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Sneak Peek Monday: New View by Lynn Jenssen in the Sisters of Spirit Anthology (women’s fiction/romance)

SISTERS-OF-SPIRIT-COVER-300x466I had the pleasure of editing  the lovely and lyrical Sisters of Spirit Anthology (Lachesis Publishing). The anthology features four stories about four very special friends. Written by four real life friends: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Annette Blair, Lynn Jenssen, Christine Mazurk (Lachesis Publishing author of Passion’s Race) and Jeanine Duval Spikes (also known as J.D. Spikes Lachesis Publishing author of The Possession).

What It’s About:

Four life-long friends face the biggest changes of their lives.

Four sisters—not related by blood—but by spirit, each embark on a quest

Four women find out what they’re truly made of, and what love really means.

In “New View” by Lynn Jenssen, a couple’s vow of “for better or worse” is tested to the max under the threat of overwhelming work stress, and marital misunderstandings. But when a danger threatens to tear them apart for good, they face their biggest trial of all.

In “Identity” by Christine Mazurk, a young woman embarks on a complete life-change after losing more than 100 pounds, and through a twist of fate finds herself training for a marathon under the guidance of a super sexy coach. But when she starts falling for the hunky trainer, can she trust her new-found confidence to take her to the finish line?

In “Shaman’s Shell” by Jeanine Duval Spikes, a spunky young woman finds a mystical Native American artifact that could change the course of an archeologist’s career. He wants what she’s got. She doesn’t know if she can trust him. But as an attraction builds between them, the mysterious artifact propels them to discover what they both truly need.

In “Moving Pictures” by Annette Blair, a down-but-never-out woman lands a much-needed job working for one of the top advertising agencies in the country. Her boss is an award-winning exec whose focus has been solely on work for the past few years, to the exclusion of everything else. She doesn’t know why, and he isn’t prepared to tell her. The more reclusive he is, the more determined she is to draw him out, but how can she fight the haunting ghosts of his past?

EXCERPT:

SOS. Her Sisters of Spirit. Whenever they got together, they giggled, and shared, teased, and played. Good times with good friends.

Marina laughed as she put on her whimsical beachcombing find—a pair of red children’s sunglasses with heart-shaped eyepieces—and modeled them for her friends. “How’s this? It’s a new look for me.” She primped her hair and struck a pose.

“Stunning! Who’s the designer?” Bryce teased.

“Seein’ life through rose-colored glasses?” Clara threw out a line.

“What about ‘blinded by luv?’” Anastasia added her quip.

Marina laughed and followed her friends as they made their way to the car. But the good-natured chatter between the friends soon faded as her vision fogged over and a scene flashed in her mind. Cameron, her husband of seven years, as white as the sheets he lay on, unmoving, unconscious. Fear and panic sickened her stomach and stole her breath. The antiseptic smell of a hospital stung her nose. The emotion-laden picture burned itself into her memory, then faded, and the buzz of her friends’ banter returned.

She took a deep, shuddering breath. What happened? She dared not tell the girls. They’d ask questions. They’d guess the truth.

The vision clung to her psyche, though she hid the disquiet behind a smile to her friends who continued the quips back and forth. She flipped the glasses onto her head, holding her hair away from her face, and concentrated on navigating the dirt road to avoid the biggest of the potholes. She listened as the others talked about their finds, but remained distracted by more than the road conditions.

Once they returned from their outing, the friends separated. Clara and Anastasia walked to the small market in search of ingredients for an impromptu dessert while Marina and Bryce stayed home to start dinner. She suspected they contrived the dessert trip to leave her alone with Bryce, who poured them each a glass of wine.

“Mare, what’s going on? I’m getting turmoil from you. Are you the one who sent the SOS?”

She sipped her wine, taking time to choose her words carefully. “That’s the problem. I don’t know what’s going on. But Cam and I . . . we . . . it’s not the same.” So much for careful word choice. Come on, Marina, be specific. She took another sip. Bryce waited. “We’ve always shared stories about our day when we get home. We laughed together. We listened to each other as we went for a walk or got dinner started.” That’s how it had always been.

She covered the salad and put it in the refrigerator. With the steaks marinating and the salad made, they moved to the deck to enjoy the spring breeze. Bryce prodded, “It feels like there’s more to the story.”

Marina sat on the chaise lounge and curled her legs up under her. “Since Cam got his promotion, things have changed. He comes home later, so we miss our chance to walk together, and I’ve already fixed dinner, sometimes eaten mine without him. He’s quiet and tired. We don’t share our day’s happenings. When I ask or try to talk, his response is minimal, like I’m an effort to talk to. He travels more than ever, and that’s been a strain, too. It’s getting worse. We’d hoped this new promotion would give us the financial stability to do the things we want and be together more. Instead we’ve grown apart; everything feels distant.”

She hated that her voice wobbled—she took another sip of wine to collect herself, but the liquid burned her throat as the tears pricked in her eyes. “I miss the old Cam. The one who laughs at my silly jokes, who makes me smile with a simple wink, the one who sends tingles down my spine with a single look. What’s happened to us?”

“I felt something troubling you.” Bryce reached over and took her hand. “I understand. What are you going to do?”

“Keep talking to him. I don’t know what else to do.” Sadness sat in the pit of her stomach. Bryce squeezed her hand and nodded. But Marina wondered about the vision. Did it symbolize his love for her had died?

Laughter and chatter came from the walkway leading to the house, so they knew the others were back from their mission, ending the conversation.

She took a deep breath and pulled herself away from her friends and quickly texted Cam. Marital concerns aside, she needed to know he was okay. A quick response—‘All’s well.’

With her friends on the island, she planned to enjoy their company and get re-invigorated by her writing. Tough writing romance when your own lacked. She didn’t want to dampen the mood, so she tried to hide her worries by smiling and keeping the attention focused on the others.

It didn’t work with Clara, who cornered her in the kitchen after dinner while they were washing dishes. “Are you okay? You seem kind of quiet this weekend.”

“Things with school, Cam’s new job is hectic, and a little overwhelming. We’re still trying to find a balance.” All true statements, but not the whole truth . . . though she wasn’t even sure what that truth was.

“Have faith. It’ll work out. Remember why you fell in love in the beginning. Keep that first in your heart.”

Later on, Anastasia rubbed Marina’s back and shoulders. “You’re tense. If you want to talk, you know I’ll listen.” Each of her Sisters recognized her heart’s disquiet and each in her own way offered support without prying.

As she tidied the house after their weekend on the island, the red sunglasses she’d found fell out of her jacket pocket. She smiled. “Seeing life through rose colored glasses . . .” She put them on her writing desk in the office. Maybe they’d inspire a happy love story next time she came out to the island to write.

They rushed to close up the house and catch the evening ferry. Marina had one more look around before locking up. “Bye, Mom. I’ll be back soon.” A touch of melancholy hit her. Still home.

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SISTERS OF SPIRIT by Annette Blair, Lynn Jenssen, Christine Mazurk, Jeanine Duval Spikes (romance/women’s fiction)

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TUESDAY’S REVOLVING BOOK IS THE romance/women’s fiction anthology “SISTERS OF SPIRIT” featuring New York Times and USA Today Best-selling author ANNETTE BLAIR!

Read it for your book club! Get it as a great Holiday gift for your friends or sisters!

E-BOOK AVAILABLE AT:
AMAZON KINDLE: http://goo.gl/DO1vFR

BARNES AND NOBLE NOOK: http://goo.gl/h8h6V8

AUTHORS: ANNETTE BLAIR, LYNN JENSSEN, CHRISTINE MAZURK, JEANINE DUVAL SPIKES.

PUBLISHER: LACHESIS PUBLISHING http://goo.gl/WVjf0u

SYNOPSIS:
Four life-long friends face the biggest changes of their lives.

Four sisters—not related by blood—but by spirit, each embark on a quest

Four women find out what they’re truly made of, and what love really means.

In “New View” by Lynn Jenssen, a couple’s vow of “for better or worse” is tested to the max under the threat of overwhelming work stress, and marital misunderstandings. But when a danger threatens to tear them apart for good, they face their biggest trial of all.

In “Identity” by Christine Mazurk, a young woman embarks on a complete life-change after losing more than 100 pounds, and through a twist of fate finds herself training for a marathon under the guidance of a super sexy coach. But when she starts falling for the hunky trainer, can she trust her new-found confidence to take her to the finish line?

