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King of the Mardi Gras

Eden Freed is working on a few exciting projects.  In the mean time she has some Short Stories From Eden’s Garden, just to hold you over, till then.

Just a quick taste or a tease if you would, her short stories debut with:

The King of the Mardi Gras, now available on Kindle.


“Phillip!” she screamed for the stagehand as I walked in wearing my best wool suit and closed the door behind myself. Lydia Thompson faced her fair share of gentleman callers since her Burlesque troupe, the British Blonds, arrived in the United States but I was decidedly different. I was greedier than most and she looked at me with uneasy eyes.

“Cher, don’t be frightened. I am here to make a business proposition. We would love to feature you and your troupe in New Orleans.”

Lydia relaxed a little and laughed, “Then, you, sir, are wasting…

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Cover Reveal for Caridad Pineiro and One Summer Night

Fantasy and Reality Blog is proud to host NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Caridad Pineiro with over a million books sold worldwide in her cover reveal. Read and enjoy.


Maggie Sinclair has tried everything to save her family’s business. Her options are dwindling, and she needs someone who can turn things around—fast. Problem is, the only person who can help her is trouble with a capital T. The Sinclair and Pierce families have been feuding for nearly 30 years, but that hasn’t stopped Jax Pierce from noticing Maggie. And he likes what he sees—a lot. But getting involved would mean risking his family, his inheritance, and above all, his heart. Can Maggie and Jax keep their simmering attraction at bay—or will mixing business and pleasure bring nothing but heartache?


With keen interest, Owen Pierce took note of the three women as they hurried away from the dais and into the Sinclair mansion.

“Put your eyes back in your head, Bro. She’s nothing but trouble,” Jon warned in low tones.

Owen bit back the retort that if anyone knew about trouble, it was his brother. Jonathan had always marched to a different drummer and had set out on his own as a teenager to explore what he wanted out of life. Now a successful entrepreneur, he had captured the media’s attention with his innovative designs and daring adventures. That left Owen to shoulder most of the burden of the family’s real estate business, as well as deal with his father’s anger over Jonathan’s latest newsworthy escapade.

He envied his brother’s carefree spirit and determination, especially as Maggie Sinclair marched back onto the patio with her friends, an angry bride, and an obviously inebriated groom. Both the bride and groom looked far from happy as they approached the elaborate multi-tiered wedding cake that had been wheeled out to the middle of the makeshift dance floor.

He worried the bride might plunge the long knife she held into her new husband, but luckily for the newlyweds, Maggie directed the blade toward the cake.

Jon playfully elbowed him. “Seriously, Owen. She’s not for you. Father declared the Sinclairs off-limits ages ago. He would have a stroke if he thought the two of you were involved.”

Involved with Maggie Sinclair, Owen thought and sighed with regret.

In a way, he’d been involved with her forever. He’d like to chalk it all up to a sloppy, hurried, and stolen kiss at eighteen and the allure of forbidden fruit. But since that kiss, he’d watched her mature into a smart, beautiful woman. One who was willing to work hard for the town and business she cared about as well as friends and family. With every encounter, he’d grown more intrigued with the person Maggie had become.

But his father had come down hard on them about mingling with the Sinclairs right after Maggie’s mother’s death. For years, they’d been unable to come to their Sea Kiss home, and even when they’d returned, they’d done so without their father, who refused to be so close to the family he thought had wronged him.

Not that Owen expected that Jon would kowtow to such rules, since his brother was the kind of man who didn’t hesitate to take what he wanted.

He arched a brow and met his brother’s blue-eyed gaze, which glittered with a mix of undisguised challenge and amusement. “Do you think you’re the only one entitled to a little adventure in your life?” he said.

Jon chuckled. “My kind of adventure is way safer than what you may be considering.”

“Why’s that, Li’l Bro?” he asked, appreciating the sight of Maggie in a dusty-rose gown that hugged dangerous curves. Her chestnut-brown hair fell to her shoulders in soft waves and framed ice-blue eyes and a sassy, sexy face that snared his attention every time he saw her.

Jonathan took a last sip of his champagne and barely stifled another laugh. With a shake of his head, he replied, “Because all I risk is an occasional broken bone, but that…”  He jerked his head in Maggie’s direction as she stepped back beside Connie and Emma.  “That will break your heart.”

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Caridad Bio:

Caridad Pineiro is a transplanted Long Island girl who has fallen in love with pork roll and the Jersey Shore, but still can’t get the hang of tomato pies. When Caridad isn’t taking long strolls along the boardwalk to maintain her sanity and burn off that pork roll, she’s also a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author with over a million books sold worldwide. Caridad is passionate about writing and helping others explore and develop their skills as writers. She is a founding member of the Liberty States Fiction Writers and has presented workshops at the RT Book Club Convention, Romance Writers of America National Conference as well as various writing organizations throughout the country. You can connect with Caridad at You can also find Caridad on:

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In the Garden of Eden

By Phanuel

  • I woke in the Garden of Eden
  • Found flowers around, straight from heaven
  • The choice was mine, which one to take
  • To cherish and love, for my own sake.
  • I looked around this dazzling patch,
  • The one I pick shall be my match.
  • The colorful play of charming petals,
  • Shining and sparkling like precious metals.
  • The shimmer of leafs and diamond glow
  • Soft and tender like flakes of snow
  • I finally picked one, a true work of art
  • Lifted it gently into my heart.
  • The one I took was a white rose.
  • My mind rejoiced for what I chose
  • I cuddled it gently in palm of my hand
  • Knowing my love will last till the end.
  • But as I walked with my loving flower
  • My eyes got struck by red gleaming shower
  • I looked that way, for I was puzzled,
  • And saw the source of that dazzle.
  • It was the one I did not see!
  • It made my soul cry inside of me.
  • A wonderful rose, its color red
  • It shattered my heart, and then it bled.
  • Its beauty was grand, simply divine,
  • Yet I could not take it, it wouldn’t be mine.
  • For choice I made, was done and sealed
  • The garden had ruled: one flower to yield.
  • I cried at my loss, angry with fate
  • Turning on White Rose all of my hate.
  • In anger and loath I trampled my flower
  • And stomped away feeling all sour
  • I left the Garden and its beauty behind
  • Then realized I was stupid and blind
  • It our fault we don’t rejoice
  • When exercising the freedom of choice

Fantasy is so Tiresome

By Phanuel


I stretch my hand, and almost can touch you

Yet, I miss you

Each day I behold the face that is you

Yet, I miss you

I hear your voice, and can speak to you

Yet, I miss you


julietzWhen your laughter fills my ears

It brings me to tears

When you speak of your troubles and your fears

It brings me to tears

When I think that I have known you for years

It brings me to tears


You confide your joys and heartbreaks

While my soul weeps and quakes

You speak of achievements and mistakes

While my soul weeps and quakes

Sometimes you’re true, sometimes you’re fake

No matter which, it still makes my soul quake.


So close to you, yet so far indeed

I’m lost in my anguish, my heart starts to bleed

Each moment that passes, I can’t move either way

I fear what you think, or what you may say


I stand proud, with smile on my face

Yet I’d rather be in another place.

I joke and laugh, appear to be at ease

While my heart sinks to its knees.

I listen to all you have to say

But in truth, I’m trying to run away.


I have become an empty vase

How much more will I debase

How long will I persist in my lies

While all around me withers and dies.


I am burned out from passions fire

Dead and cold to my desire.

Would you ever wonder why?

That’s because deep inside, I know: you’ll  never be mine.

Cover Reveal for Jenn Nixon’s Mind: The Reckoning

Baldwin Bates has only wanted one thing since joining MIND, to take care of his friends and keep them all safe. While the MIND team is busy dealing with an emergence of psychic MindTheReckoningand alien activity, Bates takes his first solo assignment searching for a woman who claims to see the future, only to botch it up and let her get away.

After helping to destroy an alien device called the Transcender, Lexa Quinn wakes from a two-week coma a very different person than she was before. While her abilities grow stronger, her feelings for Bates begin to interfere with the MIND team’s mission putting everyone at risk. Secrets from her past threaten the present and future, forcing Lexa to decide who she is and where she belongs.

When a powerful, ancient enemy lays claim to the Earth and brings his judgment upon the population, Bates, Lexa, and the entire MIND team must do whatever it takes to save the human race before the reckoning is complete.

#SciFi #Romance #Series

Release Date: October 2016

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MIND: The Beginning (Bk1) 

MIND: The Emergence (Bk2)


BIO: Jenn often adds a thriller and suspense element to anything she writes be it Romance, Science Fiction, or Fantasy. When not writing, she spends her time reading, observing pop culture, playing with her two dogs, and working on various charitable projects in her home state of New Jersey.



#bestbooks Author: Ellen Dreyer

The Glow Stone

Dreyer, Ellen

Fifteen-year-old Phoebe Bernstein (a.k.a. Spider) has been collecting rocks since she was a child. She keeps her prized specimens in a musty underground garage, stored in the drawers of an old desk that was a gift from her beloved young uncle, Bradford.

Ellen Dreyer1-usBut Bradford’s sudden death triggers a chain of events that threaten to overwhelm Spider and her family. As her grieving mother descends into depression, her older sister remains remote and her father strangely silent. The pressure grows even worse when Spider unwittingly discovers a disturbing family secret. On the weekend of Bradford’s tombstone unveiling, Spider tries to escape for a while-and becomes hopelessly lost while exploring a labyrinth of caves. In the utter blackness she hears a strangely familiar voice beckoning her deeper into the mysterious but oddly welcoming underground world. Soon she will learn the truth about what happened to Uncle Bradford…but will she ever find her way out of the darkness?

Ellen Dreyer has written a dramatic, page-turning adventure that explores the unbreakable bonds that hold families together, even after death.

About the Author: ELLEN DREYER is a freelance editor and the author of several picture and chapter books, including Making Lily Laugh, Speechless in New York, and The Knee-High Man. She also teaches creative writing to elementary and junior high school classes. She lives in Maplewood, New Jersey. The Glow Stone is her first novel for young adults..