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Ghosts, Mystery, and Fashion
Supernatural Mystery, Romantic Comedy
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Can this diva solve her own murder, or will she be stuck in limbo forever?
After recovering from the shock of seeing her own dead body, (still dressed to kill from last night’s party) fashion model, Jaclyn Jade, discovers she’s a ghost with a choice. She can either immediately go back to Hell, do nothing and stay in limbo, or find the reason she fell short of grace and advance to Heaven.
Because she was murdered, Jaclyn hopes that finding her killer will unravel this mystery. With the help of a timid closet-psychic who can speak to the dead, and a handsome, yet arrogant, ghost of a man from the roaring 20s, her search for answers initiates a quirky journey of self-discovery. Personalities, eras, and worlds collide as this mismatched trio race against time to solve the mystery of Jaclyn’s Ghost.
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The Trouble with Scarecrows (Book 2 Trouble with Men) – I have my cover and my official summary/blurb , and a few days ago, I received my final galleys. But every time I get my edits back, I find tons of things to change – from commas to entire paragraphs. It’s not as much as the last one, but it seems never ending. So this is what I’m focusing on right now. After I’m finish with this round, I will send it back to my editor, and then I think the next thing I’ll receive is a PDF copy, and that one should be the actual final time to read through and edit little things (too late for anything else) before it goes on presale. So it’s getting to the exciting part of my – and the book’s – journey. (*clears throat* BTW, Book 1 – The Trouble with Snowmen is available now on Amazon. :)
Young Adult Fairy Tale Inspired Novel: Right now, I’m rewriting and expanding the last quarter of the book. On the last update, I had 39,000 words. As of today, I have 43,400, which is good considering I already have the rough draft. My goal is 50,000 – so I still have a long ways to go. And, like any other story, doubts are swarming in my head: I’m never going to finish this one. (I began it like 5 years ago.) Is the concept strong enough? Are my character’s well developed? Should I be working on something else instead? (I already know the answer to that one though – I can’t. I must finish this one!! I just have to.)
Love and Laugher,
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What if the school’s misfits discovered a way to use mind control in order to become the popular group?
Free January 7-11 2016
The Princes of Tangleforest
(Inspired by the classic fairy tale Rapunzel )
by Dorlana Vann
Skater and reformed geek, Tanner Dobbs, soon learns that his new school, Tangleforest High, is ruled by the Princes. This group of brains used the techniques of Neuro Linguistic Programming to “persuade” the student body that intellectuals are cool, with an added bonus suggestion: “The Princes are the smartest and therefore the most popular.”
Julia Webster used to be part of the Princes’ crowd until they became obsessed and increasingly dangerous to themselves. Now she finds herself an outcast from her former “nerd” friends as well as the students who had ostracized her since elementary school. She’s worried when new kid, Tanner, is invited to join the Princes. She figures Tanner hides his smarts in order to fit in and worries that the popular status the Princes offer, even though geeky, might entice him.
When Tanner catches a glimpse of his golden-haired neighbor, Poppi, he thinks perhaps the Tangleforest community isn’t so terribly bad. But after climbing up to her window, he discovers she is locked in her bedroom by her wicked witch of a grandmother. Unfortunately, his only chance of saving the princess may be to become a nerd prince.
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In the Trouble with Men series, there will be returning characters who make minor appearances and minor characters who become our heroes and heroines. However, each book is a stand-alone read where new couples get their own stories. Characters move in and out of a downtown Houston multiplex – a 1920s house (some say it’s haunted) that has been renovated into four separate apartments. And my favorite trope “opposites attract” is the theme that also ties these books together. Below is the blurb for book 2: The Trouble with Scarecrows which will be released in April 2016.
The Trouble with Scarecrows
by Dorlana Vann
A scarecrow is the opposite of a wingman, a dating decoy used to scare away any “crows” who are giving unwanted attention, making it difficult for the right man to have a clear shot.
Thirty-year-old Brenda Fisher believes the best way to get over her ex is to face her past and find a new guy. She knows the type of man she needs in her life … and the type of man she does not, which includes alpha males like Neal Parker.
Neal Parker’s friend and former boss, Larry White, had been gracious enough to let him stay at his old apartment rent free while Neal pursues his culinary degree. But now the owner of the multiplex–Larry’s high-strung ex-girlfriend, Brenda Fisher–is threatening to sell it out from underneath him. Brenda is possibly the sexiest woman Neal has ever met. Nevertheless, he’s aware of her past destructive relationship with Larry and knows it’s best to stay clear.
When Neal finds out Brenda might be in need of some help in the romance department, he tries to trick her into an exchange: scarecrow services for the apartment. Brenda does not appreciate being manipulated. She ups the stakes, and if Neal wants the future he’d planned, he’ll have to play by her rules.
Love and Laughter,
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