Friday, October 30, 2015

Meet Author Linda Carroll-Bradd and Aleen MacRae

Will a prophecy keep a lonely woman from accepting the promise of adventure?
     Aleen MacRae blames the lure of the sea for breaking apart first her family then her engagement. When her interest is caught by a man she sees both in person and in a dream, she resists—afraid to believe in her aunt’s prediction that her future is tied to the sea.
     Braden Williams is on the hunt for treasure buried centuries earlier by Rhode Island pirates. His search brings him to the property where Aleen lives. Collaboration on genealogy research draws them closer, and Braden steers her toward his true passion--sailing.
Attending a party with Braden’s family lets her glimpse what she’s been missing. An unexpected discovery before her date with Braden at the Halloween Midnight Organ Recital forces a decision.          Will Aleen play things safe or accept what this free-spirited man offers?

Today, Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome Aleen MacRae, protagonist from Linda Carroll-Bradd's latest release Unlocked Treasure, part of an anthology out of the Wild Rose Press, Hauntings in the Garden, Vol. 2. First up is Aleen.
Where are you from? Born in San Diego, CA, youngest in a family that moved a lot because of father’s career in Navy. We settled in Newport, RI when I was 6.
Tell us a bit about Unlocked Treasure. Two people who are both researching their heritages—she’s looking for a link to the Mayflower and he hopes to claim a famous pirate as an ancestor—connect and then make a surprising discovery.
What did you think the first time you saw Braden Williams? I saw him on a motor scooter and thought he was a pirate come to life. 
Good one. And your second thought? That he was pushy and obnoxious.
Even better. Did you feel it was love at first sight? Not on your life. The first time we spoke, he opened his mouth and started making demands.
What do you like most about Braden? Now that I know him better, I love his spontaneity.
How would you describe him? Braden is a man on a quest for the next adventure be it on land, sea or air.
How would he describe you? As a person whose feet are too firmly planted on the ground.
What made you choose research librarian as a career? Because I love history and learning about the who of those who came before and created the city, state or country where we live.
Interesting. What is your biggest fear? That the sea will destroy my family even more than it already has. My father’s career caused my parents to divorce and my 2 older brothers have careers tied to being at sea.
How do you relax? I read historical romance and serve as my family’s amateur genealogist.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Lizzie Bennett from Pride and Prejudice, because she was ahead of her time in that she wanted more from a marriage than security.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? I’d always listened to the family prophecy that proclaimed only sadness comes by being connected to the sea. Braden taught me the sea is full of wonders if I just look hard enough.
This has been very intersting, Aleen. Now, we'd like to chat with Linda. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? I’ve read a lot of craft books over my career. Probably 2 most important until this year were Techniques Of A Selling Writer by Dwight Swain and Goal, Motivation, Conflict by Debra Dixon. But this fall I took a class on The Virgin’s Promise by Kim Hudson. This is the hero’s journey from the female perspective and is fantastic for developing a rich, three-dimensional heroine.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I’ve always been interested in our family tree and have only dabbled with the research. I believe my earliest tie is to a 1698 ship manifest showing one of my maternal grandmother’s ancestor’s arrival in America. So I wanted Aleen to be looking for a similar fact.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I’ve been writing stories for The Wild Rose Press for years and have always liked the idea of writing stories with a seasonal theme.
What project[s] are you working on now? I’m writing the last two scenes to a contemporary story titled Anything But Flowers that was supposed to be a short Valentine’s-themed story that has grown in complexity and length.
What's up next for you? I’ll be starting NaNoWriMo on Sunday and will be creating a western historical set in 1886.

To purchase Hauntings In The Garden Vol 2., go to:

To learn more about Linda Carroll-Bradd and the books she's created, go to:



Sunday, October 18, 2015

Meet Nick Forrester for a Little Magic

Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome one of our own, Nick Forrester, lead character from Caper Magic, a romantic novella, part of the Hauntings in the Garden series, now available in print from the Wild Rose Press.
Where are you from, Nick? Syracuse, New York
Tell us a bit about Caper Magic. Cape Brendan is a small tourist town on Lake Ontario where it empties into the Saint Lawrence River. The town puts on Caper Madness, a month-long event celebrating all things Halloween. My uncle Hank is the chief organizer. I came up to help him out because he's not getting any younger and I needed to . . . spend some time with him before he . . . you know. I met Nunie Doyle shortly after I arrived.
What did you think the first time you saw Nunie Doyle? That she had legs that go on forever and that she ought to think about tying back her hair so that it doesn't blow all over the place or hang like a curtain of black velvet that clutches a woman in all the right—or wrong—places. 
What was your second thought? I reminded myself that a few years back she'd stuck her nose into things that didn't concern her and that led to my best friend and partner committing suicide. Needless to say, my thoughts were not exactly friendly.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? As if.
What do you like most about her? She is totally dedicated to whatever assignment she takes on—whether it's advocating for victims of abuse, or helping Hank organize Caper Madness, or running a station on the underground railroad. Nunie is fearless. Absolutely fearless.
How would you describe her? Tall, thin, long black hair that begs for a man's touch. She's got an Irish accent which is normally easy to understand and rather musical. If she's tense or upset, it thickens and she starts talking so fast it's impossible to understand what she's saying.
How would Nunie describe you? She called me a simpering git, which I think is a less than complimentary term. Truth is, I was acting like a complete hemorrhoid so I guess I deserved it.
What made you choose law enforcement as a career? As a child my parents felt boundaries or limits weren't necessary but I needed structure and guidelines. After my parents took off for better pickings, my sister and I were sent to live with Uncle Hank and his wife. They gave us all those things. As an adult I found police work met my needs; I stayed with it for almost 30 years, then joined a big law firm in Syracuse to head their investigation unit. I've been with them for a couple years. It pays the bills.
What is your biggest fear? Mucking up an investigation by taking the easier, softer way out of things and having a client suffer for it.
How do you relax? I like to listen to audio books when I'm driving so any excuse to drive somewhere is always top of my list.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Mitch Rapp who is the lead character in a series of political thrillers written by the late Vince Flynn. Mitch is a real piece of work and doesn't hesitate to speak what's on his mind. He lost the on/off switch for tact and discretion a long time ago. I also like Jesse Stone [written by the late Robert B Parker]; Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers [John Sandford] and Raylan Givens [the late Elmore Leonard].
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Do your job to the best of your ability; don't hesitate to ask for help; think before you speak.
Thanks, Nick. What's up next for you and Nunie? She's appearing this Friday at MJ Schiller's blog. I'm sure I'll be mentioned, in vain, quite a lot. That's my Nunie who has become the light in my life.
Will you make an appearance in any future books by Kat or Veronica? I'm considering the invitation to make a cameo appearance in Kat's next book Love Walked In which is set in Cape Brendan and stars Rory McElroy and Druzilla Horvath from Embraceable You.






