Monday, April 14, 2014

Chat With a Fox . . . and the Lady


Today Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome author Dee Carey and Merlot from The Fox Tales /The Fox and the Chalice, a May 2014 release from Soul Mate Publishing. 
Please tell us a bit about The Fox and the Chalice. It is about an infant who found in a convent vineyard, and is chosen to restore just rule to France.
Merlot, what made you choose guardian of the convent's abess as a profession? The woman, Mother Tempestia, cared for me from the instant she found me in the vineyard as if she was my own mother.
Knowing what you know now, if you had it to do over again, would you continue guarding Mother Tempestia, or do something different? I would follow the same path as it was my destiny.
What is your biggest fear? That there is no heaven.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Piglet from Winnie the Pooh. He always looks on the bright side.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Risk, it is the only way to forge new experiences.
Now it's Dee's turn at the plate. Which writer or character[s], from either books or movies, have had a major impact on your writing? Juliet Marillier is my favorite author. I write in first person most of the time as does she. My favorite movie is Lady Hawk. I like the ethereal content. I think everything you see somehow impacts a writer. It is a profession unlike any other. To make something out of an idea, something that is not concrete is quiet simply Magic.
With regard to research, where did you start for this novel? As with most of my tales, I started with a figurine of a fox and the fact that at the time I was doing work for my church.
Did that lead you down different paths, thereby changing the original concept? My concepts rarely change as I plot everything on a flow chart before I start writing. I like to have the first and last sentence before I actually write. This does not always happen but when it does it is magic.
Let's read a blurb from The Fox and the Chalice:
He held the pebble so tightly his nails dug into his palm. Even the threat of death would not pry it from him. Yet, he is not contemplating death. Rather his thoughts were for life. The life he would share with the mysterious Merlot. Quickly, he hurried over the broad meadow back to the manor. All should be quiet there. Gilber was long asleep, and his mother would lie there helpless beside the pig. She would have no peace until Monsieur Roland took his daily trip to the convent to extract the secret of the wine. LaRoux wished his stepfather would fall down a bottomless pit and never be seen again.
Thanks, Dee! Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them? I met with the head editor at a conference sponsored by the Lilac City Rochester Writers group in Rochester, New York.
What influenced your decision to submit to them? She asked me to submit the tale I pitched. She accepted it and made an error in the contract, asking for two stories when only one had been submitted. I contacted her and she said it was a typo, but did I have the rights to my other works? I did and she said, “ I want them all.”
Too cool! Tell us a bit about their submission process. How long did it take from query to release? The entire process took place over a very short year. This particular book coming out in May is a compilation of several of my earlier works. In the summer [of 2014] Soul Mate is releasing a new fox tale called The Eye of the Dragon.
Thank you, Dee, for visiting with us today. We appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule.
Kat and Veronica
To learn more about Dee Carey /The Foxlady, and the stories she creates, go to: www.careyfoxlady.com
To purchase The Fox Tales, go to SoulMatePublishing.com or Amazon.com



Monday, April 7, 2014

Older Woman/Younger Man. Can It Work?

Today Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome author Monica Epstein and female lead Michelle Loeser from Where There Is Will, an older woman/younger man novel out of the Last Rose of Summer line from The Wild Rose Press. Welcome Monica and Michelle.
Michele, tell us a bit about Where There Is Will. I’m trying to put my life back together after my twenty-year marriage ends in divorce. I have zilch self-esteem and can barely make ends meet. I take a job transfer to London to get away from those who knew me as part of a couple. I want a chance to start over in a place, where no one has preconceived ideas of how I should act. The last thing I’m looking for is love. But when actor Will Sheridan offers to help me acclimate in exchange for cooking lessons, how can I resist? But when our friendship turns to attraction, we’re faced with a number of challenges.
What did you think the first time you saw Will? The very first time I saw him, he was a child acting in films. It wasn’t until his fifth film that I noticed how nicely he had…developed, if you get my drift.
And your second thought? When I met him in person on the plane to London, he looked just as scrumptious as he does on the screen, but there was no hiding the baby face behind the stubble. You see, he’s quite a bit younger than me. The other thing I noticed was how inquisitive he was.
Did you feel it was love at first sight No, not at all. Maybe lust at first sight because he’d matured, but I couldn’t imagine being in love—even being intimate—with someone so much younger. There’s a nineteen-year age difference between us.
What do you like most about him? His confidence. He’s comfortable with who he is and he doesn’t put on pretenses. He’s also so down to earth despite his wealth and fame.
How would you describe him? Like I said, Will is comfortable in his own skin and doesn’t take advantage because he’s famous and wealthy. He’s kind, generous, caring, and the best cheerleader a woman could ask for!
How would he describe you? He’d say, “Michelle is beautiful, smart, and talented, but she has one flaw—she can’t see those traits in herself.”
What led you to the choice of technical writing as a profession? I’ve always been good at putting words on paper. I especially liked writing creatively, but didn’t think I could make money doing it. It was my lack of confidence speaking again. I took the easy way out by choosing a writing career that was a little more stable than writing novels.
What is your biggest fear? Although Will helped me overcome it, I was terribly afraid of heights. So afraid that I’d have anxiety attacks. I was too embarrassed to tell him when he took me up London’s giant Ferris wheel, the London Eye. Imagine how embarrassed I was when he offered to pull the emergency brake because I was having difficulty breathing.
How do you relax? Well, I avoid Ferris wheels now! Seriously, I enjoy listening to music, cooking, and spending time with my family.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter. It might seem like an odd choice, but she was the first protagonist in a book who went against society’s mores and held her head up despite persecution. I faced similar odds by being with a younger man, although not nearly to the same extent.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Believe in yourself. Bet you can guess who gave me that advice.
It's Monica's turn at bat. What movies or books have had an impact on your writing? I can’t choose particular books or movies, but I’m drawn to stories where the heroine grows as a person. I hope readers of Where There Is Will are inspired by Michelle’s journey from a woman with low self-esteem to one of confidence and success. Where There Is Will is a story of learning to love yourself before you can love someone else.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them? I was completing an online course called Submissions That Sell. The students had helped each other perfect their query letters. One of my classmates told me The Wild Rose Press (TWRP), known for publishing romances, now took women’s fiction, as well. I consider Where There Is Will to be both women’s fiction and romance, so I investigated TWRP.
What influenced your decision to submit to them? I loved how their books lines are named for roses. But I particularly liked that everyone published by TWRP had only good things to say about them.
Tell us a bit about the submission process. How long did it take from query to release? I submitted my query letter in May 2013, I think, and the manuscript was accepted for publication in mid-June. It was released for Kindle on December 27, so the entire process took just over six months. I was lucky, however, because my editor, Kathy Cottrell, didn’t ask me to rewrite much. I only had to add a few more scenes to enhance the story. I am extremely pleased with the entire process.
And we're glad, too! Thanks so much for visiting us, Monica, we wish you much luck with sales on this story and those to come.
Kat and Veronica

To learn more about Monica Epstein and the stories she creates go to: http://www.monicaepstein.com
To purchase Where There Is Will, go to http://amzn.com/162830229

Monday, March 31, 2014

Meet Donovan Goldwyn, monster truck driver

Today Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome author Chrys Fey and hero Donovan Goldwyn from Hurricane Crimes, a novella out of the Crimson Rose line of The Wild Rose Press. Welcome, Chrys and Donovan.
Tell us a bit about Hurricane Crimes, Donovan. It takes place during a category 5 hurricane and is about my encounter with Beth Kennedy and the many levels of danger we get ourselves into. But please, don’t rely on me to give you a thorough summary of our story. Chrys Fey does a much better job. Here's a brief description:
After her car breaks down, Beth Kennedy is forced to stay in Florida, the target of Hurricane Sabrina. She stocks up supplies, boards up windows, and hunkers down to wait out the storm, but her plan unravels when she witnesses a car accident. Risking her life, she braves the winds to save the driver. Just when she believes they are safe, she finds out the man she saved could possibly be more dangerous than the severe weather.
Donovan Goldwyn only wanted to hide from the police, but the hurricane shoved his car into a tree. Now he's trapped with a beautiful woman while the evidence that can prove his innocence to a brutal crime is out there for anyone to find.
As Hurricane Sabrina wreaks havoc, Beth has no other choice but to trust Donovan to stay alive. But will she survive, or will she become another hurricane crime?
Brilliant! Thanks so much for that. Now, what did you think the first time you saw Beth? I thought she was a hallucination, but that was because I had just regained consciousness and my head felt as though it were split in two.
Yep. Been there, done that. And your second thought? What the hell had happened and why is a beautiful woman sitting beside me in my car?
Did you think it was love at first sight? More like fear at first site. Fear for the situation I was in, fear of Hurricane Sabrina, and fear for Beth if I didn’t leave her as soon as possible.
What do you like most about her? Her strength. I love a woman who is strong and Beth can endure anything you throw at her. During the course of Hurricane Crimes I certainly tested that theory.
Awww. How would you describe her? Feisty, smart, beautiful, and passionate. She also has a tendency to want to hit me in the head with whatever object she has in her hand.
How would she describe you? She’d call me a murderer.
What made you choose monster truck driving as a career? I love the adrenaline rush I get from being in a fast car or in a giant truck with gargantuan tires. And after I blew out my knee in high school football, monster truck driving was the only other thing that made sense to satisfy my need for danger and excitement.
Honest as well as quick witted. We appreciate that in a man. So . . . What is your biggest fear? Honestly . . . I’m not fond of anything with eight legs.
All right! How do you relax? I like to watch slasher movies and drink a couple of beers. The gorier the movie the better! I guess you could say I have a slight fascination with blood and guts.
A man for all seasons. Do you have a brother? Uncle? Cousins not spoken for? Who is your favorite fictional character and why? The Joker. He’s funny, twisted, and dangerous. He loves violence, games—violent games, and he has no mercy.
Donovan, you are by far the most interesting man we've had visit us in a very long time. What is the best piece of advice you ever received? When I was a teenager and my older brother was a cop, he told me something I’ve never forgotten: “If you’re going to commit a crime, don’t get caught.” So I try not to. . . .
We'll try to match that with author, Chrys Fey. Tough job. What movies or books have had an impact on your writing? Oh, too many to name! For Hurricane Crimes, the movie Twister really helped me to gather extra details about what kind of conditions weather anomalies can create, but mostly my own experiences played an active role. As for books, Chill Factor by Sandra Brown sparked the idea behind Hurricane Crimes, because after I finished reading it I realized I’ve read a lot of books about characters getting stuck in blizzards but not in hurricanes, so I wanted to change that.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them? The Wild Rose Press is a wonderful publishing company full of amazingly talented writers. Ever since I joined the ranks and became a Rose, I have felt so welcomed and supported. I found The Wild Rose Press when I was searching for a place to send Hurricane Crimes and I am grateful they turned up in my research.
What influenced your decision to submit to them? Hurricane Crimes is a short story and it’s hard to find places that publish short stories over a certain word count. When I found out The Wild Rose Press published short stories as eBooks I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
Tell us a bit about the submission process. I sent my query and synopsis to the email listed on their website. Shortly after, I received confirmation that the senior editor of my line was looking over my submission. A few weeks later, I got a reply. I had to fix a couple of point-of-view problems first before I could get an acceptance but once I did, the contract was waiting for me in my inbox.
How long did it take from query to release? I sent my query on May 14th 2013, I got my first round of edits June 29th, and Hurricane Crimes was published on November 25th 2013, so all together it took six months.
Yowza! Thanks so much for visiting us and bringing the fascinating Donovan along. He's a man we won't soon forget!
To learn more about Chrys Fey and the stories she creates go to: www.facebook.com/chrysfey
To purchase Hurricane Crimes, go to Amazon. http://amzn.com/B00GVK921G.

Monday, March 24, 2014

How do we Train Travis?


