Happy To Have An Addiction

Good morning! Thank you for having me today at My Book Addiction and More. I certainly have a book addiction and I’m quite happy about that.

You know I love being a writer and more than that, I love being a romance author. I’ve never wanted to write any other kind of books. They are my favorite books to read.

I realize that every writer has a different way to develop the relationship between the hero and heroine in order to get them to that happily-ever-after at the end of the story.  Some authors plan out the development from start to finish and they know exactly everything that will happen between the hero and heroine before they write the first word of the book. Others allow the relationship to grow spontaneously from the start and never write a word of synopsis or plan any of the story in advance.  When I think about these two strategies concerning my books, I realize that most of the time I actually do a little of both.

        I always start by writing a short master plan, which is actually my synopsis. The biggest part of my synopsis is the development of the romance.  Writing a synopsis allows me the time to think through the major events in the hero and heroine’s relationship.  To me those major events are the meeting, the first love scene, the break up, and then the makeup.  Everything that comes between the meeting and the makeup is what I like to call the courtship.

        To me the courtship of the relationship is the part that is spontaneous as I write and it’s my favorite part to write.  That is what I allow to grow and develop as I write the story, and sometimes, I’m astounded at what comes up during the courtship of my stories.  Take for instance, in my May book A Gentleman Says “I Do”, I had no idea when I wrote the synopsis that the heroine would follow the hero to a brothel, that the poem “roses are red violets are blue” would play a big role in the story, or that the heroine would have a delightfully tipsy aunt to watch over. Those are the kinds of things that aren’t needed for a synopsis but they are the kind of surprises that really make me happy to be a writer when I come up with them and they turn out to be such wonderful additions to the story.

        I hope you will check out my new book A Gentleman Says “I Do” which is on sale now at your favorite local or online bookstore. Here’s a short synopsis of the story to enjoy:

Iverson Brentwood has finally met his match. Catalina Crisp heats his blood like no other lady.  Her alluring countenance has stopped him dead in his tracks. But no matter how attracted he is to her, he can’t give into his desire to possess her in every way… she is the daughter of the man he’s sworn to destroy.

        Catalina’s father is a well-known writer, but he’s a wastrel whose disappearances continuously put them close to destitution.  Something drastic must change, so it is with quill in hand, that Catalina completes her father’s latest parody of Iverson and Matson Brentwood’s spectacular arrival in London.  When the story hits the newsprint, a darkly handsome man is at her door, looking for her father.

Seeing the dashing rogue in the flesh, for a bewildering moment dallying with the rake seems like the perfect fictional escape—and it’s all she can do not to give into the madness of the intriguing man.

I hope you’ll pick up a copy of A Gentleman Says “I Do”.

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The Rogues’ Dynasty #5
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 ISBN-10: 1402239769
 ISBN-13: 9781-402239762




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Good morning, Susan and welcome to My Book Addiction and More.

MBA&M: Give our readers some insights into Susan Page Davis?

SUSAN: I’m a mother and grandmother. I was born and grew up in Maine. I home schooled my six children and worked part time many years as a correspondent for a daily newspaper. I began seriously writing fiction in 1999, and quit my day job around 2007. I now have about 40 novels published. My husband and I and our two youngest children now live in western Kentucky.

MBA&M: What made you decide to write historical fiction with a twist?

SUSAN: It’s a type of story I love to read. I’ve always been fascinated by history and what we can learn from it. By adding some mystery or suspense to the story, I hope to keep the reader intrigued.

MBA&M: Who is your favorite character in “LADY ANNE’S QUEST”?

SUSAN: Whitey Pogue, the old-timer, was lots of fun to write. I also like Anne a lot. Whitey is a minor character, but he plays an important part in helping Anne find her uncle.


MBA&M: Without giving away too much of “LADY ANNE’S QUEST” story, can you tell our readers what some of Lady Anne and her hero’s adventures will be and if there will be lots of danger involved?

SUSAN: Lady Anne and Dan Adams find a man living in Uncle David’s house, but Anne is sure he’s an impostor. They set out to find her real uncle in the mining fields near Scottsburg, Oregon. Along the way they do have adventures and meet some very interesting characters. Meanwhile, Uncle David has met a wily woman with designs on his fortune. When a mysterious stranger takes a pot shot at him, things get chaotic.

MBA&M: How many books will be in the “Prairie Dreams Series”?

SUSAN: Three. This is the second, after The Lady’s Maid. The final installment, A Lady in the Making, will release in October. That one will follow David Stone as he embarks on his journey to claim his title and estate and meets unexpected obstacles.

MBA&M: When you do a series,do you know from the start who will be what hero/heroine,who will be the villian,and what book will be first in the series?

SUSAN: Usually I do, but my editor asked me to change a few things in this series. Instead of giving Lady Anne a romance in the first book, it was her maid, Elise Finster, who fell in love. And I had planned to introduce a new hero in Lady Anne’s Quest, but Dan Adams grew on me (and a lot of readers), so I brought him back to do the honors. There was never a question about book 3. That had to be David’s story. As to the villains, I killed off one that I had intended to take to the end. Book 3 will reveal the villain behind the villain.

MBA&M: Do your characters jump out at you or beg for an appearance?

SUSAN: Dan really worked on me until I admitted he was a real hero. Sam Hastings is one character in this book who tied me in knots. I was going to let him disappear into the Oregon wilderness, but decided to bring him back briefly in book 3.

MBA&M: If you could step into one of your books, which one would it be and why?

SUSAN: I’d love to visit Lady Anne in 1850s Oregon—but I wouldn’t want to live there. I lived in Oregon in the 1970s, and it was very nice. But we had all the modern conveniences. I admire her pluck.

MBA&M: Have you always wanted to be an author, and if you were not what would be your career choice?

SUSAN: I’ve always enjoyed writing and making up stories. Before becoming a novelist, I wrote nonfiction for newspapers and magazines, and I would probably still be at it.

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where ” LADY ANNE’S QUEST” is available?

At bookstores and online.


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Susan, would you like to add anything else today?

Thanks a lot for having me over. I’d love to see readers at my website: .





Product Details


Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated

Publication date: 4/1/2012

Pages: 320

Series:Prairie Dreams

Overview(from B&N)

Finding an imposter instead of her uncle means Anne’s quest must continue after The Lady’s Maid is wed, and Dan is determined to protect her from the swindlers now trailing her. But though he’s good at keeping her safe, he’s certain he’ll never be able to convince Anne to be his wife since her sights are set on finding her uncle and returning to England. As her quest becomes even more difficult—and dangerous—Anne finds her feelings for Dan changing. Will she soon be envisioning a new life in America?



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Good morning Steven and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!


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

STEVEN: I enjoy creating things, a love I first discovered while drawing as a kid. In college I tried to develop the gift, but instead drifted away from art and gravitated toward a more three-dimensional arena; the theater. Creating stage designs, props, and characters attracted my attention (not to mention that zany cast of characters in the department). But when I married and the children started arriving, more practical concerns hit. I worked my way up the ladder (literally), creating and building on a more permanent stage in the field of construction & remodeling.


MBA&M: What made you decide to write “THE PICTURE”?

STEVEN: The original idea for The Picture was conceived over twenty years ago when horror and wonder visited my sister and her husband. After passing through the difficulties of unexpected medical delays, Lisa and Ray were finally anticipating the birth of their first child, a boy named Joey. But something went terribly wrong— Joey died in the womb at the end of term. They were unprepared and found no explanation for why. Yet, with encouragement from the doctors, they made the choice to move forward and try again. Within the year, Lisa gave birth to premature, triplet boys. Michael, Ryan, and Nicholas graduated from high-school in 2008. The dichotomy of feelings created by this hammered me for years. Were ‘reason and rhyme’ players in these events? Or was it simply a ‘quirk of fate’? Though I looked for and found no answer in reason, it was rhyme that helped me tell the tale, and a beautiful story began to unfold. Against the blackened background of overwhelming disappointment, an unbelievable gift was revealed. One of the key influences that moved me toward the work of writing The Picture came through a book called Dreaming With God, by Bill Johnson. The most important thing I gleaned from the book came through the examples set by those who woke up from their dreaming and started working. Fulfilling real dreams requires a lot of work—it’s nothing like winning the lottery.


MBA&M: Have you always wanted to be an author?

 STEVEN: Not at all. At 54 I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. Writing The Picture felt like something I was called to do—it was a story that wanted to be told and it picked me.


MBA&M: If you were not an author, what would you be doing now?

STEVEN: I guess that if I hadn’t written The Picture, I would have completed more of the items on my wife’s “Honey-Do List”.


MBA&M: How much research went into writing “THE PICTURE”?

STEVEN: Well, the re-search led me back to the traumas of my own childhood, things that are better left unspoken. The feelings I felt and the brokenness they created made their way into the main character of the story. I have no experience as a little girl, but so many emotions are transferable. My wife and my editor helped me fill in some of the feminine details.


 MB&AM: What challenges did you encounter while writing “THE PICTURE”?

 STEVEN: I discovered I’m a lousy writer, but a good rewriter. While reading the telling confessions of some very notable writers, I discovered that it’s a common malady of the craft.


MBA&M: Do you have any regrets in your writing career?


Steven: Well, there’s no career yet, I need to keep my day job for now. But I am working on a treatment for the screen, placing this story about 8 year-old Kaitlyn at the center of a much larger one, as 52 year-old Kaitlyn obsesses over her need to reconcile with her father, lost to Alzheimer’s dementia. The story of The Picture serves as the only memory that still connects them, though her father has no idea who this ‘nice young lady’ is that visits him to encourage with a simple art therapy exercise. The film would take us through one of a hundred ‘first-time’ visits where the memory is retold again…for ‘the very first time’. The original idea to enlarge the story came out of a conversation I had with my wife during a surgery-related stint of unemployment. At the end of 9 months without a job, an opportunity finally presented itself to me without solicitation…as the head of maintenance at an Assisted Living Facility. For the past 16+ months, I have acquired, through daily, personal encounters, an understanding of the elderly and the humorous to heartbreaking characteristics of dementia. It seems providential.


MBA&M: Who is your greatest hero and why?

 STEVEN: Jesus. There’s no one quite like Him.

MBA&M: Where can our readers find you and where is “THE PICTURE” available?

STEVEN: The paperback is available at

I have a slightly revised edition in a PDF format, also available through the website. I’m not much of a Facebook guy, but anyone interested in starting a conversation about The Picture is welcome to meet me there. I would enjoy the interaction.


MBA&M: Steven, do you have anything else you would wish to add today?

STEVEN: During the more than five years I spent working on The Picture, I discovered that dreaming is much easier than doing, but what I gained and created by doing was well worth the effort.


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Perfect Paperback:153 pages

Publisher:Golden Thread Publishing, Atlanta Georgia; First edition (December 3, 2010)



ISBN-13: 978-1604450637

Book Description(From Amazon)

Publication Date: December 3, 2010
Kaitlyn and her father are making a special picture together and they are filled with expectation. The plan, the practice and the patience of their project are leading them toward something beautiful, springing from their heart and an extraordinary artistic talent. But neither is prepared for the trouble that will suddenly push them in another direction, down separate paths they would not have chosen. Yet, through the darkness of unexpected disappointment, they are led toward an unforseen conclusion…to taste the fruit of a better plan.



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Karen Kelley is the award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of 20 books ranging from romantic suspense to paranormal. She has been nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award and her books have placed first in numerous contests. She currently resides in Texas.

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About Where Theres Smoke

Karen Kelley

When sexy wannabe-demon, Destiny Carter, is kicked out of Hell, she lands in Ft. Worth, Texas with one week to corrupt a soul. Or else. She slips into a slinky red dress, and heads straight for the delicious, corruptible looking cowboy at the bar.
But Chance Bellew has his own agenda-saving souls. He’s not your typical angel. He’s a nephilim, to be exact. Centuries ago, angels came down from Heaven and mated with mortal women. When the women bore children, a new race was created. Immortals with powers—demigods, nephilim.
But the children don’t live by the same rules as mortals, or that of the typical, robe-wearing, bright light-surrounding-them angels. Hell, most of the time the nephilim are breaking the rules, and making up new ones as they go. As long as they don’t cross over to the dark side, everyone pretty much stays out of their way.
But sometimes a demon-in-training, who looks like Destiny, comes along and all Hell breaks loose.

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Shane Stanford is a pastor, author and teacher.  He is the Senior Pastor of Christ UMC in Memphis, TN, one of United Methodism’s largest and most influential congregations.

Shane is a former church planter as well as the Director/Host of the United Methodist Hour, a radio and television ministry airing in 30 million homes nationwide.

Shane is the author of eleven books including A Positive Life (Zondervan), The CURE for the Chronic Life (Abingdon), and Mosaic (Abingdon).

Shane has also written several articles published in such journals/magazines as Giving, CNNOnline, Alive, and The Circuit Rider.

Shane has appeared on numerous media programs including ABC’s Good Morning America and Fox & Friends.

Shane travels extensively sharing his story as an HIV positive hemophiliac and pastor.  He has presented at such venues as the Saddleback Global AIDS Summit and the National Civil Rights Museum.

He is married to Dr. Pokey Stanford (a Professor of Education) and they are the parents of three daughters, ages 14, 11, and 7.

His latest book is Making Life Matter: Embracing the Joy in the Everyday.

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Check out Shane and his book at the following online locations:

Twitter| Facebook | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Christian Book | Official Tour Page




Paperback:144 pages

Publisher:Abingdon Press (April 2012)



ISBN-13: 978-1426710322

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: April 2012

In a world of fast-paced schedules and priorities, conversations about what makes for a life well lived are a rarity and a luxury. But what if the daily pace of life held in itself the way to make choices more significant? What if the daily to-do lists gave a glimpse into how people might change their future? What if the daily grind, as arduous as it might seem, held the key to a life full of meaning and potential? What if everyday, simple steps, instead of some complex list of seemingly unattainable principles, showed how to make life matter?

Making Life Matter answers these questions and shows that the steps for making life matter are found in rather ordinary decisions, attitudes, and patterns found in normal routines. Author Shane Stanford will confront the way in which God, every day, means for us to live deeper, closer, and better in him—in essence, the way God intends for life to matter.


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MBA&M: Did you always want to be an author?

First of all – thank you so much for having me on your blog!


I first knew wanted to write novels when I was twelve and my mother bought me a book – a novel called ‘The Far Distant Oxus’ which was written in the 1930’s by two teenage schoolgirls, called Katherine Hull and Pamela Whitlock.  I remember firstly loving the book, and secondly, being amazed that the writers were pretty much the same age as me.  If they could do it, I reasoned, so could I.  And thus began a desire to create a novel which I didn’t actually manage to realize for about three decades!  I still have a few pages of the early attempt I made just after finishing Hull and Whitlock’s book.  It is truly unmemorable.

