Monday, February 24, 2014

Meet Rachel Brimble and What Belongs to Her


Today 2 Wild Women are pleased to welcome author Rachel Brimble and Sasha Todd, from “What Belongs To Her” a March 4th release from Harlequin Superromance. Welcome back, Rachel, and to you Sasha. Let's have some fun. First up is Sasha:
Tell us a bit about “What Belongs To Her”. It’s about my fight to return the Funland Fairground back into my family where it belongs. Templeton Cove’s crime lord took it from my grandfather and I’ve been patiently waiting for the chance to reclaim it…and then the crime lord’s son came along, exerting his very unwelcome authority.
What did you think the first time you saw John Jordon? Instant lust. I was in the mood to vent some pent-up frustration; his muscles, ridiculously sexy forearms and chiseled jaw convinced me he was just the candidate.
And your second thought? How soon can I get him out of my life!
Did you think it was love at first sight? Not at all. He was the biggest and most handsome obstacle to achieving a goal I had carefully orchestrated over a number of years. Love was the furthest thing from my mind whenever I looked at him.
What do you like most about John? His passion – he is wounded; yet not tainted. He’s fair and just…kind, and a whole load of sexy.
How would he describe you? Ha! I suspect as a major pain in the ass! But one he can resist…
What made you choose running a fairground for a profession? It was more a case of the fairground choosing me. My heart and soul is in the fair – it’s where I belong and where I am my happiest. The people, the atmosphere, the hard work…all of it fills me up.
What is your biggest fear? That the demons of my past will shape my future.
How do you relax, Sasha? Relaxation is a rarity for me – I’m always thinking about the next new thing, the next goal. I run on adrenaline. Having said that, Mr. Jordon has a unique ability to bring me to a complete standstill…
Rachel and we go back to our Class of '85 days at Wild Rose Press and it's great to have her visit us again. It's particularly nice that she's broken the barrier and is now with one of the bigs! So . . . Rachel, What movies or books have had an impact on your writing? The movies tend to be adaptations from books so any of the Nicholas Sparks movies are incredibly inspiring. I also take a lot of inspiration from UK period dramas/series such as Downton Abbey, Ripper Street and Mr. Selfridge. Great, great examples of fabulous writing and storytelling!
Tell us a bit about your publisher. What influenced your decision to submit to them. It was always a dream/goal of mine to be published by Harlequin and I knew quite early on that my work would be suited to their Superromance line, purely from the length and number of characters I like to work with. I enjoy focusing on the hero and heroine, but love adding quirky secondary characters to showcase the hero and heroine in their complete form.
Tell us a bit about the submission process. How long did it take from query to release? I submitted my first book to Harlequin (via my agent) in Dec 2011 and after a request revision, Finding Justice was accepted in May 2012, and subsequently released in Feb 2013. Since then I have signed contracts for another four books so to say I am happy is an understatement!
 
Thanks so much for taking the time to come visit us, Rachel! We wish you much luck with sales for “What Belongs to Her” and future works.
Kat and Veronica
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Next week Wild Women Authors will have author Kathryn Shay back for round two with her new paranormal trilogy. Stay tuned.


Monday, February 10, 2014

The Best Way to Celebrate Valentine's Day--with author Margo Hoornstra

Today, 2 Wild Women Authors is pleased to have author Margo Hoornstra visit our blog. She hails from the Midwest where--at least this year--feels like the land of never ending snow storms. The snow is beautiful to look at but has put a crimp in her second love besides writing, long walks outdoors.
Where are you originally from, Margo? I was born in Detroit. All of my extended family lived in and around its suburbs. My grandparents were in politics in those suburbs, County Clerk, City Council Member, that type of thing. Though I don't live there now, Detroit still is a special place to me with its shopping, attractions, sports teams, theater, and other activities. There is still so much more good than bad about the city.
Tell us about your latest book whose release date is just in time for Valentine's Day, February 12, 2014. Only If You Dare is part of the Dearly Beloved series out of the Last Rose of Summer line for the Wild Rose Press, stories which center on a wedding in the planning stages. Anyone involved can be the hero and heroine. I chose mother of the bride, Cynthia Buckingham and Jonah Colt, a judge she meets while on jury duty. Newly divorced, Cynthia is dealing with her ex who wants special consideration at the ceremony for his new girlfriend and her parents, and a daughter who wants perfection for her wedding day, all planned and carried out to the most minute detail. Newly returned from too many tours in combat, Jonah is dealing with re-entry into peaceful civilian life while trying to ignore a serious case of post-traumatic stress disorder that returned stateside with him. Jonah and Cynthia engage in a one night stand that, despite their best efforts, develops into so much more.
How did you choose to write for this line? I write what I enjoy reading which is contemporary. The only caveat for the Dearly Beloved series was that the term Dearly Beloved appear somewhere in the book. "Dearly Beloved” is my opening line with the hero speaking and the heroine observing.
What is unique to you about Only If You Dare? In the original proposal, this book was going to be about Big Business versus the Little Guy, a totally different concept from the book I finally wrote.
What are the essential tools which every writer must have? A pen and paper is essential for me. I'm a true pantser but I need to have the actual feel of pen to paper in order be creative. A reliable laptop, software program and printer comes next. My writing style, if you will, is to compose in long hand, clean type, edit in pen, clean type and so on. Unfortunately, it takes me a long time to even finish a first draft. A good sense of self is also an important tool. I enjoy the positive comments and reviews and accept and try to learn from the negative ones. Don't get me wrong, those bad reviews hurt, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
What's the greatest compliment you've received about your writing? A reviewer once said my love scenes are sexy, sensuous and basically g-rated. I like hearing that. To me, it means my characters have connected emotionally rather than just physically and my reader has become involved as well.
Anything else? Ummmm. Yeah. I'd like to share a couple of quotes that mean a lot to me. The first is author unknown: "Great faith brings great results. And since you'll be the same age whether you go after your dreams or not, why let age be a factor in your decisions?" The second is by Doctor Seuss: "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.”
Here's where you can find out more about Margo:
Website: http://margohoornstra.com/
Blog: http://margohoornstra.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MargoHoornstra
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MargoHoornstra
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3222492.Margo_Hoornstra

Having Margo with us today means a lot to Veronica and me. Margo has been with us from the start. We wish her so much luck with sales on "Only If You Dare" and all those stories still percolating inside that busy brain of hers.
Kat Doran and Veronica Lynch

Monday, February 3, 2014

Come blog with author Velda Brotherton

Today 2 Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome Velda Brotherton, creator of “Once There Were Sad Songs” a recent Wild Rose Press release out of the Vintage Rose line. Welcome, Velda
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from? Arkansas
What is “Once There Were Sad Songs” about? Set in 1985, it's about a Vietnam vet on the path to destruction and a schoolteacher searching for the life she always dreamed of having. They find each other at a remote lake in the Ouachita Mountains. Both wonder if they can embrace this second chance at love or is it too late?
What did you think the first time you saw the hero and heroine ? I thought if I had met such a guy [like Steven] when I was younger, I would have fallen for him because he could offer me adventure. He reminded me of a boyfriend I had when I was young. Wild and crazy, adorable and willing to try new things.
As for the heroine, Mary Elizabeth, who has no last name because she had forsaken it, I liked her, but wondered why she had stuck with her fanatical husband as long as she had. I was determined to get her out of her predicament and on to something that better suited her deepest desires.
And your second thought? If these two get together there's going to be an explosion of emotions and some life changing events.
Was it love at first sight? Definitely. The attraction was there immediately but it took a while to reach the boiling point.
What do you like most about Steven and Mary Elizabeth? I like him because once he realized he could lead a better life, he set out to repair all the damage he had done to others. This takes a lot of courage. On the other hand, Mary Elizabeth was brave enough to return to her old life as the changed woman she was, willing to show everyone who she truly was.
How would you describe them? Steven Michael Llewellyn is a scruffy but sexy guy in his thirties. His sandy hair hangs down his back in a single braid and he is just muscular enough to be enticing, with inquisitive blue eyes that flash ice and fire. The lines in his face are sharp as if sketched in quick strokes by an artist with a hunk of charcoal, left unfinished. He's tough and rugged enough to survive the life he's chosen to live, but he seems lonely and in search of something better.
Mary Elizabeth is in her forties, country pretty. Steven sees her as having nice breasts so you couldn't count her rib bones, good hips, not those plank- like things so popular now. She is something of a prude but still willing to stand up to adversity when it comes along. She has wild auburn hair that gleams red in the sunlight, a dusting of color that needs no makeup and an athletic body.
How would they describe you? Mary Elizabeth would probably describe me as a harsh task master, willing to put her through hell just to let her know who is in charge. Steven would say I don't know the first thing about how he feels so stop probing around inside his mind.
What made you choose writing as a profession? All the voices and stories that haunted me. I finally decided that the only way to satisfy them was to put their stories down on paper. The voices continue to prod me into action. Writers are the only people in the world who hear voices and no one tells them to see a psychiatrist.
What is your biggest fear? Dying before I get all my stories told and books written.
How do you relax? Watch movies, I even like bad movies cause they show me what not to do when I write my books.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Spenser in the books written by Robert Parker. He is quirky, funny, hard as nails when necessary and would go to hell and back to protect the helpless. The stories he lives in are thoughtful and much more than just another mystery. Dave Robicheaux by James Lee Burke runs a close second if not tied with Spenser because they are somewhat alike, though Spenser is more sophisticated than Robicheaux who wades into battle without thinking about it. I like complex characters.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Have faith in yourself and don't give up. Perseverance is the most important a trait a writer can have.
What movies or books have had an impact on your writing? This is a tough question because of all the writers I admire and the movies I've liked. And I write in so many genres that each one was influenced by a different writer and/or movie. I'm known as a writer of sexy, gritty and dark books, so think of any movie or book that fits that criteria and it's probably influenced me. My historicals I'd say were influenced by Larry McMurtry and True Grit is one of my favorite westerns, though I write romances of the early west. See how complicated it gets to pick? My women's fiction are tougher than most. A reviewer compared my development of male characters in “Once There Were Sad Songs” to the writings of Steinbeck. My first mystery was influenced a great deal by the works of Edgar Allan Poe, and the series is named A Twist of Poe.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them?
What influenced your decision to submit to them. My publisher is The Wild Rose Press. I met their senior editor, Rhonda Penders, at a writer's conference. Once we began to talk about writing and my work, I knew I'd found someone I wanted to deal with. She is down to earth, truthful and very talented. When she asked to see the book I pitched, she immediately asked if I had others. I submitted two books to her, and she contracted one and suggested another press for the other, which didn't quite suit any of their lines. The other press took the book and contracted it. After several years of writing and being published in the nonfiction field, I was back in the fiction world with that one meeting. I have since gone with a third small press with a mystery series.
Tell us a bit about the submission process. WRP takes submissions online. They supply instructions on formatting so they can go right to press with the book. It took almost a year for the first book to go from that pitch I made to ebook and print. During that time an editor was assigned to work with me and together we were able to make a few small changes and also input suggestions for the cover. Once the cover and the galleys were approved by me, the book was put in line for publishing.
How long did it take from query to release? The press sends out ARCs to a huge list of reviewers, but other than that the author does the promotion but we are given suggestions on how to promote our books. I now have three books with WRP and a fourth one is in the works. One more approval from editors and it will be contracted (or not).
Thanks for coming to visit us this week, Velda. We I wish you many sales of this and all your books.
Kat Doran and Veronica Lynch.
To learn more about Velda Brotherton and the stories she creates go to: http://www.veldabrotherton.com
To purchase Once There Were Sad Songs, go to http://www.tinyurl.com/kgerkkf
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