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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Authors, Authors, Authors!

Yesterday, I spent the day at the Kress Family Library in De Pere, WI for their Celebrate Writing: A Reader & Author Fair. This was the first year they attempted the fair and it was fabulous. Not only did I meet several new authors, but I met readers and aspiring authors as well. The fair had a speaker and panel that I was able to listen to while sitting at my own booth. During downtime, I visited several authors and snatched their information for this post.

Please meet (in order by a messy stack of cards next to me):

PJ Fiala
Book Spotlight:
Nothing terrifies Samantha Powell more than starting over, but after devoting three decades to a troubled man and an unhappy marriage, Sam finds the courage to seek her own happiness. She imagines a nice quiet life filled with friends, family, and a career that leaves no room for relationship drama. Unfortunately, no one told the alluring Grayson Kinkaide.

After escaping a bad marriage of his own, Grayson realizes his soul mate is still out there and his heart is set on Sam. Their instant attraction begins a steamy affair, but the women of Grayson’s past aren’t ready to let him go. Can Grayson convince Sam that she is the only one for him?

"Designing Samantha's Love" is a steamy romance that contains sexual content.

You can find out more about PJ Fiala at her website:
Romance on Wheels

Valerie J. Clarizio

Book Spotlight:

Detective Spinelli’s life is tossed sideways when he is reassigned from the Homicide division to assist in the Child Services division of the Social Services Department for the holiday season. From the beginning, Spinelli and Caseworker Shannon O’Hara generate their own kind of fireworks, causing more than the normal workplace stress. They both have their own philosophies for dealing with the clientele. However, the forces of nature have their own plan for Spinelli and Shannon.

Shannon moonlights as Santa Claus’ little helper at the mall, and when Santa and an elf turn up dead Shannon appears to be next on the killer’s list. Spinelli is placed back on homicide and goes undercover as Santa to help capture the killer. He catches a great deal of grief along the way but will he capture the heart of his little Santa’s helper as well?

You can find out more about Valerie J. Clarizio at her website:

Mary Grace Murphy

Book Spotlight:

Nell Bailey has always suspected food would be the death of her, but never did she consider her relationship with tempting treats would cause her to be a target for murder.

After writing an extremely negative review of "Sam's Slam" and posting it on her blog "Noshes Up North," a follower takes issue with her comments and won't let it go. The cyber bullying continues culminating in a gruesome murder.

A fellow foodie, coincidentally also named Nell, has been slain in a most heinous manner. Could it be a case of mistaken identity and she was the intended victim?

As Nell wonders how to deal with the situation, her lifetime battle with weight and self image give her no relief. She finds herself relying on her group of good friends for advice and support. Then she gets help from an unexpected source - Sam, the owner of the restaurant she had torn to shreds in her review.

As sparks start to ignite between them, a chilling question rears its ugly head in the back of Nell's mind. Could Sam possibly be the killer? And does he want her dead?                

You can find out more about Mary Grace Murphy at her website:

Virginia McCullough

Book Spotlight:

Lorna Lindstrom and Jack Young just got married in the tropics—and their grownup kids don’t like it one bit...

Now the newlyweds feel like a couple of fools. Surely ending their impulsive “cruise ship” marriage is the best solution. Lorna’s two kids and Jack’s daughter sure think so. But their meddling backfires, prompting Jack and Lorna to rethink their plan. Don’t they deserve a happy ending, after all?

A professional organizer, Lorna is a little too proud of her spotless home. She fell in love with Jack’s generous heart, but must he rescue every abandoned dog in town? Jack owns a popular, laidback nostalgia cafĂ©, with menu items named for ‘60s and ‘70s songs. He feels right at home in Lorna’s bedroom, but he might as well be a stranger everywhere else in her perfect house.

In a matter of days, Lorna puts her organizing skills to work to help Jack’s elderly father, while Jack takes on a new rescue mission, this one involving Lorna’s daughter. But even as their lives become more enmeshed, this “opposites attract” duo can’t quite get in sync. Is it time to admit defeat and go their separate ways? Or can they find a way to make peace with their dueling quirks and have some fun with their second-chance romance?

You can find out more information about Virginia McCullough at her website:

L.L. Mecazani

Book Spotlight:

For Bethany Jasdam, it's difficult not to see the evil that lurks inside her mother, Delilah, even though others seem to love her. Suddenly, as on relative after another dies while under her mother's care, the evil inside Delilah becomes apparent to Bethany. She realizes it's not just her that her mother despises. Delilah -- selfish, jealous, and greedy -- does anything in her power to advance her own goals. One by one, victims are lured under her mother's charm, only to be deceived, then wind up dead a few weeks later. And Bethany seems to be the only one who knows what is really happening. So now Bethany has to ask herself: who will be Delilah's next victim?

You can find out more information about L.L. Mecazani at her website:

Lisa Lickel

Book Spotlight:

Hope, love, and loss meld two polar opposite personalities. How long can they keep passion for their ministry and each other after the wedding?

Medical missionary and avowed bachelor Merit Campbell is wounded during a skirmish at his Mideast clinic and sent home to recover. Restlessness propels him to explore the happier moments of his childhood in Illinois where he meets Amalia Kennedy, owner of The Last Detail, who enjoys helping people prepare for their final years. Merit ushers in new life; Amalia ushers it out. Love? Obviously. Marriage? Check. Dealing with the family closet? Step back…

Amalia enjoys her predictable life in a quiet little Illinois town—until long-time intended, Hudson, finally proposes in a way that shows her boring and old are coming way too fast. When a mutual friend introduces Merit and Amalia, the spark of attraction makes Merit reconsider his bachelorhood. When he can’t return to the mission, he accepts a call as pastor to Amalia’s church. As the two grow closer they weather constant interruptions from ministry, business, and family, even at their wedding and beyond. When tragedy strikes, they must learn to rely on each other in ways they couldn’t have prepared for.

You can find out more information about Lisa Lickel at her website:

I hope you will check out these talented authors! As always, you can always find me at 

I'll be back next month with more great authors!


  1. Nice post, Nicolette. The Kress Library staff did a wonderful job pulling this event together.

    1. I thought they did a wonderful job too, especially since it was their first year. I was impressed.

  2. I agree--it was a wonderful event. Good panels and interesting groups of writers displaying their work. I hope we at Wisconsin Romance Writers can participate again.

  3. Fabulous event and thank you very much for writing this blog post Nicolette. I will reblog it on the WisRWA blog as well. It was nice meeting you and our fellow writers.

    1. Thank you for the repost! I hope to see you again at another event :)

  4. Thanks Nic--course you're fab too, making the rounds and friends like that. Awesome sauce, girl.