Monday, April 25, 2016

Mail Order Bride Weds Undercover Husband

. . . Secrets, saboteurs, a blazing fire, the other woman…love prevails. . .

     Beautiful Morgan Prescott has everything she’s ever wanted—except happiness. Determined to make her own way in the world despite her family’s wealthy influence, she answers a “Brides Wanted” ad and leaves New York City’s high society life for the wild Washington Territory. Though she has no practical skills, she’s determined to learn how to survive.
     Luke Kincaid is a private investigator, working undercover as a logging camp foreman to stop the saboteurs who are destroying the progress of the Union Pacific Railroad. Marriage to Morgan is part of his assumed identity, but he finds himself longing for much more—a love he can neither accept, nor return. He’s honor bound to another woman, Lucy, his dearest childhood friend—but Lucy has a wasting disease that has left her bedridden and near death.
     When Morgan is nearly killed in a blaze that has been purposely set, Luke vows to find the man responsible and make him pay—with his life. But Luke knows he must return to Lucy, as her time grows short.
     Can Luke and Morgan ever find their happiness together? They must put all their faith in the future, with A Love So Strong…

This week Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome back a long-time friend and fellow member of my home writers' group, Beverly Wells. She's brought along Morgan Prescott from Bev's latest release Love So Strong, an historical romance released by Prairie Rose Publications. First up is Morgan.
Where are you from? New York City
Based on the blurb above, what did you think the first time you saw Luke Kincaid? I wasn’t too pleased with the overly delayed foreman since he’d kept me sitting on an uncomfortable bench outside the saloon while the other mail order brides conversed with their soon-to-be’s inside where it was warm. But when he finally (I wasn’t absolutely sure it was him as yet) arrived and hopped off the wagon, his tall rugged frame and wide shoulders all encased in buckskin were enough to hold back any squalling. Tough, lean and sinewy came instantly to mind and I prayed this it was indeed him.
Sounds yummy. What happened then? Well, when I ventured across the deep ruts in the road to reach his side, I landed in a most unladylike position with my feet in the air, my backside in the muck like a pig in the slop pen, I was totally mortified and figured he’d think me a klutz. Actually when I heard his roar of laughter that could be heard down the mountain side I wanted to lambaste him.
This next one is a bit out there, but did you feel it was love at first sight? I wanted it to be, but since I wasn’t the one he’d expected to be matched with—there had been a switch—and he gave me more than concerned glances, seemed almost leery of me yet I could feel a undertone of rising temper, I figured I was going to be a tough sell.
What do you like most about Luke? His strength of character.
How would you describe him? Hard working, dedicated, confident and patiently understanding. Oh, did I say he was very easy on the eyes? Actually I have a hard time keeping my eyes off him, and then darn it, I almost drool.
How would Luke describe you? Puzzling and he’d be right as I was totally out of my element in this wilderness and completely inept in anything domestic.
What made you choose to become a mail order bride? I wanted and needed to find true happiness and leave the false pretenses back in New York City. And if not lucky enough to find everlasting love, at least I hoped for true friendship.
What is your biggest fear, Morgan? Two fears occurred right off the bat after he’d explained the situation that he only needed a mock wife. One that he’d send me packing and second, that I'd end up with a broken heart when we parted.
How do you relax? Much to my parents’ horror I love digging in the dirt, planting flowers, pretty trees and bushes. When I did it in New York, it simply added another black mark to my gazillion faults. Here in Washington Territory I can play in dirt all I want as soon as the weather breaks, even vegetables now, too.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I’m sorry to say I don’t have a favorite fictional character as the finishing schools I attended insisted on “us ladies” reading only non-fiction. I contemplated sneaking a dime novel into my bedroom at home, but Mother went through our things whenever she felt like it and I’d definitely be sent away again if she ever found such a book in my possession. I did read Romeo and Juliet behind closed doors, but I didn’t like the ending.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again and that came from Luke.
Thanks, Morgan. It's Bev's turn on the hot seat as we ask, what movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? Gosh, there are oodles of both filled with heartfelt and heartwarming emotions that have moved me, left me with such good, satisfied feelings in the end and maybe a bright smile on my face. That’s what I try to give my readers. From Anne Frank; Gone with the Wind and Ashes in the Wind; Brave Heart and Forrest Gump. I could go on forever. Actually I read and watch a wide range as I enjoy contemporary, paranormal, some sci-fi, YA as well as my favorite, historical romance. If it’s written well and I’m engrossed in the story that’s a good start. But it’s got to have some meat, a good dose of tension and some outstanding characters. And I’m hooked on romance.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? Having worked as a nurse in the ER, ICU and private practice, I then ventured into Public Health focusing on home care and clinics. During those many years I met and cared for far too many patients who had been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Lucy, my secondary character in Love So Strong, suffered from that disease. The strong sisterly bond between Morgan and Lucy as Morgan cares for her, I hope will touch the hearts of many. The letter and word boards with a knitting needle used as a pointer were what we used years ago to communicate with those who could only communicate with eye movement. Though written to be a humorous romance, I dedicated the story to Claudia, one of the sweetest ladies with a mountain of perseverance and a zest for life that I had the pleasure of knowing during her battle against ALS. My author’s note in the book tells more of her plight.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I searched the web for a publisher who was interested in publishing historical romance, especially set in the American West. I found that Prairie Rose Publications publish western cowboy/historical romance, paranormal, contemporary romance, as well as inspirational, and YA. Now they also include westerns (not romance) and have added medievals, holiday anthologies and novellas. Every month they increase their lines.
What project[s] are you working on now? Prairie Rose published its first MEMORIES FROM MAPLE STREET, USA: LEAVING CHILDHOOD BEHIND—a collection of novellas of true stories by numerous authors. I missed that as I didn’t catch what it entailed, but by golly I joined the next one, MFMS, USA: THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER and enjoyed writing the little story from my past to my heart’s delight. So, I just finished MFMS, USA: PAWPRINTS ON MY HEART and am waiting to be contracted--hopefully. I loved writing about my dogs—it will release this summer. I’m also half way through a medieval romance anthology The Chalice that I’ll be submitting in three weeks to be included within the collection entitled ONE HOT KNIGHT which is to be released during this HOT summer—And oh my, the cover—he’s gorgeous. I do hope my editor will accept that one too. The Deaconess Hires a Gunman, my historical western is half finished and has been patiently waiting for me to come back to their rescue. My summer vow is to finally give them a rest and let them work things out by finishing telling their story.
What's up next for you, Bev? Lots of Greet and Meets/Book signings throughout the local area during the summer, enjoying my son, DIL, and two granddaughters when they visit this summer and once I finish the Deaconess book, I’ll start another. I have several waiting to hit the computer—someone please tell me how to make my days longer.
Bev brought along an excerpt from A Love So Strong:
It came to him in a flash. Missy remained. Yet that couldn't be. She didn't fit the description of the woman Hans had chosen on paper two months ago. Hell, he lacked too much sleep to play guessing games. “So, spit it out. What happened?”
Luke watched Missy lean against the wagon. Lean? It looked as if she wanted to burrow into the wood.
Hans pulled his hands out of his pockets, gestured with them in front of him. “I chose my bride, and Albert claimed Lila.” Lila. Ah yes, Hans had raved about her. “Tom chose Sarah instead of Roberta, and Peter wanted Roberta.”
Was anything ever simple? After an exhausting day of catastrophes, and this hopscotch of brides, a headache threatened.
“And now the last two don't match, is that it?”
Hans studied his boots, drove his hands back into his pockets then glanced at Missy. “We don't know if they'll match. They've. . . just met.”
It took a split second for Hans' words t o register, to become crystal clear. No. Hans knew why Luke had picked Rosie. He wouldn't intentionally turn the tables on him. But lust and love would, by damn. It made men commit worse crimes.
He swallowed the lump in his throat. “You chose Rosie.” His words almost gagged him. He dreaded to hear Hans' confirmation. Hans nodded. Acid churned in his stomach, and a sour taste spiraled up to his mouth. He'd purposely picked a voluptuous dance hall woman who'd have no problem finding another man after he'd finished here. One who most likely would go along with his scheme and the proposition he offered.
Jesus! He was in a world of shit.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Visual Effects

Will their emotional firestorm leave nothing but ashes or can love emerge victorious?
          Drey Winston is a fierce competitor who enjoys challenging her mind and body. But when it comes to her heart—no one ever gets close enough to compete for it. Having grown up believing she was an unwanted burden to her parents, she prefers to keep her feelings well hidden. Just when her hard-fought goals are finally within reach, the audacious Jesse Devlin comes along to breach her carefully guarded defenses.
          After a disastrous marriage early in life, Jesse Devlin prefers strings-free relationships. Confident and outgoing, he gets along well with women, but his natural charm can’t seem to penetrate Drey Winston’s aloofness. While attempting to win her over, he’s the one who ends up losing his heart.
          Can this commitment-phobic bachelor convince the stubbornly independent woman he loves that his feelings—and hers—are the real deal?
          This week Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome a new author, Joyce Holmes, for a visit. She's brought along Drey Winston from her latest release, Visual Effects. First up is Drey.
Where are you from? I was born and raised on a ranch just outside of Great Falls, Montana, but I haven’t lived there since I was seventeen.
Tell us a bit about Visual Effects. It is the story of my bumpy journey to finding real love, to realizing I don’t need to do everything on my own. That I can trust and depend on someone else, yet still be strong and independent. When Jesse Devlin and I started working together, I had already decided I didn’t like the man. Jesse’s not accustomed to rejection and he took me as a personal challenge. The better I got to know him, the more I cared about him. The more I cared, the more certain I was that we shouldn’t be together. But despite everything we went through and, believe me, some of it was pure hell, Jesse never gave up on me. On us.
What did you think the first time you saw Jesse? The very first time I saw him, a long time ago, I thought he might be brilliant, but he was too handsome for his own good, and he knew it. Funny, when we met again many years later, my initial thoughts hadn’t changed. 
What was your second thought? I quickly realized he was far too handsome for my own good, too.
Good one, Drey. Was it love at first sight? Definitely not. I found him very annoying and far too persistent. But maybe I was fooling myself, a bit.
What do you like most about him? His ability to laugh and make others laugh. His loyalty and tenderness. And he gives the best hugs. Then there’s that whole ‘not letting me push him away when I was really determined to’ thing. Gotta like that. A lot.
How would you describe him? Jesse Devlin is what my gram would’ve called ‘easy on the eyes and hard on the heart’. He’s a big, strong man, with a personality as sunny as his golden good looks. He’s also used to getting his own way and having women fawn over him. But I came to realize he’s much more complex than first appearances. He’s tender and sweet, whether he admits it or not. He’s got talent to spare and is an inspiring instructor. He loves his family and would do anything for them.
How would Jesse describe you? He thinks I’m stubborn—although we’re working on that. I happen to prefer the word tenacious. He calls me Princess, which is super annoying, but he’s also come to admire and praise my abilities, both at work and recreationally. And, I don’t know, he seems to think I’m beautiful, so see, he really is a sweet guy.
What made you choose animator as a career? I’ve always loved to draw, to design and create. Once I discovered how to make my creations come alive on the computer, I’d found the direction I wanted my life to go. It really is the purest of magic.
What is your biggest fear? Coming to need someone emotionally, only to have that person walk away.
How do you relax? I jog. It lets me be alone with my mind. When I run, nothing else matters. Running is all there is, and all my problems evaporate, if only for that short time.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Wonder Woman. She’s a kick-ass female, who doesn’t need a man to make her complete.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? My beloved grandparents told me I could do and be anything I set my mind to, and to never give up on my dreams.
        Terrific to meet you, Drey. Now we'd like to speak with Joyce.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? I’m not a big movie watcher, but I’m a voracious reader and so I can’t pin down one or two books that were the most impactful. I do believe good writing starts with a love for reading.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? Drey goes through some painfully emotional ordeals in this story, and while mine weren’t the exact same, I was able to draw on the emotions from my own experiences to better tell hers.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? An author friend of mine, who is published with The Wild Rose Press, told me about them. Visual Effects is my second book they’ve published.
What projects are you working on now? I have two books previously published with a company that’s no longer in business. I’m looking for a new home for them, along with the third book in the series, which I’m still working on.
What's up next for you? Once I finish the last book in my trilogy, I plan to look at some of my older projects to see if any are worth reworking. Hopefully an idea for a new story will also make itself known soon.
Joyce and Drey, thanks for visiting today. It's always nice to make new friends from the writing world and specifically the Garden. We hope you'll return soon.
Kat and Veronica

          Joyce Holmes lives with her husband and very small dog in the beautiful Okanagan region of British Columbia. The award-winning author is happily living her dream of being a stay-at-home writer. Photography and blogging about her travels are two of her passions, along with visiting her kids and grandkids. When she's not dreaming up stories in her head or planning her next great adventure, she’s off enjoying the great outdoors.
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Friday, April 15, 2016

A Reluctant Lover/Dynamite Shop Keeper

          When Eliska Spencer opens a bakery in Pikes Run with her friends, Cora Ann Carter and Sugar Fremont, no one suspects the women aren't what they seem.
         Jonas Boswell is enchanted by Sugar Fremont. He fights the attraction, not wanting to risk his heart after experiencing the death of his first wife. Falling in love again has never seemed possible or safe. But then Sugar appears with her bouncing, red curls and shining, blue eyes, and he is lost.
          Thomas Miller gives females a wide berth. After living with three sisters, he finds women frustrating and irritating. And Cora Ann Carter is no exception. However, her feisty nature and bold curves draw him in until he doesn't recognize himself. It's all he can do not to drag her down the aisle.
          Reverend Thurston Black had his heart broken many years ago. He swore off women and made his flock his priority. Then Eliska Spencer crosses his path. She is kind. And gentle. And giving. His heart melts, and he is powerless against her. He vows to make her his own.
          But the ladies’ past looms, invading their future and stealing their happiness. All the women want is to love and be loved. Can they achieve their dreams, or will the men in their lives prove too stubborn to forgive their past?

Wild Women Authors is pleased to have two visitors over the weekend, Kara O'Neal and Thomas Miller from Kara's latest release, Love's Promise, a historical romance from Resplendence Publishing. First up is Thomas.
Where are you from? Raleigh, North Carolina
Tell us a bit about Love’s Promise. It’s about three women trying to rise above their past. Unfortunately, me and a couple other fellas cross their path and cause problems.
What did you think the first time you saw Cora Ann Carter? The first time I met her, it was too dark to see anything. We were outside during a barn dance. Can’t say as I needed to be able to look at her, though. Her sassy comebacks hooked me in a blink, and I found her intriguing. 
'Hooked you in a blink'. That's nice. What was your second thought? That she had a good deal of backbone in order to shock me.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? I never thought that was possible. Seemed ridiculous. And while I didn’t love her from the first time I saw her, I knew she was different. She captivated me, and I became a better person.
Aww. What do you like most about her? She’s a fighter. She’s lived through a lot, handled a lot. I’m fortunate she’s the mother of our children.
How would you describe Cora? Sassy, confident, smart, and she can get to you with this tenderhearted side she has.
How would she describe you? This is easy because she tells me all the time. Grumpy, grouchy, cranky, impatient. But she trusts me, and earning her trust was a special thing for me.
Hah! Another good one. What made you choose owning a general store as a career? Everyone needs to patronize my shop at one time or another, so business is guaranteed.
What is your biggest fear? Losing my family. I doubt I could withstand that.
How do you relax? Make love to my wife would be first. Second is a nice glass of brandy and my newspaper.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I don’t read novels. I read the newspaper.
Hmm, lots of fiction there if you ask us. But what is the best piece of advice you ever received? Be honest about who you are and what you want. And I am. I don’t mince words.
Nice one! Now let's talk to Kara for awhile. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? Well, there are too many books to list them all here, but I must mention Nancy Drew, Little House, Little Women, and Anne of Green Gables. I adored stories about girls who took control of their lives, but still loved and allowed themselves to be loved in return. As an adult, Jane Austen is a new love. I’ll never match her ability, but she is inspiring.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? Nothing from my private life helped shape this story. However, I have a loving family, and I draw on our interactions to create all my characters.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? Resplendence Publishing was accepting manuscripts other than Regency, and I jumped at the chance. I have enjoyed working with them and for them and feel they have made me a better writer.
What project[s] are you working on now? My seventh book doesn’t have a title. For those who have read other books in the Pikes Run Series, this book is Lonnie’s story. It’s finished and going through the critique process.
What's up next for you? Since the seventh book is finished, I have started the eighth book. There are 16 books in the series, and I intend to tell every story to the best of my ability.
Thanks, Kara, for your continued loyalty to this blog and for always giving us unique and fun characters to talk with. Please come back when the next Pikes Run book is ready. We can't wait.
Kat and Veronica

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Kara brought an excerpt from Love's Promise with her:
          Glass exploded over Sugar Fremont’s head. She screamed and threw up her arms for protection but kept running. Heat licked at her back as smoke burned her eyes and shards of window pane pierced her skin.
          Women, some still in satin and black lace, ran in front of her, tumbling over each other as they raced for the backdoor. Through gray clouds of life-sucking smoke, Sugar saw light. With a cry of exultation, she stumbled into the morning air. Someone knocked her to the ground, and rocks cut into her skin as they rent a hole in her nightgown at the knee.
          Another glass pane exploded above her, and she shoved to her feet. Panicked tears overtook her. Sobbing, she staggered farther away from the burning structure. When she reached the outhouse, a safe distance away, she whipped around. Her heart flew into her throat at the sight before her eyes.
The Twisted Fairy was ablaze, consumed by flames yearning to swallow it whole. How had she managed to escape its fierce, howling force?
          The wails of the females surrounding her pulled her attention from the disintegrating wood. She scanned the familiar faces, looking for the ones she held dearer than the others. When her sweet friends were not in her line of sight, desperation gripped her.
          “Cora!” she cried, as she shoved through the women huddled near the outhouse. “Eliska!”
She called their names over and over as she stumbled through the mass of people that had begun to gather. Her breath came harshly, and dizziness assailed her.
          “Cora!” she screamed again, looking frantically through the horrified onlookers. Her desperate tears worked against her, obscuring her vision. She swiped at them roughly as she began to run.
          Before she got to the shed, a hand clutched her shoulder. She whipped around and found frantic blue eyes looking back. “Cora!” Sugar cried, as she pulled her friend into a tight embrace.
          After a fierce hug, Cora put her hands on Sugar’s upper arms and forced her to look at her. “Where is Eliska?”

Monday, April 11, 2016

Visit an Austrian Castle for Murder, Mystery and Love

          In Austria to meet her great-grandfather and explore his castle estate filled with priceless art, August Myer arrives to find he’s died suspiciously. As one of the heirs, her life is in danger, turning this fairytale Alpine adventure into a nightmare of unexplained accidents, neo-Nazi threats, and murder.
          Inspector Tobias Wolf splits his time between his profession and fighting the spread of neo-Nazism. But when the beautiful, intriguing American crosses his path during a murder investigation, ensuring her safety challenges his priorities…and his heart.
          When August learns the handsome inspector’s involvement with a major female Nazi is more than he’s admitted, and the death of her great-grandfather is somehow connected, she takes the investigation into her own hands. The outcome could be the death of both of them.

For the next few days Wild Women Authors will feature author Brenda Whiteside visiting along with art gallery owner August Myer from her latest release, A Legacy of Love and Murder. First up is August.
Where are you from, August? Phoenix, Arizona
Tell us a bit about A Legacy of Love and Murder. Earlier this year, my mom searched out information on her birth mother. She found answers, but was confronted with lies, threats and murder. Now, I’m accompanying her to Austria to meet her grandfather so we can learn more about her birth father. What’s exciting for me is the fact we’ll someday inherit my great-grandfather’s castle filled with priceless art. I own an art studio in Tucson, Arizona so you can imagine how exciting this is for me. Things get complicated when we arrive to find Great-Grandfather has died suspiciously. As heirs to the estate, we appear to be in danger.
What did you think the first time you saw Inspector Tobias Wolf? He was rude and careless when he ran us off the castle road in his Porsche 911. His apology was pathetically lacking.
What was your second thought? I couldn’t help but be intrigued by his accent. He was impeccably dressed and had a James Bond quality I found quite appealing.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Oh no! Although smooth and attractive, he’d been careless. Then he had the nerve to question my mother and me as if we’d somehow had something to do with my great-grandfather’s death.
What do you like most about him? In the beginning, once I’d calmed down, I found him not only attractive, but also interesting. His childhood home was a castle that his parents where his parents still live. He’s a bit older than I am, too, so his experiences have depth. His passion is to fight the spread of Neo-Nazism.
How would you describe Tobias? As I said, he’s an Austrian James Bond only not a womanizer. He’s very sophisticated and worldly, but rugged. He’s thirty-nine and never been married. I don’t know if it’s his age or his Austrian upbringing, but he’s quite gentlemanly.
How would he describe you? Physically, 5’6”, fit, small chested, round hips, strong legs, great calves. I wear short denim skirts, mostly, and love necklaces. I think he’d also say I’m feisty, stubborn, and very protective of my mother.
What made you choose owning an art gallery for a career? I majored in art history and love anything to do with the subject. When I graduated, I was lucky enough to have a mother who had the money to invest in a gallery and fulfill my dream.
What is your biggest fear? A couple of months ago, it was the possibility of losing my gallery. My ex-husband had jeopardized our business. When I dumped him, I saved the gallery. Now, it’s protecting my mother, and I suppose myself, from whoever is killing the heirs to the castle estate.
How do you relax? I love to visit art museums. But lately, sitting on a patio with the Alps towering nearby and sipping a glass of Remy Martin X.O. cognac with Wulf is perfect.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Claire from Diana Galbadon’s Outlander Series. Can you imagine the artists she could meet if she so desired? Plus, she is such a strong female.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? My mom told me to go after anything in life I want and be fearless about it. She might regret saying that with some of the headaches I’ve given her!
Thanks, August. Now we'd like to chat with Brenda. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? They are numerous. I’ve always been a movie lover as long as there was suspense mixed with romance. The first book I can remember having a great impact on me was Wuthering Heights. I don’t write that era, but I would love to evoke the depth of emotion and mystery I experienced when I read it. Maeve Binchey's books were also a great influence for her characterizations.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? No event tie-in to A Legacy of Love and Murder, but plenty of small bits and pieces from my private life: August’s love of coffee, the mother/daughter relationship is much like my mother and me, my love of Austria, the castle estate resembles one I visited in Austria, my friend in Austria is named Hartmut (name is used in book). Many times it’s the details in a book that lend it authenticity.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I’ve been with The Wild Rose Press since 2009. They were fairly new, and I was really new. But from the beginning, they had a great reputation. I’ve never been disappointed in my dealings with them. My editor is superb. They are foremost an eBook publisher but do print with longer novels. I can’t remember how I’d heard about them. I submitted Sleeping with the Lights On and they published it. I’ve been with them ever since.
What project[s] are you working on now? I’m working on books four and five in the Love and Murder Series. Book four, The Power of Love and Murder, is about Penny Sparks who was introduced in The Art of Love and Murder and is a good friend of August’s. Book five, The Deep Well of Love and Murder, will take us back to Chino Valley and the Meadowlark Ranch from the second book, Southwest of Love and Murder.
What's up next for you? Just more writing. I have an idea for another romantic suspense series and hope to start on it in the next six months.
This has been fun for us, learning more about Brenda who is a frequent commenter on our blog. We hope you'll come back when the next book in this series is released. Kat and Veronica.

