Friday, October 23, 2020

A SCORE TO SETTLE by Mike Torreano #NewRelease

 Mike Torreano joins me today with a look at his new release, A SCORE TO SETTLE, a story of revenge in the Old American West. Please welcome Mike Torreano!

Blurb:

Broken after his family is murdered, rancher Del Lawson signs on to a cattle drive along the Goodnight Loving trail in 1870, unaware he's still in danger. When he falls for a pretty Army nurse, the killers target her.

If he's to recover from his grief and build a new life, Del must set out on a gritty hunt for the men who are hunting him.

Meanwhile, Del's mother, Maybelle, doesn't know her son survived that murderous night. When she discovers the gold the killers are after, she uses the treasure in an elaborate masquerade to take the murderers down.

Will mother and son's plans reap justice-or destroy what's left of the Lawson clan?

Excerpt:

When he wasn’t riding watch, Del spent time with Rodrigo. Somehow, the boy always saw him coming before he saw Rodrigo. They mostly sat together, Del talking while they both whittled. His eyes always seemed to drift to Rose, though. It was cowardly not to say anything more to her than ‘hello’ or ‘good morning’ or ‘thank you.’ He screwed his courage up one night. Cowhands were telling tall tales, no one really paying attention to what anyone was saying. He met her on the way to the chuck wagon. “Rose, I got somethin’ to say to you. Will you walk with me?” They strolled away from camp. 

“I’d like to talk to you, too.” She turned to him. “Why do you avoid me? You haven’t said more than a few words to me in the last couple of days. Can’t you tell I need a friend?” 

“I’m sorry...but I don’t talk so good when my tongue’s twisted in knots. Stomach, too.” 

“What in the world are you talking about, Del Lawson?” 

The words spilled forth like the raging river nearby. “I haven’t felt much of anything since my wife and son...died...a year ago. I been more like an empty bucket with a hole in it.” 

Rose drew in a sharp breath. “Oh, my Lord.” 

“Didn’t want to go on living—tried my best not to, but God cheated me of the easy way out. I figure He must have sent Rodrigo to help me from the depths of Hell. The boy says more than most without talking.” 

“I’ve noticed that, too.” 

“No way you could know any of this, and I didn’t feel like talkin’ about it ’til now.” Del’s throat tightened. “It’s taken some time, but I’m givin’ the sorrow free rein, lettin’ it have its way with me. Got an anger buildin’ in the pit of my stomach that’s replacin’ it. Kept it bottled away ’til recent. Went through the last year drunk and numb. Right now, the memories still hurt pretty good. But the pain is mixin’ it up with another feelin’, and that’s caring about you. And I don’t know what to do about that.” 


Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Score-Settle-Mike-Torreano-ebook/dp/B08HJ2WSTC


Author Bio:

Mike Torreano has a military background and is a student of American history and the Old West.

His debut western mystery, The Reckoning, set in South Park, Colorado, in 1868, was released in 2016 by The Wild Rose Press. The sequel, The Renewal, also in South Park, 1872,was released in 2018. His latest western, A Score To Settle, will be released October 21, 2020, also from The Wild Rose Press. He has a coming-of-age novel, Fireflies At Dusk, set during the Civil War, and his short story, The Trade, a tale of the Yukon Gold Rush, was his first published work in 2014.

Mike’s written for magazines and newspapers for many years. An experienced editor, he’s taught University-level English and Journalism. He’s a member of the Historical Novel Society, Pikes Peak Writers, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Western Writers of America and several other western writing groups. He brings his readers back in time with him as he recreates life in mid-to-late 19th century America. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Anne.

Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55216079-a-score-to-settle

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/a-score-to-settle-by-mike-torreano

Website: www.miketorreano.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/miketorreano

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Sweating the Small Stuff by Randy Overbeck

Mystery writer and fellow Wild Rose Press author Randy Overbeck visits Journeys with Jana today. My guests have often talked about the importance of secondary characters to a book, but Randy argues that getting even minor characters right has a big impact on the story world the writer creates, and makes it that much more real. Please welcome Randy Overbeck!

When readers think of great mystery and thriller writers, they almost always think major protagonists. If you mention Lee Child to a fan, they’ll think Jack Reacher. If you raise Jeffrey Deaver, you’ll probably get Lincoln Ryme and James Patterson will probably yield Alex Cross—at least for his early books. You get the idea. Most of the time we think the novel’s success depends on good plots, great writing and engaging main characters, and we’d be right. 

But, as I’ve read and studied some of my favorite authors, I’ve come to realize that these talented writers invest considerable time and effort in creating real, three dimensional characters for even their minor players. I’m not talking about the protagonists’ sidekicks. Patterson seldom brought out Alex Cross without his partner, John Sampson, Lincoln Ryme was paired with Amelia Sachs—in more ways than one—and we couldn’t even imagine Sherlock Holmes without Dr. Watson. More than this, the really best writers, in my opinion, are those who populate their tales with detailed, believable characters at even the smallest level. These rich, minor characters give the narratives depth and infuse the fictional world with an rich sense of reality. I think a few examples here may suffice.

One of my earliest encounters with mystery writers came from famed author Robert Parker. By now, I think I’ve read nearly every Spenser novel and almost all of his other works. Like the ones mentioned above, his hero usually ventures forth with Hawk covering his back. But Parker populates his forty novels with a whole realm of interesting small characters from his cop contacts, Belson and Quirk to his shared German Shepherd, Pearl to his gun-slinging friend, Vinny. But my point here is best made by his character of Dr. Susan Silverman. Susan, a Harvard-trained psychologist, is Spenser’s girl and confidant. Although her part in the story is small—at least in the number of pages devoted to her—her fully-fleshed out character adds great dimension to the tales. Through his interactions with her character, Spenser himself gets rounded out and becomes more authentic. She both keeps him grounded and challenges his decisions. As I read each entry in the series, I found myself looking forward to the next time she would appear.

For my second illustration and different example, I’ve selected another famous and bestselling author, C J. Box. For those not familiar with his work, he writes about the rugged northwest territory of Montana and Wyoming. His protagonist, Game Warden Joe Pickett is a perfect match for this wilderness, whose work takes him on a number of interesting and often perilous journeys among the mountains, rivers and valleys he patrols. Like other great writers, he has created a wide range of supporting players in his dramas from Joe’s wife and partner Mary Beth to his four daughters, from his nemesis /mother-in-law, Missy to the local sheriff Barnum, who Joe is constantly at odds with. But Box has a real knack for creating living, breathing characters who play even the smallest role. As evidence—as they would say in the courtroom—I give you Trophy Hunt, the 24th entry in his series. Partway into this intriguing mystery, Box reveals the character of Tuff Montague. In a little more than three pages, readers learn Tuff despises riding horses, likes to sing about them, wears a droopy mustache and a sweat-stained “Gus McCrae” hat. Like a lot of cowboys, he loves his whiskey, especially when it’s free—which he often receives as he regales newbies with his tales of being a real American cowboy, even acting the part in a Wild West show. In these few pages, we learn that Tuff recently lost his license due to his latest DUI. While he is up in the mountains on horseback, he is both remembering his latest conquest of the local barmaid and pining for his next rendezvous. Wheel-less, he is stuck atop his gelding and grousing about it, even as the horse makes the steady climb up the incline. 

Box gives us all this and much more for a minor character who appears only on these few pages and then dies suddenly, one more victim in the complex crime Joe has to solve in this tale. Only later, do readers realize that pieces of Tuff’s description are important clues to solving the puzzle of the murders. While many writers would give only a few lines to a victim, Box makes Tuff live and breathe on these few pages, which makes readers mourn the death of even such a ne’er-do-well. 

I’d like to offer one more example from my favorite mystery writer—whose current coming of age novel, This Tender Land, is on the USA Today Bestseller List. William Kent Kreuger is the award-winning author who has penned seventeen novels in the Cork O’Connor mystery series and his latest, Desolation Mountain, is also his best, I believe. His writing in this entry illustrates the ability of small, minor characters to flesh out the story in the hands of  skilled author. Anyone familiar with this series will remember the unforgettable character of Henry Meloux, the ancient Ojibwe Mide (or medicine man) who serves as Cork’s conscience and guide through his many trials. Even though his role in these tales are small, often only a few pages, I wait anxiously for him to reappear and share his strange wisdom—both for the reader and for Cork—as I read Kreuger’s latest entry. 

But in this novel, the author raises the bar of minor characters for even his work. Early in the story, the reader encounters an older Objiwe, Ned Love and his nephew, Monkey, who, like a number of his Native American characters, live at the fringes of society. Kreuger’s novels are populated with a wide range of interesting, native characters who cover the whole range from good to evil. The two Objiwe natives witness something happening on Desolation Mountain and then seem to disappear—along with others in the town. There is so much happening and Cork has so many problems to deal with, the reader has little time to contemplate these strange minor characters and their disappearance. Only in the end, as these and other minor characters reemerge in the narrative, do readers grasp the skill of the author in using every line, every character to enrich such a captivating story. No character, not even the smallest one is wasted.

