Boxed Set by the A-mazing Stacey Joy Netzel and Donna Marie Rogers!!!

Happy Tuesday, RG2E Peeps!

Welcome to The RG2E and/or Welcome Back!

What a treat of an EOTD (Ebooks of The Day) we’ve got for ya today…

6 Great Books in 1 Boxed Set

Stacey Joy Netzel and Donna Marie Rogers

On Amazon , B&N Nook and at Smashwords too :-)

Price: $5.96

WELCOME TO REDEMPTION

…a small town in Northeast Wisconsin where second chances don’t always come easy, but if you’re willing to try, anything is possible.

A Fair Of The Heart

Single mother Lauren Frazier can barely keep a roof over her head, let alone stop it from falling down around her. When handyman Caleb Hunter stops by for a haircut, he’s the answer to her prayers—and the attraction is instantaneous. Too bad her troublesome young son isn’t as thrilled to have Caleb hanging around. Old wounds have kept Caleb from returning to Redemption, but when he receives word of his mother’s unexpected death, guilt and regret bring him home for good. Though Lauren excites him like no woman ever has, she’s a package deal, and he’s not sure he’s prepared to take on a ready-made family.
A Fair To Remember

Ready for a nice, quiet life in small town USA, reformed gang member Wes Carter feels Redemption is the perfect place to relocate his financial business for reasons more than just the name. Tara Russell has decided to add some excitement to her life and get a little wild—no matter how uncomfortable it makes her or her overprotective family. They meet at the local fair one warm summer night and discover opposites attract for all the right reasons. Add a dash of Sugar in the form of an incorrigible Great Dane, and it’s destined to be A Fair To Remember.
The Perfect Blend

Carrie Lowell swears off men for good after nearly losing her business in a bitter divorce. She’s on the verge of bankruptcy when Matt Jacobs walks into her shop and offers sound—if unwanted—business advice. Financially he’s a godsend–emotionally he’s a threat to the barricade she’s built around her heart. Heir to a vast fortune, Jacob Spalding flees LA for Wisconsin to escape the scandalous nightmare his life has become. Now known as Matt Jacobs, he settles in to small town life and soon finds himself infatuated with the coffee shop owner across the street. Too bad the infuriating woman is as contrary as she is beautiful.
Grounds For Change

Charlie Russell lived with a secret for years, but guilt has pushed him to the breaking point. He meets psychologist Dana McClain and feels an instant connection that has nothing to do with his Great Dane, Sugar, spilling coffee down her shirt. Dana switched to counseling animals because she has a history of becoming too emotionally involved with her clients. She figures she’s safe helping Charlie with Sugar’s issues, until he reveals his secret and asks for help. She tells herself it’s all about the dog, not the guy, but history has a way of repeating itself.
Home Is Where the Heart Is

Heiress Melinda Spalding is thrown for a loop when her brother relocates to the Midwest. Her parents even expand their business to the small town and put her in charge of the project. Discovering she likes “Mayberry” is as shocking as her growing attraction to the local auto mechanic. But LA is where she belongs…or is home truly where the heart is? Drew Porter learned early on how heartless women can be—and when snooty “Lindy” Spalding skids into his life, she seems worst than most. An unlikely bond between their pets gives him an intriguing glimpse behind her pretentious attitude. Is there more to her than meets the eye, or should he run as fast as he can in the opposite direction?
The Heart of the Matter

Allie Daniels wants a family of her own, but can’t have children. She hides her desolation from everyone—especially the town veterinarian, whose three-year-old is a painful reminder. Rick Wilde liked Allie back in high school, but life took them in different directions. Now a single parent, his interest in Allie is renewed despite the fact her shoulder is colder than the bitter winter wind. Brought together by an orphaned kitten, Allie is helpless to resist Lukas’ impish innocence and Rick’s charm. Does she risk her heart on an impossible dream, or will Rick’s desire for more kids devastate their future?

Word Count: 180,000 for 6 books

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6 Books for $5.96

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The Best in RG2E Ereading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

Today’s EOTD include a Stacey Joy Netzel Boxed Set plus Sibel Hodge’s Fourteen Days Later

Wavin’ atchya, RG2E-Land Ereading Peeps!!!

Welcome to The RG2E or Welcome Back!!!

We’ve got another round of EOTD (Ebooks of The Day), and we’re sooo excited to share ‘em with y’all!

And remember, each day, here at The RG2E, we giveaway up to 50 Ebook Gift Copies of our EOTD!

Here’s how you win:

1. Make sure you’ve signed-up for The RG2E via Email (you’ll find the sign-up box at the top of the right sidebar on our Home Page)…you only have to do this once.

2. Each day then, simply leave a comment in our Comments Section as to which Ebook you’d like and for which Ereader.

That’s it! That’s all you gotta do to be eligible to win each and every day here at The RG2E!

