Monday, March 27, 2017

Harlequin Romantic Susense 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. 

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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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Friday, March 24, 2017

Amanda McIntyre Author Spotlight-Jessica Jefferson!

I'm thrilled today to have Jessica Jefferson visiting here on Get Lost in a Story!! I first met Jessica through the historical event at the Romantic Times Booklovers convention and found an instant admiration
for her warmth and wit! And when you read her work you can see that shining through
in her writing!

*Editor's note: RT Booklover attendees! Be sure to find Jessica at the Petticoats & Pistols Historical Garden party, WED. May 3 at the RT Booklover's Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Let's learn more about Jessica!

Jessica Jefferson makes her home in Almost-Chicago with her husband, two young daughters, French bulldog Lulu, and English bulldog Pete.  When she's not busy trying to find middle-ground between being a modern career woman and Suzy-Homemaker, she loves to watch "Real Housewives of [insert city here]" and performing unnecessary improvements to her home and property. 

Jessica writes Regency-era historical romance with a modern twist where she invites her readers to fall in love with romance again

Connect with Jessica!


Cue King and I music...GETTING TO KNOW YOU~~
Amanda: How often to you get lost in a story?
JESSICA: I often get lost in a story.  When I’m hooked, there’s no doing anything else until I’ve finished the book. Kids are fending for themselves at dinner, laundry piles up – it takes a lot to take me away.  When the Outlander series came out, I decided I needed to read the whole series before I could allow myself to really enjoy the television version. Those are some pretty long books and I couldn’t stop. I became the least productive member of society until I’d finished the very last one.

Amanda: Be honest, when you put yourself in the heroine’s role?

JESSICA:  Not exactly. When I write, I do take a lot from my personal experiences. I can’t help but use my own stories as inspiration. So, I don’t picture myself as the heroine, but I do have the heroine make up for some of my past mistakes. She is much more likely to say the things I only wish I had.

Amanda: If you couldn’t be a writer anymore, what profession would you take up?

JESSICA:  I was working full time in healthcare.  I am a nurse by training (having once gone to school for English to be a teacher, and then picking up a nursing degree since there were so many jobs out there), but went into an area of work that is usually done by an industrial engineer. After publishing my first book, I left my full time position and was working in healthcare as a part time consultant.  A year ago I was offered a full time position as a consultant in a health system and I couldn’t say no. I actually love this position, not as much as writing, but pretty close. I help others improve their work, look at strategy and make it happen, and improve the quality of care they provide. It’s really exciting work.

Amanda: What is your favorite tradition from your childhood that you would love to pass on or did pass on to your children?

 JESSICA:  We didn’t have a whole lot of money when I was growing up, so we went camping for fun. Real camping – tents, fire, sleeping bags on the ground. None of that air mattress business. I wanted to pass that onto my kids. I took them a few times. It seemed like every time we went, it would rain or be frigidly cold. So, we actually purchased an RV. It’s not exactly camping as I remember it. We have a fridge, a nice shower, and multiple televisions, so that’s not really roughing it, but the kids get the general idea. It’s all about getting them out in nature, away from their phones.
Amanda: What does it mean to love someone?
JESSICA:  These are the best interview questions. So, I think when you love someone you find yourself willing to make sacrifices you wouldn’t have thought you could otherwise. I think if you truly love someone else, you work on being a better version of yourself.  I have to tell you, this is not an easy question, but it’s a good one. It really makes you think.
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When Wilhelmina Turner’s younger sister runs off with a young Lothario, she has no choice but to turn to the notorious rake who broke his promise and her heart, for assistance. George Bartlett, the Marquess of Chesterton, hasn’t forgotten the woman who hurt him so many years ago, but can’t deny her request, knowing that his brother’s reputation and fortune is at risk. A series of misfortunes leave the straight-laced widow and committed bachelor stranded, sharing both close quarters and old secrets. But when morning comes, will this unlikely pair find a second chance at love?
“Fine.” He looked away first, turning his attention back to the items he’d collected upon his desk. “If you want to join me, then you may.”
She squared her shoulders and stood a bit straighter having won their duel of wills. “Good.”
Without another word or a single glance, Chesterton left the room.
Not one to be left behind, Wilhelmina hurried after him, through the study and up the stairs.
“Where are we going?” she asked once they’d reached the top, breathless from the burst of activity.
He strode down the corridor, seemingly unaffected by the brisk climb. “To my bedroom.”
She immediately stopped. “Your bedroom? Why ever would we go in there?”
Chesterton turned back to her, one sardonic eyebrow arched high. “To change,” he answered. “You didn’t expect me to head out in this, did you?” He turned and continued toward the room, looking back at her before entering. “Are you coming?” he asked, voice smooth as warm chocolate.
This wasn’t the first time she’d been lured into George’s bedroom. He’d been an earl, the courtesy title bestowed upon him at birth, but more than that, he’d been a gentleman. Apparently, he’d lost that when he’d inherited the Marquisate. His bedroom was no longer an inviting sanctuary, and this invitation was not one of love as it had once been, but a lewd proposition, tenderness replaced by cruelty, as he watched expectantly for her reaction.
“I don’t think that’ll be necessary,” she stuttered, trying in vain to remain calm and collected as he started to untie the sash about his waist holding his robe closed. He let it fall to the ground and the robe opened, revealing his chest and torso in all its naked glory.
And it was indeed glorious.
She quickly averted her glance, whipping her head around and staring attentively at the painting on the wall.
“Is something the matter, Mrs. Turner?”
She was not about to play this game. She didn’t have the time, and he didn’t deserve the enjoyment it would undoubtedly bring him to see her suffer so. And most importantly, she couldn’t play because she knew good and well that she had no chance of winning.
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Touchdown with Michel Prince: All Around Fun-tastic Author

I’m so happy to welcome a good friend and prolific, super-fun   She has several series out in multiple genres. Whatever you like to read—Michel likely has something for you! Today she’s here to talk about  “THIRD AND LONG: Book Three of the Love by the Yard Series” published by JK Publishing.  Help me welcome Michel Prince!
author to GLIAS today. Michel Prince is not just a wonderful romance storyteller, she’s an all around whirlwind, a photographer with a beautiful online cover photo portfolio (check out her amazing website Royal Touch photography), and a unique and enthusiastic promoter of her own work and that of her friends.

Michel Prince graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in history and political science. She writes new adult and adult paranormal romance as well as contemporary romance.

With characters yelling at her, "It's my turn damn it!!!" she tries to explain to them that, alas, she can only type a hundred and twenty words a minute and they will have wait their turn.  She knows eventually they find their way out of her head and to her fingertips, and she looks forward to sharing them with you.  

When Michel can suppress the voices in her head she can be found cheering for her son at a variety of sports.  She would like to thank her family for always being in her corner and especially her husband for supporting her every dream and never letting her give up.

Michel has been awarded Elite Status with Rebel Ink Press in 2013, the service award for her local RWA chapter Midwest Fiction Writers in 2013 and 2014, won Sweetest Romance at IRAE 2015, and is a PAN member of RWA.  She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, son, and dog, Bolt. 

In book three of Love by the Yard: Ten years ago, Xavier Jackson had been poised to complete a lifelong journey. When he wasn’t picked up after the seventh round of the draft, he wondered if his dreams of playing professional football were finally over. Instead, with a chance as a free agent, he made good on his dream, but the lure of off-field activities led the tight end to make the worst decision of his life.

Chelsea Monroe was engaged to Xavier, the best football player their little college had ever seen. She’d become part of his family, and was tasked with keeping his baby sister, Leeda, safe when he had to go away. But a disastrous visit during training put an end to everything, leaving Chelsea shattered and unwilling to give herself to anyone ever again.

Though a decade of focus on her career made her a sought-after litigator, it kept her from making any personal connections. When Chelsea decides to take a trip to Jamaica before a fresh start in Chicago, instead of being a break, it turns into a second chance.

Leeda Jackson has plans for her brother Xavier and the woman that should have been her sister.


Lee-Lee demanded they move on from bad boyfriends and past talk. It was time to look forward. And forward was the karaoke bar at the resort. With a drink held high in her hand, Lee-Lee wiggled her way into the bar as music played and a decent singer was attempting to not massacre Hit Me With Your Best Shot. Chelsea followed with her own drink and found them a table. Lee-Lee was at the DJ booth reviewing songs.
“You know you’re going to have to come up with me for moral support,” Lee-Lee explained as she sat down next to Chelsea.
Waving her hand while sipping on her latest Caribbean concoction, she choked out, “Not a chance in hell.”
“I’m just funning,” she said with a slap. “Xavier asked me to put his name in.”
“He’s here?”
Lee-Lee turned, and he walked through the door to the club. She motioned for him to come to their table. He did look good in a pair of beige linen pants and buttoned down white shirt. It was open with the sleeves rolled up and he wore a tank top that clung to his body. Damn his body was as fit as it had been in college. It made her mouth water to see the outline of the cuts in his abs. His chest was broad and she assumed still slick and hairless.
“Perfect timing, you’re next,” Lee-Lee said.
“Wow, that quick.” He reached for Chelsea’s drink, gulped it down, then stole his sister’s. Shaking off the probable brain freeze from the iced drink he called out, “Whoo. Let’s do this.”
“I thought he only sang in private,” Chelsea said as she waved over a waiter for refills making sure to add water to their drink order.
“Or when motivated.”
“What motivated him to embarrass himself? Two rum laced drinks stolen from us?”
“You’ll just have to wait and see, won’t you?
Xavier stepped up on stage and his eyes were a bit hooded as he stared at Chelsea. When I was Your Man began to play. A lump formed in her throat as he started to sing about foolish choices made by an immature man. The regret he had when he closed eyes and dreamed about her. How he could never fix the mistakes of his youth and he wished her well.  
Acid burned from her heart. She couldn’t move as he sang with his eyes locked on hers. The stares started with Lee-Lee, soon the whole room might as well have two spotlights. Xavier hopped off the stage no longer needing the words. Heat flushed her cheeks, but she couldn’t turn away. He had her caught in his pained gaze. A worker passed him a small bouquet of flowers and as he sang about missing his chance to apologize he passed them to her.
Tears filled her eyes and spilled down her cheeks. He took her hand and helped her. Spinning her around and then he pulled her flush to his body as he sang about her love of dancing. She laid her face on his shoulder as she held him tight.
“Baby,” he whispered in her ear. “My biggest failure was not being the man you deserved. It’s only a few days together, but let me try to fix what I did. I never stopped loving you. Not for one day.”
The DJ came to retrieve the microphone from Xavier. Walking her out to an empty lobby, Xavier held her close. Behind them cheers from the crowd had her burying herself deeper in his chest.
“That wasn’t fair,” she said when she could feel they were no longer the center of attention. “Did you even have to work?”
“Yes, I did. I have over twenty reports to type up on players. And if you wouldn’t have eaten with my sister I might not have gotten any done. She spent the hour going over details for this.”
“Your sister is nothing if not a planner.”
“Leeda is a conniving schemer and you need to fix your privacy settings on social media.”
“Can we not talk about her? Please. What she did came from a place of caring. She knows I’m in pain.” He took her hands in his and brought them to his lips. “Chelsea, I meant what I said. I fucked up royally. I don’t know how your life’s been since we split but, baby, I’m not where I wanted to be and that’s a hundred percent because you weren’t with me.” He stroked her cheek and shivers went down her spine.  “I don’t deserve a second chance, but I’ll drop to my knees right here to beg for one.”
“The last time you kneeled in front of me you promised me your heart forever.”
“It’s still yours. Nothing has changed.”
“I have,she choked out the words. No matter how hard she wanted to forgive, she couldn’t forget the hurt. “I don’t trust anyone. I was on campus for years standing up for you when everyone told me you would leave the second you were drafted. Not my Xavier. My man loves me. Forever and always. Xavier, I won’t survive if you decide I’m not enough again.”
“Chels,” he said, pulling her into his arms. His body warm and firm yet so familiar as she melted against him. “Give me Jamaica to prove I’ve changed.”
Every part of her was screaming to let him in. She’d been his, even if he no longer wanted her. At night, she still dreamed of him. Time hadn’t made her love for him diminish.
“Changed or settled,” she challenged. “Being in love with you is as simple as breathing for me. I can hold my breath as long as I want, but my body will force me
to exhale.”



