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Scattered Legacy; An irresistible page turner and a successful melding of thriller and romance

Thursday, November 18th, 2021



Series Book 3

Marlene M. Bell

Mystery, International Adventure

outsiders, the relationship between Manhattan antiquities
assessor Annalisse Drury and sports car magnate Alec
 must look carefree and glamorous. In reality, it’s a
love affair regularly punctuated by treasure hunting, action-packed
adventure, and the occasional dead body.

Alec schedules an overseas trip to show Annalisse his mother’s
birthplace in Bari, Italy, he squeezes in the high-stakes business of
divesting his family’s international corporation. But things go
terribly wrong as murder makes its familiar reappearance in their
lives – and this time it’s Alec’s disgraced former CFO who’s
the main suspect.

by friend and detective Bill Drake, Annalisse and Alec find
themselves embroiled in a behind-closed-doors conspiracy that
threatens the reputation and legacy of Alec’s late father –
linking him to embezzlement, extortion, and the dirty business of the
Sicilian Mafia. The search for the truth sends the trio straight into
riddles, secrets, and an historic set of rosary beads. Annalisse
leads Alec toward a discovery that is unthinkable, and events that
will change their futures forever.

the third in Marlene M. Bell’s thrilling 
Annalisse series,
which weaves romance, crime, and historical mystery into addictive
tales to instantly captivate fans of TV show 
Bones or
Dan Brown’s 
Da Vinci Code

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Series Book 2

find her missing aunt, she has to unearth the secrets of the past.
But lies and deceit run though the very heart of their town…

started out as a promising relationship with adventurer and tycoon
Alec Zavos has fizzled into an uncertain future for antiquities
expert Annalisse Drury. Returning to Walker Farm in Upstate New York
to see her Aunt Kate should have been a welcome homecoming and
distraction. Instead, she finds the childhood home she expected to
inherit is for sale, without her permission. What’s worse, Kate’s
ranch manager makes a gruesome discovery in the barn: the body of an
unidentified man, dead by foul play.

turns in Alec’s direction for help. She and her aunt shelter on his
estate in the Catskills while the authorities canvass the scene. But
when Kate herself disappears without a trace, Annalisse fears the
worst: that one of the many secrets of her hometown has ensnared her
family—a secret someone is willing to kill for to keep hidden.

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Series Book 1

author Bell delivers a great, slow-building romance, gently examining
her characters’ painful pasts.”

Kirkus Reviews

die, but legends live on.

York antiquities appraiser Annalisse Drury recently lost her best
friend to murder. The killer’s identity may be linked to her
friend’s expensive missing bracelet—a 500-year-old artifact that
carries an ancient curse, one that unleashes evil upon any who dare
wear the jewelry created for the Persian royal family.

later, Annalisse sees a matching necklace at a Manhattan gallery
opening. She begs the owner to destroy the cursed piece, but her
pleas fall on deaf ears—despite the unnatural death that occurs
during the opening. With two victims linked to the jewelry, Annalisse
is certain she must act.

Annalisse enlists the gallery owner’s son to help—even though
she’s afraid he’ll break her heart. Wealthy and devastatingly
handsome, with a string of bereft women in his wake, Greek playboy
Alec Zavos dismisses Annalisse’s concerns—until his parents are
ripped from the Zavos family yacht during their ocean voyage near

and Alec race across two oceans to save his mother, feared dead or
kidnapped. When the killer changes tactics and goes after Alec behind
Annalisse’s back, can her plan to rescue Alec’s mother save them

on for a heart-thumping, thrilling adventure through exotic lands in
this fast-moving romantic suspense mystery by Marlene M. Bell.

irresistible page turner and a successful melding of thriller and
romance. With a splash of international adventure and plenty of
surprises, Stolen Obsession is an entertaining read and a great
beginning to the Annalisse Series.”

