Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Best of the West with Holly Bush

THE MAID’S QUARTERS

A Crawford Family novella

1893 . . . Alice Porterman is released from her duties as a maid and travels home to help her mother care for her sickly brother. But her mother and brother are not in their family home when Alice arrives and she learns the landlord, Albert Donahue, has evicted them into the harsh Boston winter. Alice goes in search of him and is surprised at what she finds. 

Albert Donahue, an up-and-coming member of Boston’s elite, made his fortune through hard work and shrewd business deals. But his dreams of a family to share it with have not come true, perhaps until an impertinent young woman enters his home and won’t leave until she speaks to him.

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HOLLY BUSH writes historical romance set in the U.S.in the late 1800’s, in Victorian England and recently released her first Women’s Fiction title. Her books are described as emotional, with heartfelt, sexy romance. She makes her home with her husband in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. 

THE Q&A
LEIGH: How often to you get lost in a story?
HOLLY: Plenty of times and probably more than I should considering my schedule. There is nothing better than to be completely lost in what the characters in the book you’re reading are doing or thinking.

LEIGH: What will always make you smile, even on a bad day?
HOLLY: I don’t have too many bad days, truthfully. I’m very fortunate. I like my regular job and my boss, I’m healthy, and so is my husband and family, I’ve got a roof over my head, I enjoy luxuries that some folks only dream of, and I get to do what I love – write books. Even when things are stressful, I try to remember it could always be worse, and then I smile. I’m such a lucky person!

LEIGH: Which already filmed movie represents your writing style?
HOLLY: Hmmm. Maybe Rudy. It’s my all-time favorite sports movie and a real testament to perseverance. I like to think I don’t give up when it comes to writing.

LEIGH: What’s the best birthday (or any holiday) present you ever received?
HOLLY: My youngest daughter was born 3 days before my birthday and aside from the fact that I love her dearly, she was 3 weeks late and I was really ready to be not pregnant! Greatest gift ever!

LEIGH: Describe an absolutely perfect day.
HOLLY: I’m an early riser, so I love to be up at sunrise, have a cup of tea, write, and then spend the evening with my husband and children. And if I can squeeze in some reading time, then that’s the icing on the cake!

LEIGH: What inspires you daily?
HOLLY: I get to do things I love to do!

LEIGH: What has surprised you the most about being published?
HOLLY: I really didn’t anticipate the number of readers that my books would have. It’s been gratifying to have so many people follow my writing, ask when my next book is coming out, or tell me about a favorite scene or piece of dialogue that struck them.

LEIGH: How did you come up with the idea for your book?
HOLLY: I don’t really come up with an idea, but rather see a scene in my head of a character that is new to me or is already in one of my books. The first scene in The Maid’s Quarters was very vivid for me. I already knew Alice Porterman as she was Jolene Shelby’s (Contract to Wed) personal maid, and knew that Alice had gone home to Boston to help her mother care for her sickly brother at the end of that book. For whatever reason, I was rereading the end of Contract to Wed and caught myself daydreaming. I saw Alice speaking to her mother’s neighbor and asking her why her mother and brother were not at home. And there began that novella.

LEIGH’S GOTTA ASK:  Complete this sentence. When I want to relax, I. . .
HOLLY’S GOTTA ANSWER: Kick back on my patio in the summer, or curl up near the wood stove in the winter, with my Kindle and a glass of wine! Heaven!

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Live in NY ... part three

YOU MEET ALL SORTS
HANGING IN THE BAR
and other places...

Angi ~DK Burrow ~ Jan

Angi & Jan ...or... J'Angi

Angi & RaeAnn Thayne
Angi & Kendall Talbot

Shirley Jump ~ Angi ~ Donna Alward

Lindsey Brookes & Lisa Childs
TM Clark & Kendall Talbot





Angi & Amy Atwell
Margie & Jan
Janet Rodman & Angi



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Jan Schliesman & RaeAnne Thayne

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Live from NYC

STROLLING THROUGH THE
HARLEQUIN PARTY

Jan Schliesman & RaeAnne Thayne


Angi ~ Heather Graham ~ Jan

Shirley Jump ~ Angi ~ Lisa Wray with Harlequin

Allison Carroll ~ Jan
Melissa Cutler ~ Angi ~ Adrienne Giordano
So we walked into the hallway and this...picture happened.
Jan & Angi ~~ or ~~  JAN'GI

Lauren Canan
Adrienne Giordano

Pamela Hearon ~ Angi

IT'S ALWAYS ABOUT THE SHOES...

...OR THE DANCING
Anna Sugden ~ Liz Talley
Frances Housden ~ T.M. Clark

The Harlequin Pack

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The Literacy Autographing
& Who You Meet in the Bar

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Get Lost in the Regency Era with Collette Cameron



Today I am pleased to interview Collette Cameron, bestselling author of Regency romances, some set in Scotland: the Castle Brides Series, Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series, and Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper Series. Collette makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and five mini-dachshunds. Mother to three and a self-proclaimed Cadbury Chocolate chocoholic, Collette loves a good joke, inspirational quotes, flowers, trivia, and all things shabby chic or cobalt blue. You'll always find dogs, birds, quirky—sometimes naughty—humor, and a dash of inspiration in her novels.

Her motto for life? You can’t have too much chocolate, too many hugs, too many flowers, or too many books. She’s thinking about adding shoes to that list. 

Collette is giving away a copy of her eBook, Virtue and Valor, book 1 in the Highlander Heather Romancing a Scot Series so leave a comment! 

The book: 

Bartholomew Yancy never expected to inherit an English earldom and had no intention of marrying. Now, the Earl of Ramsbury and last in his line, he’s obligated to resign his position as England’s War Secretary, find a wife, and produce an heir. Only one woman holds the least appeal: Isobel Ferguson, an exquisite Scotswoman. Brought to Scotland to mediate between feuding clans, he doggedly woos her. 

Disillusioned with men pursuing her for her attractiveness, rather than her unusual intellect, Isobel has all but abandoned any hope of finding a husband in the Highlands. Not only does she believe Yancy no different than her other suitors, he’s a notorious rake. She’s been told he’s practically betrothed. Therefore, his interest in her cannot possibly be honorable, and so she shuns his attentions.

When Isobel is mistakenly abducted by a band of rogue Scots, Yancy risks his life to rescues her. To salvage her compromised reputation, her brother and father insist she marry him. Yancy readily agrees, but Isobel—knowing full well she’s fated for spinsterhood by refusing his offer— won’t be coerced into marriage. 

Can love unite a reluctant earl and a disenchanted beauty?

The interview:

1. What sound or noise do you love?
There are two actually. 
I grew up along the northern Oregon coast, and to this day, I love the sound of the ocean’s waves as they come ashore and the cry of seagulls overhead.
Oh, and a winter storm at the beach, as long as I’m all toasty inside is fabulous too.
2. What was the first story you remember writing?
That’s easy!
Highlander’s Hope is the first story I ever wrote, though the published version is about half the size of the original manuscript.
I wasn’t one of those writers who started writing stories at a young age, always thinking someday I’d give getting a published a shot.
For years I’d toyed with the idea of maybe writing a book; if I ever got around to it, but I didn’t have a box under my bed or stuffed in a closet full of half-finished stories or poorly penned prose from my tormented teens!
3. What is your biggest vice?
You’re assuming I only have one?
Well, most people are going think it’s my love for Cadbury Milk Chocolate or my obsession with dachsies (both are barely under control) but they aren’t my biggest vice.
No, my biggest vice is I’m a workaholic. I rarely take even part of a day to do something that’s not in some way related to my writing, and when I do, then I’m scampering around like a caffeine-high hamster doing yard or house work.
Or starting another project, which will stress me out because I cannot stand unfinished things!
A bit too much info? 
4. What’s the first thing you do when you finish writing a book?
Catch up!
I have a list that I keep adding too as I write so that I don’t constantly interrupt my flow.  By the end of a book, I have a week’s worth of to-do items on my list.
I also celebrate by going out to dinner with my family, or actually sitting down and watching TV.
5. Tea or Coffee? And how do you take it?
Both!
I love my coffee first thing in the morning, strong and hot! My favorite creamer is pumpkin spice, but *sigh* it’s only available seasonally.
Last year, hubby bought me 15 bottles to put in the freezer!
When there’s no pumpkin spice creamer available, I settle for crème brulee.  
I’m also a fan of tea though, especially in the winter when I’m garbed in an over-sized sweater and it’s freezing outside.
Moroccan mint green tea is a favorite.
6. What would you say is your most interesting quirk?
That would be my sense of humor.
When people first meet me, they think I’m very serious. I’ve even been accused of being unapproachable or stuck-up. We introverts, get that sometimes.
I don’t know why people assume introverts don’t have wicked senses of humor, but this one does.
I’m not talking about a foul or dirty sense of humor, but I’m a funny person with a sharp wit, and a gift for quick come-backs.
I can’t even keep my humor out of my historical, though if I’m totally honest, a few people haven’t “gotten” it.
I’ve always suspected those few either had undies on that were several sizes to small, or they hadn’t consumed sufficient quantities of chocolate in the last week.
7. What has been your most rewarding publishing moment?
Ah, that would be when I held my first print book in my hand. I know many, many people prefer digital books, and I understand the convenience of eReaders, the storage issue of print books, and the difference in cost between the two. But . . . I love books.Actual books, I can hold and smell, and bury my nose in.

8. What has surprised you the most about being published?
My unequivocal answer has to be the amazing support and encouragement of other authors.
I expected the industry to be a foray into hostility and cattiness, and I’ve found the opposite to be true.  Romance authors are amongst the most giving and generous people I’ve ever encountered, and I’ve made dozens and dozens of wonderful friends. 

Collette asks those commenting: 
Do you like feisty, unconditional heroines, or do they come across as bratty and spoiled sometimes?  
 
And now an excerpt from her story, Virtue and Valor:

“My lord?” Her tone indicated anything but respect and deference.
“I would be honored if you joined me in a game of chess, Miss Ferguson.”
Her pretty lips curled into a wide smile. “I had rather hoped you’d pick fencing. I would have enjoyed having a go at you with my sabre.”
“You fence?” A vision of her derriere in snug, white breeches sprang to mind. He really had become a lecher.
“After my parents allowed Adaira to learn, Seonaid and I insisted we have the same opportunity.” She turned and climbed the risers. The sway of her hips, even underneath the thick cloak, tantalized.
Isobel peered over her shoulder, a siren’s smile on her lips. “I suppose it’s only fair to tell you. I’ve never lost at chess.”
Confident little thing, wasn’t she?
Yancy released a hearty chuckle. He quite liked this unconventional morsel of womanliness. “Surely, when you first learned the game?”
“At seven.” Isobel shook her head and more silky strands spilled from the loose knot. She gave him a falsely honeyed smile.
“No. Not ever, my lord.”
She proceeded up the stairs, her voice floating back to him. “By the way, your lordship, if I win, I’m permitted to leave the keep without two escorts.”

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Mary Behre is back in Tidewater

ENERGIZED
Tidewater, Book #3
Berkley Publishing

A kiss between strangers draws both into unexpected danger and unforgettable desire…

She’s searching for a sign…

Hannah Halloran has always believed in her gift. The things she sees through her psychic touch have never led her wrong before. Not when they led her to an unforgettable night with a sexy marine at a bar. Not when she felt a need to leave her home and find the sisters she barely knows. And not now, when she is an unwilling witness to a brutal murder.

He’s ready to show her…

All Niall Graham wants is some peace. He’s recovering from the horrors of war, struggling to save his family’s restaurant, and desperate to forget Hannah, the beautiful woman who left him with memories of a mind-blowing night together and a bogus phone number. But a quiet life is hard to manage—especially when Hannah strides back into his restaurant with the news that a serial killer is on the loose and lurking closer than anyone could have guessed.

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MARY BEHRE is an award-winning author who loves stories with humor, suspense, a touch of the paranormal and above all else, a good romance. She tries not to take herself too seriously, often claiming as the lone female in a house full of males, she’s the undisputed queen. And even has the glittery tiara to prove it. When not writing, she enjoys reading, gluten-free baking, and hanging out at the beach with the most important men in her life, her family.

Her debut paranormal romance, SPIRITED (Tidewater Novel #1) was an award-winning manuscript before it sold to Berkley Sensation. The Tidewater Series is mix of humor, suspense, and a psychic love-connection. The first three stories are about three sisters separated years before in the foster care system. As they search for love, each other, and a way to live with their psychic abilities, they're tossed into the middle of mysteries that only their unique gifts can help solve.

THE ENERGIZED Q&A
ANGI: Ice cream or Cake?
MARY: Ice cream, definitely. And if we’re placing orders, I’d like two scoops of Pralines & Cream with extra caramel, whipped cream, and a cherry in a cup. :)

ANGI: Benedict Cumberbatch or Chris Pine?
MARY: Both. I’m a sucker for a smart man with blue eyes. Wait, I already have one of those. :)

ANGI: Veggies or a good dessert?
MARY: Is there such thing as a bad dessert? Dessert definitely.

ANGI: What’s your favorite meal?
MARY: Whatever meal comes with dessert. :)

ANGI: What’s your favorite cartoon character?
MARY: Does Groot count? He’s more of a comic book/movie character. But what’s not to love about a giant talking tree who can make the world a better place while kicking bad guys’ butts?
ANGI: I. Am. Groot.

ANGI: What do you like about the hero of your book?
MARY: He’s a Marine who’s honest, hard-working, and imperfect.

ANGI: Is there a playlist you’d recommend for reading your latest release?
MARY: Ooh, this is fun! Let’s see, “Come With Me Now” by the Kongos, “Love Me Again” by Jon Newman, “Bring Me to Life” by Evanescence, “Steal My Kisses” by Ben Harper, and “I’ve Seen a Little” by Alan Doyle.

ANGI: Where do you read and how often?
MARY: I read every chance I get, so that’s pretty much anywhere I can. :)

ANGI: What do you like best about ENERGIZED?
MARY: It was the most fun to write. That sounds kind of strange considering there’s a vicious murderer in the book, but the characters were so alive in my head that it made the whole process so much more enjoyable.

ANGI: What’s your favorite rerun on television?
MARY: I don’t have cable or satellite. So I don’t know what’s on TV these days. :) When streaming Netflix, I enjoy watching Miss Fischer’s Murder Mysteries. (A television show filmed in Australia.)

ANGI: Are you looking forward to any movie releases?
MARY: MINIONS!! Although, by the time this comes out, the movie will already be out and I will have probably seen it twice. :)

ANGI: What's your most favorite thing to do in your state?
MARY: Virginia is a diverse state. There’s an ocean on side and mountains on the other. I think my favorite activity in the Commonwealth is to spend time at the ocean.

ANGI: Who’s your favorite villain?
MARY: Mr. Wickham is my favorite villain of all time. He’s such a scoundrel, so contemptuous for the time period (Pride & Prejudice) that it’s almost fun to hate him. He’s worse than a killer because he’s really a giant loser of his own making.

ANGI: Hiking Boots or Dancing Heels?
MARY: With the National RWA Conference on the brain, I’d have to say, dancing heels. :)

ANGI: How is it working with hot guys and sexy women all day?
MARY: Fun and incredibly busy.

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: What is your best wish come true?
MARY’s GOTTA ANSWER: Walking into a book store and seeing my books on the shelf. It’s been more than a year since it first happened and I’m still giddy every time I find my book in the wild. 

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UP NEXT for MARY
FOCUSED (working title)

A gift of premonition, a killer with a talent for photography, and the lens is focused on the next target. But is the man she’s falling for, the killer or the one she needs to save?

PREVIOUS RELEASES by MARY
SPIRITED
Tidewater, book #1
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GUARDED
Tidewater, book #2
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HARMONIZED
Tidewater, novella #2.5
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MARY is giving away a prize pack including a signed copy of ENERGIZED. North America Readers 
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MARY WANTS TO KNOW: If you could pick a paranormal ability but once you had it, you couldn’t turn it off, what what would you choose? (Remember, the characters call them crifts—cursed gifts—for a reason.)
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