LIZ: What was your favorite book as a child?
MICHEL: The Changeling by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

LIZ: How did you come up with the idea for this book? 
MICHEL: Although this is the third book in the Love by the Yard Series I started it about four years ago when my husband and I were coming home from vacation in Jamaica. The idea of running into a past love at a resort spun through my mind. Initially it was going to be a stand alone book, but as I worked on it the idea of a team took over and this one had to be the third.

LIZ: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
MICHEL: I love going to plays and musicals. I’m usually at a sporting event, whether my son’s games or my beloved Minnesota Vikings. I also can’t pass up a board or card game.

LIZ: If you described your book in three words, which would you choose?
MICHEL: Forgiveness, love and laughs.

LIZ: If you could have dinner with any three book characters, who would you choose and why?
MICHEL: Charley Davidson, From the Grave Series. She may bring down hell fire, but I’d be laughing with her all night. Rhage from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, because once again I’d be laughing and, well, one wants a nice view. Finally Laura Ingalls. That would be from childhood. For some reason I always wanted to show her all the cool things in this century.

LIZ: You’ve been granted one superpower for one week. Which power would you choose, and what would you do with it?
MICHEL: I’m not sure if it’s a superpower, or drug induced, but Limitless has the person’s mind expand so they need little to no sleep and they can learn and understand everything. Also he wrote a grammatically- and plot-perfect book in one day. It’s all in his head, but he couldn’t get it out until then. So with seven days I would get quite a few books done, my house would be clean and I might even learn Spanish or something. And note the grammatically correct part.

LIZ: Time for a mini blitz!
a)Favorite color? Lavender.
Song? Currently, Thinking Out Loud or Honey I’m Good.
Movie? This is impossible. I’m a movie freak and would need genre breakdown, classic verses contemporary… Do you have three hours?
b) Summer or winter? Winter
c) Morning or night? Night
d) Rain or shine? Shine
e) Sweet or salty? Salty

LIZ: Do you have any favorite authors? How did they influence your writing?
MICHEL: I have a ton, my favorites include Judy Blume, J.R. Ward, Sherryln Kenyon and Sydney Sheldon. I’m not sure if they influenced or inspired.
LIZ: What’s on your bucket list for this year?
MICHEL: I really need to get my sci-fi book done and submitted to agents and publishers.

LIZ HAS GOTTA ASK: What’s the most personal thing you’ve ever put in one of your books?
MICHEL: Oh man, bad thing to ask a romance writer. The obvious answer would be sex positions or some other such physical aspect, but honestly that’s superficial. In my (mixed ethnicity) relationship I experienced many names being hurled at me, especially early on with my now husband. There were many hurtful things to me, because even though I knew racism existed, having it hurled at me cut deep. Made me lose hope in humanity for a time. I worked that out in my writing a bit, but also put in the good. The sweet nicknames, the way my son was as a toddler and such. Although I say Ellie and Oscar aren’t my husband and me, and they aren’t, they have had similar life experiences. If you read the Chrysalis series, especially, you’ll see it sprinkled in the four books.

How far do you give a book (i.e., how long do you keep reading) before you know you’ll love it or dump it?
Michel has a signed paperback copy of her book SILLY GIRL-- an earlier basketball hero story--for one lucky commenter today!



Check out books 1 & 2
in Michel's  "Love By the Yard" series!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Amanda McIntyre Visits With Gina Conkle

Please welcome Gina Conkle to the GLIAS blog! 
I met Gina last year at the RT conference and we just hit it off with our love of history, writing, and realizing the value of stepping outside your comfort zone once in awhile!  She's a wonderful
historical writer and I'm thrilled to find out more about this new sizzling contemporary KISSABLES series!! 

Here's a bit about Gina~
Gina Conkle writes Viking and Georgian romance with a new dip into hot contemporary romance. She grew up in southern California and despite all that sunshine, Gina loves books over beaches and stone castles over sand castles. Now she lives in Michigan with her favorite alpha male, Brian, and their two sons where she’s known to occasionally garden and cook.

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Let's find out more about Gina!!

Amanda: What’s your favorite fairy tale?

GINA: Cinderella. I listened to that story over and over again as a kid. I bought the video (back in the VHA era) and watched it even though my boys were meh about it. And the recent live action Cinderella? I saw it in the theaters and on demand at home.

Amanda: Fairy Tale or Action Adventure? 

GINA: Action Adventure. I’ve seen too many super hero movies with my boys. They read the books, immersed themselves in those worlds. One is staunchly Marvel. The other is DC. My husband loves both and throws in Jason Bourne.

Amanda: Is there a playlist you’d recommend for reading your latest release?

GINA: Proper Care and Feeding of a Broken Heart (story 1 in the book)
Crazy River – Robbie Robertson
Wish I knew you when – The Revivalists
Crickets – Drop City Yacht Club
Lover Come Back – City and Colour
Beast of Burden – Rolling Stones (this one was the hottest!)

Amanda:  What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in?

GINA: I go through phases. Some days I want a really dark romance. Other days I want a second son Regency romance. It all depends on what trope or sub genre I’m in the mood for. Interestingly, though I’ve seen all kinds of sci-fi and fantasy movies, I can’t get into reading paranormal, sci-fi, or fantasy books.

5    Amanda:   What is your favorite movie? 

   GINA: File this one under “Action” but…Gladiator. Nothing has been able to knock the movie out of the #1 spot.

Waiting for a Girl Like You by Gina Conkle
(2 *hot* novellas in 1 Book)

Proper Care and Feeding of a Broken Heart
Bookstore clerk Abbie is off-the-charts nervous her first night moonlighting in a sex-for-hire job. If she only kept her mouth shut…but nothing goes as expected, including the intense blue-eyed surfer who walks through her door. Mark wants to work out a few kinks —and leave the lifestyle for good. Past mistakes still haunt him, but sweet Abbie turns Mark’s plans upside down, and two broken hearts discover honesty is the hottest aphrodisiac.

Anything But Safe

Former trophy wife Jennifer wants to thrive again, but when her new life hits a speedbump, her unlikely hero is rough working man AJ. The woman he rescued is out of his league, but the two together are magic. Jennifer smooths his hard edges, and when she’s with AJ, her true, quirky colors show. A surprise threatens to derail the two who quickly learn…love is anything but safe.

Excerpt from the first novella: Proper Care and Feeding of a Broken Heart by Gina Conkle~

I stuffed the check in my back pocket over the foil package of a waiting condom. I’m no saint. I knew what I wanted. Cold water dripped from drenched hair down my bare back, but I’d wait. My arms were awkward at my side, unmoving when I wanted to soothe her. We both had our needs.
She turned around, scraping her bangs off her face. “As of right now, we’ve known each other for about twenty-four hours.”
“So?” My voice was rough.
“So, we went deeper than most people do in months.” Her hollow laugh echoed in the emptiness. “You want to know why I showed up when I had every reason not to?”
Abbie’s blue-green eyes glazed like dark pieces of glass, making me forget about my water-logged jeans and bare feet on cold tile.
“It was you. When I weighed all the pros and cons, it all came down to you. Something happens when you’re in my vicinity. All my senses come alive. I love your smell. Your voice. Your caustic way with words…how you look at me.” She groaned a deep primal sound at the back of her throat. “For all your bark and bite you have this other side. It’s like you read me and understand exactly how I need you to see me.” Her chest heaved and she clutched the row of buttons resting on her breast bone. “I feel you.”
With rain-drenched hair and mascara-ringed eyes, this Abbie had more in common with pagan warrior women than the docile, tea-sipping bookstore clerk. She was a wild thing, beautiful and unscathed. She got my heart thumping.








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