Friday, July 29, 2022

Looking for Caylie Review and Giveaway


Looking For Caylie

An Unabashed Memoir of the Battle, Breakthrough and Future with a Genetic Variant

by Misty Wolf

Genre: Non-Fiction Medical Mystery, Parenting Memoir

When you become a mom, there is forever a piece of your heart out in the world. Try as you might, you will not be able to protect your child from everything. I expected stubbed toes, scraped knees, and maybe even a broken bone or two, but nothing prepared me for the phone call I received that Wednesday afternoon.

“What do you mean, ‘Caylie is missing’?” I asked my mom.  “I dropped her off at exactly eight-thirty this morning. I saw her walk through the door.”

“Yes, they said Caylie was in her classes today.”

“Okay, then what’s the issue?”

“I think you should head over here, Misty.”

If things had been usual, I’d have picked Caylie up after school today anyway. But my coursework was heavier for this six-week term, and I was determined to get through this degree on schedule. When Mom and Dad agreed to pick her up, it gave
me the whole unbroken afternoon to work on assignments. Going to Caylie’s school now, for example, would mean more research hours tonight when I seriously needed to sleep.

Suddenly what Mom had said sank in. Lack of sleep I could live with—but my daughter was missing? As the full realization hit me, my heart raced, and a chill up my spine reflected the late winter afternoon. I quickly grabbed my purse and jogged from the house to my car. Once the motor was running and I’d backed out, I pulled out my phone. Of course. Why hadn’t either Mom or I thought of it? No doubt Caylie’s father had picked her up and hadn’t called to let me know. Caylie would sometimes visit her father on Fridays, but today was Wednesday. Regardless, it wasn’t fair to make assumptions.

Instead, I decided to call him.

After three rings, there was the standard faint click to his voicemail.

“Please, please, please tell me you have Caylie,” I recall trying to ask, but it came out begging, “Tell me you picked her up at school, and this is all a big miscommunication.”


Why silence?

It took longer than I cared to admit at that moment that, in reality, a voicemail is simply a recording service. I decided that a second phone call was necessary. Our child was missing, and I had questions only he could answer.

The second time through the voicemail, I knew I had to be clear and concise, “Please tell me if you picked up Caylie? If I misunderstood something or forgot something you said, say so.”

We both vowed that, whatever else we did, we’d always stay in touch about Caylie. Maybe we’d talked about something special that would happen today. I didn’t think so, but . . .

A text lit up, and I pulled over to read it.

“I have laryngitis,” Caylie’s father wrote. “I have no voice. If I did, I would be screaming. Where is Caylie?”

If I’d known where Caylie was, I wouldn’t be frantically phoning him, would I? I wouldn’t be begging to know she was with him. If I knew where she was, I wouldn’t be turning into the school parking lot now, and I would know Mom and Dad had picked her up. If I knew where Caylie was, this whole day would not be turning into my personal horror story.

“When I know more, I’ll text you,” I answered, trying hard to sound more sympathetic than I felt.

Nothing seemed real. The ten-minute drive to Caylie’s school felt like hours, like floating through a slow-motion movie, the tension rising second by second, every sound exaggerated—the crunch of a leaf underfoot, the faint swish of your running
shoe on the asphalt. Just when you think you can’t stand the wait any longer, you’re in the building, and my Mom is there.

“What happened?” I asked.

“Your dad and I were over at Jack-In-The-Box getting dinner. We’d brought something for Caylie, and we were about three minutes late getting here. She wasn’t where she always waits for us . . .”

“But Jack-In-The-Box is in the school parking lot. It shouldn’t have made any difference . . .”

“It shouldn’t have.”


Mom looked like she was about to cry. “They have people looking everywhere,” she said, “and they’re calling Caylie’s teachers.”

“Well, I dropped her off at school. I watched her go through that door—right there—and she walked past that desk—right there . . .”

“I know you did,” Mom said, putting her hand on my arm.

“Where’s Dad?”

“He’s going toward the 5 freeway and the Old Road.”


“Maybe she went that way.”

“Why would she go that way? I never go that way. She wouldn’t know what was over there. Why would . . .”

