Friday, August 3, 2018

Christmas in July!


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Christmas is a time for food and families. Maggie, the heroine of TRUTH AND SOLACE, is a chef so she's all about food. She volunteers to help cook Christmas dinner for Luke's family; his grandmother Phyllis, stepfather Reese and his mother Abby. This Christmas is bittersweet for all of them because it's likely Abby's last:


Once the toasts were done, Maggie and Phyllis excused themselves to put the final touches on dinner. Phyllis bustled around, checking pots on the stove that didn’t need checking and rearranging table settings that were perfectly fine. Maggie knew keeping busy was her way of coping. She’d give her something to do.

“Phyllis, do you think we should have whipped cream with the pie?”

“Yes, I think that would be lovely. Abby loves whipped cream…”

Her voice trailed off. They both knew Abby was unlikely to eat much of anything. Maggie spoke quickly, not wanting her to dwell on her sadness. “I brought some whipping cream. It’s in the fridge.” Phyllis’ face brightened. “I’ll whip it up. It’ll only take a few minutes.”

She set to work immediately, pulling Abby’s electric mixer from the cupboard. By the time she’d finished, the potatoes were tender and ready to mash. Maggie drained the heavy pot and handed the masher to Phyllis. She pounded away at them as if they were the cancer in her daughter’s body and she could obliterate it by sheer force of will.

If only it were that easy.

Maggie removed the turkey from the oven and set it on a large platter to rest while she made gravy. Once Reese carved the turkey, they’d be ready to eat.

Luke wheeled his mother’s chair to her spot at the end of the table and then poured the wine he’d brought for himself, Maggie and his grandmother. He gave Abby and Reese more sparkling grape. After everyone sat, Abby lifted her glass, her hand trembling slightly.

“I’d like to propose a toast. To us, and the merriest Christmas ever. For this one day, let’s forget about illness and remember how much we love each other and how much we enjoy being together. Reality will come back soon enough, but for today, let’s forget. Merry Christmas.”

The silence was deafening. Maggie should have known Abby would feel the tension all around her and know her family was hurting. Her cancer was the elephant in the room they couldn’t ignore. They needed to address it head on. Maggie touched her wine glass to Abby’s. “I second your toast. Here’s to the merriest Christmas ever, with good food and good friends. Today, let’s only think happy thoughts. On this happiest of days, I say cancer can go f*** itself.”

Reese let out a guffaw and Abby laughed out loud. She covered her mouth with her free hand as it turned into a cough. But she was able to quickly bring the cough under control, for which Maggie was profoundly grateful.

“I’ll drink to that,” Abby said.

Reese lifted his own glass. Maggie hadn’t seen a genuine smile on his face in some time. “I think that’s a toast I can get behind.”

Phyllis shook her head as she touched her glass to Reese’s. “That’s my roommate, potty mouth girl.”
A fresh round of laughter erupted around the table. Sadness dissipated as if a window had been thrown open and a fresh breeze had blown through the house.

From across the table, Luke smiled into her eyes and lifted his glass to her in a silent salute. Maggie raised her glass and saluted back. As Abby said, reality would hit soon enough. For today, she wanted to play a game of pretend where everything was possible, like believing Abby could return to full health.

And Luke would want to stay in Minnewasta with her.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Other (less famous) Stephen King: #NewRelease #WRPbks

I'm happy to host a brand new Wild Rose Press author whose time travel novel THIRTY-THREE DAYS, releases today. Stephen B. King calls himself the other, less famous writer with that name. Not to mention that he's Australian. Stephen's novel tackles a real problem facing the world's food supply today -- genetic modification. He tells us a bit about his research and how the idea of the story came to him. Please welcome Stephen B. King!



Thank you, Jana for letting me chat about writing, time travel, love, and Genetic Modification of major foods. The 18th of July saw the release of my sixth book: Thirty-Three Days. It’s been a long but amazing journey to bring Jenny’s story to life.

All my life I wanted to write, yet for most of it I made excuses not to do so. There are two fabulous things about being an author. Number 1: my inborn need to tell a story, and to be able to entertain a reader for a while; take them out of their day to day lives and transport them to a place inside my imagination, well that’s fantastic. Number 2: When someone does read one of my books, and takes the time to post a review, send me an email, or stop me at a party to talk about the characters I’ve created for their enjoyment…… Well, I tell you, you can’t buy that feeling.

TTD, as I affectionately call it, came to me in a dream. Now that was highly unusual for two reasons. Firstly, I don’t dream, or if I do, I rarely remember them. If I do, they are nonsense. But I woke up in a state of euphoria having dreamt of Jenny, a lonely 68-year-old lecturer in environmental science who is approached by a man who says he is from the future. He is the sixth in a line of people who played leapfrog through time. They all took a leap of faith and injected a drug to send their consciousness back in turn. Why? To meet her and convince her to save the future of mankind from a Blight which is ravaging all plant life two hundred years in the future.

She agrees, and will wake up thirty-three years younger, with the dosage lasting for thirty-three days. She must convince a young micro-biologist not to release his genetically modified strain of wheat, which harbors the deadly blight in its gene structure.

But she faces many problems. In the past, she falls in love for the first time in her sixty-eight years with his father, and she must convince them both of her sincerity before her consciousness departs for the future, leaving her young self with no memory of the preceding month. If she fails, the men in the future will send an assassin and she is torn between saving the planet, or the man she loves who she knows is destined to die.

So, once I had that dream, I knew I had to write it. Time paradoxes have always fascinated me; yes, I admit it, I’m a Doctor Who fan. I also gave Jenny the chance to influence a team of soccer players, who haven’t won a championship in years. But, just maybe with Jenny, they can pull of a miracle win.

In all my books, no matter how deadly, or thrilling the storyline, there is always a love story at its core. I believe love is an intrinsic part of our lives, and further, that love, and family are why we are here in the first place. Anything else you come by is a bonus. The song title sums it up best: Love is all around us (The Troggs). We either want it, have it, or just lost it and want it back. We love our children, good food, a piece of art…. need I go on? For Jenny, her falling in love changes her, and becomes everything to her, but she knows she will not remember it beyond her thirty-three days.

Now its time to talk seriously, about the dreaded subject: Genetic Modification of food. This is the critical core of the TTD plotline. There is a saying Jenny uses to Iaine on their first date: The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. How many times have we seen people trying to do good, but inadvertently doing bad and causing a tsunami of destruction.  Does Thalidomide ring any bells? Diet drinks using synthetic ingredients which we are now told causes health problems, including cancers. Trust me, the list is endless. Whenever Man dabbles in Nature it often goes poorly. When I was researching for this book, I found lots, and LOTS of similar cases. Here in Western Australia a while back, one farmer was suing his neighbor because he lost his organic certification.  That was because the genetically modified strain of Canola had spread from one farm to the other and contaminated, not just his crops, but the very ground it grew in.

Jenny also says: “You can start a bushfire with a match, but the fire rages on when you blow the match out.” Some things we do to our planet are irreversible. I read we are losing 200 billion tons of ice a year from the polar regions, due to global warming. Apparently if, or should I say when, they completely melt; the sea level will rise 60 meters. Where will we live then?

So, lonely, mousy, Jenny has a chance so save every living person in the future by going back in time to stop an event before it happens. Can she succeed? And can she somehow find a way to keep the love that took her sixty-eight years to find? Oh, and can she help that soccer team win the championship?

Time for me to go. Thanks, Jana for inviting me on, I’d love any feedback from readers, I always respond to emails.

The other, less famous, (Australian) Stephen King

Blurb, THIRTY-THREE DAYS:

Jenny is a lonely university lecturer who's consciousness has traveled back in time to her younger body to try to save the future of the world. A young microbiologist is going to release a genetically modified wheat that will mutate and ultimately destroy all plant life, leaving nothing but barren windswept dust bowls. In the past, Jenny finds a love that has been missing from her life; the kind that comes just once in a lifetime. But Jenny can only stay in that time period for thirty-three days. Meanwhile, in the future, fearful Jenny will fail, plans are made to send another back in time--an assassin. How can she choose between saving the man she loves or saving the future?

Excerpt:

“Oh I think healthy debate is a good thing, don’t you?” She squeezed his thigh again. She did not want to get too heavily involved in discussions of a nature which might affect their relationship. Not too early in the piece anyway. There would be time enough in the weeks to come.

“But Brad wants to be a savior to the worlds' food supply needs, not hurt it further.”

“Very true, and it’s to be commended, Iain. But, history is littered with good intentions having turned bad. There is the age-old debate about progress. ‘Just because we can, doesn’t mean we should.’”

“But, who has the right then to make those decisions on behalf of the rest of us?”

“And therein lies the problem, Iain, who indeed should determine it? That’s why some of the things are in the mess they are. As an environmentalist, I just want to make sure there is something left for our kids, and their kids. I’m not necessarily against progress, but some things are best left as they are. Nature is in balance, once it goes out of that state, who can say where it will end?

“Hydro-Fluorocarbons are another good example. In the sixties, they were the propellant used in spray cans; it was a cheap way to be able to spray deodorant. But they were destroying the ozone layer and who would have thought it? They were banned worldwide, thankfully. Today, the layer is slowly recovering, but if we didn’t have the benefit of those studies and act on them back then, the incidence of some types of Cancer, particularly Skin Cancer, would be vastly worse than they are today. Oh, I’m so sorry Iain, I didn’t mean to mention Cancer because of Simone, please forgive me.”

“It’s Okay, it’s no problem, I’m really enjoying this discussion, tell me more.”

“All right, but we warned, once you get me started I find it hard to stop. Let me ask you a question, what do you think about Antibiotics?”

He glanced at her with a strange look on his face. “They have saved numerous lives, what’s wrong with them?”

“Well in some instances, undoubtedly they have saved lives.  But, more realistically, in most cases all they’ve done is hasten a person’s recovery. We get sick, the doctors prescribe them, and we get better. But, we now have people who are developing allergies to them, and the incidence is growing exponentially. Worse we have bugs which have now mutated so much they can defeat the drugs. So, the germs are now not only immune from Antibiotics, but are far more virulent than they would be had they been left alone. If we had evolved a natural defense to some illnesses, they may well have disappeared by now.

“Polio is coming back, having almost been eradicated through a worldwide immunization program. Thanks mainly to Rotary International’s work, and right there is a truly benevolent effort. It was commendable and is a prime example of good intentions. But, the strain of Polio we are now seeing has no cure, and you cannot immunize against it.