I’ve tried to learn from these and many other talented writers as I’ve written my series, the Haunted Shores Mysteries. Like other mystery authors, in my first entry, Blood on the Chesapeake, I matched my protagonist, Darrell Henshaw—teacher, coach and paranormal sensitive—with his own partner and love interest, Erin Caveny, who helps him get to the truth behind the mysteries surrounding his ghostly visitors. Darrell’s teaching colleague, friend and tormentor, Al McClure provides some much needed comic relief—though admittedly little— from Darrell’s serious obsessive nature. But the minor character I created that readers found most compelling was that of Natalia Pavlenco, a recent graduate of Wilshire High. Natalia is a sultry, dark-skinned, captivating young woman with some uncertain Slavic origins. Al introduces Darrell to Natalia so that she can help him with his ghost problem, as Natalia is a medium. But, in the small town of Wilshire, there’s not much call for the skills of a medium. So Natalia moonlights, plying her other talents in what passes for a red-light district in town. She has much to offer in “the lady of the evening” trade and sets her sights on Darrell. This of course generates a conflict between Natalia and Erin, one Darrell has to navigate very carefully as he needs the medium’s insights. Natalia drew such a positive response from readers of Blood that, when I crafted the second novel, Crimson at Cape May, I worked a way to include Natalia, even though the bulk of the story happens outside of Wilshire. And, before you ask, I’m having Natalia make a brief, though important appearance in the third entry in the series—scheduled for release fall, 2021 even though the action here takes place on the gulf coast of Florida.

The lesson from all of this? Maybe we, as writers, should sweat the small stuff, like precise historical details, specific geographic characteristics and most important, the characters who play a walk-on role in our novels. Crafting minor characters who are real, believable and integral to our story gives the narrative added texture and depth and readers will notice. 

I do, every time.


BLURB, Crimson at Cape May:

No matter how far you run, you can never really escape a haunted past. 

Darrell Henshaw—teacher, coach, and paranormal sensitive—learned this lesson the hard way. With his job gone and few options, he heads for Cape May to coach a summer football camp. The resort town, with gorgeous beaches, rich history and famous Victorian mansions, might just be the getaway he needs. Only, no one told him Cape May is the most haunted seaport on the East Coast. One resident ghost, the Haunted Bride, stalks Darrell, begging for his help.

He can’t refuse. 

Joining forces with Cassie, a street-wise teen and another sensitive, he investigates the bride’s death and discovers her murder is connected to a far greater horror. But can Darrell and Cassie expose those behind the crimes before they end up being the killer’s next victims? 

EXCERPT:

Why would this woman pursue him?

Now a safe distance away, he studied her. She was thin, with a small, drawn face of pasty skin, and he would’ve guessed her to be about his age, mid-twenties. But there was something about her, something that made him shiver. Did she have a black eye? Were those cuts on her cheek? Why hadn’t he noticed those before, when he passed her on the Promenade?

He sped up, the street crowded, congested with tourists. Normally, the jostling bodies would’ve given him the creeps, but today he was grateful for the numbers so he could blend in. 

Not sure where he was headed—except away from his boardinghouse—he kept up a brisk pace. He hurried past the legendary Inn of Cape May, with its ornate, white period architecture and four stories of ancient rooms facing the beach. Any other time, he’d be thinking about taking Erin there. The place had an interesting old-time vibe. That is, if she still wanted anything to do with him. But he didn’t have time for that now. He kept moving.

As he turned back onto Beach Avenue again, the sight of the beautiful blue ocean across the road struck him and he stopped for a moment, then chanced a peek back around the corner. No sign of his stalker. 

He reduced his pace, easing past a beach shop, and saw his reflection in the store front. That gave him an idea. Ahead, he spied a coffee shop with two long windows facing the street, the panes so sparkling clean he could see the image of the sun hanging over the ocean in the glass. As he walked along, he turned his head to catch his image and, when he was far enough along, he glanced sideways at the window. Trailing behind him, he could make out, reflected in the glass, only two people, a gray-haired couple. No one else. He took a few more steps, watching and slowing a little, and exhaled. He’d lost her.

He turned and studied the man and woman, who’d paused to examine the restaurant menu posted next to the door. A few feet beyond the couple stood the woman. Darrell’s gaze darted. The couple. The woman. The coffee shop window. Back to her. The petite young woman in the tattered white dress stood hunched not more than ten feet away. Darrell searched for her reflection in the glass. There was not even a shimmer.

Oh no. Not again. 

The side of the young woman’s face was beaten and bloodied. Her exposed neck bore a long, ugly purple bruise. The torn dress now had blood seeping across her torso and down her right leg. He looked back. Still nothing in the window. The hairs on his neck stood up.

“What do you want?”

In unison, the pair turned, peered behind and then back at Darrell. The man said, “Son, there’s no one there.” 

 Darrell kept staring and as he watched, the young woman walked through the older couple and stopped in front of him. This close up, her one deep blue eye—the one not blackened—seemed vacant and carried an emptiness that frightened Darrell. She again extended both pale hands, blood now covering them and dripping off her fingertips. Mesmerized, Darrell watched as fat crimson drops splattered red onto the gray sidewalk.

In her soft voice, she said again, “Please, help me. Help us.”

Darrell shook his head violently. “No. Hell, no. Not again.” Last time almost killed him. 

Book Trailer, Crimson at Cape May: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9nWiaGO-KM

Author Bio:

Dr. Randy Overbeck is a veteran educator who has served children as a teacher and school leader. For more than three decades, his educational experiences have included responsibilities ranging from coach and yearbook advisor to principal and superintendent and he’s lived the roles of many of the characters in his stories. An accomplished writer, he has been published in trade journals, professional texts and newspapers as well as in fiction, with his third published novel. As a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Dr. Overbeck is an active member of the literary community, contributing to a writers’ critique group, serving as a mentor to emerging writers and participating in writing conferences such as Sleuthfest, Killer Nashville and the Midwest Writers Workshop. When he’s not writing or researching his next exciting novel or sharing his presentation “Things That Go Bump in the Night,” he’s spending time with his incredible family of wife, three children (and their spouses) and seven wonderful grandchildren.

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Buy Links, Crimson at Cape May:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Crimson-Cape-Haunted-Shores-Mysteries/dp/1509231633

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/crimson-at-cape-may-randy-overbeck/1137088608?ean=9781509231638

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/crimson-at-cape-may-by-randy-overbeck


Sunday, October 18, 2020

BURNING LOVE #onsale for .99 cents!

Just in time for Halloween, the ebook version of my paranormal contemporary romance BURNING LOVE is on sale until October 30 for .99 cents! 

After causing three cooking fires in her apartment, Iris Jensen finds herself evicted and homeless. She lands on Riley Benson's doorstep, looking to rent a room in the beautiful old home he's restoring. It's only for six weeks until Iris leaves Portland, Oregon for her new job on a cruise ship. Firefighter Riley knows firsthand what a bad tenant she can be. But he needs money to finish the work on the house he loves. And something about Iris pulls at his heart…

Meanwhile, in Heaven, two angels watch over the young lovers. Angelica and Hildegard work in Heaven's Relationship Division, where angels match mortals with their soul mates. The angels believe so strongly in Iris and Riley’s love that they break Heaven's rules to help them. Can the angels convince them their love will last a lifetime?

Read an excerpt and reviews at my website.

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Friday, October 16, 2020

Blog Tour! ARRESTING JEREMIAH #NewRelease from Amber Daulton

 Amber Daulton has a new book in her Arresting Onyx series. Read on for a sneak peek at ARRESTING JEREMIAH and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post. Best of luck with your new release, Amber!

 


Arresting Jeremiah
Arresting Onyx Series Book 2
by Amber Daulton
Genre: Romantic Suspense

When threats escalate, will Jim and Calista succumb, or fight for a love they can’t deny?

Injured Parole Officer Jeremiah “Jim” Borden never expected Calista Barlow, the sassy blonde waitress he’s craved for months, to ring his doorbell. She slips into his heart—and his bed—but he’s obsessed with a gangland investigation that threatens his career and maybe even his life.
Calista doesn’t trust easily, not with a daughter to protect and the stalker who keeps calling her. After her violent ex-boyfriend returns, she finds solace in Jim’s arms.
Jim may have to forego his need for answers to protect the ready-made family he adores, but how will he and Calista escape an unseen enemy that is always one step ahead of them?







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.
She lives in North Carolina with her husband and demanding cats.




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Friday, October 9, 2020

#NewRelease from Chrys Fey - FROZEN CRIMES

 

Frozen Crimes
Chrys Fey
(Disaster Crimes, #5)
Published by: The Wild Rose Press
Publication date: September 30th 2020
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

Beth and Donovan are expecting their first child. Life couldn’t get any better…until a stalker makes his presence known. This person sends disturbing messages and unsettling items, but it isn’t long before his menacing goes too far.

Hoping for a peaceful Christmas, Donovan takes Beth to Michigan. Days into their trip, a winter storm named Nemesis moves in with the goal of burying the state. Snowdrifts surround their house, and the temperature drops below freezing.

Except, the storm isn’t the only nemesis they must face. Everyone’s lives are at stake—especially that of their unborn child. Will they survive, or will they become a frozen crime?


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EXCERPT:

The crunch of the shovel pounding into the snow and ice filled his ears. It was all he could hear. The rest of the street was silent beneath its wintry blanket. Breathing was difficult with the icy air clogging his lungs. His nose burned. His throat was dry and on fire. But he ignored it, focusing on his task.

Crack, crack, crack.

He jabbed the shovel into a hunk of snow. On the third hit, it shattered into several pieces. He scooped them up and flung them to the side. He surveyed what remained. There was one big ball in the middle of the path that needed to be dealt with next. He moved over to it and struck it. That one impact had it severing in two. He was about to hit it again when something crashed into the back of his head.

Explosions of white light danced over his vision. Pain enveloped his skull. The shovel slipped from his fingers. Blackness cloaked his mind, coaxing him into its depths.

Beth. Her name was a whisper in his head, as if his thoughts were being sucked into a wormhole.

His legs collapsed under his weight.

Cold. It seeped into him, consuming him. And then his consciousness fled down that same void that ate his thoughts.

Author Bio:

Chrys Fey is author of the Disaster Crimes Series, a unique concept that blends disasters, crimes, and romance. She runs the Insecure Writer’s Support Group Book Club on Goodreads and edits for Dancing Lemur Press. https://www.chrysfey.com

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

HIDDEN GYPSY MAGIC - #NewRelease from Tena Stetler

Today's guest, Tena Stetler, brings with her Brock Scutter from her newest release, HIDDEN GYPSY MAGIC. Brock let us interview him and he tells us about his work, his goals and the love of his life. Come on in and read about a character Tena calls "bold with a heart of gold." Welcome Tena and Brock!

Hi Jana, thanks for having Brock Scutter, hero of HIDDEN GYPSY MAGIC and myself on your blog. Before I turn this over to Brock for his bucket list, I thought I’d give you a little background on Brock.

Brock came into A Witch’s Journey Series in A Witch’s Holiday Wedding.  A muscular, handsome, young man dedicated to the care of all kinds of creatures.  He was still single because all his energies were spent on becoming a veterinarian. After college, he went to work for a small clinic in Salem, Mass., leaving him little time for anything else. The owner retired and Brock purchased the practice. His sister, Dylan is the veterinarian for Lobster Cove.  His sister got really sick that year and asked him to cover her practice in Lobster Cove while she recuperated, since his vet clinic in Salem was semi-closed for the holidays with only a skeleton crew for emergencies. He’d considered adding wildlife medicine to his clinic and figured this would be a great way to get his feet wet. Boy, did he.  

Lobster Cove was certainly not what he expected.  Oh, on the surface it was a friendly fishing town. When he was sent to Lobster Cove Wildlife Rescue and Rehab to deliver an injured owl on the endangered list he made a shocking discovery. 

It was this trip to Lobster Cove, Maine that he met Gwen Taylor.     

****

Brock here. Geez. How do I follow that introduction?  I’m really just a man who wants what’s best for the creatures under my care and the people I care about. 

Be that has it may, you promised to answer a few questions.  (Jana laughs.)  

When someone dies, we say they "kicked the bucket." Therefore, a list of things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to experience, and so on have become known as a "Bucket List."

First how about a bit of personal information?

Age:  late 30’s

Gender:  Male

Birthplace:  Salem, Mass

Profession:  Veterinarian

Ethnicity: Irish Gypsy

Please describe yourself: Hard working, goal oriented, dedicated to the animals brought to my clinic. My personal life has always taken a back seat to my education and now my vet clinic. 

Who is the significant other in your life? Gwen Taylor. She is the owner, manager of Salem Wildlife Rescue and Sanctuary.  We were introduced by Pepper and Lathen.  As you know, my sister, Dylan is the veterinarian in Lobster Cove which is where Pepper built a Wildlife rescue after leaving Salem.  Now I serve as the veterinarian for Salem Sanctuary.  

Birth order: I’m the baby of the family. I have three sisters and one brother. If you don’t think that was a tough way to grow up.  My sisters tried to dress me up like their dolls. My brother didn’t want his little brother tagging along. But we are a close knit family. 

Tell us about your favorite toy as a child. I never had many toys. For as long as I can remember, I helped Dylan care for the injured creatures she brought home with nowhere to go. Which, I guess explains why we are both vets.   

Describe your favorite food and how it's prepared.  A big juicy Porterhouse steak, baked potato with sour cream and butter,  homemade rolls, and French-style green beans.  For dessert, a big piece of Lemon Meringue pie.  My mom makes the very best.  I don’t see my parents as often as I’d like.  They spend a lot of time in Ireland now that all us kids are grown.

Tell us about your best friend.   That would be Lathen Quartz.  He’s Pepper’s husband. A former Navy Seal and does a great job finding disabled vets jobs where they can succeed.  He placed two individuals in Gwen’s Sanctuary recently. They are a perfect fit.  Kinda paying it forward. Don’t you think? 

What are two places you would like to visit before you die, and why? 

Australia – They have so many different species of wildlife found nowhere else on the planet.   

Ireland – I’d like to meet my relatives on the Emerald Isle.

Where is a place you would never like to return, and why? I can’t  think of anywhere I’ve been that I wouldn’t like to return.   

Who is someone you would like to meet, and why? Terry, Binde, Robert Irwin.  They are trail blazers in wildlife conservation.  I’d like to have met Steve. But…. 

Who is someone you would like to avoid, and why? The damn banker that caused Gwen so much heartache.  But in the end. I guess he got what he deserved. LOL  

If you could time travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there? I’d love to travel back to Ireland in the time my Grandda and Grandma lived.  They were gypsies, you know, and lived the old ways and believed in the magic.

Well, thank you for your candid responses. Brock.  I’m so glad you stopped by. Now I have a few questions for the author of HIDDEN GYPSY MAGIC.

What was your biggest challenge in writing this book, Tena?

Putting a different spin on the Salem Witch Trials.    

Why did you choose this character for the interview today?  

Brock popped into A Witch’s Holiday Wedding and became larger than life. He’s is such a bold character with a heart of gold.  

When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you? 

His ability to see the best in most people and his ability to embrace the unexpected with grace.     

Are any sequels planned for this book?   

Actually, I’m glad you asked.  CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY MAGIC (Set to release in April of 2021) is the fourth book in A Witch’s Journey Series and one of the One Scoop or Two summer series from The Wild Rose Press. 

Why should readers who haven't picked up one of your books before give this one a try?   

Now more than ever, we need heart-warming, feel-good books to whisk us away from our new normal into a magical, fantasy adventure for just a few hours.  HIDDEN GYPSY MAGIC, and all of my books for that matter, are a welcome stress reliever, if only for a few hours at a time.

Tell us a little about HIDDEN GYPSY MAGIC – 

The Salem Wildlife Sanctuary is Gwen Taylor's life work.  Her Irish Gypsy heritage provides a hidden talent she uses to help the creatures under her care.  But even her magical skills can't help new rescues in dire need of veterinary care.

The opportunity of signing on as the vet for Gwen's sanctuary dropped into Brock Scutter's lap after he expanded his practice to include wildlife. The personal attraction he and Gwen experience is undeniable the more their professional and personal lives collide. 

Touring the only "non-haunted" house in Salem they both feel a spark of magic.  A trip to his family's cabin uncovers a heritage he didn't know existed.  If they want a future together, it means facing the consequences of awakening hidden Gypsy magic and a race against the clock to correct past wrongs.

Buy links:

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Hidden-Gypsy-Magic-Witchs-Journey-ebook/dp/B08FXBNLW5

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hidden-Gypsy-Magic-Witchs-Journey-ebook/dp/B08FXBNLW5/

Amazon AU  https://www.amazon.com.au/Hidden-Gypsy-Magic-Witchs-Journey-ebook/dp/B08FXBNLW5/

Amazon CA  https://www.amazon.ca/Hidden-Gypsy-Magic-Witchs-Journey-ebook/

Barnes& Noble   https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hidden-gypsy-magic-tena-stetler/1137482774?

itunes –https://books.apple.com/us/book/hidden-gypsy-magic/id1527513144

Bookbub:  https://www.bookbub.com/books/hidden-gypsy-magic-a-witch-s-journey-book-3-by-tena-stetler

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54964001-hidden-gypsy-magic?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=HX8buVoAoU&rank=1

KOBO:  https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/hidden-gypsy-magic


A sneak peek between the pages:

March came in like a lamb, but a few days later a frigid wind gripped the northeast region of the United States with a vengeance. Gwen covered the box with her tiny treasures inside and shoved open the vehicle door. When the SUV's door slammed against her legs, she yelped but continued to tightly hold the cover in place over the box.  I'll have bruises tomorrow. Once inside Brock's vet office, she glanced at the empty receptionist area. "Anybody here?" No one answered, so she eased into a seat and waited anxiously with a cardboard box on her lap. Weak scratching came from the box. Carefully lifting the cover, she peeked inside to make sure the little creatures were safe.

When the front door banged open of the veterinary clinic, she jumped. A cold breeze swept through the waiting room ahead of Delta, the receptionist, who rushed in throwing her arms up in an exasperated gesture. "Sorry, I'm late. Traffic."  She frowned while rounding the reception desk and glanced down at the appointment book, then back up to Gwen. "I don't have you on my schedule today." Leaning over the counter, the receptionist pointed to the box. "What's in there?"

 Gwen's face flushed in anger. "Someone dumped these poor innocent turtles or more accurately Desert Tortoises by the side of the road. They can't be much more than a few weeks old. Even the spring temps are close to freezing at night. Poor little things were cold, dehydrated, defenseless, and malnourished." She glanced at the receptionist. Dr. Brock Scutter is expecting me, I spoke to him late last night. 


About the author:

Tena Stetler is a best-selling author of award winning paranormal romance with an over-active imagination.  She gave up her paralegal profession to play with faeries, witches, vampires, and shapeshifters and tell their tales. She wrote her first vampire romance as a tween, to the chagrin of her mother and the delight of her friends. Colorado is home; shared with her husband, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-five-year-old box turtle. When she’s not writing, her time is spent kayaking, camping, hiking, biking or just relaxing in the great Colorado outdoors. 

 Her books tell tales of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. Travel, adventure, and a bit of mystery flourish in her books along with a few companion animals to round out the tales.

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Sunday, October 4, 2020

Trick or Treat Book Bonanza!

 


Trick or Treat! ‘Tis the month to celebrate all things paranormal, supernatural, suspenseful and mystical. If you’re like me, you’ll want to accept this very special invitation to join the festivities at N. N. Light’s Book Heaven’s 2nd annual Trick or Treat Book Bonanza. 46 authors share what they’d dress up as for Halloween as well as 53 books featured plus a chance to win one of the following:

 

Enter to win a $50 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

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I’m thrilled to be a part of this event. My book, SEEING THINGS, will be featured on October 29. Wait until you read what my Halloween costume would be. You won’t want to miss it.

 

Bookmark this event and tell your friends:

 

https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/trick-or-treat-book-bonanza



Friday, October 2, 2020

Alice Renaud Loves Animals - Including Mermaids!

Alice Renaud joins me today to talk about her pets and  about her new release MERMAIDS MARRY IN GREEN. I have to agree with Alice about cats - they can be so smart and yet so... not smart. We just babysat our daughter's cat for the last of weeks. Somehow she got into the cold air vents and started travelling around the duct system of our house! Fortunately, she always found her way out. We think she was a little too bored and much too curious! Thanks for being my guest, Alice!

I love animals and am a keen birdwatcher. The natural world plays a big part in my stories. My favourite pets are cats. I adore cats. All that savagery and wildness, lurking under the fluffy appearance! And cats are funny. My aunt had a Siamese cat who was so clever, he trained the dog to help him open doors. He would climb on the dog’s back, and press the handle down with his paw. Clever, eh? Yet he also had a habit of eating wool – cashmere sweaters were his favorite – so my aunt regularly had to take him to the vet so they could take the wool out of his stomach before it choked him… so in some ways he was very clever, in other ways, not so much… 

We had up to eight cats at home when I was a kid. As a grown up, with a family of my own, I have limited myself to one at a time. The two most recent ones were a feisty tortoiseshell she-devil-cat called Tails and a very soft, gentle white male called Jamie. They have both died now of old age, and gone to the big basket in the sky. We are between cats now, so we content ourselves with our extended family’s cats. Here is a picture of my aunt’s cat Tabitha, watching her “friend” Milligan through the window!

