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Book Blitz: ‘The Lane Betrayal’ by John A. Heldt

Title: The Lane Betrayal

Series: Time Box Book 1

Author: John A. Heldt

Genre: Historical Fiction, Time Travel,

Suspense, Romance, Adventure



About the Book:

From the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage, American Journey, and Carson Chronicles series comes the first book in the Time Box saga.

Virginia physicist Mark Lane has a problem. Weeks after privately creating two time machines, he learns his corporate partner wants to use the portable devices for nefarious purposes. Rather than give him the chance to do so, Mark takes the time boxes and escapes to the relative safety of 1865.

For Mark, wife Mary, and their children, the adventure is a chance to grow. Mary runs a business. Jeremy, 19, and Ashley, 12, befriend escaped slaves. Laura, 22, finds her place as a nurse. Jordan, 25, falls for a beautiful widow. All hope to find peace in the past.

Billionaire Robert Devereaux has other ideas. Shortly after Mark’s betrayal, he sends an assassin to 1865 to retrieve his property and set matters straight.

Filled with romance, suspense, and history, THE LANE BETRAYAL follows a modern American family as it tries to find security and contentment in the final weeks of the Civil War.


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What people are saying:

“Once again, John Heldt journeys back in time and takes his readers along for the ride. Deftly blending history, fantasy, family, love, intrigue, and danger, The Lane Betrayal is a fabulous escape into another world.” — Tome Tender

“The action is amazing. The historical events woven into the storyline will have you on the edge of your seat.” — Donadee’s Corner

“With vengeance and murder, imprisonment and heartbreak, the ugliness of war, and the abolishment of slavery, The Lane Betrayal is an intriguing and imaginative story deeply rooted in historical fact and fiction.” — The Reading Cafe

“Heldt has surpassed his previous works with this entry. Politics, intrigue, suspense. It’s all here.” — Books are Theater of the Mind

“An explosive start to a series that will charm all time-travel fans.” — Read Try Write

“I don’t usually read stories set during the Civil War, but I enjoy Heldt’s storytelling and his ability to meld history and science fiction together. The Lane Betrayal is easy to read, and the plot sucks you right in.” — Girl Who Reads

“Heldt’s characters are likable. You want them to win.” — Author Cynthia Hilston

“As in all this author’s novels, there is suspense, romance, and a lot of action. The scenes and the people of the era will come alive on the pages for you as our country grapples with war, peace, and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.” — Miki’s Hope

“Heldt has done a fabulous job researching the history, people, and locations surrounding Washington, D.C. in the midst of the Civil War. This novel takes us on that tour of our nation’s capital while laying the groundwork for a story that will captivate and draw you in from the word go.” — NC Reader Girl

“Along with the characters, readers visit the end of the Civil War, see the despair and joy that time brought us, and look into the workings of a political system in a kinder, if not gentler, age.” — Jackie’s Reviews

“Fans of Heldt’s amazing time-travel books are in for a treat.” — Jay Bee’s Reviews

“A mystery that drew me in and left me dying to find out what would happen next. I’m definitely invested in this family.” — MP Book Reviews


About the Author:

John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage, American Journey, and Carson Chronicles series. The former reference librarian and award-winning sportswriter has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, Heldt is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. When not sending contemporary characters to the not-so-distant past, he weighs in on literature and life at johnheldt.blogspot.com.


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Twitter: @johnheldt

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Author Interview: ‘Boulder Girl, Remember Me When the Moon Hangs Low’ by Cynthia L. Clark

About the Book:

Love story riddled with suspense in the foothills of the Rockies.


When young, pretty, successful Lana Ross divorces her indifferent husband of ten years, Cadillac dealer Lucas Chisholm, she randomly chooses a locksmith to change the locks in her home located in Columbine Point, nestled near the iconic Flatirons of the scenic Rocky Mountains and nearby Boulder, Colorado. The selected locksmith, sinister, grimy and smoky, Leon Alvarez, unbeknownst to Lana, was a former high school classmate who had been infatuated with her. Her renewed contact with him stirs his old feelings for her into lust and obsession and the demented belief that she will want him. After a series of calculated sinister events occur in her house, Lana asks Leon to set up a security alarm system. He uses the opportunity to place hidden surveillance cameras throughout her house to watch her in her most private moments. But his plans to win her affection are derailed when Lana meets dark and handsome Harley-Davidson dealer, Vincent “Roadking” Romano, on a writing assignment as the editor of the Boulder Essence magazine. There is an instant attraction between them that leads to an intense and deeply moving love affair that is accompanied by their mutual appreciation of classic cars and rock and roll. Leon’s wrath and jealousy of Roadking kindle an evil monster inside him that he believes is love and leads him down a path that begins with vandalism and evolves into murder. Boulder Girl, Remember Me When the Moon Hangs Low is a tale of spellbinding suspense which is interwoven with an unforgettable, compelling account of tender love set in and around beautiful Boulder, Colorado.


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Author Interview:


1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you into writing?

I am a Colorado native; born and raised in Boulder County, which is the setting of Boulder Girl, Remember Me When the Moon Hangs Low. I love music and to dance. I like gardening, yoga, and long walks. I have a BA in Economics and a JD Law from the University of Colorado Boulder. I always wanted to write because there are story lines circulating in my head that need to be put into words but I lacked the time, inspiration and confidence to take on a project the size of a novel. One day I decided that it was time and I sat down and wrote the first words of chapter one.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I like sitting with my laptop at my cherry writing desk in my home office, but I will write whenever the inspiration strikes me – during my lunch hour at work or while I am making dinner or when I’m alone and uninterrupted.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

It seems that when I am working on a book, the plot circulates in my head all the time and often ideas for the direction of a particular chapter just pop into my head. I grasp ideas from conversations or from musical lyrics, as is the case with another novel that I just completed, Dirt Road Main Street. The question “what if” drives the direction of the plot in my novels.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

Boulder Girl is my debut novel. I had always heard that creative writing instructors believe that an outline is an absolute necessity so I drafted an outline that only carried me through just a few chapters of the novel. After those chapters were written, it seemed that the story began to write itself – as if the characters had taken on a life of their own. It was like I was watching it unfold on a movie screen and then I put it into words as I watched.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

Romance/suspense. Boulder Girl, as it initially appeared in my imagination, was intended to be a suspense novel. But as I was writing the story, it was clear to me that the characters would develop more fully with an intense romance intertwined with the suspense that had already begun to develop.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

This is a hard question to answer because I have such a strong image of the characters in my head. But I would say perhaps, Nicole Kidman as Lana Ross, Keanu Reeves as Vincent “Roadking” Romano, and Joaquin Phoenix as Leon Alvarez.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I’m quite busy working and writing so I don’t have time to devote to reading as much as I would like. My favorite authors are “old school” – John Steinbeck and Charles Dickens.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

None, just proofreading my novels.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Bridges of Madison County, because it is a story of a short love affair and the haunting painful aftermath for both parties.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Just sit down and start writing. You can always edit anything you write. A story worth sharing is worth writing.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?

Website: www.outskirtspress.com/bouldergirlrememberme

Amazon: www.amazon.com/Cynthia-L-Clark/e/B086FG9TGF

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/19929797.Cynthia_L_Clark



About the Author:

Cynthia L. Clark was born and raised in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder County, Colorado, where she continues to live. The tale of Boulder Girl, Remember Me When the Moon Hangs Low had circulated in her imagination for decades before she finally put it into words. She shares a love of rock music and classic cars with the characters in the story. She earned a BA in Economics and a JD Law degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. This is her debut novel.

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Book Blitz: ‘This Soul Estranged’ by Candice Samuelson

Title: This Soul Estranged

Author: Candice Samuelson

Genre: Poetry

Sub-Genre: Romance


About the Book:

This Soul Estranged is a collection of poetry in two parts, one for love lost and the other for love found. Each section delves into the world of human emotion, and tries to answer what love means to us as individuals. Read through the collection for a cathartic journey through your emotions, and come out on the other side with a different perspective and new insight into the delicate balance of what makes us human.

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About the Author:

Candice Samuelson was born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1990 and always wrote as a way of self expression, even publishing a book in her elementary school’s library at the age of twelve. She attended the Ringling College of Art and Design, trading her writing for fine art, but turned to writing again in 2019.

She tackles subjects that have had a significant impact on her life, such as her struggles with mental health and loss, in addition to love and finding herself in this chaotic world.

She is currently living in Delaware with her husband and two daughters.


Social Media Links:

Website: www.candicesamuelson.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/candicesamuelsonwrites

Twitter: @CSamuelson_

Instagram: @candice.samuelson

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Release Boost: ‘His Last Ride’ by Marcie Shumway

HIS LAST RIDE by Marcie Shumway 
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From small towns to the big city, Payton and Cody are not the same people they once were. They will need to decide if what is between them is worth fighting for. Can a childhood friendship become so much more? Readers will want to saddle-up with this childhood friends romance from Marcie Shumway. The 425 Madison series is back with season two and HIS LAST RIDE is now live!


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She was my childhood friend. The one person outside of my family that I could always count on.

Fate drew us apart, but when my life was turned upside down, it brought us back together.


And, much like when we were kids, she made it right again.


Payton had a way of soothing more than just the wounds that were skin deep.


There’s one small problem, I’m not sure that I want to be just her friend anymore.




He was my childhood friend. The one who always accepted me for me.

For years, I didn’t realize my life was missing anything and, then Cody came back into it.

Just like when we were kids, he brought all the pieces back together. He made me feel things

I didn’t know I could feel. How can I be his friend when I want so much more?



I won’t be his buckle bunny.


Adjusting to very different lives, Cody and Payton need to decide if what is between them is worth fighting for. From small towns to the big city, they’re not the same people they once were.


Can a childhood friendship become so much more?

Only time will tell.


After all, 425 Madison is the perfect place to fall in love!


Copyright @ Marcie Shumway 2020


“Come on, slowpoke!” I yelled at the brown-haired fifteen-year-old girl following me.

            “Your legs are longer than mine, jerk,” she retorted on a huff. “Slow down.”

            I turned and checked on her, she was climbing the hill easily behind me. Her face was flush from our run up the lower portion, and her blue eyes sparkling. She looked more relaxed then I’d seen her all summer. Normally, Payton, or Pay as I called her, was as laid back as they came. This summer for some reason when she’d shown up, she’d been different. More reserved.

            “If we don’t hurry, we’re going to miss it,” I chided, reaching my hand out for hers.

            She looked up, and when she saw my hand, her cheeks turned a darker shade of pink. I shook it with a ‘take it’ look on my face, with a roll of her eyes, she did intertwining our fingers. I picked up the pace again and brought her along with me.

            A minute later, we reached the top and plopped down on the large rock. She broke the connection of our hands and sat on hers. I missed it instantly, but let it go. As we’d gotten older, the simple things we used to do together turned a little weird. I wasn’t sure why. We were friends.

            “I’m going to miss this,” she whispered wistfully, taking in the landscape.


            We were sitting at the top of a hill that overlooked some of the pastures on my grandparent’s property. It gave us the perfect view of the mountains and the sunset. On the last day of the summer, we would come up here and sit. We had flashlights in our backpacks for the walk back.

            “Me too,” I agreed. “But there is always next summer.”

            Payton had been coming to visit her grandmother every summer since she was five. The two of us clicked immediately. Our grandmothers started this tradition of bringing us up here, we continued it on our own when we turned ten. Swearing we didn’t need them to babysit us. Since it was only a mile from one of the barns on our property, they hadn’t argued.

            “Right,” she sighed sadly.

            “Something you aren’t telling me?”

            “Not that I know of,” Pay replied. “Mom is just acting weird when I bring up coming back. Told Gram we would talk about it later.”

            My breath caught. The idea of not seeing her made my chest hurt. I counted on summers with Payton. Sure, I had friends in school, but there was something about her. I didn’t have to put on an act. I could just be me with her.

            The sunset that night was beyond amazing. Purples, pinks, reds, and oranges swirled together, putting on a show that I’d never forget. When the colors started to fade and the sun started to dip below the mountain in front of us, I felt Pay slide her hand back into mine. I looked over and saw tears leaving trails down her face. Squeezing her hand, I faced forward again and put up a silent prayer; this wouldn’t be the last time we did this.


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About Marcie


Marcie Shumway is a small-town girl, born and raised in Maine. She resides with her high school sweetheart on a family-owned farm just miles from where she grew up. Her hubby and their four furbabies are her first loves, but they are followed closely by her writing, apple pie, and chocolate.


