Welcome to July's SECOND Wild Card Friday. On the fourth (and fifth) Fridays of every month I've invited one of my writer friends to share something fun and then tell you a bit about their work. This week Janean Worth shares an excerpt from her new book: DEEP DOWN. 

Take it away Janean!

 Living as we do in a land of plenty, where our daily needs, and most of our wants, are easily accessible, I think that we often forget what it might be like to go without normal, everyday blessings in our lives.

For instance, when you’re hungry, it is very easy to stroll to the fridge and grab something to nosh on, but what would you do if the food supply for your location was suddenly withheld by a government agency and you were prevented from leaving the area to try to get something to eat?

And what would you do if the very air that you needed to survive was denied to you?  Would you struggle to survive, or would you be too frightened of violence to do anything to save yourself?

But what if it wasn’t only your life that was in danger?  What would you do if those surrounding you were rapidly dying of an unknown contagion, and they were denied the medication that would save their lives?  Would you try to save them, or would you flee from their company in order to save yourself?  If you knew that over one hundred people would die if you didn’t risk your own life to help them, would you be brave enough to try?

In my new Suspense novel, DEEP DOWN, these are exactly the questions that Sam Stone and Jenny Strafford must ask themselves.  When they’re accidentally trapped in a terrifying situation that tests both their mettle and their fortitude, they must dig deep to find the answers.

 Excerpt of DEEP DOWN: 

A cold December wind buffeted the mobile CDC command center, setting it to rocking slightly on its wheels as it sat in the small parking lot of the Strata museum.
Logan Stanley ignored the rocking motion under his feet as he stood rigidly in front of his boss.  Anger flared through every bone in his body and he strained to keep it in check.
“You’re not serious, Sir?” Logan asked, staring hard at his superior, unwilling to believe that the man was so incredibly cold-hearted.
Dennis Malnon didn’t even flinch at his tone.  The man seemed either not to notice Logan’s anger, or he simply did not care whether Logan was angry or not.  Either way, what he was proposing was astounding, and Logan couldn’t let it go.
Slim, bordering on emaciated, the CDC supervisor was also overly tall, giving him a stork-like appearance.   His long, beaked nose accentuated this resemblance, as did his beady eyes, slightly stooped shoulders and a head full of white hair that had been cut short, combed neatly and plastered to his skull with lots of hair product.  The man’s angular, avian face showed no emotion as he gazed back at Logan.
“I’m completely serious, Logan.  In situations like these, when you’re dealing with an unknown, a hundred or so lives is an acceptable loss when compared to a global pandemic.”

Deep down, six hundred and forty feet underground, danger lurks...

What starts as an evening out at an underground museum soon turns into a dangerous struggle to survive…

Jenny Strafford and her fiance, Stone, are out for a dinner date with friends. It’s supposed to be fun - romantic even - but it soons turns deadly when they’re trapped deep underground with a mysterious contagion. 

When the unthinkable happens, and a quarantine zone is initiated, Jenny soon realizes that the government agency that has been sent to help them isn't planning on a happy ending.

In order to protect Jenny, Stone must fall back on his military training. And even those hard-won skills may not be enough to save the love of his life, or the other one hundred innocent people trapped deep underground with them.

An all-new series with an all-new hero.
Sam Stone will take your breath away.

DEEP DOWN is available as an ebook or paperback at Amazon and in paperback wherever fine books are sold (check your local bookstore).

DEEP DOWN on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ZYDUWDS

Janean Worth is the author of sixteen books in genres ranging from Adult Suspense to Young Adult Sci-Fi.

Ms. Worth also writes non-fiction articles and essays under a penname, having over 50 pieces - both online and in print - currently published. Her story in Cup of Comfort for Friends helped to earn the book a place on the New York Times bestseller list.

When she's not writing, illustrating or working with a computer, Ms. Worth dabbles in photography, outdoor recreation and cycling. She also reads piles of books, designs her own book covers, frequently walks her three enormous dogs and enjoys spending time with her family.

