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GUEST POST: JENNA VICTORIA

Greetings!  It’s been a while since I’ve had a guest on the blog.  To be honest, this is one I promised a long time ago – sorry Jenna, life has been a little hectic!  However, now that things have settled down a little (yeah right, we just started the process of buildings a house), I thought I would make good on my word and get it out there.  Besides, it’s never too late for a little Christmas cheer!

So, on to the good stuff.  You may remember Jenna stopping by back in November to debut her Christmas novella, War of the Heart.  If you are like me, you enjoy Christmas themed stories all year long, especially when they mix in some of that good ol’ white stuff.  Unfortunately, Kentucky lacked in that white stuff this year.  In fact, it’s a nice seventy one degree’s here today.  Oddly, that makes me sad, so I thought I would dream of all things white while getting to know Jenna a little better.

Hello Jenna!!!

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself.

I live on the eastern seaboard of the USA and enjoy watching Hallmark movies and listening to  Christmas music year-round. My first camping trip occurred when I was nine months old, so tent camping is one of my guilty pleasures, and sitting next to a roaring campfire is addictive.  I write Happily-Ever-After romance & romantic suspense stories with a Christian world view. I write what I enjoy reading…about a heroine who is in grave danger & a hero who is smart enough to get out of her way as she solves the case (with a little help)… and books that feature the sweetest of small-town, fairy-tale-ending love stories.

How long have you been writing or when did you know you wanted to write?

I devoured books at the rate of five a week from early childhood, and I decided back then I wanted to create similar magical worlds of wonder and happiness for readers to escape into.

Tell us about your latest book and the characters.

War of the Heart is both a stand-alone book and part of a six-novella Snow Globe Christmas Collection on Kindle.  When a vintage snow globe sends Boston dress designer Louise Martin & British B&B owner George Walker back in time to London, December 1940, they race against the clock to reconcile a feud between their families and solve a 75-year-old mystery. As Louise relies on God; and on George for guidance, friendship then love, will the future George envisions strangle her own dreams? Will their love survive generations of mistrust, the Blitz and being stranded in wartime 1940, possibly never to return to their former lives?

Where did you get the inspiration for your latest book? 

I am enthralled with the social festivities and importance of the true meaning of Christmas, so being asked to write a Christmas-themed time-travel novella with a snow globe being the vehicle for going back in time was very fulfilling and fun for me.  I was able to select the time period and the method of how the snow globe was used in War of the Heart, and I colored a little bit outside the lines – both my heroine and hero go back in time together rather than one finding the other in the time jump.

Do you have a favorite place to write? 

My husband kindly bought me a 27-inch computer monitor once chemo-related vision issues surfaced, so I am happiest at home in my ergonomic chair, footstool and unlimited cups of Keurig coffee. Second favorite place is meeting some fellow Christian writer friends at a coffee house and brainstorming our plots.

Are you working on anything new?

I recently signed contracts for five novellas with Forget Me Not Romances for 2017. Titles are LOVE AMONG THE LILACS (June), GEMSTONE MOUNTAIN ROMANCE (June), WILDERNESS WEDDING, (July),  HER HIDDEN HEARTBREAK and THE HOUSEKEEPER’S HEART (both September). All contain elements of mystery, suspense and romance.

Give us one piece of advice or editing tip for aspiring writers.

Six simple words: Butt in chair. Hands on keyboard.

Give us a run-down of a day in the life of Author Jenna Victoria. 

As I am on disability and continuing to receive chemotherapy for triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) I have many doctor office appointments, lab workups, diagnostic tests and physical therapy visits to work my life around. That keeps me pretty busy and on my toes! I do a few chores as able, rest when appropriate, and fit in social networking as time permits after brief stints of writing.

Favorites because I’m nosey 🙂 

Color: Deep blue

Book: The Bible

Food:  Pizza – plain cheese

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Hobby:  watching or re-watching any Marvel comics blockbuster movie (Thor, Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Dr. Strange etc.) or TV show (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D)

Time of Day:  middle of night (peaceful, quiet, contemplative)

Hallmark movies, Keurig, middle of the night writing,  Jenna sounds like a woman after my own heart.  She’s also a busy and courageous woman to boot! Congratulations on the upcoming novellas.  Hopefully I can take some of that writerly advice and plant my butt in a chair soon. 

Now if your interest has been piqued like mine, you can follow Jenna along at all the places listed below and don’t forget to check out War of the Heart and keep an eye out for those upcoming novellas.

• Twitter @JennaVictori • Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/jennavictoriaauthor/ • Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/jennavwriter/ • Instagram  http://www.instagram.com/jenna_victoria_writer • Email  jenna@jennavictoria.com • Website http:// jennavictoria.com • Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/jennavictoria

 

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GUEST POST: JENNA VICTORIA, WAR OF THE HEART

Hello all!  I know it’s been a while, I’m sorry.  Things are a bit busy, so the blog has gone somewhat to the wayside, however I promise to update you with all the exciting or not so exciting news of my life happenings soon!

I am happy, though, to bring you a guest.  Jenna Victoria has graciously allowed me host her new release, War Of The Heart, which is a part of the Snow Globe Christmas Collection.  Please say hello to Jenna.

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When a vintage snow globe sends Boston dress designer Louise Martin & British B&B owner George Walker back in time to London, December 1940, they race against the clock to reconcile a feud between their families and solve a 75-year-old mystery. As Louise relies on God; and on George for guidance, friendship then love, will the future George envisions strangle her own dreams? Will their love survive generations of mistrust, the Blitz and being stranded in wartime 1940, possibly never to return to their former lives?

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ever since her grandfather co-created Twinkies, Snowballs & Hostess cupcakes for Intercontinental Baking Company, circa 1959, Jenna’s yet to taste a cake she hasn’t liked. Jenna is the author of “fiction that feeds your faith” – Happily-Ever-After romance & romantic suspense stories with a Christian world view. She also writes clean, wholesome romances. Her stories emulate those she enjoys reading…with a heroine who is in grave danger & a hero who is smart enough to get out of her way as she kicks butt & takes down names… and those that feature the sweetest of fairy-tale-ending love stories.
She writes romances that glorify God and His sacrificial love through His Son, Jesus Christ and show how He gives us hope & peace amidst unbearable situations. After her first breast cancer diagnosis in 2012, several reoccurrences and metastasis, Jenna continues to praise God and trust His oversight in her life; and continues to write more books.

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GUEST POST: ANGELA SMITH

Today, I’m excited to welcome fellow native Texan and romance author, Angela Smith to the blog.  Angela has graciously stopped by with her romantic suspense, Burn on the Western Slope and Fatal Burn.  Psst… just so you know, they’re currently on sale for $1.99 so you better grab them up 🙂  Hello, Angela!

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ASReagan McKinney is on a mission to discover more about a deceased uncle who mysteriously left her a sizable inheritance, a condo in the mountains, and a stash of stolen jewels. With both her graphic design career and her love life in shambles, the opportunity to begin a new life couldn’t have come at a better time. When she becomes involved with the sexy FBI agent next door, she finds her struggle is not only to keep her heart intact, but her life.

Grief stricken after an undercover investigation ends in the death of his partner, Special Agent Garret Chambers goes home to find solace in the arms of his mountain retreat. That is, until his boss assigns him to investigate the spirited brunette staying in the condo next door. He is assigned to investigate Reagan’s involvement with a large jewel fencing organization, but his investigation becomes compromised when his attraction to her heats up. Will his discovery destroy everything he has come to love, including Reagan?

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FATAL SNAG

AS2Hollywood fashion consultant Naomi Fisher is happy to use her obsessive-compulsive planning to assist with her cousin’s wedding, but her history with the sexy and sullen Chayton Chambers, the groom’s brother, terrifies her. When the groom is kidnapped at his own wedding, Chayton and Naomi rush to find an important relic to satisfy the ransom before her cousin becomes a widow before a bride. Naomi trades garters for guns as survival, and love becomes a deadly game impossible to resist.

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About the Author:

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Angela Smith is a Texas native and was dubbed most likely to write a novel during her senior year in high school since she always had her nose stuck in a book. Although high school was decades ago, the dream began when her mom read ‘Brer Rabbit’ to her and her sister so often they could recite it back to each other before ever learning to read. Research is one of her favorite parts of piecing together a story, and she loves creating new characters. Angela started with writing romantic suspense and is branching into other genres, but she hasn’t been able to write one yet where falling in love doesn’t come into play. She works as a certified paralegal and office manager at her local District Attorney’s office and spends her free time with her husband and the animals on her small farm. Although life in general keeps her very busy, her passion for writing and getting the stories out of her head tends to make her restless if she isn’t following what some people call her destiny.

Angela Smith LOVES talking to readers. You can contact her in the following ways:

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Angela-Smith/e/B00DYBSIMY
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAngelaSmith
Twitter – https://twitter.com/angelaswriter
Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7173505.Angela_Smith
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/asmithauthor
Website – http://www.loveisamystery.com
Email – angela@loveisamystery.com

Burn on the Western Slope Excerpt:

“The snow’s great, the skiing is great. When are you going out to ski?” Garret asked.

Reagan fumbled with the button on her sweater. When Chayton set her drink on the bar, she tightened her hands around the glass to curb her jitters.

“I hate to admit it, but I don’t ski.”

“You don’t ski?”

“I mean, I never have.”

“You have to be tempted, right?”

“Uh, not really.”             This was where he’d leave. He would think she was crazy, boring, uninteresting, and he’d find someone more fitting to talk to. Only, he didn’t. He smiled, his eyes twinkling with interest. At least, she thought it was interest. It could have been pity, or mockery, or…

No. She cupped a hand over her cheek, as if that would soothe her insecurities. The cold condensation from the glass she’d held sent a chill between her shoulder blades.

“How long are you staying?”

“A month, at least.”

“Do you want to learn to ski? Because I’m a pretty good teacher. And Tanyon is a great place to learn. It’s busy, but not as busy as some of the bigger resort towns.”

“Oh, I don’t know.”

“Yes. You have to try it at least once. You’ll love it. Chayton can hook you up with gear.”

“Well, I’ve always had a secret desire to plunge down a twelve-thousand-foot drop.”

Garret’s eyes sparkled, like sunbeams skipping across the ocean and landing under her skin. But even sunbeams on a clear summer afternoon wouldn’t affect her like this.

“It’s not so bad,” he said. “We’ll start on the bunny slopes. Then, if you fall it’ll only be half that.”

“I’ve seen the size of these mountains and there’s not a bunny slope in three-hundred miles.”

“Sure there is.”

Reagan clamped her mouth over the straw and slurped the cocktail. It tasted divine, the sugary, minty flavor inciting sweet thoughts of Garret’s lips.

“I’m not sure I’m ready for that,” Reagan said, running her tongue over her lips as she rested her glass on the counter. “Skiing, that is,” she quickly added. He would never know she’d been thinking of kissing him, but she had to force herself to look away from his mouth. Nudging Naomi, she stood. “It’s time for me to go. I need to settle in. I haven’t even unpacked yet.” And she had no intention of doing so now, but it was a good excuse to leave. She wiped her hands on her jeans before extending her hand to his, praying hers weren’t clammy. “It was great to meet you.”

Garret grasped her proffered hand and nested his other on top, engulfing her hand. She burned. Everywhere. “Meet me on the slopes tomorrow?”

Reagan bit her lip and glanced at the floor. “Tomorrow? I don’t know. I might need a little more time to get used to this place.”

“We’ll start with sledding. You can’t not like sledding.”

She didn’t know, seeing as how she’d never done it, but cozying up to him at a hundred miles an hour would probably be amazing.

“I’m safe,” Garret said as he dropped his hand.

“You’re what?” she asked, meeting his eyes. Maybe he was a good guy in most people’s standards, but he made her heart beat too fast to be anything but dangerous.

“I’m harmless. Several people in town will vouch for me.”

“But I don’t know them either.”

Fatal Snag Excerpt:

From the hushed voices and quick glances between Garret and Buchanan and the other officers in the room, Naomi knew something was up. Garret and Buchanan disappeared for a time, and when they came back in she noticed him squeeze Reagan’s hand tighter and thought she heard Chayton’s name. Garret’s face revealed no clues.

Was Chayton dead?

An officer came to stand by him. He fixed his hand on Garret’s shoulder and leaned down to say something in Garret’s ear. A shadow crossed Garret’s face.

Long, drawn-out seconds passed. Silent seconds. Naomi’s thought processes were past the point of rationality as every fear—past and present—rushed forward. She was about to jump up and demand an explanation when a door slammed, the reverberation like a cannon straight through her heart.

When Chayton walked into the room, Naomi was struck with shock the force of a tsunami. Waves surging, striking her off balance. Crushing. Washing over her, crashing down, choking her. Water in her chest. She wheezed, unable to breathe. Her thoughts tumbled with the force of the waves. The swell receded, releasing her, leaving her in a wake of relief. As she regained her momentum, her breath came in short, liberating gasps. Her heartbeat steadied. Warmth tingled her skin. She wanted to run to him, hug him, tell him how grateful she was that he was alive. Limbs shaking in exhaustion, she couldn’t stand.

Buchanan stood and shook his hand. She remained seated, her eyes focused on him as he spoke to Buchanan, trailing him as he sat across from her. His gaze found hers, forcing out the terror of his potential death. He reached out and curled his hand in hers. Warm. Assuring. Alive. She let out a weak smile, her body unable to fully express everything she felt. Relief overflowed in tears she managed to choke down.

She’d never felt so safe or so joyful. She’d feared he’d get himself killed, and they still had so much to straighten out with the police.

Her mouth was dry. She couldn’t speak if she wanted to. Garret bantered with him, but Naomi couldn’t follow the conversation. All she could think about was Chayton. He was alive. Unharmed.

Then she noticed Caleb beside him. Caleb, a friend who had never evoked those types of emotions in her. He winked at her and she smiled, returning her gaze to Chayton.

Chayton slouched in his chair and kept one hand up on the table, the other lightly holding Naomi’s. He spread out his knees in a casual stance, like he had no care in the world. Like he hadn’t almost lost his life. And as far as Naomi was concerned, she’d been pressured to the point of breaking. Being left alone in a hotel with a distraught woman. Being nearly kidnapped. Nearly smashing her face in the windshield—prevented thanks to the seatbelt. It’d been a hell of a day.

“Life with these boys will never be normal,” Naomi commented to Reagan, who was sitting beside her.

Reagan laughed and turned to her, her eyes gleaming. “No, it won’t, will it?”

Chaos was right up Reagan’s alley. She liked spontaneity and surprises.

Not Naomi. When she’d left Air Dog a few months ago, she couldn’t wait to leave. She couldn’t live the spontaneous lifestyle her cousin was so wrought to live. Picking up and moving didn’t bother Reagan, probably because she’d done it since she was a child. But Naomi needed roots, and those roots needed stable ground.

But now, the graffiti Chayton painted on her heart would be impossible to erase. She didn’t want to leave. She never wanted to leave. So maybe Chayton was a little careless. He was still the most thoughtful, intelligent, and strong-willed man she’d ever known. And she loved everything about him. Internal scars and all.

He leaned into her and bunked his nose on hers, still wearing that blasé, devil-may-care attitude. “Are you okay?” he asked. Maybe the look in his eye was casual, but his voice was full of emotion.

Her toes, her knees, her thighs, her belly, her neck, her ears trembled as the whisper-soft breath of his words branded her.

“I am now.”

 

Modern Magic A Quartet of Fractured Fairy Tales

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What if Cinderella ditched the prince’s ball and sent her fairy godmother to find love in her place?

Suppose a streetwise hero hired to steal an all-powerful Genie (stuck in a flash drive rather than a brass lamp) for a tech company ended up running for his life with the CEO’s gorgeous, intelligent daughter?

Or what if the bed that a certain golden-tressed girl accidentally napped in belonged to the hot and famous middle brother of a notorious boy band?

Can you envision the sparks that might fly if a bitter and downright beastly wheelchair-bound woman propositioned a handsome bookseller to stay with her in exchange for her rare book collection?

This spellbinding anthology features modern and sexy spins on four classic fairy tales that will enchant you by Jennifer DeCuir, Stephanie Cage, Andrea R. Cooper, and Nancy C. Weeks.

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Excerpt for A Late-Blooming Rose by Jennifer DeCuir

 Leaving the coffee service behind to clean up later, Beau swept an arm under Eva’s knees and waited for her to grab his neck for balance before lifting her from her chair. The sliding glass door that led out to the flagstone patio was still open. He frowned down at the track. There had to be a way to cover it, even temporarily, so that Eva could have access to her little entertaining area out here. It had the best view of her rose garden this close to the house.

“My chair was back there. Where are you taking me? Beau!”

Her tiny fists thumped at his chest as he carried her through the living room and out into the hall. With a purposeful stride, he entered the library. Intending to set her down in one of the wingback chairs in the center of the room, Beau changed his mind at the last second and dropped into the seat himself, Eva draped across his lap.

“I demand that you take me back to my chair this instant!” She struggled in his arms, as much as her upper body would allow.

Beau winced when he took a sharp elbow to the gut. “Relax. I’m not going to hurt you. Look where you are. Take a deep breath. Smell that? Leather and old paper, ink.”

“This is ridiculous. Why did you bring me in here?”

“You need a sanctuary. You need a place where it’s safe to be yourself, to let it all out and grieve for those you have lost. You can’t get to your roses, and I feel terrible about that. But you can get to your books.”

Don’t tell me what I need! I need to be left alone. I need you to go back to Syracuse and leave me with my grandfather’s books and my mother’s ruined rose bushes. Stop making me—”

“What? Feel? You cover up the hurt by pushing people away. You replace the grief with anger. You spend so much time feeling sorry for yourself when you could be reliving the happy memories.”

“I can’t. I’m not strong enough. I see their faces in my head, and it hurts.” She was clutching his shirt now.

