Thursday, October 10, 2019

Susan Vaughan and Hidden Obsession

Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome fellow Maine Romance Writers author, Susan Vaughan as she celebrates the release of Hidden Obsession. She's brought Justin Wylde with her. He's up first.
Tell us a bit about HIDDEN OBSESSION. To start with, I was on Echo Cliff Point—that’s in Dragon Harbor, Maine—to investigate a suspicious death. In the fog, naturally. I don’t ever seem to get called out on sunny days. When I went to interview the only witness at her grandmother’s house, I met Sheri, um, Sheridan Harte. She was there to ghostwrite the grandmother’s memoir. Couldn’t take my eyes off her. I can’t tell you more about the case until the Major Crimes Unit releases the details. Sorry.
Let’s get back to Sheri then. What did you think the first time you saw her? First thing I noticed was those long legs and her full mouth. Hair the color of honey. I—oh, wait, you asked what I thought? She was damned buttoned up—except later when she laughed. Then she loosened up. Smart and observant, saw that from the beginning.
Is that all? How else would you describe her? Conscientious and loyal, and too independent sometimes for her own good. But I’ve said enough about that.
Then how would she describe you? She tells her friends I’m protective, too protective in her book, but that’s her independent streak talking. Maybe also that I’m focused on ferreting out the truth, making things right and just. Down side of that is I find it hard to trust people. Hazard of being a Maine state detective, being suspicious.
Understood, suspicion must go with the turf. Then, how do you relax? I like a game of softball. Used to play baseball in high school, but injured my knee. Sheri and I like to jog along the shore. My brother and I go fishing. In truth, I don’t get much time to relax, another hazard of the profession.
Thanks for this, Justin. Now, we'd like to chat with Susan.
With regard to research, where did you start for this novel? I began knowing that Sheridan Harte would be ghostwriting the memoir of an elderly woman. I’ve read very few memoirs, so I researched first how a memoir differs from a biography. Then I wanted to know how ghostwriters worked. I know someone who has done this, so I began by asking her a ton of questions. My next step was online, where I found several sites with advice on how to work with a client and how to structure a memoir. And although the story begins with Sheri and her client beginning to work on the project, that’s only a vehicle to put Sheri on that peninsula. It’s where she grew up and the place she has avoided for years.
What in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I’ve lived on the coast of Maine for over forty years, so building the story world on a Maine peninsula, similar to many I know was a natural. I feel it enabled me to set a mood and an atmosphere that enriched both the setting and the characters.
What books currently rest on your TBR pile? Whoa, I have too many, but here are three. Anne Gracie’s Captive Lady, an historical romance, not her newest, but a series I just discovered; Michael Connelly’s The Late Show, the start of a new mystery series for him; and Kat Martin’s The Conspiracy, a romantic suspense by one of my favorite authors.
Readers can contact me at www.susanvaughan.com. My books are in both print and digital formats, but the digital are only on Amazon.
Hidden Obsession is at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XFGJ6YF

Friday, October 4, 2019

Bay of Darkenss by S.K. Andrews

Wild Women Authors is pleased to focus on a recent mainstream paranormal release out of the Wild Rose Press, Bay of Darkness, by S.K. Andrews.

Blurb:
          After witnessing her fiancĂ©'s murder and almost dying herself, Vivien Kelly's mission is to destroy Dagda—a Celtic God turned demon. As a supernatural dark cloud looms over the Sahara, she finds herself drawn to the Northern California town of Half Moon Bay and a new life as a paranormal cleanser. There Vivien finds Dagda's creatures tormenting the locals. Her own paranormal cleansing team—The Kelly Society— is born, and the race is on when people around her begin to die.
          While banishing a banshee, Vivien meets Neal Harrington—a soul partner who can promise true happiness. But when Dagda's black vapor creates a New World of darkness, her time is up. Can Vivien abandon everyone she loves and succumb to her past life's barbaric force to defeat the demon? Her actions not only determine her future—but the future of the modern world.

