#IndieFeature December Catch-up

Yesterday, I covered all of the novels we featured in the month of November. Today, I will be discussing all of the novels we featured in December. I’m so thankful to these amazing authors who have allowed me to read their work.

First, we featured Mistakes of the Past by Patricia Josephine.

Luc seeks atonement for the actions that banished him from his home. Living as a priest in a small town, he strives to show how much he’s changed with the hope that one day he can return to his family.


Haunted by the guilt that destroyed her family, Rose has shut her heart off. She vows to never let anyone near again lest she hurt them. When she meets Luc, she can’t deny the draw she feels to him.

But the past is not easily forgotten. When Luc’s past finds him, Rose is caught in the middle. Forced to face who he used to be, Luc must decide if he’s willing to give up his chance at redemption to save Rose. But doing so means he won’t be able to hide who he is. Will Rose be able to reconcile the man she knows with the devil he used to be? Or are the mistakes of the past too damning?

This novel was absolutely breathtaking. I enjoyed every minute of the story and couldn’t stop reading. It’s beautifully written and I recommend it to everyone. My review can be found here.

You can pick up your copy here.

Next we featured Masks by Amara Lynn

Avari has always been a social outcast, which is just fine by him; he has superhuman abilities and hates people. But his lab partner Chayton keeps being so friendly, and Avari can’t stop staring at his alluring smile.


When he loses control of his abilities, Avari is faced with a startling revelation about himself—one that’s both thrilling and dangerous. As Avari seeks to understand Chayton, he finds himself coming out of his shell, and his connection with Chayton grows deeper.

Meanwhile, a mysterious adversary appears who may hold answers to who Avari really is. Fueled by his curiosity, Avari continues his path of destruction—but he can’t help wonder if his secrets will tear apart his shaky new bond with Chayton.


I didn’t actually get the pleasure of reading this novel, but my co-host, Devin Cutting thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I did an author interview with Amara and it can be found here.

You can pick up your copy here.
Next was Being Human by Patricia Lynn


For Tommy, there is only one thing he needs to do: survive.


Only surviving isn’t that easy. The hunt for blood can be tricky when humans know to fear the night. Desire sits on the edge of his mind, urging him to become the monster humans think he is. Vampire Forces, a special branch of police, is determined to turn every vampire to ash. Tommy included.

The only human Tommy can trust is his twin brother. A bond connects them, and with Danny’s help, Tommy starts to understand the human world he struggles to survive in. He’ll learn what friendships means and feel the sting of betrayal, find that sometimes the worst monsters are very human, and come to understand that family means more than blood.

Tommy just wants to survive and he knows what he needs to do. But with the number of humans that mean more to him than a meal growing, he’ll learn there’s more to life than simple survival. He’ll discover being human doesn’t mean being a human.


Being Human was an amazing read. A different and refreshing vampire story. Definitely worth a read.

Pick up a copy here.
Finishing up the month was Asrian Skies by Anne Wheeler.

 Avery Rendon is weeks away from realizing her dream as a Commonwealth fighter pilot when planetary politics intervene. Reluctantly, she returns to her home planet of Asria, still hoping to break free of her controlling family and their faith. Not much has changed on Asria though, and after her almost-fiancé walks out on her, she’s not sure life can get much worse. She’s wrong. When the Haederan Empire invades Asria, intent on rebuilding their interstellar domain, Avery becomes a target. She also becomes something else—a Commonwealth intelligence operative. It’s not long before she stumbles upon information that could change the course of the war, and suddenly she’s on the run, forced to confront her fear of death and her lingering doubts about her faith’s teachings. Swept up in something more dangerous than politics or flying, Avery begins to wonder if her destiny lies somewhere closer to home. If those old beliefs are worth clinging to. And if she’ll live to see the end of it all.

Again, I didn’t get to actually read this novel, but my co-host, Devin Cutting thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I did an author interview with Anne and you can check it out here.

You can pick up your copy here.
Don’t forget to pick up a copy of these must reads and be on the lookout for the next edition of #IndieFeature Catch-up.

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#IndieFeature November Catch-Up


The months of November and December are always hectic. There’s NanoWriMo, then Thanksgiving, then Christmas and then of course New Years. It’s a wonder we all survived with our sanity. 

I’ve decided to put together a recap of some of the novels we’ve featured on #IndieFeature as well as some of my personal thoughts on each novel. #IndieFeaure started November 1st and so far, we’ve covered one indie published novel every week since.

The first novel we covered was Straw Soldiers by J Douglas Burton

Zombie scarecrows try to kill Kaz Harper in her dreams every night, and she’s pretty sure the dreams are real. 


Kaz isn’t alone. Andy, Meesha, Pegah, Jason and Samir fight at her side. Six strangers from all across America, teenagers whose dreams have always been safe, pleasant, normal, now must work together to survive. But how, when even looking up these people online causes a strange malware called ‘White Queen’ to destroy her phone?

With the help of a new friend, Alice, Kaz will journey down a rabbit-hole that may cost her everything as she faces the Sleepwar. 

Don’t miss Straw Soldiers, book 1 of J Douglas Burton’s spine-tingling, romantic and edgy series, The Sleepwar Saga!

 

This novel will keep you on the edge of your seat. I was so enthralled, I couldn’t put it down until I finished. If you haven’t interacted with Mr. Douglas, look him up on Twitter. He’s an amazing writer and loves to entertain us all with his gaming videos.

You can pick up a copy here.

Next we featured Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser.

Sixteen-year-old Ivy Higgins is the only student at Carmel Heights High School who listens to cassettes. And her binder is the only one decorated with album artwork by 80s band Chasing Eveline. Despite being broken-up since 1989, this rock band out of Ireland means everything to Ivy. They’re a reminder of her mom, who abandoned Ivy and her dad two years ago. Now the music of her mom’s favorite band is the only connection she has left.


Even though Ivy wavers between anger and a yearning to reconnect, she’s one-hundred percent certain she’s not ready to lose her mom forever. But the only surefire way to locate her would be at a Chasing Eveline concert. So with help from her lone friend Matt—an equally abandoned soul and indie music enthusiast—Ivy hatches a plan to reunite the band.

The road to Ireland won’t be easy, though. And not just because there is no road. Along the way they’ll have to win over their Lady Gaga-loving peers, tangle with some frisky meerkats, and oh yeah, somehow find and persuade the four members to play a reunion gig. It’s a near-impossible task, but Ivy has to try. If she can’t let go of the past, she’ll never be able to find joy in the present.

I absolutely loved this story. The music, the shenanigans and the journey were so much fun to read and experience. I recommend this novel to everyone. I did a review, which can be found here.

Go pick up your copy here.

Next was Dancing at Midnight by Rebecca Yelland.

After a fifteen-year absence, Carolyn Graves has returned to her childhood home following the death of her mother. With the purpose of settling her mother’s estate, Carolyn attempts to push past the emotions of their strained relationship – and her own anxiety issues – to quickly complete the process and be on her way. But as Carolyn begins to sort through her mother’s private documents, she discovers a disturbing history behind her mother’s early life. As a result, Carolyn learns the truth about her parent’s relationship and the secret they have kept hidden for decades.

This novel was amazing. It was such an emotional journey that I loved every minute of. My review can be found here.

And you can pick up your copy here.

Next was Bubblegum by Sari Taurez.

Tiana is your typical pampered young blonde with a love for expensive shoes, hot guys, and murder. After Tiana is cut off from her family’s riches, she takes advantage of her talents and becomes a killer for hire. It’s a lucrative business in her country, where a call to the police can amount to a lifetime of debt. Her first client: Julia, a lower-class IT genius, lesbian, and devout Catholic. When the orphanage Julia volunteers at is targeted by the infamous brothel-owner Bobby Nails, Tiana is excited to take the job. But when she discovers Bobby Nails has a full army of mercenaries at his disposal, Tiana wonders if she may be in over her head. Tiana and Julia face an unexpected adventure as they seek vengeance against the elusive Nails. Along the way they are joined by Ruby, a pyromaniac ex-prostitute who catches Julia’s eye, and William, a mysterious acrobatic fugitive searching for his daughter. In the end, will they be enough to stop Nails and the chaos he has created?

This story was packed with action and tons of colorful characters. My review can be found here

And you can pick up your copy here.
These are my must read novels so far and I hope you will add a few to your to be read list. Thats brings up to December. Stay tuned for the #IndieFeature December Catch-Up.
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Loaded Potato Soup

If you didn’t already know, I work overnights and waking up to cook a family dinner before work sucks. Normally, I put something in the crockpot and check on it periodically. I use a 4 quart crock pot for my family of 4 and usually have a lot of leftovers, but who doesn’t love leftovers.

If you don’t already have a crockpot, you can order one here.

First things first. Here’s what you will need for today’s recipe:

  • 1 3lb bag of white potatoes
  • 2 regular sized carrots
  • 2 stalks of celvery
  • 1 large onion
  • Chicken stock or water if you’d rather.
  • Milk
  • Butter 
  • Flour
  • 1 package of chopped ham
  • 1 16oz container of sour cream
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sliced green onions
  • Salt, pepper and garlic powder
  1. Cut onion, carrots and celery into small pieces and cook in saute pan. Don’t brown, only cook until onions are translucent. (Sweating the onions)
  2. While that’s cooking, peel potatoes and cut into 1 inch cubes.
  3. Put potatoes and onion mixture into your crock pot and fill with chicken stock. Completely submerge the potatoes and onion mixture in stock or water.
  4. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder (You can use fresh garlic if you’d rather)
  5. Cook on high for 4-5 hours, stirring periodically.
  6. Check that potatoes are tender and then drain some of the chicken stock out of the crockpot. Leave 1-2 inches in the pot.
  7. Mash potatoes with a potato masher.
  8. In a separate pan, melt 1/2 stick of butter and then add 1/4 cup of flour. Stir flour in completely and continue cooking for a few minutes. This is called a roux.
  9. This is where it gets tricky for me. You want to add cold milk to the flour and butter mixture, but like I said before I don’t normally measure. I used about 1/4 of the gallon when I did this. So maybe 4 cups of milk. 
  10. Bring milk to a slow simmer, whisking the mixture the entire time. If you don’t whisk the mixture, the roux will get lumpy and not mix correctly. Also, be sure not to scorch the milk.
  11. One the milk has thickened, add it to the potatoes.
  12. Add in your chopped ham and continue cooking on high for another hour.
  13. Serve topped with cheddar cheese, sour cream and green onions. (Optional)
  14. The leftovers will thicken after sitting, but you can reheat and add milk to thin the soup back out.

    That’s it folks. The recipe is pretty simple. I think the hardest part for me was standing and cutting all the vegetables after working a ten hour shift, but other than that it was a set it and forget recipe.

    I don’t have pictures of this one, because I wasn’t planning on doing this blog post, but I will be sure to have lots of pictures next time.

    From my kitchen to your’s with love.

    XOXO

    Hollie

    Recipes Coming Soon

    I think I’ve found a good way to stay active with my blogging. If you didn’t already know, I love to cook. I went to school for culinary and I currently have a degree that I’m not using. Sometimes, I have a hard time finding time to cook, but when I do I absolutely love it.

    Starting this month, I will be posting one of my original recipes once a week. Some of these recipes are my version of classic recipes and some are creations of my own. If you’re a beginner in the kitchen or a trained professional, I guarantee you will enjoy most of my recipes.

    The hardest part about writing these recipes will be providing accurate measurements, because I don’t normally measure. I will try my best to give you accurate measurements and provide pictures of the finished product. If you have any questions about my recipes, feel free to contact me via email holliehausenfluck@gmail.com or Twitter HollieWrites13

    Here are pictures of some of my work in culinary school.

    Strawberry Short Cake

    Carrot Cake

    Green leaf lettuce, strawberries, grapefruit, candied pecans with a strawberry vinegarette.

    Grilled Broccoli Salad

    Linzer Torte

    Be sure to share pictures of your finished product when you use one of my recipes. Also, if there are any requests or just general cooking questions, let me know.

    2018 Here We Come

    As 2017 draws to an end, I’m plagued with the thoughts of New Years resolutions. Normally, I wouldn’t even think about making resolutions, because let’s be honest, they don’t normally work. So instead, this year I will be setting goals for myself. 

    My goals for 2018:

    1. Finish editing Deja Vu and send it off to an editor. I’m hoping to have this one done by the end of January.

    2. Begin querying Deja Vu. Hopefully, if all goes well with my edits, I will start querying by April.

    3. Get a book deal and get Deja Vu published. I can’t really set a time frame for this one, but I hope that this one happens by the end of the year.

    4. Participate in #52weeks52stories. My goal is to enhance my writing skills by writing 52 short stories in a year.

    5. Submit Fun in the Sun for the Bouchercon Anthology and hopefully win. The submission deadline for this one is February 1st.

    6. Begin working on a sequel to Deja Vu. Hopefully, I’ll get the first draft done by the summer and then begin revisions.

    7. Become a better, more regular blogger.

    8. Keep working on my super secret project with Avrin Kelly. Check my girl out wickedshortsblog.com

    I’m sure there are a lot more things I could add to this list, but I think my goals are attainable. I’ll be keeping you all posted with my progress. I hope all of you achieve your goals and wish you all the best of luck. Cheers to an amazing 2018!

    #IndieFeature

    Couldn’t make it to today’s #WIPchat?

    Here’s a list of novels we’ve featured and links to each one. Support and indie author and buy their books.

    Straw Soldiers by J Douglas Burton

    Zombie scarecrows try to kill Kaz Harper in her dreams every night, and she’s pretty sure the dreams are real.  

    Get a copy here

    Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser

    Sixteen-year-old Ivy Higgins is the only student at Carmel Heights High School who listens to cassettes. And her binder is the only one decorated with album artwork by 80s band Chasing Eveline. Despite being broken-up since 1989, this rock band out of Ireland means everything to Ivy.

    Get a copy here

    Dancing at Midnight by Rebecca Yelland

    Carolyn begins to sort through her mother’s private documents, she discovers a disturbing history behind her mother’s early life. As a result, Carolyn learns the truth about her parent’s relationship and the secret they have kept hidden for decades.

    Get a copy here

    The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

    This book comes to the rescue by highlighting 75 emotions and listing the possible body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for each.

    Get a copy here

    Bubblegum by Sari Taurez

    Tiana is your typical pampered young blonde with a love for expensive shoes, hot guys, and murder. After Tiana is cut off from her family’s riches, she takes advantage of her talents and becomes a killer for hire.

    Get a copy here

    Mistakes of the Past by Patricia Lynn

    Luc seeks atonement for the actions that banished him from his home. Living as a priest in a small town, he strives to show how much he’s changed with the hope that one day he can return to his family.

    Get a copy here

    Masks by Amara Lynn

    Avari has always been a social outcast, which is just fine by him; he has superhuman abilities and hates people. But his lab partner Chayton keeps being so friendly, and Avari can’t stop staring at his alluring smile.

    Get a copy here

    Being Human by Patricia Lynn

    Only surviving isn’t that easy. The hunt for blood can be tricky when humans know to fear the night. Desire sits on the edge of his mind, urging him to become the monster humans think he is. Vampire Forces, a special branch of police, is determined to turn every vampire to ash. Tommy included.

    Get a copy here

    Asrian Skies by Anne Wheeler 

    Avery Rendon is weeks away from realizing her dream as a Commonwealth fighter pilot when planetary politics intervene. Reluctantly, she returns to her home planet of Asria, still hoping to break free of her controlling family.

    Get a copy here

    Tea Time Tales by Charlotte Kane

     Tea Time Tales is a collection of short stories and poems that are perfect to read with a cup of tea at that special time of day. A variety of stories and poems that cover a wide range of subjects. Charlotte gives her followers a new format with this bite sized collect.

    Get a copy here

    Truck Stop by Allie McCormack

    Teri Campbell is on the run, on a bus ride to nowhere. An unscheduled stop on the wind-blown plains of Wyoming leaves her at M&J’s Truck Stop… and in the arms of Mike Gallagher, the young trucker who appoints himself her protector, who understands her as no one else could.

    Get a copy here

    The Other Side of Midnight by Rebecca Yelland 

    Life was good for Sharon Peterson. Surrounded by loving parents, a devoted husband, and adoring children, her life was uneventful and complete. But her contentment is soon challenged when a mysterious young woman shows up at her doorstep, revealing the bittersweet truth of her existence. 

    Get a copy here

    Oh! What a Pavlova by Isabella May

    Kate Clothier is leading a double life: a successful jet-setting businesswoman to the outside world, but behind closed doors, life with Daniel and his volcanic temper is anything but rosy. 

    Check it out here

    Zephyra by Andrea Lamoureux

    When Queen Jelena, their grandmother, finally passes away, Zephyra’s childhood comes to an end. However, the new, glamorous world of royal life will be more than she bargained for.

    Check it out here

    Caroline’s Lighthouse by Brandi Collins

    In the mid-1800s, Caroline Marshall was forced to accept the marriage proposal of an attorney from a neighboring town. However, Caroline was in love with Thomas Cooper, the caretaker of the Bettencourt Estate Lighthouse and an orphan whom the family had taken in several years prior. At seventeen, Caroline took her own life by leaping from the top of the lighthouse. Upon learning what she had done, Thomas did the same.

    Get your copy here

    Alight by Jewel Leonard

    Maeve lives a charmed life in the small desert town of Redington in Arizona Territory–where spousal prospects are sorely lacking, career choices are shamefully limited to the saloon, and Death himself has a vendetta against her.


    All Maeve wants is her independence but 1883 society has decidedly different expectations for her.

    Get a copy here

    Storm of Hope by Leila Tuella

    Storm of Hope: God, Preeclampsia, Depression and me is a memoir told in journal entries and poetry from a mom who was diagnosed with preeclampsia. The diagnosis with her second pregnancy propelled the author into a “postpartum forest where the trees of doubt, sorrow, anger and rage loomed all around me.” What becomes to the author and her second baby gives way to hope and a way out of the darkness.

    Check it out here

    Not Broken: The Happily Ever After by Meka James

    They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…


    Calida Jokobi doesn’t see it that way. Surviving an abusive relationship with a sadistic, manipulative man changed her. She has spent the last two years carefully constructing her new persona with two goals in mind: to keep the remaining pieces of her heart safe and her deepest secrets buried. One man puts it all at risk.

    Get a copy here

    Failure to Communicate by Kaia Sonderby.

    As one of the only remaining autistics in the universe, Xandri Corelel has faced a lot of hardship, and she’s earned her place as the head of Xeno-Liaisons aboard the first contact ship Carpathia. But her skill at negotiating with alien species is about to be put to the ultimate test.

    Get a copy here

    Don’t Run Away by Vania Rheault

    They say you can’t run from your problems . . . 


    But that doesn’t stop Dane Montgomery from trying. Bitter, disillusioned, and burnt out, he needs a break and hires Nikki Halstead to be the manager of his running shoe store. Sparks fly, and despite her reluctance and his misgivings, Dane pursues her.

    Get a copy here

    Daughter of the Zel by Phoebe Ritter

    Raised on the border between Nevda and Zel, Efa has two certainties in life.


    Their country’s neighbours, the militaristic Zel, are to be feared and as her touch will kill, she can never leave the island. 

    When Efa is kidnapped and discovers she is half-Zel, certainty will be hard to come by.Get a copy here

    Of Blood and Sorrow by Christine Rains

    Erin Driscol works the perfect job consoling fellow demons by feeding off their grief at Putzkammer & Sons Funeral Home.

    Get a copy here

    Luchador by Erin Finnegan

    Each week, Gabriel Romero’s drive to Sunday mass takes him past ‘El Ángel,’ the golden statue at the heart of Mexico City that haunts his memories and inspires his future. Spurred by the memory of his parents, Gabriel is drawn to the secretive world of lucha libre, where wrestling, performance art and big business collide.

    Get a copy here

    The Spirit Catchers by Jessica In gold

    The business of dying has always been a numbers game. From the moment she set foot in The Establishment, Sarah Galloway has never questioned her purpose. She is a Spirit Catcher, a supernatural being tasked with escorting human souls to the hereafter. Only after she has met a predefined collection quota will she be considered for regeneration—the last step on her journey toward the next iteration of her life. 

    Despite her immortality, her job is not without its hazards. Chief among these threats are malevolents, corrupt entities with a hankering for world domination. Condemned to an eternity in The Establishment’s basement, these powerful spirits must remain under lock and key to safeguard the future of humanity. 
    And now they’ve been set free.

    Get a copy here

    A full list of the upcoming features and their dates can be found on my website.

    holliehausenfluck.com

    If you are interested in being featured or have more questions contact @Devseventyfive or @HollieWrites13 for more information.

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    #52weeks52stories

    Many of you may be seeing my tweets about #52weeks52stories and wonder what the heck I’m talking about. Here’s some more information on how it works and what it is.

    ⏺What is #52weeks52stories?

    #52weeks52stories is a challenge for writers of all genres to write 52 short stories in 52 weeks.

    ⏺Why should I participate?

    The goal of #52weeks52stories is to help writers improve their skills, make new connections, and most important, have fun.

    ⏺How does it work?

    The format is pretty flexible. I don’t want to impose a lot of rules or restrictions, because this is supposed to be for fun. The basic idea is to start a short story on Monday. Revise on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. And on Saturday, swap final stories with your partner.

    ⏺How long do my stories need to be?

    Again, this is for fun and I don’t want to impose a lot of rules. I think anywhere between 1500-5000 words would suffice, but as long as you have a story it doesn’t really matter.

    ⏺What if I fall behind?

    The goal is to write 52 stories in a year. It’s ok if you miss a few weeks because you know, some of us have lives. There’s no reason why you can’t make those stories up.

    ⏺What should I write about?

    Whatever you want. There are no genre or content restrictions. Write what your little heart desires.

    If you get stuck you can check out these amazing sci-fi writing prompts from the lovely Avrin Kelly:

    http://www.wickedshortsblog.com/2017/12/10-weirdo-writing-prompts-1.html?m=1

    ⏺Do I need a partner?

    This is completely up to you. But, remember if you do pick a partner, they will be counting on you to help them with critiques.

    ⏺Are there weekly meetings or check-ins?

    On Sundays, I will post a graphic for you to shate your progress using the hashtag #52weeks52stories. Also throughout the week, feel free to share some of you favorite lines or even links to your stories using the same hashtag.

    ⏺What do I do with all these short stories?

    The sky’s the limit. Post them to your blog’s, send them into competitions, enter for anthology submissions, start a new web series. I’m sure there are a lot more things you could do and this would totally be up to you.

    ⏺⏺Remember, this is supposed to be fun. Don’t stress yourself out or be hard on yourself. Who knows, you might stumble upon something amazing.⏺⏺

    Black Friday How I Hate You!


    Many of you may or may not know that I currently work for a big retail chain that participates every year in “Black Friday”. If you’ve never experienced a Black Friday event, take my advice now, run for your life, stay home, do NOT let someone drag you to the stores.

    You may be asking yourself why right now. So here’s a list of the reasons why I hate Black Friday so much.

    1. It doesn’t even happen on Fridays anymore. They may as well call it Black Thursday. Instead of staying home with my family to celebrate Thanksgiving, I’m forced to go to work and guard a stack of televisions, in hopes that someone doesn’t punch me in the face when we run out.

    2. The sales aren’t even that great. Definitely not worth risking my life over. Most of the items sold for marked down prices are crap and aren’t even worth your money. I worked doing returns a year ago and can’t tell you how many Black Friday items were retuned a week later.

    3. People are crazy. I have never seen so many people go nuts over $20 worth of savings. When it comes to Black Friday, people lose all of their common sense and common decency. When two middle-aged women start fighting over a dish set, something is wrong. Not only that, as a worker on Black Friday, I’m not ready to deal with rude people. I’m at work on a holiday and would rather not have to deal with nasty attitudes.

    4. So much unappreciated work goes into these events. I have worked ten hour shifts, five days a week for the last two weeks just to prepare for this year’s event. All for three hours worth of craziness. 

    So, what’s the moral of my rambling here, you may ask? If you plan on Black Friday shopping, here are some tips and tricks to make your experience safe and incident free:

    1. Be kind and courteous to the workers and also the other customers. Remember that these workers are missing time with their families in order to provide you with a service. Also, please do not mention how terrible it is that we have to work on a holiday. We know it’s terrible, and don’t need to be reminded. 

    2. Do your research. Look up the sales ahead of time and be a shopper on a mission. Get what you want and get out, this is the best way to avoid traffic jams or any other mishaps.

    3. Listen to the employees. If they tell you not to touch something or that you need to move, there is a reason. Our mission is to keep everyone safe and out of jail.

    4. Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t stop in front of a line full of people to oggle those $20 tablets. Pull your cart to the side and out of everyone’s way, unless you want to be trampled.

    5. And this one is purely my opinion. Please don’t bring your young children to the events. There are so many people and so many hazards. The last thing we want to happen is for your child to get lost or hurt. It’s best that they just stay home, safe and out of harm’s way.

    That’s it folks. I’m not going to tell you where I work, because I don’t really want to get fired. Pray for me and my co-workers. Hopefully, none of us get hurt or end up in jail for throat punching someone. If you thought my post was useful or entertaining pass it on.

    Getting to know Hayden Howell

    I was able to sit down with Hayden in between cases and get a little information from you guys. For those of you who don’t know, Hayden is a homicide detective with the Charleston Police Department. Her family moved to Charleston when she was nine years old and she’s been there ever since. After the murder of her brother’s mother in 1999, Hayden decided she wanted to become a police officer and she never looked back. Hope you enjoy the questions.

    Me: What’s the hardest thing about your line of work?

    Hayden: I struggle to separate my personal feelings from the victims I represent. I may come off as a bit of a bitch, but I promise I do have a heart.

     

    Me: How do you keep your work life and home life separate?

    Hayden: Honestly, before it was never an issue. It was just me in my apartment and I never cared, buy now things are different. I have a motto that once I pass through the doorway, I try to leave my work on the front step. I’m not saying it always works, but I try. It does make things easier with Andy being a detective too, but we try to make it a point to talk about anything other than work at home. We’re working on it, especially since…(spoiler)

     

    Me: What was the worst case you’ve ever investigated?

    Hayden: They’re all pretty tough, but the worst was probably the six month old baby that was found strangled by her father. No one wants to see someone so little and innocent lying on that cold metal table in the morgue. I don’t think I’ve slept right since that case. It’s terrible what someone could do to their own flesh and blood.

     

    Me: Where do you see yourself in your career in the next year?

    Hayden: I don’t want to spoil anything, but there might be a promotion in the works for me and Andy. I definitely see myself sitting in the captain’s chair someday.

     

    Me: Speaking of Andy, how are things going between you two?

     

    Hayden: Once again, no spoilers, but things have been amazing. I didn’t think anyone could make me so happy and irritate the dog piss out of me at the same time.

     

    Me: Did you always want to be a detective?

    Hayden: I wouldn’t say I’ve always wanted to be a detective, but I definitely wasn’t a normal girl growing up. I never fantasized about being a princess and prince charming coming to my rescue. Blah, blah, blah. I wanted to do boy things, play in the mud, arrest the bad guys, be a secret agent with my walkie talkie and spy glasses. You know, be the hero.

     

    Me: Well, you proved yourself quite the hero with your most recent arrest. How did it feel to finally give your brother and his mother closure?

    Hayden: It was amazing. I’m not going to lie, when my brother came for a visit after the case, we spent the whole weekend celebrating. (Laughing, crying, lots of drinking) I’m so relieved that I finally caught that bastard even though he didn’t get the end I wanted for him. (Spoilers)

     

    Me: Do you have any cases you’re working on right now?

    Hayden: I can’t really go into details, but yes, I’ve got a pretty big case I’m working on right now. It’s pretty far out there, but you’ll have to read the book for more details.

     

    Me: How do your parents feel about your lifestyle?

    Hayden: My dad is awesome, I don’t think I could do anything to disappoint him, plus we share a lot of the same interests. We meet at the shooting range at least once a month. Now my mom, that’s a different story. I think she’s happier now that I’ve finally settled down, so to speak. But she thinks my job is too dangerous. Whatever mom. (She rolls her eyes)

     

    Me: Are there any exciting events coming up in the next book?

    Hayden: You know I can’t explain, but yes there’s some pretty big announcements coming. (She wiggles the diamond ring on her third finger)

     

    Me: Well Hayden, it’s been fun. You’re a rockstar.

    Hayden: Thanks Hollie, you’re not too bad yourself. (Shoots me a finger gun and winks)

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