There are 2 Sides to Every Woman ~ Venus & Venom


From the moment you read the name Venus & Venom, you wonder

You know it’s something different. Maybe even taboo? But, you just can’t seem to keep yourself from wanting to find out.

The Grand Opening “Red Carpet Celebration” of Venus & Venom MediSpa (located in Nanuet, NY) is scheduled for April 24th at 4pm, with a special guest appearance by the legendary Chita Rivera and friends, but the spa is already open for business -with two other New York locations; one in Blauvelt and one in Monroe. The spa will feature a “Melange” of services, including an elaborate menu of facials, laser hair removal, tattoo removal, skin resurfacing, microdermabrasion, Botox, dermal fillers, massages, body-sculpting and more. The spa specializes in many red carpet secrets and treatments to get women and men ready for everyday events to full service weddings- providing everything from skincare, body sculpting, “honeymoon novelties”, Make-up Artist Concierge, hair styling, and even the Perfect Smile- thanks to their exclusive network of artisan practitioners, including Vogue Hair Salon of Nanuet and Dental Arts of Rockland. Becoming part of the Venus & Venom elite network of professionals will entitle every client to a VIP status with exclusive privileges and rewards.

The divergent menu is raising eyebrows with services labeled “Crack and Sack for Men” laser hair removal, “Smoke and Mirrors” for Botox & Dermal Fillers,  “Dare to go Bare” laser hair removal and “Remove the Past-Fast” tattoo removal.  Venus & Venom will offer a posh facial for men called Urban Homme as well as the ultimate threesome (“Have a 3Some”) for men and women where the client handpicks a trio of services to come together.  The “Syn-Ake Venom Facial” is a touted Hollywood favorite among the stars and mimics Botox-like effects on the face. The spa also contains a unique boutique with everything from candles, books, handbags, and jewelry, to adult novelties and other niche items.

IMG9511431Venus & Venom Medi Spa, is an all-female run business, co-owned by Christina Sirera RN, Sheila May RN, and Denise Patriaco FNP-all known as “Women to Watch in Business.”  They don’t follow trends, they are avant-garde trendsetters. In addition to running these successful businesses, the ladies of Venus & Venom are touring the Northeast with scheduled speaking engagements regarding the Medispa business.  Follow the Venus & Venom social media on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to find informative news about the original Beauty, ARt & Science collaborators. Follow their Facebook page called Nurses in Business, The Business of Nursing- for information about their next stop.

Christina Sirera RN is the founder of the first RN-operated med-spa in Rockland County, Melange Med Spa. This established and leading med spa of the tri-state area is honored to join and partner with Venus & Venom Medispas- offering all the same services as before with even more enhancements.  This will be Sirera’s fourth spa opening. She is an expert in Botox and fillers and accomplished in her technique and administration of non-surgical cosmetic procedures.  She has won various awards and accolades for her work in aesthetics. She is an invited keynote speaker for American Spa, a spa business consultant and trainer on the art of aesthetic injections. Her goal is to make people feel good about how they look by creating environments with “the groundbreaking Melange model of combining Beauty, Art & Science”.

Sheila Gaughan May is a Registered Nurse with 17 years of experience in Acute Care and Nursing Management, and has a proven keen ability to focus on individual clients’ needs. Sheila is certified in Sclerotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma for hair restoration, as well as The Vampire Lift, laser treatments, Botox and dermal fillers.

Denise Patriaco is a Family Nurse Practitioner and the Medical Director for all Melange Med Spas and a partner with Venus & Venom Medi Spa, where she brings her knowledge and expertise to aesthetic medicine. She is certified in laser treatments, body sculpting, Botox and dermal fillers. Denise has a certification from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing a Doctorate from Duke University.

Venus & Venom is a  full service spa for men, as well as ,women and is the first #hisandhers #hersandhers #hisandhis #yours #mine #our medi spa in the Rockland and north Bergen area; the flagship Nanuet site will be a model for med spas nationally. Go to or http://WWW.VVMSPA.COM to join the mailing list and stay connected for invites to the highly anticipated Red Carpet Unveiling Event on April 24 at 4 pm. Venus & Venom Medi Spa is located at 78 S. Middletown Rd., Nanuet, NY 10954, across the street from The Shops at Nanuet. Call for appointments at (845) 623-8700. Other locations include 135 Erie Street East, Blauvelt, NY, (845-365-1500 and 35 Lake Street, Monroe , NY 10950, (845) 827-6700.


Cross-Promote Your Writing

How To Successfully Cross-Promote Your Writing

By Writer’s Relief Staff

First, a big “Thank You” to Chelle Cordero of Potpourri Parlor for hosting Writer’s Relief for this guest post!

At Writer’s Relief, we believe that a submission strategy team is an important factor in an author’s success. Having people who support you with expert advice about where to submit your work will definitely help advance the career of any author. The same can be said for a promotional team to further your efforts in cross-promotion. And the best part is that you can start assembling your promo team right away!


The Benefits Of A Cross-Promotion Team Effort:

Increase sales – The more people you have sharing information about your latest releases on social media, the more likely your sales are to increase. As you gain new fans, the possibility of selling more copies of your book will skyrocket.

Publicize events – When one author has a book event, public reading, or contest, all promo team members spread the news. That means Facebook, Twitter, blog posts, and e-mail newsletters. Don’t be afraid to let your fans know when something big is happening. They will thank you for it.

Gain more followers – By creating one group blog that all team members can post to, each contributor benefits from increased exposure. In addition, each member should guest post on other members’ blogs. This adds credibility and helps draw fans of one author or writing style to the other blogs.

Generate event buzz – Put together a group reading, a seminar, or even a daylong conference. When it comes to public relations, there’s always strength in numbers.

Garner conference attention – Visit a writing conference as a team and start a panel for like-minded authors to hear what you have to say.

Important Aspects Of Assembling A Promo Team:

When assembling your promo team, it’s a smart idea to work with authors of the same genre. For example, if you write romance fiction, you’ll want to team up with writers who also write romance fiction. This will help strengthen your author brand while reaching more of your target market.

However, this doesn’t mean you should avoid asking writers in other genres to join your promo team, especially if you’re attending conferences and seminars as a group. Each writer will bring his/her unique viewpoint to the team’s presentations, and having other genres represented will expose your writing to new readers.

If you’re unsure about how to find writers who might want to be part of your promo team, don’t worry. There are plenty of ways to meet new writers looking to establish a network. You can find an extensive listing of writer’s organizations on our Publishing Tool Kit pages.

Start Promoting!

Once you’ve assembled your promo team, get out there and start cross-promoting! Marketing oneself takes time and dedication, so be sure you give 100%. If you’re working with other writers, they’ll want you to be just as focused and enthusiastic as they are.

Writer’s Relief, Inc.

Have a question about writing? *Visit us online!*

Book Promo: Winter Swans by Danica Winters

Danica Winter SwansWinter Swans

Series: The Nymph Series 

Book 3
          Book 1: The Nymph’s Labyrinth
          Book 2: Montana Mustangs

Publisher: Crimson Romance

Purchase Link:

A curse that forbids her to love…
A child that he must accept…
And a battle that could get them killed…


A curse that forbids her to love…A child that he must accept… And a battle that could get them killed…

After the death of his troubled ex-wife, the professional poker player, Chance Landon, finds out he is the father of a strange girl who carries even stranger secrets.

Swan-shifting nymph, Harper Cygnini, is a driven by the need to succeed in her professional life. When she meets Chance and his daughter, it becomes only too clear that there are things missing in her life—feelings and needs laid dormant after the mistakes of her past.

When Chance makes a choice that puts them all in danger, Harper must choose between her job and her heart. Chance may be the gambler, but should she risk making the same mistakes and pinning her hopes on a future that may cost Chance his life and his daughter—or is that one bet she is unwilling to take?

About the Author:

danica wintersDanica Winters is a bestselling author who is known for writing award-winning books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and often a touch of magic. When she’s not working, she can be found in the wilds of Montana testing her patience while she tries to understand the allure of various crafts (quilting, pottery, and painting are not her thing).  She always believes the cup is neither half full nor half empty, but it better be filled with wine.

