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Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 08:26 AM
Good morning, Coffee Time, and all lovers of the sweetest romance!

If this is the second Thursday of the month (and my calendar says it is!), then this is the day when your favorite sweetest authors come over to spend the day!

We're looking forward to having folks drop in. The coffee's brewing and brownies are baking. Plan to have fun, and sharpen your questions! :)

It all starts at 9 a.m. EST. DrinkingCoffeeahhh

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 10:04 AM
Good morning again to CTR and to the reading world! :)

I have my mega cup of coffee with me, and am ready to chat with my fellow "sweeties" and with any readers/guests who drop by.

C'mon, chat...we don't bite...at least not hard! LOL

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 10:11 AM
Good Morning Miss Mae,

I'm happy to catch up with "The Sweeties" and meet our guests at Coffee Time Romance.

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 10:11 AM
Good morning, Gail. :) So glad to see you here, and your posts are going through just fine too. :)

Yes, I hope any lurkers will join us and share some of their sweet reading news with us too. :)

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 10:16 AM
Gail, would you like to start us off and introduce yourself? :)

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 10:23 AM
:welcome2:

I'm Gail Pallotta. I have an inspirational romance with a bit of suspense called Love Turns the Tide. When I'm not writing I enjoy reading, swimming and getting together with family and friends. To learn more about me visit my Web site at http://www.gailpallotta.com

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 10:28 AM
Thanks, Gail. Love your cover. :)

I see Laurean is here too. Hi, Laurie! :welcome2:

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 10:30 AM
While the other Sweeties are waking up and pouring their coffee, I'd like to start off with a bit of introduction about Miss Mae:

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The highly acclaimed “It’s Elementary, My Dear Winifred” won a 2009 Top Ten Read at MyShelf.com. It’s slanted for a late summer re-release from Whimsical Publications, with the second in the “Dear Winifred” series planned to be finished late 2010.
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She also enjoys writing humor and non-fiction articles. Besides her monthly contributions to the ezine American Chronicle, some of her publications can be found in [I]The Front Porch Magazine, Good Old Days, and WritersWeekly.
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She is the moderator of The Sweetest Romance Authors Yahoo Group, a group of romance authors who makes sure their romance stories stick straight to a G-rating. Visit our blog at http://thesweetestromanceauthors.blogspot.com

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 10:35 AM
For all lurkers/readers, we have a thread in Sweetest Romance Authors forum that showcases our book covers. These have been created by some super talented artists.

How's about taking a peek? :)

http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/board/forumdisplay.php?f=1157

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 10:36 AM
Sarah Eden has now joined us! Good morning, Sarah. Must be early where you are! :)

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 10:42 AM
Good morning Laurean and Sarah!

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 10:42 AM
Hi Y'all! I should change my mood to "Frustrated" LOL. Been trying to get since before 8. Had a huge email coming thru that slowed everything down to a drag. Thought I'd delteted it by going thru web mail, but....as luck would have it, musta' been another HUGE MB straggler! Ha! (And I Hate being late.)

But, I'm here now. Let's see...who else is here? Gail and Miss Mae. Good morning to you!

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 10:44 AM
This is for those who are reading over our shoulders: (:))

1) Why do you prefer Sweet Romance?
2) Who is your favorite sweet author?
3) Do you define sweet/inspirational as one and same, or view them separately?
4) What sweet book would you most like to see as a movie?

Don't be shy! Share your answers with us. We'd love to hear from you! :)

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 10:46 AM
Hi Y'all! I should change my mood to "Frustrated" LOL. Been trying to get since before 8. Had a huge email coming thru that slowed everything down to a drag. Thought I'd delteted it by going thru web mail, but....as luck would have it, musta' been another HUGE MB straggler! Ha! (And I Hate being late.)

But, I'm here now. Let's see...who else is here? Gail and Miss Mae. Good morning to you!

Oh, Laurie, how frustrating! I do wish they offered DSL in your neck of the woods! :(

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 10:47 AM
I can't see Sarah! Oh, Sa-rah! Where a-r-r-e you?

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 10:52 AM
Sarah came and went. Still early where she lives. Maybe she went to get breakfast. :)

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 10:53 AM
My short story "Jonquils in the Snow" http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/9341 has been signed up for Operation Ebook drop to allow free downloads to deployed soldiers. So far several have taken advantage of it.

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 10:54 AM
Well, you're here now, Laurean, and we're glad to see you. Have a cup of coffee and a brownie and tell us about your book.

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 10:55 AM
Laurean, that's wonderful! I love it, when we can do things for our troops.

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 10:55 AM
My short story "Jonquils in the Snow" http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/9341 has been signed up for Operation Ebook drop to allow free downloads to deployed soldiers. So far several have taken advantage of it.

That's wonderful, Laurie, and a great cause for our soldiers too. :)

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 10:56 AM
Tell us a little about Jonquils in the Snow.

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 10:58 AM
354

This week is "Read an Ebook Week"! If you weren't aware of it, well, you are now! LOL

Be sure to check out all the wonderful sweet reads that TSRA has to offer!

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 11:03 AM
For those who haven't read my interview with Danielle Thorne yet, it's still up at http://www.gailpallotta.blogspot.com She talks about her writing and a big adventure she had.

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 11:08 AM
If you're new to us, The Sweetest Romance Authors, here are a few places where you can find us on the net. :)

Our blog. (http://thesweetestromanceauthors.blogspot.com/)
Our Yahoo group. (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/The_Sweetest_Romance/)
Twitter. (http://twitter.com/AuthorsofSweetR)
Facebook. (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#%21/pages/Author-M-Mae/147078224050?ref=nf)
Chat Room (http://sweetestromancechat.blogspot.com/)
Sign up for our newsletter at thesweetestromance AT gmail dot com

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 11:09 AM
For those who haven't read my interview with Danielle Thorne yet, it's still up at http://www.gailpallotta.blogspot.com She talks about her writing and a big adventure she had.

This was great, Gail. Wonderful interview. :)

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 11:10 AM
Oh, speaking of recent posts, I have a new review for Love Turns the Tide. To see it go to http://misslynnsbooks-n-more.blogspot.com Scroll down to Love Turns the Tide by Gail Pallotta. You'll like Miss Lynn's site too.

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 11:14 AM
"Jonquils in the Snow" is a short story (21 pages of actual story).

Miranda Stevens' fiance skipped town two days before the wedding. Left holding the bag, Miranda becomes bitter. Two years later, she is ready to move on when Brady Watson appears at her door with a crooked smile and honey-colored eyes that mesmerize.

But...Brady has issues of his own. The anger toward the drunk driver responsible for his wife's death, has turned to grief. Grief he can't shake even three years later.

Will Miranda find a way to break through Brady's sorrow with her offer of love, hope and a new beginning?

Could the answer be found in something as simple as a cluster of Jonquils bursting through the snow?

JONQUILS IN THE SNOW--50% off thru Saturday. For $1.50 you can download annd enjoy this heartwarming, tender romance with true-to-life characters. Read the wonderful reveiws! http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/9341

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 11:16 AM
Spring break is coming. What a great time to go to the beach and read a "Sweet Romance."

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 11:19 AM
Both "Jonquils in the Snow" and "Love Turns the Tide" have trailers that highlight the sweet aspects of these books. For anyone that would like to view them, visit out Sweetest blog, (http://thesweetestromanceauthors.blogspot.com/) click on the tab that says "trailers" and get ready to lose your heart. :)

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 11:29 AM
Gail, I enjoyed that interview with Danielle. An interesting adventuresome lady.

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 11:29 AM
Love Turn the Tide tells the story of Cammie O'Shea, who faces a traumatic split-up with her fiance and has to move to a new job in Destin, Florida, simultaneously. She dreads meeting her new boss, but it's the wealthy real estate developer, Vic Deleona, she has to interview that causes her angst. While she want no more painful relationships he attempts to court her by making business appointments with her. However, when she and her friend have break-ins at their condo's, Vic comes to their rescue. Then, Cammie gets an offer to return to her job at home. Will Vic win her heart? or will she leave Destin?

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 11:30 AM
Love Turn the Tide tells the story of Cammie O'Shea, who faces a traumatic split-up with her fiance and has to move to a new job in Destin, Florida, simultaneously. She dreads meeting her new boss, but it's the wealthy real estate developer, Vic Deleona, she has to interview that causes her angst. While she want no more painful relationships he attempts to court her by making business appointments with her. However, when she and her friend have break-ins at their condo's, Vic comes to their rescue. Then, Cammie gets an offer to return to her job at home. Will Vic win her heart? or will she leave Destin?

Love this blurb. Sounds very intriguing. :)

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 11:32 AM
Thanks, Miss Mae. And "Jonquils in the Snow" took second place in February's book trailer video contest at You Gotta Read. Thank you for your votes! http://yougottareadvideos.blogspot.com/

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 11:38 AM
I especially love the scene where after a devastating ice storm, Miranda gazes out the window, as she watches Brady gather fallen limbs from her yard. Her tearful face says it all.

Be sure to watch the videos on our Sweetest Romance Authors blog.

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 11:40 AM
Miss Mae,
I loved your trailers on YouTube! Tell us a little about them.

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 11:40 AM
I'd just like to list the books I have available, and what will become available at a later date. :)

1) Said the Spider to the Fly (http://www.thewildrosepress.com/miss-mae-m-348.html) - Winner of LASR and TRS Best Book of the Week, nominated for Best Book of the Year 2009 at TRS
2) When the Bough Breaks (http://whimsicalpublications.com/miss_mae/When_The_Bough_Breaks.html) - Winner of P&E 2009 Readers' Poll for YA Category, Best Book Cover Winner for August 2009 at Authors Meeting Place
3) Dove Island (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/4934) - 2nd Place Winner in Short Story Romance at 2009 P&E Readers' Poll

To become available:

4) It's Elementary, My Dear Winifred (http://whimsicalpublications.com/miss_mae/Its_Elementary_My_Dear_Winifred.html) -- Re-released by Whimsical Publications, a Top Ten Read of 2009 at MyShelf.com, and a Top Read at WRDF

5) See No Evil, My Pretty Lady -- Reader's Pick of the Week and a Top Ten Read for 2008 at MyShelf.com

View all of these, blurbs, and excerpts at my site. (http://www.missmaesite.com) Be sure you don't miss the movie trailers either!

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 11:41 AM
Thanks, Miss Mae. And "Jonquils in the Snow" took second place in February's book trailer video contest at You Gotta Read. Thank you for your votes! http://yougottareadvideos.blogspot.com/

Congrats, Laurie. Well deserved! :)

Anne Patrick
March 11th, 2010, 11:47 AM
:scooter:Morning ladies!

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 11:52 AM
Miss Mae,
I loved your trailers on YouTube! Tell us a little about them.

Well, Gail, you don't have to ask twice! LOL

I'm excited to share that my books have been produced into mini-movie/trailers. Ooh, the thrill you get when you watch LIVE actors repeating the very words that YOU have written! Wow, it's so awesome. :)

Here are the Youtube links (also available at my site (http://www.missmaesite.com), and TSRA blog (http://thesweetestromanceauthors.blogspot.com/)):

1) Meet Miss Mae (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiuBCfSyJbI&feature=channel)
2) Said the Spider to the Fly (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_o6RHPd_KU&feature=channel)
3) When the Bough Breaks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Drj3cxEgH58&feature=channel)
4) It's Elementary, My Dear Winifred (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJgtef5OoFE&feature=channel)
5) Dove Island (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLL7uKQL0uk&feature=channel)
6) See No Evil, My Pretty Lady (long version) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PxUOhHlzQ0&feature=channel)
7) SNEMPL (short version) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKa1alQWiMY&feature=channel)

I'd like to commend Triad Film Productions (http://www.triadfilmproductions.com/) for creating these excellent trailers!

Anne Patrick
March 11th, 2010, 11:53 AM
A very impressive list MM, and I loved your videos too!


I'd just like to list the books I have available, and what will become available at a later date. :)

1) Said the Spider to the Fly (http://www.thewildrosepress.com/miss-mae-m-348.html) - Winner of LASR and TRS Best Book of the Week, nominated for Best Book of the Year 2009 at TRS
2) When the Bough Breaks (http://whimsicalpublications.com/miss_mae/When_The_Bough_Breaks.html) - Winner of P&E 2009 Readers' Poll for YA Category, Best Book Cover Winner for August 2009 at Authors Meeting Place
3) Dove Island (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/4934) - 2nd Place Winner in Short Story Romance at 2009 P&E Readers' Poll

To become available:

4) It's Elementary, My Dear Winifred (http://whimsicalpublications.com/miss_mae/Its_Elementary_My_Dear_Winifred.html) -- Re-released by Whimsical Publications, a Top Ten Read of 2009 at MyShelf.com, and a Top Read at WRDF

5) See No Evil, My Pretty Lady -- Reader's Pick of the Week and a Top Ten Read for 2008 at MyShelf.com

View all of these, blurbs, and excerpts at my site. (http://www.missmaesite.com) Be sure you don't miss the movie trailers either!

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 11:53 AM
:scooter:Morning ladies!

Good morning, Anne! Great to see you! How's the work day going? :)

Wendy Davy
March 11th, 2010, 11:57 AM
Good Morning! It's good to see you all here. I'll be stopping by a few times today to say 'hello'.
Wendy

EAWest
March 11th, 2010, 11:59 AM
Good morning, everyone! I think I'm all caught up on posts now. Laurie, Gail, your stories sound wonderful!

Anne Patrick
March 11th, 2010, 12:07 PM
Busy...so I hope you'll forgive me if I only pop in and out. Hey I loved your question: 3) Do you define sweet/inspirational as one and same, or view them separately?

It'll be interesting to hear what our readers think. I personally think sweet is 'G' rated romance and inspirational is a story with a heavy religious theme to it. But I don't think just because your characters are Christians you book has to be tagged as an inspirational.

What's everyone else think?


Good morning, Anne! Great to see you! How's the work day going? :)

HywelaLyn
March 11th, 2010, 12:10 PM
Hello Miss Mae and Sweetest Romance. Just dropping in to say a quick 'hello' before going off to my 'real life' writing group (it's late afternoon here in the UK,) Miss Mae, your 'movies' are wonderful, I can imagine the thrill, as you say to see your characters living and breathing, and speaking your own words, Laurean, congrats on your trailer taking second place, no mean achievement! Have a good time everyone and I hope you get lots of visitors.

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 12:20 PM
Good Morning! It's good to see you all here. I'll be stopping by a few times today to say 'hello'.
Wendy

That'll be great, Wendy. Be sure to tell everyone about your books. :)

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 12:21 PM
Good morning, everyone! I think I'm all caught up on posts now. Laurie, Gail, your stories sound wonderful!

Hey, EA! Glad you made it over! Share w/everyone your wonderful stories. :)

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 12:22 PM
Busy...so I hope you'll forgive me if I only pop in and out. Hey I loved your question: 3) Do you define sweet/inspirational as one and same, or view them separately?

It'll be interesting to hear what our readers think. I personally think sweet is 'G' rated romance and inspirational is a story with a heavy religious theme to it. But I don't think just because your characters are Christians you book has to be tagged as an inspirational.

What's everyone else think?

Anne, I agree. How do others feel about that? :)

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 12:23 PM
Hello Miss Mae and Sweetest Romance. Just dropping in to say a quick 'hello' before going off to my 'real life' writing group (it's late afternoon here in the UK,) Miss Mae, your 'movies' are wonderful, I can imagine the thrill, as you say to see your characters living and breathing, and speaking your own words, Laurean, congrats on your trailer taking second place, no mean achievement! Have a good time everyone and I hope you get lots of visitors.

Hi Lyn! So glad you dropped by! Have fun w/your writing group, and come back when you can "chaw" a minute! :)

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 12:28 PM
I accidentally got logged out for a bit, but I'm back. Hello to E. A. and Wendy.

Wendy Davy
March 11th, 2010, 12:32 PM
Thanks Miss Mae. Hello Gail and everyone.

I do have a new release that came out a few weeks ago. It's called New Beginnings. It's about a security guy who's in love with his boss's step-daughter. The story is about him trying to win her back after a brief time together.

It's about 30 pages, so if you'd like a quick escape story, this may interest you. BTW: It's based on a Caribbean cruise. Nice and warm...sunny skies....ahhh....How I'd like to be there....
Wendy

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 12:39 PM
Thanks Miss Mae. Hello Gail and everyone.

I do have a new release that came out a few weeks ago. It's called New Beginnings. It's about a security guy who's in love with his boss's step-daughter. The story is about him trying to win her back after a brief time together.

It's about 30 pages, so if you'd like a quick escape story, this may interest you. BTW: It's based on a Caribbean cruise. Nice and warm...sunny skies....ahhh....How I'd like to be there....
Wendy

I've never been to the Caribbean, but the pictures look gorgeous on television. :)

LarryH
March 11th, 2010, 12:40 PM
Hi everybody. I wanted to drop in and check out what was going on. I hope to do some writing today on my WIP, a novel entitled A Change of Heart which is based on my short story Lab Partners but moved into modern times with the same characters. I'm nearing 50,000 words. Larry

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 12:45 PM
A Change of Heart is an interesting title. Tell us a little about the new book.

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 12:47 PM
My short story, Dove Island (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/4934), is part of the special rate for Read an Ebook Week. Be sure to put in the coupon code of RAE25 for 25% of the already low price of $2. :)

The blurb:

Christopher’s dedicated his allegiance to the Church. But that’s before he meets Roxanne, his cousin’s betrothed. Aboard the ship appointed for the honeymoon voyage, he fears losing her not to his cousin, but to a barbaric pirate attack. Will he live long enough to confess she holds his heart?

Excerpt:

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His legs fighting the swirling current, he clawed at the floating wreckage to pull himself atop. A wave tossed the wooden crate almost upright, and he clung, barnacle-fast, to the knotted rope wrapped about the highest rung. As his newly acquired raft splashed back into the swell, saltwater stung his eyes, soaking his already drenched body. Flinging hair from his face, he reached for a loosened board and laying flat on his stomach, he used the makeshift oar to paddle from the sinking ship.
Foam churned around the massive vessel as the once mighty warrior slid, heaving and groaning, to its watery grave. The whirlpool’s suction grabbed the closest victims, screams ripping from their throats before they plunged into the merciless vortex.
Riding the cresting waves, he squinted against the stinging spray, searching the drifting, lifeless bodies. Fear worried his heart. If he couldn’t find her, he swore he’d pitch himself to the bottom of the ocean and join her in blissful eternity.
Sunlight glinted red against the water and he peered for a closer look. Recognizing the stream as one not of blood, but of shimmering tendrils of fiery hair, he quickly maneuvered his raft and extended a helping hand.
Her sodden skirts weighed her down like an anchor. Though she clutched at a half-filled bucket, her head slipped beneath the surface. Quickly, he clenched a fistful of hair and pulled her face free. He dared to extend his chest halfway off the raft, reaching out to slip his arms beneath her shoulders and drag her aboard. With a feeble pant, she collapsed, only the frantic beating at the base of her throat assuring him she still lived.
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Be sure to watch the movie on this page too! :)

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 12:48 PM
Hi everybody. I wanted to drop in and check out what was going on. I hope to do some writing today on my WIP, a novel entitled A Change of Heart which is based on my short story Lab Partners but moved into modern times with the same characters. I'm nearing 50,000 words. Larry

Hi Larry,

So glad you came over. Tell everyone about the books you have available and where they can be purchased. :)

DanielleThorne
March 11th, 2010, 12:50 PM
Good late morning:

I've actually been about all morning and lurking from bed while reading your posts. Nothing like a little endometriosis and some painkillers to slow you down a bit, but reading your posts is enjoyable.

Congrats to Miss Mae for her new videos, to all the GREAT reviews for JONQUILS IN THE SNOW in the Snow and LOVE TURNS THE TIDE. Hello to Lyn, Wendy, Anne, and if I forgot you, so sorry! Best of Luck to Larry, I know he is working hard on that new manuscript.

I will be back this afternoon to chat and see who's stepping out of lurkdom to speak up!

It's so exciting to see we have so much going on here with the Sweeties.

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 12:52 PM
Great chatting with everyone this morning. I have to scoot to run an errand and keep an appointment, but I'll check in this afternoon.

LarryH
March 11th, 2010, 12:53 PM
Hi Gail: Thanks for asking. Leroy and Jody meet in college as freshmen. They both came off jilted relationships and are pretty sour at trying another relationship. Leroy is the first to soften up and falls for Jody. She isn't so inclined to do that. A Change of Heart is referring mainly to her heart. At 50,000 words of holding Leroy at arm's length she finally realizes Leroy is not like Two Timing Tommy or Lascivious Lenny of the past. I'm headed for the RWA convention in July and hope to have this done by then and pitch it to an agent. Larry

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 12:53 PM
Good late morning:

I've actually been about all morning and lurking from bed while reading your posts. Nothing like a little endometriosis and some painkillers to slow you down a bit, but reading your posts is enjoyable.

Congrats to Miss Mae for her new videos, to all the GREAT reviews for JONQUILS IN THE SNOW in the Snow and LOVE TURNS THE TIDE. Hello to Lyn, Wendy, Anne, and if I forgot you, so sorry! Best of Luck to Larry, I know he is working hard on that new manuscript.

I will be back this afternoon to chat and see who's stepping out of lurkdom to speak up!

It's so exciting to see we have so much going on here with the Sweeties.

Aw, Danielle, so sorry to hear you aren't feeling well. I do hope you're better soon. I know that stuff is totally NO fun!

On another note, how much rain did you get? Our news said 8 inches fell in one town above Atlanta. Whew, folks need a canoe! Hope it wasn't that bad where you are!

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 12:54 PM
Great chatting with everyone this morning. I have to scoot to run an errand and keep an appointment, but I'll check in this afternoon.

Thanks so much for keeping Laurie and me company, Gail. We'll see you later. :)

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 12:58 PM
Who likes freebies? Well, doesn't everyone? :)

I have a free, short read, Fated Destiny, available at my site (http://www.missmaesite.com). Help yourself to a copy. :)

blurb:


Prisoner 86's fate is in the hands of his merciless Captain. Or is it? As their ship enters a raging thunderstorm, what bizarre event transforms their lives in an eternal destiny?

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 01:01 PM
Hi there, Anne! Welcome aboard!

Sorry I dipped out. Went to send invites at various loops and from Yahoo email. But Yahoo seems to have glitches. I'll try again later.

What did I miss?

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 01:03 PM
"Fated Destiny" is a great spine-tingler. I've read it! I would love to see it as a full-length. Imagine the possibilities! Hint-hint, Miss Mae!

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 01:04 PM
Hi Laurie,

Glad you're back. Larry dropped in to give us a teaser about his latest work. :)

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 01:05 PM
"Fated Destiny" is a great spine-tingler. I've read it! I would love to see it as a full-length. Imagine the possibilities! Hint-hint, Miss Mae!

Aw, *blush*, thanks, Laurie! :)

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 01:14 PM
This is my current book, one that can easily fit the YA category. But don't let that dissuade you into thinking it's all fluff and cotton-candy. There's a whole lot happening in the quiet, sleepy town of Dalesville, Virginia!

Blurb:

Darlene Moore’s reason for shunning Parker Shane has nothing to do with his reputation of being a playboy. She even dates him before the death of her mother forces her to move away. After a two-year absence from Dalesville, she returns home to find Parker exchanging wedding vows with her sister. Two months later, her sister dies.

Then Richard Ryan, head of Dalesville’s wealthy, prominent family, and Parker’s employer, goes missing. Could there be a connection to his disappearance and Parker’s unexpected promotion?

Danger and questions a plenty barrage Darlene with the deadly speed of a six-shooter. Who called down a representative from a Washington agency? Who later assaulted him? Who attacked Darlene at her friend’s apartment? And will Parker’s scandalous brand of playboy be changed to one of murderous culprit? Or, in the moment of Darlene’s greatest need, might he become her rescuing knight?

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Excerpt:

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He chuckled softly. “All I want to know is if you’d like to go out with me?”<o></o>

Wholly unprepared for the question, Darlene stared straight ahead, unblinking. Her tongue refused to work, and for one scary moment, she thought she forgot how to breathe. “You aren’t serious?” she finally managed to gasp.<o></o>

He raised a curious brow. “Why wouldn’t I be?”<o></o>

“Because everybody knows Ellie Pearson is your girlfriend.”<o></o>

“They do, huh?”<o></o>

“Yes! And if that’s not bad enough, your reputa—” She caught herself, clamping her mouth shut to keep the words from spilling out. <o></o>

“My what?” Parker eased up on the gas to give a wide berth to a terrapin that lumbered across the road. “My reputation?"

Darlene raised a wrist and wiped sweat off the side of her cheek. Desperately, her eyes strained to see George Vining’s garage. Just around the next curve, past the tall white pine…<o></o>

“I’ve heard some of the things said about me.” At the odd note in his voice, Darlene stole a peek at his profile. He wore a faint smile. “So. How about a date?”<o></o>

Unable to believe he asked again, she floundered for the right answer. “Look, I…” She gulped and blurted out, “I’m not the kind of girl [I]you date.”<o></o>

“I date pretty girls. And you definitely fill the bill.” He moved his hand off her seat, his fingers grazing her bare arm. Though the touch appeared accidental, Darlene had the sneaking suspicion it hadn’t been.

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Available in print ONLY at Whimsical Publications (http://whimsicalpublications.com/miss_mae/When_The_Bough_Breaks.html). Winner of the 2009 P&E Readers' Poll in YA category. Watch the trailer here. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Drj3cxEgH58&feature=channel)

LarryH
March 11th, 2010, 01:15 PM
I'm going to try to attach the site for downloading Lab Partners. I have not tried this before here. It is still available from Wild Rose Press, my first release by them. It can also be accessed via my signature. Larryhttp://www.thewildrosepress.com/lab-partners-p-536.html

Anne Patrick
March 11th, 2010, 01:28 PM
That is great, Larry! I seem to be in a slump. I haven't written anything for weeks. Besides editing anyway.



Hi everybody. I wanted to drop in and check out what was going on. I hope to do some writing today on my WIP, a novel entitled A Change of Heart which is based on my short story Lab Partners but moved into modern times with the same characters. I'm nearing 50,000 words. Larry

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 01:29 PM
Hi Larry! Good to see you here. Sounds like you've made a lot of progress on Lab Partners.

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 01:30 PM
Miss Mae, Regarding "Fated Destiny" as a full length? That wasn't meant as only a compliment, but also a STRONG suggestion. LOL

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 01:34 PM
This contemporary Romantic Suspense has received fantastic reviews (which shocked me no end, believe me), and has won several awards. I'm absolutely thrilled that readers enjoy this "unusual" story. :)

Blurb:

Mona Murphy returns to Copper Springs to attend her grandfather's memorial service. His passing appeared ordinary enough—the official report stated he'd tripped and fallen down the staircase. Yet Preston Hitchcock, the insurance agent who'd sold a half million-dollar policy to Mona's grandfather days before the old man died, isn't convinced, especially when bloody towels are discovered in the backyard.


And that's only the beginning. Who is the hit-and-run driver who attempts to run Mona down? Why is her old boyfriend more ardent for her affections now than ever before? And why is Mona helpless to guard her heart from the devastating influence of Preston's practiced lady-killer smiles?


Secrets Mona never knew existed in Copper Springs become exposed. But none is so revealing as the one she fights to hide—and the very one that might save her life.



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“Miss Murphy.” Preston gave her a direct look. “Call Chief Banks. Have him to come out here. Now.”

He stressed the last word. Stumbling from the doorway, she hurried to the phone and dialed the digits of the police station. Her trembling hand bungled her first try at hanging up the receiver.

[I]Nervous?

She spun on her heel, flitting about a wide-eyed look. Nothing could be seen in the oak beamed, knotty-pined paneled room except late afternoon shadows. Clutching her throat with cold fingers, she breathed through parted lips.

Go away.

Why should you be nervous? Or maybe it’s guilt?<o></o>

“No,” she whispered aloud to the empty room. “I don’t regret leaving. I hated living here, in this house, with the madness—” She broke off, recalling Preston waited only a few feet outside the open door.

Quickly, she poured two cups of coffee, and walked back to join him. He nodded his thanks.

“Why are you standing out here?” She wet her lips with a sandpaper tongue. “Let’s go inside.”

“I don’t want to take a chance of another cat or stray dog bothering this.” He balanced the dainty cup in both hands. “Plus, I need to leave the evidence as I found it.”

“What evidence? That’s nothing, but—but old towels Grandpa used to wipe the counter off after he’d chopped some beef or chicken for dinner. It can’t—” She inhaled audibly. “It can’t be like—it’s human blood.”
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In both print and digital at my publisher's site (http://www.thewildrosepress.com/miss-mae-m-348.html). Be sure to view the movie trailer here! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_o6RHPd_KU&feature=channel) :)

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 01:38 PM
Miss Mae, Regarding "Fated Destiny" as a full length? That wasn't meant as only a compliment, but also a STRONG suggestion. LOL

Hee hee, I hear you. :)

What are you working on now? Another short? Or continuing your full length?

Anne Patrick
March 11th, 2010, 01:42 PM
Thrilling blurbs and excerpts Miss Mae!!!

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 01:50 PM
This is the first book in the "Dear Winifred" series. It was originally published last year, but withdrawn, and will now be re-released through Whimsical Publications later this year (2010). It has won a Top Ten Read for 2009 from MyShelf.com. Here is a FIVE cup review from Coffee Time Romance! (http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/BookReviews/itselementarymydearwinifred.html)

Blurb:

Winifred Merryweather loves mysteries. She believes her sleuthing abilities, while maybe not on par with London’s most brilliant detective, are nonetheless extremely capable. After all, when she meets with the members of her reading club at Lord Nelson Chatham’s estate, isn’t she the first to deduce the identity of the villain in the books they discuss?

But when the whole of her reading club, along with newspaper reporter Remington Hawthorne, is kidnapped and thrust into a mystery not of their choosing, Winifred must use every skill she possesses to uncover the clues. What is the truth behind the nightmarish scenario they find themselves in? Who is their abductor? Are the tricks and riddles which confront them merely a test of their initiative–or something more sinister?

And why do Remington’s flirtatious charms annoy her so maddeningly?

The answers don’t come easily and Winifred soon learns that solving a real-life
mystery is anything but “elementary”.

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“He’s a reporter.” Not entirely understanding her reason of why she should, Winifred came to his defense. “He’s trained to look at both sides of an issue without being biased. If he hadn’t been here to discuss this situation rationally, would any of us have considered the possibility of Xavier?”

“We don’t know that Xavier is responsible for any of this.” The countess waved the newspaper page that contained Remington’s article. “But we know Mr. Hawthorne’s contempt for one of the greatest minds in London, if not the world.”

“That is giving Mr. Holmes too much credit, ma’am.” Winifred spoke the words rashly, regretting them as soon as they’d left her mouth.

“Ah. Yes. How could I have forgotten?” Like a cat readied to pounce, the countess switched her attack off Remington and onto Winifred. A chill ran down Winifred’s spine as she imagined the older woman flexing her claws. “You’re not an admirer of Holmes either. You prefer the talents of his arch-enemy, Professor Moriarty.”

“What!” Remington spun on his heel, staring at Winifred with stunned eyes. “Moriarty?”

“This is neither the time nor the place to debate the matter.” Winifred rose to her feet, hoping the stony look she gave the countess might quell her acid tongue. “There are far more important issues at the moment.”

She turned her back and walked to the spot beneath the wall clock. From behind her came Lord Chatham’s gruff rebuke. “Edwina, I thought a heart used to beat inside your chest. Did it disappear when you received that dratted title?”

Winifred tuned out the sound of the countess’s angry gasp, for Remington appeared beside her. His mouth twisted in a lopsided smile.

“I believe this situation is affecting all our nerves. But I’d like to thank you for not taking the countess’s position against me.”

“No need to thank me, sir.” She grasped her hands together so tightly she flinched from the pain. “I believe in fairness, and the countess seems determined to condemn you unjustly.”

“My dear Miss Merryweather.” Remington leaned an arm against the wall, his elbow grazing the bottom of the clock and nudging it aside. “If there’s one thing I’m learning about you…” His words shut off as the wall moved from under him. Knocked off balance, he stumbled back. Like a pendulum, the wall swung around, striking Winifred and crashing her body against his. Together, they dropped through an opening that yawned beneath them.