Be sure to also Facebook Like and Follow us on Twitter too…that way you’ll be the first to know what we’re givin’ away and when.

Also, we’ll be launching our Third Ereader Giveaway this coming Saturday, April 7th!!! So stay-tuned for your chance to win…a Kindle Fire!!!

Okay then…let’s take a look at today’s EOTD, which feature Ebooks in the following genres/sub-genres:

Romance (Boxed Set)
Romantic Comedy

Let’s dive right into today’s EOTD…

Romance (Boxed Set):

Author: Stacey Joy Netzel

On Amazon , B&N Nook and Smashwords

Price: $4.49

Word Count: 85,000 (total for all three books)

Three’s the charm–save 25% with Stacey Joy Netzel’s Boxed Set of three romances!

Best of all, the Boxed Set has something for everyone…a paranormal ghost story, a high school reunion story told in a she said/he said format, and a Christmas story all about the spirit of giving that’s good for any time of the year.

IF TOMBSTONES COULD TALK
Had someone asked Melanie Sparks if she believed in ghosts, she’d have laughed before voicing an emphatic “No.” Then she takes a walking tour of the cemetery in her new hometown of Lindeman’s Crossing, Colorado and meets one of the residents face to face.

The story behind Andrew Lindeman’s tragic death after the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush in 1859 triggers dreams in which she relives his last moments. Drawn to the handsome ghost, attraction builds, and she resolves to clear his tarnished name. A passionate kiss sets his spirit free, but will Melanie lose her heart forever?

DITCHED AGAIN
Summer Clark: Yes, I’m excited for my ten year class reunion—I flew all the way from Florida to Wisconsin so I could rub my success in Josh Nelson’s face. I know it sounds vindictive, but the jerk ditched me at the Snowball dance, left me to find my own ride home, and never apologized. He’s got it coming…if I can get a tow truck to come out in this freak May snowstorm and pull my rental car out of the ditch.
Josh Nelson: No, I’m not looking forward to the reunion. Just hearing the name Summer Clark brings back memories of a night I buried long ago and never talked about again. Seeing her means skirting the truth while trying to deliver a way-too-late apology. No, with this storm, I think I’ll head home…as soon as I help this car sunk in the ditch.
Clearly, there are two sides to every story.

DRAGONFLY DREAMS
Can a family connection to the ill-fated Titanic bring new hope to sinking dreams?

With his antique shop on the brink of bankruptcy, Jake Coburn knows he shouldn’t buy costume jewelry at a price that won’t turn a profit. Then again, it’s Christmas, and he hasn’t been able to say no to Loral Evan’s since the first time she entered his shop.

Desperation is what drives Loral Evans to sell precious family heirlooms, but Jake’s offer of one thousand dollars for a dragonfly brooch she knows is fake stings her pride. If only she could afford to walk away from the handsome antique dealer.

During a season of giving, Loral learns there’s a big difference between pride and dignity, and Jake’s determination to do the right thing brings rewards beyond what either of them ever dreamed of.

Pick up your copy today and enjoy all three for a 25% savings.

Romantic Comedy:

Author: Sibel Hodge

On Amazon , B&N Nook and Smashwords

Price: $3.49

Word Count: 91,700

Fourteen Days Later was short listed for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008 and received a Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009. It is a romantic comedy with a unique infusion of British and Turkish Cypriot culture. Written in a similar style to Marian Keyes, it is My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Bridget Jones.

When accident-prone Helen Grey finds a thong stuffed into the pocket of her boyfriend’s best work trousers, it’s time for her to move on. His excuse that he needed to dust the photocopier and just thought that it was a rag sounds like a lame excuse.

Helen’s life is propelled in an unexpected direction after her best friend, Ayshe, sets her a fourteen-day, life-changing challenge. Helen receives a task everyday which she must complete without question. The tasks are designed to build her confidence and boost her self-esteem but all they seem to do is push her closer to Ayshe’s brother, Kalem.

How will Kalem and Helen get together when she’s too foolish to realize that she loves him? How can he fall for her when he is too busy falling prey to her mishaps and too in love with his own perfect girlfriend? How will Kalem’s Turkish Cypriot family react when they find out?

Is it really possible to change your life in fourteen days?

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***Note: Later this week, you can also go to the pages on The RG2E site for each of your fave genres and find even more terrific scoop on each of today’s EOTD as well as great info about their authors too!!! These pages also include all the previous EOTD too…so you’ll never miss out on any of our EOTD!

***Note: All prices listed are as each Ebook was priced at the time its EOTD Post was created.

Okay, Y’All, that should give ya some superfab Ereading for the day!!!

See you tomorrow for more Ebooks to fill your Ereaders!!!

The Best of The RG2E Ereading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder