One of the most popular questions that I get is... "You work full time and have two kids. How do you find time to write?"

Let me tell you... you take your opportunities while you can. I wrote today on my breaks and lunch and came up with 7 typed pages. That's better than some days when I try to type and write at the same time!

Just so you can see why I love Coffee Time Romance so much!

This is the review that they gave me for Obsidian... 4 cups! Yeah!



SuspenseRating: 4 cups

Jamie Rivard is a U.S. Coast Guard Officer in the Special Investigating Unit. He is investigating the death of his best friend and fellow officer David who was murdered in a boat explosion, which also injured him. While on medical leave, Jamie unofficial looks at the case David was working on. Working undercover, he hopes to discover who murdered David. Believing Shelby Teague might have a connection Jamie sticks close to her but finds he is falling for her too.
Shelby Teague owns the wharf and runs a store, which is a family business. She became a widow when her husband drowned in the ocean during a dive. Now she fears for her brother Josh since he started diving also. She has started to notice something strange occurring near the place where she takes her nightly walks. Shelby starts developing feelings for the mysterious Jamie who is her new boarder.
When David dies, Jamie is devastated and wants to learn who murdered him. With the unofficial help of their boss, Jamie goes undercover in the coastal town of Chandler looking for answers. He maneuvers his way into the life of Shelby believing she has the answers he is seeking. However, he begins having lustful thoughts about her too. Once someone tries to kill Shelby and Jamie, he comes clean about himself. With the help of Case, the uncle of Shelby, they set out to capture the killers and everything comes together in a climacteric conclusion.
Suspense, romance and intrigue this story definitely has all three. Ms. Oliver has done a fantastic writing a book that will have her readers eating up ever moment of this tale. This story will have you by the seat of your pants. So make sure to put it on your list of books to be read.

Candy CayReviewer for Coffee Time Romance Reviewer for Karen Find Out About New Books

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Date: June 3rd
Time: 9:00pm
Now for the WHO!
Authors from the Maine Chapter of RWA (MERWA) -
Come and join us as the wild and rowdy romance writers from Maine whoop it up and cause general mayhem!
We've got a genre to suit just about everyone!

RWA Writer's Check this out!

There is nothing better than Maine in the Fall... unless it's those two weeks of summer we get in August!
Kiss of Death PresentsIts Annual Weekend Retreat
Friday, October 3 to Sunday, October 5, 2008
Portland Regency HotelPortland, Maine
Sugar maples dressed in vibrant red, oak leaves turning yellow and shading to bronze. The nip in the evening air that warns winter isn’t too far off. A hint of wood smoke, kids back in school, all alone in the house ... hmmm, there’s a strange noise down in the basement. Hmmm, there it is again, sounds like someone’s ... digging? Maybe staying up late to read “Salem’s Lot” wasn’t such a good idea.
Whatever your interest - romantic suspense, mystery or thriller - share your passion for the written word and a great plot with fellow enthusiasts. Whether you’re a new writer or polishing your sixth manuscript, there’s no better event than Kiss of Death’s annual retreat - and no better place than New England in the fall.
Come join us for thrills, chills and spills with:
Special Guest and Bestselling Author LISA GARDNER presenting “Writing Romantic Suspense and Developing Villains”
Homicide Lieutenant Danny Agan Need help fleshing out that crime scene? Here’s the man to ask. A favorite COFFIN workshop presenter, Danny will answer all your questions and some you never thought to ask! And you’ll marvel at his arsenal of weapons.

and our Early Bird Workshop feature

Mary Buckham, award-winning author and popular national speaker&Dianna Love Snell, Rita-award winning author
presenting “Power Openings and Power Pacing”
Both Mary and Dianna will present solo workshops on Saturday as well.
We are also pleased to have with us staff editor Mackenzie Walton from Ellora’s Cave/Ceredwen, and literary agent, Meg Ruley, who will be available to take pitches Saturday.

On-site Registration
Early-bird Workshop
Free Evening
Closing Remarks

Cost for the Retreat:
Early bird (KOD members only) May 15-31
KOD members June 1
RWA members

Meals will include light buffet Friday evening, continental breakfast and lunch Saturday, and breakfast buffet Sunday.

Passing on good advice...

I've been asked to do a presentation at the New Jersey RWA conference. This is a huge honor and I am so grateful to them. But I have one huge problem! I'm afraid of talking in public. The last time I did (also the first time) I ended up finishing and then having a panic attack. But I did it! That's important. Anyway, I decided that the best way to do this is to be as prepared as I possibly can and to look at how others handle speaking in public. I found a great talk about the differences between how men and women present ideas on the Harlequin blog. Channel Your Inner Guy. Anyway, it gave me a great amount of insight into how I should come across and also when I look back at the workshops that I've enjoyed in the past they follow right along with the ideas presented. Kudos to Isabel Swift. I may not need that emergency number for an ambulance after all!
From an interview with Candice Miller Speare, content reviewer for Barbour Publishing, from a blog posting on Novel Journey... click here to read the interview

I don’t know how other people feel about this, but I much prefer an intelligent hero or heroine who walks into danger by accident, not by their own stupidity.

How many times have you read a book or watched a movie and thought... "what were they thinking?" Everyone who writes mysteries and suspense (romantic or otherwise) should read her blog post. She puts to words all the things that made you put down that last book never to return or had you shutting off that movie in disgust.

check it out...

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