COVER REVEAL: Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino

Renee Carlino is one of my “go-to” authors because she NEVER disappoints with her creative storylines and excellent writing skills. And, for that reason, I am excited to reveal the cover for her latest project, Lucian Divine which is scheduled to be released on January 9, 2017!!!




“My guardian angel is a drunk.”
Evelyn Casey’s life is at a standstill. She’s in her mid-twenties, struggling with the dating scene in San Francisco. Nothing seems to be working out, and she’s starting to think that she’ll live out her days in her crummy apartment with her overbearing roommate, Brooklyn. It’s absurd, but sometimes Evey longs for a guardian angel to show up and save the day.

And then he does. Seriously. His name is Lucian and he’s a guardian angel, been on the job for two thousand years. His sudden presence in her life is both good—he’s brilliant, witty, and warm—and bad—he’s brilliant, witty, warm, and hot as —-. But as perfect as Lucian seems, he’s got problems of his own. He’s taken up drinking and he’s brazenly inserted himself into Evey’s life, going against the greatest cosmic law ever created.
For Evey, the rules are simple: You are not allowed to hook up with your guardian angel. But sometimes fulfilling your destiny requires a leap of faith, a confrontation with God.

Yes, God as in God.



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Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women’s novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at


GUEST POST: No One But You Can Tell Your Story by Rebecca Kanner

Consider for a moment that your story is an important one and that you’re the only one who can tell it. For some people, this is the first step to finally being able to sit down and write. In over a decade of teaching writing, I’ve discovered that whatever the excuse, the main reason people don’t write their stories is that they don’t truly believe they’re worthy of the time and effort it takes to write them.

I used to struggle with this too. Life can get so busy. There’s so much to do that sometimes it felt indulgent and silly to spend time writing. People often didn’t respect my writing time. They considered me to be “free” during those hours that I wasn’t doing paid work. A couple of people voiced concerns that I was so dedicated to my writing and unrealistically hopeful about what would come of it. But a voice within me was stronger than any of the voices outside, and it told me to write.

Sometimes when I wrote it felt like my soul was on fire and sometimes I felt like I was pushing a cow uphill. But I wrote because that’s what I’d decided I was going to do, and I wasn’t going to let my inner critic get the best of me. When I finished writing Sinners and the Sea: The Untold Story of Noah’s Wife, I was actually sad that I wouldn’t get to hang out with Noah and the gang anymore. My writing time had become a sacred refuge and I felt a little lost without it. And so I wrote Esther, the story of an orphan who becomes queen of Persia and risks her life to save her people. Both books ended up being published by the Simon & Schuster imprint Howard Books, but even if they’d never been published, I’d still be glad I wrote them.

My hope is that other people will come to value and even enjoy writing. When my students bring up the names of great writers, names we all know, and ask questions such as Why should I write, I’m not Toni Morrison? I tell them, Just as you can’t tell Toni Morrison’s story (or Margaret Atwood’s, or Maya Angelou’s, or Louise Erdrich’s), neither can she tell yours.

This is the message I want to give you: Only you have fully experienced your own struggles. Only you know how you continue to struggle or how you’ve overcome your struggles, or both. Your story will help someone else find their way, or get through something they think is unbearable, or simply escape from real life for a little while.

The story I wished to tell in first my novel is the story of how some of the things that I thought marked me as ugly or unworthy in some way—my struggles with anxiety, depression and eventually addiction—ended up saving me. In Sinners and the Sea: the Untold Story of Noah’s Wife, I convey this message by giving the narrator a mark upon her forehead that is seen as the mark of a demon. Because of this mark she is considered unmarriageable and her life is very hard. But then along comes Noah, a man who knows the mark is not that of a demon. He looks at what’s beneath the surface of her skin and sees a good woman. Without the narrator’s mark, she would not have been married to Noah, she would have been married to one of the other men her father tried to get for her, men who drowned along with their wives and children when the flood came. Because she ends up being Noah’s wife, she and the sons she has with Noah get to be on the ark. She eventually realizes that her mark has saved her.

Telling my story helped me realize that I’m grateful to my struggles. They’ve brought me to the place I’m at today, which is a place of gratitude and self-forgiveness. On June 21st, the paperback of Esther came out. I spent three years researching and writing it, and I never thought I’d finish it. But I did, and so I know I can do things I didn’t think possible.

I know that telling your story will help you, too, perhaps in ways you can’t even imagine.

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SPOTLIGHT: After the Pain by Adrienne Thompson



Barely grasping on to her sanity due to past trauma and unhappiness, LaVonda Ingram leaves her home in search of peace and finds it in the love of a beautiful man. But will she be able to hold on to the healing and peace his love provides?

This is book one of the Latter Rain series–stories of women over forty finding love.


After another failed attempt to pay for my room, as the front desk was unmanned again that morning, I went to the dining room to find it empty except for the delicious-smelling food. I made my plate and was digging into half of a grapefruit when the unmistakable scents of grass and gasoline hit my nose. My first thought was that it was the lawn mower guy, my second thought was how rude it was of him to come into the guest dining area reeking of grass and gas, and my third thought—well, I’m not sure what my third thought was because I happened to look up and into the nicest pair of dark eyes I’d ever seen. Then my eyes scanned the rest of his face—strong nose, Darnell Williams-caliber thick lips that parted into a handsome smile, smooth coffee-with-no-creamer-colored skin. And when he said “Hi,” his voice was as rich as a thick slice of New York cheesecake. I mumbled hi in response and began to nervously mutilate my grapefruit with my spoon. He gave me a little nod as he slid his work gloves off his hands and shoved them into the back pockets of his jeans. Thankfully, he now had on a black V-neck t-shirt. Had he still been shirtless, I might have started drooling…


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Adrienne Thompson has worn many titles in her lifetime–from teenage mother to teenage wife to divorcee to registered nurse to author. This mother of three young adults and author of 24 books currently resides in Arkansas in her newly empty nest where she writes and publishes her stories full time.

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