Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Help me Welcome, ALLISON MERRITT !


 A little bit about Allison.......

A life-long love of reading turned Allison Merritt into an indie author who writes historical, paranormal and fantasy romances, often combining the sub-genres. She lives in a small town in the Ozark Mountains with her husband and dogs. When she's not writing or reading, she hikes in national parks and conservation areas

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I'm thrilled to be featuring Allison today and putting the spotlight on her new e-book release, The Treasure Hunter's Lady.  Below I've included a blurb of the book to entice you.


 Blurb:
On the outside, Romy Farrington has the perfect life—a world-famous archaeologist father, a pretty dowry and an upcoming marriage to a wealthy businessman. But to Romy, her new life among the elitists is like a punishment.

For years, she traveled the world at her father's side, exploring new lands and uncovering ancient secrets. It was everything she ever wanted, until a near-fatal encounter with hostile natives forced her and her father into a life of retirement in Boston and an undesired advance into proper society.

Everything changes again when she's saved from an accident by a brash Texan in a back alley. Abel Courte may act like a carefree cowboy, but he's harboring a secret—he's searching for the Diamond of Uktena, a legendary jewel that can cure any disease known to man. He needs information Romy's father has in order to get to the jewel. When he traces the origin of the Diamond to Dakota Territory, he sets off to claim the treasure, only to find the archaeologist's fiery redheaded daughter stuck to him like a bug in sap.

In a race against time, Romy and Abel must learn to trust each other as they undertake a cross-country journey that will expose them to lands uncharted by white men, a deadly battle against the fearsome creature in possession of the Diamond and a fight to return to civilization where they might make the greatest discovery of all—love. 

Intrigued?  Then I suggest that you hop over to Barnes & Noble or Amazon and get a copy.    Still need a bit more convincing?  Drop back by on Saturday when I'll be reviewing The Treasure Hunter's Lady on the Saturday Book Review.

In the meantime, here are the links so you can learn more about Allison and maybe even leave a comment....I can tell you for a fact, authors always love to hear from readers and fans. 

Blog - Have Novel, Will Edit http://havenovelwilledit.blogspot.com


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

This is a day meant for letting others know how you feel about them.  There's a possibility of receiving candy, roses, dinner out at a fancy restaurant, or a cozy evening in front of a fire while you watch a romance-filled movie.  **sigh**

I wrote an article for Petit Fours & Hot Tamales about how much chocolate is made for this special day and the number of roses purchased, among other nice gifts...and you'd be surprised at how many calories are out there to be consumed.  Check it out:  http://petitfoursandhottamales.com/

Tomorrow I'm featuring a fabulous new author, Allison Merritt and I hope you'll drop back by to read about her new release, THE TREASURE HUNTER'S LADY.  I'm currently reading this book and I must tell you....wait a minute....I'll be reviewing the book for Saturday's Book Review, so you'll just have to wait until then to see what I think. (g)

Here's hoping you have a fantastic Valentine's Day!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

SATURDAY BOOK REVIEW !!

                                           HEART SURGEON, HERO...HUSBAND? 


In a few short days...February 1st to be exact...Mills & Boon will be releasing Susan Carlisle's debut medical romance, and you won't want to miss it.

Hannah Quinn and Scott McIntyre had been an item years earlier, but both moved on.  Now Hannah is a single mother and is being told that her son, Jake, desperately need a heart transplant.  Imagine the shock when she learns that Dr. McIntyre is the surgeon who can save her son's life.  Hannah loved Scott a long time ago, but he let her down...and she's not sure she can trust him again...especially with her son's life.  And what about her own heart?

Scott never forgot the woman he fell lin love with...nor can he allow himself to rekindle the feelings that once consumed him.  He walked away from Hannah once because he had seen what being married to a surgeon did to his mother and his family.  His father had always put his patients first and Scott knew he was the same as his father...that he wouldn't have enough left for a family because of his demanding career.  But he can't resist the pull Hannah still has on him...and he finds himself falling in love with her all over again.

As a dedicated surgeon, his patients come first, but he finds that even though Jake isn't his child, he's stepping over a professional line and allowing the child to become too important to him.  He can't let Hannah down.  At least he can give her back her son, even if he can't...or won't allow himself...to give her his own heart.

Susan wove a lot of very interesting heart-transplant details into her story...details she knows from first-hand experience since her own son had a heart-transplant over twenty years ago.  Her story kept me reading...and pulling for the couple to break through the walls each had built around their heart.

For a debut novel, Susan Carlisle came out of the gate with a force to be reckoned with.  I look forward to more of her stories in the future...and a little birdie told me that there will be at least three in the near future.  I highly recommend Heart Surgeon, Hero...Husband?

Just click on the link and you can pre-order Heart Surgeon, Hero...Husband?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Help Me Welcome, SUSAN CARLISLE !

 Susan Carlisle's love affair with books began when she made a bad grade in math in the sixth grade.  Not allowed to watch TV until she brought the grade up, she filled her time with books and became a voracious romance reader.  She has "keepers" on the shelf to prove it.  Because she loved the genre so much, she decided to try her hand at creating her own romantic world. She still loves a good happily-ever-after story.

