COVER REVEAL! Sworn To Protect, by Diana Gardin

Title: Sworn To Protect 
Author: Diana Gardin 
Genre: Romantic Suspense 
To keep her safe, he’ll have to uncover all her secrets…
Rayne Alexander. A face I never thought I’d see again, and one I never could forget. Nine years ago, she left town-and me–without a backward glance. But now she’s back, with a haunted look in her eyes and a feisty attitude that didn’t exist when we were teenagers. Seeing this grown-up–and sexy–Rayne is something I wasn’t prepared for… and it’s bringing up feelings I’d thought I’d buried years ago.
Although I want to demand answers from Rayne, working on black ops at Night Eagle Security has taught me that it’s sometimes better to keep my mouth shut. So when I catch her hiding a photo of a little boy, I’m curious. When I see her jump as her phone rings, I’m concerned. But the second I notice a car following her home, I know she’s hiding something. Something dangerous. And while I may not know why she left or why she’s back, if there’s someone out there Rayne is afraid of, I’ll make damn sure that threat is eliminated.




Diana Gardin is the author of Romance in a multitude of age ranges and genres. Her works include the Ashes Series, the Nelson Island Series, and the Battle Scars series. Upcoming works include the Rescue Ops Series (Batle Scars spinoff coming in June 2017) and The Lilac Sky (The Troma Chronicles Book 1).




Introducing Pen Possessed’s Newest (& Littlest) Book Reviewer!

Today I would like to take a moment to introduce everyone to the blog’s newest reviewer: my 7 year old daughter, Vikki Beth. She will be doing her own reviews of children’s books, and working with me to do reviews on a number of featured series we will be covering over the next few months.

Vikki Beth (like her mom -ha) has a great love of reading and writing. When she asked if she could help me  with all the writing I do,  I thought this would be a wonderful way to help her improve upon her reading and writing skills – plus, further build upon her love of reading.

A few words about Vikki Beth, by Vikki Beth:

My name is Vikki Beth, and I’m 7 years old. I’m in second grade, and I love reading… especially my mom’s books! I hope you read my mom’s books, because they’re my favorite books! My other favorite books include The Magic Tree House Books, Goosebumps, Junie B. Jones, and Dr. Seuss books. Besides reading, I also like to spend time with my family, friends, playing, drawing, doing science, dancing, writing, helping others, having sleepovers with friends at my house, and taking care of my pets.

By the way, I swear I didn’t tell her to promote my books – but she IS my biggest fan. She’s actually told strangers to buy my books. haha. Anyways, say hello to Vikki Beth everyone, and keep an eye out for our featured children’s series over the next few months! We’ll be reading and reviewing entire children’s series, including:

  • Dear America
  • The Magic Tree House Series
  • Goosebumps
  • The Bailey School Kids
  • and more!


Overcoming Adversity – Words of Encouragement From The Dyslexic Author

Today I am the proud, moderately successful indie author of over fifteen publications. I lay claim to having written The Benson Family Chronicles, The Growing Roots Series, The Think You Know Your States Series, two cookbooks, a collection of poetry, and The Southern Dictionary. I work as a freelance content writer and marketing specialist, and run this blog to boot. Although I am far from rich, my writing does (in one form or another) pay the bills. It allows me to work from home, so that I am available to my daughter at all hours.

I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be an author. My earliest memories include making up my own stories, my own songs, my own plays… but they never got written down. They were simply oral portrayals of the thoughts inside my head. Despite wanting to be an author, I hated reading. I despised it. Reading was stupid… but why?

The reason why is the reason many people say they do not enjoy reading. I didn’t know how, I had great difficulty in learning, and it frustrated me. In fact, I could not even read at all until second grade. The first reason was fairly obvious to everyone at my school, and my family. I had a severe speech impediment that affected the way I heard, said, and thus, read and wrote, words. Yet even after three years of speech therapy, and great success in my endeavors there, I still had problems. The school tried to help me, my family tried to help, my mom bought me one reading program after another for home use…

Finally, in second grade we found out that I had dyslexia. The words, to me, just seemed to mix themselves up on the page. When combined with my issues stemming from my speech, it created a very big, very sturdy barrier. I thought I would never become a writer, never succeed in academics despite being a very persistent, determined learner.

Once the issue was determined, however, I was taught new approaches to reading that had me excelling. I learned to read in third grade, and quickly developed an intense love of books. By the time I finished fifth grade, I had not only overcame adversity and two learning disabilities, I was more than advanced for my age. I was reading at a college level! Once that switch for reading was flipped, there was no holding me back, and soon my stories were being put to paper – not to mention the fact that I broke my school’s Accelerated Reader records… twice.

It is strange for me to think that at one point I was far behind in reading, or that I had developed a distaste for something I so dearly love now. It is with an intense feeling of pride that I look back on my childhood, and see the barriers I have overcome. It is true that both problems still affect me a little, now and again. The dyslexia is usually not an issue, but if I’m in a rush or tired, I still tend to write dyslexic, confusing sentences or words as I put them on paper. There are still some words I do not say correctly, although it no longer affects the way I spell or read those words.

The reason I share this story with you is that I know there are so many people out there who have their own issues. Things that stand in the way of their dreams. But if I can go from a 7 year old dyslexic girl with severely dysfunctional comprehension to a 26 year old published author of over 15 titles who has sold thousands of copies of her books, you, too, can do anything you set your mind to.

“If you reach for the moon and fail, at least you’ll land among stars.”


New Title! “Wisconsin: Beer, Cheese, & Football”


Think you know your states?


Did you know that Wisconsin is home to around 20,000 miles of snowmobile trails? Or how about that Wisconsin has the highest population of residents with Polish ancestry in the nation? Or that Wisconsin has no toll roads?

If you want to find out more interesting, little known, well known, strange, or unusual facts about Wisconsin, this book is a must read! Sections include:
*General State Facts
*Facts By City
*Strange News
*Infamous Crimes
*Natural Disasters
*Most Popular Baby Names by Birth Year
*Population & Growth By Decade
*Famous Wisconsinites By Birth

Everything you’d ever want to know about Wisconsin, and so much more! Also Check Out Think You Know Your States? Volume One – Florida: Lightning, Oranges, & Space Travel!! (Book contains mildly violent subject matter in certain sections. Recommended for ages 10+, but is great for all ages with parental assistance and guidance)

Links To Purchase:
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Kindle ($2.99)

Subscribe to the blog and comment below for a chance to win a free copy! Three winners will be chosen for free print copies! Winners randomly chosen on March 24th, 2017!

10 Things I’ve Done While I’ve Been Away

Those who have been long time followers of my blog know that I’ve been away for quite some time. My most recent blog post was published around a year and a half ago – so what on earth have I been doing that’s kept me away for so long? Let’s take a looksee…

  1. I was finally diagnosed. As many of you may be aware, I had left off my blog suffering many undiagnosed health issues. Finally, in October of 2016 I was diagnosed as having both Celiac Disease & Fibromyalgia. It’s been a long road to recovery, but I’m doing a thousand times better than I was. I even feel like a real human most days!
  2. I got a divorce. After 7 years, my husband and I decided mutually to call it quits. No trash talking, please. He is now with a wonderful woman who cares very much for my daughter – and the two have a beautiful baby girl together. I am now with an amazing guy, hitting up on eight months, and I simply couldn’t be happier.
  3. I worked as a chef again for a while. As much as I love to cook, I can safely say I shall NOT be going back into the industry for some time. Unfortunately, commercial kitchens are hell when you’re a woman, as the industry is very male oriented. It’s okay – I’ve got another bit of experience to tuck under my belt.
  4. I began freelance content writing again. Not long after looking to work from home again, I found a steady job where I make a decent sum of money each week.
  5. I started freelance photography. I’ve always loved photography, and some people had told me I took really good pictures. Hesitant at first, I finally dived into it and have begun selling some of my photographs as stock photos. I’m not rich yet, but I’ll let you know.
  6. I adopted a fur baby. Well, he adopted me… or I rescued him… or he rescued me.. or whatever. His name is Mr. Kitty (my daughter named him, can you tell?) and he’s estimated to be about five years old. He tried to following me into work one day last March when I was working an overnight, and I said to him “If you’re here when I come back, I’m gonna take you home.” Guess what? He waited for me. He’s a very sweet, attention loving, orange tabby who is absolutely enormous for a cat. He’s also my daughter’s new best friend, and he even waits for her to get on and off the bus everyday.
  7. My PTSD & Panic Disorder are both mostly under control now. I still have panic attacks now and again, and the nightmares will come back once in a blue moon, but for the most part, my mind is my own once more.
  8. I published two new books. Yes, shame on me for not broadcasting it or getting on my blog first. They’re part of a new series that was/is kind of therapeutic for my useless-knowledge-loving-self, called Think You Know Your States? I’ll be featuring them in the weeks to come on my blog.
  9. I took up (kind of) extreme couponing. Man, guys, it’s addicting. My boyfriend’s mom (AKA “The Master of Couponing”) showed me the ins and outs. It’s saved me a ton of money and kept my fridge/pantry both stocked full.
  10. I won the lottery… HA! Just kidding. But a girl can dream, right?

So, anyways, it’s so great to be back. I missed my wonderful readers! My blog may not stay as active as it was before I went away, but it will stay active from here on out. Thanks for sticking with me for so long. 🙂

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