Thursday, February 21, 2019

A Lyrical New Romance

February is the perfect month to celebrate romance writers and that is just what we've been doing for the past few weeks. Today we present another writer who writes romance, but she is also bringing in a touch of suspense. That's always been my favorite type of romance. My guest in My Writing Corner is Amber Daulton. 

Tell us about how you became a writer. 

After I read my first romance book when I was 12 years old, I realized what I wanted to do with my life—write my own stories! And so I did. I got to work on a romantic suspense novel and finished it within six months. It’s my first attempt at writing, and though I've revised the MS several times over the years, it’s currently not published. My first published book finally hit the digital shelves in 2012, when I was 26. Lyrical Embrace is now my eleventh publication, and I have about ten more manuscripts on my computer just waiting to see the light of day.

Have you always wanted to write fiction?
  
Oh, yes. Fiction is so much more fun to me as both a reader and a writer. The real world is hard enough, so I gravitate to fantasy.

What are some of the challenges of being a writer?

For me, I sometimes have a hard time finding the time and the drive to write. Then there’s all the promoting and marketing I have to do. It gets overwhelming.

How do you come up with characters?

I’m not really sure. I just think about the types of people I admire, and sometimes I think about bad situations and the type of person who would be strong enough to come out the other side still standing.

Tell us about your new release and what made you want to write it?


Lyrical Embrace is book four in the Deerbourne Inn series (a multi-author collaboration of stories), and one of the requirements for submitting to the series was that the story has to have a “small town” feel. With that in mind, I right away pictured a young woman running away from the big city to escape her abusive boyfriend. It just kinda popped in my head. Since I mostly write romantic suspense, this idea worked.

My heroine, Erica, was in a bad relationship and finally found the courage to break free. Even though she found help, a new love, and a chance for a better future, the past was still looming over her. 

I think a lot of readers can sympathize with such a situation, especially those who have experienced abuse and neglect from someone claiming to love them.

I also love stories about music and rock stars, but I don’t like the cheating and drugs that go along with the lifestyle. I haven’t published a story featuring a musician yet, so I figured I should get on the ball and do it.

My hero, Dylan, has retired from the New York music scene, and he now teaches kids how to play instruments. He’s gotten his life back together after all the drama of being a semi-star, and he and Erica have an instant connection.

Despite the dark undertones, this story is fun, uplifting, and hot. The characters are real and flawed. I really enjoyed writing it, and I hope readers will love it.

What are you working on right now?

I’m currently revising book 2 in the Arresting Onyx series for submission to The Wild Rose Press. Arresting Jeremiah follows hardnosed parole officer Jim Borden and his obsession Calista Barlow as they stick their noses where they don’t belong and fall deep into the trouble with the criminal organization known as Onyx.

What different genre would you love to write in the future?


Sci/fi romance. I love stories about aliens, world invasions, and kinky sexual habits. Unfortunately, I don’t have any ideas for a story like that, but maybe one day my muse will speak to me about it. *Fingers crossed*

Let's hear more about Lyrical Embrace.  Here's the blurb:

Out-of-work violinist Erica Timberly decides enough is enough. She leaves her abusive boyfriend and flees the big city, but then her car breaks down in the middle of the night. Though wary of men, she accepts help from Dylan Haynes, a stranger driving by on the road, and soon recognizes him as the sexy former drummer of her favorite indie rock band. Maybe, just maybe, her run of bad luck is finally turning around.

Music teacher Dylan Haynes knows Erica is in trouble, and her black eye is only the first clue. The stubborn yet vulnerable woman needs a friend, but he’s determined to give her everything she deserves.

Will Erica listen to the music in her heart and trust Dylan, or will her past always threaten her future?

And here are the buy links:
Barnes and Noble – https://bit.ly/2ChIhgR
Google Play – https://bit.ly/2DqXlsV
The Wild Rose Press store – https://bit.ly/2AIkSFk

If you would like to get in touch with Amber or learn more about her, here is her contact information:

Facebook Author Page – www.facebook.com/amber.daulton.author
Amazon Author Page – http://amzn.to/14JoZff

Thank you, Amber, for introducing us to your latest work and the Deerbourne Inn series.
Comments or questions for Amber?

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day with a New Romance

Happy Valentine's day to all and to celebrate I have the perfect book to recommend to readers looking for something romantic to read.  It's A Hundred Breaths, written by author Jean Grant and the best part is that this is part of a series so if you love this one, you'll have another to read in the future.

Jean writes historical and contemporary romances as well as women's fiction. She also writes articles for family-oriented travel magazines. Her background is in science and she draws from her interests in history, nature, but she says she also looks to her family for inspiration.  When she’s not writing or chasing children, she enjoys tending to her flower gardens, hiking, and doing just about anything in the outdoors.

I have featured her work before and always always enjoyed reading her books.  When I asked her to be a guest I told her I had one question for her about  her newest romance. The cover is gorgeous. I wanted to read it just from looking at the cover.

Why did you write the prequel and not a sequel?

When I wrote A Hundred Kisses it was set to be a standalone book. In fact, I had been writing stories set in 12th century Scotland for over a decade. After three practice novels, and much learning of the craft and business, I decided to leap forward to the 13th century and sprinkle in paranormal/mystical elements. Therein I found the magic! From that exploration arose Deirdre and Alasdair’s story in A Hundred Kisses: a ruthless baron, a dark past, a curse, deep secrets, and the mystical power of the Ancients. Not bad for a first book! (A little plug for Rosalind Ashford who narrated the audio book — her voice swept me away.).

I felt compelled to dig deeper into the mystical Silver Veil because Deirdre’s mother, Gwyn, also had a story to tell. It so happened to be a pivotal time period for the [end of the] Norse (Viking) reign. The stars aligned and what came forth was a story about a merciful Healer, a scarred man hellbent on vengeance, and several unrelenting Nordmen.

What's next? 

I'm writing the final book in the trilogy (hint: it’s about Deirdre and Alasdair’s child). Each story in my “hundred” series explores the powers of the Ancients: Healing (water), Feeling (fire), Seeing (Wind), and the grounding force of Earth. Each book is steeped in Scottish-Norse-English history. I’m looking forward to wrapping up my medieval Scotland adventure and excited to see where the next inkling takes me… A Hundred Kisses (book 2 in the trilogy), also available: Amazon and other online retailers.

Here's the blurb:

Healing his heart…with her last breath.
 1263, Scotland
 Simon MacCoinneach’s vengeance runs deep. The blade is the only way to end the blood-thirsty Nordmen’s reign upon Scottish soil. His soul might be lost, but the mystical Healer he kidnaps from the isles could be the answer for his ailing mother…and his heart.

Isles-born Gwyn reluctantly agrees to a marriage alliance with this heathen Scot in return for the sanctuary of her younger brother from her abusive Norse father. Her brother’s condition is beyond the scope of her Ancient power, for larger healings steal breaths of life from her own body.

As Simon and Gwyn fight to outwit her madman father and a resentful Norse betrothed, Gwyn softens Simon’s heart with each merciful touch. Gwyn’s Seer sister foresees a bloody battle—and an end to the Nordmen—but Simon will also die. Will Gwyn save Simon on the battlefield even if it means losing her last breath?


Thursday, February 7, 2019

Dreams Spark A Romantic Return

February is the month when I love to focus on reading romance, and I am always looking for wonderful new romantic adventures or those stories that let me close the book with a sigh of happiness at the happy ending.  That's why I was excited to find author Roxanne Howard's new book, When you Close your Eyes. 

Roxanne D. Howard is a U.S. Army veteran who has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and English. She loves to read poetry, classical literature, and Stephen King. Also, she is an avid Star Wars fan, musical theater nut, and marine biology geek. Roxanne resides in the western U.S., and when she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children. Roxanne loves to hear from her readers, and encourages you to contact her via her website and social media.

Let's get the details on that new book, and it sounds like it is perfect February reading:


Dreams are the perfect shelter for fantasies, safe havens to step inside without changing our daily lives. For Lark Braithwaite, all that is about to change. During the last six months, Lark has dreamt of a mysterious Irish lover who knows what she wants and gives her exactly what she needs. In her waking life in busy London, things aren't as ideal as her long-term relationship with her controlling fiancĂ© Charles has hit a dry spell. 

When Lark is called home to Oregon for her father's funeral, she comes face to face with the demons from her past, but she never expects to meet her dream lover in the flesh. 
 Niall O'Hagan steps straight out of her fantasies and into her life, and the powerful connection they share rocks her foundation. Although she's dealing with the bitterness of her fiancĂ©'s betrayal and his jealousy, Niall soon stirs Lark's awareness of her superficial existence and reawakens her sexuality....and her soul.

Add to GoodreadsWhen You Close Your Eyes
by Roxanne D. Howard
Genre: Supernatural Romance

If you would like to learn more about Roxanne:

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive content and a giveaway!

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