Monday, May 30, 2016

How Cool: a lighthouse living sorcerer and a baker of cinnamon rolls!

. . . While hurrying home to beat a storm, Margo Aleckson is attacked by a man who becomes a bear before her eyes. She is rescued by Graeme Stone, a frequent customer to her café, and wergriffins Tobin and Riley Saint-James. As a former high school chemistry teacher, she struggles to find rational explanations for the wonders of this world of magic and alchemy that has suddenly been thrust upon her. The quiet man who lives in the lighthouse has turned out to be a bit more complex than she’d ever imagined.
. . . Graeme is a powerful sorcerer who has discovered something is causing young shifters to attack and kill the potential mates essential to the continuation of the wers. The first time he’d brushed up against Margo, their essences had resonated in rare recognition. He never intended for his seduction of the enchanting brunette to begin with her being dragged into the web of dangers assaulting his world. How is he supposed to protect the stubborn woman from rogue wers and magical attacks if she insists on keeping him at arm’s length?

Wild Women Authors welcomes author Karen Elaine and Margo Aleckson from Magical Currents, book 2 from her Mythical Warriors series for Resplendence Publishing. First up is Margo.
Where are you from? I’ve pretty much spent my entire life in and around Los Angeles. I was born, raised, went to school, married and worked there until my divorce a year ago. Morro Bay may not be very far from it distance wise, but it feels like another world.
Tell us a bit about Magical Currents. It is the story of how Graeme Stone and I get to know each other while we try to determine who is responsible for the genetic poisoning of a race of shifters. Finding out that the man I’ve been slowly getting to know is a sorcerer and that shifters are real is only the beginning of what I learn to cope with. Graeme is a powerful magic user, which, believe me, brings up interesting challenges when dating. I enjoy seeing him but I’m not looking too far ahead. He’s the one who keeps trying to make plans for the future, which sometimes creates tension between us.
What did you think the first time you saw Graeme? It was strange. Of course, he is good looking, so that caught my eye, but something about him struck me as so intensely compelling. I don’t know how to explain it except perhaps to say that every time I look into his eyes, they capture me and everything else just fades away. I watched for him every day, hoping he’d come into my café for breakfast.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Attraction, definitely. I don’t believe in love at first sight. Graeme does, however. At least at first touch.
Whoa. That's a powerful and provocative statement. What do you like most about him? Graeme is incredible. I guess I love how much he cares about others. I don’t mean just the thoughtful things he’s done for me. He took on saving an entire species from extinction. Trust me, others of his kind won’t look kindly upon him for doing so. He has the courage to put himself out there and do what he believes is right. I admire that about him.
How would you describe him? He’s intense. Whatever he’s doing, he’s putting his whole self into.
This man just keeps getting better and better. How would Graeme describe you? To tell you the truth, he seems to be obsessed with my cinnamon rolls, so I guess he would say I’m a good cook.
Hah! What made you choose Cafe Owner for a second career? Transitioning from a high school chemistry teacher to owning a business where I get to bake? That was a dream come true. I love to play in the kitchen, particularly with pastries and breakfast rolls. It’s been extremely satisfying building up The Generous Cup and seeing what I can do.
What is your biggest fear, Margo? Graeme has been patient with me, but I do have trust issues. When I think someone isn’t completely truthful with me, I have a difficult time having anything to do with them.
How do you relax? It used to be baking was how I unwound. And while that is still an outlet, I’ve recently discovered kayaking. I love it. When I’m out on the water, everything just falls into perspective. I take my dog Sophie out with me and we have a wonderful time.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I don’t have much time to read lately, but I’ve always enjoyed a good mystery. The ones with Amelia Peabody are fun. She’s a Victorian archeologist. There’s a whole series by Elizabeth Peters.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? My friend Sue Carrollton told me to let go of the past and concentrate on moving forward. That turned out to be pretty key for me.
This has been delightful, Margo. Thanks for sharing a bit of yourself with us. Now we'd like to chat with Karen. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why?
“The Last of the Mohicans”, “Jane Eyre” and “Pride and Prejudice” were books I read over and over during high school. I still reread them periodically. They are such beautiful love stories I hate when they end. And then of course, “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy got me hooked on magic and adventure. Put them all together and it’s easy to see why paranormal romance is my favorite genre.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? Communication and trust are essential to any relationship. Whenever either of these isn’t present or is lacking, there will be problems. That was what I kept in mind with Margo and I used experiences in my own life to hone in on key issues.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? Resplendence Publishing has been wonderful. A couple of years ago I reconnected with another writer I’d met through RWA. Janice Bennett is an editor with RP now. We spoke about what we were doing and she was generous enough to ask me to send in a copy of what I was working on. That was Twice Is Forever, Mythical Warriors book 1. It was a fortunate turn of events.
What project[s] are you working on now? There’s so much to the story of the wers and sorcerers. I’m working on book three of the series right now. Some of the consequences from what Graeme does to save the wers comes into play.
What's up next for you? After I finish the present book, I will deviate a bit to write a Victorian Christmas book to fill in the back story of some of the characters. It will still be about mythical warriors, but it will be out of sync with the present story line. After that, I will continue with the contemporary stories.
Thank you so much for having me here today. It has been lots of fun! I encourage readers to keep an eye out for the magic in their lives.
Karen Elaine

An excerpt from “Magical Currents”

“You two fledglings think you have what it takes to dispense justice?” the man sneered.

With all her strength, Margo swung her fist, digging the tip of the key into his check. He roared like a wounded animal and shoved her to the ground.

Margo landed hard on her shoulder. She heard the fabric of her shirt rip.

Her two defenders advanced forward and put themselves between her and the imposing menace. Margo back-peddled across the asphalt, tearing gouges in her palms and the seat of her pants, trying to get away. She slammed into a grounded pair of legs and looked up into Graeme Stone’s face. In the faint light, his features were sharply defined.
His intense gaze pulled her in, arrested the hostility surrounding them. Margo’s cold terror receded, and she was able to take a deep breath, collect her wits, push aside her fear and find calm. For a brief moment, warm security enveloped her.

The moment ended. Margo was again aware of the freezing rain soaking her and the unfolding violence. Stone gave her shoulder a comforting squeeze, but by a flash of lightning she saw his countenance was now set, hard and fierce. The wind blew the collar of his rain slicker against the sides of his neck.
“Hold, griffins. Don’t be so quick to pass judgment. There’s more going on here than what you see on the surface.”
The three paused with fists raised.

“Use your gifts to look more closely at him. Don’t let yourselves be blinded by actions he’s not responsible for. Smell past his own scent to the evil that’s infected him.”

The circle of tense males expanded to include Graeme.

“Who are you?” the first rescuer on the scene demanded.

What are you?” clarified his companion. “You aren’t human or were.”

Margo was lost. The conversation was veering off in a bizarre direction. She was relieved not to be choking anymore, but it was clear her assault was no longer the focus of her rescuers’ concern. Were those three men sniffing the air?

The fellow who had cornered Margo bristled. “Sorcerer!” he snarled, rising to the balls of his feet.

“Easy, gentlemen.” Stone’s cadence was low and even. Margo felt a push of strength in his voice with his request for calm. “Don’t make any hasty assumptions. There’s far more going on here than any of you realize, and a great deal more at stake.”

With another gentle squeeze on her shoulder, Stone drew Margo’s attention. His eyes never left the others as he whispered instructions to her.

“Very slowly, no hurried movements, scoot around me. I want you behind me, and any movement I make will be interpreted as aggressive. Stay down, stay close and stay quiet. If you run, this situation will explode.”

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Girl Most Likely

. . . Cara McLeod, the girl most likely to have the perfect marriage, is now divorced and, in her own words, “fat, frumpy, and over forty.” The thought of facing former classmates—and the ex-husband who dumped her—at her high school reunion terrifies her. Cajoled into attending by her kids and her best friend, Cara enlists help at the gym to lose weight and look great for the reunion. Personal Trainer Finn Cooper is more than willing to help—but does he have to be so to-die-for gorgeous?
. . . Finn thinks Cara is perfect just the way she is. She’s everything he wants in a woman, except for one thing—she can’t get past the fact that he's eight years younger. To Finn, age and weight are just numbers. But can he convince Cara the numbers she worries about add up to only one thing for him—love?

