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When Alex’s obsession
takes him to a strange town in South America, it is up to Liz and Bob to find him and bring him
home. What they find when they get there is more than any of them could have imagined. Bob,
still trying to wrap his head around all he learned about his friend and the world around him last
year, looks forward to a new adventure to take him deeper into this newly discovered

Alex quickly realizes that
nothing is as it seems, nor is it anything like he thought it would be. 

He also soon learns that
even he was not what he thought he was and that there was more to Liz’s secret than she had
let on. 

Will Liz be able to protect
the ones she loves the most?

Will they be able to find the answers and defeat the monster before
it’s too late?

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Liz hugged herself and ran her hands up and down her arms. A deep chill ran through her entire body. Alex took off his hat and began to rub his temples. There was a deep thumping in his head and the pressure was almost enough to bring him to his knees.
The tension in the air was so thick that it was nearly suffocating. They all looked at each other and didn’t know what to think. They lit a fire and gathered close to it and each other. It was the longest time before any of them could find the words to break the tense silence.
“How’s your head there, mate?” Bob asked, motioning to Alex’s head which Alex was still rubbing just a little bit.
“It seems to be getting better.” Alex replied. It was the truth. The pressure had let up some and it no longer felt like his head would explode at any moment. But, he knew there was definitely something not right about what was going on. He scooted closer to Liz, put his arm around her and pulled her close. He breathed her in, using her familiar scent to help relax his muscles and hoping it would relax away the pressure behind his temples as well.
Liz leaned into him, letting the warmth from his body wash over her. She hoped his closeness might ease the chill that ran through her body. The air around them seemed to press against each of them and push them down. She knew this oppressive feeling had to be Armando. He was working on something, she could feel it like static. She had no way of knowing what he was up to, and that worried her. The stalemate they had been in for the past few days seemed to be coming to an end. Which meant that the time to fight was upon them. She just hoped they were ready, but she feared they would never be.

1.       She is a U.S. Coast
Guard wife

2.      She is addicted to coffee and

drinks 4 to 5 cups
a day (more when she is immersed in writing)

3.      She has a cat named Missy who

is her constant
companion and writing buddy

4.      She is almost finished with

her Bachelor’s in

5.      She has been writing since she

was in Jr. High.

6.      She has been married to her

husband for
eleven years

7.      Her favorite authors include

Stephen King,
Ernest Hemingway and Edgar Allen Poe

8.      She loves to travel and wants

to see the world.

9.      She is a part time


10.   She has lived in

New Jersey,
Alaska, Oregon, and Connecticut in the past eleven years.

11.    She loves horror movies and

action films and
does not really like chick flicks.

12.   She has a soft
spot for


13.   Her dream would
be to be on

Jimmy Fallon
and/or Ellen.

14.   She is obsessed
with the Food

Network and
watches it all the time.

15.   She love British

and is a total

16.   She loves Sushi
and always

eats it with her
hands because she can’t use chopsticks.

17.   She is a regular

to a military
website, Homefront United Network and is currently working on her
second novel.

18.   Her favorite actors

Jason Statham,
David Tennant, Alex O’Laughlin, and Gerard Butler.

19.   Her favorite music
is country

music, not limited
too but including, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Miranda
Lambert, and
Reba McEntire.

20.  She loves football

college) and is a
fan of NASCAR as well.

A Day in My Life
Mandy Baker

When I first received the topic for this guest post, my first thought was well that’s going to be
boring! A normal day in my life is really not very exciting. I wake up early, send my husband off to work (if
he has duty that day), and then I spend the rest of the day doing school work, cleaning, and writing. I’m a
Coast Guard wife who is a full-time online student, a writer, and generally a housewife. I work from home
so I can be available for my husband when he has those precious days off.
As I sat down to write this and thought of how boring I generally see my days, I began to realize
that while an ordinary day of mine may seem boring to others, I love my life. I couldn’t be prouder to be a
Coast Guard wife. I love what my husband does and I am in awe of him and those who serve with him
every day. On top of that, he is supportive of me chasing my dreams. I get to spend my days lost the
worlds that I create, while I pursue my passion. What is boring about that?
As a writer, they say the cardinal sin is to not write every day. However, I have days that I choose
to not write. There are times I have to take a break and walk away from it all. Those are days that I might
spend running errands with my husband, or sitting and watching t.v. and just spending time with him. On
those days I also might choose to escape into somebody else’s world. I might spend the day reading a
book or watching a movie. Some days the world I create is too much and I have to take a step away from
That’s my life in a nutshell. A typical day consists of being a wife, a student, and a writer. When I
need a break from any of it, I snuggle my baby girl; a calico, named Missy. She has been with us for our
entire marriage and has been there through thick and thin. She makes hard times better and is always
there to lick my hand or give me a purr when things get hard. My life may not seem exciting to someone
on the outside, but me, I wouldn’t change a thing!

I am a Coast Guard
wife. I have been living the Coast Guard life for a little more than a decade now. We have
travelled from one side of the country to the other more than once thanks to the Coast Guard. I
currently live in Connecticut with my husband and our kitty, a spoiled calico named Missy. I am
working towards my Bachelor’s in English. When I am not writing I can usually be found behind
my camera take pictures of my life and the world around me.

The Curse


Alex was a
controversial treasure hunter. 

Until the day Liz
came storming into his life and changed his world forever. 

Now, an
archeologist on a dig in the California desert, everything goes terribly wrong and everyone,
including Liz, disappears. 

It is up to Alex to
follow the clues and find the answers. 

Will he be able
to trust his heart and rescue Liz? 

Or will hard
headedness and self-doubt lose her to the curse for all eternity?

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