Monday, July 27, 2015

Are Fangs Better . . . Really?

Fangs are easier than guns and just as effective.
If that doesn't turn you on and make you want to learn more about this story and the author who created it, well . . . stick around as Wild Women Authors welcomes Debra Doggett and Gates McHenry from Gambler's Moon, a paranormal release out of the Wild Rose Press. As usual, we'll begin with Gates.
Where are you from? I grew up in Chicago, darling, not the fancy part but the mean streets. It was the Prohibition era.
Darling. Hmm. It's been a while for us, but tell us a bit about Gambler's Moon. When I left Chicago, I did what most men looking for a better fortune did. I headed west. There were few things I wanted more than a place I could hide and I found just the place in the little town of Cuba, New Mexico. My gambling skills came in handy when I got into a poker game with the owner of Los Almas Perdidas, the local bar. I won the bar on the best hand I'd ever played. To my surprise, Cuba had something else I wanted: Ava Harper, the widow of the Alpha of the local werewolf pack. Ava's managed to hold out against my charms for eighty years, but I figure she can't do it forever. We've both got time. Now Ava's in trouble. Someone's stalking her and in a pretty nasty way. She needs my help and I might be able to prove to her how much she needs me in other ways too.
What did you think the first time you saw Ava? That I needed to touch her more than I needed anything else at that moment.
Nice one, Gates. And second thought? That she just might kill me if I did touch her.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Lust maybe. Obsession definitely.
What do you like most about her? Ava lives her own way, does things her own way.
How would you describe her? She's like New Mexico, a survivor, tough enough to take on life out here. But underneath there's a sadness, a loneliness that eats away at her.
Yowee kazowee, that's nice but how would Ava describe you? As a nuisance. She'd probably use less polite terms but she was raised a proper lady in a time when that meant certain manners.
Hah. What made you choose gambling for a career? Gambling was a way to make money. In a city like Chicago that wasn't always an easy prospect. But it taught me how to get a feel for people. As a vampire, that's an important tool for staying alive.
What is your biggest fear? Death. Real death.
How do you relax? Sex. Nothing beats it for relaxing the body and the mind.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Matt Dillon. I love living in the remains of the Old West. Times have changed and things aren't as wild as they were, but Matt's ways still work most of the time.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Fangs are easier than guns and just as effective.
Well. Say. This has been an experience. We hope you'll come back to visit us—and you can leave Debra home if you like. Heh heh. Now, let's talk with her.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? I love stories that delve into the character and make them come alive. I don't have a favorite genre, as I will watch, or read, anything I find appealing. A few favorite movies are LA Confidential, The Hurt Locker and The Lord of the Rings series. As for books, I love historical fiction and fantasy. Some favorite authors are Diana Gabaldon, Laurell K. Hamilton, Neil Gaiman and Patricia Briggs.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I live not far from Cuba, New Mexico and drive through it often. The isolation of so much of New Mexico makes such a great setting, especially for a character who wants to hide. And I've worked with lots of archaeologists and love how they work.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I met a lady who was an editor for The Wild Rose Press at a local writers group. The first novel I submitted was called The Prize and I was thrilled when they published it. I love Wild Rose. They are amazing to work with. My editor is incredible and so are all the other folks who work for them.
What project are you working on now? I am working on a Regency, which is the first time I've tackled that particular genre. It takes a bit of research to keep everything accurate.
What's up next for you? I have an urban fantasy coming out on August 19th. It's title Bone of My Bones and it's the story of a witch who finds out there's far more to her destiny than she ever dreamed.

Debra brought along an exerpt of Gambler's Moon:
He grinned up at her and a slow smile spread across her face, something that sparked a bit of concern inside him. When she bent down and leaned over him, he stopped thinking at all. Then she put those moist lips by his cheek and he was glad he didn't breathe, for the feel of her against him would've driven the air from his lungs. In spite of his touted control, having her this close had him struggling not to reach out and take what he wanted. His mind started to wander, envisioning all the ways he could make her…
"What the—"
His words were cut off by the pressure of the stake tight against his heart. Ava leaned down close, that satisfied smile broader now. The point of the wood nipped at his clothing and drove all the nude images out of his brain.
"What's the matter, gambler? Don't like the stakes?"
"You carry a stake with you? Where the hell did you have that hidden?"
Ava pointed to the flowerbed by the porch. "There. You were so deep in your horny daydream I could've pulled out a Mac truck and you wouldn't have noticed."
"Why is it every time I try to get romantic with you, you whip out a stake? What have you got against having a good time?"
She plopped down on the ground next to him. "Your obsession with playing almost got you killed."

