Thursday, July 29, 2021

Dance to a Wylder Beat

 Wild Women Authors focus on Dance to a Wylder Beat, the latest addition to the Wylder West series from Wild Rose Press, written by Marilyn Barr.

          Nartan Sagebrush's name may mean "to dance" in Arapaho, but he dances in secret. Forced to abandon his Shamanic apprenticeship, he is overwhelmed with homesteader life, and even his spirit guides are at their wit's end. Nartan takes fate into his own hands. Instead of divine intervention, a wife will help with his responsibilities and in assimilating into the Wylder community. 

          Olive Muegge answers Nartan's "wife wanted" advertisement.  Wildly independent she has secretly dreamed of a family to call her own. The secret she carries inside makes her an outcast and her wild ways don't fit the quiet wife Nartan thinks he desires.

          Despite their differences, they are drawn to each other but a mistake may drive them apart.  Will Nartan embrace his Shamanic past to save them both or will he choose to rid himself of Olive forever?


When I turn back, the men are wrestling in a cloud of dust. Dead Eyes’ friends hoot like owls while a small crowd gathers around the scene. Being half-drunk, Dead Eyes is two steps slower than Nartan, who is landing punches on both sides. When Dead Eyes slams his gun on the ground in surrender, the dust settles, and I can study my future husband.

Nartan’s muscular body straddles the smaller man while his broad chest billows. His hat has blown off in the scuffle, revealing two thick black braids adorned with feathers. Tendrils of raven-black hair wave around his head.

“Quiet wife for a quiet life” my bloomin’ butt. This man is a sweet lick of passion wrapped in a delicious exterior. I think I’m gonna like being Mrs. Sagebrush just fine. I can handle an odd stick as long as he has the countenance of Nartan because I’m not as normal as I appear myself.


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A bit about our focus author:

Marilyn Barr currently resides in the wilds of Kentucky with her

husband, son, and rescue cats. She has a diverse background containing experiences as a child prodigy turned medical school reject, published microbiologist, special education/inclusion science teacher, homeschool mother of a savant, certified spiritual/energy healer, and advocate for the autistic community. This puts her in the position to bring tales containing heroes who are regular people with different ability levels and body types, in a light where they are powerful, lovable, and appreciated.


When engaging with the real world, she is collecting characters,

empty coffee cups, and unused homeschool curricula. She is a sucker (haha) for cheesy horror movies, Italian food, punk music, black cats, bad puns, and all things witchy.


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Monday, July 19, 2021

She Wakes the Night

           . . . A healer. A mysterious Untouchable. And a music-loving dragon must pay the price of hiding deadly secrets . . .

Wild Women Authors features author Darcy Carson and She Wakes the Night, Book 3 in the Dragons Return series, published by the Wild Rose Press, Fantasy Rose line. We’ll begin the festivities with heroine Trell Langois.  

Good morning, Trell. Tell us where you’re from. A town called Brenalin.

Tell us a bit about She Wakes the Night. It’s about me escaping a thousand-year-old curse. Being trapped as a tree wasn’t on my bucket list, but now I am able to my work as a healer. I’m traveling with my dragon, Torkel, looking for new cures to help others and on the way meet Gren, an unfortunate soul who suffers from a dreadful disease.

What did you think the first time you saw Gren Oyg Har? He was an Untouchable, a person afflicted with an incurable disease, think leprosy. He was being stoned by townspeople who wanted him to leave. 

What was your second thought? I’m a healer…maybe I could cure him. Or at least observe him and find a cure.

Did you feel it was love at first sight? No, more empathy than anything.

What do you like most about Gren? His unwavering attitude. Of course, I didn’t know [then] that he was in disguise.

How would you describe him? Before or after I discovered the truth? Handsome is only good on the outside. It’s what inside that counts.

How would Gren describe you? Bossy. I tried to order him around.

What made you choose to become a healer for your life’s work? I always had the aptitude and after being caught in a wayward spell as a tree for a thousand years, I was eager to see what lay around the next corner.

What is your biggest fear? Probably fire…something left over from eons as a tree.

How do you relax? When Gren plays his flute. I love listening to him.

Who is your favorite fictional character? Dragons…hee, hee, very few know that they’re real.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received? When Gren said love me.

Thanks, Trell. It’s nice to meet the person behind the character in the book. Now we’d like to spend time with Darcy.

What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer? Probably Jurassic Park. The special effects were absolutely believable.

What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? Don’t laugh…leporosy always scared me as a kid. I think I read James Mitchner’s Hawaii and a character developed it. Writing She Wakes the Night I did a lot of research into the disease and it actually helped get over my fear.

Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? A friend, Pam Binder, was contracted with The Wild Rose Press, Inc. and she encouraged me to submit the first book in the Dragons Return Series.

What book[s] currently rest on your TBR pile? Two by Christine Feehan.

Lastly, what's up next and when can we expect to see it on the shelves? My current WIP is the fourth book in the Dragons Return series—Dragon of the Desert, about Kizzire, a female dragon who wants to be human. She has a lot to turn and so do I about dragons.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Backup Offer

When a second chance means a do-over for everyone

Wild Women Authors focus is on Backup Offer, Book 9 in Liz Crowe’s Stewart Realty series, a July 2021 release by Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

After Blair ended things with Brandis, she was determined to get away--and stay away from him for good. She put family, friends, and the life she knew in Michigan in her rear view mirror and started over. As owner and head chef of her own place in Louisville, she stays plenty busy, especially since “Blair’s Kitchen” is the darling of the restaurant scene. She’s managed to avoid Michigan for almost a decade, but when her best friend needs her help, she drops everything and heads home.

Brandis has spent the last ten years coming to terms with addiction, personal tragedy, and the loss of the woman he loved. He’s now the third generation to run his family’s construction business, and he’s managed to reconstruct tattered relationships with his family. He’s even adopted a dog, thanks to some donated renovation time spent at an animal shelter. He’s got everything he needs—except a for one thing.

When the contractor she paid to build her restaurant’s expansion vanishes, leaving her with a giant mess, Blair only hesitates a moment before calling Brandis for help. But when he rushes to her side to evaluate the crisis, there isn’t an available room in a twenty mile radius. So they settle in to a routine—her, her one-time boyfriend, and his giant, slobbering dog in her small house. It doesn’t take long for the temptation of close proximity to give way, and while Blair tries to keep it all physical, Brandis has other ideas.


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Thursday, July 8, 2021

The Inventor's Heart

            Alex Davis has just returned to Pike's Run, Texas, from Yale with a fabulous invention that could revolutionize the use of electricity. He can't wait to show his work to his family and his dearest friend in the world, Julia Forrester. But from the first day he arrives home, Julia avoids him. He doesn't understand and tries everything he can think of to spend time with her, but he fails.

Julia Forrester has loved Alex Davis since their school days. He was her confidante and her champion whenever she struggled with her studies. She helped him with his inventions, spending as many of her free hours as possible with him. She'd thought he'd loved her, but when he went off to college without her, her heart broke. And the infrequency of his letters proved his feelings didn't match hers. Now that he has returned, she is determined to move on with her life. She has written a symphony, and she won't let past hopes and dreams overtake her again.

But Alex won't give up, and when Julia confesses the reason for her distant attitude, the "Genius of Pike's Run" realizes his stupidity. He is in love with Julia and will now move Heaven and Earth to have her. But he is battling more than her distrust. Julia has another reason to keep away from Alex, and he sets out to fix it. Will the "genius" be able to prove his theory?


Kara O’Neal offers her thoughts on bringing The Inventor’s Heart to life:  

I’m so excited and immensely humbled that I get to share The Inventor’s Heart with y’all. This story was truly a labor of love.

