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#AuthorInterview with Darlene Fredette

Let’s welcome Darlene to the blog! Thank you for sitting down with me. I love chatting with authors!

What kind of research did you do for Cherry Red? Did you travel, use the Internet, speak with experts on a topic, etc?

I used the internet for my research, which included firefighting terms as well as ice cream recipes. I must admit, the ice cream research was fun and made me hungry.

What process did you go through when you picked your characters’ names for Cherry Red?

I already had the heroine’s name ‘Carly’ picked as I plotted the storyline, but I was stumped for a strong hero name. I went on Facebook and asked my family and friends for name suggestions. I received many great ideas, and not only did I get the hero’s name ‘Noah’, but I also chose names from their suggestions for a few secondary characters.

Do any of your characters take over and write the book themselves sometimes? Who?

Both Carly and Noah are strong characters, and they took on a life of their own. Their story was fun to write, probably because they led the way. A couple of other characters also wanted their voice to be heard, such as Carly’s best friend and brother.

What do you prefer: ebook or print? Why?

I enjoy both. I mainly use my tablet to read, but on a warm summer’s day, I like to read outside but the sun casts a glared on the tablet screen, so a paperback is best for those days.

How long have you been writing? When did you decide to become an author?

I’ve been writing a long time, so long I can’t remember the exact date. I started writing during my late teens (well over thirty years ago). I wrote a young adult romance in a notebook. I never finished that story and I’m not sure what happened to that notebook. I’ve been writing ever since (though not full time), but thankfully I saved the rest of my stories.

Blurb:

This summer, ice cream entrepreneur Carly Redd’s only focus is expanding her business—until she’s coerced into attending her ex’s engagement party. Showing up without a date is unthinkable. She reluctantly agrees to be escorted by her brother’s co-worker, although doing so breaks her rule of not dating firefighters.

The daughter of the town’s fire chief should wear a Do Not Touch sign, but firefighter Noah Harding’s interest blazed the moment he saw Carly. Agreeing to be her fake boyfriend is a no-brainer, but convincing Carly to trust him with her heart is harder than extinguishing a fire.

Overstepping the platonic-only rule is as dangerous as fire and ice swirling into a tempting combustion.

Excerpt:

“This might seem like a strange question, especially since we’ve just met, but would you be interested in going out for a coffee? Or an ice cream?” Noah rested an arm on the bar.

Carly glanced down at her jeans and black T-shirt embroidered with the company name and logo…a cluster of red cherries. In a room full of women all dolled up in fancy—and some a bit scanty—dresses, why would this incredibly handsome man ask her on a date? “I appreciate the offer, but I’m not interested…”

Noah raised a brow. “I know you like ice cream, so is it the coffee, or me?”

“What? No. I mean, yes.” She took a second to collect her scrambled thoughts. “I like coffee. I just don’t hang out with firefighters.” Not that he was a real firefighter. Did impersonators count in her rules of men to avoid? She never dated a stripper, but she wasn’t sure she could have a relationship with a guy who was paid to take off his clothes and have other women fawn over him. Not that the guy asked her on a date…just a simple coffee. His frown made her feel badly. “I’m sorry. It’s nothing personal.”

“Burnt in the past? No pun intended.” He smiled.

She couldn’t help but smile back. “Something like that.”

Buy Links:

This link will bring you to my website which has links to all distributing sites for my books.

Universal Purchase Link: http://darlenefredette.blogspot.com/2021/04/my-books-purchase-links.html

Author Bio:

Darlene resides on the Atlantic Coast of Canada where the summers are too short, and the winters are too long. She writes contemporary romances with a focus on plot-driven page-turners. When not working on her next book, she can be found with her husband, her daughter, and her yellow Labrador.

Social Media Links:

Author Web Site: http://darlenefredette.blogspot.com/

Blog: http://findingthewritewords.blogspot.com

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Darlene-Fredette/e/B005NAF660/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarleneLF

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#AuthorInterview – Janice Seagraves

Let’s welcome Janice to the blog for a one-on-one talk. Thanks for visiting.

What kind of research did you do for Alien Desire? Did you travel, use the Internet, speak with experts on a topic, etc?

I took some road trips to decide where my aliens were living. It had to be California in the mountains. I finally settled on an area just above Hunting Lake California.

Sweet. What process did you go through when you picked your characters’ names for Alien Desire?

I have the Character naming source book by Sherrilyn Kenyon and get a lot of my character’s names from there. It’s a great book.

Are your characters based on anyone you know?

Yes, two of my daughter’s friends who were cutters. 

Do any of your characters take over and write the book themselves sometimes? Who?

Actually, I wrote Alien Heart before Alien Desire. This little half Japanese girl just marched into the scene and took it over. After I written the book, I kept hearing her voice asking when her book would be written so I had to write Alien Desire because of Saki. Her story happens earlier in the timeline, so I Indy published it first.

Haha. I’ve been there. The characters just take over sometimes. What do you prefer: ebook or print? Why?

I like both. I have a tablet with a kindle ap, but I still love the feel of a book in my hands, so I got a cover for my tablet that makes it seem move like a book than a tablet. 

How long have you been writing? When did you decide to become an author?

Off and on since I was twenty. I tried earlier but didn’t make it work.

What did you do when you received your first Acceptance Letter? 

In 2003. I feel kind of stupid now, but I when I got that first email, I couldn’t wrap my head around it. I called my husband over. He read it, kissed my cheek, and told me, “You got your first contract, congratulations, honey.”

Same thing with me! All writers suffer from writer’s block at least once in their career. What’s your go-to cure?

Sadly I’m suffering from writer’s block right now. Three years ago, I lost my uncle, my step-dad, and then a niece. After I moved my mom in with us, I couldn’t write a damn thing. Luckily, I have several finished manuscripts that just needs to be polished up to get published. That much I can do. And it has gotten a bit better. I started writing again. A story I stop writing the day I found out my step-dad had passed away. It’s slow going and the story is dark, but I’m getting there.

I’m so sorry to hear that, but hopefully you’ll find some light in your dark book. Sometimes the romance genre gets a bad reputation for being cliché and full of Fabios. How do you respond to that?

*shrug* It is what it is. Romance is offered up as a fantasy, a hope, and a dream. There is love out there somewhere for everyone. Isn’t that a wonderful idea?

We all need a little inspiration in our lives. What’s your favorite quote and why?

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” ~ Maya Angelou

I used this quote for a while for my website. I just love what it says. 

I love it! Any advice for the aspiring authors out there? Particularly those who are feeling a little discouraged?

