#FeatureFriday- The Depot by Carmen DeSousa is FREE!!!!

Bestselling author Carmen DeSousa’s Romantic Suspense short story is FREE on your favorite eReader! Grab your copy today and get a taste of her 5 Star selling books!

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They say The Depot is haunted. But in all the years homicide detective Mark Waters has visited the ancient train station turned restaurant, he’s never seen proof. Until now.

As he investigates a supposed suicide by train, he learns secrets of a murder that took place eighty years ago may directly affect his case.

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Check out more of Carmen’s 5 Star Rated novels today!

The Pit Stop

She Belongs to Me

Land of the Noonday Sun

Entangled Dreams

When Noonday Ends

New Release by Carmen DeSousa!

Carmen characterizes her stories as modern-day fairytales, as they overflow with romance, mystery, suspense, and of course, tragedy. After all, what would a fairytale be without a tragic event setting the stage? All of her novels are sensual, but not erotic, gripping but not graphic and will make you cry, gasp, laugh, love, and hope.

Her first two novels, She Belongs to Me and Land of the Noonday Sun, have reached bestseller status right alongside Nicholas Sparks, J.D. Robb, and other great authors. Her third novel, Entangled Dreams, just published September 2012.

All of her novels are standalones; however, she does link each of her stories with a little surprise. If you read out of order, you’ll never notice. But if you read in order, it’s fun.

 

 

 

 

Like Mysteries with a Paranormal Edge as a Quick Read? Check Out These New Books!

Ready to get your weekend read on, but pressed for time?

Check out these two mini mysteries with a paranormal edge from Bestselling Author, Carmen DeSousa!

The Pit Stop - Final CoverThe Pit Stop 
(This Stop Could be Life of Death)
When what seems like a normal pit stop turns to more than just gas and food, a lost couple finds themselves searching for the truth of a twenty-year-old mystery that may cost them their life.
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The Depot
When Life and Death Cross Tracks

They say The Depot is haunted. But in all the years homicide detective Mark Waters has visited the ancient train station turned restaurant, he’s never seen proof. Until now.

As he investigates a supposed suicide by train, he learns secrets of a murder that took place eighty years ago may directly affect his case. 

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Only .99 cents!
iTunes (Coming Soon!)
Looking for a longer read? Check out one of Carmen’s Romantic Suspense Bestsellers!

New Release by Carmen DeSousa!Carmen characterizes her stories as modern-day fairytales, as they overflow with romance, mystery, suspense, and of course, tragedy. After all, what would a fairytale be without a tragic event setting the stage? All of her novels are sensual, but not erotic, gripping but not graphic and will make you cry, gasp, laugh, love, and hope.

Her first two novels, She Belongs to Me and Land of the Noonday Sun, have reached bestseller status right alongside Nicholas Sparks, J.D. Robb, and other great authors. Her third novel, Entangled Dreams, just published September 2012.

All of her novels are standalones; however, she does link each of her stories with a little surprise. If you read out of order, you’ll never notice. But if you read in order, it’s fun.

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Book Review: When Noonday Ends by Carmen DeSousa

When Noonday Ends coverFor all of you Carmen DeSousa fans who have read Land of the Noonday Sun, you’ve already meet and fallen in love with one of the supporting characters, Tom Turner, the best friend of Chad Wilkinson. As you know, Tom was not left in a happy place.  Per fan request , Carmen wrote another novel, just for him, and the fans!

In Land of the Noonday Sun, readers we meet several secondary characters that leave you guessing as to ‘whodunit’.  The writing is so masterful that it’s hard to decide who’s the real bad guy. Just when you think you’ve figured it out, some plot twist pops up sending you in another direction, or the character you thought was the bad guy ends up being saving the day. In this case, that was Tom (okay, that was a mini spoiler, but believe me, there’s enough unmentioned characters to keep you guessing!). Saving the day left him with a broken heart and alone. Not to mention a memory that will haunt him for the rest of his life.

Which brings us to When Noonday Ends, the second book in the Nantahala Series.

Tom Turner is an attorney just out of law school and in the process of getting his feet wet. He doesn’t have a long list of winning major cases under his belt, and quite frankly, would rather be doing something else than be an attorney. But as most of us have done in our lives, we follow the dreams our parents set before us and  look longingly at the job or dream that would make us happy. For Tom, it’s getting back to nature and doing the one thing he did as a college student in the summer: be a white water rafting guide at his best friend, Chad’s business, or better yet, hike the Appalachian Trail. Anything to get away from the memory that haunts him.

Who knew the opportunity to escape his life and find love with come with representing a beautiful woman who’s charged with attempted murder?

Weird, huh?

Once again, Carmen has written a story filled with colorful characters mixed with a beautiful back drop marred only by murder, mystery, longing, desperate decisions, and family secrets. If you love suspense, romance, and happy endings a character has to work for, pick up a copy today. You’ll be glad you did!

My rating: *****

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense

Heat Level: ***(Just enough to get the heart racing and stir your imagination!)

Violence: PG

*** SPOILER ALERT!!! If you haven’t read Land of the Noonday Sun, you may want to stop here, buy it, then come back. You have been warned! *insert evil laugh here… 🙂 ***

Prologue

Sitting at the rear of the courtroom, Tom Turner’s mind wandered. One person after another approached the judge, claiming their innocence. He hated doing this, but the law firm where he worked required all new attorneys to accept hardship cases. To get your feet wet, they’d said.

Like his father before him, he’d chosen a career as an attorney. And for once in his life, his parents were actually proud of him.

Still, most attorneys spent their days off golfing. He couldn’t stand golf, but he’d give anything to be kayaking right now. Often he thought of changing careers, as his best friend Chad had done. He had thrown away four years of medical school to manage an outdoor store he’d inherited from his parents. Tom had always thought that it had been a stupid decision, but now he wondered. His best friend was married to a beautiful woman, had a son, and could kayak every day if he wanted.

What Tom really wanted was to take a few months off from life and hike the Appalachian Trail. After the year he’d had, he needed some time away from life—all life. But then, his parents would be disappointed, and he’d miss his niece, Samantha. His sister had been one of the wildest women he’d ever known. But since she’d had Sam, she’d finally settled down and was trying to be a good mother. Being a single mother wasn’t easy, and Michelle needed him. If only to give her at least one night a week to unwind.

Tom threw his head back and closed his eyes. Just the smell of the courthouse was grating on him today. The oil they’d used on the old wooden floors was giving him a migraine.

“No contest, Your Honor.” A soft country voice roused him from his brooding.

Tom forced his eyes to focus on the woman standing in front of the judge. It couldn’t be. The smooth blond hair, that beautiful country voice. Brandy? He shook his head to clear it. Brandy was dead; he’d shot her more than a year ago.

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Yep, you read that right, he killed someone!!! To find out what happened, read Land of the Noonday Sun. If you’d rather get straight to Tom,  buy When Noonday Ends.  But I tell you, both stories go hand in hand. Happy reading!!!

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***For more information about When Noonday Ends, Land of the Noonday Sun, and other books bestselling books by Carmen DeSousa, visit her blog!***

New Release by Carmen DeSousa!

While Carmen does not write “Christian” books, she does share her characters’ Christian beliefs. Her characters are real people who come with real flaws; no perfect people allowed.

 She characterizes her stories as modern-day fairytales, as they are overflowing with romance, mystery, suspense, and of course, tragedy. After all, what would a fairytale be without a tragic event setting the stage? All of her novels are sensual, but not erotic, gripping but not graphic and will hopefully make you cry, laugh, love, and hope.

Her first two novels, She Belongs to Me and Land of the Noonday Sun, have reached bestseller status right alongside Nicholas Sparks, J.D. Robb, and other great authors. Her third novel, Entangled Dreams, is now available.

All of her novels are standalones; however, she does link each of her stories with a little surprise. If you read out of order, you’ll never notice. But if you read in order, it’s fun.

Carmen loves talking about all things books, so please connect with her via one of the links below.

Website

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Final days to get romantic-suspense bestseller, SHE BELONGS TO ME, by Carmen DeSousa for 99¢

Final days to get romantic-suspense bestseller, SHE BELONGS TO ME, by Carmen DeSousa for 99¢

LOVE ~ BETRAYAL ~ OBSESSION
Can you handle the fairytale twisted?
Can you deal with reality?
Are you ready to go to the precipice?
If you haven’t read any of Carmen’s
books, now’s your chance. For a few more days, the publisher is keeping the romantic-suspense
bestseller, She Belongs to Me, at .99
cents in celebration of Carmen DeSousa’s newest release.
According to readers, She Belongs to Me is a sensual and gripping read that will have you falling in love and wondering who you can trust right
up to the last page.
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And the book romance doesn’t stop there…
 
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Carmen characterizes her stories as modern-day fairytales, as they overflow with romance, mystery, suspense, and of course, tragedy. After all, what would a fairytale be without a tragic event setting the stage? All of her novels are sensual, but not erotic, gripping but not graphic and will make you love, laugh, cry, gasp, and hope. 
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Carmen loves talking about all things
books, so please connect with her via one of the links below.

NEW RELEASE! When Noonday Ends by Carmen DeSousa!

This week marks the fifth release from Amazon Bestseller, Carmen DeSousa, and the second installment in her Nantahala Series. If you’ve read Land of the Noonday Sun, you have already meet the lead character, Tom Turner.  Tom is a man who had us second guessing his true intentions in Land of the Noonday Sun. It wasn’t until the end that we learn his true character. Love once found turned into a non-Happily Ever After. After committing an act he never would have imagined, he is forced to rethink his life, goals, aspirations, and love.

I have had the opportunity to read this book and can honestly say I love the characters. Though not from the Carolina’s, I am a Georgia girl and can  see these characters in my mind as if I’ve actually met them. The setting is wonderful, the story well written, and the twists neatly intertwined to the point that it keeps you guessing. Again, Carmen has delivered a story that keeps you guessing, yet is nothing like the others she’s written before.

If you love a good book series and  want to see what happens next for your favorite characters, grab a copy of When Noonday Ends!

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When a new attorney accepts a pro-bono case of an abused woman suspected of attempted murder, he ends up with more than he bargained for. She’s the ex-wife of one of the oldest and wealthiest families in Ashville, and her in-laws will stop at nothing to conceal family secrets—even murder.

Unable to ignore his attraction, he gets closer than he should. But when all evidence points to the woman he’s falling in love with, he will risk everything—his reputation, disbarment, maybe even his life to uncover the truth.

 

 

Excerpt: 

Sitting at the back of the courtroom, Tom’s mind wandered. One person after another approached the judge, claiming their innocence. He hated doing this, but the law firm where he worked required all new attorneys to accept hardship cases. To get your feet wet, they’d said.

Like his father before him, he’d chosen a career as an attorney. And for once in his life, his parents were actually proud of him.

Still, most attorneys spent their days off golfing. He couldn’t stand golf, but he’d give anything to be kayaking right now. Often he thought of changing careers, as his best friend Chad had done. He had thrown away four years of medical school to manage an outdoor store he’d inherited from his parents. Tom had always thought that it had been a stupid decision, but now he wondered. His best friend was married to a beautiful woman, had a son, and could kayak every day if he wanted.

What Tom really wanted was to take a few months off from life and hike the Appalachian Trail. After the year he’d had, he really needed some time away from life—all life. But then, his parents would be disappointed, and he’d really miss his niece, Samantha. His sister had been one of the wildest women he’d ever known. But since she’d had Sam, she’d finally settled down and was trying to be a good mother. Being a single mother wasn’t easy, and Michelle needed him. If only to give her at least one night a week to unwind.

Tom threw his head back and closed his eyes. Just the smell of the courthouse was grading on him today. The oil they’d used on the old wooden floors was giving him a migraine.

“No contest, Your Honor.” A soft country voice roused him from his brooding.

Tom forced his eyes to focus on the woman standing in front of the judge. It couldn’t be. The smooth blond hair, that beautiful country voice. Brandy? He shook his head to clear it. Brandy was dead; he’d shot her more than a year ago.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:New Release by Carmen DeSousa!

Carmen characterizes her stories as modern-day fairytales, as they overflow with romance, mystery, suspense, and of course, tragedy. After all, what would a fairytale be without a tragic event setting the stage? All of her novels are sensual, but not erotic, gripping but not graphic and will make you cry, gasp, laugh, love, and hope.

Her first two novels, She Belongs to Me and Land of the Noonday Sun, have reached bestseller status right alongside Nicholas Sparks, J.D. Robb, and other great authors. Her third novel, Entangled Dreams, just published September 2012.

All of her novels are standalones; however, she does link each of her stories with a little surprise. If you read out of order, you’ll never notice. But if you read in order, it’s fun.

Author Contact Info:

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Interview with Carmen DeSousa!

Today I have the privilege to interview one of my 5 Prince Publishing sisters, Carmen DeSousa! Carmen is one busy woman. If you follow my blog, you have seen her name in several post as I have assisted her with promotions and new releases. Well, today, you get to know the woman behind the books!

Welcome, Carmen!

You write Romantic Suspense. What inspired you to write, and what made you choose that genre?
I’ve enjoyed reading romantic-suspense novels since I was a teenager. I never could get into just romance or even simply a whodunit. I loved a little of both. But as I got older, it seemed someone told authors that if they didn’t shock the reader with violent or erotic scenes, we wouldn’t be interested. So, I decided I wanted to write what I loved reading and watching. If they can take a novel and make it into a PG13 movie, why not just write an edgy PG13 story in the first place. I’m not saying I think thirteen year olds should read my books, as they are definitely for ages sixteen and older. But, if you like a sexy and thrilling PG13 movie, you’ll enjoy my style of writing.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
LOL! Okay…so this isn’t M.J. asking, right? Since I know, you already know this answer. I work close to fifteen hours a day. I write whenever I can, which is not as often as I wish, believe me. When I am on a deadline, I usually shut down my Internet at eleven a.m. and try to write for three hours. But that’s about the only time I can keep that schedule…when I’m on a deadline. Most of the time, life just gets in the way.

Everyone has weird things they do to warm up to writing, (or is it just me???) What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Weird? Hmm…I don’t think so. Neurotic, probably. No matter how many times I’ve read my work in progress, if I’ve had a few days off, I’ll reread every word that I wrote before I touch a finger to the keyboard. On a regular writing schedule, I just read the last two chapters before I go to bed, mark any areas I want to edit, and then add them to my manuscript before writing a word the next morning. This method has always helped me stay in my current characters’ voices, not allowing any outside reading or editing to interfere with their story.

Are you a pantser or plotter?
Pantser without a doubt. I let my dreams write the story. As I mentioned above, I read the last few chapters before bed and then let the muse do her job while I sleep. Often, my poor husband wakes up by the light of my iPhone, as I jot down my dreams at three a.m. But, outline, never! The one time I tried, my characters laughed at me. J

Your stories are about more than falling in love. There are mystery and whodunit elements. Are your stories based on experiences based on someone you know, or are events in your own life reflected in the characters/stories you write? Can you share and example?
Umm…yes and no. Yes, there are elements that are from real-life incidents, but no, I’ll never tell.  I will say this, though; my husband was a police detective, so I have listened for years to all his stories and make sure that I read him my scenes to make sure I have the male POV and/or detective elements correct.

You currently have two Amazon Best Seller titles under your belt, and I am sure there are more to come. Do you have any suggestions to help new authors become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Read, read, read, and hire an editor, or at minimum a proofreader. Just make sure someone other than your mother and best friend read your manuscript before you publish.

