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.

To learn more about Lizzie Tremayne, go to:
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Monday, January 9, 2017

Paging Dr .Heartbreaker

. . . The man most likely to drive her crazy…
. . . Growing up in Lafayette Falls, senator’s daughter Natalie Layton hid her sorrows behind a bright smile that charmed everyone in high school—except Brett Harris. Hardworking and highly motivated, Brett dismissed Natalie as a slacker. Instead, she’s become an acclaimed photographer. And when Brett, now a successful cardiologist, needs her family’s help to secure a coveted position, Natalie’s more than happy to prescribe a little payback…
. . . .Hailing from the wrong side of the tracks, Brett believed he could never win the school’s popular princess. Now he’s intrigued by the complex and compassionate woman Natalie’s become. Gaining her grandmother’s goodwill is the key to becoming chief cardiologist—and Natalie has no intention of making it easy. But as mutual mistrust gives way to pure chemistry, there’s more at stake than either ever expected—and much more to learn about matters of the heart…
Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome Patricia Preston and Natalie Layton from Patricia's latest release Everything His Heart Desires. First up is Natalie.
Where are you from? Lafayette Falls, Tennessee
Tell us a bit about Everything His Heart Desires. I’ve returned home after 15 years to find my stubborn grandmother won’t see a doctor about her heart. My family concocts a scheme involving my old high school adversary, Brett Harris, who, of all things, is a heart doctor now. This plot involves me inviting Brett over to Nana’s for dinner. He thinks charming an old lady will be easy. He is so wrong.
What did you think the first time you saw the good Dr. Harris? .That he hadn’t changed at all. He still has that “James Dean,” born on the wrong side of the tracks thing going. Still Type A for ambitious, arrogant and asshole.
As an former OR nurse, we thank you for the more than accurate description of a surgeon, right down to his starched lab coat. What was your second thought? That, despite everything, I still liked him.
Was it love at first sight? More like war at first sight
Good one. What do you like most about Brett? I like that he always believed in himself. Raised by his uncle, he had no parents and no money, but he never gave up and settled for less.
How would you describe him? He was our class valedictorian. Smart, sexy and sure of himself.
How would he describe you? He always called me Slacker because I never worked hard in school. He resented that I came from a rich family and I grew up with everything he never had. But there were things about my life he didn’t know and I am Type B totally. An artistic slacker. And now I’m responsible for his success. Karma!!!
What made you choose photo-journalism as a career? I always loved photography. I thought I’d have a photography studio or maybe work for a home and garden magazine. All that changed when my husband was killed during a robbery and I headed to the Middle East to take the kind of photographs no one wants to see.
Gutsy. We like that. You need that to put up with a cardiologist's schedule. What is your biggest fear? I was fearless for a long time. Until after I was in a bombing in Kabul. I fear my future is in shambles.
Yikes. Have you learned how to relax? I love to hang out with my wild friend, Amber.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Frodo. He overcame darkness.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? “It is in the small stories that we find our truth.” That came from my grandmother, who helped me find the truth when it comes to life and love.
This has been fascinating. Now we'd like to talk with Patricia.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer? I love epic movies. The heroic ones like Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. I love stories that use the hero’s journey motifs. I loved Letters to Juliet and The Holiday, which are lighthearted romantic stories. Those are my favorites when it comes to romance and what I aspire to write.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I spent years working for doctors and in the medical field, so that is why I decided to write a series featuring doctors as main characters. But the stories are not medical dramas set in a hospital like Grey’s Anatomy or ER.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I didn’t make that decision. My agent submitted to them.
What project[s] are you working on now? I am going to be writing more books in this series.
What's up next for you? The next book is Not Through Loving You and it will be out in June 2017.

