Monday, April 29, 2013

for the latest in the Rocky Bluff PD series . . .

Today 2 Wild Women Authors are pleased to welcome author, F. M. Meredith, aka Marilyn Meredith, and Police Officer Lizette Gibbs, from Dangerous Impulses, a March release from Oak Tree Press.
Where are you from, Lizette? I’m originally from Los Angeles, CA, but now I’m living and working in Rocky Bluff, a small beach community located between Ventura and Santa Barbara.
Tell us a bit about Dangerous Impulses. #9 in the Rocky Bluff P.D. Series, it centers around an attractive new-hire (guess who that is) who captivates Officer Gordon Butler, Officer Felix Zachary’s wife Wendy is befuddled by her new baby, Ryan and Barbara Strickland receive unsettling news about her pregnancy. All this occurs while the bloody murder of a mother and her son, and an unidentified drug that sickens teenaged partiers, jolts the Rocky Bluff P.D.
What made you choose law enforcement as a profession? My dad is in the LAPD and I chose to follow his lead. Since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to be a “lady police officer” as I used to tell everyone.
Knowing what you know now, if you had it to do over again, would you stick with law enforcement or do something different? I am exactly where I want to be. Granted, I don’t have much time under my belt as a police officer, but from what I’ve seen and experienced so far, this is the life for me.
What is your biggest fear? Screwing up. I want to be the best I can possibly be, but I know there will be times I might make the wrong decision in a crisis situation. Because of what happens to me in Dangerous Impulses I plan to think twice before acting.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Frankly, I don’t have a whole lot of time to read, but when I do, I read any mystery with a strong female lead character (especially one who is in law enforcement) like Joanna Brady in the series by J.A. Jance or the Mercy Gunderson series by Lori Armstrong.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? To follow my instincts. As long as I couple that with thinking twice, I ought to do all right.

Now, it's F. M. Meredith/Marilyn Meredith turn in the hotseat.
Which writer or character[s], from either books or movies, [or both] have had a major impact on your writing? I was privileged to meet Mary Higgins Clark years ago when I was first starting out and many years later at an Edgars party. She is a most charming person, and I try to be as nice to both fans and writers as she is. As for writing, William Kent Krueger, (who is also a great guy), he is a master at creating settings—something I try hard to do in both my series.
With regard to research, where did you start for this novel? Did that lead you down different paths, thereby changing the original concept? I read a newspaper article about synthetic drugs that were available via the Internet and about how many young people had been sickened and died from taking them. My intention was to incorporate into the story about the murder of a teen and his mother. That also came from a real murder—but like I and so many other authors do, I took that idea and asked, “What if?” and went off in a whole different direction.

Writing a series must be like going back to visit old friends with each new story. It doesn't matter how long since the last visit, things pick up where you all left off the last time. We'll have to think about that concept.
But we digress . . . let's read an excerpt from Dangerous Impulses:
Officer Gordon Butler couldn’t believe his good luck. First, because he’d been assigned the new hire, even though he knew everyone else on the Rocky Bluff P.D. thought Chief McKenzie had lost his mind for making such a decision. Second, Officer Lizette Gibbs was gorgeous. Though still suffering from a broken heart, Gordon thought his chances for healing had finally improved. He stole a side glance at her. Shiny black, chin-length hair framed her golden-skinned profile. High cheekbones and full lips glowed with natural color. Her name gave no clue to her ethnic background, but she was some kind of mix. Gordon couldn’t tell how much might be Hispanic, Native American, Far-Eastern or Anglo. Whatever, she was flat-out gorgeous.
She must’ve felt his scrutiny because she glanced over from her place in the shot-gun seat. “Is it always this quiet during the day shift?”
“To be perfectly honest, ninety-percent of the time, yes.”
“How do you keep from getting bored?”
“I hand out lots of traffic tickets.”
Gordon laughed. “Once in awhile something more interesting happens.”
“I wanted to work in a bigger city.” Lizette peered out the window at the rows of orange trees. “I applied to about twenty places, but when I got called for the interview here I thought being between two fairly large cities like Ventura and Santa Barbara, there could be the possibility for some action. Finding out Rocky Bluff is a beach town influenced me too. I love the ocean.”
While Gordon drove, he pointed out all the various neighborhoods. The mostly dilapidated rentals on the beachfront, the downtown area that ended on the north side at the undeveloped area by the creek near the bluff. They traveled to the south side with the upscale seafood restaurant at the far end. He showed her the older neighborhoods that climbed the hillsides, and the orange groves and ranches on the eastside of the101 that nearly covered the foothills.
He’d turned toward the more populated sections. “I’ll show you the ritziest part of town next, up on the bluff. He passed the freeway exit and entrance. “I manage to catch quite a few speeders here.”
“I hope to do more than hand out speeding tickets.” Lizette sounded disappointed.
“I think Stacey Wil . . . I mean Milligan, has her eye on you.” Gordon still forgot to call Stacey by her married name, as did many of her other co-workers.
“Why? I couldn’t quite figure out what her job is. Sometimes she wears a uniform and sometimes she doesn’t.”
“She covers all the vice crimes. Being the only female officer we’ve had for awhile, she’s kept pretty busy.”
“That would be okay. I wouldn’t mind helping her out. Do you think I ought to talk to her?”
Before he could answer, the dispatcher’s voice came over the radio, “See the man concerning a missing teen.”
Super, Marilyn. Thanks for offering us that teaser for Dangerous Impulses.
Tell us a bit about your publisher and also about what influenced your decision to submit to them. Oak Tree Press is the publisher of the Rocky Bluff P.D. crime series. I met the publisher, Billie Johnson at a Public Safety Writers Association about six or so years ago. When I lost the second publisher of the series—she decided to no longer be a publisher—I asked Billie about publishing the next book that I’d already written. She offered me a contract and I’ve been with Oak Tree ever since. She also republished the earlier books in the series too.
Tell us a bit about their submission process. The submission guidelines for Oak Tree are on the publisher’s webpage http://oaktreebooks.com/ but I know the acquisitions editor also looks to see if the author has a webpage or blog and if he or she is savvy about promotion—a big part of an author’s job these days.
To learn more about F. M. Meredith and the stories she creates go to her webpage: http://fictionforyou.com and blog: http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com/

