Tuesday, September 25, 2012

sharing seven things about me that no one knows

this is a toughie.
most people know all they need or want to know but I'm going to give it a shot:

Monday through Friday, I like to start my day with a gallon of coffee, Mike & Mike in the Morning on ESPN, and the crossword puzzles. Saturdays and Sundays, if I'm not doing craft shows I start my day with the Food Channel and more crosswords.

right now the fictional characters I'm REALLY hot for are Raylan Givens and company from "Justified"; Jesse Stone from Robert B Parker's books; Nico somebody from "Necessary Roughness" and Robert Longmire from A&E's "Longmire".

I listened to the audio version of "Hunger Games" over the weekend and LUUVVVV it. I may have to appropriate my daughter's IPod in order to hear the rest of the story.

On the flip side of the coin, I know and appreciate the fact that "Gone Girl" is the hottest thing in town, in terms of the best seller lists for fiction, but it left me cold. Real cold.

I am finally, after 40+ years, able to wear jeans. Don't ask, it's a fat girl thing.

Each day I chat with my HP's to be the best grandmother. Sometimes I succeed; often i could do better. I don't recall kids less than 7 being so . . . difficult.

I like a clean, neat house [honest to God, I do] but I really loathe cleaning.

I like to day dream that one day I will have more bag orders than I can fill.

Okay that was 8 things.
How about you?

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Charms of a Series with Leanne Tyler

This morning Kat and I are so lucky--as well as happy--to welcome a writing partner and pal from the Class of '85 series Leanne Tyler who will offer pearls of wisdom on writing for a series. Welcome, Leanne!

A series can be in two forms. A group of books written by many authors or multiple books by the same author tied together with a common theme. I have had the pleasure to write both.

I was lucky enough to have It’s Always Been You accepted into the Class of ’85 series published under the Last Rose of Summer imprint at The Wild Rose Press. It was fun to work with a common location and a twenty-fifth high school reunion theme. The authors of that series joined a common email loop and many got to know one another as the books were written.

I also had the opportunity to write my first published story in a similar manner when I entered the Through the Garden Gate contest. We were given a location, a common cottage and what should happen when the hero/heroine walked through the garden gate. This set up was a good practice for writing a story that would fit into the Class of ’85 series. Victory’s Gate won the American Rose imprint category and was published in 2007. Since this was a contest, none of the authors got to collaborate or discuss what was going on with these individual stories, but I was amazed to find a few similarities in the way each of us wrote them once they were released.

Since then I have gone on to branch out and try my hand at writing a contemporary romantic comedy series. I chose to independently publish these books and I can honestly say it has been worth my time and effort. Besides being fun, I have learned more about the publishing industry and how to market myself as an author as well as market my own books. I’ve also seen how sales from this series have increased sales for my traditionally published works.

Going a little deeper into what it means to be an indie author, I had to do more than write the books. I had to hire a cover artist to design my covers. I also had to find someone to edit the manuscripts. And I needed to have the manuscripts formatted for electronic and print publication. Then there is marketing. Luckily much of this can be managed through social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and the author’s website to keep costs down. I was also able to cut costs by using my excellent critique partners to edit my manuscripts and I did my own formatting. So my only real production costs have been my covers, some paid advertising, and promo items.

Why write a series instead of a stand-alone book? Readers love books that are connected. They enjoy reading about a secondary character in a book and then reading about that character in his or her own book. As a writer, working with a series can be just as much fun because it gives you the opportunity to create interesting secondary characters and further develop them when the focus is aimed solely on that character. Plus a second or third book is just a little easier to write because you have the setting already mapped out.

Two of the books in the series have already been released and I’m working on the third one with plans to release it before the end of the year. If you haven’t heard about The Good Luck Series, I hope you will take the time to read the blurbs and to give the series a try.

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Soul Within

Good morning. Today, as part of the Goddess Fish Blog Tour, Book Blurb Blast, we are pleased to offer Nancy Adams and The Soul Within.
Kat and I hope you enjoy!

The Soul Within
by Nancy Adams



Alex’s body is in a coma. His soul, however, is not. Desperate to become whole, he must first convince stubborn beauty Evening Sinclair that he is not dead.

For generations, the Sinclairs have been healers. Using a gentle touch to heal the body and a soothing word to heal the soul, Evening Sinclair is no different. Yet despite her secret abilities, Eve has a somewhat normal existence. She enjoys her small physiotherapy practice, dotes on her eight-year-old daughter and occasionally helps souls get back into their bodies-that is until Alex, with his brooding good looks and glowing eyes, appears in her kitchen.

