Monday, March 28, 2016

A Long Overdue Visitor

    For the next few days Wild Women Authors is pleased to have long-time friend and author Patti O'Manne as she celebrates her first ever published novel, Heiress: Lost Found, a romantic mystery out of Soul Mate Publishing. This has been a long time coming for Patti and we couldn't be more pleased for her. She's brought hero Will Warren, aka Billy Aers with her. As is our usual practice, we'll begin with Will.
Where are you from? A little town in southern NY called Copperglen. It’s close to the Pennsylvania border. If you drove down Interstate 15, you’d probably miss it if you weren’t looking; it’s that small.
Tell us a bit about Heiress: Lost Found: It’s a story of two children who grew up solid and honest despite the terrible first few years of their lives. Fate brings them together and together they solve a thirty year-old mystery.
What did you think the first time you saw Penny? She was as cute as that fairy, Tinkerbell. Her voice was light and her eyes were brightly lit with humor and chagrin. 
What was your second thought? I thought she was a bit flustered. Something about her triggered memories. It nagged at me so I was sure to follow up on it.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? It may have been, but since our pasts possibly crossed, it may have been the familiarity that pushed love sooner.
What do you like most about Penny? Her quiet strength and faith. Thankfully, that faith helped her through some hard times throughout her life. She’s also very protective of her family and friends.
How would you describe her? She might be small, but she packed a big personality. She exudes trust in everyone she meets. The students in her son’s kindergarten class look up to her and follow her instructions without comment.
How would she describe you? I think she’d say I’m honest and trustworthy. Protecting those I love comes before everything. She knows despite the background I come from, I am nothing like my family.
What made you choose law enforcement as a career? My family was killed in an unexplained explosion of our home. Nothing was done to investigate the cause and to verify the actual body count.
What is your biggest fear? Not being able to measure up to my own standards of honor to my family and friends. The nightmares of my past still rear their ugly head, but I refuse to let them win.
How do you relax? Would you believe I relax by spending time with my son, Dusty? He’s a whirling dervish, but his unending energy eases my stress.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Wesley from Princess Bride. He starts out silly in love, but his character evolves into many facets as you see him as the Dreaded Pirate Roberts.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Take one day at a time. Once I heard that, I’ve learned to stop forecasting my life and let it evolve on its own. By doing so, my life is better than my dreams could ever envision.

This has been terrific, Will. We're so glad you are finally between the pages of a book! Now, it's Patti's turn at bat.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? I’ve always loved to read. My favorites were the Hardy Boys, the Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, Ellery Queen and Agatha Christie. Mysteries always intrigue me. When I found Harlequin books, I was lost forever.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? There really wasn’t an event from my private life in this story. What I did bring to it was a combination of my sons’ behaviors when they were five years old. This contributed to a reader favorite, the little boy Dusty. And Lilac Falls is based on pieces of the village I live in.
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 Soul Mate Publishing. I met [owner] Debby [Gilbert] at one of my writing chapter meetings. When I finished Heiress, I submitted to two other publishing houses as well. Soul Mate was interested that I had a series projected.
What project[s] are you working on now? I’m working on Book Two of the Lilac Falls series, Bailey’s Pride.
What's up next for you? A few blog tours and possibly a small side job helping other authors with book teasers for social media are on the schedule.
This has been a great experience for me and Kat—seeing an old pal getting published with her first book and learning she's turning it into a series. Thanks, Patti and much luck.
Veronica and Kat
To contact Patti O'Manne, go to: pattiomanneauthor.com, www.facebook.com/patti+omanne+author
www.twitter.com/pattimann

To purchase Heiress: Lost Found go to: http://amzn.to/1Qd5uy1, soulmatepublishing.com.


Monday, March 21, 2016

Travel Back in Time To . . .

     A ghost town submerged beneath Atlanta's famous man-made Lake Lanier reportedly lures victims to a watery grave. But when Lacey Montgomery's car spins out of control and hurtles into the depths of the icy water, she awakens in the arms of a stranger, in a town she's never heard of––34 years before she was born.
     When the 2012 lawyer tangles with the 1949 hunk, fire and ice swirl into a stream of sweltering desire. Bobby Reynolds is smitten the moment the storm-ravaged woman opens her eyes and, despite adamant protest, Lacey falls in love with a town destined for extinction and the man who vows to save his legacy.
     Threatened by a nefarious stalker, the wrath of bootleggers, and twists of fate, Lacey must find the key to the mysterious portal before time rips them apart, or their star-crossed spirits will wander forever through a ghost town buried beneath the lake.

This week Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome fellow TWRP author Casi McLean and Bobby Reynolds from Casi's latest release Beneath The Lake. First up is Bobby.
Where are you from? I was born and raised in Sidney, GA, a little town north of Atlanta the skeleton of which now rests beneath Lake Sidney Lanier.
Tell us a bit about Beneath The Lake. I've never been a romantic, but when destiny opens a door, you'd be a fool not to walk through it. My sister, Sandy, swears Lacey and I were meant to be, like soul mates, and that fate would draw us together across space and time even if love had to thrust Lacey backwards thirty-four years before she was born to find me. I don't know about all of that stuff, but I do know that once I held Lacey in my arms, gazed into her emerald eyes, I was mesmerized. I knew I could never let her go. Beneath The Lake is our story; it's a gripping tale of treacherous bootleggers, twists of fate, a mysterious stalker, star-crossed love and second chances, all in a race against time in a town destined to be erased from the face of the earth.
What did you think the first time you saw Lacey Madison Montgomery?
Drenched in mud, her dress soaking wet and draped around her waist, I can't say she was a vision of beauty. At first glance, I thought the storm-ravaged woman was dead, but when I pulled the mud-soaked locks from her face, she looked like an angel––bruised, cut, and filthy, but an angel nonetheless.
That is so sweet. What was your second thought? Ornery, stubborn, determined, and fascinating, Lacey stole my heart, like no woman I've ever known.
That's better. Did you feel it was love at first sight? I've never thought much about love at first sight, but I guess that's what happened between us. We certainly had a connection.
What do you like most about her? Her determination and tenacity stands out the most. She'd say fate brought me a strong woman from the future to get my attention.
A determined tenacious woman brought to you by fate. Very cool. Let's get to the nitty gritty. How would you describe Lacey? Beautiful, sensual, sexy as hell, but most of all, she has guts, compassion and integrity.
Perfect. How would she describe you? Ha, that depends on what I was up to before you ask her. In truth, she has the crazy idea that I'm perfect.
What made you choose architecture as a career? I think I was a born architect. From ABC block towers to tree houses to the homes I built for Sandy and Lacey. Architectural design is just in my blood.
What is your biggest fear? You'll have to read Casi's book for that one. If I told you, well let's just say I've never known a woman who could keep a secret.
How do you relax? That depends on the year, dear lady. In 1949, working on my car relaxed me, but in 2012 I found a whole lot more I could get into. Lacey relaxes me too, but I understand the details of that may not be acceptable on this venue.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why?
Ha, ha. That's an easy question, Kilroy. I suspect he was way before your time, though. Kilroy was an apparition, and a familiar super GI during WWII. He was always the first one to every battle and the last to leave. A simple note, "Kilroy was here" with an identical notorious scribbled cartoon face showed up everywhere like a familiar buddy. We could always depend on the guy. Eventually the message migrated worldwide.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Without a doubt, when my sister, Sandy, said, "Don't give up on Lacey. She never gave up on you."
Hey, thanks for the interview on Wild Women Authors. Lacey has had the spotlight a few times, but this was my first interview and I enjoyed being here.
And we enjoyed having you. Now it's time to talk with Casi. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? Madeline L'Engle's Wrinkle In Time inspired me in forth grade. From that moment on, time slips intrigued me. But my first romance was with Nick Montgomery, Jude Deveraux's Knight In Shining Armor. My heroine, Lacey Madison Montgomery, evolved from Nick. Time travel movies usually catch my attention too, from Back To The Future to The Lake House to a little known 1979 love story that starred Lindsey Wagner, The Two Lives Of Jennie Logan. If you haven't seen it, pick up a copy. It will touch your 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 definitely pulled my dysfunctional past relationships into Lace, and some of her broken past. The internal conflict of Bobby and Lacey both came from my past as well. They worked through their issues quite a bit faster than I did, though.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I met The Wild Rose Press owner, Rhonda Penders, at a Georgia Romance Writer's Moonlight and Magnolia Conference. When I pitched Beneath The Lake to Rhonda, her eyes lit up. The first words from her mouth were: "I want to publish that book, and if you don't choose The Wild Rose Press, I still really want to read it." She loves time travel. I was thrilled and inspired. Rhonda and I connected that day and I spoke to her multiple times over the weekend. I received several offers to publish my novel through that conference, but no one impressed me like Rhonda. My experience with The Wild Rose Press has been amazing too. The support, encouragement, and inspiration from the staff and other authors in the group is remarkable.
What project[s] are you working on now? Beneath The Lake is the first book in a three book series with the same title. I'm currently working on book two, Beyond The Mist, and book three, Between The Shadows. I recently bought the rights for my Memoir, Wingless Butterfly, back from the original publisher and I'm polishing that for re-release this year. I have about 6 WIP right now. LOL.
What's up next for you? We just purchased a home on the north shores of Lake Lanier and who knows what my muse may find lurking beyond the Lake.

To purchase Beneath The Lake, go to:

To learn more about Casi McLean, go to:
Website: casimclean.com
Twitter: @casimclean
Facebook: Casi McLean
FB Author Page: Casi McLean-Author
Goodreads: Casi McLean
Pinterest: Casi McLean
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Amazon Author Page: Casi McLean





Monday, March 14, 2016

Meet Christian, a sentient android

Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome back author Linda Nightingale and Christian Aguillard from Linda's latest release, Love For Sale. Welcome. First up is Christian.
Where are you from? An advanced electronics firm in London, England
Tell us a bit about Love For Sale. I am a sentient android, totally indistinguishable from human, programmed to love. My love, March Morgan, purchased me at an exorbitant price and took me home with her to Houston, Texas, where we were supposed to live HEA. However, her past and my future threatened our happiness.
What did you think the first time you saw March? I was stunned and felt something deep inside that my programming did not anticipate. I was in love—which was impossible without such programming. 
Interesting. What was your second thought? Somehow, I must make her buy me.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Definitely
What do you like most about her? So many things—she’s beautiful, kind and she loves me as unconditionally as I love her.
How would you describe March? Perfect, and that’s not because I was programmed to be hers alone.
How would she describe you? She once told me I was her dream come true. I’m tall, blond and blue-eyed with long hair and no beer belly.
What made you choose aerospace engineering for a career? I was programmed for that profession, at March’s request—after all, we do live near NASA—but since I have no prior recorded experience, it has been difficult to secure employment.
What is your biggest fear? That March will die. I’d be at a total loss, grief deeper than humanly possible, and no one would know what to do with me.
How do you relax? She and I like to watch Game of Thrones or The Outlander or take long drives. I also have a Sleep Mode.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Silver from Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee. For obvious reasons, I feel a real kinship with him.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? My creator told me that immortality, living forever, isn’t as bad as it sounds, though he’d never truly know.
Thank you, Christian. This is another first for us—interviewing an android—and it's been a real pleasure, learning something new and that's what it's all about. Now it's Linda's turn at bat.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? The Vampire Lestat, I suppose. I hadn’t written since I was a teen because a newspaper editor critiqued my writing and tore it to pieces. I put down my pen. Then this book inspired me to write again.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee was the inspiration for this book, but Christian is very different from Silver. Silver Metal Lover is a coming of age story and doesn’t…well I won’t spoil the story but recommend the book. Tanith Lee has a beautiful way of writing.
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 published my first project—a short story called Black Swan. Since they primarily published only romance, I went with a Canadian publisher for 4 other novels, then I came back with Love For Sale and was delighted they accepted it. Writers in the “Garden” are called “Roses”, and it’s a wonderfully supportive group.
What project[s] are you working on now? Not sure whether it will be a novel or a novella, but it’s called Royal Secrets, and it’s about a prince and a commoner.
What's up next for you? The Wild Rose Press will be releasing a collection of short stories about my hero, Morgan D’Arcy…an English lord, a renowned classical pianist, and a vampire.
What an interesting history, Linda. We're so glad you came to visit and hope you'll come back again.
Kat and Veronica

To learn more about Linda Nightingale and the stories she creates, go to:
Web Site: http://www.lindanightingale.com – Visit and look around. There’s a free continuing vampire story.
Blog: https://lindanightingale.wordpress.com/ - Lots of interesting guests & prizes



Monday, March 7, 2016

Meet a Nurse Turned Demon Hunter

This week, Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome sci-fi author Karilyn Bentley and demon huntress, Gin Crawford, from Karilyn's latest release, Demon Kissed. First up is Gin.
Tell us a bit about Demon Kissed. I'd love to! Demon Kissed is my second big adventure as a Justitian, or as I like to call myself, a Demon Huntress. This adventure starts out with a funeral and goes downhill from there. A murder, missing anthrax and a big scary demon make my job difficult. Here's the official blurb:
Gin Crawford, the world's latest demon huntress, has no time to mourn her dead lover as she's called in to determine why a demon attack occurred at the local medical school. And not just any demon, but the one demon that gives her demon-killing bracelet the shivers. A dead professor, a lab full of missing anthrax, and a demon who turns good people into minions complicate her life. Can Gin and her mentor Aidan Smythe solve the mystery of the missing anthrax and the identity of the demon before someone else dies?
Very cool. What made you choose Demon Huntress for a career Choose? More like chosen for me. I'm an ER nurse by training and I love my job. Then I found a mysterious bracelet in the pocket of my scrubs jacket and made the mistake of putting it on. Once it goes on, it doesn't come off, which means I'm now fighting demons and minions. I'm learning to like my new gig. It's not every day a girl gets to take out the walking evil.
Even more cool since we are a retired nurse and often fantasized about fighting demon residents and interns. We'll have to 'talk' later. Heh heh. Knowing what you know now, if you had it to do over again, would you stick with this new career or do something different? As I said, I'm learning to like this job. I like making a difference. So, yeah, I'm planning to stick with being a Demon Huntress for as long as they'll have me. How long that might be is the real question.
What is your biggest fear? A man's anger directed at me.
Hmm. You hunt demons yet a man's anger frightens you? We need to talk, honey. Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Han Solo. He's rough around the edges, has done things he regrets, but always comes through in the end. Not to mention I've always had a thing for Harrison Ford.
We knew it the second you mentioned being an ER nurse! We, the three of us, are sisters of the spirit. Let's do coffee. A bit of inservice training perhaps? How about a swim date? But, we digress. What is the best piece of advice you ever received? How to cover up a murder. It's not a piece I want to share right now. But I will share the second best piece of advice. It came from something I read when trying to straighten out my life several years ago: Acceptance is the first step. That's proved helpful in dealing with my new Demon Huntress skills.
Amen, sister Gin. You go, girl. Now, it's Karilyn's turn at bat. Which writer or character[s], from either books or movies, [or both] have had a major impact on your writing? Several authors have impacted my writing. Stephen King, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Karen Marie Moning, JR Ward, just to name a few.
With regard to research, where did you start for this novel? Did that lead you down different paths, thereby changing the original concept? While I did have to research certain things for this series (like fact checks, how police handle crime scenes, etc.), I did not have to do much research to start writing. Not many people are demon huntresses and those who are definitely aren't a thing like Gin! I am a pantser (writing by the seat of my pants), so while I know an overview of the plot/series I never know the specifics. In that regard, yes, things have changed since I first started this series.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them; what influenced you to submit to them. I write for The Wild Rose Press. A couple of years after they opened for business, they had a call for short story submissions for an anthology. My story was selected as one of the top six finalists and that's how I got my start writing.
What is the turn-around time from date of query to date of release?Since I'm an established author, I submit to my editor. I'm not sure what the turnaround time is for new authors.
What are you reading right now? Silverhawk by Barbara Bettis
What's next for you? The third book in the Demon Huntress series, tentatively named Demon Cursed. As I write this, I'm about halfway through with the edits so it should be to my editor soon!

Karilyn brought along an excerpt from Demon Kissed:
The scent of sulfur hangs in the air like a demonic stink bomb. I want to slap a hand over my nose, but no one else seems affected by the stench. Must be a demon huntress thing.
Justitian,” Smythe mutters. “Not demon huntress.”
If you don’t like my new title, then stay out of my mind.”
He glares. I swallow. Cross my arms. Refuse to take a step back. I’m learning not to be intimidated by his anger. Go me.
My justitia vibrates, throwing me out of my internal battle, pulling me back to the land of death and minions. The blob of colors pulsates, a glowing reminder of a moment of terror. The moment the demon appeared to the grad student.
Granted, I’m still taking Demons 101, but I thought demons formed minions in private. Usually after the human committed a crime, not before. A tryout, so to speak. And maybe that happened, but it sure seems to me like the black blob of demon force appeared to the grad student smack in the middle of the hallway.
Or maybe that always happens, and I just now noticed it.
The justitia’s vibration grows stronger, trembling my arm, my veins. Not its normal excited tremor upon seeing a minion or demon. A rush of images spikes through my mind, scenes of terror coupled with blood and death, memories of the justitia’s former wearers captured in time by the entity in the bracelet.
I’m not the only one freaked out by the colored blob. How bad was this demon to scare a justitia?

This has been great fun. We wish Karilyn much success with sales and also with future stories. Please come back to visit us with the next in the Demon series!
Kat and Veronica

To learn more about Karilyn Bentley and the stories she creates go to:
Website: www.karilynbentley.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KarilynBentleyAuthor
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/karilynbentley1
Blog: http://plottingprincesses.blogspot.com
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4051943.Karilyn_Bentley
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/karilynbentley
Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/ba_0Rf

To purchase Demon Kissed, go to:
  • Amazon: http://amzn.com/B01AB5116U
  • B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/demon-kissed-karilyn-bentley/1123272613?ean=2940157964696
  • TWRP: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=195&products_id=6639
  • iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/demon-kissed/id1076170387?mt=11



Thursday, March 3, 2016

Meet Sci-Fi Author John Caligiuri

Beginning today and for the rest of the weekend, Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome science fiction author John Caligiuri and Dante Carloman from John's latest novel, Cocytus: Planet of the Damned. As always, we'll begin with Dante.
Tell us a bit about yourself. I am the central character in Cocytus: Planet of the Damned. I was a grad student at Cornell who got swept up in a nightmare with Tina Phokas, a second year medical student.
What made you choose computer engineering for a profession? Software always fascinated me. I found, growing up, that I had a real talent for writing computer apps. I’m probably what you would call a classic geek. For me it was always easier to work with machines than talk to people. But before you write me off as a complete nerd, I’ll let you know that as an undergraduate, I was a Division III All-American while running cross-country.
Knowing what you know now, if you had it to do over again, would you stick with being a computer engineer or choose something different? Given the predicament that I found myself in, my experience working on artificial intelligence projects for the DoD was helpful but I should have spent more of my weekends goofing off with my buddies at Cornell, writing computer viruses and malware instead of working on my PhD thesis on neural net systems. And quite honestly, learning a few karate moves instead of being a complete wimp would have definitely been beneficial.
What was your biggest fear? Yikes, given the mess I was in, just about anything that moved. The planet Cocytus is a brutal, unforgiving place. But my biggest fear is the feeling of total helplessness, and knowing that hundreds of people looked to me to solve problems that appeared insurmountable. Their lives are in my hands. The fear of letting down the people I've grown to love and losing the trust they put in me gives me nightmares.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? A very interesting question. The answer essentially enabled those of us entrapped on Cocytus to have a chance for survival. Let me put it this way, if my parents didn’t name me Dante after the famous renaissance author of the Divine Comedy, I would not be alive today. You’ll have to read my adventure to find out what I mean by that. There was a second fictional author, Isaac Asimov, who wrote the famous I Robot series of books that inspired me at a key moment of our crisis.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? You mean besides “Duck!” Yeah there was one good piece of advice that my buddy Virgil gave me. “Courage isn’t about being fearless, it’s about being able to persevere through those fears.”
Thanks, Dante. We wish you luck as you figure your way out of Cocytus and all its issues. Now it's John's turn at bat. Which writer or character[s], from either books or movies, [or both] have had a major impact on your writing?
The classic science fiction/fantasy writers are the ones that had the greatest impact on me. Folks like Asimov, Heinlein, CS Lewis and Tolkien. They could give the reader a rip-roaring adventure that has an underlying philosophical bent. I want to give the reader something to think about, if they so choose, after they put the book down.
A special tip of the hat goes to Dante Alighieri. His travels through Hell and Purgatory inspired me with this story. In fact the name of the planet, Cocytus, is the lake in his pit of hell.
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 out wanting to write a classic good vs evil sci fi novel but my characters wouldn’t let me. The protagonists changed the world they encountered but also found that they were changed by it. Adversaries evolved. “People” learned from each other.
Nowadays, we generally think of science fiction as being either fantasy adventures or technology based dystopias. In Cocytus: Planet of the Damned, I attempted to blend the two plus throw in a generous dash of classical literature and ancient history. The result is an entertaining, and also, I hope, a thought provoking story.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them; what influenced you to submit to them. My publisher is Insomnia Publishing. They are a small(ish) publishing house but have an excellent editing staff. The advice always given to new writers is to network, network, network. That is how I was able to make my initial contact with them. A published author friend of mine knew an editor there and that got my foot in the door. They read my manuscript and accepted it.
What's next for you? I’m currently working on the sequel, Cocytus: Sanctuary in Hell. It will involve the same protagonists who start to unravel the mystery of humanity’s strange role in the galaxy. They will venture into new worlds and be forced to confront new and more powerful foes.
To learn more about John Caligiuri and the stories he creates go to:
www.insomnia-publishing.com/jc

Thanks, John and Dante, for taking the time to visit Wild Women. We hope you'll pay a return visit when Sanctuary in Hell is ready for release.
Kat and Veronica