My heroine, Julia Forrester, is dyslexic. Now, the book takes place in 1885, so they didn't call it that back then. A doctor in Germany termed it "word blindness".  I'm a special education teacher, and Julia's story is very dear to my heart. Her feelings of uselessness, of embarrassment, etc., are what my students battle every day. I shed tears while writing this book, let me tell you.

As luck would have it, sweet Julia is in love with the town genius, Alex Davis. But when she realizes he loves her in return, she gets scared. She feels her academic weaknesses would be a burden to him and rejects his proposal. Which causes Alex to take on the fight of his life, proving to Julia that she is, in fact, quite brilliant.

This was the book I was writing when my publisher went out of business a year ago. You can imagine the sadness I felt, as Alex and Julia's story is VERY important to me. I wanted this one in the hands of readers so badly. But now, I didn't know what to do...

I wondered if I should keep writing. I agonized over it, because I wasn't sure if I could publish a book on my own. And, quite frankly, I wasn't sure if I was even doing the right thing. Writing takes time. As does publishing. Then marketing. Well...that job never stops. I also had my day job to contend with, which can be pretty demanding. And writing takes time away from my family. So, I wondered if it was all worth it.

And then, about one month after my publisher went out of business, something happened...My fabulous editor sent me the following message: "I wanted to thank you. I've struggled with reading all my life and your book got me to thinking about color again. I discovered I can actually change the color of the page in Word. I finally figured out a way to make editing easier for me. But it helps with my writing, as well. I actually look forward to writing now!"

My joy was immense, let me tell you. I mean, I have tears now reading this. Goodness! So...her message sealed it for me. I was going to figure out how to self-publish come Hell or high water.

Here’s an excerpt from The Inventor’s Heart:

“You don’t want to stay here with me? Why?” Alex tried to calm his rising anger, but hurt at her obvious want to escape him overruled his will. “You prefer to be caught under the mistletoe and kissed by every fellow in town?”

Julia reared back. “I want no such thing!” she declared, trying to tug her hand free of his.

He would not let go. “Could’ve fooled me. Fitzsimmons practically had you off your feet. And Hollister is married and lingered entirely too long when he grabbed you.”

With force, she tried to yank free, but he was having none of it.

“It’s just a game,” she argued with a scowl. “I didn’t plan it, and I can’t control how any of the men kiss me.” She lifted her chin. “Besides, it’s all in good fun.”

Fun? Every embrace had torn him inside out. “None of them should have touched you. You’re my friend.”

“What does that mean?” she asked, her voice rising. “I belong to you?”

He almost shouted the affirmative, but he controlled the overwhelming feeling of possession. Instead, he kept quiet, not knowing how to explain his statement.

“You’ve been gone for five years, and I have other friends. Am I supposed to sit on a shelf waiting for you to come home?” She glared up at him.

Was she considering stepping out with someone? Jealousy roared inside him. “You think another man is better for you than me?”

“Emmet might have swept me off my feet, but at least he paid attention to me, at least he seemed to be interested in me, at least—”

Unable to take her compliments of another man a second longer, he yanked her forward and slammed his lips on hers. As desire engulfed him, he plundered her mouth, snaking an arm around her waist and pulling her up against him.

She moaned, and the sound spurred him on. He shoved his tongue inside, demanding she open for him, needing to prove that he was the man she wanted. He turned her and shoved her up against the wall, and she let out a whimper as she ran her fingers through his hair.

A shudder went through him, and he drank from her, never wanting to let her go. How had he not understood that her arms were his safe place? Why hadn’t he ever realized his best friend could set him on fire? His heart pounded hard, echoing in his ears and making him sing with life.


