Release Promotion–Autumn’s Kiss

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Ten sweet romance writers have combined their efforts to bring you Autumn’s Kiss, a collection of love stories set in the fall. Whether you enjoy contemporary, historical, or paranormal romance, you’re sure to find something you like in this anthology! Here are the stories included:

AUTUMN VOWS. Patricia Kiyono. Contemporary

For 30 years, busy wife and mother Yolanda Murray pushed aside her career for family. With the kids grown now, it’s her turn. But her husband Craig needs surgery, and his worries extend far beyond his health issues. Will this couple survive the changes in the autumn of their lives?

CAROUSEL MAGIC. LaVerne St. George. Contemporary.

For Thomas Martin, feelings don’t get in the way of business. As the new owner of an amusement park, he’s determined to replace the old carousel with video games. Mayor Ginger Fairchild is equally determined to save the vintage carousel. Can the carousel’s magic touch two more hearts?

THE FALL APPLES AND MR. CRAIGSON. Kathy Bosman. Contemporary

Trina knows most men are out for her money, so a fantasy rich husband acts as her shield. She hires attractive Seth Craigson to cut down unwanted trees, certain he won’t discover her secret. As Trina’s heart leans toward Seth, he sees past her lie. Does he accept her for herself or see only her wealth?

FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN. Beth Barany. Paranormal/Time Travel

Sexy Medieval stonemason Julien relies on his fiancée Rose to adapt to 21st century life and struggles to find his place in modern times. Holding down two jobs to support her and Julien in expensive San Francisco, software expert Rose has no time for romance. A weekend getaway may provide just the spark these time-crossed lovers need.

A HARVEST OF HOPE. Debby Lee. Historical  

After putting away a crooked bootlegger, Meggie and Luke Preston set out for California, hoping for a second chance at life. When their past catches up with them, Meggie must find the courage to face the issues that have driven a wedge into her marriage… or she may lose everything.

THE LONELY SHOPKEEPER. Cindy Flores Martinez. Contemporary

Lately, Judy has been too busy for love. Running a small business in her hometown occupies all of her time. When she meets Graham, a visitor from Scotland, it’s chemistry at first sight–and impossible. He’s not here to stay. She’s not willing to move. What will happen when they fall in love?

RUNAWAY LOVE. Nicole Zoltack. Historical

After harvesting his crops, the last thing Corin Jannings expects is rescuing a woman tossed from a runaway horse. A woman who can’t remember who she is. She’s highborn, obviously, so it’s only a matter of time before someone comes for her. And since she’s a lady, Corin cannot dare risk falling for her.

SOFT BURGUNDY NIGHTS. Ruth Roberts. Contemporary

For the first time since she was abandoned, Jessica Rayne has a real home and her dream job as manager of Marchetti Vineyard. After ten years, Rafaele Marchetti has returned from New York, still bitter over his father’s mistakes. Rafaele may take away everything Jessica’s worked for… or make her dreams of love come true.

VIKING FOR HIRE. Jo Grafford. Historical.

Branwyn O’Tyre is convinced her estranged brother plans to arrest her for witchcraft, so she drinks a protection potion before he arrives. A Viking sea captain, living under a curse, witnesses her magic and offers her an escape if only she will help him. The hitch? If she fails, Branwyn’s heart will be his forever.

THE WITCHING WELL. KristyTate. Time Travel

Celia Quinn holds Jason West responsible for the demise of her grandmother’s dress shop, so when she takes a sip of water from the witching well and is transported back to Regency England, Jason West is the last person she wants to see–or kiss.

Autumn’s Kiss is available now on Amazon.

Release promotion–The Forgotten Princess of Elmetia

The title featured today is The Forgotten Princess of Elmetia by Rachel A. James, a medieval romance published by Prism Book Group.

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Blurb:

It is 616AD, and one fatal night the ancient Kingdom of Elmetia falls. Saxons kill the Elmetian King, and capture Princess Teagen. Teagen poses as a slave girl and works for the Saxons in the Kingdom of Deira, until she discovers her brother is alive. She finds a way to escape, and her path crosses with Ryce the Warrior.

Struggling with his past, and angry against the tyrant Saxon king, Ryce helps the princess in pursuit of her brother. But just as the connection between them intensifies, obstacles get in their way. The Saxon king now wants vengeance, and will stop at nothing to get it.

Excerpt:

616 AD, The Kingdom of Elmetia

Teagen scrambled under the table as the first fire-drenched arrow shot through the sky. Within seconds, thatched rooftops blazed and smoke bellowed throughout the palace. Frantic screams replaced the joyful music playing moments before.

“Princess,” Teagen’s nurse hissed from behind a wooden bench. “Are ye injured?”

