Monday, June 29, 2015

Home is Where The Heart Is

Best-selling novelist and songwriter, Camie Rogers has penned numerous accounts of the secret love she holds in her heart. Country-Music Superstar Kip Allen has changed from the shy, humble boy, to the epitome of “star.” Can the two rediscover each other after one night of his Home is Where the Heart is tour?
This week Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome Pamela S Thibodeaux who brings Camie Rogers, from Choices a romantic short story release from Pelican Book Group.
Cami, what did you think the first time you saw Kip? Oh wow, that was so long ago! We met in high school and I absolutely adored him.
So this is a second chance type story. What was your second thought?
That I could spend the rest of my life with him.
Did you think it was love at first sight? Absolutely. I believe it was love at first sight for both of us. But, like most people, after high school, we went our separate ways. Kip pursued his dream and became a Country music superstar, while I stayed in our hometown. But when I saw him again, for the first time in years, the magic was still there.
Magic. That is really nice. What do you like most about Kip? What’s not to like? He’s handsome and talented in so many ways! We have so much in common.
How would you describe him? Kip is a shy, humble boy with rusty-gold hair and green eyes.
How would he describe you? Sweet, innocent, trusting, and faithful with caramel colored hair and hazel eyes
What made you choose writing as a profession? I’ve always loved words and music along with various means of artistic ability and expression. Writing enabled me to combine those and provided an outlet through which I can share my faith while entertaining.
What is your biggest fear? That mine and Kip’s dreams will never intersect and I’ll spend my life in love with a man I can’t have.
How do you relax? I own a nice quiet home in the country so relaxing is never an issue but prayer and meditation are my ‘go to’ activities when stress pushes the boundaries of my peace.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why?
Sarah/Angel in Francine Rivers’ book Redeeming Love because her story shows us the true love of God.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? To let go and let God. This applies to every area of your life. If you are constantly trying to ‘make’ something happen, chances are it’s not God’s best for you. When whatever you’re doing seems to just fall into place, that’s a sure sign God has ordained it for your highest good.
Excellent. Thanks for visiting with us, Cami. Now it's Pamela's turn at bat. What movies or books have had an impact on your writing?
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, almost anything by Nora Roberts. Other than these two, there are too many books/authors to mention.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them? What influenced your decision to submit to them.
Choices was originally published by The Wild Rose Press under their White Rose imprint. I found out about TWRP back in 2006 when I submitted my novel, The Inheritance to them. This line eventually became White Rose Publishing then evolved into an imprint of Pelican Book Group. Choices is still available through PBG.
How long did it take from query to release? Back then it only took about 3-6 months from query to publication but as with any publisher, the growth of the business means somewhat slower production time. Which is still OK since major houses take up to 2 years to produce a book!
What book are you currently reading? Not reading anything at this time.
What's up next for you? I’m working on a story I hope to complete and have added to an anthology of short stories next year.
To learn more about Pamela S Thibodeaux and the stories she creates go to:
Twitter: http://twitter.com/psthib @psthib

