Friday, October 31, 2014

Peggy Bird Celebrates Romance with Every Holiday

Steam rises from Peggy Bird’s spicy romance novels. A fellow Crimson Romance writer, she is here today to tell us about her journey as a writer. Welcome, Peggy! Start us off with a little bit about you.
I’m the luckiest woman I know. I’ve been everything I ever wanted to be (except a ballerina. That was never in the cards, I’m afraid.) But I’ve been a nurse, worked on public policy, had a good marriage (on the second try), raised a terrific daughter and become good friends with two step-daughters, been part of a small business, headed up a non-profit, been an artist and a writer. I’ve traveled and lived in another country. Now I get to use all that experience in my writing.

What a wonderful life you are living! Let’s get to that last career—talk about the books you’ve written. What was the first seed of an idea you had for your book? How did it develop?
I’ve written two series for Crimson Romance. The first, the Second Chances series, came about because I had a couple characters in mind that needed that second chance to find happily-ever-after, as I did. The characters drove the stories. The second series, the one I’m writing now, is a holiday themed series. I’m a sucker for any holiday and think there’s nothing more romantic than celebrating just about any occasion with someone you love. The latest, Unmasking Love, is set in Ashland, Oregon and begins with a Halloween party. It may be my most favorite book yet. What’s more mysterious and romantic than meeting at a costume party where you can’t be sure who’s behind the mask?

How do your characters influence your writing? Do you have disagreements with them?
My characters, as I said, are the story. And do they ever disagree with me! They talk to me; they invade my dreams; they refuse to do what I think they should be doing. Sometimes, they are more real to me than the people around me when I’m deep into writing about them. But it’s important to me that I know them inside and out so I can make the reader care. I can’t get hooked on a book, a play or a movie unless there are at least one or two characters I can root for. So I wrestle with the characters I create until I’m pretty convinced the reader will fall in love with the hero and want to be the heroine.

I agree that relating to characters is one of the most vital parts of a story. How do you handle spicy sex scenes and relatives? Are your family and friends supportive or do they choose not to read your books because of its sensual nature?
Funny you should ask. I have teenaged grandkids that are dying to read my books but their mothers won’t let them. Well, except for the 18 year old who just went off to college with one of my books to read on the airplane. She told her high school classmates what I write and reported back to me that they thought I was cool. (It took me a long time for 18 year olds to think I was cool but I finally made it.) On the other end of the spectrum is my 92-year-old friend who has read of couple of my books and is convinced I have had a better sex life than she did. And then there are those in the middle who buy the books but skip over the sex bits. They just roll their eyes and introduce me as their friend who writes the steamy books.

I often wonder if people who say they skip the sexy parts really do. Tell us about the funniest/craziest/most interesting thing that has happened to you as a writer.
Weird but true story: I was having an annual mammogram and the technician was chatting with me to help make me forget that she was about to squash a sensitive part of my anatomy in a cold machine. She asked if I still worked. I told her what I did. She then stopped between takes to write down the names of the books available in our local library and which one was set in our hometown. When it was all over, I handed her one of the postcards I had from my most recent book. It was truly one strange, and limited, marketing opportunity.

Great example of taking advantage of any situation. What are you currently working on?
I have one more holiday book to finish for Crimson Romance, The Gift of Love, which will be released in mid-2015. And I’m playing around with a memoir entitled, Cooking Lessons. Then there’s the woman’s fiction book I’ve outlined and am chomping at the bit to work on and the three short memoir pieces I’ve been honing for about five years. One of these days, I might actually get one of them in shape enough to submit someplace.

Oh, I can relate. I have about eight different writing projects on the drawing table, and I love each one! Thanks so much for visiting with me today, Peggy. I wish you all the best with your current and future books.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NaNoWriMo Here I Come!

When I first heard the term NaNoWriMo, I thought it was a strain of the flu. When I learned what it actually is, I thought it was a form of insanity. National Novel Writing Month. Write a book in a month? What? My first book took 30 years!

But the more I learned about NaNoWriMo, the more intrigued I became. It seemed that every year I was in the revision phase of a current WIP and in no frame of mind to begin a new project, so I never have joined. This year, however, I am ready. Yes, I am about to join the legions of crazy writers who stand poised at the end of October to give up every other activity in their lives (including showers so I’m told) to achieve the goal of 50,000 words by November 30th.

I have read that in order to attain that lofty goal I must write 1,667 words per day for each day in November. Piece of cake, right? Oh, November—isn’t that the start of the holiday season? Isn’t that when I do my Christmas shopping, baking, decorating and family gathering? Aren’t we hosting our sibling Christmas party on the first Saturday of December? I am not deterred. Gift cards, local bakery, minimalist festoons and Gordon Food Service. Check, check, check  and check.

My Sweet Baboo is on board with this. Rich gets as excited about my WIPs as I do…well, almost. He said he’s willing to put up with housework and laundry being neglected. And he cooks, so we won’t starve. Yes, I married a saint.

I’ve already started the sequel to The Cavanaugh House, but I want to write the rest of it during NaNoWriMo. The Cavanaugh House is around 90,000 words, so I figure I will write more than half of the sequel during this challenge. I’m excited to get started. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

Anyone out there going to join me??

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Maris Soule Weaves a Haunted Tale

Today I welcome fellow Michigan author and member of the MidMichigan Chapter of Romance Writers of America Maris Soule to my blog. Like me, Maris loves suspense in her stories, and today she’ll talk about a perfect tale for this time of the year. Welcome, Maris!

Thank you for hosting me on your blog, Elizabeth.
Since this is the month for haunted houses and things that go bump in the night, I’d like to tell your readers about HAUNTED, a romantic suspense I recently released as an ebook. HAUNTED was originally published as a Bantam Loveswept back in 1995 under the title Dark Temptation. That was the year Loveswept’s marketing department decided to put flowers on all of the covers—not their wisest move since after the first month the similar covers started confusing readers, who wondered if they’d already bought/read the story. Although my sales for Dark Temptation were comparable to the other Loveswepts published during those “flowery” cover months, I never felt the book had a chance to reach all of the readers who might like a story that brought together an Oscar-winning, special effects hero (who might be a killer), and a heroine who needed his help even though the idea of working with him had her shaking in her boots.

I love the Sierra Nevada mountain range and the gold country area, so it seemed the perfect setting for HAUNTED. In the story, Jason McLain moves from Hollywood to the small town of Slaterville, nestled in the Sierra Nevada, to escape the media hype that follows the death of his wife. A jury may have acquitted Jason of the murder, but the question still remains: Who else but a special effects expert could have rigged the gun that went off when she opened the safe?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Inspiration for a Ghostly Tale

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There’s something about a ghost, isn’t there? Whether or not you believe in ghosts, hauntings and wraithlike appearances capture everyone’s attention. I happen to be a believer. After my father’s death, my sister saw him standing at the foot of the stairs near the doorway to our kitchen. My nieces have reported that while sitting in the living room with my mother, they often heard dad’s signature “shoe drop” from the bedroom above at the time of night Dad usually retired.  A good friend saw a colleague of ours after he was killed in a tragic automobile accident. And while I’ve never seen a ghost, I have felt one.

As I was gathering materials to present to my advisor for my Master’s Degree, I couldn’t locate the sheaf of 77 signed permission slips required to use my students’ work in my research.  I had set up research files in both my classroom and my desk at home, but I had searched all of them to no avail. I prayed to St. Anthony (patron saint of lost items—trust me, he usually works!). No results (unusual). I prayed to St. Jude (patron saint of impossible tasks). No results. It was two weeks before I was due to meet with my advisor and I was starting to panic. Without those permission slips, I could not begin my research. My mother had died three months earlier, and one night  I spoke aloud to her. “Mom, I’ve prayed to St. Anthony and he didn’t help. I’ve prayed to St. Jude and he didn’t help. Can you please help me find my permission slips?”

I felt someone touch me on the shoulders and turn me around to face my desk. Walking over to it, I spotted an oversized book (which had nothing to do with my research). I opened the book, and tucked inside were the permission slips. How did they get there? I have no idea. But Mom helped me find them. Talk about “Touched by an Angel.”

When visiting Belhurst Castle for a wine tasting, the ghost stories we encountered were quite compelling. While we didn’t see any ghosts, a resident chef gave me a photo taken by a couple who had stayed there. It’s a typical photo of the husband at the entrance to a room, but when the couple viewed it on their camera, two ghosts were visible in front of the man. Author DavidSakmyster writes about the history of the castle and its ghostly legends in The Belhurst Story. He and his wife actually saw a ghost while staying there.

When the ghost in The Cavanaugh House revealed herself to me, I knew I wanted to treat her with respect. This was not a “scare the pants off” kind of haunting. This was more in line with what I and those I know had experienced. And yet, any time a ghost appears in a story (or in life) how can we fight the shivery, tingling chills that run through our body? It’s delightfully scary. And The Cavanaugh House ghost has reciprocated with appeal to many readers who often tell me their own ghost stories.

I’d love to hear yours.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Morgan O'Neill Travels to Medieval Italy and Finds Romance

Morgan O’Neill has done it again. Kept me up reading until way past my bedtime. Authors Deborah O’Neill Cordes and Cary Morgan Frates who write as Morgan O’Neill have just released their Italian time-travel series. Read all about it!

The Other Side of Heaven, Book One of the Italian Time Travel Series

Californian Gwendolyn Godwyn seeks to learn her family’s history and hopes to restore the bond that once existed between her Italian forebearers and those who live in America. While visiting her ancestral Italian town, Gwen is caught in a violent earthquake and inexplicably thrust through time. At first refusing to believe what has happened, she nevertheless uses her wits to survive, donning a monk’s cowl to hide her identity as a woman. Ripped apart from all she has ever known, Gwen finds herself in the midst of brutal territorial battles in an era she once blithely called “The Dark Ages.” When the golden Italian summer of 951 emerges from the strife and gloom, Gwen joins forces with a cadre of gallant men, allies in the struggle against the evil nobles, Willa of Tuscany and Count Berengar, kidnappers of Italy’s rightful queen, Adelaide. Along with Father Warinus and Lord Alberto Uzzo, Gwen seeks to rescue Adelaide and restore her kingdom. In the midst of this great adventure, Gwen falls in love with the complex and passionate Alberto, to whom she reveals her identity as a woman. But can Alberto learn to love her strong and independent nature and help Gwen in her quest to discover her rightful place in time?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Mike Martin is Living the Dream

Author Mike Martin is living every author's dream--a television series based on his Sgt. Windflower series. He's joining me today to tell us about his journey. Welcome, Mike. 

Every Book Has Its Own Journey

I was told at the beginning of my fiction writing career that every book has its own journey. And that our job as writers was to give the books a good send-off, but after that they had a life of their own. That was wise advice and it has allowed me to enjoy each of the books in my series on its own merit, and to just sit back and enjoy the ride.

When I started writing the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series, I had no idea that it would be a series. I was just happy to have written a book. I did not realize that once the characters came onto the pages of that first book, The Walker on the Cape, that they would have real, and not just imaginary, lives. Or that they would continue to speak to me until I started writing down their words again.

By the time I got to the second book, The Body on the T, I knew for sure that I was not the creator of the characters and I had very little control or power over their actions. I was merely the scribe, the recorder of their thoughts and ambitions and dreams. I also knew that it was going to be a series, that there was more to tell at the end of this story. Some wise writer once said that the story is never really over until the writer dies. And since that hadn’t happened, I kept going.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Leslie Garcia is Crazy for Cowboys

Today I welcome fellow teacher and Crimson Romance author Leslie GarcĂ­a. Leslie seems to have a little crush on cowboys. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’ve written literally since I was six. I never really wanted to do anything else. Well, except own a huge estate with at least one of every horse breed and one of every dog breed roaming the premises. Instead, I surround myself with cherished children and grandchildren and continue immersing myself in the power and beauty of words.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lola Karns Writes About the Struggle of Wounded Warriors in Bad Traveler

Lola Karns visits me today to talk about what inspires her, what challenges her and what makes her reach for a cookie. I’m so pleased to have you as my guest today, Lola. Why not start by telling us about your book, Bad Traveler. What was the first seed of an idea you had for this book? How did it develop?

Three unrelated factors collided in my brain and provided inspiration for Bad Traveler.
A. There is nothing fun about flying cross country with an infant. I have been the screaming baby section and run through airports with car seats precariously dangling from the stroller. I have pretended turbulence is “super-fun bouncy ride in the sky” even though I’m more scared than the kids.
B. Living near the home of Seal Team 6, I grew more aware of issues facing veterans as they returned home from war. A series of reports in the Virginian-Pilot piqued my curiosity.
C. The bakery near me closed. I decided to invent one because it’s easier than opening a real one.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Look at Kathi Daley's Cozy Mysteries

What a fun day on my blog!  Cozy mystery author Kathi Daley is giving away two prizes: a copy of Haunted Hamlet and a Haunted Hamlet mug. Leave a comment on my blog to enter the contest to win either the book or the mug. This contest will run from today through Friday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.

Kathi, I am so pleased to have you as my guest today. Tell us about the books you’ve written. What was the first seed of an idea you had for your books? How did each develop?
The first book I published was Halloween Hijinks in September of 2013. It started as a whim. I was on Facebook and I got this idea to share my page with my dog. I wrote the following intro:

My name is Zoe Donovan. I’m a third-generation Ashtonite (our unofficial name for the citizens of Ashton Falls). The by-product of my wealthy mother’s single act of teenage rebellion, and my locally beloved but financially lacking, blue-collar father’s tender act of love, I’ve overcome my scandalous entry into the world and carved out a satisfying and peaceful existence.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Can Loglines and Beat Sheets Convert This Pantser?

At long last I am reading Blake Snyder’s book Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting that You’ll Ever Need.  Though it’s written for screenwriters, many author friends have recommended it as a resource for how to write novels. I haven’t finished it yet, but I have already found many pearls.

Snyder (1957-2009) describes a logline (also called a one-line) as a one-sentence description of your screenplay. As authors, we often hear of an “elevator pitch” which means if you were on an elevator and the publisher/agent of yours dreams was riding with you to the next floor, how would you pitch your novel? Quick—the elevator doors are closing—what is your “literary logline”? I am going to use these terms interchangeably since I am discussing novels, not screenplays…yet.

Some experts say you should write your logline before you even begin writing your novel. Doing so will keep you focused on the main idea of your story. Once writers get going, it can be a loopy journey to “The End” with many detours along the way. That’s fine, these experts say, as long as all those detours are necessary for the premise you pitched in the elevator. Snyder says if the logline isn’t compelling, perhaps you don’t have a story.

After reading an article about elevator pitches aka “literary loglines”, I wrote one for Love’s Destiny. Here it is:
When they are thrown together by her father’s will, an English girl and colonial patriot struggle against their growing love as rebellion simmers in America.

Here is my logline for The Cavanaugh House:
When Jesse Graham unlocks the door to the deserted house she inherited from her Aunt Helen, she doesn't realize she's unlocking secrets that had lain dormant for years.

This is also the first sentence of the blurb on the back of The Cavanaugh House. While neither exactly fit Snyder’s description of the perfect logline, both certainly kept me focused.

Beat Sheet
I had heard of “Blake Snyder’s Beat Sheet” (BS2) in several resources and even looked it up on Google, but until I started reading his book, it made little sense to me.  This sheet lists in very specific terms when each scene should occur in a movie down to what page it should appear in the screenplay. I was skeptical, but I happened to be reading that chapter the night Rich and I were watching Jurassic Park, and I kept yelling, “Look, look!” I wasn’t yelling at T-Rex or the Velociraptors, I was yelling at how perfectly the movie was matching his Beat Sheet.

While it is difficult for me to plot out my novel because I’m a pantser, I have to admit that Snyder’s Beat Sheet has me intrigued. For one thing he suggests using index cards and colored markers which speak to any teacher’s heart. After you jot a brief description of the scene on a card, you place it where it belongs on a chart you’ve created…I love this stuff!

Since I am only on my first read-through of Save the Cat and I haven’t applied any of this knowledge yet, I may not be explaining Snyder’s techniques as accurately as purists would wish. I ask your patience as I intend to not only read the book again, but I hope to apply it to my novels…and perhaps my screenplays???

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Becky Lower Marries Romance to History Time After Time

I am so pleased to welcome my “Bundle-Buddy” Becky Lower today. Becky’s first book in the Cotillion Ball Series, The Reluctant Debutante, is bundle with Love’s Destiny in Time After Time. I love the way Becky weaves historical figures and incidents into her romances. Welcome, Becky. Talk about the books you’ve written. What was the first seed of an idea you had for your books? How did each develop?
The Reluctant Debutante came about during one of my writing group meetings. I love reading Regencies, but didn’t want to get into English royalty and the dictates they had to put up with. One of the men in the group (surprise, surprise) mentioned that England didn’t have the corner on debutante balls. So, I started researching when the tradition arrived on our shores, which happened to be 1854. It turned out the decade before the Civil War was chock full of great events. The Reluctant Debutante is the first book in my series, and takes place in 1855, when Amelia Bloomer was causing trouble in New York City, and railroads were expanding into the West. The sixth book, The Duplicitous Debutante, is set in New York in 1859, and features another sibling in the large Fitzpatrick family.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Terri Herman-Ponce Talks About Her Past Life Series

My friend Terri Herman-Ponce hit several high-interest areas for me in her novel In This Life: ancient Egypt, past lives, psychology, and of course, romance. I am so happy to welcome you today, Terri. Talk about the books you’ve written.
I write the Past Life Series, which is about deadly do-overs and resurrected revenge. Love, lust, and murder wrapped up in a paranormal without the usual suspects. Here’s a short blurb:

When psychologist Lottie Morgan meets Galen, their encounter is as intense as it is eye opening. Something about him is familiar. His looks. His words. His touch…

Lottie can’t resist the urge to know more about him, or the smoldering memories that surface every time he’s near. Only Galen’s keeping a dangerous secret, one linked to a life shared thousands of years ago. One that could destroy the relationship Lottie has with her current lover David.
As Lottie and David discover connections between their ancient lives and their present one and search for answers others would kill to keep buried, they unearth a link to a past neither one is prepared to face. One filled with mystery where powerful passions ignite and deadly deceptions begin.
One reviewer in particular summed it up best: “This series is going to be really good.”

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Deborah O'Neill Cordes Looks to the Past to Write About the Future

Today I welcome my good friend and one of my favorite authors, Deborah O’Neill Cordes. Deborah’s book, Dragon Dawn will be a Kindle Countdown Deal—only 99 cents (99 pence in the UK)—from Aug. 16- Aug 22. Today Deborah talks about how genealogy has inspired her writing. 

It's All Relative, Mr. Pitt
 by Deborah O'Neill Cordes

Genealogy is one of my passions. It's a fascinating avocation for me, but it does have a down side, in that at times it's become positively addictive. As a novelist with multiple works-in-progress, I've had to cut down the time I spend researching the family tree. And yet, I don't believe I've frittered away the hours digging into past lives, because the information has provided the framework for several of my plots. If I hadn't done genealogy, I wouldn't have found some amazing and little known stories to weave into my novels.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Teresa Blue's Man of Her Dreams - A Dream of a Deal!

My friend Teresa Blue has a deal for you! Her romance, Man of Her Dreams, is a Kindle Countdown Deal for 99 cents for a few days only! Go to Amazon to order your copy right now! Well, after you finish reading this post and leaving a comment, anyway.

I’m so happy to be here musing with Elizabeth, a fellow Crimson Sister and also a chapter mate of MidMichigan RWA. We experienced our first sales and book signing together at an RWA weekend retreat in 2012. My how time flies!

So good to have you as my guest today, Teresa! We had a great time at that writers’ retreat. Why not tell a little about yourself.
I grew up in a very small community when the biggest thing to do was to go swimming off the train bridge. Seriously. We dove head first into the muddy St. Joe river and swam for hours.
Later, my friend and I would get our suntans while reading romance comic books. Years later, I joined the DoubleDay Book Club and anxiously waited for the hardcover books to arrive each month in the mail. Continuing sagas from authors such as Rebecca Brandewyne, Laurie McBain, and Johanna Lindsey. I didn’t want the stories to end and so I started adding to it for my own enjoyment.

Friday, August 1, 2014

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Emma Barron's The Glass Orchid is a Regency Delight

Emma Barron is a fellow Crimson Romance author whose historical romance, The Glass Orchid, is included in the Time After Time bundle with Love’s Destiny.  Emma, I am so pleased to be “bundled” with you. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’ve had several careers in my life: student (yes, I made it into a career), ecologist, lawyer—but romance novelist has been by far my favorite. I currently live in Upstate New York with my husband, young daughter, and two large and impressively boisterous dogs.

Hey, I’m originally from upstate New York—a beautiful state, isn’t it? Talk about the book(s) you’ve written. What was the first seed of an idea you had for your book? How did it develop? The Glass Orchid explores what happens at the intersection of love and the Regency’s strict social constraints. I wanted to examine how the characters would navigate issues of love, freedom, independence, and individual choice during a time when those things weren’t necessarily valued.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Cavanaugh House is a Kindle Countdown Deal!

For a limited time, The Cavanaugh House will be available for 99 cents on Amazon. Part of Amazon's Kindle Countdown Deals, this sale will last through July 28, so order your copy today at



his house held secrets.  Secrets that wafted through rotting window sashes on the winter wind.  Secrets that spiders wove into webs anchored between the ceiling and walls. Secrets that scuttled on the feet of cockroaches across stained kitchen linoleum and scurried into its cracks. Secrets that peered from holes in the baseboard from glinting mouse eyes. This house held the secrets close to its bosom where they had slept for decades. No one had disturbed these secrets in all the years the house sat decaying from neglect. There was no reason to, and there was no desire.

June 1968
This might be the biggest mistake I’ve made yet, thought Jesse Graham.
She climbed out of her three-year-old yellow 1965 Volkswagen Beetle and waded through tall grass and weeds that scratched at her sandal-clad feet. Looming before her, the two-story house—her house—hovered, insinuating more height than it could actually claim. Wrapped in chipped and peeling greenish-yellow paint, the house looked weary, and the once-red front door had faded to a dull russet. The roof sagged, and the tiny porch appeared to be giving up the fight to support the small roof above it. She stared at the house, and the windows stared back, blank. Above the front door, two windows mirrored her dismay as the wood trim above them bowed down. In her twenty-eight years, she had never seen a sadder looking house.
“Oh my God, what have I done?” she breathed...


