Tuesday, September 29, 2015

An Angel for Cathy

Today Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome author Pamela S. Thibodeaux who brings Jared Soileau, from Cathy’s Angel a romantic short story release from Pelican Book Group.
Good morning, Jared. Tell us a bit about Cathy’s Angel. Single mom Cathy Johnson is tired of running her life alone…what she needs is a well-trained angel to help out. Jared Savoy gave up the dream of having a family when he discovered he is sterile. Can a confirmed bachelor and the mother of four find love amid normal daily chaos?
What did you think the first time you saw Cathy? That the worst sight in early morning was a frowning woman.
Hah! Good one. And your second thought? That she was lovely despite the frown she bestowed on me.
Good recovery. Did you think it was love at first sight? Absolutely not.
What do you like most about her? Once we got to know each other a little bit, her organizational skills amazed me.
How would you describe her? She is a petite, green-eyed brunette and beautiful.
Okay, but how would she describe you? I have dark eyes and dark hair and am pretty handy around the house and with children…. I think she might even call me her angel.
What made you choose IT Specialist for a career? It just made sense to be an independent contractor in the same field I occupied while in the Navy.
What is your biggest fear? Until I met Cathy, my biggest fear was that I’d never have a family.
How do you relax? I run.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Shelton on the Big Bang Theory….he’s just so analytical. I tend to be analytical also so I get a kick out of his shenanigans.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Let go and let God. My lifelong desire was to be married and have a family. That dream died a slow, painful death after I discovered I couldn’t father a child. However, when I let go of the dream and trusted God with my future, I met Cathy who is a widow with 4 children. God always has a way of not only answering your prayers but making your dream come true in a much bigger way than you’d ever imagine.
That was terrific, Jared. Thank you. Now it's time to chat with Pamela. 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 it 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? 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?
Cathy’s Angel was originally published by The Wild Rose Press under their White Rose imprint. I found out about TWRP back in 2007 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. Cathy’s Angel 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? The Essential Wayne Dyer Collection which includes The Power of Intention, Inspiration, and Excuses Be Gone!
What's up next for you? As usual I have numerous WIP’s so not sure yet what is coming next. I recently published an E-bundle of my Tempered series that includes all 4 full length novels + the spin-off short story, Lori’s Redemption. Purchasing the bundle is like buying 3 novels and getting 1 + the short story free! Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/1SzkRoi

Pamela has been a regular visitor with us over the last many months. We're sorry to see her go, but as soon as her next book comes available, she'll be back to visit. Promise. In case you missed her last couple visits with us, to learn more about her and what she writes, go to:
Twitter: http://twitter.com/psthib @psthib
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Monday, September 21, 2015

Finding Mia--and a fascinating doc--Liam

This week, Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome another of Pelican Publishing's fabulous authors, Dianne Wilson, who has brought along the male protagonist of Finding Mia, physician Liam Brigham who brings new meaning to bedside manner. We'll begin with Liam.
Where are you from? Scottburgh born and raised. It’s a small coastal town in South Africa that buzzes in the holiday season and goes sleepy in between.
Tell us a bit about Finding Mia. If you asked Isobel, or Bel rather—this question, she would tell you that sometimes finding means being found. For me? I watched God’s hand on this woman, and how finding Mia was the start of a process of restoration for her in every way.
What did you think the first time you saw Isobel? The very first time I laid eyes on her, she was arguing with my receptionist. Everything in me turned knight in shining armor. I couldn’t help myself. All I wanted was to rescue her.
That is so sweet! How about your second thought? She was barefoot and sandy from the beach, flushed and uncomfortable. I was intrigued. Nobody had caught my interest like she did for as long as I could remember.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? No look, that concept is for rom-com movies and soppy books. Intrigued? Yes. Fascinated? Yes. Could I have taken her to a coffee shop and listened to her talk all morning… without a doubt. Did I struggle to get her out my mind? Let’s just say that it was tricky to concentrate on anything after meeting her. But all that doesn’t add up to love. Does it?
Guess not, but what do you like most about her? Most? It’s going to be hard to narrow it down, there is so much. She makes a killer cup of tea. She’s genuine and has a capacity to love that floods over you like the waves of the ocean, deep and constant. I love the sunlight through her hair.
You're killing us, Liam. Kill—ing us. How would you describe her? Bel is a fascinating paradox of confidence and insecurity. She is fierce and independent. She is funny and warm. I guess you could wrap it all up in one word – complex!
How would she describe you? That’s easy. Incorrigible. That’s the exact word she used. On a good day, she’d probably settle for insufferable bully. Though we have come a long way since then.
What made you choose medicine as a career? Mostly I like helping people, but I enjoyed the mental challenge as well. I get bored quickly.
What is your biggest fear? Losing Bel.
How do you relax? A good long jog or swim in my pool.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Robert Neville from the movie I Am Legend. He is a brilliant scientist who is seemingly the sole survivor of a man made plague that turns people into blood thirsty mutants. For some reason, he’s immune and he work tirelessly to produce a serum that could heal the infected. Every day he would roam the streets of New York calling for survivors. He fascinates me because I can’t help wondering how long I’d hold it together under those circumstances.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? My dad told me never to give up on what I felt was right.
Whoa. We gotta have this one back for a return visit because he's kept us on our toes. But . . . now it's time to chat a bit with Dianne. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? I’m hugely influenced by the writing of Marika Cobbold. She has this subtle humor and a way with words that makes me want to read paragraphs out loud to my daughters who will generally roll their eyes at me for not yelling spoiler alert. Liane Moriarty is also a huge inspiration. Her writing is down to earth, yet she crafts her plots in a way that snags your attention. You don’t want to do anything else but read.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? The zipper on my handbag broke. It’s all my fault because I insist on shoving too many things in. I left my bag in the lounge one night and a frog thought it would make a great bedroom so he moved in. The next day, I was driving and put my hand into my bag to get a tissue and instead of a tissue, I felt a cold, slimy living thing. I would be lying if I said I didn’t scream a little. Okay a lot. But it got me thinking about how we often pack too many things into our lives – activities, distractions, busy-ness… and then when something gives, we find ourselves allowing things in that we normally wouldn’t or having other things stolen from us. I wove it into Finding Mia as part of a conversation with her friend Melindi who couldn’t make peace with the fact that she’d been taken in by the charms of Roric – the antagonist.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? Pelican / Harbourlight… I was looking for an agent or publisher for Shackles, my first novel. Good old Google helped me track down Christian publishing houses. Pelican is one of the few that still accept unsolicited / un-agented submissions. The editor I submitted to loved my writing, but the story wasn’t a good fit for them in terms of structure. She gave me a detailed list of what they needed. I took the next year to write Finding Mia to their specific requirements and the editor not only remembered me, but they accepted it for publication! Being offered a contract for the second one, I decided to make Shackles available as a free, warts-and-all-download on Smashwords and other ebook distributors - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/396420
What project[s] are you working on now? I’ve just finished Affinity, the first in the YA Spirit Walker series. While that one is out looking for a publishing home, I’m juggling book 2 of the series as well as a romantic comedy tentatively called One Step Forward, Two Steps Back.

Anyone interested in following those developments can find me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/diannejwilsonauthor
and my somewhat neglected blog: diannejwilson.wordpress.com/

What's up next for you? Working at writing quicker. These stories are queuing up in my head faster than I can get them out my fingertips!

This has been a terrific visit, Dianne [and Liam]. Please come back to visit us soon.
Kat and Veronica





Sunday, September 13, 2015

Welcome Long Time Pal, Rachel Brimble

This week, Wild Women Authors is very pleased to have long time pal and fellow author from the Class of '85 series, Rachel Brimble, with us. Rach has brought along Tanya Todd from Her Hometown Redemption, Rachel's latest release out of Harlequin. We'll begin with Tanya.
Where are you from? Originally Templeton Cove, England but moved to the city for a while.
Tell us a bit about Her Hometown Redemption. This is the story about my return to Templeton Cove – when I left I was pretty single-minded in my personal and professional life. I had a lot of making up to do with many people who live there…especially the man whose heart I broke when I left town without explanation.
What did you think the first time you saw Liam Browne? After eight years apart, my first thought was how well he looked…that he was more handsome than I remembered.
And your second thought? How would I ever get him to forgive me and at least like me again, if nothing else.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? I think I’ve always loved Liam…it just took me a long time to learn how much and just how unique a man he is.
What do you like most about him? He’s strength, fortitude and sense of right and wrong. He went through a lot of bad stuff growing up, but turned his life around and now works as a criminal lawyer intent on justice.
How would you describe him? Handsome, wise, fair and strong
Okay, how would Liam describe you? Oh dear…most likely, bloody-minded, determined and, hopefully, sexy.
What made you choose party planning as a career? I worked in a bank in Templeton Cove before moving to the city to really make my mark career-wise. My ambition drove me to the point of no return until I was forced to stop and take a look at what really matters. It was that realization that brought me home to the Cove. Party planning means I get to do all the organizing I love, but also enjoy myself and make people happy, too.
What is your biggest fear? Of repeating the mistakes I’ve made in the past – of hurting someone who deserves nothing but respect and love.
How do you relax, Tanya? A good book, a glass of wine and a view of Templeton’s gorgeous vista ahead of me.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Ooh, good question! I love Scarlet O’Hara from Gone With The Wind – she made mistakes, too, but never gave up on a better future.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? It was given to me by Templeton’s oracle, Marian Cohen: “Take off the mask and let us see the ugly. We won’t run away, I promise.” It’s a lesson to trust in the integrity of others – one, I found hard to learn.
Thanks, Tanya. Now let's talk to Rachel. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? The first Nora Roberts book I read, Sea Swept, had a huge impact on me. I immediately recognized the type of book I wanted to write. Until I found this book, I wrote anything and everything and just couldn’t find my niche. This book encapsulated my imaginings and I haven’t looked back since.
Right on, Rach. Sea Swept was/is a beauty of a book. What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? Many of my books revolve around the issue of trust – I have been let down and hurt in the past…but also made some dire mistakes of my own. I found writing this book cleansed me of a lot of guilt and gave me permission to let the past go.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? Harlequin is world renowned and it has been a goal of mine to write for them for many years – writing a series an even bigger dream. When I wrote the first book in the Templeton Cove series, Finding Justice, I prayed it would become a series and, luckily, so did the editor who bought it!
What project[s] are you working on now? I have just started on the first draft of the next Templeton Cove story, which will be book six in the series. All the stories can be read stand-alone and with this story I introduce two brand new characters to my now beloved UK seaside town of Templeton Cove.
What's up next for you? My next release is out in March 2016 and is my fourth Victorian romance with eKensington/Lyrical Press. In Her One True Love, the heroine, Jane Danes leaves her home village to seek a new life in Bath, England after spending too many years waiting for the man she loves to return her feelings. What she doesn’t expect is for Matthew Cleaves to follow her there…

Here is the blurb & buy links for Rachel’s latest release, Her Hometown Redemption…
She's back to right her wrongs. 
     When Tanya Todd returns to Templeton Cove, she knows better than to expect a warm welcome. She burned a few bridges on her way out of town, and making amends won't be easy. First on her list is the man whose heart she carelessly shattered, Liam Browne. 
     Seeing the successful criminal lawyer after all these years, Tanya is interested in more than just Liam's forgiveness. As they work together to bring the man who hurt her sister to justice, the attraction between them sizzles. Suddenly Tanya's second chance could include a future with Liam…if she can prove she's changed.


Our guest's bio:
Rachel [Brimble] lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had five books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and three Victorian romances by eKensington/Lyrical.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!

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Monday, September 7, 2015

A Great Way to Come Back

About this week's visitors:

     It all began as a lark. Shay Callahan’s life was just fine, thank you, but when the seemingly misogynistic missionary, Timothy Flynn, places an advertisement for a wife in a Christian magazine, she decides to give it a whirl and sends in the five-page application. Why not? After all, she’s not currently seeing anyone, and this man truly needs to be taught a lesson.
     Finding out she’s Dr. Flynn’s pick of the litter, Shay hops on a plane and flies to The Philippines. The strategy is to jet in, enjoy an exciting two-week vacation, and jet out again, all at his expense. Instead, her plan backfires. The handsome missionary man is not what he seems, and the foreign land has far more to offer than she could imagine.

What a way to return from vacation! This week Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome author Jan Elder and Shay Callahan from Jan's recent release, Manila Marriage App. As usual, we'll begin with Shay.
Where are you from? it’s so kind of you to interview me. I grew up in Maryland in a suburb of Washington, D.C. I haven’t moved too far from home except to attend Cornell where I studied computer science. I managed to get a good job with a large corporation in the computer field, but I was just a cog in a wheel.
Tell us a bit about Manila Marriage App. Book? What book? Did you say Manila Marriage App? Is someone writing a book about me and Timothy? I’m honored. Sounds like a great title and very appropriate since I traveled to Manila in answer to a marriage application. Lots of good fodder for a book right there, don’t you think?
What did you think the first time you saw Timothy Flynn? He’s was so hot he knocked my socks off…or my flip-flops as the case may be. 
Good one. And your second thought? I was kinda mad at him. He didn’t even have the courtesy to pick me up at the airport. And do you want to know the first thing he said to me? He called me Miss Callahan and said I was blonde. Duh. As I sometimes have a tendency to speak before I think, I replied, “Whoa, nothing gets past you does it, Dr. Flynn?” He just sounded so condescending. Now I know what he was really thinking.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? I did NOT like him immediately. Can you imagine someone in this day and age audacious enough to advertise for a wife? I flew to the Philippines to take him down. He was just…so, so arrogant.
What do you like most about Tim? He is one of a kind. He’s one of the brightest people I’ve ever met, but it’s his kind, caring, compassionate nature that reeled me in. Once you get to know him, you’ll find he’s a big softie. I like that.
How would you describe him? He’s tall, which is a good thing, because so am I. I’ve rarely had to look up to a man, both literally and figuratively. And Timmy has this lock of dark brown hair that keeps falling in his eyes, and speaking of his eyes, they’re this lovely shade of silvery gray that can get all cloudy when he’s passionate about something. Did I mention he was hot?
How would he describe you? He compared me to a flower and told me I was beautiful.
What made you choose computer programming as a career? I’m one of the world’s best (worst?) geeks and I’m really good at my job. I can write code like nobody’s business. I guess you could say I think in bits and bytes. That’s a programmer joke. I know. A bad one.
What is your biggest fear? Hmmm. That’s a hard one. I’ve always been able to relate well to kids and I can’t wait until I’m a mom. I’m thinking I’d like at least three children, maybe four. I suppose I should run that by the big guy, huh? [Then I think] what if I can’t have kids? I have a few friends who have gone through a lot of heartache because they’re childless. In that case, I’m sure we’ll adopt. There are so many wonderful kids here in the Philippines that need good homes. Come to think of it, maybe we’ll have lots of kids AND adopt!
Excellent thought. How do you relax? Pet a fluffy cat, read a terrific book, and enjoy a good foot rub. Ah, bliss!
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I have a secret crush on George Reeves, the original Superman from the TV show in the 1950’s. That’s why I named my cat Clark Kent. Why do I like him? He can FLY! I’d love to fly. Maybe in heaven I’ll get to soar!
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Listen up when God speaks to you because He has something important to say!
Terrific ending, Shay. Thanks for that one. Now it's Jan's turn.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? I’ve always love romantic books and movies. What can I say? I’m a girl. My favorite movies are A Big Fat Greek Wedding, and The Princess Bride. Then I discovered Christian Romance. Most anything that is not too sappy catches my fancy. When I made my first attempt at writing a book five years back, romance poured from my fingertips—ok, the words stuttered and stopped, stuttered and stopped with the occasional gush—so I write what makes me happy.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? My brother has lived in the Philippines for over thirty years. He’s a missionary, seminary professor, and church planter. I was privileged to visit him a few years ago where he lives in a suburb of Manila, and it changed the way I think about the world…and the way I think about my faith.
There was so much about that Asian foreign land that is good…and yet there was so much abject poverty it broke my heart. I understand why my brother has chosen to live there and I admire him for his sacrifice. I am so very glad that there are people in this world who give up so much to follow God’s leading. But could I ever be one of those people? Could I give up all of the creature comforts I have come to love so well?
In Manila Marriage App, the heroine, Shay Callahan, has a choice to make at the end of the book. Stay or go? I like to think that if God called me to serve in the mission field I would have the courage to listen to his command. I haven’t had to choose, although my brother did. But I do have a choice as to how I live here in the good old U.S.A. We have the homeless, the poor, and the downtrodden right here in the town where I live. I am trying to be more mindful of that.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? It all started in a little café in Silver Spring, MD. I was meeting with a few other ACFW members (American Christian Fiction Writers) and fellow writer, Carole T., mentioned that Pelican Book Group was searching for authors to write for their Passport to Romance series. What did I do after I hurried home? You got it. I checked it out. Pelican/White Rose publishing has a lovely website with terrific handy-dandy info all about their requirements.
Here’s an excerpt from their website at www.pelicanbookgroup.com/ that shows the requirements for their newest series, PASSPORT TO ROMANCE:
Take a trip and fall in love! Passport to Romance™ titles are contemporary romances set in exotic locations around the world. These stories offer the contemporary Christian reader adventure, vivacity, romance, and faith. Passport to Romance™ features chic heroines who are sparkling, confident, open for adventure—and who are a perfect match for a contemporary alpha male who has a zest for life, a thirst for God, and who likes an intelligent woman who can hold her own.

If you are a writer, Pelican is still taking submissions. You might want to check it out! If you are a reader, check out the whole line. You can travel around the world in your easy chair.
Thanks for that information, Jan. We're sure some of our visitors who might be starting out in this profession and are looking for a publisher will be very interested in what Pelican has to offer. What project[s] are you working on now? A Christmas novella called A Semi-Precious Christmas. The book is set in a jewelry store and starts with a bang—an armed robbery. I’m hoping that Pelican decides to publish it, also.
What's up next for you? I continue to serve as the Maryland Coordinator for American Christian Fiction Writers. Every month, my group has a fine time brainstorming, critiquing, and giving encouragement to one another and I’m always looking to form new groups. I also have a new book coming out early next year called Love, Lies, and Fireflies, by Prism. I’m working on a sequel tentatively titled Love, Wheels, and Red High Heels. Lots of fun!
Jan brought along an excerpt from Manilla Marriage App:

     Taking a deep, stabilizing breath, I strolled into the room. Behind a massive teak desk sat the man I’d come to meet. The photo he’d emailed me didn’t do him justice. Not by a long shot. If I’d been the obvious sort, my jaw would have dropped to the floor. And drool. There’d be plenty of drool.
     He stood as I entered the room, cool gray eyes raking over me. His bio had told me he was a tall man, but the head shot hadn’t captured the aura of authority he projected. Mister-too-important-to-pick-me-up didn’t say a word, although that intense stare roamed my face with apparent disbelief. Perhaps he was confused as to my shabby state, but he didn’t have to be rude.
     We glared at each other. In fact, he examined me as if he were judging a heifer at the county fair. If he were testing my mettle, I was not going to be the first one to blink. With a heavy sigh, he shook his head, loosened his lips, and said the words I least expected. “Miss Callahan, you’re blonde.”
     Words spilled out of my own mouth before I could filter them. “Whoa, nothing gets past you does it, Dr. Flynn?”
     “In the picture you sent me, you were a brunette.”
     Well, he had me there. Before last Tuesday, I had been a brunette. Light brown, but still brown. I straightened my spine. “Hey, I didn’t go platinum or anything. The appealing color you see before you is called Golden Latte. Two measly shades lighter.” Huffing, I pushed my long mane behind my ears hoping no remaining traces of peas were visible. “And what am I doing justifying my personal color preferences to you? It’s my hair.”
     He kept staring at me. “Putting that issue aside, you’re also not…how shall I put this? You’re…you’re not what I expected. You’re way too…”
     “I’m way too what?” My chin rose, as did my ire.
     “Oh, never mind,” he mumbled. His head hung down and, I swear, his feet shuffled.          That was unexpected. Was he arrogant or bashful?
     Either way, still standing in the doorway, I’d had enough of this strange exchange. Since he didn’t seem to know how to greet me like a decent human being, I’d give him a demonstration. “Okay, let’s try this again. Dr. Flynn, I presume? I’m Shay Callahan. You know, the woman you ordered with a ‘keen mind, and a rational outlook on life’?”

This has been great. Simply great. We promise, she'll be back.
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