Thursday, May 5, 2016

Harlequin Historical Author, Elisabeth Hobbes!

A passion forged from fire 
Rejected by her favored knight, Joanna Sollers knows she will never love again. Especially when the man she's now forced to marry is none other than her beloved's half-brother! 

For blacksmith Hal Danby, marrying Joanna makes his lifelong dream of entering the Smiths' Guild possible, even if the secrets in his past mean he'll forever keep his distance. But everything changes with one stolen night, and in the arms of his new bride, Hal wonders if this loveless arrangement could transform into something real…

Elisabeth Hobbes grew up in York where she spent most of her teenage years looking for a handsome Roman or Viking to sweep her off her feet. Sadly this never happened so instead she took a degree in History and Art History before training as a teacher. Her writing career began when she entered her first novel, Falling for Her Captor, into Harlequin's So You Think You Can Write contest in 2013 and finished third. Elisabeth is also a part time teacher and full time mum. 

She spends whatever spare time she has reading and is a pro at cooking one-handed while holding a book. Elisabeth's other hobbies include horse riding, skiing, Arabic dance, fencing and exploring dreadful tourist attractions, none of which has made it into a story yet. She loves ginger mojitos and has a fondness for dark haired, bearded heroes.

Jan Schliesman: How often do you Get Lost In A Story?
Elisabeth Hobbes: Every day. Whether it’s one I’m reading or something of my own I’m writing I spend longer than I should with my nose in a book/laptop.  My children are the same.  While it drives me up the wall to see my children reading half dressed in the morning when they should be getting ready for school, I’m also pleased they love books as much as I do. 

Jan: If you could go back and pick a different career, what would it be?
Elisabeth: I’d love to do something involving food. My dream is to own a ski chalet either in the French Alps or the Italian Dolomites and cook for visitors over winter and ski half the day then spend the summer months writing.

Jan: What do you love most about your latest release?
Elisabeth: I’m tempted to say the cover, because it’s the first of my books with a gorgeous hero on and he’s rather lovely.  I also like the fact that my heroine is in a green dress, continuing the theme from my previous two.  Being less shallow, I enjoyed setting it in York where I grew up and the North York Moors which I love to visit.  They’re beautiful and fascinating areas and I hope my love of them comes across to readers. 
Jan: Any writing rituals you follow? Celebrate a certain way when it’s completed?
Elisabeth: I’m a creature of habit. Tuesday is my big writing day as I’m still working part time so I go to the library and work there. I often see the same people and have my favourite desk. Last week it was occupied so I had to sit in a different one and halfway through the morning someone joined me, started reading a newspaper and eating an orange! I was not impressed but being English I seethed quietly and said nothing.
I’ve celebrated each release day with a bottle of prosecco (which I share with my husband rather than drinking alone) so I’ll be doing that again, although one night later this time because it coincides with an appearance at a local literary society where I’m guest author and I will be staying sober to do readings.

Jan: Are you a plotter or pantser? Do you have to have a detailed outline before you start writing or do you write until you get stuck?
Elisabeth: I have a general outline and key scenes I want, including the ending, but things change as I write. I’d say my books are about 75% accurate to the synopsis by the end. I didn’t expect Joanna, my heroine in The Blacksmith’s Wife to get a dog until she unloaded it from the cart.

Jan: Best vacation you’ve ever taken?
Elisabeth: We travel a lot so it’s hard to choose just one.  It’s where pretty much all our money goes. We have a camper van so every Summer we spend around three weeks travelling with the children. In 2015 we went down through France via Europe’s longest sand dune, into Spain to Bilbao and the Picos de Europa national park, further into the centre of the country then across to Barcelona and that coast before heading back up through France a different route. It’s always wonderful to see such varied sights and eat wonderful food, and of course the travelling gives me chance to work. I did a lot of editing for The Blacksmith’s Wife on that trip. 

Jan: It was love at first sight when I met my hubby. How about you?
Elisabeth: I was only seventeen when I met mine so of course I’m going to say yes. I didn’t dare speak to him for about a year though. I’m not good at making the first move.

Jan: What are you currently reading?
Elisabeth: Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere to see if it is suitable for my nine year old as she’s steamed through his children’s books and wants to know what else he’s done (and she’s way too young for Sandman).

Jan’s GOTTA ASK: What is your unhealthiest habit?
Elisabeth’s GOTTA ANSWER: Too many crisps. I’m a sucker for savoury snacks when I’m reading or writing.

UP NEXT: THE SAXON'S OUTLAW REVENGE will be coming soon from Harlequin Historical. It’s a Saxon/Norman reunion romance and is set in Cheshire where I now live. I’m also excited to announce my second book, A Wager for the Widow, is being translated into Italian and released in August with the title ‘Un Bacio Per Scommessa’.

HUGE THANKS to Elisabeth for sharing a bit of her writing life with us. She's giving away an autographed copy of  THE BLACKSMITH'S WIFE to one lucky reader in the United States or United Kingdom so be sure to click on the Rafflecopter below for your chance to enter! And leave a comment answering this question: Hal is a skilled blacksmith and Joanna has a talent for design. If you could have one talent, what would it be?

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016


I'm so glad to have my chaptermate, D.D. Ayres back to "get lost" with us today. Anyone who can write about dogs and have another hero in the book is talented. But don't just ask me, her latest book is a Romantic Times TOP PICK

K-9 Rescue series, book 4


When it comes to training K-9 patrol dogs, Yardley Summers always trusts her instincts. But when it comes to dating men, she keeps her heart on a very short leash. Mostly, she’s too busy with her four-legged trainees at Harmonie Kennels to commit to a relationship. Only two men have managed to distract her: a handsome Doctors Without Borders physician who’s suddenly gone missing―and the red-hot dog trainer from her past who’s suddenly back in her life…

Now a K-9 rescue team leader, Kye McGarren has never forgotten the days he trained at Yardley’s camp―or the nights he spent in her arms. When he hears that Yardley is on a mission to find the missing doctor, Kye is determined to keep her out of danger. With his K-9 partner by his side, he joins Yardley on a death-defying mission―one that reignites their mutual passion. Will Kye be able to rescue his romantic rival…without losing the woman he loves?

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A veteran author of romance and women's fiction, D.D. AYRES is new to Romantic Suspense. She believes the lure of romance is always the human connection. Put that connection in physical jeopardy, and we learn a bit more about who we really are.

With her K-9 Rescue series, D.D. hopes you will enjoy her sexy, suspenseful portrayals of K-9 teams at their best. D.D. lives in Texas with her husband and a soft-coated Wheaten terrier named Zoe.

by D.D.

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ANGI: What’s your favorite “dog” movie? 
D.D. : I’m reluctant to say “Old Yeller” because, well, boo-hoo.  I can’t wait for the upcoming movie version of Robert Crais’s book, SUSPECT.  He’s a terrific writer.  Hope they do the book justice.
SIDE NOTE: Did you know that Old Yeller in the book is a BLACK MOUTH CUR? My daughter has one. They're not quite as big as Spike, the Mastive/Lab mix used in the film. But they are very protective hard-working dogs.

ANGI: Hugh Jackman or Tom Hanks? 
D.D. : Hugh Jackman.  He can do everything: sing, dance, act in movies and on stage, be the sex symbol or play a convincing villain.  Tom’s no slouch.  But you did ask. 

ANGI: Can you tell us about a real-life dog hero you’ve met or researched?
D.D. :  I ran across so many stories about wonderful dogs, either told to me or through research.  So, I’ll tell you a personal story. 

My research for PRIMAL FORCE, about a service dog and a wounded veteran, led me to Patriot Paws, a nonprofit that trains service dogs for disabled veterans.  On my first of several visits, a friendly curly Labradoodle named Johnny met me practically at the door.  While I interviewed his trainer, Johnny sat by my side instead of his handler’s.  He leaned first his head and then after a while, his whole body weight against my leg.  Petting him, I thought, how sweet.  Later, I learned that Johnny is a PTSD service dog.  And he was doing what he’s trained to do when a person feels anxious: offer comfort.  I didn’t think my interview nerves showed.  This smart boy read me like a book.   

ANGI: What's your most favorite thing to do in your state?
D.D. : Watch thunderstorms roll across the open plains at night.  It’s a spectacular display because you can see forever. 

ANGI: What do you like about the hero of your book? 
D.D. :  Kye McGarren (RIVAL FORCES) is a laid-back guy, unlike most Alpha males in books these days.  He knows how to relax. Yet he can and does bring it, when the stuff hits the fan.  His sense of humor and fun play well off heroine Yardley Summers, who is one intense and driven woman, for good reasons. Kye knows what he wants, and how to get it.

Even if his sense of fair play has him defending the life of his rival for Yardley’s affections.  AND, he has a very special talent that doesn’t get displayed until the end of the book.  Ladies, it’s worth waiting for.

ANGI: Sand or Snow? 
D.D. :  Snow!  As a southerner, I always revert to a child when it snows.  I run outside and spin around in circles.  My husband, a New Yorker, thinks I’m nuts.

ANGI: What would be in your “doggie” bag?
D.D. :  Seafood!  Or Chicken Tortilla Soup from Habaneros, Fort Worth.

ANGI: Got a favorite flower? 
D.D. : Gardenia.  The flower’s thick luscious petals and delicious scent are the essence of sultry romance to me.

ANGI: Favorite dog picture?  
D.D. :  Isn’t she the cutest thing?

ANGI: Who’s your favorite cartoon dog?
D.D. :  Can I have two?  Snoopy and Tramp, from “Lady and the Tramp.”

ANGI: What drinks or snacks are always on your desk when you’re writing?
D.D. :  Coffee or tea. 

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: What’s one thing on your bucket list?
D.D.’s GOTTA ANSWER:   I want to visit China.  See the The Terracotta Army with my own eyes.  The idea of doing something like this boggles my mind.  No one was to ever meant see them again after burial.  

K-9 RESCUE !!  coming in September.

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D.D. WANTS TO KNOW: What type of dog would you like to see a book about?  Have I missed any K-9 0ccupations you’d like to see a book about?

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Regan Walker's Best of the Regency with Regina Jeffers

My guest today is Regina Jeffers, an award-winning author of historical Regencies as well as cozy mysteries and Austenesque sequels and retellings. She has worn many hats over her lifetime: daughter, student, military brat, wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, tax preparer, journalist, choreographer, Broadway dancer, theatre director, history buff, grant writer, media literacy consultant, and author.

Jeffers lives outside Charlotte, North Carolina where she writes novels that take the ordinary and adds a bit of mayhem.

Today Regina is sharing with us a Georgian romance set on the American frontier after the Revolutionary War.  

She is offering 3 copies of the ebook so be sure and leave your email with your comment.

From Regina…

While I admit many of my 27 novels fall under the big “umbrella” of Regencies, in my short seven years of writing fiction, I have written a variety of genres/settings: retellings, sequels, Regencies, paranormal, cozy mysteries, vagaries, contemporaries, and inspirationals.

The Road to Understanding is set upon the Great Valley Road between what is current day Roanoke, Virginia, and Johnson City, Tennessee. The time is 1787, and the five counties that now form part of eastern Tennessee had joined together as a new state: the state of Franklin, named after Benjamin Franklin. Early reviews say…

  “… the chemistry between our hero and heroine was such that this reader felt like I was watching a John Wayne/Maureen O'Hara flick. The dialogue was so sharp and the misunderstandings proved quite diverting and frustrating at the same time.”

The characters are NOT Austen’s most famous couple placed in a new setting, but you will recognize the pair, nonetheless. I am one who believes that although Austen writes memorable characters, her plots are masterful and easily translated into new situations. For example, Pride and Prejudice can be found in Bridget Jones’s Diary, You’ve Got Mail, North and South (from Gaskell), Bride and Prejudice, and any other book or film featuring an uptight censorious man and a “free spirited,” independent female. So, why not an American version of my favorite book?

The Great Valley Road began as a buffalo trail, used later by Indians as the Great Warrior Path from New York to the Carolinas. At Salisbury, North Carolina, it joined what was known as the Great Trading Path. The road held many names. As it passed through the Shenandoah Valley, it came to be called both the Great Valley Road and the Shenandoah Valley Road. The connection called the Philadelphia Wagon Road laced its way through Pennsylvania. This portion was also referred to as the Lancaster Pike, and its 63 miles was the most heavily traveled portion of the entire road. The section of the Great Valley Road near Fincastle (Virginia) and present-day Roanoke, Virginia, was known locally as the Harshbarger Road. The southwestern end of the road at Big Lick (Roanoke) was extended. Travelers could continue south into North Carolina or head southwest into eastern Tennessee. 

 In August 1784, four counties of western North Carolina declared their independence and formed the state of Franklin. In April of that same year, North Carolina had ceded the land between the Allegheny Mountains and the Mississippi River to the U. S. Congress. The settlers in the area worried that Congress would sell the territory to France or Spain to pay off war debts. As a result, North Carolina retracted its cession and organized a “governing” body for the territory. Simultaneously, the counties petitioned Congress to form a separate state of “Frankland.” The majority of the states agreed, but the proposition did not receive a 2/3 majority required by Congress. 


Franklin survived but four years for it could never achieve a strong enough economy. John Sevier, its governor, approached the Spanish for aid. North Carolina feared the Spanish claim to land within its control and had Sevier arrested. The territory returned to North Carolina’s protection in 1788 because the Cherokee, Chickamauga, and Chickasaw Indians increased their attacks in the area.

The Road to Understanding: A Pride and Prejudice Vagary

DARIUS FITZWILLIAM’s life is planned down to who he will marry and where he will live, but life has a way of saying, “You don’t get to choose.” When his marriage to his long-time betrothed Caroline Brad
ford falls through, Darius is forced to take a step back and to look upon a woman who enflames his blood with desire, but also engenders disbelief. Eliza Harris is everything that Darius never realized he wanted.

ELIZA HARRIS is accustomed to doing as she pleases. Yet, despite being infuriated by his authoritative manner, when she meets the staunchly disciplined Captain Fitzwilliam, she wishes for more. She instinctively knows he is “home,” but Eliza possesses no skills in achieving her aspirations.

Plagued with misunderstandings, manipulations, and peril upon the Great Valley Road between eastern Virginia and western Tennessee in the years following the Revolutionary War, Darius and Eliza claim a strong allegiance before love finds its way into their hearts.

This is a faith-based tale based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

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Monday, May 2, 2016


I am so, so please to have my good friend and fellow Golden Heart sister (and Golden Heart Winner) joining us today.  But Cat Schield is no stranger to Get Lost in a Story - she was an original member of the crew!  Welcome back Cat!

Before we get to finding out more about Cat, just a reminder, Cat is giving away TWO copies of her April Harlequin Desire, SECRET CHILD, ROYAL SCANDAL  Make sure you comment below!


CAT SCHIELD is an award-winning author of contemporary romances for Harlequin Desire. She likes her heroines spunky and her heroes swoon-worthy. In 2010 she won the Golden Heart for series contemporary romance and sold her first book, fulfilling a lifelong dream. While her jet set characters live all over the globe, Cat makes her home in Minnesota with her daughter, two opinionated Burmese cats and a goofy Doberman. When she’s not writing or acting as her daughter’s chauffeur, she’s hanging out with friends or searching for inspiration on Pinterest.  

Nan:  This is Book 3 in the The Sherdana Royals series.  I loved the first two books, tell us a little more about this one.

The prince must produce an heir. Little does he know, he already has… 

Christian Alessandro lives life in the fast lane. But royal duty calls, and the bachelor prince must settle down and sire the future king of Sherdana. That's when a chance encounter with former flame Noelle Dubone yields a bombshell discovery: Christian's already a father! Marrying Noelle will make his boy the legitimate heir. It's a rocky reunion. The determined dressmaker refuses to fall in love—or in bed!—with Christian again, even as old, intense feelings return with a vengeance. But what the prince wants, the prince gets…

Nan:  Love this premise!  Can't wait to dig into the third book.


Stop over at Cat's Website for an excerpt and the Buy Links.


NAN: How often do you get lost in a story?
CAT: Everyday. I've always got a book or two going.  Right now I'm listening to All The Light You Cannot See and reading Susan Sey's Picture Me and You.
Nan: I'm jealous, I can't listen to books.  My mind wanders!

NAN: Is writing or story-telling easier for you?
CAT: Storytelling is much easier. The writing sometimes gets in the way of  what I'm trying to convey. Lately I've been dictating my stories, especially when I'm feeling blocked or stuck, and that has made a big difference. I can get the story down and later go in and revise to make the words pretty.
Nan: I love the idea of dictating.  I may have to try that!

NAN: What will always make you smile, even on a bad day?
CAT: No matter how bad my day is going, my daughter can me smile.  She always has great stories about her friends or things that happened in school.
Nan:  She's pretty amazing!

NAN: What are the next five books on your ‘to be read’ pile?
CAT: I just bought The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck and Whisper Beach by Shelly Noble. My bookclub is reading Bossypants by Tina Fey. I have been sitting on The Mask by Taylor Stevens since summer waiting to sink into the story. And Calamity by Brandon Sanderson. I love to read across genre lines.
Nan: What a great list.

NAN: What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?
CAT: The biggest one. I'm currently writing full time. It's been my dream forever and I love it.
Nan: It's pretty cool to spend all day with imaginary people, isn't it?

NAN: What could we find in your heroine's purse?
CAT: My heroine is a wedding dress designer so there's always a sketch pad and pencil. Red lipstick. A measuring tape, wallet and keys, one of her son's dinosaur toys and a security badge that gets her into the palace.

NAN'S GOTTA ASK:  What sound or noise do you love?
CAT'S GOTTA ANSWER: The sound of my cat snoring. It's a cross between snorting and purring and she only does it when she's super snuggled next to me and very relaxed.
Nan: awww, sweet.


Nan: Treat looks pretty delicious.


Nan:  Thanks for spending the day with the crew, Cat! 

CAT SHIELD WANTS TO KNOW: Christian owns a vineyard. Do you prefer red or white wine?  

Cat is giving away TWO copies of her April Harlequin Desire, SECRET CHILD, ROYAL SCANDAL  Make sure you comment below!