Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Magnificent Agony by Katie Mettner

Over the Memorial Day weekend I read Magnificent Agony by Katie Metter. I've enjoyed Katie's other books but this one is my favorite so far. She touched on a lot of different subjects and spun an incredible story of true and unconditional love. I'd like for you to read the blurb before I share my review.


 
Blurb:


Eve Darling has learned one very important lesson in her twenty-six years; life never goes according to plan. The night of her high school graduation her heart was bursting with hopes and dreams for the future, but the universe had other ideas. Instead of New York and culinary school, she stayed in Magnificent, Wisconsin. Barely an adult herself, Eve was irrevocably tasked with becoming a mother to her big brother, Davis, a man with the heart and mind of a five-year-old boy. Now, seven years later, she's become a successful entrepreneur, chef, and businesswoman. All of those responsibilities came at a price and her personal life was payment. No one was more acutely aware of that than she was. And then, with one phone call, everything changed. 'After life organizer' Abraham Von Sallage was not like any funeral director Eve had ever known. He was young, charming, witty, and had a unique perspective on life, because his business was death. They both carried burdens society couldn't, or wouldn't acknowledge, and because of those burdens, they found an instantaneous connection. That night, as Abraham stood in the doorway of her cooking school, she saw hope in his eyes. And then her world crumbled. An inexplicably cruel twist of fate called into question everything she knew about life, and death. With her soul adrift in guilt, she clung to the only person she could trust to save her from the agony her life had become. Shrouded in grief, it would take the love of one man, and the resolve of an entire community, to show her just how magnificent life could be.





* ~ *  My Review  * ~*

Katie Mettner writes amazing stories. In my humble opinion though, Magnificent Agony is her best so far. Eve Darling had high hopes for her future but everything changed in the blink of an eye. At eighteen she became the care-giver and decision-maker for her mentally challenged older brother, Davis. Seven years later she's still handling the responsibility of Davis but has established herself in the business world as the owner of a kitchen gadget store who also gives cooking lessons in the evening. Enter Abraham Von Sallage; a handsome guy who needs to learn how to cook ASAP. Abraham happens to be the local funeral director. There's an instant spark but Eve has a lot to deal with. She bumps into him later at the grocery store. The attraction she'd put on the back burner can no longer be put aside. Their romance takes off. She's happy. Life is great. And then, in the blink of an eye again, Eve's world takes another cruel turn. This particular event sets the stage for the rest of the story. (I can't say what it is. You'll have to read the story to find out.) I cried like a baby but had to keep reading. With this tender saga, Katie Mettner effectively shows how certain people come into your life at the right time. Magnificent Agony ran me through a gamut of emotions. I felt Eve's joy and experienced her sorrow. Her heart and head were a mess, but Abraham was there for her when she needed him the most. In the midst of tragedy, they found love. One of the most remarkable things about Eve was her strength to forgive. This is an incredible tale that touched my heart and made me wonder how I would react if I was faced with the same challenges and circumstances.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Rockin' it!

Anyone else have a thing for rocks? I didn't realize until today that I may have a rock-fetish or a mild obsession. (lol)


(In case you're wondering the plant is the start of a butterfly weed bush)




Maybe it's their strength that fascinates me, or how great they are under pressure.




I might've got carried away with the rocks. They're everywhere - outside and in the house.  




Betcha didn't know...the scientific study of rocks is petrology. (I didn't know it either)






Maybe in another life I was a geologist! (?)






Or maybe I'm just weird. (Proudly weird, that is!)




And then there's this! My not-so-subtle rock! :)




Guess what's hiding in the rhubarb?


When I'm not collecting rocks, I'm writing rockin' romance! ♥ You can check out my books at:




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Saturday, May 21, 2016

What has Carol Rose been up to?


What has Carol Rose been up to?

Carol Rose

Carol Rose constantly makes me laugh on Facebook and Twitter. Her posts are sometimes snarky, sometimes steamy, sometimes delicious, and always a treat! She’s been on my blog before and I thought it was high time to bring her back to find out what she’s been up to.