It's always a treat when a character lights our imaginations and Gates McHenry certainly did that this week. To learn more about Debra Doggett and the stories she creates, go to:
Twitter at @dgdoggett

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Monday, July 20, 2015

There's No Place Like Home

The ones who know you the best love you the most.

This week, Wild Women Authors is pleased to have Peggy Jaeger, author of There's No Place Like Home, a recent release out of Wild Rose Press and her female lead, Moira Cleary, visiting us. Welcome, ladies. As usual, we'll begin with Moira.
Where are you from? I was born and raised in the tiny town of Carvan, Connecticut.
Tell us a bit about There’s No Place Like Home. I’m a concert pianist and I’ve been away traveling with a symphony orchestra for the past 4 years. I’ve recently come home, wracked with an unknown illness that’s left me shaken, thin, malnourished, and truthfully, lacking confidence in myself as a pianist. I needed to come home to heal my mind, body and spirit and make a decision about what to do with the rest of my life. I know that being home with my family and my dearest of friends, Quentin Stapleton, will help me heal.
What did you think the first time you saw Quentin Stapleton? Q and I have known each other since the day we were born - truthfully! Our mothers are best friends and our fathers are partners in a veterinary practice. I don’t have a childhood memory that doesn’t include this guy. As far back as I can remember he’s always loved horses, and since I do as well, we’ve always just clicked as friends. My very first memory of Q ( which is what we all call him ) is when he gave me a frog for my fifth birthday. I knew we would always be friends from that moment on. 
A frog. Very cool. What was your second thought? Well, he’s awfully easy on the eyes- and even was as a kid.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? No, not romantic love, anyway. I’ve always loved him for the person he is and as my friend. We’ve always been friends. Best friends. I considered him more like another brother since my twin, Padric, is his best friend and we three grew up constantly in one another’s company and getting into mischief, having fun, and just plain living through a great childhood.
What do you like most about Q? He is one of the kindest, calmest people I’ve ever known. He has a natural way with animals – horses the most – and they respond to his gentle, quiet strength and care. I think he’s the original horse whisperer you always hear about. His voice can soothe the wildest of animals and his hands are perpetually warm and comforting – to horses as well as people! When he holds my hand or hugs me I fell like I’m being covered with a warm and soft blanket.
Awww. Let's get to the good stuff. How would you describe him? Physically, he’s really easy on the eyes. Six four with blond-going-ash colored hair that he always wears short, shoulders that go on for days and arms I’ve seen lift a cow, with hands that can gentle a shying mare. He has this amazing, lazy smile. It takes its time spreading from one side of his mouth to the other, but when he shines it at you full force, there isn’t anything you wouldn’t do for him. And when he does smile, the green in his moss colored eyes turns all sparkly and shimmery.
Okay, but how would Q describe you? As his best friend.
You're killing us here, Moira. Kill-ing us. What made you choose being a concert pianist as a career? I’ll be totally honest and tell you it chose me. The very first time I heard a Bach piece I was five and wanted to know how play it on our family piano, so my parents signed me up for lessons with a local music teacher. The very first time I sat down to learn a classical piece I knew there wasn’t anything else I ever wanted to do with my life. Music is everything to me and a day that I don’t get to play I consider a wasted day.
Wow. What is your biggest fear? Right now it’s that my relationship with Q will change if we pursue this new “adult” one he’s told me he wants. I’m scared if we become lovers and something happens in the future, we won’t be able to be friends anymore, and I couldn’t live without his friendship. He’s the person who anchors me more than anyone else.
