It’s a Blog Hop! Today is the last of thirteen days of featured authors and I have two.

Welcome to the #RRBC “TREAT” Reads Blog Hop! Each featured author is a member of Rave Review Book Club and they have penned and published some great reads. I’ll be featuring a different author every day, from September 18th through September 30th. Pick up a copy of one of the authors’ books, and don’t forget to leave a review! You can also visit the “HOPS” main page at: https://bit.ly/2OzXHlo
As an added bonus, for every comment you leave on the main page during this tour,your name will be entered into a drawing for a gift card to be awarded at the end of the tour.
Today’s first featured author is: Michael Hicks Thompson, author of THE RECTOR – https://www.amazon.com/dp/098452827X

Book Blurb: Thompson’s engaging, high-energy Christian murder mystery is narrated by Martha McRae, a woman living in a small Mississippi town who seeks to solve the mystery of the sudden death of pastor David Baddour. Throughout the novel, readers are introduced to the cast of characters who inhabit the small Delta town in the 1950s. The book gleefully mixes all the elements of a small-town murder mystery—gossip, foul play, backstabbing—and, as more is revealed about Pastor Baddour and the other townspeople, more mysteries, hypocrisies, and dangers add to the intrigue. Thompson’s tale looks intimately at what it means to function in a community—how a population can reveal and obscure the truth. The Rector works as a suspenseful murder mystery, Thompson also incorporates a spiritual and religious undertone to the story. This Christian Murder Mystery successfully intertwines faith in its plot twists with surprising results.

This small-town tale, set in the 1950s, delves into religion, spirituality, and murder; and is exceedingly clever and cunning. The small community of Solo, Mississippi, is rocked after the murder of a prominent religious figure. Law officials consider the case closed, much to the dismay of widow Martha McRae. She questions how the young rector could die so unexpectedly. After sharing her suspicion with her bible study leader, Betty Crain, a chain of events is set off in the small southern community. Gossip soon abounds with murmurings of foul play, murder, and loss of faith. In the case of whodunit, Martha soon finds that asking questions has put her own life in peril, as she comes face to face with evil.

Twitter: @mhthompsonsr

The second featured author is: : Victoria Saccenti, author of DESTINY’S PLAN – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B010361G4O/


Book Blurb: One empty bus seat. Two aching hearts. A future written by Fate…When Raquelita Muro’s overbearing mother rips her and her little sister away from their beloved Papa, one tiny, rebellious corner of Raquelita’s heart is grateful that the bus is crowded, and the only seat left is out of Mama’s sight. Next to a handsome young man.

Matthew Buchanan’s beautiful traveling companion is more than something pretty to look at before he ships out for Viet Nam. Deep in her sad, whisky-colored eyes he glimpses a new dream to replace the ones he’s leaving behind. It breaks his heart to leave Raquelita in her tyrannical mother’s hands, but she gifts him with a token of love and a tender promise to exchange letters in secret.

But their first, shy “hello” has reached the ears of Fate. Fate is in the mood to see how far it can push two lonely hearts—to the brink of temptation, desperation, and despair—before they break. Perhaps beyond any hope of healing…

Twitter: @VictoriaSAuthor

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It’s a Blog Hop! Today is Day 7 of thirteen days of featured authors.

Welcome to the #RRBC “TREAT” Reads Blog Hop! Each featured author is a member of Rave Review Book Club and they have penned and published some great reads. I’ll be featuring a different author every day, from September 18th through September 30th. Pick up a copy of one of the authors’ books, and don’t forget to leave a review! You can also visit the “HOPS” main page at: https://bit.ly/2OzXHlo

As an added bonus, for every comment you leave on the main page during this tour,your name will be entered into a drawing for a gift card to be awarded at the end of the tour.

Today’s featured author is: Karen Ingalls, author of OUTSHINE: AN OVARIAN CANCER MEMOIR – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KI1HGZI/


Book Blurb:

When Karen Ingalls was diagnosed with Stage IIC ovarian cancer, she realized ho little she knew about what is called “the silent killer.” As Ingalls began to educate herself she felt overwhelmed by the prevalent negativity of cancer. Lost in the information about drugs, side effects, and statistics, she redirected her energy to focus on the equally overwhelming blessings of life, learning to rejoice in each day and find peace in spirituality. In this memoir, Karen is a calming presence and positive companion, offering a refreshing perspective of hope with the knowledge that “the beauty of the soul, the real me and the real you, outshines the effects of cancer, chemotherapy, and radian. It is a story of survival and reminds readers that disease is not an absolute, but a challenge to recover.

Twitter: @KIngallsAuthor

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Here’s a Flash Fiction surprise! “You Summoned Me”

They sat immobile, watching the ethereal form creep slowly toward them. Though small in stature, the dark entity had a presence that filled the room. Its eyes were golden; they glowed—like a fire had been lit within their center. As it cocked its head slightly to the right, those eyes looked directly at Mark. It began to gain density and move deliberately. Its stride was effortless. It appeared to float toward the couple. The room was eerily silent.

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The intercom buzzed. Irritated at the interruption, Mark punched the reply button, and snapped, “What is it?”

“Sorry to bother you, Mark,” his secretary replied, “Erin is on the line. She said it’s important. Shall I put her through?”

“Thank you, Marion.” He answered. “I didn’t mean to bark at you.”

He could sense her smile when Marion said, “No problem. Here’s Erin.”

Now it was Mark’s turn to smile. Erin had that effect on him.

“Hey, what’s up? Is there any chance you’d be able to get out of the office early? I have a big surprise and if I need to wait until this evening, I’ll explode,” Erin blurted out in a rush.

Laughing, Mark replied, “That sounds intriguing. I can finish this project in about an hour. Will that work?”

“That will be perfect. I have a surprise you won’t believe,” Erin told him.

“I’ll head for home as soon as I can.” Mark hung up the phone. He shook his head and smiled as he wondered what she had up her sleeve. Erin loved surprises and frequently amazed Mark with her revelations.

Mark turned his attention back to the document. With no interruption, he’d be on his way home within an hour.

Erin had spent the afternoon at the auction house where she found something totally unexpected. She’d won the bid for an antique Ouija board. Someone had made it from solid wood and had a patent date of 1891 etched on the reverse. It was over one-hundred-twenty years old. Erin believed the age of the board would make it a receptive and powerful tool. A heart shaped wooden planchette was included in her purchase. The overall condition of her prize was remarkable. Erin couldn’t wait to show Mark and was even more excited about using the talking board later that night.

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“Ouija board?” Mark laughed. “You have got to be kidding me.”

“Mark, it’s a real antique. Age makes it powerful,” Erin explained.

“You truly believe this wooden tray will allow you to talk to dead people?” he asked.

“Yes,” she retorted. “The Ouija board is a channeling device. It will allow us to contact spirits. When someone touches the planchette, it will concentrate that person’s energy in one place. That energy gives the spirits an invitation to respond, by guiding the planchette to spell out words and answer questions.”

Mark was unconvinced, but Erin’s enthusiasm was not to be dampened, and so he agreed. “Okay, my mystical spouse.” He chuckled. “Get the candles and champagne and I’ll get the card table. I’ll meet you in the living room.”
Mark set up the card table. Erin placed the Ouija board on the table and placed the planchette on its center. She lit three candles, set them on the table, and turned off the lights.

“So, what do we do now?” Mark asked.

Erin said, “Put your fingers on the edge of the planchette, then ask if any spirits are present. Invite them to come.”

Feeling a bit more comfortable with the Ouija board, Mark said, “If any spirits are here, I invite you to join us.” They waited, but nothing happened.

“This is a safe place for you to enter,” Erin whispered. “You are welcome in our home.”

The planchette shifted, ever so slightly. Mark looked at Erin. Her wide eyes and stiff posture let him know she, too, was startled by the movement.
“We welcome you, spirit,” Mark said. “Come to me.”

Slowly and steadily, the planchette moved to the letters C O M I N G N O W.
Then it stopped. Erin glanced up from the table. Mark was watching her skeptically.

“Did you do that?” he asked her.

“No,” she stammered. The flames from the candles flickered as a mild breeze swept through the room. For a split second, the card table vibrated, and one flame was extinguished.

Erin was frightened. She pulled her fingers from the planchette, reached across the table and clasped Mark’s hand as the entity materialized at the far end of the room.

What have we done? Mark thought. He hesitated, then greeted the apparition, “Hello.”

Erin slid from her chair and stood behind Mark.

The entity was a magnificent lioness, with glowing emerald green eyes, and a thick golden coat that glistened. With a soft growl, she said, “You summoned me.”

Startled at the sound of its voice, Mark sputtered, “I can hear you.”

“Our spirits are connected. My thoughts become words. I speak only to you,” the apparition chanted.

Erin commanded, “Leave now. You are not welcome here.”

The cat’s attention was on Mark. As if Erin had not spoken, the spirit moved to Mark’s side and rubbed its head against his shoulder. The soft fur on the tip of its ears brushed Mark’s chin as the weight of the cat threw him off balance. He stood as his chair fell backward.

Erin moved toward the door, but the lioness pounced, knocking her to the floor. Front feet on the woman’s shoulders, the cat snarled, then licked Erin’s cheek, its rough tongue scraping her skin.

As quickly as it struck her, the sleek beast turned from Erin to Mark. The cat grabbed Mark’s head with her front feet and sank her glistening teeth into his throat. The lioness dissolved.

Erin screamed when Mark dropped to the floor. A translucent black panther sprang from his chest and leaped toward Erin.

“You summoned me,” were the last words Erin heard.

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Jeff Frazier has a decision to make. Will he risk his marriage, or even his life, to follow a dream?

After burglary and kidnapping hit close to home, Jeff and his wife wonder if their talented colt is the catalyst and if so, why?

No one in the close-knit racing community is above suspicion following the murder of well-known jockey. When the homicide investigation points to an innocent man, his friends rally around him and try to point a finger at the real killer, even though none of them can agree on who it might be.

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Race into Murder

At a racetrack in southern California, Jeff Frazier is a thoroughbred trainer whose dream is about to become a reality. His wife’s home-bred colt has the talent and determination to place him in top contention for some of the richest races in the country.

Their world is rocked, however, when the future of the stunning young horse not only threatens their relationship, but becomes the catalyst for chaos among the close-knit group of horsemen whose livelihoods depend on racing.

When a well-known jockey is murdered, a homicide detective finds everything is not as it seems. No one is above suspicion. The racing community is on edge, as paranoia becomes contagious, and lies replace loyalty. When circumstances from the past begin to dictate actions of the present, turmoil is the result. Through it all, the races continue.

Written with the knowledge of a racetrack insider, Race into Murder is an intricately woven mystery that will keep the reader wondering until the end.

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