Welcome, Carol!



Before I toss questions at Carol, here’s a little bit about the woman who drives the Texas highways and byways in a hot, bright yellow Honda S2000 convertible. Carol has written thirty books! She’s won numerous awards, including a final in the prestigious Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. During the day, she’s a therapist. After hours, she can be found tapping away at her computer, creating characters and throwing them in all kinds of situations.




Now, let’s find out about those characters and situations...

Carol, you’ve been a busy gal. You've recently published your Blue Collar Boys series. Care to share the amazing cover art?
 




Can you share some of your favorite passages from the books?


I love when in Smooched, our hero, Case Thompson, challenges the heroine, ER Dr. Merritt Morgan, to work with him on an architectural salvage job, so he can get to know her and judge whether she’s safe to introduce to their niece.

“Case started to say something and then stopped. He swallowed and then said in a deliberate way, “I don’t know you, Doctor. I can’t remember if Annie made her remarks about just her father or her father and you—“

Before he could finish, the woman who looked so much like his dead sister-in-law, put her flattened palm on his desk and leaned forward a little. “Then get to know me, Mr. Thompson. Give me a chance to show that I loved my sister—despite our unfortunate estrangement after our mother died—I loved Annie and I mean absolutely no harm to her child. I’m not trying to take her from you, either. Unless, you refused to let me get to know her…”

Case looked at her beautiful flushed face, getting a wonderful, evil idea. At least, he knew some people—those who didn’t have an orphaned nine year-old niece to protect—would call the idea evil.

“I’m a busy man. I don’t have time for tea parties and dinner meetings. If you want me to get to know you, you’ll have to go where I’m going.”

“I don’t mind that,” she said swiftly, straightening from his desk.

“You might not think so. I do architectural salvage, doc. I don’t work in a bank.” Case knew he sounded condescending, but the beautiful witch wasn’t going away. Tough measures were called for. He wasn’t sure if she really just wanted to get to know Kaylie or if she had a more devious agenda, but there was no way she was waltzing into Kaylie’s life without him checking her out. If he didn’t make himself available to her, maybe she’d just go away.

“I don’t care, really. I’ll hang out with you on jobs, if need be.”

Case looked at her, scanning up her body in snug, undoubtedly expensive jeans to a fine-textured jersey turtleneck shirt that clung to her shapely form.

“Lady,” he couldn’t help the laughter in his voice. “We don’t hang out on these jobs. We work.”

“Then I’ll work, too. Just get to know me, Case, because I can’t not know my sister’s child any longer.”

“You’ll go on salvage jobs? You’ll actually work.” He knew she could have no idea. “It’s dirty, doc. Really dirty.”

Stubborn determination shone from her classic features. “I know how to work. You have no idea what I face in the ER all the time. If going with you on the salvage jobs is the only way to get to know you—to prove to you that I’m not a threat to Kaylie—I’ll go on your salvage jobs.”





There are parts of writing that come easy; others, not so much. What parts give you fits? What parts seem to be a breeze?

Plotting is the biggest challenge for me and I’m kind of a stickler about getting the structure of a story right.

Characterization is way easy for me. It doesn’t take much to send my brain off running.




Bits and pieces of us show up in our characters. Is there one common trait of yours that seem to carry from character to character?


I tend toward characters that are really smart—in different ways—and I’m prone to write characters that are emotionally sensitive(Insert cheesy smile emoticon here).


Are you hard at work on another series?

I’m actually trying something really new and if I succeed with it, it will become a series. I’m writing an Amish romance, entitled Amish Renegade. I might not have ventured into the new territory, however, if I’d realized how much research it would take…





I’ve told my readers about you. I know I’ve only skimmed the surface. Can you expand on who you are – Carol Rose the wife, mother, therapist, and author? Maybe say a few words about Texas for those of us who aren’t Texans?

I know this will be heresy for some, but I’ve never really identified with the Texas character—and I was born here. (Apologies to those who love Texas heritage). I love words, however, and I love relationships. Writing romance is a natural for me. I’m fascinated by the written language. I remember waking in the night when a very young child. I then shared a bedroom with my three older brothers and so as not to wake anyone—I must have been about five—I took a book, going into a short hall where I could close the doors and turn on the lights to read.


It’s been a pleasure having you on my blog, Carol. Come back anytime.

If you’d like to follow Carol, you can find her here:






Website:  carolrosebooks.com


Blog:  carolrosebooks.com/blog


Twitter: @carolrosebooks


Facebook:  www.facebook.com/carol.rose.author


Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/56829.Carol_Rose




 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

WILD GOOSE CHASE ♥

From The Wild Rose Press and Jan Romes comes...
WILD GOOSE CHASE! 





My excitement has been building the past few months in anticipation of sharing Olivia and Dezz's story with you. They're a unique couple - like-minded nerds who love the written word. You'd think their mutual interest would've drawn them together. Nope. It didn't. Instead of navigating and enjoying the familiar, they become fiercely competitive. Olivia and Dezz's troubles started in kindergarten and kept going into adulthood. Born and raised in Iowa, they take a job in the Big Apple working for Brilliance Magazine. Olivia's angst with Dezz heightens to the point of madness. In the mix is their boss, Magda Mattsin, who has had enough of their bickering. To fix their situation (or not), she sends them on a two-week road trip. Separately they're to find fourteen serendipitous things to enchant their readers. 


Did I mention there's a ton of chemistry brewing too? (Much to Olivia's dismay) And so sets the stage for plenty of conflict, humor, serious issues, and a resolution that just may give you that moment of "ahhh" when you reach The End.    


Photo courtesy of Kim Stapf

 
Wild Goose Chase is my 20th published book! I can remember when I was desperately trying to get my bearings with book #1. Now here I am at #20. I'm grateful for my publishers, my readers, my family and friends who said 'go for it' and who match my excitement with each book, and The Lord who unlocked the potential and continues to guide me every step of the way.


In celebration, I'm giving away some great prizes: 


1 - $25 Amazon Gift Card
1 - $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card
4 - $10 The Wild Rose Press Gift Cards
2 - e-copies of my very 1st book - One Small Fib
2 - e-copies of Lucky Ducks




** To enter to win, all you have to do is leave a comment saying hello or anything else you'd like to say to me (just keep it clean...*grins*). Please make sure I can find you either by leaving your email address, Twitter name, or Facebook link in case you win one of the prizes. On Monday, May 16th at 12:00 noon (Eastern Standard Time), I'll be drawing names and I will post them here. **


Thank you for being part of my excitement!! ♥♥





Photo courtesy of Kim Stapf


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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Cold Feet Fever by Maureen Fisher

Today I happily welcome author Maureen Fisher with a guest blog about her newest book - COLD FEET FEVER!






Thank you for hosting me on your blog, Jan. I appreciate the opportunity to spread my announcement: Book 2 of The Fever Series, Cold Feet Fever, is now available for pre-order on Amazon at a discounted rate of $2.99.


 


COLD FEET FEVER


A Romantic Crime Mystery with Tons of Humor



 


Secrets and Crime Have Never Been So Much Fun—or So Romantic!


 


A bad boy gambler with a lazy streak and commitment issues:


Owning Kinki, Atlantic City’s first paranormal nightclub, isn’t as easy—or as much fun—as Sam Jackson anticipated. Someone’s trying to shut him down before he opens, he’s on the verge of bankruptcy, and his matchmaking granddaddy has hired a sexy event planner with a mysterious background, bossy disposition, and criminal ties.


 


A mortician-turned-event-planner with big secrets:


A job as event planner offers single mom, Katie Deluca, her last chance to escape her past. Turns out party planning is more difficult than organizing funerals. Plus, the nightclub owner, although perfect for awakening her sensuality, couldn’t be more wrong for the stability she craves.


