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Veronica's #WritersDiary, Extra! Extra! By the Pricking of My Thumbs...

It's been a very Happy Book Birthday for Hearth Fires! This past #LaborDay Monday, Bibiana and I welcomed our little bundle of paranormal book joy to a seller platform near you! We have six delightfully #wicked stories for you to get those #Halloween vibes going. Just in case you need a preview of things to come--take a look at these fabulous short takes Bibiana produced for us via her Compass Bespoke Services, I am absolutely in love--turn up the sound and enjoy!

Culinary Coterie by Veronica Cline Barton—Sammie Atherton returns to her Louisiana family home and learns of a culinary legacy that has been passed down through generations—herbs and spices will never be the same!

The Window by Bibiana Krall– Late one night in Savannah, Tabitha sees something odd in a window. A shadow? A ghost? Or is it just her imagination that something is reaching across the great divide?

Vintage Vibrations by Veronica Cline Barton---Allie Michaels’ Salem boutique offers only the second hand best to her chichi clientele. An aging actress offers a deal too good to be true—will the recipients of these goods live to regret their purchases?

Dark Watchers by Bibiana Krall– Emily doesn’t realize that a surreal, childhood experience in the woods holds the key to a mystery that has haunted her ever since. Peril and danger lurks behind the smile of a handsome genius.

Board Whisperers by Veronica Cline Barton—When a nanny’s latest assignment is abruptly cancelled, she has one question…. where did the children and their parents disappear to?

La Fee Vert by Bibiana Krall–A talented painter in Paris is obsessed with becoming a commercial success. Something in her soul shifts when she’s so close to reaching her dreams… Will Camille discover the high price of fame in The City of Lights?

Bibiana and I truly appreciate all your support in helping us get Hearth Fires successfully launched. Thanks to all our ARC-readers--you're awesome! What a way to start the week--it's Wednesday, time for #DearDiary:

Thanks again for another awesome #BookReview for Hearth Fires!

We're extremely grateful for the awesome book reviews and ratings received from our ARC readers! This one is from Sue-Ellen Welfonder, wowza! Thank you so, so much!

Autumn lovers and fans of the eerie, rejoice! Hearth Fires by talented authors Bibiana Krall and Veronica Cline Barton is a six story collection of hauntingly delicious tales that add a layer of sophistication to the classic ghost story-by-the-campfire. Dark (in a good and entertaining way), macabre, and bewitching, each story sweeps the reader into a setting famed for supernatural enchantment: New Orleans, Savannah, Salem, Big Sur, Scotland, and Paris.

These two writers are wordsmiths and the tales they pen are lush, lyrical, and intoxicating. Characterization is superb, all story people ideal for the supernatural element of their given story world. They feel real, as do the mysterious threads that wind through this incredible collection. Readers familiar with the settings will be instantly transported, while those unfamiliar will feel as if they’ve visited these places. Both sets of readers will fall instantly under Hearth Fires’ spell, charmed by the magic in the pages, the power of each story.

Fans of the authors’ other books will enjoy seeing a well-loved character turn up here and there, also a clever and smile-worthy nod involving a hot pink cap – read the stories to spot it. Above all, know that this is a collection that dazzles on every page.

Bottom line: Hearth Fires celebrates the spooky. If you can enjoy it on a chilly autumn night with a fire going and wind whistling round the eaves, all the better. If not, no worries, these tales will conjure the season’s magic just for you. Highly recommended.

Extra! Extra! Bibiana and I have a fabulous #Halloween prize for a lucky Hearth Fires #Reader!

Since Hearth Fires is so special to us, we wanted to have a drawing for all the readers who have supported us. Just LMK in the comments below, or you can DM one of us on Twitter if you're reading our book. We'll be doing a drawing on September 21st---someone is going to have a fabulous velvet cape and lacey tiara to wear on #Halloween!

The hunt is on for a murdering ring leader and a bit of life changing redemption from the writers of Twitter this week...

Author C.A. Asbrey, Innocent to the Last, 5 STARS

Abi, Nat and Jake are hot on the trail of the mastermind and his devious network who specializes in the trafficking of humans, goods and murder...The death of their baby daughter, Ava catapults their investigative energies and expertise into high gear. They want the carnage to stop and to take revenge for their young daughter's demise---will they be able to stop the scoundrels before more tragedy is inflicted?

A run-in with a newspaper woman who is out to expose the crooked men in the community who have destroyed her family's paper ignites unexpected feelings for Jake. Rebecca Kershaw, aka Becky, is determined to seek justice for the family business, but is in way over her head--will Abi, Nat and Jake be able to help her? Sparks fly and hearts flutter between Becky and Jake, but his turbulent past causes her concern. Decisions must be made--will Becky and Jake make the right choices?

This is the sixth and final book in Author Asbrey's The Innocents Mystery Series. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series--the characters are a delight; the plots adventurous; and the descriptions of the settings and technologies engaging and innovative for the time period. Many dangling dilemmas are resolved in this final tale--and I wish nothing but the best for the characters as they enter a new phase of their fictional lives. Well done on a brilliant series, Author Asbrey!

Next up in the #reading queue:

Join us at 1:45pm EDT later today for our #BOOKEM YouTube channel chat!

Bibiana is on deck talking all things Symbols and Signs, Boo! See you soon!

Welcome to my world. Enjoy the rest of your #week and #weekend friends--stay cool!

Crowns and Kisses


P.S. As all good self-promoting writers must do---pick up your copy of Hearth Fires here (Gemma and Rikkhe approve :) ):

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Congratulations on the book birthday and your wedding anniversary!

I started Hearth Fires last night and I finished Culinary Coterie. Loved it...I will think of it every time I use the spice rack! Eek! I started The Window, but my Kindle battery died. More of that story later today. I am really enjoying it!

I also finished The Innocents this week, and I thought it was fabulous. I need to get cracking on the rest of the books in the series.

Have a great day, V! Looking forward to BookEm later this afternoon. <3



What a fabulous post! So excited about the future and Halloween! That cape and crown is fierce! Yes! Happy anniversary to you! Can’t wait to read some of these books too. The devil in a kilt almost melted my screen! Love it! Have a fabulous day! 👠🌸📚💕🥂

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