Monday, September 30, 2013

Live Vicariously with author Diane Burton

Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing science fiction romance. Besides the Switched series, she is the author of The Pilot, a series about strong women on the frontier of space. One Red Shoe is her first romantic suspense. She is also a contributor to the anthology How I Met My Husband. Diane and her husband live in Michigan. They have two children and two grandchildren.
With that said, here’s a blurb for Diane’s latest release: One Red Shoe:
Wannabe writer rescues wounded spy while risking her heart.
Daria Mason’s life is too predictable. Nothing ever happens in her small Iowa town where everybody knows everybody else. But when she travels to New York City looking for a little excitement, she never expects to bring home a wounded spy.
From the moment agent Sam Jozwiak steals intel vital to US security from a Russian Mafia kingpin, Murphy’s Law takes over. No matter how he covers his tracks, the kingpin’s assassins find him. What’s worse than getting shot in the butt? Accepting help from an Iowa tourist.
Sam and Daria flee cross country with the assassins right behind them. Sharing danger and excitement—and a few kisses—with Sam soon has Daria convinced he’s the man for her. He thinks she’ll be better off once he’s out of her life for good. With their lives on the line, can she convince him they belong together?
Let’s talk a bit with Diane about Living Vicariously:
When you read, do you “become” the main character? In a good book, I do—always have. I’ve jumped out of planes, faced down bullies and bad guys, walked down dark alleys confident that I could handle any threat. I’ve toured England, Scotland, and casinos in Monaco. All within the pages of a book.
As a writer, I can do the same and more. I make my characters do whatever I want. They go where I would be too scared to go. They have abilities I wish I had. Their faults make them real, but even their weaknesses are heroic. Writers pour their emotions, their dreams, their aspirations into their characters.
In my new romantic suspense, One Red Shoe, my heroine has let life pass her by. When Daria was thirteen, her parents died and her four older brothers became her guardians. They took their responsibility seriously. Too seriously. They’re still at it even though she’s twenty-nine. Overprotective isn’t strong enough for how they treat her.
Daria’s dreams and aspirations remained just that…dreams. Until she began writing mysteries featuring a kick-butt heroine. Daria threw out her aspirations into her character. The more she wrote about a take-charge female, the stronger her desire to be like her heroine. As the story opens, she’s about to go off on her first adventure—a writing conference in New York City. She doesn’t actually defy her brothers, she just ignores all their cautions and warnings. After all, her heroine wouldn’t let them browbeat her into staying home. She would stand up to them and say “it’s my life.”
When Daria meets a wounded spy in a deserted women’s restroom, she conquers her fear by thinking what would her heroine do. She wouldn’t leave a man to bleed to death or be captured by the bad guys. As they flee cross country, Daria’s confidence in her abilities grows. She can protect the injured man. She can be a kick-butt heroine herself.
Excerpt for One Red Shoe:
Jimmy bent down to look at the right front tire. “I don’t like the looks of this.”
The tire is fine,” Daria said.
The others ignored her and all bent down to look. While they debated whether she should get a new tire, Rover dashed up. The reddish-brown mutt of indeterminate heritage nearly knocked her over with his usual enthusiastic greeting. She gave him a quick hug and ruffled his fur.
Billy, don’t feed Rover any table scraps. Only two cups of kibble a day. Andy, you’re going to put food in the barn for Archy and Mehitabel, right?” She didn’t wait for his response. “And, Tommy, you’ll take care of—”
Jimmy straightened. “For crissake, Daria, it’s a goddamn zoo around here.”
At least he wasn’t trying to delay her with talk about new tires. She reached up and patted his cheek. “Don’t swear.”
I mean it, Daria Jean,” Jimmy said. “Don’t you dare bring home some wounded stray. I don’t care if it’s bleeding. No more.” He ran his hand through his hair. “You have no idea what you’re getting yourself into. You’ve never even been east of Chicago.”
She smiled. “I know.”
I hoped you’d get this foolishness out of your system.” He blew out a breath and thrust a small item at her. “Since you’re determined to go, this is a top-of-the-line cell phone. It has GPS tracking so if you have car trouble and call for help, they’ll know exactly where you are.”
Daria ignored the first part of his rant. She’d heard it before but was surprised at his thoughtfulness with the phone. She gave him a hug then the others. Standing back, she looked at the four of them. Tears threatened. She blinked rapidly. For goodness sake, it wasn’t like she was leaving forever. A week away from home, that’s all. She got into her car, eager to get started.
Call every night,” Jimmy ordered. He just had to spoil the moment. “So we know you’re okay.” The others nodded. They meant well, she reminded herself.
She put the key in the ignition. Oh, God. This was it. She was going after her dream. A mixture of fear and excitement shot through her. She hadn’t felt like this since... since leaving for summer camp when she was ten. How pathetic was that. When she got back, things were going to change. First, she was going on a real adventure.
New York City, here I come.

One Red Shoe is available at Amazon for Kindle:

Thanks again, Veronica, for helping me celebrate the release of my brand new book.
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Monday, September 23, 2013

Welcome Georgie Lee and her Captain

Today Wild Women Authors are pleased to welcome Georgie Lee who brings Captain James Covington, from Engagement of Convenience, a Regency set historical released from Harlequin Historical.
Captain, what did you think the first time you saw Julia? I was stunned when I first saw her while I was hunting in the woods. I’ve never seen a woman riding such a large, dark horse before. Then, when she spoke to me like a common seaman, mistaking me for a poacher, I was irritated.
And your second thought? I had a hunch about who this strange lady might be. I only had to confirm it with my good friend, and her Uncle, Captain George Lewis.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? No, but I was certainly intrigued.
What do you like most about her? I love Julia’s spirit and determination. She doesn’t let anything stop her.
How would you describe her? Julia isn’t like other women, especially with her ability to run a large estate and her determination to carve out a life for herself. She also possesses a love of adventure, just like me and her uncle.
How would she describe you? At first she thought I was a rogue, a typical Navy man who wanted nothing except to dally with a young lady. Later, she learned how loyal I am to those I love and how, like her, I was struggling to create a new life for myself.
What made you choose the Navy as a career? My mother wanted me to study the law but I wasn’t interested. I wanted the adventure and excitement of the sea so I chose the Navy instead.
What is your biggest fear, James? I’m afraid, now that my injury has forced me to resign my commission, of not having a purpose in life. I’ve seen a lot of men come home from the Navy and lose themselves in drink or gambling due to a lack of purpose. I refuse to allow that to happen to me.
Then how do you relax? I enjoy reading and hunting.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I haven’t read a great deal of fiction lately, by I did read a number of science book while I was recovering in London. I found the writings of Thomas Jefferson, especially his books on farming to be very interesting.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? George once told me marriage would be a great adventure and that his niece Julia would be the perfect woman to provide that adventure. He was right.
It's Georgie's turn now: What movies or books have had an impact on your writing? When it comes to authors, I lean towards the classics. I look to Oscar Wilde for sharp witty dialogue, W. Somerset Maugham for great insight into characters and D.H. Lawrence for well-developed internal monologue.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. What influenced your decision to submit to them. Engagement of Convenience is published by Harlequin Historical. I have always loved Harlequin Historical books so, when I had the chance to pitch to one of their editors at a mini-conference, I jumped.
Tell us a bit about the submission process; how long did it take from query to release? The manuscript wasn’t accepted right away. I went through a revise and resend with them and it was the revised version which they bought.

Georgie brought along a blurb for further enticement and it's a winner:
Julia Howard longs for the freedom her inheritance will bring her—but with her controlling brother holding the purse strings, she's going to need a most convenient engagement… An encounter in the woods with a dashing stranger couldn't be more timely.

Wounded, his life at sea at an end, Captain James Covington isn't prepared for the dull ache of civilian life. He sees in Julia a fellow adventurous spirit—willing to risk all. Could agreeing to her outrageous proposal help him recapture a reason to live as they face the biggest adventure of all—marriage?

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A dedicated history and film buff, Georgie Lee loves combining her passion for Hollywood, history and storytelling through romantic fiction. She began writing professionally at a small TV station in San Diego before moving to Los Angeles to work in the interesting but strange world of the entertainment industry.
Her first novel, Lady’s Wager, and her contemporary novella, Rock ‘n’ Roll Reunion are both available from Ellora’s Cave Blush. Labor Relations, a contemporary romance of Hollywood, and Studio Relations, a love story set in 1935 Hollywood, are currently available from Montlake Romance. Hero’s Redemption, a Regency novella, is now available from Carina Press.
When not writing, Georgie enjoys reading non-fiction history and watching any movie with a costume and an accent. Please visit for more information about Georgie and her novels.

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Welcome Katie O'Boyle

Here's an excerpt from today's guest spot, Stepping Up To Love by Katie O’Boyle:
Manda turned off the water and drew back the linen curtain dividing the shower stall from the dressing area, and screamed. Standing at the glass door was the big boss. Remy’s boss. Her boss's boss. She wasn’t sure, but Joel Cushman was probably everybody’s boss.
Geez, Joel, I thought you were a pervert!” she yelled at him. I can’t believe I just called Mr. Cushman “Joel.” I am in so much trouble here.
Manda? What—?” His voice cracked like an adolescent.
Manda stifled a laugh. His eyes were drinking in her body as though he couldn’t believe what she’d been hiding under her baggy clothes. Drink your fill now, Joel, because I am off men for life.
I thought you were a criminal. What are you doing in the shower at seven fifteen in the morning? And stop batting that curtain around.”
Manda tried desperately to grab the linen shower curtain, flapping this way and that in the current created by the open door. “Do you mind?” she scolded him.
Giving up on the curtain, she crossed her arms and turned her back on him. He probably likes that view, too. “Could you hand me a towel, please, or get out of here?” Why am I yelling at the boss? Seriously dumb, Manda.
He was silent now, which was worse. What is he doing, standing there, looking at me? Panic overtook anger, and she turned back to look at him.
He had dropped the admiring once-over and was taking a second look at her purpling bruises. Silently, he handed her a towel from the top of the stack and looked her in the eye.
Manda wondered if he could read the shame and fear clouding her vision.
Joel cleared his throat and ordered, “In my office. Five minutes. Dressed.”
Today Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome author Katie O’Boyle who brings Manda Doughty, from Stepping Up To Love a contemporary romance from Soul Mate Publishing. Released in August, this is Katie's first ever so we have double reason to celebrate!
First up is our heroine. Where are you from, Manda? I grew up in Olean in the southern tier of New York State. St. Bonaventure University is there. My dad was on the faculty until he was killed driving drunk. After I came here to Tompkins Falls for college, I stayed.
What is Stepping Up To Love about? My boss, Joel Cushman, helped me out of an impossible jam. I was able to get sober and live my life a better way through the 12 Steps and Joel and I fell in love.
What did you think the first time you saw him? That he was really hot but definitely not my type and I was totally not his type. He had a rep for charming the pants off every beautiful woman who came onto his radar.
And your second thought? When he helped me out that horrible situation, he was sensitive and smart and made me laugh.
Did you think it was love at first sight? Heck, no. I was off men for life. Except Joel really got to me with how kind and funny he is.
What do you like most about him? I like that he genuinely cares about people and is always looking for ways to help his community—Tompkins Falls.
How would you describe him? Most people see him as rich and classy but that’s his business persona. Underneath it all, he’ll tell you he’s a basic blue-jeans kind of guy.
How would Joel describe you? He used to see me as a frump because of the way I dressed. Now he thinks I’m brainy and beautiful.
What made you choose accounting as a profession? To me, numbers are fun. They’re like tinker toys or legos. You can line them up, build them on each other, manipulate and transform them, calculate them within an inch of their lives, and they just go right on being whatever they are. And I like knowing how businesses operate. Put that together and it spells accountant.
What is your biggest fear, Manda? It used to be that I wouldn’t have enough money to take care of myself. Now it’s that something will happen to Joel or to my sister Lyssa.
How do you relax? Joel and I found this cool antique sewing machine in his attic. I really unwind when I make clothes because sewing reminds me of my mom and my sister.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Snow White. She knew how to make the best of a suspect situation, and she never gave up hope.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? “Believe in your dream, and work to make it happen.”
Now, we get to quiz author Katie O'Boyle: Congratulations on your first release; we can imagine how exciting it is for you. How did you get to this time in your life? What movies or books had an impact on your writing? For movies, Nancy Meyers is at the top—I love The Holiday and Something’s Gotta Give. For settings and character revelation, I think of classics like Tess of the D’Urbervilles and Sense and Sensibility. For romance series, I look to Mariah Stewart’s Chesapeake Diaries and Robyn Carr’s Virgin River novels. The most immediate impact on Stepping Up To Love is Shelly Bell’s A Year to Remember; she did a great job weaving 12-step principles into a funny, hot love story.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them?
When Debby Gilbert (Soul Mate Publishing) came to our Lilac City Rochester Writer’s conference last November, I pitched the book to her. She liked the Finger Lakes setting and the theme of recovery and hope. Debby asked for the full manuscript and we signed the contract early in December. Release date for the e-book was August 7, and six months later the print version will be available (right around Valentine’s Day). So nine months from pitch to release.
Wow. That's fast! Good for them—and good for you! This has been fun, Katie, learning about Manda and Joel. We hope you'll come back again when your next release comes out.
Kat and Veronica

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