MBA&M:  If not an author what would be your career choice?

Well, I’m a qualified English and Drama teacher, so the sensible answer to your question is just that – I’d stick to school-teaching.  I do enjoy the raw energy teenagers bring to life, even if it can be pretty challenging at times!  But idealistically, probably a theatre director.    I have my own small theatre company, and really enjoy directing – in many ways it’s quite similar to writing, in that you imagine the scene, work out motivations and emotions and reactions, etc, and then bring them to life.  Only with directing, you use real people to bring the scene to life, rather than words.  Does that make sense?

MBA&M: What made you decide to write your genre?

It was sort of decided for me, because I chose to tell the back-story to Victorian poet, Robert Browning’s monologue, ‘My Last Duchess’.  My need to tell that story, once I’d had the idea, was really all-consuming so I just had to get on with it, and the fact that the historical figures the poem describes existed in the sixteenth century in Italy just came with the territory.  I don’t really think of myself as a ‘historical novelist’ though – I just like to tell a good story, and it just so happens that the stories I’ve told so far happen to have taken place in past eras.  I might well write a contemporary novel at some point.

MBA&M:  What where some challenges in writing your genre?

Two things spring to mind.  One is perhaps the most obvious – the research.  Every novelist researches their books, whether they are set in the present, the past, the future, or some alien environment known only to the writer.  But for the historical novelist, the research is perhaps particularly painstaking – for instance, I have an etymological dictionary, and check the origins of almost every word I use, to make sure it (or an equivalent) existed at the time my novel is set. When the word I want is more modern than I can allow myself to use, it can be really annoying!

The other thing is idiolect – making sure that the style of the language I use creates a sense of a past time, without it feeling either stilted or like a pastiche.  For my characters, after all, their language is modern and entirely of their own present, and I want it to feel like that for the reader, only it isn’t the readers’ present, if you see what I mean.  So I try to create an idiolect which is perhaps more lyrical than our modern prose, while retaining a believable sense of sixteenth-century modernity (sorry – I hope that makes sense!).  And, for me in particular, as my books are set in Italy four hundred and fifty years ago, I have the added challenge of creating an idiolect which works as a pseudo-translation from the Italian as well!  It’s not easy, and none of it is taken for granted.

MBA&M: What is one of your quirkiest things about you?

I asked my children this one, as I really couldn’t think of anything.  They assured me that I’m much too boring to have any quirks at all, but my older daughter (who is 18 years old) said that it seems quirky to her that, as a mother of two teenage girls, I hate shopping quite as much as I do!  What else?  I’m a strict vegetarian, and I absolutely detest bananas (no idea why!)

MBA&M:  What do you believe is the allure of your genre for readers?

What people tell me is that they love finding out about life in other eras, and other places, and yet they love the fact that fundamentally people haven’t changed much over hundreds and hundreds of years.  People still love and hate, they are frightened and jealous, depressed and angry and bitter, joyful and happy and excited, just as much as they were centuries ago.  So while learning about past times and customs, readers can engage with characters who are going through totally recognizable experiences.

I hope all that made sense – thank you again for inviting me onto the blog.  It’s been a pleasure.  I hope you enjoy ‘The Courtesan’s Lover’ !

 Best wishes, Gaby x

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  • Paperback:528 pages
  • Publisher:Sourcebooks Landmark (May 1, 2012)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1402265883
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402265884

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: May 1, 2012



“Gets under your skin.”

—Praise for the novels of Gabrielle Kimm

Francesca Felizzi knows she wields an immense power over men. Her patrons see only a carefree courtesan, and they pay handsomely for the privilege of her time. Francesca never saw him coming, the man who cracked her heart open and ruined her for the job. But he’s shown her what a gaudy facade she’s built, and she doesn’t know how to tear it down without taking her beloved daughters with her. The wrong move could plunge all of them into the sort of danger she has dreaded ever since she began her perilous work all those years ago.

An exquisite tale that explores the intricate nature of a mother’s heart. The Courtesan’s Lover draws you close and whispers in your ear. In the tradition of Sarah Dunant and Marina Fiorato, a compelling and vibrant tale from an up-and-coming fresh voice that readers will want to savor.

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~Reid Lance Rosenthal–#1 Best-Selling Author of the Threads West An American Saga series


Great to be here, April. Thanks for the invite, and howdy to you and your readers!


MBA&M: What do you think makes the “Old West” so alluring to readers?


REID: The American West has a special mystique—a romantic aura that is known worldwide. Some of this magic flows from its violent evolution, part emanates from the image of the cowboy, and a portion from the perception of values the historical west embodies. But underlying all those tugs to the hearts of many is the power of its wild lands and open spaces, and the courage of its settlers.


The pull of western imagery is known around the globe–the land of the West, its special energy, solitude, space, and soul succor are at the core of this attraction. People everywhere imagine the whispers of canyon breezes playin’ oh so gentle ’cross their cheeks, and the smell of earth, sage, leaves and horse sweat. It is cleansing, inspiring, and real, this time machine of western earth energy. It brings us back full circle to our very roots as a human beings, and that truth is universal.


 I’m fourth-generation land and cattle. I own interests in a number of ranches. That gives me an advantage when it comes to setting, and setting is the essence of a story of the Old West. Being a rancher and a cowboy affords me great familiarity with the varying landscapes of the West, many of which I’ve walked or ridden across. The setting, the physical environment and specific era, of a western is all-important. I would equate a western landscape photo to the initial setting of a chapter. That peculiar angle of the sun, sky prisms following rain, shadows creeping with the ever-changing angle of light  the vivid, mesmerizing power of the land. These are the scenes, and never to be repeated moments, that provide the visual underpinning to the draw and writing of the Old West and the backdrop to the passionate interaction of the characters. The pen becomes merely the shutter, and the paper the film.


The essence of the land is the catalyst of western personalities, and the anvil upon which the strength of the people who settled the Old West was forged. Their values were and are revered:

  • Say what you mean—mean what you say.
  • Want a hand? Look at the end of your arm. The sanctity of individual choice, responsibility, empowerment, incentive and motivation.
  • Neighbor to neighbor—the more local the more accountable.
  • Be secure in your convictions, proud of your beliefs—Stand up, Speak out, do the right thing.


MBA&M: Give our readers some insight into the research required when writing in this genre and the authenticity of “Threads West”?



 REID: Phew! When in the throes of one of my novels there is not enough space to set down a dinner plate amongst the papers, stacks and research books that occupy every square inch of horizontal (and some vertical) space in the ranch house!


Research is fascinating and tedious, exhilarating and surprising, mandatory and time-consuming. It is far bigger task than I anticipated. I did virtually all the research on the first novel, Threads West – which proved, much to my delighted surprise, to be a multiple #1 Bestseller and winner of eight national awards for Western, Romance and Historical Fiction. I was pleasantly stunned with all, but perhaps most delighted with the Best Historical Fiction in 2011. That’s a big “attaboy” for all those hundreds of hours of research.


I had important help on Book One from several researchers on details of dress, circumstances and some great historical tidbits and gave them credit in Book One. But I want to learn what was entailed. Now, the publishers have provided two research assistants—though the delicious tidbits of history I still research myself.


I thought I was familiar with this magical moment in American history, I was mistaken. 1855 may be one of the watershed years of foundational U.S. History. The great westward migration was in its infancy. Cherry Creek—later Denver—was just several hundred hardy souls. The later turmoil between the northern and southern states, is beginning to darken the rhetoric of both sides. Native Americans had rightfully lost trust in the promises of the white man, the broken treaties of the years prior. Violence flared in the Kansas Territories from the breach of Missouri Compromise Compact of 1854 between the states. 1855 was just several years after to the invention of the Singer sewing machine—the harbinger of the industrial revolution–revolvers were only a few years old, and the repeating rifle was still just a few years out. The discovery of gold in Colorado, the real precipitator of the tidal wave of migration to the Rockies that began 1858, was eminent.


It was this point in time that the world – and America – breathed in, held their collective breath, and readied to exhale with a rush toward the Great Plains and the Rockies.


My research sources are many and varied. They include print, web, nonfiction and memoir historical works of the specific time, interviews, and many times travel to specific geographic locations which my wandering feet have for some reason not yet visited. I have found that in the nuggets of details oftentimes lies the best of the historical story.


MBA&M: What are some of the lessons learned as an author?


REID: A western novelist, like any author, needs to be a storyteller, but, in my opinion, they must also be a landscape writer. The land is an enduring character in my books. Its moods, contours and dangers are all an integral part of the conflicts, ambitions, loves, and enmities of the human characters.


I believe any writer needs “mentors”—some of mine are long deceased. They are the men and women who have penned words that speak to me—their style, syntax, way of getting a message across. I have been influenced by many great authors. Crane and Hemingway, whose detailed descriptions of scenes and circumstances have always enthralled me. Leon Uris, whose brilliant schemes of converging life threads has had a major effect on the presentation in my novels, the gritty west of McMurtry, and Max McCoy’s dazzling dedication to historical context.


I don’t write detailed outlines. I am convinced, after many discussions, that book organization is unique to every author. I merely hunker down on the stage of the setting, and listen to the characters as they tell me their stories. I am the simple scribe.


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About the series(Threads of West)

The Threads West series begins in 1855. It is the tale of disparate threads of lives, from many locations around the globe, different social origins, ethnicity, religions, cultures, and creeds that weave together into the tapestry of an emerging nation; a country on the cusp of greatness.


The last book of the series will be set in the real-time, contemporary West. That is a one hundred and seventy year story arc—four generations of conflicted, strong men and independent women. I intended it to be our story.  The fictional series is, in essence, a historical anthology through the eyes of fictional characters. If the series evokes every imaginable emotion, inspires passions, and delights readers, I am delighted—and if by chance, the tale reacquaints folks with the basic principles that form the foundation of this enthralling experiment we call the United States of America, then I will be truly satisfied.


I’m astounded by the success of the series. Book Two, released April 17, 2012, was an immediate #1 best seller, and begins the examination of slavery, from the viewpoint of an older slave couple setting their life sails for freedom. So, too, does Maps of Fate commence the tale–through the eyes of an Oglala Sioux family–of the sad, dark blotch on the pages of American History which is the treatment of the Indians.


Maps of Fate follows the evolving life threads, passions, loves, disappointments, tragedies, romances, and in some cases the pathos filled, lethal experience of the characters which the readers of Book One seem to thoroughly enjoy. Their life threads hurtle through American history towards the cloth of their destinies and still subsequent generations of the series. Book Three, Uncompaghre—where water turns red, will release in late 2012.


My first narrative non-fiction work, Volume I of the three volume Land for Love and Money series releases June 26th, everywhere. It is written for owners and wannabe owners of land—any type, size or location. It will be controversial. These are eye opening secrets of sales, acquisitions, management, tax and government the banks and attorneys don’t share, told in the form of sometimes humorous, sometimes serious true stories based on my extensive forty year land related career (there’s that land thing again!).







In the spring of 1855, America is on the cusp of her great westward expansion, reluctantly on the threshold of becoming a world power. St. Louis, gateway to the frontier, booms with an eight-fold population expansion from just a decade prior.

Fifteen hundred miles to the west is the lawless, untamed spine of the continent, the Rocky Mountains. The power of their jagged peaks, rugged territories and vast resources beckon the souls of a few adventurous men and women, destined to love and struggle in the vibrant but unforgiving landscape of the West.

America draws individuals and families from all corners of the earth with the promise of land, freedom, self-determination and economic opportunity. Immigrants exchange the lives they know for the hope and romance of a country embarked on the course of greatness.

The revolt of Texas against Mexico, with the surreptitious aid of the United States, has resulted in vast new American terrain—unexplored western lands stretching from the Rio Grande to the Pacific, and north to the areas later to become the Kansas Territories and eventually, Colorado and Utah—magnetic draws for the restless and ambitious, and those in search of freedom and future.

The brave, passion-filled characters of Maps of Fate set forth on a dangerous journey as they try to establish life in this unknown wilderness, swept unknowingly into the tumultuous vortex of momentous changes shaping the United States and the West between 1855 and 1875, the years ensconced in the Maps of Fate Era. Secret maps, hidden ambitions, and magnetic attractions inherent in lives forged by the conflicting fires of love and loss, hope and sorrow, life and death, shape their futures and the destinies of their lineage.

America is in transition, the lives of the characters have been shaken by events they cannot foresee. Spurred by a lust for gold, land, and the conquest of Mexican territory, a massive westward migration begins. Railroads and telegraphs will soon pierce this wild land. The first newspapers in the west roll off the presses in Leavenworth and Lawrence, Kansas, and Platte Valley, Nebraska. Opposing stands on slavery ignite deadly hatred throughout the Kansas Territories. The budding enmity between North and South flares into the winds of war, and the remote fringe of the frontier falls into virtual anarchy as most of the meager army troops assigned to protect this area withdraw to the East.

On the front range of the Rockies, newly spawned Denver City, built on the banks of Cherry Creek, booms with the impact of gold discovered in the Pikes Peak area and the Ouray, San Juan and Uncompahgre mountain ranges. The Civil War erupts, and the fires of deadly tumult sweep west. Some of those manacled by the chains of slavery set their life sails to the winds of freedom. A Confederate Army mustered in Texas is repulsed by the Denver Militia. The broken treaties between the white man and Native Americans spread into bitter and contagious conflicts throughout the West. The “resolution” of the “Indian Problem” leaves families and hearts broken, forever staining the pages of American history.

Momentous change continues, igniting further greed and compassion, courage and treachery, rugged independence, torrid passions and fierce loyalties. The discovery of gold in California and the meeting of the tracks of the Burlington Northern Railroad from the east and Union Pacific from the west in 1869, underpin the rise of the robber-barons, cattle empires and commerce, drawing hundreds of thousands to the Rockies and beyond.

A tidal wave of hopeful souls follows on the trail of the strong men and women of Maps of Fate. Throngs of those displaced by the devastation of the Civil War add to the torrent of humanity flowing west. In the second, third, and fourth novels of the Maps of Fate Era: Uncompahgre, Track of the Moccasin, and The Footsteps), the first Thread’s West generation born in the remote and sparsely settled west begins to mature and contend with this cauldron of events, their lives unsettled by personal tragedies, triumphs, loves and loss. Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Montana evolve into separate and distinct territories, and then achieve statehood. Law and order struggles as outlaws linger on the outer edges and range wars erupt between the landowners and the landless, sheep herders, cattlemen and sod busters. The clash of cultures, creeds and beliefs, and bitter rivalries over the control of scarce water resources, fuels further violence and cruelty.

