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With Angel's WingsWith Angel’s Wings by Stephanie A. Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#RRBC A Mesmerizing Tale of Heartbreak and Happiness!

I could not put the book down for several reasons. It was written very well in spite of the fact that at times I was lost between Laura talking and the narrator speaking. The flow and the depth of the story is what kept me reading. Laura had more patience than I would have had with her useless husband and I was frustrated by him. I’m glad the story takes a positive turn after so much heartbreak over Laura’s 2 girls. Just learning that this is a true story about the author’s life changes my perception of first person, third person presentation. 5 Stars to the author for taking us through this ordeal step by step and keeping our attention.

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6 Words That Can Ruin Your Sentence – #RRBC

Herein lies the problems with these words…

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Here at 4WillsPublishing, we’re all about sharing info that can only help you to become a better writer.  What better info to share than 6 words that can ruin your sentence.  So, let’s jump right into it:

*ACTUALLY:  Crutch words are words that we slip into sentences in order to give ourselves more time to think, or to emphasize a statement. Over time, they become unconscious verbal tics. Most often, crutch words do not add meaning of a statement. Actually is the perfect example of a crutch word. It is meant to signify something that exists in reality, but it is more often used as a way to add punch to a statement (as in, “I actually have no idea”). The next word is one of the most chronically misused crutch words in English…

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@4WillsPub PROUDLY PRESENTS @KimCoxAuthor

Welcome Kim Cox on Day 6 of your exciting

Style & Profile Series Tour

 

Character Interview: Sarah Martin –
“BEFORE WE WED” Book 2

News Reporter, Charlene Stewart, from Radio Station WCVU, Good Night Lawrence conducts an interview with Sarah Martin, fiancé to the recently arrested Jon Clayton.

Sarah Martin is the heroine of the Romantic Suspense novel, Before We Wed, Book 2 of the Style & Profile series by Kim Cox. Sarah was first introduced in Book 1, All This Time, as Trevor Drake’s Administrative Assistant.

News Reporter:  Hi Sarah, thank you for agreeing to do this interview with us today. I hear you’ve have an exciting few weeks preceding both the best and worst day of your life.

SARAH:  Thank you for having me. Yes, you heard that right. I didn’t realize my plight in all this would receive so much media interest.

News Reporter:  Can you tell us how it all started?

SARAH:  It was our wedding day, Jon Clayton and myself. Just as we were saying our “I dos” the Lawrence, New Jersey detective busted in and arrested Jon.

News Reporter:  They arrested Jon on your wedding day! How awful for you. What on earth had he done to be arrested in such a way?

SARAH:  He’s done nothing. He’s innocent. He was framed.

News Reporter:  You sound so pretty sure of that.

SARAH:  I am. Jon is a wonderful man, who is hard working and loyal to a fault. He would never consider breaking the law.

News Reporter:  So, has this innocence been proven.

SARAH:  Not yet. But I know it will be.

News Reporter:  What are the charges?

SARAH:  Jon owns an auto body shop, Clayton Automotive. The police have evidence that the shop was used as, what they called, a chop shop. Jon was charged with multiple counts of receiving stolen goods, grand theft, etc.

News Reporter:  Since the police have so much evidence, Jon is sure to be convicted. Others disagree with you about his innocence too. What about his ex-wife, Kate Roberts. It’s a matter of court record that she has filed a restraining order, keeping Jon away from their son.

SARAH:  I disagree about Jon’s sure conviction. I’m sure once the lawyer finds out who’s framing Jon and the real guilty party is found, he will go free. It is true about Kate, but she’s been under the undue influence of those who would wish Jon harm.

News Reporter:  Who would that be?

SARAH:  I’m not at the liberty to say. It’s an ongoing investigation. I can only insure the public which includes Jon’s customers that he is innocent and it will be proven.

News Reporter:  With that, we’re out of time. I leave the audience with the questions. Is Jon Clayton guilty? Or will he be exonerated of his charges? All I can say is I hope Jon has a good lawyer.

SARAH:  He does.

News Reporter:  You heard it here first, on WCVU. Jon Clayton has a staunch supporter in his fiancé, Sarah Martin. This is Charlene Stewart saying, “Good Night Lawrence.”

