Nancy Weeks shares The Eyewitness

My blog has been lonely. Fortunately, Nancy Weeks dropped by to give me a little company and to share her newest romantic suspense The Eyewitness. Be sure to read all the way to the end for a special giveaway.

Welcome, Nancy. How have you been?

Lola, I’m so thrilled to back on your blog to talk about my new release, The Eyewitness. This story will forever hold a special place in my heart. I use to slip into a great story to relieve the stress of my daily life. This time around, writing The Eyewitness had that effect. It got me through a rough year and kept me sane. But that’s so 2016. My health is almost back on track and I have this wonderful story to share with the world.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Besides living my own happy-ever-after for the last thirty-five years with the best man I know, I’m a mother to two grown kids, and I can’t be a prouder mom. Now that they are off on their own—for the most part, I write romantic suspense.

What makes a book a romantic suspense?

I weave a suspenseful and gripping element through the romance in my novels. The suspenseful element is not the driving force of the story. The romance between my heroine and hero, their internal conflict, the reason they can’t be together is what drives the story. Tossing a sniper into the mix, evil-out-of-control drone or nasty cyber criminal at my characters while they are working through their issues, and seeking a much deserved happy-ever-after is fun, okay, super-fantastic fun. [Insert loud  MUWHAHAHA laugh here].

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

The Eyewitness is the first book in a new series. I decided to keep my characters in the same world as the Shadow series for one reason– it’s so hard letting go of my sexy, amazing McNeil brothers, and maybe one of them will find time to pop into this new series.

I dipped my toe into the world of forensic science in this story and took my ‘inspiration’ from a page out of the tragic sniper attacks in Maryland in 2002, The Beltway Snipers. My villains—the way all three series are connected—copy-cat on that event. Here is a short blurb:

Fans of TV’s Blue Bloods will love this dynamic new suspense series.

Maryland PD forensic scientist Emersyn D’Azzo has an explosive past with her father’s younger, sexy partner, Detective Alec Pearce. Then an ill-timed kiss destroys the thin line of trust between her and her dad, just before tragedy strikes and someone guns down her father.

The fatal bullet turns out to be tied to the ongoing spree of random sniper kills across the state, but Emersyn knows this wasn’t a random act of violence and is determined to find the killer.

To do so, she’ll need to rely on help from Alec, whom she doesn’t quite trust but just can’t resist. When they discover a connection to a decades-old disappearance of a college student, their investigation takes a deadly twist. Can they learn to trust each other with their hearts to save their lives?

What made you want to write?

Like most writers, I have had stories of new worlds, fascinating people, heroes, heroines, and bad guys running through my head my whole life. What I didn’t understand until just recently is that’s not really normal. Normal people keep to-do list, grocery list, kids’ schedule in their heads. And they don’t sit in restaurants or museums and plot romantic suspense stories about the people around them.

How do you balance writing and life?

Balancing my writing time with my normal life can be difficult, but not as difficult as it would have been had I tried to do this when my kids were home 24/7. I’m very blessed in that I can write every day and I DO. I sometimes have to pull myself away from the laptop and re-enter the real world. I gave all of myself to my family when they needed me. Now, my time has become very valuable and I spend it learning to be a better writer.

What are your future writing goals?

My most immediate future goal is to finish the series. Once the D’Azzo series, [Emersyn, Tessa and Nathan] is in the world, I want to try writing something a little calmer.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Just write. That’s the biggest hurdle. Seek out workshops and conferences in your genre where you can really develop your craft. The publishing world isn’t always a nice place. Rejection is real, hard to deal with, but part of the dream. Don’t allow it to stop you in your tracks. When you are ready to jump into the pool, feel free to seek me out. I’ll hold your hand through it like so many authors held mine. Here is what I had taped to my laptop. Improve. Develop a thick skin. Write through it all.

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Yes, and I promise to make this short. I have launched a new closed Facebook page for readers who would like to have a more personal relationship with me. It’s called Nancy’s Corner. Please stop by and check it out. I would love to have you. Enter as guest, leave as friends.

Care to share an excerpt?

Excerpt for The Eyewitness. Enjoy!

Emersyn opened the driver’s door then faced Alec. He moved in close, the back of his finger brushing away the moisture on her cheeks. She didn’t pull away when his hand rested on her waist. “I’m sorry, Alec. I thought clearing my father’s office would help.”

“You don’t owe me an apology. I get why you came here, and it is me who should apologize. I took my mood out on you.”

He tucked a loose strand of hair behind her ear. Emersyn ached to press her hand over his and feel his heat on her face. But at the same time, a new sense of self-preservation prickled across her skin. Who could she trust? Her own mother had warned her that she really didn’t know the man in front of her.

Fear had a way of distorting reality. Her world had become so damn confusing she couldn’t find balance. She slipped her hand into her pocket and fingered the flash drive. The small piece of plastic could be nothing—or it could be everything.

“Em, where did you go?”

She faked a smile. “Just thinking about work. I keep expecting an email from security requesting my badge.”

He drew her close, wrapping his arms around her, his warmth calming her immediately. She couldn’t pull away. She needed this—something else she couldn’t understand.

He finally dropped his arms and took a step back. “I know Angela McCain well. Regardless of how she feels about you right now, she will get to the bottom of what happened yesterday.”

“I keep running the events through my head. The fire had to come from inside the walls, but there was no burning smell.”

“The fire marshal and CI team are on scene. This wasn’t a lab accident, and they aren’t treating it as one.”

“Why haven’t they questioned me?”

“I’m sure they will at some point.” He lifted her chin. “Something else is wrong. I see it in your eyes. What else happened?”

“Nothing.”

“You are a terrible liar.” He let her go, resting his arm on the roof of her car. If he was trying to make her feel trapped, it worked.

“From my house to here, what could have possibly happened?”

“What do I have to do to get you to trust me, Em?”

The annoyance in his voice set her back up. “I’m not getting into this with you in the parking lot.”

“Answer my damn question.”

And they were right back where they always seemed to fall, at each other’s throats. She tossed her shoulder bag into the front seat. Hell, if it was a fight he wanted, then maybe a good bitch-slap was what she needed to clear her head. “For starters, you can stop pissing me off with things like this.” Emersyn knocked his arm off her car so she could drop into the seat. He blocked the door when she tried to close it.

“How, Em? I walk into a room, and your blood starts to boil.”

She couldn’t get the shields up fast enough. “You could at least pretend you don’t despise me, maybe treat me once in a while like you treat Tessa.”

He knelt and reached for her hand. “I don’t despise you.”

“Now who is lying?”

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Where to find Nancy C. Weeks

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My simple pleasure is sipping my favorite coffee while reading a great book. I’m passing that on to you. Answer the question below for a chance to win a digital book from my backlist—including The Eyewitness, and winner’s choice of a $5 Starbucks or Teavana tea gift card. Hint hint—read the excerpt.

What is my hero’s favorite name for my heroine?

 

Hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks

Talking with Nancy Holland

Today I have my fellow Midwest Fiction Writer and contemporary romance author Nancy Holland on the blog. Rather than the usual questions, Nancy stopped by to share some of what she learned at the Romance Writers of America conference held earlier this month in beautiful San Diego. Take it away, Nancy

Three Things I Learned at RWA 2016

Thing One — Beverly Jenkins is the best!

I was able to go to two of the talks by romance legend Beverly Jenkins and both were amazing. She spoke at the Golden Network Retreat (GNR) on Wednesday about creating vibrant characters, and the first thing she said was that characters aren’t characters — they’re people. Light bulb! Then she went over a very helpful list of things that make your characters the people they are:  their inner and outer influences, their physical attributes, the things that symbolize their personalities (such as their homes or clothing), and their setting. She also had wise things to say about how plot is what lets your characters discover who they really are. Needless to say, she was also wildly inspiring in the bargain.

Beverly Jenkins also gave the keynote speech at the Thursday lunch, where she talked about the history of romance and specifically the role of African-American authors and stories in that history. Once again she was awesome and inspiring, especially for those of us who follow her on social media and know the challenges she’s faced lately. And the best part was everyone got a free book and cool Beverly Jenkins notepad!

Thing Two — Branding can be fun (no, really)

Damon Suede and Heidi Cullinan also spoke at the TGN Retreat (they did a workshop for the PAN retreat, but I had another obligation at that time). Damon and Heidi walked (well, more trotted) us through some fun exercises to help determine what our brand is and, amazingly, mine was pretty much what I already thought.  They also shared some great information about how to use your brand in promotions and marketing.  I strongly recommend checking out their website, http://www.your-A-game.com.

Courtney Milan and Alisha Rai did a workshop on how to identify the audience for your books, how to use that information in designing covers, etc., and how to connect with your audience on social media. The session was too short to cover everything they wanted to, but they gave a lot of helpful suggestions that dovetailed nicely with what Damon and Heidi had to say. Thanks to these workshops, I may just have this branding thing down. Sort of. Maybe.

Thing Three — Hanging out by the pool is totally part of the conference

Since the AC in the meeting rooms was set on “arctic,” I left one session early to sit out in the sun by the pool. On the way out the door I met an author with a charming British accent, and we fell to talking (as one does). She looked vaguely familiar, but it took a while before we exchanged names. Turns out she was Stella Cameron, one of my late mother’s favorite romantic suspense authors. We had a lovely chat about anything and everything (as one does), including her personalized recommendations of places to stay when my husband and I go to England next year.

The take-away? Always take time to make new friends at RWA — you might meet someone like Stella Cameron or, as two of my fellow Harper Impulse authors did, end up having lunch with the real-life Rita for whom the Rita Awards are named!

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Found-OSBLola here, hopping in to add that Beverly Jenkins is amazing. She is a master of research and character and hope. Nancy learned some new promo tricks, but in her note above she was too humble to mention her latest book, Found: One Secret Baby which came out days before we left for the conference.

I make no guarantees regarding the cost and how long the discount will last, but I picked up my copy for the unbelievably low cost of $.49.

LA lawyer Rosalie Walker will do whatever it takes to protect her adopted son. She promised his mother before she died that she’d look after him and keep him safe from his paternal family. So when delectable Morgan Danby walks into her office in search of his nephew, she must keep the baby in her care a secret—even if one look from Morgan makes her want to share everything with him…

As a favour to his step-mother— the woman who actually raised him, unlike his real mother who abandoned him as a child—successful businessman, Morgan is searching for the son of his incarcerated step-brother. He can tell Rosalie is hiding something and the temptation to seduce her for her secret is strong, but will he be able to handle the consequences once all is revealed…?

Found: One Secret Baby is available at Amazon and Barnes&Noble 

 

Talking with Kristina Knight

Kristina Knight stopped by to tackle the tough questions and share a look at her latest contemporary romance, What the Heiress Wants. Her playlist is perfect reading music.

9781440595776whatheiressWhat inspired you to write What the Heiress Wants?What the Heiress Wants is the second in my Billionaire Cowboys trilogy, and all three books were inspired by Las Vegas. I love Las Vegas, and RadioMan and I try to go every couple of years. I had this idea about three brothers who were gamblers, but not in the casinos…and Jase, Connor and Gage took the books from there.

What types of books do you enjoy reading? What is on your nightstand? – I read all kinds of things. Right now I’ve got Nora Roberts’ Obsession on my nightstand, along with an autobiography of Rick Springfield, and Every Time We Say Goodbye by Liz Flaherty.

Tell me about your favorite place to write.  What makes it special? – I think I’m going to have a new favorite this summer – the swing in our backyard. We just picked it out a couple of weeks ago and I just can’t get enough of it. So me, the iPad and a long afternoon to write sounds heavenly.

Do you listen to music when you write?  If so, what? – I do! And it depends on where I am in the writing process. Drafting calls for light jazz or classical music, after the draft is in I figure out a playlist (they’re usually quite eclectic!) that fits the books – I’ll have songs that remind me of the hero, the heroine, the major story arcs…My playlist for What the Heiress wants had 20 songs and they ranged from 80s hair bands to Dierks Bentley and back around to Smokey Robinson.

Dessert time!  Give me your “either—or” answers

  • Chocolate, fruit or other? – Can I get chocolate with fruit? I could really go for some chocolate covered strawberries right now
  • Warm or cold? – Warm! Flip flop weather for the win!!
  • Buttercream or fondant? – ….hmmm…I’m gonna say neither. Whipped icing is my fave!
  • Cookies or brownies? – brownies, with a little powdered sugar sprinkled over the top
  • With nuts or without? – without. I like my nuts to be solo. And that sounds a little dirtier than I intended. An occupational hazard of writing romance.

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The Billionaire Cowboys trilogy by best-selling author Kristina Knight continues with What the Heiress Wants.

Denver publishing heiress Miranda Clayton craves more from life than society parties and shopping sprees, but her tycoon father refuses to take her seriously. Her solution? Beat him at his own game by going to work for his top competitor, Connor Reeves, in Las Vegas.

