What if I told you that you could Escape to Africa without leaving the comfort of your own home? Please welcome my guest, Alicia Dean, as she shares her upcoming anthology Escape to Africa. This anthology releases on July 15th but you can preorder it today. The anthology includes 6 stories by 6 authors. Alicia’s story is titled “Dying to Love You.” Continue reading
I’d like to welcome my guest author today, Alicia Dean, and spotlight her Halloween Anthology released yesterday.
Mysteries of the Macabre
It’s six stories, by six authors with six…okay…I’m just kidding… there are only two sixes. 😉
But it is that time of year when thoughts drift to pumpkin everything, colorful leaves, and Halloween with all the fun and scariness the season brings. This Anthology provides a story that should suit everyone’s tastes. It’s practically a casserole of frightfully fun Halloween treats!
And I do love a casserole…check this out…if you dare. You know you dare…it’s no trick—you’re not going to pass this treat up, are you?
(P.S. Once you scroll down you’ll get a second treat- a look at Alicia’s gorgeous cover for her story, Scarred.)
A Halloween Anthology – Six Stories by Six Authors
Alicia Dean, Leah St. James, Alexa Day, Renci Dunham, Rohn Federbush, and Elvy Howard share Halloween mayhem in 6 short stories:
A masked stranger ~ Teen angst ~ Ghostly appearances
Hot Halloween sex ~ A tropical nightmare ~ Visions from the past
Alicia Dean’s story is Scarred:
Wow! Take a look at that gorgeous cover! Fabulous!
Sometimes, the most painful scars are the ones beneath the skin.
When Natalie Jayne moved away from her home town ten years earlier, she left behind painful memories, along with Simon, the man she loved. Now, she’s back on Halloween night to attend a memorial marking the one-year anniversary of the tragic passing of her childhood friend, Jessica. Rumors that Simon was responsible for Jessica’s death unnerve her. Even more disturbing is her unsettling attraction to a masked stranger she meets at the event. Her gift may be the key to unlocking the truth, but will it also lead to heartbreak?
Natalie wasn’t sure what had possessed her to make a spectacle of herself. She just couldn’t bear to hear these people crucify Simon. Especially since he wasn’t here to defend himself.
Kristopher clenched his fists as if he were using all his willpower not to throttle her. “What the hell do you think you’re doing, Natalie?” He spoke low enough that the people in the ballroom couldn’t hear him. His blue eyes were tortured, his handsome face drawn in pain and grief. “You were her friend. You should want justice.”
“Justice is one thing. You people are out for blood. You’ve known Simon your whole life. He would never have hurt Jessica—or anyone—on purpose.”
“You’ve been gone for ten years. People change.”
She captured his gaze, searched for some sign of compassion. “Do you really, deep in your heart, believe he killed her in cold blood?”
“I know he did.”
“Why would he do that?”
His mouth twisted with bitterness. “Jealousy. Rage.”
“Jealousy over what?”
“Me. Jessica and I. She told him that night that she was leaving him. For me. We were in love and were going to be together.
Sick dread coiled in her stomach. “No, that’s not true.”
“Oh, but it is. He was controlling, obsessive.” Tears filled his eyes, and he shook his head. “I should never have let her tell him on her own.”
A niggle of doubt wormed its way into her heart. Simon had been a good man, but he was also capable of strong emotion…strong passion. If the woman he loved betrayed him with another—with his best friend—what might he have done in a moment of mindless rage?
Natalie whirled at the deep voice to find the phantom from the balcony behind her.
“What do you mean, he’s right? What do you know of Jessica and Simon?”
His lips tightened, but he remained silent.
“I’ll tell you what he knows.” Kristopher’s words were like the growl of a wounded animal. “He knows everything about that night. He’s the one who killed her.”
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Award-winning, multi-published author Alicia Dean began writing stories as a child. At age 11, she wrote her first ever romance (featuring a hero who looked just like Elvis Presley, and who happened to share the name of Elvis’ character in the movie, Tickle Me), and she still has the tattered, pencil-written copy. Alicia is from Moore, Oklahoma and now lives in Edmond. She has three grown children and a huge network of supportive friends and family. She writes mostly contemporary suspense and paranormal, but has also written in other genres, including a few vintage historicals. She is a freelance editor in addition to being an editor for The Wild Rose Press.
Other than reading and writing, her passions are Elvis Presley, MLB, NFL (she usually works in a mention of one or all three into her stories) and watching her favorite televisions shows like Vampire Diaries, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Haven, New Girl, The Mindy Project, and Dexter (even though it has sadly ended, she will forever be a fan). Some of her favorite authors are Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Lisa Gardner, Sharon Sala, Jordan Dane, Ridley Pearson, Joseph Finder, and Jonathan Kellerman…to name a few.
Find Alicia here:
As a child I remember the one thing that I claimed for bragging rights to the other kids in elementary school…”We have all the Elvis records on 45!” Maybe not much to brag about, but to me, it was an awesome collection that me and my sisters would put on the record player and dance away to Elvis in the living room.
I also remember exactly where I was on the tragic day Elvis died, but his legend lives on even with today’s youth as my fifteen year old nephew clams Elvis as his idol.
Also It’s quite obvious that Elvis will forever live on in my guest’s heart as we…
Welcome my guest today, Alicia Dean!
I’m excited to share my latest release from The Wild Rose Press on what would have been Elvis’ eightieth birthday. ‘End of Lonely Street’ is a Vintage Romance Short Story set in 1957, in the era when Elvis first burst on the scene. Like my heroine in the story, I am a diehard Elvis fan. (As you probably figured out, I took the title from a line in Heartbreak Hotel, which was Elvis’ first million selling record).
Can she let go of the past, before it destroys her future?
All Toby Lawson wanted was to go to college to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher and to be free of her alcoholic mother and the painful memories of finding her and the guy Toby loved kissing. But when her mother nearly burns the house down, Toby must put her dreams on hold and return home to care for her. The only time she isn’t lonely and miserable is when she’s listening to her heartthrob, Elvis Presley. His music takes her away, helps her escape from everything wrong in her life.
Noah Rivers has always loved Toby, but no matter what he says, and even though she knows her mother initiated the kiss, and that he didn’t kiss her back, she can‘t seem to get past what happened. He soon realizes that the true problem lies in Toby’s belief that she’s not good enough for him and in her fear that she will be just like her mother.
What will it take to prove to her that she deserves to be happy, and that he would give anything to be the man to make her dreams come true?
Mapleton, Tennessee, November, 1957
Toby Lawson closed her eyes and shut out all sounds of the diner, except for Elvis Presley’s voice. He was crooning about how she was the only one for him…no matter where he went or what he did… he’d spend his whole life loving her…
Rough hands landed on her waist and shattered the fantasy. She caught a whiff of hair tonic and too much cologne, and she snapped her eyes open. Wes Markham’s hateful face replaced the image of Elvis’ beautiful, crooked smile and smoldering blue eyes.
“Let me go.” She gritted her teeth, keeping her voice low. If her boss, Mr. Winstead, knew there was trouble on account of her, he’d explode. He’d barely let her have the job in the first place. Everyone in Mapleton knew the Lawson women were trouble.
Toby gripped his right wrist with one hand, tightening her hold on the utensils she held in the other. “I said let me go. Now!”
She shoved against him, but he didn’t budge.
He pulled her tighter. “Your momma’s a whole lot friendlier than you are. They say the apple don’t fall far from the tree, so how’s about you cut the pretense and we go someplace quiet? Winstead won’t miss you for a few minutes.”
Her cheeks heated. She didn’t dare look around. No doubt the customers were watching, listening. Elvis had stopped singing and everyone in the place could hear what he’d said about her mother. It wasn’t like they didn’t all know, though. Constance Lawson hadn’t exactly kept her escapades a secret.
Toby clenched her teeth and brandished the utensils. She spoke loud enough for everyone to hear. “Release me this instant, or I swear, you’ll be pulling this steak knife out of your eyeball.”
He held her gaze for a split second, then gave a laugh that was somewhere between nervous and furious. “Sure, sure. Okay.” He released her and stepped back. “I was just foolin’ around anyway. I got better things to do with my time than waste it on a used up chick like you.”
Muffled laughter rose around her. Oh God, she could crawl into a hole.
“How about you apologize to the lady, then beat it?”
Toby whirled at the male voice. Noah Rivers stood behind her, looking handsome and sharp in his police uniform—even with his dark hair in the military buzz cut. Her knees weakened, and tingles swept over her skin. She swallowed against the sudden dryness in her throat. She’d heard he was back, but hadn’t seen him until now. And what a time to have a reunion.
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Alicia Dean lives in Edmond, Oklahoma. She has three grown children and a huge network of supportive friends and family. She writes mostly contemporary suspense and paranormal, but has also written in other genres, including a few vintage historicals.
Other than reading and writing, her passions are Elvis Presley, MLB, NFL (she usually works in a mention of one or all three into her stories) and watching her favorite televisions shows like Vampire Diaries, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Haven, The Mindy Project, and Dexter (even though it has sadly ended, she will forever be a fan). Some of her favorite authors are Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Lisa Gardner, Sharon Sala, Jordan Dane, Ridley Pearson, Joseph Finder, and Jonathan Kellerman…to name a few.
Find Alicia here: