Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Max is baaaack! LIFE AFTER DEATH by Sharon Saracino

She's baaackkk! Max Logan returns...Happy New Year!
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy
Publisher: WhiskeyCreek Press
Release Date: January 1, 2014

Click to check out LIFE AFTER DEATH!
Maxine Logan made her initial debut in Death Benefits. She has a dry, edgy sense of humor that I grew to love and I can't wait to read more about her in Sharon Saracino's newest release, LIFE AFTER DEATH.
To help Sharon celebrate Max's return I've asked her to share the blurb and excerpt!
Life After Death:
After artfully arbitrating her return from the dead, Max Logan considers her experience with the afterlife a thing of the past. But Max's success as a temporary Superintendent of Spiritual Impediment was no accident as she discovers when the permanent SSI shows up in the middle of the night to reveal that Max has a genetic predisposition to a supernatural calling. When Max's ex-husband and current boyfriend, Roger-the-Proctologist is lost in a plane crash due to an inept Reaper gone rogue, Max has no choice but to venture back into the sweet hereafter in an attempt to rescue him. Throw in a freak blizzard, a hot Grim Reaper, and the last person on Earth Max would choose to save, and Max will be lucky to escape before her time runs out and she becomes a permanent resident of the Between.


     The annoying luminosity I'd mistaken for the early afternoon sunlight was, in fact coming from Alicia who, when the mood struck her, could glow like a radioactive Christmas tree. On steroids. I hadn't seen or heard from her since that happy day months ago when I'd been relieved of my duties as SSI. It was a temporary position I'd been obligated to assume to regain my status among the living after my untimely Death in Error (D.I.E) caused by an overeager Grim Reaper in Training (G.R.I.T.). Turns out the bureaucrats in the afterlife are quite enamored with acronyms. Who knew? Anyway, I hadn't seen Alicia in all this time, and frankly, I hadn't exactly been complaining. Not that I had anything against Alicia personally, it was only that I preferred to relegate that period of my life -- or death, depending on how I chose to look at it on any given day -- to the been-there-done-that file. I mean, c'mon, wouldn't you? I'd never shared my life after death after life experience with anyone; not even Roger. First of all, even I wasn't completely convinced the entire episode was real after the fact. In the first place, my black Italian marble shower with the Chastings Corque Corian Square Ceiling Mount Showerhead and I came together quite dramatically in a completely involuntary manner that cracked my skull hard enough to scramble my brain into a convincing three-dimensional hallucination that could be misinterpreted as a near death experience. Secondly, who in their right mind would believe me? Sure, I'd emerged from the experience a kinder and gentler Max Logan, filled with insight and forgiveness, ready to own up to my own part in the misery that had become my everyday existence, but those who knew me best were far more likely to attribute it to a temporary psychotic break than any supernatural intervention.
     "Alicia, I'm going back to sleep for at least the next five hours. I'm returning to the place where I'm always thin, never run out of money, and am sitting on a private beach with hot cabana boys who bring me exotic cocktails with little paper umbrellas. Do not attempt to wake me again or my Teddy Bear will attack," I threatened in a sleep-thickened voice.
     "You don't have a Teddy Bear," my uninvited visitor pointed out reasonably.
     "Totally irrelevant, Glow Girl. Come back later."

Sharon Saracino
All roads lead to happily ever after, some just have a few unexpected turns!
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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Lucy Adams is here today!

