Hello & Author Spotlight


Hello everyone!

How are you doing? Hope all the mothers out there had a GREAT Mother’s Day this past Sunday. I didn’t have any money to buy my mom anything, but she loves it when I make something from the heart, so I just drew her a card. I wanted to create a post to say Hi because it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything and to spotlight an author who is doing a Blog Hop and I offered to post her book on here. So, below, you will find information on Lisa Litberg and the links to her book “Free”.


Author Bio:

For as long as she can remember, Lisa Litberg has loved to write.  Over the years she has amassed quite a collection of short stories and poetry, but Free is her first novel.  A high school teacher for 15 years, she tries to empower her urban students with the written word.  When she isn’t writing or teaching, Lisa might be dancing, playing guitar, practicing aerial arts, or hanging out in her Chicago home with her son Trevor watching The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones.

My webpage/blogis at www.lisalitberg.com.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LisaSLitberg
Twitter: @lisalit2


Book Blurb:

Since leaving home at the age of 18, Free has traveled the country trying to find a place to call home.  Her travels afford a variety of experiences, from following the Grateful Dead to waitressing in Chicago to selling jewelry in New Orleans’ French Market, but nothing seems to quell her sense of unrest.  All the while her estranged brother Alfie is in her thoughts.  Once she finds him, perhaps she’ll finally feel at home.  But her world is filled with bad choices and temptations, and Free must rise above these in order to find her place. 

 The reader will feel as if they are traveling right alongside Free in this moving coming-of-age story. 




Happy New Year and Book Promo!


Hello everyone!!!

Happy New Year!!!! Hard to believe it’s now 2015! I hope everyone had a GREAT Christmas and got everything they wanted, and I hope that everyone has a very blessed, and wonderous 2015. I have a book that I’d like to promote. A good friend of mine wrote it and it is her first ebook on Amazon so I thought I would try to help her out and get her book some publicity. Here is the link if you’d like to check it out: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00RW16ARC. The the book is called “The Bingo Caller” and the synopsis sounds very interesting. And if you’d like to talk to her personally, her Facebook link is: https://www.facebook.com/xanxa.symanah. I would love to get back into promoting books so if you know anyone who’s writing and selling on Amazon, tell them to e-mail me at JamieLKaplan@hotmail.com with their book information, a little blurb about themselves, and any Facebook/Twitter/etc links they may have. I’ve been trying to write a story myself but it’s just not coming to me. I have a good beginning, but I’m stuck from there. My writing muse disappeared on me. Not sure where he went, haha. Hopefully, he’ll come back to my conscious soon and I can start writing again. I can post the beginning here so you guys can read it and provide feedback if you’d like. Well, please check out my friend’s book and I hope you guys like it. 🙂

Until next time…

Great Book News!!!


Hello everyone!

I have some great book news for you all! I finished my latest book, “Killer Instinct”, last night, and I have now uploaded it onto Amazon, but it won’t be available until at least tomorrow because it has to have 12 hours for it to be reviewed and published. I have also created a paperback version on CreateSpace, so as soon as that one passes review, I will edit this post and put up both of the links for Amazon and CreateSpace (Which CreateSpace will put the paperback version on Amazon anyway so I will just put both the Kindle and Paperback Amazon links here). It has taken me countless months to complete this book and I feel like I did a better job on this one than I did on “Online Innocence” and “Death on the Aisle”. I took my time on this one. Just thought I’d post and let you all know that “Killer Instinct” is now finished and in the works of being published for your buying/reading pleasure! 🙂

Edit: Here are the links for the Kindle version, as well as the Paperback version. Right now through Oct. 30th, you can get the book for free on Kindle. The paperback version is $3.79. If you like the book, spread the word to your friends and family who like Suspense/Thriller/Horror novels!

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Killer-Instinct-Jamie-Kaplan-ebook/dp/B00OSQ8LXU (Free until Oct. 30th)
Paperback: https://www.createspace.com/5066071 ($3.99)

Until next time!

Jamie L Kaplan

“Forever Love” Book Promo; Deborah Armstrong, author


New Novel Blows Readers Away with a Whirlwind of Unlikely Romance

Literally and figuratively a match made in heaven tickles hearts of romance fiction fans


CALEDON, Ontario – – Author Deborah Armstrong graces bookshelves with love and affection as she intertwines romance and wit in Forever Love. In this endearing romance fiction, Armstrong touches on one of the most daring decisions of a man—or woman. She snaps readers back to the reality of love at first sight against obsession in this adventure-romantic drama.


