The Cavanaugh House

The Cavanaugh House has arrived! 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...

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.

I love the Fitzpatrick family—and the people they fall in love with, too! How did you celebrate the publication of your first book?
After all the crazy excitement of editing for the first time in my life, and selecting a cover, getting a website developed in record time, and starting my blog, the actual release day was kind of calm. My good friend bought me flowers and the deliveryman wished me a happy birthday. In a way, it was a birthday. My first book’s birthday.

And getting to that first birthday takes a lot of work. How would you describe your writing process? Do you outline? Let the muse lead you? Or something else?
I have been fortunate enough to have Crimson Romance contract for all nine books in this series. But, in order for them to commit to the last five books in the series, they wanted to have a synopsis of each book. That’s my outline, and that’s what I start with each time. But my muse tends to lead me astray time and again, creating a slightly modified version of each book, but the modified version seems to work better than the synopsis.

One thing I love about your books is your commitment to authentic history in each story. What is your research process like? Do you enjoy it?
Research is probably the part of the book I like the best. Right now, I’m working on Valerian’s story, which is about the Pony Express, which started in 1860. I did a cross-country road trip and took side jaunts in Nebraska and Kansas every time I saw something relating to the Pony Express. I bought a number of books to read on the subject and really got a good flavor of the route. I’m excited to begin writing this one. And The Duplicitous Debutante, which releases September 1, is about a dime novel writer. In order for me to get the flavor of a dime novel, I wrote one myself, and it’s included as part of this book.

Has writing changed how you read books now?
Of course it has. I’m constantly looking for passive structure, too much backstory, things that just don’t work, threads of the story that aren’t wrapped up, things like that. On the flip side, though, if someone has a great voice, a gift for humor, or has a brilliant idea that I didn’t think of first, I have to give them their proper credit.

What are you currently working on?
I just put the finishing touches on a novella, which is a prequel to my series. It’s about the courtship of Charlotte and George Fitzpatrick. I came up with the idea while working on the fifth book in the series, The Duplicitous Debutante. Charlotte was reliving the days when she and George began to court each other. I thought it would make a sweet story. And, I’m just starting Expressly Yours, Samantha, about the Pony Express.

I can’t wait to read about Charlotte and George! They are such progressive parents, and I’m sure their courtship was unpredictable. What surprised you as you wrote The Reluctant Debutante? What amused or angered you?
When I started researching this book, I found out about the Gasconade River railroad bridge disaster, and I knew I wanted Ginger to be part of it. But I needed to figure out a way a well-bred young woman would have some knowledge of medical procedures. It turned out that Amelia Bloomer entertained a woman who began a school for nurses in New York the same year as my story. So Ginger became a Bloomer girl and got some basic training. I loved the way these little tidbits of research all dovetailed together for my story.

I can’t wait to read more of the adventures and misadventures of the Fitzpatrick family! It was great to have you as my guest today, Becky. I wish you great success with all of your writing.

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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.”

As all authors know, never fall in love with your first draft. How do you handle major rewrites?
LOVE THEM. I know. You’re all probably thinking I’m insane, right? But here’s the thing. I love to be challenged in my writing. My best friend and beta reader is my biggest ally and my biggest critic, and she knows just how to push me harder and harder to get the story where it needs to be. And there are times, like right now with the next book I’m working on, where she’ll come back and say, “Nope, I don’t recognize your characters anymore and the story has drifted. Go back to work.” Then she’ll give me some very general ideas on a fix, and somehow those suggestions inspire me to rewrite. What keeps me going is that I KNOW the scene and the story will be better for it, and that’s why I have no issues giving up all my free time to shred my work to pieces because I know when I’m done I’ll be proud of the end product and will know I gave it my all.

That is a great attitude toward revision! 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?
Hmm. My books don't have explicit sex scenes but there is sex in them. In particular, Covet has sex scenes and what made those scenes interesting was that I wrote them from an Alpha Male’s point of view. And a male point of view, especially when it comes to sex, is nothing like a female point of view. Definitely Mars versus Venus. But here’s the thing. Long ago, I used to blush at the thought of writing sex scenes knowing family and friends might read them. But I don’t let that stress me anymore because I’m all about writing the best story I can. If that means writing sex, then I’m going to do it. For me, my biggest concern is getting the scene right, because even sex scenes need conflict and tension, you know? It’s all about pushing buttons and getting the story to move forward, sex or no sex.

What do you keep in mind as you write? An overarching question? A theme? The last line of the book?
I write with a feeling that stays with me, and images that haunt me. For me, writing is like seeing a movie on a big screen, but I’m very intuitive so it’s not just the words or the pictures that motivate me—it’s the emotions that I feel on behalf of my characters. And music. Definitely music that channels character emotion and story mood. In fact, I’ll create story playlists for every book I write and will listen to it over and over for writing inspiration. You see, I’m always living in a state of ‘what if’. What if ABC happens to my characters? What if XYZ happens to the enemy? I love pushing the people I write about, to see where their weaknesses are and how I can capitalize on those weaknesses for the sake of a more entertaining story. I live for pushing the edge, harder and harder and harder, until the scene gets SO big in my head I know I’ve hit the mark.

That’s a fascinating process. What books have influenced you as a writer?
I have an author influence and a book influence.

My author influence is Jennifer Crusie, who I studied under when I first started writing seriously years ago. I belonged to a writers group called The Cherries, and I learned so much about the craft from Jenny that I still refer to, even to this day. Oh, I still take refresher classes from other groups and organizations to keep learning about writing, all of which have been outstanding, but I can still hear Jenny’s voice constantly reminding me: Where’s the conflict in the story? You have to have conflict! Now go back and write this whole thing over!
As for my book influence? Anything written by Robert Crais. To me, he’s a true master.

What are you currently working on?
Oh, now this I’m excited to share! I just finished the first draft of Yesterday People, Book 3 of the Past Life Series, which is currently being torn apart by my best friend and beta reader. While she does that (I’m hopeful to release at the end of this year), I’ve started working on a standalone that’s not part of the Series. I actually wrote a first draft of this particular novel last year, which got pushed to the side after my best friend read it and said that it sucked big ones. So I pushed it away and worked on Yesterday People instead and, and once I got that book out of my head I dug back into the standalone. It’s become a total rewrite, but I’m loving it like crazy! Think Gone Girl meets The Wolf of Wall Street. And that’s all I’m going to say about that. J

Sounds intriguing. How do you balance writing, marketing, promoting, bookkeeping, family and work?
I have no freaking idea. I’m up at 4:30 in the morning to go to work in downtown New York City. I write on the train to work, and on the train from work, and at night after dinner has been cooked and served. I write and market and edit on weekends, and do the laundry and ironing and food shopping, and act as den mother to my college-age son’s friends who often come over as an extended family. But what keeps me going, what keeps me focused on my writing despite my ‘real life’, is that it doesn’t feel like work. I love writing SO much that I just can’t picture a day without it. So even though I’m crazy busy, I make it work. You know the old phrase, “If you want something done, give it to the busiest person you know.” Well, that’s me!

Thanks for taking time to be my guest today, Terri. Best wishes for great success with your Past Life Series and your WIP standalone.

About Terri:
Terri looks for any opportunity to make stuff up. She thinks anything that can’t so easily be explained is worth an extra look and often makes a great story. She loves red wine, scotch, sunrises, Ancient Egypt, the beach—and a host of other stuff that would take too much real estate to talk about. The youngest of five children, Terri lives with her husband and son on Long Island. And, in her next life, if she hasn’t moved on to somewhere else, she wants to be an astronomer. Terri’s fascinated with the night skies almost as much as she’s fascinated with ancient Egypt.

Terri is a member of member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, and you can read about her at http://terriponce.com/.
If you love social media, you can also find Terri on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Terri.Ponce.Author and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TerriPonce. Come visit. She’d love to hear from you!

Buy links for Terri’s books:
IN THIS LIFE:          
http://smarturl.it/InThisLife
COVET:                     http://smarturl.it/Covet_PastLifeSeries



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.

Ever heard of King Alaric I of the Visigoths, his brother-in-law, Athaulf, and the Roman princess, Galla Placidia? I first learned of their heroic tales during research into one of my most ancient lineages, which goes back to the fifth century A.D. Their stories sparked the plot of the Morgan O'Neill Roman time travel series, which I co-author with Cary Morgan Frates. And how about King Otto and Queen Adelaide? Their amazing historical romance provided the fodder for our Italian time travel series. But, perhaps, the most astonishing tale comes from the Stroganoff family of Russia, part of my maternal family. The bloody tale of an ancestor who was skinned alive seemed a natural thread to weave into my own sci-fi, time travel novel, Dragon Dawn, Book One of the Dinosaurian Time Travel Series. To make it even more interesting, I gave my Dragon Dawn heroine that ancient Russian surname, and astronaut Dawn Stroganoff was born!



Genealogy has also given me a foot in the door of Hollywood. But I'm not talking about movie deals or TV miniseries – I'm talking cousins. Distant cousins, that is! You see, a lot of us here in North America descend from the Pilgrims; in fact, the numbers are probably in the tens of millions. Many have lost information about their family tree and don't realize they have Pilgrim heritage. For years, I had no idea I had it, either. And then, a few years ago – bingo! – I found several lines with direct connections to the 1600s and early Massachusetts. Dozen of famous, infamous, and historical figures also descend from that small group of Pilgrim settlers, and I was amazed to discover I'm related to Lucille Ball, Richard Gere, the Fondas, Sigourney Weaver, Paul Revere, the Roosevelt family, and Benedict Arnold.

But what connection literally floored me? Why, Brad Pitt, of course! We both descend from Nathaniel Tilden and Lydia Huckstep, who were born in sixteenth century England, but who immigrated with their seven children to the New World in 1635, on the ship Hercules. I descend from their son, Thomas Tilden, while Brad Pitt descends from their daughter, Sarah. This makes us eleventh cousins. I've loved Brad since first seeing him in the film "Legends of the Fall," but I most admire him for his philanthropic and environmental work, including his wonderful rebuilding project in New Orleans. My next goal is to find out if I'm also related to Brad's "better half," the actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie. Wouldn't that be amazing?

Did I waste my time pouring over genealogy records? Of course not! Wherever your passions lead, you'll find enrichment, which can add so much to other aspects of your life. Once my works-in-progress are done, I'll delve back into my ancestral world. I can't wait to see what I discover next. Or what new projects blossom from my family tree.

Now, I've got a few questions for you – do you have a famous ancestor, or distant cousin? If so, let us know here! Or if you don't have a connection at this time, whom would you most like to have in your family tree?  Best wishes, and thank you so much.


Deborah’s bio and website links:

Deborah O’Neill Cordes is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist of historical and speculative fiction. She is the author of the sci-fi time travel novel, Dragon Dawn, Book One of the Dinosaurian Time Travel Series, which blends fields of study she loves in equal measure; Deborah holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a master’s degree in history. She is also the co-author of the Morgan O’Neill time travel novels. Deborah resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two West Highland White Terriers, who, alas, are precocious terriers and therefore never white.

Deborah’s website:  http://deborahoneillcordes.com/

Morgan O’Neill website: http://www.morganoneill.com/

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Dragon Dawn book blurb:

What if the extinction of the dinosaurs hadn’t occurred?  An alien stranded on Mars is determined to find out by sending human astronauts back in time to rewrite Earth’s past. But a female astronaut, through a strange twist of fate, survives the change in the space-time continuum.  After finding herself in a dinosaurian body, she must race against time – and the formidable alien – to restore the universe to its rightful course.


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.

How wonderful that your career as a writer began in your teens as a reader. What was the first seed of an idea you had for your book? How did it develop?
I came across a doll my kids passed from the oldest to the youngest while growing up. Often times I would catch my daughter muttering in her beloved doll’s ear with her tiny arms wrapped around its neck. Or catch my son and Bobby giggling wildly as I tucked them both beneath the covers. Bobby heard all their secrets, had gone on surgeries, sleepovers, and even abandonment when he’d become lost in the back of the station wagon.
I knew he was special when my granddaughter pulled him from the bottom of the toy box and using the same hold her mom had used, took possession of the doll.
My writer’s imagination took hold and I wanted to explore this special bond.

How cool! Writers can find inspiration everywhere. What kind of response do you get when you tell people you are an author?
I rarely tell anyone that I’m a writer. Usually it’s my kids who mention the fact their mother has written a book. A funny story, my daughter was at a job interview with a male executive and the conversation turned to ereaders. My daughter then proceeds to give him the entire rundown on my book, title, even where it could be purchased.
Gotta love family!

She is your number one marketer! Do you keep a notebook in your pocket, briefcase, purse, or on your beside table to write down ideas that come to you right away so you don’t forget them? Have any of these ideas developed into a successful piece?
I do carry a small notebook but find the back of bank receipts or napkins work well too. At one time I purchased one of those small hand-held recorders to keep beside my bed so when the brilliant plot issue is resolved in a dream, I could record it. That didn’t work out though because every time I tried, carefully leaning over the nightstand and whispering into the mic, hubby never failed to ask who I was talking to. I’ve never gotten anything out of that except a strange look.

How has writing this book changed you?
Reading was always full bliss for me and I could dive into a story fully attached and ready to fall in love. Now, after being introduced to RWA and discovering pov’s and scene/sequel, the whole reading process for me changed. I can be reading along one moment marveling at how wonderful the author uses description or emotion and I find myself slowing down to absorb the technique. Or perhaps grumbling out loud because of a jarring head-hop that I’d drilled was unacceptable writing and wonder why on earth they were allowed to get away with such violations?

