Friday, November 20, 2015

Criminal Christmas

Today, Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome Alicia Dean, multi-published author and part of Criminal Christmas presented by USA TODAY Bestselling, National Bestselling & Award-Winning Authors. Christmas isn't all Peace on Earth this Holiday Season in 8 Outstanding Suspense Stories of Murderers, Stalkers, Terrorists, Thieves, and Kidnappers. Criminal Christmas puts the Danger in the season of Mistletoe and Christmas Cookies. Snuggle up by the fire with our books and enjoy Christmas like never before. Over 850 pages of Danger, Mystery, Romance and Suspense for only 99¢!

For a bit about Alicia's entry into Criminal Christmas, The Twelth Day, read on:
     As a teen, party girl Sabrina Spencer was the lone survivor of a serial killer’s attack on her family. Her testimony put the killer behind bars, and she spent the following decade carving out a new life and trying to forget.
     But someone hasn’t forgotten. Two weeks before Christmas, she begins receiving daily packages containing bizarre gifts and threatening messages with demented references to the Twelve Days of Christmas.
     Handyman Josh Cravens is remodeling the lake house she rents each year to escape the painful reminders Christmas brings. While his dimples and blue eyes are hard to resist, he’s the exact kind of player she’s been avoiding since she outgrew her wild days. But the isolated cabin and threatening messages boost her paranoia to fever pitch.
     As Christmas draws closer, she’s torn between finding comfort in Josh’s arms, and fear that he might be behind the twisted countdown to the twelfth day.
Let's talk a bit with Sabrina Spencer. Where are you from? Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
Tell us a bit about The Twelfth Day. It is a Christmas Romantic Suspense about a woman who avoids holiday reminders by hiding out at a secluded lake cabin. But instead of finding the peace she’s seeking, odd and ominous messages begin arriving, and she worries that the killer who attacked her family a decade ago has resurfaced.
What did you think the first time you saw Josh Cravens? At first, I thought he was a criminal, a murderer perhaps.
And your second thought? That he was sexy, and disturbingly appealing, considering he wasn’t my type at all.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? No, I’d say lust, although it turned into love very quickly.
What do you like most about him? I love that he has a caring heart, even though he doesn’t always let it show.
How would you describe him? When I met him, he was a bit of a womanizer and drank too much. But, beneath his wild, untamed exterior, he is a wonderful person. He cares deeply for people, especially Dustin, Josh’s mentally challenged friend.
How would he describe you? We didn’t exactly hit it off when we first met. He thought I was a prudish nerd. He called me Polly Poindexter.
What made you choose teaching high school science for a career? I have always loved science, well, since I was eighteen, not long after I lost my entire family. Before that, I didn’t care much about anything, other than fun. I think what I love most about science is that there’s an explanation for everything, and it’s an exciting field of discovery. I love the order and logic of it all, no worries about the unknown. And I adore teaching it. When I see a student develop a love for science, to really ‘get’ what I’m explaining, it gives me the warm fuzzies.
What is your biggest fear? I’m terrified of the dark, of being alone.
How do you relax? I love to read and watch television.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? This is going to sound crazy, but I love the Professor from Gilligan’s Island. I watch old reruns on MeTV, and I find him sexy and intelligent. I guess his scientific mind is a real turn-on.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? I suppose it would be the advice I received from my mother, but I didn’t follow it until after she was gone. She told me that having fun was fine, but if I didn’t work hard and focus, I would never realize my dreams.
Thanks, Sabrina. This has been terrific. To purchase, Criminal Christmas, go to:

Now a few questions for our friend, Alicia: What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? The books that had an impact on my writing were most of the books I’ve read, especially in my younger days. Mainly, though, Gone with the Wind and Sweet Savage Love. They pulled me in and made me realize what it felt like to get lost in a make-believe world that sometimes felt more real than my own world. I wanted to give other people that same feeling.
Holy cow!! You named the first two historical romances we ever read!!! How odd. What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I didn’t really bring an event from my private life into this story, other than having my heroine make ‘homemade’ hot chocolate like my mom used to make, which she got from the box of Hershey’s cocoa. Fortunately, my family wasn’t murdered. I don’t like science, and I love football, which my heroine does, and does not, so there wasn’t much of ‘me’ at all in this story.
What project[s] are you working on now? I have several projects I need to write, including a new suspense, the third book in the Northland Crime Chronicles, the second book in my Reaper series, and a Peter Pan inspired romantic suspense with paranormal elements. But, my next project is my Martini Club 4 – The 1940’s novella.
What's up next for you? My publisher currently has Liberty Empowered, Book 3 of the Isle of Fangs series, so I’m hoping that will be released in early 2016. And, as I mentioned, working on my MC4 story, which should be released in perhaps February or March.

Want to know more about Alicia? In her own words: I live in Edmond, Oklahoma. I have three grown children and a huge network of supportive friends and family. I write mostly contemporary suspense and paranormal, but have also written in other genres, including a few vintage historicals.
Other than reading and writing, my passions are Elvis Presley, MLB, NFL (I usually work in a mention of one or all three into my stories) and watching my favorite televisions shows like Vampire Diaries, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Haven, New Girl, The Mindy Project, and Dexter (Yes, I know some have ended, but I will forever be a fan). Some of my favorite authors are Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Lisa Gardner, Sharon Sala, Jordan Dane, Ridley Pearson, Joseph Finder, and Jonathan Kellerman…to name a few.
Ali brought along an excerpt from The Twelth Day for us:
With the expectant stares glued to her, Sabrina felt put on the spot. Reluctantly, she peeled off the wrapping. Hopefully, it wasn’t something sappy and romantic. Mitch had a tendency toward that sort of thing.
She opened the box lid. “The Twelve Days of Christmas” played from one of those little discs like they put into greeting cards. A silver bracelet lay amidst crumpled red tissue paper. And a note. On the third day of Christmas…
She gasped. The box fell from her trembling hands and landed on the table.
“Hey,” Josh’s low voice spoke beside her. He put his hand over hers, and a slight sense of calm stole through her. “You all right?”
All eyes were on her. “I-I thought I saw a spider in the box. I’m fine.”
“You sure?” His gaze captured hers. Doubt lingered in their blue depths.
Sabrina nodded, and everyone went back to eating, but she could barely focus on the remainder of the meal. This wasn’t just a computer glitch. The bracelet was just like the one she wore often, had been wearing when she was rescued. Someone was purposely referencing her past. But why? Was it a sick joke? Everyone knew Samuel Goodman had hummed “Twelve Days of Christmas” over and over while he held her captive. They would know he used duct tape and rope, and would know about the bracelet. She’d been wearing it in the photographs shown on the news. All the information she’d given to the police had made it into the media. So it could be anyone, someone just screwing with her. It couldn’t be Goodman. He was serving a life sentence in a maximum-security prison. Or was he…?
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Monday, November 16, 2015

Let's Travel to South Africa with Dianne J Wilson

     Jason is not the kind of guy you would want to take home to Mom. He’s foul tempered, a bit of a womanizer and has a conscience that has been collecting dust for years. All that is shaken up though, when he unearths a package of carefully preserved love letters and a portrait while diving off the coast of Africa. So many unanswered questions, the letters snag something inside of him.
     Intrigued despite himself, he begins to unravel the mystery caught up in pages. He finds himself tangled up in the life of a girl he’s never met... a girl who is in desperate trouble.

As Jason sounds like our kind of guy, Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome the author who created him, Dianne J. Wilson, and Rebecca, the woman who intrigues him in Shackles. As usual, we'll begin with Rebecca.
Where are you from? A few different places in South Africa. I moved a lot!
Please tell us a bit about Shackles. My life was quiet, some would say boring. I’m an orphan, never knew my parents or anything about them. When I was old enough to leave the orphanage, I was employed as a cook on a farm, I liked it there. But one morning the farmer’s son came into my bedroom. He’d been threatening me and when I heard him at the door, I ran. I guess you could say from that moment on, my life was no longer boring! Shackles tells my story.
What did you think the first time you saw Jason? He saved me from drowning, I don’t remember much other than his face and then I blacked out again. I thought he might be an angel! Ha ha! Don’t tell him that. 
What was your second thought? I was in hospital and he came in and knew all about me, it was scary yet he seemed kind.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? No, not at all. I was lost and confused. Love means being vulnerable and I was a tightly wound ball of suspicion. Love wasn’t even possible for me at that point.
What do you like most about Jason? That boy is tenacious. He doesn’t give up.
How would you describe him? He pretends to be all tough and hard, but he’s actually a big softy.
How would Jason describe you? Probably frustrating! He was trying to find me and I kept running.
What made you choose catering for a career? I don’t think of myself as a chef, just someone who can throw together a meal for a bunch of people. In the orphanage, I’d hang around the kitchen because it was warm there. The cook taught me all she knew to get me out of under her feet. It seemed like the only thing I knew how to do when I left.
Rebecca, what is your biggest fear? It used to be drowning. Not anymore though!
How do you relax? Strangely, for someone who had an intense fear of water – I like swimming.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Jason taught me that God is bigger than I could ever imagine and that the smartest thing for to do is trust Him with every small detail of my life.
This has been terrific, Rebecca. Thank you for giving us a brief glimpse into your life. Now, we'd like to chat with Dianne. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer? Every movie I watch has grown me as a writer. I’m always watching for foreshadowing, character arcs, ways that the script writer ramps up the tension. Even those that aren’t so great are valuable as you can see clearly what doesn’t work.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? There’s a scene which involves ballroom dancing. I grew up dancing and I drew from what I’d discovered. One of the reviews that Shackles has received mentions this as the reader’s favorite part.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? Shackles was the first novel I wrote and I never managed to find a publishing home for it. I had many ‘we love your writing, but this Shackles just doesn’t fit’. Shackles is the novel that opened the door for me with my current publisher Pelican Book Group / Harbourlight. The editor loved my work even though it didn’t fit with what they were publishing. She gave me clear guidelines as to what they were looking for. I wrote my second novel, Finding Mia, to their specifications and they published it.

I still love the story of Shackles and I’ve made it available as a free download on Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/396420, Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shackles-dianne-j-wilson/1118141410?ean=2940045573511 and other ebook distributors.

What project[s] are you working on now? I’m working on a humorous woman’s novel, The Cake List, so much fun. If you want to track progress on this one, sign up on my website www.diannejwilson.com
What's up next for you? Finish The Cake List then get back to book 2 of my YA Spirit Walker series.
Thanks for taking the time to visit with us, Dianne. We wish you much luck with this book and others which are sure to come.
Kat and Veronica


Monday, November 2, 2015

Travel Through Time With Author Kayden Claremont

This week, Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome author Kayden Claremont and Tasha Banner from Timeless Passion, a time-travel erotic romance recently released by the Wild Rose Press.
Kayden, tell us a bit about Timeless Passion. The story is set around a Scottish New Year’s demonstration, Hogmanay, at Barkersville Pioneer Village. Tasha Banner is the director of the museum and did the demonstration that brought Dougal MacBride to the future.
Now we'll speak with Tasha: What did you think the first time you saw Dougal MacBride?
The first thought in my head was what a hunk. He had such a muscular body. Then he started to talk and I loved his brogue. I honestly thought he was a reinactor who had dressed up for the demonstration. He really looked the part and sounded the part. Little did I know he was authentic to the time period we were demonstrating.
Very cool. What was your second thought? That he was crazy. I mean really, he believed the log cabin was his home and ordered us out so he could eat his supper. Not the thoughts of a rational man.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Certainly not, but he was very attractive. There was a ruggedness about him that was appealing.
What do you like most about Dougal? He is a genuine person. Once I got to know him, he was a truly caring person. He has a great work ethic, and he believes in putting his all into the job. He’s funny and charming. What’s not to like?
How would he describe you? At first a very bossy woman, then he realized that I was only doing my job. It’s funny that we are both workaholics, but that is one reason we get along.
What made you choose to be director of a pioneer village? It chose me. I love history and loved being able to preserve it. My family settled on the farm I live on back in 1824. It is my heritage that I’m teaching every day at the working museum.
What is your biggest fear, Tasha? It takes a lot of money to keep the museum open. The buildings have to be maintained, the taxes on the grounds are high and I can’t tell you how many developers what to buy us out and put in housing development. It’s a struggle every day to keep the village open. If I fail we’ve all lose because our history will be lost.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I have so many, but I’ve always loved Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind. He is a bit of a rogue. I think he always loved Scarlet, but got tired of her nonsense.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Take every day as if it was your last and do your best.
Thanks so much, Tasha, for spending time with us. Now it’s time to chat with Kayden. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer? Every romance book written and every romantic movie. I love the concept of falling in love despite all the problems that occur. I’m just a romantic at heart.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I’m a history buff so I actually went to a local pioneer village that was doing a demonstration of the Christmas season. When I walked into a log cabin they were doing a Hogmanay demo and I just felt I was living the experience. I hope readers feel the same way when they read Timeless Passion.
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 The Wild Rose Press and they are wonderful. My critique partner got published with them years ago. She had to stop writing because of family obligation, but I watched what The Wild Rose Press was doing. I really liked what I saw so when I was ready to submit they were the first publisher I send my manuscript to. Luckily for me they bought it.
What projects are you working on now? I have another book coming out January 13, 2016, titled Red Hot. It’s part of the Candy Hearts series and I’m really excited about it. I have another book waiting for their approval and of course I’m writing another. This time it’s a ghost story and I’m excited about that, too.
Thanks for inviting us to be here with you today.
Thank you for coming. This has been fun and we rarely have a time travel story on our blog. We hope you'll return when Red Hot comes out.
Kat and Veronica