Monday, April 24, 2017

Mary Uncensored!

Welcome to the garden. Today I'm going to be me. So grab your plates and fill them with goodies, pour your favorite beverage and have a seat. Buckle in, it will be wild.




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Profit (Book V the Beckett Series) by Mary Martinez

Profit (Book V the Beckett Series)

by Mary Martinez

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Books:
2004
Diamond Affair - Not in publication at this time.

2005
Peek-a-Boo - Published with Champagne Books
Changed name to Watching Jenny 2010 BookStrand
Indie Published -Watching Jenny 2015  http://www.marymartinez.com/watching-jenny.html
Known as Blade with wild pink hair, tattoos and piercings, Jenny McGregor works to keep her life private. But her self-constructed barriers are breached after she receives flowers and threatening notes signed by ‘Runner’.

Desperate to stop the threat before she goes on tour, Jenny hires hunky Detective Dan Janson for protection. Unable to catch the stalker before the tour bus leaves, Dan is forced to stifle his attraction to Jenny. They’re carried along on a dangerous game of cat and mouse from San Diego to Memphis the city of Elvis and the blues. Each day the two draw closer together. When ‘Runner’ lures Jenny away from the tour, Dan’s forced to acknowledge he’s fallen in love with the feisty singer.

Hot on Jenny’s trail, Dan soon learns ‘Runner’ is not one of the usual suspects.

2006
Classic Murder: Mr. Romance
Chick Magnet
Romance and Misconception Contracted with Triskelion. 
2009 Contracted with BookStrand

Indie Published - Chick Magnet 2015 http://www.marymartinez.com/chick-magnet.html

Madison McCullough is recuperating from a broken heart. Her fiance hadn't really loved her, he had used her as a babysitter for his young son while he wined and dined other women.

Brady O'Neill is a Formula One race car driver recuperating from injuries from a near death accident and a broken heart. Brady's matchmaking sister believes her son to be a chick magnet and encourages Brady to take her son to the grocery store.

When Madison and Brady meet, oranges roll. Thanks to Payton, Brady's nephew. The first eye contact over the fruit table causes the air to sizzle. No matter how much Madison resists the attraction, the two are destined for each other.

Indie Published - Romance and Misconception 2015 http://www.marymartinez.com/romance-and-misconceptions.html
What happens when one small misconception changes the lives of six people? Oops, I mean seven; I keep forgetting little Abbie gets a dad.

Marnie and Melissa Hansen are identical twins, they are totally opposite of each other. Marnie loves anything artsy fartsy, dreams of marrying a passionate struggling artist someday, and she can't stand businessmen. She refers to them as suits, and she doesn't mean it as a compliment. Melissa on the other hand dreams of a family and a white picket fence. The American dream. Mostly she dreams of a future with her boss, David Bowman, who is most definitely a suit and does not want the American dream. Thank you very much!

Jared Collins is a friendly business rival of David's and they compete for many of the same accounts. When Jared's young, impressionable gardener, Shane, overhears a conversation, he decides he needs to take revenge on behalf of his boss. Shane's not the sharpest tool in the shed, but he means well. That small misconception is what changes the lives of all of these people, including the beautiful caretaker of Jared's lodge and her daughter.

Indie Published - Classic Murder: Mr. Romance 2016 http://www.marymartinez.com/classic-
murder-mr-romance.html
Adam enjoys a lifestyle most men only dream of. Then one day he wakes up to find the morning headlines blaring, "Another victim falls prey to Mr. Romance. Who is next?" He suddenly realizes his way of life is not only frivolous, but deadly.

Dubbed Mr. Romance by New York society for his romantic adventures, Adam Fernando Russo loves women. But lately he realizes how lonely it is coming home to an empty house. Can he settle for only one woman? After he makes a list of qualities worthy enough to merit giving up his desirable existence, suddenly recipients of his coveted attention mysteriously fall prey to a murderer. The murders seem unrelated with one exception--all the victims have recently returned from a fabulous weekend rendezvous with Mr. Romance.

Adam’s assistant, Katie Sinclair, knows Adam is innocent with airtight alibis. The police are at a loss so Adam and Katie work together to discover the link between the murders. As luck would have it, their plan to prove the murderer is copying classic Cary Grant movies goes astray just as Adam realizes his perfect woman has been by his side all along.

Indie Published 2013
Disappear http://www.marymartinez.com/disappear.html
After two years undercover as an FBI agent to infiltrate a crime organization and discover the identity of a hit man, Tyler Beckett’s cover is blown. Tyler’s new assignment is to protect the only witness who can identify the mysterious killer. If only he didn’t find her so attractive. Each day it becomes harder to keep his objective, especially since he knows the interest is mutual.

Keira Cavanaugh is the only witness to a hit ordered by a crime boss.  The safe house is compromised and the same hit man shoots Tyler. Fearing Tyler is dead, Keira plans revenge on the crime organization. She must fake her own suicide in order to survive.

When Tyler discovers what Keira plans, he realizes he must stop her before he loses her for good.

Innocent http://www.marymartinez.com/innocent.html

All Jessica wants is a home and a family. So how did she suddenly find herself falsely accused of a felony and then kidnapped by a hit man?