I have this on a letter opener I got from my uncle who was in WWII: 

“Never, never, never give up.”
― Winston Churchill 

If you want to be a serious writer and have a career in this business keep in mind that a profession writer is someone who used to be an amateur but didn’t give up.

How do you market your books? What do you find more effective?

That is something I’m still working on.

Same here. What is your favorite book? Favorite author?

God Stalk by PC Hodgell.

Besides writing and reading, what are some of your hobbies?

Photography, gardening, and playing with my grandchildren.

What’s your most bizarre life experience?

I went on a drive with my mother on my birthday, and I swear this is true, we saw a coyote leap into the air and turn into a bald eagle then fly away. 

I talked to a native American about this experience and asked if it meant anything. He told me it could be just a trickster playing a trick on me and it meant nothing. 

Cool! Thanks again for visiting, Janice.

Blurb for Alien Desire:

The Arcons Tane and Brock Moonwalker are vacationing in the small town of Greenwood. Tane is dealing with agoraphobia, a condition worsened by the loss of their female. Brock and his friend needed to get away, but a tiny, gang ridden town is the last place they expected to find love.

Saki Starling had trouble on her heels and couldn’t catch a break. She lost her apartment and a local gang threatened her at every turn. With her week at its lowest point, Tane and Brock promised to brighten her darkening world.

Tane, Brock, and Saki must find a way to come together, if they have any hope of overcoming their past and heal their broken hearts.

Excerpt:

Brock did a final sweep of the hotel room to make sure they hadn’t left anything, and then called to cancel the shuttle pick up. Lastly, he turned in the cardkeys to Steve, the day manager.

“You’re leaving a day early?” Steve asked with a glance at the computer screen.

Brock nodded and hoped he wouldn’t be charged extra because Saki was with them. “Yes. We need to get back home.”

Steve brought out a receipt for Brock to sign. “We had some interesting visitors looking for you earlier.”

Brock picked up the pen and froze. The hoodlums? He pretended indifference. “Oh really, who?”

“Several young, badly dressed bald men.” Steve looked at him. “I told them, that there were no Arcons here. He acted like he didn’t believe me and promised to come back later. Our night manager told us he spoke to someone and told them you were here. I’m sorry that happened, your privacy is important to us.”

His mouth went dry, and his heart pounded in his ears. The urge to flee with Saki and Tane tightened his muscles. He quickly signed the paper and handed it back. “Thank you. It’s definitely time to leave.”

“I would say so.” Steve smiled. “I hope your visit here was a pleasant one.”

Brock waved at Saki and Tane who were both waiting for him. The couple wore matching wraparound sunglasses against the sun’s glare. Tane had an arm around Saki’s shoulders as they both leaned against the jeep. His best friend looked perfectly at ease, standing outside.

Brock smiled. “It was. Thank you.” He hurried to join his friends. We’re running out of time.

Buy Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Alien-Desire-Chronicles-Janice-Seagraves-ebook/dp/B09DFBWBXS/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1101434

Barnes & Noble: Alien Desire|NOOK Book

Bio:

Janice Seagraves grew up with a deep love of science fiction and adventure stories. Always the consummate artist, she traded in her paint brush for a desktop to write breathless life-affirming novels that celebrate enduring love.

Website: https://janice-seagraves.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JaniceSeagravesAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/janiceseagraves

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#AuthorInterview with Katherine Grey

Wonderful news! Katherine Grey is visiting for a little chat. I love talking with authors, so let’s get started…

Are your characters based on anyone you know? 

The characters aren’t based on anyone I know per se, but I do know someone who gave his guns names. With his permission, I had Lieutenant James Hawkins, the main male character in Honor Bound, give his pistol and sniper rifle the same names. 

Do any of your characters take over and write the book themselves sometimes? Who?

I did have a hard time controlling Caine, a former team member of Echo Company. While he didn’t take over and write the book himself, he did insist he needed a bigger storyline. Let me just say, he got his way. He also appears in the second book in the series, Promises To Keep.

All writers suffer from writer’s block at least once in their career. What’s your go-to cure?

The first thing I do is take a long shower because it never fails that I’ll get the best story ideas while I’m in the shower. I will also give myself a couple of days off (but not more than that otherwise it’s too hard to get back into writing mode) from writing when the words aren’t flowing. Sometimes if I stop trying to force the story to move forward and do something else creative, it helps me get back on track. If I’m still struggling, I’ll do some type of mind-numbing chore like pulling weeds in the garden or dusting which allows my mind to wander while I’m still doing something productive. 

We all need a little inspiration in our lives. What’s your favorite quote and why?

I actually have two. I keep them both posted where I can see them every day. They remind me that if I want to achieve something, it’s up to me to make it happen, and to not let myself get distracted from my goals. The first quote is: “The only boundaries to what you can achieve are the ones you set for yourself” ~ Margaret Spellings. The second quote is: “The world will drag you by the hand, yelling ‘This is important!’ Each day it is up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart, and say, ‘No. This is what’s important.’” ~ Iain S. Thomas

What is your favorite book? Favorite author?

Children’s book – The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess. I still have a copy on my bookshelf. 

Adult book – Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas. 

Favorite author? That’s harder to answer. There are so many wonderful authors that I enjoy reading. Lisa Kleypas, Laura Griffin, Kristan Higgins, Miranda Liasson, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Olivia Drake, Sarah MacLean, Melinda Leigh, Jill Shalvis, Ellie Alexander, Kerrigan, Byrne, Marie Force, and Rebecca Zanetti to name a few. Okay, it’s more than a few. 😉

Besides writing and reading, what are some of your hobbies?

I make my own cards for birthdays, holidays, get well wishes, etc. I love to bake different types of bread. I find the kneading process to be relaxing. I also crochet during the fall and winter seasons. 

Blurb:

When honor meets temptation…

California “Callie” St. John learned the hard way just how much one night of rebellion can cost. Determined not to repeat past mistakes, she tries to be the perfect daughter by volunteering with various charities and keeping everyone at arm’s length. After narrowly escaping a car bombing, she is forced to accept help from the one man who can get past her defenses, making her long for the impossible — letting him into her life…and her heart.

 Lieutenant James “Hawk” Hawkins, a member of a Special Ops unit of soldiers with unusual abilities, is known for keeping his cool in any situation. Acting as a bodyguard to the daughter of one of DC’s mover and shakers is just one more mission like any other. When an enemy from his past targets the spoiled socialite, Hawk realizes she is more than she seems.

With his reputation on the line, he’s willing to risk everything to keep her safe. But succumbing to temptation isn’t an option…no matter how much he wants to give in.

Buy Link: Amazon – Honor Bound

Excerpt:

William St. John turned to his daughter. “A bomb was planted in your car. You’re lucky you escaped with unharmed. Perhaps now you’ll take the threats against you seriously.”

“Those things could have happened to anyone. Before tonight any of them could have been a coincidence.”

Jimmy stared at her. Nobody could be that naïve. “There’s no such thing as coincidence.”

  She glared at him, her eyes sparking with anger, showing exactly what she thought about the situation. “As I seem to have no option but to have you follow me around like a lost dog, let me be clear. I will not be changing my daily routine. You will be unobtrusive and remain in the background when I’m in public.” She ticked off her rules on her fingers. 

Jimmy crossed his arms over his chest and waited for her to finish. Her slight British accent made her sound as though she was royalty giving orders to the peasants.

“Your presence won’t be needed when I’m at home or with friends. Understood?”

He took a step forward. “You listen to me, Duchess–”

“I’m not a duchess. If I were, you would address me as ‘Your Grace.’” She sounded even haughtier if that was possible.

I’m charged with your safety. I will be the one laying the ground rules,” he continued as if she hadn’t spoken. “So until any threat to you is removed, I’ll be sticking closer to you than your panties on a hot July night. Got it?”

Author Bio:

Katherine Grey writes sexy sweet contemporary romances with a hint of the paranormal. She lives in upstate NY with her family. When she’s not writing, she can be found up to her elbows in flour trying out new bread and cookie recipes.

Social Media Links:  Facebook    Bookbub   Goodreads

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#AuthorInterview – “Love, Death, & The Art of Cooking” by Linda Griffin

Let’s welcome Linda today as she talks all about her characters, writing, her latest book, and more. I LOVE author interviews, so let’s get started…

What process did you go through when you picked your characters’ names for Love, Death, and the Art of Cooking?

I usually use a variety of methods, including baby name books and census records, but I didn’t have to choose at all this time. Reid is a name I like and had planned to use for my next story, regardless, and I had also been thinking about naming sisters or roommates Jane and Alyssa. The lesser character names were more or less random. 

Do any of your characters take over and write the book themselves sometimes? Who?  

All of them! When they start talking to me and to each other, all I can do is take dictation as fast as I can. They often refuse to do or say what I suggest. I particularly enjoy writing mouthy women, and I can never shut them up.

What do you prefer: ebook or print? Why?

I infinitely prefer print for myself, but I’m glad some people like e-books, because they have a better royalty! I do see their convenience, but love books as physical objects, and I’m gratified to see that many younger people do too. Like Reid in Love, Death, and the Art of Cooking, I stare at too many screens when I’m working to want a Kindle for pleasure reading.  

How long have you been writing? When did you decide to become an author? 

My passion for the printed word began with my first Dick and Jane reader, and as soon as I figured out that somebody had to create those words, I knew I wanted to be a “book maker.” I wrote my first story, “Judy and the Fairies” when I was six, with a plot stolen from a comic book. 

Sometimes the romance genre gets a bad reputation for being cliché and full of Fabios. How do you respond to that?

I suspect the people who say those things haven’t read any. Romances come in astonishing variety, from fluffy rom coms to grim romantic suspense, with heat levels from chastely sweet to extremely erotic. Most real men don’t look like Fabio, and romance novels are full of real men. Cliches are as often subverted as followed. In my novel The Rebound Effect, when Frank suggests he’d like to tear Teresa’s clothes off, she replies, “Yeah, well, I have to go back to work, so you’d better not tear anything,” and Alyssa in Love, Death, and the Art of Cooking warns Reid, “Don’t be corny.”

We all need a little inspiration in our lives. What’s your favorite quote and why?

“A novel in the making is, to its author, literally as huge as an ocean, no matter how mere a glass of water it may be to a reader.” – Richard P. Brickner, My Second Twenty Years. It reminds me to keep indifference and criticism in proportion. If readers don’t like my glass of water or just aren’t thirsty, it’s still my ocean, and I enjoy the swim. 

Besides writing and reading, what are some of your hobbies?

I  love to travel and look forward to resuming that soon. For the last several years, my sisters, oldest niece, and I have planned a big autumn trip together each year, most recently to Hawaii. I also like movies, photography, and visiting art museums and galleries, and I’m very lucky at Scrabble!

Blurb: 

Software engineer Reid Lucas loves to cook and has a history of falling in love with married women. When he leaves his complicated past in Chicago for a job in California, he runs into trouble and must call a virtual stranger to bail him out of jail. Alyssa Knight, a tough street cop waiting for a church annulment from her passive-aggressive husband, is the roommate of the woman Reid calls for help, and she reluctantly provides bail for him. He falls for her immediately, and cooking for her is an act of love. She just wants to be friends, but they keep ending up in bed together. When his boss is murdered, Reid is a suspect—or is he the intended target?

Excerpt:

At the door he kissed her goodbye and was surprised by her response. She met him more than halfway, her lips soft and willing. The scent of her hair and her subtle perfume filled his head with a dizzy sweetness. She had drawn a line—did she want him to cross it? Better not—such assumptions could be dangerous. Knowing what making love with her was like and being denied it was hard, but the longing he had for her now had nothing to do with the way their bodies fit together.

Buy Links:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09827RTP2/

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-death-and-the-art-of-cooking-linda-griffin/1139749608

https://books.apple.com/us/book/love-death-and-the-art-of-cooking/id1574123800

Author Bio:

Linda Griffin is a native of San Diego and has a BA in English from San Diego State University and an MLS from UCLA. She retired as fiction librarian for the San Diego Public Library to spend more time on her writing. Her stories have been published in numerous journals including Eclectica, Thema Literary Review, The Binnacle, and The Nassau Review. Love, Death, and the Art of Cooking is her fourth romantic suspense novel from The Wild Rose Press, following Seventeen Days (2018), The Rebound Effect (2019), and Guilty Knowledge (2020).

Social Media Links:

Website: https://www.lindagriffinauthor.com/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lindagriffin.author/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindaGriffinA 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lindagriffinauthor/ 

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lgriffin08392487/love-death-and-the-art-of-cooking/ (Some of Reid’s recipes can be found here.)

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#AuthorInterview with Margot Johnson

Thanks for the one-on-one interview, Margot. Let’s get started…

Are your characters based on anyone you know?

The story and characters are fiction but draw on some of my experiences at work and at home. I’d love to have lunch with Tessa and compare notes on strong leaders, single parenting, family quirks, and cute golden retrievers. One key difference is I didn’t meet my handsome husband at work! 

Tessa and Mark both support a mother with dementia which brings some tough but also light moments. My dad died of complications from Alzheimer’s, so that part of the book is close to my heart. 

Do any of your characters take over and write the book themselves sometimes? Who?

The synopsis is my only outline. I find characters take on lives of their own and influence the direction of the story. I love it when a character surprises me. 

How long have you been writing? When did you decide to become an author?

Writing is in my blood. My late dad was a journalist, editor, and author, and my sister, Donna Gartshore, writes for Harlequin Love Inspired. I recently found an illustrated story I wrote when I was seven! 

We all need a little inspiration in our lives. What’s your favorite quote and why?

Any advice for the aspiring authors out there? Particularly those who are feeling a little discouraged?

Keep reading, writing, and learning! Even bestselling authors have had their share of rejections. It helps to build a writer network you trust to support and encourage you.

Besides writing and reading, what are some of your hobbies?

My husband and I share a big blended and extended family which makes for lots of fun gatherings and games at our place or more recently, lively Zoom calls. I like to walk daily—with and without my old golden retriever, Sophie. As well, I volunteer with the SK Writer’s Guild and the SK Book Awards and look forward to the day we can travel again.

What’s your most bizarre life experience?

One of my more unusual adventures was appearing on the TV game show Let’s Make a Deal where I almost won a car. 

I was very excited to receive an invitation to the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace last year, but it was postponed. I’m still hoping I’ll get another chance.

What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

An editor said I was a strong writer, but she didn’t connect with my story as deeply as she had hoped. It was a good news, bad news message but made me think of ways to improve it.

A reader recently posted about Love Leads the Way: “Loved it.” That comment made my day!

If you could spend time with a character from your book, whom would it be? And what would you do during that day? 

In my first book Love Takes Flight, Erin runs a dog kennel business. I love dogs so I think Erin and I could have a fun day feeding, grooming, and playing with all kinds of dogs. Since I’m married, I won’t mention the handsome leader in Love Leads the Way.

What do you want readers to come away with after they read Love Leads the Way?

I hope readers feel satisfied they’ve had a fun experience that entertained and moved them in some way. Ideally, they got really invested in the characters and rooted for their happy ending. Maybe they even stayed up late to finish it!  

About Love Leads the Way

She coaches him in team leadership…but do they both need lessons in love?

Single mom Tessa Shore runs a successful leadership program at work and supports a mother with dementia. She can handle any challenge in her jam-packed schedule as long as nothing spins out of control…especially her feelings.

Engineer Mark Delaney is an expert on pipelines at the same company, but his interpersonal skills need a makeover. Advancing to an executive job requires enrollment in a leadership course he doesn’t think he needs.

When their professional and personal issues entangle, life at the office gets a lot more complicated. Romance is impossible…or is it?

Excerpt:

Pacing around Crescent Park in moonlight trimmed with stars, Mark breathed fresh air and slowed his erratic heartbeats from the shock of Tessa’s invitation. Apparently, the woman who directed the class with the precision of an air-traffic controller could flex…at least, a little. She wanted to spend extra time with him, and he couldn’t refuse. 

“I didn’t think we’d bump into other participants at this late hour.” She hugged tighter her windbreaker against the cool breeze. “We won’t mix business and pleasure. I’m strictly off duty, and so are you.” 

“Okay, Tessa, whatever you say.” Zipping higher his jacket, he strode and sniffed moisture riding the wind. Guilt tiptoed around his collar, and he couldn’t escape the feeling this outing was a bad idea. He should avoid her, except in class, yet he accepted her invitation. But why did she break her own rule and contact him? 

“If I can’t discuss work, can I ask you a personal question?” He admired her profile with pert nose tipped to the sky, breathing the fresh night air. 

“I guess so since I’m the woman who persuades everyone else to dish.” She laughed and brushed a curl from her cheek. 

Streetlights alternated with a full moon to light the pathway. Their footsteps crunched on gravel, and their murmured voices broke the peaceful silence.

  “Ready.” She tucked her hands in her jacket pockets. 

“Is Mr. Shore waiting at home?” He winced at his forward question. No sense beating around the bush. He shouldn’t pine for someone else’s wife. 

Buy Links

LOVE LEADS THE WAY 

LOVE TAKES FLIGHT

About Margot Johnson

Margot Johnson grew up in a family of writers and has always loved books and writing. 

She is the author of LOVE TAKES FLIGHT and her new release LOVE LEADS THE WAY. Before turning her focus to the fun writing life, Margot held leadership roles in human resources and communications. Her motto is “Dream big and work hard.” 

When not writing, she loves to connect with family and friends, volunteer with SK Writers Guild, and walk at least 10,000 steps a day (except when it’s minus 40!) She lives in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada with her amazing husband and adorable golden retriever.

Margot Johnson Author

https://twitter.com/AuthorMargot  @AuthorMargot

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#AuthorInterview with Rue Allyn

New Interview with Rue. Thanks for stopping by. Let’s get started…

Why did you decide to write romance novels

In 1996, I received my Ph.D. in Middle English Literature. I had written a 300+ page dissertation on dream visions. Reading romances was one of the few things that made academic writing tolerable. When I finished the dissertation, I figure if I could write that many pages of boring academic text, I could probably manage 250+ pages of a much more interesting romance novel. I was right, but it took me three years to get good enough at it to interest a publisher.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

Both a lot and a little. I try to use settings from places where I have actually been. (I’ve never been to England’s east coast, but we’ll talk about that later). If I can, I use information from past employment and activities. Much of the emotion I write originates in feelings I’ve had at one time or another. However, I can categorically state that nothing—with the exception of geographic locations–I write relates directly to anything I’ve done or experienced.

Which comes first, the story, the characters, or the setting?

For me it’s either title (which often changes as I write) or character. The character tells me everything important, where when what why etc. Usually, title is only first if the book is not part of a series. An example of this is my first regency, The French Duchess. I had been asked by an editor to write a book about a duke. I thought dukes had been overdone, so I offered a duchess book instead, and The French Duchess popped into my head. Then I had to figure out exactly who this duchess was and why she was known as ‘The French Duchess’ when she was very definitely English.

What inspired you to write this particular novellaWait for Me?

I had been working on The French Duchess when I was invited to join a group of authors called The Bluestocking Belles. All of the authors write regency romances. Some of us branch out into other sub-genres of romance. Every year we put together a collection of novellas. Each novella is related to the others, most often by setting. Occasionally characters from one novella will appear in another. The cooperative writing of these novellas is great fun and very inspiring. However, I digress. 

Once I finished The French Duchess, I knew there would be at least two more Duchess books. The next in the series would be The Pirate Duchess. I was starting work on that novel when the Belles decided to create their most recent collection Storm & Shelter. Because my mind was already full of heroine Esmaralda Crobbin (pirate, although she would say privateer) and her hero Captain Brandon Gilroy of HM Royal Navy, I decided to write the novella Wait for Me as one part of their journey from enemies to lovers. It was the perfect story to include in The Bluestocking Belles and Friends collection, Storm & Shelter. That book is available now on pre-order for $.99. When the book is released on April 13, 2021, the price will go up.

About Wait for Me: Fate trumps nature, and these enemies became good friends then casual lovers. Only doubt and family secrets can keep them from sealing their love with marriage.

Esmeralda Crobbin, aka the pirate Irish Red, and Captain, Lord Brandon Gilroy were enemies by nature who first met during a battle at sea. But fate trumps nature when a fierce storm creates a chance encounter and forced proximity. Brandon learns the pirate is a woman of serious honor and responsibility. Esmeralda discovers the captain is more than a uniform stuffed with rules and regulations. Both love the sea with boundless passion, but can they love each other?

About Storm & Shelter: When a storm blows off the North Sea and slams into the village of Fenwick on Sea, the villagers prepare for the inevitable: shipwreck, flood, land slips, and stranded travelers. The Queen’s Barque Inn quickly fills with the injured, the devious, and the lonely—lords, ladies, and simple folk; spies, pirates, and smugglers all trapped together. Intrigue crackles through the village, and passion lights up the hotel. One storm, eight authors, eight heartwarming novellas.

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About Rue Allyn:

Award winning author, Rue Allyn, learned story telling at her grandfather’s knee. (Well it was really more like on his knee—I was two.) She’s been weaving her own tales ever since. She has worked as an instructor, mother, sailor, clerk, sales associate, and painter, along with a variety of other types of employment. She has lived and traveled in places all over the globe from Keflavik Iceland (I did not care much for the long nights of winter.) and Fairbanks Alaska to Panama City and the streets of London England to a large number of places in between. Now that her two sons have left the nest, Rue and her husband of more than four decades (Try living with the same person for more than forty years—that’s a true adventure.) have retired and moved south.  When not writing, enjoying the nearby beach or working jigsaw puzzles, Rue travels the world and surfs the internet in search of background material and inspiration for her next heart melting romance. She loves to hear from readers, and you may contact her at Rue@RueAllyn.com.  She can’t wait to hear from you.

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Review:  “Storm & Shelter is a wonderful collection of short stories that every fan of Regency Romance will adore!” Amanda Carlisle, Reviewer for InD’Tale magazine

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#AuthorInterview with Bernadette Jones

New Interview with Bernadette. Thanks for stopping by. Let’s get started…

Why did you decide to write romance novels? 

I’ve been hooked on romance since the day I found my grandmother’s Georgette Heyer book, Black Sheep. I also love mysteries and figuring out who did the dastardly deed before the book finishes. Once I realized I wanted to be a writer, it was inevitable that I would become a romantic suspense author. 

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

As a romance reader, I have always believed that romance novels have the power to teach and heal. 

Romance writers can be brave and daring. Our stories explore love and hate. We traverse hardships and untethered successes. Our characters may rise up from humble beginnings to become the newest millionaire, or lose everything, becoming homeless. Through their achievements and losses, we take a trip of emotional discovery. The reader learns that hope is the great equalizer, that faith in ourselves can lead to opportunities we may never have expected. We teach about life, healing and love.

We do that by drawing on our own stockpile of experiences or by holding witness to the trials and victories of friends and family. Writers, whether intentionally or subliminally, cannot help but share what we have experienced or witnessed through others.

Which comes first, the story, the characters, or the setting?

All the above. Every book I have ever written has come to me as if a movie reel randomly starts playing a scene in my head. Then my job begins…Who? What? Where? When? Why? 

I’ll give you an example. One night I woke up and a scene began to play in my head of a tall dark-haired man dressed in grey sweatpants standing on a muddy shoreline looking down at the naked body of a young strawberry blonde woman. I could tell he knew her by the anguish in his eyes. This was the birth of Sleepin’ Alone, my first book for the Aspen Gold series.

What inspired you to write this particular book, Lonely Eyes?

We first met the hero from Lonely Eyes in Sleepin’ Alone and he made more appearances in Stay A Little Longer. Honestly, he would not leave me alone. The heroine had been in my head since the Aspen Gold Series had been conceived. One night I had that ‘duh’ moment when I realized Owen was the perfect hero for Keira. I can’t say more, you will understand when you read the book.

Lonely Eyes (Aspen Gold the Series book 12)
ISBN: ISBN: 9781735714400
Written by Bernadette Jones
Published by Aspen Gold Books
Cover Artist: Cassandra Hsieh and Cat & Doxie
Released: September 18, 2020
Genres/Themes: Romantic Suspense, Action Adventure, Contemporary Romance, Runaway, Revenge

Blurb:

There is an art to pursuit. 

Keira is running out of time. The handsome stranger with the dragon tattoo says he can keep her safe, but he doesn’t know the demon on her trail… Will her mysterious past lead her to escape or drag her back to living hell?

Owen Strong has suffered tragedy, but he’s made a new family in Spencer, Colorado—one he will protect at all costs.  When he finds determined Keira HoaThi, she rouses more than just trouble. Looking into her lonely eyes, he sees that everyone’s in danger. 

But she’s come to the right place. He’s the monster hunter.

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Author Bio

Bernadette Jones

Romantic Suspense Writer, Never Give Up-er,

First Wives Club-er, Lifelong Dream Achiever & Mom

Bernadette Jones has been making up stories since she learned to read on her daddy’s lap. She has imagined casts of characters everywhere she’s called home: Texas, Oregon, Washington, South Dakota, Nebraska, Illinois, Massachusetts, and now New York.

Books and music filled her life as she, her dad and two brothers traveled the country. She would sit in the back seat of the car—her older brother always got to ride shotgun—listening to the current music on the radio, looking out the window and spinning a story based on a phrase she’d heard in the lyrics. As you can imagine, traveling the country, the music changed from state to state, as did the stories. To this day, she enjoys a wide variety of music and book genres. 

After a career in corporate writing, she’s decided to settle down and put pen to paper doing what she loves. Living the dream in her NYC apartment with her canine companion, she’s bringing her stories and characters to life.

Social Media:

Website: https://www.bernadettejones.com/

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About the series:

Aspen Gold The Series is a unique continuity series where the town and its founder are the thread tying all stories together. Bernadette Jones’s books are all standalone, with characters you’ve met making guest appearances, or perhaps taking the limelight. Recommended for mature adults 18+, due to language, violence, sex and subjects that may be difficult for some readers. 

Review:

“If you like your romance with a lot of suspense and a hefty dose of steam, then Lonely Eyes—or really anything by Bernadette Jones—is for you. Jones has an uncanny knack for painting her scenes with an urgency that has the reader at the edge of their seat. Every time I pick up one of her books, I’m sucked immediately into the action and the pages just fly by. Her characters are believably flawed, grow beautifully, and the bedroom scenes are turn-the-fan-on hot.”

Amazon 5 Star reviewer

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#AuthorInterview with Seelie Kay

Seelie Kay is back with a new mini interview. Let’s see what she has to say…

Q.  Why do you write romance?

Because I am fascinated by the games people play to find and secure a lasting relationship, which is not always love. There’s the chase, the courtship, the falling, the surrender. That’s what I try to capture in my stories.

Q.  Do you prefer a certain type of romantic hero?

I adore smart, dashing gentlemen who aren’t afraid to live on the edge. They can be a bad boy, a billionaire, a prince, or a secret agent. That hint of danger just hooks me! However, I they have to be paired with strong, independent women who aren’t afraid to fight for what they want, even love.

Q.  Why did you write “Bovine Tricks?”

I have long wanted to write a series that features the MI6 agent who appears in some of the Feisty Lawyers books, Tillie Spencer. She is a misfit with good intentions. Tillie is a staunch Monarchist who has devoted much of her career to rescuing or retrieving minor royals in trouble. She literally works at the behest of The Firm. I wanted to further explore that relationship, as well as examine her personal life. This story became the vehicle to do that. I began by brainstorming about situations that might be worthy of the Queen’s intervention and extrapolated from that. Strange sexual fetishes made the list, so I began to explore the ones that breached reality, ones that could be fact or fiction. I arrived at Hucows. Essentially, a Hucow is defined as a submissive woman who enjoys forced lactation at the hands of her dominant and/or behaving as or being cared for as a cow to escape reality. I’m not convinced Hucows actually exist, but ultimately, readers can decide. On the personal side, Abdul is most definitely Tillie’s weakness. However, he wants babies. Tillie wants a career. She isn’t convinced she can have both.

Bovine Tricks (Royals Gone Rogue 1)
Release Date: April 9, 2021
Publisher: Extasy Books
Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, four flames

Blurb:

Lady Annabelle Trask is missing. Unfortunately, MISix doesn’t know if they’re looking for a woman, a cow, or something in between!

Is it real or is it fantasy? That’s the question MISix Agent Mathilda Honoria Spencer struggles with on her latest assignment. Tasked with discovering the whereabouts of Lady Annabelle Trask, Tillie is thrust into the world of Hucows and other human animals. It’s a world that raises serious questions about sexual fetishes, intentional physical enhancements, and even pornography, but in the end, Tillie has only one mission—to rescue and return Lady Annabelle to the Queen. However, as she and her partner, Agent Abdul Ali, attempt to find Lady Annabelle and keep her out of the clutches of terrorists bent on destroying the monarchy, they must also wrestle with their feelings for each other. Can they draw the line between their duty to the Crown and their relationship with one another? Or must they embark on separate paths to continue to serve the Queen?

Pre-Order Buy links:

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Excerpt:

Tillie’s face reddened. Suddenly, she felt quite queasy. She started to speak, but her superior held up his hand. 

“There’s more. This is a human-animal auction. It is not limited to Hucows. There will be Hupigs, Huhorses, and maybe even, Husheep. Fortunately, you are to focus on the cows. That is where we believe Lady Annabelle will be found.”

Tillie gazed at him. “What if she isn’t there? What if she has changed…er, species?”

“I suggest you cross that bridge when you come to it.”

“And what am I to do if I find Lady Annabelle? How do I extract her?”

“You purchase her at the auction. You have been given sufficient funds to bid up to one million Euros.”

Tillie’s eyes grew wide. “Criminy. That much?” 

Lord Ryder nodded. “These cows are well-trained and well-treated. The females are pampered—weekly manicures, hair treatments, and such. A happy cow is a happy milker, as they say.”

Tillie’s eyes widened. “Lady Annabelle could be there willingly? She is not necessarily a captive, forced be a Hucow?”

“Exactly. And that is our dilemma. While the Queen hopes that she is there willingly, several factors are at play. Lady Annabelle may have freely joined a farm to become a Hucow, or she may just have danced on the wild side and somehow wound up at auction. In the alternative, she may have been kidnapped and forced to become a Hucow, or she may have been forced and now enjoys the lifestyle. There are all sorts of reasons she could be there and all sorts of reasons she prefers to stay. Our only mission is to get her out.”

Tillie frowned. “Why would they put her up for auction? Isn’t that a way to get rid of unproductive or uncooperative cows?”

“Not necessarily. Some farms simply raise and train Hucows, then sell them. Given their going rate, it is a lucrative business. A great way to supplement the income from a regular farm. Human cows bring much more lucre than actual farm-raised cows.”

Tillie sighed. “For just one day, I would like to forget that there is a whole lot of people engaged in activities that far surpass my imagination.”

Lord Ryder’s mouth curved up into a wry smile. “Then we would be out of a job.”

Tillie tapped her jaw, considering. “You know, this might be a better job for the Yanks. They are a kinky bunch. I believe there was a recent study that found them to be the kinkiest country in the world.”

Lord Ryder snorted. “If you were the Queen, would you want that bunch of kinksters to know your relatives are participating in like behavior? Why their intelligence services would find a way to use it against us for decades.” He shook his head. “No. This we do alone.”

About Seelie Kay:

Award-winning author Seelie Kay writes about lawyers in love, sometimes with a dash of kink.

Writing under a nom de plume, the former lawyer and journalist draws her stories from more than 30 years in the legal world. Seelie’s wicked pen has resulted in nineteen works of fiction, including the new paranormal romance series Donovan Trait, as well the erotic romance Kinky Briefs series and The Feisty Lawyers romantic suspense series. She also authored The Last Christmas, The Garage Dweller, A Touchdown to Remember, The President’s Wife, The President’s Daughter, Seizing Hope, The White House Wedding, and participated in the romance anthology Pieces of Us.

When not spinning romantic tales, Seelie ghostwrites nonfiction for lawyers and other professionals. Currently, she resides in a bucolic exurb outside Milwaukee, WI, where she enjoys opera, the Green Bay Packers, gourmet cooking, organic gardening, and an occasional bottle of red wine. 

Seelie is an MS warrior and ruthlessly battles the disease on a daily basis. Her message to those diagnosed with MS: Never give up. You define MS, it does not define you!

Seelie can be reached at http://www.seeliekay.com, http://www.seeliekay.blogspot.com, or on Twitter or Facebook.

Author links:

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Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Seelie-Kay/e/B074RDRWNZ/

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#AuthorInterview – “No More Secrets” by Joanne Guidoccio

It’s time for another candied interview. Thank you so much for visiting, Joanne. Let’s get started…

Are your characters based on anyone you know?

Having lived and taught in different cities throughout the province of Ontario, I have felt free to “borrow” characteristics from friends, colleagues, and students to create composite characters in my novels.

That was the modus operandi for the first five novels I wrote: Between Land and Sea, The Coming of Arabella, A Season for Killing Blondes, Too Many Women in the Room, and A Different Kind of Reunion.

While writing No More Secrets, I followed a different path.

Angelica Delfina, the protagonist, is also a composite character. But this time, I borrowed from the Italian women of my mother’s generation. And, yes, I did include bits of my mother’s life. Before she died, Mama read an early draft and commented, “I can see myself here, as well as…” and then she mentioned several relatives and friends.

The three nieces—Velia, Nora, and Teresa—belong to Generation Y. While sketching their characters, I considered former students but also thought back to my own experiences.

How long have you been writing? When did you decide to become an author?

While sitting in high school English class (circa 1973), I dreamed of writing the great Canadian novel. At the time, we were reading Margaret Atwood’s early novels. While I followed the conventional advice of the times and pursued a teaching career, I knew that someday I would resurrect the writing dream. In 2008, I took advantage of early retirement and devoted my second act to writing. 

What is your favorite book? Favorite author?

I have eclectic tastes and love to curl up with women’s fiction, historical fiction, cozy mysteries, memoirs, psychological thrillers and self-help books.

As for my favorite all-time favorite book…I tend to have favorites for each season of my life. During my cancer journey, I gravitated toward You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay. I still refer to this book during challenging periods.

A recent favorite is The Chanel Sisters by Judithe Little.

We all need a little inspiration in our lives. What’s your favorite quote and why?

“Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.”  Sarah Ban Breathnach

In this quotation, Sarah reminds us that the seasons do change, and we should expect our prayers to be answered. Comforting thoughts as we navigate the uncertain terrain of COVID-19. 

Besides writing and reading, what are some of your hobbies?

While writing occupies the lion’s share of my time, I also enjoy reading, yoga, blogging, scrapbooking, movies, artist dates, and meeting friends for leisurely brunches and lunches. These hobbies and pastimes provide an excellent distraction from the writing. Afterward, I feel refreshed and ready to start again.

Blurb – No More Secrets

Angelica Delfino takes a special interest in the lives of her three nieces, whom she affectionately calls the daughters of her heart. Sensing that each woman is harboring a troubling, possibly even toxic secret, Angelica decides to share her secrets—secrets she had planned to take to the grave. Spellbound, the nieces listen as Angelica travels back six decades to reveal an incredulous tale of forbidden love, tragic loss, and reinvention. It is the classic immigrant story upended: an Italian widow’s transformative journey amid the most unlikely of circumstances.

Inspired by Angelica’s example, the younger women share their “First World” problems and, in the process, set themselves free. 

But one heartbreaking secret remains untold…

Excerpt

Tupperware in all the pastel shades. Head-to-toe clothing and accessories in the same hues. Who does that? Bellastrega shook her head at the avalanche of plastic that accompanied Velia Russo into the kitchen. She was already on her third trip back from the car, puffing and panting as she placed her food gifts on the kitchen table. Bellastrega could feel her jaw clenching at the thought of all those white devils—heavy sauces and creams and pounds of sugar—contaminating the kitchen. 

Velia held one finger. “One more trip,” and then she was gone.

Bellastrega turned her attention back to the hearty vegetable stew that had been simmering on the stove. She sighed contentedly as she breathed in the aroma of the rosemary and Italian seasonings. Angelica’s favorite. As she glanced at the appetizing array of vegetables, she mentally calculated how long it would take to finish cooking. Everything was on schedule, and dinner would be on the table at six o’clock. Why had Velia decided to arrive three hours early?

From the start, Bellastrega had her misgivings about this all-girls weekend. She had listened while Angelica lovingly described each niece and shared her concerns regarding their unhappy lives. At first, Bellastrega had humored her, not realizing Angelica was intending to help her nieces get back on track. Her duty as aunt, she had explained.

Bellastrega had formed her own judgments regarding the three younger women. Usually right on target, Bellastrega had been surprised when this particular incarnation of Velia Russo arrived, laden with her food gifts. From Angelica’s descriptions, Bellastrega had expected a younger version of her mother, Rosetta, a heavy-set hausfrau and gossip, not this glamour-puss who could pass for a younger Martha Stewart. But first impressions could be deceiving.

“Help. I need your help.” The whiny voice interrupted Bellastrega’s thoughts. Sighing, she lowered the heat and made her way to the living room. 

Bellastrega resisted the urge to laugh as she took in the comical sight before her. To save herself another trip, Velia had decided to lug in a large Pullman using her left hand, carry a pastry box in her right hand, and use her teeth to hold on to her purse. 

All this for a weekend get-together? What would she have packed for a longer trip? Bellastrega forced a smile as she took the pastry box from Velia. 

Book Trailer

Buy Links

Amazon (US) –  https://www.amazon.com/No-More-Secrets-Joanne-Guidoccio-ebook/dp/B08CVTYWWX

Amazon (Canada) – https://www.amazon.ca/No-More-Secrets-Joanne-Guidoccio-ebook/dp/B08CVTYWWX

Amazon (UK) – https://www.amazon.co.uk/No-More-Secrets-Joanne-Guidoccio-ebook/dp/B08CVTYWWX

Amazon (Australia) – https://www.amazon.com.au/No-More-Secrets-Joanne-Guidoccio-ebook/dp/B08CVTYWWX/

Author Bio

A member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Joanne Guidoccio writes cozy mysteries, paranormal romances, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.  

Social Media Links

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Twitter:   https://twitter.com/joanneguidoccio

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#BlogTour #AuthorInterview – “Rock House Grill” by D.V. Stone

Welcome to my blog, D.V. I’m happy to chat with you about RHG, especially since I’ve read this story and enjoyed it.

What inspired you to write this book? 

A few years ago, I heard about NaNoWriMo, which incidentally is going on now. National Novel Writing Month is in November. The challenge is 50,000 words in 30 days. I’m pretty competitive, even with myself. But how to do that? It’s an immense amount of writing. With that in mind and not wanting to get lost in the world of research, I wrote what I knew. As a former  EMT with restaurant experience and a love of music, off I went. Rock House Grill was conceived and fleshed out. I made the deadline but then shelved it for a few years. Editing is not my most outstanding talent. Then one day, in 2019, I pulled it out and began to submit to publishers. Do you know how sometimes you think you’ve screwed up badly, but then it works out? Well, in May of 2019, I sent out a bunch of submissions. A few days later, I reviewed those and realized I’d sent the wrong salutation to Wild Rose Press. I sent a new email. “I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I know you’re the Wild Rose Press.” Believe it or not, an hour or so later, there was a reply requesting the manuscript. The rest is history.

What can we expect from you in the future? 

I’m working on Jazz House, the second in the Impact Series. I also hope to have my second mid-grade independent in the Agent Sam Carter series. The first is The Mystery At Branch Lake. The one I’m finishing up is The Mystery At High Pointe Tower. I have a great time writing these. Aimhirghin, Kingdom At A Crossroad, is waiting patiently for me as well as my second Shield-Mates book.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters?

Rock House Grill follows the lives of Aden House and his twin sister Olivia House. Aden is a chef who dreamed of owning a restaurant. He’s an overachiever who doesn’t know when to step back. Olivia has a degree in business and hospitality. She deals with depression and anxiety (and I hope one day to give Olivia her own story). They conceive and develop first Rock House but are nearly done with Jazz House, Olivia’s baby. Both restaurants are music themed. Shay McDowell is an EMT who dreams of being a chef. She’s been dealt a lot of bad cards in her life, but she’s tough yet vulnerable. Like the Linda Ronstadt song, she’s been cheated, been mistreated, when will she be loved.  

Who designed your book covers? 

Tina Lynn Stout designed both Rock House Grill and Rainbow Sprinkles’ covers. They are both fantastic, and Rainbow Sprinkles’ looks like a piece of art. I used an online service and created Felice, Shield-Mates of Dar cover. There’s a lot to making a good book cover, and I’ve learned over the years how important they are. Can you judge a book by it’s cover? Absolutely. It the first impression a reader gets. There needs to be a certain balance in the art, text, title, and author name. If it’s a series, the book covers need to be cohesive. Because I’m multi-genre, I’ve struggled with creating my independents. An author needs to be recognizable, which comes from branding. I write romance, contemporary, suspense, fantasy, and mid-grade. What does that logo look like? I’m still figuring it out.

What did you edit out of this book?

There initially was a chapter about Shay and Joanna on duty. The calls that they responded to on one long night. My editor didn’t think it should be in the story. Not moving it forward. Instead, I submitted the chapter to Wild Rose for an addition to their Australia Burns series. Remember the Australian wildfires about a year ago. The Wild Rose Press and the authors all donated stories to raise money for the relief effort. Instead of one book, it became a three books series. 911, What’s Your Emergency, is in the first book of the series. 

Rock House Grill
The Impact Series Book 1
by D.V. Stone
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense 

Blurb

Aden House, successful but driven chef and TV personality, refuses to slow down. His life implodes one night, damaging him both physically and emotionally. He’s rescued by a woman he thinks of as his angel.
Shay McDowell has rebuilt her life after her divorce. She juggles volunteer EMT duties and her job, while dreaming of becoming a chef. She finds her way to Rock House Grill and back into the life of the man she helped save.
Can love be the ingredient needed to survive the many obstacles they face?

Buy Links

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Excerpt

“Easy, you’re going to be okay.” A soft voice eased through the chaos around him. The owner of the voice grabbed his arms and held them in a firm but gentle grip.
“I’m right here with you. You are not alone.”
“Can hardly m-move.” His voice slurred. “C-can’t see anything.”
“You’ve been in an accident. I’m an EMT with the ambulance squad,” the velvety voice calmly explained. “You can’t see well because we’re under a tarp. Hold still, okay?”
“‘K.”
A small light flickered at the edge of his vision. It shone into a bag next to him. Penlight.
“You’re restrained to a board. It’s to keep your head from moving and causing more injury.” She continued to talk to him. The voice reached down somewhere inside him, calming and peaceful, so he focused on it. A glow from spotlights on the outside lit whatever covered them.
The shadow gave the woman the appearance of a halo—like an angel.

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Giveaway

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Bio

Hi, my name is D. V. Stone. I am a multi-genre author of two independently published books. Felice, Shield-Mates of Dar is a fantasy romance. Agent Sam Carter and the Mystery at Branch Lake is a mid-grade paranormal. In April, Rock House Grill was released by Wild Rose Press. And on July 8th Rainbow Sprinkles part of my publisher One Scoop or Two series became available.

I also host Welcome to the Campfire and A Peek Through the Window, both weekly blogs. Recently I’ve begun to review books by other authors and share my favorites in a monthly newsletter.

On the personal front I’m a full-time employee in a medical office, wife to an amazing husband, mother to one son, and not your average grandma to three beautiful grands. I’m a woman of faith, trusting and believing in God. I drive a Camaro when not behind the wheel of my camper, 2Hoots—a 41 foot long 13.2 feet high 5th Wheel.

My greatest pleasures are spending time outside with friends and family, cooking over the open fire, sipping a glass of wine, and reading. 

Hali, my rescue dog always reminds me to let readers know “Woof, woof.” Which is loosely translated  Support your local animal rescue.

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Books by 
D. V. Stone


Rainbow Sprinkles
After the storm come the rainbows.
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Rock House Grill 
One man’s choices. One woman’s Impact
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Felice, Shield-Mates of Dar
One foolish thought. One brutal act. Instead of a peaceful alliance––war.
Amazon 


Agent Sam Carter and the Mystery at Branch Lake
A Mid-grade paranormal
Amazon

Contributing Author
Australia Burns
Amazon