Endangered Spells (Witches Academy Series Book 6) by S. R. Mallery #PNR #Reading @SarahMallery1

Much thanks to Jacquie Biggar for featuring me today!

Jacquie Biggar-USA Today Best-selling author

Sometimes Magic Can Be Complicated

What happens when a beautiful and talented witch refuses to use her powers?

Even as a child, Gillian could perform magic far better than most people. Her spells swayed teachers, nabbing boyfriends was a piece of cake, and she had the added ability to foresee events, good or bad. But when one of her spells causes a near-death and a future forecast completely rocks her entire world, she steps away from magic––until her friend’s murder slams her back into the game…and straight into a detective’s arms.

#Magic, #Romance, #MurderMystery, #TimeTravel, #Psychology, #CockatooHumor

A waitress attending night school at the academy discovers, along with the gift of magic, she has royal blood flowing through her veins. America’s latest foodie channel sweetheart is a real charmer, who discovers not all the magic happens in the kitchen. Clair struggles with taking control of her magical powers until she…

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From not only a wonderful writer, but one of the finest editors I know. And that’s from first hand knowledge!

The Manuscript Doctor

During this time of isolation at home, I’ve kept busy. One major accomplishment and a few smaller ones achieved.

For several years, I’ve wanted to pull together all my materials from my seminars, workshops, and experience into one resource book for writers. I finally found the time this spring while quarantined to my house. The Author’s Journey: A Road Map for Writers – from Draft to Published Book released today on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback formats.

The book covers the following topics:

•Steps to preparing for the process of writing a book
•Craft, style, and mechanics of writing
•Elements of story
•How to choose the best publishing route for you
•The three major types of publishing
•Checklist for Pursuing Traditional Publishing
•Checklist for Publishing as an Indie Author
•Step-by-step guide for publishing on Amazon
•Legal Considerations for Writers
•How to start a freelance writing career
•Ways to market…

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Queen Jane Seymour and St George’s Chapel

This VERY interesting article is written by the fine author, Hunter S. Jones.

All Things Tudor

On October 12, 1537, King Henry VIII’s wife Jane Seymour gave birth at Hampton Court Palace to his only surviving legitimate son, the future King Edward VI. The labor had been exhausting, but Jane appeared to recover and wrote a letter to Thomas Cromwell announcing the birth of Henry’s heir. After a few day it was apparent that Jane was seriously ill. There are theories on the exact cause of her death but what we do know is that she died on October 24.

This week in 1537 saw the burial of the beloved third wife of Henry VIII.

After the beheading of Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII and Jane were married quickly. The wedding ceremony took place only eleven days after the execution, with Jane being fitted for her wedding dress as Anne was beheaded.

Yet, as brief as her reign and marriage was, Jane Seymour did something that…

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Meet the Author @SarahMallery1 #NewRelease #Writertips

So much thanks goes to Jacquie Biggar for featuring me today on her great blog!

Jacquie Biggar-USA Today Best-selling author

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It is my pleasure to introduce a friend and fellow writer, Sarah Mallery, to the blog today! I met Sarah a couple of years ago when we participated in a box set together. She’s talented, kind, and hard-working.

Please welcome Sarah!

What do
you write?

For the last ten years, I have mostly written
historical fiction. BUT I have now dipped my toe into different waters. “Tea,
Anyone? Book 1 Brooke & Abby Cozy Mystery” is a modern mystery––with a bit
of time travel (Gotta get in some historical research, don’t I?)

genre do you favor?

I am very eclectic in my tastes in music,
movies/TV series. And books. Although
historical fiction has played a big part in my life, I really am open to any
genre––if the characters and plots grab me.
In fact, it sometimes surprises me how much I end up…

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Source: IT WAS MEANT TO BE | P.C. Zick

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to actually meet one of your FB Friends? Well, I got a chance to do just that!

The following post is from my dear friend and editor extraordinaire, P. C. Zick –– Pat.  It was SO wonderful finally meeting her in person! I knew from our conversations over the years we’d most probably get along just fine in person, but our nonstop yakking and laughing at the restaurant table made my day…week. Nah. It all still stays fresh in my mind and will continue to do so for a long time.

ANYWAY, here is a reblog from her POST, in her own words…..

We recently traveled to southern California to attend the wedding of my husband’s nephew. While at my mother-in-law’s funeral, we learned of the wedding in San Diego and decided we would make the trip.

The decision to go turned out to be one of the best decisions we’ve made in recent years. There are times when the stars align, the heavens open, and serendipity ensues. Our visit proved to be one such time.

Since we were traveling so far it only made sense to see as many people as we could. Sixty years ago this month, when I was only four, my oldest brother married his college sweetheart, Joyce. My brother died ten years ago, but I have kept in touch with Joyce, who moved to Palm Springs several years after his death. I had been yearning to see her, so our trip would mean a chance to visit Joyce and see her new digs. Then there was the friend from our hometown who had been good friends with both my husband and another brother. His business is in Los Angeles. My husband’s cousin in Ventura was another chance to reconnect with a favorite relative. And finally, there was my very dear Sarah AKA S.R. Mallery who lives in North Hollywood. Was it possible for the two of us to meet in person after working together for years? I’ve edited and formatted most of Sarah’s books, most recently, Ellie & And the War on Powder Creek.

Wedding Day – Pacific Ocean roars behind us

The first part of the journey–the wedding–may have been the original impetus, but it may not have been the reason we went. Another family member who came to the wedding spent a day with us, mostly walking on the beach near San Diego. It turned out this person needed accepting ears to listen to his problems and concerns regarding a transitional period now facing him. We walked, listened, and hugged. We even found impossible-to-find parking spaces right on the beach (and for free) right when we needed it. Serendipity.

My very dear Joyce in Idyllwild

The visit to Joyce’s began in Idyllwild, CA, where she’d recently purchased a cabin in the mountains for the summer months. Cool temperatures, outstanding mountain vistas, and a rejuvenating visit with someone who has been a huge influence in my life. Joyce, who is eighty-one and laughs with ease, who practices yoga and lives in peace. We built fires in the huge stone fireplace in the living room. We made friends with Elvis, her Scottish terrier/poodle mix. And as we sat watching the flames in front of us one night, we felt the rumbles in our feet and heard the bomb blast outside–our first earthquake, a 3.3 minor occurrence, quickly over. We left from her home in Palm Springs after driving by Cary Grant’s former home and drinking beer while water misted over us at an outdoor bar on a 100 degree day. But, hey, it’s dry heat, right? No. It’s still hot, but the mists helped when the wind cooperated.

The other visits went well. We happened to plan our trip at a time when the friends in LA and the cousin in Ventura were present. The cousin and her husband had just returned from Australia and were headed out to Denmark in a few weeks. We caught them between their extensive travel schedule and even managed to meet two of their kids. The friend in LA only comes down from his ranch one week a month. That’s right, we picked the right week. Both visits cemented friendships and strengthened family ties.

S.R. Mallery and P.C. Zick do Hollywood.

And Sarah. What can I say about the phenomena of meeting someone who I feel is a good friend even without ever had hugged or looked at each other in the eye? It was wonderful. We just held each other at arm’s length for a few minutes before hugging for real. Then we went to the dining room where we were told to pick our table. Sarah and I chose a booth in the corner. A plaque on the table informed us we were sitting at a table where Walt Disney had often sat with members of his Imagineers team. They even carved some designs in the wood surface. Perfect because Sarah’s husband had been an Imagineer as a special effects designer. Both of our husbands have the scientific head for specifics and details, while Sarah and I are definitely the other end of the spectrum. Luckily for us, the two men bonded immediately and left us to our chatter about writing, marketing, and life. We couldn’t even stop to read the menu, but we had a lovely waitress who loved our story about meeting for the first time. She said it was like online long-term dating. All I know is the lunch ended much too soon, and we had to get on the road to avoid rush hour traffic in LA.

Our flights, both ways, were easy and efficient. Even our luggage arrived everywhere it should have arrived. And as much as I love Florida, I have to say, California wins the friendly tourist destination prize. Everywhere we went, we met helpful, kind, and friendly folks from our bartenders, waiters, drivers, flight attendants, and clerks. One day at Mission Beach in San Diego, we visited a beach bar with lots of craft beers. We had a couple and chatted with the bartender, Juan. When he gave us a bill, he’d only charged for one round. We pointed it out, and he said, “I just want you to enjoy your visit here in San Diego, so it’s my treat.” Can’t say I’ve had that happen at a beach bar in Florida.

