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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Interview
with Shamus McTavis

Tell us about
yourself, please.
Let’s see. I’m the only son of Brian and Leslie McTavis.
Sadly, when I was young both my parents died when their yacht floundered off
the coast of Indonesia. That left me in charge of the McTavis Foundation and
made me a rather wealthy man. My beautiful grandmother had a passion for
flowers and the McTavis Conservancy is still attached to the mansion and is
thriving. I can sense my grandparent’s and parent’s spirits there when I wander
about the conservancy.
Authors call what you
want but cannot have “the conflict” — what is yours?
I would say, what I thought “the conflict” was was love.
Everyone I loved died and there was a time, in those over dramatic teenage
years, when I thought I was cursed. I didn’t want to get near anyone because I
couldn’t stand the pain of having them die. As I matured, I resolved that issue,
but then found the problem of being wealthy was people pretended to be your
friend or love you. They wanted to be close to the money not me.
I didn’t date much and led the life of almost a recluse
until that day when I was walking Reginald in the park and spotted Darcy.
What inner doubt
causes you the most difficulty?
Am I worth it? I didn’t earn my millions; I inherited them.
Every day I wonder if I am worthy of the position as Chairman and do I deserve
this entitled lifestyle.
Tell us about your
significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Darcy O’Calahan. A beauty as rare as some of the flowers in
the conservancy. She grew up in a small mid-western town, where she worked her
way through high school and college doing the flower beds for her neighbours
and the local municipal office. She once told me this hilarious story – which
didn’t make it into the book – about the summer she was covered with a poison
ivy rash. Makes me itchy just thinking about it.
Let’s be honest, I’m rich and that makes me a target for
single women. But Darcy didn’t chase me down. I spotted her. Actually, I let
Reginald off his leash and he smashed into her knocking her down.
What is your family
like?
I have no family. I am an only child and my parents died in
a yachting accident and my grandparents have long passed on. It’s just me. I’ve
been alone since my parent’s death. Darcy is the first person I have let into
my world and my life.
Why are you happy with
the way your story ended?
Happy is not even close to how I feel. I found love. True
love. Darcy may be awed by my wealth, which is completely understandable. She’s
working at a low paying job and came from a middle class background. I grew up
in wealth and privilege and live in a mansion that could house a small city’s
population, but that has nothing to do with her love for me. If I was
struggling as hard as Darcy was, she would still love me.

About the Writer

Hi, I’m Victoria Adams. I live in
Ontario, Canada with my husband and pets. Daughter’s grown up and is now teaching. I like to
garden, cook and study Raqs Sharqi (Egyptian belly dance). In the
summer, cars slow down when they pass my front yard and the passengers gaze at
my flower beds. Friends love to be invited over for supper as the meal is going
to be good, good for you and nowhere near low-calorie! No dieting allowed at
dinner parties. As to belly dancing, find a class and try it. It’s a blast! Age
and weight don’t matter. There are many plus size ladies and one 74 yr old
grandmother in one of my classes.
I’ve been writing since I was
little. Being an only child, long car rides were filled with making up stories
in my head about the people I saw out the car window. When my daughter
was younger, I made up stories that she suggested. I’d say – Once upon a time
there was a…. She’d shout an answer – chicken! And the story went from there.
Great creativity exercise as it turns out. Now, my writing style has taken a split to
contemporary romance for adults and contemporary romance for new adults.
What was your biggest
challenge in writing this book?
The chapter ending hooks. 
This was not a conventionally written book. It’s a compilation of flash
fiction episodes that were woven together to make a book. Each episode needed a
chapter ending hook to catch the reader and make them “turn the page”.
Why did you choose
this character for the interview today?
The entire story, Red Tulip, is written from Darcy’s point
of view. I thought it only fair that Shamus be allowed a moment to express
himself.
Are any sequels
planned for this book?
Red Tulip is the first book in a planned series called
Romantic Flashes. I belong to a flash fiction group and Red Tulip is the result
of weekly episodes written based on prompts and the whole thing tied into a
story. I have another story written, waiting to be edited, plus I’m working on
a seasonal collection of stories.
What genre would you
like to write that you haven’t tried yet?
Mystery! Didn’t even have to think about that answer. I
adore old English mysteries – Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers.  I have no idea how to write one without all
the clues being obvious.
Why should readers
who haven’t picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
Red Tulip is short and very unique. It was written in the
style that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle presented his first book – The Hound of the
Baskervilles.  Doyle wrote weekly
episodes of the story that were published in a magazine. Being the 21st
century, Red Tulip appeared weekly on my blog. It was a challenge to write
having to incorporate the weekly prompts into the story. For instance, when
December rolled around, of course all the prompts were Christmas oriented. Red
Tulip takes place in late spring. A challenge which I accepted and wrote it
into the story.
Is there anything
you’d like to say to your readers?
I love hearing from people who read my books. I don’t mean
reviews. I love getting FB messages or tweets. I will respond.

