Free Kindle Short Story Dec 9 only: Yankee Swap

As the show and ice mix descends on the Boston area, Yankee Swap – my holiday short story – goes FREE for the day on Amazon Kindle.

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Yankee Swap is a short contemporary romance that features Claire Singleton, a woman on hiatus from men after another bad break up.  Claire is not feeling the Christmas spirit this year and not looking forward to the company Yankee Swap.  After being dragged to the holiday party by her colleagues, Claire says just a little too much to the wrong guy.

A fun romance for the holidays ~ download today before it returns to $0.99!

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Small Business Saturday – New Holiday Release

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In honor of Small Business Saturday, I am happy to release a new short story: Yankee Swap.  It’s a fun romance set around the Christmas holidays and I will be offering it through Amazon KDP.

As you think about and plan your attack for this years holiday shopping . .  . think local, think small!

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My Books are on Pinterest

My Books are on Pinterest

Postcards of my two novels: The Dating Intervention and Cursed.

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a tortured soul

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Paranormal Month is a Beautiful Yet Slightly Creepy Time of the Year

cropped-704381_278527102249873_1285116128_o.jpgImagine you are a young girl, on your own in a strange new city, moving into a magnificent brownstone with dark secrets running through its walls.  And, you have a beautiful woman showing up wherever you are – desperately wanting to be your friend but her smile makes you shiver. Now imagine your landlord is hideously deformed, keeps a hermit lifestyle, and has strict orders not to look directly at him – yet you find yourself doing just that.  Someone is Cursed – but who?

In celebration of what is officially paranormal month, I thought I would offer a first chapter sample of my paranormal romance, Cursed.  The book starts out during October, a beautiful time of the year here in Boston with the trees ablaze in oranges, reds and bright yellow against the bluest skies imaginable.  But behind this beauty is death; the leaves turn brown and fall and an icy coldness sets in.

Cursed has received a Top Pick honor from Night Owl Reviews, has hit the top 10 for kindle select downloads for paranormal/occult, and maintains a 4.5 star rating on Amazon since its release last December.

Chapter One is available here for your reading pleasure and if you want to continue, please visit Amazon for a paperback or kindle download.  What’s better than a creepy story, a vengeful witch, and a curse for weekend read during Halloween month?

Hope you enjoy!

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“. . . a book to be savored.”

I have a bad habit.  I’ve tried to break it several times but its so easy to slip back into it . . .  I plug my mobile phone in next to my bed at night.  I am one of those people that wake up during the night and sometimes come up with whole scenes for a book, or figure out why a character needs to act a certain way or how to make that leap in the book where the dots connect. Sometimes I redecorate or redesign rooms in my house in my head.  Or watch a rerun of NCIS or House . . . but without fail, if my phone is next to my bed, I check it.

This morning that middle-of-the-night wake-up came late . . .  around 4:00am.  And when it did, I checked my phone and found a great surprise waiting for me! A 4.5 out of 5.0 review for Cursed from Night Owl Reviews.  That lands my book in their Top Pick category and I was thrilled to see it – and wanted to share.

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Sara Carter moved into the beautiful Brownstone on the South end of Boston looking forward to starting her new job the following Monday. Mason Brown, her landlord and a mystery, pulls on her sympathy for his deformity and loneliness yet his gentleness and manners makes her think of old world charm. How little did she know she was right to think that. Cursed is the story of a witch’s curse, the destruction of a talented and beautiful young woman, and a love that time could not dim.

ImageI found that Lynn Ricci has written a book that needs to be read slowly so as not to miss any of nuances. Readers need to not rush to the end. Although it was a bit confusing on what Mason’s problem was, after the third chapter I didn’t care because I was too busy enjoying reading Mason and Catherine’s personal story. Where they right? I don’t know, but it sure makes a great bit of fiction.

If I had to pick a favorite part it would be the first meeting between Mason and Sarah, all others would never look directly at Mason Brown because they were repulsed by his scars and disfigurations. Sarah could not help her eyes being drawn to him and did not feel revulsion or pity when she looked at him.

There is much in this story to appeal to those who enjoy a paranormal story. There are mythical beings, a witch, curses, counter-curses and as a bonus there is even a romantic angle.

Take a chance on Lynn Ricci’s Cursed, it is truly a book to be savored. 4.5 Stars – Top Pick!

My plan it to get it out next month on the other ebook platforms such as Nook, Apple, Sony, Kobo etc but for now, you can get the paperback or Kindle version on Amazon.

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Do You Decide Setting Based on Where You Know or Where you Want To Go?

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the_kingdom_within_book_sculpture_by_wetcanvas

I have a bit of wanderlust.  Always have since I was very young and would read books set in far away lands.  I would love to travel the world – but I would settle for Europe.  Partly, because that was where my ancestors hailed from – Italy, Germany, Ireland, somewhere in Scandanavia . . . (yes, I am a mutt.) The funny thing is, I have been over seas a number of times but never visited those countries but did see some incredible other places.

Since I do not have any trips abroad planned soon, I tend to write what I know when building my worlds and choosing settings.  My books are primarily based in the Boston area, or at least New England.  And when I do use another location, its more of a backdrop than big part of the story since I don’t feel qualified to do the location justice.

ImageI am heading off to Chatham, MA today.  Chatham is located on the elbow of Cape Cod and it is my “happy place”.  It’s there that I get a lot of inspiration for my other passion, painting.  So, its no wonder that I have been toying with the idea of a book set there.  I have even named the story that is playing out in my head – Summer of The Yellow Umbrella.  I am thinking that in all the years I have been traveling to Chatham, I have only been there once in the winter (New Years Eve they hold the Cape’s version of First Night)  But I think I need to get the feel for other seasons when there are no tourists clogging the streets, when the town drops by half in population, and basically goes back to normal.  I need to plan another trip for this fall!

I wonder how many authors need to visit their settings to get the real flavor of the community?  How many can just pick a city that they are unfamiliar with because it works for their story and just write about the setting?  Or, how many are like me that only write about the area where they live and feel they know? 

And if you want to check out more really cool pictures of book sculptures by wetcanvas – see more on their deviantart page.

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Does a Creative Mind Have Internal Competition?

ImageRecently, I took my family down to Cape Cod for our annual summer vacation.  The Lower Cape is a magnificent piece of New England with miles and miles of beaches that are not overrun by hotels, quaint seaside villages and down town areas, historic places to visit, beautiful dunes, cranberry bogs and kettle ponds, and a quieter, simpler way of life that instills an inner peace and relaxation.  At least, that’s the way I see it when i visit Chatham every year.

During this trip I planned to get some writing done . . . but that didn’t happen.  I had my laptop, and I came equipped with not one but two books in various stages loaded and ready for me to continue writing . . . but instead I sat on the beach, walked through the galleries, and ate far too many ice cream cones.

In one gallery, The Artful Hand, I came across some great little birdhouses made out of classic books.  If I were a bird, I would want to live in one of these classic books!  I got a kick out of them and thought I would share here.  It also got me thinking about the workings of a creative mind since I write and paint . . . and the balance of enjoying and pursuing both.  Can one be a distraction from the other?  By not focusing on one area, does it hold me back from reaching my potential?  Or does one cultivate the other; thereby allowing a more free flow of ideas and creative processes?  Do other writers also share other creative outlets – is this typical?

I don’t have the answers, but I do know I wouldn’t give one up for the other.  And, although I have been more focused on my paintings at the moment, I know the characters in my head are getting restless and I will be turning back to them shortly.  The only question in my mind at this early morning hour while sipping my coffee is which will be my creative path for today . . .

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