Saturday, February 29, 2020

Australia Burns - An Excerpt from WINGS OF FIRE

Australia Burns, Volumes 1, 2 and 3, is the project I'm involved with that is endeavoring to raise money for the Australian Red Cross to help with recovery and rebuilding following the devastating bush fires there. I donated a short story called "Wings of Fires" which appears in Volume 2 and is set in Canada during World War 2. Here's a short excerpt. In this scene Will, a British airman training in Canada with the British Commonwealth Air Training Program, has just crashed-landed his training plane into the haystack owned by Evie, a young Saskatchewan woman working on her father's farm:

For a few moments the only sounds Will heard were the squawks of frightened chickens as they flew in a hundred different directions. He ran a hand over his jaw. It was sore and would likely turn a nasty black and blue, but he didn’t think it was broken. The rest of him seemed to be largely unhurt as well.
            Will eased himself from the cockpit and jumped out, taking stock of the situation.  Despite the way he’d landed, the Harvard sustained minimal damage. But a blown tire and the problem with the engine meant there was no way he could fly it back to base. Will sighed. How was he going to get back? And how was he going to explain this one to his commander?
            The farmer approached him on the run. Will braced himself for the tongue lashing he was sure would follow, knowing he deserved every bit of the man’s wrath. As the farmer came closer, the wind blew off a wide brimmed hat, releasing a cascade of auburn curls that glowed like fire in the sun. Will stared in astonishment, his jaw hanging slack. The farmer was a woman. A very beautiful woman. Even the baggy overalls and scuffed work boots couldn’t diminish her attractiveness.     
            “Are you all right?” she asked when she reached him. “Are you hurt?”
            Will rubbed his sore jaw once more, his eyes never leaving her face. She had the fair complexion of a redhead, with a sprinkling of freckles peppering her nose and cheeks. Her eyes were an unusual mixture of blue and green, which were currently filled with concern for him.
            “Yes, thank you, I’m fine. Just a few bruises, I believe.”
            “Good. Then I can do this.”
            She let fly with a hard right to his shoulder. Will staggered back a pace, taken off guard.
            “Steady on!” he said, massaging his shoulder. For a small woman she packed an amazingly big punch. “What did you do that for?”
            “You’re one of those pilots from the Air School, aren’t you?” She jabbed at his chest with a pointed finger. Her eyes, previously full of concern, now blazed with fury.  “I’m sick to death of you crazy idiots dive-bombing my farm and scaring the animals. That haystack represents this winter’s feed for my livestock and you nearly destroyed it. I wish you’d all go back where you came from.”

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Friday, February 28, 2020

#NewRelease from Gabbi Grey

My Past, Your Future
By Gabbi Grey

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Gabbi is offering a $5 Amazon GC and 2 ebooks of My Past, Your Future during the giveaway. Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Remember you may enter every day for your chance to win so be sure to follow along on the tour with us. You may find the tour locations here

About My Past, Your Future:

Callum MacLaren, a professor from Scotland, visits Willow Springs, Vermont during the Winter Solstice to study and explore the rich history of St. Joseph's Cemetery. His encounter with a sexy soldier in a tattered Civil War uniform is a captivating puzzle, and the more he learns, the deeper his attraction.

A hundred and fifty years ago, Elijah Freeman was killed during the Second Battle of Fort Wagner and woke up in Willow Springs, the only home he'd known. Alone, he roams the town, unable to leave or interact with a single soul until an intriguing Scot addresses him. Even stranger, the man can see him, hear him, and touch him--a sizzling caress that leaves Elijah aching for more.

But will Elijah return to his ghostly form when the magic of the solstice fades, or is Callum's love enough to keep him in the land of the living?

Genre: M/M Paranormal Erotic Romance

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Excerpt My Past, Your Future:

“I’m not sure I have many answers.” And Elijah wasn’t. He’d figured a few things out over the years, but much of it was contradictory and nonsensical. Still, he relaxed a little, no longer on edge. 

“Well, let’s start with you being able to touch people and them able to touch you.” As if experimentally, he placed his hand on Elijah’s. “You’re cold. Are you always cold, or is it the weather?” 

Elijah cleared his throat. This was the first human touch he’d had in years, and it affected him more than he’d ever imagined. Not that he’d spent a lot of time wondering because he’d assumed it’d never happen. Should he have tried earlier, or was it, as he suspected, only this man?

Please don’t let go of my hand. 

Cautiously, he curled his fingers, holding on tighter.

Callum reciprocated.

“As for temperature. I don’t understand. I don’t feel cold now, and I don’t feel hot in the summer. And summers around here can be brutal, despite how far north we are.”

Callum nodded. “Edinburgh, where I’m from, can get warm in the summer. But we’re closer to the northern point of the country, so it’s temperate as opposed to oppressive.” 

His thumb caressed the juncture where Elijah’s thumb met his finger, and little zings shot through him. Like the sound he associated with the electric lights when they turned on at dusk. Of course, the whole concept of electricity was beyond him.

About the Author:

I live surrounded by trees, raccoons, deer, and other woodland creatures, on a mountain in beautiful British Columbia where my fur baby chin poo keeps me safe from nasty bears. Working for the government by day, I spend my nights writing contemporary, gay, sweet, and dark erotic BDSM romances…and while I firmly believe in happy endings, I also believe in making my characters suffer before finding their true love.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

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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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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

In Defense of Secondary Characters by J.Arlene Culiner

J. Arlene Culiner is here to talk about secondary characters, and she has a unique take on them. Make sure you check out her funny excerpt featuring several of her secondary characters. It's a blast! Please welcome J. Arlene Culiner!

In Defense of Secondary Characters
Those wonderful people nobody loves
J. Arlene Culiner

Just search for the definition of a secondary character, and you’ll find something like this: ‘A minor character supports the main character in a story. Also known as two-dimensional characters or flat characters, they do not grow or change.’

As for quotes about secondary characters, there’s only one — and it’s quite wonderful — from poet, Tony Hoagland: ‘The glory of the protagonist is always paid for by a lot of secondary characters.’

How right he is! And secondary characters seem to be particularly disliked by many romance publishers. Don’t let your secondary characters take on too much importance, they warn writers. The story has to revolve, almost totally, around the hero and heroine.

But let’s look more closely at this subject... Sure, we read and write romance novels because we want to re-live that thrill of new love. But, let’s be honest: our hero and heroine are usually pretty flat characters. They’re obsessed with each other and sexual fulfillment because their bodies have suddenly been swamped by those naturally produced “love” chemicals: dopamine, norepinephrine and phenylethylamine. Not only that, their serotonin levels have dropped so low, they’re suffering from a love-induced obsessive-compulsive disorder. Frankly, they’re intellectual bores: they jaw on endlessly about each other; get themselves into sticky situations; forget how to think, and make a thousand wrong decisions before hitting on the right (obvious) one. They garble, stutter, stumble, blush sweat and are rude… all because… love has struck them dumb.

Way back in 1889, Jerome K. Jerome mentioned courting couples in his book, Three Men In A Boat. If there’s a courting couple anywhere in the vicinity, he warned, your life will be a misery. No matter where you go — into a comfortable room to read a book, out into the garden for a stroll — you’ll run into that couple. Embarrassed, you hide in your bedroom until bored silly; but dare sneak into the summerhouse or the conservatory…  and here they are again. Forever fidgeting, righting their clothes, they’re incapable of civilized conversation or polite behavior. And irritated by your hapless, awkward intrusions, they make it clear they only wish you gone!

So who is thinking clearly in a romance book? You’ve got it: those secondary characters. And, boy, do we ever need them. They give us information that makes the story move; they show us what’s really going on and what folks are saying; and they’re often necessary to our hero and heroine’s evolution. Secondary characters add punch, contrast, humor and danger. Yes, we know a romance will have a happy end, but the secondary characters don’t, so we need their take on things.

Even Jane Austen’s, Pride and Prejudice, would be pretty dull stuff if we didn’t have her brilliantly-drawn secondary characters. The very foolish Mrs. Bennett, and her silly younger daughters, Mary, Lydia and Catherine, put Elizabeth in the limelight. Would Mr. Darcy seem half so wonderful without the plotting, lying George Wickham, or the self-righteous, pompous clergyman, William Collins?

So let’s give a cheer for secondary characters. They’re colorful, interesting, and droll. Let’s demand, and defend them. And, let’s love them.

And, just to prove my point, here’s another wonderful quote about secondary characters from the writer Sarah Waters: “Respect your characters, even the minor ones. In art, as in life, everyone is the hero of their own particular story; it is worth thinking about what your minor characters' stories are, even though they may intersect only slightly with your protagonist's.”

This excerpt is from my romance, A Swan’s Sweet Song. My heroine, country singer Sherry Valentine is trying to convince her agent, the secondary character Charlie Bacon, to stop interfering in her life, but she soon finds herself surrounded by a lot of other secondary characters:

Sherry watched him with growing anguish. Charlie with a plan was a man obsessed, and neither snow, nor rain, nor gloom of night would stay him from his appointed goal. Perhaps pretending indifference was the best tactic? Or a silly diversion of some kind?
“Guess what, Charlie? Inside information has it there’s a surplus of Easter bunny costumes here in Midville. How about a concert in drag?” Had she been a little heavy on the champagne?
Charlie snorted but didn’t bat an eyelid. “All depends on the color. The “Boys” look like hell in pink. Find horse costumes and you’re on.”
“Horses? Did I hear you talking about horses?” A tall and lusty-looking rancher had moved in. Towering over Sherry, his hot eyes traveled, with precision, over her figure in the tight jeans and fringed shirt. He licked his lips in an equine way.
Two seconds later, an older state senator had also appeared and was soon trying to convince Sherry that connecting up would be an excellent idea. Right now, though, he seemed particularly interested in a connection with her left ear lobe.
“We’ll spend the day out at my place tomorrow,” the rancher insisted. “I’ll pick you up at two. Dress for riding and you’ll see the finest countryside this area has to offer. And I own all of it.” His leer left little doubt about what he hoped the day’s activities really would be.
 "I’m terrified of horses,” said Sherry. At least that was true enough.
“If we just slip away,” the senator whispered. He was standing so close, if she turned, they’d do mouth-to-mouth respiration. “I know just the place for a very intimate dinner.”
“Sounds great, Senator. Charlie Bacon and my “Boys” will be thrilled to bits. They love eating and they’re heavily into intimacy.” 
“No one could be afraid of horses.” The rancher chuckled.
Sherry shook her head with mock sorrow. “Childhood trauma. My uncle once called my aunt an old nag, and she broke his leg with one swing of her left hoof, size ten.”
The senator pushed another glass into her hand. “Sexy ears. Anyone ever tell you that?”
“Only male rabbits.”
“I raise the best beef cattle this side of the country,” the rancher cut in. “Wait until you see the size and quality of the steak I’m going to feed you.” 
“Sorry. Steak’s out. I’m a vegetarian.”
The rancher stopped, thrown off his stride for a minute. “You must be joking.”
“Absolutely not,” Sherry answered soberly. “I believe in animal rights.”
“But animals hunt other animals down.” The rancher guffawed triumphantly.
“Show me a cow that hunts, and I’ll eat my hat. Or a steak, if it comes down to it.”
“Miss Valentine prefers chewing hay. She confided that to me yesterday evening.” The voice, deep and lazy, sliced into the conversation. Carston.
Sherry turned. How long had he been standing there? Those remarkable grey eyes were dancing. So he’d been watching her and her predicament with open, raw amusement. She felt absolutely blissful.

Blurb, A Swan's Sweet Song:

The instant Sherry and Carston meet, there's desire and fascination in the air...but they're complete opposites.

Smart-talking Sherry Valentine has fought her way up from poverty to stardom as a country music singer. Now, ever in the limelight and surrounded by clamoring fans, male admirers, and paparazzi, her spangled cowboy boots carry her from one brightly lit stage to the next. But Sherry's been on the star circuit for far too long, and she wants a change: is it too late for her to begin an acting career?

A renowned, but reclusive playwright, Carston Hewlett cherishes his freedom, the silence of the deep woods surrounding his home, and his solitary country walks. Long-term commitments have been out of the question for many years, so why is he so fascinated by a flashy country music singer? Perhaps a very short, but passionate, fling will resolve the problem.

When their names are linked in the scandal press, and Sherry's plans to become an actress are revealed, Carston is furious. Is their budding relationship doomed?

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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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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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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

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Just in time for Valentine's Day
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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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Read an excerpt on my website!