ALASKAN AMBUSH - EXCERPT CHAPTER 1

          “Well that’s strange Alex,” Pearl sounded puzzled and her brow crinkled. “The computer won’t give me the usual information. All it says is Olivia Mannon reservation for three and the date. No credit card info or any contact info.” She shook her head. “Very strange.”
          “Okay, thanks Pearl.” Taking the run would be too much of a risk without additional information. He would call the computer company and see if they could find out what was wrong with the reservation program, and he would ask his buddy to take his flight. As luck would have it, Jason walked in the door right then to get his tour schedule for the day.
          “Hey man, I have a favor to ask,” Alex queried.
          “Anything boss! What is it?”
          “I need you to take my run on Sunday. I’ll take a run for you on Monday.”
          “Sure! You have a hot date or something?” Jason joked.
          “Yeah right, that boy wouldn’t know a hot date if it bit him on the butt,” Pearl chimed in. She’d been trying to find a woman for him for the two years he’d lived there and he just wouldn’t cooperate. He was stubborn and he was still madly in love with his ex-girlfriend.
          Alex just ignored her comment. If he didn’t love the old bat so much, she would have been out of a job the day after he’d inherited the business. Well, maybe not, after all, she was his aunt, and his uncle had requested she be well taken care of. Besides, he kind of loved her.
          “Actually, Jason, I am hoping to avoid running into an old hot date,” Alex informed his best friend. He was looking right at Pearl when he said it, hoping to give her a hint. All he saw was a glint in her eyes. Uh oh, that could mean big trouble.
          “Okay back to work slackers!” Alex replied in his grumpiest boss voice.
          Jason and Pearl just laughed and did as he said.

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          Olivia Mannon woke reeling from a dream. A dream that told her it was once again time to move on. It was actually two dreams, each a night apart, that always let her know it was time to make a change in her life. One was a nightmare that she could never remember and the other was a dream about someone she used to know.
          She sat up in bed. “Jeff, get up. It’s time for you to go.”
          “I don’t have to be to work for another two hours,” he mumbled from underneath a pillow.
          “No, I mean it’s time for you to go. For good,” she stressed. “I don’t think we should see each other anymore!” A little harsh but sometimes that is how she had to do things to get her point across.
          “Just like that? I thought things were good for us.” He was sitting up now too.
          “Yeah well, I’ve decided to turn over a new leaf after I get back from vacation, so bye-bye,” she said as she got out of bed.
          Jeff grabbed his clothes from the previous day and quickly dressed. Gathering the few other belongings he had there, he threw them into his gym bag and made his way to the door. As he walked out of the bedroom, he left Olivia with one final thought. “You know, everyone is right about you. You are a bitch!”
          Several seconds later she heard the front door slam. Sighing, she put her bathrobe on and went to join her twin brother Jackson in the kitchen for coffee.
          “You know, he’s right, you are a bitch,” Jackson echoed. His head was buried in a newspaper and his right hand was wrapped around a coffee mug.
          “Yeah, well at least I haven’t been acting like an over emotional twit for a week like you have,” she bit back.
          Jackson threw his newspaper down and looked at his twin with hurt in his eyes. Standing up, he took his coffee mug to the sink and walked away from her. A few seconds later, she heard his bedroom door slam.
          Great, she’d just hurt her greatest ally. Was she really that much of a bitch? Yeah, she probably was. She had been ever since…forget it, she was happy and successful, and that was all that mattered.

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VIRGIN VOYAGE  Romance Novel

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ALASKAN AMBUSH - BASIC FACTS

Main characters - Olivia and Alex

They were a couple once, but her stubbornness ruined everything.  Matchmaking mama Charlotte decides it's time to intervene.

Alaska is the setting- love and passion are the games

Take a beautiful floatplane tour with Alex and Olivia

Meet the Mannon family - They will drive you nuts and warm your heart.

Olivia has a twin brother - Jackson, who will star in his own book - the final in the series. Deception in Denali!


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NEW GOOGLE+ COMMUNITY

So, I see a lot of authors networking together and readers networking together, but not as much of them mingling as I would like, so I started a Google+ community where we can all mingle together and build fan bases, and get ideas for new books to read.  Please come join us!

GOOGLE+ Romance Writers and Readers Community


NEW NON FICTION BOOK

Cover for my new book of snippets from my blog Adventures of a Broken Housewife (and Mom). Available this weekend on Amazon! :)


AUTHOR PLUG

This is the blog of an author colleague of mine.  I think you will really like it, especially if you like suspense, sci - fi and mystery!  Thanks for checking it out! :)

http://endtimestavern.com/

VIDEO TRAILER

I made a video trailer for the book.  I hope everyone enjoys it.  Drop me a line and let me know what you think - or just leave a comment! :)



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CONTEST!!!!

~~~~^^^^****CONTEST****^^^^~~~~
Okay here goes. I have a character in an upcoming book (#3 in the series.) Poor man has been walking around in my brain for eight years without a last name. It is time to find him one. Give me your suggestions for a last name for him and I will put them all in a bucket and draw one. The person who suggested the name gets a fifteen dollar Amazon.com gift card and their name in the acknowledgements of the book that features this character. Just leave the name on the contest thread at my writer's page www.facebook.com/writerjjellis Anybody can enter. You don't have to like the page to enter, but the support would be appreciated!

Contest starts at 12:00 noon (Mountain time) March 6th and ends at 12:00 noon on Sunday March 10th.

Here is a bit about the character. His first name is Sam, he is 26 years old. He is 6ft tall, Blond haired, blue eyed. He is the personal assistant (and soon to be love interest) to an up and coming Publishing executive. He resides in New York City and wants to some day be a publishing executive himself. He loves dancing and hates alcohol and drugs and loves tall redheads ;) Okay, now, what do you think his last name should be? 

COURAGE


I posted this over on my blog and thought you might like to read it.

Yesterday was a huge day for my family. Something we had all been working toward finally came to fruition. I became a published author. Everybody is so happy for me and I am grateful for the support.

So the day was all a giant celebration right? Nope. It was at first.  The family went out for lunch and they gave me peace and quiet while I finished up the marketing and kindle publishing. But then as usual  mama started to get a bit overwhelmed. Still excited - absolutely. Still grateful - absolutely. Absolutely one hundred percent overwhelmed - Oh hell yeah!

The Shooter and I decided to go out for dinner alone to celebrate and I perked up a bit, but as soon as we got home I started to slide again.  What the hell had I gotten myself into! People on my Facebook groups were talking about reading what I'd written. Crap what had just happened? Just a couple years ago it was almost impossible for me to let anyone read what I wrote. I had to literally force myself to let my own husband read it, and here I was putting it out there for everyone to read.

I started to second guess myself. What if it sucked.  What if the feedback I got from friends, family and strangers was all a lie.  What if I disappointed my friends when they read the book.  What if, what if, what if.  I had a lot of that going on last night! By the time I went to bed, I was about ready to crawl into a hole and hide forever so I wouldn't have to see the faces/hear the voices/see the posts of people who were reading my book.  I convinced myself that I didn't have any talent whatsoever and that I had just embarrassed myself on a global scale.

I read for a bit before bed - another self published author who I wont' mention by name, and checked Facebook on my phone one last time.  There I found out from a friend that my kindle version was finally available so of course I had to drag my big butt out of bed to get online to check. And there it was, in all it's glory, with a preview of the prologue, chapter 1 and part of 2. I read it and truthfully it was good. Much better than the book I'd just been reading (and it wasn't that bad really). I know I am nowhere near a great writer, I will probably never be the next Steven King, or Nora Roberts, , Edgar Alan Poe, or Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens). But you know, I could be worse and I think I wove a great story. And I know I will get better with time and with each book I write and each bit of studying I do.

So, what did it take for me to be a published author?  Courage. Plain and simple it took courage.  But how did I get that courage?  I am the biggest chicken s**t in the world when it comes to putting myself out there.  I hate criticism and I hate negativity. Well, truthfully I will never know what gave me the courage.  I had a lot of support and great people to work with, but I don't think that would have been enough to get me over my horrible fears.  All I know is that I am grateful for the courage I was able to come up with because this is absolutely the best feeling in the world right now.  I can't count on both hands how many books I've sold so far and the rush is incredible.  I know I will have more moments of self doubt (probably many more) but I am prepared to combat them.......with COURAGE.

Until next time...If you finally find the courage to do something you've always wanted to do but were too afraid to pursue it, then go with the flow!!!! Don't question it, just do it! Courage can pop up in times when you least expect it and for that I will be forever grateful.

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BOOK RELEASE

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EXCERPT - CHAPTER 12

     Graham couldn’t wait to get to Seward. As he took his seat in the plane and put his headset on, he couldn’t help but feel excited. It wouldn’t be long now. He had a lot of work to do, but in the end it would be well worth it. Of course, he had the occasional moment of doubt that his plan would really work, but those moments didn’t last long because he wouldn’t let them. There was too much at stake.
     “So, how did you like being a game piece in Charlotte Mannon’s game of matchmaking?” Graham asked as they flew over some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
     “What do you mean? What game?” Alex asked, his curiosity peaking.
     “Oh, I thought you knew.”
     “Knew what man? Come on, give it up!”
     Graham laughed. “Charlotte Mannon used this cruise to play matchmaker for her daughters. From what I understand, she received a brochure about your company and saw your name, then she booked Olivia on one of your tours.”

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EXCERPT - CHAPTER 11

     Graham didn’t even remember hanging up the phone. The next thing he knew, he was sitting on the small salmon colored couch with his head in his hands and tears clouded his eyes. He couldn't lose her now. He would just have to explain things. He had to make her understand how much he loved her, and that the past was over and done with. Forever.

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     Mari was startled awake when the phone rang and she heard her brother talking to Graham. Oh how she wanted to trust in them, to know that there was some way to believe in them again. She just couldn’t though. She had already been through so much with her feelings for him, she just couldn't do it anymore--the risk was too great.
     “Thanks Jackson, tomorrow will be soon enough for talking,” she whispered.
     “That’s okay. He wanted me to tell you that he loves you.”
     Mari didn’t respond, she just rolled over and cried herself back to sleep.

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COVER REVEAL

Okay folks, here is the cover for Virgin Voyage.  All covers in the series will be similar.  The picture will change and the font color will change with each book.  Hope you like it!