A Conversation with Wendy Sparrow, Author of the TAMING THE PACK Box Set (with a giveaway!)

Don’t miss my review of Wendy’s boxed set here!

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Thanks so much for agreeing to be with us today, Wendy! What 5 things should readers know about you?

  1. I’m a hopeless romantic. I don’t read sad books because reality has too much reality to it, and I believe that everyone deserves to be loved for who they are.
  2. I’m more flawed than most of my characters. I have severe clinical obsessive-compulsive disorder (Pure-O to be exact,) PTSD, agoraphobia, and a degenerative form of hypermobility. I know what it’s like to feel unlovable, desperate, and to experience pain so deep you’re numb.
  3. I believe every living creature deserves to be respected and acknowledged as powerful, and I have a soft spot for the vulnerable, marginalized, and misunderstood…and puppies. *looks at puppy beside me* *sighs*
  4. I love a stormy day with a good book, a snuggly blanket, and a cozy window seat.
  5. I’m a minor geek in a family of major geeks.

I’m with you on #s 1 and 5…reality needs to stay out of my leisure time, absolutely! Oh, plus puppies… 🙂

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

The first book, Past My Defenses, came from a Twitter chat with fellow writers where we were one-upping each other in ridiculous premises for paranormal stories. I suggested a wolf shifter allergic to other animals…and “the allergic shifter romance” was born. I wrote it and the second book during November of 2012…which, prior to this last February, was the worst month of my life. I tend to write humorous stuff when I’m in total crisis. These two books were NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) books.

I LOVE the “allergic shifter romance” premise—too funny, and it works so well in the book! I love that books 1 and 2 were NaNo books too—that’s great! I’m sorry to hear that Jordan’s book was written during such a stressful time, though…you can’t tell at all from the story.

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

I’ve been writing since I was young, but my brother said in 2009, “I bet you could write a novel.” I’ve never been able to resist a challenge from my brother. Two weeks later, I’d written a book. I haven’t stopped writing for any significant amount of time since then.

Hmmm…maybe I should try that—a challenge from my brother. I like it!

 

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

I’m finishing up everything on a young adult book due out in June from Entangled Teen under my pseudonym, Wendy Laine, called Secrets of Skin and Stone. It’s a paranormal romance set in a small town with an OCD cutter and a gargoyle shifter, both with many secrets.

A gargoyle shifter? I’m going to have to check that one out, for sure!

 

What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

I’m reading a romance anthology, and I’m enjoying short and sweet novellas. I love anthologies when I’m in the middle of projects because I can set them down between novellas. I have a real problem doing that with novels.

I hear you, I do too! Great idea 🙂

 

If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

Characters with depth flirt with danger (and turning furry) as alphas meet their matches. A ranger, a sheriff, and a big bad wolf—oh my.

Perfect!

 

Thank you for having me and I hope you spend some time with the Glacier Peak wolves.

Some of my favorite wolves? You bet I will! Thanks, Wendy!

 

About Wendy Sparrow:

After a childhood spent wandering as a military brat, Wendy Sparrow finally found her home in Washington State. She spends her days trying to convince her two kids she actually knows how to properly parent and her nights showing her husband all the cool things romance authors know. She’s active in the OCD and autism communities and writes on her blog to support awareness in both. With her whole heart, Wendy believes in happily-ever-afters and that everyone deserves one. If she’s not writing or wrangling kids, she’s on Twitter, @WendySparrow, where she’ll chat with anyone about anything.

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About the Taming the Pack Boxed Set:

Sometimes a wolf is all you need.

What do you get when you mix Alphas and sheriffs and park rangers? Three sexy tales of wolf shifter romance from the talented Wendy Sparrow sure to keep you up past your bedtime! With one click, immerse yourself in a rich world of danger, intrigue, a little humor, and more than a little heat.

Past My Defenses

After a feline danderbomb takes Vanessa down, she wakes up naked in a cage staring at a hot park ranger who has no idea what he’d trapped. Dane Hansen had hoped to tame the silver wolf in his kennel, but all bets are off with the deliciously sweet Vanessa on two legs. They’re hot as a forest fire even before they scent-match. Meanwhile, Lycans are being poached, and Vanessa has been targeted. Dane will have to keep her close to protect her, but with Vanessa in heat and mad to mate, who will protect him?

This Weakness for You

Jordan Hill is his pack’s Alpha wolf, and after his last breakup, he’s opting to be the lone wolf, too. But when his rival’s little sister—a human—comes to his door, what should be a tasty snack turns out to be something more than Jordan could ever imagine. Christa Hansen is simply looking for a place to stay. Yet the dark shifter smells irresistibly like forever. But getting involved with the wolf who tried to kill her brother—twice—is lunacy. Falling for her family’s enemy won’t just be her downfall…it will be his, too.

Crazy Over You

Waking up with a naked woman holding a knife at his throat is just about the last thing Sheriff Travis Flynn expected. And the brother she’s looking for? A murderer. And dead. Probably. But the real shock comes when she insists she’s not a Lycan. Once LeAnn Wilcox finds her brother, she’ll get out of the pack’s territory and go back to her regular, nonfurry life. But LeAnn’s life is at stake if she won’t claim her place in the pack, especially once Travis’s control over the pack is challenged and her brother’s fate is questioned.

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A Conversation with A.L. Davroe, Author of REDUX (Tricksters #2)

 

Thanks so much for agreeing to be with us today, A.L.! What 5 things should readers know about you?

Geez, this is a hard question…Um…

  1. I can pick my nose with my tongue. That’s always fun at parties…
  2. I have anxiety and I’m not afraid to talk about it.
  3. I make cheese, write novels, and pet sit for a living.
  4. I have no idea what I want to be when I grow up and that’s ok.
  5. I drink nothing but tea and seltzer.

Okay, now I really want to go to a party you’re at! And kinda don’t, both at the same time… 😉

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

The first inspiration came from two of the women from my previous agency talking about wanting a Steampunk Cinderella concept. I got this idea for a Cinderella that loses her leg instead of her shoe. Of course, I was sick of writing Steampunk at the time and I was curious about writing futuristic pieces, so I chose to go with that instead. NEXIS, the resulting novel, went a completely different direction than the actual Cinderella story, but you can see some of the threads there. The follow up novel, REDUX, had a number of versions, but the current one came about through a sort of learning experience that the main character, Ella, and I had together as creator and project. I talk about that journey in the acknowledgements.

Cool! I’ll have to check that out.

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

I started writing for fun my freshman year of high school. My mother had always said to me that I was a good writer, but I never really listened to her. Parents are supposed to tell you stuff like that, right? It took a friend asking me to write a fan fiction with her that really got me into writing for enjoyment. She’d always enjoy the sections I wrote and I enjoyed writing them. I started to miss working on the fan fiction when it was in her possession. One day, I was waiting after school for my mother to pick me up after drama club. I finished reading this one novel that I had been really into and I was so bored. I wanted the book to continue. I wanted to be writing. Mostly, I just wanted something to pass the time. I thought to myself, “Why don’t I just write my own story? Something like this, but different.” That was my first novel. I went on to continue writing just for fun throughout high school and college. I finished this one novel about a year out of college and thought to myself, “This story needs to be shared with the world.” And that started my path to publication.

That’s awesome! I love that you started with fan fiction…

 

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

I always have a bunch of projects that I’m working on. I can’t really say which one will be finished first or what’s next. Rest assured that I have more YA novels coming – both Sci-Fi and fantasy. I also have some adult pieces that I’m excited to bring you in the future. However, I plan to take a nice long vacation after REDUX comes out.  😀

LOL—sounds like a plan!

 

What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

Would you believe that I’ve been on a non-fiction stint? I started taking classes, so I’ve been reading lots of books for my classes. The current book I’m reading is on graphoanalysis. It’s pretty interesting and I find it hard not to start analyzing everyone’s handwriting, LOL!

That does sound interesting—and I can see how that would be very tempting… 🙂

 

If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

I’m a firm believer that readers should read NEXIS before REDUX, so the pitch for NEXIS would be: A female version of Matrix meets Tron and Ender’s Game.

Excellent point—works for me! Thanks, A.L.!

 

About the author:

I write both YA and adult speculative fiction. I’m represented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency. I’ve written FOR YOUR HEART; CITY STEAM; NEXIS; and M.I.A.. My latest novel, REDUX (YA science-fiction) is coming out with Entangled Teen in March 2017.

By day, I live in Connecticut with my feline hench-creatures and I make cheese. I’m a terrible blusher, have a weak spot for cuddly animals, love Laffy Taffy and Cadbury MiniEggs, and I’m a huge advocate of alternative healing methods. I wear purple shoes and corsets…Though not always in the same ensemble. I’m a Capricorn, a Hufflepuff, and a few nuggets short of a Happy Meal. I also suffer from Resting Bitchface Syndrome (RBS), so even though I might look like I’ll tie you in a knot if you come near me, I’m more afraid of you than you are of me (see blushing problem above).

About the book:

The domed city of Evanescence is in ruins. With nowhere to go, prodigy hacker Ellani “Ella” Drexel and a small band of survivors flee to the Undertunnel below their city.

To escape the wasteland she unknowingly created.

But sanctuary is hard to find. With malfunctioning androids and angry rebels at their backs, the group hopes to press on for the neighboring city of Cadence. But Ella’s chosen path is challenging…life-threatening, even. Worse, the boy she loves is acting distant, and not at all like the person she first met in Nexis.

But then Ella learns a secret…and it changes everything.

Ella knows she needs to turn back and make a stand to reclaim her home. She’s determined to bring a new—and better—life to all who’ve suffered.

Or die trying.

A Conversation with Sheila Roberts, Author of STARTING OVER ON BLACKBERRY LANE (Life in Icicle Falls)

Thanks so much for agreeing to be with us today, Sheila!

Thank you so much for hosting me!

 

What 5 things should readers know about you?

I’m a chocoholic, I love to play games, I’m a Christian and my faith has gotten me through money struggles, health struggles and the loss of a child, I’m a cancer survivor (yes, you can beat this horrible disease!), and I would love to go on DANCING WITH THE STARS. (Don’t you think writers can be stars? I do!) Of course, I’ve reached the point where if I went on that show and went down for the splits I’d probably never get back up again, so maybe it’s a good thing they haven’t called. 🙂

Writers TOTALLY count as stars! I can’t believe the producers haven’t called on any yet…an oversight, surely.

 

Tell us all about your main characters—who are they? What makes them tick? Most importantly, what one thing would they need to have with them if stranded on a desert isle? 😉

One of my main characters, Cass Wilkes, has made an appearance in almost every book in my LIFE IN ICICLE FALLS series. This time, she gets a starring role. What would she take with her to that desert island? A man! The poor woman’s been divorced for years. As for Stefanie Stahl, food photographer extraordinaire, she’d take her camera. Hopefully, she’d be able to concoct some exotic dishes to photograph. As for their friend Stefanie Stahl, maybe she should take her husband. With the stress of remodeling, living in a grass hut on a desert island might be just what they need.

I’m with Cass—especially if my “man” came with a permanently charged Kindle. He would, right?

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

I wish I could tell you something I read or saw or heard inspired it. But I can’t. It seems that for this book the ideas simply dropped into my head. It happens that way sometimes.

That’s awesome—I’m jealous 🙂

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

I’ve been writing since I was a little kid. The desire was always there in me. As for writing professionally? Well, I needed money and there wasn’t much of anything else I was qualified to do.

That works out well for you, then 🙂

 

What do you like best about being a writer? What is the most challenging part?

I love being in charge of my day, love my commute (under a minute from my espresso machine in the kitchen to my home office!), I love the fact that I get to earn a living making stuff up, love seeing a book come together; helping with the back cover copy, seeing the cover art for the new book, getting to host book signing parties and talk about the book. And I really enjoy meeting readers. I have the perfect job. Oh, except for deadlines. That’s the challenging part. If allowed, I think most of us writers would forever fool with a book. There’s always more you can do to make it better. But at some point, we have to turn it in and let it be what it will be. It seems like I’m always in a deadline crunch and I hate that.

Perfect answers! I have to admit, your commute beats mine—my walk is a full 4 minutes…

 

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

I’ve just turned in a Christmas book that will come out this coming November and I’m very excited about it. So, keep your eyes peeled for the last book in this series, CHRISTMAS IN ICICLE FALLS.

Great! Can’t wait!

 

What authors and/or books have inspired you?

I love reading books about writers and writing. Stephen King’s ON WRITING really resonated with me. I read a lot of biographies, and one about Erle Stanley Gardner, who wrote the Perry Mason novels, really impressed me. He started as a lawyer, writing in his spare time. This was back in the days of the manual typewriter (and those keyboards required strong fingers!). He would type until his fingers bled, bandage them, and go back to work. Not that I intend to type until my fingers bleed, but his story did drive home the importance of hard work and dedication. Most dreams remain just that unless you put in the work to make them come true.

I’ve read ON WRITING at least a half dozen times…and once I found out that he narrates the audiobook version, I listened to it two more!

 

What are you currently reading? What are your thoughts about it so far?

I recently finished GIRL ON THE TRAIN and was mesmerized by the writing. It was a depressing tale but I couldn’t stop reading. When you can’t step away from a book – now, that’s good writing.

I agree—I listened to it on audio, and for once wanted my walk to work to be longer so I had more time to “read” en route to work!

 

If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

Maybe I would simply tweet my motto: Read Sheila for a Good Time. I hope that’s what readers have when they read me.

LOL, works for me, Sheila! Thanks again for stopping by!

 

About the Author:

Bestselling author Sheila Roberts has seen her books translated into over a dozen languages. Her novels ON STRIKE FOR CHRISTMAS and THE NINE LIVES OF CHRISTMAS were made into movies for the Lifetime and Hallmark channels. When she’s not hanging out with her girlfriends or dancing with her husband she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.

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Title: STARTING OVER ON BLACKBERRY LANE
Author: Sheila Roberts
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Pages: 384
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Romance

Stefanie Stahl has a husband with renovation ADD. He can’t seem to finish anything he starts and her house is littered with his “projects.” If he doesn’t smarten up, she swears she’s going to murder him and bury him under the pile of scrounged lumber in the backyard.

Her friend Griffin James is suddenly single and thinking maybe she needs to sell her fixer-upper and follow her career bliss up the ladder of success, even if that scary ladder is clear across the country. Getting her place ready to sell proves harder than she originally thought. She needs help.

She’s not the only one. Cass Wilkes, their neighbor, has an empty nest—with a leaking roof. When her ceiling crashes in, she knows it’s time to do something. When Grant Masters offers his handyman services at a fund-raiser auction, the three women go in together to outbid the competition and win their man. (Cass’s friends think she should win Grant in a different way, too!) Now it’s time to make some improvements…in their houses and their lives.

 

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A Conversation with Kate James, Author of SANCTUARY COVE–with a giveaway!


On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Thank you for inviting me back to your blog, Becky! It’s a pleasure to be here.

Thanks so much for stopping by, Kate—we love return visitors 🙂 What 5 things should readers know about you?

  1. I am grateful to everyone who has purchased one of my books. You make it possible for me to do what I love.
  2. I love to hear from readers!
  3. I have a passion for animals. Although I’ve mostly had dogs, that passion extends to every type of critter.
  4. I enjoy travelling. Whenever I do, I always return home with lots of story ideas.
  5. I have my husband and his belief in me to thank for my writing career!

A great list—I especially <3 #5!
Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

The idea for this story has been around for a while. I had been exposed to an incident of corruption early in my business career, and no amount of pressure could cause me to compromise my integrity and principles. Whatever else happened, I had to be able to go home at the end of the day, look myself in the mirror, and know I had done the right thing. I’ve always found that if you do the right thing, the right things will (eventually) happen. That incident inspired me, and I wanted to write the story of a young woman principled enough not to compromise her ethics or integrity, despite the personal cost. I hope that there might be a moral in the story for young people.

I love when a less-than-positive personal experience can be turned into a story idea—truly inspiring!
How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

Oh, I love this question, because it’s a fun story . . . at least I think so!

I always wanted to write. While I was attending university, I started two manuscripts. After graduation, my career took off and those partially finished manuscripts were relegated to a storage box in my basement. Fast forward many years. My husband and I were on vacation in the Caribbean in 2009. My husband likes to sleep in when he’s not working, but I’m always up early so I use the time to catch up on business-related e-mails, read or find other ways to occupy myself. One morning I happened on a notice for a short story writing competition. I wrote the story, entered it in the contest and placed 52 in my category. Now that might not sound like much of an accomplishment, but the contest received over 12,500 entries! Still, I put the idea of writing aside.

A few months later, it’s my birthday and I’m opening the gifts from my husband. I’m difficult to buy gifts for, because there’s not much I can think of that I want or need, yet my husband almost always finds the perfect gifts for me. On this occasion, one brightly-wrapped package contained a beautiful white laptop. I smiled graciously at my husband and thanked him profusely, all the while thinking what do I need another laptop for, when I have a perfectly good one from work that’s with me nearly 24/7?

But my husband knew better than I did! Because I did spend so much time on my work laptop, the last thing I was inclined to do was use it to write a book. The fact that my personal laptop was white instead of the normal business black made a world of difference, too. It didn’t look or feel like my work computer, and it created an entirely different mindset.

In six months, writing very early in the mornings before work and late at night after our evenings ended, I wrote my first book, Silver Linings. Six months later, I had a contract and another six months after that, my debut novel was in print and in book stores!

My husband did know best, and I owe him a big thank you! (Ultimately, the short story I entered in the contest became my first Heartwarming book, A Child’s Christmas.)

You’re right—that’s an awesome story!

 

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

In addition to Sanctuary Cove, I will have two more releases this year. Home to Stay, the fourth book in my award-winning San Diego K-9 Unit series releases on July 1st, and A Priceless Find, a sequel to A Child’s Christmas, will be released on October 1st. Home to Stay is in production now and A Priceless Find is in the editing stage.

Great! A lot to look forward to 🙂
What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

I just started reading Jill Weatherholt’s debut novel, Second Chance Romance, and I’m enjoying it very much!

(Running over to Goodreads to add to TBR…)
If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

The tweet would be: “Can Sanctuary Cove be Emma’s safe haven?” and I’d attach the following picture.

 

Awesome! You’re only the second author so far to include a picture 🙂

 

Sanctuary Cove is set in a scenic, fictitious town in the Adirondack Mountains. I would love to hear from readers what type of setting they enjoy reading about most.

 

Thank you, again, for hosting me on your blog, Becky!

You’re welcome, Kate—it was my pleasure!

 

About the Author:

Kate spent much of her childhood abroad before attending university in Canada. She built a successful business career, but her passion has always been literature. As a result, Kate turned her energy to her love of the written word. Kate’s goal is to entertain her readers with engaging stories featuring strong, likable characters. Kate has been honored with numerous awards for her writing. She and her husband, Ken, enjoy traveling and the outdoors, with their beloved Labrador Retrievers, Harley and Logan.

Kate would love to hear from you! You can connect with her by email, through her website, her Facebook pageTwitter, or mail at PO Box 446, Schomberg, ON, L0G 1T0, Canada.

 

Sanctuary Cove
by Kate James
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
March 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Can his safe haven be enough for her?

Emma Meadows never imagined that sticking to her principles against an act of corruption by a New York senator would cost her her job as VP of communications. Heartbroken, she retreats to her cottage in the Adirondacks to lick her wounds and, in the process, rescues an injured dog that only Josh Whitmore can save.

The veterinarian works diligently to bring dog and woman back to full fighting form, until allegations against the senator become more serious. Seeing Emma’s reaction to the increasing pressure, Josh realizes that inevitably she’ll find a way back to the top…and he’ll likely lose her for good.

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March 11th: Launch
March 12th:
Katie’s Clean Book Collection
Hearts & Scribbles
Rockin’ Book Reviews
underneath the covers
Becky on Books
March 13th:
With Love for Books
Zerina Blossom’s Books
Faithfully Bookish
deal sharing aunt
My Devotional Thoughts
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Getting Your Read On
Thoughts of a Blonde
Christy’s Cozy Corners
Mel’s Shelves
March 15th:
A Slice of Life
The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
Hardcover Feedback
Falling Leaves
Granny Loves to Read
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Reading Is My SuperPower
Harlie’s Books
Rosanna Leo
Heidi Reads…
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A Conversation with Diana Rodriguez Wallach, Author of PROOF OF LIES (Anastasia Phoenix)

Thanks so much for agreeing to be with us today, Diana! What 5 things should readers know about you?

  1. I love to travel, and I have a goal to visit every country in Europe before I die. I’ve already made a solid dent. All of my books have settings both in the U.S. and abroad, and all are based on places I’ve visited. So PROOF OF LIES is set in Boston, Tuscany, Rome and Venice. Book Two is set in England and Rio de Janeiro. And Book Three, well, you’ll have to wait and see.
  2. I have two kids, ages 2 and 5, and I dedicated PROOF OF LIES to them and my husband.
  3. I used to be a reporter, so the topic of disinformation that comes up in PROOF OF LIES (and on CNN lately—hello, “alternative facts”) is near and dear to my heart.
  4. I’m going to the U2 Joshua Tree concert this summer, and for a long time lyrics from U2’s song “One” were the epigraph for PROOF OF LIES.
  5. In PROOF OF LIES, Anastasia describes eating the local cuisine everywhere she goes. I actually do this; and yes, I have eaten snails in Paris and they do taste like buttery pencil erasers.

Hmmm. I’ll have to take your word for it, because pencil erasers—buttery or not—just don’t appeal to me 😉

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

Oddly, the first spark of inspiration for Anastasia Phoenix came when I was in high school. I was attending a college fair at the now defunct Adams Mark Hotel on City Line Ave., and I was listening to students talk about Boston University. One kid was going on and on about the knowledge depth of his professors—how he was learning journalism from Pulitzer-prize winning reporters from the Boston Globe, The Washington Post and The NY Times. Then he spoke about a very unusual professor, one who was a former communist spy for Czechoslovakia during the Cold War and who now taught budding journalists how to tell if they were being fed false information. Not only was I hooked by the story and utterly impressed by the faculty, but for some reason the tale of the rouge spy stuck with me long after I left Conference Room B that day.

By the time I ultimately got to BU, Lawrence Martin Bittman, the spy-turned-journalism professor, had since retired. I never had the pleasure of taking his course. However, years later when I decided to attempt an international thriller packed with super spies, that story came back to me as if it had always been waiting there. I wanted my world of espionage to be focused on a unique specialty that offered me some creative freedom, and disinformation fit the bill.

Eventually, I got to meet the spy who inspired me, and we had a fascinating conversation in his home that led to many of the espionage elements in PROOF OF LIES, as well as the name of the CIA agent that appears at the end of the novel, Martin Bittman.

That is SO cool!

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

I’ll warn you, it’s kind of strange. I started writing my first novel because I had a dream one night that I was a young adult author, and I dreamt the concept for an entire series of books. Seriously. When I woke up and told my husband, he reminded me of a vacation we took five years earlier through New England.

We had stopped in Salem, MA to see the witches’ houses. While there, I decided to visit a psychic (when in Rome, right?). So I sat down and the psychic immediately said, “You’re a writer.” And I was; at the time, I was a reporter. I told her this, and she asked what I wrote about. Intentionally trying to be cryptic (I mean, she is a psychic, shouldn’t she already know?), I told her that I wrote about “business.” She swiftly said, “No. I see you writing books, little books, like children’s books.”

I had never considered writing a book before. But after the dream, and my recollection of that encounter, I figured it was “a sign.” So I sat down and started writing my first novel. I published the first book in the Amor and Summer Secrets series in 2008, and now I’m about to publish my fourth novel, Proof of Lies.

And OMG—that is even COOLER.

 

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

I’m working hard on Books Two and Three of the Anastasia Phoenix series! Book Two, Lies that Bind, comes out in March 2018, and its first chapter appears at the end of Proof of Lies. Book Three comes out in March 2019. I’m also working on a draft of a children’s picture book, but that’s still very much in the early stages.

Fantastic! So much to look forward to 🙂

 

What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

I’m currently reading the YA thriller With Malice by Eileen Cook. I’m only 15% of the way in, so I can’t comment too much other than to say it reminds me of the Amanda Knox story, which I was obsessed with, so I’m enjoying it. The two favorite books I’ve read recently are A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis and The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma. Both are dark psychological YA thrillers that kept me hooked not only by the plotlines, but also the gorgeous writing. I could read them again and again.

Annnnd my TBR grows…again! Thanks for the recs!

 

If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

Are you kidding? Do you know how many tweets I’ve written about this book? J Lately, I’ve been posting collages on Twitter to showcase my characters.

Here’s a tweet, with a collage, I posted for my main character Anastasia Phoenix:


Since I’ve been marching & protesting so much, seems fitting I get to write about a kick butt, Girl Power teen. #anastasiaphoenix https://twitter.com/dianarwallach/status/830093431074648067

 

Here’s a tweet, with a collage, I posted for Anastasia’s love interest, Marcus Rey:


The making of a book boyfriend–1 part leather jacket, 1 part motorcycle, 1 part Spanish accent & a heaping dose of mystery. Stir & swoon. https://twitter.com/dianarwallach/status/827203394532159488

That is awesome! I’ve seriously never had anyone already have tweets at the ready, let alone tweets with collages!

 

About the author:

Diana Rodriguez Wallach is the author of the Anastasia Phoenix series, three YA spy thrillers set to debut beginning in March 2017 (Entangled Publishing). She is also the author of three award-winning young adult novels: Amor and Summer Secrets, Amigas and School Scandals, and Adios to All The Drama (Kensington Books); as well as a YA short-story collection based on the Narcissus myth, entitled Mirror, Mirror (Buzz Books, 2013).
In 2011, she published a highly regarded essay in Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperCollins). It was the only essay chosen from the anthology by Scholastic to be used in its classroom materials. Diana is featured in the anthology, Latina Authors and Their Muses (Twilight Times Books, 2015), and she is currently on staff as a featured blogger for Quirk Books.

Proof of Lies
Anastasia Phoenix #1
Diana Rodriguez Wallach

Anastasia Phoenix has always been the odd girl out, whether moving from city to international city with her scientist parents or being the black belt who speaks four languages.

And most definitely as the orphan whose sister is missing, presumed dead.

She’s the only one who believes Keira is still alive, and when new evidence surfaces, Anastasia sets out to follow the trail—and lands in the middle of a massive conspiracy. Now she isn’t sure who she can trust. At her side is Marcus, the bad boy with a sexy accent who’s as secretive as she is. He may have followed her to Rome to help, but something about him seems too good to be true.

Nothing is as it appears, and when everything she’s ever known is revealed to be a lie, Anastasia has to believe in one impossibility.

She will find her sister.

A Conversation with Layla Reyne, Author of SINGLE MALT (Agents Irish & Whiskey #1)

Welcome, Layla! What 5 things should readers know about you?

  1. I’m a North Carolina native currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area. My bi-coastal experience, with travel in-between, is reflected in my stories. In Single Malt, you’ve got Aidan, whose Irish family resettled in the Bay Area, and Jamie, who was was born and raised in North Carolina before moving to San Francisco. Moreover, series settings hop between San Francisco, Texas and North Carolina.
  2. As a mechanic’s granddaughter, I’m fond of fast cars, and forever regretting the 1964½ cherry red Mustang convertible I passed up as a teen when I didn’t know any better. Vintage American muscle cars are my weakness!
  3. I’m a foodie. Food will always be featured in my books and on my social media feeds. #SorryNotSorry for making you hungry.
  4. Ditto whiskey and coffee, if that wasn’t obvious from the book titles and my characters’ fondness for both.
  5. My grandmother sat me in front of All My Children at age three, my parents in front of Hill Street Blues shortly thereafter, so guess what I write… Romantic Suspense. I love suspense with a heavy dose of unresolved sexual tension that leads to romance. Translation: Readers are going to get plot-heavy stories from me, with action and things that go boom, kissing and sexy times, and some cliffhangers too. That’s the structure I learned, the one I love, so fair warning!

LOL! We have been warned!

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

I was introduced to romance and suspense at an early age, which later matured into my own tastes for action and suspense with a romantic twist (e.g., The X-Files, Castle, etc.). When I started writing, first in fanfiction then in original fiction, romantic suspense was a natural fit. Before Single Malt, I wrote a male/female romantic suspense that was an RWA Golden Heart Finalist. While that manuscript ran the contest circuit and through the query trenches, I wrote Single Malt. Already a fan of male/male romance, Irish and Whiskey came to me from the start as two male leads, and after enjoying the male point of view more in my previous manuscript and in fanfiction, I followed where inspiration led—to a continuation series with these two complicated men who deserve their shot at happily ever after. As for the plot itself, I live in Silicon Valley—cyber-everything is a way of life—and after test driving a certain electric car, I couldn’t get the cyberterror angle out of my head.

Awesome! Thanks for sharing 🙂

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

Does the book I wrote in grade school about the family dog count? That was probably the first thing, LOL. But writing really took off for me in high school, mostly as a rebellion against math and science (and yet, I married a scientist, joke’s on me). Two things spurred the then-hobby on: a twelfth grade writing portfolio, for which I wrote an Epilogue to Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse, and discovering The X-Files and the glorious world of fanfiction. I read and wrote extensively throughout college, including a student television stint, then was diverted a bit by my other career, before fandom and fanfiction pulled me back in, only this time it wasn’t a hobby for long. Original ideas took hold and now my debut novel is published. Hooray!

Ah, fanfiction! Good times…

 

What are you working on right now?

Editing AIW3, developing ideas for AIW spin-offs, and writing a male/male contemporary sports romance. It’s a juggling act, especially with my day-job, but I wouldn’t trade living my dream for anything!

Wow! Can’t wait!

 

What can readers look for from you in the next year?

All three books in the Agents Irish and Whiskey series – Single Malt, Cask Strength, and Barrel Proof – will be released in 2017. Yes, I left readers with a wee bit of a cliffhanger (Okay, a big one), but it’ll be short wait times between books to find out what happens!

Good to know! Nothing worse than having to wait a year+ to find out how the cliffhanger ending will be resolved…

 

What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh. My e-shelf, while 99% romance, crosses subgenres and pairings. I’ve loved the Psy-Changeling series since I inhaled it the summer before last, and I’m loving my dive back into it. The pairings are compelling, the mythology well-built, and living in the Bay Area, I especially enjoy the reimagined San Francisco her world is set in.

I STILL need to read Nalini Singh…but I keep hearing good things; I think I’m going to have to bump her up the TBR list!

 

If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

Widowed FBI agent falls hard for his new, handsome cyber agent partner while investigating cybercrimes and his late husband’s murder.

Perfect! Thanks so much, Layla!

 

About the Author:

2016 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist, Layla Reyne, was raised in North Carolina but now calls San Francisco home. She enjoys weaving her bi-coastal experiences into her stories, along with adrenaline fueled suspense and heart pounding romance. When she’s not writing stories to excite her readers, she downloads too many books, watches too much television, and cooks too much food with her scientist husband, much to the delight of their smushed-face, leftover-loving dogs. You can find her online at http://www.laylareyne.com/.

Connect with Layla: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads

 

Title: Single Malt
Author: Layla Reyne
Series: Agents Irish & Whiskey
Genre: M/M Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 27, 2017
Publisher: Carina Press

 

Synopsis:

Eight months after the car crash that changed everything, FBI agent Aidan Talley is back at work. New department, new case and a new partner. Smart, athletic and handsome, Jameson Walker is twelve years his junior. Even if Aidan was ready to move on—and he’s not—Jamie is off-limits.

Jamie’s lusted after Aidan for three years, and the chance to work with San Francisco’s top agent directly is too good to pass up. Aidan is prickly—to put it mildly—but a growing cyber threat soon proves Jamie’s skills invaluable.

Jamie’s talents paint a target on his back, and Aidan is determined to protect him. But with hack after hack threatening a high-security bio-containment facility, time is running out to thwart a deadly terrorist attack. They’ll have to filter out distractions, on the case and in their partnership, to identify the real enemy, solve the case and save thousands of lives, including their own.

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A Conversation with Megan Frampton, Author of MY FAIR DUCHESS (Dukes Behaving Badly #5) with a New Release Review and Giveaway!

An unexpected duchess proves that behaving badly isn’t exclusive to the Dukedom.

Welcome, Megan! What 5 things should readers know about you?

  1. I can’t write a book unless I know what real-life person the hero looks like. The hero in My Fair Duchess looks like David Gandy.
  2. I can name all of Henry VIII’s wives in order (Catherine, Anne, Jane, Anne, Catherine, Catherine).
  3. I love to dance, and I think I’m pretty good at it.
  4. I think cream soda is an abomination
  5. I am a big fan of Korean assassin movies.

Well, #1 only makes sense. I’m with you there…now excuse me a moment while I do a quick Google image search…

Ah, yes. Verrrrry nice! 😉

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

I’ve been writing since early 2002; I got laid off from my job thanks to 9/11 (long story, not very interesting), and my kid was 2 ½, so I decided to try being a stay-at-home mom. I thought why not try writing that romance novel I always thought I had in me? I did, and I kept writing and rewriting, and then it sold! And then I wrote some more.

Fantastic! (Well, except for the 9/11 and losing your job part of it, of course.)

What are you working on right now?

I’m writing the second book in my new Duke’s Daughters series. The premise is if Mr. Bennet from Pride and Prejudice was a duke, and had five daughters, and they all needed to make respectable marriages. Only, of course, they don’t.

Of course not! 😉 Sounds great!

What can readers look for from you in the next year?

Lady Be Bad, the first book in the Duke’s Daughters series comes out in August. I believe there will be a holiday anthology including me coming in October, and then more books in the Duke’s Daughters series.

Fantastic—can’t wait!

 

What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

I have a trigger-happy DNF finger, so I am usually loving what I’m reading. But thanks to my deadline, and my kid’s college application process, I’m not reading anything! But I can’t wait for the final book in Anne Bishop’s Others series (out in early March), plus I have KJ Charles’s latest book in the TBR queue.

I hear you re: kids’ college application process. I don’t remember being this stressed about my own! (And trust me, I was pretty stressed…)

If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

 Foxy ex-Army guy has to help a clueless aristocrat navigate the course of becoming a female duke. #sexytimes

LOL! Perfect!

 

 

Megan Frampton
writes historical romance under her own name and romantic women’s fiction as Megan Caldwell. She likes the color black, gin, dark-haired British men, and huge earrings, not in that order. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and son. You can visit her on her website@meganf, and at Facebook.
 

 

MY FAIR DUCHESS
Dukes Behaving Badly #5
Megan Frampton
Releasing Feb 28, 2017
Avon Books
In Megan Frampton’s most recent installment of The Dukes Behaving Badly series, an unexpected duchess proves that behaving badly isn’t exclusive to the Dukedom.
 
The Unexpected Duchess
 
Archibald Salisbury, son of a viscount, war hero, and proficient in the proper ways of aristocratic society, has received orders for his most challenging mission: Genevieve, Duchess of Blakesley. How she inherited a duchy isn’t his problem. Turning her into a perfect duchess is. But how can he keep his mind on business when her beauty entices him toward pleasure?
It was impossible, unprecedented…and undeniably true. Genevieve is now a “duke”, or, rather, a duchess. So what is she to do when the ton eyes her every move, hoping she’ll make a mistake? Genevieve knows she has brains and has sometimes been told she has beauty, but, out of her depth, she calls on an expert. And what an expert, with shoulders broad enough to lean on, and a wit that matches her own. Archie is supposed to teach her to be a lady and run her estate, but what she really wants to do is unladylike—run into his arms.

Loved! As always, I’m a sucker for retellings, so a My Fair Lady/Pygmalion where the Eliza character is a female “duke”? Yes, please!

Genevieve and Archie were wonderful characters, both separately and when together in a room and giving off enough sparks to light up every single one of the ducal properties that Genevieve inherited. I absolutely adored their letters back and forth, especially the parts they crossed outthought better of and even more especially the letters they didn’t send…yet. Such an adorable idea!

The book titles that Genevieve kept coming up with to help her situation: How to Duchess Without Being a Dullard, How to Receive and Politely Decline Marriage Proposals from People You Don’t Wish to Be Married To, and How to Trust That the Person You Love Loves You Back and Wants to Marry You After All, You Idiot were highly entertaining as well. Overall, there was as much to smile at in this book as things that made you want to break out the fan–a fun read from start to finish.

I would have liked to have seen Archie’s (fingers crossed there really is one) reunion with his family at some point, but honestly, that’s the only criticism I have for the story.

This is the fifth book in the Dukes Behaving Badly series (though of course in this instance it’s a duchess who’s not conforming to society at all times) but it worked just fine as a standalone. I’m quickly becoming a big fan of Ms Frampton’s writing style, and am looking forward to whatever she writes next, in this series or another!

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

A Conversation with Kari Lynn Dell, Author of TANGLED IN TEXAS (with a giveaway!)

 

Welcome, Kari Lynn! What 5 things should readers know about you?

  • I am, in person, one of the least romantic, most logic-bound people you’ll ever meet. We don’t even celebrate Valentine’s Day. My husband hates watching movies with me because I insist on pointing out plot holes and illogical character arcs, but I am incapable of just letting it go.
  • I am currently, simultaneously addicted to astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson’s podcast Star Talk and binge-watching the first season of Glee. I love me some show tunes and theories of relativity.
  • Ninety-nine percent of the scenes in Tangled involving Delon’s rehab were written from personal experience. I studied sports medicine in college and worked as a clinic-based athletic trainer in South Dakota and Oregon, spending my afternoons, evenings and weekends on the sidelines of local high school practices and games. Ask me about any sport, I’ve probably watched a thousand or so hours of it. Mornings I worked in the physical therapy clinic rehabbing athletes, just like Tori.
  • Also like Tori, I am obsessed with big rigs and would love to climb in and do a cross country road trip. Especially with someone who looks like Delon and has a chocolate stash. I would settle for my husband, though, who actually owns a commercial driver’s license. But sadly, not a truck.
  • I grew up as a rodeo rat, hanging out behind the chutes while my parents were competing. Beni Sanchez is a conglomeration of all the wise-beyond-their-years cowkids I’ve known. And been.

Fascinating! Thanks for sharing 🙂

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

It all started with the George Strait song, I Can Still Make Cheyenne, about a professional cowboy who has been dropping in and out of a woman’s life as his rodeo schedule allowed. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKXdnBGIcm0 ) Finally one day he calls to say he’s coming home and she tells him not to bother, she’s found someone new. I love that song. And it got me thinking—what kind of guy would take off for weeks and not even call, and what kind of woman would put up with him? What would happen if their paths cross again, years down the road when they’re both older and wiser and life has knocked them around some? My imagination took it from there, and Delon and Tori were born.

Oooh, I love that song too! Awesome inspiration!

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

I started writing in the late ‘90s. We were living in Oregon and I was working as an athletic trainer at Pendleton High School, so I had summers off. I’ve always done a lot of reading—anything and everything—but romance has been one of my mainstays. As a rancher and cowgirl it was natural for me to gravitate toward western romances, but what I found wasn’t the world I live in. The characters didn’t look the same or talk the same as the cowboys and cowgirls I knew. In many cases the rodeo or ranch setting was a backdrop, not a central part of the plot. So with an entire summer vacation stretching ahead of me, I decided to write my own. Much to my surprise, I was good at it—and I got hooked.

 

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

I am currently working on the fourth book in the Texas Rodeo series (due spring 2018), what I call Shakedown in Texas on the good days, and This Damn Book the rest of the time. It stars Wyatt, the best friend of the hero of the first book, Reckless in Texas, and Melanie, the lifetime BFF of the heroine of the same book. Which makes things complicated right off the bat because, as one character points out, “You two hooking up would be like dating your best friend’s sister.” And it just gets weirder from there.

My next release will be Tougher in Texas which is currently available for pre-order at all of the usual online outlets or your local indie bookstore. I don’t like to play favorites, but I have to say, Shawnee (who you meet in Tangled) is my favorite heroine to date. Imagine Melissa McCarthy as a cowgirl, at her outrageous, sarcastic best. Then throw her together with Cole Jacobs, who was diagnosed as autistic at the end of Reckless in Texas and treasures nothing more than his safe, predictable routines. Wow, were they fun to write.

I bet—and they sound like even more fun to read!

 

What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

The last book I read was The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, and it was awesome. A great study in how to write a story that is very narrowly focused on the hero and heroine, especially for a someone like me who loves her secondary characters and sub-plots. As for what I’m currently reading—I am banned from my To-Be-Read pile until I survive the release of Tangled and get through the first draft of Shakedown.

That sounds like a plan! Maybe I should ban myself from my TBR until the end of the semester…? Nope, not that strong. 😉

 

If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

Pro bronc rider Delon Sanchez lost everything when his knee was shattered. One person can help him get it back—the woman who broke his heart.

Perfect! Thanks so much, Kari Lynn!

 

 

Kari Lynn Dell is a ranch-raised Montana cowgirl who attended her first rodeo at two weeks old and has existed in a state of horse-induced poverty ever since. She lives on the Blackfeet Reservation in her parents’ bunkhouse along with her husband, her son, and Max the Cowdog, with a tipi on her lawn, Glacier National Park on her doorstep and Canada within spitting distance. Her debut novel, The Long Ride Home, was published in 2015. She also writes a ranch and rodeo humor column for several regional newspapers and a national agricultural publication.

 

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Title: Tangled in Texas
Series: Texas Rodeo, #2
Author: Kari Lynn Dell
Pub Date: February 7, 2017
ISBN: 9781492631972

 

It took 32 seconds to end his career.

But it only took 1 to change his life.

Thirty-two seconds. That’s how long it took for Delon Sanchez’s life to end. One minute he was the best bronc rider in the Panhandle and the next he was nothing. Knee shattered, future in question, all he can do is pull together the pieces…and wonder what cruel trick of fate has thrown him into the path of his ex, the oh-so-perfect Tori Patterson.

Tori’s come home after her husband’s death, intent on escaping the public eye. It’s just her luck that Delon limps into her physical therapy office, desperate for help. All hard-packed muscle and dark-eyed temptation, he’s never been anything but a bad idea. And yet, seeing him again, Tori can’t remember what made her choose foolish pride over love…or why, with this second, final chance to right old wrongs, the smartest choice would be to run from this gorgeous rodeo boy as fast as her boots can take her.

 

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A Conversation with Becca St.John, Author of THE GATEHOUSE (Lady Eleanor Mysteries #2)

Thanks so much for agreeing to be with us today, Becca!

Happy Valentine’s Day, Becky! My favorite holiday.

Thanks for having me and for giving me the opportunity to share my love and my work.

My pleasure 🙂

 

What 5 things should readers know about you?

  1. I would be crippled without yoga. Something happened over a decade ago, when I stepped out of bed I could barely walk. No problem now, as long as I do my yoga. But if I skip it, for too long, there’s a price to pay. Probably should see a doctor but if I can fix a problem myself, that’s what I’ll do.
  2. Imagination shoots me into the clouds, meditation keeps me grounded. Spending so much of my time ‘imagining’ the lives of characters, I have to do something to come back to reality. Mediation does that. It clears my mind and takes me back to the basics. But that doesn’t always mean sitting in silence for hours. Swimming, kayaking, even doing the dishes are great times to meditate.
  3. Travel is my ‘down-time’ ~ In 2015 I went to 12 countries 75 days and will be going to 8 countries in the same amount of time this spring. There’s a very good chance, after this next trip, I’ll retire from travel, at least physically. Mentally, I will go back to remote and so may my characters!
  4. Shhhh, this is a secret. Don’t want to get carted off as a crazy woman but … Whether they are there or not, I leave gifts for elves and faeries and love the whimsy of it all. Sometimes it’s good to step back into childhood, honoring dreams and make-believe.
  5. Before moving to Florida, I lived in the mountains of Wyoming and had a labyrinth in a willow copse on my property. Loved walking that labyrinth. It was special.

But…why wouldn’t the elves and fairies be there? What do you mean by “make believe”? 😉

The labyrinth sounds fantastic!

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

The Gatehouse popped into my mind on a drive from San Diego to Los Angeles. I was riding in the car with another author who used to work in a school for the deaf. She talked about some of her teaching experiences and students who made it big. We discussed my next book for the Lady Eleanor Mysteries. The two conversations merged and whoosh, a whole new book emerged. It was a domino toppling moment that wasn’t nearly as random as it would seem. I had always been fascinated by deaf culture, even wrote, and produced, a play in deaf sign. We had to laugh, as I started to tell her my new idea she would say, “but why this?” or “why that?”  I’d scratch my head and answer, “I don’t know yet, the story is only just coming to me, right now, this very moment.” It works like that sometimes.

That is such an interesting story—I love it!

(And a deaf sign play—how cool! I took ASL I and II as my language in college, and loved it!)

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

Reading and writing have always been part of my life. So much so, that I didn’t think much of it. Just did it. Used writing to help earn a bit of cash in college, but never thought of it as a career. My family is full of writers and editors, so my efforts were not worth noting. But then the romance genre found me (really, it found me, I’m certain of it) and I found home.  “This is me,” I thought early in my romance reading career, “this is what I want to do, want to write.” And that was it.

I totally believe that romance finds you—you won’t get an argument there from me!

 

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

Right now, I’m preparing to travel and research for my next book in the Lady Eleanor Mysteries,.

Fantastic!

 

Here’s a short excerpt from The Gatehouse (book 2 in the series) with a hint to where my travels are taking me, what the next mystery will be, and whose heart will need mending:

Edmund diverted the conversation. “What were you speaking to Lady Eleanor about?”

Bentwood frowned, tilting his drink, coating the sides of his glass. “She’s going to the Far East with us. Spot of bother over there, sister missing, worrisome.”

“Egad! Missing? Who?” exclaimed Sir Michael.

The whole table turned. “My sister, in the Far East. Going to locate her. Taking Lady Eleanor.”

“Never!” Sir Michael gasped.

“Need a woman. Lady Bentwood would go charging off on her own, if I didn’t have a sensible, logical woman to stop her.”

Sir Michael snorted. “Lady Eleanor is just as likely to lead the charge. No, don’t know if that’s a good idea.”

“She’s agreed,” Lord Bentwood told him. “We leave in the morning. That’s why I’ve been so keen to get out of here. Just got word.”

“Your sister’s probably just gone off with some fellow, don’t you think?” Sir Michael drummed his fingers on the table. “Probably no more than that.”

“Her husband is there, looking for her,” Bentwood looked down at his drink, wishing his wife adored him the way his sister loved her husband. But his wife loved another man. Always had. “Cece is crazy about him. She’d not run off.” But Lady Bentwood would, given half a chance. He was certain of it.

🙂

 

What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

As   usual, I have three books on my side table:

  1. Lord Scoundrel – which I’ve read multiple times and will, most likely, read many more times
  2. Married to a Bedouin – about a gal who married a Bedouin and lived in Petra back in the 1970’s.
  3. I study theology. The third book is related to that study and something I hold quietly dear.

An interesting mix!

 

If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

Devilishly handsome and deaf, a gentleman tries to protect his love from a killer he cannot hear.

Fantastic!

Thanks again for visiting, Becca, and happy Valentine’s Day! <3

 

About the author:

An Accidental Writer ~

Writing was a tool, not a toy, until a stay in an ancient (I swear it was haunted) hotel on a frightfully stormy night straight from a clichéd novel full of howling wind and creaking floors. The night drove me to a bookcase full of dog eared romances. Sleepless turned to fascination. Hooked I read old romances, new romances, both sexy and sweet until my own tales begged to be written.

 

About the book:

He can’t hear the murderer’s step but knows that all he loves is in danger …

Moments before his marriage, Christopher Sterry’s twin brother is murdered. One would expect Christopher to become the next Earl of Longford. No one would be surprised if he married his twin’s almost-bride, Helen Grove. She is, after all, his closest friend and confidante.

Except Christopher is deaf. The world outside Longford Manor believes that a deaf mute must also be a half-wit brute, unfit to be earl and, most certainly, capable of murdering his brother. He is the prime suspect – especially since he found the body.

Helen waits at the altar while her groom lies murdered in the folly. But there is no time to mourn. Christopher is in danger and so, it appears, is she. Ignoring her own risks, Helen crosses into the line of fire to protect the new earl. And in championing his cause, she comes to realize that it was not the dead twin she’d loved, but the deaf one.

Lady Eleanor solves crimes more thoroughly than any male magistrate. So when Christopher, her godson, is condemned without evidence, she sets out to prove both his innocence and his competence as earl. If she fails, Christopher will die… or be returned to an asylum worse than hell.

Book 2 ~ Lady Eleanor Mysteries ~ Regency romantic mystery with a touch of Gothic.

Book Tour Grand Finale and Giveaway! A COWBOY TO KEEP by Karen Rock


On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
A Cowboy to Keep
By Karen Rock

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops, go back and check them out…

Launch – Note from the Author

Best of all, this novel is the prequel to my ROCKY MOUNTAIN COWBOYS series that starts November 1, 2017. THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN COWBOY series chronicles the lives and loves of Jack’s ranching family, the Cades (hot-tempered, passionate rough-riding rebels) and their neighbors, the Lovelands, (laconic, stubborn, gritty loners), with whom they’ve feuded for over a hundred years. They are loyal, strong and determined cowboys who work hard, play harder and love forever. I know you’ll fall in love with them as much as I have!

Christy’s Cozy Corners – Dani’s 10 Tips to Running a Dude Ranch

Howdy all! Dani Crawford, stable manager at the Mountain Sky Dude Ranch outside of Denver, Colorado has learned a lot on the job and she’s ready to share her tips to running a dude ranch…

1. Carefully plan your horse line-up. Keep horses that don’t like each other apart, pair the right horse with the right human and always put the gassy horse in the back- lol.

Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review

“This is a tale of secrets, judgement, redemption, mystery, suspense and romance. , . . This was a very enjoyable book to relax with.”

Katie’s Clean Book Collection – Excerpt

Jack rolled his eyes skyward and his chest rose and fell. “Ma’am. I have no quarrel with you. Let me have my gun and I’ll be on my way.”

Dani blew out a breath. “Kick it over here.” He did, and the Glock skidded to a stop at her feet. “Don’t move unless you want your head blown off.” At his nod, she snatched it up and straightened, her rifle still trained on the trespasser. “I could shoot you. It’s the law.”

“But you won’t.” He lowered his arms and crossed them.

Bookworm Nation – Review

“I really enjoyed this one. I I thought the plot and setting were a lot of fun. I also really enjoyed the characters of Dani and Jack.”

I Am A Reader – Things Bounty Hunters Hear

Jack’s been chasing criminals since bond jumpers gunned down his little brother two years ago. He wants retribution, but most of all he wants redemption since he blames himself for not protecting his sibling like he should have, as an older brother. Life on the road is hard, but he won’t quit until he takes as many lowlifes off the streets as possible so that no families have to suffer as his have. Here’s a sample of what he hears every day on the job:

1. “You’ve got the wrong guy.”

Nicole’s Book Musings – Excerpt

Dani’s stomach fluttered at Jack’s appreciative look, then he strode down the hill. When she hustled after him, he stopped at the base. “What are you doing?”


“Going with you.”

“Sorry, sweetheart, it’s too dangerous.”

With Love for Books – Review

“Karen Rock writes about a beautiful ranch with stunning horses situated in a former mining area. There are many places for a criminal to hide, both on and close to the premises, and while Jackson and Dani visit them because they’re looking for someone, I could still enjoy the vivid descriptions of the amazing countryside, a combination I liked a lot. A Cowboy to Keep is an original love story. It’s filled with suspense and at the same time it’s really romantic. I loved this fabulous story with many unexpected twists and turns.”

Reading Is My SuperPower – Interview

Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Karen: Hmmmm… there are so many good ones that I wish I had… I would love to fly. Sometimes I really, really wish I could make myself invisible. Also, it’d be fun to morph into different animals, like dolphins or eagles, and get to see their worlds. But, if I’m true to who I am, my superpower would be storytelling because I believe in the power of stories to uplift us and transport us from our everyday lives. I’m a big believer in hope and positivity and faith and I hope my books give that to my readers.

Urban Book Reviews – Review

“The book was intense. Sweet, hot, and intriguing. I couldn’t stop reading it. Karen Rock has created two characters that will never be forgotten. An emotional attachemwnt occurs once the book is read. Once, one reads this, it will be hard to let go. Addictive, well-written, and highly engaging. Overall, I highly recommend this romance to readers worldwide.”

The Silver Dagger Scriptorium – Jackson’s 10 Tips to Courting a Cowgirl

Howdy! Jack here. Tracking bandits is easier than chasing cowgirls. When I first lady eyes on Dani, my heart about stopped beating. Of course, she’d pulled a gun on me for snooping around the dude ranch, so that might have been a contributing factor. Still, I knew right then and there I wouldn’t rest until I’d swept her off her feet and into my arms. I don’t love often, but I love hard and I knew she was the only woman for me. Here are my tips on how best to court a strong, gutsy cowgirl like Dani:

1. Don’t leave home without your wranglers and your cowboy hat. And a little face scruff never hurt none, neither.

Hearts & Scribbles – Excerpt

“Thought you were waiting for my signal.”

Dani’s voice was breathy.

“If I waited any longer, I’d be drawing social security.”

“Ha-ha,” she said slowly, so Jack understood exactly how funny she thought him, and, contrarily, wouldn’t suspect that she really did find him amusing.

No more flirting.

Brooke Blogs – Review

“A Cowboy to Keep was such an enjoyable book. Between Dani’s past catching up to her, the chase for Smiley, and even more twists and turns, you will find yourself staying up late to finish this one. I liked the suspense and I really liked the romance. It was tender, sweet, and believable. If you like sweet, wholesome romance plus suspense, then you will enjoy A Cowboy to Keep by Karen Rock.”

Okie Dreams Book Reviews – Review

“If you’re looking for a terrific contemporary romance with a good dabble of suspense mixed in, pick up a copy of A Cowboy to Keep by Karen Rock. It’s a great read and the perfect prequel story to what promises to be a stellar new series: Rocky Mountain Cowboys.”

Falling Leaves – Excerpt


Jack. When he smiled, Dani couldn’t help smiling. When his face turned sad, something inside her broke a little. She wished she’d met him years ago, before she’d gone left instead of right, taken the wrong turns that kept her from ever traveling beside him.

But she had him for now and she’d make the most of it.

Paulette’s Papers – Jackson’s 10 Tips to Tracking Down a Criminal

Hey all. Jack here. I’ve been tracking bond-jumpers since my brother’s murderers skipped out on their court appearance. This cowboy’s picked up a few tips for tracking down criminals:

1. A little menace goes a long way in persuading reluctant witnesses to talk.

Getting Your Read On – Review

“In addition to romance, this book has a bit of danger, mystery and suspense to liven things up. . . . It’s hard to resist a good cowboy story!”

Thoughts of a Blonde – Excerpt

All her feelings for him—hot and beautiful in her heart—dissolved on her tongue, strange, new and inexpressible.

He twined his fingers in hers, his thumb circling the center of her palm, slowly, and Dani disintegrated.

Becky on Books – Interview

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

I’m a huge fan of westerns, especially ones with renegade heroes like Jack Cade. Those dark, conflicted cowboys tempt the good gal in all of us who hope to tame these strong, fierce men. I was also inspired by the idea that sometimes the person who most needs to forgive us for our past mistakes is ourselves. Both Jack and Dani have troubled pasts and their path to love requires them to confront, and forgive those mistakes before they can be ready for their happily-ever-after. I always want my characters to earn their happy endings and when Jack and Dani finally get there, it’s all the sweeter for the challenges they overcame.

Book Reviews – Review

“I loved this story by Karen Rock. . . . If you love cowboys, horses, and adventure, you will love A Cowboy to Keep.”

Heidi Reads… – Excerpt

And then he pulled back, his eyes on her, his expression a silent question she couldn’t answer. Instead, she reached up and kissed his scar, wanting him to know that it made him beautiful to her. How much he meant to her. How every atom of her wanted to be here with him.

He angled his head and kissed her once more, slowly and tenderly.

Fire and Ice Book Reviews – Review

“FANTASTIC!!! Another fantastic read by Karen Rock. This story not only had the chemistry between Dani and Jackson but had tons of twists and turns some that I didn’t see coming. “

Mel’s Shelves – Reasons to Vacation on a Dude Ranch

The first time I learned about dude ranches was in a funny movie titled CITY SLICKERS with Jack Palance, playing a tough as nails cowboy, and a three city boys, comedians Billy Crystal, Bruno Kirby and Daniel Stern, who are hopelessly out of their element after they sign on for a cattle drive. Watching the grandeur of the West, the freedom and sense of independence life on the range can give, I’ve always known two things:

1. I would someday visit and/or live out west and I would write a book set here.

Lola’s Reviews – Review

“If you’re looking for a great slow building romance with a well done, but subtle suspense element I would definitely recommend this book. There was so much I enjoyed about this from the realistic and interesting main character to the wonderful setting, the suspense element which kept me on my toes and wondering about people their motivations and some side characters that made the story complete. The romance feels real and these two were so great together. This might be my favorite book by this author yet and if I am correct this is the first book in a new series!”

Zerina Blossom’s Books – Interview

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

My favorite chapter is always the Happily-Ever-After chapter. I put my characters through quite a bit before we reach the ending and it makes the final scene the sweetest of all because we know that the hero and heroine have truly earned that joy. It’s that smiling through tears part of the book and I can’t wait to write those scenes!

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A Cowboy to Keep
by Karen Rock
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
February 7th 2017 by Harlequin

Can’t stop running from the past

Dani Crawford has a secret…and if bounty hunter Jackson Cade finds out, he could ruin everything. The scarred yet handsome cowboy has tracked a dangerous criminal to the dude ranch Dani manages, and to get rid of Jack she’ll have to help him catch his man. But the closer they get to cornering their quarry the more Dani wants Jack to stay. Spending time with him is making her long for things she can never have thanks to a past mistake. And if the truth comes out she may be spending her future behind bars rather than safe in her cowboy’s arms…

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About the Author

In a quest to provide her ELA students with quality reading material, educator Karen Rock read everything out there and couldn’t wait to add her voice to the genre. In addition to her work as a Young Adult romance novelist, she’s now an author for Harlequin’s Heartwarming line and thrilled to pen stories that moms can share with their teenage daughters. She’s loved Harlequin books since she spent summers going through her grandmother’s Presents books that she passed along in paper grocery bags each year. As half of the writing duo J.K. Rock, Karen also pens young adult romance. When she’s not busy writing, Karen enjoys scouring estate sales for vintage books, cooking her grandmother’s family recipes, reinventing her gardens to suit her moods and occasionally rescuing local wildlife from neighborhood cats. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, her very appreciated beta-reader daughter, and two Cavalier King cocker spaniels, who have yet to understand the concept of “fetch” though they know a lot about love. For more information about Karen’s upcoming books, check out her website.

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