Connor isn’t fooled by Miranda’s new plan for a second. He knows exactly who she is; what he doesn’t know is why she’s pulling him into her games. After their first meeting, Connor knows what he wants – Miranda in his bed! But the more he’s around his new vice president, the more he wants something deeper than a short-term fling. The question is does the lady want Connor – or his business?

 

What the Heiress Wants is available now at Amazon, B&N, iBooks and Crimson Romance

bachelorThe first book in the series, What the Bachelor Gets is on sale the week of May 23rd for less than a dollar.

Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police–no, she wasn’t a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer’s capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way, she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she’s living her own happily ever after.

Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!

Author Links:

Website: http://www.kristinaknightauthor.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kristinaknightromanceauthor

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/authorkristina

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/authorkristina/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5827833.Kristina_Knight

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+KristinaKnightAuthor/posts

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Kristina-Knight/e/B0081LO6DM/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 

 

Talking with Kathryn Kohorst

Today I’m talking with debut author (and fellow Midwest Fiction Writer) Kathryn Kohorst. Ever since Kathryn shared a chapter from Marianne and the Mad Baron during one of our monthly meetings, I’ve been eager to read more of this crazy-fun Steampunk adventure. And don’t you love the cover? To celebrate her release, Kathryn shared her answers to my tough questions. Read on!marianne cover art 4

What inspired you to write Marianne and the Mad Baron?

I’ve always loved adventure stories. This series started out as an idea for a female ship captain during the early eighteenth century. The idea to turn it into steampunk happened after rereading Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. I love Jules Verne and the sense of wonder that the Victorians had for their world and technology. I thought, how fun would it be to have the ship sail through space?  The story grew from there.

What types of books do you enjoy reading? What is on your nightstand?

Romance! I suppose that’s an obvious and rather boring answer but there are at least three books open throughout my house at any given time. I never know when the urge to read will strike me and I like to be prepared. I probably read two or three romances a week although I occasionally spice that up with something different. There really isn’t a genre that I won’t read.
Currently I have The Best Man by Kristin Higgins on my nightstand, Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn in my living room, and The Bride Wore Starlight by Liz Selvig in my office.  I love these books so much I can just open them to a random page, start reading and fall in love all over again. I do switch them out from time to time with other books from my keeper shelf but these are the current favorites.

How do you make time to write?

I get up at 4:30 in the morning. The house is quiet and I can focus for three hours before the husband wakes up and distracts me. I also find that by starting early it is easier to get words on the page. Most of the time if I don’t start writing early, I won’t write at all. I think it’s important as an author to learn what system works for you and I’m glad I figured out mine. Now if only I can figure out how to write engaging heroines from the get go without having to re-write them several times.

What is your favorite part of being an Author?

I love that I can explore the stories in my head. It’s rather busy up there and until I started writing it could get a bit hard to concentrate. Having an outlet for my imagination has been a godsend. I’m surprised I didn’t go crazy with all the voices talking in my head.

If a celebrity did the audio book reading, who would you pick and why?

I would choose Benedict Cumberbatch, because the man has a voice like melted chocolate. Rich and decadent, it always leaves you craving more.

Let’s play “Dump the purse” – What’s in yours?

Small wallet, phone, inhaler, lip balm, ibuprofen, and bookmarks. It’s kind of boring. I used to carry more but my shoulders were killing me so I downsized.

My kid’s built a time machine out of Legos.  When and where are we headed and why?

 This is a tough one for me.  I’m a bit of a history nut and there so many periods I’d love to visit.  Could you imagine being one of the first people to walk through the doors of the Crystal Palace at the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London, or being present for the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge?  We could go see the launch of Apollo 11 or the Wright brother’s historic first flight. I could go on and on and on. I’m not sure I’d ever be able to choose just one place or time.

You are the first person to pick the Crystal Palace and the Great Exhibition. That would be high on my list too. Dessert time! Give me your “either – or” answers.

  • Chocolate, fruit or other? Chocolate! Seriously, why is this even a question?
  • Warm or Cold? Both! Chocolate Lava cake with vanilla ice cream anyone?
  • Buttercream or fondant? Neither, they’re both too sweet.
  • Cookies or Brownies? See above about chocolate. Brownies are generally richer than Cookies and softer.
  • With nuts or without? If chocolate is involved, I really couldn’t care less. If I had to choose, then I’d take it without nuts. Nuts sometimes hurt my teeth.

marianne cover art 4 Marianne and the Mad Baron

Arthur Tavish, Baron Summerfield doesn’t look like a hero.  As he walks the crowded streets of Victorian London, his cyborg enhancements cause looks of fear, laughter, and perhaps worst of all, pity.  But Tavish no longer cares for the world below.  He’s found refuge as first mate aboard his beloved Aethership, Sheba.  Floating high above London society, among the hardened sailors of the Sheba, he can concentrate on his work and forget about his foolish dreams of love and family.

Marianne Lindstrom’s debutant life is over. Her father’s suicide following financial ruin has left her orphaned and destitute. She must find work but with no skills, her future looks bleak. Without protection from family and friends, her ruin is imminent.

On the cruel London streets, Marianne is rescued by a monster more frightening than the thugs who attacked her. But after her initial shock at the man’s huge stature and mechanical parts, something about the stranger calls to her.

Tavish can’t leave the woman. The London streets would eat her alive in less than a day.  He offers her a job aboard the Sheba. As Tavish teaches Marianne what life on an Aethership can offer, the two fall under each other’s spell.

But a dark force is after Marianne, set on killing her, or worse.

As they travel the Aether, collecting friends along the way, Tavish and Marianne must unravel the mystery of the demon chasing them and why it thinks Marianne must die.

 Buy Links:   Amazon  Kobo  

Kathryn Kohorst Bio:

Kathryn has always loved to read. Growing up she could most often be found curled up with a book. She craved adventure, romance, and mystery. Each book transported her to a new world with new wonders to explore. Unhappy with the weak female characters she found in many of the stories she read, Kathryn started writing her own. At twelve, she was putting her own heroines in danger and allowing them to save themselves.

She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison earning a history degree and then a law degree from Hamline University School of Law.  After practicing law for several years and hating every minute of it she put down her law books and picked up her creative pen, this time to write a book she would publish. She’s been scribbling ever since. Kathryn currently lives in Minnesota with her husband, and a lovable but neurotic cat named Brooklyn.

Talking with Becky Flade

I’m talking with the one and only Becky Flade today. She’s dropped by to share her latest Crimson Romance release, Fated Hearts.

Thank you so much for having me here today, Lola!

So, Becky, What types of books do you enjoy reading? What is on your nightstand?

I enjoy all kinds of books but right now I have Bethany-Kris’ mafia romance Deathless and Divided on my nightstand, along with a couple MC books by Debra Kayn and Sail by James Patterson.

If a celebrity did the audio book reading, who would you pick and why?

Hmmmm. Tina Fey. Yes, definitely Tina Fey. She has a wonderful, warm speaking voice. And I will do justice to the banter between the characters courtesy of the razor sharp wit for which she’s known.

Let’s play “Dump the purse” – what’s in yours?

My purse is a mad house. I have my wallet. Notices from my daughter’s school. A prescription I forgot to fill. Chapstick, keys, hair ties, six plastic rings, a lip gloss, 3 pill bottles, 2 pens, 1 pencil, a small notebook, an inhaler, a checkered hat, my eyeglass case, and a rosary. 

I always carry hair ties – usually three different types. You never know when you are going to need one, like say when you are out drinking and don’t want hair in your beer. Say we’re at a bar with your hero and heroine, what are they drinking?

Henley is having a martini – understated and sophisticated, classic. Carter is having a lager, preferably Yuengling, because he’s a cop from Philly and he keeps it real.

My kids built a time machine out of Legos.  When and where are we headed and why?

We’re going to medieval Ireland to look for fairies, explore castles and caves, and search out clues to the location of Arthur’s Avalon – I firmly believe Ireland is where the legendary place resides or resided – and if we’re very lucky find it! 

Dessert time!  Give me your “either—or” answers

  • Chocolate, fruit or other? Chocolate
  • Warm or cold? Cold
  • Buttercream or fondant? Buttercream
  • Cookies or brownies? Brownies
  • With nuts or without? No nuts

Thanks so much for playing. Now, tell me more about Fated Hearts.

 

Hearts.cvrPsychiatrist Henley Elliott fled her quiet life in Cleveland for a gypsy lifestyle, trying to stay one step ahead of her painful memories. When she breaks down in quirky little Trappers’ Cove, Minnesota, she meets Sheriff Carter McAlister – a man healing from his own share of hidden heartbreaks.

At the request of a friend, Carter offers Henley a job to help her get back on her feet . . . but soon he can’t resist trying to sweep the intriguing woman off them. Breaking through her carefully built shell proves to be a near-impossible task, and to make matters worse, a dangerous new presence in the Cove seems to be targeting Henley. They must learn to trust in each other in order to keep her safe.

Can Henley and Carter leave their secrets and scars in the past to get a second chance at happily ever after?

 Fated Hearts by Becky Flade

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About the Author: beckyflade

Home is where the heart is and I make mine with my very own knight in slightly tarnished armor in southeastern Pennsylvania. When I’m not busy living my own happily ever after, I’m writing about someone else’s.

Contact Details:

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 Enjoy the following excerpt from Fated Hearts: Hearts.cvr

 

“What are we doing, Carter?”

“Enjoying our evening.”

“You know what I mean.” She shifted her body and lifted her hand as if to touch his face. He tensed in anticipation. She skimmed her fingertips over his jaw, his cheek, featherlight touches that left a trail of fire across his skin. “I think I’m getting used to your touch. To … how you feel.”

“That’s a good thing.”

“Are you going to kiss me again?”

“Would you like me to?” He saw her nod this time and recognized the banked passion in her hooded gaze. He lowered his mouth to hers but pulled back before their lips met. “How much of what you’re feeling is you and how much me? I don’t want to influence you.”

“It’s both. And it astounds me.”

His muscles clenched with desire. He hadn’t intended to seduce her or himself tonight. He had only wanted her to become more comfortable with his company and his touch. They needed to build trust, and he’d wanted to lay that foundation. With a level of restraint he hadn’t thought he possessed he laid his forehead against hers.

“How about you kiss me, Doc?”

Now that you’ve read a sample, add Fated Hearts to your Goodreads to be read list https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26093427-fated-hearts

Talking with Susanne Matthews

Today I have Lilith Munroe on my website. Lilith is the heroine of Susanne Matthews‘ latest romantic suspense for Crimson Romance, The White Lily.

Thank you for inviting me to visit today with my book, The White Lily, Book Two of The Harvester Series by Susanne Matthews.

  1. Welcome. Start by telling me a bit about yourself.

My name is Lilith Munroe. I’m a profiler with the FBI, specializing in research and analysis. I keep to myself. I used to work in the field but transferred to Quantico after a botched raid on a suspected cult selling drugs for the Mexican cartel. For a while I was the FBI’s expert on cults. The New Horizon cult and its leader the Prophet are giving the task force charged with brining him down some difficulties. Trevor Clark, the agent in charge has requested my aid on the case, and so whether I like it or not, I’m going to Boston.

  1. If you could describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

Dedicated, determined, and defensive

  1. Since this is a romance, describe your love interest in three words.

Jacob’s attractive, intelligent, but an enigma.

  1. What aspect of his/her character could’ve have been the deal breaker?

The fact that he’s used to being in charge and can be quite authoritarian about it.

  1. What’s more important to you, the things a person says or the things a person does?

As far as I’m concerned, a person has to believe and act the way they say they will. That’s what inspires trust, and without trust, you can’t have any kind of meaningful relationship.

  1. How did the author choose the title to your story?

This is the second book in a series and in each book, a white flower plays a significant role in the plot. In book one, it was a carnation, in this book, lilies, and in book three, it will be an iris.

  1. Is your author a plotter or a pantser, and how does that affect your growth as a character?

My author is a pantser all the way, so she basically let Jacob and I live the story and created it as we did. Sometimes, we pulled her in a direction she hadn’t anticipated, and the editor, pulled all of us in other directions, too, but in the end, the story lives the way it should.

  1. Who was your favorite supporting character?

Rob Halliday, the Boston detective from Book One. He kept me focused and taught me more about field work than I ever knew.

The White LilyBlurb:

The Harvester is out there…watching, waiting, biding his time.

FBI cult specialist Lilith Munroe lives in dread that one day the man who tortured her when a case went bad will find her again. So leaving her sanctuary in Quantico to join the Harvester Task Force in Boston is her version of hell. But the Harvester is kidnapping babies, and Lilith’s profiling skills may mean the difference between life and death for the most innocent in society.

Australian millionaire and former member of the New Horizon commune Jacob Andrews returns to the United States searching for his sister. Instead of the happy reunion he expects, he discovers she is dead and his twin brother may be responsible. He agrees to lend his law enforcement skills to help find his former cult leader before the man can implement his plan to kill millions.

Now uneasy partners, Jacob and Lilith must learn to trust each other even as they fight their growing attraction. But when Lilith’s greatest fears materialize, will Jacob be able to set aside his anger and save the woman he loves?

Sensuality Level: Sensual

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About the author:susannematthews

Susanne Matthews was born and raised in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. She’s always been an avid reader of all types of books, but with a penchant for happily ever after romances. In her imagination, she travelled to foreign lands, past and present, and soared into the future. A retired educator, Susanne spends her time writing and creating adventures for her readers. She loves the ins and outs of romance, and the complex journey it takes to get from the first word to the last period of a novel. As she writes, her characters take on a life of their own, and she shares their fears and agonies on the road to self-discovery and love.

 

Follow Susanne on her:  Website    Blog    Facebook page    Twitter @jandsmatt

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The White LilyExcerpt:

Still annoyed with herself for not having the backbone to stand up to the director and refuse this transfer, even if it was only a temporary one, Lilith Munroe stepped into crowded Terminal B at Logan Airport, grateful to finally breathe something other than the plane’s stale recycled air and that overblown windbag’s cheap cologne. Why people maintained flying was a great way to travel was beyond her. Even in business class, and she’d paid the additional fare out of her own pocket, she’d been crowded into the corner of her seat by a man who should have paid for two seats instead of one. That he’d hit on her had only made things worse. He’d better not hold his breath waiting for her to call him the next time she was in Washington. On top of that, the damn plane had been hotter than hell. Air conditioning, my ass.

What was the worst the director could’ve done? Demote her? Fire her? Either of those might’ve been the better option, but she had to stay where she was, needed access to all of those government databases. Why this “promotion” now? She didn’t want it, hadn’t asked for it, and apparently didn’t have a say in it either.

For five years, she’d managed to avoid anything to do with cults and fieldwork, preferring the security of her cubicle and using her computer skills to provide others with the information they needed to solve the most vicious crimes. Now, she was being forced into what potentially could be the biggest cult case of the century because of a skill set she’d hoped everyone had forgotten.

The Harvester. For months, the elusive killer, the charismatic leader of a cult, had terrorized the Boston area before disappearing with his followers, leaving several bodies in his wake. As much as she avoided reading about such cases, this one had affected the FBI itself, and it had been the topic of conversation around the cooler for weeks.

Swallowing her frustration and hitching the carry-on bag higher on her shoulder, Lilith looked around the arrivals area, searching for the signs indicating where she’d find the rest of her luggage. She’d taken no more than twenty steps when she came nose to chest with a behemoth blocking her path. Knowing her gun was in her bag didn’t help since she couldn’t pull it out and tell him to back off. Swallowing her fear, she moved to the right to step around him.

He put out his hand and gripped her shoulder, holding her in place.

“Agent Munroe?”

“Yes,” she answered, staring pointedly at the offending hand, trying to hide the panic threatening to engulf her. “Release me, now.”

“Sorry. I didn’t mean to scare you. Detective Rob Halliday at your service,” he said, removing his hand and extending it. “Welcome to Boston. Agent Clark sent me. The director described you quite well if you’re wondering how I recognized you.”

Damn. She smiled awkwardly, wishing the floor would open up and swallow her. It could’ve been worse. I might’ve screamed or attacked the guy. This was a mistake. The sooner she got back to the safety of Quantico, the better.

Talking with Jessica Subject

I’m heating up the blog with a visit from fellow Decadent Publishing author Jessica Subject.  I did a lot of reading before I wrote my forthcoming 1Night Stand and Jessica’s Beneath the Starry Sky was a standout. I loved how she blended  science fiction and real world concerns. When I learned Beneath the Starry Sky was becoming an audio book, I had to invite Jessica over.

audio Beneath the Starry Sky

  1. Let’s play “dump the purse.” What’s in yours?

LOL Do you really want to know? There is, of course, my wallet, keys, and sunglasses. I usually keep some pads in there, in case of emergency, whether my emergency, or a friend’s. One never knows. I also have mints from Boston Pizza, pads of paper, pens, old cards from flowers that my husband sent me, lip gloss, gum, old shopping lists, receipts, my author business cards, and a couple book postcards. Oh, I have my night driving glasses, a nail file kit, and a hair band.

  1. We’re out at a bar, what are your characters drinking?

Josh would have a beer, whatever is on tap. Tamara would have a Merlot. If wine is not available, she would have a Long Island.

  1. When you heard your characters come to life in someone else’s voice, what was it like?

Honestly, it was the strangest thing ever. Narrators (and readers alike) don’t always emphasis the same things I would. Names may be pronounced differently, and secondary characters might get a different personality than I’d intended. Luckily, by the time I had Beneath the Starry Sky produced as an audio book, I’d had three others produced, and knew what to expect. It’s definitely exciting by the time the final recording is ready.

  1. “Beneath the Starry Sky” is one crazy hot story, and funny to boot. You are one of my go-to authors, which got me thinking, who are some of yours?

Thank you so much, Lola! I get a kick every time  someone says that my stories are funny. I never intend them to be humorous, but it always seems to slip in somehow.

Hmm, I have a lot of go-to authors, and I’m always trying new authors as well. The first author who came to mind was D.L. Jackson. Kate Richards, Kacey Hammell, Kelley Armstrong, Beth Revis, Sharon Lynn Fisher, Andrew Fukuda, and Rick Yancey would be on the list, too.

Beneath the Starry Sky ~ An Audio Book!

A 1Night Stand story

By Jessica E. Subject

Narrated by Audrey Lusk

Erotic Contemporary Romance

Left at the altar with bald patches on her head and her self-confidence stripped away, Tamara Johnson must pick up the pieces of her life and face her Alopecia Areata, the autoimmune disease causing her hair to fall out. She is convinced no man will date a bald woman and arranges a one-night stand through Madame Evangeline’s popular service, 1Night Stand. With her new wig held firmly in place, Tamara arrives at the Castillo Hotel in Las Vegas for a night of passion and pleasure. Anything more than one night would mean exposing her bald head, and she will never do that to any man again.

 

Running into the Castillo Hotel, away from the paparazzi constantly at his heels, Josh Summers wants to spend his next few days locked away from the flashing lights and screaming fans. When he finds an incredibly sexy woman lying on his hotel room bed in nothing but lingerie, he thinks management has made a mistake. Leaving her behind, he heads for the lobby to get the situation rectified. But an unexpected text from Madame Evangeline sends him back to his room. Though unsure whether the woman on the bed is really his perfect match or just another fan believing him to be like his character on television, he knows he must find out, even if it means he must risk telling her his own secrets. If Tamara can handle his imperfections, she just might be his ideal woman.

 

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 To learn more about Alopecia Areata and to help find a cure, visit the National Alopecia Areata Foundation http://www.naaf.org and the Canadian Alopecia Areata Foundation http://canaaf.org/

 Listen to a sample from the audio book

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About the Author

Jessica E. Subject is the author of science fiction romance, mostly alien romances, ranging from sweet to super hot. Sometimes she dabbles in paranormal and contemporary as well, bringing to life a wide variety of characters. In her stories, you could not only meet a sexy alien or two, but also clones and androids. You may be transported to a dystopian world where rebels are fighting to live and love, or to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica isn’t reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk with her giant, hairy dog her family adopted from the local animal shelter.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com and on twitter @jsubject.

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Talking with Susanne Matthews

The lovely Susanne Matthews is my first post-surgery guest. I’m so glad she stopped by to answer the tough questions. We had a lot of fun talking about her newest  Crimson Romance release, The White Carnation. The White Carnation

What inspired you to write this book?

There were a number of things that collided in my head when the idea for this book came to me. I wanted to write a book and name the characters after my best friends, but I really wanted a book with teeth in it. An episode of Law and Order SVU about a serial rapist who raped women to impregnate them and create his own dynasty, stayed with me, as did the research I was doing on various drugs, and I found scopolamine, a drug that doesn’t incapacitate, but renders the victim complacent and leaves them with no memory of the assault, whether it was sexual, physical, or financial.  I tossed in a serial killer and a couple of other plot twists and came up with the story.

 

What types of books do you enjoy reading? What is on your nightstand?

I enjoy reading just about everything except BDSM and explicit horror and erotica. Fantasy, suspense, sci-fi romance. I loved the John Carter books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. At the moment, the book I’m waiting to start, Regret by Danielle Doolittle. It’s a YA novel dealing with devils and angels.

 

Tell me about your favorite place to write.  What makes it special?

I have an office at the back of the house. It isn’t a large room, but no one bothers me there and I can concentrate. If I need even more solitude, I’ll close the door and even my husband stays away.

Do you listen to music when you write?  If so, what?

The voices in my head that control the story need peace and quiet to function. That’s no doubt due to the 35 years I spent teaching when the only time the room was quiet was during tests and exam, or at the end of the day when they’d all gone home. So, as much as I like music, especially golden oldies that fit with my age group, I prefer silence when I work.

 

How do you make time to write?

Writing is my full time job. I sit at the computer each day and spend most of it there writing, revising, editing, and of course trying to market myself. I can do that because I’m retired and have no outside job to worry about. I didn’t start writing until I had retired, so I’m in awe of the young working mothers who manage to write the way they do.

I am too. What is your favorite part about being an author?

After my teaching years, I guess I have to say I love the fact that no one tells me where to go and how to get there. No one talks back, sasses or argues with me, and if they do, I torture them in the next chapter. That being said, I love the autonomy. Yes there are publishers and deadlines, but when all is said and done, I’m my own boss working on my own schedule. Truth be told, I get an immense rush when someone says to me, “I love your books.”

If a celebrity did the audio book reading, who would you pick and why?

That’s a tough question, and one I can’t answer.  It would really depend on the book. I’m old enough to remember radio shows, and Shakespeare on records and tapes, and in all those cases there was more than one reader. I think if someone read my books as a radio play with male and female voices it might work, but I can’t imagine whose voices I’d want to hear.

 

Let’s play “Dump the purse” – what’s in yours? 

You seriously want to know? Here goes. Honestly dumping my purse out now: wallet with $35.65 CND and $1.00 USD plus ID, credit cards, debit card, pictures of my husband and grandkids; epi-pen, aspirin, allergy tablets, and 3 Imodium meltaways (don’t ask); tube of Abreva, 6 wetnaps; 3 tubes of lipstick ( different colors); nail file; hand cream,  foundation and blush; eyeglass cleaning cloths; pen; hair pick; cell phone; 4 packets of Sweet & Lo; a package of Tic Tacs; package of tissue; and a wrapped mint. Thanks for making me clean it out. I threw away candy wrappers, a beat up granola bar, and a bunch of grocery receipts.

Those receipts pile up fast. And epi-pens are surprisingly heavy. My purse is half the weight when I don’t need to carry my daughter’s medicine. Thinking of which, if your hero or heroine were babysitting my kids (age 6 & 10) what would the night be like?  

Actually it would probably be very quiet. Rob would sit on the couch with his Glock showing, since he’ll never be without it as long as Faye’s in danger, and we’ve got a long way to go before she’s safe. They might even notice the smaller ankle weapon he wears as well, and while they might be curious, no one would dare misbehave. Faye would make sure they did their homework, quiz them on it, and then get them to bed, more or less on time.

 

We’re at a bar with your hero and heroine, what are they drinking?

She’ll have a glass of wine—a nice merlot or a chardonnay; he’ll have Irish whiskey—neat, or a beer.

My kids built a time machine out of Legos.  When and where are we headed and why? 

To the future. I’d love to see my grandkids  and great-grandkids yet to be born read my books and hear them say, “My grandmother or great-grandmother wrote this.” Who doesn’t hope to leave a legacy?

Dessert time!  Give me your “either—or” answers

  • Chocolate, fruit or other? Crème brulée
  • Warm or cold? warm
  • Buttercream or fondant? buttercream
  • Cookies or brownies? macaroons
  • With nuts or without? No nuts, no chocolate, allergic to both; hence the epi pen in my purse!

 

susannematthewsThe White Carnation is available now. Visit my website http://www.mhsusannematthews.ca/ for purchase links for this and all my other books.

Susanne Matthews was born and raised in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. She’s always been an avid reader of all types of books, but always with a penchant for happily ever after romances. In her imagination, she travelled to foreign lands, past and present, and soared into the future. A retired educator, Susanne spends her time writing and creating adventures for her readers. She loves the ins and outs of romance, and the complex journey it takes to get from the first word to the last period of a novel. As she writes, her characters take on a life of their own, and she shares their fears and agonies on the road to self-discovery and love.

 

Follow Susanne on her:  Website    Blog    Facebook     Twitter @jandsmatt Amazon author page  & Goodreads author page

 

The White CarnationThe last person disgraced reporter Faye Lewis wants back in her life is Detective Rob Halliday, the man she blames for ruining her career and breaking her heart. But when she finds an old friend murdered, he’s the one she calls.

 For the past year, Rob and his team have been hunting the Harvester, a serial killer who ritualistically murders new mothers and vanishes with their infants. What Rob doesn’t need is another case, especially one involving his ex-fiancée.

 Then Faye is assaulted, and Rob realizes the cases are connected. She may hold the answers he needs to find the elusive killer. But the more they investigate, the more complex the situation becomes. Can they set the past aside and work together, or will the Harvester and his followers reap another prize?

Talking with Linnea Alexis

Today I’m welcoming fellow Decadent author Linnea Alexis to answer the tough questions and share her newest release, Lost and Found.

  1. What inspired you to write Lost and Found?linneaAlexislost

Author, Louisa Bacio, is a friend, and she told me about Decadent Publishing’s call for submissions for their Beyond Fairytales line. Twisting a fairytale appealed to me, so I accepted the challenge. I was assigned Grimm’s The Stolen Farthings, but was unfamiliar with the story. When I read the fairytale, I got excited because it was a ghost story. And I love anything paranormal!  A couple of things about the plot stood out: money was stolen and hidden by a child ghost only the narrator could see; and, redemption motivated the ghost to reveal (to the narrator) where the money was hidden. Lost and Found was a hoot to write. The challenge was to stay as true as possible to original fairytale’s message.

  1. What types of books do you enjoy reading? What is on your nightstand?

I read everything. Right now, on my Kindle, I’m enjoying Decadent’s Beyond Fairytales books. The stories are imaginative, quick reads, and it is such fun to see what authors have done with their assigned fairytales.  [They are fun!]

Gail Barrett’s romantic suspense Buried Secrets series is on my nightstand. I’m currently reading book two, A Kiss to Die For. Book three in the series, Seduced by his Target, is in my “to be read” pile, along with Lori Wilde’s All Out of Love.

  1. Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what?

If I hit a wall, I listen to the Pink Floyd classic, “Comfortably Numb.” Somehow, that song never fails to re-charge my batteries. But if I want to capture a specific mood for my story, I search for music that fits the scene I’m working on.

During Lost and Found, I wanted fun music when Eli and Haley were in the restaurant. A dance club was in the adjoining room and when disco music drifted into the restaurant, Eli coaxed Haley next door, and onto the dance floor. Disco reminded me of the Bee Gee’s Saturday Night Fever. When “More than a Woman” played, Eli realized how much he cared for Haley. Ever since he met her ten years ago, she always was “More than a woman” to him.

When they returned to their motel room, he turned on an easy listening music station. Realizing this might be their only night together, he feared he’d lose her again (as he had ten years ago).  To capture the mood, I needed slow, sexy, seductive music. “Need you now” by Lady Antebellum, and “Desperado” by The Eagles filled the bill. Both songs revealed his heart to her…and she was his.

I love these musical choices.  Some songs really set the scene.

  1. What is your favorite part about being an author?

Creating a story from a thought, an idea, a word, or a song. I love when a story flows. But editing the rough draft, although difficult, is what is really rewarding. There’s no greater high than when all the elements of the story come together.

  1. Let’s play “Dump the purse” – what’s in yours?

You don’t want to know! My purse is a repository for sales receipts, tissues, and ink pens—I’ve had as many as eleven pens in my purse at one time. I’m constantly cleaning it out.

Once I left the house without a comb in my already stuffed purse. When I looked in the mirror I was devastated to see my hair in such a state of disarray. I couldn’t ask to borrow someone else’s comb, but I found a plastic fork and used it as a hair pick. From that day on, I keep two combs in my purse at all times. And I wouldn’t go anywhere without concealer, eyebrow pencil, or hair spray.

I also keep a small flashlight tucked inside. You never know when you’ll need to find something in the depths of your purse.

A flashlight is a must and I refuse to be caught without a pen.

  1. If your hero or heroine were babysitting my kids (age 6 & 10) what would the night be like?

My hero, Eli, comes from a large Italian family so he’s comfortable around kids. Actually, he’s still a big kid himself. With your consent, he’d probably order pizza and join in whatever games your kids were playing. He likes all sports, video games, and puzzles. Haley, my heroine, is a girly-girl, so she’d be right at home playing with dolls or sitting in on a tea party. But she’s no pushover when it comes to puzzles and could kick Eli’s butt any day of the week at Scrabble or Words with Friends.

Right before the kids’ appointed bedtime, Eli and Haley would bring down the noise level. Your kids would change into their PJ’s and brush their teeth. Realizing it might be hard to get the youngsters to sleep, Eli would gather them in the TV room, start a kids’ video, turn the lights down, and wait for the kids to fall asleep.

They’re hired.

  1. We’re at a bar with your hero and heroine, what are they drinking?

Drinking with Eli, he would order top shelf of whatever you’re drinking. Not to impress you, but he truly wants people to enjoy themselves and tries to give them the best of what’s being offered.

Because Haley prefers wine, he’d order a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon to share with her. And he’d pick up the tab for everyone, of course.

  1. Dessert time! Give me your “either—or” answers
  • Chocolate, fruit or other? Chocolate, especially dark chocolate
  • Warm or cold? Warm
  • Buttercream or fondant? Fondant
  • Cookies or brownies? Brownies!
  • With nuts or without?   Nuts, of course. Actually, my favorite dessert is brownies with nuts.

I think I’m developing a crush Eli. Before you go, tell me more about Lost and Found and where to find it.

Lost and Found

linneaAlexislostAfter Haley Monroe’s estranged husband drops dead, she discovers he’d left her with a whole lot of debt. Too bad the only person who can help sort through the mess and clear her name is her late husband’s attorney, her only one-night stand, and a man she never thought she’d see again.

Attorney Eli Libertini jumps at the chance to help Haley clear up the financial mess. He’d like nothing more than to reconnect with his hookup from spring break ten years ago—the woman he’s never been able to forget.    Thrown together in a dark fairytale adventure, the twosome uncovers a web of hidden heirlooms, ghostly encounters and mysterious storage units about to be auctioned. They’ll have to forget the past in order to regain their once shared passion and have a future.

Buy Links:

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About Linnea Alexis:

Linnea Alexis stopped stirring up trouble in the corporate world a few years ago and now satisfies her appetite for mayhem in the fictional world. When she isn’t working on one of her romances, she writes cozy horror stories. She can usually be found hanging out with her family in Southern California. She has published several short stories in various anthologies, and she’s an active member of Orange County Chapter of Romance Writers of America and O.C. Writers.

Talking with Morgan O’Neill

After a long hiatus, the tough questions have been answered. The wonderful writing team of Morgan O’Neill joins me today to discuss their newest time-traveling tale, The Thornless Rose, so I present you with two answers for the price of one.

