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The Roche Hotel – Season One (by Mysti Parker)

Please welcome Mysti Parker, a writer of hidden depths (or multiple personalities), whose work I loved well before I met her “in real life”!

The Roche Hotel

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Season One

A serial romantic comedy by Mysti Parker

After her husband ditches her for a blonde actress wannabe, Jane Seymour needs a job that pays the rent. The struggling Roche Hotel needs a miracle. With the former owner’s wife butting her nose into the renovations and new owners who are in way over their heads, Jane may be the answer to their prayers. Sure, she can handle The Roche Hotel’s quirky staff. But, can this skittish divorcee keep it all together when handsome Henry the Donut Guy makes his first delivery? This collection of serial fiction stories is a Tudorific romantic comedy that will leave you laughing out loud and hungry for more.

The Story Behind the Stories

THEY say a lot of things, don’t they? Like don’t wear white after Labor Day or don’t fry bacon with your shirt off (that’s probably good advice, come to think of it). Most of what THEY say goes right in one ear and out the other. But, in terms of writing, when THEY say “write what you know”, it makes a lot of sense. So, that’s where The Roche Hotel got its start—from my own experience working in a hotel way back in the ‘90s.

Many of these first 10 episodes are based on some very real incidents that happened during my days as a front desk clerk in a little mid-priced hotel. Sure, a lot of stuff’s made up purely from my crazy imagination, but there were 5:00 AM donuts—delicious being fresh from the bakery. Henry the Donut Guy—not real, but I wouldn’t have argued one bit if he had been! Among the many other true-to-life items that appear at the Roche Hotel are a popcorn machine, a Muzak (think elevator music) that never played at the right volume, at least one “lady of the night”, and a dead body.

To discover all those things for yourself, from now until release day on October 15, you can pre-order your copy of The Roche Hotel, Season One for just $0.99 on Amazon Kindle! After that, the price goes up to $1.99, so make your reservation now and save a buck!

Click HERE to Pre-Order The Roche Hotel, Season One

The Roche Hotel Promo

Because I like parties, I’m also inviting all of you to the release day party on Facebook, October 15 from 6-9 PM EST.

You’ll get a chance to win a hotel-themed gift basket which includes:

  • Robe
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Tiny soap bars (so cute!)
  • Ghirardelli chocolates
  • Signed postcards

We’ll also have some fun and games, so I hope you’ll join me. And please bring a friend!

Click HERE to Join the Facebook Release Day Party!

Thanks so much for your support! Happy reading! ~Mysti Parker

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Mysti Parker (pseudonym) is a wife, mom, author, and shameless chocoholic. She is the author of the Tallenmere standalone fantasy romance series. Her other writings have appeared in the anthologies Hearts of Tomorrow, Christmas Lites, Christmas Lites II, The Darwin Murders, Tasteful Murders and EveryDayFiction.

Other writing pursuits include serving as a class mentor in Writers Village University’s seven week online course, F2K. She finished her first historical romance this spring and has one children’s book (Quentin’s Problem) soon to be published, with one more waiting for illustrations, and many more stewing in her head.

When she’s not writing fiction, Mysti works as a freelance editor and copywriter. She also reviews books for SQ Magazine, an online specfic publication, and is the proud owner of Unwritten, a blog voted #3 for eCollegeFinder’s Top Writing Blogs award. She resides in Buckner, KY with her husband and three children.

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Ups and Downs – But Nothing I Can’t Handle!

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Well, I had to cancel my Nerium party in Lexington last Sunday – no RSVPs :( It may be for the best, though. Since Michael and I are sharing a car and even a one-hour drive in tough on my back I think expanding outside of Louisville isn’t a reasonable goal for us right now.

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 We had some Jehovah’s Witnesses on the street the other day. I went into the living room to see why the dogs were barking like crazy and the couple had already moved on to my neighbor’s house – didn’t even knock on my door. Normally I’d be fine with that, but I’d promised myself that the next time someone was going door-to-door with anything I’d invite them in and tell them all about Nerium :D Surely there will be a tree-trimming service along soon – and those guys get some serious sun damage!

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At nearly the last minute I discovered that a Nerium Market Party I’d been planning on going to was going to be done entirely in Spanish. Since I took Latin in high school I think the best I could have done was order a margarita at the bar – not the best use of my time.

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Oh, speaking of Nerium (and obviously I can’t stop!) I got my first paycheck on Wednesday – OK, technically it was Michael’s paycheck, but I’m the one having fun with this business. He’s just doing the boring stuff. You know, the paperwork and so forth that . . . oh, yeah – that part that gets us paid. Oh, well, my time spent curled up in bed with my phone chatting on different social media channels is important, too, right? And someone has to go have a glass of wine at Wine and Wrinkles Parties and enjoy Market Party presentations from the comfort of a nice, high-backed booth!

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I did manage to write a short story this week. It has nothing to do with anything else I’m writing, but that’s OK, too. I’m writing!!

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On the downside I talked with Allsup, the company handling my SSI disability claim. I started the whole process in the spring of 2011, had a hearing in July of 2013, was notified I’d been denied in September 2013, appealed in October 2013, and here we are, almost a year later, and my appeal hasn’t even been assigned to a judge yet! I was told not to expect results for another 13 months. That will be 4 1/2 years on my first disability attempt. With letters from a half-dozen specialists saying I cannot work, MRIs and Functional Capacity Exams to back it up. Anyway, I’m seeing a lawyer Friday about my disability insurance company’s behavior, which a whole other stinky ball of wax. Honestly, I just try not to think about it, because there is truly nothing I can do.

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Let’s end on a positive note, though. I’m writing this Thursday afternoon, and looking forward to a Nerium Market Party (in English this time) tonight. I need to be surrounded by positive, optimistic people for a little while. These Nerium gatherings are better than therapy (and much cheaper)!

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My Favorite Books From the Past Month (September Edition)

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I’m a voracious reader, so I’m limiting myself to my favorite five books read in the last month and linking up with Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy . She hosts Twitterature the fifteenth of every month.

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Opal’s Jubilee – This is the third book in Leslie Lynch’s Appalachian Foothills Series, and it’s my favorite. I was fortunate enough to be in a critique group with Leslie when she started writing Opal, so it was kind of like being present when a baby is born. You have a vested interest in the details of that little creature’s existence for the rest of their life. And so it was with me and Opal. The critique group took a break and other things in my life continued the breakdown I was then experiencing, and I never found out what happened to Opal. But I thought about her a lot. When I’d wander the aisles of a fabric shop and see a particularly appealing purple heather or mossy green. When I’d shop at Goodwill. When I’d spot a woman with a beautiful, long braid of hair that I thought might match Opal’s. Then when I read the book I just wanted to crawl inside. I wanted to drink hot tea with Opal and tell her everything would be alright. I wanted to shop in the fabric store where she worked. There have been very few books that I’ve really wanted to live in, but Opal’s Jubilee is one of them. Treat yourself and read it.

OK, I know the whole point with Twitterature is to be brief, but I just couldn’t not rave about Opal. So I’ll be very brief for the rest of this post to make up for it ;)

I also enjoyed The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son – a four-book series by Lois Lowry . It’s a YA Fantasy series – one of those that makes a reader realize how much time and effort must go into creating entire worlds for fantasy novels. Their minds must just have different boundaries than mine – but I’m so glad they do! These should be required reading for middle-schoolers. And with the strange and horrific occurrences that we all see on the news every single day these books helped remind me that although we often can’t even agree on right and wrong among the citizens of our own country there are people around the world doing things we all agree are evil, but they just as firmly believe are right and just. It’s a terrifying reminder, but one I needed to gain perspective on world issues.

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