Showing posts from 2018

Author Interview-Tracey Mayhew

What inspired you to become a writer? To be honest, I’ve always been a writer.One of my earliest stories (when I was about 11) was for a project for school – it was about a mouse called Gizmo who rescued a cat from a house fire!Throughout that year, I revisited those characters again and again writing many stories.Since then, I’ve been inspired by many authors and have enjoyed exploring new worlds and new characters every time I begin a new story. Who are your favorite romance characters (besides your own?) I enjoy reading about any romantic couple that actually challenge each other.I found that dynamic first in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with Darcy and Elizabeth.Since then I’ve discovered many authors that create a similar dynamic between their couples, the most recent being Kirsty Greenwood, and this is something I try to create with my own characters. Tell me what inspired this story. The idea behind ‘What Happened In Vegas…’ is the basic premise that people make mistakes – th…

Unlimited Summer

"My ideal summer day was reading on the porch." Harold E. Varmus Searching for a sweet romance, a steamy love affair, or an out of this world encounter? Look no further. With 28 books to choose from, all available with a #kindleunlimited subscription, you’re sure to find your next favorite read, or two. Stop by and find a bunch of new stories to enjoy!

Summer Thrills

“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” William Shakespeare Can you believe it? In my neighborhood the kids are starting back to school next week. Even though August marks the close of carefree summer days, there’s still plenty of time for a last fling with summer. ❦➹☆ Check out these amazing books at the Romance Book Fair! ☆➹❦ Celebrate Love! With 25 romance books in various sub-genres to choose from, all for the bargain price of 99c each, you’re sure to find your next favorite read or two. Stop by and find a bunch of new stories to enjoy!

13 Ghosts (1960)

I never suffered from Triskaidekaphobiaas some people do. In fact my oldest was born on Friday 13th.Besides what’s not to like about Fridays? Though I might feel differently if I lived in a house with 13 Ghosts.
The film opens with the Zorba family having to leave yet another house due to financial difficulties. When young Buck Zorba wishes for a house with furniture when he blows out his birthday cake candles, he has no idea what his family will be in for. Shortly after Buck’s wish, Uncle Plato Zorba dies leaving his ramshackle fully-furnished mansion to Buck’s family.The house includes a mysterious housekeeper, a hidden fortune and an assortment of ghosts.
By the way if the housekeeper looks familiar to you, she is none other than Margaret Hamilton, the actress best-known for her portrayal of the Wicked Witch of the West in Wizard of Oz.
Though apprehensive of residing in spook central, the Zorba family remains in the house. According to the terms of the will, if they don’t stay i…

Read Like a Local

An attorney couple I once knew decided to treat themselves to a vacation in Turkey after passing the bar. Worn out by their intense legal studies, neither bothered reading up on the country. So they wandered the streets of Istanbul and stared at the buildings wondering what they were seeing.

One of my favorite travel preparations is studying the local guidebooks.While I might not know the whole history of a place, I like to at least know a story or two.Even better than studying the facts of a place is to know its fiction. Though much of Cannery Row had changed since Steinbeck’s time, his stories accompanied me as a wandered the streets.
Thanks to Hometown Reads travelers can get to know the local writing talent.  During its two years of existence, Hometown Reads has garnered 100 locations from Anchorage, Alaska to Tampa Bay, Florida and over 4,000 books. The site is designed so you can browse by genre or by city and provides resources for authors, readers and libraries.
The Reno, NV …

Author Interview-Amber Thielman

Engaged, abducted, and falling for a man accused of murder. From the outside, Kass has it all. She’s on the fast track to medical school and newly engaged to the perfect guy, at least when he's sober. Beaten down by his abuse, Kass turns to cutting, her success hanging on a razor's edge. She impulsively offers a handsome hitchhiker a ride to the next town. Logan seems kind, charming and sexy as hell until he pulls a weapon, forcing her to drive him across the country. Logan has no intention of hurting anyone. Falsely accused of his sister's murder, he's on the run and in a race to find the true culprit. As law enforcement closes in, Kass and Logan forge a deep connection, and Kass must choose between a past she's not even sure she wants anymore or a future that may not outlast the hour.
What inspired you to become a writer? -I’ve been writing stories since the age of thirteen, and even before that I’d sit with my school friends outside during recess telling wild tales …