Jessica Beckett loves her job teaching high school algebra. That is until Coach Brinley makes her life miserable because she actually has the audacity to fail his three staring football jocks. Maybe if they’d done their homework they would have passed. She refuses to be intimidated. He on the other hand refuses to admit defeat and manipulates the boys into accusing her of sex in exchange for passing grades.


Gabriel Despain loves his job as FBI agent. But falling for his partner’s sister has complicated a great partnership. It would be a lot easier to ignore his feelings if Jessica hadn't found herself in trouble. Now he must keep her safe. And if he can't remain objective, they both might get killed.

Quiet http://www.marymartinez.com/quiet.html
Christine Beckett’s dream of partnership in a prestigious New York City law firm has finally come to fruition. She has financial security, a loving family, and owns her home, why does she need a man?

Detective Solomon has worked with Tyler Beckett on several cases, he almost feels he is part of the Beckett clan. He considers them his good friends, except for Christine who seems to look down her professional nose at him.

Christine receives a threatening note and her townhouse echoes with mysterious cries in the night. That is when the handsome and irritating detective insists he temporarily move in to protect her. To add insult, it is with her family’s blessing.

Three Brides and a Dress (Formerly Three Weddings and a Dress) http://www.marymartinez.com/three-brides-and-a-dress.html
Hi, my name is Bella and I'm one of Heidi by Design signature creations. I'm a wedding dress. Someday I'll find a young bride with stars in her eyes and dreams of a future with her groom. I can imagine it now. The groom standing at the altar waiting, his gaze fixed to the door where his bride will appear and then walk toward him. I'll hug her curves and she'll shimmer and shine with the promise of what their life will be.

It all sounds simple and easy, doesn't it?

Wrong...

My journey is more of a zig zag than a top stitch along a straight seam as I search for the perfect bride who is my soul mate.

Indie Published 2014
Four Sisters http://www.marymartinez.com/four-sisters.html
The early sixties was a time of making love, not war. Kathleen finds love and starts a war with her family.

Four Sisters is a story rich in the relationships of Kathleen Williams' life. Kathleen discovers her sexuality in the sixties. She's different from other girls her age and afraid her sisters, especially her closest sister, Deborah, will never understand.

When Kathleen reveals her love for a woman, her worst fears are realized—she’s banished from her home and family.


Forty odd years later, Kathleen is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Susan, her lifelong partner, encourages her to make peace with her family. Kathleen's journey, now, includes rebuilding her relationship with her sisters and parents, as well as the battle of her life. Her only chance for peace is to find acceptance.

Indie Published 2016
Illusion http://www.marymartinez.com/illusion.html

Special Agent Reagan Beckett left Brooklyn for San Francisco ten years ago—and on bad terms with her family. When the World Banking Association (WBA), one of the biggest worldwide financial institutions, is targeted by domestic terrorists, Reagan is called to join the team with two others in New York City. Now she would be home for an extended visit.

Special Agent Paco Luis Perez has heard of the legendary Tyler Beckett and looks forward to working with the man on the assignment in New York. However, when he reads Beckett’s dossier on his flight from D.C., he discovers the Beckett he expected to meet isn’t Tyler.

NYPD Detective Spencer Alexander Williams III, a member of the gang terrorist task force, reluctantly agrees to consult on the domestic terrorist case as the local liaison. He has never liked working with a team; he learns more on his own. But they need his uncanny knack to anticipate the gang’s movements.

As soon as Reagan receives information on the assignment, she researches her new partners. But does she know enough to literally trust these men with her life?​

History Mysteries http://www.marymartinez.com/history-mysteries.html
Zeke Adams has mixed feelings about visiting his nana for the summer. On the one hand, he’ll get to see her and his two younger cousins, Nick and Bart, but then they’ll be stuck all summer in the small coastal town of Cliffdale, California—a place they all believe will be boring.

When the boys arrive, they ask Nana if they can ride their skateboards around town. Nana agrees as long as they stay away from the house next door. She explains that fifty years ago the owner, Albert Smith, arrived out of nowhere and bought the house, then disappeared just as mysteriously.

Despite Nana’s instructions to stay away from the house, Bart convinces his cousins it’s haunted, and they can’t resist exploring. They are determined to use their special gifts to discover what happened to Albert Smith….and while they are busy discovering, they find they have a lot in common with the people in Cliffdale. Gifts.

Indie Published 2017
Profit http://www.marymartinez.com/profit.html

Matt Beckett is the Chief Financial officer for World Banking Association (WBA). Over a year ago an agency known as the HEAD group tried to take over the WBA. Matt's sister, Reagan Beckett, a member of a Federal Special Task Force took out one of the key players, a serial killer known as the Headman. Now the founder of HEAD, Andrew Phillips, is back and ready to finish what he'd started with a new and dastardly key player from the Dark web.

Matt doesn’t have any desire to be involved in any cloak and dagger stuff. He’d rather leave that to the other law enforcement Beckett’s. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like he'll have a choice.

Bryn Connelly is the Chief Audit Executive also for the WBA. She had been one of the Headman's targets and thought her days of danger were over. However, she finds herself working with laid back Matt Beckett, much to her dismay.

Matt couldn’t be more delighted when Reagan informs him he'll be working the lovely Bryn. He’s been trying to catch her eye for five years, now. However, their sleuthing quickly lands them in a precarious position.

