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Quick, Drive-By Blog Thank You

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Sometimes, you just need to say thank you — and not only on Thanksgiving.

I need to thank three people today: Mrs. N.N. Light, Chris Nuttall, and Charles Yallowitz. All three have been extremely helpful and went out of their way to let people know that my writing exists, and I deeply appreciate their efforts on my behalf.


Well, yesterday, Mrs. N.N. Light spotlighted A LITTLE ELFY IN BIG TROUBLE over at her blog, POTL.

Today, I sent off a guest blog about the problems I had editing my novel to Chris Nuttall and asked Charles Yallowitz if he’d be willing to let people know at his blog that A LITTLE ELFY IN BIG TROUBLE is out there, too. And I figured it would be a few days — maybe even a week or two — before either thing would go up.

Oh, how wrong I was.

As you know from the previous blog, Chris put up the guest blog I sent him an hour ago.

And now, Charles put up my announcement as well, plus a quick excerpt that’s different from either the one Chris has, or the one Mrs. N has. (I like variety, and I hope you do, too.)

I may not be a wealthy person as far as money goes, but I am wealthy in my friends.

Thank you.

And bless you all.

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November 24, 2015 at 5:16 pm

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Ta Da! Planting the Seeds of Love Cover Reveal #ASMSG #IARTG #MFRWAuthor

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Barb Caffrey:

I read PLANTING THE SEEDS OF LOVE, and thought it was a fun, fast read with a lot of true-to-life romantic entanglements. I enjoyed this novella, reviewed it at Amazon (giving it a solid four stars; at SBR, I’d have given it a B-plus, but Amazon doesn’t allow for gradations) and my recommendation.

Give this one a try. You’ll enjoy it.

Originally posted on POTL: All Things Books, Reading and Publishing:

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Title: Planting the Seeds of Love: A Novella

Author: N. N. Light

Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, New Adult Romance

Release Date: September 15, 2015

Tagline: Torn between two men, Sally must follow her heart and decide if love will lead her to the city or the countryside.


Twenty-Two year old Sally Rayton returns to the family farm she deserted four years ago to bury her grandfather. Her plan: to settle her grandfather’s estate and return to her life in the city with her boyfriend, Trevor Mattson.

Her childhood friend, Jack Smith, has other ideas.

Jack convinces Sally to transform the farm into a brewery and fulfill her grandfather’s dream while keeping the Rayton Farm in the family. Sally works side-by-side with Jack while Trevor is hundreds of miles away in the city. The more time she spends with Jack, the stronger her feelings are for him.

When Trevor…

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September 12, 2015 at 1:00 am

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Barb Caffrey:

My friend Charles Yallowitz shared the news about “To Survive the Maelstrom” and “A Dark and Stormy Night” earlier this summer…now it’s time to return the favor.

And this is a really good deal — three books for $4.99? Go take a look right now. (He has a new one coming soon, too.)

Originally posted on Legends of Windemere:

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*This Book Bundle contains the first 3 volumes of the LEGENDS OF WINDEMERE fantasy series.*

Every hero must take that first courageous step into adventure. For Luke Callindor, it’s more of a blind stumble. From battling a demonic assassin to facing the family he left behind, this warrior’s adventuring career has been one awkward mistake after another. Most days the only things that keep him alive, yet never unharmed, are his trusted friends and his reckless courage. How long can his luck hold out before the gods of Windemere decide to cut his legend short?


That’s right.  Guess who just released a book bundle that includes the following:


If you wanted to get into LEGENDS OF WINDEMERE, but feel like…

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September 5, 2015 at 6:20 pm

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Five Star Treatment – To Survive the Maelstrom – by Barb Caffrey

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Barb Caffrey:

I’d meant to get this up a few days ago when the sale was still ongoing…but my computer upped and died.

(It took a few days for me to get back up and running, but here I am again.)

Thanks much to Sally Cronin, who let people know about “To Survive the Maelstrom” being out there — and about Pat Patterson’s wonderful review!

Originally posted on Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life:


Today I am featuring a novella by Barb Caffrey who is also a prolific short story writer. She is offering the book for only 99cents until 27th July so hope you will take her up on that.


About the Novella

Command Sergeant-Major Sir Peter Welmsley of the Atlantean Union has lost everything he holds dear. He wonders why he lived, when so many others died at Hunin — including his fiancée, Lydia, and his best friend Chet.

Into his life comes Grasshunter’s Cub, an empathic, sentient creature known to those on Heligoland as a “weremouse.”

Weremice are known for their ability to help their bond-mates. But how can this young weremouse find a way to bring Peter back from the brink of despair and start living again?

The Review

A stand-alone story with bits of the past and the future sprinkled in; healing comes to a wounded warrior. By

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July 28, 2015 at 1:16 pm

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Book Giveaway in Progress…Tell Me Why You Like Romance!

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Folks, it’s rare that I have to ask twice to give away a book.

But I’m asking now.

I’m friendly with writer E. Ayers, who’s a best-selling romance writer. She has a new book that will be out on June 16, 2015 called A RANCHER’S DREAM. (Here’s a link to my previous post about that.)

My own quirk was to ask readers why they like romance novels. I asked that someone tell me why they enjoy romances. (It doesn’t have to be fancy.)

So far, I haven’t had anyone who’s been willing to comment.

This is a wee bit frustrating.

I know I have a number of regular readers of this blog who enjoy romance novels in addition to science fiction, fantasy, mystery, nonfiction, or other types of books.

So maybe you need more information about Ms. Ayers’ work to make up your mind, hm?

I’ve only reviewed one of Ms. Ayers’ novels at Shiny Book Review thus far, A SKELETON AT HER DOOR a fun, fast Halloween-inspired contemporary romance. But I’ve read a number of her novels, and I’ve enjoyed every single one.

Anyway, all I need is a sentence or two saying why you enjoy romance novels…or, in a pinch, why you want to read A RANCHER’S DREAM…and I will be glad to send you an e-book copy in any format you desire.

What could be better than that?

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June 8, 2015 at 9:50 pm

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My Writing Adventure Continues (Slowly)

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Just a quick update here, folks, as I’m in the process of trying to get a new story out to the Writers of the Future contest as their quarter ends at 11:59 PM PDT on 3/31/15 and my story is, at best, three-quarters finished.

Once that’s done, I hope to be able to blog about a few subjects near and dear to my heart, including baseball, my opposition to Indiana’s new “Religious Freedom and Restoration Act” which looks to me like anti-LGBT legislation (and thus needs to be either rescinded or amended, stat), and some discussion about words, their meanings, and whether or not some words should ever be off-limits (whether in baseball or in politics) because they’re considered overused, hackneyed, trite, and/or politically sensitive.

But for now, I’m alive, and I’m writing. Recovery is in process, and while it continues to be slow, I’ve been able to gain a little ground in regards to my final edit of A LITTLE ELFY IN BIG TROUBLE and with regards to this proposed story, which I fully intend to send to the WotF contest if I can only finish it…

Anyway, back to work.

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March 31, 2015 at 12:36 am

Time for My First Ever Book Hook BlogHop! #MFRWhooks

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Folks, I’ve never done this before. But as I recently joined the excellent group Marketing for Romance Writers, I’ve discovered some new things to do that might interest old readers and perhaps entice some new ones into sampling my work.

So here we go . . . it’s time for Book Hooks Wednesday!

MFRW Authors Blog


To set the scene for my novel, AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE . . . here’s a short blurb to whet your interest:

Bruno the Elfy believes he’s very young, has no power, and has no enemies.

He’s wrong.

Quickly sent to our Earth (the Human Realm) and told to watch for magic, Bruno must unravel the lies, keep his mentor from being tortured, and—oh, yeah—figure out why he’s so strongly attracted to young, Human Sarah.

Because his life depends on it.

Now, here’s eight lines or so of AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE from page 11, when my Elfy hero Bruno (originally named Jon) first starts to realize that Sarah, the young Human girl he’s destined to fall in love with, is worthwhile:

What had he gotten himself into?

And what, if anything, could he do to get through to her parents? He had to have sunlight, and food, and companionship …these people could starve him to death without even realizing it, and if not for their daughter he wouldn’t have had any companionship in more than two days.

And she did seem to be rather good company. At least, Jon was hoping that was why he’d had the sudden urge to give her his name. He just had to ask hers first, as Elfy etiquette demanded.

Sometimes Elfy etiquette was so stultifying.

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Why is he in trouble? Why is Sarah helping him? And why is he even there?

You need to read the book to find out!

Here’s a link to five sample chapters, to get you started . . . then go either to Amazon (link is here) or Barnes and Noble (link is here) and grab yourself a copy of AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE today!

And after you do that, please take a look at these other fine Marketing for Romance Authors’ posts . . . they’re a great bunch of authors with some fine stories to tell, and I’m proud and honored to be affiliated with them.

And yes, in case you’re wondering, gentle YA romance counts with these folks. (Thank goodness.)

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NOTE: Here’s the list of people participating in Wednesday’s Book Hook Bloghop . . . we’re supposed to use a LinkyTool, but for whatever reason it didn’t agree with my blog, so the actual list (including my own blog link) is reproduced below.




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