Davina Stuart, farmer and bestselling author of Second Harvest, shares a flight to Los Angeles with Hollywood’s latest heartthrob, Quinn Thomas. Three hours of in-flight speed dating and Quinn’s in love. Davina is not so sure. She’s older and wiser. She’ll settle for a one-night stand but he wants more. Davina’s cows and her children are her life. She’s not so sure about Hollywood and its glamour. Blue jeans, cowboy boots and her pickup truck are more her style. Quinn is tired of the plastic starlets, his empty bed and his lonely heart. He’d give up everything, including his career, for the love of a woman, his woman.


Armstrong’s book follows their whirlwind romance as the widow of two years, who thought her time for romance was over, finds love with a man who has to have her in his life, to love her forever. Armstrong invites readers to witness how Davina learns to face her fears, and how Quinn perseveres to win the heart of his one true love in Forever Love.
About the Author

Deborah Armstrong is a firm believer in genetics. She attributes her love of the English language, reading and writing to her parents. She is thrilled to have passed on her love of books (with the help of her husband, also an avid reader) to her children. Armstrong lives with her husband, three children, two cats and five hundred cows on their dairy farm in Ontario, Canada. When she’s not writing or working on the farm, she enjoys reading, traveling, watching movies and spending time with her family and friends. Armstrong enjoys strong coffee, chocolate milk and single malt scotch in no particular order.


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deboraharmstrongauthorofromance

Twitter: https://twitter.com/debdee99

Website: http://www.deboraharmstrong.ca/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6467157.Deborah_Armstrong

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“Alternate Hilarities” Book Promo


Title: Alternate Hilarities
Author: an Anthology
Genre: Science Fiction / Horror / Humor


A collection of Alien Invasions and Abductions, Time Travel, Ghost Ships, Demonic Possessions, Flatulent Clowns, Body Switching, Talking Monkeys and Feghoots.
That’s right, Feghoots.
Google it.
Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Hilarities for all!
Some of the stories in Alternate Hilarities:
Attack of Ye Olde Zombies by Cathy Greco
And, thus, the world ends… not with a bang… not with a whimper… but with the mournful cry of an off-key bagpipe playing an undead reel, and the sad, sad sight of deflated codpieces never to be filled.
1-800-CALL-GOD by Chuck Rothman
Help is just a phone call away…
Adrift by Dan Doerflein
In life, he sailed the high seas with his pirate crew. All he wanted in death was to sail the seas again. Before he can escape his situation and obtain the afterlife he dreamed of, he must first defeat a pirate’s worst enemy: a bureaucrat.
The Princess and the Witch by Isabel Sterling
Marisa only wanted one thing for Halloween: the ancient magic she possessed in a past life. She’d prepared for this ritual for years, and nothing could get in her way. Except, perhaps, her sorority girl roommate.
The Muse and the Psychiatrist by M. Kelly Peach
She was divinely beautiful, a daughter of Zeus with a serious problem. She needed a qualified and caring psychiatrist, with talent and experience, to help her. Little did she know he had his own agenda…
Upgrades by Daniel McPherson
Software updates. Sometimes they install cool new features. Other times they screw up your entire system. Which really sucks when the software is running inside your head.
The Great Abyss Disjunction by Danielle N. Gales
When Gregory Artifex became lighthouse keeper of the multiverse’s loneliest dark corner, all he wanted was a little peace and quiet. The triggerfish, however, had different ideas. Gregory is about to have a very bad day.
The Bombastic Adventure of Bob from Planet 9 by Jaimie M. Engle
Bob and Melvin sit at Flo’s Intergalactic Greasy Spoon on the Tuesday the joint is held-up by two symmetrical beings called ‘humans’. Melvin accidentally disintegrates and Bob seeks revenge. But a visit to His Greatness on Planet 9 may change everything.
Do Flatulent Clowns Smell Funny by John H. Dromey
“Emission Possible” at the circus. The gastric suspense is intense. Will there be comic relief?
Dead Right, Dead Wrong By Ronald Friedman
The active Dead are not much different than the rest of us, although they can bore you to tears with stories about how they died. As the number of Dead increased they emerged from the shadows and became politically active. Their party, Dead Americans Mobilizing for National Integration and Tolerance (DAMNIT), was ready to field a candidate for the office of President of the United States.
Language Barrier by Steve Esling
“Mit-choo “Mitch” Maru is Tenerelli and Associate’s first Titanian accountant! But his progress in breaking social barriers and becoming more than just a “token alien” comes to a halt after a sticky situation in the bathroom with a coworker. Will the skills he learned in his college English courses be enough to tell others about this unfortunate close encounter?”
Small Change by Steven Grassie
Miserable and almost broke, as per usual Paul’s in the pub drowning his sorrows. His evening takes a strange turn, however, when he encounters an interesting, if rather implausible, individual… who might just have the answer to his problems.
Cash on Delivery by Laura Thurston
When you absolutely, positively have to have had it already call Einstein Express, where hindsight is the same as foresight.
Overdue by Jay Fuller
When the librarian can flay your mind as easily as she can gut you, very little will stand between her and an overdue library book – even a powerful (and generally disagreeable) wizard. And what if the book wants a say in the matter?
Diary of an Overlord by Clay Sheldon
Villagers are terrified, heroes quake in their boots, and the world fears his very name. Witness the origin of a terrifying(ish) demon lord. But be warned:not everything is as it seems…
Thorkwald and the Cherub by Day Al-Mohamed
The adventures of a misfit demon and his struggle to succeed, or at least not get fired (literally) in Hell’s corporate world. With the help of his trusty minion, an eight-legged llama, and his Ctrl-Alt-Smite button, what could go wrong?
Chicken Soup for the Demonically Possessed Soul by Felicia Lee
In this heartwarming tale of loss, redemption, and best practices for web design, we follow Al, a promising young man in the prime of his life, as he faces down the demons of unethical competitors and, well, actual demons.

