Friday, January 17, 2020

Adventure & Romance - A Great Combination


Reading a great suspense story filled with action and romance has always been high on my list of great ways to spend some time. Today in My Writing Corner, I'm pleased to introduce the latest romantic adventure from author Peggy Jaegar. Her newest book is A Pride of Brothers: Rick and like her other stories it promises to give the reader action and adventure mixed with a great love story. 


Rick Bannerman's job is to protect. An elite bodyguard and PI , he's used to denying his emotions and ignoring his feelings in order to jeep those in his care safe at all costs. When lawyer Abigail Laine becomes the target of a vengeful client, Rick slips into protection mode even though Abby refuses his help.



Four Years ago Rick Left Abby standing on a balcony alone, after walking away from a kiss that sent them both reeling. His refusal stung and Abby's sworn to forget it and him so she can shield her heart and move on with her life. But now she needs Rick's professional help and her reluctance to accept it could just cost her life.

Can these 2 stubborn and independent people put their troubled pasts behind them and learn to trust one another?

Sounds like a wonderful story, right? I wanted to know more, so of course I asked to interview the characters. Here's what they had to tell us about each other and their predicament:

Rick, tell us about your life right now. What makes you happy?
 In all honesty, I’m at my happiest kicking back and relaxing on the couch, a bowl of chips in one hand, my girl in my other and a sci-fi classic playing on the movie channel.

 What is important in your life?
Truthfully, the most important thing for me is that I never turn out like my old man. He’s currently serving life in prison for the murder of my mother, but before that he was a drunken abuser who beat the both o f us on a regular basis. I am terrified of ever losing control of myself and my temper so I don’t drink alcohol and I’ve never committed to a relationship. Relationships terrify me.

What your memory of Abigail Lane?
Well, we first met at my best friend Josh and Abby’s sister Kandy’s engagement party and when Abby walked into the room my legs got wobbly. All that gorgeous long, midnight back hair was falling down and tickling her waist and her beautiful blue eyes were laughing. When we were introduced and shook hands, I swear my arm felt a shock all the way up to my shoulder. This was one gorgeous woman and I wanted to get to know her better and hopefully talk her into bed.

How did she originally come into your life and leave it? 

Well, she’s not gonna leave it. Not if I have anything to say about it.

What worries you about her now?

After everything that I happened with her crazy stalker I was concerned she might have lost some of her sass and fearlessness. I didn’t have to worry, though, ‘cuz it only served to make her stronger and more committed to helping disenfranchised women and children.

Abigail, were you in love with Rick?

Lust at first sight is more accurate. The minute I met him I instinctively realized this was a man who knew his way around a woman and – Please God! – I wanted to be one of them, even for just one night.

 What drove you apart?

Well, it’s embarrassing to admit, but I got up the gumption at my sister’s wedding ( and by that I mean I’d had quite a few glasses of champagne for courage!) and cornered him on a terrace, tried to seduce him and wound up  kissing him. I thought he was pretty into it because he kissed me back like I’ve never been kissed before or since. But then he pushed me away and basically told me nothing was gonna happen between us, then bolted back inside to the wedding. We’ve kept a wide berth between us ever since.

Why do you need his help now?

I’m still not convinced I do, but my family has other opinions on the subject. One of my client’s husbands barreled into my office the other day and physically threatened me. Unfortunately, Kandy witnessed this and told her husband Josh, who told Rick. My family is like a weird communications device: telephone, telegram, tel-a-Laine. After that, the husband stabbed his wife and kidnapped his son. When his son was found, Rick seems to believe the husband is going to come after me for retribution. I don’t believe that, but Rick is an immovable force of nature when he gets an idea in his head. It’s a charming and totally annoying character trait, for sure.
 
What worries you about seeing him again? 

That I won’t be able to keep my feelings hidden from him, because even though he walked away from and left me freezing and wanting on a terrace, I still think he’s exactly the man I need. Trying to keep those thoughts from flying from my lips, or – God forbid my actions – is tantamount to climbing Mount Everest during a snowstorm: Deadly and difficult!

If you want to know more, you'll have to read on:

Here are the buy links: 


And here are the contact links for Peg if you want to know more about her and her writing:

E mmj122687@yahoo.com 

Thank you, Peggy for being my guest!  Any comments or questions for peggy?

Friday, January 10, 2020

A Trip to Another World

One doctor, one alien lover, one botanist, and one engineer on a desperate mission to save earth from human destruction.  

Book blurbs can really grab one's attention and when you read one like that, you certainly want to investigate further and find out what the story is.  That the blurb for the new book, Retaliation.

