Sunday, December 28, 2014

Welcome Tara C. MacDonald

Congratulations on your new book release, Tara!
Let's hear a little about it.

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Game On! Never to Part and Never to Love is an ebook with two short stories.  Never to Part features Ryan almost getting run over by Sam at a bar one night.  They see each other again as Ryan's hockey team is hiring her marketing firm in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  What can these two confused overachievers do when love strikes.  Never to Love brings us to Halifax again where James and Sarah bump heads in a business deal to help out his motocross sponsorship prospects.  Will they be able to put business aside and commit to their passions?

Sounds like an interesting couple of tales! Now for an excerpt:
 
From Never to Love

James walked into the sports bar after parking his Harley and ordered a Guinness.  He silently raised his glass to his ex-fiancĂ©e and her cheating ways before gulping it down.

            “Another.”  He tipped the bartender, a man with his eyes on the local hockey channel.

            After the second one he stopped himself and wiped foam from his upper lip as he smelled expensive perfume.  He watched as a blond beauty swung open an office door at the back and he heard her heels click as she descended upon the bartender.  She tossed her hair and gestured wildly but the old man was ignoring her with his arms crossed. His cronies kept their eyes on the game.  James glanced around and realized he was the only one in there.  Maybe she was the waitress?  His stomach growled and he raised his arm.

            “Hey.  What’s a guy got to do to get some food around here?”

            The blonde turned and gripped the bar rails.

            “Sir.” Her voice was like ice.  “I am not the waitress.  Mike here can let the cook know what you want.”

            He frowned at her tone.  “Well, you’re here now.  I’d like some wings.  Hot barbeque.  And a poutine.  You do that here?”

            Her blue eyes seemed to be made of crystal. She took a step forward.  Sensing he’d gone too far but unwilling to show his throat to any female, he watched as she shook in rage.

            “I got it, son.  Sarah, go take a load off, eh?  You’re ruining the game,” said the bartender casually without making eye contact.

            “There’s no point anymore, Dad,” she muttered. Her shoulders slumped as she turned back to the office she came from.

 
Now a little about the author: 

Author Tara C. MacDonald holds a B.A. English Literature from Trent University and has been a member of Romance Writers of America since 2008.  Other writing groups such as Scribe Wenches, Romance Writers of Nova Scotia and other RWA chapters have helped her learn her craft.  She believes in the hope that romance can bring and reads avidly.  Her first published work was as a Co-Author in a non-fiction book called "Succeeding Through Doubt, Fear & Crisis" August 2014 with the eWomenNetwork publishing program.
 




 Tara will be awarding a print of local art by artist Wendy Beaver of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour (North American addresses only).

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:    http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2014/11/book-blast-game-on-never-to-part-and.html
Thanks, Tara!

Monday, December 8, 2014

welcome author Mike Draper

Hello, Mike, congratulations on your new book. Let's hear a little about it.

Baseball goes on strike. There is a great deal of discontent. A chat group is formed, “Friends against the baseball strike.” One member is a terrorist wannabe and he is able to manipulate a gullible man to obey his wishes, strike back against the sport. Baseball used to be the sport of the common man but now with the multimillion-dollar contracts, regular people can’t afford it.  It can cost hundreds of dollars for a man and wife to bring their children to a baseball game and get some food. He decides to take action and kill the highest paid player on each team. Each killing will be in a different way and there will be a message to “end the strike.” After the first killing, the FBI becomes involved and the Baseball Commissioner's Office hires a group of private investigators to show they are proactive. This group consists of a young woman and two men who are in training by a retired state trooper. As more ball players are killed, the trio of private investigators decides to challenge the killer using social media. They put a notice on Facebook to see if they can get the killer to go after one of them, who will be armed. The private investigators work with the FBI to find the killer and stop him before he kills again.

And about your work...

Are you character driven or plot driven?


I would say it’s plot driven but with a strong emphasis on the characters. The plot was the first idea but fitting the characters to that plot was an interesting challenge. If I had a murderer, I studied on the traits of a person who could become someone who would murder innocent people and feel a thrill about it. I also wanted this person to be gullible and could be manipulated by a cunning person who was the force behind the murders.

Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?


It is self-published, because I have lung cancer. I didn’t want to go the agent rejection process. My first novel –Splattered Blood – took over eight years before I decided to self-publish.


Who or what inspired you to write this book?


I was the family storyteller in a family with nine siblings and over forty nephews and nieces. I also was an English major in college and always had a keen interest in reading and gradually developed the goal to write my own novel. When I was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, I found writing was a positive step that kept me motivated.


What advice do you have for your fellow writers/authors about self-promotion and its importance?


Look into many publishers and realize that you get what you pay for so if you aren’t good at marketing, you’d want that in your publishing package. I would also advise a person to do a Google search to see if there are any complaints about a publisher before choosing.


What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your writing?


Mystery and suspense.


What is especially near and dear to you?


My wife, Diana, the love of my life for 48 years. She is a wonderful caregiver and companion. Diana keeps me motivated and shares in my joy of publishing and discussing books. She is currently in two book clubs.

And a mini bio:

I graduated from St. Michael’s College in  Vermont and have a Master’s degree in teaching. I was in ROTC and spent four years in the Air Force, leaving as a captain. Thereafter I was a financial planner for over forty years, selling retirement plans to state and municipal employees. Many of the scenes in my books come from my experience with the law enforcement friends. I would also ask their advice to be sure a scene was realistic.


Selling retirement plans to state police officers enabled me to hear many interesting things that a police officer might experience. I am also an Amazon book reviewer so understand how to analyze character development and plotting. The third thing is that I know how to tell a story that would be interesting and captivating.

LINKS


Three Strikes and You’re Dead is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Xlibris where copies can be obtained by calling 1-888-795-4274 ext. 7879. My web site is www.michaeladraper.com





Thank you!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Welcome author Jessica Jefferson

Hello, Jessica, congratulations on your book release!








Let's hear a little about it.
 
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Miss Tamsin Tisdale believes herself to be completely unsuitable for London life. After a myriad of social mishaps, and the potential ruination of her family name, she’s shipped away to her cousin’s northern estate. Only after she comes to her senses will she be welcomed home.

Marcus Winston, the Duke of Grayson, has a lackluster reputation. The last in a dying line, he’s endured a protected life—rank with privilege, encumbered by isolation. After a brief encounter with rebellion, he learns the devastating consequences of his carelessness and willingly accepts living life from inside his gilded cage.

However, a chance meeting with the brazen Miss Tisdale gives Marc the opportunity to reinvent himself into the man he’s always dreamed of being. When his deception comes to light, and ghosts from both their pasts threaten to unravel the intimacy they’ve come to cherish, will either of them set their fears aside long enough to embrace love? Or will Miss Tisdale’s stubbornness divide them?


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Excerpt:
Marc watched the faint outline come across the dense morning fog, becoming more discernible as it approached. The tall, thin figure was riding along at a perilous speed, given the morning’s lack of visibility. He thought perhaps it was some gangly young man misguided in the fog. It wouldn’t be the first time someone accidentally stumbled upon the vast property that made up his family’s immodest estate.

Then the fog parted in an almost biblical manner, revealing his gross inaccuracy.
Were those ... breasts?

Marc closed his eyes and thought for a moment. Typically, women didn’t ride alone at such an hour and they certainly didn’t wander unexpectedly across his property. It’d been quite a while, his last birthday to be exact, since his last intimate encounter with a woman—a gift, compliments of St. Regis—so there was always the possibility that perhaps his half-drunk, sex-starved mind had conjured up the sensual image.

He shook his head, opened his eyes, and looked back again toward the horizon.

Yes, those were most certainly breasts.

And she was most definitely not a young man. The woman’s riding habit pulled taut against her body as she raced toward him. Her hair was blowing behind her—various hues of auburn and gold, like wild flames curling about in the wind. Then a decidedly feminine voice burst through the morning’s silence, interrupting his self-doubt.

“Oh, thank goodness I found you!”

This was no mirage. She was indeed very real.

And very loud.

About the author:
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Jessica Jefferson makes her home in northern Indiana, or as she likes to think of it—almost Chicago.  She is heavily inspired by classic sweeping, historical romance novels, but aims to take those key emotional elements and inject a fresh blend of quick dialogue and comedy.  She invites you to visit her at jessicajefferson.com and read more of her random romance musings.


Please tell us a little about yourself.
  • I write historical romance.  I’ll read most anything, but love writing regency.  I make my home in north-central Indiana. I used to live a lot closer to Chicago, and I’m still a little traumatized from the move (it’s only been ten years).  I like to think that I live in “almost Chicago”, but in all reality I’m closer to Ohio than Illinois.  I used to work two full time jobs – one in healthcare, the other as mother to two girls – ages 8 and 3. Now, I’m a full time writer and mother, with a dab of healthcare here and there.

What is your favorite genre to read?
  • I love to read historical romance. Historical romance combines two things that I enjoy immensely – history and HEA. I love the dynamic between a hero and a heroine, and I’m a sucker for a happy ending. Some call the genre predictable - I think of it as comforting.

How do you research for your stories?
  • I’m fortunate that there’s so much available for regency writers. It’s a very well documented time period in history. One of my favorite books is “What Jane Austen ate and Charles Dickens Knew”.  It’s a great book for those who want to know the nitty-gritty of the period. Everything else I need I tend to use the Internet for.  Every book is different, so the research needs are different. If there’s ever a subject I can pull on people I know to get information, I do that first. In my recent release there’s a bit about horses, and fortunately I have many friends that ride, so it was very easy to ask them for information.

Who is your favorite fictional character?
  • I have many, and they change. One of my very favorites is Dougless from A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux. She’s so funny and strong, and manages to have a great love story.I just love a sassy heroine!

Please tell us about your new book.
  • Taming Miss Tisdale is book two in the Regency Blooms series.  It’s about Miss Tamsin Tisdale, a fiery hoyden who is sent away from London till she can, in a sense, be ‘tamed’.  While in the country, she meets Mr. Marc Winston—a gentleman she believes to be genuine and nothing like the Society men she’s used to.  Only, Marc isn’t the honest man she thinks he is.  His secrets not only jeopardize his relationship with Tamsin, but his place in Society as well.

Very interesting. Thanks so much!

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Welcome Inez Kelley!

Congratulations on your new book release! I've read your work before, so I'm sure this one will be good. Let's have a blurb:

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Book blurb:
In the battle between good and evil, humans have never been more than collateral damage. Now they are prey. Mankind doesn’t need a hero. It needs a sinner.
Corrupt. Wicked. Nefarious. Contemptible....
The Baddest Boys in History are back!
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You read about them in school. Now learn the truth. Real men. No vampires, no werewolves, no bullshit. Just down and dirty raw power —sin to sin, evil to evil, bad to bad. They fight for humanity. It was that or eternal damnation.
They agreed to risk their souls. No one told them they would lose their hearts.
THE BASTARD
 Vike died in blood, in battle, in betrayal. His ruthlessness was second only to his brutality. Now one woman makes his blood sing and he’ll stop at nothing to save her. He only has to face half of Hell to do it.
Lacy is unknowingly descended from an ancient Holy line. Someone is slowly destroying her life and wants her dead. A fierce Viking comes to her rescue, and in his arms, she finds more than safety. 
If Vike can’t protect Lacy, he’ll have to kill her. And for a bastard, what’s one woman worth when the entire world is in jeopardy?
And how about a little about you?

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INEZ KELLEY was born and bred in the mountains of West Virginia. She currently resides there with her lumberjack husband, their teenage drama queen, Spawnetta, and the Demolition Duo – Damien and his twin, the Omen.

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When did you start writing?
I wrote my first ‘story” at age 11 (over 100 pages handwritten on notebook paper front and back pages) and have never stopped. I did take a break in college but still wrote 2 full ‘stories’ over several hundred pages each. I never did anything with them but never threw them away.
Once my twins were born and made it through those first OMG-I-need-sleep-so-bad-I-can’t-think months were over, I started writing again and my husband asked me why I never did anything with them. I told him I wasn’t good enough. He got quiet and asked me if that was the lesson I wanted my kids to learn.
Of course it wasn’t so I took a deep breath, sent one story to a publisher and BOOM, sold it. I haven’t stopped since.
That's good! What is your favorite genre to read?
I read almost everything. I love contemporary romance paranormal romance, medieval romance, murder mysteries, police procedurals, mainstream fiction, women’s fiction and so much more. (I don’t like Regencies *ducks*)
How do you research for your stories?
Constantly. Extensively. I can and have research topics for YEARS before writing a story. I, of course, use the internet to research but I still utilize libraries and old hard bound text books. I interview people and tour certain locations, whatever I have to do to find out s much as I possibly can about a topic. I estimate only 30% of what I learn actually makes it onto the page but I know it. That is all that matters.
What inspires you?
Anything, really. A book can be inspired by a song, a conversation or even a passing thought. Inspiration is easy. Giving the inspiration life takes more. I have two folders. One named IDEAS and one named WILL DO.  I jot each idea in the folder then let it fester. If it festers too much, it grows bones and skin, a voice and takes on a life in my head. Then I move it over to the “WILL DO”. It will then one day become a story. An ‘idea’ can move to the ‘will do’ but never the other way. Not counting the other five books in my next series, I have SIX fully formed story ideas in the WILL DO folder. They will be written. 
What is your next book about?
Good verses evil with a twist. What makes GOOD good? What makes EVIL evil? Why was Moses celebrated when he killed thousands? Why was Vlad the Impaler condemned when he had the Pope’s blessing? I started thinking about that question and my Baddest Boys in History was born. 
Villains were always more interesting and exciting than heroes. So I researched some of the most vile and hated men in history and the story exploded in my head. I didn’t want to rewrite history. That took the fun out of it. I wanted to take these historical bad-asses and explore why they were bad and what would happen if they were made to fight for the good’ side. And of course, what would happen when they fell in love.
Who is badder than a Viking? Not many, I can tell you that. They were ruthless, barbaric and violent. And did you SEE the guys from Norway this past Olympics? HAWT DAYUM, eye candy! I wondered what if I took the biggest baddest Viking of them all and exploited his known weakness by pairing him with a sweet, gentle woman. The story basically wrote itself after that.
That sounds intriguing. What do you do for fun?
Fun? I have a teenage daughter and twin 10-yr-old boys. Who has time for fun? Read. And write. I also love to bake. Plus I love Criminal Minds so I watch those episodes over and over.
Do you have any insights for your fans?
My best selling book so far, and the one that has seemed to touch the most readers, was SWEET AS SIN. I had this feeling when writing it, a feeling of reaching beyond my skills and pushing myself but I could stop the words from pouring out just how I heard them. It wasn’t always nice or pretty or easy but I listened to that little voice. And damn, did it work! I felt that same way about this next series. It just FEELS right. *fingers crossed*
And hey, if you want, come give a “LIKE” to my Baddest Boys in History Facebook page and see what all my characters look like in my head.
I'll do that. How about advice for aspiring writers?
Write the damn book. Stop procrastinating. Do it. Then walk away. Wait a month. Then edit the hell out of it. Then send it to two different people, one who loves you and one who is harsh. Listen to both of them. Get as much feedback as you can from those higher on the publishing food chain than you. It might hurt but if you learn and apply what they tell you, you will grow. Edit again. Wait a month. Edit AGAIN. Now you are ready to submit the story somewhere.
That is very helpful advice for authors! Thank you.


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Thanks for being my guest, and good luck! 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Welcome to author Sarah Mayberry

Let's hear a little about the book:
Tara Buck has always been the good sister, level-headed by comparison to Scarlett, her flaky, impulsive twin.  But when Tara learns her fiancĂ© has been cheating on her with one of his school students, the orderly world she’s created for herself suddenly feels as if it’s falling apart. For years she chose the safe option, but from now on she’s going to live a little, stretch her wings…be a little daring. And if that means acting on the long-suppressed feelings she’s always had for Reid Dalton, then so be it!  

Reid has wanted Tara from the moment he met her, but she’s always been out of bounds. Not only is she his patrol partner at the Bozeman PD, she’s also engaged. But then her relationship blows up, and Reid finds himself battling his own instinct to stake his claim with the finest, hottest woman he’s ever known.


Even if anything did happen between them, it would only ever be temporary - Reid’s a born wanderer, while Tara’s roots run deep in Marietta. So even if things are good between them, it seems their romance is destined to be short and sweet...


Tara’s twin sister, Scarlett, also has a Spring Brides story: look out for Second Chance Bride by Trish Morey. 

Now enjoy an excerpt:

She pulled away, instinctively licking her lips to soothe them. Reid’s gaze followed the movement, and she was close enough to see his pupils dilate and his nostrils flare.

            She went very still. And then she did something she’d been wanting to do for a very long time: she leaned close and kissed him, properly this time.

            His mouth was warm, and she could taste the sweetness of the lemon meringue pie he’d had for dessert. She waited for him to respond, to do something, but he seemed to be waiting for something else. Something more.

            Feeling bolder than bold, she ran her tongue along the closed seam of his lips, asking for entry. There was the smallest of pauses, then some of the tension went out of him as he opened to her, his tongue stroking hers, his mouth starting to move at last. His hands found her waist, his fingers gripping her warmly as his kiss became more demanding, more urgent.



Sarah Mayberry is the award-winning, best selling author of more than 30 novels. She was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is the middle of three children. Sarah picked up a love of romance novels from both her grandmothers and has always wanted to be a writer. In line with this ambition, she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Writing and Literature. It took her ten years and multiple attempts before her first book was accepted. During that time, Sarah worked in magazine publishing and the television industry, contributing to the internationally known Australian serial drama “Neighbours” and co-creating teen drama series “Karaoke High”. Sarah currently splits her time between writing for television and writing novels. She lives in Melbourne by the bay with her husband and a small, furry Cavoodle called Max. When she isn’t writing, she loves reading, cooking, going to the movies and buying shoes.

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