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Fire & Water by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

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Fire & Water – A Novel by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder.

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Only in the glaring light of hindsight does pediatric surgeon Kate Murphy understand that she was groomed for the path she’s taken. Raised by a widowed dad and a misshapen, sometimes comical trio of parental surrogates from Murphy’s Pub, her father’s Irish bar in San Francisco, Kate has never understood how protected she is—but when she learns that her well-meaning family has hidden bitter truths about her mother’s mental illness and death, the rest of her family history unravels.

Kate is still recovering from her family’s deception when she becomes involved with Jake Bloom—a charming artist different than anyone she’s ever known. When she experiences his sculptures on Ocean Beach, she is forever changed; in the months that follow, Jake reveals beauty Kate has never noticed, and exposes her to spontaneity, sensuality, and love deeper than she’d imagined it could be.

Only Mary K—Kate’s hard-edged best friend who doesn’t miss a thing and names bull when she sees it—is immune to Jake’s charms. She sees the potential for danger in Jake, and, of course, she says so. Caught between her newfound passion and her friendship, Kate dismisses her friend’s warnings. Ultimately, it isn’t until she is in too deep, with a daughter on the way, that Kate understands what Mary K feared on her behalf.

Fire & Water is a story of navigating the treacherous territory of passionate love, friendship, and family devotion—and of how love is always a matter of life and death.



A Word from the Author

author betsy Graziani Fasbinder picture_Katherine Murphy is book smart, an accomplished pediatric surgeon at UCSF Medical center. But her patchwork family and her bookish nature sheltered her from the harsh truths of the world and hid family secrets from her, leaving her ill-equipped for the treacherous territory of passionate love. She meets and falls for Jake Bloom and is in too deep before she realizes that in addition to his brilliance, his passion, and his devotion Jake is also a broken person, a person who proves dangerous to himself and those who love him. Fire & Water is the story of navigating marriage, motherhood, family secrets, and friendship with love as a guiding light. It is the story of how love is always a matter of life and death and how family is far more than blood.

(Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, July 2017)

 

 

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Red Days by M L Sparrow

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Red Days is a contemporary fiction novel based on true events by M L Sparrow.

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2017: 235 taken into captivity, 570 slaughtered.

Keiko never set out to be an activist, but when she’s sent on an assignment to Taiji, Japan, the ball is set in motion. Reporting on the brutal yearly slaughter of hundreds of dolphins alters her life.

Over the course of ten years Keiko follows the highs and lows of the campaign to stop the slaughter of dolphins in Japan and attempts to bring change through her articles. Will her efforts and that of many others be enough?

*Though fictional, Red Days is based on a series of true events up until January 2017*




A Word from the Author

Author M L Sparrow pictureRed Days is a work of fiction, however, it was based on a time-line of true events, which meant I had to do a lot of research whilst writing. A list of the resources I found most useful can be found at the back of the book, but here are two that are good to check out if you’re interested in the subject of the Taiji dolphin slaughter and the fight to stop it.

The first step would be, of course, the watch The Cove; this award winning documentary was what first drew my attention to what was happening in Taiji and inspired me to write Red Days.This page on the Dolphin Project website is also a great source to answer most of the basic questions – https://dolphinproject.net/campaigns/save-japan-dolphins/frequently-asked-questions/ .

There are so many sites you can check out and they’re all just a Google search away… or you could read Red Days!

(M L Sparrow, May 2017)

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His Christmas Surprise by Summerita Rhayne

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His Christmas Surprise – She brought an unexpected sparkle into his life is the second book of the Christmas Romance series by Summerita Rhayne.

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She stole his Christmas dinner and left him with a kiss.

Dan Tollinger is having a bad Christmas. His wife lost her battle with cancer and he’s finding it hard to manage his two sons. Busy with his shop he has little time left for them, so having a woman around to keep an eye on them seems like an ideal solution.

Tonya needs premises to run her business after her bakery got damaged in a fire. With a son to bring up on her own, the sensible option is to accept Dan’s job offer to housekeep while putting her business back on the track.

Neither counted on the unexpected warmth and awareness that sprang up between them. Would it be wise to let it kindle to desire and then something more?

Especially when his sons are not ready to accept her in his life.

Book 2 in Christmas romance series, His Christmas Surprise is the story of Jay’s brother Dan. It’s not in continuity with Book 1 and is a standalone romance.
For you if you like to read family oriented romances with a bit of sensuality on the side.




A Word from the Author

Author Summerita Rhayne avatarWith His Christmas Surprise, I have turned ten books old romance author. The Christmas romance series started as a short story meant for anthology, so it was really a ‘germ’ of an idea that multiplied rapidly. In the first book, His Christmas Delight, the hero, Jay suffers from PTSD and doesn’t consider himself Mr. Right for the heroine. Myra has loved and lost, but never thought it could happen again.

His Christmas Surprise is about Jay’s brother. Having lost his wife to cancer and managing his business and kids, Dan has a lot on his plate. Tonya, sunny and joyful, can turn his house into a home. His kids, however, are not ready to accept her.

Besides writing contemporary romances like this series, I also write historical romance set in India. I have published traditionally and won contests with Harlequin and Harper Collins India. I publish independently with Amazon these days.

(Summerita Rhayne, March 2017)

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