“Your dad is just trying to find her, Misty. We’re all just trying to find her.”

Sometimes it takes longer for my brain to compute and process information in a way that makes logical sense. However, it was becoming abundantly clear that my thirteen-year-old, blond-haired, blue-eyed daughter was now a missing person. No one who would have been with Caylie or seen her on a typical school day had any idea where she could be.

While Mom looked downstairs, I ran up the stairs to where most of Caylie’s classes were. I went through each of her classrooms and called her name, opening every door and closet. Desperation was setting in as I searched, and Caylie didn’t appear with some sarcastic comment about being “right there.”

There is a large multi-pane window that spans the upper and lower hallways of the school. When I’d searched every possible place Caylie could be, I looked out and realized that the afternoon light would only last a few more hours. I knew what Caylie was wearing, that she would be cold if the wind kicked up. And did she have a water bottle? Panic was setting in.

I took the elevator down, and when I exited, the voice of Caylie’s upper school principal broke through my foggy thoughts. I remember just staring at her, trying hard not to scream. I’m grateful I didn’t say the words I was thinking. The many voices around me were trying to give me information, effectively making it impossible to process what I was being told or asked. The voices turned to white noise as my panicking mind went through everything I knew to be a fact. Finally, I heard myself demand, “Where is my daughter?”

“We’ve called the sheriff’s department, and we have everyone looking for her.”

I could hear my heartbeat loudly. It was impossible not to think of the countless television news stories that opened with the sheriff’s department looking for a child. I bit my cheek hard enough to hurt before I thought of what to say.

“How could you possibly have lost my daughter?”

“Ms. Wolf, we know Caylie was in all of her classes, and we’ve called all of her teachers. Every one of them saw her walk out with the others in her class.”

“Of course, she was in her classes. I watched her come in through the front door. It was your job to keep her safe until we picked her back up.”

The principal looked beyond distressed. “Can we get you anything?” she asked. “A bottle of water, perhaps?”

“Please don’t change the subject. I moved Caylie here to give her the best education possible, and now she’s missing.” I said much harsher than I had intended.

“We’re doing everything we can, Ms. Wolf. Everyone is working to find her.”

There was nothing more for anyone to say to me. Mom had remained quiet throughout all this, and I silently thanked her for not trying to interfere.

A steady stream of people was coming in and out of the office. I didn’t know who they were or why they were here.

Soon, though, I recognized that two uniformed officers who’d just come in were sheriff’s deputies—a man and a woman. The principal spoke to them and then brought them towards where Mom and I were sitting. I didn’t feel like talking anymore, but I braced myself to cooperate. I knew that the two officers required information to help them with the search, and they would have to ask questions.

“Did Caylie seem upset today?” the uniformed young woman asked.

“She seemed fine. She loves to go to school.”

“Does Caylie have a cellphone?”

“She had one, but she misused it with apps. I plan to get her another one, but I wanted to wait . . .”

“Her grandfather and I are getting it for her for Christmas,” Mom interjected. It was news to me.

The guy was writing on a small, lined pad. “Did Caylie do drugs?” he asked, “or would she be looking for drugs?”

“No and no, she’s a terrific kid who would rather be reading a book. . .”

“Never gets into trouble,” Mom added.

“Is there any reason Caylie would want to run away?” the young woman asked.

I shook my head. “Caylie never spoke to me about running away for any reason. She has everything she could want, and she loves the bookstore and the library. She even collected books from the neighbors and made a library for her classmates at school.”

“Are there friends she might have gone with?”

I was starting to reach my absolute limit with people asking me questions. I had developed a raging headache, and my politeness was continuing to dwindle, “No. Caylie is new to the school. She wouldn’t just walk off with somebody she doesn’t know.”

“Just a couple more questions, Ms. Wolf,” the young female officer continued. “We know you’re tired. Has Caylie ever done this before?”

I wasn’t tired, just incredulous that this was happening.

Caylie wouldn’t disappear on her own. Precious minutes were ticking away, and still, no one had found her.

