#REVIEW AND #FEATURE: CHARLE’S GIRL by Mary-Helen and Daniel Foxx


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Meet the Author:

Mary-Helen Foxx retired in 2009 after a long career in public education with the Peoria Unified School District where she worked primarily in library services and IT. She has written widely on genealogical topics and has authored four books on the histories of prominent Southern families. Mary-Helen was also a contributing editor for three years with “Georgia Genealogical Magazine” and has won awards for her writing.

Daniel is Professor Emeritus of History at Ottawa University in Phoenix and has been published in various academic and historical journals. He is the author ofI Only Laugh When It Hurts (Reissued by Pelican Publishing Company, Gretna, LA, 2009). His latest book, Nathan Bedford Forrest: In Search of the Enigmawith Eddy W. Davison (Pelican, 2007) was a National Book Awards nominee, received the 2008 Arizona Book Award for biography, and was finalist for the 2008 Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Award.


Charlie's Girl



  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599559684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599559681

Book Description:

Fourteen-year-old Rosalind has always been a foster girl without a past, until she’s sent to live with a long-lost grandmother in a house full of memories—and secrets. Soon Rosalind discovers that there’s more to her family history than she ever dreamed. Set in 1960s South Carolina, this unforgettable story of family, friendship, and faith is perfect for readers of all ages.




CHARLIE’S GIRL by Mary-Helen and Daniel Foxx is an inspirational fiction set in the 1960’s, South Carolina. Follow young Rosalind,an orphan, on an emotional and thought provoking journey of discovery,family secrets,memories,foster care system,loss,family,friends and faith. Rosalind,Grace,Rosalind’s grandmother,Mark William,Hank and Emily will find many surprises,along their journey. I found “Charlie’s Girl” to be well written,the characters engaging,and the plot interesting. If you enjoy small towns,finding joy in life again,faith,hope and love you will enjoy this title. BEWARE: it does have  a cliff  hanger,but that does not take again from this story,it only makes you want the next installment to happen faster. A very compelling and emotional read. Well worth the time. Received for an honest review from the author/publicist.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews


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Danvers Tincture


pouring teaMBA&M: Donna, please give our readers some insight into the mind and life of Donna Fletcher Crow?


Donna: Wow, that’s a hard one. How to describe oneself? First, I’d say I’m a very happy person. I’m very aware of my blessings: a wonderful husband of almost 49 years, 4 children and 11 grandchildren and a job I love.  Also, I think I’m well organized. I love having a structured day that allows me to go to my computer after breakfast and stay there until 3:00 when we stop for Afternoon Tea— a major tradition in our family— then a cozy evening by the fire watching old black and white movies with my husband. That’s a perfect day. Sometimes it happens.


MBA&M: What was your inspiration behind writing “A Tincture of Murder”?

DONNA: Because Lord Danvers is a Victorian True-Crime series each book has to begin with a true crime so I start by searching history and law books. I was thrilled when I found the case of the William Dove poisonings. It happened at just the right time to carry on from “To Dust You Shall Return” where we left Charles and Antonia the year before and it was set in York— one of my all-time favorite cities.

As to the fictional story I build around the true crime, I knew York was an important center for the work of Oxford Movement priests who chose (rather scandalously) to live and work among the poorest of the poor including fallen women (women who have hurt their knees, in the Monty Python phrase).

And then, just for good measure I found another horrific true crime that’s far more bizarre than anything in Dickens. So I had plenty to work with in this rather short novel.

Danvers TinctureMBA&M: How much research is involved in writing a Victorian True-Crime mystery? And where do you go to find your information?

DONNA: A lot. Fortunately, I love research. I have several books on Victorian crime, and then, of course there’s always the internet. Once I’ve identified the case I want to work with I start requesting interlibrary loans. Our Boise Public Library is wonderful and very happily borrows dusty tomes and microfilm from all over the country for me.


As to the Victorian period detail I keep files on Victorian life based on years of reading. 

MBA&M: Who was your favorite character in “A Tincture of Murder”? Why?


DONNA: That’s interesting because when I began this series Charles, Lord Danvers, was my entire focus. Antonia features very little in the first book “A Most Inconvenient Death.” As the series has progressed, however, I find myself being more and more drawn to Antonia and find it easier to write from her viewpoint. Perhaps her becoming a wife and mother rather than a “toast of the town” society leader has led to that.

MBA&M: What were the hardest/and the easiest scenes to write, why?

DONNA: The courtroom scenes were both the hardest and the easiest. They were easiest because I was using actual transcripts of the trial so I didn’t have to make anything up. They were hardest because I had to pare down hours and hours of courtroom drama to a few pages hoping to give enough information for my readers to understand it all and not so much they would become bored. Also, I had to keep the fictional story going, largely through what was happening in my viewpoint character’s mind.

MBA&M: If you could pick any character in one of the “Lord Danvers” series to be, who would it be and why?


DONNA: Oh, I would love to be the Dowager Duchess of Aethelbert— Charles’ Aunt Aelfrida. She is always so absolutely sure she is right about everything, she won’t put up with anything she considers nonsense, she rules all around her by terrorizing everyone and yet her family secretly adores her.  She is the handiest character a writer could possibly have because when I want to move the plot ahead all I have to do is have Aunt Aelfrida march in and pronounce on a subject. A perfect deus ex machina.


MBA&M: I understand the “Lord Danvers” series has 3 other stories, do you feel the reader should read the others to better understand the series, in what order or can each be read as a stand alone?


DONNA: Each story is a stand alone as to the settings and murders. The thing that progresses is Charles and Antonia’s relationship. In the first book “A Most Inconvenient Death,” set in a country house in Norfolk, Charles is grieving the death of his fiancé and only realizes at the end that he cares deeply for Antonia. “Grave Matters” is the story of their honeymoon in Scotland. In “To Dust You Shall Return,” set in Canterbury, they are finding their footing as a married couple. I think I give enough, although brief,  backstory information that the reader will understand the situation wherever they pick up the series.


MBA&M: Describe 3 words that give the reader a better understanding of this series?


DONNA: Victorian True-Crime Novels.

MBA&M:  What is the first book you remember reading?


DONNA: I remember my mother reading “Heidi” and “Bambi” to me. I read The Bobbsey Twins on my own. Since I was an only child living on a farm books were my friends and I dreamed of living in a family like the Bobbseys. That probably influenced the fact that we had 4 children— none of them twins, but now we have twin granddaughters.


MBA&M: Last but not least, please tell readers how and where to contact you and where they can purchase “A Tincture of Murder”?Danvers Tincture


DONNA: Please visit my website at www.DonnaFletcherCrow.com to see all of my books, pictures of my research trips and a tour of my garden. My blog and contact information are there, too.

“A Tincture of Murder” is available in all ebook formats.

            Kindle: http://ning.it/UsLegU

            Nook: http://ning.it/UsLyw6

Thank you, Donna for this most fascinating story of Lord Danvers,the Victorian era and a true-crime story!




Danvers Tincture

A Tincture of Murder

Charles and Antonia are off to York leaving the smoking ruins of Danvers’ ancestral home behind them. They need peace and quiet to recuperate from the near-tragedy. Instead they are thrown into nursing destitute fallen women in one of York’s worst slums. Women who keep dying inexplicably. Is a mad poisoner stalking the streets of York?

A Victorian true-crime mystery with two historical crimes, one which set legal principles still followed in courts of law today and one more bizarre than anything dreamed up by Charles Dickens.

  • Publisher: Greenbrier Book Company (November 30, 2012)
  • Language: English



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**All images are with the author’s permission**

A - SE - Seduction of a Highland Warrior FinalThree proud warriors locked in a struggle for victory. Three beguiling women united in their vow to restore peace.

At the King’s request, chieftain Alasdair MacDonald has sworn to preserve the peace in the Glen of Many Legends. Though he’s handsome and fearless, his warrior’s heart belongs only to his beloved land—until the fair sister of his oldest enemy shatters his defenses, branding his skin with a single touch, and sealing his fate with one stolen kiss . . .

Lady Marjory Mackintosh will do anything to unite the warring clans, even seduce Alasdair MacDonald. She has loved the rugged Highlander since she first saw him and now, as temptation leads to surrender, Marjory dares to possess him, body and soul. But a dangerous new menace enters the Glen, and he will stop at nothing to strip Alasdair of his honor—and the only woman who can claim his heart.

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (January 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446561797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446561792

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Former flight attendant, Sue-Ellen Welfonder, has three grand passions: Scottish medieval history, the paranormal, and animals. All can be found in her romances. Of Scottish descent, she lived in Europe for fifteen years and still makesfrequent visits to Scotland.


 ~~SO,WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, HERE IS THE AMAZING AND TALENTED: SUE-ELLEN WELFONDER and an interview with Alasdair led by Devorgilla…..~~

a - se - my favorite placeI’m so excited to be here today to celebrate the release of Seduction of a Highland Warrior, which concludes my Highland Warriors trilogy.  WendyK and I go way back and so I wanted to do something special for this visit.


Something fresh and fun that hasn’t appeared anywhere else.


Many readers will have already seen the book’s blurb and reviews.  Perhaps you’ve seen excerpts.  As Barnes and Noble shipped weeks early, maybe you’ve even read the book.


I’ve been writing for many years, so you’ll likely also have seen my answers to the usual Q&As:  “Why do you love Scotland?”  (Scottish family background, a lifetime of visiting Scotland, and why not? There’s no place more special.)  “Why do you write Scottish-set books?”  (See above.  Or know that I believe writers should only write what they’re passionate about, otherwise the words are just ink on the page.)  “Why do you think Highlanders are so sexy?”  (If you don’t know, you’re dead or hopeless.)  Kilt or burr?  (The latter because it remains to thrill and melt you after the kilt is removed.)  Do you eat Haggis?  (Yes, and I LOVE it.)  And so on and so forth.


So because this is a Big Day, I’m skipping the usual and kicking it up a notch by having Devorgilla, one of my all-time favorite characters, interview Alasdair MacDonald, the hero of Seduction of a Highland Warrior.


Nothing like letting a hot Highland hero speak for himself, h’mmm?


And who better than old Dev to ask the questions we’d love answered?


To those of you not familiar, Devorgilla is a cailleach.  A meddlesome but well-meaning crone who wields mischief and magic in many of my books.


Before I let her bump me off the page, here’s the official series description:


Highland Warriors Trilogy

Three proud warriors locked in a struggle for victory.
Three beguiling women united in their vow to restore peace.


And my own one-sentence summary for the book…


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A proud Highland chieftain returns to his beloved glen only to find that he still desires the woman he’s tried to forget and that claiming her is more likely to destroy them than quench their forbidden passion.



A - Devorgilla-1Now I’m backing away because I can see Devorgilla stepping into my office, her gait most determined for a woman of her great age.  She has a wicked glint in her eye, so I’m sure she has some tough questions for poor, unsuspecting Alasdair.


Dev:  (rubbing her hands)  So-o-o, laddie!  If there be aught you could say to our Lady Scribe, what would it be?


Alasdair:  (frowns immediately)  Och, well, as a Highland chieftain, I’ll no’ be speaking ill of a lady.  A man has a reputation to keep, see you?  I will say I didn’t appreciate her writing me into a series that made my two greatest foes into heroes.  Especially as I was the last hero to receive a book.  At times, it was right painful watching my enemies swaggering about, winning their ladies’ hearts, and reaping so much glory.


Dev:  (glances at me with a really evil smile)  She did make you wait a good long while, didn’t she?  Tossing your heroine, Marjory ~ Lady Norn ~ Mackintosh, into your path in book one, Sins of a Highland Devil, and then not letting you have her until now.  Cruel, that was.  (nods her head, sympathetically)


Alasdair:  That wasn’t the half of what she did to me.  Here I thought I could use the time between books to woo Norn and perhaps even seduce her. (he glances at me, as if he expects me to be shocked)  At the least, I would’ve enjoyed stealing a few long, deep kisses.  But nae, what does our Lady Scribe do?


Sent me away, she did.  Wriggled her pen and made me see that my galleys were getting old and that I needed a new, stout warring ship.  Freshly-made, sleek, and swift, the likes of which required me to set off on a long journey to a shipbuilder in Inverness.


Then, when I would’ve returned to my beloved Glen of Many Legends, she gave me business to attend along the way, aye keeping me busy.


Norn thought I’d forgotten her, which I’ll admit I tried to do.  So when our Lady Scribe finally was ready to write our story, Norn was more than a little disgruntled with me.  Truth be told, she was furious.  All that because of our Lady Scribe.  She claimed her editor would fuss if we weren’t at odds.


Dev:  (pats his arm, commiserating)  I can assure you she’s done worse to other heroes.  Indeed, I’m thinking she gave you quite the grand entrance at one point in your book, then when you defended Lady Marjory, oops, I mean your beloved Norn, against a pack of ravening Vikings.


See here, how proud and braw she wrote you…


A strange silence fell across the strand as the ranks of spear-carrying warriors parted to allow one tall, stern-faced man to stride into view.

It was Alasdair.

Marjory’s breath caught, her heart slamming against her ribs.  Not since the Glen of Many Legend’s trial by combat had he looked so fierce.  Every inch a great warlord and hero, his hand rested on his sword hilt and he scowled his displeasure as he looked up and down the phalanx of Northmen.  He’d clearly come to challenge them.

He’d slung his plaid over his broad, muscled shoulders and the day’s pale light glanced off the amber pommel-stone of his sword.  He appeared as much a lover of battle as Kendrew, his cold eyes and hard-set jaw warning he wasn’t a man to show mercy if pushed too far.

And this appeared to be such a time.


Now that was a worthy description of you, eh?  (Dev winks at him)


Alasdair:  (folds his arms, still looking none too pleased)  The lady plays favorites, Dev.  Surely even you will admit that?  Did you no’ see that she just had to include my arch-rival, Kendrew, in a scene that should have been all mine?


Dev:  Tsk, tsk.  (she wags a finger at him)  Kendrew is Norn’s brother.


Alasdair:  Aye, well, so he is.  (glances aside, his lips twitching)  I did manage to let him know what I think of him.  We bloodied a few pages, for sure.  (raises arms over head and cracks his knuckles)  A man needs a good fight now and then.  At least our Lady Scribe didn’t deny me that.


Dev:  (her demeanor turning innocent)  She gave you more than that, laddie.  There were times I saw smoke and flames rising from her keyboard, so heated were some of the scenes she penned for you and Lady Marjory.


Alasdair:  We’ll no’ be talking about those times.  (fixes Dev with his most stern, narrow-eyed look)  It’s bad enough our Lady Scribe’s readers will be privy to such things.  We’ll no’ be airing them here, on the Internet.


Dev:  Pity, that.  Readers would’ve surely enjoyed those scenes.  I did-


Alasdair:  They weren’t scenes, they were real.  And you are way too old to have been peeking at them.


Dev:  Humpf.  (flicks at her sleeve, pats her hair)  A lady is never too old for romance, and the ‘good bits.’  (smiles and preens a bit)  She did write you as an extraordinary hero.  Didn’t RT make you a K.I.S.S. Award Hero?  Now that, was something, eh?


Alasdair:  (actually blushes)  Aye, well.  I’ll no’ argue with you about that.  I’ve no’ wish to waken as a newt or toad on the morrow.  (that last, spoken under his breath)


Dev:  (cackles, looking pleased and proving she heard him)  I save such delights as toad-and-newt spells for our Lady Scribe’s enemies.  You’ve naught to worry about, laddie.  Long as you continue to keep Lady Marjory happy, even after the last page of your book.


Alasdair:  (stands taller, puts back his shoulders)  That I shall do.  Beyond the book’s end and for all my days.  Even after them, truth be told.


Dev:  (she nods, glances at me)  Then all is good.


Alasdair:  So it is.  And I’m away now, back to the Glen of Many Legends and my Norn.  I dinnae much care for these modern times.  Readers wishing to see more of me can buy our Lady Scribe’s book.  I’d rather entertain them there than here in a place I can scarce pronounce, the In-ter-net.  My Highlands are a much finer place, for sure!


Sue-Ellen here (aka Lady Scribe):  And so Alasdair strides from my office, disappearing back into his book, or I should say into the Highland mist.  Devorgilla vanishes, too.  But she leaves in swirl of blue sparkles, a whiff of peat smoke and clean, cold air lingering in her wake.


As I’m on my own again, I hope you’ve enjoyed visiting with old Dev and Alasdair.  Thank you so much for joining me to celebrate this new release.  WendyK and April, hugs and love to you both for inviting me.  I loved being here.  And I know Devorgilla and Alasdair did, too.  (wink, wink)


Wishing everyone Highland Magic!

Sue-Ellen Welfonder


**Please note:  I’m giving away one signed copy of Seduction of Highland Warrior.  Just comment to win.  I’ll post anywhere, so International readers are welcome.


For more information, visit my website: www.welfonder.com

My blog, Tartan Ink:  http://tartaninkblog.wordpress.com/

Twitter:  @SE_Welfonder

Oh, Sue-Ellen, Dev and Alasdair,we love you all so and the Highlands are beautiful. Dear readers here are a few pictures of Sue-Ellen’s beloved Highlands….

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The Cottage Rainbow,Sue-Ellen’s favorite The Highland Moors,and Across the High Moor.


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Robin bielman 2-287x300MBA&M: Good morning, Lyric and Quinn, will you please give us a little insight into yourselves?

 Lyric – Good morning! Thanks for having us here today. It’s our first time being interviewed.

Quinn – We’re having a lot of firsts. Just last night—

Lyric – Quinn! (Pushes him in the shoulder, he snags her hand and laces their fingers)

MBA&M: Now, you two! Which of you has the stronger personality?


Lyric – I do.

Quinn – She does.

Lyric – Good answer. (Smiles and looks adoringly at Quinn)

Quinn – I know. *winks*

MBA&M: We understand you two ended up together, when passion and grief took over. Do you feel you would have ended up together if Oliver had lived?


Quinn – Absolutely. It was only a matter of time before we couldn’t keep our hands off each other.

Lyric – You mean your hands off me. (grins)

Quinn – I mean to keep them on you forever, sweetheart.

Lyric – Deal. (grins wider)

MBA&M: Quinn, when Oliver died in that tragic accident, what drew you to Lyric other than passion and did you feel you where taking something of your brother’s, even though he was dead?


Quinn – I’ve always been drawn to Lyric. She’s dynamic, loving, kind, beautiful.

Lyric – Aww. (leans into him)

Quinn – And when she gives you her attention, she gives it one hundred percent. The night we were together I wanted and needed to give her all of mine.

Lyric – You did. (sighs dreamily)

Quinn – And I wasn’t taking anything away from my brother. Lyric was never his. Not in the way I wanted her.

MBA&M: Grief draws us together in unestimated ways, do you two feel your grief for Oliver drew you together or was it destined to happen?


Lyric – I’d say a combination of the two. When we talked about Oliver and our past we came to some pretty life changing revelations. For me, one of those was deep in my heart I knew I’ve always loved Quinn.

Quinn – I am hard to resist. *smirks*

Lyric – So hard. *rolls eyes*

MBA&M: Lyric, why did you decide to keep your secret instead of revealing it sooner? Did you feel no one needed to know the truth or did you think it would not come out eventually?


Lyric – (looks down for a moment) I regret keeping my secret more than I can say. At the time I was confused and hurt and so unprepared. I’d lost Oliver and then Quinn left without a word and I couldn’t think straight. As time went on my guilt grew, but I was worried. Quinn had always been so unpredictable and I wasn’t sure how he’d feel about things. I called him once. (pauses and she and Quinn lock gazes) I wanted to hear his voice and tell him I missed him and wanted to see him, but a girl answered his phone so I hung up. I found out from his mom he was seeing someone and I didn’t want to ruin that. He deserved someone better than me.

Quinn – (palms her cheek) Sweetheart, you’re it for me. Always have been. Always will be.


MBA&M: We all want a happily ever after, do you feel your struggles with guilt, grief, and emotional turmoil will give you that happy ever after?


Quinn – Hell, yeah.

Lyric – Yes.


MBA&M: Good luck, you two.


Lyric and Quinn – Thank you.

Lyric: I’m already the luckiest girl in the world.

Thank you Lyric and Quinn for visiting with us and our readers today!  You two had such an emotional ride….readers you can find  LYRIC AND QUINN’S story at: Entangled Publishing,Amazon,and Barnes & Nobles.


Robin bielman 2-287x300A bit about Robin Bielman:
Robin Bielman lives in Southern California, a bike ride away from the ocean if she’s feeling really adventurous. She loves books and baking and running on the treadmill while watching her favorite TV shows. When she’s not reading or writing her next story, she’s spending time with her high school sweetheart husband and two sons. She is addicted to cafe mocha’s and if every day were Cupcake Day, she’d be a happy camper! She loves to connect with readers.
You can find her on-line here:
Title: Yours at Midnight
Author: Robin Bielman
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 161 pages
Release Date: December 2012
ISBN: 978-1-62266-862-5
A bit about Robin Bielman’s novella, Yours at Midnight: Yours at Midnight (2)
Lyric Whetsone only had eyes for Quinn Sobel’s brother Oliver, until a
car crash took Oliver’s life on New Year’s Eve. Then, a moment of shared
grief between Quinn and Lyric became something more impassioned,
something that frightened Quinn so much he ran from Lyric’s bed and her
life, disappearing for four long years.

Now Quinn’s back for another New Year’s Eve, struggling for closure,
desperate to leave his grief in the past and make amends with the girl
of his dreams.

But Lyric has a secret–one that could drive Quinn from her life
forever. Will Quinn run away from the love and acceptance he’s always
wanted…or will he claim his New Year’s kiss and make her his at

And where Yours at Midnight can be purchased:
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A reluctant heiress resigned to her fate… Mary Elizabeth Edwardes has one of the largest fortune’s in England, but has no desire to leave her quiet country existence… and even less to acquire a husband she cannot choose for herself.

A dissolute nobleman bent on retribution… Trapped in a duplicitous existence since scandal destroyed his fortune and family name, Lord Hadley Blanchard has spent the better part of a decade posing as a disaffected exile while spying and seducing in the service of the English Crown.

A dangerous game of seduction, and intrigue… When summoned from abroad by a former lover, Lord Hadley perceives an opportunity for vengeance at last. By employing the full measure of his seductive charm, he woos the ward of the man who destroyed his life, little knowing that winning Mary’s fortune will mean risking his own treacherous heart.


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Title: Treacherous Temptations
Author: Victoria Vane
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 254 pages
Release Date: January 2013
ISBN: 978-1-62266-867-0
Imprint: Scandalous



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The Seven Devils (New Adult Fiction)

MBA&M: Please give our readers some insight into the mind of Sara Danvers.

Singer-songwriter Fiona Apple released a song recently that resonated with me. In the song “Valentine,” she states:

I’m a tulip in a cup
I stand no chance of growing up

That sounds about right. I may be 30, but my daily environment is all teens all the time. I teach them, most of my long conversations are with them, and I constantly read fiction aimed at their age group. How can I be expected to think and act like an adult?


MBA&M: What was your inspiration behind writing “The Seven Devils“?The Seven Devils (New Adult Fiction)

It seemed natural to write a YA fiction novel. I read almost exclusively YA fiction, and I read a lot of it since I am a school librarian. I had actually dreamed about Neil for years and decided to finally try to flesh him out a little so to speak. Whenever I dreamt of Neil, the most striking thing about him was always his eyes which seemed to see right into you. When we were children my friends and I used to ask each other what super power you would choose if you could have just one. A lot of them wanted to fly (which I find silly), but I always wanted the ability to read minds. When you take that and really think through it, though, you begin to wonder if you would ever be able to hold down a relationship if you knew every whim that passed through your friend/boyfriend/husband’s minds. The Seven Devils goes into much more than that, but it was the basis of my story idea.

MBA&M: What was the allure for you in writing YA romance novels?

Some of my friends and coworkers make fun of me for reading YA romance, but to me it just has so much more than adult romance. Adult romance seems very quick to me. There’s a glance, a touch, a flirtation, and then BOOM—they’re in bed together. YA romance novels build and build and build until you’re so invested in the story and the characters that you nearly die of happiness when they finally kiss. I wanted my characters to be part of that magic.

MBA&M: Who is your favorite character in “The Seven Devils”? What draws you to them?

Neil, obviously! He’s incredibly smart, sexy, and very dark and mysterious. You can read most of what he says two ways. Even I as the author didn’t always know whether I believed him or not. You can read the whole book as a fun romance novel and then go back and read it entirely differently where it is full of careful lies and manipulations. Which is the truth? You will all learn more when I finally finish the sequel!

MBA&M: What influenced you while you were writing?

Oh, everything! It took me four years to write this first book for many reasons, but one of which is that I would read a particularly great book and just give up on my own writing (once for a entire year!) because I would get depressed and feel as though I could never measure up. Then something would happen and I would get inspired and writewritewrite in every spare minute I had. Some inspiration would come from my husband… some sweet thing he would say or do. Sometimes I would dream about my characters and something would just come to me. Writing a novel wasn’t a fluid, linear process for me at all, and after four years of writing I found that my ending was better written than my beginning, so I took another year to edit and rewrite sections. It took a long time, but I’m proud of the result! (And I certainly have an even higher level of respect for professional authors now that I’ve tried it myself!)

The Seven Devils (New Adult Fiction)MBA&M: Three words you would use to describe “The Seven Devils”?

Dark, Sexy, and Thrilling.

MBA&M: Last but not least, tell our readers where to connect with you and where they can purchase “The Seven Devils”?

This may sound silly, but I haven’t told anyone that I published a book, so you can’t really follow me on Twitter or Facebook or anything like that. If you read the book, you know that Ellen’s family is very troubled, and I was a little worried that my own family would draw parallels to themselves, so I published under a pseudonym and have only told 5 people in my personal life that I wrote this at all! You can purchase the book on Amazon.com in the Kindle store.

Thanks for having me and for reading The Seven Devils!

Thank you for visiting with us today! What an intriguing and interesting interview!

Much luck with your endeavor!


THE SEVEN DEVILSThe Seven Devils (New Adult Fiction)


  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KT2RI0

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: October 2, 2011
After nearly being drowned by her alcoholic father, 17-year-old Ellen, her mother, and her brother move across the state to start over. Ellen soon meets Neil, a gorgeous loner with a bad reputation. Her classmates warn her to stay away, but he seems to be the only one who understands her. Besides, the rumors about Neil are too far-fetched to be believed. When she is threatened by Derrick (a jealous classmate) it becomes clear that there is more to Neil than meets the eye. In this sexy page turner, Ellen must discover Neil’s dark secrets and learn to stand up for herself before the plot hatched against her unfolds.

Some mature content.

This a full-length novel of almost 80,000 words.





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~Good morning,Bronwen! We always enjoy your visit with us and our readers. So without further ado, welcome, BRONWEN~

Bron_300x421-2Where do ideas come from?

By Bronwen Evans

Hello, April and team. I hope everyone is beginning to feel more fighting fit. I’ve been thinking of you!

For those who don’t know me, April will tell you that I’m a historical author. I have, however, just completed a contemporary romance, THE RELUCTANT WIFE, Entangled Publishing Indulgence, and April’s not the only one interested in this turn of events. Many readers and other authors have asked me why I’ve written a contemporary.

Here’s the blurb:

The-Reluctant-Wife-300x200Abby Taylor walked out on her irresistible husband three years ago. Now she has no choice but to return to Italy to ask him for a favor. To pay for her grandmother’s heart operation she needs his money, but it comes with strings attached.

Conte Dante Lombardi has it all—an Italian villa, a successful family business, and a noble title. But he needs a child to carry on his legacy and time is running out. He also hopes to satisfy the desire Abby rouses in him.

As Abby uncovers why he’s in such a hurry for a child, she falls in love with him again … just as she realizes it might be impossible to keep her end of the deal.

…an intense, passionate rollercoaster of a love story—just perfect!

– USA TODAY bestselling author Natalie Anderson

For most people, a writer’s world is hard to understand. It’s not every day that you have characters chatting inside your head while you’re trying to live your normal everyday life, which involves writing a book with a completely different set of characters, or working a normal job, or being with friends and family. For me, I always have characters popping in to visit me at the most inopportune times.

However, I’m not going to complain because, without my characters, I doubt I’d have any stories to tell. Sometimes a character introduces him or herself, and tells me their predicament and simply begs me to tell their story, so that they can get their happy ever after. Other times I have an inkling of an idea for a story and from the mist that is my brain, characters appear.

 In terms of THE RELUCTANT WIFE, it was the characters stalking me that made me need to write the story. A young Abby Taylor, newly married, came to me for advice and help. She had just married Dante Lombardi, an Italian Conte who was older, worldlier, and very sophisticated and she didn’t know how to deal with him. I immediately thought of Princess Diana when she married Charles. What must it have been like for her, young, alone in a powerful family? So I suppose it was a combination of characters, my imagination and real life.

But then the medical situations in THE RELUCTANT WIFE are drawn from real life. I suffer from endometriosis and as such I knew a little of what Abby was going through. As for Dante, his driving need for children was based on fear. His father and grandfather died young and I have a friend whose father died the same way. At a relatively young age this friend was diagnosed as well. My friend runs one of New Zealand’s biggest family companies and the focus immediately turns to children. Who inherits etc?

Dante has more than just his family’s business empire to be concerned with. He has an ancient family title which entails their family home. His family would lose a lot if he doesn’t have a child who can inherit.

I find that things around me affect me as an author. Whether that triggers the characters to arrive or the characters make me look at the world around me differently, I’m not sure. Perhaps it’s a bit of both. All I know is that I’d hate to ever find myself lonely, without any visitors inside my busy head.

The characters, and life around me, allowed me to plot out a very real and poignant story in The Reluctant Wife. One that is very personal to me. All I know is I’m pleased Abby introduced herself to me.  I loved writing Dante and Abby’s journey to their happy ever after. I actually found it quite cathartic.



Here’s a taste of their story:-

Abby had completely deceived him. Dante had thought her naïveté would make her easy to manage. He’d quickly learned that Abby had more backbone than any woman he’d ever met. Her readiness to challenge him seemed to add to her allure. Now, again, here she was asserting her wishes, taking command…

Abby licked her lips. “I don’t owe you anything. And, as we’re divorcing, I’m the last woman you should have a child with. Besides, I don’t care what you do in your personal life.”

She lied. Her arms were folded across her stomach as if she were warding off a blow.

“You care. You know I could always read your body as well as a blind man reads braille.”

Abby shook her head, the emphatic movement flinging her thick blond hair over one shoulder. Her eyes narrowed. “Can you read what I’m thinking now?”

He searched Abby’s drawn face, recognizing the marks of strain in the bluish shadows beneath her eyes and the set of her delicate jaw. She had the strength of fine bone china, and the fragility.

“I know exactly what you’re thinking.” He tilted his head and tapped his chin with a finger. After a theatrical pause he spoke deliberately. “You wish you’d waited until the morning to meet with me. You’re angry with yourself for still wanting me, and you’re wondering whether one kiss from my lips can still make you come.”

He felt rather than saw her body tremble across the room, and heard her soft gasp.

“Of all the arrogant, conceited…”

“Most of all, you’re remembering the first night you were in this room, how you let me seduce you, how I made love to you into the small hours of the morning.”

The hazel of her eyes glittered almost golden as he watched her fight tears. He tried to keep his heart unresponsive, but the beauty of her pale face, the dark circles under her eyes, and above all her stricken look of profound loss assailed his protective barrier.

“You want a favor from me. I want a favor—or two—from you. I’d call it a mutually beneficial business proposition. I know you need money and I’m happy to help. For a price. You are my wife, this is where you belong.” A traitorous pulse flickered fast just below her collarbone, calling attention to the delicate skin of her throat. His body shuddered into life, with total recall of the addictive taste of her skin.

She quivered as his eyes roamed her small frame. Every detail screamed at him—the dark of her dilated pupils, the flush on her cheeks, the moist pink of her parted lips. She wanted him and though she shook with the effort, she couldn’t hide the giveaway signals. Cursing inwardly, he felt his body respond to the recalled pleasure of their days and nights of intimacy.

“But I’m not yours. Not anymore.”

 “Legally you are still mine!”

“I am not a possession, Dante. As I said four years ago, I’m a flesh-and-blood woman with feelings and desires.”

“Come here.” He patted the couch beside him. “I’ll satisfy those feelings and desires.”

Invitation to Ruin


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Title: The Reluctant Wife
Author: Bronwen Evans
Genre: Category – Contemporary
Length: 175 pages
Release Date: December 2012
ISBN: 978-1-62266-868-7
Imprint: Indulgence






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retouchedOften an author is asked, “What on Earth inspired this novel?”  Okay, perhaps the inquiry isn’t posed in such a manner, but with the case of BEYOND, my young adult, science fiction, romance…that’s what they ask. 🙂  I can understand their surprise. I am a romantic suspense author, born and bred…and all of a sudden this book pops out. WHY?

Well, did you ever have a childhood fantasy that worked its way into the back of your mind and stayed glued there your entire life?  When I was a child I was a big fan of Battlestar Galactica. And more specifically, I had a big crush on Starbuck (played by Dirk Benedict). I used to fantasize that he would land his Colonial Viper in my back yard and whisk me away on a great adventure in outer space. Stranger things have happened, right? 🙂

Eventually I grew up and accepted the fact that the Colonial Viper was not going to land in my back yard, so I moved on to the stability of romantic suspense. Yet still, that fantasy was stuck back there, always popping up and saying, “But what if, Maureen?”  Finally, I yielded to it, and Aimee Patterson, the heroine in BEYOND gets to live out my childhood fantasies.

Aimee might have childhood fantasies of her own. She aspires to be an engineer. Her father was an engineer, and she has the curiosity to back up the position. It might not be common to see a young adult with such definitive goals, but maybe she has something stuck in the back corner of her mind that has motivated her down this interesting path.

Have you ever had any childhood fantasies stick with you? None can be considered silly. After all, we were children. Look at me. I wanted a spaceship to come take me away. J

Maureen will be gifting a Kindle or Nook copy of BEYOND to one person leaving a comment or sharing a fantasy!

EndlessNightMaureen A. Miller is the romantic suspense author of ENDLESS NIGHT and WIDOW’S TALE, a Golden Heart nominee in Romantic Suspense. She is also the host of JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE, a site dedicated to the genre. And yes, she is a young adult science fiction author as well!



It is the day after Aimee Patterson’s high school graduation. College beckons, as does her dream of becoming an engineer. On an early evening walk, her cocker spaniel charges into the woods on the other side of the pond. Aimee trails after him, and in the stillness of that forest the unthinkable happens. She becomes paralyzed and watches in horror as her hands vanish before her eyes.

Waking to the sound of voices, Aimee realizes that she has been kidnapped. Little does she know how far away from home she is, though. In an attempt to flee her captors, she launches from their confines only to freeze at the view outside the window. The sky is black and filled with stars, and in the distance is a familiar blue globe. The planet Earth.

A group of humans forced to flee their planet after an epidemic destroyed their civilization now travel the galaxies in search of an antidote. Retrieving samples of plant life from every solar system, on this occasion Aimee was accidentally seized instead.

Aimee must learn to avoid the advances of an awkward young scientist who seems intent on dissecting her, as her own fascination turns to the exotic young warrior, Zak. Having fallen in love with Zak, she is now torn with the decision to return to Earth or live beyond the stars.

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479329452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479329458





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Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate



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

DC: I’m an incredibly young looking fifty-something-year-old (yeah, baby!) with two grown children and one adorable baby grand. During my Debbie-Do-Over Year when I turned 50, I blonded the gray, harnessed my front unicorn tooth with invisible braces, and lost 40-pounds. I adios the facial wrinkles with alligator clips behind the ears. Haven’t figured out what to do with the CCCB yet though (Computer Chair Cauliflower Buns).

I’m totally blessed to have Baby Blaine and his parents living next door so that I have a front row seat to his life. I live and love in central Florida with my long-suffering spouse of 35 years and my desperately wicked pooch, Fenway.

I’ve been an orthopedic occupational therapist for 34 years, piano teacher for 20, and tennis addict since high school. As a writer, I’m a late bloomer – started writing professionally at age 45 when my youngest chick flew the coop. Somehow since that time (it’s truly a God thing that totally lows my mind), I’ve accumulated over 120 articles in international magazines, newspapers, and trade journals, and my 12th book, Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate, releases in Feb.

MBA&M: What was your inspiration for this title?

DC: After my first women’s inspirational book, Mom NEEDS Chocolate, came out a few years ago, I began traveling as a women’s event speaker. During the course of my travels, I kept hearing certain themes repeated, daily struggles that many women seem to have in common, namely overwhelming stress, anger management, and debilitating fear. So I approached Barbour Books with the idea of writing a series of light-hearted but heavy-hitting scripture-based books, chockfull of awesome true stories and practical tips for successfully dealing with these very issues. First came Too Blessed to be Stressed, then More Beauty, Less Beast, and now Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate.


By the way, I was completely honored and humbled to be notified just last month that Too Blessed to Be Stressed received the renown Mom’s Choice Award. Papa God never ceases to amaze me by His amazing grace notes!  He is indeed able to do exceeding, abundantly, beyond all that we ask or think (Eph. 3:20).

MBA&M: What were some of the challenges in writing this title?

DC: Fear itself was my biggest challenge. While I was interviewing dozens of people about their most horrendous fears, Satan grabbed the opportunity to attack me in that very vulnerable area. Strangely enough, I developed a fear of writing a book about fear.

Thankfully, I was able to lean on powerful fear-fighting scriptures like “I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4, NASB) and “With his love, he will calm all your fears” (Zephaniah 3:17, NLT). And of course, the go-to verse for fear warriors, 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT): “God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.”

Self-discipline is, of course, the bugger. I’ve had to learn to implement it effectively so that I could step boldly up to my personal fear monsters and yank off their masks.

One important thing I discovered in writing Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate is that our fears reveal what matters to us most … those hidden corners of our life in which we trust God the least. Those are the hotspots we need to work on, and for me, relinquishing control to the only One who can truly defeat fear was a huge step.

Another challenge was finding out exactly which fears women struggle with most on a daily basis. So I conducted a survey of 500 random women between the ages of 18 and 80 in order to pinpoint their worst fears. The results – which may surprise you as much as they did me – became the chapters of my book as I explored the reasons specific fears can keep women stretched tighter than size 8 jeans over size 12 buns.



MBA&M: What are some of the things that influence your writing?

DC: I write my books in an informal conversational tone – like girlfriends chatting over lattes and nibbling on Godiva. I include lots of humor and personal stories that apply scriptures to real life (from my own experience and those of others). My books are well stocked with tried-and-true techniques for increasing spiritual growth and living our faith out loud.


MBA&: Give our readers some insight into the research required to write this title.

DC: Besides the previously mentioned interviews with many incredible people who had enough courage to share their deepest fears and how they’ve overcome them through Papa God’s grace, I thoroughly researched hundreds of scriptures about fear, read numerous books about the subject, and spent four months conducting my fear survey.

Plus I worried a lot. J (In the name of research, of course!)

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where they can purchase your title.

DC: Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate will be available in Feb, 2013 at all Christian bookstores, many secular bookstores, and online wherever books are sold (e-reader versions also). I love to bring my offbeat blend of wit and near-wisdom to women’s groups and can be reached to arrange speaking engagements at my website, www.DeboraCoty.com, (speaking samples are available there too). Hey, let’s connect through Twitter, FaceBook, and my free quarterly e-newsletter (you can sign up for all of these at my website). 

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COMING FEBRUARY 1, 2013  to a bookstore near you!

Fear, Faith & a Fistful of Chocolate

Sold at a bookstore near you in February, 2013

Are you ready to strip fear’s power over you and become the confident woman you were meant to be? Have you found that tolerating your personal fear monsters only makes them growl louder?

Okay, sister – take my hand and let’s boldly step up and yank the masks off those shadow-lurking, anxiety-churning, worry-generating beasts.

With her own brand of off-beat wit and wisdom, inspirational humorist Debora Coty addresses heart  needs of women worn down by everyday fears – financial, health, relationships, loss, pain, the unknown, the what ifs …

With fresh spiritual insight, Debora shares hope, true life stories, scriptural lifelines, and a few LOL’s along with simple, practical tips for sidestepping fear with faith. And a fistful of chocolate!

Fear, Faith and a Fistful of Chocolate: Wit and Wisdom for Sidestepping Life’s Worries (Barbour Publishing) will be available in print and e-book editions February 1, 2013. (Excerpt HERE)

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Books (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 162029169X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620291696








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Harper Voyager; 1/22/2013;

ISBN 9780061957918, $27.99;

e-ISBN 9780062228154,


The ever-after is shrinking. If it disappears, so does all magic. It’s up to Rachel to fix it despite the ever-after’s most powerful demon saying otherwise. But Rachel has more than a few impressive and frightening skills of her own, and she isn’t going down without one hell of a fight. She’s also has elven tycoon Trent Kalamack. With this unlikely ally beside her, she’s going to return to the ever after, kick some demon butt, rescue her loved ones . . . and prevent an apocalypse before it’s too late. Or, at least that’s the plan.




EVER AFTER is available just about everywhere, and a few places I’d never expect.

Barnes & Noble
Harper Collins
SFBC (The Science Fiction Book Club)


Author Kim Harrison herself is as sweet and witty of a person as you can be, and her own story is almost as interesting as Rachel’s. When she started writing the Hollows books, she and her editor created a pseudonym and alternate persona for Kim, complete with a leather-pants-wearing, long-red-wig-sporting persona for book events. Actually, Kim originally lived in the region of America that she refers to as the “buckle of the bible belt,” where writing about witches and demons and sexy elves really would have been a problem for her. She absolutely had to keep her bestselling career a secret within her community, going so far as to sneak out of the house, trying not to be spotted in her black leather and long red hair. Now that she’s moved back to Michigan, she’s still wearing the wig to author appearances, but is less secretive about her two identities. She says, “I don’t see much of a change in Kim now that I live in an area that doesn’t frown upon writing about witches.  All my neighbors know what I do for a living now instead of a handpicked few, and that feels comfortable, but I’m still not going to go down to the store wearing my Kim outfit.  That would be . . . weird and unhealthy.”


Visit Kim at: www.kimharrison.net



Kim Harrison


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Tuesday, January 22 (7 pm)


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