Wednesday, October 31, 2018

It's Release Day

It’s Release Day

Finally! The Foundation series– The Fourth Victim, Sara’s story is finished, edited and formatted. And I have the cover! I love it.
And today is released day. It’s available everywhere.

Here’s a blurb for The Fourth Victim Sara’s Story
Sara’s emotionally abusive husband dies unexpectedly. She’s struggling to reclaim the intelligent, independent person she was before she married.  She vows never to let a man take over her life again. Now she’s part of a special team, training to help other women.

Mac is responsible for training women in special ops techniques, so they are prepared when they are challenged to save other women. When he meets Sara, sparks fly between them. He wants her to quit the training and let him take care of her.

Sara graduates and now she and her team have to save Sara’s daughter from a serial killer. Can Mac step back and trust her in a dangerous situation? Can Sara and Mac resolve their issues, or will they go in opposite directions?

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Vicki Batman and an Awesome Anthology

Vicki Batman has sold many romantic comedy works to magazines, several publishers, and most recently, two humorous romantic mysteries. Along the way, she has picked up some awards and bestsellers. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and several writing groups. Avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Chocaholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking "What if??"

Beverley: Which genre or genres do you write or prefer to write? And why?
Vicki: I write off the genres of mystery and contemporary romance, specifically romantic comedy. It’s just the voice that comes from me. 
Beverley: Who influenced you the most in deciding to become a writer?
Vicki: A friend told me to write; so I did and kept working and working. From my first critique came the suggestion to Write Tight and I embraced the book. Learned a lot. 
Beverley: What gets your creative juices flowing?
Vicki: I love when a new idea comes along and type and type and type to get those initial thoughts down. Since I am a pantser, the work begins after that to revise and edit and make the story into something, well, like a story.
Beverley: Do you have a favorite cartoon character? Why?
Vicki: Bugs Bunny, hands down. He’s sassy. He torments the tormentors. He makes the “wrong turn at Albuquerque.” He munches on carrots and says, “What’s up, Doc?” He dances and flirts. I could go on and on. The cartoons are masterpieces.
Beverley: Who would you love most to meet 'in person' and why?
Vicki: Not so much meet someone alive now. I wish my grandmother was still alive. I learned so many things from her. I loved how her eyes danced in merriment. She could tat, knit, crochet, embroider, sew, and all the farm things. Baked great cakes. Her husband died when my mom was five, and she carried the family during the Depression without taking handouts.
Beverley: If you had an unexpected free day what would you do with it?
Vicki: I sandwich in me-times now because life is short. I Jazzercise, yoga, play mahjong, read, stitch, watch tv with Handsome, watch movies with Handsome, eat lunches with friends—all that and sit at the computer for several hours every day. Besides, I might hear a nugget for a story.
Beverley: What are you working on now?
Vicki: Too much. Still working on my third Hattie Cooks’ mystery. A short story, Christmas Romeo. A short story, Pixie Trixie. I turned in an essay recently. And turned in a short story for the Whispers of Winter holiday anthology...coming soon!

Blurb for The Great Fruitcake Bake-off from Whispers of Winter

Winter may be rolling in, but that doesn’t mean your days and nights must be cold.

The Great Fruitcake Bake-off: When a five-time champion Samantha Greene teams up with her new neighbor, Dixon Roberts, for The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, they discover baking a prize-winning entry is complicated, bad guys are plotting to take the crown, and first prize isn't just about a ribbon.

Excerpt for The Great Fruitcake Bake-off from Whispers of Winter

 “I’m not entering this year.” I pinned an unbreakable stare on Bethany, my co-worker and long-time friend who lived in the same apartment complex as me. Standing firm, I crossed my arms. “Period.” 

We'd arrived early for work and were piddling over coffee in her cubical like we always did before diving into the nuts and bolts of company business. She rolled her eyes in the “I'm so not believing this” fashion and tweaked the Santa garland decorating her cube's walls. “Why not, Samantha? You should be proud to be the five-time winner of The Great Fruitcake Bake-off. You're a-a”--her words trailed off as she searched the ceiling for the ultimate in descriptive--“legend.” 

 I dropped my arms to twitch my black skirt in place, then I tucked my shoulder-length hair behind my ear. I let loose a long exhale, “Is being a legend in the fruitcake world a good thing?”

“What’s your point?” Bethany asked.

“Alright already, it's exhausting. Finding the perfect recipe, then bake and exhibit it. The tension comes close to killing my holiday enjoyment. Besides”-–I shoved my finger in her direction—-“shouldn't the love be spread? Shouldn’t somebody else win the Bake-off?” 

 “Oh, by golly, Sam.” Bethany's hands covered her eyes. A few seconds passed, then she clasped them to her chest, inhaled, and composed her annoyance before saying, “We're talking fruitcake here. It's not groundbreaking like-like the Declaration of Independence. Or the Pyramids.”

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Cover Reveal

Finally! The Foundation series– The Fourth Victim, Sara’s story is finished, edited and formatted. And I have the cover! I love it.

What do you think?

Sara’s emotionally abusive husband dies unexpectedly. She’s struggling to reclaim the intelligent, independent person she was before she married.  She vows never to let a man take over her life again. Now she’s part of a special team, training to help other women.

Mac is responsible for training women in special ops techniques, so they are prepared when they are challenged to save other women. When he meets Sara, sparks fly between them. He wants her to quit the training and let him take care of her.

Sara graduates and now she and her team have to save Sara’s daughter from a serial killer. Can Mac step back and trust her in a dangerous situation? Can Sara and Mac resolve their issues, or will they go in opposite directions?
Release date November 1st.
It is available for pre-order.
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Thursday, October 25, 2018

‘Tis the Season Anthology

‘Tis the Season - Sweet romance Christmas novelettes in an anthology is the brain child of D.F. Jones joined by Laura Haley-McNeil, Lane McFarland, Laura Ann, Ana Morgan, and Allie Marie

Small Town Rural, Magical Midnight Rides, and First Kisses bringing joy, happiness, and unforgettable romance with this group of award-winning and talented authors.

Christmas Kiss by Laura Haley-McNeil
Vera Yeager inherits the family mansion from her grandmother, Mimsy.
Darroch Winters inherits a southern mansion from the kindly old woman he befriended.
Vera and Darroch inherit the same house? Not on your life. But how do they determine who is the rightful owner?
The answer to that question is buried in Mimsy’s cleverly written will.
Merry Christmas!

A native of California, Laura Haley-McNeil spent her youth studying ballet and piano, though her favorite pastime was curling up with a good book. Without a clue as to how to write a book, she knew one day she would.
After college, she segued into the corporate world, but she never forgot her love for the arts and served on the board of two community orchestras. Finally realizing that the book she’d dreamt of writing wouldn’t write itself, she planted herself in front of her computer. She now immerses herself in the lives and loves of her characters in her romantic suspense and her contemporary romance novels. Many years later, she lived her own romantic novel when she married her piano teacher, the love of her life.
Though she and her husband have left warm California for cooler Colorado, they enjoy the outdoor life of hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and snow skiing.
They satisfy their love of music by attending concerts and hanging out with their musician friends, but Laura still catches a few free moments when she can sneak off and read.
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A Medieval Christmas by Lane McFarland
Morna MacAndrew travels with her family to celebrate the Yuletide holidays with friends. She strives to enjoy the celebration, but her laird brother continues to present her to would-be suitors. She rebels against the idea of marriage to a man she does not love, a match made strictly for a strategic alliance with her clan.
She longs for a kindred-spirit and finds him when she meets Kendrick Douglas. Although he is a strong warrior, he does not provide the needed union her brother is determined to make for her. Now, Morna must convince her brother of Kendrick's merits or endure a loveless union with an auld laird for the rest of her life.

Lane is a southern girl living on top of a mountain in North Georgia, and she's most happy when surrounded by family and friends. If she is not writing, you can find her hiking with her husband, hanging out with her son, fiddling around in her flower and vegetable gardens, feeding the birds and watching black bears and deer. Lane loves to escape to worlds of intrigue with timeless love and happily-ever-after endings. Today, she is fortunate to have found her true passion in writing of spirited heroines and to-die-for-heroes and the romantic love stories between them.
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Picture Perfect Christmas by Laura Ann
Nixon Fredricks has been in love with his best friend for years but Emma
refuses to see him as anything more than a big brother. In one final,

desperate attempt to attract her attention, Nixon dons a heavy red suit and
fluffy, white beard in order to work with Emma while she takes pictures

during the holiday season.
Emma looks forward to taking pictures for the mall Santa every year, but
this one proves to be a doozy. After a breathtaking kiss under the

mistletoe, she finds herself desperate to know who the man behind the beard
is, but he refuses to give his name. To make matters worse, Emma finds her
feelings toward her best friend, Nixon, changing into anything but

Torn between two men, one a friend and one a mystery, only a Christmas
miracle will bring Emma the Happy Ever After she's looking for.

Laura Ann is the wife of  the world's most fabulous husband and the mother
to five rambunctious children. Her life keeps her on her toes and her
imagination running. She loves chocolate, swoony kisses, and happily ever

afters and does her best to include the latter two in all of her stories.

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Poinsettias  by Ana Morgan
A hard-working congressional aide rushes back to Vermont ski country only to discover that much more is wrong than her widowed father’s broken leg. 
Lack of snow is starving her hometown, a canceled order for four-thousand poinsettias could bankrupt her dad’s floral shop, and the man she’s loved since grade school still hasn’t forgiven her.
A daring idea could save every business in town—if she can convince her ex-boyfriend to help.

When Ana Morgan was small, her life's goal was to know something about everything. She has studiously waitressed, driven a school bus, run craft service on an indie film set, wandered through European castles, wired a house, married a Marine, canned vegetables, and studied the stars. 
For ten years, she wrote colorful essays about life on her organic farm for her weekly CSA newsletter and succinct cooking directions for her craft-show soup mixes. But she really wanted to write what she loved to read on cold winter nights—passionate romance adventures. 
Besides a vivid imagination, she has some experience. She and her husband eloped six weeks after they met and moved from southern California to northern Minnesota. They taught themselves to milk cows (at first by hand) and raised three go-getter children.
Ana is currently writing the sequel to Stormy Hawkins, her debut historical romance about a feisty ranch owner and a handsome, down-on-his-luck cowboy.

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A Christmas Fantasy by D. F. Jones
Nick is the firstborn male in the Claus lineage blessed with the ability to manipulate time and space foretold in the Book of Truth known as the Winterland Prophecy.
Nick must find his chosen mate by the time Nicholas Sr. turns sixty, or the Christmas magic will end. The gifts for the children, the elves magical toy making skills, the flying reindeer will cease to exist without the chosen mate’s kiss. That first kiss will break open the veil of magic releasing the Winterland Prophecy for a new generation.
Who is this mysterious mate?
Will he find her in the nick of time?

D. F. Jones began her career as a broadcast consultant at the ABC Affiliate in Nashville, which led her to open an advertising agency. Over the years, she's created many campaigns for clients and still enjoys developing marketing materials.
Writing is a source of creative expression for D. F. Jones, but it also releases stress. Writing takes D. F. Jones to a place where anything is possible, and fiction takes her to a place made of dreams.
D. F. Jones is happily married to the love of her life. They have two gorgeous sons whom she loves and adores. She loves to laugh, and her husband keeps her in stitches! She's a fan of the Tennessee Titans, MT Blue Raiders, and enjoys working in her flower garden.
Whether its angels or demons, time travel adventures, or witches and wizards, mystery suspense or ghosts, her books are action-packed with supernatural and romantic elements.
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It’s a Wonderful Life After All by Allie Marie
Clara has a new assignment, sending the anxious older lady into panic as she fulfills her new duties in the hopes of obtaining the promotion she has long sought,
A lonely young woman spends a snowy Christmas Eve toiling  in a boutique owned by a greedy boss.
Until a handsome police officer enters. Mary Carroll’s radar perks up as the tall good-looking George Baylee comes in for some last-minute gifts.
When Mary closes shop and realizes the day’s proceeds are missing, she panics and sets out on the snowy roads, wondering if life is worth living. She wrecks her car on an isolated road and is discovered  by Patrolman Baylee—just the person she suspects stole the envelope of money.
Forced to spend the Christmas Eve with George amidst the chaos that surrounds the strange diner owner Clara, Mary learns that indeed it is a wonderful life after all.

Author Allie Marie grew up in Virginia. Her favorite childhood pastime was reading mysteries with girl detectives Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden mysteries, never expecting to become a police officer herself one day.
When she embarked on a new vocation writing fiction after retiring from an adventure-filled career in law enforcement, it would have been understandable if her first book was a crime story. However, researching her own family tree inspired her to write the True Colors Series instead. The other stories are patiently waiting their turn.
Her debut novel, Teardrops of the Innocent: The White Diamond Story, was a 2015 New England Readers' Choice Award Finalist in paranormal. The second in
the series, Heart of Courage: The Red Ruby Story released in May 2016 and earned Best Book in the 2017 IRC Awards. February 2017 saw the release of the third book, Voice of the Just: The Blue Sapphire Story. The fourth book, Hands of the Healer: The Christmas Emerald, releases in 2018. A fifth and final book in the True Colors Series will be released later in 2018.
Besides family, her passions are travel and camping with her husband.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Seelie Kay and her Latest Novel

Seelie Kay is a nom de plume for a writer, editor, and author with more than 30 years of experience in law, journalism, marketing, and public relations. When she writes about love and lust in the legal world, something kinky is bound to happen!  In possession of a wicked pen and an overly inquisitive mind, Ms. Kay is the author of multiple works of fiction, including the Kinky Briefs series, The Garage Dweller, A Touchdown to Remember, and The President’s Wife. 
When not spinning her kinky tales, Ms. Kay ghostwrites nonfiction for lawyers and other professionals. She resides in a bucolic exurb outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she shares a home with her son and enjoys opera, gourmet cooking, organic gardening, and an occasional bottle of red wine.
Ms. Kay is an MS warrior and ruthlessly battles the disease on a daily basis. Her message to those diagnosed with MS:  Never give up. You define MS, it does not define you!

Beverley:  Why do you write romance?
Seelie: Because I am fascinated by the games people play to find and secure a lasting relationship, which is not always love. There’s the chase, the courtship, the falling, the surrender. That’s what I try to capture in my stories.
Beverley:  Do you prefer a certain type of romantic hero?
Seelie: I adore smart, dashing gentlemen who aren’t afraid to live on the edge. They can be a bad boy, a billionaire, a prince, or a secret agent. That hint of danger just hooks me!
Beverley:  Why did you write “Snatching Dianna?”
Seelie: Actually, for two reasons.  First, when writing the Kinky Briefs series, there were certain couples I fell in love with:  The Sheikh and his American lawyer wife who sue terrorists on behalf of their victims, the police chief (with a preference for handcuffs) and his criminal defense attorney wife who seek to right wrongs, and the covert agent and his law professor wife, who are smart, funny, and incredibly hot! Each of these couples have wonderful relationships and incredible lives. And each and every one of them is dedicated to preserving justice. I wanted their stories to continue. So, I created the Feisty Lawyers series. Second, “Snatching Dianna” deals with a law student who is kidnapped by a slave trafficking cartel. This plot permitted me to focus not only on the continuing problem of slave trafficking, but also on the investigative issues behind finding a missing adult. In this story, there is no evidence and no witnesses. It’s takes a lot of investigative savvy to piece together seemingly unrelated clues. I love complex puzzles and this story lets me go wild!
Beverley:  Why slave trafficking? That seems like such an uncomfortable subject.
Seelie: My book ends with this statement:  Experts say that more than 3,000 people around the world are sold, kidnapped, or forced into slavery each day, many of them children. Even in the United States, men, woman, and children are snatched off the streets for the purpose of human slavery. Slave traffickers do not discriminate by race, gender, religion, education, or socio-economic status. Victims of slave trafficking come from all walks of life, as do those who traffic in humans. It is a crime of international proportions and one that requires committed international cooperation.
As a lawyer and a human being, I think it is a topic worth calling attention to.
Beverley:  This book includes three very different couples. Wasn’t it a little hard to keep track?
Seelie: (laughs) At times. However, each couple is at a different stage in their lives and each took a different journey to find one another. That helps to keep them separate.
Beverley:  Romantic suspense is a new genre for you. You’re most known for your Kinky Briefs series, which are collections of stories about lawyers in love, with a dash of kink. Why the shift from erotic romance?
Seelie: I have always had a preference for mysteries and thrillers. I enjoy plots that challenge the mind. Plus, I am a big James Bond fan. My characters still enjoy erotic, loving relationships, but now the action focuses on solving a dilemma or crime. Instead of “metaphorical guns,” these  characters wield real ones. (Wink!)
Beverley:  How does your former profession as a lawyer impact your writing?
Seelie: After 30 years, the law and the legal world are so firmly embedded in my brain that I can’t flush them out. That has become the lens through which I view the world and that naturally guides my characters and plots. Little peculiarities that I have witnessed in lawyers and the law always work their way into my stories.
Beverley:  Any plans to write outside the romance genre completely?
Seelie: Actually, I ghostwrite non-fiction for other professionals—doctors, lawyers, financial gurus—so I dip my toes into a lot of different genres. However, I have been itching to write a book about a relative who founded a religious cult. I researched it for years and found a lot of information that had been buried. I have a pile of paper a foot high. Someday, I need to go through it carefully and start writing. I have the interest, just not the time.
Beverley:  The cover of the book clearly says “Snatching Dianna” is part one in the Feisty Lawyers Series.  How many more books can we look forward to?
Seelie: At this point, I’m not sure. In each book, I introduce new characters with compelling stories, so it is difficult to predict how and when their stories will be brought to a satisfactory conclusion.  However, the second book, “Infamy,” is in the queue, and I have a good start on the third, “Cult.” There should be at least one more after that.

