Thursday, November 8, 2018

Guest Blogger: Nicole C Luttrell


After years of war between Montelair and Septa, the two thrones are united by family. Victor's nephew, Morgan, is sharing the throne with the last heir of the royal line, Jacob. He and Lenore decide to travel to Montelair with their newborn daughters to help broker peace.But peace among their own people is harder to achieve. The city is tormented by a terrorist who calls himself The Tinker. He and his group of anarchists plant bombs through the city and call for the death of the new kings from every street corner.Meanwhile, in Calistar, Sultiana and Devon are marching to war with Kussier. The ancient hatred between the two countries is sprung anew when Sultiana is declared heir to the Calistar throne.Waiting at the border, though, is a much darker enemy. A force from legend threatens to consume both countries, and possibly the world.


Get it at Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Starting-Chains-Woven-Book-2-ebook/dp/B07CX6ST8C/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1541692395&sr=8-4&keywords=nicole+c+Luttrell



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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Guest Blogger: Anne Joyce




It’s the distant future and the country is overtaken by wealthy moguls who dominate the water supply and sell it back to the public at ridiculous prices. After a drastic crime increase “indigents” who can’t afford water are stripped of their belongings and forced out of town by an army of brutes called Purifiers.

Life becomes harsh and ominous for the bright, ambitious Joshua Wyman and his group until they begin to occasionally receive food and other basic amenities from the Brutes. When a blatant abuse of Purifier power during a routine visit leaves them reeling Joshua and his friends reach their breaking point.

They devise a plan to steal the Purifiers’ vehicle during their next visit and find a place where water is affordable. Their journey across the uncharted wastelands filled with murderers and thieves proves to be far more than this civilized, benevolent crew bargained for. Growing tensions within the nearby towns may cause the two worlds to collide, creating an epic storm.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

My not so great dinner LOL


Yeah we all do it. We all try to make something from a recipe and try so hard to make it good LOL And then the reality shows it's ugly self  LOL
So I tried to make this beef sandwich with au jus to dip your sandwich in. Problem was that I didn't pick the right roast and I didn't get it sliced correctly.  So it had too much fat in it and when you went to take a bite you would get a big fatty piece that you would have to try and pull out of your mouth while holding the sandwich. LOL Not great.

My oldest he tries to take one for the team and he keeps taking bites and with every bite just watching his face while he ate was the funniest thing in the world. And as he eats this pretty much horrible meal he keeps saying "It's not bad" "Maybe next time we slice it differently."  LMAO as if there will EVER be a next time. LOL But he tried so hard to not say it was bad.

Gotta love him.




Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Guest Blogger: Nancy Wood

                                           



                            

Please tell us about your latest book.
My latest book, The Stork, was published by Solstice Publishing in February 2018. It's the second book in a mystery series, and continues the story of Shelby McDougall, once a surrogate mom, and now an aspiring PI.

What can we expect from you in the future?
Book 3 in the Shelby McDougall trilogy!
How do we find out about you and your books? Check out my website: nancywoodbooks.wordpress.com Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Nancy-W.-Wood/e/B0088DJMAK/

Why did you decide to write a mystery?
I went to a commercial fiction workshop 11 years ago now, and brought an idea for a literary novel, which turned out to be a dud. I was in a small group brainstorm session, and came up with the idea of using the themes in that novel in a mystery. At the time, the mystery/thriller/suspense genre was not on my radar at all. Now, I love it, and have become a certified addict.

Generally, how long does it take you to write a book?
Too long! When I published the first book in the Shelby McDougall series, Due Date, in 2012, I thought that the second book would take a year, tops. It took six! Because of the long time between books, I knew that no one would remember the story and the characters, so I had to insert a lot of backstory as I was writing it. I'm starting in on the third now; looking forward to finishing it a bit more quickly. Maybe in three years instead of six?!

Do you have a set schedule for writing or do you just go with the flow?
Before retirement, I pretty much had a set schedule. One hour of writing every morning before work. Now, I go with the flow and fit writing in during the day.

What is your writing routine once you start a book?
I try to write every day. I also try to stop in the middle of a chapter or a scene to keep the momentum going, so when I pick it up the following day I'm not trying to figure out where to start. I also try to have a few scenes going at a time, so if I get stuck on one, I can jump over to another.

Would you like to write a different genre than you do now, or sub-genre?
After I finish this trilogy, I'd like to try short stories. I wrote one this winter, called "The Great Santa Cruz Treasure Hunt," which was published in Santa Cruz Weird, an anthology that was
published in August from Good Read Publishers. It was so much fun to hunker down and write about just a small slice of life. It was very challenging, though. In a novel, there's room for expansion. In a story, not so much.

Please tell us about yourself (family, hobbies, education, etc.)
I am retired from a career as a technical writer, turning engineer-speak into instructions that people could follow. It was a lot of fun, a lot of challenge! Prepared me well for fiction. I've been married for almost 30 years and have two adult children. My husband and I spend a lot of time travelling. Other hobbies: photography, cycling, hiking. In addition to my book website at nancywoodbooks.wordpress.com, I also have a photography blog at nancywoodphotos.wordpress.com.

Fill in the blank favorites –
Dessert: Chocolate
City: San Francisco
Season: Spring
Type of hero: Detective
Type of heroine: Amateur sleuth
Do you have a favorite author? Favorite book?
That's a hard question. I have a few favorite mystery/thriller/suspense authors that I return to again and again to read and re-read. Nevada Barr, C.J. Box, Sue Grafton, to name a few. A favorite author outside of this genre is Donna Tartt. I also love science and nature writing, including the series, The Best American Science and Nature Writing. Wow, some of those essays are amazing.

Who are some of your other favorite authors to read?
Dennis Lehane for suspense; Laura Lippman for love of Baltimore (where I grew up) as well as her great character Tess Monaghan; Jodie Picoult for everything; Chris Bohjalian for the inevitable startling and crazy twists; Jocye Carol Oates if I'm looking for something very, very dark; and David Sedaris if I'm looking for laugh-out-loud funny.

Which comes first, the story, the characters, or the setting?
The story has to come first. A great piece of advice I got early on was 'before you begin, figure out what you're going to write about.' I've read some books where the writing is lovely, but the story doesn't hold together. There has to be a story there. I also like stories with a strong sense of place. For example, Nevada Barr and the national parks. What a great idea that was! C.J. Box and Wyoming. Sue Grafton and Santa Teresa. But, of course, the characters have to be compelling as well – strong, easily identifiable characters, with quirks are the best.

Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?
Keep plugging away! And don't let that inner critic wear you down. It's there, it's persistent, and it's deadly. Best ignored!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Guest Blogger: Steve Bederman


www.amazon.com/CEO-Steve-Bederman/dp/1452834814/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1536933472&sr=8-2&keywords=steve+bederman

Amazon International Best Seller July 15, 2013 Amazon
 US #10 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Mystery & Thrillers > Crime Fiction
 #17 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Romance > Mystery & Suspense > Mystery Amazon Uk
 #44 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Action & Adventure
 #55 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Romance > Romantic Suspense 

“The CEO” is a fast paced corporate thriller of loves come and gone, innovation, resilience, corporate philanthropy, vision, and deception. Corporate business leaders are protected by their own small armies of private security whose power will surprise. The story takes the reader behind the scenes and into the back office meetings of both corporations and countries; travelling from Denver to New York to London to Bogota and to Paris. As Mitch and his team of loyalists’ race against time they are faced with constant revelation of threats against the company and those involved; including the life of the woman that Mitch falls deeply in love with. The depth of the plot reveals a 200 year old secret between two of the world’s most powerful countries. If the secret is revealed it could destroy the balance of power in the world. Though, if the secret stays protected it could crush all that Mitch Jacobs desires. Although Mitch Jacobs never questions his ability to conquer the current forces against him, it is a race to answer the questions: Will Mitch be able to discover who is leading the attack on him before it is too late? Is this conspiracy the result of the usual corporate competition or does it emanate from the power hungry executives in his company? What interest do certain world leaders have in this plot that will destroy all that Mitch has built? Most important Mitch has fallen in love with two women whose essence and similarities (and differences) of character lead him on his mission

Executive Execution (Mitch Jacobs Book 2) by [Bederman, Steve]
www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00477426K/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i2

Mitch Jacobs returns in this breathtaking novel of deceit, manipulation, and the hypocritical notions of world leaders from Hungary, to the United Kingdom, Pakistan, and the United States.

Mitch is still struggling mightily to hold on to his corporation Symbiotic Technologies but has to face the end result of what the first book ‘The CEO’ alluded to.

It begins with Mitch kidnapped in Pakistan where only the most bold acts of courage can save him.

Inevitably he returns to the world to take the lead with his team of executives, political friendships, and security allegiances. They must face the most shocking events possible.

While Symbiotic Technologies holds on to it’s world leading business position by a thread, Mitch Jacobs must fight both; certain countries deliberate attempts at stealing what is his and face his own and very real demons of love and drugs. Once and for all he must to destroy his past friend and now insane enemy, Ian Miller.

‘Executive Execution’ takes the Mitch Jacobs series to, simply, new heights of remarkable bravery, sad cases, and despicable behavior from those one would never expect.

The answers will be learned by the reader as he and she twists and turns with each nuance and expectation. Surprises abound; as is this author’s exciting approach to writing suspense; in which climax will be the ending. This can only be answered by the reader! With all of this to sort through it lends credence to his third Mitch Jacobs series novel, to be released by years end and called ‘Business As Usual’.



www.amazon.com/gp/product/0615547443/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

Mitch Jacobs is handsome, charismatic, and troubled. He returns for the third sensational time in the corporate thriller series, Business As Usual. Mitch has built one of the largest and most successful technology companies in the world. He has had to face internal corporate strife, takeovers, fraud, death, destruction, and chaos. He has also gained loyalty, trust, and love from many the world over. He is now living in London in the flat of his murdered love, Angela. One evening he gets a call from Denver, Colorado, his corporate headquarters. In that moment, his world again turns out of control. He receives the shocking news of horror both in his office and at his home. As Mitch Jacobs attempts to put everything back in order he faces off with rival CEO’s, his own past, and an ancient drug lord, among others. He races against time to save the other woman of his dreams, Pilar Reyes Crux, the ex-president of Colombia and his company, Symbiotic Technologies. The story again will take the reader around the world to Colombia, London, Singapore, Washington DC, and Denver. How it will end will shock into disbelief whoever follows Mitch Jacobs. It will remind everyone that both the worst and the best rise out of corporations; finally, leaving an unsettling sensation that there may never be another day of business as usual. The author, Steve Bederman, has been recognized as one of the few writers of corporate intrigue that can say he’s been there. He is known globally as an internationally respected CEO of leading technology corporations. His first two novels, The CEO and Executive Execution, hit the top of the bestseller lists for 5 months running. In them he introduced the charismatic Mitch Jacobs and readers have been impatiently in wait for more. Steve Bederman continues to lead a worldwide technology company while writing. His other activities include his leadership of Commerce for Peace and Prosperity, the chairmanship of the Foundation for Independent Living, song writing, and the outdoors in the beautiful mountains of Colorado.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

New Release ~ The Dropped Cake




Alicia Andrews wanted the perfect day. She had planned her wedding from the time she was a little girl. She was marrying the perfect guy and everything was going to be perfect. Or was it? Not everything went as it was supposed to. How does Alicia handle the setbacks? Does she get her happy day? 
~ Quick Read 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Guest Blogger: Ann Bradford



www.annbradfordauthor.wix.com/books


About Ann Bradford
Romance and erotica author Ann Bradford was born and raised on the prairies. She loves her rural lifestyle and hopes the passion for the simpler things in life slips into her writing. A romantic at heart, Ann enjoys nature, reading, and spending time with her family and St Bernard. Ann is happily married with two children and works for a non-profit organization.


Please tell us about your latest book.
His Forbidden Stare is book two from the Truth or Dare Forbidden Love collection. Alain shouldn’t be kissing Mel. He knows this. On the Prairies of 1930 where his religious upbringing is strong, men are supposed to marry women and raise large families and be happy with the life that was drilled into them. Mel can have all that, especially when Alain’s sister needs a father for her bastard child. But… well, he’d have to stop kissing Alain.



What can we expect from you in the future? I am always working on several projects. Need a peek into what is in the works? Book three of the Truth or Dare Forbidden Love collection is being polished. This is a M/M/F sharing the stories of Xavier, Charles, and Gwen, who we meet in the earlier books. I have a short story coming out with Solstice in this collection HER TROUBLED STARE which shares the story of Johnny and Anna from the collection. I also have a medieval Forbidden Romance and a couple erotica lined up for polishing that will hopefully be ready to share with my readers soon.


How do we find out about you and your books? Please feel free to check out my website and sign up for my newsletter. www.annbradfordauthor.wix.com/books or follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ann.bradford.author/



Why did you decide to write Forbidden Romances? I do like forbidden things.


Do you have a set schedule for writing or do you just go with the flow? I write every single day. I never miss a day. Ever. I’d probably explode or something if I did.


What about your family, do they know not to bother you when you are writing - or are there constant interruptions? I welcome interruptions because my time with my children is slipping away. There is always time to write when they’re out with friends or sleeping. I enjoy every moment they spare me.


What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries? As a family, we take the dog for a long nature walk every day. Sometimes twice a day. My time with my family means everything to me and like my time to write, I can’t go without it.


Where do your ideas come from? His Holy Stare came about while I was researching for something entirely different. I was digging through some files from the 1950s when I stumbled on a picture of a Brother who ran a convent in a forgotten town on the prairies. He had this incredible smile, yet his eyes had this deep sadness to them. I was so intrigued.

I never know where a story will come from or where it will take me, that’s part of the magic that sweeps me away.


What are your thoughts on love scenes in romance novels, do you find them difficult to write? When I was starting out, these scenes were awkward. I studied how other writers I admired did them. Tore those scenes apart looking for what made them satisfying. Then I made myself a workbook to help me perfect them.


A few rules I follow: I always work within a heat factor scale, keeping the words and on-scene romance within this scale. I always respect my virgins and rape victims by giving them off-scene sex. That’s just me and a choice I make out of respect. Anyone else is free game according to the heat factor.


Romance scenes, be it a kiss, a slap, or sex are read several hundred times all by themselves to make sure every word is what I want, every punctuation mark is part of the dance. I take them very seriously. They have to flow, dance, demand, seduce, intrigue, inspire, destroy…


What does your partner think of your writing? My partner is the one who sits me back at the desk when I give up.

Favorite type of hero or heroine: My favs are the ones who defy so they can stand firm to their beliefs. I love a hero who looks up when he knows not to.


How long have you been writing - have you always wanted to be a writer? I’m far from a new writer yet I have a lot to learn. I’ve been writing novels for close to 30 years. When I was young, I wanted to be reporter because I was convinced that’s how I’d meet Superman.


After you've written your book and it's been published, do you ever buy it and/or read it? Of course. I only write books I want to read at least 70 times.


Among your own books, have you a favourite book? I have yet to write my fav book.

Favourite hero or heroine?
In this moment, Mel from His Forbidden Stare is at the top of my love-list just because his beliefs are so hard to stand by, yet he does. Breaking society’s rules is never easy, being cast aside and the freak can leave you alone and troubled, but Mel doesn’t care about fitting in with a bunch of jerks and I just love how he found acceptance with who he is and wouldn’t let anyone tell him to be someone else.


What are the elements of a great romance for you?
I’ve read so many romances that I can anticipate the encounter, the kiss, the breakup, the reunion. Which means, I need to write romances that surprise and intrigue me because I don’t want to stop reading them! I just need to read romances that break the mould. And so I write romances I want to read.

I love writing and reading about:
-A troubled past. This for me adds a layer to the story that we relate to.
-A heated yet memorial encounter. When the love interests meet there has to be some type of explosion. It can be love or hate, the line is fine either way. But the encounter has to be so memorable that it haunts the reader for pages. In His Holy Stare she’s looking in a garbage can and offers him her hand to shake. Only Brother James can’t take it because he’s covered in grease and holding a romance novel. The moment should be awkward and uncomfortable but the romance he’s holding is what changes the entire scene. Why does a Brother have a romance in his hands?
-A defiance. I do like forbidden things and to defy, so yes, someone has to be breaking a rule or smashing their beliefs to hell. Like in His Forbidden Stare when Alain decides not to lie to Mel the first time they meet, even though he’s not supposed to tell anyone who hit him or who killed Mel’s father.
-A firm belief. I like characters who stand by their beliefs, so this is the opposite of the last one. Someone who will not break their beliefs. They will question them, test them, suffer them, but in the end, they will stand firm to them. It might be the hero, but it might be his hero…
-Symbolism. This is so important in any story. Holding a pendant from someone the hero loved but lost is symbolic. When the hero doesn’t kiss the heroine but clutches the pendant, as a reader we feel his conflict. Later when he tosses the pendant in the river, we let go with him. Symbols are how we show emotions.
But of course, word choice and sentence structure are also important. In an exceptional romance that moves the reader to tears or laughter or gasps, every word is chosen like a step in a dance. If he acts, she reacts. If she moves, he mirrors… A dance of utter seduction that takes passion to craft.

Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?

You are an artist. With that comes a certain responsibility to pass on our current beliefs, our current speaking patterns…to just be a reflection of our times. Master your craft, be proud of every word you choose. Push yourself like no one else will. But! Above all, have fun because every story I was swept up in was written with passion, not rules.