Monday, August 17, 2015

MJ Schiller does it again

Max. The consummate ladies’ man.
He’s good looking, but not an absolute knockout. With Max’s charm though, he could have any woman he wants. Once he meets Faith, he doesn’t want anyone else.

Eli. He is a knockout.
But a dark past shadows him and holds him captive. Drinking dulls the pain, but meeting Faith makes him want to change all that.

Faith. She loves them both.
When a blackout brings her together with Eli, she’s happier than she’s ever been before. When another blackout tears them apart, Max is there to pick up the pieces. But can she forget the man who first made her whole?

Before the hubs and I leave for a long vacation, including a three day craft show in the glorious 1,000 Islands Region of Northern New York State, Wild Women Authors is thrilled to welcome back author MJ Schiller and Maxwell Theobald III, protagonists from MJ's latest, Blackout. Here we go . . .
That's quite a handle, pal. What do we call you? You can just call me Max, or Doc. That’s what everyone else does. Except my parents.
Where are you from? Albany, New York
Tell us a bit about Blackout. It is is Faith's and my story. And Faith and Eli’s story. Confusing? You bet it is!
What did you think the first time you saw Faith? Hel-lo! She was walking home to her apartment from her job at the diner. Her path happened to wander right by the construction site where Eli and I were working.
What was your second thought? Well, when I could think again, I wondered about my reaction to her. I mean, I’d dated some pretty hot numbers back in Albany, but Faith was different. Gorgeous, yes. But different. Fresh. Sweet. Innocent, even.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Uuh…I don’t know how to answer that. It was definitely something at first sight. But love? No. Not at that point. But when I got to know her a little, I was a goner.
What do you like most about her? Everything. No, really. Everything. She funny, cute, smart. She doesn’t take any guff from me, and I can usually work my way around any woman.
How would you describe Faith? She’s…wonderful. She loves whole-heartedly. People, and just life in general. She makes the best out of each day and takes away the best from each person. She’s amazing.
How would she describe you? Ha. A joker. A cad. A loser. No. That’s my interpretation. She’d say I was easy to get along with. That we have a lot of fun together. Ahh. I don’t know. You’d have to ask her.
What made you choose medicine as a career? Well, my parents were both doctors. So I guess you could say it ran in the blood. I was always pretty good at school, and I figured, if you’ve got a gift like that you should use it to help people. It’s interesting stuff, too, the human body.
What is your biggest fear? Losing Faith. It takes a lot of guts to admit that, but that’s the honest answer.
How do you relax? I’m a pretty active guy. I like to run, swim, hike. I enjoy a good book, a good bottle of Merlot, and music. Sometimes all at the same time.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Tom Sawyer. That kid was smooth.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Huh. I guess, follow your heart. Of course that was before I knew I had one.
Thanks, Max. Let's talk with MJ for a moment. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? There was this one children’s book about the Civil War. I’m sorry, I can’t remember the name of it, but each chapter was from a different character’s point of view. A Union soldier, a Confederate seamstress, a father to soldiers on both sides. The way multiple characters can look at one event and interpret it in their own way I find fascinating.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? Umm…there is a trunk that Faith describes from her childhood that is one my brother owned growing up. And I was a waitress for a time, like Faith.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I was originally with Crimson Romance, but I self-publish all of my work now.
What project[s] are you working on now? Some fun ones. I’m finishing up the third in my Romantic Knights Trilogy and a women’s fiction novel about four lunch ladies on a cross-country road trip and their love interests.
What's up next for you? Well, I’m taking a trip to Ireland in the Fall and I can’t wait!
Ahh, Ireland. Been there, done that, twice!! The beauty is indescribable. The serenity is soul infusing. Almost immediately we knew we could easily spend the rest of our lives there. Have a wonderful time.

MJ brought along an excerpt from Blackout . . .
Faith

He was there. I remember it all—the crowded street, Max holding the car door open, a bus passing by—and then he was just there, looking…as good as ever somehow, but not looking the same. I froze and everything faded away—the honking, Max’s laughter, the tires on the road, the sounds of construction. As if God pressed His giant mute button. And Eli stood there, peering at me from across the street, and I couldn’t breathe.
Instead of his khaki green flak jacket he wore a navy, cotton jacket, unzipped. The wind tugged on the ends of it as he glanced around. His hair was shorter, but it was definitely him, hands shoved into the pockets of tan Dockers, (Eli, in Dockers?). He leaned a little against a light post, his feet crossed in front of him. When his gaze landed on me, he straightened. A bicyclist passed in front of him, a bullet of color. My mouth froze in mid-smile and my throat suddenly ached.
And then, like some cosmic explosion, everything came speeding back into place.
“Babe?” Max turned and glanced across the street, but he didn’t seem to see Eli. How, I don’t know. “What’s wrong?”
“N-nothing. Nothing,” I finally spat out, looking up into his warm, brown eyes.
“Well, are you going to get in?” He gave me a teasing smile, his handsome face serene. Max’s sandy, red-brown hair was not as long as Eli’s had been, but long enough to show a hint of sexy curl. He wore his beard closely-cropped and carried himself with a confidence and style which was inherited from his successful parents.
“What?”
“In the car, you nut.”
He bent and kissed me on the lips, a sweet, simple kiss, but I pulled away; suddenly it was all wrong. He didn’t notice. He was too happy. Too happy I finally said yes. I gazed back across the street and, even though he wasn’t near enough for me to see his eyes, I knew what they looked like. I knew by the way he turned and hurried away. And Eli’s pain was mirrored in my own.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Welcome back Pamela Thibodeaux