Alex is desperate to get back into his body-two innocent lives depend on it. His only obstacle is Eve and her stubborn fear. Unfortunately for Eve, Alex is ruthless and just as stubborn. He will do whatever it takes to get what he wants. He will not 'go away' and no matter how much Eve tortures him with her lush body and perfect mouth, he will not change his mind. Eve will merge him, and if it takes him haunting her day and night, she will merge him back with a body-any body.



Go. Please,” she implored again. The look on her face caused him to frown. Not because she had recited those words, yet again, to him but because he was actually considering giving her what she wanted and leaving her alone. He wished he could give her that, but he wouldn’t. Besides, he didn’t like it when people lied to him and she was lying. She was capable of putting him back into his body—he read it on her face, in the movement of her hands and body.

The Guardian Project had spent long hours and millions of dollars teaching their soldiers how to read and interrupt body language. After all, if the people he hunted were on his kill list, they’d been good enough to avoid traditional police and military forces and he had to be better in order to stop them.

Deep in his gut he knew there was more—she wasn’t telling him the whole truth. Shit she wasn’t really telling him anything. It didn’t matter—he would not walk away just because Eve was scared. He would not let Miles kill Jillian. She and her baby would live.

He shook his head. “No.”

She closed her eyes and drew a deep breath. “I won’t help you.”

Yes you will.” He took a step closer to her. “And I’m going to haunt you until you give me what I want.”

Haunt me.” Her eyes grew wide as a shiver shook her from head to toe.

Mmm.” He winked. “I’m not leaving your side until you put me back in my body.”
Heavy footsteps echoed on the front porch.

No,” she whispered, her eyebrows pressed together. “I won’t help you.”

Yes. You. Will.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Nancy’s addiction for a good trash novel began in her late-teens when her grandmother gave her a bag of Harlequin Romance books. She was hooked and spent the next few years lurking in the dark corners of used bookstores searching for her next fix. Until, one marriage and two kids later, her own ideas had her jumping up at 3 am (much to her husband’s annoyance) and typing them into her laptop. Beside her husband and children, Nancy has three passions, rearranging furniture, buying bed linens and, of course, writing. Nancy lives in Eastern Ontario with her family and two over sized lap dogs.

For more information on Nancy's books and activities, go to:
Email: Fancy-nancy@hotmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/NancyAdams.scribblingseduction

thanks for visiting us today, Nancy. This one looks like a honey!
Kat and Veronica

Sunday, September 16, 2012

A Hero for All Time

Good morning. 2 Wild Women is delighted to have retired police detective Chris Karlsen, author of "Heroes Live Forever", as part of the Goddess Fish Tour Book Blurb Blitz. Chris brings her love of history and travel to her work and we are sure you'll love this one!

Heroes Live Forever
by Chris Karlsen

Elinor Hawthorne has inherited a house haunted by the ghosts of two medieval knights, Basil Manneville and Guy Guiscard. Basil is the man of her dreams, her knight in shining armor. She falls in love with him and he with her. Basil soon realizes she needs to live a normal life, a happy life with a mortal.

A lifetime later fate intervenes. Basil, still in love with Elinor, is told her spirit lives on in a young woman and he is given another chance at life to find her.
At the top of the stairs, goose bumps suddenly dotted Elinor’s skin and the hair on her arms stood on end. She glanced back, but didn’t see anything strange, or more to the point, Lucy’s ghost knight.
I was born and raised in Chicago. My father was a history professor and my mother was, and is, a voracious reader. I grew up with a love of history and books. My parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto me. I wanted to see the places I read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated me. I’ve had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa.

I am a retired police detective. I spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. My desire to write came in my early teens. After I retired, I decided to pursue that dream. I currently live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, four rescue dogs and a rescue horse.
Kat and I thank Chris for offering us the opportunity to showcase her work. We are sure she'll be back for more one of these days!!
Veronica Lynch
To learn more about Chris and the books she writes go to:
Links: http://www.chriskarlsen.com/index.html

Monday, September 10, 2012

Welcome a New Brunswick Neighbor

We are so pleased to welcome an author from one of our favorite dream locations: New Brunswick Canada. Gail MacMillan brings her hero Travis MacDonald from her current Wild Rose Press release, Ghost of Winters Past.
Welcome Gail and Travis, thanks for stopping by!
Travis, what is Ghost of Winters Past about? It’s a romance/murder mystery set at a snowmobile lodge in northern New Brunswick, Canada.
What did you think the first time you saw Michaela Dunn? One big city, bad news lady. Definitely no one I wanted to become involved with.
What was your second thought? Hmmm. This girl knows how to handle herself in the wilderness. She’s got spirit, even if her $300 an ounce perfume makes me sick.
Did you think it was love at first sight? Definitely not. More like nuisance at first sight and how fast can I get rid of her.
What do you like most about Michaela? As I got to know her, I began to admire her spirit, her resourcefulness, her courage, and her sense of humor. The fact that she’s one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever met is just icing on the cake.
How would you describe her? Clever, stubborn, kind, resourceful, brave, and knock a man’s socks off beautiful.
How would she/he describe you? I hope she’s come to see me as more than a wilderness hermit with a grudge against city women. I hope she thinks I’m capable of looking after both of us under most conditions. I hope she thinks I’m reasonably courageous, decently kind, and not entirely without brains. Of course, if she sees me as passably good looking, I’d be pleased.
What made you choose land acquisition as a career? I thought I could do what was best for areas acquired by big corporations. I’d hope to prevent destruction of natural resources by using environmentally sensitive methods.
What is your biggest fear? At first it was more that I’d never get rid of Michaela ; later, it was that I might lose her.
How do you relax? I’m a musher. I spend time driving my dog team.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Probably Rhett Butler. He knew how to handle fascinating, stubborn, beautiful women, didn’t he.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Be true to yourself.

Now it's Kat and Veronica's turn to ask author Gail: What movies or books have had an impact on your writing? Hmmm. Hard to say. I’m a maverick when it comes to writing. I don’t model myself on any one or any particular type of book. I do love mysteries. M. C. Beaton, Sue Owens Wright, Agatha Christie, Rhys Bowen, Maureen Jennings. But none of my writings in any way resemble the works of these talented ladies.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them? What influenced your decision to submit to them. I can’t remember exactly where I heard about The Wild Rose Press. I think a friend may have mentioned the company. Anyhow, I submitted a manuscript to one of their editors and it was accepted.
Tell us a bit about the submission process. How long did it take from query to release? Over the years I’ve worked for a number of book publishers but The Wild Rose has been one of the best. The turnaround time from submission to acceptance (or rejection) is excellent, usually around 30days. Once accepted, an editor soon begins the first edit and the process moves at a very timely rate from then to release date, often as quickly as six months. The editors and executives at The Wild Rose Press are professionals all the way. I’m most grateful.

To learn more about Gail MacMillan and the stories she creates go to: www.gailmacmillan.ca
To purchase Ghost of Winters Past, go to: www.thewildrosepress.com or Amazon.com.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

A Lady and a Cowboy

A member of British royalty and a dusty cowpoke. Who could ask for anything more for the middle of a long holiday weekend except to meet Andrea Downing and the characters of . . . 
When Lady Alexandra Calthorpe returns to the Loveland, Colorado, ranch owned by her father, the Duke, she has little idea of how the experience will alter her future. Headstrong and willful, Alex tries to overcome a disastrous marriage in England and be free of the strictures of Victorian society --and become independent of men. That is, until Jesse Makepeace saunters back into her life...
Hot-tempered and hot-blooded cowpuncher Jesse Makepeace can’t seem to accept that the child he once knew is now the ravishing yet determined woman before him. Fighting rustlers proves a whole lot easier than fighting Alex when he’s got to keep more than his temper under control.
Arguments abound as Alex pursues her career as an artist and Jesse faces the prejudice of the English social order. The question is, will Loveland live up to its name?

Today Wild Women Authors is delighted to welcome Andrea Downing who brings Lady Alexandra Calthorpe, from LOVELAND, a recent release for the Cactus Rose line at The Wild Rose Press.

Where are you from? Well, I was born in England but Colorado has become my home. I love it there!
What is Loveland about? Basically, it’s the story of how I moved from the strictures of Victorian England to the freedom of the American West, and how I reconciled my desire for independence with my love for Jesse Makepeace, top hand on the Faringdon ranch, which my father owns.
What did you think the first time you saw the hero? Oh, you mean Jess, I suppose. Well, the first time I saw him I was eight years old and thought he was the most beautiful person I’d ever seen—he is, you know. Those cornflower-blue eyes! I still melt when I see him.
What was your second thought? That he was my very best friend and I never wanted to be parted from him. I still feel that!
Did you feel it was love at first sight? At eight I guess you don’t think along those lines but I remember being terribly jealous when he danced with women his age at the July 4th and other parties. It probably was love at first sight.
What do you like most about Jess? His gentleness and his patience with me. He can have a temper but in general he keeps it under control around me. Well, almost under control. I guess not always…
How would you describe him? Well, he’s very smart, hard-working, gentle, kind, patient as I’ve already said, and –uh- a great kisser! Oooh, I’m getting goose bumps just thinking about him!
How would Jess describe you? Headstrong! I know he gives in to me, lets me have my own way a lot. Maybe he’d say I was spoiled, a product of my upbringing. Then again, since he understands me so well, perhaps he might say I was just independent and focused on what I want from life.
What made you choose art as a profession? Really, when one comes to think of it, there aren’t many respectable professions for a Lady of my ilk. I mean, a woman can become a governess and that’s about it. I’m hardly suited for that and I’m told I have talent so becoming an artist was the obvious choice. And the paintings seem to be selling well in New York.
What is your biggest fear? Being sent back to England. Without a doubt, being sent back—away from all the people I love and this beautiful, open country.
How do you relax? I take my horse, Ranger, out and ride like the wind, as fast as we can go. Or, if it’s truly terrible weather, I might have Rose, my maid, prepare me a bath and I’ll just soak and clear my head.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Goodness, I’ve never really thought about that. Jesse reads far more than I. I did read to the Yost children—that’s the children of Tom and Annie, the foreman and his wife—‘Little Lord Fauntleroy’ but, really, I have little time for books.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? I don’t know whether I should tell you but, I guess as it’s in the book, I might as well. My brother advised me to become accouchement—but that’s all I’m going to say. If you want to know more you’ll have to read Loveland.

After talking with Lady Alexandra, it's time for an excerpt:
The two men looked over at Jesse who was leading his own horse into the stable, anger etched in every muscle of his face. Joe nodded toward the chuck house and they followed the others in to leave Alex alone when Jesse came out.
She was starting back to the main house when Jesse grabbed her arm and turned her around. “You ever do that again,” he said in a voice she had never heard, intense in its anger, rage just below its surface, “I swear to God, Alex, I’ll...I’ll take you over my knee and give you a lickin’ once and for all.”
How dare you!” She shook him off. “How dare you talk to me like that! How dare you! Who the hell do you think you are?”
Jesse jabbed his finger at her to emphasize he meant what he was saying. “Who do I think I am?”he snarled back. “Who do I think I am? You ever, ever take a gun off me again and point it at someone, you’ll find out who the hell I think I am. You know that coulda gone off? You know you coulda killed someone? I told you—out there yonder—I told you, you never point that thing at anyone less’n you mean bus’ness.”
I did bloody well mean business! They were destroying that horse. Furthermore, I knew, and you knew, and they both knew, there wasn’t a shot under the hammer. You taught me that, didn’t you? So there was no chance of an accident!”
That don’t matter none. You coulda pulled the hammer back twice. Way you was, you were nothin’ better’n a loose cannon, Alex. You ever do a thing like that again—”
You’ll what?” She shook with her rage as tears pooled against her will. “I apologized to them both and they accepted my apologies. It’s none of your concern—”
None of my concern! You pulled my gun! You ever do that again— Don’t you walk away when I’m talkin’ to you!”
She turned back to him after a few steps. “You’ll what? You’ll what, Jesse? What will you do? I want to hear it! Say it again. What will you do?” And she stood there in the evening darkness, facing him down, wearing him out like she’d faced down the stallion.
It's Kat and Veronica's turn: Andrea, what movies or books have had an impact on your writing? Just about every western since the beginning of time—or at least my time.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them? I kept coming upon [The Wild Rose Press] all over the place it seemed—particularly in mentions in the RWA magazine. Then, I think I was going through Preditors and Editors and saw that TWRP had a terrific review so I did some research, found they had a Cactus Rose line that is publishing western historical romances and thought, why not?
What influenced your decision to submit to them? Their reputation basically. After seeing them on P & E I found them mentioned elsewhere, all good things.
Tell us a bit about the submission process. How long did it take from query to release? Well, I wouldn’t judge them on that. The first editor given my mss. left the firm for family reasons and I was only told on the very date I was to hear back from her regarding my full. So another editor had to take over and it went from there. I think altogether it went on for 18 months!

We thank Andrea for visiting our blog today. We wish her much luck in her writing career—Kat and Veronica

To learn more about Andrea and the stories she creates go to: http://andreadowning.com

And thanks so much for having us, Kat. Back to the ranch now…____________________