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  He was swinging a sledgehammer to break up outdated looking tile.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!

To purchase Reality Re-Do, go to: www.thewildrosepress.com and follow the prompts for author search and/or title search.







Monday, October 13, 2014

Meet Scott Hensley, MD of Tempered Dreams


Dr. Scott Hensley has built a wall around his heart since the death of his wife and parents. Katrina Simmons is recovering from scars inflicted on her as a battered wife. Can dreams be renewed and faith strengthened? Can they find joy and peace in God’s love and in love for one another?

This week Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome back Pamela S Thibodeaux who brings Dr. Scott Hensley, from Tempered Dreams a inspi-rational romance released by Temperance Publishing.
First up is Scott. What did you think the first time you saw the heroine?
The night I met Katrina after an automobile accident she was in with her husband, I thought how much she reminded me of my deceased wife as well as best friend’s wife.
And your second thought? I can’t recall my second thought but I can tell you I couldn’t get her out of my mind.
That is so sweet! Did you think it was love at first sight? For me it was, although it took a while to realize that.
What do you like most about Katrina? Everything! She is beautiful, passionate, and has depths of love and goodness and an innate strength she never knew she possessed.
How would you describe her? She is petite with rich red-gold hair and chocolate colored eyes and a fiery personality that belies her size.
How would she describe you? I’m a bit older than Trina but I do believe she’d describe me as strong yet gentle, tough yet tender. I’d go to the ends of the earth to protect her and make her happy and all of her dreams come true. I am six feet tall, huge compared to her tiny frame, with black hair and brown eyes.
What made you choose medicine as a profession? I’ve always had this burning desire to help people, especially those less fortunate than I. Guess it comes from being raised by a minister.
What is your biggest fear? That mankind will destroy itself. You’ve no idea how much anguish we deal with on a daily basis and the depths of pain and suffering one human can inflict on another.
How do you relax? Relax? I’m a physician, remember? Seriously, my favorite way to relax is spending time with those I love and returning to Bandera, Texas where I was born and raised.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Dr. Gregory House, the title character from TVs House. He's cocky and arrogant, I know, but brilliant. Dr. Gregory House from the TV show House. He’s arrogant and
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Many doctors have what’s commonly known as a God complex. When I first studied medicine my father reminded me often, that I am not God but merely His instrument. I try hard to remember that in my life and practice.
What a great way to end a character interview! Now, to chat a bit with Pamela. What movies or books have had an impact on your writing?
I’ve been an avid reader my entire life. Walter Farley’s Black Stallion series impacted my love for horses and desire to write about them. Nora Roberts hugely impacted my romantic nature and ability to develop characters and Francine Rivers gave me insight on how to write true-to-life Christianity in my characters.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them? What influenced your decision to submit to them. Tell us a bit about the submission process. How long did it take from query to release?
Tempered Dreams was initially published in 2005 by ComStar Media. The entire process from acceptance to publication took a little over a year, since CSM released it along with book 1, Tempered Hearts at the same time. Once my contract for the series expired, I reproduced the books with new covers through my indy imprint, Temperance Publishing.
What book are you currently reading? Nothing at the moment, my reading binge ended a couple of weeks ago but my TBR pile is always there….waiting…wooing.
Good one. What's up next for you? My upcoming novel, Circles of Fate is in the last rounds of edited and hopefully will be out before Thanksgiving. After that, I have 2 projects well underway which I hope to get completed and submitted/contracted/whatever next year. I also have 2 NF projects I’d like to work on. And of course, like all writers a whole host of ideas just waiting to be developed.
Thanks so much for visiting us this week, Pamela. Much luck with this book and future works.
Kat and Veronica
Author Bio: Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.”
To learn more about Pamela S Thibodeaux and the stories she creates go to:
Twitter: http://twitter.com/psthib @psthib
To purchase Tempered Dreams, go to:
Amazon Print: http://amzn.to/1q4Q8hV

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Introducing Nick Forrester and Nunie Doyle of Caper Magic

     Nick Forrester comes to Cape Brendan ostensibly to assist with Caper Madness, a month long celebration of everything Halloween. In reality he is tracking a woman on the run. Within days he is confronted by Annunciata Doyle, a vivid reminder of a pain-filled past.
     After retreating to Cape Brendan in defeat and humiliation, Nunie Doyle's only hope was to make the best of forced retirement. There, in this quaint tourist town on the shores of Lake Ontario, she earned the love and respect of new friends and neighbors—and put her talent for helping women to good use.
     With the mutual goal of making Caper Madness the best ever, Nick and Nunie fight tooth and nail on the personal level, each discovering a new side to the other, sides that make them consider making drastic changes for the rest of their lives.
     This attraction: complete madness—or sheer magic?
    We had an open spot on the calendar this week so Nick agreed to fill in at the last minute. We're always in the mood to spend time with a hunky older man ala Tony Denison from The Closer and Major Crimes. 
    Good morning, Nick, tell us a bit about Caper Magic. As you can see by the blurb, I came to Cape Brendan to help my Uncle Hank run this annual lunacy called Caper Madness. He's not been feeling well and I needed to spend some time with him before . . . you know.
    Yep. Been there, done that. What did you think the first time you saw Nunie Doyle? That she had the longest legs in the known universe.
    Not bad, kid. And your second thought? I wondered how that velvet fall of hair would feel as it brushed against my skin.
    Did you think it was love at first sight? Hell no. Once she opened her mouth and that Irish brogue sang out, a nasty tingle ran up my back. Then Hank said her name. Never in a million years did I think I'd run into the Crone of Crozier College in the middle of Cape Brendan. Believe me, her legs could stretch from here to Long Island; her hair could burn me live with its fire. Love is the last emotion I'd ever feel for this . . . dame.
    What do you like most about her? As it turns out, she's got more guts than most guys I know, and more integrity. She's a wonder, my Nunie.
    How would you describe her? Caring, tireless, gutsy, loyal. Forgiving.
    How would she describe you? A skeeving git.
    What made you choose legal investigations as a second career? I retired from the Syracuse Police Department a few years ago but boredom set in real soon. One of the biggest law firms in town hired me as Chief Investigator. The pay is good; it keeps me off the streets and out of the bars; plus, it pays the rent. And I'm rarely bored.
    What is your biggest fear? That I'll lose my uncle before I have the opportunity to tell him how much I respect, admire and revere him for all he did for me and my sister when we were abandoned by our parents.
    How do you relax? When I figure that one out, I'll let you know.
    Who's your favorite fictional character and why? Mitch Rapp, the CIA operative in the political thriller series conceived by the late Vince Flynn. The man has an ego as big as all outdoors with a heart to match. I'm so sorry there won't be any new adventures for old Mitch.
    What is the best piece of advice you ever received? On the day I graduated from the police academy Uncle Hank told me to listen to my gut, then my heart and make a decision. Don't drag your ass, boy, he said. If it's not the best decision you'll always have the opportunity to go back and make things right.
    Thanks, Nick. Can't wait to show you what we've got in store for you in the next Cape Brendan story. Unh oh. Do I get antsy now or wait?
    We'll let you know.
    To purchase Caper Magic or other stories by Kat or Veronica, go to:
    www.thewildrosepress.com and click on author search. That will bring up all the titles.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Come Blog With a Vet and a Cowboy

Today we are pleased to welcome Pamela S Thibodeaux and Tamera Collins, from Tempered Hearts an Inspirational Romance from Temperance Publishing. Welcome, Pamela and Tamera.
Pamela, what is Tempered Hearts about? Rancher Craig Harris and veterinarian Tamera Collins clash from the moment they meet. Innocence is pitted against arrogance as tempers rise and passions ignite to form a love as pure as the finest gold, fresh from the crucible and as strong as steel. Thrown together amid tragedy and unsated passion, Tamera and Craig share a strong attraction that neither accepts as the first stages of love. Torn between desire and dislike, they must make peace with their pasts and God in order to open up to the love blossoming between them. It is a love that nothing can destroy when they come to understand that only when hearts are tempered, minds are opened and wills are softened can man discern the will of God for his life.
Thanks for that. Now it's Tamera's turn. What did you think the first time you saw Craig Harris? That he had the prettiest steel-gray eyes I’d ever seen.
That's a good one! What was your second thought? That is is an arrogant jerk cowboy!
Even better! Did you think it was love at first sight? Oh not at all! Neither of us liked the other at first. I mean the attraction was there but he was rude and bossy and arrogant and, well, my nickname isn’t “Temper” for nothing.
What do you like most about Craig? Once I got to know him, I discovered he has a big heart and is tender, gentle and sensitive underneath that rough and tough exterior.
How would you describe him? Craig is six foot tall, wide shoulders, broad chest and long, muscular legs… the epitome of cowboy with a capital ‘C’! He has thick, dark hair and gray eyes that can be as light as dew drops dancing off sheet metal or depending on his mood, as dark and hard as gunmetal.
That's one thing but how would he describe you? At five feet, two inches, I am tiny compared to his large frame. I have blond hair and sapphire blue eyes. But that’s just a physical description. According to Craig I have a mouth that won’t quit, the temper of a she cat, the body of a goddess, and eyes that would seduce a saint LOL!
What made you choose veterinary medicine as a profession? My love for horses made me choose to be a large animal vet.
What is your biggest fear? My biggest fear is losing those I love. Before I came to work at the Rocking H Ranch in Bandera, Texas, both my parents were killed in a plane crash and my fiancé died in an auto accident.
How do you relax? I love to read and relish rainy days when I can indulge in this habit.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Oh, I don’t know. I guess Rhett Butler because, (sshhh, don’t tell him I said so), Craig reminds me of him in a lot of ways. That said, I thank God I’m nothing like Scarlett!
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Relax and trust that God is in control and that all things do work together for the good of those who love Him.
We're moving back to 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!
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? Tempered Hearts was first published by Writer’s Exchange Epublishing http://www.writers-exchange.com/ in December 2000. I had submitted articles to Sandy, the CEO of WEE for her ezine of the same name, so when she mentioned she was going to start publishing books, I just had to submit Tempered Hearts to her!
Tell us a bit about the submission process. How long did it take from query to release? It didn’t take but a few months from acceptance to publication. In 2005, Tempered Hearts was re-released by ComStar Media which is no longer in business as a publishing company. When the contract expired on the entire Tempered series, I published the reprints under my own imprint, Temperance Publishing.
What book are you currently reading? I’m always reading spiritual nonfiction as well as whatever fiction book I need to review. Right now there are two on my TBR Next pile.
What's up next for you? Currently I have 2 fiction and 2 nonfiction projects in the works as well as a novel I’m getting ready for publication. I am also proofing my 4 part Tempered series to go to print.
Kat and I thank Pamela for coming back to visit us and wish her luck with what seems like a monumental task ahead for her.
Veronica Lynch
To learn more about Pamela S Thibodeaux and the stories she creates go to: Website address: http://www.pamelathibodeaux.com
Blog: http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com
Face Book: http://facebook.com/pamelasthibodeaux
Twitter: http://twitter.com/psthib @psthib

Author bio: Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.”