Mustering her courage, she pulled the fabric off the sofa. She shrieked as a flurry of grey shapes scattered in all directions—one straight toward her. She panicked as paws scurried across her sandaled foot. Mice! Goosebumps prickled her skin and adrenalin shot though her body. Heart pounding, she ran out the front door, off the porch and bolted to her car. Her knees gave out and she collapsed, trembling.
“Are you okay?”
Grabbing the door handle, she pulled herself up and looked around for the voice’s owner.
“I’m over here,” he said.
She looked toward the road and saw a blue pickup truck at the end of the driveway. Leaning out the driver’s-side window was a man about her age, with tousled red hair. Humor lit up his mouth and softened his strong jawline and rugged face.
“Are you okay?” he repeated as he climbed out of his truck and started toward her.
Jesse brushed herself off and ran her fingers through her hair.
“Oh, yes, I’m fine,” she said.
She saw his hazel eyes twinkle with amusement.
“I can see that. In a hurry to get somewhere? I noticed your quick exit.”
She looked at her watch and gasped.  It was after 2 p.m. If she were going to get any utilities started, she needed to get to town.
“I need to get my utilities started.”
Oh, that sounded intelligent. She was a little off balance, and not just because of the mice encounter; this man’s gaze was warm and unsettling. He chuckled.
“Well, I would never want to keep a woman from that.”
“What I mean is…”
He held out his hand.
“Joe Riley.” 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Emma Barry's "Brave in Heart" is the Civil War Novel in Time After Time

While Love’s Destiny covers the American Revolution, Emma Barry’s Brave in Heart is set the Civil War era in the TimeAfter Time bundle. I am absolutely bowled over by the commitment to accuracy that this author brings to her books. Welcome, Emma, please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a graduate student finishing a PhD in American studies. Brave in Heart started out as daydreaming during my dissertation research. While I still dabble in historical romance, at this point I’m writing mostly contemporary and I’ve started freelance editing. I have two young kids, a wonderful husband, a big garden, a crazy puppy, and an aloof cat.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Viking Fire by Andrea Cooper is One of the Books Included in Time After Time

Andrea Cooper is a fellow Crimson Romance author whose book Viking Fire is also included in the Time After Time bundle. Did I mention that Time After Time is a bundle of 10 historical romances set in various time periods, and it is available for $.99 at Amazon and CrimsonRomance? I am so pleased to have Love’sDestiny bundled with Viking Fire, and I welcome Andrea to my blog today. Tell us about yourself, Andrea.
I’m a wife and mom. Until July 2010, I was a Senior Buyer for a Petroleum Company. Then my one-year old at the time kept getting sick in daycare. After he had the flu, was dehydrated, and hospitalized for three days at six months old, we started to seriously consider me staying home (since my husband made more money at the time-otherwise, he’d have stayed home). I loved my job, but I loved my child and his health more.
Now I’m a stay-at-home mom to three kids: 19 year old son, 4year (soon to be 5year old) son, and a twenty-month old daughter.
I write to stay sane because I have no other talents (Arts/Crafts?- yeah, right. Sewing? – not unless crooked is a trendy fashion. Cooking? – only because I have to or we’d starve. Gardening? – that involves bugs, right? No thanks I run from wasps and roaches.)
I enjoy reading, writing, Zumba and dancing.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Mike Martin Talks About the Inspiration for his Sgt. Windflower Mysteries

Today I welcome author Mike Martin to my blog. Mike is a mystery writer who is inspired by his seacoast surroundings. Welcome to my blog, Mike. Please tell us about yourself.
I was born in Newfoundland, on the east coast of Canada. I currently live and write in Ottawa, the capital city of Canada. I have always loved books and reading and can remember writing poems and short stories when I was quite small. I looked for jobs that had an element of writing to them but didn’t really start writing a lot until my forties. Since that time I have been a freelance writer and now have three fiction books published as part of the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series.

How would you describe your writing process? Do you outline? Let the muse lead you? Or something else?
I am a truly creative writer in that I draw my writing from my imagination and try to connect to the creative current that’s inside all of us. I never plot out stories but simply write when I am inspired. I do have to be disciplined and write every day. You never know when the creative muse might decide to leave. The fun of writing, IMHO, is in watching the story unfold from your imagination, just like the reader does. The characters come. They tell the story. I write it down. I get to say where the story begins, and where it ends. At least for now.