It is written by Haley Cavanaugh, and it certainly caught my interest and made me want to know more.  Haley is my guest today in My Writing Corner. She is  a military veteran, wife, and mother who is an alumna of Columbia College. She also says she is, a musical theater nut, and she loves to dive into any book that crosses her path. Haley resides with her family in the United States and enjoys spending time with her husband and children when she’s not writing. She tells us she loves to hear from her readers, and encourages you to contact her via her website and social media. That information is posted below, but first let's get more on her new book. Here is the blurb:


  Sakota saved Astraeus and her friends from certain death, but in doing so, she gained the attention of the Oreck, who will stop at nothing to destroy everything in their path.


With their ship severely damaged, Sakota and her crew land on a nearby planet and seek sanctuary while they make repairs to return home. But nothing on this perfect planet is as it appears, and Sakota soon learns they've traded one danger for another.



Hunted and targeted, will Sakota be able to carry out her mission, or will everyone she cares about be destroyed?



I don't know about you, but the blurb only got me more interested and now I know I want to read on. Let's get an excerpt:

Sakota took a deep breath. “Okay. Let’s do it. We’re not going to survive if we don’t.” Hisoka and Tatiana turned around to man their consoles. She ate the last of her ration piece and slipped her hand into Astraeus’s. The escape pod reached the mouth of the black hole, then without warning, surged forward.

When Sakota was a child, long before Alistair rescued her from the orphanage in the squalid wasteland of London, the other children liked to play a game called Lights Out. In the main room where she bunked with fifteen other girls, a shaft of light streamed in from the hallway, in the same spot every night, like clockwork. The adult on night duty would check in once an hour and perform a headcount as they slept.

A few nights a week, a handful of the girls awakened and killed the hallway lights so they could scare and torture whomever they didn’t like among them. It was a powerful systematic lesson, however cruel. Sakota grew up knowing her place at the bottom rung of life. She’d never fit into the cookie-cutter type molding the upper-class girls had been bred for. She’d proved early on that she’d fight back with a vengeance when provoked, but she wasn’t certain which was worse; being preyed upon or listening to other girls’ pleas for help as she lay in the pitch-black room. The memory had stayed with her well into adulthood, as well as the countless times she could and should have stepped in to help instead of being crippled by primal fear and self-preservation. Children could be cruel. But the fear she’d experienced then was nothing, nothing, compared to being sucked into a black hole.

The escape pod whirled inside the conduit and pitched them around in a circle. They spun, at the mercy of inexhaustible energy along the black hole’s trajectory. Though she’d experienced raw fear when the Oreck had taken over the Sleipnir science vessel and killed everyone, this was different. Before, she at least had an idea what she was up against. Three razor-sharp talons emerging from claws didn’t lie. Being sucked into the black hole was like being an ant in a cyclone.

Astraeus squeezed her palm reassuringly. She turned and looked at him. They were both strapped in, tight.

Astraeus squeezed her hand. “Don’t be afraid.”

The speed of the escape pod amplified. Ribbons of light streamed past the windows like gossamer silk as the ship darted into unknown darkness. Sakota gritted her teeth. Oh, screw not acting afraid. She was terrified.

OKAY! Now, if you're ready to read on, here are the buy links.  I know I'm hooked!
 
And if you'd like to know more about Haley and her other books, here is her contact information:

Any questions or comments for Haley?

Friday, January 3, 2020

A New Year, A New Mission

With the new year upon us, let's turn our reading adventure to … well... adventure!  We need some romance added in, of course, and that is where we're headed in My Writing Corner today to start off 2020.

Mt guest today in My Writing Corner is Haley Cavanaugh. She is  a military veteran, wife, and mother. She is also an alumna of Columbia College, a musical theater nut, and she says she loves to dive into any book that crosses her path. Haley and her family live in the United States and she says she enjoys spending time with her husband and children when she’s not writing. She also loves to hear from her readers, and encourages you to contact her via her website and social media.  Her contact info is below. 

Her newest book is Retaliation. It  promises adventure in another world and I know I'm ready to go visiting between the pages!


One doctor, one alien lover, one botanist, and one engineer on a desperate mission to save earth from human destruction.

Sakota saved Astraeus and her friends from certain death, but in doing so, she gained the attention of the Oreck, who will stop at nothing to destroy everything in their path.



With their ship severely damaged, Sakota and her crew land on a nearby planet and seek sanctuary while they make repairs to return home. But nothing on this perfect planet is as it appears, and Sakota soon learns they've traded one danger for another. 


Hunted and targeted, will Sakota be able to carry out her mission, or will everyone she cares about be destroyed?


Want more ?  Let's get an excerpt!

Sakota took a deep breath. “Okay. Let’s do it. We’re not going to survive if we don’t.” Hisoka and Tatiana turned around to man their consoles. She ate the last of her ration piece and slipped her hand into Astraeus’s. The escape pod reached the mouth of the black hole, then without warning, surged forward.

When Sakota was a child, long before Alistair rescued her from the orphanage in the squalid wasteland of London, the other children liked to play a game called Lights Out. In the main room where she bunked with fifteen other girls, a shaft of light streamed in from the hallway, in the same spot every night, like clockwork. The adult on night duty would check in once an hour and perform a headcount as they slept.

A few nights a week, a handful of the girls awakened and killed the hallway lights so they could scare and torture whomever they didn’t like among them. It was a powerful systematic lesson, however cruel. Sakota grew up knowing her place at the bottom rung of life. She’d never fit into the cookie-cutter type molding the upper-class girls had been bred for. She’d proved early on that she’d fight back with a vengeance when provoked, but she wasn’t certain which was worse; being preyed upon or listening to other girls’ pleas for help as she lay in the pitch-black room. The memory had stayed with her well into adulthood, as well as the countless times she could and should have stepped in to help instead of being crippled by primal fear and self-preservation. Children could be cruel. But the fear she’d experienced then was nothing, nothing, compared to being sucked into a black hole.

The escape pod whirled inside the conduit and pitched them around in a circle. They spun, at the mercy of inexhaustible energy along the black hole’s trajectory. Though she’d experienced raw fear when the Oreck had taken over the Sleipnir science vessel and killed everyone, this was different. Before, she at least had an idea what she was up against. Three razor-sharp talons emerging from claws didn’t lie. Being sucked into the black hole was like being an ant in a cyclone.

Astraeus squeezed her palm reassuringly. She turned and looked at him. They were both strapped in, tight.

Astraeus squeezed her hand. “Don’t be afraid.”

The speed of the escape pod amplified. Ribbons of light streamed past the windows like gossamer silk as the ship darted into unknown darkness. Sakota gritted her teeth. Oh, screw not acting afraid. She was terrified.

Okay, if you want more, you'll need to buy the book!  And it sounds like it's worth it!  Here are the buy links:























Thank you, Haley, for visiting today and taking us away to another world in the new year!  Any comments or questions?

Friday, December 27, 2019

Revolution and Romance

In this magical holiday season, it is always fun to find a writer who brings us a magical type of story that can transport us to a new world. My guest today in My Writing Corner is Helen C. Johannes. She  writes award-winning fantasy romance that is inspired by the fairy tales she grew up reading as well as the amazing historical places that she has visited in England, Ireland, Scotland and Germany. 

Her stories are  tales of adventure and romance in fully realized worlds that spring from pure imagination and show her lifelong interest in history, culture, and literature.  If you're looking for warriors on horseback or strong-hearted  women who refuse to sit idly at home, as well as passion that cannot be denied or outrun—that’s what she says readers will find in her books.  Her latest took is Lord of Druemarwin.


Lady Raell can fight, ride, and argue politics as well as her brothers. Only being mistress of her father's household keeps her in skirts. In Naed, the new Lord of Druemarwin, she has found devotion, a kindred spirit, and a marriage promise. But when a forgotten and unwanted betrothal comes to light, she has no choice but to run.


Amidst sweeping revolution, Naed must rally his people, fend off assassination attempts, and fight against claims he's a traitor. Then he discovers everything about his lineage and family is a lie. And his beloved belongs to another.


With lives and a kingdom at stake, Raell and Naed must find a way to protect the innocent and save their love. In a world of lies and betrayal, can they trust each other?

 

Let's get an excerpt:

“Raell, now is not the time—”
Aye, it wasn’t. They stood in torchlight on an open parapet while assassins stalked them, but this might be her only chance to reach him across that precipice he’d thrown up between them, to secure the future they were meant to share.
“Does my honor mean naught? When weighed with D’nalian honor, is mine lesser because ‘tis a woman’s honor? Or because ‘tis a Tolemak’s honor? Be honest and tell me that.”
The world had gone silent; Raell could hear nothing over the rush of blood in her ears, the terrible heavy beats of her heart while she waited, dizzy with fear, breathless with longing, for the man she loved to respond with a word, a look, even a blink. Even a shift of his gaze she’d take as a sign he’d at least heard, mayhap begun to consider—
“Yes, be honest, Lord Naed,” said a voice she’d heard but once, a voice that raised all the fine hairs on her body and made her innards contract into a cold, tight knot. “Tell us both how much honor means to a bastard who’s betrayed his countrymen and his blood.”
Don't you want to read on?  I do!  Here are the buy links:

Thank you, Helen for being my guest today and taking us to another world! Any comments or questions?