ABOUT THE BOOK

Just as Sarah Martin and Jon Clayton say their vows, the police crash the wedding to arrest the groom. Jon is terrified and Sarah is heartbroken. Thankfully, their friends support them emotionally and help find Jon an excellent attorney.

When evidence of John’s guilt is found, he swears he’s innocent. But how can he prove it? As if an arrest and pending trial aren’t bad enough, his ex-wife refuses to let him near their seven-year-old son, and has their shared custody agreement rescinded as part of his bail agreement. But when Jon Jon is injured, Jon breaks the agreement and his bail is revoked.

Sarah sees strange men in Jon’s business one night. One follows her home and attacks her. When Jon finds out, he pushes her way to protect her, but it doesn’t deter her loyalty to him or the attacker’s determination to killer her. Will the enemy get to her?

Is Jon truly innocent, and does he have no idea how the damaging evidence found its way into his business? Are there more sinister people involved? Will Sarah find the evidence she needs to clear him, or will she find out he’s fooled them all? If someone else is framing Jon, who is it and what are their motives?

 

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BOOK EXCERPT: BEFORE WE WED, Book 2

CHAPTER ONE

Sarah Martin and Jon Clayton stood at the altar, Sarah gazing lovingly into Jon’s sky-blue eyes. She wore an antique white wedding gown with lace over satin, while Jon sported a black tuxedo with a white shirt and black tie. They smiled, holding hands. This was the best day of Sarah’s life; the day she’d anticipated all year.

A tear slipped down her cheek as she said, “I do.”

The pastor turned to Jon, “Jon, do you take Sarah—”

The church doors crashed open. “Police. Stay where you are. No one moves.” Two plain clothes detectives entered through the double doors.

The crowd gasped and turned to see what interrupted the ceremony. The younger officer drew his pistol, while the older held the butt of his gun in his holster.

As soon as the older cop realized there was a wedding taking place and a room full of people, he signaled his partner to lower his weapon.

The matron of honor, a very pregnant Jenny Drake, shot a glance at her husband, Trevor, who stood beside Jon as his best man. He shrugged.

“What’s this about?” Trevor asked, moving toward the intruders.

“Stand where you are, sir. We’re asking the questions here,” the younger of the two said, reaching again for his pistol.

Trevor threw up his hands. “Hold on there a minute, officer.”

“Don’t get antsy, Tom,” the older white-haired detective said. “They’re just curious about what’s going on, especially given the way you’re waving your firearm around like a maniac. Put it away.”

Jenny walked over. “What’s the meaning of this? Can’t you see we’re having a wedding ceremony? No one is breaking any laws here.”

“Sorry, ma’am. My name is Detective Lawrence Green. We have a warrant for the arrest of a Jon Clayton, and we were told by an informant that he was holed up at this address. We didn’t know it was a wedding.”

“You’ve got to be kidding me,” Sarah said.

“I’m Jon Clayton,” the groom said. “I don’t understand—” Detective Green took Jon by the arm. “You need to come with us to the station, Mr. Clayton. Everything will be explained there. As I said, we have a warrant for your arrest.”

“Why?” Sarah asked. “What are the charges? He hasn’t done anything wrong—there must be some mistake. We’re getting married. You can’t take him!” Although she tried to stay calm, she became more hysterical by the moment.

Jenny wrapped an arm around Sarah’s shoulders. “You’re right. There’s been a terrible mistake, but we’ll get it figured out and then you and Jon can get married as planned.”

The other detective, Tom, joined his partner on the other side of Jon. “Turn around and face my partner.” Jon did as he was told. “Put your hands behind your back,” Tom added. Again, Jon cooperated. Tom put handcuffs on Jon and turned him toward the door.

“Again, sorry for the intrusion,” the older detective said. “You can carry on with what you were doing…” he began, then stopped when he clearly realized they couldn’t continue because he and his partner were taking away the groom.

They walked Jon out. “You have the right to remain silent…” Sarah heard just before she broke down sobbing, not caring that everyone stared at her. She dropped to the floor and covered her eyes, her body shaking.

Jenny said to Trevor, “Don’t worry about her. Lynsi and I will take care of Sarah. You go to the station and help Jon.”

The friends, Jenny Drake and Lynsi Patterson, took hold of Sarah’s arms and helped her to her feet. They led her out of the room and into her dressing room before any of the other guests could bombard her with their questions.

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When Sarah wiped her eyes, she noticed dark smudges covered the back of her hands. She stumbled over to the mirror and saw that black lines streaked from her eyes and down her cheeks. Her best friends and co-workers stood by her as she cried her eyes out. Eventually she stopped, the numbness swiftly changed to anger.

“What do you want to do now?” Jenny asked.

“I want to go to the station and be with Jon, of course.”

“Okay, you get changed and—”

“She will do no such a thing.” An angry southern drawl rang out from the open door.

They all turned to see who it was.

“Mom,” Sarah said. “What’re you saying? Of course I’m going to the police station to stand by Jon.”

Mrs. Martin, Sarah’s mother, had dark hair and strong eyes. She’d raised six children and now suffered from empty-nest syndrome. Always the type of parent who’d mettle in her children’s lives, her condition made her worse. Recently, she’d found a job working as an administrative assistant for a local government employment agency to fill the void.

“You will not stand by that loser. I should’ve known you’d choose a criminal for your husband.” Her mom stood slim and tall, about five feet ten inches. Strong-minded and contentious, she’d ruled her family by belittling, bullying, and bending them to her own will.

Sarah had left home as soon as she’d graduated high school to get away from her. She’d thought her mother had changed, that her later years would somehow sweeten her sour disposition. She’d dared to dream for a better relationship between them—one where they’d eventually be close like moms and daughters should be. It didn’t look like that would happen.

“Mom, please,” Kara, Sarah’s twin sister, said as she appeared behind their mother. “You’re not helping.” She turned to face her brother. “Dean, please go to the police station, find Trevor, and see if you can figure out what’s going on.”

Dean worked as a paralegal for a local law firm in Atlanta, Georgia, while also going to law school. “Sure thing, Sis,” he said, then rushed out the door.

“But Kara, you heard the detective. They had a warrant for Jon’s arrest,” Mrs. Martin said.

Kara shouted, “My goodness, Mom! It couldn’t be bad. They didn’t even say what he was being charged with.”

Mrs. Martin stomped her heeled shoe. “It was bad enough that they took him away in handcuffs for all Sarah’s family and friends to witness.”

Sarah’s oldest brother Aaron, the dentist, sauntered in to join his mother. Streaks of gray made light highlights in his hair. He’d gotten a little belly bulge since Sarah had seen him last. “Mom’s right. He can’t be any good. For one, Sarah chose him, and we all know what type of guys she went out with back home: losers.”

Jenny and Lynsi tried to comfort Sarah as her family went after Jon’s character like a pack of wild animals going after their prey.

Kara clutched Sarah’s hand and rolled her eyes. “Sarah doesn’t need this right now. Go back to your hotel rooms until we can get this straightened out.”

“She’s right,” Lynsi added. “We’re Sarah’s closest friends. We all know Jon well, and we know he’s not a criminal.”

Sarah hated her mom and oldest brother right then more than she ever had. It was bad enough how they’d belittled her during her younger years with one verbal stab after another, but now they were attacking the man she loved.

Kara turned toward her mother and brother. “You’re all making an earthquake out of a little tremor.”

Sarah swiped away the puddles that had formed under her eyes, threw her shoulders back, and folded her arms over her chest.  “Yes, Mama, will you please take Aaron, Daddy, Jason, and Shelby and go to your hotel rooms or to my house. Kara, Jenny, Lynsi, and I will change and go to the police station to see what’s going on with Jon. He’s no criminal. He owns his own business, and he’s the man I love. We know he’s done nothing wrong. This is all just a big mistake.”

“Humph!” Sarah’s mother held her shoulders back, her back straight as a rod. “I don’t see a need to stay another night. We should just check out and go home. Obviously, there’s not going to be a wedding anytime soon.”

Heat rose in Sarah’s face, and she stood with hands on hips, facing off with her mother and brother. They sickened her. “For the love of… Just go!” Gritting her teeth, she pointed toward the door. “I couldn’t care less where. But just go.” She pushed them out the door, shut it, locked it, and leaned against it.

