RELEASE DAY BLITZ~ THE THIEF’S COUNTESS~~CECELIA MECCA…with #Review

Happy release day, Cecelia Mecca to My Book Addiction and More, today!!

All of us at MBA&M, wish you a very successful adventure!

Without further ado, meet, Dubut author,  Cecelia Mecca!!

The Border Series is set along the Anglo-Scottish border in the 13th century. Why that time and place?

 

I’ve always known I wanted to write an English medieval romance. Although I personally read and love Highlander romances, my primary interest has always been in England; I am an unapologetic Anglophile. I thought it might be fun to use the tumultuous border region with divided loyalties between the English and Scottish as a backdrop for the series. As for the time period, I wanted to pre-date the Scottish Wars of Independence since so much has already been written during that time period.

 

 MBA&M: Where do you get your story ideas?

I begin with the history. One detail from a real-life event or person often sparks an entire story.

 

And the characters?

Again, real-life inspiration is essential. Rather than flush out every aspect of a character, I usually begin with a person I know in mind. From there I conduct a character interview and am continually asking myself what motives the character? What are his/her external and internal goals? How does every action in the book reflect the desire to achieve those goals? I keep a chart of every scene and “fact check” myself against it after each writing session.

 

How many books will the Border Series include?

This has been the number one question I’ve received thus far. The prequel novella is out now and book one, The Thief’s Countess, has just been released. I’m currently editing book two and have already begun to plot book three, both of which are expected to release in 2017. In addition, there are at least five or six characters already mentioned whose stories I can’t wait to tell. So I don’t see an end to the Border Series any time soon, although I do not currently have a set number of books in mind.

 

What has been your favorite part of the process so far?

That’s an easy one. Interacting with readers. It’s been so much fun to talk about the characters I’ve lived with for so many years with others. The feedback and support has been almost overwhelming. I began a weekly live video chat on my Facebook page, #MedievalMonday Q&A Giveaway to answer some of the questions I’ve been receiving and reward my amazing readers with goodies along the way. My readers rock!

 

 

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Join the CM Insiders to receive a free prequel novella or purchase on Amazon for .99. Although it can be read as a stand alone, The Ward’s Bride gives a bit of background to Border Series Book One, The Thief’s Countes.

 

 

Blurb

A thief turned reluctant protector… A countess who resents but can’t resist him…

The Reiver

Sir Geoffrey has dedicated his life to exacting revenge on the men who killed his parents and stole his birthright. The son of a baron, he has been reduced to stealing the resources he needs to reclaim his family legacy. Just when he’s on the verge of success, his uncle asks him to put his plans on hold to help protect a wealthy countess. It’s a distraction Geoffrey resents, even more so when he meets Lady Sara. The gorgeous, complicated and alluring lady is everything he’d want in a woman—and everything he can’t have.

 

The Countess

With her betrothed coming to claim her hand in marriage and a distant cousin intent on usurping her earldom, Lady Sara Caiser feels beset by controlling, unwanted men. As if that weren’t enough, her father’s deathbed request was for two lawless border reivers to serve as her protectors. Despite her misgivings, an undeniable attraction pulls her into Sir Geoffrey’s arms. The man she thought nothing more than a thief is more dangerous than she believed, for he’s noble, caring and sinfully attractive. As the threats against her continue to mount, Sara must decide what’s more important—her duty or her heart.

 

You can purchase The Thiefs Countess on Amazon for $2.99. A limited-time special edition includes chapter upgrades, similar to “DVD extras. The upgrades will expires in two weeks.

 

 

Author Biography

A former English teacher, Cecelia combines two of her passions, romance novels and the middle ages, in debut novel The Thief’s Countess. Combining alpha male types and strong female heroines, Cecelia transports readers to an admittedly romanticized time of knights and castles. She lives in Northeast, Pennsylvania with her husband and two young children where she can be found either planning a Disney trip, watching period dramas or convincing her children to watch Star Wars. She is firmly House Stark and Gryffindor.

 

Connect with Cecelia: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads

 

 

 

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BLOG TOUR and GUEST BLOGGER~THE VIRGIN AND THE VISCOUNT~ CHARIS MICHAELS with #Giveaway

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What Is It About a Virgin?

 

When I revealed the title of my second book to one of my writing buddies, she wrote back:  “Nice.  Are virgins like the new dukes?”  Apparently I’m not the only one name-checking virgins these days.  She’d seen it on several other books, not unlike the proliferation of “dukes” of the last couple of years.

 

So, what gives?  What is it about a virgin?

 

Before I go any further, let me acknowledge that not everyone loves a virginal heroine.  In fact, some readers can’t abide them.  Certainly, virgins-as-heroines are not as thick on the ground as they were back in the day, when I read my first romance in the late 1980s.  In today’s contemporary romance, I’d venture to say that virgins are virtually nonexistent.

 

VirginandtheViscountCOVERBut my editor loved the title, The Virgin and the Viscount as soon as I suggested it, and as my friend said, I’m not the only author brandishing the big “V.”  So perhaps this means that there are still a few of us virgin enthusiasts out there.  Hey, I’ll admit, straight up, that one of my favorite romance tropes is a hero who believes a heroine is not a virgin, only to discover, after he deflowers her, that she is (or was).  It’s out-dated and mysoginistic, and even I had to tone down some version of this trope (spoiler alert #1) to make my 1811-set Historical match modern sensibilities (although the resulting scene is still pretty devastating, if I do say so myself).

 

Regardless of who knows who’s a virgin, I still consider an innocent heroine—so long as she’s full of spunk and enthusiasm and healthy curiosity—to be playful and fun and totally sexy.  She certainly offers a lot more interesting fodder for a love scene.  Every romance author approaches these scenes a little differently, but for me, they must advance the story and up the stakes for the hero and heroine.  In other words, they must be remarkable, worth spelling out in graphic detail.  And nothing makes an interlude more worthy of remark or lengthy detail than the first time, especially for my over-the-top characters.

 

Also, virgins are historically accurate.

 

Also, we were all (or still may be) virgins, so we can relate.

 

Also, few sexual experiences are more wildly discussed, lamented, celebrated or VirginandtheViscountCOVER(circling back) discussed than anyone’s first time.  For better or for worse, we relish dishing about this topic. I defy you to think of your best friend and claim you have not heard the story of her first time.

 

Also—well, maybe this is more like a “primarily”—if you know me in real life, you know that I’m an old-fashioned kind of gal, and I simply prefer the virgins  There, I said it.  Or, at least, I prefer my eager, exploratory, and totally in-love virginal heroines.  But hey—even if your not usually a fan of the virginal heroine, consider this:  the leading lady in The Virgin and the Viscount (spoiler alert #2) does not know whether she is a virgin or not.  Either way, I hope you’ll give Lady Elisabeth a try.  And just like your best friend, let’s dish.  Let me know what you think!

 

WOW! Ms. Michaels, for stopping by MBA&M today! Congratulations on your new release!



About THE VIRGIN AND THE VISCOUNT

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In the next sparkling romance in debut author Charis Michael’s Bachelor Lords of London series, a proper viscount meets his match in a beguiling virgin who can’t help but break all the rules.

The Virgin
Lady Elisabeth Hamilton-Baythes has a painful secret. At the innocent age of fifteen, she was abducted by highwaymen and sold to a brothel. After two days, a young lord discovers her and enacts a brave rescue to get her out. Now she’s a grown woman, working to save other girls from the horror she saw that night and never forgetting the young man who rescued her.

The Viscount
Bryson Courtland, Viscount Rainsleigh has overcome an abusive boyhood, neglectful parents, and a bankrupt title to be one of the wealthiest noblemen in Britain. He works tirelessly to be upright and forthright and proper to a fault. Now he requires only one thing: A proper, forthright, proper wife.

The Unraveling
When a charity event puts Lord Bryson and Lady Elisabeth face-to-face, Bryson has no memory of the wounded girl of long ago. All he can see is a perfect candidate to be his future wife. Elisabeth has never forgotten him, but she worries that the brave boy who saved her so long ago has become a rich man with an unfulfilled life.

As a whirlwind courtship reveals the truth, Bryson must accept that Elisabeth is actually a shadow from his dark past, while Elisabeth must show that love is the noblest virtue of all.

 


Prologue

 

VirginandtheViscountCOVEROn April 12, 1809, Franklin “Frankie” Courtland, 6th Viscount Rainsleigh, tripped on a root in the bottom of a riverbed and drowned.  He was drunk at the time, picnicking with friends on the banks of the River Wylye.  According an account later given to the magistrate, his lordship simply fell over, bumped into a fallen log, and sank.

It was there he remained—“enjoying the cool,” or so his friends believed—until he became too heavy, too slippery, and, alas, too dead to revive.  But they did dislodge him; and after that, they claimed he floated to the surface, bobbed several times, and then gently glided downstream.  He was later found just before sunset, face down and bloated (in life, as also in death), beached on a pebble shoal near Codford.

At the time the elder Courtland was sinking to the bottom of the river, his son and heir, Bryson was hunched over a desk in the offices of his fledgling shipping company, waiting for the very moment his father would die.  It had been an exceedingly long, progressively humiliating wait.  Years long—nay, decades.

Luckily for Bryson, for his ships and his future, he was capable of doing more things at once than wait, and while his father drank and debauched his way through all respectability and life, Bryson worked.

It was an unthinkable thing for a young heir and nobleman—to “work”—but Bryson was given little choice, considering the impoverished state of the Rainsleigh crest.  He was scarcely eleven years of age when he made first foray into labor, and not so many years after, into private enterprise.  His life in work had not ceased since.  On the rare occasion that he didn’t work, he studied.

With his meager earnings (he began by punting boats on the very river in which his father later drowned), he made meager investments.  These investments reaped small gains—first in shares in the punting station; later in property along the water; later still, in other industry up and down the river.

Bryon lived modestly, worked ceaselessly, and spared only enough to pay his way through Cambridge, bring up his brother, and see him educated him, as well.   Every guinea earned was reinvested.  He repeated the process again and again, a little less meagerly each time ‘round.

By the time the elder viscount’s self-destructive lifestyle wrought his river- and drink-soaked end, Bryson had managed to accrue a small fortune, launch a company that built and sailed ships, and construct an elaborate plan for what he would do when his father finally cocked up his toes and died.

When at last that day came, Bryson had but one complaint: it took fifty-two hours for the constable to find him.  He was a viscount for two days before anyone, including himself, even knew it.

But two days was a trifle compared to a lifetime of waiting.  And on the day he learned of his inheritance—nay, the very hour—he launched his long awaited plan.

By three o’clock on the fourth day, he’d razed the rotting, reeking east wing of the family estate in Wiltshire to the ground.

Within the week, he’d extracted his mother from the west wing and shipped her and a contingent of discreet caregivers to a villa in Spain.

VirginandtheViscountCOVERWithin the month, he’d sold every stick of furniture, every remaining fork and dish, every sweat-soaked toga and opium-tinged gown.  He burned the drapes, burned the rugs, burned the tapestries.  He delivered the half-starved horses and the fighting dogs to an agricultural college and pensioned off the remaining staff.

By the six-week mark, he’d unloaded the London townhome—sold at auction to the highest bidder—and with it, the broken-down carriage, his father’s dusty arsenal, what was left of the wine stores, and all the lurid art.

It was a whirlwind evacuation, a gutting, really, and no one among polite society had ever witnessed a son or heir take such absolute control and haul away so much family or property quite so fast.

But no one among polite society was acquainted with Bryson Anders Courtland, the new Viscount Rainsleigh.

And no one understood that it was not so much an ending as it was an entirely fresh start.  Once the tearing down ceased, the rebuilding could begin. New viscountsy, new money, new respect, new life.

It was an enterprise into which Bryson threw himself like no other. Unlike all others, however, he could only do so much, one man, alone. For this, he would require another.  A partner.   Someone with whom he could work together towards a common goal.  A collaborator who emulated his precise, immaculate manner. A matriarch, discreet and pure. A paragon of propriety.  A viscountess.  A proper, perfect wife.

 

 


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About CHARIS MICHAELS

Charis Michaels is thrilled to be making her debut with Avon Impulse. Prior to writing romance, she studied Journalism at Texas A&M and managed PR for a trade association. She has also worked as a tour guide at Disney World, harvested peaches on her family’s farm, and entertained children as the “Story Godmother” at birthday parties. She has lived in Texas, Florida, and London, England. She now makes her home in the Washington, D.C.-metro area.

Connect & Socialize!

Website: CharisMichaels.com

Twitter: @CharisMichaels

 

 


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Q&A with author, Jillian David ~RELENTLESS FLAME~ JILLIAN DAVID

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MBA&M: Please tell our readers a little about yourself? 
I double majored in English and premed because I wasn’t 100% certain which direction I’d go. Now, years later, I’m a family doctor who writes books! Since the beginning of forever, I’ve been a science fiction and fantasy geek. So, writing paranormal romance fits perfectly. Also kind of funny, people who know how happy I am in my “real life” are often horrified by the darkness/evil themes in my writing. Apparently, some hidden piece of my soul enjoys things that go bump in the night….
MBA&M: Please give our readers a bit of background about  the “Hell to Pay” Trilogy?Relentless Flame
Hell to Pay started out with a question of “What if I could tell which of my patients would survive and which would die?” Morbid, huh? I also wanted to heal folks just by touching them. Boom. First two heroine powers were born.
 
Then, at the same time, I started playing with the idea of making a deal with the devil. What would happen if it were literally true?
 