thanks, Marilyn. As always, it's been a blast.
Kat and Veronica

Monday, April 22, 2013

Father of the Bride Meets Wedding Planner. . . Instant Magic!


Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome Silver James who brings wedding planner Claire Vitale, from “Best Laid Plans”, the latest release out of the Dearly Beloved series from from Wild Rose Press. Welcome Silver and Claire.
Where are you from, Claire? Malibu, California
    What is “Best Laid Plans” about? It's is about opposites attracting and finding love the second time around.
    What did you think the first time you saw Nicholas Grant, father of the bride? I figured him for a snob. But as his daughter’s wedding was to be the social event of the year...well, what can I say? First impressions can be…enlightening.
    And your second thought? That he was an absolute control freak and I wasn’t going to let him ruin Laurel’s day. With her mother “out of the picture,” she needed an advocate to keep Nick from running roughshod over her and what she wanted.
    This sounds like a fun story. Did you think it was love at first sight? Good heavens no! I wanted to slap the man up side the head. His demands bordered on the ridiculous and obsessive. I was ready to stand up to him to make sure Laurel’s wishes came true. Little did I know that he had designs on me.
What do you like most about Nicholas? Besides the control freak part, he's dedicated, romantic, focused, handsome... And I think I just answered your next question, too. Nick Grant is a very rich man but underneath that facade is a warm, loving man.
How would you describe him? I suppose I should add that he’s a marvelous dancer, can charm the skin off a snake, and kisses like a man who knows how to please a woman.
Well, gee. How would this snake charmer describe you? Stubborn. I am. He wooed me relentlessly and I just couldn’t get it through my thick skull that he truly was falling in love with me. By that time, I was completely smitten and head over heels in love with him, if I hadn’t been so stubborn that I couldn’t admit it to myself.
What made you choose being a wedding planner as a career? That’s easy. I’m organized, creative, and by the time I was out of college, I’d been a maid of honor or bridesmaid so many times, I knew the process better than the brides. I went to work as a wedding dress consultant at a boutique, learned that side of the business, and then went out on my own. I’ve planned some of the most memorable weddings in the state. Do you have any weddings coming up in the family? Let me give you my card...just in case. Thanks, no. If we ever consider marriage again, we'd take it as the utmost of kindnesses if someone pulls out their .38 and blows our brains out. Heh heh. That said, what is your biggest fear, Claire? That Nick will wake up one morning and realize I’m not the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with. He’ll tell me I’m silly but...I love him so much I can’t imagine growing old without him at my side.
How do you relax? Hot bubble baths. With a chilled ice wine. Or snuggling in with my wonderful man. Or both. At the same time.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Oh my. This is a tough question! I’m going to admit to sharing the character with my author. We’d both say Eve Dallas, from J.D. Robb’s “In Death” series. I admire Eve’s ability to overcome everything life throws at her and she’s loved by a wonderful man. While Nick isn’t as rich as Roarke, he’s *my* Roarke and I love him with my whole heart. But don’t tell him that.
Yep, we can go along with that one. Particularly the part about Roarke. Yum.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Something I read by MarkTwain: “Sing like no one's listening, love like you've never been hurt, dance like nobody's watching, and live like its heaven on earth.”
Now it's Silver's turn on the hot seat. What movies or books have had an impact on your writing? I grew up reading Mary Stewart and Ian Fleming, having graduated from the children’s section of the library when I was ten. While I always wanted to write, it wasn’t until I discovered JD Robb’s books that I decided I wanted to write for publication.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them? I have several books and novellas published through the Wild Rose Press, and have self-published a series. I first heard of Wild Rose from an RWA chapter mate. She was an editor for them at the time and announced at the meeting they were accepting submissions.
Tell us a bit about the submission process. How long did it take from query to release? I sent the manuscript for my first novel, FAERIE FATE, to them, and bingo. Within a month, I had a contract. They have an easy submission process, listed on the website. My first MS went through the submission process quicker than some others--sheer luck--and from the time I signed the contract until release was about four months.