Monday, September 22, 2014

Meet indie author Eva Gordon and heroine Mia Attwood

This week Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome indie author Eva Gordon and Mia Attwood, lead character from Eva's latest, “Alpha Wolf's Pet, Hidden”. First a bit about this fascinating story:
Mia’s testimony against Russian mobsters forced her to enter the witness protection program. She is relocated to a quaint cottage in Wolf Woods, near Mt. Rainier, far from everyone and everything she loved and cared for. All is calm, until she meets Dominic, the gorgeous ruggedly handsome owner of the mysterious Wolfe Estate. He is all alpha male, domineering, and controlling. The last thing she needs is to get involved with a sexy control freak.
Alpha werewolf, Dominic Wolfe, is the pack's
enforcer. When an attractive young woman moves into a cottage near his territory; his senses are heightened to obsessive proportions. A human pet to meet his desires.
Dominic is determined to unveil Mia’s real identity while keeping his own securely hidden. Haunted by the howls and shrieks coming from Dominic’s estate, Mia wonders if she can really trust the enigmatic man she suspects of wanting a dominant-submissive relationship. A man who brings out her darker desires. Will hidden danger keep them from gratifying their burning passion?
Well, if that doesn't wet your interest, let's meet Mia. Where are you from? I’m originally from Upstate.
What did you think the first time you saw Dominic Wolfe? That he's got to be the hottest man I’ve ever laid my eyes on.
Works for us. And your second thought? He has this way of beguiling you as if all you want to do is please him. I suspect he must be into BSDM. A rich Dom looking for his next sub. Weird, huh?
Yep, works for us. Did you think it was love at first sight? Lust at first sight, but boy did I want to learn more about him.
What do you like most about Dominick? His larger than life alpha confidence and most of all his over top protective nature.
Interesting. How would you describe him? Cover model hot with a clean cut, dark blond hair and light beard. Feral amber eyes that draws you in. A wall of a man at 6’5” and muscular. Hardly the looks of a man who could fade into the background without women noticing.
Unh huh. While we wait for our heart rate to get back to a normal rhythm, tell us how he'd describe you. He tells me how beautiful I am, but I like how he sees me as a challenge.
What made you choose grant writing for a profession? I was a museum education coordinator and cellist but had to change my profession once I went into the witness protection program.
What is your biggest fear? I’m in the witness protection program so every day I fear the Russian Chess Piece mob will find and kill me.
Not an easy way to live each day, we're sure. How do you relax? I play my cello.
Who's your favorite fictional character and why? Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” because Dominic is without a doubt, the Beast.
Good one. What is the best piece of advice you ever received? My WPP handler conveyed the program rules. Rule #1: Witnesses can't contact former friends or associates. Rule #2: Break Rule #1 and you won't live to break any of the other rules.
Well. That wraps things up nicely. Let's talk a bit with Eva. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? I love Diane Gabaldon’s Outlander series. It’s how I discovered my love of heart stopping romance and epic story telling.
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? My experience as a volunteer at a wolf sanctuary. I observed wolf behavior up close and personal.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. I’m a hybrid author, writing for two publishers, The Wild Rose Press and Corvallis Press but I went indie with this novella series. In the meantime, my agent is working hard to get other projects sold to the big NY publishers.
What project are you working on now? Finishing the “Alpha Wolf’s Pet” series.
When you finish that, what's up next? Besides my novella series, I have book 2 in my Wolf Maiden Saga coming soon, a steampunk series (Hand of Miriam is book 1 and now available) and more in my After the Bane series.
Wow, you are one busy woman! We thank you, Eva, for visiting us this week and for introducing our blog visitors to a set of fascinating characters as well as imaginative story arcs.
Veronica Lynch and Kat Henry Doran
To purchase this book and learn more about Eva Gordon, go to: www.RavenAuthor.com



Monday, September 15, 2014

Author Alicia Dean and Scrimshaw Dolls

This week Wild Women Authors is so pleased to welcome author Alicia Dean, a talented and busy woman who clearly has more hours in her day than the rest of us mortals. Aly consented to visit us this week and we are thrilled!
First, a bit about her:
Alicia Dean lives in Edmond, Oklahoma. She has three grown children and a huge network of supportive friends and family. She writes mostly contemporary suspense and paranormal, but has also written in other genres, including a few vintage historicals.
Other than reading and writing, her passions are Elvis Presley, MLB, NFL (she usually works in a mention of one or all three into her stories) and watching her favorite televisions shows like Vampire Diaries, Justified, The Mindy Project, and Dexter (even though it has sadly ended, she will forever be a fan). Some of her favorite authors are Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Lisa Gardner, Sharon Sala, Jordan Dane, Ridley Pearson, Joseph Finder, and Jonathan Kellerman…to name a few.
Please visit her website/blog at: www.AliciaDean.com
Follow her on Twitter and Facebook
Thank you for having me, Veronica. I’m always happy to talk about a project that is dear to my heart. A few years back, some of my Oklahoma friends and I decided to write a series of related stories with a recurring theme. After discussing, we settled on an ancient, cursed Scrimshaw doll. Out of the idea grew about a dozen stories. They are all stand alone and in various genres but all have ties to Oklahoma (Except the first few which were set in an era before Oklahoma was even a territory), and they all share, in some way, whether big or small, an ancient hexed doll. A few have not been published yet, but we are hoping that happens soon. Ten of them are available now.
The curse she carries is: All those who betray you will suffer. Only true love can break the curse.
It was so much fun to see how the different authors handled the idea of the doll. In some, bad things happened to those who betrayed the owner of the doll. In others, bad things actually happened to the owners themselves, when the doll felt she was being betrayed.
The ten stories are published with The Wild Rose Press, and now, they are available as two different boxed sets and ON SALE for a limited time for only $2.99 each. The sale ends September 19, so be sure to grab your copies while you can get them at a discount.
*** GIVEAWAY – In a few days, I will draw a name from all those who comment and the winner will receive a choice of either Cursed or Burdened for Kindle or Nook. Please be sure to include your email address in your comments.
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Thanks so much, Aly. We really enjoyed this visit and learning more about the Scrimshaw Doll series.
Kat Henry Doran and Veronica Lynch