“Nay.” She cast a wary glance as the battle unfolded before her. “What’s happening? Is it Saxons?”

Her nurse stretched her arm over and stroked her hair. “Aye, princess. Seems to be. Now stay put here while I find yer brother.”

Teagen flinched. “Don’t leave me Dera, please—Niall will be with Papa, they’ll be safe.”

Dera’s face paled. “I hope not, lassie, for yer brother’s sake, I pray he’s not.”

What could she mean? Was Papa in trouble?

She jumped out from her hiding place. “Then I’ll come with ye—”

Dera pushed her down firmly. “Nay, ‘tis not safe. Whatever ye do, do not let them capture ye, understand?”

She nodded, dumbfounded as Dera disappeared.

Grabbing the bottom of her long silk dress, she covered her face in an attempt to subdue the nausea that welled within. She wouldn’t look. She couldn’t. Where was Papa? She needed him right now, to hold her, and keep her safe.

“Teagen.”

A wave of relief washed over her. “Papa!” Teagen ran toward him, tears threatening her eyes.

“Shhh, lassie.” Her father scooped her up and headed for the kitchen just off the Great Hall. He opened a small stone cupboard and placed her inside.

“Stay in here, do ye understand? Do not come out until yer brother gets ye.”

“Please don’t leave me, Papa. Everyone keeps leaving me.” She tasted the salty tears that streamed her face.

Her father stroked her cheek. “Oh, lassie, I love ye so much. Ye know this, don’t ye?”

She nodded.

“Now be a brave girl and stay put.”

She gave her father a lingering hug and breathed in his comforting musky scent, her eyes averting his blood stained tunic. As he shut the cupboard door, the sound of the latch closing sent shivers through her body. The darkness did not mask the coldness of the damp stone walls, or the stale air which stifled her breathing. A sob lodged in her throat. I need to be brave for Papa.

Muffled sounds from outside grew louder—the clash of iron on iron, the collapse of buildings, and cries for help.

“King Ceretic is dead!”

Teagen stopped breathing. It could not be true.

“And what of the rest of the family?”

“Not yet found.”

“We do not leave until they are dead. Burn everything, and gather the survivors—we’ll take them to the slave market.”

She squeezed her eyes together, shutting out the fuzzy sensation that threatened to overtake her.Please, God. Nay. There surely must be some mistake.

Teagen could wait no longer. Despite her father’s strict instructions, she pushed open the door and fell on the kitchen floor. She gasped in a huge breath of air and scrambled to the doorway. Soldiers littered the outside, and in the centre, stood the Saxon King—Edwin the Tyrant. Her stomach lurched as she saw the remains of her father’s body.

Oh, Heavenly Father.

She collapsed to the ground. If her father was dead, it meant her brother Niall would likely be too. She studied the hem of her fine tunic and caressed the intricate beading Dera had sewn on the day before.

She stiffened. If they discovered her true identity as the king’s daughter, she too would be slain. She had to get out of these clothes. Her eyes rested on the dead bodies piled up outside the kitchen entrance and her heart broke as she spotted one of her friends lying on the ground. She kept low, reached out and pulled her friend further inside the kitchen.

“I’m sorry, Hilda,” she whispered to the girl, “but I’m going to need yer clothes. Ye won’t have use for them anymore.” She closed the girl’s eyelids, said a quick prayer, and removed the simple tunic and redressed her young friend in her own grand attire.

She ran out of the kitchen and toward the oak tree at the top of the hill, knowing she would be seen. She perched under a sloping branch and gazed out—her entire world ablaze. Soldiers rummaged through the dead bodies looking for valuables to keep for themselves. Teagen covered her ears as cries penetrated the night. Curling herself into a ball, she cradled her arms around her knees and rocked herself back and forth watching her kingdom fall. They were coming for her, it was simply a matter of time. To survive this night, her identity would have to be forgotten.

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BIO:

Rachel grew fascinated with the medieval time period as a child. Dubbed a bookworm from a young age, Rachel found herself surrounded by places steeped in history and adventure. She enjoyed trips with her family to visit nearby derelict castles and Roman ruins, and that coupled with a zealous imagination and love for stories, sparked her interest in knights, fortresses and ancient kingdoms.

Born and bred in England, Rachel writes adventure driven historical romance, she is also a pastor’s wife, and has three beautiful little princesses. She minored in creative writing at university and strives to entertain, inspire and encourage others in their own spiritual journey. She’s also captivated by romantic tales… combine it with a little history and a hot cup of tea, and she’s smitten! Find her at www.rachelajames.com for more information.

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Caster’s Unfriendly Ghost by Alicia Dean

Here’s another selection from The Wild Rose Press’s Haunting In the Garden series.

Caster’s Unfriendly Ghost by Alicia Dean

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A year after her husband’s death, Emily Tillman is ready to start dating again, and hopefully, find what she’s always wanted—marriage and children. But the man who broke her heart five years ago is back. And he’s anything but the marrying kind.  Confirmed bachelor Reese Caster is perfectly content with his life—and he’s finally over Emily, the one woman who almost made him commit. Now, his world is rocked when her dead husband shows up, demanding that Reese pursue Emily to keep her out of the clutches of her latest suitor—a jerk who is only after her money.  Being around Emily again has made Reese reconsider his bachelor life style. But now that the threat of the other man is gone, the pesky ghost wants Reese to break things off. Can he and Emily find the love they were denied, or will the ghost of her dead husband destroy their chances?

EXCERPT

“Emily is the kind of woman you have to take things slowly with.”

“Sure, if this was real. But you have to step it up, turn on the charm. You need to show you care, that you know her, buy her things that she loves. Her favorite flowers are white roses, she loves dark chocolate, and her favorite wine is Merlot. You need to move in on her, hard.”

Caster gave a humorless laugh and shook his head. “Do you hear yourself? You were her husband, for God’s sake. Have some respect.”

Joey’s face flushed. “I do respect her. That’s why I don’t want this asshole putting one over on her. She deserves to find someone who will truly love her and give her the things I couldn’t.”

A note of pain in his voice almost made Caster feel sorry for him. But not as sorry as he felt for the family who lost a loved one less than half an hour ago. “Listen, I’ve performed back to back surgeries today, and had my night capped off by an emergency surgery that ended with a young girl’s death. So, you’ll understand why I’m not in the mood for this right now.”

“I’m sorry, but there’s nothing I can do about that. My concern is with Emily. And I need you to follow through with your end of the deal.”

“Deal, my ass. You blackmailed me into going along with this bullshit. Well, I’m out. I’ll finish the haunted forest thing, but no more of this romancing Emily crap. I can’t use her like that, I can’t break her heart again.”

“Break her heart? You sound pretty sure she’ll fall for you. My, my. Someone’s full of himself.”

Caster stood and stalked to the door. “Look, I don’t know if she will or not, I just know I can’t do this any longer. You can destroy everything I own, keep me up every night for the rest of my life, but I’m done.”

He put his hand on the door, but Joey’s voice stopped him. “I’ll tell her.”

Caster paused and turned to face him. “You’ll what?”

“Not only will I continue to screw with you, even on the job, but I’ll appear to Emily, tell her about our little scheme. What do you think she’ll think of you then?”

“You’re bluffing. You wouldn’t hurt her like that.”

Joey shook his head and closed his eyes. When he opened them, they were suspiciously damp. “I don’t want to. But I’ll do anything to keep her from making the biggest mistake of her life.”

Caster let out a resigned sigh and shook his head. “Nah, getting mixed up with the two of us was the biggest mistake of her life.”

Website:

http://aliciadean.com/

Kindle:

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Nook:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/casters-unfriendly-ghost-alicia-dean/1120455662?ean=2940150463943

Wild Rose Press:

http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=242_177_139&products_id=5840

Guest Interview–Darlene Fredette

Welcome today to Darlene Fredette, an author friend from The Wild Rose press. Let’s get chatting…

What’s the logline that describes your writing?

Heartwarming contemporary romance.

What are your hobbies away from the computer?

Hanging out with my family, reading, BBQs, sitting by the fire-pit on a warm summer evening, and day-visits to the Valley.

Do you start a new story with the plot or characters first?

The plot will enter my thoughts first, usually while cleaning the house. By the time the house is cleaned, I have a whole story plotted in my head. The characters are developed through the plot.

If you use music while writing, name your favorite types.

I don’t listen to music while writing because I end up singing more than writing, lol. But the characters in most of my stories are usually listening to music at some point. In my Christmas novella, my heroine loves listening to Christmas songs by Elvis, and in other stories, music by Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Michael Bublé, and The Rolling Stones will be playing.

Have you traveled to any locations that appear in your books?

In my Christmas novella, One Sweet Christmas, the fictional town of Redford Falls was created with pieces of a few local areas we like to visit.

Describe a normal writing day (or period, if you have other employment obligations).

I’m a full-time writer, but my day doesn’t consist of just writing. When I get up in the morning, I get my daughter off to school and then start housework. Once the house is clean, I’m off to walk the dog. We’re generally gone for a half hour. Upon returning, I check emails and social media. I then write until lunch. I take a quick break for lunch and another short break outside with the dog. The rest of the afternoon is spent writing until my husband arrives home from work. As a rule, I don’t generally write in the evenings anymore because I was having a hard time falling asleep. The story kept continuing in my head even though my fingers weren’t typing, lol.