For the next few days Wild Women Authors is pleased to have author Jana Richards visiting with Cara McLeod from The Girl Most Likely, one of the shining stars of the Wild Rose Press' Class of '85 series. First up is Cara.
Where are you from? I grew up in Summerville, New York and now live in Rochester, which means that for my entire life I’ve lived in pretty much one spot. How boring is that?
We know a bit about the story, but what did you think the first time you saw Finn Cooper? That he was easily one of the best-looking men I’d ever met, not to mention fit. He is a personal trainer, after all. 
Hmm. And your second thought? I’m 43 and he’s 35. My second thought was that he was way too young for me, even if he was interested. Which as it turned out he wasn’t. He just wanted to sell me a gym membership.
Was it love at first sight? Hardly. When a guy suggests that you really need to hit the gym, it lets you know pretty clearly he doesn’t find you attractive.
There is that. What do you like most about him? Once I got to know Finn a little better, the thing that drew me to him was his kindness. He is truly one of the kindest and most sincere people I know. Surprisingly for such a good-looking guy, he’s kind of shy and a little awkward with women, which is endearing somehow. And he can always make me laugh.
How would you describe him? Like I said before, good-looking. Tall, dark haired and blue-eyed. He has beautiful blue eyes. Sometimes when I look at him, I feel like I can see straight through his eyes and straight into his soul. And he has the most beautiful mouth. I love the shape of his lips. Perfect for kissing, though I’d never say that to him. Don’t tell him I said that, okay?
Sure. It's our secret. How would Finn describe you? He tells me I’m beautiful, and maybe that might have been true once, but now I’m not so sure. My ex-husband certainly didn’t think it was true anymore.
Ex-husbands are the epitome of buzz kills, which is how they earn the 'ex' moniker. What made you choose television as a career? It was the only job I could get. Seriously, there’s nothing glamorous about what I do. I’m just a gopher at the TV station. I bring guests of the noon-hour talk show coffee and make sure they’re taken care of. Definitely low man on the totem pole. After so many years out of the work force while I stayed home to look after my daughters, this entry level job was all that was available to me. But low man or not, I’m very grateful for it.
Cara, what is your biggest fear? As a mother, I’m afraid something bad will happen to one of my girls. Aren’t all mothers afraid of that? I also worry that they’ve been affected by my divorce and won’t let themselves fall in love in the future. Beth’s already talking about never trusting a man. As a woman, I’d say my biggest fear is letting myself fall in love again and then discovering the man I love doesn’t return those feelings, at least not for long.
How do you relax? I’m a single working mother. I guess the closest I get to relaxation is watching my daughters play soccer. For an hour or two I don’t have to do anything but cheer them on and talk to my friend Nancy.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I love Hermione from the Harry potter series. She doesn’t let anyone or anything stand in the way of what she wants. She’s smarter and tougher than a lot of the boys because she has to be. But she’s still very much a girl, with a girl’s heart and feelings that can be hurt. But if they are, she’ll just go cast a spell on her tormenter!
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? It was from my best friend Nancy. She told me that no one could make me feel like a failure except for me, and then she challenged me to figure out what I had to do so I didn’t feel like a failure anymore. It helped me get off my butt.

In a way, this feels like a reunion because we'd not chatted with Cara in a few years. It's nice to renew friendships from the Class of '85. Good luck, Cara. Now it's Jana's turn at bat.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? I think every book I’ve read has had some impact on me. If it’s a very good book, I want to emulate it in some way. I love Mary Balogh’s books. I especially love the emotion she’s able to evoke. It’s something I try to do with my books.
The thing I love about movies is being able to see the setting, and the looks on the hero/heroine’s face. Is she scared, sad, happy, in love? It’s all there on her face, unless she’s doing her best to hide her emotions. I want my readers to be able to “see” the action as clearly as if they are watching a movie. I don’t know if I succeed, but that’s my goal.

What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? The Girl Most Likely is a high school reunion story. Faced with going back to high school for a reunion, I think most of us would want to be the best version of ourselves; the most successful career-wise, the happiest relationship-wise, and certainly the best-looking. I’ve been to one high school reunion and I felt like Cara in that I wanted to look my best. At seven months pregnant, I couldn’t diet before the reunion. If I’d had a choice, I would have wished for the reunion to have been held the next summer when I’d slimmed down!
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I first submitted to The Wild Rose Press back in 2009, I think. I’d heard good things about them, and I was impressed that when they said they’d get back to me within a couple of weeks, they actually did. I just had my fifth release come out with them this past January and I’m happy to report that I still love writing for them.
Congratulations for sticking with them and for the five books under your belt. What projects are you working on now? I’m working on a series about three sisters who inherit their grandfather’s old fishing lodge in north-central Minnesota. As they bring the lodge back to life, each of them finds the love and acceptance they’ve searched for their whole lives. But resurrecting the lodge also brings back painful memories, and new questions about the deaths of their parents when they were children. Now they want to know what really happened the day their parents died; why did their father kill their mother?
What's up next for you? I’m having a sale on the e-version of The Girl Most Likely between May 13 and 27, 2016. Read Cara and Finn’s story for just .99 cents!

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Monday, May 16, 2016

     The moment Martha noticed Raymond on the train, everything her mother warned against erupted – romantic notions, palpitating heart, the desire to write it all in a novel and tell the world. Martha lived and wrote that love story until the day Raymond handed her a sketch. “Want to see a picture of the girl I plan to marry?”
     The penciled profile resembled Martha… But when Raymond went away, she knew. She wasn’t the girl he planned to marry. David was her father’s apprentice, everything Martha’s mother said made a good husband - hardworking, no romantic tendencies, no tolerance for writing about it. Martha added a fictional happy ending to her and Raymond’s story and published it. Cleansed herself of romantic love, ready to marry David.
     Until a copy of her book appeared. Full of sketches, Raymond’s version of their love story, drawings that enticed her heart to beat once again.

