Disney, Ice and True Love?

Beware – Sappy and a bit melodramatic post ahead! 😉

Yesterday, I went to Disney on ice with my daughter and when belle and the beast came out with their love song I teared up remembering the hopeless romantic I used to be. It took me back to high school and college….a time in my life where true love existed and my life was just a love story waiting to be written. I loved strong and true with a heart untouched by the reality called life. The kind of love that took hold of your heart and held on for dear life. Watching her fascinated by the princesses that found true love I realized sadly that I grew up. I became an adult and discovered that life isn’t black and white and that love isn’t as easy as the princesses make it look like in the stories. All types of love exist and one is no more perfect than the other. Love changed forms for me but is no less potent or important. I looked at my daughter and saw the beginnings of fascination of love conquering all and budding romance. I see my dreams simply transferred into her and they are even sweeter through the purest of eyes. I almost hope she never grows up. Which is futile since she already is way too fast, so let me say then that it’s my dearest wish that she doesn’t let reality destroy those dreams……They’re such beautiful, wonderful dreams.


Valerie Clarizio’s New Release: Unforseen Obsessions

Valerie Clarizio’s New Release: Unforeseen Obsessions

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Title: Unforeseen Obsessions Author: Valerie J. Clarizio

Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press Release Date: May 15, 2014

After Alex Polecheck’s police officer husband, Sam, is stabbed in cold blood, she vows to see the murderer brought to justice. Peter, Sam’s best friend, and fellow police officer, seems to be the only member of the Police Department interested in catching the killer.

Peter sets out on a perilous hunt for the killer, while trying to protect Alex, who appears to be next on the murderer’s list.

The mystery begins to unravel when Peter finds a connection between the murder of Sam and two other law enforcement officers, who were all part of an internet crime taskforce. Peter and Alex find themselves alone in the battle for justice and truth when they discover members of the local police department cannot be trusted. Will Peter piece together the puzzle before Alex is silenced? While battling to protect Alex, will he be able to continue to conceal his love for her?

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Chapter 1

His blood seeped through her fingers. Alex pressed her shaky hands to the wound on Sam’s stomach, but the blood wouldn’t stop. “Please stop. God, please make it stop,” she begged.

She didn’t know what had happened or exactly how long he’d been there. Everything was fine when she’d stepped into the shower minutes earlier, but when she wrapped the oversize towel around her the house was unusually quiet.

As she dressed, she yelled for Sam. He didn’t answer. She checked every room. No sign of him. A rush of damp cool air swept by her as she entered the bedroom for a second pass. She glanced at the patio door. It was ajar. Beyond the door, Sam lay in a curled heap in their backyard. She ran to him. His left hand clutched his abdomen, and his right gripped around the handle of his 9mm police issued Glock.

Blood poured from his wound, coated his hand, and ran down his arm. His hand loosened and drifted to the ground. Instinctively Alex pressed her hand to his wound. It didn’t curb the bleeding. Her hand was now coated as well.

Sam shifted his gaze to Alex. “Call 911, I’ve been stabbed,” his voice not much more than a whisper.

About the Author


Valerie is a writer of romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction novels. She lives in beautiful Door County Wisconsin with her husband and one very spoiled cat. She loves to read, write, and spend time at her cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She’s lived her life surrounded by men, three brothers, a husband, and a male Siamese cat who required his own instruction manual. Keeping up with all the men in her life has turned her into a successful hunter and fisherwoman.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Wisconsin Romance Writers of America. Additionally, she was a finalist in the 2011 Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, Novellas Need Love, Too! Contest.

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New Release – Bait Shop Blues by Nancy Pirri

New Release and Giveaway from the wonderful woman that IS Melange Books, LLC- my publisher! This book sounds amazing and a definite to put on your TBR list! I know it’s on mine. 🙂 Congrats Nancy, I can’t wait to read it!

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Bait Shop Blues by Nancy Pirri

Finding love shouldn’t be so hard…

What does a successful businesswoman born and bred in Chicago want with half-ownership of a quaint bait shop in northern Minnesota, willed to her by her grandfather? And how will the reclusive half-owner of the shop convince the woman to sell out her half to him? For Cassandra Thompson, a Marilyn Monroe look-alike who’s recently been dumped by her second fiancé in two years, it could mean a well-needed change in life. For Leif Halverson, a handsome man of Ojibwa extraction, and co-owner of the shop, it could mean disaster—like falling in love. Leif is far from happy about this city woman invading his territory so he challenges her to a wilderness survival contest where the winner takes all.

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“You know, I was surprised to hear Roy had a granddaughter. He’d told me often during the past fifteen years he had no family.” He raised his brow. “Makes me wonder why you suddenly appeared out of nowhere.”

Cassandra frowned. “The private investigator he’d hired had learned about the car accident that had taken my parents’ lives. After that he managed to track me down. Didn’t Grandpa tell you he’d been searching for us?”

“Yeah, he did.” He gave a short irritable laugh. “About two days before he died.”

“Oh! I’m sorry. You must have been surprised,” she murmured. She tried to imagine how she’d feel if someone had butted into her business, Pretty Woman Cosmetics. She’d be furious.

“Not just surprised, but stunned. Roy then told me he’d had a falling out with his only son years ago.”

“Unfortunately, that’s true. I was three years old at the time.”

“Roy was real torn up when he heard about your father’s death.”

She sighed. “I imagine he was, seeing as my grandfather and father hadn’t spoken to each other in years. He said it was the saddest day of his life, and he’d forever regret they hadn’t mended their fences. I wish I’d had the opportunity to see Grandfather before he passed away. I was so young when my parents took me away from here that I’ve no memories of him.”

As she peered out the window, the beauty of the vivid green treetops caught her interest, but then she shuddered at the grayish-colored water. After awhile she sank back in her seat and grimaced, identifying the pungent odors in the plane. Leather, gasoline and the distinct odor of fish blended together, yet each scent was distinct.

She was uncomfortably conscious of his maleness. Virile and confident, but without being macho and overbearing would aptly describe him—the little she knew of him. Yet, her awareness of him as a very attractive man was starting to bother her. He was just another handsome man. She’d dated plenty of good-looking guys and had learned her lesson well. She bit her lip thoughtfully, gauging her attraction to him and decided, in the end, she must be experiencing some sort of chemical imbalance.

About the Author

Nancy Schumacher is the owner-publisher of Melange Books, LLC, writing under the pseudonyms, Nancy Pirri and Natasha Perry. Nancy started writing eighteen years ago while raising four children. She is a member of Romance Writers of America. She is also one of the founders of the Minnesota RWA chapter, Northern Lights Writers (NLW).

Nancy’s debut historical romance, THE MACAULAY BRIDE, set in late 19th century Scotland, was published in 2003. The debut book received several contest wins and received a TOP PICK award from Romantic Times Book Club publication in Oct. 2004. BAIT SHOP BLUES is her second full-length novel. She has written five full-length novels, and many stories included in anthologies with Melange Books, LLC.

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welcome to the jungle – I’m just trying to survive

Wow. It’s finally May. I honestly wasn’t sure I would make it here.

Why would I think that you ask? Cause I am a teacher. Yes, I write occasionally and have this book getting published soon but as all of my teacher friends understand – that matters nothing when faced with a classroom full of tired, worn out, burned out, frazzled, overstimulated and under producing classroom of 35 kids.

What matters is survival. And survive me must. How can we do that with still 3 weeks left in the year?! Well I am glad you asked. Just simply keep these mantras in mind…..

1. I shall not yell at the idiot who just cut me off again in morning traffic outside of school.

2. I will not throw this textbook at the kid texting in class. Repeat as needed.
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3. Have all this graded by 5 pm today? But it’s Friday sir! You don’t care? Ok. I didn’t want to eat dinner anyway.
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4. I shall remember that parents are just as stressed out as we are with their kids and not say anything when they ask if their kid can do some extra credit work to get an A. I shall reply that I’m sorry but it’s mathematically impossible to get an A when your average with 3 weeks of school left is a 60.
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5. And lastly, I shall remember that there are only a few more Mondays until I will be lying in the sun drinking a margarita by the pool.
WAIT, did you say a margarita?!
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Good luck surviving the final weeks in the jungle my friends, we are going to need it.