Monday, March 25, 2019

Love and Redemption

Wild Women Authors is pleased to focus on Luanna Stewart as she celebrates the upcoming release [April 1, 2019!!!] of Love and Redemption, a historical romance out of the Wild Rose Press.

Blurb
Mary Taylor abandoned her silk gowns and sparkling jewels when she quit her position as one of London’s highly prized courtesans. She’s determined to earn her living with a paintbrush rather than between the sheets. Starting fresh in a new country, she masquerades as a widow running a tearoom in Halifax while perfecting her art. But when she’s hired to finish the portrait of a handsome judge, she risks everything by surrendering to her lustful craving.

Finton Morash, youngest judge on the Queen’s bench, believes people are either good or bad. The dowdy widow painting his portrait is surely one of the former. After discovering the sensual beauty hiding beneath shapeless gowns, he wonders at her other secrets.

When whispers circulate about Mary’s nefarious past, she must find the courage to face the consequences. And Finton must decide whether love is worth the risk.

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Excerpt:

Mary glanced around before leaning closer still. "You are the most exciting thing to happen here in quite some time."
     "Am I indeed? Exciting?"
     She silently cursed her fair skin, surely bright pink. One would think that after earning her living by flirting, teasing, and more, she would be comfortable with such talk. This man wasn’t paying for the privilege of her company, though, and there lay the difference. She stared at the painting as if she'd never seen it before. "Back to important matters. Please don't feel—"
     "I want to purchase this painting. It will brighten a corner of my library. Every time I weary of opinions and laws I'll look at this and imagine myself at ease surrounded by the beauty of nature." He carefully lifted the small canvas from the wall. "I see you've signed it with only your surname. Why is that?"
     "I believe it will be easier to make my way in the artistic world if I keep my sex hidden. Women are often judged to be idly pursuing a hobby and are seldom taken seriously."
     "Hm...Would you mind signing your full name on the back? That way my heirs will know they have one of the first by a famous artist."
     She chuckled. "Where is the honesty you hold so dear?"
     Though his expression remained unchanged she detected a twinkle in his eye. Unbidden came the wish that she was indeed a respectable widow, able to pursue a friendship with this exciting man without fear of discovery.
     Enough. Her "if only's" would soon fill her largest tea urn. She had much to be grateful for. She'd come to Halifax to start anew. If that meant leaving behind physical desire then so be it.    Celibacy was a small price to pay for a life free of shame.

A bit about our Focus Author:
     Luanna Stewart has been creating adventures for her imaginary friends since childhood. As soon as she discovered her grandmother's stash of romance novels, all plots had to lead to a happily-ever-after.
     Luanna writes full time, concentrating on sexy romantic suspense, steamy paranormal romance, and spicy historical romance.
     Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Luanna has recently returned to the land of her birth with her dear husband and two spoiled cats. When she's not torturing her heroes and heroines, she’s in her kitchen baking something delicious.

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BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/luanna-stewart





Monday, March 18, 2019

For This Knight Only

          He’ll do anything for land, even marry her; she’ll do anything for her people, except marry him. If only either had a choice. It’s a marriage only love can save.

For This Knight Only, a medieval romance, released March 18, 2019

Blurb:
          Sir Roark will do anything to gain land, even beguile an unwilling lady into marriage. He knows she’s much better off with a man to take control of her besieged castle, to say nothing of her desirable person. But it isn’t long before he discovers that, although her eyes sparkle like sunlight on sea waves, her stubbornness alone could have defeated Saladin.  

          Lady Alyss is determined to hold her family’s castle, protect her people, and preserve her freedom— until her brother’s dying wish binds her to a stranger. Still, she’ll allow no rugged, over-confident, appealing knight to usurp her authority, even if she must wed him. Especially since he thinks a lady’s duties begin and end with directing servants. Alyss has a few surprises for her new all-too-tempting lord.

          But when a common enemy threatens everything, Roark and Alyss face a startling revelation. Without love, neither land nor freedom matters.

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Excerpt:
What would it take to persuade her to marry him? A sudden pain burst between his legs, and he gasped, eyes blurry. The little hell-cat kneed him. Even though chain mail deflected some of the impact, he used every bit of his willpower to remain standing.
Apparently persuasion took more than a kiss.
He drew a steadying breath. “You don’t understand, my lady. You will be my wife before the sun sets. It was your brother’s dying wish. It was my pledge to a comrade.”
By God, he’d begun to believe it himself.
Alyss met him toe to toe. “This morning I had never seen you, and by tonight, you think I will marry you?”
Her head tilted back and she glared into his eyes. “Were you, perhaps, wounded in the head during a fight? Have you lost your senses as well as your hearing? How do you propose to force me to the altar?
With your army?”
With an exaggerated look around, she nodded at Alain. “Ah, yes. There it is. Impressive to be sure.”
Turning from Roark, she said, “Sir Baldwin, see that these two knights are outside
the gates by sundown. Call every man in the garrison to help, if need be. I want them gone.”
Head high as if confident her word would be enforced immediately, she strode to the
stairway.
Frowning, Sir Baldwin started forward. Roark lifted a hand to halt him. He glanced at
Alain, then back to Alyss. “One moment, my lady. Hear me out.”
She continued to walk, but everyone in the hall had no trouble hearing her. “Unless you
intend to apologize, you can say nothing that will interest me.”
Roark had known this would not be easy, but he had expected the female to at least listen to reason.
An obedient, well-behaved lady is how Sir Godfrey described her. An excellent housekeeper, but
helpless to defend herself if her menfolk were all dead. Obedient, well-behaved. Helpless.
That Lady Alyss wasn’t this Lady Alyss.

A Bit About Our Focus Author:

          Award-winning author Barbara Bettis has always loved history and English. As a college freshman, she considered becoming an archeologist until she realized there likely would be bugs and snakes involved. And math. Through careers as a newspaper reporter and editor, then a college journalism and English professor, she’s retained her fascination with history. Give her a research book and a pot of tea, and she’s happy for hours. But what really makes her smile is working on a new story. Now retired, she lives in Missouri where she spins tales of heroines to die for—and heroes to live for.
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Featuring: Debut Novel Finding Euphoria

Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome author C. Becker as she celebrates the release of her debut novel with The Wild Rose Press, Finding Euphoria. With Ms. Becker is Hailey Langley.
Tell us a bit about Finding Euphoria . It is a story about my life when I’m pulled back into the past from which I’m desperately trying to hide so I can save the son I gave up for adoption.
What made you choose graduate work in biochemistry and motherhood for a profession? During my early career, I worked as a secret agent for the Special Crimes Agency after I was kidnapped and assaulted. I wanted to fight crime, but that dream ended when I was responsible for killing my partner’s parents. I didn’t actually kill them, but I might as well have. Their deaths were my fault. My partner Parker was so upset I ran away to the East Coast and started college and a new life. While at school, I fell in love and married my current husband Mark. We have two beautiful children, ages 6 and 8 years. When they’re in school, I sneak in some graduate classes in biochemistry to finish my master’s degree. I love science and plan to do more research when the kids grow older. Mark says I’m a science geek.
Knowing what you know now, if you had it to do over again, would you stick with being a stay-at-home mother or do something different? I wouldn’t change a thing. My parents died when I was a teenager and I want to give my kids the type of life I had. The only part of my past I regret is putting my son up for adoption and not giving him the life I gave my other children. Finding Euphoria is partially about me finding happiness in my life through all my secrets. My one wish is to see my oldest son. Now he’s in a coma fighting for his life. The doctors can’t determine the chemical structure of the street drug Euphoria he took. His adoptive father, my former partner Parker, contacted me to help save our son.
What is your biggest fear? That my husband Mark and his family will find out the truth about my past if I help Parker search for the drug.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Sherlock Holmes. He was my hero as a kid. I read all his books. When I worked as a secret agent for the SCA, I aspired to solve mysteries and crimes like he did.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Work hard and never give up. My papa taught me that. He came from a difficult home life. His brother Henry died when my papa was a young teenager. Papa said it was drugs, but he doesn’t talk about it much. I don’t think he ever got over losing Henry. My grandparents had health problems. Papa worked to take care of them when my grandmother was in the hospital with cancer. He instilled in me a good work ethic.
Thank you, Hailey, for taking time away from your busy schedule to chat with us. Now it's Ms. Becker's turn at bat.
Which writer or character[s], from either books or movies, [or both] have had a major impact on your writing? Robin Cook has had a major impact on my life. I started reading his medical thrillers as a teenager and couldn’t read them fast enough. I love mysteries and science. I also love the romance of Judith McNaught’s works. I’d like to think my writing is a merger of these two writers.
With regard to research, where did you start for this novel? Did that lead you down different paths, thereby changing the original concept? I began this story with the concept of exposing the crisis of the drug epidemic in the U.S. As I began writing, I added in my characters. One elderly man had Parkinson’s Disease. That led to research about dopamine. I wove the story lines together in the plot. I didn’t change my original concept, but I made it more intricately involved. I also have a character with diabetes. I enjoyed writing these diseases into the story line, and I learned a lot. At one point, I deleted sections when the writing got too technical. In another life, I’d love working in research like many of the characters do in my novel.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them? My publisher is The Wild Rose Press. I read about them through an email from Writer’s Digest when the site circulated publishers accepting submissions. I researched the list of names and learned that TWRP had started a thriller line. I thought the company would be a good fit for my novel so I sent them a query letter and sample.
What influenced you to submit to them? My book has some romance and definitely has the thriller/suspense aspect so I felt TWRP was a perfect home.
How is the submission process; what is the turn-around time from date of query to date of release? I sent TWRP a query in the summer of 2017 in late June. In July, they emailed that they wanted to see the entire manuscript and notified me of the agent assigned to my case. After I made some changes, I was offered a contract in March of 2018. My book will be released on March 13, 2019 so the entire process from query to release was about 20 months.
What are you reading right now? I have three books from TWRP authors on my list. I’m part way through a paranormal and I just started a novella. I haven’t opened the third one yet in the queue.
What's next for you? I’m currently working on the second book in the Euphoria series, Losing Euphoria which takes place six years later.
To learn more about C. Becker and the stories she creates go to: https://cbeckerauthor.wixsite.com/cbeckerauthor/about
To purchase Finding Euphoria, go to:
TWRP—https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/6572-finding-euphoria.html
To learn more about C. Becker, go to:

Monday, March 11, 2019

Focus: ONEY, My Escape From Slavery


Wild Women Authors is pleased to focus on: ONEY, MY ESCAPE FROM SLAVERY, by Diana Rubino and Piper Huguley

Oney’s Story…
          Teenaged Oney Judge was Martha Washington’s ‘favorite servant.’ Oney and Martha both longed for freedom, but in very different ways. Martha hated being confined to the president’s house, forced to entertain politicians and foreign diplomats. Oney hated being someone else’s property, forced to do labor and wait on her owners day and night.
          After President Washington served one term as president, he wrote his farewell speech. He and Martha started packing for their retirement at Mount Vernon, but it was not meant to be. He was elected again—unanimously. He did not want to serve another term, but gave in under pressure.
Martha had no say in it whatsoever. But as she hosted her tea parties and levees, she became close friends with several forward-thinking women, such as Abigail Adams and Judith Murray, feminists of the time. Their radical ideas rubbed off on Martha—education and job training for women to be self-supporting instead of depending on husbands. By the end of George’s term, she experienced a steep character arc. She even changed her attitude toward slavery.
          When Oney escaped at age 20, at the end of George’s final term, Martha was very resentful: “She was more like a child to me than a servant.” The Washingtons knew that she’d escaped to Portsmouth, New Hampshire and made several attempts to recapture her. But in a sudden act of lenience, Martha gave up on Oney and let her remain free. During her husband’s presidency, Martha complained, “I am more like a state prisoner”, so perhaps she put herself in Oney’s place and realized she deserved liberty, too.
          As our first First Lady, Martha Washington evolved from a grandmotherly wife and homebody to an outspoken champion of women’s rights. She provided freedom for her slaves at her death.
While living in Portsmouth, Oney married a sailor, Jack Staines, and had three children. She outlived her husband and children, and lived her remaining free life in Greenland, New Hampshire. Somewhat of a local celebrity, she lived in poverty, but the locals supported her and she took in sewing to supplement her meager income. She declared in an 1847 interview, “I am free now and choose to remain so.”

An Excerpt from ONEY, MY ESCAPE FROM SLAVERY

The hour finally came—while they ate dinner.
          Nothing heavied my heart—not remorse, not guilt, not sadness upon fleeing my master and mistress. Raw thirst for freedom overcame all that. I walked straight past the Washingtons and out that door. When I shut it, I left them—and my forced bondage— behind me.
          I tore through the muddy streets in pouring rain. Gasping for breath, soaked to the skin, my heart slamming in terror, I glanced behind me, again and again. No one pursued me—yet. I dreaded and expected pounding footsteps, a clap on my shoulder. But, I asked myself, who would chase me through the driving rain? No, it is not possible, I affirmed—they didn’t even know I’d left the kitchen.
          At the Jones house I slowed and caught my breath. When Absalom opened the door, I staggered inside, laughing, sobbing, gulping for dear life.
         I spent the night pacing the attic room, hands clasped. “I beg of you, dear God, walk beside me on this journey. See me through this safe. Don’t let them capture me. I only want to be your servant, no one else’s.”
          As daybreak nudged away the darkness, I fell to my knees, weary with fatigue. “Thank you, dear God, for ending my final night of bondage.”

