Monday, May 18, 2015

Meet Pamela Thibodeaux' Newest Hero

     Set at the tail end of the Vietnam War era, Circles of Fate takes the reader from Fort Benning, Georgia to Thibodaux, Louisiana. A romantic saga, this gripping novel covers nearly twenty years in the lives of Shaunna Chatman and Todd Jameson. Constantly thrown together and torn apart by fate, the two are repeatedly forced to choose between love and duty, right and wrong, standing on faith or succumbing to the world’s viewpoint on life, love, marriage and fidelity. With intriguing twists and turns, fate brings together a cast of characters whose lives will forever be entwined. Through it all is the hand of God as He works all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome Pamela S Thibodeaux and Todd Jameson, from Circles of Fate an Inspirational Women’s Fiction release from Temperance Publishing. First up is Todd.
What did you think the first time you saw Shaunna Chatman? That she was the loveliest female I’d ever laid eyes on.
And your second thought? That she was too young to get involved with.
Did you think it was love at first sight? For me, definitely.
What do you like most about her? That’s hard to pinpoint as I love everything about her… the way she walks, the sound of her voice, her smile, the way the sun bounces off her hair, the way her eyes shine when she’s happy or flash fire when she’s mad.
That is so sweet! How would you describe her? Shaunna has rich copper colored hair and coffee colored eyes. She’s petite, but is every bit as passionate as her coloring would indicate.
How would she describe you? Me? I’m nothing special. I’m about five eight or nine with black hair and green eyes.
What made you choose military life for a career? At seventeen I had the option to stay out of jail by joining the Army.
Works for us—and for many young men in similar situations back in the day. What is your biggest fear? That no matter how much I accomplish, endure or overcome, deep down inside I’ll still be like my alcoholic father.
How do you relax? What’s that? I’m in the Army, remember? Seriously, I haven’t had a lot of time to relax but plan to do a lot of that once I retire. That, and spend time with the family and friends God has graced me with.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? My mother died when I was three and until I joined the Army I was too busy fighting to survive life with my father that I never had a lot of time for fiction. Then twenty years in the Army, including my last assignment as a ROTC instructor, didn’t allow much room for anything but training and military policy and procedure. Although I do enjoy a bit of television so if I had to pick a favorite fictional character I’d have to say Magnum PI.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Not really advice but insight I received when talking to my stepson is this: It’s not your name that counts but the honor you bring to it.
Good one. Thanks, Todd. Now it's time to talk with 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 and Nora Roberts is my all-time favorite romance author.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. Temperance Publishing is the indy imprint under which I published the reprints of my Tempered Series & short spinoff Lori’s Redemption, the electronic & soft cover editions of The Visionary and a couple of non-fiction projects. This manuscript was originally handwritten in 1989, typed in 1994 then saved from a word processor to my computer in 2000. I worked on it sporadically over the years but not until last year was it ready to submit. Then, after submitting to several agents and a couple of publishers who declined the book for various reasons, I decided to publish it myself.
What are you currently reading? I’ve been on a non-fiction kick for sometime and am currently reading You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay and The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity by Catherine Ponder.
What's up next for you? I still have several projects in the works. Two fiction and two nonfiction. One thing I am doing is uploading all of my articles and essays to my website. I have years of knowledge and experience in several areas of business and finance along with writing, editing and promotion. Over the span of my writing career, I’ve compiled nearly 100 articles and essays which I am uploading to my website. Once that project is off my ‘To Do’ list I hope to develop a regular writing schedule again.
Thanks so much for visiting us, Pamela. It's always a treat to meet your characters and talk with you. Kat and Veronica.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Another Great Guy From Author Kara O'Neal!

      When Jane Lonnigan refused to marry him, Frank Dawson got the hell out of Pikes Run and joined the army. As he took risk after risk, hoping someone would put him out of his misery, he consequently rose in ranks. Now he’s a First Lieutenant stationed at Fort Robertson, a crack shot, and the main communicator to the Chipsa tribe. 
      Frank broke Jane's heart when he refused to wait for her to complete her education. Still, as she embarked on her journey to becoming a teacher, she couldn't stop loving him. Her first teaching post is for the children of Riley Creek, the town Fort Robertson protects.
      When Frank realizes Jane has become a fixture of the settlement he is a part of, he sets out to guard himself from being twice a fool. But as life swirls around them, Frank can't help but return to her again and again.
     A mistake causes Frank to hurt Jane and make her believe all hope is lost. She runs home, needing the welcoming arms of her family. When Frank learns what he's done, he realizes he's been a fool. He races after her, intent on winning her back. Can he mend her heart and have Jane as his wife?

This week Wild Women Authors is delighted to welcome back author Kara O'Neal who brings Frank Dawson, lead character from The Soldier's Love, the latest in her western historical Pikes Run series out of Resplendence Publishing. Welcome, Kara and Frank. As always, we'll begin with Frank.
Where are you from? I was born in Baltimore, but we moved to Pikes Run, Texas, when I was eight.
Tell us a bit about The Soldier's Love. It’s about a woman, chasing her dream, and a man – me – who was too prideful to wait on her to fulfill that dream.
What did you think the first time you saw Jane? I thought she was the most beautiful girl I’d ever laid eyes on. And when she smiled at me, it was as if I came fully alive. That probably sounds dramatic, but I don’t know how else to describe it. 
Naw, it works for us. And your second thought? That I had to get close to her. I had to know her. There was a need in me, a yearning I didn’t know how to fight. I didn’t even try to fight it. And she had cousins who wouldn’t stop at beating me to a bloody pulp for pursuing her, but I didn’t care.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Yes. I have no doubts about that.
What do you like most about Jane? She is the most loving person I know. She would do anything for others. Her caring nature soothed every hurt I had, and because of my mother, I had plenty.
How would you describe her? Her beauty shines from the inside out. Her happiness and kindness draw people in all the time. She can take care of anything, handle just about anything. She’s amazing.
How would Jane describe you? Dependable. And I hope she’d say I was caring. I try to give back to her as much as she gives to me, but I’m not sure I’m always successful.
What made you choose being a realty agent as a career? I didn’t choose this. Realty is my father’s business. I don’t mind the job because I get to work with him every day. I’m not particular about my profession. All I care about is getting to be around my family and working with my father helps me do that.
What is your biggest fear? Losing a member of my family or losing Jane to some idiotic, prideful thing I might do. There was a time in our lives when my stubbornness almost ruined everything. I never want to allow my pride to have control over my actions again.
How do you relax? I spend time with my family. We fish, play checkers, go to dances. I love dancing with my wife.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? You probably haven’t heard of him, but I like Sir Pendergast. Jane made him up. She’s good at creating stories, and someday she’s gonna write them down. I’m trying to convince her it’s a good idea. We’ll see. I think she’d be a great writer.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Even though I had a terrible relationship with my mother, she gave me advice I should’ve taken. She told me not to let anger eat away my heart. And she told me to go after Jane. If I’d listened to her, I could’ve saved myself and Jane a lot of heartache. Thankfully, I now know the value in my mother’s last words to me, and I practice them every day.
Frank, it was great chatting with you. Kara always invents the most intriguing men, Now it's time to talk with her for a bit.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? Anne of Green Gables was a major influence on me, as was 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’m sure we’ve all had moments when we allowed anger to control our actions. This book is about those moments, and how we can change and have triumph over self-pity.
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? I am currently writing my sixth book Love’s Promise. It’s about accepting love into your life and allowing it to work its magic.
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, Kara, for spending time with us this week and for bringing Frank to meet us. 
Kat and Veronica

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