Monday, November 28, 2016

Get Your Lotta Love On

. . . Lotta is about to bake the wedding cake for her best friend when the plumbing in her bakery springs a leak. It’s hard to concentrate on flour, sugar, and candied violets when one of the repairmen is the sexiest guy alive. Especially when he’s interested in nibbling on more than just her cookies.

Today Wild Women Authors welcomes Luanna Stewart, author of Whole Lotta Love, part of the Welcome to Serenity Harbor anthology. This one is guaranteed to put another five pounds on your waistline just reading it!
First up is Lotta Wilson, baker extraordinaire. Where are you from? Born and raised in Serenity Harbor.
Tell us a bit about Whole Lotta Love. My best friend’s wedding was in about two weeks and I was in charge of baking all the sweets and The Cake. When the plumbing went bad at my bakery, causing half the electricity to short out, I called a contractor for help but he was busy. He got his buddy to stop by to check out the damage, and that was Mitch.
What did you think the first time you saw Mitch Calhoun? I didn’t recognize him at first – I hadn’t seen him since high school. And boy, had he grown up nicely!
What was your second thought? Even though he made me nervous, everyone makes me nervous, I felt like we’d known each other our whole lives and I could trust him.
That is so sweet. Was it love at first sight? Not at the time, no. But thinking about it now, then, yeah, definitely. Not just that zing you get when you’re physically attracted to someone, but a deep understanding that he understood me.
A rare gift, Lotta. What do you like most about Mitch? Besides his cute butt? His sense of humor, and his closeness to his family.
How would you describe him? Tall, strong, handsome, intelligent, funny, supportive. Sounds like the perfect guy, right? He’s definitely my perfect guy.
How would he describe you? I think of myself as painfully shy, so that’s probably the first thing he’d say. I’m a good baker. Gah – this question is making me uncomfortable, I hate talking about myself.
What made you choose owning a bakery as a career? I inherited The Trellis Bakery from my favorite aunt. Growing up, I spent all my spare time at her place, helping out, learning to bake by watching and doing. I enjoyed the creative process and didn’t even consider doing anything else.
What is your biggest fear? Losing someone I love, and having to live without them.
How do you relax? I read. I enjoy all sorts of books, but my favorite genre is cozy mysteries.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Miss Marple, hands down.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Stop worrying about tomorrow.
This has been lovely. Thanks, Lotta. Now we must move you over and bring in Luanna.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? I was raised to read whatever I pleased, and so when I discovered romances at about age 10, I was hooked. I loved being transported to other times and places, and still do. I try to bring that feeling of escape to my own stories.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? The painfully shy element in Lotta’s character is all me.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? This story is in an anthology that a group of us are self-publishing – my first foray into that scary/thrilling world.
What project[s] are you working on now? I’ll have an historical romance, If Wishes Were Earls, coming out in March, 2017 (available for preorder on Dec 12th). It’s the story of a woman discovering her preconceived notions are all false, especially about the yummy hero, a lonely earl who’s given up on finding love.
What's up next for you? I’m madly editing another historical romance, the first in a series, which I’ll send to my publisher any second now, hehe.
Luanna brought along an excerpt from Whole Lotta Love for us:

A vehicle drove into the driveway as Lotta chopped chocolate for the ganache. Perhaps the inspector was earlier than planned, which would mean the guys could get working sooner than expected, and she wouldn’t have to worry about The Cake becoming a complete disaster. Despite all Marcy’s assurances, she wasn’t convinced the bakery would be back to rights in time. Waiting for the doorbell to ring, or for a knock, she jumped when Bella gave a woof. She turned to see Mitch stepping into the kitchen.
“I brought lunch.” He placed two steaming bowls on the table before searching for cutlery.
“You didn’t have to do that.” Why was he here? To take care of her? Gah, she hated being babied. She wasn’t sick, she simply preferred to be alone. Most of the time. Truth was, she did get lonely. Bella wasn’t much of a conversationalist. She gave excellent cuddles, but not such great advice.
“I needed to eat something besides sugary sweets, and you’re too busy to cook. Do you have napkins, or do you use paper towels like I do?” He winked. A flutter filled her chest that had nothing to do with panic.
“Third drawer.”
He pulled out two linen napkins and raised his brows in question. “Aren’t these for special occasions?”
She smiled sheepishly. Others would think her silly, but she liked using her aunt’s damask napkins, and she liked ironing them so they were smooth and crisp. She might dress in second-hand men’s shirts, but she liked dressing her table in pretty linen, fine porcelain, and silver cutlery. “No, they’re the ones I use. But you don’t have to—”
“Come and get it while it’s hot.” He pulled out a chair.
She hadn’t eaten all day, except for tastes and nibbles while baking, and something did smell delicious. She rinsed chocolate dust from her hands and sat in the chair he held. Heavens, this was civilized. One might think they were on a date. She ducked her head to hide her embarrassment. Sure, Mitch Calhoun asking little Lotta Wilson out on a date. And the pigs were flying in on their annual migration.
“My mom knew your aunt. Used to buy her bread.”
Lotta used the excuse of having to chew and swallow her mouthful of yummy stew to delay answering. Of course there would have to be small talk. They couldn’t sit here and eat in complete silence like cows chewing their cud. Too bad she hadn’t turned on the radio as a distraction. “Aunt Florence made fabulous bread.”
“Mom was saying it’s too bad you didn’t keep up that side of the business.”
“Aunt Florence had two people working with her.”
“How come you don’t? I imagine you’d have plenty of customers. Not that you’re doing badly with what you’re doing.”
“Hmm…” If she gobbled down her lunch maybe he would leave and they could stop talking about her bakery. And why it was smaller than it used to be. And why she worked alone.
“I was wondering, that’s all. Have you ever had employees?”
Oh, for heaven’s sake.
“I like it the way it is, okay? I don’t need to make heaps of money, I’m not starving. I prefer to keep the bakery small, so I can run it on my own. I’m not comfortable having tons of people around.” She stared at her bowl, no longer hungry.
He reached out like he was about to touch her but rested his hand on the table. Being touched by him would have been nice. But also scary. But also nice.
“That’s cool. I was just curious. I didn’t mean to make you feel uncomfortable. Marcy said—damn.”
“What did Marcy say?” Oh, God, what had Marcy told him? When had they been talking about her? Why had they been talking about her? The stew in her stomach turned to cement.
“I was concerned, I called her and mentioned your—incident. She explained about your panic attacks, that’s all. In strictest confidence.”
Damn. Blast. Who else had she told in strictest confidence? “I told you I was fine. You should have left it alone.” She let her spoon clatter into the bowl and crossed her arms over her chest. She hated this conversation.
“I couldn’t do that. I was worried—”
“Why? Why are you worried about me? You don’t know me.”
“I’d like to.”
“What? You’re not serious.”
“I’m very serious. I think you’re cute. And funny, when you relax.”
She pushed from the table and strode to the window. He thought she was cute? Well, that made it mutual because he was the cutest guy she’d ever seen. But he couldn’t be serious about wanting—what? What exactly did he want from her? She turned and rested her butt on the windowsill. “So, you want to go out on a date or something?” She snickered. Right, that was going to happen.
“I’d love to. Are you asking me out?” He leaned back in his chair, that dimpled grin lighting up his eyes again.
“No, I thought you were asking me out.” The flutter in her chest spread to her belly.
“Lotta, will you go out with me?”
“Where?” She frowned. Why was she continuing this conversation? She had no intention of going out with this guy. He was too—everything.

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Meet Maddy Flynn from It Had to be You

 . . . Madeleine Flynn returns to Serenity Harbor intent on restoring her beloved home to its former grandeur. Nothing will get in her way. Including a man who dresses in worn denim and pec-molding flannel and wields a power stapler with the grace of a philharmonic conductor.
 . . . Acting on their own agenda, local power brokers expect general contractor Azrael Hanson to monitor renovations on That House, tossing in diversions whenever possible.
 . . . .Az is torn between duty to superiors and a private life he craves. If he stands with Maddy, a woman who dreams the impossible, he'll damage his career beyond salvage. If he follows orders, he'll lose a future with the only woman who makes him want forever.
Meet Madeleine Flynn, owner of Pine Tree Lodge, Serenity Harbor Maine. 

Where are you from, Maddy? I was born here, at Pine Tree Lodge, though it did not bear that name in those days.
Tell us a bit about It Had To Be You. After my Grandmother's death, I was left the house and grounds as well as a boat load of money in her will. I've always been entranced with the idea of running an inn so I decided to refurbish the house and grounds and turn it into a B&B. Problems arose almost immediately when I had the devil of a time finding a general contractor who was willing to tackle the project. Circumstances happened and I met Azrael Hanson who agreed to help me.
What did you think the first time you saw him? I don't remember much of our first meeting as I'd been attacked in my home and was pretty badly beaten up. I managed to get myself to the local police station and proceeded to pass out in Az's arms. 
What was your second thought? When he poked his head in the cubicle at the ER, I was looking at Remington Steele in jeans and a flannel shirt. He moves with astonishing grace and fluidity. I guess it comes from playing ice hockey for more than twenty years.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Oh no. I was too consumed with renovating and redecorating the house with Gran's treasures and keeping my friends Suzie, Lou and Cori from killing one of the workmen--if not each other.
What do you like most about Az? He's always there for me when I need his help. At least I thought he was until I learned he was an integral part of a conspiracy to prevent the Lodge from becoming a reality.
What made you choose hospitality for a career? I feel it's in my blood. After all, my Granny was the madam at this house from before I was born. This is the only home I've ever known so I want to bring it back to its former style and grace, then share it with my guests.
Tell us a bit about Az's family. He has five or six siblings. His mother had a thing for the minor archangels so named her children after them: Azrael, Uriel, Brachiel, Haniel and three or four others; I haven't met them all yet. Uri and Brach are identical twins. The family calls them “the boys”. They are the rehab people on the project and speak with heavy Maine accents. They're identical and it's quite difficult to tell them apart.
          His mother, Rosemary, is a throwback to Woodstock. She wears her hair in a thick braid which falls to the small of her back and dresses in denim jumpers, Birkenstocks and flannel shirts. She runs Hanson Scapes with an iron hand and takes no crap from anyone. Protest music plays non-stop at the garden center which annoys the crap out of the younger employees. Next to my Granny, Rosemary is my hero.
What is your biggest fear? Failing to bring the house back to what it used to be.
If you had to go back in time and do something different, what would it be? I would spend more time with Gran in the months before she died. Picking her brain. Learning where she found her strength and determination. Loving her.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I adore all the women from Steel Magnolias. Whenever I need a good cry I play the DVD and wait because sooner or later I'll be able to let loose. The scene at the cemetery breaks my heart--then almost immediately I'm doubled over, laughing. The characters are rich and layered and true to themselves and their ideals. Rather like my Gran.
Any favorite movies? Like Azrael I like sports themed movies: Major League, Miracle [On Ice], and Bull Durham. Recently, I introduced him to Spotlight. He's watched it so many times I've had to replace it.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? This came from my Gran: “Depend on no one but yerself, me girl. Let no man turn you into their personal slave.”
Is there anything you like to add for our visitors? I hope to be featured in the next Serenity Harbor anthology. The opening line will be: “I'm pregnant.”

