Friday, October 19, 2012

Sarah Ross--AVENGE

Avenge is now Available!!!
Sarah M. Ross, author of Awaken and Echo of an Earth Angel, has released the highly anticipated sequel, Avenge. This must-read book is now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

About the Book:
Six months ago, Lucy Donovan thought that being killed by a drunk driver was the worst thing that could happen to her.
She was wrong.
Now, the person she loves most has been ripped away from her, soul held hostage, and Lucy has vowed to stop at nothing to get it back.
Part of a new team with enhanced powers, Lucy and her friends begin a quest to avenge the souls that have been stolen. Enemies of the Patronus have united, however, and a spy from within the Patronus realm is feeding the enemy their every move.
When a mission goes horribly wrong, Lucy’s soul becomes compromised. It will take a strength she didn’t know was within her to escape the darkness, return to the light and avenge the soul she loves.

$3.99 for ebook
$12.99 for Paperbacks. (Autographed copies available at

To celebrate this release, Sarah has placed Awaken on sale for only $.99 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble!!

About the Author:
I started my obsession with reading at an early age, getting in trouble for sneaking BabySitter Club and Nancy Drew books into math class in elementary school. I would read any fiction book I could get my hands on. I knew it was an addiction when instead of grounding me from TV or music, my mom would take away my books as punishment (The Horror!). My love of all things paranormal was inspired by my good friend Laurie, who convinced me that books with vampires, witches, and all things shifter were amazing. After a little reluctance, I gave it a shot with the Sookie Stackhouse books, realized she was right, and the rest was history. 
I grew up in Pittsburgh, graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with my degree in English, and taught 8th graders to love reading as much as I do for several years. I will always be a proud member of the Steelers Nation, but I couldn't take the cold and moved my frozen tush to Florida where I now live with my family and two cats. You will find me now with my trusty Kindle in hand and toes in the sand!

When I'm not writing or reading, I am probably partaking in my favorite vice: sunbathing. I know it's wrong, but I love the feeling on the hot sun on my skin and could lay in it for hours. I do live in Florida for a reason!

Please feel free to contact me!


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Halloween Party and Kindle Fire Giveaway

My friend, Lisa Orchard, author of the Super Spies series, is hosting a Halloween party with a bunch of us author-y type, and we're giving away a Kindle Fire.

Yep, you read that right. A KINDLE FIRE!

Contest runs: October 15- October 30

To enter: leave a comment on LISA'S BLOG

See below for what your comment needs to include.

How to play Bobbing for Books. 

1. Tweet about the event. Post your tweet URL in the comment section of LISA'S BLOG. Each tweet or share counts as one entry. So, the more tweets you do the more entries you have. :)

2. Share about the event on FB. Post your share URL in the comment section of LISA'S BLOG. 

3. Buy a participating author’s book(s) and post the confirmation code of purchase/book title IN A COMMENT ON on Lisa Orchard’s blog

Tweet/share = one entry. Book bought = two entries so enter often! But get credit for it via Lisa’s blog!

Here's a list of the participating authors and their books. No purchase is necessary, but feel free to "bob" for books for extra chances to win. Click on the book to purchase from They're also available at Barnes and Noble. 

If you see another book by one of the authors below, those count too! It's not limited to just the books below as long as they're by that author. 






Monday, October 1, 2012

Author Donna Crow--Interview

Please help me welcome Donna Crow to RBTL today. She's a mystery writer. I always respect mystery writers, probably because I wouldn't be able to do it in a million years. I have a hard time keeping my characters' eye colors straight, much less clues to a murder. But Donna does it magnificiently.

Hi Jessie, thank you so much for inviting me to be a guest on “Read Between the Lines.” I’m delighted to have this chance to chat with you and your readers. I just wish it could be in person over a cup of tea.

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Ah, where to start? My husband and I live in Boise, Idaho, we have a far-flung family of  four adult children and 11 grandchildren living in Los Angeles, Boston, Canada and Kentucky.  Next to my family my passion is for British Christianity. I love to tell the stories of holy men and women of the past in hopes of inspiring people in the present.
The award-winning Glastonbury, A Novel of the Holy Grail, an Arthurian grail search epic covering 15 centuries of English history, is my best-known work.  I am also the author of The Monastery Murders: A Very Private Grave  and A Darkly Hidden Truth; as well as the Lord Danvers series of Victorian true-crime novels: A Most Inconvenient Death, Grave Matters, and To Dust You Shall Return; and a romantic suspense series The Elizabeth & Richard Mysteries: The Shadow of Reality and A Midsummer Eve’s Nightmare.

