Friday, February 14, 2020

Amber Daulton and her Furry Friends

Amber Daulton is visiting on this Valentine's Day with a message about showing some love to our furry friends by having them spayed or neutered. As she says, it is absolutely the most loving thing you can do for your pet. Amber also shares a look into her Valentine romance "My Valentine Adventure". Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this 2 Flame novella. It's free until February 17!

Spaying and Neutering Your Pet – They’ll Thank You For It 

I absolutely adore cats. Currently, I am a mother to three furry ninjas who think THEY own the house, and I just live there. Each of my kitties possess their own personality and they make my life crazy sometimes, but I’m not here to talk about how wonderfully sweet they are (cough cough—mean little devils). Instead, let’s talk about the best thing a pet owner can do for their pets: spaying and neutering them.

There are several benefits of spaying. Female dogs and cats no longer roam in search of a mate as often as they once did. Even though most people believe spaying eliminates an animal’s heat cycle, every spayed female dog or cat I’ve cared for still went into heat, but not as often and with less bad behavior. Spaying also reduces the risk of mammary gland tumors and eliminates uterine and ovarian cancer, especially if done before the first heat cycle, which usually begins at the age of five or six months. The animals are also less prone to urinary tract infections.

The benefits of neutering male dogs and cats are just as important. Neutered males are less aggressive and don’t spray as often, if at all, to mark their territory. Since they don’t feel the desire to roam, they’re less likely to be injured in fights or car accidents. The risk of testicular cancer is eliminated and the risk of prostate disease is decreased.

Spaying and neutering obviously reduces the number of unwanted puppies and kittens, which saves thousands from ending up in kill shelters or from living a rough life as a stray.

My kitties—Darby (boy), Pepper (girl), and Sox (boy)—have been fixed. Darby and Pepper are the same age—7 years old, give or take a few months—and grew up together. Sox is the newest member of the family. He was a stray that showed up one day and refused to leave. My hubby and I estimate his age at about 2-3 years. Before Sox was neutered, he was always fighting and jumping on the other cats. They hated him. Now that he’s been fixed, the tension in the house has drastically dropped. Granted, the three cats aren’t best buddies and they still growl at one another, but they’re co-existing and getting used to each other. Before long, I hope we’ll all be one big happy family.

In my contemporary romance novella, My Valentine Adventure, the heroine Claire is a supporter of animal rights and has several animals in her home. Whether she’s adopting a pet from a kill shelter or supporting a wild animal’s right to live free, she’s given her heart to the furry creatures among us.

Thank you so much for reading. I’d love to hear about your pets, so please comment at the end of this post.

Blurb, My Valentine Adventure:

Parker Townsend is raising his children alone after he lost his wife, but then his ordered world is turned upside down when his two little hellions place a “Mom Wanted” ad in the local paper. To his chagrin, he’s roped into a blind date.

Claire Lauer answers the want ad with few expectations and meets Parker on Valentine’s Day, a day she hates with a passion. As an animal rights activist and a divorcĂ©e, she’s more comfortable with a placard in her hand than in the company of a handsome man with emotional baggage.

After a protest takes a turn for the worse, she seeks shelter in her date’s arms. Will Parker and Claire find the courage to lay their fragile hearts on the line, or will they lose their second chance at happiness?


Parker didn’t care about Glenn’s speech, not when he needed to find Claire and make sure she was safe. Police sirens wailed in the distance—someone probably called them before the tiger prowled free, which explained how they arrived so soon—and he finally spotted his wayward date.

Claire climbed up on the cab of Glenn’s truck as though for a better vantage point. She swept her gaze over the protesters and then waved her arms in the air as she met Parker’s gaze.

He forced his way to her. Relief flooded his veins like a drug as he reached her side. Lifting his arms, he grasped her waist and helped her down.

“Stuff like this doesn’t happen often, Parker. It’s just a crazy night.” She braced her hands on his shoulders as she slid down the length of his body. People shoved past them, fleeing both the incoming police and the freed tiger out for blood.

Parker tightened his arms around her, holding her close, not giving her the chance to fly the coop. Claire gripped the lapels of his jacket as a strange gleam lit her eyes like blue fire. She kissed him as though her life depended on it. Stars danced in his eyes from the fevered onslaught of her lips. Her body pressed against his, but he couldn’t savor the moment.

Red and blue lights flashed down the street and headed right toward them.

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Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through The Wild Rose Press and Books to Go Now, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Welcome Back to Christmas Town!

It’s a magical place, is Christmas Town, Maine, and the writers of its stories can’t wait to go back each year. They start planning the next roster of stories as soon as the current one is finished. They exchange names of characters and businesses and keep a bible of what’s been done so far. Even the writers change from year to year. No one leaves Christmas Town because she wants to, but sometimes other responsibilities require a trip out of town.

Every now and then, we change things up. One year, we covered Thanksgiving and New Year’s as well as Christmas. For Christmas of 2019, we released our 2018 stories as an anthology. And now, as the new roaring 20s are putting on their fresh clothes, we have eight new stories in the Be My Heartwarming Valentine: A Heartwarming Christmas Town Box Set.

Stop by and sign up for our newsletter. You’ll find free reads and other fun stuff there. New information will be showing up as we wind down to release day on February 11.
Here to give you the Cliff’s Notes synopses of our stories are this year’s authors. Click on their links to find out more about us—we love visitors!—or to sign up for our newsletters.

Table for Six by Anna J. Stewart
When overwhelmed widowed single mother of three Cora Leonidis's mother-in-law "buys" her a personal chef at Christmas Town's bachelor auction, she doesn't know whether to be relieved or horrified. But from the moment Giovanni Renzo appears on her doorstep, Cora feels an immediate connection to this wanderer. She's not the only one who's loved and lost. While Giovanni is there to make her life easier, Cora hopes to heal his heart...and prove it's okay to love again. 
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A Tale of Two Rings by Beth Carpenter
Two years ago, Alden Moretti ended his engagement with Mindy Rose and left Christmas Town. Now his grandmother has volunteered him to participate in the Christmas Town bachelor auction as an excuse to return. His assignment: convince Mindy to give back his grandmother’s diamond engagement ring. But after a few trips down memory lane with Mindy, Alden is having second thoughts. Can he leave Mindy behind once again?
The Apple of My Eye by Melinda Curtis
Young Lizzie Lincoln buys Steve Haepner at the auction for one hundred schmeckels and wants to keep him, much to single mom Abigail’s horror. Apple farmer Abigail doesn’t date. However, she needs an electrician and since Steve claims he’s not interested in dating her, it’s too good of a deal to pass up. But soon, Abigail is thinking she may have spoken too soon…
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Romancing her Valentine by Cari Lynn Webb
When Tessa Collier places the highest bid on the last bachelor at Christmas Town's Valentine's Day auction, she only wants one thing - a fake date to accompany her to her ex-husband’s gender reveal baby shower. But there's nothing pretend about Tessa's reaction to her bachelor - professional skier, Ryan Reeves. When Ryan offers his terms for their arrangement, Tessa must decide if one impulsive decision might lead to heartache worse than attending that baby shower alone or to her forever Valentine.   
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A Place to Hang Her Heart by Liz Flaherty
Although he was the instigator to the end of their long marriage, Rob Rahilly still needs to know Christy is happy after her solo move to Christmas Town, Maine. When his job ends in early retirement, he goes to New England to see how she’s doing, and ends up in a bachelor auction. Will the only woman he’s ever really loved take another chance on him, or do some hurts go too deep for the wounds to heal?
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Knock Down My Heart by Anna Adams
Georgia Bardill's daughters decide Sven Dante, their mom's handyman, is the perfect prince for her. Naturally, they volunteer him for the town's bachelor auction on the condition he takes out their mom and then makes them a snowman. A single mom, a slightly reluctant do-gooding "prince" bachelor, and sweetly manipulative little girls make Knock Down My Heart a heartwarming Christmas Town romance!
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Love Fixes Everything by Claire McEwan
When Carrie Porter’s friends bid on handyman Gage Flanagan in the Christmas Town bachelor auction, and then gift his services to her, the single mom is embarrassed to accept their charity. But Carrie sets her pride aside to learn all she can about home repair from the surly bachelor. Only Gage isn’t quite as grumpy as he seems. As they work together to repair her historic home, Carrie and Gage realize that the love they feel might just repair their hearts as well. 
Head Over Heels by LeAnne Bristow
High school English teacher and former college gymnast, Karen McFadden, wants nothing more than to open her own gymnastics facility, but a math learning disability makes completing the paperwork for a business loan almost impossible. The last thing Daniel Lassiter wants to do is get stuck with an attention-seeking diva who wants to relive her college glory days, but when his accounting services put him in the library's bachelor auction, he has little choice but to help her. He doesn't believe that she wants to open the gym so she can help underprivileged teens. She doesn't think he'll stick around long enough to find out. Will they realize what's right in front of them before it's too late?
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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Australia Burns - On Sale Now!

We've all been devastated by the wild fires that are destroying vast areas of Australia. Every night on the evening news we see the horrible damage done to homes, forests and animals and we feel helpless, especially when we're a world away. Is there nothing we can do to help?

The authors of The Wild Rose Press have decided there is. We've put together three volumes of AUSTRALIA BURNS, a collection of short stories written by Wild Rose Press authors. All proceeds from the sale of these books will be donated to the Australian Red Cross* Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund. Please help us help Australia!

Print versions are available right now while ebook versions can be pre-ordered for delivery February 14, 2020. My short story, WINGS OF FIRES, is included in Volume 2. Order all three volumes today!