“Way to go, girl,” Kara said. “Looks like you grew a backbone up here in New Jersey.” Turning toward Jenny and Lynsi, she said, “Thank you. I thought Sarah would never stand up to Mom like that. That woman could get on a saint’s nerves. Aaron ain’t much better, either. Shall we get changed?”

Sarah hugged her sister. “Thanks, Sis, for all your help. Although I’m sad about Jon, I’m happy to have you and Dean here with me. And I’ve never been more thankful to have left Atlanta ten years ago as I am right now.” She swallowed, not allowing the fear of Jon’s situation to consume her.

Another tear crept from her eye and she swiped it away, determined not to go there again. Jon’s arrest was a mistake and somehow, she would prove it and she knew her friends, Kara, and Dean would be there for them no matter what.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

An author of Mystery, Suspense, Paranormal, and Romance, Kim Cox lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with her chainsaw artist husband, their West Highland White Terriers, (Scooter and Harley) and an adopted Yorkie/Maltese mix (Candi). She’s also a mother and grandmother.

Kim is published in novels, short stories and articles. Her published works consist of Romantic Suspense Novels, a Paranormal Mystery series and short stories.

Besides writing, cover design, and publishing, Kim presently works a full-time position outside the home as MIS Specialist for a Workforce Development company.

She is a graduate of Writer’s Digest’s Writing to Sell Fiction and NRI’s Fiction Writing, and has associate degrees in the fields of Office Systems Technology and Web Technologies.

Go to Kim’s Readers List and visit her at the following sites:

Website: http://www.kimcoxauthor.com

Blogs: Kim’s Musings, Kim’s Author Support Page

Social Media locations:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kimcoxauthor

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/kimcox

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kimwrtr/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimwrtr

 

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Kim is hosting a giveaway, where FIVE lucky winners will receive one of the following prizes:  (1) ebook copy of “ALL THIS TIME” and a $10 Amazon Gift Card or (4) ebook copy of ALL THIS TIME.

“To enter Kim’s giveaway, simply leave a comment anywhere along the tour!”

“The tour sponsored by 4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com.”

 

 

 

 

 

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#RRBC SPRINGTIME #BOOK & #BLOG BLOCK PARTY: You’re a Bad #Parent…

I’ll just pass this along to my followers (if I haven’t done it already). lol

Ask The Good Mommy

…or maybe you’re not!

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Hi and “WELCOME” to RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB’S SPRINGTIME BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY at ASK THE GOOD MOMMY!  Location:  Shreveport, LA.

# of Winners for this stop:  2

Here’s What I’m Giving Away Today:

(1) $15.00 Amazon Gift Card

(1) e-book copy of “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS

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I know, the pic above is hilarious, but my daughters sent this to me!  Huge hint, you think?

I am so tired and just so busy that I thought I’d offer you a re-blog (to make things easier for me and to also engage those who hadn’t seen this post yet).

Many often wonder what separates a bad parent from a good parent.  In my mind, a very thin line is all.  But, I’m going to give you my 5 Top Tips of Good Parenting and if you can’t handle these, then we’re going…

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Reviewers #RRBC

Good Review tips.

Writing and Music

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As an author, there is nothing more encouraging than receiving a rave review for one of your books.

But, reviewers must maintain credibility. And that is my topic today.

I am an avid reader. I love nothing more than to sink my teeth into a good story. And, I never hesitate to leave a review once I finish.

However, what happens when a reader picks up a book that leaves him lacking? Does that reviewer leave a false review to make the author feel better or tell the truth?

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I think the answer to that should be crystal clear. First of all, you are doing that author no favors by saying the book is better than it was. An honest but KIND review can help the author grow and get better at his craft.

We never stretch or reach for more, when we think we already have it. 

So, I…

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February Winners! #RRBC

Congratulations Patricia Guthrie Push Tuesday Winner!

THE #RRBC PIPELINE

#PUSHTUESDAY is now only twice monthly!

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#PUSHTUESDAY WINNER for 2/14/17:

Author, Patricia Guthrie

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BOOK:  “IN THE ARMS OF THE ENEMY”

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#PUSHTUESDAY WINNER for 2/28/17:

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Welcome #RRBCSpotlightAuthor Suzanne Burke!

Spotlight Blog #8 Final Post

 

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It is my pleasure to introduce Spotlight Author Suzanne Burke to my followers. Suzanne is a proud member of our Rave Reviews Book Club Family where we support and propel each other.  If you like what you see, click on the “Join/Renew” tab to register and to learn more about this international virtual book club.

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And Now…Enjoy!

Interview with Sheila Harrington

Hello and a very big welcome to my final post for the tour. My heartfelt thanks for following along on my journey, and a special thank you to my host.

If you have read the tour post where I included an excerpt from Chapter 1 of Acts Beyond Redemption, the following imaginary interview may unsettle you just a little.

It’s between another character, namely CNN reporter Marissa Clarke and the woman nobody really knows, Sheila Harrington.

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CNN: Please welcome to ‘Marisa Speaks’ my very special guest today, Miss Sheila Harrington. Good Morning, Miss Harrington.

Sheila:  Oh, please, not Miss Harrington! Do I look like a schoolmarm to you? You may call me Sheila.

CNN:  Very well … Sheila. Thank you. May I ask why you agreed to this interview when so many others are vying for your attention?

Sheila:  I like your style. It’s really, just that simple.

CNN: Why, thank you. You have been recently, and very regularly, photographed in the company of our Governor, Damon Henderson. The word on the street is we can expect an important announcement about your relationship very soon.

Sheila: Some rumors can be entirely inaccurate. Can’t they, my dear?

 CNN: So the rumors of an impending engagement are false?

Sheila: I don’t believe that is what I said, my dear. I believe the custom is for the man to have asked me first, or of course, I could ask him. I haven’t done that.

CNN So you’re ruling it out?

Sheila. Don’t put words in my mouth, my dear. It’s irritating, and most unbecoming.

CNN: Let’s move on. What can you tell us about the very strong suggestions floating around both here and in Washington that the Governor is about to throw his hat in the ring for the upcoming Presidential Elections?

Sheila: Would he gain your vote, Miss Clarke?

CNN:  That wasn’t my question.

Sheila:  Your researcher should have informed you better, Miss Clarke. If you had bothered to check, you would have discovered that Governor Henderson has scheduled a press conference at 10.00 am tomorrow morning. I’ll see to it that you have a front row seat. Thank you. I believe that concludes our little chat. It’s been … enlightening.

CNN: But …

Sheila: Tomorrow, Miss Clarke.

Sheila stood and with a smile for the camera, she left the studio.

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I’m smiling away to myself here in Sydney.

Now THAT was fun!

And now if I may, on a personal note. My spirit has been renewed and uplifted because of you folks. All of you. Thank you for making the time in your busy day to join me on this joyous adventure.  Being a member of Rave Reviews Book Club has enriched my life.

I leave you with a Big Aussie hello and thanks.

I look forward to seeing you here being ‘Spotlighted’ in the near future.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Suzanne Burke lives, laughs, writes and enjoys her life in the beautiful harbor-side city of Sydney Australia.

She is a mother and grandmother, now in her sixties, and considers every moment of every day as a precious treasure to be valued and explored, and not simply endured.

Her non-fiction works are written under the pen-name of Stacey Danson.

They are both challenging and thought provoking works covering the earliest years of her life, the topic of child abuse and the PTSD that accompanied her into her later years  are not, by virtue of their subject matter an easy or comfortable read, yet so many have read them. She will be forever grateful that her readers have assisted in raising the awareness into this painful and enduring evil.

An awareness that is vital in any efforts to stem this tide of inhuman acts perpetrated on the most innocent of us all … the children.

She escapes into the world of fiction in her thriller and suspense novels, continually exploring other genres such as paranormal and dystopian, and always delighting in the magical escapism offered in the written word.

She is an avid reader and reviewer who enjoys sharing the works she explores.

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Follow Suzanne online:

Facebook – @StaceyandSuzie

Twitter handle – @pursoot

Website – https://sooozburkeauthor.wordpress.com/

Book Purchase:  AMAZON