Monday, August 18, 2014

Travel to Old Kinsale with Michael McKee and MJ Schiller

This week we have imaginative author M.J. Schiller, creator of Damage Done and protagonist Michael McKee. Welcome M.J. and Mikey!
When an unhappy youth leaves him damaged, will Teddy McKee be able to find love?
Teddy Passmore McKee was born in Cork, Ireland, with a limp and a chip on his shoulder that threw his balance off all the more. When he falls in love with the dark haired beauty born of an Irish father and a Spanish mother, will Gabrielle Quinn be able to restore his balance? And what about the charming Sean Hennessey? When Gabby catches his eye, too, will Teddy’s playboy best friend cause his own damage?
Fourteen years later, will Teddy and Gabrielle’s son be able to overcome the damage done to him in his childhood?
Even through bloodshot eyes he could see she was different. But can Michael leave behind the bottle, and his womanizing ways, to win over the lovely Tess Flanagan? Tess has sustained some damage of her own. Can she and Michael overcome the terrors of the past and learn how to love each other?
And if they do, will they be able to elude those after them who want to create their own damage?
On the run after an altercation leaves their boss in a pool of blood, will Michael and Tess be able to stay one step ahead of their pursuers? Or is it simply too late to correct the damage that has been done?
Well, gee. With that, we have to know more about this man. Where are you from, Michael? I guess you could say I’m from a lil’ bit of everywhere. I was born in Cork, Ireland and lived there until I was twelve, lived in Limerick for a while, then on the Old Head of Kinsale. I get around.
Tell us a bit about Damage Done. It’s pretty much the story of me life, and the lives leading up to mine. It’s about me mum and da and me Uncle Sean, and about Tess and me. There’s a lil’ bit of mystery to it, too.
What did you think the first time you saw Tess? Ahh! I thought she was a fine thing. She was…fresh. Different. Tess.
And your second thought? I thought that any man who could fetch her would be living the life of Reilly, and I wanted to be that man.
Did you think it was love at first sight? It was, but I didn’t know it at the time.
What do you like most about Tess? Oh, it’s so hard to say. It’s the whole package, you know? She’s sweet, but sassy. Innocent, yet sexy. She keeps me in me place and sends me to the moon!
How would you describe her? You mean physically? She’s got this gorgeous cascade of wavy red hair you just want to grab hold of. And eyes that reflect the greenest green of Ireland. And a heart as big as County Cork.
How would she describe you? I think she’d say I’m a goofball. But a lovable goofball.
What made you choose musician and woodworker as careers? Never considered what a queer mix that is. I play me music because I like to fancy meself a rock star. The woodworking I do to bring home a paycheck. Or at least what passes for a paycheck.
What is your biggest fear? I guess it’d be reliving the night me mum died.
How do you relax? Oh, the usual. Playing with the kids, making love to me missus, strumming me guitar or plunking away at the keyboard.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I guess I’d have to say the legendary hero, Cuchulainn. Or Fionn and Fianna, distinguished warriors and guardians for all Ireland. Tess has kind of got me into them when she tells the kids bedtime stories.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Let go of your past. There’s a reason it’s behind you.
Excellent! We'll remember that one. Now, let's spend a bit of time with MJ, your creator: What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? Nora Roberts' books have had both a positive and negative impact on me. Positive, because her books so captivated me I wanted to write romance. Negative because Nora has a habit of head-hopping, a giant faux pas in our industry and I’ve had to battle that in my own writing. Nora can get away with it because, well, she’s Nora.
What real thing or event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? My trip to Ireland in 2003 heavily influenced this book. The cottage we stayed in was on the Old Head of Kinsale and that is where Tess and Michael’s story begins.
Would you do that same thing in your next story? My next story is set about as far away from the Old Head of Kinsale as can be. In outer space! And I’ve never been there so I don’t see that shaping the book.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. I traveled the traditional publisher route but now I self-publish all of my books. I love having artistic control over my work and cover art as well as being able to make my own business and marketing decisions. I discovered my traditional publisher through my Romance Writers of America chapter. It was five months from query to e-book, four more before I had a print copy out.
What project[s] are you working on now? I’ve just started edits on a new, sci-fi romance trilogy. The first book is titled Leap Into The Knight and is about a couple of space-aged knights and the princess they are called to rescue.
What's up next for you? After the trilogy is out I’ll be looking at putting out Blackout, a contemporary romance with a love triangle. Things start heating up for Eli and Faith when they are stuck on an elevator during a blackout. Ironically, it is a second blackout that tears them apart. An event that takes place when Eli is passed out. Eli’s friend Max steps up to fill the void in Faith’s life after that and eventually she has to choose between two very worthy men.
MJ has been kind enough to bring an excerpt to the table for us:
“Tessie…” He offered again. “We have to get out of here.”
She remained frozen in her spot, staring blindly over the cliff. He moved a step closer and gently grasped her elbow. “Tess—”
She whirled around and his heart caught in his chest as he stared into her wild green eyes. Tears shone on her damp cheeks, glimmering in the moonlight like trails of scattered diamonds. “Nay, Michael,” she said, her words coming out choked. “I have to tell them the truth. It’s my fault. …I k-killed him.” She sobbed.
He looked at her sadly, begging her, “Let me help you.”
The back door creaked open and light spilled out from the bar across the grass, startling them. He saw Jimmy Flynn’s outline in the doorway. “They’re out here!” he yelled.
Without waiting for a response, Michael took Tess’s arm and steered her along the cliff’s edge. He stepped over the railing and helped her to the other side as well. They stood on a narrow ledge. To the left a trail dropped off toward the sea. He led her skittering down the path, loose rock pebbling the beach far below. He had taken the pathway many a night when he was drunk and feeling particularly reckless. Tonight he hurried over it with only self-preservation and Tess’s safety in mind.
They heard voices above them, coming from every direction as searchers fanned out along the top of the cliff. Their eyes met. They hardly dared to breathe. A flashlight beam ventured over the railing and along the cliff face. She clutched his hand, squeezing it until he lost feeling in his fingers. He tried to flatten himself even more tightly against the rock face, wishing it would somehow melt and absorb them. Several seconds passed and the beam of light was joined by another, and another, each swinging away, and then toward them again.
He grabbed a quick look at the churning sea below then closed his eyes for a second, and his stomach dropped. He took a deep breath before turning his head to look at Tess. Her eyes were closed and her lips were moving fervently, but she emitted no sound. He swallowed, wondering again why the sight of her affected him so. After several minutes a voice called out, “You won’t get away with this, Mikey.” Had someone seen them? He heard Jimmy Flynn mutter, “Wherever they are, we won’t find them tonight.” One by one the lights disappeared until only a solitary beam shone.

This has been great fun for us, learning more about a loyal and frequent visitor to Wild Women Authors. All the best to you, MJ
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Monday, August 11, 2014

The Postman Who Never Gives Up

Today Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome author Pamela S Thibodeaux and Raymond Jacobey, from The Inheritance a romance released by the Pelican Book Group.
First, a bit about this fascinating story:
The Inheritance is about the chance we all long for…the chance to start over. Widowed at age thirty-nine and suffering from empty nest syndrome, Rebecca Sinclair is overshadowed by grief and loneliness. Her husband has been deceased for a year, her oldest child has moved to New York in pursuit of an acting career and her youngest child is attending college in France. Having spent over half of her life as a wife and mother, she has no idea what God has in store for her now. Will an unexpected inheritance in the wine country of New York bring meaning and purpose to her life and give her the courage to love again?
US Postal worker Raymond Jacobey has been in love with the little widow since he first set eyes on her. A wanderer searching for the ever-illusive soul mate, Ray has never stayed in one place too long. Raised by self-centered, high-power executives, he’s longed for the idyllic life of residing in a cozy house in a small town with the love of his life. Will he gain the heart of the lovely widow or will he lose her to the wine country of New York?
Hi, Raymond, welcome to Wild Women Authors. Tell us what you thought the first time you saw the Rebecca. Oh I knew the moment I laid eyes on her that she was the woman of my dreams.
And your second thought? That I’d have to bide my time and be patient. You see, I took over the mail route (which is how I met her) right after her husband died. My heart broke for her and her children.
Did you think it was love at first sight? Most definitely. Every think about her touched me on a level deeper than anyone else had.
What do you like most about Rebecca? That’s hard to say, I mean she is sweet, beautiful, tender, funny.
How would you describe her? Becca has jet-black hair and eyes so rich in color they remind me of violets. Though not tall, most wouldn’t call her a raving beauty. Her eyes are a bit too wide-set, but they are fringed with thick, black lashes that most women would die for. Her cheekbones appear too high for the small, baby-like face and, like most of the women I know, she constantly battles with that infamous extra ten pounds. But there’s just something about her slightly rounded figure and soft features that melts my heart.
How would she describe you? Oh I don’t know. I’m not a big man, nor am I male model material. But she and her daughter said I’m “incredibly cute and sweet.” HA! Don’t know how I feel about that. A man likes to be reminded of his strength and prowess, not ‘cute and sweet.’ But I guess since I’m not overly buff, and basically a happy guy that’s OK. Anyway, I have sandy-blond hair, which constantly needs trimming, green eyes and sport a healthy tan all year. I stay fit by swimming almost daily in addition to my mail route on which I walk miles and miles every day. At least it feels like miles and miles.
What made you choose Postal Carrier as a career? A wanderer at heart, my biggest desire was to see the world. Flat feet kept me out of the military so, I obtained my first job fresh out of high school with the U. S. Post Office in my hometown. Whenever wanderlust takes hold, I’d pick several places on the map, send in applications and resumes then wait for a job offer. Once that was received, I’d put in for a transfer and move on to continue my career in a whole new state, city or town. This enables me to see at least some of the country. Until I met Rebecca, I very seldom stayed in one place more than a year or so and I occasionally take a college course or two, but that was as deep as my roots went in any given place. In the past eighteen years I’ve lived and worked in fifteen different locations.
What is your biggest fear? My parents were high-strung, high-powered executives and we never had a lot in common. They’re wealthy, powerful and passionate about everything and I’m a bit shy and insecure. My biggest fear was that I’d never meet my soul mate or if I did, she wouldn’t want to settle down in a cozy place or raise our children, if she even wanted them, to love and honor their individuality and without trying to mold them into little replicas of us.
How do you relax? Swimming helps ease the tension when I feel all wound up but a nice glass of wine and a good meal, which I don’t mind cooking, always works. And of course prayer.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Rebecca of Sunny Brook Farm. I know she was a precocious child but I just love her effervescent personality. My Becca makes me think of her.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Forgiveness is the key to happiness and even when you think you’ve forgiven until you let go of those toxic emotions, you’re not really free nor can you truly be happy.
Now a bit about our author visitor: Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.”
Pamela, what movies or books have had an impact on your writing? That’s hard to say. I’ve been an avid reader since early childhood where I started with Dr. Suess then moved into horse stories then sweet romances at about age 12 or 13. By 15 I was into historical romances. So I guess you could say romance books of every nature impacted me the most because I just love a HEA ending!
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them? What influenced your decision to submit to them? I initially wrote The Inheritance, with Harlequin’s ‘Next’ line in mind but after reading a couple of those books I knew it wouldn’t fit. Then I heard about The Wild Rose Press’s inspirational line (White Rose) and after checking the guidelines, decided to submit to them. . It took about six months from query to release. Takes a little longer now since the White Rose line is now an imprint of Pelican Book Group.
What book are you currently reading? On my bedside table it The Alchemist and on my Kindle, The Practice of the Presence of God.
What's up next for you? Currently I have 2 fiction and 2 nonfiction projects in the works as well as a novel I’m getting ready for publication. I am also proofing my 4 part Tempered series to go to print.
This has been an experience. Sure wish Raymond delivered our mail—in that he seems responsible and gets the job done in a timely and professional manner. Thanks for visiting us this week.
Kat and Veronica
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