New Book Highlight: Val Clarizio’s “Plan Interrupted”

As new books come out, I want to highlight some really good authors on my blog. The first one is Val Clarizio!

She’s a very talented romance writer and published author. Here’s a little taste of her new novel:

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Joe smiled at Elizabeth. He liked what he saw. She was softening right before his eyes. He knew all along there was more to her than what met the eye. Simultaneously, panic also set in. His kids were taking to her, and he didn’t know if that was such a good thing. What would happen in the future if his relationship with her didn’t work out? He didn’t want his kids to grow too attached to someone and then have them leave, which was sure to happen with Elizabeth. She would leave someday for her big job promotion in New York. After all, it was part of her plan, and he knew how driven she was to stick to the plan and meet her goals.


Elizabeth Shaw’s professional life is going according to plan until she meets the handsome widower and his two young children next door. Having shelved her personal life to land her dream job, she disregards her romantic feelings for him. But the forces of nature have other ideas for her.

Joe Antonetti has made his children his main focus since the death of his wife. But his beautiful neighbor becomes an irresistible distraction and has him wondering if he can change her priorities.

Surrendering to their attraction for each other causes another player to step in with his own plan for Elizabeth. One that could not only end the budding romance but her life as well.

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Elizabeth leaned back against her closed door for support. She recalled how perplexed Joe looked a moment ago, and she couldn’t help but wonder what was going through his mind. She thought maybe he wanted to kiss her, and on one hand she longed for him to do so, but on the other hand he wasn’t part of ‘The Plan,’ the very plan that didn’t allow for men right now.

She raised her fingers to her lips. They felt hot. What would it have been like to kiss his mouth rather than his cheek? No need to speculate; it would be heavenly. Her heartbeat went into overdrive, causing her limbs to go numb. What were supposed to be deep calming breaths were useless.

What in the world is happening to me? Pull yourself together Elizabeth. Stay the course!

But no matter how hard she tried to will Joe out of her mind, visions of him kept passing through. Thoughts of him warmed her heart, yet made her head ache.

Stick to the plan. Stay the course. Stick to the plan. Stay the course.

Thinking the words were of no use, and she knew saying them aloud wouldn’t help either. Her head couldn’t control her heart.

“Plan Interrupted” is on pre-order now with official release on November 3rd – just in time for some holiday reading!

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Valerie Clarizio lives in romantic Door County Wisconsin with her husband and two extremely spoiled cats. 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 an outdoors enthusiast, of which her favorite activity is hiking in national parks. While out on the trails, she has plenty of time to conjure up irresistible characters and unique storylines for her next romantic suspense or sweet contemporary romance novel.

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TEASER ALERT!! Does Aimee go dark in book 3 “Unleashed”?

Don’t know what to expect from Aimee in book 3 – “Unleashed”? Here’s a short excerpt to find out!!!


  I’m walking barefoot in a field, surrounded by big, beautiful yellow flowers. The sun is shining above as it reflects off my white dress, a bright beacon of hope showing me where to go. My blonde hair blows in the breeze as I reach out my hand to touch the flowers. I relish in the feeling of the delicate petals as they rub against my skin.

   I shield my eyes from the sun as I pluck the nearest flower from its roots and lift it up to my nose to inhale its scent. It smells like heaven. I pluck a petal from the flower and rub it gently against my cheek. The feel of its softness comforts me.

   Above, the dark clouds roll in quickly. Almost instantly, the sun is swallowed up by the darkness. I look down at my hand and I gasp, horrified. The once amazing flower is now crushed within my fist. I don’t even remember closing my hand. I open up my fist, and take a step back in shock.

 The flower has been replaced by bright yellow flames.

   It blazes within my hand, but it doesn’t hurt me. I stare at the small flame, transfixed, as it dances for me. At first, it mesmerizes me; I’m frozen as I study it. It’s like the flames are a part of me, stealing life and essence from everything it touches. It’s a single, tiny beacon of light within the darkness currently surrounding me. As if on cue, every flower in the immense field erupts into flames simultaneously, illuminating the oppressive darkness. It’s like the sun has come down to play. I turn in a circle, desperate for an escape but I can’t see anything past the sea of yellow.

   I’m surrounded by fire. And there’s no way out.

   The flames start to lick at my feet, charring my toes as they make their way up my legs. Scared, I slap at the advancing flames; but it’s no use, they just keep coming. As the fire engulfs me, the burning flowers in the field diminish, leaving nothing but black, charred dirt in its wake. I seem to be absorbing the flames that once burned the field. The more I burn, the more my world becomes encased in darkness. I scream, desperate for a way out of this nightmare before I’m burned alive but the fire blocks everything. Even if, by some miracle, someone hears me, they would never be able to break through to save me.

   My dress catches fire like kindling. In half a second ,my entire body is encased in flames. I reach my charred hand up to the sky, hoping for the heavens to come and save me. But it’s useless.

The darkness has taken me prisoner and there’s no way out.

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