The decades of the Maps of Fate era novels of Threads West book series become the crucible of the American spirit. This violent but magical period in American history will affect forever the souls of generations, the building of the heart of the nation, destiny of a people, and the relentless energy and beauty of the western landscape. This is our story.



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CAROLINE: I’m the child of a Costa Rican mother and an American father with strong Germanic roots. His family name was  Mueller but it was changed to Miller during WWII.  My mother loves to laugh and play.  My father loved to organize and work.  If ever they was an ant and cricket marriage this was one.  Somehow, I managed to blend both sets of genes and feel pretty lucky about it.   I can focus and see a job to  the end but I also know how to play.


CAROLINE: I don’t consider Gothic Spring to be young adult fiction though the heroine is 16.  I never loved, laughed, or played harder than when I was 16.  I never felt as deeply betrayed by the universe as when I was 16.  An half developed mind, raging hormones and bodily changes create the perfect stage for  drama on a grand scale. Shkespeare undrestood this when he wrote Romeo and Juliet.


CAROLINE: Gothic Spring is a journey into a mind that is unraveling.  The heroine, Victorine, is a young woman poised at the edge of sexual awakening and cursed with more talent and imagination than her Victorian society will tolerate.  The conflict between her desire and the restrictions that rule her life lead to dramatic circumstances.  I created this character and setting to explore how society and the attitudes of other women can deny a woman her freedom.  Having been active in the effort to pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) I saw first had how little freedom exists for women in our society, though we imagine it to be otherwise.


CAROLINE: Though some of my characters are admirable, they are too flawed to wish to be any of them.


CAROLINE: I have no regrets about being a writer though I came into the field enormously ignorant.   Given today’s technology , anyone with ambition can publisher a book.  The biggest challenge, given the number of works being printed, is to sell yours.   Having to hawk a book  as if it were a commodity on the Chicago Stock Exchange and not art is a disappointment.  Still, if it must be done, it is better to wade in without complaint.


CAROLINE: I’d like to be Bill Gates, not for his money, but for his ability to bring hope to shattered people because of it.  


CAROLINE: I write a blog 5 days a week on writing and life.  I invite any readers to join me at:

I am working on a new website.  You can find me at:

 if not now, soon.

Gothic Spring can be ordered at any book store.  ISNB # 978-0-9845424-9-9

Of course, I can always be  found on Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both the paperback and e-book versions


CAROLINE: Yes, I want to thank you, April and Wendy,  for this  opportunity to reach new readers and to announce that my new book, Trompe l‘Oeil (to fool the eye) will be coming out in October of this year.  If readers like the works of the Brontes or Daphne du Maurier,  I urge them to give my books a try.


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Gothic Spring by Caroline Miller

Victorine Ellsworth knows something about the death of the vicar’s wife… but what?  Is she the killer?  Or the next victim?

Gothic Spring is a journey into a mind that is unraveling.  Victorine is a young woman poised at the edge of sexual awakening and cursed with more talent and imagination than society will tolerate.  The conflict between her desire and the restrictions that rule her life lead to tragic circumstances.

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Good morning, William and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!!

MBA&M: Please give our readers some insight into William Woodall?

WILLIAM: Well, let’s see.  I’m one of those invincible optimists that always sees the silver lining in every bad situation.  My wife laughs at me for it and calls me Mr. Sunshine all the time.  But it’s not that I don’t see the dark side of things or that I don’t know what that feels like- believe me, I do.  I just choose not to focus on it.

MBA&M: What called you to become an author?

WILLIAM: I think I’ve always wanted to become an author, ever since I was old enough to know I wanted anything at all.  There’s something special about creating things, telling stories that no one ever heard before, which is just awesome.

MBA&M:  What is the allure of werewolves?

WILLIAM: Werewolves are an old, old tale, and they’ve been popular ever since people started telling stories. I think people like them for the same reason they like the idea of flying like a bird.  It’s the lure of having powers beyond what human beings can normally do, and if we can’t have those things in reality then it’s nice to enjoy it as a fantasy story sometimes.

MBA&M: Give our readers a little background on “THE LAST WEREWOLF HUNTER”?

WILLIAM: When I started writing this book, I wanted to do a werewolf story which was different than anything else I’d ever read.  Yeah, I know that’s a tall order, but that was my goal.  But I also wanted to have fun with it, and I was determined not to let it get too serious.  So I came up with the idea of Zach growing up in a family of werewolves and deciding to reject that kind of life for himself, and then finding himself in a position where he had to be the one to break the werewolf Curse for the whole world.  Not something he ever expected, and it gave him a lot of opportunities to learn and grow and do some fantastic things.

MBA&M: What do you thing the allure of “THE LAST WEREWOLF HUNTER” will be to readers?

WILLIAM: Werewolf stories are pretty common nowadays, and it’s hard to find something that’s truly fresh and different to say about them.  I think The Last Werewolf Hunter is unlike anything else on the market right now, and with as many werewolf stories as there are, that’s really saying something.  If it were only me, I’d be nervous about claiming such a thing, but after so many readers have said the same thing, I have to agree with them.  The Last Werewolf Hunter is a werewolf story unlike anything else you’ve ever read.



MBA&M: Where did the idea of “THE LAST WEREWOLF HUNTER” come from?

WILLIAM: I get asked this question a lot, and I’m not sure I know the answer.  I’ve always liked werewolf books, especially if they had some humor and maybe a little bit of deeper meaning to think about.  So maybe it’s only logical that I’d end up writing something like that one day.  It started out as a short story I wrote when I was in high school, and it grew up from there. 



MBA&M: What is in your “To read” pile?

WILLIAM: Insurgent, by Veronica Roth.  I just finished Divergent, and I can’t wait to read the sequel.  I’m also looking forward to finishing Robert Liparulo’s House of Dark Shadows series.  I’m a voracious reader, whenever I have time to do it, and there are so many great books out there.



MBA&M: Who do you feel your writing most resembled?

WILLIAM: I think I’ve been influenced by a lot of writers, in various ways.  I got my quirky humor from Robert Heinlein, my high symbolism from C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, and then there’s quite a bit which is just purely me.



MBA&M: What is the one thing you would like to accomplish with your


WILLIAM: I’d like for my readers to be inspired by the stories I write.  Kids hear so many stale, boring lectures about how they ought to behave and what’s right and wrong, and then on the other hand they hear so many other stories that glorify bad behavior, too.   There are not many stories out there which are fun, exciting, real, and can make goodness seem like something cool and admirable.  It’s a hard tightrope to walk.  But I hope, if I’ve done my job, that that’s what my stories will be. 



MBA&M: If you could step into a book which one would it be and why?

WILLIAM: I think my favorite fantasy world is a tossup between Narnia and Middle Earth.  I love the richness of both places, and I think what I love best of all is that there are things really worth doing, choices that really make a difference, and people I’d really like to get to know.  The depth of those two worlds is something truly awesome.



MBA&M: Which character in “THE LAST WEREWOLF HUNTER” do you most identify with?Why?

WILLIAM: That would have to be Zach, no question about it.  He’s the main character, of course, and since the whole story is told through his eyes, he almost IS the story.   I think Zach is easy for anybody to identify with, though.  He’s so real-seeming that you soon feel like he’s been one of your best friends for years.  He goes through so much pain and heartache in the book, but he never loses his sense of humor or his ability to see things in a way you’d never think of.  He’s the kind of character you remember for a long time.



MBA&M: What is next for you as an author?

WILLIAM: I’m not quite sure yet, at this point.  I just finished writing a new novel called “Unclouded Day”, and I’m thinking about writing a new book about Zach at some point, since I’ve gotten so many requests for that.  Nobody seems to want to let him go.  It won’t be about werewolves this time, but I haven’t decided what he might have to tackle next.  lol



MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where “THE LAST WEREWOLF HUNTER” is available?

WILLIAM: The Last Werewolf Hunter can be found just about anywhere books are sold.  The best place to find me or more information about the things I write would be on my website at



William,do you have anything else you would like to add?

WILLIAM: If anybody would like to read part of the book for free (the first four or five chapters or so) you can do that by visiting my website and clicking on the links.

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The Last Werewolf Hunter
What would you do, if the people you loved wanted you to become a monster? What if they wouldn’t take no for an answer? When young Zach Trewick finds himself  faced with questions like these, there seems to be only one choice he can make. . . Run.
Thus begins an adventure which will lead him from the hills of Tennessee to the piney woods of east Texas and beyond, as he finds himself caught up in a centuries-old battle against evil in which everything he loves is  at stake.


This book contains the full text  of all three novels in the series.


 . . Cry for the Moon,


Behind Blue Eyes,


and  More Golden Than Day.


371 pages.


Hardback edition: $20


Paperback edition: $10


Kindle edition: $4.97 (For Kindle editions, please click here to purchase directly from  Amazon, or in Britain from Amazon UK)




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Diamond Jubilee Celebration Hop! A Giveaway!!!


Why a Diamond Jubilee Hop? For our hero Nev, in ABOUT LAST NIGHT, by Ruthie Knox

First, a bit of trivia:
The Diamond Jubilee takes place in 2012, marking 60 years of The Queen’s reign. The Queen came to the throne on 6th February 1952 (her Coronation took place on 2nd June 1953).

Buckingham Palace is responsible for coordinating the events of the Diamond Jubilee central weekend (2nd–5th June 2012), as well as for organizing The Queen’s program in her Diamond Jubilee year.


Now, more about Nev, he feels trapped and miserable in his family’s banking empire located in downtown London, England. But beneath his pinstripes is an artist struggling to break free. Albeit, his bohemian-self is trying to emerge, Nev is respectful of his roots and tradition & we want to help him celebrate his queen.

Enter below to win beginning 5/21 thru 5/31 – Romance at Random will be randomly giving away some of our jewels of romance, to celebrate the UK’s Diamond Jubilee including:

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Thanks for helping us celebrate Ruthie Knox’s new release, ABOUT LAST NIGHT, on sale 6/11/2012, preorder here.

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