Happy Thanksgiving!

Scroll down for a free short story and the link to enter a giveaway for my new release.

For Juan Velasquez, crime is a way of life. The law of justice, however, is sacred. This short story follows a teenager from the gang-controlled streets of Mexico in a new direction. Loyalty is a family trait for Juan, even though his life is a masquerade with deception woven throughout. An introduction to Deadly Repercussions, this short story is the beginning of Juan’s journey into the next generation.

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Deadly Repercussions takes Juan and his family to Texas, where the second generation follows a course set by the first.

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From the streets of Mexico to mountains of Wyoming, Juan Velasquez does what is needed to survive and to prosper. His belief in the rule of law is trumped by his belief in the pursuit of justice, a trait that is passed down to his daughter, Elizabeth, and his granddaughter, Elaina.

Assassination within Juan’s family triggers a homicide investigation that sets off a chain of events leading to betrayal, kidnapping, and more death.  Deception and devotion become confused and, while loyalty has benefits, it also has a cost. When Juan disappears during his unofficial search for the assassin, Elaina deciphers details that could lead her to him. Hesitant to share the information with authorities, she sets out on her own, aware that, in the undercover world, life is a masquerade and the path to the truth is complex.


“From the cantankerous and slightly paranoid patriarch to the strong female lead, all the way down to the people surrounding them, whose motives remain dubious and questionable all throughout and leading up to the plot twist—the strength of the characterizations gave the book the momentum it needed as it raced toward its climactic conclusion.” The Book Review Directory

“…its special brand of suspense paired with inspections of generations that grow and change under the influence of violence and bad choices…”  D.Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“Deadly Repercussions is an enjoyable mystery-thriller that explores the sanctity of justice and retribution. Quick and mysterious, Deadly Repercussions is sure to leave thriller fans feeling satisfied.” Independent Book Review.

It is release day for DEADLY REPERCUSSIONS!

Thank you to everyone who has continued to follow me, whether on Facebook, Twitter, my website, or an author page. After more than a decade of writing, I am still delighted when someone enjoys a story that I have written. With so many books to choose from, I am grateful to every one of you who chooses one of mine.

I’m thrilled with the early reviews for this novel. It is a book that I began writing a while ago, but set aside. Although committed to the plot, I wasn’t happy with the story’s beginning. Three beginnings later, DEADLY REPERCUSSIONS is complete and available for your consideration.

From the streets of Mexico to mountains of Wyoming, Juan Velasquez does what is needed to survive and to prosper. His belief in the rule of law is trumped by his belief in the pursuit of justice, a trait that is mirrored by his daughter and his granddaughter. And so it begins.

Deadly Repercussions

Chapter One

Short of breath from his quarter-mile run, Manuel pounded on the door. “Alejandro! Trouble is coming!”

“How long do we have?” Alejandro opened the door for Manuel and then barricaded it behind him.

“It is Jorge. He is not far behind me,” Manuel panted. “At the pub, I overheard two of his soldiers. They were waiting for Jorge and said your name. You know there is talk. Because of the following that has assembled behind you, he wants you gone. There is fear that you weld too much power and could challenge him.”

Like his brother, Alejandro, Manuel was a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico. Manuel, however, lived in Texas and worked for the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Alejandro lived in Mexico with his son, in the house where the brothers had been raised.

An accomplished gun smith, Alejandro occasionally spent his time as a runner for one of the larger street gangs in the area. Although the brothers had chosen different paths in life, their loyalty to each other overcame their philosophical differences and their ability to surreptitiously share information had helped them both more than once. 

Fourteen-year-old Juan climbed down the ladder from the loft where he had been sleeping. “Hi, Uncle Manny. What’s going on, Papa?”

“Trouble might be coming.”

Manuel helped Juan’s father lift the kitchen table, move it three feet to the side and raise the trap door that was almost invisible in the center of the wooden floor. Alejandro dashed to his bed, grabbed the quilt, and shoved it into Juan’s arms.

“Down you go,” he directed. “Don’t make a sound. No matter what you hear, stay there until Uncle Manny or I come to get you.”

As Juan climbed down the steep steps to the small enclosure, Alejandro pulled a wedge of cheese and a container of orange juice from the refrigerator and grabbed the bread from the counter. He handed them down to his son, along with three bottles of water and a flashlight.

“Take this. It might be a day or even two before it is safe for you to come out.”

“I can fight.” Juan said.

“Not yet, my young warrior. There is no more time for talking.”

 “Are they coming to kill you, Papa?”


This mystery-thriller is jam-packed with loyalty, deception, betrayal, and unexpected twists and turns.” Independent Book Review.

“Through its strong plot and adept characterizations, Deadly Repercussions shows humanity at its worst, replete with flaws and faults, while also highlighting that redemption is always waiting just around the corner, and there is always an opportunity to become a better version of ourselves.” The Book Review Directory.

“… repercussions of murder resonate…a powerful saga of disparate special interests… and forces that clash as times change.” D.Donovan, Editor, Donovan’s Literary Services.

“… its special brand of suspense paired with inspections of generations that grow and change under the influence of violence and bad choices…” Midwest Book Review.

Trailer: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1K8vJ-AzjIzLomNfnU0rB2W6qT1VTNIzh/view

Link to purchase: https://amzn.to/3xcvwBa

Happy Autumn Equinox!

With summer at an end and fall upon us, Halloween is fast approaching, bringing ghosts and witches, vampires, spooks, and all things paranormal to the forefront. For those of you interested in curling up with a good book and a blanket on a cool October evening, here are some suggestions, along with short reviews and the links in case one of them grabs your attention. They are books that I enjoyed and all include aspects of the supernatural.

When the Rooster Crows at Midnight, The Mallory Shane Witch Detective Series by Hargrove Perth is a book that grabbed me from the outset. Written in the first person, the story is told by Detective Mallory Shane, who is employed by the City of Pittsburgh’s Immortal Detective Association of Witches, the IDAW. Detective Shane is a witch.

When witches are being killed by an assumed serial killer, it is up to Detective Shane to figure out who is responsible and why others of her kind are being attacked. At the same time, she needs to focus on keeping herself out of the killer’s path. “When a rooster crows at midnight, a witch will die…” And the rooster has been crowing. With memorable characters and a fast pace, this well-done novel will keep you entertained and turning the pages quickly. And it is a bargain at $1.99! https://www.amazon.com/Rooster-Crows-Midnight-Mallory-Detective-ebook/dp/B0B3BK3NH3/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2RJUDV529A8P8&keywords=When+a+Rooster+Crows+at+Midnight&qid=1663870141&s=digital-text&sprefix=when+a+rooster+crows+at+midnight%2Cdigital-text%2C58&sr=1-1

Meet Me in Maine by Susanne Leist is a story told through the eyes of Elizabeth, who is fleeing an oppressive relationship as fast as her feet will carry her. She and her best friend, Scarlet, move to Maine where they purchase a Bed and Breakfast. Immediately upon their arrival, the two ladies meet a couple of attractive, single, former military men who are infatuated with the Inn’s new residents and the girls get more than they bargained for.

Not expecting to be thrust into the center of a town whose residents have been cursed, Elizabeth and Scarlett are horrified to witness several grisly murders. As the story unfolds and the murders pile up, paranormal activity escalates. The plot is good and those who enjoy paranormal, with a bit of romance woven throughout, will enjoy this one. https://www.amazon.com/Meet-Me-Maine-Book-Harbor-ebook/dp/B0972C155B/ref=sr_1_1?crid=WGZJL5V14MWZ&keywords=meet+me+in+maine+susanne+leist&qid=1663872594&s=digital-text&sprefix=Meet+me+in+Maine+%2Cdigital-text%2C117&sr=1-1

Breathless by Yvette Calleiro, is an entertaining cross between be-careful-what-you-wish-for and karma-is-a-beast. In an adult fairy tale, the author contrasts love and hate, good and evil, happy and sad, then weaves them all together with a touch of magic. The result is an engaging short story with exactly the right ending, which I doubt is what you will expect. It is a good one! https://www.amazon.com/Breathless-Short-Story-Yvette-Calleiro-ebook/dp/B08BLVDHQX/ref=sr_1_1?crid=30CG46VTPZ5WH&keywords=Breathless+Yvette+Calleiro&qid=1663878276&sprefix=breathless+yvette+calleiro%2Caps%2C63&sr=8-1

Handprints by Wanda Fischer is a well-done short story that realistically portrays the relationship of two women living in a mental institution. Both Edna and Anne are involuntarily committed by their husbands. While Anne has family contact, Edna has no one, until Anne. Whether mental health issues were actually present before her commitment is unclear, but Edna is determined to make the best of the life she had been forced into. The two women are inseparable until Anne passes away and Edna learns, or perhaps she always knew, that love lives forever. An excellent short story, it is worth every penny of $.99! https://www.amazon.com/Handprints-Wanda-Adams-Fischer-ebook/dp/B09GLC26NQ/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

Happy Reading!

Bigfoot? Really?

I’ve never seen one but can’t help imagining how exciting it would be to discover a giant, elusive, highly intelligent being living deep within the forests.

With documented reports of sightings in the United States going back to the mid 1800s and Native American legends passed on for generations, the idea of the Sasquatch is not a new one. In North America, Bigfoot is referred to by a variety of names, Yeti, Abominable Snowman, and Skunk Ape are some of them. The Lakota people call him,  Chiye-tanka, “Big Elder Brother.” And sightings aren’t limited to the United States and Canada. Reports have been documented in Siberia, Malaysia, and India among other countries.

The existence of Bigfoot is a subject that fascinates many and the experiences of the believers and the knowers, as some people call themselves, are discussed in great detail. There are also the skeptics, doubters who could be convinced, and the non-believers who, absent seeing one, will never consider the possibility. Discussions among the groups are often explosive!

Stories about Bigfoot can be thought provoking as well as entertaining. For example, a peaceful mountain getaway turns turbulent when Ellie’s secluded campsite is approached by a creature that isn’t supposed to exist. Not sure if her caller is dangerous, when he leaves abruptly, she hopes for another encounter and a chance to find out. When gunshots pierce the calm of the forest, her first fear is for the creature’s safety but she soon finds her own life threatened. Is anyone truly safe in the wilderness?

The release date for “Elusive Guardians” is September 15th but it is available for pre-order at an introductory price of $.99.

By the way, the impressive guy on the cover does exist. He isn’t a living and breathing Sasquatch but he is as close to “the real thing” as I’ve found. He is the Bigfoot I envisioned when I wrote “Elusive Guardians.” Big Bull Squatch lives with his creator, Dean Kestner, and occasionally travels with him for exhibitions around the country.

Have you ever attended a virtual Conference?

Rave Reviews Book Club is presenting its seventh annual virtual Writer’s Conference & Book Expo. It will be going on until the 14th and it is always a lot of fun. Here’s your invitation: https://rrbcwritersconferencebookexpo22.wordpress.com/ For those of you asking, “What is a virtual conference? How does it work?” Here’s the scoop!

Instead of going to a conference center or a hotel ballroom, you click on a computer link and you are there! Since the virtual conference is available twenty-four hours, you attend at your leisure, and you don’t need to get up early if you want breakfast before the day’s agenda.

You have the option to visit as many author booths, play as many games, and enter for as many door prizes as are available, and it is free! You can meet every author at the conference, and while you won’t get to shake their hands, you will be able to connect in a variety of other ways. There is also a raffle. Seven winners will each receive a $100 Amazon gift card. Tickets are $5.00 and available at the conference.

Stop by my booth, leave a comment, and you’ll automatically be entered for a door prize. I hope to “see” you there!

Torn between the rule of law & his belief in justice, a detective must decide which he values more. When the legal system fails, should justice be neglected? If a murderer is killed, is the executioner a criminal or a hero?

From today until July 26th, “Close Your Eyes and They’re Gone” is free at Amazon.com. Please consider adding this novelette to your summer reading list and if you have time, I’d be delighted if you’d post a review!

Abducted by a human trafficker, four-year-old Lily is taken to an interim location, where it is Marcy’s job to prepare her for sale to the highest bidder. But when the precocious child rebels, it puts the entire operation at risk. With the authorities getting too close, Marcy needs Lily to disappear.  https://amzn.to/3xwhE4g


Escape from the daily grind with a free story!

Mountain Justice is one of my favorites. From today through July 18th, it is free at Amazon.com. https://amzn.to/3OajkaS

Justice isn’t always fair and it isn’t always legal. But in the mountains, it is always available.

When Annie’s life is threatened and the legal system fails to protect her, she learns that she can count on MOUNTAIN JUSTICE. How far would you go to save a friend’s life?


New Release: VINDICTIVE ANGEL, a Novelette

A homicide has eerily similar circumstances to another murder that happened months prior. Indications point to a serial killer. Torn between his belief in the law and the demand for justice, lead investigator, Devon Mahoney, must decide which is of more value. When the legal system fails, should justice be neglected? If a murderer is killed, is the executioner a criminal or a hero?

VINDICTIVE ANGEL is on sale at Amazon.com and most other retailers.


And for those who enjoy romance,

Coming July 4th, LIFE’S HIGHWAY TO LOVE, a Novelette, available for pre-order now.

Dylan doesn’t want a permanent relationship and Jamie has sworn off romance. With an unspoken agreement that their friendship is platonic, the two become inseparable. But a kiss changes everything.

Their ecstasy is short-lived, however, when Jamie tells Dylan the truth about her past. Confusion, anger, and misunderstanding rock their world and send them in different directions. Will time apart bring them back together or cement their separation? Is it possible to ignore the past? Can anyone choose who they love? Is love enough?


Available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3y0b1bU

and retailers everywhere:  https://books2read.com/u/m2eK5d


Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who has been reading my books, promoting my titles, and writing reviews. You are appreciated more than you realize! I have a new release just about ready and will fill you in within the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, take a break and enjoy a flash fiction smile.

A Blessing in Disguise

After her five-hour, white-knuckled trip, Mandy pulled into a semi-plowed parking space. With a sigh of relief, she turned off the car’s engine. Big fluffy flakes of snow were beautifully swirling. Sliding around the highway, however, was no way to enjoy the scenery.

Though a snowstorm had been predicted, its magnitude was a surprise. A multitude of accidents made driving treacherous with drivers unable to maneuver the roadways. Even the snowplows were having trouble navigating.

On her way to look at a house for sale in a new town, Mandy was disappointed that driving conditions forced her to get a hotel room, yet relieved to have found a hotel. She was trudging to the back of the car to get her luggage when a ball of snow whizzed past her ear and splatted against the rear window. Exhausted and one-hundred-twenty miles from her planned destination, Mandy was in no mood for a snowball battle. With a scowl, she turned to locate the origin of the icy, white missile.

Covered in snow, a laughing woman waived and approached Mandy.

“Sorry! I was aiming for the lamp post.”

Despite her initial irritation, a smile tugged at Mandy’s lips. “No problem. Are you the welcoming committee?”

“I am today,” the lady answered. “I’m Bev.”

Bev’s forest-green eyes radiated warmth despite the frigid temperature. Her cheeks were the same shade as her red parka. Dark, damp curls escaped the hood of her jacket, and were fringed with snowflakes.

  “Hi, I’m Mandy.”

“Where are you headed?” Bev asked.

“Lewistown,” Mandy answered. “I’m looking for a new home there.”

“I live in Lewistown,” Bev said. “Maybe we’ll be neighbors!”

“It’s possible,” Marcy said. “I’m still house hunting.”

“I can fill you in on all the Lewistown gossip.”

Mandy opened the trunk and like an old friend, Bev reached for the duffle bag. Mandy grabbed her briefcase and an overfilled tote. She followed Bev toward the hotel’s entrance.

“After you check in, you can help me finish my snowman.” Bev pointed to a mound of snow.

Aware that the ache had disappeared from her forehead, Marcy said, “It has been years since I built a snowman.”

“Then it’s time for you to re-visit the joys of frosty fingers and a runny nose.” Bev tilted her head. “Listen!”

Mandy listened, though for what she didn’t know.

Bev scrunched her forehead and pursed her lips. “I thought I heard something earlier, but it stopped before I could figure out where it was coming from.”

Then Mandy heard a squeak that became a soft wail. Motionless, the women tried to pinpoint the source.

“There.” Mandy pointed to a dark-colored Buick parked in snow that rose halfway up the tires.

Bev dropped the duffle bag in front of the hotel’s revolving door and strode toward the icy car. Mandy dropped her luggage and followed.

After shuffling through the deep snow, Bev scrunched down and looked under the vehicle. She reached behind the car’s front wheel and captured a limp, soaked, gray kitten, covered with tiny ice balls.

“You poor little thing,” she murmured, and held the baby toward Mandy.

Mandy took the half-frozen creature, wiped away the snow and ran her fingers over the cold little body to loosen ice chips that stuck to the fur. She unzipped her jacket and tucked the kitten inside. Nestled between her flannel shirt and wool jacket, the shivering creature would warm up in no time. Mandy pressed her hand against the outside of the thick jacket to support the baby and pulled the zipper halfway up to create a cocoon.

“I wonder how long she’s been under there?”

“There aren’t any kitty footprints and I’m sure that car has been here all night. I would guess she’s been hiding since the storm started.” Mandy felt a slight vibration as the kitten purred. “Let’s hope this place allows pets. If they don’t, I’ll be sleeping in my car.”

Always an animal lover, it still surprised Mandy that it took her all of twenty-five seconds to fall in love with the warm little fur ball.

“Under the circumstances, I’m sure the hotel will be glad for any business,” Bev said. “Besides, she is adorable. Can you keep her?”

Mandy hesitated. With an upcoming move and a new job, how would she manage having a kitten to care for? And then she felt tiny needle-like pricks against her diaphragm. The kitten was getting comfortable and kneading the flannel shirt where she snuggled.

With a wide grin, Mandy said, “Of course, I’ll keep her.”

“In that case, consider her a housewarming present,” Bev said. “I’m in room 827. Call me when you get settled in.”

Without waiting for a response, Bev snatched the duffle bag and went inside. Still supporting the tiny ball of fur, Mandy hoisted the tote bag over her shoulder, grabbed her briefcase and strode to the front desk where her duffle bag was waiting.

“Good afternoon,” the desk clerk greeted. “Welcome to the Amadeus Hotel. How long will you be staying?”

“One night, if my colleague can stay, too.” She unzipped her jacket to allow a glimpse inside.

“No problem,” the clerk smiled.

Mandy got a turkey sandwich from the vending machine, then went to her room and fed some turkey to the kitten. She dumped the contents of her briefcase on the table, lined the empty case with a flannel shirt, and put the exhausted kitten in the impromptu bed, where the little critter promptly fell asleep. She called Bev.

“Hi,” Bev answered.

“Let’s make the best snowman ever!” Mandy replied.

“Afterward, we can have dinner and I’ll fill you in on life in Lewistown,” Bev said.

With a lopsided grin, Mandy dashed outside. The snowstorm that wrecked her plans for the day had been a blessing in disguise. She had a new furry roommate, she liked Bev, and it had been a long time since she’d played in the snow.


Welcome to Day 10 of The HYPE Blog Tour @YvetteMCalleiro #Hype #NewRelease #BookPromo #YAFiction @KarensStories

GIVEAWAY:  3 e-book copies of HYPELeave a comment below for your chance to win! 

High school student, Cici, is at the center of Yvette Calleiro’s NEW RELEASE and it is a good one! Keep reading for an introduction to HYPE.

High School Life

How many of you can recall your high school years? Or perhaps you’re in high school right now. For me, that was many moons ago, but I remember it so clearly. Join me for a short trip down memory lane…

Everyone always told me that high school would be the best years of my life, but it didn’t turn out that way for me. For many, those years are the most difficult. Teens try to shed their childlike ways and grow into independent, young adults while still being treated like children. They both struggle to fit in and stand out. They attempt to have relationships while dealing with raging hormones and inexperience. As if that wasn’t enough, they strive to do well in their classes to set themselves up for a successful future. Honestly, I would never want to go back to those years! Lol!

