Five Fun Places to Visit on Kauai by Patricia Preston

OneWeekInYourArms_blue_600 Jpg_RTPart of One Week in Your Arms takes place on a fictional resort on Kauai, the fourth largest of the Hawaiian Islands. Kauai is regarded as the Garden Isle due to its lush emerald landscapes and tropical flowers. Besides the beach, the island offers some great sights, some of which the heroine, Marla, got to see while she was trapped in paradise with ex-lover and billionaire Carson Blackwell. Wouldn’t we all like to be so lucky!

Kilauea Lighthouse is located on the north shore of the island is Kilauea Point where the historic lighthouse and a wildlife refuge are located. The lighthouse stands at the northernmost point of the island. Completed in 1913, the white lighthouse with its red top helped guide both sea and air travel to the islands until 1976. It is now a historic landmark and open for tours. Also, the surrounding area is a wildlife refuge where many of Hawaii’s tropical birds thrive.

Alekoko Fishpond was supposedly built overnight by mythical island elves known as the Menehune. The Menehune were short, only about two feet tall, and stout. They slept in caves during the day and worked in the mountains at night. Master builders, they could create great feats overnight. They loved dancing, singing, and archery. They used magic arrows on an angry person to replace their anger with love.

Old Koloa Town and Koloa Heritage Trail is located where Kauai’s sugar industry was born in the 1800’s. The historic town represents the sugar plantation era and includes old-fashioned storefronts, a general store, and a vintage Texaco gas station. The gateway to the Koloa is called the Tree Tunnel. A stretch of hundred-year-old eucalyptus trees along Maluhia Road welcomes visitors. The Koloa Heritage Trail offers both cultural and geological sites.

 Spouting Horn is a large blowhole on the island’s South Shore. The Spouting Horn releases a huge spray of water during swells when the surf channels into a natural lava tube. The loud hiss and roar of the Spouting Horn is the basis for a local legend. Kaikapu was a large lizard that guarded the coastline, and it would eat anyone who tried to fish or swim along the coast. Liko, a young boy, decided to outwit the lizard. The lizard attacked Liko, who stuck a sharp stick in the lizard’s mouth, then escaped through the lava tube and the blowhole. The lizard chased after the boy and became stuck in the

Famous waterfall on Kauai island taken from the air

Famous waterfall on Kauai island taken from the air

lava tube. At the Spouting Horn, you can hear trapped Kaikapu’s roar and see her breath spray from the blowhole.

Jurassic Park Falls is officially called Manawaiopuna Falls, but due to being featured in the movie Jurassic Park, the waterfall earned a new nickname. The Manawaiopuna Falls is a 360-foot high waterfall located in a remote area of the island. Once unknown, it is now one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island.

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My newest book, ONE WEEK IN YOUR ARMS, is mainstream contemporary romance filled with witty, charismatic characters. The fun, fast-paced plot features a secret baby, a billionaire baby daddy hero who needs a pretend girlfriend for a week, and a pretty doctor who is desperate to keep her child a secret. Unfortunately for the intrepid heroine, Marla, she needs money for her community clinic so she has no choice but to spend a week in paradise with the one man who can destroy her life. How can she say no?

ONE WEEK IN YOUR ARMS is the first book in Love Heals All series where romance causes havoc, heartache, and humor for a cast of unsuspecting doctors until they realize love heals all.  Published under the Lyrical Shine imprint of Kensington Books, each book can be read as a stand-alone. They do feature the same location and continuing characters. The next book in the series is EVERYTHING HIS HEART DESIRES, coming in Jan 2017.

Excerpt: 

She picked up the letter opener. Her heart palpitated in sheer terror as she slid the opener under the flap of the envelope. With the envelope open, she peeped inside to see one folded sheet of stationery.

After six years, what could he possibly have to say?

She pictured him, standing beside a black truck in the drive of Royal Oaks, an old estate belonging to his grandmother. She recalled the date. June twenty-eighth. The day they had said goodbye had been a warm, blustery day in Tennessee. A summer storm was heading toward the rolling hills near Nashville.

The wind made a mess of Carson’s unruly dark hair. His dark blue eyes were hidden by a pair of mirrored lens aviators, and his alpha-male physique tested the seams of his polo shirt.

“If I’m ever back in town, I’ll look you up,” he promised as their casual affair came to an inevitable end. For three weeks, they had been together and finally, the time had come for them to go their separate ways. She hadn’t realized it would be so difficult.

“Sure.” She forced a smile of goodwill. After all, they weren’t parting in anger, or in love for that matter. And it was unlikely that she would ever see him again.

“I had a great time,” she confessed boldly. She’d loved every minute of their brief, steamy affair. Talk about a summer break to remember. She grinned.

He gave her cheek a stroke. “You’ll make a great doctor.”

“You think so?”

“Yeah.” He grinned. “You certainly know all there is to know about male anatomy.”

“Yours, at least.” She laughed. Then she hopped up on her toes and gave him a quick kiss. “Goodbye, Carson Blackwell.”

She stepped away from him. Now was the time to face what was ahead. A grueling three-year residency. There would be no more time for long summer nights, tangled sheets, and sighs against swollen lips. She walked toward her small, sturdy hatchback. Before she opened the driver’s door, she looked up and met his gaze.

“Goodbye,” he called.

At that moment, she’d had an odd sensation in her chest that her life was never going to be the same.

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I’m celebrating the coming of fall and the release of my first book in my new contemporary romance series by giving away a batch of my Kindle ebooks and a $20 Amazon gift card. You can enter by leaving a comment and email address on this blog and add extra entries by going to my Giveaway post on my blog: http://patricia-preston.blogspot.com/2016/08/celebrating-new-release-monthbatch-of.html  Drawing will be on Sept 30th. Winner notified via email.

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Patricia Preston writes mainstream romances where love matters most. You are her reader if you like fun, passionate, feel good reads. Must haves in her writing cave include sweet tea and music. Besides writing, she loves music, history, taking road trips, and anything containing chocolate. Her dream-come-true would be a townhouse in the French Quarter. She never misses Supernatural or the Walking Dead. She is repped by the Seymour Agency and currently working on a contemporary romance series, Love Heals All, for Lyrical Shine imprint of Kensington Books.

Available titles include Amazon best sellers, “The Yard Sale” and “Laid to Rest,” as well as sexy historical romances: To Save a Lady and Almost an Outlaw. Coming in September is the first book in the Love Heals All series from Kensington Boos, One Week in Your Arms. Also available for pre-order is the second book in the series, Everything His Heart Desires.

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HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY—OH, MAYBE NOT by Irene Vartanoff

adaughter-ebook-300dpiYesterday I had one of those experiences that make me feel I only open my mouth to insert my foot. My most recently released book, A Daughter’s a Daughter, starts with a bang when my fiftyish heroine loses her job in the Wall Street meltdown. Suddenly she’s forced to confront the emptiness of her life since her husband died and her daughter grew up and became estranged.

It’s an enticing storyline to women in midlife, since so many of us come to a crossroads and don’t immediately know which way we’re going next. This book features a new romance for Pam, my main heroine, a new professional direction in her life, and much personal growth in her family relationships. The story also is told from the point of view of her ambitious young daughter, Linley, a cable television financial reporter who has a hot love affair with her handsome coworker. If that’s not interesting enough, there’s a new neighbor next door to Pam’s mother, Dorothy, out at the beach on Long Island, and he’s using his cute dog to start up a friendship with the redoubtable old lady because he has a secret agenda.

I brought a copy of A Daughter’s a Daughter over to a friend’s house as a gift. Okay so far, but then I goofed. When she asked me what it was about, I felt compelled to mention that the heroine realizes during the course of the story that her previously extremely competent, retired social activist mother has begun to develop dementia. I don’t want to sideswipe anyone who is having a hard time with a family member or friend in a similar situation. So I mentioned the dementia, which is just one of many interesting adult issues in this story, and my friend immediately shut down. I’m pretty sure she’ll never read my book, which is a shame, because my elderly character, Dorothy, is a grand old gal who has led a fascinating life and is still a vivid personality.

Women’s fiction is not just about young people falling in love and marrying the right person for the first time. In the women’s fiction world, both good stuff and bad stuff happens. Yet by the end of the story, the main heroine comes to a position of peace and acceptance about the things she can’t change, and she’s also made great inroads on changing the things she has discovered are within her power to change. Pam, my fiftyish heroine, grows and makes new choices. She faces up to the life situations that previously daunted her. But of course her mom isn’t going to suddenly be cured of dementia. Am I supposed to invent a fake medical breakthrough or pretend old age never happens?

A Daughter’s a Daughter is a story of life renewal for my baby boomer heroine. Through her mother’s memories, it’s my nod to the post-World War II years, to the women who were young wives then and coped with a very different world from the one we have now. And then there’s the annoyingly self-centered young heroine (who isn’t as nasty as the daughter in Mildred Pierce, but she comes close), who finally learns the lesson that she ought to treat others better. This story even has a cute dog, too.

I hope being honest about just one aspect of this big, juicy read has not doomed the copy sitting on my friend’s end table to remain unopened. Enjoy the excerpt below and consider checking out the many pleasures of A Daughter’s a Daughter.

 EXCERPT from A Daughter’s a Daughter:

“I got us a great opportunity. A spot on the Today Show tomorrow morning. They want to interview you about how it feels to have been laid off from Menahl.”

Pam grimaced. Those jackals outside the building this morning had wanted fresh blood, too. “Thousands were let go. Why talk to me?”

“Because I called them and pitched it.” There was great satisfaction in Linley’s tone. Her daughter was triumphant at having arranged an opportunity for Pam to be an object of pity on national television. “You wouldn’t believe how many news agencies are interested,” Linley continued. “The Today Show is the big deal.”

“That’s nice, dear. Couldn’t you do it by yourself?” She’d never been comfortable as the center of attention.

“Of course not. They want the story from the person directly involved. From you.” The impatience was in her daughter’s voice again, the undertone that said Pam knew nothing.

The moment stretched out silently.

“You’ll do it, right?” Linley prodded.

Pam cringed at the idea of exposing herself in public. She’d like to help Linley, of course, but she did not want to be on television. “Why not interview Magda instead? She has a more dramatic story. Magda works with—” she corrected herself, stumbling over her words, “she worked with me. She has a son she’s putting through college. Tuition is due in a month and she has no way of making payments if she doesn’t have a job.”

“The interview is with you and me, not with Magda.”

“I’d rather not be on television,” Pam said.

“Say yes.”

“I’d freeze up.”

“I promised you’d be on. Don’t make me a liar.”

“I hate being the center of attention. I can’t.”

“How can you be so selfish?” Linley wailed. “You’re ruining my day.”

Linley clicked off.

Pam stared at the phone. Linley had hung up on her. Oh, technically, Linley could not hang up a telephone she carried in her pocket, but it was the same thing.  Her daughter had hung up on her.

Useless tears trickled down Pam’s cheeks. Why was she so weak? So afraid of being in the public eye?

She and Linley hardly communicated anymore. Unlike her, Linley was ambitious. Linley’s quick success in her glamour career had reinforced her opinion that she was far superior to her mother. An adolescent attitude that hadn’t changed in a decade.

Ten minutes later, the phone rang again.

“It’s me,” Linley said, her voice hard. “You’ve got to do the Today Show. Otherwise, I’ll lose the spot.”

“I—I…”

“If you don’t do this for me, I’ll never speak to you again.”

Pam gasped.

“I mean it,” Linley said.

“You’ll be interviewed, too?” Pam choked out the question.

“Yes.”

“I won’t have to be alone?”

“Yes,” was the impatient reply. Linley didn’t bother to coax.

Pam knew what hung in the balance. “It will help your career?” she asked, anyway.

“Are you kidding?” Linley named the time and the address. “Be there. Or I’ll never speak to you again. Never.” She clicked off.

Pam hung up the land line and stared into space. Linley had not asked her for anything in years. Now suddenly, she demanded this from her mother.

What if Pam made a fool of herself? Being on live television was exactly the kind of public exposure from which she had always shrunk. What if she started crying? Would Linley feel guilty? Would she care?

No use going there. All Linley thought about was the publicity for herself. Was there a chance that doing this would revive their old mother-daughter closeness? In case there was, Pam would go on the Today Show. But how could she keep from making an utter fool of herself or breaking down?

She picked up the phone again. When Dorothy answered, Pam said, “Mom, I need your help.”

irene-vartanoffBIO:

Award-winning author Irene Vartanoff combined her love of romances and comic books by working for Harlequin, Bantam, Berkley, and My RomanceStory.com, as well as Marvel Comics and DC Comics. She is the author of six published books so far, including Summer in the City, also women’s fiction. The third book in her Selkirk Family Ranch sweet contemporary romance series is coming out soon as is the third book in her chick lit vibe superhero series, Temporary Superheroine.

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One Ghost-Investigating Agency, Eight Different Stories by Erin Hayes

TGTBTGFInalCoverSmallThe Good, The Bad, and The Ghostly is a collection of eight ghostly romances from the Wild West that are all tied together by one fictional ghost-investigating agency in St. Louis—The Tremayne Specters Investigations Agency.

Writing eight different stories that all featured the same place that existed in our imaginations presented some interesting challenges. Questions such as, “Where is this agency located?” or “What does it look like?” or even, “What do the people who work there look like?” popped up at various points, and we all had to make sure that they aligned with one another, otherwise, we wouldn’t have a believable world. And, on top of that, we set the anthology in the late 1800s, adding another layer of research and planning to our writing. It was challenging to say the least.

Yet, I think we somehow managed to pull it off. And I love the final result.

Discussions took place over Yahoo! Groups, and collaboration was key. We all first decided on a name for the agency—words such as paranormal didn’t exist during this time period, so we had to improvise with the words that were available. Thus, the Tremayne PSI Agency was born.

As mentioned earlier, there were questions about where this agency was based, and many other specifics, even down to the marble in the lobby of the agency’s office. Luckily, we had the foresight to define all of these and they were compiled into a document that we could refer to at any point during our story. It was actually so complete, that any time I had to refer to the document for my own contribution to the collection, I never went away with more questions. Everything was complete, meaning that we had done a great job world building.

World building is my favorite part of writing, so having such a rich history to draw from was inspiring, as I’m sure it was for the other authors. As we all went our own ways to write our stories, certain other aspects of publishing went into play such as cover art, promotion, organization, editing, formatting and so many others. We even had an internal beta read program where we swapped our finished stories with another author. As I generally write paranormal romance in a modern-day setting, I really relied on this part to make sure that my own story was believable in both the collection and in the 1880s.

Once the stories were completed, edited, and picked over with a fine-toothed comb, it was compiled and formatted into the collection that you can pick up from Amazon. Eight unique, wonderful stories that have their own distinct voices while maintaining that consistency across all of them. Each story is fun, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading them as much as we did building the world around it. Just be sure to read it with the lights on—some can get pretty spooky!

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There are ghost stories. And there are ghost legends.

From orphan to saloon girl to ghost whisperer, Hattie Hart has been and seen a lot of things in her time. Her new job as a detective with the Tremayne Psychic Specters Investigations Agency takes her out to the remote town of Carolina City, Nevada, on a vague assignment to investigate the disappearance of a US Marshal.

Except, when she arrives, she meets the devilishly handsome Grant Madsen, a US Marshal who is alive and well. Certainly not missing, but certainly the man of her dreams. So why did her boss send her out to this small boomtown when there’s nothing for her to investigate?

She soon discovers that in Carolina City, there are strange happenings from the afterlife that threaten to kill her or worse. She’ll have to race against time to save her life, the town, and the US Marshal she was sent to find—and maybe, if she’s lucky, her heart.

EXCERPT:

In my dream, there’s a man.
I can’t see his face or any other distinguishing features on him other than the fact that he is tall and dark, and I can sense that he is handsome. My dreams don’t allow for me to get close enough to see who he is.
But I know him. He has captivated my heart and welded my soul to his. Something inside me intrinsically calls out to him, aching that he’s not close to me, skin to skin, pulse against pulse.
We’re meant to be together, in this life and in others.
I know this, and he knows this.
In my dream, we’re standing about ten yards apart on a desert landscape, me in my corset and him in his dust jacket and hat that shades his face. I don’t recognize the place, but it feels alien, like nothing could ever survive in these harsh elements.
We’re both dead.
I see the glint of his smile as he looks at me. My heart breaks and I want to help him, but something keeps me rooted to my spot.
“Find me, Hattie,” he says, his voice in my head. “Save me.”
“How?” I ask. “From what?”
But he keeps repeating those two words, echoing on and on in my mind.
“Save me. Save me.”

 

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Wild, Wild Ghost by Margo Bond Collins

With everyone she loves in the grave, Ruby specializes in the dead.

 Comes An Outlaw by Keta Diablo

An outlaw returns to his childhood home to find his parents and brother dead, and the lovely widow in grave danger.

 Long A Ghost, and Far Away by Andrea Downing

Ghosts are restless souls, and Lizzie Adams is one of them.  How many lives will she get to find the perfect love?

 A Ghostly Wager by Blaire Edens

Even a skeptical detective needs a little otherworldly help.

How the Ghost Was Won by Erin Hayes

There are ghost stories. And there are ghost legends.

McKee’s Ghost by Anita Philmar

The ghost living in his house might have saved him from an unhappy marriage and brought him the girl of his dreams but when his ex- fiancé returns, the same spirit turns his life upside down.

A Ride Through Time by Charlene Raddon

P.S.I. Agent Burke Jameson wants to find out if Eagle Gulch, Colorado has genuine ghosts. But he found far more than he expected, including a horse ride that could change his life forever

The Ghost and the Bridegroom by Patti Sherry-Crews

She’s sent west to solve a case. What she finds will change her forever.

 

 

 

How To Write The Next Book By C.D. Hersh

Tweet-series-bannerAt some point, in the beginning of every writing journey, we authors wonder if we can really write a book. We ask ourselves:  Can I do this? And if I can, will I be able to write a second book? Will my next book be as good as the first book?  Will an editor love book number two as much as the first one? And, heaven forbid, what will I do if no wants the next book I write— assuming I can even finish it?

When we started our publishing journey back in 2012, with the pitch of the first book in our paranormal/urban fantasy series The Turning Stone Chronicles to Soul Mate Publishing, we had some of those questions. Book One, The Promised One was taking a maiden journey into the editorial world of queries. And after the rejection stories we heard from other aspiring authors, we truly thought we’d have our first rejection slip. We had ideas about where the remaining books in the proposed series were going, but not much more than nutshells of ideas and a few paragraphs written in a black-and-white school composition book. Book number one didn’t even have a contract, and here we were bold enough to assume we could write and sell a six-book series.

Four years later, with the release of book number four in the series, The Mercenary and the Shifters, we are now more than halfway through our series.

It’s been an interesting journey. We had a few surprises along the way. We never expected our series to sell on the first toss over the publishing world transom. And we certainly didn’t expect the editor would want all six books without ever seeing them. We also didn’t expect the overwhelming learning curve of marketing that came crashing down on us. But somehow, we figured it all out—including the total replotting of book 4 when a minor character in book 3, The Son of the Moonless Night, suddenly decided she wanted center stage and took over the plotting process. We also learned, thanks to a lovely review we received, that we can write without the dreaded sophomoric slump in our later books.

If you’re just beginning your publishing journey and you’ve answered “no” and “I don’t know to the questions in the opening paragraph, you are starting your journey off stifling your creativity. If you can finish a single book that has all the elements an editor wants, then never fear. You can write another book as good as the first and maybe even better.

MERCENARY AND THE SHIFTERS_505x825 (2)Here are some tips to help you make your goal of book number 2, 3, and more.

  • Keep a positive attitude. A lot of people want to write a book. Many say they’re going to write a book SOME DAY. You have written a book. You’ve slapped those all-important two words on the last page—THE END. Additionally, if you got a contract from an editor, you have validation that your book was good. So don’t let doubt get in your way.
  • Don’t wait until your creativity well runs dry to begin the next book. Writing stirs up our muses, and there’s no better time to start thinking about the next book than while you are working on your current book.
  • When you have an idea for the next book, let the need to write it spur you on. Having a second story waiting in the wings compels us to finish the WIP.
  • When you get that nutshell of an idea for book number two, write it down! Don’t say, “I can remember that.” Chances are you won’t. Instead, drop it in a computer file or paper file, whichever works for you. Read it often. Think about it before you go to bed, but not if it makes you an insomniac. Let it bubble and stew in the back of your mind until a full-blown story is born.
  • Capture ANY wild story ideas that come your way. No tidbit you find remotely interesting should be ignored. You never know when inspiration for the next book will hit. The plot could be residing in a snippet of conversation you overhear at your favorite restaurant, a story you read in the newspaper, or even an interesting road sign. The Turning Stone Chronicle series originated from a road sign for a place named Turning Stone that we passed on a long road trip. We said, “What an interesting town name. Could we write a story with that title?” And the rest is history.
  • Learn from your mistakes. Continued practice of the craft makes you a more skilled writer. Keeping a weasel word list, noting the places where your editor or beta readers say you are weak, and continuous education in the craft will improve your writing skill and storytelling ability. The more we write, the more second nature the job becomes. So, when the next book comes along, you’ll have an easier time putting it down. And who doesn’t want that?

For all the readers out there, here’s an excerpt from book four of The Turning Stone Chronicles. We hope you’ll like it.

The Mercenary and the Shifter

Excerpt

“My home is perfectly safe. It’s my business I’m concerned about.”

Fiona crossed her arms over her chest, her body language closing off to further suggestions. Mike followed her motions. As he did, he spotted a red dot on her chest. The dot wiggled.

“Get down!” Mike shouted as he dove for Fiona.

They hit the floor as the pottery on the raised fireplace hearth exploded, sending shards across the room. Mike shoved Fiona behind the nearest chair then scrambled across the rug to the blown-out window. Removing his gun from his back-of-the-waist holster, he peered over the windowsill. Seeing no one in the driveway, he swiveled around to check on Fiona. The red laser point danced around the room, searching for a target.

Mike followed the trajectory of the beam. The shot came from across the street in something high. He remembered seeing a tree house in the yard across the road from the mansion.

“Who lives across from you?” he asked.

“No one right now. The house is for sale.”

“I didn’t see a ‘For Sale’ sign.”

“We’re in an exclusive neighborhood. The HOA forbids sale signs.” Another shot rang out.

Mike whirled around in time to see Fiona’s head sticking out from behind the chair. The image of her head reflected in the fireplace mirror. “He’s using the mirror to target us. Do these curtains close?”

“Yes. The cord’s on the other side of the window.”

“I’m going to crawl under the window and close them. He’ll probably see my reflection in the mirror and start shooting, so stay hidden. As soon as the curtains close, crawl to the window as fast as you can and follow the wall to the entryway. Then get the hell out of the front of the house. Got it?”

“Got it.” Fiona’s voice quavered up the scale.

“You okay?”

“Scared, but okay.”

As Mike crawled along the floor, a volley of shots rang out. The remainder of the pottery displayed on the hearth shattered. When he reached the other side of the window, he yanked the drapery cord. The curtains billowed closed.

“Now, Fiona!” he shouted.

As she belly crawled across the floor, Mike held his breath. Bullets sprayed the room, punching through the heavy draperies, the shots veering from floor to ceiling.

Don’t ricochet! he commanded.

Fiona reached the cover of the exterior wall, and he let his breath out in a whoosh.

“Hurry!”

When she came within arm’s reach, he grabbed her hand and yanked her the rest of the way across the room and into the entry.

“Do you have a panic room?”

She nodded, her eyes filled with fear. “In the basement, behind the trophy wall.”

“Get in it, and don’t come out until I tell you to.”

“Where are you going?”

“To get the SOB who’s trying to kill you.”

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Son of the Moonless Night (The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 3):

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hersh_smallC.D. Hersh–Two hearts creating everlasting love stories.

Putting words and stories on paper is second nature to co-authors C.D. Hersh. They’ve written separately since they were teenagers and discovered their unique, collaborative abilities in the mid-90s. As high school sweethearts and husband and wife, Catherine and Donald believe in true love and happily ever after.

The books of their paranormal romance series entitled The Turning Stone Chronicles are available on Amazon. They also have a short Christmas story, Kissing Santa, in a Christmas anthology titled Sizzle in the Snow: Soul Mate Christmas Collection, with seven other authors.

They are looking forward to many years of co-authoring and book sales, and a lifetime of happily-ever-after endings on the page and in real life.

You can connect with and follow C.D. Hersh at their website http://cdhersh.wordpress.com

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The fascination with Jane Austen continues to spawn retellings of her works by Kristi Rose

lottiebillMM-rose-ebookwebOne of my favorite movies is You’ve Got Mail. Meg Ryan, a children’s book store owner reads Pride and Prejudice every autumn.

Like her, I make Pride and Prejudice an annual thing as well. Only I spread it out and read favorite parts sporadically throughout the year. I also watch the movie(s) at least six-twelve times a year. I watch it enough that my six year old will stop to watch certain scenes and say, “this is my favorite part”.

Yay! She has a favorite part! Parent win!

When I decided to write my Matchmaker series I was in a Pride and Prejudice phase. Though Persuasion is my favorite of the Austen books, there is something so enchanting about P&P (the conflict in Persuasion gives me heartburn). It was the perfect romance to watch and I didn’t have to worry about language or naughty scenes. Though I was starting a new, different series—one that was already mapped out——I couldn’t get the P&P characters out of my head. I was hesitant to take my story line and change it to a P&P variation.  Nervous about how it would be received. Writing what might be called “fanfiction” can have a negative vibe. Some people simply think fanfiction isn’t real writing (let me point to Fifty Shades of Grey which is Twilight fanfiction). But I gave into the muse and decided to go with it.

It would seem I’m not the only one. Have you seen how many retellings, variations, or inspiration pieces there are from Elizabeth and Darcy?

Let’s make a list:

  • Eligible- Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Unleashing Mr. Darcy- Katherine Rey
  • The Girl From Summer Hill- Jude Deveraux
  • Over you- HM Ward
  • Bridget Jones’ Diary- Helen Fielding
  • The Lizzy Bennet Diaries (also on video- MY FAVORITE) Bernie Su and Kate Rorick
  • Austenland- Shannon Hale
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies- Seth Grahame-Smith

I could go on. Bookbub even allows readers to ‘follow’ Jane Austen and tells them know when a new book taken from her great works is for sale.

But love for Jane goes beyond books and movies. On Facebook you can join many like minded fans on any of these pages:

Again another endless pool of awesomeness.  But retellings don’t begin or end with Jane Austen. Both traditional publishers and indie authors are putting out well received books in the worlds of Sherlock Holmes, Harry Styles, and the Twilight Series. Amazon offers opportunity to publish books in some of your favorite author’s worlds- aptly called-Kindle Worlds.

But why do these stories continue? Why, year after year, are authors creating tales of these well known characters?

Because we simply can’t get enough.

I love the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. Hands down, it’s my favorite. But the last scene in the Pride and Prejudice movie where they are married and he’s calling her Mrs. Darcy, um, yeah, I want more of that.

Was it because so much was left unsaid between them? Nowadays, we get front row seats into the bedrooms of many of our favorite characters. But not Lizzy and Darcy. We’re left to guess. We’re left wondering with only our imaginations the limit. Did Lizzy and Darcy ever talk about Caroline Bingley? What did their fights look like? How did he show his affection? Did he leave Pemberley when her mother came for a visit?

So much left for us to speculate about. An endless source of ideas to turn into books.

That’s why I believe we see and will continue to see Jane Austen based stories.

What do you think?

If you could emerge into a favorite world what would it be? Do you like to read retellings? I’d love to know. Leave a comment and share:-)

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09Kristi Rose Author Bio:

Kristi Rose was raised in central Florida on boiled peanuts and iced tea. She’s been lucky enough to travel the world but now, a wife and mother, she’s resigned to traveling to the grocery store. When she’s not practicing as a pediatric Occupational Therapist she’s watching people and wondering about their story. That’s what Kristi likes to write. Stories about everyday people, the love that brings them together, and their journey getting there. Sign up for Kristi’s newsletter and be the first to know about releases, giveaway, and become an advanced reader for her work.

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Finishing a long, beloved series – What to write next? – by Vijaya Schartz

curseseriesThe Curse of the Lost Isle, a romantic medieval fantasy series, was twenty years in the making and is coming to a close. Of course, I wrote many other novels for various publishers in multiple genres during that time, since that series did not find a publisher right away, and required a great amount of historical research. As I am writing the last novel, Book eight, Angel of Lusignan, scheduled for release around the holidays, I realize with nostalgia that it has been a long labor of love. I’m going to miss living in that world.

As to what comes next, I’m still debating. I like writing in different genres and I have a habit of mixing them, which creates marketing nightmares for my publishers. But I like my stories to be original, different and unique. I write what I would want to read. In the Curse of the Lost Isle (from BWL), featuring a family of immortal ladies with Fae gifts, I mixed authentic legends with known history and romance. In the Chronicles of Kassouk and in the Borealis series (from Desert Breeze Publishing), I mixed science fiction with romance, and several of my characters have paranormal abilities… sometimes created through technology.

I also wrote a few contemporary romances, but always with a twist, like reincarnation, a shape shifter, or a thriller element. Whether writing about the past, the present, or the future, my main constants are action, adventure, and romance. I also have a predilection for cats, as they pop up as secondary characters almost everywhere (except in medieval times, but I do have a major dog character in Damsel of the Hawk).

I would also like my next project to be a series. Like a reader, after I fall in love with a created world, I enjoy spending time in it. But I may choose to make these series shorter. Maybe three or four books, not six or eight like in my two latest series. It’s difficult to promote Book seven or eight to new readers who haven’t read any of the other books… even if it’s a standalone.

chroniclesofkassoukStandalone is another requisite of mine. I like my series to be readable out of order, so each book should be a complete story as much as possible. As a reader, I hate cliffhanger endings and would never do that to my readers. I had to cut longer books into two parts before, not by choice, and although I still gave the first book a satisfying ending, I couldn’t tie up all the loose ends or resolve all the conflicts at the end, since that happened in the second book. It deeply bothered me. From the reviews, I know it bothered a few of my readers as well.

Now, for the time and place: Medieval? Futuristic? Contemporary? Post apocalyptic? On a space station? On an alien planet? In an alternate universe? I have used all of these in the past. Is there any other option?

As for the characters, I have a predilection for strong, kick-butt heroines. I also really enjoyed writing immortals. I once flirted with the idea of writing a series featuring angels, and I am still considering it. They could be fallen angels seeking redemption, or guardians of the human kind. Or, they could be aliens, alien/human hybrids, or AI (artificial intelligence), but I already featured a synthetic being in Black Dragon (Borealis series).

So, my new writing project should definitely be a series with strong heroines, romance, action, adventure, and cats (you can never have too many of those). Each novel should be a complete story, and the series should lend itself to a different hero and heroine for each story. So, the constant would be the world in which the characters evolve.

ancientenemy In other words, writing a series revolves around creating a world in which strong, captivating characters can fight for what is just and good, and in the process, find their happily ever after. Writing this post helped me order my thoughts. Starting next year, look for the start of a new sci-fi romance series involving strong kick-butt heroines and gorgeous aliens with angel power. Now, back to finishing the Curse of the Lost Isle medieval series.

at the Spicerie About the author:
Born in France, award-winning author Vijaya Schartz never conformed to anything and could never refuse a challenge. She likes action and exotic settings, in life and on the page. She traveled the world and claims to also travel through time, as she writes without boundaries about the future and the far away past. Her love of cats transpires in many of her books… and she has more than twenty-five novels published. Her stories collected numerous five star reviews and a few literary awards. Find her and her books at http://www.vijayaschartz.com

The Real West by E. Ayers

EllenCoverKW LOGO900x600dpi300Thank you, Cynthia, for inviting to your blog. I’m always thrilled to be here and to answer questions from your readers. I didn’t start out to be a historian; in fact history was horrendously boring to me in school. But it was required so I studied whatever it was that I had to know, passed the tests and exams with flying colors, and promptly forget all the dates and battles. Yes, I know that history is important. But it’s boring!

Even the History Channel usually has failed to keep my interest. Turn it on and there are the RAF flying across the English Channel, brave young men that often didn’t make it home, and a bomb being dropped on something below. Is there something else we can watch? My husband would roll his eyes at me.

My husband spent time in VietNam, his father was in Pearl Harbor when it was bombed, and his grandfather spent time in the trenches of WWI. I’m supposed to care, right? Well, I do, but ask me what day Peal Harbor was bombed… “Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a date that will live into infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan” FDR Of course I didn’t know that off the top of my head. I am getting really fast at looking stuff like that up. But learn it in school? Ugh.

So how did I wind up writing historical westerns? My readers have asked for it. Once I started writing the diary of Clare Coleman, I realized I needed to know more about the history of the west. I needed to know who went west. Why? I needed to know more about the people. Suddenly history isn’t so boring.

I look stuff up and wind up spending hours researching. But it’s not just the west, it’s the whole timeframe and what was considered proper. Let me ask you this: Would you go someplace far away from your family because you might have a chance of surviving and having your own place? Would you leave your creature comforts to hack down a few trees and create a house out of nothing? Where your nearest neighbor might be a day’s ride away? Will you give up your job to do it? Sell off your worldly possessions and your grandmother’s fancy brooch that you’ve loved since you were a child?

stage coachThe answer to that is usually a big NO! And so it was back then. So who did go west? Well, cowboys were boys! Rare was the cowboy who was over fifteen years old. They were often as young as seven or eight when they started. They were runaways, children of families that couldn’t afford them, and orphans. Working cattle meant meals. The numbers seem to vary but approximately one boy out of three never survived. Most of them perished under the hooves of the cattle they were driving. If they lived long enough, they rose in the ranks or left to find other work. Eventually the boys faded out of the job and it slowly became a man’s job in the 1900’s. Those cowboys were drifters, criminals, or unskilled men who wanted to eat. It was a job. If they lasted a week, they got a few bucks.

Mail order brides… Oh, boy! We have to look hard at the times. These women were desperate. For starters women didn’t marry as they do today. Most marriages were arranged or at least semi-arranged. Lucky was the gal who got to choose a suitor. Fathers often chose a man for their daughter. But sometimes there were several eligible men and the daughter might go to her father and inquire about a particular man. If she didn’t have a father, sometimes an older brother, uncle, mother or some other family member would make arrangements. Women were a liability to a family. The sooner they could marry her off, the better.

But what if there was no one to find them a husband? What if no one wanted them? What if they were horribly bucked-toothed, cross-eyed, or a gazillion other possible things might be wrong with them? These are things we don’t think about today. We put our children in braces, and children have surgeries to correct certain flaws. If a child is born with an extra finger today, that finger is removed immediately. But that didn’t happen back then.

tweet mine smYou might call it selective breeding but men didn’t want women that were flawed. It’s not much different from today. Women instantly form an opinion of an eligible man based on his looks. Of course we want cute, handsome, or whatever. And men do the same to women.

In my newest western, Loving Ellen, she was married, and her husband died. Having two small boys from that marriage, she tried to keep going on her own by taking in laundry, mending, etc. But the idea of finding a man through an advertisement meant that she would have some security for her and her boys. And a man with a ranch had great appeal, because he seemed stable. On the flip side, she appealed to a rancher because she had two boys. Boys were needed on a ranch to help with the chores.

With great hopes and dreams, she went off to marry a man she didn’t know. She was probably worn out when she did that. Tired of trying to keep her boys tummies filled, tired of a lot of things. But the picture Joseph had painted of the ranch was not exactly accurate. She went from the frying pan to the fire. But don’t worry, this story will end with a happily ever after!

Have things changed? Yes and no. Today women look at a man and consider what he does for a living. Do they dare marry a man who stocks merchandise at a warehouse or should they marry the one who is a lawyer? Well, if you are reading a romance novel, I promise he’s not stocking merchandise at the warehouse!

Traveling westAll of that doesn’t mean that only the dregs of society populated our west. There were others, young men and slightly older ones who looked at the west and saw an opportunity. It was a chance to build their own empire, and become wealthy. These are the same guys who would have probably done it in the towns and cities where they grew up, but that wide open called to them. I like to write about those men.

To me, they are the more romantic men. They are the ones with… May I say it? Home training – men who respected women and knew how to treat them. Yes, there were plenty of good men in the west, even those who took jobs that provided them with an income that was decent for those days. They worked in gold or copper mines, and in the coal mines; they worked for the railroad or did a dozen other jobs.

One of these days I’m going to write a novel about a man who isn’t making a fortune and that gal with crossed eyes. But everyone wants to read about perfect people. Maybe because the female reader wants to step into that woman and become her for a few hours or maybe she wants that handsome guy to whisk her off her feet. It’s an adults’ game of pretend.

Well, guess I don’t write Let’s Pretend. I write about the real west. The people, who populated it and made the west what it is today, are the ones that interest me. So I mix that with a romance and you get a historical western with a romance.

FamilyI don’t write Christian books. I understand the Christina values, etc. I know the vast majority of the people who settled the west were Christians. But if they had been Jewish, Wiccan, or Buddhist, I would have willingly written from that perspective. In all my research, I’ve not found one instance of someone washing their stones during the solstice to renew their energy, but I have found quite a few Jewish families that went west. The vast majority of the North America is Christian, and the USA was founded on Christian principles.

I write what was there and who was there. I write the times as accurately as I possibly can. If they lived with an outhouse, I’ll write it. I don’t think that’s a bad thing, and I have plenty of readers that feel the same way. That also doesn’t mean that I’m right and the others who write in this era are wrong. It’s Vanilla and Chocolate.

I love Cynthia’s characters, and her females in their pretty dresses. But my gals are less apt to wear such a dress. They are probably in a drab color with an even less exciting fabric. They are probably milking the cow or goat and slinging a rifle over their shoulder. But they are probably dreaming about those pretty dresses and are envious of those who wear them. When I wrote Loving Ellen I took a young woman who had come from a modest home to a young marriage where making do was quite normal but she still could dress in her finest and stroll the park with her young husband, to a woman who was almost destitute and became a mail order bride to a twice widowed woman with absolutely nothing, living in the middle of nowhere in Montana. And well I don’t want to tell you the end, but I will say for a few days she discovered what it was like to live as royalty.

Ask me a question in the comments, I’ll answer it, to the best of my ability, and put your name in the hat for a free ecopy of my first Montana Sky Series KW, Loving Matilda. Or if you have that one, I’ll give you your choice of another one of my historical westerns.

Morgan’s Crossing, Montana

A new mail order bride, Ellen has now been widowed.

Twice.

With two young boys from her first marriage to raise, a newly deceased mail-order-husband, no food and no money, she is forced to accept an offer of shelter from the neighboring rancher who found her latest husband’s body. Ellen is no stranger to sacrifice as a means to achieve a better future for herself and her children, but there is something different about Nik.

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What is a gadje? by Josie Riviera

sp1500x2400-1Gadje Gadjensa, Rom Romensa.” This is a Romany (Gypsy) saying that means Gadje with Gadje, Rom with Rom.”

So what is a gadje? A gadje in the Romany language means “not one of us.” Many Rom prefer to not allow outsiders into their lives. It’s no coincidence that in my hours, days, and months of researching the Romany for my novels, little information was available. Odd, because the Rom have lived in many places throughout the world for centuries. They’re a widely-traveled people. Yet there is little written history regarding their origins, although recent evidence points to an emigration from India 1500 years ago.

I believe that the reason there is little information available is because the Rom simply prefer it that way. They are a proud people who keep to themselves. And they are nomads, forever on the move, traveling by horse and wagon in caravans. In one of my novels, a bender is described. It is a tent, easily constructed using bendable twigs and any available materials on the side of the road.

It is no secret that the Rom have suffered persecution, prejudice, exclusion, and discrimination for centuries. The “Gypsy” stereotype includes a criminal, fortune-teller, blacksmith, thief, and musician, a dark-complexioned, shadowy figure. But why do so many of us harbor this unfair prejudice? Perhaps because of the Rom’s nomadic existence, lack of a solid religious belief, and exotic clothes and lifestyle. Their dialect is distinct and related to Sanskrit. Their tradition is oral, for they didn’t have the luxury of building libraries.

I explore many of their beliefs in my novels, including Seeking Patience.

One belief shared by all Rom is cleanliness. Mahrime means unclean or polluted. To avoid mahrime, clothes covering the top half of their body are washed separately from clothes on the bottom. Certain parts of the female body are considered unclean, and doctors are sometimes avoided because they deal with illness. And, a Rom can become polluted by being too close to a gadje.

Thanks for having me today! Hope you enjoyed this blog and the fascinating culture of the Romany. (Gypsies)

 

Happy Reading!

Josie Riviera

 

SEEKING PATIENCE

 

Blurb:

Do people prove their worth by strength, or by character?

Half-Romany, half-English lord, he lives a perilous Gypsy life … until a sweet English rose saves his life, and perhaps his soul. Widowed by a cruel husband, she’s given up all hope of love. Brought together in peril, they dare to reach for a brighter future together.

Luca Boldor, Romany leader, lives a nomad’s life in Regency England with his Gypsy caravan. Believing his noble father abandoned him at birth, he refuses to acknowledge his English blood, or live a settled life. But when a vicious attack by a rival leaves him bleeding on an English lady’s doorstep, he has no choice but to accept her help. Her gentle faith stirs his heart in a way he has long denied.

Lady Patience Blakwell, widowed countess, lives in near poverty. Her husband’s heir uses threats to keep her from demanding her rightful inheritance. With a few faithful servants, she exists quietly in the country, only her faith keeping her strong … until the day a bold, handsome Gypsy collapses in her hall. He’s unlike any man she’s ever known, and she’ll confront any subterfuge to keep him safe.

But when a secret from Lady Patience’s past emerges, Luca must face his own past, or lose her and all hope of love. Will this strong man humble himself to open his heart for his lady?

Travel back to Regency England for this sweet, inspirational romance—get your copy of Seeking Patience today!

Please note: This book is a second edition.

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Author Josie Riviera writes Historical, Inspirational, and Sweet Romances. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband.They share their empty nest with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and an old house forever needing renovations.

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STEPPING BACK IN TIME by Penny Richards

an untimely frostAfter writing contemporary romances for twenty-some years, I reached a burnout point and stepped away from writing. Even though I’d walked away from publishing, I soon learned that it isn’t so easy to walk away from writing. I’d been toying with the idea of writing mystery for a while, and even bought books and studied the genre. The book I wanted to write was about a Shakespearean actress who become a Pinkerton agent and uses her acting ability “undercover” to solve crime. So, not only did I need to learn to write mystery, I needed to learn how to write a historical as well.

I did a lot of research on the Pinkerton National Detective Agency and the famous crime buster’s personality and methods. I was thrilled to learn that Allan Pinkerton hired the first female detective, Kate Warne, as well as others through the years. He also hired several actresses. In a time when women were stuck at home and either smothered and coddled or exploited and treated like chattel, he actually believed women were smart and capable and assets to his operation.

Researching traveling theater troupes was a must. Learning what their lives were like, and how they were looked upon as they traveled from venue to venue was eye opening. For example, utility actors often knew more than 100 parts. Libraries and historical societies provided information about everything from the layout of the town in my book to what certain theaters or opera houses looked like and where they were located.

Since Lilly Long, my heroine, is an actress, and I wanted to tie her two careers together, I thought it would be great to use lines from Shakespeare for the titles. I have spent days pouring over quotes, looking for those that lend themselves to the story ideas I have in mind.

I found a lot of lines about murder or death, but I wanted something subtle that spoke to the plot, not something that sounded like a slasher story. I called the first book COME TO DUST, a reference to the end we all come to, but when I sold to Kensington Publishing, we changed it to AN UNTIMELY FROST, a reference to the plot, that death often comes too soon. Book two, which will be released in May of 2017, is called THOUGH THIS BE MADNESS, and the tentative title for book three is THIS MISERABLE DEATH.

I also want to use the available forensics in each book, even though there isn’t much available for that time period. I also made Lilly impulsive, hardheaded and smart. Sir Pierce Wainwright, a man surrounded by his own mystery who may or may not be her father, took her in after her actress mother was killed by an angry lover, and has given Lilly the equivalent education of a young English male.

