Make an Elvis Song into a Book Contest @mimibarbour #ElvisPresley #Contest

Elvis**After I listened to an old Elvis Presley hit called She’s Not You, I couldn’t get the words out of my head. Finally, it came to me. The sentiments were so beautiful that the story they told should be written. So, I wrote the first chapter and the song stopped haunting me. I released book #1 of the Elvis Series late in Nov.   

When it came time to decide which of Elvis’s song should be chosen for Book #2, I decided who better than the readers themselves to make the choice.

 ~Mimi **

 “Make an Elvis song into a book contest!” 

Fresh Fiction 

Here it is live for the whole month of February. 

Please let all your friends know about it! 

Tell your mom and her pals who grew up with the King! 

Share this link with your Facebook buddies and twitter followers.

It’ll be fun to see which of his songs will grace the cover of  

Book #2 in Mimi Barbour’s Elvis series.

Here’s what the winner will receive:

  1. The winner will have his/her favorite song chosen as the title and theme for the next book in the Elvis series.
  2. It will be dedicated to the winner.
  3. And their name will be used for one of the characters. 
Video of Elvis singing – Book #1 She’s Not You


#NewRelease–The sequel to Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder–FOREVER DOOMED– #Mystery #Romance #Kindle #Nook

Cover and Back Cover Blurb Mock Up TWOFinally, my second book–Forever Doomed–has been released. It’s currently available on and at B& Also, it will soon be available in paperback. If you double click on the image here, you’ll be able to read the back-cover blurb. (Canada)

This is the sequel to Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder. You don’t have to read my first book to enjoy my second, but a lot of the characters from the first book are in Forever Doomed. So, you might want to read them both. They only cost $2.99 for Kindle/Nook, and the Forever Doomed paperback will only be $12.00. Also, on Amazon, if you buy the paperback, you get the Kindle version for only 99 cents. Something to think about. The paperback version should be available sometime after December 4th.

This is a murder mystery set on a cruise ship. It has some romance and humor in it too, but mostly mystery. I hope you buy it, I hope you really enjoy it. 🙂







Cover Reveal! Sequel to Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder–Forever Doomed. #Mystery #Suspense Some #Romance

Forever_Doomed_ebook_amazon_goodreadsThe long awaited sequel to Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder. Forever Doomed will be published on/about 2 Dec. It will be available on, and soon after available on B&, and in paperback.

It’s not wise to wander the cruise ship Forever alone at night. You might not live to see daylight.

Detective Jack Harney agrees to do an old Army buddy a favor. Curt Noble had some personal business to attend to, he didn’t say what. What he did say was he needed someone to temporarily take over his duties as head of security on the struggling cruise ship Forever. Jack hesitates, but he owes Curt his life so agrees. He’s told the worst mischief he can expect to encounter will be the occasional shoplifter, or drunk. Instead, one week into the cruise, a beautiful red head and a member of the crew are ruthlessly murdered. Are the two murders connected? It’s up to Jack to find out. He must find the killer before the ship returns to Tampa’s port, or worse, before another dead body is found. This won’t be easy. The ship is old, it’s security systems outdated, and clues are few, or so it seems at first

It’s not just a sense of obligation that motivates Jack to agree to Curt’s request; Jack moved thousands of miles, started over, and still can’t get Amy O’Brian out of his heart or mind. When she shows up on the ship, as part of a large wedding party, Jack must fight to stay focused. To make matters worse, Amy isn’t his only distraction; a sexy and mysterious woman has made it her mission to seduce Jack.

As the body count rises, and time slips away, Jack has to ask himself, “Did someone commit the perfect crime?”







Reno/Tahoe Magazine–Fantastic Exposure for Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder #Reno #Tahoe #romance

In the Nov/Dec issue of Reno Magazine is a full page ad for me and my book.

