Monday, December 8, 2014

Meet a Real Hero--and the Author who Created Him

This week Wild Women Authors welcomes Melissa Klein, author of Her Hometown Hero, a recent release out of the Last Rose of Summer line for the Wild Rose Press, and her 'hero', Lt. Col. Brian Stone. After this interview we're sure you'll want to keep this one around your hometown, in your life, on your shelf—next to that pesky elf. First up is Brian.
Where are you from? Being an army brat and then entering the army myself, I’ve lived in a dozen states and five foreign countries, so I guess you could say I’m from everywhere. The closest thing to a hometown for me is Magnolia Springs, Georgia. It’s where my family landed after my father, The General, retired and where I met the love of my life, Riley Logan.
Tell us a bit about Her Hometown Hero. It's about what happens after my return home after losing my legs to an IED that went off underneath the Humvee I was riding in. To say the least, that was a dark period in my life, and I know for certain it was no picnic for my family either. Everyone I knew either treated me like the conquering hero or like I was broken. Thank heavens for Riley. Being new to town, she didn’t know my history, so when I was a pain in the ass, she called me on it.
What did you think the first time you saw her? Riley Logan struck me stupid when I first laid eyes on her. She’s a stunner in this unobtrusive way that many people miss. Thanks to her daily exercise routine, she’s slim with just the right amount of curves. When she doesn’t have her dark brown hair pulled up in a ponytail, it hangs in a straight shot nearly to her waist. But, it’s her eyes that first caught my attention. They’re violet, like Elizabeth Taylor’s. Most of the time her gaze is soft—shy even. When someone gets out of line, like me, her eyes turn this deep purple that can nail a guy where he’s standing. The day I met Riley, I couldn’t look at her enough, or stop myself from finding ways to provoke a response out of her.
And your second thought? The day we met wasn’t exactly stellar in terms of my behavior. I’d been roped into the role of grand marshal for the town's Memorial Day parade. Man, I did not want to be sitting on the back of Riley’s car for everyone to gawk at. She called me on my crappy attitude, got me out of my head And made me see things from others’ perspective. Even if we’d never gotten together, she’d be tops in my book. Not many people have the balls to call me out, but she did. And I’m a better man for it.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? No way. Lust at first sight, sure. Learning to truly love someone takes time. Thank God, my Riley is a patient woman.
What do you like most about her? The thing I like best is her honesty. She’s a straight shooter and people always know where they stand with her.
How would you describe her? Riley is the bravest woman I’ve ever known. After losing her husband in the line of duty, it took a lot of courage to love me, a career military man.
How would she describe you? Just this morning she called me a mule-headed man. As long as I’m her mule-headed man, I’m okay with the stubborn streak.
What made you choose the armed forces as a career? With a father in the army, it was a given that my sister, Maggie, and I would have careers in the military. The job suited me, and I miss it every day.
What is your biggest fear? That one nearly came true after Riley was in a bad car accident. I’m not sure what I would have done if she hadn’t pulled through.
How do you relax? One of my favorite things to do is hang out with my friends and family. Knock back a few cold ones with my best friend, have the niece and nephew running around in the back yard, and Riley at my side—and all is right with the world.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Indiana Jones is my favorite fictional character because no one makes hip deep trouble look more fun.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? It came from my best friend, Grant Davis. “Don’t screw this up. Riley could do a lot better than your sorry ass.”
Thanks, Brian, we're happy to have met you. It's time to speak with Melissa. First we'd like to know what movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why. Harper Lee’s book, To Kill a Mockingbird, continues to be a perennial favorite. I also greatly admire J.R. Ward for not only her excellent world building skills but for her commitment to staying true to the stories she imagines, even when it’s not what people expect. Laura Kaye, Sylvia Day, and Marie Force are also women I admire, not only for their books but for the gracious way they help other authors.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I began writing Her Hometown Hero while my son, Daniel was in Afghanistan. Writing a story of survival helped me cope with the real fears I had about his safety. I’m so grateful he has returned home safely. This book is dedicated to him, my father who also served in the army and to all the men and women who contribute to the freedom we enjoy here at home.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. Her Hometown Hero is the second book I’ve published through The Wild Rose Press (TWRP). From submission to publication, TWRP had been a dream to work with.
What project[s] are you working on now? I’m currently writing the second book in my new Best Of series. The book is called Best of Friends and it deals with a young woman recovering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). With my daughter still recovering from her own TBI, writing this book is both therapy and hell. I hope to have it ready for publication in the summer of 2015.
What's up next for you? Under my pseudonym, Eva Lilly, I have an erotic novella coming out in December called Ménage Under the Mistletoe. I also have a novel, Best of Enemies coming out in Spring, 2015.
This has been such fun for us. We're delighted to know Melissa is continuing to write and that she has contracted future stories!
Here's where you can purchase Her Hometown Hero:
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Here's where you can find her:
Twitter ID: https://twitter.com.klein_klein344








Monday, December 1, 2014

Meet the creator of 30 Seconds . . .

This week Wild Women authors is pleased to have Chrys Fey, author of 30 Seconds, a recent release out of the Wild Rose Press, and Dani, the heroine of this compelling story. First up is Dani Hart.
Where are you from? Cleveland, Ohio
Tell us a bit about 30 Seconds. It is about how my life gets turned upside down by the Mob's death threat. As I fight to stay alive, I fall in love with Blake, the officer who went undercover in the Mob and put me in this mess.
Hmm. Complicated. Tell us about Blake. What did you think the first time you saw him? I thought he was going to kill me. Or at the very least rob me. I mean he tackled me into my apartment and put his hand over my mouth. He was wearing a knit cap and a long coat. What would you have thought?
Exactly. What was your next thought? Okay, this guy is serious. He had his police badge in my face and was shaking me to get my attention. It’s hard not to take a man seriously when he’s doing that.
With all this going on, was it was love at first sight? More like stalker at first sight.
Hah! Good one. What do you like most about him? I like his curly hair that my fingers always want to touch. I like his defined abs, his strong arms, his...sorry, my mind was starting to go to the gutter. I like so much about Blake that’s impossible to choose just one thing.
Besides all that, which aren't shabby, how would you describe him? He is a cop through and through, which isn’t a bad thing when you need a cop to protect you from the Mob, but it is when you want a little romance.
Absolutely! How would he describe you? I’m sure he’d call me a pain for some of the things I pulled, but I’m a pain he can tolerate.
What made you choose the medical field as a career? I always knew I wanted to help people, and stitching them up and making them feel better was the best way for me to do that.
What is your biggest fear? Car accidents...I was in one when I was teen and it changed my life forever, so I very much try to avoid car accidents.
How do you relax? I listen to pounding rock music and let loose by dancing.
Who's your favorite fictional character and why? Cristina Yang from Grey’s Anatomy. If she were real, we would’ve been best friends. I’m bummed she’s no longer on the show.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Blake told me to get into my grandmother’s cedar chest. And I’m glad I did!
Looks like we'll have to read the book to see what you found there. Thanks, Dani. Much luck with himself and the career.
It's Chrys' turn at bat. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer? I think most of the movies I see and books I read impact me in some small way. For 30 Seconds, movies like SWAT, Death Sentence, Assault on Precinct 13, and Public Enemy helped me a lot with the police and Mob scenes.
What real thing in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I was able to incorporate my fear of car accidents into Dani’s story by giving her the same fear. I diluted my fear a little bit and didn’t make her afraid of being behind the wheel. I feel this was a great choice for 30 Seconds because it created a nice sub-plot.
Absolutely. Would you do that in your next story? I don’t think so, but I always try to include a little bit of me or at least one of my personal experiences in every one of my stories.
Good idea. Now please tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them; what influenced your decision to submit to them? I sent Hurricane Crimes to The Wild Rose Press, so it was a no-brainer for me to send 30 Seconds to them, too. And I plan on publishing even more stories to them!
What project[s] are you working on now? I am working on the prequel to 30 Seconds, which will follow Blake when he goes undercover in the Mob. It’s going to be a thrilling read.
What's up next for you? I plan to publish the sequel to Hurricane Crimes. Last year, Donovan visited Wild Wild Women to tell everyone about his story and you can bet I’m bringing him back for this sequel. He has a new disaster to face with Beth and far more danger.
Thanks, Chrys for introducing Dani to us and telling us about your stories and what's in the future for them. Now for an excerpt for 30 Seconds:

She panted with fear. What if they see the chest? What if we get caught? What if my breath stinks and I’m breathing right into Officer Hottie’s face? She shut her mouth and let oxygen flow through her nose.
Her eyesight slowly adjusted to the darkness and she could see Officer Hero’s silhouette. His head was turned and he was listening to the thuds of heavy boots getting louder; the intruders were coming their way.
Then the thunder of footsteps sounded right next to them. “There’s no one here, Red,” someone announced.
Look for documents,” a man ordered, who Dani could only assume was Red. “I want the name of the person I’m going to kill.”
A moment later, there was a reply. “All the mail is addressed to a Dr. Hart.”
Hearing her name said aloud by one of the men who had ransacked her place made her want to gasp. Her mouth fell open and her breath was reversing into her lungs, but before she could make a sound, Officer Hero lowered his lips to hers, silencing her. Stunned, she could only lie beneath him with her eyes wide and her body tense. She couldn’t believe he was kissing her. She wanted to push him back, but knew if she did he might hit the inside of the chest, giving away their hiding place. That was when she realized he was kissing her so she wouldn’t gasp.
She let her body relax. After her initial shock faded, she was able to feel his lips. They were comforting and caused a reaction deep inside her. She couldn’t stop her lips from reacting to his. It was an innocent connection, a soft touch of lips. Until his hand slid from her shoulder to her neck and the kiss deepened into something else.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

An Extraordinary Hero

Can six little geese create a Christmas miracle?

     Seven years ago Monica Stevens left her home town with no intention of returning. Her inability to conceive a child not only devastated her fifteen-year marriage, it made her doubt her appeal as a woman. When her mother has to undergo surgery, she reluctantly agrees to come back and run the Mother Goose Daycare.
     Luke Donovan is struggling to balance his career with his duties as a single father to six adopted children. The death of his wife has thrown the adoption of their two youngest sons into limbo. He is further stymied by a dogmatic social worker who questions whether a single parent can adequately care for so many children.
     Initially brought together by the children, Monica and Luke quickly surrender to their growing passion. But when she learns about the threatened adoption, Monica wonders if Luke's interest in her is only as a mother to his children. Is history about to repeat itself, or will a Christmas miracle finally give Monica the family she's always dreamed of having?

Today's post is bittersweet. We feature one of the first authors we contracted during our tenure with the Wild Rose Press—and is the last story we edited before leaving to tackle new and exciting options. Brenda and I go back to the day when I jumped across a table in a pitch session and begged her to submit her story to the fledgling Last Rose of Summer line. So . . .drum roll please. . . Wild Women Authors proudly presents author Brenda Gayle and hero extraordinaire, Luke Donovan, from Six Geese for Monica, the Last Rose offering for the Twelve Brides of Christmas series out of the Wild Rose Press.
Tell us a bit about yourself, Luke. Where are you from? That’s a tough one. I’ve spent most of my life traveling the world with non-government organizations, helping to build schools and communities in less developed countries. It was only about six years ago, with the adoption of my first child that I traded in my nomadic lifestyle to raise a family in Havenport, NY. It’s the first time in years I’ve thought of any “place” as home.
What is Six Geese for Monica all about? On its surface, the story seems to be about Monica finally getting the family she’s always wanted. But I think it’s also about me learning what’s really important in life and opening up my heart again. I hate to think where I’d be if I hadn’t met her.
Which is why we consider this man 'extraordinary'! So . . . what did you think the first time you saw Monica Stevens? I thought she was a whack-job, insisting that I owed her $270 because I was a few minutes late picking up my kids from her mother’s daycare center. I couldn’t imagine this tyrant in any kind of nurturing role, certainly not as a caregiver to my six kids while her mother recovered from surgery in the hospital.
Uh huh. And your second thought? Confusion, pure and simple. When she was around the kids she was a different person—firm, but warm. And they loved her! By the time I left the daycare center that first evening, I found myself wanting her to like me. It was very unsettling.
She must be something. Did you think it was love at first sight? Absolutely not. In fact, it wasn’t until Monica almost died that I finally acknowledged I loved her. I guess I can be a little dense sometimes.
What do you like most about her? Besides the fact she’s sexy as hell? (She’s going to be angry at me for saying that, but it’s true.) Actually, what is most remarkable about Monica is her inner strength. She agreed to come home to run the Mother Goose Daycare while her mother underwent surgery even though she knew being back in Havenport would bring up all sorts of painful memories. She was my rock when we didn’t know if Devon and Derrick, two of my kids, would be taken away from us. Despite everything she’s been through, she is loving and kind, and has a heart that knows no bounds.
That is so sweet and describes the perfect heroine. How would you describe her? Did I tell you how sexy she is? Especially when she pulls out her old 80s high school clothes and starts dancing around the house. Man, those shoulder pads, tight stirrup pants, and neon striped leg warmers are hot! Oh boy, I’m going to be in big trouble when I get home.
Hah! Serves you right. How would she describe you? I think she thinks I’m a good dad, probably a bit too focused on my career. Probably a bit dense in the love department. No, definitely dense in the love department. Fortunately she didn’t give up on me.
What made you choose architecture as a profession? It was a way to make a difference in the world. I wanted to help people less fortunate and building schools and buildings is all fine, but unless you can do so in a way that is environmentally sustainable, and takes into account the limitations of the communities you’re working in, it’s not going to be helpful in the long run. Being able to offer the skills of a professional architect seemed to be the best way I could help.
What is your biggest fear? Being a bad dad.
How do you relax? Dancing. We do a lot of dancing at our house.
Sigh. Our kind of man. Who is your favorite fictional character and why?
Dr. Doolittle. I think I have a lot in common with him. He traveled the world and learned to talk to the animals so he could help them. While I haven’t learned how to talk to animals, I have learned a lot about the various cultures with which I’ve worked. Also, his menagerie reminds me of my rambunctious kids at home.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Patience is a skill not an inheritable trait. Unfortunately, it’s a skill I haven’t yet mastered—just ask Monica.
What fun; we didn't quite expect Luke to be so . . . deep. Now it's Brenda's turn at bat. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? I love really sappy romances where you think everything is lost and then suddenly the couple gets a second chance. The 1959 movie, Gidget, with Sandra Dee and James Darren is one of my all-time favorites. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve seen it. I still feel a thrill when Gidget grudgingly agrees to go on a date with the son of her father’s friend and discovers it’s Moondoggie, and they get a second chance at love.
Gidget. Now there's a blast from the past. Who knew. What real thing/event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? Many of my books deal with the concept of what constitutes “family”—what you’re born into or what you create for yourself. It’s also a question faced by the hundreds of thousands of infertile couples around the world—one my husband and I also wrestled with. Technology can only do so much. But miracles do happen; I am proof. And so this Christmas, I was happy to be able to give Monica a second chance to be a mother.
Would you do that in your next story? I’m not sure I would necessarily deal with the subject of infertility in my next book, but I do think the concept of family will be prominent. It seems to be a theme I can’t get away from.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them; what influenced your decision to submit to them? Six Geese for Monica is my sixth publication with The Wild Rose Press. Before I published, I had heard a lot of good things about this fairly new (at the time) publisher and so I signed up to pitch my first book to one of its editors at the New Jersey Romance Writers conference. The response of the editor (you!) was so fantastic I knew I would do whatever it took to publish with that house. For my first five books, I worked with Maggie Johnson, another wonderful editor, but I jumped at the chance to be part of the Twelve Brides of Christmas series because
1) I loved the concept of brides, Christmas, and incorporating one of the famous “12 gifts” and
2) I really wanted to work with you, the editor to whom I first pitched.
Aww, Thanks. Tell us about the project[s] you're working on now. I’ve been asked to write a short contemporary romance for an anthology that is being published to support women’s cancer research. I’m really excited to be part of this worthwhile project.
What's up next for you? More writing, more publishing (I hope). I think my stories are expanding from pure contemporary romances into what is often referred to as “women’s fiction.” I like writing about older heroines (probably because I identify more closely with them), and these women tend to have a much broader range of life experiences.
Brenda brought along an excerpt from this terrific story. . .
“Gotta love the Internet. There’s a music stream for every situation.” He took a step toward her and held out his hand. “Wanna dance?”
Monica allowed the music to move through her as she and Luke danced through Culture Club, Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical,” and Hall and Oates’ “Maneater.” She hadn’t heard this music in years and it brought back feelings of being young and free, and a sense of the wild abandon she’d experienced on the high school dance floor.
The mood shifted as the attic filled with the first strains of “Sailing” by Christopher Cross. That, too, brought back high school memories of those awkward moments when you didn’t know if the boy you were dancing with was willing to slow dance with you or if he was going to abandon you on the dance floor.
Luke didn’t hesitate. He wrapped both arms around her waist as if it was the most natural thing in the world. She reached up to encircle his neck, and rested her head against his chest. She could hear his heart beating, steady and firm. He was steady and firm. He smelled wonderful, a mixture of his woodsy aftershave with the softly sweet scent of the soap used by both him and his children.
He was a good dancer, his moves confident and clear. It was obviously something he’d done a lot of. Jeff hadn’t liked to dance—typical jock—and she’d missed it during their time together—and after. How long since she’d been held on a dance floor? Or not on the dance floor, for that matter?
A good dancer. A good husband. A good father. Why couldn’t she have met Luke, or someone like him, twenty years ago?

