Monday, April 20, 2015

Meet Inspirational Author Pamela S. Thibodeaux

Today Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome back author Pamela S. Thibodeaux who brings with her Lori Strickland, from Lori’s Redemption an Inspirational romance release from Temperance Publishing. Lori is up first.
Tell us a bit about Lori’s Redemption. Lori Strickland, who was introduced in Tempered Fire, has always been known as her father's "wild child" with no desire to change until she meets ex-bull-rider-turned-preacher Rafe Judson. Her attempts to change her wanton ways come to naught until she realizes redemption only comes with true repentance.
What did you think the first time you saw Rafe? That he was handsome despite his limp.
And your second thought? That he smelled rather good for a preacher.
Good one, Lori. Did you think it was love at first sight?
Oh no, definitely not! I was not at my best when we met so I’m sure there wasn’t any love at first sight. A bit of interest and maybe a hint of lust on his part and he definitely invaded my sphere, but I’m not sure it was love.
What do you like most about him? The total lack of judgment in him over the sad state of disgrace he found me in.
How would you describe him? He is tall and handsome with jet black hair and crystal blue eyes. He has a limp from a near fatal mishap with a bull that ended his career as a rodeo cowboy.
How would he describe you? Well I’ve always been known as a ‘wild child’ and I’m sure he figured that a correct description despite my innocent looks, blonde hair and brown eyes.
What made you choose rodeo cowgirl as a career? I was born with a desperate need to escape from the small-town existence of Bandera, Texas. With no real direction in my life and no idea what I really wanted to do other than find the cowboy of my dreams and settle down, I figured the rodeo circuit would at least curb if not cure the wanderlust in my soul. And that maybe I could build a name for myself and be recognized as anything other than Roy Strickland’s ‘wild child.’ Also, what better place to find a cowboy than at the rodeo?
What is your biggest fear? That I’ll never really be accepted or loved for who I am, not just who my father is and that I’ll never measure up to standards of any kind held in high esteem by society at large. And that I’ll never be good enough.
How do you relax? I don’t. Does any wanderer ever really relax? But I do love to run and that is about the only thing that’s been a consistency in my life.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Cinderella. She had a fairy godmother that created a life of beauty out of the ashes in her existence and a Prince Charming who searched until he found her, kinda like Rafe did with me.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? My long-time friend, Stanley Morrison, who is actually more like a brother, told me at my darkest moment that it’s never too late for redemption for anyone, regardless of what they’ve done. He also said that redemption is the key to ending the misery in our lives and that you can’t find redemption, nor can you earn or buy it. Like forgiveness, grace and mercy, redemption is a gift and we can only receive it.
Thanks for the interview, Lori. It's Pamela's turn now. What movies or books have had an impact on your writing? A romantic at heart, I believe in magic and miracles and happy ever after and absolutely LOVE a great book, song and/or movie. Nora Roberts is my all time favorite author and Pretty Woman one of my favorite movies.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. Tell us a bit about the submission process. How long did it take from query to release? Temperance Publishing is an indy imprint under which I published the reprints of my Tempered series. Since Lori’s Redemption is a short spin-off of Tempered Fire (book 3), it was only fitting that I release it myself. It took a couple of months of editing and formatting then getting the perfect cover before I felt comfortable releasing the story.
What book are you currently reading?
Along with romance books, I am an avid reader of spiritual non-fiction and right now I’m reading You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay. Recent reads are The Unmistakable Touch of Grace by Cheryl Richardson and How to Know God by Deepak Chopra.
What's up next for you? [future releases, current projects etc].
My latest novel, Circles of Fate , was released in December 2014 through Temperance Publishing. Currently I have 2 WIP’s that I alternate working on.... one I hope to submit to Pelican Book Group for their Passport to Romance line and the other either for their Christmas Extravaganza or Easter Lilies line.
Thanks, Pamela. As always, this has been great. You create interesting, layered characters who are a thrill to meet.
To learn more about Pamela S Thibodeaux and the stories she creates go to: http://pamelathibodeaux.com/
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Monday, April 13, 2015

Meet Southern Gothic Author Susan Coryell

Sins and secrets of the past lie buried deep beneath the stones...

With that intriguing tag line, Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome back author Susan Coryell with her new release from The Wild Rose Press, Beneath The Stones. Susan brought with her heroine Ashby Overton.
Where are you from, Ashby? I grew up in New Jersey with my parents but left for Southern Virginia the summer of five years ago to act as an au pair to my then seven-year-old cousin. By the end of that momentous summer, chronicled in A Red, Red Rose, I had inherited Overhome Estate, my family’s historic plantation, a working horse farm on the shore of beautiful Moore Mountain Lake.
Tell us a bit about Beneath the Stones. The story picked up my life at Overhome five years after I inherited the family estate. I had earned my writing degree and was working for a local magazine—writing about arts and artists around here. Best news ever? I was getting married at summer’s end! Luke, my fiance, was winding up his veterinary degree and my parents were retiring and moving down South to help with the wedding. Oh, all my orbs were in orbit. Except for one thing: Overhome Estate was in financial peril and it was up to me to get us out of the red. To do this, I planned to sell off fifty back acres for a housing project. It broke my heart to compromise the integrity of a 200-year-old estate, but what other choice did I have?
So—how does this economic plan work? Oh, Lord. There’s so much opposition to my real estate deal—and I don’t mean from the family. You see, there was this spirit—yeah—a ghost—who was DEAD set (pun intended) on thwarting my plan. He was one mean and ornery devil. At times, I feared for my life. I had to uncover a lot of the Overton family’s past to sort out the motives behind this unpredictable entity.
What was your biggest fear? When every step I took seemed to lead to danger, the thing I most feared was that Luke and I would have to put off our wedding. We’d waited five years for this; I could not bear to think of waiting one day, one hour, one minute longer.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? When I tried to find answers to the who and why of the threatening spirit, I spoke to Miss Emma Coleville, our faithful former housekeeper and archivist of all things pertaining to Overhome. Miss Emma said, “The past is always with us. We cannot escape it, even if we desperately want to. Especially at Overhome.” It took me all summer to understand the meaning of those words.
This has been fascinating, Ashby. Now it's time to speak with Susan because we'd like to know which writers, from either books or movies, have had a major impact on your writing? I am in awe of mystery/gothic writers like Daphne DuMaurier, who wrote Rebecca—also, Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart. And by the way, Veronica, thanks for hosting my protagonist and me on your amazing blog!
You're very welcome. It's always fun to have you with us. With regard to research, where did you start for Beneath The Stones? I did so much research for this book. I scoured the Museum of the Confederacy several times, looking for the Virginia history I needed for background. I visited battle fields from the Civil War and toured an authentic “fort” structure built in the Valley of Virginia in the 1700’s, which became the prototype for the overseer’s cottage on Overhome Estate. I also interviewed a bluegrass champion mandolin player, spent a day on a lake horse farm, took in a winery tour and corresponded with an Olympic equestrian about the training of hunter-jumper horses and their riders.
Did that lead you down different paths, thereby changing the original concept? A serendipitous discovery wove its way into my novel—not changing the course, but certainly enriching the theme. The Civil War letters included in Beneath the Stones are based on actual letters written from battle fronts by family ancestors, Joseph Franklin Stover and John William Stover. After my mother-in-law’s death, the family found a nondescript box in her file cabinet. Inside we were amazed to find fifteen letters hand-written in beautiful, flowing script—all from these Confederate soldiers in the family. Since this occurred as I was in the midst of writing Beneath the Stones, I immediately seized on the idea of using excerpts from the letters in the novel. Though, for practical reasons, I omitted many details, overall the letters reveal a haunting picture of life for the Confederate soldier. A final note: The flute mentioned in one of the letters is very likely the same flute on display at the Museum of the Confederacy in Appomattox, Virginia.
Is there something more you'd like blog visitors to know about your writing or this book in particular? I always work with multiple themes. Southern Gothics are especially rich thematically—there’s just so much strife and conflict in the history of the South. Beneath the Stones touches on family and bloodlines, war and loyalty, layers of history, unrest in the spirit realm and the richness of cultural diversity—among others.
As a result, my books work well for book club discussions.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them; what influenced you to submit to them; how is the submission process; what is the turn-around time from date of query to date of release? The Wild Rose Press published both A Red, Red Rose and Beneath the Stones. I was referred to TWRP by a former publisher and I must say they are wonderful to work with—every one! I love my editor, Alicia Dean (aka Alice Robertson), who has been super helpful with both books. I’d say turn-around time is “reasonable.”
Beneath the Stones is my first go at sequel writing; I learned, by trial and error, how much of A Red, Red Rose to include without spoilers while maintaining a stand-alone novel in Beneath the Stones. Quite a task!
What are you reading right now? The Rent Collector, The Girls of Atomic City, The Garden of Evening Mists. (I always have three books going at once and I belong to two book clubs).
What's next for you? I am working on the third book in the Overhome series. Five years later, of course.
Susan also brought an excerpt with her from Beneath the Stones:
Luke climbed down cautiously, the old boards of the steps groaning and creaking under his weight. When he reached the bottom, he turned, held out his arms and said, “Come on down, Ashby. Just go slow.”
Not to worry. I’ve done this before,” I told him, reaching for the first step with my foot. Carefully, I moved toward the bottom, one step at a time, leaning against the wall for support. I was half-way there when it happened—so suddenly that I had no time to react. Frigid air swooshed down on me from behind, freezing my face so that I screwed my eyes tight shut at the same time something strong and determined pushed against my back violently—so violently that I stumbled, then tumbled forward, to be caught in Luke’s outstretched arms from several stairs below.
Whoa!” Luke exhaled from the impact of my body on his. “My God, Ashby. What happened?”
I slumped against him, unable to utter a single word, my breathing shallow and rapid. At last I found my voice. “Something pushed me, Luke. I don’t know what—or who—but it was powerful and deliberate.”
Luke glanced up to the top of the stairs. “Nothing there. I’m going back to the loft to look.”
I stopped him. “I doubt you’ll find anything.” I sniffed the air, expecting a new infusion of foul odor. “And what would you do if you did find anything?”
Just then we both heard it. Hollow, chilling, trailing away from us with every syllable: “Go away. He’s dead. He’s dead. He’s dead....”

To learn more about Susan Coryell and the stories she creates go to: www.susancoryellauthor.com or contact her at:
Twitter: @Scoryellauthor




Monday, April 6, 2015

Meet Kara O'Neal's New Man!

     After Eulalie Miller was left at the altar, her younger sisters, Susannah and Lucy, pledge to never forsake her, not suspecting the vow would label them "Spinster Sisters". Neither did they realize Eulalie would become so formidable, the male population would be too scared to darken their doorstep.
     But, while Eulalie makes it her mission to protect her sisters from men, she can't stop Brady Callahan, the saloon owner, from turning Susannah's head. Nor can she keep Harold Dawson, recently widowed, from stealing Lucy's heart. And when Richard Morrison comes calling for Eulalie, expecting courtship, marriage, and her love, Eulalie’s world is turned on its axis.
     As the "Spinster Sisters" tumble into romance, the people of Pikes Run might have to seek a new title for them. One of distinction and hope…
With that, Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome back Kara O'Neal and Brady Callahan from Kara's latest release, The Miller Brides. First up is Brady.
Where are you from? Texas. We moved around a lot, so I’m not really from a particular city.
Tell us a bit about The Miller Brides. It’s about the love three sisters have for each other. They all end up gettin’ hitched by the end of the story, and I’m one of the lucky fellas that ends up tyin’ the knot with one of those sisters.
What did you think the first time you saw Susannah? I thought her corset ties needed unlacing. And I told her that. Eventually anyway.
Hah! Good one. And your second thought? I realized there was fire under all that prim and proper behavior she tried to present. I wanted to unwrap everything and keep it for myself.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Possibly. She was so damned intriguing. I fell so hard and so fast for her, it might as well have been love at first sight.
What do you like most about Susannah? Her innocence. She tries to be worldly, but she’s too naive to completely understand. Still, she can get the better of me when she really wants to.
Considering your profession, Brady, that's an interesting response. How would you describe her? Hell, she’s amazing. I’ve never known a woman who can be equal parts innocent and feisty. It’s a killing combination.
How would she describe you? Can we skip this one?
No. Again, how would Susannah describe you? I guess she’d say I’m mischievous. And I probably tease her too much. But it’s so damn fun to do it. I think she’d also say I make her feel safe, which is important to me.
What made you choose being a saloon owner as a career? I enjoy havin’ a good time, and if I had some kind of town job, I’d die of boredom. I like bringin’ a good time to others, as well.
What is your biggest fear? Losin’ Susannah or our children. Early in our courtship, Susannah went missin’. That’s a hell I never want to repeat.
How do you relax? I spend time with my family or play a good hand of poker.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I like the Benedick fellow from Much Ado About Nothing. His courtship of Beatrice reminds me of Susannah and myself.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Don’t play poker with drunk cheats. I almost never follow it. Gives Susannah the hives.
The hives. Another Brady zinger. We'd like to talk to Kara, if you don't mind giving up the spotlight.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? Anne of Green Gables is a major influence on me, as is Little Women, but these came early in my life. As an adult, I found Jane Austen, and her novels are truly literary magic.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I have two sisters and a brother. I’ve always wanted to write siblings who have similar dynamics as the four of us. These women, and their irritated, but gruffly affectionate older brother, are just a glimpse into how my life was growing up.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? Resplendence Publishing was accepting historicals that weren’t Regency. I write Westerns, so when I saw that they were looking for something different, I quickly submitted. It was the right decision. My editors have made me a better writer.
What project[s] are you working on now? My fifth book - The Soldier’s Love - was just released on March 25th. I am currently writing my sixth book – Love’s Promise – where Thomas Miller from The Miller Brides is one of the heroes.
What's up next for you? More Pikes Run! I love these characters and before long every main player will have his, or her, story.

Thanks for spending time with us, Kara. Veronica and I always enjoy meeting your characters.
Kat Henry Doran

To purchase The Miller Brides, go to:


To learn more about Kara and the characters she creates, go to:
Twitter: @KaraONealAuthor