From the beginning, I saw Lilly as a complex character, one who was very different from the women of her time. Traveling actors lived a nomadic life that was in many ways sheltered, but women who “trod the boards” were treated as equals by their male peers. That life has left Lilly unprepared to deal with a silver-tongued stranger she meets at the train depot, marries within a month, who then steals her life savings and disappears.

Coupled with her mother’s death, this causes her to realize what easy targets most women are for unscrupulous men. Determined to bring justice to those women she can by exposing the men who take advantage of them, she answers a newspaper ad for a female Pinkerton detective.

The surprising thing about Lilly is that I am a very measured, traditional woman, and here I am, writing about a woman who challenges the status quo at every turn. I remember the day I was looking up something and was shocked to see it listed under “women’s issues.” I hadn’t once occurred to me that I was writing about a woman involved in the women’s movement back in the 19th century.

It’s those kind of “aha” moments, or moments when something unexpected occurs that makes writing so satisfying. Your subconscious is constantly working looking for ins and outs you may not have considered, and when that serendipitous idea hits, it’s the most miraculous feeling.

AN EXCERPT from AN UNTIMELY FROST

Too upset to worry over much about being out alone at night, Lilly pulled her woolen scarf up over her head and flung the ends around her neck before stepping into the narrow back street. She soon entered the main thoroughfare where tendrils of fog writhed in the flickering glow of the gaslights, turning the few stalwart souls braving the chilly night into wraithlike phantoms.

She navigated the four blocks to the boardinghouse in no time, her annoyance and concern rising with each step. When she pushed through the doorway, a rush of heat from the foyer fireplace greeted her. She marched down the hall, mentally framing a series of questions for Timothy.

Nearing Pierce and Rose’s room, she noticed their door standing ajar. That was odd. The worldly, wise Rose was generally more careful. Lilly placed her gloved hand on the doorknob, wondering if she should stick her head in and mention the oversight. While she stood there waffling, she heard the sound of a man’s voice from inside the room. Sudden uneasiness caused her heart to beat faster. She’d left Pierce at the opera house.

The man spoke again, menace in his low tone. Before she could do more than acknowledge that something was terribly wrong, she heard the sickening, somehow familiar, sound of flesh meeting flesh. She slumped against the wall, squeezing her eyes shut and covering her ears in an attempt to block out the onslaught of memories that sought freedom from the place she’d banished them eleven years ago…fighting the craven desire to escape into the dark vortex of unconsciousness.

BIO

meme 004Penny Richards has been publishing since 1983 with just over 40 books to her credit. Mostly contemporary romance, her books have won several industry awards, including a Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award and a RITA nomination, and have made many best seller lists. She currently writes the “Wolf Creek” series for Love Inspired Historical  for Harlequin. Book five, WOLF CREEK WIFE will be released in  August,  and AN UNTIMELY FROST,  the first book of the “Lilly Long Mystery” series for Kensington Publishing will also debut in August.

AN UNTIMELY FROST: In 1881 Chicago, the idea of a female detective is virtually unheard of. But when famed crime buster Allan Pinkerton opens his agency’s doors to a handful of women, one intrepid actress with her own troubled past is driven to defy convention and take on a new and dangerous role.

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Wolf Creek Wife (book 5) www.amazon.com/Wolf-Creek-Wife-Inspired-Historical

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An Untimely Frost (book #1 www.amazon.com/Untimely-Frost-Lilly-Long-Mysteries

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The Research Rabbit Hole by Paty Jager

Every time I start a book, I research. I’m looking for information about the area where I’m setting the book, events during the time of the book, and about occupations of the characters in the book.  And every time, I end up with way more information than I need and find something so interesting I start thinking up scenarios for other books. It seems to be a curse. ;)

Not really, I enjoy learning and exploring. I think that is one of the reasons writing makes me so happy. I get to research so many fascinating things.

Brody CoverFor my latest book, Brody: Letters of Fate, the setting is a ghost town I discovered while doing historical research on the area we moved to permanently two years ago.  Locals kept telling us about a cave that was big and I mean huge, that had a mile long lake in it. I dug up the information on the cave and have visited it half a dozen times, taking visitors to see it. This was something I had to put in the book. The other thing I discovered was a town or community that had the stage coming to it until the railroad bypassed the town, leaving it to dwindle away to a sign and a house.  The town is Venator, Oregon. A gentleman by the name of Alphena Venator started a cattle ranch in 1884 in SE Oregon. Family homes were clustered together and before long everyone called the area Venator. A post office was established in 1895 with Louella Venator as the first postmaster. There wasn’t a whole lot more than this that I could find out about the town other than the stage coach arrived daily. But I liked the way it grew and used it as the stage stop and town closest to my make-believe ranch.

Other unique and interesting things I discovered to write this book dealt with how hay was put up in the late 1800’s.  I watched videos using horse drawn equipment to harvest the hay. From the websites I browsed, I discovered there were several different horse drawn mowers. The first one having been made in England around 1845. The horse drawn hay mower took hold in the U.S. in the 1860’s after the Civil War when manufacturing took off. As one would figure some of the first and best models were made by John Deere, Jerome Case, and Cyrus McCormick, well-known names even today in farm equipment. The amount of strength it took to pull levers and lift parts of the early-day machines is eye opening.

Having researched the equipment and the discipline it took to stay with the project until a crop was harvested and stored, horse drawn mowerI’m even more excited about an idea I have for a book that I’ve been kicking around for several years. It will be set in wheat country with a family of girls running the wheat ranch.

Right now you can pre-order Brody: Letters of Fate at a reduced price of $2.99. When the book publishes on July 16th, the price will be $4.99.

Brody: Letters of Fate

A letter from a grandfather he’s never met has Brody Yates escorted across the country to work on a ranch rather than entering prison. But his arrival in Oregon proves prison may have been the lesser of two evils. A revenge driven criminal, the high desert, and his grandfather’s beautiful ward may prove more dangerous than anything he’d faced on the New York docks.

Lilah Wells is committed to helping others: the judge who’d taken her in years ago, the neighboring children, and the ranch residents, which now includes the judge’s handsome wayward grandson. And it all gets more complicated when her heart starts ruling her actions.

Historical western filled with steamy romance and the rawness of a growing country.

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patyjager logoAbout the author:

Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 25+ novels and over a dozen novellas and short stories of murder mystery, western historical romance, and action adventure. She has a RomCon Reader’s Choice Award for her Action Adventure and received the EPPIE Award for Best Contemporary Romance.  This is what reviewers says about her Letters of Fate Series: “What a refreshing and well written love story of fate and hope! …sometimes sizzling love scenes!”

All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Paty and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. Riding horses and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.
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