Monday, November 21, 2016

Meet Delsora Lowe and Gray Parker

          Two lives, one legacy—the lure of Parkers Point in Serenity Harbor, Maine brings Grayson Mann and Lauralee Adler together
         One runs from …
Inheriting his grandfather’s property on the rocky point in Serenity Harbor, Maine is the perfect escape from the biggest professional disaster of Grayson’s life. Will distance and space help Gray heal old family and professional wounds enough to open his heart to love?
         One runs toward …
Lauralee struggles to save the family art gallery as she watches her aunt succumb to Alzheimer’s. Returning to Serenity Harbor is payment for the kindness that saved her life and soul. Now she’s on a quest to find her father. Will this trip home help her learn to trust and finally convince Lee she can truly belong for the first time in her life?

This week Wild Women Authors is pleased to have Delsora Lowe, author of The Legacy of Parkers Point, part of the Welcome to Serenity Harbor anthology. With her is, attorney turned restauranteur, Grayson Mann who's up first.
Where are you from, Gray? New York City
Tell us a bit about The Legacy of Parkers Point. Parkers Point has been in my family for generations A few years ago, my childhood buddy, Luke, and I decided we’d both had enough of the City. For reasons I won’t go into, I wanted to get the hell out of Dodge. Much to the displeasure of the rest of my family, I inherited my grandfather’s property. What better place to start a new life. Luke’s a jazz pianist and I’m a reformed attorney. We opened a restaurant, and the rest is history. That is until Lee Adler strolled into the Starlight Grille one evening. Despite my wish to get on with my life as if the past never happened, Lee made me face the pain and humiliation that followed me to Serenity Harbor, Maine, and learn from it. She rescued me. I guess you could say, I did the same for her.
What did you think the first time you saw Lauralee Adler? I begin my story a few weeks after I first met Lee. For some reason, after only a few nights of having her sitting at my bar and indulging in an appetizer and sometimes a drink, I looked forward to her company. I have no clue why. Mostly, she is quiet, but the feel of her voice courses through me when she does speak up. She is intelligent and funny. And yeah, the red hair and the curvy body was the first thing that attracted my attention. And the funky clothes wears—those definitely caught my attention. I finally figured out she uses them to try to hide her curves and keep her distance. I want to find out why. 
Intriguing. What was your second thought? It was the sadness emanating from her that brought out my need to care for Lee. No—maybe not the right word. She’d bristle if anyone tried to care for her. I itched to bring her out of her self-imposed shell and find out what lay beneath the surface. Lee—okay, so she hates it when I call her that, but to me it fits—moved to town a month ago to take over her aunt’s art gallery. Even when she acts annoyed, I see the momentary light shine from those cinnamon eyes when I call her Lee. She’s not all that comfortable with people, so once the bar and restaurant starts to fill up, she’s out of here like a spooked doe. That’s when I concocted a way to get her to hang out longer—by appointing her my taste tester for new cocktails and menu offerings. She’s got that intuitive creative flair that she seems embarrassed to show when she critiques my food and drink. I’m making it my mission to keep her coming back--so I can find out what the hell she’s all about.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? No way. I don’t do love.
What do you like most about Lee? Her innocence and worldliness all rolled into one. Makes me want to dig deeper. Lee intrigues me the way most women don’t. I’ve always been a keep-it-at-the-surface-level kind of guy.
How would you describe her? Wary. That’s the first thing I noticed about her. Oh yeah, did I mention the red hair and curves. The more she comes into our restaurant, the more I realize she’s got a soul that’s deeper than anything I can imagine. Either she’s hiding something, or she’s dealing with some sort of personal pain. She hates her curves. What’s with that? Evidently, people have hurt her along the way. She’s loyal to her aunt. Why else would she work her ass off to fix up the gallery and bring it back to its glory days? I can see all the hard work ahead of her is worrying her, so I offer to help. She discourages me at every turn. One day, while she worked in the gallery I unpacked boxes of her paintings. I can tell they are not her aunts. Dark, gloomy, scary, but vivid. She was pissed I found them. She hides her talent and the pain that comes across in her work.
How would she describe you? For the most part Lauralee would say I’m cocky, trying to save her when she doesn’t want me to, and sometimes overbearing. But I know Lee feels the attraction between us. My gut says she doesn’t believe she deserves to pursue a relationship with friends or lovers. So yeah, she also thinks I’m stubborn since I know she deserves to have both. I’m in her face about it constantly—she says it’s rescue mode and she hates that about me.
What made you choose the hospitality business for a career? Owning a restaurant? I never dreamed I would do this. I wanted to go to business school, but I come from a family of attorneys and judges. Law is supposed to be in my blood. I hated every minute of being an attorney. And when I blew the case of a lifetime—even worse than you think, but that’s my little secret—I needed a total change. Luke talked me into trying the hospitality route. He wanted out of the city limelight so he could concentrate on his music, and not on being a star. What better idea than opening a piano bar in a sleepy coastal Maine town that turns into a bustling vacation attraction for the elite every summer.
What is your biggest fear? Failure. Pure and simple. In my family failure is not an option.
How do you relax? Grilling steaks on my deck overlooking the churning Atlantic, sipping a Maine Brew. That’s as good as it gets when I’m busy hustling customers pretty much 24/7 during the summer. And listening to music always takes me into another dimension. Living on the coast, I’ve actually had time every once in a while to hike or kayak, but not often enough. In the city—I did none of this—unless you calling riding the subway sport.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Tom Sawyer. He had the guts to head out into the big, bad world. Okay—so he ran away from overbearing relatives. Potato, po-taaah-toe.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Be true to yourself. Too bad I didn’t take my grandfather’s advice to heart until it was almost too late. He never did get to see me follow my own course. But his inheritance gave me the opportunity to finally do so. I hope I did you proud.
Thanks for all this, Gray. Now it's Delsora's turn.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? All things romance—I watch or read my favorites over and over and over, while I try to deconstruct them. I’ve always been a happily-ever-after kind of person. Working in rape crisis and other non-profits has made me want to block out the sometimes ugly world and bask in the fantasy of good always wins out. So I steer away from movies and books that make me cry. Yes, I do cry in romances, but in the end, I know those tears will turn to happy ones.
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. I grew up in a big city, with the relentless hustle and bustle. I lived in many countries—my dad was in the foreign service. My stories always gravitate to small town living. Between moving to Maine where I raised my children and spending my childhood summers in the Adirondacks or at my grandmother’s in rural New York, I think I was destined to be a small town gal. Don’t get me wrong, I love big cities and all the craziness and cultural opportunities, but I always want to come back to Maine, my home, even though I wasn’t born here.
Tell us how the anthology came about. Last summer, on the deck of one of my writer friends, as a bunch of us sipped wine and feasted on pot luck after a day of writing and brainstorming, the idea was floated by the host to write an anthology. Within an hour, we had created a fictional coastal Maine town, a list of potential town names and businesses, and filled it with potential characters. Fifteen months later we have lift-off with nine authors in Welcome to Serenity Harbor (and several others already lined up for book two in the Serenity Harbor: A Pine Tree State of Mind series). I stupidly volunteered to work on the production management team—best thing I’ve ever done! I learned pubbing from soup to nuts. And…I’ve already started the next novella, featuring Luke, Gray’s best friend.
What project[s] are you working on now? As well as Luke’s story, I’m working on a fun and flirty trilogy about three female small business owners in Galway Cove, a fictional town not far from Serenity Harbor.
What's up next for you? Scary stuff, I say with a smile. I decided to retire and launch into the world all the books I’ve written over the last twelve years. Well, maybe not all of them (at least until they get a total rewrite, and some will never resurface again). First up will be self-publishing my four completed books in The Cowboys of Mineral Springs series. I did receive the call for the first one, The Prince’s Son, which received several awards including first place in the 2014 New Jersey Put Your Heart in a Book contest. After much agonizing, because I really respect and had heard wonderful things about the editor, I decided to self-publish, now that I have time. The second book, The Rancher Needs a Wife, was a finalist in the same NJ contest in 2013 and won final awards in both the 2013 Golden Claddagh contest and the 2012 Golden Rose contest. Then I need to edit number five and finish number six in the series. So busy times ahead!
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Here's an excerpt from The Legacy of Parkers Point: 
Grayson Mann wiped down the bar, his arm sweeping over the smooth black wood, to bring up the shine. He glanced toward the bank of windows knee-high to ceiling across the front of the intimate restaurant. Layer upon layer of sheer curtains on the bottom half gave the room a shimmery, under-water appearance in daylight and cocooned customers at night. The top half, festooned with white twinkle lights, cast sparkles of light during the day and at night mimicked starlight.
Dusk had long been his favorite time of the day. On an early fall Friday afternoon, it was his respite between the languid hush of late lunches, easing him into happy hour when locals’ laughter bounced off celery-colored walls. The quiet settled him, between the times when his thoughts wandered to places they shouldn’t and moving into the rote activity of bartender. Soon he’d slam out drinks while picking up shards of conversations piercing his brain with details of his customer’s lives he wanted little to do with.
The wide slab of wood running the length of the back-end of the restaurant served as his personal protective force. Bartender against the world.
Unless she wandered in before he got too busy to pay attention. The one person who made him want to listen and talk and care. After only two weeks.


