“Murder, sex, and jealousy create a potpourri of pleasurable reading with fascinating characters and an intriguing plot.”


Taylor Board, author of 101 Tips on Writing and Selling Your First Novel, A Grave Injustice and Murder a la Carte.

Color-coded love  stories and revealing female anatomies lead to the puzzling death of world-renowned  sculptor, Bruce Jones.
In life, the artist loved women, almost as much as women loved him. Adored for his  art, colorful personality, and sexual prowess, Bruce is mourned by the world. The
multifaceted perspectives of his four ex-wives, the current wife, his new love
interest, and their children narrate this pulse-pounding tale.
Loose  ends are tied up by the insights of Sylvia, his son Aaron’s wife and a trusted  keeper of secrets; Scott, the private investigator and family friend; Nonna, the
quintessential grandmother everyone loves but to whom few are truly related; and
Detective Jim Miller who will not rest until he discovers Bruce Jones’ murderer.


SleuthFest 2017 Boca Raton, Florida

I am a volunteer before and during SleuthFest. It is an amazing experience. If you have any questions please contact me, if you could be so kind to support the *THUNDERCLAP* It would be awesome. Even if it is not for you, you might have author or reader friends who would love it!
SleuthFest 2017 Boca Raton, FL Join David Baldacci, Jeff Lindsay, Dr. Vincent DiMaio, Reed Farrel Coleman, S.J. Rozan, Jane Cleland, and Jess Lourey at SleuthFest 2017 in Boca Raton, Florida from Feb. 23-26.  We have fantastic, hands-on workshops for all levels of writers, including pacing, plotting, dialogue, and incredible forensics you won’t find anywhere else.  There’s even a business track with social media & self-publishing experts. The draft schedule is on our website –

“I’ve learned more about writing at SleuthFest than I did at Oxford.” – SleuthFest ’16 Attendee.  In addition to intensive presentations & workshops, SleuthFest is fun and a great way to schmooze& meet leaders in the publishing world. There’s the PitchTank, Author Auction, Raffle, Agents & Editors Cocktail Party, and the Freddie Awards for Writing Excellence.  All presenting authors will sign books at our onsite store, Murder on the Beach.  Attendance is limited.  Prices go up on January 16th.


We’re Thrilled to Introduce @Suzy_Henderson and her #historicalfiction novel #ASMSG

We’re so excited to have historical novelist, Suzy Henderson, here on the POTL Blog today. Her debut novel, The Beauty Shop, sounds fantastic and we’re deciding which of us gets to read it first. S…

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Escaping the Ashes (Hotel Paranormal) is available now.




escaping-the-ashes-3dThe Phoenix:

I live to serve the gods. A servant, a protector, an assassin.

I’ve given my life and my death to that duty, an on-going cycle that I can’t escape. But then I never before had a reason to…

The Angel:

I once existed to serve my God. Until I fell into the arms of true love.

When I found myself alone, I needed a new master, a new purpose for my life. I’ve excelled as an Enforcer, and my duty to the job has always been enough. That was, until she crossed my path…

Buy your copy today!



And after you buy your book, be sure to check out the Escaping the Ashes Playlist to get all of Olivia’s Inspirational Music!

AND be sure to get A Bundle of Trouble, on sale for 99 cents for a VERY short time. In it you get four Lynlee Lincoln stories all in one collection.copy-of-afh-bb-ad-1


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When Olivia Hardin began having strange movie-like dreams in her teens, she had no choice but to begin putting them to paper. Before long the writing bug had her and she knew she wanted to be a published author. Several rejections plus a little bit of life later, and she was temporarily “cured” of the urge to write. That is until she met a group of talented and fabulous writers who gave her the direction and encouragement she needed to get lost in the words again.

Olivia’s attended three different universities over the years and toyed with majors in Computer Technology, English, History and Geology. Then one day she heard the term road scholar and she knew that was what she wanted to be. Now she “studies” anything and everything just for the joy of learning. She’s also an insatiable crafter who only completes about 1 out of 5 projects, a jogger who hates to run, and she’s sometimes accused of being artistic.

A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband, Danny and their puppy, Bonnie.

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SleuthFest 2017


Guest Author Jess Lourey

Jess Lourey

Jess Lourey (rhymes with “dowry”) is best known for her critically-acclaimed Murder-by-Month mysteries, which have earned multiple starred reviews from Library Journal and Booklist, the latter calling her writing “a splendid mix of humor and suspense.” Jessica also writes sword and sorcery fantasy, YA, magical realism, literary fiction, and thrillers. She is a tenured professor of creative writing and sociology, a recipient of The Loft’s 2014 Excellence in Teaching fellowship, and a sought-after workshop leader and keynote speaker. When not teaching, reading, traveling, writing, or hanging out with her family, you can find her dreaming of her next story.  You can find out more at
Jess will be teaching interactive workshops at SleuthFest 2017.
Come to SleuthFest for inspiration, education, and just plain fun!
Register Today!

Embassy Suites 2

February 23 – 26, 2017
The Embassy Suites in 
Boca Raton, Florida.
  • All Rooms are Suites
  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Complimentary Drinks (FREE!) at Happy Hour for All Hotel Guests
Keynote – David Baldacci 
Forensic Guest of Honor – Dr Vincent Di Maio
Sunday Brunch Guest of Honor – Jeff Lindsay
Publisher Guest of Honor – Neil Nyren
Guest Author – Reed Farrel Coleman
Guest Author – SJ Rozan
Guest Author – Jane Cleland
Guest Author  Jess Lourey
Prices for three-day registration start at $380. Included in the three-day registration price are all writing sessions, all forensic sessions, Friday and Saturday lunches, Friday evening awards banquet, Saturday night cocktail party, and Sunday brunch. And lots more!
Go to for more details.

Sponsored by the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America



Genre: Contemporary Fiction Romance
About the Author
By day, Joy Avery works as a customer service assistant. By night, the North Carolina native travels to imaginary worlds—creating characters whose romantic journeys invariably end happily ever after.
Since she was a young girl growing up in Garner, Joy knew she wanted to write. Stumbling onto romance novels, she discovered her passion for love stories; instantly, she knew these were the type stories she wanted to pen.
Real characters. Real journeys. Real good love is what you’ll find in a Joy Avery romance.
Joy is married with one child. When not writing, she enjoys reading, cake decorating, pretending to expertly play the piano, driving her husband insane, and playing with her two dogs.
Joy is a member of Romance Writers of America and Heart of Carolina Romance Writers.
About The Book 
Never say what love can’t—or won’t—do.
Balloon Artist Gadiya Lassiter never imagined waking up without the love of her life, small-town fire chief Nico Dupree. Then one day, it becomes her tortured reality. Fast-forward two years…he’s back and making his intentions to rekindle their flame known. But she vows to never love him again. As determined as she is to keep her heart out of his hands, love seems to have its own agenda.
For Nico, returning home to Mount Pleasance, North Carolina is not without its benefits. The most valuable, Gadiya. He’s determined to reclaim her heart—despite her obvious goal to hate him. But he’s not giving up on her; not again. He’ll just have to convince her the disdain she harbors for him is far less potent than the love he knows she still has for him. And he’ll do it one scorching kiss at a time.
 As their attraction grows hotter and hotter, will Gadiya be able to escape the flames, or will Nico’s fire consume her?
  Paulette Harper Speaker, Author, Coach, Owner, Write Now Literary Book Tours
PO Box 4687 Antioch, CA 94531 | |



Mary Ann Vitale

Mary Ann Vitale is a bilingual, Amazon Best Selling award-winning author of children’s books. Her first published book, The Water Lily Fairy is the winner of the 2013 YATR Literary Awards Best Children’s Book. Her recent book, The Street Where the Dollar Tree Grew

is the winner of the 2014 LSOR Reviewers Choice Awards. She is married and has three grown children. She loves spending quality time with her eight grandchildren, teaching them the wonderful traditions learned from her heritage. Mary Ann never dreamed of writing children’s books.

The language barrier was a challenge to her writing career. She was born in Sicily. As a young child, she always loved books, even though they were not available. At a young age, she moved to the U.S.A. She attended Cosmetology School and college. She is fluent in the Italian, Sicilian, and English languages. At the age of fifty, she wrote her first story for children. Urged by constant inspiration, she wrote many other stories and poems. One day, she woke up with the realization “a writer was born!” Mary Ann has always kept in close contact with her inner child. She taps in her Sicilian folklore to entertain and cultivate children and the child in all of us. Mary Ann wants to spread the joy of her books to many children all over the world. These are her published books: The Water Lily Fairy

– The Water Lily Fairy at the Ice Cream Palace – La Fata delle Ninfee (The Water Lily Fairy Italian version) – Ants In My Pants – Mommy, Where Does Tiger Live? – Julie and Her Seven Calves – Mouse Goes to the Doctor – The Street Where the Dollar Tree Grew – Fingerprints on the Mirror – La Fata delle Ninfee al Castello del Gelato (The Water Lily Fairy at the Ice Cream Palace Italian version) – Catch the Rainbows, found in Fun & Short Stories Vol. 1. These are her published coloring books: Fingerprints on the Mirror The Coloring Book, The Water Lily Fairy The Coloring Book. Her books will be available in five languages: English, Italian, Sicilian, French, and Spanish. Mary Ann realizes the importance of preserving a language that can forever be forgotten. She is writing books on Sicilian proverbs and Sicilian old sayings. These will be written simultaneously in Sicilian, Italian, and English. Also, she is working on the story, The Molinazzo and Punta Raisi Airport, which will be in Italian, English and Sicilian. More children’s books soon to follow: Footprints on Mommy’s Heart – Formiche Sui Pantaloni (Ants In My Pants Italian version), Catch the Rainbows, and The Polka Dot Pony. Mary Ann reflects her personality in the humorous books of “The Water Lily Fairy” series and in the diversity of her books. She hopes her books will be treasured by many children and bring sunshine into their hearts. Her books are sold online by Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Author House, and world wide. Locally, they are sold at the Book Nook store, in Allen Park, Michigan. Her poems address the current issues of our country and have been published in the UAW Local 387 newspaper, in Michigan. Mary Ann loves God, her family, gardening, traveling, and art.