I spent my teen years living in Reno NV. My first job was working at the Circus Circus. I also worked at the Peppermill for a while. I love Reno, that’s why my book is set there. If you live in the Reno/Tahoe area, you should pick up a copy of this magazine. The full page ad is below, but seeing it here doesn’t really do it justice. It looks really cool in the magazine.

Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder is a romantic mystery. It’s just $2.99 for your Kindle or Nook. Please Purchase today. Thank you.

Reno Mag

Author Spotlight: The Manhattan Puzzle by author Laurence O’Bryan @LPOBRYAN

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What has been hidden in Manhattan by the most powerful people on earth?
What would you do to a Manhattan banker who treated ordinary people like slaves?
What magic is buried under Manhattan that allows it to rise again from anything the world throws at it?

BXH Bank building, Manhattan, vehicle entrance visible under the arch. BXH Bank
Image © LP O’Bryan

The story sees Sean and Isabel (my characters from The Istanbul Puzzle and The Jerusalem Puzzle) reunited in Manhattan at the headquarters of one of the world’s largest banks, BXH. There’s been some grisly murders, and now the plot takes a new twist. The contents of the book they found in Istanbul are revealed.

Relationships are under stress everywhere, but few of us will face what Isabel has to face when Sean goes missing.

There is violence from the start in The Manhattan Puzzle too, but the opening has a woman inflicting it on a man. I’m tired of reading about men inflicting sexual violence on women. I think it’s time for the handcuffs to swap wrists. And they certainly do in The Manhattan Puzzle.

My personal journey with this story grew out of my disgust at the financial crisis that has brought many so low. I am interested in the myths and the beliefs of those who value money above everything.

But The Manhattan Puzzle is about other things too. For instance, what would you do if your partner didn’t come home one night? And what would you think if the police turned up at your door the next day looking for him?

But don’t get me wrong. I love Manhattan. It’s a city in a snow globe of dollar bills. I hope you find The Manhattan Puzzle entertaining and interesting.

To purchase The Manhattan Puzzle click here:

Link to the first chapter, but be warned, it contains strong violence:
Visit Laurence O’Bryan’s website click here:

About The Author:
Laurence O’Bryan’s roots go back to a small estate deep in the Mountains of Mourne, near the Silent Valley, inLOB Picture County Down, Northern Ireland.

He went to school in Dublin, drank way too much, studied English and history, then business, then IT at Oxford University. While a student, Laurence worked as a kitchen porter in a club near the Bank of England.

He was first published by a school newspaper when he was ten. He also published a guide to social media called, Social Media is Dynamite.

In 2007 Laurence won the Outstanding Novel Submitted award at the Southern California writer’s conference. He flew back to Ireland on cloud 999. It wasn’t about the money, since there wasn’t any. It was about knowing he was on the right track.

His research has taken him all over the world, from San Francisco to deep inside the Muslim world. He likes looking at the stars and listening to the stories of strangers.

“I hope you enjoy my novels, and my guide to social media.”

#Giveaway! From the author of MOCHA, MOONLIGHT, AND MURDER. #romance #mystery

Hello! Welcome to my website. I’m hosting a Giveaway on my author Facebook page:

Go there for a chance to win:
A cool coffee mug; neat because it’s black, but turns white with hot liquid, and has the book title on it, a T-shirt like the one shown here, Tshirt and a copy of Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder (eBook).


Simple to enter. Just click on the blue Giveaway tab for instructions.

Sneak Peek at Book Two of the Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder series #Mystery #Romance #Kindle

Friday evening
The woman wore a long grey overcoat, and next to nothing underneath it. She was relieved when the elevator she’d entered was empty, and thankful for the costume ball that was going on. She’d heard that most of the staff would be working the party, and that they’d be allowed to eat there, so the cafeteria was closed. She was still nervous. She’d been told in no uncertain terms to not enter the cafeteria once it closed, but she’d gotten sidetracked and hadn’t gotten down there earlier. Now, she’d need to sneak.

When she arrived at the second floor, it was very quiet and empty. Just as she’d expected. She couldn’t help wondering what the big deal was? She’d go in, get the cake, and be gone. She realized the problem once she’d pushed through the cafeteria doors; it was very dark. They were probably worried she’d trip or something. The kitchen lights were on, she used them to guide her across the room. If someone was in there, she’d just take her overcoat off; one look at her nearly naked body would get her out of any trouble she might be in. However, she hoped the room was empty and luckily it was. She looked around, her fake cake would likely be in the pantry. Then again, she had done gigs where the cake had actually been kept in the refrigerators alongside the real cakes. Go figure.

Just as she was about to open the pantry, she heard someone at the back door. She had just a second to decide what to do; hide in the pantry or stay and prepare to explain why she was there. Being a stripper paid the bills, but it wasn’t something she was proud of. When she danced in front of drunk men, she felt detached. They didn’t know her, and she didn’t know them. But, standing there in the kitchen, she didn’t really relish the thought of having to either talk her way out of trouble or flash her way out. She’d also had one or two unpleasant experiences, it was never a really good idea for a stripper to find herself alone with a man she didn’t know.

She quickly opened the pantry door and stepped inside. Oh, good, my cake. By the sound of the wind, rain and even the occasional thunder outside, she could tell the back door had finally been opened. She opened the pantry door an inch and peeked out. A tall, muscular man was there, he was making a sandwich. She’d just wait him out. The lights in the kitchen flickered on and off, then on again. Suddenly, another man came into the kitchen. Jeez, I’m never gonna get out of here. The tone of his voice concerned her, he seemed annoyed, maybe even angry.

“What are you doing in here?” she heard him ask.

At least I’m not the only person in the kitchen that’s not supposed to be here. The other man didn’t answer, he just picked up a rolling pin and hit the guy on the side of the head, hard. The man fell to the floor with a thud. His head lay just outside where she was hidden, through the crack in the door, she could see blood on the side of his head, and his eyes wide open and vacant. She swallowed hard, and willed herself not to freak out. She’d need all her composure so she didn’t give herself away. She watched, shocked, as the big man picked up the dead guy like he was a sack of potatoes, and walked outside.

She wasn’t thinking straight. Should she wait, see if he was coming back? Should she run like hell and hope he didn’t see? She did what any good stripper would do. She went to the other side of her cake, bent down, and with all her strength pushed that cake out of the pantry, through the kitchen, and out of the cafeteria. She pulled the hood up on her overcoat and kept it there until she arrived at her destination.

Win a signed copy of MOCHA, MOONLIGHT, AND MURDER #Romance #Mystery #Kindle

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to check out this giveaway. It’s pretty easy. If you go to my author Facebook page, ( you’ll see a blue tab that says Giveaway. Just click on it for instructions on how to enter to win a signed copy of my book.

MOCHA, MOONLIGHT, AND MURDER is primarily a romance, but there is a mystery sub-plot that everyone seems to like. See description below:

Instead of feeding her late-night appetite, a midnight food run nearly gets 28-year-old Katherine O’Brian killed. She’s the only person to see the man who brutally murdered a local woman, and the killer is hell-bent on making sure she doesn’t talk.

Scott Mitchell left a broken engagement behind when he moved to Reno, and the last thing he needs is more melodrama. But when he and Katherine are paired for a college project, that’s what he gets. It can be very distracting when someone is out to kill your lab partner. Together, they try to figure out what the police haven’t been able to—the identity of the murderer. Passion flares, but with Katherine’s life in danger, romance seems like more than a bad idea.

Scott and Katherine will face jealousy, misunderstandings, lust, and rivals, not to mention attempted murder—and all before their first real date.

In June, this book was given away for free on Amazon. It reached #8 on the Top 100 Free book list. It reached #2 in Romantic Suspense, and #1 in New Adult. Just so you know, it only costs $2.99 for Kindle users. Good luck.