And now we’re home, happy to be here, but extremely grateful we made the trip west. Sometimes, it’s just supposed to be that way.

Source: IT WAS MEANT TO BE | P.C. Zick

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REBLOG: Kathryn Knight books: A Donation to #PetsForVets from the Authors of Love Under Fire! #Suspense #Romance #Books #FridayReads

This weekend, I am honored to be presenting a donation check to the Portland Chapter of Pets for Vets on behalf of all the authors of Love Under Fire!  Twenty-one bestselling authors contributed stories to this Romantic Suspense Box Set, and during the six weeks this special deal was for sale, we raised thousands of dollars for Pets for Vets, a wonderful organization that pairs shelter pets with veterans seeking companion animals.

While the Love Under Fire Box Set is no longer available as a book bundle, most of the individual novels are now available for sale, many also in print and on audio as well as in ebook format.  Please visit the author links below to read more on what we each write, and to view our available titles!

Judith Lucci
Love Under Fire title:  RUN for Your Life
A long awaited romantic interlude turns deadly…

Stephany Tullis
Love Under Fire title:  Blue Lady’s MISSION Under FIRE
THE MISSION changed. Her COVER is blown. With NOWHERE to run and NOWHERE to hide, what can she do to SURVIVE?

Margaret A. Daly
Love Under Fire title:  Monsters in My Closet
Can Becky keep her secrets?

Fiona Quinn
Love Under Fire title:  Cold Red
Undercover. Under fire. Under arrest. It’s hard to save a special agent’s life with your hands cuffed behind your back.

Kathryn Knight
Love Under Fire title:  The Haunting of Hillwood Farm

A dangerous ghost brings them together…but will they survive long enough to find happiness?

Casi McLean
Love Under Fire title:  Reign of Fire
When Love Sparks Fire, Even Ash Burns

K.M. Hodge

Love Under Fire title: Summer of ’78
When you’re a serial killer’s type…

Linda Watkins 
Love Under Fire title: The Turning
The Witches of Storm Island
It is the Year of Our Lord 1685 and 14-year-old Maude Prichard finds herself at a crossroads in life…

Alyssa Richards
Love Under Fire title:  Chasing Secrets
Her husband’s secret tore everything down. A ruthless killer threatens all she has left. It’s up to her to make everything right.

Tamara Ferguson
Love Under Fire title:  Two Hearts Under Fire
While on the run, can two wounded hearts under fire survive love?

Suzanne Jenkins
Love Under Fire title:  Running with Horses
Moving horses to the high country comes just in time when Mindy and her coffee date witness murder at a Mojave Desert cafe

Valerie J. Clarizio
Love Under Fire title:  The Code Enforcer
Can they overcome their painful pasts–and a murder investigation–to find happiness together?

Stephanie Queen
Love Under Fire title:  Ace Under Fire
Can this bad boy has-been make a comeback to save an old flame?

Uvi Poznansky
Love Under Fire title:  Virtually Lace
Michael sets out to create a virtual reality simulation of the murder. Can he bring the mystery to life? Can he solve its clues in time, before the killer turns on the woman he loves?

Inge-Lise Goss
Love Under Fire title:  Diamonds and Lies
When murder upends a diamond heist, can the jewel thief trust the mark who vows to protect her?

Anna Celeste Burke
Love Under Fire title:  Lily’s Homecoming Under Fire
Someone in wine country wants Lily dead…

S.R. Mallery
Love Under Fire title:  Tender Enemies
In 1941, when Lily sets up a “honey trap” for Joe, the Nazi, she soon faces a danger she isn’t prepared for–falling in love.

