Monday, April 29, 2013


Hey readers and fans! One of my publisher’s vendors, ARe @allromance, will be hosting an event live from the floor of the Romance Times Convention in Kansas City Thursday, May 2 from 4-6 CST and I’m going to be there virtually. If you Twitter follow us at #RT13EXPO and get the latest on new releases, meet some pretty cool authors, and have a ton of fun chatting. My handle is (fill in yours here) and be sure to follow my publisher as well @rebelinkpress. Or you can follow along on Facebook through All Romance Ebooks page at

A Summer's Journey - All Romance Ebooks

A Summer's Journey - All Romance Ebooks

I'm so happy to announce my contemporary romance A Summer's Journey is up at All Romance Ebooks for pre-sale.

Savannah Mason fought for independence since she was a young girl, smothered by a controlling father who insisted she take over his medical practice one day.  Now, at the age of thirty, alienated from her father, the career minded journalist spends long hours at her job, hoping to take the spot as anchor.

On her darkest day twelve years ago, Savannah agreed to give her child up for adoption. She never even had the chance to hold her.  On her daughter’s birthday, a chance encounter gives Savannah an opportunity to explore a corner of her heart she thought was lost forever.

The last thing Savannah wants is a relationship, especially one with a doctor who happens to have two young children.

Rob Sinclair, a cardiothoracic surgeon and NY Times best-selling author, needs a promo spot on the television show The News Stop.  When Savannah gets the interview over a senior reporter, a door opens to her future.  However, first she must face the sorrow of her past and cast away the agony of guilt before she’s free to accept love.

Rob’s commitment to climb the ladder of success and provide a good life for his two small children keeps him on the road.  He’s determined to push forward despite the heartache of a broken marriage.  His deepest fear is being an absent parent.  When he meets Savannah Mason, desire and passion awaken his broken spirit.  Will he ever be able to trust another woman?

Savannah and Rob’s strong attraction to one another is undeniable as they follow the path to a place where honesty, love and forgiveness, can bring them both home.

When a man who seems totally wrong for Savannah slowly weaves his way into her heart, will he accept her when he learns about her past?

Savannah and Rob’s attraction to one another is undeniable.  As they follow the path to a place where honesty and forgiveness can bring them both home, will it be enough to heal the scars of the past and allow them another chance at love?

Monday, April 22, 2013


The theme of the 43rd annual Earth Day Celebration is The Face Of Climate Change. Let’s work together to make our environment safe.

Earth Day is an annual day on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Earth Day is observed on April 22 each year. The April 22 date was designated as International Mother Earth Day by a consensus resolution adopted by the United Nations in 2009.[1] Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network,[ and is celebrated in more than 192 countries every year.

There are so many beautiful old trees in my town in New Jersey. Many of them are severely damaged by the storms we’ve had over the years. New homeowners remove beautiful old trees to make way for a pool or larger play area, but there is something you can do to keep the beautiful landscaping we’ve come to know.  Plant a tree. Trees benefit the animals and the environment. Other things you can do are, support your local farmers markets, buy or make your own echo friendly products, and save energy.

Our back yard.

                                                    AN EASY WAY TO HELP!

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When I was a little girl, we had a huge Weeping Willow Tree in our back yard. I used to sit underneath it and daydream. The beautiful branches hung down and made a cozy little hideaway. I started writing down my ideas even as a child. The stories came to me, inspired by the beauty of Mother Nature.

A great way to participate in Earth Day is to save a tree and purchase an eBook. Rebel Ink Press has a romance for you. Stop by today!

I’m excited to announce my contemporary romance, A Summer’s Journey will be released May 3, 2013.


Savannah Mason, the career minded journalist, spends long hours at work, hoping to take the spot as anchor.  She continues to fight for independence and refuses to allow her demanding father to take control of her life, despite his wish for her to take over his surgical practice.

 On her darkest day twelve years ago, she agreed to give her baby up for adoption.  Now, on her daughter’s birthday, a chance encounter gives Savannah an opportunity to explore a corner of her heart she thought was lost forever.

Rob Sinclair a renowned surgeon and NY Times best-selling author has a new release and needs a promo spot on the television show, The News Stop.  When Savannah gets to conduct the interview over the senior reporter, a door opens to her future.  However, first she must face the unsettled issues in her life, before she is free to accept love.

The last thing she wants is a relationship, especially one with a divorced, doctor who happens to have two small children.

A man, who seems all wrong for her, slowly weaves himself into her heart.  Can he accept her when he learns about her past?

