Friday, April 26, 2013

Food for Thought

Hi everyone,

Last week I was on a train, headed for home. Like most people in the carriage in the same carriage, I sat there slouched in my seat, tired and just waiting for the journey to be over. Then I raised my eyes and spotted a man and a woman, both probably in their twenties. They were hugging and kissing and gazing into each other's eyes.  I couldn’t pull my gaze away. The obvious love between them was beautiful to watch.  Especially since they were both wheelchair-bound. They seemed to be crippled in the legs. 
The amazing thing was this: what they couldn’t use didn't stop them from living. They touched, they embraced, and they kissed. Most of all, unlike most of us, their faces were wreathed in smiles. 

Watching them, I felt both touched and ashamed. Touched to witness a love story unfolding in front of my eyes. Ashamed because I had so much to be grateful for, and for a moment I had forgotten.

There's a lot we can learn from people who are not fortunate enough to have what we have and yet they seem so much happier.

What are you grateful for?

We had a very warm week here in Vienna, Austria. After a long and bitter winter, it feels great to finally feel sunrays dancing on my shoulders.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Chocolate Aftertaste by Liz Grace Davis (99 cent Sale)

Hi everyone,

This is a short post to let you know that Chocolate Aftertaste will be on sale for 99 cents for a limited time. Click HERE if you want to buy a copy. I'd appreciate it if you share the news with your friends. Thank you and have a great weekend.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Virtual Super Book Blast Tour for Identity Crisis (GC Giveaways)

Dear readers,

Today I’m excited to introduce you to another interesting novel, Identity Crisis by Eliza Daly. This is could be a treat for lovers of romantic suspense. Enjoy.

Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win one of the giveaways. Eliza will be awarding a one $20 Amazon or B & N Gift Certificates to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon or B & N Gift Certificate, winner's choice, to four (4) randomly drawn commenters during the tour.

The more you comment on the tour, the higher your chances of winning. Find the tour dates HERE.

Identity Crisis
by Eliza Daly

When Olivia Doyle’s father dies under suspicious circumstances, rather than inheriting a family fortune, she inherits a new identity. She learns they were placed in the Federal Witness Protection Program when she was five years old. Her father was involved in an art forgery ring and testified against the mob. Brought up not to trust anyone, Olivia has a difficult time relying on U.S. Marshal Ethan Ryder to protect her, and to keep her secret. She fears her father may have continued his life of crime through her art gallery. She has little choice but to depend on Ethan when she realizes someone is now after her. Olivia’s search for the truth leads her and Ethan across country to a family and past she doesn’t remember.

At the age of ten, Ethan witnessed a brutal murder. He vowed when he grew up, he’d protect people in danger. Protecting Olivia is difficult when she won’t trust him. He soon realizes his desire to protect her goes beyond doing his job, but if his judgment becomes clouded by emotions, her safety could be jeopardized.

Can Ethan and Olivia learn to trust each other when they uncover secrets that will change their lives forever?

Olivia stood paralyzed, her mind racing, trying to comprehend the letter. Was this some kind of sick joke? For the past twenty-four years her dad had lived in fear that somebody would hurt them? What had forced him to leave behind everyone he’d loved? Everyone she’d probably loved, but obviously couldn’t remember. And if her mom wasn’t buried in San Francisco, whose grave had Olivia been visiting here all these years? She tried to hold the letter steady in her trembling hands. Of course it was vague. Her dad had been a man of few words. However, these few words expressed a lot of emotion, something he’d never been good at doing.

“Is everything all right?” Father Clifford’s voice penetrated her thoughts.

Concern creased the older man’s brow and from the curiosity filling his gray eyes, he had no clue what the envelope contained. Her dad hadn’t even trusted a priest with his secret. Her dad had been the only person she’d ever really trusted, and it turned out she hadn’t truly known him.

She merely nodded, unable to find her voice. She inhaled a deep breath. The scent of beeswax candles and incense did little to calm the panic racing through her veins. She unfolded a clipping from a Chicago newspaper, dated twenty-four years ago. The headline read Art Dealer in Bed with Mob Blows Whistle on Forgery Ring and Vinnie Carlucci. The article included a photo of police officers escorting her dad. She started reading the article. Prominent Chicago art dealer Andrew Donovan confesses to having sold more than a hundred forgeries...

Her stomach dropped. She slapped a hand over her mouth, certain she was about to vomit right there on the pew.

Her dad had been a criminal.

The nature of his crime made it all the more surreal.

She stared in disbelief at the papers in her hand. His name had been Andrew Donovan, not Alex Doyle. Her last name was Donovan. Was her first name actually Olivia? Instead of inheriting a family fortune, she’d inherited a new identity.

Or rather, an old one.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Eliza Daly’s first attempt at creative writing was in fourth grade. She and her friends were huge Charlie’s Angels fans and she would sit in her bedroom at night writing scripts for them to act out at recess the following day. She was Kelly Garrett. Fast forward to the present, she’s still writing stories about beautiful women who always get their men. The journey from fourth grade script writer to published author wasn’t an easy one, but it was always an adventure and the final destination was well worth it.

When Eliza isn’t traveling for her job as an event planner, or tracing her ancestry roots through Ireland, she’s at home in Milwaukee working on her next novel, bouncing ideas off her husband Mark, and her cats Quigley, Frankie, and Sammy.

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Identity Crisis is available at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, All Romance,, and Kobo