 


Forced to collaborate, they overcome obstacles and fight crime:


Katie is the one person who can salvage Kinki—and heal Sam’s emotional wounds. Together, they tangle with a goofy dog, exploding trucks, an unfortunate synchronized swimming episode, homicidal thugs, a corrupt building inspector, disappearing corpses, a kidnapping, and the threat of live cremation, all to deliver a kick-ass grand opening.


 


Excerpt


 


With growing desperation, Katie managed to pry her purse from Rex’s jaws. He registered his disapproval with another howl ending in an eerie, wolf-like falsetto.


She prayed the couch’s occupants were far enough along in their bliss to ignore the interruption. Purse to chest, she silently backed away. She’d reached the main office when a man’s drawl flooded her entire body with apprehension.


“Much as I hate to break the mood, darlin’, I’d better check up on Rex. I don’t trust him near the pizza.”


Before Katie could flee, or dig a hole for herself, or better still, throw herself out the window, Sam Jackson, playboy and, if she believed the Internet gossip, all-around heartbreaker strolled out of the alcove. Buttoning an amber silk shirt the same color as his eyes and wearing a Stetson, he halted and scrutinized Katie across the gleaming expanse of conference table.


The grainy newspaper photos she’d studied online didn’t come close to doing justice to his masculine glory. Everything about him screamed sexy, from that chiseled jaw and those sculpted lips, to his streaky blond hair framing a face that belonged on the big screen.


Fortunately, pretty packaging didn’t interest her in the slightest. Nope. The man was a degenerate who enjoyed booze, gambling, and women, not necessarily in that order.


As he closed in, his gaze took a long, leisurely tour of her body before settling on her mouth. He exuded a hint of cologne, all woodsy and spicy and delicious, not that she cared. Was it her imagination, or did his expression hint at amusement?


“Howdy, ma’am. I apologize if my dog scared you, but I’m afraid you’ve got the wrong office.” His voice was a little raspy, steeped in moonlight and magnolias.


Katie cleared her throat. “I’m in the right place, thank you.”


One side of his mouth kicked up a notch. “You must be here for our job fair. Try Room 204. That’s our HR department. In that outfit, you’d make a perfect Dracula’s Lair attendant.” A broad grin creased his cheeks, causing the corners of his eyes to crinkle.


“No, but thank you anyway.” Katie studied his face. “It’s obvious you didn’t touch base with your boss this morning.”


“Really? And all this time I believed I was the boss.”


 


Inspiration for Cold Feet Fever


 


I first met bad boy Sam Jackson as the younger brother of my hero in Fur Ball Fever. Sam is smokin’ hot, charming, and a serial womanizer. He’s also a deadbeat, gambler, and the bane of his brother’s existence. I enjoyed writing about Sam so much, I decided he deserved his own story. At the end of Fur Ball Fever, he buys a nightclub with his gambling winnings, triggering the premise for my next book, Cold Feet Fever.


 


What could be more fun than tormenting a player like Sam by including a woman who would drive him crazy while breaking down all his barriers? So I threw in a bossy event planner his eccentric Granddaddy Hiram (who also happens to be his business partner) hired to keep him in line. Since I delight in torturing my protagonists, I then proceeded to make Sam’s life a living nightmare by adding as many roadblocks to a happily-ever-after as I could think of.


 


About Maureen Fisher:


 


Transplanted from Scotland to Canada at the tender age of seven, I now live with my second husband in Ottawa, Ontario. After spending eons in the I.T. consulting world, I grew weary of  wearing snappy power suits, squeezing into panty hose, and fighting rush hour traffic. I made a life-changing decision—I would write books. Not dry, boring, technical treatises, but fresh, funny romantic suspense novels.

How do I spend my time? Besides writing, I'm a voracious reader and volunteer for an addiction family counseling program. In addition, I’m a bridge player, yoga practitioner, seeker of personal and spiritual growth, pickle ball enthusiast, and an infrequent but avid gourmet cook. My husband and I love to hike, bicycle, and travel. I've swum with sharks in the Galapagos, walked with Bushmen in the Serengeti, sampled lamb criadillas (don't ask!!!) in Iguazu Falls, snorkeled on the Great Barrier Reef, ridden an elephant in Thailand, watched the sun rise over Machu Picchu, and bounced from Johannesburg to Cape Town in a bus called 'Marula'.


