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D.R. Grady’s The Trouble with Nerds

Today I’m spotlighting author D.R. Grady’s new release, The Trouble with Nerds.

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Q: How long have you been writing?

A: Ever since elementary school when I first learned the magic of putting words together to form sentences and then paragraphs, and finally, a story. I’ve been writing toward the goal of publication since 1998.

Q: Tell us about your road to publication.

A: I found an agent and after a time, she encouraged many of us on her list to self-publish. So I published two series, The Me Series which is contemporary romance with suspense elements and complete. The other, The Morrison Family series, is on-going and nerd-centric. J The Trouble with Nerds is book 11 of The Morrison Family Series.

Since then, I’ve been published by a small press in paranormal romance, The Dragon Chronicles series, and I have several more series at various stages (from still brewing to ready to sell) of development, so stay tuned…

Q: What advice would you give an aspiring author?

A: Keep writing!

Q: Tell us about your latest release.

The Trouble with Nerds is a story about two people who have known each other for much of their lives. He’s her best friend’s older brother. It’s time for them to admit to a mutual attraction…


Odd things keep happening to Dr. Sara Newton. She’s a soon-to-be-unemployed pediatrician with an alleged stalker, a hot cop on her heels breathing dire warnings, and way too much student debt.

It doesn’t help that the hot cop is Clay Morrison, her best friend’s older brother. The man has made her heart pound and her palms sweaty since puberty. The trouble is, he only interacts with her when he’s expounding on new security measures. He sees threats everywhere.

Clay Morrison is frustrated. He hates his new job, misses his Army Ranger days, loves his well-meaning, pushy family—and when did sweet Sara Newton grow up? She won’t admit she has a stalker, and she won’t keep out of his thoughts. He can only protect someone in denial for so long. No matter how attractive she is…

Clay and Sara are circling each other, trying to meet in the middle. Then a brand new threat sends them in a completely different direction.


She glanced at her watch when they stood to pull on their coats. “How have two hours passed?”

His lips quirked. “I enjoyed myself.”

“The service wasn’t slow.”

“No, but we didn’t hurry.”

“We didn’t.” There had been no need. “I enjoyed this evening. Despite it being Monday.”

He settled one large hand in the small of her back again. Standing in her personal space, as they exited the restaurant.

Her brain buzzed with questions. Had she actually relaxed in his presence that long? What had they talked about? What did she eat? Did he consider them a couple?

They strolled across the parking lot and stopped beside his vehicle. The massive SUV sheltered them as a nearby streetlight cast a glary glow across them and the vehicles on either side.

Sara glanced up at his face. Cast partly in shadow by the light and angle, it appeared even more intriguing.

“Why are you spending so much time on me?” Oh no, I didn’t just blurt that question, right?

“You’re in danger.”

Nothing else could have punctured her love haze as effectively.

“I see.” Weak, Sara.

He tilted her face to his with a forefinger under her chin. “And because I’ve been thinking about you for years.”

She gasped. “For years?”

“Sure. I first noticed you when you turned sixteen.”

“You were in the army by then.”

“It wasn’t until I’d been gone for a while that I recognized you were growing up.”

She hitched one shoulder. “Everyone does.”

“I wasn’t paying attention while still at home.” His voice remained guarded, as though there might be more details, but he didn’t intend to share them.

Wanting to know those details she placed a hand on his arm. At the same time, he wrapped both arms around her and hauled her against his hard body. His warmth and scent encompassed her, throwing any brain function into neutral.

Then his lips covered hers.


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About the Author

D.R. Grady lives with her husband near Hershey, PA. She adores chocolate, laughing, collecting bags, books, and shoes, and writing stories that resonate with others.


Where to Find Her:


Twitter: @drgradybooks

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Facebook Page: D.R. Grady

Google+:  D.R. Gradybooks




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Posted by on March 23, 2017 in Spotlight On


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Spotlight On…S.C. Mitchell’s Between Venus & Mars!

Today I’m interviewing fellow Soul Mate Publishing author, S.C. Mitchell on his new release, Between Venus & Mars!

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Q: How long have you been writing?

A: I’ve been making up stories all my life. I started writing them down about 30 years ago.

Q: Tell us about your road to publication.

A: I started writing science fiction and fantasy as a hobby. It took me over 10 years to complete my first novel, and it was terrible. (Never published. Hidden away from the world for now. Around 2000 i started reading romance fiction and really gravitated toward the genre, adding romance elements to my writing. In 2010 I quit my full time job as an IT professional to pursue my passion to write romance. I know I still have a ways to go, but I feel like I’m starting to hit my stride.

Q: What advice would you give an aspiring author?

A: Write what you love. Follow your muse. Markets shift and change, and you can never write to them anyway.

Q: Tell us about your latest release.

