Sunday, January 31, 2016

Say Yes: You Won't Be Sorry

     If you're looking for a sweet and fluffy Valentine romance, Say Yes is not for you.
     If, on the other hand, you want a profound range of emotions and two lead characters who are giving their all to start over and survive, this is the one for you.
     After relocating from New York City to her hometown on Cape Cod, gallery owner Darby Malone is searching for balance both personal and professional. Then reclusive artist Ben Phillips comes into her gallery and changes all that. Been there and done that, she's more than a bit reluctant to mix it up with another temperamental, brooding artist.
     Ben removed himself from the art world after his wife's tragic death. As he recovered, his art took on a new focus: evincing soul-deep pain, devastation and loss. But no one wants to show his new style. Until Darby, who "gets" him and what he's trying to show.
     Ben captured my heart from his first words. Readers will root for him and Darby from the start of this compelling story.
Well done, Ms. O'Sullivan

    

Friday, January 29, 2016

It's The First One That'll Get You

        The last place Lorena Weber wants to be on Valentine's Day is a singles party thrown by her newlywed best friend. But how can she say no? She'll give it an hour—two, tops—and then she's heading back to her normal life. But she didn't plan on seeing the one man who had turned her world on its side New Year's Eve with one kiss that opened doors she had firmly locked.
        Caleb Manning got coerced into attending this ridiculous party by a co-worker. He'll stay for an hour at most and then he'll head home. That was the plan until he recognized Lorena across the room and had to see if that kiss was only New Year's Eve magic or something more.

Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome Candy Hearts Misty Simon, author of One Kiss, and lead female character, Lorena. First up is Lorena.
Where are you from? Central Pennsylvania.
Tell us a bit about One Kiss. It’s the story of getting over things in your past to get on with the future.
What did you think the first time you saw Caleb? That he was super tall! 
What was your second thought? That he looked alone.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? If I could have seen his face, maybe, but since we were both bundled up in scarves, I can’t say for certain.
What do you like most about him? He’s gentle and kind and makes me feel like I’m beautiful.
How would you describe Caleb? Really tall, really nice, and extremely dependable.
How would he describe you? A little bit flighty, a little bit silly and hopefully the love of his life.
What made you choose waitressing as a career? Honestly, it pays well to work at the most exclusive restaurant in town and I’m good at what I do. Plus it allows me to work with at-risk teens as a volunteer teaching art.
What is your biggest fear? Being left again.
How do you relax? Painting
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I love Wesley in the Princess Bride because he was dashing but hardy.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Go for it!
This has been great, Lorena, thanks. Now it's Misty's turn at bat.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? I love romantic comedies. I have always enjoyed watching people stumble through to the love they deserve.
Stumbling through to love—terrific description. What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? In my real life I married the one that almost got away and I feel it impacted the novel in that these two were not going to make the mistake of waiting.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I love The Wild Rose Press and have been publishing with them for almost ten years now. They have a solid plan, great covers and amazing editors. They also are friendly, open and communication has never been an issue.
What project[s] are you working on now? I have three novellas I’m working on to round out my Kissinger Kisses Contemporary Romance Series.
What's up next for you? The next book in my Ivy Morris Mystery Series, For Love and Cheesecake.

To learn more about our guest and the stories she creates, go to:


Our review of One Kiss:
        Thoroughly relatable lead characters who find themselves in a thoroughly relatable quandary: being unable to say 'thanks but no thanks' to the town matchmaker. Caleb is a man who should give lessons in how to really kiss a woman, then finding them lined up at the door, cash in hand. Lorena is intriguing and winsome at the same time, these two hooked me by page 3. Cleverly written, One Kiss had me laughing out loud by page 7. Do not miss this one. It's a winner!




Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Don't Forget . . .

What if your memories hadn’t been made yet?


The car accident totaled Sabrina Post’s convertible and reinvented her memories. She can't recall dumping Cole Dawson ten years ago. What her new clairvoyant visions tell Sabrina is he’s her husband. Any practical girl would question her sanity. But if Sabrina wants to make this imaginary future a reality, she'll have to regain Cole’s trust and eliminate her rival, the coffee shop waitress who’s pegged Cole as husband #4.
To prove she’s foreseen their destiny, Sabrina stirs Cole’s interest by revealing specifics about him she couldn’t have otherwise known. Unfortunately, the one detail he vividly remembers is the pain when she left him and their "rinky-dink" town in her rear view mirror.
If Cole can't believe she's a changed woman, can Sabrina accept the only second chance she has at love exists in her memories?


This story speaks to every woman who refused 'to settle'. Therefore, we are pleased to feature author Maureen Bonatch and Sabrina Post from Forget Me Not, Maureen's addition to the Candy Hearts series out of the Wild Rose Press. As usual, we'll start with Rena.
Where are you from? I grew up in a small rural town in Pennsylvania.
Tell us a bit about Forget Me Not. I had a great job in New York City. It was everything I’d always wanted…or so I thought. After one too many long shifts at the hospital, I fell asleep driving. When I woke up, everything changed. The things I remembered about my life, about my husband, weren’t real. I thought I was going crazy.
What did you think the first time you saw Cole? That’s the man starring in my memories. He’s my husband!

Sounds good so far. What was your second thought? Um, no it’s not [because] we broke up

ten years ago.

Did you feel it was love at first sight between you and Cole? For me it was, but that’s because all of the memories of the years we’d shared came rushing into my mind. Although apparently these memories aren’t even real, they never happened.
Quite creepy. What do you like most about Cole? His charm and charisma, you just can’t help liking Cole.
How would you describe him? Like a tall, cool drink of water…oh, sorry. I digressed into my memories. Cole would stand out no matter where he was or what he was wearing because his personality shines through. Although he’d be hard to miss with his dark hair, muscular physique and emerald eyes that make him unforgettable. Plus his picture is everywhere in town declaring him as a hometown hero.
How would he describe you? Shoulder length black hair, green eyes, curvy…maybe a little too curvy for my liking…and right now, sporting a nice shiner from the accident.
What made you choose nursing as a career? I enjoy helping people, and I knew nursing would be a career I could get a job almost anywhere and start making money. It was my ticket out of this small town.
We can relate to that one. What is your biggest fear? Right now that would be my fear that I couldn’t win back Cole’s heart and make my memories a reality.
How do you relax? I don’t, at least not until I came home and had no choice but to sit around and wait for my body to heal. Reading is my favorite way to relax.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I honestly don’t think I could name one. With my Mom working at the library we’ve always had an abundance of books and my favorite one usually depended upon what I was reading and what was going on in my life at the time.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Sometimes you have to follow your heart if you truly want happiness.
This has been super, Rena, for you and I/We share the same past along with the reasons for getting out of a going no-where existence in Podunkville, PA. Now, it's time to talk with Maureen.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? This question is hard to answer because I’ve read so many wonderful authors over the years and I have a plethora of writing references I love. If I had to choose one it would be Stephen King’s On Writing. He is one of my favorite authors and his story is very inspiring. I’m not sure which movie had the most impact on me as a writer. I do find that while I’m watching them I’m dissecting them with a writer’s eye.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I work in nursing and can relate to the long shifts and demands of the job and my memory for people and names is terrible.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? This will be my fourth book with The Wild Rose Press. I found them when I was researching places to submit to and heard such good things about them. It’s wonderful working with them.
What project[s] are you working on now? I’m working on several books right now. I’m polishing the next two books for The Enchantlings Series and have been finishing two other stories.
What's up next? I’m hoping to have several of these books out by the end of the year.


To learn more about Maureen and the stories she creates, go to:
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Maureen-L.-Bonatch/e/B00KHY1KK8/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mbonatch
Website: http://www.maureenbonatch.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maureenlbonatch


To purchase Forget Me Not, go to:
Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Forget-Not-Candy-Hearts-Romance-ebook/dp/B018L3GFAG/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1448985548&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=forget+me+not+maureen+l+bonatc
The Wild Rose Press:
http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=195&products_id=6581
Barnes and Noble:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/forget-me-not-maureen-l-bonatch/1123082907?ean=2940157816650









Monday, January 25, 2016

Forget Me Not

Did you ever read something that spoke to your heart? That reminded you you could be that character--and kept on reminding you why you got out of that horrid small town and never looked back . . . until tragedy strikes and you HAVE TO go back and face your demons.

That's how Maureen Bonatch's Forget Me Not has taken over my conscience. This story is one in a million and I know you'll love it as much as I do!


Monday, January 18, 2016

Which Admirer Will She Pick?

     Andi’s new to town and looking for a fresh start in the dating department. She’s attracted to the guy she sees each morning, but begins flirting via text with Garrett, a friend of her new co-workers. Despite many attempts and determination, she misses opportunities to introduce herself to Cute Coffee Shop Guy or actually meet Garrett in person.
     With Valentine’s Day approaching she succumbs to the sugar rush of Candy Hearts and when ‘Secret Admirer’ continues to appear in the messages, she takes it as a sign to decide which guy is her real Secret Admirer.
This week, Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome Andi and Ally Hayes from her recently released Secret Admirer, part of the Candy Hearts series out of the Wild Rose Press. First up is Andi.
Where are you from? Providence, Rhode Island.
Tell us a bit about Secret Admirer. It tells the story of how I routinely bumped into this guy at a coffee shop, so I referred to him as Cute Coffee Shop Guy, but never made our introductions. We just innocently flirted each morning. At the same time I'd began texting with a friend of my new co-workers. Garrett and I made a connection, but I’d never seen him. With Coffee Shop Guy I knew I was attracted to him, but didn’t even know his name. I had to decide which guy was my secret admirer to pursue. Then things got a little complicated.
What did you think the first time you saw Connor, the Coffee Shop Guy? I was taken by surprise at seeing him as I headed out to my first day at a new job and was flustered when I realized this cute guy was talking to me, a stranger. 
Nice meeting. What was your second thought? I hoped he came here every day!
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Well, attraction for sure.
What do you like most about Connor? His upbeat, cheery manner at such an early hour. He whistled.
How would you describe this . . . cheerful whistler? He’s a hipster, techie kind of guy. Casual, but hiding his genius. Sweet and just nerdy enough.
Who whistles. Early in the morning. Okay, enough of our personal biases.
How would Connor describe you? He thinks I’m cute and confident, maybe a bit dorky.
What made you choose accounting for a career? I love the certainty of numbers. I like knowing when I get the right answer.
Interesting answer. What is your biggest fear? Making a mistake.
How do you relax? I’d love to say something deep like yoga or meditation, but I really love coming home from work to my plush couch and my DVR. I’m hooked on reality competition shows, especially the dancing and cooking types.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Harry Potter. I admire the way he tackled adversity and embraced adventure.
Excellent. What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Don’t settle.
Our kind of woman. Thanks, Andi. It's been a pure pleasure having you visit us. Now for Miz Ally. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? Little House on the Prairie got me hooked on reading, and when I discovered Laura Ingalls Wilder actually wrote the stories I was inspired to write, too.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? Moving to a new city and the fun, flirty rush of a crush.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I pitched a novel to the Wild Rose Press years ago and though they didn’t accept it, they encouraged me with positive suggestions. I wrote a novella a year later and thought of them first to pitch as they had been kind in the past. They accepted it and the editors were so helpful throughout the whole process. This novella is a result of a call for submissions by The Wild Rose Press and I’m so appreciative for the opportunity given to me as one of their authors.
What project[s] are you working on now? A New Adult story that takes place on the day the main character’s ex is getting married. I’m also trying to resuscitate an old contemporary romance I wrote years ago.
What's up next for you? More books, more fun!

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Review of Secret Admirer

Ally Hayes will be joining us tomorrow with a character from her Candy Hearts story, Secret Admirer. Here's our review . . .

        New kid in town Andi is caught between the Cute Guy whom she sees every morning at the local Coffee Bar and Faceless Guy on her cell phone while they share a romance via text messages.
        Who will be Andi's valentine?
        Read Secret Admirer by Ally Hayes and find out! You won't be sorry.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Charm Me

Summer Dawn Riley’s an extraordinary elemental witch whose troubled past haunts her. She’s created a calm life for herself teaching yoga and keeping people at a distance. Her life takes a one eighty degree turn when she enrolls in a women’s weapons class and meets ruggedly handsome Devlin Sawyer.
Devlin, a former Navy Seal, has sworn off women after two long-term failed relationships, but there is no denying his attraction to Summer. She intrigues him like no other woman ever has. Despite her attempts to ignore him, Summer is drawn to Devlin. His magic signature is strong, but he’s no warlock. Will Valentine’s Day magic find them a future together?

To continue our promotions of Candy Hearts releases, Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome author Tena Stetler and Devlin Sawyer from Tena’s Valentine Story, Charm Me. We'll start with Devlin.
Where are you from? I was born and raised in a small town in Montana. I joined the Navy straight out of high school. Applied to SEAL’s and was accepted. I spent nearly 20 years in the SEAL’s. I loved it. But a series of events made me believe it was time to retire.
Tell us a bit about Charm Me. Here’s my favorite excerpt from the book. I surprised Summer.
Getting to her feet, she brushed the dust from her black yoga pants, tugged at the bottom of her bright orange tunic, and flipped the light switch on. A soft glow of florescent lighting flooded the large room, soothing Summer’s nerves. Guess she would never be the same carefree individual she was before the incident. Oh, shake it off. You’re safe and it’s time to get on with life. “Come on Pip, let’s get this place open.”
A massive stone fireplace towered in the corner. She picked up an arm full of wood and flung it in the general direction. Logs landed in the fire pit and neatly arranged themselves in a tepee shape. With a magic flick of her finger toward the hearth, flames raced up the aspen logs. “That’s better.”
She raised her arms, about to send the yoga mats back to their proper place when the heavy wooden front door creaked open. Piper rushed toward the door, teeth bared and a growl rumbled in her throat. Summer whirled around and yelped as Devlin ambled into the room, black hair tousled and glistening with melting snowflakes. His nonchalance at the dog’s approach surprised her as he slowed to a stop. Piper sniffed around him, backed up a few inches, then stood at alert in front of Devlin.
“You scared the bejeebers out of me.” Summer held her hand to her chest as her heart thundered.
“What are you doing here?”
“Call your guard dog off and I’ll tell you.” The corners of Devlin’s mouth curved up into a smile, a faint light twinkled in the depths of his dark eyes.
“Piper, leave it…come.” The dog gave Devlin a last sideways glance, trotted back to Summer and sat at her side.
What did you think the first time you saw Summer? My first thought as she walked into Moon Ridge Gun Club was WOW. I had to man the counter that day because we were short staffed. Her demeanor intrigued me. Confident, yet vulnerable. She kept tripping herself up, embarrassing herself, if you will. I tried not to notice, for her sake. I’m not good with relationships, was married to the job too long. But Summer danced in and out of my thoughts even after she left.
Makes sense to us. And your second thought? When she came in for the women’s gun class, she was determined, much more at ease. I had to help out, the class was large. Talking with her a little more, I discovered she had a wonderful sense of humor.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Not exactly, but there was certainly interest on both our parts. She was hiding something, I could tell… but she wouldn’t talk about it, until…
What do you like most about Summer? Her determination and self-reliance. I liked the way she related to Piper, her companion, guard dog. She had complete control over that dog, but it was mutual respect. In my business I see military and police canine partners, it’s a special bond. Or should be, but I’ve had occasion to report undesirable behavior on the part of handlers.
How would you describe her? She makes me smile. Summer is loyal nearly to a fault, understanding, and self-reliant.
How would Summer describe you? Tough, determined and a great cook. At least that's what most people see.
What is your biggest fear, Devlin? Not being available for my family when they need me. It happened a lot while I was out of country with the SEAL’s on assignment. It was a driving force in my retirement.
How do you relax? I enjoy spending time at my cabin in Divide, in the winter cross-country skiing, and in summer hiking.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received, Devlin? When I didn’t want to screw up things with Summer, I called one of my buddies, he’s still in the SEALs but is able to retain a rock solid marriage. He told me to keep communications open, even when it’s something you don’t want to hear and above all be honest.
Terrific advice to end this part of the conversation. Thanks, Devlin. Now let's talk with Tena about what movies or books have had an impact on her career as a writer and why. I’ve always been a voracious reader. I love anything paranormal. Penned my first vampire romance in my tweens. I loved reading Nora Roberts, still do, but Molly Harper’s werewolf and vampire series makes me laugh. Romance seems to flow from my fingers when I sit at the computer. Well…usually but I love happy ever after endings. Life today is so tedious. Everyone enjoys a feel good book or movie. Don’t you think?
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I took a gun class to get my concealed carry permit. The gun club was not what I expected, more like a big lodge. I’ve always loved animals, they are a big part of my life, so why not include them in my books? The Rocky Mountains are my inspiration, so sometimes I incorporate them into my stories. I write paranormal romance and have an overactive imagination, so that helps.

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Tena Stetler's Charmer

What happens when part werewolf-part human and a white witch, each longing for a forever connection meet?
Spontaneous combustion.
Which you will find in Tena Stetler's Charm Me
You won't be sorry.

Stop by tomorrow, January 11th for an up close and personal interview with Tena and her hero. 

Veronica 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Try a Sweet Kiss

Can one sweet kiss revive an old love?

     Hard-working Kate Clark opens a thriving coffee shop that quickly becomes the local hang-out for students and the community. Her one wish is to eventually buy out her sister’s share of the old Florida home they inherited. However, Violet is in desperate need of cash and has other plans.
     Tappe Vanderberg, Kate’s childhood friend and high school sweetheart, has sold his lucrative internet security business to return to Little Heron Shores and fulfill his dreams of owning a marina. Now the handsome Dutch-born businessman is making waves with single women all over town—including loony, post mistress Eva May Poole who’s in search of husband number three.
     But it’s Kate Clark who’s wreaking havoc with Tappe’s heart, not Eva May. Can he find a way to shake the dingbat post mistress and convince Kate to give him a second chance and the sweet kiss he remembers from an earlier time?

For the next few days author Judy Ann Davis will be visiting Wild Women Authors, celebrating the release of “Sweet Kiss”, part of the Candy Hearts series out of Wild Rose Press. She's brought Kate Clark, pastry artist, along for the ride. We'll begin with Kate.
Where are you from? I’m from Little Heron Shores in Florida. It’s a small (fictitious) Florida town that’s similar to New Smyrna Beach on the West Coast.
Tell us a bit about “Sweet Kiss.” It's the story of childhood friends and high school sweethearts reuniting after ten years in their hometown of Little Heron Shores. I co-own a lucrative coffee shop with my best friend, Melanie Houston. Hunky Tappe Vanderberg has recently returned to town and purchased a local marina called Vanderberg’s Marina—Where Everything Lands!
What did you think the first time you saw Tappe? He has sharp and cynical hazel eyes that can darken like the intra-coastal back waters at sunset. He and I were inseparable playmates since he was four years old and his family moved here from the Netherlands. We had a tree house we shared as kids. Later, as high school sweethearts, we shared some sweet kisses before we went to college. 
What was your second thought? How can anyone be so positive, calm, and collected all the time? When we dated, he had the tendency to keep me focused when I became emotionally adrift or overwhelmed with life.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? It was love since first grade!
Good one. What do you like most about him? Tappe has a dry sense of humor. He loves to help people and solve problems.
How would you describe him? Tappe is tall with light hair and hazel eyes. He has a quick, ready smile for everyone.
How would Tappe describe you? As a creative, energetic workaholic—with caramel-colored eyes and a messy blonde ponytail.
What made you choose owning a coffee shop for a career? Actually, I have a business degree and worked as a marketing executive for a large, lucrative computer company until my Aunt Fay was diagnosed with a terminal illness. When I returned to Florida from Texas to take care of her, I realized I wanted to own a small business.
What is your biggest fear, Kate? That my sister, who inherited half of my aunt’s estate and who desperately needs money, will force me to sell the house, the only place we’ve ever called home.
How do you relax? Relax? What does that mean? I have a business to run.
Hah. Another good one. Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Supergirl. She seems to be able to get everything done. . .and she can fly.
You are full of winners today. What is the best piece of advice you ever received? “Never let anyone steal your joy.”
Aww. This has been fun—as fun as reading about you and Tappe. We'd like to talk to Judy Ann right now. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? I was a voracious reader all my life. Some of my favorite books are: the Nancy Drew series, Little House on the Prairie series, all the romance novels of Lavyrle Spencer, westerns of Louis L’Amour, and mysteries of Louise Penny to name a few.
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 spent a lot of time at the seashore, so placing the setting in a small Florida town was easy.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. I’ve worked with several publishers, but The Wild Rose Press impressed me with their talented editors, expertise, help with marketing, and friendly staff. We have a group of authors who stay connected via internet chat groups.
What project[s] are you working on now? I’m working on a contemporary novel with just a touch of a paranormal about a Dallas lawyer who returns to a small town in Pennsylvania and falls for the younger sister of his best friend. The younger sister and heroine works in a landscape center designing floral arrangements. She agrees to help him solve an old family mystery and find a half-sister he has never met.
What's up next for you? I hope to finish the last chapter of the novel (which I’ve tried to do for the last six months) so I can start intense editing, which is my favorite part of writing. I know every author out there will groan, “Ugh,” but when I don’t have the entire story completed, I feel a bit driven and stressed until I do. I also would like to write a Christmas story for next year.
Thanks for spending time with us, Judy, and helping boost Candy Hearts promotions.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Sweet Kiss by Judy Ann Davis

Judy will be visiting Wild Women beginning tomorrow and bringing along one of the characters from Sweet Kiss, her latest story which is part of the Candy Hearts series.

Here are a few thoughts about this delightful story . . .

Two former lovers reconnect over mouth-watering pastries and an historic home. With a lyrical writing style, this talented author has the ability to put the reader dead center in the middle of the scene--whether it's a smelly fish gutting operation or a dusty room filled with memorabilia. Three dimensional characters abound in this charming story, both in the leads and the supporting cast.

Do not miss Sweet Kiss by Judy Ann Davis. you'll love it as much as i did.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Let's Meet a Physician Hero and His Creator

     Renata Cabral needs to hide for the weekend. Her cousin’s Valentine’s Day wedding means she’ll face embarrassing questions from her large, extended family. Questions like “Why aren’t you married yet?”  Since the breakup of her last relationship, she’s not ready to answer that question. She invents a work-related excuse and escapes to a friend’s lakeside cottage.
     Noah Brownlee has been hiding for two years. But now he’s ready to come home and mend his broken relationship with his brother. When a friend offers the use of his lakeside cottage, Noah arrives in the middle of a blizzard with his English Mastiff, only to find the place is already occupied. With her big brown eyes and quirky sense of humor, Renata stirs feelings he thought long dead.
     As the blizzard rages, the candy hearts predict love. Can Valentine’s Day work its magic between them?

Wild Women Authors is pleased to start off the new year, and a multi-author book promotion, aka the Candy Hearts series out of Wild Rose Press, with Dr. Noah Brownlee, male protagonist from Jana Richards' fabulous story, Chill Out.
Where are you from, Noah? I grew up in Winnipeg, Canada, nicknamed Winterpeg by the rest of the country. My childhood was spent with my older brother Dylan, playing hockey on outdoor rinks in the winter, and swimming in the lake at our friend’s cottage in the summer. I went to university here and became a doctor. I’ve been away for a couple of years, working with Doctors Without Borders in Africa and the Middle East, but now I’m back home. In February. I almost forgot how cold it can get here. There’s a reason for that nickname.
Tell us a bit about Chill Out. Like I said, I’ve just come home after being out of the country for two years. I needed a place to stay, so I contacted my friend Tyler, who owns the cottage on the lake where I swam as a kid. The place is only about an hour’s drive from Winnipeg, so I thought it would be the perfect, quiet place to decompress and think about what comes next in my life. I’ve got some things to work out, like how to salvage the relationship with my brother. But when I got to the cottage, it was already occupied. Apparently Tyler’s wife had already offered the cottage to her friend for the weekend without telling him. I’d leave, but a blizzard is raging and I barely made it here as it was. Looks like we’re stuck here together until the storm passes. Just me, Renata, and my dog Spike.
What did you think the first time you saw Renata Cabral? I was annoyed. I wanted peace and quiet and privacy. And I thought she was pretty, though I’d met more beautiful women. But I have to admit she was good with my dog.
Always important: being kind to animals. What was your second thought? That I couldn’t have been more wrong. She’s the most beautiful woman I’ve ever known, both inside and out. I thought I wanted to be alone, but I’ve been alone too long. I don’t know what I would have done without her this weekend.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Perhaps it was love at second sight, when the scales fell from my eyes and I could really see her. When I let myself feel again.
What do you like most about her? I love how she can sense my mood and thoughts. I love her gentleness with Spike. And I especially love her sense of humor and playfulness. She’s fun to be around.
How would you describe her? Beautiful, kind, funny, smart, and maybe just a little nosy.
How would she describe you? She’d probably describe me as hairy. It’s been a while since I shaved or cut my hair. She probably thinks I’m secretive and uncommunicative, too.
What made you choose medicine as a career? An idealistic desire to save the world, I guess. I’ve learned it’s not so simple.
What is your biggest fear? That the rift that’s kept my brother and me apart for the last two years will become permanent and I’ll lose him forever.
How do you relax? I like to cook. My mom taught her boys how to find their way around a kitchen. She taught us how to make simple, wholesome food. She’s gone now, but every time I make something she taught me how to cook, I think of her.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I’d have to say it’s Yoda from Star Wars. He is many things; a teacher, a warrior, a wise man. We need more Yodas in the world.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? The best piece of advice I ever received came from my mother. She told me that people come and go in your life, but family is forever. Family will be there for you when the world turns its back on you, so you need to cherish those relationships. I let myself forget her advice the last couple of years because of my falling out with my brother, but I’m back now and I want to make things right with him.
Thanks, Noah. It's been nice getting to know the character from a story we really enjoyed reading. Good luck to you. Now, a few questions for Jana.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? Books by my favorite romance fiction authors like Nora Roberts, Mary Balogh, and Suzanne Brockmann, to name a few, have taught me about storytelling, expressing emotion with my words, and creating strong characters. But some non-fiction books have also had an influence on me and have taught me a lot about writing. For instance, “Writing the Breakout Novel” and “The Fire in Fiction” by Donald Maass have taught me so much about what it takes to craft a book that rises above the crowd. I’m still working on those lessons!
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 able to bring a couple of small pieces of my life into this story. Spike is modeled after Indigo, also a Mastiff, who belongs to my friend and colleague Michelle. Indy comes to work most days and is about as laid-back a dog as you’d ever want to meet. But she’s big and can be a little intimidating when you first meet her!
     Renata says she could never work in healthcare like Noah does. She’s an accountant and says the best thing about accounting is that nobody dies. I also work in accounting, and I used to get upset when something didn’t balance or I made a mistake. Years ago one of my supervisors, who had originally trained as a nurse, would calm me down me by saying “Nobody died.” That put the situation in perspective for me. Numbers can always be fixed but sometimes people can’t. I’ve always remembered those words.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? Chill Out is my sixth published work with The Wild Rose Press. I find them very professional, and they’re always working to help their authors to be better writers and better marketers. And I adore my editor Nan Swanson.
What project[s] are you working on now? I have several things on the go right now. I’m working on a series about three sisters who inherit an old fishing lodge in Minnesota and try to bring it back to life, while at the same finding love, and solving the mystery of their parents’ deaths. I’m also working on a series set in a small town and centering on a veterinary clinic where many of the characters work. I also have a time-travel series in the works. In order to enter heaven and earn his wings, a man must help others go back in time and find the love they lost in the past.
What's up next for you? I see a lot of writing in my future! The above mentioned series are all works-in-progress; none are finished. My goal for 2016 is to complete one, if not all, of these series. Watch out for me in 2017!

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Chill Out Review

Tomorrow kicks off the release of the Candy Hearts series by the Wild Rose Press. We're honored to be part of a vast and talented group of authors.
Here's one. . . our pal Jana Richards from the Class of '85 series has written another beauty, titled 
Chill Out . . ..

Two people arrive at a remote cottage in western Canada, looking for peace and quiet―and perhaps a bit of self-healing. Toss in a wicked winter storm, mix well with a matchmaking English Mastiff named Spike and you've got magic.
Talented author Jana Richards, with her gift for creating snappy dialogue, honest, loveable characters―human and canine―has given us another winner
Do not miss Chill Out. You'll be as entranced as I was.

Join us tomorrow, January 4, 2016 for an interview with Jana and her characters.

There'll be a Valentine's themed bag involved!!!
Kat and Veronica