Free Space Equals Free Advertising

                     Re-introducing “The Overnighter’s Secrets”
                                                         
By Jeff Salter

            Like some of the Resident Foxes, I’m taking advantage of our ‘Free Space’ week to talk about my novel, “The Overnighter’s Secrets”, published this past May by Astraea Press.  I’ve been calling it romantic suspense; my editor said it’s suspense with romantic elements.  Suffice it to say that my story has mystery, danger, murder, action … and romance.  Call it what you want.
             So far, I have 10 Amazon reviews and 5 on Barnes & Noble.  Surely would like to see more reviews, in case any of you have already read my novel.

My cover, by the terrific Elaina Lee.

 Inspiration:
            The inspiration for this story came from examining the varied contents of an antique suitcase — which my friend acquired (some 16 years ago) from dumpster divers in Calif.
            We were able to connect a diary, a family photo album, numerous Vaudeville programs, and photos from silent movie sets … all to one person — Lizette Thorne.  Internet research revealed that she was an actress in nearly four dozen silent movies and spent one year (1916) in the same studio as Charlie Chaplin.  By the time I’d written some 77,000 words in my first draft, my earliest research finally put me in contact with the granddaughter of that actress!
            So how did an actual silent movie actress (and her belongings) inspire the fictional plot and characters of a contemporary novel of romantic suspense?  This excerpt and blurb will give you an idea, but you’ll need to invest $3 in an electronic copy to really appreciate it!

 Excerpt
[From Chapter 28] 

            The smell of freshly baked pizza entering a small cottage makes your mouth water. Especially when the thoughtful individual added an order of succulent bread sticks, so warm that the steam was still rising.
            Beth awkwardly hugged Shane as he clutched the boxes.
            He put down the meal, then turned and embraced her properly. “I thought about you all day.”
            It warmed her, but she couldn’t let down her guard. “I saw you less than two hours ago.”
            “I forgot to tell you then.” He bit the end off a breadstick.
            She eyed him narrowly; something was different. Beth located disposable plates. When she opened the lid of the larger box, she nearly swooned. Anybody who wanted to seduce her needed only fresh, hot pizza. No anchovies.
            Shane scooped up two slices and looked around. “Table or couch?”
            “Couch. I mean, table.” She caught a string of hot cheese on her chin. “Doesn’t matter. You get comfortable and I’ll join you.”
            With the breadstick clamped in his mouth like a fat cigar, Shane carried his plate in one hand and the half-full plastic cup in his other. He placed both on the coffee table and sat on the sofa.
            Before she joined him, Beth watched from the kitchen as Shane sipped tea and took a large bite of pizza. It took a while for him to chew it down sufficiently and Beth continued to monitor as she ate her own delicious wedge.
            He noticed. “What, Bethany?”
            “Huh?” She took her seat on the couch.
            “You’re staring. What’s up?”
            “Oh, nothing.” She lied. “Well, yeah…noticing you’re different somehow.”
            When Shane smiled, a morsel of crust fell onto his lap. He located it just below his buckle and plopped it back into his mouth. “Different…how?”
            “Not sure.” Beth squinted. “The word that comes to mind is ‘calmer’…but that’s not exactly right.”
            Shane chuckled. “Calmer?”
            “Okay. Then maybe more mature…or something.”
            “Well, I am a bit older than I was…”
            “No, I don’t mean older.” Beth picked up another slice. “Never mind.” She bit off a sizeable chunk.
            Shane studied her. In a moment, he reached way over, plucked a strand of errant cheese from the corner of her mouth and placed it on his own tongue.
            Beth’s eyes widened. This was a new Shane; the old Shane would just point and grunt.
            “Maybe I have matured a bit, Bethany. If that means it knocked me flat and sobered me up…when I lost you.” His eyes glistened.
            Beth dabbed a pizza-stained paper napkin at her eyes. “I wasn’t lost, Shane. I had to move.”
            “I know, Bethany, I know.” He moved his plate to the low table. “If I had a brother or sister who needed my help, I guess I would have gone away too. But I couldn’t see it back then. It hurt too….” He choked up.
            Beth hurried to the bathroom sink to wash her face. She stared at the woman in that mirror and barely recognized the image. That person had aged six years in the past three…and another full year in the ten days since her break-in. The woman in that looking glass had left her lover, lost her confidence, buried her brother, and now stayed constantly frightened. Who was she and what had she done with Bethany Muse? 