Website | Blog | Amazon | Barnes and Noble 
Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

Other Books by Danica Winters:

Montana Mustangs

The Nymph’s Labyrinth

Love Under the Christmas Tree

A Christmas Miracle

The Vampire’s Hope

Curse of the Wolf

An Angel’s Justice

Coming Soon from Danica Winters (2013):

Christmas Wishes (Books To Go Now)

Winter Swans (Crimson Romance)


Savannah Sacrifice (Crimson Romance)


Book Promo: Mind Over Psyche by Karina Fabian

Deryl isn’t crazy; he’s psychic.  Desperate to escape the insane asylum, Deryl  teleports to Kanaan, a world of telepaths who regard him as an oracle.  But freedom comes at a price.  The Kanaan expect their oracle to teach them to use their powers to wage war.  Meanwhile, he’s falling in love, but to be with her means to share his psyche, which could drive her insane.  Most dangerous of all, he hasn’t escaped the Call of the Master, enemy of the Kanaan, whose telepathic manipulations were why Deryl was committed in the first place.  Now, the Master will forge Deryl’s powers into a weapon to kill all he loves or destroy his mind trying.

Mind Over Psyche by Karina Fabian

Book Two of the Mind Over trilogy



“Human.” Tasmae didn’t so much rise as uncoil and stalked her way to him, her shoulders hunched and her eyes hooded. Even without weapons or her lethal hairpiece, Joshua had no doubt she could do him serious damage. He stepped back.

She continued to close on him, stealthy, predatory, herding him away from the door. “You did this,” she snarled.

“What do you think I did, Tasmae?” Joshua asked, keeping his voice as calm as he could despite the fact that he was quivering inside. He found himself desperately wishing for a couple of big orderlies—Sachiko, even—a straitjacket and some Haldol. Or maybe an animal tranquilizer. Why don’t Leinad and the healer do something?

“Tasmae, I’m willing to listen, so why don’t you just tell me what—”

“Shut up! Don’t play stupid with me. I know what you planned to do. Human!” She spat the word. Even though she stood only inches away from him, her eyes were so dark that even if he knew the process of her thinking, he could not have seen it. He didn’t have enough information, and he knew with all his being that any wrong move would get him killed.

He used his only tool, his words. “Tasmae. I’m your friend. I know right now, you’ve got a lot of confusing tho—ungh!”

She hit him. Hard.

As he folded over, she caught him in the throat with her forearm and pinned him against the wall. She was tall enough that she could glare into his eyes with only a slight tilt of her head. “You thought I wouldn’t find out? You thought bringing the Ydrel here would make me trust you? That you could sing your pretty songs and make me forget my duty to my people? To the Remembrance?” She gave a maniacal laugh. “I know now. The Barins are a minor threat compared to humans! Humans, with their wild emotions and too many thoughts. Too many riddles. Riddles within riddles, thoughts within thoughts, feelings-within-feelings-within—” She shook her head, and when she looked up her eyes were shiny with tears. “You are contagion!”

She shoved her arm against his throat, and Joshua gagged. He clutched at her forearm, but he didn’t know how to break her hold. He couldn’t get a breath to answer her, couldn’t get a breath. Light and dark flashes dazzled his eyes.


“Taz, stop!” Deryl shouted from the doorway as he staggered into the room. He fought to hold himself together until he could draw her away from his friend. “Tasmae, please! It’s not Joshua’s fault.”

“Deryl.” As Tasmae turned to him her demeanor changed. First, it softened; she gently, almost distractedly, released Joshua. He collapsed onto hands and knees, taking in great gulps of air.

“Ydrel,” she spoke again, and this time, her voice was low and seductive and she sauntered her way to him. He blinked in confusion.

“Taz, don’t,” Deryl whispered, but she didn’t seem to hear him. Did she even see him? His eyes flicked to Joshua, but he was still on one knee, a hand braced against the ground, fighting for breath and consciousness. Leinad and the healer watched, though his muddled mind couldn’t tell if they were fascinated or horrified.