Mix in some romance, terror, brimstone, and adventure and that’s the Hell to Pay series.
MBA&M: Who was your most challenging character to write?
In my 3rd book, I have Ruth, a stoic, tormented Indebted with secret powers of her own. Writing her character was hard because she’s super-strong like the other Indebted, but has her own vulnerabilities. The challenge was hitting the right tone between tough and caring. Then, I had to create the >perfect< love interest for her who matched her strength and helped her grow. And of course, he had to be super sexy!
MBA&M: What or who was your inspiration in writing a Paranormal Romance?
I love asking “what if” for everything! Writing paranormal romance means the story is not tied to reality. Things can happen in paranormal romances that wouldn’t happen in a standard romance.
MBA&M: Three words to describe the “Hell to Pay” Trilogy? AND Three words to describe “Immortal Flame”? Immortal Flame
Hell to Pay: Earth-shattering, redemption, nonstop action (okay, that’s more than 3 words…)
 
Immortal Flame: tormented, sexy, death
MBA&M: What’s next for you and your career?
So glad you asked! Book #3 of my series, Flame Unleashed, will be released early this fall, so I want to make sure folks know about it! 
Beyond that, I’ve got another 4-book series outlined. The first book has been written already. It’s a suspense/light paranormal blend that relates to Ruth in Hell to Pay. In this series, we meet the Taggart family, a Wyoming family who have to release their hidden powers to protect their ranch…and those who they love.
MBA&M: What would you say is the most remarkable thing about writing a book/story?
If I get stuck with a plot roadblock or character issue, I’ve learned to go to sleep! As long as I don’t get called in to deliver a baby at 2am, my brain apparently stays active enough to work out the problems. In the morning, more often than not, I wake up with the solution! Oooh — maybe that’s >my< secret power!
MBA&: Do you have anything else you wish to add?
Sure do. Big thanks to My Book Addiction and More to featuring my books on your site! I so appreciate when folks take a chance on a newbie author.
Info for new release: Flame Unleashed. Will be out early fall by Crimson Romance.
(At the time of your post, I will not have the cover…yet…but soon. More information will be available on my website.)
 Thank you for stopping by today! We wish you the very best in your writing career!
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Meet Jillian David…
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Paranormal romance author Jillian David lives at the end of the Earth, where she writes, daydreams, and duct tapes people back together. – See more at: http://www.crimsonromance.com/tag/romance-novels-by-jillian-david/#sthash.rH38kMym.dpuf

Paranormal romance, adventure and suspense. Just what the doctor ordered…

Hell to Pay trilogy: Book #1 Immortal Flame and Book #2 Relentless Flame available now. Book #3 Flame Unleashed coming soon from Crimson Romance!
 For a free sample of her work, please click on: http://jilliandavid.net/sample-pages.html
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Sign up for release news from Amazon:  Visit Amazon’s Jillian David Page
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Immortal. Colossal. Suave. Indebted killer Dante Blackstone has the world at his feet. Every vice, any desire, is his for the asking—until he finds the one person he cannot have: one sweet, diminutive woman who could bring about Dante’s destruction. 

Despite her supernatural ability to heal others, a devastating act of evil has left Hannah Miller broken in body and spirit. As she rebuilds her life while on the lam, a not-so-chance meeting with Dante chips away at the walls surrounding her fragile heart. But before their fledgling love can take flight, Dante’s boss sends an evil minion with one mandate: Eliminate Dante’s new reason to break his eternal contract.

As they fight to survive, Hannah’s amazing gift gives Dante one chance to save them both from the vicious minion. How can any love survive eternal hell and annihilation? 

The answer lies in Dante’s inferno.
 
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GUEST BLOGGER~ELISE de SALLIER~ DUTY AND DESIRE~ with #Rafflecopter Giveaway

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Duty and Desire

Book 2 of The Hearts of Honour Series

by Elise de Sallier

WELCOME ELISE!

Why do you enjoy writing this genre and this setting?

To be honest, I never started out to write historical romance. I was dabbling with writing Twilight fan fiction, purely as a means of escape from the stresss of my job as a high school counsellor, when I came up with a story idea that suited the Regency/Georgian era. Next thing I knew, I was contacted by a publisher and things just snow-balled from there. I do love the Regency era, in particular the country village settings, although since doing copious amounts of research, I’ve decided I definitely would not have wanted to be a woman during those times. I think that’s why I have my heroines push the boundaries as much as possible.

Give readers a little insight into the research and the authenticity involved in writing for this genre?

I’m not a hardcore historian, but I do enjoy researching the culture, dress, speech, and societal standards of the time. I spend hours googling, reading up on the many wonderful Regency Era websites set up by illustrious authors and researchers. Not to mention Wikipedia, of which I have become a great fan. I try to be as authentic as possible, but it can be tricky getting it right. One thing I’ve found about publishing on Amazon is that there are plenty of readers who will let you know if you’ve made an error. 😉

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Release Date: June 18 , 2015

Genre: FICTION / Romance / Historical / Regency / Erotica

ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-383-6

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~~SUMMARY~~

Grace Daniels, the village of Hartley’s resident midwife and herbalist, would like nothing more than to ease the suffering of Jonathan Loring’s young son, Peter. But the widowed Blackthorn estate manager is as prejudiced againstDuty&Desire-3D-Paperback-eReader her illegitimacy as he is her “witchy” profession. When Peter’s physicians say they can do no more for the boy, Jonathan finds himself in the unenviable position of having to turn to the woman whose skills he has scorned.

Drawn together out of duty, Jonathan and Grace’s relationship soon becomes characterised by a not-so-hidden desire. Having found a degree of independence unheard of for a lady, Grace has no intention of submitting to the bonds of matrimony. Not that Jonathan, who has lost his inheritance and has to work for a living, is in any position to propose.

With marriage out of the question, their only option is both shocking and dangerous . . . to become lovers.

~~EXCERPT~~

Accord

Grace Daniels pulled her cloak tightly around her shoulders. The blustery wind tugged strands of her long, black hair free from her bun, intent on using them to whip her face. To add insult to injury, the misty rain—which she could have borne quite easily—was now falling in heavy splats. Several icy drips had worked their way through her worn, woollen wrap, sending shivers down her spine.

What joy.

As the midwife and herbalist for the village of Hartley, Grace traipsed around the countryside in all sorts of weather, but that didn’t mean it wasn’t a trial. She really should have taken up William, the viscount Blackthorn, on his offer to supply her with a horse-drawn chaise. How she would find time to care for a horse was beyond her. There were so few hours left in her day already, certainly not enough for a decent night’s sleep on the rare occasion she wasn’t called out to assist with a birth or an emergency. If the viscount knew the reason for her reluctance, he would probably offer to pay for a stable boy to assist her. But Grace didn’t like to feel beholden—not even to her best friend’s husband—although it was somewhat unavoidable, considering he now funded her work.

Startled by a horse’s whinny, she looked over her shoulder to see—as if conjured from her imagination—just the sort of hooded chaise William had suggested would be suitable for her needs. Unfortunately, the driver was more likely to appear in her nightmares than her daydreams.

Duty-&-Desire-3D-Paperback-1 Jonathan Loring, retired military officer and the Blackthorn Viscountcy’s new estate manager.

“Get in. You can ride with me the rest of the way up to the manor.”

Grace bristled at her unwelcome rescuer’s tone even as the wind tugged at the ribbons of her bonnet. Personable in appearance, with golden hair and a close-trimmed beard, Mr Loring was already well-respected by the local populace, though he had a knack for rubbing Grace the wrong way. If she were a cat, she would have hissed.

“Don’t dawdle, Miss Daniels,” he added in his typically autocratic manner. “There’s no point getting any wetter than you already are, unless you enjoy impersonating a drowned rat?”

Grace narrowed her eyes. She would have given a great deal to be able to turn her back on the obnoxious man and keep walking, but a not-so-distant clap of thunder heralded a strengthening in the storm. If only she hadn’t misread the weather.

“Oh, very well,” she muttered, clambering aboard with little of the attribute for which she was named evident in either movement or demeanour. To make matters worse, the bench seat was barely wide enough to accommodate them both. Leaving a respectable distance between them simply wasn’t possible, as she was forced to squeeze into the narrow space between the sidewall and Mr Loring’s immovable thigh. Thankfully, he made no comment about her damp skirt pressing against him, merely jerked his chin towards the prancing bay gelding.

“I’m sorry I couldn’t climb down to assist you, but Ned’s hard to handle in this weather.”

After placing her bag next to her feet, Grace gave him a withering glance. “That would have been unnecessary, as I am quite capable of getting into a vehicle unaided. It also would have been unwise, as it’s plain to see you need to keep both hands on the reins lest your horse bolt. I’ve no desire to be bowled over and left facedown in the mud.”

“Neither do I, which is why I wasn’t fool enough to attempt the manoeuvre.” Mr Loring huffed a breath while urging his horse to trot up the steep, muddy road that led to Blackthorn Manor. “I was merely trying to explain my less-than-gentlemanly behaviour.”

“Since we both know I’m not a lady, the gesture would have been wasted. Unless you’re trying to convince me you would show the same courtesy to your average, run-of-the-mill servant?”

“If a woman needed my help, then I would render assistance regardless of her station,” he replied, biting off each word as if displaying the early signs of lockjaw.

While the man was as irritating as a prickle in one’s shoe, Grace couldn’t deny she received an inordinate amount of pleasure from goading him.

 

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~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~

A great believer in living happily ever after, Elise began her lifelong obsession with the romance and paranormal genres when she was far too young to be reading either. After more than thirty years of marriage to her very own romantic hero, she now knows great relationships don’t just happen, they take work . . . which doesn’t mean writing about them can’t be a whole lot of fun!Elise

While raising a family, Elise established a career as a counsellor and family therapist. Seeking an escape from the stresses of her work, she discovered the world of fan fiction, and her timid writer’s muse made its voice heard. After 2.3 million hits, 20,000 reviews, and an e-mail from an acquisitions editor at The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House, her life found a new and fascinating direction.

Elise likes to see her characters grow, experience passion and adventure, tackle some difficult issues, and find lasting love . . . eventually.

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Praise for Passion and Propriety, Hearts of Honour, Book 1

“I cannot recommend this author, or her book, highly enough to anyone who is a fan of Regency romance or who would like to dabble in the genre to see if it’s for them, because believe me, after reading this you would definitely be a convert!” Lily Loves Indie

“This is probably one of my favorite historical romances I have read this year.” Jen, Red Hot Books

“I’ll definitely be picking up more books by this author and can’t wait for the next instalment of this series which stars Hannah’s friend, Grace.”Amy Alvis, Historical Romance Lover

“I loved it. That could be my entire review, right there. But I need to gush a bit more. A wounded hero. A woman with a backbone and caring heart. A bit of angst as I wonder if they will overcome the obstacles that stand in their way of true love…. The flow of the story was natural, not rushed, and I enjoyed every page. I’m very happy to hear that there will be more in Ms. de Sallier’s Hearts of Honour series. I want the next one now!” Kathie, First Page to the Last Book Reviews

“This is the third book I’ve read by this author and I couldn’t help falling in love with de Sallier’s characters once again. I was completely taken into the story not just by Hannah and William, but by the secondary characters at the same time… If you enjoy Regency Romance, you will love Passion & Propriety.” Lindsey Gray, Author on Author Book Reviews

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TODAY’S GUEST BLOGGER~RESEARCHING THE FUTURE~ LAURA LIDDELL NOLEN~ THE ARK

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Researching the Future

Laura Liddell Nolen

 

When I set out to write my first book, I didn’t think much about how much time I’d spend researching. The book is set fifty years in the future, just after World War III, so I thought I’d have more leeway in coming up with technology. After all, the sky is the limit- future tech hasn’t even been invented yet! But the more I wrote, the more I felt the need to ground Char’s universe in realistic, nearly-current technology. I also found myself double-checking little details about stuff I thought I knew. Handcuffs, Braille, motor boats, Kevlar, so-called “assault rifles,” you name it, I looked it up!

 

Although I did have lots of fun with the cars. Automobiles of the 2060’s won’t drive unauthorized users, and if they think you’re trying to commit a crime, they shut down entirely. Considering the GPS systems we use today, it wasn’t that much of a stretch. So that gave me some fun rules to work with, especially when you add an escaped convict trying to fight her way into space.

 

The spaceships were another story- definitely fun, but requiring way more research than any other part of the book. There are two main kinds of spacecraft in The Ark. The first are Off-Planet Transports, which hold ten thousand passengers and blast off from earth. They’re a lot like modern-day rockets, but they have thin, aerodynamic spokes that hold the passengers.

 

The other kind, obviously, are the Arks.

 

Arks are a hybrid of a space station and a spaceship. They’re too big to blast off from the earth, so they were constructed in space, like a space station. But they have more propulsion capabilities than a station like the ISS, for example, because they aren’t meant to stay in orbit. They’re travelling to a planetoid in the Kuiper Belt, which is a considerable distance from earth. In that respect, they’re like spaceships.

 

Each Ark is designed to hold a hundred thousand people for several years. Certainly, there are enough resources on earth right now to feed a tiny fraction of our population for a very long time, but you need somewhere to put all that food. Plus, you need terraforming equipment, farm animals, and any other– ahem– remnants of human civilization you want to preserve. So I knew the cargo hold had to be big.

 

Eventually, I decided that the North American Ark would be shaped like a doughnut, so that the outer rim is much bigger than the center rim. That’s why I put the cargo hold as far out as possible- it’s got tons more space

 

In researching space stations, almost the first thing I discovered is that gravity is really, really good for us, and its absence can wreak havoc on all our body systems. My ship had to have it- most of the time, anyway. So the North American Ark spins, pressing its cargo and occupants outward. Somewhere near the middle rim is the “sweet spot,” where the amount of simulated gravity is one g- the same as the force of gravity on earth. Naturally, the Guardians took the sweet spot for themselves.

 

Which leaves the rest of the Ark, including the cargo hold, for everyone else. The outer rim is a dark, heavy place- full of perfect hiding places for stowaways and their ilk. Here’s hoping Char can find it before Central Command finds Char.

 

The wildest part of it is, this spaceship design isn’t nearly as original as I’d thought! While looking up historical spacecraft, I stumbled onto a few ideas that never became reality. And folks, as unbelievable as it sounds, there once were plans for a real-life, doughnut-shaped ship. I present to you the Stanford Torus, a marvel of modern imagination and possibility. The 70’s were a magical time, clearly. There are lots of differences between the North American Ark and the Stanford Torus, but the similarities are striking. I’m going to use as much of this as possible in writing the sequel to The Ark.

 

So happy researching, everyone! May your internet searches be ever fruitful, bearing only the happiest of results and the silliest of cats.

Thank you for stopping by today! What a delight to have you with us today!

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Title: The Ark
Author: Laura Liddell Nolen
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 239
Genre: YA Scifi
Format: Paperback/Kindle/Nook

There’s a meteor headed for Earth, and there is only one way to survive.

It’s the final days of earth, and sixteen-year-old Char is right where she belongs: in prison. With her criminal record, she doesn’t qualify for a place on an Ark, one of the five massive bioships designed to protect earth’s survivors during the meteor strike that looks set to destroy the planet. Only a select few will be saved – like her mom, dad, and brother – all of whom have long since turned their backs on Char.

If she ever wants to redeem herself, Char must use all the tricks of the trade to swindle her way into outer space, where she hopes to reunite with her family, regardless of whether they actually ever want to see her again, or not . . .

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Meet the author…

Laura NolanLaura Liddell Nolen grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where she spent lots of time playing make-believe with her two younger brothers. They supplemented their own stories with a steady diet of space- and superhero-themed movies, books, and television. The daughter of a comic book collector, she learned how to handle old comics at an early age, a skill she’s inordinately proud of to this day.

Laura began work on her first novel, The Ark, in 2012, following the birth of her daughter Ava, a tiny rebel and a sweetheart on whom the novel’s main character is loosely based. Completion of The Ark was made possible in part due to an SCBWI Work-in-Progress Award.

Laura loves coffee, dogs, and making lists. She has a degree in French and a license to practice law, but both are frozen in carbonite at present. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and two young children, and their dog Miley, who is a very good girl.

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GUEST BLOGGER~ REGAN WALKER~ TO TAME THE WIND…

PLEASE, HELP US WELCOME TODAY’S GUEST…

[REGAN WALKER]

WELCOME!!

TO TAME THE WIND

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MBA&M: Please tell our readers a few tidbits about yourself?

I am a lawyer turned full time historical romance writer as of 2011 (my first novel was published in 2012). I also review books and have my own blog (Historical Romance Review, http://reganromancereview.blogspot.com/). I live in San Diego and love it. Though I have lived on the East Coast, I’m really a creature of the West and never like to be too far from an ocean. I have a serious love for gourmet dark chocolate but otherwise, I am a compulsive healthy eater. All us Californians are salad eaters.

MBA&M: Give our readers a little background on the “Agents of the Crown” series and tell us about your new release is To Tame the Wind.

To Tame the Wind is the prequel to my Agents of the Crown Regency series. They are all related but can be read as “stand alones.” Because To Tame the Wind is the love story of the parents of the heroes in books 2 and 3 of the Agents of the Crown, it necessarily takes place 30 years earlier, in the late 18th century. But there are still spies aplenty as there are in the other books and a few British lords lying about. It’s also a unique setting in that it’s set in the last year of the American Revolution from the vantage point of England and France.

The Agents of the Crown books are based on the premise that the British Crown had its “special agents” that were sent on unique assignments. Along the way, of course, they meet some special women they can’t resist.

 

 

MBA&M: To Tame the Wind is a romance that takes place in part on a schooner. What do you feel the appeal of High Sea adventure and Georgian romance is for today’s readers?

I love romance on the high seas and sea captain heroes. To command a ship and take it through dangerous waters gets my blood boiling. I’ve written two of them, Wind Raven (book 3 in the Agents of the Crown series) and now To Tame the Wind. Both have pirates as characters and a noble English sea captain hero. One is a Regency (early 19th century) and one is Georgian (late 18th century). I love both periods in history but there’s something about a man with hair tied back at his nape like they wore it in the 18th century that attracts, I must say.

MBA&M: Why do you, as a writer, enjoy writing Historical Romance?

I love diving into the past and creating a world my readers can love. I vow to sweep them away for history, adventure and love. I do hundreds of hours of research for each book so that I can include real history and real historic figures. The historical romance writers of the past that I admire most did this, adding great depth to their stories. That is my goal, too.

MBA&M: How do you unwind or relax after a long day of writing and social networking?

Dinner in front of the TV with a period series like Viking, Outlander, Turn or Game of Thrones. Then I read until bedtime. I love to read. On the weekend I might unwind with friends. I love to dine out.

 

 

MBA&M: What is your favorite genre to read for pleasure?

Historical romance, of course! You might be surprised to know that I read my first romance in 2009 and now am a top reviewer on Amazon with 800 reviews—all romance and almost all historical.

MBA&M: One last question, when can readers expect to see the next in the “Medieval Warriors” series?

I’m writing it now…book 2, Rogue Knight. It follows The Red Wolf’s Prize and it’s set in England three years after the Norman Conquest. It tells the story of a young widow, Emma of York and Sir Geoffroi de Tournai, a Norman knight who will persuade her not all knights are the same.

 

Thank you, Regan Walker, for visiting with us and our readers today! Although, I read a wide variety of genre, Historical Romance/Fiction will always be my favorite!



TO TAME THE WIND is the prequel to the Agents of the Crown trilogy!

What an exciting Georgian Romance…

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  • Print Length: 263 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00VO4DZYE

 

(Courtesy of the author’s website)

“A sea adventure like no other, a riveting romance!” – SHIRLEE BUSBEE, NY Times Bestselling author

Paris 1782…AN INNOCENT IS TAKEN

All Claire Donet knew was the world inside the convent walls in Saint-Denis. She had no idea her beloved papa was a pirate. But when he seized Simon Powell’s schooner, the English privateer decided to take the thing his enemy held most dear…her.

A BATTLE IS JOINED

The waters between France and England roil with the clashes of Claire’s father and her captor as the last year of the American Revolution rages on the sea, spies lurk in Paris and Claire’s passion for the English captain rises.

 

 

 

Buy Links:

Amazon:

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**Regan Walker has a giveaway for a chance to win TO TAME THE WIND, on Goodreads.

***Be sure to check it out. Ends May 30 ,2015**

 

 

Meet the author…

 Regan Walker
Bestselling author Regan Walker loved to write stories as a child, particularly those about adventure-loving girls, but by the time she got to college more serious pursuits took priority. One of her professors encouraged her to pursue the profession of law, which she did. Years of serving clients in private practice and several stints in high levels of government gave her a love of international travel and a feel for the demands of the “Crown” on its subjects. Hence her romance novels often involve a demanding sovereign who taps his subjects for “special assignments.” In each of her novels, there is always real history and real historic figures.

You can see the trailers for her novels on her website:

http://www.reganwalkerauthor.com/

 

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TODAY’S GUEST BLOGGER~ JOHN M. MABRY~ THE TREASURE AT DEVIL’S HOLE…with #Review, #Middle Grade

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Please help us welcome Jody M. Mabry to MBA&N today!!

WELCOME, JOHN M. MABRY!!

 

How to Keep Writing After You Lose Interest.

A mentor of mine once told me that unless you will love writing your book throughout the whole writing process then you’re better off to not start at all. At the time I could see both the positive and negative of this. The positive is that if I write something I love, I am more likely to write it well. The negative is that I would never write anything. There comes a point in all my writing over 50 pages, where I just am not as excited as I was at the start. There have even been times I purely hate it, ehem…editing. Twenty years later and not only do I think my mentor was wrong, but what he should have said was, “There will be times you don’t like what you are writing, and when this happens you need to reinvent your interest.” This has been something I’ve had to teach myself over the years. In the last five years I can say I have never run into a project that I have not been able to finish, and maintain interest. So, when you “hate” your book, try one of these simple steps:

• Write different scenes. In my current book Lake Norfork, I had a general idea of the plot. In my head I had a mess of scenes I thought were great, but no glue holding them together. Not knowing where to start I simply began writing the scenes without worry of how to link them. Once I had about ten scenes written, it became more of a fun game to link them together. This not only kept the book fresh for me, but almost felt as if I were writing several short stories, which kept the story fresh and fun to write.
• Change perspective completely. In my book The Treasure at Devil’s Hole, I knew I wanted to write a story about a boy digging a well with dynamite. I wrote the scene several times, but wasn’t happy with it, and eventually became frustrated. It was when I decided to change the perspective of the story to another character and have the well digging in the background that the story became fun. Not only did the story I want stay in the book, and last the entire duration, but I was able to open up what I had set as a limitation. The story became a treasure hunt instead of a lesson on how not to dig a well.
• Stop mid-sentence. This is a technique I use with all my writing now. I either set a time or word count. When the time expires, or I hit 2000 words, I stop. Whether I am mid-sentence or not, it doesn’t matter. I prefer when I don’t complete a sentence because it strikes a chord in me throughout the rest of the day. I want to finish the sentence. Life doesn’t seem right unless I do. This prompts me to think about that sentence and everything else I wrote that day. By the time I get back to writing I know exactly what I want and I never think about putting the book away for good.

Losing interest in work is something all writers face at one time or another. Finding new techniques to keep your writing fresh and fun is essential to growing as a writer and completing that book you’ve had in your desk drawer for months.

Thank you, for stopping by today!

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Title: The Treasure at Devil’s Hole
Author: Jody Mabry
Publisher: Maybury and Gilliam Literary
Pages: 220
Genre: Middle Grade Children’s
Format: Paperback/Kindle

How would you feel if you knew you had a legendary treasure right in your own back yard? Francis “Bug” Mosser knows, and will do nearly anything to find it, even if it means defying the most villainous person he knows—Mom!

Standing in Bug’s way is his nemesis Tad Pricket, the red headed, pock-holed bully who’s suddenly been seen walking Bug’s girl, Melanie, home from school—worse, the walk ends with a kiss. Then there is the mysterious bald stranger and Miss Julia Brandon’s boyfriend who seems a little “too-classy” for the town of Possum Trot.

With the help of his brothers, and best friend Billy—along with his not-so-secret desire to impress Melanie Grainger—Bug goes off in search of fortune and glory, thwarting bad guys, stolen clothes, and explosions to find the one surprise about the treasure that he would have never dreamed of…

“Jody M. Mabry’s “The Treasure at Devil’s Hole” is a refreshing return to classic adventure, a genuine stand-out among modern YA fare. It calls to mind works such as “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” right down to the requisite treasure hunting, villains, expansive caverns, complicated young love, and rule-breaking exploits intelligent, free-spirited boys simply can’t resist. Well written and wonderfully paced, it keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, with a clever resolution you never saw coming. I found this to be a delightful read, and in fact completed the book in one sitting, unable to put it down. Looking forward to Mabry’s next work, I hope one is in the works.” – Amazon reviewer

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Jody MabryBorn at Great Lakes Naval Base in Illinois, Jody has had the opportunity to live in places such as Cuba, St. Croix USVI, Mississippi, Illinois, and Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he spent the teen years of his life in an 1800’s farmhouse that was, of course, haunted. At fourteen Jody first heard the story of Arizona’s “Lost Dutchman Mine,” sparking an interest in adventure, ghost towns, and lost treasure. Always prone to telling a good story, Jody now passes on the tradition to his children who will no doubt find their own treasure someday. Jody and his family live in the charming Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

His lastest book is the middle grade novel, The Treasure at Devil’s Hole.

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MY THOUGHTS:

THE TREASURE AT DEVIL’S HOLE by Jody Mabry is an adventurous Middle School Novel. Set in 1946 Izard County, Arkansas. Filled with adventure, treasure hunting, a bully, bad guys, young love, and a long-lost-treasure.
Fans of Huckleberry Finn and the Hardy Boys Mystery series will enjoy “The Treasure at Devil’s Hole”.
Ms. Mabry has certainly crafted a tale that is sure to be a treasure. A yarn told from an expert storyteller. Young Readers, Middle Grade readers are sure to devour this spell bound adventure. Sure to become a classic, with loveable characters, a strong storyline with many twists and turns, some I didn’t even see coming. A must read for Middle Grade Readers.

*Received for an honest review from the publisher*

**Cross-posted on My Book Addiction Reviews**

Rating: 5
Heat rating: N/ A
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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WHY THIS SETTING AND ERA! INTO THE UNKNOWN~ LORNA PEEL…BLOG TOUR

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Why This Setting and Era

I chose London and the south east of England as a setting mainly because I have no close family connection with either area and I wanted Into The Unknown to be a work of fiction and not a family memoir.

I chose the Second World War because my grandparents’ experiences of the war couldn’t be more different. In 1939, my maternal grandparents were living in The Netherlands while my paternal grandparents were living in the Irish Free State.

Opa (my grandfather), joined the Dutch Army. When it surrendered to the Germans in May 1940, he was taken as a prisoner of war to Bremen, Germany and worked on clearing and developing sites to be used as graveyards. Oma (my grandmother) spent the war in boarding school and in Rotterdam, which was almost destroyed by aerial bombardment by first the Luftwaffe and then the RAF and USAF.

Oma’s father was a baker and there is a family story that he and other bakers chartered a ship and brought flour back to Rotterdam from America. I have no idea whether the story is true and if anyone can dismiss or confirm the story, I’d love to hear from them.

When Oma’s family home was destroyed in a bombing raid, they moved into the bakery. The family photographs survived, having been given to one of Oma’s sisters for safekeeping while she was away at boarding school.

Meanwhile, in neutral Ireland, my paternal grandfather worked as an insurance inspector. My paternal grandmother’s parents were farmers and kept Granny and Grandad supplied with chickens, eggs, turf (peat) and also a goose each Christmas. Despite rationing and shortages of commodities, to them, the war must have seemed a very long way away.

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“It seems like I’ve known you for years,” she told him.

“A year since Christmas Day.” He kissed her. “I love you so much, Kate.” They both jumped as they heard a bomb fall some way off and more planes approach.

“Bastards,” he whispered. “Leave us alone.”

“I wonder if there are people like us in Germany, sitting in shelters like this—frightened—not knowing when it’s going to end. They can’t all support Hitler.”

He’d never thought of that. “I suppose not,” he conceded. “But Hitler has brought it upon them all. Kate.” He turned her face towards his. “Your father wants you home, doesn’t he?”

She nodded. “He wanted me to go to America. It was Mummy who persuaded him that I come here. Now he really hates Bob because he thinks Bob put me under pressure to join up.”

“Is your father…” Charlie began. How could he put this delicately? “A bit anti-British?”

“He doesn’t like the British, Charlie; there’s no point in me denying it. He conveniently forgets that Mummy is British. The censor has had a field day with his letters. Churchill isn’t his favourite politician in all the world.”

“So he does hate me?” Charlie asked. “Like you said he would?”

She sighed. “He’s never mentioned you, even though I write about you in all my letters. It’s his loss.”

“I’m sorry.”

“Oh, Charlie, don’t be silly.” She kissed him. “Mummy likes the sound of you, though. Even Granny Norah does. If anyone should be able to persuade Daddy otherwise it’s her. He’s a bit of a mammy’s boy at heart.”

But an idiot apart from that, Charlie thought angrily, but smiled to placate her. Bloody hell, the man could support the IRA, or be in it for all he knew.

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Blurb and buy Links

London on 3 September 1939 is in upheaval. War is inevitable. Into this turmoil steps Kate Sheridan, newly arrived from Ireland to live with her aunt and uncle, and look for work. When she meets Flight Lieutenant Charlie Butler sparks fly, but he is a notorious womaniser. Should she ignore all the warnings and get involved with a ladies man whose life will be in daily danger?

Charlie Butler has no intention of getting involved with a woman. But when he meets Kate his resolve is shattered. Should he allow his heart to rule his head and fall for a nineteen-year-old Irish girl while there is a war to fight?

Private conflicts and personal doubts are soon overshadowed. Will the horrors of war bring Kate and Charlie together or tear them apart?

Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00UAY719Y
Amazon US – http://amzn.com/B00UAY719Y
iBooks UK – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/id974054282?mt=11
iBooks US – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/into-the-unknown/id974054282
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Barnes and Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1121346684

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Author Bio and Links

Lorna Peel is an author of contemporary and historical romantic fiction. She has had work published in three Irish magazines – historical articles on The Stone of Scone in ‘Ireland’s Own’, on The Irish Potato Famine in the ‘Leitrim Guardian’ – and Lucy’s Lesson, a contemporary short story in ‘Woman’s Way’.

Her first novel, Only You, a contemporary romance, was published in 2014. Into The Unknown, an historical novel set during WWII, will be published on 5 May 2015.

Lorna was born in England and lived in North Wales until her family moved to Ireland to become farmers, which is a book in itself! She lives in rural Ireland, where she write, researches her family history, and grows fruit and vegetables. She also keeps chickens (and a Guinea Hen who now thinks she’s a chicken!).

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TODAY’S GUEST! PETIE MCCARTY~ THE SEAL’S ANGEL

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MBA&M: Please give our readers some insight into the mind and world of an author?
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Thank you for allowing me to spend time with the My Book Addiction & More readers today. My name is Petie McCarty and I write action/adventure love stories, the same kind I like to read.

The biggest challenge for new and experienced romance authors isn’t writing the book, it’s marketing the book. Making your story stand out among the other 509,000 romance novels made available on Amazon to the reading public. With my first two novels, I thought a unique venue was sure to set my love story apart. So, in Everglades, I stranded my hero and heroine aboard an airboat overnight deep in the River of Grass, and in Catch of the Day, I made my heroine the first woman to ever enter the all-male Loon Lake Tournament.

By the time I started the third book, I decided my novels needed a shtick — a gimmick or brand to make them stand out among the rest. I’d always loved the television series, Touched by an Angel, and thought it would be fun to hide the angel’s identity in the story and not reveal it until the finale. Thus, my Mystery Angel Romances were born. My April release, The SEAL’s Angel is the third Mystery Angel Romance.

MBA&M: What was your inspiration to choose this setting?

Odd as it sounds, my stories unfold as a movie running in my head. I can see the backdrop along with the story, and all of the scenes fly past in full color. When I see the entire movie and not just a scene or two, then that’s the story I write next. For The SEAL’s Angel, my movie placed my heroine at a rustic resort on the shore of a large snowmelt lake out west. It was up to me to pick the exact state and location. We had vacationed twice to the Seattle and Mt. St. Helens area, so it became an easy choice.

While I was in the midst of writing the rough draft, I sat down one night to catch a rerun of the movie Mobsters, with Christian Slater starring as Lucky Luciano. I was so entranced by his story, I decided to add Luciano’s buried treasure to the plot of The SEAL’s Angel, by having Luciano as the childhood friend of the heroine’s great-great-grandfather, and Luciano bankrolls his friend for the original building of the resort in the late twenties. Sometimes, subplots can sneak up on you like that. *grin*

MBA&M: What was your inspiration for writing a Military Romance?

TheSEALsAngelCoverArt1Special Forces soldiers are to present-day romance and action/adventure movies what cowboys were to the big screen back when I was a kid. Fearless, larger-than-life characters who will always, always protect the damsel in distress — whether she wants to be rescued or not.

When I saw the original movie for The SEAL’s Angel in my imagination, the heroine’s brother had deserted her and the family resort to join the military. Later, he is murdered for stealing a nerve-gas formula from terrorists, so the soldier had to serve with some branch of Special Forces to be involved in espionage at that level. Having a co-worker at my day job be an ex-Navy SEAL Lieutenant willing to answer my myriad of questions about The Teams merely “sealed” the fate of my TSA hero.

MBA&M: What was some of the challenges in writing this story?

The first and most comprehensive challenge in this story was choice of locale. Once south-central Washington state was selected as the general location, I needed a more specific environment for my heroine’s home, eventually settling my fictitious lake in the vicinity of Mt. St. Helens and the western Cascade Mountain range. Hours upon hours were spent researching that area — everything from monthly climatic conditions, types of fish caught in snowmelt lakes, and local counties and highways to rainfall amounts and indigenous trees and vegetation. Choices had to be exactly right for authenticity.

The next challenges came with the sabotaging of the heroine’s resort. While sabotages are easy to think up, getting the execution right is critical. I learned more than I wanted to know about kayaks, septic tanks and ancient water towers made of wood.

MBA&M: This is Book 3, does the reader need to read this series in order, or are they each stand alones?

The Mystery Angel Romances are not so much a series as they are a similarly themed or plotted group of stories. The cast of characters are different in each story, but each novel is similar in that an angel has been hidden within the plot, waiting for the reader to discover their identity. The angel is not officially revealed until the finale unless the reader determines it first. So all the stories are stand-alone books.

MBA&M: Who was your greatest influencer in your writing career? Why?

There was no single great influencer as much as a collection of influences. When I first began writing, I subscribed to three different writer’s magazines and read every copy — cover to cover. I read a couple dozen texts on writing, too, and discovered one thing: everyone has their own idea about writing a novel and what works. So, who should I listen to?

Stephen King, in his book On Writing, said if you want to be a better writer, read more books. Read a lot. So, I did. And I learned more about writing from reading a collection of the master storytellers — Grisham, James Patterson, Michael Connelly, Suzanne Brockmann, Jayne Ann Krentz, Julie Garwood, Jennifer Crusie — than I did from all the novel-writing texts I read combined. The great ones are bestsellers for a very good reason. They know what works.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing, Incorporated (April 12, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612525873
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612525877

 

 

THE SEAL’S ANGEL (From  the author’s website)

Navy SEAL Sean MacKay’s teammate is murdered after stealing a deadly nerve-gas formula from Syrian terrorists. Naval Intelligence believes MacKay’s teammate was a traitor and shipped the stolen formula to his sister in the states for safekeeping. MacKay is given orders to find the sister before the terrorists do and to retrieve the stolen formula at all costs.

Foreclosure looms for Cory Rigatero as she fights to keep her rustic resort near Mt. St. Helens afloat after her brother deserted her to join the SEAL teams. Cory’s whole world dives into a tailspin when Sean MacKay shows up at her resort with the news of her brother’s death and the wild suspicion her brother may have sent her traitorous classified documents. No way will Cory trust MacKay — the man who once seduced her and then vanished into the night without a trace.

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GUEST BLOGGER___CYNTHIA EDEN~~ADDICTION TO HEROES~~~ TWISTED….with #EXCERPT, #Giveaway and #Review..

Twisted-CynthiaEdenWELCOME, CYNTHIA EDEN!

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Hi, everyone! It is such a pleasure to be at My Book Addiction and More. (Thanks for having me!) Today, I thought I’d talk about one of my big addictions…
Heroes.
I love romance heroes. They’re strong. They’re fierce. They will do anything in order to protect the women that they love. In a word, they’re awesome.
Crafting heroes is so much fun for me. Sometimes, I have dark and dangerous heroes—heroes who’ve got pasts that have left them scarred. Sometimes, I write stories about tough, alpha males. Guys with military backgrounds who seem to live for the high of adrenaline.
In my latest book, TWISTED, my hero Dean Bannon is an ex-FBI agent. He’s a by-the-book guy, but that’s just what you see on the surface. Once the heroine begins to break his control, she sees the real man inside.
A man who is dark.
A man who is dangerous.
A man who will do anything to get what he wants.
And, above all, what he wants…is her.
He’s not the “good” guy hero; instead, he’s a man with secrets. And secrets, oh, but I think they can be ever so much fun.

Do you have a favorite hero type? And just why do you enjoy him? Please share your responses with me! 😉

Best,
Cynthia Eden
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TWISTED – Available 4/28/15

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Twisted
Lost # 2
By: Cynthia Eden
Releasing April 28th, 2015
Avon

TWISTED

Blurb
In the second seductive Lost novel from New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden, an obsessed Last Option Search Team agent goes looking for trouble—and finds her in the Big Easy.

Dean Bannon comes to New Orleans for one reason only: to track down a missing sixteen-year-old girl. That’s before he meets the drop-dead gorgeous con artist who makes him want to lose his legendary control.

With her past, Emma Castille doesn’t claim to be psychic. She just notices things other people don’t. Like the fear in a runaway’s eyes-or the pain in an ex-FBI agent’s heart. Her chemistry with Dean is blistering, but Emma follows her passion . . . not someone else’s orders.

Then a madman breaks into Emma’s home and leaves a twisted message: “You’re next.” Now Dean refuses to let her out of his sight until he pries every last secret from her full, sexy lips. And suddenly Emma’s aching to give him everything he wants.

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Author Info
Award-winning author CYNTHIA EDEN writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a two-time finalist for the RITA® award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over thirty novels and novellas. Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate. Her favorite hobbies include hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.

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TWISTEDExcerpt
“You’re not psychic.”
Were they back to that?
She put her hands in her lap. Emma didn’t believe in making nervous gestures. She didn’t believe in giving away anything at all with her body language.
“What you are …” Ah, now he did smile. Her father would have called it a shit-eating grin. The more PC term was probably a Cheshire cat smile. Whatever the name, that smile annoyed her. “What you are, Ms. Castille … is a criminal. A fraud.”
Maybe she should grab her chest and dramatically gasp. She didn’t. “Wonderful for you,” Emma said. “You pulled up a background report one me.” She let her eyes widen a bit. “It’s amazing just what one can find if a person knows how to use a search engine.”
A furrow appeared between his eyes.
“How about I say what … you are?” Emma asked him. “A washed-up FBI agent who snapped on the job. You held your control tight every single day, but the bad guys—they just didn’t stop, did they? You hunted them, you stopped them, and more appeared. While you were fighting the system, they kept coming, and the bodies kept piling up onyour watch.”
He shot right back to his feet. The folding chair slammed down behind him.
“You and your father bilked desperate people,” he accused. “You told them you were psychic, that you could help find their missing children. And you—”
“We found them.” Two girls who’d vanished. They’d found them. “We just didn’t get to them in time.” And she would not go back to that place.
She motioned toward Manuel. He knew the signal meant he could take over her booth. There was no way, no way,that she was going to stay there with that prick while he slammed the most painful moments from her past in Emma’s face.
Manuel, pale, tattooed, with piercings in his lips and eyebrows, quickly claimed her spot.
Emma jumped to her feet. Muttered her thanks, and fled right past the guy she was starting to think of as Agent Jackass.
She pushed through the crowd. Wasn’t there always a crowd in Jackson Square? And that was why she loved the place. It was so easy to vanish in a crowd. To be anyone.
The crowd closed around her.
To be no one at all.
She hurried around the back of the cathedral. She knew the streets so well. Her home was close by. Emma would get inside and forget Agent Jackass.
I’m being followed.
Emma stilled at the intersection. A horse-drawn carriage rolled by her. Voices called out.
And he touched her.
Emma didn’t flinch. Didn’t scream. She looked down at the hand on her shoulder. “When a woman runs away from you, that means you need to stay the hell away from her.”
His hold tightened on her. “You and I aren’t done.”
She looked up at his face

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TWISTED

MY THOUGHTS:

TWISTED by Cynthia Eden is an example of an amazing Romantic Suspense series. #2 in the “Lost” series, but can be read as a stand lone. See, “Broken”.

Fast paced, action filled, heart pumping tale of danger,secrets, passion and romance. Smart, sexy, gut-wrenching, powerful and absolutely filled with heart-wrenching suspense. A powerful tale to be sure. I loved the way the Emma and Dean interacted, their passion for life, and for each other. Wait, while, passion is blooming, someone from Emma’s past knows her secrets is is out to make her “next”. Emma may be trouble, but Dean, intends to keep her safe. Well written with emotional characters and an intriguing storyline.

Another hit for Ms. Eden, who is an intense, compelling, complex author who writes from the heart, with realistic characters and a very intense storyline. Powerful and awe-consuming! A keeper and a must read for any fans of Romantic Suspense, Suspense, Mystery, and just plain looking for an awesome read!

*Received for an honest review from the publisher via Edelweiss*

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RATING: 5

HEAT RATING: HOT

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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