In my new release Mermaids Marry in Green, my warlock hero and shifter mermaid heroine acquire an unusual pet. They have been tasked with capturing an afanc, a water monster, that is threatening London with flooding. But when the heroine, Caltha, discovers the creature, she finds, not a scary monster, but a frightened animal in need of help. Of course, she has to rescue it! But evil warlocks are after the magical creature…  The afanc is a mythical Welsh monster that lives in lakes and rivers. He is part beaver, part crocodile. I love Welsh legends and their fantastical creatures. The Black Sow that King Arthur hunts, mist hags, torrent spectres… and of course, the Giant Cat of Anglesey!

Read more about the afanc and his new friends below.

Blurb for Mermaids Marry in Green:

Caltha Dooran is the toughest, fiercest shape-shifting mermaid in the western seas. She has three Clans to rule, and no time for romance. But when a warlock, Jonty, turns up and asks her to come with him to London to capture a water monster, she can't say no. In London, away from her duties, her attraction for Jonty grows... and they soon fall under each other's spell. But will his past and her responsibilities pull them apart, or can they find the only true magic, the one that binds two souls together?

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08FCQQ75P 

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Excerpt:

A pile of twigs shuddered and slid to the side. Two yellow eyes peered at her out of the tangle of wood and litter. Excitement exploded in Caltha’s chest, rocking her whole body. She’d found him! But she strove to keep her voice low and soft. 

“Afanc?” 

A reptilian head that looked like a crocodile’s, but smaller, pushed through a plastic bag. The mouth opened, revealing a row of sharp teeth. “Morwenna?” the creature hissed, in Caltha’s language. 

She tried to repress the trembling in her body and appear calm so the creature wouldn’t take fright. “Yes, I am a mermaid.” She lifted her webbed hands to show him. The afanc extended a furry paw, tipped with powerful claws. Caltha brushed the damp fur with her fingers. “I’m Caltha.” 

The afanc let out a sigh. “Morwenna Caltha,” he said. He stared at her with shining eyes full of hope. “I am lost. Can you help?” 

Caltha’s mind went blank with surprise. She’d expected a powerful water monster with awesome magical powers, not this vulnerable animal pleading for assistance. 

The afanc stretched his neck towards her. “Please?” 

Compassion engulfed Caltha. “Of course I’ll help you.” 

The question was how. She’d been so focused on locating him, she hadn’t really given any thought as to what she would do when she found him. She studied his reptilian head and large, furry body. No way would he go unnoticed in a city full of humans. And dangerous warlocks were on his trail. Her mind worked overtime, searching for solutions. Would he follow her willingly, or would she have to trap him? He seemed friendly now, but he might panic if she tried to lead him away from his familiar surroundings. And how could she keep him hidden? 

“Can you swim underwater?” 

“Not for long. I cannot breathe underwater like you.” The afanc was shaking, from cold or fright. His vulnerability tugged at Caltha’s heartstrings. She’d do anything to save him. 

“Don’t worry; I’ll think of something.” She started to scramble up the slope, but the creature shrank back, trembling. Caltha stopped. “I won’t hurt you. You need to come with me. I’ll take you somewhere safe, away from the humans.” 

The afanc sighed. “Thank you, Caltha.” 

Her chest contracted as she realized that she had no idea where she would take him, or how she’d get him there. She’d spoken too fast, thinking only of reassuring him. Now she’d made a promise, and she didn’t know how she’d keep it. Where could they go where he would be safe? She didn’t want to leave him in London, at the mercy of the warlocks. Even the nice ones would seek to use him. She’d heard of their fascination with magical creatures. They’d want to study the afanc, to figure out how he made the waters rise. She couldn’t let him become a laboratory exhibit. He needed to be with his own kind, except he was one of a kind. 

Author Bio:

Alice lives in London, UK, with her husband and son. By day she's a compliance manager for a pharmaceutical company. By night she writes fantasy romance about shape shifting mermen, water monsters and time-travelling witches. Her first book, “A Merman’s Choice,” was published in January 2019 by Black Velvet Seductions. It is the first book in a fantasy romance trilogy inspired by the landscapes and legends of Brittany and Wales. The second book, “Music for a Merman,” is out now and the third, “Mermaids Marry in Green,” will be released on 1 November. Alice has also written two short stories for BVS anthologies, “The Sweetest Magic of All,” in “Mystic Desire,” out now, and “The Holiday Mermaid” in “Desire Me Again,” out on 1 October. Alice loves reading and writing stories, and sharing them with anyone who’s interested!


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