 Trailer:
Here’s a trailer the talented Opal Campbell created for my book.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHnXnSY0JA0&feature=youtu.be 

Blurb:
            When Beth left suddenly, it broke two hearts … but she’d had no choice. Shane, a rugged, ex-Airborne biker, handled it badly … but so had she. Three years later and 2000 miles away, she desperately needs her ex-lover’s protection from a violent menace with ‘bad history’ who’ll do anything to reclaim a mysterious suitcase Beth possesses.
            Long before Shane acquired that overnighter, a silent movie actress kept secrets there … and now several lives are in jeopardy. An ambitious female state senate candidate hires a ruthless investigator to eliminate potential campaign problems like her dark family secret — a bizarre 1889 murder.
            Is Beth’s terrifying ordeal simply because she unwittingly possesses the overnighter’s secrets? Or is it due to the meth-fueled dumpster-diver’s unfinished business?
            Shane will likely return to California after he resolves this Tennessee situation … so Beth struggles to resist her reawakened feelings. But before she can sort out their renewed relationship … Beth is kidnapped! To rescue her, Shane enters an obvious trap in a dilapidated hotel. Only with Beth’s help can both survive the violent struggle against her kidnappers.

 Buy links:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Overnighters-Secrets-ebook/dp/B0085RQ5KO/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1338003149&sr=1-1

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-overnighters-secrets-jl-salter/1111080540?ean=2940014364515

 http://www.astraeapress.com/#ecwid:category=662245&mode=product&product=11343705

 Bio Blurb:
            My early background was in photo-journalism and editing.  I served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force and active reserve in the AF Reserve and Army National Guard.  Residing in Louisiana for most of my life, I worked in librarianship for nearly 30 years before taking an early retirement and relocating to Southeast Kentucky.  I’ve been writing since grade school, though novels only entered the picture about six years ago.
            Though I’m previously published in non-fiction and poetry, my seventh completed fiction manuscript became my first novel to be released.  My sixth fiction manuscript will be my SECOND novel to be released – also by Astraea Press – hopefully during October.  This new one is what I call ‘comedic romance,’ though it also has an intense action scene.

Advertise!
         Along with your brief comment, here (below), I hope you’ll accept my invitation to plug-in your OWN ‘buy link’ for your most recent novel.  Hey, every bit of free publicity helps … right?

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About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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46 Responses to Free Space Equals Free Advertising

  1. Roxanne R. says:

    What a great story of how you got the inspiration for your novel. Very intriguing! I laughed when I read about how your publisher would call it suspense with romantic elements, but you’d call the book romantic suspense. I consider my book chick lit/women’s fiction with a few very hot bedroom scenes. There’s no category for that, so I pitched it as erotic romance.

    I think this is a situation many writers face in this ever-changing publishing industry. Learning to categorize and pitch our books in a manner to which publishers and agents are receptive is something I think we all have to learn.

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Thank you, Roxanne … and welcome to our group blog. I’m here every Hound Day (Thursdays) and the other weekdays belong to the Resident Foxes. You won’t want to miss any days, however, because we’re always up to something here.
      One of the reasons I was so fortunate to discover Astraea Press is because AP is not obsessively rigid about the various “genre lines”. And the result? A lot of excellent, interesting, exciting novels — many of which are BLENDS or hybrids. [not sure if those are official terms]. But the story comes first at AP … not the CATEGORY..

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      • jeff7salter says:

        For those of you who don’t yet know Roxanne, you will soon see her name a lot.
        Her 2-book deal with Carina Press was announced in Monday’s issue of
        Publisher’s Lunch and in Angela Jame’s Acquisition Report on Twitter [the next day]. Congratulations, Roxanne.

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  2. jbrayweber says:

    GREAT excerpt, Jeff! And congrats on your upcoming novel> 🙂

    Here is my latest (also published in May)
    THE SIREN’S SONG

    Blurb:
    Pirate captain Thayer Drake lures ships onto reefs for plunder, and business is lucrative. Yet, saving a lass from drowning after her ship wrecks becomes more than he bargained for when the crazy wench dives back into the raging sea for her blasted purse.

    Tavern songstress Gilly McCoy, penniless and fleeing from the man who murdered her lover, stowed away on the doomed ship. Now at Drake’s mercy, Gilly must earn her passage by performing for the captain. And that is not all: she must also kiss the captain at every ring of the ship’s bell. But she discovers kissing the handsome rogue is not entirely a bad bargain…

    Drake is intrigued by the beauty, but there is no room in his black heart for a woman. He has demons that he drinks nightly to forget. Meanwhile, Gilly has her own secrets to keep–including why her purse is more valuable to her than her life…

    The Link:
    http://bit.ly/IU0Ray

    Thanks for the opportunity, Hound Dog

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    • jeff7salter says:

      You’re welcome, Jenn. Always glad to see you here.
      I believe I’ve read your blurb previously, but in reading it again now, it makes me want to stop blogging and read your book.
      Very appropriate promo for the day after “talk like a pirate” day.

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  3. Micki Gibson says:

    I don’t have a book to plug yet, but I definitely appreciate the reminder to buy my fellow blogmate’s wonderful works. Excellent idea for our free week.

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  4. crbwrites says:

    Such a cool story! If I had a buy link, you can be sure I’d add it. But I’m not quite there with you yet.

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Thanks, Chris. When you DO have a book to promo, I’ll be delighted to have you back here as a Guest Fox again … so you can show us everything. [Uh, that didn’t come out quite right, but you know what I mean. Ha.]

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  5. tonettejoyce says:

    I didn’t know that you had a trailer! It was intriguing; about a third of the way through I was thinking,”This is a book to read!”, even though I was one of the first to download it, (and then actually made time to read it). I have to say that the trailer may have given away a few twists , but there is still plenty left to read and discover.
    Great success to you, Jeff! May this be the first of many.

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Thanks, Tonette. Yes, I appreciate your purchase, reading, and review. That’s a lot of help & encouragement.
      Opal C. made this trailer last month and I posted it on FB one day, but hadn’t really had any guest appearances (elsewhere) to trot it back out. I think she did a great job on it.

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      • tonettejoyce says:

        Jeff, whenever you are ready the offer still stands to come and talk food and plug the book on my other blog,(and that stands for anyone else who’d care to, as well.Email me! No pressure; a food story, a hosting story, any recipe or food idea,[or mix & match!], I’m open to). Jeff, I like to give help to people who find themselves hosting restricted-diet guests, so any thoughts on what is quick ‘n’ easy ,or good brands of, gluten-free foods would be greatly appreciated.Don’t be shy;we’ve enjoyed your fb posts on the same.Retool them and c’mon.

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      • jeff7salter says:

        Yeah, I’m still interested in sending you a short piece on G-F eating.
        As soon as I get past the editing & proofing for this upcoming release, I’ll have a chance to take a breath.
        Thanks for the offer.

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  6. Love the excerpt and the concept of the novel is great,too. I’m going now to watch the trailer. I’ve downloaded the book but need to find some reading time. Maybe on a plane trip I have coming up.

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Thanks, Jillian. When you do get the time to read, I believe you’ll enjoy it.
      I love blending bits of fascinating real-life (in this case the silent movie actress) into a fictional plot.

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  7. Laurie Ryan says:

    I’m with Jillian. The Overnighter’s Secret is in my tall, tall, TBR pile and I haven’t gotten to it yet. I’ll get there, though. I’ve been very interested in the story, mostly because I love how it came about. 🙂

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Thanks, Laurie. And I DO understand about the TBR pile. I have (literally) two stacks of books in my study, plus some 150 on my Kindle. But no time to READ!

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  8. I love it, Jeff! This is def something I will read. My contemporary romance, The Accidental Cougar won’t be out until Nov. 23, 2012, but I’ll insert a blurb anyway with my website.

    Blurb: Forty-one-year-old Nicole Woods was content raising her son alone, working as an ad exec, and indulging in the more than occasional cleaning frenzy…until the night she met Wil Blanco. Her friends have decided that while her son is away for six weeks, it’s the perfect opportunity for Nicole to have a summer fling. Heading the top of the list is Wil — sexy, successful, full of life…and twenty-five! Regretfully, Nicole declares him “hands-off,” but soon he’s complicating everything, from her job at the advertising agency to her self-imposed ban on relationships. When Wil becomes her top client, she has even more reason to adhere to her “hands-off” policy. So why is Nicole finding it so hard to keep her hands off him?
    tiffanynyorkauthor.com

    I’m so happy for your success!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Thanks, Tiffany, glad to see you here again.
      Wonderful news about your November release. And that’s a terrific title!
      Is this your first published novel … or have you another? I can’t recall.

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      • I have a YA “relaxing” in the closet that I may or may not pull out one day, so technically this is my first published novel. It’s meant to be a breezy beach read, but with it coming out the day after Thanksgiving, who knows?! A cozy fireside read, perhaps?

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      • jeff7salter says:

        Hey, if we can read horror stories during the daytime, we can reach “beach novels” during late autumn. As readers, we’re willing to go wherever the good authors take us.

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  9. tonettejoyce says:

    Sounds like a good, classic, breezy romance, Tiffany…one to read for R&R…and maybe another ‘R’!

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  10. Iris Blobel says:

    *rushes over to download the book for the holidays* ….

    Great story, Jeff. I can’t wait to read it. Yes, I do admit I still haven’t read it yet, but have I ever told you how busy life can be when you have to stay 15 hours ahead of the the US ??? Busy ! LOL

    Oh, and I can add a bit of my new book ??? Woohooo ….

    Innocent Tears was released this week … a bit of romance, father-daughter relationship, losing a parent etc …. all set in Melbourne, Australia.

    Becoming a parent can be daunting at the best of times, but for Flynn, a business lawyer in Mel-bourne, it almost pulls the feet from right underneath him. He’s become a father to six-year-old Nadine literally overnight! He had no idea about her existence, and the news throws him into chaos, even more so when he is asked to take over custody.
    With the help of Emma, an employee at the hotel where Nadine and her grandparents are staying, and his parents, Flynn tries to do the right thing. Yet, the right thing in his eyes differs from his parents’, and Emma is voicing her opinion as well. And right in the middle is little Nadine, still grieving the loss of her mother and finding a wonderful friend in Emma. There’s no doubt she’s afraid where and with whom she will settle.
    But in the end, it’s a letter Flynn receives that helps him figuring out what to do.

    The link is: http://www.amazon.com/Innocent-Tears-ebook/dp/B009CK7HSC/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1347964191&sr=8-4&keywords=iris+blobel

    THANK YOU JEFF !!!!!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Glad you could make it, Iris. And I still don’t think I could survive so many time zones away. [Though I really WOULD love to visit down-under someday.]
      Glad you posted your link & blurb. I had read it a few days ago, elsewhere, but maybe somebody here has not seen it yet.
      That cover is outstanding!

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      • Iris Blobel says:

        Thanks Jeff. Yes, I loooooove the cover! Elaina did very well. …. and just to let you know, it’s not possum trot, and we’ve only been here for 7 yrs (or something), but you’re more than welcome to visit shuold you ever write that bestseller and make it to Melbourne 😉

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      • jeff7salter says:

        LOL, Iris. I’m still working on the best-seller.

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  11. Louisa Bacio says:

    Oooh, I see some others have commented on the trailer, too! I didn’t know about that. Very dynamic, and dynamic music, too! My latest is a 1Night Stand from Decadent Publishing, and it’s titled “A Date with Death.” It’s an erotic paranormal.

    Here’s the link: http://amzn.com/B00916WA8E

    And thanks for the offer!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      You’re welcome, Louisa — always pleased to join hands with authors in need of good promo. This latest of yours: is it one of the ones you set in New Orleans?
      Hope you get some great sales.

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  12. major says:

    jeff, just watched the trailer, thought it was great

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  13. Since I haven’t succumbed to buying a Nook or Kindle yet, I must wait to read The Overnighter’s Secret, but I always find stories based on historical facts fascinating. I am happy with your success, but now you have entered the world of having to shamelessly publicize your books because no one else will do that for you. (And oh, I have trailer envy.) So here goes mine. I am the author of the Sinners sports romances: Goals for a Sinner, Wish for a Sinner, and Kicks for a Sinner, with a fourth, Paradise for a Sinner to come out next spring. They are easy to find under my pen name, Lynn Shurr, at Amazon.com in either softcover or e-format and may be purchased for the Nook at the Barnes and Noble site or from the publisher http://www.lldreamspell.com. My new Mardi Gras series, a mixture of history and mystery, should be out in October along with Jeff’s new book. Thanks for the opportunity, Jeff.