Lucy Adams
Lucy Adams is an author, speaker, newspaper columnist, award-winning freelance writer and blogger. Mother of four, wife of one, self-critical to the point of paralysis, bossy since birth, Lucy trudges through life wanting a pool in her backyard so badly she can already see chlorine rainbows around the streetlights. Her home is well organized. Everything has a place on the floor where she can easily find it or die tripping over it. She lives in Thomson, Georgia with her husband and children. Lucy says that the bane of her existence, her burden to bear, is that she's always happy but never content.
Lucy began writing professionally in 2003, when she talked her way into a weekly newspaper column in a local paper. Her first book, If Mama Don't Laugh, It Ain't Funny, was released by Palm Tree Press in December 2007. In 2011, Palm Tree Press published her second book, Tuck Your Skirt in Your Panties and Run. Both books are creative non-fiction with a southern accent. The Beast of Blue Mountain, Lucy's inaugural children's book, debuted in September 2013.
From Lucy:
Jan, thank you so much for inviting me to guest post today on your blog. It's a thrill to be here and meet your readers and fans. Hopefully everyone is settling into December. This is a cozy time of year when I like to sit in the living room, enjoy the tree and share a good book with my children. My favorites are the ones that keep us all engaged in the story.
Inspired by a tale I constructed to entertain my own children around the campfire, The Beast of Blue Mountain teaches kids that noises in the night aren't always what they seem. Crunch, crunch. Swish, swish. What is that? A measure of suspense, a dose of surprise and a good giggle combine with colorful illustrations in a well-paced storyline that appeals to preschoolers through the elementary grades.
Take a listen to this teaser from The Beast of Blue Mountain.

Purchase The Beast of Blue Mountain in paperback, digital or audio formats:

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Connect with Lucy:

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Lucy-Adams/e/B002BLQB2C/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Blog:  http://lucybgoosey.blogspot.com

Twitter: @lucyadams  https://twitter.com/lucyadams

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A chat with Katheryn Lane!

Katheryn, welcome! So happy to have you here! You've written some amazing stories set in exotic locations with exotic men, and the Katheryn Lane dynasty continues with a cowboy in...



Katheryn, can you whet our appetites by introducing your hero and heroine?
The hero's name is Jack Cassidy. An awful previous relationship has left him resigned to living the life of a lonely cowboy whose only female company is his horses. However, he meets Vicky and he begins to wonder if he should reconsider.
Vicky's from England where she has a low-paid clerical job. However, through a social networking site, she manages to contact a distant cousin who lives in Dallas and Vicky flies out to see her. Once in Dallas, Vicky is immediately thrown into a world of money, shopping and sexy cowboys!
What was your favorite thing about writing this story?
Although I live in the Middle East, I have visited Dallas several times and I really loved doing the research for this book. Amongst other things, I was lucky enough to visit a ranch and ride one of the horses. However, my husband said that getting together with a sexy cowboy was off limits!
The other thing I loved about writing The Texas Cowboy was seeing the hero and heroine overcoming their problems and falling in love with each other while I was writing (though this is true of all my books). There's nothing quite so wonderful in the world as watching two people finding the happiness that comes from being truly, deeply in love.
Do your characters have any particular quirks?
The quirkiest character is Cassie, Jack's ex. She's gorgeous - Jack and Cassie once looked like the perfect couple - but she's absolutely wild! I can't give too much away, but she has caused and continues to cause Jack endless harm.
The blurb for your book hints at a lot of conflict that your hero and heroine have to deal with. When you were writing this story, was there ever a point where you thought that these two characters were never going to resolve the obstacles?
There was! At one point I stopped writing and almost gave up as I couldn't see how Jack and Vicky were going to overcome their difficulties. As well as having to deal with Jack's ex, they also have to deal with Vicky's cousin, Laura, who does everything she can to stop Vicky seeing Jack. This is because Laura thinks that Jack is just a poor ranch hand and Vicky should be dating Laura's extremely rich friend instead.
Sometimes our characters take the story in a complete different direction than we planned. Did that happen to you with this story? If so, did you have to show them who was boss, or was it the other way around?
Before I start a book, I draft an outline of the plot. However, once I begin writing, the characters can take over. For example, as I'm writing, I realize that a character would never do what I originally planned, so I let them do something else which is more in keeping with their personality. For example, at one point in The Texas Cowboy, Jack is really upset. In the original plot he was meant to go out to the stables on his ranch to spend time with his favorite horse, but once I started writing the scene, I realized that he was too angry to do that; what he really wanted to do was have a drink. Therefore, instead of going to the stables, he searches around in his kitchen and finds a bottle of whiskey, an action which he regrets in the morning. Sometimes my characters take over, but not always to their benefit!
What project(s) are you currently working on?
I'm thinking of writing a sequel to The Texas Cowboy. Although it was originally written as a stand-alone novel, with Jack and Vicky finally together, their marriage is only implied. Since the book was published, several readers have started to ask about their wedding and if Vicky's cousin, Laura, will take over their wedding plans. I'm still trying to work out the details, but Laura will probably try to turn their wedding into a huge Dallas social event and Jack's ex, Cassie, will definitely make a dramatic appearance. At the moment, the book has the provisional title of The Texas Bride.
Thank you very much, Jan, for hosting me on your wonderful site!
About Katheryn Lane:
I'm a wife, teacher, author and mother of two boisterous boys, so most of my days are taken up with finding lost school shoes, getting stuck in traffic and wondering why I always join the queue that doesn't move in the supermarket. However, I try to forget these daily problems (and the fact that I burnt the toast again this morning) by losing myself in a good book and writing novels that give readers a break from everyday life.
Open one of my books and escape on an adventure to an exotic location, because it's easier to buy a book than it is to book an air ticket.
Have a break, read a book!
To find out more about me, you can:
Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KatherynLane
See my inspiration on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/KatherynLane
Visit my Goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/KatherynLane
About The Texas Cowboy
From the #1 Amazon bestselling author, Katheryn Lane, comes an unforgettable romance set in the heart of Texas.
Everything's bigger in Texas, including the problems.
When Vicky flies into Texas, she immediately falls for the charms of local cowboy, Jack Cassidy. However, her wealthy Dallas cousin, Laura, has other ideas and will do everything she can to steer Vicky away from Jack and into the arms of a rich oilman.
Jack is resigned to living the life of a lonely cowboy whose only female company is his horses -- that is, until he meets Vicky. However, Vicky isn't the only person with a claim on his heart. Jack wasn't always alone and his ex is about to make a dramatic comeback.
Every cowboy has a past and this cowboy's past is about to destroy his future.
The Texas Cowboy is available from all Amazon stores including:

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

MARRIED TO MAGGIE! (Texas Men Falling Fast series - Book One: Tysen)

MARRIED TO MAGGIE is coming soon. This is the first book in my Texas Men Falling Fast series. I'm so excited to do a series (my first) and I'm over the moon happy to share Tysen and Maggie's story!

This amazing cover was created by: 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Shaping A Better World by Danica Cornell

How One Writer Hopes to Shape a Better World for All of Us...One Word at a Time

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Author Danica Cornell Discusses the Layers of Social Responsibility Inherent Within the Science Fiction Genre and Why She Believes Her DARK STAR Series is an Idea Whose Time Has Come

Written by Danica Cornell

December 6, 2013

My sincere thanks to the gifted Jan Romes for inviting me here today. I am truly honored to share this platform with Jan and her readers. I'm also delighted to announce that I will be featuring Jan on my blog on January 13, 2014! So mark your calendars everyone...no doubt this will be an enjoyable and informative event!

Before we embark on what I hope will be a fruitful and spirited discussion, please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Danica Cornell, and for those of you who don't know me, I'm the author of the forthcoming DARK STAR Science Fiction/Fantasy Series soon to be published by Cool Geek Books.

Coming Soon, DARK STAR I: The Assassins

But the reason I'm here today isn't only to talk about my novels. I'm also going to discuss some topics with all of you that are near and dear to my heart:  The social responsibility inherent within the sci-fi genre, as well as my support of UNICEF through the sales of my books.

Let's begin by taking a closer look at how science fiction contributes to the greater good by acting as a moral compass for all of us.

Science Fiction and Social Responsibility

I'd like to start off this section by clarifying that the series I'm creating has elements of fantasy interwoven throughout each of its science fiction story lines. But here's the thing. It's because of DARK STAR's overarching science fiction themes that I feel a certain level of responsibility when it comes to the messages each of my books will convey. To be clear, as an author I understand the cautionary tales I'm penning are first and foremost meant to entertain my readers. But I would be remiss in overlooking their added value when it comes to opening a dialogue about the directions technology and society are taking -- and whether or not humanity's heading down the right path.

