Gluttony–Meet the Authors, Day 2.1


Have you read our first three volumes of Seven Deadly Sins: A YA Anthology? You can find Pride, Sloth, and Envy on Amazon. But don’t fret if you don’t want to buy them one at a time! Once all the volumes have been published, there’s going to be a special box set containing every anthology. Whether you purchase one volume now or wait for the box set (due out Fall 2018), remember that all proceeds go to the charity First Book.

Presenting a few more of Gluttony’s authors!


One Little Bite by Guy Cheston

Sabine is an adolescent girl with an ice-cold personality. Trained by her uncle to become an assassin, her first test is to kill the reigning champion of the Warblust Annual Eating Competition in front of thousands of spectators, where two contestants eat to the death. The defending champion, Ronbo, is a local legend, five times her size, and likes to wipe his sweat on a rag and fling it at his opponents. Does Sabine even have a chance?

Guy Cheston lives with his wife and son in Richmond, Virginia. When he’s not reading, writing, or spending time with his wife, he likes to jog.

Twitter            @guycheston

The Makara by Susan Conner
Abby’s gone to a great deal of trouble, training the monster inside her belly to stay quiet when her brother does things like leaving red velvet cupcakes unattended on the kitchen counter. But what can she do when her monster won’t obey? She might just be opening up a whole closet full of secrets she had no idea her family was hiding.

Susan Conner is a desert dweller of Phoenix, Arizona, where she routinely escapes the heat and her adult responsibilities by drawing bizarre artwork and dreaming up endless ideas for young adult fantasy novels. She did a pirouette in the sky when she found out her short story was selected for inclusion in this anthology. This is her first fiction publication.

Hungry, Hungry Henry by Matthew Dewar

Henry’s doctor has put him on a diet and he feels like he’s starving to death. When a strange lady at the grocery store offers him an appetite suppressant, he jumps at the opportunity to not feel hungry all the time. The appetite suppressant works, until it doesn’t. Now Henry has a hunger even more ferocious than before.

Matthew Dewar hails from Perth, Australia, where he works as a physiotherapist and group fitness instructor. In his spare time, Matthew enjoys writing fiction, reading, and going for long walks along the beach with his dog. Gluttony will be his first official publication, with many other projects in the pipeline that will hopefully see the light of day soon.


Twitter:           @WriterDewar

When Your Number’s Up by Michael Donoghue (Scrib: M.P. Donoghue)

Today is the best, and worst, day of Wilbur’s life. Turning sixteen in the Kobe Tunnels means that he’s become an adult. No more school, no more crowded Elevator rides. But it also means that Wilbur can no longer be entered in the lottery. And what he wants, even more than living on the surface or improving the life of his sister, is the chance to eat a beefsteak for once in his life. Wilbur’s birthday turns out to be more eventful than he could ever imagine.

Michael Donoghue resides in Vancouver, Canada, but lives in his head. He works in public health, where he obsesses over hand washing. Michael’s fiction has appeared in various print and online anthologies, literary journals, and sci-fi magazines. However, his proudest fiction writing achievement occurred in grade eight, when he forged a note excusing him from gym class for the rest of the year.

Twitter            @mpdonoghue

Adventures in Wedding Saving by Joana Hill

Molly’s sister got married, and now it’s up to Molly to keep their family in check at the reception.  From making sure the buffet table isn’t cleaned out to making sure Uncle John doesn’t drunkenly breakdance himself to a broken limb, she’s got her hands full.

 Joana Hill is a creative writing graduate from central Maine who’s always working on her next piece.  When she’s not writing, she can usually be found playing video games or teasing her cats.  Her stories can be found in Vitality, the Seven Deadly Sins anthology series and on Smashwords.


Twitter            @wordsteabottles


Gluttony—Meet the Authors, Day 1

Are you ready for another volume of Seven Deadly Sins: A YA Anthology? I certainly hope so, because Volume 4 is going to be released very soon. To whet your appetite for Gluttony (see what I did there?) I’m going to introduce you to our authors and their stories over the next few days.



For my followers who don’t know the story behind SDS, our authors are members of the online writing site Scribophile. And within Scrib, a contest is held twice a year for all members who join the YA Authors group. A specific ‘sin’ is chosen, deadlines and guidelines advertised, and a panel of judges choose the winners out of all the entries. Then the fun begins: editing, proofreading, biographies, blurbs, formatting, blogs—everyone gets into the process of bringing an anthology to fruition.

