Good morning, Kurt and welcome to My Book Addiction and More today…

Hi April, thank you for the interview.

MBA: Tell our readers a little about yourself?

KURT: I was previously a financial executive and semi-professional bicycle racer. I graduated Brown University and Columbia Law School. When I retired from finance, I moved to Malibu, which is also famous for it wildland fires . The the first year I was there, a wind-driven fire burned literally to my front door. It destroyed my neighbor’s home and a church on our corner. The next month, an arson fire less than a mile away destroyed 50 homes and caused $500 million in damage. I watched the Los Angeles County Fire Department in action and decided to learn more about firefighting.

MBA:  What made you want to write firefighters mystery novels?
      KURT: The Los Angeles County Fire Deparetment has been wonderful. I have had great access. I
was fortunate enough to attend several training academies, ride along with the firefighters and actually see some major fires. People don’t really know much about what firefighters do (other than put the wet stuff on the hot stuff) and I thought it would be fun to write novels about firefighters. Each of my novels concerns a specific firefighting discipline: One Foot in the Black – Wildland Firefighting /Red Flag Warning – Arson
/ Code Blood – Fire Paramedics. Each book deals with an external mystery involving the particular firefighting discipline and an internal mystery involving the firefighter himself. I am currently working on my fourth book calledHazardous Material, involving the HazMat Squad. I maintain an author/firefighter website which has some incredible fire and firefighting pictures, as well as stories from firefighters, which may interest your readers:

MBA: What or who was your inspiration for writing?

KURT: I’ve always dreamed of being a writer. When someone tells me how much they enjoyed one of my books, that is a great thrill. The idea of leaving behind a few novels which will be read and enjoyed is a contribution to the world. Especially at a time when writing and reading seem to be losing favor.

MBA: In CODE BLOOD, your hero, Colt Lewis, finds a women whose foot has been severed and can’t be found. Is there a particular reason this story appealed to you?
  KURT: This is based on a true story which a fire paramedic told me about an accident on Pacific Coast
Highway. In a freak situation, a truck hit a metal light pole and sheared it off. As the pole fell, the jagged metal base cut off the foot of a woman standing nearby. When the paramedics arrived it took quite a while to find the foot–it was lodged underneath the engine of the truck. I wondered what kind of story would it be if someone came out of a beachside restaurant with a take home bag, picked up the foot, and took it home and put it in the freezer. That’s the Code Blood story, and it isn’t a comedy.

MBA: Can you tell our readers a few tidbits about your future project(s)?
  KURT: I have spent the last few months up in the high desert outside of Los Angeles in a town called Lancaster. It is the HQ of the County Fire Department’s HazMat Response Team. Lancaster is also the home of Edwards Air Force Base (where the Space Shuttle lands) and was also known at the methamphetamine capital of the U.S. My new character Bucky, a HazMat Specialist, gets himself involved with some nasty bikers and some strange aerospace people. Stay tuned!

MBA: With the holidays fast approaching, can you tell our readers what your favorite part of the holidays are?Why?
  KURT: I grew up in Colorado and lived on the east coast for many years. I loved the quiet winter landscape during the holidays. Deep powder snow falling and collecting on the ground and the absolute silence. In Los Angeles, I have to be satisfied with Christmas lights dangling from Palm trees, motorcycle riders heading up Pacific Coast HIghway and a drop in temperature all the way down to the low 60’s.

MBA: Now tell our readers where to find you and where your boooks are available?

 KURT: My books are available through my website ( < on Amazon and Barnes + Noble in paperback and Kindle, in all the other e-book formats, and can be ordered through any bookstore.

Thank you Kurt Kamm,for visiting with My Book Addiction and More today…



Publisher:MCM Publishing (November 15, 2011)


ISBN-13: 978-0979855139

Book Description

Publication Date: November 15, 2011 Colt Lewis, a rookie fire paramedic, is obsessed with finding the severed foot of his first victim after she dies in his arms. His search takes him into the connected lives of a graduate research student, with the rarest blood in the world and the vampire fetishist who is stalking her. Within
the corridors of high-stakes medical research laboratories, the shadow world of body parts dealers, and the underground Goth clubs of Los Angeles, Lewis uncovers a tangled maze of needles, drugs and maniacal ritual, all of which lead to death. But whose death? An unusual and fast-paced LA Noir thriller.


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Good morning Carla and welcome to My Book Addiction and More…
MBA: Tell our readers a little about yourself?
CK: After living in North Dakota (loved it) for 13 years, my husband retired and we moved to Wellington, Utah. Wellington is a town with an entirely appropriate name, since I’ve written so many Regency Romances. I even had Wellington as a minor character in one of them. I’ve written some 28 novels, if I count two that will be out in January and June. I have two Rita Awards from Romance Writers of America for Best Regency of the Year, and two Spur Awards from Western Writers of America, for best short story of the year. I enjoy writing, and many of my “real” jobs have been writing related: PR work for a tertiary care hospital; feature writer and columnist for a North Dakota daily newspaper; PR coordinator for a hospice. Other jobs have been history-related, which remains my primary interest: Ranger in the National Park Service; contract researcher for the North Dakota Historical Society; adjunct history prof at a small ND university.
I have five grown children and one mostly grown husband, and a kitten named Boo. I never read romance fiction, preferring crime fiction for my escape reading.
MBA: What made you decide to write “Marian’s Christmas Wish”?
CK: I wrote the book originally in 1989, and it was published by Signet. When I left Signet to start writing for Harlequin, I took my copyrights with me. When I started writing for Cedar Fort last year, I mentioned that I had these Signet copyrights. Within the next year or so, five of those old Signet titles will be released as ebook, and some as both ebook and paperback.
        I wrote Marian’s Christmas Wish because I like writing Christmas short stories, and felt this story had the plot to go into novel form, instead. I based the eccentric Wynswich family on my five children, who were mostly all home at the time, except the eldest. My three daughters were at an age when they were mature one moment, and childish the next. And so are Marian and Ariadne. Art does sometimes imitate life.
 MBA: What is the weidest pierce of writing advice you have received that really worked? 
 CK: I asked a professional writer with 11 children (my creative writing prof at Weber State University) to give me some writing advice. “Sleep fast,” he told me. Crazy, but it works.
MBA: Out of all the stories you have written which one has been your favorite and why?
CK: Hard to say. I find that my favorite characters are usually the ones I am currently writing. If forced to decide, I’d say Julia Darling and her Mr. Otto in “Borrowed Light,” and then Mrs. Drew of “Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand.”  My favorite book is “Here’s to the Ladies: Stories of the Frontier Army,” published by Texas Christian University Press. Part of my pleasure in that short story collection is the setting: Fort Laramie and Fort Buford, where I worked as a ranger. I dedicated it to my ranger colleagues at Fort Laramie, men I still see often. (Indian Wars historians are a small, tight-knit crew.)
MBA: What are some of your writing rituals?
 CK: No rituals. I sign a contract, and meet a deadline.
MBA: What were some of the challenges in writing “Marian’s Christmas Wish”?
 – Finding time when my kids would leave me alone long enough to write! (Refer to question 3)
MBA:  Now, Carla, tell our readers where to find you and where to purchase your books?
CK: You can find my books via Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. In Utah, add Deseret Book and Seagull Books, for the LDS-themed books. One of my short story anthologies is found at Indian Wars Park Service sites.
Carla, is there anything you would like to add?
CK: The publishing business is having a bonanza right now, as publishers scramble to get ebook rights on older titles. Signet, my old publisher, will be offering four of my earlier Signet titles, starting in January.An independent publisher will be doing my first novel, Daughter of Fortune (set in 1680 New Mexico). It’s a hard book to find right now. (Hardback copies sell for more than $300.)  The ebook revolution will make it and other out-of-print books available to a wider/new audience. This is true with most veteran writers, whose early books are not currently available in ebook format. Makes for crazy times.
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Thank you Carla  for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with us today…Have a great day….

Publisher:Cedar Fort, Inc. (September 8, 2011)


ISBN-13: 978-1599559537

SOURCE: Received for review from the publisher and Net Galley

Book Description

Publication Date: September 8, 2011
Miss Marian Wynswich is a rather unconventional young lady. She plays chess, reads Greek, and is as educated as any young man. And she s certain falling in love is a ridiculous endeavor and vows never to do such a thing. But everything changes when she receives a Christmas visit from someone unexpected— a young and handsome English lord.


MARIAN’S CHRISTMAS WISH by Carla Kelly is an exciting historical romance set in Regency England. It is a fun quick read with witty charming characters. It is written with depth and details. This is the story of Marian Wynswick ,delightful,quick witted,snart,young lady her family and the charming,handsome Lord Ingraham.Their misadventures,passion,danger,love,healing,holiday spirit,mystery,and romance. “Marian’s Christmas Wish” is a light hearted that will have you turning pages from beginning to end as you watch young Marian grow into a beautiful women and Lord Ingraham find the love of his life,perhaps,if he can change his ways. I so enjoyed this delightful story of Christmastime miracles,and the coming together of a wild,lovable family who are in dare straits, for the Wynswick’s father left them nearly poverty stricken. Marian and her youngest brother Alistair’s adventures will have you laughing out loud. A must read for any historical romance,holiday,readers who enjoy a fun read with lovable characters that steal your heart as they try to control their fate and perserve their family’s way of life. Received for review from the publisher. Details can be found at Cedar Fort Inc. and My Book Addiction and More.






















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MBA: Amanda,please tell our readers a little about yourself?

(photo from author’s website)

    AS:    I am a fourth-generation Californian, have taught first and second grade, junior college history, Red Cross water safety, elementary swimming, and advanced swimming. Penguin USA’s Signet published my first romance, The Fugitive Heiress and I have written 58 books so far. My publishers include, Signet, Doubleday, Dell, Kensington (Zebra), and Warner Books (now Grand Central Publishing, Forever, which is a division of Hachette Book Group USA). Every manuscript I’ve written has been published. I love hiking, kayaking, and doing almost anything with children, dogs, or cats. A longer bio is located at and readers can also reach me through the email link on my website or at I love to hear from readers, have learned a great deal from them, and I answer all messages.

MBA:  What made you want to write about the Scots & Highlander, if anything?

AS:    I’ve written books set in the English Regency and Victorian periods and books set in Wales, as well as the Scottish Historicals I’m writing now. I have a master’s degree in British history with an emphasis on England and Scotland, and my heritage is Scottish on both sides with the addition of Welsh on my father’s side. Although I have written a number of books set in the Highlands and have ancestors who were Fergusons from Galloway or Perth, and Jamisons from Clan Gunn and Orkney, most of my Scottish ancestors hail from the Borders (Scott, Douglas, Logan, and related septs). I tell people I have horse thieves (reivers) hanging from every branch of the family tree.

MBA:   Is Highland Hero a part of a series, if so how many books will be in this series?

     AS:  Highland Hero is book 2 in my Scottish Knights trilogy. Book 1 was Highland Master [Forever, February 2011] and Book 3 will be Highland Lover [Forever, April 2012]. These stories take place in early fifteenth-century Scotland at a time when the third person in line for the Scottish throne was determined to rule Scotland, the heir to the throne was a reckless, womanizing profligate, and the second in line was a seven-year-old boy. Three close friends, all knights who studied together under the Bishop of St. Andrews but who never knew each other’s full names, will do all they can to aid the rightful heir in his battle against the murderous efforts of his wicked uncle to seize Scotland’s throne. In Highland Hero, Sir Ivor Mackintosh, known at St. Andrews only as “Hawk,” is summoned by the King and asked to transport his grace’s younger son, seven year old Jamie Stewart, in secrecy, across Scotland to the safety of Bishop Traill’s guardianship at St. Andrews Castle. The inspiration for the plot came from a Scottish bard’s tale that I’d read, which also resulted in Ivor’s being named Ivor (meaning archer) and his having become the finest archer in Scotland. The first chapter of Highland Hero is posted on my website at

MBA:  Can you give our readers a few tidbits about any upcoming project(s)?

    AS: The next and last book in my Scottish Knights trilogy is the aforementioned Highland Lover [Forever April 2012]. Its hero is Sir Jacob “Jake” Maxwell, who appeared as a boy in King of Storms, much of which tales place on a ship that Jake’s father captains until the hero “borrows” it with Jake and his father aboard. [Forever, August 2007]. Now grown, Jake is a knight of the realm and captain of his own galley, the Sea Wolf. To introduce a fictional secondary character from an earlier series as the hero of a new one is a first for me. But Jake’s background eminently qualified him to become a member of the St. Andrews brotherhood established (fictionally) by Bishop Walter Traill, which connects the 3 heroes in the trilogy. My next trilogy, Lairds of the Loch, is in the works, too. The three books in that series will have heroes from clans on or near Loch Lomond, an area that connects the Highland with the Lowlands. Most clans there, though not all, are considered to be Highland clans. The loch’s north and west banks are Highland, its south and southeastern areas generally Lowland. But clans in the latter areas often controlled lands on other shores too. The heroine of Book 1, Lady Andrena MacFarlan, is based on Camilla, a warrior-huntress who was close to Diana, Roman goddess of the hunt, and Andrena has a few extraordinary skills of her own. She can “read” people’s emotions and intentions with extraordinary accuracy—people, that is, except for the hero, Magnus Og Galbraith, who is a veritable giant with a mind of his own.

MBA:  Amanda, with the holiday season approaching, tell our readers one of your favorite memories of the holidays?

     AS:  Curling up by the fireplace in the big living room at my grandparents’ ranch with my three siblings and a host of cousins, all of us kids in pajamas and robes, in a tangle of bodies, listening to our parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents swapping funny stories—or all of us, adults and kids, too, listening to my grandfather read Dickens’ Christmas Carol or recite long poems from memory. I think it was an effort on the adults’ part to wear us out or bore us silly, hoping we’d go to bed (and sleep), so they could play Santa Claus. Never worked. A few of us would always creep downstairs to keep listening to them talk until my dad or one of the other dads would hear someone giggle and send us to bed, threatening dire things if we did it again.


By Amanda Scott

ISBN: 978-0-446-57430-3



Available now in mass market

When Scotland’s Queen Annabella dies, her devastated niece, Lady Marsaili Cargill, takes charge of the seven-year-old prince James, who is second in line to the throne. But rumors abound that the King’s brother—the Duke of Albany—will stop at nothing to fulfill his ambition to govern Scotland. But before Marsi can help the young prince escape to the safety of St. Andrews Academy, she will need to confront the men seeking to use her—and accept the help of the King’s devoted master archer, Sir Ivor Mackintosh. With traitors and assassins all around, Marsi and Ivor must risk all for the little prince James, while hoping for a future that will allow their love to flourish.



                                                                                                                                              (photo from author’s website)

 MBA: Tell our readers a little about yourself?

      MM: I grew up in small towns in northern Michigan, but I’ve lived most of my adult life in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, where I met my husband and we’ve raised our kids. Becoming an author is a second career for me. I was the first lawyer in my family and spent many rewarding—but rather wearing—years in jobs devoted to improving services for abused children and care for the elderly.

MBA: What was your inspiration, if anything, in writing “The Sinner”?

     MM: History inspires me. Because I write adventurous romances, I look for a period with a lot of conflict. I found exactly what I wanted in the year 1513, in the wake of the Scots’ disastrous loss to Henry VIII’s forces at the Battle of Flodden.  The chaos that followed gave me the opportunity to have my four Highland heroes return from France to find their king and chieftain dead, a rebellion brewing, factions fighting for control of the crown, and their clan in grave danger. What fun!

I still had to find a clan for my Highland heroes. When I discovered that the first chieftain of the MacDonalds of Sleat had six sons by six different women and that the animosity among the six sons led to two generations of murder, I knew I had found my clan. J

Alex is the bad boy of this series. Because this charming rogue is so set against being married, I was inspired to pair him up with a serious-minded heroine who is adamantly opposed to marriage, particularly to a known philanderer like him.

MBA:  Can you tell our readers why you enjoy writing about the Highlanders and/or  Scotland?

       MM: I like my heroes swinging swords and my romances adventurous, so writing historicals set in the Highlands suits me perfectly.

MBA: Can you give our readers a few tidbits on your upcoming project(s)?

     MM: I have two more books in this series, Duncan’s book, THE WARRIOR, and Connor’s book, THE CHIEFTAIN.  All four of the heroes appear in each other’s books, which is fun for me because I don’t have to let them go so quickly, and readers seem to enjoy it, too.  Many of them have told me they are anxious for Duncan’s story because they want to see him happy at last after having his heart broken years ago by Connor’s sister.

(coming in 2012)

                                                  (coming in 2013)








MBA:   Last but not least, Margaret, with the holiday season approaching, can you give our readers a few of your favorite family traditions for the holiday season?

      MM: I love Christmas. We always do a lot of baking and have a huge Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.  Decorating the tree together as a family is really important to me. We play the same Christmas music every year, and the kids have memories attached to many of the ornaments that they made or received as gifts when they were little.

 Now for my mother’s whine. Since my kids went off to college, it’s become so difficult to coordinate their schedules that last year it was Christmas Eve before I got my tree up. But Mom’s putting her foot down, and this year it will be up earlier!

(from the author’s website)

THE SINNER – Slide Show Here is a slide show of photos I took in Scotland of some of the lovely settings & castles that are in THE SINNER. Click on “show info” on the upper right for descriptions. Enjoy!


By Margaret Mallory

ISBN: 978-0-446-58310-7



Available November 1 in mass market

Alex MacDonald is known for his skill as a warrior, his prowess with women, and his vow to never take a wife. But now his chieftain has asked him to make the ultimate sacrifice: wed Glynis MacNeil, a lass famed throughout the Highlands for her exquisite beauty—and defiant ways. Familiar with heartbreak, Glynis refuses to fall for another handsome scoundrel. Yet when Alex’s past sins force an unlikely union, Glynis gives in to temptation and becomes his wife. Will their newfound passion be strong enough to fight the enemy that threatens their home, their clan, and their very lives?


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IT IS OUR PLEASURE TO WELCOME CAROLYN BROWN,AUTHOR OF “Happy Ever After…one story at a time!”stories today to My Book Addiction and More…..

Good morning!

Thank you for inviting me to stop here on my blog tour for Darn Good Cowboy Christmas, the third book in the Spikes & Spurs series which has now grown to at least seven books with secondary characters popping up out of the woodwork begging me to extend it to even more books. About a year ago, my editor asked for a
Christmas book for this fall. Of course, since I love writing about the holidays, I quickly jumped on the idea then wondered where in the world I’d get something fresh and new that romance readers would want to read. That very day my husband and I drove out west of our little hometown and there was a carnival setting up and Liz Hanson popped right up on my shoulder and began telling me the story. But I understand there’s questions to be answered so maybe I’ll best get on to them.

MBA: Carolyn, tell our readers a little about yourself for those who do not know your work?

     CB:  I’ve been writing for more years than I can remember. I sold my first two books in 1997 on the same day to Kensington for their Precious Gems line. That line quit a couple of years later and I went on to the literary market where I settled in and sold thirty six books there before Deb Werksman from Sourcebooks and I met. Since then I’ve been up to my eyeballs in sexy, hot cowboys. And dear hearts, I’m not griping one bit about them.

MBA: What made you decide write sassy, sexy contemporary romance with the cowboy theme?

       CB: One day when I was working on a historical series, this girl named Milli Torres decided to bug me every day and even haunted my dreams wanting me to write her story. I told her I was into the historical scene and her story was way to hot and sexy for a sweet historical book, but she was a relentless hussy. In the end, it was write it or not sleep! So I wrote and luckily Deb Werksman from Sourcebooks liked Milli and Beau Luckadeau, the hero who was as relentless as Milli in the long run. I thought I was writing a single title book but Deb asked for at least two more. I remember telling her that Beau was the youngest of all his brothers and they were all married. Her answer was, “Carolyn, he has all those sexy cousins,” so my lucky trilogy was born: Lucky in Love, One Lucky Cowboy and Getting Lucky. And that began a love affair with sassy women, sexy cowboys and with an old honky tonk bar thrown in with the second series. From there we progressed on to Spikes & Spurs and I’m still coming up with ideas that hopefully my editor will continue to like.

MBA: In Darn Good Cowboy Christmas, how did you decide on the setting and who the hero and heroine would be?

     CB: I asked Deb at the time we discussed a Christmas book which secondary character from the O’Donnell’s she wanted me to write about and she left that up to me. I loved Raylen from the Love Drunk Cowboy and Red’s Hot Cowboy books so I decided he was the hero. Then I saw that carnival and boom, the story was there!

MBA: Was it hard to write a Darn Good Cowboy Christmas, since it is a Christmas story, or did the story just flow out?

     CB: Oh, honey, it flowed like melted butter on a blistering hot Oklahoma summer day.

MBA: Were Raylen and Lizelle ready to have their story told or a little reluctant?

    CB: Raylen had been waiting nearly fifteen years for Liz to make another appearance in his life. He’d almost given up on ever seeing her again. And Liz had measured every cowboy she’d ever met by a yardstick with Raylen O’Donnell written in bold letters down the middle. So, yes, they were so very ready to meet again and get their story told. Liz had a little trouble clipping her traveling wings and putting down roots, but hey, Raylen was right there and more than willing to help her get planted firmly in that Texas dirt and in his heart.

MBA: What tidbits can you give our readers on your next project?

CB: Right now the WIP is number six in the Spikes & Spurs series which is Dewar’s story. He took on the job of trail boss on a reenactment of the Chisholm Trail cattle drive as a trial run for a reality television show. He expected a man to show up with the title of journalist for the reality show. He wouldn’t have taken on the job if he’d known that H. B. McKay was a red-haired, spit-fire woman. One month of herding cattle dup the Trail has lots of surprises in store for both of them.  The next book on the publication docket is One Hot Cowboy Wedding, April 2012 which will be followed by Mistletoe Cowboy (another Christmas cowboy book) in October 2012. After those two, then Just a Cowboy (working title of number six) will be published. AND I’m very excited about a woman’s fiction, Sinful Delights, which will come out in the fall of 2012 also. It’s my debut into this genre and I can’t wait to see it in print or to write the next one!

MBA: Carolyn, you also write a historical romance line, which do you believe is easier to write or which do you enjoy writing more, historical or contemporary?

CB: I’ve enjoyed writing both but the last contracted historical came out in August, A Trick of the Light, which was the final installment in the Angels & Outlaws trilogy for Avalon. I’m having such a good time with my sexy cowboys and now with the woman’s fiction that I’d have to say at this point contemporary is my thing. As for which is easier: they both have their pros and cons. Historical requires extensive research but then so does contemporary. I watched hours of belly dancing for Darn Good Cowboy Christmas and wished I was twenty years younger so I could do it, too.

CB: Anyone else have questions? I’ll be around all day to answer them so come on in and let’s visit.

Darn Good Cowboy Christmas by Carolyn Brown—In Stores NOW!

He’s One Hot Cowboy

Raylen O’Donnell is one smokin’ hot cowboy. He could have any woman he wants, but he’s never been able to forget a certain dark-haired girl who disappeared from his life. So when she suddenly returns to the ranch
nexct door, Raylen’s not fixing to let her get away again…

And She’s Out for a Sizzlin’ Christmas

Raised in a traveling carnival, Lizelle Hanson thought all she wanted was a house that didn’t have wheels and a sexy cowboy for her very own. But settling down’s going to take some getting used to, and cathing Raylen, the hotter-than-hell cowboy next door, might just take a little holiday magic…

Sneak peeks …





About the Author

Carolyn Brown is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with more than forty books published, and credits her eclectic family for her humor and writing ideas. She writes bestselling single title cowboy and country music mass market romances. Born in Texas and raised in southern Oklahoma, Carolyn and her husband now make their home in the town of Davis, Oklahoma, where she is working on her next book, One Hot Cowboy Wedding, which will be in stores in April 2012.

For more information, please visit


Thanks, Carolyn for visiting with us today…

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Thanks to Danielle at Sourcebooks,we are offering 2 lucky commenters a print  copy of ‘DARN GOOD COWBOY CHRISTMAS” by Carolyn Brown. (1 copy 2 winners each). Open to U.S. and Canada residents only. No P.O. Boxes please. Please leave an email address in your comment to contact the winner. Giveaway will run from today November 17,2011 until November 24,2011.


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It’s Never Too Late To Learn

I learned a lot in writing Entrapped. The novel is set in northern Alberta, Canada. I spent some time there, driving around the countryside,talking to farmers and ranchers and rig hands, and the first thing I learned is
that it’s a stunning part of the world, really breathtaking in its natural beauty. The Rocky Mountains, the rivers, the boreal forest, the endless fertile plains.

However, Alberta is super-rich in oil and gas deposits, and the second thing I learned is that there’s a war going on between Big Oil and landowners. In Alberta, landowners cannot prevent oil and gas producers from putting rigs on their land. The producers pay for the right, and pay well, and many farmers are happy to take the money. But many are not, they want no part in oil and gas production, yet by law they can’t stop the producers.

The third thing I learned is that in Alberta a landowner owns only the six inches of topsoil. They can build homes and run livestock and grow crops and that profit is all theirs. But beneath that topsoil the province owns the land and sells the mineral rights to producers.

Finally, I learned a chilling new word: “overburden.” That’s what oil and gas producers call the trees, grass, ponds, wildlife etc. on the land – everything they scrape away to get at the oil and gas. The living things are just a nuisance, and their removal is just another expense for the corporation in getting to the “pay dirt.”

I guess that’s four things I learned. And since I’ve already gone over the limit, let me add one more. I learned that although people, whether in Alberta or anywhere, may feel powerless against the might of
corporations and their bought political enablers, when people take a vocal
stand against corporate environmental abuses, things can change.

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Thank you,Barbara, for taking the time out of your business schedule to visit with us today….

List of works by Barbara Kyle:

BEYOND RECALL (pen-name ‘Stephen Kyle’) 2000, Warner Books
THE EXPERIMENT (pen-name ‘Stephen Kyle’) 2003, Warner Books
AFTER SHOCK (pen-name ‘Stephen Kyle’) 2002, Warner Books
THE QUEEN’S LADY 2008, Kensington Books
THE KING’S DAUGHTER 2009, Kensington Books
THE QUEEN’S CAPTIVE 2010, Kensington Books
THE QUEEN’S GAMBLE 2011, Kensington Books

Entrapped by Barbara Kyle

“A novel of high stakes: life and death, love, and oil.”

Set in Alberta, Canada, Entrapped is the story of Liv Gardner, an ambitious young oil executive intent on stopping farmer Tom Wainwright who is sabotaging her rigs after a spill of lethal “sour” gas poisoned his wife. Desperate to save the company she built, Liv plants evidence to frame Tom. But when the evidence is used to indict him for a murder he didn’t commit, only Liv can save him.

Author: Barbara Kyle
Genre: Fiction – Thriller/Suspense
Published by: Barbara Kyle (June 15, 2011)
Age Recommendation: 18+ For Mild Sexuality
Format: eBook


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MBA: Tell your readers a little about yourself?

ASHLEY: I’m a stay-at-home mommy to two preschoolers,and when I’m not wiping snotty noses, kissing boo boos, or performing myshort-order cook duties, I’m writing. That’s pretty much my life. Wow. Put like that, I’m kind of boring.  

MBA: What made you decide to write this paranormal genre?

    ASHLEY: Write what you read is advice I’ve always obeyed.I’m a lover of all things that go bump in the night, from vampires, to demons,to ghouls and ghosts. I also love angels, faeries, and elves. And I’m a sucker for a great romance. I guess it just seemed like a natural extension to write in the genre I love, but the paranormal is fairly light in The Calling. The book straddles both contemporary romance and paranormal romance. I love reading both, and that shows in the story. 
MBA: How do you feel your writing has grown over the years?

      ASHLEY: Well, I’ve only been writing for two years, but I’ve logged over 450,000 written words during that time. The first year was a crash course in the basics—not using too many adverbs, avoiding passive
sentences, showing not telling. In 2011, I’ve focused on pacing, emotion, and motivation.  It’s fun to compare my first attempts at writing to how I write now. Night and day. That’s all I have to say. And to anyone who thinks writing is all talent: that’s totally not true. It can be learned. I’m proof. Also, an author is always evolving. I’m sure I’ll read The Calling five years from now and cringe at my word choices. At least I hope
I do, because that will mean I’ve grown as a writer.
MBA: What is the weirdest piece of writing advice you got that actually works?

  ASHLEY: “Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very“; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” Mark Twain

 I love Mark Twain!

MBA: With the holidays fast approaching, what are some of your favorite music, movies, drink, food, holiday, and family traditions?

       ASHLEY: My absolute favorite holiday tradition is the day after Thanksgiving when my family puts on A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack, breaks out the tree, and starts decorating. Nothing warms my heart more than seeing my husband string lights around the tree to Linus and Lucy singing. Tinsel and ornaments are strewn on the floor, with the kids plucking through them and finding their favorites. When the tree is all decorated, about seventy-five percent of the ornaments are on the very bottom because the kids can’t reach any higher. I’m smiling just thinking about it.
MBA: If you could change anything in your writing career what would it be and why?

ASHLEY: If my writing career is defined by when my first book became available to the public, then nothing. It’s only been available for a little over a month, so I haven’t had much time to wish I could change
anything. In five years, I’m sure I’ll have a list a few miles long. If my career encompasses when I first put pen to paper, a small part of me wishes I had waited another year before I published so that I could continue to improve my craft, but the response to The Calling has been great so far. Plus, I’m the type of person that cannot under any circumstances spend more than a year on a novel before I have to start the next
one. So if I had waited another year, The Calling probably would have been pushed to the side and maybe never released. That would have been a shame because I’ve met so many wonderful people during the publishing process. 
MBA: What is on the horizon for you, Ashley?

 ASHLEY: I’ll sum it up in two words: Killing Abel. That’s my next book, scheduled to release in the Fall of 2012, maybe sooner. It’s an urban fantasy about a band of immortal brothers and the woman who tears their world apart. Killing Abel is the first in a five book series, and it’s actually the first story I ever wrote. In other words, it’s going through extensive edits to fix all the bad habits I had back when I wrote it. I’ve never seen so many adverbs on one page in my life! If you want to know more about it, you can find the blurb and the
first chapter here.
MBA: Last, but not least, tell our readers where to find you and where to purchase your books?

    ASHLEY: You can find me on my blog:

Twitter: AshleyLWillis!/AshleyLWillis

Facebook The Calling Page:

Facebook Author Home:

You can purchase The Calling at these places:




Ashley: Thanks you April and Wendy for having me!

MBA: You are so welcome,please visit with us again, soon!

Thank you Ashley, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with us today….

The Calling

  • Publisher:CreateSpace (October 28, 2011)
  • ISBN-10:1466464755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466464759
Mandy Hardy lost more than a breast to cancer; she lost her
fiancé when he dumped her a week before her mastectomy. Her ego bruised and her self-esteem battered, Mandy’s sure she’ll never fall in love again.
Justin Seward is a headstrong Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer
with a heart of gold and the supernatural ability to command the seas. He had to hide his feelings while Mandy was engaged to his best friend.
Now dear readers go forth and tweet,facebook,like and if you do not already have “The Calling” by Ashley Lynn Willis go forth and purchase.
Thanks to Ashley we are offering 1 lucky commenter an e-book copy of “THE CALLING” by Ashley Lynn Willis. Open globally. This giveaway will run from today November 15 until November 22,2011. **Please leave your email address in your comment. This informationWILL NOT BE SHARED.
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Top 5 Most Important Moments in My Life by Jay Rankin