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    • jeff7salter says:

      You’re certainly welcome, Carla. And glad to have you visit Hound Day once again … hope you’ll return more often!
      Can’t believe you don’t have an e-reader of some kind. I thought they were MANDATORY now.

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  14. tonettejoyce says:

    I only have one on the computer.two actually, Adobe and Kindle.Carla,I hope you drop in on my turn (Friday) as well. You are included in it.

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  15. Honestly, Jeff you had my attention at pizza! LOL Great excerpt. Good luck with it. Here, for anyone interested in paranormal fantasy/suspense is my novel The Artist’s Inheritance.

    It’s up at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/8w8ao9e or, should you use something other than Kindle, Smashwords: http://tinyurl.com/9z4gwuo

    Thanks for the space. I hope all the foxes (and the hound ;)) have a great weekend!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Pleased to have you visit today, Juli. Hope you can come back often. I’m here every Thursday, Hound Day, and the Resident Foxes have things pretty much under control on the other weekdays. Never a dull moment here at 4F1H.

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  16. Sherry Gloag says:

    What a fascinating story in itself, and your book is going on my tbr pile. Off to watch your trailer Jeff, and thanks for this opportunity to share.
    No Job For a Woman is available at http://www.amazon.com/No-Job-Woman-ebook/dp/B0095II45G/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1348905458&sr=1-4&keywords=Sherry+Gloag and I’d love some ‘likes and tags’ please.
    While this is my sixth published book, it’s my first Regency, so it’s kinda special.

    here’s the blurb:-
    Julian Fanshaw answers a call for help from his life-long friend Lord Worth to help keep his friend’s widowed sister, Deborah, safe from her increasingly vindictive neighbours. It doesn’t take long to realise him or Freddie long to realise the Grangers aren’t using her as a long-promised act of revenge against them; but are playing a deeper and far more sinister game of their own.

    Deborah Stavely is determined to overcome the increasing harassment from her neighbour without calling on her brother for help. So she is not pleased when Freddie intervenes and involves his friend, Julian Fanshaw.

    Circumstances demand Julian and Deborah learn to work together and Julian dares to dream that he might gain the love of the only person he’s ever given his heart to.

    Thanks again, jeff, and congratulations on your book and amlooking forward to your new one.

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  17. Glad you figured out how to join us on Sweet Saturday Samples, Jeff! I’m about halfway through Overnighter’s Secrets. Writing deadlines plague me right now, but I hope to get back to it soon. I love this sample. Great story!
    Free advertising space – so I guess I’ll share my author page at amazon, which lists all of my novellas: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

    Thanks for the excerpt, and the opportunity!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Great to see you here again, Patty, and I’m glad you could post your link.
      Delighted to know you’re reading my first novel … hope you’ll read all the way through to the end and learn more about the real-life silent movie actress whose belongings inspired my story.

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  18. Your excerpt has definitely whetted my appetite for more….thanks for sharing!

    Here’s MY SWEET SATURDAY SAMPLE

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  19. Gunnar says:

    The Overnighter’s Secrets is one of the most engaging romantic suspense novels I’ve read in a very long time, and I can’t wait to read Rescued, too. And there’s only one word to describe everybody’s current TBR piles. Monstrous.

    In case anyone finds some room, my latest is Shakedown, a contemporary adventure. Here’s the blurb:
    *100% OF ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS BOOK GO TOWARD THEPETFUND.COM*

    Captain Kelly Bonham agreed to adopt a war dog, but Pojo’s not what she expected. This German Shepherd isn’t interested in rolling over for a tummy rub; he’s a working dog, a retired bomb sniffer who saw his handler cut in half by a landmine in Afghanistan. That’s serious trauma, and Bonnie wonders if his canine brain is still fully functional.

    Now she’s shaking it down with a dog who has more teeth than the law allows. A dog whose behavior is puzzling, threatening, maybe even unhinged.

    Can she rescue this war dog … or will he rescue her?

    http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Shakedown/book-s75pGtdoD0ODfo2s1qXLRw/page1.html?s=U7qW8gF89Uq9UQmh4Gw_gg&r=2

    Thanks, Jeff!

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