Are you self-pubbed, indie pubbed, or traditionally pubbed?
I am traditionally published in the sense that I have a publisher. However, I purposely chose a smaller, independent publisher so that I could maintain control over my final product. So, I count myself as an Indie writer and do everything I can to support all forms of Indie writers, self-published and through small pubs, and of course, I still support my author friends who are with large publishers too. Honestly, I don’t know why people make such a big deal out of how an author publishes. Read the book blurb, read the sample chapters, and if you like, download or buy. Who cares who published the book? They all end up at the same place anyway—Amazon if you’re smart! J

What are your current projects?
This month, I am publishing my first short story, sort of an introduction to my writing, as it encompasses a little of everything I write, only on a smaller scale. I even threw in a paranormal edge, since I have a few paranormal romantic-suspense stories in the works.
Short story due, The Pit Stop – This Stop Could be Life or Death, is currently free on Amazon.
When Noonday Ends (a spin-off of Land of the Noonday Sun) due December 2012
Split Decisions (a spin-off of She Belongs to Me) due March 2013

Thank you, Carmen, for dropping by to introduce yourself to my readers! 
About Carmen: 
While Carmen does not write “Christian” books, she does share her characters’ Christian beliefs. Her characters are real people who come with real flaws; no perfect people allowed.
She characterizes her stories as modern-day fairytales, as they are overflowing with romance, mystery, suspense, and of course, tragedy. After all, what would a fairytale be without a tragic event setting the stage? All of her novels are sensual, but not erotic, gripping but not graphic and will hopefully make you cry, laugh, love, and hope.
Her first two novels, She Belongs to Me and Land of the Noonday Sun, have reached bestseller status right alongside Nicholas Sparks, J.D. Robb, and other great authors. Her third novel, Entangled Dreams, is now available.
All of her novels are standalones; however, she does link each of her stories with a little surprise. If you read out of order, you’ll never notice. But if you read in order, it’s fun. 
 First release – December 2011:
After secrets and a mysterious background leave a wife’s life hanging by a thread, a husband must look for answers in the only place he knows—the past.
Second Release – May 2012
When two strangers have nothing left but their dreams, they must forge a relationship in Nantahala, North Carolina, a small town known as Land of the Noonday Sun.
Third Release – September 2012 
When Alexandra’s choices dissolve into Entangled Dreams, pushing her down a dark and dismal path, she must trust her instincts to escape danger, but be able to surrender all to find her happily ever after. Knowing how to decipher the difference, will be her toughest challenge.
Now available in print and eBook formats:
And coming soon…
The Pit Stop (This stop could be life or death) a short story coming October 2012
When Noonday Ends ~ December 2012
Split Decisions ~ March 2013
Carmen loves talking about all things books, so please connect with her via one of the links below.

New Release by Carmen DeSousa!

Last week, my good friend, fellow 5 Prince Publishing author- and two time Amazon Best Seller of She Belongs to Me, and Land of the Noonday Sun–  dropped by to say hi. Today, she’s back to share her new release, Entangled Dreams! If you’ve had the opportunity to read either book, you know she is never one to disappoint!

When Alexandra Nicole was eight, she thought she was a princess in a fairytale. But after a tragic accident shatters her magical life, she finds herself in a cold and heartless reality.

As an adult, she once again faces harsh truths and decides to take control of her destiny. Unfortunately, choices have a way of entangling her dreams and pushing her down a dark and dismal path.
Alexandra must trust her instincts to escape danger, but be able to surrender all to find her happily ever after. Knowing how to decipher the difference, will be her toughest challenge.

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Author Bio:
        
While Carmen DeSousa does not write”Christian” books, she does share her characters’ Christian beliefs. Her characters are real people who come with real flaws; no perfect people allowed.
She characterizes her stories as modern-day fairytales, as they are over flowing with romance, mystery, suspense, and of course, tragedy. After all, what would a fairytale be without a tragic event setting the stage? All of her novels are sensual, but not erotic, gripping but not graphic and will hopefully make you cry, laugh, love, and hope.
Both of her published novels, She Belongs to Me and Land of the Noonday Sun, have reached bestseller status right along side Nicholas Sparks, J.D. Robb, and other great authors. Her third novel, Entangled Dreams, releases September 2012.  
Connect with Carmen at these following links: 
 Website      Twitter     Facebook     Goodreads