Monday, February 20, 2017

Brenda, the Lady Painter

Secrets. Trust. Courage.
. . . Who will knuckle under first—the war hero? The spirited single mom? Or the former high school bully who still hates them both?

When war hero Michael Jarvis returns to his home town on the shores of Lake Superior, he doesn’t plan to stay—he’s undercover, investigating a possible sex trafficking ring operating on the Great Lakes. But he does want to sample the pesky girl next door he always turned down—and it wouldn’t hurt if she’d clear up a few mysteries of her own along the way.
Successfully established as an interior house painter, Brenda Tower finally has her act together as a single mom—but it hangs by a thread, a secret she’ll guard with her life. The return of her youthful crush Michael Jarvis threatens to unravel everything.
Jealousy has inflamed Brett Hill’s hatred of Michael and Brenda for as long as he can remember. Revenge will be so sweet—and it will fit in perfectly with his high stakes game. When the secrets break open, can Michael and Brenda find the courage to trust each other, or will revenge and betrayal triumph?

Wild Women Authors is pleased to have author Adriana Kraft, author of The Painter is a Lady, visiting for the week. First up is Brenda Tower, female lead from this intriguing story.
Where are you from? I grew up in Ashland, Wisconsin, on the shore of Lake Superior. I’ve lived there all my life. Sure is cold in the winter.
Tell us a bit about The Painter is a Lady. I was not quite nineteen, fresh out of high school, when my son was born, and I needed a way to take care of him and me. Our next-door neighbor, Ted Jarvis, is a general contractor. I’m so grateful he hired me right away as a house painter. I worked my way up and now run my own business painting interiors. Life is good.
What did you think the first time you saw Michael Jarvis? I’ve always known Michael. He’s Ted’s son, so I have no idea. I was probably a toddler. But when I was little, he let me hang around even though he’s six years older, and then in my teens I had a huge crush on him.
Those toddler crushes are killers. What was your second thought? Second thought? And third, and twenty-fifth, and… I was so crushed when he rejected me at my eighteenth birthday party, and then he left for the Army and I’ve rarely seen him since. I’ve worked hard to get him out of my system and focus on what matters: my son–Tommy, and me. I’ll just say I wasn’t thrilled to hear Michael has come back to Ashland.
What do you like most about him? I don’t even want to go there. Then? He was handsome, buff, trustworthy, kind, and honest, but also loved pranks and practical jokes, always cooking something up. Now? I haven’t seen him since he got back – I know he was wounded and got a medal. I don’t know what to think.
How would he describe you? Then, or now? We were best buddies when I was still in grade school– I was a reliable sidekick and could always be talked into whatever scheme he dreamed up. We sure got into some scrapes. By the time I was in high school, I think he only ever saw me as a nuisance or a pest. Drove me crazy, and broke my heart, but looking back I know I was like a burr in his side. I have no idea what he thinks of me now – if he thinks about me at all.
What is your biggest fear? I’m guarding a secret so huge I can’t even tell you. Michael isn’t Tommy’s father, but I can’t ever let anyone know who really is. The stakes are too high.
Now that sounds like a real hummer. And a sure cause of agita. So, how do you relax? Does a single mom ever really relax? I shouldn’t have said that – my twin sister and her husband help me and Tommy a lot. I’m probably most relaxed when we spend time with them and my mom. We do a lot of picnics in the summer, and Tommy plays a lot of sports, just like I did, so we catch his games and support his teams.
Who is your favorite fictional character? The Unsinkable Molly Brown. I’ve re-watched that more times than I can count. She helps me believe in myself. For some reason she makes me think of a song my dad used to play, even though it’s not from the movie. Can’t remember who sang it, but the line I always sing is about when you’re down and out, the only way is up.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? I think we just hit that nail on the head – I know my dad believed in that song. That’s why he played it so much. I miss him a lot, but that line always sticks with me.
Thank you for taking time to be with us, Brenda. Now we'd like to chat with Adriana.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? As a writer (with my husband), I love how any little thing that happens in our life can inspire a story. We were driving through Ashland, Wisconsin, headed back home to Minnesota late one spring when we had to stop for a construction van that was double parked unloading supplies. When we took a closer look at the figure in coveralls carrying the materials, we discovered it was a woman. Our son’s a general contractor, and at the time he had a female interior painter he relied on for detail work, so our title was easy, and the plot soon followed.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? We’ve been with Extasy Books for a decade now and are very happy with them. They’ve held steady when so many other e-pubs have risen and fallen, including some we used to be published with. We first heard of them from another of our early publishers, who didn’t handle the more erotic romances we were starting to write and recommended Extasy to us. We’re so glad they did.
What project[s] are you working on now? We have a backlog of stories we’ve drafted and partially edited, so we’re kicking butt to get them polished and submitted. Most are erotic romance, but we also have a couple more romantic suspense stories on a back burner.
What's up next for you? We’re thrilled Extasy Books has contracted a previously published five-book erotic romance series that’s no longer available. Meghan’s Playhouse Book One: Seducing Cat will release May 26, with the remaining four books to follow about every ten weeks apart. The series is being painstakingly re-edited for re-release, so our work is cut out for us.
A bit about our visiting author:
We are a married couple writing Sizzling Romantic Suspense and Erotic Romance for Two, Three, or More. Our Romantic Suspense line delivers “warmth, blazing hot sex, and well-developed characters” (Romance Junkies Reviews) as our hero and heroine battle outer threats and inner demons to stay alive and fall in love.
We write our Erotic Romance stories to entertain, of course, but most of all we write them because we believe in happy endings for all who fall in love, whatever their gender, sexual orientation or numerical combination.