 


Where to Buy Cold Feet Fever:


 


I hope you check out Cold Feet Fever. Better still, I hope you pre-order your copy while the price is discounted.


 


Amazon:


Universal Link (all countries): http://myBook.to/CFF


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 A Paperback edition will also be available May, 2016

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

White Sheets & Rosy Cheeks by Katie Mettner


Today Katie Metter is visiting my blog. She’s a prolific writer of inspirational and romantic suspense with 20 published books under her belt. Her current work of heart – White Sheets & Rosy Cheeks – is enrolled in Amazon’s Kindle Scout program where readers can nominate it for a publishing contract. It’s a newer program so I thought it would be great to ask Katie how it works. I have a few other questions in store for her as well. 


  

Welcome, Katie!

I’m sure you can guess the first question, Katie. Can you explain Kindle Scout for those of us who know very little about it?

Sure, I’d be happy to. I would love more people to start scouting J Kindle Scout is a program through Amazon that allows authors to upload their book to be ‘scouted’ by readers like you. It has to be a never before published work of 50,000 words or longer. All the major genres and sub-genres are represented at any given time.

Each “campaign” lasts for 30 days, and during that time the author needs to get as many readers to nominate your book as they can. Kindle Press (which is what Amazon’s imprint is called) is looking for marketable titles that garner a lot interest from readers during those 30 days. That is why they have the authors answer questions about their work, and they publish the first 5,000 words of the story, so the reader can get a real feel for it.

Once you find a book you are interested in nominating, you click the ‘nominate me’ button and it will go up on your nomination board. You can have 3 books at any given time on that board. If you remove one book to put another on, then you’ll be giving up the first nomination. Why is that important? Because if the book is chosen by Kindle Press to be published, and the book was on your nomination board at the end of the 30 day campaign, then you’ll get a free early copy of the book before it goes live on Amazon! So basically, you get free books just by nominating.

(Remember, books are in all stages of their campaign at any given day, so if you see two are ending in 2 days and you want to nominate them, you can, just go back and put the two you removed from your nomination board back on once the first two have finished their campaign).



 

White Sheets & Rosy Cheeks sounds like an interesting read. The title piqued my interest right away. Can you share the blurb and one of your favorite passages from the story?

I’ll share the little bit longer blurb than you’ll get on the Kindle Scout page.

Dr. Salvador Brennan left the earth a lonely and regretful man. Given a chance to right his wrongs, he returns to Bearsfield, Wisconsin, to manipulate two broken hearts into the greatest love story of all time, from beyond the grave.

The first step is convincing his nephew, Eli Sheets, to leave his life in Michigan and move to a tiny town in Wisconsin. Having put the plan in motion before he died, he bequeathed his rundown house to Eli, with the hope that time had healed his wounds. Eli and his three-year-old daughter, Molly, arrive on a late spring afternoon, and Uncle Sal wonders if Eli sees the peeling paint and sagging porch as a way to put the past behind him. When Eli meets his next-door neighbor, Diana Forrester, does he catch a glimpse of his future?

Initiate Operation Molly.

‘Ghostie’ befriends Molly, and together they teach Eli and Diana that the yellow brick road is paved with acceptance and forgiveness. Waiting at the end of the road is a love that will heal their broken hearts, and bring them together, forever.

 

The first 5,000 words of the story are on my Kindle Scout page, so I’ll let your readers head over there to read an excerpt and get a good feel for the story. For now, I’ll post one of my favorite parts of the story because it’s short. This is an exchange between Eli and Molly, and let’s not forget, Dorfy.

Molly held my hand as we walked up the stairs and I opened the door, ushering her in. She grabbed her My Little Pony sleeping bag and pillow and spread them on the couch, then jumped in the bag and waited for me to zip it up. Once she had her little body comfortable, I went to the door and let in Dorothy, who was scratching at it. She jumped up on the couch, worming her way down into the sleeping bag until all you saw was her snout sticking out.

“Dorfy is disgusted dat you forgetted her,” Molly scolded and I chuckled, my head shaking.

“Tell Dorothy I’m sorry.” I kissed her goodnight and made her promise to go to sleep even though we were outside. Her eyes closed before I finished my sentence, and I knew she wouldn’t wake anytime soon.

 

What would you like the readers to know about your characters?

The characters in White Sheets & Rosy Cheeks are special because they let you experience falling in love all over again, even though they’re both over thirty.

Eli Franklin Sheets is the district Administrator for Bearsfield Schools. He moves there when his long lost uncle, Dr. Salvador Brennan, left him a house after his death. Eli is looking for a fresh start after losing his wife three years earlier, after the birth of their daughter Molly. He’s not necessarily looking for love as much as he’s looking for a way to make new memories without being constantly reminded of the old ones. He thinks a new home and a new job, hundreds of miles away, might do that.

Diana Forrester is the editor and publisher of the Bearsfield newspaper. She lives next door to the house at 617 South Beltrane Avenue, and she was a good friend of “Bud’s” before he died. She was more than surprised when a man showed up claiming to be his nephew, considering Bud told her he had no family. Diana is intriguing because she is confident and strong when it comes to her work and in the community, but when she’s alone with Eli she becomes submissive and weak. She’s not looking for love, now or ever for that matter, but she has a hard time staying away from the man and his little girl next door.

Molly Leonora Sheets is Eli’s 3-year-old daughter. She’s clairvoyant and because of that, she is the only one who can see her ghost friend, “Ghostie Dan”. Molly is sweet child innocence that makes you wish you had a 3-year-old in the house again. She’s super protective of her daddy, but aches for the love and attention of a woman.

Uncle Sal is just plain fun. You’ve never met a ghost quite like him. He has a serious story to tell, but in the process, he makes you laugh and helps us see that sometimes we can’t leave things up to chance. Sometimes we have to do a little orchestrating to get things right.

Dorothy, or Dorfy as Molly calls her, is Diana’s little dog.  Why am I mentioning her? Because she’s awesome, and who doesn’t love a dog that looks like Toto, but is called Dorothy? J 

Even though you treat your readers to some lighthearted moments with your characters, at the root of each story is a powerful message. I assume it’s the same with your new book. What can we expect from White Sheets & Rosy Cheeks?

White Sheets & Rosy Cheeks is a little bit different from most of my books because it’s a more upbeat, lighthearted contemporary romance. Of course, I couldn’t leave it at that, so you’re right, there are some hidden parts of the character’s lives that they must find a way to reveal to each other if they want to find happiness. That said, the reader can expect to fall in love with the characters immediately, and they’ll want to find out what the reasons were that Uncle Sal left town without a trace. This is a fun, flirty, summertime read it by the light of the fireflies kind of book with just enough mystery to keep the readers on their toes.





Can you direct us to where we can nominate your book?

Scouting is surprisingly simple. As long as you have an Amazon account, you go to www.kindlescout.amazon.com and White Sheets & Rosy Cheeks is listed under romance. While you are there, you can scout books in other categories and nominate up to three. This is the direct link to White Sheets & Rosy Cheeks if you want to go right to my page. White Sheets & Rosy Cheeks on Kindle Scout





 

I know while you’re eagerly awaiting the results of the Kindle Scout program, you’re busy clicking away at the keyboard with another great story. Can you say a few words about you’re working on now?

You know me well, Jan. I’m always working on something J My current WIP is the second book in the Kupid’s Cove series titled “Me & Mr. I.T.” This particular series takes place in Maui and Honolulu and features characters who work for Kupid Enterprises.

Eliana Monroe is head marketing director for Kupid Enterprises. She’s all thumbs when it comes to technology, though. Maltrand KeKoa, or Mr. I.T. as they call him at Kupid Enterprises, knows everything there is to know about computers. When money and equipment start going missing, Gideon Armstrong, owner of the resorts, asks Ellie and Mr. I.T. to go undercover at his resort in Honolulu to find the thief.

