Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Beverley Oakley: The Accidental Elopement #NewRelease



The Accidental Elopement Scandalous Miss Brightwell Series (Book 4) By Beverley Oakley

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About the Book: A seven-year secret. A tragic misunderstanding. Can love outwit fate in this twisted tale of misadventure and thwarted dreams?

Earl Quamby’s niece, Katherine, and Jack, a foundling home lad adopted by a local family, have been loyal friends for as long as they can remember. As Jack is about to leave England to make his fortune and Katherine is being courted by two eligible suitors, they unexpectedly realise their friendship has blossomed into passionate love. A love, they are warned, that has no future. Despite a brave attempt to defy the forces keeping them apart, tragedy results and the pair is separated. When chance throws them together seven years later, Katherine, newly widowed, is being pressured into a marriage not of her choosing to avoid scandal and Jack feels he must honour his pledge to the worthy Odette whom he met in India and whose father is dying. Katherine knows that revealing a long-held secret may win Jack to her but she also knows conflicting obligations from past and present may tear him apart. Can master matchmakers, Fanny, Antoinette and Bertram Brightwell, outwit fate in its latest attempt to keep these star-crossed lovers apart and deliver them the happiness they deserve? This is Book 4 in the Scandalous Miss Brightwell series but it can be read as a stand-alone. Amazon Buy Link



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Excerpt:  In this excerpt, Katherine is hiding in a dark corridor to avoid dancing with someone she has no wish to see during her first ball as a newly arrived London debutante. She then receives a rude shock!

No one had thought to light a candle sconce and this second corridor turning she’d taken was as black as a dungeon. Katherine couldn’t even see her hand but she wasn’t frightened of the dark.

No, Katherine was not fainthearted.

Yet she did squeal when, taking another step, her progress was impeded by a very large object and, with no warning at all, she found herself flying through the air, landing with a painful jarring of her wrists upon the cold, hard flagstones.

“Good Lord!” came a disembodied young male voice in the dark before a groping hand located a piece of Katherine – namely a hank of hair – which caused her to shriek even louder when it was quite unnecessarily tugged. Whether this was to establish who or what she was, she had no idea – and perhaps neither did the tugger for immediately a profound apology was issued before the groping hand was operating with complete abandon in the dark.

This time it found Katherine’s breast just as the voice said in tones of utter mortification, “Forgive me! Are you hurt? Here, let me help you. That’s what I was trying to do, I promise. I didn’t realise you were on the ground? Take my hand. Really, I can’t apologise enough.”

Katherine had made one unsuccessful attempt to stand but it was a struggle in her flounced skirt and multiple corded petticoats. She swatted away the supposedly helping hand and hissed something unintelligible – somehow unladylike language seemed less of an offence when she couldn’t see to whom she was speaking.

But when the disembodied groping hand entered her orbit once more – in fact, brushing the bare flash above her garter and getting in a good squeeze of her thigh flesh, her temper which had never been one of her strong points, snapped and she lashed out with a sharp slice through the inky air.

A loud yelp made her realise she’d perhaps been a little peremptory and certainly too violent in this unladylike action and even though she felt disinclined to apologise she did say, ungraciously, “I’m sorry I hit you but a lady can only take so much of all this groping in the dark. I mean…what were you doing?”

“I could ask you the same thing,” came the response, now at ear level. In fact, she could feel the soft whisper of breath against her cheek which made her step back, saying, “I asked first.”

“I was chasing a cat. Bending down in fact. And then something crashed into me. Or on top of me.”

“That was me.”

“Yes, of course it was you. There’s no one else here, is there?”

Katherine bridled at his tone. She was unused to being spoken to as if she were at fault when, in this case, she most certainly wasn’t. “I think that’s a very rude response,” she told him. “Just as it was very thoughtless of you to crouch down where anybody could simply trip over you.”

“Anybody – or rather, anybody else – would be carrying a candle. I think I have every reason to be deeply suspicious of the motives of anyone who is not.”

“Well, you don’t have a candle. And I would suspect the truth of anyone hiding away in the dark, claiming they were crouching over an imaginary cat,” huffed Katherine. “In fact, I’d wager there was no cat here at all. I would have heard it. No, you were sneaking away from something, weren’t you?”

“And if I was, what business of yours? Whoever you are.”

Katherine could not imagine the audacity. “You certainly are no gentleman to speak to a lady in that fashion.”

“Since that lady hasn’t bothered to declare herself, I think I could be forgiven.”

