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Welcome, Victoria Pitts Caine!

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I am a native Californian who enjoys visiting the mountains and the Central California Coast and the proximity to both the state offers. My varied interests include genealogy and exotic gemstone collecting both of which I’ve incorporated into my novels. While my genre is inspirational romance, I have ventured into other areas in the past few years.

I’ve received recognition from: Enduring Romance Top 10 Picks, an honorable mention Persie Award from the William Saroyan Writing Conference, and additional honors from:  Byline Magazine, Writer’s Journal Magazine, HI Families Magazine, and The Southern California Genealogical Society.

The trilogy:  Alvarado Gold, Cairo, and The Tempering Agent as well as my novellas, Like a Lily and Not Bound by Time, have been on the Amazon’s genre bestseller lists. Publications include The Front Porch, True Love, Short Stuff, Living for the Whole Family, Manzanita Literary Society, and many others.

I will have a short story in a YA anthology due out in December and I and currently working on a mystery/suspense mainstream romance.

I’m mother of two daughters and an enthusiastic crafter using my gemstone knowledge to incorporate the ancient art of silver wrapping into award winning jewelry. I facilitate a critique group weekly and enjoy helping other authors find their way.



Alvarado Gold

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As the hot, oppressive Texas heat takes the breath from her lungs, Addie Brown stands at her grandfather’s grave. Deep within her, she senses her anchor to family is gone. She looks across the freshly dug chasm at three of her four cousins. Nothing more than smiling faces on Christmas cards and vacation photos, she remembers once when they were close but something happened.

Snapping her back to reality, the minister reads, To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven. She wonders when will be my time? But Addie has bargained with God and lost and she feels she can never share her secret with anyone. But through an unusual turn of events, she realizes there is a truth and meaning to the passage from Ecclesiastes that begins to drive her life.


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Victoria Pitts Caine is a native Californian. Her varied interests include genealogy and exotic gemstone collecting both of which she’s incorporated into her writing. Her novels fall into the Inspirational/Romance/Mystery/Suspense category, but she’s additionally been published in Young Adult Fiction and Women’s Fiction as well as non-fiction.
Fiction, Novels:  Alvarado Gold, 2013, Cairo, 2013, The Tempering Agent, 2014.
Fiction, Novellas:  Like a Lily, 2013, Not Bound by Time, 2015.
The author has received recognition from: Enduring Romance Top 10 Picks, William Saroyan Writing Conference, Byline Magazine, Writer’s Journal Magazine, and The Southern California Genealogical Society.

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Welcome, Katy Tackes

We’re excited to welcome Katy Tackes to the Highlighted Author.  She was born in Persia, immigrated to Canada, and has even lived in Paris. Her travels have taken her all over the world, and her experiences have led her to believe that “we are all connected…we are One”. Enjoy her unquenchable search for Truth in her novel Each Time She Wakes (available internationally on Amazon)!

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A Note from Katy

Book Cover Image1400Thank you for your interest in the positive messages held within this writing.  This story came to me spiritually through my dreams and I recorded it.  The idea to turn it into a novel came from a challenge that was very surprisingly laid down by Mr. Tom Cruise, in an episode of Inside the Actor’s Studio.  He said, “you have voice…use your power to do good”.

His message resonated with me.  I slowly moved away from the lucrative software consulting career that had provided me with a very fortunate existence for almost twenty years.  I began to forge together the moments of my life that were the most meaningful and brought true joy and contentment.

I found myself reading, studying and eventually writing about a world where we are all connected, content and in harmony with Nature and the grand Universe around us.

I believe dreams can become our destiny when we seek the truth within us, and I hope each of you use your power to do good!

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Each Time She Wakes is a mystic tale of a young girl’s quest for Truth and the unforeseen effects she has on the people she meets along her journey.

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Author ImageKaty was born in Persia to a celebrated furniture designer. At a very young age she immigrated to Canada, where her immense love and gratitude for Mother Nature blossomed. She has been gifted the opportunity of living in Paris, France, and traveling throughout Europe, Asia, New Zealand, the Middle-East and North America; reinforcing her belief that “we are all connected…we are One”. It is through her love and studies of theosophy and ancient wisdom that she continues her quest for Truth.

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Welcome, Joanne Troppello!

We are excited to welcome Joanne Troppello — inspirational and romantic suspense author and network marketing coach — to the Highlighted Author. As Joanne is a mega Jane Austin fan, you will find many Austin-inspired details in her writing. Her latest release Mr. Shipley’s Governess is her first venture into the world of YA. Enjoy the guest feature and book spotlight! –Jo Grafford, Highlighted Author Co-Hostess

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H1010012I am an author of inspirational and romantic suspense novels. My husband and I are Network Marketing Coaches and owners of Mustard Seed Marketing Group, LLC. We have several active blogs and readers are encouraged to visit our Author’s Corner Blog, a place for authors and readers to connect. We host various blog parties throughout the year and many guest authors stop by to meet with readers. My newest release is an inspirational romance novel, Mr. Shipley’s Governess and my current work in progress is a YA Fantasy Novel. This is my first foray into the genre of YA fiction and it is exciting growing and stretching myself as an author.

It’s fun to bring my characters to readers’ lives for them to enjoy their story. In Mr. Shipley’s Governess, I wanted to write a tale of love and inspiration with a romantic hero, and a heroine in need of “rescuing.” Now, this is not a damsel-in-distress tale per se, like a knight in shining armor rescuing the imprisoned princess. However, this is more of a modern day twist. The hero, Sebastian Shipley is a well-to-do business man who has a daughter with an illness. She is in need of a live-in tutor. Into the picture comes the heroine, Sophie Baird. So what does she need rescuing from? A few months earlier, her parents died in a car accident and she needs to escape the pain of their death and be rescued from her life.

One of my favorite authors is Jane Austen. I love her books, my favorites–EmmaSense & Sensibility and Pride & Prejudice. I thought it would be neat to include some Austenesque elements into the book and my heroine is also a huge Austen fan. I wanted to write the book with an old-world romance style but in a contemporary setting. My goal was to maintain a classic tone reminiscent of some of the treasured books I’d grown up reading. I hope readers love Sophie and Sebastian as much as I enjoyed creating them.

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Mr. Shipley’s Governess

Mr Shipleys Governess.FINAL PRINT COVERSophie Baird is looking for a way to escape the painful reality of her parents’ deaths. Unable to live in their home any longer, she takes a job as a live-in tutor to Anastasia Shipley to remove herself from her painful memories and the feeling that God has abandoned her. Anastasia has an illness that has prevented her from ever attending school and makes her father, Sebastian, over protective. When Sophie first meets Sebastian, she cannot deny the intense attraction she feels toward him. When an unexpected romance begins between them, she starts to rebuild her relationship with God, with the help of a certain little girl.

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