Thursday3Some: Between The Shadows by Casi McLean

Grab your morning cup of java or tea and settle in for a sweet treat with no calories--another edition of Thursday3Some.

Today, the Thursday3Some spotlight is shining on Casi McLean, and her new release, Between The Shadows, a time travel romance.

I was glad to see this new book by Casi McLean because good time travel romances seem to be few and far between.

If time travel is your cup of romance tea, be sure and add this to your To Be Read shelf. If you've not read time travel romance before, by all means try this captivating genre. Casi's book is a good place to begin.

About Casi McLean

Award winning author, Casi McLean, pens novels to stir the soul with romance, suspense, and a sprinkle of magic.

With strong, believable heroines and delicious, hot heroes to tempt the deepest desires, she fans the flames, sweeping readers into their innermost romantic fantasies.

Her fans devour her exceptional romantic suspense and lovable characters. Try one story, and see why.

You’ll see, hear, and feel the magical eeriness of a fateful night, believe in time travel, be mystified by supernatural, or feel romantic suspense––but most of all you'll want more!

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Between The Shadows

She never expected to confront deadly villains…let alone fall in love with one…

After her friend, York, encounters the ghostly image of a young woman, Mackenzie Reynolds seizes the opportunity to initiate a time jump, thrusting them back to 1865 Georgia. Resolved to thwart the girl’s untimely fate, Kenzi stumbles into a deadly conflict over a stockpile of stolen Confederate gold.

An injured Civil War survivor, James Adams departs for home with a war-fatigued companion he’s determined to help. After pilfering a horse and kidnaping a woman, he never dreamed his hostage would steal his heart.

Kenzi and James must unravel a deadly plot, while helping York save his ghost woman from a brutal death. But can she leave York in a violent past to save James’s life?

Thursday3Some With Casi McLean

1. What was the spark that gave you the story idea?

Legend says Lake Lanier has a ghost who haunts the entire lake area. Swimmers get trapped among the deadfall of sheared-off trees and town remains until they join the ghost in her watery grave. Even expert divers get tangled beneath the murky surface, hence the lake's unnerving label: Lanier never gives up its dead.

These stories are the basis for what inspired my Lake Lanier Mysteries: Beneath The Lake, Beyond The Mist, and Between The Shadows. The inspiration beckoned me, begging for a story to be told. What a perfect setting for my romantic time-slip suspense series!

2. Where is the book set and why?

A ghost town time forgot––the eerie lore attached to a rural area sleeping beneath Atlanta's famous man-made lake, Sidney Lanier, fascinated me. Homes, churches, businesses and untold stories still linger hidden within it's 38,000 acres of water, and fed by the Chestatee and Chattahooche Rivers. What inspired my series? The strange phenomenon, vanishings, eerie lore, and ghost sitings sparked my muse.

3. Why do readers buy Between The Shadows?

When I get reviews like the one below for the first book in my Lake Lanier Mysteries Series, how can I not write more? Not only an inspiration, these reviews give meaning to the quote: “If you build it they will come."

Beneath the Lake by Casi McLean is a fantasy of romance, of true love knowing no bounds and she has captured the spirit of love in its purest form, even as her characters must face the bizarre circumstances they met under.

From pain to joy, to disbelief to believing in miracles, Ms. McLean has created a finely woven tale that flows like a satiny sheet across the mind and heart. Her writing will make a believer out of even the most skeptical of non-believers in love. Let go of reality and take a stroll back in time.

Readers, now is your chance to grab Between The Shadows, Book 3 of Casi's time travel romance series, to your Library. You'll find it and the other books in her Lake Lanier Mysteries series at the Amazon Kindle Shop.

Takeaway Truth

The weekend is almost here. Why not grab a copy of Casi's new book, Between The Shadows, so you'll have an exciting new book for your weekend reading entertainment?

2 Philosophies To Adopt

Want to succeed in writing or in anything else to which you aspire? You'd do well to adopt these 2 philosphies.

Fight Discouragement

When you feel discouraged, tell yourself that every career is a venture in which you must build to success. In writing, as an author, you build your skills, your confidence, your inventory, your backlist, and your fan base.

I'm a big believer in the power of a strong, positive statement. Make a sign that says: I am in this for the long haul because writing -- or insert the name of your dream -- is a career in which I must build to success.

Fight Pessimism

It's never too late to succeed. In fact, as long as you draw breath and are motivated, it's never too late for just about anything.

I have a framed picture that I bought at Ross's several years ago. It says: "It's never too late to live happily ever after." I adopted that as my motto, and it has become the premise of all my books.

Until you draw your last breath, it's never too late. So as long as you wake up tomorrow, you have another chance to make all your dreams come true.

Make a sign that says: It's never too late to succeed. Or, It's never too late to make my dream come true. Or, whatever speaks to you.

Post your signs where you'll see them every day. Even better, make your desktop wallpaper your sign so you see it every time you sit at the computer.

Takeaway Truth

I urge you to adopt these philosophies. Internalize them until it's second nature to think the strong positive statements each time you feel you're not making enough progress.

Christmas In July Giveaway by Authors Billboard

Here's another fabulous Christmas In July Giveaway. Don't you love these July specials? I do.

 This one is from the NY Times, USA Today, and national bestselling authors of the Authors’ Billboard.

Lots of Prizes

There are some great prizes up for grabs. Check these out.

* Two $10 Amazon Gift Cards

* Two (2) Paperback Novels

* One (1) custom Christmas Charm Bracelet

* Three (3) Box Collections, winners choose

How To Win

1. Visit Authors Billboard Home Page.

2. Click on the covers shown, one by one

3. Find and count the book records that have a Santa.

4. Scroll down the page until you find the entry form.

5. On the entry form, enter the number you find along with your name and email address.

That's it! You're entered in the Authors Billboard Christmas in July Giveaway Contest.

Takeaway Truth

Enter today, and tell your friends too.

Prime Day Is Here!

At last, Amazon Prime Day is here. It starts at noon PT today (3pm here, Central Time) and runs through tomorrow July 17.

What is Prime Day?

It's an epic day and a half of Amazon's best deals. I do most of my Christmas shopping on Prime Day in July and Black Friday in November.

I have my Christmas list, and I'm about to begin shopping. This year we're focusing on gifts of safety for our kids and their families.

Prime Day is for those who are Prime Members. Not a member? No problem. Here's a link to the Prime Day Page  so you can see some of the deals available.

Get A Free Trial Now

Even better, get a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime. Just click the banner on the right sidebar, and you'll have access to all the Prime benefits for 30 days.

Prime Video has some of the best television series and movies like Bosch, Longmire, Jean Claude Van Johnson, Absentia, Goliath, Sneaky Pete, The Man in the High Castle, Travelers, and so many more.

Only Prime had the latest Will Smith movie, Bright. We just watched the critically-acclaimed The Last Movie Star, a new release, starring Burt Reynolds that's getting a lot of buzz.

Prime Music has over a million songs for you to listen to.

You can sign up separately for Prime Music Unlimited if a million plus isn't enough. *g*

Prime also offers photo services and free shipping on anything bearing the Prime logo on the product page. Best of all, as a Prime Member, you can take advantage of all the bargains on Prime Day!

Books By the Thousands

Have you wanted to try Kindle Unlimited , the subscription ebook program that allows you to read "free" from a huge selection?

There's a special offer for Prime Day. Click here and get 3 months for only 99 cents!

HBO Offer

I love the fact that now you can get the channels you want without having to take dozens of channels--like all those home shopping networks--you have no interest in.

You can get HBO, Starz, Showtime, and Cinemax through your Amazon Prime Membership.

Want your HBO? Amazon is offering a free trial of that too. Just click here. I think most of the premium channels are offering free trials including BritBox too.

I love bargains, especially when they're on things I plan to buy anyway. Have fun shopping today and tomorrow.

Give The Gift of Prime

Can't think of anything to give friends and family? Try giving the Gift of Prime. It's a gift that will give benefits every day of the year. What better way to treat someone to a great present?

Takeaway Truth

Try Prime. You'll love it! We do.

Sunday Inspiration: To Succeed, Work With Affirmations

Change your life by changing your thoughts.

Sure, it takes hard work to change your thoughts. One way to effect change is to pick one thing and focus on that. Work on changing that one thing.

A lot of people work with affirmations. They don't just read it once and get on with their day.