What’s your dream vacation destination?

Australia and Arizona. There’s a reason behind these choices, other than starting with the letter A. They are both warm locations, lol!

Do you use visual aids (storyboards, Pintrest, collages) when plotting or writing?

I create collages for each story to use as a visual for my main characters and key elements of the story. I also have a note-board with a list of character names and places. If I happen to forget a secondary character’s name, the note-board is an excellent reference. It has also come in handy for follow-up books because the information used in book one is at my fingertips.

What resources do you use for picking character names?

I generally use names that I like. Also, if I’m watching a television show and a character is appealing (lol), I may use their name in an upcoming story. If I’m stumped for a name, I seek out my daughter, who always has great ideas for me.

Are you a pet person? If so, what do you have?

I love all animals, but dogs are my favorite. They love unconditionally. I have a Yellow Lab. He’s ninety-five pounds, but thinks he’s a lap dog.

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Released October 1, 2014 from The Wild Rose Press

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Blurb for Law Of Attraction:

Lawyer Christina Crawford has a successful career and stable financial future, but is it enough?  Her world is disrupted when a routine divorce case means working with a man she never expected—or wanted—to see again.  During their first meeting, she can’t deny a connection still exists.  Her head warns her to run, but her heart yearns to stay.

Steven Mitchell is ruthless in the court room, but outside those doors, his easy charm, good looks and unlimited stream of female companions gives him an unscrupulous reputation.  Six years ago Christina saw beyond his façade, but the emotions she evoked scared him and he pushed her away.  Now he wants a second chance and he is determined to get her back…even if he has to play dirty.

Excerpt:

Heart pounding in her chest, she closed the door behind him. Wearing her best business face, she returned to this disastrous meeting and sat. Christina drew in a deep breath, and a measure of control was restored. She picked up her pen and flipped open the case file. “So, according to these documents, your client is contesting the divorce?”

Steven reached across the table and snatched the pen from her hand. “What’s the rush, Christina? We haven’t seen each other in years. There’s a lot of catching up to do.”

She clenched her teeth together, barely parting her lips as she spoke. “We have nothing but this case to discuss.”

“Come on, don’t be like that.” He leaned back in his chair, frowning. “You’re not still holding a grudge, are you? What happened was so long ago. I hoped we could start fresh, as friends.”

“Are you freaking serious?” She glared an icy stare. Forget a slow death by high heel. She’d get more pleasure strangling him with her bare hands. “You accused me of misconduct, had me fired, and now you want to be friends?” Her heart thumped a rapid beat in her ears. “You’re out of your mind.”

 

About the Author:

An avid reader since childhood, Darlene loved to put a pencil to paper and plot out stories of her own. She writes heartwarming contemporary romances with a focus on plot-driven page-turners. When Darlene isn’t writing, editing, or reading, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and Yellow Lab.

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Web Blog: http://findingthewritewords.blogspot.com

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Giveaway Draw:

Be sure to drop by my web site during the month of October to enter an awesome giveaway to celebrate the release of Law of Attraction!

Release Day–Unlocked Treasure

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Today my novella set in Rhode Island, Unlocked Treasure, releases from The Wild Rose Press.

TAGLINE:  Will a prophecy keep a lonely woman from accepting the promise of adventure?

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Aleen MacRae blames the lure of the sea for breaking apart first her family then her engagement. When her interest is caught by a man she sees both in person and in a dream, she resists—afraid to believe in her aunt’s prediction that her future is tied to the sea.

Braden Williams is on the hunt for treasure buried centuries earlier by Rhode Island pirates. His search brings him to the property where Aleen lives. Collaboration on genealogy research draws them closer, and Braden steers her toward his true passion–sailing.

Attending a party with Braden’s family lets her glimpse what she’s been missing. An unexpected discovery before her date with Braden at the Halloween Midnight Organ Recital forces a decision. Will Aleen play things safe or accept what this free-spirited man offers?

EXCERPT:

Ah, the story of her life—practically invisible. The reminder his first sighting had been of her bikini-clad backside made her blush. Still didn’t change the facts. Aleen squared her shoulders. “I remember, but the Manor grounds are still closed.” Should she be nervous about being alone with this stranger, especially one who ignored posted rules?

“Sorry for the intrusion. Let me start over.” Smiling, he approached and extended his right hand. “My name’s Braden Williams.”