A note from Diana about 'Serendipity at Work'
          In May 2014, popular romance author Brenda Novak had her annual auction for diabetes—authors donate books, critiques, etc., and people bid on them, similar to Ebay. I donated one of my other books, and I also donated a free manuscript critique. An author named Piper Huguley won the critique auction, but the auction ended and I never heard from her. I thought oh, well, she doesn't want it after all. About 3 months later, she wrote me and sent me her story, A CHAMPION’S HEART, to critique. It's a romance about an African American girl, set in rural Georgia in the 1910s. Very moving and powerful story. I loved it. It was published in 2016 by Liliaceae Publishers.
          I'd been wanting to find an African American author to go over my Oney novel, but never looked for anyone. I thought of asking one of my grade school classmates, but just didn't get to it...well, one day I decided to ask Piper.
          Right after I asked her, she wrote back and said she'd be happy to help. Then I went on Facebook and saw that Piper just posted that her mother passed away that morning. So I sent her a message of condolence. Then she wrote this back to me:
          And I appreciate your kind comments about my mother. You see, I see your request as "heaven sent" for I think I told you about how my mother told me about Oney. I know that she would want me to work on anything, do anything to forward that story. So, even in the midst of a difficult time, I look forward to helping you--something I really didn't expect after you had helped me so much. Thank you for that.
          I don't remember her telling me that her mother told her about Oney. I've heard so many stories about people who pass away, and send 'signs' etc. to their loved ones, this was just too strange to be coincidence. Piper helped me a great deal with Oney’s story and became my co-author. We dedicated the book to her mother.

To purchase ONEY, go to: http://getBook.at/ONEY 

About our Focus Authors, Diana Rubino and Piper Huguley:
          Diana writes about folks who shook things up. Her passion for history and travel has taken her to every locale of her stories, set in Medieval and Renaissance England, Egypt, the Mediterranean, colonial Virginia, New England, and New York. Her urban fantasy romance FAKIN’ IT won a Top Pick award from Romantic Times. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Richard III Society and the Aaron Burr Association. When not writing, she runs CostPro, Inc., an engineering business, with her husband Chris. In her spare time, Diana bicycles, golfs, plays her piano and devours books of any genre. She spends as much time as possible just livin' the dream on her beloved Cape Cod.
          Piper Huguley is a two-time Golden Heart ®finalist and is the author of the “Home to Milford College” series. The series follows the building of a college from its founding in 1866. Book #1 in the series, The Preacher’s Promise was named a top ten Historical Romance in Publisher’s Weekly by the esteemed historical romance author, Beverly Jenkins and received Honorable Mention in the Writer’s Digest Contest of Self-Published e-books in 2015.
          Her new series “Born to Win Men” starts with A Champion’s Heart as Book #1. A Champion’s Heart was named by Sarah MacLean of The Washington Post as a best romance novel selection for December 2016. She blogs about the history behind her novels at http://piperhuguley.com. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and son.

To connect with Diana and Piper, go to:


Twitter: @DianaLRubino



Twitter: @PiperHuguley



Friday, March 8, 2019

Featuring: The Secret of Breathing Deeply


Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome back author Lance Hawvermale and Jessie Alomar from Lance's recent release out of Wild Rose Press, The Secret of Breathing Deeply. First up is Jessie.
Where are you from? I’m a tomboy from Tuscon, raised by my dad.
Tell us a bit about The Secret of Breathing Deeply. My father passed away under mysterious circumstances. I traveled to Costa Rica not only to settle his affairs, but to find a bit of myself I didn’t know was hidden there.
What did you think the first time you saw Rubio Mora? I thought I was in over my head, a stranger in a strange land who wasn’t sure how to respond when a handsome paramedic glanced my way.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? As a deaf woman, I depend heavily on visual clues. I’m not saying it was love, but it was definitely wow-who-is-this guy.
What do you like most about him? Rubio is fearless with his affection. He isn’t embarrassed by the little things.
What made you choose grant-writing as a career? I think I may have left grant-writing behind for good. Costa Rica still holds me in its sway.
What is your biggest fear? When I was a girl, I was afraid of being left behind because I couldn’t hear. I outgrew that and found courage. These days my biggest fear is that my hair will never be the same in all this jungle humidity.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? My father taught me that I can be a great listener even if I can’t hear a single word.
Thanks, Jessie. Now we'd like to chat with Lance.
What movies have had an impact on your career as a writer? Though I’m dating myself by mentioning these titles, I’m recommending Her Alibi and Tequila Sunrise along with with Sally Field (my first Hollywood crush) in Murphy's Romance.
A man who appreciates Tequila Sunrise. Who knew. Then, considering the female lead, it makes sense. What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? My wife and I traveled to Costa Rica and experienced first-hand a few of the events in the novel.
Uh huh. We'll leave it at that. Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them? At a writers’ conference in Oklahoma, I overheard a colleague talking about her recent book deal. Shamelessly eavesdropping, I learned the name of the publisher, The Wild Rose Press.
What book[s] currently rest on your TBR pile? I’m currently finishing up a quirky Jasper Fforde novel and am looking for next-book suggestions.
Try an oldie but a goodie: anything by William Diehl, particularly the Martin Vail [as in Primal Fear] trilogy. Rich characters; knock your socks off suspense; snappy dialogue. So . . . what's up next and when can we expect to see it on the shelves? I’m working on a historic romance trilogy. It’s the most fun I’ve had writing in a long time.
To learn more about Lance Hawvermale and the stories he creates, go to: www.lancehawvermale.com.
Twitter: @LanceHawvermale
Facebook: facebook.com/hawvermale
To purchase The Secret of Breathing Deeply, to to:
https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Breathing-Deeply-Lance-Hawvermale-ebook/dp/B07NNTY3MB





Monday, March 4, 2019

Focus: The Co-Parent Project by Sandra Dailey


. . . Parenting style won't matter if they don't all survive.

Wild Women Authors is pleased to focus on The Co-Parent Project, a contemporary mystery with romantic elements, written by Sandra Dailey and released out of The Wild Rose Press.
          Luca Wolff and Joy Sullivan are competing for guardianship of their estranged, teenage nephew, Eric, after his parents are killed in a plane crash. Evidence shows the crash wasn't an accident. Neither was a recent explosion that destroyed Luca's house.
          When a fire is intentionally set in Joy's home, suspicion points to Eric--and that's not the end of their trouble. Eric has been in his share of mischief, but now he has a chance to clean up his reputation. That's hard to do when the only people who believe in you are the ones you're accused of targeting. Just as Luca and Joy give in to romance, new information comes to light that could tear them apart along with Eric's dream for a happy family.
          The three have to set aside their grief, personal issues, and disagreements to figure out who is out to kill them…and why.

Excerpt:
     As soon as he walked through the door the smell of chemicals nearly drove him back outside. The odor was so strong it made his eyes water. He couldn’t take it anymore. “How can you live with the constant stench in this house?”
     “I’m sorry. Mrs. Erving needed a perm today.” Joy walked in through the kitchen door carrying a squeeze bottle of mustard. “I was just making lunch. Would you like a ham and cheese sandwich?”
     “No thanks,” he snarled. “All I’d be able to taste is that nasty smell.” “How can you taste a smell?”
     “You’d know if your olfactory receptors weren’t burned away. That stuff has got to cause brain damage.”
     “Do you plan to claim it as a way to get Eric away from me? I wouldn’t put anything past a Wolff.”

To purchase The Co-Parent Project, go to:

Wild Rose Press: https://bit.ly/2EmYPGj


Barnes and Noble: https://bit.ly/2IrWA8V

Here's a word from our focus author:
      From childhood I've moved from place to place, from Indiana to Florida, stopping in several places in between. I also moved from job to job; as a waitress, soldier, retail manager, dental assistant, etc… The one thing I never had to leave behind was my imagination. Storytelling has always been my favorite way to pass time. I've often been told I should write a book. Finally, I did. It was so much fun: I felt I must write more, so I have. I've been a student of Long Ridge Writers Group and once won a short story contest with Harlequin. I currently live in North Florida with my husband, whom I torture with crazy story lines and half written manuscripts.

