Friday, April 28, 2017

A Tale of Political Intrigue

Political thrillers have always ranked high on my list of favorite books to read so when I saw the new book, Camelot Games, by Oliver Chase, I was immediately intrigued. I wanted to know more.

Oliver Chase is the guest today in My Writing Corner.  Given his past, the background for his books is not surprising. He says he grew up on military bases and eventually joined the military himself. But he also discovered he was a writer and never was without a typewriter or computer. He spent time teaching on a reservation, flying commercially and was with the police force. But luckily for readers, he also began getting his political thrillers published.

His latest book from The Wild Rose Press, Camelot Games, sounds like a real winner. Here's the blurb:

 When a secret political machine maneuvers California war hero, Scott McHale and his beautiful activist wife, Angie into running for political office, an entirely new and frightening evil is unleashed upon the American public. As the wildly popular Latino couple's success and independence grow, hidden kingmakers quietly put into play a plan designed to plunge the nation into chaos.

Nothing and no one is out of bounds. Treachery and treason, murder and manufactured mayhem propel an unsuspecting Scott and Angie closer and closer to the Oval Office. But when Scott goes off script, he suddenly vanishes in a smokescreen of sexual innuendo and scandal.

A bereft and bitter Angie is left behind to continue their golden legacy alone. Will she discover the truth in time to prevent civil war?

I don't know about you, but that certainly caught my interest and this is one of those books I'm going to be reading within the next month.  Here are the buy links:

The Wild Rose Press   (ebook)

If you would like to learn more about Oliver, here is the link to his webpage:

Thank you, Oliver, for introducing us to your books. Any comments or questions for Oliver?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A Fateful Romance from the Past

History and romance go together so nicely that it is always fun to find a new historical romance and discover a new author. I especially love those books that not only grabs my interest with the romance but contain fascinating information about a time period I don't know much about. That's why I especially enjoyed learning about this week's guest in My Writing Corner, Janet Gibbs.

Janet Gibbs was born in England but now resides in Northern New Jersey. She has research and written extensively on women's history, including three biographies for the book, Past and Promise, Notable New Jersey Women. She has written non-fiction, which has appeared in several newspapers including the New York times. 

Her newest book is the historical romance, Pawn of Fate. Janet, we'd love to hear your story. Please tell us about yourself and how you came to write this book.

I’ve always wanted to be a writer since I was eleven years old.  I began as a poet and had success with publishing and reading my work.  Since then I’ve branched out to nonfiction and then decided to write the stories that I’d heard from ‘characters’ talking to me! 
My ‘big break’ in publishing came from a high school friend who remembered a woman in her neighborhood who published with Wild Rose!   I looked them up and they were most kind and generous in reading and publishing two of my novels.  I’m working on the sequel to So Much More this summer! 

This latest book, Pawn of Fate, began when my father-in-law would take me to his childhood home in Union City, NJ.  He spoke of his grandfather who was a silk twister in an embroidery mill.  I became fascinated with that and began my research and interviews and it developed into a novel about politics, passion and wealth in the early 1900’s.  This novel is dedicated to my father in law. 
Most of my book ideas come from my family and the history that surrounds their lives.  I love women’s history and immigration stories.  I have quite a few stories left to tell about strong independent women who forged a life in America with determination and a passion for success.

The setting for the book comes first and then the characters ‘introduce’ themselves to me.  I use an excel spreadsheet to keep the major dates under control!  I plot out each chapter with a heading so I know basically how the story will progress.  I’m a stickler for authenticity and will devote many hours or days to researching the smallest of detail for my characters.   Sometimes this research may hold up my writing but then I get right back to it and it takes off.   Often I am not sure how the novel will end but believe it or not, the characters take over and lead me to a very satisfying finale!
Emma Baden is swept into the dangerous world of radical union organizers in the silk mill town of Union Hillin 1911.  She is drawn to the charismatic socialist leader, Frederick Mossler,  who charms her into becoming a speaker for his cause.    An evening rally suddenly turns violent but Emma is rescued from the panicked mob by Max Keppel, the handsome heir to the town’s largest mill.   Their attraction is immediate, yet he is married and considered the enemy.   Their relationship survives her destructive marriage and the fall of the unions as well as the disintegration of his marriage to spoiled heiress, Lavinia.  Eventually Emma achieves her goal of owning her own embroidery business and lingerie line.  Though she finds success, Emma knows she was always just a pawn of fate. 

Here is how to get in touch with Janet:

Pawn of Fate is available on, B& and Itunes.-Mainstream Historical, rated PG13. 

Thanks, Janet for being my guest.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Time to Spring into Romance

When I was in college I always used to say that Spring was the perfect time for romance, and that always stayed with me over the years. Maybe that is why reading romance has always been one of my favorite pass times in Spring.

Today we feature a new romance and my guest is Claire Marti, who says she has been writing since she could hold a pencil and paper. Like so many other authors she was side tracked for a while by other careers, but now she has turned to her attention to writing romance, and her debut novel is Second Chance in Laguna.  I have to admit that the firs time I read these characters in action, I wanted to know more about them, so I just had to ask to do an interview with them.

When Sophie Barnes’s fiancĂ© jilts her at the altar, her carefully planned life implodes. Considering her ex’s betrayal to be a rude wake-up call, she leaves everything she knows in San Diego and flees to Laguna Beach. She vows to transform her life by avoiding men for a year and by fulfilling her dream of writing a wildly successful novel. 
Sophie’s new landlord, Nicholas Morgan, is a gorgeous, successful architect with a player reputation. He makes it tough for Sophie to remember that she’s sworn to be single. Nick’s avoided the intimacy of a long-term relationship--until Sophie’s independence, courage, and beauty touch his guarded heart. Both Sophie and Nick are terrified of being hurt again, but can they resist the pull of true love?

Sophie, tell us a little about your past?
Sure, I’m from San Diego. My mother is French and she raised me because my dad took off when I was 5 years old. I’m outgoing, love learning and writing, and worked as a magazine editor until recently. I’ve dreamt of becoming a writer since I was young.
Why are you trying to build a new life?
I wasn’t particularly happy in my job, but I was comfortable. My ex-fiancĂ© jilted me at the altar and I subsequently learned he’d been carrying on a long-term affair. Suddenly, I began questioning my instincts and life choices.
What kind of man would be your dream man?
Is Charlie Hunnam free? Kidding. First, I need a man I can trust. He needs to exhibit integrity, be intelligent and funny. Someone who loves to travel, enjoys the little things in life, and can commit to one person. Broad shoulders and a six-pack wouldn’t hurt.

What kind of man makes you crazy?
Liars. Men who only care about appearances and climbing the next rung in the corporate ladder turn me off. Men who have no moral compass—did I mention cheaters?
What DON”T you like about that sexy landlord Nicholas?
Unfortunately, I like almost everything about him, but don’t tell him! It’s a little annoying that he won’t take no for an answer. I really believed that taking a year to heal my heart and focus on my own personal growth and dreams would be key. He’s so tempting—in fact, he checks off all the boxes listed under my dream man.

Okay, time to grill Nicholas.
What brings you to Laguna Beach?
I was born and raised in Laguna Beach. It’s home. Except for attending Cornell in New York, I’ve always lived here.

What kind of woman are you looking for?
To be honest, I’m not really looking for a woman. My life is exactly how I like it. I’ve got my architecture firm, I’m pursuing the Pritzker Prize for architecture, I’ve got great friends and I’m close to my little sister Alyssa. I don’t have time for a serious relationship. For casual dating, I do enjoy a woman who is independent, smart, and compassionate. It’s important she’s real—there can be a lot of superficial people in Southern California. This new tenant of mine, Sophie, intrigues me. There’s something about her I just can’t pinpoint.

What kind of woman makes you crazy?
I don’t like women who get clingy after a first date. I don’t understand why a woman just can’t enjoy spending quality time together without immediately wanting to plan out the next fifty years. I also dislike women who only care about external appearances.

What do you think of your new tenant Sophie?
As I mentioned above, there’s something about her. I know that’s vague, but she’s not just another beautiful woman. I’m curious as to why she suddenly moved to Laguna—I hope she isn’t in trouble back in San Diego. Her big blue eyes slay me. But, don’t tell her that.

Thank you, Sophie and Nicholas. We're looking forward to reading your story. Here are the buy links:
  • Amazon:
  • The Wild Rose Press, Inc.:
  • Barnes and Noble:
  • Kobo:
  • iBooks:

  • And here is how you can reach Claire;
    Twitter @clairepmarti,  
    Facebook at ClaireMartiAuthor,
     Goodreads Claire Marti

    Thank you, Claire, for being my guest.  Any comments or questions for Claire?

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017

    A Romantic Trip into the Past

    Since I write romantic suspense I am always searching for something new to read in that field, and today's guest in My Writing Corner has a new entry that appeals to me in so many ways. My guest is M. S. Spencer, who has lived or traveled in five of the seven continents.

    She says she spent the last thirty years in Washington, working as a librarian, Congressional staff assistant, speechwriter, editor, birdwatcher, kayaker, policy wonk, non-profit director and parent. She has worked for the U. S. Senate and the U. S. Department of the Interior as well as in several library systems and the Torpedo Factory Art Center.
    She is the author of ten published romantic suspense novels and is currently working on two more.  She tells us that she spends her time between the Gulf Coast of Florida and a tiny village in Maine. Her newest book sounds like a real winner. Take it away, M.S.

    Thanks so much for having me at your lovely site today, Rebecca. I want to talk about my new romantic suspense, Lapses of Memory.

    A rush of emotion dropped a veil over all but the tiny world of the two people in seats 11A and 11B, in a jet plane floating somewhere over the Atlantic, in a still moment in time.

    Sydney Bellek first meets Elian Davies in the 1950s on a Boeing 377 Stratocruiser when she is five and he is seven. They run into each other every few years after that, but while he knows from the start that she is his true love, she does not. Later, as rival journalists, they vie for scoops on international crises from the Iranian revolution to the Lebanese civil war. The handsome and intrepid Elian beats her out at every turn, even while keeping his love for her secret. Only after years of separation does she finally realize they are meant to be together, but this time in a twist of fate, it is Elian whose memory of her is gone. Will he remember her before she loses heart or will their new love be enough to replace the old one?

     Lapses of Memory follow the exploits of two journalists, Sydney Bellek and Elian Davies, as they travel the globe reporting on various world catastrophes. As journalists, they fly a lot. Since in the story they only meet every few years, the dates of their meeting on a plane coincided strangely and wonderfully with new aircraft designs coming on line. As children, they take the Boeing Stratocruiser—with sleeping berths and elegant dining. As adults they will fly all the Boeings from the 707 to the 787, not to mention an Airbus and a helicopter. In the excerpt below, Sydney and Elian meet again on a plane.

    Sydney pulled out her crossword puzzle, mints, pen, glasses, embroidery, and tissues and set them on the other seat before stealthily slipping the miniature bottle of Jack Daniels into the magazine pocket. She checked her ticket once again. They’d be in Rome tomorrow morning and from there the flight to Beirut should be less than five hours. As she searched for her seat belt, a husky voice behind her ear said, “Excuse me. I believe I have the window seat?”

    The scent of licorice filled her nostrils. She looked up into a pair of deep indigo eyes, half-obscured by a tangle of hair the color of cordovan. He used his angular chin, cloaked in reddish brown stubble, to indicate his seat. She looked him up and down without moving and pronounced, “Elian Davies.”
                He drew back, an expression of mock surprise on his face. “Sydney Bellek? Could it be you after all these years? My, how you’ve aged…I mean matured.”
                Whatever joy she’d felt at seeing him faded. “You.”
                He scooted around her knees, grabbed her stuff, dropped it in her lap, and sat down. “Me.”
                 She opened her crossword puzzle and pretended to work on it. He pointed a tanned finger at a spot on the page. “Eleven down is Oslo.”
                 The stewardess came by. “Please buckle your seat belt, sir. We’ll be taking off in five minutes.”
                 “Oh, Miss…” He peered at her name plate. “Petula? What a lovely old-fashioned name!” He beamed at her. “Would you mind bringing me a glass of ice before we begin to taxi?”
                  The stewardess opened her mouth, then opened her eyes wide. “Why, you’re Elian Davies, the famous photojournalist, aren’t you?”
                   “At your service, Petula.” He bent in a graceful half bow.
                   “Right away, sir. I’ll be back in a jiffy.” She tore down the aisle, knocking into passengers’ elbows and knees along the way. Holding a glass high, she ran back like a bartender in a Bastille Day race, and proudly plunked it and a packet of peanuts on Elian’s knee.
                   When she’d gone, he took a furtive look around and pulled a miniature bottle from his pocket. Sydney’s annoyance dissolved in giggles. “You too?” She pulled her own small whiskey out.
                   “Oh good, we’ll share this first one, shall we?”
                   She couldn’t say no, and besides, sipping kept her busy. Elian. She’d spent the last four years trying to hate him. It should have been easy. His reputation as an ace reporter and first-class scoop jockey had only grown since Tehran. Too many of her colleagues told stories of him racing across the tarmac just ahead of them to catch the final words of an escaping dictator, or jumping into a helicopter for a one-on-one interview with said dictator upon his triumphant return. Along with his derring-do came the even more infamous reputation as an inveterate ladies’ man, which the recent episode with Petula only confirmed.
                   She studied his left hand as it popped a peanut in his mouth—steady, strong, tanned. It looked familiar. Oh yes, I watched it unbutton my blouse in a supply room in Tehran. She turned away to hide the blush. When her cheeks had sufficiently cooled, she turned back only to have him glance away quickly.
                   Staring out the window, he inquired in a casual voice, “So how’s your boyfriend holding up while you’re off on these wasted efforts to follow in my footsteps?”
                    Her momentary affection melted away. Old Blue-Pencil Davies at it again. Prick. “They’re all moping of course, poor babies. And yours?”
                   “Me? I don’t hold with leading women on.”
                   “That’s not what your adoring public thinks.”
                   He swung around on her, the customary smirk on his lips gone. “They’re wrong, Sydney.”
                    The remark—and his deadly serious face—threw her. To cover her confusion, she sipped her drink. After a minute, he turned back to the window. As she watched his shoulders gradually relax, she reviewed the stories about him. From what she’d heard, women who crossed paths with him considered a one-night stand the standard reward. Could he be telling the truth? Just then Petula passed, slowing as she neared their row and heaving a soulful sigh. Sydney remembered the lovelorn look on her secretary’s face. He may not lead women on, but he sure draws them in.

    And this book sounds like it is drawing me into M. S. Spencer's world of the past. Thanks, M.S. for being my guest.  Here are the buy links:
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    Barnes and Noble:

    Any questions or comments for M. S.?


    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    A New Mystery Springs to Life

    Mystery series have always intrigued me and I'm always looking for a new character to enjoy and/or a new town or shop to visit. Today's guest in My Writing Corner is Misty Simon who writes the Ivy Morris series.  Misty says she likes to make people laugh with her work, and as a reader, I always enjoy the humor I find in her books.
    Misty, Ivy and her stories have been around for a while now.  Tell us a little about Ivy and your writing career.

    The Ivy Morris Mysteries originally started in 2005 with Poison Ivy. There were five books total ending in 2009. But then the publisher closed and Ivy was without a home. The wonderful Wild Rose Press took a chance on me by letting me re-release all of them, and then I had a great idea for one more brand new adventure to round out the set. I love my girl Ivy and will miss writing about her. But I also am on to new adventures with my new mystery series starting in November coming to you from Kensington.

    But we won't have to wait that long for Misty's  next book featuring Ivy. Luckily for eager readers, Ivy is back again this month with a new adventure and a new mystery, Hoedown Showdown.  Here's the blurb:

    With the Tasty Tomato Tournament just days away, the small town of Martha’s Point is all abuzz. This is the first year without a sure winner, and the competition is fierce to gain the judges’ approval, even before the tournament starts.

    But when Ivy finds one of those judges dead in a shed across the street, things go from bad to worse. All she wanted was seven glorious, kid-free days of messing around with her husband. Instead, she’s going to be tracking down a killer, staying out of the way of a pickle-obsessed farmer, and dodging the new cop who seems out for her blood.

    That sounds like another humorous adventure for Ivy and another winner for Misty!

    Buy Links:


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    If you would like more information on  Misty and her books:

    Thank you, Misty, for  bringing us Ivy and for being my guest today.

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    A Campus Thriller

    We are heading south today to a small college campus to meet Lam Corso, the hero of a new mystery thriller novel. Our guide is author Gary Guinn from Arkansas. He writes literary and mystery/thriller fiction. His first novel was published in 2005 and his poetry and fiction have appeared in a variety of magazines, and his short fiction has appeared in several anthologies.

     His newest book, Sacrificial Lam, was released recently by The Wild Rose Press. It is set on a small Southern college campus. Gary tells us his favorite pastimes are reading, writing, traveling, and brewing beer (and of course, drinking it).

    Let's find out more about Lam and his adventure:

         When English professor Lam Corso receives a death threat at work, he laughs it off. A liberal activist teaching at a small Southern conservative college, he's used to stirring up controversy on campus. It's just part of the give and take of life. Even when violently attacked, Lam is convinced it has to be a mistake. He can't imagine anyone who would want to kill him for his beliefs.

    When his home is broken into and his wife's business vandalized, Lam is forced to face facts. The police can't find a single lead. Lam's wife—a passionate anti-gun crusader—is outraged when Lam brings a gun into the house for protection. Left to their own devices, Lam and Susan must examine their marriage, faith, and values in the face of a carefully targeted attack from an assailant spurred into action by a different set of beliefs. What will it cost to survive?

    Because I love to know more about fascinating characters, naturally I have some questions for Lam. Tell us a little about your past and what made you decide to become a teacher?

                The college where I did my undergraduate work had an inner-city program. They took groups of students to Chicago for three weeks over Christmas break to work with at risk kids. I participated during my sophomore year, and it changed my life. We worked with the kids on literacy. One of the young guys in my group made great strides the first two weeks, and I got close to him. He didn’t show up for week three. I found out just before we left the city that he had died in a gang shooting. The news was devastating. Working with him, seeing him get excited about learning to read, had been the most satisfying thing I’d ever done. Literacy might have helped him escape the inner city. When I returned to the college, I enrolled in the education program.
    What do you like best about teaching?
                I grew up with books. I loved to read. When I decided to teach, I thought literature would be a good field to get into. It turned out to be a perfect fit. I love working through a piece of great literature with students and seeing the light come on in their eyes, seeing them smile when they get it.
    That’s easy. Administrative gobbledygook. If professors at small colleges could just teach, put all their energy into their work in the classroom, their lives would be so much more rewarding. But at small colleges, everyone has to serve on committees and turn in reports and do all kinds of evaluations. Those are onerous tasks to most teachers.
    Lam, you’re a liberal thinker, but you teach at a conservative college.  Is there a reason you chose to work there or is there another story behind your job?
    It’s a simple story, really. I was married, just finishing up my PhD. First baby was on the way. PhD’s in English are a dime a dozen, so when I was offered an interview at Mid-South Methodist, I jumped at the chance. I toned down my more radical progressive ideas for the interview. I got the job. I thought I’d be there a couple of years, build my resume, and then find a better job at a state school. But I found that I, and a handful of other liberal professors on campus, served a really valuable purpose in offering students another way of looking at the world. Students on the fringe of the status quo reached out to me. I became a mentor to some of them. And I developed close friendships with some of the other liberal professors, especially one of the professors in the Psychology Department. A couple of years stretched into a dozen.
    Fill us in on this new trouble you appear to be in?  Any hints of what’s going on?

    Well, though the university treats liberal professors even-handedly, our fit in the college community is sometimes difficult. There are some faculty, staff, and students who express dismay at the fact that the school hired liberal professors in the first place. There is particular outrage whenever one of us outspokenly supports liberal social causes, especially causes related to LGBT or immigration. Reproductive rights for women and the environment are also hot-button issues. But I never felt threatened, never felt that anyone on campus was capable of lashing out violently.
    That changed when I arrived at work on a beautiful Friday morning and found an envelope under my office door that held an anonymous death threat. I thought it was a joke by one of my colleagues in the department. But that evening I was run off the road while riding my bike, and a few days later I was attacked in the parking lot after dark. It was a narrow escape. The police and campus security are now involved, but they have not been able to find anything that points to a suspect. I’m beginning to worry about my wife and two boys, nine and six years old.
    Our readers love romance.  What drew you to your wife and what makes the two of you work as a couple?
                My junior year in college, my roommate talked me into going to a peace rally. He said that’s where the good-looking women would be. I had nothing else to do, so I went along. And there she was, holding up a sign that said, “Schools, not Bombers.” Well, I agreed with the sentiment, but it was the eyes and the lips, that incredibly sexy crooked smile, and the knockout figure that slew me. We talked, hit it off. I took her to a coffee house after the rally. We talked till two o’clock in the morning. I was already in love.
                But we’ve had a great marriage because of more than physical attraction. She’s an incredible person. She runs a very successful screen-printing business she started in high school. She founded and runs a regional peace center that is active in political and social issues. We’ve both become activists in issues of peace, the environment, and immigration.
                What’s going on now with the death threat and attacks is putting a strain on our family and our relationship.
    What would you say is your secret or hidden passion?
                I’ve always wanted to live on a sailboat in a small harbor of a small island off the coast of Greece. To get up every morning and dive into the Aegean Sea. To sit in a deck chair and watch the sun set on the ocean, with Greek folk music coming from the dock. A glass of wine. Fish on the grill.
    Thank you, Lam, for sharing your story with us. Here are the buy links:

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017

    A Romantic Slip Into the Past

    I love to read because I love to meet new characters. Today we're going back in time to meet a special person presented by author Dee Dee Lane. She writes romances set in the West. DeeDee, tell us about your newest book.

    Thanks for hosting me on your blog, Rebecca. You said this year you were focusing on "characters," so I decided to ask - Who is the traveling man in MY TRAVELING MAN?

    About a year ago I was doing research for the last novella in my SLIP IN TIME series. At the time I thought the last title would be about a stage coach driver who travelled back and forth across the West to deliver people and packages to wherever they needed to go. day...I came upon a short poem about a wagon master leading a wagon train traveling to Oregon Territory in the 1840's. The poem's imagery made me see the swiftly moving rivers, hear swarms of mosquitoes, listen to the voices of disgruntled, weary travelers. The poem gave me insights into the every day tragedies and joys occurring on a wagon train. Suddenly my story changed shape and I realized I had to explore this person and figure out how, what, when, why, all of those questions that motivate an author to write and re-write. 

     Many months later and I had carved out a story with Thomas Bristol, wagon master as the hero. I hope your readers will enjoy the story, Rebecca. And may I say Happy Travels to all!

    Alice Hanstrom prefers books to people, facts over feelings, and in her world, "adventure" is just a word in the dictionary. That is until the night she braves shadowed hallways of the Cowboy and Western Museum in pursuit of a long-lost diary. Her search of an antique covered wagon halts abruptly when the museum slips Alice back in time.

    Thomas Bristol is an experienced wagon master. On a daily basis he deals with cholera, exhausted oxen, and river rapids on the treacherous journey to Oregon Territory. But he's completely flummoxed when a mysterious woman appears in Big Blue River.

    On the trail, Alice and Thomas strive to balance is love of roaming adventure and her desire for predictable orderliness. As the wagon train reaches Independence Rock, the sparks between them catch fire. But can such different people become equal partners in love... and can their love survive the slip in time?

    My Traveling Man is the fourth installment in the Slip In Time Series. Want more? Let's get an excerpt: 

    Alice bent her lanky frame forward to squint at the notation scratched in the corner of the diaryscribbled in a different hand, less confident, childish.

           Im hiding Mamas last diary in our covered wagons secret hidey hole til shes in her right mind.
    The wagon mentioned was in the museum
    s storage basement, two floors down. Alices stomach fluttered and hopped. Every part of her yearned to find the hidey hole, be the one to find the diary not just write about it afterwards. Before she could talk herself out it, Alice exited the research library to set off down the darkened corridors of the Cowboy and Western Museum. Her footsteps made soft thwacks on the marble floor. She, Alice Hanstrom, intrepid scaredy-cat, was on an adventure. How thrilling, how positively mindblowing, how. Alice flinched away from a creaking noise to her right.

    Here are the buy links:
    My Traveling Man on The Wild Rose Press

    Thanks, DeeDee, for being my guest. Any questions or comments for DeeDee?

    Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    March into Spring with A New Romance

    As an avid romance reader I am always searching for new authors and books that resound with a plot that catches my interest. As soon as I read the blurb for Saffron A. Kent's new book, A War Like Ours, I was hooked and wanted to know more about the author. She is the guest today in My Writing Corner.

    Saffron says she is a romance writer and reader, a coffee addict and a White Russian drinker. Now that sounds like a fun combination. But she also describes herself as an imaginary ballet dancer, wanna-be poet, and Lana Del Ray and Gillian Flynn Worshipper.

    "My stories are grey-shaded and NC-17," says Saffron. "I write what I love to read. And what I love to read is always twisted and angsty and emotional. My characters desperately need therapy. They tend to kiss a lot too, among other naughty things."

    Of course that caught my attention as well as her warning that her books are for mature audiences only.

    Here's the blurb for A War Like Ours:

    A liar...
    Three weeks ago, James Maxwell’s wife died in a car accident, but he hasn’t been able to tell his five-year old daughter the heartbreaking truth behind her mother's death. Instead, he packs them up and leaves for a summer resort in upstate New York to spend a few peaceful weeks and to gradually break the news. But a spirited and outspoken maid at the resort has figured out his secret.

    A hater…
    After witnessing her mother’s violent death at the hands of her stepfather, Madison Smith has turned aimless and bitter toward the world—men, in particular. Her dead-end job at the local resort and her convenient girlfriend barely keep Madison from falling apart. When she meets James, however, she’s driven to protect his child from the darkness she sees inside him.

    A forbidden kiss…
    But Madison doesn’t expect to find that very darkness irresistible. Drowning in guilt and memories, neither does James expect to be drawn to the sharp-witted woman who has made his life miserable. When their tempers flare, a brutal kiss triggers a need that blurs the lines of hate and desire. As their lust spins out of control, they must decide if their attraction is worth fighting for or if love is the real enemy.
    Buy links:

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    Saffron says she loves to hear from readers so here is how to get in touch with her:

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    Thank you, Saffron, for being my guest!

    Wednesday, February 22, 2017

    Romancing the West

    As someone who grew up visiting uncle's and cousins' ranches, I have always enjoyed reading romance novels set in the West. My parents' romance started on a ranch in Colorado and one of the first romances I wrote featured a city woman in love with a cowboy. Naturally--like my mom and dad--they got their happy ending.

    As a result I'm always looking for engaging western romances -- like the latest release by Devon McKay. She is my guest author today in My Writing Corner. Devon writes romances with a western flair for The Wild Rose Press. She says when she is not writing, she is either working on her stained glass projects or walking her dogs in the woods.  

    Her newest book is titled, Betting on Kincade, and it sounds like a real winner. I know that cover grabbed my immediate attention!

    Everyone Cassie Wilcox loved is gone. And now, thanks to her drunken stepfather, her house and family business will be taken from her, too, unless she can find a way to buy back the ranch from the new owner. With less than two months to come up with money she doesn’t have, her options are running out, and apparently, her common sense as she rents out rooms to an eclectic group of strangers.

    Returning home for Dalton Kincade is bittersweet. Not a damn thing has changed. Two years on the rodeo circuit weren’t able to shake free the memory of the feisty redhead who’d broken his heart into a thousand pieces. Nor the sting of her parting words…"Never trust a Kincade."

    Winning her beloved ranch in a drunken bet is the last thing he expected to happen, but at least he saved it for her. Now, he has to figure out how to break that news to a woman who never wants to see him again. Renting a room in the house he now owns might be a risk, but it’s nothing compared to betting his heart on winning back the love of his life.

    Now doesn't that sound like a sure bet for a wonderful story?
    Here are the buy links:


    Thanks, Devon, for being my guest.  Any questions or comments for Devon?

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017

    New Romantic Fun with Old Friends

    This is the month for romance and it is always fun to find new fun with a romantic couple who made us fall in love with them the first time around. Joining me today in My Writing Corner is Anita Kidesu, who last year gave us the Candy Hearts romance, Surprise Me.  She is back with the characters from that book, Josie and Carson,  in a new romance, Surprise Me Again.

    Charged with trespassing and indecent exposure on Erik Stenson's private beach, Carson and Josie Sandberg return to South Padre Island to take care of the ticket. However, their reunion with Erik is not what they expected.  An invitation for a drink turns into a weekend of passion that fulfills fantasies and leaves all parties wanting to explore a threesome outside the bedroom.

    Will time, distance and family issues stand in the way , or will they be surprised again?  

    I enjoyed this couple so much the first time around I had to ask Anita for an interview with them.

    Carson, the two of you have have been together for a while. What do you like best about Josie?

    Her inner strength. It wasn’t easy moving her and the boys across the country. She had to leave her job, find a place for us to live, and deal with our sons’ anger at having to switch schools their senior year of high school. She did this mostly on her own because I had to focus on my new job.

    What do you like least?
    The fact that she doesn’t realize she has this inner strength. At times she lacks self-confidence. For instance, she hid the fact that she was writing a romance novel. Didn’t tell me or Eric until she’d received a contract. I’m proud of her.
    What makes your special relationship work?
    Love. Commitment. Laughter. I couldn’t imagine my life without her at my side. Once we met Eric, it was if a piece of me settled into place. I love making Josie happy, and our being with Eric does that.

    Josie, what first drew you to Carson?
    I hate to admit it because it sounds shallow, but his looks drew me to him. Then when I finally got the courage to talk to him, it was his sense of humor. I love a guy with a sense of humor. One who doesn’t take himself seriously. I’ve met so many guys who thought they had to be bad boys or to be cool meant they couldn’t laugh or smile. Ugh. A man’s smile and laugh are sexy.
    What do you secretly wish you could change about him?

    Yikes. That’s a tough one. I guess it would be that he could be more handy around the house. After the first time he nearly burned our house down fixing a lamp, and fell off  a ladder cleaning out the gutters, I decided I’d just get my father to do the odd jobs.

    For both, or either:  Tell us about your latest adventure.
    That would be when we went to South Padre Island armed with a candy heart that said “Surprise Me.” My mother-in-law urged us to spice up our lives by surprising each other. We ended up getting into trouble with the law and had to return to court to clear things up. That’s when we met up with Eric again.
    What’s special about Erik?

    Josie: Here’s the shallow me again, but his looks attracted me. But there was something about him. I don’t know if it was charisma or what but a spark lit when he approached me. I appreciated that he backed off when he realized I was married. I also liked it that he cares about me and Carson. 

    Carson: Eric is like a brother to me, one who loves Josie as much as I do. I’m happy to know that if something were ever happen to me, Eric is there to take care of Josie. He was burned by relationships in the past, but was brave enough to take on Josie and myself.

     What’s ahead for the two of you?
    Keep living the way we are with Eric in our lives. Get our boys through college. Enjoy life while we wait to become grandparents, which hopefully won’t happen for many years. Travel.
    Thank you both, and thank you, Anita for letting me talk to your characters.
    Here are the buy links if you want to get a copy of Surprise me Again.

    Here are the social media links if you would like to contact Anita.


    Any questions or comments for Anita?

    Wednesday, February 1, 2017

    Romance with a Billionaire

    We're moving into February, which means my search is on for wonderful romantic reading.  There's nothing quite like finishing off the winter with some great love stories.  I have to admit an affinity for that new trend toward billionaire romances. Who wouldn't want to find a hot guy with lots of money to spend and with just one weakness--a woman!

    Today's guest in My Writing Corner is Jean Adams. She's an award winning romance author from New Zealand, who says she loves happy endings. That makes her a perfect romance writer and she has won several writing contests that also illustrate her skill in doing just that. She is a former airline employee who has travelled extensively so her knowledge in that regard also comes through in her work.

    Her newest book  Billionaire romance book, Honey's Greek Billionaire. 
    Here's the blurb:

    In an effort to stop his embarrassing flirtations, Honey Preston jokingly asks her billionaire boss, Paris Magdalinos, to marry her. Much to her surprise, he accepts, and no amount of wriggling on her part will induce him to let her off the hook. Besides, she doesn't believe she's good enough for him.

    Paris has his own agenda. He's using Honey's innocent proposal to help him out of a sticky situation. And their marriage will only be for a short time...until he kisses her and discovers she's the woman he's been seeking. She's perfect for him, and he wants to stay married. But Honey's beliefs are hard to shake.
    Here are the buy links:
    The Wild Rose Press

    For more information on her books and to reach Jean, here is her web page link:

    Any comments or questions for Jean?