Monday, February 29, 2016

Ending the Tour on the Highest of Notes

This is it: the official end of our Candy Hearts Tour which we conclude on the very highest of notes. We know you'll enjoy it.

     Josie and Carson Sandberg are on the cusp of being empty-nesters. With a cross-country move and Carson's busy work schedule, there hasn't been much time to connect. When gifted with a romantic getaway and challenge that says "Surprise Me," the two embark on a trip that reveals secret desires and more. But sometimes a fantasy is better left undiscovered.

Wild Women Authors winds up the Candy Hearts blog tour with a bang. Literally. Anita Kidesu, creator of Surprise Me is visiting this week, along with Josie Sandberg, the female protagonist of this most excellent story. First up is Josie.
Where are you from? I was raised in Wisconsin, but my husband, twin sons, and I moved to San Antonio.
Tell us a bit about Surprise Me. My story is a little bit different than others as I'm already married. My husband and I have been married for twenty years, but since our move to Texas, we've grown apart. My mother-in-law gave us each a candy heart that said, "Surprise Me" on it. She and her husband took our sons for a few days, telling Carson and I to surprise each other. Little did we know what surprises we'd learn about ourselves and each other.
What did you think the first time you saw Eric? He smelled good and I loved his dimples.
What was your second thought? He was a lot like my husband.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? No. More like lust.
What do you like most about Eric? He was kind, and interesting.
How would you describe him? Hot, sexy.
How would he describe you? I hope he'd describe me as a sexy almost forty-year old.
What made you choose writing for a career? It wasn't my chosen career. I'm actually a teacher, but when we moved to Texas I couldn't find a job, plus I wanted to be there for my sons' last year of high school. I love reading romances. One day a story idea popped into my head, and I thought I'd try (secretly I might add) my hand at writing one.
What is your biggest fear? Something happening to my husband and my sons
How do you relax? Walk on the beach.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? That is a tough one. I think I'd have to say any woman who is strong and stands up for herself.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Surprise my husband.
Given the way Surprise Me plays out, that's a terrific answer. Thanks, Josie. 
Now, it's Anita's turn. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? I love Kathleen Woodiwiss, and LaVeryl Spencer. They are my go to books.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I have a friend who was going through empty-nest syndrome with her husband. Many of the things that happen in the book, happened to her and her husband when they tried to re-connect as a couple. She gave me permission to use them in my story.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? The Wild Rose Press is my publisher. I was at a writer's conference and got up the courage to pitch my book "South Seas Seduction." I was thrilled when they asked for the first three chapters and then the full. I think it was more of them finding me, than me finding them. I also knew a few authors who publish with them and had nothing but good things to say.
What project[s] are you working on now? I am working on a sequel to Surprise Me. While working on the Surprise Me, I knew Josie, Carson, and Eric's story wasn't over, so I wrote (it's with my editor now) a sequel. I'm not writing their sons' story.
What's up next for you? I'm hoping to get contracts for the sequels. I even have an idea for a fourth book.
This has been great, meeting the woman who kept us rolling in the aisles. Literally.
Thanks, Anita. Kat and I hope you'll come back when the sequels are ready.
Veronica Lynch

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Surprise Me. Literally

     Occasionally I enjoy well written erotica. Rarely have I laughed out loud while reading it.
     Hold onto your sides because Surprise Me will make you laugh while you're turning the pages to see what this enterprising duo will do next. As well as what happens to them while all they're trying to do is have a little fun while the kids are away for the week.
     Having read another of Anita Kidesu's creations, I knew I'd find a great plot and interesting, three dimensional characters. She did not disappoint me.

If you like adult romances, do not miss Surprise Me. It is delightful.

Friday, February 26, 2016

More about Melt My Heart

In order to submit she needs a special touch

     As we wind down the blog tour for Wild Rose Press' Candy Hearts series, Wild Women Authors has the pleasure to feature Melt My Heart an erotic romance by Marie Truhart.
First a bit about the story:
     Veterinarian Lexi Mallory wants to submit to the sexy new Dom from the club, but trauma from her past keeps getting in the way. It's a good thing Gabriel Huntington has a special way with difficult subs and sees the gorgeous Lexi as a delicious challenge.
     Unfortunately, Lexi fears her inability to relinquish control will finally test Garbriel's patience and he'll end their contract. Can Lexi lower her barriers and allow Gabriel's touch to melt her heart?

And an excerpt:
     Gabriel stood. “I’m not going to walk away, Lexi.” He stepped over to her. “I’m in it for the long run.” He gathered her into his arms.
     Lexi gazed up at his handsome features. Then he lowered his head. His lips were firm, but gentle. Oh, they’d kissed before, but something was different about this one. His tongue traced her lips before she parted them and his tongue dived in.
     Her arms went around his neck, her fingers tangled in his soft hair. He tasted like tea, and she sighed into his mouth. One hand grasped the back of her neck, holding her still as he plundered her mouth, his tongue dueling with hers. He took complete and total control, and it didn’t bother her like she thought it would.
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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Melt My Heart, Tranquillo, Melt My Heart

Not quite the golden oldie by Carly Simon, but it comes close . . .

     Melt My Heart is much more than a run of the mill romp from one bondage scene to the next. Author Marie Tuhart has created a multi-layered story, connecting Lexi, a wannabe sub, with Gabriel, an experienced dom. This extraordinary man possesses sensitivities that every woman dreams of.
     We cannot wait to see what this talented author comes up with next.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Meet a Shifter With an Attitude

This week, Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome a new friend from the Candy Hearts series paranormal author J.C. McKenzie of Shift Work, a current release out of the Wild Rose Press. She brought along female protagonist Andy McNeilly who will begin the interview. Welcome J.C and Andy.
Tell us a bit about Shift Work. The story starts with the death of a prominent supe in our community. This death sets forth a domino effect I can’t escape. To add to that, a new street drug has my cop friend Stan asking for my help. He mainly wants me as a glorified drug dog because of my powerful sense of smell. But throw in a messy murder and a lover with a secret and you have a crapstorm of events that currently define my life.
A refreshing way to start the day. What made you choose working for the police as a career? Lack of other options. I used to be an assassin for the government, so social skills and interpersonal communication aren’t exactly my thing.
A woman right up our alley. Another refreshing part of the day! Knowing what you know now, if you had it to do over again, would you change anything? Yes.
What is your biggest fear? Becoming a victim again.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? There’s nothing truly fictional in my world. Everything that goes bump in the night actually exists here.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Hope for the best, plan for the worst.
Short, sweet, to the point. Thanks, Andy. Now it's JC's turn at bat.
With regard to research, where did you start for this novel? Did that lead you down different paths, thereby changing the original concept? I started where I left off in Book 3 of the series, so everything flowed fairly natural for me. My main setting is Vancouver, BC, where I lived for years, so I’m very comfortable with my knowledge of the different areas. I’ve had this book plotted out and planned for over a year, so I knew where it needed to go, and thankfully, so did Andy.
It always helps when the characters know what they're doing and where they're going. Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them; what influenced you to submit to them? I’ve been with the Wild Rose Press since my debut novel, Shift Happens, Book 1 of the Carus Series. I heard of them from a fellow writer who’d met Rhonda Penders, one of the owners, on a cruise, and said she seemed very nice and open. The Wild Rose Press has been very supportive in my writing journey.
How is the submission process; what is the turn-around time from date of query to date of release? I’m not sure what the current turnaround time is for them, as I submit directly to my editor and bypass a step or two. I do remember them being very prompt and helpful with their feedback in comparison to other small presses.
What are you reading right now? The draft of the last book in the Carus Series.
What's next for you? Finishing the Carus Series. At the time I wrote this interview, I was almost finished the first draft. Hopefully, by the time this interview is posted, I’ll have it completed and submitted to beta readers for feedback. Fingers crossed!
Thanks, JC. Meeting Andy has been an adventure on its own.

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Shift Happens

Murder, mystery and mayhem…they say everything happens in threes

     Badass Shifter Andy McNeilly is running on empty. The death of a prominent supernatural being has her reeling. The invention of a new street drug has the police knocking on her door for assistance. And a friend needs her unique skills to help investigate a messy murder.
     In the interest of paying the bills, paying it forward, and keeping the Supernatural Regulatory Division off her back, Andy once again slips through the dark streets of Vancouver’s seedy underworld. In the process, she uncovers secrets that threaten to derail her love life and her investigation. Can Andy capture a murderer, solve a mystery, and forgive her lover’s past? Or will the grime of the criminal world swallow her whole?

Beginning tomorrow, Andy McNeilly will be spending time with Wild Women Authors. Stay tuned.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Meet a WWII Air Warden

     When ARP warden Molly sees a light shining through the darkness of London on a cold winter's night in the middle of the blitz she's infuriated with the careless American who struck it. Doesn't he know there's a war on?
     Guy's just trying to find his way through a maze of unlit streets. He's very sorry and Molly reluctantly forgives him. When he accompanies her on her nightly rounds the two learn about each other, themselves and whether it's really possible to fall in love in only one night - especially when there's no guarantee of tomorrow.

For the next few days Wild Women Authors will have author Barbara Burke and Molly from Barbara's recent Candy Hearts release, Not2Nite. First up is Molly.
Where are you from? I have a flat in London, but my family home is in Yorkshire and I get up there as often as possible.
Tell us a bit about Not2Nite. The story takes place in London during the blitz, which was a period of relentless bombing of civilian targets during WWII. There’s a total blackout and I’m an air raid warden who runs into a lost American who tags along as I go about my work.
What did you think the first time you saw Guy? I was quite annoyed. The silly blighter was shining a light in the middle of a blackout. He could have gotten us killed!
Quite true. And your second thought? How charming he was. There is something about American men.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? No. I refuse to believe in it. Guy will wholeheartedly disagree, though, if you ask him.
What do you like most about him? He makes me laugh and he would never, ever let me down.
How would you describe Guy? He’s much more handsome than any man has any right to be. Other than that, he’s just about perfect. But don’t tell him I said so.
How would he describe you? I don’t know. Probably as someone too stubborn for her own good.
What made you choose air raid warden for a career? It’s not really a career. I’m just doing my bit to help with the war effort.
What is your biggest fear? Something happening to Guy.
How do you relax? I like to go to the pictures, read in front of the fire and take long baths.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Elizabeth Bennet. I like a woman who knows her own mind and isn’t afraid to change it when she’s proven wrong.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Keep calm and carry on. This too will pass.
Thank you for offering that valuable piece of advice, Molly. And thanks for visiting with us. Now, a few questions for Barbara. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? Everything I’ve ever watched or read has had an impact in the sense of contributing towards forming me into the person I am today. Having said that I’d be ecstatic to have a touch even half as deft as Georgette Heyer’s and/or be able to evoke the atmosphere of Casablanca.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? My parents lived through WWII and my mother was strafed by a German bomber. I think their attitudes, which grew out of those experiences, helped me recreate the mood of the time. Whether I did so successfully is, of course, up to the reader to decide.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? The Wild Rose Press is mainly an online publisher. I had received a rejection on a story from another publisher and a friend told me of another friend who had just signed with TWRP. I gave them a shot and they signed me right away. They’re great to work with.
What project[s] are you working on now? I’m writing a Christmas story about an aviatrix who used to ferry planes during WWII and now finds herself in a town she vowed she’d never return to, with a man she thought she’d never see again.
What's up next for you? Finish a Regency I’ve been working on for far too long.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016


Review. . . Not 2Nite
Author Barbara Burke has the unique ability to put the reader in the middle of the London Blitz while creating a timeless love story between Air Warden Molly and Yank engineer Guy. The sights, sounds and smells are so real, one can hear the sirens, taste the fear as well as courage of the Brits.
Not 2Nite captured my heart. It will capture yours, too.

Well done, Ms. Burke.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Tweet Me . . . Again

We're offering a little change of pace for Desiree Holt's visit today . . . here's a bit of information about herself and this wonderfully entertaining story, Tweet Me

First, a blurb:
Don’t call. Don’t text. Tweet me…
Married to her work, event planner Avery Kurtz runs her life and her business on a private message feed. She has no time to waste on emails or a love life, and Valentine’s Day means just more parties to plan. But when Tanner Voss, best man in Avery’s best friend’s wedding, is assigned to help finalize plans, her world is turned heart-side up. The hotshot attorney might be a player. He’d hit on her before and she avoided that mistake but he’s also surprisingly cooperative, focused on making the perfect choices for their friends, and even on board with her messaging preference. Between the erotic dreams about the sexy litigator and her body urging her to forget caution, Avery is wondering if she was wrong about Tanner and wants him to do more than “tweet me.”

Next, an excerpt:

“Thanks for agreeing to dinner.” He indicated the booth. “Have a seat. Please.”
“No problem.” She slid in across the butter soft leather, settled her purse beside her and blew out a gentle sigh. “I’d say it wasn’t necessary to pick such a high end place but right now I need their relaxing atmosphere.”
“Tough day?” he asked, trying to keep his gaze from the way the soft material of her blouse draped against her breasts. Involuntarily his hands closed as if cupping those mouthwatering mounds and he had to give himself a mental kick. This dinner wasn’t to seduce her, at least not yet, despite the fact he was seized with a need to peel her clothes of and run his tongue over every inch if her body,
She gave him a wry look. “You’re kidding, right?” The waiter materialized asking for her drink order. “Margarita, please. Rocks, no salt.”
“That ought to smooth out the wrinkles.” He smiled at her. “So are you referring to the Will and Janice bombshell or did other things turn your day upside down?”
Her laugh had a touch of hysteria in it. “Oh, every day is nuts for me, but yes, Will and Janice managed to top everything else. Can you believe it? They want to get married in three weeks? And they want me—well, with your help—to take care of everything? Like I can just make it magically happen with all the pieces in place.”
“From what I hear about your business, if anyone can do it, you can.”
“Well, thank you. I guess we’re going to find out.” The waiter placed her drink in front of her and she took a healthy swallow before setting the glass back down on the table. “Okay, that helps.”
“I know the feeling. Hey, before we get into the wedding, it’s my turn this year to take care of the firm’s Christmas party. I wondered if I could have my admin call you and set up a meeting.”
Avery burst out laughing. “Tanner, Christmas isn’t for eleven months yet.”
He grinned. “I know. Just getting a jump on things. So can I?”
“If you want. Have her tweet me and we’ll set something up.”
He looked at her curiously. “Not a phone call? Don’t you talk on the phone?”
“When I absolutely have to. My tweets come in on a steady stream. I can just answer them without going back and forth, in and out like I have to with emails or texts. And phone calls use usually unsatisfactory.”
“Well, here’s to successful tweeting.” He lifted his glass to her and took a sip.

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Author bio
Known as the oldest living author of erotic romance, Desiree Holt has produced more than two hundred titles in nearly every subgenre of romance fiction. Her stories are enriched by her personal experiences, her characters by the people she meets. After fifteen ears in the great state of Texas she relocated back to Florida to be closer to members of her family and a large collection of friends. Her favorite pastimes are watching football, reading, and researching her stories.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Tweet Me . . . Please

Review. . . TweetMe

Whoa, baby. This is one for the keeper shelf―or the top drawer of the nightstand.

Event planner Avery Kurtz has been there and done that, even has the tee shirt to prove it when it comes to failed relationships. The one man she tells herself to avoid―too many times to count―is Tanner Voss, attorney and all-around ladies man. Except Tanner wants more than a wham-bam-thank you, ma'am with Avery.

Case at the bar: how does he convince her he's serious?

Enter their best friends who, after deciding to bump up their wedding to Valentine's Day, go out of town on business, leaving the tasting, testing and planning to Avery and Tanner.
Cupid has his job cut out for him―and comes through like a champ.

Well one, Ms. Holt. Very well done.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Only Yours

We're taking a trip down memory lane, back when . . .

     Everyone expects Rebecca Winston to marry her high school/college sweetheart, Garrett Langley. The problem is, the flame's gone out on their romance. They're still best of friends, but only friends. When Garrett's father has a heart attack, his older brother, Wyatt, an L.A. District Attorney, returns home for the first time in years. The attraction between Rebecca and Wyatt is immediate.
     Can Rebecca expect her family and, especially, Garrett to understand that her desires have changed and turned toward Wyatt?
     Can Wyatt get past the feeling that he's poaching his younger brother's girl?

With a blurb like that, there's only one character who can offer our blog visitors a sense of the time, and place, of Only Yours—and that character is . . .
Heloise Winston, mother of heroine, Rebecca Winston, from Only Yours, a Candy Hearts romance out of the Vintage Rose line at the Wild Rose Press. Welcome, Heloise.
What’s it like being the mother of a 1960’s young woman with her own ideas and profession? Pardon my language, but it’s Hell. Pure H E double hockey sticks. Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud of Rebecca and her career as a school teacher. However, let’s face it, no amount of higher education can compete with being a homemaker, wife to a prominent doctor and, eventually a mother. It’s what a gently-raised young lady should aspire to and accept as her duty.
We take it you were none too pleased when Rebecca’s college boyfriend, Dr. Garrett Langley, took his time in proposing marriage. Have you been prompting them along? Every chance I get. Whether it’s when Garrett escorts Rebecca to the door after their Thursday evening out, or prior to their Sunday evening, post-supper drive, I take it as my responsibility to point out how perfect they are for one another. And, ever so discreetly, how anxious I am for grandchildren.
We understand you might have seen something you weren’t supposed to see. Were you being nosey? Heaven’s no. I’m a woman of principle. I’d never intentionally spy on my own daughter. It’s just that I heard the car door slam. I casually glanced out the window. That’s when I saw...when I saw it.
Exactly what “it” did you see? My beautiful, almost-engaged, daughter kissing a man who wasn’t Garrett! And, on our very own front porch. When I realized what was going on, I was sorely tempted to march down there and give them both a piece of my mind. Fortunately, for them, the oven timer went off and I had to attend to my blueberry scones. You can’t leave them in more than a second or two after the timer or they’re ruined.
Did you mention the kiss to Rebecca? You bet your Addled Sister Sally I did! We’d had the Langley’s over for Sunday dinner...Garrett, his stepmother Christina, her young son Toby and Wyatt, Garrett’s older brother. The moment I saw them together...Rebecca and Wyatt...I knew who she’d been kissing on the porch. Imagine, a man trying to poach his own brother’s girl! Disgraceful. I told her right off, I didn’t approve at all. It’s not the way an upstanding man or proper young lady behaves.
Why had you never noticed this attraction between Rebecca and Wyatt before? He doesn’t live here in Santa Rosa. He’s from Los Angeles. He works there as an assistant D.A. As a matter of fact, had it not been for poor Phillip’s heart attack, it would have likely been another half-dozen or so years before we’d have even seen Wyatt.
We understand the triangle between Rebecca, Wyatt and Garrett is fully explained in Only Yours, part of the Candy Hearts series. What can you tell us about the book? I’ve read most of it, I admit. And it is an accurate account of what happened to end Rebecca’s relationship with Garrett. Truth be told, I can also understand how Rebecca could fall for someone as charming as Wyatt. I suppose, in the long run, a well respected attorney is just as prestigious as a doctor when it comes to a son-in-law. The important thing, of course, is that there is no animosity between brothers and everyone, especially my daughter, is happy.
You said you read “most” of the book. Why not all of it? Well, to tell the truth, {blushes} the last chapter is...uh...a bit risqué. I couldn’t bring myself to read about my darling little girl’s racier side. Although, I’ve been told, it was very well written!
Do you have any last words of advice for the other proper young ladies out there? Always comport yourself as a lady. Keep your person clean, especially your fingernails and hair. Practice poise and good etiquette. Learn to make a proper Sunday meal, including breads and desserts. And, above everything else, listen to your mother’s good council. She knows what she’s talking about, even if you don’t agree.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

If Momma's Not Happy . . .

Beginning tomorrow we'll have a different sort of character interview, this one for the Candy Hearts story, Only Yours.

Here's our review. . . 
Confronted by the rigid class lines and gender role expectations prevalent in the 1960's, a winsome heroine and a compelling hero fill Only Yours with an urge to turn the page as fast as you can in order to find out if they find each other. Only Yours captured my heart from the first line. By the end of Chapter One, I was hooked. This is one for the keeper shelf. You won't regret it.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Candy Genius Meets Dr. Dreamboat

For the next few days, Peggy Jaeger, author of 3 Wishes, part of the Candy Hearts series at Wild Rose Press, is visiting with Chloe SanValentino, confectioner extraordinaire. First up is Chloe.
Where are you from? Born, bred and live in Manhattan, NY
Tell us a bit about 3 Wishes. I’m rapidly approaching my 30th birthday and it should be a happy time in my life. I’ve got my own business – Caramelle de Chloe, or Chloe’s Candyshop, but my parents have recently separated because of an affair Daddy is having with his 35 year-old bookkeeper. My mama is culling him from her life, getting rid of most of his belongings when she finds a box of my old diaries and childhood momentos. In my diary I find a wish list I’ve made for the perfect man: he’d be a healer, fall in love with me in an instant, and have one blue eye and one green one, just like me. So far he hasn’t materialized in my life. My big, loud Italian family is thrown into upheaval when Daddy has a heart attack on my birthday. At the hospital, I meet a guy who just may fulfill all my requirements for the perfect man – but he belongs to someone else. Or so I think.
What did you think the first time you saw Matt D’Amore? I think the best way to describe how I felt seeing Matt for the first time is to show you how I reacted to him:
His face could have been sculpted by Da Vinci or Michelangelo. A broad, smooth forehead housed naturally arched eyebrows I knew some of my gay guy friends would have paid a fortune to have on their own faces. His cheeks were carved from marble, high, smooth and deep. And his mouth, mother-of-God, his mouth. Full, thick beautiful lips sat perfectly over a chin with a dent you could shove a button into and have it stay put.
“Sorry,” he said. Those fabulous lips pulled up a little shyly at the corners. “I got stuck at work and couldn’t get here until now. I’ll be quick. Promise.”
So here’s the thing: the guy was gorgeous. But even if he’d looked like a frog with raw antipasto smothering his face, I would have dropped to my knees when he opened his mouth. Warm honey, a shot of raw whiskey, and a little hot puff of smoke wafted from his mouth like a fine and rare brandy being decanted.
Oh my. And what came next—after your heart rate converted to a normal sinus rhythm? How could I make him mine?
Did you feel it was love at first sight? If not love, then severe lust. Looking back now, I realize my reaction to him was like none I’d ever had before with a guy. And every time I saw him again, it just got stronger, so Yeah..I’m gonna say it was love at first sight. And Dio Mio, what a first sight he was!
What do you like most about Matt? First, he fulfills all my wishes: he’s a doctor, so a healer; he says he fell in love me with the moment he turned around in my store and saw me ( Yeah, I know. Sigh.) Plus he has Heterochromia Irides just like me – one green eye, one blue. But I think the thing I like about him the most is that he’s so kind. As a doctor he could be arrogant or even snobbish, but he’s not. He’s simply the kindest man I’ve ever known. And he has the patience of a saint – truly. You need patience to be a member of my ridiculous family.
Very nice, Chloe. How would you describe him? Like I’ve said, he could have modeled for the old masters. Strong, powerful features, combined with a toned body, and a smile that makes my girlie parts go “zing.”
How would Matt describe you? I think his opinion is a little clouded because he loves me, but he’d tell you the physical stuff truthfully: five six, jet back curly hair that looks like it’s been whipped with a mixer on humid days. I tend toward chubbiness if I don’t watch my weight, but Matt would say he loves my curves because I’m all girl in his arms.
What made you choose becoming a chocolatier for a career? When I was five my Nonna Constanza was making Christmas cookies and I asked if I could help. I’d just been watching tv and a commercial for Hershey’s chocolate kisses came on, so I asked Nonna if we could put some on the cookies. She said “Si, bambina” and from that moment chocolate has been my passion. By the time I was 10, I was making candy from molds in Mama’s kitchen. I have a business degree, which taught me how to successfully run and manage my own company and when I was 23 my Uncle Sonny floated me a no interest $25,000 loan to open my shop. I paid that loan back in full the very first year.
Not bad. Not bad at all. What is your biggest fear? It used to be that I’d never find my soul mate. Now, my biggest fear is that my parents will get sick. My daddy has already had one heart attack. I don’t know what I will do when they go to Heaven. I don’t like to even think about it.
How do you relax? Believe it or not, making chocolate is my ultimate relaxation method. Melting, curing, rolling, tempering, all that it is involved with getting the taste just right is my way to release any and all stress.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Dorothy Gayle in The Wizard of Oz. She found out what I knew all along: there really is no place like home.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? From my Nonna Constanza. When I told the family I wanted to open and manage my own candy store she said, “You will be a success if you let your brain listen to your heart and your heart listen to your brain.” Those are very, very true words.
Thanks for spending time with us, Chloe. It's Peg's turn now. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? The Wizard of Oz is my all time favorite movie and in every story I write I put a little piece or a reference to it in with the story line. My favorite book still to this day is the Little Engine That Could because it still stands as the best self-motivating message any one can hear.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I was a child of divorce and my stepfather is Sicilian, so I really did grow up in a big, loud, and raucous Italian family, extended and step though they were. Many of the character attributes I give the San Valentino family I took directly from my step-family. Directly. If any of them read the novella, I wonder of they’ll recognize themselves. Since I was a nurse for 30 years, the event of Chloe’s father’s heart attack was one I saw almost daily when I was in a hospital setting. Back then, a lot of people died from that initial attack. Medical advances have made heart attack deaths much fewer these days.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I write for the Wild Rose Press. I happened to enter a contest where Rhonda Penders, the publisher of WRP was the final judge. She contacted me after the contest and asked me to send her the completed manuscript to the story she’d judged. She passed it to an editor, the editor liked it and I had a contract within 3 months. Cinderella moment, much?
What project[s] are you working on now? I am waiting for galleys to the next book in the MacQuire Women series, book 4 The Voices of Angels, and I am hoping for a spring 2016 release. I also just submitted a full length Christmas story to WRP for consideration that is the next SanValentino family book - this is Gia’s story. I am really hoping they like it. Believe it or not it only took me three weeks to write. I felt as if was writing in my diary, the words came so quickly and the ideas fully formed! Say a prayer for me that it’s a go!
What's up next for you? A blog tour for 3 Wishes, then back to the laptop to start penning book 6 in the MacQuire’s Passion's Palette, Serena MacQuire’s story.
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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Which Wish Will She Make?

  Presenting . . . Peggy Jaeger's 3 Wishes. . . 

    This one is impossible to put down. Chock full of uber romantic candy genius Chloe SanValentino versus Dr. Dreamy, ER physician Matt D'Amore. With a supporting cast of of Italian mothers and sisters, 3 Wishes is a keeper.
     Mega-talented Peggy Jaeger uses her enormous gift for inventing snappy dialogue, laugh-out-loud scenes and instant sexual attraction between two deserving characters like the champ she is.
Do not miss 3 Wishes. You'll fall in love as I did.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Meet J.C. McKenzie

For the rest of the week, Wild Women Authors is pleased to have fellow Candy Hearts author J.C. McKenzie visiting. With her is Brenna Jones, one of the leads from Be My Love. As usual, Brenna is up first.
Where are you from? British Columbia, Canada
Tell us a bit about Be My Love: Single and bitter, I planned to spend Valentine’s Day at my parents’ log cabin, munching candy while readings books in front of a real fire place. Old Blue, my dad’s decrepit pick-up truck, had other ideas, though, and hit a patch of ice. I survived the crash, barely. My fate didn’t look good—stranded in the middle of nowhere as a blizzard set in. Eric Buchanan, this guy I knew from high school, came to my aid on his snowmobile. That might sound great, but I hated Eric. He broke my heart.
Don't stop there, Bren. What did you think the first time you saw Eric again? Hatred. And maybe death by frost-bit might not be so bad.
Works for us. What was your second thought? If I’m going to be honest, those piercing green eyes sent some tingles straight down to my lady parts. So yes, I had some dirty thoughts, and quickly hated myself for having them. Trapped in a blizzard has a way of making you really look at things though—not just Eric, but myself as well. I soon realized my judgement on him was too harsh, and that maybe, just maybe, he was exactly what I needed.
Aww. Did you feel it was love at first sight? Definitely not.
What do you like most about him? His compassion and ability to put me at ease.
Nice one. How would you describe him? Sandy brown hair, a narrow straight now, piercing green eyes, a square jaw with a couple days’ worth of stubble, and full kissable lips… The last decade had been very kind to Eric. Instead of the youthful pretty-boy looks he’d flaunted in high school, his face had transformed with harder edges, turning him into a devastatingly, handsome man.
Another jewel of a response. How would he describe you? I thought he’d say mousy and geeky, but apparently not! He loves my curves and apparently adores my dark eyes.
What made you choose cardiology technologist for a career? It pays the bills and because I’m helping people, I feel good about my job at the end of the day.
What is your biggest fear? Getting stranded in the middle of nowhere in a blizzard.
Hah! Good one. How do you relax? Eating candy or chocolate while reading a book. Eric’s helped me discover some new ways to relax as well…
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Too many to choose from!
This has been great, Brenna. We're glad you could be with us. Now it's time to chat with J.C.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? Answering this question is the emotional equivalent of stabbing myself with a fork! How could I possibly choose? There’s so many great authors and books, and they’ve all impacted me in some ways. I could pick one that cemented my love for reading in grade seven (Nancy Drew!) Or the authors and books that opened my mind to the unknown (O.R. Melling – The Chronicles of Faerie), new worlds (Robert Jordan) or dark elements (Anne Rice – the Witching Hour). Or I could regale you with my all-time Urban Fantasy loves like Patrica Briggs (Mercy Thompson Series) and Kim Harrison (The Hollows Series). Everything I read, or see, or do impacts my creative process in some way.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? We recently moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, for my husband’s work. I’m originally from the West Coast, where “harsh winters” isn’t in anyone’s vocabulary. After experiencing the cheek-cutting winds and bone-numbing cold of Saskatchewan’s winter, I was able to bring some of those experiences to this story. It takes place during a blizzard in the Rockies, after all.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I submitted to the few big publishing houses that allow unsolicited, un-agented work and received form rejection letters (boo) from each one. I started submitting to small publishers and had a lot of interest. In the end, I decided to go with The Wild Rose Press, because they offer very competitive royalty rates and I just love them. No joke. They’re super nice and supportive. My editor actually rejected Shift Happens when I first submitted the manuscript to her, but she told me specifically what I needed to fix and asked me to resubmit. It all worked out in the end, and I believe, for the better.
I am personally hesitant to self-publish, just because I still feel so new to the publishing experience. There’s a lot of up-front costs with self-publishing that I wasn’t willing to make. 1) I couldn’t afford it (teacher-by-day, here); and 2) there’s a possibility of making huge, costly mistakes. I tip my hat to indie-authors because they are a lot braver than I am!
What project[s] are you working on now? Currently, I’m working very hard to finish the 5th and last installment of my Urban Fantasy Series (The Carus Series).
What's up next for you? Shift Work, book 4 of the Carus Series, releases on February 22, 2016. I’m very excited about this release and can’t wait to get it into the hands of readers.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Review of Be My Love

     Old flames come together in an isolated cabin in the Canadian Rockies during a blistering snow storm. While ironing out old hurts, something new and exciting happens.
Snappy, laugh out loud dialogue, loveable characters and a realistic conflict make Be My Love a winner. You won't be able to put this one down.
     Spectacular job, Ms. McKenzie

Monday, February 1, 2016

Just Say Yes

Wild Women Authors is pleased to have Katie O'Sullivan and Darby Malone from Katie's Say Yes out of the Candy Hearts series. First up is Darby.
Where are you from, Darby? I grew up on Cape Cod, but moved to New York City right after high school. I wanted to be part of the art scene and figured NYC was the place to be. That and my high school boyfriend had a scholarship to art school. He said let’s go and I said yes. After a few years, and a few failed relationships, I decided to come home and try opening my own gallery here on the Cape. At the moment, I’m renting the apartment over my parents’ garage in Orleans. Lame, I know, but my gallery is open for business and I love my job.
Tell us a bit about Say Yes. Winter on Cape Cod is our slow season, not too many tourists or events going on. Somehow I let my sister talk me into holding the annual Girl Scout Valentine party at my new gallery. Just another in a long series of getting talked into things I really don’t want to do. I had just decided I was never going to say yes to anyone again, about anything… when in walks Ben Phillips – you know, the artist who paints those beach scenes and dune paintings that tourists can’t get enough of? Here I am, with my little brand new gallery, on the floor scrubbing gummy bears out of the woodwork, and there he is, a Cape Cod icon and looking like sex on a stick… and he’s asking me for a favor. All kinds of warning bells went off in my head, and my new “just say no” mantra played over and over again on repeat, but in the end I said maybe. It wasn’t yes, not at first. But I just couldn’t bring myself to say no…
What did you think the first time you saw Ben? I just told you – “sex on a stick.” Those ocean blue eyes, the sexy stubble along his jawline… Actually, I don’t even know what that phrase is supposed to mean, but everything’s better on a stick, right?
Good one. And your second thought? He was asking me for a big favor, a one-day gallery show of artwork that he didn’t think would sell. I’d been doing favors for everyone since moving back to the Cape, trying to play nice and make friends, and it wasn’t working. I was starting to feel like there was a big “S” stamped on my forehead for “Sucker.”
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Love? No. Lust? Definitely.
What do you like most about him? I’ve always had a thing for artists, and love the way they look at the world differently. When I was younger, that whole tortured soul thing was such a turn-on for me. But with Ben… he’s been through real emotional trauma and can still be so sweet. Some of his art is tortured, but there’s also such light and such hope.
How would you describe him? A six-foot sea god stepping right out of the L.L.Bean catalog. Dark blond hair, cobalt blue eyes, chiseled jaw, and an intoxicating smile. I could probably get drunk off a few of his smiles.
Oh. . . yum. How would he describe you? Heaven help me if I know! I know I’m cute in a short and curvy kind of way, but I have this unruly mop of dark curls and tend to like more colorful clothes than the average Cape Codder. Not skimpy, at least not in February, but bright and cheerful.
What made you choose owning a gallery for a career? I love art, but realized at an early age that I’m not an artist. I figured a gallery was a way to stay connected. What is your biggest fear? That I won’t be able to make a go of my own gallery. I did well in NYC, but being out on your own is a little scary. And I want to be able to move out of the apartment over my mom’s garage ASAP!
Don't we all. How do you relax? Who has time for that?
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I don’t read a lot of fiction, actually. Mostly art histories and biographies.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? It just might be that little candy heart, telling me to Say Yes.
Thanks for this, Darby. Now it's time to talk with Katie. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? I’ve always been a voracious reader and firmly believe you can’t be a writer without also being a reader. That said, reading Stephen King’s On Writing showed me that tenacity and persistence are important qualities in the publishing business.
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 on Cape Cod and love the beauty of these coastal communities, in every season. I try to infuse my books with local flavor and with Say Yes, I’ve focused on the prolific and diverse art scene on the Cape.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I knew a few authors who were published with The Wild Rose Press when I submitted my first story. I’d heard good things about the quality of the editors, and love the cover art they produce. In addition to this novella in their Candy Hearts series, I’m happy to have 3 full-length novels available with them: My Kind of Crazy, Crazy About You, and Ghosts Don’t Lie.
What project[s] are you working on now? I’m working on another Cape Cod romance, as well as a sequel to Ghosts Don’t Lie. In addition to romance, I also write YA fantasy, and have 2 novels in my Son of a Mermaid series, and a third scheduled for summer 2016 (if I finish writing it before then.)
What's up next for you? More writing! And sending my middle child off to college in the fall. How time flies!

Katie O’Sullivan lives on Cape Cod, drinking way too much coffee and inventing new excuses not to dust. Living next to the Atlantic influences everything she writes, from her YA series about mermaids to her contemporary romances for The Wild Rose Press. A recovering English major, she earned her degree at Colgate University and now writes romance and adventure for young adults, and something steamier for the young at heart.
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This has been great, Katie. Thanks for giving us a different perspective on Cape Cod and the possibilities found there. Kat and Veronica.