Excerpt:
Announcing her presence, Vivien slapped open palms against the bedroom door. Shrieking stopped as the banshee tried to stab into her intuitive power, not even making a dent.
Julie, I’m here to help. Don’t be afraid. After sending her telepathic message, she felt a definite shift. The young girl now had hope.
Sensing another female entity in the bedroom, Vivien tuned in sharper. A spirit connected to the house stood in front of Julie, also protecting her.
That horrible noise stopped.” Neal eyed the door urgently. “Is that good or bad? I mean, is Julie safe?”
Yes, she’s safe. I put a protective light around her.”
Heaving a sigh of exhaustion, he rubbed his temple. “Oh, right—the light thing. This is all so weird.” Neal’s head popped up. “No offense.”
None taken.” She grinned like a debutant about to dance with the coolest boy in school.
What now?”

A Bit About Our Focus Author: Starra Andrews, writing as S.K. Andrews.
          Starra Andrews grew up in Laguna Beach, California, body surfing in the Pacific Ocean, writing fantasy stories, and acting on stage. Having been influenced by the powerful scripts of Rod Serling and Richard Matheson from The Twilight Zone, she gravitated toward paranormal stories laden with hope. Writing supernatural tales became her passionate hobby, in between life in the theatre.
          She loves to sip hazelnut coffee, while reading a riveting ghost story, or while typing up an exciting new chapter of her own. After attaining a B.A. degree in Theatre from University of California, Irvine, and attending LACC Acting Academy, an idea sparked for interviewing actors to help student actors.  Her non-fiction book The Pursuit of Acting; Working Actors Share Their Experience and Advice was published by Praeger Publishers/ABC CLIO.
          In fiction, her heroine, psychic & paranormal cleanser Vivien Kelly and her team are in a race to rid the modern world of deadly Celtic creatures in her book trilogy The Kelly Society.  Bay of Darkness, the first book of the series is currently released through the Wild Rose Press. Starra lives in upstate NY with her two cats, Audrey Hepburn and Vivien Leigh.
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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Taking Stock





Wild Women end this week's focus on Danielle Bannister's books with Taking Stock

Can love really happen later in life?
          Penny White was doing just fine as a cashier in the small town of Bucksville, New Hampshire. She had three cats and an apartment to herself. So what if she was in her mid-thirties and had yet to have a serious boyfriend? So what if she’d never left her tiny little town? She was happy in her sheltered life, or at least she was pretending to be.
          Everything was just the way she liked it, until a reporter from The Sunset Journal waltzed into her life, turning her predictable world upside down. What did this man want from her and was it something she was willing to give him? It’s time for Penny to stop and take stock of what it is she really wants.

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A Bit About Our Focus Author: 
     Danielle Bannister lives with her two children in Midcoast Maine along with her precious coffee pot and peppermint mocha creamer. She holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Southern Maine  and her master's degree in Literary Education from the University of Orono. Her writing includes: a collection of short stories called Short Shorts, The Twin Flames Trilogy: Pulled, Pulled Back, and Pulled Back Again, The ABC's of Dee, Enigma, Doppelganger, and Must Love Coffee and a steamy novella The First 100 Kisses. She's also co-authored a fantasy novel with Amy Miles called Netherworld and Hollow Earth. Book three will be available soon. She has also written The Lurkers Within, which is located in the Havenwood Falls Series. When she's not on the stage, on the page or engrossed in a good book, you'll find her binge-watching all the Netflix. As one does. 

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Welcome Danielle Bannister and Must Love Coffee




Must Love Coffee.
     That was the first requirement coffee shop owner, Finn Allen, insisted upon in his ad for a new barista. 
     He wasn’t expecting his valedictorian, coffee-hating nemesis, Samantha Whitman, to answer the ad, or for her to look smoking after all these years. 
     It was too bad she was married because that’s a line Finn, a recovering playboy, wouldn’t cross.  Things get muddy, however, when Sam turns to him for comfort during a crisis. 
     Can Finn keep his emotions in check or will he screw things up yet again?

Wild Women Authors is pleased to feature Must Love Coffee, a later in life romance by Danielle Bannister. She’s brought coffee shop owner Finn Allen with her and he’s up first.
Where are you from? Bucksville, New Hampshire 
Tell us a bit about Must Love Coffee. Besides being the name of the coffee shop I inherited from my parents when they passed, I guess the story is about small towns and romance finding you where you least expect it. Like my coffee shop, for example.
What did you think the first time you saw Samantha Whitman? Honestly? That she had aged well, ha! We knew each other in high school. I had no idea she was back until she came in to interview for an opening for a barista that I had. We weren’t like, buddies back then, but we knew who each other was. She definitely grew into her deliciously curvy body, let’s just say that.
What was your second thought? How the hell can I accept Sam’s application to work in my shop? She was way too hot. I’d never be able to focus. Still, there was something in her eyes that told me she was desperate for the job. So, yeah, I hired her, and the roller coaster ride began.
Was it love at first sight? Maybe lust at first sight. What can I say, I’m a guy. She was hot. It’s not like I could overlook that.  
What do you like most about Sam? I’m sure you think I’m gonna say like her boobs or ass or something, but no...it’s her strength. The struggles she’s had to deal with lately...Man, I don’t know if I could do it. And her heart, too, ya know? When she loves, she loves you with her whole heart. That’s something I’ve never had before, and I’ve been around the block more than a few times. 
How would you describe her? Obviously she’s hot, olive skin, long dark hair, thick full lips you just wanna kiss, and her eyes. I’m telling you, they will do you in. She looks in the square in the soul with those eyes. It’s intense. 
How would Sam describe you? Oh man...she knew me as a playboy back in school, but the years after weren’t as kind do me in the curve department. Getting older sucks. I need glasses, need to get back to the gym...some Rogain. Ugh. I don’t know what she sees in me, honestly. 
What made you choose operating Must Love Coffee as a career? I wasn’t really given a choice. It was left to me in my parent’s will. I was in no position to take over their business. I was not a very reliable person...I guess taking this on, sort of forced me to grow up. Probably why they left it to me instead of my highly responsible sister, Jackie. 
What is your biggest fear? That Sam will realize she doesn’t really care about me after all. Pathetic, I know. 
How do you relax? I play guitar. I hadn’t played since high school really, but Sam has encouraged me to pick it up again.
Who is your favorite fictional character? I’m not really much of a reader. Do comics count? I really dug The Hulk as a kid. He turned anger into a superpower. I always thought that was cool. 
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Probably from my sister. She helped me see things clearly with Sam. 
Thanks for spending time with us, Finn. Now it’s Danielle’s turn.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer? Oh gosh, ALL the romantic genres, rom-coms, and swoon-worthy moments. The big gestures, like Say Anything, boom-box overhead, heart out in the open...that kind of stuff has always stayed with me. When the path to love isn’t easy but worth fighting for. I love to see that struggle for love to find a way. 
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? My love of The Hulk. ha. Oh, and my love of coffee. But also, the character of Jackie. I named her after an aunt who passed away while I was writing it. Her name was Jenny, but I wanted to remember my aunt, so I changed the character’s name and dedicated the book to her. All of my books are essentially about hopeless romantics because I, myself, am one. 
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I’m primarily a self-published author and have been since I started writing back in 2009. I am a bit of a control freak so like to have say in the details like cover, pricing, etc. Though, I am looking at a few publishing houses now just to see what they may have to bring to the table.  The older I get, the more I’m willing to let go of some things. ha!
What book[s] currently rest on your TBR pile? So many books there. I need to finish the Outlander series, cause I just have to. I have a friend’s new release, Revealing Hope, bu Julie Cassar, The Royal Protector Academy by Randi Cooley Wilson, Accidentally Married, by R. R. Banks, The Wedding from Hell Pt 3 by J.R. Ward… I could go on and on. As does my list Ha. 
Lastly, what's up next and when can we expect to see it on the shelves? 
GREAT question.  Must Love Coffee is one of three in a stand-alone series that all happen in the same town, Bucksville, New Hampshire. I thought it would be fun, coming from a small town myself, to explore the lives of three people living in that same town. So while they are connected by locations, a few crossover characters and such, each book is independent of the other, but if you read all three, there are Easter eggs in there to discover. The first two that I wrote in that series, Doppelganger and Must Love Coffee are both on sale for .99 cents in anticipation of the Taking Stock, which was released on Sept. 27!  

