Guest Post by bestselling author Maggie McGinnis featuring her latest release A COWBOY’S CHRISTMAS PROMISE

I Was Supposed to Marry a Cowboy (Don’t Tell my Husband)

 

Thanks so much for hosting me today! I’m so excited to celebrate the release of A Cowboy’s Christmas Promise with you!

I’m a born-and-bred New Englander, so I have to admit I get more than my share of the “Why cowboys?” question at family gatherings. Of course, my go-to answer is “Seriously? You have to ask?” But truly, why DO I write cowboys?

I think maybe I was supposed to have married one, and somewhere along the way I got distracted. Now, if my husband is reading this, it’s not about you. Truly. You’re awesome. Amazing, even.

Just … not a cowboy.

See, to me, cowboys totally own the whole tall, dark, and handsome thing. Even if they’re short, you put them on a horse, with a Stetson, and voila: sexy American icon. I mean, really. What could be better than a man who puts his animals before himself? A man who’s skilled enough to live outside for days on end? A man who speaks with his eyes and works with his hands?

A cowboy means horses, and campfires, and moonlit rides to secluded waterfalls. It means log cabins and barn kittens and haylofts and—sigh—those jeans, people.

I’m just sayin’.

Now, it’s possible I hold cowboys to an unrealistic standard, and maybe they’re not all gorgeous and fit and dreamy. But the ones I create are. I have architect-cowboys and veterinarian-cowboys and just plain cowboy-cowboys, and every single one of them is gorgeous, tough, and sexy-as-heck. They just need to find their happily-ever-afters with the right gals, and life will be perfect.

I didn’t get to marry a cowboy, and in reality I’m pretty okay with that, but I gotta tell ya—I’m still holding out for one of my besties to find one so I’ll have an excuse to go visit.

How about you? Whether you married him or not, what’s YOUR dream “type?” Did you ever long to be a cowgirl? Or are tall, dark billionaires more your style?

 

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A Cowboy's Christmas Promise by Maggie McGinnis

 

A Cowboy’s Christmas Promise

By

Maggie McGinnis

Releasing November 18th, 2014

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Blurb:

 In a captivating novel spiced with holiday magic—perfect for fans of Rachel Gibson, Susan Mallery, and Molly O’Keefe—a rugged Montana man mends a Northeast girl’s jaded heart.

Boston veterinarian Hayley Scampini tends the city’s pampered pets but dreams of the rural life of a country vet. She’s single and determined to stay that way, convinced that love isn’t permanent enough to trust. Then a vacation to the Whisper Creek dude ranch introduces her to Daniel McKee, a sexy single dad who runs the kind of veterinary practice she aspires to—and rattles her conviction to keep men at a distance.

Managing a thriving practice, coping with the loss of his wife, and fighting a custody battle with his in-laws over his twin daughters, Daniel couldn’t be more overwhelmed. Hayley is a godsend, accompanying him in the field and winning over his girls. It doesn’t take Daniel long to realize he’s falling for this woman, hard and fast. So before Hayley returns to Boston, he extracts a promise: that she will return to Whisper Creek for Christmas. It’s the perfect time and place to show Hayley that the promise of a beautiful life together is something she can believe in.

 

Praise for Maggie McGinnis:

 “Maggie McGinnis writes the kind of characters that keep you smiling long after you turn the page.”—USA Today bestselling author Katie Lane

“A writer with a talent for both humor and emotion.”—New York Times bestselling author Lori Handeland, aka Lori Austin

“McGinnis comes out of the chute with force, grabs your emotions, and gets a death hold on your attention to the last page, where you sigh and wish there was one more chapter.”—New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown

“Heartwarming and sweet, Maggie McGinnis is definitely an author to watch!”—USA Today bestselling author Tina Leonard

 

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Maggie McGinnis is the author of Accidental Cowgirl and Driving Without a License, which was a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award. A former high school English teacher, an accomplished musician, and a certified black belt, she lives in New England with her family.

 

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Sneak Peek Sunday–Gambling On A Dream….. “Did he do it?”

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Today I’m sharing a bit from my upcoming release, Gambling On A Dream–set to release early June from Kensington Lyrical Press.

SET UP: Sheriff Dawn Madison and Texas Ranger Wyatt McPherson has brought her brother in for questioning for the murder of a seventeen-year-old boy.

It was useless to keep up the questioning. Talon wasn’t telling them anything. Wyatt hated to admit it, even to himself, but Talon acted like a man with something to hide. He closed his notebook and glanced at Dawn. She tried to cover the tired dark circles under her eyes with makeup, but it had long ago worn away. Her shoulders sagged under the starched tan uniform blouse.

“I think we’re done here.” Wyatt stood to stretch his back.

Talon rolled out of his chair onto his feet and picked up his old straw cowboy hat. “Good. I’ve got work to do.”

Before he reached the door, Wyatt stepped into his path. “I hope I don’t have to remind you to let us know if you feel the need to leave the county.”

Talon cocked a dark brow and tipped his head as he put on his hat in a gesture Wyatt hoped was acquiescence, but could have as easily meant screw you. As Talon shoved past him to head for the door, he didn’t so much as look at his sister.

When the door closed with a resounding click, Dawn pounded a fist onto the table with enough force to rattle their coffee mugs. “Dammit, who is he protecting?”

