Saturday, December 16, 2017

Barbara White Daille's Christmas Book

Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom. Barbara also loves writing, reading, and chocolate. Come to think of it, she enjoys writing about those subjects, too!

Barbara wrote her first short story at the age of nine, then typed "The End" to her first novel many years the eighth grade. Now she's writing contemporary romance on a daily basis, with an ongoing series from Harlequin Western Romance (The Hitching Post Hotel) and a new series from Entangled Bliss (Snowflake Valley). Sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest in her writing life:
Happy Holidays to everyone celebrating this month!
I'm very happy to be back for a return visit with Beverley—and with you.

This time, I’m sharing my new release, One Week to Win Her Boss, Book 2 in the Snowflake Valley series. FYI, all my books, even in series, can be read as standalones, since each hero and heroine reaches their happily-ever-after by the end of their story. 

The setting of One Week to Win Her Boss is Snowflake Valley, a town that celebrates Christmas 365 days a year. With a holiday backdrop like that one, this was a fun book to write. But a romance is not all about the setting. In fact, the focus is on the main characters—and I have to confess that during the writing of this book, my hero and heroine gave me fits.

Michael and Amber are so strongly drawn to one another, but they know they’re not meant to be together. Yes, there’s a fun backdrop and many wonderful holiday events happening for them in this book. Yet they still struggle to settle their conflict, which turned this into both a heartwarming and a heart-wrenching story.

Find out more about that in the blurb from the book:
Single mom Amber Barnett loves family, kids, Christmas…and unfortunately, her boss, confirmed bachelor Michael DeFranco. It's a crush she really needs to get over. Except, when she’s temporarily forced from her apartment, her only option is to stay at Michael’s private ski lodge, where she's the housekeeper. No problem. Her handsome boss rarely visits Snowflake Valley unexpectedly, plus he’s spending the holidays with his family. Or so she thinks…
A stormy Christmas Eve reunion leaves Michael seeking the solitude of his lodge, where he finds Amber in residence—and in trouble. Attempting to save her from her matchmaking family, he announces they’re a couple. His good deed backfires when they’re instantly included in each and every holiday event in town. So much for solitude.
Only the more time he spends with the beautiful, cheery brunette, the more he yearns to make things real between them. But he and Amber want different things, and Michael could never be the family man she's looking for.
      And here’s an excerpt from the book for you. In this beginning of a scene, Amber and Michael are about to make their first official appearance as a “couple”—at her family’s house on Christmas Day:                                                                                                                                                        Amber stole a glance at Michael in the driver’s seat of his SUV.  This morning, she had wondered why the mention of work made him look so grim. Now she knew. It hurt her heart to know he didn’t love his job the way she loved hers. 
Oh, don't go there. Bad enough that in just minutes she would have to pretend to be “together” with Michael. She couldn’t let anyone see how she really felt about him.
      This could turn out to be the worst week of her life. Or the best—if you believed in miracles.
After pulling onto the street she indicated, he said, “We probably should have prepped.”
“For Christmas? His laugh seemed to fill the enclosed space. It definitely filled her heart with joy.
 Don’t go there, either."
No, not for Christmas. For the afternoon we need to get through.”
She blinked. So much for joy. And what about the big plan to have Scrooge enjoy the holiday? Hopefully, the jury was still out on that one. “Turn here. This is it.”
He pulled up close to the snow-swept front steps of her family home and came around to help her out of the SUV. When he took her arm, her startled breath of surprise misted in the cold air. A dead giveaway. A visual reminder to watch her reactions today.
As she moved to the rear seat to get Penny, he asked, “How many are there in your family?”
“Ten, counting my parents and the baby. You’ve met Callie and Lyssa. They’re the two oldest, then me. After us, we have a set of twin sisters and two younger brothers.”                                                                                                                                                        He looked up at the house she had lived in until a short time ago. “Big place. You and the others are out on your own?”

“No, actually, they all still live at home.”

His eyes widened, as if her answer had surprised him.

“What makes you so independent?” he asked.

She hesitated, fiddling with Penny’s blanket. What could she say? Definitely not that after her ex had left she had been too full of wounded pride—and too ashamed of her mistake in marrying him—to go back home. And positively not that Michael had been her hero, stepping in with his job offer the point she had needed it most. “I just…like living on my own. With Penny.”