The problem? They’ve had a crush on each other since two months ago when Mr. I.T. found Ellie after having a little too much to drink. She made an offer he had to refuse, even though he wanted nothing more than to agree.

What ensues is a comedy of errors involving a fashion show, wedding bands, a Frisbee, a baby, a thief, a kidnapping, and a confession.  Through it all, the question remains for Ellie. Will Me & Mr. I.T. ever be more than friends?

You’ve recently released Magnificent Agony. Can you tell us a little bit about this story?

I think Tobi Helton said it best in her review of Magnificent Agony. “Once again, Katie Mettner has taken to writing a true to life story that confronts life, death and struggle in faith and other people around you.”  When I first came up with the idea for Magnificent Agony, I wanted to write a book that did three things. I wanted to highlight the struggles families go through when they have someone in their family who has mental disabilities. I wanted to portray life, and death, intertwined in a way that made the reader sad, but also helped them see the other side of death, how it teaches us to live. The third thing I wanted to highlight was how communities come together when tragedy strikes. I wanted the reader to remember the town of Magnificent and the way they supported Eve when she needed them most, so when tragedy struck in their own town, they were one of the first to step up and help.

Here is the blurb for Magnificent Agony:

Eve Darling has learned one very important lesson in her twenty-six years; life never goes according to plan

The night of her high school graduation her heart was bursting with hopes and dreams for the future, but the universe had other ideas. Instead of New York and culinary school, she stayed in Magnificent, Wisconsin. Barely an adult herself, Eve was irrevocably tasked with becoming a mother to her big brother, Davis, the man with the heart and mind of a five-year-old boy. Now, eight years later, she’s become a successful entrepreneur, chef, and businesswoman. All of those responsibilities came at a price and her personal life was payment. No one was more acutely aware of that than she was.

And then, with one phone call, everything changed.

‘After life organizer’ Abraham Von Sallage was like no funeral director Eve had ever met. He was young, charming, witty, and had a unique perspective on life, because his business, was death. They both carried burdens society couldn’t, or wouldn’t, acknowledge, and in those burdens, they found an instantaneous connection. That night, as Abraham stood in the doorway of her cooking school, she saw hope in his eyes.

And then her world crumbled.

An inexplicably cruel twist of fate calls into question everything she knows about life, and death. With her soul adrift in guilt, she clung to the only person she could trust to save her from the agony her life has become. Shrouded by grief, it would take the love of one man, and the resolve of an entire community, to show her just how magnificent life can be.




 Thank you for being here today, Katie, and for sharing what’s happening with your career! I wish you much success with White Sheets & Rosy Cheeks! I know it’s worthy of a publishing contract with Amazon and I hope everyone else feels the same. And good luck with Magnificent Agony as well.

You can follow Katie here...

 

Website & Blog : Katie Mettner Author




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Monday, May 2, 2016

Molly Hacker Is Too Picky! An Interview with Lisette Brodey!

Lisette Brodey

I'm pleased to have author Lisette Brodey on my blog today with an interview. She's a prolific writer who pens stories with strong lead characters and interesting plots. Her book Molly Hacker Is Too Picky! is an enjoyable read. Molly is an independent, down-to-earth woman who's afraid to give her heart to the wrong man after having her heart broken. That's the core story but there's so much more that Lisette puts Molly (and the reader) through. It's an adventure that will have you smiling, laughing, and feeling Molly's angst.



On with the interview...

Molly's a fun, engaging character who's brutally honest - mostly with herself. When you were inspired to write her story did you already have her personality nailed down or did she surprise you as you went along?

I knew she was a strong-willed, funny, and loving woman who wasn't going to settle for Mr. Wrong just because others referred to her as picky. I also knew she was steadfast in her pursuit of finding true love and refused to be swayed by popular (or in Molly's eyes, unpopular) opinion. That was the starting point. Almost immediately, Molly revealed herself as over-analytical and self-deprecating, not only in her quest to find love, but also in her everyday life.