Marcie started writing short stories in middle school for her classmates to enjoy. They were always love stories with happy endings and spurred her dream of being a published author. Chasing that dream as an adult, she continues to write stories for her readers to love. An avid reader herself, Marcie thrives on the books of her favorite authors and when not writing, can be found curled up in her favorite spot with a good book in hand.

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About the 425 Madison Series

Welcome to 425 Madison Ave the perfect place to fall in love. Nine delicious romances set in fast-paced & sexy NYC just waiting for you to read.


This season will feature some new authors as well as some of season one’s favs. Back for season two is Allie York, Leigh Lennon, MK Moore, Aubree Valentine, Lauren Helms, and Katy Ames. Plus a warm welcome to KC Enders, and Marcie Shumway!


Not only do we have a sexy mix of new and returning authors, prepare for pages packed with new romances, characters, and tropes all from the same well-loved high-rise apartment building in NYC.


Make sure to follow the 425 Madison Avenue Facebook page for more on release dates, cover reveals and author spotlights. For exclusive excerpts, giveaways, and news subscribe to our 425 Madison newsletter!


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Book Review: ‘Monsters I Have Known’ by Jess Hartley

Title: Monsters I Have Known: A Collection of Short Stories

Published: 26th June 2017

Publisher: Mad Muse Studio

Author: Jess Hartley

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Come take a walk in the shadows alongside award-winning writer/editor/novelist, Jess Hartley, as she leads you through 13 intriguing tales of monstrous beings – supernatural or otherwise. In this, Hartley’s first solo anthology, readers will find a broad offering of genres – horror, romance, steampunk, fantasy and more – including her never-before-published murder mystery novella – Love Never Dies. Monsters I Have Known collects both well-loved favorites from previously published anthologies and never-before-seen fiction, presenting them with insightful introductions to share with readers some of the circumstances surrounding each story’s creation. A must-have introduction for those new to Hartley’s work, and a convenient compilation for fans of her career in the roleplaying game industry.



Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A paranormal book. Well some of the short stories had a paranormal element to them.

An interesting collection of short stories exploring different genres throughout, going from the mundane, to horrors and supernatural bizarre. Some I liked more than others as I felt they had a bit more depth to them with the characters and the story they were telling. Also I think it depended on the length of them as well.

Here are a few of my favourite ones and what I thought of them:

Love Never Dies – Elizabeth wakes up in the ocean on a stormy night trying to fight her way to land. When she wakes she doesn’t really know who she is – and later – what she has become. Her memories get triggered when she walks up steps to a house, shocking a man from inside a window. Billy panics to get her inside and so the troubles of what happened start to surface. Elizabeth doesn’t know what happened but has a feeling she shouldn’t trust him. He might want to continue with a plan to get what he wants but something mysterious with Elizabeth seems to make things take a different turn. Both futures are about to change.

Immaterial Witness – When you can see ghosts what better way to make a living than by giving ghost tours. Seems others aren’t as sure of her skill, to the point of her being mocked by a male host in an interview. He says that him and his crew want to join on haunted hotel tour later so she wonders if she can make believers of them. The host on the other hand has other ideas about what the night should entail taking the name of ghost hunter to a new level. Lets see what the ghosts think of that.

Of Rain and Roses – heartbreak leading you on a walk in the rain while your mind is in a haze. How long to wonder before stumbling upon someone at a memorial. Words of wisdom to always remember the past and its mistakes so you don’t repeat it. Remembering what happened can set your soul free or you may be doomed to repeat your journey over and over again.

Hunger’s Child – calling a child Una – meaning hunger – could be seen as an omen and set the child on a course for gluttony. Always wanting more and more, causing a stir if she doesn’t get it. She gets herself a doting husband but after months of demands while she was pregnant I’m not sure how much more he could take. Mother Gothel watches all from the outskirts of town, helping people with healing when asked. With Una’s never ending list of demands from her husband the less Mother Gothel is inclined to help. That is until the mother no longer wants the child and a path of wishes starts. One turns to two and then to many, sometimes causing more trouble than help. Mainly by taking the toll on the person wishing them. She may have done what she thought best to keep them safe but you can only stay hidden for so long. Especially when strangers stumble upon towers with secrets inside.

3.5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from Mad Muse Studio for my honest review.

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