About the Book

Title Red Tulip
Genre contemporary romance
Author  Victoria Adams
Book heat level (based on movie ratings):  G
Darcy O’Calahann, a junior gardener from a small mid-western
town, is trying to make her way in the big city.
Shamus McTavis is a wealthy bachelor with a mysterious family
past.

Are Darcy’s eyes playing tricks on her? Is she losing her mind?
Or is there really a Red Tulip tying her and Shamus together?

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Blog – Pages of Romance – http://victoriaadams.blogspot.com
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Dorothy A. Bell author of Dance Hall Road answers five easy
questions to help readers get to know her better.

Author Bio

Dorothy
A. Bell, author of western and contemporary romances with Freya’s Bower
Publishing, grew up in southern Iowa, moved to Oregon’s Willamette Valley at
the age of eleven. She married a boy that she first met in the sixth grade, and
they’ve been married for fifty years.
While
her two children were in school, she started to write Regency Romances to entertain
herself. As a facilitator of a writer’s critique group for several years, she
learned a lot from fellow writers. She took writing courses at a community
college. But Dorothy says, she’s learned the most by submitting her work to
publishers, editors and agents, and getting feedback.
Laid
low for nearly twenty-five years with arthritis, forced to use a
battery-powered cart, Dorothy took up aquatic exercise and became an
instructor. She retired after eighteen years of instructing, and now goes to
the pool to do her own thing. After two surgeries to replace her knees, she
went to work on herself and lost eighty-five pounds. With renewed energy, she
put more into her writing, submitted her work, rewrote and kept submitting,
which she continues to do.
Dorothy
and her husband live in Central Oregon with their two West Highland White
terriers Corky and Buddy, a long-haired dachshund named Hector (Heck for short)
and Rocky, a big, angora tuxedo cat. She enjoys gardening and landscaping.
What’s your favorite
down-home family style meal?
We’ve switched to turkey burger. I make a stuffed turkey
burger that is to die for. Finely chop some of the dried and fried onions you
get in a can, you know the ones that you crumble and put on top of green bean
casseroles. Spread the finely chopped dried onions out on a plate, enough to
make a coating for the patty. Flatten out a patty of turkey burger on top of
the crumbled onions pressing the crumbles into the burger. In a fry pan sauté half
a white onion and asparaguses tips, season to taste. Place the cooked
vegetables on the turkey patty. If you have leftover vegies save them and serve
over the top of the cooked roll. Roll up the patty, pinch it together. Make a
seam on top and place seam side down in the fry pan, season and cook well done.
When done, place the roll on a serving plate and pour your favorite sweet and
sour or thai sauce over the roll. Serve with rice. Yummmm.
What is your go-to
meal when you dine out?
Halibut Fish and chips
Who is your
“book boyfriend” (that hottie you read about and drool over)?
Buck Hoyt from my book Dance Hall Road. He’s a big softie,
all gruff and crusty, but he cleans up good. He’s funny and he talks to
himself. I love Buck.
When you read for
pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
I love to read romance authors who complicate their stories of
passion with obstacles, plus a smattering of danger and intrigue.
What kinds of things
do you read when you’re researching a new book?
I read about the geography, the history and the commerce.
Historical societies provide a wealth of information. And of course, if I can,
I drive around, explore the area, talk to people.

About the Book

Title Dance Hall Road
Genre Oregon Western Romance
Author Dorothy A. Bell
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Buck Hoyt runs a whore
house in the back end of nowhere. Scruffy and cantankerous, he hauls in the
whores in the spring and sends them packing in the fall. In winter, Buck, a
dedicated recluse, reads, writes and grows his hair.
But this winter, Petra
Yurvasi, and her new born son impose on his solitude. Now shaved and shorn,
Buck’s only purpose is to please and protect his woman and her child. Can he
keep them safe from the evil brothers that want her silenced forever? If they
face the evil together, they have a chance.

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Owned Forever 
What Happens After Happily Ever After?
For as long as I can remember I’ve loved happily ever
afters. Maybe it’s being raised on Disney fairytales but I love to watch the
prince (or Billionaire, or Vampire lover, whatever your fantasy) whisk away the
dashing damsel and take her to his castle, or hearing the music swell as our
hero and heroine finally kiss beneath the backdrop of a sunset. I love stepping
out of a movie theater or finishing a good book knowing the characters I’ve
come to love are safe, and happy. It’s why I love writing romance. Almost all
my characters get that happily ever after—though not always in the first book
(besides of course the villains, they’re always defeated, but that’s a
different blog).
But as I’ve gotten older, and moved away from those Disney
movies of my childhood, I’ve started to wonder what does happily ever after
look like. Is it 2.3 kids, driving carpool. A gorgeous house filled with
beautiful things or a small cottage by the sea. And even more importantly—is there something after happily
ever after? Is happily ever after the final stop? Or the beginning of an even
more exciting chapter?
In my newest release, Owned Forever, I explore several of
those questions. Startling up six months after their Christmas romance, Kate
and Daniel are about to get married with her Dom and his brother, Grant, as the
officiant. But there’s still a lot of drama. How could there not be when you’re
marrying one man while sleeping with him and his brother, throwing a country
wedding to be attended by all your city family, all while trying to keep your
unconventional relationship under wraps.
For Grant, Kate and Daniel, Happily Ever After was only the start
of their story, and with a relationship as complicated at theirs, how could their
ride into the sunset not have a few bumps and bruises. And while you’ll never see
me turn away from another happily ever after, I have to admit, it was really fun
finding out what happened after their first story. And to discover there is still
happiness and love, albeit not uncomplicated, after happily ever after.

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Two sets of in-laws, a Dom with the need to assert his power,
a fiancée with an inferiority complex and a country chic wedding to throw. What
could go wrong?
For the last six months, Kate, Daniel and Grant have been living
blissfully in Colorado. But that’s all about to come to an end. They’re opening
up the ranch and their relationship to outsiders—Kate’s parents. While her future
mother-in-law has adapted well to their unconventional relationship, Kate knows
her parents won’t feel the same. At her insistence, the whole Farrell crew agrees
to keep the true nature of their relationship a secret—at least from her parents—for
the whole wedding weekend.
Stretched thin, Kate tries to be everything for everyone. The
enthusiastic bride, the good daughter, the diligent sub that’s always under the
control of her Master and the affectionate fiancé that wants nothing more than to
be married. But with everyone’s needs weighing her down, eventually Kate snaps under
the pressure.
In one quick moment of need, their secret is out of bag, and
it’s not just her parents that feel betrayed. Can Kate convince all the people she
loves to accept and participate in this untraditional wedding party, or will her
needs doom her relationships for good?

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Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social
media contacts for the author. Today’s featured book is Landlocked by Marilyn
Baron.

About the Book

Title Landlocked
Genre Romantic Comedy with elements of mystery and suspense
Author Marilyn Baron
Book heat level (R)
Romance, A Decades-old Mystery and
a Serial Killer on the Loose…
Amelia Rushing is an inexperienced South Florida realtor with weather issues, and a loser in love. Her grandmother asks her to sell some property on an isolated North Carolina mountaintop, and upon investigation, Amelia finds the tract is landlocked. Determined to make her first sale and right the injustice to her grandmother, Amelia travels to the town of Confrontation and enlists the help of local real estate attorney, Alec Brady, who thwarts her at every turn.
 Sparks fly when Amelia announces her plans to move into her grandmother’s cabin until she can sell the property. It is Alec’s current home, and he’s not giving it up. When Amelia discovers that thirty years ago a prominent landscape artist disappeared in the town of Confrontation, she is anxious to solve the decades-old mystery, but there’s a serial killer on the loose, one nobody wants to turn in, despite the number of people missing. What is the community hiding, and does Alec know where the bodies are buried? 

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Publisher The Wild Rose Press

About the Author

Marilyn Baron is a corporate public
relations consultant in Atlanta. She’s a member of Marketing for Romance
Writers, Romance Writers of America and Georgia Romance Writers (GRW),
recipient of the GRW 2009 Chapter Service Award and winner or finalist in writing
awards in single title, suspense romance, novel with strong romantic elements
and paranormal romance.
Marilyn writes in a variety of
genres, including: Humorous coming-of-middle-age
women’s fiction (The Widows’ Gallery,
Stones, and Significant Others)
; a psychic suspense series (Sixth Sense, Homecoming Homicides and Killer Cruise); romantic suspense (Landlocked); fantasy (Someday My Prints Will Come); and
historical romantic thrillers (Under the
Moon Gate and the prequel, Destiny: A Bermuda Love Story
) for The Wild  Rose Press; and humorous paranormal short
stories for TWB Press (A Choir of Angels,
Follow an Angel,
The Stand-In
Bridegroom, Dead Mix
and The Files
Death Forgot
).
Marilyn is a member of the 2016 Roswell
Reads Steering Committee and belongs to two book clubs. A native of Miami,
Florida, Marilyn now lives in Roswell, Georgia, with her husband and they have
two daughters. She graduated from The University of Florida in Gainesville,
Florida, with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism [Public Relations sequence]
and a minor in Creative Writing.
When she’s not writing, she enjoys
reading, going to movies, eating Italian food and traveling. She often sets her
stories in places she’s visited, including Bermuda, Australia and Italy, where
she spent six months studying in Florence during her senior year in college. 

Author Social Media

Blog I blog at Savvy Authors on the 22nd of every
month http://savvyauthors.com/blog/?s=marilyn+baron

5 Easy Questions

Pat Henshaw author of Redesigning Max answers five easy questions
to help readers get to know her better.

Author Bio

Pat Henshaw, author of the Foothills Pride Stories, was born
and raised in Nebraska and has lived at various times in  Texas, Colorado, Northern Virginia, and
Northern California.  Pat has visited
Mexico, Canada, Europe, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Egypt, and now enjoys trips to
Vermont, Oregon, and Arizona to see family. Pat spent her life surrounded by
words—teaching  English composition at
the junior college level; writing book reviews for newspapers, magazines, and
websites; helping students find information as a librarian; and promoting PBS
television programs.
What’s your favorite down-home
family style meal?
Since I’m from Nebraska, I’ll have to go with the staple at
our house: grilled steak, homemade potato salad, fruit salad, and ice cream for
dessert.
Describe the perfect vacation.
I love the coast around Pacific Grove, California, so my
perfect vacation is one we take a couple times a year. We drive to Pacific
Grove, check into a small cabin there, walk down to the shore, dawdle for a few
hours, then go to dinner. The next day, my husband drops me off at the coffee
shop downtown, where I get a glass of iced tea and whatever homemade bread they
have on hand, and then I write until lunch. In the afternoon, I write more,
take a nap, and generally enjoy the sea breezes and soft sounds of the coast.
Sometimes we drive down Big Sur and stop at Nepenthe for leisurely lunch. We’ve
traveled almost all over the world, but Pacific Grove is my destination of
choice.
What are your hobbies?
I love making dollhouse miniatures in quarter inch scale.
Quarter inch = one foot in real life. Lately, I’ve been making quarter inch ice
cream cones. They’re really teeny, just like all quarter inch objects are.
When you read for pleasure,
what kind of books do you choose?
I used to read mysteries, but these days, it’s romance,
particularly gay romance, that hits my charts.
If the hero of your latest
book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
Bears by Tom Goss.  (And
the YouTube video is great!)