To purchase Choices go to
Pelican Book Group http://pelink.us/13N5j5g

Friday, June 26, 2015

Fairest of the Faire

The renaissance faire is filled with characters and romance, but will it end in storybook love?
Schoolteacher Connie Meyers is suddenly a young widow, her husband killed in a horrific car accident. Heartbroken to find out he had gambled away everything they had, she moves to her sister-in-law's Midwest home to rebuild her life. A trip to the local Renaissance Faire with her nieces leads to a summer job as a costumed storyteller.
Avowed bad boy and fair performer Gage Younglood is infatuated with Connie at first sight. Despite his deliberately commitment-free life, and Connie's don't-touch-me attitude, he soon has her in his arms, realizing quickly she is also in his heart.
When she is threatened by her late husband's bookie, he steps into the role of protector, his fate forever sealed with hers.
Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome first time author Susabelle Kelmer and hero/protagonist Gage Youngblood from Fairest of the Faire, a June 5th release out of the Champagne Rose line at Wild Rose Press. Welcome Susabelle and Gage. As usual, we'll begin with Gage.
Where are you from? I was born and raised in Connor Springs by my single mother.
Tell us a bit about Fairest of the Faire. Performing at the RenFaire is always fun, and there are all these pretty women just ready for a good-looking guy like me. Connie Meyers is no exception.
What did you think the first time you saw Connie? She was so beautiful, her eyes the color of the ocean. Not to mention those hips, just made for a man to hold. 
What was your second thought? She looks too young to have two daughters. Turns out they were her nieces.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? I don’t believe in love at first sight. At least, I didn’t until I met her. Now, I think maybe love at first sight just might be possible.
What do you like most about Connie? The way she can look at me, like she knows what I’m thinking and can see right into my soul. And I love kissing her.
How would you describe her? Beautiful and honest. She never said anything to me she didn’t mean, and she wasn’t afraid to put me in my place when needed.
How would she describe you? Hot. Scarily irresistible. Is that a word, “scarily?”
What made you choose carpentry as a career? It was a lot safer than my first career as a cop. I found it much easier to deal with housewives trying to seduce me than it was to deal with people trying to shoot me just because of my badge.
Makes a lot of sense. What is your biggest fear? Losing Connie. When I thought she had gone over the loft railing, and there was no way I could catch her, I thought she was gone. I never want to feel that again.
How do you relax, Gage? Before Connie, I don’t think I knew how to relax. After Connie, I relax watching her cook dinner, or when we sit on the big porch swing and talk about nothing, or when we make love.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Indiana Jones. That guy has it going on. Knock him down, he gets back up. He believes in what he is doing.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? “Never leave a child behind.” My father said it to me when I was 13, and he was leaving us for the last time. He didn’t know how to be a father, and my mother had been a one-night-stand. He regretted that he’d been so careless. I was careful to use protection with every woman I slept with.
Thanks for the honesty, Gage. Now it's Susabelle's turn. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer? I have been reading romance novels since I was a young teen. I started with historicals, but by the time I was in my twenties, I was reading contemporary stories. My motto is “Love…is everything.” I believe that fully. So of course romance novels fall right into my thirst for love and happy endings. I love impossible romances, or surprise romances. One of my favorite romantic films is A Walk in the Clouds. It is an impossible love, a surprise love. Gets me every time I watch it.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I was inspired to create Gage Youngblood after attending a RenFaire with my best friend and our daughters. He is fashioned after a player we met there. So many good looking men at the fair, and so many beautifully-dressed women. The RenFaire feels so romantic, so why not set a story in one? You can read more about my writing and where I find inspiration by visiting my website at www.susabelle.com.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I queried The Wild Rose Press (www.TheWildRosePress.com) after the recommendation of a friend in a writing group who had just signed a contract with them. Of course, it was about 4 years between when she recommended them and when I finally gathered the guts to send the query. I was more shocked than anyone when they asked for the full manuscript for a read. The Wild Rose Press only publishes romances, and is a small enough company that I get what feels like personal support and guidance, but big enough to get me out in the market at publication time. I’m very happy with them.
You can order Fairest of the Faire from them or through Amazon or Barnes and Noble (for the Nook), by going to this address:
http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=6250
What project[s] are you working on now? I’m working on my second novel, which remains without a title until I think of something clever. I hope to have it completed by the end of 2015 so it can be queried to The Wild Rose Press.
What's up next for you? Much of my energy is being taken up with marketing Fairest of the Faire and navigating a complex publishing world. It has been a fascinating journey, and I hope to continue along this path! In the meantime, when I’m not writing, I’m working in my vegetable garden and spending time in the Rocky Mountains, which are practically in my back yard here in Colorado.

Thanks for visiting Wild Women Authors, Susabelle. We wish you luck with this story and those we're sure will come. . .
Kat and Veronica

Monday, June 22, 2015

Shh. . . Don't scream

Murders didn't just happen in the quaint coastal town of Cole Harbor, Maine.
New York investigative reporter, Laura Friday, returns to Cole Harbor to recuperate from a near-fatal gunshot wound. While picnicking on her aunt's island, the ground gives way and Laura falls into a shallow grave landing on a woman's skeletal remains. Now someone is leaving white rosebuds on Laura's doorsteps.
Park Ranger, Bryan Cole, makes no secret of his attraction to Laura. Riddled with guilt that she's the blame for her best friend's death, Laura lets Bryan know she is only interested in a platonic relationship. He realizes he has his work cut out for him if he wants to win her heart.
A psychotic killer lurks in the town. The voices inside his head tell him Laura is the perfect woman. If she screams when he tries to love her will there be another grave to fill?

