Thursday, June 13, 2019

Charlotte O'Shay with two special friends


I'm delighted to have Charlotte O'Shay back so soon with two of her friends. Sit back and read about Their No-Strings Affair.



Happy June Sandy and many thanks for having me back on your cool blog.

I’m handing the mic to my characters Honey Hill and Jake Ricco today.
They want to give you their exact thoughts about when they first met each other inside the pages of my new, contemporary, romance, Their No-Strings Affair.
In this enemies to lovers story, those first impressions, lasting and accurate, set the stage for Honey and Jake’s rocky road to happily ever after.


Jake:

How can I put this? Basically, she’s not very tall. And the staff uniform, the black pants and long sleeve white shirt she was wearing, were practically wearing her. Her hair is so short she looks like the Road Runner, you know that old cartoon with the bird who’s always being chased by the coyote?
But the absolute first thing I noticed was the complete defiance, the total I don’t give a f@*k in her eyes and the set of her jaw when she knew I’d caught her dead to rights sneaking onto my job site. She could not have cared less. She got all up in my face, with multiple studs along one ear and this ridiculous violet color on the tips of her light hair and let me have it when she was the one who was in the wrong.
I’m kind of a big guy, military trained, I’m definitely not known for my sense of humor at work. But she stood her ground.

Is it horrible to admit her attitude was a turn on?

Honey:
I’m an artist you know, kind of a trained observer and I saw two things right away. This big guy was a specimen. Perfect- I mean like Michelangelo’s David, Mark Consuelos’ younger, taller brother, perfect.
His suit, his hair, were both black, and both so impeccable it immediately made me conscious of how grungy I looked not having showered in eighteen hours wearing borrowed wait-staff clothing. The second thing I noticed was the scowl on his seriously serious face. This guy meant business about life. If he ever cracked a smile he would’ve looked stunning. But he didn’t. He looked at my ear studs and my hair like I was an alien not a human woman exercising my God given right to look how I choose.
I had no idea who he was but it became obvious because that’s the way my luck was running he was the boss and had somehow figured out I hadn’t cleared security to work that wedding. A tiny part of me wished I would’ve met him when I was freshly showered and wearing something that made me look like an appealing woman. I still felt like that even after he fired me. Doesn’t that pretty much confirm I have terrible taste in men?





Blurb:

Honey packs everything she owns and heads to NYC to jumpstart her art career. Her cheating boyfriend is history, and she finally acknowledges the truth of her mother's mantra: Careers are forever and happily ever after isn't in their DNA.

All she needs is a job and a place to live. What she doesn't need is a taciturn, sexy, ballbuster but she's woman enough to know the difference between need and want. Isn't she?

Jake's childhood was marred by tragedy and his future hijacked to a promise born of guilt. His failure drove him to a career as a SEAL and a security expert.
But it's not enough. Now he'll give up his freedom in reparation for the life he lost. Honey may be the last sweet stop on the road to a joyless future. If it's what they both want, where's the harm in a no-strings affair?

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Author Bio:

Author Charlotte O’Shay was born in New York City into big family and then married into another big family.

Negotiating skills honed at the dinner table led her to a career in the law.

But after four beautiful children joined the crowded family tree, Charlotte traded her legal career to write about happily ever afters in the City of Dreams.

Charlotte loves to challenge her heroines and heroes with a crisis and watch them figure out who they are while they fall in love.

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It's always wonderful having you here, Charlotte. Thank you! And thanks for bringing Jake and Honey along with you. We can't wait to read more of their story.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

C.B. Clark with Secret Betrayal and an interview


We have C.B. Clark as our guest today to talk about SECRET BETRAYAL on its release day. Isn't the cover beautiful!

Thank you so much for having me on Between the Covers today, Sandra.



