Where do ideas for stories come from? Are they linked to our past or our fantasies? Maybe they are suppressed dreams that wake us in the middle of the night forcing us to meet our characters head on. Sometimes they make us fall in love and other times sigh "what if." No matter. The compelling stories these authors for Speed Dating for Readers #11 share have touched a chord inside me as I know they will for you. Never be afraid to try your next favorite author's creation. First let's meet Alan Brenham.
Alan Brenham is a naturalized Texan now living in Austin with his amazing and supportive wife. Using a wealth of experience garnered from such careers as attorney, criminal investigator, and world traveler, he’s been busy converting his experiences into crime thrillers. With such novels as Price of Justice, Cornered, and Rampage under his belt, he’s busy once again making life a total nightmare for a certain police detective.
Blurb: The stakes soar both professionally and personally for Austin PD Detective Jason Scarsdale as he finds himself in a race against time to hunt down a vicious gang hell-bent on murder. Realizing that his new partner, the attractive divorcee Tatum Harper, could be trouble in more ways than one, he tries to run her out of Homicide. Will their partnership destroy his romantic relationship with long-time girlfriend Dani Mueller? Will they both survive the harrowing face-off with the increasingly unhinged gang leader?
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Regina Jeffers has worn many hats over her lifetime: daughter, student, military brat, wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, tax preparer, journalist, choreographer, Broadway dancer, theatre director, history buff, grant writer, media literacy consultant, and author. Living outside of Charlotte, NC, Jeffers writes novels that take the ordinary and adds a bit of mayhem, while mastering tension in her own life with a bit of gardening and the exuberance of her “grand joys.”
The Prosecution of Mr. Darcy’s Cousin: A Pride and Prejudice Mystery
(Mystery/Suspense/Thriller; Fiction/Historical Fiction)
Fitzwilliam Darcy is enjoying his marital bliss. His wife, the former Elizabeth Bennet, presented him two sons and a world of contentment. All is well until Darcy receives a note of urgency from his sister Georgiana. In truth, Darcy never fully approved of Georgiana’s joining with their cousin. Major General Edward Fitzwilliam for Darcy assumed the major general held Georgiana at arm’s length, dooming Darcy’s sister to a life of unhappiness.
Forced to seek his cousin in the slews of London’s underbelly, at length, Darcy discovers the major general and returns Fitzwilliam to his family. Even so, the Darcy’s troubles are far from over. During the major general’s absence from home, witnesses note Fitzwilliam’s presence in the area of two horrific murders. When Edward Fitzwilliam is arrested for the crimes, Darcy must discover the real culprit before his cousin is hanged for the crimes and the Fitzwilliam name is marked by shame.
A Touch of Emerald: The Conclusion to the Realm Series
(Fiction/Historical; Historical Romance/Mystery/Adventure; Regency)
Four crazy Balochs. A Gypsy band. An Indian maiden. A cave with a maze of passages. A hero, not yet tested. And a missing emerald.
For nearly two decades, the Realm thwarted the efforts of all Shaheed Mire sent their way, but now the Baloch warlord is in England, and the tribal leader means to reclaim the fist-sized emerald he believes one of the Realm stole during their rescue of a girl upon whom Mir turned his men. Mir means to take his revenge on the Realm and the Indian girl’s child, Lady Sonalí Fowler.
Daniel Kerrington, Viscount Worthing, has loved Lady Sonalí since they were but children. Yet, when his father, the Earl of Linworth, objects to Sonalí’s bloodlines, Worthing thinks never to claim her. However, when danger arrives in the form of the Realm’s old enemy, Kerrington ignores all caution for the woman he loves.
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My first very rewarding career in life was helping people. As a caseworker for the New York City Department of Social Services, Protective Services, I investigated the horrors of the abuse and neglect of children and did the best I could saving lives. After attaining master’s degrees in School Psychology and Clinical Social Work, and a post graduate education in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, I continued to help children and families in schools and in my private practice worked with children, adolescents, adults, including marital therapy. Totally fed up with Freudian theories that had no practical application for people, a notion came into my head to look at human nature relationships differently. After months of research, where fate told me to read a book on chimpanzees, and my colleagues told me to write a book, I had the audacity to create a new psychology, and put it in a personal improvement book, Taming Your Inner & Outer Bullies: Confronting Life’s Stressors And Winning that changed my life and the lives of others for the better.
While all this is happening, I finally decided what was most important in my life as well. Fiction writing. No longer taking a back seat, I put much effort into taking my vivid imagination and putting it on paper. First successful short stories. Then, my mystery thriller, A Sinister Obsession, published by Black Opal Books, and now my recently released novel, an epic romance, Stardust Dreams. I am a member of the International Thriller Writers Organization and Romance Writers of America. You’ll notice golf is in all my work. It’s a passion that can’t be separated from all other aspects of my life.
Lance Forrester is a dreamer. After a celebrated career as an astronaut and engineer, he and a friend built a secret spacecraft to seek their destinies in the stars. But, his friend died. Now that Lance is elderly with terminal cancer, he has set a launch date. It’s time to find a traveling companion. Fate reminds him of a girl in high school he had a crush on.
Sage Saint Charles lived a wild and notorious life in Hollywood before she descended into obscurity as a social recluse. Sage has regrets, more regrets than a person should have. When her drowsy eyes open, in hospice care, an unfamiliar old man is standing at her bedside.
Lance hopes to convince Sage to join him on his quest into the unknown galaxy in the hope of reaching an advanced alien civilization that will cure their cancers and grant them immortality.
Stardust Dreams is a love story. This unique tale of hope and faith is so realistic you just might feel you’ve gone along on their madcap adventure with them. Unfortunately, true life is not a child’s fairy tale. If Lance and Sage are to achieve their happiness , they must first overcome the emotional scars of their pasts. With every turn of the page, you’ll delight in the fascination and mystery of unknown worlds and destinies.
A Sinister Obsession
A psychopathic killer on a quest leaves behind a string of brutal murders, and to find the Who, the police must first discover the Why... Detective Aubrey McKenzie has been assigned to inves-tigate the murders. A lovely, fabulously wealthy, dark-haired Scot, whose iron will was forged in the inferno of human tragedy, Aubrey is stymied by the lack of solid clues. Now she must rely on her paranormal ability to apprehend the killer—an ability that has been invaluable in her police work but has made a disaster of her social life. Fate teams Aubrey with Detective Joshua Diamond, a handsome, talented, and compassionate man who is more than happy eating a greasy bacon-cheeseburger and wear-ing clothes that should have been thrown out with the trash. In a race against time, Aubrey and Joshua must overcome their vast differences—and their attraction for each other—and discover the identity of this elusive kill-er, and the quest this fiend is on, before more lives are destroyed.
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I write romance: m/f, m/m, and v/h, where the h is for human and the v is for vampire…or sometimes demon…and I lean more towards funny than angst. When I'm not writing I take care of tiny premature babies or teenagers, depending on whether I'm at home or at work. My husband is a soul of patience, my dog’s cuteness is legendary, and we share the homestead with three ferrets, who steal things because they're brats.
I can be found on-line at all hours of the day and night at my website & blog (www.liv-rancourt.blogspot.com), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/liv.rancourt) or on Twitter (www.twitter.com/LivRancourt). Come find me. We’ll have fun!
Blurb: King Stud
Danielle’s got three months to make her Grandmother’s rundown Craftsman house livable. Her game plan is to get in, get grubby, and get back home to L.A. She needs a carpenter, and her best friend’s younger brother is a good one. It’s hard to ignore the buffed body under Ryan’s paint-splattered sweatshirts, but her friend declares he’s off-limits so Danielle reluctantly agrees.
Ryan doesn't have the cleanest record, anyway. His recently ex-ed girlfriend wants him back, and he has a reputation for brawling. He’s also had a crush on Danielle since he was a kid. Despite their nine-year age difference, he knows she’s worth pursuing.
Soon the paint under Danielle’s fingernails starts feeling more natural than the L.A. sunshine. She'll have to navigate plumbing disasters, money problems, and one seriously cranky best friend to find something she hasn't had before: a real home, and a man who loves her.