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Sneak Peek of Memory Makers by Debbie De Louise

Five people of various ages were gathered around a long table. I was surprised to see that a few of them weren’t old.

Dr. Murray followed me into the room. “Good morning, folks,” he greeted everyone. “I have a new member with us. Her name is Lauren. She’s just had her first injection. Please welcome her and introduce yourselves. We’ll start with Brian.” He nodded toward the dark-haired mustached man who sat by the empty sixth chair that I supposed I was meant to occupy.

“Please have a seat, Lauren. I don’t mind standing.”

I hesitated, feeling all the eyes in the room on me.

“Go ahead. They don’t bite.” He laughed at his weak attempt at humor.

I sat next to Brian. I noticed he had hazel eyes and a pleasant smile. I judged him to be in his early thirties.

“Hi, Lauren. As Dr. Murray said, my name is Brian. I’ve been here for two weeks and also have had one injection so far. The reason I’m participating is because they needed a test subject who had no history of Alzheimer’s or any type of dementia in his family.”

That was interesting. “Nice to meet you, Brian,” I said, wondering if I was supposed to explain my reason for being part of the Memory Maker’s trial.

Dr. Murray intervened before I could add anything. “Thanks, Brian. Let’s go around the table. Maureen, you’re next.”

I still felt uncomfortable in this room of strangers, but the petite black woman with the short, straight hair styled in a pageboy also had a welcoming smile. “Hello, Lauren. I hope we can be friends. I’m probably around your mother’s age. I’m 55. I asked to be part of this study because I’m aware of the statistics of blacks being twice as likely as whites to get Alzheimer’s and that women are likelier by two-thirds to come down with the disease than men. That puts me in a high-risk category. Although I’m not that old, my mother had early-onset Alzheimer’s at my age, and my dad passed away from the disease last year.”

“I’m sorry.”

Dr. Murray spoke again. “Thank you for sharing that, Maureen. Let’s move on to Virginia.”

Virginia, sitting next to Maureen, was more like a candidate I expected in the program. She appeared to be in her early seventies with a full head of white hair and blue eyes that appeared vacant.

“Virginia, this is Lauren. Can you tell her a little about yourself?” he said in a voice that sounded like he was talking to a child. It seemed strange coming out of a man who always spoke so professionally.

“Is she in my class?” Virginia asked looking confused.

“She’s in the trial,” Dr. Murray said. Glancing at me, he added in a low voice, “Virginia thinks she’s in school. Her family admitted her. She was in a nursing home previously.”

“Hello, Virginia. It’s nice to meet you.”

The vacant eyes met mine. “Who’s Virginia? Are you Virginia?”

Dr. Murray shook his head. “Let’s move on to Bill.” He looked toward the man who appeared to be about the same age as Virginia. He was bald with glasses riding his nose.

“Hello, Lauren. I’m Bill. I was recently diagnosed with dementia. So far, I have pretty good recall, but I’m starting to forget little things, a few short-term memories. I also just had my first injection. I haven’t noticed any effects yet.”

“You know this treatment takes time,” the doctor assured him. “How about you, Jake? Can you tell Lauren something about yourself?”

The man next to Bill was younger, mid-fifties, around Maureen’s age. He had thinning gray hair and a nose that looked as if it had been broken in his youth. “Lauren,” he said, “It’s a pleasure to meet you. I wish you luck in the program. I’m here because I used to be a drug addict. They effected my memory. I have problems remembering my past. Long-term recall, they term it.”

“Drugs can work that way,” Dr. Murray explained. “Normal memory loss is usually short term. That’s the type we typically see in dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. It can vary in those whose memory is affected by drug use. Jake has been clean for ten years, but the effects of the narcotics have taken a toll on him.”

I nodded. “Thanks for sharing, Jake. I wish you luck, too.”

“Well, then,” Dr. Murray said pasting that phony smile on his face that was intended to make me

feel at ease, “Let’s go to the dining room and begin the morning activities.