“A gentleman would have declared himself first,” Katherine said hotly. “What were you sidling away from? There’s a noisy ball going on in the next room. If you were a gentleman, wouldn’t you be gallantly asking the ladies to dance instead of hiding in the dark? Perhaps there’s someone you’re afraid of seeing? A lady who has expectations of you behaving towards her as a gentleman.” Katherine said this triumphantly before elaborating on her theme. “My guess is that you’ve given some poor young lady the idea that you’ll dance with her all night and now you’ve changed your mind and are sneaking away.”

“Since you put forward the idea, I’d suggest the reason you’re here is exactly the same. You’re trying to sneak away from a gentleman to whom you’ve already promised two dances. Meanwhile he, poor fellow, is searching for you vainly in the ballroom while you’re here making a mockery of him.”

“He can do that all by himself,” Katherine sniffed. “But I never promised him anything and I never will.”

“Ha! I was right.” The voice sounded very pleased with itself. “Well, I feel sorry for this fellow without even seeing what you look like, miss. Poor fellow!”

“Poor fellow, indeed. George can pine til the cows come home. I’d even suffer talking to you than have to spend another five minutes with his sweating hands squeezing mine and his moon eyes boring into me…and his horrible, putrid breath choking me and his—”

“Poor George! I was just starting to feel sorry for him until you described the exact George I, too, am so at pains to avoid tonight.” The voice became more confidential and the mood relaxed. Katherine crossed her arms and waited for him to speak again for she was rather interested in his George and then quite amused when the voice began to describe the very George against whom she railed.

“Well, you have described my cousin to a very fine point,” she laughed. “And if you are as well acquainted with him as you seem to be, then you obviously know exactly why I am here in the dark.” There was a small silence. And then, “Your cousin?”

“In my family there are two Georges: Young George who is the son of my aunt and her husband, Lord Quamby, and Odious George who is his uncle, George Bramley.”

“Then we’re talking about the same George!” The voice sounded stunned. A quick gasp from both of them was followed up by a delighted cry in unison.

“Jack!”

“Katherine!”


Interview with author Beverley Oakley

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

Beverley: I guess I was surprised to find that a major theme in this story was bullying. On the face of it, The Accidental Elopement is a traditional Regency and the previous book in the series has a number of reviews likening it to a Jane Austen style romance.

But when bullying and its long-term consequences dictated so many events in the story, I went back and strengthened key scenes.

To explain, when my hero and heroine are seven years old, they are bullied by the seven-year-old son of an earl. At this age, they’re smarter than he – and he realizes it. So he uses his money and power, 10 years later and then another seven years after that, to get his revenge. Yet his greatest desire throughout has been to gain the love and acceptance of his young playmates.

Hand in hand with the bullying theme is redemption, so I found a nice ending to tie in the two. It wasn’t what I’d expected to write.

Jana: Do you have any unusual writing habits?

Beverley: I can’t work without a deadline. When I wrote for traditional publishers, deadlines were part of my contract. Now, I have to set my own deadline. It’s why I was up at 4.30am today to finish the formatting of a book that needed to be uploaded by 11am today – or I’d be locked out of doing pre-orders with Amazon for a year and lose all the revenue from the pre-orders already in the system. That’s a pretty good incentive if you’re a writer who depends on writing income to pay the bills. 

Jana: What do you want readers to come away with after they read The Accidental Elopement?

Beverley: I’d like the reviews to be in line with the reviews I had for the previous book, Devil’s Run: that it “brings out the quirkiness of country gentry and difficulties facing women of the times” or is a “very intriguing Austen-esque novel with well developed characters and story line.”

This Scandalous Miss Brightwell series is what I call my “Jane Austen meets Fanny Hill” series. Only the first in the series – Rake’s Honour - bears any resemblance to author John Cleland’s Fanny Hill, though. That’s because when I start writing a heroine, she takes control and I can’t help her character. Rake’s Honour details the adventures of a young lady who is a major risk-taker and very naughty. The second – Rogue’s Kiss – had a very proper heroine with many reviewers likening it to a roller-coaster “French Farce” when everything that could go wrong, does. The last two books, Devil’s Run and The Accidental Elopement are slightly more serious in tone.

I’m going to put them into a box set to appeal to readers who like to read very different types of stories one after the other.

Jana: What genre have you never written that you’d like to write?

Beverley: I’m about to publish my first Africa-set romantic suspense. Diamond Mountain is in final edits and it features a bush pilot hero in the African mountain kingdom of Lesotho in the early 1960s caught up in an illegal diamond buying scheme as he battles to save the honour of the beautiful district commissioner’s daughter. (My father was a District Commissioner in Lesotho in the early 1960s who prosecuted illegal diamond buying (IDB) and I married a handsome Norwegian bush pilot I met in Botswana before we moved to Australia so I have the research pretty much in hand, despite the fact it’s a new genre.)

Jana: Do you work on more than one book at a time?

Beverley: Usually, yes. Sometimes I’ll write 1000 words each of two different books to “further” them towards the end, but then I might have to concentrate on the final edits of one to get it ready to publish.

Jana: Do you have any words of advice to beginning writers?

Beverley: Never give up because you never know if success is around the next corner.

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

Beverley: I live in a country town north of Melbourne, Australia opposite a huge Gothic insane asylum and I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember.

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

Beverley: My husband.

Jana: How do you think your life experiences have prepared you for writing?

Beverley: After I met my husband in Botswana, we lived in 12 countries so romance writing was an important outlet for me.

Jana: Do you have any pets? 

Beverley: I have a gorgeous Rhodesian Ridgeback called Mombo named after the luxury safari lodge in the Okavango, Botswana, which I was managing when I met my husband.

Jana: What genre is your favorite to read?

Beverley: I read romance, thriller, mystery, literary, historical, memoir, time travel and biography, amongst other genres. I’m not so into science fiction or fantasy.

Jana: What do you like best about your hero in The Accidental Elopement?

Beverley: Jack believes he’s an orphan and he’s been brought up in the foundling home and workhouse until he was adopted by a wealthy family at seven but I love his code of honour. He’ll sacrifice anything to achieve what he believes is right. He’s also passionate, determined and kind.

Jana: What do you like best about your heroine in The Accidental Elopement?

Beverley: Katherine was a naughty child who is on the cusp of great possibilities when she makes a very terrible miscalculation. For seven years she suffers until her hero returns. What I like about her is that she’s learned a lot of life lessons and now, she, too, is driven to do what’s right and honourable, even if it means sacrificing her own happiness.

Jana: How can readers reach you or find you online?

Beverley: www.beverleyoakley.com and @BeverleyOakley
https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBeverleyOakley/

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

Beverley: Regency romance with scandal, mystery and intrigue. I chose it because some of my stories have all of those things, and some have only one.

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


Beverley: I’d start with Devil’s Run, the book prior to this. Then readers can decide if they want to jump back one book for French farce and a bit of humour in Rogue’s Kiss, or two back – Rake’s Honour - for sizzling sauciness. Or go a bit more poignant with a good dose of humour and read The Accidental Elopement.

Other Books In The Series:

 

Rake's Honour (Book 1)  Beautiful, impoverished Fanny Brightwell has a few scores to settle—and a heart to win—before she can secure the wealthy, aristocratic husband her ambitious mama demands. Pick up a free copy here!



Rogue's Kiss (Book 2) Would a potential suitor be bolder if he were told the lie that the maiden he desires has only six months to live? Amazon Buy Link



Devil's Run (Book 3) A rigged horse race - with a marriage and a lost child riding on the outcome. Amazon Buy Link

~*~*~*~*~ About the Author: 

Beverley Oakley was seventeen when she bundled up her first her 500+ page romance and sent it to a publisher. Unfortunately drowning her heroine on the last page was apparently not in line with the expectations of romance readers so Beverley became a journalist.

Twenty-six years later Beverley was delighted to receive her first publishing contract from Robert Hale (UK) for a romance in which she ensured her heroine was saved from drowning in the icy North Sea.

Since 2009 Beverley has written more than thirteen historical romances, mostly set in England during the early nineteenth century. Mystery, intrigue and adventure spill from their pages and if she can pull off a thrilling race to save someone’s honour – or a worthy damsel from the noose – it’s time to celebrate with a good single malt Scotch.

Beverley lives with her husband, two daughters and a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy the size of a pony opposite a picturesque nineteenth-century lunatic asylum. She also writes Africa-set adventure-filled romances tarring handsome bush pilot heroes, and historical romances with less steam and more sexual tension, as Beverley Eikli.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

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Friday, February 16, 2018

#NewRelease from Kay Harris: DON'T LET HIM GO

Wild Rose Press author Kay Harris is my guest today. Her multicultural contemporary romance, DON'T LET HIM GO, released on Valentine's Day, a very auspicious day to release if you're a romance novel. I'm intrigued that this book is written in first person. DON'T LET HIM GO is book one in Kay's "I Want Morrison" series. Please welcome Kay Harris!



Character Clothes 
Kay Harris

My new release “Don’t Let Him Go” is an opposites attract multicultural contemporary romance. When I wrote it I simply put the characters down on paper as they appeared to me. I didn’t analyze their clothing choices too closely. So it has been a fun exercise to explore the threads Jack and Candace are sporting.

Candace Gleason is a corporate lawyer. Driven and self-confident, her wardrobe reflects that. Jack is an activist who runs a non-profit advocacy organization and fights for the rights of the poor.

The first time Candace meets Jack is at his office. Her appearance makes her stand out from Jack and his employees.

Every pair of eyes in the place turned to me. I realized I was obvious. I wore a pale peach suit with matching heels. My medium-length hair was tied up tightly in a bun. And I carried a leather briefcase. The people around me had all dressed for work in jeans and T-shirts, though the girl in front of me at least wore a sundress. 

At work my clothing fit in, it was my color that usually stood out. Here, I matched about a third of the people in skin tone but none of them in any other way. And they noticed.

Jack’s clothing, on the other hand, fits into that environment perfectly and reflects Jack’s bohemian nature.

After a few beats of uncomfortable silence, one of them moved. He had been leaning over behind someone else, looking at the computer screen over her shoulder. But he stood and moseyed toward me, like he had all the time in the world. 

He looked like a combination of an old-school hippie, a disillusioned GQ model, and a Greek god. He wore a pale-blue cotton button-down dress shirt just wrinkled enough to show he might take the care to pull it out of the dryer right away, but not care enough to iron. The rolled-up sleeves exposed his arms below the elbows and the unbuttoned collar allowed a peek at a sculpted chest. His jeans, despite being worn and tight at least didn’t possess any holes. To top it all off, a pair of sport sandals covered his feet.

Jack and Candace’s contrast in appearance is reflected in their personalities as well. Read “Don’t Let Him Go” today and find out how these two opposites find their way into each other’s arms.

Blurb: 

The only thing worse than getting stuck with a bad client is falling in love with him. 

Candace Gleason passed the bar, landed a great job, and is making a killer salary--basically, all of her dreams are coming true. Until she’s assigned to keep the boss’s petulant son out of trouble.

Jack Morrison is the rebellious black sheep of a mighty real estate family. He runs a nonprofit whose mission is to save poor people from evil corporations, like the one his own family owns. He is obnoxious, ridiculously charming, and insanely hot. He is the bane of Candace’s very existence.

Sparks fly from the moment they meet.  Candace suddenly has more to worry about than keeping Jack out of jail. She has to keep him out of her heart.

Excerpt:

I folded my arms across my chest and glared at Jack as he moseyed into the room. “You ambushed me.”

Jack came to a stop a few feet away and nodded. “I did.”

“That’s it?” I spread my arms out and leaned forward. My voice rose despite my effort to control it. “That’s all you have to say?”

“What do you want me to say? You’re smart. You can see what I did back there. I used you for my own gain.”

“You’re a prick!”

“I’m not surprised you feel that way. But I am sorry you had to get caught in the crossfire.” He moved to the couch and took a seat in the middle of it, purposefully giving me the high ground.
He slung his arms over the back of the couch casually, making him look like an arrogant ass. And that is exactly what I thought of him at that moment. So I called him on his supposed apology. “Are you?”

“Yes, I am. But you’re not innocent, Candie. You put yourself in this position by going to work for Morrison.”

“It’s Candace!” I shouted, on the edge of insanity.

He didn’t respond. He just looked at me with that infuriatingly handsome face and waited, an amused grin dancing on his face.

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Author Bio:

Kay Harris has had a diverse career with jobs ranging from college professor to park ranger. Now she adds author to her repertoire. Kay writes romance novels that contain a little bit of sweet, a dash of sexy, a touch of heartbreak, and a whole lot of fun!

Kay grew up in the Midwest and has since lived all over the western United States including Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California. She loves to hike, is obsessed with museums, and enjoys taking her extremely tall and very handsome husband on adventures.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

CHILL OUT on sale!


Just in time for Valentine's Day, get my Valentine-themed novella CHILL OUT for 40% off the regular price! All the Candy Hearts Romances are on sale from The Wild Rose Press. Here's the blurb for CHILL OUT:
Renata Cabral needs to hide for the weekend. Her cousin’s Valentine’s Day wedding means she’ll face embarrassing questions from her large, extended family. Questions like “Why aren’t you married yet?”  Since the breakup of her last relationship, she’s not ready to answer that question. She invents a work-related excuse and escapes to a friend’s lakeside cottage.
Noah Brownlee has been hiding for two years. But now he’s ready to come home and mend his broken relationship with his brother. When a friend offers the use of his lakeside cottage, Noah arrives in the middle of a blizzard with his English Mastiff, only to find the place is already occupied. With her big brown eyes and quirky sense of humor, Renata stirs feelings he thought long dead. 
As the blizzard rages, the candy hearts predict love. Can Valentine’s Day work its magic between them?
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Thursday, February 8, 2018

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

LOVE IS LOVELIER with Donna Simonetta

I'm joined by fellow Wild Rose Press Author Donna Simonetta, who has a new contemporary release this week. LOVE IS LOVELIER is book two in Donna's Rivers Bend trilogy. She's here to talk about secondary characters, one of my favorite topics! Please welcome Donna Simonetta.



Every secondary character in a book is the lead character in their own story. I try to keep that thought in mind, and create well-rounded secondary characters in every book I write.  I also love to infuse my books with humor, and secondary characters are a great source for humor. They can also function as a sort of Greek chorus––helping the main characters find resolution.

In the case of a series, like my Rivers Bend trilogy, the secondary characters in one book LITERALLY become the main characters in the next. We first met Heather Braden, the female protagonist of Love is Lovelier in the first book in the series, A Sweeter Spot. We get to know a little bit about her sunny personality, and work at the Retreat. And get a glimpse of what’s to come in Love is Lovelier, when we see her reaction to the news that Mick Evans will be moving to Rivers Bend to become her boss. Spoiler alert––she is NOT happy:

Jeez! And Magda told him Chicago was cold! It had nothing on the icy glare his sister pierced Jeff with, as she sat on the opposite side of his desk from him. 

She spoke through tight lips, “It’s not enough that you’re bringing that cretin to work here—” 

Jeff held up his hands. “Hold on—Mick is not a cretin. He’s a good guy; I don’t know what you have against him, but unless he’s physically hurt you—in which case tell me, and I’ll kill him—I want you to cowboy up and get along with him here at work. He has a great head for business, and Cisco and I think he’ll be good for the Retreat. Which, need I remind you, benefits all of us.”

Heather crossed her legs and turned her head to glare at the wall. “He never physically hurt me—where do you get this stuff? I just don’t like him, and it will be uncomfortable for me to work with him. But, you’re the boss, right?” 

And throughout both of these books, we get to know the youngest Braden sibling, fun-loving, commitment-phobic, Jason––who is going to be the main character of the third book in the trilogy.  Here’s a glimpse at what his sister and mother have to say about him in Love is Lovelier, when he’s going out with a friend for a night on the town:

…Jason went with Chase.” She grinned at her mom. “I doubt he’ll be much help at the farm tomorrow.” 

Her mother laughed and turned to face Heather. She leaned her backside against the dresser. “We didn’t schedule any riding lessons tomorrow, for just that reason. Hank and I can take care of the animals without Jason for one day, but my charming son is in heavy demand as a riding teacher, and oddly all his students are single, young women.” 

Although, there are some indications in Love is Lovelier that Jason has met his match! We’ll find out when we read his story, in a book with the working title, What Was I Thinking.

I love the secondary characters in all of my books, but I have a real soft spot for the population of Rivers Bend. It may be a fictional town, but it’s real to me, and I wish I could go there someday. Since that’s impossible, I guess I’ll have to settle for visiting in the pages of the books.

Love is Lovelier Blurb:

Heather and Mick have a long history together, and Heather wants to leave it in the past where it belongs. Yet, here Mick is, very much in her present, thanks to her brother Jeff, who hired Mick to be her boss at the Retreat at Rivers Bend.

It wouldn’t be so bad, except Heather and Mick are still attracted to each other like metal to a magnet. Oh, and her brother is considering offering Mick a partnership in the Retreat, which by rights should be hers. And even if they act on their attraction, Heather is a small-town, country girl, and proud of it, whereas Mick can’t get far enough from his West Virginia coal-mining roots.

Will they be able to get a second chance at their first love and find their happy ending together in Rivers Bend?

Excerpt:

“Stick close. I’ll get you out of here.”

He used his broad shoulders as a wedge to propel himself though the crowd; Heather scurried to keep up with him so she could take advantage of the gap he created, not wanting to be so close that she could feel the warmth of his body through his elegant suit, but because she needed somehow to beat this crush of people to the Retreat to make sure that everything was in place for the post-christening party she’d planned for Bethanne – only perfection would do for her BFF.

She watched Mick’s back as she stuck close to him; he looked so strong and fit – it was hard to imagine him the way he was ten years ago, when he’d suffered his NFL career-ending injury, but the same business acumen that kept him with the Portland Pintos organization back then was the reason Jeff and Cisco hired him at the Retreat.

He’d be good for business – she’d just have to keep chanting those words in her head like a mantra, or else she’d do one of two things she’d regret – kill Mick, or kiss him, and she’d gone the kissing route with him before. It did not end well. And tempting as the killing option was at the moment, it probably wouldn’t end any better.

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Author Bio:

My career has been a winding road. I worked in the business world for years, got my MLS and worked in a school library, and am now living my dream as an author. I love to read and write contemporary and fantasy romance. I live in Maryland, with my husband, who is my real-life romance hero. We both enjoy traveling to visit our far-flung family and friends, and spending time on the beach with an umbrella drink and a good book.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Favorite Scene with Melinda Dozier

Melinda Dozier is here to share a favorite scene from her novella, TROUBLE WITH GOLD. With the winter Olympics just around the corner, here's a story set in that world. This 68 page contemporary romance novella sounds like a fun read. Please welcome Melinda Dozier!


TROUBLE WITH GOLD by Melinda Dozier

One of my favorite scenes from Trouble With Gold is when Nadia and Ty (aka Trouble) meet for the first time. Ty is a well-known troublemaker and prankster. Since he’s the Winter Olympics virgin on the US Snowboard team, his teammates play a fast one, convincing him to run around naked in only his boxers in the middle of the Switzerland Olympics Village. Freezing! His two best mates shackle him to a post where he has to find a way out. In comes a Swiss Olympics volunteer, Nadia, who’s all about business. These two have a lot of fun throughout the novella. Here’s a little glimpse of how it starts:

“Thank God you’re here,” a male’s voice groaned, in English.

Nadia looked across the path toward the stairs ahead of her and saw a very well built, tall man, light brown hair curled around his beanie, with a chiseled chest and tight thighs. Wait a minute. Why could she see his chest and thighs? It was zero degrees Celsius. Why would a man be standing in nothing but his underwear? Her mother always warned her about sickos.

She dug into her purse, searching for her mace – something she carried since her internship in New York last summer. It settled somewhere at the bottom. Great. When she finally needed it, she couldn’t find it.

“Do you mind?” He said, a little louder. “I could use some help.”

“I have mace.” She answered, still searching. “Stay where you are.”

“Not a problem.” He laughed, a deep laugh that sent tingly sensations from head to toe. God, sleep deprivation must be worse than she thought if she had these thoughts about a sicko.

She shook her head and finally held the mace up. The man remained in the same spot. He had a fabulous smile and a few wrinkles at the side of his eyes, from smiling or being out in the sun. He must be an athlete with that tight physique. “Who are you and what are you doing?”

Instead of answering, he let out a laugh all while his teeth chattered. An ache sat in her throat. Poor guy. If his blue lips and frosted hair was any indication, he was beyond cold.

“Are you okay?” She slowly approached the stairs, not sure what the handsome man would do. But, he looked like he was in trouble.

His eyes perused her from top to bottom and then he looked back into her face. “Better now.” He smirked.

Blurb:

US snowboarder and notorious prankster, Ty (Trouble) Madsen is only getting a taste of his own medicine when his Olympic teammates shackle him to a fence wearing nothing but his boxers.  Reception and protocol volunteer, Nadia Hoffman, gets up close and personal with the sexy snowboarder to rescue him, but she's not the kind of girl who lets her hormones get in her way.  A professional performance could help her land her dream job at Olympics Committee Headquarters, but her new assignment supervising the rambunctious US Snowboarding Team is making that difficult.  Can she see behind the snowman in the community center bathroom and into the warm heart of the man everyone calls Trouble?

Author Bio:

Reading romance has always been at the top of Melinda's favorite past times. You can always find a book in her hands no matter where she is. Melinda is Louisiana born, New Mexico raised, Guatemala adopted, and recently a newcomer to Houston, Texas. So, it's only natural that her stories take place all across the world. Melinda loves reading, reality TV, traveling, blogging, and playing Words with Friends.

Learn more about her at http://booksbymelindadozier.com
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Friday, January 26, 2018

Madson Michael and "Our Love is Here to Stay"

My guest today is Madison Michael and her new release is Our Love is Here to Stay. She stopped by for an interview to tell us about her writing and her life. Madison has some wonderful prizes to share so make sure to enter the Rafflecopter at the end of this post. Please welcome Madison Michael!



Our Love Is Here To Stay By Madison Michael


Madison has some fabulous giveaways for this tour. Remember you may visit the other tour stops to increase your chances of winning. You may find those locations here Romance and TimeTravel Prize Package #1: Includes  Books: Outlander, Time Traveler's Wife and Beyond the Highland Mist and  DVDs: Somewhere in Time, The Lake House, the eBook Our Love Is Here To Stay. Romance and TimeTravel Prize Package #2: One of the books above and 1 of the DVDs plus the eBook for Our Love Is Here To Stay. Romance and TimeTravel Prize Package #3: One of the books above or one DVD plus the eBooks Our Love Is Here To Stay.