Before we head off to the Maine Romance Writers' annual retreat, Wild Women Authors is pleased to feature Colleen L. Donnelly and Martha Cole from Colleen's latest release, Love on a Train. Per our usual routine, Martha is up first.
Where are you from? Kansas City, Kansas.
Tell us a bit about Love on a Train. Funny how you can be in a story and writing it at the same time, but that’s me! Mama raised me under the warning to stay away from romance stories – don’t read them and don’t expect to live them. And most of all, don’t write them! Well, I never did read those stories, but when I first saw Raymond Haynes on that train going in and out of Kansas City, Mama’s warnings vanished. I began to live what she forbade, and the writer in me couldn’t help but put it on paper. Love on a Train is my story – how I fell in love on that train, and then how I lost that love on the very same train. I wrote my heart into that book, and when I came to THE END I thought my heart would recover enough to marry someone other than Raymond. Mama thought so, too. But hearts don’t always stay between the covers of a book. In fact my book brought my heart out and beyond.
What did you think the first time you saw Raymond Haynes? I knew there was a God, and God meant for that man to be with me. 
We often experience that same feeling, but not for the same reason. What was your second thought? He was so handsome that he could have any woman he wanted. In this post WWII era, where there was a shortage of men and every woman was trying to present herself as the perfect mate, it was hard to stand out. We all looked the same and unless I did something to stand out from the crowd, I didn’t have a chance of catching his eye.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? I knew it was.
What do you like most about Raymond? At first, it was the way he looked. I nearly fell, he was so striking. But then it was the way he saw life – he’d survived the war and he smiled at the future. And he expressed his thoughts through art. He drew and I wrote. I saw his heart in his drawings and I loved what I saw.
How would you describe him? Just like me at his core. Enthusiastic about life, eager to love at every level.
How would Raymond describe you? Maybe a bit reserved. I was so careful. I kept my eagerness to myself because I wanted him to make the first moves. It was a strain on my patience as I waited. I had no idea what sort of wait it would turn into.
What made you choose secretarial work for a career? I loved words. They tumbled around inside of me. Mama said it wasn’t proper for a young woman to be writing stories so I kept my words to myself and wrote what others said, instead. Until I met Raymond, then my own words erupted.
What is your biggest fear? Marrying the wrong man and not having the heart for him.
How do you relax? With my best friend, Karen. She’s everything I’m not, yet she does it so carefully even Mama’s radar doesn’t pick up on the corners Karen cuts.
Sounds like she's a good mix for you. Who is your favorite fictional character?
Mama was strict about what I could read, but I was aware of Scarlett O’Hara, Lizzie Bennett, and Hester Prynne. I loved Lizzie, but Hester was likely my favorite. She suffered and she survived.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Never settle, always select. That saved me in the end.
Great advice for all parts of life. Thanks for spending time with us, Martha. Now it's time for Colleen.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? The Help – I loved the tone of that book and used that in my first book which became an Amazon #1 bestseller, Mine to Tell. And I’m almost embarrassed to admit this, but the first Sex in the City movie captured such emotional conflict that it’s my go-to movie when I go flat with my writing.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? Finding myself with the wrong person because there were so many right reasons to be with him. Not a good formula for lasting harmony. They say, “Write what you know,” and I did know how that felt – he was so right on the outside, but inside of me where the relationship counted, he just wasn’t there.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I very happily write for The Wild Rose Press. I heard them speak at a writer’s conference when they were strictly a romance publisher and I was a literary fiction writer…and not a very good literary fiction writer at the time. I loved their philosophy and kept my eye on them in case they ever branched beyond traditional romance. They did! I was quick to submit and they took Mine to Tell. I’ve stayed with them ever since.
What project[s] are you working on now? My publisher suggested an arranged marriage story, and I took the bait. It’s written, and I go home from my day job every evening and edit. And edit. And edit. My goal is to have it to my publisher in March.
What's up next for you? Have another novel in the back of my mind waiting for the arranged marriage story to be off my plate. Impatient little idea! It can’t wait to spring forth.
Colleen brought an excerpt from Love on a Train. . .
     “Want to see a picture of the girl I plan to marry?” Raymond’s face appeared, forced its way into my mind—the way he’d looked when I first met him, and the way he looked again when he asked me that question, both of us riding the train into Kansas City for our respective jobs.
     “Just got back from doing my part for the war,” he said in our very first conversation, and he meant the big war, the Second World War. “I build bridges. Right now I’m working on the Madison Bridge, not far from downtown. I’m building bridges for the city and building a whole new life for myself at the same time.” And then he smiled, looked at me in a way that told me there was so much more to what he’d said than just that he worked and built.
     We were the same inside, and I knew it that very moment. Hearing his voice and seeing his expression ignited tiny flames inside me. Flames that had flickered quietly far too long, done little more than lick the surface of my imagination.
     Until that day. Each time he spoke after that, something in me flared to life and heated me up from within, bringing what Mama called an unladylike glimmer to my eye. A glimmer that was identical to the one I saw in his eyes, but she never knew that. I never talked about Raymond to her. I didn’t dare.
     “I love words,” I said back to him that first time we spoke. “I have a secretary job, and sometimes I take dictation. Mr. Arnold, my boss, says I’m good at it.” I didn’t tell him Mama said it wasn’t proper for me to write my own words and stories, and that’s why I just copied everyone else’s.
     Copied everyone else’s until I met him. After that, my own story erupted in full force. I couldn’t stop it. That’s when it finally began to grow.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Whoopsie. . . forgot the blurb

Looks like we need a bit more coffee in the AM before we try to post anything in complete detail. Here's the blurb for Nancy's wonderful story . . .

     When reporter Kate Brogan, and her ex-husband vice cop, Matthew Kelley, both end up investigating local psychic Olga Limas, Kate realizes the fluff piece of journalism she'd anticipated might just turn into something more. Out to debunk the woman's claim of being able to guide seance participants into the future, both hers and Matt's skepticism is put to the test when they find themselves transported to 2065. 
     Certain the only one they can truly trust is each other, they form an alliance that quickly stirs more intimate and loving memories. Just as they are about to be shown the way home, a presidential assassination puts their lives, and their chances for a “happily ever after”, in jeopardy.

Travel Through Time With Author Nancy Fraser

This week, Wild Women Authors is pleased to have author Nancy Fraser and Kate Brogan from Nancy's latest release, Time and Again, a futuristic time travel out of Wild Rose Press. First up is Kate.
Where are you from? I’m a New Yorker (Manhattan) born and raised
What did you think the first time you saw Matthew Kelly? I thought he was an arrogant ass, but a handsome one. 
Very nice. And your second thought? The I’d like to jump his bones
Did you feel it was love at first sight? No, more like wariness. Nobody this handsome could be this nice.
What do you like most about him? His good heart and gentle soul.
How would you describe Matthew? He’s fierce protector of those he cares about and those he feels are victims.
Aww. How would he describe you? Stubborn, determined, sometimes a bit reckless.
What made you choose becoming a new journalist for a career? Growing up, I always wanted to be Lois Lane and not because I’d get to kiss Superman, but because she always had great adventures and made a real difference in the world.
What is your biggest fear? Being aced out of a juicy scoop and losing that Pulitzer.
How do you relax? I don’t.
Right up our alley. Tell us about your favorite fictional character. Even though I’m a huge Superman/Lois Lane fan, I’d still have to say Sherlock Holmes. He was brilliant, and he had the best adventures.
Thanks, Kate. In closing, what is the best piece of advice you ever received? Stay true to yourself, despite outside pressure to change your ideals.
This has been great. Now it's Nancy's turn at bat.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? I love the old Doris Day/Rock Hudson romantic comedies. I write a lot of stories set in the “vintage” era of the 1950’s and 60’s, so these movies play a big part in my character interaction.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? Given [that] Time and Again is a futuristic/time travel, I’ve had no experience in that area. However, I as a divorced woman, I can understand my heroine’s reluctance to risk her heart a second time around.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? My publisher, The Wild Rose Press, is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. I am so happy for their success which has, in turn, fueled my own dreams and success. When they first opened up, a friend and some-time writing partner suggested we send our joint project to them. We were bought within two weeks and published within nine months of the opening. I’ve been with them, as an individual author, ever since. I continue to write for them because they are just a wonderful group of people.
What project[s] are you working on now? I’m actually writing my first erotic romance for The Wild Rose Press’ Scarlet line. I’ve done other erotic romances for Decadent Publishing, but this is my first for TWRP. The book, titled Kilty Pleasures, will be part of their ‘men who wear kilts’ series. I’m also working on another vintage novella due for Halloween release.
What's up next for you? In October, Soul Mate Publishing is releasing my Egyptian-themed time travel, Eye of the Pharaoh. This book is probably my most ambitious project in terms of research and historical accuracy. I began the book years ago, but it sat on a back burner in favor of other, easier, projects until last year when I happened upon a documentary on the opening of a pharaoh’s tomb. That spurred me on to finish what I’d started and now I can’t wait to share this story with my readers.
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Friday, May 6, 2016

A Washington Mystery

     . . . In both the best and worst first day at work ever, docent Claire Wilding meets the man of her dreams, but her carefully rehearsed guided tour of the George Washington National Masonic Memorial collapses when she discovers a body and is drawn into a dark world of black ops and Italian renegade masons, of secret cabals and hidden treasure.
     . . . Also cloaked in mystery is handsome Gideon Bliss, a George Washington expert who haunts the Memorial, his manner evasive. What is his secret? Claire fears she'll fall in love with him only to learn he's a thief or even a murderer.
Juggling two eccentric mothers, an inquisitive sister, and an increasingly smitten detective, Claire must find answers to a complex web of intrigue, including who to trust and who to love.

In the words of the author: Most of The Mason's Mark is set at the George Washington National Masonic Memorial. The fourth floor contains a museum dedicated to George Washington. Washington served as the Charter (first) Master of the Alexandria lodge, and many of his letters and memorabilia are housed here, including the Washington family Bible. Since our heroine and hero meet in the museum, it follows that the Mason's Mark would involve long lost papers, distant family scandals, and academic intrigue concerning our first President. Delicious mystery and even more delicious romance ensue.
     Claire Wilding is a newly minted docent for the George Washington National Masonic Memorial and a recent widow. On her first day she meets the handsome, if mysterious Gideon Bliss, newly minted U. S. Senator. They do not hit it off.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Let's Go To Bath

She Can't Forget Him… 
     Jane Charlotte Danes has loved the squire of her idyllic country town for as long as she can remember. He is good, kind, and alluring beyond words… and he chose to marry another. Tired of dwelling on her futile longings, Jane plans a move to Bath, where she dreams of a new beginning. But the man who has so imprisoned her heart is only a few steps behind…
He Can't Let Her Go…
     Until now, Matthew Cleaves has endeavored to meet the responsibilities of his position with dignity and good spirits--including his dutiful marriage. But when his wife leaves him for another man, Matthew is at last free to pursue his one true love.            Only one vital question remains: will the captivating, stubborn, beautiful Jane allow him the challenge, and the pleasure, of winning her back?

For the next few days, Wild Women Authors is thrilled to welcome back a dear friend and writer pal from our Class of '85 days, Rachel Brimble, with her latest release, Her One True Love. She's brought Jane Charlotte Danes with her who will go first.
Where are you from, Jane? I was born in the small village of Biddestone, near Bath, England.
Tell us a bit about Her One True Love. It is a story of my journey to self-discovery and trying to forget about my one true love, Matthew Cleaves. I wanted to move away from the village and seek my destiny in Bath…but things never turn out as one expects.
What did you think the first time you saw Matthew? We were very young [when we first met] so at first I thought he would be a fun play mate. We grew up together with my sister and other village children having lots of fun and getting into trouble.
Nice way to begin any relationship. And your second thought? I will love this boy forever.
Aww. So for you it was love at first sight? Yes
What do you like most about Matthew? His loyalty and love of the village and his tenants. They always come first.
How would you describe this jewel of a guy? Kind, caring & hardworking.
Perfect. How would he describe you? Stubborn, determined, honest
Hah! Good one. What made you choose caring for underprivileged children as a career? I have always been very much a nurturer in the village and cared for my elderly and mentally ill mother for many years. When I discovered more about the boarding houses in Bath, I knew I’d found where my destiny lies.
Jane, what is your biggest fear? Of not being able to help more children live the lives they deserve – every child is deserving of a good, healthy and long life.
How do you relax? Reading or sitting in the sunshine surrounded by my loved ones.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Jane Eyre – she was a strong, kind and caring woman who rose from a terrible childhood to nurture and love the man of her heart.
She's one of our faves, too. And Rochester's no slouch. What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Seek your destiny for it won’t seek you
This has been great—chatting with another of Rachel's well rounded and fun characters. It's always a treat. Now, it's time to talk to the creator.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? Nora Roberts’ and Jean Fullerton’s books have impacted enormously in showing me the type of books I want to write. For a long while I wrote what I felt I ought to write rather than what is genuinely in my heart. It doesn’t work. Your readers will sense your disconnection. Write freely and fully!
Absolutely. What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I can’t think of a single event, but there is a small piece of me in all my characters – young, old, male or female something of myself always seeps into the characters and/or dialogue.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I write Victorian romance for eKensington and mainstream romance and romantic suspense for Harlequin Superromance. I feel very blessed to write for two such well known romance publishers and it’s a dream come true that I continue to do so.
What project[s] are you working on now? I am about to start editor revisions on my next Harlequin novel. Saved By The Firefighter will be book 6 in my Templeton Cove series (all books can be read stand-alone). As well as that, I am writing the first book in what I hope will be an ongoing Edwardian romance series. Busy, busy!
We'll say so. What's up next for you? Saved By The Firefighter is slated for release in November 2016.
As we said before it's always a treat when Rachel visits us. We wish her enormous luck with this story and those to come.
Kat and Veronica

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