It’s up to Matt and Bryn to finish what Reagan and her team started, but can he win the lovely Bryn and save the day? Or will he lose her forever if the WBA falls into the wrong hands?

Coming soon:
Abandoned http://www.marymartinez.com/abandoned.html
Glenna Beckett loves her family dearly, but being the youngest of six can be overwhelming. Moving across country helped her learn who she was outside the family. She’s built a successful business in the form of a quaint shop on Main Street of Calistoga, that sells a bit of everything vintage, the new age term for antique. What more does she need?

Then he walked into her shop. International playboy, Lance Gordon. After a whirlwind courtship he asks her to marry him. Burying a niggle of doubt in the pit of her tummy, she says yes. He’s even agreed to have the wedding in Brooklyn so her family can attend. But he never arrives.


Glenna refused to believe she’d been abandoned at the altar and asks her brother, Tyler, to contact an agent friend on the West Coast to search for Lance.

Patrick McGinnis can’t believe he’s walking into a prissy shop in the high end of the Napa Valley searching for a missing groom. The bride, Glenna Beckett, is everything he feared, drop dead gorgeous, and a spoiled brat. Not that he’d ever tell her brother that. He hates wild goose chases, and this mission is exactly that. Patrick’s certain the playboy fiancé is off wooing some other delectable creature.

Unfortunately, once Patrick started to dig, he finds there’s more to the tale and it will take all his skills as an agent to keep Glenna safe. Especially when she fights him every step of the way.

Contact Links:
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Mary’s Book Group: Open a Book and embark on a new adventure! https://www.facebook.com/groups/MarysBookGroup/

I hope you've enjoyed my story from the beginning!



Monday, April 17, 2017

The Beckett's Blog Part IV

Welcome to the Garden, this is the part IV of the Beckett Blog series in honor of the release of Profit Book V of the series. If you've been here before you know the drill, grab a plate and fill it up with goodies and pour yourself your favorite beverage. Find a seat and let's start!

If you need to catch up:
The Beckett's Blog series part I: Where you'll hear about the Beckett's and Disappear (Book I) April 3, 2017 at Stanalei Fletcher

The Beckett's Blog series part II: Where you'll hear about Innocent (Book II) April 10, 2017 at Marie Higgins: I must be dreamingblog.

The Beckett's Blog series part III: Where you'll hear about Quiet (Book III) April 17, 2017 at Judy Baker
The Beckett’s have a strong sense of family and honor.
When one of their own is threatened, their bond is as strong as a badge of steel.


Illusion: Utopia the Beginning
Book IV The Beckett Series
Special Agent Reagan Beckett left Brooklyn for San Francisco ten years ago—and on bad terms with her family. When the World Banking Association (WBA), one of the biggest worldwide financial institutions, is targeted by domestic terrorists, Reagan is called to join the team with two others in New York City. Now she would be home for an extended visit.

Special Agent Paco Luis Perez has heard of the legendary Tyler Beckett and looks forward to working with the man on the assignment in New York. However, when he reads Beckett’s dossier on his flight from D.C., he discovers the Beckett he expected to meet isn’t Tyler.

NYPD Detective Spencer Alexander Williams III, a member of the gang terrorist task force, reluctantly agrees to consult on the domestic terrorist case as the local liaison. He has never liked working with a team; he learns more on his own. But they need his uncanny knack to anticipate the gang’s movements.

As soon as Reagan receives information on the assignment, she researches her new partners. But does she know enough to literally trust these men with her life?
Buy Links Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books A Million, Indie Bound

Profit: Utopia the Conclusion Available NOW!
Book V The Beckett Series
Matt Beckett is the Chief Financial officer for World Banking Association (WBA). Over a year ago an agency known as the HEAD group tried to take over the WBA. Matt's sister, Reagan Beckett, a member of a Federal Special Task Force took out one of the key players, a serial killer known as the Headman. Now the founder of HEAD, Andrew Phillips, is back and ready to finish what he'd started with a new and dastardly key player from the Dark web.

Matt doesn’t have any desire to be involved in any cloak and dagger stuff. He’d rather leave that to the other law enforcement Beckett’s. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like he'll have a choice.

Bryn Connelly is the Chief Audit Executive also for the WBA. She had been one of the Headman's targets and thought her days of danger were over. However, she finds herself working with laid back Matt Beckett, much to her dismay.

Matt couldn’t be more delighted when Reagan informs him he'll be working the lovely Bryn. He’s been trying to catch her eye for five years, now. However, their sleuthing quickly lands them in a precarious position.

It’s up to Matt and Bryn to finish what Reagan and her team started, but can he win the lovely Bryn and save the day? Or will he lose her forever if the WBA falls into the wrong hands?

I have fun things planned through out the month Please join me:
The Beckett's Blog series part I: Where you'll hear about the Beckett's and Disappear (Book I) April 3, 2017 at Stanalei Fletcher

The Beckett's Blog series part II: Where you'll hear about Innocent (Book II) April 10, 2017 at Marie Higgins: I must be dreaming blog.

The Beckett's Blog series part III: Where you'll hear about Quiet (Book III) April 17, 2017 at Judy Baker

The Beckett's Blog series part IV: Where you'll hear about Illusion (Book IV) and Profit (Book V) April 24, 2017 at Mary's Garden blog

Interview at The Write Way Cafe April 13, 2017.

Where to find Mary:

Mary's Book Group Open a book and embark on a new adventure!


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Monday, April 10, 2017

Tony-Paul de Vissage is in the Garden

Welcome to the garden. I would say that spring is here, however, in Utah it snowed. It looks like winter again. Fill your plates with goodies and pour a glass or cup of your favorite beverage. We're going to hang in the Rose room today. Please welcome Tony-Paul de Vissage, to the Garden.

About the Author:
A writer of French Huguenot extraction, one of Tony-Paul de Vissage’s first movie memories is of being six years old, viewing the old Universal horror flick, Dracula’s Daughter on television, and being scared sleepless—and he’s now paying back his very permissive parents by writing about the Undead.

How I was Conned into Writing A Novel and its Sequel
I wrote Absinthe on a dare. I was kicking back after completing my 8th novel and somehow the subject got around to how some writers change genres after many years of writing one kind…like Stephen King and his mysteries. My friend felt I should do the same.

Me? Oh,ha-ha… No.

It went something like this…

“You really ought to branch out a little, you know,” the lady said. “Tell a story about something other than vampires once in a while.”

“Oh?” I asked. “Like what? I’m open to suggestion, as long as it’s still in the realm of the supernatural.”

Too open. I’d be a good hypnotism victim.

“That covers a lot of territory.” She looked thoughtful. “How about a horror novel?”

“I write about vampires,” I reminded her. “I’d think that qualifies as enough horror right there.”

“Okay…historical then?” She wasn’t to be sidetracked. “A historical horror novel.”

“You mean like Frankenstein or something? I don’t know.” I envisioned a thick-paged tome whose weight could crack walnuts. “That’d probably involve a lot of research. You know I want everything to be as factually authentic as possible.”

I was beginning to regret letting the conversation go this far. I was happy writing vampire stories, so why change? Who brought up the subject, anyway? If it was I, I’d better watch what I said from now on.

“You need to have more variety,” she persisted. “Spice of Life and all that.”

“I don’t think switching genes was what whoever said that meant,” I protested. “Anyway, some of my novels are set in other time periods,” I added as I saw her recharging. “So… I think they could meet the requirements for historical novels, too.” I paused, thinking I’d won that particular argument. As usual, I didn’t know when to shut my big Southern mouth. I went on, “If I do something different, it should be really different, in a genre I’ve never tried.”

“That covers a lot of territory.” She thought a moment. “All right then…how about m/m? Have you ever done one of those? Write a historical, m/m, horror novel…” She took the rolling of my eyes heavenward as a sign of defeat. “I’ll bet you can’t.”

“Is that so?”

“I dare you.” She really knew how to push my buttons.

What could I do? I had to accept.

So I wrote Absinthe: A Tale of Magic, Love, and Revenge. It should’ve read “A Tale of Magic, Obsession, and Revenge,” but the tagline didn’t get changed, so…some readers questioned that “love” part.

I guess a few liked it because it was voted #2 in M/M/ Historical Horror for 2014 by the Paranormal Romance Guild’s Reviewers Choice. I went on to other things but eventually Absinthe again reared his handsome, if slightly debauched, head. I had deliberately written an epilogue which could lead into a sequel if I ever decided to write one…and my friend didn’t let me forget it.

“So…when are you going to write a sequel to Absinthe?” she asked, out of the blue one afternoon.

“Probably never,” I replied, and continued with what I was doing, which was writing a chapter of my new novel.

“You mean you didn’t write that epilogue with a sequel in mind? Come on.”

“Nope…” I kept my eyes on the computer screen.

“But…what about all the questions left unanswered?” she demanded.

“What questions?” I tried to pretend I didn’t know what she meant.

It didn’t work.

“What questions…? Don’t play stupid. What happens when little David grows up? Are he and Rouge going to have the same relationship as Absinthe and the other Rouge? Will Étienne tell David about his father? And what about this twin sister? Where did that idea come from?”

She caught my arm and shook it, jerking my hand from the keyboard which sent it nearly toppling from the typing shelf. I managed to catch it before it crashed to the floor.

“Come on, don’t leave us hanging…there’s more to the story and you know it!”

I did know it…and as much as I tried to ignore it and work on something else, the idea had been buzzing around in my brain for a bit. Sighing and saving what I’d been working on, I bowed to the inevitable and took up the threads where they’d been left hanging…and Essence of Absinthe was the result.

This novel takes up the story of Absinthe’s son, David…a young man the exact opposite of his father in every way. He’s shy, obedient, and, in his twentieth year, still chaste. Indeed, David doesn’t know he’s Absinthe’s son. He believes himself the son of Étienne Vaurien, the Marquis Delafée, who is in reality his grandfather. This fact, hidden from David, will cause problems later on, for when his “father,” fearing the upcoming rumbles of revolution in France, decides to take his family to the safety of Louisiana, he delivers his “son” to the very place where the spirits of the dead have been waiting, for two decades…

Essence of Absinthe may be considered mild in comparison to its predecessor but that’s because the subject matter has changed. Absinthe was a tale of obessesion; Essence of Absinthe is a story of possession, and how the desire for revenge can survive and fester and wreak itself upon the innocent.

I hope those reading the story will applaud the way I handled that.