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Brenda was kind enough to bring along an excerpt from this fascinating book:
Unreasonable irritation set his jaw tight, and he shot his partner a scowl. “She’s lying.”
She’s convincing.” True to form, Albert spoke his mind. He’d miss him when he retired.
He let his ire go with the thought. “You don’t know her well enough.” They’d reached the landing and the door into the Great Hall.
How well do you know Eike, Tobias?”
I know her enough to know she’s not to be trusted. To know her aspirations—”
I trust your gut.” His partner laid a hand on his shoulder. “It felt practiced…you’re right.” Albert opened the Great Hall door. “Let’s see if we can get the nephew to tell us something more.”
Tobias led the way, glanced along the table and into the shadows at each end, then made his way around and into the main room. He jerked to a halt. “Who the hell?” He trotted to a prone figure, face down in the middle of the hall.
Albert, huffing, drew up beside him as he squatted to get a closer look.
It’s Bauer.” Tobias put fingertips to Bauer’s neck, but the pulse wasn’t there. His hand grazed a red silk scarf. The scarf, a faint scent, and confusion washed over him. August. She’d worn a red scarf the first time he’d seen her.
He’s dead?”

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Meet a Curmudgeon History Professor

      In the sleepy coastal Maine town of Penhallow, a stranger dies on a train, drawing Rachel Tinker, director of the Penhallow Historical Society, and Griffin Tate, curmudgeonly retired professor, into a spider’s web of archaeological obsession and greed. The victim’s rival confesses that they were both after a map to the Queen of Sheba’s tomb, and with his help they set out to find it.
    Their plans are stymied, however, when a tug of war erupts between the sheriff and a state police detective who want to arrest the same man—one for murder and one for bank robbery. It falls to Rachel to solve both crimes…and two more murders, if she is to unlock the soft heart that beats under Griffin’s hard crust.
    An unlikely visitor to sleepy Penhallow is George Hamdani, a portly Lebanese archaeologist. He reminds me a bit of an old friend, a larger than life personality whose bulk belies his intelligence and agility. This particular George has a secret—well, as Rachel and Griffin discover to their chagrin, more than one secret.
This week, Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome author MS Spencer and Griffin Tate from Spencer's latest release, The Penhallow Train Incident. First up is Griffin.
Where are you from? Hard to say. Growing up we traveled a lot—lived in Europe, the Middle East, and lots of U.S. States. I didn’t really settle down until after graduate school when University of Chicago hired me as an assistant professor. Went from there to Queenstown University in New Jersey and now happily ensconced in Maine.
Tell us a bit about The Penhallow Train Incident. I sure enjoyed being part of the story, although I’d never admit it aloud. It is a funny, romantic, murder mystery set in Maine. Rachel Tinker, director of the Penhallow Historical Society, meets her match in Griffin Tate, curmudgeonly retired professor (that’s me). Together we wade through a scene awash in red herrings to solve not one, but three murders. If, in fact, they are murders (I was never convinced, but don’t tell Rachel—she’ll just scoff). Along the way we deal with ancient rumors, ancient crime, and ancient tragedy, as Rachel—poor besotted soul—gropes nearer and nearer to love.
Hmm. Interesting. Let's get to the nitty gritty. What did you think the first time you saw Rachel? One more thing I’ll never admit, although she guessed, but I fell for her the first time I saw her on campus at Queenstown, surrounded by young acne-scarred, snot-nosed whippersnappers.
Hah! And your second thought? That she’d never give me a second glance.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Nah, she was way too chilly—you know how those female academics are. Besides, like I said, it wasn’t worth even approaching her—she was always surrounded by pimply-faced, weak-chinned undergrads.
Yup, been there, done that. What do you like most about her? Do I have to say it? Sheesh, nosy little bugger, aren’t you. I suppose I’d have to say her curiosity, and of course her willingness to agree with everything I say. Oh wait, that’s my dog.
Yup. It's the old Nancy Drew obsession. Maybe Cagney and Lacey. But, how would you describe Rachel? Well, she is rather beautiful, in a sensible way. She doesn’t seem to mind my occasional moods. She’s very bright for a girl, and willing to learn. Yes, I’d give her an A.
How would this Bright For a Girl describe you? You’d have to ask her. Whatever I say she’ll dispute.
What made you choose teaching Middle East history as a career? I lived in the Middle East in my youth and naturally veered toward it in school.
Griffin, what is your biggest fear? Losing Rachel—and having her know that’s my greatest fear.
How do you relax? Nap. Beer. Sail. Chase after stolen artifacts.
Works for us, especially the nap and beer part of things. Who is your favorite fictional character and why? The Queen of Sheba—if in fact she’s fictional. If not, Indiana Jones.
No big surprise there. What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Sit down and shut up.
A man who thinks on his feet. Great talking with you, Griffin, Now up is your creator. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? I read voraciously and eclectically from the time I was in elementary school. Mainly biographies, through which I absorbed a lot of history. Then about high school I started in on fiction—particularly classics (I figured they were probably classics for a reason) and English novels. All those romantic Austen, Bronte, and Harding books were perfect for the starry-eyed girl. I still tend to write a little more formally than is fashionable. Loved Fred Astaire movies as well—I like the elegance and grace.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? Both my BA thesis and my MA thesis were about the Queen of Sheba. She is a uniquely intriguing creature—connecting threads of history of Israel/Judah, Egypt, the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa. Neither her existence nor that of Sheba have ever been definitively established.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? Actually my wonderful publisher Secret Cravings went out of business, and I was lucky enough to find homes for at least 8 of my books. The Wild Rose Press picked up Penhallow and they have been fabulous.
What project[s] are you working on now? I have 3 manuscripts in galley to finish; an intriguing outline of a mystery set on Amelia Island, FL, and a great story on the Ghost Hotel to finish. Here’s the draft blurb:
          At midnight, in the darkness of a deserted hotel, comes a splash and a scream. Eighty-five years later workmen uncover a skeleton. Who does it belong to, and how did it get to the bottom of an old elevator shaft? To find out, Charity Snow, reporter for the Longboat Key Sun, must team up with Rancor Bass, best-selling author whose arrogance nearly exceeds his talent.
          Along with a drop-dead gorgeous editor and a publisher with a dark family secret, they discover an unexpected link to the most famous circus family in the world.
Maine to Amelia Island to a Ghost Hotel. Your imagination is endless. What's up next for you? Finishing the Ghost Hotel & submitting it; drafting the Amelia Island mystery.

Thanks for this, MS. We've enjoyed our time together very much and hope you'll come back when Ghost Hotel and Amelia Island are ready to deliver.
Kat and Veronica

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