Memory Makers

by Debbie De Louise

Genre: Mystery


Twenty-five years ago, Lauren Phelps and her sister Patty were kidnapped from their backyard on Long Island. Lauren escaped her captor, but Patty was killed.

Ever since, Lauren has suffered from nightmares of the “Shadow Man.” Trying to recall his face and avenge her sister’s murder, Lauren, now a kidnapping investigator, enrolls in a clinical trial for a new memory drug.

At the offices of Memory Makers in California, she receives the injections of the Memory Makers’ serum, and begins to experience flashbacks of repressed memories. Along with the flashbacks, she receives threats from an anonymous source that point back to her childhood trauma.

Soon, Lauren becomes involved with a fellow trial participant who seeks to recall his own traumatic past. But can Lauren discover the identity of the “Shadow Man” before history repeats itself?

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Debbie De Louise is an award-winning author and a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, Sisters-in-Crime, and the Cat Writer’s Association. She has a BA in English and an MLS in Library Science from Long Island University. Her seven published novels include the 4 books of her Cobble Cove cozy mystery series: A Stone’s Throw, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Written in Stone, and Love on the Rocks, her paranormal romance, Cloudy Rainbow, her mystery thriller Reason to Die, and her latest psychological mystery, Sea Scope. She also published a romantic comedy novella featuring a jewel heist caper, When Jack Trumps Ac. Debbie has also written articles and short stories for several anthologies of various genres. She is currently querying agents to represent the first book of a new cozy mystery series. She lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and three cats.

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Sneak Peek of Your Move by Ravyn Salvador


Saturday dawned bright and full of possibility, despite the craziness of the last few days. Mel snuggled Dorian for a minute, the kitten rolling over and putting a paw on her face without even opening his eyes, before she got out of bed. Wrapping herself in her robe, she walked to the window. It was sunny and vivid outside, the colors of the leaves still remaining on the trees a shocking contrast to the clear sky. Everything looked high-definition. A flush of happiness rushed through Mel. Yeah, today would be just what she needed.

Glancing at the clock, she saw that she had about two hours before the vinyasa yoga class she liked at Zentangle on the strip. She’d have some breakfast, then change, grab her stuff, and head on over. If she planned it right, she could go straight to Willow River afterwards and enjoy the afternoon by the waterfall. It may get chilly, but if she bundled up, she’d be fine, and the brisk, fresh air and nature would do her some good. She’d been cooped up way too much lately.

As her tea steeped, she let her mind wander and couldn’t stop the guilt that suddenly swarmed her, making her stomach quiver. She should be in the office, trying to track down the psychopath wreaking havoc on her town and those beyond. But she was on call. She’d have her phone, and if anyone needed her, she could be available in a heartbeat. There were no new leads to run down, and they were waiting for information from several outside resources before they could take the next steps.

Next steps made her once again think of Vaughn. He didn’t seem far from her thoughts these days, and she wondered why. Maybe the stress of everything had lowered her guard and made her yearn for the happiness he’d brought her. Yet, in her heart of hearts, she still wasn’t sure that they could have worked. She had been entirely focused on her job and getting ahead as selfish as that may sound, and he was always traveling for work, following this story or that. Despite the inferno between them, and the true affection that came with it, Mel had never felt longevity there. Though, lately, she’d begun to wonder if it was just her self-doubt and assumptions of her shortcomings that had created that. Or maybe her need to overthink things and find fault where there really wasn’t any.

Mel shook her head to get herself out of her reverie. She obviously needed to get laid. Too bad that wasn’t who she was. She wished she were the type of person who could just use a guy for what they both needed and appreciate both it and him, but emotions came into play in a big way for her. Obviously too much, since it seemingly made her overthink everything. And then run.

Enough, Mel. Just stop and enjoy your day.