 

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Interview and canvas art by JoAnne Myers author by LOVES, MYTHS AND MONSTERS

Hello Sara, and thank you for having me back. I not only write mystery, paranormal, fantasy, poetry, and true crime, I also dabble in canvas art. I will be awarding two people who comment a paperback or PDF of their choice. My books are listed below.

 

  1. When did you begin to paint and write? I began writing and painting as a child. Writing is the only activity that keeps my interest.

 

  1. Where do you get your inspiration for your paintings? Mostly from calendars and postcards. I love painting lighthouses, sunsets, beaches, and barns.

Cabin in the Woods

  1. Is music a factor for you while you are painting? Do certain songs put you in the right frame of mind to paint certain scenes? No I don’t need music to get me in the mood to paint, but music is nice to listen too while I paint or write. I do keep a radio on my computer stand.
  1. If you could collaborate with one artist or author living or not, who would it be? Ann Rule. I just love her stories, and many have been turned into movies, which is my goal for my stories.
  1. If your muse were to talk behind your back, what secrets would they tell? That I am a private person-loner if you will
  1. Are your characters able to love or do they need to be taught? My good guys are experts at love making, and the bad guys get little or no action.

Overlooking the Lighthouse

  1. What can readers look for next from you? I am in the process of turning Murder Most Foul into a screenplay for film or television.

 

  1. What are your painting or writing goals? To get better at both. To always learn something different.

 

  1. What do you hope your paintings do for others? I hope my art brings happiness to those who gaze upon it, and is valued by those who purchase it.

Cliffside View

 

Two fun facts about JoAnne

  1. What is your perfect date? A perfect date is a man who is a gentleman. Someone with good manners, sincerity, honestly, and a good Christian heart and values. Is that too much to ask for? I always keep good values in mind when creating a main character. I like good guys and want the good guy to win, but that’s not always what happens with some of my story endings.

 

  1. What would your muse say about you behind your back? That I am shy and awkward around others.

 

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Loves Myths and Monsters by JoAnne Myers

 

 

Loves, Myths and Monsters

by

JoAnne Myers

Blurb:

A collection of mystical tales starring The Mothman, the Chupracabra, reincarnation, ghosts, an Egyptian love curse and more entwined within the human world.

Welcome To Anna
Little does 17 year old Zoe, realize, but the Chupracabra followed her to Ohio from South America. What happens next is a series of chilling mysteries, and unsuspecting friendships and love.

The Hunter’s Bride
When all game warden Daren Abram, had to worry about was which lucky lady to woo, he comes to the realization that his town is being stalked by the reincarnation of the town’s legend.

Moon People
For teenage mermaid Constance, coming to the quaint seaside town of Willowick, is heavenly, until she falls for mortal boy Drake. For the town to survive, Constance is forced to choose between her kind and the boy and town she loves.

The Pack
When young Lycan Sonny Red Blanket, a Shawnee Indian falls for mortal girl Drenda Way, he must save her from his fellow Lycan’s and stop a werewolf uprising.

The Bidding
Apiologist 34-year-old Duncan McPherson goes to Circleville, Ohio, to investigate a series of mysterious bee attacks. What is uncovered proves to be more dark and sinister then anyone imaged.

The Agreement
Incarcerated in the abandoned Roseville jail, is the last thing rich college student and speeder Brice Conrad, needs. With an “agreement” between the town and a permanent demonic “guest”, only the unfortunate ones know the truth, but do not live to tell.

For The Love Of Ginnie
Handsome bachelor and Scientist Alex Anderson from the thirtieth century, returns to the Civil War with time serum to save his beloved Ginnie Wade from a snipers bullet, while finding a roller coaster ride of joy and perils.

Is It Only A Myth?
When 32-year-old Vinton County Sheriff, James “Jim“ Connors, discovers he has a Mothman hunting in his county, he stops at nothing to save his citizens.

The Proposition
The rough and ready cowboy John Queenie gets the shock of his life, when the ad to break a “wild filly” turns out to be a fiery Quaker girl named Tess. This is a story proving love conquers all.

The House On Shady Lane
A seemingly loving family turns out to be serial killers in 1873.

Love’s Curse
When an Egypt love curse scroll is stolen from a Dean’s office, persons begin dying in bizarre and grisly ways, with the college’s mascot a Viking King statue jokingly blamed for it.

 

About the Author:

I have been a long-time resident of southeastern Ohio, and worked in the blue-collar industry most of my life. Besides having several novels under my belt, I canvas paints.JoAnne Myers, author

When not busy with hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, my dog Jasmine, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild, Savvy Authors, Coffee Time Romance, Paranormal Romance Guild, True Romance Studios, National Writers Association, the Hocking Hill’s Arts and Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. I believe in family values and following your dreams. My original canvas paintings, can be found at: booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com

 

 

Books by JoAnne:

“MURDER MOST FOUL”  a detective/mystery

“WICKED INTENTIONS” a paranormal/mystery anthology

“LOVES’, MYTHS’ AND MONSTERS’,” a fantasy anthology

“THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY,” a biography true-crime

“POEMS ABOUT LIFE, LOVE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN”

“TWISTED LOVE,” a true-crime anthology

“FLAGITIOUS,”  a crime/mystery novella collection

 

 

Author Links:

 

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Interview with writing team C.D. Hersh author of BLOOD BROTHERS

Today I’d like to welcome, not one but two authors!  The writing husband and wife duo that publishes under the name of C.D. Hersh. Let’s start with you telling us a little about yourselves.

