VISIT WITH AUTHOR MESU ANDREWS,”LOVE’S SACRED SONG”…

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 MESU ANDREWS!!!

Author of….

 

Good morning, Mesu and welcome to My Book Addiction and More today!!

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

MESU: I’ve been married to Mr. Wonderful since 1984. I’ve loved him through his coaching days, teaching days, seminary days, pastor days, and now professor-ing days. Sometimes I feel like I’m in a daze, but we do life together, and it works. We have two grown daughters, who have recently married their own Mr. Wonderfuls. For now, we all live nestled in the lovely Pacific Northwest—at least until one of the little eaglets decides to fly the coop. My writing companion is a 5-year-old Rotti-pitbull named Bouzer. He’s a big, adorable lump of love. My favorite foods are pizza and lobster—served separately, please. I love football season, not so keen on basketball or baseball. And I’ll eat just about any dessert you put in front of me!

 

Most people are curious about my name…it’s a nickname. My given name is “Maralasu”—a concoction of my mom’s creative mind. I couldn’t say the big, long name when I was little, so it always came out “Mesu.” It stuck.

MBA&M: What made you decide to write about Biblical Characters?

MESU: I’m a Bible study fanatic. I taught women’s Bible studies and adult Sunday school classes; and I traveled quite a bit, teaching at weekend retreats and seminars. Until health issues made that life impossible.

When I tried to publish some of my Bible studies, I ran into the same roadblock each time: “You have no formal training.” And it makes sense. Who wants to buy a study from someone who has no formal education? So a friend suggested I write novels—using stories to teach the concepts I taught through studies.

 

Since my health kept me close to home, and my limited education kept me from publishing non-fiction, I began writing about the lessons people learned in Scripture. Their lives, their culture, their settings—fascinating stuff! Made more intriguing when we realize the kernel of God’s Truth is woven into the fabric of the plot. It’s both a joy and a challenge. I love it!

MBA&M: What do you feel is the allure of Biblical characters and especially King Solomon is for readers?

MESU: Our Western Culture is so vastly different than the Ancient Middle Eastern way of life. One of the most amazing things about God’s Word is that—though it never changes—it is living and has the ability to relate to any culture. However, in order to extract the fullest meaning of some passages, we must read them in light of the culture, setting, and geographic location in which they were written. That is what biblical fiction can do. It creates a context in which the biblical story is more easily remembered. Just like Jesus told parables to cement a point in the minds of His listeners, biblical fiction should be used as a way to give life and texture to the biblical truths it conveys. It’s never meant to replace daily Bible reading; in fact, just the opposite. It’s intended to arouse the reader’s curiosity and send them back to God’s Word for answers.

I think King Solomon is a keen example of that curiosity factor. Many folks know bits and pieces about Solomon’s life when he was older and had many wives, but how many took the time to consider his early years? I hope the allure of biblical fiction is to give readers a “snapshot” of a character that they can then take back to Scripture and compare to the mural God has given through His Word.

MBA&M: Which Biblical character is your favorite and why?

MESU: Oh my! Tough question! My heart is securely fastened to the Old Testament because I think Yahweh is so misunderstood by Christians in that Old Covenant, but my favorite biblical character is actually in the New Testament. Jesus’ mother would be my favorite. I love her immediate submission when asked to bear the Christ-child. I’m fascinated by all the “pondering in her heart” when people heap praise on her newborn Son. Her reaction to twelve-year-old Jesus, when he stays at the Temple and is separated from the family—amazing (I would’ve jerked a holy knot in His tail!). The fact that she followed Him to the Cross is beyond my ability to fathom, and that she was with the disciples in the upper room after His resurrection speaks volumes about her faith. She’s amazing. I can’t wait to meet her in eternity.

MBA&M: If you could step back in time, where would you go, with whom and why?

MESU: Another great question! I think I would like to go to young Solomon, actually. He had so much promise, so much potential. And he did many great things—but he could have done sooooo much more. If only his heart had been right before the Lord. Of course, we don’t know the motivation of his heart. In the book, I portray him as too caring, too sympathetic to his wives for his own good.

I suppose the motivation doesn’t really matter, does it? The thing that matters is that his sin tore Israel apart. Period. Surely, if someone could reason with the wisest man in all of history, he would have lived differently… But didn’t Jesus address a similar argument when he told the parable of Lazarus (the beggar) and the rich man (Luke 16)? The gist of the story confirms the futility of trying to reason Solomon out of sin: If he didn’t listen then, no amount of “do-over” would change the situation. I think it’s good motivation to do all we can NOW for those we love.

MBA&M: What is the one thing that scares the “heck” out of you and why?

MESU: Snakes and rodents! I don’t know that I have a good reason for it. I grew up in a house surrounded by Indiana cornfields, so we ALWAYS had mice. One day, my mom and I were held captive, standing on top of a stool and coffee table, while a mouse scurried around the kitchen until my dad came home from work. Eeek!

 

In my third book, Love in a Broken Vessel (scheduled for March 2013 release), Hosea and Gomer live in the southern Judean desert, and snakes are a constant threat. THAT was creepy to research and write! Ick!

 

Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to share a bit with your readers!

If anyone would like to keep in touch, they can visit my website @ http://www.mesuandrews.com/. Or sign up for free weekly e-devotionals @ http://www.mesuandrews.com/deep-o-tionals-2/acts-of-the-apostles/. Also, I’ve added pictures of a potential “Solomon” and “Arielah” to my Pinterest Board for Character Faces…check it out and leave a comment! Or give your own suggestions!

Thank you so much for visiting with us today and sharing your  wonderful insights into the Biblical characters of old!!

Book Trailer for “Love’s Sacred Song” http://youtu.be/LYCpTmNVCQo

LOVE’S SACRED SONG

MESU ANDREWS

Publisher:Revell (March 1, 2012)

Language:English

ISBN-10:0800734084

ISBN-13: 978-0800734084

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: March 1, 2012
Standing in the massive shadow of his famous father, young king Solomon wavers between fear and bravado, wisdom and folly. In the uncertain world of alliances and treachery, Solomon longs for peace and a love that is true and pure–a love that can be his cornerstone.
A shepherdess in the northern city of Shunem, Arielah remembers the first time she laid eyes on Solomon in Jerusalem when she was just seven years old. Since then she has known that it was her destiny to become his bride. When her father, a leader of their tribe, secures a promise from King Solomon to marry Arielah as a treaty bride to help unite the kingdom, it seems her dreams may come true.
But how can this simple shepherdess live as part of Solomon’s harem? Can Solomon set aside his distractions to give himself completely to just one woman? Or will he let duty, deception, and the daily routine divide his heart?
Mesu Andrews expertly weaves the words of the Song of Solomon into this touching story of the power of love. Readers will be transported from the glowing fields of Shunem to the gleaming city of Jerusalem as they experience this rich and textured novel from a master storyteller.

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GIVEAWAY AND VISIT WITH GLYNNIS CAMPBELL,”PASSION’S EXILE”…

IT IS OUR PLEASURE TO WELCOME BACK HISTORICAL ROMANCE AUTHOR, GLYNNIS CAMPBELL TO MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE TODAY!!

WELCOME GLYNNIS!!

Good morning Glynnis and welcome to My Book Addiction and More…

 

MBA&M: Tell our readers a little about Glynnis Campbell and your other pen names?

 

GC: First, thank you for the invitation—I love talking to fellow reading addicts.  Most people are surprised to find out about my checkered past!  In addition to romance writing, I’ve been a ballerina, a film score composer, a singer in The Pinups—an all-girl CBS rock band, a typographer, and a voice-over actress for MTV’s “The Maxx” animated series and the video games Diablo and Starcraft.  I’ve been writing historical romance for a little over a decade as Glynnis Campbell, Sarah McKerrigan, and Kira Morgan.  I live in L.A., and I’m married to a rock star (but I grew up in a little town with no stoplights, and my rock star husband was my high school sweetheart)!

 

MBA&M: What made you decide to write historical romances? Especially, “Passion’s Exile”?

 

 GC: I’ve had a lifelong love for towering castles, trusty swords, and knights (and damsels) in shining armor. As a girl, I read Howard Pyle’s King Arthur and Robin Hood books till they were in tatters. History lets me create larger-than-life characters, and I love doing research. I was inspired to write “Passion’s Exile” when my kids were studying “TheCanterburyTales” in school. I decided it would be fun to set that kind of traveling-in-an-entourage story inScotlandand work a romance into the journey.

MBA&M: Have you always wanted to be an author and what made you want to be an author?

 

GC: Writing always came naturally to me, but I never really considered it as a career option (possibly because I was busy being a ballerina and a rock star?) until I’d finished writing three books and decided to share them.  What keeps me writing is insatiable curiosity about the world and the past and a desire to go on adventures with my characters and my readers.

MBA&M: What are the challenges in writing with two other pen names?

 

GC: My husband tells people he’s on his third wife.  Seriously, the hardest part about having pen names is losing touch with loyal fans.  No matter how many announcements I make, there are always readers who don’t realize I’m still writing, just under a different pen name, and I know they’ve been left behind.  It was the publisher’s choice to give me a nom de plume, and though it was with good intentions, I’m very glad to be able to return to my real name.

 

MBA&M: What where the challenges in writing “Passion’s Exile”?

 

GC: I almost painted myself into a corner with “Passion’s Exile”!  I placed my hero and heroine, Blade and Rose, in the middle of a pilgrimage with twenty other people, staying at male-female segregated manor houses.  Blade has a faithful sidekick, and Rose cares for a crippled falcon.  Finding a time and place for them to be alone to, ahem, rendezvous was almost as frustrating for me as it was for them!

MBA&M: How do you feel your writing has changed in the years since you wrote your first novel?

GC: My writing has become more fast-paced, because reading has become more fast-paced.  Readers are very good at painting mental pictures from a few well-placed brush strokes—they don’t really need or want to know where every tapestry, flagon, and sword was manufactured—so there’s less need to fill in all the blanks for them and more time to spend on the action and dialogue.  I’m also writing more accessibly, I think, without sacrificing authenticity, by using a bit less dialect, which most people find difficult to read.

MBA&M: Out of all the books you have written, including your other pen names, what is your favorite and why?

GC: This is truly as hard as picking out your favorite child!  Honestly, it’s usually whatever I’m working on at the moment, and currently I’m very excited about “Passion’s Exile.”  Blade, a self-exiled mercenary, is one of the darkest heroes I’ve written, and pitting sweet, fresh-faced, convent-bound Rose against him was endlessly entertaining.  It was also a treat to have a big ensemble of colorful supporting characters to write for.

 

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

GC: I almost DID step into “Passion’s Exile”!  I considered making the heroes’ journey—a 10-day pilgrimage from Stirling toSt. Andrews—for research.  It didn’t quite work out (though my author friend Lauren Royal and I commandeeredRoslinCastlefor a few days, which was a blast).  I think it would be fun to tag along as one of the pilgrims, walking through the beautiful Scots countryside, staying in medieval manor houses, sampling hard cider and meat pies, telling stories, and watching Rose and Blade’s romance unfold.

MBA&M: Which character in “Passion’s Exile” do you think you most identify with? Why?

GC: I most relate to Blade’s sidekick, Wilham.  I think probably all of us have a friend or relative who’s on a self-destructive path, and there’s nothing we can do for them except give them our love and support.  That’s what Wilham does for Blade.  Though he gets frustrated with Blade’s self-loathing, he is loyal to a fault and stands by him through thick and thin.

MBA&M: Now, Glynnis, please tell our readers where to find you, your other pen names and where to find “Passion’s Exile”?

GC: “Passion’s Exile” is available as an ebook now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble!  And watch for new ebook Author’s Editions of my backlist—My Champion, My Warrior, My Hero, Lady Danger, Captive Heart, Knight’s Prize, and Danger’s Kiss—coming soon.  If you don’t have an e-reader, don’t despair.  You can download FREE Kindle and NOOK software from Amazon and Barnes & Noble that allows you to read books on your computer or smartphone.

 

          Glynnis, do you have anything else to add?

GC: The single best way an author can succeed is through word-of-mouth and recommendations from friends.  I’m so grateful to avid readers like you at My Book Addiction who spread the good word and allow me to continue writing and taking you along on my adventures!

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with My Book Addiction and More today!!

PASSION’S EXILE

GLYNNIS CAMPBELL

Publisher:Glynnis Campbell (January 25, 2012)

ASIN: B00726SYAS

Haunted by an unforgivable crime, the once noble swordsman, Sir Pierce of Mirkhaugh, now wanders Scotland as the sword-for-hire known as Blade.  His latest mission—to unmask two assassins among the pilgrims bound for St. Andrews—goes awry when spirited Rosamund of Averleigh joins the entourage, tempting Blade from his solitude and making him believe in redemption.  What he doesn’t know is that Rose is fleeing for her life.  With an abusive bridegroom tracking her, her only hope is to seek refuge as a nun…until she meets Blade, who awakens her passions and destroys her best-laid plans.

*All images and descriptions from the author’s website*

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We are offering an e-book copy of “PASSION’S EXILE” by Glynnis Campbell. Giveaway will run from today March 9 until March 16,2012. Open globally.

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VISIT WITH JULLIAN HASLAM,AUTHOR OF “INDIAN.ENGLISH.A MEMOIR”…

AUTHORIGHT AND MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE PRESENTS!!

JULLIAN HASLAM ,”INDIAN.ENGLISH.A MEMOIR” !!!

WELCOME JULLIAN…

MBA&M: Tell our readers a few titbits about Jillian Haslam?

 

JILLIAN: Jillian’s life has been one of stark and remarkable contrasts. Today she is a self-assured and happy NLP Trainer, Life coach and motivational speaker and author having given up a successful banking career to pursue her interests in helping other people overcome problems and issues in life. What is remarkable about this is that she started life living in circumstances that most people in the western world would ,find hard to even imagine. Picture this, a mother and her children living in a country that was harsh and unforgiving, being forced to live under a partially sheltered stairwell amongst puddles vermin and dirt with all their worldly possessions held in an old tea chest thrown away by someone with no idea where their next meal was coming from. Jillian was one of those children a few years ago. Powered by nothing more than sheer determination and a steadfast belief that things could only get better, she has turned her life around to what it is today. She has told this story in a moving sometimes sad but incredibly heart-warming tale of her life and that of those around her in her book Indian.English. that is set in post-independence India and the United Kingdom.

      MBA&M: What made you decide to write “Indian.English.”?

JILLIAN: I have always enjoyed helping people and talking to them to try and find solutions to life’s challenges. As I spoke to different people I came in contact with, I found that a very effective way to connect with them was to give them instances from my own life that related to what they were going through. Seeing that, on hearing about my experiences helped others harden their resolve to go on and overcome their own hurdles and challenges made me believe that I should share my story with as many people as possible, in the hope that somewhere, someday, it may encourage another soul to overcome their issues and improve their lives.

      MBA&M: What were some of the challenges in writing “Indian.English.” and why a memoir?

 

  JILLIAN:  I never knew how hard it is to sit down and write about something – even when you’re most familiar with what’s happened in your own life. As I sat typing into my laptop, many recollections that were locked away as distant memories came flooding back bringing a lot of the pain and other emotions we went through at the time. Thoughts of why and how we lost four siblings to extreme poverty and malnutrition, how we came so close to losing our baby brother to floods and disease, how my siblings and myself were abused in the streets and pelted with water balloons on our chest and backs etc. and how we cried all the way home, how my little sister survived despite chocolate bombs being thrown at our home for hours on end and where were the twins that were buried (if they were buried), none of know, even till this day.  I often found myself too overcome by emotion to carry on writing and was extremely grateful for the mind development trainings that helped me bounce back and continue writing. The other aspect of writing this book that was hard for me was that like several other new writers found, it is not easy to get a book published in today’s day and age and the market is full of people looking to take advantage of those relatively inexperienced in the world of authoring and publishing. However, I am grateful that my story is now out there available for anyone to read and sincerely hope that it helps people in some small way. As I’ve said before, my intention for writing about some of the experiences in my life was to demonstrate how any simple, ordinary person can go through the most difficult heart wrenching and torrid experiences in life but can still come through and find happiness at the other end, as I seem to have done in my life. Therefore, a memoir seemed to be the most appropriate form of autobiography to use, to achieve this goal.

       MBA&M: Who would you say is your real life hero? Why?

  JILLIAN:  As with most people, I have several heroes but three that I have modelled myself on (a key NLP technique) are Mother Teresa, Princess Diana and my own mother. I admire Mother Teresa for her sheer selflessness and her unfathomable compassion for those around her and her desire to help those less fortunate than herself. In Princess Diana, I find the quality of being able to put one’s own troubles behind them and still care for what others are going through, a quality I would like to follow and in my own mother, I admire the quality of her being able to put a smile on her face despite extreme trauma and sadness in her world and meeting each tomorrow with renewed optimism leading her children and all around her to believe that it would be a better day than yesterday, this is “Hope” and something that got us through each day, each month, each year. People come in many forms and identifying their patterns of behaviour and modelling their strategies is key to one’s self development.

   MBA&M: What was or is something you would like to accomplish in your writing career?

 

JILLIAN:   I have written this book with the objective of helping many people who live below the poverty line as I can. There are many who can afford trainings, education, coaching and other self-help programs but there are also far too many who are unable to afford a single meal or a single shirt for their backs or medicines to safe their loved ones lives, leave alone any further education. My dream is to be able to set-up orphanages, education centres, shelters and smaller hospitals in order to help people to eat, learn and to inspire them by my story to be able to live life to their maximum potential. I truly believe that like myself “Everyone can be happy and happiness can only come by fulfilling their basic human needs first” which is what I intend to do.

      MBA&M: What are some of your favorite books, authors, stories, etc.?

 JILLIAN:  I like to read about the lives and experiences of other people, as I find that thought provoking and interesting. I also enjoy reading motivational and self-development books. I recently came across the American pioneer story by Laura Ingalls Wilder and found that to be a truly remarkable and touching family story. Some of my favourite authors are Wayne Dyer for his books “The Shift” & “The Ego”; Virginia Satir for all her books on family therapy, Frank McCourt  on Angela’s Ashes & Robert Winston for his books on the Human Brain, Human Instinct etc.

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

 

JILLIAN:  I have recently launched a company with the objective of helping people be the best that they can be. I would like to extend this project in the future to be able to help those who are in dire need of help and support, like the poor, the aged, the unemployed and the children, to put a smile back on their faces in whatever way I can.

 

       MBA&M: Tell our readers where you can be found and where “Indian.English.” is available?

 

JILLIAN:  I am currently based in London in the UK but my services are targeted at a global audience. More details about me and my company are available online at www.helpyourselfassociates.com . The book is available on the kindle, online on amazon and at all leading book stores. More details on the book can be found at www.indianenglishthebook.com

Thank you for visiting with us today,what a fascinating story!!

Book Trailer for “INDIAN.ENGLISH.A MEMOIR”

http://youtu.be/SYMNMQoSF3w

INDIAN.ENGLISH.

A MEMOIR

JILLIAN HASLAM

                        ISBN-13: 9781908775016                       

Publisher: Legend Press Ltd

Publication date: 11/1/2011

Pages: 236

Indian.English. is Jillian Haslam’s memoir of growing up an English girl in post-colonial India. Her harrowing yet ultimately redemptive story of living in the dark squalid by-lanes of Calcutta, abused and misunderstood by many, recalls the darkest moments of Angela’s Ashes and the inner turmoil of The Glass Castle.

For every atrocity described in Indian.English., however, there is found a parallel kindness—a sacrifice, really—on the part of the poorest of the poor, who helped her family to survive. One cannot overlook those small, seemingly insignificant and mundane acts of human kindness. Within these humble people thrive a grace beyond description that literally saves lives every hour of every day.

Such was the case with Jillian and her family, which suffered through the death of children, abject starvation, trauma and humiliation.

In vivid detail, the author recounts how she learned to look for the positives embedded in the numerous challenges encountered on her path; and how to overcome adversity to be successful.

This rich story of her life, of finding the road to success, and how she utilizes her wisdom and vision to help others through her foundation, vividly illustrates how and why Jillian Haslam inspires everyone she meets.

 

*all descriptions and images from author’s website*

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HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!

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GIVEAWAY AND VISIT WITH DOROTHY LOVE,AUTHOR OF “BEAUTY FOR ASHES”…

IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE WE WELCOME BACK “SOUTHERN HISTORY WITH HEART” AUTHOR DOROTHY LOVE TODAY!!!

(from the author’s website)

Good morning Dorothy and welcome back to My Book Addiction and More today…
MBA&M:Dorothy, tell our readers a little about yourself,for those who do not know you as of yet?

       DOROTHY:  I’m a wife, sister, daughter, friend, human mom to 2 golden retrievers. I love the history that I weave into my novels, love traveling to the places that wind up in my stories. Before I began writing inspirational fiction for adults, I published more than a dozen novels for preteens and young adults. I’ve lived all over the country, but mostly in Texas, which I consider home. I’ve just taken up the piano again after a lifetime away from it. I have a lot of make up work to do. But I love it.

MBA&M:  What if anything was your inspiration behind writing “Beauty For Ashes”?

    DOROTHY: I’ve always been interested in the dynamics of families, and that interest finds its way into many of my novels. My books usually are concerned with matters of family, friends and faith.  Even though they are set in the South of the 19th century, I hope they reflect the concerns of  women today.  The title comes from a verse in the book of Isaiah in which God promises to give us beauty for ashes and the oil of joy for mourning.  It was a perfect fit for my protagonist, Carrie Daly, who has seen a lot of grief in her life and desperately needs that grace.

MBA&M:  How do you feel your writing has grown through the years?

    DOROTHY: I hope I’m more observant of human behavior and emotion than I was in my 20’s. I think it’s sometimes necessary to mature before one can tell certain stories. I hope I continue to grow.

MBA&M: Can you tell our readers how many books will be in the “Hickory Ridge” series and any tidbits into the next installment?

   DOROTHY:  Sure. There will be a total of three. I’ve just finished the third one, called EVERY PERFECT GIFT.  If you’ve read the first book, BEYOND ALL MEASURE, you’ll remember Sophie, the little mixed race girl who lives at the Hickory Ridge orphanage, until Wyatt and Ada Caldwell take her to live with them in Texas.  In the third book, she is all grown up, a newspaper woman who returns to Hickory Ridge to revive the town paper, the Gazette. Her first interview is with Ethan Heyward,  the handsome architect and manager of Blue Smoke, the luxury resort that’s opening atop Hickory Ridge.  The story is about the secrets they keep from each other and how they find their way to each other. I loved writing it.

MBA&M: How much research was involved in writing “Beauty For Ashes”?

   DOROTHY:  Since it’s the second Hickory Ridge book, there was less research than for the first one. Most of it revolved around horse racing and training thoroughbreds. I learned a lot about thoroughbreds, the beginnings of the Kentucky Derby, how a colt is trained for the track.

MBA&M:  What do you hope to accomplish in writing your Southern Historical Romance?

    DOROTHY: I was born and raised in the South. Much of its history is lost or buried or distorted. I hope to shed some light on the amazing, fascinating, maddening, tortured, graceful past and at the same time, tell an entertaining and uplifting story.

MBA&M:  Now, Dorothy,tell our readers where to find you and where they can purchase “Beauty For Ashes”?

    Anywhere fine books are sold!

         Thank you Dorothy, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with My Book Addiction and More and our readers..Is there anything else you would like to add today?

    Just that I so appreciate your hosting me here. Thank you!!

Visit the author at:

http://dorothylovebooks.com/

BEAUTY FOR ASHES

DOROTHY LOVE

ISBN-13: 9781595549013                       

Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.

Publication date: 2/28/2012

Pages: 336

Series:A Hickory Ridge Novel

(from the author’s website)

She’s a beautiful young widow. He’s a charming Charlestonian with a taste for adventure. Both need a place to call home.

For Carrie Daly, life seems to consist mostly of mourning and ashes. Widowed when her young husband died at the battle of Shiloh, Carrie has spent the intervening years living quietly on her family’s farm with Henry, her older brother. But then Henry marries Mary Stanhope, a difficult widow with two rowdy sons in tow. Feeling that there is no longer a place for her on the farm, Carrie moves to the genteel but shabby Verandah Ladies Hotel and takes a job at Nate Chastain’s book shop, intending to make a new life for herself.

But a chance meeting with Griff Rutledge, a newcomer to Hickory Ridge, changes everything.

It will take a leap of faith on both their parts to redeem the hurts of the past and claim God’s promise of beauty for ashes.

 

 ***GIVEAWAY ALERT***

*Sponsored by the author*

We are offering 1 print copy of ‘BEAUTY FOR ASHES” by  Dorothy Love. Giveaway will run from today March 7 until March 14,2012. No P.O. Boxes,please.

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GIVEAWAY AND VISIT WITH AUTHOR, LIZ CROWE!!”THE REALTORS” with The Yoga Class…

TRI DESTINY  AND MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE PRESENTS…..

LIZ CROWE
“BREWING UP SOME PASSION”AUTHOR OF “THE REALTORS” !!

*WARNING: Content may be offensive to some readers,if under 18 please exit now*

WELCOME LIZ!!

MEET LIZ CROWE!!

Microbrewery owner, multi-published author, beer blogger and journalist, mom of three teenagers, and soccer fan, Liz brings years of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as an ex-pat trailing spouse PLUS making her way in a world of men (i.e. the beer industry) to her life as erotic romance author.  When she isn’t sweating inventory and sales figures for the brewery, she can be found writing, editing or sweating promotional efforts for her latest publications.

 

Otherwise, look for her doing pounds of laundry for her athletic children, watching La Liga on the Fox Soccer Channel, or trying to figure out what to order in for dinner. Liz loves her Foo Fighters Pandora station, and watching reruns of Deadwood, when there isn’t any decent sports on the telly (like during “golf season”).  Her beer blog a2beerwench.com is nationally recognized for its insider yet outsider views on the craft beer industry. Her books are set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch and in high powered real estate offices.  Don’t ask her for anything “like” a Budweiser or risk painful injury.  She is a long-time proponent of the Bikram Yoga practice.  And holds an honorary spot in the “back left corner” of the Bikram Yoga Ann Arbor practice room at 6 a.m. three times a week.  (It’s the coolest spot in the 105 degree/50% humidity plus room, trust her.)

WARNING!!

*The following content may be offensive to some readers* 

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  A Day in the Life of The Realtors

A “behind the scenes” moment

Early one Tuesday Morning….

Sara trudged up the flight of steps behind Jack. “God seriously Jack, it’s five thirty in the morning. Who gets up to exercise at this hour? Christ.” The closer to the top of the steps she got the more her nose wrinkled at the onslaught of a sudden, truly foul odor. “Good God, what is that stench?”

            Ignoring her, Jack sprinted to the top of the steps and held open the door to a hallway, patting her ass as she passed through it.  Within seconds she’d turned and headed back down the stairs.  “No. No way. That place smells like the inside of Blake’s soccer bag. Disgusting. I’m going to have coffee like a reasonable human being.” Jack laughed and grabbed her arm, tugging her into his strong embrace.

She took deep breaths of him, letting the familiar odors of leather, sex, and the leftover citrusy aura of his cologne suffuse her senses and cover the horrific smell of the Bikram yoga studio.  “I’m not going. You can’t make me. I’ll puke or something and embarrass you.”

            He tilted her chin up, pinning her with that sapphire blue stare that always brought her to her knees.  “Don’t be a p***y Sara.” She jerked out of his arms.

            “Don’t be an a** Jack. Is that a challenge?” She crossed her arms, the too-early morning fog clearing from her brain a little.

            “Why yes, my little morning desert blossom, it is.” He indicated the open hallway.  “After you, my love.”

            She held her nose and walked in, noting the various nearly naked bodies arrayed around the lobby, chatting and laughing entirely too vigorously for such an unnatural hour.  He got her signed in, and held open yet another door. The intense heat hit her like a velvet covered baseball bat, making her take a step back, already making excuses.

            “Oh hell no you stubborn woman.” He took her elbow and guided her into the room that smelled like dirty feet and armpits, covered in baby vomit.  She tried not to gag as she spread out her mat and towel.

            “So how long does this last?” She asked in a not too quiet whisper. “I have to put my face even closer to this disgusting carpet?”

            “Shhhh…” an angry, obviously starving woman gave her an eye-bulging glare. Sara shot Jack a look. He shrugged and lay down, feet facing the back of the room, ignoring her.  Sara mirrored him. Fine. Whatever. Gotta be Zen or something.

Probably be hard to stay awake anyways.  But the bright lights switched on within seconds and no soft music played. Just an instructor, and a room full of people dressed in as little as possible. And the ungodly heat.  And the humidity. And the smell.

            After the first three “postures” Sara could hardly breathe. When the instructor said: “Okay, warm up is over…now let’s get to it,” she nearly threw up. She kept sneaking glances at her fiancé who seemed to have gone into some kind of freakish yoga “zone.”  Sighing, she tried to follow, frustrated and exhilarated at the same time.  After an hour, her body started to shut down but her brain kept firing on extra cylinders. This was incredible. Like crack cocaine only good for you.  But it still stunk to high heaven.

            Sweat ran off her body in rivers. She had to skip half of the floor series or risk death by asphyxiation and nausea.  But as she lay in “Savasana” or “dead body pose” (pretty bloody aptly named, Sara mused as she tried not to die) she discovered something about herself.  That the natural competitor in her would not let him win at this.  She’d come back tomorrow. And the next day too.  Because the subtle changes she felt in her bones and muscles, already strong from years of running, were making her brain buzz with energy. 

            The bastard was right. Bikram Yoga was “yoga for type A personalities” for sure and she was hooked. She hated it when he was right.

            The trip home was quiet, punctuated only by the sounds of them gulping water and breathing heavy. And the sex later? Beyond extraordinary.  Which was saying something, considering their history.

            “Yeah, I’ll be going back,” Sara whispered later, as she stretched out over his strong lean body, letting sleep take her for a few moments before hitting her busy day.

            “Told you so,” he mumbled, holding her close and kissing the top of her head.

Links:
Liz’s URL:  http://www.lizcrowe.com

 Liz’s Blog:  http://www.brewingpassion.com

Publisher’s Link (for autographed copies):  http://www.sizzlinbooks.com

Thank you Liz for visiting with us and our readers today!

Buy Links:
Floor Time: Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Floor-Time-The-Realtors-ebook/dp/B0071MH634/ref=sr_1_2 ?ie=UTF8&qid=1330994969&sr=8-2

ARe:  http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-floortime-675855-149.html

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/floor-time-liz-crowe/1109160575?ean=29400139 77525&itm=1&usri=floor+time

Sweat Equity (just won Book of the Month from Sizzling Hot Reviews):

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sweat-Equity-The-Realtors-ebook/dp/B007D8HDD4/ref=sr_1 _2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1330994999&sr=1-2

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SWEAT EQUITY

 LIZ CROWE

 

The Realtors:  Life in the House Lane

Love is an easy word to use, a hard one to demonstrate, and sometimes impossible to trust. 

The Realtors is a sweeping epic, encompassing over ten years in the lives of two people who know how to love with their bodies, how to please and get pleasure, to control and be controlled.  When it comes to the deeper meaning of the one word they both need however, their strong personalities get in the way. While their physical connection sizzles they continue to disappoint one another emotionally.

Jack Gordon has it all–money, success, a string of women—but sustains a deep longing for something more. When he thinks he finds it with Sara Jane Thornton, his world is never the same again.  Sara releases his natural Dom, a side of him he’d thought buried out of frustration and unhappiness. Sara learns a true submissive must trust implicitly, something she cannot associate with him, no matter how many times she tries, and he fails.

                With a rich cast of secondary characters, including a young man who presents a near-perfect foil to Jack’s intensity, and who falls hard for Sara; The Realtors series is a romantic saga with an emphasis on contemporary life and love, with a healthy dose of white-hot eroticism. Modern, busy, driven characters living lives of purpose and real-time stress, seek the ever-elusive and highly coveted combination –a friend, lover and trusted advisor who will be there for the long haul.

 

“THE REALTORS”

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Floor Time (The Realtors – Book 1):

Jack Gordon is Ann Arbor’s most delectable bachelor.  At age thirty-five, he’s made millions as a top-selling Ann Arbor real estate broker and has the right connections to close a deal by any means necessary. With his rugged good looks and compelling personality, he has a virtual black book most men would kill for and he uses it often, never settling for one woman for very long.

While his D/s past remains buried, exactly where he wants it, an undercurrent of boredom and dissatisfaction runs through his life now.  A disastrous experience years earlier made him swear off the whole scene, but the more Jack suppresses his natural Dom, the more his frustration grows.

Sara Thornton, a rookie in the real estate game, has fast-tracked herself to the top of the Ann Arbor market. Her life reflects a disciplined and focused routine, exactly the way she wants it.  However, as her career takes off, the fulfillment she seeks remains inexplicably out of reach.  The one thing she knows for sure, she will not join the Jack Gordon groupies in her company, no matter how tempting that might seem.

A chance encounter, then a difficult transaction, throw Jack and Sara together and the sparks fly high and hot and often. Forced to confront the compulsions that gain momentum with each sizzling encounter, their relationship seems to spiral out of control until Jack finally admits what he needs, and shows Sara what she’s been missing.

 

Sweat Equity (The Realtors – Book 2)

Jack Gordon thought he’d finally made it.  He had a wildly successful career, money in the bank and even returned to his life as Dom, putting an end to a string of unfulfilling sexual encounters. Now that he’s made the ultimate commitment to Sara Thornton, he believes all is right in their world. However, a series of misunderstandings and a dose of self-fulfilling prophesy bring his perfectly crafted house of cards tumbling down around him, forcing him to confront lingering misgivings about marriage and trust.  Could those be the only two things he can never achieve?

Sara struggles with her intense need for Jack and her desire for less volatility in her busy life, two goals which appear to be mutually exclusive. Although willing to put in the time and emotional effort to make their relationship work, she finds it futile and frustrating, littered with clashes thanks to near-identical personalities and temperaments. Given Sara’s history, easing back into the comfortable status quo becomes easier than fighting a war with the one person who should be her safe haven. But will the easier choice satisfy her the way only Jack can? Is her “war” one that comes from without or within?

Buffeted by circumstance, temptation and distraction, Jack and Sara’s tenuous relationship crumbles, sparking a continuous quest for the ever elusive: trust, love and acceptance. By the time they rebuild a foundation for renewal, fate has other plans. This leaves them both reeling, once again questioning their destiny.

 


Closing Costs (The Realtors – Book 3)

Love conquers all? Not likely, according to Sara Thornton. She’s spent eight years coming to terms with the new parameters of her life while resigning herself to the idea that “happily ever afters” are best left to fairytales.  Sales manager for her successful real estate office and juggling an added element of responsibility she never thought she’d face, Sara continues to struggle with the men in her life.  Love, for her, has only meant hurt, broken trust and anger; all of which she’s completely banished from her life, so she claims.

Jack Gordon has come a long way since his early days of obsession with Sara.  As the general manager of Stewart Realty, his own level of responsibility for the well-being of others has ramped up. He’s even honed his caretaking skills, now that he has someone who loves him unconditionally.

Continuing to invest effort and rebuild their relationship, he and Sara grow close as friends. Despite this, his ultimate question remains unanswered; the one he keeps asking, no matter how many times she says no. Sara isn’t prepared for the keen focus of his need–to have her back, once and for all. Her stubborn resistance nearly rips both lives apart

The epic conclusion to The Realtors series, Closing Costs brings Jack and Sara truly full circle. Proving that the heat of lust and obsession; the need for control and to be mastered in many areas of life can lead to love —surprising you when you least expect it – if you will only allow it.

 

 *We hope you have enjoyed our A Day in the Life of The Realtors/A “behind the scenes” moment from Liz Crowe,and “The Realtors*

 *For “Thoughts on “FLOOR TIME” visit http://mybookaddictionreviews.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/floor-time-the-realtors-by-liz-crowe-review/

Our “Thoughts” on “SWEAT EQUITY”visit:

http://mybookaddictionreviews.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/sweat-equity-by-liz-crowe/

 

 

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We are offering 1 e-book copy of “FLOOR TIME” (Book 1 of “The Realtors”) by Liz Crowe. Giveaway to run from today March 6 until March 13,2012. *Please leave your contact email*

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GIVEAWAY AND VISIT WITH “THE EGYPTIAN” AUTHOR, LAYTON GREEN…

MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE PRESENTS LAYTON GREEN…..

Good morning, Layton, and welcome to My Book Addiction and More and our readers today…

      MBA&M: Tell our readers a little about Layton Green,the author?

LAYTON: I attended law school in New Orleans and was a practicing attorney for the better part of a decade (even though I still resent having cut my hair for that first interview).  I have also been an intern for the United Nations, an ESL teacher in Central America, a bartender in London, a seller of cheap knives on the streets of Brixton, a door to door phone book deliverer, and the list goes downhill from there.

 

I have traveled to more than fifty countries, lived in a number of them, and have a burning desire to see every country, city, beach, moor, castle, cemetery, twisted street and far flung dot on the map.  The world’s religions, as well as all things spiritual and supernatural, have also been a lifelong interest. 

      MBA&M:  What made you decide to write a suspense/thriller?

LAYTON: Though I read about anything, I have always had a keen interest in suspense novels, and find that I love writing them as well.

       MBA&M: What where some of the challenges in writing “The Egyptian”?

LAYTON: The biggest challenge (thought it was fun an interesting) was delving into the science of biomedical gerontology.  I wanted to see for myself how science was coming along in the search for eternal life, and I read some fascinating books and journals on the subject.  But assimilating that and putting it into digestible form in a thriller was tough.

     MBA&M: What are some of your writing perks?

LAYTON: Great coffee, no dress code, no billable hours, and fantastic travel.

     MBA&M: What is something you hope your readers will learn by reading “The Egyptian”?

LAYTON: I hope readers learn a little bit about themselves as they ponder some of the questions presented in the novel, particularly concerning the search for eternal life.

 

    MBA&M: If you could go to a different era/time/or place where would it be and why?

LAYTON: Interesting question.  Maybe Paris in the 20s, ala Woody Allen!  Or maybe Prague a few hundred years ago.

       MBA&M: What are the top 3 reads that you feel influenced your writing style in writing suspense/thriller?

LAYTON: I’m not sure about my top three, but here are three authors that come to mind: Martin Cruz Smith, Michael Gruber, James Lee Burke.

