Monday, May 18, 2015

Meet Pamela Thibodeaux' Newest Hero

     Set at the tail end of the Vietnam War era, Circles of Fate takes the reader from Fort Benning, Georgia to Thibodaux, Louisiana. A romantic saga, this gripping novel covers nearly twenty years in the lives of Shaunna Chatman and Todd Jameson. Constantly thrown together and torn apart by fate, the two are repeatedly forced to choose between love and duty, right and wrong, standing on faith or succumbing to the world’s viewpoint on life, love, marriage and fidelity. With intriguing twists and turns, fate brings together a cast of characters whose lives will forever be entwined. Through it all is the hand of God as He works all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome Pamela S Thibodeaux and Todd Jameson, from Circles of Fate an Inspirational Women’s Fiction release from Temperance Publishing. First up is Todd.
What did you think the first time you saw Shaunna Chatman? That she was the loveliest female I’d ever laid eyes on.
And your second thought? That she was too young to get involved with.
Did you think it was love at first sight? For me, definitely.
What do you like most about her? That’s hard to pinpoint as I love everything about her… the way she walks, the sound of her voice, her smile, the way the sun bounces off her hair, the way her eyes shine when she’s happy or flash fire when she’s mad.
That is so sweet! How would you describe her? Shaunna has rich copper colored hair and coffee colored eyes. She’s petite, but is every bit as passionate as her coloring would indicate.
How would she describe you? Me? I’m nothing special. I’m about five eight or nine with black hair and green eyes.
What made you choose military life for a career? At seventeen I had the option to stay out of jail by joining the Army.
Works for us—and for many young men in similar situations back in the day. What is your biggest fear? That no matter how much I accomplish, endure or overcome, deep down inside I’ll still be like my alcoholic father.
How do you relax? What’s that? I’m in the Army, remember? Seriously, I haven’t had a lot of time to relax but plan to do a lot of that once I retire. That, and spend time with the family and friends God has graced me with.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? My mother died when I was three and until I joined the Army I was too busy fighting to survive life with my father that I never had a lot of time for fiction. Then twenty years in the Army, including my last assignment as a ROTC instructor, didn’t allow much room for anything but training and military policy and procedure. Although I do enjoy a bit of television so if I had to pick a favorite fictional character I’d have to say Magnum PI.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Not really advice but insight I received when talking to my stepson is this: It’s not your name that counts but the honor you bring to it.
Good one. Thanks, Todd. Now it's time to talk with Pamela. What movies or books have had an impact on your writing? That’s hard to say. I’ve been an avid reader since early childhood where I started with Dr. Suess, then moved into horse stories then sweet romances at about age 12 or 13. By 15 I was into historical romances. So I guess you could say romance books of every nature impacted me the most because I just love a HEA ending and Nora Roberts is my all-time favorite romance author.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. Temperance Publishing is the indy imprint under which I published the reprints of my Tempered Series & short spinoff Lori’s Redemption, the electronic & soft cover editions of The Visionary and a couple of non-fiction projects. This manuscript was originally handwritten in 1989, typed in 1994 then saved from a word processor to my computer in 2000. I worked on it sporadically over the years but not until last year was it ready to submit. Then, after submitting to several agents and a couple of publishers who declined the book for various reasons, I decided to publish it myself.
What are you currently reading? I’ve been on a non-fiction kick for sometime and am currently reading You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay and The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity by Catherine Ponder.
What's up next for you? I still have several projects in the works. Two fiction and two nonfiction. One thing I am doing is uploading all of my articles and essays to my website. I have years of knowledge and experience in several areas of business and finance along with writing, editing and promotion. Over the span of my writing career, I’ve compiled nearly 100 articles and essays which I am uploading to my website. Once that project is off my ‘To Do’ list I hope to develop a regular writing schedule again.
Thanks so much for visiting us, Pamela. It's always a treat to meet your characters and talk with you. Kat and Veronica.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Another Great Guy From Author Kara O'Neal!

      When Jane Lonnigan refused to marry him, Frank Dawson got the hell out of Pikes Run and joined the army. As he took risk after risk, hoping someone would put him out of his misery, he consequently rose in ranks. Now he’s a First Lieutenant stationed at Fort Robertson, a crack shot, and the main communicator to the Chipsa tribe. 
      Frank broke Jane's heart when he refused to wait for her to complete her education. Still, as she embarked on her journey to becoming a teacher, she couldn't stop loving him. Her first teaching post is for the children of Riley Creek, the town Fort Robertson protects.
      When Frank realizes Jane has become a fixture of the settlement he is a part of, he sets out to guard himself from being twice a fool. But as life swirls around them, Frank can't help but return to her again and again.
     A mistake causes Frank to hurt Jane and make her believe all hope is lost. She runs home, needing the welcoming arms of her family. When Frank learns what he's done, he realizes he's been a fool. He races after her, intent on winning her back. Can he mend her heart and have Jane as his wife?

This week Wild Women Authors is delighted to welcome back author Kara O'Neal who brings Frank Dawson, lead character from The Soldier's Love, the latest in her western historical Pikes Run series out of Resplendence Publishing. Welcome, Kara and Frank. As always, we'll begin with Frank.
Where are you from? I was born in Baltimore, but we moved to Pikes Run, Texas, when I was eight.
Tell us a bit about The Soldier's Love. It’s about a woman, chasing her dream, and a man – me – who was too prideful to wait on her to fulfill that dream.
What did you think the first time you saw Jane? I thought she was the most beautiful girl I’d ever laid eyes on. And when she smiled at me, it was as if I came fully alive. That probably sounds dramatic, but I don’t know how else to describe it. 
Naw, it works for us. And your second thought? That I had to get close to her. I had to know her. There was a need in me, a yearning I didn’t know how to fight. I didn’t even try to fight it. And she had cousins who wouldn’t stop at beating me to a bloody pulp for pursuing her, but I didn’t care.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Yes. I have no doubts about that.
What do you like most about Jane? She is the most loving person I know. She would do anything for others. Her caring nature soothed every hurt I had, and because of my mother, I had plenty.
How would you describe her? Her beauty shines from the inside out. Her happiness and kindness draw people in all the time. She can take care of anything, handle just about anything. She’s amazing.
How would Jane describe you? Dependable. And I hope she’d say I was caring. I try to give back to her as much as she gives to me, but I’m not sure I’m always successful.
What made you choose being a realty agent as a career? I didn’t choose this. Realty is my father’s business. I don’t mind the job because I get to work with him every day. I’m not particular about my profession. All I care about is getting to be around my family and working with my father helps me do that.
What is your biggest fear? Losing a member of my family or losing Jane to some idiotic, prideful thing I might do. There was a time in our lives when my stubbornness almost ruined everything. I never want to allow my pride to have control over my actions again.
How do you relax? I spend time with my family. We fish, play checkers, go to dances. I love dancing with my wife.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? You probably haven’t heard of him, but I like Sir Pendergast. Jane made him up. She’s good at creating stories, and someday she’s gonna write them down. I’m trying to convince her it’s a good idea. We’ll see. I think she’d be a great writer.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Even though I had a terrible relationship with my mother, she gave me advice I should’ve taken. She told me not to let anger eat away my heart. And she told me to go after Jane. If I’d listened to her, I could’ve saved myself and Jane a lot of heartache. Thankfully, I now know the value in my mother’s last words to me, and I practice them every day.
Frank, it was great chatting with you. Kara always invents the most intriguing men, Now it's time to talk with her for a bit.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? Anne of Green Gables was a major influence on me, as was Little Women, but these came early in my life. As an adult, I found Jane Austen, and her novels are truly literary magic.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I’m sure we’ve all had moments when we allowed anger to control our actions. This book is about those moments, and how we can change and have triumph over self-pity.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? Resplendence Publishing was accepting historicals that weren’t Regency. I write Westerns, so when I saw that they were looking for something different, I quickly submitted. It was the right decision. My editors have made me a better writer.
What project[s] are you working on now? I am currently writing my sixth book Love’s Promise. It’s about accepting love into your life and allowing it to work its magic.
What's up next for you? More Pikes Run! I love these characters and before long every main player will have his, or her, story.
Thanks, Kara, for spending time with us this week and for bringing Frank to meet us. 
Kat and Veronica

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Meet Inspirational Author Pamela S. Thibodeaux

Today Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome back author Pamela S. Thibodeaux who brings with her Lori Strickland, from Lori’s Redemption an Inspirational romance release from Temperance Publishing. Lori is up first.
Tell us a bit about Lori’s Redemption. Lori Strickland, who was introduced in Tempered Fire, has always been known as her father's "wild child" with no desire to change until she meets ex-bull-rider-turned-preacher Rafe Judson. Her attempts to change her wanton ways come to naught until she realizes redemption only comes with true repentance.
What did you think the first time you saw Rafe? That he was handsome despite his limp.
And your second thought? That he smelled rather good for a preacher.
Good one, Lori. Did you think it was love at first sight?
Oh no, definitely not! I was not at my best when we met so I’m sure there wasn’t any love at first sight. A bit of interest and maybe a hint of lust on his part and he definitely invaded my sphere, but I’m not sure it was love.
What do you like most about him? The total lack of judgment in him over the sad state of disgrace he found me in.
How would you describe him? He is tall and handsome with jet black hair and crystal blue eyes. He has a limp from a near fatal mishap with a bull that ended his career as a rodeo cowboy.
How would he describe you? Well I’ve always been known as a ‘wild child’ and I’m sure he figured that a correct description despite my innocent looks, blonde hair and brown eyes.
What made you choose rodeo cowgirl as a career? I was born with a desperate need to escape from the small-town existence of Bandera, Texas. With no real direction in my life and no idea what I really wanted to do other than find the cowboy of my dreams and settle down, I figured the rodeo circuit would at least curb if not cure the wanderlust in my soul. And that maybe I could build a name for myself and be recognized as anything other than Roy Strickland’s ‘wild child.’ Also, what better place to find a cowboy than at the rodeo?
What is your biggest fear? That I’ll never really be accepted or loved for who I am, not just who my father is and that I’ll never measure up to standards of any kind held in high esteem by society at large. And that I’ll never be good enough.
How do you relax? I don’t. Does any wanderer ever really relax? But I do love to run and that is about the only thing that’s been a consistency in my life.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Cinderella. She had a fairy godmother that created a life of beauty out of the ashes in her existence and a Prince Charming who searched until he found her, kinda like Rafe did with me.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? My long-time friend, Stanley Morrison, who is actually more like a brother, told me at my darkest moment that it’s never too late for redemption for anyone, regardless of what they’ve done. He also said that redemption is the key to ending the misery in our lives and that you can’t find redemption, nor can you earn or buy it. Like forgiveness, grace and mercy, redemption is a gift and we can only receive it.
Thanks for the interview, Lori. It's Pamela's turn now. What movies or books have had an impact on your writing? A romantic at heart, I believe in magic and miracles and happy ever after and absolutely LOVE a great book, song and/or movie. Nora Roberts is my all time favorite author and Pretty Woman one of my favorite movies.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. Tell us a bit about the submission process. How long did it take from query to release? Temperance Publishing is an indy imprint under which I published the reprints of my Tempered series. Since Lori’s Redemption is a short spin-off of Tempered Fire (book 3), it was only fitting that I release it myself. It took a couple of months of editing and formatting then getting the perfect cover before I felt comfortable releasing the story.
What book are you currently reading?
Along with romance books, I am an avid reader of spiritual non-fiction and right now I’m reading You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay. Recent reads are The Unmistakable Touch of Grace by Cheryl Richardson and How to Know God by Deepak Chopra.
What's up next for you? [future releases, current projects etc].
My latest novel, Circles of Fate , was released in December 2014 through Temperance Publishing. Currently I have 2 WIP’s that I alternate working on.... one I hope to submit to Pelican Book Group for their Passport to Romance line and the other either for their Christmas Extravaganza or Easter Lilies line.
Thanks, Pamela. As always, this has been great. You create interesting, layered characters who are a thrill to meet.
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Monday, April 13, 2015

Meet Southern Gothic Author Susan Coryell

Sins and secrets of the past lie buried deep beneath the stones...

With that intriguing tag line, Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome back author Susan Coryell with her new release from The Wild Rose Press, Beneath The Stones. Susan brought with her heroine Ashby Overton.
Where are you from, Ashby? I grew up in New Jersey with my parents but left for Southern Virginia the summer of five years ago to act as an au pair to my then seven-year-old cousin. By the end of that momentous summer, chronicled in A Red, Red Rose, I had inherited Overhome Estate, my family’s historic plantation, a working horse farm on the shore of beautiful Moore Mountain Lake.
Tell us a bit about Beneath the Stones. The story picked up my life at Overhome five years after I inherited the family estate. I had earned my writing degree and was working for a local magazine—writing about arts and artists around here. Best news ever? I was getting married at summer’s end! Luke, my fiance, was winding up his veterinary degree and my parents were retiring and moving down South to help with the wedding. Oh, all my orbs were in orbit. Except for one thing: Overhome Estate was in financial peril and it was up to me to get us out of the red. To do this, I planned to sell off fifty back acres for a housing project. It broke my heart to compromise the integrity of a 200-year-old estate, but what other choice did I have?
So—how does this economic plan work? Oh, Lord. There’s so much opposition to my real estate deal—and I don’t mean from the family. You see, there was this spirit—yeah—a ghost—who was DEAD set (pun intended) on thwarting my plan. He was one mean and ornery devil. At times, I feared for my life. I had to uncover a lot of the Overton family’s past to sort out the motives behind this unpredictable entity.
What was your biggest fear? When every step I took seemed to lead to danger, the thing I most feared was that Luke and I would have to put off our wedding. We’d waited five years for this; I could not bear to think of waiting one day, one hour, one minute longer.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? When I tried to find answers to the who and why of the threatening spirit, I spoke to Miss Emma Coleville, our faithful former housekeeper and archivist of all things pertaining to Overhome. Miss Emma said, “The past is always with us. We cannot escape it, even if we desperately want to. Especially at Overhome.” It took me all summer to understand the meaning of those words.
This has been fascinating, Ashby. Now it's time to speak with Susan because we'd like to know which writers, from either books or movies, have had a major impact on your writing? I am in awe of mystery/gothic writers like Daphne DuMaurier, who wrote Rebecca—also, Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart. And by the way, Veronica, thanks for hosting my protagonist and me on your amazing blog!
You're very welcome. It's always fun to have you with us. With regard to research, where did you start for Beneath The Stones? I did so much research for this book. I scoured the Museum of the Confederacy several times, looking for the Virginia history I needed for background. I visited battle fields from the Civil War and toured an authentic “fort” structure built in the Valley of Virginia in the 1700’s, which became the prototype for the overseer’s cottage on Overhome Estate. I also interviewed a bluegrass champion mandolin player, spent a day on a lake horse farm, took in a winery tour and corresponded with an Olympic equestrian about the training of hunter-jumper horses and their riders.
Did that lead you down different paths, thereby changing the original concept? A serendipitous discovery wove its way into my novel—not changing the course, but certainly enriching the theme. The Civil War letters included in Beneath the Stones are based on actual letters written from battle fronts by family ancestors, Joseph Franklin Stover and John William Stover. After my mother-in-law’s death, the family found a nondescript box in her file cabinet. Inside we were amazed to find fifteen letters hand-written in beautiful, flowing script—all from these Confederate soldiers in the family. Since this occurred as I was in the midst of writing Beneath the Stones, I immediately seized on the idea of using excerpts from the letters in the novel. Though, for practical reasons, I omitted many details, overall the letters reveal a haunting picture of life for the Confederate soldier. A final note: The flute mentioned in one of the letters is very likely the same flute on display at the Museum of the Confederacy in Appomattox, Virginia.
Is there something more you'd like blog visitors to know about your writing or this book in particular? I always work with multiple themes. Southern Gothics are especially rich thematically—there’s just so much strife and conflict in the history of the South. Beneath the Stones touches on family and bloodlines, war and loyalty, layers of history, unrest in the spirit realm and the richness of cultural diversity—among others.
As a result, my books work well for book club discussions.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them; what influenced you to submit to them; how is the submission process; what is the turn-around time from date of query to date of release? The Wild Rose Press published both A Red, Red Rose and Beneath the Stones. I was referred to TWRP by a former publisher and I must say they are wonderful to work with—every one! I love my editor, Alicia Dean (aka Alice Robertson), who has been super helpful with both books. I’d say turn-around time is “reasonable.”
Beneath the Stones is my first go at sequel writing; I learned, by trial and error, how much of A Red, Red Rose to include without spoilers while maintaining a stand-alone novel in Beneath the Stones. Quite a task!
What are you reading right now? The Rent Collector, The Girls of Atomic City, The Garden of Evening Mists. (I always have three books going at once and I belong to two book clubs).
What's next for you? I am working on the third book in the Overhome series. Five years later, of course.
Susan also brought an excerpt with her from Beneath the Stones:
Luke climbed down cautiously, the old boards of the steps groaning and creaking under his weight. When he reached the bottom, he turned, held out his arms and said, “Come on down, Ashby. Just go slow.”
Not to worry. I’ve done this before,” I told him, reaching for the first step with my foot. Carefully, I moved toward the bottom, one step at a time, leaning against the wall for support. I was half-way there when it happened—so suddenly that I had no time to react. Frigid air swooshed down on me from behind, freezing my face so that I screwed my eyes tight shut at the same time something strong and determined pushed against my back violently—so violently that I stumbled, then tumbled forward, to be caught in Luke’s outstretched arms from several stairs below.
Whoa!” Luke exhaled from the impact of my body on his. “My God, Ashby. What happened?”
I slumped against him, unable to utter a single word, my breathing shallow and rapid. At last I found my voice. “Something pushed me, Luke. I don’t know what—or who—but it was powerful and deliberate.”
Luke glanced up to the top of the stairs. “Nothing there. I’m going back to the loft to look.”
I stopped him. “I doubt you’ll find anything.” I sniffed the air, expecting a new infusion of foul odor. “And what would you do if you did find anything?”
Just then we both heard it. Hollow, chilling, trailing away from us with every syllable: “Go away. He’s dead. He’s dead. He’s dead....”

To learn more about Susan Coryell and the stories she creates go to: www.susancoryellauthor.com or contact her at:
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Monday, April 6, 2015

Meet Kara O'Neal's New Man!

     After Eulalie Miller was left at the altar, her younger sisters, Susannah and Lucy, pledge to never forsake her, not suspecting the vow would label them "Spinster Sisters". Neither did they realize Eulalie would become so formidable, the male population would be too scared to darken their doorstep.
     But, while Eulalie makes it her mission to protect her sisters from men, she can't stop Brady Callahan, the saloon owner, from turning Susannah's head. Nor can she keep Harold Dawson, recently widowed, from stealing Lucy's heart. And when Richard Morrison comes calling for Eulalie, expecting courtship, marriage, and her love, Eulalie’s world is turned on its axis.
     As the "Spinster Sisters" tumble into romance, the people of Pikes Run might have to seek a new title for them. One of distinction and hope…
With that, Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome back Kara O'Neal and Brady Callahan from Kara's latest release, The Miller Brides. First up is Brady.
Where are you from? Texas. We moved around a lot, so I’m not really from a particular city.
Tell us a bit about The Miller Brides. It’s about the love three sisters have for each other. They all end up gettin’ hitched by the end of the story, and I’m one of the lucky fellas that ends up tyin’ the knot with one of those sisters.
What did you think the first time you saw Susannah? I thought her corset ties needed unlacing. And I told her that. Eventually anyway.
Hah! Good one. And your second thought? I realized there was fire under all that prim and proper behavior she tried to present. I wanted to unwrap everything and keep it for myself.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Possibly. She was so damned intriguing. I fell so hard and so fast for her, it might as well have been love at first sight.
What do you like most about Susannah? Her innocence. She tries to be worldly, but she’s too naive to completely understand. Still, she can get the better of me when she really wants to.
Considering your profession, Brady, that's an interesting response. How would you describe her? Hell, she’s amazing. I’ve never known a woman who can be equal parts innocent and feisty. It’s a killing combination.
How would she describe you? Can we skip this one?
No. Again, how would Susannah describe you? I guess she’d say I’m mischievous. And I probably tease her too much. But it’s so damn fun to do it. I think she’d also say I make her feel safe, which is important to me.
What made you choose being a saloon owner as a career? I enjoy havin’ a good time, and if I had some kind of town job, I’d die of boredom. I like bringin’ a good time to others, as well.
What is your biggest fear? Losin’ Susannah or our children. Early in our courtship, Susannah went missin’. That’s a hell I never want to repeat.
How do you relax? I spend time with my family or play a good hand of poker.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I like the Benedick fellow from Much Ado About Nothing. His courtship of Beatrice reminds me of Susannah and myself.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Don’t play poker with drunk cheats. I almost never follow it. Gives Susannah the hives.
The hives. Another Brady zinger. We'd like to talk to Kara, if you don't mind giving up the spotlight.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? Anne of Green Gables is a major influence on me, as is Little Women, but these came early in my life. As an adult, I found Jane Austen, and her novels are truly literary magic.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I have two sisters and a brother. I’ve always wanted to write siblings who have similar dynamics as the four of us. These women, and their irritated, but gruffly affectionate older brother, are just a glimpse into how my life was growing up.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? Resplendence Publishing was accepting historicals that weren’t Regency. I write Westerns, so when I saw that they were looking for something different, I quickly submitted. It was the right decision. My editors have made me a better writer.
What project[s] are you working on now? My fifth book - The Soldier’s Love - was just released on March 25th. I am currently writing my sixth book – Love’s Promise – where Thomas Miller from The Miller Brides is one of the heroes.
What's up next for you? More Pikes Run! I love these characters and before long every main player will have his, or her, story.

Thanks for spending time with us, Kara. Veronica and I always enjoy meeting your characters.
Kat Henry Doran

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Meet Historical Author Beverly Wells

Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome long time friend and fellow author Beverly Wells who brings Lorelei Webster with her from Bev's recent release, All For Love, an historical novel published out of Prairie Rose Publications. Welcome Beverly. First up is Lorelei.
Where are you from? Cheyenne originally, but I have recently moved to Toleman, Wyoming as their new school teacher.
What did you think the first time you saw Doctor Seth Taylor? Oh my, he was tall, dark and so very handsome. His broad shoulders and trim, sinewy physique did things for a frock coat that had me assessing him from head to toe, quite thoroughly in fact, to my shame. I couldn’t imagine how he’d walked across the dusty street and yet his knee-high black boots still glistened like they’d just been spit-shined.
Very nice. Very nice indeed. And your second thought? Since his eyes, almost black, regarded me as critically as the town’s angered men had just done, I felt mortified he’d witnessed the ruckus I’d caused—yet once again.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? My good heavens, not hardly. I had hoped when I met the good doctor, I would gain a comrade at arms to help me stop the abuse and neglect in this damnable town. But let me tell you, by his hesitation to shake my hand and the condemning stare he drilled my way, I wondered if we would even be friends.
This town sounds like it has become a character of its own, but more about Seth. What do you like most about him? Besides being so easy on the eyes? I’m just joking, because I am not one who judges a person by their looks, wealth or prestige. Therefore, I respect his dedication to his profession and admire his remarkable medical skill, aura of authority, preciseness, and honesty.
How would you describe him? Puzzling, very, very puzzling. As I already said, his dedication as well as his skill speaks highly for him. And when he treats his patients his genuine caring and confidence has them relaxing like trusting puppies without their mama and he instills hope within them. I am truly awed by his sincerity and knack with people. Yet he obviously, blatantly in fact, avoids any participation in community matters, other than fastidiously treating his patients. And I’m just itching to know why. Why he avoids any heavy discussions as if those voicing their opinions have the plague.
Again, very intriguing in terms of the plot structure. How would he describe you? Oh, he most likely has plenty of words to describe me that match that of the other men in town—‘feisty, Miss Neb-nose, impulsive, and trouble maker’, bitch. Is that enough? I do believe…and hope I’m correct…he finally understands and sees that I’m trying to help those in need even though I lack tact when I see abuse.
What made you choose teaching as a career? I love children and enjoy helping them learn about life in general, to develop skills they’ll need to make wise future decisions and a good life for themselves. A life they’ll be proud of whatever path they choose to follow.
What is your biggest fear, Lorelei? That I will again fail to either prevent another from needless harm or get them the help that’s needed.
How do you relax? I find it soothing to cook and bake. And of course reading a well written book is always on my list for a lazy day. Many might say walking is not relaxing, but I find it quite calming.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Hmm. I have so many for I love to read whenever I get the chance. It’s difficult to pin point, but I would have to say out of all the fiction I read, I prefer romance. And maybe that’s because I know I’ll never have such within my life. So I must say Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Bronte, or one of the four sisters in Little Women that was brilliantly written by Louisa May Alcott. They were all strong characters, honest and stood by their convictions, yet were truly lovely, kind and loving women.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Believe in yourself and stand true.
This has been terrific. You've made us want to read this story and find out why the people of a town would behave so badly, what sets them off against Lorelei and why Seth would avoid in-depth connections. Now it's Bev's turn . . .
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? When I was twelve, I went to the movie, Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl. I sat spellbound through the entire movie by the emotional involvement I felt down deep as well as being captivated by Anne’s strength, convictions and determination. I had no idea I’d been weeping—most likely through a good share of the movie--until the end. At first I thought I felt the overwhelming connection was due to my godparents being Jewish and my dance instructor (since I was five) bore the scars across her back from being in a concentration camp.
But it was the emotional investment I experienced that enthralled me—totally and throughout my entire lifetime. I ended up reading the book numerous times and saw that movie about 5 or 6 more times. I was not into writing and didn’t really enjoy reading much during my teens and early adult life (other than what was required in school), but when I decided to try a hand at writing, I wanted to write something that would touch someone’s heart, have meaning and a powerful punch that had them sitting upright in their front row seat. Braveheart is another such story that captured me heart and soul. Of course it helped that Mel Gibson made me drool through the whole thing. And I must include my all time favorite—and yes, I still have my big picture-book edition-- Cinderella.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? Working for years as a Public Health Nurse, I saw and was obligated to report abuse and neglect. And unfortunately I’ve had first-hand knowledge and/or witnessed many abusive situations among my own family members and friends. I also have dealt with teenage suicide and have helped counsel many teens along with their families. I feel having had such experiences and being deeply touched and affected by both circumstances, I could—I hope I did—show the emotions that not only my heroine experiences, but also my hero as well as with Jamie, the young troubled boy.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I’m now with Prairie Rose Publications after reading several different lines published by them and liking what I read. The two owners are also authors who write in all of their lines. They publish westerns, western romance (all levels except erotica) whether it is contemporary, paranormal, futuristic, fantasy, historical as well as other lines including YA, middle grade, new adult that range from futuristic to fantasy, paranormal of varying lengths. They also have several lines in inspirational. Lengths vary as well—anthologies, novellas, full length. I just read one about WWII.
At Prairie Rose Publications, I can write long historical romance, short anthologies or novellas for different times of the year and vary the style and level of romance. I’d never written an anthology and felt honored to be included in the Valentine’s Day anthology Cowboy Kisses. Oh my gosh, I loved writing that short story where the cute-as-a-button five year old girl stole the show from my hero and heroine, that’s for sure. Here’s the log line—a woman on the run, a marshal sworn to uphold the law, and a little girl’s pleas to Mr. Cupid for a new daddy.
What project[s] are you working on now? Right at the moment I’m racing toward my May 1 deadline for a Fourth of July anthology where the kiss will ignite the fireworks. A Cowboy Celebration will contain numerous exciting and varied stories by some very talented authors and at the end a gamut of recipes will be included that are mentioned throughout each story. With rugged cowboys, daring heroines and a Fourth of July holiday, it should be a sure-fired way to get ready for a hot, hot summer.
What's up next for you? As soon as I’m done with the Fourth of July story, I’ll regroup and finish The Deaconess Hires a Gunman—I’m half way done with it. Did you know back in the 1800’s in Montana the law stated if a man sentenced to hang for a crime was claimed in matrimony by a God-loving, God-fearing woman he would be vindicated of his crime? Well, yep, that’s right. And oh boy, how that concept jumped out and bit me. So much so, I just had to throw a deaconess into the scene for good measure and see which way the wind blew. Oh yeah!
Anything else you'd like our visitors to know about you? If I may, I would like to just mention that when I write a story I more than not like to include a lesson learned, or raise awareness of an important issue, sooo you’ll always find a wagon load of humor to keep the topic from weighing heavier than a double-oven cast iron stove. After all, all of us read for entertainment and enjoyment and a good laugh or giggle never hurts. (Okay we also read to shiver with goosies while reading about that tall, sinewy hunk who doesn’t want to be caught). Well heck, I put humor in the shorter stories that aren’t as deep as the longer ones—just to make you show those pearly whites. My mama always said, ‘A smile a day keeps the soul happy and the doctor away’.

Gosh, I love hearing from readers and/or aspiring writers. I have so much to give back to so many for helping and encouraging me along the long road that I welcome any comments or questions sent my way or simply to chat. My email address is beverlywellsauthor@gmail.com .
I’ve just had my website redone and would welcome any and all to visit and read more @ www.beverlywellsauthor.com .
And if anyone is interested in obtaining any of my books, the sites are listed on my webpage or just go to Amazon, Smashwords, Createspace,--All books are print and eBook and eBook is also available on Kindle and B&N Nook. I love visiting with friends and readers on https://www.facebook.com/…/Beverly-Wells-Author/ or my other persona of Bev Lewis facebook—the two are linked.

Thanks so much, Bev! This has been a real treat.
Our best to you always, Kat and Veronica



Sunday, March 29, 2015

Another Blog Winner Chooses . . .

Another visitor to this week's blog, Thea Hutcheson, has won a burgundy wine brocade jewelry caddy.
Congratulations, Thea!
Kat and Veronica