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  • Meet the Authors in Eureka Springs, Saturday, May 16

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    Like you need an excuse to come to the Eureka Springs Historic District, but if you do…

    #1 It’s my birthday weekend.
    #2 It’s my 25th wedding anniversary celebration (one month early)
    #3 It’s Eureka Springs May Festival of the Arts,
    #4 We’re going on a ghost tour at The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa (America’s Most Haunted Hotel)
    #5 Author Allison Merritt and I are signing books at Natures Treasures – Eureka Springs Saturday, May 16 from 10-2!

    Seriously, how can you resist?

    Click on the Facebook event below and click GOING 😀 We’ll see you there!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/451458228352445/


  • Release Day Spotlight: Wystan by Allison Merritt

    Untitled:

    My review: 

    Oh, Dear Sweet & Fluffy Lord, the Heckmasters are my new favorite book boyfriends. Don’t even MAKE me choose just one.

    Three half-demon brothers trying to save the dying town of Berner and protect the world from whatever comes out of a hellmouth in the New Mexico Territory? Yes, please.

    Wystan, the eldest of the three brothers, carries the burdens of his demon father as his legacy. The last thing he needs is another complication. Enter a young down-on-her-luck school teacher and her little sister. Wystan is in for the battle of his life. And what a battle it is!

    This book punches all of my buttons. I can’t wait for Eban and Tell’s stories.

    About the Book

    Title: Wystan (The Heckmasters)

    Length: 228 pages

    Pubisher: Samhain Publishing

    Publication date: October 21, 2014

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    Blurb:

    Her search for safety lands her in a totally new kind of danger.

    The Heckmasters, Book 1

    Certain that an ad for a job in a small New Mexico Territory town is the answer to her prayers, Nebraska schoolteacher Rhia Duke packs her sister into a rickety wagon and heads west.

    Except when they reach the near-deserted town, she learns the truth. There is no job, no future, and no welcome in the bleak blue eyes of the handsome sheriff.

    The minute Rhia’s runaway team thunders into town, Wystan Heckmaster feels the change in the air. One of three sons of a demon who dared love a human, he keeps watch over a Pit guarded by seven seals, and slays any Hellbound demon that attempts to free the master imprisoned within.

    With a gut full of regret and a forgotten town filled with reformed demons, Wystan is certain of one thing: he can’t be the man Rhia needs. But when the truth behind Rhia’s flight from Nebraska comes to light, Wystan must open his soul—and pray there’s enough love between them to overcome the darkness rising from the Pit.

    Warning: Contains a take-no-prisoners sheriff, a woman who can’t outrun her supernatural secrets, and a dusty town where hope is as thin as dust in the wind. Author recommends keeping a glass of cool spring water at your elbow while reading.

    Excerpt:

    Something changed in the air the moment the wagon crossed the town’s border. Too early to be a supply train, and there was no way in hell it was visitors. Berner didn’t host town fairs, theatre troupes, peddlers, or bible thumpers.

    Wystan Heckmaster slapped his battered Stetson on his head, collected the keys to the jail, then stepped out the door. The first thing he saw was a pretty woman with hair the color of maple sugar—a rich brownish-blonde. The frown on her face spoke volumes, and the air around her pronounced trouble. She made a straight path for him.

    “Mr. Heckmaster. Or should I call you Sheriff? Or Mayor? I need to discuss the ad in the Lancaster County Republican with you. Someone placed an ad, but your brother tells me there is no school here. I’m sure there has to be a mistake. There’s only one Berner in New Mexico Territory. I’m very capable at reading maps. If I wasn’t, I would be ashamed to call myself a teacher.”

    He doubted she had taken more than two or three breaths during the speech. If she made talking in rambling paragraphs a habit, no wonder she looked so peaked.

    “Teacher?” He glanced along the street, but it was deserted as usual. “Lady, we don’t have a school here. Certainly no need of a teacher.”

    Her hands balled into fists that settled on her hips. The dress she wore was patched— the egg yolk yellow faded into something even more disgusting. It had little flowers dotting the material, but they looked as worn as her scuffed black boots.

    “Then what was the purpose of placing an ad in the Lancaster County Republican?”

    She spoke with the fierceness of a mama bear warning predators away from her cubs.             Wystan reached into his shirt pocket and drew out a toothpick.

    “I didn’t place any ad in any Lancaster County anything.” He looked past her, expecting Eban to saunter up the street. Eban had to be the brother she’d referred to since Tell was still on the trail.

    “Someone did,” she insisted. She fished a crumpled and much-folded piece of newsprint out of the pocket hidden by the folds of her skirt. “See? Right here it says, ‘School teacher wanted for spring term at Berner Schoolhouse. Wages paid based on experience. Room and board provided. Apply in person at City Hall, Berner, New Mexico Territory.’ I’m sure my eyes don’t deceive me.”

    Wystan stared at the clipping, then back at the woman. A galaxy of freckles spattered across her nose and cheekbones, making her look younger than her eyes said she was. Full figured and sure as shittin’ a grown woman. The wariness and worry darkening her hazel eyes gave her away as one with a lot of trouble on her plate.

    “I can read.”

    She pulled the ad away from his face, folded it, and returned it to her pocket. “Where would you suggest I look for an explanation, Mr. Heckmaster?”

    Fussy little thing. “I assure you that no one in this town did. There’s been a mistake. Sorry to inconvenience you, Miss Schoolteacher. Now turn around and head home.”

    A flush colored her cheeks. “I can’t head home! I have no home to return to. My little sister and my friend are waiting at the doctor’s office for me to straighten this mess out. The ad says that room and board will be provided. I’d expected to move into a room, sir.”

    “You left them with Eban?” That explained his absence.

    “Beryl is ill, Sheriff. This is the first town we’ve seen in days and it was past time for her to get some attention.” Despair crept into her voice.

    Wystan shifted his weight and transferred the toothpick to the other side of his mouth.

    “Eban’s not exactly trained in human medicine.”

    The woman’s mouth opened into an O. She shook her head and seemed to regain her senses. “He’s a veterinarian? He seemed certain he could help Beryl.”

    Wystan cleared his throat. “Sure, animal doctor. I’m sorry for your misfortune, lady, but as you can see, Berner’s about run into the ground. There’s nothing here for you or your friend. Might be best to move along.”

    She seemed to deflate. “Move along.” Her lips moved, softly forming the words, but it was as though she didn’t comprehend them. “We’ll move along, right down the trail into the next town where there won’t be any teaching jobs either. Sylvie, Beryl, and I will starve to death on the side of the road with no one in the world to care.”

     

    Buy links:

    Samhain – Amazon – B&N – Google Books – Kobo – Are 

     

    10624850_848959491804943_4194715946300646117_nAbout the Author:

    A love of reading inspired Allison Merritt to pursue her dream of becoming an author who writes historical, paranormal and fantasy romances, often combining the sub-genres. She lives in a small town in the Ozark Mountains with her husband and dogs. When she’s not writing or reading, she hikes in national parks and conservation areas.

    Allison graduated from College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri with a B.A. in mass communications that’s gathering dust after it was determined that she’s better at writing fluff than hard news.

    Social media links:

    Blog – Facebook – TwitterG+ – Goodreads – Pinterest  

     

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  • Help Support A Starving Artist

    One of my friends in ORA has self-published two short stories and a longer ebook on Smashwords. If you haven’t checked out Smashwords it’s a very cool site and a wonderful way to fill up that eReader you got for Mother’s Day with some great stuff at a very reasonable price.

    Smashwords is sort of the Fair Trade of Writers. Lots of writers self-publish on the site, and they make a bit more than with traditional publishing.

    So help support some folks who have put a lot of heart, soul and late nights into their work, and maybe you’ll discover a great writer along the way.

    Here are the links to Allison Merritt’s works. Enjoy!

    Clear As Mud – short story (6 pages)

    One Day in D.C. longer short story (20 pages)

    Return – short story (8-10 pages?)

     


  • The Treasure Hunter’s Lady by Allison Merritt

    My friend Allison just published her first novel The Treasure Hunter’s Lady. It’s steampunk romance, think Romancing The Stone meets Indiana Jones. It’s great, and I want everyone to enjoy it. See the blurb below, then GO BUY IT. You won’t be disappointed.

     

    For years, Romy Farrington traveled at her world-famous archeologist father’s side, exploring new lands and uncovering ancient secrets. It was everything she ever wanted, until a near-fatal encounter with hostile natives forced her and her father into a life of retirement in Boston and an undesired advance into proper society.

    Everything changes again when she’s saved from an accident by a brash Texan in a back alley. Abel Courte may act like a care-free cowboy, but he’s harboring a secret–he’s searching for the Diamond of Uktena, a legendary jewel that can cure any disease known to man. He needs information Romy’s father has in order to get to the jewel. When he traces the origin of the Diamond to Dakota Territory, he sets off to claim the treasure, only to find the archeologist’s fiery redheaded daughter stuck to him like a bug in sap.

     

    In a race against time, Romy and Abel must learn to trust each other as they undertake a cross-country journey that will expose them to lands uncharted by white men, a deadly battle against the fearsome creature in possession of the Diamond and a fight to return to civilization where they might make the greatest discovery of all–love.

     

    You can buy The Treasure Hunter’s Lady in print or as an ebook for Kindle, Nook, or any e-reader (or your computer) at Smashwords before the sequel, The Sky Pirate’s Wife comes out!

    Enjoy!