Blurb:

Head college librarian, Marissa Reynolds has spent years distancing herself from her crime king pin uncle and his criminal empire. When she awakens in an unfamiliar hotel room with blood on her hands and no memory of how she got there, the past returns with a vengeance, and her life spirals into a nightmare.
Straight-laced, Assistant district Attorney, Scott Bannister has spent a lifetime seeking justice for the senseless gangland shooting deaths of his parents. When he realizes Marissa is the niece of his prime suspect, he crosses a line guaranteed to put in jeopardy both his life and his beloved career.
He’s made it clear he’ll do anything to destroy her uncle. She fears he’s using her to achieve his goal. As the body count mounts, and their lives are threatened, they must put aside their distrust and work together to find the devious killer. Will they be able to forgive and find true love?

Excerpt:

She pushed to her hands and knees. The pounding in her brain mushroomed into a full-blown, jackhammer assault. With a moan, she sank onto her bottom and grabbed her head in a fruitless effort to keep her brain from exploding. Despite the pain, she needed to get up. Something was wrong. Something was very wrong.
Faint wisps of light seeped through the edges of the window curtains. The distant sound of traffic echoed through the glass. A lamp imbued the room with a soft, rosy glow, revealing a king-size bed. The cover on the bed was a glossy, garish pink, the pillows covered in the same lurid color, the edges trimmed with frilly, black lace.
She rubbed the back of her neck and closed her eyes, but when she opened them again she was still in the unfamiliar room. A battered desk faced the bed, a large, flat screen television on top. The flickering images of a naked, full-breasted woman being entertained by two equally naked men played across the screen.
A wingback chair, covered in black leatherette sat in the far corner where a door was ajar revealing the cracked linoleum floor of a bathroom and the edge of a chipped porcelain sink. A framed diagram of a fire escape route was posted on the back of the other door. A hotel room? She dug her fingers into her temples. Why couldn’t she remember?

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We all like to learn a little more about the authors we enjoy reading. Here are a few questions our visitors would like to know about you.



1-     What is a typical weekday like for you? Where does your writing time fit in?
I always start the day by writing. My brain is freshest first thing in the morning. I usually write until I can’t stand my dog’s whining and her soulful eyes begging me to take her for a walk. After our walk on the trails behind my house, I write until lunch and then work on social media in the afternoon.

2-     Who are the other people in your house and how are they affected by your writing life? (actual names are optional)
My kids are grown with children of their own, and it’s just my husband and our old pooch in our house. My husband is very supportive of my writing and never begrudges the hours I spend in front of my laptop. Of course, that gives him more time to golf or play hockey.

3-     What questions do you hear most about your writing or books from family and friends? (maybe three examples)
How much money do you make?
Are the love scenes based on your own life?
Am I in your books?

4-     What is the first thing you focus on when starting a new story?
I always start with the first sentence. Once I have that, I flesh out the characters, and the rest of the story seems to flow.

5-     How long does it usually take you to complete the first draft?
I can usually get the first draft written in three or four months, but the hard work of revising and editing takes many more months.

6-     What is the most unusual thing you’ve ever done for research?
I research online and I also talk to people who have experienced challenges similar to those my characters face. I spent several hours touring a busy sawmill and even tried operating some of the heavy equipment for researching Bitter Legacy.

7-     What about yourself would your readers be most surprised by?
I love to camp—the more remote the spot, the better. When I’m out in the forest, I can go a week or more without a shower. I know…yuck, but it keeps the bugs away.

Author Bio:
Secret Betrayal is award-winning author C.B. Clark’s fifth romantic suspense published by The Wild Rose Press. She has worked as an archaeologist and an educator and enjoys hiking, canoeing, and snowshoeing with her husband and dog near her home in the wilderness of central British Columbia.

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Our visitors are welcome to give their own answer to any question above or just say hello.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Tena Stetler with June romance and Mystic Maples

With June being the month of love, romance, and new beginnings I wanted to start the month off with a post that would touch our hearts. Who better to invite than romance writer, Tena Stetler. 




Traditionally June is the month of romantic weddings. As anyone that knows me is aware I’m anything but traditional.  My wedding was in December many moons ago, yet the love of my life continues to surprise me confirming that he is STILL and WILL ALWAYS BE THE ONE.
On my birthday a couple years ago, he arranged a private tour for me (of course he tagged along) through NORAD in Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado. I’d always wanted to do the group tour they arrange once a year or so, but my work schedule made it impossible. Until….I started writing full-time then I controlled my own schedule. He told me the night before (yeah he could have given me a little more warning - hehe) to clear my schedule for the next day that he had a surprise for me.  Lucky for him, I didn’t have anything pressing scheduled. LOL, It was quite an adventure with several miles of walking required and clearance through security checks. But I thoroughly enjoyed it all the same. Imagine a whole self-contained community built inside a mountain. Quite a feat.  Of course, lunch and dinner were included. I was sad to see the day end.
 One other thing comes to mind. On another birthday he arranged the day off and we took a short road trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. I’d never been there in the winter and had remarked the previous summer when we were camping, I’d love to see the park in the dead of winter. My birthday is in January, so it qualifies as the dead of winter. Don’t you think? We had a wonderful time. He had a picnic lunch prepared (Yep we ate it in the warmth of our truck). It was a wonderfully romantic day!
Even after all these years, it’s the little things he remembers and does on a daily basis that makes me feel loved and blessed. No wonder I write romance! LOL

Yes, it is no wonder you write romance. Not many husbands would pay attention when you dream out-loud, then make those dreams come true. I think we can all agree, you're a lucky woman.
Tell us a little about your latest imaginary romance, Mystic Maples.


Earth/Fire witch Mercy Rose's insatiable curiosity always gets her in trouble. After a break-in at her Colorado flower shop, and a court battle that comes to a screeching halt in her favor, she arrives at Deerbourne Inn for a much-needed getaway. Looking for peace and quiet, she finds just the opposite in a startling handsome but mysterious man and his dog.

Silvanus Forrest's gypsy/fae heritage is a double-edged sword. The land he inherited from his parents is rumored to be enchanted. But when Mercy discovers the truth, his well-ordered life unravels, and they're catapulted into the past to right a wrong. Along the way their lives intertwine, and they discover the true meaning of family and love. Will they change the past in time to save their future?

If you haven't read Mystic Maples yet, here is a peek Between the Covers.

It was a beautiful summer evening lit by a full moon. What harm could come from simply popping over to Mystic Maples, digging my toes into the earth and see if there is any truth to the rumors? She shrugged. Sis wouldn't have told me about it, if she hadn't thought it worth investigating. Right?
She toed off her shoes, pulled off her socks and straightened. With a snap of her fingers she left the room without a sound and landed smack dab at the edge of the maple trees. Glancing around, she could see the house in the distance and the outline of the sign. "Good, I'm in the right place."  Wandering farther in among the trees, the dirt beneath her feet was cool. Wiggling her toes deeper into the earth, she felt the warmth of the day and something else—a connection.
Several trees had a slight glow to them, then it was gone. Am I imagining…She raised her arms out from her sides and turned her face to the starlit sky letting the magic surge through her.  It had been almost a year since magic of any kind called to her. It felt so good, she was lost in the moment.
Suddenly a male voice broke through her revelry. "What are you doing here?"
Her heart thundered in her chest. She hadn't heard a sound. Yet, there he was standing not three feet from her, hands on hips, and glaring at her.



If you'd like to find your own copy, choose one of these links:

Amazon, AmazonUK, AmazonAU, AmazonCA  Barnes&NobelKobo, Google Play, and iTunes

Here's more about this lovely author:


Tena Stetler is a best-selling author of award winning paranormal romance. She has an over-active imagination, which led to writing her first vampire romance as a tween to the chagrin of her mother and delight of her friends.
With the Rocky Mountains outside her window, she sits at her computer surrounded by a wide array of witches, shapeshifters, demons, faeries, and gryphons, with a Navy SEAL or two mixed in telling their tales. Her books tell stories of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. Travel, adventure and a bit of mystery flourish in her books along with a few companion animals to round out the tales.
Colorado is home; shared with her husband of many moons, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-five-year-old box turtle. When she’s not writing, her time is spent kayaking, camping, hiking, biking or just relaxing in the great Colorado outdoors.
Author Contact Information:
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Bookbub      Goodreads:   Amazon Author Page
 Authors' Secrets’ Blog,  My Say What Blog

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Now it's our visitors turn to tell us about a romantic time in their lives. Thanks for being my guest, Tena. I hope you'll hang around and see what other romantic men are up to. I like to call it, inspiration.     

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

LAW & DISORDER by Liv Arnold


Let’s give a warm welcome to a new friend, Liv Arnold. She’s joining us today to talk about her book, Law & Disorder.



Liv, could you tell us a little about Law & Disorder?

Lawyer Juliet Jackson has come head to head with Sergeant Jesse Burns on numerous occasions in court. He is provoking. Pigheaded. Punch-worthy. They don't get along. Not one little bit. The unfortunate fact he's also her next-door neighbor brings her loathing off the charts. But when Juliet's caught locked outside her home in nothing but a skimpy towel, she must swallow her pride and turn to Jesse for help. She doesn't expect the explosive chemistry between them and can't help but wonder if Jesse's as demanding in the bedroom as he is in the courtroom.

That sounds great. We’d love to see a sample of what’s inside.

His handsome face smirked before he averted his eyes and turned his head, but she could still see the profile of his face. His police uniform stretched across his chest. Wonder if that chest is chiseled underneath all those clothes.

Her ears burned hotter than chili sauce, spreading to her neck and chest. No point in putting on a mask this time, because there was no escaping this. Her fingers found the ends of the towel to cover her naked body, but her legs froze on the spot. “I got locked out of my house.”
“You got locked out of your house…naked?” A grin spread across his face, revealing the dimple on the bottom lip. She wanted to bite it but didn’t know if it was to hurt him or because of the temperature between her legs.

Scowling at his sarcasm, her fingers gripped the bricks of her house and she pulled herself up. “Yes. Why are you even here? Didn’t you have enough of me this morning?
“Never enough.”

Where can our visitors find Law & Disorder?

Buy Law & Disorder for 99 (US) cents:

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What inspired you to write this story, Liv?

I’ve watched the TV show Neighbours since I was a child. I used to come home from school, get changed, have a snack then sit down and watch. I love the community behind the storylines and the more light-hearted moments. So, I thought it would be a fun idea to have the heroine and hero as neighbours, but spice things up a little.

What kind of research was needed?

I watched TV shows with an upbeat sense of humour. I wanted Law & Disorder to make people laugh and be able to put themselves in the situations.

What little piece of yourself is hidden between these pages?

I’m an introverted person which is the basis of my secondary character Dr. Mendes. I’m a homebody I really enjoy days when I don’t have to go out.

Tell us a little about your writing habits.

I set the timer and write non-stop for twenty minutes. It’s amazing what you can achieve when you’re racing against the clock. At the end, there’s so many typos and a lot of sentences don’t make sense. But it’s easier to edit rubbish than a blank page.

Can you reveal something about yourself only your closest friends know?

In Melbourne Australia, there’s a spot called the 1000 steps where people do exercise. I’ve never once made it to the top.

And here’s more about the author, Liv Arnold.

Liv Arnold has worked as a copywriter for several global companies and now runs her own freelance business. She grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and lives with her husband and their spoiled dog, who only eats freshly cooked meals. When she’s not writing, Liv’s avoiding the gym, devouring a cheese platter, or marathoning way too much TV. And of course, she’s a massive book addict and often reads until all hours of the night.



Tell our visitors how they can get ahold of you.

I would love to hear from you! Contact me on:


It’s been great meeting you, Liv. We all wish you a ton of luck with Law & Disorder
I hope you’ll drop by as often as you can today to meet our visitors and answer their questions.

Thanks so much for having me. I loved chatting with you.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

A soon-to-bloom Rose

It's my pleasure to introduce you to a soon-to-be-published author for The Wild Rose Press. Welcome, Alexandra Christle. You can already find a few of her works on Amazon. I'll show you one in a minute. But first, let's find out a little about our new sister rose.




Alexandra has not traveled to 47 countries, worked in law enforcement for 25 years where she single-handedly apprehended ten of the world's most wanted, or practiced law or psychiatry.
She doesn't speak 5 languages fluently, rival Beethoven on the piano, or send her rescue dogs to save flood victims. In fact, currently, she is pet-less.

She does, however, do a heck of a lot of research. 

She has jumped from an airplane, spent the day on a commercial shrimp boat, spent a weekend with a houseful of Navy SEALs, and hitchhiked across 3 states. She has worked for newspapers, taught high school English, and had a lengthy stint as a graphic designer. Raised a son and daughter, scored 3 grandchildren; and, written a few books along the way.

The human condition and people fascinate her, and especially men. They are, in her words, pretty cool creatures.

And she imagines.

Here are a few questions I put to Alexandra and the answers she gave me~

1-      What genres do you write and do you also prefer those genres for reading? I write primarily thrillers and romances – but my personal favorite reads are thrillers. I’ve surprised myself lately, though – I’ve had to read several paranormals for my work, and they’ve been exceptional.

2-      Tell us about your writing style. Do you plot and plan first, or sit at your desk and let it fly? I usually see, hear, or read something that triggers an idea, and I’ll get a general plot, or at least where I want the story to end up. Then things just come to me. And a LOT of editing.

3-      What is most inspiring to you; a setting, a plot idea, or an interesting character and why? I’ve written stories because I overheard someone make a comment, read a beautiful passage in a book, or found some little tidbit in the news. I’ve lived in places that begged for a story to be told about them. Inspiration is everywhere if you keep your mind open.

4-      Describe to us your perfect writing experience; time, place, background, etc.… I wrote four novels sitting in a nook in a long hallway, with two children running up and down the hall. But that’s not my first choice. The beach is my ideal spot. I could sit all day and listen to the waves. At home, I always have some classical music in the background. (Yup. I’m one of those.)

If you'd like to contact Alexandra these are her social links:
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Now, to give you a sample of Alexandra's work~


Tag Line: The one man who could help her is dead.


Blurb:

Headstrong and impulsive, reporter Cassie Phillips hitchhikes across Missouri to get a prize-winning story. Instead, she’s attacked and ends up abandoned and lost in East St. Louis…until drug dealer Tony Scarlotti finds her and takes her home.

The inconsistencies in the man haunt her, and as their paths continue to cross, she questions who he really is. But when he’s jailed for murdering a police officer and then works his way into the Mafia, she gives up trying to believe in him.

Her questions are finally answered just before he’s killed by a rival family in a shoot-out under the Gateway Arch. Now she’s running for her life with no one to help her.

And here is a further example of her voice~

Excerpt:

He gave her a thorough once—or twice—over. Her attitude, her speech—maybe he’d been wrong about her age. “You seen yourself, chica? You look like a damn strung-out addict. The only help you gonna get from the cops is a rap sheet.”
She deflated. Some. Damned spitfire, this little redhead.
“What you doin’ here, anyway? This ain’t your ’hood.”
“I told you. I had a fight with—”
“Yeah, yeah. The hombre who dumped you in the middle of East St. Louis.” He watched her. “That the guy with the Rolls?”
She blanched and swallowed then curled her lips in.
Hit on something there. He took her by the elbow and propelled her forward. “Let’s go.” She struggled against him, but he led her out of the alley and around the block to a beat-up Impala that boasted more rust than paint. “Get in.” He opened the door.
She held back. “I’m not getting in a car with you. Do you think I’m crazy?”
Anger welled in him, and he muttered a string of expletives in Spanish. Sexy or not, this little hothead had pushed his last button. He gritted his teeth. “Get in the goddamn car before I tie you up and stuff an oily rag down your throat.”
She peered through the car’s back window at the piles of junk in the back seat.
“Yeah. I’m not joking.” He waited, arms crossed.
Some of her superior attitude faded as she slumped. Her chest rose with a ragged deep breath, and she slid into the front seat.

For more information visit Amazon~

Amazon:  (ebook)


Amazon: (paperback)

or through her website: www.alexandrachristle.com