Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Five things about my current WIP Counterfeit Chemistry

My fellow writer and friend Nancy Gadzuk tagged me to tell 5 things about my current work-in-progress, so here goes:

1. Counterfeit Chemistry is a mystery/suspense with a touch of romance novel set in a small rural fictitious town outside of Portland, Oregon.

2. Jessie is targeted by a counterfeit drug ring operating in the area when she vows to find out why her mom's medication isn't working.

3. Counterfeit drugs may be contaminated with harmful substances, may contain wrong active ingredients that may or may not treat the condition or disease its labeled for, or may have too little or too much of the active ingredient which can cause unwanted side effects up to and including death.

4. Marc, the new chef at Tangles, looks just as hot in his chef's uniform as he does in his form fitting Levis and body hugging Washington Redskins T shirt.

5. Ryan, the local police detective and Jessie's high school sweetheart, wants to reconnect with Jessie just as badly as he wants to solve the problem of counterfeit drugs in his town.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Broken Embrace by Dana Mason - Blog Tour Book Review


The Past…
As childhood sweethearts, Brian and Melissa's plans were simple: finish school, get married, and live happily ever after. Unfortunately, life didn’t go as planned. Melissa went away to college, and Brian married her best friend.

The Present…
Seventeen years have passed and Brian's stable family life has come crashing down around him. His wife’s a cheater, his teenage daughter is hiding things from him and Melissa is back in town to remind him of what he lost all those years ago.
Melissa's returned home, ready to forgive and focus on her future, but that all changes the day she gets a desperate phone call from Brian’s daughter, Erin. Thrown back into Brian’s tumultuous life, Melissa struggles to move beyond the pain of his broken promise.

The Future…
While working together to save Erin from the evil web she’s caught in, Melissa and Brian fight to fix the past or face losing each other all over again.



                                FIVE STARS

Broken Embrace, book three of the Embrace Series, held my attention from the first page. It follows characters from book two, Brian and Melissa, on their journey for a second chance at love, weaving suspense, romance and betrayal into their journey.

Brian and Melissa wore promise rings sealing their love in high school. Melissa leaves for college and shortly after that hears from her twin sister Ali that Brian has married one of her best friends Julie. Devastated and with no explanation from Brian, Melissa spends the next 17 years away from her family trying to recover.

Melissa finally trusts her heart to another man, Chase, and moves home to be with her twin sister in a time of turmoil. At home again she reunites with her old high school friends Julie and Brian. Melissa vows to mend the damaged relationship with Julie and get to know her children Cody and Erin, but she keeps her distance from the one love of her life who broke her heart, Brian.

Then the roller-coaster ride begins. Brian finds his world turned upside down by the betrayal of his wife and the dangerous secrets kept by his daughter Erin.

Melissa is brought into the family chaos by Erin who turns to her instead of her dad for help when her reputation and her family are threatened. Melissa steps forward to help Brian regain his balance and rebuild his life with his two children at the potential cost of damaging her own relationship with her fiancé.

Melissa realizes she wants to be a part of this shattered family but doesn’t know if she trust Brian to keep her heart safe a second time. 

Dana Mason takes us on a turbulent ride with this love story complete with suspense, broken promises, deceit, and forgiveness. Her fast paced writing kept me turning the pages well past my bedtime. I appreciate Dana's ability to show each character making choices that impacted the outcome of the story and ultimately helped them heal and grow. Hard lessons are learned through some pretty violent situations affecting all the characters. A must read, along with the first two books of the series Dangerous Embrace and Precious Embrace.

Will there be a book #4? How about Matty and Erin? I hope so!!


Dana Mason is happily settled in a small valley amongst the California grapevines with her husband and three children. Author of the romantic suspense, Embrace Series, she's written about a group of friends from Northern California who learn just how short life can be when you don't hold on to what's important. Second chances don't come easy...but sometimes love is worth the risk.

When not writing, Dana specializes in professional development and training. She's also a board member on the local Art's Council and does what she can to support the art community.

Dana Mason Media Links:

Dangerous Embrace (Book #1)

Precious Embrace (Book #2)

Broken Embrace (Book #3)
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1l0Y40W
Barnes&Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/broken-embrace-dana-mason/1119569541?ean=2940045949187

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Honorable Mention in WOW - Women On Writing Fall Flash Fiction 2014 Contest

I'll be darned! My entry won an honorable mention (11th-20th out of over 200 entries) in the Fall Flash Fiction contest on the site WOW- Women On Writing. My name and story title will be posted on their website http://wow-womenonwriting.com plus I'll receive an Amazon $25 gift certificate. Since the story won't be posted there, I'm posting it here:

Hank’s Reveal

Hank rolled his broad shoulders and leaned forward against the kitchen island, stretching out the hamstring on each leg. He loved running along the trails in Forest Park. Today’s rainstorm hadn’t bothered him. The grey overcast rainy days of Portland were his favorite—they suited his mood. He'd made time for a quick run before dinner, and since it was cooler than usual, he’d had the trails all to himself. The heavy mat of fir needles covering the path gave a spring to his step and the air smelled clean and freshly scrubbed of all the big-city odors.

He kicked off his beat up running shoes and picked up the set of rolled drawings, spreading them out on the counter top scrutinizing the design. The house was coming along on schedule, although slightly over budget. The buyers had picked a challenging lot in the West Hills to build their new home. As a general contractor specializing in that area, he was in high demand, not only because of the unique contemporary-designed homes he built, but because of his degree in geology.

Hank was an expert in dealing with any potential problems that the fault line running the length of the West Hills presented. He’d engineered the complicated building site, calling for the foundation to be reinforced with rebar and concrete pilings driven deep into the ground. He situated the home perfectly to maximize its stability and to take advantage of the views of the Willamette River. Although he was one of the younger general contractors in the city at thirty-two, he had a stellar reputation and clients had faith in him. It didn’t hurt that he lived in a unique chrome and glass house he’d designed and built in the hills along the fault line also.

He ran a hand through his dark wavy hair and glanced at his watch. He had two hours to get ready. Tonight his usual well-worn jeans and tee shirt attire would give way to something more suited for his destination. Hank reached for his cell phone when the “Y-M-C-A” ringtone played. He got kidded about that a lot, but he liked the Village People.

 “Hey, how about meeting me and Jeannine for a drink downtown around six-ish at Kell’s Irish Pub,” said Stephanie, his assistant. “We’ll probably stop at a few other places after that.”

“No, I’ve got other plans,” he said. “But thanks for asking.”

“You sure? Jeannine would really like to get to know you.”

“Yep, I’ll see you Monday.” Stephanie was always trying to set him up with someone even though he did his best to discourage her. He stared off into the distance. It would take someone exceptionally understanding to put up with him and his hectic work schedule, not to mention his hobbies. 

Hank came back to the present and headed for the shower. He practiced a dance move as he sauntered down the hallway and in the shower he sang a few show tunes.

Two hours later, he parked in the lot behind the well-known downtown building and carefully exited the car. He straightened his clothes before entering a room full of noise, music and lights. 

“Henrietta,” called another patron. “Over here.”

He carefully smoothed his red sequined gown and pushed a curl from the long brunette wig behind his ear, careful to not disturb the dangling earring clipped there. He sashayed over to the table. “Hi, Darcelle,” he said to Portland’s oldest drag queen. “Looks like business is booming tonight.”

“All the advertising paid off. They’re coming to see the performance—it’s sold out.”

In the dressing room, the jitters rumbled in his stomach and his hands shook as he fixed his makeup and wig. Hank took his place on stage and the curtain opened to a round of cheers and applause, and Stephanie and Jeannine in the front row.  He panicked and missed the first dance step, but quickly recovered, blending with the others in their rendition of “New York, New York.”

As he passed by the front of the stage, he saw Stephanie stare at him, her eyes narrowing, intently scrutinizing his face. Her mouth dropped open as she realized it was him. He winked at her and she closed her mouth. She turned to Jeannine, then shook her head and stared back at him.

He worked “zipping his lips and throwing away the key” into his dance routine. She hesitated, but repeated the gesture with a grin, picking up her glass and toasting him.