Tuesday, November 20, 2018

ATTENTION READERS! New Release available for $1 at all online bookstores! Play The Game by Karen J. Mossman RT @KarenJMoss #Readers #ebooks #IARTG

Play the Game: An Electric Eclectic Book
Karen J. Mossman
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Social Issues/Family Life
Suitable for Young Adults & Adults

"Loved this.

Once again Karen J Mossman spins an exciting and well-told story, this time her tale is woven into the high life of football, not the American one, but real British football.

This is a love/hate/love story where two hearts from different worlds collide, I'll say no more, you'll have to read the book yourself to find out what happens.

This story is one of the amazing Electric Eclectic books, shorter works designed to introduce readers to authors narration and style. I am certain, once you have read Play the Game, you will want to seek out Karen's prime books too.
(The whole point of Electric Eclectic's books)."
-Paul White

Sometimes when your self esteem is low, it takes a special someone to build it up again.

Coping with a past tragedy, Stella lives on hope in the present. She plays the game and hopes that one day her dad will get well and return to the father he once was and could be again.

Wandering the streets at night, she knows it can be dangerous and yet Stella cannot stop.

Kelly sees Stella is lost and can tell she's keeping something from him. He doesn’t want to scare her by telling her who he really is.

Shame is something hard to hide as Stella tells her own story. 

Can Kelly save Stella, and will she finally reveal the truth? Then in one final twist, their fate will finally be sealed?

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Down by the arches, underneath the fly over I handed out sandwiches. “Here you are, here you go,” I repeated to bundles of blankets.

“Thanks,” muffled replies responded. 

The noise of traffic from above didn’t matter to those sleeping rough. As I held my hand out with another, ‘Here you go,’ an arm shot out and a hand locked around my wrist. I squealed and tried to pull back but the grip was firm. 

A shadowy figure rose in front of me.

“Hello little girl,” said a voice as I tried to wrench my arm back again. He was wearing a tatty black woolen coat with sleeves that were too short revealing grimy hands. His hair was thick and matted, sticking up like a perm gone wrong. His beard was also matted and his wild eyes told me he was on something. I gasped, my heart racing, my mouth suddenly dry.

“I eat little girls,” he said stepping out of the darkness as I stepped backwards.

“Let go, please let go,” I whimpered, knowing he wasn’t going to.

“Come with me, little precious.” He pulled me to the black shadows of an old building.

“No, please. Stop! Let go! Let go!” My pleading fell on deaf ears.

Out of the darkness came a voice. “Let her go.”

Pivoting round, my captor growled, “Says who?” 

“Let her go,” the voice said again.

There was a movement, and another voice joined him. “Leave her alone, we said.”

“Oh yeah, two of you now. Wanna take me on, do you?” The man’s eyes lit up. “I’m up for a good fight.”

Looking round wildly, I couldn’t see anything. I was so terrified, I sobbed.
I clutched my red shoulder bag and glanced down at my matching shoes. I felt good in my outfit. With this handsome guy by my side, what could go wrong? 

The minute the door opened, I knew I’d made a mistake. The other women were all casually dressed. Tailored jeans and cut off pants with smart casual shoes. 

Kelly did the introductions, and I shook hands with them all. I knew they were judging me, I could see it in their eyes; this stupid overly dressed girl 

Their dazzling false smiles told me they’d had their teeth done. A row of false eyelashes, molded brows, and painted nails stood in front of me with blouses and tops that were made of silk and cashmere. My stomach dropped.
About The Author
Karen J Mossman lives on the lovely Isle of Anglesey just off the north Wales coast. “We have everything here, beautiful beaches, mountain views and stunning countryside.” Not bad for a girl brought up in the city. “The simple pleasures of walking my dogs in so many nice places has many health benefits. Being retired means that I can indulge in all the things I enjoy doing, including writing books.”

This is Karen’s 14th book, and part of the Electric Eclectic brand of books, novelettes aimed at introducing readers to new authors. They are also ideal for those who love to read but don’t have a lot of time. Besides her five Electric Eclectic books, Karen also has The Decade Series, four books set in the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. The Themed Collection is three books and finally Just Stories has two.

Karen has been married for almost 40 years and has two children and three grandchildren.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

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'ETERNAL LOVE BITES' by bestselling author P.T. Macias!

Time is ticking. . . . . . forcing Prince Maximillian into angst. His promise and obligation to select the perfect mate drives him insane! 

Old beliefs and tunnel vision render him blind. The Prince is unable to recognize what he has in front of him. 

The sweet sexy fairy makes the Princes blood boil, heart flutter, and soul soar. The sassy fairy uses all her charms to convince him that she’s perfect. 

‘DAMNED BY DESIRE:THE SEVENTH SON’ by bestselling author P. Mattern!


Every 7th generation the 7th son of Lucifer has a chance at redemption. Jagger Luis Banes is that 7th son, but he has no intention of renouncing his devilish ways until he sets eyes on young Neon Kravitz in the Paradise Club one night.

Jagger will find that he might have control over his band, but not his heart;

Neon will discover that you can’t outrun the DEVIL once you’re in his sights!

SHIFTERS FUREVER by bestselling author C.D. Gorri!

Snow Angel
Dr. Rayne Davis is dedicated to her patients and Packmates, the only thing missing from this Wolf's life is someone to share it with. That’s all about to change when she takes off for a weekend getaway and finds herself at the door of the one man who'd caught her attention, but managed to get away, Cael Evangelos.

His Winter Mate

Claire Freemont finds herself stuck with the one man she’d rather avoid, Mike Bellamy. He lost his wife and unborn child years ago, but his heart still bears the scar. If only she could stop her attraction to the taciturn bar owner! When a severe winter storm shuts down the local roads and highways Claire is left stranded!
Will Mike turn her out into the cold or will things heat up? 

Home For The Howlidays 

Cassie DeMarco is headed back home after failing to hit it big in the city. Her humiliation triples when her well-meaning stepmom signs her up to attend the “Singles in Maccon City Annual Holiday Ball” to find that special someone to share the season with.
Dr. David Evangelos made ER Chief at just thirty-four years old. He has money, a house on the beach, a sports car that he loves, and a promising future in Maccon City. But there is one thing he’s missing, a mate to share it with!
Mistletoe and magic conspire to bring these two together in this steamy holiday short! 

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Fallon kept life easy because all that mattered was to protect her family as pack leader. Love for a mate only creates heartache, something she’s had to live with since Gavin left the pack.
Gavin knew his life was complicated being an alpha and didn’t want to make things worse by claiming a mate of his own. As far as he was concerned only one woman had his heart and his pack left hers long ago.
When a civil war ensues between the packs Fallon comes face to face with Gavin and has to decide between her love for him and the love of her pack.  

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

A delightful Collection! Get yours NOW! RT @KarenJMoss @mdaly_margaret #kindle #RPBP #ASMSG

In conjunction with the website Magic of Stories, UK author Karen J. Mossman brings you this delightful collection of short stories and poetry.

Karen is a multi genre author and within these pages you’ll find forty six stories in different formats. A selection of paranormal, humor, romance, horror, science fiction and much more. Delve into these pages and get lost in a magical world.


Publisher: Metamorph Publishing; 
1 edition (August 20, 2018)
Publication Date: August 20, 2018

The Black-Eyed Boy

Mary looked round the drawing room with satisfaction. A couple of armchairs were next to a roaring fire and a grandfather clock ticked in the corner. It looked cozy and fresh. She had been dusting and cleaning all afternoon and now it was ready. Walking over to the French windows she looked out at the garden and woods. Wisps of fog wrapped around the trees and hovered over the lawn in the early evening light. She could see how it lingered over the lake, as if hiding its secrets.

For a moment her mind drifted to Peter working alongside the water in the gardens. She imagined him raking the leaves and placing them in a wheelbarrow. He would wink at her as he worked. His handsome face, dark hair, and even darker eyes used to make her heart melt.

The sound of the doorbell jolted her back to the arrival of Captain James Threadgold, her father’s latest guest. He was standing in the doorway, straight and tall with a suitcase at his feet.

“Good Afternoon. Miss Arnold.”

 “Hello, she said accepting his offered hand. “Please come in and welcome to Ardmillan.”

 “Thank you, I’m looking forward to a bit of peace and quiet.” He took off his hat and picked up his suitcase and followed her down the hallway.

“This is your bedroom and through that door is the bathroom.”

“It looks very comfortable,” he said gazing around.

My father and I have a separate lounge across the hall and the kitchen is the door opposite, which you are welcome to use."

“Very kind of you,” he said wandering to the window to look at the gardens. “Impressive lawns and is that a lake at the back?”

Mary rubbed her neck nervously. “Yes, but I wouldn’t go there, it’s dangerous.”  The fog was already lifting.

Half an hour later she returned with a tray of freshly brewed tea and a home baked cake. James had changed and was now seated by the fire with a newspaper on his lap. As she entered, he stood and took the tray from her.

“I know about the circumstances that have brought you here and I’m sorry,” she said. “Losing your wife in such a terrible manner must have been difficult.”

 "It was. Thank you for your consideration. It’s a jolly good place to recuperate. Is it just you and your father here?"

 "Yes, He's ex-army too. Now the war is over he offers it as a refuge to soldiers like yourself to recuperate. Anyway, he’ll introduce himself to you later.”

 “Good. Thank you.”

“If there’s anything you need please ask. Oh, and how would you like me to address you? Captain?”

“James is fine. I’m not a captain anymore.”

“All right. And I'm Mary.”

He smiled, and she left.
Over the next week, she saw little of him as he kept himself to himself, although he often joined her father for a nightcap.

“Hello, James, can I get you anything?” she asked as he hovered in the kitchen doorway.

“I was looking for a bit of company actually.”

She smiled. “Of course. Sit at the table and you can watch me finish this pie if you like. It’s for supper this evening.”

“Game pie, by any chance?”

“Yes, fresh this morning.”

“I thought I heard gun shots. Your father is very sprightly for his age.”

“Yes, he keeps himself in good shape. He says it keeps the old bones going.” James smiled. "You have a nice smile James, and it’s probably not been used much of late has it?”

“I’ve had nothing to smile for.”

“Can I offer you some tea, or perhaps something stronger?”

“I wouldn’t mind a brandy, if you’ll keep me company?”

“I think I will,” she said washing and drying her hands before leaving the room and returned with a bottle of cognac and two glasses. She set them down in front of him.

He poured the amber liquid and handed her a glass. “Ardmillan is a lovely place to live.  Have you always lived here?”

“I was born in the room you’re sleeping in, but since I lost my mother, it’s been lonely. I think that’s why my father brings home lodgers.”

“Grief makes you lonely,” he said staring in the glass. It somehow changes the way we are, don’t you think? I never thought it would come to me, not like it did. Not after the war had finished.”

“It won’t get any worse than this,” she whispered, feeling his pain.

“Won’t it?”

“It won’t.” She smiled.

He looked at her and his eyes were angry although his tone wasn’t. “Violence is not the way you expect to lose someone. How can we come through the war unscathed only for some crazed idiot, a damn blasted drunken fool…” He drained his glass and refilled it. He downed the second one, then got to his feet looking anguished. “I’m sorry. Oh, and tell that blasted boy to keep away from my window!”

He strode out of the room leaving Mary staring after him.

The following day as she cycled back from the village with her shopping, she saw James with a hiking stick and walking shoes.

“Good afternoon,” she called as she passed and stopped a little ahead. “Good walk?”

“Yes, damn fine. Beautiful countryside.”

“Yes, it’s remained untouched by the war.”

“Listen, I want to apologize for my abominable behavior last night.”