Pamela Fagan Hutchins
Love Under Fire title:  Buckle Bunny
The last guy to call Maggie a buckle bunny didn’t make his eight seconds

Jinx Schwartz
Love Under Fire title:  Baja Get Away
Sometimes love is murder

Aaron Paul Lazar
Love Under Fire title:  The Asylum
Carmen has a secret, and his name is Dr. Micah Worthy

Chris Patchell
Love Under Fire:  Deception Bay
She’s armed. He’s dangerous. Together, can they stop a killer from tearing a small island community apart?

Thank you for supporting the authors who contributed to Love Under Fire!  Please stop by my blog again next week, when I share the pictures from our visit to Portland!  You can sign up for my newsletter below as well to keep up with book news and events.


Source: Clancy Tucker’s Blog: 18 April 2019 – MEMORABLE MOMENTS BEFORE MOBILE PHONES TOOK OVER


G’day folks,
Childhood has almost always been an innocent time of exploration, adventure, and imagination. Though I sometimes wonder if today’s kids are missing out on all the great fun we used to have when we were young.
Because they have so many amazing toys, cellphones, and video games, perhaps they actually are less good at making their own fun.
Take a look at these rare photos of adorable youngsters enjoying themselves, and share them with your friends to remind the world how important the simple things in life are.


Source: Clancy Tucker’s Blog: 19 March 2019 – HISTORIC SHOTS OF WOMEN ENTERING THE WORKPLACE

G’day folks,
Since winning the right to vote in the early 20th century, women have been hungry for equality and respect in all areas of life — and with good reason! What’s the point of having the right to vote on subject matters in your country and community if your life is spent washing dishes and folding laundry?
Over the past 100 years, women’s warrior cries have shattered the glass ceiling and coined the term “Boss Lady.” That level of achievement in the workplace wouldn’t have been possible without these leading ladies, who put the word force back into workforce.






REBLOG: Book review: Tender Enemies by S.R. Mallery | Discover books drenched in Greek sunshine…


Source: Book review: Tender Enemies by S.R. Mallery | Discover books drenched in Greek sunshine…

OK. First of all, a HEARTY thanks goes out to the fine, wonderfully descriptive author, EFFROSYNI MOSCHOUDI, for her GREAT review of my 1941 WW2 USA Romance thriller! Here it is:

WAIT! Before I let you see it… here’s a chance for you to get it for #FREE #FREE #FREE!!

I am offering a #FREE Gifted AMAZON eBOOK to EACH of the FIRST SIX U. S. FOLLOWERS WHO CONTACT ME!  (Unfortunately this applies only to followers in the United States–sorry!)

Just Go to my CONTACT Page, fill in your information and write that you are interested in getting a free TENDER ENEMIES…

EFFROSYNI’s Book review: Tender Enemies by S.R. Mallery

I love books set in New York and this historical romance had an original premise that drew me from the start. I’d never read anything about Nazis in America before so I was intrigued before I even started to read. S.R. Mallery set her world vividly from the first pages, reeling me in effortlessly. I have read all her other books and, once again the dialogue was spot on for the era. This author writes vivid dialogue and characters in all her books, and she does it in an almost cinematographical way, in the sense that as I read I can see it all in my mind’s eye. What a wonderful talent for a writer to have!

The heroine, Lily, was traumatized from childhood and worried for her mother’s health too. She is such a caring soul, a good girl that was full of worry and trepidation. It all made me yearn for her to find happiness. The man she loved was someone she was assigned to spy on, which caused her to ache with love for him while doubting his integrity and true motives at the same time.

A host of Nazi supporters, some operatives on a stake-out, and FBI agents are featured in the story, weaving a web of lies and distrust that trapped the two protagonists at the center. I cannot recommend this book enough for fans of historical fiction and sweet romance with suspense. The story proved utterly entertaining to the last page. Towards the end, a series of twists and revelations caused my reading pleasure to skyrocket.

But, above all, what I enjoyed the most was feeling fully immersed in the 1940s as I read. It was an unforgettable mind trip and I urge you to take it as well.

My rating: 5 stars

Intriguing historical romance. Such a page-turner!

Do you enjoy romances where the protagonists are plagued by uncertainty and doubt? How about historical romances with suspense? I think you’ll love this book! Visit Amazon to find out more!



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“G’day folks,

Now, here is a wild mob. Ma Barker was the matriarch of the Barker-Karpis Gang, whose spree of kidnappings, murders and bank robberies led to her and its members’ violent deaths.


