Thursday, August 15, 2019

Drawn to A Ghostly Escape

Don't we all love ghost stories? Especially when there is a romance involved? I know I've always been intrigued or fascinated by them and when I find a new one on the market I'm ready to sit down and start reading. So naturally I was interested when I heard about the story written by today's guest in My Writing Corner, Karilyn Bentley.
Karilyn is a Colorado author who says she lives with her own hunky hero, two crazy dogs, known as The Kraken and Sir Barks-A-Lot as well as a handful of colorful saltwater fish. She says she was driven to be an author by her love of reading stories and a preference for sitting in front of a computer at home, rather than sitting in a cube somewhere. I hear you, Karilyn.

 Her paranormal romance novella, Werewolves in London placed in the Got Wolf Contest and that started her on her writing career of sexy heroes and lush fantasy worlds.

Her latest work is The Shadow Heart Curse and it sounds like just the perfect book to sweep our imagination into another time and place.

Escaping New York after a client's untimely death, Medium Adrianna Sinclair flees to her family property in Italy. All she wants is to avoid ghosts, but an attractive one tempts her in ways she never knew possible.  Luca Fausto has been trapped on the Romani property for over a century for a crime he didn’t commit.  Adrianna may be the answer to breaking the curse that keeps him bound.  Standing in their way is a demonic spirit's plan for revenge. 

Will they prevail or will Luca be cursed to the shadows forever?

Want more? I do! Let's get an excerpt for even more temptation:


Lights drew her attention to the opposite wing of the mill, where a man stood staring at her window. At her. Breath caught in her lungs as she froze.

But only for a brief moment until she realized it wasn’t a man, at least not a living one. Her breath escaped on a whoosh of relief. Intuition whispered the man was the spirit who’d watched her last night.

The one from her dream.

Shadows clung to his body, ghostly fingers releasing as he stepped into the dim slash of moonlight. Lights flickered from behind him, like the dying gasps of sputtering candles. Dressed in a white shirt with an old-fashioned high collar, sleeves rolled halfway up his forearms, and dark trousers, he reminded her of a working man in a World War I photograph. As if he had removed his coat and tie and rolled up his sleeves to get to work.

Except the men in those photos didn’t sport the wide-eyed, happy look of this man. Ghost. Whatever. Yeah, he wasn’t the only one surprised. She’d sworn never to see a ghost again, yet there stood a ghost, captured by her gaze. The man was hot, in an old-fashioned way. At least he didn’t sport a handle-bar moustache.

He gestured to her, his hand beckoning in a “come here” motion.

She squeezed the bridge of her nose. Was she actually thinking of heading his way? Judging by the way her feet pointed toward the door, she’d already decided. Dammit. She might not want to see a ghost or speak to a spirit, but past experience told her if she ignored them, they ramped up the annoying factor.

       How bad could it be to talk to an attractive spirit?

Okay, I know you probably want more, just as I do, but you're on your own from here, so here are the buy links:





And here is how get in touch with Karilyn:








But there is even more in store for  Karilyn and her book. Her work is being turned into a movie project! I don't do this often, but when I heard about this, I knew I had to know the whole story so I've invited Karilyn back for next week so we can discuss this whole new possibility.  

Any questions or comments for Karilyn?

Thursday, August 8, 2019

A Delightful Summer Romance

Sometimes a book's blurb can really grab your attention and you immediately want to know more. That was the case for me with the book, The Chief's Proposal. When I saw the title, I had wanted to know more and then I saw the blurb. That did it! See what you think. As an avid reader in summer I am always looking for a new, great read and this books seems to hold a promising story.

It is the latest book from author, Sandra Dailey. Sandra tells us that from childhood, she has moved from place to place, from Indiana to Florida, stopping in several places in between. She's also worked at a number of jobs, including as a waitress, soldier, retail manager and dental assistant.

She says the only thing she never had to leave behind was her imagination and storytelling was always her favorite way to pass time. She kept being told she should write a book, and finally she did, and she found it was a "lot of fun," so she has continued to write and we are glad she did.

She currently lives in North Florida with her husband, and she says she tortures him with crazy story lines and half written manuscripts. We are looking forward to more of them!

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Ginny Dearing has finally realized her goal of teaching, but finding a position is proving impossible. After exhausting all possibilities, an internet adgoal of teaching, but finding a position is proving impossible. After exhausting all possibilities, an Internet ad is her only hope. In a small town hundreds of miles away there is a job with one huge string attached...a husband. 

Burned by love once, Brett Silverfeather finds his bachelor life more than satisfying. He's facing re-election for sheriff, but this time the voters are looking for a family man. Brett finds himself pursuing a marriage he doesn't want.

Ginny and Brett are opposite in every way, but opposites do attract. Can Brett protect his heart as well as he does his town? Can Ginny hide a secret past that could possibly destroy her future?

See what I mean?  Don't you want to know more? Let's get an excerpt:

“Why do we need a fire?” Ginny asked.
“We need all the elements.” Brett motioned toward the lake, the sky, the ground, and back to the fire as he said, “Water, air, earth and fire.”
“Is this a Native American thing?”
Brett lowered his head and shook it. It was becoming a gesture she recognized as him gathering patience. He did it a lot around her. “Yeah, in your language this would be called a truth telling.”“What would your people call it?”
“A truth telling. Now will you pay attention?” Brett stretched out on the blanket with his head resting on his saddle. “Come down here and make yourself comfortable.”Ginny copied his pose, and then asked, “What’s next?”
“I’m going to ask you a question and you have to answer it, honestly and completely. After that, I’ll answer a question you have. What is said will stay here when we leave.”“What’s your question?” Brett turned his head to look at her. She’d never seen him look so serious.
“Why is it such a bad thing to be married to me? I know I’m no prize, but you look as if you’ve just received a death sentence.”
Ginny thought for a long moment. “I don’t know if it will be bad. I don’t really know you. I just hadn’t imagined myself being married to anyone, ever.”
And that has me wanting to know where I can get the book. Here are the buy links if you feel the same way:

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Here is how to get more information on Sandy and how to get in touch with her:


Thank you, Sandy, for bringing us your latest book and what sounds like a fun summer read!
Any comments or questions for Sandy?

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Let's Talk Villains!

Villains! Love them or hate them, we can't live without them. Even in our daily lives we run into them when we would prefer to avoid those nasty types who make our lives miserable. But they are inevitable companions to writers. It is difficult to think of writing a fiction novel without some sort of villain to make your hero or heroine unhappy or to test them and make them grow over the course of the story.

When my writing co-author, Sue Viders,  and I set out to write a book on villains, we found ourselves poring back through all our favorite old books and through our many books that we'd written to study the bad guys and gals that make each story click. Whether you are dealing with giant monsters on Mars or the bully down the street, it is easier than ever to find villains we need to defeat.

Sue and I have taught numerous classes on writing great characters and heroes and villains, but when we went looking for books on villains we didn't really find anything on the shelves that worked for writers looking to create their own fictional villains.

And that was why we wanted to, no needed to,  write a book on villains. Who are these special or crazed creatures or people who want only bad things to happen?? Why do they become so nasty and so evil?  Well, we aren't psychologists so luckily we don't need to figure that out. All we really needed to know was how these nasty people affect those around them.  Yes, we need to study their motives, but sometimes you just end up with a horribly evil villain and he or she doesn't  really have a plan other than to make life miserable for everyone around him/her. (Yes, I really enjoyed the Phantom of the Opera)

The book looks at all those villains we have come to hate, know or love and then we took the writing process a step further and started helping writers develop their own villains. Why do we love villains? What role do they play in the story? What do you do with them once you have come up with them. We tried to discuss all of those issues for writers and provide some tips an help on developing your own "perfect" villains for your own stories. Every story is different and every hero or heroine requires their own villain to torment and test them and that was what we set out to do -- show writers how to come up with the perfect bad guy or woman.

We are happy to announce that after months of work, our book is finally available on and we're hoping it becomes a useful resource for writers in all genres. You can get a look at it on Amazon.Com or search for Sue Viders or Becky Martinez

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