Here's our interview:

Where did you get the idea for OUR LOVE IS HERE TO STAY?

Our music loving friends were in town so my Beau, Michael, suggested going to The Green Mill to hear authentic Chicago jazz. (http://www.greenmilljazz.com) On Swing Night, there is an orchestra and a performance ala the 40's or 50's. It feels like stepping back in time. The idea for the book came to me then and there. Michael solidified it when we took swing dance lessons together. The man can cut a rug. We relived that swing night week after week until I was compelled to write Our Love is Here to Stay. 

What do you want readers to come away with after they read your book?

When readers finish Our Love is Here to Stay I want them to appreciate the power of love; to have an "aah" moment but wish for a little more. There is a happy ending but there is an opening for more. If it inspires them to learn swing, that's okay too! 

What genre have you never written that you’d like to write?

I would love to try writing Historical Romance, perhaps a Regency. I was initiated into romances by authors such as Barbara Cartland and Georgette Heyer and have always loved the wardrobes, the manners and the monarchy.

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

When I wrote my first Beguiling Bachelor book, Bedazzled, it was not intended to be part of a series. I locked my characters into situations without concern for follow up novels. My characters for Besotted, Tyler and Regan are constricted by my earlier writings. If I could go back, all four books and all the key characters would be taken into consideration from conception.

What is the hardest part of being a writer for you?

I love writing but I am consumed with all aspects of being an indie publisher. Self publishing is a little like doing a jig saw puzzle…you put in a piece and you can see the picture better. That reinforcement makes it harder to walk away from the puzzle and go back to the isolation of writing. It is difficult to find enough time for both full time jobs. 

What comes first for you – plot or character? And why?

Characters always come first. I may have a plot concept, but the plot will evolve based on the characters. I need to know them, really know them, to make their actions plausible, and to make their chemistry fiery and satisfying for readers. 

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

The most fun has definitely been Beholden. I loved writing about bitchy Sloane Huyler and pairing her with Randall. They played off each other so well. I could just relate to them both. I wonder what that says about me. As for the easiest to write, my bonus free book (www.madisonmichael.net) Studmuffin, which may be the sexiest of the books I have written, was my first short, standalone, novella so it was pretty easy. Also, I am a divorced woman who may or may not have had a fling with a younger man. Let’s just say I could relate well to my heroine. 

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

I am an occasional inn-sitter for two gorgeous B&B’s. One is the inspiration for my upcoming B&B Billionaire series. Check out the actual B&B that I based my Lakeside Lodge upon at www.stoneporchbb.com

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 love dogs but I am a city dweller so cats are my companions. Last year I parted company with my two feline editorial assistants after almost twenty years together. It was heartbreaking. I plan to adopt again this spring. It’s lonely writing without a paw striking the computer keys now and then. 


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

I have played the ‘if I won the lottery’ game a million times, and every time I have houses in California, New York and Spain. I love that unique California attitude. I think New York would be fabulous with an unlimited budget and I want a jumping off spot in Europe and Spain has tons of great cities – Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia for example, that I never tire of visiting. 

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

I am in love with Kate Canterbary’s Walsh Series and Karen Marie Moning’s Fever Series. They both create wonderful, flawed characters that discover their hidden strengths, and these authors pen sensuous stories that are impossible to put down. 

What do you like best about your hero in OUR LOVE IS HERE TO STAY?

Like Matthew, I used to be a software consultant. That road warrior existence is exhausting. Matthew, despite his travel weariness, embraces Chicago, and I love that he is willing to make it, and Patty, home. 

What do you like best about your heroine in OUR LOVE IS HERE TO STAY? 

I really like Patty’s enthusiasm for the future rather than her being limited by the times. Sure, it facilitates the plot, but wouldn’t we all want to be the kind of woman who jumps into life with both feet? Patty is that woman. 

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

This is a difficult task. I create the essences of my characters, their troubles, strengths, families, histories, what drives them, before I place them in settings and plot. Like a parent, I wait to "see" my newborns before selecting their names.

I get an image, ideas for names and play with them in my head for several days. It often takes me numerous tries to get a name right – Wyatt Lyons Howe was a Jefferson, a Geoff and a Wallace before he became a Wyatt. As for faces, that’s easier for me, but I always pin photos on the wall to make sure that I am consistent in eye color, the shape of a face and other features. 

How can readers reach you or find you online?


Tell us a little about your current work in progress.

I am just completing the first story in my new B&B Billionaire Romance series, Desire & Dessert, to be published as part of a collection in April. I am excited about both the new series and the collection. Look for them this spring. 

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

I don’t have a personal tagline, but I am open to suggestions 

Do you have an event coming up you’d like to tell us about?

As an author, no. In my personal life, I am chairing a benefit for Mental Health America on March 4. Our focus is helping teens, their families and their community get access to any assistance they need and fighting the stigma of mental illness. If you want more information, email me at maddy@madisonmichael.net

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

My favorite novel is Beholden. I just love the characters. My fans favor Bedeviled the best. The best way to approach my books is to start the journey with Bedazzled, the first book in my Beguiling Bachelor series. Then keep reading and let me know which you would most recommend. 

Tell us about your next release.

My next project is the first in my B&B Billionaire series.
It is coming out as part of a collection of billionaire themed stories scheduled for release in April. I have already sketched out several other books in the series and am really enjoying writing these characters. The first, Desire & Dessert, is the story of a billionaire hotelier who is purchasing a charming B&B managed by someone equally used to calling the shots. When our spoiled executive makes one too many changes, sparks fly. 

Is there anything we haven’t covered here that you’d like to tell readers?

I love my fans and would enjoy engaging with them more often. Whether they want to email to tell me about themselves, suggest plots, characters or settings, or to submit reviews to the many outlets available, I look forward to hearing from them.



About the Book: 
Can Love Transcend Time? Thirty-year old Matthew Herrington is weary of solo nights in strange cities. He is ready for a change. And that is exactly what he gets when he steps into Swing Night at The Green Mill and is instantly immersed in the sights and sounds of another era. Intrigued by the club’s authenticity, Matthew is enchanted when he meets Patty, a mixture of sexy and sweet who steals his heart. Patty Dennison has never met a man like Matthew in all her twenty-one years. A sophisticated man, he stands out from the usual Swing Night crowd. He is self-assured, smart, charming, and handsome as hell, even if he is a lousy dancer. Once he takes her in his arms, Patty is more than willing to give him a few dance lessons along with her heart. Repeated missed dates and unanswered phone calls strain the relationship and frustrate the pair. But unraveling their mystery exposes an impossible scenario, one that will torment their sanity and test their love. How can they make their fairytale last? Can love transcend time? Buy Links:  Amazon | All other formats 




Excerpt: 


 A waitress came to take it off his hands. “Another?” she queried and he nodded agreement, placing a crumpled dollar on her tray. “Too much,” she told him shaking her head no. Matthew was surprised by her response but the tray was covered with loose change so he removed his bill and left the equivalent in quarters. Everything was so inexpensive but the server still needed to make a decent living.
She gave him a grateful smile and turned to move to her next customer, carefully balancing her tray above the heads of the young people around her. In the process, she nudged Matthew slightly causing him to lose his footing and fall gently against another body. Turning to apologize he found himself staring into the clearest, lightest blue eyes he had ever seen. He couldn’t look away.
“Sorry,” he mumbled when he finally regained his composure.
“That’s okay,” she replied with a quick, bright smile. She was lovely, in a wholesome girl next door way. She had her blond hair pulled into a ponytail that curled like a hair product ad, clear-skinned cheeks that were pink with warmth and perhaps exertion, and a curvy body displayed under a bright red sweater and a flared plaid skirt.
Matthew felt his mouth go dry and his palms get sweaty. She did something to him, this fresh faced woman that he found incredibly sexy. Her red lipstick was a slash of bright color mimicking the red of the sweater. Until this moment, bright red lipstick screamed “tough broad, stay away” to Matthew but on this girl it whispered “come hither.”
“Matthew,” he squeaked out, extending his hand to shake hers. Thinking twice about it, he retracted his arm, running his palm against his pants swiftly, and hopefully surreptitiously, before he extended his hand again.
“Patty,” she responded, placing her soft fingers in his large palm. She shook like a girl. After all the bone-breaking handshakes Matthew had endured across the globe, this limp, fingers-only shake surprised him. She looked athletic, not tough but toned, and not sickly pale like most Chicagoans in winter. The handshake didn’t match the image and normally would have bothered him. Nothing about Patty bothered him. Everything about her bothered him.



Author Bio and links:
Madison Michael traded 28 years in Fortune 500 tech and management positions for a chance to spend her days with sassy heroines, sexy, rich heroes and nothing but happy endings. Growing up the daughter of a librarian, she learned to love books, especially classics and romances, and spent winters cuddled under blankets losing herself in books.
Madison is the author of three novels in the Beguiling Bachelor series, as well as several short stories. She is a member of Romance Writers of America.
After living in the northeast, southeast and the west, Maddy returned to her Midwest roots. She lives in Evanston, IL with two feline editorial assistants and great views of Chicago’s famous skyline.

Contact her at: Website | Madison's Blog | Maddy's Romance Madness | Facebook | Twitter

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