Aleen bit her lower lip, but accepted his hand. “Pleased to meet you. I’m Aleen MacRae.” At the moment their hands clasped, she felt warmth flooding her fingers. With a jerk, she released her grip, tingling sensations running along her skin. Immediately, the scent of fresh air and summer breezes wafted her way. Definitely a man of the sea. Just where I foretold your future lies. Whispers of her great-aunt Zsofika’s prophecy trickled through Aleen’s thoughts. At the memory, her cheeks flamed with heat.

“Wow.” Frowning, Braden flexed his hand and narrowed his gaze then dropped it to his flexing fingers. “That was bizarre.”

“Static electricity, from all that wind yesterday.” A reasonable explanation. In the back of her mind, Aleen could hear Zsofika scoff, “Static schmatic. A connection like that is destiny.”

“Well…” His gaze searched her face. “Aleen—hey, that’s pretty, like the direction alee.” A wide smile exposed even teeth.

Her own smile dimmed. Like I’ve never heard that before. “Thanks.” This guy was not charming his way around the rules. “Sorry, but you’ll need to come back when the gardens are open for visitors. That’s Wednesdays through—”

“Yeah, I read the sign.” He gave a dismissive wave then turned to gaze back at the main house. “But I just needed five minutes to check out some dimensions and the lot layout.”

“So, you woke up this morning and just decided to start out your week by trespassing?”

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Release Promotion–Dearest Darling

Love western historical romance like I do? Here’s a peek at a recent release by Andrea Downing, released by The Wild Rose Press in the Love Letters series.

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Stuck in a life of servitude to her penny-pinching brother, Emily Darling longs for a more exciting existence. When a packet with travel tickets, meant for one Ethel Darton, accidentally lands on her doormat, Emily sees a chance for escape. Having turned down the dreary suitors that have come her way, is it possible a new existence also offers a different kind of man?

Daniel Saunders has carved out a life for himself in Wyoming—a life missing one thing: a wife. Having scrimped and saved to bring his mail-order bride from New York, he is outraged to find in her stead a runaway fraud. Even worse, the impostor is the sister of his old enemy.

But people are not always as they seem, and sometimes the heart knows more than the head.

EXCERPT:

“Who the hell are you?” he blurted out.

The woman took a step back. “My name is Emily Darling—”

“Darling?” His eyes narrowed as his hands went instinctively to his hips.

“I received your letter,” she continued somewhat breathlessly. “I know…”

“Stop. Just tell me where Ethel is.” The blood rushed through his veins, pulling anger and uneasiness with it. “What’s happened to Ethel?”

“I know it wasn’t meant for me,” the blonde continued, “but—”

“But? But. Lady, are you telling me you received a dang letter meant for someone else, and you went and hightailed it out here with a train ticket and stage ticket meant for that someone else?”

This impostor’s eyes widened. Emily’s eyes, not Ethel’s…

“You know how the hell long it took me to save for that trip? You have any idea of the cost of all that?”

“I…I thought—”

“I don’t give a good gosh damn what the heck you thought. That money was meant for…” Total disbelief swallowed his tongue. Daniel took some paces and struggled to control his temper before he shot off his gun. “Damn!” he said at last. “Damn!” He stomped back to her. “Well, what the hell do you expect to do now— now that you’re here, may I ask?”

“Well…” Emily visibly gathered herself and straightened up. “Marry you, of course.”

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BIO:

Andrea Downing likes to say that when she decided to do a Masters Degree, she made the mistake of turning left out of New York, where she was born,  instead of right to the west, and ended up in the UK.   Family vacations are often out west and, to date, she and her daughter have been to some 20 ranches throughout the west.

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Guest Interview–Sydney St. Claire

I’m chatting with Sydney St. Claire who writes for the Wilder Roses at The Wild Rose Press. We promise to keep everything PG-13, although her titles are categorized as erotic romance. And she’s giving away stuff! Rafflecopter entry at the bottom of post.

Tell us a bit about you and your background.

I’ve been writing since 1987, published since 1996. To date I’ve had 12 books published in print and later in E-format. My publisher went out of business so I self-published two more books in each of my two series. As Sydney, I have one book out, Cinderella & Prince Dom, and one coming out Oct 31st (Red & Her Big Bad Dom). Snow & Her Huntsman looks to be a Jan release. When I tally my book count, it shocks me to see that I’m at 17! Wow! Doesn’t seem possible.

What are your hobbies away from the computer?

I’m a crafty person. Knitting and crocheting are my current favs, and with my first granddaughter on the way, I’ve gone back to sewing as well.

Do you start a new story with the plot or characters first?

As I tend to write series, Once Upon a Dom is my current and third, I usually start with the characters. I always know who they are and sometimes a bit about them, depending on the type of series.

 If you use music while writing, name your favorite types.