If that last line doesn't move you, nothing will. Thank you, Brenda. Much much luck in your future. You'll do great.
Kat and Veronica

Monday, November 10, 2014

Let's Talk With a Darling Woman

This week, Wild Women Authors welcomes author Andrea Downing and Emily Darling, heroine from Dearest Darling, a new release out of the Love Letters series for the Wild Rose Press' historical romance line. Welcome Andrea and Emily who is up first. May I first say thank you so much for having me here today; I appreciate the opportunity to talk about, you know, my ‘story.’
And we are just as pleased to have you. Tell us a bit about yourself, Emily. Where are you from? New York, New York—originally. Now I live in Wyoming.
Tell us a bit about Dearest Darling. I was living with my brother—as his housekeeper, actually—under his thumb, to put it bluntly, because I was penniless. So, when this beautifully written love letter arrived along with a packet of tickets meant for someone else—and, of course, I couldn’t read the address due to the rain smudges, so there was no way of sending them on—well, you’ll understand that I just had to take those tickets and use them. I mean, what would be the purpose of returning the tickets to the sender or trying to find this woman for whom they were meant? It was destined to happen! Honest…
A clever plot ploy to work with the premise for the Love Letters series. Tell us about Daniel Saunders, the hero of this delightful story. What did you think the first time you saw him? You might say I was in a state of confusion. First of all, I was thoroughly exhausted from that long trip from New York to Wyoming—first the lengthy train journey and then that horrid stagecoach up from Cheyenne. Daniel wasn’t expecting me, so he was pretty disgruntled, and he had just come in from the ranch so was smelly and filthy. It wasn’t a good first impression at all!
Not the most sterling beginning to any relationship. Your second thought? Oh, dear; do I have to say in public? I mean, I had read his beautiful love letter to Ethel Darton and it went straight to my heart. Then, when Daniel managed to tidy himself up a bit and stood there with the light in the window, it just gave me palpitations.
Very nice description! Did you think it was love at first sight? Uh, well, it was more love at first read, I guess!
Good one. What do you like most about him? He’s exceedingly kind and considerate. I mean, he could have left me there in Jackson when I got off the stage, but he knew I didn’t have 2 bits to my name. And before you get any thoughts on that, let me add he behaved like a perfect gentleman. Unfortunately… Well, for a while…
Another zinger. How would you describe Daniel? He has lovely eyes that seem to look right through you, thick brownish hair you just want to reach up and run your fingers in, and he’s tall and well built, though a bit slender with it. I mean, I’m not very good at this sort of thing, but he certainly appeals to me.
Wow. How would he describe you? I guess he’d say I was petite and blonde?
What made you choose housekeeping as a career? Sweet ladies, I didn’t have a choice! If you’re a well bred young woman in the 1890s, you’re expected to marry, and that’s about the sum of it. Housekeeping for my brother was about all I could do.
That's the first time either Kat or I has ever been called sweet—and with our employment history, we've been called a lot of things. Thank you, Emily. What is your biggest fear? Being sent back to New York, of course!
Enough to send chills up one's spine. So, how do you relax? I guess reading and sewing. Now I’ve learned how to ride, I love that, but at the moment Daniel doesn’t permit me.
Good feed in for our next question: Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Difficult question, that. I love a number of books, but mostly I’m thinking I hated The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Hmm. Interesting response. One to ponder for future use. Thanks for that one, also. Last one: What is the best piece of advice you ever received? I guess it’s “In this world, you never know who’s telling the truth.”
This has been terrific. Let's talk with Andrea for a moment. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? I grew up on a diet of television westerns, but the one that stands out the most to me is The Virginian; I loved the book by Owen Wister, upon which the television series was based, and always dreamt of getting to Wyoming and being a cowgirl. I imagine I’ve transferred that dream and that love to my writing now.
Isn't that a blast from the past. The Virginian. Takes us back. What real thing or event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? The event that originally sparked the idea for the book, and became the setting, was my visit to the Cunningham Cabin in Grand Teton National Park. You stand there in this desolate spot with broad prairie meeting the base of the mountains, and not a lot else, and you just wonder what it must have been like to live there in the 1800s without all our modern conveniences and communications. It had to make for a certain kind of hero, someone who would live that way, but knew he had to deal with his loneliness.
Awesome response. Would you do that—use a real place or event—in your next story? Places I visit always impact in some way upon the stories I write; I think it’s unavoidable as an author.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? The Wild Rose Press has won the Preditors and Editors Best Publisher for, I think, 6 years running now, so it’s difficult not to have heard of them. They were the first small publisher I considered, and I feel lucky they’ve taken me on.
Tell us about the submission process ie how long from date of query to date of release. There are clear instructions on the web site for submitting but now I just submit directly to my editor. Query to release times vary depending on the material, book length, time of year etc. Dearest Darling came out pretty quick; my next book, Dances of the Heart has been a helluva lot longer, but that’s a full length novel.
What project[s] are you working on now? Ssshhhhh…I’m very secretive about that sort of thing but let me say it takes place in two different times.
What's up next for you? As I write this, I’m out in Wyoming and will be heading back to NYC for the winter in a few days. But wherever I am, I’m trying to fill those blank white pages!
Ladies, thanks so much for having the two of us here today. I believe Emily needs to get back to the ranch…
Andrea, and Emily, thank you so much for spending time with us this week. It's been a pleasure!
Kat and Veronica