“Yeah. Amber…” He paused, looking down at her, then reached out to trace her cheek with one finger. A cold and padded finger, covered by his glove. And still she felt the warmth of him. Or thought she did. He smiled. “Just testing to make sure you wouldn’t jump. Doing this job right is going to involve us getting close. And probably some touching.”

Getting close and touching sounded so good. So right. But the word that stood out to her was job.

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The links below will take you to all your fave etailers for One Week to Win Her Boss. There’s also a link for Book 1 in the series, Snowbound with Mr. Wrong, which my publisher has on sale all month for only 99 cents!

 Find Barbara and her books online:

Amazon author page
Harlequin author page  
Goodreads author page

Friday, December 15, 2017

Memorable Characters

Our topic for December is what makes a character memorable?
Great topic, Rhobin. I think we all have memorable characters in our lives, both real and in our reading. What makes them memorable? They’re individual, they stand out for some reason, they strike a chord we can relate to, they do things we wish we could do, and we love or hate them. They bring out strong emotions we always remember.

In real life I remember people who have helped me. Mentors who are smart, sharing, and memorable. And I bet, if you think of memorable people most of think of our parents. They were role models we strived to match -strong, helped set out goals, and loving.
In reading, Eve Dallas and Rourke from JD Robb’s series are memorable. Eve survived child abuse, abandonment and is a stronger than life detective. Rourke is an Irish thief who amassed a huge fortune. Love brought them together and improved both their lives.
In The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal Lector is so terrible, he’s memorable. On a different track, how many of you still remember Jane Eyre?
And what about Daphne du Maurier and Rebecca?                                             
The white knight who rides in and saves the heroine, that works as memorable in any story.
I would like to think that my heroes are memorable because they are family oriented, strong, sexy and someone I’d love to meet. I have to admit, my favorite hero is Kye, in Targeted.
And if you’re looking aa memorable characters, at this time of year – what about Santa Claus? 😊

Now I’m going to check out what the authors have to say about their memorable characters.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Peter Perrin and His Latest Novel

Peter Perrin writes sweet, seasoned romances involving larger-than-life mature characters who will make you rethink your views on older people in a positive way. His characters are mature in age but not necessarily in their behaviour. They may not be in the first flush of youth but that doesn’t stop some of them acting like hormonal teenagers.
Peter was born in Romford, in the county of Essex, near London, England. For nearly twenty years he has lived with his wife of almost forty years in a quiet suburb of Swindon, in the county of Wiltshire, in England. He is a father and grandfather.

He is a former member of The Royal Air Force who has served in the UK, and in Madagascar, Singapore, and Saudi Arabia. He was also stationed for two years in Aden—which nowadays is part of Yemen.
After almost fifteen-years’ service in The Royal Air Force Peter worked in Engineering, Quality Control, and Procurement Management, not to mention myriad smaller jobs in between those careers.

Now retired Peter’s interests are Writing, Carp Fishing, and (despite being in his early seventies) PC and PlayStation games.
His favourite quote is “Youth passes, but with luck, immaturity can last a lifetime.”

Character Interview for Grace’s Turmoil

Beverley: What’s your name?
Grace: I’m Grace Stollery.
Beverley: Where did you grow up?
Grace: I’m originally from Romford, Essex, in England. Nowadays it’s so big it has become part of East London.
Beverley: During what time period does your story take place?
Grace: Oh it’s very up to date. It’s set in the late summer of 2014, but much of it takes place in an English mansion that was built in the mid-1600s.

Beverley: What’s your story/back story? Why would someone come up with a story about you?
Grace: I’ve had a tumultuous love life with all my relationships ending badly. Then I got married and thought my life was going to be perfect. But, over time I was seriously mistaken about that and my marriage ended in an acrimonious divorce. I was wary of men and determined never to again to get involved with one. The Alfred came along and turned my life upside down and my heart inside out. Who wouldn’t want to write about that?

Beverley: What’s your goal in this story?
Grace: I just wanted to be left alone to spend my semi-retirement painting portraits and let time heal my emotional scars. But, it seems that Alfred has other plans for me.

Beverley: What conflicts are you facing?
Grace: I’m struggling not to let my liking for one drink too many to become a problem. And I’m having a problem reconciling my nervousness towards men with a growing attraction to Alfred.

Beverley: Do you have a plan for resolving them?
Grace: Not really. The drinking is something I’m going to have to be very strong to deal with. That’s helped by the fact that Alfred has his own reasons for not letting me become an alcoholic.
As for the personal conflict I’m going to have to get Alfred to take things slowly and let me get to know him properly. If he pushes me, it will only end in tears.

Beverley: Do you have any special characteristics?
Grace: Hmm. I’m not too sure what you mean by that. I’m gregarious and sociable, but I am also introverted and prone to depression. So, Alfred isn’t going tom find me easy to understand or deal with.

Blurb for Grace’s Turmoil
Divorced and emotionally damaged, artist Grace Stollery wants nothing more than to spend her semi-retirement painting and let time heal her emotional scars.

But when dashing widower Alfred Nobel moves into her retirement village he turns her life upside down and her heart inside out by awakening feelings she wants to keep dormant.

Alfred quickly sets out to woo Grace and slowly she warms to him. But the village’s resident femme fatale wants him for herself. Will she succeed in driving a wedge between Alfred and Grace?

Excerpt from Grace’s Turmoil:
Not Too Old for Love
Book 1

Grace jabbed at the volume button on the remote control, turning up the sound on the television. She was trying to drown out the chatter which filled the palatial residents’ lounge. It had been like that for days, and she’d grown tired of it. Who would have thought the imminent arrival of one man could affect mature ladies like that?

One of the things which had appealed to her when she moved to The Grange retirement village was the lack of men. Yet a man who aroused feelings in her she didn’t want was going to add to their number.

Grace had caught a glimpse of him across The Lounge a few months ago, taking the standard tour of The Grange. He'd towered over the young woman he’d been with, and she’d guessed he was at least six-foot-five. Built like a tank, with a mass of wavy white hair and a snow-white beard, he’d reminded her of a polar bear. His presence had been overpowering and almost menacing. An image of him defending a seventeenth century mansion in days gone by had jumped into her mind.

Looking at him had sent a spontaneous burst of attraction rippling through her. It had caught her by surprise. Becoming attracted to anybody was the last thing she’d needed right then. Her divorce had been too recent and too painful. All she wanted was to focus on her painting to block out the pain. Although she hadn’t come there to look for a man, there was no denying how she’d reacted to the sight of him. She wondered how she would cope when they met. And she couldn’t help feeling he was going to have quite an impact on her life. Whether it would be a good impact or not was the million-dollar question. He might be the greatest thing since sliced bread! Or he could turn out to be a snake in the grass like her ex-husband.

You can contact Peter at:
Amazon Author Page: n/a until published on Amazon (approx. 22nd to 25th December 2017)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Kryssie Fortune's Boxed Set and Giveaway

Kryssie Fortune writes the sort of hot sexy books she loves to read. If she can sneak a dragon into her paranormal books she will. Her paranormal heroes are muscular werewolves, arrogant Fae, or BDSM loving dragons.

Kryssie likes her contemporary heroes ex-military and dominant. Her heroines are kick ass females who can hold their own against whatever life - or Kryssie - throws at them.

Kryssie's pet hates are unhappy endings, and a series that end on a cliff hanger.
Her books are all stand alone even when part of series. Plot always comes before sex, but when her heroines and heroes get together, the sex is explosive and explicit. One review called it downright sensual.

Kryssie's Social Links: Facebook | Twitter | Blog | Website

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About the Boxed Set:
Kryssie Fortune's holiday series, Heroes of Westhorpe Ridge, is now available in a convenient e-boxed set!

Marriage, Mobsters, and the Marine:
Abigail Montgomery, a small town schoolteacher with zero self-confidence, dreams of the Dickensian Christmas her family never enjoyed. Each month she attends a masked BDSM club, but her next visit will be her last. If she doesn’t marry within the next year, her brother won’t inherit Montgomery Hall. Desperate, she advertises for a husband. 
 Jared Armstrong, a former Marine sharpshooter and occasional Dom needs $125,000 to get his family out of a hole. His solution--to marry Abigail Montgomery for her money. His only regret is his wife won’t accept his spanking lifestyle.
Gradually, Abigail comes to dream of making their marriage real, but she promised Jared a divorce two years after their wedding. Can they share some Christmas magic as their relationship faces extortion threats, a kidnapping, and an attempted murder? Or will Jared break her heart when he walks away?

Sex, Scandal, and the Sheriff:
Jasmine Stewart (Jazz to her friends) falls for the blond stranger when he spanks and seduces her at a Washington soiree. Later, when she discovers her flatmate is trying to draw her into a spy ring, she goes to the authorities. The ensuing publicity costs her her job, her security, and her future. Starting over in Westhorpe Ridge is her only option.
Sean Mathews, former SEAL and Westhorpe Ridge’s sheriff, can’t forget the woman he spanked when he visited Washington, but he thinks she’s a spy. When she turns up in Westhorpe Ridge, he tries everything to make her leave town. Despite their misunderstandings, though, they can’t keep their hands off each other.
As Year’s Eve looms, the spy ring resurfaces. Jazz will need all of Sean’s SEAL prowess to survive. But because his wounded leg cost him his speed in the water, will it be enough?
Desire, Deceit, and the Doctor:
Twelve years ago, Mandy Devlin moved away from her friends and family--under threat. If she returned in the next ten years or told anyone who fathered her baby, her boyfriend’s great-aunt would bankrupt her family. She’s a single mom who dreams of her lost love and a good spanking. When she’s finally free to return to Westhorpe Ridge, the last person she expects to see is Adam--the man she loved and lost so long ago.
Dr. Adam Montgomery doesn’t know he has a son. Thanks to his great-aunt’s will, he has nine months to find a bride or he loses Montgomery Hall and the fifteen million dollars she left him. Although he seduces Mandy on his first night home, he still believes she betrayed him twelve years ago. No way would he marry a woman like her.
As Valentine’s Day looms, someone tries to kill Mandy. Is Adam trying to get rid of her? Or can Mandy trust him to protect them?
Note: All of the books in this set were previously released as single titles.
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Excerpt from Marriage, Mobsters, and the Marine:

Abigail gazed Jared’s his face, her eyes still awash with tears. “Okay, but I expect you to tell me what’s going on. Who were those men? And why did they destroy your truck?”


He slid out from under her, brought a sponge, and gently wiped her face. Once he’d dried her cheeks, he pulled her back onto his knee. “I need to tell you about those personal reasons I mentioned when I accepted your proposal.”

Abigail didn’t speak, just rested her head on his shoulder and snuggled closer. He liked the way seemed ready to move forward. “My cousin’s life is a mess. A few years ago she married a small-time crook with a bad gambling habit, but she didn’t deserve to watch the mob murder him over his debts. She’s agreed to testify against them and go into the witness-protection program. The mob still wants their money, and they threatened to go after her mom and dad, always assuming they could find them. My aunt and uncle are off exploring the Amazon basin or something.”
Abigail listened intently. When he paused for breath, she shook her head. “The mob? The Amazon basin? It sounds like B-movie plot to me. Just throw in a few killer tomatoes.”
Jared held her tight against his chest. “The phone call earlier was from my cousin. Since the mob can’t find her parents, they’ve decided to come after me. Destroying my truck was a warning. Here’s the thing… You know I married you because I needed money. I wanted pay them off and keep my unsuspecting family safe, but I’ll be damned if I’ll pay protection money to keep them away from me. They’re parasites who won’t leave until they’ve taken everything I hold dear. I’m only sorry I sucked you into my mess.”
She hiccupped against his shoulder. “So what happens now?”
He almost stroked her wire-wool hair but thought better of it. “I don’t suppose you’d take a month’s holiday somewhere?”
She sat up, her eyes gleaming with anger. “No way will I abandon my class. We’ve got Christmas projects to finish and the nativity to rehearse. I try to make everything special for them, with it being their last year before they move on to junior high. I’ve already bought them all individual Christmas presents. In between that, we’ll be measuring daylight hours and checking the shadows at midday. Hopefully our solstice project will help them get their heads around shortening days.”
He felt ready to argue but said nothing.

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