Friday, August 18, 2017

Book Spotlight: The Alaskan Catch

Beth Carpenter


Where life's currents take you…

Dana Raynott just traveled 3,600 miles to reunite with the brother who changed his name and fled to Alaska nineteen years ago. It's impossible not to be moved by this wild, breathtaking state, even if Dana's no closer to finding the answers she came here for.

Her brother's best friend, Anchorage engineer Sam MacKettrick, might be able to help her. He's strong and kind—a six-foot, irresistible blend of diverse cultures. He's also haunted by a tragic family history with a startling connection to Dana's past…

Author Bio:

Beth Carpenter believes that life is brighter in the company of a dog, that love and laughter are inseparable, and that there is no such thing as “too many books.”

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Author Interview: Darcy Flynn

Darcy Flynn
author, Eagle Eye



Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)
I’m from New Orleans, Louisiana and lived there until I met and married my husband at age twenty-one. I’m now a Tennessean, having lived in and around Nashville for over twenty-five years. My husband and I have a grown son who works in the film industry in Los Angeles. We’ve traveled to many countries in our forty years of marriage and had the privilege of living in London, England for over a year.

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
Although I’ve traveled to many countries, I’ve yet to see much of the United States and would enjoy touring the west. I’ve always wanted to visit the town of Turkey, Texas. I’ve been told Turkey is like stepping back in time, that the town is basically untouched and still has the old west feel to it. It would be a delight to spend time there plotting a mail-order-bride romance.

What got you started on your writing journey?
The empty nest. When my son went off to college, I came across a box of old Harlequin romances while de-cluttering a closet. It was like Christmas morning. I decided to re-read some of them and after each one I’d think, I could write one of these. So I did, and two years later Soul Mate Publishing bought my first book. I was fifty-three years old, proving it’s never too late to follow your dreams.

Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance?  Do you write steamy romance as well?
Well, it’s what I grew up on. It’s what I love and I also wanted my stories to be something my future granddaughters could read. ☺ Most of my books definitely have sexual tension in them, but nothing too steamy.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?
I love everything about creating the characters and their world. As a rule follower, I love creating heroines that don’t mind breaking a few. My stories that deal with mistaken identities are so much fun to write. They’re cute and filled with humor and emotion.

Do you have a favorite comment or question from a reader?
One of my readers recently asked when my next book was coming out. That she needed a Darcy Flynn Fix! Lol. I had no idea I was someone’s addiction! Bring it on!

Where do your ideas come from?
I get most of my ideas while listening to music. Since I was a little girl, music evoked scenes that would play out in my head. As I grew up I thought I was supposed to be an actress, then later, I thought it meant I’d compose music for movies. In college, I actually majored in music with that goal in mind. Alas, none of that happened. So now, I use it in my plot and scene development. Works beautifully! If I get stuck in my writing, I put in my ear buds and take a walk on my farm. In minutes I’m working out that stubborn scene in my head.

Please share about your book 
My latest book, Eagle Eye is the second book in my Like No Other Series. Like No Other is a foundation created to teach teen girls about beauty and health. The instructors teach the girls that there’s no one else on earth just like them. That they’re uniquely created, beautifully and wonderfully made.
The organization came about in book one of the series, Hawke’s Nest. The heroine is an international fashion model and the organization is her way of giving back. The heroine in Eagle Eye is a teen girl fashion designer and volunteers with the organization. One of the fun things about writing her story is she is the best friend from my very first book, Keeper of My Heart. I had so much fun linking that book to this series.
By the way, the birds of prey titles refer to the heroes in each book.

Do you have a favorite character you have written so far? 
Wow, that’s a tough one. I’d have to say one of my favorite characters is Kit Kendall from my contemporary western, Rogue’s Son. She’s feisty and aggravating. At least my hero, Sam, thinks so. She’s working hard to save her B&B ranch from going under. So much so, she’s chopped off her beautiful red hair, traded her skirts for wranglers and dresses like a man. How else is she supposed to mend fences and tend horses all day? She’ll flat tell you she doesn’t need a man…that is until Sam returns to town to challenge that idea.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Author Interview: Leigh Podersky

Leigh Podgorski
author, Western Song



Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)

I was born in Chicago, but grew up in New England so that is where my heart will always be. However, my roots are from Poland. In 2005, my husband, daughter and I along with my sister and her daughter went to Krakow, Poland, with visits to Budapest and Prague, to visit the land where my Grandmother was born and grew up. From family stories and the help of  friendly natives of Debowiec, we were able to find the land her family once owned as well as the tiny church they attended. The churchyard contained many names of my ancestors, as well as the family name of my husband. When I returned to California where I now live, I began a five year journey to research and write a family saga loosely based on my ancestors that flows through 250 years of Polish history, THE WOMEN DEBROWSKA. The book is available on Amazon.


Fill in the blank favorites - Type of hero. My heroes, whether writing them or reading about them, must have strength but also vulnerability. They must possess kindness, even if they are tortured, even if they are dark. One of my favorite heroes is the Vampire Lestat. He struggles so hard to find the light within, but cannot overcome his basest compulsions. There must be nobility and strength. They can stumble and falter, but they mustn’t be mean or petty or small. They must be searching, reaching always for that better self.
Type of heroine. My favorite heroines must possess the same qualities as my heores. Strong, yet vulnerable; kind even if tortured and dark. Never superficial, petty, or mean. Always reaching for the sun. Daenerys Targaryen from A Song of Ice and Fire series is a good example. She is capable of committing evil acts, but she is strong and principled.
Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and/or on your "must read" list?
Full Wolf Moon by Lincoln Child—story about paranormal investigator Jeremy Logan. I have a series about a paranormal investigator, too…
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken. Loved him on SNL, love his work as a Senator.
Quiet Until the Thaw by Alexander Fuller. Takes place on a South Dakota Indian reservation. I have spent decades researching and working with Native Americans and have a book, OURAY’S PEAK that details the Ute Indians of Colorado.
The Ready-Made Thief by Augustus Rose.  This book’s description encompasses my perfect heroine: gritty, bold, taking on a gang of tough hombres.
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
The Philippines. My father was stationed there during WWII where he learned to repair airplanes. He fell in love with the Philippines and returned there after my mother died. He was also an entrepreneur and was doing business there. My sister was always afraid he would never return—and he did not. He was murdered on the streets of Manilla. In the Philippines, you have to pay to get a murder investigated. Here in the states, we could not get anyone interested. The US didn’t want to touch this one. I have a friend who is also a writer who has always told me that this is the story I need to write. It has been over 25 years now, and I am emotionally far enough removed from this crime to be able to write about it. I have begun to loosely outline the book in my head—which, surprisingly or maybe not, I envision as a light-hearted, at times comic sleuth/murder series of a young woman and her best friend, a young gay man. Their first case is her father’s murder in Manilla.
What is your favorite genre to write?
I write in many genres, and the genre I am writing at the time is my favorite. Right now, I am writing Fantasy – which is new to me. I have a psychic detective/tracker series which slips into the metaphysical. The novella I am working on now will become the fourth book in that series. The books are DESERT CHIMERA, GALLOWS ASCENDING, and NEURI SHAPE-SHIFTING. The story I’m writing is SEASON OF THE NEURI KNIGHT.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I read a lot of True Crime because I am fascinated by the psychology. I also love Literary Fiction and Mystery.
What is one silly fact about you?
I still stay up half the night reading because I HAVE to know how the darn thing ENDS!!!!

Western Song

Contemporary Western Love Story about a bull riding rancher and his deceased best buddy’s Thai immigrant mail order bride. As she discovers the power of freedom, he discovers he’s lost his heart.



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Interview: Margaret Brownley


“Are you’re askin’ if your virtue is safe with me?”
She blushed, but refused to back down. The man didn’t mince words and neither would she. “Well, is it?”
“Safe as you want it to be,” he said finally. 
                                                                           -From Margaret’s new book, A Match Made in Texas


Favorite type of hero. Type of heroine.

I like to write strong, virile heroes with a hidden sensitivity that only the heroine can bring out. My heroines tend to be feisty, strong and independent, but ultimately feminine.

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?

I’ve always wanted to travel to Italy, but it would be hard convincing my publisher the necessity of going there to research my Texas-based westerns.  Do you think they’d buy the spaghetti-western angle?

What is your favorite genre to write?

I love writing romances.  Love really does make the world go around.  Every theme known to mankind can be explored within the confines of two people falling in love.  The story possibilities are endless.

What is one silly fact about you?

My granddaughter just taught me to do tricks on a Fidget.  Don’t laugh. It’s not easy.

What got you started on your writing journey?

I’ve always wanted to be a writer and wrote my first book at the age of eleven.  It was a mystery that I didn’t know how to end.  Still don’t.   My early “writing” career ended in eighth grade when I flunked English.  I went on to other things, but the writing bug never left me.  When my kids entered junior high and I had more time on my hands, I decided to follow my dream.  I wrote five books before selling my first.

Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance?  Do you write steamy romance as well?

I started writing for Harlequin and my stories were a bit steamy, but I found myself skipping the sex scenes in the books I was reading at the time.  I was more interested in how the couple interacted before they went to bed.  I also wanted to write books that I didn’t have to hide from my grandchildren.   As a writer, it’s easy to toss a couple in bed.   The challenge for those of us writing sweet romances is to find other ways to deepen the relationship.   If we do it right, the readers will take the couple to bed on their own.

What other things do you have planned with your writing for the next year or so?

How the West Was Wed, will be out in the fall.  This is the third and last book in my A Match Made in Texas series.  A Very, Merry Small Town Christmas collection was just released and contains my story Do You Hear What I Hear?  Also, I have a story in the Christmas in a Cowboy’s Arms collection to be released October.   Meanwhile, I’m working on my new Shotgun Brides series.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?

I love hearing from readers, especially when they write and tell me how the book made them laugh or touched their heart in some way.

What are the elements of a great romance for you?

When I read a romance, I want to fall in love with the hero. A great romance makes me feel some of the same feelings I felt when falling in love for real.

Please share about your book

A Match Made in Texas is Amanda Lockwood’s story.  We first met her in Left at the Altar (each book stands alone).  She’s the one who was always in trouble. This time she’s in even more hot water.  She’s now Two-Time Texas’s first female sheriff and her first duty is to save a man from a lynch mob.  Common sense tells her that the charming outlaw is guilty as charged, but her heart tells her otherwise.



If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?

Feisty, funny, big-hearted, unpredictable and loyal

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

If you like being swept away by love and enjoy a little humor along the way, then this book is for you.

About Margaret

Bestselling author Margaret Brownley has penned more than forty novels and novellas. Her books have won numerous awards, including the National Readers’ Choice and Romantic Times Pioneer awards.  She’s a two-time Romance Writers of America RITA finalist and has written for a TV soap. She is currently working on her next series. Not bad for someone who flunked eighth-grade English. Just don’t ask her to diagram a sentence.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Book Spotlight: One Woman's Heart

Delaney Cameron


Everybody knows the path to true love doesn’t always run smooth, but Holly and her boyfriend Scott seem to be going in opposite directions. When their relationship takes a turn for the worst, she finds comfort in the company of her next door neighbor. Holly accepts Devon’s friendship with no expectations of where it might lead. After all, she’s not looking to fall in love again, and you can’t find what you’re not looking for.

In spite of his mother’s warnings about the sand running out in his hourglass, Devon isn’t interested in being anything other than a single dad. He’s already proven he’s not very good at marriage. When he meets Holly, he isn’t prepared for how his heart will respond. Since he doesn’t want to act on these very much unwanted feelings, his course of action is clear. There’s just one problem. How is he supposed to retreat when he’s surrounded?

Author Bio:

I'm a Georgia girl at heart if not by birth. I love to read, watch college football, and spend time with my husband. I'm a hopeless romantic so there will always be a happily ever after in my stories. I also like to write about second chances because love doesn't always work out the first time.

My books are sweet romances set in both contemporary and regency settings featuring stories about the journey to love, from that first meeting to the point where two people know their hearts are no longer their own. My characters aren't perfect. They make mistakes and have faults like the rest of us. They learn the sometimes painful truth that the path to love isn't always smooth, but it's a road worth traveling.


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Monday, July 24, 2017

Book Spotlight: Reality Bites


Sharon Hughston


Ronnie wanted a Virtual Match, until she fell for the guy on the other end of the texts and emails.

After real-life dating for only a few weeks, things start to heat up. Ronnie’s crazy family gets crazier, and her therapist gives her an ultimatum.

Marcus teeters on the edge of falling in love, but when he learns Ronnie’s secret, he’s afraid of moving too fast. The idea of life without her terrifies him more than anything.

Ronnie runs back to the safety of her career, but can her heart ever be free from what Marcus has awakened? And will he let her go?

Author Bio:

To read is to venture into other realities. An avid book-explorer, Sharon Hughson writes romance and young adult fantasy, living out her lifetime dream and calling it “a job.” After being saved by The Chronicles of Narnia as a teenager, Sharon decided escaping reality alone isn’t nearly as delightful as sharing those make-believe worlds with friends. She invites you to enter her story realm(s) and fall in love all over again. Even after twenty-some years married to her high school sweetheart, she still enjoys the hearts-a-flutter rush from a well-told romantic tale. She resides in Oregon with her husband and three cats. You can find more of her imaginative tales at www.sharonleehughson.com.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Book Spotlight: Searching for Irene

Marlene Bateman



What happened to Irene?

When Anna Coughlin, a modern 1920’s woman, travels to the secluded hills of Virginia to work for wealthy Lawrence Richardson, she discovers that the previous secretary, Irene, has mysteriously disappeared. Upon arriving at the castle-like mansion, Anna finds that Lawrence’s handsome, but antagonistic son, Tyler, wants nothing more than to have her gone. And he isn’t the only one—

Caught up in a maze of intrigue in a tormented and troubled household, Anna sets out to find the truth behind Irene’s disappearance. She is helped—and often hindered—by the temperamental Tyler Richardson, who—despite her best intentions—begins to steal her heart.

But even as Anna begins to uncover dark secrets, she must continue to hide a significant one of her own. Then, her life is threatened, and Anna is left to wonder if she’ll be able to unravel the mystery before she disappears as mysteriously as the unfortunate Irene—

Author Bio:

Marlene Bateman grew up in Sandy, Utah, and graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor's degree in English. She is married to Kelly R. Sullivan and they live in North Salt Lake, Utah with their two dogs and four cats. Marlene has been published extensively in magazines and newspapers and wrote the best-selling romance/suspense novel, Light on Fire Island. She has written three other mysteries; Motive for Murder, A Death in the Family, and Crooked House, as well as the romance, For Sale by Owner.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Book Spotlight: Two Together

Reina M Williams



Can a scarred veteran and a caring young woman uncover love with the help of some unlikely fairy godpeople? Find out in this sweet modern-day fairy tale from Amazon bestselling author Reina M. Williams.

After the accidental death of her stepfather, Eva Bellarmine goes into hiding with a man known only as “Beast.” At his family’s vacation home in the Sierra mountains, they have to wait until it’s safe for Eva to return home. But as their feelings for each other grow, so too does the danger they’ll have to confront. Can they work together, or will their reluctance to love tear them apart forever?

Author Bio:

Reina M. Williams writes sweet romance with a touch of sass, from Austenesque series to contemporary twists on fairy tales. She loves period dramas, baking, and reading. Reina's interest in history began when she visited Colonial Williamsburg as a girl. She has a B.A. in History and did graduate study in English Literature. A California native, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her two sons.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Author Interview: Paul Lonardo



Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)

I was raised in a small state, and in small town, where family is everything. I was born and grew up in Rhode Island, where I live now with my wife and nine year old son. It’s a region of the country where people tend not to wonder too far away from their families, and if they do it is usually not for very long. Around here, you can always come home again. I ventured out to California when I was 19, wanting to pursue a career path in film and screen writing. I enrolled in a film school in Hollywood. It was quite an adventure, and an opportunity to learn about life as much as filmmaking. I returned home after a semester to focus on writing, for the screen as well as other forms. When I left again, it was also for California, although this time I found myself in Palm Springs. I had gotten degree in Mortuary Science and wanted to work and learn the trade outside of Rhode Island.  I returned to Rhode Island once more, wanting to be around my family and to start my own family. There was someone special back home that I left and was fortunate to find again, eventually marrying and having a son. No matter what else I might do, writing continues to be a big part of my life. Writing…And family.

What is your favorite genre to write?

That question is not as easy to answer as I thought. I can honestly say that I enjoying writing no matter what genre or form. I’ve been writing practically my entire life. Early on, I began telling stories in the medium of film as a teenager, making movies with my friends around the neighborhood. After attending a film school in California, I wanted to pursue the craft of screenwriting, and began writing scripts. Gradually, I turned to other forms of writing, including short fiction, typically in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres. My first novel was in that vein. Certainly, I had an early interest in the paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy and horror genres. Literary influences ranged for me, but I always tended to gravitate more toward the likes of Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King, as well as H.P. Lovecraft. By chance, I began doing a lot of ghostwriting and collaborative nonfiction. As much as I enjoy creating my own characters and stories, I’ve found that the truth really is stranger than fiction, and have been fortunate to work on a number of very interesting and inspired projects with people who needed assistance telling their own amazing stories. At first, I thought perhaps that writing romance was something of an experimental phase for me, but it may be something I continue. I’ve found that I really enjoy writing these stories, particularly Soul Awakening because it contains elements of some of the other genres I really like.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?

I find being open to change is a form of freedom, and there is something to be said for writing in different genres and different forms. So diversity in my writing is something that I find most rewarding. I feel fortunate to be able to learn something new about an interesting person or a topic with virtually every book project.

There is also a kind of energy I feel when I get into a story when its starts to develop seemingly on its own, unbidden. Sometimes I feel as if I have to keep up with it so it doesn’t get away from me. You can’t stop until it does, or until you catch up with it, hopefully by the end of the story. It is very invigorating. At the same time, once you get to that point, and you catch up with it, you may have used so much energy in the process that no amount of coffee is going to offset that. Exhaustion sets in then. And that’s a good thing, too, because rest is really important.

Why do you choose to write clean/ sweet romance?  Do you write steamy romance as well?

I really think it is my nature, more than anything else. While there is certainly a duality at work in me, as there is an all of us, the approach to writing romance, and the preference an individual has for the type of romantic fiction they read may be something that is ultimately inherent.
My first romance, Reunion of Souls, published in 2015, was also a clean, while last summer’s release, Enchanted Desire was an erotic romance. So I have done both. Now Soul Awakening, which is probably most representative of who I am. I am very much an introvert. It’s probably one of the reasons why I turned to story-telling early in life, and became a writer. If I was any other way, I may not have found refuge in writing. Furthermore, I believe that being introverted allows me to express myself through my characters in ways that I could never imagine in real life. Writing provides an outlet for so many expressions, feelings and desires that are inhibited or restrained in some way. You hear about certain performers, actors and musicians, who are reserved and shy until they get on stage or in front of a camera. I think there are many writers who are the same way, me being one of them

How many books have you written, and how many of those have been published?

Soul Awakening is my third romance title to be released over the past two years. All have been published by different romance publishers, and all in the novella range in terms of their length. I have ten other books, mostly nonfiction titles that are in print, a handful of them collaborative efforts that were self-published. So to date, the number of titles available is a good baker’s dozen. They do vary in genre, from true crime to sports, romance to horror. Over the years, I have written many short stories that have not been published, as well as other full length books in various stages of completion that, like the short stories, may one day be salvaged. You never know. I do, however, have a completed manuscript, a nonfiction, collaborative book project, which I believe will find a publishing home sometime in the near future.

If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?   
Innocent
Conflicted
Devoted
Passionate
Strong-willed


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Book Spotlight: Soul Awakening

Paul Lonardo


As a small Texas town mourns the tragic death of its high school football star, Alecia is struggling to adjust to life without the boy she has dated since sixth grade and thought she would be with forever.

When Braden comes to her as an apparition, she finds herself falling for Riley, Braden’s best friend and teammate. Has Braden returned to spy on her, or for some other reason?

Alecia’s not sure, but she soon realizes she must find a way to accept Braden’s death and welcome love back into her life, or risk losing everything.

The Power of Secret Love changes everything…

Author Bio:

Paul Lonardo is a freelance writer and author. He has had both fiction and non-fiction book published, including titles that have been excerpted in Reader’s Digest and reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly.

Soul Awakening is his third romance novella. Reunion of Souls was published by Liquid Silver Press in 2105, and last summer Wild Rose Press released Enchanted Desire.
From the Ashes, a collaborative book written with a Gina Russo, is a true story of her survival from the deadly 2003 Station Nightclub fire in Rhode Island which claimed the lives of 100 people, became the basis of a 2013 documentary web series, The Station, which Paul produced.
Paul has been interviewed as part of several documentaries, including NBCUniveral’s I Survived a Serial Killer, featuring the true crime story depicted in the book Caught in the Act, A Courageous Family’s Fight to Save their Daughter from a Serial Killer.


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