Self-Publishing Review, ????½

2018 IndieReader Discovery Award (IRDA) for Best Fiction Cover

2018 Independent Book Award for Best Fiction Cover

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at a killing pace”

M. Bell is an award-winning writer, artist, and sheep breeder who
resides in beautiful East Texas. Her renown sheep photographs grace
the covers of many livestock magazines.

third book in the Annalisse Series releases in 2021. Scattered Legacy
is an international mystery with light touches of romance. Stolen
Obsession and Spent Identity, books one and two, received numerous
awards including the Independent Press Award for Best Mystery in
2020. Her mysteries can be found at

also writes children’s books. Her first children’s picture book, Mia
and Nattie: One Great Team! is based on true events with Natalie from
the Bell’s ranch. It’s a touching story of compassion and love
between a little girl and her lamb. Mia and Nattie is honored to be a
Mom’s Choice Gold Award winner.

shares her life with her husband and a few dreadfully spoiled horned
Dorset sheep: a large Maremma guard dog named Tia, and cats,
Hollywood, Leo, and Squeaks. The cats believe they rule the
household—and do.

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for special content and a giveaway!


1. Kompanero Italian
Leather Handbag (13 x 10)

2. The Flavors of
Southern Italy Hardbound cookbook

3. Boxes of Hot
Chocolate Mix made in Italy

4. Autographed copy
of Scattered Legacy

6. Raven bookmark

7. VISA Card
worth $50 US. (Actual card to be included with other items)

VALUE OF grand prize



Autographed copy
of Scattered Legacy

3rd PRIZE: 

Autographed copy
of Scattered Legacy


ABCs and 123s for Boys; It’s far more engaging than an ‘A is for Apple’ book. And when kids are engaged, they’re learning

Friday, December 18th, 2020



and 123s for Boys


Tom McLaughlin


Children’s Picture Book



Ninjas, and Dinosaurs Romp Through the ABCs!


will love the “ABCs and 123s for Boys” book and coloring book



not Christmas “crunch time.” But, given your procrastination
track record, MAYBE IT IS TIME to make some holiday


we’re not talking about picking the ugly sweater for your company’s
“Zoom” Christmas party.


if preschoolers are on your gift list, you can skip the Black Friday
lines with a fun, new ABCs book that:


·         Falls
into the category of “Aww, that’s adorable”


·         Qualifies
as a “Stocking stuffer” and


·         Checks
the box for “Buy this. We don’t want Little Johnny to fail


a preschooler is in your home, family, or circle of friends, 
and 123s for Boys
a great storytime addition. Kids will laugh and learn with this romp
through the alphabet.  


and 123s for Boys
 brings the alphabet to life with dozens of
entertaining characters. From ALEX the Alligator (an astronaut) to
ZACK the Zebra (ziplining over the zoo), each letter features
different boy’s name, fun rhyme, and scene.


Picture Dr.
Seuss meets Sesame Street,” says author Tom McLaughlin. “Each
page of ABCs
and 123s for Boys
wonderfully fun – featuring pirates and ninjas to sharks and


clever, illustrated book makes learning the ABCs and numbers easy.
There are hidden surprises on pages. (Look for ants sneaking away
with food.) Kids will find and count the birds, fish, and
animals. Plus, kids will love the surprise ending. You can
personalize the story with your child’s name on the last page!


and 123s for Boys
 gives kids an extra serving of storytime
fun. “Kids will love HANK the Hippo and the other characters,”
adds McLaughlin. “It’s far more engaging than an ‘A is for
Apple’ book. And when kids are engaged, they’re learning.”


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if your child likes to color, break out the crayons! The 
new ABCs
and 123s for Boys Coloring Book
jumbo-sized characters from the ABC book. Add a box of crayons
with the books and you have a great Christmas gift.


and 123s for Boys
and 123s for Boys Coloring Book
be found at Amazon and bookstores. They’re ideal for toddler,
preschool, homeschool, daycare, baby shower, birthday, Christmas
stocking stuffer, and grandson gifts. For other fun books,


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Tom McLaughlin has
been writing for years, creating advertising for items ranging from
toys to enormous construction equipment. Working for a book
publishing company, he also promoted New York Times and Wall Street
Journal bestselling books. Raising three energetic kids, zigzagging
cross country on family vacations, and growing up in a typically
crazy Catholic family have given Tom years of writing material.