2. What do you do when you are not writing?
I am an enthusiastic gardener and I love sharing afternoon tea with family and friends. Of course, I’m an avid reader and I love traveling to visit family and to research new books.

3. How did you choose the genre you write in?
My desire to share the stories of British Christianity wasn’t really a choice. It is more of a spiritual calling. The genre those stories come out in is really a matter of which seems to fit the story best. I do historical novels, romance and mystery. I do seem to be focusing more on writing mysteries recently. I like the added challenge of more complex plotting. I want my readers to keep turning those pages.

4. Do you work with an outline, or just write?
Since I try never to write about a place I haven’t visited and most of my settings are in England that requires some pretty intense research trips. Which means I have to have an outline so I’ll know exactly where I need to go and what I need to learn when I get across the water.
I just returned from a research trip to England for my next Elizabeth & Richard Mystery: A Jane Austen Encounter. English literature professors Elizabeth and Richard are on sabbatical visiting all the sites where Jane Austen lived. My outline for the book was my itinerary. Now my experiences researching will be the book— with a murder thrown in for fun, of course.

5. Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your book published?
My greatest challenge was restarting my career in 2010 after a 10-year hiatus. Life simply overwhelmed me as our children married, emigrated and had children, my parents died, we moved. . . I was still writing, but I wasn’t publishing. When I was ready to get back to work I needed a publisher for my Monastery Murders series. The book publishing world had changed. I had changed. It was like starting a whole new career. The key to getting back in was finding the right agent. Janet Benrey has truly been a Godsend. Janet sold The Monastery Murders to Monarch Books in England and has overseen getting several of my series published in ebook format.

6. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
In The Monastery Murders the background of my heroine Felicity is based on the experiences of our daughter Elizabeth who studied classics at Oxford, found teaching school in London borning, went off to study in a theological college run by monks in a monastery in Yorkshire, and fell in love with an English priest. (Yes, I know— it sounds like a novel— but that part is all true.)
Although Felicity’s personality is much different than Elizabeth’s— even opposite in many ways— I do enjoy writing scenes  based loosely on things Elizabeth actually did. For example, when our son graduated from West Point we were all staying in an ancient inn along the Hudson River. We returned so late after the graduation ball that the inn was locked up tight. Elizabeth, still in her ball gown, grasped the edge of the balcony, swung her long legs over the edge and entered the window.
This became the final scene in A Darkly Hidden Truth where Felicity and her mother, locked in a room in an ancient manor house, discover that Antony is held prisoner in the room above hers:
            She ran to the window and wrenched it open.  There was just room for her to wedge her shoulders out as she leaned far to one side and then the other.  They were, indeed, at the top of a sheer brick wall, as Angela had said.  If she could just spot a window to tell her where Antony was. . . She stretched farther, gazing upward to survey the roof behind the paramented gable over her head.  “Careful!”  Cynthia cried and grabbed Felicity’s ankles.
            Felicity reached an arm up.  If she could grasp the edge of the parapet she could swing herself onto the roof.  If she could only see where to go from there.  If no  window, surely an air vent.  There must be an aperture of some sort.  But the roof line was unbroken.

7. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
Because my books are set in England getting the details right is always a nagging worry. Thankfully, I have an English editor, but still mistakes can slip through the net. Having a reader point out an “Americanism” is my nightmare. (Yes, it happens. Blush)
Conversely, having an English reader say she couldn’t tell it was written by an American was a huge compliment. I also cherish the letter I received from an American Marine who had read Glastonbury, praising my battle scenes.

8. What does your protagonist think about you? Would he or she want to hang out with you, the author, her creator.
Well, Felicity’s clash with her mother Cynthia is a major story line in A Darkly Hidden Truth, as motherhood is a theme of the book. I hope I don’t irritate Felicity as much as her mother does, but let’s face it— Felicity is rash and stubborn and a bit hot-headed and she irritates me sometimes. Actually, I see a lot of the fun of the series will be growing Felicity up. And just think of poor Father Antony. She drives him absolutely wild and yet he’s in love with her.

9. Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself or your book?
I hope your readers will come over to my website to read more about all of my books, watch my trailers and see pictures from my garden and research trips at:  And I would love to have you follow me on Facebook at:

Check out her books too! Here are the links for Glastonbury:
Barnes and Noble

And for A Darkly Hidden Truth:
Barnes and Noble

Thanks so much for joining us today, Donna!