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Born and raised in Texas, I had to make the state the setting for my first series. From the food to the fun, like floating the rivers, it is the fire in my blood that inspires me. My family and friends take center stage in my books. My sisters and best friends are my heroines, and my husband created my favorite hero. Love and family are the point of my stories, and I seek to entertain, relieve stress, and inspire people. Books can take one on a journey that one can relive over and over. I am extremely grateful to those authors who did that very thing for me. I learned and I fell in love with their words and characters. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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Friday, July 2, 2021

Death by Sample Size

The last thing swimwear sales exec Holly Schlivnik expected was to discover ruthless buying office big wig Bunny Frank’s corpse trussed up like a Thanksgiving turkey with a bikini stuffed down her throat. When Holly’s colleague is arrested for Bunny’s murder, the wise-cracking, irreverent amateur sleuth jumps into action to find the real killer. Nothing turns out the way Holly thinks it will as she matches wits with a wily killer hellbent for revenge.

 Wild Women Authors features author Susie Black who is celebrating the recent release of Death by Sample Size, Book 1 in her Holly Swimsuit Mystery series. With her is Holly Schlivnik who will go first.

Thanks for taking time out of your schedule, Holly. Why don’t we start with you telling us a bit about Death by Sample Size. It is the story of how I, a Los Angeles-based ladies’ swimwear sales exec discover ruthless buying office big-wig Bunny Frank’s corpse in an elevator trussed up like a Thanksgiving turkey with a bikini shoved down her throat. When my colleague Sonia Wilson is wrongly accused of the murder, I put on my sleuthing hat and jump into action to find the real killer. Nothing turned out the way I thought it would as I matched wits with a wily killer hellbent on revenge.

What made you choose ladies’ apparel sales for a career? My author Susie Black kinda made that decision for me. Personally, if I had my choice I’d have been an either an astronaut or a standup comic. Okay, just yanking your chain. Truthfully, I had a career in journalism planned, but life had its own idea and took me down a different road. My sales rep dad asked me to help out at a trade show and I did so well, he offered me a job and the rest, as they say, is history.

Knowing what you know now, if you had it to do over again, would you stick with sales or do something different? I would stick with being a sales exec. It is an exciting and challenging career. The only limitations are the ones I put on myself.

What is your biggest fear? That my author will grow tired of me telling her how to write the story and she write me out.

Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Nancy Drew. I see a lot of myself in how Nancy gets herself into and out of trouble while sleuthing.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received? To always believe in myself, trust my gut, and never let anyone crush my dreams.

Thanks for this, Holly. Now we’d like to chat with Susie.

Which writer or character[s], from either books or movies, [or both] have had a major impact on your writing? The late, great cozy mystery author Joan Hess had a major impact on my writing. Her irreverence and wise-cracking way of commenting on society’s foibles via her characters is something I’ve emulated.

The irreverence and wise-cracks came through loud and clear. With regard to research, where did you start for this novel? People and life itself is where I started. Like the protagonist in Death by Sample Size, I am a ladies’ swimwear sales exec. I have kept a daily journal throughout my career that documented the interesting, zany, sometimes challenging people I’ve met and the crazy situations I’ve gotten into and out of. The characters and plot are based on real people and an incident that I embellished on.  

Did that lead you down different paths, thereby changing the original concept? In a tangential way, yes as I added an additional motive for the murder that was not originally there.  

Tell us a bit about your publisher. The Wild Rose Press is a fifteen-year-old small independent publisher.

How did you hear about them? Through an author colleague.

 What influenced your decision to submit to them? They accepted submissions from un-agented authors and they are a female-owned company.

 How is the submission process? I submitted a query and followed their requirements.

 What is the turn-around time from date of query to date of release? The turnaround time was as they depicted it to be; within a year of signing the contract. I signed the contract last August and Death by Sample Size was released for publication June 9th of this year.

What are you reading right now? I am doing something I would not recommend. I am reading two books at one time: Undercover in Venice Beach by Melody De Blois  and Eat Your Heart Out by Shirley Goldberg.

What's next for you? I am in the process of editing book number two in the Holly Swimsuit Mystery Series and fingers crossed, hope it will be out sometime late next spring.

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Monday, June 28, 2021

Promises to Keep

           Sometimes a leap of faith can cost you everything…

        An empath who feels only the negative emotions of others, Ava Tiernan has lived a life of self-imposed isolation. Circumstances force her to put her trust in Vincent Everett, the leader of Echo Company, a special ops unit consisting of soldiers with unusual abilities. But when she needs his help the most, he doesn’t believe her and leaves her alone and defenseless against a man determined to exploit her.

After a mission goes sideways, leaving one of his men seriously injured, Captain Vincent Everett has one goal: find out who set up his team and why. When he discovers Ava is the reason his team was ambushed and has been kidnapped by a rogue government agent, he risks everything to save her.

Now he has one chance to make things right for his team, one chance to keep Ava safe, and one last chance to prove he’ll never let her down.

 Wild Women Authors welcomes back indie author Katherine Grey who is celebrating the release of the latest book in her Echo Company series, Promises to Keep. Along with Katherine is medical researcher Dr. Ava Tiernan who will go first.  

Good morning, Dr. Tiernan. Let’s start with where you’re from. I was born and spent my early childhood in San Francisco. After that we moved around a lot depending on where my father could find work.

Tell us a bit about Promises to Keep.  I am an empath who feels the negative emotions of others. I was being held in Colombia by a rebel leader and was rescued by members of Echo Company, an elite special-ops military unit and brought back to the United States. Unfortunately high level government operatives sought to exploit my ability by kidnapping me. Captain Vince Everett from Echo Company kept me safe while searching for the person responsible for my abduction.

What did you think the first time you saw Vince Everett? The very first time I saw him, I thought he’d come to kill me.

Given what you’d been through already, that seems logical. What was your second thought? That he was much more than the hardened military operator he  wanted everyone to believe.

Was it love at first sight? Not at all. I thought he viewed me as just one more mission objective to achieve.

What do you like most about him? He’s willing to put everything on the line for those he cares about.

How would you describe him? Trustworthy, loyal, honorable and kind are the first things that come to mind, but he’s so much more than that. And there’s the fact that’s also drool worthy. Don’t tell him I said that though.

How would he describe you? I’m sure the first thing he would say is that I’m stubborn. I hope he’d also say I was brave.

What made you choose the medical research as a career? I hate my ability to absorb the negative emotions of others so I went into the medical research field in hopes I could find a way to rid myself of it. 

 How do you relax? I don’t do much relaxing. I’d rather spend any free time I have in the lab conducting experiments.

Who is your favorite fictional character? I guess you could say Rapunzel. After you read Promises to Keep, you’d understand why.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received? I’m not sure this is advice I received, just what I learned throughout my life – Expect the worst and you’ll never be disappointed.

Thanks for spending time with us, Ava. Now we’d like to chat with Katherine.

What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer? I love any movie or book that tugs at my emotions. I aspire to be able to do that with my own stories.

Tell us a bit about your publisher: I’m a self-published author. This is my second indie published book.

What book[s] currently rest on your TBR pile? At the top is Jackson by Emily March, right below that is Ten Things I Hate About The Duke by Loretta Chase and below that is Chilled To The Cone by Ellie Alexander – this is the 12th book in Ms. Alexander’s Bakeshop mystery series.

Lastly, what's up next and when can we expect to see it on the shelves? Next up is Until You (this is a tentative title and may change), the third book in the Echo Company series. It is scheduled to be released in November 2021.

 Katherine brought an excerpt from Promises to Keep: 

It was understood every mission Echo Company undertook was off the books and if caught, they’d be disavowed by Uncle Sam. Everyone involved knew it, accepted it, but there was something about this OP, something that with the clarity of hindsight seemed just a little bit hinky. The intel regarding where they could find the good doctor was wrong, not to mention the little fact they were told she was a man. They’d been told there hadn’t been any rebel sightings for months within a fifty mile radius and ended up walking right into an ambush.

        Vince clamped down on the anger that threatened to resurface. He needed to get to the rendezvous point. And he needed to get there fast. He adjusted the weight of the unconscious woman he carried over his shoulder. There was no telling how long their escape would go unnoticed and until he met up with the rest of the team, he had no way of knowing if they made it out of the compound.

        He moved down the side of the building, doing his best to keep to the shadows though it was damn hard with sodium vapor lights at regular intervals lighting up the night like a god damn carnival. He eyed the hard packed earth between his present position and the next building. It was a good twenty feet of open space.

        The woman began to stir, using his back to try and lever herself upward. He placed a hand on her ass and she froze--just as he intended. He’d never threaten an innocent woman or intentionally frighten one, but if it kept her from fighting him right now, he was willing to do it.

        He felt her chest expand and knew trouble was brewing. He flipped her off his shoulder into the dirt. Covering her mouth with one hand, he planted his knee beside her hip. He pointed the gun at her, high enough to be sure she saw it. “Don’t make a sound,” he said in a low tone.

        Music and raucous laughter spilled into the silence from the cantina at the far end of the compound. If she screamed all hell would break lose and his odds of getting out of Colombia outside a body bag would plummet to zero.

        She nodded and he lifted his hand a scant few inches from her mouth.

        “Why are you doing this? Who are you?” she whispered.

        “Believe it or not, I’m trying to get us both out of here in one piece.”

        She opened her mouth to say something more and he held up his hand. “Save the questions for later.” He lifted her to her feet. “You make even a peep, I’ll shoot you without a second thought. Got it?”

        Ava nodded. She had no doubt that he’d do just that.

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Monday, June 21, 2021

Under the Apple Blossoms

           Under The Apple Blossoms, a Redford Falls Story, Book 3

 A tragic accident tore them apart. She left him behind and broke his heart. Is he strong enough to risk it again?

Police officer, Tyler Kringle, keeps his heart locked behind bars. His first and only love, Maripier Nadeau, left Redford Falls many years ago after a family tragedy. She moved on, leaving him to pick up the shattered pieces of his heart.

But now Maripier is home to care for her father and to attend a dedication ceremony in her mother’s honour. Her return rattles Tyler’s cage, causing old emotions to resurface. Once he discovers the truth from the past, can he reclaim the love of his life and lock-down their future before she leaves again?


Glancing in the rearview mirror, she lifted her foot to let the vehicle slow. Stupid. Fleeing the accident and speeding away from the police was a rash judgment call. The kind officer seemed quite taken with her car, and the pony warranted the enthusiasm. The policeman, whose tall, fit body filled out his uniform, had short dark brown hair with layers blending into the top.

She sensed a strange pull toward him, and when he removed his sunglasses and she looked into his eyes, she understood the attraction. It took only a second to make the connection. The hot police officer was none other than the ex she left behind so many years ago.

The revelation soured their casual banter. Seeing Tyler stole her breath, and the clear blue sky turned dark and stormy. Thankfully, he hadn’t recognized her. Maripier expected to see him at some point, but not within minutes of arriving. Taken aback, she ran. Just like before.

 About Darlene Fredette

Darlene resides on the Atlantic Coast of Canada where the summers are too short and the winters are too long. An avid reader since childhood, Darlene loved to develop the many stories coming to life in her head. She writes contemporary romances with a focus on plot-driven page-turners. When not working on her next book, she can be found with her husband, her daughter, and her yellow Labrador. Darlene’s favourite pastime is taking summer day-trips to the Valley to soak in the small-town feel.

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 Other Books by Darlene Fredette:

*Law of Attraction,

*Twist of Faith,

*Hershey’s Choice,

*His Candy Christmas,

*Kissed By Winter,

*A Recipe For Forever.