Rob’s commitment to climb the ladder of success and provide a good life for his family, keeps him on the road for days at a time.  When he meets the assertive newswoman, desire and passion awaken his broken spirit.  How will he ever be able to trust another woman?

Savannah and Rob’s strong attraction is undeniable as they journey to a place where honesty and the power of forgiveness, can guide them both home. Will it be enough to heal the scars of the past and allow them another chance for love?

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Monday, April 15, 2013


Drum Roll, please!  Today is finally here. The Cover Reveal Party for Decadent Tease is here! You won't want to miss out on a week long bash. There's prizes galore, fun posts, and sizzling covers! Stop over to join in the FUN! My cover for Sun, Sand & Seances is there. It's so exciting! STOP HERE TO SEE ALL OF THE COVER AND JOIN THE PARTY. GRAND PRIZE RAFFLECOPTER IS OPEN!



Saturday, April 13, 2013



My friend Urban Fantasy and Paranormal author, Deena Remiel is my special guest today! I'm always happy to feature her at my place. I'm a huge fan of her work, and if you haven't read any of her books,  pick up a copy of Elixxir today!  

The Birth of a Brethren Warrior
ELIXXIR is the story of Nathanael, Brethren Warrior. An angel on the edge of destruction. It wasn’t always that way, though. Where does his story begin?
 A long time ago.
 Ancient Gaul, to be exact, was when the Brethren manifested on Earth. Nathanael’s had a storied career as a military man. Across the ages, he’s fought as a soldier and eventually moved up the ranks to more specialized positions. He’s seen more bloodshed than anyone in the world, and he’s been responsible for many of those kills.  Why? It’s all in the name of Brethren Justice. Evil’s influence is far-reaching and powerful.
 In modern times, he spent most of his time on Black Ops missions, successfully cutting down the world’s most dangerous people. Most recently, a mission gone wrong ended his eternal tour due to his enormous guilt. Now he’s taken a more solo approach to evil-wrangling as a bounty hunter. But Satan’s gotten wind of his internal struggles and is poised to exploit them.
For a good glimpse at the beginnings of his tortured story, I recommend reading his short story, Nathanael’s Hunt, in Brethren Beginnings Volume 1. But if you want to immerse yourself in his full story, ELIXXIR is just a click away.
Here’s a tease:
Callie has secrets, too many to count.
For twenty years she’s been living a lie as Callie Worthington, hiding from the monsters who brutally murdered her parents for possession of the Elixxir of Life. Unsuccessful before, their killers have found her and will stop at nothing to acquire the Elixxir. And see her dead.
Nathanael has a couple of secrets, too. A nasty one in particular blurs the line separating Good from Evil. As an immortal Brethren Warrior, though, he must retrieve the Elixxir before it falls into the wrong hands. Just how he’s going to get it out of Callie’s is the big question.
Tempers flare and passion ignites as Callie and Nathanael reach out to each other with their own hidden agendas. She needs his protection. He needs the Elixxir. Will their fiery passion lead to lasting love, or will their web of secrets and lies ultimately destroy them both?
Secrets, lies, and love’s loyalties tested. What price for immortality? What price for love?
How about an excerpt to whet your appetite even more:
Suddenly, out of the corner of his eye, he saw the shower curtain undulate and heard the door click. Damn, he hadn’t heard it open!
“Nate? Are you okay?” Callie’s voice slid seductively in between the pelting water music.
He wasn’t. And he couldn’t lie. He wouldn’t. Not to her.
“No, I’m not.”
She moved the curtain aside, but he refused to turn around, choosing to remain leaning against the back wall. He sensed her step in behind him and rest a gentle hand on his back.
“What are you doing?” His voice shook with restraint.
“I’m here to see what’s wrong. Nathanael, tell me what’s wrong.”
The insistent tone broke through his crumbling defenses. He reached behind him, grasped her hands, and pulled her close to wrap her body around his like a safety shroud. He held on, as though he would fall into an abyss otherwise.
“Jesus!” As she spoke, she clutched him even tighter. “What can I do? Just tell me. What?”
“Tell me I’m good.”
He waited. The crashing of water against his shoulders filled the space meant to reassure him of his worth. Even should she reply so, would he believe? Satan had been messing with him for so long now, he didn’t believe in much of anything anymore.

ELIXXIR, available now at your favorite eBook retailer, and:

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Word-Whores: Publisher Spotlight Guest Post: Secret Cravings

Word-Whores: Publisher Spotlight Guest Post: Secret Cravings: Let's give a warm welcome to Jillian Chantal for coming in this week and giving us the scoop on Secret Cravings Publishing. (And be su...

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Decadent Publishing Presents...: A teasing glimpse

Decadent Publishing Presents...: A teasing glimpse: A video brought to you by Cate Masters.


Tease is almost here! Our big Cover Reveal Party is April 15th. My novella Sun, Sand, and Seances is one of the upcoming releases for the Allure line. We're going to have party with lots of great giveaways, so please stay tune.

Friday, April 5, 2013


I'm fortunate to have a special guest today. Gordon Osmond is a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Law School, He's a Wall Street lawyer, a produced playwright, a published author, a weekly radio host, an online play and book critic, and a lecturer.

I'm pleased to present a fabulous interview and a giveaway.  Gordon is offering one of you a copy of his debut novel, Slipping on Stardust. Make sure you leave your email address along with your comment. Winner will be random and announced on 4/6. 

Hi Gordon! Thank you for coming to Kathleen's Place to Reflect today. Let's begin.

1.                                       Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Happily. Who in the writing business doesn’t treasure the opportunity to talk about themselves and their work. Thank you for that opportunity.
2.                                       What do you do when you are not writing?
I have retired as a Wall Street lawyer, so I spend most of my non-writing time teaching students and giving lectures on English.
3.                                       Do you have a day job as well?
No, I’m done with day jobs.
4.                                       When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I’ve been writing since the day, when I was about the age of five, when I discovered that the letter “E” was more than an interesting array of right angles. A few years ago I finished my first book, a non-fiction book about the English language and how it should and shouldn’t be taught.
5.                                       How did you choose the genre you write in?
I write in several genres—blogs on politics and philosophy, non-fiction, and most recently fiction with my debut novel, Slipping on Stardust. I choose the genres more or less randomly.
6.                                       Where do you get your ideas?
From my own life experiences and those of others as communicated in various ways.
7.                                       Do you ever experience writer’s block?
No, because I only write when and if I’m in the mood.  I don’t have what William Buckley once referred to as the “luxury of deadlines” to present the issue of writer’s block.
8.                                       Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I find outlines most helpful in constructing the plot of a story.
9.                                       Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Great question. Monroe Leaf’s trilogy about grammar, safety, and manners being fun was incredibly formative in my early years. My later ones were equally incredibly influenced by the philosophy and writings of Ayn Rand.
10.                                   Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
These days, there are no challenges in getting a book published unless, of course, you want to involve a publisher that has read and liked your work. I consider myself very fortunate in finding just such a publisher, Secret Cravings Publishing.
11.                                   If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
I don’t think so. I think I’ve learned a lot from publishers that turned me down, the vanity publisher I’ve used in the past, the publisher that I fired, and finally from my present wonderful publisher, Secret Cravings Publishing.
12.                                   How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
I’m relatively new to the promotional game. I try to do all the right things and hope they have some positive effect. Blogs like yours are an important part of the process, and I really appreciate your effort to help your fellow authors.
13.                                   Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
No. As I said before, these days anyone can get anything published.
14.                                   Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
Thanks for asking. Yes, I’m now writing a sequel to Slipping on Stardust. I want to tell about what happens to the characters that have caused many readers to care about them, as I do.
15.                                   Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
It’s all based on direct or indirect real life experiences, sometimes enhanced for dramatic purposes.
16.                                   What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I think my favorite chapters in Slipping on Stardust are a restaurant scene, which caused some readers to cry while laughing and the epilogue which caused some readers to cry while crying. They are my favorite scenes because every novelist’s objective is to make readers care, care intensely, about what is going on in the novel.
17.                                   How did you come up with the title?
Only after being dissatisfied with previous possibilities. After thinking about The Prevailing Winds of Distraction and Hostage Hearts, I was thunderstruck with Slipping on Stardust, which captures perfectly, in my opinion, the theme of the book, which is the tragic and sometimes comic consequences of sacrificing real values for false ones.
18.                                   Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
I intend to revisit all the characters and themes of Slipping on Stardust in the sequel I’m now working on.
19.                                   Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Yes. At the very beginning, brutally assess your talent. If your writing doesn’t produce tingles, look for another road to personal success and fulfillment. They’re out there in great numbers.
20.                                   Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Definitely: Be Fruitful and Multiply. Meaning, tell everyone you know you liked the thing.

 I wrote Slipping on Stardust with a view to its being stuffed into beach bags, holiday stockings—everything but the Thanksgiving turkey. I tried to combine the popular appeal of books like Peyton Place with the thematic significance of books like Madame Bovary. In short, I hope readers will have their appetites for the salacious satisfied without the guilt and letdown that sometimes accompanies sex with an unworthy partner or, more relevantly, reading escapist, meretricious novels.


There’s nothing like the arrival of a Hollywood star to stir the passions of the inhabitants of Johnson, a sleepy small town in Ohio. During his stay, the star shakes up the lives of the town’s reigning queen of the local theatre scene, her lawyer husband, and the couple’s sexually undecided son, who suffers every adolescent plague except acne. To say that all hell breaks loose is not to do justice to hell. Add a scandal at the husband’s law firm and a kidnapping with suicide demanded as ransom and you have what propels family members to New York City and Hollywood in a trail of betrayal, scandal, and crime.


Lately, Adrian was arriving later and later at the love nest located on the outskirts of Johnson, itself a bit of an outskirt. Eileen didn't much mind; it gave her more time to ice the vodka, dim the lights and add her favorite fragrance to the room. In the words of her treasured Blanche du Bois in A Streetcar Named Desire, she did her best to "make enchantment."

The dimming of the lights was unnecessary because Adrian insisted on making love in total darkness. At their inaugural union that Saturday afternoon when they were supposed to be rehearsing, Eileen discovered why Adrian never wore casual clothes. She quickly learned that suits, jackets, and plump ascots or turtlenecks at the throat were indeed the best friends of the overfed.

By reading her always reliable women's magazines, Eileen had learned that Martians were more visual, Venusians more tactile. Therefore, she was not to care that certain parts of Adrian were definitely not larger than life. She also reasoned that being located below a rather protuberant belly, those parts were destined for eclipse. Finally, Eileen figured that her superior pulchritude was a sort of counterbalance to Adrian's notoriety as a film star.

After some rather flaccid fumbling around, Adrian basically passed out, blaming his less-than-stellar performance on his forgetting to bring along his magic blue pills. It was the first time Eileen learned that Adrian's earlier endeavors had been chemically enhanced, if not, indeed, produced by them. She wasn't pleased.

When Adrian awakened, he found Eileen sitting on the floor, legs folded in front of her with each of her feet pressed against the opposite thigh. Adrian cringed with sympathetic, but not empathetic discomfort. Eileen's hands were outstretched at her side, palms skyward, with fingers formed in circles as if to say "okay" to the gods above.

Eileen kept reciting a monotonous and undecipherable lyric that sounded something like, "Nam yo horenge kyo." By the twentieth repetition, Adrian had cleared his head long enough to blurt out, "Eileen, what the hell are you doing?"

"It's a brand of Buddhism, my darling."

Adrian was more than happy to leave it at that, but Eileen was determined to elaborate. "You see, in the book I read it says that if you repeat this phrase, nam yo…"

"Yes, I got that, Eileen. So, if you repeat it, what happens?"

"You get whatever you are wishing for, provided you chant long and hard enough. Just like the old song, Wishing Will Make It So."

"And you believe that?"

"Absolutely. Come, try it with me." Eileen instantly realized what an absurd invitation she'd extended.

Imagining the pain he would suffer if his legs even approached the angles he saw below him on the floor, Adrian passed, adding, "Just what were you hoping for, anyway?"

With an expression that was part incredulous but mostly crestfallen, Eileen answered, "Don't you know?"

Adrian didn't.

* * * *

On the corner of Hemlock and Ivy stood the Restmor Funeral Home, a one-building argument for cremation. Its frontage featured patches of artificial grass rimmed with contact paper-covered flower boxes sporting plastic geraniums, originally red, now dusted into pink. For the signage font, the owners had chosen Gothic, which did little to dispel the pervasive influence of the Addams Family.

Direct from an elevator in a bad mood, specializing in "down," canned organ music filled a foyer leading to a series of waiting rooms housing persons no longer waiting.. Only the sale of meat pies in the back could have made the Restmor mis-en-scene more ghoulish.

Charles L. Simmons was the featured guest at the Restmor Funeral Home on the day the three Brockways made their way there. At the earliest opportunity, Kyle broke away from his parents and joined Chuck's parents at their son's coffin. The manner of this joining clearly signaled that Eileen and Danton were not to follow, and there was nothing in the behavior or demeanor of the bereaved parents to suggest otherwise. So the senior Brockways circulated through the populated stillness and listened dutifully to a mercifully brief eulogy by Johnson's only Catholic cleric. Danton thought Chuck livelier in death than the mourners in life.

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