Author Interview-Janice Godin

Winner of the 2017 Contemporary Romance Award from Books & Benches! "This story is so beautifully written that you can't help but become obsessed with it, especially the parts of the old journal. A story within a story, two fabulous endings, and characters that you will fall in love with." ~ The Artful Reader

"This book is about love and growth, tears and happiness and healing. I was so deeply affected and moved by this story, I had my own laughter and tears." ~ Amazon reviewer  Everyone in Kathleen's life thinks she's crazy when she decides to spend her well-earned summer working in a tiny, dusty attic sorting through old church papers, but the peace and quiet of working alone is exactly what she wants. 

She's back home again and happy, or as happy as anyone who's left behind a troubled past can be. She has amazing coworkers, a wonderful best friend, a supportive family, and not one single person in her life who knows what she's been thr…

Kindle Unlimited Romance Book Fair

"One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by."
Jeanette Wallis-'The Glass Castle"

Summer is right around the corner and love is in the air. Embrace the spirit of the season with over 40  books to choose from, you’re sure to find your next favorite read.

Stop by the Kindle Unlimited Romance Book Fair and find a bunch of new stories to enjoy!

Author Interview-Mary Frame

You’ve heard this story a thousand times. Boy meets girl. Boy and girl have a fake relationship. Then they actually fall in love.
This is not one of those stories. It should be. I mean, he’s Brent Crawford. He’s the new tight end for the New York Sharks. He’s one of the sexiest men alive. But his sponsors are threatening to drop him, and his job is in jeopardy due to allegations of assault. He needs someone to help recover his image.
She’s Gwen McDougall, former fashion model turned photographer and newly minted local hero. She wants more from her photography jobs than premeditated shots of B-list celebutantes, and now is her chance. She just has to agree to help Brent shine up his tarnished reputation.
They’re both young, beautiful, and talented. They would be perfect together. 
Except she can’t stop making out with his brother.
This isn’t a perfect romance. Like most things in life, it’s rather imperfect.
How did the inspiration for this work come to you? The female lead in Picture Imperfect

Dance & the First Draft

"Dance first. Think later. It's the natural order of things." Samuel Beckett

What the Irish author and playwright once said of dancing also applies to writing.  Although I've long ago given myself permission to write an awkward first draft, at times I find myself tinkering with a particular sentence instead of forging ahead to finish the story. Even those of us who "know better" need a gentle reminder sometimes.  After all who am I to argue with a Nobel Prize winner?

Author Interview-Lyz Kelley

Atonement: Riches to rags.A redemption story.
From award-winning author Lyz Kelley comes this heartwarming romance about love, acceptance, and the power of redemption.
After her father is convicted of a crime, Rachelle wants nothing more than to rebuild her life and reputation. The last thing she expects is help from a super-sexy video gamer who's come to her small mountain town looking for inspiration.
But when Jacob asks Rachelle to redesign his vacation home, she has no idea how far she'll fall.
Can he provide her with a soft place to land while she discovers there’s truly no place like home? What inspired you to become a writer? When I was eight, I began writing a story, first in my head, then later in my diary.

The world I dreamed about was big and complex—filled with exotic creatures and brave women and strong heroes. When I turned 40, I tried to translate the story I’d lived with all those years to the page…but couldn’t.
So I sought help. Romance Writers of America was the…

Author Interview-Kellie Coates Gilbert

Kellie Coates Gilbert is one of the amazing writers that I met at the 20 Books to 50K conference in Las Vegas last year. She is as warm and engaging in person as she is online. I’m thrilled to have her as a guest today.
Tender, funny, bittersweet, and wonderfully moving,Sisters celebrates the joys and heartaches that can only be shared by three sisters living in the mountain resort known as Sun Valley, the mistakes made in the name of love and the healing power of new beginnings.
Kellie Coates Gilbert has won readers’ hearts with her compelling and highly emotional stories about women and the relationships that define their lives. A former legal investigator, she is especially known for keeping readers turning pages and creating nuanced characters who seem real. In addition to garnering hundreds of five-star reader reviews on Amazon and other retail sites, Kellie has been described by RT Book Reviews as a “deft, crisp storyteller.” Her books were featured as Barnes & Noble Top Shelf …