I agree. Sometimes it’s hard to let go of our craft and just enjoy a book. What are you working on now?
My next book is a sequel with Leslie’s parents, Dottie and Earl, who are celebrating 30-something years on the back of a Honda motorcycle. Tentatively titled Glory Daze. 

Back cover blurb: Man of Her Dreams
Leslie Stone stumbles upon her fiancĂ© cheating with the maid of honor just days before her wedding. Determined to put distance between them, she heads to the family’s cabin in Sleeping Falls, Michigan. Unfortunately, her car barely hit the city limits before breaking down. And with no money for repairs, the scrolling marquee above the biker bar advertising a mechanical bull riding contest seems like a perfect solution.
Jay Westfield learned at an early age to avoid women who chase the limelight. After all, his mother had been the star attraction in Harvey’s Traveling show. The minute Leslie clears the door in cut-offs and skimpy tank top, things heat up. She’s on a mission and he wants no part of it. The last thing he expects is the attraction he feels seeing her on the back of Old Iron.
Add a squeezy rag doll named Mr. Jingles, the colorful antics of newfound friend, and the renowned tarot-card reader Madame Luella. Leslie’s about to discover in order to find the man of her dreams she must be willing to believe in magic.

Excerpt from Man of Her Dreams:
Jay has just found his mother, Madame Luella, who ran out on him when he was a boy.
    Jay entered the Bull Pen to find a handful of guys watching a ball game from a television mounted in the corner. 
        Rowdy stood at the end of the bar, looked up and nodded to Jay. “Haven’t seen you since the other night.” The blue do-rag tied across Rowdy’s head hid his receding hairline. He shook Jay’s hand. “I’m glad you stopped by. I wanted to apologize. I’m sorry about that business with Spike. He can be an asshole when he’s had too much to drink.”    
      “Don’t worry about it,” Jay said. “Shit happens. Spike will get what’s coming to him.”
      “Yeah,” Rowdy said. “They always do.” He placed one hand on the bar. “What can I get you?”
      “My usual.”
     Colorful bottles of all shapes and sizes lined the shelf.  Rowdy grabbed a glass and filled it with crushed ice. His hand hovered over a square bottle of Jack Daniels. “You sure that’s all you want? Nothing else?”
     “Positive. Iced tea, no sugar.”
     Rowdy poured the tea, the amber colored liquid looked enough like whiskey to fool anyone. Not that Jay cared one way or the other. It may be a biker bar, but if Jay wanted a tall glass of milk, he’d order one. He didn’t give a damn what people thought. He preferred tea. And Reba made it strong, just the way he liked. 

      Rowdy set the bottle of whiskey on the bar. “In case you change your mind,” he said, and wandered back to the end of the bar to watch the game.
     Jay wiped the moisture on the glass, the beads of condensation wetting his hands. He needed to get a grip before going home. The Bull Pen might not be the best choice, but at least he wasn’t alone.
    Regardless how many years he spent putting the past behind him, nothing had really changed. Seeing Luella brought it all full-circle. Her appearance, the hot-pink camper, right down to the phony crystal ball she kept on the table, all verified everything was still the same. He was still the same. Like a stupid mutt, he’d only been chasing his tail.
    Foolishly, he’d hoped if he put enough distance and time behind him, worked hard and lived right, he’d be able to look himself in the mirror and not see the ugliness of his past.
   Tonight, he realized that would never happen. Nothing could change who he was or where he’d come from.
   The man picked his trousers off the floor while Luella staggered into the bathroom. Jay sat at the table and gulped down his cereal, hoping the guy would leave before Sonny arrived. The two always rode their bikes to school together.
   Jay needed to ask his mom for lunch money. If she didn’t come out of the bathroom soon, he’d be late. Jay tapped on the door. “Mom,” he said. “I need money for lunch.”
   Luella cracked the door and poked her head out. “Steve, give the kid some money, will you? I’ll pay you back later.” She smiled, “with interest.” The dark smudges of last night’s makeup gave her a ghoulish appearance.
   “Forget it,” Jay said, and attempted to pass Steve in the cramped hallway. “I don’t want his money. I’d rather starve than have you owe him anything.”
The bathroom door had already closed and he could hear her vomiting. His chest hurt and he needed clean air, the sour stench seeping into the hall.
Steve held out a five dollar bill.
    “Take it kid. You want to grow up to be big and strong, don’t ya? He swayed and leaned hard against the thin paneled wall.
   “Forget it,” Jay said, and started to slide past the guy.
   Steve grabbed the back of Jay’s shirt. “What’s your problem? Here I am trying to be nice to you. Let me tell you something, kid. You should be happy with five dollars. It’s more than she’s worth. I could buy your mother, hell; I could buy your whole fucking family with the change I’ve got in my pocket! What’d you think of that Mr. High and fucking mighty?”
   The material of Jay’s shirt stretched and he squirmed out of the shirt and broke free. His footsteps pounded the floor as he raced through the kitchen and out the door. “Worthless piece of shit!” the man’s angry words followed him and still rang in his head long after the school bell.

   Jay crushed the ice between his teeth fighting the urge to slump against the bar. His throat burned. It wasn’t that he felt sorry for himself. Hell no. He rubbed his eyes and lowered his head into his hand. It was just that life could be such a bitch.

Author Bio: Teresa grew up in an old-fashioned hometown that stretched for exactly one block. The summers were scorching. And life seemed to crawl. She discovered that reading could take her to new places and on exciting adventures. By the time she entered high school, she had sailed the high seas with Captains and rode the English countryside with highwaymen, robbed stages— well, you get the idea, she fell head over heels in love with the romance genre.


Also by Teresa Blue: A paranormal romance- Night Bird …because sometimes death is only the beginning.  

And coming soon from Boroughs Publishing Groups, romantic suspense Letters From Inside.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Great Review of The Cavanaugh House!

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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.

Those ideas are why I love historicals. Has writing changed how you read books now?
It definitely has. I’m much more aware of the mechanics of the writing in each book I read. Sometimes I have to remind myself to turn off the “writer” part of my brain so I stop analyzing sentence structure and word use, and just relax into “reader mode” so I fully enjoy the story.

What kind of response do you get when you tell people you are an author?
The response is always along the lines of, “That’s so cool!” And it is! I get to spend my days letting my imagination run wild—and get paid for it!

What are you currently working on?
I’m currently promoting my latest release, Exposed. It’s a contemporary romance set in New York and the Caribbean. I’m also writing my next book, which features a spicy mix of humor, romance, and suspense. Check out my website or facebook page for updates!

I just peeked at your preview of Exposed and oooh lala!! Thank you for being my guest today, Emma. I wish you all best with your writing!

Visit Emma at:
Email: emma (at) emmabarronbooks.com
Twitter: @barron_emma

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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 tinyurl.com/kk8v4bk





Excerpt:



T

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.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Rachel Donnelly brings the Wild West to Time After Time


Rachel Donnelly sets her historical romance in the Wild West—such a romantic time period for America. Her novel, Lady Broke, is included in the Time After Time bundle from Crimson Romance. Welcome to my blog, Rachel. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a writer, teacher, mother, wife who lives on a ninety acre farm built in 1860 where I plot and plant and dream and sew.

Talk about Lady Broke. What was the first seed of an idea you had for your book? How did it develop?
Lady Broke is an adventure romance set in the old west. I had always wanted to write a western with outlaws and a sexy gritty hero. It’s a very romantic time. I love the history and the research. I’ve loved writing in the medieval and regency eras as well.

Who doesn’t love cowboys? How would you describe your writing process? Do you outline? Let the muse lead you? Or something else?
I’m more of a panster than a plotter. I keep a file while I’m writing with character descriptions to keep everyone straight and a timeline, since I like to write in scenes and that can turn into a bit of a wild ride. But, I would never write out a detailed plot. That would suck the fun out of it for me. Though I do have plot structure diagrams and snippets of theory plastered all over my office and have read Swain from cover to cover three or four times as well as many other writers’ journeys.

Writing is an art as well as a craft. Over analyzing it kills it dead. I agree with Hemingway, “Write drunk, edit sober.” At least that’s what I aim for. But, some days my inner editor won’t shut the hell up and I spend hours working one paragraph, pacing from the office to the kitchen, eating celery, drinking coffee and staring out at the pond.

Monday, July 7, 2014

A Bundle of Love Has Arrived!



From Regency England to the American Civil War, from the Wild West to Viking battles for territory, Time After Time delivers the gallantry, the color, the passion of yesterday that captures every historical romance lover’s heart. Fall in love with these ten titles from some of Crimson’s brightest stars:

I am pleased to announce that Love’s Destiny is part of a new offering from Crimson Romance. As you can see below, this will be a delightful buffet for any historical romance fan because it covers such diverse eras. My publisher, Crimson Romance, is very excited about this new release, “This summer, Crimson will be offering eBook bundles of some of our favorite titles!…coming in July we're excited to bring you Time After Time: 10 Sweeping Historical Romances from Every Era"



Available July 7, the following titles will be included in the Time After Time bundle:


 
 
 

 

 



Many of these authors will be visiting my blog to talk about their books, so stay tuned.
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