They work with that affirmation to change themselves from the inside out. Here's a way to make the kind of changes you need to be happy and successful.

Working With Affirmations

1. Create a strong, positive affirmation.

Wrong: I want to have confidence in my own power.

An affirmation must be a strong positive statement, written as if you've already achieved that condition. Fake it until you make it, baby!

Right: I have full confidence in my own power to achieve and succeed.

2. Inundate your consciousness with your carefully-designed affirmation.
  • Write your carefully-designed affirmation on several 3x5 index cards or pieces of paper.
  • Tape those cards up where you see them throughout the day. One on your bathroom mirror, one on the window or cabinet above the kitchen sink, one on your computer monitor. If you work away from home, tape one to the inside of your desk drawer, put one on your computer monitor unless it's not allowed, frame one and put it on your desk, place one in your purse. messenger bag, or briefcase so you see it when you open your bag,put one in the cupholder of your vehicle so you can read it before you start the engine and after you arrive and cut the engine.
  • Get a journal--nothing fancy--because you'll use it to write your affirmation 10 times every morning and 10 times before you go to sleep at night.
  • Silently say your affirmation as you fall asleep--your own NeuroLinguistic Programming.
  • Do this every day for 1 month.
  • During the month you work with your affirmation, take note of the times you are challenged to do something scary or overwhelming. Become aware of your mental reaction to those events. After a couple of weeks, you may find yourself silently saying, "I have full confidence in my own power to achieve and succeed."

  • When the week is up, give yourself a mental checkup. Do you feel more optimistic? Did you accomplish something you didn't think you could do? Do you think it changed you for the better?
  • Use the information you glean from your mental checkup to proceed with a new affirmation in the next month. If you still need to work on the same area of your attitude, create a different affirmation. If you feel that you experienced positive change in that area and have a new way of thinking, then choose another area to work on.
Takeaway Truth

Change takes consistent, persistent work, but becoming self-confident is worth the time and effort. Get started today.

Saturday Share: Recipe, Potato Salad Dressing

Summertime calls for summer food like BBQ, fresh sliced tomatoes, grilled vegetables, and potato salad.

In the South, no summer gathering is complete without potato salad.

Many, many years ago, I found this recipe for Potato Salad Dressing that makes an ordinary potato salad extraordinary.

You'll get rave reviews for your potato salad when you use this dressing so give it a try. It doesn't take but a few minutes to whip it up from ingredients you probably already have.

Potato Salad Dressing

  • 1/2 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup Pet evaporated milk (regular milk can be used)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar (Experiment with different vinegars for different flavors.)
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon black pepper (freshly-ground is superb)
  • Pour vinegar into milk and mix well.
  • Add other ingredients and blend well.
  • Pour over hot cooked diced potatoes and mix well. (Most potato salads have chopped eggs and  pickles too.)
  • Serve hot for German potato salad or chill for a cold potato salad. Be sure and keep potato salad at the proper temperature at all times--especially if you're serving on the deck or at a picnic.
  • Refrigerate any leftover dressing.
Takeaway Truth

Have a great weekend.

How To Succeed In Self-Employment

Question: What do you think is required for success when one is self-employed?

Answer: A lot of things, but there's one crucial element that may be more important than any of the others and that is Self-Motivation.

In any self-employment endeavor, from writing to operating a home-based photography studio or accounting business, one must be self-motivated to succeed.

The work is often solitary and arduous. Most self-employed people work longer hours than if they were employed by a company, and it may take a long time to turn a profit.

A Choice Or No Option?

So why does someone choose this route? Sometimes it's because a person has no choice. Maybe he lost his job and can't find another one. Those with marketable skills may become self-employed because they have no other option, but I think the vast majority of those who are self-employed choose this path because they dream of being independent.
Writers Write

With a career as an employee of a company, someone is there to direct your work. You put in eight hours and get a paycheck at regular intervals.

With self-employment, there's no one to tell you what to do, and there's very little net income--no paycheck.

If you work effectively and damned hard, that may change. The thing is, you have to put in consistent, persistent effort, day after day.

You probably know what must be done, and you're the only one to do it. That requires commitment and motivation.

Takeaway Truth

To succeed in self-employment, your motivation must won't come from within.