Shaking Things Up

Anybody want to join an online book club?

Reade and Write

I’ve been on vacation.

It was a much-needed, relaxing, and warm vacation in Hawaii and now I’m back home in New Jersey, freezing, sore from shoveling, and dealing with jet lag. ButI’m not complaining–if that’s what it takes to go on vacation, sign me up.

So that’s why I haven’t posted in a few weeks, except for the #WATWB on the last Friday of 2017. But now I’m back with new energy and a couple new ideas for Reade and Write.

I would like to start an online book club. My idea is to host a book discussion on the last Tuesday of each month.

It wouldn’t start until March because I have the last Tuesdays booked up until then. But I figure that would just give us more time to read our first book. I’ll choose the first book and the second book, then take suggestions for…

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Now available – The book that started it all is now an audio book.

Reblogged on newyorkarmymom… sounds really good, can’t wait to listen!

Enjoy your day, Don!

Author Don Massenzio

Frankly Speaking - CoverI’m excited to announce that my first book, Frankly Speaking, is now available as an audio book. You can find it on Amazon, Audible and Apple Books.

A Bit About the Book

A 16 year old girl has disappeared. The police believe she is a runaway. Her parents believe she has been taken and is being held against her will. When the parents enlist the services of Frank Rozzani, a former police officer turned private detective, a series of events begins to unfold that implicates a popular local pastor and the religious stronghold of the ultra-conservative community.

Frank Rozzani, a transplant to Jacksonville, Florida from Syracuse, New York, must find the young girl despite the obstacles launched at him from the local police and others whose interests may be compromised by his investigation. Frank enlists the help of his associate Clifford “Jonesy” Jones to find the girl, uncover the…

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A Heavy Topic

A couple of awesome recipes… check it out!

Reade and Write

photo courtesy of pixabay, JuAnnun

For those of you who may not be aware, I’ve been trying to lose weight.

It’s not easy. I’m not following any fancy diet or regimen, just eating less and exercising more. I have been building time into my day for more exercising (being a writer, I have a pretty sedentary job). It’s the “eating less” that gets me. I love to cook and bake, so it’s hard for me to avoid making the desserts I love. But I’m plodding along. Not losing weight quickly, but as they say, slow and steady wins the race. Right?


So my post today may seem a little counter-intuitive, but what I’m learning is that by keeping track of the calories I consume, I can budget room for small amounts of those things I love (chocolate and cheese, I’m talking to you) and still keep the pounds off.

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Book Recommendation: A Murder at Rosamund’s Gate

This looks like a good one!

Reade and Write

I picked up A Murder at Rosamund’s Gate at the library–on a whim, which is how I pick out a lot of my library books. And I wasn’t disappointed. Susanna Calkins’ debut mystery had me guessing right up to the big reveal at the end. I had picked practically every character in the book as a suspect before the end, and I was still surprised to learn who the killer was. This is a book I highly recommend for anyone who loves a good mystery, Restoration England, and above-stairs/below-stairs intrigue.

A Murder at Rosamund’s Gate is the story of Lucy Campion, a chambermaid in the London home of Magistrate Hargrave. The tale is set in the seventeenth century and the amount of research that went into the book is astounding. The author’s vast knowledge of this time period  (she has a doctorate in British history) is obvious and imbues the…

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And Now for Some BSP: Blatant Self-Promotion

Nothing wrong with a little self promotion when you have a great product! Somebody had to do it.

Enjoy your week!

Reade and Write

My latest release, The House on Candlewick Lane, is on sale for 99¢ and I’m trying to spread the word far and wide. If you’ve read the book, thank you very much. If you’ve read the book and left a review, you are awesome.

And if you haven’t read the book, this is your chance!!

Here’s a quick summary of the novel:

It is every parent’s worst nightmare. Greer Dobbins’ daughter has been kidnapped—and spirited across the Atlantic to a hiding place in Scotland. Greer will do anything to find her, but the streets of Edinburgh hide a thousand secrets—including some she’d rather not face.

Art historian Dr. Greer Dobbins thought her ex-husband, Neill, had his gambling addiction under control. But in fact he was spiraling deeper and deeper into debt. When a group of shady lenders threatens to harm the divorced couple’s five-year-old daughter if he doesn’t pay up…

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Another Five Stars For Ronnie Allen

Aries (The Crime Behind The Scene book 2)


Come on over if you dare! Don’t let that imaginary genre line keep you away!

However, if you are easily offended by harsh language, stay where you are! Oh, And explicit sex… there isn’t a ton of it, but it’s there. Stay Away!


Synopsis from Ronnie’s Website: Click the following link to visit the website:

 Ronnie’s Website

Lying. Deception. Cover-ups. Anger. Revenge. Death. That’s what happens when an Aries-obsessed killer combines black magick rituals, knives…and murder.

Samantha Wright, a rookie NYPD detective, gets her first case, a big one, by stumbling over the body while jogging in the park. Sam has a lot to prove, both to herself and to her new precinct, on this serial murder case involving fashion icons in New York City. Together with a rough around the edges BJJ fighter, forensic psychiatrist, Frank Khaos, Sam chases down leads through the five boroughs of NYC. As the bodies pile up, sparks fly and Sam and Frank, polar opposites, go from their dislike of each other to setting the sheets on fire. But their main suspect is hooked up to an IV in a hospital bed, so how has she pulled off five murders in seven days? And can Sam and Frank stop her before more innocent lives are lost?