When I started writing HYPE ten years ago, I was teaching ninth and tenth grade. I also sponsored the Key Club, which consisted of students in all high school grade levels. I was surrounded, day in and day out, with students. They spoke freely around me about their relationships, their insecurities, their hopes and dreams, and their frustrations. I admired their tenacity and their vulnerability. So, when I created my characters, I wanted them to be authentic and relatable.

Here is a scene from a moment when Cici’s emotions get the better of her:

I button my jeans and shove the front of my shirt into the waistband and inspect myself in the mirror. “Why can’t my life be normal?”

I lean against the counter as the tears flow down my cheeks. The hard sobs come so I lower the toilet seat and plop myself on it to allow my heart to have a strong cry. Every painful memory rams through me as the waterfall of tears cascades down my face. I pull my legs up and hug them close to me, lowering my head to my knees.

Eventually, the tears subside as the numbness coats me again. I lower my legs and rise. I splash water on my face to remove the salty traces of my breakdown. Facing the mirror again, I roll my puffy eyes. I open the drawer and pull out the hardcore concealer. I’ve got to cover this weakness as best as I can. I really hate hormones.

My phone bings the reminder I’ve set to make sure I’m not late for school, and I’m nowhere near ready. I quickly finish my make-up and throw my hair into a loose ponytail. It’ll have to do. I rush to the closet and grab the closest pair of tennis shoes and shove my feet into them. I grab my bag and run down the stairs to the kitchen to grab a banana. I’m out the door, praying I’m not late.

I hate all the symptoms that come with my period. I guess this meltdown is overdue, especially since I’ve used the whole PMS excuse one time too many with Dee. Mother Nature’s payback sucks.

I park in my usual spot and check my makeup one last time in the mirror. I take a deep breath, put on my emotionless mask, and exit the car, ready to take on the day. I avoid conversations with everyone as much as I can. I tell Dee I have my period, and she leaves me alone. I’m grateful for small gestures of kindness.

HYPE is a young adult contemporary story that takes place in Cici’s high school years. Teens will definitely connect with the story, but I believe adults will enjoy reliving their high school moments through Cici’s activities and classes. I must warn you: it isn’t all pep rallies and parties. Come for the fun but be prepared for the drama because Cici gets it all. 😉

Cici’s junior year in high school is going to be the best year ever. Popular co-captain of the varsity cheerleading team, she’s dating the starting quarterback. Even her jealous co-captain’s attempts to steal her boyfriend can’t curb her enthusiasm.
When her mom moves in with her fiancé, a handsome, wealthy man, only one small detail threatens Cici’s perfect life. The school’s social pariah is about to become her stepsister, and Cici wants nothing to do with her.
Everything changes when someone Cici cares about throws her life into a tailspin, and the one person Cici couldn’t stand becomes her only ally.
Warning: This story contains scenes of sexual assault.
Available on Amazon and Smashwords

Yvette M. Calleiro is a heavily addicted reader of both young adult and adult novels. She spends most of her time pseudo-living in paranormal worlds with her fictional friends (and boyfriends). When she’s living among real people, Yvette M. Calleiro is a middle school Reading and Language Arts teacher. She’s been sharing her love of literature with her students for over twenty years. Besides writing about the various characters that whisper (and sometimes scream) in her head, she enjoys traveling, watching movies, spending quality time with family and friends, and enjoying the beauty of the ocean.

Yvette lives in Miami, Florida, with her incredible son who has embraced her love for paranormal and adventurous stories. She also shares her space with an assortment of crazy saltwater animals in her 300-gallon tank.

Amazon Links:

Hype – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09L7BFNXG

The One Discovered (Chronicles of the Diasodz, Book 1) – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I4L2Q40

The One Enlightened (Chronicles of the Diasodz, Book 2) – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R0QI51I

The One Betrayed (Chronicles of the Diasodz, Book 3) – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0191O1892

The One Revealed (Chronicles of the Diasodz, Book 4) – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01NBKJHIO

The One Awakened (Chronicles of the Diasodz, Book 5) – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0781WT73J

The One Chosen – A Diasodz Short Story – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0986Q6P1D

Breathless – A Short Story – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08BLVDHQX

To follow along with the rest of this tour, please visit Yvette M Calleiro’s tour page.

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