Writer Wednesday – Meet Cynthia Woolf

Today I’d like you to meet a writer that I’ve discovered recently. Her name is Cynthia Woolf, and I just finished her scifi romance published under the pen name CA Woolf, entitled Centauri Dawn (Centauri Series). I thought I would introduce her to all of you, and let her talk about how she manages to write in two genres – western romance and scifi romance. Cynthia, take it away.

Author Cynthia WoolfWriting in Two Genres and Other Ramblings

My books are historical western romance and scifi romance. Two very different genres. Or are they?

When you think of western, what do you think of? Cowboys. Settler crossing the prairie in covered wagons. Saloons. Showdowns in the street. Cattle drives. You get the idea. These are the images we have from our modern media. TV, films and even books. Essentially brave people settling an untamed land

When you think of scifi what do you think of?   Space pilots. Space ships. Ray guns and phasers. Our media images are Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Gallactica and in my case, Firefly. I love that show. Anyway what you have, essentially is brave people settling untamed space and planets.

Not so very different are they?

I started writing westerns first. My first book, TAME A WILD HEART, was written because I fell in love with the story of how my parents met on a ranch in Southern Colorado. Mom was from Texas and up there as a nursemaid (nanny) to a young boy with asthma. Dad was a cowboy who worked on the ranch.

I found the idea of ranch life fascinating and decided to write a story about it. That’s all I had to begin with. Just an idea. Now I’m not a plotter. I’ve tried and tried to plot my books. I’ve tried using GMC, the hero’s journey, the W plot. You name it I’ve tried it. The problem is when I get the book plotted, I don’t want to write it anymore. To me it’s already been written. Now it’s just fill in the blanks. As a pantser (a non plotter) the book unfolds before me much as it does you when you read it. It’s a surprise.

Redeemed by a RebelMy current western, REDEEMED BY A REBEL, is the first in the Destiny in Deadwood series. The books are about the Black Hills Gold Rush in 1876-1877. My hero is on the run from the law and he and his brothers come to Deadwood, where there is no law. There they each meet their destiny.

The second book I wrote was CENTAURI DAWN. It came about because of a dream I had when I was fifteen. My mother and I were going through a rough patch. My dad died when I was five and Mom was both mother and father to me. It was tough on her, but as a selfish kid I didn’t think about that.

But I digress. We were having a difficult time as most teenagers have with their parents. During the time, I had a dream. I was a princess from Alpha Centauri. I’d been sent to Earth as a baby in order to save my life. Bad men wanted to kill me. But now it was time to go home and they’d come for me.

That was the premise of my second book. This one had a space captain not a cowboy flying to the rescue of the princess not a ranch owner.

I guess what I’m trying to show is that these two genres are not so very different. A different place and different time but still the same story. Battlestar Gallactica is just a retelling of the old TV show Wagon Train. Star Trek is the old show Gunsmoke, where the sheriff (Matt Dillon or Captain Kirk) attempts to keep the peace in their town or universe.

What it comes down to is write what you love whether western or scifi or romantic suspense or romantic comedy or thrillers. Whatever it is, they all have some elements that are the same if they are romance and all of mine are. They must have a happy ending. The guy in the white hat (good guy) always wins. The hero always gets the girl. Always.

Amazon Buy Links to the first book in each of my series:

REDEEMED BY A REBEL – http://amzn.com/B00I1GZAU0

CAPITAL BRIDE – http://amzn.com/B00AM3CNQ4

TAME A WILD HEART – http://amzn.to/vu62X7

CENTAURI DAWN – http://amzn.to/uDMkCY

THE SWORDS OF GREGARA – JENALA – http://amzn.to/JFXEQv

WEBSITE – www.cynthiawoolf.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com/CynthiaWoolf

Twitter – @CynthiaWoolf

 

Here’s an excerpt of Redeemed by a Rebel:

CHAPTER 1

August 1876

He’d been dead. Deader than a doornail in a rotted-out door. Becky Finnegan remembered finding Horace Sutter splayed across the rocks like the annual sacrifice to some unknown god. Heck, that wasn’t something she was likely to ever forget. She’d had to leave him to collect her no good, drunkard father, Billy, from The Gem where he spent all the gold she worked her butt off to get.

She’d lied to Billy once again, only given him part of their gold. If she gave him all of it, like he wanted, nothing would be left to buy food or the pans and other equipment she needed to work their claim. And then there’d be no gold for him to go drown his sorrows. Sorrows that were her fault, according to him, since Becky killed her Ma by getting born. And then he’d beat her and she wouldn’t be able to work so there’d be no gold and the cycle would start again. Better to lie to him.

Resigned, she grabbed the mule’s bridle. Buster snorted at the small jerk she gave the gear as she started walking downstream along the narrow path that followed the creek. She’d made this path, going back and forth to their claim on a daily basis. After collecting Billy from The Gem, after he’d spent another night drowning his sorrows. Better there than at their campsite where he’d just complain and then beat her for the hell of it.

She and her father, Billy, originally came from the coal mines of West Virginia. Some said they were rebels because West Virginia was in the south during the War of Northern Aggression. But that was so long ago and there’d been many, many stops along the way. Becky barely remembered the place anymore. She supposed the only reason she didn’t forget it altogether was because she’d lived there with Grandma Bess. Those were the memories she liked to remember. Grandma Bess was so good to her, but then she had to go and die. Then there was just Billy and new place after new place

Every time she hoped this might be the spot, the one where they could put down roots. But it never was. Billy leached the goodwill from the townsfolk until there was none left and they had to move on.

She’d gotten lucky with her education. One of the ladies she worked for took pity on her and taught her to read, write and speak so she was able to get better jobs as time went on. But not good enough to keep Billy supplied which was why she spent all day in the cold river panning for whatever gold, flake or nugget, she could find.

She went into The Gem and saw Billy, face down on one of the tables next to the door.

“Hi, just came to get Billy,” she said to the man behind the bar.

“Ah, if it isn’t Miss Finnegan. Where are your bruises Becky? Guess Billy’s been keeping his fists to himself lately.” Al Swearengen, owner of The Gem and procurer of flesh, said from in front of his second floor office.

“No thanks to you and all the whiskey he downs here,” she said. There was a running dialogue that she had with Al, every time she picked up Billy.

“Thanks for that. I love the gold Billy spends here every night. He almost single-handedly keeps me in business.”

She rolled her eyes and looked over at Billy, wondering if she really could be related to the reprobate. She’d get the barkeep to load him on the mule and then, when they got back to camp, she’d untie him and let him slip to the ground. She used to try holding him up, to slow his fall, but too many times, she’d ended up trapped beneath him until she could shove his heavy body off her. Totally ignorant of the whole situation, he blissfully slept off the effects of his alcohol fueled stupor.

There’d been just as many times she left him at The Gem and let them deal with his sorry ass..

Dan, the barkeep said, “you get your father and get out. I keep telling you, this ain’t no place for a girl like you to be seen.”

“Oh, I don’t know, Dan,” said Al looking dapper in his black three piece pinstriped suit. He wore no tie and his shirt was open at the collar. Becky craned her neck to look upward at him. “We could give her a job that’s a lot easier than working that claim. Wouldn’t you like that Becky? No more standing in the cold river. You’d be flat on your back, but you’d be warm.”

He leaned on the hand rail of the second floor walkway. The small porch like structure went along the whole back of the building, all of the doors to the whores rooms were off of it and visible from the bar where the barkeep could keep track of the comings and goings of the men from the rooms.

“Not today, Mr. Swearengen, but I’ll be sure and keep your offer in mind.” She hoped the sarcasm came through in her voice.

Swearengen laughed. A great rumble from deep in his chest. “You do that. Help her load Billy on to her mule,” he said to the barkeep then he turned away and went back into his office. “See you tomorrow, Becky,” he called over his shoulder.

She nodded, then looked at the fancy women lounging around the room in varying states of undress and silently agreed with Dan. She should get out. She didn’t understand how they could do what they did. She’d rather work day and night in the creek than let any man with a dollar in his pocket touch her in that way.

 A little bit more about Cynthia:

Cynthia Woolf is the author of six historical western romance books and one short story with more books on the way. She was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the mountains west of Golden. She spent her early years running wild around the mountain side with her friends.

Their closest neighbor was one quarter of a mile away, so her little brother was her playmate and her best friend. That fierce friendship lasted until his death in 2006.

Cynthia was and is an avid reader. Her mother was a librarian and brought new books home each week. This is where young Cynthia first got the storytelling bug. She wrote her first story at the age of ten. A romance about a little boy she liked at the time.

Cynthia loves writing and reading romance. Her first western romance Tame A Wild Heart, was inspired by the story her mother told her of meeting Cynthia’s father on a ranch in Creede, Colorado. Although Tame A Wild Heart takes place in Creede that is the only similiarity between the stories. Her father was a cowboy not a bounty hunter and her mother was a nursemaid (called a nanny now) not the ranch owner.

Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and the great friends she’s made at CRW for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.

TITLES AVAILABLE:

REDEEMED BY A REBEL, TAME A WILD HEART, TAME A WILD WIND, TAME A WILD BRIDE, TAME A SUMMER HEART, CAPITAL BRIDE, HEIRESS BRIDE, FIERY BRIDE, LOVE AND MISERY, a very short story


I hope you enjoyed this little chat with Cynthia. I know I did. In the next few months I’ll be buying more of her books. She has a natural, clean style, and her books are well-edited. I fell in love with the men of Centauri (ssshh don’t tell my husband). I could picture the space ship and all of the wonderful technology she described, but she didn’t paint with a heavy hand. The story blazed along and kept me guessing.

So, phasers or six-shooters up — give Cynthia Woolf (and CA Woolf) a try.

And remember if you’re looking for a sample of my work, head over to No Strings Attached.

Author Spotlight: Katherine Logan, Author of The Last MacKlenna

Today I’d like you to meet Katherine Logan and her character, Meredith Montgomery. Meredith is the President of Montgomery Winery in Napa, California. I love Katherine’s books, and this is a great opportunity to get to know Meredith better. So pour you a glass of scotch, or a fine chardonnay, and have a seat.

(This post originally appeared on the Girl Who Reads Blog – Katherine offered to share it here as well)

Welcome Meredith. Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself and the part you play in the contemporary romance The Last MacKlenna, which is available at Amazon,

image001When Katherine told me she wanted to include me in her story, I said no thank you. Although I do live in a glass house, I’m a very private person. From a very young age, my father told me that everything I did reflected on the family winery. I had to excel in the classroom, score the most goals, and run the fastest. I had to be the best. And when I dressed up for functions at the winery, I was expected to look glamorous and hold my own in conversations with vintners, politicians, and movie stars.

I bet that was a lot of pressure. How did you handle it at such a young age?

As a teenager, I rebelled and showed up at a cocktail party in ripped jeans and a t-shirt. I wasn’t rude to anyone, but I didn’t go out of my way to be pleasant either. My father didn’t say anything, and he didn’t punish me. He didn’t have to because the winery employees I had known all my life showed their disappointment in a myriad of ways. They left the room when I walked in. They didn’t invite me to join them for lunch. They ignored my birthday. Needless to say, I toed the line from that point on.

What about your mother. Were you close to her?

She died when I was born. I was an only child and didn’t have any aunts or grandparents. The closest to a mother figure in my life was dad’s secretary. We were close enough that I could ask her questions that young girls ask their mothers.

Tell us about your education. I assume it’s wine related?

I have a Masters of Business Administration and Bachelors of Science degree from UCLA. Although my background is finance, I found my niche in marketing. I spent ten years directing the winery’s marketing efforts. When my father died, I moved into the president’s office.image002

That must have been a hard transition to make.

It hasn’t been easy. There has been a male Montgomery at the helm since the winery was founded in 1853. It’s not that the employees object to having me as their boss, it’s my own feelings of inadequacy. Now that we’re about to launch my legacy wine, I’m scared to death. What if it’s not well-received? I review the financials daily. I know what lackluster sales could mean for the company. We’ve invested four years and hundreds of thousands of dollars in research and development. If the wine is not a success, we’ll have to sell off part of the company.

Wow. I can see why you’re scared. How do you handle your stress?

I’m forty-two, a widow, and I’ve never had children. My life is the business. I live it and breathe it. And I run. I’m currently training for a Boston Marathon qualifying race. If I can stay healthy, I should meet the 3:45 qualifying time for my age group. For me, the term “staying healthy” has two meanings. Staying healthy to run and staying healthy to live. You see, I’m a breast cancer survivor.

I didn’t know. I’m sorry to hear you had to go through that. How long ago was it? 

It’s been five years. I had a mastectomy. The disease didn’t spread to the lymph nodes so I didn’t have chemo or radiation. I got lucky. I do regular breast self-exams and have annual mammograms. Everything’s been good so far.

You mentioned that you’re a widow. You’re a beautiful woman. I’m sure you get asked out all the time. Are you dating anyone now?

My husband died two years ago. I’ve had a few dinner dates, but I don’t have time for men. And to be honest, the men I’ve met are intimidated by a wealthy, successful woman. And the wealthy, successful men want women much younger than I am.

If you met someone who wasn’t intimidated by your wealth and success would you consider a relationship?

No. Yes. Maybe. Let me just say the man would have to be extraordinary, and I’m not sure there are many men out there who would meet my criteria for a boyfriend.

Oh, you have a list. Tell us about your perfect man?

He has to love wine and horses and annual trips to Scotland. He has to be passionate about what he does, whatever that is. His balance sheet has to match mine so there’s no fear that he’s dating me for my money. His plane doesn’t have to be bigger but it would be nice if he had one. He has to be physically fit and extra points are given if he’s a runner. Looks are important, but they’re not everything. Generosity, a good heart, a wonderful sense of humor, and a circle of caring friends are “must-haves.”

It looks like you’ve got it covered. Do you think there are any men who can meet your qualifications?

Honestly, no, and I think that’s why my list is so specific. I don’t really want a man in my life right now. I have too much going on and I don’t need the distraction of a relationship. Maybe after I launch my new wine I’ll be more open to the possibility, but not right now.

Are you saying if the perfect man came along you wouldn’t pay any attention to him?

Not at all. If the perfect man came along, I’d probably fall right into his arms.

Do you think Katherine has written a man into your life?

She told me that if she did, he would be the perfect man for me.

A little sneak peek…Shhh! Don’t tell Meredith

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That was a great insight to Meredith’s character. I really enjoyed this behind-the-scenes peek, and I highly recommend it. A link to my review on Amazon is here: Review of the Last MacKlenna

If you want to see how I felt about the Ruby Brooch, which I also enjoyed, my review is here: Review of the Ruby Brooch

While these books are stand alone and can be read in either order, events in The Ruby Brooch occur before events in The Last MacKlenna. If you don’t mind a touch of the paranormal, read The Ruby Brooch first. Then you’ll snatch up The Last MacKlenna, I promise.

Happy reading!!!

Looking for more of my recommendations? You can find them all listed on my Amazon store page here.

Are you an American Goddess?

Are you an American Goddess?

Today on my blog I’m featuring Gary R. Henry, author of American Goddesses. I have been twitter-friends with Gary, who tweets by @LAmerican Goddesses by Gary R. HenryiteraryGary, for several months. I read his book, American Goddesses, and was hooked. I think if you give it a chance, you will like it too. Here’s the blurb from Amazon:

When two small-town women find themselves with nearly unlimited powers of mind and body, their lives get complicated. Things turn nasty as a shadowy organization attempts to use Megan and Trish for their own evil ends, and destroy them, their town and the USA in the process.

Here’s my review, 5/5 stars: When I first saw this book, I didn’t have a lot of interest for the superhero theme, but this book is so much more than “Can (insert name of superhero) save the earth from death and destruction?” What would your life be like if you gained unlimited powers? Would you still have a job, working with people who you worked with before you were indestructible? How would they feel about your bizarre powers? Would you still be married? How would your relationships change? These are all deep questions that none of the superhero movies delve into, especially where the superheros are women. Gary Henry attacks these issues and questions with gusto. I loved seeing the characters grow and become more fully human, even as they had all of these fantastic powers. Well done!

GaryGary, tell me a little bit about yourself.

I love stories – Seeing, hearing, reading, telling them. In my trail-running club, the Lawrence Trail Hawks, we’re each given a special “hawk name” when we join. You can’t name yourself. The name must be bestowed by others. They called me “Story Hawk.”

This story is different. How did you stumble across this idea?

I’ve always worshiped women. You are like water. Strong and life-sustaining.  There’s nothing sweeter when you’re thirsty. Yet water  — and women — can also grow angry and violent, and when they do – watch out. AMERICAN GODDESSESS is my love-letter to women. You’ve always seemed mysterious, magical and a little intimidating to me.

Sometimes when you create something different, it’s hard to find a classification for it. Currently, this book is listed under action and adventure, but it also has some romance. Who do you think would like this book?

I originally thought superhero fanboys would be the audience. Surprisingly, at least to me, many middle-aged women have reacted positively to AMERICAN GODDESSES. But I hope anyone who liked a good story will enjoy the tale.

I struggle sometimes when I get inside the head of my male characters. You’re facing the reverse problem, being a man writing from the POV of women characters. How do you get inside your female characters heads?

I read romances authored by women. NO STRINGS ATTACHED by  Lily Bishop is on my list, as a matter of fact. I also ask women almost exclusively to beta read for me.

Romances I’ve read – and enjoyed – include THE MERRY GO-ROUND by Donna Fasano and SUMMER WINDS by Wanda P. Smith. Also, THE GOOD DR. GRANT by Karen Einsel, TWIXT by Diane J. Reed and THE SELKIE SPELL by Sophie Moss.

I also try to pay close attention during my interactions with women, including my spouse Karen.

Are you thinking about a follow-up? How far along are you?

I’m a touch beyond halfway on the sequel ROGUE GODDESSES. For a preview, visit my book review website Honest Indie Book Reviews at http://honestindiebookreviews.wordpress.com/rogue-goddesses-preview/

Lily, I hope you will allow me to add how honored I am to be asked on to “Don’t Call Me Sugar.” I love that title.  Happy New Year, my dear friend and fellow author. Go Tigers, and see you in the Orange Bowl!

Give me the buy links so I can include them, and a link to whatever else you want to share.

AMERICAN GODDESSES at Amazon – American Goddesses

AMERICAN GODDESSES at Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/168834

Gary, thank you for stopping by, and best of luck in the new year. Now get to work on that sequel, darn it!!! Gary can be found on twitter (@LiteraryGary) and blogs over at http://honestindiebookreviews.wordpress.com/

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Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend by Nonnie Jules

This morning I welcome Nonnie Jules, who is here to talk about her novel Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend. Nonnie, pull up a chair and tell us about your new release.
Hi Lily!

Thanks so much for allowing me to drop by and share what I have going on in my book world with all your readers.  This is the second stop of my “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND” Blog Tour and I’m so happy to be here with you all!

First, let me start by introducing myself.  My name is Nonnie Jules, I’m a mother of two wonderful, extraordinary daughters and ditto for the hubby.  We live in Louisiana on a farm, I guess you could call it that, and we are total animal lovers (at least my family is, I only like dogs).  It’s pretty quiet out here and that’s a good thing because it allows me to write in total peace.

I’ve been a writer since I was a child but I just recently became a published author in May of this year.  My first book “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS”, 100 Tips on Raising Daughters Everyone Can’t Help But Love,  was written in only 17 days.  People have asked how I did it so quickly when it’s such a good book, but I always respond that I lived every tip in that book, had been teaching them for quite some time so I didn’t need to research the topic.  Twas pretty easy, that one.  The book is doing very well and I’m extremely proud of it.  My goal is to have it in the hands of every person who breathes around a child.  We don’t have to be a parent to teach.  Every opportunity that you are in the presence of a child, should be a teaching opportunity for you and a learning one for them.NJ-DDNF1FinalCover

My second book “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND” was due to release on August 22, 2013 but has been pushed back to either August 31st or Sept 1st for release on Amazon.  I am realizing that sometimes life steps in and causes us to miss our very important self-imposed deadlines, and we just have to roll with the punches.

“DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND” is my very first novel and writing it proved to be a bit challenging.  First, I had to do research!  Yes, this time around it wasn’t going to be so easy for me.  So what I had to travel to another city for a few days at a time? So what I was having to be away from my darling babies, it was all for a good cause right?  Yes it was, because I wanted to deliver to my readers the best novel I possibly could.  Now when it’s all said and done, I don’t know that you’ll agree, but I will be anxiously awaiting your reviews.

Here is the blurb from my novel:
Marisa was a good girl, until someone got her really mad.  Living in hell with her mother and step-father was all but a daily struggle for survival.  When Marisa can’t stand the abuse any longer, she snaps and does the un-thinkable.  Will she be able to survive leaving one hell being forced into another?  Will the man she married be able to understand and forgive?  Stay tuned for the bumpy ride of “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND”.

And now the excerpt:
“She was one horrible mess.  Always looking over her shoulder, avoiding being too friendly with the neighbors, never letting her kids out of her sight for fear of human monsters lurking around corners waiting to harm them,  always fearing that someone would recognize her face.  Walter never understood why she kept to herself, avoided people as much as she could, and was just very anti-social outside of the house.  The only person she found herself being able to really open up to was Walter.  And although he wasn’t aware of it, there was still a huge wall up that he would never be able to see over or climb.  She wished it didn’t have to be that way, though.  She needed him to make her feel safer than she already did with him, but she just couldn’t…could she?  She couldn’t share THAT secret with him, right?  He would NEVER understand something so awful.  And then, what about his position?  This man was a prominent member of the community.  “What was I thinking when I married him?  That’s it!  I wasn’t thinking.  Such an idiot I am!”  Marisa thought these conversations inside her head had stopped long ago.  But no, they were being conjured up again by these dreadful feelings and she didn’t know what to do about them.  They were in control.

Once while standing in line at the bank, she thought the face of the man behind her looked strangely familiar, just like the face of the monster in her dreams.  She rushed out of the bank, knocking aside all who stood between her and the door and she raced down the street, forgetting that she had driven to the bank.  As she slowed her footsteps to catch her breath, she knew that she couldn’t go on this way, but she didn’t know how to break free of the memories.  And her life, as SHIELDED as she kept it, was still being shared by a family she loved so very much.  She couldn’t run away this time.  She couldn’t uproot her children and there was no way Walter was walking away from the world he knew.  Marisa stopped when she reached the door of her car, not even realizing she had started walking back in its direction.  She looked around the place where she stood.  Houston was her home and she couldn’t leave it, but somehow she had to find a way to rid herself of the demons that followed her everywhere she went.”

I hope you have enjoyed the little bit of me that I’ve shared and I hope that your interest has been piqued in both of my books.  Right now you can find “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS” on Amazon, Createspace and autographed copies at Nonnies Book Store.  If you’d like to enjoy the trailer to this book, it can be found on YouTube.  NJ-TGMG NEW COVER

I have a super promotion going on at Nonnie’s Book Store as well!  Anyone who purchases a copy of TGMG during the month of August will have their name entered into a drawing (once for each copy purchased) for a $25 Amazon gift card!  This book makes great baby shower gifts as well as great gifts for new moms.

“DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND”  will be on Amazon no later than Sept. 1, 2013 but if you’d like to pre-order advance paperback copies at a discounted price, please visit Nonnies Book Store and click on the “Daydream’s Daughter…” tab.  If you’d like to enjoy the trailer, you will find it here on YouTube.

Once again, many thanks to you Lily for allowing me the time and space and much gratitude to your readers who stopped by just to hear what I had to share.

Until next time, I wish you all nothing but peace, love, happiness and GREAT READS!

Contact and the many ways you can FOLLOW me:

Twitter:  @nonniejules
Facebook:  Nonnie Jules
email:  nonniewrites@yahoo.com
Blog:  nonniewrites.wordpress.com

Nonnie,  thanks for stopping by and sharing a little bit of yourself. Good luck on your new release!

Blogger Book Fair: Meet L.R. Wright

Basement Level 5: Never Scared, by L.R. Wright

L.R. Wright joins us today to talk about her debut novel, Basement Level 5: Never Scared.

Welcome to my blog today. Tell us what type of stories you write. Do you read in the same genre?

I write romantic Women’s Fiction, romantic suspense, and AA contemporary romance. I definitely read what I write, but I like to read other genres as well.  I don’t write mystery, but I love a good cozy mystery and I’ve recently started reading paranormal romance.

Tell us about your debut novel.

Alexa Martinez is in danger.  Her family is threatened by her past and she must make some hard decisions to ensure her children’s safety.LRWright_Cvr

Blurb:  Alexa Martinez was raised to believe that murder, deceit, and lies were a part of life. A trained killer, she follows in her father’s footsteps, specializing in political assassinations for Martinez Security—contracted through the CIA. She thrives on the power, money, respect, and—most of all—the adrenaline rush.

Despite the danger associated with her profession, Alexa strives to give her children a normal life. But when her past catches up with her, they become pawns in a deadly game of revenge. Operating from a secret base, five levels below ground, Alexa struggles to unravel the puzzle, uncovering secrets that will alter their lives forever. Now she must make a choice—is she willing to die to give her children a life outside the bullet-proof glass?

What’s the story behind your book?

Actually, it’s pretty cliche.  I had a vivid dream about the characters escaping to an underground lair, five floors underground.  The strange part is that I continued to dream of these people for a week.  Everyone I shared the dream with, encouraged me to write the book.  Years later, I finally put it down on paper.

That sounds like a fast-paced, riveting read. Do you have an excerpt to share?

Whoever was trying to kill her didn’t know her very well, or they’d have sent enough men to do the job…

As Alexa neared the street, a shadowy figure turned into the alley. She froze. The sun had already gone down, so she wasn’t sure if he’d noticed her. Cautiously, she slipped behind a trashcan and leaned against the wall of the store.

“Did you see her?” a male voice asked.

“No, I didn’t,” responded another man. “I checked the whole store. She’s nowhere in sight.”

“How did she slip past us?”

“I don’t know.”

She closed her eyes and wondered how she was going to get out of this. Grabbing an empty pop bottle, she pitched it behind her. Footsteps raced toward the sound. Once they were passed her, she bolted for the street as fast as she could go. It seemed too easy, but she went with it—until she ran right into a third man, who grabbed and hauled her off her feet. She struggled, kicking and punching him. Finally, he lost his grip and dropped her.

She immediately socked him in the balls. It stunned him, but not enough to disable him. He grabbed her hair as she slammed him in the knee with her good foot. His leg buckled, but his grip remained steady. She grabbed another stray bottle and bashed him in the face. Releasing her, he collapsed to the ground with a thud.

Another man advanced toward her and she kicked him in the chest. Yanking her knife from its hiding place, she thrust it into his neck. As a third man charged her, she pulled the knife out and plunged it into that man’s leg.

A groan pulled her attention back to the first man, who was struggling to his feet. She slapped him across the cheek with the butt of her gun. He slumped back to the ground. She leaned down and peered at his face. “Who the hell sent you?”

What is your goal as an author?LR_Wright_Pic

I just want to retire from my 9 to 5 to write.  I guess hope springs eternal.  If I can’t write full time, I really just want to write realistic stories.  I want to write heroines that have been through something or have done things that have real consequences.  Oh, and I want to write a book that will be made into a film.

Are you working on anything new? Give us a preview of what’s to come!

I’m working on a few different novels.  I’ve completed my second novel, IT’S COMPLICATED.  It’s a romantic coming-of-middle-age novel about a woman torn between two brothers with each of them offering her something she feels she needs.

Who is your favorite author and what is your favorite book?

My favorite book is Indigo by Beverly Jenkins. She’s also my favorite author.

Where can readers find you and your work?

My blog:  www.thebasementlevelfive.blogspot.com

Website:  www.lwrightauthor.com

Facebook: Leslie Wright Author

Twitter:  @LWrightAuthor

Publisher:  www.blackopalbooks.com

Basement Level 5: Never Scared can be found at:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/155672

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007XO3H9M

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/basement-level-5-l-r-wright/1109472392?ean=2940014569019

All Romance: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-basementlevel5neverscared-786346-149.html

Is there anything else you’d like to say before we finish up?

Thanks for having me!  I appreciate the opportunity!

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L.R. would love your comments below. Remember, by commenting you can enter into the drawing for one Amazon $10 gift card that I will give away at the end of the week. Maximum of one entry per day per reader. If you don’t want to comment on this entry, you can also can submit the feedback form asking you how you find books to purchase. The link to the feedback form is:

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Blogger Book Fair Characters and their Careers: Kiru Taye

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Kiru Taye comes to us from the UK today to let us hear from her main character Ijay Amadi about her career as a Brand Strategy Consultant.  Take it away Ijay.

Hello, readers. My name is Ijay Amadi and I’ve been invited by the lovely Lily Munro to tell you a little about my job.

My job title is Brand Strategy Consultant. In a nutshell, I work with my client’s to find innovative ways to enhance the branding for their businesses or products. A lot of what I do involves analysis of research data and using that to plan for future trends. To do this it’s important that I understand the current markets and trends.

I love my job. But my current assignment comes along with more than the usual challenges. On a professional level, this is my first assignment in Africa. My former projects have dealt with businesses in Europe. So now I have to understand the culture of doing business in Nigeria as well as understand my client’s business.

Secondly and perhaps the biggest challenge is that my new client, Paul Arinze, is also a man I had a sizzling one-night stand with a few months previously. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not pining over him. No way. I’ve long moved on and am currently engaged to another man. It’s just that I worry about our working relationship. Will he be thinking about our night together while I’m presenting research reports? Will he be remembering the way our bodies writhed in the age old lovers’ dance?

Phew. Did somebody turn up the temperature in here? Sorry, Lily, I’m going to have to get a glass of water. Thinking about Paul always leaves me needing to cool off. But Kiru spills the beans about what happens between us in her book. So pick up a copy to get the goss.

It’s been nice chatting. Catch you all later.

 Blurb:

When savvy PR consultant Ijay Amadi meets successful Industrialist Paul Arinze, the only things on her mind are to forget the pain of her failed relationship and enjoy the delights his branding touch and soul-searing kiss promise. It’s a one-time only event. Perfect.

However, Paul is annoyed to wake up and find her gone the next morning. He isn’t ready to forget the dark-haired beauty or their scorching night together just yet. So he plans to have Ijay right where he wants her—in Abuja, working on his latest business project by day and enjoying the pleasure of his bed by night.

Except when Ijay arrives, she’s wearing another man’s engagement ring. With the explosive desire between them threatening their priorities and loyalties, the stakes get higher by the minute. Who’ll be left standing at the altar when Ijay walks down the aisle?

Click here to read the full Chapter One

eBook Available at:

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 Reviews:

Are Café Recommended Read

“Engaging contemporary novel. Paul’s character caught my attention because…his is tortured by his past. No woman has tapped into his hidden side until he meets Ijay. The descriptions (of Nigeria) created a visual backdrop that went far in bringing the story to life.”

 Everybody Needs A Little Romance – 4.5 Flaming Hearts

This book drew me in right from the beginning.  The story was engaging and it was easy to be vested in the characters. Her characters are engaging because they are interesting and complex. I was pleasantly surprised by a few things in the story and loved the ending; it was a fabulous end that tied everything together. My favorite book by this author so far.

 About Kiru Taye

A lover of books, as a teenager Kiru Taye used to read novels under the blanket during lights-outs in boarding school. These days, with a young family to take care of, she’s still sacrificing sleep for the pleasures of a good book.

During the day though, she transforms her wildly vivid imagination into sensual, atmospheric romance stories with passionate characters.

When she’s not writing or reading, she’d hanging out with family and friends or travelling. Born in Nigeria, she currently lives in the UK with husband and children.

You reach her via her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest

Follow her blog for latest news and giveaways: http://kirutayewrites.blogspot.com

Read book excerpts and free short stories on her website: http://www.kirutaye.com

Giveaway

To celebrate the summer, I’m giving away 2 $10 gift cards to 2 lucky winners. All you have to do to enter the prize draw is to leave a comment on this blog post and visit my blog to enter the rafflecopter prize draw. This contest is open internationally. Entrants must be 18 years and over. Contest ends 31 August, 2013. Winners are chosen randomly via rafflecopter.

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Kiru, thank you for stopping by. That sounds like a spicy hot read for this summer. My book also opens with a one night stand and the couple also ends up working together, so I will have to check it out.

Remember, today, July 26 is the last day to enter the giveaway that I’m hosting for the blogger book fair.

Follow our other career posts in this series: Here is the schedule.

Kiru would love your comments below. Remember, by commenting you can enter into the drawing for one Amazon $10 gift card that I will give away at the end of the week. Maximum of one entry per day per reader. If you don’t want to comment on this entry, you can also can submit the feedback form asking you how you find books to purchase. The link to the feedback form is:

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Blogger Book Fair: Meet Victoria Pinder Writing as Greta Buckle

Mything You, by Greta Buckle

Victoria Pinder writes as Greta Buckle, and she joins us today to talk about her book, Mything You. For something different, she decided to have her main character, Ari write this post.

“I heard you talked to Theseus, yesterday, Greta.” Ari sat serenely holding a glass with a jasmine flower and hot steaming water. She motioned for her to sit, and Greta pulled her laptop tight on her legs. Ari shrugged, put her feet on the chair opposite her. “I’ve had an achy back all morning, and can’t shake it. What is it that you want to ask me?”

Greta remembered she always liked how direct Ari could be. “I’m doing a book blog for people to want to read your story, Mything You.”

“My story with Theseus?” Ari leaned across the table. “Tell them it was an adventure of a lifetime, and I’d be dead if he hadn’t saved me.”

“You saved him from Medea and shot a few arrows in there yourself, Ari.”

“A threw a rocks at precise male targets in order to help Theseus. Until that day on the cliff, I never knew heroes were real.”

“Do you ever think I left something out in your story, Ari?” Greta decided to ask.

“Did you have to be so graphic on my flaws?” Ari relaxed backwards in her chair. “I’d have liked to sound…err…stately.”

Greta’s head rolled back onto her chair in laughter. “Ari, we both know you decided on your life, and dictated to me, how you wanted.”

“True.” Ari quirked a smile. “What shall we talk about then Greta? You know I’m wanting to find my friends and sister true love?”

“Phaedra’s not speaking to me, not yet. Give me time. She might never talk to me.” Greta stated, holding back that someone Ari spoke about is speaking. “Anyhow, I’m here to talk to you about something in your life that happened before you met Theseus?”

“In the women’s quarters of my father’s royal palace, I had every luxury, except parents who care. My future children will have both a loving mother and father.”

The thumbs up sign went up, though Ari thought the writer strange. Greta refocused, “Any adventure, at all?”

“When Daedaleus came to my father’s home for a few months to do some construction, he had this flying contraption.”

“The one his son died from?” Ari flying cannot be true.

“No, it was a rectangular fabric material tied to a string, but it flew to where the birds live.”

“Life wasn’t that thrilling before now?”

“I had no one to talk to, no friends, no real family and most important, no Theseus. Life began the day I followed him.” Ari bite into an apple, confirming her love.

Greta understood that a red apple given to a woman by a man meant in Ari’s world, a declaration of love. Assuming Theseus left Ari the apple, again, like he did in Mything You, Greta backed up and closed her laptop.

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Mything You is an Indie release through CreateSpace.  It’s considered a Fantasy Romance, and it contains elements of action, adventure, and comedy. The heat level is steamy, and the length is 258 pages.

Available at:

Amazonhttp://www.amazon.com/Mything-You-Heroes-Greta-Buckle/dp/1479156671/

Blurb:MythingYou_200x300

He wasn’t looking for love. He only wanted to prove he was worthy of being a king’s son.

Adventurer Theseus had dreamed of meeting his father, King Aegeus. As Theseus journeys to Athens, he meets his match in strength along the way. But is it the will of a beautiful young princess that puts this strong young man finally at his mercy? Or will he be able to conquer the princess’s heart?

She had settled for a life of unhappiness and believed a man who would love her for herself was only in her dreams.

Princess Ari has followed her father’s dictates all her life. On her way to meet her bridegroom, she is attacked. Saved by a handsome adventurer, Theseus, she tempts fate and follows him on his journey to Athens. Being with Theseus opens up a whole new world of opportunity for her. But will she allow her heart or loyal duty choose her life for her?

 Excerpt:

Theseus’ entire body must have been made in the nectar of desire because she wished to bury herself in his arms. And he didn’t stop her from running to him. She jumped when a crash cracked through the air. Blinking, unsure of what happened, her body became rigid. Theseus pulled her into his arms and onto the ground seconds before the giant flew over the pair of them.

He took his hand off her head. He had protected her. Again.

Staring up at him stirred something unique inside her that she never believed could happen to her. She’d seen the plays and the tragedy that love caused, but never understood temptation. The fire in her belly burned into every part of her body from his smoldering eyes. He looked down at her as he cradled her in his arms. “That was Sinus. I don’t think he’ll kill anyone else ever again.”

“He won’t. How do you know his name?”

“He’s the reason I chose this path when I was fifteen. I had planned to prove my courage to my father, and take out the biggest villain on the road.”

“Check that off the list of goals then.” she said. “Good job.”

She continued to embrace Theseus, making her body tingle from crazy stirrings. What would he taste like? She’d die a happy death if he put his lips on hers. My, what was she thinking?

“I never believed you’d be here, or that my goal in that moment would turn to protecting you.” he said, pulling her closer.

She shook off her desires. She needed to let him go. She focused on logic instead of the male body in front of her. “I don’t know what to say. Today has been the craziest day.”

“It’s the middle of the night, little one.”

“You’re right. I don’t know what’s happening to me anymore. Theseus, this never happens to me.”

“What doesn’t happen to you?” he asked, smiling.

“I don’t know.”

He played with her hair, and straightened her clothes. “Your innocence and desire are a siren’s call to me, Ari, and you don’t have a clue, do you?”

“Who’s Ari?” She half expected to be disappointed with whatever he would say.

“You are. It fits you much better than Ariadne. Ari trembles for me.”

She licked her lips, wanting to kiss him. But she couldn’t. Theseus embodied a man out of her dreams.

She looked away thinking of what waited for her when her father’s men found her. “I don’t know my bridegroom. I’ve only ever known my duty.”

Theseus’ body tensed. “You’re betrothed?”

“I never agreed. The bride price, I’m told, paid for my father’s upgrade to the artillery. In the morning or someday soon, I’ll be found. But…can you do me one last favor?”

“What, little one?” His arms grew warm again, tightening around her. She dared for a different life, where she lived with a chance of walking next to him in life. Letting him go and going back to the life her father chose sounded cold and dreary. She couldn’t, not yet.

“Kiss me, Theseus, just once.”

Taking a step closer to him, she looked into his mesmerizing eyes. His strong hands framed her face, his fingers circled her mouth and his eyes darkened with tenderness. When he leaned into her, her eyelids fluttered shut. His light pressure sweetly opened her mouth.

Her secret wish had come true. The prison walls in Ariadne’s heart disappeared in her soul, and today Ari’s lips ached.

He bent his head close. Then, she felt his strong lips on hers, and she lost control.

About the Author:

Victoria Pinder writing as Greta Buckle grew up in Irish Catholic Boston before moving to the Miami sun. She’s worked in engineering, then became a lawyer. After realizing she hates clients, she became a high school teacher. Teaching is fun, but writing is a passion. She wrote one hundred and one fan fiction stories online before deciding to transition into writing her own stories. Never ask her to republish her fan stories from age eleven- horribly written stories of princesses. Victoria dreams of writing professionally, where her barista can make her coffee and a walk on the beach, can motivate her tales. Theseus story came to her when she was a freshman in high school as her English teacher, the nun, told her how life was hard and tragedy teaches lessons. In 2013, she stopped indy publishing because she sold four novels to small presses and she’s super happy about this. Victoria’s love of writing has kept her centered and focused. How is she crazy? The voices in her head are characters in novels and she’s not insane.

 Visit Victoria Pinder online at:

http://www.victoriapinder.com

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As a bonus, she is giving away a paperback version of Mything You and a $5 Amazon gift card… She has reduced the price of Mything You to 99 cents. Check out the link below for the giveaway.

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Blogger Book Fair Characters and their Careers: Lindsey Gray

Redemption by Lindsey Gray

Lindsey Gray is joining us today to talk about her novel, Redemption, to tell us about her main character, Lily Edwards.

Character: Lily Edwards Lindsey_Gray_Cover003

Education: Several bachelor’s degrees as well as a master’s degree in chemistry.

Current Occupation: Executive with The Manchester Group

The Manchester Group is a global corporation that on the surface looks to be a successful financial conglomerate. Once inside the buildings of glass and steel, the outside interpretations are extinguished. Established in the early 1900’s, The Manchester Group is a collective of fallen angels, reformed demons, and vampires.

Lily Edwards, the only female vampire in existence, has been a high level executive for The Manchester Group since the early 1920’s. On any given day, she would comb the streets of Boston for demons and creatures that were consumed by evil. At least she did, until recently.

After a glimpse of romance with a human, Lily has left Boston for life in Iceland. That decision sent the people who love her on a collision course with evil. Along with Lily, members of The Manchester Group ban together to fight the mysterious man who holds her loved ones lives in his hands. Lily’s existence hangs in the balance as the steps she takes could end it all.

Sound like a place you’d like to work? No? Maybe you can just read about Lily and her journey in Redemption.

Summary

Lily is one of only three vampires in known existence. After falling in love with a human, sexy and talented musician Ian, she realizes their love is putting him in mortal danger. She flees from her life in Boston to the solace of her frozen wasteland.

As her past continues to haunt her, Ian seeks out the only family Lily has ever known. Becca introduces Ian to a world he never thought possible as they embark on a search for Lily, starting in the bowels of a mysterious company called The Manchester Group.

Will Ian and Becca find her? Or will the reemergence of a long lost love take a hold of their future?

Revisited (The Redemption Series, Book 2) is also available.

Purchase Links:

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Redemption-ebook/dp/B0052TT1DG/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1373563659&sr=1-1

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Redemption-ebook/dp/B0052TT1DG/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1373564156&sr=1-2

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/redemption-lindsey-gray/1106018896?ean=9781612130385&itm=1&usri=lindsey+gray

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/redemption/id440627495?mt=11

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Redemption/book-sHWSJriJ8kyyPzSMCuKNSw/page1.html?s=spl-USzEZUGj1qwJ259RvA&r=4

The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House: http://ph.thewriterscoffeeshop.com/books/detail/24

Author Bio:  Lindsey_Gray_Small

Lindsey Gray dreamed of being several different things as a child such as a doctor, an actress, and a chef, but none held her attention like putting pen to paper and creating her own world through words. She has written three full-length novels and one short story for The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House and has taken the self-publishing leap with her novella, “Fireworks”.

A mid-west native, Lindsey enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, reading almost anything she can get her hands on, and making life interesting at each and every turn.

 Author Links:

Blog: http://lindsey-gray.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://facebook.com/LindseyGray11

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindseyGray11

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Lindsey-Gray/e/B004MSX224/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House: http://ph.thewriterscoffeeshop.com/authors/detail/9

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Lindsey, thank you for stopping by.

Follow our other career posts in this series: Here is the schedule.

Lindsey was also visiting us earlier in the week. Check out her post on Lies Inside here.

Lindsey would love your comments below. Remember, by commenting you can enter into the drawing for one Amazon $10 gift card that I will give away at the end of the week. Maximum of one entry per day per reader. If you don’t want to comment on this entry, you can also can submit the feedback form asking you how you find books to purchase. The link to the feedback form is:

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Blogger Book Fair Characters and their Careers: Dawn Chandler

Dark Lady, by Dawn Chandler

Dawn Chandler is joining us today to talk about her novel, Dark Lady, published by Black Opal Books.

Dawn’s book is historical fiction, and we often don’t think about historical novels in those terms. Let’s hear what she has to say.

Q.  Describe your female lead’s career and experience.Chandler_Front Cover

Van is a housewife in 12th century England. It is not a position that she asked for and the change does not sit well with her. She is in charge of running the castle and the grounds, but it is supposed to be more of an honorary title, like most women have in medieval England at that era. She decided to take over the management in a more active capacity than her husband expects and it causes strife within the household.

Q.  Describe your male lead’s career and experience.

Peter is the king’s champion. He is a swordsman and a knight. In his position he is the epitome of manhood. He believes himself in charge of Van and all his surroundings. Van though has other ideas. He also teaches pages and squires to become warriors. These students live in the barracks of Peter’s castle where he runs his school.

Q. Do either of your lead characters desire a career different than the one they want?

Van does not want to be a housewife, she wants to be a knight. Like she has always been. She has excelled in being a dangerous knight, and it is the only life she has ever known.  She is loath to let that part of her life go. As a wife she struggles to become the woman that society, and her new husband, expects her to be. She fights to fit into her new position, but her biggest obstacle is keeping one step ahead of her enemies. If they find out she is truly a woman, than she could lose everything she holds dear to her, including her life.

Q. Would you characterize your story as an office romance? Why or why not?

Yes, I suppose in a way it is an office romance. Though Peter does not know it, Van had been a page in the castle and a squire in Peter’s army. So while the story is happening it is not an office romance, but they did work together in the past.

Q. Did you use any personal experiences when building this career theme? Explain.

I had never thought about it before, but I believe I did. I have never fit into the girly role that I believe society expects me to have as a female. If I had been born in Van’s time period I would have fought as hard as I could for rights. I have never fit into the mold that society wanted, even when I was younger. I read too much, I learned to much and I loved to play football with the boys. I was more of a tomboy than I was anything else and I think to an extent I applied those feelings to this story, though I would never behead someone.

 Excerpt from The Dark Lady – Chapter One

He sucked in a breath and jerked his eyes open as pressure was put onto the wound. The boy looked over his shoulder at Richard. “Go get the doctor. If he does not want to come, and come now, you have my permission to get him here at your enjoyment.” The voice came out in a growl, an order too full of self-assurance to come from a mere page. No, he was a squire, no doubt. The kid had battle under his belt. Instinct and experience told Peter that the trick with the monster of a warrior who had almost killed him was just the beginning of his cunning.

Peter closed his eyes and his breathing became shallow. Numbness was beginning to overtake his mind. His thoughts were getting slower. He could feel it. He tried to concentrate on the boy’s voice above him, but his mind felt heavy and sluggish.

The voice that had been gravelly and deep at first had changed—softened, like a gentle breeze across his heart. He was confused at his thoughts. His mind was hazy. Delirium was obviously setting in. A groan slipped from beneath his numb lips.

The sweet, concerned voice caressed him, washing over him like a warm caress. “Are you with me? Can you focus on my face? Come on, talk to me. Open your eyes. I need to know you are going to be all right.” The gentle voice was like a melody to his war-ravaged ears, a loving voice that brought forth images of that life his father had spoken of. Of children to hold and to love, not just some faceless heir to be his future, but a child to be his life.

He opened his eyes to the young boy’s blurry face. The light from the fire pierced into him, cutting through him like a dagger. He shut his eyes again with a moan.

“Come on, focus. You are going to be all right.” There was fear in that soft voice that told him he was cared for. That he was needed. “Look me in the eye.” The worry that he heard enveloped him in warmth in a way no fire ever could. He could almost picture the mother of those children who would hold him at night when he was cold, as he was now. She would be beautiful, dark, and exotic.

When he opened his eyes once again the boy was gone and in his place was the beautiful, yet blurry, face of a girl. “Are you all right?” she asked sweetly as she leaned close to him.

“I am here with you.” Concern filled him as he spotted the large gash on her cheek, oddly in the same spot as the lad’s injury. He shook his head to clear it. Confusion swirled through his weary mind. Peter lifted his hand and ran his fingers along the uninjured cheekbone as blood dripped onto his injured shoulder. “Your face. You are hurt. You must have it looked at.”

The face swirled in and out of focus and the boy was there once again. Peter closed his eyes tightly and shook his head. “I will. You first, I can wait,” the soft voice told him.

When Peter opened his eyes once again, she was smiling down at him. Her face was still blurred, but he knew it was her from her melodious voice.

“You have such dark eyes, almost black. One could get lost in them.” Peter continued to stroke the smooth cheek above him, sliding trembling fingers down the warm and inviting skin gently cupping the soft and shapely chin before starting again. He squinted in an effort to keep the world focused as he looked deeply into those black eyes and thought of his future. “You are so beautiful.”

Full lips parted in a sweet tinkling laugh, like water rippling over stones. “I will forgive you that since you have lost so much blood. Your thoughts must be scrambled and your vision faulty.” A wide, beautiful smile took the sting from the words.

A deep trembling breath caused the world to shimmer and the image of the boy was once again before him.

Peter pulled his hand away in confusion. “Quite. I have lost a great amount.” His arm dropped as darkness swallowed him.

Meet Dawn ChandlerDawn_Chandler_Small

Dawn Chandler was born in Coffeyville, Kansas but doesn’t remember much about it. Though she recently had the opportunity to visit there with her husband, and she very much enjoyed the Dalton Museum. She always thought she should have been born in the Wild West. She moved to Idaho when she was 6 and grew up on Murtaugh Lake, where her father was the dam keeper and the ditch rider. She spent her days in the lake, swimming, catching fish and tadpoles, from sunup to sundown most days. Not hard to imagine that her first full length novel was about a mermaid. At nights she would spend her time watching football with her dad or cooking with her mom. In 8th grade she had a teacher, Mrs. Smith, who wanted her to publish one of her short stories.

Looking back on it she says she should have done so. If she had, she would have been an author before now, but she was not ready to be published back then. When she first started writing in class she hated it. She had to write their way and only their way—in the correct process, outline, rough draft, and so on. Chandler has learned in the progressing years that she is a seat-of-the-pants author, but in the beginning she just thought that writing was not for her. She could not, no matter how she tried, get the outline done. She could not sit and sketch out a whole story from beginning to end. She found quickly that if she just sat and wrote, she could get the first draft out without a problem, but the teachers didn’t want her to do it that way. She really began to love writing when she met Mrs. Smith and she told Chandler that she could write it in whichever order she wanted. She understood her as a writer and didn’t push her to be something she wasn’t. She has been writing ever since.

Dawn is grateful to have the support of her husband and children. Together they have 7, Charles, Cynthia, Kara, Mary, Tina, Pam, and Richie. She loves them all dearly and is happy to have them in her life. Now that her kids are all grown up, she likes to spend time on the semi-truck with my husband, Rod, seeing the country. She loves visiting all the small towns and is grateful to all the nice people she has met. She enjoys swimming, camping, four wheeling with her 4 X 4 group, spending time with family and friends, hiking, writing (of course), drawing, painting, reading (a vastly wide list of authors, her favorite though is Stephen King), and she loves taking pictures as she travels the countryside (if she is lucky and they are not in a big hurry and can even stop to take them). Today she is busily writing her novels. The Dark Lady, was released in 2013, through Black Opal Books, The Infamous A.H. to follow shortly (fingers crossed), and about 50 more started in the computer that will be released as time and her muse allows.

Buy Links

Amazon:

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/The-Dark-Lady-ebook/dp/B00CYPPFV8/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1369439033&sr=8-16&keywords=dawn+chandler

Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/The-Dark-Lady-Dawn-Chandler/dp/1626940134/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1369439033&sr=8-16

Black Opal Books:
http://www.blackopalbooks.com/component/mijoshop/product/94-the-dark-lady

B&N:

Nook book: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dark-lady-dawn-chandler/1115391002?ean=2940016703268

Paperback: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dark-lady-dawn-chandler/1115391002?ean=9781626940130

ARe:
https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thedarklady-1215902-161.html

KOBO:
http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/The-Dark-Lady/book- aehh5S6yNkSYlYVwIqB08g/page1.html?s=IkAM9k39o0u9noIOGbS00w&r=2

Smashwords:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/317972

Books a Million:
http://www.booksamillion.com/search?id=5695145874945&query=The+Dark+Lady+by+Dawn+Chandler&where=All&search.x=37&search.y=28

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Dawn, thank you for stopping by. Dawn would love your comments below.

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Blogger Book Fair Characters and their Careers: Kathleen Lutter

Wild Point Island, by Kathleen Lutter

Today we welcome Kathleen Lutter, author of Wild Point Island. Kathleen sheds interesting light on how careers impact the characters in her book. Kathleen is also giving away a $25.00 Amazon gift card the week of the Blogger Book Fair. See the directions at the bottom of her post to enter into her drawing.

Wild Point Island is about a girl obsessed with reclaiming a life she lost.

For the first ten years of her life, Ella Pattenson was happy. She and her twin sister were living on an island off the coast of North Carolina. But when her father was imprisoned and she was banished from the island, she vowed to reunite her parents. The vow drove her to become a chemist, drove her to develop a magic elixir which she not only envisioned as a bargaining tool to win her father’s freedom, but which she also knew would enable her revenant father to live off the island.  She does this at great sacrifice to her own personal career path. Her obsession with developing a specific potion causes her to lose her job because she’s inappropriately using the company’s resources.

My father was very much like the character of Ella in Wild Point Island. He wasn’t a chemist; he was an engineer, but he had a laboratory in our basement and would spend hours there working on his inventions. Later he started his own company to market his inventions. He was obsessed and driven to follow his dream.

Ella is no ordinary girl. She is half human and half revenant, a descendant of the Lost Colony of Roanoke, English settlers who landed in North Carolina 400 years ago, believed by the modern world to have perished. But they left Roanoke and resettled on Wild Point Island where, struggling to survive, they ate a native plant, which transformed them physiologically into another life form—a revenant. They now have immortality, but at a cost. They must remain on the island.

Ella is determined to rescue her father from prison and reunite him with her mother who lives on the mainland in North Carolina. She has no choice but to trust a revenant who befriends her—the hero, Simon Viccars, an architect, who is over 400 years old, who can help her gain access to the island. He, however, wants off the island at all costs. He longs to travel and see the great architectural marvels of the world. In the past he’s used his talents and skills to design the houses on the island to be a special refuge against the sun because revenants need to recharge during the day so they can more efficiently assume human form. Now he promises to help Ella fight the island Council and free her father.

But can she trust him? When Ella realizes that her meeting with Simon was a set-up, and when her negotiations with the Island Council begin to fall apart, she wonders–is Simon in love with her or is she merely his one-way ticket off the island?

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Wild Point Island  (blurb)

      Banished from Wild Point Island as a child, Ella Pattenson, a half human-half revenant, has managed to hide her true identity as a descendent of the Lost Colony of Roanoke.  Thought to have perished, the settlers survived but were transformed into revenants–immortal beings who live forever as long as they remain on the island.

      Now, Ella must return to the place of her birth to rescue her father from imprisonment and a soon to be unspeakable death.  Her only hope is to trust a seductive revenant who seems to have ties to the corrupt High Council.  Simon Viccars is sexy and like no man she’s ever met. But he’s been trapped on the island for 400 years and is willing to do almost anything for his freedom.

      With the forces of the island conspiring against her, Ella must risk her father, her heart, and her life on love.

Kate Lutter  (biography) Kathleen Lutter Author Pic

Kate wrote her first novel when she was in eighth grade, but then almost burned her house down when she tried to incinerate her story in the garbage can because she couldn’t get the plot to turn out right. Now, many years later, she lives in NJ with her husband and five cats (no matches in sight) and spends her days writing, traveling the world, and hanging out with her four wild sisters. She is happy to report that her debut novel, Wild Point Island, the first in a series, has just been published by Crescent Moon Press. She is busy writing the sequel and her weekly travel blog entitled Hot Blogging with Chuck, which features her very snarky and rascally almost famous cat.

Contact Information:

Website: www.katelutter.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/katelutter

Facebook: www.facebook.com/katelutternovelist

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Kathleen, thank you for stopping by. What a great take on what happened to the Lost Colony! Make sure and go over to her blog to enter her drawing. I’m sure Kathleen would love your comments below.

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Remember, by commenting you can enter into my drawing for one Amazon $10 gift card that I will give away at the end of the week. Maximum of one entry per day per reader. If you don’t want to comment on this entry, you can also can submit the feedback form asking you how you find books to purchase. The link to the feedback form is:

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