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About the Editor:

Giovanni Francesco Valentino has struggled at the art of writing for four decades against many demons like self-doubt, chronic depression, OCD and severe dyslexia. He has written a few memoir pieces about his life struggles going undiagnosed for more the half his life. He hopes one day to be a famous published science fiction and fantasy author.
He is a member of the CNY Writers Haven, a critique and writer support group. He is the editor of the upcoming humorous anthology, Alternate Hilarities.
Along time ago in a city in central New York ….
Alternate Hilarities
Episode 1
Back from the Dead
In the early nineties, a man had a dream. A dream of funny stories in his favorite genres, Science fiction, Fantasy and Horror. Not just a joke at the end of the episode like the original Star Trek or the occasional gem from Douglas Adams, but all the time.
So the small press fan-zine, Alternate Hilarities was born. Six issues were produced against his ex-wife’s express wishes.
And they were terrible!
Just Terrible!
The first issue was a simple photocopy print job. He moved up offset printing by the second issue, 11 by 17 paper, folded over and saddle stitched with glossy cover. It looked semi professional but proofing was not his strong suit. He had no funds to hire a proof reader and let’s face it, volunteers suck.
But the stories were great. Many talented authors sent in great funny stories. With concepts like games show in the afterlife, the last man alive and the secret life of a teenaged mad scientist.
But in the end, the cost of publishing his pet project became too much and the zine was retired.
Now, two decades later, the overhead and distribution issues of the small press have almost disappeared with the advent of eBooks. With a new partner in crime who can do line edits, with a professional level understanding of spelling, grammar and punctuation, the man decided to give his old love a second shot.
So, here it is, The New and Improved Alternate Hilarities. We have Alien invasions and Abductions, Time Travel, Ghost Ships, Demonic Possessions, Flatulent Clowns, Body Switching, Talking Monkeys and Feghoots.
That’s right, I said Feghoots.
Google it.
So off we go. With Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Halitosis for all!
Halitosis? WTF? I mean Polarity?
Not Again! I mean H I l a r I t y?
Damn AutoCorrect!
Here are something people may or may not have said about Alternate Hilarities:
“The Funniest Thing I’ve Ever Eaten!”
– Unnamed Member of Book Eaters Anonymous
“Not a book I would ever read”
– The New York Times
“Will you please mow your lawn? Please”
– My Next Door Neighbor (on both sides)
“I can’t read!”
– President of the SHITTER, the Society Helping illiterates with Technology, Tolerance and Extra Resources.
“I hate Sauerkraut!”
– ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic

With Stories by ….
Aaron Austin – Adam Millard – Brenda Anderson
Cathy Greco – Christine Edwards – Dan Doerflein – Daniel McPherson
Danielle Gales – Doug Engstrom – Evan Dicken – Felicia Lee
Gavin Cruickshank – Giovanni Valentino – Jaimie M. Engle – James E. Guin
Jason Bougger – Jay Fuller – Jez Patterson – John H. Dromey
Josh Strnad – Lance Manion – M. Kelly Peach – Ronald Friedman
Sam Adams – Shari L Klase – Steve Esling – Steven Grassie
And Leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Frances I *
• This story is only included in the version you don’t have right now.