“It’s all right. It’s all part of the healing process.”

“I had no right to speak to you like that. Please accept my apologies.”

“You’ve nothing to apologize for, honestly.”

“Here, let me take your bike, you can have my walking stick.”

Mary smiled, “Fair exchange, I’d say.”

, At the house, he stood the bike against the wall and carried her shopping into the kitchen. She thanked him and just as he was going back into the drawing room, she called after him.

“James, what boy were you talking about last night?”

He shrugged. “I don’t know, some black-eyed boy in the garden cutting ivy.”

Mary felt a sharp stinging sensation in her nose. She had no idea how she came to be lying on the drawing room settee with her father holding the smelling salts and James looking on anxiously.

“She’s coming round.” said the Major.

“What happened?” She touched her head as the room swayed a little.

“Here sip this.” James said, handing her a glass of water. 

“You fainted, darling,” said the Major.

“I’m so sorry,” she said with embarrassment.

“Should we call a doctor?” James asked.

“No, no, I’ll be fine in a moment,” she said sitting up and sipping the water. Then she remembered.

 “James! The black-eyed boy?”

“I’m sorry I mentioned it now.”

“Black-eyed boy?” Her father frowned.

“It’s nothing, Dad.” Mary blurted. She got to her feet, the two men holding her elbows, as she steadied herself. “I’m fine, really.”

Later that evening as she listened to the radio at the kitchen table with a cup of tea, there was a tap on the door.

“I seem to have done it again to you, haven’t I? Damned rude of me.”

“Not at all, James,” she said getting her feet. “Can I get you some tea, it’s freshly brewed?”

“I’ll pour, you stay there.” He opened the cupboard and took out a cup and saucer. Helping himself to milk he held up the teapot “Top up?”

“Yes, please.”

“You still look a trifle pale.”

“I’m all right.”

“What did I say that upset you so much?” He poured the tea and sat down.

“Tell me about the black-eyed boy.”

“I hope I didn’t offend you or him when I told him to bugger off.”

Mary swallowed, “Did he speak to you?”

“Not really. I’m afraid I was quite rude considering he was a good listener.”

“What do you mean?”

“Yesterday after we talked, I went back to my room and opened the French doors. He was there in the garden. I did think it strange at that time of night, but I was a bit upset myself, I wasn’t thinking properly.”

“What did he say?”

"Nothing, he just listened. Strange now I come to think about it.” He stopped speaking as he saw her face. “What’s the matter?”

Mary’s eyes had filled with tears. “James, he’s not there.”

“What do you mean?”

She swallowed and was about to speak when they heard her father coming up the hall. “Please don’t mention it in front of him.”

 “Now what are you two youngsters up to?” he asked entering the room.

James got to his feet. “Nothing Sir, just a little night time refreshment. The tea’s still fresh if you would like me to pour you a cup.”

The major looked at his daughter with a slight frown, “Mary, you still look pale.”

She gave him a patient smile. “I’m fine, just a little tired.”

“Then you should go to bed.”

“I will shortly. We’re just having a night cap.”

James poured another drink out and handed it to him.

“Thank you.” Her father put in a spoonful of sugar and stirred. “Well don’t be too long. It will be cold tonight and you need to be wrapped up in bed before it sets in. Good night.”

When he had gone James said. “Are you telling me I’ve been talking to a ghost?”

“I know it sounds preposterous. But yes, Peter is a ghost. I haven’t told my father because he would say it was a load of twaddle.”

“I can hardly believe it. Why would a ghost be here?”

“Because this was where he worked. When I first saw him, it terrified me. But I now know he's harmless.”

“But I spoke to him and he was listening.” James was shaking his head.

 “That’s what he does, just listens. Never speaks. I would talk to him too, about my mother.”

“What happened to her?”

“She drowned herself in the lake.” Tears threatened just as they always did when she thought about the terrible affair.

“I’m so sorry, Mary.” He touched her hand “Sometimes it helps to talk about it, as I've discovered.”