This book reveals not only an unusual medical condition but also the tremendous struggles parents must go through to get help. Ms. Wolf is intelligent, educated, and resilient and it was still very difficult for her to find the help that Caylie required. For a less educated person, someone who spoke English as a second language, or someone who was struggling with physical or psychiatric issues, working the system would be nearly impossible. 

Caylie was misdiagnosed several times and had multiple medications tested on her before the truth about her condition was discovered. She endured confinement in psychiatric hospitals. Thanks to her mother's perseverance, she was not permanently placed in an institution.

This book offers an eye-opening read not only for those interested in medical mysteries but also in its revelations about a system that hinders rather than helps those in need. It is well-written, engaging, and never becomes bogged down in unnecessary details. I give Looking for Caylie five out of five stars.

This book is a must-read for parents, teachers, industry professionals alike. It is a testament to a mother’s love for her daughter with an in-depth look into obstacles facing those struggling to get adequate care and support for someone with a disability.”

Cassie Preston
Program Coordinator, Crisis Foster Care

In Looking for Caylie, author Misty Wolf takes you inside her journey as she fights to discover the cause of Caylie’s rapid cognitive regression and mental health deterioration. Wolf bravely challenges traditional IEP narratives in education by dismantling the school vs. parents mentality, and establishing that each team member was on Caylie’s side. This authentic and raw account of Caylie and Misty‘s struggle in navigating the US medical system, and disability support, reminds us that we are not alone in our journey.

A gripping story of the love of a mother who will stop at nothing to get answers the health of her daughter, in the face of professionals who keep turning them away.”

Candace Haworth

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Misty Wolf resides in Santa Clarita, California, alongside her beloved Caylie, her parents, and their Shih Tzu named Gilly Goose. Misty focuses her writing and speaking on her experience of being the mother of a child with a rare mutation disability. Misty completed her education with a Bachelor of Arts in Project Management (with a minor in Criminal and Civil Law), and a Masters in Criminal Justice, with a specialization in forensics.

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Saturday, July 16, 2022

Ryan's Temptation Character Interview and Giveaway


After Chanel witnesses a murder, she and her sexy neighbor flee the city with the killer in hot pursuit.

Ryan’s Temptation

Series: Arresting Onyx (book 2.5)

Publisher: Daulton Publishing

Release Date: August 9th, 2022

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Length: 45k

Heat Rating: 4 Flames


Wrong place, wrong time. Now she’s running for her life.

Beautician Chanel Leroc can wield a pair of scissors like nobody’s business. After she witnesses a murder and lands on a serial killer’s hit list, she has to figure out how to protect herself—and fast. The killer tracks her down, but her sexy new neighbor, Dr. Ryan Naylor, drives the brute off.

The police dump the pair in a witness protection program, which doesn’t last long. Either the killer has a connection to the police, or he’s far more intelligent than they realize. All Chanel wants to do is get back to her safe life and get to know her neighbor better. Instead, she and Ryan hit the road and try to survive on their own.

How will they stay alive and keep their blooming romance intact with the killer hot on their trail?


Ryan sat on the edge of his bed as the TV news reporter droned on about a three-car pileup. He tunneled his hand through his hair, forcing the locks up at odd angles.

She bit back a moan, the nerves in her fingers tingling. If only she could grip his hair for him and make him moan. Heat flushed her face and spread down her neck to her chest.

Yep. I’m losing it.

Starting an affair in the middle of this god-awful situation ranked as one of the stupidest things she could do. But damn, he was hot. His dimples and that cleft chin—oh, mama! What did he look like beneath his T-shirt and slacks? His hard, toned biceps had been tormenting her for days. Her mouth watered for a bite.

She shook her head. No more thinking about Ryan naked, period.

The sketch of Dipper flashed on the television. Ryan turned up the volume as the drawing shrunk to quarter size.

The camera zoomed in on a blonde female news anchor. “The Streetwalker Killer is still at large. So far, the police have linked him with the deaths of four women. Two witnesses are now in police protective custody. If you have seen this man, call the toll-free number at the bottom of the screen.”

Sure enough, the number flashed beneath the image of the woman.

Ryan launched to his feet. “What the hell? Detective Boyle promised he wouldn’t tell the media about us. They shouldn’t know about any witnesses, let alone being in custody.”

She stomped away from the window. “At least the anchorwoman didn’t reveal our names. Call Mackeroy. Find out what’s going on.”

He reached for his pocket as a shot rang from outside.

Glass cracked. The curtain flapped as cool air rushed in. A bullet struck one of the upper cabinets in the kitchenette.

She screamed and dropped to the floor.

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What’s your name, and where are you from?

My name is Chanel Leroc. I’m originally from Aurora, Colorado, but I now live in the neighboring city of Denver.

What do you look like?

I’m curvy but also pretty tall (five-feet-ten), which slims down my frame. I’m usually pretty tanned since I frequent spray tanning booths and on rare occasions, tanning beds. My eyes are dark and fringed with thick lashes. I love the red streaks in my long, dark-brown hair (have you seen my book cover yet?). Since I’m a beautician, I always try to keep my hair soft and styled, but during those weeks when I was on the run with Ryan, my hair was the last thing on my mind.

What conflicts are you facing?

That’s a loaded question! I accidentally walked in on this evil, crazed man as he was killing a woman. Serves me right for not minding my own business, but then, I never could back down when I heard someone call for help. Anyway, I was too late to help the woman. For my own safety, the police dumped me into a witness protection program, but the killer found me. I had no choice but to run away.

What is people’s first impression of you?

That I’m a smart, put-together woman. I never leave home in rumpled clothes or without my face on. Though, I guess that’s not true anymore. At one point in my story, I’m running around the city barefoot without even gloss on my lips. I won’t spoil it and tell you why, but believe me, that was so out of character for me.

Do you see morality as black-and-white, or with shades of gray?

Gray, lots and lots of it. Even though I obviously hate the maniac who was doing his best to hunt me and Ryan down, I felt sorry for him. Sometimes villains start as victims who didn’t get the help they needed.

Why do you think your author chose to write about you?

I didn’t give her a choice in the matter. I kept pestering her for months—no joke!—and told her to give me a happy ending or she would never sleep again. Why she put me through the wringer first, I have no idea, but at least I got what I wanted. I always do eventually.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received?

Never stop fighting. Just because you’re dealt a bad hand, you gotta keep trying. You have to live life the best you can. My mom told me that weeks before she passed on.

What do you wish your author had not told others about you?

Well, since Amber shared it in my book, I guess I can say it here. Breast cancer runs in my family. I have the mutated genes, but they aren’t active, thank God. They could become so in time, however. It’s not really a secret, but I abhor pity. I don’t just tell anyone about it.

Are there any other characters from your book that you think your author should write about? Care to tell us who and why?

You’ll meet Shea and my other gal pal, Belle, during my story. Both of those ladies need to settle down and pop out some babies! Haha! I’m kidding, at least about the baby-making part. Shea and Belle are career-oriented women who’s love life is going nowhere fast. I’d love to see them fall head over heels in love with a man, and sure, if they want children, I’m all for being Auntie Chanel. I just want them to be happy, and I’m pretty sure I’ll get my wish sooner rather than later.

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Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through Daulton Publishing, The Wild Rose Press, and Books to Go Now, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats.

She lives in North Carolina with her husband and demanding cats.

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Friday, July 8, 2022

Alien Bride Lottery


The Alien Bride Lottery: 
A Brand-New Story, Hardcover Vol. 1, and More

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For a pledge of as little as $5, you can get Evading the Alien Bride Lottery, a brand-new story set in the universe of The Alien Bride Lottery. And at higher tiers, you can get a beautiful print of the artwork the cover was created from, along with a pile of other digital and physical rewards.

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The Alien Bride Lottery Volume 1 tells the stories of three human women whose names are drawn in the Alien Bride Lottery to participate in the Bride Games as part of a treaty between the Khanavai warriors and Earth’s leaders—whether or not the women want to become an alien’s chosen mate! (Hint: they don’t!)

This book includes three novels, and you do not need to have read any of the other books in the series in order to enjoy this fantastic sci-fi romance.

This story, previously published on Amazon Kindle, has not been released in hardcover. This version also includes a hot bonus scene written especially for this edition! 

The hardcover print version will not be available for purchase until late 2023, and that edition will not have all of the bonus content included in this book as presented with the Kickstarter offer. 

This brand-new hardcover edition includes Entered in the Alien Bride Lottery, Captured for the Alien Bride Lottery, and Claimed for the Alien Bride Lottery.

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Thursday, July 7, 2022

A Duke's Lesson in Love


The Duke’s Lesson in Love: A historical interracial governess love story.

Love was out of reach until he claimed his son and the boy’s bewitching caretaker.

Tropes: Second chance at love, Forced proximity, Marriage of convenience.

    1. Regency duke romance
    2. Governess love story
    3. Historical interracial romance
    4. Historical arranged marriage romance


After a disastrous love affair, Lord Gilleasbuig was content living a life outside of London’s spotlight until a series of accidents threatened to leave his estate without an heir. Lucky for him, he had a son he could claim and protect.

After all, how difficult could it be to fetch his estranged son from an orphanage with too many children to care for?

Except, the breathtaking Miss Sadie Fields, who had cared for the child since birth, was a force to be reckoned with. She was furious at Gill for shirking his duties but he was irresistibly drawn to her fire.

Determined to prove himself a good father and win Sadie’s trust, Gill offered her a chance to continue watching over her charge. When she agreed, Gill was eager to return to his boring secluded life, but danger continued to shadow him.

As unconventional as their agreement was, he would risk disappointing his son and losing his last chance at love for a more permanent union.

A Duke’s Lesson in Love is a standalone, regency historical romance, with a guaranteed happily ever after by Canadian author, Robecca Austin.

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Monday, July 4, 2022

Independence Day Review and Giveaway: Saving Mason


Saving Mason

by Kaci Rose

Genre: Contemporary Military Romance 

I got one night with him. One incredible night.

This wasn’t a situation where I didn’t know him. I knew his name, Mason. He was deploying the next day and we had mutual friends so… I knew him. But I didn’t know him at all.

Then the letters started. He agreed. I agreed. It was a done deal. Pen pals and in the old school way.

I wasn’t prepared.

The texture of the paper. His words. The ink. He touched what I was holding. The magic. It was a window into his soul.

Until, he’s hurt. Until, he comes back. Until, everything changes. Mason needs to decide if he’ll let me in or push me away because I already knew.

I’d fallen in love with my pen pal, but will he love me back?

The companion edition to the audiobook written exclusively for Read Me Romance. Saving Mason is a novella and a complete standalone.

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If you are looking for an easy-to-read romance with character development that draws you into the story and won't let go, this novella delivers. For those who like it steamy, the story doesn't disappoint. However, I was pleased that the focus was on the emotions of the characters rather than on the sex. 

During their one-night stand after a party, Paige learned that he had nobody to write to him, so she agreed to be his pen pal. When Mason stops writing for a time and then writes from a rehab center in Georgia, Paige is concerned. I was concerned too, thanks to the author's ability to create sympathetic characters.

Readers will either empathize or laugh when I say that I wanted to cut in on Paige and Mason's date, not because I wanted to get in on the romance but because I haven't been to the kind of restaurant where one orders appetizers in years. The last person I went to such a restaurant with was my mother, who frowns on ordering appetizers. More than anything, this probably means that I shouldn't write reviews before I've had breakfast.

All kidding aside, this is a lovely, romantic little book that doesn't take long to read. The brevity of the book ensures that the story doesn't bog down in unnecessary detail. I give Saving Mason five out of five stars.

Kaci runs on coffee, chocolate, and Oreos. She loves her book boyfriends with tattoos, muscles, beards, and a little dirty.

Kaci loves romance books and has been jotting down ideas since she was in high school and is now putting the ideas down on paper. She believes in satisfying, happily ever afters with a lot of steam on the way.

She was born and raised in Southwest Florida but is wholeheartedly a mountain girl. She has been reading as many books as she could get her hands on since grade school and loves to travel when she gets the chance.

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Saturday, July 2, 2022

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