Let’s Talk Covers

I just received another of those newsletters. You know the ones: Buy These Books, Bargain Books, E-Book Specials… When you read as much as I do, you hunt up bargains. And so I faithfully peruse the four or five presented each day.


Lots of Books!
Lots of Books!


And what happens at first glance? The covers either work…or they don’t.

Today’s were all failures. If they were professionally done, they were failures in taste. If they were homespun, they were still failures in taste.

Of course, that is my taste we’re talking about. You may have loved one and all. To be honest, I bet some of you did like them, and I say that based on the “gorgeous cover” comments I see in social media for covers I think abysmal.

Which brings me to the questions for today. What are your criteria in judging a cover? Will you buy a book even if you hate the cover? And if so, why? What would make you take a chance on a book if not the cover?

And just for fun, I’ll post my latest covers, designed by the talented Jenny at Seedlings.  Would these prompt you to stop, maybe even buy one or both?


Please tell me in the comments section. I’d like to know.



Prequel Novella Coming Soon
Prequel Novella Coming Soon


This will be the baby sister for my latest:

Two from Isaac's House
Two from Isaac’s House



Giveaway Promo 2b
To celebrate the release of Two From Isaac’s House, I’m offering a fun giveaway via the Rafflecopter form below. There are several ways to enter, so be sure to check it out! The giveaway is open only to entrants from the US, and
the winner will be announced next week.  (*Prize package may take up to ten days to ship.)
Prizes include:
– a copy of my new novel, Two From Isaac’s House
– a beautiful infinity scarf
– a cappuccino mug (so you can sip while you read about Rina, Acie, and Tony in Perugia.)
– a bonus copy of my novel, Heavy Weather
You have six different ways to enter, and you can enter once a day for a greater chance to win!
 Also, leave a comment below, will you, and tell me how you answered the first question? I’d love to chat with you.

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Available for Pre-order at Special Price: NEW ROMANTIC SUSPENSE




From author Normandie Fischer comes a new romantic suspense that takes the reader from the hills of Italy to the Jordanian desert and from there to an Israel on the brink of war with Hamas.

Rina Lynne has never traveled far from Morehead City, North Carolina. So when she inherits her father’s secret stash, she’s ready to kick up her heels and go adventuring before she settles down to marry her long-time fiancé. First stop, Italy.

Enter Tony (aka Anton), an engineering geek conned into helping his Israeli cousins as a sort-of spy. From the moment he meets Rina, he’s distracted, which is not a good idea when there’s already been murder and theft. And from the moment Rina meets Tony, she’s fascinated, which is also not a good idea. He’s an Arab-American, and she’s half-Jewish. And engaged. And then there are all those bodies dropping around them, each linked to the gathering storm in the Middle East.

New Bern AUTHOR EVENT Sept 12, 2015

I’ll be one of several authors at the Craven Country Library in New Bern, NC, this coming Saturday from 1-4 PM. If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll stop by to meet and chat with us about our books and maybe pick up a copy or two.

When my auntie, Sara Meadows, drove the bookmobile to outlying communities (oh, the stories she could tell), the library occupied the John Wright Stanley House. I used to run my fingers along the spines, taking in the smells, the sounds of boards creaking, the joy of rooms filled with worlds that beckoned.

The Old Library
The Old Library in the John Wright Stanley House


And now the library has a fancy entrance, more books, and a lovely meeting room. Do join us. They’ll be serving refreshments.


The new library is located at

400 Johnson Street
New Bern, NC 28560
Phone: (252) 638-7800

Summer at Hideaway Key by Barbara Davis

Breaking my I-don’t-post-reviews-here rule once again. Obviously, it’s a silly rule, meant to be broken when the urge comes upon me–as it did this morning when I finished reading Summer at Hideaway Key.



Barbara Davis has done it again. She told me I’d love Lily-Mae. What she didn’t tell me was that I’d become so emotionally entangled with this wonderful character that I’d want to climb into the story and shake some sense into her, then turn around and pull Lily-Mae into my arms to soothe her. I wanted to promise that it would all work out. Surely, it would all work out.

Thank you, Barbara, that it did. Not perhaps as I would have preferred, but the deeds had been done already and couldn’t be undone. And isn’t that the gift of great storytelling? That the author can draw the reader so deeply into the narrative that she totally suspends disbelief? I was there. I was rooting and crying and laughing right beside Lily and Lily-Mae, beside Dean and Roland. (And I wanted to throttle Caroline, who became the perfect example of choices gone bad.)

Barbara dealt with some hard topics here—abuse, jealousy, lies, and betrayal. She made us think about the meaning of love, the gift of forgiveness, and the choices we make to follow love or to follow anger, to risk our heart or to run and hide from the possibility of pain.

Oh, and let’s not forget the setting. Barbara may have shown the horrors of a poor farm, but she also gave us Hideaway Key, the Gulf coast, and a gorgeous white beach. She tossed in pink drinks and pink flip flops, a tightly knit community, and the comfort of friends. I wanted to sift through Lily-Mae’s jar of shells, to sit on the deck and count blessings as I watched the sunset with my beloved, waiting every night for the green flash and rooting for happy endings all around.

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And make sure you collect all three of Barbara’s books. I can’t wait for number four.

Who Doesn’t Love to Read Accolades?

I mean, really? You don’t? 

I get it. Maybe you don’t like to read accolades about other people’s books.

I do. They let me know what a reader (at least one reader) thinks — and they usually prompt me to zip over to Amazon to see for myself what all the hoopla is about.

I hope that this reviewer’s words will have that affect on you. (Of course, I do. I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t hope that.)

Here’s what the blogger with this delightful signature had to say

Empress-DJ-signatureon Books and Bindings.  She read my book for a blog tour (with TLC Book Tours). Et voilá!

“Five Stars is not a high enough rating for this marvelous book – quality writing of this caliber calls for at least a double rating of 10.  It was breathtaking.  I adored every sentence of this meticulously crafted story, and there was not a wasted word on the 403 superbly written pages.  The narrative was so descriptive and enthralling, I could hear the dog’s bark, see and feel the lightning in the sky, and smell the water in the bay…”

She picked out her favorite quotes and just kept on going. I savor her choices and am so very grateful that my words touched her enough that she could speak of it so. Thank you, thank you.

Click here to read the Full Review on Books and Bindings

Heavy Weather 2


Thirteen authors talk about their new releases. Win a book every half hour!

Women's Fiction Lauch Party
Join us!

Excellent line-up:
12:00 Lia Mack – Waiting for Paint to Dry
12:30 Carla Stewart – A Flying Affair
1:00 Elizabeth A. Havey – A Mother’s Time Capsule
1:30 Judith Keim – Straight Talk
2:00 Normandie Fischer – Heavy Weather
2:30 Kristy Woodson Harvey – Dear Carolina
3:00 Margaret Dilloway – Sisters of Heart and Snow
3:30 Shelley Noble – Whisper Beach
4:00 Ute Carbone – The Tender Bonds
4:30 Samantha Bryant – Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero Novel
5:00 Cynthia Ruchti – As Waters Gone By
5:30 M.C. Walker – Before the Lights Go Out
6:00 Kathryn Craft – The Far End of Happy