Did you know our authors are from all over the world? As you follow my blog and read the author bios, you’ll realize we have a wide variety of cultural variances within the stories. This accounts for different word spellings as well as dialogue colloquialisms. Makes for an interesting read, doesn’t it?

Here are the countries/states our authors call home: UK (4: including Cornwall and London), Australia (2: including Perth), Canada (1), Republic of Ireland (1), and USA (11: including Arizona, California, Ohio, New York, Georgia, Texas, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Maine, Virginia). Our cover design artist is from the UK and our illustrator from Canada.

Welcome to volume 4—Gluttony!


The Gluttony Diary by Elizabeth Archer (Scrib: Eliza Archer)

Keeping a food diary can be a great tool to help you lose weight. Or can make you think you are in control when you are really losing control of everything. Soon your mirror and your scale are both telling you lies. A young girl finds trying to be a size zero may leave you with nothing at all.

Elizabeth Archer lives in Texas and dreams of other places and other worlds. She writes poetry, fiction and too many novels. Her current passion is fairy tales. She has been published in a variety of places, including two volumes of Seven Deadly Sins, A YA Anthology: Pride and Sloth.

 Twitter            @elizabetarcher


Saving Dad by Teresa Bassett (Scrib: Sylvia Stone)

Sasha’s dad has always loved his food, but since the tragic death of his wife, he’s really piled on the pounds. Then the voluptuous Rita arrives on the scene, and Sasha can only watch in horror as the pair of them wallow in gluttonous excess. As Sasha begins to doubt Rita’s motives, her fears for her dad’s health spiral out of control.

Teresa Bassett is a writer from Cornwall’s clay country, UK. She has written stories and articles for various magazines and anthologies, including a story for each of the Seven Deadly Sins volumes so far. Her time travel adventure novel The Time Crystals is scheduled for publication with Books to Treasure in 2017. A graduate of the University of Bath, she has worked as a foreign tour guide, translator and teacher. Her favourite times are spent ‘up on the Downs’ with husband Mark and rescued greyhound Jinty.





Nikolas the Brave by P.R. Blackburn (Scrib: Paul Blackburn)

When a routine refugee smuggling run amid a dark and miserable civil war ignites a particularly savage pang of guilt and self-pity, Nikolas finds himself faced with the same difficult decision as always: finally risk what little he has to make his escape with his best friend Mia, or conquer his fears and stand up to oppression and greed before it’s too late for them both.

P. R. Blackburn lives his life endlessly searching for that mystical creative spark that brings life to new worlds and new possibilities, be it in the form of writing, drawing, animating or coding. Currently exploring the great Australian continent, he works and lives out of his trusty van with his fiancée. Hailing from the UK, they are part-way through a spontaneous, life-changing journey across the globe.

Twitter           @PRBlackburn




Half-Eaten Dreams, with Crumbs of Hope by Callie Bradford

To Sarah, her part-time job at the bakery is just a way to earn some extra money for school. But to her best friend and coworker Colin, the job could be the key to unlocking his life-long dreams. When a self-absorbed boss threatens to ruin everything Colin has worked for, can Sarah help her friend bake up a miracle?

Callie Bradford spent much of her youth obsessively searching spider-filled basements for hidden doors and secret passageways. Despite her lack of success, she still hasn’t given up looking. Callie lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband, a cat, and a one-eyed dog.


Juneteenth by Embe Charpentier

Malik can’t seem to stop self-destructing. When the court assigns him a three hundred-pound, live-in monitor named “Will Power” for twenty-one days, he decides that only mutual assistance makes sense. Let the rehab war begin.

Embe Charpentier spends her time teaching English and mathematics to high school students new to the U.S. Her novel, Beloved Dead, was published by Kellan Books, and she’s been published often on the Internet. She’s proud to have been included in previous YA anthologies Sloth and Envy, since she regularly sits on the couch doing nothing and is unduly preoccupied with the successes of others. She anticipates the addition of Gluttony will encourage the binge munching of taco chips and oatmeal cookies.



