Sunday, August 23, 2015

Free Copy of Sweet Cozy Mystery with Recipes

Candy, Murder and Me is a sweet cozy mystery that's a dog lover’s delight.

When Cookie Berelli, dress designer for full figured women, discovers her private investigator dead in her salon, she calls on a few friends to get her out of trouble. 

The story features a cute little dachshund Cookie named Sigmund Freud because he's such a good listener. She has a bunch of crackpot ideas for how to catch the murderer, and Sigmund, the trustworthy dog he is, follows right along, sometimes even discovering a clue or two himself. When the murderer discovers she's on his trail, Cookie has to hurry or she'll be his next victim.

Included in this cozy mystery are recipes--standbys from her Norwegian and Italian heritage such as Grandma Berelli’s Pralines (“Worth going to jail for”), Cookie’s Maple Candies (“So good they’re criminal”), Nana’s Kringlas (“To kill for”), Cookie's Chocolate Cover-Up Fudge ("Perfect for spying activities"), and Blood Red Spaghetti Sauce with Bad Boy Meatballs, among others, are available throughout the story to break up the mayhem.
For a free copy of CANDY, MURDER and ME, put a comment below this entry and I'll save you a copy.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

10 Free Just Published YA Books!

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Sunday, January 18, 2015


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Monday, December 1, 2014

DANGEROUS, new young adult novel Carolyn's finished

Hi All,

Today, I'm getting my new young adult thriller ready to send to an agent who requested the full manuscript after reading the first five pages.

This is exciting. Every time an agent requests a full, my little heart pounds like crazy. Could this be it? Will I get representation?

You never know.

DANGEROUS is about a younger sister who knows her older sis is dating a murderer. She has to figure out how to stop her, even though older sis is head over heals over this rich, handsome guy. Even though the police chief thinks she's crazy. After all, she's always reporting crimes that turn out to be simple misunderstandings.

Will Cassie get the evidence she needs to send this guy to jail before he kills her sister...and maybe her, too?

I'll let you know.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ready for some terrific holiday recipes and a mystery to boot? Try CANDY, MURDER AND ME today

Whoops, the holidays are almost upon us. Eating may be the last thing on your mind, but hey, you gotta eat.

Before you gear up for shopping, try a mystery, a great getaway from the holiday crush. Even better, a mystery with terrific recipes.

We recommend, CANDY, MURDER & ME.

And...if you leave a comment, we'll email you a free copy! (Just don't forget to leave your email addy)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Final Touches on my latest mystery, BELLINGER BEAUTY

Just finishing revisions for BELLINGER BEAUTY, a mystery in the style of Ross Macdonald, my favorite mystery writer.

The story?

When Zoe Gale’s husband is brutally murdered and the police give up the search for his killer, she sets out to find peace of mind by proving the guilt of a wealthy and powerful man. If she doesn’t succeed, the man will go free and her name will rise to the top of his To Kill list.

 Bellinger Beauty, complete at 73,000 words is a standalone mystery or it could be the first in a series of Zoe Gale mysteries. This story could appeal to fans of Ross Macdonald and Sue Grafton.

Watch for it! In the meantime, try some of our other mysteries. Find them running down the right hand side of this blog.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Get a free copy of the 2015 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market!

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Monday, September 22, 2014

FALL SPECIAL! Receive a free copy of the ebook of your choice!!

Fall freebie!

Your choice of any of our books for free!! for the next four weeks.

Choose your book now. Do it while you're here so you don't forget.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Candy, Murder and Me on sale!


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Friday, May 9, 2014

Mother's Day Special: Please check out FREE copy of ANGEL IN COWBOY BOOTS!

romance, life crisis, and an angel to die for

Like Romance? Life Crises? Angels to die for?

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Monday, December 16, 2013

ANIMAL TALK -- Carolyn's FANTASY entry in Thousand Prompts Contest



Carolyn Chambers Clark

I'm taking my dog for a walk—or rather, she's taking me. She's a Swedish Elkhound and stronger than I am. My arm is straight out in front of me and although I'm yanking back, I can feel her pulling against my shoulder joint.
"Slow down, Lina!" I shout, but she keeps on going.
Very strange. She's never acted this way before.
She looks a little like a wolf and has tightly curled her tail like she means business. When she's relaxed, her tail is softly curled or straight back. That tail and her quick stride make me think she's either in a hurry to find a place to pee or is hoping to meet that cute Doberman down the street.  Her ears are erect as if she's listening for something—probably the Doberman's low bark.
I know she understands what I'm saying, but sometimes I really wish I could understand what she means.
Lina's strutting her stuff and making her double coat of grey, white and some black look glossy and stiff. She has the most beautiful brown eyes, when she's looking at me in adoration, but not so much right now, when she just glances back at me and tugs on the leash as if to say, "Hurry up, slow poke. I've got a date."
The dog shakes her white muzzle at me as if I'm not to be believed. She's usually calm and affectionate with me, but I've seen her dominate an Irish setter and make him lie on the ground, totally submissive. I took her out in the woods once, and she's a great hunter and didn't even flinch when Dad shot his gun at a duck she'd cornered.
She usually loves to please me, but today, she's determined to get somewhere and fast. Maybe she just needs more exercise.
I guess those sled dogs are built for speed and strength, not that I don't lift weights and play tennis a couple of times a week, but Lina is still stronger. Hmm...maybe she needs to be brushed. Her coat does look awfully thick.
Even though I've been teaching her to heel and lie down, right now, she's pulling on her leash and making me almost run down the street in my small Wisconsin town. I guess I'm just lucky we're going downhill toward Lake Superior, and not up.
"Slow down, Lina. This isn't a race."
She glances back at me and narrows her eyes as if she thinks I'm not too bright.
Lina has always been a highly intelligent dog, sometimes smarter than I am, like the time I forgot to lock the gate on the porch and she got out and got pregnant. Of course, the vet goofed when I took her in to see why she wasn't eating and seemed moody. He said she had a tumor and needed surgery. Stupid me went along with his diagnosis. If I knew then what I know now, I would have gotten a second opinion.
When I went back to pick her up after surgery, the vet told me she'd been pregnant, but the puppies were too young to survive.
I feel so sorry for her. Now, she'll never be able to experience being a mother. Then again, I guess there are too many dogs on the planet already, but none as beautiful and smart as Lina.
She starts a slow growl that turns into a voice that reminds me of my older sister, Elle. "Yes, and that wasn't the only mistake he made. When he put me in a cage with a male Labrador, I had to wrestle down that retriever before he'd let me alone."
Heart pounding, I stop abruptly and so does Lina. "Who—who said that?"
She turns her head around so I can see her mouth move. "I did, Tootsie. Don't you think we dogs know what's going on? I could tell you some stories that would make your hair stand on end."
I yank on her leash and wonder if I took my mom's anti-depressant pills instead of my multi-vitamin this morning. I think I read somewhere they could make you hallucinate. "What? What? Dogs can't talk—at least not on this planet."
"My dear girl, where have you been? You didn't take your mother's pills. And here's another thing. If you didn't spend so much time swooning over that Neanderthal captain of the football team, you'd listen to me once in a while. I can sniff out a loser and he's one for sure."
I reach down and pet her head. "How could I listen to you? You've never talked to me before."
Lina strains against the leash."Puff, I say. I have. At least I've tried to, but it's only now that you've been able to hear me."
"Don't you think that's odd, that I can only hear you now?" My mouth is so dry by now. I blink and pinch myself and try to figure out if I'm dreaming all this.
All red and beautiful, a male cardinal flies down out of oak tree and nearly gets tangled in my French braid. Somehow, he flutters by my ear. "Listen to Lina. She's an all right dog. She lets me sit on her head when that evil cat is around. Lina protects me from all kinds of meanies." The cardinal flies away, back to the top of the twenty-foot oak at the end of the block.
I'm shaking. "What is this? Birds can talk, too?" I stare at Lina as if she's going to answer.
She does. "My dear, all animals have bigger brains than you humans believe. Why look at how the dolphins at Sea World outplayed your best chess player."
"They did? They have?"
Lina shakes her head at me. "You should keep up with the news. Humans have always downplayed our intelligence and used us for pack animals, lab experiments, pistol practice, food and worse. I wouldn't be speaking to you at all if you weren't a good person and hadn't fed me organic treats and given me a cotton pillow to lie on."
"Thank you, but what's different now? How come I can hear you?"
Lina shakes her fur and uncurls her tail a bit. "That I don't know. It's not every day that a bird talks. Something is up and you better find out what, because I sense a small uprising in the near future." (1076 words)

Would you read a novel that started this way? Why or why not? What would have to be in it to hold your interest?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

FREE romantic fantasy e-book...only two days left

ANGEL IN COWBOY BOOTS is a romantic fantasy that we're offering for free today and tomorrow!

In this romantic fantasy, Adam might be a cowboy, the man of Kelly Porter's dreams, or an angel who's up to his eyeballs in Heavenly trouble. With the Heavenly clock ticking, Kelly has to find out and Adam has to prove to his bosses that he can help her find a man who will set her on the right track again.

But...will she fall for Adam or the real man of her dreams?

Find your free copy here...

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Books we're working on...and a free giveaway of CANDY, MURDER & ME

Carolyn has finished the agent-requested revisions for her YA supernatural fantasy and is awaiting a response from the agent.

We've completed the revisions on our YA romance and getting ready to send it out to agents.

Until the end of October, we're offering 10 free copies of our cozy mystery, CANDY, MURDER & ME.

How do you  get in on the drawing? Simple.

1.Tweet about our free giveaway and send us the address of your Tweet (after you Tweet, go to your profile and find the address of your Tweet) or put it on Facebook.

2. Ask your Followers to come to our blog (be sure to give the link) and leave a comment.

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Double click on this line for more information about CANDY, MURDER & ME

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Books we're working on now and a FREE e-book, too!

Carolyn is finishing revisions on a supernatural suspense story for young adults. Think Down a Dark Hall. This one has agent interest, so we'll be resubmitting to her as soon as the revisions are done. Cross your fingers.

Carolyn is finishing up a young adult romantic comedy. More about that when we decide whether to go Indie or traditional route with that one.

Tony and Carolyn are spiffing up a coming of age story for boys, based on Tony's life in NJ in the l950s.

Meanwhile, we're offering a FREE COPY of Forensics by the Numbers this month. Here's a brief description:

Feisty forensic nurse examiner at NYC's busiest hospital for assault and murder cases, Jewel Connor has a talent for getting late night assignments and sparring with the egotistical cop on her investigative team. When her DA-friend turns up on the examining table, dying, Jewel searches for an explanation with an assist from her millionaire husband and attack dog, Max. Secrets from her past threaten to erupt and she has no control over what will happen then. Her cop partner warns her to stay out of the investigation, but Jewel ignores him. If she doesn't watch out, she may soon end up on a forensic examiner's table herself.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Who's Zooming Into June with a Free Book?

Zoom into June by adding a comment to our blog and win a free copy of the e-book of your choice. Just choose any of the books running down the right hand side of the page. Click on it for more info, including a description. Happy reading!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Guess who's taking to the courts and win a free e-book if you're right

Can you guess who these two pros, I mean novices, are? You tennis fans out there. Here's a question or two for you. How are their strokes? Do they measure up? What shot is each one attempting to hit? Guess correctly who's swinging the rackets OR which stroke each one is trying to hit and win a free e-book of your choice from our list. Find our e-book titles running down the right hand side of the page. Enter your guess as a comment below this post and then cross your fingers that you're right! Happy guessing!!