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Top Ten With Constance Phillips

Thank you Constance for visiting today.  What’s your top ten?

Since we are in the middle of the holiday season, I thought it would be fun to do a Top Ten Christmas song list for this blog today.

While I was writing my new Turquoise Morning Press holiday release, All That’s Unspoken, I created a playlist with these songs at Spotify (See below) because sometimes it can be hard to get in the holiday spirit in July (when I was writing this story.)

The book takes place in the week between Christmas and New Year and is about a couple who are trying to come to terms with their past and exploring the idea of a future together.

So, here is the list of songs that kept the holidays in mind while I was writing.

My Top Ten Christmas Songs

10) Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Now it seems like a hundred years ago, but when my kids were little, a big part of the holidays was the anticipation of Santa.

We’ve always tried to instill the true meaning of Christmas in our house, but that includes spreading joy and goodwill and giving of one’s self. Isn’t that what Santa represents?

Now that my children are grown, I miss that joyful excitement that was once a part of the holidays.

9) Up on the Rooftop

Another children’s song. This one was a staple at the Christmas programs of old. Years later I can still see my kids doing hand motions to go along with this fun little song.

In All That’s Unspoken, Nate is raising his six-year-old daughter alone. Having these fun children’s songs on my playlist helped me keep Lori and her emotions about the hoidays in the forefront of my mind.

8) Let It Snow

Dating back to when I was a child, I loved the idea of snow at Christmas. Of course, now that I’m older, I have adult concerns when the weather turns bad. That being said, nothing can snap me out of building Christmas stress and put me in the holiday mood than this song and a little bit of snow.

7) Sleigh Ride

This song is not only one of my favorites, (it just oozes holiday cheer) but it seemed completely apropos for the All That’s Unspoken Playlist. A part of this story is the therapeutic horse riding program that Nate’s daughter is part of, and we’ve all seen many a Christmas card depicting a sleigh being pulled through the snow by horses.

Even though it’s more about a snowy sleigh ride, it reminds me of the holidays.

6) Joy to the World

This song was a staple at the Christmas Eve services that I’ve attended, and the church programs I was in as a child. I’ve always loved the uplifting message it has.

“Let heaven and nature sing.

I don’t think I’m all that different than anyone – no matter your choice of religion – the idea of joy and peace throughout the world is beautiful.

5) Silent Night

Like “Joy to the World,” this is one of those Christmas Eve service staples. It’s one of my favorites because the serenity it gives me. When the stress of having the perfect holiday gets to be too much, all I have to do is put on this song and I’m reminded what the season is supposed to be about.

4) Little Drummer Boy

Talk about a song the represents the meaning of the season. These days it’s so easy to get caught up in the commercialization of the holiday, “Little Drummer Boy” is a classic example about how the best gifts we can give to one another come from the heart.

3) Same old Lang Syne

This song has been one of my favorites for as long as I can remember – even when it’s not the holidays. Though it states, “Met my old love in the grocery store, the snow was falling on Christmas Eve…” it reminds me of New Year’s. Maybe it’s because of the reference to Old Lang Syne, but I suspect it’s more the idea of looking back and looking ahead at the same time.

It’s one of the plot threads of All That’s Unspoken, and even though the lyrics don’t really fit the book at all, the underlying mood of trying to capture something from the past is a common theme.

2) Mary Did You Know?

As you can see by my top two Christmas songs, children are the center focus of the holidays for me – and one child in particular.

The perspective of this song always intrigued me. Trying to view the traditional story of Christmas through the eyes of Mary.

1) What Child is this?

“What child is this, who lay to rest on Mary’s lap is sleeping?” This song has been my favorite Christmas song for as long as I can remember. It encompasses the spirit of Christmas and keeps the focus on the reason for the season.

Link to playlist: http://open.spotify.com/user/1228693567/playlist/59wm0iAeTpNaeEVY594MsU

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By

Constance Phillips

A NEXT DOOR category romance, 
43k words, sweet contemporary romance, 
releasing from Turquoise Morning Press 
on December 15th, 2013

Blurb:

After eight years, Hailey is back in Caseville Michigan. Just months after her mother’s death, her siblings want to put their father in a nursing home and rent out the family farm. If that wasn’t enough, the prospective tenant is Nate, the high school crush she left behind the day after they acted on their mutual attraction.

After high school, Nate Jenkins planned to leave small town behind, but life dealt him a different hand of cards to play. He’s now back in Caseville, raising his daughter, and running his family’s diner. His daughter’s speech disorder has been improved by therapeutic horse riding and if he can lease the old Lambert farm, he can get her a horse of her own. The only standing in the way is Hailey, the same woman who left him eight years ago without even saying goodbye.

Can they get over all that’s unspoken between them?

Excerpt:

Only when she heard the bell above the door ring out, was she able to unclench her fists and let out the breath that had tightened her chest. She’d seen Nate lingering around the edge of the counter with her plate of pancakes in hand but didn’t want him to approach her now.

She really didn’t have it in her to deal with him.

He came forward anyway, and set the plate in front of her. After a hesitation, he asked, “Can I sit for a minute?”

Her eyes fluttered closed, but she gestured to the chair. She heard it scrape against the old worn tile and could feel him just inches away from her.

“I’m sorry your dad’s health is on the decline. I’ve always really liked him. It stinks, you know.”

She took a deep breath; maybe they could talk as old friends and ignore the complications of the night they’d spent together. “I don’t think he’s that bad. Jake and Kelly are overreacting.”

He twisted his hands on his lap. “I can see how you would think that. Some days when I see him, he’s sharp as nails. Others….”

Her phone vibrated against the table. The habit to check the ID won out against the desire meet Nate’s stare. An eight-hundred number flashed, twisting Hailey’s stomach into knots. Another bill collector wanting to take the money she was trying to stretch just a little further, hoping to get through a few more weeks. She hit the button to ignore the call.

“I overheard what you said about your dad wanting the property to stay the same,” Nate said. “I’ll take real good care of the place and won’t change a thing. I love that farm the way it is.”

That brought her attention back. “What are you talking about?”

“I’ve been talking to Jake about renting the house.”

She took in his deep brown eyes and almost black hair. It was cropped short like he was trying to beat-the-heat, even if the average temperature this week was somewhere around ten degrees. Much shorter than he wore it in high school. The neatly trimmed beard and mustache were new too.

He looked older. More settled.

How ironic.

They’d both thought this small town would smother them back then.

For a fleeting moment it comforted her to picture Nate cooking in her family’s kitchen, and then she realized it wouldn’t be her house anymore. She’d be on the outside looking in. “It feels like everything is being taken away from me.”

His body stiffened as he pulled back. “It’s not like I’m stealing it. I’m going to pay you for it.”

“This isn’t about money!”

“Then what is it about?”

She reached for her purse and fumbled for her wallet with trembling hands. “Everyone seems to think that just because I don’t live here, I don’t have a voice, but you’re all wrong.” She threw a twenty-dollar bill on the table. “I didn’t leave the planet, I moved to New York. I didn’t abandon my family, but it feels like they think so. I’m sick of being treated like an outsider in my hometown, in my family home, in my own life.”

She stood and tried to turn, but he grabbed her wrist. Looking back would weaken her resolve—Nate had always had that effect on her—but she did it anyway.

“Please, it would mean a lot to Lori…and me.”

His daughter. The child he’d had with someone else. She couldn’t stand the thought of the two of them in her living room without her.

Why did it hurt so much?

It wasn’t as if he left her. She’d pursued and claimed the future she’d always wanted.

Hadn’t she?

If everything she’d attained had been all she ever wanted, why was it tearing her in two to know Nate had gone on with his life without her? It wasn’t as if she’d expected he wouldn’t. She should be happy he was settled. Instead, it made her long for that place next to him even more.

A lump formed in her throat, making speech impossible. Instead, she headed for the door.

“That’s right, Hailey. Run away. It’s what you do best!”

His words stopped her, and she twisted back. “I what?”

“Run. Away. When the pieces of your life don’t come together like a neat little puzzle, you scatter them all around you and stomp out of the room.”

She bristled at the venom in his voice. “That’s not what happened.”

“Oh, no. You handled it so well, just breezed out of town with no concern for those you left behind.”

They weren’t talking about her father or her house anymore. This was about how she’d reacted eight years ago, when the feelings got too real.

Just as they were now.

“I care, dammit!” She let out a long exhale. “I always have.”

Author Bio:

Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, daughter, and four canine kids. Her son, now on his own, is planning a wedding, reconfirming that romance still lives and breathes.

When not writing stories of finding and rediscovering love, Constance and her husband spend the hours planning a cross-country motorcycle trip for the not-so-distant future…if they can find a sidecar big enough for the pups.

Author Links:

buy: http://www.turquoisemorningpressbookstore.com/products/all-that-s-unspoken-by-constance-phillips

website: http://www.constancephillips.com

twitter: https://www.twitter.com/CPhillips

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Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/user/ConstancePhillips

 

Giveaway: 

Constance Phillips is giving away a $25 Amazon GC and an ebook copy of a title from her backlist, (Fairyproof, Council Courtship, or Resurrecting Harry)

 

Interview with Darlene Fredette

What inspired you to start writing?
I love reading and wanted to write a book just like the romance authors’ stories I read when I was younger.

How long have you been writing?
Since my teenage years, so a long time, lol.

What advice would you give to writers just starting out?
If life is already busy, don’t set writing deadlines, it only causes stress. Write when you can.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
I haven’t suffered from writer’s block because I have a list of stories to write, but I have gone blank when writing a scene.

What comes first: the plot or the characters?
Definitely the plot.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
A plotter. The whole plot comes to life in my head from beginning to end.

Tell us something about your newest release that is NOT in the blurb.
Get ready for a chocolate run! Sweet snacks are required!

Are you working on something at present that you would like to tell us about?
I’m working on a family series titled, Daddy’s Girls. The six story series is fun, heart-warming, family drama, and filled with romance.

What are you reading now?
The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jennifer Snow.

What author or authors have most influenced your writing?
Penny Jordan and Jane Porter.

What is your work schedule like when writing?
A work schedule? What’s that? If I followed a schedule, I’d never get any writing done, lol. I write whenever I can.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A teacher, but I followed a path in administration instead.

What is your favorite food? Least favorite? Why?
Favorite = anything with strawberries! Least favorite = vegetables.

Describe the “perfect hero.” What about the “perfect hero” for you?
Kind, strong, tall, sexy, handsome, a deep voice…wait, I just described my husband (my perfect hero).

What are favorite pastimes?
Hanging out with my family (husband, daughter, and Yellow Lab), BBQs, lounging in the yard on a summer day, sitting by the firepit on a summer evening, reading, and daytrips to the Valley.

What is the one modern convenience you can’t do without?
The television. I love Sleepy Hollow, Once Upon a Time, and Hawaii Five O.

Electronic Books or Paperback and why.
I love reading paperbacks, but it’s hard to turn the pages and hold your hot chocolate at the same time. My Kobo eReader is the best.

Thank you for hosting me on your site!

ONE SWEET CHRISTMASOne Sweet Xmas Final Cover

By

Darlene Fredette

 Sweet Contemporary Romance

Holiday Novella

78 pages

 

Blurb:

It’s going to take more than a few pieces of chocolate to fill this Scrooge’s heart with Christmas cheer. Luckily Candice Cane has a whole shop full…

Candice Cane is not proud of the way she acted after her last encounter with Jackson Frost. Sure revenge was fun, but it’s left Jackson standing, angry and looking for answers, on the welcome mat in her chocolate shop. Now he’s after some revenge of his own.

Jackson returned to his small hometown for one reason and one reason only…so he’s not sure how he’s ended up in a Santa suit in the middle of a chocolate shop, at the behest of its beautiful owner, instead of high-tailing it back to the city as fast as he can.

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EXCERPT

‘You’re late.’ She shoved the bag at him. ‘Here’s your suit.’

He stepped back. ‘Wait, you don’t actually think I’m going through with this.’

‘If you ever want to be single again, you’ll take this bag and get changed in the washroom — now.’ The children were waiting, and lack of sleep made Candi in no mood to argue.

He stood still for several seconds and then, without warning, he closed the door behind him. Jackson grabbed the bag from her hands and tossed it on the counter.

Candi held a breath.

His eyes filled with longing. His chest expanded, as if he attempted to control his breathing. Every nerve in her body tingled in anticipation. The voice in her head demanded she flee, yet her feet remained cemented to the floor. She waited — hoping Jackson would pull her into his arms.

Children’s laughter echoed from the shop and broke his advance.

‘You and I need to clear a few things that are screwy in my head but, apparently, I have a job to do first.’ Jackson shrugged out of his coat and unzipped the bag.

‘You can change…’ Candi stopped. Did he have no modesty? Jackson whisked his blue, long-sleeved shirt over his head and stepped from his dark trousers. He stood in front of her in only a black T-shirt and matching boxers.

Candi’s cheeks burned, but she couldn’t look away. He was beautiful, even more than she remembered. The thin T-shirt stretched across the planes of his chest. His legs were long and muscled. If Jackson meant to embarrass her, his plan worked. Unable to tear her gaze away, she watched as he stepped into the red pants and slipped his arms into the coat. He strapped on the pillow-stuffed belly bag and fumbled with the buttons through the fake fur trim.

The pants were a bit short, but nothing the boots wouldn’t hide. The coat fit snug across his broad shoulders and the pants clung nicely to his butt. Candi sucked in a breath and passed him a wig and fluffy, white beard. Jackson rolled his eyes, donning the fake hair, and topped off the disguise with a floppy red hat.

‘How do I look?’

He would definitely win over the children, but a sinking feeling washed through her stomach when she envisioned the youngsters fighting their mothers to see who first sat on Santa’s lap. ‘Just like jolly old Saint Nick,’ she said. But much hotter!

 

About the Author:

An avid reader since childhood, Darlene loved to put a pencil to paper and plot out stories of her own. Her writing is a combination of contemporary romance with chick lit flare, and a main focus as a plot-driven page-turner. When Darlene isn’t writing, editing, or reading she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and Yellow Lab.

Contact links:

Web Blog: http://findingthewritewords.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DarleneLF

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarleneLF

 

GIVEAWAY:

Darlene will be giving away a piece of Homemade Jewelry and a free PDF copy of one of her two titles (One Sweet Christmas or Keeping Secrets) winner’s choice. 

Cover Reveal

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A Montana Series Christmas Novella

By

Krista Ames

Blurb:

Christmas is supposed to be a joyous time of year, but for Harper Donaldson it’s just another day.  Orphaned at an early age, she doesn’t have a single good memory of Christmas.

But, when a Santa’s Mailbox mysteriously appears in the lobby of the post office where she works as postmistress, Harper wonders what it could hurt to send her own letter to Santa.
Could he bring her the family she’d always wanted?

**  Coming soon (tentatively Dec 20th) to Roane Publishing  **

KristaAbout the Author:

Born and raised in Northern Indiana, Krista now resides in Northern Lower Michigan.  She is married to a very supportive man who allows her to follow her true passion of writing and never complains when she is pirated away on her computer for hours.    Krista is also a mother of 4 ornery children who keep her plenty busy.  With an addition of 2 beautiful chocolate lab sisters and a playful kitty, there is never a dull or spare moment in her household.

Krista has always loved to read and would often sit up for hours into the night not able to put down a book until she was finished.  She still reads when she can but her main focus is creating her own stories to share with the world.

She loves to communicate with her readers so please feel free to drop her a line anytime at krista@kristaames.com or visit her at http://www.kristaames.com   or http://www.apassionforromance.blogspot.com.

Facebook:   www.facebook.com/author-krista-ames
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Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/Krista-Ames/e/B004FLQ9XM/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
TRR Author Page:  http://www.theromancereviews.com/kkames

Character Interview

Today we have the cast from Michael Phillip Cash’s latest book, The Hanging Tree A Novella- It came out this year just in time for Halloween.

 

Goody Bennett- My favorite holiday!!!! (said with cackling laugh)

Host– Thank you Goody. I can tell you’re in good spirits!

All the ghosts laugh.

Martin- Good spirits that’s funny.  Well, we are all good spirits rather than being in good spirits.

Arthur- Always the purists, Marty!

Martin- It’s Martin, I told you, Martin.

Host– Alright, alright, lets do this interview. We have Goody Bennett and her granddaughter Claire directly from the 15th century, Murielle our Gibson girl from the Victorian period, Martin and Arthur- the Gold Coast students from Harvard. Adding to the mix is high school sweethearts Arielle and Chad and her dad Pete.

Arielle- Well I’d hardly call us sweethearts. We have decided to cool things off.

Host– I can see your steaming there Dad.

Pete- You bet. These kids are too young to be thinking about that kind of stuff.

Arielle- Well if you paid more attention to me than your girlfriend Belinda, maybe I wouldn’t go looking for trouble!

Host– Simmer down. I see Goody that you have your cat here.

Goody Bennett- Aye, That I do. She’s my best friend, Remedy, my cat. Love her to death! Ha ha. Get it, love her to death!

Martin- Most people won’t know exactly what you mean, unless they read The Hanging Tree and see the connection of Remedy and everyone’s fate. She has a propensity to use each and every one of her ninelives.

Host– I see, well, ummm.  Goody, just where does this name Goody come from. Does it mean your a ‘good’ person?

Goody Bennett- O’couse I’m a good person. I take care of all the people in our community, but Goody comes from the custom of when a woman marries and becomes a housewife, people refer to her as  Goody as in Goodwife and then family surname. I married Horatio Bennett, so Goodwife or Goody Bennett I be. ( She is puffing on a corn cob pipe.)

Arthur- Goody please put out that horrid thing. I despise the smoke.( he is waving his hands around)

Goody Bennett- (laughing and choking) Hardly matters to you- you don’t have lungs anymore!

Claire- Oh you are impossible Grandmam. Arthur don’t get her started. She’s going to start with her spells.

Host– Spells? So are you really a witch, Goody Bennett.

Arthur- Oh she’s a witch alright.

Murielle- Watch out, or she’ll put a curse on you too. She can be very wicked when she wants.

Goody Bennett- Thanks a lot small fry. I do watch out for your tender sensibilities, don’t I now? When young Chad over there couldn’t keep his darn hands off Arielle… oh don’t get all steamed up, Dad, she was looking for it sure enough… didn’t I shield your young eyes from all the nasty things.

Host– Goody, I want to get back to the spells.  Are you really a witch?

Goody Bennett- That depends on who is defining the word. I am a cunning woman. I make medicine and help people who are sick. I have a good rapport with my animals; if that makes me a witch, well, then who am I to argue?

A huge voice interrupts the interview, but the speaker is unseen– “Ahem, the Right Honorable Reverend George Harmond here.

Claire- Oh here we go again…

Reverend Harmond– I beg to differ. She was a witch then and she’s a witch now.

Host– Is this book about witches and curses, then?

Murielle- No, not at all. This book is about choices.

Host– Choices?

Claire- Yes, Cash does a great job about making us all consider that we are not so much victims of designers of our fate.

Martin- I agree. People make life happen, rather than life happening to people.

Host– Is that what you took away from this experience, Arielle?

Arielle- I’m not going to give away what I got out of it- you’ll have to read it and find out if I make the right decisions.

You can read what happens to all the characters in Michael Phillip Cash’s novella The Hanging Tree, available on Amazon and other on line vendors.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FRMVJU6?ie=UTF8&ref_=pd_sim_kstore_8

You can also visit Michael Phillip Cash’s facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/MichaelPhillipCash?skip_nax_wizard=true

 or his blog at http://www.michaelphillipcash-officialblog.com/

The Hanging Tree

By

Michael Phillip Cash

 

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Seventeen year old Arielle is at a crossroads in her life. Disenchanted with her father, she is testing the boundaries of his trust by dating someone he does not approve. Under the moonlit sky in Long Island, Arielle and her boyfriend meet beneath the infamous hanging tree. The couple’s destiny is rooted to the five spirits in the tree whose lives and deaths are determined by an ancient curse. Will her future be determined by the past or will Arielle’s choices alter the course of her life?

 

YA Paranormal thriller-suspense

 

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Book Trailer:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RoP5u7uiWU

 

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Author bio:

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Michael Phillip Cash’s first book Brood X- A Firsthand Account of the Great Cicada Invasion is presently under consideration for a film adaptation. His well-received second novel, Stillwell- A Haunting on Long Island, has stayed on the top of Amazon’s “100 Best Seller” in its genre since its release earlier this year. He is currently working on another ghost story. He lives on Long Island with his wife and children.

 

Contact Michael at michaelphillipcash@gmail.com

Giveaway

 

Michael is giving away 5 signed copies of The Hanging Tree. 

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Character Interview

With Chay, Hero of Tie Down My Heart by Linda Carroll-Bradd

Tie-Down-My-Heart200x300How about you introduce yourself by providing the basics?

Chayton Red Fox, of the Foot-Trails People and born for the Deer Spring clan. I’ve reached the end of the third decade of my life. For better or worse.

Where were you raised?

Navajo Nation in New Mexico.

Family members?

A grandmother, older sister and nephew

Did you attend college?

More like the school of hard knocks. I trailed my father around rodeos whenever he’d left me, watching and learning, and they finally let me compete when I turned sixteen.

What’s your favorite participation sport?

(Quirks an eyebrow) Really? Isn’t the answer obvious?

Did you always want to be a rodeo competitor?

Always loved horses—it’s in the blood, you know. I wanted to do anything that got me off the rez and into the wide world.

Where did you go for your most recent vacation?

That’s a concept of the white world. Natives take a walk on Mother Earth or sir beside a clear running stream and feel re-energized.

What attracts you first to a woman?

A woman who doesn’t back down to my cynical mouth.

Are you talking about a particular woman?

That’d be saying too much.

Tie Down My Heart

by

Linda Carroll-Bradd

A contemporary Western Novella

From the Tease Line at Decadent Publishing

Short Blurb:

Journalist Didi Pierpont needs a man…to interview for her rodeo article. When calf-roper Chayton Red Fox exits the ring in an ambulance, she follows close behind determined to get a story. Can Didi keep her journalistic distance, or will the gorgeous but cocky cowboy tie her in knots?

Excerpt:

First hurdle crossed. Didi stepped through the doorway and walked along the row of curtained spaces. Just like the fitting rooms in her favorite specialty shops. Except for the brownish grit underfoot. A shudder ran through her. She’d be leaving her boots outside on the hotel room balcony tonight.

Hmmm. As she walked, she noticed the majority of the curtains were open, displaying small, empty cubicles. Somehow, she’d thought she’d find a central room with competitors hanging around and she could have her choice of subjects. Not the case. At the very end, she spotted a partially closed curtain and her heart sped up.

Under the curtain was a pair of scuffed tan boots topped with worn jeans. Stopping short of the cubicle, she angled her position until she could look into the mirror and catch a glimpse of a well-muscled chest. Closer inspection revealed a small patch of black hair between his tanned pecs, bisected by a long scar. The white line started on the man’s breastbone and disappeared under the bandage he was busy wrapping around his ribs.

Ooh, that injury must have hurt. Her hand moved to the skin above her camisole and rubbed, as if to erase the mark from the man’s bronze skin. Wonder what caused that type of cut?

“Like what you’re gawking at?”

His raspy voice made her gasp and stiffen her stance. Her gaze shot to the mirror and met narrowed, dark eyes under twin black slashes of frowning eyebrows. “Pardon my rudeness. I haven’t seen a scar quite like that.”

“Must not have been around many bull riders.”

“I used to live with a couple, but they were unscathed.” Her gaze went back to his chest, and her stomach tumbled at the thought of either JJ or Garland suffering through a similar injury.

An eyebrow quirked, and he pulled open the curtain. “Lived with a couple? Angel, this is getting interesting.”

“Oh, not what you’re thinking.” Her cheeks flamed. “They’re my older brothers—dull as dishwater.” She sucked in a breath and extended her hand. “Didi Pierpont from the Dallas County Gazette. I’m working on a piece about individuals who compete at rodeos and would love to interview you.”

“Nice to meet you, ma’am.” His fingers touched the brim of his hat before his calloused hand enclosed hers and shook. “I’ll pass on the interview.”

For an instant, her shoulders sagged until she pulled on the natural persistence that her daddy claimed was strengthened by years of beauty-pageant competition. “Now, don’t be hasty. A bit of press is always good for a rodeo-rider’s career. I saw those posters on my way in. The association spent a chunk of change to promote those riders.” She studied his face and thought she recognized him as a bronc rider. “A good story could boost ticket sales for the next event.”

“Those posters aren’t new. Do you even know who I am?” He settled his hat more firmly on his head, then squared his stance and crossed both arms over his muscled chest.

Which only pumped his biceps into rounded bulges that she fought to ignore. The man’s body was honed and chiseled with no sign of fat anywhere. “If I know, do I get the interview?”

“Depends.”

“On what?” Her gaze narrowed on the smirk that threatened his lips.

“Dunno.” A shoulder lifted in a shrug. “I leave my options open.”

Buy Links:

Decadent Publishing

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About the Author:

After years spent in the administrative support field, Linda decided to exercise another part of her brain and write a novel. She loved reading romance and figured that’s what she’d write. Easier said than done. After years of workshops and RWA chapter meetings, she finally saw her manuscripts place in contests. Twelve years after her first writing class, she sold a confession story. From that point on, she couldn’t be stopped and is always pleased when her sweet contemporary and historical stories find homes.

With interests as widespread as baking, crocheting, watching dog agility matches, and reading thrillers by Swedish authors, Linda is the mother to 4 adult children and grandmother to 2 granddaughters. She currently lives in the southern California Mountains with her husband of 34 years and their two spoiled dogs.

Author Links:

http://www.lindacarroll-bradd.com

http://blog.lindacarroll-bradd.com

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1806413.Linda_Carroll_Bradd

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Interview with Sara Daniel

Welcome Sara.  Thank you for visiting today.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since 5th grade. My first “book” was actually a play because that way I only had to write the dialogue, which was the only part I wanted to write anyway! By junior high, I needed a way to fit in all the emotions and motivations, and I started writing novels. I simply love to write romance and happily-ever-after.

What advice would you give to writers just starting out?

Write, write, write. Before you can have a best-selling novel, you have to finish writing it. And don’t forget to keep reading.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

Whenever I suffer from writer’s block, it ends up being a symptom that something is wrong with the story. Either the plot isn’t progressing in a logical fashion, or the characters are not acting in a way that is true to who they really are. Once I identify and fix the problem, the writer’s block magically disappears.

 

What comes first: the plot or the characters?

I usually begin with a situation. I don’t know the story or the conflict well enough to build a plot out of it yet. But I wouldn’t say I begin with a character either. I have to flesh out the situation by adding personality, quirks, motivation, and a conflict the characters must overcome on their road to happily ever after. By the time I do this, I’ve usually found my plot.

 

Tell us something about your newest release that is NOT in the blurb.

Captivating the CEO is part of Decadent Publishing’s Challenge series, which is the perfect home for the book I couldn’t give the “and they were magically cured and never had any pain or hardship again forever and ever” happy ending. Captivating the CEO is a romance novel with a real-life happy ending, the type of happy ending I want for every person I know who has a medical problem similar to Willow’s.

 

Are you working on something at present that you would like to tell us about?

One Night with the Bridesmaid, a 1Night Stand story and the sequel to One Night With the Bride which released in May, will be coming out near the end of the year. I’m currently brainstorming some additions to my “Small Town, Big Dreams” series and hope to have some news on that front in the coming year.

What is your work schedule like when writing?

Because I have kids, I follow the school calendar. When they’re in school, I write. To get away from my Internet connection, I like to go to the other end of my house with an old laptop that’s not connected to the Internet. I sit cross-legged in a big comfy chair and write. When the weather is nice, I’ll take the laptop outside to a deck chair or picnic table.

 

Describe the “perfect hero.”

My all-time favorite hero is Kenny Karmody from Suzanne Brockmann’s Out of Control. That mix of sweet, vulnerable, tough, fearless, and irreverent made me fall head-over-heels in love in a way I never have before or since with any other book character.

 

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

I’d consider publishing my biggest adventure. The landscape is always changing. The rules are all changing. And there is always so much to look forward to.

 

What is the one modern convenience you can’t do without?

Word processing software. Seriously, if I had to write everything by hand and/or retype the entire manuscript every time I made changes, I’d have piles and piles of unsalable manuscripts under my bed. Easy revisions are my friend!

 

Electronic Books or Paperback and why.

Electronic books! I can take my e-reader anywhere. I can buy a new book from my bedroom and start reading it instantly. Plus, my favorite books are short-length novellas that I can read in one sitting, which are just too short to be made into paperbacks.

Captivating the CEOSD_Captivating the CEO_LG
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Sara Daniel

Blurb:
When live-for-the-moment massage therapist Willow Jeffries bursts into Colin Vanderhayden’s office, she makes it her mission to loosen up the future-focused CEO, knowing each moment of the present is too precious to waste. Despite her immediate attraction, the only future she can offer is one full of heartache.
The last thing Colin needs is a flighty woman messing up his carefully-constructed plans, but her heavenly massages and addictive personality prove heard to resist. But he has no idea how sick she is.
No longer able to ignore her life-threatening medical condition, Willow slips away to spare Colin a miserable future with her. Is Colin willing to sacrifice his well-laid future plans to get Willow back?

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Excerpt:
Cupping her face with his hands and angling his mouth, he poured the intensity she’d previously only seen him devote to his work into turning her body into a tingling, craving mass of need. She loved the way he cradled her-so gentle, yet firm.
Stars danced in front of her eyes, but she willed them away to press her tongue between his lips. No matter how light-headed she became, she refused to miss a moment of the kiss. Colin’s mouth made the opportunity to enjoy worth the risk of passing out.
But, too soon, he broke off, panting, his eyes dilated with desire. “I have to get that.”
“Get what?” His words made no sense, then her ears started ringing. No, not her ears. His damned phone.
“Of course you do.”
But he’d already turned his attention to a conversation he gave far more importance to than anything she offered.
Sinking onto the couch, she pressed her fingers to her still tingling lips. Dear God, she hoped she didn’t affect him as strongly as he affected her. If he became emotionally invested, she’d bring pain and misery into his life.

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SaraDaniel_headshot_9-2012_croppedSara Daniel writes what she loves—irresistible romance, from sweet to erotic and everything in between. She lives her own happily-ever-after romance with her hero husband.
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