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Meet YA Author Meg Kassel and Only This Kiss

. . . Senior year is a miserable time to switch schools, but Ashley Whittaker-Sloane is determined to make the best of her abrupt move to Serenity Harbor. She wants only to finish school attend college to pursue fashion design, but when gorgeous musician, Tyler Fitzsimmons, comes to her aid in a hallway altercation, Ashley finds herself crushing on the hunky rocker.
. . .Tyler can barely keep his eyes off Ashley, but what could the poor, son of the town drunk possibly offer a rich girl from an oceanfront mansion? He is sure Ashley would be disgusted to learn the truth he goes to lengths to keep hidden. When Tyler is forced to confront his past and secrets are exposed on both sides, Ashley and Tyler will either trust themselves and each other, or return to their different worlds.

Wild Women Authors welcomes Meg Kassel, author of Only This Kiss, and Tyler Fitzsimmons. After you read this interview it will come as no surprise when we tell you Meg took home 2016’s Golden Heart for YA [another story]. This is a truly beautiful story and a sterling addition to the Welcome to Serenity Harbor anthology. First up is Tyler.
Where are you from? Here. Serenity Harbor.
Tell us a bit about Only This Kiss. It’s a cool story.
Okay, let’s try this to get you to open up a little. What did you think the first time you saw Ashley Whittaker-Sloane? You mean Patches? I thought she was hot. And it pissed me off to see my ex-girlfriend harassing her in the hall. I had to put a stop to that. 
Excellent. What did you think next? That I didn’t have a shot in hell with her.
Was it love at first sight? Ha, no. I didn’t even entertain the thought. She’s class, I’m trash. End of story. Except, it wasn’t.
What do you like most about her? I have to pick one thing?
How would you describe Patches? Gorgeous. Tall, nice hair. She smells really nice.
How would she describe you? Hell. I have no idea. I’m still trying to figure out what she sees in me.
What made you choose music for a career? Hey, I’m still finishing high school here. But I love playing in a band and writing songs. I’ll always be involved with music.
What is your biggest fear? That I’ll turn out like my father.
How do you relax? I’m always relaxed.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Whenever possible, don’t be an asshole.
Tyler, you’re killing us. An open invitation: there’s a couch in my house [in case you ever need one] with your name on it. Now, it’s Meg’s turn at bat.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? Madeline L’Engle’s Wrinkle In Time and Robin McKinley’s Beauty left a lasting impact on me. I’ve read them both countless times and cemented my love of writing for teens. Adventure, first love, discovering who you are––it’s what I write and read.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I am lucky to have decent parents, but I’ve had friends who did not. I know no women who haven’t experienced sexual harassment or some form of abuse in their lives, including myself. This is not a story about putting the hurt you suffer behind you and saying you’re fine and over it, but of acknowledging damage and knowing you are worthy of greatness, success, love. It’s always all about love.
What project are you working on now? My current work in progress is a paranormal YA that involves Scandinavian folklore and trolls and magic.
What’s up next for you? My debut novel, Black Bird of the Gallows comes out September of 2017 from Entangled TEEN.

To contact Meg Kassel, go to:
Twitter: @m_kassel

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Meet Teagan Oliver and Only You

. . . One kiss does not a romance make, especially when that kiss happened when they were 15. But for Kara Simpson, life is difficult enough trying to keep her business afloat and her wayward brother out of trouble. The last thing she needs is interference from Nate.
. . . Helping Kara is a no-brainer for Nate Cooper. After all, isn’t that what townsfolk do? But she’s stubborn and proud and it’s going to take a whole lot of convincing if he ever wants to find out what a second kiss would be like. And he definitely wants to know.

For the next few days Wild Women Authors is pleased to have book #2 in the Welcome to Serenity Harbor anthology, Only You, and its author Teagan Oliver. Teagan brought along a hero with her: Nate Cooper who, in our usual pattern, is up first.