How do you relax? Well, I haven’t relaxed in a long, long time, which is why I needed to come home. But being with the horses who are at my father’s equine center getting medical treatment, and riding out with them every day for their exercise routines just makes me as happy and calm as can be. Growing up, we rode everyday. There’s just something, some intangible something that being atop such a magnificent animal brings to your life.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I would have to say I love Zena the best. She is so kickass- something I dream about being, but as the only girl surrounded by three brothers, Q and his two brothers, all I was ever allowed to be growing up was the pampered princess who needed rescuing. With 6 boys around me everyday, dating was a little tricky during my teens, and to this day they are all as protective of me as if I were a kitten needing care and guidance instead of a grown-ass woman.
Hah! What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Before leaving on my world tour, my mother – who by the way didn’t want me to leave the nest, but realized I needed to fly on my own 
( love that about her!) told me, “The ones who know you the best love you the most.” So true. I’ve never forgotten it.
Perfect. Let's hear from your creator. Peg, What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? The two books – which were subsequently movies – that influenced me the most were Gone With The Wind and Pride and Prejudice. Both tell the stories of strong females, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live with out them, which is, FYI, my BRAND and author tagline.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? For a long time I suffered emotional and psychological abuse from someone I trusted. Moira suffers both from her conductor and his systematic stripping of her confidence and her health leads her to make the fateful decision to give up on her current career and come back home. In my heart, I truly feel there is no place like home because the people who care about and love you the most will always be there for you, emotionally, spiritually, physically and psychologically. I wanted to express that through Moira’s story.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I’d never heard of the Wild Rose Press until I entered a contest in 2013, won my division and Rhonda Penders, the publisher and the final judge, emailed me, told me she liked the chapters I’d sent to the contest and could she see the entire manuscript. From that moment on my life changed forever. I felt if she trusted my work enough to take a chance on publishing an unknown, menopausal, bottle blonde writer, who was truly a hot mess with too much time on her hands, than I would take a chance on her publishing house. It’s been aces ever since, and I couldn’t be happier.
What project[s] are you working on now? There’s No Place Like Home was book 2 in my MacQuire Women series, with book 1, Skater's Waltz [which came ] out in March of this year and book 3, First Impressions—Pat Cleary’s story—due out this fall. Right at this moment I am working on book 4, The Voices of Angels, a prequel to Skater’s Waltz. Then book 5 after that. I also have a novella coming out at Valentines Days 2016 for WRP titled 3 Wishes.
Peg was kind enough to bring along an excerpt from TNPLH:
“Remember when your cousin Tiffany got married in the backyard here?”
Confused, Moira nodded.
Quentin rubbed her bottom lip with the pad of his thumb. “When the Reverend told Cole ‘you can kiss your bride,’ and he swooped her off the ground, spun her around and kissed her silly? Remember what you said?”
“I think I said it was the most romantic thing I’d ever seen.”
He nodded. “The exact quote was, ‘I hope someone kisses me like that some day.’”
Her grin was quick at the memory. “Pat snorted and said I’d better be satisfied with licks from the horses and Rob Roy because no guy was ever gonna kiss me.”
“He wasn’t known for tact back then.” He rubbed a hand down her back as he held her. “Remember what happened later on behind the barn?”
Because she did, she couldn’t stop the heat from spreading up her face like wildfire. When she nodded again, he said, “You wanted to know what it felt like to be kissed like that and since I was your best friend, you thought I should be the one to do it, because you – quote - felt safe with me – unquote.”
“What was I? Eleven?”
“Thirteen. And I was more than willing. Almost broke my heart in two when you said afterward, ‘I don’t see what all the fuss is about.’”
“Hush.” He kissed her forehead. “Ever since that day, all I’ve wanted is a second chance. Now,” he pulled her body closer, wrapped both arms around her small waist, his hands resting just above the dent in her spine. “We’re both a little older, a little more mature. Some of us are much more experienced—”
“And conceited.”
“Experienced,” he said, the laugh in his voice quiet and seductive, “and things can be so much better.”

This has been a real treat for us and promise Peggy—if she's willing—to come back and visit us again when Book 3 in her series is due for release.
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Monday, July 13, 2015

A little Winter Madness

     Sienna has survived what most succumb to - the death of a spouse and child and has maintained her faith despite her troubles. 
     William has never met anyone who actually lived out what they say they believe.
     Is it true love between the faithful optimist and broody pessimist or simply winter madness?
Not only do we love the title of this intriguing short story but also the story line. . . 
This week, Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome Pamela S. Thibodeaux who brings William, from Winter Madness a romantic short story release out of the Pelican Book Group. Since broody pessimists are right up our alley, we'll begin with William.
What did you think the first time you saw Sienna? That I’d seen a ghost. You see, we went to high school together. Were madly in love at that time. At least Sienna was with me. I had other things on my mind, thought we were too young, yada, yada, yada. So after graduation we went our separate ways. Sienna married and had a child. Tragically both her husband and daughter were killed in an auto accident. So when I started chatting online with a woman bearing her name I wasn’t sure it was she. Until we met up on that cold, winter day.
What was your second thought? That she was absolutely beautiful, radiant, and she looked as though she’d been waiting for me her whole life.
Now that's a description we will not ignore. Did you think it was love at first sight? I tend to not believe in those fairytale type analogies. We loved each other once and although I’d dated off and on since we parted ways, I never found anyone who affected me like Sienna. Our history makes ‘love at first sight’ impossible but…if you count ‘first sight in a long time’ then yeah….maybe…
Nice one, William. What do you like most about Sienna?
What’s not to like? The woman is beautiful with golden blonde hair and hazel eyes. She’s smart and tough and her faith is not just something she talks about but lives.
How would she describe you? She called me a broody pessimist and I guess she’s right. As far as physical description I have dark brown hair and blue eyes, medium build (about 5’ 8”).
What made you choose being stock broker as a career? I love the excitement of it, though most of the time the stress far outweighs that. The money is great, too.
What is your biggest fear? Fear of the unknown and that I’ll never find someone who can deal with my personality quirks and idiosyncrasies.
How do you relax? Honestly, until that day with Sienna, our first meeting after all the years of separation, I didn’t relax. Life was all about rushing to that next goal and through the next hurdle.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Alex Keaton from [the TV show] Family Ties. I swear that boy and I share the same genes!
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? To loosen up a bit and have fun. Sienna told me that the day we got together and has made sure I make a point to do so regularly, which is such a gift and a blessing and total opposite of the life I lived up until we met again.
Thanks, William. We'd like to chat with our pal Pamela for a bit.
What movies or books have had an impact on your writing? I am an avid reader since early childhood and a hopeless romantic all of my life so suffice to say many, many books have impacted my life. Nora Roberts is my all-time-favorite author in secular romance while Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury and a whole bunch of Pelican Book Group authors impact my writing!
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them? How long did it take from query to release? Winter Madness was originally published by The Wild Rose Press under their White Rose imprint. I found out about TWRP back in 2008 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. Winter Madness is still available through PBG. 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? One Touch by Melanie Purifoy.
What is it about this book that touches you? It's a really good book and I'd like to give it a little plug. Here's where you can find it:

What's up next for you? As usual I have numerous WIP’s so [I'm] not sure yet what is coming next. I recently published an E-bundle of my Tempered series that includes all 4 full length novels, plus the spin off short story titled Lori’s Redemption. It is available at Smashwords and is on sale too for 50% off during July. Here’s the link:
Thanks, Pam. As always it's a treat to talk with your characters.
Kat and Veronica
To learn more about Pamela S Thibodeaux and the stories she creates go to:
Twitter: @psthib
To purchase Winter Madness, go to:
Amazon for Kindle
Pelican Book Group

Monday, July 6, 2015

Meet Madeline White

      Madeline White must return to her hometown to help her uncle, her only family. She gets a job teaching and sees the man who broke her heart back in high school. Then she discovers he’s the school’s Safety Officer and his nephew is her student! Madeline’s determined to clear the air with him and hopes they can be civil to one another. When she builds up the courage for a painful reunion, she is shocked that he doesn’t remember her.
      Officer Joey O’Neill is committed to his job, so after the beautiful redhead accuses him of the contrary, he takes offense. When Madeline informs him they’ve met before, he insists she’s mistaken. Although his family wants him to settle down and judges his carefree bachelorhood lifestyle, it doesn’t mean he forgets the people in his life. Past or present.
     Like years before, people begin to whisper about her when things go missing in the school. Joey starts to wonder if what they say is true. As the past comes back to haunt Madeline, she struggles with a secret that jeopardizes her job and hopes she can trust Joey. Has he finally out grown being a wise-cracking jock?

Wild Women Authors is pleased to have author Elizabeth John who brings with her, Madeline White, female protagonist from Judging Joey a recent release from Soul Mate Publishing. As usual, we'll start things off with Madeline.
Where are you from? A small town in upstate New York.
Tell us a bit about Judging Joey. This is my story, really. I moved back to New Jersey to help my elderly uncle take care of my sick aunt. After she passed away, I knew I had to stay and be there for him. They had taken me in when I needed family, and I could never abandoned him. My best friend Sabrina helped me get a teaching job at her school. Part of me hesitated when I signed the contract because Joey O’Neill was the school’s Safety Officer. The last time I saw him, he broke my heart. He was the main reason I went away to college, far enough away where no one knew me and I could start over. Ten years later is where my story begins. I am grown woman now and I have to move on. To do that, I need to come face-to-face with Joey and speak my mind.
What did you think the first time you saw Joey? The first time I saw him, I was writing an article about a football game for the high school newspaper. Being new to the school, I had made one friend, and she had convinced me to join the paper. Joey was the team’s star. He later became the captain. I thought he was the coolest, nicest, cutest guy. Major crush on my part, especially when he went out of his way to help me once.
What was your second thought? I knew he barely noticed me, you know, and not in the way I wanted. A girl could dream, right? Then something happened that I could never forgive him for and I will never forget. Ever.
Oh my. Did you feel it was love at first sight? No way. Like I said, he barely noticed me back then with my mop of curly red hair and string bean legs. He was a super-star to me. Untouchable. Recently, we had a fall carnival at the school where I teach. Joey was getting hit in the face with pies for the fundraiser. Even whipped cream in his hair couldn’t mask that he looked even better ten years later. When I approached him and he didn’t recognize me or seem to remember what he had done, I knew we had a problem.
Other than a face full of whipped cream, what do you like most about Joey? He enjoys life and he’s awfully charming. He has a gift for not taking life too seriously.
How would you describe him? Joey is incredibly handsome, and I melt when he smiles at me. He’s protective of others and seeks out the truth. I guess that’s why he’s a great cop.
All well and good, but how would Joey describe you? He tells me all the time that my eyes remind him of the green waters of the Cayman Islands and my hair is the perfect shade of auburn. So I guess that’s the first thing he would say to describe me. He’d probably also say that he’s the jokester and I’m the serious one. Ying and yang.
What made you choose teaching as a career? When I was little, the only people in my life who gave me comfort and stability were my teachers. Neither of my parents possessed the nurturing gene. I didn’t even realize what normal parents were until my uncle and aunt took me in. After a while, I knew I wanted to be like all of them and take care of children. I love being a teacher.
What a lovely tribute, Madeline! What is your biggest fear? It is that I’ll lose my uncle and be alone again. He’s the only family I’ve got unless I marry and have children.
How do you relax? I take my dog Rusty to the park, jog, and read books.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Little Orphan Annie. Joey called me that in high school. I was an orphan and had curly red hair. My Uncle Mark came into my life like “Daddy” Warbucks. Little Orphan Annie’s life turned out okay just like mine did.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Uncle Mark has lots of expressions that I adore and use in my conversations. My peers find these words amusing because I sound old-fashioned. However, my favorite one is when he says, “An apple doesn’t fall far from its tree, but sometimes one rolls down the hill and escapes.” Both my aunt and uncle made me believe I was not like my parents and wasn’t destined to end up as they did. They were so right!
Absolutely. Thank you so much for sharing your insight and hope. Now it's time to talk with Elizabeth.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? I admit to being a TV and movie junkie, so to pick even a couple of titles would be impossible for me. What I can say is that writers learn the craft from good story telling. Sometimes we learn what not to do from bad story telling, too. The same applies to books. Although I write romances, I read different genres. I judge contests. The more I read, the better a writer I become.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? By day, I teach elementary school. Although all the characters and events are fictional, I based Madeline's experiences on circumstances that could happen. I also have police officers in the family, so in this case, I wrote what I knew.
Good for you. Using what you know always shines through in your work. Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? My publisher is Soul Mate Publishing. I had heard my editor speak at the New Jersey Romance Conference. I enjoyed her workshop and connected with her philosophy on the editing process. After I queried her, she asked for the full manuscript, and I was beyond ecstatic to get “the call” via email. Of course I did my research on them, too. A fellow author had sold to Soul Mate and was happy to be one of their authors.
What project[s] are you working on now? The book I’m working on now is about one of three sisters whose family owns a bridal dress shop. Each sister will have her own story and each one is a romantic suspense.
What's up next for you? I’m looking forward to attending RWA National in New York City. Since I’m off for the summer, I’m concentrating on writing and finishing my next book.
We wish you much luck, Elizabeth and hope you have a great time at RWA this summer. Kat and Veronica.

To learn more about Elizabeth John and the stories she creates, go to:
Twitter: @elizabethjohn34
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