10/31/2018

Halloween With Friends


HEY EVERYONE! Happy Halloween from Texas !! I thought it would be fun to invite some of my recent guests for some Halloween Fun !!

Click on the guest name to be taken directly to their GLIAS interviews. There you'll find all their contact info and their recent releases. OR Click on their book to be taken directly to their Amazon page.


Angi on Amazon

"Zombies. Yeah, I know they aren't real, but they completely creep me out. "   
Traci on Amazon
~ Angi Morgan

"Pretty much any horror movie always scares me. Even if I've seen it before. I'm such a wimp. LOL."  
Amy on Amazon


"I am petrified of haunted houses and have been since I went to one when I was five years old!"Amy Vastine


"I am petrified of spiders. (Ask me about my trip to Hogwarts in Universal Studios Florida sometime.)" ~ Regan Black





Angi on Amazon



"When Disney's 101 Dalmatians was released, I painted my girls "Dalmatian" t-shirts. That year for Halloween we were all dogs. I think this was one of my favorite costumes...but there have been many. Including my "cat-tail waitress" when I worked at Pizza Inn during college." 






Beth on Amazon


"I loved making costumes for my kids for Halloween, and costumes that were big enough to go over a snowsuit worked best." 

~ Beth Carpenter
(Come back on 11/26 for Beth's first GLIAS interview)








Vicki on Amazon



"I loved dressing up as a princess for Halloween. And of course, one time I was Batman." 







Angi on Amazon



Susan on Amazon
"My favorite part about Halloween are the costumes." Angi Morgan

"My favorite part about Halloween is carving a Jack-0-Lantern." 
~ Susan Carlisle 
(come back Wed 11/07 for Susan's first interview!)
Rene on Amazon

"My favorite part about Halloween is the excuse to buy candy." Rene Webb

Linda on Amazon

"My favorite part about Halloween is the candy. A great excuse to buy candy otherwise barred from our house. A once-a-year treat!" 

Tara on Amazon
"My favorite part about Halloween is the candy, eating it or handing it out. Who doesn't love Snickers bars?" 
Donna on Amazon
~ Tara Randel
(come back in January for Tara's first interview!)


"My favourite part of Halloween is seeing how excited the kids get and seeing their costumes." 
~ Donna Gartshore
Nico on Amazon
(come back next year for Donna's first interview!)


"My favorite part about Halloween is the array of macabre decorations that suddenly appear on once normal streets." 
Laurie on Amazon

My favorite part about Halloween is the decorating! People in my neighborhood go all out and it's fun to walk around at night and see all the scary decorations." ~ Laurie Benson 






Angi on Amazon

"My favorite Halloween party was dressing up as Indi Anna Jones. I even had a whip." ~Angi Morgan
Michelle on Amazon


"My favorite  part of Halloween is the pumpkin carving and when my children were little, dressing them up in costumes I’d sewn. Halloween only really came to be big in the UK in the past 20 years, but I made sure I had brought some of the American traditions over.  My second Halloween over here (1989), I went looking for pumpkins and the local supermarket was selling pieces of cut pumpkin. They used scoop up rutabagas to make jack o’lanterns in the North East of England!" ~ Michelle Styles


Linda Lovely is having a special Halloween Giveaway to promote PICKED OFF, which begins at a Halloween fundraiser that quickly gets scarier than planned.!!

Tell us what scares you the most and you could win a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card. Register through the Rafflecopter app so we can notify the winner!

10/30/2018

Welcome USA TODAY Bestselling Author Tara Taylor Quinn

CHRISTMAS BABIES AND A GIVEAWAY!

I’m so happy to be here with you all today!! It’s my first visit and I’ve really enjoyed my initial look around, finding a lot of jewels. I’m heading back for more in-depth exploration! I’ve been at this writing gig a long time and I love that I can still find new perspective, aha moments, and books in which I can lose myself and find myself in the process.

I’m currently seeing my 86th and 87th Harlequin books published. (89th and 90th overall.) And I’m a newbie, too, having just joined the sisterhood over at Harlequin Special Edition. In August I celebrated my first SE release with Her Lost and Found Baby. Book one of The Daycare Chronicles. This month it’s number two with An Unexpected Christmas Baby, and then next month, Fortune’s Christmas Baby. That’s a lot of baby!!

An Unexpected Christmas Baby
Baby with the ttq spin on it. I write intense, emotional fiction. An Unexpected Christmas Baby, Book Two of the Daycare Chronicles, is on WalMart shelves right now. And I’m worried sick about it. (I’ve got that part of the writer’s life down pat.) It’s such a cute cover. The title is great. Both reflect my story, but probably aren’t what new readers will expect when they pick up the book. The story is about a heroine who grew up with privilege and couldn’t have the one thing she wanted most. And a hero who grew up in a trailer with holes in the floor and a druggie mother – when he wasn’t being shoveled around the foster care system. They’ve both made the most of the lives they were given. They both have very clear plans set in motion for their futures. Plans they’ve made consciously and work toward with determination. She’s determined to find the thief stealing from the family business and the hero is her prime suspect. He’s been told his mother has just died in prison – giving birth to a girl that she’s bequeathed to him – and needs his job more now than ever.

Fortune’s Christmas Baby
And then, coming to the shelves immediately after An Unexpected Christmas Baby is Fortune’s Christmas Baby.  Part of the famous Fortune’s of Texas, this book also took on the ttq flair. A secret baby romance became an intensely emotional roller coaster as two people from vastly different cultures try to figure out a way to be parents while living in two different cities in two different states. During their brief fling he’d lied to her about who he was. And who he wasn’t. She lost her parents to his world and just can’t go there. His whole family is there and he can’t leave.

I love Christmas. To the point that I keep at least one little Christmas memento up in every room in my house all year long. Usually subtle, other’s might not even know they’re there. But I do. They’re my reminders of what I believe in most – the hope and love that are the only road to true joy and happy moments. The hope and love that are the only power that can truly sustain us. To me, that hope and love come out in others most strongly at Christmas time. The magic that transcends regular daily life and routine – brought alive in a child when she hopes that Santa will bring her something that her parents might not otherwise get for her – is real. It’s the embodiment of the ability to hope inside every one of us. And in the love that grants us things beyond what we can earn and provide for alone. Writing Christmas stories is a natural for me. It follows that I’ve done a LOT of them!

To celebrate the releases of my first two Special Edition Christmas stories, I’m giving away two of my more recent Harlequin Superromance Christmas stories here today. A Family For Christmas (another intensely emotional Christmas read involving a mother who’s on the run, believing that she killed her six-year-old daughter) and The Holiday Visitor, a pen pal romance that isn’t meant to ever be more than that. This giveaway will be eBook only to make it open internationally. In order to be entered to win, simply share this post to any of your social media outlets. More shares, more entries! To make certain your shares are accounted for, leave a comment here, letting me know about them!

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Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA TODAY bestselling, award-winning author of intense emotional fiction with 89 published novels and more than seven million copies sold. She has appeared on TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning. Tara has been under contract with Harlequin Books, the world’s leading publisher of romance fiction, since 1992 and recently accepted another multi-book contract with the publisher. She also has two independently published works, and a biographical work published with a non-fiction publisher. And she is a secret dog whisperer. Tara supports the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.





10/29/2018

Virginia Vaughan and her Latest


COLD CASE COVER-UP
Covert Operative Series #1

She’ll risk everything to uncover her past

The first thrilling Covert Operatives tale

An infant is believed to have been murdered thirty years ago—but investigative journalist Dana Lang is convinced she’s that baby. Now someone’s willing to kill to stop her investigation. And only secretive deputy Quinn Dawson, whose grandfather may have faked Dana’s death to protect her, can keep her safe. But a killer’s dead set on burying the past—and them—for good.


READ A LITTLE, BUY THE BOOK





DEADLY CHRISTMAS DUTY
Covert Operative Series #2
This Christmas could be her last…


Unless Covert Operatives shield her



Prosecutor and single mom Melinda Steele thought her nightmare ended when her abusive husband died, but now someone wants her dead by Christmas. Navy SEAL turned security operative Noah Cason needs her to get justice in his sister’s disappearance, but first he’ll have to keep her alive. And his mission shifts from difficult to almost impossible when Melinda reveals who she suspects is really after her.


READ A LITTLE, BUY THE BOOK

Award winning author VIRGINIA VAUGHAN lives by the motto 'It's not hoarding if its books'. Always the kid with her nose stuck in a book, becoming a multi-published author hasn't stopped Virginia from continuing to grow her own collection of favorite reads. Her family has refused to help her move anymore because of the sheer number boxes of books, but she's no quitter. She'll keep buying books and, the next time she moves, hire a moving van. 

If you love stories where romance intersects danger and faith, subscribe to Virginia's email list at http://eepurl.com/dtFeVP and be the first to know when a new story arrives.



STAY CONNECTED

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THE Q&A
ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
VIRGINIA: As often as I can! I’ve always been that girl with her nose stuck in a book.

ANGI: What’s your favorite thing about your book’s hero?
VIRGINIA: I love my hero, Noah. He’s fighting for justice for his missing and presumed dead sister.

ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
VIRGINIA: Nothing beats the original Star Wars movie.

ANGI: What’s your perfect day?
VIRGINIA: Curled up on the couch with a book and blanket. Ah, Heaven.

ANGI: Salad or soup?
VIRGINIA: I’ll skip both and go straight to the pasta. Yummy!

ANGI: Would you put yourself in a Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
VIRGINIA: I would love to say Action Adventure, but clearly I’m a HEA kind of girl, so Fairy Tale.

ANGI: Favorite TV rerun you watch every time you channel surf? 
VIRGINIA: My TV generally stays on HGTV

ANGI: Champagne or Soda?
VIRGINIA: Soda, although I refuse to call it that. Here in Mississippi, its just Coke…or, in my case, Diet Coke.

ANGI’s GOTTA ASK:  Where is your favorite writing place & why?
VIRGINIA’S GOTTA ANSWER: Fall is in the air and there’s no better place to write on a cool afternoon than the second-floor balcony of my apartment building.
  
UP NEXT for VIRGINIA:
RISKY RETURN
Available July 2019 
Covert Operatives, Book #3

PREVIOUSLY RELEASED by VIRGINIA:
MISSION: MEMORY RECALL
Rangers Under Fire #6

YULETIDE ABDUCTION
Rangers Under Fire #1

EXPOSED
7 book Christian Romantic Suspense Boxset

VIRGINIA is giving away one autographed copy of DEADLY CHRISTMAS DUTY 
(North America only)

Your host, Angi Morgan
Get Lost on Facebook   @GetLostInAStory  #GetLostStories
AND OUR NEW Facebook Group: The Readers’ Spot
VIRGINIA WANTS TO KNOW:  Here in Mississippi, the start of fall means cooler temps at night, Friday night football, and the end of playing outside after school. What does fall look like where you live?

10/26/2018

Whispers of Winter

Winter may be rolling in, but that doesn’t mean your days and nights must be cold. 

Before you get snowed in, grab yourself a copy of this limited-edition collection. With heroes and heroines of all kinds, you’ll be sure to find some that you just can’t help but fall in love with. 

These romantic reads can be read as stand-alone stories. But, why would you want to do that? Read them all! Immerse yourself in this wintery ensemble from Romance Collections.

BUY IT HERE

STORIES BY: Nicole Morgan; Stephanie Morris; Caitlyn Lynch; Maya Bailey; Donna R. Mercer; Jan Springer; Livia Quinn; Amber Skyze; Rebecca Fairfax; Jane Blythe; Suzanne Jenkins; Marie Mason; Karen Cino, Joann Baker & Patricia Mason and our featured authors ... 


CHRISTMAS CHOICES
by Sharon Coady
Amazon   Twitter  @srcoady
All Rhian St Claire wants is to escape from under her father's control, go to Italy to paint and find herself. When her grandfather's cafe  catches fire her father hires Kellen Slade to rebuild the cafe. Rhian finds herself in a panic when she is instantly drawn to him because she knows her father would never approve of the Harley riding bad boy. As her attraction grows for Kellen he tells her he is interested in her too. She buys her ticket and runs, only to complicate her life further by meeting the smooth talking, handsome Italian artist Dante Barone. When Rhian returns home just before Christmas she finds herself wondering if Kellen can forgive her for running, if her father will ever allow her to be her own woman and if her relationship with Dante will destroy everything.