This week, Wild Women Authors welcomes Loretta Rogers and Laura Friday from Murder in the Mist, a recent romantic suspense release out of Wild Rose Press. Welcome Loretta and Laura. As always, first up is Laura Friday.
Where are you from? For many years I lived in New York City, but after being shot and nearly dying, I’ve returned home to Cole Harbor, Maine.
Tell us a bit about your book. “Murder in the Mist” is a journey into fear. Cole Harbor is a quaint seaside village where nothing exciting happens until a psycho begins to kill women. The antagonist’s favorite line is: “Shh...don’t scream.”
What did you think the first time you saw Deputy Sheriff, Mitch Carter? Honestly, I thought Mitch was an arrogant ass. But, I was intrigued by his western boots and his drawl, which further piqued my curiosity about him. How did a Texas cowboy end up in Maine?
And your second thought? My second thought was he’s a handsome, arrogant ass.
Good one. Did you feel it was love at first sight? Not really. You see, I'm jinxed when it comes to the men I allow into my life. They all seem to…die.
What do you like most about him? Being an investigative reporter, I can come on a bit strong. Mitch certainly wasn’t intimidated by my assertive personality. Plus, he made me feel safe.
How would you describe Mitch? My Aunt Phyllis said he looked like a young Robert Mitchum, you know, the actor. She also said the deep cleft in Mitch’s chin was very kissable. She’s shameless. Aside from being the typical tall, dark and oh, so handsome, I totally agree with my aunt.
How would he describe you? First impression…probably an uptight, bossy bitch.
Hah! What made you choose being an investigative reporter as a career? Aside from enjoying living on the edge of danger, I loved the limelight that comes after breaking a big crime story. Note, I said ‘loved.’ Being shot changes ones perspective on life.
Ain't that the truth. What is your biggest fear? After my best friend and camera man was murdered, I'm afraid the crime syndicate has put a ‘hit’ out on me.
How do you relax? It’s difficult for me to relax. These days, I seem to always be looking over my shoulder. Especially now that some weirdo is leaving white rose buds on my office door steps.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Hmm, I’d have to say Nancy Drew is my favorite fictional character. After all, she’s partly responsible for influencing my career choice.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? The best advice I ever received was from Mitch. He said, “You can’t have a tomorrow until you bury your past.”
Thanks, Laura. You have tremendouse guts and a snappy sense of humor. Now, it's Loretta's turn. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? Walter Farley and Marguerite Henry’s horse stories swept me away to many adventures. I was literally the kid who read under the covers with a flashlight. Books were my way to escape the rigors of a difficult home life.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? Before becoming a teacher, I was a rape crisis/suicide prevention counselor. The antagonist in “Murder in the Mist” was based on one of my character studies. I hope, I was able to breathe life into this psychologically disturbed individual. While I wanted to make him real, I also wanted readers to have empathy for him.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I first submitted to The Wild Rose Press in 2007. TWRP was sponsoring a contest. The prize was a publishing contract. I was one of the winners. Seven years and nine books later, I'm still happy to be a TWRP Rose.
What project[s] are you working on now? I’m waiting on edits for “Shadowed Reunion,” which is the sequel to “Murder in the Mist.” I hope the sequel will release by the end of this year (2015).
What's up next for you? My current WIP is a historical romance set in 1890 equatorial Africa. After I finish “Dancing with Lions,” I plan to write a murder mystery series.
Murder in the Mist is available in both print and Ebook at:
The Wild Rose Press http://bitly.com/1Gqvw0p
Amazon.com http://amzn.to/1LuQQ4U
Barnes and Nobles http://bit.ly/1aLw1pn
KOBO, and most online stores.
To learn more about Loretta Rogers and the books she creates, go to:
FaceBook http://on.fb.me/1FLxki6
My website: www.lorettacrogersbooks.com
Amazon.com/author/LorettaCRogers
www.pinterest.com/lorettacrogers
Youtube.com/user/RogersLoretta