In “Shaman’s Shell” by Jeanine Duval Spikes, a spunky young woman finds a mystical Native American artifact that could change the course of an archeologist’s career. He wants what she’s got. She doesn’t know if she can trust him. But as an attraction builds between them, the mysterious artifact propels them to discover what they both truly need.

In “Moving Pictures” by Annette Blair, a down-but-never-out woman lands a much-needed job working for one of the top advertising agencies in the country. Her boss is an award-winning exec whose focus has been solely on work for the past few years, to the exclusion of everything else. She doesn’t know why, and he isn’t prepared to tell her. The more reclusive he is, the more determined she is to draw him out, but how can she fight the haunting ghosts of his past?

AUTHOR BIOS:

ANNETTE BLAIR:
New York Times Bestselling Author, Annette Blair left her job as a Development Director and Journalism Advisor at a private New England prep school to become a fulltime writer. At forty books and counting, she’s added contemporary, bewitching, romantic comedies and cozy Vintage Magic mysteries to her award-winning historical romances. To find out when a new book is available, sign up for Annette’s mailing list at:
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LYNN JENSSEN:
Raised on a small island off the coast of New England, Lynn Jenssen infuses her writing—women’s fiction, and contemporary romance—with characters that live and laugh and love in small-town communities by the ocean. Lynn now lives in Rhode Island with her romantic hero husband, Bill, on a small family farm. With two grown sons, two wonderful daughter-in-laws, several joyful grandchildren, and three siblings with extended families, she appreciates the variety of relationships woven into a family fabric. She is the current president of the Rhode Island Romance Writers. When she isn’t writing or working, you can find her cooking, swimming, or walking—while letting her muse run wild!

CHRISTINE MAZURK:
Christine Mazurk is a business woman and Ironman triathlete with a passion for writing stories about ‘heart’. Her business experiences and participation in endurance events have allowed her to live and travel the world with her husband, John, and their two black cats, Tango and Samba. www.christinemazurk.com

JEANINE DUVAL SPIKES:
Jeanine Duval Spikes is a spinner of romantic tales with a touch of the supernatural. Lifelong research and experience with the paranormal infuse her stories with ethereal spirit, while her belief that love conquers all suffuse them with heart. She is a paranormal investigator with a small local group, aspiring to help those in need by advancing this exploratory field both spiritually and scientifically. When not writing, you can find her cooking, gardening, horseback riding, or forever getting lost in secondhand shops. The mother of two grown sons, she lives in Rhode Island, the Ocean State, with her very own hero-husband, Tim, and two crazy cats. She is the proud recipient of the Jo Ann Ferguson Service Award for selfless assistance and dedication to fellow writers and the craft.

EXCERPT:
SOS. Their code to each other. Sisters of Spirit—one of them needed support. Marina Simms gazed at the email. Confused because it seemed to come from her, though the preview screen indicated they’d all received it. She hit ‘reply all’—with the date and time of the ferry to catch for a quiet weekend getaway. Four friends. They discovered a common bond and were soon awed by the psychic connections that grew between them, a universal thread none of them could ignore. And now, one of them called out to her Sisters.

They met at the dock in the chill May breeze. After a flurry of hugs and kisses, the four women ascended the stairway to the ferry’s open bow deck. They sat huddled together, enjoying the quiet of being together, smiles lighting their faces.

Marina adjusted her large dark sunglasses against the sun’s glare reflecting off the water.
Clara pulled her plaid scarf higher on her neck and tucked a cocoa curl behind her ear, then she hugged Marina close. “I am so happy to be here.”

The thick auburn ponytail that Bryce pulled through the back of a ‘Life is Good’ cap bobbed as she nodded her agreement. “Me too. I need this so badly!”

Anastasia, her wavy blonde hair streaked with a fun splash of teal, laughed. “It’s as if the island knows when we need each other.”

“So you need this, too. I’m not the only one.”

Marina was thankful her dark lenses hid the moisture filling her eyes. SOS. No one fessed up to sending the call, but apparently it came at a good time for all.

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‘Til St. Patrick’s Day by Holly Gilliatt (chick lit/women’s fiction)

TilStPatricksDay_HG_LG 3Friday’s Fantastic Find is the chick lit novel “Til St. Patrick’s” Day by Holly Gilliatt.

GENRE: Women’s Fiction/Chick Lit/Romantic elements

GET IT HERE:
AMAZON http://www.amazon.com/Til-St-Patricks-Holly-Gilliatt/dp/1622371534/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1373595556&sr=1-1

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/til-st-patricks-day-holly-gilliatt/1114984369?ean=2940016603599

SMASHWORDS: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/302424

KOBO: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Til-St-Patricks-Day/book-dc2DYkLSm0yd-0a83PnNbA/page1.html?s=bhyk_lE-KU2VFXjE1pdPwg&r=1

PUBLISHER: Turquoise Morning Press, http://www.turquoisemorningpressbookstore.com/products/til-st-patrick-s-day-by-holly-gilliatt

SYNOPSIS/BLURB
For three best friends, one winter will change everything.

Chronically optimistic Jayne is surprised she’s still single at twenty-eight. But as always for Jayne, there’s hope. This time his name is Gray—a successful, gorgeous marketing VP that she can’t believe is going out with her. She’s never given up on the belief that the right man for her is out there. Maybe Gray could be the one…if she just works hard enough to make it happen.

Her cynical friend Karen is suspicious of Jayne’s new guy with his model looks and over-inflated ego. She’s concerned for Jayne, but has her own relationship to worry about. Not that anything’s wrong with her boyfriend. He’s actually perfect for her, which is why she’s terrified. Not sure she can ever fully trust a man again, she considers bailing on yet another relationship.

Claudia is always there for her friends, mothering them like the children she craves to have. Happily married, Claudia anxiously awaits the day her husband finally agrees it’s time to start a family.

’Til St. Patrick’s Day is a novel about the depths of friendship and what happens when love doesn’t go according to plan.

REVIEWS:
Review from Debbie at Literati Book Reviews:
“The development of characters is written in such depth that you feel a deep sense of connection to each of the women. …With the author’s ease of putting words on paper, the story flows through your mind, connecting on a deep emotional level. You will find yourself hoping, gasping, shedding a tear or two and smiling with happiness as the story unfolds.”

Review from Victoria Lawson at BestChickLit.com:

“If you like a good love story, then this should be on your ‘to read’ list. Gilliatt creates characters who you connect with… The reader is placed in the middle of these three women’s lives; you experience their ups, their downs and their own journeys of self-discovery. You genuinely care about what happens to the characters, which is half the battle, and certainly not an easy one! …If you’re a sucker for a love story, then this novel will definitely give you a ‘happily ever after.'”

Review from Angie at Pink Fluffy Hearts:

“Wow did I love this book. From start to finish, I was engaged with the characters and the plot…. Jane, Karen, and Claudia’s stories wove together very nicely, and made me wistful that other books don’t always successfully convince me that the main characters are such close friends. It was a heart-warming story with a satisfying ending even though parts of it made me tear up…. Obviously the main theme of this novel was friendship, but it’s followed very closely by love—and not just romantic love. To anyone who likes to read stories about these themes, you HAVE to read this book. It’s fantastic.”

Review from Catriona Merryweather at Fabulous Book Fiend:

” A wonderful debut novel about changing your perspective when it comes to relationships. I was hooked into this story right from the word go… All three women are written as very strong characters and I’m sure that most readers will be able to identify with at least one of them, if not all of them, as I did… There are several unexpected twists and turns which will keep the reader guessing until the end as to how everything is going to turn out for these women as well as several ‘aww’ moments but make sure you keep the tissues handy as there were a few times I found myself welling up… A fantastic chick-lit novel, fun, identifiable and well worth a read!”

WATCH THE TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5dAMqeAJMc

ABOUT HOLLY:

When she’s not busy daydreaming of someday spending her life writing from a cozy house in the woods, Holly Gilliatt has a hectic life in the suburbs as a wife and mom to three glorious–and crazy–kids. Working full-time selling packaging supplies and equipment in St. Louis, Missouri pays the bills (most months). A hopeless romantic and music addict, she finds time to pursue her passion for writing by avoiding housework. Her biggest ambition is to someday be caught up with the laundry.

CONNECT WITH HOLLY ONLINE:

https://twitter.com/Hollygtweet
https://www.facebook.com/HollyGilliatt
https://pinterest.com/hollygilliatt/
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7032312.Holly_Gilliatt

WEB SITE LINK http://www.hollygilliatt.com/

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