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(while print versions are available at other retailers, The Wild Rose Press is donating all profits to charity, making more monies available to the Australian Red Cross. We urge you to buy your print copy from The Wild Rose Press!)

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

#NewRelease from J.L. Delozier: CON ME ONCE

I'm thrilled to have super imaginative writer J.L Delozier with me today. She sat down for an interview and talks about writing and life. Her new book CON ME ONCE release tomorrow, February 5, 2020. Welcome J.L.!

Where did you get the idea for your new novel, CON ME ONCE? 

 I got the idea for this book from an old GQ article on the "real-life superhero community", specifically a man named Phoenix Jones. The article made me ponder the psychology behind the need for these (mostly) men to dress up in home-made costumes and patrol their neighborhoods. It also made me wonder what would happen if they got embroiled in something heavier than helping little old ladies cross the street, and - voila! - Con Me Once was born.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?

I write the first page and then the last page. The rest of the time I spend desperately trying to fill in the murky middle.

What do you want readers to come away with after they read CON ME ONCE?

I want them to think it was a hell of a ride, and I’m hoping they’ll want to see more from the cast of characters. I could easily make this book a series focusing on each of the different cosplayers.

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

Sci-fi was my first love, but I’ve only ever written/published one short story in the genre. I have an idea for a novel…

Did you always want to be a writer? 

Yep. Started with short stories in elementary school.

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

I’d love a do-over on Type & Cross. It was truly the first novel I’d ever written (nothing stashed in a drawer, I swear) and I never expected it to get published, much less nominated for a Thriller award. I’ve learned so much about the craft since then, and I cringe when I read it.

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


Do you have any words of advice to beginning writers? 

Buckle up. Do it for the love. Be prepared for rejection.

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

Plot. I think that’s true for most thriller/suspense authors.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?


What’s your favorite thing about being a writer?

Creating intricate balances-of-power within my circle of characters.

What’s your least favorite thing about being a writer? 

Self-promotion/marketing. I wasn’t on any social media prior to 2016 when my first book published.

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

Science, particularly astronomy

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

I’m a physician – part-time now, so I can concentrate more on my writing.

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

As a physician, my job is to observe people both physically and mentally. When I did disaster work in particular, I got to see the best and worst of humanity. It’s given me great insight into how people act when stressed.

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 have three cats, but I love all animals.

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

Florence, Italy Why? It’s a historic, literary, walking city with great food. Need I say more?

What did you want to be (occupation-wise) when you were a child?

An astronomer.

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

Neil Gaiman, Kazuo Ishiguro

Tell us a little about your current work in progress.

The Photo Thief  is my first mystery with a significant paranormal element and also my first to mix POV characters: one first person, and one third person. It’s been a challenge, to say the least, but hopefully it’ll be worth it. The plot centers around a young adult with a seizure disorder who “hears” old photographs collected by her great-grandfather speaking to her. They ask her to solve their murders—and that of her own mother.

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

I have two. “Crime plays” is a take-off of the old saying “crime doesn’t pay” and also refers Vegas, where the second half of the book takes place. If you’ve ever played a casino table game, you’ve heard the phrase “money plays.” The second tag line is “this con is on” which refers to both the multiple schemes at play as well a comic convention taking place in Vegas during the book’s climactic moments.

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

I’ll be at ThrillerFest in NYC in July which is a great venue for fans and writers of all levels to mingle.


When Frank Lambda, a bumbling superhero wannabe, witnesses a mob hit gone wrong, he ends up running for his life. Enter the mysterious Keira, whose secret academy claims to turn wannabes like Frank into real heroes. Frank knows a con when he sees one. But desperate for an escape, he joins three other recruits for training in Las Vegas. Against the backdrop of a thousand spandex-clad cosplayers Keira’s true agenda—a multimillion-dollar heist from her mobster brother—is exposed. With their lives and a fortune at stake, Frank and his team of diverse misfits fight to become the heroes they always wanted to be.

Author Bio:

J.L. Delozier has practiced rural and disaster medicine for 25 years. For inspiration, she turns to science that exists on the edge of reality—bizarre medical anomalies, new genetic discoveries, and anything that seems too weird to be true. She’s published three thrillers, the first of which was nominated for a “Best First Novel” award by the International Thriller Writers organization. Her short fiction has appeared in the British crime anthology, Noirville: Tales from the Dark Side, in NoirCon’s official journal, Retreats from Oblivion, and in Thriller Magazine.

Her first sci-fi short story won the “Women Hold Up Half the Sky” prize of the Roswell Award and appeared in Artemis Journal. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and three rescue cats. See more at

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

CHILL OUT on sale for .99 cents!

Just in time for Valentine's Day
CHILL OUT on sale for .99 cents.!

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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