Sunday, March 26, 2017

Pinterest. I LUUUVVV It

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     For years friends and peers have been telling me over and over to utilize Pinterest to show off my books as well as my craft business.

     Okay, I could see taking photographs [louse photographer that I am] then posting them to a Pinterest Board. It might turn a browser into an actual buyer. But when and where do I find the time? Another story for another day.

     When it came to my books and WIPs the thought of taking precious time away from writing to search the net for photographs seemed wasteful. Not so, said my Pinterest Queen friends and daughters. Not in this lifetime, I responded or when God in her infinite wisdom decides to add a few more hours in the day--or grants me the ability to survive on less sleep.

     In mid February I vended at a craft show at a local mall which featured a bridal shop. Shoppers were not exactly beating down my door, so to speak, but as I contemplated ways to search out a certain style wedding dress to be used in my current WIP, I realized staff at the bridal shop might be willing to help me.

     Before the day ended, I entered the shop and discovered the owner was more than willing to listen to my tail of woe about surfing the net for the 'wedding dress of my dreams' without results. 
     She asked, “Have you tried Pinterest?”
     “Hmm,” I said. “I don't usually do that but I know people who do.”
     “Ask them to show you the ropes,” she said. “You'll get more results than you ever imagined.”

     Within 72 hours I became the local Pinterest Queen.

     My first board was titled Bridal Dresses/Prom Dresses/Evening Gowns. The next one is named Victorian Houses; the next Rooms. All for a second WIP.

     I like to multi-task.
   And now, I could become addicted to this wonderful aid.

   I've found photos of those people who look like my vision of my heroes and heroines and a few secondary characters. Since I love hockey and baseball you can bet they're on their boards. Faves in music, movies and TV shows are there too. Anything that lights my fire [I even have a board with that title].

     What boards do you have?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Meet Josie Forrester, MD

Wild Women Authors is pleased to have author Angela Raines and Josephine, Josie, Forrester, female protagonist of Angela's latest release out of Prairie Rose Publications, Josie's Dream. First up is Josie.
Where are you from? Des Moines Iowa
Tell us a bit about Josie’s Dream. Since corresponding with Dr. Harriett Leonard, a past student at my medical school, I've been dreaming of coming to Colorado. Dr. Leonard offered to let me work at the Spa in Manitou Springs where she is the proprietor, but I want to create a practice in a smaller town, where people really need me. Once I arrive in Kiowa Wells on the eastern plains of Colorado, a few miles from the rail head at Kit Carson, my biggest obstacle is finding a place to set up my practice.
What did you think the first time you saw William Murphy?Will was riding through Kiowa Wells and I just had a brief glimpse of a man who looked interesting. I’d not seen many of his type back in Iowa where I grew up and went to medical school.
What was your second thought? The second time we met, he'd helped rescue a young girl from a rather nasty acting man. Will dealt with him very handily, not that I couldn’t have eventually taken care of the situation. Even if that does sound like bragging.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? More like admiration that grew to love from there.
What do you like most about Will? He had a sense of honor and duty that came through in all he did. He was there when I needed him, even though I didn’t know it at the time.
How would you describe him? Will always tried to finish what he started, even when he didn’t realize he was courting me. When he was shot and lost his memory, nothing would stop him from finding out the truth, even if he didn’t like the answer. There is just something solid and comforting about Will Murphy.
Solid and comforting, that's a great description of a man, anyone actually. How would he describe you? A bossy doctor who took her job very seriously. It’s hard to be a doctor, especially a female doctor in late 1870s. But despite all that was thrown in her way, she persevered and became beloved and honored by her community. She also had a sense of humor and doesn’t take herself, only her job seriously.
What made you choose medicine for a career? My father was a doctor and I always wanted to soothe the pain and fears of those around me. Even if my father had reservations about my choice, he supported my decision. I believed I would be alone, without a family. Most men would not like the idea of a female doctor.
In 1870, we imagine many folks, men and women, would not like the idea of a female physician--until she proves herself to them. What is your biggest fear, Josie? My biggest fear, which I confronted head on, was whether I could develop a medical practice in a rural Colorado town. I knew I needed to be somewhere where I could make a difference. I just had to get the people to trust my abilities.
Amen, sister. How do you relax? I love spending time with my [new] friends in and around Kiowa Wells, and so enjoy being with my husband and family.
Who is your favorite fictional character? I have to say, I’ve not had a lot of time for reading anything other than medical journals once I decided to become a physician. It I wish to remain current, I must know what the latest information is.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? “Follow your heart and don’t let anything stop you.” I’m not sure who told me that, but the idea has stayed with me my whole life.
Thanks for taking time to visit with us, Josie. Now it's time to speak with Angela.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer? This is a tough question for me. As an actor/performer from a young age, I would say almost every play and song I sang left a piece of themselves in me. The thing about performing, if you want to be any good, is to lose yourself in the life of the character you are playing. That concept continued on in the books I have read. I lost myself in the story and it also left pieces inside me. If push came to shove, I would say “The Highwayman” a poem by Alfred Noyes is a strong contender along with the novel “Calico Palace” by Gwen Bristow for helping to guide me to telling stories. Still that would only scratch the surface.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I have been researching and telling the story of early women doctors, especially in Colorado prior to 1900, for over four years. Their stories along with the names of a couple of them found their way into this current story.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. I was following the work of Cheryl Pierson, whom I loved to read. When she and Livia Washburn began Prairie Rose Publications, I suggested I might try my hand at writing for them. Cheryl was very open to that idea and encouraged and helped me to publication with my first novella, “Home For His Heart” in 2014. The rest has been history, as they say.
What projects are you working on now? I am currently working on another medieval short story that hopefully will be in the upcoming PRP winter medieval anthology. I am also writing a book about the early women doctors in Colorado Springs who are buried in Evergreen Cemetery there.
What's up next for you? I would like to try my hand at a straight up Western and a contemporary love story. Under my real name Doris McCraw, I have chapters in some of the Pikes Peak Library Districts history symposium books. In the upcoming release of “Disasters of the Pikes Peak Region” I have a chapter on the social ramifications of the Cripple Creek Volcano - a 35 Millions year disaster. I will also have a chapter on the women doctors in a forthcoming book “Myth & Mysteries” from the symposium from 2016.
Angela brought along an excerpt from Josie's Dream for us:

“Stop bothering me,” the man said, “why would anyone want a cheap ...” only to have his words cut off with the sound of a sharp slap. This was immediately followed by the sound of pain from the girl.
Josie didn’t hesitate, “What’s going on back there?” she called.
“None of your concern,” the male voice answered.
“As a doctor, I beg to differ,” Josie retorted, “I heard a cry of pain.”
A growl sounded, then Josie only just caught a young girl as she was thrust from the alley’s mouth. Josie had barely kept her own balance, catching a movement behind her as strong arms steadied her and the girl.
From the light from the window, Josie thought she recognized the girl as a moan escaped clenched lips, when Josie touched the girl’s right shoulder. Before Josie could do anything about the man in the alley, the arms that had been supporting her dropped as the man rushed past, heading into the alley. “You don’t treat a woman that way,” she heard, followed by the sound of blows and subsequent grunts and howls.
“It sounds like you may have a damaged shoulder,” Josie told the girl, while continuing to support her. All the while listening to the sounds coming from the alley.
“Yeah, it hurts a bit,” the girl finally answered.
To learn more about Angela Raines and the stories she's created, as well as those written under her real name, Doris McCraw, go to at:

Monday, March 13, 2017

Meet Player-Architect Nick Morgan

. . . When Sophie Barnes’s fiancé jilts her at the altar, her carefully planned life implodes. Considering her ex’s betrayal to be a rude wake-up call, she leaves everything she knows in San Diego and flees to Laguna Beach. She vows to transform her life by avoiding men for a year and by fulfilling her dream of writing a wildly successful novel.
. . . Sophie’s new landlord, Nicholas Morgan, is a gorgeous, successful architect with a player reputation. He makes it tough for Sophie to remember that she’s sworn to be single. Nick’s avoided the intimacy of a long-term relationship--until Sophie’s independence, courage, and beauty touch his guarded heart. Both Sophie and Nick are terrified of being hurt again, but can they resist the pull of true love?

This week Wild Women Authors welcomes Claire Marti author of Second Chance In Laguna, her first release out of the Wild Rose Press. First up is architect Nick Morgan.
Where are you from? Laguna Beach, California
Tell us a bit about Second Chance In Laguna: It’s the story of how meeting Sophie Barnes jolted me out of my comfortable life. Before Sophie, I’d never needed a woman before. Casual dating was perfect. My focus was on my career as an architect, my friends, and my close relationship to my only living relative, my little sister Alyssa.
What did you think the first time you saw Sophie Barnes? She literally stole my breath away.
Interesting. And your second thought? How soon could I convince her to go out with me.
Good one, Nick. Was it love at first sight? I don’t know about love at first sight. I just know she was different than any other woman I’d met before. I needed to see her again, needed to get to know her.
What do you like most about Sophie? Her courage and her passion. Her big blue eyes kill me.
How would you describe her? She’s smart, she’s clever, she’s beautiful, she makes me smile, and she isn’t afraid of anything or anyone.
How would Sophie describe you? The perfect man. Ha ha. Well, maybe the perfect man for her.
What made you choose architecture as a career? My father was an architect and I wanted to follow in his footsteps. I had a knack for design and love the idea of creating lasting landmarks.
What is your biggest fear? Letting life pass me by.
How do you relax? Surf, spend time with Sophie, and hang out with my dog Bailey.
Who is your favorite fictional character? Howard Roark from The Fountainhead because he was a trailblazing architect who followed his dreams.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Life is too short to be afraid of taking a chance and being vulnerable.
Thanks for taking the time to speak with us, Nick. Now it's Claire's turn at bat.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer?
I’ve always been a bookworm and pilfered a few of my mom’s historical bodice rippers when I was ten years old. I love to be transported. I love Ernest Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Ayn Rand. Then, I love romance, especially stories by Nora Roberts and Kerrigan Byrne. I prefer comedies and romantic comedies for films. Romance is my preferred genre because I want a happy ending.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? My ex-fiancé was a serial cheater and I lived that betrayal. It wasn’t hard for me to pull up the emotions Sophie experienced with her ex-fiancé jilting her at the altar.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? The Wild Rose Press is my publisher. On my journey to publication, I queried a variety of romance publishers and found The Wild Rose Press to be the best fit for my Finding Forever in Laguna series.
What project[s] are you working on now? I’m working on revisions with my editor on Book Two in the series and moving from first draft to second draft on Book Three.
What's up next for you? After I finish this series, I’m going to branch out into historical romance.
To learn more about Claire Marti and the stories she creates, go to:
Twitter @clairepmarti

To purchase Second Chance In Laguna, go to:

Claire brought along an excerpt from this delicious sounding second chance at love story:
Nick arrived right on time, looking gorgeous in faded jeans and a plain white t-shirt. How did he always manage to start the butterflies fluttering in her stomach? Just by standing there with the setting sun framing him? She was in trouble.

“Hi beautiful, ready to go?” He clasped her face in his hands and planted a soft kiss on her lips.

Returning his kiss, Sophie wound her arms around his neck and deepened it. She couldn’t resist. His strong arms wrapped around her waist, hugging her close to his broad chest.

“Mmmm, feel free to greet me like that every time I come over,” he said, lips curved up into a sweet smile.

Heat washed her cheeks and she returned his smile. “Let’s go. Prepare to be blown away by the movie snack of the century.”

Determined to keep things light and enjoy the movie before “the talk,” Sophie thrust down the lick of panic bubbling in her gut. She’d accomplished next to nothing all afternoon, instead wrestling with whether she needed to tell him about Doug.

The angel on her shoulder whispered to tell him because if they were going to have any kind of relationship, even a friends-with-benefits one, honesty and trust were vital.

The devil urged her to zip it. They’d only known each other a few weeks. What if he lived up to his “Player of Laguna” reputation and expected only a fun fling? Even though he seemed deeper than that. What if she scared him off with a premature talk?

Monday, March 6, 2017

They're Back . . .

Sometimes fantasies turn out better than expected

     Charged with trespassing and indecent exposure on Erik Stenson's private beach, Carson and Josie Sandberg return to South Padre Island to take care of the ticket. However, their reunion with Erik is not what they expected. An invitation for a drink turns into a weekend of passion that fulfills fantasies and leaves all parties wanting to explore a threesome outside the bedroom. Will time, distance, and family issues stand in the way, or will they be surprised again? 

Wild Women Authors is delighted to welcome back Wild Rose Press author Anita Kidesu with Surprise Me Again, a sequel to her fabulous Candy Hearts short story out of the Scarlet Rose line, Surprise Me. This time she's brought Eric Stenson, the third party to this threesome, with her. First up is Eric.

Where are you from? South Padre Island
Tell us a bit about Surprise Me Again. I met Carson and Josie Sandberg in the short story, Surprise Me, at a bar. I had actually seen them while I was fishing off my private beach. They had trespassed on my land and found a place to . . . well, you can guess what they were doing. My sister called the police and had them arrested. I meet them again when they return to South Padre Island to attend court.
What did you think the first time you saw Josie Sandberg? She was gorgeous.
Works for us. And your second thought? I thought she was cheating on her husband, which ticked me off. Then Carson came in, and I realized they were playing a pick-up game with each other.

Was it love at first sight? More like I was intrigued. Love came later.