To learn more about Adriana Kraft and the books she/they write, go to:
Facebook profile: Adriana Kraft
Twitter: @AdrianaKraft http://twitter.com_@AdrianaKraft
Google+ Adriana Kraft

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Brenda Whiteside

. . . Penny Sparks has secrets that can ruin a presidential contender, got her family murdered…and mark her as the next hit.
. . . For thirteen years, Penny Sparks has managed to hide from the political powers who murdered her family. When she unwittingly exposes her true identity, not only is she marked for death, but the people closest to her risk meeting the same fate.

. . . Jake Winters is out of rehab and coming to grips with his demons. When he meets his sister’s roommate, Jake believes Penny might be that someone who can help him find life after rock star status…until her secrets blow up his world.

. . . With a government agent turned hit man closing in on her, Penny and Jake race to expose the presidential contender behind the murders of her family. Even if they win the race with death, the murder that stands between them could end their hope for a new life.


Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome back author Brenda Whiteside and
Penny Sparks AKA Jianna Ricci from Brenda's latest romantic suspense, The Power of Love and Murder, an upcoming release from the Wild Rose Press. First up is Penny.
Where are you from? Originally, Red Rock, Nevada but I make my home in Flagstaff, Arizona now.
Tell us a bit about The Power of Love and Murder. The story really began thirteen years ago, when my parents and brother were murdered. My name then was Jianna Ricci. I believe an FBI agent working for a politician now aspiring to be president is the killer. I’ve been in hiding for all of these years as Penny Sparks, but a careless moment leads them to me. I’ve just reconnected with Jake Winters, and both of our lives are in danger.
What did you think the first time you saw Jake Winters? The first time was six years ago. I was as gaga about him as most healthy females in the U.S. were. He’s my best friend’s brother, and she got us back stage at his rock concert. Alone with him in his dressing room, stoned out of his head, he’d made quite an impression. The kiss that led to grabbing my ass and rude remarks—oh yes, the memory lived on. He’s back and seeing him again, a rehabbing ex-rocker with a beard and no money…let’s say the quivers are still there, in spite of my anger over that night six years ago.
What was your second thought? Let’s talk about my second thought with his return. Since he’s jobless and getting back on his feet, Mandy has invited him to move in. I have to find some way to call a truce and make him a friend. No easy matter!
Did you feel it was love at first sight? It was lust at first sight six years ago. At this point? What do I know of love? He still stirs the lust.
What do you like most about him? Jake the ex-rocker is a genuine nice guy. Family is important to him. Since I’ve lost all of my family, that touches me deeply.
How would you describe Jake? He’s not real tall at 5’10”, but I’m so tiny he’s tall enough. He’s not quite forty, long legs, and with what I call a runner’s butt. Can I say that? I always notice that on a guy. His dark auburn hair and close cropped beard make him ruggedly handsome. His smoky gray eyes…smoke me!
How would Jake describe you? My nickname of the past is the Black Fairy because of a Goth phase I went through. He mentioned once he’d like to see me with my natural hair color instead of the black I keep it dyed. He’d call me reserved, I think, and maybe a little sad. It’s December, everyone is festive for Christmas, but this is the time of year my family was murdered. Of course, he doesn’t know that, which is why I seem closed off. He thinks of me as a pixie of a woman.
What made you choose hotel management for a career? When I ran from the people who murdered my family, I was only seventeen passing as twenty. I waited tables for a while, but a job in the hotel opened. I stuck with it and am now the evening manager. It’s a good job, and I like it.
What is your biggest fear? The murderer and the politician will find me. They could not only kill me, but also Jake who won’t leave my side.
How do you relax? I used to read, but relaxing isn’t part of my life right now. My future is so uncertain.
Who is your favorite fictional character? Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. I could use a trip over the rainbow.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? My father told me to stay hidden and stay safe. It worked for thirteen years.
You are incredibly brave, Penny/Jianna. Your story touched us. Now we'd like to chat with Brenda.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer? The first book I can remember having a great impact was Wuthering Heights. I don’t write that era, but I would love to evoke the depth of emotion and mystery I experienced when I read it. Maeve Binchy books were also a great influence for her characterizations.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? This is a funny story. There is a scene where Jake, the hero, has a really awful night in a cheap motel. It’s a true story. Happened to my brother. I think the scene tells a great deal about Jake’s character, and it gave me an opportunity to give some back story.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I’m not sure how I heard about them, maybe through Romance Writers of America. The first book I wrote was an historical romance, and my goal was to get an agent. While going through the process of submitting and getting rejected, I wrote a second book, Sleeping with the Lights On. It’s a contemporary, light-hearted romantic suspense. Instead of also submitting it to agents, I ‘got a hair’ and sent it off to The Wild Rose Press. They published it, and I’ve been with them ever since.

Brenda brought along an excerpt from The Power of Love and Murder:

Jake nodded, but all he could concentrate on were
Penny’s last words before the officer appeared. When
they were alone again, he threw up his hands. “What do
you mean, go back to Phoenix? Why the hell would I
do that?”
She turned her back on him, went to the open door
of the bathroom, and lifted her clothes from the hook.
Beneath the thin, hospital gown her spine was straight,
her movements tight, as if coiled and ready to spring.
“Penny, I know how much she meant to you.” How
much she meant to both of them. He wanted to hold
her, share their loss. “I’m not leaving you.”
Untying the gown, she let it drop around her feet,
and sidestepped out of the heap. She pulled the dark
gray sweater over her head then stepped into black
velvet jeans, refusing to make eye contact or speak as
she sat on the green plastic chair.
This was killing him. The need to hold her, help
her with her pain—his pain—rushed through him.
Haltingly, he made his way to her, touched her head,
and waited while she zipped her boots. “Penny.” She
resisted, but he tipped her chin, forcing her to look up.
“Come on, baby. You don’t have to worry about me
leaving you.”
“You will.”
“No—”
“When I tell you the truth, you will.”

Tell our visitors where they can find your books:
What project[s] are you working on now? I’m currently writing book five in the Love and Murder Series, The Deep Well of Love and Murder. I also blog on my personal blog, Discover Yourself, about my current life in an RV, as well as my writing projects: http://brendawhiteside.blogspot.com/

Thanks, Brenda. We wish you much luck with this book and the next to come.
Kat and Veronica

Monday, February 6, 2017

Beverly Wells' One Winter Knight

This week Wild Women Authors is pleased to have an long time friend join us. Beverly Wells is delighted to have The Chalice, her first attempt at writing medieval romance, become part of One Winter Knight, a recent boxed set released by Prairie Rose Publications. Though it’s after the holiday, we're certain these reads will keep you toasty throughout the coming winter months--or any time for that matter.

      She had loved her knight from afar, but could she now injure him to aid her mother? Might the quest for the chalice finally bring these two lonely, longing hearts together?

Royce Hayden is a fierce, bold, and brave knight, who has been granted Dillyglen Castle in the border region of Scotland after securing it for England. An heir to an earldom, he has wealth, values prestige, and is honor bound.

Ahna Murray is a strong, determined, yet loving and gentle Scot who can make a harp sing as well as an arrow from her bow. Her father, a merchant of salt, spices taught her hard work paid off. She heeded his words, yet found him a gambler, a drunkard, and a cheat until she and her mother are left penniless with his suicide the final shun.

When Royce and Ahna meet at a fair and tournament outside Ahna’s town of Selkirk, their mutual beguilement knows no bounds. Yet each knows their station in life deny any future. After two long years they find themselves once again faced with desire strong and true. And even more barriers between them.

First up is Ahna. Where are you from? Selkirk, Scotland
Tell us a bit about The Chalice. I thought I had found the love of my life two years ago. He ‘twas willing to overlook I be a Scots, but when my mother and I be shunned after my father’s many foul deeds, my handsome English knight chose his family and status over someone like me. Now I have vowed to capture the precious chalice that the very same knight transports. ‘Tis not for me I steal such a valuable piece, but for my sweet, ailing mother. My only regret is that I must let my arrow fly to wound him.
What did you think the first time you saw Royce Hayden? I thought he be a most handsome, bravest and dear mon on the earth. When his smile lit his eyes, my own heart quivered like a released bow string.
What was your second thought? He be so tall and muscular, yet his touch to my hand and then to my cheek be oh so gentle. My toes curled and I near swooned.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Oh aye, though I dinna think he be paying much fancy to a Scots.
What do you like most about Royce? His valor.
How would you describe him? Dedicated, strong, brave, and a leader of men. Above all else he values his honor. Did I say he be verra handsome mon?
How would he describe you? At first, an unwanted dilemma, my being a Scots and a mere merchant’s daughter. But after talking and laughing about anything and everything he seemed to accept my heritage, even said I be pretty, quite witty and had a big heart. I…I think after my father’s first disgrace, he pitied my mother and me, and had more than a wee bit of reluctance to overlook I be my deceitful, selfish father’s daughter. But after father took his own life and the town shunned us, I be sad to say I believe he would say I be more than unworthy of even being a friend.
What made you decide to become a fletcher? From the time I could walk, I be fascinated with archery. I practiced from when I first could stand and pull a bowstring. For years I perfected my own fletches for better flight. The small fee the nuns pay me for helping at the abbey and teaching the children is no’ enough to put food on the table. ‘Twas because my ailing mother needs opium that I started selling my arrows.
What is your biggest fear? That my mother will no’ find the peace and comfort she deserves before she passes.
How do you relax? I adore playing the harp and can lose myself in my music.
Who is your favorite fictional character? ‘Tis sorry I be to say though I can read in several languages, my father never spent coin on fictional books. But at the abbey I did read a copy of The Lais of Marie de France. (Lais means poems in French). She be the illegitimate daughter of Geoffrey Plantagenet hence the half-sister of Henry II of England and ‘twas an abbess of the Abbey at Shaftesbury. Now she writes books of poems, full of love and courtliness, brave knights and aristocratic ladies, but most of them dinna end verra happy, not like a true romance should end, so I regret I have nae favorite character.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? To always be myself, believe in myself and never be judgmental of others.
Thank you for spending time with us, Ahna. We'd love to speak with Beverly.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer? Golly, there are a gazillion so I’ll just say that any movie or book that is done well and moves me to laugh, cry, or maybe both, makes me think and appreciate life and love. And one that has a happy ending as all romances do. I do believe however, that Cinderella and The Diary of Anne Frank –I read both and saw the movies several times when young. Each have a special spot in my heart—Cinderella, because it’s a romance, had humor yet good conflict, and Anne Frank gripped me with the varied emotions and grab-your-seat scenes of suspense, plus her plight. I too try to bring those moving aspects to my writing.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I love piano, but playing the Celtic harp takes me to the world beyond, my own little zone. In The Chalice, I hope Ahna shows how soothing and pleasant music can be for the player as well for others.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? Though one of my dreams was to eventually write a Medieval, I love writing historical romance, especially those set in the American west during the eighteenth or nineteenth century. I had read several books by Prairie Rose Publications, searched the web and submitted [to them]. PRP has a wide selection of different genres and imprints and I was first pulled in because of their number of American westerns. Since then, besides my full length novels, I’ve ventured to write short stories in their Memories From Maple Street series (a collection of true shorts stories by different authors), plus sweet romantic novellas and anthologies. PRP has numerous genres and imprints from romance, westerns, contemporary, paranormal to YA, youth, inspirational and non-fiction, the list goes on. Working with the PRP publishers and editors, the entire staff and all the authors at PRP has been a joy ever since first submitting. We’re one happy and very helpful family.
What project[s] are you working on now? I set aside my historical American western to take a part in One Winter Knight. Now, I’m diligently back working on my The Deaconess Hires A Gunman [which is] set in the late 1800’s. I’m having so much fun with this one as there’s so much humor in it which I love to do anytime I can put a bunch in there. And the heroine’s dog, Cubby, better known as Lug Nut by the hero, just might steal the limelight—not really as there’s too much steam between the characters. Yet there’s a serious aspect as well of course, otherwise I wouldn’t have a good conflict for my hero, and this makes me wonder if I should make the title Justice Or Vengeance. Guess I’ll leave that one up to my editor.
What's up next for you? I have two finished western historical romances and a Royal Mounted Police with a female doctor from way back that I’d set aside and I need to bring them to life by tightening them up a bit and fine tuning. I also have a Civil War synopsis with several scenes that need attention. Then I just might venture in to doing the full length medieval novel that’s screaming to pop out of my head and onto the screen. I’ll most likely be doing some more novellas for the anthologies too. I’d written a western for the Fourth of July anthology last year, A Cowboy Celebration, and I have a spin off from it with two secondary characters that I’d love to do, so that may be coming up sooner than I think.

Bev was kind enough to bring an excerpt from The Chalice:
Her mind, again, questioned the logic of wounding the one who still held her heart. Could she really release the arrow? Cause him pain and grief? Her conscience badgered ‘twas a terrible unforgiveable sin. Desperation to aid her mother compelled the overwhelming necessity. Her heart wept for true love denied and so painfully lost so very long ago.
As the vehicle drew nearer, she laughed at how easy it be to predict Royce. He ‘twas a hulk of a man, brave and skilled in warfare, a proud knight of honor who battled from atop his powerful destrier, but be there a wagon or cart needs be driven, Royce resembled a youthful lad in his eagerness to play at the reins instead of a twenty-six year old warrior.
Spotting movement through the trees too far off in the distance to take aim, she inhaled slow and steady to battle back her persistent, nagging conscience. ‘Twas to her benefit the soft breeze held only a wee bit of chill and but a dusting of snow lay on the ground so she could avoid wearing heavier clothes over her woolen tunic that might encumber her. Her heart drummed in her throat in anticipation of her goal. Beads of sweat slickened her grip on her bow she held loosely at her side as she questioned the wisdom of what she was about to do.
Rich peat laced with fresh pine rose from beneath the thin white sheet to calm her nerves and help ease her tense muscles. The sun hung overhead. Her shot needed to be straight on and at approximately thirty yards give or take to fully penetrate his chain mail. Having left her water skin tied to Patience, she now wished she had it to quench her dry throat. She should be thankful no more snow had fallen. She flexed her shoulders, straightened and patiently waited to prepare at fifty. Closer, closer…now.
Ahna reached over her shoulder and pulled a two-feathered arrow from her leather-covered quiver. She planted her feet in a familiar broad stance, laid the nock of the arrow on the ox hide bowstring and pulled both back as the wagon came into view. Closer, almost there…waaait…
Whoosh!
One moment she stood poised as an expert archer. The next, a strong band of steel circled her neck to cut off her air. Helpless, her feet flew upward as she was toppled backward. She landed with such force her teeth rattled. As her jarred mind cleared, she realized ‘twas no’ hard-packed earth beneath pine needles prodding her bruised shoulder blades. ‘Twas her attacker’s muscled body equaled to hard rock.
Joggled senses recovered enough to feel a thick, muscular forearm encased in chain mail ease back a tad from her abraded neck. Blood trickled down her neck in warm rivulets to pool into her tunic’s neckline. Only then did she realize how chilled she had become, not only from the wet snow, but most likely from shock and almost losing consciousness.
Braving a small swallow before daring a deeper breath, her throat rebelled from the raw injury as if a hot poker had been thrust down her gullet. Though she questioned how she would fare against her assailant, she thanked God her neck had no’ been snapped in two. Now she needs must face penalty for becoming a misbegotten scoundrel. Oh, sweet Mother Mary please let them be merciful.
Before you go, Bev, tell our visitors where they can learn more about you and the stories you write:

The boxed set is available in print and eBook at: Amazon/Kindle, Nook, Wal-Mart and wherever books are sold.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Find Out About Tears In The Dust

This week, Wild Women Authors is pleased to have author Virginia Czaja visiting along with Kelly Jowett from Ginny's latest book for the Wild Rose Press, Tears In The Dust. As usual, we'll start with Kelly.
Where are you from? Originally, a small town in Pennsylvania but I relocated to Florida after my parents died. I needed to get away for the small town. I didn’t have any extended family in the area so I took a job as a nanny to help a family who was relocating to Florida. I also hated the winters.
Yep. Been there, done that. Tell us a bit about Tears In The Dust. Being married to a bronc rider is not thrilling or glamorous. Your heart tells you it is time to end your marriage. The possibility of injury accompanies every ride. When the ride is finished you think the rider is safe, then the unexpected happens and your life is changed—forever.
What did you think the first time you saw Gordon McCabe? I thought not only was he married but he was strange because he asked such a personal question as to why my husband, B.J., wasn’t at the cookout and did he mind that I came on my own. The tone of his voice made me wonder what his past connection had been with my husband. 
That is rather odd. What did you think next? That his wife was as ill-mannered as he was. Her behavior toward me wasn’t cool. It was downright frigid. When she left the party I thought Dr. McCabe would, too, but he stayed.
So was it love at first sight? No. I already had a husband and I thought he had a wife. Later I learned she wasn’t his wife, she was his sister.
What do you like most about him? When I got to know Gordon better I appreciated his kindness and understanding. However, his bossiness often irritated me.
How would you describe him? Gordon is temptingly handsome and take charge kind of man, but cautious. His dark brown eyes and hair could make a woman forget she has responsibilities. Makes me wonder how much longer I can resist his nearness.
How would he describe you? As heading for a nervous breakdown. That to date my only saving factor has been my cadre of close friends who conspire to get me
away from the house.
What made you choose art for a career? I was never good at science or math, but give me a pencil and paper and I was in another world. Thankfully, I’ve been able to use these talents to help me survive.
What is your biggest fear? That I will run out of money before B.J. runs out of time.
How do you relax? I refinish and stencil furniture. Sometimes I read but usually fall asleep before I finish a page.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Jamie Frazer, a handsome Scotsman. What’s not to like! The man is a survivor and gives me hope.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? I’m not very good at taking advice. My friends tell me I need a life other than taking care of my invalid husband. Easier said than done. They don’t have to deal with my conscience.
Thanks for your time, Kelly. Now it's time to talk with Virginia.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? Music has had more of an influence on my career than movies (I rarely watch one) or books (I’m an avid reader). I love to listen to song lyrics because they inevitably inspire a story.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I worked in the medical field for more years than I intend to own up to. Toward the end of my “medical’ career I worked in a chiropractic office.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I heard about The Wild Rose Press from several authors I know. They gave kudos to the company so I submitted.
What project[s] are you working on now? The Calusa Series. The next book is about Gordon’s brother, Jim’s, story.

Thanks to Virginia Czaja for visiting us and talking about the latest in her wonderful Calusa series. 
We'll have her back again, promise.




Monday, January 23, 2017

What's the Code Redhead Project all about?

For the rest of the week, we are thrilled to have author J.M. Maurer, talking about an exciting project which will be released in February, 2017. 


     She started working as a registered nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit where she cared for critically ill children, transported them from outlying hospitals, and even picked up overtime hours treating patients of all ages while inside a hyperbaric chamber. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in nursing, she loves to write about strong characters and their struggles in life. Her books explore themes of revenge, redemption, and hope along with the intrigue of true love, sex, and marriage. 

When not writing, you can find her spending time with family and friends, exploring the outdoors, or attempting most any sport. She resides in Chicago with her husband and son.

We’ll let her tell us about this project she’s involved in.
Hello! I’m J.M. Maurer and I’m thrilled to be here. I’m also excited to tell you that sixteen of your favorite Best-Selling authors have come together to be part of a fundraising project called Code Redhead – A Serial Novel. 

What is this project all about? From beginning to end, the Code Redhead project has been overseen by the awesome Sharon Kleve. For the project, each writer used their own interpretation of the title ‘Code Redhead’ to create their own story. Put them all together and there's a story to satisfy and entertain most every reader.
     To give back, Books To Go Now http://bookstogonow.com/ will be donating the proceeds from the sale of the novel to the Children’s Cancer Research Fund, which invests in lifesaving, leading-edge research in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure of childhood cancer and blood-related disorders. FMI on this important project, go to: http://www.childrenscancer.org

Why is this project so important to you? Having worked for many years in the Pediatric ICU, I’ve seen far too many children undergo treatments for their cancer. Thankfully, the Children’s Cancer Research Fund works every day to fund research in search of a cure. You can make a difference by purchasing a copy of the Code Redhead Project.
     This serial novel is available at: AMAZON https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N4NZFHC


You can find J.M. Maurer here:
Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/AmznJMMaurer

Now, a bit about the rest of Code Redhead—A Serial Novel:

REDHEADS HAVE MORE FUN by Sharon Kleve, a Contemporary Romance
Ambrosine Dubreauil owns Who Do Voodoo, a voodoo shop on Bourbon Street in New Orleans that her grandmother left to her. Her life is quite, calm, and relaxing until the sexy Remy LaCroix charms himself into her life and heart.

REDHEAD DEAD by Jennifer Conner, s Genre: Romantic Suspense

MOONLIGHT SERENADE by Chris Karlsen, Historical Romance
It's 1945 and the world is at war. An American Marine on leave in Melbourne, Australia, a pretty red-haired big band singer, and one of Glenn Miller's greatest songs come together for a weekend. In their brief time, they find love in the chaos of war.

REVEALED by Angela Ford, Mystery

REUNITED by Tammy Tate, Contemporary Romance
Ten years after a nasty breakup, Tara and Ryder surface for a class reunion and when Tara gets struck by lightning, all memory of Ryder vanishes. Will Ryder use it to his advantage to win her back?
Red-HOT by Tina Donahue, an Erotic Romance
A chance meeting between strangers, a steamy hook-up that burns the sheets, now if only he can find her again...

RED SARAH by Carol Ann Kauffman. Time Travel Romance
Sarah works for an organization that fixes broken timelines in history. She has a very special skill set involving time travel. Her mission is to save the life of Lucas, a young man who will be pivotal in the progress and advancement of his planet.

DAY OF THE DEAD by JR Wirth, Suspense/Thriller
Two adolescents find themselves on a hunt for their friend, Cali, after she is abducted, on Halloween, by a psychopath who kills on “Dia De Los Muertos” (Day of the Dead).

RITUALS by ND Jones, Science Fiction Romance
Jackson Glory introduces his Serenitarian wife, Nevaeh, to an old Earth custom—hot and sexy for some, not enough for others.

THE CLUE OF THE RED TRESSES by Laura Strickland, Time Travel Romance
Chasing a beautiful thief through time, Stephen Longstreet never imagines the peril he faces—Nazis, ancient Britons and courageous Bridie Maguire, who might just steal his heart.

STARLIGHT KISSES by Sibelle Stone, A Victorian Love Story

ONE NIGHT IN LONDON by Kim Knight, Contemporary Romance
When the lights shine bright, and the city is lit up, Rita Lane will show you a good time.

THE FREEDOM GENE by Ella Medler, Dystopian
In a dysfunctional society where 'bottle' redheads are the height of fashion, real redheads host a gene that protects them from brainwashing. Two men fight to rescue a redheaded girl, for different reasons. The guard because he loves her. The scientist because he wants to give the human race a way to rebuild and take itself out of its brain-dead slavery.

Wild Women Authors is pleased that J.M. could take the time out of a very busy schedule to tell us about this valuable and interesting project. Please, come again!!  Kat and Veronica

     Thank you for have me today and helping us spread the word about our Code Redhead project. I’m thrilled to be here.
Happy reading!  

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Welcome a Valentines Award Winner

. . . Meghan Muldoon is at a cross-roads in her life: struggling to balance the demands of a high stress vocation as an advocate for victims of violence with her feelings for Keenan Rossi, a man who wants to make their relationship permanent.
. . . On Valentine's Day, a series of routine crises force Meg to question staying in a profession which fulfills her both professionally and spiritually—or devoting the rest of her life to the one person who completes her.
. . . Which one is For Keeps?

     From now through February 14, 2017, the Wild Rose Press is offering all their Valentine themed stories at drastically reduced prices. This offer includes the Candy Hearts series, released one year ago and remains timeless for romance as well as laughs.
In honor of this, Meg Muldoon from For Keeps, part of Candy Hearts, asked to stop by Wild Women Authors and tell her side of the story because Keenan Rossi is the one who usually hogs all the glory.
Tell us a bit about For Keeps. Valentines Day starts out as usual for me, but then a set of routine set of events lead me to make a decision about keeping my job or Keenan Rossi in my life.
What did you think the first time you saw Keenan Rossi? It was several years ago when, as the newly appointed Director of Crime Victim Services I was invited to sit in on the monthly crime stats meeting. I noticed this well-built man with wide shoulders and a broad chest staring at me as if he'd never seen a woman in a skirt before. He had a huge coffee stain on his shirt--which he tried valiantly to cover up but failed dismally. Much later I learned he spilled the coffee because he was too busy scoping out my legs and failed to pay attention to the spigot on the coffee urn.
What was your second thought? That he had great hands. Big, rough, a working man's hands. They intrigued me.
What do you like most about him? Keenan is driven by a golden conscience. He calls his parents often, even when he'd rather be doing something else.
Why do you think that is? As a boy, every Sunday morning, right after Mass, he watched his father pick up the phone and call his mother to check in on her. Kee says they often spoke for more than an hour. His father let her ramble on, even if she was repeating herself. Keenan picked up on that and continues it with his folks. 
How would you describe him? Big, bold, eye-catching. Nice eyes. A heart of gold beneath a veneer of bluster. He has a great chest, too. The kind a woman can curl up against.
How would he describe you? Stubborn, driven, obstinate.
What made you choose victim advocacy for a career? I went through college on the ROTC program, then spent a number of years in the US Air Force after graduation, mostly with the OSI, Office of Special Investigations. It was there that I was exposed to crimes against women and children. After mustering out, I used the GI Bill to pay for law school. Working with victims of crime seemed like a natural consequence of my education. I've never regretted the choices I made.
Who is your favorite fictional character? Brenda Lee Johnson from TV's The Closer and Ouiza Boudreau from Steel Magnolias. They are strong women who often don't know their own limits which doesn't stop them from forging along.
What book is on your nightstand right now? Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital. It is written by David Oshinsky who won a Pulitzer for his earlier book on Polio. I asked Kee to get me this for Christmas. He winced, shook his head, he did it. I gave him a new band saw. Don't ask.
Last question, when you want to romance Keenan, what do you do? I make a big pot of tapioca pudding--from scratch. It is a royal pain but it's his favorite so if he's had a particularly difficult case, I like to spoil him with it. I often dress it up with fresh berries and real whipped cream. The man turns to putty. Then I turn on “Heavenly”, my favorite Johnny Mathis CD, and let nature take its course.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Meet a Unique Pony Express Rider

. . . She didn't expect to become a target…but she is one now.
. . . Aleksandra is alone and running to prevent her father’s killer from discovering their family secret. Disguised as a Pony Express rider in 1860’s Utah Territory, she winds up in even deeper trouble when she rides full speed into the Paiute Indian War.
. . . Can she and Xavier, her Californio boss, escape the Indians on the warpath, as well as evade the man who's already killed Aleksandra's father—and set his sights on her?


Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome Lizzie Tremayne and Aleksandra Lekarski from Lizzie's latest release, a historical romance, A Long Trail Rolling. First up is Aleksandra.
Where are you from? I was born in Vienna, but my family ran to the United States when I was just an infant. We ended up trapping in the wilderness of Utah Territory, where I live now.
Tell us a bit about A Long Trail Rolling.It's the story where I meet the love of my life, nearly lose my life, and get to do something no girl has ever done before, ride the Pony Express!
What did you think the first time you saw Xavier? Wow...chocolate brown eyes, deeply tanned Latino visage, gorgeous smile, and what a hunk.
That's a mouthful. And your second thought? Well...I...sort of...drew my shashka [Cossack short, hiltless sword] and held it to his throat?
Interesting. Was it love at first sight? I think it was, but then my training to protect my family's secret kicked in. I'm a bit slow on the uptake sometimes, and it took some time for me to realize he was really the man of my dreams.
What do you like most about him? It would have to be the way he holds me when I think the world's going to end, and murmurs love words in Spanish...he's incredibly sexy. Did you know, 'te quiero', in Español, means both 'I love you', and 'I want you'? That's how close they're linked to a Latino.
How would you describe Xavier? Well, my sexy Latino lover is strong, sensitive, and loves me to bits, despite my stroppy temper and reluctance to let anyone else have any say. You should hear how he talks to frightened horses, and rides. He does have a few issues with trust...well, a lot of them...and a history of abuse from his stepfather, who he thought was his father until just recently.
How would he describe you? I've heard him say I'm lovely, an unparalleled rider, smart probably because I speak five languages and do math in my head, sensitive, generous to a fault, and a lot of fun. But...he'd also say I'm opinionated, bossy, inclined to always want to do things my own way, and difficult to get to know.
What made you choose teaching as a career? When the Pony Express shut down because the Pah-Ute Indians burned down most of the stations for over a hundred miles and I could no longer masquerade as a boy and ride for them, Xavier and I went to Virginia City and got married. Since the Pony wasn't running, my choices were to teach, work in a livery stable--which didn't impress Xavier--or clean house. Guess what won?
What is your biggest fear? That someone will discover our family's secret and give it to the tsar of Russia, and he will use it to run over all of Europe, and then Papa's death was for naught.
How do you relax? I like to lay back in Xavier's arms and be cuddled and kissed...and other things.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? We didn't have many books out there in Utah Territory but it would have to be Vanessa March in Airs Above the Ground by Mary Stewart. The book wasn't written when I was alive, but a little time travel let me read it. Vanessa's a classy, feisty veterinarian with real heart. She's great under pressure and I adore her.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Papa told me again and again to never get excited in a fight. If I kept breathing, my brain would keep me alive. It's worked, so far. Thanks, Papa!
Thank you for giving us your time, Alexandra. We'd now like to talk to Lizzie.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer? That would have to be Airs Above the Ground, combining a great heroine (I like the same things about her that Aleksandra does), veterinary medicine (my dream from seven years old) and the Lipizzaner horses, (also my dream from even earlier). This was the first Historical Romantic Suspense I ever read, and at a young age. I seem to see her in most of my heroines! I've been hooked on Historical Romantic Suspense ever since. Phillipa Gregory's books have taught me a lot of history and I love her way with words and her ability to make the history live. Diana Gabaldon combines many genres in her work. She's shown me I can write the books in my heart that cross genres and get away with it. 
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? Possibly this wasn't an actual single event, but it was a relationship. A man I adored had 'attachment issues' from abuse in his young life. As much as I wanted to try to 'fix' him, I learned it was something I couldn't do. He had to want it enough to make the changes that could have let him be happier in his life. Xavier, however, had no such choice. As my character, I could encourage him to look at his issues for what they were. I could use my bit of control freak on this poor fictional character to make him fix himself. He'll still have trouble with it through this book, and in other books in the series, but he's genuinely trying to get better and face his fears. He's winning. It was Xavier's major issue in the story, so it impacted it by becoming his Achilles heel.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I'm my own publisher. It's called Blue Mist Publishing. I've pitched to several publishers and agents. Most have requested, but in reviewing my submissions, decided they didn't know where to place the story, as it crossed genres. As a publisher might have encouraged, I've entered plenty of contests. I have won some, placed in others, and put the ribbons on my cover. In the course of all this, my writing's improved, and I will continue to work on my craft till my dying day.
What project[s] are you working on now? Right now I'm in the final edits of The Hills of Gold Unchanging. In this sequel to A Long Trail Rolling, Aleksandra and Xavier’s saga continues over the Utah Pony Express Trail, through the mining camps of 1860’s Nevada and California, the Sacramento floods and Old San Fran to Xavier's Rancho de las Pulgas. As the Civil War rages, secessionists menace California. Embroiled in the Confederates' fight to drag the new state from the Union and make it their own, can Aleks and Xavier survive? The secessionists mean business. No one will stand in their way—and live. It will be released 18 February 2017.
What's up next for you? I'll finally get to finish A Sea of Green Unfolding. In the story, tragedy strikes in Aleksandra and Xavier’s newly-found paradise on their California Rancho de las Pulgas. Von Tempsky invites them on a journey to a new life in peaceful New Zealand, but change is in the wind. When they reach Aotearoa, they disembark into a turbulent wilderness—where the wars between the European settlers and the local Māori have only just begun. It will be released 1 May 2017.


Lizzie brought an excerpt for us:
     Lookout Pass, she reminded herself as she neared the summit. Glancing north to the distant white tops of the Onaqui Mountains, she swallowed hard as she thought again of her papa and the fossil he'd fossicked for her from its rocky ledges.
     The spotted pony broke into a lope over the crest of the hill and began the mile-long descent. Aleksandra's thoughts filled with memories, she was absentmindedly fingering the fossil inside the medicine bag hung about her neck when she felt the first arrow whiz past her head.
     Her heart stopped in its tracks and she flung herself to the left side of the Palouse's neck in a Cossack hang, lying flat against his side.
     'Yah! Yah! Let's go, Scout!' she shouted, throwing the reins at him.
     He needed little urging to run full tilt down the steep and treacherously rocky trail as the yells of Indian warriors echoed through the narrow valley. The arrows came hard and fast from the southwest, screaming like a mad bunch of hornets.
     Smart. Her lips curved in the hint of a wry grin.
     The Indians had placed themselves between the trail and the setting sun, so Aleksandra couldn't see her attackers in the glimpses she stole, from beneath Scout's neck, of the world whizzing past.          With the ground only three feet from her head, the scent of sage filled her nostrils when Scout crashed through a clump of brush. Briefly considering letting go of one of her death-grip holds onto the racing horse to pull a gun from her holster, something akin to suicide, she tightened her lip in a grimace and stayed put, trusting far more in the Palouse's speed and handiness to save them.            
     Knowing her weight hanging off to one side had to put him off his best, she tried to stay out of his way, keeping as still as possible, tucked down on the side of the skidding and leaping beast. Praying the cinch would hold, she sent fervent thanks to the pony selectors for their choice of horses.
     How I'd love to have my bow and arrows, but I only need to get us through to Doc Faust at Rush—
     The Palouse interrupted her musings as he threw up his head and reared, angrily trumpeting and shaking his head for a moment, nearly dropping Aleksandra, then resumed his headlong rush down the hill. When he carried on, she heard whistling sounds with every breath and turned her face forward to see where the noise was coming from.
     Then she saw the arrow.


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