Today Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome Cathleen Tully who brings Rebecca and Travis, lead characters from “Training Travis”, a recent release out of the Last Rose of Summer line of the Wild Rose Press. Welcome Cathleen, Travis and Rebecca. In a change of pace, Rebecca andTravis will both answer our questions.
First, tell us a bit about Training Travis. A divorced dad who gets full custody of his fifteen year old daughter after the untimely death of his ex wife.
What did you think the first time you saw the other? Rebecca: I thought I was seeing things. Travis left town fifteen years ago. I couldn’t imagine why he’d come back. Travis: When I saw Becca I couldn’t breath. She was still the same all-American beauty I’d fallen in love with in high school.
Lovely. And your second thoughts? Travis: I couldn’t help wonder if she had a significant other. Rebecca: No matter what the reason for his return, it didn’t sit well.
Did you think it was love at first sight? Rebecca: We have a past which I thought I’d forgotten about. Until he jumped out of that damn truck.
Travis: Without a doubt. I never stopped loving her even after all those years.
Awwww. What do you like most about the other? Travis: I admired her ability to bounce back from the tragic loss of her husband and child. Rebecca: I liked his desire to relocate and to do anything to make his daughter feel at home.
How would you describe each other? Rebecca: Travis is a hard worker, who loves his daughter more than the air he breathes and his number one concern is to make her happy and help her transition into a life without her mother. Plus, in the years since high school, he's turned into quite the hunk. Travis: Rebecca is a strong woman who has gotten used to living alone. She’s taken in her neighbor’s dog because the elderly woman had to go into assisted living and couldn’t keep her companion. Rebecca thinks she’s doing fine on her own until I get back into her life.
How would they describe you? Travis: she'd probably say I’m stubborn. Rebecca: he'd call me an anal neat freak.
Becca, what made you choose interior design as a career? I love color and working with colors and textures. It was the one profession in which I could do what I love and make other people happy by getting them what they want: A beautiful room.
What is your biggest fear? Travis: Losing the only woman I ever loved again. Rebecca: Being alone again.
How do you relax? Travis: A beer and a football game. Rebecca: Taking Sherlock, my seven pound Scots Terrier to the park and playing catch.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Rebecca: Piglet from Winnie the Pooh, because of his strong love for his friend and his need to be around Pooh bear. Travis: Superman--because he leaps tall buildings in a single bound!
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Rebecca: Trust your heart. Travis: Always help others.
Now it's Cathy's turn at bat. What movies or books have had an impact on your writing? I love romantic comedies. “Sleeping In Seattle”, “While You were Sleeping”, “Because I Said So” for examples. Nora Ephron was one of my favorite writers. She wrote scripts that touch your heart about real people.
A wonderful tribute to a lost too soon talented woman. Thanks. Now, please tell us a bit about the publisher for “Training Travis”. I heard about The Wild Rose Press at a writer’s conference.
What influenced your decision to submit to them? I pitched my story to an editor who requested a full. I’d heard good talk from other writers about WRP and didn’t think I had anything to lose.
Tell us a bit about the submission process. How long did it take from query to release? Approximately six weeks from sending the full to contract. Three sets of revisions were needed. [It's a] Pleasure working with Kathy Cottrell [my editor].
Super! Veronica and I are pleased to have Cathy, Rebecca and Travis with us today and wish you many sales—and many more heartfelt stories. Slainte.
Kat and Veronica
To learn more about Cathleen Tully and the stories she creates go to: http://www.cathytully.com
Or check out her blog at http://www.attackingthepage.com
To purchase Training Travis, go to: http://www.amazon.com/Training-Travis-Cathleen-Tully/dp/162830166X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390509043&sr=8-1&keywords=Training+Travis