Visit her website at www.janeanworth.com to read excerpts, view new releases or find out more about this busy author.

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Welcome to July's Wild Card Friday. On the fourth (and fifth) Fridays of every month I've invited one of my writer friends to share something fun and then tell you a bit about their work. This week Julie Arduini brings us an interview with the characters from her book, ENTRUSTED. 

Take it away Julie!

Where Entrusted Meets Entangled
Interview Between Entrusted’s Jenna Anderson and Entangled’s Carla Rowling

Note from Julie Arduini:
Jenna and Carla meet in my first Adirondack romance, Entrusted, and become fast friends. I’m revising Entangled and Carla is the heroine. I thought it would be fun to share an interview between the two. You can receive updates on these books and have my novella, Match Made in Heaven and installments of the sequel, Crumbs and Embers, by subscribing to my newsletter. Complete the form in the left sidebar of http://juliearduini.com and watch for activation.

Carla, I’m curious. We met under interesting circumstances. What was your first impression of me?

Let’s see. You arrive in Speculator Falls by crashing into one of the village flower boxes and I was the sheriff that had to write up the report. Honestly, I thought you were a tourist. When I heard your name, I knew you were the new girl in town. I wasn’t sure you were going to make it. But you’ve done fantastic and everyone loves you.

Speaking of new, you are venturing into new territory. You have a career change. What’s going on?

You know I enjoy doing hair for family and friends. Always simple things because I didn’t have the training. I have the opportunity to go to school and become a stylist. It’s a huge leap of faith but I’m very excited.

What’s the hardest thing about the transition?

Leaving my son, Noah. My boyfriend Will promised to help me take care of him and Noah’s father is back in the picture.  Even with these two men helping, I feel guilty for being away from Noah during the week.

Will’s a great guy, very reliable. Noah’s dad is someone I don’t know well. Would you mind telling us about him?

Wayne Peterson is a paramedic, transferred to Hamilton County to start a relationship with Noah. That’s a good thing. Wayne and I were high school sweethearts that made a mistake. He bolted as soon as I told him I was pregnant. It’s not easy having him in our lives after so many years of being absent.

I know Noah from the grocery store, JB’s, but I’d love for you to tell us about your son.

My everything. He’s thirteen and scaring me by how fast he’s growing. He talks about dances. Girls. Things I’m not ready for. I’m afraid he’ll get in trouble and I’d love to keep him home away from temptations. Forever.

It has to be hard to have faith and not worry when you’re a parent.

I’m learning that I am not even close to where I need to be when it comes to faith. I tend to bulldoze through my choices and act on my worries and thoughts, leaving prayer and faith behind.

Do you believe in happy endings?

Yes. Do you want to know why?

Tell me.

Because I watched you trust God. If my life turns out half as nice as yours, I’ll be blessed.

Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to find freedom in Christ through surrender. She’s the author of the Amazon bestseller, Entrusted and co-author of The Love Boat Bachelor and Unlikely Merger. She also shared her story in the Amazon bestseller infertility devotional, A Walk in the Valley. She’s the fiction contributing editor for the digital magazine, Imaginate, and blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com.

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It's my week to share, yea!!  Every third Friday I'll catch you up on what's new with my writing or something fun I'm doing. There's lots to share this month!!
THE WOMEN OF VALLEY VIEW: KATE is complete and waiting in a nice warm place until October. I know she's excited to meet you.
THE WOMEN OF VALLEY VIEW: KARLA has eight complete chapters for a total of 20,000 words. My goal for a rough draft is 60,000, so that puts us a third of the way done.
At the risk of teasing you, I thought I'd give you a little blurb from each, and...a first look at KARLA'S cover. But first things first.
Coming October 2015
Kate’s heart kicked up a notch, and it had nothing to do with the pleasing timbre of the voice on the other end of the phone or the handsome man attached to it. This could be the answer to her morning prayer. But she couldn’t deny the appealing quality of the voice. I don’t remember that cop voice being so sexy. Kate swallowed wrong and started to cough. “Hang on just a minute,” she gasped into the speaker. She lowered the phone and struggled to clear her windpipe. Where did that come from? You aren’t interested in finding another man, remember? “Sorry.”
“You OK?”
Kate took a deep breath as Nicolas’s voice continued to play havoc with her senses. “Yes…I just…swallowed wrong.” She coughed a final time and ordered her unruly sub-conscience to behave. “What sort of help did you have in mind?”
Kate laughed into the phone. “I didn’t mean to catch you by surprise.”
Not surprise, its just…well, Mom didn’t share a lot of the details about what you’re trying to do. But what she did say appealed to me, and since I have plenty of experience with the military—”
“According to your mom, you signed up at birth,” she joked. His answering chuckle sent goose bumps dancing up her spine.
“Yeah well, that’s my mom. Anyway, I saw more than my share of good men…”
Silence stretched for several seconds, wrinkling Kate’s brow.
“…die. I can only imagine what the families must go through in cases like that. Your idea struck a real chord with me. If there’s anything I can do, any part of the project that could use a pair of willing hands, I’d like to be involved. Maybe we could sit down together, talk about it?”
Was he asking her out? Her face heated at the thought. Karla, I’m going to kill you!
Nicolas continued before she had the chance to answer. “I hope you won’t take that invitation the wrong way. If you know my mother, then you know…I mean…in spite of what she might have led you to believe, I’m not looking for any sort of romantic involvement with you.”
“Excuse me?”
His sigh filled her ear. “Sorry, that came out wrong. My mother has been trying to marry me off for years. Her efforts have intensified since I retired. She’s been waving every available female she can find in my face for the last four months. I didn’t want you to think that I’d taken the bait. I mean, not that you’re bait. You’re an attractive women, but I’m just not interested…”
In women?
“Yes…I mean no. Of course I’m interested in women, just not you…”
Kate couldn’t control her laughter for another second. “You’re just full of tact tonight, aren’t you?”
A muffled response came through the phone. “The noise you just heard was me pulling both feet out of my mouth. May I start over?”
“Let me make this easy on you,” Kate said
“Oh, please do.”
“I understand exactly what you’re trying to say. Karla has dangled your name in front of me a few dozen times, but I’ve had two husbands, and I’m not looking for a third. I’d love to have lunch, or dinner with you, on a purely business basis, to discuss my ideas and see if you’re interested in helping.” She stopped and bit her lip to keep the smile out of her voice. “I’m not interested in you, either.”
You aren’t going to let me live this conversation down, are you?
A giggle broke through despite her efforts. “Maybe someday, but not tonight.”
Coming in the spring of 2015
A police officer on your porch in the middle of the night was never a good thing, even if that officer was your son. Karla Black took one look at the deep lines around her son’s eyes and the tight set of his mouth and wanted to hide from whatever news he was there to deliver. When he stepped into the light pouring from the door, she saw tears and her knees threatened to liquefy.
“What…?” She lost the capacity for speech when Nicolas stepped through the door and pulled her close.
“Dad’s been in an accident. You need to get dressed so I can take you to the hospital.”
She stiffened in his arms as every pore in her body soaked her nightgown in a sticky sweat. “He went fishing with Benton.”
“Benton too. I sent Tyler over to get Callie. They’ll meet us at the hospital.”
“But…I don’t…”
Nicolas took a step away and waited for Karla’s gaze to meet his. “Mom, you need to hurry. It’s not good.”
Excited yet? I am. I love the covers and even though it's hard to write this final Valley View story, I can't wait to bring you the end of the series. So tell me, does Karla look anything like you imagined?


Welcome to July's  edition of  SECOND FRIDAY RECIPE. On the second Friday of each month,  I've invited a fellow author to share a favorite recipe with us and maybe a little something about their latest book. This week Mary E. Twomey  let's us in on one of her faves!
The Perfect Six-Year-Old Boy Cake
2 9-inch round cakes, cooled.
Green buttercream icing
12 kit kat bars
Enough bug-shaped candies to make your son lose his mind
Make your boy’s favorite cake using two 8 or 9-inch round cake pans.
Let cool completely. Place on a large plate or a large cake round.
Using your standby buttercream recipe (or your favorite pre packaged flavor), frost between the two layers and stack them atop each other. Frost the sides and the top. Don’t worry for one second how it looks.
Take 12 kit kat bars and break them into sticks. Stick them to your freshly iced cake until it makes a fence all around the cake. Make sure to press them into the icing so they don’t fall down.
Using your #234 grass cake tip,(You can use pre-made decorating frosting that comes in a tube) make grass around the base of the cake and on the top of the frosted cake. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
Place the gummy bugs, frogs, worms and whatnot all over the top of the cake so it looks like they’re trying to crawl out of the fence your just made. If you’re feeling fancy, you can line the bottom of the kit kats with candy flowers.
After her parents and twin brother died a year ago, Lucy Kincaid was determined to put together a normal life for herself. With her heart set on college life, Lucy’s dreams of medical school are dashed when a rabid bear attacks her in the middle of suburbia. When Jens, a handsome yet irritable stranger, saves her life, Lucy’s gratitude is cut short when he abducts her, taking her to a land filled with people and creatures she remembers from bedtime stories she assumed were just Scandinavian folklore.
Jens takes Lucy to a world she never expected, and cannot escape. Undraland is teeming with oversized garden gnomes, warrior elves, N√łkken, Fossegrimens, and worst of all, Sirens. Lucy goes further and further down the rabbit hole until she signs up to join a band of thieves bent on taking down Pesta, the last Siren.
 Undraland is book one of nine in a fantasy fiction series where the characters are based in Scandinavian folklore. Join Lucy as she wades through a world she never knew existed, and doesn’t know how she’ll ever escape. Undraland is available as an ebook, paperback and audiobook (narrated by singer/songwriter Mary Abraham). Start your adventure today!
Mary E. Twomey lives in Michigan with her husband and three adorable children. She enjoys reading, writing, vegetarian cooking and telling her children fantastic stories about wombats. Twomey is the author of thirteen novels, with the spin-off series from the Undraland saga coming in September. Connect with the author at www.maryetwomey.com.



Welcome to July and getting to know you Friday. On the first Friday of each month I want us to take the time to get to know each other a little better. I'll post something you might not know about me and ask you to share.


Isn't she a cutie? That's Brinkley, my great-granddaughter. I used her picture to illustrate our post today, because she is a real cutie, but she's also the right age.  

Let me tell you a story.

The first boy I was allowed to date, back in high school, had a motor cycle. He took me to a party one night, and the minute I climbed on the bike with him, I had the oddest memory.  The feeling like I'd been on a motorcycle before. I didn't think I had, and I soon lost the feeling to the wind in my hair and the fact that we got lost going to where we were going.

Through the years, every time I climbed on a motor bike, I relived that feeling. I could remember sitting on a motorcycle and looking up at my mother, like she was on a balcony. It was weird, but nothing I thought to ask either of my parents about before they went to heaven.

After we went to my father's funeral I was sitting in the kitchen with his youngest brother. Something was said about motor cycles and I finally got the opportunity to voice my question. "Did Dad have a motorcycle when I was a baby?"

My uncle's answer, "No, but I used to ride mine when I came to visit your family, why?"

So I told him my story. He sat at the table grinning and when I finished he provided the missing pieces to my memory. It seems my parents lived in an upstairs apartment in a nearby town. My uncle would ride over to visit, and on a couple of occasions took his 7 or 8 month old niece for a very slow ride around the parking lot while my mother watched from the upstairs railing.

So my oldest memory is from when I was less than a year old.

My getting to know you question?  What is your oldest memory?  Please share in the comments below.