Monday, September 8, 2014

Meet Romance Author Susan Coryell and A Red Red Rose

We are back from a glorious vacation to the 1,000 Islands region in Northern New York State and delighted to welcome Susan Coryell, author of A Red Red Rose, and female protagonist Ashby Overton. First, a blurb about this delightful story:
 When twenty-year-old Ashby Overton travels to Overhome Estate for the summer, she hopes to unearth her ancestral roots and the cause of a mysterious family rift surrounding the horseback riding death of her Grandmother Lenore many years ago.
From the moment she enters her room in the oldest wing, Ashby feels an invisible, enfolding presence.  She learns the room belonged to a woman named Rosabelle, but no one is willing to talk about Rosabelle—no one except Luke, the stable boy who captures her heart. As Ashby and Luke become closer, she realizes he can be the confidant she needs to share the terrifying, unfolding secrets.
  Ever present is a force Ashby never sees, only feels.  Candles light themselves, notes from an old lullaby fall from the ceiling, the radio tunes itself each day.  And roses, always meant for Ashby, appear in the unlikeliest places.  Are the roses a symbol of love, or do they represent something dark, something deep and evil?
Wow. Let's hear a bit from Ashby. 
Where are you from? I’m from New Jersey, but my dad grew up in Southern Virginia and I’m visiting there this summer—to be an au pair for my 7-year-old cousin, Jeff. He and my Aunt Monica and Uncle Hunter live in the historic family estate, Overhome, on Moore Mountain Lake, an active horse farm. I wanted to search out my family roots while there.
Tell us a bit about A Red, Red Rose. My first night in my room in the oldest part of Overhome I had the oddest feeling—like someone was welcoming me, wrapping me in a warm blanket, and I smelled roses, though none were evident. With each passing day, I became more and more aware of this invisible, enfolding presence, that seemed to be responsible for the self-lighting candles, the self-tuning radio, the melody from an old lullaby that fell on my ears at all hours. I kept finding roses in the unlikeliest places. Did they represent love or something I should fear? I finally got Miss Emma Coleville, the housekeeper, to tell me a bit about the first occupant of my room many years ago. Her name was Rosabelle and she had served as a nanny to the first family of Overtons in the house during Revolutionary times! With every nerve in my body, I knew Rosabelle’s spirit was still present at Overhome and I knew she had something important to tell me. It took a lot of sleuthing and snooping to ferret out the secrets that lay buried deep in the past in A Red, Red Rose.
What did you think the first time you saw Luke? Well, that’s an easy question. Luke, the stable boy, was the first person from Overhome I met, since he picked me up at the bus stop the day I arrived. Luke was cynical and sarcastic with a thick hick accent; he acted like I represented a Yankee invasion, or something. And. oh Lord, his hair! Like a haystack struck by lightning. I knew for sure there was no future with Luke Murley.
And your second thought? When I saw how beautifully Luke interacted with my cousin Jeff and his own grandfather Abe, I became more interested in the stable boy. Jeff coaxed Luke into teaching me how to ride a horse. I began to look forward to those early-morning lessons, knowing Luke would be in close proximity while teaching me to ride, touching my hands as he settled the reins and grazing my legs as he helped me mount my horse. When I discovered his job as stable boy involved a lot more—keeping the books, organizing the pony club and other horse events, managing the estate—I knew he was a rare and genuine guy. And underneath that haystack of hair, Luke was ruggedly handsome. I could not figure out why he seemed supremely uninterested in me.
Did you think it was love at first sight? No way! Not for either of us. I'd pegged him for a local yokel and Luke figured I was a spoiled, rich city girl come down South for the adventure and nothing more. It took a while, but eventually we both came to realize a depth of character within each other to admire—to cherish. I admit: I had to do a lot of growing up myself for this to happen.
What do you like most about him? Hard question because there’s so much! His intelligence, his work ethic, his love for his grandfather, his patience with Jeff and, let’s face it, with me. Plus, he was the best kisser I’d ever met!
How would you describe him? Luke was a river running deep—no currents visible on the surface. He made my Jersey boys look like adolescents.
Good one! How would Luke describe you? Once he realized I was neither rich nor in search of thrills and that I was acquiring maturity through my experiences at Overhome, he fell for me pretty hard. He liked to call me his “Beautiful Babe.”
What made you choose writing for a career? I had always been a writer and a reader—especially historical romance. Put me in an old setting and I immediately found myself interacting with the natives—no matter how long ago they lived. So, you can understand why I found my muse at Overhome.
What is your biggest fear? My biggest fear, I think, was that I would never find out who I really was. You see, my aunt and uncle adopted me when I was two years old because my birth-parents were killed in an auto accident while living at Overhome. We adopted children feel a blindness—a blank spot when it comes to our bio-parents. We feel an innate need to know who they were and, thus, who we are. Much of what I sought at Overhome had been purposely hidden.
How do you relax? I learned to relax while riding my beloved horse Sasha over the bucolic fields and streams of Overhome Estate. Luxuriating in the rhythm of the ride, I experienced peaceful freedom from my fears. Once I was in the saddle, I felt my worries whirl away with the wind.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Oh dear—I have so many! Anyone conjured up by a Bronte author or Victoria Holt or Mary Stewart! And I cannot remove from my psyche Mrs. DeWinter from DuMaurier’s Rebecca. What trials that woman faced—haunted by the beautiful, dead Rebecca.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Miss Emma, the long-time housekeeper at Overhome, told me, “I’d be real careful of what I say if I was you. You never know who might be listening.” Oh boy! Did that ever turn out to be true.
That was great. Thanks, Ashby. Now a few questions for author Susan. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? Like my protag, Ashby Overton, I am a sucker for romantic mystery. I re-read Jane Eyre every year, whether I need to or not! Some classic movies like Gone With the Wind and Ben Hur are among my favorites.
What real thing or event from your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? Well, two things, really. My husband, a real estate broker, actually listed an old historic estate very similar to Overhome in the hunt country of Virginia—rumored to be haunted, of course. That became the prototype for Ashby’s family estate, Overhome. Then, the fictional setting of Moore Mountain Lake is based loosely on where I live now at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia.
Would you do the same [use a real event or person/thing] at in your next story? Yes—Beneath the Stones (under contract with The Wild Rose Press) is actually the sequel to A Red, Red Rose—same characters, same setting, five years later, though it is very much a stand-alone cozy mystery/Southern Gothic, as well.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them? The Wild Rose Press was recommended by another publisher and colleague authors. I knew A Red,Red Rose would fit their line perfectly. The name alone says it all!
Tell us about the submission process and how long from date of query to date of release. They were able to get A Red, Red Rose out in about five months and I’m hoping for a similar time line with Beneath the Stones.
Add anything else you feel blog visitors would like to know about your publisher. The Wild Rose Press is a joy to work with at every level. The editors, cover artists, administration, marketing and promotion tools—all are outstanding. What project[s] are you working on now? I will soon be hard at work on edits for Beneath the Stones. After that—who knows? I may go for the third book in the series and make an Overhome Trilogy.
Thanks for visiting, Susan. Kat and I appreciate the time you've taken out of your busy schedule.
Here is the buy-link for A Red, Red Rose: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GVKMG0K/ref=cm_sw_su_dp