Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Betting on the Brand New Seven Brides Book from Lizbeth Selvig

Hi GLIAS friends,
It’s been a while since I’ve had the joy and fun of coming to you with a new release. I’m so excited to share the birth of this story—it’s a saga in and of itself.

Betting on Paradise is the fourth book in my series “Seven Brides for Seven Cowboys.” For a little while I wasn’t sure it would see its way to life much less pave the way for the three books I planned to follow it.  The three books that started this series (The Bride Wore Denim, The Bride Wore Red Boots, and The Bride Wore Starlight) have done well but, to be blunt, not well enough for the bean counters at HarperCollins. Since indie-publishing was NEVER on my bucket list, I nearly gave up on my seven book plan and went on to a different kind of novel completely.

But I LOVE this series. Plus, I actually had people who were not my mother begging for the next book – and if you want to know a big truth about authors it’s that one of the things that swells our heads the most is readers asking when the next installment in a series is coming.

So I took up the story and started attaching myself to very smart friends who know a lot about the self-publishing world. Thank Heaven for them. I would have no book without their help.

I did all the things that needed to be done:  hired an editor, secured a copy editor, and found a cover designer. All went well, and I had a lovely cover I adored, until just after I revealed said cover, we discovered a nearly identical, duplicate cover already on a book for sale on Amazon. NO WAY! The books are the same genre and would have shown up at the same place. I had to change it.

Serendipity! My glorious cover artist changed background colors, changed font colors, and changed my heroine’s dress color—and the vote was unanimous. The new cover was better than the first. Here’s the original photo we used. It’s stands out. It pops. But it’s not nearly as pretty as the final product. It makes me happy every time I see it. And it’s perfect for this spring release, for Easter, and for standing out in a crowd!

Tomorrow I’ll talk more about the story between the covers – come back for an interview with my hero, Ty, and my heroine, Grace. Until then, here’s a little more about Betting on Paradise. Welcome back to Paradise Ranch, everyone!!

From birth Grace Crockett has been part of an unbroken set: one-in a million identical triplets. Twenty-six years later, however, feeling unappreciated in her role as part owner of a successful Denver restaurant, Grace longs to break away and fulfill her own dreams. But to do so she must learn to trust in her own judgment.

Small-time poker player Ty Garraway is determined to break his family’s legacy of abuse and abandonment, and give his young daughter a hope for the future he’s never had. But that means taking on the Crocketts—one of the most powerful ranching families in Wyoming—and taking back a part of Paradise Ranch stolen from his family eighty years ago in a poker game he believes was rigged.

Grace’s relentless honesty and devotion to family—not to mention the way she turns him on—has Ty thinking too much with his heart. Ty’s passionate love for his daughter and his encouragement of Grace’s half-baked ideas—not to mention his knee-weakening kisses—has Grace wondering if she’s found her unlikely match in a rough-around-the-edges cowboy. But when Ty’s plans are exposed, can Grace forgive the liar who manipulated her and her family and forgive herself for being duped?

Love has raised the stakes, requiring Ty to bet everything he has to win Grace and his future, but will it be enough?


Ty gave the corner of the sheetrock a pull and a chunk three feet square broke off like limestone and powdered the floor. The space behind the hole was empty.
“Curiouser and curiouser,” said Grace.
“Yeah. What do you think, Alice, do you want to see what’s behind here? A portal to Wonderland? Maybe a doorway to Narnia?”
“You know about Narnia?”
He scowled. “I have a kid, remember? Who reads already and likes to listen to books above her age level. I’ve probably read more children’s stories than you have.”
She nodded in concession. “That’s pretty likely true. But I have read The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe and Alice in Wonderland, so at least I got the references.
He smiled, warmed by the easy camaraderie they suddenly shared. It shouldn’t be that surprising, he supposed. They were searching for treasure together after all. “Well, we’re more like the Goonies than like Peter and Susan,” he said, turning back to the wall and grasping another edge of sheet rock.
“Or Alice, for that matter,” she replied. “Because I’m telling you, if we find something with a tag on it that reads ‘Drink Me,’ it isn’t going to be me who tries it.”
“Why does that not surprise me in the least?” He swiveled his head slightly to glance back and wrinkle his nose. “Grace Crockett, try an unknown substance?”
“Unless it’s a good Scotch.”
A grunting laugh burst from him as he won the battle with another chunk of wallboard. “I think I like you, Miss Grace. You don’t take yourself too seriously.”
This time the snorting laughter came from her. “You’ll never ever convince my sisters of that. And, I admit, one of the reasons I’m okay with pulling this down is that I could never leave that hole in the wall. It would bother me in my sleep.”
Another piece of sheetrock hit the floor.
“Think Big Bang Theory.
“You’re telling me you’re that OCD?”
“I like no mess.”
“Aha. That totally explains why you want to clean this place before you get bids on remodeling.”
“I guess.”
She used her good hand to join him in the demolition. After fifteen minutes, they’d cleared a section of wall about ten feet square. Ty held up his hand to stop them and stepped back.
“Look at that,” he said.
“A second fireplace!” Grace bent and craned her neck to look into the brick firebox. “Somebody covered it up, and really quickly, too.”
“A quick guess is that it was old and drafty, and this was a stopgap to warm up the room.”
They both rocked forward at the same time and stuck their heads into the fireplace. As if they’d choreographed it, Ty turned his head right and Grace turned hers left so they could look up the flue. It was black as a well.
A gentle waft of flowery scent filled his nostrils. Without warning his heartbeat accelerated and he turned slowly back, shocked to meet her eyes just inches from his. Her nose nearly brushed his cheek. He could have kissed her. She didn’t move.
“I think it’s blocked.” Her breath feathered his lips. He couldn’t take his eyes off the action of her mouth as she swallowed.
“What’s this, some kind of new voodoo ceremony?”
The bright, southern-accented voice from behind them made Ty flinch as if he’d been stun gunned. When his forehead crashed into Grace’s she collapsed onto her side, hit her elbow and let out a yelp that ended in a choked sob.
“Grace!” Ty was out of the fireplace and had Grace in his arms before he could even rub the sore spot on his own head. “I’m sorry. So sorry. Your bad elbow—”
“I only bumped it. I’m fine, Ty.” Her forced half smile couldn’t hide the pain in her eyes.
He didn’t look toward the door; he’d recognized the voice. Instead, he bent his head closer to Grace. “We should go have it checked again.”
“Oh for crying out loud. No we should not.”
Grace was first to look at their guests. Ty continued to hold her, unwilling to trust her balance, not wanting to let her go. She felt right and safe in his embrace.
But before he could ask once more if she really was okay, she gasped and wrenched free of his arms.
“Lil!” she said.
 In full-fledged annoyance, Ty turned, too, and met a pair of sparkling brown eyes.
“That looked like it hurt, baby,” Lil said.
“What the hell are you doing here?” Ty shot back.
Grace popped him on the shoulder with a deep scowl and gave the slightest incline of her head toward the door. He looked more carefully. Lucky stepped away from Lil’s side and gave a suspicious little wave.
“Hi, Daddy.”
“You gave Miss Grace a bad bump. I think you should kiss her owie.” She crossed her five-year-old arms and waited.

In this scene, Ty’s daughter, Lucky, an extremely precocious five-year-old, ends up being the smartest person in the room – or at least the most honest. I love including kids and animals in my stories. Just as they say in the movies—they’re usually the ones who steal the limelight. I want to know what baby, child, or animal steals the scenes in your life. Tell me all about your favorite kids and/or pets. I have an e-copy of your choice of any one book from my backlist for a commenter today.

Remember to come back tomorrow for more fun (Ty and Grace answer GLIAS questions) and another giveaway!

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See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

E.E. Burke's Birthday Celebration

"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why." 
Mark Twain

I envy Mr. Twain (aka Samuel Clemens). He figured out his purpose fairly early in life. It took me 50 years to figure out my “why.” 

From the time I was small, I loved telling stories. These included stories I made up in my head to captivate my friends, as well as games of pretend I lured them into playing. At the time, it didn't strike me that I was what one might call a “born storyteller,” but looking back I can clearly see this characteristic emerged early.  

As I struggled over which direction to go with my career, I remember having conversations with family about my interest in writing. I was encouraged to “do something that pays enough to make a living.” So I majored in journalism. After a brief stint with newspapers and a wire service, my path veered off into public relations and advertising. I used my creative gifts to tell other people's stories.

At age 50, I had what some might call a mid-life crisis. I prefer to call it an enlightenment. The “why” question burned in my mind, and I knew that if I planned on ever going after my dream, I had better get busy. 

Ten years have passed since I set out on this path, and I can honestly say I have never looked back. Not everything has worked out the way I imagined or hoped, but the best thing that's come from chasing this crazy dream is that I do finally know the answer to my why

To celebrate, I've put three of my books on sale this week for 99 cents. Each of these stories features a heroine who is pursuing her life's calling. Happy Birthday to me! And thank you for giving me the gift of reading my stories.

On sale through April 1
A Dangerous Passion 
(Steam! Romance and Rails)

Life in a small New England village is too quiet, too ordinary for a free spirit like Lucy Forbes. When her father lands a job out West, she packs her books and her dreams and eagerly sets off to pursue the kind of grand adventures she longs to experience and write about. Yet the moment she steps off the train, she’s thrust into the gritty reality of an untamed frontier and into the arms of a scoundrel.

On sale through April 1 

Santa's Mail-Order Bride
(American Mail-Order Brides)

A schoolteacher plays matchmaker for the local Santa, who also happens to be her brother’s fiercest competitor. She’s the only bride he wants--if he can just convince her they would be the perfect match.

On sale through April 1
Patrick's Charm 
(The Bride Train)

Patrick, an Irish immigrant and disabled Union veteran, sees his luck take a turn for the better after a famous actress literally falls into his arms. Pity she doesn't intend to stay there.

Tell me about a time when  you discovered your passion or pursued a dream, or just figured out the "why." From comments, I'll pull a random winner and gift them with one of the above books, their choice. Don't forget to provide your email.


Monday, March 27, 2017

Harlequin Romantic Suspense Author, Jane Godman!

WELCOME Jane Godman, a first-time guest and multi-published author!  Jane's heart-stopping new miniseries is Sons of Stillwater, where no one is who they seem…

Coincidence? The beauty who washes up on Mayor Cameron Delaney's private beach eerily resembles his dead girlfriend, Carla. But Laurie Carter, Carla's lookalike cousin, is actually an undercover detective. She's on the job, investigating Cameron's connection to a human-trafficking ring. Laurie knows she must keep her cover—but she's struggling to deceive the man she finds irresistible…

When Cameron discovers why Laurie is in town, he's furious to realize he's being framed—and stunned at his sudden feelings for the lovely agent. But as they uncover the traffickers, a savage serial killer targets Laurie. Can Cameron save the life of the woman he's come to care for…and unmask the threat haunting his family and Stillwater?


Jane Godman writes paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne and SMP Swerve, thrillers for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, and self publishes gothic and historical romances.

Jane also writes erotic romance as Amanda Stewart.

Jan Schliesman: Do you ever get lost in your own stories?
Jane Godman: All the time! I often wonder if the people around me in the grocery store know I’m not really deciding on what brand of cereal to buy. If they knew I was deciding whether stabbing or shooting would be the best way to take out a six-foot, musclebound stalker, they might just take a detour around me!  

Jan: Name three things on your desk right now.
Jane: My laptop. I couldn’t survive without it. It’s slowing down a bit now and I should really think about getting a new one, but I can’t face the headache of transferring everything across. My cup of tea. I’m not a huge coffee drinker, but, being English, I’ll fight you like a tiger if you try and take my cuppa away. Finally, at the moment, the third thing is my grandson! He’s sixteen months old and he’ll climb anything. I guess I’m not going to get much work done right now…   

Jan: Do you struggle to find fresh ideas or do they come naturally?
Jane: My problem is trying to stop the ideas! I need to slow down and focus. I have so many things I want to work on at once, but I really have to discipline myself to make sure I meet the deadlines I’ve set. I try and set myself a word count goal each day. If I meet it, my reward is to be able to spend time on something new.

Jan: What do you love most about your latest release?
Jane: Can I say everything? I love the setting. Stillwater, Wyoming is a fictional town. It’s the sort of place where everyone knows everyone else’s business. Or do they? But when a stranger comes to town who is the mirror image of the mayor’s dead girlfriend…well, that gives the gossips plenty to talk about. That’s another thing I love about the story. Because Laurie, the heroine isn’t there by accident. She’s using her likeness to Cameron’s dead girlfriend for a reason. And that breakdown in trust between them right at the start was something I really enjoyed exploring and bring to life on the page.  

Jan: What are you currently reading?
Jane: The Moth Catcher by Anne Cleeves. I love her books. She has a way with words and sets the scene so beautifully, plus the stories are so well crafted.

Jan: Do you believe in love at first sight?
Jane: I really do, and not just in my books. It’s never happened to me, but I think love comes in many forms. It can grow out of friendship and build over time, or it really can be that hit-you-between-the-eyes feeling that comes out of nowhere. I don’t believe one is better than the other, or lasts longer. All love stories are unique and comparing them is like trying to compare snowflakes.    

Jan: If you had the skills to be in any other profession, what would it be?
Jane: Well, I was a teacher for most of my adult life and now I’m a writer. I’d have loved the chance to have been an artist. Aside from the fact that I have no talent, I’m not really sure what’s stopping me!

Jan: Best vacation you’ve ever taken?
Jane: A cruise around the Mediterranean and the Adriatic. It was wonderfully laid back but we also visited some wonderful places, including Venice, Athens and Santorini.     

Jan’s GOTTA ASK: My hubby works for Tombstone/DiGiorno. What do you like on your pizza?

Jane’s GOTTA ANSWER: LOTS of pepperoni. 

                                       Find Jane Godman:

UP NEXT: The second Sons of Stillwater book, The Soldier’s Seduction, will be published in July 2017.

THANKS SO MUCH, Jane, for sharing your writing world with us!
Jane is giving away FIVE autographed copies of Covert Kisses!  (Open to International readers) Please leave a reply to this question in the comments: 

In the story, Laurie is from a big city and Cameron comes from a small town. What's your preference, and why?

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