     MBA&M: Now, Layton, please tell our readers where to find you and where “The Egyptian” is available?

 LAYTON: You can find me at www.laytongreen.com, on Facebook, and at  http://www.amazon.com/Layton-Green/e/B004FZX2NI/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

THANK YOU FOR VISITING WITH US AND OUR READERS TODAY!!

THE EGYPTIAN

LAYTON GREEN

Publisher:First Ward (August 21, 2011)

Language:English

ASIN: B005IGUVYG

THE EGYPTIAN: A Suspense/Thriller
At a mausoleum in Cairo’s most notorious cemetery, a mercenary receives a package containing a silver test tube suspended in hydraulic stasis.
An investigative reporter tracking rogue biomedical companies is terrified by the appearance of a mummified man outside her Manhattan apartment.
A Bulgarian scientist who dabbles in the occult makes a startling discovery in his underground laboratory.
These seemingly separate events collide when Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek, private investigators of cults, are hired by the CEO of an Egyptian biomedical firm to locate stolen research integral to the company’s new life extension product. However, after witnessing the slaughter of a team of scientists by the remnants of a dangerous cult thought long abandoned, Grey and Viktor turn from pursuers to pursued.
From the gleaming corridors of visionary laboratories to the cobblestone alleys of Eastern Europe to a lost oasis in the Sahara, Grey and Viktor must sift through science and myth to uncover the truth behind the Egyptian and his sinister biotech – before that truth kills them.
For fans of Douglas Preston, Steve Berry, Dan Brown and the X-Files.

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VISIT WITH GIVEAWAY! PARANORMAL ROMANCE AUTHOR, ELISABETH STAAB,”KING OF DARKNESS”…

SOURCEBOOKS,INC. AND MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE PRESENTS AUTHOR  ELISABETH STAAB TODAY!!

WELCOME PARANORMAL ROMANCE WRITER, ELISABETH STAAB!!

Hello, Elisabeth and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!!

Hi, thank you so much for having me!

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

ELISABETH: Let’s see. I’m an at-home parent by day, and an author whenever I can squeeze it in. My other favorite things outside of that are music, coffee, good friends, and lately I’m really hooked on the TV show Glee. Probably because it’s about music and good friends. Also, there’s often coffee.

MBA&M: What made you decide to write “King of Darkness”?

ELISABETH: You know, at first it was sort of just something I wanted to try. I’d gotten so hooked on paranormals that I blew through series after series. I didn’t know what I wanted to read next, and my husband wanted that answer to be “nothing” because I was buying so many books! One night I had this image in my head that would end up being the opening scene for King of Darkness. I had written all my life but never seriously. I still remember when I said to my best friend “I think I’m going to write a novel.” He kind of smiled and said, “Yeah, good luck with that. I’ve started a bunch of them and haven’t finished one yet.”

MBA&M: Can you tell us a scene out of “King of Darkness” that stands out in your mind? Why?

ELISABETH: I always come back to two scenes in my mind. First, the first time Thad sees Isabel from across a crowded club. It’s not a love at first sight thing, exactly, but he’s blown away by her. Something in his gut tells him she’s “the one,” but then she turns and runs away. And I also really dig the first time Thad and Isabel make love, because even though it’s a case of attraction first, love later in this particular story, they really do start to connect there. They just don’t really acknowledge it fully to themselves.

MBA&M: What do you feel the appeal of “Vampires” is to readers?

ELISABETH: The concept of the “dark hero” is one that a lot of folks respond to in fiction. A good guy who’s a little bit hotter because there’s a dark, forbidden element to his persona that adds excitement. I think the reasons readers are into vampires are as many and varied as the readers themselves. Some like the fangs, some like the alpha male-ness, some like the fact that there’s a more primal element to the hero. He growls! He bites! As a writer, I like that an actual physical connection gets created between the two lovers. It’s not just falling in love emotionally, a physical bond is created. Not to mention, there’s an added element of danger and suspense, when your hero needs blood—potentially, specifically, his love interest’s blood—to survive in the story.

MBA&M: What do you feel the appeal of Paranormal Romance is to readers?

ELISABETH: It takes fiction to the nth degree in terms of imagination. You’re no longer limited by your hero’s humanity, he can literally be *anything*. He can have wings, or scales, or turn into a wolf when the moon gets full. Which can turn out to be fortuitous because it’s the time when his heroine is being kidnapped by the evil villain and the wolf chews the villain’s leg off and saves her. They can live on any planet, in any dimension. I think it’s escape in every sense, and it really takes fiction out of the box. I did a guest blog post recently where I had readers build their own fictional paranormal boyfriend, and people seemed to have a lot of fun with it. When I write paranormal, it’s often about a world that exists in an urban setting right under humans’ noses because that’s fun for me—the idea that when I’m getting my gas at 7-11, the burly guy on the Harley over there is really a vampire gassing up before he goes to look for more enemy wizards, I think that’s a fun fantasy. Maybe I just never grew up.

MBA&M:  If you could switch places with any of the characters in “King of Darkness” who would it be and why?

ELISABETH: That’s a tough one. I love all of my characters so much. I think Siddoh, one of my secondary characters who you’ll begin to see more of in future books after King of Darkness. He’s misunderstood sometimes. I like him an awful lot.

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

ELISABETH: Wow. I’ve learned so many. I think the biggest is to keep learning because I know a TON more about being a good writer than I did when I started out, but there are a billion more things for me to learn. I try to read books, take classes, etc. as much as I can squeeze it into my schedule. My critique partner, he’s been writing as a career for 20 years and he still does that. I figure if he does, then I should also.

MBA&M: Who do you feel is your greatest hero, be it person or character?

ELISABETH: My husband, definitely. It takes a lot of fortitude to be a writer’s spouse, especially when you’ve got young children. No way could I be successful without his support, and that means the world to me.

         Elisabeth, do you have anything to add?

ELISABETH: I’ve been getting a lot of questions about book 2. Prince of Power, Anton and Tyra’s story, is set to release in January of 2013.

Thank you for visiting with My Book Addiction and More and our readers today!!

ELISABETH: Thank you so much for having me on your blog, I really appreciate it!

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KING OF DARKNESS by Elisabeth Staab

Book one of the dark, edgy Chronicles of Yavn is available for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble and pretty much anywhere books can be ordered).

)King of Darkness Book Cover

“Action-packed and sexually charged, this book will draw you in from the opening scene. (4.5 stars)”
–Romantic Times Book Reviews
” They broaden the focus and provide intriguing teasers for further books in this promising new paranormal series.” –Publisher’s Weekly

ETERNAL COMMITMENT IS NOT ON HER AGENDA…

Scorned by the vampire community for her lack of power, Isabel Anthony lives a carefree existence masquerading as human—although, drifting among the debauched human nightlife, she prefers the patrons’ blood to other indulgences. But when she meets the king of vampires this party girl’s life turns dark and dangerous.

BUT TIME’S RUNNING OUT FOR THE KING OF VAMPIRES…

Dead-set on finding the prophesied mate who will unlock his fiery powers, Thad Morgan must find his queen before their race is destroyed. Their enemies are gaining ground, and Thad needs his powers to unite his subjects. But when his search leads him to the defiant Isabel, he wonders if fate has gotten it seriously wrong…

Mass Market Paperback:352 pages

Publisher:Sourcebooks Casablanca (February 7, 2012)

ISBN-10:1402263155

ISBN-13: 978-1402263156

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VISIT AND GIVEAWAY WITH AUTHOR M.L. BUCHMAN,”THE NIGHT IS MINE”…

SOURCEBOOKS AND MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE PRESENTS:

M.L.BUCHMAN,

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

M. L. Buchman has worked in fast food, theater, computers, publishing, and light manufacturing. It’s amazing what you can do with a degree in geophysics. At one point he sold everything and spent 18-months riding a bicycle around the world. In 11,000 miles, he touched 15 countries and hundreds of amazing people. Since then, he has acquired a loving lady, the coolest kid on the planet, and lives in Portland, Oregon. For more information, please visit http://www.matthewlieberbuchman.com/.

 

 

What I Know…Now.

Hello Wendy, and hello Wendy’s moma(April)! Thanks so much for having me aboard.

One of the funniest things anyone can say to a writer is, “write what you know.” Let’s see, I wasn’t very good at teeter-totter, but I was good at swings. I’ve been a computer programmer and house designer, I’ve even ridden my bicycle solo around the world, but the battlefield of that childhood playground is about the closest I’ve ever been to a military operation. Then again, I’ve never done what’s in most of my books. My military romantic suspense is no exception.

“The Night is Mine” is based on the real-life Night Stalkers, the U.S. Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. The folks who fly helicopters to deliver Special Forces to places we’ve never heard of. Grenada, Somalia, bin Laden’s compound, those we know. Most we don’t and never will.

Three years ago I had never heard of them. I found them through serendipitous research, looking for one thing and finding another. I was looking for an exotic helicopter for a hero to be rescued by and stumbled on the 160th SOAR.

I think there have been three real challenges for me in writing military romantic suspense.

First, military knowledge. That’s been a matter of straight research and a bit of conjecture. I’ve read pretty much every book there is about the Night Stalkers, there are six of them that I’ve found and all grace my bookshelf. I’ve read helicopter maintenance manuals and how to field strip a rifle. I’ve watched movies, documentaries, and YouTube clips. I’m sure I got some of the details wrong, for which I apologize, but I hope that I’m realistic enough that those who serve will at least know I tried.

Second, warrior knowledge. I am anything but a warrior. The first time I wrote a warrior, my critique group laughed him out of the room, so my groundwork was laid out for me… I could only improve.  I read accounts by inserted journalists, retired NAVY Seals, accounts by veterans from most of the recent wars. I read horrid novels, that even I knew were wrong, and great ones that inspired me to keep reading. I also had the good fortune to interview a Coast Guard heli-pilot and a female Chief Mechanic of a Black Hawk recently returned from flying daily missions in Iraq.

I began to get a feel for what motivates a warrior, a non-civilian. Someone that we civilians would call a fighter, though they wouldn’t. I hope that I was able to capture even a part of why they serve. They are not unthinking robots, and that is true ten times over for the ones who chose it as a career. To serve with the Night Stalkers you require a minimum of five years experience before you are allowed to apply. You actually will have volunteered and been tested five separate times before you can reach SOAR. And that’s when the two years training begins before you’re declared mission ready. These people are as elite as the top players in any field.

Third, and this was the kicker, self knowledge. I had to change the way I thought about the military and about myself. I was too young for the ‘60s, but I was old enough to wear a black armband with a red peace symbol to my sixth grade class to protest our actions in Vietnam. I had to unlearn part of that. Not any questions of the rightness or wrongness of such an action, but rather the separation of policy versus practice. Policy is set by governments and the practice is done by our military, our soldiers who carry it out to the best of their abilities under conditions that stagger me more and more as I learn about them.

It has reshaped how I think about myself as well. I have had to learn to respect myself more as an American. To respect myself more as someone who wants to show as true and deep a commitment as the Night Stalkers show in their choices, and partly because of them I get the inestimable luxury to do that without being shot for doing so.

When I set out to write this book, I was off to have fun.  And I did. I didn’t set out to be changed by what I wrote. I didn’t set out expecting to feel how important it was to honor these people even while I worked to make the characters exciting, engaging, and perhaps even memorable. But look what I know…now.

The CNN film crew had made it fun. But now…

The laptop stood balanced on a couple of empty, dull green, ammo cases for the minigun. Sweaty pilots and crew stood gathered around it, waiting for the network to roll the clip.

Captain Emily Beale’s free hand rested on the M9 Beretta sidearm in her holster. Tempting. A couple of 9mm rounds through the screen might cheer her up significantly. But then they’d know how she felt. Be hard to laugh it off after that level of mayhem. She knew hundreds of ways to kill a person, but how do you kill a newscast? Shooting a laptop didn’t meet the ultimate criteria for complete suppression. She scanned the intent faces of her flightmates. Still, a bit of localized destruction held its temptations.

Thanks again, Wendy and moma(April)!

M.L. Buchman
ml@mlbuchman.com
www.mlbuchman.com

THE NIGHT IS MINE BY M.L. BUCHMAN

NAME: Emily Beale

RANK: Captain

MISSION: Fly undercover to prevent the assassination of the First Lady, posing as her executive pilot.

 

NAME: Mark Henderson, code name Viper

RANK: Major

MISSION: Undercover role of wealthy, ex-mercenary boyfriend to Emily

 

Their jobs are high risk, high reward:

Protect the lives of the powerful and the elite at all cost. Neither expected that one kiss could distract them from their mission. But as the passion mounts between them, their lives and their hearts will both be risked…and the reward this time may well be worth it.

 Available at: Amazon,B&N,Smashwords

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VISIT AND GIVEAWAY WITH CARI QUINN,”NO DRESS REQUIRED”…

WE AT MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE ARE EXCITED TO HAVE CARI QUINN AS OUR GUEST TODAY!!

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE AUTHOR CARI QUINN!!

BIO:(From the author’s website)

Cari Quinn wrote her first story – a bible parable – in 2nd grade, much to the delight of the nuns at her Catholic school. Once she saw the warm reception that first tale garnered, she was hooked. She attempted her first romance in junior high, long before she’d ever read one. Writing what she knew always took a backseat to what she wanted to know, and that still holds true today. Cari’s genres of choice include contemporary, romantic comedy, romantic suspense, urban fantasy and paranormal. Recently she discovered erotic romance. Oh, how far she’s come.

MEET  AUTHOR, CARI QUINN!

Good morning Cari and welcome to My Book Addiction and More…

Thank you so much for having me here today!

MBA&M: Tell our readers a little about Cari Quinn?

CARI:Sure thing! First and foremost, I’m a reader. I fell in love with books at a young age and always preferred to read more than anything else. That’s still true today, especially when I’m wrestling with one of my own stories! I write sexy, fun contemporary romances along with a bit darker and more explicit erotic romances and hope to be writing both for a long time.

MBA&M: What made you decide to write contemporary romance?

CARI:Good question! Mainly because I love contemporary romance. It’s the first genre I pick up when I read. As much as I enjoy a good paranormal, contemporary romances in particular give me hope for how well “ordinary” life can work out if you stay on your toes and never give up. I like to think we’re all a day or a moment away from our own happily ever after—if we’re willing to work for it!

MBA&M: What was some of the challenges in writing “No Dress Required”?

CARI:Oooh, another good question! Jake and Noelle were pretty easy to write about, but it was definitely a challenge telling an entertaining, romantic story in an abbreviated word count. Hopefully readers think I did a good job, as I think Entangled Publishing’s new lines of shorter romances, Flirts and Ever Afters, are a perfect way to get your reading fix in a shorter amount of time!

MBA&M: Who is your hero,in life,and in fiction?Why?

CARI:This probably isn’t the most politically correct answer, but my hero is Nora Roberts. While obviously there are a lot of amazing, incredible political figures and the like who have helped positively shaped history, Nora’s always been my personal hero because early on she found the one thing she wanted to do with her life and carved out a successful career despite the many obstacles.

Hmm, in fiction, my hero is probably Cat Crawfield in the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost. She’s such a kickass chick and she’s continually learned and grown throughout the series—and heck, I idolize her just because her hero is the delectable Bones! (Yep, I’m really that shallow sometimes!)

MBA&M:If you could change anything in your life,what would it be and why?

CARI:Gosh, I could answer this so many ways! I think I would wish to not ever be afraid. Fear holds so many of us back and sometimes it’s a limitation we create for ourselves.

MBA&M: How would you describe your writing career,in terms of challenges,triumphs,trials and joys?

CARI: Right now, I’d describe it as amazing. I never truly believed deep down that people I don’t know would spend their hard-earned money on my books. That they do is something I never, ever will take for granted and will always be eternally grateful for.

MBA&M: Cari, I see you have written several genre,which is your favorite and why?

CARI: Wow, so many excellent questions! Right now I write mostly contemporary romance, with the main difference between my stories being the heat level. I think contemporary romance will always be my first love and I can’t see myself ever leaving that genre, even if I start writing other types of stories as well.

MBA&M: Now, Cari tell our readers where to find you and where “No Dress Required”?

CARI: Sure! Readers can find me at my website www.cariquinn.com (which will be updated soon!) and on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads as Cari Quinn.

No Dress Required can be found here: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/no-dress-required/

You can read the entire 1st chapter of No Dress Required on the Entangled Publishing site. And if you’re a Nook reader, No Dress Required (only 99 cents!) is currently #2 on the overall Romance list at Barnes & Noble! Thanks so much, readers!

 

               Cari, would you like to add anything else today?

Thank you so much for allowing me to blog with you today. Entangled Publishing and I would love to offer an ebook copy of No Dress Required, contest open internationally, to a random commenter! I can’t wait to chat with your readers!

 

Cari, thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with My Book Addiction and More and our readers today!!!

 Visit Cari Quinn’s website: www.cariquinn.com

NO DRESS REQUIRED

CARI QUINN

Publisher:Entangled Publishing (December 25, 2011)

ASIN: B006QRBIKM

Product Description(from Amazon)

After years of ho-hum dating, Noelle Gregory is tired of fooling around. There’s only ever been one guy for her—Jake Conroy, her best friend’s older brother. Now that Jake’s back in town, she’s headed to his sister’s New Year’s Eve party to make her move. Purse full of condoms? Check. Sparkly dress guaranteed to show Jake the sexy woman she’s become? Check.
Carjacker that makes off with both two hours before the party? Check.
When Jake finds Noelle stranded on the side of the road—looking sexier than ever in her striped socks and silly holiday shirt, damn it—he’s glad for the snowstorm that cancels his sister’s party. His and Noelle’s friendship has tormented him for years, and now, Jake wonders if he should dare to sample what he’s always wanted…and if he’ll be able to walk away when it’s over.
“NO DRESS REQUIRED” AVAILABLE:

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Thanks to Danielle  at Entangled Publishing we are offering 1 lucky comments an e-book copy of “No Dress Required” by Cari Quinn. Giveaway will run from today February 1 until February 8,2012.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!

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VISIT AND GIVEAWAY WITH “RISKING TRUST” BY ADRIENNE GIORDANO…

IT IS OUR PLEASURE TO WELCOME OUR GUEST TODAY,ADRIENNE GIORDANO TO MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE TODAY!!!

MEET ADRIENNE GIORDANO!!

BIO:

Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and women’s fiction.  She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog. For more information on Adrienne’s Private Protectors series please visit www.AdrienneGiordano.com. Adrienne can also be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AdrienneGiordanoAuthor and Twitter at http://twitter.com/AdriennGiordano.

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

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

AG: I’m a Jersey girl at heart, but now live in the Midwest with my hubby and my junior-alpha-male son.  I started writing years ago, but didn’t actually submit anything to publishers until 2006. I think one of the hardest steps to getting published is sending something out for the first time. I applaud anyone who takes this journey because it’s not an easy one.  It can be so rewarding though.

MBA&M: Can you tell our readers why you chose romantic suspense genre?

MBA&M: I’m a fan of the romance and mystery/thriller genre and thought it would be fun to try writing a romantic suspense. I wrote the first one and was hooked. I like the challenge of weaving the growth of a relationship with the suspense angle. It might be a sickness I have (J), but I love shoving characters into terrifying situations and forcing them to get themselves out.

MBA&M: What where some of the challenges in writing “RISKING TRUST”?

AG: Probably the biggest challenge was writing about a woman grieving the loss of her father. My own father had just died and I was dealing with grief on a personal level. Each day, I found I could only write for short bursts because the onslaught of emotions exhausted me.  At the same time, I found it therapeutic to put those emotions on the page.

Ultimately, I think writing RISKING TRUST gave me something positive to focus on. This book holds a special place in my heart and I’ll always be grateful it’s been published

MBA&M: What is the weirdest piece of writing advice you have ever gotten that actually worked?

AG: To let the story sit for a while.  I had always heard writers saying they wrote every day. No matter what, they put their butts in the chair. Someone once told me that when I was stuck I should leave the story alone for a few days and work on something else. I thought that sounded crazy because how the heck was the book supposed to get better if I didn’t work on it? I tried it though and it worked for me. It was almost as if the part of my brain working on that story needed to rest. When I do this though, I always set a limit of how long I will stay away from the story. The time limit is my way of giving myself permission to not work on it. Once the time limit is reached, I go back to it.

MBA&M: What are some of your favorite food,music,books,etc?

AG: I love Italian food. Anything Italian. Just send it my way. My taste in music varies. I love classic rock and will happily listen to Springsteen or Van Halen. Since moving to the Midwest, I’ve developed a hankering for country music. I also like the blues and the old standards. Give me some Sinatra and I’ll swoon.

MBA&M: Tell our readers a few tidbits about your upcoming project(s)?

AG: I have two projects I’m working on. One is a novella for the June 2012 Carina Press anniversary edition. The heroine in this story is Janet Fink, the computer geek from my Private Protectors series. I’ve always wanted to give Janet a story of her own and found the novella to be a great opportunity to do that. I’ve also just turned in book four in the series. For readers familiar with the series, book four is Billy Tripp’s book. I had a ton of fun with Billy’s book. He’s a handful!

MBA&M: Now, tell our readers where to find you and where to purchase your books?

AG: You can find me on Facebook and Twitter (more Twitter than Facebook. J ). Here are the links to all of the places you can find me:

http://adriennegiordano.com/

http://www.facebook.com/AdrienneGiordanoAuthor

http://twitter.com/AdriennGiordano

http://romanceuniversity.org/

http://www.goodreads.com/adriennegiordano

http://www.amazon.com/Adrienne-Giordano/e/B00515T88E

Links to buy books:

Carina Press

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

MBA&M: Adrienne, is there anything else you would like to add, or tell our readers about?

Yes! I’ve recently discovered a new website dedicated to the romantic suspense genre. Readers, if you love romantic suspense, hop over to Just Romantic Suspense, It’s a fabulous place to browse for a new book.

Thank you to My Book Addiction for letting me hang out with you all today.

 MBA&M: You are so welcome and thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with us and our readers today!!

RISKING TRUST

ADRIENNE GIORDANO

Publisher:Carina Press (November 7, 2011)

ASIN: B005UPRTAO

Product Description(from amazon)

Roxann Thorgesson’s world is out of control. After her father suffers a fatal heart attack, she must take over as publisher of Chicago’s second-largest newspaper. Then her ex-boyfriend Michael Taylor, CEO of his own security company, shows up needing a favor. The last thing Roxann needs is Michael around causing trouble—and potential heartbreak—but he’s involved in a scandalous story she can’t pass up.Twelve years ago, Michael walked out on Roxann without explanation. Now he needs her help. Michael’s estranged wife has been murdered and he is the prime suspect. He offers something no newspaperwoman could refuse: exclusive access to his headline-making murder accusation, in exchange for her help in uncovering the true killer. When their investigation leads them to a city hall conspiracy, both their lives and their newly reignited flame could be permanently extinguished…
***GIVEAWAY***
Thanks to the author we are offering 1 lucky commenter an e-book copy of “Risking Trust” by Adrienne Giordano. Giveaway to run from today January 26 until January Febuary  2,2012. *Please remember to leave your email address*
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!
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