Welcome Deborah, welcome Cary. What inspired you to write The Thornless Rose?DeborahCordes&CaryFrates

Deborah- The Elizabethan Age straddled the old world and the new, an era where science, technology, and modern thinking were in their infancy, yet the foundations that would lead to the Enlightenment were well begun. In choosing this time, I wanted the challenge of accurately portraying the wonders, joys, and horrors that our time travelers, Anne Howard and Dr. Jonathan Brandon, would experience as they attempted to survive life in 1560 London.  It was a different, yet hauntingly familiar, world, and I hope I succeeded in giving our readers a sense of “what might have been.”

Cary- Queen Elizabeth I and the rest of the Tudors have kept me enthralled since earliest memories. Nobody has ever managed to find a pigeon hole that adequately describes Elizabeth Tudor, and I think it is because she had so many facets. She was a scholar, an athlete, a politician’s politician. She was driven, cunning, and knew how to use her feminine “wiles” to the detriment of her male-dominated world. She had an endlessly traumatic childhood, little true love, and throngs of hangers-on who would use her at a moment’s notice. She was her father’s daughter, but only knew his love when it suited him. How can we not be captivated?

I love alternate histories. The Thornless Rose sounds like a terrific book to curl up with on a cold winter night. Thinking of which, what types of books do you enjoy reading? What is on your nightstand?

Deborah- I am reading Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes by Svante Pääbo.  It’s a fascinating memoir by one of science’s greatest paleo-geneticists. I’m about to have my DNA tested, and the test will reveal how much Neanderthal DNA I possess.  Amazing!

Cary- Making Magic by Donna June Cooper (It’s excellent, as are the other two in the Magic series) and The Oresteia by Aeschylus, translation by Robert Fagles.

I haven’t heard of any of those. Other than reading, I mean research time, what are your favorite parts about being an author?

Deborah- Working at home in my pajamas. 🙂

Cary- Bringing the characters to life. Since we deal with many real historical figures and their exploits, I consider this a great privilege.

If a celebrity did the audio book reading, who would you pick and why?

Deborah- For The Thornless Rose, I would like a woman who has a sophisticated voice. Helen Mirren or Judy Dench would be fabulous.

Cary- Hmmm, male, to be sure. I don’t know, but he’d need a low-pitched, rumbly sort of voice, because those are yummy. That’s what our hero, Dr. Brandon, sounds like.

If your hero or heroine were babysitting my kids (age 6 & 10) what would the night be like?

Deborah- I would want our Scottish housekeeper, Trudy MacCunn Leach, to babysit. She’s a real character (pun intended, he, he), who would bring Duffy, a Cairn terrier who adores children.  The two of them would entertain the wee ones for hours and hours.  🙂

Cary- Wellllll, I think they’d be on very solid ground. Elizabeth has stories to tell that could raise the hairs on anyone’s neck, but she has the wisdom to tailor her words to her audience. And she loves kids!

The kids will have a great time. What if we were at a bar with your hero and heroine, what would they drink?

Deborah and Cary- Anne Howard likes the occasional shandy (a mix of beer and lemonade), while Jonathan drinks Guinness or Elizabethan dark beer called double-double.

I approve of Jonathan already. My kids built a time machine out of Legos.  When and where are we headed and why?

Deborah- I would encourage them to avoid taking any trips – just read about it. The idea of actual time travel is frightening, when one considers the consequences of interfering with the past. I know I’m over thinking here, but I can’t let go of the old conundrums, such as “what if I killed my grandfather before my parent was conceived?”  Just. Read. About. It.  lol

Cary- Why, Elizabethan England, of course! The language is familiar-ish, the clothing (we’ll land wealthy) is to die for, and the entertainment (Royals watching) is without equal – bar none.

I love how you each bring something different to the table. Thinking of which, dessert time! Give me your either/ors.

  • Chocolate, fruit or other?

Deborah- Chocolate (another reason I wouldn’t time travel – I’ve gotta have my Lindor truffles or Reeses peanut butter cups). lol

Cary- Fruit

  • Warm or cold?

Deborah- Warm      Cary- Warm

  • Buttercream or fondant?

Deborah- Buttercream        Cary- Fondant

  • Cookies or brownies?

Deborah- Brownies           Cary- Brownies! (moist, not cakey)

  • With nuts or without?

Deborah- Nuts, especially a Hershey’s bar with almonds!    Cary- Without (unless it’s a character trait, then nutty all the way)

Before you ladies run off, care to share anything more about The Thornless Rose?

THE THORNLESS ROSE 1600x2400No one ever knew what really happened to Dr. Jonathan Brandon back in 1945. He simply disappeared from a London pub, leaving behind an unsolved mystery and his fiancée—Anne Howard’s grandmother. Seventy years later, Anne herself is haunted by the strange tale, along with inexplicable hallucinations straight out of Elizabethan England. Including a scarred, handsome man whose deep blue eyes seem to touch her very soul…

 

Anne wonders if there isn’t something more to the story. Is it even possible that Jonathan disappeared into England’s dark past? And why does Anne keep hearing him whisper her name? Because now she too feels the inexorable pull of the past, not to mention an undeniable attraction for a man she doesn’t even know.

 

It’s just a matter of time before Anne will step back into history, and face a destiny―and a love―beyond imagining…

The Thornless Rose by Morgan O’Neill is available now

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Thornless-Rose-Entangled-Select-Historical-ebook/dp/B00QRW3OH6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418852004&sr=8-1&keywords=the+thornless+rose

iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/thornless-rose-entangled-select/id949899897?mt=11

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A chance meeting at a writers’ conference brought Cary Morgan Frates and Deborah O’Neill Cordes together, two award-winning authors who connected because of a mutual love of time travel fiction. Collaboration ensued, the search for a pen name the first step in their working relationship. Their maiden names provided the solution – and “Morgan O’Neill” was born.  Cary and Deborah’s backgrounds are uniquely suited to writing stories steeped in atmosphere and history: Deborah has a Master’s Degree in history and is a dedicated genealogist; Cary is a talented linguist in French and is currently a student of Latin. They’ve traveled to Europe’s ancient and medieval sites many times, with Cary living on the Continent for five years.  The Morgan O’Neill time travel novels have received a number of literary awards, including two finalist wins in the Booksellers’ Best Awards, two semifinalist wins in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, first, second, and third place wins for the Mainstream Novel with Strong Romantic Elements category of the Golden Rose Contest, a top ten finalist award in the Pacific Northwest Writers’ Conference Zola Awards Literary Contest, and a top ten finalist win in the Orange Rose Contest.

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