Monday, January 27, 2014

An Exciting New Trilogy from Kathryn Shay

This week 2 Wild Women Authors is thrilled to have multi-published author and long time friend Kathryn Shay visiting us and sharing about her latest project. Take it away, Kath!


     Thank you so much for having me here to blog about my new trilogy, Portals of Time, three stories about women who come from the future to right the wrongs of society today.
This is my first published paranormal romance but I’ve written 48 contemporary romances and one women’s fiction novel. I have to say it was a risk venturing into a different genre, but for me it was the right thing to do. I loved writing something different—yet with the same dynamics of my usual work. Since all three stories take place in the present (with an extensive look into the future), I think I was able to keep the books classic Kathryn Shay with a twist. I thoroughly enjoyed creating the new world of the future, playing around with language, and at the same time building a great romance and saying something important about society.
Let me tell you about them…
     In JUST IN TIME, Dorian Masters must save the life of research scientist Jess Cromwell by preventing his murder in five months. Cromwell’s work would eventually set the standard for eradicating all carbon emissions. But Dorian has to find the assassin first, while Jess’s brother, Luke, cynical New York cop and exasperating man, seems determined to stand in her way. But the stakes are high and together they race against time to save Jess’s life and the future of mankind.
     I really enjoyed writing Luke and Dorian’s story. They are reluctant lovers, but can’t seem to stay away from each other. When he’s unaware of who she is and when she comes from, her misuse of language makes him crazy, as does her unfamiliarity with ordinary things. (She calls him a holicworker and she’s never seen a live animal.) But I’m sure you’ll enjoy their attraction to each other—and its culmination—when they finally surrender to it.
     In PERFECT TIMING, Celeste Hart, a sensitive, travels to Washington D.C. to sabotage the life’s work of Dr. Alex Lansing. He’s a researcher in the field of sexual performance drugs but has no idea what the long term effects his work will be. Of course they fall in love, but then the issue becomes: Can he forgive her deception when he discovers how and why she’s tricked him?
     I have to confess, Celeste was my favorite heroine in the trilogy. I liked all three books equally, but I adored Celi. She’s innately kind, optimistic and loving. She gets totally involved in the family and as usual, I enjoyed writing the children/adult relationship. And boy was I rooting for her relationship with Alex to work out. As a side note, she’s a sensitive, and feels things much more than normal people. Can you guess how those kisses and love scenes turned out?
     In ANOTHER TIME, anthropologist Alisha Law has accompanied her two colleagues to the present day because she understands the customs, morés and convoluted language of the 21st century. She resists becoming involved with David Ryan, a local minister who falls hard for her. Problem? There’s no religion in the future, and she’s the ultimate atheist.
     Throughout to first two books, Alisha is organized, objective and stern. For me, it was the most fun to see her change and grow throughout those books, and star in her own. I’ll also admit that David was my favorite hero. I adored him. He’s such a good man, but very real and very human in his feelings for Alisha. I hope you love him as much as I do. Portraying the job of a minister was interesting, too, as were the philosophical discussions throughout all three books.
     The series can be read one book at a time, but I’m hoping readers will scoop up all three and read the entire project.
I’d love to hear from you.
Kathy Shay

Kathryn will be visiting Wild Women Authors again on February 17, 2014 to share more about this fascinating trilogy—and perhaps bring a few characters with her. Kat and I would love to have you stop back and say hey!
Veronica Lynch


Monday, January 20, 2014

Come Tie Down My Heart

Today Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome Linda Carroll-Bradd who brings Didi Pierpont, from Tie Down My Heart, a November 2013 release from Decadent Publishing. 
DP claims a special place in our hearts as they were the first publisher who took a chance on a short story author.  And don't they do luscious cover art? Yowza! 
But we digress.First up, is Didi. Where are you from? Born and raised just outside of Dallas, Texas.
Tell us a bit about Tie Down My Heart. The story’s about an investigative reporter who persists until she grabs an interview that will prove her journalistic talents and earn her a regular newspaper column. Although Chay would probably say the story’s about a rodeo performer ignoring his physical pain to finish out the season. I do have to admit we’d both be right.
What did you think the first time you saw the hero, Chay? He looked like a battered Native American warrior from another century—all muscle and sinew with a big scar across his chest.
And your second thought? I thought that because he wasn’t the rodeo's star performer might help my chances at getting his okay for a desperately needed interview. I figured rodeo riders all wanted to show off—at least, my brothers do.
Did you think it was love at first sight? Definitely not—more like I’d narrowly missed being skewered by a spiny cactus.
Hah! Good one. What do you like most about Chay? I love that he really is a warrior but a compassionate one who would have made a great chief in the Old Time.
How would you describe him? Chay is a proud man who works hard to make sure those he loves are cared for and protected.
Yeah, but how would he describe you? First, he thought I was a pain in the ass who asked too many questions. Now, he knows that I might pry but my intentions are good.
What made you choose journalism as a profession? After years of having a microphone shoved in my face to answer inane questions, I wanted to be the one asking the questions. I make sure that my questions count.
What is your biggest fear? I haven’t quite overcome my fear that because of my actions when I was a beauty pageant competitor, I won’t ever be taken seriously.
How do you relax? I love reading historical romances, and now I’m drawn to ones featuring Native American heroes.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Bridget Jones because she worked hard to change old habits and ended up with a dreamy guy.
Last one, honest. What is the best piece of advice you ever received? The best advice I ever received changed my life but it’s tied to the resolution of this story and I don’t want to give away the ending.
Works for us. Thanks, Didi. Now it's Linda's turn at bat. What movies or books have had an impact on your writing? Every romantic comedy I’ve ever seen primed my fertile imagination. Years ago, when I was just a reader, every romance novel I read made me want to join the ranks of those authors—especially the stories early on that transported me to another time and made me feel like a participant. Stories like Whitney, My Love and A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught and Elizabeth Lowell’s Only. .. series; any book written by Sharon Sala set the height of the bar that I’m still reaching for.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them? At a local RWA meeting, I heard [publisher] Heather Bennett speak and she was promoting the Tease line which was geared toward novella-length stories.
What influenced your decision to submit to them? I was already a Decadent author via a short story published under my pen name so I submitted the query to the editor for that line.
Tell us a bit about the submission process. How long did it take from query to release? I’m sure this [being an established Decadent author] made the process from query (February 2013) to release (November 1, 2013) a bit quicker.
Please note, Linda will be giving away a digital copy of the novella to one person who stops by, leaves a comment AND include their email address.

To learn more about Linda Carroll-Bradd and the stories she creates go to: www.lindacarroll-bradd.com
To purchase Tie Down My Heart, go to http://amzn.com/B00G9GRSR

Monday, January 13, 2014

Ignoring The Pain

Today 2 Wild Women Authors are pleased to welcome author, J.L. Greger , who brings Sara Almquist, from Ignore the Pain, a November 2013 release from Oak Tree Press.
Sara, where are you from? I’m a retired baby boomer, living in the Albuquerque area with my Japanese Chin dog, Bug. Isn’t he cute in the picture? Actually my retirement from being a professor is relative thing, I still consult as an epidemiologist.
Please tell us a bit about Ignore the Pain. Did you know 6% of children born in Bolivia die before their fifth birthday? That’s why in Ignore the Pain, I agreed to be a member of a team sent by USAID to Bolivia in 2015 to assess public health problems. I knew the trip would be rough, but I didn’t expect to be tracked across Bolivia from La Paz to Potosí by drug cartels protecting their interests in the coca trade. But as I showed in Coming Flu, I like adventure.
What made you choose epidemiology as a profession? Epidemiology allowed me to ask endless questions – be a busybody so that I could piece together logical solutions to medical problems.
If you had it to do over again, would you do something different? I wouldn’t have picked the same man as a husband, but that was long ago. We were only married for a couple of years, and now I’m not sure I can find a man as interesting and loyal as my Bug.
What is your biggest fear? Being useless.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? My sister, Linda Almquist. She’s everything I’m not – neat, tactful and a caring physician. She’s a supporting character in the medical thrillers Ignore the Pain and Coming Flu, where I’m the protagonist. I tried not to nag her too much in the medical mystery Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight, where she’s the heroine.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? I’ll quote form Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight:
“There are three types of problems. A few problems are like wine; those situations improve if you delay decisions and let them age. Most problems are like waste paper. You can ignore them because they don’t matter. Unfortunately like waste paper, they tend to be messy when they pile up. And some problems are like manure. You must identify them quickly before they stink.”
J.L., which writer had had a major impact on your writing? Probably John Grisham. He is a lawyer, who seems to love the law, but honestly describes the strengths and weaknesses of his fictional legal colleagues in his books. As a retired professor, I wanted to emphasize the importance of science, but I also wanted to demonstrate the need to apply scientific knowledge wisely when trying to answer societal problems, without turning most faculty members into laughing-stocks as Jane Smiley (another of my favorite authors) did in Moo.
With regard to research, where did you start for this novel? I traveled to Bolivia about eight years ago and am a scientist. Originally I planned to feature Dengue fever in Ignore the Pain, i.e. have Sara chart the spread of this mosquito-borne viral disease from Bolivia to the US and have her sister Linda be involved in establishing a center on tropical diseases at the medical school. Then a label from a coca tea bag fell out of my souvenir file from Bolivia. As I fingered it, I knew that coca and pain management had to be the themes in Ignore the Pain.
This entire interview has been a fascinating experience—for a number of reasons. Let's read a blurb for Ignore the Pain:
Sara Almquist couldn’t say no when invited to be the epidemiologist on a public health mission in Bolivia. Soon someone from her past in New Mexico is chasing her through the Witches’ Market of La Paz and on to the silver mines of Potosí. Unfortunately, she can’t trust her new colleagues, especially the sinister Xave Zack, because any one of them might be under the control of the coca industry in Bolivia. Worst still, she’s not only put herself in danger but also her sister Linda back in New Mexico.
Thanks, for that, J.L. Now, please tell us a bit about your publisher. I met Billie Johnson, the owner and publisher of Oak Tree Press, and a number of authors, who are associated with Oak Tree Press, at a Public Safety Writers Conference. Most of the editors and agents I had met up to that point were condescending. The people I met associated with Oak Tree Press, especially Billie, Marilyn Olsen, and Marilyn Meredith, were nice and offered helpful advice.
What about the submission process? I think the process for books differs for the first book and later books. It was about a year from the time I first talked to Billie about Coming Flu until it was published; the submission to publication time for Ignore the Pain was about four months.
Thank you so much for visiting us today. This has been a real pleasure!
To learn more about J. L. Greger and the stories she creates, go to her website at http://www.jlgreger.com and her blog JL Greger’s Bugs at http://www.jlgregerblog.blogspot.com.
For Coming Flu go to http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Flu-ebook/dp/B008WDL84O/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1372715303&sr=1-1&keywords=Coming+Flu