Where are you from, Nate? Born and raised in Serenity Harbor, Maine
Tell us a bit about Only You. Basically, it’s all about me trying to help out an old friend [whose name is Kara] and her being [too] stubborn and determined [for her own good]. But really, she has a heart of gold. She’s been taking care of her brother since their parents passed away and trying to keep her father’s trap building business running. It’s not easy, she won’t let anyone help. I just decided not to give her a choice.
Having read this terrific story, we agree. After all, that’s what conflict is all about. What did you think the first time you saw Kara? I can’t remember the first time I saw her. I’ve probably known her since we were in diapers. But I can tell you that the first time I really took a look at her was when we were 15. I kissed her on a dare and it’s like I just knew that I was never going to meet anyone like her ever again.
Well, gee. What was your second thought? That she’s stubborn, pig-headed and a pain.
We won’t get into the location of said ‘pain’. Did you feel it was love at first sight? It was certainly interest at first sight, but then at 15 you feel like that a lot. I definitely felt like there was something that changed that day. I was just too much of teenager to figure it out.
What do you like most about Kara? I like all the things that make me the most angry with her: unfailing loyalty, determination to see things through and her refusal to admit that there isn’t anything she can’t do.
Sounds like quite a woman. How would you describe her? Same as above, only I’d add beautiful to the mix. She’s not someone who worries about looking like everyone else. She just is who she is.
How would Kara describe you? I don’t think we have enough space for that. Plus, this might be a younger crowd that doesn’t need to hear all things she calls me. Suffice it to say, I’m wearing her down when it comes to me.
What made you choose running the ferry for a career? I went to Maine Maritime, just like my second in command, Sam. I knew that I wanted to stay here in Serenity Harbor. But you can’t make it without a purpose. I just found my purpose in helping others get to their destination, and delivering groceries and mail.
What is your biggest fear? I fear having to leave here because I can’t survive here. There are far too many young people who have to leave Maine to find work.
How do you relax? I order pizza and watch basketball a lot during the winter months when it goes slow. During the summer I don’t have much time to relax.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Batman, of course. I’ve loved comics since I was a kid. He always had a cool car and a mask to hide his identity. I still want to be Batman.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? My mother shared with me some of the hardships of her relationship with my dad. I guess the best advice she gave me was that if I love someone I shouldn’t give up when things get tough.
A ferryman with a heart of gold and a huge soft spot for others in need. Thanks, Nate. Now it’s Teagan’s turn at bat.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? Hey, thanks for asking. Every book and every movie have an impact on my writing. I take bits and pieces from all of it. And really, when you are feeling down, what’s better than a romance to lift you back up?
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I work with people every day who make their living from the ocean. I also grew up in very small fishing village, just like Serenity. It gave me a great understanding of how dangerous the life can be and how much that kind of community means to each other.
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 traditionally published in the past, but for the last few years I’ve been publishing on my own.
What project[s] are you working on now? I have a sequel to my Stealing Darkness series, called Stealing Thunder. And Nate’s second in command, Sam gets his own story soon. Just working out the details.
What's up next for you? I’ll be working out the details of the coming holidays and trying to find time to get the writing in. As much as I love Christmas, I’m just as happy when it’s over and I can go back to writing more.
If anyone is interested in hearing more about the characters that populate Serenity Harbor, or any of my other books, you can head on over to or you can catch me on Facebook (probably playing Farm Saga) at

Thank you to Kat for letting me hop on over here today! I really appreciate all that she does! And Happy Holidays to everyone!
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Monday, November 14, 2016

Meet James Austin McCormack and Silla Low

Today, Wild Women Authors welcomes James Austin McCormack, author of Dragon: The Tower of Tamerlane, a recent release out of Class Act Bools. Accompanying James is Silla Low who will be up first. 
Silla, Tell us a bit about James' book. Well, it’s basically me snooping around a high tech prison complex, trying to get the goods on a super criminal who’s trying to hold the galaxy for ransom. Things get out of hand when one of the inmates uploads his consciousness into the AI, wreaks havoc and steals enough weaponry to destroy all four C
Alliance worlds.
Cool. What made you choose being a Government Agent for a career? I never chose it. Me and Brok, that’s my ex-partner, were wanted smugglers and were given a choice, work for the Alliance or go to prison. It was a pretty generous offer considering all the charges they’d stacked against us. I suppose it helped having Dragon, the most advanced ship in known space and me being the only one who could pilot it.
Knowing what you know now, if you had it to do over again, would you stick with being a government agent or do something different? My plan was always to get rich enough to retire. There’s a little luxury Mars resort I know where I’d to spend a long, long time with plenty of whiskey and fine cigars. That sounds pretty good to me.
Sounds good to us, too. What is your biggest fear? Guess you could say I’m of a nervous disposition so a lot of things spook me. Top of the list though is physical danger. The trouble is I also get bored really quick and this usually causes me to end up in dangerous situations. I can never sit still for long.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Dragon Rider, a series of fantasy stories my aunt used to read to me when I was little. When my ship was being built I had them design it as the Dragon in those tales.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Stop drinking, smoking and gambling. I never took the advice.
Hah! Now let's talk with James. Which writer or character, from either books or movies, have had a major impact on your writing? Robert E. Howard has probably inspired me more than anyone else.
With regard to research, where did you start for this novel? Did that lead you down different paths, thereby changing the original concept? The first Dragon book was intended to be a fantasy, completely fictional. Sillow himself, the main protagonist of the stories, began life as a cowardly elf and the plan was to write a series of semi-comic novellas. As the story developed I realized it would work better as soft science fiction with a fantasy element.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them and what influenced you to submit to them? My publisher is called Class Act Books I was looking for a publisher that accepted all types of speculative fiction as I like to write in several genres and they have a very eclectic outlook to writing.
How is the submission process; what is the turn-around time from date of query to date of release? As I remember, I sent the whole manuscript and received a reply quite quickly (I don’t remember exactly how long it was but I think about a couple of months). It was about six months before the novel was published. During that time, I worked with a great editor, and author in her own right, Sherry Derr-Wille, to tighten up and polish the story.
What are you reading right now? Ben Hur. It is on my long, long list of classics that I am slowly working my way through. I’m also reading Toni V. Sweeney’s The Seventh Mothman, which is a steampunk scifi. I’ve read many of her novels and enjoyed them all.
What's next for you? I think it’s going to be another Dragon story, this time though I want to explore my main character’s psychology more, go deeper but at the same time also have the heavy dose of comedy that is very much a part of the series. I’ve just finished a steam punk scifi- fantasy novella as well, tentatively called The Rift Makers but now feel it needs to be a much longer work to get all the ideas across.

A little bit about our guest:
James Austin McCormick is a college lecturer from Manchester, England and in his free time enjoys writing speculative fiction, mostly science fiction, horror and a little sword and sorcery fantasy. He’s also a fan of classic Gothic and Victorian horror tales and is currently in the process of writing updated versions of these with a science fiction spin.

James’ novels include the trilogy Dragon (Dragon, Dragon: Smuggler Tales, Dragon: The Tower of Tamerlane), The Last Synn, a sword-and-sorcery story, a SciFi novel, Sunfall, and a horror novel, Balec. All are available from Class Act Books.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Welcome To Serenity Harbor: A Pine Tree State of Mind

To celebrate the release of Welcome to Serenity Harbor, an anthology produced by a group of Maine Romance Writers, Wild Women Authors welcomes author Maggie Robinson, genius behind the anthology and Rob Campion from Love In The Library. First up is Rob.
Where are you from? Serenity Harbor, Maine
Tell us a bit about Love in the Library. It all takes place in 24 hours, most of them in the library. Quite a lot happens, but I’m a gentleman so I’m not going to blab.
What did you think the first time you saw Belle Standish? I thought she had on too much blush, but then I realized she was sunburned. And hot, not only because of the sunburn.
Good comeback. And your second thought? That she talked a lot about books, which is usually my thing, being a librarian and all.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Um, no. I’ve never been a romantic guy. It was more like fright at first sight—she kept pointing her finger at me and lecturing.
What do you like most about her? As a quote from a movie aficionado: “She completes me.”
That is so sweet, and appropriate. How would you describe her? She’s, um, not perfect, but perfect for me.
How would Belle describe you? She says I’m not quite as uptight as I used to be, which I guess is a good thing.
What made you choose library science for a career? Doesn’t every nerdy little boy with glasses want to surround himself with books? Actually, my first love is movies. I majored in film as an undergrad, and I’m writing a screenplay.
What is your biggest fear? That my assistant Hailey Fuller takes over the library for me on my honeymoon.
How do you relax? Ha ha ha. Actually, I love to sit in the sun and read. That’s a little tough during a Maine winter, but sometimes I travel to warmer places. Now I can go with Belle. And movies, of course. Gotta watch the competition.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? It has to be Belle’s fictional hero the Duke of Deverel. If you read “Love in the Library,” you’ll find out why.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Never judge a book by its cover.
Thanks, Rob. We really enjoyed this story and it's been fun getting to know you better. Now it's Maggie's turn at bat.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why?I’m a huge fan of anything by Georgette Heyer or Loretta Chase. I love the witty banter.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I worked as a school librarian and library clerk for 8 years. Like Rob will tell you, some of the most interesting things in the library are to be found behind the books. I’ve hung out in so many small-town libraries I could see Serenity Harbor’s as clear as day.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what
influenced your decision to submit to them? I’ve written for Berkley and Kensington. Both have been very supportive, and I have to thank my agent for getting me placed with them.
What project[s] are you working on now? I’m working on the fourth book of the Cotswold Confidential series. It’s a marriage in trouble story. Big trouble. The wife thinks her husband is dead! And with my critique partners and besties, I’m in another anthology besides Welcome to Serenity Harbor that released November 1st. The book is Once Upon a Christmas, and it covers 200 years of Ravenglass dukes through the Regency, Victorian era, World War II and today. I wrote the Regency duke and had a blast.
What's up next for you? The Cotswold Confidential books come out next year, starting with Schooling the Viscount on January 31, 2017. A quiet little village in the Cotswolds is the destination for all sorts of bad-behaving young ladies and gentlemen who have driven their families to distraction. Will they reform, or fall in love? Probably both.
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Monday, November 7, 2016

She's Back and Better Than Ever!

. . . How can she forgive him for what he didn't do? 
. . . Photographer Izzy Cooper feels as frozen as her pictures. Trent Palmer might be the hottest firefighter in Templeton Cove, but she can never face him again. Not after he failed to save her brother. But when they're forced together by a calendar shoot, the sparks between them are undeniable.
. . . Izzy knows it's not fair to blame Trent for the tragedy, but opening herself up to loss again isn't something she's prepared to do, no matter how determined Trent is to show her that pain is part of life and that love—their love—can make any suffering bearable.
For the next few days we are thrilled to welcome back a true friend, dating back to our days at the Wild Rose Press series, the Class of '85, Rachel Brimble. This time she brings Trent Palmer from Saved By The Firefighter, Rachel's latest release with Harlequin. First up is Trent.
Where are you from? Kingsley in south of England.
Tell us a bit about Saved By The Firefighter. It’s about me trying to get Izzy through the pain of losing her brother in a fire and my guilt at being unable to save him. I liked Izzy from the first moment I met her and we’d finally managed to get together when the tragedy struck. With Robbie gone, Izzy could barely look at me, let alone speak to me. I just want her happy again, whether that be with or without me.
What did you think the first time you saw Izzy Cooper? That she was stunning, sweet and sexy.
Okay. And your second thought? Oh, God, she’s my friend’s sister
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Yes. I’ve had girlfriends in the past but no woman has struck me like Izzy did, before or since.
What do you like most about her? Her good heart, her strength and generosity
How would Izzy? Loyal, hardworking and the most beautiful woman on the planet
How would she describe you? Hard-headed, brave and determined
What made you choose firefighting as a career? I didn’t choose it, firefighting chose me. I was supposed to be looking after my sister but was too interested in chatting with a girl along the street. The fire started in the kitchen…my sister was inside…I was too late. That day I vowed I would make amends and always do my best to save others.
What is your biggest fear? Failure – failure to save someone. Failure to be there when people need me. Failure.
How do you relax? I’m happy relaxing in front of the TV, or having a few beers at the Coast with friends, driving out of town. Anywhere that I can re-evaluate, reconnect, away from the pressures of the job.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Jason Bourne – struggling with his own identity but overcoming huge obstacles both physically and mentally. Pushing forward, against the odds. At the end of the day, that’s all any of us can do.
He's top on our list also! What is the best piece of advice you ever received? From my father – I was struggling with so many things in my life, but especially my feelings for Izzy and he said, “It’s time to face your fears, time for you to risk your heart as well as your life. You need to pass it over to someone else to take care of every now and then. Because that, my boy, is what love is. A gift. Don’t you dare turn your back on it.”
Thank you, Trent. It's been great meeting you as a character and a person. Now it's Rachel's turn.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? Pretty much every book I have read my Nora Roberts and Jill Shalvis have inspired me to write better and be better. They both had a huge influence on my career. I love the scope of their books. The problems, cast of characters and overall themes are relatable and inspiring. Such talented ladies!
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I started writing this novel while grieving the loss of my beloved black Lab, Max. I was under contract and was finding it hard to function, let alone work, but when I realized the way to get through was to use all the sadness, anger and grief I was feeling in my work, it really helped. The fact I am writing a romance meant there would be a happy ever after and I prayed I would feel more positive come the end. Thankfully, my plan worked and I’m okay now…I’ve even adopted a new fur baby, a chocolate Lab called Tyler!
And he is a cutie. Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? Ever since The Wild Rose Press published my first novel in 2007, Harlequin have been on my list (yes, I have a list!) of dream publishers, purely because I have always enjoyed the scope of their novels. When I wrote Finding Justice, the first book in my Harlequin Templeton Cove series, I had the vision of a series to follow. Thankfully, my acquiring editor thought the exact same thing and while editing book one, she asked me what other stories I had in mind. The rest is history.
What project[s] are you working on now? Right now, I am editing the first in what I hope will be an ongoing Edwardian saga and also plotting book 8 in the Templeton Cove series. Busy, busy!
What's up next for you? My next release is scheduled for August 2017, which will be book 7 in the Templeton Cove series. It is a romantic suspense where the hero becomes entangled with the threat his ex-wife is under from her current lover. The heroine is an existing Templeton resident who comes to the hero’s home after she finds his young daughter alone on the beach. I loved writing this story!
I am also shopping out a single title romantic suspense that I hope to have some good news on soon.

If you are as intrigued by this small peek into Templeton Cove, you can purchase it at: Amazon UK:
Here's a bit more about our guest:
Rachel Brimble lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had six books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and recently signed a contract for two more. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press.
She also recently signed with a UK agent so is represented both sides of the Atlantic.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.
She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!

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