My Review of SPELLBOUND IN HIS ARMS by Angel Sefer

07/26/2013 09:47


By Angel Sefer

Get your copy on!


SPELLBOUND IN HIS ARMS is a fantastic first novel by author Angel Sefer.  Set in Greece, mostly on the island of Corfu, with some scenes in Athens (I was excited to find a short scene took place in Plaka, a historic neighborhood in Athens and my favorite spot when I vacationed there!).  The author describes the Greek scenery beautifully (she is from there, after all), and the location is definitely a major player in the story.


The chemistry between the main characters, Jackie and Michael, is fiery and passionate right from the start, but what I really liked is that they were able to keep their heads to solve the mystery even as their relationship blossomed.  Jackie is a feisty heroine, and nothing, even super-hot detective Michael Apostolou, is going to keep her from finding the truth about who is harming her family.  There are plenty of bad guys and plenty of action in this book—perfect for a fast and fun read.


I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery with a good amount of romance.  I look forward to reading more novels by this author.



ORACLE OF DELPHI Blog Tour, Diantha Jones Guest Post

07/23/2013 01:06

I'm thrilled to have Diantha Jones here on my blog today, making a stop on her ORACLE OF DELPHI Blog Tour!

Please visit her website here, and purchase her new release,

PROPHECY OF SOLSTICE'S END (Oracle of Delphi Series #3) here!

And now, for her guest post...


Wrangling the Myths: How I Did It


I didn't really. Wrangle the myths, that is.


Greek mythology is so massive, it would take a lifetime to learn everything. Even then, I bet there'd be something you missed. It's an impossible thing to take on. I've studied the myths for the past four years and still feel like a fish out of water at times. There's just so much of it, so many interpretations, that in the end it all boils down to which tall tale you choose to believe.


When researching the myths for my Oracle of Delphi series, I started with...duh, the Oracle. That was easy enough, I guess. Then I moved on to the Olympians. That went well first. Then I realized there was so much more to the big twelve than I had ever known. They are each the god of at least ten different things. They've also got a beast or two that is attributed to them, plus plants and other symbols. And let's not start with the love interests! Out of control, I tell you.


But I didn't stop there. To understand the ways of the Olympians, I had to also study the Titans (Kronos, Rhea, Hyperion, etc.) and the gods of the Cosmos (Uranus, Gaia, Nyx, etc.). Then came the myths themselves. My favorite is the story of Cupid and Psyche and how their romance came to be. But there are other cool myths as well, such as the quest of Jason & the Argonauts, and the twelve labors of Hercules, both which are important to the Oracle of Delphi series.


Then there are all of the minor gods and demigods who played major roles in Greek mythology. Really ya''s a lot, but not for a moment have I ever felt bored with it. It's all such exciting stuff! Each time I open one of my books or bring up a website, I'm excited wondering what new, amazing myth I'm going to discover. So have I conquered the Greek myths? Not even close. But I'm sure having a blast trying.




07/19/2013 23:20


I'm giving away

TWO signed copies of IT'S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH

on Goodreads!

Enter here to win!


Exciting News!

07/15/2013 15:35


I have just been named a SEMIFINALIST in

The Kindle Book Review's 2013 Best Indie Book Awards

for my book, IT'S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH!

Find the list of semifinalists here.


Winners will be announced October 1, 2013.

Keep your fingers crossed for me!



Coming Soon--Diantha Jones's ORACLE OF DELPHI Blog Tour stops here!

07/11/2013 09:58

Diantha Jones, author of the ORACLE OF DELPHI series

and the UNKNOWING series, will stop here on July 23rd as part of her



Please join us on the 23rd to meet this awesome author!

Visit her website here!




To bikini, or not to bikini? I'll answer your question...

06/24/2013 10:32


It’s BIKINI SEASON, ladies!  And you know what that means…it’s time to buy a one-piece.  I went to the beach at Hilton Head, South Carolina a few weeks ago, and was truly appalled at what I saw.  I know, I know, as women we should fight back against the media’s skewed image of how women are “supposed” to look, and we should celebrate our curves and all that crap, but seriously.  Girls, we need to make a concerted effort to look in the mirror before going out in public. 

Swimsuits are no different than clothes—all styles do not look becoming on all figures.  That’s why there are a million different brands, cuts, and designs from which to choose.  Just pick something that fits and covers up the jiggly parts—that’s all I’m asking here!  I’m not saying that if you don’t look like Megan Fox that you should just put on a muumuu and be done with it.  Please, if that were the case, I’d never have been allowed to set foot in a swimwear store.  I’m just saying that we as women need to take one simple oath.  Say it with me:


“Just because a bikini comes in my size

does not mean that I should buy it or wear it.”


There.  I said it.  And I’m going to say this, too:  if I can’t bounce a dime off of your abs, I don’t want to see them. 