Tapping into Sci-fi Themes to Create Messages

When I lasered in on DARK STAR's science fiction themes and messages, I did so with the intention of using these constructs as a scaffold for the series, as well as for the development of its characters. The themes I'm incorporating are what most people would probably consider to be The Really Big Questions, and include:

     What is reality?
     What does it mean to be human?
     Are we becoming more or less integrated?
     Can humans be trusted with new
     What does the future hold for us?
     Are we alone?
     Will technology save us or annihilate us?
     Is it possible to travel in time?
     Why are we here?
     How did we get here?
     How do we fit into the great beyond?
     Can we live forever and if so, should we?

Timing is Everything

While I'm the first to acknowledge these themes are not new to the genre of science fiction, my sense is that the time is ripe for the creation of the DARK STAR Series. Why? Because of three specific factors that are coming together as we speak: the technological renaissance; globalization; and the mainstreaming of science fiction itself. In other words, from my vantage point, DARK STAR is a series whose time has come! Additionally, it's my intention to utilize this unique opportunity for the greater good of humanity by serving as a messenger in my writings as well as by financially supporting charitable organizations.

Writing For the Greater Good of Humanity...For Both Today and Tomorrow

Perhaps the most obvious (and immediate) way I'm using my writing for the greater good of humanity is by donating a portion of the proceeds from my ground-breaking novel to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). My hope is that through these contributions, some of the children who benefit from UNICEF's work may go on to help others in the future.

To be sure, this philanthropic gesture brings added meaning to my writing, but I recognize it's only the beginning of my social responsibility as an author. I suspect many may be surprised to learn that my long-term plan is to use my books as a stepping stone for even more ambitious philanthropic projects later on -- indeed this has been the driving force behind my creation of the DARK STAR series all along! From its inception, I've been combining my passions for the written word with my desire to help others as a way to open the door to achieving this -- my ultimate goal in life.


Exit Stage Left

So in case you're wondering if I'm entering the literary field with the intention of eventually leaving it, my answer is an unequivocal yes. Strange as it may sound, with any luck one day I'll be financially able to extricate myself from the work I love, so I can devote the remainder of my life to helping others. Having said this, DARK STAR is an ambitious series -- one that will likely keep me firmly planted within the sci-fi/fantasy community for at least another decade. So for now I'm hoping readers will begin to recognize me as an author who's dedicated to creating a quality book series while simultaneously making the world a better place for all of us...one word at a time. 


Until we meet again...

Happy reading,

Danica Cornell holds a B.A. in Psychology from Argosy University. She is also a visionary entrepreneur, Fantasy/Science Fiction Network contributing author, and UNICEF-supporter. To learn more about this emerging author please visit:

Friday, November 29, 2013

Suzan Collins is on my blog today!

Author Suzan Collins not only writes romance but she's also written an array of non-fiction books that pertain to her work as a consultant/trainer in health, social care and management. I thought it would be great to learn more about this multi-talented caring woman who hails from the United Kingdom.

Welcome, Suzan!

Suzan Collins
In a few words describe the personal side of Suzan:
Always difficult to answer so I asked a few friends and they came out with: generous, reliable, trustworthy, funny, will help anyone out in a crisis ...
A recent email from a writer I was helping, 'Thank you, Suzan...wow...you are prolific [in relation to your writing]'.
And in a few words describe the business side of Suzan:
This is quite easy for me to answer as one of my customers described me recently to the NHS who was looking for someone to help them, 'Suzan Collins is an extremely experienced, skilled and published consultant and facilitator of social care learning'. And I have to agree, lol!
Suzan, you and I both write romance, but you have also written several non-fiction publications. Can you tell us a little bit about your books?
Yes. I wrote some open learning workbooks, which staff could read pieces and answer questions [to test their knowledge] and could complete at their own pace, and at a time that suited them. I have had 6 workbooks published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Supporting Positive Behaviour                          ISBN:  978-1-84905-073-9
Supporting Relationships and Friendships        ISBN:  978-1-84905-072-2
Safeguarding Adults                                          ISBN:  978-1-84310-928-0
Reflecting On and Developing Your Practice   ISBN:  978-1-84310-930-3
Health and Safety                                              ISBN:  978-1-84310-929-7
Effective Communication                                  ISBN:  978-1-84310-927-3
My latest book, just released, is a narrative non-fiction called, Beyond My Control: Why the Health and Social Care System Need Not Have Failed My Mother.