“Ydrel mentor, Ydrel guide,” she breathed as she moved in close, too close. He backed up until he was against a wall, a mere foot away from the plant, which seemed to turn its blossoms toward them like a plant turns toward the sun. He stood tense and trembling as she leaned into him, her face barely an inch from his. He could feel her mind flowing against his shields, and he knew if she got through, they were both lost.


  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Dragon Moon Press (September 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897492685
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897492680






New Book from Danica Winters – Christmas Wishes

Danica Winter’s new book is available TODAY

danica wintersDanica Winters is a bestselling author who is known for writing award-winning books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and often a touch of magic. When she’s not working, she can be found in the wilds of Montana testing her patience while she tries to understand the allure of various crafts (quilting, pottery, and painting are not her thing).  She always believes the cup is neither half full nor half empty, but it better be filled with wine.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Montana Romance Writers, Greater Seattle Romance Writers, as well as the Marketing and Promotions Manager for Books To Go Now. She is a contributor to magazines, websites, and news organizations. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, the outdoors, and the bliss brought by the printed word.

danica w christmas wishes

Christmas Wishes

Publisher: Books To Go Now

Pages: 30

Is she ready to start living again?

For most, Christmas is a time for family, love, life, dreams, and wishes—but not for Lee Llewellyn, a mother who has recently lost her son to an accident and her husband to the resentment it caused.

In a chance encounter, she is given the gift of company on Christmas, but is she ready to move forward and start living again?


A solitary snowflake landed on the pine wreath in Lee Llewellyn’s hands. Its lacy white edges curled around the warm boughs like melting fingers, dripping down the pin-point needles and falling unceremoniously to the frozen grass of the cemetery.

The grass crunched under her feet as she made her way to the familiar marble headstone with the bird inscribed in the black-inked stone. Last week’s roses lay at the base, their heads drooping in icy lamentation. The aged, brittle roses reminded her of the way she always seemed to feel—frozen in time, waiting for someone to pluck her from her stupor, only to be replaced.

Today the flowers would stay. Lee couldn’t bring herself to destroy their despondent beauty. They could stay one more week. Daniel wouldn’t mind—or at least, she hoped his spirit wouldn’t. In truth, he’d never been one for flowers anyway. If anything, the flowers were more for her, like the wreath in her hands. Curling the velvety red ribbon so it sat perfectly at the center, she laid the circular wreath next to the roses, careful to leave her son’s name legible.

She read each word as she had done a thousand times before. Daniel Edward Llewellyn. Born May 10th, 1990.Died December 23, 2010.

The tear trickled down Lee’s cheek, unchecked by time or self-control. She couldn’t imagine a time when the deep pain of those words would leave her unaffected. Yes, they were only words, little letters etched into stone, but they signified so much pain and so many memories. They meant everything to her, just like Daniel.

for more information or to contact Danica:

Website | Blog | Amazon | Barnes and Noble
Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

Take the Swimming Pool Plunge

Splish, Splash, IQ Dash:
How—and Why—
to Encourage Your Toddler to
Take the Swimming Pool Plunge

Princess Ivana shares a surprising benefit of teaching your young child to swim at an early age, as well as some tips to help toddlers overcome their fear of the water.

“If you want to learn to swim, jump into the water. On dry land, no frame of mind is ever going to help you.” —Bruce Lee

          Los Angeles, CA (August 2013)—Splash! Dive! Dog paddle! It’s no secret that most kids love to swim. (In fact, getting them out of the pool sometimes takes nothing short of a Herculean parental effort!) But did you know that getting your children comfortable in the water at an early age isn’t only fun, it can actually make kids smarter? Recent research from Griffith Institute in Australia shows that kids who start swimming early reach their developmental milestones earlier too. These include basic visual motor skills (like cutting paper and drawing shapes) and extend into more complex skills like language, math, writing, and understanding directions.

The earlier a child begins swimming and the longer that child takes lessons, the more lasting and beneficial the results.