To learn more about Sandra Dailey and the stories she creates, go to:






Monday, February 25, 2019

Here With You by Marianne Rice


          Hiding behind her high-end fashion and even higher heels, Grace LeBlanc returns home to Crystal Cove, Maine to escape the scandal she’s created in Europe. Her relationship with her sister is rocky at best, and the last thing she wants is for her to learn about the string of stupid mistakes—-intentional and unintentional—-she has floating behind her. It doesn’t seem to matter what decision Grace makes, it always end up being the wrong one.
          Brady Marshall enjoys his simple life tending to his family’s blueberry farm and minding his own business. As the oldest son, it is his duty to keep their farm running after his father’s death. Now at thirty-six, he’s still living in his childhood bedroom in his mother’s house. It never bothered him until the LeBlancs’ wild child returns to town.
When his mother falls ill and Grace comes to their aid, Brady begins to see another side of the superficial pinup girl he’s never respected or cared for. Somewhere behind her false eyelashes and spiky heels, there’s a caring heart. If only he can get her to see her own value and worth.
          As they spend more and more time together, something deeper than friendship forms between them. But when Brady discovers the secrets she’s keeping go against everything he values, he has to decide if Grace is worth giving his heart to.


Wild WomenAuthors is pleased to feature Here With You, a contemporary romance by Marianne Rice. She's brought Brady Marshall with her; he goes first.
Where are you from? Born and raised right here in Crystal Cove, Maine
Tell us a bit about Here With You. This is the fourth book in Marianne's Well Paired series. Each book is a stand alone and features at least one member of a woman’s book club where they talk about books—sometimes—gossip, drink wine, and build relationships.
What did you think the first time you saw Grace Le Blanc? Since she grew up on the vineyard across from my farm, I’ve actually known her all my life, even though we never really talked. The impression that’s been ingrained on me for the past twelve years was finding her naked in my blueberry bushes the morning after her senior prom. She moved away to Europe that summer and I hadn’t seen her again until last fall. 
What was your second thought? She’s always been a snobby, self-absorbed woman. And then when I started seeing more of her around town I started noticing things. Not only her long legs and ridiculous heels, but I saw through her fa├žade and noticed her selflessness. Something I never would have associated with Grace.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Heck no. I didn’t like her. And then I didn’t want to like her, but I did. And then I fell. Fell hard.
What do you like most about her? Grace puts others before herself. Always. And she’s humble, another characteristic I’d never imagine associating with her.
How would you describe her? Stunning. She lights up the room not only because of her looks and sense of style, but with her laugh. With an air of innocence that’s incongruous to her put-together fashion sense.
How would she describe you? A redneck farm boy who is too loyal to his family and doesn’t really know how to have a good time.
What made you choose farming as a career? Farming is all I’ve ever known. My grandfather started out with a few blueberry bushes, then planted some apple trees. My father then cultivated more plants and grew Marshall Farm into what it is today. There’s nothing like running rich, dark soil between your fingers and planting seeds knowing in a short time fresh fruits and vegetables will spring from the ground. I was born to live and work on this land.
What is your biggest fear? Losing my family. That I won’t be able to make a living on my farm.
How do you relax? I don’t understand the question. Relaxing means you’re not doing anything. I don’t have time not to work.
Who is your favorite fictional character? I don’t watch television, but I read a lot in the winter during slow months. I enjoy Clancy’s Jack Ryan character.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Family first. Always.

Thanks for taking time away from the farm to chat with us, Brady. It's Marianne's turn now. 

What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer? Like Brady, I don’t watch a lot of TV or have time to see many movies, but I do try to read, though not as much as I’d like. I love research books; the Emotional Thesaurus and Save the Cat are two resources I keep handy.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? Nothing personal goes into my books, but I spent some time researching wineries for this series! It was tough work but I managed it all.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I’m a hybrid author. I have the rights back to my McKay-Tucker series, and my Wilde Sisters and Rocky Harbor series are both with Limitless. They’re a wonderful press. I love working with them. However, last year I took the plunge and tried my hand at self-publishing my Well Paired series. It’s been a fun experience!
What book[s] currently rest on your TBR pile? Oh, geesh! What books aren’t? Working full time, keeping up with my three children, and writing three books a year doesn’t give me much time to read. However, it doesn’t stop me from adding to it. I don’t read much during the “school year” and try to make up for it during my summer vacations.
Lastly, what's up next and when can we expect to see it on the shelves? Here With You comes out soon---February 28th! The fifth book in my Well Paired series will be out in early summer, and the sixth this fall. I hope to have my next Christmas novella out in November as well. See? This is why I don’t have time to read. Ugh.


To purchase Here With You, go to: http://smarturl.it/herewithyoumrice


To learn more about Marianne Rice and the stories she creates, go to: