Monday, June 27, 2011

Showcasing: Elle D. Hayes

According to the facts Elle D. Hayes was born to write.

Elle D. Hayes was born to write. An unapologetic dreamer, she has created characters and their unique worlds for as long as she can remember.

By day she is a not-so-mild-mannered executive assistant, but by night she is a fierce keyboard warrior hoping to one day be crowned Queen of Erotic Romance.

It makes for rough mornings filled with lots of caffeine, but she swears it’s worth it.

She is from the 'Big Apple.'

                   Brooklyn Bridge>>>

                 A busy street>>>

The Works in Progress:
Soon to be released.

*Wynter's Blossom:

Final edits of my debut novel Wynter's Blossom. It's the first book in my Unity Pack series about a pack of former lone wolves who unite to forge lives that don't follow the old traditions of werewolves. Wynter Grey is the alpha of this rough and rowdy pack of uber males. When he meets Sarah Eriksson his primal instincts war with his need to protect her, even from himself. I had such a blast writing this story and can't wait to share it with everyone. I know you'll love my Unity males as much as I do.

    * Set for June 27th release from Beautiful Trouble Publishing.

Here's where to find Elle and her great writings.

Thank you, Elle for letting us peek in to where have been doing.
Betty Carlton     Works in Progress

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Showcasing: Ray and Cara Bertoia

Cara and Ray Bertoia tells us the facts from somewhere in the world.

Growing up in a straight laced Southern family, I was always fascinated with casinos. In my twenties, I became a dealer at Caesars in Lake Tahoe. My mother highly disapproved of my working in a casino, "a place so bad it has 'sin' in the middle." Eventually, I returned east, and I began working on my MFA in writing at Emerson. I wanted to write the first realistic novel about casino life from the perspective of an experienced table games dealer. I am always amazed that normal and sometimes quite intelligent players become absolutely clueless in the casino. They repeat superstitious nonsense and no amount of logic can change their position.

On a whim I submitted an article to The Boston Tab, about trying to find a rent control apartment. To my amazement they published it and I even received my first piece of fan mail. Spurred on by that success, the next week, after a few glasses of wine at lunch, I called the editor of the Brighton Allston Journal and told him I should write a humor column.

While in Boston I was offered the opportunity to join Princess Cruises as a croupier. Jumping at the chance, I spent the next five years circling the globe. Sometimes life exceeds your dreams. I was awed by the wonders of Venice, the fjords of Norway, and the Northern Lights in Leningrad but on the downside I also watched glaciers melt at an alarming rate in Alaska, snorkeled to coral reefs killed by pollution in the Caribbean, and witnessed the devastation as the Amazon burned. It was the best education I could ever have had. Taking advantage of every opportunity to be a tour guide, I soaked in as much history as I could.

I returned from ships with a very special souvenir, my husband Ray. Besides being a handsome Glaswegian, he is my co-author.

Table Games Confessions, A Discussion Forum for all Casino Games. Roulette, Blackjack, Craps. By Ray Bertoia author of 'Cruise Quarters - A Novel About Casinos And Cruise Ships'

The Work in Progress:
This time it is a web blog page instead of a book.

Through the years we have heard so many crazy things in the casino that just weren’t true, that we wanted to do something about it. Right now my husband, Ray and I are working on our new blog. We started it to promote our novel about casinos and cruise ships and now we have decided to see how far we can take it. Our website teaches novices something about gambling and casino life. Please visit and read our first article. It is at If any of your readers have any good gambling stories or just general gambling questions please have them contact us at

THE BOOK:         
Cruise Quarters - A novel About Casinos and Cruise Ships is a fun, fast paced tale of working in the casino aboard a Regal Cruises cruise-ship.

The crew of the Regal Star resemble a mini United Nations, hiring people from all over the world. But unlike the UN, Regal Cruise's employees present a united front above decks as they attend to their passenger's every need. Below decks though, that is a different story.

Sarah Seldon is a croupier on the luxury liner. After many unhappy endings, and burnt out on shipboard romance, she is determined to forget about men and concentrate on becoming a casino manager. On land women face a dearth of GOOD men but on a ship giving up men would take willpower. The mostly male crew exists to serve her every need. Handsome Italian waiters bring her food, the Filipino steward cleans her room, English officers play poker with her and the Welsh plumber fixes her sink. She leads a cushy life, sleeping 'til noon , eating gourmet food, and the topper - she gets to wake up in beautiful new place everyday. All because she works in a casino, a place so bad it has SIN in the middle.

 Here's more good stuff from this great couple:

We also produced a movie on walking the 500-mile "Camino De Santiago," in Spain. The Desert Woman and the Desert Sun both featured stories about our walk. When we were researching the Camino we could never find a good practical guide on the terrain and the trail, the things a person would experience every day, although there was plenty on the architecture and history. So seeing a need we made a movie of our journey. It is a thrill to come home and find orders from such diverse countries as Japan and Denmark. The address for our movie is: 

And more great links:
The address for our Kindle book is:
The address for out paperback is:
The link to the novel at Barnes and Noble
The address for my blog is:

I wish thank the Bertoia's for sharing their adventures and their Work in Progress.


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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Showcasing: Michele Richard in Works in Progress


Michele Richard bring us the facts from New England

Michele Richard is the proud mother of 2 daughters. Married since 1997 to a wonderful husband, who for 25 years has been her best friend and supporter.

Being an overly creative and caring person, she has been a volunteer co-leader for the Girl Scout Troop for five years. She takes great pride in teaching and Michele Richard is the proud mother of 2 daughters and guiding our future generations.

Hello! As for my current WIP there are actually three. I am currently editing Mocked by Faith for release in August 2011. I am writing a new science fiction series called Parasouls, and, a new romance story called Loving on the Bayou. Before you think it, yes, I write a lot. I do have a few other projects I am working on but they are not far enough along to give you too many details.

Born amongst the humans yet not being one, the parasouls fight to remain hidden. Paranormal souls living in the underbelly of society, they live in their own world. Using the hidden tunnels and abandoned, buried basements as their homes, they've created a world where they don’t need to pretend they are normal. They’re not normal. Their gifts remind them of that. When you can produce electric blue flames from your fingertips, there is no way to hide from it.
Damian (the Master) built and rules the world they thrive in. The Parasoul Acquisition Control Taskforce hunts them for what they are. Which side is the good, the bad, and the ugly? Angelique is about to find out.
Angelique is the leader of a special team, whose job it is to keep the normals from knowing of the parasouls existence. Her gift was also a curse, leaving her physically unable to touch another living soul without inflicting indescribable pain upon them.
Shane’s job as the head hunter for the taskforce finds himself trapped between the only thing he has ever desired and his job. Like Angelique, he has never been able to touch anyone since he too had a gift that was a curse. In his case it was the red and orange flames the singed the flesh of others. Until he met Angelique. Can love conquer all when you are supposed to hate the one soul you cannot live without?
The moment they met, the heavens opened and connected their souls forever. So what happens when Shane has no choice but to deliver the one person who owns your soul over to his bosses, the government’s taskforce? They are both in for a rude awakening.

Now, for the best part Michele has a new release
                                      that will be out in August 2011.

For Alexia Cross and Justin McNear, things are not what they seem.  Both were born and raised in hidden, gated communities.  A place where time virtually stands still and marriages are arranged by parents before a child’s 18th birthday.
    Alexia is destined to be her community’s first spinster.  In a last ditch effort, a husband is found.  The only complication?  He has no idea he has been betrothed. Will his history of dating outsiders help or hinder his relationship with his future wife?
   Justin McNear searched outside his church for the woman of his dreams. Returning home after failing, he knows he needs to rectify his life and his faith. Can a woman he’s never met make him whole again?
   Will this couple end up mocked by their own faith?  Follow Alexia and Justin through the trials and tribulations of finding, falling, and surviving each other's love. It’s never easy saying “I do” to someone you don’t know.


       Oh, Goody a movie.
                          Want to watch it with me?

I know you will want to know more about Michele, so here's her links: Video Trailer!/

Thank you, Readers for stopping by and
learning about this exciting author.

Thank you, Michele for letting us sneak a peek at what you have been up to.