Let this be your should-I-buy-that-bikini guide.  If you can answer “yes” to any of the following criteria, do us all a solid and put the suit back on the rack and walk away.

  • My belly hangs over the waistband.
  • More of my cleavage is showing than is covered by fabric.
  • My cleavage is nearer to my waist than to my shoulders.
  • I am 50 years old.
  • My butt is showing.
  • I am pregnant.

This simple list should help you from becoming an eyesore at your local swimming hole.  You’re welcome.

Oh, and one more thing, don’t jog down the beach in a bandeau bikini without a neckstrap, ever.  Thanks to an older lady who crossed my line of vision on vacation, I can't un-see that. 




June is National Accordion Awareness Month

06/11/2013 15:41


You read it right.  June is National Accordion Awareness Month. 

Let’s take a moment to pay homage to this most misunderstood of musical instruments.


Were you aware that:

1.     The accordion is the official instrument of the great city of San Francisco?  Well, it is, and it has been since 1990.

2.     The buttons on one side play the “chords” or accompaniment notes, and the piano keyboard is used to play the melody?

3.     No sound comes out of the instrument unless you push and pull on the “bellows”, the fan-shaped part in the middle?

4.     Famous people who play the accordion include Lucy Liu, Billy Joel, Ross Perot, Weird Al Yankovic, and YOURS TRULY?!?



Aww, check out that sweet, young, 16-year-old thing playing the accordion in that picture.  That’s me in my high school musical, Leader of the Pack, a story about the life and music of Ellie Greenwich, who wrote hits including “Leader of the Pack”, “Do Wah Diddy Diddy”, “Be My Baby”, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” and countless others.  I had the lead role of Ellie, and, yes, I actually learned how to play the old squeezebox for the show.  The keyboard part of it wasn’t such a problem since I already knew how to play the piano, but the gazillion buttons on the other side (see photo above) were a whole different story.  Sure, they’re marked, but you don’t have time to hunt for each chord, so you basically have to know where all the buttons are located to be able to play anything decently.


So, in honor of National Accordion Awareness Month, I urge you to attend an accordion concert near you, or do the next best thing--go to YouTube and watch a video or two.  I recommend this video if you want some seriously amazing accordion music.  Or, if you don’t, you can always watch Urkel get all hot and bothered over an accordion duet with a pretty girl here.




10 Fun & Random Facts about ME!

05/23/2013 09:46


The good folks at Free eBooks Daily helped me advertise my free weekend on Amazon a while back, and they came up with a fun way to get to know me.  I had a great time thinking of these--hope you have fun reading them!  

Check out their website:

See the original article here:


10 Fun & Random Facts About Author Caroline Fardig


  1. I almost opened a bakery this year, but decided to become a writer instead.
  2. I play piano, guitar, and drums.
  3. I have a Bachelor's Degree in music, and never enjoyed English class in school.
  4. My favorite job ever was working at a funeral home.
  5. I collect antique kitchen gadgets.
  6. I love to sing, especially with my daughter.
  7. I can win almost any belching contest.
  8. I was a Homecoming Queen candidate in college.
  9. I love Disney/Nickelodeon 'tween shows, and I even watch them when my kids aren't around.
  10. I was valedictorian of my high school class.


IT'S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH--Now available for ALL ereading devices!!!

05/16/2013 08:29


I'm happy to announce that IT'S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH is now available for the Nook and in print at Barnes & Noble!  

I am especially excited about that, because now I can read my own book on my own Nook ereader!

IT'S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH is also available for


iBooks (in app purchase),

Diesel, and Versent.


IT'S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH Review by author Sarka-Jonae

05/10/2013 11:25


Here's my author friend Sarka-Jonae's review of my book, IT'S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH.  You can read my review of her book, BETWEEN BOYFRIENDS--just scroll down a few blog posts.


I thoroughly enjoyed "It's Just a Little Crush." It's funny, it's believable, and it's got just the right touch of romance balanced with a compelling story of betrayal, scandals, and small town gossip. 

The book's heroine is a copy editor for a newspaper in a small town called Liberty. Lizzie Hart is your typical small town girl, well not exactly. She's smart, she's fun, and she's totally crushing on the new star reporter, Blake Morgan; she and everyone else in Liberty. When murder comes to her town, Lizzie takes off her copy editor hat and puts aside her crush to play detective. What sets this book apart is the believable way Lizzie goes about catching a killer. She's a bit of a bumbling fool at times, like Stephanie Plum but not quite as zany. Lizzie is exactly what you expect her to be, a real person with real fears and real needs. A few crazy things happen, think car bombs and office fires, but they happen in a believable fashion that is both funny and actually furthers the plot.

In the midst of this who dun it, readers are treated to a blossoming romance between a recovering womanizer and a woman who is learning her worth. The question of will Lizzie get her man is as compelling as will Lizzie catch her killer, and the two plot lines are masterfully intertwined.



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