Thursday, February 21, 2019

In the Spotlight: Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series by Mike Martin

by Mike Martin, Mystery

The Sgt. Windflower Mysteries are a light mystery series set in Newfoundland on the east coast of Canada. These cozy-like books follow the adventures of Sgt. Winston Windflower, a Cree from Northern Alberta as he finds a new life and new loves in the tiny village of Grand Bank. There are crimes and mysteries for the Canadian Mountie to investigate and solve but the Sgt. Windflower Mysteries are more about family, friends, good food and good times.

The recurring cast of characters include the love of his life, Sheila Hillier who keeps him well-fed and grounded in reality. There’s also his fellow Mounties like Corporal Eddie Tizzard and a long list of bad actors, both local and just visiting, to cause havoc in their sleepy little town. Windflower brings his native background and traditions with him and finds ways to use them to help himself and his friends through difficult times. Rounding out his life are his collie, Lady, who often has adventures of her own and some new additions to his family that appear in the latest book, Darkest Before the Dawn.

The Walker on the Cape (Book 1)

A man's body is found on the Cape in a small fishing community on the East Coast. At first everyone thinks it's a heart attack or stroke. But then it is discovered that he was poisoned. Who would do this and why? Finding that out falls to Sergeant Winston Windflower of the RCMP along with his trusted side-kick Eddie Tizzard. Along the way they discover that there are many more secrets hidden in this small community and powerful people who want to keep it that way.

Windflower also discovers two more things; a love of living in a small community that is completely different from his up-bringing in a remote Indian reserve and maybe the love of his life. He gets a taste of East Coast food and hospitality as well as a sense of how crime and corruption can linger beneath the surface or hide in the thick blanket of fog that sometimes creeps in from the nearby Atlantic Ocean.

The Body on the T (Book 2)

The Body on the T is the second book in the Windflower mystery series and it follows up on the highly acclaimed premiere, The Walker on the Cape. The story begins when a body washes up on a beach near Grand Bank, Newfoundland. There is no identification on the body and few clues to identify who the person was or where they came from. The case becomes the responsibility of Sgt. Winston Windflower of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and his trusted side-kick, Corporal Eddie Tizzard.

But this is just the beginning. There is also a devastating accident on the highway and another suspicious death to deal with. Throw in a rogue police officer and an international drug ring operating in the waters off the coast and Windflower’s peaceful world is turned upside down. This time Windflower’s adventures take him to the scenic town of Burin where Captain Cook once patrolled the waters looking for French mercenaries. And to historic St. John’s where he faces down an armed suspect on a parking garage rooftop in the midst of a busy downtown evening.

Along the way Windflower also continues to enjoy the food and home-style hospitality of this part of the world. Cod tongues, pan seared scallops and even figgy duff become part of his diet, and his long list of favourite foods. Windflower may be a long way from his Cree home in Northern Alberta but he has found a new place to love in the fog and mist of Newfoundland.

Beneath the Surface (Book 3)

Sgt. Windflower is back and as usual he’s loving life on the east coast. He may be a long way from his home in Northern Alberta but he has been adopted by the locals as almost one of their own. He has a good life, good work with the RCMP, and a good woman that he has grown closer to in his years on the southeast coast of Newfoundland. But trouble is brewing just beneath the surface of this calm and charm-filled existence.

It begins with the discovery of a dead girl’s body in St. John’s, the capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador. The girl is from Grand Bank where Windflower has been stationed for the last few years. Sgt. Windflower and his associate Corporal Eddie Tizzard are pulled further and further into the case. The situation also grows to include a whole array of criminal activities from human trafficking and even the Russian Mafia.

Along the way Windflower not only has to deal with this crime wave operating all around the region, but with some challenges in his own life. He has to go back to his Aboriginal roots to find the answers to some very deep and disturbing questions. But nothing seems to bother his appetite and joy for life, especially his appetite. He continues to sample traditional Newfoundland dishes like fish and brewis but he also expands to include pan-fried sea trout and baked salmon, along with a range of desserts from blueberry buckle to his all-time favourite, peanut butter cheesecake.

His faith in the police force, that has become his life, is also threatened by a series of events that he becomes aware of that are certainly immoral if not even illegal. He is forced to face not only his own personal demons but those in real life that are lurking all around us. Sometime they are right in front of our face, but at other times they are hiding deep beneath the surface, waiting to be resolved.

A Twist of Fortune (Book 4)

A Twist of Fortune is the fourth book in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series and it continues the adventures of Sgt. Windflower as he tries to solve crime and experience the joy and the sadness of life in a small maritime community. Follow along as he feels the sometimes bitter taste of an east coast winter and the unique culinary delights of this part of the world.

A Long Ways From Home (Book 5)

A weekend visit to picturesque Newfoundland by a large crew of outlaw bikers leaves behind another mess for Sgt. Windflower to clean up. This time he’s facing violence, murder, mystery and intrigue. This adventure has Windflower questioning everything he thought he knew. There are troubles on the home front, cutbacks in the policing budget, old friends leaving and new ones not quite here yet. Windflower is seeking to find answers in territory that is both dangerous and unfamiliar.
This instalment in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery series has our hero dashing all over the beautiful little island of Newfoundland. Along the way he never wavers in his pursuit of justice. But he stills tries to find a way to enjoy the natural beauty that lays all around him, and to bring out the best from everybody he meets.
A Long Ways from Home is about more than just homicides or the dirty dealings of outlaw bikers. It is also about helping people and communities face up to and overcome new and very difficult challenges. Windflower relies on his friends and allies, including some four-legged ones, to help him and them find the answers. He also discovers that we are never really alone, even when we are a long ways from home.

A Tangled Web (Book 6)

Sgt. Windflower is back on the case in Grand Bank. This time there’s a missing girl, trouble at the factory and signs of danger everywhere. But there’s always good food, good friends and good company to make life worthwhile. All the usual characters and a few new suspects are back to help Windflower unravel the web of deceit and deception that threatens the small community.

Darkest Before the Dawn (Book 7)

Darkest Before The Dawn is the latest adventure in the Sgt. Winston Windflower mystery series, the popular Maritime tales about a Mountie who finds himself with a new family and a new life in tiny Grand Bank, Newfoundland. Ghosts, mysterious deaths, and a new, perplexing character confront Windflower, Tizzard and the other police officers in Grand Bank as they unearth secrets that have been lying hidden in the sleepy hamlet for decades. A fast-moving mystery, Darkest Before The Dawn is also a story of love, loss and learning how to grow old gracefully; a tale of family, community and looking after each other, of not giving up hope, just before the dawn.



Mike Martin was born in Newfoundland on the East Coast of Canada and now lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario. He is a long-time freelance writer and his articles and essays have appeared in newspapers, magazines and online across Canada as well as in the United States and New Zealand. He is the author of Change the Things You Can: Dealing with Difficult People and has written a number of short stories that have published in various publications including Canadian Stories and Downhome magazine.

The Walker on the Cape was his first full fiction book and the premiere of the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series. Other books in the series include The Body on the T, Beneath the Surface, A Twist of Fortune and A Long Ways from Home, which was shortlisted for the Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award as the best light mystery of the year. A Tangled Web was released in 2017 and the newest book in the series is Darkest Before the Dawn.

Twitter: @mike54martin


In the Spotlight: Moses & Mac by Franca Pelaccia

MOSES & MAC by Franca Pelaccia, Action/Adventure/Mystery/Women's Fiction, 303 pp., $14.99 (paperback) $3.99 (Kindle)

Title: MOSES & MAC
Author: Franca Pelaccia
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Pages: 303
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Adventure/Mystery

On her dismal 30th birthday, unassuming Victorian scholar Mackenzie Braden receives a mysterious package from her Aunt Sara, urging her to locate Moses’ rod. The most powerful weapon in history will start global chaos if it lands in the wrong hands. Sara was an agent for the top-secret Vatican Archaeological Service. She has also been dead for 30 years and the agency dormant for just as long. Mackenzie’s only clue is a souvenir figurine of Moses, and except for hunky ex-military pilot Eoin Reilly, her allies are as inept as she is.

But nothing is going to stop Mackenzie from recharging her lacklustre life, fulfilling her mission, finding answers about her aunt, and making Eoin her birthday present. Armed with the figurine, Mackenzie sets off with Eoin for the Middle East. There she has to fend off a Ph.D. candidate turned terrorist, a dysfunctional family of treasure hunters, a fake Mossad operative, a manic former VAS agent, the underground tunnels of the Gaza Strip, and a whole lot of rocket launchers. But this is training for the ultimate confrontation with her aunt’s and now her greatest foe, a charming deposed Saudi prince with world domination on his mind.


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A birthday no one remembered was outright unforgivable. A birthday that would change all those to follow was downright insane.

It was a changing of the guard birthday. The one when everything went thicker—face moisturizers, waistlines and mindsets, and the absence of a credible man in my life was tossed around me, over me, behind me, and in front of me by all my loved ones. But, instead of a “Happy Birthday, Mackenzie” call from a mother who was never supposed to forget. Or a “You thought your old man forgot, didn’t you, Mackie?” from a father who pretended to forget. Or some form of birthday sympathy from any of my three older sisters, I got a call from ancient Father Somerville.

Father Somerville saw through my god-forsaken soul, or made me believe it, even now in my supposedly all-powerful thirtieth year of life. In his sixty-year-old seasoned pulpit voice, he declared I had received a package from my Aunt Sara. A package from her would have been great on a birthday no one remembered, if Aunt Sara hadn’t vacated her office and neglected her duties as lecturer of biblical archaeology over thirty years before and been declared dead twenty years ago.

Aunt Sara was my father’s youngest sister. She was also my godmother. Along with my Uncle Tony, she had held my tiny head over the baptismal font thirty years before. She had posed for pictures with every relative on the Irish side of the family and wisely followed that up with everyone on the Italian side. She enjoyed the seven-course meal at my Uncle Gianni’s restaurant, left to catch a plane to Cairo and was never heard from again. Unless there was delivery from heaven or as both rosary-touting grandmothers would say, from that other place that can’t be named, the package had to be a joke from one nasty person.

But, heck, it was my big 3-0 birthday. Maybe this was some ploy, although on the dark side, to get me to a big birthday bash.

Franca Pelaccia is the author of Moses & Mac, a fast-paced and lively action/adventure/mystery and the first book of the Vatican Archaeological Service series published by Solstice Publishing. The second book is tentatively entitled Mac & the Crusaders. Under the pseudonym of Kirsten Paul, Franca is the author of two romantic comedies for the Calendar Men of King Court series. The first book, The Hockey Player & the Angel will soon be published by the Wild Rose Press. The second book, The Detective & the Burglar is in progress. Writing as Francesca Pelaccia, Franca self-published The Witch’s Salvation, a historical paranormal novel, which won the Beck Valley Reviewers’ Choice Award for 2013. An avid reader, Franca reviews novels for the Historical Novels Society.

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Franca Pelaccia is the author of Moses & Mac, a fast-paced and lively action/adventure/mystery and the first book of the Vatican Archaeological Service series published by Solstice Publishing. The second book is tentatively entitled Mac & the Crusaders. Under the pseudonym of Kirsten Paul, Franca is the author of two romantic comedies for the Calendar Men of King Court series. The first book, The Hockey Player & the Angel will soon be published by the Wild Rose Press. The second book, The Detective & the Burglar is in progress. Writing as Francesca Pelaccia, Franca self-published The Witch’s Salvation, a historical paranormal novel, which won the Beck Valley Reviewers’ Choice Award for 2013. An avid reader, Franca reviews novels for the Historical Novels Society.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Book Feature: The Holy Spirit Will Deliver You by Patricia L. Loranger


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Title: The Holy Spirit Will Deliver You
Author: Patricia L. Loranger
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Religious
Format: Ebook

Does it seem you just cannot win the battle over the devil? Are you battling the temptation to sin or hiding secret sins from your church and family? Do you find it difficult to participate in church groups or struggle to pray and read the Bible?
When we think of deliverance, we think of salvation, but this is only the first step. Deliverance is receiving freedom, and many Christians need freedom from their loaded baggage of sin. We say the sinner’s prayer and we think that’s it—we’ve got our deliverance. But this is just the beginning. Some Christians struggle their whole lives with temptation; they need deliverance, and there are so few deliverance ministries out there. The Holy Spirit Will Deliver You offers hope and guidance toward relief and redemption. With the aid of the Holy Spirit, author Patricia L. Loranger undertook two lengthily spiritual deliverances, in which she cast a large number of evil spirits out of herself. She knows that through the aid of God’s Spirit that dwells within, all believers can set themselves free from the chains that bind them.
Based on one woman’s personal experiences and grounded in scripture, this guide provides Christians seeking deliverance with answers and steps to take toward their ultimate freedom.

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Meet the Author:
Patricia L. Loranger is also the author of Child of Woe, Child of Sorrow. She currently lives in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada.

Tour Schedule

Monday, January 21
Guest blogging at The Revolving Bookshelf

Tuesday, January 22
Guest blogging at Harmonious Publicity

Wednesday, January 23
Book reviewed at Lover of Literature

Thursday, January 24
Interviewed at She Writes

Friday, January 25
Guest blogging at A Book Lover

Monday, January 28
Book reviewed at The Dark Phantom

Wednesday, January 30
Interviewed at Voodoo Princess

Friday, February 1
Book reviewed at A Title Wave

Tuesday, February 5

Thursday, February 7
Guest blogging at My Bookish Pleasures

Monday, February 11
Book reviewed at A Book Lover

Tuesday, February 12
Interviewed at The Book Czar

Wednesday, February 13
Guest blogging at C'est La T

Thursday, February 14
Book reviewed at I'm Shelf-ish

Friday, February 15
Guest blogging at The Literary Nook

Friday, February 1, 2019

Book Feature: The Lady with the Purple Hat by Otilia Greco

Title: The Lady With the Purple Hat
Author: Otilia Greco
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: General Fiction
Format: Ebook

Ten years ago, Daisy left her husband, Bernard, to create a new life for herself. But now as their divorce proceedings continue to drag on and Bernard battles terminal cancer, Daisy determines she would rather be his widow than his ex-wife and decides to play with fate.

After she dons an outlandish large purple hat to disguise her face, Daisy glides through the hospital corridors, hell-bent on poisoning her husband to accelerate his death. When she finally arrives at his door and opens it, she is shocked to see a woman sitting by his bedside. With her plan foiled, Daisy rushes out of the room as she transforms from the hunter into the hunted. Still obsessed with ending Bernard’s life, Daisy retreats into her memories, unaware that a surprise is waiting in the shadows. Now only time will tell if fate will intervene to save Daisy or if she will lose her soul to the dark side, where it can never be retrieved.

In this contemporary thriller, a woman intent on ending her husband’s life is propelled on a journey through her memories that leads her to an unexpected truth.


Otilia Greco was born in the Swiss Alps; was educated in Switzerland, England, and Paris; and is fluent in six languages. She graduated from Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and developed an appreciation for history and cultures.

Otilia and her husband worked internationally, lived for several years in California, and now reside in Switzerland. This is her third book.

A Conversation with Judge Debra H. Goldstein, Author of 'One Taste Too Many'

Judge Debra H. Goldstein is the author of One Taste Too Many, the first of Kensington’s new Sarah Blair cozy mystery series. She also wrote Should Have Played Poker and 2012 IPPY Award winning Maze in Blue. Her short stories, including Anthony and Agatha nominated “The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie’s Place,” have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, and Mystery Weekly. Debra is president of Sisters in Crime’s Guppy Chapter, serves on SinC’s national board, and is president of the Southeast Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. Find out more about Debra at .

Congratulations on the release of your latest book, One Taste Too Many. When did you start writing and what got you into cozies?

I was the neighborhood kid who wrote plays for us to act in front of parents and other children and skits for school projects. Consequently, I grew up thinking I’d work in a writing related field. When I graduated the University of Michigan, I gave myself eight months to accomplish two goals: get a job in New York in publishing and become a Jeopardy contestant. In case things didn’t work out with my day job search, I typed law school applications at night. Eight months later, goals accomplished, I enrolled in law school. For the years I was a litigator and then a judge, I continued the other habit I’d started as a child – reading voraciously. My favorites, because I could enjoyably knock them out quickly on a flight or while relaxing, were cozy mysteries. They were fun. When I decided to write, the pleasure I got out of cozy mysteries was what I wanted to share with readers.

What is your book about?
One Taste Too Many is the story of how a woman finds the resiliency to overcome her fears and doubts about starting over to clear her sister’s name and avoid being in the kitchen. Married at eighteen, but now divorced at twenty-eight, Sarah Blair swapped her luxury lifestyle for a cramped studio apartment, a law firm receptionist job, and caring for her feisty Siamese cat, RahRah. She knew things might be difficult, but things fall completely apart when her ex drops dead, seemingly poisoned by Sarah’s twin’s award-winning rhubarb crisp. With RahRah wanted by the woman who broke up her marriage and her twin wanted by the police for murder, Sarah needs to figure out the right recipe to crack the case before she must take her twin’s place in a o. Unfortunately, for a woman whose idea of good china is floral paper plates, catching the real killer and living to tell about it could mean facing a fate worth than death – being in the kitchen. 

What was your inspiration for it?

I wanted to write a cozy mystery, but I ran into a big problem. Cozy mysteries usually feature divine recipes or accomplished craftsmen. Although I was a decent enough lawyer and judge, my cooking and craft skills are dismal. Pondering what to write, I realized I’m not the only person challenged in these areas. Consequently, I decided, as the mother of twins, to write a series that combined my knowledge of night and day twins with the concept of having one sister be a master chef like my sister, who shadowed our mother and is an excellent cook, while I lay on the couch and watched Perry Mason.  

What type of challenges did you face while writing this book?

My biggest challenges writing One Taste Too Many were making the characters believable and the recipes correct. Not being knowledgeable about the kitchen, I had to double check everything I referenced. The other challenge I faced while writing this book was personal. The book was coming together quickly when my mother died. I found myself unable to write. Months went by before I resumed writing, but there was a problem. My words were stilted. It wasn’t until I realized I’d stopped listening to my characters and tried to resolve the plot by making the wrong character the murderer, that I was able to put fun and life back into the manuscript. Of course, doing this required throwing out half of my draft and doing an extensive rewrite.

Did your book require a lot of research?

One Taste Too Many didn’t require a lot of research for its plot, but I had to research and try the recipes referenced in the book. Because Sarah is a cook of convenience, I had to search magazines and cookbooks for unique and amusing recipes. I was very excited when I found Jell-O in a can.

What do you do when your muse refuses to collaborate?

I don’t write every day, so I often don’t notice when the muse is missing. If enough days go by without producing something, I try to work on my main work in progress, but if I can’t get anywhere with it, I write a short piece, or I tell myself, “Better luck, tomorrow.”

Many writers experience a vague anxiety before they sit down to right. Can you relate to this?

I don’t really have a vague sense of anxiety before I sit down to write. For me, the anxiety or frustration comes when the words don’t flow the way I want. I know I have a gem of an idea, but I’m not sure how to retrieve it. When that happens, I try writing the piece or paragraphs from other angles until one finally works. Once the words start coming, I slip into a zone that is peaceful rather than anxiety filled.

Do you have a writing schedule? Are you disciplined?

When I was on the bench, I had very little free time, so I had to stick to a writing schedule – weekends and somewhere between midnight and four a.m. Once I left my judgeship to write fulltime, I thought I’d be as disciplined as I was while I worked full time, but I’m not. Now, I don’t stick to any schedule and almost anything can successfully distract me. The only time I put myself in writing jail is when I have a deadline.

What was your publishing process like?

My three books have all been traditionally published, but each followed a different process.
Maze in Blue found a home as an outgrowth of a program I moderated for a group of one hundred businesswomen. In response to a question, I mentioned I had a mystery I thought was ready to see the world. A few hours later, I received an e-mail from the publisher of a small house indicating her best friend told her there was a judge with a mystery and suggesting she might want to see it. The best friend was a noted publicist in town and knowing nothing about agents or submissions, I said “Sure.” I asked if she wanted me to mail it to her any special way. She told me to send it as an e-mail attachment with a specific e-mail header. Only after I e-mailed it did I realize if she didn’t like it, all she had to do was hit delete. A few weeks later, I received another e-mail: “My partner and I have read Maze in Blue and would like to offer you a contract.”

Unfortunately, shortly after Maze in Blue winning an IPPY award, the publisher ceased operations. All agents and editors I talked to told me to throw it back up on Create Space because I needed books to fulfill the speaking engagements I had and to “write something new.” Should Have Played Poker: a Carrie Martin and the Mah Jongg Players Mystery was my something new. An editor read the first two pages at Killer Nashville and asked for the entire manuscript. Five Star bought the book a week later. Five Star published the book but discontinued its mystery line the following year.

Again, I had to “write something new.” This time, I went the agent route and was lucky to be signed by one. She submitted my book to Kensington, who offered me a three-book deal for the Sarah Blair cozy mystery series. One Taste Too Many is the first of the series. Two Bites Too Many will be published in October. Kensington, from acceptance through publication, has been a delight to work with.

How do you celebrate the completion of a book?

When I finish a book, I close my computer except for checking e-mail and binge read the books building up on my TBR shelf.

How do you define success?

Success is knowing my family is okay and that I’m having fun with what I’m doing. If you had asked me this question years ago, my answer would probably have been different. Back then, I probably defined it as accolades, monetary bonuses, or in other materialistic terms, but I was lucky as a lawyer, judge, and volunteer to receive more than my fair share of “success.” The medals, trophies, certificates, and other rewards simply don’t compare to the non-tangible ones I now relish.

What do you love most about the writer’s life?

Having always been a reader, I love meeting the people whose books took me to new worlds or challenged my mind. The kindness the people at the top of the food chain and those in my lower levels have shown me has been equal. I would not be where I am today in my writing career but for the encouragement and teaching of the members of the writing community. The words on paper make it possible, but the interaction with other writers defines the essence of this writer’s life.

What is your advice for aspiring authors?

Take classes, network, read books on writing and most of all, do it. Time passes while one is talking about writing and for many no words ever get on paper. Don’t be one of those authors.

George Orwell once wrote: “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” Thoughts?

Many writers view the process of idea to words on paper, revision. seeking agents, editors, and publishers, more edits, and final publication as being a fight at every point in the process, but they claim, as Orwell wrote, they don’t give up because they must write. I think that is true for them, but I don’t feel the compulsion as much as I see writing as a joyful release. I find a prompt or have an idea, but I only respond if I want to. The contrasting viewpoints are very similar to the ongoing philosophical argument over whether there is a God dictating our lives or if our actions are manmade. I’m content to write my books and short stories, while leaving the greater debate to others.  

What’s on the horizon for you?

2018 was a marvelous year. Not only did I sign my Kensington contract for the new Sarah Blair mystery series, I also signed a contract with Harlequin giving them mass market publication rights of Should Have Played Poker. One Taste Too Many, a January 2019 release, will be available December 18, 2018 and in October 2019, Two Bites Too Many will be published. Harlequin is scheduled to release Poker in June 2019.

Besides my book deals, my Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine short story, “The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie’s Place was named an Agatha and Anthony finalist. Five unrelated stories already have publication dates in 2019.

In a few months, I will finish my term as President of the Guppy Chapter of Sisters in Crime. I will continue as the Monitoring Chair and a member of the Sinc national board, but I also will begin my term as President of the Southeast Chapter of Mystery Writers of America.

Besides spending time with family and friends, I’m looking forward to meeting new writers and readers. I can be reached at .

Anything else you’d like to tell my readers?

Thank you for having me as a guest today. It was a pleasure spending time with you and your readers. I hope they will feel free to contact me at or to check out my website (https:/www.DebraHGoldstein) and I encourage them, whether it is One Taste Too Many or the books available by so many other authors, to support writers.

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