Dressed in a cute, gothic pair of leggings and a mesh tank and sports bra, Mel grabbed her stuff, petted Dorian goodbye as he ate, and headed out.

Just as she got into the Jeep, her cell rang. Her heart sank. No, no, no, not now! Rooting around in her purse, she found the phone at the bottom and lifted it out just as the ringing stopped. She glanced at the screen, her hands shaking a bit with apprehension and anger before she saw the readout. Kingsley. Mel let out a breath. Not work, then. Thank the stars.

Once situated in the car with her Bluetooth connected, Mel rang Kingsley back as she drove to Quarter and Main.

“Hey, Mel,” Kingsley said upon answering. “Did I disturb you? I know it’s early on a Saturday, but you’re usually up at the crack of dawn every day.”

“Not at all. I’m actually on my way to yoga. What’s up?” Mel checked her blind spot and merged onto the highway, thinking it’d be faster than taking back roads all the way to Zentangle.

“Nothing. Just missed you. Making sure we’re still on for tomorrow.”

“Aw, I miss you, too. We’re definitely on. As I told Rhynn, the only thing that will keep me away is if something happens with the case. But for now, we’re just waiting on things, so we’re good to go.”

Mel heard Kingsley giving her husky, Denali, some breakfast and opening and closing the fridge. “Um, hey, are you dating anyone right now?”

Mel raised an eyebrow, even though Kingsley couldn’t see it, and sucked in her lips before answering. “No-o-o-o, why do you ask?”

“So, here’s the thing,” Kingsley started, her high school teacher-voice in full effect, “Rhynn has this buddy from U of M. He’s a great guy. He hasn’t been around in years because he’s been off doing his thing, trying to become the next Edgar Award winner or something, but he’s back in town. I think you two might like each other. How do you feel about tomorrow kind of being a blind date of sorts?”

Mel sighed. She knew Kingsley was coming from a good place, a place where the woman cared about her friend and just wanted her to be happy, but Mel had no desire to be set up with anyone. It wasn’t that she didn’t trust Kingsley’s judgment, and if this guy and Rhynn were still friends after all of these years, he was probably a great dude, but that just wasn’t Mel’s thing.

“Kingsley, I love you. I really do. But I’m not looking for anything right now. I am thrilled to meet him. Rhynn couldn’t hide his happiness the other day about having his buddy back in town, but I’m not looking to date. Especially not right now. This case is taking up all of my time and energy.”

Kingsley sighed on the other end of the line. “I get it, Mel. But I had to try. We’ll still have a great time, and I really think you will like him. He’s awesome. Okay, I gotta run. Landry’s up, and I think Rhynn’s making cranberry-orange pancakes. See you tomorrow.”

“Bye, chica. Have a good one. I’ll be there just as soon as I can tomorrow after I take care of a couple of things.”

Just as she disconnected, Mel pulled into the Zentangle parking lot and headed in for the class she’d been looking forward to since yesterday morning.

Your Move
Willow Falls Book 1
by Ravyn Salvador
Genre: Contemporary Mystery Romance

Their past is the key to everything, but the move to the future has yet to be made.

Years ago, Detective Melisandre Watson made a decision to walk away from the love of her life, but she never stopped thinking about him. Now, embroiled in the biggest case of her life, she suddenly realizes how alone she really is and wonders about her life choices. It doesn’t matter, though. Vaughn Romano is gone, and no other man has ever made her feel the way he did.

When Mel’s case suddenly takes an interesting turn, she starts to doubt everything in her life. She can’t catch the perp, she has another mystery she can’t seem to solve, and her love life is non-existent. But then fate intervenes, making her face something that she never thought to confront again, and bringing up things and feelings from her past she thought long forgotten.

The onus is on her. The question is, will she make the right move and choose love?

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Rayvn Salvador is a lifelong bibliophile who left her eighteen-year IT career in Software Quality Assurance to live her dream: getting paid to read as a full-time editor (done as her alter ego), and to write when the mood strikes. She lives in Florida with three crazy cats and her incredibly supportive beau, dreaming about the Midwest’s changing leaves as she perfects her yoga poses on the beach.

