Get Lost in a Story with Cathy Perkins

Get Lost in a Story readers, today I am pleased to present an extraordinary writer and friend.  Please welcome Cathy Perkins, author of FOR LOVE OR MONEY.


When Holly Price trips over a friend’s dead body while hiking, her life takes a nosedive into a world of intrigue and danger. The verdict is murder—and Holly is the prime suspect. Of course, the fact that the infinitely sexy—and very pissed off—cop threatening to arrest her is JC Dimitrak, who just happens to be Holly’s jilted ex-fiancé, doesn’t help matters.

 To protect her future, her business...and her heart...the intrepid forensic accountant must use all her considerable investigative skills to follow the money through an intricate web of shadow companies, while staying one step ahead of her ex-fiancé. She better solve the case before the real killer decides CPA stands for Certified Pain in the Ass...and the next dead body found beside the river is Holly’s.

And now, let's learn about Cathy Perkins:

DONNELL:  Hi, Cathy, welcome to Get Lost in a Story. Wow, that blurb sounds amazing.  Holly Price sounds like she’s in a world of hurt.  So… you’re very analytical.  Forensic Accounting, is that your background also?

CATHY:  Hi, Donnell. Thanks for inviting me to visit. Hmm, I don't really consider myself a Forensic Accountant – that's such a specialized field! I do have a financial day job that involves a lot of “due diligence” during corporate transactions, though. (If someone asks if I write what I know, I'd rather admit to knowing finance than all the research into abnormal psychology I did for my serial killer book.)

Holly explains due diligence to her staff like this:

“I know you used to work for a transaction group,” Sammy said. “What does ‘due diligence’ mean?”

Holly considered how to answer in guy terms. “Before you bought a used car, you’d want to know it ran, right?”

Sammy gave her a look that said, Well, duh.

“So you’d check for Bondo, rust. Get a Carfax report to see if it’d been wrecked or trashed by a flood. Maybe have a mechanic run tests.”

“Got the picture.”

“Buying a used company is the same thing. Is the asset labeled ‘building’ an office tower in Pasadena or a burnt- out shell in Watts? Are there liabilities hidden somewhere that are going to come back and bite you?”

“And you want to look at one of our clients?”


DONNELL:  I can see by this blurb that Holly loves the outdoors.  I think that’s something else Cathy Perkins love.  Exactly how much is this heroine like the author?

CATHY:  Fiction, Donnell, it's fiction. :)

I admit, the inspiration for this story did come while I was out hiking beside the Snake River  in a game management area called Big Flats (which just happens to feature in For Love or Money). We had to push through some tangled foliage at the shoreline. Being a mystery writer whose mind can go all kinds of strange places, I glanced over my shoulder and said, “Wouldn't this be a great place to find a body?”

I do wish I had Holly's quick wit. I'm one of those people who always thinks of the perfect comeback...twenty minutes later. The nice thing about writing is “erase, edit, rewrite” as needed.

DONNELL:  I love reunion stories, particularly when there’s enough heat and conflict to make things interesting.  How fun was it to write For Love or Money?  Tell us a bit about your process and where you came up with the idea?

CATHY:  For Love or Money was so much fun to write. After two dark stories with a strong law enforcement lead character, I wanted to tell a lighter story—and I wanted it from Holly's point of view. From her perspective, JC's over there doing whatever cops do, which allowed the story to take a very different approach to Holly's investigation.

I'd originally planned to have Holly and JC meet during the investigation. Writing those scenes—watching them try to ignore the flying sparks—was fun. Part way through, I realized it would increase the tension dramatically if they'd been involved earlier—and it ended badly. Readers tell me they love the dialogue and chemistry between Holly and JC, so I hope I hit the mark!

DONNELL:  Since we’re talking hiking.  What shoes will we find Cathy Perkins ordinarily wearing? Heels, Sneakers, boots?

CATHY:  Aren't the red heels on the cover great?

You'll generally find me … barefoot. After a ga-zillion years in consulting, I recently moved into a different role as a subject area expert/resource. Telecommuting rocks! Dressing up in heels, lacing on hiking boots, or stepping into my favorite pair of Keens—it all means a potential adventure since I actually leave the house that day!

DONNELL:  What is something people don’t know about you, but you wish they could.

CATHY:  I'm terribly shy. After the ga-zillion years in consulting, I can do a presentation in front of a hundred people without batting an eye. Talking about a product or Something Else is so much easier! Promo for my books feels so much more personal—and my first book-signing? Icy sweat!

DONNELL:  You write suspense.  What is the most suspenseful thing that has ever happened to you?

CATHY: Because I do write suspense, there's always something off the wall or gruesome to investigate. Even reading some of my favorite authors can take my mind to scary places.

When the kids were little and my hubby traveled with his job, I used to lie awake at night and figure out how I could get to both of their bedrooms before an intruder made it upstairs. (Don't all moms do that?)

But the scariest thing? In pre-cell phone times, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, my husband was restoring a 240Z which I drove to an Art Gallery opening. The gallery wasn't in the best part of town and as soon as the scheduled event ended, everyone bolted for their cars and left.

Everyone except me. The Z wouldn't start.

I cranked the engine. Come on, come on. Don't flood...

I heard footsteps. Heart in my throats, I peered up and down the street. Two guys walking toward me.


Bad part of town.

Thick shadows, swaying foliage obscuring the feeble light from the one undamaged streetlight. A deserted parking lot.

I tried again. Crank, whir. Please start.


The men came closer, pointed, angled across the lot toward the car.

I thought bad words at all the people who left without making sure my car started.

The men approached my window.

“Need us to give you a push start?”


Have you ever been in a situation like Holly, where you were in a strange situation and in completely over your head?
I'll be glad to do a “backlist” story giveaway – reader choice.

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Get Lost With Rosemary Morris!


Rosemary Morris was born in 1940 in Sidcup Kent.  As a child, when she was not making up stories, her head was always in a book.

While working in a travel agency, Rosemary met her Indian husband.  He encouraged her to continue her education at Westminster College.  In 1961 Rosemary and her husband, now a barrister, moved to his birthplace, Kenya, where she lived from 1961 until 1982.  After an attempted coup d’état, she and four of her children lived in an ashram in France. Back in England, Rosemary wrote historical fiction.  She is now a member of the Romantic Novelists Association, Historical Novel Society and Watford Writers.

In 2012 Rosemary Morriss novel Tangled Love, set in the reign of Queen Anne Stuart 1702-1714, and was short-listed for the best romantic e-novel of the year at The Romance Festival (U.K.)


Set in 1706 during Queen Anne Stuarts reign Far Beyond Rubies erupts when William, Baron Kemp, Julianas half-brother claims she and her sister are bastards. Juliana is determined to prove the allegation is false and that she is the rightful heiress to Riverside, a great estate.

 On his way to deliver a letter to William, Gervaise sees Juliana for the first time in the grounds of her family homeThe sight of her drew him back to India. Her form changed to one he knew intimately but not in this birth.

An unexpected event brings Juliana and quixotic Gervaise together and circumstances force Juliana to accept his kind help. However, when Julianas life irrevocably tangled with Gervaises she discovers he is not all that he seems.

ALEXA: How often do you get lost in a story?
ROSEMARY: Every day.

ALEXA:Whats the first book you remember reading?
ROSEMARY: The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton.  

ALEXA:  Whats your favorite fairy tale?
ROSEMARY: The famous story of unrequited love, The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson

ALEXA: Where do you read and how often?
ROSEMARY:  I always read in bed for half an hour or an hour before I go to sleep at night.

ALEXA: What sound or noise do you love?
ROSEMARY: The sound of waves gently advancing and retreating on the shore.

ALEXA: Whats something you'd like to tell your fans?
ROSEMARY:  I enjoy weaving my historical novels and hope others will enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them.

ALEXA: Whats your favorite kind of story to get lost in?
ROSEMARY:  Historical fiction in which the characters act according to the society in which they live thus bringing the past to life.

ALEXA: If you couldn't be a writer anymore, what profession would you take up?
ROSEMARY: As well as being a writer I garden organically so I would become a professional gardener growing herbs, fruit and vegetables.

ALEXA: Whats the first thing you do when you finish writing a book?
ROSEMARY:  With very few exceptions I begin writing at 6 a.m., so the first thing I do after finishing a book is sleep in on the following morning before beginning a new book on the next day.

ALEXA: If you could interview one person (and it doesn't have to be a writer) who would it be?
ROSEMARY: A.C. Bhaktivedanta Srila Prabhupada who translated fascinating classical Indian literature for the first time. (The well-known Indian classics The Mahabharat and The Ramayan rival the Iliad and The Odyssey.)

ALEXA: Tea or Coffee? And how do you take it?
ROSEMARY: I usually drink herbal tea, often made with herbs from my garden and sweetened with organic honey, Rooibus (redbush) tea, or green tea with a thick slice of unwaxed lemon and organic honey.

ALEXA: What does it mean to love someone?
ROSEMARY: To want to please the loved one more than one wants to please oneself.
ALEXA: What color would you make the sky if it wasn't going to be blue anymore and why?
ROSEMARY: Soft green because it would set of the clouds and the sun as well as complementing vegetation, seas, rivers etc., and deserts.
ALEXA: What's your favorite kid joke?
ROSEMARY: (I dont know if this is a joke, but it is and entertaining true story.) Grandmother. No, you may not have another biscuit.

Just three-year-old granddaughter. Im going to call the big bad wolf. He has sharp teeth and eats grandmothers for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The woodcutter wont save you. The big bad wolf will eat you all up. And then I can eat as many biscuits as I want to.

Very amused grandmother. Heres the phone. Call the big bad wolf. Granddaughter collapses on the floor in giggles. Silly, Grandma, he doesnt have a phone.

ALEXA: Which era would you least like to have lived in, fashion-wise and why? Most?
ROSEMARY: During the 2nd World War in England when clothes and materials were rationed. (People went so far as to unravel knitted garments and use the wool to knit others.) It was the era of make do and mend in the United Kingdom.

ALEXA: If you were a t-shirt, what color would you be and why?
ROSEMARY: White because whenever I wore the t-shirt it would be comparable to a blank canvas waiting to see what would happen during the day.


Amy Atwell's Ambersley

Lords of London, Book One

An heiress to a fortune disguised as a gardener’s son. An heir to a dukedom who doubts his own legitimacy. Separated by status and their own well-guarded secrets, can they take their rightful places in Regency society and
find the love they deserve?

Traumatized by a blaze that killed her parents, young Johanna remembers nothing of her privileged past and remains ignorant of the dangers that surround her. She grows up among the servants, where she develops a sense of purpose that helps her survive the betrayal that unmasks her true identity. Once she is forced to take her proper place in Regency society as the highly sought heiress to the Ambersley fortune, she must defy the relatives who would make her a pawn in their struggle for power.

When Derek Vaughan inherits the dukedom, his dubious parentage makes it a sacrilege to accept. But touched by the ravaged estate and its destitute staff, he braves a society that once shunned him while he rebuilds Ambersley and guards it from his stepmother’s bankrupting clutches. He intends to grant the title to his half-brother when the boy comes of age, but Derek’s plans go awry from the moment the gardener’s apprentice—once his trusted young friend—is revealed to be not only an heiress of beauty and spirit, but the one woman who may finally capture his heart.


Award-winning and bestselling author Amy Atwell worked in professional theater for 15 years before turning from the stage to the page to write fiction. She now gives her imagination free rein in both contemporary and historical stories that feature smart women and noble men who find love while managing to mend their meddlesome families. Her manuscripts and books have earned her a Golden Heart® nomination, over 25 other contest finals and her self-published historical romance Ambersley has been featured on the Top 100 Books lists for both Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook. An Ohio native, Amy has lived all across the country and now resides on a barrier island in Florida with her husband, two Russian Blues and a demon kitten.

ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
AMY: As often as I can! All I have to do is open a book, and I'm usually oblivious to anything else around me.

ANGI: What’s the first book you remember reading?
AMY: The first one I remember reading for myself was big picture book edition of The Night Before Christmas. I crayoned some of the pages. Despite that, I kept that book until a few years ago, when I sent it off to my niece. My other early reading memories were children's classics: Ferdinand the Bull, Make Way for Ducklings and Ping. Hmm, maybe that's why my next Cosmo Fortune book features a duck.

ANGI: Can you tell us about a real-life hero you’ve met?
AMY: Maybe not a traditional hero, but one who made a very real impact on me is Kathy Kidd. Kathy was a serious horseback rider and trainer. Working with a horse one day on a "reining pattern", the horse was backing up very quickly, tripped over itself and fell backwards on top of Kathy. Her pelvis was fractured in 5 places and she was in traction for 2+ months. Doctors told her she would never ride again--she would be lucky if she walked again. But Kathy was back on her feet and back in the saddle in about 6 months. She wasn't about to accept anyone telling her she could no longer do something she loved, something that defined her. I try to surround myself with possibilities instead of roadblocks.

ANGI: What’s your favorite fairy tale?
AMY: Beauty and the Beast. I love that the beast has to learn to accept himself and open himself to love.

ANGI: What’s your favorite cartoon character?
AMY: I'm addicted to old Bugs Bunny cartoons. Is that bad?

ANGI: What do you like about the hero of your book?
AMY: My current series, The Lords of London has three very distinct heroes. Derek (from Ambersley) was a soldier who has become a duke. He carries a heavy sense of responsibility and he has to overcome a lot of doubts about whether he deserves the good things he's been granted in life. Harry (from Portman Square) treats life as a lark. He's clever and optimistic, the son of a wealthy tradesman, he's never needed a title. But he finds a darker side to his nature when he falls in love. St. John (from Worthing) is a stickler for tradition and wants no part of any scandal. But that doesn't stop him from helping those in need. I loved introducing all three of these men in Ambersley, and I look forward to more interaction between them in the next two books!

ANGI: What sound or noise do you love?
AMY: The purring of cats.

ANGI: What was the first story you remember writing?
AMY: I still have it! It was a short story called The Fate of the Glass Horse, and I wrote it for my high school creative writing class. I sometimes think about putting it up on my website, but I hate the
idea of taking the time to retype it into the computer. (Yes, I went to high school before computers!)

ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
AMY: How's this for obscure? THE QUIET MAN featuring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. It's my favorite because it sums up exactly the kind of story I like to write--a love story that's set within a family and/or community with a large cast of interesting and interrelated characters. A story with lots of points of view. A story that stirs deep emotions and laughter. The next three runners up would be Casablanca, Roman Holiday and The Bishop's Wife. All classic love stories where the guy doesn't get the girl and the lead characters go on to fulfill their destinies for the greater good. Such sacrifice is beautiful!
ANGI: Not obscure at all! And your reasons are lovely. I love that!

ANGI: What is your biggest vice?
AMY: Drinking wine. Not for breakfast, though. That's what chocolate is for. <g>

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: Hello my good buddy! I'm so glad you finally joined us here on GLIAS. You recently took an extended cruise, unplugged (for the most part), and wrote. How was that feeling, did it influence your story and care to share one of your favorite pics?
AMY’S GOTTA ANSWER: It was a fantastic trip, two weeks cruising from Miami to Los Angeles via the Panama Canal. The weather was perfect, we saw dolphins and whales, and if I could have a writing office with a view of the ocean, I'd be all over it. Unplugging definitely helped open up my characters, and I resolved the issues I was having with my villain. I can't say that the trip influenced the story, but it a welcome breather. It reminds me how important it is to unplug the noise (whether it's the Internet or other distractions) and just WRITE.

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A gentleman scorned. A lady compromised. A love that conquers all—even

Harry Coatsworth has never wanted for anything. An accomplished diplomat with an engaging with and personal fortune, he's never coveted a title nor pined for a lady. When a chance meeting ensnares his heart, Harry must prove his worth not only to his love but to her powerful family. He never
expects to lose—least of all, his heart.

When Marianne Trevarthan, the youngest sister of the Marquess of Worthing, undertakes her first London season, she knows her family expects her to make an advantageous marriage. And although Harry captures her heart, circumstances push her into defying him and her family in one ill-judged
action that embroils her in scandal. Despite her ruined reputation, Harry offers marriage, but Marianne soon learns that a man, once scorned, can be cold, and it's up to her to reignite the love she knows they share and melt the ice that separates them.

Lying EyesThe Daughters of Cosmo Fortune, Book 1
Carina Press, 2010
Available as ebook & audio book

a signed print copy of Ambersley to North America Readers and a digital version of Ambersley OR Lying Eyes --winner's choice for her International giveaway.

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I dubbed 2013 the Year of Living Dangerously (Again)--it's a year I'm challenging myself to take risks and do things I've always wanted to do or never dreamed I would do. The Panama Canal trip, running a half-marathon, riding a camel, and zip-lining are already crossed off my bucket list.

How about you--what's on YOUR bucket list? Maybe there's a story there…


Get Lost in the Sensual, Mysterious World of Dr. Exeter

There is something about Paris in the fall that brings out the devil in Dr. Exeter...

...and the beast in mild-mannered Mia, whose animal urges transform her into a gorgeous panther at the most inconvenient times. While there is no cure for her condition, there are techniques to alleviate the physical urges and inappropriate behavior. Much to Exeter's distress, it is up to him to help Mia through this difficult time of transition. 

The Miss Education of Dr. Exeter, is the third novel in the Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator series. readers who have enjoyed books one and two are well aware that The Moonstone and Miss Jones ends on a cliffhanger––Phaeton lost in an alternate universe known as the Outremer.

In book three, physical reality continues to unravel on both sides of the cosmic rift, and  it is up to the good doctor to extract Phaeton Black from the clutches of a diabolical techno-wizard—or both he and Phaeton could lose the women they love to love…forever. To accomplish Phaeton's release the doctor must let loose forces he has long kept under control, including his attraction to Mia.  Get ready for a moody tale of forbidden passion, romance and daring adventure!

“An arousing erotic romance wearing a skimpy steampunk dress…tension-filled sex scenes in a variety of unusual locations will satisfy readers who like to dog-ear the pages.” 
–Publishers Weekly

Click for a free chapter one, pdf download: The Miss Education of Dr. Exeter.

Jillian Stone is the author of The Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator series, which includes The Seduction of Phaeton Black,  The Moonstone and Miss Jones and the just released, The Miss Education of Doctor Exeter. Jillian is also the author of The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series. She is thrilled that two of the novels, An Affair with Mr. Kennedy, and A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis, are both 2013 Daphne du Maurier finalists!

You have been quoted as saying that the Phaeton Black books are an acquired taste. What do you mean by that?
Jillian: From the day The Seduction of Phaeton Black released I could tell these books were either going to be maligned or praised. Phaeton is a dark, Byronic hero and if readers do not recognize a kindred spirit in Phaeton, then all his humor and charm are lost on them. Romance readers are often looking for a champion––a super hero nice guy. The funny thing is, Phaeton is all of those wonderful things and more, it's just that those traits aren't so obvious––he makes you reach a little to find the hero in him. These books are not romance in the traditional sense, they are immorality plays with a conscience, or wickedly sensual adult fantasies. Even I'm not sure what to call them. Lol!

Are all the Phaeton Black books as sensual as Dr Exeter? 
Jillian: RT lists all the books as scorchers, while other reviews/readers refer to them as erotic romance. All three novels have a number of steamy love scenes, but I have to say that there is an abundance of forbidden erotic tension in The Miss Education of Dr. Exeter. 

This is a tricky love story between Exeter and Mia. What were some of the pitfalls? 
Jillian: Well, the fact that Mia has been his ward since she was a child, makes the love story difficult, but it also gives it tension and a darker edge. Mia has grown into a beautiful young woman who is very much attracted to her guardian, Dr. Exeter. She's loved him since she was a child, but her feelings have shifted in disturbing new ways. As the book opens, Mia struggles with her inner wild cat, as well as her adult feelings for Exeter––is it that cat or Mia or both? 

And what about Exeter?  How does he deal with Mia?  
Mia as panther.
Jillian: Not very well, at first. He is torn between his duties as her guardian, his desire to help her gain control over the panther, and his growing physical attraction to her. 

At least half the book takes place in Paris, France––what kinds of adventures do Dr. Exeter, Mia and the Nightshades encounter there? 
Jillian: There are two parallel worlds in the novels, one circa 1890 and the other is closer to 2013. In The Miss Education of Dr. Exeter, they find out that Paris, has two dimensions as well. I really enjoyed researching the Paris catacombs, the miles of underground quarry and the nightclubs, bistros and couturiers of 1890 Paris! There is also an authentic 1890 fetish party at the climax––but I can say no more! 

Wizardry is a much maligned
What about this techno wizard, Prospero? Where does he fit into the picture? Prospero is one of my best antagonists yet. And I hope to do a good deal more with him in future novels. He's the tortured messiah of great inter-dimensional empire, but I can't reveal much more than that at the moment. He is going to put readers through a number of changes in the next three books––for awhile readers are not going to know if he's a good guy, a bad guy or just plain mad.

For me, the joy of writing has to do with spinning a tale that reaches into the mythology of the culture. One that strives to be both mesmerizing and enthralling. I don't want readers to be able to guess the ending or know everything there is to know about a character. Maybe I just love surprises, which translates into surprising readers!

Do Exeter and Mia find a way to work it out? 
Jillian: Is there is a happily ever after? I'm not telling! For those of you who hated the cliffhanger in book two, I will say that there is a satisfying ending––though as in all the books, there are hints of more to come.

Presenting the whimsical, often misunderstood covers of the Phaeton Black series. I applaud my editors at Kensington Brava for trying. I think they understood that these books are adult fantasy (for mature audience only).

I have a question for commenters! Do you have a favorite shift creature? Name a shifter by species or by name: Vampire, Edward Cullen, demon, werewolf, Jacob Black, panther, dragon?

My giveaway will have three winners, each winner gets their choice of one book in the Phaeton Black series, either a print or e-copy. If you are new to the series, you can start at the beginning, with The Seduction of Phaeton Black or if you'd rather go directly to Dr. Exeter––go for it! And remember to leave your contact information with your comment to be included in the giveaway raffle.

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