Monday, October 22, 2018

Waltz with Me, Cowboy Book Blast

Blurb:
Calla Rose returned home to McKenna Springs to help save her family's business... The Yellow Rose... a ninety-year old Texas dance hall. She also came home to heal. Being a victim and finding her trust level in men damaged, she is determined to succeed in this one thing for her family and nothing is going to deter her from doing just that. Now even a green-eyed cowboy/mayor with heart-stopping smiles and kisses that threaten to thaw the ice around her heart.

Ty Conners wasn't looking for love. He had simply stopped in to welcome the latest business owner to town. But coming face to face with Calla Rose would prove an unforgettable experience in more ways than one and send his heart into a tailspin. Never a man to not face a challenge head-on, he prepared to get past the barricades she had erected between herself and the male population. But it was easier said than done, and just when he's within reach of her heart, a lie brings memories of pain and distrust and Calla's heart may be out of his reach for good.



Excerpt:
“I think last night went very well. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.” Jaz stowed the overnight bag in the back of her car and shut the door. Then she turned to her sisters. Lily had already packed her things into her vehicle.
         
“Remember, I wrote out the recipe for the lasagna and placed it on the fridge for you to give to Darcy for me. The other cream pie is in the box on the bottom shelf of the fridge in its carrier. You need to drop it off to Ty today without fail. Okay?”
         
Calla stifled the need to roll her eyes as she listened for the fourth time to Lily’s reminders. “I’ve got it all memorized. I will do everything as instructed.”
         
“Funny how the pie carrier couldn’t be found last night when Ty was here, but it showed up on the pantry shelf this morning.” Jaz’s delivery was dry, no hint of irony. She levelled an innocent gaze in Lily’s direction. Lily returned it just as steady.
         
“These things happen sometimes.” Lily turned her attention back to Calla. “I told Ty you’d be dropping it by for him this morning. It needs to be refrigerated so…”
         
“Okay, already. I’ve got it, Lily,” Calla spoke up, stepping forward and wrapping her little sister in a quick hug… more to quiet her than anything else. “Enough about a silly pie. Just drive careful and I’ll see you on Thursday.”
         
“And I’ll see you both then, too.” Jaz stepped into their embraces next. She was the first to leave the drive with a wave of her hand out the window of her red convertible. Lily followed a couple minutes later in her small, pink VW. That left Calla to stare after them until they turned the corner and disappeared. A sigh escaped her. It was always a downer saying goodbye to her sisters after they had all been together for the weekend.



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Born and raised in the Lone Star state of Texas, Debra grew up among horses, cowboys, wide open spaces, and real Texas Rangers.  Pride in her state and ancestry knows no bounds and it is these heroes and heroines she loves to write about the most.  She also draws upon a variety of life experiences including working with abused children, caring for baby animals at a major zoo, and planning high-end weddings (ah, romance!).

When she isn’t busy writing about tall Texans and feisty heroines, she can be found cheering on her Texas Tech Red Raiders, or heading off on another cruise adventure.  She read her first romance...Janet Dailey's Fiesta San Antonio, over thirty years ago and became hooked on the genre. Writing contemporary romances, is both her passion and dream come true, and she hopes her books will bring smiles...and sighs...to all who believe in happily-ever-after’s.
 
Debra invites you to visit her website at www.debraholtbooks.com.  She loves to hear from other aspiring authors or readers via email, Twitter and Facebook

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Queen Mary's Daughter VBT

Blurb:
There are so many possibilities that affect the course of history. One change, one small item overlooked, can make a world of difference, not only in a person's life, but in the history and well-being of an entire nation. And then there are those multiple scenarios of what if? What if King James VI of Scotland didn't succeed in amalgamating Scotland with England? What if there had been another heir to the throne of Scotland? One who would secure its independence? Would Scotland have remained free and independent and a nation of its own well into the twenty-first century? And would Scotland, this independent version, make its own decision to join the European Union when its southern neighbor was choosing to pull away?

"Queen Mary's Daughter" presents another plausible timeline, one that incorporates both historical fact and fiction with the endless possibilities of time travel.



Excerpt:
“What?” the regent bellowed. “Not another Mary, and a Stuart at that. We cannot be related. Are we?” He winced in the dim light and bent forward to take a closer look. “You have her look about you. It is uncanny. You could almost pass for her. And that brooch. Where did you get that brooch?”

“I do not know, sir.” Mary Elizabeth took her time to choose her words carefully. She wasn’t sure how to answer about the brooch, so she steered clear of that comment, saying instead, “Are not all Stuarts somehow related?”

It was not the right thing to say. James Stuart, Regent of Scotland, was not amused. “Grab her. She must be a spy. Or a traitor. Either is punishable by death.” He pointed accusing fingers at the others. “The rest of you stay here. I will deal with this troublemaker.”





Emily-Jane, thanks so much for stopping by. How did you get started writing?
As soon as I could hold a pencil and knew my letters, I was writing stories. I have always loved writing. I grew up in a family of storytellers. We would sit around the dinner table sharing our stories. Being the youngest, I didn’t have much chance to share my stories, so, as soon as I could write, I wrote my stories. I particularly enjoy writing stories about real people and real life, though I’ve recently ventured into the realm of historical fiction, fantasy and sci-fi. I started my writing career in the late 1970s writing for small publications, telling people’s stories and writing about interesting places. I still enjoy writing these types of stories, but my passion for fiction insists that I write novels as well. Who inspired me? My mother and my grandmother. My mother was very creative and she encouraged me to write my stories. My grandmother was a wonderful storyteller, always full of stories to share. I wrote both my mother’s story, “F-Stop: A Life in Pictures” and my grandmother’s story, “Personal Notes”. And I still write little stories about these two special women.


What was the inspiration for your book?
First and foremost, my grandmother (Gran). She and I had a special relationship. When I was old enough, we traveled together. One special trip took us to Scotland where we traced Gran’s childhood memories (she was born in Scotland) and we followed the trail of Mary Queen of Scots. We had been enjoying a number of novels and biographies about the ill-fated queen and my grandmother ignited my interest by telling me about ancestors who helped in her escape from Loch Leven Castle. I always wanted to write about Queen Mary, but it wasn’t until the Brexit debacle and the ongoing desire of the Scottish people to separate from England, that I started looking more closely at the stories around Queen Mary. I knew she had given birth, prematurely, to twins while imprisoned at Loch Leven. History records that the babies died at birth and were buried on the island where the castle sat. An interesting footnote states that the location of the burial and the babies’ remains have never been found. So, I started thinking, ‘what if?’. What if there had been another heir to the Scottish throne and Scotland never did amalgamate with England and Ireland? And my story unfolded.


What’s a genre you haven’t written in yet that you’d like to?
Science fiction.


Are there any genres you won’t read or write in? Why?
Erotica. I only write clean. In fact, one of my current publishers is called Clean Reads Publishing. Good wholesome writing and good wholesome reading.


What are you up to now? Do you have any releases planned, or are you still writing?
Several books and stories are in the works. I also just released a Middle Grade fantasy novel, “Mrs. Murray’s Ghost” (TellTale Publishing), which is part of a series. It’s based on my childhood memories, dreams and fantasies growing up in a haunted house. As I mentioned earlier, “King Henry’s Choice”, the sequel to “Queen Mary’s Daughter” is also in the works. I like to have several projects on the go so I don’t tire and grow stale writing about one topic, one plot, one set of characters. I like to think this process enriches my writing.

I’m always working on something, new and old. Check out my website for updates: http://emilyjanebooks.ca


Alright, now for some random, fun questions. Favorite color?
Blue


Favorite movie?    
The Sound of Music


Book that inspired you to become an author?
Jane Eyre


You have one superpower. What is it?
Immortality. But, then again, perhaps as a writer I already have that. Since the written word is immortal, than what I write makes me immortal.
 

You can have dinner with any 3 people, dead, alive, fictitious, etc. Who are they?
Mary Elizabeth, Marie de Guise and my grandmother.

Marie de Guise, the mother of Mary Queen of Scots, grandmother of the main character in my novel, “Queen Mary’s Daughter”, Mary Elizabeth. I fashioned this grandmotherly figure after my grandmother (Gran): smart, bright, full of life and full of stories. It’s been over twenty years since Gran passed away, but not a day goes by when I don’t think of her and find a way to place her in one of my stories. She always said we’d soon forget her once she passed away. I’ve proven her wrong. But that was the only thing she was wrong about (to my knowledge, anyway). I think it would be neat to enjoy a traditional Scotch feast, just the four of us, two adoring granddaughters with their very special grandmothers.


Last question: Which of your characters are you most like and how/why?
Mary Elizabeth. When I wrote the scenes that showed the special bond between Mary Elizabeth and her grandmother, I felt like I was describing my own special relationship with my grandmother.


That’s all from me, thanks for taking the time to stop by!
Thanks for inviting me.



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Emily-Jane Hills Orford is an award-winning author of several books, including Gerlinda (CFA 2016) which received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, To Be a Duke (CFA 2014) which was named Finalist and Silver Medalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. She writes about the extra-ordinary in life and her books, short stories, and articles are receiving considerable attention. For more information on the author, check out her website

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Enchanted Fairy Tales VBT

Blurb:
The Gingerbread Man- A Scrumptious Erotic Fairytale
by Lynn Hubbard

Once upon a time there was a girl named Penelope. Food was scarce those days, and she had to walk miles looking for roots or berries to eat. After a long, hot morning Penelope was tired and hungry. A delicious scent led her to a cabin deep in the woods. She followed it in anticipation of having all her needs filled.

The Legend of M’Rith
by Miriam Newman

By 1844, an increase in the human population of Ireland has forced Fae inhabitants from their lush green homes in the East to the spare, bare terrain of the West--except for one.  M’Rith, half fairie and half elf, has been bidden by her Queen Mother to remain in the forest, promising her a mortal man to love.   Kieran, the village blacksmith, has lost his wife and lives in the same painful solitude as M’Rith, but he is a worker of iron that can mortally wound a fairie lover.

To Adventure
by Jae El Foster

There is a black plague crossing from kingdom to kingdom, placed upon a slumbering princess by her wicked stepmother, and only with true love’s kiss can the spell be lifted. Will the plague encompass all before that kiss can be sealed, or will the power of true love make itself known to the handsome Prince Harold, providing him with the adventure of a lifetime?



Excerpt from To Adventure:
“I thank you for your time, but I must depart now. I have my horse with me, and it is going to storm soon.”

“That thunder does not mean rain,” she said in a cryptic tone.

“Well, I cannot chance that. Thank you again.”

Prince Harold turned from her and walked to the curtain. This time, Madame Howell did not stop him. He pulled the curtain open and stepped outside, looking up to the sky. Surely enough, the sky was clear, the moon was full, and thousands of stars glistened down upon him.

He saw the young man with the scruffy beard standing alone by the fire. Letting his encounter with Madame Howell remain behind him, locked inside that tent, he approached him.

“Hello again,” he said, stepping up to the young man. “I never did get your name.”

“That is because I never told it to you,” the young man answered.

“Well… may I know your name?”

The young man looked at him and smiled. His smile was less than comforting though. It made Prince Harold uneasy once more.

“I have been called many names,” he told him in a voice that was uncanny and dark. “My favorite has been Mephistopheles.”

Refusing to lose his smile, Prince Harold backed away slowly, placing his hands up before him. “I have heard that name,” he said in a nervous tone. “I think perhaps you shared in too much of the wine tonight, but regardless of that fact, I must be going. My horse awaits me.”


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Jae El Foster, thanks so much for stopping by. Tell us a little about yourself.
Thank you for having me. It’s a pleasure to be here.


How did you get started writing?
It has always been in my blood. In fact, it’s safe to say it is in my genes. Both of my grandfathers were talented storytellers, my brother has a hand in the comic book industry, and my father was a preacher that wrote some of the greatest sermons. However, I am the only novelist in my family, and that took years of practicing the trade through poorly constructed to beautifully crafted short stories and poetry. But if we take genes, hard work, and the drive to write and we put all of that aside, the one truth that remains is that reading is what got me going. Great pieces of fiction in all genres that opened up my mind to a world of endless imagination. D.H. Lawrence, Ira Levin, Walt Whitman, Robert Bloch and Nathanial Hawthorne are some of the literary inspirations that have greatly influenced my writing.


What was the inspiration for your contribution to the anthology Enchanted Fairy Tales?
It was a new challenge. I had never fully tackled a fairy tale at that point, and it helped knowing that I would be in the company of other authors. That was my inspiration for joining the anthology. My inspiration for my contribution – ‘To Adventure’ – varies so greatly, but I wanted to honor and pay tribute to some of the greatest fairy tales of all time, and still I wanted it to be original. I also wanted to incorporate some of the stigmas afflicting our modern day society and demonstrate these stigmas and prejudices in an eye-opening manner for this land… far, far away. ‘To Adventure’ will be a personal favorite of mine for undoubtedly many years to come, as I feel that I tackled what I hoped in a just and meaningful way.


What’s a genre you haven’t written in yet that you’d like to?
I am just starting on a long-form science fiction book – a first for me. I’d also like to write a comedy. I’m somewhat known for my dark humor in most things that I write, but I’d like to dedicate the time to write a stand-alone comedy, even if it has the potential to bomb. But hey, it could be great, right? Only time will tell. Right now, I have several things in production and post-production and a list a mile long of book ideas that I’ve collected throughout time. We’ll see what gets picked when I’m ready to start the next new thing.


Are there any genres you won’t read or write in? Why?
Cheesy, overtly mushy books just kill me. I can’t write that. I just can’t. Every time I try, I want to ax my protagonist and be done with it. It’s just not my style. When it comes to reading, I’m like most authors – my time to dedicate to reading is so limited that I have to pick and choose. Normally, I pick and choose crime thrillers or horror novels.

When I write, it depends on the story that has come to me. I’ll try most any genre as long as it entices me. I’ve learned that westerns are not where my skill sets are. Whether reading or writing, I have issues with first person novels. I feel that it makes me too intimately close with the narrator without having gotten a chance to know the person first. I have written one one in first person – ‘Elisabeth’s Holiday Gift’ – and you will be able to read it in November’s The Greatest Gift of All anthology from DCL Publications. Like I said earlier, I’ll write how the story wants me to write it, and ‘Elisabeth’s Holiday Gift’ demanded to be written in first person. It’s a terrific story, but it’s not generally a road I would generally consider taking.


What are you up to now? Do you have any releases planned, or are you still writing?
At the end of September, DCL Publications released my novel Beauty Within, also a fairy tale and one with such twists and excitement that I think everyone would enjoy it. It’s a terrific love story, but there is so much magic and fantasy in it that it crosses genres nicely and forms what one reader told me is a ‘modern day classic.’

Last Friday, my newest release hit the digital shelves. Restive is a stand-alone sequel to my 2012 paranormal romance hit Restless. It follows best-selling romance novelist Nicola Trammel as she sets off on a whirlwind book tour, only to end up stranded on a tropical paradise island. As she seeks a way off the island to reclaim her life, she begins to form a bond with the natives, and a romance springs between her and the island’s king. However, there is a darkness in the jungle, and it has Nicola’s scent. Restive is a passionate, exciting adventure that I am quite proud of, and it offers an ending that I guarantee no reader will ever forget. Restive, although it is a sequel, is written in a way that allows it to stand on its own two legs for new readers that might not have read the original. The original, by the way, it still available digitally, and excerpts for both, as well as Beauty Within, can be found on my website.

Beauty Within and Restive have one thing in common. Both of these books hold a clue within their pages that will lead one reader to a grand prize in Jae El’s Fandom Hardcore Easter Egg Hunt. This competition has clues spread out through several of my releases, and the first reader to find all the clues will win the Easter Egg, which will contain signed books, a t-shirt, a gift card, and other fun stuff. Full details on how to participate are at www.jaeelbooks.com/contests.

This week, we will see the publication of my ‘greatest hits’ compilation of horror stories in the anthology Under Timmy’s Bed. This collection features many of my previously released scary tales with a variety of never before released ones that will make your toes curl and your hair stand on its end. Under Timmy’s Bed will be available digitally this Friday and in Print in December. Visit www.jaeelfoster.com/newreleases to read samples and for purchase links.

In November, The Greatest Gift of All from DCL Publications will find my story ‘Elisabeth’s Holiday Gift’ among a great variety of tales from some DCL alumni as well as some new talent to the publishing house. It’s sure to be exciting! DCL is known for having great winter holiday anthologies, and this one shall be no exception to that.

Aside from these fantastic upcoming releases, readers can look forward to the long-awaited publication of Fortune from DCL Publications. Fortune is the story of a carefree, immensely wealthy man and the spicy gypsy woman that leads him on the greatest adventure of his lifetime. I’m proud of it, and I think readers will find it enjoyable.

2019 will bring the arrival of my most epic horror novel in fifteen years – She Rises at Night. This is the story of Bob and Karen, an unhappily married couple from Connecticut that buys an old farmhouse in England in an effort to rekindle their relationship. Without giving more of the plot away, I will say that this is the first – and will be the only – time that I utilize both zombies and pagan witchcraft.

Fans of my Shaded Whisperings series will be excited to see the releases of the installments ‘Madhouse’ and ‘Barren’ arrive in the next year. She Rises at Night was intended to be a Shaded Whisperings installment, but the sheer length of the book escalated it from the novella length requirement and took it into novel status. Also within the next year, my science fiction/horror novel that I hinted at earlier – White Padded Room – will be set for publication.

Aside from that, I’m just kicking back and enjoying some Netflix.


Alright, now for some random, fun questions. Favorite color?
Mediterranean Blue.


Favorite movie?    
Sister Act.


Book that inspired you to become an author?
Leaves of Grass, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Psycho, Rosemary’s Baby, The Scarlet Letter.


You have one superpower. What is it?
The power of influence and subliminal suggestion. I used to think invisibility would be fun, but with the power of influence and subliminal suggestion, I wouldn’t need invisibility.
 

You can have dinner with any 3 people, dead, alive, fictitious, etc. Who are they?
My parents and Julianne Moore. I bet she has great dinner conversation.


Last question: Which of your characters are you most like and how/why?
Madame Howell. She appears in both ‘To Adventure’ in Enchanted Fairy Tales and in Beauty Within, although her role is very different in both and her appearances are unrelated. As for why? Well, who do you think taught the Madame how to read tarot cards in the first place? (wink)


That’s all from me, thanks for taking the time to stop by!
Thank you for having me! It’s truly been a pleasure! Thank you to everyone who has stopped by. Please feel free to ask any questions you might have, and I’ll respond to each throughout the day. Thanks also to DCL Publications and to Goddess Fish Promotions for putting on this great, fun virtual book tour!

Always remember to do good things!



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Miriam Newman:
Fantasy poetry driven by myths and legends has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I was published in poetry before catching the romance writing bug. I bring that background to my writing along with a lifelong addiction to horses, an 18 year career in various areas of psychiatric social services and many trips to Ireland, where I nurture my muse. My published works range from contemporary fantasy romance to fantasy historical, futuristic, science fiction and historical romance. Currently I live in rural Pennsylvania with a “motley crew” of rescue animals. You can see my books at www.miriamnewman.com.

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Lynn Hubbard:
Lynn Hubbard is a Historical Fiction author. She has been writing for over ten years and has eight books. Most of which are westerns. Lynn is fascinated by the Old West and her books portray when life was simpler. When, people worked hard, and sweated to make an honest living. And when justice wasn't always blind.

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Jae El Foster:
Jae El Foster is an author with whom you question going to bed with at night, but you dare to venture beneath the sheets with him anyway. As the venture concludes, you are perhaps romanced by it, or perhaps you are frightened by it. Don’t worry, because you are always satisfied by it. Despite the title or genre of the book, Jae El sets out to please you with climatic and unexpected conclusions that will make you tremble with emotion. Hop aboard the Jae El train and give it a good ride. 

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Monday, October 15, 2018

The Fortress NBtM

Blurb:
The war has not made much of difference in Alix’s life. Her father has seen to it that she grows up unaware, unworried, but safe in her tiny village under the cliffs of the Vercors. All around her he has built a fortress whose walls are impregnable—until the 27th of April, 1944. That day he makes a stupid mistake up on the cliff, and the walls of the Fortress start crashing down. Reality breaks into Alix’s life with unrelenting violence, unforeseen possibilities. From now on, every decision she makes will mean life or death.


EXTRA INFORMATION:
Six weeks before D-Days, a thousand kilometers from the beaches of Normandy.

There are no generals in the French Vercors, just a handful of men and women against the Nazi war machine. They come from Bretagne, Paris, and Slovenia, and the villages up on the cliff. They are the Fortress.




Excerpt:
“Honey, if anybody’s looking for it up here, it means you’re already dead. So it won’t matter to you. Listen now. People will call you on the other phone, the one downstairs, and give you coded messages. As a rule it will be about movements in our direction, Germans, Militia, or even new recruits for our camps. Remember, the security of Mortval depends on you. Here is a list of codes. You must memorize all of them and get rid of the list.”

She started to read. “The strawberries are in their juice. Your walnuts were wormy. You can’t put rabbit in the cassoulet.” She looked up. “Are they all about food?”

“No. Read the next one.”

“Yvette préfère les grosses carrottes. Well?”

“Well, it’s not about food.”

“Yvette préfère… Oh. I understand now. Did you come up with that one?”

“I thought it would be memorable.”

“It’s lovely. I bet the British are impressed.”





First I’ll tell you a little bit about myself. I was born near Grenoble, France, in a little village called Saint Gervais. I used to hate it growing up because it was so peaceful, and I was craving adventure. I couldn’t wait to get as far away as I could, and the United States was it. I immigrated in my early twenties with my high-school English and $176 in my pocket, for a baby-sitting and house-keeping job in DC, and never looked back. I love this nation, so unlike mine in spirit, where one person can change the world, and everyone believes he can be that person. In France people trust the government; here, people trust each other, and that’s what changes the world. That American dynamism, the palpable energy that somehow compels us to try again, that is what makes this country the most individually—and spiritually—empowering place on the planet. I now live in Clarke county, with my husband, Will, two beautiful daughters, and two dogs. Don’t get me started on the dogs.

If you search Vercors on the net, you’ll find hundreds of entries on rock-climbing, canyoning, hiking, food—it’s French after all—, but mostly, you’ll find History. If you dig further, you might find the story of a fifteen-year old boy, a resistant fighter whose name is forgotten, who was tortured and murdered by the Nazis in the summer of 1944. This boy is the reason why I wrote this book. The Fortress is my small contribution to honor those who fell for freedom, while others were collaborating.

I grew up there long after the liberation, on the wrong side of glory. Three of my uncles had been condemned to death for collaborating with the Vichy government, a puppet of the Nazis. Their sentences were eventually commuted to national disgrace, and ten years of forced labor—thanks to my father, who had fought with honor during the war and was able to litigate a lighter sentence with the subsequent political swamp of the liberation. My uncles had to leave the area to avoid being murdered, but we stayed. It would be too long to explain the kind of resentment and mistrust that centuries of hardship and war can breed in a small community, but to summarize the situation, we were the children of traitors to the nation. Growing up in that atmosphere of hostility made me want to understand what tears a nation apart, what makes people turn against their country, their neighbors, and themselves sometimes.

In fact, I just received an email from a childhood friend confessing to a conversation he had with one of our dear neighbors who is still perpetuating the lie that my father was a collaborator. My father was twice decorated for bravery during WWII, which is more than many of these people can say for themselves.

Hmmm, back to the book. Strangely enough, it is also a love story. The story of two mismatched people who would have never looked at each other had the war not thrown them in a battle for survival and revenge. Marc and Alix meet at the edge of defeat and find in each other the strength to overcome. Marc, a complicated man who is a blend of all the men I have loved, their steely strength and emotional secrets—no masculinity is too toxic there—I have always imagined as Russell Crowe. I’m not sure who Alix is, the woman I wish I were, I guess, calm but passionate, intelligent and organic. Isn’t it why we write, to re-invent ourselves? I love her brother, Régis, my own lost brother and the embodiment of my father’s youth, the kid who understands idealism as a cross for him to bear, not someone else; and Angélique, a very emancipated woman who sees herself as an experiment for God to test man’s endurance to Evil.

It was sometimes painful to go into the bad guys’ minds, because of the blend of contradicting emotions that went into their behavior, the hateful things they say and do, against their stunted humanity. I think the Militia chief, a broken soul with a pale glimmer of who he should have been, is the most effective in that sense.

The eight months it took to compose the first draft were almost hypnotic. The result was not good, but I didn’t know it, thank God, or I would have never submitted it. It was picked up by John W. Ware, a New York agent whose patient expertise is the professional touch behind my sometimes too emotional rhetoric—and the French turn of phrase. He did bug me about commas, though, and said that my tendency to lend human traits to things was odd. The best compliment was when he told he fell in love with Alix.

I hope you enjoy reading the book as much as enjoyed writing it.



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Madeleine Romeyer Dherbey was born in the French Alps, moved to the United States twenty-five years later, and currently lives in the mountains of Virginia with her husband, two daughters, and Mikko.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

And Then He Was Gone Book Blast

Blurb:
WHERE IS ADAM?

Julie Raynes’ husband is missing. Devastated and confused, she refuses to believe that he would leave her voluntarily, though her best friend thinks differently. However, her Aunt Alice, a psychic, tells her Adam has been murdered, and when she reveals how she knows this, any hope that Adam is still alive, dissipates.

The police also believe that Adam Raynes was murdered. And Julie is their prime suspect. Her life in ruins, Julie vows to hunt down whoever is responsible for Adam’s murder and make them pay for their crime.

In the meantime, David Gray, a young man who was pulled from a lake by a fisherman when he was 9 years old, wakens from a coma after nearly two decades. Unknown to Julie, Adam and David share a dark connection, a darkness that threatens to devour them both.



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Writing gives me a sense of achievement and satisfaction that nothing else does. (Except having my babies.) And that's not a bad analogy, if not an original one. Holding your published book in your hands, (especially that first one), running your fingers over its smooth cover, tracing your name there - is heady stuff! These days of course, knowing my readers are downloading my books onto their Kindles and ipads and Kobos, and so on is just as great. For me, a dream come true, even though it's been awhile since I wrote my first book.

I am drawn to explore the dark side of humanity, and my intention is to give the reader a roller coaster ride that will resonate long after the last word is read. I know that I am truly blessed to be permitted to work every day at what I most love and need to do. I think you appreciate it even more when you've had to go to those awful 9 to 5 jobs you hated, because the bills have to be paid. And I've had my share of them over the years -- hulling strawberries, waiting tables, grading eggs... (top that one). A couple of those jobs have left scars. I've been stalked by a psychotic customer when I was selling 'CAA'. (Canada's version of 'AAA'.) I've been chased around the desk by a so-called pillar of society while working as a secretary. But while I wouldn't want to repeat it, I wouldn't take back a single moment of any of it. All is 'grist' for the writer's mill.

The next best thing is hearing from my readers. You have been so generous in your comments, so kind to take the time in your own busy lives to write to me. Telling me that my novels kept you up all night, or that you couldn't put the book down is music to my ears, and keep me going in the dark times that come to all writers, while I find my way about in the unknown, unlit territory of that next book.

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In addition to her critically award-winning suspense novels including And Then he was Gone and The Deepest Dark, Joan Hall Hovey's articles and short stories have appeared in such diverse publications as The Toronto Star, Atlantic Advocate, Seek, Home Life Magazine, Mystery Scene, The New Brunswick Reader, Fredericton Gleaner, New Freeman and Kings County Record. Her short story Dark Reunion was selected for the anthology investigating Women, Published by Simon & Pierre.

Ms. Hovey has held workshops and given talks at various schools and libraries in her area, including New Brunswick Community College, and taught a course in creative writing at the University of New Brunswick. For a number of years, she has been a tutor with Winghill School, a distance education school in Ottawa for aspiring writers. She is a member of the Writer's Federation of New Brunswick, past regional Vice-President of Crime Writers of Canada and International Thriller Writers.

Her books are available at most online bookstores, including Amazon, B&N, Kobo, and more.  Check out her website.

She lives in Saint John, NB, in an uptown building over 100 years old, with her cat Bella. Aside from writing (and reading of course) She enjoys playing piano and spending time with her grandson.  She is presently at work on her latest suspense novel.

Her novels include:
And Then he was Gone
The Deepest Dark
The Abduction of Mary Rose
Tragic Spawn
Night Corridor
Chill Waters
Nowhere To Hide
Listen to the Shadows

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Turnaround Farm Blurb Blitz

Blurb:
Dedicated career girl Holly Grant has no time for romance. She doesn’t need a man to complete her, thank you very much. Building Grant Realty takes all of her time and attention. If she can close a deal for Turnaround Farm, her business will take off like a rocket. Her first problem is that Jeb Wakefield doesn’t want to sell his farm, and her second problem is Jeb’s grandson Dan, the finest looking man Holly’s ever seen.



Excerpt:
As everyone started to eat, the tension at the table lessened. They ate in silencefor a moment before Teddy nudged Dan’s elbow. “Hey, Dan, can I ask you something?”

“Yes, what is it?”

“Are you sleeping with Holly?”

The furor that broke out reminded Holly of the noise at a high school football game. Nikki’s voice rose above the commotion as she tied to justify Teddy’s little bombshell first to Dan and then to Holly. The noise made Michael cry, and when Teddy saw his brother crying, he started to roar himself. Without another word, Dan grabbed Teddy by the hand and carried him kicking and screaming to the restroom.

“Is he going to spank Teddy?” quavered Holly. The child was incorrigible, but she didn’t want Dan to hurt him.

Nikki shrugged. “I don’t know, but I doubt it.”

“You don’t seem too upset by it.”

“No, he’s mad at Teddy, but he won’t hurt him. Dan’s good with the kids. He’d be a great father, Holly, and his kids would probably be real cute.”

 “I’m su...su...sure he would...they would,” Holly stammered.

“Yes, and one day he’ll own Turnaround. That’ll be a nice thing to hand down to his children, won’t it?”

Thankfully, Dan and Teddy returned to cut this awful conversation short.



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Born and raised in South Carolina, I hold a master’s degree in personnel services from Clemson University and am a member of Romance Writers of America and Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary society for women educators.  I’ve been married for forty-five years to my college sweetheart.  We have two sons who’ve given us three wonderful grandchildren.  We also have a sweet calico kitty, and a devoted little black and white dog.

I've been writing since 2001 when my son asked me to proofread a book he'd written.  I figured if he could write a book, so could I.  My first published novel, A New Leaf, was the winner of the 2003 Timeless Love contest.  If I wasn't sold on writing before, that did it.  I've been writing ever since and don't have any plans to stop.  Frankly, I don't think I could even if I wanted to.  Writing is a strange compulsion that drives me to spend long hours in front of a keyboard when I could be doing important things like napping or eating chocolate.  My house isn't dusted as often, I rarely cook, and who cares if the laundry gets done or not.  Yeah, no doubt about it, I'm addicted.

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