Monday, June 15, 2015

The Detective's Dragon

     As a Halfling with little magic, Jamie is barely considered a Draconi, his sole talent finding jewels and lost people. But when he dreams of a human female in trouble, he has no choice but to save her, even if it means crossing dimensions into a different realm.
     Unfairly accused and placed on administrative leave, Detective Ruby Parker is determined to regain her position on the Denver police force. When an attempt to kidnap her fails, she must learn to trust the stranger who appears from nowhere to help her. Unlike in Draconia, Jamie's powers work in Parker's world, his longing to wield magic finally fulfilled. 
     But is working magic worth leaving his family and friends? When Parker realizes she loves Jamie, she must make a choice, follow her heart to a different world, or remain alone and attempt to regain her beloved job. 
     What happens when the one you love lives in another dimension?
Wild Women Authors welcomes Karilyn Bentley, author of The Detective's Dragon, a paranormal romance recently released by The Wild Rose Press. Karilyn brought police detective Ruby Parker with her and we can't wait to learn more about what's behind that intriguing tag line.
Where are you from, Ruby? Denver, Colorado
Tell us a bit about The Detective's Dragon. This is the story of how I met Jamie and how he rescued me. He had a few secrets I found difficult to believe. Like, he was from some strange land called Draconia where dragons roamed. Real, fire-breathing dragons. Yeah, right, was my first thought. In the end, I believed him. You'll have to read the story to find out how we resolved our differences.
What did you think the first time you saw Jamie? I thought he was the hottest guy I'd ever laid eyes on. 
What was your second thought? I'm embarrassed to say I thought he worked with the men who tried to kidnap me.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Not at first sight. I mean, he was smokin' hot, but there was that whole was he/wasn't he working with the kidnappers. The love came a short while later.
What do you like most about him? He's always there when I need him.
How would you describe Jamie? Reliable, dependable, my soul mate.
Soul mate; that's a winner in our book. How would he describe you? The one woman who completes him. He might also say I'm a bit stubborn.
What made you choose police work for a career? I liked helping people and my father was a detective. I thought it would make him proud of me.
What is your biggest fear? Losing my job.
How do you relax? Relax is a five letter word. I prefer to pick up extra shifts.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I don't have a favorite character, per se, but I love sci-fi movies for their escapism. It's always fun to see how screen writers envision the future.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? My father gave me this advice: "See beyond his lies. Discover his truth. Play along."
Excellent. Now let's talk with Karilyn. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? Sherrilyn Kenyon's books inspired me to write romance. I picked one up thinking it was a fantasy story, not a romance (until then I pretty much shunned romance books), but I loved that book (and I really wish I could remember which one it was!). That's when I realized romance had crossed into fantasy/paranormal and I loved those kinds of stories. So I started writing romance with fantasy and paranormal elements.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? Is it bad to say I write fantasy so I can make the whole thing up? The only thing from my real life I put into my books is my voice. Granted, that voice is often in my head and not vocal.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I write for The Wild Rose Press. The first time I heard about them was when a writing friend submitted and got a contract. But it was a contest that caused me to submit to them. Way back in 2008 they had the Got Wolf? contest. The top 6 short stories out of all those submitted would be placed into an anthology. My short story, Werewolves in London, placed and my writing career was born.
What project[s] are you working on now? The third book in my Demon Huntress urban fantasy series.
What's up next for you? I just contracted the second book in the Demon Huntress series so that should be coming out later this year.
Here's an excerpt from The Detective's Dragon:
The squeak of hinges snapped Parker’s attention to the door. Hottie stood in the doorway, one hand on the frame, the other on the handle, a look of determination plastered on his face. A look she was familiar with. A look she saw reflected in her mirror on a daily basis. A look mirrored on her coworkers’ faces when working a case.
A look she never thought to see directed her way.
Which was a bit unnerving, but not nearly as unnerving as the realization he’d followed her. He stood in the doorway like he owned the place. Or owned her.
Her limbs shuddered like a car without shocks. He. Followed. Her. Was he stalking her? Was he with the ones who tried to kidnap her? What was he doing here? More to the point, how did she get rid of him? Her muscles might be coming out of a deep freeze, but that didn’t mean she could hop off the bed and toss him out the door.
Where was the damn call button?
Parker patted the mattress. Hottie took a step closer. Then another. No button. Her heart shook an uneven rhythm, the beat a warning drum in her veins. Her hand moved faster against the mattress, searching, seeking, not finding.
Damn it.
“Be of ease. I mean no harm.”
She stilled, her hand paused mid-pat as if his words flipped her off switch. Deep and soothing, his voice stroked across frazzled nerves, slowing her racing heart. If he could bottle that sound, women would fall at his feet.

