Eve’s Amulet~Book 1 Give-away!

You can win a free copy of my book, Eve’s Amulet~Book 1, when you follow my blog and answer the question below.
Romance goes hand in hand with gunrunning in the Old Southwest in this entertaining time-travel adventure! Mandy Ruhe is swept back in time to Texas, 1845, into the body of Carmena Lubber, owner of the Holiday Ranch. Mandy is caught up in the lives of the people on the ranch–their struggles and dreams. Torn between two men, she hopes that true love can triumph over time. But she may have endangered everyone after she encounters one of Mexico’s most powerful and dangerous leaders. Trapped in the past, Mandy must find a way back to her own life before she messes up the future for everyone!

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What era would you go to if you could time-travel?
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Contest ends April 10th!


Kathy Bosman – Looking for Love!

Looking for Love CoverMy fellow Black Opal Books author, Kathy Bosman, has yet another romantic book for your reading pleasure. Here’s the first book of the series, Looking for Love: Ella’s Story (The Album Series Book 1). Have a peek:

When Ella Haviland inherits a magic antique photo album that reveals the future of potential couples, she starts a part-time matchmaking business with the help of her three best friends. It’s always been her dream to help people find love. But finding true love herself isn’t in her plans — even when her best guy friend Ross confesses he’s fallen for her. Friendship and love equals recipe for disaster in her mind.

Ross Mitchell is devastated that Ella doesn’t want more from their relationship. He withdraws … but maybe he should play along when Ella tries to matchmake him with a friend, just to make her jealous. He will do anything to make her notice him.

Through a series of adventures and happenings, Ella discovers that maybe The Album Love Finds A Way Coverbrings more than love and magic into the lives of the people it touches; it sprinkles its magic on hers. But can she find true love herself, or is there too much holding her back?

Read your copy of Looking for Love: Ella’s Story today. Get it at Amazon.com.

Kathy BosmanAre you ready for Love Finds a Way: Pauline’s Story (The Album Book 2)? It’s waiting for you at Amazon, too!

Visit Kathy Bosman‘s website for more of her published works.

Win a Free Copy of “A Baron for Becky!”

Picture1I am so pleased to present this interview with Jude Knight, a talented writer who is sharing some pearls of wisdom. After a career in commercial writing, editing, and publishing, Jude has returned to her first love, fiction. I’d like to wish Jude a happy birthday and wish her every success in her writing career.

Leave a comment and you may win a copy of Jude’s wonderful new book, A Baron for Becky.

When did you know you wanted to be a professional writer?
I don’t remember, but my mother assures me I was seven. Certainly, for as long as I can remember, my twin ambitions were to be a mother and to be a writer of fiction. For a long time, raising children with disabilities while working as a commercial writer meant putting my fiction on the back burner. I greatly admire people who can do both. I couldn’t. Now that I’m in my 60s, I’m putting all I’ve learned in a lifetime of reading and writing into short stories, novellas, and novels. And I’m having so much fun!

What do you think a person needs to do or to have in order to be a professionalSnoopy Typing writer?
I think determination and persistence are the greatest assets a writer can have. Craft can be learned. Story ideas are everywhere. But setting a goal and going for it; keeping going when it means dragging each word kicking and screaming from your bleeding brain—that’s what makes a writer. I also think it important to strive for perfection: high quality editing, proofreading, and covers make the difference between an amateur effort and a professional one.

Do you have any long term writing goals?
I have a ten year plan. I have enough plot ideas to do three novels a year for 10 years. Since I keep having more ideas that need to be fitted in, that’s going to be a lot of novels. I would like to think that in ten years time I’ll look back at what I’m writing now targetand see a thousand ways to improve it. My overall long term goal is to keep improving.

When you’re not writing, what are you doing?
My family would probably tell you that I’m thinking about writing, but I do pay attention to them from time to time, honest! I have the best husband in the universe, and I try to spend some time with him each day. And I have wonderful children and grandchildren, a friendly and sociable church and village community, and many friends at work. So I socialise. I also like to sew and to garden, but both have gone by the board since I began Farewell to Kindness about this time last year.

Who should buy A Baron for Becky and why?Book Cover-A Baron for Becky
People who love stories of a happy ending against the odds should buy A Baron for Becky. Becky has the cards stacked against her. Only obscurity will give her a respectable future.

Thank you Jude, for your wonderful interview!

See all of Jude’s contact information below. Here is a lovely excerpt from A Baron for Becky:

Aldridge was early. She crossed to the sideboard where she kept his favourite brandy, and was pouring him a glass by the time she heard his steps in the hall. Two sets of steps? Who did Aldridge have with him?

The other man was as tall as Aldridge, but dark to his fair. He must once have been stunningly handsome, and one side of his face was still carved by a master; subtle curves and strong planes combining in a harmonious whole that spoke of strength and, in the almost invisible network of lines at the corners of his eyes, suffering.

profileOn the other side, dozens of scars pitted and ridged the skin, as if it had been torn and chewed by an animal; an animal with jaws of flame by the tell-tale burn puckers. Thankfully, whatever it was had spared his eye, which, she suddenly realised, was glaring at her.

“Well,” he demanded, and she was shaken anew by his voice, rich and mellow. She had been staring. How rude. But for some reason, she didn’t apologise as she should, but instead blurted, “I was just feeling glad that what injured you spared your eye.”

He looked startled, and suddenly a lot friendlier. “Thank you. I am glad too.”

That voice! He could charm bird from the trees with it. Becky wondered if he sang.

Take a look at Jude’s other fabulous works: Farewell to Kindness and Candle’s Christmas Chair.

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Nana Prah takes Love Undercover

I am pleased to promote a new release by my author friend, Nana Prah. Her book, Love Undercover, is thoroughly entertaining & is ON SALE for 99 cents!

LoveUndercover_BannerLove Undercover by Nana Prah
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction (Sweet, Multicultural)
Publisher: Black Opal Books

NanaPrah_LoveUndercover_800About Love Undercover:

The last thing she expects is to fall in love with a prison guard…

Hotshot Secret Service Agent, Sarita Cerez is thrown into a medium security prison—for work. Her job is to protect the daughter of the president of South Korea. She never envisioned making friends with illegal immigrants or falling head over heels for one of the guards. Now the clandestine activity, which is integral to protecting her charge, may destroy her only chance at love.

He’s never fraternized with the inmates—until he met her…

Matthew Carter always plays by the rules, which includes maintaining a strictly professional relationship with the inmates in his charge. But when Sarita saunters onto the unit, all bets are off. Her status as a deportee with a permanent ticket to Columbia means they can never be together, but try as he might, this doesn’t stop him from risking his career for her.

He’s a man who values honesty above all else, and she lies for a living. Can two people from such different worlds find any common ground?

BookExcerptAs they walked down the first flight of stairs, Sarita’s breath caught when she glanced at him. She missed her footing and would have gone head-over-ass down the steps if he hadn’t grabbed her.

The heat emanating from Matt’s body seeped into her. “Thanks. You saved me from a nasty fall.”

“You are so beautiful, Sarita.” His whispered words feathered over her cheek.

She moved forward as his lips came down on hers in a crushing kiss. The impact brought tears to her eyes and a whimper to her throat. He eased the pressure. She took the light pecks as his apology.

She desired his passion over such teasing gentleness. Her hand moved to the back of his head and held him against her mouth, opening for him as his tongue thrust in. She hung onto him for fear of tumbling down the stairs.

Swinging her around, he lifted her onto the railing, wrapping her legs around him. His hardness met the juncture of her thighs. The need to feel more of him suffused her. She rocked her hips and squeezed him closer when he moaned.

The sound of whistling broke through the haze. She eased her feet to the steps and they continued down the stairs as if she hadn’t been about to rip off his shirt.

She held onto the railing so her wobbly legs wouldn’t slide out from under her. She chanced a glance up and saw the camera. How could she have forgotten where they were?

He looked back at the space they’d just vacated and raised an eyebrow. “Blind spot,” he whispered. “Didn’t you know?”

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AuthorBioAbout the author
Nana Prah is a multi-published author of contemporary, multicultural romance. Her books are sweet with a touch of spice. When she’s not writing she’s reading, indulging in chocolate, and enjoying life with friends and family.

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Interview with Katya Armock, author of To Hiss or to Kiss

I am thrilled to host this interview with Katya Armock, author of TO HISS OR TO KISS, her fantasy/paranormal book. It is an exciting and intriguing story, a very interesting contrast to the author’s introverted personality. (I wouldn’t have guessed from my exchanges with Katya that she is an introvert!)

Katya says, “I like books that are funny and fun to read (and hot!) but also that make me think or look at the world in a new way.
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Chloe can “talk” to animals…
so why can she hear the thoughts of this hot, green-eyed man?

Abandoned by her mother and raised by a father who’d given up on life, Chloe doesn’t let anyone get close. Lucky for her, she can communicate with animals—telepathically. Animals are the only people she needs. When a suspected dogfighting ring comes to her attention, Chloe decides to do a little spying. In her rush to win the dogs’ trust, she almost gets caught, but a sexy stranger intervenes, and she finds she can overhear his thoughts.

She’s never been able to hear people, and this man’s about as sexy as she’s ever seen. It’s more than intellectual curiosity that drives her to discover his secret: he’s a jaguar shape-shifter, and the presence of this cat among the dogs might be a bit too much to handle. But the animal attraction is just too hot to resist, and the passion between them makes both the sparks—and the fur—fly…

Katya, I love that in your book, To Hiss or to Kiss, your character, Chloe, can communicate telepathically with animals. Is this a trait that you possess? Please share an experience when this was a helpful gift to have.katya
     I have studied animal communication. I don’t think I’m as gifted as Chloe is in that I can just have clear conversations with animals, but I would love to be able to. I have, however, had some experiences of being able to deepen my relationships with animals.
     In addition to writing, I also pet sit. One dog I regularly sit for has a history of abuse and is very uncomfortable around strangers. When I first started taking care of her, it was a struggle for her to even let me put the leash on her. She would growl and snap at me, and I resorted to using a slip lead I could put on her from a distance.
     I decided to try to reach out to her energetically over a distance and explain that I would not hurt her and was only trying to put on her leash to go for walks (which I’ve come to learn she loves!). I asked her to show me a sign of trust by allowing me to do this and I would in turn trust her not to try to bite me. The next morning when I arrived, instead of growling and barking, she walked to me, laid down by my feet and let me put the leash on her. She still has a lot of separation anxiety and moments where she has trouble trusting, but we’ve got more of an understanding now.

Wow! That’s wonderfully amazing!

Please tell us a little about the history of your book.
     The story was inspired by my own study of animal communication and my volunteer work with the  local humane society. I have always been an animal lover, so it’s no surprise that my book has a shape-shifter hero and pets who have dialogue. ☺

     I’m not a plotter, and my writing process blends the first draft with editing. I’m pretty far along with writing my third book now, and each time I’ve written the first five or so chapters before going back to the beginning to start editing. Then I repeat, gradually adding more and more pieces of the puzzle until I got to the end of the book. For To Hiss or to Kiss, that process took me about five months. Then I edited it with the help of beta readers for several more months. It was published about 17 months after I started the book.
Thank you for that timeline. I know as a first time author, I’m always interested in hearing how the process goes for other writers.

Was there a particularly memorable moment in your life that helped to define you as a writer?
      Becoming a Reiki Master Teacher has helped me solidify my views on life, and that greatly informs how and what I write. It also was one of the major steps in my life that gave me the courage to even try to write a novel.

Marvin K. Mooney

What was your favorite book to read during your childhood?
    When I was very young, I loved Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! by Dr. Seuss. It was the first book I took into class to read aloud.

Any favorite line or phrase you wish you wrote first?
     There are so many wonderful lines people have written. I am not the jealous type. I just hope that I write some things that make people laugh, cry or think about the world in a different way.
Getting a response from the reader is definitely what it’s all about.

Do you have an ultimate writing goal or project?
     My ultimate goal with writing is to have fun.

If you could only share one thing with a young, aspiring writer, what would you tell them?
     Be humble and honest with others and yourself. It will make it a whole lot easier to roll with the punches—in writing, as well as life.

What is your favorite dessert?
     That’s so hard! I love food, and dessert in particular. What I eat the most often for dessert is ice cream.
I’m all about Chocolate Haagen Daas and any decent brand of Rocky Road.
     You’ll find a number of desserts, and other foods, mentioned in To Hiss or to Kiss and the soon to be released To Growl or to Groan. I cook and bake a lot myself, and you’ll find recipes and discussions about food popping up on my blog now and then.
Great! Hear that everyone? Make sure you visit Katya’s blog at http://katyaarmock.com/blog/ for some yummy recipes and tasty discussions! 

What is your greatest life passion after writing? (Or is there one greater than writing for you?)
     I find it difficult to call any one thing my life passion. I try to live from a place of peace and compassion no matter what I’m doing. Sometimes I’m more successful than others, which is when I have to [have] compassion and peace with myself.

AngelWhy should someone who wouldn’t normally read a romance novel read your book?
      One thing I’ve heard from several readers is that they almost didn’t finish the book when a certain tragedy happens, but they were all glad that they did. I know I love books that run a gamut of emotions, and I hope anyone choosing to read my book would have that experience.
I think it was Anne Lamott who told me once at a seminar that if you want to win a Pulitzer, a good guy that you love has to die!

These days you’ll find Katya writing, pet sitting, juggling a number of freelance gigs, and reigning as her home’s domestic goddess. She lives in the Midwestern U.S. with her husband, dog and cats. Alas, she has, as of yet, been unable to teach her husband how to purr.

Thank you, Katya, for taking part in this interview!
Website: http://katyaarmock.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/katyaarmock
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/KatyaArmock

Excerpt From To Hiss or to Kiss:

“Despite how things were left last night, I am still concerned for your welfare, Chloe. It was not my intent to upset you last night. I am, uh, I am…”

I want to jump in and finish his sentence with something like “stupid,” “mercurial,” “heartless,” “a cad,” et cetera, but I bite my tongue. I did, after all, admit I might already be in love with him earlier today. Perhaps I shouldn’t do anything to completely screw this up.

So instead of a biting retort, I soften my expression but still stare mercilessly, willing him to look back up and meet my eyes.

He finally looks up, his eyes pleading with me to understand. “…I do not do well interacting with people. And I don’t tell people my secrets.”

I find myself melting a little when I see some chinks through the wall he erected last night. “Yeah, well, I can understand that.”

He looks mildly surprised that I’m not berating him or stomping past him to get in my car. Am I really that harsh?

Yeah, maybe. No, definitely, if I go on what he’s seen of me.rose

“You do?” He looks more vulnerable, and therefore more sexy, by the minute.

 “I know having to hide a part of yourself puts up a pretty big barrier to maintaining relationships,” I say, and find I mean it. I smile. “And you do seem like kind of a nerd, too.” I’m relieved by the slight upturn to his lips.

“A nerd?”

“Yeah. You’re quiet and I bet you know a lot. You’ve got a bookish vibe.” At that he seems a little crestfallen, and I worry I just undid any repairs I’d made to this incredibly awkward conversation/relationship/future marriage/whatever.

“That’s not a bad thing. Nerdy can be cool. I’m somewhat of a science nerd and bookish myself. And you’re a pretty sexy nerd, so it’s all good.” Oh, God. There go my capillaries again.

I decide the best way to save face ­is to keep staring at him, so I see his mouth widen into a satisfied grin. His nervousness seems to have evaporated, and he’s back to cool cat. “You think I’m sexy?”

“And if I do?”

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