“The toddler years are the perfect time to begin swimming,” says Princess Ivana Pignatelli Aragona Cortes, who has worked with children for over twenty years and has a master’s in education. She is also a featured blogger at Modern Mom, founder of Princess Ivana—The Modern Princess, and coauthor of A Simple Guide to Pregnancy & Baby’s First Year (Don’t Sweat It Media, Inc., April 2013, ISBN: 978-0-9888712-0-5, $15.95, “Researchers observed that before children can even count or express themselves in language, they respond to the cue, ‘One, two, three, go!’ when it comes to jumping into the water on three, or kicking to the count of ten. The physical link of thought, language, and action creates a body-wise understanding of the complex skills young children need to develop for pre-school and school.”

There’s just one potential problem: Convincing your little one to take the plunge can be easier said than done. New experiences are often uncomfortable, and coaxing an unhappy, frightened toddler into the water for the first time may be a challenge.

“My son hated swimming at first,” Ivana shares. “It took a number of try-try-agains and bucket loads of patience, but now Alessio is a little dolphin, proudly swimming across the skinny end of the pool like he has just won an Olympic gold medal.”

So, the scene is set: It’s a warm summer day and you’re ready to jump in the pool. But it’s your toddler’s first time swimming, and he is screaming with crocodile tears running down his face. He’s afraid of the water, afraid of the bigness of the pool—a thousand times bigger than his little tub. And the way he sees the water swallow you up to your neck is not that reassuring. How do you ease his fears? Here are five of Ivana’s tips:

Talk him through the experience. When you’re only a few feet tall, a lot of things—including a big blue pool of water—can be scary. Being assured that nothing bad is going to happen to you can go a long way toward easing your child’s fears.

“Don’t just ask your child to jump into the pool—tell her what’s going to happen after she does,” Ivana suggests. “Say, ‘Mommy is going to be right next to you the whole time. I will keep you safe and won’t let go of you.’”

Give him a choice. Even though your child may not be able to articulate the concept, feeling like he has been backed into a corner can exacerbate his fear. You know everything will be fine, but hedoesn’t. Don’t make jumping into the water an ultimatum.

“Say, ‘You can come into the pool with Mommy or just sit on the edge and get your feet wet,’” Ivana recommends. “Let your toddler dip his toes until he is used to the water. Then invite him in again.”

Have fun. Monkey see, monkey do definitely applies when it comes to having fun in the pool. Show your child how much you enjoy being in the water (even if you have to pretend).

“If she is sitting on the side of the pool, let her splash you,” instructs Ivana. “Splashing Mommy is usually a toddler favorite. It always gets them laughing—and that’s half the battle. It’s hard to laugh and hold onto fear at the same time.”

Reward courage. Facing your fears is a big deal whether you’re two years old or fifty years old. So when your child finally takes his first brave step into the water, reward his courage.

“Be sure to praise him,” says Ivana. “Gently encourage him to explore the new sensations. Splash and play. Keep the game going until he wants to get out. Do your best to make the whole experience a happy memory—one that he will want to do again.”

Sign up for a local swimming program. Like most activities, swimming is more fun for youngsters when they’re having fun with friends. Plus, you’ll feel most confident about your child’s safety in the water when you know she’s learning valuable skills from a knowledgeable instructor.

“Many communities offer swimming programs for children through youth centers, Red Cross, YMCA, and fitness centers,” Ivana shares. “Find out what’s available in your area and get splashing!”

“Keep in mind that the benefits of swimming are good for the whole family, so don’t sit on the sidelines once your youngster has become comfortable in the water,” Ivana concludes. “Jump in with your children! Water is 1,000 times denser than air, so you get a better workout in the same amount of time, burn more calories, and protect your joints thanks to water’s buoyancy. In the kind of record heat many of us are feeling, the cool splash of water is not only a super workout, but refreshing for body and soul. What’s not to like?

About Princess Ivana:
Ivana is the author of A Simple Guide to Pregnancy & Baby’s First Year, which was cowritten with her mother, Magdalene Smith, and her sister, Marisa Smith. Their blog, Princess Ivana—The Modern Princess, is a blend of humor, practical advice, and lifestyle tips on the essentials. Ivana is also a featured blogger on Modern Mom.

While she’s a modern-day princess, she comes from modest means and met her Italian Prince Charming (if you’re curious, he’s Adriano Pignatelli Aragona Cortes, Prince of the Holy Roman Empire) while on scholarship at Pepperdine. She didn’t wait for his kiss to save her, though—using her master’s degree in education, she forged a career of her own as a digital strategy consultant.

Ivana and her husband have two fabulous kids (ages three and two) who are the latest additions to a 1,000-year lineage that includes kings of Sicily and Spain, Catherine of Aragon, a pope, and a saint. Ivana is wild about kids and motherhood. For the past twenty years, she has worked with children, from designing learning toys to tutoring homeless kids.

Ivana’s Super Mom juggling act between life, love, kids, and career inspired her new book. She believes that life is more about attitude than money, and her goal is to help mothers live well on any budget. Consider her “Dear Abby” with a tiara and a baby sling!

For more information, please visit

About the Book:
A Simple Guide to Pregnancy & Baby’s First Year (Don’t Sweat It Media, Inc., April 2013, ISBN: 978-0-9888712-0-5, $15.95, is available at

Meet Marilyn Meredith

Marilyn Meredith is the author of the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, and the award winning mystery Guilt by Association. MarilynMShe has several books that are available in both e-format and trade paperback,

She is a popular speaker and instructor for writing conferences, mystery conventions and festivals, book fairs, and other similar venues. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Public Safety Writers Association, California Writers Club and Mystery Writers of America.

Wow Marilyn, you really do keep busy. Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me here today in the Potpourri Parlor. 

Do you work on more than one novel at a time?

Usually, I do. At the moment, I have a new Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery, Spirit Shapes, being edited for the second time. Pub date sometime in September. I am still reading the next Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel to my critique group which means more editing. Pub date won’t be until early 2014. And—I am planning the next Crabtree mystery. And I’m always promoting the latest books.

Do you have a vision board or other `trick’ to help motivate you?

I keep notes of character names and descriptions in a notebook. I also write a time-line as I’m going, jotting down important things that happen each day. As new ideas occur to me, that’s where I write them too.

Do you schedule time to write or is writing all-consuming to the exclusion of everything else and you schedule time to do other things? Like eat.

I try to write in the morning—but I have many other things that I have to do too. I have a big family, so a times there are things I do with them, I cook, do the laundry, but I pay one of my daughters to do my housework. I also love to read and go to the movies—so try to squeeze both things in.

Do you have any pets? If so, introduce us to them.

Oh my, do we have pets. We have two inside cats, brothers, Butch, who is black and white and domineering, and Sundance, who has some Siamese in his background, and is more subdued except when he wants to be petted. We have a mixed breed shepherd, Bo. And then there are the outside cats. We live in the country and people drop-off their unwanted cats and my husband feeds them. We try to catch them and get them neutered, but not an easy task.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing with your life?

I’ve had many jobs and professions—and wrote at the same time and while raising five children. (All grown-up with children and all but one have grandkids.) I’ve been a telephone operator, teacher at a pre-school for children with developmental disabilities, a pre-school teacher for migrant workers’ kids, a teacher at day care centers for disadvantaged children, for over 20 years I owned, operated and lived in a facility for 6 women with developmental disabilities. During that time I was in charge of and taught state-mandated classes for administrators of licensed care facilities like mine. I did then and still do write program designs for people wanting to go into that business.

What are your future goals for your writing?

I’d love for more people to read my books.  I do have a fan base for each series, but I’m a long way from being well-known. I’d love to see that change.

Can you describe a typical writing day for you?

None are really typical. Unfortunately, email and Facebook lure me and I do a bit of that before getting down to really writing. Sometimes I will write from 2 to 4 hours. On a really good day, I might write in the morning and continue on in the afternoon.

In your novels, is there a favorite character? Why that one?

In my Rocky Bluff P.D. series, Gordon Butler is my favorite character—and he has a fan base of his own. He’s a hard-luck character, a policeman who ends up in the most bizarre situations—and his love-life is seldom what he hopes for.

In the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series, it’s Tempe herself. She’s such a champion for justice and brave enough to take on most anyone or anything.

What writer most inspires you? Why?

Several have through the years. Mary Higgins Clark because she rose above many tough times in her life to become and stay a best-selling author. I’ve met her twice and she is so charming and friendly. I love the way both William Kent Krueger and James Lee Burke describe settings.

How do you define your writing? Has that definition changed? Why?

My Rocky Bluff P.D. series defies fitting into a category. It is a police procedural, but not as gritty as most—though each one has at least one murder and other crimes, the story is always more about the characters.

I suppose I could say the same about the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series too—though in this series there is always an element of Native American legend or a touch of the supernatural.

What can new readers expect when they read your book(s)?

An entertaining read and characters you’ll care about.

Why do you keep writing?

Certainly not for the money because there isn’t much. I write because I love my characters and I want to find out what is going to happen in their lives next. The only way for me to do that is write the next book.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I thank everyone who has been following either one of my series and I hope that they’ve had some pleasurable hours reading my books.

Can you tell us where to find more information on you?



Is there a place where readers can reach you?

Email me direct at

DAngerous Impulses, New Cover   Dangerous Impulses   

Raging Water CoverRaging Water

Both are available in trade paperback and on Kindle.

Book Promo: Moldavian Moon Book Three: Sunrise Over Brasov

Moldavian Moon Book Three:
Sunrise Over Brasov

by Stephanie Burkhart

 Can Michael stop the werewolf haunting of his family
once and for all?

Prince Michael Sigmaringen joins his sister-in-law, Caroline, and the vampire prince, Darius, in a daring rescue of his beloved at Poiana Brasov. However things aren’t what they appear. Upon freeing Rosa from the werewolf, Clement, another wolf, Rickard follows them.

Michael soon discovers Rickard is a new breed of werewolf – one who can control his lupine nature and his transformations. Michael and his companions arrive at the vampire fortress, Rasnov, but can go no further when Clement attacks wanting Rosa and Rickard back.

Michael’s courage, strength, and convictions are challenged beyond his limits, but his love for Rosa proves his guiding force. Can Michael finally rid his family of their lupine haunting and win Rosa’s heart?



Native American romance set among the Apsaroke/Crow in the 1830s.

Moon Hawk is playing a dangerous game. Her heart is set on Winter Man, but why would a man with so many lovers want to take a wife?
Challengining his virility captures Winter Man’s attention, but their tease and spar soon spirals beyond control, threatening Moon Hawk and her family with ridicule and shame. Is this Winter Man’s intention, or is a deeper, more cunning plan coming to fruition?
From buffalo hunting to horse raiding, this is a story of honor among rival warrior societies and one woman’s determination to wed the man of her dreams.


‘Did you throw that?’
Moon Hawk swallowed her fear and lifted her chin. ‘I didn’t mean to hit you,’ she said. ‘My throw was wild.’
‘Wild? No woman’s throw can be that wild!’
Moon Hawk flashed her eyes at him to give her words more vehemence. ‘I slipped,’ she said, and pointed behind her to some imaginary obstacle in the grass. ‘Do you think I would waste a hit on you?’
She glanced across to the young people disporting themselves in the sunshine. As she knew he would, Winter Man followed her gaze.
She looked back at him in time to see his face registering utter disbelief that any young woman would prefer someone of no account to him.
‘I am Winter Man!’ he bellowed indignantly. ‘I am a Good Young Man.’
Moon Hawk gave a casual shrug of her shoulders. ‘I know that.’
Her reply seemed to cut him to the quick. She took a step towards her friends.
‘Ha!’ Winter Man spat after her. ‘Your lover seems to have deserted you. No boy waits for you that I can see.’
Moon Hawk’s heart sang. He’d drawn on the bait as her mother had said he would. She swallowed her smile of excitement and turned back to him with a look of disdain.
‘Lover? I have no lover! I am chaste. There’s not a man alive who can entice me.’

Available as ebook and paperback
Amazon US Kindle