We're so pleased that Silver was able to take the time to visit with us today. Remember! If you leave a comment, your name will go into a hat for a drawing to win a copy of “Best Laid Plans”.

To learn more about Silver James and the stories she creates go to: http://www.silverjames.com

To purchase BEST LAID PLANS (Dearly Beloved series), go to

Monday, April 8, 2013

A single dad EMT and a wounded lady vet. Who could ask for anything more?

Love, like life, is not without risk . . .
Veterinarian Vivian Dane has purchased her uncle’s practice in the tiny town of Wales, Missouri, where most residents still doubt her ability to treat their pets. But Viv is used to being considered less-worthy than her predecessors. After all, her parents are world-renowned wildlife vets, and most everyone is unimpressed she’s chosen to not follow directly in their footsteps.
Now Connor, a patient’s owner, is hot for Viv, but clearly doesn’t think she’s dating material because he has a daughter…who he believes no woman is good enough for. Being a perfect dad is EMT paramedic Connor’s life focus. He can’t seem to stay away from sexy Doctor Viv, but attraction is as far as he’ll ever let it go. His mother abandoned him, leaving him to be raised in the foster system, and then his wife abandoned both him and their daughter. He absolutely will not risk bringing another woman into his little girl’s life and having her feel the hurt of being left…again.
Forfeiting is easier than attempting and failing. So why does Viv feel compelled to prove
she’s a sure bet for Connor and his daughter? Can Connor trust Viv--and himself--enough to play the possibilities?

Yowza! What a way to start off a brisk April day in Western New York as
2 Wild Women Authors is delighted to welcome author Calisa Rhose and heroine Vivian Dane, from Risk Factors a March release from Lyrical Press, Inc. Welcome Calisa and Vivian—who's up first.
Vivian, what is Risk Factors about? It's about my need to have a family of my own and the man who doesn’t think I’m ‘the one’ for him. It’s my challenge to prove he can love two people and not let either of us down.
What did you think the first time you saw the hero? The first time I saw Connor, I was speechless. Literally, and when I tried to talk words wouldn’t cooperate and I didn’t make sense. I don’t know what he thought, but I was mortified.
And your second thought? That he was the handsomest man I’d ever seen and where had he been all my life.
Did you think it was love at first sight? I’m pretty sure it was for me, but I doubt it was for him. He fought hard to keep me at bay. Didn’t work, though. LOL
What do you like most about Connor? I love his deep passion to be a great father to Janna, his darling daughter. Even when it broke my heart, I couldn’t fault his love for that precious child.
How would you describe him? Mmm Tall and sexy, with the most beautiful hazel eyes and a heart as big as Missouri.
How would he describe you? Probably as cute and clumsy. I’m not sure, but he could answer that better. Being an EMT, he’s a hard man to read.
What made you choose veterinary medicine as a profession? I didn’t really choose it. My parents are exotic animal veterinarians; growing up, I traveled the world over with them and their careers. I sort of fell into medicine since it’s all I’d ever really known. You know, the parents wanting the child to follow in their footsteps. I guess I was sort of pushed into it.
What is your biggest fear? Ugh Disappointing my father. No matter how hard I try, I just can’t seem to please him and that hurts more than words can say. If it wasn’t for Connor and Janna, I’d probably still be trying to suit Dad, but they give me a reason to just be me and love myself.
How do you relax? Connor has this amazing log cabin-style home in the woods and it’s so peaceful out there. We also go on picnics and long drives.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Connor…and isn’t the reason obvious?
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Not to let my parents ruin my life with unrealistic expectations. That isn’t how Connor said it. He said something like I’m perfect the way I am--and that’s good enough for me. To just be me.
This man sounds like a keeper! Good for him and good for you for not giving up on him. Now it's Calisa's turn at bat. It's been awhile since you visited the WWA blog and we're so pleased to have you back again. Refresh our memories, please, and tell us what movies or books have had an impact on your writing. Hi ladies! Thanks for having me and Viv on your lovely blog space today, first off. Since Connor is an EMT-P I pulled from crime shows, “CSI” and shows that have emergency type situations when possible. Mostly I met an amazing woman in that profession who helped me get the facts right for him, though.
Good for you. Research is so very important. What else can you tell us?
I try not to take from books because I want my writing to be uniquely me and I’m always afraid that won’t be the case if I read anything remotely similar while writing. I haven’t read a lot of books like this one so I can’t say I draw from anyone in particular. I think we all have those who inspire us to write great even if we don’t remember why exactly.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them? I don’t remember the first time I learned about Lyrical Press, Inc but once I actively began looking for epublishers they came to attention and I did my homework and researched them.
What influenced your decision to submit to them? I will often find a publisher I like and their books, style, covers--something will pull me in and that was the way it was with LPI when I decided to shop this book again. They just seemed like the right one for this story and turns out I was right.
Tell us a bit about the submission process. How long did it take from query to release? One year (give or take a few days). I participated in a blog pitch in Feb, 2012, sent the partial to Piper, my lovely editor, about the first week of March and she contracted it three months later. It just released March 4th. It could have been a lot sooner if I hadn’t sat on the partial for so long or waited to follow up with Piper instead of doing as she asked and emailing her after two or three weeks. Sorry Piper!
Let's take a look at an excerpt for Risk Factors:

It was close to five o’clock and Viv wanted to go home. Winter hadn’t reached the Midwest yet, but from September through October the temperatures often dipped and dove sporadically, before diving for the long winter ahead. There’d been a slight chill in the air that morning and she hoped for a few more weeks of warmth before harsh weather moved in.
She looked forward to a hot soak in the bathtub, but Skittles was due for pick-up first. Connor had assured her he’d pick her up, or have his father get her before five. She glanced at her watch again. Four-fifty-six. She didn’t mind staying late if she needed to; it would be a shame to leave the nervous animal alone another night. She opened the small closet to put the dust mop away.
“Hello.”
With a start, she spun and her hand caught the broom handle on her way around. Gasping, she grabbed uselessly, horrified as the cleaning tool flew sideways from the closet. In slow motion she saw it shoot out against Connor’s shoulder and fall with a sharp snap onto the tile floor. “Oh! I’m so--so sorry! Are you hurt?” Instant heat rushed up her neck and she bent to reclaim the errant broom to shove into the closet. She slammed the door and leaned against it on a sharp breath.
“I’m fine. You worried your killer broom might attack again? You might consider putting a lock on the door,” he said with a crooked smile.
Puzzled, Viv looked around and realized with total humiliation how it appeared she’d trapped the broom inside the closet--when in actuality, she wanted to climb through the door beside the instrument and hide. “Of course not. That would be silly. I didn’t expect you right now.”
“It’s two minutes of five. I told you I’d be here for Skittles. Is it too late?”
Right. The skunk. “No. I’m sure she’s more than ready to go home. Do you have the pet carrier to put her in?” She probably didn’t need to ask when Connor stood empty-handed before her.
He lowered his head and she knew he’d forgotten it, fought back a smile at his forgetfulness. “Sorry. I drove straight from work and didn’t think about it.”
“No worry. I have one you can borrow.” Which meant he’d have to see her again. She’d definitely need to see him again.
“Thank you. I’ll bring it back tomorrow.”
“Oh, there’s no rush. I keep a few on hand for emergencies.” She led him back to the cage where the skunk still huddled, and got a carrier while he opened the cage to retrieve his daughter’s pet. As he lifted the black fur ball out, Viv set a pink case next to him.
He hissed under his breath and almost let the animal loose. Viv opened the cage and held it upright for him to lower the skunk down inside and shut the door. Once he stood with the pet taxi, she detected a smear of red on one finger. “She bit you?” Skunk bite, rabies, germs…
“It’s fine. When she’s scared she tends to nip a warning like a cat.”
Connor’s lack of care concerned Viv, however. “I should clean it with antiseptic before you go.”
“I’ll tend it when I get home.”
“But, it may have germs…get infected.”
“It’s not the first time, and her rabies vaccination is current. Thank you, but it’s not necessary.”
Viv stopped by a cabinet on the way to the front reception area to grab ointment and a Band-Aid.

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Author Bio:
Calisa Rhose is an Okie, born and bred, through and through, and proud of it. While growing up, when she wasn’t on the back of a horse, she could be found with pen and paper in hand. Her writing career began with poetry in her younger days. Then she discovered Rock-n-Roll and cute musicians. Poetry turned into stories of romance and dreams. These days she lives with the same man who convinced her to take a romantic journey with him almost 30 years ago. After raising three strong daughters she spends her days loving their granddaughters, hoping for a boy someday, and writing. When she’s not writing, you can find Calisa putting on her editor hat and working to help other published and aspiring writers.
She is working on more projects with her favored contemporary cowboys, first responders and firemen, as well as, the occasional ‘other’ heroes- and their sexy female counterparts, those sassy, stubborn heroines.
Find Calisa at her website/blog http://calisarhose.wordpress.com