Blurb for Snatching Dianna
The hours are counting down as investigators try to prove that Dianna Murphy has been snatched. Unfortunately, without witnesses and solid evidence, all the police really know is that she is missing.
When suburban Milwaukee law student Dianna Murphy fails to connect with her roommate, there is no real evidence that she has been snatched. Until Law Professor Janet MacLachlan, a former covert secret agent, discovers a single clue, one that points to a taking by a slave trafficking cartel. In a race against time, Janet recruits her husband, secret agent Cade Matthews, small-town Police Chief David Manders and his wife, criminal defense attorney Julianna Constant, and other law students to uncover the truth. Can they prove she has been taken, before Dianna disappears without a trace?

Excerpt for Snatching Dianna:
After what seemed like hours in the sweltering van, it lurched to a stop.

Dianna heard a man bark orders. A door to the van opened and someone pulled the rope from her feet, then removed her hood. She took a deep breath.  A man grabbed her by the arm, forced to her feet, and pulled from the van. Dianna stumbled when she hit the ground. The stones were hot and her feet were covered by athletic socks, no shoes. Show no weakness.

Dianna immediately surveyed her surroundings. It was still night, but she was in a well-lit courtyard. A large stone mansion stood in front of her. She looked to her right, then her left. The courtyard was enclosed by a large stone fence, at least eight feet high. A fortress. Fortunately, Dianna was a rock-climber. She could rappel over the fence with the right equipment. All she would need was something to serve as a pick, maybe a rope. A knife, a screwdriver, even a fork. Keep your eyes and ears open. Be ready.

A large black man, dressed in a white suit and a maroon turban, walked out of the front door and down the stairs. He stopped and flashed a malevolent smile. He flung his arms wide and in a cultured baritone boomed, “Welcome to paradise, ladies. I hope you enjoy your stay.”

Some of the guards laughed.

“Crikey,” Tillie muttered. “Sounds like a blasted genie.”

Dianna glanced sideways and for the first time, got a look at her new friend. She was tall and thin, her body well defined. She looked strong and aware, almost fierce. Her eyes seemed to be studying the place, taking everything in. She showed no fear. Instead, she seemed interested. Something was off. Tillie did not act like a victim as the others did. She was not cowed. Was she a cop? Or like Dianna, someone who would not permit themselves to be broken?

There was only one thing of which Dianna was certain. She had found a friend. A useful one.

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