Friday, December 18, 2015

What Christmas means to me


A holiday classic, A Christmas Story, reminds me of how my family and I celebrated Christmas, except for the pink bunny suit that poor Ralphie had to put on that morning. Well, and the dogs getting the turkey. Christmas growing up was always an anxious time for me, mostly because I never knew from one year to the next where we would be living, or if Santa would stop at our house. They were thin times, but my dad always managed somehow to get us something for Christmas.

So what does Christmas mean to me? It's not about the presents, though most think it is. Christmas to me is being with friends and family, giving, not taking. My last few Christmas' have been different, especially since I've been single. When I was married and had my kids and grandchildren, it was a special time. Watching them tear off the wrapping paper and the look in their eyes once the gift was unwrapped. Seeing the joy in their eyes gave me joy too. I miss that. But just because I no longer have that in my life doesn't mean I can't enjoy Christmas. I still have friends and family, and most importantly, I still have my health.

A Merry Christmas to you and yours, and wishing you a joyous New Year.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Fan Pic of the Day - J Bayliss

 

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale

The first three books in the Kelli Storm series are on sale through Monday the 30th. Get the complete series at a great price!



Links on the sidebar.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Book launch for Eye of the Storm - Join the party.

Book launch party on Facebook November 24th from 6 to 9 P.M. CST. Prizes and giveaways! See the event page for details and rules.


Prizes include:

$25.00 Amazon gift cards

Canvas book tote (A $20 value)






Saturday, November 14, 2015

Sneak Peek Saturday - Excerpt from the upcoming Eye of the Storm (A Kelli Storm Novel 4)

Sneak Peek from the soon to be released Eye of the Storm (A Kelli Storm Novel 4), coming November 24th. (Pre-order available November 17th, $2.99)


Thursday September 19th – 10:15 A.M. – New York, New York
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

Jack Hastings sat at his desk with his back to the door when Kelli and Greg entered. Kelli cleared her throat and he spun around in his chair. He stood, his eyes wide and a smile on his face. “I wasn’t expecting you until later this afternoon.”

“What can I say? It’s been a slow morning, Jack.” She scanned the room. “So what have you got for me?”

“Oddest thing.” He walked over to one of the autopsy tables. “I didn’t catch it at first, but I was getting Mr. Ritacca ready for his family and I found something.” He stepped up next to the table and pulled the sheet down. “COD was definitely caused by the ice pick that was pushed into his brain. However, he was already a walking dead man.”

Kelli stepped up next to the table and stared down at the body. “What are you talking about?”


 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Eye of the Storm (A Kelli Storm Novel 4) coming November 24th

The fourth book in the Kelli Storm series is due for release November 24th and will go on pre-sale via Amazon, Kobo, iTunes, Google Play and OmniLit the 17th. Pre-sale price of just $2.99.






A Russian prostitute’s body is dumped in a Washington Heights park and Detectives Kelli Storm and Eric Ryder catch the case. A note found on the woman’s body with Kelli’s name alongside that of a former Russian mobster lead the detectives to an old nemesis.
When they confront a Russian Diplomat and members of the Russian Brotherhood with little success, they seek the help of an FBI contact who aids them in establishing a connection between the Diplomat and a corrupt FSB Agent, Vladimir Andropov. They uncover a criminal conspiracy between the Russians, a dangerous Mexican cartel and a notorious New York crime family.
When her FBI contact disappears and is later found floating in the East River, other witnesses start disappearing and Kelli is left scrambling to save her case.
As she peels away the layers of death and corruption, she soon finds herself targeted by these organizations, all wanting to eliminate the threat to themselves and their livelihoods and not get caught in the Eye of the Storm.