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Patricia brought along an excerpt from our featured novel:
Talk about the opportunity of a lifetime. If he could become Anna Layton’s physician, he would literally have it made. He would have Harry and Sheldon’s support and gratitude, which meant he could create a superior cardiology program at LFMC. Perhaps, someday, there would be a heart center named after him and he would be remembered for all posterity. Yes, he was definitely Type A.
“Do you want to speak with your mother and then give me call?” he asked Harry.
“Well, we have a little something different in mind.” Both Harry and Sheldon looked at Natalie as if it were her turn to speak up.
She tapped her fingers on the table. “I’m home for a few weeks, and I’m staying with my grandmother.” She managed to choke out the rest, “You can come over as my dinner guest tomorrow night.”
It took him a moment to process that. “Okay. So I’m not coming over as a doctor. I’m coming over as your date?”
A date is kinda stretching it,” she said as if to say that was never gonna happen. “An old friend from high school.”
“Friend,” he repeated, meeting her gaze. “Seriously?”
“It was Uncle Harry and Aunt Lorraine’s idea.” She was quick to clarify, and she frowned at her uncle, who had a mouthful of cheese Danish. “And it’s not a good idea. It’s not going to work. Not with Nana.”
“Natalie, you promised us you’d help out.” Harry took a swig of coffee. “We’re counting on you.”
She shook her head, and Brett realized she was totally against the idea, which might cost him the chief of cardiology position.
He sat up straight. “Natalie, you do understand what’s at stake here?”
“Besides your ego?” She didn’t blink as she looked him straight in the eye. It appeared that, since high school, she had developed a Terminator stare.
He didn’t flinch. “Do you want me to help your grandmother or not?”
Her phone lit up, and she checked a text message. She stuck her phone back in her purse and withdrew a small notepad. She scribbled on it, then tore off the paper and folded it. “I’ve got to meet someone,” she announced.
She hitched her purse strap on her shoulder, and she leaned across the table to hand Brett the folded paper. “Here’s my cell number. If something comes up and you can’t make it tomorrow night, call me. Otherwise, dinner is at seven. Sports jacket. No tie. Be at Nana’s house, which is the Castle House on Rosewood, by six forty-five.”
“I’ll be there.” He tucked the paper into the pocket of his jacket.
In a low, vindictive voice, she said, “Isn’t it amazing to think that I’m the key to your success?” She glanced at Sheldon and Harry before she delivered a parting blow. “Nana is a piranha, Brett. She’ll eat you alive and not even burp.”

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Rage by Linda Burson

Today Wild Women Authors welcomes Linda Burson author of Rage, a recent release out of Class Act Books. With Linda is Liam, one of the two male protagonists in the series.
Hi, Liam, where are you from? Eastern Pennsylvania.
Tell us a bit about Rage. The title describes the love of my life, Marcy, because she is out-of-control with her ire. It could also describe me because I, too, have an anger that is larger than life.
Unfortunately, at the beginning of Rage, Marcy is in love with another man, Brad Preston. However, they are only dating, so I make my move by asking Marcy to help me locate some murderers, realizing she would make a great partner after I witness her take down a gunman in a robbery. I didn’t know she was as tough as that, but I’m thrilled to find this out since it’s my way in.
     Before we get started, she gets engaged to Brad. This is when I think I’ve lost her. Fortunately for me, but sadly for Marcy, Brad breaks her heart when he can’t locate her because she is busy helping me take out some really bad people. Previously, I offered my friend’s cabin in Vermont to help teach her how to use a gun, and since she’s devastated by her fiancé breaking their engagement, she takes me up on my offer. We spend time getting to know each other even more. She doesn’t realize how much we truly are connected at this point, but something is there, because she falls in love with me.
     From there, my whole intent is to keep from losing her to Brad who decides he wants her back. In the meantime, she gets help for her rage from her psychiatrist that she finally decided to see. It’s during this time, that she begins to figure out why she is behaving in an unhealthy, irrational way, and constantly having nightmares.
Interesting premise. What did you think the first time you saw Marcy? That she was the girl I’m supposed to spend my life with. 
That instant feeling is powerful. What was your second thought? That I was already in love and it was meant to be.
Was it love at first sight? Most definitely.
What do you like most about Marcy? Obviously her beauty. Her face is perfection, but even more than that, there’s innocence in her sparkling, warm eyes, and her smile is the most genuine I’ve ever witnessed. She has a truly unique personality, and as a mate, she is understanding and loves adventure.
How would you describe her? She has an old soul that is deep—a loving, caring personality. She loves with all of her. She lights up the room when she enters. She’s strong, smart, and independent, but needs taken care of in an endearing way. She pretends to be controlling, but I feel she likes it more when someone else is in control and protects her. She also cares about everyone else around her. She wants those in her life to be happy even if it means she isn’t.
Interesting dichotomy in a heroine, but how would she describe you? As a strong, confident, sexy man who is loving and passionate, but fierce, and who always has to be in control. Who can be sweet and romantic, but has a temper a lion would be afraid of.
What made you choose the military as a career? After high school graduation, I realized college wasn’t for me, and it seemed like something to do that would fit my personality, at least until I matured somewhat.
What is your biggest fear? Losing Marcy.
How do you relax? I work-out at the gym lifting weights, boxing, and running.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I’m not much of a reader, or a movie-goer, but if I had to choose someone from the movies I did see, I’d say “Rambo.” The character reminded me a lot of myself. He gave the military his all…he fought for his country. He was powerful, physically fit, and was full of anger, but he had a good heart and just wanted to live a peaceful life. There were times he felt completely alone and lost and he was more confused by others' not-so-nice behaviors. He would do what he had to do, but that didn’t mean he liked it.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? That God is there for me; he’ll be in my life if I want Him, and all I have to do is open my heart to Him and ask. Also, it’s okay to ask for help if and when you need it, and it doesn’t mean you are weak.

Liam, thanks so much for this incite into your character and Rage. Now, it's time to chat with Linda.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? It would be quite difficult for me to choose only a few movies or books. There have been more than I can count that have encouraged me, and given me a strong desire to write. Between watching and reading romance, romantic comedies, suspense, and mystery movies and books most of my life, I’ve had a plethora of thoughts roaming my brain. I always knew I wanted to write stories; I just never had the time to focus only on writing.
Also, it takes a certain amount of dedication and life experiences, in my opinion, to bring some reality into stories. I don’t like to do something half way. If I was going to write, it was going to be full-time. My intent was to give it all of me, and that’s what I feel I am able to do now.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? My ability to understand pain, and loss, and an understanding of living each day to its fullest, is what I feel I carried with me into my stories. When you are faced with life and death in more ways than one, it forms you in a way you can’t explain. It gives you a certain insight, a different perspective on what you value the most. It helps you deal with events in your life in a more positive way, and hopefully helps you live each day appreciating your blessings and the fact that you have that day.
     The gift to me is living my life on my terms, but being productive as well as thoughtful to those around me, and not allowing someone else to put restrictions on me. I feel the characters in my stories live their lives in this manner. They don’t live in that neat little box that society has set for them, and though they may initially struggle, they eventually realize it’s their life and no one can put limitations on them unless they permit it.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I found Class Act Books (CAB) from searching for small publishing houses online. I felt my novels would not get lost for months with trying to get published with a small house, and the process might be faster. Since there was a new owner of CAB and they were doing well and hadn’t had any issues during the previous two years, I decided to submit my first novel in my series to them.
What project[s] are you working on now? I have a few ideas in mind to begin another book. At the moment, I’ve just completed two novels—one a romance/suspense, and another a murder mystery.
What's up next for you? I’ll be working on editing the two books I’ve just completed, and attempt to get them both published in 2017. In the meantime, I hope to have my new story idea near completion.

Here's a little more about today's guest:
Linda is from Connecticut and after years of writing and editing for others, raising a family, and over twenty years of running her own businesses, Linda decided to tackle her first fiction novel entitled Rage, which began as a single book. Eventually, the novel became a trilogy, and finally a much longer series. All the books are a part of The Marcy Series, a romantic suspense series, of which there are currently six novels.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Warrior In Me

. . . Special Security Agent Sebastian Berlin is eager to track down his partner's killer. Instead, he’s assigned the job of baby-sitting a scientist. His boss thinks she's the key to an Ancient Warrior Prophecy. Science never interested Sebastian, but the know-it-all female standing at the end of his Alaskan dock could persuade him to do a little experimenting. That is, if he can keep his Neanderthal Warrior genes from taking control.

. . . DNA specialist Lily Sinclair is in need of a vacation, or so her over-protective ex-husband tells her. Arriving in chilly Alaska instead of sunny Cancun, she's tired and cranky and so not in the mood for her bodyguard's he-man tactics. Still, there's something about the sexy eye-candy that makes her want to lick him all over even as she's demanding to go home.

. . . Then Lily's ex is poisoned, and Sebastian is certain the two murders are connected and she could be next. She knows he's hiding something, but with the worldwide release of Neanderthal DNA project only days away, she has no choice but to trust him to protect her. But can she trust him with her heart?

     Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome back author Anita Philmar whom you may recall from her tour of duty with that fabulous series, The Good, The Bad and The Ghostly. First, a bit about our visitor:
      Anita Philmar likes to create stories that push the limit. A writer by day and a dreamer by night she wants her readers to see the world in a new way. Influenced by old movies, she likes to develop places where anything can happen and where special moments come to life in a great read.
      Naughty or Nice?
      Read her books and decide.

We asked Anita to tell us what inspired The Warrior In Me, a murder mystery/romantic suspense with erotic overtones, a recent release out of The Wild Rose Press. Here's what she said:

#DNA, #Neanderthals and #HumanGenome, oh, my!
Do you remember those scientist classes where they talked about the Neanderthals and other Homo Sapiens?
Funny, but I do. I watch a number of special programs where scientists argued as to whether or not humans and Neanderthals existed at the same time. Each side argued for and against the possibility. Then I found research proving Neanderthals and humans did have fun together because Neanderthal genome is in human DNA.
The book “Neanderthal Man – In Search of Lost Genomes” by Svante Paabo is about what the scientists had to go through in their search to find answers as to whether or not Neanderthal genome was in human DNA. The book is not an easy read, but I couldn’t let that stop me. So I skipped over those long technical words and tried to get to the meat of what the author/scientist was trying to tell me.

It was a fascinating adventure, which spanned the globe. Dr. Paabo is from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. It is truly an amazing story and if you are interested in how scientist discovered Neanderthal DNA in the human genome, I recommend spending time with this book.
Now, after reading about Neanderthals, I had to work them into a book. I loved the idea that we as humans may have inherited some special skill from our Neanderthal ancestors. This is how I created my new series, the Ancient Warrior Prophecy.
The series is built on the idea that people with Neanderthal DNA have special skills such as psychic abilities, and they are using those abilities to save the world. Add in a murder and a hot romance, the first book is all about the story behind the story of the announcement that Neanderthal DNA is in the human genomes.

Spark your interest--like it did ours? Here's an excerpt :

      “Have you met Cain Platero?” He folded his hands together and placed them on the desk. His broad shoulders and thick biceps encased in a red flannel shirt, he appeared in line with a farmer. Yet, his stern attitude reminded Lily more of a powerful businessman.

      Trying her best to ignore his intense scrutiny, she narrowed her focus to the few people she’d met recently. Working and conversing with the same group of people day in and day out, she had a tendency to dismiss strangers as not worth her time. After all, if they weren’t involved in her research what importance could they have to her.
      The name sounded familiar.
      Oh, yes, the handsome man Mark had introduced her to when he told her he’d assigned Bruce the task of driving her back and forth to work each day.
      “He works with Bruce. The two of them installed the lab’s new security system.” Lily straightened her arms, leaned against the back of her chair, and folded her hands in her lap. Happy this man couldn’t accuse her of being totally oblivious to the people around her, she smiled.

      “That’s right. He was shot last night in the parking lot of your lab.” His words with their precise even tone took a moment for her to process.

      She blinked.

      He had to be joking.

      Lifting her hand to her chest, she sputtered, “Excuse me, what did you say?”

      “Cain was murdered outside your lab.” He rephrased the sentence, but her brain registered only one word—murdered.

      She jumped to her feet and planted her hands on his desk. “Why didn’t anyone tell me this before now?” She glanced around for her purse. “I need to call Mark. We have to call the police and find out what the hell happened. Did they break into the lab?”

      Without waiting for his reply, she turned and headed back down the hallway to where he’d left her suitcase. She didn’t see her handbag anywhere near it. Did she leave it in the small, tin-bucket-sized plane? Or had Bruce left it on the dock?

      Desperate for answers to a whole host of questions, she rushed outside. “Damn it, Bruce, how do you expect me to stay in touch with home if you fly off with my purse?”

      She dashed across the front porch, making it almost to the steps before a large hand on her shoulder stopped her progress. She spun around and slapped the man’s chest. “Did you pick up my purse?”

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Meet Lydia's Gunslinger

        Fleeing the abusive headmaster at the St. Louis orphanage, Roth Beaumont turned to gun slinging as a means for survival. Years of looting and raiding put his face on several Wanted posters, and instilled in him an aversion to settling down. That is, until he meets Lydia Tyler, the woman building the orphanage along the Rio Grande. Although he’s the deputy of Revolving Point, Lydia detests his hardened ways. She’s also got trouble on her hands: a headmaster linked to Roth’s old nemesis. Roth will do everything he can to help Lydia. And convince her he's not as deplorable as his guns suggest.
Lydia Tyler has no use for guns and violence. All she wants is to build her orphanage and give her children a safe and loving home. Trouble is, Papa has hired a headmaster without her say-so; an arrogant man who schemes to usurp her authority, a man Deputy Roth despises. When Roth offers to rid Lydia of the troublemaker, Lydia doesn’t approve of his methods. But that doesn’t stop her from melting every time Roth holds her hand. The more she gets to know him, the more she reconsiders his menacing ways. He may be a gunslinger, but the warmth in his gaze hints there's more to him than his pistols.

Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome author Julie Lence and hero Ross Beaumont from Julie’s latest release, Lydia’s Gunslinger. First up is Ross.
Where are you from? St. Louis
Tell us a bit about Lydia’s Gunslinger. I grew up in an orphanage. The headmaster enjoyed tormenting boys, and whipped me on a few occasions. When I was old enough, I ran away, leaving my sister behind. I had no money, so I fell in with a band of outlaws. Made a name for myself robbing banks and payrolls. Outlaws don’t really have friends, but there was one person I could somewhat trust, Gage Cantrell. He helped me steal my sister away from the orphanage. I left her in Tucson after Gage and me pulled another heist and then split up, because a posse was after us. That’s when I met up with Percy, a miserable lout, and rode with him to Revolving Point. Situated on the Rio Grande, that town has a reputation worse than any outlaw. Rumors along the trail said Revolving Point nearly burned down, and the worst of the outlaws now made it his home. Percy had to find out for sure, and as luck would have it, Buck Grayson was there. Bastard that he is, Grayson forced me to pin on a badge and help him keep law and order. If I didn’t, he promised to send me to The Walls. His method for keeping me in line is my sister. Debra was injured and Grayson brought her to Revolving Point to heal. Now, he’s forced me to greet the orphanage lady, Lydia Tyler.
Lydia took me to task the moment we met. Trouble is, I like that. And the spark of defiance in her eyes. But Lydia’s a society lady and has troubles of her own, namely in the form of the man her pa hired as headmaster of her orphanage. A woman like her probably doesn’t want anything to do with me, or my guns, which she detests. But she keeps company with me, hints at a bit of larceny in her bones. With or without her say-so, I’m gonna rid her of her troubles.
That is quite a story, Ross. It has all the components romance fans are looking for: interesting characters with a “past” and layered conflict. But, what did you think the first time you saw Lydia? That she’s a pretty, little spitfire, with hair as black as coal, eyes like a cat, and a temper to match mine.
What was your second thought? That I was gonna get even with Grayson for setting her in my path.
Was it love at first sight? Lust is more like it. Love didn’t come along until a few days later.
What do you like most about Lydia? Her sass, the way she fusses over me and how she doesn’t try to change me.
How would you describe her? Lydia is pretty inside and out. She has a good heart and protects her orphans as fiercely as a mama bear guards her cubs. She’s loyal, outspoken and generous to a fault.
That’s a great description. How would she describe you? Over-bearing, temperamental, crude, crazy, a menace… and those are my good qualities.
What made you choose outlawing as a career? Didn’t have a choice, seeing how I had no skills or money. It was either steal and eat or starve and die.
What is your biggest fear? Losing Lydia, in any way.
How do you relax? I don’t. If you had enemies like mine, you wouldn’t, either.
Who is your favorite fictional character? I don’t have one. I’m not one for reading, unless it’s a Wanted poster.
Good one. What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Don’t wear spurs. They make too much noise.
Whippy sense of humor. We like that. Now it’s time to chat with Julie.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? Johanna Lindsey and Judith McNaught are my reasons for beginning a career writing romance. Ms. Lindsey has created the wonderful Malory family and she inspired me to combine my interests in all things western with family sagas. Ms. McNaught has a flawless voice and I wanted to write just like her, because she makes it seem so effortless.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I don’t have an event that I brought to the story, mostly because I don’t know an outlaw or anyone who owns and operates an orphanage. But Roth has a devil-may-care attitude to resemble that of my brother.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? Currently, I self-publish thru Amazon. Years back, when e-books were coming onto scene, I did have a small-house publisher. She was fantastic and I enjoyed working with her, but she took ill and had to close the company. At that time, I remember thinking I could start over and find a new publisher or try the self-publishing route. I chose the latter and am happy to say I enjoy having control over every aspect of publishing a book.
What project[s] are you working on now? I am in the beginning stages of writing a new series. My first hero, Slade, made an appearance in a short story and someone suggested he needed a story of his own. He’s an outlaw sent to the Prescott farm to lay low and help with chores to avoid imprisonment or swinging from a noose.
What's up next for you? The next book in this new series will feature Slade’s brother, Landry. He’s a gambler with a reputation to rival any outlaw.

Julie brought along an excerpt to further tempt our interest:
"You own women!" Lydia shot up from her seat.
"I have a contract with the doves 'til November." He eased her back down. "I don't hurt them. And I don't let anybody else hurt them."
"That's supposed to make owning them right?"
"Had I been born with money like you, things would be different. But I wasn't. Be glad about that. I can help you with Cooper."
"I don't need your help."
"You little fool." Roth chuckled and that irritated her. "You underestimate Cooper now and he'll end up with everything you own."
"So you say," she retorted, glaring at him, at his hair brushing his shoulders, his brown eyes and the way his Stetson sat lopsided on his head. He's not the man I thought he was. That same sadness from the other day consumed her again. "You might be right in that he wants control of the orphanage," she conceded.
"And your money. Could be he wants more. Man doesn't go around losing five hundred dollars to another man less he's got plenty of money to spare. Or plans to have plenty in the future."
"He'll inherit. He's one of Dante Cooper's heirs." She stood. "Thank you for your concern, but I can handle the matter on my own."
"You really can't be that naive." Roth shook his head and Lydia grew more aggravated with him.
"I am not a simpleton." Guns, soiled doves, thinking me fragile in the head; what good did I ever see in him?
"You're not, but you're gonna be my wife."
"Have you taken leave of your senses?"
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Twitter: @Julielence

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A Deadly Alliance and a Figure Saving Recipe

Romance, suspense and a figure friendly recipe. Who could ask for anything more?

Today, as part of the holiday recipe exchange, Wild Women Authors welcomes Kathleen Rowland, author of heart-stopping action-packed romantic suspense, Deadly Alliance. She’s ringing in the holidays with a healthy Goat Cheese Tartlet and Spiced Apple-Fig Compote. [50 calories per serving, making 30 tartlets].
  • 30 mini phyllo shell(s)
  • 1/3 cup(s) fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 Tbsp goat cheese, softened (1/3 cup)
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, coarsely grated (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup fig jam
  • 1/8 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Arrange phyllo shells on a cookie sheet.
  2. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, combine cream cheese, goat cheese, egg white, honey and flour until thick and creamy, about 5 to 6 minutes; spoon 1 teaspoon of filling in each shell. Bake until set, about 15 minutes; remove from oven and let cool.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine apple, jam and allspice; set over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until jam melts and mixture thickens slightly (juice from apples will evaporate); remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Just before serving, spoon 1 teaspoon apple compote onto each tart; garnish with mint. Yields 1 tartlet per serving.

Now, let’s get to a blurb for Kathleen’s latest release, Deadly Alliance:

     Finbar Donahue, former Army Ranger, walked on the wild side in Iraq, but now he lives in the shadows. After his evasive partner, Les, was shot in a random drive-by, Finn discovers cash is siphoned monthly. He fights to keep his investment company afloat. When the late partner’s girlfriend, Amy Kintyre, applies for his bookkeeping job, Finn suspects she knows about his company drain and hires her.
     Amy needs a nine-to-five with free evenings and weekends to get her fashion design business back on track. She unearths Les’ s secret bank account and alerts Finn. Freezing of the money laundering account sets off havoc within an Irish gang. Amy witnesses a gang fight between a brutal ISIS fundraising organization and the Irish. Desperate to escape a stalker’s crosshairs, she seeks refuge with Finn. 
     As danger heats up, sparks fly hotter.

Kathleen also brought along an excerpt from this suspenseful book:
The front door opened.
Sorry, we’re closed.” Holding a broom, the owner of the bar swept behind the bar. Burlie didn’t look up.
Finn stepped closer. Drunken merrymakers, they were not. His heart hammered like it was stuck in overdrive.
We offer protection.” Speaking with a Spanish accent, the shortest of the trio dressed like the others, and donned the ISIS-style black ski mask.
I have protection.” Burlie’s big mouth nailed his coffin.
A second thug grabbed the bartender’s hand and pulled out clippers. “You’ll change your mind, one finger at a time.”
I just paid the Irish.” Panic burrowed into Burlie’s high-pitched cry. He thrashed his arms as he tried to pull his hand back.
Us you pay.” His utterance with the object in the first position identified him as an Arab speaker. Light glinted off shiny metal. The thug pulled a combat knife, grabbed Burlie’s arms, spun him, put the blade to his neck. Finn dialed 911 and then shouted, “Finn Donahue here. Gang trouble. Burlie’s Jazz Club.” To grab their attention even more, he heaved in a breath and released a long whistle. His distraction worked.
Burlie broke from the hold, and Finn thanked God for the curious.
Where are you?” Heavy boots pounded toward him.
Finn’s phone vibrated, but he killed the call and darted into the first door he saw, the one with the frosted pink window. He spotted Amy at the sink and pointed his index finger up.
He took off his coat and wrapped it around his fist. After rapping on the glass, he wound up and threw a hard punch through the window. Glass splintered as he connected with the thug’s nose. Prepared to jump aside, he opened the door.
Amy followed and jumped over the guy spread on the floor, holding a hand over his bleeding nose.
He struggled to stand. Finn patted him down, took his gun, and pointed it at him. After the guy stood, Finn walked him to a chair. “Don’t move.”
I’ll phone the police.” A high-pitched squeal came from the back of her throat. “Never mind. Police are here.”
From the street, the blue light of a cop car radiated across the club’s interior like a strobe. Uniforms burst through the door.
The first officer made radio contact with homicide, and the second, much younger, rushed to the nearest thug and pulled out flex-cuffs.
Stand over there, Amy.” Finn motioned toward a corner.
She rolled her eyes and dashed toward Burlie who wrestled with the Arab and tried to keep him from moving toward the young rookie. Amy pulled an item from her purse. A Swiss army knife? Out came a miniature cork screw.
The rookie cop turned the Arab around to be handcuffed and leaned him against a wall. The thug used the hard surface as leverage to throw himself against him.
Finn saw it coming. A switchblade sprung from the Arab’s sleeve. In a split second, he drove it into the cop’s shoulder, but Amy stabbed him in the back with the wine opener.
The Arab spun and pulled a knife from his jeans’ pocket. Amy dodged, but he thrust it into a cop’s gut before running.
Finn waited for an opening and shot him in the hip.
Howling about uncivilized barbarians, he dropped.
Up from his chair, the loser with the broken nose swung his fists, raining blows and a kick to the nuts which Finn deflected.
Don’t make me shoot you.” Finn stunned him with a chop to the neck, caught him in a headlock. With a gun at his back, he marched him forward.
Amy broke into the center of the room and turned around, taking in the menacing scene. The girl-next-door had street smarts, competency with the corkscrew, and fearless determination.
He walked over and touched her weapon-holding hand. “You didn’t have pocket-knife experience on your resume.” It didn’t make her invincible. Nor did it mean he should hire her.
       She shook her head. “Never used it this way. It’s handy when hiking She looked at her pocket knife, folded and stuffed it in her pocket. Her eyes blinked in frenzy in spite of her bravery.

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About today’s guest:
Book Buyers Best finalist Kathleen Rowland is devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high-stakes suspense with a sizzling love story sure to melt their hearts. Lily’s Pad and the Intervenus Series: A Brand New Address and Betrayal at Crater’s Edge are sweet. Deadly Alliance and her work-in-progress, Unholy Alliance, are contracted with Tirgearr Publishing and written for adults.
      Kathleen used to write computer programs but now writes novels. She grew up in Iowa where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and raced her sailboat on Lake Okoboji. Now she wears flip-flops and sails with her husband, Gerry, on Newport Harbor but wishes there were lightning bugs in California.
      Kathleen exists happily with her witty CPA husband, Gerry, in their 70’s poolside retreat in Southern California where she adores time spent with visiting grandchildren, dogs, one bunny, and noisy neighbors. While proud of their five children who’ve flown the coop, she appreciates the luxury of time to write.
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