About the Book

Title Redesigning Max
Genre Contemporary Gay Romance
Author Pat Henshaw
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Renowned interior designer Fredi
Zimmer is surprised when outdoorsman Max Greene, owner of Greene’s Hunting and
Fishing, hires him to remodel his rustic cabin in the Sierra Nevada
foothills.  Fredi is an out and proud
Metro male whose contact with the outdoors is from his car to the doorway of
the million-dollar homes’ he remodels, and Max is just too hunky gorgeous for
words.
When Max starts coming on to Fredi,
the designer can’t imagine why.  But he’s
game to put a little spice into Max’s life, even if it’s just in the colors and
fixtures he’ll use to turn Max’s dilapidated rustic cabin into a
showplace.  Who can blame a guy for
adding a little sensual pleasure as he retools Max’s life visually?
Max, for his part, is grateful when
Fredi takes him in hand, both metaphorically and literally.  Coming out, he finds is the most exciting and
wonderful time of his life, despite the conservative former friends who want to
stop his slide into hell.

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This quick interview includes info about the author, and
introduces the story.

About the Author

Wife, Mother, Writer, Lunatic. Not necessarily in that
order.
“There is a fine line between genius and crazy… I
like to use that line as a jump rope!”
June, who prefers to go by Bug, was born in Philadelphia but
moved to Maui, Hawaii when she was four. She met her “Prince Charming” on Kauai
and is currently living “Happily Ever After” in a small town in Minnesota.
Her son and daughter are her greatest accomplishments. She
takes pride in embarrassing them every chance she gets.
Being hopelessly addicted to 80’s music is her super power.

Interview with June Kramin

Why did you write
this book?
I Got Your Back, Hailey came as a sort of surprise. When the
story took off, I honestly wasn’t exactly sure the role Parker was going to
take. I’ll always confess to being a “pantser”. I usually let my characters run
the show; they haven’t let me down yet. This one was definitely more along the
lines of what I love to read – romantic suspense. Even through my edits, I
found myself wondering how they’d get out of their latest mess. When I sent it
out for reviews, I got the most amazing e-mails from fans, begging for more. I
couldn’t disappoint, so I quickly began working away at the sequel. There is
nothing I love more than a good series, and following a favorite author. 
I hope to see many more come from this bunch of misfits!
What is your favorite
genre to read?
Besides 3 authors, all I’ll read are my friend’s books so
that kinda makes me all over the board. I’ll give anything a shot, but I love a
good suspense or anything that keeps you wanting to turn the page to see what
happens next.  
Who is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own)?
Lucas Davenport from John Sandford’s Prey series. Again, I
love following a character from book to book. I’ve read him for years and will
hate to see it end someday.
What are you working
on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
My first release was a time travel romance – Dustin Time.
Fans asked for more so I wrote a sequel. I never thought about writing a third
but after I was released from my contract and rereleased them, the characters decided
they weren’t done with me. I was afraid to say anything in case I didn’t see it
through but I’m more than halfway in and still going strong. I do plan on
another book in the Hailey series as well – or several. We’ll have to see what
they do to me. I still have some early books that I keep saying I’ll go back
and beat into shape, but new stories keep getting in the way. I always have a
ton of pots on the fire.
Please tell us about
your latest book.
I’ve Also Got Your Front, Hailey – Follow up to I’ve Got
Your Back, Hailey. (Parker names these things – don’t blame me ;)
With the McMand job behind them, Donny is taking a much
needed vacation at one of Parker’s safe houses. After encountering a woman in
trouble and trying to help her, he’s injured in the struggle. He’s forced to
call for Parker and the rest of the team’s help.
Although the island is normally a peaceful tourist
destination, they soon discover that it is run by a drug lord. He’ll stop at
nothing, trying to get back what is his – the woman Donny rescued. She fled,
afraid for her life, and Donny is determined to get her off the island safely.
Falling in love with her only complicates matters more.
They desperately need to get to safety, but Parker just as
desperately wants to keep his Mexico retreat in the clear. The sudden
appearance of his sister and an old hacker friend they discover in the mix
quickly turns this into their most dangerous job yet.

About the Book

Title I’ve Also Got Your Front, Hailey
Genre Romantic Suspense
Author June Kramin
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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