Choosing a Genre- #HenLit #Reading @JoanneGuidoccio


All About Fantasy Hen Lit Guest Post by Joanne Guidoccio I never intended to write fantasy. I avoided books that featured werewolves, vampires, witches, and other dark creatures. I’m probably one of the few people on this planet who couldn’t read past Chapter 1 of the first Harry Potter novel. But after participating in a …

#TuesdayBookReviews- Two For the Road #amreading


Photo by Ylanite Koppens on Pexels.com This week I have two completely different stories to share. I love how books can connect with readers in unexpected ways 🙂 They Call Me Mom: Making a Difference as an Elementary School Teacher Who Will You Inspire Today? Teachers face this challenge and responsibility each day, but in …

Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about the topic FOOL #RSsos #RomSuspense


The Sisterhood of Suspense​ share lines with the topic FOOL on Sneak Off and Read Sunday.

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about  the topic FOOL

Interested in reading more? Click on the book covers below for information about the novel and the author.


Rosa shook her head. “Does she really think that no one is watching when that black Mercedes shows up in her driveway? Half of Moonglo is Italian. Who is she fooling?”

Joanne Guidoccio


Terror and adrenaline coursed through her system, settling like ice inside the marrow of her bones. She couldn’t stay. Couldn’t let Benji know what a fool she’d been.

Jeannie Hall


“You don’t want to take one car?”

“No, it’s wise to take both.” In case I want to do something foolish and go home with you.”

Marian Lanouette


“Well, yes. It’s not like I’ve ever worn a wire before. I’d be a fool not to be nervous.”

Marsha West


I’d made a fool of myself over Ben. And Daniel had…

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Virus Deaths: One Story


A dose of reality on the Covid19 crisis from Pete Johnson- A must read.

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I read something on a local newspaper website earlier this week. I went back to get a link to add here, but it has been taken down. Presumably to save the family from more distress.

We are all reading about deaths from the virus, all around the world. As the numbers get bigger, they stop becoming people, and are just numbers. I read that 1,000 people have died fom the virus in the USA. Can you imagine seeing 1,000 dead bodies laid out in a line? I once saw more than 20 bodies at the scene of a train crash. It looked like a lot of bodies. And I was an EMT, so used to seeing such things.

1,000 bodies arranged in a line would stretch almost 3,000 yards. That’s 1.7 miles. That distance would take almost 30 minutes to walk, at a normal pace. Hard to comprehend, I know.

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Pike by @TM_Frazier #MCRomance #Suspense


“T.M. Frazier sucks me in every time with her incredible storytelling.”- Meghan March, New York Times bestselling author Pike, the first dark and fast-paced story in The Pawn Duet from USA Today bestselling author T.M. Frazier, is available now! I was raised by the violent laws of the streets, spilling blood without the hindrance of …

A Dozen Ways to Start a Story


Staci Smith Troilo​ is on Story Empire sharing ways to inspire you to write that award-winning novel!

Story Empire

Ciao, SEers. Wow, it’s been a while since I wrote that opening. For those of you who missed me, please know I’m sorry I was away so long. I missed you. For those of you new (or new since I took a sabbatical) to the site, I’m Staci, and you’ll come to recognize my posts by me signing on this way.

Before I continue, I really need to give a shout-out to my SE partners in crime colleagues, who went above and beyond covering for me in my absence. I couldn’t ask for a better blogging family. Mae, Joan, Craig, Harmony, P.H., Marcia… many, many thanks for all the support.

Now, back to one of my favorite topics. Not my kids (though I could talk about them forever). And not my dogs (and we all know I could ramble on equally long about my furry family members). Today, third time’s…

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#TuesdayBookReview- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton #YANovels


No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he's got things figured out. He knows that he can count on his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his friends—true friends who would do anything for him, like Johnny and Two-Bit. But not on much else …

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New book on the Shelves #Romance – Sunset Beach (Blue Haven Book 2) by Jacquie Biggar


Sally Cronin​ shares my new release and a wonderful review- thanks, Sally!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

USA Today Bestselling author Jacquie Biggar is celebrating her latest release Sunset Beach (Blue Haven Book 2)

About the book

An explosive secret threatens the peace and tranquility of Sweetheart Cove

Single father Trace Michaels hands are full coping with a rebellious teenage daughter, troublesome ex-wife, and campaigning for the mayor’s election. He doesn’t have time to get distracted by an old flame from his past– one he’s never forgotten.

When an unknown source leaks surprising news that could damage his career, Trace turns to the one person he trusts for the truth.

Single mother Mona Samuels knows how difficult it can be to raise a daughter. She empathizes with Trace, but when he comes to her for advice she’s conflicted. They say the truth will set you free, but unburying the past could destroy everything she’s worked so hard to build.

