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Maw of the Monster

On January 22, 2008, if I’d known I was being thrust into the maw of the medical monster I would have shown up with more than a plastic spatula.
It was a frigid morning when the phone rang, too early to be anything but rude. “You want me to do what?” was my equally impolite response. I’d been snuggled under my yellow comforter. Now, I was supposed to get myself across Puget Sound asap to a hospital. Not a long journey, as the crow flies, but crows don’t care that Vashon Island has no bridge and only one ferry was in service that morning.
A half hour later I was outside, hopping from one freezing foot to the other and staring at my red Jeep, covered from roof to fender with a thick coat of frost. Back in my native Northeast, I’d have been better prepared. But the Northwest was supposed to have mild winters, so a black plastic spatula was all I could find as an anti-frost device.
Many blue-fingered scrapes were required to get me on the road at last. If I’d realized how rough that ride would be, I’d have stayed under the yellow comforter. If I’d realized I had breast cancer, I never would have answered the phone.
Skip ahead to December and another anomalous Northwest winter of blizzards and deep chill. By then, we had acquired a bona fide ice scraper, the red Jeep auto-piloted to the hospital, and the maw of the medical monster had grown to a chasm over which I dangled, holding on for dear life to the nearest fang.
You’ve probably heard the urban hospital legend where the trusting patient enters with a hangnail and ends up an amputee. I’d been inserted into my personal version of that tale. I thought I was in the home stretch, ready for brand new breasts to replace the old now-absent ones. Instead, I faced the two-pronged attack of a raging staph infection and surgical procedure #8, both of which would conspire to kill me.
Flash forward again to today. The cold, the ferry schedule, the infection and the surgeries are ten years past, but this was a horror story nonetheless. One I survived with the help of faith, family, friends and a miracle or two. I pray there will never be another shocking phone call or any of what followed, for me or for you. Meanwhile, my advice is that we all arm ourselves with mammograms against this monster because a plastic spatula simply will not do.

Alice Orr – www.aliceorrbooks.com

A Time of Fear and Loving by Alice Orr

A hot car and a hot guy can get a girl into trouble.
Maybe that’s what Amanda Miller needs. But how much trouble is too much trouble? Dead bodies on the riverbank? A possible kidnapping? Sexy detective Mike Schaeffer might save the day. But who will protect Amanda’s heart?
Alice Orr is known for Delicious Suspense Spiced with a Love Story.
She does it again in A Time of Fear and Loving.
A Time of Fear and Loving is Book 5 of the Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Series set in Riverton, New York featuring the Kalli and Miller families and the Women of West Main who will debut in Book 6. Find out more at www.aliceorrbooks.com.
Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings) R
Publisher. Alice Orr Books
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Time-Fear-Loving-Riverton-Road-ebook/dp/B075FHBNK2

Alice Orr Social Media

Alice Orr is the author of 16 novels, 3 novellas, a memoir and No More Rejections: 50 Secrets to Writing a Manuscript that Sells. A former book editor and literary agent, Alice now lives her dream as a full-time writer. She has two grown children and two perfect grandchildren and resides with her husband Jonathan in New York City.
Website http://aliceorrbooks.com
Blog http://aliceorrbooks.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/aliceorrbooks
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aliceorrwriter
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/aliceorrwriter/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/256160.Alice_Orr
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Alice-Orr/e/B000APC22E

 

A hot car and a hot guy can get a girl into trouble.
Maybe that’s what Amanda Miller needs. But how much trouble is too much trouble? Dead bodies on the riverbank? A possible kidnapping? Sexy detective Mike Schaeffer might save the day. But who will protect Amanda’s heart?
Alice Orr is known for Delicious Suspense Spiced with a Love Story.
She does it again in A Time of Fear and Loving.
A Time of Fear and Loving is Book 5 of the Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Series set in Riverton, New York featuring the Kalli and Miller families and the Women of West Main who will debut in Book 6. Find out more at www.aliceorrbooks.com.
Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings) R
Publisher. Alice Orr Books
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Time-Fear-Loving-Riverton-Road-ebook/dp/B075FHBNK2

Alice Orr Social Media

Alice Orr is the author of 16 novels, 3 novellas, a memoir and No More Rejections: 50 Secrets to Writing a Manuscript that Sells. A former book editor and literary agent, Alice now lives her dream as a full-time writer. She has two grown children and two perfect grandchildren and resides with her husband Jonathan in New York City.
Website http://aliceorrbooks.com
Blog http://aliceorrbooks.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/aliceorrbooks
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aliceorrwriter
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/aliceorrwriter/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/256160.Alice_Orr
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Alice-Orr/e/B000APC22E

Welcome Alice Orr author of A Time of Fear and Loving – Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Book 5.

Why did you write this book?
I wrote this book because Amanda Miller’s story deserves to be told. In A Vacancy at the Inn, Book 3 of my Riverton Road Romantic Suspense series, Amanda was still hidden beneath the shroud of widowhood while her sister Bethany’s story commanded the spotlight. Now, Amanda is ready to emerge and claim that spotlight for herself, and maybe the chance to love again too. Of course, since this is a suspense tale, she will have murder to contend with as well.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I love suspense and always have. That love affair began with Nancy Drew and has never cooled off for me. I especially enjoy suspense which is complicated by a difficult relationship at the center. While heroine and hero are forced to contend with dark, dangerous circumstances, they must also contend with one another and feelings that could hardly be less convenient at this terrifying time. What will happen? How will the terror end? How will the couple end up? Double trouble means double suspense, my favorite combination.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
I have many favorite characters, and they all have something in common. They are thrust into situations where they must struggle against powerful obstacles to survive. They know they are outmatched by that power, but they push on anyway, not because they are superhuman, they are not. They are ordinary folks like you and me who must dig deep into themselves for the courage they didn’t realize they possessed until it is called forth by peril, especially to those they love.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on A Thing We Lost – Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Book 6. This story introduces another Riverton household, the Women of West Main, who bond together in a different kind of family from the Millers of Miller’s Inn or the Kalli clan of Kalli Corner in my previous books. Single women, single mothers, women on their own lend their hearts and minds and talents to each other’s struggles, and stumble upon handsome heroes and hideous villains along the way.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
Books about the Kalli and Miller families and the Women of West Main. Riverton runs through me in as many directions as there are small town streets and rural roads in the North Country of my imagination. In each of those directions stories call out to be told.
Please tell us about your latest book.
A hot car and a hot guy can get a girl into trouble.
Maybe that’s what Amanda Miller needs. But how much trouble is too much trouble? Dead bodies on the riverbank? A possible kidnapping? Sexy detective Mike Schaeffer might save the day. But who will protect Amanda’s heart?
Alice Orr is known for Delicious Suspense Spiced with a Love Story.
She does it again in A Time of Fear and Loving.
A Time of Fear and Loving is Book 5 of the Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Series set in Riverton, New York featuring the Kalli and Miller families and the Women of West Main who will debut in Book 6. Find out more at www.aliceorrbooks.com.
Amazon Reviews of Alice’s Books.
“Alice Orr hits it out of the park. If you see her name, grab the book.”
“Kept me turning pages. So many twists of the plot kept me wondering what would happen next.”
“Anytime I see Alice Orr’s name on a book, I will be sure to pick it up. I know I am in for a great ride.”
Genre – Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings) – R.
Publisher. Alice Orr Books.
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Time-Fear-Loving-Riverton-Road-ebook/dp/B075FHBNK2

Alice Orr Social Media

Alice Orr is the author of 16 novels, 3 novellas, a memoir and No More Rejections: 50 Secrets to Writing a Manuscript that Sells. A former book editor and literary agent, Alice now lives her dream as a full-time writer. She has two grown children and two perfect grandchildren and resides with her husband Jonathan in New York City.
Website http://aliceorrbooks.com
Blog http://aliceorrbooks.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/aliceorrbooks
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aliceorrwriter
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/aliceorrwriter/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/256160.Alice_Orr
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Alice-Orr/e/B000APC22E

 

The Top Blogger for this month is Livia Quinn, who wins a month of free advertising on the blog. Our
Top Blogger of the Year in 2015 was Sabrina York, who won a year of free advertising
for 2016.

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Top Five Bloggers for the Month

Each month, the RLF Gems post ranks in the top ten, but is not
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to each one! There was a tie in fifth place.
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2 Kate Hill
3 Susan V Vaughn
4 Colleen Myers
5 MJ Schiller, MS Kaye
Honorable mention: Jennifer
A. Provost, Alice Orr

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About the Author

“Alice Orr is a brilliant writer who has a number one best seller in her pocket,” says one Amazon reviewer. Alice loves to write. Especially romantic suspense novels and blog posts. She’s been a workshop leader, book editor and literary agent. Now she lives her dream of writing full-time. So far she’s published fifteen novels, three novellas and a memoir – both traditionally and independently. Alice wrote her nonfiction book, No More Rejections: 50 Secrets to Writing a Manuscript that Sells, as a gift to the writers’ community. A revised edition is now in progress. Amazon says, “This book has it all.” And calls her novels, “Delicious well written suspense spiced with a love story.” Most of all, Alice is thrilled to hear from readers. Visit her website at http://www.aliceorrbooks.com. Alice has two grown children and two perfect grandchildren and lives with her husband Jonathan in New York City.

Interview with Alice Orr

Why did you write this book?
I’m fascinated by complicated families. You might call them messed-up families. I come from one. Many people I know come from one. The Kalli family is central to my Riverton Road series. They are definitely complicated, but they aren’t what I’d call messed-up because they’re all about love and loyalty. Vanessa (the heroine of A Villain for Vanessa) is a Kalli on one side, but she’s a Westerlo on the other. The Westerlo family is a mess in some pretty bizarre, maybe even evil ways. There’s been a murder in their midst after all. I wanted to find out how Vanessa would deal with being thrust into such a situation. Plus how she’d handle the added confusion of falling in love at the same time. Something similar once happened to me, minus the murder. Vanessa copes better than I did. Creating her and her story was my do-over opportunity.
What is your favorite genre to read?
My Suspense love affair began very innocently with reading Nancy Drew by flashlight under the covers. I’ve been a late-night reader ever since, and danger has always felt like the natural companion for darkness. The stakes are much higher in the stories I read now than they were for Nancy Drew. I also like a love story in the mix these days. Life or death? Happiness or heartbreak? That’s what keeps me turning pages, with or without a flashlight.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
She comes from the romantic side of my bookshelf. Though there’s suspense in her story and a lot at stake too. My favorite character is, and probably always will be, Katie Scarlett O’Hara. I have no excuse for it. I know she’s a bad girl. She’s selfish and willful. She’s a liar and a man-thief. She’s also strong and determined, and she refuses to give up no matter what obstacles are stacked in her path. Not even those dirty Yankees can stop her. I love her fire and her courage most of all. Like I said, I know she’s a bad girl. But I’ve heard that good girls go to heaven while bad girls go everywhere. Maybe I just want to go everywhere, or at least imagine I have.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I’ve begun to write Book 5 of my Riverton Road Romantic Suspense series. It’s called A Time for Fear and Feasting. In Book 3, I introduced a second Riverton family, the Millers of Miller’s Inn. Amanda is the middle daughter of that family. The solid, dependable daughter. Even through almost five years of widowhood, she could always be counted on as the chef at the Inn kitchen who never caused any personal heat for anybody. Now she’s ready to break away from all of that, especially from being taken for granted. A friend in serious danger gives Amanda one reason to explode out of the expected. An irresistible man named Jack gives her another.
Please tell us about your latest book.
A Villain for Vanessa by Alice Orr
A story of tangled roots and tormented love.
Two families are shaken to their roots. Vanessa Westerlo must find her roots. Bobby Rizzo is torn between Vanessa and his true roots. They are all tormented by love – past and too present. Meanwhile a man has been murdered. And that’s the most tormented tangle of all.
Alice Orr is known for “Delicious well written suspense spiced with a love story.”
She does it again in A Villain for Vanessa.
A Villain for Vanessa is Book 4 of the Riverton Road Romantic Suspense series set in Riverton, New York. This book features the Kalli family and the fortunate people who find safety and welcome at the Kalli homestead on Riverton Road. A Wrong Way Home is Book 1 of the series and A Year of Summer Shadows is Book 2. A Vacancy at the Inn is Book 3 and introduces the Miller family of Riverton Road Hill.

About the Book

Title A Villain for Vanessa – Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Book 4.
Genre Romantic Suspense
Author Alice Orr
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R) R.

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Lifted to the Light 
From Kayelle Allen: This week on Romance Lives Forever I’m sharing
stories by authors who have faced cancer either in themselves, or a family member.
The importance of friends and family, and having a support system is vital. One
key to success is being able to ask for help — and then being willing to accept
it. It’s a lesson I’ve had in my own life during various times. I don’t accept help
well. It’s something I fight with all the time. I’d like to think “I’ve got
this” but sometimes I don’t have as good a grip as I thought I did. I have
a friend who’s dealing with cancer right now. A friend’s brother died from cancer
last year. Cancer affects all of us. I hope I’m even half as good a friend as those
you’ll read about in this series.
I’m presenting these posts as an opportunity for the authors
to share their real life stories, as well as their fictional ones. There’s a short
list of ways you can show your support at the end of each post.

From Lifted to the Light

A Story of Struggle and Kindness. a Memoir by Alice Orr.
I’ve always loved the Statue of Liberty
because she stands so powerfully erect even though she’s profoundly alone. She holds
the lamp for others to see and guides them to a life of possibility. She does all
of that from a tiny island surrounded by rip tide currents and she does it on her
own. That was the woman I thought I should be.
I also thought I should be like my
grandmother Alice Jane Rowland Boudiette. She was a role model closer to home than
Liberty Island and warmer than copper and stone. My grandmother exemplified two
things for me. The first was service. “If you’re not making the world a better
place why are you here?” she’d say. The second was stoic strength. She did
everything for everybody – including me – and hardly anybody did anything for her.
This was my vision of strong womanhood
and what I should be. I should stand strong and steadfast. I should press on always
forward and I had to do all of that by myself. I didn’t resent this. I simply assumed
it was the way of things and kept on going – until I was stopped in my tracks by
a reality too formidable for me to power past in solo drive.
That reality was breast cancer and
in its clutches I would learn the most valuable lesson of my life so far – that
I am not on my own after all.
When I could no longer do for myself
others did for me. By accepting their deeds and my need of them I became more than
I’d ever been in all my years of prideful independence. I emerged from the experience
with a startling new vision of myself and of life.
I’m no longer the lone warrior woman
I once aspired to be. I no longer believe I have to wage solitary battle to make
my way. I know now that I have an army around me – an army I’ve come to think of
as my angels in human form. They’ve been with me always from Grandma on. I know
now that I haven’t been alone after all.
By the grace of that knowledge I have
been Lifted to the Light.
Alice Orr

Lifted to the Light, a Story of Struggle and Kindness

A Memoir by Alice Orr
At the beating heart of this moving story a woman struggles –
most mightily against herself.
All her life, Alice has taken care of herself and believes she
must always do so. Now she faces an adversary too formidable to battle alone. She
fights anyway with all of her strength, until that strength is gone. Caring individuals
appear, one by one, determined to help. As they reach out, she learns to reach back
and comes to think of these generous souls as her angels. When she’s too weak to
lift herself, they carry her through on wings of kindness.
Lifted to the Light is a real-life story of resilience and growth
in the face of terrifying circumstances. Each thread of powerful storytelling leads
to another in a dramatic, emotional read.

About Alice Orr

Alice Orr loves to write. Especially Romantic Suspense novels
of danger and romance. She’s well known as a workshop leader, book editor and former
literary agent. Now she lives her dream of writing full-time, especially romantic
suspense. Alice has published thirteen novels, three novellas and a memoir. About
her novels, Amazon says, “Alice Orr turns up the heat.” Alice also presents
workshops on writing for publication and/or pleasure. She is a former book editor
and literary agent. Alice has two grown children and two perfect grandchildren and
lives with her husband Jonathan in New York City. Most of all, Alice wants to hear
from readers.

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Other Alice Orr Books

A Wrong Way Home – Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Series Book
1 – the eBook – is free at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00T9RVGGC
It is also free at Barnes and Noble and iTunes and KOBO and other online platforms.
A Year of Summer Shadows – Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Series
Book #2 – is $2.99 at those same platforms including http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZBOTH5O
These are my 12th and 13th novels. Writing this series Lifts Me to the Light. Alice
Orr – www.aliceorrbooks.com

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