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Doing Battle . . . for Love

"If love isn't worth fighting for, what is?"
     Love Howard has more than a knack for matchmaking. Born from a forbidden passion and a twelve-hundred-year-old promise, she and her sisters can literally see true love. And while Love has no problem bringing other couples together, her own romantic life could use a little help.
     Danton DeAngelo has always been well grounded in reality. So it throws him for no small loop when the woman he’s fallen for believes that she’s been reincarnated eleven times and can actually see true love.
     Now Danton is faced with the biggest decision of his life. Accept Love for who she really is, or walk away from her forever.

Fresh off a major blog tour, Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome first time author Angela Hayes and Love Howard from Love's Battle, a recent release out of the Wild Rose Press. First up is Love.
Where are you from? All over. Each life I have lived in various places. In this one, as Love Howard, I am from Maryland.
Tell us a bit about Love's Battle. It is pretty much my current life story and tells of how my sisters and I were conceived and a bit of how we lived our ten previous lives. Most importantly, it tells of how Danton DeAngelo and I came to be.
What did you think the first time you saw Danton? I thought he was perfect! It was the second and third thoughts that gave me trouble.
Un huh, it's those killer second and thirds that can spell doom. It was?
Literally, “Not now!” was screaming inside my brain. It was quickly followed up by how unfair it was that he and I had to meet under such circumstances and how those circumstances certainly put us at immediate odds. For those who haven’t read my story, I’ll just leave it at that, I don’t want to spoil the surprise of my not so favorable first impression.
Did you think it was love at first sight? I absolutely without hesitation knew Danton was my particular soul mate in this life. It’s one of the perks of being able to see true love and what a beautiful sight it is. Danton, on the other hand, was the one who needed convincing.
What do you like most about him? What I like most is his unwavering commitment. Once he makes up his mind about something, he sees it through. That’s why I am so looking forward to seeing him again our next life and am so humbled by the pledge he made.
How would you describe him? Stubborn because it takes him a while to come around, but once he does there’s no going back. Giving because he’s got such a big heart, it makes me fall in love with him again and again. And grounded. Danton keeps me tethered when I need it most and is always there, waiting on me when I need a safe place to land.
How would he describe you? I would hope with beautiful flowery words that would turn my heart to mush. But I’m afraid it would be more likely to make me blush. Something along the lines of flighty, impulsive, shoe-holic. Really, you have to see my collection—and aren’t these studded Louboutin’s just delicious? They make me think of candy dots.
If you say so. Personally, we go for clogs, a throwback to our long ago days in the OR. But we digress. What made you choose working with arts and antiquities as a profession? Arts and Antiquites has been a long simmering idea between my sisters and I. It was never right in our previous lives to consider opening a museum of this magnitude, but with all the modern advanced and truly open minded way of thinking the 21st century brings, it really was a no brainer.
What is your biggest fear? That’s a great question. In many of my past lives, fear was a way of life. It was so thick in the air at times you felt as if it would choke you. My sisters and I have lived through wars and plagues, but nothing amounts to the fear of rejection that grips you when you are facing the most important person in your world and have to confess that you were conceived thanks to the magic of a banshee and are reincarnated to bring lovers together. Imagine facing the ledge of a cliff and knowing at any moment the person behind you could push you off at any moment. That might would come close to describing what it feels like.
Oh my. That's a challenge. So . . . how do you relax? Relaxing, what is that?! My brain is constantly running, running, searching for new ideas, but I do find peace when I sit down at my harp and lose myself in the beautiful sounds of music.
Who is your favorite fictional character? While I do love reading, having met so many wonderfully creative and inspiring characters in real life, it makes it hard to have a favorite fictional character.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? It comes courtesy of my mother Riona. It was the unrequited love between her and my father that lead her to make the promise that resulted in my initial conception. As we were growing up and she explained to my sisters and I what would be required of us. I once asked why she would make such a sacrifice and still continue to pine for him. She looked at me, violet colored eyes full of love and pain, and smiled. “Gra, if love isn’t worth fighting for, what is?”
What a way to end an interview with an intriguing heroine and an even more intriguing story!! Let's learn a bit about the creator of such characters and intricate back story. Angela, what movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why?
Anything and everything by Nora Roberts has had an impact on my career—or what will hopefully be one. In my opinion she sets the very highest bar which a romance writer can hope to achieve. Then, there’s the Twilight series and Harry Potter or even 50 Shades, which I haven’t read, but each has created such a frenzied and massive fan base that it's mind blowing. It makes me understand how a single idea can evolve beyond expectations and I have a daydreams that at least one of the books that I write will have the same reaction.
What real thing or event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I spent the majority of my childhood living in Maryland and that more than anything influenced the books main location. The rest was places I hope to see one day.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I published my first book, Love’s Battle, with the Wild Rose Press. I found them on the Predators and Editors website (pred-ed.com) and the rest was really quick.
Tell us about the submission process ie how long from date of query to date of release? I submitted my query, heard back within 24 hours with a request for the full manuscript and waited 3 months to be told it was good, but not contract ready. After more edits, which it totally needed and took at least 6 months to complete, I waited less than 3 month to get the contract. Publication came a few months later. So from query in March of 2013 to publication in July of 2014.
What project[s] are you working on now? I am working on the second and third books featuring Love’s sisters as well as a few short stories featuring the couple the sisters bring together. There is also a paranormal series I’m continuing work on (the dreaded edits) and a mystery series in the think tank.
What's up next for you? The laundry. It’s always waiting in the wings. Oh, you mean writing wise… that would be meeting the visitors of your wonderful blog.
Very cool. We're sure they're anxious to meet you as well! Angela has brought along an excerpt from Love's Battle for additional enticement:
The hand Love pressed to her brow was visibly shaking. “There’s something I need to tell you. I just need you to keep an open mind.”
“What is it? Are you sick?” Danton asked.
“No, I’m not sick.” Her voice trembled on a forced laugh. “It’s something else. Something I‘ve been trying to prepare you for. This would be so much easier if you believed in magic. If you could believe that what I’m about to tell you is the honest truth.”
Turning, Love opened the iron chest, the hinges groaning with the effort as specks of rust littered the floor. From its depths she pulled out a clear plastic bag that she held tight to her chest, eyes closed, before handing it to a confused Danton.
“This is my tartan, my plaid. Before it faded and was dinner for the moths, it was once patterned in checks of green, gray, and brown. The purple and white stripes that ran through the hem identified the wearer as part of the royal family.” Love tapped the plastic, her finger pointing out where each color should be. “It was a gift from my father. The first and only time my sister’s and I met him, he was on his deathbed, we were eighteen. A week later our mother died in the same moment he drew his last breath.” Needing the extra air Love drew a breath of her own. “That day was the thirteenth of February, eight-hundred and fifty-eight AD. My father was Cinaed mac Alpin, crowned king of the Picts and Gaels. He was Scotland’s first king.”
“Eight- hundred and fifty-eight?” That couldn’t be right, she was only twenty-five. “Don’t you mean Nineteen-eighty-seven?”
“No. I was born for the first time in Scotland during the middle of the ninth century.”
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Meet Dayana Knight, author of Witch Familiar

Breanna McShae finds more in her newly acquired familiar then extra storage for her recently attained powers. She has discovered an unexpected addition to her very soul--something she will do anything to keep close to her heart.
Today Wild Women Authors welcomes author Dayana Knight and Hunter Colhen from Witch Familiar, one of the latest series published by the Wild Rose Press: Hauntings in the Garden. Welcome Dayana and Hunter.
Where are you from? Hell and back…ahh…it just feels like it sometimes. Name is Hunter Colhen and I am actually a hunter.
Please tell us something about Witch Familiar. I am chasing a monster. A sikqui, a demonic-like entity, who destroyed my family. I have been chasing the thing for more years than I’d like to admit… Then this sexy little witch gets in the middle and well you’ve probably guessed… The demon bastard goes after her.
That would be Brianna. What did you think the first time you saw her? I walked into the apothecary one day--your equivalent to a pharmacy—and there she was. Beautiful. Gathering herb plants, sunlight steaming through her blonde hair, deep in thought she was. No idea I was studying her. She bent to pick up a rosemary plant and I noticed a tasteful tattoo on the small of her back of a morning glory vine with a butterfly alight a flower and I…well let’s just say it got very hot.
Unh huh. And your second thought? I was gonna meet that girl.
Good one. Did you think it was love at first sight? I don’t know, but I felt drawn to her in a way I never felt for another female. I felt bound to her somehow…
What do you like most about Briana? She is so feminine yet so very powerful and strong.
How would you describe her? Sexy, warm and very powerful, yet I don’t think she realizes what a powerful witch she is.
Hunter was unexpectedly called upon to take on a secret mission so Dayana has graciously stepped in to complete the interview.
Dayana, what movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? I love paranormal stuff—vampires, shifters, ghosts, witches, etc. I also love crime suspense, but actually the books and movies are not what inspired me to sit down and write seriously. I’d written in some format or other for most of my life. The type of stories I pen are because they are the genres I love, however, my first book came out of a free writing class I’d taken long ago and the writing class was inspired by a great loss in my life—actually two—the deaths of my father and my Sheltie, Kazzy within months of one another. I had no other way to deal with the losses, so I began journaling then the most amazing thing happened, I began writing in earnest. My first novel, a crime suspense after which I moved on to paranormal. Oh I could go on and on…
What real thing/event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? My interest in nature and nature religions. I have been studying paganism and other earth centered religions. It was fun impersonating a green witch—a sexy one.
Tell us about your publisher. I am multi-published with The Wild Rose Press.
How did you first hear about them? A peer author told me about them years ago That they were looking for vamp and shifter stories. Sooo…I submitted.
What influenced your decision to submit? I liked the way they worked. They don’t send form letters, they actually want to help authors along the way to publication even if they don’t take your manuscript.
Tell us about the submission process ie how long from date of query to date of release. Well this particular story, Witch Familiar, came about after a call-out for Halloween/Samhain type stories, perhaps the end of last year with a deadline of February for an outline/synopsis of the piece, then stories had to be complete and through the system by I think it was July, 2014. I never thought I was a write-on-demand type of girl but I proved I could do it. So that to me was worth everything.
What project[s] are you working on now? Several stories are on the grid for me including a reintroduction of my first novel (the crime suspense story I mentioned earlier) completely revised and reworked.
What's up next for you? I hope to do some more write-on-demand subjects but plan to complete things I have in the works which have definitely been collection quite a layer of dust and cobwebs.
To add a bit more enticement to buy this story, Dayana brought along a blurb for Witch Familiar:
Breanna McShae is a practicing green witch—harm to none, do as you will is the mantra she lives by. She must seek a familiar as her powers have reached peak and grounding does not pull enough of her magick back. After performing a ritual, asking the Goddess to provide her with her given familiar, she finds she has two animals vying for her attentions—a wolf and a raven. The catch is one of them is the love of life and the other devastating trouble—a sikkqui—a creature that can assume any shape and sucks the very essence of human spirit and soul out leaving none but death and destruction behind. The only way to destroy it is too perform a dark ritual, which is taboo for a green witch. Her biggest problem is to figure out which animal is the sikkqui and then go against her very nature to destroy it without destroying herself and the shifter who has captured her heart.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Finding Love After Devastating Loss


Following her husband's sudden and tragic death, Beth Franklin finds solace on her couch, watching Dream House, a home improvement show—until she tires of the show's routine and writes in to the network, suggesting a plot twist.
When TV executives ask her to consider appearing on the show, she finds herself not only renovating a house but her own life when she and co-host, hottie Scott Roberts, hit it off.
With broken hearts in common, Beth and Scott take a risk on love, surprising not only themselves but the show's viewers, as well.

          Good morning, all. Fall has finally hit Western New York with a bang and it looks like it’s here to stay for awhile. To celebrate, Wild Women Authors welcomes author Allyson Hayes and Beth Franklin, lead character from Ally’s latest book Reality Re-Do. This book is a honey. To learn the real story behind the emotionally wrenching first chapters of this delightful tale, read on . . .
Welcome, Beth. To begin, please tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from? I grew up in Michigan but have lived in Minnesota for over twenty years now.  I’m getting tired of snow.
Can’t blame you about that. WNY is the bane of existence for someone who hates the cold! Tell us a bit about Reality Re-Do. It tells the story – which I still can’t believe is my story – of how I went from depressed on the couch, passing the time by watching reality shows, to appearing on Dream House and falling in love with the co-host, Scott Roberts.
What did you think the first time you saw Scott? The first time I saw him was on-screen. Still in my self-imposed couch confinement stage, I was flipping through the channels and stopped when I saw this burly man sporting a tool belt, grungy hat and flannel shirt.  He was swinging a sledgehammer to break up outdated looking tile. I put down the remote and became instantly intrigued in whatever it was he was doing.  Moments later he turned to address the camera explaining the old tile was cracked and damaged from having been installed improperly and he was planning to replace it with hardwood. I felt like he was talking just to me. I couldn’t believe I was feeling attracted to someone on TV. 
Yeah, sort of like us and Raylen Givens or Andy Flynn. What was your second thought? Scott seemed too perfect so I quickly assumed he was an actor playing the part of a contractor and told myself he couldn’t be the whole package. Later, I would discover I was wrong.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? I was definitely attracted when I saw him on TV.  I had been numb from my husband’s death for so long the feeling surprised me, I forgot about that tingle of attraction. I have to admit, it was kind of embar-rassing, even though I didn’t tell anyone.
The first time we met in person was intense. By that time we’d already formed a connection over the phone, somewhere between friendly and flirty. Meeting him sealed the deal for me.  The moment he stepped into my house he hugged me and I was a goner. 
Love at first sight – I’d have to say yes.  Love at first hug – absolutely.
That is so sweet, and given what you’d been through, especially intense. What do you like most about him? The way he makes me feel. Scott brought me back to life. He encouraged me to take a chance on doing the show, which led to taking a chance of having a relationship with him.  He makes me feel both and ease and excited to be alive again.  He tells me I can do anything and understand my insecurities while helping me conquer them.
How would you describe him? Scott is above all kind hearted and sincere. That said, he is sexy in a rugged, mature way.  His warm brown eyes and easy smile speak of his softer side.  He’s passionate about everything he gets involved in, from career to personal life.  He’s smart, thoughtful, comforting and insightful. Did I mention he’s sexy? No one pulls off the jeans and construction boot look the way he does. Even the grungy hat he wears only on the show looks hot on him.
Exactly what we wanted to know. How would he describe you? This is a tough one, but he always tells me I’m beautiful – something I hadn’t felt for a long time, he actually makes me feel beautiful.  He’d also say I’m fun and spontaneous; both attributes he helped bring back out in me.  He’d also say I’m short because he’s much taller and teases me about it.  And of course, he’d describe me as older. Yup, I’m a few years older than him, but the only problem it has caused is the seemingly endless supply of jokes and puns from our friends and even ourselves.
What made you choose travel writing as a career? I was one of the lucky ones.  Right out of college I was able to make a career out of my two favorite things – traveling and writing.  I traveled extensively through college; I met my late husband while abroad, and kept journals for all my adventures.  I submitted a few stories to the campus newspaper and it got the attention of a professor who was friends with an editor for Escape magazine.  They ran a few small pieces then offered me an internship, which launched my passion and career. I went freelance when I had my daughter and worked as much as I could with my husband, Tom who worked full time for a large travel company and wrote for them as well.
What is your biggest fear, Beth? For a long time after Tom’s death I told everyone I wanted to be alone, when in fact that was the last thing I needed. Now that I’ve found Scott, and love again, I’ve found life.  I fear being alone again and going back to that lonely place, but my fear is dissipating as Scott and I become closer and talk of a future together.
How do you relax? For me, it’s all about the clothes. I can’t relax until I’ve taken off the heels, bra and jewelry. As soon as I’m in an oversized sweatshirt and yoga pants I’m calm. Fuzzy slippers and a glass of white wine help, too.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Hermione Granger.  My daughter, Emma, and I read the Harry Potter series together as she was growing up and saw all the movies the day they premiered. While she loves Harry, I admire Hermione’s courage, loyalty and intellect. She’s the best friend you ever have and great role model for girls.
Terrific. What is the best piece of advice you ever received?           “Get off the couch, live your life.” Or something like that from my college-age daughter, Emma.  If it weren’t for her encouraging me to send an email to the network about Dream House, I’d still be on the couch.
Thanks, Beth. Now we’d like to chat with your creator, Ally. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? As a child I was obsessed with Little House on the Prairie, first the television show and then the book series.  With Laura Ingalls Wilder as inspiration, I began keeping a daily diary at the age of eight. Soon, the diary wasn’t enough and I started writing stories and have never stopped.  Every movie or television show that has captivated my attention led me back to the book that inspired it to see how it all began. The process fascinates me.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? We meet Beth a few years after the tragic death of her husband.  While I’m happy to say my own husband is alive and well, I was able to describe Beth’s anguish from my own experience with loss.  My mother died from cancer when I was twenty-one and about six months after I went through a period similar to Beth’s of wanting to be left alone in my sadness, refusing the support and comfort being offered.  Like Beth, I finally realized being alone was not the answer.  Though I didn’t have a hunky reality show star to help me get off the couch, I had a support system of friends and family for which I’m grateful.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I’ve been writing for years but didn’t seriously begin querying agents and publishers until four years ago when all my kids were finally in school full time. What a process! I was astonished at how brutal the publishing world could be and soon developed a thick skin for rejections.
          After another round of getting auto-rejections from agents and their assistants, I began researching small publishers. Once I reached out to the small, independent publishers everything changed. I was pleasantly surprised to hear back personally from editors at the Wild Rose Press, including feedback and encouragement. I heard back immediately thanking me for the submission and asking me to wait a few weeks for reply.  I heard back the next day asking for more. A week later I had an offer to contract Reality Re-Do.  My head was spinning, my dream was coming true thanks to the nicest, most supportive and informative group of women anyone could ask for.  A few rounds of edits and ten months later I became a published author.
What project[s] are you working on now? Reality Re-Mix, which continues Beth and Scott’s story, is being reviewed for consideration presently. While I wait to hear about that, I’m putting the finishing touches on Reality Rewind which will be the final installment in the series. It will fill in the past and answer all the questions.
What's up next for you? As Beth and Scott’s story comes to a close I find myself feeling nostalgic for the characters in the full length contemporary novel I originally submitted years ago. I’ve been revisiting them and polishing the manuscript with the experience of now having been through the edit process.  I hope everyone will get a chance to meet them one day.
Kat and I thank Ally Hayes and Beth Franklin for visiting us today and we wish them much luck with this story and those to come!

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