We are a husband and wife writing team who have been married for 44 years. We met in high school, got married in college, started writing plays and dramas for our church about 17 years ago, and paranormal romance about 7 years ago. We like to travel, go to movies, and just hang out together.

 

What genre/genres do you write?

Romance is our genre, but we like to write in the subgenre paranormal romance. We also have several book ideas that are time slip/travel and a couple of mystery romances.

 

Whatever became of your very first book?

Our very first book, The Promised One, book one of The Turning Stone Chronicles was published in 2013 on its first time out. Our second book in the series, Blood Brother, was just released. Both were released by Soul Mate Publishing.

 

What inspired you to write Blood Brothers?

It’s the second book in the series that continues the overarching story of Alexi and Rhys, yet features two new main characters. The inspiration for the series was the fact we wanted to write something a little different from the normal shape shifter werewolf books.

 

Who was easier to write–Hero or Heroine? Why?

Depends on who you ask. Donald has final say for the male POV and Catherine controls the female POV. So since Catherine does the first draft, after extensive plot discussions, she would probably say the heroine.

 

What can you tell us about your world building? What makes your world stand out?

As we developed the book concept we decided that we wanted something different than the normal were-shape shifters. In reality, we can thank Donald’s psychology courses for the idea of the various forms of shifting. One of the psyche theories is that we all have three parts to our psyche, commonly called id, ego and super-ego. We added a twist to that theory using male, female, and animal egos, and a magic ring that could tap the various forms.

 

What’s your favorite TV show or movie of all time?

Favorite movie for both of us is “The Lake House.”

 

If you could chose a period in history to be born in, what would it be and why?

Current time as we like the amenities.

 

What was the most embarrassing thing your husband/boyfriend/partner/friend ever did to you in public?

Donald said Catherine’s not going to reveal this!

 

What is the one place you have never visited but would love to?

For Catherine that would be England, Ireland, and Scotland. For Donald the Grand Canyon.

 

If you were stranded on a desert island and could chose any famous person (living or dead), who would you chose to be stranded with you and why?

For Donald he would enjoy talking with Benjamin Franklin. Catherine wants someone who knows how to survive, so she wants Daniel Boone.

 

Quick Quiz (answer all)

 

  1. Cake or Chips – yes for both of us.

 

  1. Steak or Veggie Burger – steak again both of us.

 

  1. Chocolates or Roses – chocolates for Catherine, Donald abstains.

 

  1. Boxers or Briefs or Nothing at all – Catherine abstains and Donald’s not saying.

 

  1. And since I write both, I have to know which you prefer… Vampires or Cowboys – Cowboys as vampires give Catherine nightmares. Donald is not fond of them either, in spite of the fact we write paranormal.

 

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 Blood Brothers by CD Hersh

 

Blood Brothers

The Turning Stone Chronicles

by

C.D. Hersh

 

Blurb:

Shape shifter Delaney Ramsey’s daughter is missing, and she is bound by honor to protect the man she suspects of the deed. To bring him to justice, she must go against her code, the leader of the secret shifter society, and the police captain she is falling for.

When Delaney Ramsey is enlisted to help train two of the most powerful shape shifters the Turning Stone Society has seen in thousands of years, she suspects one of them is responsible for the disappearance of her daughter. To complicate matters, the man has a secret that could destroy them all. Bound by honor to protect the suspect, Delaney must prove his guilt without losing her life to his terrible powers or revealing to the police captain she’s falling for that she’s a shape shifter with more than one agenda.

The minute Captain Williams lays eyes on Delaney Ramsey, he knows she’s trouble. Uncooperative, secretive, and sexy, he can’t get her out of his mind. When he discovers she has a personal agenda for sifting through all the criminal records in his precinct, and secretly investigating his best detective, he can’t let her out of his sight. He must find out what she’s looking for before she does something illegal. If she steps over the line, he’s not certain he can look the other way for the sake of love.

 

Excerpt:

The telephone jangling pulled Delaney Ramsey out of a deep sleep. Moving the digital clock on the nightstand closer to her, she squinted at the bright green numbers. Three a.m. She fumbled for the receiver.

“If you’re calling at this ungodly hour, someone better be dead,” she mumbled into the phone.

“Delaney, ’tis Eli McCraigen.”

Sitting up, she pulled the duvet cover with her. Why was the Keeper of the Stone calling her? “What’s wrong, Eli?”

“Dinna worry yerself. ’Tis good news.”

Slumping against the headboard, she yawned, the adrenalin draining away with his words. “If it’s such good news, why couldn’t you wait until tomorrow?”

“I need ye tae call a special meeting o’ the council before they get away from the city.”

“All fifteen?”

“Nay, only the senior council. I’ve a new Promised One tae present.”

“Why wasn’t he presented last night at Samhain?”

“He hadnae committed tae the cause, and he dinna have a ring until minutes before midnight.”

“This is highly irregular, Eli. I don’t know if I can get the council to agree.”

“Ye have tae. He’s a verra special man.”

“A Promised One who hasn’t even had his ring more than a few hours. That’s unheard of. How can you expect someone like that to pass even one proof test?”

“He’s already shown me two–and they’re not the paltry tests most Promised Ones have failed. He has the elusive, legendary powers, and he did them using the power of other shifters’ rings.”

She snapped awake. “Other shifters’ rings? Whose?”

“Mine, Alexi Jordan’s and Sylvia Jordan’s.”

Delaney switched the light on, knocking her reading glasses to the floor with the motion. Great. She’d just bought them. Leaning over the edge of the bed, she retrieved the glasses and put them on. “Sylvia Jordan Riley?”

“’Tis that what the she-witch is calling herself now?”

“Seems so. Her name has come across my desk in her official capacity with Homeland Security.”

“That’s the other thing I need from ye. Sylvia’s butting intae Rhys’ and Alexi’s jobs and personal lives. I’m pretty certain she knows what he is, too. I need reinforcements.”

In all the years she’d known Eli, he’d never asked for assistance. And he comes to me now. At the worst possible time. “I’m honored you’d think of me, but I can’t do more than call the council for you. Ask one of them to get your reinforcements.”

“Fine, the council can arrange that, but I need ye on a more personal mission.”

“I’m in the middle of something very important and time consuming. I can’t help.”

“Dinna ye know who’s asking ye, lassie?”

She knew all right. The most powerful man in the entire Turning Stone Society. She was crazy to even consider refusing him. Her position on the council rested on his say so. However, finding her daughter meant more to her than anything else. “Normally I’d be willing to die for you, Eli, but–”

“Let’s pray dying won’t be what we’ll be needing. But I could be putting ye in a verra dangerous position.”

That did it. No way could she help if it might cost her life. Not now. Not until she found Lila. “I’m sorry. I can’t.”

“I need ye, Delaney. Come tae University Hospital and see me. I’m in ER.”

“ER? Are you all right?”

“We had a little run-in with a panther.”

 

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About the Authors:

Putting words and stories on paper is second nature to co-authors C.D. Hersh. They’ve written separately since they were teenagers and discovered thCD Hersheir unique, collaborative abilities in the mid-90s. As high school sweethearts and husband and wife, Catherine and Donald believe in true love and happily ever after.

Together they have co-authored a number of dramas, six which have been produced in Ohio, where they live. Their interactive Christmas production had five seasonal runs in their hometown and has been sold in Virginia, California, and Ohio. Their most recent collaborative writing efforts have been focused on romance. The first book of their paranormal romance series entitled The Promised One (The Turning Stone Chronicles) is available on Amazon. The second book in the series Blood Brothers is coming October 29, 2014 from Soul Mate Publishing.

Author Links:

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Genre – Paranormal Suspense Romance

Heat Level – Sensual

Release Date: October 29, 2014

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Author Spotlight—SWEET TEXAS SERIES by Candis Terry

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HE’S STUBBORN AND THOROUGHLY MALE . . .

If Charlotte Brooks thinks she and her TV makeover show can turn Reno Wilder’s hometown upside down, he’ll be happy to prove her wrong. The x-Marine has seen too much turmoil and he likes Sweet, Texas, just the way it is. Traditional. Familiar. A little dull. Everything Charli isn’t. But instead of backing off from his scowls like everyone else, Charli digs in her skyscraper heels.

SHE’S TENACIOUS AND WICKEDLY TEMPTING . . .

Reno Wilder is a one-man unwelcoming committee, but Charli isn’t budging. It’s clear the gorgeous cowboy needs an overhaul just as much as Sweet. Someone needs to break him out of that gruff shell and show him how fun and rewarding a little change can be.

THEY’RE ABOUT TO FIND THAT LOVE IS ANYTHING BUT PREDICTABLE.

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WHEN FRIENDS BECOME LOVERS . . .

Firefighter and former Marine Jackson Wilder has tough guy down to an art, but he’s learned the hard way that promises were made to be broken. Abigail Morgan was once his best friend, his first kiss, his first love, his first everything. He’d just forgotten to mention all that to her and she blew out of his life. Five years later, she’s back and he’s battling a load of mistrust for her disappearing act. But for some reason he just can’t keep his lips—or his hands—to himself.

IT CAN LEAD TO DISASTER OR . . .

When her stint as a trophy wife abruptly ends, Abby returns home to Sweet, Texas, and comes face-to-face with Jackson—her biggest and sexiest mistake. Time and distance did nothing to squash her love for the act-first-think-later stubborn hunk of a man, and when he suggests they renew their old just-friends vow, Abby realizes she wants more. She’d cut and run once. Could she do it again? Or could she tempt him enough to break his promise?

THE SWEETEST MISTAKE.

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The men in Texas are hard to resist . . .

Seattle event planner Allison Lane is an expert at delivering the perfect wedding—even if she might not exactly believe in the whole “’til death do us part” thing. When her father decides to tie the knot with a woman he barely knows, Allison heads to Sweet, Texas, to make sure his new honey is the real deal. What she didn’t expect to find at the local honky-tonk was a sexy Southern man as bent on charming her pants off as he is on blowing her “true love doesn’t exist” theory all to hell.

And they always promise . . .

Veterinarian, former Marine, and Sweet’s favorite playboy Jesse Wilder takes one look at Allison and knows she’s a handful of trouble he can’t deny. But even after a sizzling kiss and obvious mutual attraction, it seems Allison has no such problem. When Jesse uncovers her sweet side, can he crush his playboy image, melt her cynical heart, and change her mind about taking a trip down the aisle?

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Candis Terry was born and raised near the sunny beaches of Southern California and now makes her home on an Idaho farm. She’s experienced life in such diverse ways as working in a Hollywood recording studio to chasing down wayward steers. Only one thing has remained the same: her passion for writing stories about relationships, the push and pull in the search for love, and the security one finds in their own happily ever after.

 

 

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Book Spotlight–FALLEN by Tamara Gill

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Sara Daniels needs to change her life, so she sets out to run her late grandmother’s farm. With no man at her side, and deserted by friends who can’t abide her obsession with mythology, it’s the perfect time to escape.

Hermes, favored son of Zeus, has been framed by his hateful stepmother, Hera. Fleeing Olympus with his life, he finds himself in an abandoned farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. It’s the ideal place to hide from Zeus that is until the owner— a woman with long, flaming red hair and the darkest blue eyes he’s ever seen — decides to move in.

Sara’s family has divine secrets that even she’s not privy to. Hermes’ secrets, however, have the power to shatter their lives. And with a god as your farmhand, it’s only a matter of time before those secrets are revealed in all their destructive glory.

But the wild attraction that blazes between these two souls will not be denied…even if the outcome threatens to doom them both.


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Tamara is an Australian author who grew up in an old mining town in country South Australia, where her love of history was founded. So much so, she made her darling husband travel to the UK for their honeymoon, where she dragged him from one historical monument and castle to another.

A mother of three, her two little gentlemen in the making, a future Lady (she hopes) and a part-time job keep her busy in the real world, but whenever she gets a moment’s peace she loves to write romance novels in an array of genres, including regency, medieval and paranormal.

Tamara loves hearing from readers and writers alike. You can contact her through her website, and sign up to follow her blog or newsletter.




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Interview with Gemma Brocato author of EXPOSED TO PASSION

Hi Sara. Thanks for having on your blog today to talk about my new release, Exposed To Passion.

Wecome, Gemma!!!  Let’s start by you telling us a little about yourself.

 

I’ve been writing steadily since 2011, and contracted my first novel with Lyrical Press in 2013. I submitted the second a month later, then the third in Feb 2014. It’s been an exciting ride, with a very steep uphill learning curve. I’ve met so many wonderfully helpful people along the way it makes me believe my chosen career isn’t as solitary as it seems.

 

 

What genre/genres do you write?

I write contemporary romance, but I’m about to dip my toe into the sci-fi romance genre. I have a Christmas novella set in the 23rd century that I’m cleaning up with the intention of self-publishing in December.

 

 

Whatever became of your very first book?

Good question. I’m cleaning it up to get it ready to submit to my editor at Lyrical. I wrote the story while suffering a huge bout of homesickness and missing my teenage children after my husband’s job made a move to England. Kids wanted to stay home, and I pounded the story out on a company issued computer to ease the loneliness.

 

What can you tell us about Exposed To Passion that isn’t in the blurb or excerpt?

The theme of Exposed deals with what happens when someone is faced with a bully. Not only did I have a secondary character, Katie, who is bullied in the halls of the school Sam Kerrigan teaches at, but Sam and Rikki face bullying from a grown woman. The scene detailing and incident where Katie is bullied came from a real life situation I witnessed.

 

 

Is Exposed To Passion part of a series? If so, tell us about it.

Yes, Exposed is book #3 in the Five Senses Series, based on the Kerrigan family of a fictional town, Granite Pointe, Massachusetts. Each book is based on one of the senses. The heroine has a job which relies on the sense connected to the book. In this book, Rikki Salerno is a photographer, which of course, requires sight. Book #1, Cooking Up Love, about a chef, is based on taste, and book #2, Hearts In Harmony, about a music therapist, on hearing. I’m currently working book #4, which is based on smell, and features a heroine who owns a flower shop.

 

 

How long did it take you to write?

Each novel takes about three and a half to four months to complete. Then the hard part, editing begins.

 

 

Who was easier to write–Hero or Heroine? Why?

I have to confess the hero, Sam, was easier to write. I’ve been in love with him since he first walked on to the page. He’s a kind, sweet man who is a steadfast friend, and hot, hot, hot.

 

 

Now for some Fun Questions…

What’s your favorite TV show or movie of all time?

French Kiss, with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline. Probably because whenever I’m watching it, my husband will sit down to watch it with me. It’s become a Valentine’s tradition for us.

 

 

If you could chose a period in history to be born in, what would it be and why?

I’d probably say the 1920s. Great music, great art and literature, and women were finally gaining independence.

 

 

What was the most embarrassing thing your husband/boyfriend/partner/friend ever did to you in public?

Hmmm, well, he’s pretty quick to point out when I’ve embarrassed him, usually in front of other people. No one likes to be called on the carpet in front of an audience.

 

 

What is the one place you have never visited but would love to?

Scotland. We’d planned to visit Edinburgh while we lived in London, but couldn’t book a hotel room. We were attempting to go during the midst of the Edinburgh festival. No room at any inn!

 

 

If you were stranded on a desert island and could chose any famous person (living or dead), who would you chose to be stranded with you and why?

Josh Holloway (Sawyer on Lost). He was a very resourceful guy.

 

 

Quick Quiz

  1. Cake or Chips – I’m a savory gal, so chips.

 

  1. Steak or Veggie Burger – Veggie Burger for sure.

 

  1. Chocolates or Roses – Oh, definitely roses. I love how the colors have significance.

 

  1. Boxers or Briefs or Nothing at all – Can I go hybrid and say boxer-briefs?

 

  1. And since I write both, I have to know which you prefer… Vampires or Cowboys – Well, I’d choose a Vampire, unless it’s a vampire cowboy, in which case, that guy would win hands down.

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Exposed to Passion by Gemma Brocato

 

Exposed To Passion

Five Senses Series Book #3

by

Gemma Brocato

 

Blurb:

They walked through the shadows individually. Will they emerge into the light together?

Leading a vagabond life as a curator for a traveling photography exhibit translates to a lot of bad days for Rikki Salerno. But her trouble doubles when a careless high school student shoves her into a marsh. Being rescued by teacher Sam Kerrigan should have made things better, but Rikki’s inability to confess her true identity casts a shadow over their budding affair.

When Sam refuses an overly aggressive parent’s marriage proposal, she’s determined to ruin him. Not only does she doctor photos to make it look like Sam’s behaved inappropriately in front of students, she hacks the foundation website to reveal Rikki’s true identity. Faster than the blink of a shutter, Rikki’s focus changes from pursuing her full-color future to the black and white necessity of clearing Sam’s name.

 

Excerpt:

Rikki dragged her eyes from his profile and turned her attention out the front window. “Oh, Sam, it’s perfect.”

Obligingly, Sam stopped the truck to let her take pictures. She adjusted the brightness setting, snapped another couple of shots, then dropped the camera into her lap.

“I’d love to see this at dawn. Do you know how haunting this would be in a low-light setting?” She fidgeted in her seat, battling her muse’s demand to pick up her camera again. The images she’d captured so far were sufficient. She’d known the second she took the best photo from that vantage point. She’d bet her favorite camera it was the way a baseball player knew a ball would soar out of the park the second the bat connected. Adrenaline spread through her like spiders, creeping and crawling through her chest and along her arms.

Sam put the truck back in gear and eased forward into a parking spot. “I brought wood so we can make a campfire over here, under the trees. The best spot for us to set up our camera equipment will be there, along the riverbank.” He lifted his hand from the steering wheel and gestured toward a flat, sandy section of land. “There is nothing overhead to mar the focus. Unless you see a better location…”

“I’ll look around, but the riverbank makes the most sense. It’s flat, and as long as it’s solid, should be good.” She flashed back to the spit of land where they’d met, when the bank hadn’t been stable enough to keep her from tumbling into the water. “I’ll unload the equipment if you start the fire.”

“Deal.”

Putting his shoulder to the door, he paused, appeared to think better of it, then twisted toward her. Desire changed his eyes to steamy, mesmerizing cobalt. Leaning across the center of the truck, he lifted a hand to her cheek and urged her lips toward his. His mouth, soft and warm, possessed hers, shortening her breath. After a brief moment, he deepened the kiss, opening his mouth on hers, demanding more. Without hesitation, she responded, welcoming the intrusion of his tongue and plunged her fingers through his hair, pulling him closer.

Sliding his hand down her arm, he cradled her wrist, then pulled her hand to rest along his chest. His heart thumped violently, racing, echoing her speeding pulse. His lips curled into a smile. He laced his fingers through hers and pressed, flattening both against his body. The warmth of his hand, the rhythmic thud of his heart, and the sensuous insistence of his lips rocked her. It changed mere passion into something more enduring.

The loud blare of a horn interrupted the brief interlude. Sam jumped away from her, disentangling their fingers, pink staining his cheeks. Moving his hands to his lap, he attempted to hide the evidence of their steamy kiss from the group of students pulling into the spot next to his truck.

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About the Author:Gemma Brocato

Gemma’s favorite desk accessories for many years were a circular wooden token, better known as a ’round tuit,’ and a slip of paper from a fortune cookie proclaiming her a lover of words; some day she’d write a book. All it took was a transfer to the United Kingdom, the lovely English springtime, and a huge dose of homesickness to write her first novel. Once it was completed and sent off with a kiss, even the rejections addressed to ‘Dear Author’ were gratifying.

After returning to America, she spent a number of years as a copywriter, dedicating her skills to making insurance and the agents who sell them sound sexy. Eventually, her full-time job as a writer interfered with her desire to be a writer full-time and she left the world of financial products behind to pursue an avocation as a romance author.

 

Author Links:

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Also By Gemma Brocato:

Cooking Up Love

Hearts In Harmony

 

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Release Day Blitz–DEMON HUNTER by Jaquie Underdown

Demon Hunter by Jacque Underdown

 

Demon Hunter

By

Jacquie Underdown

Releasing October 20th, 2014

Beachwalk Press

 

Blurb:

Sometimes finding love at the wrong time and in the wrong place can be exactly what is needed.

Sammy has dedicated her life to helping others. She doesn’t have an enemy in the world, so why is she suddenly on the Dark Walkers most-wanted list?

Jonty is a soldier from the future and is sent back to the twenty-first century to eliminate the Dark Walkers. He hates this time period and wants nothing more than to get in, perform his duties, avoid all distractions, and get out. But that changes when he meets Sammy. There is something about her, beyond her beauty and courage, which he can’t resist.

When Sammy is saved by Jonty, it’s insta-boom-lust. There is nothing complicated about how this strong, sexy man makes her feel. And she knows Jonty feels the same way, so why does he resist her?

With humanity under threat, and both their lives in danger, there are greater things at stake than a little romance. Or is there? Destiny may have other plans. And their deep sexual attraction may just be the key to saving them all.

Content Warning: contains steamy sex, mature language, and some violence.

 

Excerpt:

Sammy couldn’t take it anymore. Being in such close proximity to Jonty and not being able to lean over and take that sumptuous bottom lip of his between hers and suck his tongue until he moaned into her mouth was torture. She released a loud breath of air, stood, and straightened her skirt and t-shirt. She had to get away from him or she’d burst.

Sammy sat on the bed and reached for the remote. Jonty slid his chair back from under him and followed. Her heart thumped, harder, faster, but she remained focused on the television. He sat beside her. She could feel his stare. Eventually, she turned to face him and looked into those incredible blue eyes.

He took a deep breath and scrubbed his hands over his face. “So much is at stake, Sammy. I can’t pursue—” He pointed from his chest to hers. “—this, us.”

Air escaped from her throat, leaving her breathless. “Why? Why can’t you?”

His features twisted, almost with pain, and his mouth drooped into a deep frown. She pressed her hand to her heart, an attempt to stop the aching she felt for his struggle. She could see his turmoil. She resented it, because in her own mind nothing at all was complicated about how she felt about this man. Regardless of what she had been through, of anything else that could possibly exist in their lives, what she felt was simple. It was only his continual rejection that was stopping them from happening.

She stroked the length of his cheek with her finger. His eyelids drifted shut. When he opened them again, she slowly leant closer and pressed her lips to his. All his angst, all his desire, was communicated in a single sigh of acceptance. He opened her lips with his, found her tongue. She loved his warmth, his taste, the rough prickle of his chin. She had ached for this ever since that first kiss. Her entire body buzzed with a delicious energy, a want, a need. His strong hands gripped her hips, then slid up her spine to her neck where he pulled gently on the hair at her nape.

She looked into his eyes. “How can what is happening between us be wrong? It feels so pure.”

“It’s complicated.”

“Does it have to be complicated?”

He shrugged. “I can’t see any other way.”

Sammy ran her thumb along his full bottom lip. His eyes languidly closed. She couldn’t resist leaning in, taking that very lip between her own, and kissing him again, exactly as she imagined.

“Tasting you is easy enough,” she said.

He smiled. “Easy, and it feels so incredibly good.”

Sammy stood before him and lowered onto his lap. She circled her arms loosely around his neck and kissed him again. “How about we do whatever feels incredibly good then?”

He rested his forehead against hers. His lips lightly grazed her as he spoke. “But once I start with you, I—I won’t be able to stop. I will cross the line.”

She ran her tongue over her bottom lip and whispered, “I won’t want you to stop.”

 

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About the Author:Jacquie Underdown

Jacquie resides in hot and steamy Central Queensland, Australia, with her husband and two sons. On permanent hiatus from a profession she doesn’t love, she now spends her time wrapped up in her imagination creating characters and exploring alternative realities.

Jacquie is an author of a number of novels, novellas and short stories that are emotionally driven and possess unique themes beyond the constraints of the physical universe. She strives to offer romance, but with complexity; spirituality, without the religion; love, with a tantalising splash of spice.

 

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Book Spotlight–A TASTE OF CHARDONNAY by Heather Heyford

Taste of Chardonnay by Heather Heyford

 

A Taste of Chardonnay

 by

 Heather Heyford

 

Blurb:

When the richly bred, poorly raised daughter of a notorious Napa Valley winemaker competes with Hollywood’s hottest man in an unlikely race to see who can do the most good, who will win?

 

Excerpt:

The St. Pierre sisters tumbled into the Napa County jail, stopping short at the transparent barrier in front of the reception desk. Chardonnay vaguely recalled the floor plan from her last visit. From a holding cell in the rear, they could hear Papa bellowing in his unmistakable Franglais.

“I am American citizen! I have gun license! Wait until my daughter gets here. She is lawyer! I will sue your—”

Papa had always had a flair for the dramatic.

Following an interminable wait during which the incessant click of her older sister’s pacing echoed off the tile walls, they were let into a processing area and a young officer holding a clipboard came out to meet them.

“Which one of you is”—he raised the clipboard to eye level and squinted—“Sauvignon?” he said with the audible equivalent of an eye roll.

This guy must be new to the force. The St. Pierres weren’t accustomed to going many places in the valley without being recognized.

Savvy stepped forward. “I am.”

Thank heavens Savvy was an attorney. Well, almost. She’d recently graduated law school but had yet to take the bar.

“And these are my sisters, Chardonnay and Merlot.”

The cop stared.

Was it their fault Papa had named his daughters for grape varietals?

He started to smile, furrowed his brow, and then hitched up his pants with his free hand.

With a half chuckle, he said, “Cheese-oh-man. You can’t make this stuff up. Wait till I tell the folks back in Ohio.”

 

Buy Links:

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About the Author:Heather Heyford

Born in the Northeast, Heather Heyford learned to walk and talk in Texas, and then moved to England. (“Ya’ll want some scones?”) While in Europe, Heather was forced by her cruel parents to spend Saturdays in theleopard vinyl back seat of their Peugeot, motoring from one medieval pile to the next for the lame purpose of ‘learning something.’ What she soon learned was how to allay the boredom by stashing a Cosmo under the seat. Now a recovering teacher, Heather writes love stories, feeds hardboiled eggs to suburban foxes, and makes art in the Mid-Atlantic. She is represented by the Nancy Yost Literary Agency (NYLA, @nyliterary) in New York City. The first book in her Napa Wine Heiresses Series from Kensington Publishing, A Taste of Chardonnay, is now available!

 

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Guest Post– “Writing Paranormal” by JoAnne Myers author of WICKED INTENTIONS

Hello again Sara, it is nice to be back. I would like to award two people who comment, each a print book of their choosing. The choices are; Murder Most Foul, Wicked Intentions, Loves, Myths, and Monsters, and Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between.

 

JoAnne Myers, Wicked Intentions, Paranormal Fiction, Anthology

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WRITING PARANORMAL

 

When it comes to fiction writing, almost anything goes. That is why I love writing paranormal stories. The author can go completely over the edge and make something unbelievable seem believable. When it comes to ghost stories, I get a lot of my inspiration from real life experiences. Not necessarily my own either. I watch television programs that partake of the supernatural and paranormal flare. Programs from ordinary people who claim they experienced either an afterlife experience, or a haunting.

Some of the stories from my paranormal anthology, “Wicked Intentions” are based on actual hauntings. In The Legend of Lake Manor, I placed my young psychic, Cassandra Lopez, in a haunted mansion I fashioned on my knowledge of a three-story mansion in my hometown and information from television about a restaurant/bar in Ohio, supposedly ruled by demons so violent that the local police are constantly closing it down.

A television documentary about a young mother plagued by ghost sightings since childhood, inspired The Haunting of Barb Marie and her gift/curse.

And The Apartment, in which my newlyweds, Bill and Gayle, are plagued by sightings of evil ghosts that threaten their marriage and theirs lives, originated from a real apartment haunted by the ghosts of two homosexual lovers who died violently. The legend says no tenant is able to stay there until the spirits are chased off by a paranormal investigation team.

On the Discovery Channel, I got the idea for Summer Wind. I learned of the colonial explorer Jonathon Carver who lived during the 1700s and whose ghost is believed to be haunting the Summerwind estate, built in the early 20th century. Carver’s ghost is, supposedly, searching the house’s foundations for deeds to a vast tract of land (10,000 square miles) given to him by Sioux Indian chiefs as a reward for the peace treaty he created between two warring tribes. In my Summer Wind, 29 year-old Ginger is mysteriously drawn to the old mansion, and like the many owners of the real mansion, the haunting had a negative and profound effect on Ginger and her family.

Another investigative program concerned one sister’s psychic premonitions about her twin’s murder. This led to my story, Blood Ties, and my heroine, Audra Roper’s dark, disturbing visions of her sister’s disappearance and the roller coaster of risks, heartbreak, and intrigue that followed.

Dark Visions came from reading a newspaper story while sitting in a diner. A young woman began having visions of her father’s disappearance that was actually his murder from years earlier. So, my Carrie Reynolds starts having nightmares on her twenty-sixth birthday and believes these ‘dark visions’ can solve the twenty year disappearance of her father.

I set my murder mystery, The Truth Behind the Lies, on Norfolk Island after following a three year long murder investigation on that island from 2003. In my story, Federal Police Inspector Ian Christian faces attacks, more murders and ghostly occurrences, and the killer is closer than anyone realizes.

So, the next time you get Writer’s Block, or need a new idea, try switching on the television, open a newspaper, delve into history or simply look and listen. You will find something to stimulate your muse.

 

Excerpt from:

THE LEGEND OF LAKE MANOR

 

Twenty-three year old Cassandra Lopez, embarking on a long-standing family quest, traveled by bus to Lancaster, Ohio, arriving late in the afternoon of March 9. Opposite the depot, directly across from the parking coach, she saw a taxi line running along the street. As soon as traffic permitted, she scurried over, grasped the door handle of the first Yellow Cab and climbed into the rear compartment.

“Lake Manor, please,” she informed the pair of dark eyes peering at her via the rearview mirror. Eyes that widened in shock at her destination.

“That’s a bad hotel. I know many that are much better.”

Leaning forward, Cassandra politely told the middle-aged ebony driver, “So do I, but take me there anyway.”

The man reluctantly removed his cigar. “If the lady wishes.” He then kissed the rosary around his sweaty neck.

Cassandra nodded at the gesture. “I’ve never needed religion, but I’m sure it’s calming to many.”

“For one not to need faith, one must have many guardian angels or be an atheist.”

She smiled at his comment. She then removed her heavy hobo bag from around her shoulders and breathed a sigh of relief. Her two-hundred mile journey was finally over.

The taxi driver shifted into Drive and pulled away from the curb, heading toward Route 22 East. “The only people who dare stay at Lake Manor are fugitives or strangers who don’t know ‘bout its history. Which are you?”

“Neither,” she said. “I’m a thrill seeker.”

“Ahhh, even worse.” He added a hearty laugh as he turned onto the winding Lake Road.

From the corner of the road, with the corn still low, she clearly saw the brick and mortar mansion. The three-story building, built into a hill, was an impressive yet daunting sight. Her first glimpse made the hair rise on the nape of her neck.

 

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About the Author:

I have been a long-time resident of southeastern Ohio, and worked in the blue-collar industry most of my life. Besides having several novels under my belt, I canvas paint.

JoAnne Myers, author

When not busy with hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, my dog Jasmine, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild, Savvy Authors, Coffee Time Romance, Paranormal Romance Guild, True Romance Studios, National Writers Association, the Hocking Hill’s Arts and Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. I believe in family values and following your dreams. My books and original canvas paintings, can be found at: booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com

 

Other books by Jo Anne:

“TWISTED LOVE,” a true-crime anthology

“MURDER MOST FOUL” a detective/mystery anthology

“LOVES’, MYTHS’ AND MONSTERS’,” a fantasy anthology

“THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY,” a biography true-crime

“POEMS ABOUT LIFE, LOVE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN”

“FLAGITIOUS,”  a crime/mystery anthology

 

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