Friday, April 16, 2021

National Park #Free Entrance Day

In 2021 the National Park Service has six entrance fee-free days where
all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Saturday, April 17 is the second one in 2021, in celebration of the first Day in National Park Week. Be sure to get out and enjoy your favorite National Park for free. The remaining free days are listed below. For more information visit

 August 4: One year anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act

August 25: National Park Service Birthday

September 25: National Public Lands Day

November 11: Veterans Day

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

A Measure of Madness #MFRWhooks

Happy Hump Day and welcome to this weeks Marketing for Romance Writers' Book Hooks. The latest installment in my Risky Research Series, A Measure of Madness, was released last Friday. Below is a very short excerpt that I hope will whet your appetite. If you are still unsure if you want to try a new series, dip your toe in the water with my free prequel micro-read for the series, A Measure of Madness. The following link will take you to the Amazon page for all my novels where you can download one or both. Thank you!

Devyn did as ordered as tears streamed down her checks. She felt like a coward running, but knew it was retreat or die.

Bullets rained around her as she ran in a zig-zag pattern, trying to avoid being hit. She had almost reached the truck when a bullet grazed her ankle, sending her tumbling to the ground. She scrambled to her feet. Fueled with adrenaline, she ignored the pain as she hobbled the last twenty feet to the truck.

Sliding into the driver’s seat, she locked the doors and fished the keys out of her pocket. She dared a glance back. Sofia was still firing at Ramon and J.R., but was clearly too far gone to get off an accurate shot. But she had effectively given Devyn the time she needed to get to the truck.

As Sofia’s arm lowered, J.R. walked toward her. He knelt on the ground and placed his lips to hers for a long and tender moment. He then slowly rose to his feet and pointed the gun at Sofia.

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Risky Research Series Fourth Installment Released

I’m pleased to announce the release of the fourth installment in the Risky Research Series, A Measure of Madness. It is available from your favorite online book retailer. Here is the ebook link on Amazon and a bit more about this latest novel in the series:

After a Washington, D.C. fundraiser exposes members of Coterie, a deadly organization that has been manipulating the diet and nutrition industries, the pursuit by FBI agent Devyn Nash heats up. The FBI locates the mastermind behind Coterie in Puerto Rico, but despite help from local agents, their attempt to bring him in results in a shootout that sends Coterie’s members scrambling for cover, Devyn’s partner fighting for his life, and Devyn more determined than ever to bring them to justice. Her decision to pursue the head of Coterie to Brazil puts her job and her relationship with Wyoming Sheriff, Gage Harris, in jeopardy, but she is unwilling to allow those responsible for so much death to live out their lives in paradise.

If you haven’t read the first three novels in the series, they are all available in paperback, audiobook, and ebook (including Kindle Unlimited). In order, the first three novels are A Dose of Danger, A Taste of Tragedy, and A Foundation of Fear. I also have a prequel novelette, A Formidable Foe, and a prequel short story, Midnight in Montanna, available for free download on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021


"To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of years, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be."

-Rachel Carson-

Monday, April 5, 2021

Adventures with D.V. Stone

 Adventures with D. V. Stone . . .

To me, life is an adventure. It used to be much more exciting. I’ve been a spelunker, rappelled off the side of a three-story building, and climbed many trees. Adventure always calls, and I’ll still push as far as my breathing allows.

First off, I’m anxiously looking forward to a new stage in life. Retirement is in May. I have a countdown on my phone that tells me how many days, hours, minutes, seconds. If I want, I can see how many breaths or heartbeats. It doesn’t mean I’ll be sitting back and not working. The day I leave work, Pete will have 2Hoots, my 5th Wheel, ready and hitched to head to Tampa for the Ignite Your Imagination Conference hosted by Florida West Coast Writers, Inc.

Camping (or glamping), cooking, reading. I love history. We’ve already been happily traveling from Niagara Falls, NY, to Fort Meyers, Florida, and many places in between. There’s so much to see and do. This year on our agenda after Tampa is Wisconsin, Vermont, and Seneca Falls, NY, which is the inspiration for Bedford Falls in It’s a Wonderful Life. We’ll also spend some time antiquing in Lancaster, PA, and visiting some of our local favorites in NJ and PA.

One of my old-time favorites was On the Road with Charles Kuralt. He would take you to the backroads of America. Well, Charles, your spirit lives on in me.

How about you? What grand adventures have you either been on or are looking forward to? Maybe we’ll meet each other in a campground, rest area, or some small hamlet in Somewhere America.


D.V. Stone was born in Brooklyn. She has moved around a bit and even lived for a time on a dairy farm in Minnesota before moving back east. Throughout her wandering, she always considered herself a Jersey Girl. She met and married the love of her life, Pete—a lifelong Jersey Man, and moved this time to Sussex County.  They live with Hali, a mixed breed from the local shelter, and their cat Baby.

D.V.’s career path varied from working with the disabled to become a volunteer EMT, which in turn led to working in hospital emergency rooms and then in a women’s state prison. After a few years, she took a break from medicine and became the owner of Heavenly Brew, a specialty coffee shop in Sparta, NJ, and a small restaurant in Lafayette. Life handed some setbacks, and she ended up back in the medical field, but this time in a veterinary emergency hospital. 

D. V. Stone is a multi-genre author whose work includes Felice, Shield-Mates of Dar, Agent Sam Carter and the Mystery at Branch Lake, Rock House Grill, and Rainbow Sprinkles. She also hosts two weekly blogs, “Welcome to the Campfire” and “A Peek Through the Window.” You can find her at:


In celebration of the one-year Anniversary of the release of her novel, Rock House Grill, D.V. has reduced the price of this ebook to just .99 from 4/2 – 4/16/2021. Here’s more information.

Rock House Grill

One man’s choices—One woman’s impact

Winner NNLights Book Heaven 1st place Sweet Romance

Author Shout Out Recommended Read 2020


Aden House, successful but driven chef and TV personality, refuses to slow down. His life implodes one night, damaging him both physically and emotionally. He’s rescued by a woman he thinks of as his angel.

Shay McDowell has rebuilt her life after her divorce. She juggles volunteer EMT duties and her job, while dreaming of becoming a chef. She finds her way to Rock House Grill and back into the life of the man she helped save.

Can love be the ingredient needed to survive the many obstacles they face?

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