Twitter           @embecharpentier


Review: Yeager’s Mission by Scott Bell

Raise your hand if you remember my blog post from June 16, 2015. Anyone? Here’s a hint: Scott Bell’s new novel Yeager’s Law. Does that ring a bell? I hope so, because it’s a year later, and look who’s back!! Abel Yeager in a new adventure with his love Charlie and best friend Victor [Por Que]!!


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After a number of earthquakes hammer the Sierra Madre region of Mexico, Grupo Verdugo, a splinter group of cartel enforcers, takes control of the drug shipping routes through that territory. Caught in the middle, a small orphanage high in the mountains, desperate for supplies to care for the children and the battered earthquake victims, reaches out to Abel Yeager for help.

Yeager and his friend Victor agree to deliver the needed food and medicine. But Grupo Verdugo seems to have a special interest in starving out the clergy and forcing them to bend to their will. They send a man known as the Executioner to stop anyone daring to assist the people.

Yeager and Victor are in for the biggest fight of their lives as they are forced to move forty children, a dozen sick and injured patients, and one feisty doctor out of the mission and through mountains infested with vicious killers.


Scott Bell’s criminal justice background and ability to twist and pull the best from the English language results in another can’t-put-it-down thriller sprinkled with outstanding action scenes and plenty of humor. The combination is irresistible. I absolutely love Abel’s scenes with Charlie:

Charlie laughed, a low, throaty sound that sent another tingle down to his belly.

“Oh, and I think Por Que’s in love.”

“What? For real?”

“Could be. There’s this woman doctor here, even shorter than he is. About as big as a Barbie doll and about as cute. Anyway, our man Victor gets all goofy when she’s around. This could be the highlight of the trip—just watching him follow her like a lost puppy.”

Charlie laughed again, and they talked some more until Yeager yawned for the third time.

“Go to bed, big guy,” she said. “You’re going to need your rest when you get back.”

“You say the sweetest things.”

“Don’t be a smart-ass. Just get yourself back here with all your parts attached.”

“Especially that one.”

“Well, sure,” she told him. “Why else would I want you?”


What’s that you say? You want an action scene? Glad to oblige, partner!

“Hola, amigo.” Yeager stepped out of the truck, keeping the M4 hidden behind the door panel. The lead man hesitated, and Yeager shot him with a single three-round burst. The Roman candle of flame from the muzzle of Yeager’s weapon almost touched the man’s denim shirt.

Pivoting his weapon slightly, he took out the man on the far left. Spent brass spiraled and bounced off the pickup’s doorframe. The kick of the M4 pounded his shoulder like an old friend.

The first man he’d shot fell away, dropping in a dead heap. Yeager twisted right and squeezed off two quick bursts. Of the men on that side, one died instantly, blood spraying the car next to him in a fan. The other stumbled and tried to bring his weapon to bear. Yeager shot him with another controlled squeeze of the trigger. He searched for more targets with the M4’s holographic sight.

Nothing else moved. Elapsed time, from the first Hola to the last man down, was under three seconds.


If you like these tidbits, you definitely should look up this book to add to your library. Both books would be better. And the best scenario? If you contact Scott and send him your purchased books, he’ll autograph them and send them back to you. That signature is going to be worth a lot of money someday. I can feel it in my bones!

Congratulations, Scott, on another winner! I’m anxiously awaiting Book 3!




Final Interview With Second Chance for Love Authors!

Welcome to the seventh and final post in a series of interviews with the authors of the Second Chance for Love anthology. In honor of Mother’s Day, our publisher, Melange Books, LLC, will have the eBook available for free on Amazon from May 7-9!

Today, I’m going to interview … ME!!


If you discovered a sealed box with “Katie’s memories” scribbled on the side, you’d find a lifetime of partially completed stories, plays and musicals. Katie Stephens has opened that box and writes both non-fiction and fiction, where she happily experiments with all genres. Although her grown children are scattered east and west across the country, she lives solidly in mid-America with two kitties and a husband who keeps asking when she’s really going to retire.

Twitter: @standardishue


The Price of Silence by Katie Stephens

Even though Maggie and Rob are divorced, neither can deny the love they still have for each other. As they wonder why their marriage failed, Maggie’s artistic agent is determined to have her. Grant befriends her children in a bid to make her his wife, but will Rob stand aside and allow another man to take his children … and his soulmate?


One of the questions I asked my fellow authors was to choose a favorite passage from any book they have published. This section comes from my story Faceless, about a circus sideshow freak.