My Thoughts:

Ronnie’s Aries, (The Sign Behind The Crime Book Two) is an edge of your seat page turning novel. Believe me, there is so much going on in this plot and subplots that you will not want to put it down. Just when you think you figured it all out, voila, something happens sending you in another direction.

Even if I give it my all, I can’t even imagine getting into Ronnie’s mind to follow the direction it goes to write a novel like this. But, I can describe it with one word…. Brilliant!

The character development, the plot and subplot planning, and the research necessary to accomplish this: Brilliant!

I don’t know what else to say except, pick up a copy of Aries if you like Psychological… Paranormal… Black Magick and Rituals, you will get it all! Not to mention, twists, turns, plots, and subplots!

In case you haven’t guessed it, I highly recommend!

You may remember that I interviewed Ronnie after reading her first book in the Series, Gemini… you can find that interview by clicking the following link:  Ronnie’s Interview and Review of Gemini

That’s it for today, I hope you all have a wonderful day and don’t forget to:

Live, Love, Laugh and by all means Read!

And I know I am being a pain… but, don’t forget to leave a review for my buddies, they really do appreciate it! 🙂



Pimping the Product

Reviews make a difference in an authors life! It takes less than 5 minutes to write a couple of sentences and can make an author smile from ear to ear. Pam’s blog post today is a really cute way to ask for them. If you love a book, tell them on Amazon or Goodreads, or both… an extra minute to copy and paste.


One of my most enthusiastic readers.

We writers aren’t allowed to be introverts anymore.

Back in the day, a writer was a man most times (women were home frying the bacon and changing the diapers) with thick dark hair that he pulled with one hand as he wrote down his words furiously on paper with his special pen.

Then that man walked dejectedly to the local pub or bar and drank away his creative problems. Somehow, he produced a masterpiece with a good editor, and then his publisher made sure the book sold tens of thousands of that hard-earned tome.

Those were the good ole days.

Now men and women write on fast-paced computers, editing with a keystroke, and banging their heads against the monitor between washing the sheets and emptying the dishwasher.

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50 Shades of Cabernet

Just What The Doctor Ordered!

50 Shades Of Cabernet!

Did you ever hear the expression, “there is a very thin line between loving and strongly disliking!”

Well that’s how I have always felt about short stories. You know when you read a book and it takes maybe two or three days, and you are devouring every word and just loving it? And then it ends! You think, “that was wonderful, I want more”! Short stories end so quickly that I am always wanting more. But, 50 Shades gives us, the reader, all we want and more! It is filled with many genres, and definitely has something for everyone! Since my illness, I can only read a little at a time. So now, I am a short story kind of gal! They are perfect and just what the doctor ordered.

50 Shades Of Cabernet is awesome! There are 18 mystery authors who have written 17 short stories! You can take your time and read them one at a time, a couple at once, or as many as you desire! But one thing for sure, you need to get started. So grab your favorite glass of wine, (or if you are a teetotaler, like me, grab your favorite drink), pull up a comfy chair and let yourself enjoy.

Please read on, and head over to my friend, Amy Reade’s blog for a look at three of the short stories in 50 Shades along with author interviews.

And as always, don’t forget to Live, Love, Laugh and by all means Read!


Reade and Write

It is my great pleasure to have THREE authors here today–Maggie King, Kristin Kisska, and Heather Weidner. They’re here to discuss their stories in the newly-released anthology 50 Shades of Cabernet. This book, perhaps more than any other I’ve discussed on my blog, fits in perfectly with the theme of my blog which, besides reading and writing, is wine!

I should apologize in advance that some of the links below have to be copied and pasted into another browser for them to work. I tried two dozen times to get the links to work for this post, and unfortunately not all of them do.


Let’s get started. Here’s how it’s going to work: the authors, arranged alphabetically, will each provide an answer to my questions.

How does an author get invited to participate in an anthology?

Maggie: I have stories in the Virginia is for Mysteries and

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Sally Cronin is Back!

I just recently started following Sally, and agree with all the others that her blog is amazing….. And I just recently started reading short stories…. I especially like them because my attention span is becoming very short. 🙂 Great interview… love the questions and the answers.

Reade and Write

For many of us in the world of authors-marketing-ourselves, we know Sally Cronin as a treasure who selflessly promotes others, spotlighting their new books, re-showcasing their old ones, and offering endless encouragement and support to artists of all stripes.

But Sally is also an author, and a prolific one at that. Not only does she write blog posts that enlighten her readers on everything from the benefits of garlic to heart health to the weather in Ireland, but she also writes short stories and books, both fiction and nonfiction. And she’s here today to tell us about her latest work, What’s In a Name.

Welcome, Sally!

Thank you so much Amy for asking me over for an interview.. It is a real pleasure.

Tell me about your new book, What’s in a Name.

The short stories in this collection are about ordinary people who in some way bring their…

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