Here to tantalize us…Angela

Hello all. Today I have Angela Archer and her new book, As the Liquor Flows.

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Angela, the cover of your book looks incredible. What can you tell us about it?

Black Tuesday, October 29, 1929, the day the stock market crashed, and the day Evelyn Ford will never forget. 

With the untimely death of her parents and the loss of their only income, Evelyn, and her brother, Frank flee to a make-shift hovel built in Central Park. 

After Frank mysteriously goes missing, bare cupboards force Evelyn to seek employment anywhere she can find work, even if that means working at a burlesque theater. 

Catching the attention of Don Vincent Giovanni, a Kingpin in the New York mafia, Evelyn discovers that Frank is serving time in prison for running hooch and he owes Vincent a lot of money. In order to pay off her brother’s debt, Evelyn is thrown into the world of mobsters and bootlegging. 

Between running hooch all over the city of New York and trying to save her brother, Evelyn finds herself drawn to Max Catalano, Vincent’s Consigliere. Even with secrets of his own, he’s the only one she can trust when she entangles herself herself in the middle of the New York mafia crime wars.

Wow! That sounds amazing! A definite must read!

Thanks! I really enjoyed writing it.

What can you tell us about you?

I live on a ranch with my husband, two daughters, and many farm animals.

A ranch! How cool. Have you always been around that kind of lifestyle?

Well, I was born and raised in Nevada, and grew up riding and showing horses from hunter jumper, English equitation, western pleasure, trail, and halter.
While I don’t show anymore, I still love to trail ride my paint horse, Honky. In December of 2007, I and her husband moved to Oklahoma.

How did you decide to become a writer?

From a young age, I always wanted to write a novel. However, I never believed I could write anything well enough for a publisher to even consider me. Every time the desire flickered, I shoved the thought from my mind until one morning, in 2009, I awoke with the determination to follow my dream.

It’s a good thing you did. Now you can do what you’ve always dreamed of.

And now for a little question and answer session:

Pizza or Cheeseburgers?
Pizza

What is your favorite candy? The one you couldn’t live without? Skittles. Especially the Wild Berry flavors in the purple bag.

Coffee drinker? How do you take it?
I’m ridiculously addicted to coffee and I’m a “hot blonde with sand” girl (lots of cream and sugar).

Pick your poison. What is your favorite alcoholic drink?
Anything with Tequila.

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Grilled shrimp

Where can people find you?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Angela-Christina-Archer-121833387901997/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorACArcher

Website: http://angelachristinaarcher.com/

Publisher Website: http://longvalleypress.com/

Publisher Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Long-Valley-Press-907289795983148/

Publisher Twitter: https://twitter.com/LongValleyPress

Thank you so much for stopping by. I really enjoyed hosting you.

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Free e-book contest

Good morning everyone. Here’s your second chance to win a digital copy of my debut book, Angel in the Shadows. The winner will chosen at random and messenged on Friday evening. Or if you prefer, you may include your email along with your comment.

Everyone had read a book at some time or another right? And as you read, you start getting a mental image of the characters. Its the same with writing.  You get a mental image of the people your writing about. As I wrote Angel in the Shadows, these are the people I visualized for Seth and Madison:

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Now, here’s my question:

In the last book you read/are reading or wrote/are writing, how did you imagine the two main characters to look?

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Please include a photo with your comment. Good luck and thanks for playing.

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Here to tantalize us…Maggie

Hello all. Today on Tantalizing Tuesday, I have the great and powerful Maggie Mundy and her book, Scarred Protector.

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Good morning Maggie. I’m so glad your here. The cover of your book looks amazing. Can you tell us what your novel is about?

Absolutely. Better than that, I’ll give you the blurb:

Angels and demons are not what you think. They are aliens, and the Midworlders are their representatives on Earth.
An Angelic Midworlder called Heath goes to the aid of Evie who is about to be attacked by Demonics. He soon discovers she can see the angels and demons around her and is in grave danger. He is captivated by Evie who has physical and mental scars like him. They are tortured souls who are deeply connected by his past. There is an evil lurking inside Evie that could kill them both.

This sounds like a great book. Like something that would stay with you long after you turn the last page. Do you have an author that makes you feel like that?

That is easy. Jane Austen. I have read all her books so many times and love the language and the stories. I loved the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. I still enjoy Colin Firth in a wet shirt when I rewatch it.  

I LOVE that book. The movie is great too. Books and music just have a way of moving you. Speaking of which, what was your very first concert? 

I went to see Queen, in the UK at a small venue called The Colston Hall. Freddy Mercury was as good live, as he was on record. He wore a white lycra one piece and strutted across the stage. I consider myself extremely lucky to have seen him.

How amazing! Their music is really good. If you could go to another concert, who would you love to see?

I would like to see Adele if she comes to Australia. I think her voice is amazing and touches me emotionally.

I love her music, especially her new song Hello. I sing it all the time. (Not well though 😌) It’s pretty embarrassing. Have you done anything embarassing that still makes you still blush today?

When I was in my early twenties, I went to Europe and one day went swimming naked in a local river with friends. We thought it was isolated spot until a tour boat came down the river and all the passengers cheered as they went passed.

LOL. That is hilarious! I’ve never done that but I did about pass out the first time I got a tattoo. Mostly because I was so scared. But I’m over that now. I want more actually. How about you? Have any tattoos? 

I don’t have any tattoos, but my daughters both have some beautiful ones that all have special meanings to them. 

Yeah, I wouldn’t just any random tattoo. I want my tats to mean something. But if you were to get one, what would you want? 

I have written a woman’s fiction in which the heroine gets a tattoo that says, live, laugh, love. I have said if it gets published I would have that tattooed on me. There, now the world knows the promise.

You’ll have to take a picture and show us how awesome it looks. 😀  Being published is a great thing. I love it. What is the best thing about being an author for you? 

Finishing a manuscript and thinking to yourself that you have created a story people will want to read. I would love to be rich and famous but more than that I want people to enjoy my books. When you get a great review, or someone you meet says they like your work, it makes it all worthwhile. 

I totally agree. To be rich and famous would be great but I love hearing how much people enjoy my writing more. So where can your fans find you?

They can click on any of these links:

https://twitter.com/MundyMaggie

http://www.maggiemundy.com

https://www.facebook.com/MaggieMundyAuthor

http://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard

http://maggiemundy.blogspot.com.au http:/

http://www.soulmatepublishing.com/

And your books?

My books can be found at one of the following links below:

Scarred Protector available now from Soul Mate Publishing

Blurb Scarred Protector
http://tinyurl.com/pkch5es 

Unknown Protector
http://tinyurl.com/kvph4dc 

Thanks so much for stopping by. I enjoyed having you here. Please stop by again anytime.

 

 

Here to tantalize us…Maggie

Hello all. Today on Tantalizing Tuesday, I have the great and powerful Maggie Mundy and her book, Scarred Protector.

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Good morning Maggie. I’m so glad your here. The cover of your book looks amazing. Can you tell us what your novel is about?

Absolutely. Better than that, I’ll give you the blurb:

Angels and demons are not what you think. They are aliens, and the Midworlders are their representatives on Earth.
An Angelic Midworlder called Heath goes to the aid of Evie who is about to be attacked by Demonics. He soon discovers she can see the angels and demons around her and is in grave danger. He is captivated by Evie who has physical and mental scars like him. They are tortured souls who are deeply connected by his past. There is an evil lurking inside Evie that could kill them both.

This sounds like a great book. Like something that would stay with you long after you turn the last page. Do you have an author that makes you feel like that?

That is easy. Jane Austen. I have read all her books so many times and love the language and the stories. I loved the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. I still enjoy Colin Firth in a wet shirt when I rewatch it.  

I LOVE that book. The movie is great too. Books and music just have a way of moving you. Speaking of which, what was your very first concert? 

I went to see Queen, in the UK at a small venue called The Colston Hall. Freddy Mercury was as good live, as he was on record. He wore a white lycra one piece and strutted across the stage. I consider myself extremely lucky to have seen him.

How amazing! Their music is really good. If you could go to another concert, who would you love to see?

I would like to see Adele if she comes to Australia. I think her voice is amazing and touches me emotionally.

I love her music, especially her new song Hello. I sing it all the time. (Not well though 😌) It’s pretty embarrassing. Have you done anything embarassing that still makes you still blush today?

When I was in my early twenties, I went to Europe and one day went swimming naked in a local river with friends. We thought it was isolated spot until a tour boat came down the river and all the passengers cheered as they went passed.

LOL. That is hilarious! I’ve never done that but I did about pass out the first time I got a tattoo. Mostly because I was so scared. But I’m over that now. I want more actually. How about you? Have any tattoos? 

I don’t have any tattoos, but my daughters both have some beautiful ones that all have special meanings to them. 

Yeah, I wouldn’t just any random tattoo. I want my tats to mean something. But if you were to get one, what would you want? 

I have written a woman’s fiction in which the heroine gets a tattoo that says, live, laugh, love. I have said if it gets published I would have that tattooed on me. There, now the world knows the promise.

You’ll have to take a picture and show us how awesome it looks. 😀  Being published is a great thing. I love it. What is the best thing about being an author for you? 

Finishing a manuscript and thinking to yourself that you have created a story people will want to read. I would love to be rich and famous but more than that I want people to enjoy my books. When you get a great review, or someone you meet says they like your work, it makes it all worthwhile. 

I totally agree. To be rich and famous would be great but I love hearing how much people enjoy my writing more. So where can your fans find you?

They can click on any of these links:

https://twitter.com/MundyMaggie

http://www.maggiemundy.com

https://www.facebook.com/MaggieMundyAuthor

http://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard

http://maggiemundy.blogspot.com.au http:/

http://www.soulmatepublishing.com/

And your books?

My books can be found at one of the following links below:

Scarred Protector available now from Soul Mate Publishing

Blurb Scarred Protector
http://tinyurl.com/pkch5es 

Unknown Protector
http://tinyurl.com/kvph4dc 

Thanks so much for stopping by. I enjoyed having you here. Please stop by again anytime.

 

 

GIVEAWAY, GIVEAWAY, GIVEAWAY!!!

Good morning everyone. It has been 7 months since my debut book, Angel in the Shadows, has been released! I am celebrating by giving away a free digital copy of my book every Monday of this month. For your chance to win, please stop by Facebook and comment on the question I posted.

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For any of you who would like an excerpt of my book to see if you would like it, here you go:

     He had just reached the top of the stairs when he heard a pain-filled scream followed by a heavy thump.  Seconds later he was nailed by a terror-stricken woman and not just any woman. Madison.

     He got caught her easily enough and without a second thought, he yanked her into the storage closet. She fought him like a wildcat, her fear and terror lending her a strength surprising for someone her size. Twisting and turning, she tried to slip out of his grasp.
     When that didn’t work, she did the only thing she could and sank her teeth into his hand. Her teeth were sharp and they bit clean through his leather glove, slicing into his flesh underneath. He didn’t even register the pain and ripping his hand away, he assumed she would try to scream and run.

     Surprisingly, she didn’t but she had the auditcity to try and knew in the crotch.  Women. They always have to go for the crotch. Aggravated, he pushed her knee away.

     “Don’t do that. It only make me grumpy,” he replied. “Don’t scream and don’t try to run. If you do, he might hear you and then I’ll have to kill him.” And that would be another huge mass to deal with.  God, what had he gotten himself into?

     She was determined he had to give her that. She was going to keep fighting him unless he handled this differently. Making a split decision, he flipped the switch on the wall, lighting up the room. Her eyes widened with recognition.

     “Don’t scream,” he warned, glaring at her. Too late.

     She opened her mouth to scream and made a run for the door.

     This woman was impossible.

     He grabbed her sound her waist and hauled her back, throwing her against the wall. He slapped his hand over again and let his his eyes roam over her skin. The neckline on her dress was low and in a second of pure male weakness, he let his eyes trace over her breasts as they heaved against the right, black material.

     “I told you not to scream.” he growled. “Don’t do it again. Now be quiet and I’ll let you go. Understand?”  He doubted that she believed him. He wouldn’t if he were her.

     He removed his hand slowly, ready to slap it back across her mouth should she try to scream again. She didn’t. Gasping for breath, she didn’t move as he held pinned against the wall but she glared at him with those rich-brown eyes.
     They flickered with fear before being replaced with something entirely different. Something akin to determination. She was obviously terrified he was going to kill her but perhaps  she wasn’t going to go down easily. In spite of himself, he had to admire her fighting spirit and the fact that she’d had the sense to quell the fear in her eyes.

     Silly girl. She had no idea how close to death she really was. He let his eyes trail over her once again slowly, from head to toe, pausing at her breasts before continuing downward. Standing awkwardly, she was favoring her left foot. Probably a sprained ankle from the look of it. And her right knee was a mess of blood and torn skin. That was something that would have to be taken care of later. But right now, he needed to know exactly what he hell was going on.

Here is the link to the contest:

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I hope you play. Thanks and good luck!!

Sensual Saturday’s presents…Crystal

Good morning everyone. Today I am happy to have a return vistor. It’s Crystal Firsdon and her newest release, Almost Ordinary. This is book two in the The Song Wreckers series.

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Welcome back Crystal!  I’m so glad you stopped by again. 

So we recently talked to you about the first book in this series, Almost Wrecked. Just by reading the blurb, I was instantly hooked. So what can you tell us about Book 2, Almost Ordinary?

Okay, let me give you the blurb. 

Three men changed Molly’s life forever, and now . . .
The one who violently attacked her is caught, though not without unexpected consequences.
The one who abandoned her, needs her, though he doesn’t know it.
And the one who loves Molly stands by as she engages in a quest for answers, though that quest may tear his and Molly’s family apart.
All Molly wants is an ordinary life, but after all is said and done, it may blow up right in front of her face instead.

Wow. This sounds like an incredible sequel. I can’t wait to read it. Speaking of reading, what is the first book you remember reading?

Saturday, the Twelfth of October by Norma Fox Mazur. It was written in 1975, and I read it in the early 80s. Now that I think about it, I really need to reread it, then force my kids to read it too. Awesome book.

I don’t think I’ve ever heard of that one but I’m always game for new books. As you know, writing and reading go hand in hand. Do you have a specific routine when you write?

When I need to be creative and have longevity of thought—creating and writing the story or developmental editing—I need to be alone, have complete silence, and a clean kitchen/ living room (because those are the areas I see when I write at my kitchen table). If I’m only checking for typos and format errors, I don’t need all that.

It’s so hard to find quiet time to write. At least it is for me anyway. But I love to write. Tell me though, if you could be anything but an author and your current job, what would it be?

An actor/ comedian on a show like Saturday Night Live. Could you imagine: getting paid to be completely silly and act goofy all day? I know it’s actually a lot of hard work, but I’d absolutely love to have a career out of making people laugh and acting like a moron with over-the-top, slapstick comedy.

I love comedians but I am so afraid of public speaking, I know I couldn’t do it. What is your greatest fear?

I have two, which together create a third. First, losing my children. Second, porta-potties. Third, losing a kid to a porta-potty by them falling into the hole.

LOL! 😄 I am afraid of losing my kids too but I never thought of the porta-potty thing. Great, now I’m envisioning giant smelly holes swallowing kids by the handfuls…*shakes head to clear mortifying thoughts*  What about a pet peeve? Do you have one?

I have so many, but it boils down to people who don’t exercise common courtesy. By this I mean people who don’t take the time to walk their shopping carts to the racks provided in the parking lot, who don’t hold the door for the person behind them, things like that.

Arrgh. That is totally annoying. I think if everyone would be courteous of each other, this world would be a much better place. Can you tell us a little more about yourself?

Well, here are some basic facts about myself:

I’m a former high school teacher turned stay-at-home mom turned part-time substitute teacher and school volunteer. I graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn where I earned my Master of Arts in Education so hopefully soon I’ll be back in the classroom teaching.  I absolutely love the romance genre but I can’t decide whether it’s better to read it or write it.
I have a long background in physical fitness so I include exercise in all my heroines’ lives. Lately, regular exercise is quite difficult, but hey, I’m trying.
I live in Michigan with my husband and children where the weather makes it impossible for my naturally curly hair to behave most days. You’ll almost always catch me sporting a messy bun and several bobby pins.

It sounds like you are always on the go. But hey, at  least you can’t say you’re bored. I do have one more question before you go. Where can we find you and your new book?

No problem!  I can be reached at one of the following places:

Website: 
http://crystalfirsdon.com/

Facebook: 
http://on.fb.me/1mRBOfe

Almost Ordinary buy link:
http://amzn.to/1nSC9To

Crystal, thank you so much for stopping by again and congratulations on your new release.

Here to Tantalize Us….Ryan!

Hello all. Today I have Ryan Jo Summers and her newest book, Glimpse Eternity,  a sweet contemporary romance novella.

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Good morning Ryan. I am so glad you stopped by to visit. The cover of your book looks amazing. Can you tell us more about your book?

Kasey Griffin is determined to prove a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis isn’t going to ruin her life or define her expectations. She is dedicated to her pregnant sister, her pets and operating her bookstore, ‘The Next Chapter’. She has everything she needs to have a full and satisfying life–the daily challenges of her condition notwithstanding. 

Then hunky musician Ben Salem rolls into town. Ben’s subtle charm quickly reminds Kasey she is more than a woman with a disease, she is also a woman with a heart. And Ben wants it.

Will Ben still desire her once he learns the terrible details of her condition?

Wow. I already love this and I haven’t even read it yet. I can’t even imagine what a struggle it is to live with such an awful disease. This must have been a very emotional book to write. How did you relax afterwards?

I actually relax by reading. But I have many other ways to relax. Sometimes I go to the nearby river and sit on a rock by the water. Or cooking/ baking. All the chopping/ cutting/ stirring/ etc.. is a form of therapy for me. I write poetry  to work through emotional issues. Mah Jongg. Brushing the cat/ dog. Sometimes just a long drive helps, relaxing and listening to the radio and thinking about some writing puzzle. Sitting on my porch and watching the rain fall while drinking coffee. Swinging on the swing in the patio, basking in the dappled shade while my dog runs around the yard. 

That definitely sounds nice. Everyone can use a little down time. Sometimes I like to listen to music to wind down. What kind of music do you listen to? Do you remember the first concert you went to? 

My very first concert was Styx with my then-husband. It was horrible. The loud, booming noise, music I didn’t like or understand the words, the screaming fans and terrible smoke. I couldn’t wait to leave. The things we do in the name of love, right? I’ve been to a few concerts since to artists I like and was turned off by the insane screaming of the fans, drowning out the performers. I’d rather stay home and watch them  on the computer. 

I agree. Sometimes it can all be a little overwhelming with all of the crowds and pyrotechnics. Music has certainly changed a lot over the years that’s for sure. Imagine what past generations would think of the way things are now. Hey, speaking of which, if you could live in any other time, when would it be?

I would have loved to be around in the later 1800’s. Civil War is ending, new century on the horizon. The frontier is still unsettled. There are so many opportunities for people to make their mark. Life would be simpler without all the technological hindrances of today. Harder, but also less intense, stress–filled with our hurried pace.

Yep, there are certainly plenty of pros and cons with any era. One thing I think would enjoy about that time would be the  old fashioned dresses and riding horses everywhere you went. They are such beautiful animals.

I know! I love horses, all things about them. Their strength, beauty, spirit, grace, willingness to be our friend and helper. They are such gentle giants (usually). I dearly miss having horses. Perhaps one day…

There is nothing better than seeing horses running, just enjoying life. *sigh*  You know, one of my friends loves horses so much, they have a tattoo of one. What about you? Do you have any tats?

I don’t have any tattoos but sometimes dream of getting a phoenix. The mythological bird that burns itself every 500 years on a funeral pyre and is reborn. To me, it is my personal mantra, or symbol of starting over from the ashes of my previous life. I am brighter and better than before. 

It has been really great talking to you today. Before you go, can you tell us a little but more about yourself?

Okay. I’m a North Carolina writer who likes to pen romances with a twist. Love stories blended as inspirational, with paranormal, suspense or time travel–or several at once. I also write non-fiction for regional periodicals. My dad is a songwriter and his aunt wrote poetry, so I came by the writing gene honestly.
I live in a 1920’s cottage with a menagerie of pets. And I often daydream of the shore and frequently uses water as settings in my stories.

What about hobbies?

My hobbies include poetry, bird watching, houseplants and gardening, gathering with friends, hiking in the forest, painting canvas and ceramics, and working wiggly word find puzzles, mah johngg or chess. 

Ryan, thank you again for stopping by. Where can readers find you?

They can click on one of the links below.
 
WEBSITE: http://www.ryanjosummers.com  

BLOG: http:summersrye.wordpress.com  

TWITTER:
https://twitter.com/RyanJoSummers

FB:  
www.facebook.com/pages/Ryan-Jo-Summers-author-page/312875648810797

ROMANCE REVIEWS:
http://www.theromancereviews.com/mypage.php?location=ryanjosummers

GOODREADS:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6604705.Ryan_Jo_Summers