Wednesday, November 16, 2022

If You Believe in Love by Luanna Stewart

 A blizzard … Krista Rhodes has seen a few in her lifetime.

Snowed in for days … once, when she was a kid.

Trapped in a house with Dr. Dreamboat … never saw that one coming. Not only cute, he’s also funny and kind and strong and how can she resist?

Eric Monroe has it all mapped out – drive cross-country to a new job with a brief stop to celebrate a buddy’s engagement. A giant detour with a beautiful, witty, no-nonsense woman makes the journey more fun than he ever thought possible. And bonus – he’s moving to her town.

Except she’s got something she has to do. Maybe. And he can’t ask her to change her plans. Can he? 

 Wild Women Authors focus on If You Believe in Love, A Christmas in Angels Glen story, written by Luanna Stewart.

 Excerpt:

Krista stood at the large window in the parlour, the snow swirling like smoke from a campfire. “I’m not having fun anymore.”

“The novelty has worn off for me, too.” Eric perched on the window seat. “How are you feeling?”

She laughed. “Ever the doctor. No symptoms, yet.”

“I didn’t ask as a doctor.”

She met his gaze. Soft, intense, focused. “What did you ask as?”

“As a friend.” He clasped her hand, his thumb counting her knuckles. “But I’d like to think we could be more than friends.”

Her insides danced a jig while riding a roller coaster. More than friends. The rightness of the idea came at her like a speeding train carrying her fairy godmother and unlimited chocolate.

 

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Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Celtic Nollaig Moon by Ria Cantrell

Devon MacDougall never expected to find himself in the midst of an assassination attempt on the king. Surrounded by enemies and not knowing who to trust, he vows to find the would-be assassin before a second attempt is made. But when the lovely daughter of the MacCollum laird becomes involved, he's torn between protecting her and finding the culprit.

 

Wild Women Authors focus on Ria Cantrell’s Celtic Nollaig Moon, Book 4 of the Yuletide Kisses anthology. Grab your favorite adult beverage, curl up in front of a cozy fire and let yourself be taken away to Medieval Scotland for a spirited Yule celebration.

 

A bit about our focus author: Ria Cantrell:

Ria grew up in the suburbs of Long Island. She has enjoyed some very exciting endeavors in the past including competing as a figure skater, dancing professionally as a belly dancer and singing as a classically trained vocalist with auditioned chorales as well as working as a soloist. One of her great dreams was to go to Ireland and in 2017, she was blessed to be chosen as an American Delegate to sing with the International Summer School with Anuna in Dublin.

Ria began writing at a very young age and even had some of her early poems published in local literary magazines. Frequently, she would be seen carrying notebooks to scribble many of her stories and poems. As far back as she can remember being able to write, even in grade school, Ria began putting stories and poetry to paper. She was influenced by some of the great Romance writers of the past, including Bertrice Small and Jude Deveraux, to name a few. She remembers writing her first "steamy" stories as a collaborative effort with her best friend back in high school. These stories were lovingly called "Cabin Scenes" because they typically were staged in cabin and country settings.

With a love for history, Ria was fascinated with Medieval and Renaissance history and found herself drawn to participate with re-enactment groups that re-created the Middle Ages. Since fostering her love of all things medieval, Ria's stories soon became flavored with Medieval and Renaissance themes.

 

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Yuletide Kisses is available in KU, ebook, and paperback and https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0BGMZVT34 

Monday, November 14, 2022

A Gift From the Sea by Nancy Lee Badger

      A shipwrecked son of a clan chieftain, Monroe hides his full identity from the young lass who saves him from the waves, and her brothers. An attack by seafaring warriors puts all their lives in danger and the resulting deaths place a shadow over the upcoming Christmas Festivities. 

     Leading Gwyn and her family toward his home far from the coast of Scotland’s North Sea could be a mistake yet be the only way to keep them all alive.

Today, Wild Women Authors focus on A Gift From the Sea, by Nancy Lee Badger, book 3 the Yuletide Kisses anthology. So grab a cup of hot cocoa—or some other adult beverage of your choice, snuggle under the covers, and let yourself be swept away to the magic of Christmas in Scotland where braw heroes will do anything to keep the women they love.

A bit about Nancy Lee Badger:

Nancy Lee Badger grew up in Huntington on New York’s Long Island. After attending Plymouth State, in New Hampshire, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree and met and married her college sweetheart. They raised two handsome sons in Rumney, New Hampshire while she dreamed of being a writer. When the children had left the nest, and shoveling snow became a chore, she retired from her satisfying job as a 911 Emergency Medical Dispatcher and moved to North Carolina, where she writes full-time.

Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, and the Triangle Association of Freelancers. She finds story ideas in the most unusual places, especially at Scottish Highland Games.

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 Yuletide Kisses is available in KU, ebook, and paperback and can be purchased at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0BGMZVT34

 

Friday, November 11, 2022

Christmas Reunion by Sue Ward Drake

 Wild Women Authors is pleased to focus on Christmas in Angel’s Glen, a contemporary holiday trilogy. The first book is Christmas Reunion by Sue Ward Drake:

City girl and dedicated Christmas-aholic, Rebecca MacDonald returns to Angels Glen to operate her family’s inn over the Christmas holidays. She needs to do something right after a costly mistake and plans to create the perfect holiday for visiting VIP guests. The last person she wants to meet is Alec Stewart, her gorgeous, childhood nemesis.

Alec, retired dot-com millionaire and local Scrooge, loves his quiet life as a fishing guide in his small hometown. He’s always had a crush on Becca, his best friend’s baby sister, so when he’s asked to  keep her safe while she’s in town, he knows he’s heading for trouble.

As they work together to get the inn decorated, can they admit the real magic of the season is love… and lock their own in time for the town’s caroling on Christmas Eve?

 Here’s an excerpt for Christmas Reunion:

          “After you.” Alec held the Nugget’s outside door open and clicked his key fob. The lights on his pickup truck flashed in recognition.

          Becca walked past, and he caught a whiff of something floral and exotic. Becca had never been a perfume kind of girl before, but she’d obviously changed. He recognized the scent as the one he’d chosen once as a gift for a girlfriend, which meant absolutely nothing. He shouldn’t even be noticing, because now he wanted to lean in closer.

          “What happened here?” Becca gestured to the passenger door secured with tape and rope to the frame.

          “A bear broke in. I haven’t had time to get the door replaced.”

          “A bear.” Alarmed, she looked up at the forested slopes rising behind town. “Ugh. I forgot about all the wildlife around here.”

          “We’re in the mountains. How is it possible you forget?” He distinctly remembered the time he and her brother had let Becca come exploring with them up a trail, and she’d freaked when they’d passed a posted notice about bears in the vicinity.

          She hitched her purse strap higher. “Bears aren’t something I worry about on a day-to-day basis in San Francisco.”

          “You don’t need to worry about them here, either. Bears hibernate in the winter.”

“Will you stop over-explaining, Alec? I am not an imbecile.” She gave him a disgusted look. “What did you leave inside your truck that was so enticing to the poor animal?”

          “Groceries. I had to take care of an emergency before I could get home and unpack.”

“When was this?”

“A couple of months ago.” He set his toolbox in the truck bed.

Becca lifted her chin. “From what I understand, bears eat everything they can find before hibernating.” 

Now who was over-explaining? Alec shook his head. “It wasn’t one of my better moves.”

She nodded, her expression smug. “But you had to take care of someone’s overflowing sink or lose the job.”

In fact, he’d helped search for a lost hiker, but he let Becca think whatever she wanted. He didn’t care. So why were his shoulders clenching as if bound together by a rubber band? “Come on.” He walked around to open the driver’s door, forcing himself to take a deep breath. “You have to get in from this side.”

She minced her way up to him in her high-heeled boots and rose on tiptoe to peer inside.

“You want a boost up?” He raised an eyebrow.

          “I don’t know if you remember, but I ran the high hurdles in high school.” She gripped the arm rest and lifted a leg.

          “There’s nothing wrong with my memory.” He could recite almost every detail of their various interactions, but, if he’d been smart, he would have filed those in the Forget folder. “Put your foot in my hands.” He bent and made a stirrup. “No spiked heel, please.”

          She gave him an exasperated look but settled the sole of her left boot against his fingers. He lifted her, noting the way her black stretch pants curved over certain intriguing parts of her anatomy. She made it into the driver’s seat, and after she crawled over the console, he climbed behind the wheel. “You passing through?”

          He expected an immediate comeback, but she must have mellowed. Twelve years would do that to a person. You either mellowed, or you had a heart attack. He waited for the engine to warm and backed into the street and looked her way, waiting for an answer.

          “My car battery’s dead, Alec. I can’t go anywhere. How can I be passing through?”

          “I didn’t mean right this second.” Was she teasing him again? “What are you doing in Angels Glen in the first place? If you don’t mind my asking.”

          She straightened her legs into the footwell, eyes straight ahead. “I’m staying a few days at my dad’s inn.”

He headed down the street to the mini-mart. “Only a few?”

          She turned his way, the smile flirting with her pretty mouth a match for the glint in her gaze.

          Darn it! She was playing him, exactly the way she had as a teenager. That made sense in a perverse way, but he didn’t care, right? He cleared his throat. “My inside source says you swore you’d never return to this place.”

          She flashed those sassy blue eyes at him. “You can’t believe everything you hear, Alec. I’m surprised you don’t know that by now.” 

         

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

The Making of an African Priest

 In celebration of the release of Rogue the Durum, we asked author Steven J. Kolbe to speak on how he came to create Remy Mbombo, perhaps the most compelling of all the characters in his Ezra James mystery series. This is what he said:

The Making of an African Priest

Father Remy Mbombo is arguably my most complex character. From the scar running down his cheek to his nuanced approach with his parishioners, Remy refuses to fit into a box–and there are some good reasons for this.

Artful incongruity is an idea that I absolutely require of myself and of my writing students. When two things are incongruous, I say, it means they don’t fit easily together. Take a character who works for the IRS. Every morning he counts his toothbrush strokes, he counts his steps to work, and he does complex multiplication in his head. This is Harold Crick. Through the course of Stranger than Fiction, he begins hearing the voice of a literary narrator, learns to play guitar–a lifelong wish–and falls in love with an anarchist baker. None of these are characteristic of an auditor, but they’re believable because Crick is written and acted as a real person.

Likewise, I strive to make my characters multifaceted and real. The inspiration for Father Remy came from a writing exercise in Brian Kiteley’s book The 3 A.M. Epiphany. He advices writers to take two real people and merge their personalities, taking what makes sense from both to form a new real person. For Remy I took a priest and a former roommate from Senegal Africa.

My roommate was probably the most religious person I’d ever met. He rose every morning to lay out his prayer rug. Every night, he took out his subḼa, a kind of Islamic rosary. While I felt quite accomplished speaking English, a little Spanish (from home), and a little French (from school), my roommate spoke fluently in English, French, Wolof, and Arabic, and he was studying German for business. He also had so much gratitude for little things. It might seem too incongruous to merge a priest with a lay Muslim, but the parallels, as I have found, are numerous. Both are Abrahamic religions, both use rosaries in their meditative prayers, and both emphasize praying at specific hours of the day.

The priest I put most into Remy is one of the most open-minded and kind priests I’ve ever confessed to. When a friend read book one, she commented on several things she found unbelievable about Remy. “A priest would never say this or that or this.” I assured her that one would and in fact had.

In book one, I worked to make Remy more than just his job. His relationship with my primary detective, Ezra James, is where that develops the most. During slow times, they play games of sans voir chess, exchanging chess notation to launch assaults and mount defenses, and Remy helps Ezra process his divorce, figuring out how to move forward. In book two, I look at what made Remy the priest he is, specifically what gave him the distinctive scar that runs down his cheek–a story that takes us to the violent history of Rwanda.

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 Where to find Rogue the Durum:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BBDDN93R?_bbid=92109537&tag=individualbookpagesite-20

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rogue-the-durum-steven-j-kolbe/1141982790?ean=2940186631200

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

His Christmas Angel by Aurrora St. James

 Christmas wishes lead to Yuletide Kisses in this collection of four new Scottish Medieval Christmas novellas written by Allison Butler, Aurrora St. James, Nancy Lee Badger and Ria Cantrell who have employed the time proven tropes of Friends to lovers, marriage of convenience, hidden identity, and best friend’s sister to this delightful series.

So grab your favorite adult beverage—from hot cocoa, to fresh brewed coffee or egg nog, even something stronger and snuggle under the covers or cozy up in front of a warm fire with these four medieval romances by best-selling and award-winning authors. Let yourself be swept away to the magic of Christmas in Scotland where braw heroes will do anything to keep the women they love.

Today,
Wild Women Authors’ focus is on His Christmas Angel by Aurrora St. James:

Reclusive Laird Dougal de Giffard knows that no woman will have him. Thanks to his infamous father, rumors of black magic have overshadowed his life until even strong men avoid him. When he’s ambushed and left for dead just days before Christmas, he’s rescued by his neighbor's feisty daughter. Slaine de Morham might be enticing, and raising every one of his protective instincts, but he intends to keep her at a distance. That is, until she’s threatened. Suddenly, Dougal finds himself with an unexpected wife, new enemies, and an assassin drawing near. The more time he spends with Slaine, the more he wants to protect her, and love her. But it’s going to take a Christmas miracle to keep her. Who could ever love the devil of Goblin Hall?

A bit about Aurrora St. James:

Aurrora St. James writes sexy, paranormal romances featuring tough heroes, strong women, quirky characters, and a touch of humor added in for spice. Her novels span Medieval to Contemporary and will soon include Regency time travel. Her second book, Gavril of Aquina, received First Runner Up for the 2015 RONE award for best fantasy/sci-fi romance. She loves coffee, making her own journals, old B, C, and D-movies, and the magic of a happily ever after.

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Yuletide Kisses is available in KU, ebook, and paperback at:

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Monday, November 7, 2022

Keep the Yule Fire Burning

 Wild Women Authors is pleased to focus on Yuletide Kisses, a collection of four new Scottish Medieval Christmas novellas written by authors Allison Butler, Aurrora St. James, Nancy Lee Badger and Ria Cantrell. The anthology was released on November 1, 2022

So grab some hot cocoa and snuggle under the covers this season with four all-new medieval romances by best-selling and award-winning authors. From friends to lovers to a marriage of convenience, hidden identities to his best friend’s sister, you’ll be swept away to the magic of Christmas in Scotland where braw heroes will do anything to keep the women they love.

Keep the Yule Fire Burning by Allison Butler:

Finley Blalock has always loved Mor Forester. But when her brother Liam confronts him, he can’t reveal the truth. After losing his mother, he refuses to ever tell someone he loves them. When Liam’s quest to find a husband for Mor pushes Fin to breaking point, a fight ensues. As punishment, they are challenged to keep the Yule fire burning for twelve days. If they fail, the tension between them will be dealt with using swords instead of fists. With his love for Mor and friendship with Liam at risk, Fin will need Yuletide wishes and the magic of mistletoe to find the courage to tell the woman he loves how much she means to him before he loses her – and his best friend – forever.

Available in KU, ebook, and paperback

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0BGMZVT34

 Allison Butler is an author of Scottish historical romance. She spent her early years in country NSW building pretend castles with hay bales and leaping white posts with her army of two older sisters and a younger brother. Many years later, with her mother’s influence, she discovered a passion for words and history, read her first historical romance and was inspired to create her own. She writes most mornings and cares for the elderly in the afternoons. Her love of travel has given her the gift of many amazing sights but none more heart-stirring than the rugged beauty of Scotland. Allison lives in a small town in NSW, Australia, with her very own Scottish hero. Their two beautiful daughters have left the nest to feather their own and have begun their own adventures. Allison loves spending time with family and friends, travelling, taking photos, reading, dancing like no one’s watching and seeing the sights from the back of her husband’s motorcycle.

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