When not writing, Susan doubles as a high school substitute teacher--she has been doing this for sixteen years.  She lives in Georgia with her husband of twenty-eight years and has four grown children.  She loves castles, traveling, cross-stitching, hats, James Bond and hearing from her readers. Facebook

I had the pleasure of recently spending some writing time with Susan and had the opportunity to sit down and learn all the little secrets that I'm sharing with you today.  So, sit back, relax and get to know a few fun facts about Susan.

1)  When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I started talking about writing a book 27 years ago, but didn't get serious about it until 2002. That first book will never make it to a shelf. 

2)  Ah, Susan, I'm sure all writers have at least one of those early stories that we will never show anyone.  So, tell us briefly about your journey to publication w/ Mills and Boon? 

A friend told me that Mills and Boon was looking for authors and encouraged me to submit. I still had to write the book. I did, submitted but had to request it back because of my nonfiction book that was coming out. With it out, I met the senior editor at a conference and told her that the book would be on her desk when she got home. The full manuscript was requested and revisions suggested. Heart Surgeon, Hero...Husband? came out five years after I wrote it.

3)  Wow. That's a long time to keep a dream alive.  Congratulations.  Now, we'd all like to know where you get your inspiration for your stories?

Every where. In things people say, the news, TV, my life.

4) So you have one non-fiction book out and now this new medical romance with Mills & Boon.  What can we look forward to in the future?

More medical romances for sure. I have been offered a three-book deal. So I'll be writing like the wind.  I also have some feelers out on a nonfiction.
 
5)  Wow!  A three-book contract is fabulous!  Congratulations!  So, now lets get down to the characters of your books.  Define your favorite Alpha Hero.   Who is your inspiration for him?

 I like a strong hero who knows his own mind and will make a decision. He'll protect his woman, but appreciates it when she stands up to him. My hero always has soft spot for older people, animals and kids. My guys tend to be tall and hunky but that isn't a must. I don't know that I have a real inspiration. Most of my guys are a merry  mixture of many people. 

6)  I must say that the guy on your cover makes me sigh.  A strong male being tender to a baby.  Perfect.  So that brings us to your heroines.  Do you pattern them after yourself or someone you know---or maybe someone you'd love to be?  Does your family live in fear of showing up in your books?

Of course my heroines have some of me in them but not enough that anyone would really notice. I'm pretty spunky and will take on a fight and my heroines do share that trait. I'm not too dumb to live so I do make sure my heroines aren't either. All the quys in my life think they are in my books--they aren't, but I can't convince them of that.  

7)  Since Mills & Boon medicals are predominantly featured in the European market, is there anything you have to keep in mind for that audience?  Certain words that you have to use that are different?  (for example, the "hood" of the car here is the "bonnet" in some countries)

Not really. Some of the words will be spelled a little differently but my editors are interested in American authors so they leave most of the other words as I have written them.

8)  Okay, now we're going to get to the really personal things in your life....your family.  How have they dealt with your current success?

Mostly they are fascinated and curious. And proud. I still do laundry, clean baths and dust, so some things will never change. 

9)  When your husband introduces you to someone, does he simply say you're his wife or does he describe you as a teacher or author?

If he remembers to introduce me, he says wife but if he thinks the person he is introducing me to is someone who would be interested in the fact I write, he mentions I'm an author.  

10)  What is your favorite time of day to write?
I'm a morning person but oddly I seem to write better around lunch and early afternoon. Weird, isn't it. 

11) To tag on to that last question, what is your favorite place to write?

I don't really have a favorite, but I do like to go to my mother's place on the lake and spend days writing. I always get a lot done when I go there.

12)  At what point will you consider that you're a successful writer?  (1 book published?  10?  NYT Bestseller?)
I want to be on the JamTron (huge TV) in the Auburn University football stadium. They only ask astronauts, super star sports people, or leaders in industry to be on there. I will have arrived to be seen there.  I would also feel successful if I had a book in the Library of Congress. Oh, of course the New York News list wouldn't go unnoticed.  

 13)  What advice would you give aspiring authors?  

Write, Write, Write and near give up. Rejection is just part of the process. Also, writing is hard work.

14)  Is there anything else you'd like to tell your readers and fans?
I'd love to hear from you. Read Heart Surgeon, Hero...Husband? and let me know what you think about it. 


Susan, thank you so much for joining me today and sharing with our readers about yourself and your new release from Mills & Boon.     

I hope everyone will drop back by this Saturday when I'll be reviewing Susan's book.                                                    
Susan's book will be released March 1, 2012, but can be advance-ordered now.

It's also available NOW for your Kindle!


Sunday, January 22, 2012

What A Way To Start The New Year !!

Have you noticed that I was AWOL for a few weeks?   Hey, there's a good reason...I was sick.  Now, I gotta tell you, that's NOT the way to start off the new year.  It's a bummer, but all is fine now.

I spent New Year's Eve in Atlanta at a Christian music concert and we had a safe, sane and fun evening.  But, now that we're in 2012, I have a question for you.  Did you make New Year's resolutions?  
 
Actually, I prefer to call them New Year's Goals...somehow it sounds more serious and like it's something I MUST do.  So, one of my "goals" is to drop the pounds I need to lose in order to have my BMI where the doctor wants it and my pants size where I want it.  I must admit that despite being sick...or maybe because of it, I'm just over 1/9 of the way to my goal!  YEAH!   Can you imagine Snoopy dancing around with his ears flopping in the breeze?  Yep, it's not even the end of the first month and I'm ahead of the game.
 
But the biggest issue isn't the goals we make, but the follow-through.  Will I quit after another month?  Will I stop short of my goal?  No.  You see, I read recently in the Bible (not for the first time) that we must press on toward the goal--toward the finish.  I also know that my granddaughter's swim coach tells them not to worry about who's behind them or beside them, but to"Power-through" to the wall.  In short, keep striving...with your focus on the goal and don't slow down....and NEVER GIVE UP!!!
 
I'll keep you updated every month or two to let you know how the goal is coming along.   So, do you have a goal for this year?  Is it a lofty goal?  One worthy of all your blood, sweat and tears?  One worthy of the sacrifices you're going to make to reach it?  







Sunday, December 25, 2011

MERRY CHRISTMAS !!


Well, the tree is still twinkling, but now there are no gifts under it.  It looks a bit bare, but the cat likes it better this way.

Our day started with coffee together in bed, then our church only had one service today…at 10:30, so it gave us time to have a leisurely breakfast and open our few gifts to each other.  I think Dick’s favorite was a golf putting practice thing.  Mine was a new Kindle and bright red cover.

Our kids, as usual, were too generous, but they gave us some lovely gifts.  Cards are sitting or hanging everywhere, telling me that we have some wonderful friends and I pray they all know how much we love them.  One of my favorite cards is a picture of the new addition to the family.  I’m a great-aunt again since my niece had her third child.  What a blessing.

This time of year always makes me remember past Christmas’ when the kids were smaller and Christmas morning wasn’t the relaxed, quiet time that it is now.  Ah, but those were the good ole days.  *sigh*

The weather today in Georgia is a mild mid fifties and since it rained last night, it started out damp but is drying out.  No snow…yet.  Our winter is being lazy about getting here, but I’m sure she’ll arrive with a bang over the next month or so.

In the meantime, enjoy family and friends today, stay warm, stay well and share hugs and good wishes with everyone on this special day that we celebrate the birth of our Lord.

Merry Christmas.




Saturday, December 24, 2011

SATURDAY BOOK REVIEW !!


BETWEEN A ROCK AND A MAD WOMAN
    by:  Stephanie Queen


This is a catchy title, but more so once you meet the two main characters.  Madeline, also known as Mad for short and Peter, also known as The Rock.

Book Blurb:

“Madeline Grace was always expected to do great things, but she discovers the price of destiny means running for governor--against a man who was once her lover.
In this world of politics, romance wins over cynicism and the good guys finish first. Not since JFK, has a political candidate used his wit and charm to such an advantage as Peter “the Rock”. On the other hand, there hasn’t been a woman so admired as a crusader against corrupt power since Joan of Arc… until “Mad” Madeline. Madeline is running for Governor of Massachusetts against Peter. Madeline and Peter were once in love—before she broke his heart.
In the midst of the campaign battle they re-ignite their volatile relationship, but on warring sides of the ticket, they can’t afford for the media to find out. As they fight each other for office they find they have an enemy in common. When their enemy drives up the stakes, Peter must decide if he’ll risk his career and fight with Madeline to overcome the political crisis. Madeline has to decide if she trusts Peter—and whether she still loves him.”

The author immediately drags the reader into the world of political campaign and makes the reader root for both sides of the ticket.  While I was reading, I wondered how she was going to allow both of her main characters to “win” when she wrote two such compelling candidates.  (Since I couldn’t imagine either of them losing) 
Well, the obvious would be for her to join him on the ticket as his Lieutenant Governor… at least in Peter’s mind, but Madeline will have none of that.  They differ on a lot of issues and she refuses to play second fiddle to a man…again.
There are twists and turns and even the secondary characters are compelling.  I could easily see a couple of them having their own story.  (Loved the Special Ops guys)
I was captured immediately and read straight through without stopping.  I didn’t want to put it down until I found out what was going to happen!

For me, the kiss of death or the two thumbs up depends on whether or not I love the characters enough to want to continue reading about them after the story ends.  In this case, I would love to read a sequel to Between A Rock and A Mad Woman. You owe it to yourself to buy and read this book.

Want a suggestion?  Right now you can get Between A Rock and a Mad Woman and her second book, Throwbacks, for $ .99 and I have to tell you...that's a bargain that a girl just can't pass up.  Oh, and after you read about Rock and Madeline, you'll want to read more stories written by Stephanie, so save yourself some time and go ahead and get Throwbacks while you're at Amazon and B&N.


Happy Reading and Merry Christmas!