Spotlight Thursday: Race the Darkness

I’m super excited to host my friend and Golden Heart® and Dreamweaver sister, Abbie Roads, to Live Vi-Carrie-ous today, to share about her new book coming out in October. Please be sure and watch the trailer below!

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Series: Fatal Dreams #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: October 4, 2016


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Cursed with a terrible gift…
Criminal investigator Xander Stone doesn’t have to question you—he can hear your thoughts. Scarred by lightning, burdened with a power that gives him no peace, Xander struggles to maintain his sanity against the voice that haunts him day and night—the voice of a woman begging him to save her.
A gift that threatens to engulf them…
Isleen Walker has long since given up hope of escape from the nightmare of captivity and torture that is draining her life, her mind, and her soul. Except…there is the man in her feverish dreams, the strangely beautiful man who beckons her to freedom and wholeness. And when he comes, if he comes, it will take all their combined fury and faith to overcome a madman bent on fulfilling a deadly prophecy.

 

 

 


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Seven Things about Abbie Roads:
1. She loves Snicker Parfaits. Gotta start with what’s most important, right?
2. She writes dark emotional books featuring damaged characters, but always gives her hero and heroine a happy ending… after torturing them for three hundred pages.
3. By day she’s a mental health counselor known for her blunt, honest style of therapy. At night she burns up the keyboard. Well… Burn might be too strong a word. She at least sits with her hands poised over the keyboard, waiting for inspiration to strike. And when it does—the keyboard might get a little warm.
4. She can’t stand it when people drive slowly in the passing lane. Just saying. That’s major annoying. Right?
5. She loves taking pictures of things she thinks are pretty.
6. She’s represented by Michelle Grajkowski of 3 Seas Literary.
7. Her first book RACE THE DARKNESS is available for pre-order.

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Spotlight Thursday: Julie Carobini

***Due to the holiday weekend and connectivity issues for me, the free book drawing will be Tuesday May 31. Please keep commenting! You’ll be in the drawing. *****

Congratulations to Shirley Lang on winning the free paperback of Julie’s newest book, Walking on Sea Glass!

I’m thrilled to welcome my friend Julie to the Live Vi-Carrie-ously blog today.

Julie’s written several of my favorite novels and she just released a new one!

Tell us about Walking on Sea Glass, Julie.

 

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Hi, Carrie ~

I’m excited about this story, which, though fiction, is loosely inspired by some true events. This is the first in a series of contemporary romances called Sea Glass Inn Novels.

Sounds great! I love beach stories. Can you give us a quick blurb about the story?

Falling in love could tear them apart …

Suddenly single, Liddy Buckle flees the desert to work at an up-and-coming seaside resort with her best friend, Meg. The breezy backdrop of an inn by the sea offers Liddy the dream of starting fresh, but soon she is shocked to discover another setback brewing in her life. Despite the battle that lies ahead, she finds herself drawn to Beau Quinn, a captivating widower with a wounded heart of his own.

As Beau and Liddy’s burgeoning relationship attempts to survive, will Liddy have the courage to trust a man again–especially one as emotionally fragile as Beau? Can Beau commit to a woman facing a challenging recovery? And what is going on behind the scenes at Sea Glass Inn, where late night deliveries and secret meetings are spoken about in whispers?

Set in a fictional California seaside town, Walking on Sea Glass weaves a romantic story of courage, faith, and the power of true love.

What are others saying about Walking on Sea Glass?

Our amazing mutual friend, Katie Cushman, said it’s:

“A poignant story of loss, overcoming, and finding joy along the way.” ~ Kathryn Cushman, author of Finding Me and Fading Starlight

I love Katie’s books, so I know Walking on Sea Glass is a special book, too. 

Now, Julie, tell us a little about yourself!

Here’s the official bio:

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JULIE CAROBINI is the bestselling author of The Christmas Thief, the Chocolate Series, and the Otter Bay Novels: Sweet Waters, A Shore Thing, and Fade to Blue. She has won numerous awards, and RT Book Reviews says, “Carobini has a talent for creating characters that come alive.” Julie lives in California with her family and loves all things coastal (except sharks). Visit her at www.juliecarobini.com

 

Thanks for stopping by, Julie! When is Walking on Sea Glass available and where? 

It’s available now here!

Julie has a gift for readers who leave a comment. Leave a comment telling us your favorite beach for walking or beachcombing and you’ll be entered to win a free paperback copy of Walking on Sea Glass

Thanks, Julie!

Thanks for having me, Carrie!