“Then just breathe. Close your eyes and breathe. It’s okay, I’ve got you.”

“I can’t remember the sound of their voices. Every day it’s like a little more of them fades. But I’m still here. I’m always here.”

She cried then. Great, heaving sobs that broke his heart and made his entire body ache to hear. He held her tight, not uttering a word as she finally released tears five years in the making. He rubbed her back, comforting her as he would a small child. He cradled her as the shudders became less pronounced, the sobs turning to sniffles and finally to rhythmic breathing that indicated she’d fallen asleep. Standing up once more, he brought her to her room and tucked her in for the night.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Jennifer DeCuir, author of A Late-Blooming Rose, grew up in a small town in Maine, which provides the basis for Scallop Shores, the fictional town in Drawn to Jonah. She’s busy raising two kids and a husband. She loves including children and babies in her stories, as her own provide endless story ideas. Currently residing in rain-soaked Washington, she can usually be found working on her latest book in a local Starbucks.

Where to find Jennifer DeCuir:

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Stephanie Cage, author of Music to Her Ears is a British romance writer, author of ‘Perfect Partners’ (Crimson Romance) and ‘Desperate Bid (The Wild Rose Press). She studied English Literature at Oxford University and Creative Writing at Bath Spa. One of her most exciting writing moments was winning a holiday to Sicily in the Woman’s Own Short Story Competition. More recently she won the Yorkshire Ridings Magazine’s Romance Story competition. Oddly, both short stories were set in the same location in Yorkshire.

Where to find Stephanie Cage:

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Andrea R. Cooper, author of Fairy Trouble writes fantasy, paranormal, historical and romantic suspense. Her favorite childhood memories revolved around creating vibrant characters for her friends, and then acting out their adventures. Inside her fantasy worlds of darkened forests, dragon-filled glades, and iced islands, nothing was banned. From the ethereal Elvin to the most maligned Vampires, all were welcome in her fictional realities, a stark contrast to her home, where the magical and mythical was forbidden.

Where to find Andrea R. Cooper

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Nancy C. Weeks, author of His One Wish has loved happy-ever-after romances since she was in her early teens. While still in college, she met and married her hero. She spent the next several years honeymooning and working overseas. Today, she lives in suburban Maryland with her husband of more than thirty years. With her two grown children out of the nest, she loves spending her days on her deck writing as the local bird population keeps her company.

Find Nancy C. Weeks:

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Guest Post & Interview: Lola Karns Lucky Traveler

Please welcome Lola Karns and her recent release, Lucky Traveler, to the blog today.

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Nearly a year after she found her boyfriend with his hand up someone else’s dress, Midwestern school teacher, Keira Jones, contacts a dating service in a faraway town for a much-needed confidence boost and night of adoration.

Logan Collins doesn’t remember much about the night he screwed up his cousin’s wedding and his life. But with five months of sobriety under his belt and most of his amends made, he celebrates with a 1Night Stand.

When Madame Eve sends these ex-lovers to the same Las Vegas hotel room, the two of them must discover whether good luck or bad luck guides their travels.

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Hi Lola! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’ve moved a lot, but I hope to stay put in Minnesota where I’ve lived for the past two years. My two kids love it here and my husband and I are tired of unpacking moving boxes. We have three cats, and all of us have a healthy addiction to books.

How long have you been writing or when did you know you wanted to write?

I grew up wanting to write non-fiction or poetry. I was always spinning little stories in my head to keep myself amused, but writing fiction didn’t occur to me until I was in grad school. A hurricane damaged an archive essential to my dissertation before I had a chance to visit. I decided to give fiction a go so my research wouldn’t go to waste. I still haven’t written that book. I started actively writing fiction 8 years ago.

Tell us about your latest book and the characters.

My latest release is the novella, Lucky Traveler. When Keira Jones signed up for a dating service, the last person she expected at the door was the ex-boyfriend who crushed her self-confidence, Logan Collins.

Where did you get the inspiration for your latest book?

I wanted to write a full length romance for Logan and Keira who were first introduced in my 2014 book Bad Traveler, but the characters wouldn’t cooperate. Lucky Traveler grew out of my need to know why they didn’t want to be in a book together.

Do you have a favorite place to write?

I usually work in my home office, but sometimes I write outside on my front porch.

Are you working on anything new?

I’m experimenting with another genre. After I finish that story, I have two more contemporary romances plotted and ready to go.

Give us one piece of advice or editing tip for aspiring writers.

Identify your five most overused or filler words (common ones include very, just, thought, knew, it, now). Before you think of sending the manuscript out to anyone else, reduce the number of times those words appear in your manuscript by half.

 

authorphotoLolaKarns (80x100)Having held myriad jobs as Lola Karns moved through Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey, Georgia, and Virginia, she decided she needed a portable career. Writing fit the bill.

Lola currently resides in Minnesota with her husband, two children, two hairless cats and a fluffy ex-stray cat. When not writing, she enjoys baking, reading and drinking coffee.

She is the author of Lucky Traveler, Bad Traveler and Winter Fairy.

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Fated Hearts by Becky Flade

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Fated Hearts
by Becky Flade

Psychiatrist Henley Elliott fled her quiet life in Cleveland for a gypsy lifestyle, trying to stay one step ahead of her painful memories. When she breaks down in quirky little Trappers’ Cove, Minnesota, she meets Sheriff Carter McAlister – a man healing from his own share of hidden heartbreaks.

At the request of a friend, Carter offers Henley a job to help her get back on her feet . . . but soon he can’t resist trying to sweep the intriguing woman off them. Breaking through her carefully built shell proves to be a near-impossible task, and to make matters worse, a dangerous new presence in the Cove seems to be targeting Henley. They must learn to trust in each other in order to keep her safe.

Can Henley and Carter leave their secrets and scars in the past to get a second chance at happily ever after?

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Home is where the heart is and I make mine with my very own knight in slightly tarnished armor in southeastern Pennsylvania. When I’m not busy living my own happily ever after, I’m writing about someone else’s.

  Email:  beckyfladeauthor@gmail.com

 

 

Enjoy the following excerpt from Fated Hearts:

“What are we doing, Carter?”

“Enjoying our evening.”

“You know what I mean.” She shifted her body and lifted her hand as if to touch his face. He tensed in anticipation. She skimmed her fingertips over his jaw, his cheek, featherlight touches that left a trail of fire across his skin. “I think I’m getting used to your touch. To … how you feel.”

“That’s a good thing.”

“Are you going to kiss me again?”

“Would you like me to?” He saw her nod this time and recognized the banked passion in her hooded gaze. He lowered his mouth to hers but pulled back before their lips met. “How much of what you’re feeling is you and how much me? I don’t want to influence you.”

“It’s both. And it astounds me.”

His muscles clenched with desire. He hadn’t intended to seduce her or himself tonight. He had only wanted her to become more comfortable with his company and his touch. They needed to build trust, and he’d wanted to lay that foundation. With a level of restraint he hadn’t thought he possessed he laid his forehead against hers.

“How about you kiss me, Doc?”

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Guest Post: Jenny O’Brien

If you follow me on Facebook you would have seen my post of Jenny O’Brien’s 777 Romance Writers Blog Fest, where she featured 7 romance writers, who answered 7 questions, over a 7 day period.  She graciously allowed me to be a part of it and since I’m all about sharing the love, I asked Jenny to be a guest here.  So, please welcome, Jenny O’Brien to the blog and take a look at the cover of her newly released, romantic comedy, Ideal Girl.
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A recent poll by dating APP Lovoo has revealed The Ideal Girlfriend – She’s a 5ft 5″ dark haired Irish nurse!’ Daily Mail, February 2014.

So just who is this ‘Ideal Girl’ and where would she go to meet the Ideal Man, if indeed he exists!

Ideal girl is the first in a series of romantic novels, which find old fashioned girls thrown into modern day settings.

All set in the fictitious Dublin hospital of St Justin’s staff not only have to cope with their stressful jobs, they also have to cope with the mire that is ‘pre- relationship hell!’

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Hi, Jenny! Can you first tell us a little about yourself?

Thanks for inviting me on your blog today. I’m Irish by birth and a Celt at heart so my books tend to be set in either Ireland, Scotland, Wales or France, or indeed a combination of all four!

How long have you been writing or when did you know you wanted to write?

I’ve been writing for about six years. Although like most people I always fancied having a go at writing a book I didn’t really do anything about it until the name of my first character came out of the blue. It took me another year to find the courage to put pen to paper and five more of rejections to self publish. I wish now I’d gone Indie a lot sooner!

Tell us about your latest book and the characters.

My latest book, Ideal Girl is set in a busy Dublin hospital where stressed health care professionals live on adrenaline and Starbucks. It’s initially a sweet tale of misunderstood love between a student nurse and a brain surgeon, but ends up being a lot more than that.

Where did you get the inspiration for your latest book.

I’ve worked in hospitals in a variety of roles in the past so the characterisations were easy. The story line just evolved. I’m a pantzer writer so I don’t really know what I’m going to write until it’s on the page. This does of course make editing all the more challenging as tying up plot ends is a nightmare.

Do you have a favorite place to write?

On a chair in the corner of the lounge. The television is usually blaring, but as I don’t watch it it’s not a problem.

Are you working on anything new?

Yes, I’m a third the way through the sequel of ideal Girl, where we catch up with Liddy and Mitch, but also follow a couple of other staff undergoing the trials of pre- relationship hell! This is the second in what will be a trilogy.

Give us one piece of advice or editing tip for aspiring writers.

Read everything, write constantly and be a ruthless editor – one word change can make or break a sentence.

Favorites because I’m nosey 🙂

1. Color: Green.
2. Book: How did I know you were going to ask that! There are many but I’m going for I am David by Anna Holm. Written in 1963 It tells the tale of a boy who escapes from a concentration camp.
3. Food: Funnily enough I don’t have a sweet tooth so fish and any vegetables, excepting asparagus.
4. eReader or print? I prefer print books, but I’m a reviewer for NetGalley and an eReader is a must for ARC’s
5. Hobby: There’s no room for hobbies outside the 2 R’s. I’m a bad knitter, a worse crocheter, can make a passable cake and occasionally get to pull out the odd weed!
6. Time of Day: Anytime when I’m actually left in peace for five minutes with a good book and a black coffee!
I can definitely relate to pulling out the occasional weed from the garden and love your advice for aspiring authors.  Thank you so much for stopping by!  If you’re interested in connecting with Jenny, look her up via her blog or Twitter listed below.

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Jenny O’Brien was born in Dublin a very long time ago. She’s the youngest of four children’s and always dreamt of being a writer- but firstly she decided to hone her life experiences so that she’d actually have something to say. She’s had over thirty years experience as a nurse and is now living in her fourth country. She’s married with three children and is an avid collector of cats, broken laptops, notebooks and happy endings, two of which can be found in her books.

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Cynthia Sax- Five Things I Learned From Publishing A Book

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In celebration of her new release, Releasing Rage, Cynthia Sax has graciously stopped by to talk about some things she’s learned from publishing a book.  If you don’t  know Cynthia, why not?  She’s brilliant, hilarious, and one of those people you just can’t help but love.  Her Dear Wonderful Hubby (DWH) post on Facebook keep me entertained and she’s quickly become an author who’s style I admire.  Psst … check out her Seen Trilogy, it’s well … it’s HOT!

 

Welcome, Cynthia!

 

Dena had a great post about the ten things she learned from publishing a book ( you can read it here.) Because I enjoyed that post so much, I decided to share five additional lessons.

1.  If a writer is passionate about a book, the book is more likely to sell well.

I’m super passionate about Releasing Rage, my latest release, a sizzling cyborg SciFi erotic romance. Because I’m excited about this story, I talk about it ALL THE TIME. I talk about it when I should be promoting other stories. My enthusiasm is contagious. Reading, reviewing and blogging buddies get excited too.

Readers, if you see a writer is super enthusiastic about a story she’s written, that story might be one to put on your to-be-read pile. There’s a reason why the writer thinks this story is special.

2.You could be the exception but you’re likely not.The average writer builds her readership one reader at a time.

I was discussing this with a writing buddy today. I believe I’ve personally touched (in a good way – no bad touches here – grins) just about every reader who buys my stories. I’ve talked to readers via blog comments or Facebook chats or private messages or emails. This is one of the reasons why writers love conferences (that and it gives us an excuse to drink). We can ‘touch’ hundreds of readers at one event.

Readers, please know that we care about you. We truly do. You matter to us.

3.You could be the exception but you’re likely not.

When I first started this journey, a wonderful writing mentor told me that the average romance writer takes 10 years of consistent releases (about 3 releases a year) and consistent promotion to build a readership large enough to pay the bills.

I decided I was going to be the exception. I’d be the Stephenie Meyer (Twilight) or the E.L. James (Fifty Shades of Grey) and make it big with my first trilogy (though both of these writers worked their a$$es off, growing their readerships).

5 years and 90 plus releases later, I realize I’m well on my way to being the average romance writer. (grins) In 5 years, I hope to be able to pay the bills with my writing. Until then, I rely on my sugar daddy (my dear wonderful hubby).

Readers, the average romance writer will be writing books for you for a long time. If you love a writer, please consider reaching out to her or him and saying hi. Sign up for her newsletter (mine is here – http://tasteofcyn.com/2014/05/28/newsletter/ – I’ll be giving all of my awesome newsletter subscribers a free story in December). Friend her on Facebook.

4.  Everyone is busy. We have to ask for help.

If a writer or reader or blogger asks me for help, I usually help her. If she doesn’t ask, I don’t normally help out. I figure she has everything under control or she has a bigger release in the future she’d prefer I help with or heck, I’m simply clueless and don’t notice she needs help.

Very few folks volunteer to help (Dena is one of the exceptions). We have to ask for the help we need. Then, when we ask, we should assume that some requests will go missing or will be misfiled or forgotten (we’re writers, we get book brain). Facebook will hide the message or email providers will decide the request is spam (my editor’s urgent emails ALWAYS go to spam, even though she’s on my contact list and has been sending me emails for years). If I need 1 author/blogger/reviewer/reader to help me, I contact 10. That’s usually a good number to start with.

But folks WILL help… which leads to the fifth and final lesson (from me).

5.  Readers, the love always flows both ways. If a writer can help you with an event or something else, ask!

There are some wonderfully generous folks in Romanceland.

Writing is a team sport. This is why writers often boast about successes—because these successes belong to a group of people, not simply to her or to him. Editors, cover artists, formatters, publishers, agents, reviewers, bloggers, readers, fellow writers, and a zillion other people contribute to the success of any book. They don’t do it for fame or for money (laughs). They do it because they love Romanceland.

Readers, thank you for everything that you do for us. (big hugs)

Dena, thank you for inviting me into your online home (more hugs).

Such wonderful advice, Cynthia!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  And now, check out Releasing Rage.

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Rage, the Humanoid Alliance’s most primitive cyborg, has two goals—kill all of the humans on his battle station and escape to the Homeland. The warrior has seen the darkness in others and in himself. He believes that’s all he’s been programmed to experience.

Until he meets Joan.

Joan, the battle station’s first female engineer, has one goal—survive long enough to help the big sexy cyborg plotting to kill her. Rage might not trust her but he wants her. She sees the passion in his eyes, the caring in his battle-worn hands, the gruff emotion in his voice.

When Joan survives the unthinkable, Rage’s priorities are tested. Is there enough room in this cyborg’s heart for both love and revenge?

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GUEST POST: DEBORAH O’NEILL CORDES

Please give Deborah O’Neill Cordes a warm welcome to the blog.  Today, we’re celebrating Deb’s newly released, Aliene Mine, a Prequel to Dragon Dawn, Book One of her Dinosaurian Time Travel Series.  Hi Deb!

First things first, let’s get a look at the covers and blurbs.

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Far from her home world, an alien female clandestinely observes the Earth, but her intense need for a mate overwhelms her desire for secrecy. It is time to pick her Chosen, the one who will share her life. With her keen ultraviolet vision, she’s watched the human astronaut, Edward McAdams, a man with a unique and compelling aura. Is he the one? If so, will he agree to leave Earth and travel with her to the stars? But her plans are threatened when she discovers dangers lurking in the vast reaches of the Milky Way galaxy, menacing aliens who may not only imperil Edward, but everyone else on Earth.

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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.

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And now, where you can find Deb, because I know you want to run off and look her up!

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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, and its prequel, Alienne Mine, 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.

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Guest Post: Time Of Want by Amanda Bianco & Stacie Jacobs

HAPPY NEW RELEASE  TO AMANDA BIANCO & STACIE JACOBS

 

TOWSamantha Bennett has the perfect life. A beautiful home, a loving husband, and all the designer labels a girl could want. But she is lonely. Feeling trapped at home while her husband John works long hours, Samantha craves love and attention. She is desperate for the one thing she can’t have – a child.

Following one let down after another, Sam questions her existence. Her lonely lifestyle drives her to want more. She looks to fill the void from John’s hectic business schedule.

That’s when the Millers move in across the street.

Derek and Elizabeth have moved to Long Island so that Elizabeth, a successful pediatrician, can take up a new post close to her family. She is expecting their first child, and Derek, a former sports writer, has given up work to stay home with the baby and write a novel. Quickly, the Miller’s become friends with the Bennett’s. But cracks soon appear in their marriage as Elizabeth works long hours at the hospital.

Derek’s head has been turned and now he too is faced with his own demons.

As temptations grow, Sam begins to slip back into her old mischievous ways. She is
willing to risk everything she and John have worked for, because for Sam it is all about the thrill of the chase.

However, Derek has his own agenda and is playing by a different set of rules. This leaves Sam even more confused. She begins to question if it’s all worth it…

Have you ever wanted something so much that you would risk everything for it?

Even if it meant hurting the ones closest to you?

A contemporary novel of, love, loss, desire,and Deception

 

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