With 33 years experience in health and social care, Suzan Collins believed she could ensure good care for her mother, and her family relied on her to do so. She was actually delivering training on best practice when she was first contacted with the news her mother had broken her leg at her nursing home and had been transferred to the hospital.
This is the story of what followed - the gradual revelation of a whole ongoing chain of bad practice and poor care that Suzan, with all her knowledge and experience of 'the system', could not influence.
In this highly topical book, Suzan shares her story from her personal and professional perspectives and looks ahead to how we can all contribute to keeping vulnerable people in health and social care system safe from harm.
'I was sitting in the dining room of a care service, waiting for my NVQ candidate to finish what she was doing. Whilst waiting, I took in what was happening in this room. There was quiet talk between various people at different tables. It was happy talk. One mother was telling her daughter how happy she was living there. Another lady, with dementia, was being supported by a staff member. Another was being quietly helped into her wheelchair and leaving the room. Staff spoke at a level that the individual could hear. I was good at picking up on body language and at that moment I could say that the individuals, staff and the relatives - everyone in that room at that particular time - were happy to be at the home and happy with the home.
Three days later I was back at this home to see a different candidate. He told me how he had supported a lady that morning with end-of-life care. Those words hit me hard and it took me back to the poor end-of-life care my mother had received when she was dying.
The candidate told me he 'felt privileged' to give personal care to a lady who was confined to bed and leaving this world. Why, oh why, could Mum not have had someone like him to help her when she was dying in hospital? I swallowed hard and told him how lovely that was. He took it in his stride; he didn't realise how good he was at his job and how much the people he supported valued him'.
Beyond My Control tells the story of my mother's ordeal and the efforts I and my family made to put things right. It is also intended to show what good practices are, and what to do when things go wrong. Suzan has provided practical advice at the end of many of the chapters and in an appendix at the end of the book to show what you, the reader, can do to stop something this bad from happening to you.
Are you currently working on a new book?
Yes, in fact, I have 2 WIP's [Works in Progress]. I have written some new open learning workbooks for staff and are now debating whether to keep them single or to make them into a handbook, and if it should be a Handbook for Health and Social Care Staff or just Social Care Staff.
I also am writing a sequel to my novel On The Rails.
What do you find to be your biggest challenge as a writer?
There are many, but I will give just a few.
     1.  Writing a book in my head, and not just once! This can happen if I am sleeping and suddenly wake up with an idea, or characters of my novel won't leave me alone. Does this happen to you, Jan?  It definitely does, Suzan!
     2.  When you are typing, still thinking you know how the story is going and then some characters take on their own and they direct the way the novel goes. I remember the first time this happened to me, it was 3am and I wanted to wake everyone up to tell them what happened. I am waiting for this happen in my current WIP.
     3.  When I write open learning workbooks and give it to my editor it has the most up to date legislation and standards in them. However, by the time the workbooks are due for printing, legislation and standards can change which can mean having to update the work at very short notice, before it goes out.
     4.  When the editor sends me my work for signing off, I can forget what I have written as time has passed and I am then writing something else.
What can you offer aspiring writers?
Write and write! Some authors plan their writing and if this is you then plan, if it isn't then don't. Think on what you would like to write; poetry, a novel or non-fiction etc. 
It is important to know why you are writing and who your audience will be.
If you would like to write a book but find it daunting for your first piece of writing, why not try something smaller, like writing a story for a magazine.
Where to find Suzan:
Twitter: @suzancollins
Where you can find Suzan's books:


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Katie Mettner's generous spirit!

Katie Mettner has a heart of gold!!

Look what this amazing woman and author is doing to support BRADEN'S HOPE FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER!

All of Katie Mettner's book sales from November 25 through November 30 will benefit this wonderful organization. 

Katie Mettner


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cover Reveal for LIFE AFTER DEATH by author Sharon Saracino

(Max Logan #2)

Today I'm helping author, Sharon Saracino reveal her cover for her upcoming novel, LIFE AFTER DEATH.

Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Release Date: January 2014

After artfully arbitrating her return from the dead, Max Logan considers her experience with the afterlife a thing of the past. But Max's success as a temporary Superintendent of Spiritual Impediment was no accident as she discovers when the permanent SSI shows up in the middle of the night to reveal that Max has a genetic predisposition to a supernatural calling. When Max's ex-husband and current boyfriend, Roger-the-Proctologist is lost in a plane crash due to an inept reaper gone rogue, Max has no choice but to venture back into the sweet hereafter in an attempt to rescue him. Throw in a freak blizzard, a hot Grim Reaper, and the last person on Earth Max would choose to save, and Max will be lucky to escape before her time runs out and she becomes a permanent resident of the Between.

Sharon Saracino resides in the anthracite coal country of Pennsylvania with her long suffering husband, funny and talented son, and two insane dogs. When she is not reading, writing, or enjoying photography and genealogy, she brews limoncello, dreams of living in Italy and works as a Certified Registered Rehabilitation Nurse.

All roads lead to happily ever after, some just have a few unexpected turns!

** Life After Death is the sequel to Death Benefits **

You can find Sharon here:

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

He tried not to notice that she was pretty - in a wild child, kind of way!

One of my favorite things about writing is creating characters! I'd like to share with you Maxwell August's description of Libby Griffin -- from my latest release, MR. AUGUST
He tried not to notice that she was pretty -- in a wild child kind of way. Her long eyelashes were thick with mascara and her eyelids were lined so they swooped at the end. He wasn't fond of eye goop, but he had to admit, the dramatic look wasn't bad. His attention moved to the hand that was splayed across her chest. No ring. Great chest. He sighed. Why was he taking note of anything about the woman? He wasn't interested, nor did he want to be.
He tried to tune back into the conversation but his eyes caught the thin, black leather choker around her neck. He'd seen some thin leather bands at her wrists too. She looked like a free spirit, untamed and alternative, but there was softness in her voice and mannerisms. And dammit to hell and back, he found it all sexy, including the bizarre pink streaks in her hair.
** I loved writing Libby Griffin. She's different all the way around from the heroines I normally write. I had fun with her and Maxwell. Both are about as far from perfect as you can get but they found perfect love...eventually. ** 
Available from Amazon
Thanks for stopping by my blog to read about Libby Griffin! Please come back soon!!
~ Jan







Monday, October 28, 2013

Maxwell August, Libby Griffin and Grand Lake St. Mary's

Lighthouse at the northwest corner of Grand Lake St. Mary's
(located in Celina, Ohio)
When I was a kid my parents would occasionally take us to Grand Lake St. Mary's for a day of swimming and fun. Those were special times etched forever in my memory. I was fortunate to get reacquainted with the lake the past two summers and I felt the same magic I did back then. I've fallen in love with the lake all over again. 
There is something calming about rippling waves that crash into the shoreline. It's hypnotizing and romantic. Imagine a hot summer morning, a cup of coffee and the sun rising above the water, or a campfire under a starry sky with the sound of water slapping the rocks. 

Last autumn, I walked through the campground on the south side of the lake, admiring the reds, oranges and yellows of changing leaves and a story popped into my head. I pictured two people who needed to get away from the grunge going on in their lives. They each chose the privacy of a cabin on Grand Lake in the off-season to try to regroup. With months of quiet solitude they would heal from their mistakes and chart their futures. Neither one wanted to be bothered. 
Introducing: Libby Griffin and Maxwell August.
Here is their story:
Fashion designer Libby Griffin has had the week from hell--terminated from her job and heart-wrenching news from the doctor. Hoping for time alone to regroup, Libby rents a cabin on Grand Lake St. Mary's for five months. Right away she meets the most irritating man on the planet, who also happens to be drop-dead delicious.

Recently divorced author Maxwell August has a book due, and his muse has gone into hiding. With a chip on his shoulder, his writing in stuck-mode, he heads to the lake only to encounter a monumental distraction with blonde hair and hazel eyes.