Ma Barker was born on October 8, 1873, in Ash Grove, Missouri. She had four sons: Herman, Lloyd, Arthur and Fred, who, with Alvin Karpis, formed the Barker-Karpis Gang in 1931. That year, Fred and Alvin shot a sheriff to death. The murder started a pattern of thoughtless killing by the gang. Ma Barker became a wanted woman. On January 16, 1935, Ma and Fred where shot and killed by FBI agents in Oklawaha, Florida.MaBarker2

Early Years

Ma Barker was born Arizona Donnie Clark on October 8, 1873, to a poor family in Ash Grove, Missouri. Her parents were of Irish and Scottish descent. Clark was a headstrong girl with dark penetrating eyes and a nasty temper. Along with her siblings, she attended church regularly and spent her free time singing and playing the fiddle.

As a child, Clark witnessed local outlaw Jesse James and his gang ride through her hometown. The sight triggered her thirst for adventure and was a catalyst for her life to come.

Personal Life

In 1892, Clark married a man who would fail to quench that thirst—a poor, soft-spoken tenant farmer named George Barker. Over the next decade, the couple had four sons: HerMaBarker3man, Lloyd, Arthur (nicknamed Doc) and Fred. (Arizona Clark had by then had adopted the nickname “Kate,” and taken her husband’s last name.)

As the Barker boys aged, they were constantly in trouble with the law. Herman, the oldest, was arrested in 1910 for petty thievery. By the time Barker’s two youngest, Doc and Fred, had reached their teen years, all four sons were repeatedly landing themselves in prisons and reformatories. But Kate Barker refused to discipline her boys and would fly into a rage at anyone, including her husband, who tried to scold them. After the family relocated to Tulsa in 1915, George left Kate.

Barker-Karpis Gang

 In the spring of 1931, Ma Barker’s youngest son, Fred, was unexpectedly paroled from Lansing Prison, in Kansas. Fred brought with him a fellow parolee named Alvin Karpis. He and Fred agreed to become partners in crime. Ma approved of the newly formed Barker-Karpis Gang and let them use her Tulsa shack as a hideout. Living vicariously through the exploits of her boys offered Ma the adventure she had always craved.


Fred and Alvin quickly went to work, committing a series of burglaries and small?time bank robberies. In December 1931, they robbed a department store in West Plains, Missouri. The next day, they shot and murdered the town’s Sheriff, C. R. Kelly, at point blank range. Kelly’s murder started a pattern of excessive violence and thoughtless killing that soon became the trademark of the Karpis-Barker Gang. For the first time, Ma Barker became a wanted woman.

On March 29, 1932, Fred, Alvin and three accomplices robbed the Northwestern National Bank in Minneapolis and made a clean getaway. The Barker?Karpis Gang got away with more than a quarter of a million dollars in cash and bonds.

In September of 1932, Ma’s son Doc was paroled from a murder sentence at the same time that his brothers were free. The Barker gang was back at full strength and more menacing than ever. With Ma’s blessing, they quickly plotted another bank job for December, at the Third Northwestern National Bank in Minneapolis. This time, however, they failed to adequately think the job through. The consequence was a violent shoot­out with the police, which only served to solidify their reputation as the most vicious criminal gang in America.



A Violent Death – See My added Photo Above from PINTEREST

Another shootout between the Barkers and the authorities would occur on the morning of January 16, 1935, when the FBI raided the house in Oklawaha, Florida, where Ma and Fred were staying. Heavily armed FBI agents surrounded the house and ordered the pair to surrender. With no reply, the agents threw tear gas canisters at the windows. Fred fired a machine gun and a shootout began that left the house riddled with bullets. Fred and Ma fought for their lives, shooting back with everything they had. Finally, after four hours, the federal agents began to run out of ammunition and the scene became deathly quiet. Ma and Fred Barker were found together, dead in an upstairs bedroom. A stash of weapons and thousands of dollars were recovered at the house.”

NOW HERE’S ALSO MY ADDITION: Shelley Winters played MA BARKER on two episodes of “BATMAN” in 1966.  Here is the IMDB link: