Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Meet Linda Carroll-Bradd and Read About Hearts In Rhythm, a Montana Sky Kindle Worlds Novella, Book 5 of Entertainers of the West Series

About Linda

As a young girl, Linda was often found lying on her bed reading about fascinating characters having exciting adventures in places far away and in other time periods. In later years, she read and then started writing romances and achieved her first publication--a confession story. Married with 4 adult children and 2 granddaughters, Linda now writes heartwarming contemporary and historical stories with a touch of humor from her home in the southern California mountains.

About Hearts In Rhythm

Can a recovering ballerina and a horse trainer combine their skills to create an act for Buffalo Bill's Wild West exhibition, or will they chase their goals separately?

Ballerina Savina Lombard recuperates on her cousin's Montana Territory ranch from an injury preventing her from returning to the stage. Now her eye is set on Buffalo Bill's Wild West exhibition. Estefan del Vado arrives at the ranch for his annual visit for breeding and training Appaloosas. Collaborating on an act involving her dance skills and his horses draws them together. Ultimately, they're faced with chasing their separate goals or finding a path they both can walk.



Excerpt

Returning to the settee, she straddled the armrest and braced her hand at the front edge, fingers gripping the indentation marked by a row of domed brass tacks. A backward swing of her legs brought her feet under her, and she balanced in a squat on the ball of one foot and the heel of the injured one. Arms held straight out for balance, she rose to a stand then dipped her knees before kicking out her left leg.

What other moves would be entertaining? A pirouette? Using her left heel as the anchor, she pushed off with her right. The sofa's fabric was nothing like a polished floor, and she only achieved a half turn before tumbling onto the cushions on her back, her skirts above her knees. She giggled at the wonderful sensation of that brief spin and using her training. The second and third attempts were more successful, so she pushed herself harder.

Humming put cadence into her movements. Using her right foot held in demi-pointe, she curved her left leg behind for attitude derriere. The skirt constricted so she slid it a couple inches higher before lifting her arms into graceful arcs—one level in front of heer chest and one pointing upward. Eyes closed, she held the position, counting to five in her head as she assessed her body posture. Stretching her muscles produced a sting, but she relished commanding her limbs into familiar actions.

"Hey, Savina."

The interruption of Trent's call broke her concentration, and her eyes snapped open as she windmilled her arms.

"What the dickens?" Trent called.

Footsteps ran across the rug. "Hold on, I'll catch you."

The deep rasp of the strange voice startled her, and she froze then teetered. A flash of black moved closer. She finally lost her balance and fell sideways away from the couch into a pair of outstretched arms. The first sensation she registered was heat. The dark shirt she grasped retained the morning sunshine and the scent of fresh air tinged with an herb scent. Rosemary? And the earthy smells of leather and horses. Then she glanced upward into the darkest eyes she'd ever seen under twin slashes of thick black eyebrows.

"Uh, Savina, what were you doing standing on the sofa?"

Trent's voice held a confused note. Or was that concern? Of course, he'd wonder at the unusual spectacle she'd created. Her cheeks flushed, and she wiggled to show her desire to be released. In this position, her bare legs were exposed by the splits of her skirt.

An eyebrow quirked, and the side of the stranger's mouth moved upward in a crooked smile.

After wetting her lips, she inhaled against the rapid heartbeat that threatened to keep her from speaking. "P-please, sir."

Grinning, he leaned forward, tipping her upright as he lowered her feet to the floor.

Savina landed on her right foot then gripped the settee's armrest for support.

Trent stepped forward to retrieve her crutch and held it out. "Estefan, this is my cousin, Savina Lombard. And, Savina, here is the horse trainer I told you would be visiting, Estefan del Vado.

The guest pulled the black hat from his head and grinned.

Her senses still reeled from being held in the stranger's arms, and she could only nod. Any further utterance at this moment was past her ability. The introduction gave her permission to glance again at the stranger. He was tall and lean, with straight black hair. Flat silver disks accented his leather belt, as did a large matching buckle. From their brief contact, she knew the body under his shirt was well muscled. Firmer and more rounded than the men who'd been her dance partners.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Get a Jump Start on the Holiday Season With A CHANCE THIS CHRISTMAS, Book 3 of the Road to Romance Series

A CHANCE THIS CHRISTMAS
Road to Romance series, book 3
by Joanne Rock

Friday, October 13, 2017

: Meet Award-winning Author Pamela S. Thibodeaux and Read About THE INHERITANCE

About Pam

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

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About THE INHERITANCE





After her husband’s death she discovers a future she never expected and a family she never imagined.

Widowed at age thirty-nine and suffering from empty nest syndrome, Rebecca Sinclair is overshadowed by grief and loneliness.  Her husband has been deceased for a year, her oldest child has moved to New York in pursuit of an acting career and her youngest child is attending college in France. Having spent over half of her life as a wife and mother, she has no idea what God has in store for her now.  Will an unexpected inheritance in the wine country of New York bring meaning and purpose to her life and give her the courage to love again? 

US Postal worker Raymond Jacobey has been in love with the little widow since he first set eyes on her.  A wanderer searching for the ever-illusive soul mate, Ray has never stayed in one place too long. Raised by self-centered, high-power executives, he’s longed for the idyllic life of residing in a cozy house in a small town with the love of his life. Will he gain the heart of the lovely widow or will he lose her to the wine country of New York?  

Excerpt  

A picture began to take shape in her mind…an old woman standing in the doorway of a big house…a young woman of heartbreaking beauty, thin, fragile, dark hair flying in the wind, sobs shaking her slender frame… “Look at her and tell me she’s not his!” She pointed to the little girl clinging to her skirt. Tugging the child from behind her, the young woman jerked around to face the old one once more. “She looks just like him!” she insisted, gripping the little girl’s hand.
Rebecca’s hand.

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An Interview with Pam

What inspired this novel? How did it come about?
The Inheritance is one novel that began with a simple thought: They say life begins at forty, but for Rebecca Sinclair that’s far from the truth. Of course, as a nosy writer I had to find out why Rebecca felt that way.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part of writing The Inheritance was making sure Rebecca’s feelings and emotions around her husband’s illegitimate child were authentic and stayed within her character – not what I would do or think.

How did you come up with the concept and the setting?
Characters came first then setting for The Inheritance. My step-children live in Washington and I’ve visited Hammondsport, NY so the places depicted in the novel are drawn from my memories and impressions of both.

What is the message you hope to get across in this story?
That, when it comes to love and forgiveness, we are called to be true imitators of Christ. I hope Rebecca’s handling of her deceased husband’s illegitimate child will encourage readers to open their hearts and minds and broaden their perspective on areas of pain, anger and unforgiveness in their own lives.

What is the one question you wish an interviewer would ask you?
            Q: To what or whom do you credit your success?
            A: Many people have a love/hate relationship with their muse. My muse is the Holy Spirit and I accredit every ounce of success to the grace of God because without HIM I seriously doubt I could write a single word, much less stories that bring hope and healing to so many.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
Unlike many writers, I'm not strictly disciplined. However, when I am actively writing, I write—very little editing, or working on other projects, limited time online, not much networking or blogging, sleep comes only in snatches, meals are scarce and light, and definitely no playing!

When do you feel like it all began to come together for you as a writer—was there a particular moment?
After years as a closet writer, penning stories in 5-subject notebooks, I'd have to say when I purchased my first, USED word processor and started typing in all those handwritten manuscripts I really began to feel like a writer.

Who has influenced you most as a writer and why?
There is really no one person to whom I can attribute this to, so many have helped me along the way. I’d have to say that my love of reading has influenced me the most. Reading opens doors to the imagination, takes you places you’d never be able to go otherwise and improves your visualization and vocabulary skills. Now, I’m able to implement all those things into my own writing.


What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
The biggest challenge I face is not having my work accepted by the “Christian” publishers. As one reviewer said, “though undeniably Christian, it is never dogmatic or insular; offering faith rather than religion.” (Review of Tempered Dreams by Elizabeth Burton for Blue Iris Journal) My books deal with issues in a way that is unacceptable in the traditional CBA market. Now that is not saying that my books are better than those published through traditional CBA publishers, only different. As I’ve said many times, everything that gives God glory deserves to be praised!


What are a few writing tips you could share with aspiring writers?
The bible exhorts us to “study and show yourself approved.” Keep studying, keep writing, keep learning, stay open to constructive critique and NEVER GIVE UP! Writing is both gift and talent given to you by God. Don’t hide your gift or bury your talent. Whatever you write, write well. Strive for excellence. Stay teachable, pliable, and flexible. Never believe that you know it all because knowledge is power and the more you know the more valuable you become. Above all share what you learn with others and make someone’s load lighter to bear.

Any marketing tips?
Marketing is an intricate part of the publishing business and publishers today expect authors to do their fair share. However, marketing/promotion can be overwhelming as the more you learn, the more there is to learn. For every thing you accomplish, there are hundreds more you can do. My motto is: Do something every day and your best then let God do the rest and remember it takes time to build a career.

What is your goal or mission as a writer?
A committed Christian, I firmly believe in God and His promises. God is very real to me. I believe that people today need and want to hear more of His truths wherever they can glean them and I do my best to encourage readers to develop a personal relationship with Him. The deepest desire of my heart is to glorify God and to get His message of faith, trust, and forgiveness to a hurting world. My hope is that all of my stories will touch the lives of everyone who reads them and - in some way - bring them a truer knowledge of God and urge them into a closer walk with Him.





Thursday, October 12, 2017

My New Historical Romantic Thriller SHARING HAMILTON Coming Soon!


I'm delighted to announce that I just signed a contract for my new historical romantic thriller, SHARING HAMILTON, co-written with best selling author Brian Porter. It centers on the nation's first sex scandal in 1791 between Alexander Hamilton and the beautiful Maria Reynolds, whose con artist husband James blackmailed Hamilton. This became tabloid fodder of the time, known as "The Reynolds Affair."
My British author friend Brian Porter writes murder mysteries set in England. I needed him to add his skills on writing about the darker side of life to produce the subplot about a Jack the Ripper-type murderer prowling the nighttime streets of America's first capital, Philadelphia. The challenge was to take my completed manuscript and seamlessly add the subplot as though the whole book was written in one continuous stream.
SHARING HAMILTON is coming soon from Creativia Publishing and I'll post about it here. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

There's Something Strange About "The Mother-in-Law" - Suspense Thriller by Judy Moore

THE MOTHER-IN-LAW
by Judy Moore

Monday, October 9, 2017

It's Halloween Season!--BACK 2 SCHOOL Paranormal--Some Awesome Books

Friday, October 6, 2017

Check Out Paranormal Romance FINNGARICK by Victoria Danann

FINNGARICK
Black Swan D.I.T., book 2
by Victoria Danann