What do you like most about Josie? Her commitment to her husband and marriage. Then her commitment to both of us.
How would you describe her? Funny. Smart. Sexy. Lovely inside and out.
How would she describe you? I think she thinks or thought I was lonely. I hope she thinks I’m sexy.
What made you choose writing as a career? I think it chose me. I can’t even tell you how it all came about or where the idea came from. I just know that after my wife left me, I needed an outlet and writing seemed to be that for me. I was able to make her an evil person in the story and it seemed to help me cope.
What is your biggest fear? That Carson and Josie will leave me.
How do you relax? I love to fish, swim, read, and spend time with Josie and Carson
Who is your favorite fictional character? Tom Sawyer. As a kid I loved his adventures and pretending I was him.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Don’t worry what others think about me and my writing.
This has been great, Eric. You've given us and our visitors new insight to relationships of more than the usual one man-one woman and we thank you for that. Now it's time to chat with Anita.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer? There are so many authors that I love reading: Kathleen Woodiwiss, LaVyrle Spencer, Susan Wiggs, Jude Deveraux. Their stories are so life-like, so real. I hope my writing evokes that in my readers. I don’t watch many movies.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I remember when our children were middle-schoolers. We were so busy with our jobs and the kids, I felt my husband and I were losing ourselves as a couple. I decided to try and spice things up.

In “Surprise Me,” there are two scenes that came from real life. The one where Josie and Carson are trying to find a place to park and end up at the end of their driveway. One night my husband and I went out and decided to go parking. We were so nervous about getting caught, we ended up at the end of our driveway. The other one is when Josie greets Carson at the door by throwing open her coat wearing next to nothing beneath it. Luckily in real life I hadn’t opened my coat as soon as I opened the door, because it was the neighbor boy.
What project[s] are you working on now? I just finished and sent off Carson and Josie’s twin sons’ story to my editor. I’m waiting to see if I get a contract.
What's up next for you? While I was writing the twin’s story, a female character popped up. I would like to write her story. Both the twins’ and her story are also menages.
Anita brought an excerpt from Surprise Me Again:

"What about you?" Josie said. "Have you ever been married?"
"I was. Years ago. It didn't last."
A flicker of sorrow passed over Josie's eyes. "Can you tell us what happened?" She frowned into her drink. "That is, if you want to."
"It's okay. I married Jessica about…” Hell how long had it been? Where had the time gone? "I guess nearly twenty years ago. Like you, we met in college, fell in love, married. Things were good for a few years."
Josie leaned to her side, allowing the waiter to place a plate before her. Ignoring her food, she folded her hands under chin and kept her attention on him. "What happened?"
"We wanted children. Jessica ached for children. It became an obsession." Eric took one of the large shrimp from the platter in the middle of the table and began peeling it with trembling fingers, giving him a chance to get his emotions under control. Lord, how he'd wanted children, but not enough to end his marriage.
"After a few years when we didn't conceive, we looked for answers. By that time Jessica was convinced she was the problem and fell into a deep depression. Nothing I did helped. She wouldn't agree to see a counselor. My mother finally convinced us to seek a fertilization doctor." Eric threw the shrimp on his plate and took a long swallow of beer. "Turns out I was the problem, not her. Seems those mumps I'd had as a kid did a number on my little swimmers. Killed them all."
"Hell, that's awful, man," Carson said while Josie placed her hand on Eric's.
Their sympathy nearly did him in. He swallowed around the lump in his throat and squeezed his damp eyes.
After all these years, the pain was still buried under his heart only to surface on dark, lonely nights and like now as he recounted the story. They were the first ones he'd opened up to. None of the other people in his threesomes had even cared to ask.
Carson took a sip of his beer. "What happened then?"
"I wanted to adopt. Wanted to create a family with Jessica. It didn't matter if the children were of our blood or not. The doctors had talked about in-vitro. Turns out Jessica didn't feel the same way." He took deep breath and tried to calm his pounding heart. He wiped his palms on his shorts.
"I came home one day with information on adoption and some on in-vitro fertilization only to find her and her stuff gone. She had left me a note, telling me she wanted children from her own body. Wanted to create them naturally. Didn't want to be married to a man who wasn't a man."
"The bitch," Josie said, her eyes filling with tears. "Oops, sorry. I shouldn't have called her that."
"Don't worry. I've called her that and worse."
"How the hell did you handle it?” Carson asked. “I would have been devastated if Josie had done that to me."
"I drank and buried myself in my writing. I wrote my first novel during this time."
"If I recall, that book was rather cutting against women," Carson said.
Eric shook his head and chuckled. "Yeah. I enjoyed killing off my heroine. Coincidentally, she closely resembled my ex."
"Did you get in trouble for it?" Josie asked, peeling her third shrimp.
"Since I use a pen name, I don't think she even knows I write. Besides, she was too busy finding another husband to father her eight children."
Carson choked on his beer. "Eight?"
"Yeah. She really did want kids, but I'm not sure I would have agreed to that many. I was also told she's gained about a hundred pounds." Under Josie's quiet scrutiny, he dropped his gaze to his plate.
"It still hurts, though, doesn't it?" Josie asked.
Eric shrugged. "It's not as bad as it was. I sometimes think about how I could have kids in college or be a grandfather by now."

To learn more about Anita Kidesu and the stories she creates, go to:

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