To purchase The Detective's Dragon go to:
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00XCXYLP2
TWRP: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=195&products_id=6254
To learn more about Karilyn Bentley and the books she creates, go to:
Website: www.karilynbentley.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KarilynBentleyAuthor
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/karilynbentley1
Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/ba_0Rf
Blog: http://plottingprincesses.blogspot.com
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4051943.Karilyn_Bentley

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/karilynbentley

Monday, June 8, 2015

No Other Love

This week, Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome author Jean Adams and female protagonist Jenna Blake from No Other Love, a contemporary romance, recently released by The Wild Rose Press. Welcome Jean and Jenna.
Where are you from, Jenna? London.
Please tell us a bit about No Other Love. I work for an airline and I was sent to Los Angeles for six months as part of my job. I’m following my goal to travel the world and meet the man of my dreams. I want to marry an aristocrat so I think that in my job the chances are pretty good.
What did you think the first time you saw Lucas Nelson? [I thought] Wow! What a gorgeous man. He crashed into me in the street and I couldn’t think of a thing to say to keep him talking.
Very good. What was your second thought? He was the rudest man I’ve ever met! I think he took a dislike to me. Thought I was snooty.
Great! Did you feel it was love at first sight? Yes, it was, but I didn’t realize it at the time.
What do you like most about him? His million-megawatt smile. It lights up his whole face when he deigns to smile.
How would you describe him? He’s got a big chip on his shoulder, that’s for sure. But he’d do anything for anyone and not expect anything in return.
How would Lucas describe you? At first he made it obvious he thought I was snooty. When I realized he was protecting his heart after two disastrous love affairs it became clear to me that he was hurting.
What made you choose the working for an airline as a career? I wanted to see the world and meet an aristocrat. I’ve worked hard for it and I deserve it.
What is your biggest fear? That I wouldn’t meet one. Of course, as I got to know Lucas better all that changed. My dream changed.
How do you relax? I like to read and I really enjoy walking, horse riding and swimming.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I suppose I’d have to say Cinderella. She started from a poor background and won her prince.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Never give up on your dreams.
Excellent idea. Thanks, Jenna. Now it's Jean's turn at bat. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? I can’t think of one in particular. I love the movies and I love reading romance. I suppose they’ve all had an effect on me one way or another.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? There is a turning point where Jenna and Lucas are on a small boat in a brief, but violent, wind and she knows she had made the right decision about what she really wants from life. The same thing happened to me, and my then, fiancé.
That is so cool! Good for you for using that particular event. Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I sent it to The Wild Rose Press who, I had heard, have great editors. And they do.
It is always so great to hear an author say something positive about their publisher and the editors who helped her/him with their book. Thanks. What project[s] are you working on now? I’m working on a reunion romance about an older couple who find each other again after more than fifty years. It was an idea that came to me one night as I was falling asleep and I knew it was telling me it had to be written. I got out of bed and made notes. You know how ideas can quickly escape.
Absolutely. What's up next for you? I’ve been working on a trilogy set in ancient Egypt for years. I think it might be time to dust it off and get it finished.
Thanks so much for spending time with us, Jean and thanks for bringing Jenna.
Kat and Veronica
To purchase No Other Love, go to: