Evie Owens, one of the authors of "Once and Forever" has come by to speak with us as part of a Virtual Book Tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The authors will award a digital copy of the book to five randomly drawn commenters and one grand prize of a $50 Amazon GC will be awarded to a randomly drawn commenter from this tour and the review tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour--remember, the more you comment, the better your chances of winning.
Five things you probably wouldn't guess about Evie Owens
1) I'm half Japanese. My parents adopted me when they were stationed in Japan. We moved back to the states when I was 9 months old and I've never been back. One of these days! People often guess that I'm of mixed ethnicity, but nobody ever guesses that Japanese is one of them. Well, except this one time at Benhihana's...
2) I can milk a cow. I've lived in the Washington, D.C., area for the past 25 years, but I grew up on a dairy farm in Upper Michigan. So I can milk a cow, collect eggs, and climb a silo...a stunt my father never did forgive me for doing. (I just read this list to my friend and she wanted to know if I could rope and tie a calf, too? And the answer is no, because I never had to. They came when I called.)
3) These days, between the day jobbery and the writing, I'm one of the least domestic people I know. But I can sew! Like, clothes. Like, "pick up a pattern from Simplicity, cut pieces out of cloth, and stitch together a blouse or a dress or a wizard costume with silver lame lining in the dagged sleeves" sew. My mother and I used to spend so much time in fabric stores my kids would start crying when we pulled into the parking lot.
4) And speaking of my mother, she loved hummingbirds. She kept several hummingbird feeders and could watch them for hours. Every time I see a hummingbird, I think of her. I, on the other hand, collect skulls. Well, you know, you buy one skull ring and your friends catch sight of it and the next thing you know, you're collecting skulls. Right? So every time my kids see a skull, they think of me.
5) And last, but not least, I lost 50 pounds last year. My friend and I decided to join WeightWatchers the week before Thanksgiving. Because that made perfect sense. I've still got 10 pounds to go, but my doctor's a lot happier with me now, and there are two things I know for sure about WW success: There are 4 points in 5 fluid ounces of Pinot Noir, and 2 points in a snack-size Mounds bar.
From five compelling authors, five original novellas which will make you laugh and cry, and believe in a love that once found will last forever. Meet a duke, a psychic, a bodyguard and a professor…and one "guardian fairy" in absorbing stories ranging from regency and contemporary romance to paranormal and women's fiction.
Playing for Keeps by Mary Blayney
Actress Kendall Marshall is determined to get an autograph for her sick sister from famous TV personality Mike O’Hara, the Oprah Winfrey of sports. In the process she meets his brother, security consultant Steve Marshall, lands a job on O’Hara’s show and gets in the way of a man set on causing big trouble. As the stalkers attacks escalate, Steve and Kendall are thrown together and find it impossible to ignore the chemistry between them.
The Princess & the Pinot by Elaine Fox
When a beautiful woman shows up at the Vineyard Inn, wine manager Kim is certain she’s been sent by fate for the inn’s owner, Cooper. Self-effacing to a fault, Kim knows she can’t hold a candle to Principessa Bella, who also seems to know even more about wine than Kim herself, but her heart has belonged to Cooper since they shared one kiss as teenagers.
While Prin sweeps easily into the job of sommelier at the renowned inn, Kim is afraid Prin will sweep just as surely into Cooper’s arms if she doesn’t do something about it. Can she tell Cooper how she feels without losing even his friendship?
Kim is willing to try except for one problem: she’s almost certainly losing her mind. Or is that belching, swearing, smoking, farting fairy – who claims to be trying to help her – real?
Duets by Emelle Gamble
Duets offers alternating looks into the lives of two women who would seem to have little or nothing in common.
Screen star Molly Harper is on the verge of marrying a man who has swept her off her feet, thought perhaps hasn’t swept all her feelings for her first love away. Anne Sullivan, happily married for twenty-five years, is fighting to hold onto the man she loves, and hold off a confrontation that could shatter her family’s image of what they are.
Duets confronts a past secret that ties these two women’s lives together, just as chance events turn Molly and Anne’s worlds upside down.
Never and Forever by Lavinia Kent
Never and Forever is the beginning of the love story of two people who shouldn’t belong together. Molly, Miss Wilkes, runs an employment agency helping women of quality find positions perfected suited to their characters. Although her father held the title of Earl for just over a week before his death, Molly has never wanted to be a lady. She knows her place in this world – and it is not at the center of society.
The Duke of Radford also knows his place in this world – and it’s above everybody else’s. He cannot imagine a world without all the privilege and power that comes from being Radford. He’s had foreign princesses and heiresses dangled before him for years. Why would he ever have interest in a simple woman who doesn’t even understand that she should want to be a duchess?
Can these two overcome the obstacles of their own beliefs and realize that love can make all things possible?
Never and forever are both a very long time. Where will their love fit?
The Psychic Detective by Evie Owens
Psychic Martin Sterling doesn't trust cops--and the feeling is mutual. Detective Erin Healy needs more than a ghost story to save her job and reputation. Her partner is dead, a million dollars in drugs and money is missing, and all the evidence points to her.
Can a sexy psychic and a by the book cop, trapped between the living and the dead, unearth the truth? Or will a cold-blooded killer get away with it all...
Now enjoy an excerpt from Evie Owen's story, "The Psychic Detective" in the anthology Once and Forever:
For a long moment he just stared back at her, into her, somehow, and Erin wondered what it would be like to believe. In psychics and magic and...to really believe in anything, other than the life you were living. She had police in her blood, though. If you couldn't see it, feel it, taste it, smell it--if you couldn't measure it in some way--it wasn't real.
No matter how much you might wish it was.
But how did he know the girl was pregnant? She wasn't showing yet.
Then she remembered he'd been watching them long before he joined them at the table, and in her mind's eye she saw the way Mitra's hands closed over her abdomen. Protecting and comforting. You didn't have to be psychic to figure that out. Just observant. And this guy was definitely observant.
Most con men were.
These days, Evie lives in Maryland while her two fabulous daughters and one glorious granddaughter live too far away. Leaving her no alternative but to turn to a life of crazy cat ladyness (except for the "cat" and the "ladyness" parts).
The Psychic Detective is Evie’s first published novella.
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