Girl Code by Cait Jarrod, DC Stone, Jessica Jayne, and Lea Bronsen, tour and #giveaway

GirlWelcoming back my friend Cait Jarrod and her co-authors. They’re here today with another giveaway and excerpt from their latest release, GIRL Code. Enjoy.

Cait: Hi Everyone! Writers In Crime gals and me had a great time writing stories of friendship and romance. Below is a snippet from FAITH. Giveaway below! Happy Reading! ~Cait GIRL CODE: An anthology: All proceeds from sales are going to the Wounded Warriors Project.

Introduction by Julie Ann Walker.
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Cait Jarrod–Girl Code available for pre-order.

Please welcome back, Cait Jarrod, who has contributed a novella to the GIRL CODE project.

Coming July 2015!


From the book description: Four best friends struggle with decisions that affect their lives, their hearts, and their futures. As sisters, they embrace the Girl Code. 

HOPE by Jessica Jayne-Josephine “Joey” Lockhart escapes her past, herself and her home town of Pearl, Ohio to Florida after high school. Years later, she meets a man that refuses to let her hide behind her camera lens and encourages her out of her shell. Will he be the one to push her to feel for the first time?

LIVE by Lea Bronsen-After seven years in drug hell, detoxing Juliette “Juls” Carrington returns to her hometown Pearl to attend her grandmother’s burial. Once more rejected by her family, she has a swim in a pond nearby when a mysterious camper, an ex-drunk, coaxes her to come to his hut in the woods. Together they must fight their inner demons for a chance to love…and live.

FAITH by Cait Jarrod-Selena Bodine escaped into the United States Air Force to leave behind a painful past and the one man who she refused to let herself love. Years later, an urgent call from her father brings her back to Pearl, Ohio and face to face with the man she still loves. But will the secret that Cullen is investigating her threaten their second chance?

PERSISTENCE by DC Stone-Laydi Michaels has been running away from her past and bad memories for years. Finding herself wasn’t an easy task, but she’s managed to finally get to a point to where she wants to be. Only to wake up married to her boss….who fired her the night before. Wrapped in a case that puts her life in danger, and dealing with a grave situation back home in Pearl, Laydi figures out she wasn’t close to finding herself, and now, she’s risked everything.

Special Introduction by Julie Ann Walker

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Author Cait JarrodAuthor bio:

From writing ‘every girl’s dream heroes’ to ‘strong, down-to-earth heroines,’ Cait Jarrod twists ‘cliff hanging plots’ and ‘clever, unpredictable sub-plots’. She loves diving into a good book as much as she loves writing one. Mother of three gorgeous daughters, she’s married to her best friend, hangs out with a great group of women—the WWC, and loves a good glass of wine.



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DC Stone has over sixteen years of investigative experience, including working as a criminal investigator in the United States military and a private investigator. Currently, she works as an internal affairs investigator by day and a romantic suspense author by night. She has her Master’s degree in Criminal Justice and is dubbed, “The Investigative Whisper.” Commonly called upon to act as an expert witness, she also trains with local, state, and federal law enforcement officers. She provides numerous workshops that help authors gain insight into “digging” into a character’s mind to better understand motives, create suspense, and help maintain conflict.

When she isn’t trying to solve a new puzzle in the world of fraud, she is engulfed with coffee, her laptop, and all those crazy characters in her head. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Hudson Valley Romance Writers, Rom Vets, RWA Kiss of Death, and the Liberty State Fiction Writers. She served as the 2014 Vice President and Conference Chair for NJRW. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, or her at





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“My writing interests very much like my reading interests. Though I mainly write romance type novels with a spicy twist, I have lived what some might call a suspenseful life. As a survivor of stalking and sexual assault, I learned the ins and outs of the legal system pretty quickly. It helped to precipitate my interest in getting my law degree… that and the fact that I grew up around attorneys. So adding suspense to my writing is no big surprise to me or anyone that knows me.”

I am a born and raised small town Ohio girl, who moved to the Sunshine State after graduating from college. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English because I could not imagine doing anything else but reading and writing. It is such a pleasure to be able to share all the stories in my head!




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Lea Bronsen likes her reads fast, hot, and edgy, and strives to give her own stories the same intensity. After venturing into dirty inner-city crime drama with her debut novel Wild Hearted, she divides her writing time between psychological thriller, romantic suspense, and erotic contemporary romance.


A glimpse at the muse….

This is my sweet little brother on the cancer floor. Note the video game controller in his hands. That was one of his other big loves besides Halloween and scary movies. You maybe can’t see it under his hands, but he’s wearing an “Army of Darkness”

I “inherited” it from him.


Like I said, l’il bro’s the reason I’m donating to the royalties from the sales of my Antique Magic series (through January 8th) to the  Fibro Foundation. In fact, that pic (the top one, not the one of my funny-looking self in the same shirt) is of him getting chemo for his #Fibrolamellar cancer–hence the IV in his chest. I think it rocks that the hospital let him take his video games).

Thanks to all who’ve already bought the Antique Magic books yesterday. I hope you enjoy them!benefitsalebanner

Shades snippet

This is from my new release in the Antique Magic series, Drawing Down the Shades.


Trevor’s footsteps scuffed across the floor and he greeted the man. The old gentleman turned his attention back to the box, carefully removing the item inside. Caitlin peered over the top of the box curiously.

The man set down a small statuette of a woman, pouring something from a pitcher. Caitlin tipped her head. “That’s lovely, I must say.”

Trevor grunted and leaned forward. “Looks Greek.”

“German actually,” the man said.


“1960 give or take.”

Trevor pursed his lips and stepped back from the statuette, eyeing it thoughtfully. “That’s a little outside my range.”

The man pressed, “It’s a find, I can tell you that.”

“Rare?” Trevor asked.

“Oh, yes. One of a kind.”

Trevor glanced at her and back to the customer, holding out a hand. “May I?”

“Go right ahead.” He set the statuette gently—almost lovingly—into Trevor’s hands. “I think you’ll find there’s not a scratch on it. My children are tired of looking at it, you see. They say it gives them the creeps.”

Caitlin raised a brow. “How odd.” The little statuette looked lovely to her.

“Well, they have active imaginations. So here I saw your shop and thought you might have a solution for me.” He touched the statuette as if he didn’t want to part with it. “After I’m gone, I’d like someone to have it who’ll appreciate it.”

Trevor grunted again as he turned the little figure. Caitlin smiled at the man. “I told you, it’s his shop, his expertise.” She winked at Trevor. “I just keep the books.”

Trevor laughed under his breath, studied the item for another moment, and set it down. “It does look in mint condition. Do you have any documentation?”

The man sucked in a quick breath and reached into his coat pocket. A packet slid forth through his old fingers.

Trevor opened the packet, scanned it. He met the man’s gaze, startled, Caitlin thought. “Are you kidding me?”

“What’s the matter, honey?” Caitlin looked from her husband to the customer. When they said nothing more, she glanced over Trevor’s shoulder at the document in his hands. She caught the name Donavon before Trevor’s grip tightened on the form, crumpling the text out of view.

“Not in the slightest,” the man said as if she hadn’t spoken.

“You can’t be him,” Trevor said.

“I assure you, I am.” The man reached a hand into his coat. “Do you need to see my ID?”

Trevor narrowed his eyes. “I thought he’d died. I mean, you. I thought you’d died.”

The man pursed his lips and shook his head. “Not yet.”

“Who did?” Caitlin asked completely confused by this conversation.

“I thought everything she had,” Trevor barreled on, “was in the Museum of Fine Arts.”

The man chuckled to himself. “Not all of it.”

“Are you saying she gave some of the collection to you and you want me to have one?”

“Yes.” The man smiled sadly meeting Caitlin’s gaze directly. “Because I think you and she have more in common than you’d believe.”

Caitlin frowned. What did they have in common with whom? Who was this Donavon person? “Excuse me. What are you talking about?”

Trevor waved a hand. “Forget it, Cait.” He pointed to his office. “Of course we’ll take it. Let me just get some information from you.”

They disappeared into Trevor’s office and Caitlin stared after them, wondering. What in the world was that about?


What was that all about? You’ll have to read to find out!



Business can be hell…

Life is good at Starfort Collectibles until the owners, Caitlin and Trevor Fulmer, acquire a beautiful statuette with a murky past. Shortly thereafter, mysterious hauntings wreak havoc on the couple when a ghost in the attic threatens retribution. Caitlin presses her coven for help before the ghost succeeds in meting out deadly punishment—on Trevor.

If you’d like to read more, it’s available at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. January 5th to 8th, any royalties I get from the three titles in the Antique Magic series will go to The Fibro Foundation, for youth Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma. You can read the previous post to see why. Thanks for reading!

Special Drawing Down the Shades

I know I promised this quite a while back but the whole package took longer than I thought. Finally though I can reveal the next book in my Antique Magic series is set to release in January. With that in mind, I have a pretty little cover to show off!

Wow, right? Matt did another great job. :)


Business can be hell…

Life is good at Starfort Collectibles until the owners, Caitlin and Trevor Fulmer, acquire a beautiful statuette with a murky past. Shortly thereafter, mysterious hauntings wreak havoc on the couple when a ghost in the attic threatens retribution. Caitlin presses her coven for help before the ghost succeeds in meting out deadly punishment—on Trevor.

It’s available at AmazonBarnes and Noble, Smashwords,

The first two installments in the series are:

The Artist’s Inheritance

The balance between good and evil can be an art… or a curse.

Trevor and Caitlin were once happy newlyweds, profiting from Trevor’s art. Until Trevor inherits his brother’s house, and with it, his part of a family curse. Now, Caitlin will stop at nothing to save her beloved husband from insanity and suicide, even if it means she must embrace her destiny and become a witch.

It’s available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords (for all e-reader devices), and in paperback from Createspace.

Caitlin’s Book of Shadows.

Something terrifying stalks Caitlin and her beloved Trevor. Something the bits and pieces she left claimed she had to make sense of–or so legend says. When the curator of their collection finds Caitlin’s long forgotten diary, she wonders will it tell the whole tale? Will it tell why Caitlin seemed so determined to tell the difference between reality and nightmare even as she continued the fight to defend her family from evil? Will it explain why she thought her world twisted? If she really became a witch?

What will the holidays hold for Caitlin? Perhaps the answer lies between the lines of her story, one of lessons, struggles, and the hopes she carried like a warrior’s shield.


This is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.

I have a special event going on this week, too, for the release. Did I ever mention my little brother? If you’ve read any of my works you’ve probably seen his name. Well, he loved all things paranormal and, really, was the inspiration for what Caitlin goes through with her ghosties. He  passed away from a rare cancer called Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma, a few years ago.  So I decided with the release of Drawing Down the Shades, I’d take the royalties I receive from the sales of the entire Antique Magic series  from …. actually I’ll start the sale today if you feel like going over– to the 8th and donate them to the Fibro Foundation (AKA The Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation).

The books are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. Royalties are, admittedly, a pittance but if you’ve been on the fence about the Cait and crew series, if you know anyone who might love a ghost busting gal and her friends,  now’s the time, get a great read and help a good cause. Thanks….

Oh and Drawing Down the Shades is also up on Good Reads now.

Light it up blue–final. Marble experiment

paintitblueSo for my final post in the month, I tried water marbling. I think I showed y’all how my dry marbeling experiment came out. I’ve seen others do water marbling on youtube and elsewhere, and though I heard it was a mess, I tried it.

marbeled nails

They who said it was a mess were right. I had to clean up each nail as I went along and fouled up at least two nails in the process. So trying those again made the process even longer. These two pictures here were from my third attempt and I think it came out interesting….

Yes, there is some blue in there. I was actually surprised at how green some of it came out. Navy and orange = green, yes I know. I should’ve expected that from my art classes. ;)

In the final tally, the result I came up with was different for each nail, and it actually brought the term splatterpunk to mind, more than looking like the marble I’ve seen others achieve, despite my best attempts to mimic the technique. I just kept ending up with this film rather than the swirls I mapped out (so to speak). Not what I was hoping for. It looks more like Monet’s work than anything else and interesting in the end. (Though you can see my ringfinger there on the edge it did sorta marble correctly)   All in all I probably won’t be doing it again, given the time it takes, but it’s something a little different. Messy, messy, but different.

If you want to see what I was going for this gal does a much better job.

All in all it was an interesting month, and undoubtedly might show up on one of my characters in the future. :) Not sure I’ll be blogging much more about it though, until next year’s Paint it  Blue. ;) I think y’all have seen enough craziness to know, yeah, I’m a bit of a nail dork. *laughs*