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Newsletter Dated: 11/20/2003 10:35:58 PM
Subject: Gracie's Gazette – Vol. 3 Issue #5 (November 20, 2003)
© 2003 Gracie C. McKeever
In This Issue:
Making The Rounds
Visit Awe-Struck E-Books' Spice Is Nice Page
This Issue's Author in the Spotlight
What I'm Reading/Recommended Reads
This Issue's Spotlight Site
This Issue's Novel Excerpt: "Eternal Designs" by Gracie C. McKeever
This Issue's Newsletter Contest
Giveaways/Good Deals/Shameless Promotions
Odds and Ends
Well, the trilogy is over, and I'm feeling a little empty. As you all probably know, I'm talking about The Matrix:Revolutions. Great movie, especially if one is in the market for action and special effects. But, again, as in Terminator Three: Rise of the Machines, the heart and soul from the original seemed to be missing from the final installment of The Matrix. The movie was functional in all ways – characterization, plot/story, execution – but there was just something missing. Oh well, there's still LOTR: Return of the King to look forward to in December.
As you've read above, I've finished up with IN PLAIN SIGHT (end of October actually, a little more than two weeks past my self-imposed deadline), and couldn't be happier. Except for the fact that I'll have to think up a plot for my next book. I'm thinking something with mermaids or centaurs, definitely want to do another paranormal.
Hope everyone's well and gearing up for a healthy and happy Holiday Season. And most importantly, hope you all enjoy this issue of the newsletter!
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DESERT DREAMS by Gracie C. McKeever — ISBN (e) 1-931696-10-1 (p) 1-931696-89-6 — Paranormal Djinni Romance available in download (pdf or html) and print (trade paperback), and can be purchased direct from NovelBooks, Inc. at http://www.novelbooksinc.com for $1 off the Retail Price at $14.95 (paperback); $5.50 (download). Also Available from Booksurge.com, Amazon, B&N (brick-and-mortar stores by "special order" through Bowkers, just give the ISBN), Books-A-Million, Walmart.com, and distributed internationally through other major online booksellers.
Check out some of my recent reviews/reprints, courtesy of ParaNormal Romance Reviews:
PRINCE OF DREAMS: Love and determination are timeless and powerful
KNIGHT OF A TRILLION STARS: Comically steamy and sensual story that will enchant and inspire.
BLACKWIND: A sweeping romance but not a book for the squeamish.
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MAKING THE ROUNDS: "A man who wants to save the world one child at a time…a young teen looking for acceptance and a savior wherever he can find them…and a woman who wants only to save them both. Somewhere between darkness and daylight they will all find and save each other." BETWEEN DARKNESS AND DAYLIGHT, paranormal psychic romance by Gracie C. McKeever .
If you like your romances hot and with the bedroom door open, VISIT AWE-STRUCK E-BOOKS' SPICE IS NICE PAGE http://www.awe-struck.net/SPICE/spice_titles.html – Are you ready for a bit of harmless "SIN"? Try Awe-Struck's (S)pice (I)s (N)ice titles. Here you'll find links that will take you directly to the description and preview pages. These are great romances...And the authors added a bit of spice in the bedroom, on the beach, or any other place you might make love. The page features those romances that have VERY descriptive bedroom scenes. It doesn't matter if the romance is contemporary or historical or sci fi. What's important is that the love scenes are...well...spicy! FLAMES PAST is there. Check out the page to see what other of your favorite Awe-Struck titles are there.
FLAMES PAST by Gracie C. McKeever — ISBN (e) 1-58749-121-4 (p) 1-58749-257-7 — Contemporary Paranormal Romance available and can be purchased from Awe-Struck E-Books, Inc. http://www.awe-struck.net in download and diskette: html, pdf, Palmpilot, REB 1100, Softbook, Hiebook, eBookman, Distributed internationally through online booksellers…Now Available in Trade Paperback! Visit Earthling Press http://www.earthling-press.com Awe-Struck's print subsidiary for titles in PRINT. Also available at Booksurge.com, B&N, Powells, eBookad.com, Fictionwise.com… Price: $4.50 Usual, non-sale price (download) $8.75 (disk, price includes S&H), $13.95 (trade paperback) – RT 2002 Award Nominee – Best Small Press Paranormal and an Awe-Struck Spice Is Nice title.
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MAKING THE ROUNDS: "Death is only the beginning when a psychotherapist is reincarnated as a client's estranged and murdered husband…ETERNAL DESIGNS is the result", paranormal reincarnation romance, and a NCWA (New Century Writer Award) 2002 Novel/Novella Finalist, by Gracie C. McKeever
Author Note: Manuscript currently under editorial review at Five Star Publications, a division of Thompson/Gale Group (http://www.galegroup.com) that does fiction titles in library-edition hardcovers. Cross your fingers for me…
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THIS ISSUE'S AUTHOR IN THE SPOTLIGHT: http://www.geocities.com/jennakayfrancis is the homepage of JennaKay Francis. She is the award-winning author of two of my recent favorite books: A GIFT OF BLOOD (vampire romance) and FREE SPIRIT (fantasy romance), each of which I have reviewed in past issues of the newsletter. Ms. Francis and I go way back (at least on the Internet), both staff members of the award-winning (now defunct) webzine TIMEWINDER: GATEWAY TO DREAMS in the late nineties. If you're open to a new breed of vampire, and into elves, or just a lover of well-told stories and great characters, then check out Ms. Francis' website and her works at Amber Quill Press http://www.amberquill.com
DANCING IN THE DARK by Gracie C. McKeever — ISBN –1-928670-76-8 — Contemporary Romance available from Awe-Struck's Ennoble Line and can be purchased from http://www.awe-struck.net in download and diskette: html, pdf, Palmpilot, REB 1100, Softbook, Hiebook, eBookman, Distributed internationally through online booksellers. Price: $4.50 Usual, non-sale price (download) $8.75 (disk, price includes S&H)
WHAT I'M READING/RECOMMENDED READS:
GOOD IN BED by Jennifer Weiner: Cannie's ex-boyfriend has just become a new columnist for a glossy national magazine. His subject? He basically writes about the ups and downs of his relationship with Cannie, but more importantly about their break-up and Cannie's being a large woman. The book follows Cannie as she discovers inner strength she never knew she had and that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I haven't read a book this funny and affecting since Wally Lamb's SHE'S COME UNDONE. Very well-written, highly recommended. Check this book out at your local bookstore or Amazon.com.
THE GATHERING by Angelica Hart: Still clearing up a stockpile of e-books bought over the last couple of years and came across this title. Geena Ryan is a gifted psychic healer and in hiding from the Saal, a deadly, secret but powerful religious cult bent on world domination. Jared Kincaid is the jaded cop on the trail of a serial killer, and soon crosses path with (and falls for) Geena – the prodigal who is on the Saal's hit list. Well done paranormal suspense romance with the expected megalomaniacal villain, and some excellent chills and thrills on the way to a nice surprise ending. Available from http://www.newconceptspublishing.com Check it out!
I BRAKE FOR BAD BOYS, by Lori Foster, Janelle Denison, Shannon McKenna: Juicy anthology with three erotic stories by three hot authors. I especially enjoyed the last selection by Shannon McKenna – TOUCH ME -- which leads me to my next pick…
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by Shannon McKenna: This erotic thriller is the kind of well-plotted, meaty book that stays with a reader long after the last page is turned. Excellent story, fast-paced, three-dimensional characters, great h/h chemistry and depth. Just an all-around great book. The characters are endearingly flawed with a bad boy hero – Seth Mackey – who gives the word to-die-for new meaning, a heroine – Rain Cameron – who is daring, sexy and strong, and never too-stupid-to-live, one villain that you want to forgive and another that you want to kill with your own bare hands if you could. The love scenes are HOT, and the passion and sensuality creatively sustained throughout the entire book (something I didn't think was possible in a book this long at 379 pages). I will look for Ms. McKenna's work again. Love her voice and storytelling. Check out this book at your local bookstore or Amazon.com. If you're into erotica and thrillers, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
More interesting titles for you next issue!
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THIS ISSUE'S SPOTLIGHT SITE: http://www.newandusedbooks.com Not just an online bookstore, but truly a romance reader's dream site with something for everyone, especially books! Interviews, Theme Reads, Curiosity Corner, Reader's Soap Box, and loads of book giveaways and contests every month (I know, I've won a couple of titles myself). Check out the site and keep up with news on your favorite authors and books.
WORK-IN-PROGRESS: Is no longer a work-in-progress, but a completed draft. Am now into almost three weeks of a cooling off period (haven't looked at the work since a day before Halloween and counting). Trying to give it at least another week before digging in for revisions/editing… Two women who shouldn't have died, but did. Both women now on the trail of two men – one an abusive, cheating husband-turned-killer, the other a rival bounty hunter whom will not be bested by any woman. Each will have their revenge, but at what expense? IN PLAIN SIGHT, paranormal reincarnation/ghost romance by Gracie C. McKeever
"In the kitchen"
by Valerie Hardin © 9/03
An angel without wings
Neither Lost nor fallen Stands in the kitchen
Dough stained finger tips Bread placed in the oven
Gray hair framing his face
He looks like anyone’s grandfather baking
For a wife who has now gone back to their home in heaven
Frantically the woman pulls the pizza out of the oven
The dough is hard and crisp from being tucked
In the enveloping heat for too long Tears well up in her eyes
But he eats the meal with her because he loves her
Teenagers drip tomato sauce on the black and white checkered board floor
That their grandparents bought new in the Fifties
Warm cookies picked up by young chubby fingers
Who appreciate the sweetness for the first time
A woman holds her belly. It had gotten bigger
He had kicked her and she knew soon it would be time
She stirred her pot by the fire.
Scented steam rising to the sky like souls leaving
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MILES TO GO by Gracie C. McKeever — ISBN 1-58749-025-0 — a Byte^Me teen novel available from Awe-Struck E-Books, Inc. http://www.awe-struck.net in download and diskette: html, pdf, Palmpilot, REB 1100, Softbook, Hiebook, eBookman, Distributed internationally through online booksellers. Price: $4.50 Usual, non-sale price (download) $8.75 (disk, price includes S&H)
THIS ISSUE'S NOVEL EXCERPT: "ETERNAL DESIGNS" by Gracie C. McKeever
Van Wyck Expressway
Spring - Current Day
"I couldn't think of anyone else to call, Gale. I...I don't know what he's capable of anymore. I've never seen him like thi--"
"So it's Gale, is it!"
Gale watched rain splatter the Rover's windshield as his client's earlier desperate words rang in his ears. He leaned forward, nose almost touched the glass when he strained against the seat harness and helplessly squinted at the traffic ahead. He reached out a hand, frantic as he wiped at the condensation as if this would improve matters. It didn't, not an iota, only made matters worse. He cursed the lack of visibility, couldn't decide if he was disgusted more with his own lack of foresight, or the Rover's audacity to malfunction just three years into his ownership. Or perhaps he was piqued at the pretty young thing on the Weather Channel for, this once, getting the forecast right.
He should have gotten new wipers months ago, but a long string of surprisingly sunny dry days had only enhanced his inherent procrastination; this and wipers just hadn't been high on his list of priorities lately.
Wipers always seemed about as useful to him as car insurance and umbrellas—not very. He didn't own an umbrella, too much of an optimist to believe in the need. He did however have car and life insurance--he wasn't that ivory-towered or slack--and Christ knew he might need the services of one or both before the night was over.
Gale flipped open his cellular with a free hand--breaking his cardinal rule of using it in the car, on the move--and punched the button to re-dial; for once he was actually glad he had the contraption. In his practice as a psychotherapist and family counselor, being so technologically advanced and readily accessible at the end of eleven digits wasn't always a "convenience". He had clients that seemed to think he was sitting on the other end of the line, twiddling his thumbs and drumming his fingers on a desk top, his very existence hinging on their cries for help.
Well, maybe there was one client's cries for help upon which his existence hinged.
Gale peeked at his cell's digital read-out, frustration slicing through his senses for the third time in the last fifteen minutes when he saw the all-circuits-busy message; he squeezed the phone in his fist, stopped just short of flinging it. Losing his cool wouldn't help anyone especially him if he ended up part of the thoroughfare foundation.
Gale wanted to believe everything was copacetic, but he couldn't help remembering the screams. He wondered what was going on at his client's house that would prevent her from answering the phone. Who would prevent her?
Zoe's husband could be a jerk, but Laurent Crews was nothing if not a disciplined jerk.
Gale couldn't imagine the man he knew and abhorred as Zoe's husband doing anything to bring shame upon his good name, especially couldn't imagine the man striking out physically. At least he hadn't been able to imagine it before an hour ago.
He had listened to husband and wife grapple over the phone for several seconds before the signal went dead and he'd been left with wordless air hissing in his ear. His heart lurched the moment he realized his customary informality had become a sore point with Crews and was obviously contributing to the friction between husband and wife.
He should have seen that coming, but thirty-plus years into this life were a little late in the game to change his ways. He was a physically expressive kind of guy. Eden called him a great big flirt, true to his Sagittarian nature, but he credited his uninhibited temperament to his parents and their make-love-not-war mentality.
The sort of casual Flower Child beliefs that did not abide guilt, he thought.
But damned if this wasn't what he was experiencing--exactly the very last emotion he wanted to deal with at the moment. He had enough on his plate navigating through this spreading torrent without cluttering his brain with thoughts of all the careless mistakes he had made in his handling of Zoe Crews' case; thoughts of how far he had allowed the situation to degenerate between Zoe and her husband.
She didn't deserve the incriminations, not when what had happened between them had been his doing, all him--a therapist who had broken the fundamental law of psychotherapy, of any professional relationship, and fallen in love with his client.
What kind of marriage counselor are you?
Gale didn't know when it had happened, how he had allowed it to happen, only that his feelings for Zoe Crews had transcended doctor-patient boundaries.
Perhaps it had been that first time he'd goaded her into a game of darts against the corkboard in his office--just to break the ice, and help her release some tension, he'd told her. But when he'd seen her light-gray eyes glittering beneath the bangs of her fluffy copper pageboy before she'd taken aim and hit a bull's-eye, a lot more than ice had been broken; a lot more than tension had been released.
Perhaps it had been his view of sensual silhouettes beneath the tailored yellow silk of her blouse when she'd raised her arms over her head in triumph and then just as easily threw those well-toned arms around him in a celebratory hug before planting a firm kiss on his cheek.
Or maybe it had been one of their recent of many breakthroughs when he'd dragged her out and away from the office to his favorite spot for some "authentic New York City cuisine"; she'd balked, professing a low-fat, low-sodium, low-mystery-meat diet and her need to lose a few pounds. He'd teased her about her needless sensitivity—not to mention her audacity to turn down genuine Papaya King dogs—nicknamed her "Amazoe" and insisted that he would call her that unfailingly as long as she insisted on calling him "Dr. Sinclair".
Or maybe still it had been at the end of their last session when he'd cornered her behind his office door, impulsively leaned in to kiss her and she hadn't stopped him.
He peered at the road ahead now through the rain-soaked windshield, caught her face mixed among the drops and recalled the shock in her eyes. But more importantly, he remembered the pleasure, that tiny glimmer of invitation mingled with the panic and doubt.
The memory of her reaction, the knowledge that he had tampered with something pure, weighted Gale's foot against the gas, pushing the needle past eighty.
He didn't have regrets; he just couldn't abide the idea that she might, that he had given her reason to regret.
Gale gave the phone one more try, had just hit the button to re-dial when he noticed the panel truck before him--looming loud and suddenly out of the darkness--back bumper insolently glinting.
He bore down on his brakes and sent the Rover hydroplaning across water-slicked road, a chorus of blasting horns, screeching tires and the cell's haunting unresponsiveness vibrating through his head seconds before shattering impact absorbed his night.
NEW LIFE INCOGNITA by Gracie C. McKeever — ISBN (disk) 1-55316-061-4 (Rocket) 1-55316-939-5 — New Age Paranormal Urban Romance available and can be purchased from LTDBooks http://www.ltdbooks.com in download and diskette: Palmpilot, Rocket eBook, Gemstar REB 1100 and 1200 and Franklin eBookman. Price: $5.00 (download) $6.00 (disk). Also Available from Amazon and distributed internationally through other major online booksellers.
THIS ISSUE'S NEWSLETTER CONTEST:
For the last couple of contests, reader response has not been as enthusiastic as I would have liked for the newsletter contests. Due to this and relatively small number of entries, I am regretfully, and for the time being, putting this segment of the newsletter on hold.
September/October 2003 Newsletter Oldie's But Goodies Contest Winner of three original e-books from Hard Shell Word Factory and New Concepts Publishing: EYE OF THE STORM, FOR THE EMPEROR and RAVEN'S HEART is Mary Ann Johnson of Dyensburg, TN.
Congrats Mary Ann, and hope you enjoy your prizes!
GIVEAWAYS/GOOD DEALS/SHAMELESS PROMOTIONS:
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