  1. I’m sure one of the most significant times in my life was my father leaving the family. He left when I was four years old. He had actually decided to live in Las Vegas. Of course, this had a pretty big effect on me for many years. I had some behavioral problems as well as some bouts with anger, anxiety, and depression. As I grew older, I had thought I finally put it all to rest until I had my own child. The effects of my father’s abandonment came back at me like a tidal wave. Holding my little boy seemed to open my own personal wounds. When I look into my child’s eyes I still can’t believe how my dad could have left. My pendulum has swung the other way making sure my son will never feel what I felt.
  2. Receiving my master’s degree in psychology was a monumental moment in my life. I had lacked self confidence in myself and never thought I was capable of doing the work and retaining the information in order to get this degree. I took it one day at a time. Each day I came home from work, closed the shades, made dinner and then studied. It was very difficult for someone like me to focus so intently. My social life was gone, and for two years I lived a life of solitude. It took me three tries to finally pass my final exams. I’m still very proud of myself.
  3. My first love and the breakup that followed had a big effect on me. I always had a difficult time showing my love to someone. I guess the fear of them leaving like my father had, haunted me. It wasn’t that I didn’t love, I was afraid to take the risk of letting myself express the love to someone. When my first big love left, I was devastated. I could barely function for almost a year. I lost almost forty pounds and a day didn’t go by when I wasn’t crying. When I did begin to heal, I was a different person. I felt differently about myself and the world around me. I knew I had to be a more complete person if I was to live a more fulfilling life.
  4. Being selected as a doorman at the MGM was a big moment for me considering the competition. There were well over 1,500 applications for a job opening that needed 7 people. I had absolutely no hotel experience and was given the 7 pm to 3 am shift. The job was like trying to organize and manage a zoo with no cages or fences. I soon realized what it’s like working the other side of the fence in a town without boundaries. This experience also gave me the inspiration and experiences to write a book.
  5. I have saved the last as the #1 most important moment in my life. My son was born. I had no purpose until he arrived. I had never fully loved anyone in my whole life until he looked at me. My emotions, thinking, and philosophy about life has changed because of him.


Find and follow Jay Rankin:

Author Website
Twitter – Under the Neon Sky & Jay Rankin
Facebook Page

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Jay Rankin Book Reading of Under The Neon Sky



MBA: Do you have any other projects in the works?


RAY: I’m always writing or teaching a new writer how to get through one writing or marketing process or
another. There’s also a pilot I co-wrote based on my story that’s circulating around Hollywood. I began as a doorman with a story to tell. Since then I have written a number of articles about Las Vegas. It seems the book cast me as an expert on Las Vegas. I had even been selected to participate on a panel of ex-mobsters who were around Vegas during the mob days. I have been working on several projects including how to survive a Vegas weekend based on some of the sights I’ve seen and what a weekend in Vegas can do to a human.

Under The Neon Sky: A Las Vegas Doorman’s Story by Jay Rankin – NURTURE Book Tour Schedule:

Under the Neon Sky: A Las Vegas Doorman’s Story by Jay Rankin



Read Chapter 1 Excerpt from Under The Neon Sky!

  • National Best Books 2010 Award Finalist – Memoir category, Indie Excellence Book Award  Finalist in the Memoir category and 2011 International Book Award Finalist-Autobiography/Memoir

Synopsis: Under The Neon Sky is a gripping, true story about a Las Vegas doorman who works the graveyard shift at one of the major hotels on the Strip. The sights, smells, and page popping characters are unforgettable as we take a journey that will transform how we used to envision the city that never sleeps. We watch as this doorman begins to emotionally break and wonder if he will become broken seeing his friends, his wife, hotel guests, and himself cross too many boundaries in this riveting, page turning story.

Under The Neon Sky: A Las Vegas Doorman’s Story
Author: Jay Rankin
Genre: Non-Fiction – Autobiography/Memoir
Published by: Jay Rankin (October 10, 2009)
Age Recommendation: 15+ For Mild Sexual Content & Mature Language
Format: Hardcover, Perfect Paperback & eBook
ISBN13: 978-0984210916
Number of pages: 268



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From the author’s website:

Award winning author, Lisa Renee Jones, has published more than fifteen novels in several different languages, spanning multiple genres of romance – contemporary, romantic suspense, dark paranormal and erotic fiction. In each book the hero is dark, dangerous, and sexy. She debuted for both, Nocturne and Blaze, on the Bookscan bestseller list. You can find Lisa on Twitter, Facebook, and her blog for regular updates. Lisa now has a Fan Page at Facebook.



In THE STORM THAT IS STERLING – STERLING LOVES M&M’s –and well, Sterling can be pretty inappropriate when he wants to be lol! He’s got a wicked tongue.  So what’s more fun that the 8 most inappropriate M&M commercial moments to celebrate the release of Sterling!

Enjoy! And when you are done laughingGo to my facebook page and tell me you LOVE how inappropriate STERLING from the THE STORM THAT IS STERLING is and you can win a goodie bag filled with what else: Books and appropriately chocolate M& M’s!  Don’t forget to link Sterling to the Amazon page on facebook and give me the link here!



Sterling Jeter has remarkable powers and has shown himself to be just about indestructible. But beautiful, brilliant Rebecca Burns knows that even a Super Soldier needs comfort, and so much more…

But she can see that deep down, he’s just a man… Sterling and Rebecca’s teenage romance was interrupted,

but years later the heat between them flares back to life. Even though it endangers everything they’re fighting for, it’s impossible to resist picking up right where they left off…

Read an extra excerpt

 Thank you Lisa, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with us today….Lisa I love the you tube trailer,M&M’s are my favorite characters….GO Sterling and Go M&M’s…Thanks for the laugh….

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