Monday, October 12, 2015

Angels With Steel Wings--and other matters

This is a new genre for us and we couldn't be more excited. Welcome Anne Greene, and Mandy McCabe, from Angel With Steel Wings, a World War II era romance out of Elk Lake Publishing. First up is Mandy.
Where are you from? Hangman’s Hollow, Tennessee.
Tell us a bit about Angel With Steel Wings. It is a story of a woman in a man’s domain, set against the dynamics of World War II it is a can’t-miss scenario.  Angels With Steel Wings paints a vivid picture of courageous pilots facing death in the air while struggling with love on the ground, and wraps it up in a unique twist that will challenge all you knew about the “Greatest Generation.” Steeped in history and framed by faith, this is a tale that takes readers into a world now all but forgotten, and lands in a place that touches the heart in a special way. To know how far we have come, we must understand where we started, and Angels With Steel Wings takes us back on a thrilling trip in time that informs as it entertains. I think this is one flight you won’t want to miss.
What did you think the first time you saw Major Harvey Applegate? I was surprised by his anger, then my anger billowed up inside, and regardless of his rank, I let him know exactly what I thought of him. 
What was your second thought? He was the most attractive man I’d ever met, but also the most arrogant. I left still angry with [him] and was still angry that night when I met him for a blind date.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Absolutely not!
What do you like most about Harvey? As an ace pilot myself, I had to admire the way he handled a plane. But he had a lot to learn about handling women.
How would you describe him? The third time I saw him with his motherless son totally wrecked my dislike. He was so tender with his handicapped son, and so thoughtful of me, though he was drained with overwork, lack of sleep, and stress from the war.
That is a touching description. How would Harvey describe you? He thought I was a troublemaker. My assignment was to keep him from closing our WASP program on his base. I discovered he wanted to end our program because his wife had been a WASP and she’d died test-flying a plane. He wanted to protect women. He thought men should fight wars, not women. His motivation was excellent, but he was wrong. I had to prove him wrong.
What made you choose test piloting as a career? The Army Air Corps offered my only escape from Hangman’s Hollow, where the women all married by age sixteen and had mothered three babies by age nineteen. [My] Pop’s junkyard barely made enough money for my three sisters and me to survive. I had no other way to leave the Hollow.
What is your biggest fear, Mandy? I feared the WASP program would close at Camp Davis, North Carolina, and I’d end up back in the Hollow. I have no fear gene, but an overabundance of risk genes. Nothing else scares me. I’ve been called fool-hardy and stubborn, but never fearful.
How do you relax? I enjoy sun bathing with my WASP friends behind the barracks, going to movies, and entertaining the male pilots at the USO Club. We WASPs help keep the male Fly Boys from being homesick and scared just before they deploy to the war zone.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Robert Jordan in Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom The Bells Toll. That movie was playing when Harvey took me on our first date to the picture show. I’d seen the movie before and spent my time eying Harvey when he didn’t know I was looking. The man was incredibly attractive. I found it increasingly difficult to keep focused on my mission.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? You know what you want. Go for it.
Thanks so much, Mandy, for spending time with us. Now it's time to chat with Anne. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer? Probably I’ve seen every WWII movie made. I admire courage and think the Greatest Generation exhibited more courage than any other generation in American history. My dad read every WWII book he could get his hands on while I was growing up. Each book he finished, I read. He never censored my reading.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? Probably my dad discouraged strongly my joining one of the armed forces. He didn’t think military was a fit career for me. So, I sublimated my desire into writing.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? Elk Lake Publishing is a fairly new company and they do broad distribution. They also do publicity for the writer. I like some of their other authors. All good reason for me to accept them as my publishers.
What projects are you working on now? I just completed two Christmas novellas, A Christmas Belle and A Groom for Christmas which are now on Amazon. I have a novella for Barbour Publishing, The Marriage Broker and The Mortician, which I am completing. When the Barbour book is completed, I will work on the sequel to Angel, Spies Like Her, the second book in my WWII Women of Courage series, and then I’ll work on the second book of my Handcuffed In Texas detective/mystery series, after Holly Garden, PI, Red Is For Rookie.
You can purchase Anne’s books at all on-line book stores such as Amazon.
Visit with Anne at www.AnneGreeneAuthor.com, www.facebook.com/AnneWGreeneAuthor, @TheAnneGreene,
on Pinterest at The Anne Greene,
on Book Fun Magazine at www.bookfun.org/profileAnneGreene,
and at www.anneswritingupdates.blogspot.com.






Monday, October 5, 2015

Witches, Necromancers and Zombies. Who Could Ask For More?

This week Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome back author Debra Doggett as she announces her latest release out of the Wild Rose Press, Bone of My Bones. She's brought a practicing witch with her, Rose DeSalvo. Welcome, Rose and Debra.
First up is Rose. Tell us a bit about Bone of My Bones. It is the story of one of the worst nights of my life, the night I found a surprise buried under my rose bushes: my ex-husband. Since I was pretty sure the local police would look at me first, thanks to some less than kind comments I made about Eddie after the divorce, I took the advice of a friend and sought the help of a necromancer to raise Eddie and find out what happened to him. It turns out to be a very long night as Matthias, the necromancer and the hottest guy I've ever met, and Eddie, my zombie ex-husband who's as much of a pain dead as he was alive, ride along with me as I find out there are a whole lot of things about myself I don't know.
Whoa. What a way to start the day. But . . . what made you choose witchcraft for a career? My grandmother taught me the Craft and after her death, practicing it brought her close to me again.
Works for us—keeping a loved one close, we mean. Knowing what you know now, if you had it to do over again, would you stick with being a witch or do something different? I think I would pick being a librarian. Life would be a lot calmer.
Hah! What is your biggest fear? Before this I would have said snakes. Now snakes don't look half as scary as they did compared to some of the things that are coming out of the woodwork to beat up on me.
Ain't that the truth. Who is your favorite fictional character and why? It's hard to choose just one, but I'd pick Harry Dresden. He's the kind of anti-hero I can understand, even more so now as my own level of craziness rises.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? If you wanted to help people, you should have gone to nursing school.
Hah! Anytime somebody says they'd like to become a nurse, our immediate response is an offer to lop off their hands. But, we digress. Rose, thanks for stopping by and telling us about this entertaining story.
It's Debra's turn: which writer or character[s], from either books or movies have had a major impact on your writing? I have been reading Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series for years and I love the way Anita has grown and evolved over that time. That's helped me see how to allow my characters to change and develop.
With regard to research, where did you start for this novel? Did that lead you down different paths, thereby changing the original concept? The research was not as deep as for other novels I've written, largely due to the fact that I am a practicing Wiccan. So Rose's spiritual background was easier. I tweaked some things for the sake of upping her magick, of course, as I did with the concept of zombies. Reading about necromancers was probably the most fun, that, and watching humorous zombie movies such as Warm Bodies and Shaun of the Dead.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them; what influenced you to submit to them; how is the submission process; what is the turn-around time from date of query to date of release? I first heard about The Wild Rose Press from a lady who was in a writing group I was in. She was an editor for them. At the time they had only been around for a couple of years. She loved working for them and encouraged me to submit. I'm really glad I did because they are probably the most author-friendly publisher around. And they really have their act together. They work hard to remain profitable in the industry and to be a stable company. As they've grown, their turn-around time has gotten a bit longer thanks to the number of manuscripts they now have in edits. But it's probably around six months.
What are you reading right now? Dead Ice by Laurell K. Hamilton
What's next for you? My current project is a new field for me. I've written a historical romance set in Renaissance Italy titled Training Tessa.
Thanks so much for visiting with us this week, Debra. Much luck with this fun story and those to come.
Kat and Veronica
To learn more about Debra Doggett and the stories she creates go to:
amazon.com/author/debradoggett



Thursday, October 1, 2015

First Impressions. Are they always correct?

     Family Practice Doctor Clarissa Rogers’ first impression of Padric Cleary is biased and based on gossip. The handsome, charming veterinarian is considered a serial dater and commitment-phobic by his family and most of the town. Relationship shy, Clarissa refuses to lose her heart to a man who can’t pledge himself to her forever.
     Pat Cleary, despite his reputation, is actually looking for "The One." When he does give his heart away, he wants it to be for life. With his parent’s marriage as his guidebook, he wants a woman who will be his equal and soul mate in every way. 
     Can Pat convince everyone – including Clarissa – she’s the only woman for him?


Today, Wild Women Authors welcomes author Peggy Jaeger as she celebrates the release of First Impressions, book three in her MacGuire Women series. She's brought a hunky vet with her, Padric Cleary. Makes one rethink the idea of having a pet in their life. First up is Pat.
Where are you from? Born and raised in Carven, Connecticut. Still live there.
Tell us a bit about First Impressions. Well, the premise is that you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, or listen to what other people say about someone without forming your own opinion. I’ve got a pretty crummy reputation in my hometown when it comes to dating. I’ve gone out with a lot of girls. A lot. But now I’ve met this one girl who is just head and shoulders above, and different from, every other girl I’ve ever known. And she won’t give me the time of day because she’s heard about my so-called player past.
What did you think the first time you saw Clarissa Rogers? We met at a Rotary meeting when she first came to town. There she was, this little bit of a thing. I could tell she was nervous about meeting so many people at one time, but she hid it well and you could see she was determined to put herself out there and join right in and be a part of the community. Her hair was down around her shoulders and she had her glasses on – which are adorable on her– but I could tell the color of her eyes were like warm cinnamon, so moist you wanted to fall into them. I’ll admit, I got a little hot when she shook my hand. Almost like it was burned with a live spark. I knew right then this was a girl I wanted to get to know better. A lot better.
You are a man of very persuasive words, Pat darling. Did you feel it was love at first sight? At the time, no. The attraction was there, but that’s all I thought it was. But I realize now it must have been, because from the first moment I laid eyes on her I never thought about or looked at another woman. And I never will.
What do you like most about her? Not only is Clarissa the smartest person in any room –she’s a prodigy, you know – she is totally and completely unaware of the amazing woman she is. She sees the good in everyone around her and when she gives her heart, nothing can sway her. There aren’t too many people who can say they love completely, totally, and unconditionally.
How would you describe her? Aside from the obvious, I mean, she is gorgeous with that hair and those wide chocolate drop eyes, she’s brilliant, compassionate, and caring. She’s just a bit of a thing at about 5 foot 3, but she fits in my arms as if born to be there. Clarissa’s had a tough life but you’d never know it. Her mom committed suicide and she was raised by her elderly grandmother. Because of her genius status, she never did the normal things kids do. Never learned to ride a bike because she was in college at 10; never had a sleep-over because she was in Medical School at 12. Heck, the first time she ever went to a baseball game or to pick apples was with me. But in spite of being labeled a “freak” because of her amazing brain, she’s the most normal, thoughtful woman I’ve ever known. And I’m so glad she’s mine. My parents adore her, too, so that’s the icing on the cake. Sometimes I think my parents would have adopted her if she hadn’t been with me!
That is something. You clearly know Clarissa well. How would she describe you? Without sounding conceited, and it’s hard to when asked that question, but I know I’m considered good looking. Clarissa would tell you that and then tell you she doesn’t care a whit about what I look like, which is the truth. She heard a bunch of crappy things about my so-called player rep when she first got to town, and I told her truthfully I like women and I’ve dated a lot. I’ve never been in love, though, until now. I’ve been in serious lust a few times, but there has never been a woman who’s made me actually pant with longing and that I want to spend forever with until Clarissa showed up. For the physical stuff, I’ve got my mom’s coloring – black hair that needs to be cut as often as grass is mown, eyes everyone says are the color of ripe blueberries, and I’m six two.
What made you choose Veterinary medicine as a career? Since it’s the family business it wasn’t a hard career choice. My dad’s a vet, my best friend, Quentin, is a vet and so is his father. We’re all partners in our own clinic and we’re the only one within 40 miles, so we’re busy. A lot. I’ve loved animals since I was a kid and my twin sister Moira and I used to accompany my dad on his farm visits. We helped out in the clinic growing up and we each have our own horse so we rode almost every day of our lives. Animals are so trusting, so caring. They’re your biggest fans and all you have to do is pay them a little attention and they bond to you for life. They don’t judge and they never harm unless harmed first.
What is your biggest fear, Pat? Truthfully, that I won’t live up to my parents expectations of me.
How do you relax? Horse back riding is my favorite thing to do. Being atop such a magnificent animal, just roaming around nature, taking it all in, is the most calming thing I know.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Hunk Finn. I think Quentin and I got into as much mischief as Huck and Tom Sawyer did as kids. Huck’s a misunderstood bundle of energy and ideas, a lot like I was and – hey! – still am!
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? My dad was very honest with me when I asked him about why his first marriage fell apart. He told me to hold onto my heart until I was sure that when I let it go it would be cared for and cherished. I did that until I found Clarissa. Then I gave it to her…forever.
Nice visit, Pat darling. Thanks for spending time with us. Now it's Peg's turn. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? The original title of Pride and Prejudice – my all time favorite book – was First Impressions. When I began thinking about Pat and Clarissa’s story, I knew I needed to incorporate some of that wonderful plot line into my own story. Clarissa, much like Elizabeth Bennett, is tainted by what she’s heard about Pat’s reputation from others, much the way Elizabeth’s first impressions and inklings about Darcy were. When Pat shows her the man he truly is, though, she starts to see how listening to others can harm one’s own impressions.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? Without giving a huge plot point away, Clarissa experiences a death very near to her heart in First Impressions and Pat helps her through it. When I was coming up with the plot line for this book, the same thing that Clarissa goes through happened to me. I took all the raw emotions I felt at the time and wrote them into her character. Her actions and the aftermath of the death are very similar to what happened to me. Writing it all in a character’s viewpoint was very cathartic. Exhausting and emotionally torture producing, but cathartic, too.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? In 2013 I entered a contest that was judged by Rhonda Penders, the publisher of Wild Rose Press. I won my division, she emailed me she liked what I’d submitted, asked for the full manuscript and I sent it along. Within four months – after a tiny bit of rewriting – she contracted the first MacQuire Women book, Skater's Waltz. First Impressions is book 3 in the series and I’ve just contracted for 4 and 5 with an option on 6.
What project[s] are you working on now? As I mentioned, I just contracted for the 4th MacQuire Women book, The Voices Of Angels. It’s a prequel to the first book and tells the story of how Tiffany and Cole met as children when their parents, Carly Lennox and Mike Woodard, meet.
What's up next for you? Lots and lots of edits! I’m also doing NANOWRIMO in November for the fourth year, plus I’m attending the New Jersey RWA conference in October.
Thanks, Peggy. Have a great time at NJRW; that's always a beauty of a conference.
Best,
Kat and Veronica


To purchase First Impressions, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/Peggy-Jaeger-Author-825914814095072/timeline/zon: http://amzn.to/1Kvp1qY
The Wild Rose Press: http://bit.ly/1MKb3pZ
Barnes and Noble Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/first-impressions-peggy-jaeger/1122560448?ean=2940151004794


To learn more about Peggy and the stories she writes, go to:
Tweet her: https://twitter.com/peggy_jaeger
Friend her:
Pin her: https://www.pinterest.com/peggyjaeger/
Read her: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00T8E5LN0
Follow her on her website: http://peggyjaeger.com
Read along with her: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13478796.Peggy_Jaeger