Saturday, September 20, 2014

ENCHANTED BY AN EMERALD

THE EMERALD'S LEGEND
The Brigonne Emerald was brought to England during the Crusades. It is known to have been split into three pieces in the eighteenth century.  The popular legend is that the pieces will only fall into the hands of people who need them—people who will use the stones for good.  However, those who have actually owned the gem know there is more to the legend: the gem reveals the face of the owner’s true love.

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A KNIGHT TO REMEMBER by Catherine Kean
Where is the emerald in your story?
The emerald is framed in gold and hung on a gold chain. The heroine, a medieval lady, finds it under crushed plants, close to where she finds a naked, unconscious man.
CATHERINE'S QUICK FACTS
favorite "emerald" city? Oz
Kelly or emerald green?  Emerald
diamonds or emeralds? Emeralds
hiking boots or stilettos? Stilettos

HER PIRATE FROM THE PAST by Caro Carson
Where is the emerald in your story?
The captain of a pirate ship wears the pendant around his neck. By the end of the story, it’s been shattered into three pieces which turn up in interesting ways in the novellas that follow.
CARO'S QUICK FACTS
favorite "emerald" city? Dublin, Ireland
Kelly or emerald green?  Kelly—my mom bought me “Kelly green” ribbons when I was little
diamonds or emeralds? Emeralds
hiking boots or stilettos? I wore combat boots as an Army officer, and I have to admit they are comfortable, if not fashionable.

WHEN WE GET TO PARIS by T. Elliott Brown
Where is the emerald in your story?
The hero carries his family’s “lucky green stone” as an American soldier in World War II Europe. Through the story, it changes hands a couple of times, but it's always present.
T. ELLIOTT'S QUICK FACTS
favorite "emerald" city? Green Cove Springs, Florida, a beautiful little town on the St. Johns River with—you guessed it— lots of natural springs.
Kelly or emerald green?  Have to go with emerald.
diamonds or emeralds? diamonds
hiking boots or stilettos? I’m not averse to wearing stilettos, but I can’t live in them. So, I’ll have to say hiking boots.

EMERALD INTRIGUE by Wynter Daniels
Where is the emerald in your story?
Miami, Florida, present day, hidden in a trinket box that the heroine intends to sell in her thrift shop.
WYNTER'S QUICK FACTS
favorite "emerald" city? Miami, of course.  
Kelly or emerald green? Emerald!
diamonds or emeralds? Emeralds. The stone is this girl’s birthstone.
hiking boots or stilettos? Well, if only I didn’t have foot problems, my answer would be an easy stilettos. But alas, hiking boots it is.

WHAT TO KEEP by Nancy Robards Thompson
Where is the emerald in your story?
Emma Conrad returns to tiny Iris Island, Florida, with her New York life in shambles. Her piece of the gem washes up from the sea, like an unusual piece of sea glass.
NANCY'S QUICK FACTS
Favorite "emerald" city? New York, New Orleans and Paris. They may not be traditionally "emerald," but I find all three places magical.
Kelly or emerald green?  Emerald green
Diamonds or emeralds? Both. I never met a jewel I didn't like.
Hiking boots or stilettos? Both. I'm a girly girl, but I LOVE to walk/hike and it's difficult to do that in stilettos.

FORTUNE’S FOOL by Mimi Wells
Where is the emerald in your story?
Felicity Reeves is fighting through a series of misfortunes when she’s given a “lucky stone” from her cousin Savannah Oglethorpe, the heroine of Caro Carson’s Her Pirate from the Past. As far as Felicity knows, the green rock is just that—a rock. Little does she know it’s not only a precious gemstone, but it’s also the force that will change both her luck and her love life.
MIMIS' QUICK FACTS
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favorite "emerald" city? Seattle. It’s so different from where I live, so it’s endlessly intriguing.
Kelly or emerald green?  Emerald
diamonds or emeralds? Opals, actually.
hiking boots or stilettos? Neither—I’m a barefoot girl!

CHARMED BY THE THIEF by Katherine Garbera
Where is the emerald in your story?
The emerald is in three modern-day locations, but my heroine is based in London.  Most of the story is set there.
KATHERINE'S QUICK FACTS
Favorite "emerald" city? Seattle is my favorite emerald city.  I love the food there and the vibe of the city.
I’m hoping to visit Dublin soon so that might change! J
Kelly or emerald green?  Emerald green
Diamonds or emeralds? I’m not partial to either.  I like them both!!!
Hiking boots or stilettos? Stilettos but my husband likes to hike so I have hiking boots too!

ANGI: Emeralds are known to make the wearer more successful, clever, funny and to be an aphrodisiac. Without spoilers, can you tell us if and how you took advantage of any superstitions in your novella?
 
CATHERINE K: The beautiful emerald in my novella has a legend attached to it, that it unites soul mates. That’s the unifying element that brings all of the couples together in the Enchanted by an Emerald anthology.

CARO: Captain Jonas Black, a pirate in 1740, is mesmerized by the vision of the woman he sees in the emerald, so I would say the aphrodisiac quality came into play.  Jonas is certain he’ll keep his resolve to use the emerald to pay a debt of honor to his brother, but when the vision becomes a real woman who drops into his life from the year 2014, his willpower is put to the test.

TERESA: I didn't really use any of the superstitions about emerald in WHEN WE GET TO PARIS. The story's hero, Henry Stewart, is devastatingly handsome, witty, charming, sensitive, brave and irresistible, with or without his emerald.

WYNTER: I wouldn’t say I took advantage of any of those superstitions, but I will say that having possession of the magical stone certainly enhanced the attraction that Jack and Natalie felt toward each other. Before the stone came into their lives, Natalie had been holding back, but when she finally allowed herself to feel something for Jack, the aphrodisiac effect definitely came into play!

NANCY: WHAT TO KEEP is a reunion story. When the heroine discovers the stone, it definitely acts as an aphrodisiac. It also gives her clarity when she's trying to sort out her future.

MIMI: Absolutely! Both my hero and heroine have had a run of bad luck—stuck on the bottom of Dame Fortune’s wheel, they’d say. The emerald reveals their instant, hot connection and gives them both a lucky break.

KATHERINE G: TO CHARM A THIEF is a caper.  The stone is tied to my heroine and her family.  Her father has spent his entire life trying to retrieve the stone. Jules doesn’t really believe in the legend at first, she just wants the stone to thwart her father.  But once Devlin enters the picture, the stakes change.

ANGI: What circumstances or who inspired the hero for Emerald Intrigue?

CATHERINE K: I need only look at photos of Viggo Mortensen (from Lord of the Rings) or Richard Armitage to see inspiration for my hero in terms of his darkly handsome appearance. J  For his character, I had no direct inspiration—although for some time, I’d been thinking about a story of a naked man found in the forest by a lady. I took that idea and asked why he was left for dead, who would do that to him, and my plot unfolded from there.

CARO: I carefully—oh, so carefully—studied photos of pirates from Errol Flynn to Jack Sparrow to Hook on “Once Upon a Time,” but none looked as gritty and tough as I believe a real captain would have to be.  I found the right kind of model in the artwork for the Assassin’s Creed “Black Flag” video game, however. Physically fit, heavily armed, constantly on the lookout for both danger and opportunity?  Perfect!  Let’s drop a woman into his arms from three centuries in the future and see what happens.

TERESA: I researched the archives of WW2 soldiers’ accounts that are now available on-line. These histories were all inspiring, but I found three soldiers’ stories that fit my plot line. Those soldier’s names are mentioned in my Dear Reader Letter at the end of the novella. I don’t want to give away Henry and Simone’s journey, but the major events are based on actual accounts.

WYNTER: Sounds corny, but my husband is always in the back of my mind whenever I write a law enforcement type of hero. Jack, though, is a wounded hero, one of my favorite kinds to write.
NANCY: I love reunion stories. They're my favorite ones to write. I'm also obsessed with the TV show REVENGE. I modeled Sawyer Sullivan after Nick Wechsler, who plays Jack Porter on the show.

MIMI:  I enjoy reading about alpha men, but I’m too hardheaded to actually be in a relationship with one—we’d do nothing but argue! On the other hand, I’ve always loved artistic men, the ones brimming with wit and ideas, the fun ones who stimulate your mind as well as your body. Guys like this are often overlooked in the genre despite their sex appeal and intelligence and innovative, er, moves. Artistic hottie + creative brain = peel you off the sheets wow!
KATHERINE G: I love the movie “To Catch a Thief,” so when we were talking about jewels the first thing that popped into my mind was a jewel thief.  And since Jules was going to be stealing gems, Devlin had to be the guy who wanted to catch her.  I modeled him after Daniel Craig’s James Bond: suave when he has to be, physical all the time and a little bit broken when it comes it relationships.

ANGI: Is your hero superstitious? believe in lucky charms? or that destiny is set?

CATHERINE: He isn’t superstitious, but he’s intrigued by possibility and the legend that the stone can unite soul mates. In my story, he finds that the legend is definitely true. J

CARO: My hero must face the destiny question directly, since the heroine is from the future and knows how the famous pirate comes to his end.  I don’t want to give any spoilers, but imagine if someone knew what happened to you.  Would you want him or her to tell you?

TERESA: Like most soldiers in war, Henry Stewart holds on to his lucky charm and believes that it really is helping him.

WYNTER: Jack isn’t superstitious at first, until he notices that the emerald glows with Natalie’s image, which quickly makes him a believer. Doesn’t hurt that he’s wanted her for a while!

NANCY: Sawyer has never stopped loving Emma. Even though it seems as if life is determined to keep them apart, he believes they are destined to be together.

MIMI: My hero, Wyatt, is used to creating his own worlds. As a graphic artist, he’s more comfortable when he’s in control of his work, but since he’s come down with the world’s worst case of artist’s block, he’ll try pretty much anything to get his pencils moving again. In steps Felicity with that lucky stone and…

KATHERINE G: Devlin is a former Interpol agent so he’s not ruling out anything that comes up in an investigation.  Also, his family believes strongly in the power of love, so he’s keeping an open mind.

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UP NEXT BY CARO CARSON:
NOT JUST A COWBOY
September 2014
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UP NEXT BY NANCY ROBARDS THOMPSON:
A CELEBRATION CHRISTMAS
Celebrations, Inc.
October 2014

UP NEXT BY WYNTER DANIELS:
THE SURROGATE HUSBAND
November 2014 

UP NEXT BY T. ELLIOTT BROWN:
LIARS, CHEATER AND OTHER LOVERS
December 2014
UP NEXT BY MIMI WELLS:
STARTING AT ZERO
Tule Publishing’s Holiday Imprint

July 2015


UP NEXT BY KATHERINE GARBERA:
FOR HER SON’S SAKE
October 2014
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RAFFLECOPTER DRAWING on Tuesday 9-23

ANGI'S back Wednesday with
SHARON SALA
UP NEXT ON GLIAS:  Angela Quarles
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OUR QUESTION FOR READERS:
Some of the heroes and heroines in these stories accept the visions they see in the emerald. Others cannot believe what they see with their own eyes.  Do you think you’d be a believer or a skeptic if it happened to you?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Welcome to Soul Mate Author Anna James!



I'm so happy to introduce you to Anna James, who's book "Keeping her Guilty Secret" --Book 1 in the Forever Yours Trilogy is new from Soul Mate Publishing. Welcome to Get Lost in a Story Anna!

MEET ANNA
Anna James writes contemporary stories with strong, confident heroes and heroines who conquer life’s trials and live happily ever after.  She has been writing professionally since 2010, is a member of RWA, CTRWA (Connecticut Romance Writers of America), CORW (Charter Oak Romance Writers) and RWA Contemporary Romance Writers. Publishing credits include two category length novels, five novellas and one short story.
Anna is married to a wonderful husband who spends countless hours picking up the slack around the house so she can pursue her dream of writing, and is the proud mother of five fabulous children.
Although she’s lived in several locations throughout her life she now calls Connecticut home. When not writing, she can be found spending time with family and friends.

A LITTLE ABOUT KEEPING HER GUILTY SECRET

A secret she must keep… A man she can’t resist

Passion ignites between Nicole Bradford and Max Paradis the moment they lay eyes on each other, but despite the sizzling attraction and Max’s to-die-for-kisses, Nicole is reluctant to get involved. She’s been burned by love before.
Carlo had been her ideal mate but the dream became a nightmare when his drug smuggling past was revealed.
Now all Nicole wants is to get on with her life and keep the secret she’s been hiding for the last six years.
Still, how can she resist the handsome and sexy Max when he’s everything she’s ever wanted in a man? And what will she do when Carlo returns and threatens to expose her ugly past?
Nicole will have to trust Max with the truth if she wants to win his love and get Carlo out of her life for good. If she doesn’t Carlo could destroy everything that matters most to her.
EXCERPT
Nicole finished tying an apron around her waist as she rushed toward the table. “What can I get for you this evening?”
The man lowered his menu.
Nicole started to sweat. No! It can’t be. But, oh god, it was. She’d recognize him anywhere with his black, slicked-back hair and dark aviator sunglasses, the gold rope chains draped around his thick neck and the long-sleeved shirt with the top four buttons undone to showcase his wide, hairy chest.
“Carlo.”
“Hello, baby. Long time no see.”
Not long enough. “What do you want?”
His eyes wandered down her body, back up, and came to rest on her breasts. She felt the chilly slime of his leer as he said, “Whadda ya say? One last fuck for old times’ sake?”
Her stomach heaved. She shoved a fist in her mouth to stop the bile from rising up.
Idiot, her brain sneered.
Yes, idiot pretty much summed it up. Carlo was yet another example of her lousy taste in men. Only he’d cost her more than a broken heart.
Much more.
Lord, what had she ever seen in him? She’d been young, impetuous, and carefree. Caught up in the glamour and mystique that was the fashion industry. Carlo had been fun and exciting. If only she’d looked past his suave exterior, maybe she would have seen the danger. Instead, she’d jumped in feet first.
It had been the same with Joe, too, and even Henry. They’d seemed perfect. They weren’t, of course. The signs had been there with both, but that impulsive part of her had plunged in without a second thought.
“Not in this lifetime or any other.”
“You might want to rethink that. Six years locked behind bars makes a man a little desperate. It would serve you well to remember that.”
A shudder ran through her. I won’t let him intimidate me. I won’t let him intimidate me. She repeated the mantra over and over, forcing herself to remain cool and composed. “You don’t scare me.”
He lunged across the table and she almost fell in her haste to get away. His bark of laughter echoed in her ears and had her stopping in mid-stride. Get a hold of yourself. He’d be crazy to try anything in a crowded restaurant. One scream from her and the manager would come running. She turned back and glowered down at his still-laughing face. “What-do-you-want?”
His expression sobered. “The way I figure it, you owe me and
Her eyes rounded. “I. Owe. You? Are you high, or what?”
“You cost me everything,” he sneered. “And now it’s time to pay up. I want twenty-five thousand dollars in cash or I’ll tell everyone your dirty little secret.”

For more excerpts and purchase information visit Anna's Website:   www.authorannajames.com

FUN QUESTIONS  FOR ANNA
LIZ: What’s the first book you remember reading? 
ANNA: I have to admit I didn’t like to read when I was younger, then I read Rendezvous with Rama (sci-fi) by Arthur C. Clarke and I was hooked. I got into romance when I was in my twenties and It’s been a love affair ever since.

LIZ: What are the next five books on your ‘to be read’ pile?
ANNA: The latest in Sandra Marton’s Wilde series, the next book in Kristan Higgins Blue Heron series, book 7 in Sara Humphreys Amoveo Legend series, one of Suzanne Brockmann’s latest and one of Nora Robert’s In Death series and A Jayne Ann Krentz novel.

LIZ: What’s your favorite fairy tale?
ANNA: Cinderella because she conquers life’s trials, wins the prince and gets her happily ever after.

LIZ: Name three things that are, at this moment, in your heroine’s purse, satchel, reticule, weapons belt or amulet bag (or whatever she carries)?
ANNA:
Nothing. Nicole needs a new purse because her old one was stolen when she got mugged.

LIZ: What sound or noise do you love?
ANNA: I love to hear crickets chirping on a warm summer night.
   
LIZ: What will always make you smile, even on a bad day?
ANNA: My dog. He’s always happy to see me when I come through the door.

LIZ: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
ANNA: I can’t pick just one, but Top Gun is up there as is The Wedding Date and The Replacements.

LIZ: What is your biggest vice?
ANNA: Hazelnut Coffee and chocolate (a combo of the two is killer!)

LIZ: What do you hope for the future of romance publishing?
ANNA: For more options to become available for aspiring authors.

LIZ HAS GOTTA ASK: What’s the most personal thing you’ve ever put in one of your books?
ANNA: I think I put a little bit of me in all my heroines. Nicole, from Keeping Her Guilty Secret likes to cook and can’t play golf to save her life – that’s me. Another of my heroines was a Project Engineer – me again.

NOW ANNA HAS A QUESTION FOR YOU!
What do you think makes a great romance novel? Why?

I’m happy to give away one e-copy of “Keeping Her Guilty Secret” from Amazon (Kindle version).  It’s only available in electronic format (no print) so I can email it to anyone.

CONTACT ANNA:  

COMING NEXT FROM ANNA JAMES:
“A Love Worth Saving” – Book 2 Forever Yours Trilogy

Ashley and Reed seemed so happy when they got married just a few short months ago. But an unexpected pregnancy and a subsequent miscarriage throw their marriage into turmoil.

Ashley deals with the loss by burying herself in work. Reed is supportive but doesn’t understand why she’s spending so much after-hours time with her handsome, sexy boss. And what of their dream of having a family? How can that happen when with each passing day Ashley becomes more distant?

Will Reed and Ashley find a way to work things out or will all their dreams be shattered?

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