Monday, October 27, 2014

Meet Dayana Knight, author of Witch Familiar

Breanna McShae finds more in her newly acquired familiar then extra storage for her recently attained powers. She has discovered an unexpected addition to her very soul--something she will do anything to keep close to her heart.
Today Wild Women Authors welcomes author Dayana Knight and Hunter Colhen from Witch Familiar, one of the latest series published by the Wild Rose Press: Hauntings in the Garden. Welcome Dayana and Hunter.
Where are you from? Hell and back…ahh…it just feels like it sometimes. Name is Hunter Colhen and I am actually a hunter.
Please tell us something about Witch Familiar. I am chasing a monster. A sikqui, a demonic-like entity, who destroyed my family. I have been chasing the thing for more years than I’d like to admit… Then this sexy little witch gets in the middle and well you’ve probably guessed… The demon bastard goes after her.
That would be Brianna. What did you think the first time you saw her? I walked into the apothecary one day--your equivalent to a pharmacy—and there she was. Beautiful. Gathering herb plants, sunlight steaming through her blonde hair, deep in thought she was. No idea I was studying her. She bent to pick up a rosemary plant and I noticed a tasteful tattoo on the small of her back of a morning glory vine with a butterfly alight a flower and I…well let’s just say it got very hot.
Unh huh. And your second thought? I was gonna meet that girl.
Good one. Did you think it was love at first sight? I don’t know, but I felt drawn to her in a way I never felt for another female. I felt bound to her somehow…
What do you like most about Briana? She is so feminine yet so very powerful and strong.
How would you describe her? Sexy, warm and very powerful, yet I don’t think she realizes what a powerful witch she is.
Hunter was unexpectedly called upon to take on a secret mission so Dayana has graciously stepped in to complete the interview.
Dayana, what movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? I love paranormal stuff—vampires, shifters, ghosts, witches, etc. I also love crime suspense, but actually the books and movies are not what inspired me to sit down and write seriously. I’d written in some format or other for most of my life. The type of stories I pen are because they are the genres I love, however, my first book came out of a free writing class I’d taken long ago and the writing class was inspired by a great loss in my life—actually two—the deaths of my father and my Sheltie, Kazzy within months of one another. I had no other way to deal with the losses, so I began journaling then the most amazing thing happened, I began writing in earnest. My first novel, a crime suspense after which I moved on to paranormal. Oh I could go on and on…
What real thing/event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? My interest in nature and nature religions. I have been studying paganism and other earth centered religions. It was fun impersonating a green witch—a sexy one.
Tell us about your publisher. I am multi-published with The Wild Rose Press.
How did you first hear about them? A peer author told me about them years ago That they were looking for vamp and shifter stories. Sooo…I submitted.
What influenced your decision to submit? I liked the way they worked. They don’t send form letters, they actually want to help authors along the way to publication even if they don’t take your manuscript.
Tell us about the submission process ie how long from date of query to date of release. Well this particular story, Witch Familiar, came about after a call-out for Halloween/Samhain type stories, perhaps the end of last year with a deadline of February for an outline/synopsis of the piece, then stories had to be complete and through the system by I think it was July, 2014. I never thought I was a write-on-demand type of girl but I proved I could do it. So that to me was worth everything.
What project[s] are you working on now? Several stories are on the grid for me including a reintroduction of my first novel (the crime suspense story I mentioned earlier) completely revised and reworked.
What's up next for you? I hope to do some more write-on-demand subjects but plan to complete things I have in the works which have definitely been collection quite a layer of dust and cobwebs.
To add a bit more enticement to buy this story, Dayana brought along a blurb for Witch Familiar:
Breanna McShae is a practicing green witch—harm to none, do as you will is the mantra she lives by. She must seek a familiar as her powers have reached peak and grounding does not pull enough of her magick back. After performing a ritual, asking the Goddess to provide her with her given familiar, she finds she has two animals vying for her attentions—a wolf and a raven. The catch is one of them is the love of life and the other devastating trouble—a sikkqui—a creature that can assume any shape and sucks the very essence of human spirit and soul out leaving none but death and destruction behind. The only way to destroy it is too perform a dark ritual, which is taboo for a green witch. Her biggest problem is to figure out which animal is the sikkqui and then go against her very nature to destroy it without destroying herself and the shifter who has captured her heart.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Finding Love After Devastating Loss


Following her husband's sudden and tragic death, Beth Franklin finds solace on her couch, watching Dream House, a home improvement show—until she tires of the show's routine and writes in to the network, suggesting a plot twist.
When TV executives ask her to consider appearing on the show, she finds herself not only renovating a house but her own life when she and co-host, hottie Scott Roberts, hit it off.
With broken hearts in common, Beth and Scott take a risk on love, surprising not only themselves but the show's viewers, as well.

          Good morning, all. Fall has finally hit Western New York with a bang and it looks like it’s here to stay for awhile. To celebrate, Wild Women Authors welcomes author Allyson Hayes and Beth Franklin, lead character from Ally’s latest book Reality Re-Do. This book is a honey. To learn the real story behind the emotionally wrenching first chapters of this delightful tale, read on . . .
Welcome, Beth. To begin, please tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from? I grew up in Michigan but have lived in Minnesota for over twenty years now.  I’m getting tired of snow.
Can’t blame you about that. WNY is the bane of existence for someone who hates the cold! Tell us a bit about Reality Re-Do. It tells the story – which I still can’t believe is my story – of how I went from depressed on the couch, passing the time by watching reality shows, to appearing on Dream House and falling in love with the co-host, Scott Roberts.
What did you think the first time you saw Scott? The first time I saw him was on-screen. Still in my self-imposed couch confinement stage, I was flipping through the channels and stopped when I saw this burly man sporting a tool belt, grungy hat and flannel shirt.  He was swinging a sledgehammer to break up outdated looking tile. I put down the remote and became instantly intrigued in whatever it was he was doing.  Moments later he turned to address the camera explaining the old tile was cracked and damaged from having been installed improperly and he was planning to replace it with hardwood. I felt like he was talking just to me. I couldn’t believe I was feeling attracted to someone on TV. 
Yeah, sort of like us and Raylen Givens or Andy Flynn. What was your second thought? Scott seemed too perfect so I quickly assumed he was an actor playing the part of a contractor and told myself he couldn’t be the whole package. Later, I would discover I was wrong.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? I was definitely attracted when I saw him on TV.  I had been numb from my husband’s death for so long the feeling surprised me, I forgot about that tingle of attraction. I have to admit, it was kind of embar-rassing, even though I didn’t tell anyone.
The first time we met in person was intense. By that time we’d already formed a connection over the phone, somewhere between friendly and flirty. Meeting him sealed the deal for me.  The moment he stepped into my house he hugged me and I was a goner. 
Love at first sight – I’d have to say yes.  Love at first hug – absolutely.
That is so sweet, and given what you’d been through, especially intense. What do you like most about him? The way he makes me feel. Scott brought me back to life. He encouraged me to take a chance on doing the show, which led to taking a chance of having a relationship with him.  He makes me feel both and ease and excited to be alive again.  He tells me I can do anything and understand my insecurities while helping me conquer them.
How would you describe him? Scott is above all kind hearted and sincere. That said, he is sexy in a rugged, mature way.  His warm brown eyes and easy smile speak of his softer side.  He’s passionate about everything he gets involved in, from career to personal life.  He’s smart, thoughtful, comforting and insightful. Did I mention he’s sexy? No one pulls off the jeans and construction boot look the way he does. Even the grungy hat he wears only on the show looks hot on him.
Exactly what we wanted to know. How would he describe you? This is a tough one, but he always tells me I’m beautiful – something I hadn’t felt for a long time, he actually makes me feel beautiful.  He’d also say I’m fun and spontaneous; both attributes he helped bring back out in me.  He’d also say I’m short because he’s much taller and teases me about it.  And of course, he’d describe me as older. Yup, I’m a few years older than him, but the only problem it has caused is the seemingly endless supply of jokes and puns from our friends and even ourselves.
What made you choose travel writing as a career? I was one of the lucky ones.  Right out of college I was able to make a career out of my two favorite things – traveling and writing.  I traveled extensively through college; I met my late husband while abroad, and kept journals for all my adventures.  I submitted a few stories to the campus newspaper and it got the attention of a professor who was friends with an editor for Escape magazine.  They ran a few small pieces then offered me an internship, which launched my passion and career. I went freelance when I had my daughter and worked as much as I could with my husband, Tom who worked full time for a large travel company and wrote for them as well.
What is your biggest fear, Beth? For a long time after Tom’s death I told everyone I wanted to be alone, when in fact that was the last thing I needed. Now that I’ve found Scott, and love again, I’ve found life.  I fear being alone again and going back to that lonely place, but my fear is dissipating as Scott and I become closer and talk of a future together.
How do you relax? For me, it’s all about the clothes. I can’t relax until I’ve taken off the heels, bra and jewelry. As soon as I’m in an oversized sweatshirt and yoga pants I’m calm. Fuzzy slippers and a glass of white wine help, too.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Hermione Granger.  My daughter, Emma, and I read the Harry Potter series together as she was growing up and saw all the movies the day they premiered. While she loves Harry, I admire Hermione’s courage, loyalty and intellect. She’s the best friend you ever have and great role model for girls.
Terrific. What is the best piece of advice you ever received?           “Get off the couch, live your life.” Or something like that from my college-age daughter, Emma.  If it weren’t for her encouraging me to send an email to the network about Dream House, I’d still be on the couch.
Thanks, Beth. Now we’d like to chat with your creator, Ally. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? As a child I was obsessed with Little House on the Prairie, first the television show and then the book series.  With Laura Ingalls Wilder as inspiration, I began keeping a daily diary at the age of eight. Soon, the diary wasn’t enough and I started writing stories and have never stopped.  Every movie or television show that has captivated my attention led me back to the book that inspired it to see how it all began. The process fascinates me.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? We meet Beth a few years after the tragic death of her husband.  While I’m happy to say my own husband is alive and well, I was able to describe Beth’s anguish from my own experience with loss.  My mother died from cancer when I was twenty-one and about six months after I went through a period similar to Beth’s of wanting to be left alone in my sadness, refusing the support and comfort being offered.  Like Beth, I finally realized being alone was not the answer.  Though I didn’t have a hunky reality show star to help me get off the couch, I had a support system of friends and family for which I’m grateful.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I’ve been writing for years but didn’t seriously begin querying agents and publishers until four years ago when all my kids were finally in school full time. What a process! I was astonished at how brutal the publishing world could be and soon developed a thick skin for rejections.
          After another round of getting auto-rejections from agents and their assistants, I began researching small publishers. Once I reached out to the small, independent publishers everything changed. I was pleasantly surprised to hear back personally from editors at the Wild Rose Press, including feedback and encouragement. I heard back immediately thanking me for the submission and asking me to wait a few weeks for reply.  I heard back the next day asking for more. A week later I had an offer to contract Reality Re-Do.  My head was spinning, my dream was coming true thanks to the nicest, most supportive and informative group of women anyone could ask for.  A few rounds of edits and ten months later I became a published author.
What project[s] are you working on now? Reality Re-Mix, which continues Beth and Scott’s story, is being reviewed for consideration presently. While I wait to hear about that, I’m putting the finishing touches on Reality Rewind which will be the final installment in the series. It will fill in the past and answer all the questions.
What's up next for you? As Beth and Scott’s story comes to a close I find myself feeling nostalgic for the characters in the full length contemporary novel I originally submitted years ago. I’ve been revisiting them and polishing the manuscript with the experience of now having been through the edit process.  I hope everyone will get a chance to meet them one day.
Kat and I thank Ally Hayes and Beth Franklin for visiting us today and we wish them much luck with this story and those to come!

To purchase Reality Re-Do, go to: www.thewildrosepress.com and follow the prompts for author search and/or title search.







Monday, October 13, 2014

Meet Scott Hensley, MD of Tempered Dreams


Dr. Scott Hensley has built a wall around his heart since the death of his wife and parents. Katrina Simmons is recovering from scars inflicted on her as a battered wife. Can dreams be renewed and faith strengthened? Can they find joy and peace in God’s love and in love for one another?

This week Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome back Pamela S Thibodeaux who brings Dr. Scott Hensley, from Tempered Dreams a inspi-rational romance released by Temperance Publishing.
First up is Scott. What did you think the first time you saw the heroine?
The night I met Katrina after an automobile accident she was in with her husband, I thought how much she reminded me of my deceased wife as well as best friend’s wife.
And your second thought? I can’t recall my second thought but I can tell you I couldn’t get her out of my mind.
That is so sweet! Did you think it was love at first sight? For me it was, although it took a while to realize that.
What do you like most about Katrina? Everything! She is beautiful, passionate, and has depths of love and goodness and an innate strength she never knew she possessed.
How would you describe her? She is petite with rich red-gold hair and chocolate colored eyes and a fiery personality that belies her size.
How would she describe you? I’m a bit older than Trina but I do believe she’d describe me as strong yet gentle, tough yet tender. I’d go to the ends of the earth to protect her and make her happy and all of her dreams come true. I am six feet tall, huge compared to her tiny frame, with black hair and brown eyes.
What made you choose medicine as a profession? I’ve always had this burning desire to help people, especially those less fortunate than I. Guess it comes from being raised by a minister.
What is your biggest fear? That mankind will destroy itself. You’ve no idea how much anguish we deal with on a daily basis and the depths of pain and suffering one human can inflict on another.
How do you relax? Relax? I’m a physician, remember? Seriously, my favorite way to relax is spending time with those I love and returning to Bandera, Texas where I was born and raised.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Dr. Gregory House, the title character from TVs House. He's cocky and arrogant, I know, but brilliant. Dr. Gregory House from the TV show House. He’s arrogant and
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Many doctors have what’s commonly known as a God complex. When I first studied medicine my father reminded me often, that I am not God but merely His instrument. I try hard to remember that in my life and practice.
What a great way to end a character interview! Now, to chat a bit with Pamela. What movies or books have had an impact on your writing?
I’ve been an avid reader my entire life. Walter Farley’s Black Stallion series impacted my love for horses and desire to write about them. Nora Roberts hugely impacted my romantic nature and ability to develop characters and Francine Rivers gave me insight on how to write true-to-life Christianity in my characters.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them? What influenced your decision to submit to them. Tell us a bit about the submission process. How long did it take from query to release?
Tempered Dreams was initially published in 2005 by ComStar Media. The entire process from acceptance to publication took a little over a year, since CSM released it along with book 1, Tempered Hearts at the same time. Once my contract for the series expired, I reproduced the books with new covers through my indy imprint, Temperance Publishing.
What book are you currently reading? Nothing at the moment, my reading binge ended a couple of weeks ago but my TBR pile is always there….waiting…wooing.
Good one. What's up next for you? My upcoming novel, Circles of Fate is in the last rounds of edited and hopefully will be out before Thanksgiving. After that, I have 2 projects well underway which I hope to get completed and submitted/contracted/whatever next year. I also have 2 NF projects I’d like to work on. And of course, like all writers a whole host of ideas just waiting to be developed.
Thanks so much for visiting us this week, Pamela. Much luck with this book and future works.
Kat and Veronica
Author Bio: 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.”
To learn more about Pamela S Thibodeaux and the stories she creates go to:
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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Introducing Nick Forrester and Nunie Doyle of Caper Magic

     Nick Forrester comes to Cape Brendan ostensibly to assist with Caper Madness, a month long celebration of everything Halloween. In reality he is tracking a woman on the run. Within days he is confronted by Annunciata Doyle, a vivid reminder of a pain-filled past.
     After retreating to Cape Brendan in defeat and humiliation, Nunie Doyle's only hope was to make the best of forced retirement. There, in this quaint tourist town on the shores of Lake Ontario, she earned the love and respect of new friends and neighbors—and put her talent for helping women to good use.
     With the mutual goal of making Caper Madness the best ever, Nick and Nunie fight tooth and nail on the personal level, each discovering a new side to the other, sides that make them consider making drastic changes for the rest of their lives.
     This attraction: complete madness—or sheer magic?
    We had an open spot on the calendar this week so Nick agreed to fill in at the last minute. We're always in the mood to spend time with a hunky older man ala Tony Denison from The Closer and Major Crimes. 
    Good morning, Nick, tell us a bit about Caper Magic. As you can see by the blurb, I came to Cape Brendan to help my Uncle Hank run this annual lunacy called Caper Madness. He's not been feeling well and I needed to spend some time with him before . . . you know.
    Yep. Been there, done that. What did you think the first time you saw Nunie Doyle? That she had the longest legs in the known universe.
    Not bad, kid. And your second thought? I wondered how that velvet fall of hair would feel as it brushed against my skin.
    Did you think it was love at first sight? Hell no. Once she opened her mouth and that Irish brogue sang out, a nasty tingle ran up my back. Then Hank said her name. Never in a million years did I think I'd run into the Crone of Crozier College in the middle of Cape Brendan. Believe me, her legs could stretch from here to Long Island; her hair could burn me live with its fire. Love is the last emotion I'd ever feel for this . . . dame.
    What do you like most about her? As it turns out, she's got more guts than most guys I know, and more integrity. She's a wonder, my Nunie.
    How would you describe her? Caring, tireless, gutsy, loyal. Forgiving.
    How would she describe you? A skeeving git.
    What made you choose legal investigations as a second career? I retired from the Syracuse Police Department a few years ago but boredom set in real soon. One of the biggest law firms in town hired me as Chief Investigator. The pay is good; it keeps me off the streets and out of the bars; plus, it pays the rent. And I'm rarely bored.
    What is your biggest fear? That I'll lose my uncle before I have the opportunity to tell him how much I respect, admire and revere him for all he did for me and my sister when we were abandoned by our parents.
    How do you relax? When I figure that one out, I'll let you know.
    Who's your favorite fictional character and why? Mitch Rapp, the CIA operative in the political thriller series conceived by the late Vince Flynn. The man has an ego as big as all outdoors with a heart to match. I'm so sorry there won't be any new adventures for old Mitch.
    What is the best piece of advice you ever received? On the day I graduated from the police academy Uncle Hank told me to listen to my gut, then my heart and make a decision. Don't drag your ass, boy, he said. If it's not the best decision you'll always have the opportunity to go back and make things right.
    Thanks, Nick. Can't wait to show you what we've got in store for you in the next Cape Brendan story. Unh oh. Do I get antsy now or wait?
    We'll let you know.
    To purchase Caper Magic or other stories by Kat or Veronica, go to:
    www.thewildrosepress.com and click on author search. That will bring up all the titles.