Spark I

I eat my breakfast. The tumors inside my mouth and esophagus make meals . . . unpleasant.

“Can I ask you a question?” Tiny asks.

I swallow through the pain. “Anything.”

“How can you stand it?”

I clear my throat to hide the desperation in my voice. “It is my life.”

Tiny blinks, but keeps his eyes steady on mine.

Soon, we meander back to my trailer. “You want to watch me lift?”

I turn in a slow circle. The beauty of the day dazzles me. People buzz back and forth, worker bees swarming before gathering the honey for their hive. Water spraying from a hose glistens with rainbows in the early sunlight, sequined outfits drape nearby. On the midway, multicolored game booths stand as soldiers, awaiting every fool in town to try their luck.

I stare at the sideshow tent. My eyes water, changing the glittering view from crystal clear to an impressionist painting. Now I lay me down to sleep . . . I pray the Lord my soul to keep . . . If I should die before I wake . . . I pray the Lord my soul to take.

I blink and answer Tiny. “No, you go on. I think I’ll just lie down for awhile.”


Question: Have you ever had the feeling you were being watched?

Katie: Absolutely! Sometimes, I’ll even imagine I see things out of the corner of my eye but when I turn quickly, there’s nothing there. SPOOKY! I’ve found children’s hand prints on my windows (long after my kids moved on with their lives) and every once in a while, something will nudge my chair, as if to say “Stop daydreaming and write!”

Question: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Katie: Invisibility! I’m an observer, but many people are uncomfortable if you stare at them too long. Well. Enough said.

Question: Tell us something nobody knows about you.

Katie: I dated a foreign prince. Oh, and Leonard Bernstein kissed me after I sang a counter-tenor solo from one of his compositions, “The Lark.”

Question: What do you miss most about childhood?

Katie: The simplicity. I grew up in a time where is was fashionable for parents to sit on the porch after dinner and visit with the neighbors while the kids played on the lawn. Catching fireflies on a summer evening. Going to drive in movies. Actually getting to know your friends face-to-face. Holding hands with Rocky (third grade).

Question: What will you do if you have a time machine?

Katie: I’d be hopping around from place to place and time to time. History is so interesting–I’d love to explore the past!


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Twenty-five years of Kaitlin

May 7, 1991. I chose that date for my daughter to be born, mostly because I had gestational diabetes and my obstetrician wouldn’t allow her to go to the expected full term date of Mother’s Day. Kate was full of surprises and independent from the moment she entered this world.

Kate 1 early years

Brother Stephen wasn’t sure what was in my tummy, but he decided he’d better take care of his little sister. Oh, they had their moments of squabbling, but not as bad as it could have been. They adored each other and still do.

Kaitlin, Katie, Kate, Katie-Kate. So many nicknames as she went from a small child and through elementary school. I have to admit, I stole one from her and one from her brother–my tribute to them both. Every year, I would watch her and wonder what the future would bring.

Kate 2 Mid-years

Kate brought many things into my life: beauty, kindness, love. A compassion for others, human and animal. She can’t stand spiders nor most insects, but … we all have one flaw or another. I keep telling her that spiders eat the bad bugs that will bite her. Right?

Kate 3 Current

Now, approaching the celebration of her quarter century, Kate has met the love of her life–Karl. K & K, we like to call them. They’re amazing for each other, already have their life planned. The next chapter begins June 30, 2016.

Happy Birthday, my darling daughter. I love you so much.

Exclusive Author Interview with Tara Fox Hall!

This is the sixth in a series of interviews with fellow authors of the Second Chance for Love anthology. In honor of Mother’s Day, our publisher, Melange Books, LLC, will have the eBook available for free on Amazon from May 7-9! That’s starting today!!

I’m going to tell you about the irresistible and capable Tara Fox Hall!


Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense, action-adventure, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She is the author of the paranormal action-adventure Lash series and the vampire romantic suspense Promise Me series. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.

Twitter: @TerrorFoxHall


A Love for Michelle by Tara Fox Hall

Left by her boyfriend on the same night she lost her job, Michelle isn’t looking for love when she runs into Max and his two children while sledding. In a few short months, the new couple is inseparable. Then Michelle realizes she’s pregnant with her ex’s child. Will Max love her enough to accept a baby that isn’t his.


I’ve been priviledged to share another anthology with Tara, Propose To Me. Here is a blurb from her story, One Perfect Moment.

“The game we played led up to the kiss. Kind of a repeat of our first date, where we both wanted to kiss but held off until we couldn’t stand it anymore. We were never like normal teens, groping at one another the moment we got alone together. We were always telling jokes, and teasing one another, laughing at each other and the weirdness of the world. The more time we spent together, the more pregnant with meaning the pauses between our words became; the heated chemistry between us built ever stronger. We weren’t mature enough to know what to say, far too young to quote romantic poetry, even if we could have gotten past our shyness. So, we said nothing. But it was all there in our eyes—that pure longing—a wanting so strong it threatened to eclipse everything else. It only took looking into his eyes again tonight for me to want to give everything I am and take everything he has to offer …”

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Exclusive Author Interview with Caroline Andrus!

The burning question of the day: Who designed our cover? In the fifth post of this series, you’re going to meet not only a fellow author of the Second Chance for Love anthology, but also its cover designer! And, in honor of Mother’s Day, our publisher, Melange Books, LLC, will have the eBook available for free on Amazon from May 7-9!

I present to you the enchanting and brilliant Caroline Andrus!


Caroline Andrus was born and raised in the St. Paul suburbs where she now lives with her husband, two daughters, and Henry McCoy—her cat, who is actually a wild cougar trapped in a housecat’s body. She divides her time between writing, Facebook, designing, and managing her household. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, rocking out to the radio, and gardening (but only in the hot summer months.) She is passionate about both reading and writing teen fiction, and is pretty sure she will forever be eighteen at heart.




Twitter: @FaerieTears


Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now by Caroline Andrus

Celebrity photographer Rebecca thought her life was perfect, until she walked in on her husband and the nanny—in bed. A drunk phone call later, she’s managed to snag the most sought after male nanny in Los Angeles. Months later, at her best friends urging, she dives back into the dating pool, but will she end up with Mr. Right Now, or will she realize Mr. Right is already at home with her kids?




Katie: Would you share a special moment from a story you’ve written?

Caroline: This is one of my favorite parts from my story in Second Chance For Love.


“Oh shoot!” She stared at the floor. “I dropped the darn back to my earring.”

She dropped to her hands and knees on the floor, searching for the tiny metal piece. Simon quickly joined her, his hands working across the plush cream colored carpet beneath them.

“Aha!” he cried triumphantly, his hand in a tight fist shot into the air.

“Thank you.” Her voice was a breath as she reached her hand out, palm open. Simon set the earring back gently on her palm, then with his other hand, closed her fingers around it.

“You’re welcome,” he said, his amber eyes staring deep into her blue ones.

There was a knock at the door and Rebecca started at the sound. She smiled apologetically and let him help her to her feet. As she turned her back on him to answer the door, Simon said something that caused her to turn back.

“Ollie is right. You really do look beautiful.”

She blushed and smiled at the floor. “Thank you.”



Katie: Do you believe in love at first sight?

Caroline: I don’t believe in LOVE at first sight, but I do believe in LUST or ATTRACTION at first sight, which can turn into LOVE. I believe to truly love someone, you have to know them, therefor, love at first sight doesn’t fit. When it comes to reading material, 99.9% of the time I hate “instalove” – where the couple falls in love instantly – but I’m willing to suspend believe when there’s a well thought out supernatural explanation. I’m a sucker for soulmates.


Katie: If you could go to the past or future, where would you stay and why?

Caroline: Can’t I do both???

I love the idea of visiting the past. I love the beauty, elegance, and simplicity of life before smart phones, automobiles and television. I fantasize about living in a little house in the middle of nowhere, living off the land, just my family and me, and a bunch of books. But…. I need indoor plumbing. And the Internet.

On the other hand, I’d love to visit the future and see what major changes have occurred. I mean, think about what life was like only a hundred years ago. I can’t even imagine the technological feats we’ll have accomplished in another hundred years. If I got to the future and robots had taken over all manual labor, giving humans more leisure time, yeah, I’d probably stay.


Katie: If you were to get a permanent tattoo done, what would it be and where?

Caroline: I’m terrified of needles.

When I was seventeen I was convinced having my belly button pierced was an awesome idea. My mom agreed to take me and pay for it to be done as my birthday gift that year. I blacked out during the piercing process. Within a year later it was infected and then closed.

If I ever got over my fear… In the past few years I’ve imagined myself with the Deahtly Hallows symbol from Harry Potter right tattooed near my collar bone area, sort of below my shoulder. I found an awesome photo of a girl who had that done on Pinterest. If I didn’t have the Deathly Hallows done, it would be something else relatively small. I love the look of tattoos when done well and with meaning, but I’m not sure they’re for me, mostly due to my needle fear.


Katie: What Internet site do you surf to the most?

Caroline: Hi, my name is Caroline, and I’m an addict. A Facebook addict.

In order to get anything done, I have to make sure to stay OFF Facebook. I also spend a good amount of time on Goodreads and also in Gmail. But really, Facebook is my downfall.


Katie: What do you miss most about childhood?

Caroline: Simplicity. No responsibilities. The “good old days” are what I miss most.

I had an AMAZING childhood. My mom was an in home daycare provider, so I was never without kids to play with. Even when the daycare kids weren’t there, I’m the 3rd of 4 kids. My childhood was loud, and playful, and just fun. Summer vacations were spent driving the four or so hours to Hackensack, MN in the back of my dad’s truck. No seat belts, just us kids sprawled in the back with blankets and a topper on the back of the truck. You could never get away with that these days! We’d stay at a resort on Birch Lake, my dad’s siblings and their families, plus my grandma and her twin sister, all stayed in cabins at the resort. It was a week or two of lazy days at the beach, on the boat, or in the cabins playing cards. Now that we’re all grown, these family reunions don’t happen anymore.

Sorry, I was lost down memory lane, what as the question again? 😉


Katie: At the beach would you rather play in the sand, or play in the water?

Caroline: Sand.

I’m not a fan of water, unless it’s in a pool. I attribute this to a near drowning incident when I was about three that I don’t remember. Apparently, I got out of my dads boat, gave my sister the life jacket I’d been wearing so she could have her turn on a boat ride, and I must have fallen off the dock. My mom, who was in the boat, says they were already across the lake and she was frantically waving her arms and yelling at the family on shore, but nobody realized at first I was under water. She says finally my teenage cousin Sarah realized what had happened and jumped in after me. I didn’t hear that story until I was probably in my early teens, but my fear of water predated that, so I’m going with PTSD.

Lake water. * shudders* (And don’t get me started on my irrational fear of sharks in the ocean! I’m in a landlocked state.)


Katie: Do you prefer card games or board games?

Caroline: Both! If I had to choose, I’d pick board games. I love modern tabletop games like Pandemic, Ticket to Ride, Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy and so on. I can’t afford to spend money on board games very often, so I’m fortunate to have friends who are constantly acquiring new games to introduce us to. The most recent one we played was Tokaido, a game of traveling across Japan and earning points for all of the “experiences” you have on your journey. I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to play the kinds of board games I love!


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Exclusive Author Interview with Daisy White!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!! I have another author to introduce to you on this festive day!!

This is the fourth post in a series of interviews with fellow authors of the Second Chance for Love anthology. In honor of Mother’s Day, our publisher, Melange Books, LLC, will have the eBook available for free on Amazon from May 7-9!

Today, I’m going to interview the charming and clever Daisy White!



Daisy White is a writer, mum, vintage lover, and award-winning literary entrepreneur. As the founder and owner of Daisy White’s Booktique (a pop up independent bookshop with a twist!) she has won business awards, been to speak at Number 10, Downing Street, and continues to support both authors and readers in their creative journeys.

Her writing reflects her years spent travelling, and Daisy has had articles and letters published in various National and local magazines and papers. Born in the UK, Daisy spent time as child living in Wichita, Kansas, and has fond memories of attending school there (the library was huge!) She now lives in Brighton, on the South coast of England with her husband and two children, but still returns regularly to visit the USA.

In her spare time, Daisy competes in ‘mud races’ for charity. These include Hellrunner, Kamikaze, and Downland Devil, and if there is a frozen lake to be swum that is just perfect! With her children, Daisy also enjoys browsing the lanes of Brighton for vintage hats and China, and taking long family bike rides along the beach.‘Taming Tigers’ is her YA debut for Fire and Ice (Melange Books).