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This will be in print ONLY from Whimsical (http://whimsicalpublications.com/miss_mae/Its_Elementary_My_Dear_Winifred.html). Don't forget to view the movie trailer. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJgtef5OoFE&feature=channel) It's absolutely delightful! :)

LarryH
March 11th, 2010, 01:50 PM
My image didn't post for Lab Partners. I'm computer stupid. I've set a goal to write some every day since I started the novel and have done so since early January. One day I only penned 58 words. Ugh! That was offset by 1800 words another day. Has anybody tried to land an agent? I've tried literally for years and have not had any luck. A couple of undesirables nibbled and I only fell for one of them. A few others were very nice in their suggestions and rejections but no cigar. Larry

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 01:51 PM
JOURNEY TO FORGIVENESS, historical, inspirational, full length, www.whiterosepublishing.com/ (http://www.whiterosepublishing.com/)


In 1938 when Jenny Hinson was forced to leave her family farm in the South to find work in Chicago, she had no idea what lay ahead. But Jenny was her family's only solution.

An abusive father had deserted the family after his actions were discovered. Jenny carries emotional scars from the abuse all the way to Chicago. It shows in her anger and distrust of men.

And when she stalks Austin Grant at the Kankakeee train station to find her missing vanity case tucked under his, Jenny is enraged. The sparks fly. She calls him a thief and shouts, "I hope they throw you under the jail!"

Much to her dismay, this was only the beginning of her encounters with the "thief". He appears in her aunt's church to bilk money from New Faith congregation. Austin's smooth talking ways could con a fresh ear of corn from a billy-goat's mouth. The man was not only a thief, but a professional con artist!

Well, he would not get away with it! When the pastor ask for volunteers to join a mission trip (where the funds Austin received are supposed to go) Jenny signs up intent on watching Austin to expose him and his nefarious deeds.

Does Jenny find more than she's bargained for? Has she met her match in Austin? The verbal sparks fly between these two. The chemistry is strong, though Jenny denies it.

Can Austin break through the wall Jenny has built around her heart? He is determined to gain her trust and love. But how? The past abuse has left scars on this young woman's heart.


JOURNEY TO FORGIVENESS has received wonderful reviews. Read them at Amazon.com and www.whiterosepublishing.com / Watch the amazing trailer and read an interview with Austin and Jenny in the archives at Laurean's Lore. http://laureanslore.blogspot.com/

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 01:53 PM
Thrilling blurbs and excerpts Miss Mae!!!

Thanks, Anne. Why don't you tell us about Lethal Dreams and share what Kinzie Monroe is working on now? :)

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 01:54 PM
My image didn't post for Lab Partners. I'm computer stupid. I've set a goal to write some every day since I started the novel and have done so since early January. One day I only penned 58 words. Ugh! That was offset by 1800 words another day. Has anybody tried to land an agent? I've tried literally for years and have not had any luck. A couple of undesirables nibbled and I only fell for one of them. A few others were very nice in their suggestions and rejections but no cigar. Larry

Oh, Larry, I don't even try for agents any more. I gave up on them a couple of years back!

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 01:58 PM
JOURNEY TO FORGIVENESS, historical, inspirational, full length, www.whiterosepublishing.com/ (http://www.whiterosepublishing.com/)


In 1938 when Jenny Hinson was forced to leave her family farm in the South to find work in Chicago, she had no idea what lay ahead. But Jenny was her family's only solution.

An abusive father had deserted the family after his actions were discovered. Jenny carries emotional scars from the abuse all the way to Chicago. It shows in her anger and distrust of men.

And when she stalks Austin Grant at the Kankakeee train station to find her missing vanity case tucked under his, Jenny is enraged. The sparks fly. She calls him a thief and shouts, "I hope they throw you under the jail!"

Much to her dismay, this was only the beginning of her encounters with the "thief". He appears in her aunt's church to bilk money from New Faith congregation. Austin's smooth talking ways could con a fresh ear of corn from a billy-goat's mouth. The man was not only a thief, but a professional con artist!

Well, he would not get away with it! When the pastor ask for volunteers to join a mission trip (where the funds Austin received are supposed to go) Jenny signs up intent on watching Austin to expose him and his nefarious deeds.

Does Jenny find more than she's bargained for? Has she met her match in Austin? The verbal sparks fly between these two. The chemistry is strong, though Jenny denies it.

Can Austin break through the wall Jenny has built around her heart? He is determined to gain her trust and love. But how? The past abuse has left scars on this young woman's heart.


JOURNEY TO FORGIVENESS has received wonderful reviews. Read them at Amazon.com and www.whiterosepublishing.com (http://www.whiterosepublishing.com) / Watch the amazing trailer and read an interview with Austin and Jenny in the archives at Laurean's Lore. http://laureanslore.blogspot.com/

You know, Laurie, I was just thinking of this book yesterday, especially where Jenny and Austin meet and he has her case. Then he slaps a hand to his cheek and drawls, "This dress just ain't for me. Why, it plum washes me out!" (not exact quotes, but similar) I laughed out loud, envisioning that scene! hee hee

I loved the way you captured the feel of the era, including news of Hilter, listening to the old radio programs, etc. That was true artistry. :)

Miss Mae
March 11th, 2010, 01:59 PM
Miss Mae has been here solid for four hours. I'm taking a small break now. Carry on, sweeties, and lurkers, dive in, and ask questions! :)

DanielleThorne
March 11th, 2010, 02:03 PM
I read Journey to Forgiveness last year, Laurean, and I really enjoyed it. You still have one of the most beautiful covers of the year. I hope anyone reading today that likes modern historicals and sweet inspirational romances picks it up!

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 02:05 PM
Journey To Forgiveness' book trailer video took second place in July 09's video contest. http://yougottareadvideos.blogspot.com Woo-hoo! Be sure to have your speakers on. The music is beautiful.

DanielleThorne
March 11th, 2010, 02:05 PM
Well the image for Motorcycle Woman shows up for me and it looks great!

I know what you mean about having 58-word days. Sometimes I'm just lucky to get in a paragraph. When I'm in editing mode for several things--sometimes I'm just lucky to get through a chapter a day!

We all do what we can. If not--we're not loving it, so why bother?

DanielleThorne
March 11th, 2010, 02:06 PM
Enjoy your lunch break, Miss Mae!

DanielleThorne
March 11th, 2010, 02:10 PM
I have no idea where to insert posts in the threads to get them to come up where I want-so hope this hits the bottom of the thread in time to say hope everyone is enjoying their afternoon and had a nice lunch!

We've posted several tips about our current projects and books...any questions or comments from any lurkers? Ask us anything--someone is always willing to offer a reply.

Wendy Davy
March 11th, 2010, 02:38 PM
Miss Mae, your short story, Dove Island sounds great. Sorry I can't stay and chat, I have a sick little one with a high fever I need to tend to. He was OK until about an hour ago. It always amazes me how fast they can come down with a virus. Take care everyone!

Wendy

DanielleThorne
March 11th, 2010, 02:42 PM
Wendy,
I hope your little one recovers soon. There seems be something going around lately-it's so hard on the little ones.

I've read Miss Mae's Dove Island, and I thought it beautiful. You will enjoy it.

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 02:52 PM
Thank you, Danielle. The cover won first place at Mind Fog book cover contest last October. And that was without me asking for votes. That's when you really feel good.

Glad to see you and Wendy here.

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 02:54 PM
So sorry to hear about Wendy's little one. If I'm not mistaken, she also has set of twins around 4 years old.

DanielleThorne
March 11th, 2010, 03:04 PM
Really? I didn't know that. What a super win. I hope they gave you something for bragging rights to post on your blog. It almost looks like a movie marquee you know?

That's the pits if Wendy has 2 sick ones! Ugh. Being a mom is such hard work sometimes--esp when they are throwing up.

DanielleThorne
March 11th, 2010, 03:09 PM
Sweet environmental romance is the perfect description for my latest release. While everyone is trickling out for lunch, I thought I'd post a blurb for TURTLE SOUP for all our lurkers. I know the Sweeties know all about it...so bear with me!

Turtle Soup

Sea turtles may be endangered but after an encounter with marine biologist, Jack Brandon, nothing will stop Sara Hart from naming her deli Turtle Soup.
When Jack takes a job at the nearby Georgia Aquarium, Sara finds the environmental poster boy at her door, hungry and carrying a chip on his shoulder.
Neither thinks the other has what it takes, until a scuba class reveals what lies beneath the surface. It will take food, friends, and a little help from Mother Nature, to help them see that making a difference isn’t all numbers and glory.

(http://mc507.mail.yahoo.com/mc/showFolder?fid=Inbox&.rand=1377719492&da=0)

You can find out more about Turtle Soup at:
www.daniellethorne.jimdo.com


I'd include the buy link this posting isn't cooperating today.

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 03:15 PM
Hello all,
I'm back and catching up. I seem to have missed the excerpt contributions. Here's a brief one for Love Turns the Tide. The main characters, Cammie and Vic, are on a dinner cruise in Destin, Florida. "Suddenly Cammie noticed that the bright red sun sat on the surface of the water melting into the sea like butter. Soon the boat turned, probably to head back to dock. But Cammie didn't want the cruise to end. She wondered if the other passengers were thinking the same thing, because the deck grew so quiet she could hear the sea sloshing as a boat pulled alongside them. It was a gondola with a young couple and a gondolier, who wore black pants, a white shirt with blousy sleeves, and a big red cummerbund. Cammie got up and rushed to the side of The Shrimp Boat. "Oh my, look at that," she said. The boy and girl seated at the end of the boat underneath the soft glow of a lantern waved at her. When she threw up her hand to return the gesture, she leaned across the rail, sliding forward. But Vic pulled her back with his stong arms.
For a few moments he held her close to him. "Whoa, take it easy."
She felt safe and comfortable being next to him, but pain from the depths of her soul screamed that she couldn't be hurt again. She jerked away and smoothed the wrinkles in her brown pants."

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 03:17 PM
An interesting blurb about Turtle Soup. It's on my to-be-read list. I'm hoping for a spring vacation and plan to take it with me.

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 03:23 PM
There's more information about Love Turns the Tide at http://www.gailpallotta.com (left that off of my excerpt)

Did we get an excerpt from Turtle Soup while I was gone?

DanielleThorne
March 11th, 2010, 03:28 PM
I can just see it...the sun "melting into the sea like butter." I love cruises and being at sea. It looks like we are kindred writers, Gail, bringing water elements into our work.

Have you ever read Bess McBride? She writes ocean-themed romances, too, and they're really good.

I can't wait to read yours! Looks like some good summer reading! No, wait! I have a vacation trip in April so your release will be a perfect read!

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 03:30 PM
It looks as though lots of "Sweet Romance" authors have taken a lunch break. If any lurkers have questions, please ask, and I'll try to answer. I don't know if anyone mentioned Anne Patrick's March Madness while I was away. But she's interviewing authors at her site, Suspense by Anne. I'll be on it March 17th to talk about writing and Love Turns the Tide.

LarryH
March 11th, 2010, 03:31 PM
Sorry to disappear on and off. I'm trying to write some and do other things. Yeah, maybe I ought to stop spinning my wheels on getting an agent too. Some of them are very nice, especially the ones I've met at the writers workshop in Ohio most every year. I'll not go there this year as they've invited the same agent back from last year and she was the first one I talked to who didn't ask for my first fifty pages so why should I bother? I'm hoping for better luck at RWA in July. Trying again on that image of Lab Partners. Larry Well I give up. There is some angry message about format.http://www.thewildrosepress.com/lab-partners-p-536.html

DanielleThorne
March 11th, 2010, 03:32 PM
I think everyone around here has read several of excerpts from my TURTLE SOUP already. If there's any interested lurkers, I'd love to direct them to a link for an excerpt and buy info:

www.awe-struck.net/books/turtle_soup.html

Get a glimpse of Jack Brandon trying to steal a kiss from suspicious deli owner, Sara, after dive class.

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 03:32 PM
Yes Danielle, I believe we both love the water. I admire your feat, learning to Scuba dive. Can't wait to read that in your books.

DanielleThorne
March 11th, 2010, 03:34 PM
yah, Larry, I forgot you were going to RWA this year. You're so brave. I don't think I could go to an RWA without an author friend with me.

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 03:34 PM
Gail, this is such a visual excerpt. I could see the blousey shirt and the red cummerbund and the pain in Cammie's eyes.

DanielleThorne
March 11th, 2010, 03:36 PM
They need a My Mood smiley face for: I need to take a shower. Why doesn't someone come up with something like that. Maybe they have a "smelly" or a "skanky" and I just haven't seen it yet. haha. That might not exactly be the thing to draw visitors in. Hm...tee hee hee. Just kidding!

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 03:40 PM
Great, thanks for telling me that!

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 03:42 PM
smilies/bathtub.gifWell, I found a bath tub.

DanielleThorne
March 11th, 2010, 03:47 PM
rotfl That's perfect!!

DanielleThorne
March 11th, 2010, 03:48 PM
Open Forum: All visitors are invited to post questions and comments. We're here for you. Say hello!

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 03:50 PM
Larry,
How did you come up with the idea for Motorcyle Woman? Do you ride motorcyles? I have a friend who takes at least one trip each year with her husband, kids and grandkids, all of them on motorcycles.

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 03:56 PM
Gail, Dani. You girls are funny.

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 04:05 PM
Are you girls working on something new? Sequels? or stand alone books or stories?

LarryH
March 11th, 2010, 04:09 PM
Yes, Gail I have a Harley but I think I'm going to sell it. I had it redone and the guy took me to the cleaners. I rode it and had to have it towed home after a mile. Stupid modern carb I guess. The Motorcycle Woman story was inspired by my riding my Harley to work for many years. No I didn't have a fling with a motorcycle woman. That story took a bunch of editing to get it accepted. One site put me through the wringer and a second editor there rejected it. Then I went to Red Rose and they accepted it after more editing. Larry

LarryH
March 11th, 2010, 04:13 PM
I'm excited about going to RWA. My wife, Sue, is going with me. It should be interesting as Nora Roberts is the keynote speaker. The registration fee isn't bad but the hotel of course is pricey. Hey, if I don't spend my money then my heirs will be dancing on mine and Sue's grave and blowing the money. What better way to spend it other than helping grandchildren with some of their college expenses. Larry

DanielleThorne
March 11th, 2010, 04:14 PM
My new release, BY HEART AND COMPASS, will be released July 1st. I'm waiting for the book cover with baited breath. Here's a blurb:

When Lacey Whitman buys a restored Victorian home, she never dreams discovering an antique diary will lead her back to sea and into the arms of the dive bum she’d rather forget. Her habit of living in the past comes to a screeching halt as diver Max Bertrand and the diary of his ancestor take Lacey on the quest of a lifetime: To discover and raise the privateer ship, Specter, and bring the treasure and legacy of a true hero home again.


This year's Epic award winner for best book cover for 2009, I believe, is the artist at Desert Breeze (unless I'm mistaken). I am sure hoping to have her work on my cover!

DanielleThorne
March 11th, 2010, 04:15 PM
Nora Roberts is speaking?! Oh, wow! Now I'm so jealous! I'd LOVE to meet her. Whoo-hoo, Larry!!

MSEReads
March 11th, 2010, 04:22 PM
Hi all my sweetest author friends! Thanks Laurean for the reminder to pop in! I remembered last night and forgot again this morning. I really have to start putting this in my calendar! I'll have to take some time to read the posts and get caught up on news. I may comment a bit later as I have another appointment in ten minutes. :)

June Phyllis Baker
March 11th, 2010, 04:25 PM
Good afternoon everyone,
It's nice to be here with all of you!




June

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 04:26 PM
Oh wow! Danielle,
Your upcoming book sounds really good, romantic and adventurous.

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 04:27 PM
Hi Martha and June!

MSEReads
March 11th, 2010, 04:30 PM
Hey Dani-
I love cruises too! My DH is ready for another one so he's been checking on prices. Maybe through the Panama Canal or to Ireland, Scotland and England this time! I would love to do the Ireland trip but it is more expensive to fly home and he doesn't want to be cold. Hi did find a Queen Mary trip back for about the same price as flying. That might be interesting. But if I can't convince him he can bundle up it might be through the Canal instead.

I will have to check what good sweet books I can take with me!!:boat:


I can just see it...the sun "melting into the sea like butter." I love cruises and being at sea. It looks like we are kindred writers, Gail, bringing water elements into our work.

Have you ever read Bess McBride? She writes ocean-themed romances, too, and they're really good.

I can't wait to read yours! Looks like some good summer reading! No, wait! I have a vacation trip in April so your release will be a perfect read!

MSEReads
March 11th, 2010, 04:32 PM
Hi Gail! That's right... I could read Love Turns the Tide on my cruise. Except I have a feeling I will read it before then! :o)

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 04:34 PM
Gail, I've suddenly got so many going at once, I don't know which to pick up. Two full-lengths.

One is a sort of Pre-quel to Journey To Forgiveness. It will take tons of research from the early 1920s South. The heroine will be Jenny's (from Journey To Forgiveness) Aunt Violet. I'm taking her back to the ripe old age of 18. This will be a fun write.

But in the process of full lengths, I began to think, "This will take at least a year to come out after I finish it. So why not do some short stories in between?"

That's how I got into SmashWords. I wrote Jonquils in the Snow in 5 days and it was up in 7. I do wish I'd given the story a couple more days to cool. I can think of a few things I'd added or changed in retrospect. Three reveiwers said the same thing. "I would have liked the story to have been longer, to get more into the hero's emotional strugggles." With three saying the same thing, it rang true.

The next Smashwords story will be longer. This current WIP is about a woman (Miranda) whose husband wrecked his red Ferarri. He was killed instantly, along with the secretary, his latest fling.

Miranda has to deal with the shame. Everyone is talking about it. The biggest scandal that has ever hit the small town of Spruceville. To top that, her late husband borrowed against his life insurance policy, leaving her with a huge Victorian-styly home and virtually penniless.

She has to find work. Before her marriage, she had worked as a legal secretary. She applies for a job with Tyler's Law Firm and gets the job.

Jake Tyler (the attorney) lost his wife during a surgical procedure gone wrong. He has a 7 year old son. Jake hasn't had the heart to date again...until now.

But Miranda is still angry at her late huband, has sworn to never let herself get hurt again.

Whaddya think so far???

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 04:35 PM
Hi, June! Good to see you, girlfriend. What are you up to?

Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen
March 11th, 2010, 04:36 PM
Hi, everyone! Just thought I'd stop by while I'm grabbing a quick bite to eat. One of the fun things I did today was run fliers around town for the June Teen Writers Conference I am fortunate enough to be part of. That's right--Teens--it's for ages 13-19 only. A really enjoyable experience.

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 04:37 PM
Martha, I've read Bess McBride's "A Train Through Time" and absolutely loved it!

LarryH
March 11th, 2010, 04:39 PM
Laurie your latest story sounds great. Danielle your new sea adventure sounds great too. I'm still waiting for The Privateer to come out in print form. Any word on that? Larry

Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen
March 11th, 2010, 04:40 PM
Another bit of news I can throw out there really quickly is I just heard from my distributor that my novel, MISSING, is doing well and they're preparing to have me do book signings in Utah's Coscos. Yay! and Whew! There are so many things going on related to promoting my novels that I'm beginning to wonder when I'll have time to write. But then, this is the life I always dreamed of, so I need to keep reminding myself that this kind of tired really is a blessing.

MSEReads
March 11th, 2010, 04:41 PM
Hi Laurean - A Train Through Time is one in my TBR files! AND I will be getting to Journey to Forgiveness soon - it is finally in the "short" box next to my computer! YAY!


Martha, I've read Bess McBride's "A Train Through Time" and absolutely loved it!

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 04:41 PM
Hi Martha,
Your cruise sounds like a great trip. I hope you'll enjoy Love Turns the Tide!

Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen
March 11th, 2010, 04:42 PM
Hey, a cruise! I've always wondered how I'd do on one because I get sea sick so easily. BUT my hub and I love to travel. Right now, Ireland sounds fascinating to me.

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 04:44 PM
Laurean,
Your story about Miranda sounds as though it's a page turner with lots of twists and turns.

DanielleThorne
March 11th, 2010, 04:46 PM
No print Larry. A few broken promises from my publisher over my books. Still waiting...contract will be up soon with them.

DanielleThorne
March 11th, 2010, 04:48 PM
Wow! That is So great. I wish I was in Utah so I could stop by. Congrats on MISSING doing so well! You recall I lived in Rexburg for a couple years (I think I mentioned once to you). Hang in there--inspiration will hit and you'll be writing again before you know it. (Maybe in the middle of Costco, who knows? lol)

DanielleThorne
March 11th, 2010, 04:49 PM
I just finished the teen conference and contest for Epic (New Voices). That's so great you are sharing your talents with youth. Good for you.

Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen
March 11th, 2010, 04:52 PM
I mentioned somewhere in this forum--I'm trying to figure out how this works, still--that my hub and I like to travel. I forgot to mention, however, that I try to incorporate my travels in my novels. My first novel, MISSING, takes place in Victoria, BC, and my second, TRAPPED, which will come out later this year, takes place for the most part in Salzburg, Austria. Loved it there!

DanielleThorne
March 11th, 2010, 04:59 PM
Gosh, Austria? That is too cool. How awesome to be able to go somewhere in the flesh that you can use as a setting. I hope you wrote some off on your taxes! lol

I head to the Caribbean end of April. Maybe I will be inspired for another sea story!

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 05:00 PM
Gail, know what? I meant to say "Samantha" instead of "Miranda." Miranda was my heroine in Jonquils in the Snow. LOL

LarryH
March 11th, 2010, 05:00 PM
Let me see if I can give you an excerpt of Lab Partners. Sound like a stuck record don't I? Don't answer that.
"I'll see if my literature professor will let me leave class five minutes early," he said.
"Do that. You'll be partnering with Miss Stinson over there. Get yourself settled. I'll be handing out the first unknowns in a few minutes," Doctor Braddock said, pointing toward the one lone student.
"Would that be Jody ...?"
"Yes, Jody Stinson."
Leroy strode down the center isle, nodding to several students he knew from freshman chemistry. Approaching Jody, he couldn't help but be excited about partnering with the smartest student in the sophomore class. He would also find out if what he'd heard about her personality was true. Surely, she couldn't be that bad. People could sure be harsh judges.
"Hi, I'm ..."
"You going to be late for every lab?" she asked as he placed his books near hers.
"Leroy Doyle," he said, extending his hand for a shake. She ignored it, maintaining a scowl.
"I'm hoping my literature professor will allow me to leave class five minutes early the day we have lab. Smith Hall is a long way." Leroy gave up and withdrew his offer of a handshake.
"I'm not interested in your excuses. I'm only
2 Lab Partners
partnering with you because Doctor Braddock insists everyone have a partner," Jody said, staring at him with her piercing brown eyes.
Hey, the pasting routine worked. The Wild Rose Press link to buy this is as follows:
http://www.thewildrosepress.com/lab-partners-p-536.html
Remember my new novel is centered on these two characters. I"m trying something different too and that is shifting POV with each chapter back and forth between Leroy and Jody. In the new novel Jody and Leroy actually meet during their freshman year whereas in Lab Partners their first meeting is in the sophomore lab. Larry

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 05:04 PM
I like your excerpt. It makes me wonder why she won't shake hands.

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 05:07 PM
Has anyone heard of Janet Daley who wrote for Harlequin? In the 80s she set out to write a romance around a setting in each of the 48 states on our continent. The way she did that was with her hubby, dogs, and travel trailer. She would live in each state long enough to finish the book, then move to the next one. That must have been an experience. Wish I could do that! If I'm not mistaken, she did finally accomplish her goal.

LarryH
March 11th, 2010, 05:08 PM
Jody isn't a social animal and is mean to Leroy. You pose a good question which I don't address in this story as to why she is snobbish to everyone. I do address that in my novel I'm working on. Larry

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 05:11 PM
That will make an interesting read.

EAWest
March 11th, 2010, 05:13 PM
Sorry for the long absence. My computer decided to quit on me right after my first post this morning. Thankfully, it's up and running again, so hopefully I can get caught up on what I missed!

I'll be back in a few with a little info about my books, including the release date for my latest, Riley's Mission. Cheerleader

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 05:14 PM
Yes, it will be interesting to find the reasons behind Jody's quirky behavior. I'm glad you are having fun with this, Larry. Nothing like a story and characters that keep flowing.

LarryH
March 11th, 2010, 05:23 PM
I have an excerpt of my free read from Wild Rose entitled Buddy's Twelve Year Crush. Here goes.

His dad clicked his tongue against his false
teeth. “Buddy, you’ve had this crush for two years
now.”
“I can’t help it. I like Vicky and I always will.”
“She’s a sweet girl and I think she would want
you to come to her party,” his mom said.
Vicky’s house was crammed with well-wishers.
Buddy sat in a corner, picking at a piece of pie and
sipping from a bottle of orange soda. People outside
grilled hot dogs, others ran in and out the front door,
lots of loud talking and laughing, all of it making
Buddy nervous. Vicky talked with her classmates,
both boys and girls. Buddy watched them and envied
the boys. He wanted to get out of there, go home and
take off on his bicycle somewhere. But when Vicky
looked his way, Buddy’s heart melted. He fantasized
about saving her from some bully, being her hero,
and her kissing him on the lips. She left her group of
classmates and came over to him.
“I’m glad you came, Buddy,” she said, smiling
and pulling her hair back a bit.
“I hate to see you leave.” Buddy set his pie and
soda on a table.
“Purdue University is only 150 miles away. I’ll
be home now and then.”
“I’ll...eh...I’ll miss you,” Buddy managed to say,
his voice shaky.
“Thank you, Buddy.” She studied his face with
her pretty brown eyes. “You like me a lot don’t you?”
“I...” Buddy began, but fell silent, blushing and
looking down at his feet.
“Don’t be afraid to talk about it.” Vicky folded
her arms, waiting.
“I like you very much, Vicky. Mom and Dad say
it’s a crush and that shouldn’t last two years, but it’s
more than that. I like you for real,” Buddy said, just
like he blurted it out in his dreams.
“Oh, Buddy, that’s so sweet, but I’m too old for

Buddy’s Twelve Year Crush

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you. You should like some of those pretty girls in
your class like Sherry or Nancy.”
“Nope. There’s none as pretty and as nice as
you.”
“Always remember, no matter what, I’ll be your
friend, Buddy,” she said, touching his hand. She
smiled and seemed to take a deep breath before
returning to her friends. The contact of her soft hand
on his lingered for a long time.

Now I must confess here to having a crush on Vicky many years ago. It wasn't her that taught me to ride my bike, that was another high school girl. http://www.thewildrosepress.com/buddys-twelve-year-crush-p-1099.html
Larry

EAWest
March 11th, 2010, 05:23 PM
For all of you mystery lovers, Light in the Darkness is a mystery with a hint of romance.

Blurb:

Kennedy Drake loves exploring dark places, which makes his job as a graveyard shift security guard ideal. While checking out strange noises in his elderly neighbor’s basement, he discovers a hidden room with a woman trapped inside. Chastity Mooreland has more to fear than her time trapped in darkness. Will Kennedy believe her bizarre tale of a stalker no one thinks is guilty—and will he help free her from a life of despair? Can Chastity look past her suspicion of mankind to accept his offer of friendship?

Excerpt:

Kennedy went back the way he’d come and passed through the last doorway, stopping in amazement. The huge room was lined with cobwebby wooden shelves, some of which held a few dust-covered canning jars. A pair of wooden bins with sloping lids and three old wooden barrels with age-darkened metal rings stood in the middle of the floor. He couldn’t help wondering if the room had held a year’s worth of food in the days of horse-drawn carriages. It looked large enough.

He found a switch on the wall and turned on the lights. Two of the three bulbs hanging from the ceiling flashed bright then went out, and he made a mental note to come back later to change them. Louise likely wouldn’t ever come in her basement again, but it would give her peace of mind to know the lights worked. He set the flashlight on one of the shelves near the door and walked over to the bins and barrels. Empty. He glanced around the room one more time, not seeing anything that would make any kind of noise without human help, and there weren’t any tracks to indicate anyone had been down there in the last six months.

He retrieved his flashlight and reached for the light switch. A tapping sound from the far side of the room stilled his hand. He turned around, but all he saw were empty shelves and a spider busily spinning a web in the corner. The tapping grew more frantic as he slowly approached the shelves.

“Hello? Is somebody there?”

The tapping stopped. “Help me! Please, get me out of here!” a hysterical female voice called, muffled by the wood-backed shelves.

It took Kennedy a moment to recover from the shock of actually getting a reply. “Keep tapping so I can figure out where you are.”

The tapping continued and so did the voice, though it now sounded like the woman was crying. “Please hurry! I have to get out of here! Please...”
~~

Light in the Darkness is published by Sea Crest eBooks and can be purchased here (http://shop.dianakaypublishing.com/product.sc?productId=16&categoryId=1).

EAWest
March 11th, 2010, 05:27 PM
I have an excerpt of my free read from Wild Rose entitled Buddy's Twelve Year Crush. Here goes.


I like it! Must download the story... :)

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 05:28 PM
A short excerpt from Journey To Forgiveness:

To set up the scene...Jenny has just come from the train station where an awful, but charming blond man "swiped" her vanity case. One hour later, seated in a quaint diner in downtown Chicago, with her aunt in the Ladies' Room, the thief appears again!!

"Well, well, this is a pleasant surprise." Jenny looked up to lock eyes with the thief she had encountered in Kankakee. His blue eyes danced with mischief. "Honey, I never did get your name," he teased.

She didn't have to put up with this. To avoid drawing attention, Jenny hissed just above a whisper, "Get away from me!"

"Sorry we got off to a bad start. Do you think we could begin again?" His brows arched, waiting.

"Over my dead body!" she spat, then glanced toward the Ladies' Room. Oh, where was her aunt when she needed her?

"Now, we wouldn't want that. You are much too cute." His mouth quirked to one side to form a dimple. "You don't really believe I wanted your vanity case?"

When she didn't reply, is brow furrowed. "How long will you be in Chicago?"

A "drop dead" glare, but still no response.

"Are you ready?" A stout, middle-age man nodded at the man hovering over Jenny's table.

"Be right with you." The unwelcome guest replied before turning back to her. "Who knows, we could meet again," he crooned. "I've heard good things come in threes." He winked, clucked his tongue, then swaggered out the door.

Jenny's jaw dropped as she watched him exit.

LarryH
March 11th, 2010, 05:28 PM
EA that sounds like a scary tale. Larry

LarryH
March 11th, 2010, 05:30 PM
I've read Journey to Forgiveness by Laurie. I highly recommend it. Thanks for your interest, EA. Larry

EAWest
March 11th, 2010, 05:30 PM
Enjoy inspirational romance? Here are the blurb and excerpt for my inspirational romance Dreams Do Come True.

Blurb:

Aspiring author Cassie Teague has been rejected…again. As she considers giving up her dream of getting published, a handsome editor walks into her life and makes her wonder if God has more in store for her than just writing.

Acquisitions editor David Jameson wants more than just Cassie’s book. But will office politics destroy his hope for the future?


Excerpt:

Gayle glanced at the envelope in Cassie’s hand and nodded toward the vacant end of the counter. Cassie went to the seat at the very end and laid the envelope in front of her. She needed Gayle’s moral support when she opened this one. The publisher she’d submitted to was the perfect match for her book, and she’d spent nearly a month on the submission package to make sure it was perfect.

Gayle finally finished serving the elderly man and joined Cassie. “Be brave.”

Cassie managed a weak smile and prayed for strength as she picked up the envelope. A moment later, she pulled out her submission package and what appeared to be a form letter. She got as far as “We regret…” before she dropped the stack of papers on the counter and lowered her head to her hands with a moan. “Not again!”

The strip of bells hanging on the door jangled before Gayle could reply. She gave Cassie’s arm a consoling pat, and then went to tend the new customer.

Cassie brushed her long hair from her eyes as she lifted her head and reached for the rejection letter, hoping it contained some clue as to why they didn’t want her novel. Her gaze briefly went to the new customer. His gorgeous movie cowboy appearance caught her attention and made her heart do a two-step. Dark-haired and blue-eyed, he stood at least six foot two and had wide shoulders that tapered down to a trim waist. He’d tucked his white shirt into a pair of jeans that fit oh-so-perfectly on his hips. The sleeves were rolled up to reveal tanned, well-toned forearms. He smiled as he spoke to Gayle, and Cassie decided receiving another rejection letter was almost worth it to see this amazing specimen of a man.
~~

Dreams Do Come True can be purchased from the publisher, White Rose Publishing, here (http://www.whiterosepublishing.com/cartage.html?main_page=product_info&cPath=147&products_id=1195).

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 05:32 PM
Wow! Interesting excerpts. Will Vicky end up with Buddy?
in Buddy's Twelve Year Crush?
And, pleeease get out the trapped girl in Light in the Darkness.