MUST LOVE COFFEE
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Paperback: http://bit.ly/MLCPB 

DOPPELGANGER  
Smashwords: http://bit.ly/2iLJx1B 

TAKING STOCK (Releasing 9-27-19)

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Welcome Danielle Bannister

This week, Wild Women Authors is pleased to feature fellow Maine author, Danielle Bannister as she celebrates the 9/29/19 release of Taking Stock, the latest in her series of light romances. First, we'll go back in time and look at Doppelganger. 



Blurb:
     Julie Green was not having a midlife crisis.
     Her move across the country from sunny LA to the unsuspecting town of Bucksville, New Hampshire, was not about her being up to her eyeballs in fake people and even faker tits. It was not about hating her job as a temp and it most definitely did not have anything to do with her ex-boyfriend or his wife getting pregnant with kid number three.
     No, this move was going to be her chance for a ‘do over.’ A quiet life in a quiet town.
Or, at least, that was the plan.
     A case of mistaken identity thrusts her into the public eye, tossing her into a world of flashbulbs and shadows. Not the ideal situation to me her potential Mr. Right, but her newest temporary gig was unlike any she’d ever held. The chance of a lifetime…Will it get to be too much, forcing her to cut and runor will she find out that love stories aren’t just for the silver screen?

To purchase Doppelganger, go to:  
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A bit about our guest author:
     Danielle Bannister lives with her two children in Midcoast Maine along with her precious coffee pot and peppermint mocha creamer. She holds a BA in theatre from the University of Southern Maine and her master's degree in Literary Education from the University of Orono. Her writing includes a collection of short stories called Short Shorts. The Twin Flames Trilogy: Pulled, Pulled Back and Pulled Back Again, The ABC's of Dee, Enigma, Doppelganger, and Must Love Coffee and a steamy novella, The First 100 Kisses. 
     She's also co-authored a fantasy novel with Amy Miles, called Netherworld and Hollow Earth. Book three will be available soon. She has also written The Lurkers Within, which is located in the Havenwood Falls Series. 
     When she's not on the stage, on the page, or engrossed in a good book, you'll find her binge watching all the Netflix. As one does.  

To learn more about Danielle, go to:
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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

More of You by Marie Tuhart

Wild Women Authors is pleased to focus on: More of You, a contemporary erotic romance, written by Marie Tuhart and released by the Wild Rose Press

Blurb:
          Up until now, Anna Carson's relationship with Chris Peterson has been strictly D/s play. He's had a vanilla girlfriend. Anna has respected that boundary, but the sexy Dom is no longer attached. Now, Anna is ready to be more than his submissive. Game night at Club Crave is the perfect place to make her move, if only she can face her fears and be bold enough to ask her Dom for more...

 Excerpt:
          A bell sounded, and Master Jason took to the small stage. The room went quiet.
          “Good evening, friends, welcome to game night. You are the first fifteen couples who RSVPed to the event invitation.” Master Jason’s voice was loud and cheerful. “Tonight’s game comes with a twist.” He lifted a shoe-size box and shook it. “Inside this box are pieces of paper with your tasks for the game. All the items you will need to play tonight will be provided. The normal club safewords apply. Have an issue with the task? See me once everyone has chosen.”
          “This sounds interesting,” Tanner said.
          “Intriguing twist. That’s why we were told not to bring our play bags,” Chris said.
          “You are not to share your task with others once you’ve drawn. You will read it, then get your submissive and follow the directions.” Master Jason looked out over the crowd. “Dom Chris, you are first.”

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A bit about our Focus Author:
          Marie Tuhart lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her muse, Penny, a four pound toy poodle. Marie loves to read and write, when she’s not writing, she spends time with family, traveling and enjoying life.
          She is a multi-published author with The Wild Rose Press, Trifecta Publishing and does some self-publishing. To be alerted on new releases on Amazon or  Book Bub. Also you can join Marie’s newsletter where she gives her group advance information on her books, runs contests and does giveaways just for newsletter readers. Marie can also be found on GoodreadsPinterestTwitter, and Facebook.

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Glimpse, The Tender Killer

To wind up this week’s feature, Stephen B King and Patricia Holmes return to celebrate the release of The Tender Killer, Book 3 in the Glimpse trilogy.
     
     Criminal psychologist Patricia Holmes is now a detective paired with Detective Sergeant Rick McCoy. Together they hunt The Biblical Killer, so named for the quotes left on walls written in the victim's blood.
     To lure the murderer out they join the Tender Nights internet dating site, openly making themselves targets. Rick and Pat have fought their desire for each other for months. Can they now survive their lust and an insane murderer intent on vengeance?

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And now we come to the finale, what’s the motivation for this story?
SBK: While I knew which direction this book would go in terms of the relationships between the four central characters, and that PPP would escape to wreak havoc on Rick and Pat for revenge, I did not have the killer. For me, as the word Glimpse in each title suggests, giving the reader an insight into why and how the murderer evolved into what they had was vital to me. I didn’t want a trope or anything remotely predictable. Then one day I overheard a conversation and two words jumped out at me; situational schizophrenic. It was like a bolt of lightning hit me; a situation that caused someone to become psychotic? What could that be?

I mentioned before a good friend, Peter Giannis, is a psychologist and I sought him out to ask him about it. He told me some facts such as: there would be a history in the family of such a complaint, that it didn’t come out of nowhere. That it could be brought on by severe guilt over the loss of a loved one where the patient felt responsible and that he or she believed they could have stopped it if only they had acted.

I recalled a quote I’d read somewhere by Astrid Alauda: There is no love like the love of a brother, there is no love like the love from a brother.” I thought about a brother and sister growing up with only each other for company on a remote farm and the tragic story of Bobby and Martine Cornhill slowly came to me out of the mist. In particular, that Martine used to say to him, “catch me Bobby,” when they played on a swing under a Jacaranda Tree.

Pat, after The Beautiful Deaths case, you went to detective school and joined the police as a full-time cop, tell us about that.
PH: I had always maintained that the Major Crime Unit should have on staff a good psychologist. After working as a consultant twice, I was invited to undergo a thirteen-week course and gain my detectives badge. I jumped at the chance to follow my dream.

This came at some considerable cost to you thought didn’t it?
PH: Yes, it cost me my marriage. Tom gave me an ultimatum it was him or the job. I believe, though he never told me, that he had become insanely jealous of my relationship with Rick, as had Juliet. Rick and I hadn’t done anything to warrant that angst, yet it was there, and I suppose Blind Freddy could see we were insanely attracted to each other. I think they both felt it was a matter of time until we jumped into bed, though I assure you that wouldn’t have happened had they in their own way not pushed us into it. One thing is for sure, I would not, and could not give up my dream because of Tom’s ultimatum.

And The Biblical Killer, tell us about your profile for him.
PH: Nothing could have prepared me for my first real case as a fully-fledged detective. Not only was that because of the sheer unbelievable brutality of the murders, but the insane biblical quotations left on the walls of the victims houses in blood. The quotes inferred that the victims were liars and that someone was urging the writer to commit the crimes, and that shouted schizophrenia. Once we found the victims were using a sex dating internet website, there seemed only one way to catch the killer. He was spiralling out of control and the deaths were becoming gorier and the time between each murder was accelerating, so Rick and I went undercover. We posed on the website and told blatant lies on our profiles in a bid to attract the murderer’s attention.

Looking at the indicators we had, it seemed to me the killer had suffered some catastrophic guilt over a loved one’s death, causing a situational schizophrenic state where he felt compelled by his alter ego to avenge that loved one’s death.

And what about your relationship with Rick, how did this case impact on that?
PH: Well, once we put ourselves out there as bait, we needed protection in case the killer came calling, so he moved into my spare bedroom so we could watch each other’s back. But Juliet saw red and left Rick, so we were both suddenly separated. We were talking in sex chat rooms abut extramarital affairs, organising meetings with dates pretending to have casual sex to find our killer, and the temptation we had been fighting for so long reached bursting point.

The body count was rising, the attraction between us was growing being under the same roof, and then, when it seemed like we couldn’t take any more, PPP escaped with one intention in mind, to take his revenge.

Without giving the story away, what can you tell us about what happened?
PH. Everything went wrong, it was a disaster.

Glimpse, The Tender Killer was released on September 11, 2019 as an eBook, paperback and audio. For the month of September Glimpse 1, Glimpse Memoir of a Serial Killer is on Sale for 99c

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