The McLaughlin clan
currently lives in a 100-year-old bungalow in the Midwest. When Tom’s
not renovating or writing, he’s piloting the crew on another
adventure. Or he’s simply in the backyard battling the dandelions
and crabgrass. ABCs and 123s for Boys is his first book.


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Amazon gift card,


ABCs wall poster,


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A story of marvel, battles, and hardship, The Grim and the Fantastic takes a serious subject and seeks to breathe color back into the lives of those affected

Monday, June 22nd, 2020


The Grim and the Fantastic
by Marissa Miller
Genre: Children’s / Middle Grade Fantasy
The Grim and The Fantastic tells the story of Merton Clarke, and his journey battling a major illness, when a magical realm–filled with splendor and danger lurking in the shadows– reveals itself to him. There, he must face some terrible beasts in a battle to rid himself of his sickness. Along the way, Merton makes two new friends who must fight their own monsters alongside him. If they can defeat their beasts from the realm in battle, just maybe, they will win the battle against their sickness in the real world too. Together, they test their limits, and their understanding of friendship, grief, bravery, and, above all, the power of hope.
A story of marvel, battles, and hardship, The Grim and the Fantastic takes a serious subject and seeks to breathe color back into the lives of those affected. The fantastical tale truly provides a whimsical place for children with troubles to escape to.
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Marissa Miller is an up and coming author, who has spent the last few years working on novels and children’s books. She currently resides in northern California with her husband, two little dogs (Alice and Diggory), and two cats (Burt and Winry).
Miller has been an aspiring storyteller since she was a young girl and began more seriously pursuing the art of writing in her teens. After a happy accident with miscommunication in 2017, Miller began producing illustrations to accompany her work; she now attempts to incorporate in her illustrative style with all of her works.
Miller’s first published work is the wonderfully imaginative children’s book, Chasing Figments. Following her picture book, Miller published an illustrated young reader’s book, The Grim and The Fantastic. Both books embody Miller’s brand, which is finding the splendor in one’s life, no matter the circumstance, and using imagination to overcome obstacles.
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This is a full color picture book designed to inspire critical thinking in CHILDREN

Sunday, April 5th, 2020


Phrebbel the Phrongol’s Vacation Pictures
by Joe Spraga
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Phrebbel The Phrongol from planet Phrongolia recently took many pictures while vacationing on planet Earth. He needs help identifying the pictures in his photo album because he has never seen these things before. Can you help him? This is a full color picture book designed to inspire critical thinking in CHILDREN. The pictures are of everyday things like people and animals you would see in nature and on planet Earth in general. The pictures allow the reader to come up with answers to help the main character Phrebbel, identify things he has never seen on planet Earth before. A fun brain teaser for kids that makes learning fun!
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Joe was raised in the Detroit Metropolitan area. An artist at heart, Joe is a graduate of Western Michigan University, with a Bachelor’s of Arts in English (Creative Writing) and a Minor in Philosophy. A former musician, Joe legally became disabled in 2015 due to health problems. He enjoys spending time with dogs, as should all right thinking people.
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A tale of two little fairies of different ethnicities

Monday, December 18th, 2017
Wishes 1-2-3
Michele Barrow-Belisle
Children’s Fantasy Picture Book 
tale of two little fairies of different ethnicities, backgrounds and
environments, who are envious of the things the other gets to do…from
catching shooting stars to playing the guitar. 



decide to trade places, but soon realize that being someone else
isn’t as much fun as they thought. The girls quickly discover the
importance of just being themselves.