FINDING LOVE
by Krista Ames
 Amazon   Twitter  @kristaames

The Great Fruitcake Bake-off
by Vicki Batman
Amazon     Twitter @VickiBatman

When a five-time champion Samantha Greene teams up with her new neighbor, Dixon Roberts, for The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, they discover baking a prize-winning entry is complicated, bad guys are plotting to take the crown, and first prize isn't just about a ribbon.

Touchdown Dance 
by Carma Haley Shoemaker
Amazon    Twitter @carmicwords

Raised by her grandfather, Peyton Brooks hasn’t had an easy life. After a career-ending accident, she steps away from her love of dance and opens a tea shop with her best friend. She soon realizes the thing she is most missing in her life is love. But who could ever love a broken dancer with OCD?

Austin Mathey’s career is over. After an injury on the field, he’s looking for a quiet life and someone real to share it with. Meeting Peyton at physical therapy caught him by surprise, but he’s determined to open her eyes to her true worth, and to the possibility of love, no matter what her doubts. 

When Austin’s past interrupts their holiday season trying to convince him to re-enter the game, Peyton distances herself. She can’t compete with his fame, or his fans. But having lost her own dream career, she refuses to be the reason Austin resigns his. Will Austin convince Peyton that she’s the only woman he wants? Or will Peyton’s past keep her from the future she’s dreamed of?

Mistletoe Fantasies
by Stacy Eaton
Amazon   Twitter: @StacySEaton

Reba St. James would prefer to serve the drinks or play hostess to the businessmen and their guests at Pleasure Your Fantasies, the gentlemen’s club where she’s employed. Unfortunately, when she needs extra money to pay off an urgent debt, the only position that pays her enough is dancing on stage with barely anything on.

Wallie has been a bodyguard at the club since it opened four years ago, and over the last year, he’s developed quite a crush on Ms. Reba. He might have thought he had a chance with her, except the club has a strict rule: No dating between guards and dancers.

When the attraction between Wallie and Reba reaches undeniable levels, Reba is ready to walk away from dancing altogether and try to find another way to help pay the bills, but when a final notice shows up, she’s forced to go from part-time dancing to full-time, and any chance of a relationship between them is put on hold.

Everything changes on Christmas Eve when Reba and another dancer get into a fight, and Reba is let go from the club. Will Reba lose everything, or will Reba and Wallie get more for the holidays than just their Mistletoe Fantasies?


by Rene Webb
Amazon   Twitter @ReneWebbAuthor

Keeping warm has never been this hot! 
“How the hell did I get here?” 

It's Christmas morning, and June Evans is wondering how a solo vacation in search of a white Christmas has led her to having a hot and hard man moving between her trembling thighs. 

Tom Allen, a mounted police officer, was meant to be spending a quiet holiday with his family, but a freak snowstorm traps him with what he wanted most this year, a chance at love. 

VICKI: I don't like to be cold at all. When UGGS boots came out, I was on board and now, my feet stay warm.

STACY:  This year won’t be a problem! I recently started early menopause and the hot flashes could melt a snow bank! But normally, I don’t go outside! I’m not a lover of cold weather or winter sports, so I tend to hibernate during the colder months and write more. If I do have to go out, I have an incredible hubby who warms me up, inside and out. 😉


CARMA: I stay warm in the winter by drinking hot chocolate, wearing my favorite sweater, and snuggling under Harry Potter blanket with my cat Mystic.

KRISTA: Literally, sleeping beside my husband is like having a furnace in my bed. Most of the time I don't even use blankets, while he is covered up to his chin lol.  Now, if we're talking in my dreams or my books...that's another story.  I'm all about those animal instincts and a roll in the sheets to heat up the room!!

SHARON: I love winter and Christmas is by far my favorite holiday. I stay warm snuggled beside my loving husband whom our grandchildren know is secretly the real Santa. You can't get much better than that!

RENE: I snuggle up with my preferred beverage, hot cocoa, a naughty romance and a warm blanket.

VICKI: All I want for Christmas is lots of laughs and good food with my family and plenty of chocolate.


STACY: All I want for Christmas is to have my family here to celebrate. I love huge family gatherings at Christmas. Love the cooking, love the hugs and smiles of my grandson, and I love knowing they are all around me. The only thing that would make this better, was if we were all celebrating Christmas on a Disney Cruise! 

CARMA: All I want for Christmas is a Supernatural tattoo. 

KRISTA: All I want for Christmas is a warm vacation and happy kids...lol 

RENE: All I want for Christmas is a sexy Santa! 

    10/25/2018

    On the Writer's Road: "Where Do You Get Your Ideas?"


    For the past month I’ve been introducing GLIAS readers to some of the unique experiences their favorite authors go through when writing and promoting a book. On the Writer’s Road is sometimes a fun place to be and other times a really frustrating place to be, but it’s definitely always interesting. Especially when readers ask questions! One of the most often-asked questions is “Where do you get the ideas for your books?”

    Writers always have vague, rote answers but I got to thinking about specifically where story ideas come from and although there are truly limitless answers, I came up with five of the most common ways stories are born.

    Traveling
    Every time I go anywhere, be it to the store or across an ocean, I can find the seeds of a story. Sometimes an interaction at Target can spawn a conversation in a book. My husband and I still tent camp and I have used the sights, smells, and experiences of being in the woods in several of my books. The most current example of turning travel into story is my hiking trip to Scotland a year ago. Because of that trip I am writing a completely new contemporary Scottish series.  
    Above and below: The bonnie banks of Loch Lomond

    The Highlands
    Pictures of Celebrities
    How many people don’t fantasize about singers, movie stars, athletes, and other well-known figures? Not many! The difference a writer brings to her fantasies is that we write them down! I’ve had so many celebs “star” in my books that sometimes I’m embarrassed to say who they are. But not most of the time. Here are a few of my favorite stars turned book heroes!!


    Brainstorming
    Working with other writers is a gift all authors love to get—and give. Sometimes just talking about the thread of an idea can spur a group of writers to weave entire stories by bouncing ideas off one another. Same for solving a sticky situation in a book that’s underway. One of my favorite moments of brainstorming came when working on

    Personal Experience
    “Write what you know,” is advice authors are given all the time. We don’t always take it, because it’s super fun to research someplace you’ve never been and then write about it. Still, drawing on things we know is very often the best way to create characters, to describe settings, and to really be able to make a story authentic. My first series “Love From Kennison Falls,” is set in southern Minnesota. I know exactly what the scenery looks like, I know what farms in the area look like, I can describe any kind of weather. Why? Because I live there! For the same reason I always have horses or equines of some kind in my books because I’ve had horses most of my life. When we’re an “expert” in something—we definitely use it.


    Pure Imagination
    Finally, sometimes we purely and simply make stuff up! A prince comes to town, a plague hits the world, we live a hundred years in the future—on a different planet. We can ask ourselves “what if?” and write a whole story based on that. “What if a mutant animal showed up on your deck one afternoon?” “What if you were running head down through a drenching rain and ran smack dab into another person—and he was famous? Or a wanted man? Or a misunderstood teen?” The possibilities are endless.


    So—you put all these possible inspirations together and that’s how you come up with a book. A lot of people say they want to write a novel. Most people say they wouldn’t know how to begin. An author is just a person who didn’t stop her imagination once it started going, picked up a pencil and paper, and wrote down the fantasy. It’s a magical thing.

    But do you know what an author’s best inspiration of all is? A reader who discovers her books. When we’ve worked hard on a novel and then dare to put it out into the world— it’s like sending a child off to school—the true magic happens when it gets opened. And if the opener is someone who ends up loving the story—that’s the very best way to get a writer to create one more book!

    Have you read books that inspired you? How about stories that transport you to a place you never want to leave? I’d love to hear what wonderful things you’ve found in your reading pile!