Twitter: @DaisyWhite1922




For the Love of a Horse by Daisy White

Single mum Ali has done everything she can to forget the past, but when a new love is threatened by a freak horse riding accident, she is forced to face her memories. Can she find the courage to take her second chance for love?



Katie: Would you share a special moment from another story you’ve written?

Roadkill Sml

Daisy: Roadkill is a bestselling YA novel currently out on Amazon. This is the
first in a series of novellas centered around LiveWire – an online community for
daredevil teens.

Rose would have said I look like a tart, but she can’t say that now can she?
Which is obviously why I’m heading out to the party tonight. Because I’m fine,
I’m over it and ready to get on with my life.

The clothes are wrong, and even with more makeup I still look like a ten year
old playing dress up. Defiantly I add a red gloopy lip gloss with a shaky hand,
slamming the tube back down viciously. The lid breaks with a crack, for a second
Max Factor’s finest becomes her blood, spilled across the tarmac, shining wet in
the moonlight. Get a grip Caz, I tell myself firmly, taking a shivery breath and
flicking a last glance in the mirror as I whirl from the room.



Katie: List five adjectives to describe yourself.
Daisy: Mad, risk-taking, imaginative, sleepy, inventive

Katie: What are your pet peeves or interesting things about you that you dislike?
Daisy: I really hate when people say ‘Let’s work together to fix this…’ I find it
really annoying and I have no idea why! I don’t like sun-dried tomatoes or
Skittles either 😉

Katie: Name one of your favorite things about someone in your family.
Daisy: My kids are crazy, and always coming up with cool and crazy things to do.

Katie: Tell us about a unique or quirky habit of yours.
Daisy: Not unique but I like trail running in my spare time, and have just done my
second half marathon of the year. Sometimes I get so exhausted I have to sneak
in a sleep after lunch, which is slightly weird and has to be hidden from most

Katie: If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a
romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction?
Daisy: Action film!


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Exclusive Author Interview with Nancy Pennick!

Are you ready to meet more authors? This is the third post in a series of interviews with fellow authors of the Second Chance for Love anthology. In honor of Mother’s Day, our publisher, Melange Books, LLC, will have the eBook available for free on Amazon from May 7-9!

Today, I’m going to interview the delightful and accomplished Nancy Pennick!

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After a great career in teaching, Nancy found a second calling as a writer. Ohio is her home but she loves to travel the U.S. Her debut young adult novel, Waiting for Dusk, was a surprise to her as much as it was to her family. Watching a PBS series on National Parks, her mind wandered to another place and that is where the characters of Katie and Andrew were born. Call of the Canyon and Stealing Time continue their story. The Swedish influences found in the books came from her mother whose parents emigrated from Sweden.

Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Nancy currently resides in Mentor, Ohio with her husband and their college-age son.

Twitter: @npennick

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The Perfect Beginning by Nancy Pennick

Tracy DeMarco hasn’t been on a date with a man in five years. She has a child to raise and a job she likes. Her daughter says she needs to get a life. Tracy thought hers was fine until a vampire shows up on her doorstep one Halloween night.


Katie: Would you share a special moment from another story you’ve written?

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Nancy: This is an excerpt from Second Chances – released the same day as Second Chance for Love! (April 26, 2016)

Kate placed her bag on its surface and slipped out her laptop, setting it in front of the chair. The computer looked a little out of place. “I have to make this desk feel like my own.” She switched on the desk lamp. The antique light had been restored to its full glory.

The shelves behind the desk seemed like a good place to start. She turned to study the books behind her. I need something to keep my place as I go through the books. Maybe there’s a ruler in the desk.

She moved the chair aside and slid open the long desk drawer. “Oh!” Her hand flew to her mouth. A small handgun sat in one corner. “Is that a sign you don’t want me in your office?”

A loud thud caused Kate to jump. “What the—?” She took a step back and checked the room. “Who’s there?” She glanced around, looking for a clue. It’s nothing. Stop scaring yourself. She backed away from the desk and tripped over a hard object on the floor behind her, grabbing the side of the chair to catch her fall.

Kate gazed down, spotting a book. “Did you fall off the shelf?” She reached down to pick up the hardback and set it on the desk. She shuddered as she read the title. The Works of Edgar Allan Poe.

Katie: What is your very favorite part of the day?

Nancy: My favorite part of the day is morning. The sun rises in my backyard, and I love how it shines through the trees. It gives the yard a mystical glow, and a great way to start the day of reading and writing. When the sun isn’t out? I hold a steaming cup of tea in my hands, enjoy the aroma and settle in for a morning of writing.

Katie: You have to wear a t-shirt with one word on it for the rest of your life. Which word do you choose?

Nancy: Dream. No matter how old you are, you should never give up on your dreams. Big or small, dreams come in all sizes. You don’t have to climb Mt. Everest, invent a new product or become a famous singer. You may want to learn to swim, drive the length of Highway 66 or start a cupcake business.

When I started my career as a teacher, my mom bought me a fun mug to keep in the teacher’s lounge. It said, “Don’t let the turkeys get you down.” I’ve thought of that many times as I went through life. Yes, there will be obstacles, and you’ll want to give up. That’s the easy way out. My Waiting for Dusk series didn’t get published overnight. It took time and patience. I’m glad I didn’t stop dreaming.

Katie: If you were to perform in the circus, what would you do?

Nancy: Oh, that’s a good one. If I could perform in the circus, I’d pick something I could never do. I’d love to be one of those beautiful women in the colorful sequined costumes who ride and perform on those horses that continue to run around and around the circle.

Katie: What will you do if you have a time machine?

Nancy: Being a fan of Doctor Who, I know there are far-reaching wonderful places to visit. But, if I had a time machine, I’d travel to the Grand Canyon in 1927 to actually see it for myself. My main character in Waiting for Dusk wakes up in that time period, thinking it’s all a dream. She loves the people and the era. I’d love to see the fashion worn at the canyon, the food that was served and walk the grounds.

Katie: What is something you cannot live without? 

Nancy: Chocolate. Because, what would the world be like without a little chocolate in it?

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Exclusive Author Interview with JT Adeline!

This is the second in a series of interviews with fellow authors of the Second Chance for Love anthology. In honor of Mother’s Day, our publisher, Melange Books, LLC, will have the eBook available for free on Amazon from May 7-9!

Today, I’m going to interview the engaging and gifted JT Adeline.

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“If, when you wake up in the morning, you can think of nothing but writing…then you are a writer.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke

After hearing this saying in the movie, Sister Act 2, it inspired JT Adeline to push herself forward and make her dream a reality. She is the author of A Day As Dark As Night, and A Day Without A Night, the first two books in The Dark As Night Trilogy. She is currently working on the third and final book to her trilogy; A Day Yet To Come. JT lives in Minnesota with her husband and two grown sons. If she is not writing, you can usually find her in her art room, spending time with family and friends, or outside with her beloved American Bulldog, Mylo.


Unexpected Match Maker by J. T. Adeline

Peyton Geoffrey never thought she needed another dad, until her mom’s past boyfriend, Tate Langston, entered her life. Will Peyton be able to get this surly man to understand how important he is to others, and get him and her mom together again?



Katie: Would you share a special moment from another story you’ve written?

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JT: Here is a paragraph from my story, A Day Without A Night (book 2 in the Dark As Night Trilogy) released in 2016, that made me sit back and scream YES!

“Riebl stopped, taking in jagged breaths, turning to the left to stare at a painting on the wall. The hand-made oak frame meant nothing to him. The fact that the portrait was hand-painted with the richest of oils held no meaning. He reached for his scabbard at his side to find it empty. With flaring temper, Riebl reached to the small of his back and extracted his knife from its sheath, driving it straight through Merlin’s face. The sound of the ripping canvas and crackling paint only encouraged him on. He plunged his knife over and over until the painted wizard was a shredded mess.”

Katie: List five adjectives to describe yourself.

JT: Stubborn, creative, spoiled, caring and brat

Katie: Name one of your favorite things about someone in your family.

JT: My grandfather, Boppa, was the best storyteller.

Katie: What are your pet peeves or interesting things about you that you dislike?

JT: I do not like being told what to do! Sometimes I have to literally bite my tongue to keep comments to myself.

Katie: If you were to get a permanent tattoo done, what would it be and where?

JT: I already have six! My favorite is a butterfly with my son’s first initials; T & J, on my inner right wrist. (Where do you think JT comes from?)

Katie: You have to wear a t-shirt with one word on it for the rest of your life. Which would you choose?

JT: Brave-I have to remind myself not to be afraid to try new things.


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