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dreamer at heart, Michele Barrow-Belisle has always lived with one
foot in this reality and one foot in another, one of her own
imagining. So it follows that she would grow up to write about and
sculpt the characters from those enchanting worlds she knows and
loves so well. As a fan of everything romantic, her young adult
novels are populated with witches and vampires and faeries. Michele
resides in southern Canada with her hubby and son who indulge her
passions for writing, reading, lattes, and most of all



also loves shoes.



we mention the chocolate?


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Tales of the Booga Dooga Land by Deepak Menon

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

A review for

Tales of the Booga Dooga Land – The Horus is a very cute story for children and their parents. In it you will find clean wholesome adventures for the whole family. The writing is different, but the tale is very nicely done. This book contains very colorful tales with a great array of drawings to keep the little ones focused. Its pages reveal a great story with the flavor of tales heard on grandma’s lap.


OctoDoll and Pickwick live in Booga Dooga Land and one Sunday afternoon they go on a picnic. They find the perfect spot to have their lunch when the day gets transformed (more…)

A Book of Dogs Breeds for Children By Amber Richards

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

A review for readers

A Book of Dogs Breeds for Children By Amber Richards is an interesting short book with colorful pictures of different kind of dogs. Your young children will be fascinated by the kinds of dogs portrayed on the pages of this book. The author did a great job with her explanation of each race of dogs. She capture the essence of their species with words that will be understandable by young readers and those you should read to, also.


The pictures will entertain the eyes of those who learn by visual means and their parents. A Book of Dogs Breeds for Children has a colorful picture of a dog on each page with its description. They are short and sweet, just what is needed for children between pre-kinder and third grade.

A Book of Dogs Breeds for Children will teach not only about the true nature of the different breeds but also that no matter their differences, they are all still dogs. They are tall, hairy, big, short, fat, wrinkled and long, but they are dogs nonetheless.

These differences can also be applied to all races of humans. We too come in different shapes and colors but at the end we are all humans. That is a lesson we all need to learn to find love, peace and brotherhood in this world, something we all need in this time and age.

This job is well done by the author, to be liked by all sort of kids, teachers and their parents. A very nice addition to any library, be a school or home.


Gift of a Servant by Tamara Amos Illustrated by David W. Luebbert

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

This children’s Christmas book has beautiful and colorful pictures throughout the pages. It will become a favorite for Christian parents who are worried that their children will forget Christ in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. It closely follows the Christian belief that Santa is a beloved servant sent by our Lord Christ to tell the children never to forget His loves for us. The story is great entertainment and a learning tool for children of all ages, without being preachy or pushy at all.

The story is that of a father who sits by the window on Christmas eve meditating on how (more…)

When tragedies happens, let author Christy Monson’s book help

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Christy Monson is the children’s author and she graciously accepted to visit our blog this week.

Christy, tell us where were you born & where do you live now?

I was born in Medford, Oregon, and now live in Ogden, Utah. My husband worked for the LDS Church in the Seminary and Institute program. We moved around the United States, living in Utah, Idaho, Michigan, California, Nevada, and finally back in Utah. We raised six children in the process.

After my children were in school, I went back to UNLV to become a Marriage and Family Therapist, setting up a practice in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Very impressing. How long did it take you to write your manuscript?  (more…)

Agy Wilson author and illustrator for children’s books

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Welcome Agy. It is good to have you with us this week. Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

I was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, while my dad went to college. I grew up in Maine, spent some time in Arizona and live in Maine again.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

The first book was a picture book. Nana’s Gift. It took two years to write (heck it took me three months of rewrites to find the “correct” first sentence!) five years of rejections, and then (more…)

David Bernstein author of “The Enchanted Rope.” for children

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
Is good to have you here, David, Who or What inspired you to write this book?

The book was inspired by two things one was my published poem called “Moment” And the other was when my Grandmother survived Cancer. It was a hard time for all of us. (more…)

The Butterfly and the Fire Breathing Dragon a review

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

The Butterfly and the Fire Breathing Dragon is a cute story for young kids, one they will love completely. I enjoyed the story and the great ways it teaches friendship and love. What a great idea for a children’s story, it is personal and to the point. (more…)