BLURB:
The noble family of Vaurien has secrets, and one Étienne Vaurien and his wife have suppressed for twenty years is about to be discovered. Taking his family from France to escape the murmur of revolution places his son David in mortal danger.

A city may change but some things remain the same. Hatred and the desire for revenge are at the top of the list. David’s resemblance to Étienne’s deceased eldest son, Absinthe, is remarked upon by many but to one person it means more than a mere likeness of features.

Genevieve, Etienne’s abandoned mistress and Absinthe’s amour, has pined twenty years for her young lover. Now, she has a chance to get him back…and she isn’t going to let death stop her.

In a short time, David’s living body will house the spirit of a dead man who wants once again to live…and love.

EXCERPT:
David decided to ask something always bothering him. “I know you’re not a particularly religious man, sir, but why don’t you like the chapel? They say you haven’t been inside since the fire.”

Immediately he wondered if he should’ve mentioned that, since it brought up a reference to the near-forbidden subject of Étienne’s lost son. “They?” Étienne’s eyes held a surprising twinkle at his son’s remark. “What else do those mysterious “they” say?” He gave David a direct, near-confrontational stare. “Who are “they,” exactly?”

“I don’t know…servants…townspeople…visitors…” David waved his hands.

“Ah…that hazy and indistinct group which forms our opinions for us.” His father nodded, a finger going to his lips. “I see.” He appeared amused by his son’s vagueness. “You still haven’t told me what else they’ve said.”

“Nothing,” David admitted. “Apparently no one wishes to speak of it.”

“I wish you wouldn’t.” Étienne’s reply was abrupt. Softer, he went on, “You know I don’t like to be reminded of what I lost that day.”

“I’m sorry, sir.” David truly was.

He acknowledged his father kept a tight rein on his emotions. When in public, even if a mere visit to the village, he was, while not cold, at least aloof…polite and friendly, but reserved and a little distant. Very rarely did the Marquis Delafée let outsiders see his gentler side.

“Not that I haven’t regained it through you, mon fils,” Étienne added hastily, as if realizing how his statement sounded. “It’s simply…” He stopped, shaking his head.

“I apologize for mentioning it at all.” David hesitated, then said, in a softer tone, “It’s only…you never speak of him if you can help it, and that makes me curious, of course…of what happened that day.”

There was silence, broken only when Étienne muttered, “I really don’t want…” He studied his son briefly. “I didn’t intend this to be a day of revelations.”

He stopped again, then replaced the quill he held in its holder with a deliberate movement.

“Perhaps, you should know more.” Étienne sighed, as if in surrender. “Sit, son.” He indicated a chair placed to the side of the desk. “No need to stand like a servant.”

David dropped gratefully into the chair as Étienne continued, grudgingly, “It was his wedding day. He died in that fire before the ceremony could be completed.”

“As did Rouge’s father.” David remembered the inscription on his brother’s vault…that a second body lay in the tomb with him. The engraving chiseled into the granite stated for all to see that his best friend’s father was also buried there.

“Rouge Meurtrier, père …oui.” Briefly, the marquis avoided his son’s gaze.

“My uncle died, also.”

“Uncle?” Étienne looked up. “Whom do you mean?”

“Didn’t Mamère’s brother die that day, too? Jean-Paul? Why don’t they speak of him, either?”

“How do you know about Jean-Paul?” Étienne half-rose from his chair, leaning across the desk toward his son. “Who’ve you been talking to?” “No one, I swear. It’s merely another of the questions I’ve long wished to ask.” Startled, David found himself bending backward as if to escape his father’s grasp though the marquis hadn’t raised either hand. He struggled to keep any condemnation out of his voice. “Once when I went to visit Gran’père Georges, I wandered into the garden. At the end of it, I found the family burial plot. The mausoleum was open and I went in. Morbid curiosity I suppose…to see the names of Mamère’s ancestors,” he added. “You know my hobby.”

His father nodded and relaxed. David was surprised. Until that moment, he hadn’t realized Étienne was tense. Why should he be?

“I found his vault…Jean-Paul la Carrière, Vicomte la Proie.”. Just that and his death date…the same as my brother’s…and Rouge Meurtrier’s.” “Oui. Jean-Paul died that day also. He was Absinthe’s…compagnon de mariage…”

“Absinthe. Why did they call him that?” David persisted, fearing his father might soon regret reawakening the tragedy and refused to say more. “Because of his eyes…they were the color of that infernal liqueur.” Étienne took a deep breath, looking away as if to hide the fact his own eyes were also that color, but in his case, he’d been called Peridot.

Using that surnom to differentiate the deceased child from his living namesake had become habit but it still cause an ache. To his son, it sounded as if he were controlling great fury.

“I don’t wish to speak of this any longer, David.”

Absinthe is available from Class Act Books and amazon.com Essence of Absinthe will be available in March, 2017.

Find out more about Tony-Paul at:
Twitter: @tpvissage
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tonypaul.devissage?fref=ts
Publisher’s website: http://www.classactbooks.com/index.php/our-authors/manufacturers/tony-paul-de-vissage
Amazon author’s page: https://authorcentral.amazon.com/gp/profile
Buy Links:
Publisher’s website: http://www.classactbooks.com/cat-romance/cat-romance-paranormal/essence-of-absinthe-detail
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Essence-Absinthe-Tony-Paul-Vissage-ebook/dp/B06XKR2XD4/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/711208

Thank you for visiting with us today Paul.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Profit: Utopia the Conclusion - AVAILABLE NOW!

Welcome to the Garden, I hope all of you are well. April is a huge month for me! Book 5 Of the Beckett Series is out! Profit: Utopia the Conclusion. If you've been here before you know the drill, grab a plate and fill it up with goodies and pour yourself your favorite beverage. Find a seat and let's start!

The Beckett’s have a strong sense of family and honor.
When one of their own is threatened, their bond is as strong as a badge of steel.


Profit: Utopia the Conclusion Available NOW!
Book V The Beckett Series
Matt Beckett is the Chief Financial officer for World Banking Association (WBA). Over a year ago an agency known as the HEAD group tried to take over the WBA. Matt's sister, Reagan Beckett, a member of a Federal Special Task Force took out one of the key players, a serial killer known as the Headman. Now the founder of HEAD, Andrew Phillips, is back and ready to finish what he'd started with a new and dastardly key player from the Dark web.

Matt doesn’t have any desire to be involved in any cloak and dagger stuff. He’d rather leave that to the other law enforcement Beckett’s. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like he'll have a choice.

Bryn Connelly is the Chief Audit Executive also for the WBA. She had been one of the Headman's targets and thought her days of danger were over. However, she finds herself working with laid back Matt Beckett, much to her dismay.

Matt couldn’t be more delighted when Reagan informs him he'll be working the lovely Bryn. He’s been trying to catch her eye for five years, now. However, their sleuthing quickly lands them in a precarious position.

It’s up to Matt and Bryn to finish what Reagan and her team started, but can he win the lovely Bryn and save the day? Or will he lose her forever if the WBA falls into the wrong hands?

Buy Links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books A Million, Indie Bound

I have fun things planned through out the month Please join me:
The Beckett's Blog series part I: Where you'll hear about the Beckett's and Disappear (Book I) April 3, 2017 at Stanalei Fletcher

The Beckett's Blog series part II: Where you'll hear about Innocent (Book II) April 10, 2017 at Marie Higgins: I must be dreaming blog.

The Beckett's Blog series part III: Where you'll hear about Quiet (Book III) April 17, 2017 at Judy Baker

The Beckett's Blog series part IV: Where you'll hear about Illusion (Book IV) and Profit (Book V) April 24, 2017 at Mary's Garden blog

Interview at The Write Way Cafe April 13, 2017.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Authors in Bloom Blog Hop

Welcome to Mary's Garden! Something special is going on in the Garden. Grab a plate and fill it with goodies, don't forget your favorite beverage. There's plenty of seats in the Garden. Let's begin.
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March 27, 2017 through April 5, 2017

I'd like to share a recipe and a garden tip today. First the garden tip:
If you have a BLACK THUMB like I do, stay out of the garden and let someone else do it. I know... my Site is Mary's Garden. Not because I am good in the garden but because I enjoy sitting in one.

Now cooking is another kettle of whatever, I love to cook, in fact in my own mind I'm preparing to be a Master Chef at a world renowned restaurant on a tropical island. In reality, I chop vegetables and pretend I'm chopping and dicing someone who's got on my bad side at my day job. Anyway, before I prattle on, I'll share my recipe.

Spicy beef/sausage Sheppard Pie
This is for a crowd - serves 12. Spray a cake pan with non-stick spray.
Topping
2 1/2 lbs Potatoes - boiled and mashed with a 1/2 cup milk and 1/4 cup butter.
1/2 cup Italian Blend Low fat shredded cheese.







Filling
2 lb Ground Sausage, browned and crumbled. (hot optional)
1 lb Ground beef, browned and crumbed.
2 cups Carrots, chopped.
2 cloves, chopped.
1 1/2 cup frozen peas.
1 cup Onions, chopped.
1 cup Celery, sliced.
2 Jalapeno's chopped. (Optional)
1 pkg Brown Gravy, (2 cups)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Start the potatoes first, peeling them is optional. Once the potatoes are done, use the milk and butter to mash and whip until creamy. Put a lid over the pot and set aside.

In a large frying pan, spray with non-stick oil, add all the vegetables except peas, cook stirring frequently. Once tender cover and turn off heat. In a large pan brown sausage and beef, make sure to use a spatula or a masher tool to crumble the meat. Once done drain and then add 1 1/2 cups water, in the measuring cup add 1/2 cup water to the gravy mix and stir until smooth, poor into the pan and mix thoroughly.

Now add the vegetables and frozen to the meat simmer for about 5 minutes. Pour filling into pan. Spread the potatoes evenly over the top. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top. Cook for about 20 minutes.
Enjoy.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Linda Burson on authors writing series

Welcome everyone to the garden! I believe spring is finally here. Well it’s official on the 21st of March, correct? Check out the goody table and fill your plate, find your favorite beverage and let’s get started. Today our guest is Linda Burson, she’ll be continuing our series on Authors on writing a series.

About the Author:
Linda is an author from Connecticut.
After years of writing and editing for others, raising a family, and over twenty years of running her own businesses, Linda decided to tackle her first fiction novel entitled Rage, which began as a single book. Eventually, the novel became a trilogy, and finally a much longer series. All the books are a part of The Marcy Series, a romantic suspense series. Find out more about Linda at:
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Twitter: @lindaburson23

I’m one of those people who love to talk. I can chat about many topics, and depending if I’m feeling energetic, go on and on. I figured if I started writing, I probably wouldn’t get everything I wanted to say down in only a single book. So, I had decided I would write a trilogy. I had read many trilogies and a few were exciting and fun. I always enjoyed getting to know the characters even more through multiple books, not just one. This was the reason I decided to attempt a three book series.

The series I wrote is entitled the MARCY SERIES. Originally, as I stated above, it was supposed to be a trilogy, but I made one huge mistake…I didn’t realize there was a limit on how many words you could use in a single book. I had much to write, and the words weren’t stopping, so I kept going. By the time I was finish with what I felt were my never-ending thoughts, the number of words in my first book was upward of over 175,000. This is when I found out that that was way too many. I was told by a literary agent acquaintance of my daughters that that many words in a single book would give every agent pause. Little did I know, she was being polite.

Novels, especially novels from first-time authors, shouldn’t be written with this many words. The industry doesn’t recommend having the word count more than 100,000 in a single book, and that is maximum. Hence, my three-book idea became five books. What I also neglected to explain to this literary agent was I still wasn’t finished with the story. That was only the beginning and part of the middle. I still had the rest of the middle and the end to go. I figured I could probably wrap it up in another two to three books. It didn’t work out this way.

I’m a pantser, as it’s called. Pantser writing is just like it sounds; we write by the seat of our pants. I mean, I had a basic idea of what I wanted to write. The story was in my head. I just didn’t have the details completely worked out. They came to me as I continued to build my characters and their story. The more I got to know my exciting characters, the more I had to say.

By the time I reached the eighth book, it wasn’t nearly complete. I was writing between twelve to eighteen hours a day, occasionally only stopping to have meals, let the dog out, and attend to other personal needs. I kept a bottle of water by my side and just kept writing. The first time I realized I may have been getting somewhat obsessed was when, after I said goodnight to my husband around 11:00 one evening, I lifted my head from my computer just a short time later, or so I thought. I noticed it was no longer dark outside my kitchen window. I didn’t understand how that was possible. It was only around 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning, wasn’t it? I turned to look at the clock behind me. No, it was not 1:00 or 2:00 a.m. It was 7:00 a.m. I sat at my kitchen counter on the bar stool stunned that I had written all night long without a break.

I stayed up again a few other times the whole night, but mostly because I realized I did my best work, I felt, during those hours. It was quiet; the dog was asleep, my husband was asleep, the phone wasn’t ringing, no one came to my door, and I wasn’t concerned about the bills that were sitting off to my left because, after all, what could I do about them at that hour?

Eventually, I got to the point where I realized it was probably not healthy to stay up all night. Besides that, I needed sleep, and during the day it was difficult to sleep because the phone was ringing, the dog needed attention, my doorbell was buzzing, and those bills were at the forefront of my mind. I switched back to writing mostly during the day and then in the evening when my husband could help with the distractions, even though he could be one of those distractions with the television blaring. He suggested I wear noise-cancelling headphones so the TV didn’t disturb me. They worked somewhat, but I could still hear too much, so I added music and that did it. I was completely ensconced in my writing world. This is also when I noted that the music actually helped me with writing, especially with love scenes or adventures. It gave me that extra edge I needed.

Finally, I knew how I wanted to end my MARCY SERIES. By this time, I was at twelve books—yes I know, wow, twelve books. But I was. The next and final book had to wind it all up in a neat package and answer every remaining question that was raised throughout the entire series. I believe this aspect was completed well, and in a most entertaining way. I am satisfied with my entire MARCY SERIES; however, if I were to give anyone any advice whatsoever? I’d recommend they start off with a smaller project—like writing a stand-alone story first.

Writing this series was challenging, but enjoyable for me. It took me a few years, but all in all, I’m pleased with the outcome. I obviously had to finally start taking more accurate notes and keeping track of in-depth information so the continuity flowed throughout the entire series. After all, by the time I reached Book Thirteen four years from when I started Book One, I needed to make sure all my information at the end was precise. My notes definitely helped and I referred to them often, but I still wrote each chapter and each book pantsing through it.

As of the writing of this blog article, five MARCY SERIES Books are published. I’m looking forward to having Book Six published this year (2017). Book Seven is just about edited; however, the balance, though written, do need extensive editing, but they are complete…the story is there. I’m hoping my publisher will be interested in publishing the entire series; but, I suppose, that depends on how well the first part of the series does with readers. So, if anyone is interested in romantic thrillers/suspense and picks up a copy of my first book in the series, RAGE, I hope you’ll write a review. I also hope you enjoy it enough to continue reading and go on to Book Two, CONFUSION and keep going.

Blurb for Rage:
Marcy Jensen finds she is having nightmares that she can’t control. She is frustrated, angry and
confused by this sudden change. Her boyfriend and love of her life, Brad Preston, gives her an ultimatum: seek help, or he’s leaving.

One dark, chilly evening after a terrible, emotional day, Marcy finds herself in the middle of a robbery and a gun to her head. After her stressful day, she snaps. Pushed over the edge, she finds herself attacking the gunman.

The same night after this attempted robbery, Marcy meets Liam with whom she feels an inexplicable connection. After talking to Marcy, because she still having the raw edge of the evening with her, Liam convinces her to join him on his quest to find his family’s murderers.

As they delve into the dark world of revenge, Marcy’s life begins to fall apart. Before she realizes it, she falls in love with this mysterious stranger. They become close and gradually allow light and love to envelop them.

Excerpt:
When we arrive at the commuter lot where my car is parked, I remain seated looking at him. My thoughts return to the moment I realized I was in love with him. Was it always there somewhere in the depths of my soul, or was it at the moment when I saw the real person? My heart skips a beat every time I look in his direction and my emotions take over.

“You must think I cry an awful lot,” I impart as the tears come streaming down my face again.

“No, baby. I know you’re in pain right now. I wish I knew how to make things easier for you—for both of us.” Then he adds,

“Oh that my head were waters
And my eyes a fountain of tears
That I might weep day and night.”

I look at him with my tear-filled eyes. “That’s beautiful.”

“Jeremiah, Chapter 9, Verse 1,” he replies.

“You’re a special man, Evan Liam Brooks. I don’t understand why all this happened, but I have to believe there’s a reason. I have to trust in my faith that everything will be fine and will work out as it’s supposed to.”

Buy Links:
Rage: https://www.amazon.com/Rage-Linda-Burson/dp/193870374X/
Confusion: https://www.amazon.com/Confusion-Marcy-2-Linda-Burson/dp/1938703782/
Agony and Ecstasy: https://www.amazon.com/Agony-Ecstasy-Marcy-Linda-Burson/dp/193870388X/
The Agreement: https://www.amazon.com/Agreement-Marcy-Book-4-ebook/dp/B01IG982NS/
The Past Returns: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MYMGCH5

Also available at the publisher’s website: www.classactbooks.com

Thank you, Linda, for visiting the Garden. I hope you can join us again.

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Beckett Series Part Two

Welcome to the Garden. I'm excited to see a few new faces among the familiar ones. Please help yourself to a plate of goodies and of course your favorite beverage. I'm going to finish telling you a bit about the next two Beckett books, and end with the new one coming out April 1, 2017. It will be on pre-sale around the 15th of March, I will add the link when I have it.

You can read all about the first two books of the Beckett Series here... Disappear and Innocent. Today we have Quiet and Illusion.


The Beckett’s have a strong sense of family and honor. 
When one of their own is threatened, their bond is as strong as a badge of steel.

Quiet (Book III)
Christine Beckett’s dream of partnership in a prestigious New York City law firm has finally come to fruition. She has financial security, a loving family, and owns her home, why does she need a man?

Detective Solomon has worked with Tyler Beckett on several cases, he almost feels he is part of the Beckett clan. He considers them his good friends, except for Christine who seems to look down her professional nose at him.

Christine receives a threatening note and her townhouse echoes with mysterious cries in the night. That is when the handsome and irritating detective insists he temporarily move in to protect her. To add insult, it is with her family’s blessing.
Buy links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, Indie Bound

Illusion (Book IV - Utopia the Beginning)
Special Agent Reagan Beckett left Brooklyn for San Francisco ten years ago—and on bad terms with
her family. When the World Banking Association (WBA), one of the biggest worldwide financial institutions, is targeted by domestic terrorists, Reagan is called to join the team with two others in New York City. Now she would be home for an extended visit.

Special Agent Paco Luis Perez has heard of the legendary Tyler Beckett and looks forward to working with the man on the assignment in New York. However, when he reads Beckett’s dossier on his flight from D.C., he discovers the Beckett he expected to meet isn’t Tyler.

NYPD Detective Spencer Alexander Williams III, a member of the gang terrorist task force, reluctantly agrees to consult on the domestic terrorist case as the local liaison. He has never liked working with a team; he learns more on his own. But they need his uncanny knack to anticipate the gang’s movements.

As soon as Reagan receives information on the assignment, she researches her new partners. But does she know enough to literally trust these men with her life?​
Buy links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, Indie Bound

AND Coming APRIL 1, 2017!

Profit (Book V - Utopia the Conclusion)
Matt Beckett is the Chief Financial officer for World Banking Association (WBA). Over a year ago an agency known as the HEAD group tried to take over the WBA. Matt's sister, Reagan Beckett, a member of a Federal Special Task Force took out one of the key players, a serial killer known as the Headman. Now the founder of HEAD, Andrew Phillips, is back and ready to finish what he'd started with a new and dastardly key player from the Dark web.

Matt doesn’t have any desire to be involved in any cloak and dagger stuff. He’d rather leave that to the other law enforcement Beckett’s. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like he'll have a choice.

Bryn Connelly is the Chief Audit Executive also for the WBA. She had been one of the Headman's targets and thought her days of danger were over. However, she finds herself working with laid back Matt Beckett, much to her dismay.

Matt couldn’t be more delighted when Reagan informs him he'll be working the lovely Bryn. He’s been trying to catch her eye for five years, now. However, their sleuthing quickly lands them in a precarious position.

It’s up to Matt and Bryn to finish what Reagan and her team started, but can he win the lovely Bryn and save the day? Or will he lose her forever if the WBA falls into the wrong hands?

Pre-order your copy now!
I'm very excited for this book!