EAWest
March 11th, 2010, 05:32 PM
EA that sounds like a scary tale. Larry

Thanks! I've been assured there's just enough creepy stuff to make readers shiver, but not enough to produce nightmares.

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 05:34 PM
I forgot to add a link for "Journey To Forgiveness".

www.whiterosepublishing.com/ (http://www.whiterosepublishing.com/) Type "Laurean Brooks" in search to read a synopsis.

"Jonquils in the Snow" heartwarming short story about two people hanging on to separate heartaches? Can Miranda and Brady find love and relinquish their past wounds? Is the answer in something as simple as a cluster of Jonquils?

50% off thru Saturday! Where can you get such a deal for only $1.50???

Check it out at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/9341/

LarryH
March 11th, 2010, 05:35 PM
I've read Dreams Do Come True by EA. I really liked it and it made me dream that publishing can come true. I hope someday that happens to me on one of my novels. Larry

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 05:36 PM
This excerpt from Journey to Forgiveness is a good one that makes me curious. Will this guy continue to harass Jenny or will he be a person she forgives?

Gail Pallotta
March 11th, 2010, 05:39 PM
An interesting turn of events in Dreams Do Come True.

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 05:39 PM
I like this, Larry. How much older is Vicky than Buddy? Dont' tell me...I'll have to read it to find out.

EAWest
March 11th, 2010, 05:41 PM
Now for the announcement I've wanted to give since receiving the contract. My first romantic suspense, Riley's Mission, will be available April 7, 2010!

Now, for the blurb and the excerpt. :)

Blurb:

Trapped in a flooded hospital, former Israeli operative Jade Rosen discovers she’s not alone. One of the other stranded patients is none other than the cold-blooded killer she'd left behind in a Syrian prison, the man who had forced her to leave everyone she loved behind and go into hiding.

Indiana National Guardsman Riley Jackson is on a mission to locate and contain a cunning terrorist whose guards aren’t responding. He finds more than he bargained for when the woman he loves appears out of nowhere, desperately ill and once again needing his protection.


Will Jade and Riley finally find their happy ending, or will they pay the ultimate price at the hands of a man determined to see Jade dead?

Excerpt:

Raised voices caught her attention and she opened her eyes. One of the voices spoke English, but the other shouted in Arabic. Jade’s heart raced and she trembled at the sound of the Arabic voice.


It couldn’t be him. She’d left him in a Syrian prison.


She climbed out of bed and went to the door. No matter how horrible she felt, she had to know if it was him. She followed the sound of the quieting voices and peered around the corner. In a glass-walled room lay Aziz Khadoul. He was having a heated discussion with a brown-haired man wearing an outfit identical to Gibson’s. The soldier looked almost like...


It couldn’t be. She hadn’t seen him since Kuwait. Jade backed away and leaned against the wall, fighting terror at the sight of the man responsible for her evacuation to the United States in the company of a man she knew well.


She made her way to an empty wheelchair parked a few feet away and dropped into the seat. Lowering her head to her hands, she tried to figure out how Khadoul had ended up in Grant County General Hospital. How had he even made it into the United States?


No matter how he’d gotten here, he couldn’t see her. He’d attempted to kill her before, and she had no doubt he’d try again, no matter how sick he was. Moisture stung her eyes. She’d fought so long and hard to stop him from killing anyone.


“Ma’am, are you all right?”


Jade lifted her head and found Gibson watching her. Before she could respond, she noticed the brown-haired man with him, the same man who had spoken with Khadoul.


She hadn’t been wrong.
~~


Riley's Mission will be available April 7 from The Wild Rose Press. For now, here's the link to the "Coming Soon" page (http://www.thewildrosepress.com/rileys-mission-p-3961.html), which includes information about the price and the formats the story will be available in once it's released.

LarryH
March 11th, 2010, 05:42 PM
Buddy and Vicky's age difference is revealed early on, Laurie. Larry

EAWest
March 11th, 2010, 05:44 PM
I've read Dreams Do Come True by EA. I really liked it and it made me dream that publishing can come true. I hope someday that happens to me on one of my novels. Larry

Larry, that story made my dream of getting published come true. It wasn't my first published piece, but it is the first story I ever had accepted by a publishing house. It was also my start as an ebook author, something I enjoy more than I would have imagined. :)

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 05:47 PM
Gail, These two are complete opposites. Austin is outgoing, a clown while Jenny likes her solitude. But when provoked, her tongue takes over. She's always asking God to help her control it.

Austin (the harasser) loves to tease Jenny. This goes on throughout the book. Sparks fly intermittently. Jenny's sharp tongue and quick temper do nothing to deter him.

Austin, well, he's just Austin. He laughs off her insults and keeps on teasing.

I fell in love with these two characters. What you need to know is Jenny has a problem with men in general. Due to an abusive father, she trusts NO man and does her best to push Austin away. But, she's met her match with this one. Ha!

MSEReads
March 11th, 2010, 05:48 PM
Hi Ronda- (Just got done with my meeting so I'm back!) I get sea sick too. Years ago I used to use the ear patches. Then I found the wrist bands. There is a little button that sits on your inside wrist. I don't know how it works but it DOES work for me every time - even in rough seas. You might try them on a short cruise and see if you like that!

Hey, a cruise! I've always wondered how I'd do on one because I get sea sick so easily. BUT my hub and I love to travel. Right now, Ireland sounds fascinating to me.

EAWest
March 11th, 2010, 05:48 PM
An interesting turn of events in Dreams Do Come True.

Heehee...I keep hoping a gorgeous cowboy will show up when I receive a rejection. Hasn't happened yet, but a girl can dream. :giggle:

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 05:49 PM
Congratulations, EA on your April release! I know how excited you must be. This time last year Journey To Forgiveness had just come out.

MSEReads
March 11th, 2010, 05:51 PM
Laurean- I have read several Janet Daley books. I saw the state series at our Goodwill a few years back. I was tempted to buy them as most were there but I didn't. I had and still have too many books on my own shelves! The stories were short, even for Harlequin, but it looked like a really neat idea.

Has anyone heard of Janet Daley who wrote for Harlequin? In the 80s she set out to write a romance around a setting in each of the 48 states on our continent. The way she did that was with her hubby, dogs, and travel trailer. She would live in each state long enough to finish the book, then move to the next one. That must have been an experience. Wish I could do that! If I'm not mistaken, she did finally accomplish her goal.

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 05:54 PM
Martha,

Janet Daley lives in a nice two-story house on Lake Taneycomo, in Branson, Missouri. We've taken boat tours past it. Makes me wonder, "Did those 48 books help buy that house?" Hm-mmm.

LarryH
March 11th, 2010, 05:56 PM
A Reason for Rescue is one of my several unpublished novels. I include an excerpt from the first chapter which I thought provided a good hook. After all, your 13 year old protagonist is drowning.
Strange, thought Clay, he wondered what the fish were doing and in which graveyard he would be buried. Those frantic fragments crashed through his mind as he slipped under the second time. He could see a little through the murky water between violent choking, gasping, struggling for air, then he broke the surface one last time. He pounded the water with his arms in desperation, but just before he dropped under the surface for the third time, he thought he saw movement in the rocks above. He sank like a lead sinker for the final time.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
As Clay plunged deeper, a disturbance split the water beside him. He felt a strong arm grasp him across his chest from behind. Shooting upward, they broke surface, Clay vaguely aware of the sun. He couldn’t breathe, consciousness slipping from him. His rescuer shoved him onto the muddy, downward-sloping bank and worked to expel the water from his lungs. The liquid gushed from his mouth and he coughed, gasping to take in gulps of life-giving air.<o:p></o:p>
Clay looked at his rescuer expecting to see the dark-haired, Indian-featured face of his mother. A girl no older than nine leaned over him. Dressed like a gymnast, her near featureless body masked the incredible strength in her legs and arms. Her straight brown hair plastered against her head and face, framed a wet but friendly smile.<o:p></o:p>
“You really should learn to swim,” she said.<o:p></o:p>
Sorry, I wish there were a link for this one but it is hidden in my computer. The name of the girl is Julianne. Question is how does she know to be in the right place at the right time to rescue Clay?
Larry

MSEReads
March 11th, 2010, 05:57 PM
Congratulations on the release EA!
Now you "hooked" me with the blurb and excerpt!

[quote=EAWest;110568]Now for the announcement I've wanted to give since receiving the contract. My first romantic suspense, Riley's Mission, will be available April 7, 2010!

Now, for the blurb and the excerpt. :)

EAWest
March 11th, 2010, 05:59 PM
Congratulations, EA on your April release! I know how excited you must be. This time last year Journey To Forgiveness had just come out.

Oh, I'm ecstatic! April doesn't seem like that far away, but waiting for my release date is taking forever. LOL :)

EAWest
March 11th, 2010, 06:00 PM
Congratulations on the release EA!
Now you "hooked" me with the blurb and excerpt!

[quote=EAWest;110568]Now for the announcement I've wanted to give since receiving the contract. My first romantic suspense, Riley's Mission, will be available April 7, 2010!


Thanks, Martha!

LarryH
March 11th, 2010, 06:13 PM
I'm going to duck out for now and may be back later. Thanks for all who commented on my posts. I want to do a little more writing and will chow down too. Larry

EAWest
March 11th, 2010, 06:20 PM
See you later, Larry! Thanks for the great excerpts you shared.

DanielleThorne
March 11th, 2010, 06:51 PM
That sounds fun. I have a Yellowstone story somewhere in my head. I love it there.

DanielleThorne
March 11th, 2010, 06:53 PM
oooh, this sounds wonderful! it's coming pretty soon!!

DanielleThorne
March 11th, 2010, 06:55 PM
Bye, Larry. Good luck on that word count!

LarryH
March 11th, 2010, 08:14 PM
Popped in to see if anybody was around. Looks like the last post was over an hour ago so I'll duck out again and type in what I've written today. Larry

EAWest
March 11th, 2010, 08:21 PM
It sure is quiet around here this evening. Since I forgot to introduce myself earlier, I'll go ahead and tell you a little bit now. :)

I've loved books and reading my entire life. In high school, I discovered the wonders of writing and dreamed of sharing my stories with the world. In 2008, my first short story was published in a small literary journal. In 2009, I saw my first two ebooks published: Dreams Do Come True (http://whiterosepublishing.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=147&products_id=1195&zenid=b82aa9596216240ed9e79b1235d33d0e) with White Rose Publishing and Light in the Darkness (http://shop.dianakaypublishing.com/product.sc?productId=16&categoryId=1) with Sea Crest eBooks. And now, I have an upcoming release on April 7 (Riley's Mission (http://www.thewildrosepress.com/rileys-mission-p-3961.html) with The Wild Rose Press) and a couple more works in progress.

I live with my family and a small zoo of pets that includes the typical dogs and cats, and the more unusual African water frogs and a ribbon snake. My interests are as varied as my critters, and I've been known to carry on conversations about everything from politics to gardening and all kinds of topics in between.

Anne Patrick
March 11th, 2010, 08:27 PM
Hi EA! How was your day? Did you get a lot of writing done? It looks like you're on a roll with your new releases. That's great!

Anne Patrick
March 11th, 2010, 08:35 PM
I guess I better introuduce myself first. I'm Anne Patrick. I write 'Sweet' Edge of Your Seat Suspense. I also write Inspirational Romance under the name, Kinzie Monroe. I have a blog www.suspensebyanne.blogspot.com (http://www.suspensebyanne.blogspot.com) where I do weekly author interviews, and this month I'm having a March Madness Contest with lots of book giveaways. This week I'm giving a free download of my first release, Every Skull Tells a Story, and Destiny Booze is giving away a copy of her book, Predetermined Endings. So when you get done reading all the wonderful posts here be sure to drop by my blog.

HywelaLyn
March 11th, 2010, 08:40 PM
Hi everyone, Larry, Ann, EA, and several other members of this group whose name I recognize. I'm not a member of this group, but I count Lula as a dear friend, and like to pop in and say 'hi' and read the excerpts. It's nearly 1 am in the UK, so I'm going to write a couple more paragraphs of my WIP, then off to bed!

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 08:42 PM
Hi! I'm back. I checked in a while ago and it was empty, so I waited a few minutes.
**************

Journey To Forgiveness was inspired by my mother's life, based on a true story. Her father was cruel and abusive. Jenny's mother and siblings were relieved when he deserted. But he took the oldest child with him...Jenny's brother Mason. (This part is also fact.)

Jenny's family soon became impoverished. She was forced to find employment. When an aunt from Chicago offered to find Jenny a job if she moved in, Jenny's mother urged her to go. (All true)

The personalities of my parents are similar to Jenny and Austin's, but they actually met on the farm in Tennessee where my dad hired out as a hand. Soon he joined the army to fight in World War II and my mother moved to Chicago to live with her aunt. After the war, they married and moved back to Tennessee.

I thought you might find the background for Journey To Forgiveness interesting.

www.whiterosepublishing.com (http://www.whiterosepublishing.com)
http://laureanslore.blogspot.com

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 08:44 PM
Hi Lyn. You're up early or late. Which is it? LOL Thanks for stopping by. Good luck with your WIP

EAWest
March 11th, 2010, 08:46 PM
Hi EA! How was your day? Did you get a lot of writing done? It looks like you're on a roll with your new releases. That's great!

I spent most of today hoping my computer would start working again. I'm so happy it did! As for writing, I'm finishing up the synopsis for a sequel to Riley's Mission and then it's off to my editor. Fingers crossed that she likes it! I'm also adding the hero's POV to another story. I hope to have that one finished and ready to submit in the next couple of months.

How about you? Have you done much writing today? Anything exciting going on?

EAWest
March 11th, 2010, 08:47 PM
Lyn, thanks for stopping by! I hope those last couple of paragraphs of the night go well for you. :)

Anne Patrick
March 11th, 2010, 08:47 PM
Here is a list of my books:


Every Skull Tells a Story - available now in print. Forensic Sketch Artist, Mackayla Kinsington, and FBI profiler, Galen Schroeder, team up to discover the identities of three bodies found at a U.S. senator's vacation home. When the killer realizes how good Mackayla is she becomes the next target. Purchase here at Target.com, Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, other online bookstores!
<O:p


Journey to Redemption - available now in ebook. Detective Morgan Reynolds thought her nightmare was over when serial killer Gerald ‘The Slasher’ Tate was sent to prison for her husband’s murder. But she was wrong. The Slasher has escaped and he’s making it even more personal this time. Tate has kidnapped her son and is giving her 72 hours to find the answers he wants or Jared dies. Purchase here: http://roguephoenixpress.com/rogue_phoenix_press_042.htm
<O:p


Dark Alliance – available now in ebook and print from Wings ePress


Babysitting a beautiful princess sounds like an easy job for former CIA agent Alex Girard, but when it becomes clear that the assassin trying to kill Tara is the same man responsible for killing his father he knows keeping her alive may be the toughest assignment of his life. Just as disturbing is the growing attraction he has for the future queen. Determined to find the answers that will save the monarchy and finally bring the murderer to justice, Alex and Tara team up with friends on an international quest that will change all their lives. Purchase here: http://wingsepress.com/


Lethal Dreams – Available Now in Print & eBook Coming Soon!<O:p


Dr. Erin Jacobs is making a name for herself in the sports world. Drawing on her own life experiences, she encourages and inspires athletes to recover from career ending injuries. So why would someone want to hurt the good doctor? Detective Logan Sinclair is determined to find that answer. He’s been mesmerized by Erin from the moment she found him and his partner shot in an alleyway. Since that night their lives have never been the same. Will Logan be able to solve the puzzle of who wants Erin out of the way before it’s too late? And if so what impact will those answers have on their lives? Lethal Dreams can be purchased here: http://www.whimsicalpublications.com/anne_patrick/lethal_dreams.html<O:p></O:p>


Reservation for Two - Print - under the pen name Kinzie Monroe) from Whiskey Creek Press:
Widower’s Maggie O’Brien and Carson Jennings are both on a journey to rediscover who they are. Maggie, an adventurous former pastor’s wife of thirty-nine years, hopes to find closure in the place she and her husband spent their honeymoon. Carson, a retired judge, is living his lifelong dream of traveling across the U.S. in his RV. When their paths cross in the tranquil setting of Mason Springs, New Mexico, love is the last thing that either of them expects to find.Purchase here: https://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/store/
<O:p


Ties That Bind – Coming April 2010 (eBook & Print) from Awe-Struck Publishing. <O:p


Sheriff Austin Garrett enlists the help of FBI profiler, Jo McDaniels, to help him solve a string of murders plaguing his community. Unlike most profilers Jo has an unusual gift that allows her to get to know the victims better than anyone else. She not only feels their emotions; she feels their pain. But the last time she relied on her physic ability it almost cost her career as well as her sanity. As the case progresses and the body count rises they soon realize that Jo’s sanity isn’t all that is at risk. She has become the killer’s ultimate kill. Purchase in April: http://www.awe-struck.net/<O:p

Anne Patrick
March 11th, 2010, 08:53 PM
Worked all day. Now I'm kicking back, eating a PB&J, and fixing to get started on my final edits for Ties That Bind.


I spent most of today hoping my computer would start working again. I'm so happy it did! As for writing, I'm finishing up the synopsis for a sequel to Riley's Mission and then it's off to my editor. Fingers crossed that she likes it! I'm also adding the hero's POV to another story. I hope to have that one finished and ready to submit in the next couple of months.

How about you? Have you done much writing today? Anything exciting going on?

EAWest
March 11th, 2010, 08:56 PM
Wow, Anne! That's an impressive list of books. And they all sound so good!

Anne Patrick
March 11th, 2010, 08:58 PM
Hi Lyn and Laurie! What are you ladies up to? Any exciting new releases on the horizon?

Anne Patrick
March 11th, 2010, 09:01 PM
Thanks EA! I have two more in the works if I could find the time to finish them. I don't know, lately I just haven't had the time or inspiration. I need to plant myself in the chair and get busy though.


Wow, Anne! That's an impressive list of books. And they all sound so good!

Anne Patrick
March 11th, 2010, 09:15 PM
I'll set up the scene: Detective Logan Sinclair and his partner has just been shot in an alleyway.

Logan drifted in and out of consciousness. His shoulder felt like it was on fire. He never imagined getting shot would hurt this bad.<O:p

“It’s not a serious wound. You…you’re going to be fine.” <O:p

He looked up at his rescuer. Moments ago, she’d sounded so calm and collected as she’d given a detailed description of the driver over his police radio. She was far from that now. Even her hands shook as she applied pressure to his wound. Though she avoided looking at him, he had seen the tears glistening in her eyes. <O:p

She had a gentle touch, soothing even. And she was beautiful. The rain had drenched her green scrubs, and her dark, shoulder-length hair was matted to the sides of her face and neck. She was wearing credentials. The photo ID turned so that only Mercy General Hospital could be seen. “Are you a nurse?”<O:p

“No.”<O:p

He heard sirens drawing near. “A doctor?”<O:p

She started to stand, but he tightened his grip on her hand. “Where are you going?”<O:p

“I’m sorry. I’ve gotta go.” The words seemed ripped from her lips. As if she had no choice.<O:p

Logan watched her run awkwardly the length of the alley. She was hurt. Had she been shot too? She stooped over, picked up a backpack, then slipped it over her shoulder. His eyes narrowed. He saw a bike lying on its side. Relief swept over him. She hadn’t been shot, only wrecked her bike. He recalled the description she’d given of the shooter—so much detail. If she’d gotten that good a look at the shooters, then they had gotten an even better look at her. As he watched her disappear into the darkness, he prayed the Lord would watch over her until he was back on his feet and could find out who she was.<O:p

EAWest
March 11th, 2010, 09:21 PM
Thanks for a wonderful chat, everyone! I'm going to sign off now, since there's lightning headed my way. Have a great evening, and be sure to celebrate E-book Week with a good electronic book.

Anne Patrick
March 11th, 2010, 09:25 PM
Goodnight EA. Keep safe and happy writing!


Thanks for a wonderful chat, everyone! I'm going to sign off now, since there's lightning headed my way. Have a great evening, and be sure to celebrate E-book Week with a good electronic book.

Anne Patrick
March 11th, 2010, 09:31 PM
I'm going to head out of here too so I can finish up my edits. Be sure to drop by my blog before Sunday for a chance to win my book, Every Skull Tells a Story or Destiny Booze's Predetermined Endings.

Also, if you like thrillers, I interviewed NY Times bestselling author Erica Spindler today and she talks about her new release, Blood Vines and how she got started in writing.

All comments are automatically eligible for my grand prize drawing at the end of the month.

LarryH
March 11th, 2010, 09:36 PM
Well, Anne, that excerpt is whetting my appetite even more for your Lethal Dreams. Don't forget me when the fresh batch comes in. I've just about reached 50 K on my new novel based on my Lab Partners story. Over 800 words today and I must stop at that and put away two loads of clothes I washed. My wife still works while I'm gainfully retired. Larry

LarryH
March 11th, 2010, 09:38 PM
Well, I think I'm talking to myself so I'm out of here for the night too. Larry

Laurean
March 11th, 2010, 09:59 PM
I seem to miss everyone each time I check in. Oh, well. It's been a long day. Night all. "Yawn-n!"

DanielleThorne
March 11th, 2010, 10:05 PM
Great post. Like the lay out and info. You know I've enjoyed several of your books, Anne. Best of luck with them.

DanielleThorne
March 11th, 2010, 10:07 PM
Being as I was born in Chicago and raised in Tennessee, I find it very interesting. That must have taken a lot of courage and brought a lot of joy to write a story inspired by your family roots.

DanielleThorne
March 11th, 2010, 10:08 PM
Sounds like the chat is winding down. Enjoy your late evening posts, EA, Anne, Laurie, Lyn, and Larry. I hope everyone had a great day.

Smiles--
danielle