“You see Iain, things mutate, it’s the natural order of things. When we look at bugs and parasites, it is the intention of the parasite to live off its host, not kill it. When the parasite kills, it effectively commits suicide itself and therefore does not fulfill its basic quest to live and survive. So, given time, humans can develop immunity, and the parasite gets to live within us, and everyone is happy.”

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Author Bio:

Life is about the journey, and not the destination, and what a journey my life has been. We are the sum total of our experiences, and not what we eat, in my humble opinion, and when I start talking about my life to people – just before their eyes glaze over – they often say: “You should write a book.” So I have, several in fact. I left school at fifteen in a totally different era to today. I got involved with the music business as a long haired rock guitarist, wrote poems and music and gave it all up for love. I've threatened to write a book for so many years my wife eventually pushed me into it by buying me a new laptop and said: "No more excuses, do it." And so began this amazing journey.

Thrillers and crime genres have always fascinated me, and in particular, the dark world of serial killers, and while my beginnings were in the ‘Make love not war’ sentiment, I love a good, unputdownable, thriller. You know, the kind you just want to read one more chapter of at three in the morning before bed, but you have to be up at six to go to work. Have I succeeded in creating stories that can take people to that place? Boy I hope so. 

My first book, Forever Night, was contracted and published by The Totally Entwined Group's now defunct Evidence Press, and it was followed by a trilogy of Domin8, The Vigilante Taxi and Burial Ground. Repo, my fifth, saw me return to two characters from Forever Night as new private investigators trying to save a man from jail for a murder he did not commit.  The Wild Rose Press were gracious enough to offer to publish Thirty Three Days. They have also contracted another Trilogy called Deadly Glimpses, and book 1 is due for release soon, called, Glimpse, Memoir of a Serial Killer.


I hope I have many more books in me, I often say: I work for a living, but write for a passion.

Website: www.stephen-b-king.com
Twitter: @stephenBKing1  http://www.twitter.com/stephenBKing1 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Andi Ramos and Ten Things you need to know

Mystery writer Andi Ramos is my guest today. We're going to get to know Andi in a new segment I call "Ten Things". Welcome Andi!



Top 10 Things To Know About Andi Ramos:

1. I’m a foodie- to pick a favorite kind of food is hard, but I have to say its a rare occasion when I turn anything chocolate down ;)

2. I’ve been married over 20 years, God bless him!

3. I have four kids- 3 of them teenagers, God bless us both!

4. My Favorite Quote: “The muse works for you. You don’t write at her beck and call—you train her to show up when you’re writing.” JK Rowlings

5. I LOVE old movies, I think Cary Grant is the most charming actor that ever existed!

6. I HATE to cry- I avoid it at all costs- which means any books or movies that might shed a tear, I get very close minded and won’t consider them!

7. I have a unique laugh that is a mix between a wheeze, chortle and a snort!

8. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is my secret boyfriend, only he doesn’t know it- my husband does, so we’re all good!

9. I have a pet goat that thinks he’s a dog.

10. My guilty pleasure:Binge watching TV shows- I don’t watch a lot of TV but, on a rare occasion I will clear a whole weekend just to indulge- Popcorn and Oreos here I come!


Blurb, GUMSHOE GIRL:

Sheagan O’Hare got more than she bargained for when her newly inherited detective agency lands its first case; a missing person, embezzlement, and murder. Sheagan’s out to prove she can hang with the pros, despite the constant reminder of her amateur status from an annoyingly attractive FBI agent, Colin 'Mac' MacEvine, who’s forced himself into her life.

How does she feel when an old high school friend hopes to ignite a new romance?

Will she be able to discover if detective work and love can mingle before someone gets hurt?

Buy Links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gumshoe-Girl-Andi-Ramos-ebook/dp/B07CMZVJ9Zi

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Gumshoe-Girl-Andi-Ramos-ebook/dp/B07CMZVJ9Z

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/gumeshoe-girl/id1376902448

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/820388

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/gumeshoe-girl

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/gumeshoe-girl-andi-ramos/1128555736


Excerpt:

Sheagan made a split-second decision to head back to Kinney, Kelley, and Wellstood. It was a long shot, but she felt she had to move on it since there was nothing else to go on.

It was past business hours by the time she parked. She tried the door; it was locked. She peered through the window and saw Ernie collecting his things, so she knocked and watched him shuffle to the door.

“Hi Ernie," Sheagan said, as he unlocked the door.

“Little Miss, are you back so soon?”

“I forgot something upstairs this morning.”

“They are just about closed up. Most everybody is gone. I was just leaving myself.”

“I’ll just be a minute,” Sheagan charmed.

“You promise you won’t be long now?”

“I promise.”

He nodded. “Okay.” He stepped aside and let her in. Ernie looked tired.

“Long day?” she asked.

“They get longer every day.” He managed a weary smile.

She nodded sympathetically and made her quickly way to the elevator, dreading what to say to the receptionist. The doors dinged opened, and Sheagan peeked out from inside the elevator. She didn’t see anyone. Perfect!

She slipped out of the elevator and crept around the corner, then eased her way back to Mary’s cubicle and breathed a sigh of relief as she shook the first file cabinet drawer open. It was full. She took a photo so that she could investigate any company names later, and did the same with the second and third drawers. The fourth was full of office supplies – a box of staples, and full boxes of paper clips, pens, Scotch tape, and more sticky notepads.

She turned her attention to the second file cabinet. It was the same arrangement as the first, with files in the first three drawers. She opened the last drawer, thinking it would also house supplies, but was surprised to see a picture of Mary’s husband and a small, fabric printed handbag.
Sheagan heard a loud voice come from the conference room. She felt a knot in her stomach and slipped the purse on her shoulder, concealing it as best she could with the thick strap of her bag.
The voice grew louder, and there was heavy banging, like someone was pounding on a desk. Nerves got the best of her and Sheagan ducked out of the cubicle and crept down the hallway towards the reception area. Just as she rounded the corner, she crashed into the cleaner, Lewis. A hot chill ran up her spine as he grabbed her shoulders.

Author Bio:



Andi Ramos is a debut author from central Massachusetts where she lives with her family, goat, and Boston Terriers. Her love for reading grew into a passion for writing. She dabbled with pen and paper for a long time and eventually stopped pushing her amusements aside and started developing those stories into novels. One of her favorite things to do is to hop into her motorhome with her family and write while traveling down the road as they journey to various destinations.

Website: www.andiramos.com
Blog: www.andiramos.com/blog
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andiramosauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/andiramosauthor

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Seelie Kay and THE PRESIDENT'S WIFE

Happy Tuesday! Today's guest is Seelie Kay with a contemporary romantic suspense with political intrigue and a bit of kink. Seelie is offering some ebook prizes in her giveaway so make sure to enter the Rafflecopter at the end of this blog. Welcome Seelie!



The President’s Wife 
by Seelie Kay


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Interview with Seelie Kay:

Where did you get the idea for THE PRESIDENT'S WIFE:

When I started thinking about this story, the news was filled with allegations about Russian interference with the presidential elections. Since this book was coming out around July 4, America’s Independence Day, I knew I wanted to do something that emphasized the importance of freedom. All of the uproar about the Russians took me back to a different time—the Cold War—when we lived in fear of a nuclear attack by the Soviet Union. So, I began musing about what would happen if the Russians actually did co-opt the government of A free nation. Ultimately, The President’s Wife was born.

Why did you choose this genre?

This book actually combines two genres: Romance and thrillers. It is, in effect, about a political conspiracy uncovered by a very hot and sexy couple who are very much in love, involving another couple being blackmailed because of the love they have for each other.  Those genres just seemed to naturally lend themselves to this story.

Was there anything unusual, any anecdote about this book you’d like to share?

My grandparents immigrated to this country in the early 1900s from Czechoslovakia. When I was in my teens, that country was still under Soviet control. However, my grandmother wanted to see her family again. So, my father brought her back for a month-long visit. Throughout their trip, they were closely watched by communist officials and some of their relatives were afraid to receive them in their homes out of fear of retribution. At one point, my father was detained for taking a photo of a church that turned out to be a military installation and would have been jailed if not for a second cousin, who was a higher up in the Communist Party. (They did confiscate the film, however.) And when they got back to the U.S., my grandmother told me she had been afraid every single day. That experience had a significant impact on me. It taught me that we must value freedom, because not everyone has the privilege of being free.

What do you want readers to come away with after they read THE PRESIDENT'S WIFE?

That we should not take freedom for granted. It is our responsibility to respect and protect it, because once it is lost, it may be hard to win back. Even in the U.S., a country that has been free for 242 years, we must be vigilant. Our freedoms are threatened every single day.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I am a pantser, I am afraid. When I am inspired, I just let the story flow. And I don’t stop until I am done. I never know where an idea will take me but I always wind up somewhere!

What’s one thing that your readers would be surprised to learn about you? 

That I am an MS Warrior. I was diagnosed in 2002, and although I am somewhat mobility impaired, I continue to write.

Tell us a bit about you. Where do you live, and how long have you been writing?

I am Wisconsin born and bred. Although I have lived in other parts of the country, I returned to WI about 30 years ago and now live outside Milwaukee. I can’t imagine living in a place without the four seasons, no matter how much I complain about the winters and the summers. (I am definitely a spring/fall girl.)  As I said earlier, I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing. In fact, my mother saved my four-year-old missives in which I complain about what I considered an unfair punishment. My parents were teachers. We had to apologize, in writing.

If writing is your first passion, what is your second?

Food. I am a true foodie. I love to cook and bake or try out new restaurants. In fact, it’s how I relieve stress or work through plot problems when writing. A nice glass of wine is sometimes the perfect end to a busy day.

Do you have another occupation, other than writer? If so, what is it? Does it help you with your writing?

I am an attorney and journalist, but these days if I am not writing my own books, I am ghostwriting books for others.

Name two authors we might find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.

J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts) and Lisa Scottoline.

What do you like best about your heroine in THE PRESIDENT'S WIFE?

She’s smart and determined, and most importantly, committed to justice.

How can readers reach you or find you online?

www.seeliekay.com
www.seeliekay.blogspot.com
Twitter: @SeelieKay https://twitter.com/SeelieKay
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/seelie.kay.77

Tell us a little about your current work in progress.

It’s a story about four former law school classmates who get shafted by their mates and seek revenge.

What’s your tagline? Why did you choose it?

Sizzling short stories about lawyers in love, with a dash of kink!  That is what I write about…

If I was a first time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why?

The Garage Dweller. I think it provides a good sense of how I write and what I write about. 

Tell us about your current release.

The President’s Wife is a novella about a criminal defense attorney who uncovers a conspiracy to destroy the government of a newly free nation. Here’s the blurb:


When criminal defense attorney Julianna Constant travels to Washington, D.C. to join her former college roommate, Marella de la Aerelli, in celebrating her husband’s election as the first president of the newly democratic Republic of Lodatia, she is met with an unpleasant surprise. Her friend of almost 30 years not only looks unwell, she is cold and distant. After Julianna becomes convinced the woman is really an imposter, she attempts to expose the faux Marella by using a secret only she, Marella, and the sitting U.S. President share. In the process, Julianna helps to uncover an international conspiracy to seize control of the new country, using the president’s wife as a pawn in a dangerous and potentially deadly game. Will Marella be rescued before a coup takes place? Or will she become collateral damage in one tiny nation’s fight to be free?

Thanks for speaking to me, Seelie!


About The President’s Wife: 

What happens when one of your best friends, the First Lady of the newly democratic Republic of Lodatia, appears to be an imposter? If you’re criminal defense attorney Julianna Constant, you pursue the truth like a rabid dog, then wage a battle to save your friend’s life. When criminal defense attorney Julianna Constant travels to Washington, D.C. to join her former college roommate, Marella de la Aerelli, in celebrating her husband’s election as the first president of the newly democratic Republic of Lodatia, she is met with an unpleasant surprise. Her friend of almost 30 years not only looks unwell, she is cold and distant. After Julianna becomes convinced the woman is really an imposter, she attempts to expose the faux Marella by using a secret only she, Marella, and the sitting U.S. President share. In the process, Julianna helps to uncover an international conspiracy to seize control of the new country, using the president’s wife as a pawn in a dangerous and potentially deadly game. Will Marella be rescued before a coup takes place? Or will she become collateral damage in one tiny nation’s fight to be free?

BUY LINKS: Publisher Amazon: coming soon Barnes and Noble: coming soon



Excerpt:

The state dinner at the White House was in full swing. Waiters were busy delivering food and pouring wine, as guests ate and chatted with others seated at their tables.

Julianna picked at her dinner, some sort of beef dish with quirky vegetables, and continued to study Lodatian President Georges and Mrs. Marella de la Aerelli, as they chatted quietly with the U.S. president and his wife. Marella barely looked up from her plate, and conversation with her hosts appeared to be minimal. God, that is so not the Marella I know. She hasn’t even acknowledged me and I sent her an email informing her that I would be here. 

Julianna set her fork down on her plate and nudged her husband, Little River, Wisconsin Police Chief David Manders. “Something’s wrong.” Julianna whispered. “Marella looks wrong. Maybe she’s just tired after the campaign, but she looks sick. Too thin and too pale. And she isn’t smiling. Marella is always smiling, even when she feels like shit. And she hasn’t even looked at me. Why is she ignoring me? Something is not right. I can feel it.”

David looked at his wife and tried to hide his smile. “Jules, you find a conspiracy behind every door these days,” he said quietly. He looked around to ensure that the other four couples seated at their table were otherwise engaged. “I vote for tired, no, make that exhausted. My God, five months ago, she was a farm wife in Lodatia, now she’s been thrust into the international spotlight as the wife of the President. That would exhaust anyone. I know if you ran for president, it would have a negative impact on me.”

Julianna smirked. “If I became President, sir, it would have a negative impact on both of us.”

David sighed and ran a hand through his short, silver hair. His piercing blue eyes gazed at his wife, his fondness apparent. “Well, instead of jumping to conclusions, let’s wait until the reception at the Lodatian Embassy. There are a lot of rules and protocols for visiting dignitaries. Maybe it just isn’t appropriate to buddy up to an old friend at a state dinner. Once you get up close and personal with Marella, you can get a better fix on things. That woman has been through the wringer, what with that opposition group trying to assassinate her husband not once, but twice. I imagine the stress of clinging to Lodatia’s newly formed democratic government is a kind of like hanging on to a cliff, knowing that if you fall, there will be no net to catch you. Cut her some slack and do not tell her she looks awful.”



About Seelie Kay:

Seelie Kay writes about lawyers in love, with a dash of kink.

Writing under a nom de plume, the former lawyer and journalist draws her stories from more than 30 years in the legal world. Seelie’s wicked pen has resulted in nine works of fiction, including the Kinky Briefs series, The Garage Dweller, A Touchdown to Remember, and The President’s Wife, as well as the romance anthology, Pieces of Us.

When not spinning her kinky tales, Seelie ghostwrites nonfiction for lawyers and other professionals. Currently she resides in a bucolic exurb outside Milwaukee, WI, where she shares a home with her son and enjoys opera, the Green Bay Packers, gourmet cooking, organic gardening, and an occasional bottle of red wine.

Seelie is an MS warrior and ruthlessly battles the disease on a daily basis. Her message to those diagnosed with MS: Never give up. You define MS, it does not define you!

Seelie can be reached at www.seeliekay.com, www.seeliekay.blogspot.com,  Twitter or Facebook.

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Twitter: @SeelieKay https://twitter.com/SeelieKay

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Friday, July 6, 2018

#NewRelease from Mary Morgan!

Mary Morgan is here with her new release, OATH OF A WARRIOR, book 2 in her Legends of the Fenian Warriors series. She's sharing a recipe that dates back to 17th century Scotland, the setting for this book. Please welcome Mary Morgan!



Hi Jana! Thanks for having me on your wonderful blog today! I’m excited to share my new release, OATH OF A WARRIOR, Legends of the Fenian Warriors, Book 2.

Erina was a wonderful character to write and one I knew who would appeal to Rory. She loved her garden and animals, tended to those who required healing, made love charms, and believed in the old ways. A perfect combination for any to accuse her of dealing in the black arts. Yet, she never saw herself as a witch. Only someone who was different. Sadly, even in this century, we tend to look at others who do not walk the same path as the majority as odd.

This recipe is one that I mentioned in the story. It’s a favorite of Erina’s. In 17th century Scotland, she might have made it with less sugar and more honey, or no sugar at all. I’ve adapted this recipe with all sugar. It’s delicious and perfect during the summertime.

Red roses symbolize passion, sacrifice, and love. It’s a perfect blend for my love story and this recipe.

Rose Syrup

Rose Petals from 4-5 red roses (choose ones that are not sprayed with any insecticide)
2 cups of sugar
2 cups of purified water (I use Evian or Perrier)
1 large canning jar (large enough to hold your water and petals)

Place petals in jar.

Heat the sugar and water on the stove until the sugar melts. Do not boil. Remove from heat and pour over petals in the jar. Seal and place in the refrigerator for 36-48 hours or until the syrup turns pink. Afterwards, strain to remove the petals and store into smaller jars, if giving as a gift. Or into another large jar.

Syrup will remain fresh for up to 3 months.

I like to add this syrup into cocktails or over fruits and desserts. 


OATH OF A WARRIOR, Legends of the Fenian Warriors, Book 2
By Mary Morgan
Release date: June 20, 2018
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical Paranormal Fantasy Scotland
Length: Novel
Tagline: Can a timeline be rewritten for love?


Blurb: 

"You met them in the Order of the Dragon Knights. Now, journey to the realm of the Fae and witness their legends!"

Fenian Warrior, Rory MacGregor’s love conquests are legendary, but he has never spoken of the one mortal female who captured his heart. After his dark secret is finally revealed, he is ordered to return and seal the wounds left open by her death. Yet, he finds the timeline altered and swears an oath to rewrite fate, even if it brings about his own death.

Erina MacIntyre is known for her healing herbs and love charms. Determined to aid others, she refuses to listen to the whispers that call her a witch. When a Highlander steps forth into her path, he ignites a thread of strange familiarity and sparks a flame of desire she is unable to control.

Can the destiny of two lovers find love once more among the ashes of death and betrayal? Or will history repeat itself, leaving a scorching path of destruction for both mortals and Fae alike?


Excerpt: 

“Erina, mo ghrá,” he groaned, taking her mouth with savage intensity. She tasted of honey and spices, filling him completely and easing the torment that continually plagued him.

Breaking free, he placed his hands on either side of the door. Giving her all of him required something more from Erina. Without the assurance of accepting him for what he was, Rory would be a lost man.

“Are ye certain ye want to ken all of me? I want ye as sure as the sun rises and sets over the land each day, but ken this, Erina—there is more to me than a simple bedding. There are things about me that might frighten ye. What I’m about to share with ye may cause ye to question my existence, or worse, my sanity.”

Her laugh was seductive and soothing as she wrapped her arms around his neck. “From the moment ye stepped through those trees that first day, I realized ye were not like any man I had encountered. It was as if the trees parted and ye came forth from inside them.” She brushed her fingers along his brow. “For one, ye have the most mesmerizing eyes and they shift colors.”

“And the second?”

Her face turned a rosy glow, yet, she held his gaze. “I thought your body chiseled from the old Gods, especially with all the markings on your back and arms.”

His gaze swept over hers. “I am nae God, Erina, though some would call me a demon.”

She traced a finger down along his arm and shook her head. “Ye are not a monster, but I am nae fool. Ye are not like other men, Rory. I have seen the markings on your body elsewhere.” Her finger curved around his shoulder and he trembled. “They are similar to the ones on the standing stones carved by the ancients.”

Rory fought the tide of emotions sweeping through him. She had come to the conclusion all on her own. “And ye would not flee if I told ye I was one of those ancients? One where the bards wove tales of giants who lived thousands of years ago among your own people? Others would call the story incredulous and filled with heathen words.” He held his breath, fearing her reply.

The smile she gave him speared straight to his soul. “Nae. I would not flee.”


Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Oath-Warrior-Legends-Fenian-Warriors-ebook/dp/B07CZSXFYN/

BN (Nook): https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/oath-of-a-warrior-mary-morgan/1128772180?ean=2940162047865

iBooks:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/oath-of-a-warrior/id1388814969?mt=11

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/oath-of-a-warrior


Author Bio: 


Award-winning Celtic paranormal romance author, Mary Morgan, resides in Northern California, with her own knight in shining armor. However, during her travels to Scotland, England, and Ireland, she left a part of her soul in one of these countries and vows to return.

Mary's passion for books started at an early age along with an overactive imagination. She spent far too much time daydreaming and was told quite often to remove her head from the clouds. It wasn't until the closure of Borders Books where Mary worked that she found her true calling--writing romance. Now, the worlds she created in her mind are coming to life within her stories.

If you enjoy history, tortured heroes, and a wee bit of magic, then time-travel within the pages of her books.


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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Ann Everett's #NewRelease TRUE

I'm happy to host Ann Everett today on her blog tour for her new Bluebird, Texas Romance, TRUE. Ann sits down for an interview to talk about her life and her writing. And she's also giving away some awesome prizes. Make sure you enter the Rafflecopter below. Welcome Ann! 



True
A Bluebird, Texas Romance
by Ann Everett

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About True:

Sometimes it takes losing everything…

True Shanahan must be the unluckiest woman in the world. Either that or she’s cursed. After another failed relationship, True leaves Dallas with a broken heart and new attitude. It’s time to walk on the wild side. But when she makes a wrong turn and ends up in Bluebird, Texas, the only man she wants is anything but reckless.

…to find all you’ve ever wanted.

Ritter Malone is the town’s favorite son and has the local hero awards to prove it. Seems he’s always in the right place at the right time. But when he crosses paths with True, his life takes a turn he never sees coming. Her songwriting skills may be questionable, but her ability to turn him inside out is indisputable. Welcome to Bluebird, Texas. Where a chance meeting gives two people a chance at love. Amazon Buy Link


Excerpt:

When Ritter arrived at the gym, he spotted Cole jumping rope. He stopped and glanced at the wall clock. “You’re late. Roommate didn’t have you tied up, did she?”

“Very funny. We got a dog. Stayed up playing with him. I hit the snooze one time too many.”

Cole ran a towel over his face, then his lips curled. “That’s not good.”

“What? Getting a puppy?”

“Naw. The we in that sentence sounds like a contract extension.”

Ritter stretched. “I won’t lie. I’ve gone home to an empty house so long, thought having someone there would drive me nuts, but it hasn’t—for the most part.”

Cole stepped on the nearest treadmill, turned it on, and ran a steady pace. “I gotta hand it to you. You’ve managed to sleep with her and keep your hands to yourself. Or have you?”

Ritter climbed onto the machine next to Cole’s and matched his stride. No need to confess he hadn’t exactly resisted, but he’d not passed second base—by much. Had it not been for the phone call, he would have hit a home run. He’d had the wood for it. “No.”

“Come on. No way you haven’t hit that. Especially after what you told me about her coming on to you.”

“That’s why I can’t let her stay. My resistance is wearing thin.”

Ritter and Cole’s phones sounded a text at the same time. Ritter read his, then shot Cole a look. “Turns out, we’re off this afternoon.”

Cole dropped his cell back into the cupholder. “I’ve never been to New Jersey. You?”

“Nope but looks like the storm is calling us there.”

Interview with Ann Everett:

Where did you get the idea for your new novel? 

Even though this book is named for the lead female character, True, the idea began with the hero, Ritter. I received a magazine from my local electric company with a photo of a lineman on the cover. I thought he looked yummy enough to write about! And, there aren’t many books out there with power lineman as main characters, so I liked that aspect of it. For a look at the guy who inspired the story, you can go here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/275564070934750185/ 


If you could change something about one of your books that’s already released, what would it be?

That’s the beauty of being an indie author. I can go back and change stuff in any of my books. And, I’ve done that. I went back to the first book I published…three years later and added a character, along with some other changes.

Do you have any words of advice to beginning writers?

Story trumps everything. You can get help with grammar, punctuation, and all other technical aspects of writing. But, if your story isn’t good, you can’t expect much success. 

When were you first published and how did that happen? Was it a long or short journey?

I was first published by a small press in 2011. One of my reviewers from http://www.thenextbigwriter.com suggested I send one of my manuscripts she’d been reviewing to a small press in her state, New Hampshire. They were taking open submissions, which meant I didn’t have to query, just send the first three chapters of the story. I sent it on a whim, because I’d never considered using a publisher. I always intended to self-publish…if I published at all.

They accepted the story and I published the first two books of the trilogy with them. During my three-year contract with them, I learned a lot more about self-publishing. So, I waited for my contract to expire, ask for the rights back to my first two books, and published them, along with three more in the next few months. Best decision ever! In royalties, I made more in the first month, than I’d made with the publisher in three years. I am a huge supporter of self-publishing—and joining a writing website. The reviewers I have on The Next Big Writer are fantastic. They help me whip my rough drafts into shape. I have as many as fifteen writers critiquing/editing my work. A real bargain for about $6 bucks a month!

What book for you has been the easiest to write? The hardest? The most fun?

Whatever book I’m writing at the time is the hardest!! The most fun? Probably my Tizzy/Ridge Trilogy. Those books are set in the town I grew up in, and most every situation in the book actually happened. They’re light mysteries, with humor and a bit of steamy romance. Just about all the characters are family members. I even put myself and my sister in them. Of course, I made us younger and gave us bigger boobs! 

How many books do you have under the proverbial bed? Will they ever see the light of day?

Believe it or not, none. If I write it, I publish it. I do have a few short stories that could be made into books, but they are SO bad, they’d need more work than I have time for. I went through them not long ago and destroyed some. They were bad enough, I didn’t want to take a chance on anyone reading them after I’m gone!

What’s one thing readers would be surprised to learn about you?

This is a biggie. Until I started writing romance, I’d only read one romance book in my life!

If you could get rid of something in your life that would give you more writing time, what would it be?

Eating, sleeping, peeing. If I didn’t have to stop to do those three things, I could write a lot more!

Do you have any pets? Are you cat person or a dog person? Or are you into totally different pets, like goldfish? What do you like best about your pet?

I’ve had a lot of pets over the years, but currently have none. I like cats and dogs equally but have had more cats. However, my characters always have a pet. At least one. I find it a good way to have one-sided conversations to let the reader know things other than using narration.

What genre is your favorite to read?

Romance, of course. I read a lot of unpublished work on the writing site where I’m a member. As a top reviewer on that site, I read a lot of different genres. And, a lot by first-time authors. For personal enjoyment, give me a book by Susan Elizabeth Phillips or Jennifer Crusie, and I’m happy. Those two are my favorites but I also read Rachel Gibson, Jane Graves, Jill Shalvis, and Lori Foster fairly often. I don’t read many new romance authors because so many write in first person, and I DETEST first person novels. I’ll read…and I even write some first person short stories, but a whole book wears me out!

If money were not an object, where would you most like to live? Why?

This answer will tell you just how boring I am. I’ve never wanted to live anywhere but Texas. I’m a fifth generation Texan and proud of it. Even with the hot, humid weather and threat of tornados, it is still heaven on earth to me. Truthfully, I don’t even like to travel. I have no desire to visit any other countries. My favorite place in the whole world is—home. I’ve always felt that way. I warned you I’m boring!!

What do you like best about your hero in TRUE? 

In every one of my books, the hero has some aspect of my husband. Kindness. Faithfulness. Patience. Selflessness. Devotion. Strong sense of family. Naturally, I love those things. Ritter has all of those attributes.

Don’t want y’all to think my husband is perfect. As great as he is, I still want to knock him upside the head at least once a day!

What do you like best about your heroine in TRUE? 

I like for all of my heroines to be a bit quirky in some way. True is no exception. I love that she writes terrible songs but thinks they’re good!

How do you choose the names and physical characteristics of your characters? Do you base them on real people?

As for the physical, I look at TV shows and search the web for actors I’d want to portray my characters if the book happened to be made into a movie. I pretty much cast all the parts before I write the book. I also score it with music for certain scenes. That way, when I write, I can visualize how Ritter and True look, and listen to songs that will inspire me.

For names, I keep a notebook of names I like. One of my prime resources is obituaries. I know. It sounds morbid, but Texans have definite types of names we use. Just this morning on the radio, a female caller was named, JimAnn. No doubt she had a daddy who had been hoping for a boy!! 

We’re also big on using the same letter for each name. A big no-no in writing, but I break that rule all the time because my stories all take place in Texas, so I want to follow Texas ways.  In True, her twin is named Teague, then she has two more brothers, Tanner and Thacker. Todd is her dad. Tess was her mom.

How can readers reach you or find you online?

Lord, I’m everywhere. Here are all of my links.

Facebook     https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAnnEverett/ 
Twitter     http://www.twitter.com/TalkinTwang 
Website       http://www.anneverett.com 
Blog URL http://www.anneverett.com/blog/ 
Newsletter http://www.anneverett.com/join-my-email-list/
Instagram  https://www.instagram.com/texasauthoraeverett/ 
email      ann.everett@rocketmail.com 
Pinterest   http://www.pinterest.com/loacl/  
Amazon author page   http://www.amazon.com/author/ann.everett                                 
Goodreads profile   https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5195211.Ann_Everett 
Bookbub profile   https://www.bookbub.com/authors/ann-everett 
 Linkedin   https://www.linkedin.com/in/ann-everett-96848238/ 

Tell us a little about your current work in progress.

Currently, I’m working on the third companion book in the Bluebird, Texas Romance series. They are all stand alone books, connected by location and some characters. The first in the series is Chirp, followed by True, released June 15, and the one I’m working on, Swan, which may or may not be the final book in the series. I’m still deciding that. I’m only two chapters in, so as the story progresses I may have a character begging for their own story!

What’s your tagline? Why did you choose it?

Sass, Sizzle, Suspense…. Texas style.  I chose it because my female characters all have sass. Many of my books have an element of suspense. All of my stories have R-rated sex. 
However, the tag may change. My web designer is big on Google indexing, and she’s recommending I change it to include words that Google actually gives weight to. We’ll see what happens.

If I was a first-time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why?

That’s a hard question. My favorite is Chirp, which is the first book in my Bluebird, Texas Romance series, and a Kindle Scout Winner. I’m still in love with main character, Rance. I’m trying hard to fall out of love with him, but so far it ain’t working!

Tell us about your current release.

True, is the second book in my Bluebird, Texas Romance series and released on June 15. I think she’s an interesting character and hope readers like her.

Is there anything you’d like readers to know I’ve not asked?

Yes. I’m having a contest to name twins. To enter, go to my website, http://www.anneverett.com  and comment on any blog posting, OR email me your suggestion to ann.everett@rocketmail.com  I haven’t decided the sex of the twins yet, so you can enter boy/boy, girl/girl/ or girl/boy names. Their last name is Shanahan. 
The contest will run from June 15 through August 15, with the winner announced on my blog, FB, and Twitter on Sept. 1. Winner receives a $50 Amazon gift card and recognition in my next book.




NAME THE TWINS CONTEST:

Submit your name choices via comment Ann's blog post, http://www.anneverett.com/2018/06/15/contest-and-new-release/ or to her email ann.everett @rocketmail. com. (without spaces)

About the Author:

Award winning author, Ann Everett embraces her small town upbringing and thinks Texans are some of the funniest people on earth. When speaking to writing groups, businesses, book clubs, and non-profit organizations, she incorporates her special brand of wit, making her programs on marketing, self-publishing, and the benefits of laughter, informative and fun.






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