Head over to buy the book:Amazon US

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Find Joy- Favorite Places #SundayStills #Photography


Find Joy however you can Many of us are scared of what is going on in the world and frustrated with the restrictions this unseen enemy has placed upon our lives. But I challenge you to go through your photos and find the places, or things, that bring you joy. Soak up that feeling and …

Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about the topic NEED #RSsos #RomSuspense


The Sisterhood of Suspense​ share lines with the topic NEED in this week’s Sneak Off and Read.

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about  the topic NEED

Interested in reading more? Click on the book covers below for information about the novel and the author.


Levi watched Holly. Her reticence was a cloak she hid behind like a safety net. She didn’t need to protect herself from him, but that was something she had to learn with time.

Jacquie Biggar


The open house for my new career counseling office needed a proper launch, one that could only be achieved with pastries from a Sicilian bakery.

Joanne Guidoccio


I needed to be alone. I might have hurt her feelings. I didn’t use tact when I told her.

Why are you intentionally sabotaging your relationship with her?

Marian Lanouette


She had to get up. She had to get back inside to find Brett. Yes, she needed Brett.

Marsha West


He loosened the silk knot at his throat and stuffed the…

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In Praise of Quotes


How quotes can inspire and uplift our lives by Joanne Guidoccio​ on the Sisterhood of Suspense​ #blog. Do you have a favorite quote to share?

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In my late teens, I started a quote collection. I would underline sentences (and sometimes entire paragraphs) in books and jot down inspiring thoughts from other print media. I would then copy these words of wisdom into a journal. When I joined Pinterest, I set aside a page—Words I Love— where I recopied these quotes.

Maintaining a personal collection of quotes has helped me immensely. Here are some of the benefits I have discovered:

  • Quotes have the power to transform moods. While books and movies can accomplish the same goal, quotes do it faster. I don’t have to invest hours of my time to experience the same effects. Whenever I need a quick jolt of inspiration, I click on my Pinterest page or visit one of many twitter hashtags devoted to quotes, among them #Quoteoftheday, #Inspirationalquotes, and #quotes.
  • Quotes have introduced me to new authors, poets, and other…

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Author Chat Q and A with D.G. Kaye Featuring Jacquie Bigger Romance Writer


Debby Gies​ kindly invited me to her #blog for a Q & A session and a heated excerpt from my new release, Sunset Beach. Stop by and check it out! Welcome to Q and A with D.G. Kaye, featuring Romance Writer, Jacquie Biggar with her new release Sunset Beach Source: Author Chat Q and A …

Frozen Stiff Drink: A Kellan Ayrwick Cozy #Mystery by @JamesCudney4 #NewRelease


I'm excited to share one of my blogging buddie's new releases- Frozen Stiff Drink by James. J. Cudney! I've read, and enjoyed, many of Jay's books (you can check out my review for Haunted House Ghost here, Academic Curveball here, and Father Figure here. Needless to say, I'm a fan! A winter blizzard barrels toward …

Spring Equinox Deals and Steals- #amreading #Romance


It's Spring! I know many of us are dealing with uncertainty and fear with the Covid19 Pandemic, which makes it even more important to enjoy the things we can- blue skies, cherry blossoms, longer days and warmer nights. It's my birthday tomorrow, so I decided to run a week of sales and share my new …

WWW Wednesday #Read #amreading


WWW Wednesday is a meme from Sam at Taking On A World Of Words The Three Ws are: What are you currently reading?What did you recently finish reading?What do you think you’ll read next? This looks like a fun challenge, so I decided to join in. What am I currently reading? I came across this ebook …

#BookReview- In Search of McDoogal by @MaeClair1 #RomCom


In search of something ugly… All Brady Conrad wants to do is earn a few merit points with his artist girlfriend, so he volunteers to cover her gallery when she leaves town. What should be an easy day of sales goes belly up when he mistakenly sells a cherished painting. With the clock ticking toward …

#BookReview- Incriminating Evidence by @RachelSGrant #Suspense


From enemies to allies…When archaeologist Isabel Dawson stumbles upon an unconscious man deep in the Alaskan wilderness, her survival skills are put to the test. She tends his wounds and drags him to shelter, only to discover she’s saved the life of Raptor CEO Alec Ravissant—the man who may have covered up her brother’s murder …

#BookReview- Long Shot by KeNnedy Ryan #SportsRomance @KennedyRWrites


★ A Top 30 Amazon Bestseller & RITA® Winner ★ A FORBIDDEN LOVE SET IN THE EXPLOSIVE WORLD OF THE NBA... . Think you know what it's like being a baller's girl? You don't. My fairy tale is upside down. A happily never after. I kissed the prince and he turned into a fraud. I was a fool, and his love - fool's gold. Now …