A: Between Venus and Mars is part of the Soul Mate Tree Saga, a multi-author project from Soul Mate Publishing. I was thrilled to be asked to contribute to it. This story fits nicely into my Hearts in Orbit series. It’s a stand-alone story but with many settings and characters from the series. I consider it hearts in Orbit 2.5 because it fits nicely between HiO2: Pirates of the Dark Nebula, and my upcoming release later this year of HiO3: Captives of the Kratzen.


Once Upon a Galaxy . . .


Zana Starchild is on a mission to restore her tribe’s livestock and save herself from one more meal of kelp. Sure, it’s technically illegal to visit Old Earth, but to a rim rat like Zana, galactic laws are really just guidelines. Her wrecked starship just means she’ll need to use her backup plan to get off the abandoned world, an old Earth legend her uncle passed down to her.

Pulled from a relaxing shower, across the galaxy to Old Earth, Galactic Marshall Kyle Kepler finds himself naked and marooned with a quirky rim rat. Zana’s broken more laws than Kyle can count, and he plans to arrest her, just as soon as he can find transport off the planet and a pair of pants.

A junk heap of a starship, a magical tree, and a roving gang of mutant kangaroos are just the beginning of rollicking intergalactic journey filled with laughs, love, and adventure.


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When series collide: Between Venus and Mars is not only set the multi-dimensional worlds of the Soul Mate Tree legend, but also ties into my Hearts in Orbit series, a futuristic universe filled with starships, aliens, and new technologies. And, of course, romance. The Soul Mate Tree project offered me a great way to play with some new characters and further develop my universe, while partnering with some of the best authors in the business.

The Hearts in Orbit universe is a place where galactic marshals keep the peace in the cosmopolitan Core Worlds as well as the wild-west type rim world planets. While this book works as a standalone, and you don’t have to have read any of the others, I consider it Hearts in Orbit 2.5, fitting nicely between Pirates of the Dark Nebula and my soon-to-be-released Hearts in Orbit 3 novel Captives of the Kratzen.

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Hidden strengths, adventurous hearts.

S.C.Mitchell grew up an avid reader of comic books, science fiction and fantasy literature. He’s been writing stories for over thirty years. In 2010 he left his job as a computer desktop support specialist to pursue his passion for writing full time. He is a member of the Romance Writers of America as well as the Wisconsin chapter.

As a writer of paranormal and sci-fi romance, fantasy, and science fiction, Steve crafts unique and wondrous worlds where his characters explore, romp, and fall in love. Whether traveling through dark, demon filled dimensions, the edge of wild space, or ancient mythological heavens, his heroes and heroines, guided by their adventurous hearts, discover hidden strengths on their pathway to enduring love.


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Tag Line: An intergalactic adventure filled with laughs, love, and adventure.






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Posted by on March 16, 2017 in Spotlight On


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Problem or Inconvenience?

When I was younger, I was fortunate enough to be a part of a local high school production of Robert Fulghum’s classic, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” In it are some of the most simple yet profound insights into humanity and, if you haven’t had the opportunity to read it, I highly recommend getting your hands on a copy.


One such segment is called “Problem or Inconvenience?” The story begins with Fulghum as a young man, unloading his outrage at what he considers poor working conditions on a coworker late one evening. His coworker is an older man named Sigmund Wollman, a German Jew and survivor of Auschwitz. After listening to the younger man rant for the better part of half an hour, Sigmund offers up this insight:

“Fulghum, you think you know everything, but you don’t know the difference between an inconvenience and a problem. If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire – then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience. Life is inconvenient. Life is lumpy. Learn to separate the inconveniences from the real problems. You will live longer. And will not annoy people like me so much. Good night.”

These words resonate with me when the power goes out, when my internet is slow, when I’m trying to come up with the next chapter of my latest novel, and even when I am sitting with my accountant preparing my tax returns. Sigmund’s words are ones that I find worth remembering – life is inconvenient. Life is lumpy.

Despite this, life is a blessing and an amazing journey to behold. When those difficult times arise, and they always will, it’s important to take a moment to determine if what you are facing is a problem or an inconvenience. If you do, you may live longer. If you do, you may realize what a good life it is.


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Posted by on April 15, 2014 in Reflections


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The Art of Language


Language. It is our most fundamental method of communication. We use it endlessly and seamlessly throughout the day, everyday, expressing our wants, our needs, and our desires. Language is needed for our survival and language barriers can create difficulties when a person is trying to express even the most basic of information. Without language connecting us to the outside world, we would be alone, strangers.

While there are many forms of language and all are important, for a writer, the three most basic forms, body, dialogue, and narrative, are essential to telling one’s story. It is often said that a writer must learn to write in all five senses in order to paint a literary picture for the reader. This is easier said than done. The most fluid manuscript, with the words and images conveyed flowing across the pages like a literary masterpiece, takes much effort.

Although language is a basic tool learned at a very young age, the art of language takes decades to master and like any muscle, constant use to maintain. The next time you’re reading something, be it an article, blog, novel, or short story, take time to appreciate the author’s artwork. A well-written work, like fine wine, deserves to be savored.

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Posted by on March 17, 2014 in Reflections


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The Magic of Mystery

I have always been an avid reader. Ever since I can remember, I loved leaving the world behind to enter an exciting story. And, although I will gladly read any good story regardless of genre, mysteries have always been my personal preference.


It all started with Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. The idea that kids could solve crimes and save the day was very appealing to me and, while I have solved a few minor capers in my day, they paled in comparison to these pint-sized Sherlocks. So, like any kid with an active imagination, I invented my own cases to solve.

This is probably where the concept of Jordan James, the feisty, female private eye who is the main character in my novel, Cold Ambition, originated. Jordan is that girl who had a dream growing up and took a chance on that dream. She refused to be discouraged and her perseverance lands her her first case, a case that thrusts her in the midst of a suspense-filled international conspiracy.


One of my favorite aspects of a mystery novel is that it encourages critical thinking. A well-written mystery gives the reader clues throughout the novel and, at the very end, all those clues come together like literary puzzle pieces that solve the case.

Whether reading or writing, mysteries are thrilling. They allow the reader to become an active part of the story with the ability to solve a case before the novel’s conclusion, which is almost as rewarding as reading the novel itself. If you’ve never been a fan of mysteries or never taken a chance on one, try it. Allow yourself to become a part of the story. Allow yourself to become a part of the magic.

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Posted by on January 28, 2014 in Uncategorized


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To All Those Who Support Authors…

It all begins with a dream. A dream, and a desire to tell a good story. After weeks, months, and sometimes years of writing, editing, blood, sweat, and tears, you have it. Your manuscript. And while it is not your first born, it’s precious nonetheless. It’s precious because you have poured your heart and soul into those pages and now its fate rests in the hands of another.


After you have your manuscript, the search begins. You prepare your pitch and send it out to every literary agent and publisher willing to read an unsolicited query. And then, you wait. And wait. And…wait. Along with the dreaded wait comes rejection. Rejection leads to disappointment. Disappointment leads to discouragement.


If not for the constant support of my family, friends, and fellow authors, I would not be where I am today. If not for their encouraging words, telling me to “send out just one more query,” I would not be preparing for Cold Ambition‘s release this summer from Soul Mate Publishing.


To everyone who has ever helped me in any way to achieve this, my dream, thank you.


“It was my life-long dream to become a private eye. Little did I know that with my very first case, that dream would become a life-threatening nightmare…”

When Jordan James decided to embark on a career as a private investigator, she never could have imagined that a chance encounter would lead to her staring down the barrel of a gun on the roof’s edge of a high-rise building. As she begins to investigate her first case, the puzzling murder of a prominent businessman that has left Boston’s finest mystified for more than two decades, she finds herself suddenly immersed in a treacherous underworld brimming with betrayal, raw greed, and political subterfuge of international proportions. In the midst of this, she discovers she is falling for her mysterious client despite the hints of his dark past. Can this feisty Southern girl with a penchant for trouble solve this baffling case or is she doomed to become another tragic chapter in an international conspiracy?

COLD AMBITION coming Summer 2014 from Soul Mate Publishing!



January 16-31, 2014
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Over 20 authors participating are in this two-week long event kicking off Jan. 16 and lasting until Jan. 31st. Giveaways include a Kindle Paperwhite, gift cards, books, and a basket filled with chocolate goodies. I will be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card. All the details are here:

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Posted by on January 16, 2014 in Uncategorized


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A Place In Time


The concept of time travel has always fascinated me. I believe this stems from my love for the 1985 film, Back to the Future. Being the daughter of Baby Boomers born in the Reagan era, I believe I entered the world during a pretty fun decade and I only wish I had been able to enjoy that era more. I am not alone in my interest in the past. Many people have longed for the ability to go back in time and this is what makes that film such a beloved classic.

Interest in time travel need not be limited to our own lifetime. There are many periods in history that would be worth visiting. How exciting would it be to actually witness the birth of Christ? Or to be a part of Christopher Columbus’ journey to the New World? Or even to sit with Queen Elizabeth I herself during the very first performance of King Henry IV? The possibilities are endless.


Being an avid reader, in my opinion, is the closest thing we have to time travel. At least, for now. Books allow a reader to transcend both time and space. They allow a reader to experience a life outside their own and to be a part of something exciting, new, and maybe even magical. This is why I love to read and why I love even more to write. My debut novel, Cold Ambition, coming this spring from Soul Mate Publishing, is about a young woman beginning her new life as a private eye by tackling one of Boston’s most infamous, unsolved murders. I can’t wait for readers to join her on this suspenseful quest.

Although we may not have access to a time-traveling Delorean, we do have the ability to glimpse the past. The next time you find yourself wanting to spar with Spartacus or seek out the whimsical wisdom of Merlin, pick up a book. Between those pages, you will uncover a world beyond your own, filled with magic, mystery, and maybe a little romance. Beyond those pages, you will find your place in time.



Posted by on January 3, 2014 in Uncategorized


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