I love music when I write. I tend to go very new age in my selections. Celtic music is a must. I love Enya and Secret Garden and several others. My current favorite is Blackmoor’s Night. I also love David Lanz and I also go for stranger stuff like Gregorian Chanters. Neil Diamond makes it into my play lists when the mood hits and oh yeah, mood music like wolves howling and bagpipes, all guaranteed to drive my family nuts. Basically, I love music.

Can you share a tip about what you do when you get stuck in creating a story?

I take a break if needed or these days, with such tight deadlines, I power through it. I write for an hour and find that the mind, under pressure, just pulls itself together and spits out what’s next. I do believe the story is there, we just don’t always see it but when our brain knows it is going to have to sit for an hour and produce words, it usually responds. I have a blog post on my blog on Power Writing and how it changed my writing and productivity.

 Do you write in a genre other than the one of this release?

I write Historical Romances: Native American and Westerns as Susan Edwards. I hope to get back to those next year but right now, Sydney needs my attention <g>

 What’s your dream vacation destination?

I’d love to go to Hawaii and do an Alaskan Cruise. Both on my to-do list.

Do you use visual aids (storyboards, Pintrest, collages) when plotting or writing?

I used to, but find I don’t have the luxury of those any longer. Nowadays, I’m lucky if I fill out plot or character sheets. I use Scrivener and just jot my notes in there. For my longer Historical romances, I’ll do a bit more but none of the fancy charts of my past. Just the facts, ma’am and get to writing.

In what genre do you read?

I read romance of course, and erotica but I also read fantasy, like L.E. Modesitts Imager series, and David Eddings Belgariad (when will they release the rest of the books in E-format!). Currently, I’ve started JD Robb’s Death series from the beginning. Will take me close to a year to read them back to back! Longer if I sneak in another book here and there…

Are you a pet person? If so, what do you have?

Cats and dogs and oh my! A few years ago, I could have added rats to this but alas, they have so short a lifespan. So, I just rescued a tiny black kitten, 8 weeks. She is number six! I’ve always said I was one cat shy of being a crazy cat lady. I’m afraid that Little Luna shoved me over that line. I also have 3 dogs, including a Great Pyrenees rescue with tons of health issues, including severe allergies. I actually have to cook her food.

What do you hope readers gain from your stories?

I hope my readers take away a few things. First, some good, old plain relaxation and fun. Reading is a pleasure and a joy. Second, my characters are strong and overcome challenges. I hope readers take away the feeling that they too can overcome life’s struggles. Lastly, for women especially, I hope they realize just how good, strong and important they are. Life can beat us down. My characters might be fictional but my readers are not, and it is my wish that they find one thing positive in my books that they can apply to their own lives to become the special people they are.

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Jaimie Newberry is jobless, her rent is due, and her cat just died. On top of that, she was accused of embezzling before she was fired. When her friend invites her for a weekend of kinky fairytale role-playing, she agrees to go as Cinderella. What has she got to lose when sex with a handsome prince is involved?

CEO Bryce Langston needs to know if Jamie is innocent of embezzlement or just very clever. He arranges for her to be his weekend sub but soon realizes the pretty scullery maid is naïve to the BDSM lifestyle. As her prince and her Dom, he intends to not only learn the truth but to make sure she has a fantasy come true.

EXCERPT:

Bryce spotted his Cinderella entering the parlor below. The ruffles of her skirt swirled playfully around slender thighs, and the low cut of her simple top revealed a nice swell of breasts. Deep inside, anticipation hummed, and not just for learning the truth. Annie had been gone five years now, and while he hadn’t been celibate during those long years, he hadn’t participated in the games he hosted either. This would be his first.

And only because he needed to know the truth.

Jaimie had uncovered an embezzling ring in one of his accounting firms. Her boss implicated her, her files backed the man up, but as he’d found out, the man himself had proved to be a liar, and the leader in the group of employees caught.

Lucy, his personal assistant, swore Jaimie was innocent, that she was the one who’d discovered the theft, then been fired because of it. The fact Jaimie had blown the whistle lent her story credence, as did the files she gave Lucy to give to him, all dated before she’d been fired. He’d hired auditors, and they thought she was innocent. But he wouldn’t know until he spoke to her. A study of her employment files indicated the woman was smart. She could easily have done what she did to make herself look innocent and then gotten out before being caught.

“Does it matter if she is as guilty as the others?”

Bryce nodded. “Yes. If she was part of it, I’ll press charges. No one steals from me.” He’d already gotten confessions out of the rest of his employees and fired those who were supposed to oversee that department. Fools were more concerned with their ladder climbing and brown-nosing instead of doing their job.