Dating isn't easy. It's especially hard when well-intentioned friends/family think they have the perfect person picked out for you. Can you tease us with a little bit about one of Molly's dates (either about the person they thought would be perfect or about the date itself?)

When Molly Hacker Is Too Picky! begins, Molly's days of allowing people to set her up are long over, but that doesn't stop the meddlesome town socialite, Naomi Hall-Benchley (the "she-Devil"), from trying. As Molly is systematically thwarting Naomi's efforts, she meets Alan T. Cressman. Molly finds him attractive, yet a bit socially awkward. She's also consumed by the fact that he uses his middle initial every time he says his own name. She soon learns he does so to distinguish himself from his father, Alan C. Cressman, but she's still unsure about him. When Alan brings flowers to Molly's office at the Swansea Herald, she happily receives them, but isn't too happy when her co-worker and friend points out that they came directly from a funeral home. Stalwart in her efforts to give him a chance, Molly is determined to get past the flower blunder. But what happens next is an entirely different story!

There were some twists and turns in Molly's story. Did you know those ahead of time?

As with most of my novels, I know how the book will end, but I don't know all of the nuances and twists. I remember one particular day when I was writing and one of Molly's suitors gave her some news that shocked me. I never saw it coming. I thought to myself, 'Wow, that's interesting,' and I kept on writing. I do love it when characters throw curveballs because that's exactly what real life does. Also, there was one character who was created just to bring levity to one scene yet ended up being a far more important part of the story.

Despite the lighthearted nature of the book, it wasn't an easy one to write. I kept meticulous notes regarding the time frame of the events. When one woman has four romantic interests at once, things can get complicated fast - for both the author and the characters. Looking back now, I probably couldn't tell you precisely which twists were planned and which were not.

Molly has a great friend, Randy, who's an awesome secondary character. He keeps her sane throughout the year-long romp to find Mr. Right. Would you like to say a few words about him?

Randy is a gay man who believes he also has found his Mr. Right, Kyle. Hilarious and every bit as snarky as Molly, Randy is also a deeply caring friend. He would do anything for Molly (whom he calls "Molly Rose"). What makes their friendship even more important is that Molly has decided to keep her girlfriends out of the romantic loop because their "helping hands" helped her to lose the man she was once engaged to. Determined not to let past mistakes repeat themselves, she chooses Randy as her sole confidant while he confides the ups and downs of his relationship with Kyle.

Could you share a teaser about the end without giving anything away?

Molly Hacker Is Too Picky! takes the reader on a year-long romp through Molly's mind and a joyride through her life. Her dating life, town secrets, a group of quirky, crazy characters, and Naomi's machinations collide head-on at a holiday gala that will change the social landscape of Swansea forever.

As the New Year rolls in, Molly gets earth-shattering news. Can she go on? Will life ever return to abnormal again?

If you'd like to read Molly Hacker Is Too Picky! it's on sale (Amazon Kindle) for just $0.99 until May 8th. You can find it here:



You have a lot to offer the reading world, Lisette. Before you go could you say a few words about your Desert Series since you've recently published the third book in the trilogy?

Thank you, Jan. That's a great compliment coming from such a prolific and talented author as yourself.

The Desert Series is a YA Paranormal trilogy, but that's just a label. To more accurately describe it, the Desert Series (Mystical High, Desert Star, and Drawn Apart) takes place in a dying desert town in the Southern California desert called Mystekal. The entire series spans a time frame of six years. While this is a paranormal series, it's more accurately three coming-of-age novels with real-life issues that mix with paranormal elements. I cover many topics in the novels: friendship, divorce, mental illness, bullying, parental abandonment, true love, soulmates, death, and much more.

Thanks so much for being here today, Lisette! It was great having you and you're welcome to come back any time.

Thank you, Jan. You are always the most gracious hostess. Good luck with your newest novels, I'd Rather Be Growing Grapes and Wild Goose Chase.

To follow Lisette Brodey, you can find her here:

Website/Blog:  http://lisettebrodey.com

Molly's site:  http://mollyhacker.com