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Book Spotlight of Mermaids Marry in Green by Alice Renaud

Mermaids Marry in Green
Sea of Love Book 3
by Alice Renaud
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Caltha the fierce shape shifting mermaid has no time for romance… but Jonty the warlock has a few tricks up his sleeve!
Caltha Dooran is the toughest, fiercest shape-shifting mermaid in the western seas. She has three Clans to rule, and no time for romance. But when a warlock, Jonty, turns up and asks her to come with him to London to capture a water monster, she can’t say no. In London, away from her duties, her attraction for Jonty grows… and they soon fall under each other’s spell. But will his past and her responsibilities pull them apart, or can they find the only true magic, the one that binds two souls together?
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Music For a Merman
Sea of Love Book 2
Rob Regor knew that humans were trouble. All the shape-shifting mermen of the Morvann Islands knew it. And human women were double trouble, especially when they were lying on the road in front of a digger.”
Rob has a mission. Go to the mainland. Work as a policeman. Find out as much as possible about the mainland humans. Report back to his father, the head of the Regor Clan. It should be easy.
Until he has to arrest Charlie. Rob can’t fight his attraction to the sexy eco-warrior, and it puts him on one hell of a collision course with his family and his Clan. Will he break the rules – or break her heart, and his?
A Merman’s Choice
Sea of Love Book 1
For centuries the shape-shifting mermen of the Morvann Islands have lived incognito among humans. But one of them, Yann, has developed some bad habits. Like rescuing humans, even when doing so risks revealing his true nature. When he fishes Alex out of the sea, he doesn’t expect her to reappear eight months later, and turn his life upside down by asking him to be her guide.
Alex is determined to fulfill a promise to her dying grandmother, by gathering pictures and stories of the Morvanns. But she soon discovers that, on these remote Welsh islands, legends have a habit of becoming true!
Over the course of a few days, Yann and Alex grow close. But some mermen hate humans. Their hostility, and Yann’s secret, threaten to tear the couple apart just as they are discovering that they are soul mates. Can Yann overcome the obstacles in his path and make the right choice?
Alice lives in London, UK, with her husband and son. By day she’s a compliance manager for a pharmaceutical company. By night she writes fantasy romance about shape shifting mermen, water monsters and time-travelling witches. Her first book, “A Merman’s Choice,” was published in January 2019 by Black Velvet Seductions. It is the first book in a fantasy romance trilogy inspired by the landscapes and legends of Brittany and Wales. The second book, “Music for a Merman,” is out now and the third, “Mermaids Marry in Green,” will be released on 1 November. Alice has also written a short story, “The Sweetest Magic of All,” included in the BVS “Mystic Desire” anthology, out now. Alice loves reading and writing stories, and sharing them with anyone who’s interested!
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Author Ja’nese Dixon shares Play to Win

Play to Win
Southern Gentlemen Book 1
by Ja’Nese Dixon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kamal’s an ex-football player. Jayda’s a single mother uninterested in
another relationship until she sees Kamal with her daughter.
Every rejection will only make his victory sweeter. He plans to lick,
taste, and devour her like the delicacy she is until the world, her
ex, and Jayda recognize his name tatted on every inch of her curvy body.
Kamal never plays by halves, and Jayda has a thing or two to show this
deviously handsome player. But when the past runs an interference,
they’ll learn in matters of the heart there are no rules.
USA Today Bestselling author, Ja’Nese Dixon pens tales of romance
in various subgenres, including romantic suspense and sweet romance.
But her favorites are the ones that manage to keep readers sitting on
the edge of their seats lying to themselves about reading “just one
more chapter”.
She is an avid reader and coffee drinker living in Houston, Texas with her husband,
three children, and diva dog. Visit her at
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