She let out a long breath. “She was having an affair with the gardener, Peter. Father found out and it devastated us both. Peter was sent away.”

“To war?”

“No, he was flat footed and so he couldn’t join up. Instead he worked on people’s gardens, mainly here. Father gave him his marching orders, of course. When his leave was over, he thought he had sorted it all out, but Peter came back.” James said nothing, as she continued. “I began seeing Peter around again and one day I came home from school to find Father had returned. Unexpectedly it seems. There had been some sort of fight and Peter rushed out nursing his jaw and mother was crying.”

 “It must have been dreadful.”

“All night father ranted, and mother wept. The following day she jumped in the lake.”

“I am so sorry,” he said again.

Mary put both palms on her cheeks. “Nobody knew that I loved Peter too. He was so kind to me.”

“Good Lord, you’ve kept that to yourself all this time?”

She nodded.

“You poor thing, that’s an awful secret to keep. What happened to Peter?”

She shook her head and closed her eyes. “Some dreadful accident in the woods; I don’t really know.”

“I thought Jane’s death was the worst thing to happen, but now I don't know.”

“It was, for you. She was your life; you must have loved her very much.”

“I did. We were walking home when some drunk wanted to pick a fight with a soldier and I was it. Jane tried to intervene. She was like that, tough as old bricks. She hit her head on the wall and died instantly.”

“That’s terrible. Was he charged?”

“He ran off before the MPs could get there.”

Mary looked aghast. “He got off?”

"No, he was found dead some days later."

“That’s terrible!” she gasped.

“Saved the cost of a Court Marshal I suppose, but at least Jane died loving me. I’d hate to think she roamed somewhere, her spirit as unsettled as Peter's.”

Mary nodded. “I must go to bed now, I’m exhausted.”

“I’m leaving in the morning. It’s time I got my life back together again. Now the war has finished, I have to find myself a job.”

“I understand.”

“I’d like to come back here and see you.”

“Yes, I’d like that too. We’ve both been through a lot, James. I feel it’s helped us to talk about it, don’t you think?”

He picked up her hand and kissed it. “I do. Goodnight, Mary.”

The following day as James packed his suitcase and said goodbye to Mary. As he walked up the road, the major caught up with him.

“Well, old chap, it’s been good having you here.”

They shook hands. “It’s been my pleasure.”

 They turned and smiled at Mary who waved from the door before going inside. “She’s seen Peter, too.”

“I thought so. Damned blighter! I don’t need a resident ghost.”

“He’s a lost soul, she knows that.” 

The major nodded. “You will be back then?”

“Yes, sir. She’s a fine girl. A man has to look after his family and I’ll not forget what you did for me.”

“An eye for an eye, captain.” He held out his hand. “Goodbye, old chap.”



Saturday, July 7, 2018

Can they rekindle the love they once had? Joanna's Destiny by @KarenJMoss #KindleUnlimited #NewRelease #RomanticSuspense #Giveaway

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Struggling with the past, Joanna can’t forget the love she lost and the man who broke her heart. During the summer at a rock festival, Joanna meets him again. Niko is now an international rock star. Can they put the past behind them and rekindle the love they once had?

Mike stood by her when no one else did, but Niko still wants her. Joanna becomes entangled in a web of lies and deceit. Niko is the love of her life, but she cannot leave Mike in confusion and betrayal.

In Joanna’s Destiny, she has some fun times in France and mingles with the stars in Montreux. With a backdrop of music and fashion, emotions and friendships are tested. But her love for Niko never falters, showing that love can conquer all, but at what cost?

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Missing Out on Life - Get this New Release today! RT @VClarizio #Romance #NewRelease #IARTG

Jaded by the past. Closed to a future. Shocked by unveiled secrets. They were meant to be together.
New Release in the Chandler County Series!
Missing Out on Life
A Chandler County Novel
Valerie J. Clarizio

Genre:  Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Publisher:  VJC Books

eBook Price: $3.99
ISBN: 9781386056676
ASIN: B07C4Y9266

Meredith Wellington receives a call that her sister has been murdered. Her two young nieces land on her doorstep. An instant family is the last thing she needs as she reaches for the top rung of the corporate ladder. 

Jeremiah Crown, aka Coach, lives a simple life managing his family’s Kentucky horse ranch. When a damsel in distress decked out in a suit and spiked heels needs assistance, he’s more than happy to help out. Happier still to realize this corporate powerhouse doesn’t recognize him as the man she'd deemed an enemy in high school twenty years earlier. 

Once she realizes Coach’s identity, any chance of a romantic relationship disappears. When Meredith places her nieces low on her priority list, Jeremiah reconsiders his attraction to her. When danger comes calling, Meredith realizes this kindhearted veteran has the skill set to help her, if only she could set aside her pride to ask. 

Can two people overcome past misunderstandings in time to thwart approaching danger?

Valerie Clarizio lives in romantic Door County Wisconsin with her husband and two extremely spoiled cats. She loves to read, write, and spend time at her cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. 

She’s lived her life surrounded by men, three brothers, a husband, and a male Siamese cat who required his own instruction manual. Keeping up with all the men in her life has turned her into an outdoors enthusiast, of which her favorite activity is hiking in national parks. While out on the trails, she has plenty of time to conjure up irresistible characters and unique storylines for her next romantic suspense or sweet contemporary romance novel.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Please visit Karen J. Mossman and pick up her book exclusively on Amazon! #NewRelease #Free #RPBP RT @ KarenJMoss

Please join us in welcoming author Karen J. Mossman to Rukia Publishing with her newest book, Joanna's Destiny.

Karen J Mossman is a grandmother, but these days that is not as old as it sounds. A grandmother can be as little as thirty-two. She has two grandchildren with a third due in October.

Karen laughs, “It’s a long time since I was thirty two, but we are who we are, and I have two beautiful grandchildren and a third on the way, so being a grandmother is fine.”

Besides writing, Karen is an avid reader and book blogger. She also loves to cross stitch and is devoted to her Yorkshire Terrier, Tilly. Living on the small island of Anglesey, just off the north Wales coast, she has plenty of nearby beaches to walk with her dog and draw inspiration for stories in her head, which may, or may not come to fruition one day.

Back in 1980 Karen married the boy next door and 38 years later, it’s a decision she has never regretted! 

You can find Karen on Social Media using the links below or email her direct at kazzmoss@gmail.com . She is always eager to speak with her fans and will reply promptly.

So, what's her newest book about? 
Joanna's Destiny 

Love can conquer all, but at what cost?

​​Struggling with the past, Joanna can’t forget the love she lost and the man who broke her heart. During the summer at a rock festival, Joanna meets him again. Niko is now an international rock star. Can they put the past behind them and rekindle the love they once had?

Mike stood by her when no one else did, but Niko still wants her? Joanna becomes entangled in a web of lies and deceit. Niko is the love of her life, but she cannot leave Mike in confusion and betrayal.

In Joanna’s Destiny, she has some fun times in France and mingles with the stars in Montreux. With a backdrop of music and fashion, emotions and friendships are tested. But her love for Niko never falters, showing that love can conquer all, but at what cost?

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Niko loves her 

Niko stood up, secured the towel around his waist and crouched beside her. “Honey, what do I have to do to convince you? I saw something in you back then and I see it now. It’s kind of hard to explain. You were fresh and honest and sometimes so na├»ve.” He put his palm to her face, stroking his thumb over her cheek. “You were everything I wanted. I’d finally met a woman with morals, integrity, stubbornness, and an ability to stand by her convictions. Everything I wanted to become was already present within you. When I lost you, I thought you had gone for good. So I’m sure, honey. I’m really sure.” 

Joanna’s eyes were moist. It was not what she expected to hear. She wasn’t sure she could cope with such brave honesty.

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