Determining Jaimie’s level of involvement was unfinished business. Was his Cinderella truly innocent, or had she been framed? He couldn’t find any money trails leading to her bank accounts, but that didn’t mean she didn’t have money squirreled away elsewhere, under another name. No, he needed to know for sure.

Glorie laughed low in her throat. “My, your little playmate looks ready to bolt, and it’s not even midnight.”

Bryce narrowed his eyes. Glorie was right. Jaimie was staring at some of the costumes with mouth agape. He couldn’t see her eyes but imagined they were wide with shock. Even from where he stood, he could see her face was flushed with embarrassment. She took a big gulp of her champagne then grabbed Lucy by the arm. Though he couldn’t hear the conversation, it was clear his sub was having serious doubts.

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BIO:

Sydney St. Claire is the pseudonym of Susan Edwards, author of 14 Historical Native American/Western/Paranormal romances and the author of the popular “White” Series.

Sydney loves writing and sharing stories of love, happiness and dreams come true with her readers. She credits her mother for her writing success. Encouraged to read as a child, she always preferred happy endings which meant romances were her favorite genre. Sydney takes her readers into the world of erotica romance where her characters come together in explosive passion as they solve life’s problems and find true love along with the best sex our hero and heroine have ever experienced.

Sydney’s office is quite crowded with three dogs at her feet and five cats to keep her company while she writes. Three cats always insist on beds on her desk, barely leaving enough room for her monitor and keyboard. Life gets fun when all five insist on supervising…

When not writing, she enjoys crafts of all sorts including quilting, sewing, cross-stitch and knitting. She and her husband of 30 + years are avid gardeners. He takes care of the veggies, and Susan is in charge of the ‘pretties’. Her medicine wheel garden is in a contact state of war: flowers vs. weeds. Sadly, right now the weeds are wining…

While writing, she listens to a wide variety of music. Her current favorites are Blackmore’s Night and David Lanz.

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Blurb:

Mitch Mingan has chosen to remain a bachelor; he doesn’t want anyone else to suffer his destiny. But when his cousin Ken dies leaving behind twin boys, it is up to Mitch to ensure his nephews are ready for what lies ahead. Inviting Ken’s widow Sarah and the boys up for the summer seems like a perfect start.

For Sarah, a summer up north is the perfect opportunity for her sons to get to know their father’s family. It’s also a chance for Sarah to learn the truth behind why her husband left his childhood home at such an early age. What she doesn’t count on is falling for their handsome host. She also doesn’t count on finding out the family legacy: Mingan means wolf!

Excerpt:

Sarah stood to leave. “Mitch, can I ask you a personal question?”

“Shoot,” he replied.

“Have you ever been married?”

“No. I’m what you would call a lone wolf, I guess.”

She shivered as a breeze blew off the bay, across her wet, naked back. “May I ask why?”

He appeared thoughtful as he sippedthe cabernet. “My life is too…complicated. A woman would have to put up with a lot around me. I don’t think it would be fair and I’m not sure I’m worth it.”

Nothingsince she arrived at the camp caused her to think negatively of Mitch. She could not begin to guess what drove the wedge between the two cousins. The man who invited her up here, played with her sons, cooked a great steak, and was veryeasy on the eyes, appeared to have a lot to offer. Any woman would be lucky to find such a man to spend her life with. Even one night.

Forbidden territory, Sarah. But she couldn’t help herself. Quickly she got out of the hot tub. She wrapped a towel around her torso and picked her wine glass off the deck.

She opened the door and then stopped, turningaround.

“You know, Mitch, I don’t think you give yourself enough credit,” she said before she continued into the cottage.

 

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Charlotte Copper lives in Stouffville, Ontario. When she isn’t working at her full-time job or driving her daughter around for volleyball, Charlotte likes to craft, read, go to the movies, and, of course, write.

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Character Interview from Dearest Darling

Sit on down and enjoy meeting Daniel Saunders, the hero of Dearest Darling, the latest western historical by Andrea Downing.

How about you introduce yourself by providing the basics?

Howdy, Miz Carroll-Bradd, and thank you so much for inviting me here today—or for asking Andrea to send me on over.  My name’s Daniel Saunders and I appear in Miz Downing’s new book, Dearest Darling.  I’m not quite sure what other basics you might be wantin’—and I don’t want to be rude, but I have a ranch to run so am gonna have to be brief here.  Left my stock and have my neighbor, Jamie Jenkins, looking after it…

Where were you raised? 

In New York City, believe it or not.  But I came west to Wyoming when I was just over age twenty.

Did you attend college? 

Ha! Well.  No, I didn’t and I’m not goin’ to say much more on that subject for fear of givin’ too much of Andrea’s story away.  I would’ve liked to attend college but…you’ll have to read the book to find out why I didn’t go.