Will these two right-brainers allow the off-the-charts attraction brewing between them to grow? Or deny it to focus on the things they think are more important and miss a chance at forever?
     "Watch what you're doing." Mr. August still looked like he wanted to bite her head off.
     Libby squared her shoulders. "I was here first." He'd shooed her away twenty minutes ago and was trying to do it again in the grocery. She matched him frown for frown.
     "Maybe so, but you can't stand there for ten minutes reading the side of the carton."
     "I can take as long as I need." She'd only been there a minute or two. Clearly the man had no concept of time.
     "You're holding everyone up."
     Libby looked around. There was no one else waiting for her to move. She took a half-step away from the juice and motioned for him to go at it.
     "Seriously?" He crossed his arms at his chest.
     How much room did he need? Libby stayed exactly where she was and they engaged in a childish game of who would blink first. In the span of those few seconds, her subconscious filtered more information. Actually, it poked her hard enough to make her the first to blink -- while this guy was a giant pain, he had a voice that was part gravel, part silk. She'd missed it when they spoke at the cabin, now it was all she could focus on; well, that and his scent. Libby tried not to breathe him in. His musky fragrance floated in front of her nose until she had no choice but to take a few whiffs.
     A momentary look of amusement raced across his features, like he knew she was taking stock of him. A low growl formed in the pit of Libby's stomach and she was close to hitting him with her cart. "Are you stalking me?" Oh my God, she didn't say that, did she?
     Maxwell narrowed his eyes so tight they almost closed. "You wish."
** If you would like to experience the romance, conflict and adventure of Max and Libby at Grand Lake St. Mary's, you can find it on Amazon
May your days be filled with joy and romance and special places that bring you peace!

~ Jan 


Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Mackenzie Crowne
Exciting and proficient author, Mackenzie Crowne is my guest today! She comes to us with her newest contemporary romance, That Dating Thing! and an interview.
Mac, I follow you on Facebook, Twitter and on The Wild Rose Press Yahoo loop. In all of those venues your adventurous and upbeat personality shines through. Where does that spunky disposition come from?
Spunky? Ha! I like that. First, let me thank you for inviting me to visit with you today. You're a total sweetie. Second, before I forget to mention it, my lighthearted, honky tonk contemporary romance, A Song for Sophie, is FREE to download now through Saturday on Amazon. Whoot! Feel free to share the link folks.
Okay, spunky. Hmm. Well, I think of myself as a "The glass is half full" kind of girl. The world is full of potential adventures just waiting for me to discover them. That comes from having an incredibly loving family. Dad and Mom were awesome parents, instinctively employing the perfect balance of faith, discipline, and pure silliness. The result was a houseful of happy, healthy, empowered spirits. I can't recall a day when my seven siblings and I weren't completely confident in the knowledge we are loved. With that kind of upbringing, it's hard not to be upbeat.
What did you do before you became a writer?
I learned how to ride a bike without training wheels. *grins* Sorry, couldn't resist, but seriously, I can't remember a time when I didn't write. Just don't ask me where those earliest stories are. I have a hard enough time keeping track of my cell phone. Becoming an author...now that's different. It took a bout with breast cancer to shove me toward the publishing world. I figured I'd beat the demon cancer, it was time to shoot for my dream. I'm so glad I finally did.
Has your life changed a lot since you published your first book?
Other than being much busier with the added hours promotion requires, not really. Life here at "The Testosterone Ranch" remains as chaotic as it's always been and yet I still find ways to sneak off and give life to the voices in my head.
When you're working on a scene and you know what you want to happen but the words are being stubborn, what do you do to make your muse behave?
I introduce a new character into the mix and throw up a scene taking everyone in a direction contrary to where we'd been headed. These scenes and characters don't often make it into the final cut, but they shake up the creative process when my muse is being stubborn.
You have several books under your belt so you know how the writing and publishing world goes. Do you have any words of wisdom you'd like to share with newly published or aspiring authors? Anything you would do differently?
     1.  The standard answer to the question is also true. Keep        
          writing. Practice makes perfect, after all.
     2.  Cultivate friendships with other authors. They are in the same
          boat as you and in many cases have already made mistakes you 
          want to avoid. Which leads me to #3.

     3.  Don't be afraid to ask questions. I don't know about other genres,
          but romance writers are among the most generously helpful
          people I've ever met. Ask a question of five romance authors,
          odds are you'll get five great answers.

As for what I would do differently, I would start building active social media platforms as soon as possible. The moment you sign your first contract, you're going to discover how much you need them. Why not have them up and running before you do?

You've penned: Gift of the Realm, Where Would You Like Your Nipple?, A Song for Sophie, The Billionaire's Con, and now, That Dating Thing. Could you share the blurb and perhaps an excerpt?


The daughter of Wall Street's most notorious stock swindler, dog trainer Rylee Pierce has perfected the art of flying beneath society's radar. Prosecutor Cooper Reed is a threat to her carefully hidden truths, but how is a woman supposed to resist a man capable of handling a psychotic Great Dane while charming her out of her panties before she has the chance to blink?


     "People rarely come out of this kind of thing on friendly terms."

     "This kind of thing?" He continued to advance.

     "We're connected through Sil and Elliott. I don't want to see them caught in the middle when this...dating thing, or whatever it is you're after, ends."

     "This dating thing?"

     "Or whatever it is you're after," she repeated. As he closed the distance, she stepped back and bumped up against the shark cage. She slapped her spread fingers against his chest to prevent him from coming any closer. "I'm not in the market for a relationship right now."

     "Then we don't have a problem, because neither am I." He brushed a fingertip over the perfect skin of her cheekbone. "So, here's what I suggest."

     Her eyelids fluttered, pupils dilating, and reluctant temptation replaced the wariness in her dark orbs. Still, she kept a defensive hand on his chest.

     "If you insist on negotiating when I've already explained my concerns," she said, holding his gaze, "I'd rather you didn't touch me."

     He checked the urge to kiss her at the artless admission of finding his touch disturbing. Instead, he moved his hand to the cage beside her head. He wrapped his fingers around the metal bar and dipped his head, bringing his face closer to hers. She blinked but held her ground, boldly meeting his gaze.

     "I propose we get to know one another," he pressed. "A few dinners. Maybe a show, or a ball game or two if you like. We find out what makes each other tick."

     "Hmmm." Her mouth moved into a smirk. "Five seconds ago you were talking a meal. Now it's a few dinners and a ball game or two. At this rate we'll be jetting off to Vegas by the end of the week."

     She didn't try to stop him when he took the final step that brought their bodies within inches of each other. "Has anyone ever accused you of being a wiseass?"

     Head cocked as though considering the question, her mouth quivered on a smile. "Nope."

     "How about a liar?"

     She lost the battle with the smile and her low laugh sent a lash of desire whipping across his midsection. He did what he'd wanted to do since arriving at his father's condo days ago. Leaning in, he took...

By the way, Mac, you have a very cool blog! Folks, you can check out Mac's Mad Mania blog at: www.mackenziecrowne.com

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Barbara Edwards' Journey of the Magi! #free #kindle today

Today I welcome Wild Rose Press author, Barbara Edwards! Her book, Journey of the Magi, is free on Amazon for the next five days and I thought it would be great to help her celebrate!

Barbara Edwards
Writing a holiday romance was a new adventure for me. I normally create dark, edgy stories with a paranormal flavoring. Journey of the Magi is a sweet romance with cute children, a scruffy dog, a winter blizzard and two people avoiding love. Just the read for a cozy winter night in front of the fire.
Here's the opportunity to have a lot of new readers find that they like the way I write. It's enough to make me shiver with fear. I admit that I love to write and I enjoy having a reader say s/he liked my book. The closest I can come in my other life is when someone admires my child. It is similar. Both are my creations.
Widow Noel Martin never breaks promises, and she promised her kids they'd have Christmas at her childhood home in Connecticut. But driving across country takes money. Noel is broke when a snowstorm blows them into a tiny Minnesota café owned by a man who can change her mind. She accepts his offer of a job. Despite her attraction to him, she makes it clear she is only temporary help.
Dan Longstreet isn't adopting any more strays, but he needs a waitress. Dan works so hard to make his café a success, he doesn't have time for love. Though Noel's slender blonde beauty stuns him and her two adorable children tug at his heart, he denies how they threaten to change his life.
When tragedy strikes, their new-found love is the first victim. Noel can't stay and Dan can't leave. Will their journey be the gift that reunites them?
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