About the Publisher:

Strange Musings Press
We are a small publisher founded and run by two authors with a variety of skills and talents. Visit ourStaff page for more information about who we are.
Currently, Strange Musings Press is strictly an e-publisher of anthologies: Alternate Hilarities , Romantic Ruckus, and Alternate Hilarities 2 – Vampires Suck .  We DO NOT accept or publish stand alone stories, novels, or novellas at this time so please don’t query us for those. We’ll send you a humorous and snarky rejection letter.
The goal of these anthologies is to help aspiring authors get published and to have fun. Everything we do here is in the spirit of humor. If we offend you in any way, well, we probably don’t care =)
Take a moment to look around and submit a story or two if you’d like. Got questions? Got a joke you want to tell us? Want to tell us how awesome we are? Stand in line and send us an email at: strangemusings.editor@verizon.net.

Trial of Love Book Promo and RaffleCopter Giveaway!


Trial Of Love, a turbulent love story about a slave from America and the Earl who saved her from a fate worse than death.

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After her mother’s death, Melanie’s life in America is full of heartache. Still, she has never allowed herself to despair. She was responsible for the care of her beloved father. Then he remarried a woman to wicked to be considered a mother to Melanie or her two sisters. After years of abuse, the stepmother sells Melanie off—to work in a brothel, and about to be sold to the highest bidder. Through a series of fortuitous events, Melanie falls into the care of Christopher, Earl of Ashworth, who has family issues of her own. The solution to his problems—and redemption for Melanie—wind together toward destiny.

Christina OW writes suspense, thrillers, erotica, interracial and multicultural romance books. She is the author of Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal, Regency Romance books and a poet of currently 3 titles. She loves reading novels that take her on a ride of wild emotions. Books have always been an escape for her, for a few hours she gets to live the lives of characters she grows to cherish and admire. She’s always had an active imagination and because of it has lived in her head more than she has been in the outside world. She always imagined scenarios and wondered how they would turn out in the end, and what kind of emotions they would invoke. Thus began her writing career.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
My love for reading novels started a very long time, about when I was 10 or 11. I was in awe of how a person’s imagination could just take form and fill up pages. I loved the fact that I would read the words and watch it play out in my mind. Some of the books became way more interesting than watching TV!
I’m a person who lives in her head more than the outside world because off all the stories in my head. So I figured maybe I should put down all the stories I had in my head on paper, and share them, see if everyone else loved them as much as I did.

What about historical/regency romance?
I wasn’t much of a fan because the books I’d read so far the characters just seemed stuffy and annoying. But then I found several books published by Second Wind Publishing and I was hooked!
Their books were more than just trying to be historically accurate, they had everything and they seemed to come alive through the words and I couldn’t stop reading them. I’m a huge Regency fan now.

Do you have a favorite and a least favorite scene in the book?
Yes, I do have a favorite scene and a scene that I didn’t like writing but was necessary in the book. A person’s character is built buy the positive and negative things in their lives and the same goes for books.

Is TOL apart of the series? How many books are in the series?
Yes, Trial of Love is apart of the series and the first book. So far, there are 3 books in the series, TOL, A Lady Unbecoming and Lady Nancy.
I’m still playing with the idea of adding more books about some of the supporting characters in TOL. I’ll see how these 3 books go first then take it from there.

Any more new releases for 2014 from you?
Yes. His Paris Affair (Albury Affairs #3) will be out in late June and I’m expecting Book #2 of the Slave Bound series A Lady Unbecoming to be released later on this year.

Excerpt 2
Hallo again,” Carl whispered, pressing her tight against him.
Melanie felt her body go cold at his touch. Quickly she placed her hands on his chest and pushed him away. Nicholas grabbed her hand and pulled her behind him. “What have you done to the lady, Mr. Meed?” He asked harshly.
Carl gave a slight bow, “Nothing Lord Townson.”
“It didn’t look like nothing,” Nancy pushed standing up and moving to Melanie. “Dove, you look pale. What’s the matter?”
Melanie pulled a tight smile over her lips and shook her head, “Forgive me. He took me by surprise and I reacted.”
“See, it was all a misunderstanding.” Carl spoke with a casual laugh.
Nancy nodded, moving back to her seat.
Carl moved towards them and Melanie fought the urge to hide further behind Nicholas. He held out his hand, eyeing her. “May I have this dance?”
She wanted to yell ‘go to hell’ and run out, but, she wasn’t that uneducated girl anymore. She was supposed to either politely decline and make up an excuse or accept.
“You can have the next one Carl,” Nicholas spoke firmly, taking Melanie’s hand and starting the dance. “What did he really do to you Melanie?”
He bought me!

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