Are you athletic? 

Ma’am, you work cattle and run a ranch some eighteen hours a day, you’ve got to be more than what y’all call ‘athletic.’   What the hell’s ‘athletic’ mean anyway?  Muscular?  It takes more than ‘athletic’ to sit a horse and swing a loop, believe me.

Did you always want to be a rancher?

No, ma’am.  The thought never even crossed my mind until…well, if I tell y’all Andrea will string me up, so I better stay hushed on the matter.  I actually thought at one stage I might be a lawyer and go into practice with my friend.  That would’ve been a mistake.

What do you like most about ranching? 

Being my own boss and not having to deal with the liars, cheats and scoundrels of this world.  Then again, I also appreciate being outside most of the day in the beautiful scenery of the Tetons.  Have you been? 

What are your reading tastes? 

Quite honestly, I read just about anything I can lay my hands on.  Most nights I’m too damn tired to read and haven’t got much time the rest of the day,’cept of course in the winter months.  Hated Hawthorne in school but I do like that Mark Twain as he calls himself.  Funny man.

What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you? 

Shoot, come on now, Miz Carroll-Bradd.  You’re asking that of a man whose story is built ‘round the fact he sent tickets to one mail order bride and another woman shows up in her place?  Can anything crazier than that happen to a person?  I ask you…

Look, I’ve enjoyed this little chat of ours, and I do greatly appreciate you havin’ me here and tryin’ to get all these good folks to read my story, but I really do have to get back to the ranch.  I’ll stop in every so often to say howdy to all your kind guests.  Y’all come by and visit now, ya hear!

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Stuck in a life of servitude to her penny-pinching brother, Emily Darling longs for a more exciting existence. When a packet with travel tickets, meant for one Ethel Darton, accidentally lands on her doormat, Emily sees a chance for escape. Having turned down the dreary suitors that have come her way, is it possible a new existence also offers a different kind of man?

Daniel Saunders has carved out a life for himself in Wyoming—a life missing one thing: a wife. Having scrimped and saved to bring his mail-order bride from New York, he is outraged to find in her stead a runaway fraud. Even worse, the impostor is the sister of his old enemy.

But people are not always as they seem, and sometimes the heart knows more than the head.

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BIO:

Andrea Downing likes to say that when she decided to do a Masters Degree, she made the mistake of turning left out of New York, where she was born,  instead of right to the west, and ended up in the UK.   She eventually married there, raising a beautiful daughter and staying for longer than she cares to admit.  Teaching, editing a poetry magazine, writing travel articles, and a short stint in Nigeria filled those years until in 2008 she returned to NYC.  She now divides her time between the city and the shore, and often trades the canyons of New York for the wide open spaces of Wyoming.  Family vacations are often out west and, to date, she and her daughter have been to some 20 ranches throughout the west.

Loveland, her first book, was a finalist for Best American Historical at the 2013 RONE Awards.  Lawless Love, a short story, part of The Wild Rose Press ‘Lawmen and Outlaws’ series, was a finalist for Best Historical Novella at the 2014 RONE Awards.   Dearest Darling, a novella, is part of The Wild Rose Press ‘Love Letters’ series, and comes out Oct. 8th and Dances of the Heart, another full length novel, comes out in the next few months.

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Release Day–Cowboys, Creatures and Calico anthology

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COWBOYS, CREATURES AND CALICO, Vol 1–Six haunting and romantic tales from the Old West releases TODAY from Prairie Rose Productions.

My story is Wanderer, Come Home.

A recent widow on an 1874 Texas ranch, Vevina Bernhard lives with her 4-year-old son and a few hands. In charge for the first time in her life, she is frustrated she can’t get anyone to believe her land is haunted. The sight of mysterious lights at night arouses her Irish superstitious nature and she wants to learn the truth.

Kell Hawksen is a wandering cowboy just released from the Texas Rangers who is tracking a stage robber. They meet in town after her failed attempt to get the sheriff to investigate, and Vevina hires him. Over the week before Halloween, they grow close. During the Samhain celebration, fire breaks out on the ranch, and Vevina and Kell battle both the danger and the depth of their true feelings. Will a justice-seeking wanderer find solace on a ranch with a widow determined to protect her land?

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The other stories are:

The Sheriff of Hel’n Gone by Lorrie Farrelly
The Bridesmaid by Tanya Hanson
The Legend of Venture Canyon by Shayna Matthews
The Beast of Hazard by Sarah McNeal
Wild Injuns, Wicked Trail and Cerulean Blue by Cher’ley Grogg

by author Linda Carroll-Bradd