Monday, January 25, 2021

Enchanting Visits to Unique Worlds

Finding wonderful new authors has been high on my list of priorities since I was in third grade in grammar school. I was a product of many city libraries and later many bookstores. I still love to look for authors I can return to time and again. Every time I open one of their books I feel like it's a fun visit with an old friend. They can take me to other worlds, both real and fantasy. What could be better than visiting a world of dragons and heroic heroes and feisty heroines all wrapped up with great romance

Today's guest in My Writing Corner is author, Darcy Carson and when I checked out her bio, it sounded familiar to me. According to her biography, she grew up with a love of libraries also and now she write she writes romance. I knew I wanted to know more!

 Welcome, Darcy! Please tell us about your road to publication.

Ha, ha! I published my first book over twenty years ago, then nothing. I kept writing, but submitting wasn’t something I wanted to do until a friend convinced to do so. I sent He Walks In Dreams to Wild Rose Press, and they accepted it. So far they’ve accepted the first three books in the Dragons Return Series, plus an Irish Historical Romance. 

What do you find are some of the challenges of being a writer?

Challenges are probably different for every writer. A long time, for me, was taking writing seriously. I didn’t look at it as a career. If you want to publish you have to sit down every day and write. As far as I’m concerned word count isn’t important. Just write every day. Eventually, word count will increase.

 How do you come up with your characters?

That’s easy. My brain is never off, plus in a series characters are always walking across the pages. In my second book, the main protagonists found a cache of forty-two dragon eggs that will hatch at different times. Dragons are featured in every book. Each character in a book has a story to tell. In mine, minor characters eventually become a main character.

 How do you come up with your plots?

I usually start with a dragon. They’re very arrogant, opinionated, and just plain stubborn. They’re dragon, after all. But they have to work with their human friends to overcome a hurdle or two. It just sort of unfolds.

 Tell us about your latest book. What made you write it?

Ahhh, one of my favorites—She Wakes The Night. My heroine, Trell, was a tree for a thousand years in the second book. She was trapped in a spell and when she was set free she itched to see the world. She finished her schooling in the art of healing and now she’s going off with her dragon friend, Torkel, who is looking for a lair for himself. They meet an Untouchable, a person with a terrible, disfiguring disease and calls no place home. The only possession he owns is a flute and his music enthralls the dragon.

 What do you like best about your main characters?

Trell is an innocent. She doesn’t know how to mistrust. The Untouchable Gren is really a prince in disguise and hates that he must deceive her. Torkel is a young dragon, full of confidence and willing to turn any human into dragon food. All three have lessons to learn. She Wakes The Night has a theme about the unfairness of discrimination. I never knew I wrote in themes, but someone once pointed that out to me.

 Do you have any advice for beginning writers?

Be persistent is the best advice for beginning writers. If you love writing, creating stories and characters, never give up.

 What are you working on now or what is your next project?

I'm laughing hard at that question. I usually am working on several projects at once. And yes, sometimes I mix up names on the pages. I am already about twenty-five percent done with the fourth dragon book—Dragon of the Desert. Kizzire is a golden female dragon who wants only to be human. I’ve been working with two other writers doing anthologies set in contemporary times. We have two out—Beach Reads and Christmas Reads. I’m already working on Spring Reads. Plus, I’m key-stroking in an old Regency that needs lots of help. I know, this makes me crazy, but I stay happy.

Monday, January 18, 2021

A Romantic Return

 It's always great to check back in with authors we enjoy and that is what we are doing with today's featured writer.  My guest today in My Writing Corner is author Amber Dalton. We're also making another stop at one of my favorite places -- Deerbourne Inn. 

Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through The Wild Rose Press, Books to Go Now, and Daulton Publishing, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats.

She lives in North Carolina with her husband and demanding cats. 

Her newest book is Harmony's Embrace.

Divorced dad Birley Haynes is too busy raising his children and running his family’s music academy to start a relationship. Then Harmony Holdich, his high school sweetheart, returns home to Willow Springs, Vermont for Christmas and falls into his bed. She brings light and fun back into his life, but he can’t brush aside the threatening incidents around his workplace.

Harmony hadn’t expected a complication like Birley, especially so soon after the death of her unfaithful husband. With her life a mess, she plans to move across the country and start over. All she can offer him is a fling, but her heart yearns for more.

When the threats rise, how will Birley keep his children safe and convince Harmony to give love another chance?

Let's hear directly from both of these engaging characters and learn more about their romance.We'll start with Birley and what drives him to Harmony and what is holding him back.

What do you find special about Harmony?

Her strength. She’s been through a lot over the past few years, but she’s still the same stubborn, kind, fun-loving person I remember from back when we were kids. We’ve both grown up a lot since our teenage romance abruptly ended but being with her feels right.

What about her frightens (or disturbs) you?

I’m so worried she’ll wise up and move on from me. I come with baggage, and she’s worth more than I can ever give her. But I’ll do everything in my power to make her happy and keep her around. She’s the love of my life. Yeah, that sounds sappy as hell, but that’s the way things are.

 Now let's dig deeper into Harmony's tfeekubgs and see if we can learn what is giving her second thoughts.

What draws you to Birley?

 His stubbornness and the desperate yearning for freedom that he tries to hide from me. Even though I admire his one-track mind, he needs to relax and enjoy life. As a single dad and the manager of his family business. I understand he’s busy, but I’m determined to find my special place in his life. I can’t help but shake things up a bit.

 What do you fear when it comes to him?

 That he’ll succumb to stress. I don’t want him to push me away. I love him and his kids, but his job and his ex-wife are big problems.

Want more?  Let's get an excerpt:

            Dear God. His heart slammed harder. He’d died and gone to Heaven.

Harmony stretched her arms above her head and danced in the middle of the living room. Her hips pulsated with the beat of the music. Twisty locks of her hair bounced around her shoulders. She winked, then glided her hands across her breasts and stomach, daring his gaze to follow.

Birley licked his lips. The organ pressing against his zipper throbbed. Sweat slicked his nape. He dropped his scarf beside her purse, jacket, and beanie on the coffee table.

“Dance with me?”

Her husky entreaty ricocheted through him like a ping-pong ball. How could he deny her? He gripped her waist. She slid her arms around him. They swayed, their bodies a scant inch apart. She nuzzled his neck, her breath fanning his skin. His hair prickled. The air crackled around them. He shuddered and held her tighter.

“I’ve missed this.”

His chest heaved. He struggled to fill his lungs with air. “Dancing?”

“Dancing with you.” Harmony stroked his clean-shaven jaw. “I’m sorry things didn’t work out with you and Susannah, but I wouldn’t trade this moment for anything.”

Oh, God. He kissed her and swept his tongue past her parting lips. Delicious. The taste of chocolate and wine clung to her breath. He nibbled and licked the smooth slope of her neck.

“Birley, yes.” She ducked her head and claimed his mouth with hers. Then she feathered kisses across his face. “I need your hands, your mouth, your scent all over me. Take me, Birley. Hard, soft, I don’t care.”

If you want more (like I do), you'll have to get the book.  Here's how:

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And here is how you can get in touch with Amber. 
Thank you, Amber, for being my guest against and taking us back for another visit to our favorite inn.
Any comments or questions for Amber?

Monday, January 11, 2021

From Brainstorming to Book

This week I've split my time between writing two new books and  editing two more.  Watch for more news on those as they get further along. But that hasn't kept me from looking for new authors I might want to read or stories from authors I've enjoyed.  This week I'm pleased to welcome to My Writing Corner author Darlene DeLuca. Her newest book is The Story Between Us. 

Welcome, Darlene, where did you get the idea for this book?

 Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Rebecca! I think the idea for this story was born from some brainstorming about interesting careers. Once I started mulling around the idea of a children's book author, I knew there had to be a child involved. Since I set out to write a romance, there had to be a single dad as the love interest…so, Kristen, Reed and Dylan were brought to life.

Any challenges to writing this story?

One of the challenges to adding a child to the mix was to still keep the romance as the central story line. I wanted an endearing kid, yet knew he had to be real and relatable. Anyone with kids needed to recognize moments of funny but inappropriate comments, the sweet moments of trust and affection, and the occasional bothersome whining or need for attention.

And, of course, there had to be an antagonist, so Dylan’s aunt materialized. Her abrasive attitude and questionable dependability keep the reader guessing about her motives and keep reminding Reed that he really is Dylan’s best option as guardian.

What is your goal when you set out to write a book?

What I want more than anything when I write is to make an emotional connection between the characters and the readers. If I can make my readers smile, sigh, or shed a tear, I’ve accomplished my goal!

How about a blurb?

Her agent warned her not to get attached to a fan. But children's book author Kristen Hanover is about to break the rules. Kristen meets a young boy who is a victim of a tragic accident and is drawn into the heartbreaking situation.

      Six years ago, Reed Armstrong never imagined he'd actually become guardian of his sister's boy. Now he is, and most days he's not sure he's up to the task. When he and Dylan meet Kristen, Reed downplays his nephew's crush on the author. But as their lives become unexpectedly intertwined, he finds himself captivated as well.

     Trouble is, she sells stories for a living. Does she truly care about Dylan…and Reed, or is she using them for her own career advancement?

Now that sounds like a wonderful story!  Here are the buy links for her book and information on how to read more about Darlene and all her books.  

 The Story Between Us - Kindle edition by Deluca, Darlene. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @

Thank you, Darlene for being my guest today and introducing us to  your new book!

Monday, January 4, 2021

New Beginnings, New Stories

 It's the beginning of a new year and what's better to a reader than finding new books and stories to enjoy as well as new authors to read. One series that I've been looking forward to reading is the new Wylder series from The Wild Rose Press, and it's my great joy to today to introduce one of the authors. This week, let's get 2021 off to a great start with author Glenda Thompson. Her newest book is Broken Toys that just released last month. 

Welcome, Glenda. Tell us, what is the inspiration behind Broken Toys?

 Okay, this may be a bit macabre but… a friend of my husband, Darlin' owns a crematorium. The friend gave us a hip replacement implant that no one claimed. Darlin’ was examining it and one end comes to this sharp point. I had just come home from having a tire replaced on my truck. When I saw the point, I told Darlin’ that could do a ton of damage to a tire. About the same time, two calls came across his radio from dispatch—one for a missing child, the other for a complaint about Travelers scamming the elderly with roofing and driveway repairs. It just kind of clicked in my brain and Broken Toys was born.

How about a synopsis?

Texas Ranger Noah Morgan has his life together—with a great job and the girl of his dreams. Too bad it's all based on a lie. A single phone call threatens to bring it all crashing down. After an irate citizen complains shoddy workmanship has left him with a booby-trapped driveway, and the local sheriff's

office is too busy to respond, Noah takes the call. The investigation of local scam artists uncovers a human trafficking ring, Noah fights to avoid being swept back into the sights of his murderous family—people he escaped at the age of seventeen.

Can he keep his past a secret or will his carefully crafted life come to a violent en

Now would be a good time to point out that Broken Toys is fiction. The characters, the county, all of it, come from my imagination and are not based on anything or anyone in Atascosa County.

 What is your favorite part about Broken Toys?

The characters… they’ve been living inside my head for so long sometimes I forget they are not real people. They are the ones that have been tapping on the inside of my eyelids when I try to sleep nagging me to tell their stories. Several characters in Broken Toys will be getting their own books soon.

Is there a message you are trying to get across to readers in your book?

I have two messages in Broken Toys. The first is to bring awareness to human trafficking. It can happen anywhere, anytime, to anyone. We need to be more observant of our surroundings. Keep an eye on our children, our friends, and family. Keep everyone safe. We need to trust our guts. Yes, that kid throwing a fit maybe just having a temper tantrum, but he or she might be in the process of being snatched as well. Teenagers make easy targets for “Romeos” who sweep them off their feet making them believe they are “in love.” If it doesn’t feel right to you, say something. Especially in today’s environment of everyone wearing masks. It’s so easy for a child to disappear in a split moment.

The second message is to be true to yourself. Own your identity. Be who you are meant to be. Don’t be afraid you have to pretend to be someone else to be loved. If you love yourself, others will love you, too.

Tell us a little about your hometown, family, husband/children, etc.

Be careful what you ask for. I love to brag about my family. I’m a sixth-generation Texan with Scottish roots. My Grandma used to tell us the family came to Texas before there was a Texas.

I was born on Galveston Island and grew up near the coast. Summers were spent on the beach and shoes were worn only under protest.

Darlin’ (aka Constable Cregg Thompson) and I have been best friends for twenty years and married for eighteen. Between the two of us, we have three daughters, two sons, three sons-in-law, and two daughters-in-law. We also have eight grandchildren ranging from six to almost eighteen. I tell people all the time that our grandchildren are my reward for not strangling our children when they were teenagers.

Darlin’ and I currently live in Charlotte, Texas with three dogs and too many cats to count.

This is your first book, correct? What are you most excited about?\

Yes, Broken Toys is my first published novel. I have a drawer full of partially-finished manuscripts so I would have to say I’m most excited that I finished it. LOL. For the majority of my life, I have had two goals. To see my art hanging in a gallery and to have a book traditionally published. I have now achieved both.

Do you have any advice for young/new writers?

Trust in yourself and just write the story. Don’t get too wrapped up in finding the perfect word in the first draft. As a matter of fact, I call my first draft the “vomit draft” because I just puke the words out on the page. The first draft is telling yourself the story. Don’t expect it to be perfect. Heck, don’t even expect it to be good. That’s what the next drafts are for. Just get it down on paper or on the screen. You can’t fix what you don’t write.

Tell me a little bit about the second book you are working on.

I’m actually working on three more books right now. I keep bouncing between them depending on my mood.

The first is a complete departure from Broken Toys. Wings Over Wylder is a historical romance set in the Wyoming Territory in 1879. The Wright Brothers flew the first aircraft south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17, 1903. Except they didn’t. The first coil-powered aircraft was flown in Luckenbach, Texas on September 20, 1865 by a schoolteacher Jacob Brodbeck.

The other two, Broken Dreams and Broken Minds, are stories following secondary characters from Broken Toys through their own challenges and dark secrets.

Thank you for being my guest today, Glenda, and for taking us to Wylder and introducing us to your characters.

Here are the links to get in touch with Glenda and see her books:

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