     Anthony Paul Seville is known as the ‘most eligible bachelor’ in New Orleans, possibly even the entire state of Louisiana, but finds himself alone—completely and explicitly alone. Jessica Aucoin is a writer on her way to fame and fortune, but is haunted by a man from her past. Will the “champion” lawyer and the author of romantic suspense find love written in their future? . . .
This week, Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome back author Pamela S Thibodeaux who brings Paul Seville, from A Hero for Jessica a contemporary romance available through the Pelican Book Group. We'll begin with Paul.
What did you think the first time you saw Jessica Aucoin? That she was the loveliest creature I’d ever seen, too beautiful for words.
Good one. And your second thought? That the importance of eye contact during a lecture was wasted as my eyes always seemed to return to Jessica. Her name seemed familiar but for the life of me I couldn’t figure out why.
Did you think it was love at first sight? Let’s just say I was definitely intrigued when I saw her at my lecture on the finer points of law that Friday night. The next morning I realized who she was when I saw a book signing scheduled for her that afternoon. Then we ran into each other again on Sunday when I escorted my mother to church. Three meetings in three days were just too coincidental if you know what I mean. Then she dropped by my office on Monday morning to ask me to look into the contract with her publisher, and I finally understood what my heart had been searching for all along.
What do you like most about her? Everything! She is beautiful and talented in more ways than one. Although I seldom read for pleasure, her books leave me awed.
How would you describe her? Jessica has a classic beauty…..dark hair, oval face, almond-shaped eyes of brilliant green. She’s petite and not too steady on her feet when wearing heels. Everything about her, her looks, passion, talents. Each calls for protection and cuddling.
Aww. How would she describe you? Well, I’m not a real tall man, only 5’8 or 9” and slight of form. I have dark hair streaked with silver and dark eyes which, as Jessica puts it….glow with passion and intelligence. She thinks I’m ‘unbearably handsome’ and ‘purely sensual.’ Guess this is why I’m known as the ‘most eligible bachelor’ in New Orleans and the ‘best catch’ in Louisiana—labels which, by the way, I hate.
What made you choose practicing law for a profession? When I was a young boy my father’s business was ruined by a large corporation. This devastated the family and sent him to an early grave. I vowed then I would fight to stop such things from happening to others. I must say in all my years, I’ve gained the reputation of champion for the underdog.
What is your biggest fear? Until I met Jessica, it was that I’d never find a woman that would sweep me away with those fairytale emotions we all hear and dream about. And although I am one of the most sought after attorneys in Louisiana, I feared that at the end of the day, I’d always end up alone.
How do you relax? I run not only to keep in shape but to manage the stress of being a full time lawyer and professor.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Jake Brigance the lawyer in John Grisham’s “A Time to Kill.” He’s got the same passion for truth and justice I have and hope to never lose.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? My mom once said that you know your soul mate the minute you lay eyes on him or her and to wait until I meet that person to settle down. Guess that’s been pretty good advice because I found my soul mate in Jessica.
Thanks, Paul. We'd now like to spend some time with your creator, Pamela. What movies or books have had an impact on your writing? Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, almost anything by Nora Roberts. Other than these two, there are too many books/authors to mention.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. A Hero for Jessica was originally published by The Wild Rose Press under their White Rose imprint. I found out about TWRP back in 2008 when I submitted my novel, The Inheritance to them. This line eventually became White Rose Publishing then evolved into an imprint of Pelican Book Group. A Hero for Jessica is still available through PBG.
How long did it take from query to release? Back then it only took about 3-6 months from query to publication but as with any publisher, the growth of the business means somewhat slower production time. Which is still OK since major houses take up to 2 years to produce a book!
What book are you currently reading? Nothing at the moment.
What's up next for you? I’m working on a story I hope to complete and have added to an anthology of short stories next year.
As always this has been a real pleasure. Thanks for spending time with us, Pam.
Kat and Veronica
To learn more about Pamela S Thibodeaux and the stories he/she creates go to:
Twitter: http://twitter.com/psthib @psthib
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Pelican Book Group http://pelink.us/16uzi4c