Monday, March 17, 2014

Meet Cover Artist Tina Lynn Stout


Today 2 Wild Women is pleased to welcome multi-talented Tina Lynn Stout who brings a wealth of experience to her position as a cover artist for The Wild Rose Press. Of course, Kat and I are a tab biased as Tina created the covers for our Class of '85 titles as well as those of other TWRP authors in the Dearly Beloved series. Welcome, Tina.
Please tell us a bit of your background, including where you’re from. I have been everything from being a preschool teacher to an administrative assistant. I have always enjoyed art and photography. Growing up in San Diego County I have always had year-round distractions, but one of my favorites is cover design.
What made you choose art as a career? This is actually my side gig. I took a graphic design class and fell in love, but I didn't have a degree to get out there and do it as a professional, so I did some free-lancing and really fell into this position. A friend of mine was working for TWRP and said if they ever have an opening, I will recommend you. I really NEVER thought it would happen, but one day she emailed me and said, I have recommended you to do cover design, you have to contact them and give them what you have done. I was scared to death, but went for it. That was 4 years ago. I still love it.
How does the process of creating a cover begin? I first read what the author has in mind and then my head starts to go. I search the stock photo sites for visions and start compiling. The 'move tool' in Photoshop is my best friend. I enjoy fitting it all together. For me, it has to tell a story on the cover first and then I tie in the title and authors name. BAM...and sometimes, the re-edit, re-re-edit, is better than the mock-up.
What made you choose this particular field of art as a profession? From crayons and coloring books as a child until now, I really enjoy arts and crafts. I have to have a creative outlet, but it doesn't pay the bills, at least not for me, so I continue to work.
We’re sure you as an artist, just as writers are often asked, where do you get your ideas. So . . . where do you get your ideas? I really try to listen to the author. Sometimes, however, it is evident they really don't know what they want and I piece together the feel I get from the synopsis that they create for me and the characteristics of the hero and heroine. I try to imagine a scene and work with it.
Knowing what you know now, if you had it to do over again, would you stick with designing covers—or do something different? I enjoy what I am doing. I think I wish I was younger and would have gone to school and jumped into the a creative field, but I have no regrets. I was able to be a stay-at-home mom for 5 years and then teach at the preschool where the kids attended. After that I got to go get a 'Big Girl' job. When the cover design position opened up, it was icing on the cake.
We won’t ask which cover is your favorite, but which cover—of all you’ve done—has a special place in your heart? My first genre was English Tea Rose, 1800's, very difficult to come up with different photos to use, challenging to say the least. I was really wanting to push out of the box and try other lines. I was allowed to do that and it was a blast. But it is hard to choose. I like different ones for different reasons. There have been some I didn't like, but the author loved. that is when the 'Eye of the Beholder' comes into play. I didn't answer the question, I just can't.
Which one of all you have created is the most memorable, and why? My first cover. I was so excited. I think I sent it to all my friends and family. When I saw it on-line (this was before Facebook) I was like a little kid! Good times!
Let’s talk about diva authors. How do you handle the person who is never pleased?
This is tough. Part of me understands, it is 'their baby', their creation and they have a certain idea in mind and I do respect that. On the other hand, they have to respect the fact that though Photoshop is pretty magical, I can't always find what they want in the stock photo banks and manipulation isn't always perfection. When a heroine has to have auburn shoulder length wavy hair, wearing a crimson period gown from the 1800's and a topaz necklace with diamond encircling the stone and she needs to be riding a white stallion..IT IS HARD, people, it is really hard! I cut off heads, superimpose a necklace, change the color and put a white horse in shadowed in the background. And see how that is received.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Last year, when I was unemployed due to a laid-off, I was feeling old, frustrated, out-of-the-loop and useless (pity-party table of ONE) God told me "Be Beautiful". The outer will wrinkle and sag, that is when the inner needs to shine. I started volunteering, I babysitting for free, did random acts of kindness, I worked on my art and photography whilst looking for work and it was amazing how much better I felt about myself and situation. I have since found a job and my mantra is still 'Be Beautiful, always'. I am pretty sure I am going to get that tattooed on my arm eventually. It saved me from self pity.
Who in the field is your idol? Why? Two people were so supportive when I first started, Kimberlee Mendoza and Rae Monet! I can't tell you how much they helped when I was stuck. They were patience and kept me encouraged. Each of them brought elements to the table where I ate it up. Thank you Ladies, you ROCK!!!
Tina, Kat and I thank you very much for visiting us today and giving us words of wisdom for our next cover[s]. You rock, too, woman!
Veronica Lynch.
To see more of what Tina Lynn Stout has created go to: http://tinalynnstout.weebly.com/


Monday, March 10, 2014

Let's Celebrate a First Release!

Today Wild Women Authors is delighted to welcome first time author Melissa Klein and hero Grant Davis, from A Risk Worth Taking, a delightful current release out of the Last Rose of Summer line for the Wild Rose Press. First up is Grant.
Where are you from? I grew up in Magnolia Springs, Georgia, a small town north east of Atlanta.
Tell us a bit about A Risk Worth Taking. Abby and my story is pretty much what the title implies, that loving someone is a risk, but one that’s worth taking when you find the right person. Abby has had some bad experiences with men who weren’t honest with her and that made her understandably cautious. In the end, she figured out our love was worth the risk. I make it my mission every day to keep her happy since she took a risk on me.
What did you think the first time you saw her? I was acting as father of the bride to my sister, Katie, so it was one of my jobs to dance with the groom’s mom. I headed over to her table, not really thinking about much of anything other than trying not making a fool of myself on the dance floor. She looked up at me when I asked her to dance, and I was a goner. Those gorgeous eyes of hers, they’re this whiskey color that I’ve never seen on another person. Well, she knocked me for a loop. Not literally, but that came later.
And your second thought? That came pretty quick. I wanted to ask her out, but I was worried that it might be weird since we were technically relatives after her son had married my sister. I got over that worry quickly, figuring the worst she could do was say no, which she did when I asked her later on. That didn’t deter me either. I’m persistent like that. I knew she was feeling the attraction same as me. I had to keep at it till I wore her down with my charm.
Did you think it was love at first sight? Attraction yes, but not love, not the real kind that we have for each other now. That kind of love takes time to grow.
What do you like most about Abby? I’d have to say it's the way she accepts people like they are. She doesn’t try to fit a person into some type of mold or change who they are. For example, I like nothing better than taking my motorcycle on some of those gnarled, curvy roads in the mountains of north Georgia. Instead of trying to get me to stop, she sends me off with a kiss. There are some other really nice things I like about her but that’s between the two of us.
How would you describe her? Physically, she’s the ultimate, with this gorgeous curly blond hair that I love to run my fingers through. And she has curves in all the right places. I’ve already mentioned her eyes, how beautiful they are. Emotionally, she might take a minute to warm up to a person, but when she decides she likes you she’s the most loyal friend you’d ever want.
How would she describe you? Hardheaded, workaholic, risk taker. But I’m her hardheaded, workaholic, risk taker and she loves me like that.
What made you choose aviation as a career? I didn’t choose the flyboy life; it chose me. My first memory as a kid was sitting in the cockpit of one of my dad’s cargo planes while he worked on the engine. I’ve never even considered doing anything but flying planes.
What is your biggest fear? Like everyone else, I worry about losing the ones I love. But the thing that keeps me up at night is worrying about my daughter, Grace. She has autism and may never be able to live without someone’s help. Right now that’s not a problem, because she’s got so many adults in her life who love her. I worry about what will happen when we’re not around. Abby tells me not to borrow trouble, that we have no way of knowing what Grace may be able to do when she’s older. She’s come a long way just in the past year since she’s started in the special needs preschool where Abby teaches. And of course I’ve set up a trust fund so that her financial needs are taken care of. I just don’t want her to be alone in the world. I’m trying to do like Abby says and trust that things will turn out good for her. How do you relax? Relaxing is for old people. Abby bought me a hammock for my birthday this year and I’ve lain in it once. Being idle gives me the scratch. I like to take my motorcycle out, like I said. It’s especially great now that my best buddy is back stateside. Brian and I have more fun on the bikes than two forty-year-old men ought.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? James Bond. Growing up I watched all the movies. Over and over again. I wanted to be a spy so bad I could taste it. I like the way Bond could get himself out of a situation, and he was smooth with the ladies. I have some unfortunate examples of my teenaged-self trying out some of Bond’s suave moves on girls.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? It came from an unlikely source—my ex-wife, Heather—who gave me the kick in the pants I needed when I thought I’d lost Abby. Heather said I shouldn’t let Abby leave for her job in London without first hearing how I felt about her.
Now it's time for Melissa's turn at bat. What movies or books have had an impact on your writing? I adore J. R. Ward’s books. The way she writes dialogue makes her alpha males jump off the page. I haven’t read an author who does deep point of view better than her.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them? I’d been entering my stories to different RWA chapter contest to get feedback on my writing. One judge, along with her critique, suggested I submit my story to The Wild Rose Press’ Last Rose of Summer line.
What influenced your decision to submit to them? In January I went to the TWRP’s online submissions page and was encouraged to see a line that featured characters over forty. I emailed the synopsis and first three chapters and within a day Kathy Cottrell got in touch to say how much she liked the story. Her words of praise were almost as exciting as her request to read the full manuscript.
Tell us a bit about the submission process. In early March she got back to me with a request to “revise and resubmit”, which means she liked the story, but there were some areas of the manuscript that needed work. I’d heard that before from other publishers, but being a newbie I didn’t have a clue what needed fixing. Only Kathy took the time to explain what wasn’t working.
I spent two months rewriting about fifty percent of the story and resubmitted in May. As she’s always done, Kathy contacted me sooner than she promised, this time offering a contract. To say that I was pleased would be an understatement. I was flying cross country to visit my daughter and checked my email when I landed. It didn’t matter that it was eleven o’clock in the morning, when you get your first publishing contract you find the first open bar and celebrate with a glass of champagne!
How long did it take from query to release? Revisions and edits took until August. A Risk Worth Taking was released on Amazon in October with the world wide release coming February 21st. Throughout the whole process, Kathy has been supportive and patient with my many questions. I’m please to say that Kathy has agreed to take on another of my manuscripts. I’m working through the first round of edits on Her Hometown Hero, which won first place in Georgia Romance Writers Maggie award.
What a Cinderella story! Veronica and I are pleased to be able to celebrate her first release with Melissa—and look forward to having her back when Her Hometown Hero comes out.
Kat Henry Doran and Veronica Lynch

To learn more about Melissa Klein and the stories she creates go to: www.MelissaKleinRomance.com
To purchase A Risk Worth Taking , go to http://amzn.com/B00G8J9SIW


Monday, March 3, 2014

Portals of Time, Part Deux


Today, as yet another winter storm approaches Western New York, 2 Wild Women Atuhors welcomes Kathryn Shay and Celeste Hart from “PERFECT TIMING”, the second in Shay's Portals of Time series. Welcome Kathy and Celeste. Hope you brought some warm weather with you? Heh heh.
First, a bit about the second in this fascinating series. In “PERFECT TIMING”, Celeste Hart, a sensitive, travels to Washington D.C. to sabotage the life’s work of Dr. Alex Lansing. Unbeknownst to him, his research into human sexuality drugs causes infertility in the centuries to come. When Celeste becomes his children’s nanny, she falls head over heels for the kids—and for their brilliant, sexy father. But can Alex forgive her deception when he discovers how and why she’s tricked him? With the survival of society hanging in the balance, everything hangs on Alex’s decision.
Celeste, what did you think the first time you saw Alex? I first saw him on the “chips”—recorded histories of time--from the past. I thought he was gorgeous. I loved his blond looks; most people of the future have dark hair. There was just something about him that attracted me right away.
And your second thought? When I met him, I was bowled over by his magnetism. Interestingly, he seemed to feel the same about me.
Did you think it was love at first sight? Yes, pretty much. Which is odd, because I never loved a man before.
What do you like most about him? How he behaves with the younglings, excuse me, the children. I’d never seen children react to their parents (called donors in my time), so I was mesmerized. He is a wonderful father.
How would you describe Alex? Kind and sensitive to others. Loving and giving to his children. Sexy and virile to me. And he’s brilliant. But he works too hard, and must learn to slow down!
How would Alex describe you? Extremely sensitive to others, which of course is true as I’m called “sensitive” in my time, and I can feel others’ emotion and even drain them of the negative ones when I choose. He’s attracted to my optimism and my love of his kids. I believe he thinks I’m sexy, too.
What made you choose research as a profession? In my time, I work for the Institute of Fertility and Sexuality. Since no one can bear children in 2514, I’m researching how to reverse our infertility.
What is your biggest fear? That Dorian, Alisha and I will not be able to change the course of history and our society will see the end of mankind.
How do you relax? I run in this time period. And I love watching the video box. In the future, I take jutzi lessons and run on an exertrac to relieve stress.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I’m afraid we don’t have fiction in the future, either in chip (book) form or in videos. Today, I love STAR TREK because Alex looks like Captain Kirk.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? From my donor, Rhea. She told me to follow my heart.
Now it's Kathryn's turn at the plate: What movies or books have had an impact on your writing? Judith Guest’s “ORDINARY PEOPLE” had a tremendous impact on my writing style. I taught the book ever year when I was a high school teacher and I think her writing style truly affected mine. The second is Judith McNaught. She wrote historical and contemporary romances. The first romance novel I read was “WHITNEY MY LOVE”. I think I was influenced by her emotional content the most.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them? What influenced your decision to submit to them. I was first published by Harlequin. I had been writing for three years while teaching full time and I went to a conference where another HQ editor who had bought my buddy Pat Ryan’s first book. She was sitting with Pat and a whole group of us. The editor, Mala Valik, asked me if I had any books submitted to Harlequin and I said yes, but not her line. She asked which line, then asked for my name and the name of the manuscript and “she’d walk across the hall” and tell Superromance to take a look. Three weeks later my future editor called and one week after that, made an offer. The book was “THE FATHER FACTOR” and had over a million copies in print.

I went on to work with The Berkley Publishing Group. Now, however, I’m an independent author, writing and publishing my own work. I love the freedom of it. And the money’s better.
Veronica and I thank Kathryn and Celeste for visiting us today. Her imagination is astonishing.
Kat Henry Doran

To learn more about Kathryn Shay and the stories he/she creates go to: www.kathrynshay.com.
To purchase PERFECT TIMING, go to http://www.kathrynshay.com/portals-of-time-trilogy/