Spotlight Thursday: New from James Scott Bell

One of my favorite writers, teachers, mentors, friends, and all-around great guy is James Scott Bell.

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Jim is such a teaser. He’s released Chapter One of an upcoming thriller. I clicked through and read it and was hooked.

He’s doling out the info like a hoarder letting go of his packets of soy sauce and ketchup.

So far, there’s just the chapter. No title. No cover. Just the chapter.

Good thing it’s dynamite (almost literally).

Here’s the link to check it out for yourself.

Jim was a pioneer, hacking a way through the forest of indie publishing. He’s still a prolific writer who’s figured out how to succeed in today’s changing climate.

Jim also wrote the very first zombie fiction that I ever read, Pay Me In Flesh. Yep, believe it or not, I’ve read zombie fiction. A couple of them. Of course, I only trust Jim to write zombies that I enjoy.

That’s why I’m so sure this new series is going to be fantabulous!

Spotlight Thursday: Asa Maria Bradley and Viking Warrior Rising

I’m thrilled to host my Golden Heart® Dreamweaver sis, Asa Maria Bradley’s cover reveal for her new release!

Welcome Asa!

Here’s the cover and some info:

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by Asa Maria Bradley

Release Date: 11/03/15

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Immortal Vikings are among us.

Leif Skarsganger and his elite band of immortal warriors have been charged to protect humanity from the evil Norse god Loki.

Under attack from Loki’s minions, Leif is shocked to encounter a dark-haired beauty who fights like a warrior herself. Wounded and feverish, the Viking kisses her, inadvertently triggering an ancient Norse bond. But when Naya Brisbane breaks away and disappears before the bond is completed, Leif’s warrior spirit goes berserk. If Leif doesn’t find her fast, he’s going to lose himself to permanent battle fury.

But Naya doesn’t want to be found…and he’ll do anything to find her. Because they’re both running out of time.

“Asa Maria Bradley creates a swoon-worthy hero who sizzles across the pages in this tale full of passion, blood, and destiny! Sexy, stubborn, and smart lovers clash in a tension-filled race to outwit science and control fate. Bradley is a new force to be reckoned with in the paranormal genre! Move over Highlanders…the Vikings are coming!”

– Rebecca Zanetti, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Dark Protector series

“Strong world-building, and a hero that will make you want a Viking of your very own!”

– Paige Tyler, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the X-Ops and SWAT series

“An intensely thrilling and unique romance that whisks the reader into the intricate, smart, and sexy world of these wickedly hot Viking warriors.”

– Sara Humphreys, award-winning author of Vampires Never Cry Wolf

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About the Author
Asa Maria Bradley grew up in Sweden surrounded by archaeology and history steeped in Norse mythology, which inspired the immortal Vikings and Valkyries in her paranormal romances. She also writes romantic suspense and currently resides on a lake deep in the pine forests of the Pacific Northwest with a British husband and a rescue dog of indeterminate breed. Asa graduated from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers MFA program at Eastern Washington University with an MFA in creative writing and also holds a Master of Science in Medical Physics from University of Colorado. She’s a 2014 Golden Heart finalist and represented by Sarah E Younger at the Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

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This is sure to be a stay-up-all-night-page-turner!

Spotlight Thursday: Jessica Ruddick and Letting Go

I’m so pleased to shine Thursday’s spotlight on my friend and fellow Golden Heart ® sister Jessica Ruddick.

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Jessica’s book LETTING GO will release in May, and we get to see the cover today!!

 

 

 

Here’s the scoop:

Letting Go

by Jessica Ruddick

Release Date: 5/26/15

Blurb:

How long do you hold on?

Cori Elliott likes order. Her schedule, her social life…even her GPA is perfect. Then she finds out her high school boyfriend’s death wasn’t an accident—it was suicide. The devastating revelation is enough to fracture her perfectly structured life, sending Cori in a downward spiral of self-doubt and impulsive decisions.

And right into the arms of Luke Evans.

But Cori’s life isn’t perfect anymore. In fact, it’s all coming apart. The only way she can save herself is to let go of everything—including the girl she used to be. Even if it means losing the one guy who might just be perfect for her in the process…

Add to Goodreads:

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About the Author:

Jessica Ruddick is a 2014 Golden Heart finalist for her new adult novel, Letting Go, which was inspired by her own college experiences. She lives in Virginia and is married to her college sweetheart—their first date was a fraternity toga party (and nothing inspires love like a toga, right?). When she doesn’t have her nose in a book or her hands on a keyboard, she can be found wrangling her two rambunctious sons, taming two rowdy but lovable rescue dogs, and battling the herd of dust bunnies that has taken up residence in her home. To learn more about Jessica, please visit her website at www.jessicaruddick.com.

Author Links:

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And now for the cover …

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Isn’t it beautiful?

Congratulations, Jessica! I can’t wait to read it.

Spotlight Thursday: World Sisterhood of Bloggers

My friend and fellow writer Victoria Pitts-Caine nominated me to the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers. Thank you to her for including me in this fun exercise.

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The rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the 10 questions they’ve sent you.
  • Make up 10 new questions for your nominees to answer.

Here are the questions Vicki asked me:

1. What’s your happiest holiday memory?

I remember several childhood Christmases with great fondness. Christmas was always a time of overabundance. Lots of presents, lots of food, lots of family to share it all with. I know many advocate scaling back to defeat commercialism and a sense of entitlement, but I just can’t do it. Everyone gets a gift from me. To my husband’s despair.

  1. Who was your favorite grade school teacher?

I was the weird kid who always liked school. I had several teachers I really enjoyed. Miss Cam Corlett in the fifth grade was definitely a favorite. And Mrs. Sumter from Boston in sixth grade also makes the cut. Mrs. Kuchenmeister deserves a mention just for her memorable name.

  1. If life had taken you down a different path, what would you be doing now?

Oddly enough, I was thinking about that just this morning. I was thinking about a few friends from high school: the straight-laced guy who became an alcoholic. The free-spirit (and free-thinker) who became a Christian and lives the straight and narrow life now. The poet who died last year of cancer. Life never takes us down the expected path. I think I’d probably be either an attorney or an actress. Both careers appealed to me. I think I’m too self-conscious to drop my innate reserve to be a really good actress though. The law … maybe.

  1. What place in the world would you like to visit?

Europe. I’ve never been and I want to see it all. The castles in England. The villas in Italy. The French countryside.

  1. What’s your favorite dessert?

If it’s not chocolate, it’s not really dessert.

  1. If you were told you only had one day to live, how would you spend it?

With my family, eating, drinking, and laughing.

  1. Which do you like to do best: a movie rental and a bowl of popcorn, a good book and a cup of hot chocolate, or a day at the beach ending with watching the sunset?

I don’t think I can choose between those. I love them all!

  1. What’s your favorite electronic gadget?

It’s a toss up between my phone and the DVR.

  1. How will you (or how did you) spend New Year’s Eve?

We used to live in Pasadena where they host a little parade every New Year’s Day–you may have heard of it. 😉 So New Year’s is a big deal to us. We usually travel back to Pasadena and stay with friends. We went to the home of some other good friends New Year’s Eve where we ate yummy food and visited and caught up with each other. We often go to the parade, but for 2015 we decided it was too cold and we watched the floats and bands from the warmth of our friends’s couch. Then we went to another couple’s home to watch the Rose Bowl. And to eat some more, in case we were still hungry after the morning cinnamon rolls.

  1. Pets – cats, dogs, fish? What do you have?

We’re boarding our grand-dog Harry. What was supposed to be temporary has turned into permanent. He still loves our daughter best, but he really loves living with us. We’re in the country so he’s got room to run and rabbits to chase and lots of smells to sniff. We also have two cats. One is a recent arrival who adopted us when someone dumped him off nearby. We’re glad he found us and decided we suit his needs. He’s a fun addition to the household.

Okay, now it’s my turn to nominate some fellow writers:

Brenda Hendricks, Shay Fuller, Lisa Lickel, Beth Shriver, Becky Duncan, Toni Weymouth, Kelly Stanhope, L.T. Kodzo, Garrison Frewer, Susan Glass, and Marilyn Greene.

My questions for the next group of victims er … nominees:

1. What is your favorite inspirational quote?

2. Coffee or tea?

3. What’s your ideal Saturday look like?

4. Do you prefer beach or mountains for a getaway?

5. Favorite book in high school?

6. The classic book everyone raves about, but you just don’t ‘get.’

7. Favorite global cuisine?

8. Country or Pop music?

9. Must see holiday movie?

10. Do you watch any Bowl games? Rose? Super? Cotton?

Thank you friends! I look forward to reading your responses.

Bonus Friday: Amy Patrick and Channel 20Something

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This is a busy week of releases and I’m pleased to offer a bonus spotlight on Amy Patrick. Amy is a fellow 2014 Golden Heart® finalist. Her debut novel, CHANNEL 20SOMETHING, is now available.

Be sure and read to the end for a chance to win an electronic copy of CHANNEL 20SOMETHING.

Amy is a two-time Golden Heart finalist (2013 and 2014) who writes Young Adult fiction as Amy DeLuca and New Adult romance as Amy Patrick. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two sons and actually craves the heat and humidity of Mississippi where she grew up. She’s been a professional singer and news anchor and currently narrates audio books as well as working as a station host for a Boston TV station.

Author links:

http://www.amypatrickbooks.com/

https://twitter.com/amypatrickbooks

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3247178.Amy_Patrick

Amy, tell us a bit about yourself.

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For many years I was a news anchor, working at 6 different stations in 4 different states over the course of 12 years. Now I’m a station host at a Boston TV station, I do voiceovers for radio and TV ads and narrate audio books, and do freelance video work. It’s all very interesting in its own way and inspires so many story ideas I’ll have to work into my nineties to actually write them all.

I live in New England now, and I’ve also lived in California (while working as a news anchor), but I grew up in Mississippi (with 5 years in Texas thrown in for flavor). I do love the South (even the heat), and I love books that accurately portray the loveliness of its places and people. I try to do that in my books, which tend to have Southern settings, because when the voices start speaking to me, they usually have a bit of a drawl. 😉

How long have you been writing? I started trying to write a novel during my first year out of college, but stalled out a few chapters into it. I had no idea how to write a novel! Unfortunately, I took only Journalism courses and NO creative writing in school. I know—what was I thinking, right? I guess I just never thought a fiction writer was something I could be. But the writing bug wouldn’t leave me alone. I started several more novels over the years. Finally, after leaving my full-time TV news career, I started learning the craft of novel-writing. I finished my first novel in 2010 and started pursuing publication then. I started writing on a more-or-less full-time basis about a year ago.

Tell us about CHANNEL 20SOMETHING.

Synopsis:

22-year-old Heidi Haynes is almost one year into her “real life.” She has her first reporting job, her first apartment, and a comfortable relationship with her college sweetheart. But for some reason she’s not as eager to talk about walking down the aisle as he is.
Heidi secretly longs for big cities, big-market breaking news, and real independence from her way-too-close-by helicopter parents. Problem is, the last time she left the security of home for new places and new people, things didn’t go so well. Disastrously, in fact, and she came running back to a local college and a “safe” boyfriend.
Aric Serrano is definitely not safe.
He’s six-feet-four-inches of missing-Hemsworth-brother-hotness and plans to stay in small-market-Southern-Hell just long enough to grab a cup of coffee and put together a kick-ass “escape tape”. He’ll serve his one-year contract, then he’s taking off for a higher rung on the TV sports ladder—alone—the way he likes it. Then he meets his new co-anchor.
Heidi would be so much more comfortable if she could simply ignore Aric. He’s just her type—the type she’s so careful to avoid these days. But that becomes impossible when she’s forced to work closely with him on the weekend newscast. Now the attraction between them is growing even faster than the ratings, and what happens behind the scenes is the real news.

Sounds sooo fun! Is CHANNEL 20 SOMETHING your first book, or have you written CTS FINAL COVERanything else? CHANNEL 20 SOMETHING was actually my 3rd book, though it’s the first to be published. The first one I wrote was a Young Adult fantasy (with lots of romance). It was a finalist for the RWA Golden Heart award in 2013. My Young Adult murder mystery (with lots of romance) FOUR BULLETS, is now out on submission to publishers. It was a Golden Heart finalist this year! Since finishing CHANNEL 20 SOMETHING, I’ve also written two more books in the 20 SOMETHING series. Book 2, STILL YOURS, is Mara’s story and takes place in Providence and Newport, Rhode Island. Book 3, Kenley’s story, STILL ME, takes place in Atlanta where Kenley lands a job at the network.

When do you like to write, and where do you write? I wish I was one of those super-focused people who can write anywhere anytime, but I’m the world’s worst multi-tasker. I can edit at home, but for first drafts, I banish myself to the library. There’s a particular chair in a particular corner—in the far back, facing a boring wall. No internet access. No temptation. I sit down and the words flow. They know they’re supposed to turn on when I get to my hidey-hole.

Do you have any advice for someone who wants to write a book and become published? I’ve seen the statistic that 90% of people want to write a book and only 10% actually do. I think lack of know-how stops most people. So my advice would be to join a great writer’s group like RWA (Romance Writers of America) and a local chapter. It’s such a great resource for information on good writing as well as for support. Having writer friends to trade work with made an incredible difference for me. I also enjoyed writing more and had more success when I got a firm grasp on story structure. I loved the book Save the Cat by Blake Snyder for that. It’s very accessible and clear, besides being funny and enjoyable. When I read it, a light bulb went off for me.

What’s one crazy fact about you that most people who meet you probably wouldn’t guess was true? I used to be a professional singer. I’ve sung in several bands and did background vocals on a smooth jazz album. I also sang the theme song for SAS Airlines years ago. “Welcome aboard… to the skies… of S-A-S… where you’ll find… happiness.”

Thank you so much for having me here today. I’ve had a great time, and it’s an honor to be featured on your blog!

For a chance to win a free electronic copy of CHANNEL 20SOMETHING, just leave a comment and tell me about your first job in the “real world.” A commenter will be chosen at random.

Spotlight Thursday: Lynette Endicott

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I’m pleased today to shine the spotlight on Lynette Endicott. Her newest release, Protective Instinct, co-written with Tami Dee, is now available. Be sure and read to the bottom to enter a giveaway Lynette and Tami are sponsoring.

 

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Lynette Endicott grew up in Illinois, met her husband in Western Nebraska, lived 25 years in Kansas where their daughter was born, and has been in Fresno, California since 2000. She has a son-in-law (who lives with her daughter nearby), and has rescued a dog, a bird and three cats. She and Ollie, her terrier mix, volunteer as a team at the local library, where children read to the dog.

At a youth camp when she was 14 the editor and teacher of a writing class challenged her to submit something to his youth magazine. She did and it was the first of 10 articles and stories accepted by the publication over the next few years.

Nothing like front end success to keep her writing! Lynette enjoys reading contemporary romance and speculative fiction and writes both. Her debut book, Starting Over Book One: More Than A Job, and two more books in that series, The Return of Joy and Finding Her Voice are available now. The first three of the Time After Time Saga with Tami Dee are available now, including Animal Instinct, Survival Instinct and Pioneer Instinct. The fourth in the series of six, Protective Instinct, will release in August 2014.

Because she didn’t have pets until after her 50th birthday the animals she enjoys find their way into all her books. Usually you will also find a character with a disability as part of the day-to-day fabric of the story. In More Than A Job, Paige works in services to people with disabilities until she loses her job and starts over. In The Return of Joy, Atlas, the yellow lab, becomes a Therapy Dog. In the Time After Time series animal helpers assist the hero and heroine in all six of the books in the series.

Lynette loves hearing from her fans! Please connect with her on:

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Protective Instinct is the fourth book in the Time After Time Saga with Tami Dee. An enemy is thrown through time — not in chronological order — to find the women of the Heartmark and prevent them from finding love. Young Sabrina, this book’s heroine, treasures her heart-shaped birthmark and the heritage it represents. She is watching and waiting eagerly for the man who will rescue her, to give him an ancient artifact that will seal their love. This is very confusing to soldier and spy Nick, whose job is to determine if Sabrina is their enemy, learn what she knows and then dispose of her.

What are your hobbies?
My dog Ollie and I volunteer at the local library as a team. The children read out loud to him. I also collect castles and grow flowers.

Best book you’ve read so far this year?

Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. I was fascinated to see how her creativity blossomed in a time when much of the world around her attempted to limit it.

Your favorite motivational or inspiring quote?

This is how you do it: You sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that simple and that hard. — Neil Gaiman I have a board on Pinterest where this and other quotes I like are posted. http://www.pinterest.com/lynetteendicott/i-like-how-they-think/

What’s a typical writing day look like for you?

Typical day? There is no such thing. I have a hectic day job consulting across six time zones, so am on the phone, computer or traveling a great deal. My WIP is on my tablet, and I take it out whenever I can. Typically I write like mad for a week or so, until a rough draft is finished, then go back and edit, layer in descriptions, and make some of the descriptive passages dialog.
I tend to write better in the evenings while the family is busy with TV — if I happen to be home. When I am traveling typically I have my evening free to write and that is a wonderful luxury.

Plotter or Pantser?

I go back and forth. First I jot down a very rough idea of the book. I identify specifics about the main characters, decide what they look like, decide where the book is set. Then I sit down and write. I refer to my notes for the details that I need to remember so I don’t change the hero’s eye color, and I definitely write by the seat of my pants. When I keep writing, even when I don’t know the details, the rest of the story unfolds out of another place, not a plan but something more organic that the characters tell me as I go.

Thanks for stopping by, Lynette!

Thanks for having me, Carrie!

Lynette’s books include:

Starting Over Series

Book #1 – More Than A Job

Paige Hamilton is forced to seek a new life when her consuming, 24/7 job ends at the hands of a new company owner. But Paige is a survivor, and begins to build a new life, one that may even have room for romance. A handsome stranger helps her through the transition, and soon she falls fast and hard for Joshua Robinson.

Then she discovers he is the cruel owner, and that the company she loved — the company that cared so much about the adults with disabilities who lived in their homes — is in a downward spiral that puts the life of one of her friends at risk.

Romance, job loss, life coaching, hidden family treasures, and a secret about an uncle she’d never met — Paige learns that life is More Than A Job.

Book #2 – Return of Joy

When Joy Huffman’s recurring dreams of the husband she lost become urgent she is convinced to go tot he cabin, their project of love, in New Mexico. With her daughter and mother-in-law, they set out to learn what Steve wants them to know — that his death was no accident, but murder.

Their investigation stirs up the evil that ended his life, and puts them all at risk. The caretaker at the cabin, Mark Stone, is challenged to keep them safe while he unravels the mystery of why Steve died. Along the way he falls in love with Joy — but will she be open to loving again?

Book #3 – Finding Her Voice

Jennifer has the perfect life — a loving husband, a beautiful daughter, a flexible job in the family business. When a heart-stopping accident takes it all from her, Jen struggles to survive her days alone. No one else understands, expecting her to “get over” her grief.

Ollie, her daughter’s rescued dog, is the only one who shares her grief and lives her pain. When divorce ends in the sale of their home, she and Ollie set out on a road trip of healing and discovery.

Life will never be the same, but maybe along the way she can find the music, find her voice, find her own path to living after her loss. And if she is lucky, find love.

Book #4 – Out of Agony

Brian Van Pelt has barely survived an anguished year of loss, hiding his sorrows under the facade of a cool and uncaring attorney. Not able to deny his grief any long, heartache drives him to collapse and his life takes an unexpected turn.

When Jessie Ingram comes to work at his law firm, she is intrigued by the conflicting darkness of Brian’s behavior and the tender inconsistencies that hint at something deeper within him.

Despite her interest, she has her own pain, supporting her niece Sara, who has a virulent cancer with aggressive treatments that take such a toll they would not be worth it — except they are Sara’s only hope of survival.

Will life’s hardships bring Brian and Jessie together? Will they be able to heal and possibly find love?

Time After Time Saga written with Author Tami Dee

Book #1 – Animal Instinct

On Detective Sean Barnett’s first day at work his police dog’s reaction to a bee sting requires an emergency visit to the town vet. Dr. Al’s swift, efficient response averts immediate danger, but when Sean asks Allison to dinner, he opens the door for a terrifying danger — an ancient, time-traveling enemy who will stop at nothing to keep them apart.

Dr. Allison Green’s heart-pounding attraction to King’s handsome owner, Sean, sends her to her family’s reference on love, the diary passed down from her great-grandmother that goes back centuries. She delves into references to animal helpers, ancient artifacts and the ruthless woman whose goal is to destroy love for the woman of the Heartmark.

When she is overwhelmed with ancestral memories, Allison realizes the extent of the danger posed by their enemy, and the deranged terror that threatens her chance at love.

Book #2 – Survival Instinct

Tough as nails San Francisco homicide detective Winter Parker runs fast and far to escape ancient threats of revenge, and small town torments.

Can equally tough Special Agent Mike Hunter convince Winter to put aside her fears and take a chance on him and their small town?

Will ancestral memories help them overcome a time-traveling enemy whose sole purpose in life is to seek out the Heartmark women and destroy their chance to find– and hold onto– true love?

Book #3 – Pioneer Instinct

Eliza O’Malley and brother Allen travel from Ireland to join their father and brothers on an 1880s Wyoming homestead. Allen is almost destroyed during the voyage, but Eliza’s benefactors rescue them both from their father’s foolish carelessness and mounting debt.

When she has worked off her passage and built her own wealth, Eliza completes the journey, knowing that she has been called to fulfill her destiny as a Heartmark woman. She is immediately swept off her feet by the neighboring rancher Frank McGee. His sister Jude, her friend and business partner, harbors a secret that will nearly destroy the love between Eliza and Frank.

Clues from an ancient diary, the fierce intervention of animal helpers, and ancient artifacts play a part in the life of all Heartmark women, including Eliza. Will they be enough to overcome the horrible rumors spread by Jude and restore Frank’s love for her?

Book #4 – Protective Instinct

Sabrina Bridges clings to her birthright as a Heartmark woman, convinced she will overcome the time-traveling enemy that plagues the women of her family. She is certain she will obtain true love with the man she gives her heart to. But how will her trusting heart survive when she learns that very man has deceived her since the moment they met?

Nicolas Mitchell’s loyalty to family and country are tested by the woman who may lead him to one who threatens all he holds dear. Nick must steel his heart against her, and deny his protective instinct for the woman who speaks of an ancient family legend and her belief that together he and she will forge a love that will last forever. Will Nick be able to complete his last mission as a spy for the Crown or will he betray his country for the sake of love?

Three more books in the Time After Time Saga will be released in the future: Maternal Instinct (April 2015) and Primal Instinct (December 2015).

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Author Spotlight: GH® Finalist, Jillian Lark

Welcome to Spotlight Thursday on Live Vi-Carrie-ous! I’m excited to introduce you to Jillian Lark, a Golden Heart ® finalist in the Historical Romance category.

jlWelcome, Jillian! Tell us about your GH Finalist manuscript. Is this your first time entering/finaling?

Hi, Carrie! Thanks for hosting me on your blog!

My first Golden Heart final, MUCH ADO ABOUT SCANDAL, previously placed second in the 2013 Maggie Award for Excellence and Rebecca contests. It is also the first book in the Mischief in Mayfair series, which is about scandalous schemers who circumvent the laws and rules of Victorian Society. Here’s the blurb:

Lady Selborne has found the man she wishes to marry. Unfortunately he’s not her husband. Lord Selborne has found the life he always wanted. Unfortunately he’s not free to live it.

The estranged couple agree to end their arranged marriage the only honorable way allowed by Victorian law. One of them has to die – a faux death.

To avoid suspicion Lord and Lady Selborne must convince Society they are a loving couple. That is, if they can agree who should be the “victim” and protect their hearts from a painful past and unexpected desire.

I love that premise. A fresh and original twist on the familiar arranged marriage plot. What are you currently working on?

I’m writing INVENTING LORD REMINGTON (Remington Steele for the Victorian age). It’s the second book in the Mischief in Mayfair series and is about a woman who creates an imaginary husband in order to save her late father’s company. When a con artist assumes her fake husband’s identity, she must risk her reputation, the family business, and her heart.

I’ve also plotted 2 other books in the series, a second series, and a historical fiction novel. Sometimes my writer’s brain works on all of these stories simultaneously. It’s crowded in there, especially when my characters start talking to each other.

How fun! I’m a big Remington Steele fan—hello? Pierce Brosnan??—so I look forward to reading that one. Now for the important question: Chocolate or peanut butter?

I love both, but I’m in self-imposed chocolate withdrawal. Prepping for the RITA/Golden Heart awards ceremony is all about fitting into the dress, right?

Ah, yes. The dress. Sigh.
Okay, tell me what jobs have you had?

I’ve been a grant writer, teacher, computer lab manager, water quality monitor, non-profit program coordinator and board member, volunteer archeologist, workshop presenter, newsletter editor, mail clerk, and babysitter. Come to think of it, I still use most of those job skills every day whether I’m helping my family or writing.

How about something personal about yourself?

My passion for the past, England, and writing began at age eight when my family moved from the U.S. to a late Victorian era home near London. I minored in English and studied British History. After living in England, Germany, and 11 U.S. states, I now reside in Texas where I’m a PRO member of RWA®, Austin RWA, and the Golden Network. When not writing Historical Romance and spending time with my family, I’m a fervent Anglophile, occasional traveler, and reluctant wrangler of dust bunnies. Oh, and sometimes I find missing people. Just don’t ask where my lost keys, eyeglasses, and forks are.

Oh, man, I answer those questions all day for Stud Muffin. So, if you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?

I would be a 2,000 year-old yew located in England with tree houses, secret hiding places, and the ability to see and remember everything that’s happened during that time.

Best vacation spots?

Primarily, England. (Are you sensing a theme yet?) I miss living there and love to visit my childhood home, friends, former neighbors, museums, and a few places I’ve never been before. Since I can’t afford the trip across the pond as often as I would like, a close second choice is the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, and Victoria, BC). I visit family and friends, enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife, research 19th century places, and wallow in the cool break from the humid Texas heat.

Well, speaking of Texas and the heat, are you coming to San Antonio this summer and what are you looking forward to most? What are you wearing to the awards banquet?

Yes! It’s less than a 100 miles away, and I’ve never been to Nationals before. I’m eager to meet people in person from my fellow 2014 Golden Heart finalists/Dreamweaver sisters to agents, editors, and favorite authors.

There’s also another special group of writers who have supported me as CPs (critique partners) and cheerleaders even though we’ve never met. We intend to rectify that with a meet-up entitled “Secrets, Lies, Chocolate Mousse Pie, Cheez-Its, and Scones.” Everyone keeps adding their favorite snacks or desserts.

Maybe we should postpone that party until after the awards ceremony, because I might not fit into either of the two dresses I selected. They’re both blue, but I’m not sure which one I’ll wear to the awards ceremony. Knowing my inability to keep my clothes clean for longer than it takes to type a hashtag sign, I’ll probably only have one choice of what to wear that evening. At least I hope that’s the case. If not, I might have to borrow a few tablecloths from the hotel. I promise I won’t abscond with their forks.

In the meantime, how can people find you?

Other than writing in my pjs? My website http://jillianlark.com or on Twitter @JillianLark

Thanks for stopping by Jillian, and best of luck to you next month!

Spotlight Thursday: Sheri Humphreys

I’ve known Sheri for several years. We’ve been in critique groups together and it was at Sheri’s urging that I finally joined Romance Writers of America® in 2013. I’m thrilled to be a fellow Golden Heart ® finalist this year with her!

Sheri Humphreys

 

Please welcome Sheri Humphreys to Live Vi-Carrie-ous!

 
Tell me about your GH Finalist manuscript, Sheri. Is this your first time entering/finaling?

Another historical, A Hero to Hold, finaled in 2012. I had previously entered different versions of The Unseducible Earl, but I’d revised it and written a new synopsis. Here’s a brief description of the story:

The end of the Crimean War brings Victoria Thorne home to face a society that isn’t ready for a lady with the education and experience of a physician. While nursing a Crimean veteran she proves herself able to deal with medical challenges and discrimination, but she’s dismayed when she develops an attraction to her patient’s betrothed brother, the Earl of Cheriton.

Robb Merrick, Earl of Cheriton, is engaged to a darling of society, yet finds himself drawn to his brother’s nurse. She makes him feel connected with the world instead of cocooned by his title and position. He craves the freedom to pledge his love and loyalty, but ending his betrothal means entangling them all in scandal. How can an honorable gentleman be expected to keep his vow when doing so means destroying all hope of happiness?

Of course, I have to ask: Chocolate or peanut butter?

If we’re talking ice cream or a treat, I’ll take chocolate. If we’re talking food for sustaining life, I’ll go with the pb.

What’s your day job?

I’m a retired ER nurse. And retirement is fabulous!

Tell me a bit about yourself. Family, hobbies, etc. Where you live, in particular.

Last year I moved to Cambria on the Central California coast. It’s a unique village-type atmosphere and retail chain businesses are not allowed, Every business is independently owned. I love the ocean, the weather and the wildlife. It’s a great spot to live.

Who’re your favorite authors? Your go-tos for fiction?

I read a lot of romance. Contemporary, historical, inspirational, romantic suspense, even some erotica. I read books from well established, best-selling authors to debut authors. The only thing I don’t read is paranormal, and the fantasies are few and far between. Right now I’m reading a marvelous book–A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers. I’ll be following it with the other two books in the series. It is gifting me with a magnificent reading experience.

Oh, I loved A Voice in the Wind! I agree, it’s magnificent.

 

This one is a toughie, considering you live in a vacation destination, but what’s your favorite or best vacation spot?

Rather than returning to the same spot over and over, I like to go to different places. I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon, and I want to get there fairly soon.

Are you coming to San Antonio this summer and what are you looking forward to most? What are you wearing to the awards banquet?

Yes, I’ll be there! My Golden Heart experience in 2012 was indescribable. Just fantastic. I’ll be enjoying 2014 just as much. I don’t have a dress yet, but I’ve done a bit of looking.

If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?

There is a magnificent, live coastal oak in my backyard. It must be over 100 years old. That tree is downright spiritual.

What did you do/think when you got “the call” on March 26th?

The Unseducible Earl is the book of my heart. It’s about a nurse. I’m so happy I didn’t give up on it, and it finaled.

Congratulations, Sheri! Thanks for stopping by today. I’ll see you in San Antonio, if not before!