Monday, August 3, 2015

A little Hex, Death & Rock'n'Roll

Hex, Death & Rock'n'Roll . . . 
Having barely survived a haunting in her own house, journalist and reluctant psychic Quinn Matthews has vowed never to get involved with the supernatural again. But when she accepts an invitation to watch rock band Mad Love perform in an old theater, she witnesses a fatal accident with otherwordly overtones. A heavy chunk of plaster falls on a cameraman, and only Quinn saw a shadowy figure up on the theater proscenium commit the “crime.”
It looked to her like an attempt to injure someone in the band, but the police assure her no living person could have been standing above the stage. Mad Love’s lead singer, Alan Bardot, asks Quinn to use her gifts to discover who’s been sabotaging the band over the last few months. Are they really under a curse, as threatening messages have claimed? If an enemy from their past is using occult means to get revenge, can Quinn find out who, why and how before she ends up a target, herself? And, last but not least, can her shaky relationship with her reporter boyfriend survive her spending so much time with a sexy rock star?
Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome author EF Watkins and Quinn Matthews, female protagonist from Hex, Death & Rock'n'Roll). As usual, we'll begin with Quinn. Tell us a bit about Hex,Death & Rock’n’Roll. Some background, first: In Dark Music, I bought a Victorian house that turned out to be haunted, and to get rid of the ghosts and keep my sanity, I had to solve a murder from well over 100 years ago. Once I’d survived that ordeal, I vowed to avoid all kinds of woo-woo situations in the future, and had no desire to hang out a shingle as a "psychic." But in Hex, I do use my newly developed abilities to help someone else with a paranormal problem. I’m very reluctant at first, but after awhile I kind of get into it…maybe too much!
Why did you decide to make this leap? I really was in the wrong place at the right time and saw something no one else saw. As a perk of my newspaper job, I went to a shoot for a video by a hot new rock band; in the middle of things, a big chunk of plaster fell on a videographer, who later died, and only I saw someone cause this supposed accident. Word got back to the band’s lead singer, who believes in ESP, and he insisted on bringing me in on the investigation. I would have put up more resistance, but he as payment he offered me the professional scoop of a lifetime. Also, he was really hot!
Did pursuing this "case" have any effect on your personal life? At first, it drove my boyfriend Tony crazy. He's an investigative reporter and was covering the accident and resulting lawsuit for our paper. But in working so closely with the band, I was privy to information I couldn't share with him. Also, he got very jealous because I was spending so much time around Alan, the lead singer. But in the end, when things got really hairy, Tony came through for me in a big way. So we're still good!
Knowing what you know now, would you do it again? This experience was even more harrowing, in some ways, than “cleansing" my own house—I got stalked by a dangerous, invisible entity and was held at gunpoint for the first time I my life! Those were parts I’d have been happy to skip. On the other hand, it was satisfying to learn that I had a special advantage in solving this kind of crime and could help someone else in a scary situation.
What is your biggest fear? That I’m going to tackle something too powerful for me to handle. I’ve already had a spirit can get inside my mind and make me act out of character, and now I know there are things beyond mere ghosts that can actually hurt and kill people. Since the haunting, I've also become hypersensitive to the vibes in places where tragic events have taken place. I wouldn't want to be sucked into that darkness and not be able to find my way back.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? I've connected with a long-distance mentor, a professional psychic named Gail. She taught me that when I feel threatened by something paranormal, I can close my eyes and imagine a protective cocoon of white light around me, and even around others I want to shield. I’ve tried that a couple of times now—in pretty dire situations—and it does seem to work. So thanks, Gail!
Thank you, Quinn. Let's talk to EF for a moment. Which writers have had a major impact on your writing? I am a big fan of Ira Levin, especially his paranormal and techno-thrillers (Rosemary's Baby, The Stepford Wives), but of course he also was an outstanding mystery author (A Kiss Before Dying). And Barbara Michaels (a.k.a. Barbara Mertz) has been a big influence, because she was the first author I came across who injected “real” ghosts and paranormal situations into mysteries.
With regard to research, where did you start for this novel? I dealt with a lot of geographic areas in New Jersey that I already knew pretty well, but I researched details of the rock band’s video shoot by contacting a local professional who does such things. I knew I wanted an entity that could act as a kind of psychic "hit man" persecuting the band, so I poked around the web and other sources until I came up one that filled the bill. I had done research into Quinn’s various types of paranormal experiences for Dark Music, but expanded on those as she faced this new challenge.
Did that lead you down different paths, thereby changing the original concept? Quinn's "clients" in this book, the members of the rock band, came from a non-paranormal novel I wrote decades ago and never had published. This was a great way to bring them into the 21st century and give them new life and a more compelling story. By the time I started writing Hex, I had a pretty good idea of where it was going. But it actually has multiple villains -- a couple of them making only down-to-earth mischief -- and exactly which of them would do what, and when, changed and developed as the book progressed.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them; what influenced you to submit to them? In 2002, I attended a meeting of the Garden State Horror Writers (now Garden State Speculative Fiction Writers) and heard a talk by a woman who wrote vampire fiction for an ebook publisher. Afterward, I asked her if she thought the publisher would look at my unpublished vampire thriller Dance with the Dragon. I submitted it, and the company went through some big changes, but in 2003 I had my first publication.
How is the submission process; what is the turn-around time from date of query to date of release? In its new form, as Amber Quill Press, the publisher also was producing POD paperbacks, all in a traditional royalty-paying format. There are pluses and minuses--you don't get a paid an advance or get ARCs for reviews months before publication. But you do get higher royalties, and once an MS has been accepted, it comes out in both ebook and print form in just three or four months. Amber Quill goes through periods when it is closed to new submissions and others when it's open, so for more details people can check www.amberquill.com.
What are you reading right now? I'm re-skimming a cozy mystery, Hide Nor Hair, by fellow Sisters in Crime/Central Jersey member Jo-Ann Reccoppa. I really enjoyed it on the first read and I promised her I'd review it on Amazon, but I've been so busy this summer that I haven't gotten around to it yet. And I feel bad, because I know how much I hate it when someone strings me along like that!
What's next for you? I'm currently working on something completely different--no paranormal and only a slight mystery element. It's about a woman in her 40s and her teenaged niece who are trying to start a horse-rescue farm. Many years ago, I had to place my chronically ill horse at a rescue farm and I learned a lot about how badly these places are needed today. Even though my second published book was a romantic mystery set on a horse farm (published under "Eileen" Watkins), this is an experiment for me because it's very character-driven. There is suspense, some bad guys and the occasional person getting kicked or thrown, but no gun play and no ghosts. However, Quinn will be back soon. I already have another "case" in mind for her!
EF brought an excerpt from Hex, Death & Rock'n'Roll:
During Randall’s big solo, Bardot hovered nearer the guitarist to sway and nod along to the ominous, chiming rhythm. He stayed in that spot and faced the audience as he launched into the last verse.
Something—maybe the shifting light from the movie screen—drew my eye up to the stage’s proscenium arch. It was dark by comparison, but I saw someone up there…just a hazy silhouette, dressed all in black, walking along the top. Could he be working a special effect or adjusting something?
The climax of the song pulled my attention back to the stage.
“Watch out when I start to draw you—”
BOOM!
At first, I thought a smoke bomb had gone off onstage. But the way the band members leaped back and the music stopped told me it wasn’t planned. They were all miked, and as the dust settled, I heard their shouts and curses.
“Oh, my G—”
“What the—”
A woman in front screamed, and chaos broke out.
Stagehands and band members surged to the apron, so at first I couldn’t see what was wrong. Bardot sprang back to the mic and yelled, with a catch in his voice, “A doctor! We need a doctor!”
All of us in the audience were on our feet, milling around in confusion. A couple of overwhelmed security guards rushed to the front of the theater and tried in vain to calm the crowd.
I turned to Melissa. “Did you see—”
But she was gone. Maybe she’d run up to the stage to check on her idol, though he seemed fine to me. So did all the other musicians. But someone else must be hurt.
Lalita jogged back up the aisle, cell phone clamped to her ear, calling for an ambulance. I followed her out to the lobby, and when she hung up, I asked what had happened.
Her face had gone ashen. “Oh, Jesus, a big chunk of plaster fell and hit one of the cameramen. They think he’s still alive, but he’s out cold!” Her eyes were wide with horror. “I can’t believe it… That proscenium is old, but it should have been secure!”
I knew what she must be thinking. If the cameraman was seriously hurt, the Friends of the Rialto would be liable. “It was probably the fault of the guy working up there. He must’ve jarred something loose.”
“What guy?”
“Somebody was up there—a stagehand, I guess—just before that piece fell. Walking on top of the arch.”
“Walking?” Lalita stared at me, then gave her head an emphatic shake. “Quinn, that arch is less than a foot wide. No one could stand up there—it’s impossible!”
Thanks for spending this week with us, EF—and thanks also for the information about Amber Quill Press. We look forward to Quinn coming back for a return visit.
Kat and Veronica
To learn more about E.F. Watkins and the stories she creates go to www.efwatkins.com.

 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Are Fangs Better . . . Really?

Fangs are easier than guns and just as effective.
If that doesn't turn you on and make you want to learn more about this story and the author who created it, well . . . stick around as Wild Women Authors welcomes Debra Doggett and Gates McHenry from Gambler's Moon, a paranormal release out of the Wild Rose Press. As usual, we'll begin with Gates.
Where are you from? I grew up in Chicago, darling, not the fancy part but the mean streets. It was the Prohibition era.
Darling. Hmm. It's been a while for us, but tell us a bit about Gambler's Moon. When I left Chicago, I did what most men looking for a better fortune did. I headed west. There were few things I wanted more than a place I could hide and I found just the place in the little town of Cuba, New Mexico. My gambling skills came in handy when I got into a poker game with the owner of Los Almas Perdidas, the local bar. I won the bar on the best hand I'd ever played. To my surprise, Cuba had something else I wanted: Ava Harper, the widow of the Alpha of the local werewolf pack. Ava's managed to hold out against my charms for eighty years, but I figure she can't do it forever. We've both got time. Now Ava's in trouble. Someone's stalking her and in a pretty nasty way. She needs my help and I might be able to prove to her how much she needs me in other ways too.
What did you think the first time you saw Ava? That I needed to touch her more than I needed anything else at that moment.
Nice one, Gates. And second thought? That she just might kill me if I did touch her.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Lust maybe. Obsession definitely.
What do you like most about her? Ava lives her own way, does things her own way.
How would you describe her? She's like New Mexico, a survivor, tough enough to take on life out here. But underneath there's a sadness, a loneliness that eats away at her.
Yowee kazowee, that's nice but how would Ava describe you? As a nuisance. She'd probably use less polite terms but she was raised a proper lady in a time when that meant certain manners.
Hah. What made you choose gambling for a career? Gambling was a way to make money. In a city like Chicago that wasn't always an easy prospect. But it taught me how to get a feel for people. As a vampire, that's an important tool for staying alive.
What is your biggest fear? Death. Real death.
How do you relax? Sex. Nothing beats it for relaxing the body and the mind.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Matt Dillon. I love living in the remains of the Old West. Times have changed and things aren't as wild as they were, but Matt's ways still work most of the time.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Fangs are easier than guns and just as effective.
Well. Say. This has been an experience. We hope you'll come back to visit us—and you can leave Debra home if you like. Heh heh. Now, let's talk with her.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? I love stories that delve into the character and make them come alive. I don't have a favorite genre, as I will watch, or read, anything I find appealing. A few favorite movies are LA Confidential, The Hurt Locker and The Lord of the Rings series. As for books, I love historical fiction and fantasy. Some favorite authors are Diana Gabaldon, Laurell K. Hamilton, Neil Gaiman and Patricia Briggs.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I live not far from Cuba, New Mexico and drive through it often. The isolation of so much of New Mexico makes such a great setting, especially for a character who wants to hide. And I've worked with lots of archaeologists and love how they work.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I met a lady who was an editor for The Wild Rose Press at a local writers group. The first novel I submitted was called The Prize and I was thrilled when they published it. I love Wild Rose. They are amazing to work with. My editor is incredible and so are all the other folks who work for them.
What project are you working on now? I am working on a Regency, which is the first time I've tackled that particular genre. It takes a bit of research to keep everything accurate.
What's up next for you? I have an urban fantasy coming out on August 19th. It's title Bone of My Bones and it's the story of a witch who finds out there's far more to her destiny than she ever dreamed.

Debra brought along an exerpt of Gambler's Moon:
He grinned up at her and a slow smile spread across her face, something that sparked a bit of concern inside him. When she bent down and leaned over him, he stopped thinking at all. Then she put those moist lips by his cheek and he was glad he didn't breathe, for the feel of her against him would've driven the air from his lungs. In spite of his touted control, having her this close had him struggling not to reach out and take what he wanted. His mind started to wander, envisioning all the ways he could make her…
"What the—"
His words were cut off by the pressure of the stake tight against his heart. Ava leaned down close, that satisfied smile broader now. The point of the wood nipped at his clothing and drove all the nude images out of his brain.
"What's the matter, gambler? Don't like the stakes?"
"You carry a stake with you? Where the hell did you have that hidden?"
Ava pointed to the flowerbed by the porch. "There. You were so deep in your horny daydream I could've pulled out a Mac truck and you wouldn't have noticed."
"Why is it every time I try to get romantic with you, you whip out a stake? What have you got against having a good time?"
She plopped down on the ground next to him. "Your obsession with playing almost got you killed."

It's always a treat when a character lights our imaginations and Gates McHenry certainly did that this week. To learn more about Debra Doggett and the stories she creates, go to:
Twitter at @dgdoggett
Blog: www.onefoolsjourney.com.

To purchase, Gambler's Moon, go to:







Monday, July 20, 2015

There's No Place Like Home

The ones who know you the best love you the most.

This week, Wild Women Authors is pleased to have Peggy Jaeger, author of There's No Place Like Home, a recent release out of Wild Rose Press and her female lead, Moira Cleary, visiting us. Welcome, ladies. As usual, we'll begin with Moira.
Where are you from? I was born and raised in the tiny town of Carvan, Connecticut.
Tell us a bit about There’s No Place Like Home. I’m a concert pianist and I’ve been away traveling with a symphony orchestra for the past 4 years. I’ve recently come home, wracked with an unknown illness that’s left me shaken, thin, malnourished, and truthfully, lacking confidence in myself as a pianist. I needed to come home to heal my mind, body and spirit and make a decision about what to do with the rest of my life. I know that being home with my family and my dearest of friends, Quentin Stapleton, will help me heal.
What did you think the first time you saw Quentin Stapleton? Q and I have known each other since the day we were born - truthfully! Our mothers are best friends and our fathers are partners in a veterinary practice. I don’t have a childhood memory that doesn’t include this guy. As far back as I can remember he’s always loved horses, and since I do as well, we’ve always just clicked as friends. My very first memory of Q ( which is what we all call him ) is when he gave me a frog for my fifth birthday. I knew we would always be friends from that moment on. 
A frog. Very cool. What was your second thought? Well, he’s awfully easy on the eyes- and even was as a kid.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? No, not romantic love, anyway. I’ve always loved him for the person he is and as my friend. We’ve always been friends. Best friends. I considered him more like another brother since my twin, Padric, is his best friend and we three grew up constantly in one another’s company and getting into mischief, having fun, and just plain living through a great childhood.
What do you like most about Q? He is one of the kindest, calmest people I’ve ever known. He has a natural way with animals – horses the most – and they respond to his gentle, quiet strength and care. I think he’s the original horse whisperer you always hear about. His voice can soothe the wildest of animals and his hands are perpetually warm and comforting – to horses as well as people! When he holds my hand or hugs me I fell like I’m being covered with a warm and soft blanket.
Awww. Let's get to the good stuff. How would you describe him? Physically, he’s really easy on the eyes. Six four with blond-going-ash colored hair that he always wears short, shoulders that go on for days and arms I’ve seen lift a cow, with hands that can gentle a shying mare. He has this amazing, lazy smile. It takes its time spreading from one side of his mouth to the other, but when he shines it at you full force, there isn’t anything you wouldn’t do for him. And when he does smile, the green in his moss colored eyes turns all sparkly and shimmery.
Okay, but how would Q describe you? As his best friend.
You're killing us here, Moira. Kill-ing us. What made you choose being a concert pianist as a career? I’ll be totally honest and tell you it chose me. The very first time I heard a Bach piece I was five and wanted to know how play it on our family piano, so my parents signed me up for lessons with a local music teacher. The very first time I sat down to learn a classical piece I knew there wasn’t anything else I ever wanted to do with my life. Music is everything to me and a day that I don’t get to play I consider a wasted day.
Wow. What is your biggest fear? Right now it’s that my relationship with Q will change if we pursue this new “adult” one he’s told me he wants. I’m scared if we become lovers and something happens in the future, we won’t be able to be friends anymore, and I couldn’t live without his friendship. He’s the person who anchors me more than anyone else.
How do you relax? Well, I haven’t relaxed in a long, long time, which is why I needed to come home. But being with the horses who are at my father’s equine center getting medical treatment, and riding out with them every day for their exercise routines just makes me as happy and calm as can be. Growing up, we rode everyday. There’s just something, some intangible something that being atop such a magnificent animal brings to your life.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I would have to say I love Zena the best. She is so kickass- something I dream about being, but as the only girl surrounded by three brothers, Q and his two brothers, all I was ever allowed to be growing up was the pampered princess who needed rescuing. With 6 boys around me everyday, dating was a little tricky during my teens, and to this day they are all as protective of me as if I were a kitten needing care and guidance instead of a grown-ass woman.
Hah! What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Before leaving on my world tour, my mother – who by the way didn’t want me to leave the nest, but realized I needed to fly on my own 
( love that about her!) told me, “The ones who know you the best love you the most.” So true. I’ve never forgotten it.
Perfect. Let's hear from your creator. Peg, What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? The two books – which were subsequently movies – that influenced me the most were Gone With The Wind and Pride and Prejudice. Both tell the stories of strong females, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live with out them, which is, FYI, my BRAND and author tagline.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? For a long time I suffered emotional and psychological abuse from someone I trusted. Moira suffers both from her conductor and his systematic stripping of her confidence and her health leads her to make the fateful decision to give up on her current career and come back home. In my heart, I truly feel there is no place like home because the people who care about and love you the most will always be there for you, emotionally, spiritually, physically and psychologically. I wanted to express that through Moira’s story.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I’d never heard of the Wild Rose Press until I entered a contest in 2013, won my division and Rhonda Penders, the publisher and the final judge, emailed me, told me she liked the chapters I’d sent to the contest and could she see the entire manuscript. From that moment on my life changed forever. I felt if she trusted my work enough to take a chance on publishing an unknown, menopausal, bottle blonde writer, who was truly a hot mess with too much time on her hands, than I would take a chance on her publishing house. It’s been aces ever since, and I couldn’t be happier.
What project[s] are you working on now? There’s No Place Like Home was book 2 in my MacQuire Women series, with book 1, Skater's Waltz [which came ] out in March of this year and book 3, First Impressions—Pat Cleary’s story—due out this fall. Right at this moment I am working on book 4, The Voices of Angels, a prequel to Skater’s Waltz. Then book 5 after that. I also have a novella coming out at Valentines Days 2016 for WRP titled 3 Wishes.
Peg was kind enough to bring along an excerpt from TNPLH:
“Remember when your cousin Tiffany got married in the backyard here?”
Confused, Moira nodded.
Quentin rubbed her bottom lip with the pad of his thumb. “When the Reverend told Cole ‘you can kiss your bride,’ and he swooped her off the ground, spun her around and kissed her silly? Remember what you said?”
“I think I said it was the most romantic thing I’d ever seen.”
He nodded. “The exact quote was, ‘I hope someone kisses me like that some day.’”
Her grin was quick at the memory. “Pat snorted and said I’d better be satisfied with licks from the horses and Rob Roy because no guy was ever gonna kiss me.”
“He wasn’t known for tact back then.” He rubbed a hand down her back as he held her. “Remember what happened later on behind the barn?”
Because she did, she couldn’t stop the heat from spreading up her face like wildfire. When she nodded again, he said, “You wanted to know what it felt like to be kissed like that and since I was your best friend, you thought I should be the one to do it, because you – quote - felt safe with me – unquote.”
“What was I? Eleven?”
“Thirteen. And I was more than willing. Almost broke my heart in two when you said afterward, ‘I don’t see what all the fuss is about.’”
“Q—”
“Hush.” He kissed her forehead. “Ever since that day, all I’ve wanted is a second chance. Now,” he pulled her body closer, wrapped both arms around her small waist, his hands resting just above the dent in her spine. “We’re both a little older, a little more mature. Some of us are much more experienced—”
“And conceited.”
“Experienced,” he said, the laugh in his voice quiet and seductive, “and things can be so much better.”

This has been a real treat for us and promise Peggy—if she's willing—to come back and visit us again when Book 3 in her series is due for release.
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There’s No Place Like Home: http://www.amazon.com/Theres-Place-Like-MacQuire-Women-ebook/dp/B00VU85CBI/ref=pd_sim_351_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=1YBGTS7C959FA9ZMCVGE







Monday, July 13, 2015

A little Winter Madness

     Sienna has survived what most succumb to - the death of a spouse and child and has maintained her faith despite her troubles. 
     William has never met anyone who actually lived out what they say they believe.
     Is it true love between the faithful optimist and broody pessimist or simply winter madness?
Not only do we love the title of this intriguing short story but also the story line. . . 
This week, Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome Pamela S. Thibodeaux who brings William, from Winter Madness a romantic short story release out of the Pelican Book Group. Since broody pessimists are right up our alley, we'll begin with William.
What did you think the first time you saw Sienna? That I’d seen a ghost. You see, we went to high school together. Were madly in love at that time. At least Sienna was with me. I had other things on my mind, thought we were too young, yada, yada, yada. So after graduation we went our separate ways. Sienna married and had a child. Tragically both her husband and daughter were killed in an auto accident. So when I started chatting online with a woman bearing her name I wasn’t sure it was she. Until we met up on that cold, winter day.
What was your second thought? That she was absolutely beautiful, radiant, and she looked as though she’d been waiting for me her whole life.
Now that's a description we will not ignore. Did you think it was love at first sight? I tend to not believe in those fairytale type analogies. We loved each other once and although I’d dated off and on since we parted ways, I never found anyone who affected me like Sienna. Our history makes ‘love at first sight’ impossible but…if you count ‘first sight in a long time’ then yeah….maybe…
Nice one, William. What do you like most about Sienna?
What’s not to like? The woman is beautiful with golden blonde hair and hazel eyes. She’s smart and tough and her faith is not just something she talks about but lives.
How would she describe you? She called me a broody pessimist and I guess she’s right. As far as physical description I have dark brown hair and blue eyes, medium build (about 5’ 8”).
What made you choose being stock broker as a career? I love the excitement of it, though most of the time the stress far outweighs that. The money is great, too.
What is your biggest fear? Fear of the unknown and that I’ll never find someone who can deal with my personality quirks and idiosyncrasies.
How do you relax? Honestly, until that day with Sienna, our first meeting after all the years of separation, I didn’t relax. Life was all about rushing to that next goal and through the next hurdle.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Alex Keaton from [the TV show] Family Ties. I swear that boy and I share the same genes!
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? To loosen up a bit and have fun. Sienna told me that the day we got together and has made sure I make a point to do so regularly, which is such a gift and a blessing and total opposite of the life I lived up until we met again.
Thanks, William. We'd like to chat with our pal Pamela for a bit.
What movies or books have had an impact on your writing? I am an avid reader since early childhood and a hopeless romantic all of my life so suffice to say many, many books have impacted my life. Nora Roberts is my all-time-favorite author in secular romance while Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury and a whole bunch of Pelican Book Group authors impact my writing!
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them? How long did it take from query to release? Winter Madness was originally published by The Wild Rose Press under their White Rose imprint. I found out about TWRP back in 2008 when I submitted my novel, The Inheritance to them. This line eventually became White Rose Publishing then evolved into an imprint of Pelican Book Group. Winter Madness is still available through PBG. Back then it only took about 3-6 months from query to publication but as with any publisher, the growth of the business means somewhat slower production time. Which is still OK since major houses take up to 2 years to produce a book!
What book are you currently reading? One Touch by Melanie Purifoy.
What is it about this book that touches you? It's a really good book and I'd like to give it a little plug. Here's where you can find it:
http://amzn.to/FRrFxkZ

What's up next for you? As usual I have numerous WIP’s so [I'm] not sure yet what is coming next. I recently published an E-bundle of my Tempered series that includes all 4 full length novels, plus the spin off short story titled Lori’s Redemption. It is available at Smashwords and is on sale too for 50% off during July. Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/1SzkRoi.
Thanks, Pam. As always it's a treat to talk with your characters.
Kat and Veronica
To learn more about Pamela S Thibodeaux and the stories she creates go to:
Twitter: http://twitter.com/psthib @psthib
To purchase Winter Madness, go to:
Amazon for Kindle http://amzn.to/1uRSVCQ
Pelican Book Group http://pelink.us/15NWhrY



Monday, July 6, 2015

Meet Madeline White

      Madeline White must return to her hometown to help her uncle, her only family. She gets a job teaching and sees the man who broke her heart back in high school. Then she discovers he’s the school’s Safety Officer and his nephew is her student! Madeline’s determined to clear the air with him and hopes they can be civil to one another. When she builds up the courage for a painful reunion, she is shocked that he doesn’t remember her.
      Officer Joey O’Neill is committed to his job, so after the beautiful redhead accuses him of the contrary, he takes offense. When Madeline informs him they’ve met before, he insists she’s mistaken. Although his family wants him to settle down and judges his carefree bachelorhood lifestyle, it doesn’t mean he forgets the people in his life. Past or present.
     Like years before, people begin to whisper about her when things go missing in the school. Joey starts to wonder if what they say is true. As the past comes back to haunt Madeline, she struggles with a secret that jeopardizes her job and hopes she can trust Joey. Has he finally out grown being a wise-cracking jock?

Wild Women Authors is pleased to have author Elizabeth John who brings with her, Madeline White, female protagonist from Judging Joey a recent release from Soul Mate Publishing. As usual, we'll start things off with Madeline.
Where are you from? A small town in upstate New York.
Tell us a bit about Judging Joey. This is my story, really. I moved back to New Jersey to help my elderly uncle take care of my sick aunt. After she passed away, I knew I had to stay and be there for him. They had taken me in when I needed family, and I could never abandoned him. My best friend Sabrina helped me get a teaching job at her school. Part of me hesitated when I signed the contract because Joey O’Neill was the school’s Safety Officer. The last time I saw him, he broke my heart. He was the main reason I went away to college, far enough away where no one knew me and I could start over. Ten years later is where my story begins. I am grown woman now and I have to move on. To do that, I need to come face-to-face with Joey and speak my mind.
What did you think the first time you saw Joey? The first time I saw him, I was writing an article about a football game for the high school newspaper. Being new to the school, I had made one friend, and she had convinced me to join the paper. Joey was the team’s star. He later became the captain. I thought he was the coolest, nicest, cutest guy. Major crush on my part, especially when he went out of his way to help me once.
What was your second thought? I knew he barely noticed me, you know, and not in the way I wanted. A girl could dream, right? Then something happened that I could never forgive him for and I will never forget. Ever.
Oh my. Did you feel it was love at first sight? No way. Like I said, he barely noticed me back then with my mop of curly red hair and string bean legs. He was a super-star to me. Untouchable. Recently, we had a fall carnival at the school where I teach. Joey was getting hit in the face with pies for the fundraiser. Even whipped cream in his hair couldn’t mask that he looked even better ten years later. When I approached him and he didn’t recognize me or seem to remember what he had done, I knew we had a problem.
Other than a face full of whipped cream, what do you like most about Joey? He enjoys life and he’s awfully charming. He has a gift for not taking life too seriously.
How would you describe him? Joey is incredibly handsome, and I melt when he smiles at me. He’s protective of others and seeks out the truth. I guess that’s why he’s a great cop.
All well and good, but how would Joey describe you? He tells me all the time that my eyes remind him of the green waters of the Cayman Islands and my hair is the perfect shade of auburn. So I guess that’s the first thing he would say to describe me. He’d probably also say that he’s the jokester and I’m the serious one. Ying and yang.
What made you choose teaching as a career? When I was little, the only people in my life who gave me comfort and stability were my teachers. Neither of my parents possessed the nurturing gene. I didn’t even realize what normal parents were until my uncle and aunt took me in. After a while, I knew I wanted to be like all of them and take care of children. I love being a teacher.
What a lovely tribute, Madeline! What is your biggest fear? It is that I’ll lose my uncle and be alone again. He’s the only family I’ve got unless I marry and have children.
How do you relax? I take my dog Rusty to the park, jog, and read books.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Little Orphan Annie. Joey called me that in high school. I was an orphan and had curly red hair. My Uncle Mark came into my life like “Daddy” Warbucks. Little Orphan Annie’s life turned out okay just like mine did.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Uncle Mark has lots of expressions that I adore and use in my conversations. My peers find these words amusing because I sound old-fashioned. However, my favorite one is when he says, “An apple doesn’t fall far from its tree, but sometimes one rolls down the hill and escapes.” Both my aunt and uncle made me believe I was not like my parents and wasn’t destined to end up as they did. They were so right!
Absolutely. Thank you so much for sharing your insight and hope. Now it's time to talk with Elizabeth.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? I admit to being a TV and movie junkie, so to pick even a couple of titles would be impossible for me. What I can say is that writers learn the craft from good story telling. Sometimes we learn what not to do from bad story telling, too. The same applies to books. Although I write romances, I read different genres. I judge contests. The more I read, the better a writer I become.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? By day, I teach elementary school. Although all the characters and events are fictional, I based Madeline's experiences on circumstances that could happen. I also have police officers in the family, so in this case, I wrote what I knew.
Good for you. Using what you know always shines through in your work. Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? My publisher is Soul Mate Publishing. I had heard my editor speak at the New Jersey Romance Conference. I enjoyed her workshop and connected with her philosophy on the editing process. After I queried her, she asked for the full manuscript, and I was beyond ecstatic to get “the call” via email. Of course I did my research on them, too. A fellow author had sold to Soul Mate and was happy to be one of their authors.
What project[s] are you working on now? The book I’m working on now is about one of three sisters whose family owns a bridal dress shop. Each sister will have her own story and each one is a romantic suspense.
What's up next for you? I’m looking forward to attending RWA National in New York City. Since I’m off for the summer, I’m concentrating on writing and finishing my next book.
We wish you much luck, Elizabeth and hope you have a great time at RWA this summer. Kat and Veronica.

To learn more about Elizabeth John and the stories she creates, go to:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/elizabethjohnauthor
Twitter: @elizabethjohn34
Link to Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00V596R2A