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Book Tour & Giveaway with Excerpts! Pirates Calling Books 1 & 2 by Darren Simon!

 

 

 

The Dangerous Legacy
A Pirate's Calling Book 1
by Darren Simon
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy

 

Thin, pale, awkward, bullied, Sam Every is a thirteen-year-old who finds comfort among his friends and his days at the beach. The ocean beckons to him. It is where he feels safest. Fitting in no longer matters when he is near the Pacific’s rolling waves. Gazing toward the endless blue where it touches the horizon, he imagines the ports he might someday reach and ponders his future.

 

Little does he know an apparition—a hauntingly beautiful girl from the sea—will lead him farther from his home than he could ever dream, for destiny has given him a dangerous legacy.


BOOK TRAILER – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E55T8lMsAeQ

 

 

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30032638-the-dangerous-legacy

 

 


Deadly Waters
A Pirate's Calling Book 2

 

Thirteen-year-old Sam Every has traveled back in time to the Golden Age of Piracy to face Captain Jem Slayer, master of the dark arts. Deceived into handing Slayer the ultimate weapon, the Sword of Zel-Kar, Sam has lost his hands, sliced off in his first clash with the evil pirate.

But all is not lost.

Sam’s friends have found their way back in time, and with the help of the pirate hunter, Benjamin Hornigold, have rescued him from the island where Slayer marooned him. Now, aided by a new band of rogues and a mystery friend, Sam must rise above his injuries and find the strength to again face Slayer before it is too late—before the future is forever shattered. ​

 


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42096399-deadly-waters

 

 

 


Goodreads – https://www.Goodreads.com/series/24499-pirate-s-calling

 

 

 

 

AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

 

The Dangerous Legacy

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Dangerous-Legacy-Pirates-Calling-Book-ebook/dp/B01EKK5QI6

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dangerous-legacy-darren-simon/1123684763?ean=9781944056162

 

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Deadly Waters


Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H8SK8B4

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/deadly-waters-darren-simon/1129619477?ean=9781944056803

 

 

 

 

Thunder erupted again in the distance. The splash of a second cannonball, closer than the first, rocked The Mutineer. But had the cannon fire come from Fog Island or another vessel? “Who’s after us?” Sam shouted.

 

The man who had saved them sprinted to the tiller to take control of the sloop before he bothered to answer Sam’s question. He pulled sharply on the tiller. The sloop lurched to the right until the deck nearly touched water. Sam fell and rolled against a crate. Seawater spilled into the boat and drenched him. His back tingled again.

 

The burning blade! Did it call to him? If so, he ignored it. A fire sword magically embedded in his back would not stop The Mutineer from capsizing, which the boat was about to do. It didn’t. Instead, the sloop’s speed doubled as the man brought the craft in line with a stronger windstream.

 

“Look!” the man pointed to the right of The Mutineer. Sam, now back on his feet, stared in the direction he pointed. Through the darkness was the outline of a large craft three stories high. “The way I see it,” the man shouted over the crash of water against his ship’s hull, “if Maximilian Black is after you, you must have angered Captain Jem Slayer. Slayer is a bloodthirsty pirate with his own fleet and enough wealth to command an army of pirates; and Black is Slayer’s right hand.”

 

Sam held onto the railing for balance and inched closer to Sarah. She watched the mystery man from the side as if… as if she doesn’t want to make eye contact. Maybe she doesn’t trust him as much as she said. Maybe she senses something.

Sarah grasped his hand and gently squeezed.

 

He nodded to her. “It’s going to be all right,” he lied.

 

The man continued to shout his explanation. “Since Black failed, I assume Slayer has sent a warship to do what Black could not. Kill you!” He looked at the sails of his sloop. “Hang on, young ones! We are going to race the wind!”

 

One more explosion cut through the night. A cannonball screamed as it hurtled toward them. “No!” Sam mouthed moments before the cannonball splashed into the sea yards from the hull. Water sprayed onto the deck.

 

“Ha, you bloody heathens! You shall not catch The Mutineer tonight!” The man held the tiller with one hand and shook a fist with the other.

 

As they pushed farther out to sea, the moon emerged from behind a cloud and revealed the pursuing ship. The glow showed a vessel with three masts topped with squared sails.

 

Two rows of dark squares dotted the length of her hull— gunports. So this is what a warship looks like. We’re dead. A cloud began to eclipse the moon, but before it did, Sam saw the mark emblazoned on the flag that soared above the ship— a skull and bones. “Pirates!”

 

 


Come on, you bastard. Show yourself!

 

He’d had enough of this world pushing him around. Enough of Slayer. Enough death. Enough of being scared of the next threat. No more! The time had come to start kicking some ass. Closing his eyes, he concentrated on the magic within him. He had to figure a way to control his powers. To command them to life… now.

 

Think, Sam! Words flashed though his mind. Ancient words. An incantation. Atamou Runfora Tananou. He knew what the words meant. Serve me now. His arms and wrists vibrated. His eyes shot open. A crimson glow surrounded his stumps. Yes!

 

“Captain, three points off bow,” a young crewman shouted from the bow. “Looks like mountains rising from the sea.”

 

“What say you?” Rackham whipped out his spyglass and held it to his eye. He climbed atop a railing, grasping a shroud with one hand. “Hell’s bells. I’ve never seen the like. Devil boy, you best see this. Me thinks this be our destination.”

 

Sam joined Rackham at the bow. The glow around his stumps vanished. The pirate captain leaped from the railing and held the spyglass up to Sam’s eye. Peering through the telescope, Sam gaped at the discovery.

 

Actually, stone pillars— maybe ten in all— towered over the sea, like rows of skyscrapers along a city block. How was such a thing possible in the middle of the ocean with no shore— no island— visible in any direction? The pillars shouldn’t be there, but they were. As if by magic. “That’s where we have to go.” Sam again thought of the incantation. His stumps ignited. “Get us there, Captain. Leave the beast to me.”

 

A terrible roar bellowed, rocking the ship to the starboard side.

 

Sam stumbled against a chest. The icy touch of fear rose up his back, threatening to steal his courage. Men around him grabbed onto lines, the long guns— anything to keep from falling. When the ship righted itself, he crossed to the port side. No way was he going to cower.

 

This showdown was going to happen. “I’m waiting for you.”

 

The monster rose from the deep off the port side. A massive serpent with two reptilian heads. A serpentine body, covered with diamond-shaped scales towered over the ship’s sails. Two necks branched off, each with a dragon head and snout filled with dagger-length teeth. A line of spikes stretched from the top of each head like Mohawks.

 

Sam’s chest burned. His heart beat like a horse’s hooves charging over a dirt road. “Come on, you filthy snake. You want me. Here I am. Come and get me.”

 

 

$15 Amazon

 

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https://www.silverdaggertours.com/sdsxx-tours/a-pirates-calling-book-tour-and-giveaway

 

 

 

Darren Simon is a former longtime newspaper journalist who now works in government affairs on California water issues and teaches college English. In his spare time, he is a freelance magazine writer. Guardian’s Nightmare is his first novel. The second book in the series is also under contract with Divertir Publishing. He resides in California’s desert southwest with his wife, two sons and two crazy dogs.

 


Website - http://www.ivpressonline.com/app/sites/darrensimon

 

Blog - https://fairwinds521067397.wordpress.com/

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/DarrenSimonAuthor

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/DarrenSimon9

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Darren-Simon/e/B07CBQD9W3

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3189227.Darren_Simon

 

 

 

https://www.silverdaggertours.com/

 

 

THANKS FOR VISITING & HAVE A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY!

 

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Release Day Book Blitz with Excerpt & Giveaway! Nick & Eve (North Pole Unlimited #3) Elle Rush!

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

Nick and Eve 
by Elle Rush 
(North Pole Unlimited, #3) 
Publication date: November 19th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

 

 

BLURB:

 

Nick’s plan: dodge his grandmother’s matchmaking attempts by claiming Eve is his date for Christmas. He probably should have asked Eve first.

 

Although Nick Klassen is grateful when Eve rides to his rescue after he breaks down outside of December, Manitoba, he can’t run fast enough when his meddling grandmother tries to set him up with the pretty tow-truck driver. Then he gets an idea.

 

Between juggling extra hours at work and a never-ending Christmas to-do list, Eve LeBlanc doesn’t have time for a new man in her life. But ever since she picked Nick up on the side of the road, she’s been running into him everywhere.

 

His flirtations started innocently enough but when his grandmother invites “his girlfriend” to the family’s Christmas dinner, Nick realizes if he wants to stop pretending about Eve, he must come clean. Once Eve learns of his deception, he’ll need Santa’s help to turn their fake relationship in the real thing.

 

 

 

 

 


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42635697-nick-and-eve

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/nick-and-eve-north-pole-unlimited-3-by-elle-rush

 

 


Nick & Eve is the 3rd book in the North Pole Unlimited series

 

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/series/249097-north-pole-unlimited

 

 

 

1 Decker & Joy
2 Hollis & Ivy

 

 


AVAILABLE in ebook


Amazon - https://amzn.to/2Th5PKg

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/nick-and-eve-elle-rush/1129133306?ean=2940155595830

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/nick-and-eve/id1415009324?mt=11

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/nick-and-eve

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Elle_Rush_Nick_and_Eve_North_Pole_Unlimited_3?id=eK52DwAAQBAJ&hl=en

 

 

 

 

 

ELLE’S CHRISTMAS PLAYLIST

 

 

There is nothing like a good playlist to put you in the right frame of mind. They are especially important when you are trying to write a trapped-by-a-blizzard scene during an August heat wave. Fortunately, I have a massive collection of Christmas music to get me through.

 

(I’m dating myself, but the first holiday album I can remember singing along to is “Elvis’ Christmas Album.” My mom was the biggest Elvis fan on the planet. I still know all the words to “Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me”. Go ahead, test me!)

While I prefer upbeat carols, I must admit my all-time favourite is a little on the sadder side. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” breaks my heart every time. It’s perfect for every Christmas movie when the hero and heroine end up tragically separated for the holidays...just before a seat magically opens up on the next flight home, or a group of strangers offer to get them closer to home in a town-by-town relay, or a tow truck appears to save the day (hint, hint.) Because every Christmas romance needs to end with the couple kissing on Christmas Day!

 

My playlists also get a workout when I’m baking Christmas cookies and wrapping presents.

 

 

Top 5 Songs:

 


1. I’ll Be Home for Christmas (because it must lead to a happy holiday story ending)


2. White Christmas (I’m from Manitoba – all Christmases are under two feet of snow)


3. All I Want for Christmas is You (Mariah Carey has the voice of an angel)


4. Mary’s Boy Child/Oh My Lord (instantly lifts my spirits, it’s so bouncy)


5. Christmas Eve (I too have waited all year for this, Kelly)

 

I have several Christmas playlists, but all my favourites are listed under “Elle Rush’s Christmas Playlist” on Spotify, so please have a listen for yourself. (You can also search under “ellerushauthor”.)

 

 

Link: https://open.spotify.com/user/ellerushauthor/playlist/7BI015gsluOyf3TZ2gPV3T?si=TAlyp3JeTbmcJFuzHn0hYQ

 

 


Blitz-wide giveaway (INTL)

 

3x $10 Amazon gift cards

 

Ends November 29, 2018

 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232747/

 

 

 

Elle Rush is a contemporary romance author from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. When she’s not travelling, she’s hard at work writing books which are set all over the world. From Hollywood to the house next door, her heroes will make you sigh and her heroines will make you laugh out loud.

 

Elle has a degree in Spanish and French, barely passed German, and has flunked poetry in every language she’s studied, including English. She also has mild addictions to tea, yarn, Christmas decorations, and HGTV renovations shows.

 

 

 

http://www.ellerush.com/


https://twitter.com/elle_rush


https://www.facebook.com/Elle.Rush.Romance/


http://www.pinterest.com/elle1250/


https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7049038.Elle_Rush


http://ellerush.com/newsletter

 

https://www.instagram.com/ellerushauthor/

 

 

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THANKS FOR VISITING & HAVE A MAGICAL THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY!

 

 

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Book Blitz with Excerpt & Giveaway! OPERATION: Get Holly Laid by Callie Vegas!

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

OPERATION: Get Holly Laid
(A Holiday Fling novella)
by Callie Vegas 
Publication date: November 16th 2018
Genres: Erotica, Romance

 


Synopsis:


Holly loves Christmas. Or she did until she found her fiancé, Trey, cheating on her. In HER bed.

 

The best way to get over a guy Is to get under another one, or so her friends tell her!

 

Her besties come up with a plan to help her get over Trey for once and for all.

They devise a plan which they call ‘Operation: Get Holly Laid.’

 

Join Holly and her friends in their laughter, sex, tears & the odd temper tantrum as we find out, did Holly get laid?

 

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42611602-operation

 

 

 


AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2T8b8eS

 

 


 

 

As I pull into my driveway, I notice my Christmas tree lights are on, Trey must be home early from work. After climbing out of my car, I pull my skirt further up my legs to show more thigh. I was shopping earlier and bought a gorgeous, sexy red Basque, complete with a white fur trim. I thought I’d be home first and have time to put it on and surprise him when he came home. Smiling I think to myself, I’ll have to save that for another day.

 

I drop my bags just inside the door and softly close it behind me. There’s music playing and with only three weeks to Christmas the sound of sleigh bells ring throughout my house. “Trey, I’m home,” I call, but when I don’t get any answer, I drop my keys on the hallway table and start towards the stairs.

 

The closer I get to my bedroom, the louder the music becomes. Someone’s feeling festive. I wonder if Trey is surprising me with his own little Christmas routine.

Laughing to myself I push open the door, already shedding my top.

 

The scene behind my bedroom door makes me blink in surprise. I’m thinking Trey will be laid on my bed with his red trunks on—maybe a Santa beard—saying, “Ho, ho, ho.”

 

He is laid on my bed, but he’s not wearing any trunks, he’s wearing a nubile young girl who is bouncing up and down on his cock, her tits swinging and bouncing from side to side. They’re both moaning so loud they don’t even hear me enter the room.

 

I’m almost captivated as the girl leans back, resting her hands on his knees as she lifts her pussy off his cock. Repeatedly. I can’t watch anymore.

 

“What the fuck is going on?” Like a moth to a flame I’ve moved closer to the bed. I reach out, grab her hair and pull her back until she is lying down, hopefully I’ve snapped his cock in half.

 

“Oi, let go, you bitch.” This is from the girl whose hair I have wrapped around my palm.

 

“Who are you calling a bitch? You’re fucking my fiancé!” I stalk around the bed, dragging her with me despite the fact she’s still attached to Trey’s cock.

“Holly, let go of her hair. You’re breaking my dick!” Trey tries to lift the whore off his cock.

 

“I’ll do more than that when I get hold of your dick.” The slag looks at me, trying to pull her hair out of my hands. I let go and she clambers off Trey, gathering her clothes before running out of the room, naked. “Run, whore, before I can catch you,” I call after her, but I barely give her the time of day as I turn back to face Trey. He has the audacity to cover his dick with his hands as he scrambles off the bed.

 

“Holly, I can explain…”

 

 

Blitz-wide giveaway (INTL)

 

A signed paperback of OPERATION: Get Holly Laid


2x $10 Amazon gift cards


5x ebook copies of OPERATION: Get Holly Laid


http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232742/

 

Giveaway Ends November 22, 2018

 

 

 


I write HEA, steamy romance. I am a hopeless romantic at heart with a dirty mind.

 

 

 

https://twitter.com/callie_vegas


https://www.facebook.com/CallieVegasAuthor/


https://www.instagram.com/authorcallievegas/

 

 

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THANKS FOR VISITING & HAVE A MAGICAL THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY!

 

 

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Book Tour & Giveaway! Still Not Satisfied by S.A. Brown!

 

 

Still Not Satisfied
by S.A. Brown
Genre: Contemporary Romance

 


Christian Goodman loves the ladies. When an old girlfriend calls, it's game on until her game plan forces him to the sidelines. While there, his grandmother and best friend lose faith in him. With no one left, he finds Dr. Devin Rainey in her own struggle. Christian enters her life only to serve as a reminder of what she is missing, thus, creating tension between the two. She fights to remain professional, but personal needs force her to leave Christian, too. Completely alone, he turns to an unlikely ally to assist him in his quest for satisfaction.


Book Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLtT_mqOZM

 

 

 

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41794065-still-not-satisfied

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/still-not-satisfied-by-s-a-brown

 

 

 


AVAILABLE in print or ebook


Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Still-Not-Satisfied-S-Brown-ebook/dp/B07F2NGHVV

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/still-not-satisfied-s-a-brown/1029686289?ean=9781939665768

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/still-not-satisfied/id1378772419?_bbid=9799819&mt=11

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/still-not-satisfied-2

 

 


$25 Amazon


Follow the tour HERE for exclusive content and a giveaway!

 

https://www.silverdaggertours.com/sdsxx-tours/still-not-satisfied-book-tour-and-giveaway

 

 

 

SA Brown is a writer in every sense of the word. She started as a contributing author in one of Zane’s Chocolate Flava series. After that, she was hooked.

Born and raised in Mississippi, SA began writing full time in 2010. She started writing one act plays and producing them in the community theaters. She completed the first draft of Still Not Satisfied in 2012 and actively searched for a publisher. After numerous rejection letters, she decided to focus on the stage. She traveled South Mississippi with her socially motivated one act plays using the Theater for Social Change model.

 

In 2015, SA moved to Atlanta and felt it was time to bring Still Not Satisfied to life. She found Prodigy Gold Books, a press out of Philadelphia and a dream was born.

In addition to her novel, she has launched her own production company, SAB Entertainment. Through this channel, SA is writing and producing short films. In May 2018, she produced her first full stage play, Family Lies and plans to tour the Southeast with it in 2019. Always writing, SA just completed the screenplay adaptation of Still Not Satisfied which she will pitch to producers. Currently, she is writing a web series, The Inner Circle. SA hopes to start production in summer 2019.


With hopes of educating while entertaining, SA’s biggest desire is that everyone learns a life lesson every time they walk away from any of her stories.

 

 

 


Website - http://www.sabentertainment.com/

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SABEntertainment

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/writersabrown

 

InstaGram - http://www.instagram.com/writersabrown

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/S.-A.-Brown/e/B004GY4D7M

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18406293.S_A_Brown

 

 

SAB Entertainment Trailer –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ek_Eu9JVeE

 

 

 

 

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THANKS FOR VISITING & HAVE A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY!

 

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Book Tour & Giveaway with Excerpt! Yeast of Eden (Pancake House Mystery #4) Sarah Fox!

 

 

Yeast of Eden
A Pancake House Mystery #4
by Sarah Fox
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Pub Date: 10/30/2018

 

 


In USA Today bestselling author Sarah Fox’s delicious new Pancake House Mystery, it’s up to Marley McKinney to discover the waffle truth behind a rival’s murder . . .

 

Winter has come to Wildwood Cove, and riding in on the chill is Wally Fowler. Although he’s been away for years, establishing his reputation as the self-proclaimed Waffle King, the wealthy blowhard has returned to the coastal community to make money, not friends—by pitting his hot and trendy Waffle Kingdom against Marley McKinney’s cozy pancake house, The Flip Side. Wally doesn’t see anything wrong in a little healthy competition, until he’s murdered in his own state-of-the art kitchen.

 

Marley isn’t surprised when the authorities sniff around The Flip Side for a motive, but it’s her best friend Lisa who gets grilled, given her sticky history with the victim. When a second murder rocks the town, it makes it harder than ever for Marley to clear Lisa’s name. Marley’s afraid that she’s next in line to die—and the way things are looking, the odds of surviving her investigation could be stacked against her.

 

 

Book Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZzwXQ26n4

 

 


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38353307-yeast-of-eden

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/yeast-of-eden-by-sarah-fox

 

 

 

 

Yeast of Eden is the 4th Pancake House Mystery

 

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/series/181703-a-pancake-house-mystery

 

 

 

1 The Crêpes of Wrath
2 For Whom the Bread Rolls
3 Of Spice and Men

 

 

AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Yeast-Eden-Pancake-House-Mystery-ebook/dp/B079KV2WD3

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/yeast-of-eden/id1344304863

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/yeast-of-eden-sarah-fox/1127922004

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Sarah_Fox_Yeast_of_Eden?id=8mpKDwAAQBAJ

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/yeast-of-eden

 

 


Chapter 1

 

 

My car’s headlights cut through the darkness, illuminating the driving rain. The windshield wipers swished back and forth in a rapid rhythm as I carefully navigated my way along the deserted streets of Wildwood Cove. Normally I preferred to walk to work each morning, trekking along the beach so I could listen to the crashing waves and smell the salty air. Lately, however, I’d been making more use of my blue hatchback. Over the past several days the weather had been less than inviting, drizzling with rain if not outright pouring, and chilly enough that the occasional glob of slush splattered against my windshield along with the pelting raindrops.


The rain was supposed to let up in the next day or so, according to the weather forecast, so I hoped it wouldn’t be much longer before I could get back to enjoying my early morning walks along the shoreline. For
the moment, though, I was grateful for the warmth and shelter of my car.


When I turned into the small parking lot behind The Flip Side pancake house, I pulled up next to the only other car in the lot—a baby-blue classic Volkswagen bug belonging to The Flip Side’s chef, Ivan Kaminski. He arrived even earlier than I did each morning, as did his assistant, Tommy Park. It was barely six o’clock, but I knew the two of them would have been working for a good while already.

I shut off my car’s engine and grabbed my tote bag off the passenger seat, steeling myself for the upcoming dash through the pouring rain to the back door of the pancake house. As soon as I climbed out into the rain, I slammed the car door, ducked my head, and made a beeline for the slim bit of shelter provided by the recessed doorway.


Despite having spent mere seconds exposed to the elements, I had damp hair and droplets of water running down my face. I wiped them away with my sleeve and jiggled my ring of keys until I found the right one. As I put the key into the door, I caught sight of something white from the corner of my eye. A flyer lay plastered against the pavement, waterlogged and with a muddy footprint stamped across it.


I darted out of the shelter of the doorway and peeled the soggy paper off the ground. When I was once again out of the rain, I peered at the flyer, the exterior light above my head providing me with enough illumination to read by.


When I took in the bold black words printed across the saturated paper, my former good mood did a nosedive. I’d seen the flyer before. I’d seen several them, in fact, plastered all over town on utility poles, signposts, and community notice boards. I’d also received one in the mail. That one had gone straight into the recycling bin. This one I crumpled up in my hand as I unlocked the door, the words Wally’s Waffle Kingdom disappearing from sight as the paper scrunched up into a soggy ball.


Once inside, I unlocked the door to my office and tossed the scrunched flyer into the wastepaper basket. If I never saw another one, I’d be happy, although I knew the advertisement wasn’t the real problem. That was the Waffle Kingdom itself. The Flip Side had become a fixture in the small seaside town of Wildwood Cove, with many faithful customers who returned again and again to enjoy Ivan’s scrumptious breakfast creations. There were other restaurants and cafés around town, but none of them specialized in breakfast foods like The Flip Side did.


Up until a couple of weeks ago, I’d never really worried about competition. Then Wally Fowler had moved to town—moved back to town actually, since he’d grown up here—and my mind had remained unsettled ever since. I wasn’t about to roll over and give up on the pancake house just because of some competition, but I couldn’t keep my niggling concern at bay.


If the Waffle Kingdom’s fare was as good as the flyer proclaimed (the best waffles EVER!) it wasn’t unrealistic to think that The Flip Side would lose some of its business to the new establishment. In the summertime, when tourists flocked to the small town, that might not be such a problem. There would probably be enough business for both restaurants during those weeks. But during the rest of the year? That could be a definite issue.


I’d been hoping to give each of my three full-time employees a raise in the near future. Now I was keeping that plan to myself, unsure if I’d be able to follow through. I’d have to wait and see what happened once the waffle house opened. As Wally and his flyers had been announcing to the whole town for several days, the grand opening of the Waffle Kingdom would take place next week.


It would take time to know the full extent of the effect on The Flip Side, so I was determined to carry on as usual. I just wished I could get rid of that ever-present worry lingering at the back of my mind.


With the wet flyer in the trash and my jacket hung on the coat stand, I ran a hand through my damp curls and made my way into the dining area. I flipped on the lights, and immediately some of the tension that had crept into my shoulders fizzled away. There was something so comforting about the cozy pancake house. Like the beach and the charming town, The Flip Side had easily worked its way into my heart, becoming a second home away from my blue-and-white beachfront Victorian.


Smiling, I glanced out the large front windows, seeing nothing but inky darkness and rivulets of water running down the panes.


Well, almost nothing else.


I walked quickly across the room to the front door, bone-chilling damp air hitting me as soon as I pushed it open. Staying beneath the awning so I wouldn’t get soaked, I approached the two white rectangles taped to one of the windows, spaced a couple of feet apart. When I got close enough to recognize them as two more Waffle Kingdom flyers, I let out a growl of annoyance.


Ripping the flyers off the glass, I stormed back into the pancake house.


“Of all the nerve!”


Twenty-one-year-old Tommy Park poked his head out the pass-through window to the kitchen. “What’s up?” he asked.


I waved the crumpled flyers. “Wally the Waffle King strikes again.”
The kitchen door swung open and Ivan appeared. Tommy ducked away from the window and came through the door a second later.


“These were taped to the front window,” I said, waving the flyers again. Ivan grabbed one and glowered at the piece of paper. While an intimidating scowl was the chef’s typical expression, this one was far
darker than usual.


“He’s rubbing your nose in it,” he declared, crumpling the flyer as his large hand closed into a fist.


Tommy took the other flyer from me. “Totally not cool.”


“It’s one thing to open up a waffle house that will compete directly with us,” I said, “but it’s hitting a new low by plastering the ads all over the front of this place.”


“He’s trying to get under your skin.” Ivan tossed the crumpled flyer
toward the wastepaper basket, making a perfect shot. “But why? Does he really think annoying us will get us to close up shop so all our business goes his way?”


“Not going to happen,” Tommy said.


“Definitely not,” I agreed. “But why else try to aggravate us?”


“Probably for fun,” Ivan said. “Some people enjoy riling others up.”


“That’s true.” I’d learned that firsthand several months back when a bitter and vengeful woman had tried to make my life miserable.


“And I hear Wally Fowler’s a slimeball,” Tommy said. “I’m not sure anyone in town actually likes him.”


Ivan nodded his agreement. “Wildwood Cove would be better off without him.”


If enough people believed that, maybe I had nothing to worry about. The townsfolk weren’t likely to give the self-proclaimed Waffle King their business if they despised him.


“I guess it’s best to ignore him and focus on keeping our customers happy, like we always do,” I decided.


“Sounds like a plan.” With a flick of his wrist, Tommy sent the second flyer arcing into the trash can.


He returned to the kitchen and Ivan followed after him, his scowl as dark as ever. Was he more worried about the new waffle house than he was letting on? With his bulging muscles, numerous tattoos, and dark, intense eyes, Ivan wasn’t one to be easily fazed. But something in his face led me to believe he was taking the potential problem posed by Wally and his waffle house very seriously.


My worries tried to resurface, but I forced them back down, focusing on starting a fire in the stone fireplace to keep myself busy. The Flip Side would be fine, I told myself. It was a well-established restaurant, with a solid and loyal customer base that loved Ivan’s cooking and the cozy atmosphere.


Surely it would take more than Wally the Waffle King to destroy what we had here. After all, how much damage could one man cause?

 

 


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