It Isn't Easy Being Green

One rainy Saturday night I decided to cook up a bowl of Cincinnati chili and enjoy my own creature double feature-The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) and The Shape of Water (2017).  While both movies have a distinct styles, they are both visually stunning-Creature debuted as a black & white 3D flick while Water shimmers with color particularly green, the “color of the future” alluded to in the movie.  As the Creature (aka the Gill-man) in the water scenes in the original champion swimmer and diver, Ricou Browning appears to glide effortlessly through the Creature’s watery habitat.
Differences in appearances aside, both films share the same central conflict,The villains in both movies don’t hesitate to drive home their point with a big stick. Creature’s Mark Williams (Richard Denning) always has his harpoon at the ready while Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon) wields a wicked cattle prod. the wonder of scientific discovery vs. the drive of unbridled personal ambition.


Off to the Writing Corner

While doing the research for Wedding Tango, I came across some interesting wedding superstitions.
According to Argentine lore to avoid rain on your wedding day you can do one of the following:

Stick a knife in the ground.

Sprinkle salt in the shape of a cross in the garden.

Bury an egg in the ground.

However the same article also noted that Argentinians believe that rain on the wedding day brings good luck. So I guess you're covered either way.

Speaking of good luck, I'm fortunate to be a guest today on Rebecca Grace's My Writing Corner.
Hope to see you there!

Read 'Em & Eat-Wedding Tango

Wedding Tango
Moira Williams is dismayed when her daughter, Tami, announces her engagement. Sure Jon’s a great guy, but why do they have to get married in Buenos Aires?  Though she dreads seeing her ex-husband, Alan, the gorgeous father of the groom has her pulse racing. Widower Alan Rochester buries his grief with non-stop home improvement projects, but a sexy redhead has captured his attention.  He’s eager to show Moira the sights of Buenos Aires from his college days, but is he ready to face the world again?  South of the equator, nothing is as it seems.  Can Moira and Alan navigate through their feelings for each other and save their kids’ dream wedding from becoming a nightmare?
I first enjoyed Tres Leches Cake at a potluck with my Salsa friends.  This sweet moist cake is a perfect accompaniment with Wedding Tango.  This cake gets its moistness and its moniker (literally “three milks” in Spanish) from being soaked in three kinds of milk, condensed milk, evaporated milk and heavy …

Why You Should Tango

In case you were wondering if Tango is for you, here’s what some of the experts have to say:
“No other dance takes you over so completely. More than a dance, it becomes a way of life.” Camille Cusamano, “Tango An Argentine Love Story”.
“Tango is so strongly associated with Buenos Aires that a visit isn’t complete unless you immerse yourself at least once.”    The Rough Guide to Argentina, 5th edition
Researchers at the University of New England in South Wales and Australian National University in Canberra discovered significant improvement in mood of their subjects after only two weeks of Tango lessons.  
“If you get all tangled up, just Tango on.” Al Pacino
After that amazing Tango scene in Scent of a Woman can anyone argue with Al Pacino?  Just saying…
Wedding Tango: Moira Williams is dismayed when her daughter, Tami, announces her engagement. Sure Jon’s a great guy, but why do they have to get married in Buenos Aires?  Though she dreads seeing her ex-husband, Alan, the gorgeous fat…

Of Love & Travel-Interview with Romance Travel Expert-Carolyn Vaught

Since Wedding Tango is all about what can go wrong with a destination wedding, I thought it would be fun to interview Romance Travel Expert, Carolyn Vaught, about how brides can find their "happily ever after" in an exotic location.
How did you get into the destination wedding/travel business? Travel has always been a big part of my life.  My first real adventure was a 3-month rail and youth hostel trip through Europe when I was 19.  After working in administration in a continuing education department where I coordinated the university's residential travel programs, I went to work for various tour operators.  One was a small company offering high-end adventure travel in India, Nepal and South America.  The other was a large student travel company.  On a lark, in 2005, I purchased a franchise with a new company called All About Honeymoons & Destination Weddings.  When that company folded a few years later, I joined one of my AAH colleagues in the agency she opened, cal…