Author Traci Wooden-Carlise Tells it Like it is!

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On May 2nd Author Traci Wooden-Carlisle is releasing another of the books in the new and exciting multi-author branded series based in Chandler County Kentucky.  Her book is entitled Missing Destiny.

I asked Traci to introduce her favorite character to me and her reading audience. I’m thankful she did and I’m excited to introduce him to you. As you may know by now, Chandler County is a romantic suspense series. So I asked Traci to tell it like it is! Thanks, Traci for stopping by and sharing.

TWC: My favorite character is Robin ‘Zach’ Mobley, aka, Zach and here’s why!

Zach has so many layers and is wonderfully complex. At 37, he has convinced himself that he has lived the best of his life already and now only seeks contentment. His love for God and nature give him a peace he is content to live with for the rest of his life.  I love that I come into his story before he’s ready to love again. The struggle is bittersweet.

ST: What is Zach’s most noticeable characteristic?

TWC: Everyone knows about Zach and his family, but no one really knows him because he keeps people at a distance. He is cordial and willing to help when asked, but otherwise, he remains on the sidelines looking for ways to become invisible. He’s aloof.

ST: What quality does Zach like most in the opposite sex?

TWC: Zach’s Kryptonite (he would call it that) is a highly intellectual woman with a love for animals.

 ST: If Zach could change one thing about him/herself, what would it be and why?

TWC: If he could go back in time and warn himself about working too much and planning for a future that may not come to pass he would.

 ST: Where and when was Zach the happiest?

TWC: For Zach, this answer is a bit of a conundrum. He could say he was happiest before his wife and child died, but today he also sees that he practically worked through his life and visited his wife and child on the side. Now, the work that he does feeds his soul which leaves him feeling content. It’s the strongest emotion he wants to feel.

 ST: What personality trait does Zach admire most in a friend?

TWC: Zach likes the fact that he and Jeff Davies can be in each other’s presence for a half an hour or more without talking. His company was comfortable.

 ST: What is Zach’s biggest regret?

TWC: He regrets that he didn’t take the time to enjoy his family while he could.

 ST: What is Zach’s favorite motto or expression?

TWC: “Contentment is a goal worth pursuing”.

 ST: What is Zach’s greatest extravagance?

TWC: Zach’s greatest extravagance is his horse Fallyn, a 17-year-old Morgan with a great deal of spirit.

ST: What  does Zach like/enjoy/dislike most about Chandler County?

TWC: Zach likes the fact that very little in Chandler reminds him of his life in New York. He really enjoys going for a ride on Fallyn to the ridge overlooking the ranch at sunset. He dislikes the fact that everyone knows about his life because it’s such a small town, but he is grateful no one has approached him about it.

 I feel as though I know Zach and can’t wait to read more about his destiny and where it leads in Missing Destiny.

 

 Shauna Nathan has a stalker so leaving her orderly and predictable life for a while is imperative to her safety and her family’s peace of mind. She’s established in her field of chemical engineering and resents what she considers this pause in her life while her father’s security firm finds the man that has been making her life a living hell. Given no choice but to leave town, she visits a college friend in Chandlerville hoping it is the last place the man who’s been following her will look.

 Zach Mobley grew up in Bourbonville with one goal; to leave the town and the stigma of his childhood behind. He was tired of the sympathetic looks some of the town people gave him after his mother left, and the knowing looks the rest gave him when his dad took to drinking.

He moved to New York, had a successful career in finance, a beautiful wife and daughter one day and the next it was all gone. He came back to Chandlerville to come to terms with his loss and find a modicum of peace as a ranch hand- turned therapist at Murphy’s Equestrian Therapy Center. He’s learned to be content living alone until Shauna walks in his life and makes him want more.

 The battle of wills begin as these two very independent-minded people fight against their attraction for one another, but when Shauna’s stalker arrives in town Zach is introduced to the more fragile side of his strong-willed client.

Will he lower his defenses enough to risk heartbreak again or will he hold onto the sense of peace he’s worked so hard to regain?

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 ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Traci Wooden-Carlisle began writing poetry and short stories as soon as she was able to form words on paper. She used that as a way to creating worlds, as well as, to communicate with God. A native of Los Angeles, California, she grew up attending United Methodist Church under the leadership of a pastor whose heart was for youth. Once she finished college at she found herself at a loss. She felt caught in the transition between childhood and adulthood. She surrounded herself with saints and volunteered her services as a graphic artist. Through the early-morning prayer, all night Friday prayer and 3-day shut-ins she started on her journey toward her most desired gift, an intimate relationship with God.

Today, Mrs. Wooden-Carlisle lives in San Diego with her husband, David Carlisle. When she isn’t writing, she teaches fitness classes and runs a jewelry and craft business.

Author web links:

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Author PJ Fiala Tells it All!

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On April 18th, PJ Fiala is releasing one of the first books in the new and exciting multi-author branded series based in Chandler County Kentucky.  The book is entitled Missing the Point.

I asked PJ to introduce her favorite character to me and her reading audience. I’m thankful she did and I’m excited to introduce him to you. Since Chandler County is a romantic suspense series, I asked PJ to tell it like it is! Thank you PJ for stopping by and sharing

PJ: My favorite character is Sam McKenzie and here’s why!

Sam McKenzie is a 6’2” handsome man with dark hair and dark eyes.  He’s even tempered, thoughtful, loves his dog and his family and friends.  He’s served his country in the US Army for more than 25 years.  During that time he was deployed three times, made many friends, learned a lot about many things, especially security and had his heart broken.  Rather than turning into an ass, he set his mind to building a security business with three of his friends and making a nice life for himself.  He just bought his first house, spends his free time remodeling it and tossing the ball for his Belgian Malinois, Ammo.  All of this is why he’s my favorite character.  He’s honorable, forthright, tried and true.  On top of that, he’s smoking hot.  Who wouldn’t love a man like that, right?

 ST: What is Sam’s most noticeable characteristic?

PJ: He has dimples and they are sexy. Tall dark and handsome with dimples. Yum.

 ST: What quality does Sam like most in the opposite sex?

PJ: He likes a woman who is smart and who is faithful. Honest in her word and deed. Since both he and his best friend, Levi, had past relationships of cheating, it’s the quality that means the most to him.

 ST: What personality trait does Sam admire most in a friend?

PJ: He admires his friends most when they are honest with him.  A true friend will tell you when you’re making a mistake or going down the wrong path.  It’s hard to do and therefore, he respects those around him the most who will steer him in the right direction.

 ST: What is Sam’s biggest regret?

PJ: Hindsight is always 20/20 isn’t it?  Back when Sam was in the Army, he dated a woman, Brenda, for two years.  She seemed like a straight shooter and she was also in the Army.  They managed to stay together during a base move, which is hard.  There is no guarantee that you can have your significant other move with you when you are re-stationed.  But, the fact that Brenda made some changes to follow Sam made his heart swell.  He thought she was the one.  Then, he found a love note in her ruck sack from a fellow soldier, whom she was also seeing for about as long as she had been with Mac.  He was devastated.  His biggest regret was not seeing the signs that she wasn’t faithful.  It would have saved him a lot of heartache in the end.

 ST: What living person does Sam admire the most?

PJ: That would be his best friend, Levi.  Sam’s father passed away many years ago.  He and Levi went to high school together and then enlisted in the Army together.  They were stationed together for most of that time.  Even when they weren’t stationed together, they maintained contact and saw each other when they could. 

 ST: What is Sam’s most treasured possession?

PJ: Ammo, his dog is his most treasured possession.  He dreamed of having his own home and his own dog while he was schlepping from base to base.  Finally being able to have that home and a pup of his own, he idolizes his furry friend. 

 ST: What does Sam like/enjoy/dislike  most about Chandler County?

PJ: He likes the small town.  He’s from a very small town about two hours south of Bourbonville.  It reminds him of home.  He loves that there is a certain neighborliness to everyone knowing your name.  What he dislikes is the lack of certain amenities.  A fitness center being one of them.

 Sam seems like such a great guy and I can’t to read his story and where he’s heading in Missing the Point.

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Sam McKenzie has everything he needs in his professional life.  Bluegrass Security is going strong, he just purchased a home for the first time in his life, he even got himself a dog.  Personally, however, life was a bit unsettled. His growing crush on Stevie Jorgenson was unrequited – he just didn’t know why. She seemed to enjoy spending time with him, he’d caught her staring more than once, but yet, she seemed wary to take it to the next level.

 Stevie Jorgenson had worked her entire life trying to step from the shadow of her wealthy family, including the family horse business. Excelling at the police academy and then making detective in Chandler County had been hard work. Now, her growing attraction to Sam McKenzie was beginning to shade her with its shadow. The trouble was his biggest client was her father’s rival in business and that could make things messy. The other issue was his client was also a dirty dealer and she had to uphold the law.  How can they make it on opposite sides of the track?   

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I am a wife of thirty years, a mother of four grown children and the grandmother of four lovely grandchildren. When not writing a new story, I can be found riding my motorcycle and exploring this fabulous country of ours. My writing revolves around people anyone would love to spend time with. No self-absorbed billionaires for me.

 Earning my Bachelor’s Degree later in life fulfilled a dream for me. Then, I found the courage to write and I haven’t looked back. Currently I have several published works and have collaborated on several box sets, Kindle Worlds and a project in which a fellow author and myself have created a world and are inviting authors to write in this world with us.  I have served as the VP of Communications for WisRWA and devote a large amount of my time helping other authors slog their way through this thing called publishing. I love to hear from fans, so look me up and touch base.

I come from a family of veterans.  My grandfather, father, brother, two of my sons, and one daughter-in-law are all veterans.  Needless to say, I am proud to be an American and proud of the service my amazing family has given.

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Character Interview with Alyssa Kaplan from Kendra C. Highley’s SWINGING AT LOVE

Interview

Q: How would you describe yourself?

AK: That’s a bit…personal, don’t you think?

Q: It’s an interview. Inquiring minds and all.

AK:  Um, okay. I’m middle height, athletic build, with crazy curly hair that will not stay in a ballerina bun no matter how hard I try, and green eyes. Nothing special.

Q: I hear a certain someone thinks you’re pretty darn special.

AK: I’d like to think so. Tristan’ pretty special, too.

Q: Moving on…what music do you have on your phone?

AK: Some classical from ballets I’ve danced in. A little Ed Sheeran, some Rhianna, Alessia Cara, X Ambassadors, and Sia. I really like Unbreakable.

Q: What’s your idea of a perfect date?

AK:  That’s almost too easy—great seats to a Rangers game with a guy who enjoys baseball as much as I do. If it’s a really good date, there will be churros. Kissing a guy who tastes like cinnamon sugar is awesome.

Q: Cinnamon sugar…interesting. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? And by anywhere, I mean anytime in the past, present, or future, too.

AK:  I’d go back to see the 1927 Yankee’s play. Or to the mid-40s to see Galina Ulanova dance with the Russian Bolshoi Ballet.

Q: Favorite food?

AK:  My mom’s spaghetti with homemade sauce. I’m watching my weight for a ballet tryout coming up, so I can’t eat a lot, but I love it.

Q: Speaking of ballet, what made you give up softball for dancing?

AK:  I love the grace of dancing, the way it makes me feel. Plus, I was starting to get tired of traveling to tournaments and coming home bruised after sliding. You get bruises doing ballet, too, but you’re less likely to be concussed.

Q: Do you have a favorite ballet?

AK: Most people would say The Nutcracker, but I love the music in Sleeping Beauty more. I’d love to dance in a production of it someday.

Q: What advice would you give to little girls starting out in sports or dance?

AK: Don’t quit. Be prepared to show up and work hard. Give it your whole heart.

Q: Okay, rapid fire time: M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces?

AK: M&Ms

Q: Coffee or Tea

AK: Coffee, black

Q: Sun or rain?

AK: Sun

Q: Pizza or Enchiladas

AK: That’s almost cruel…enchiladas. I live in Texas.

Q: Boxers or briefs?

AK: Depends on the guy?

Q: That’s fair. Last one: Cats or dogs

AK: I like both, but dogs. My dog is my best buddy.

Q: Great—thanks for speaking with us today!

AK: You’re totally welcome.

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Outfielder Tristan Murrell has a problem. As the number two slugger for the Suttonville Sentinels, his team is counting on him to make their very first run at the state championship. But he has a secret—his swing has totally deserted him. As in, he can’t hit anything. He needs to fix the issue, and fast, but how?

Ballerina Alyssa Kaplan has a problem, too. The shiny new sports complex in town has left her family’s batting cage business on the verge of going under. Nailing her audition for a prestigious dance company is everything, but there’s no way she’s letting her some shiny big-box company destroy her family’s livelihood.

Tristan needs a miracle. So does Alyssa. And maybe, just maybe, Tristan’s secret weapon might be the girl of his dreams…

Disclaimer: This book contains hot, shirtless baseball players, kisses that bring a ballerina to her knees, and a lot of baseball smack-talk.

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Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes in everyday magic, extraordinary love stories, and the restorative powers of dark chocolate.

 

 

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An Interview with Private David Summers, protagonist of J.D.R. Hawkins’ The Renegade Series

An Interview with Private David Summers, protagonist of J.D.R. Hawkins’ The Renegade Series, including A Rebel Among Us. We are travelling back in time to September 1863. The country is in turmoil. Bloody carnage has swept across the nation. Everyone knows someone who has been lost to the terrible war.

Interview

David, tell us about yourself.

Well, I’m from Morgan County, Alabama, which ain’t too far from Huntsville. I grew up on my kinfolk’s farm with my ma, pa, and two younger sisters. My pa died at the Battle of Fredericksburg last December. So I decided to jine up last spring with General J.E.B. Stuart’s cavalry. My best friend, Jake, jined up with me, but he got killed at the Battle of Chancellorsville. My regiment was chosen to come up here to Pennsylvania. We fought at Gettysburg, and I lost a few friends. Reckon I’m mighty tired of war now, but I still want to see the South win so’s I can go back home.

How old are you?

Eighteen.

What happened after the Battle of Gettysburg?

Somethin’ right strange. I was on picket duty when I came across a Yankee sentry. We shot at each other. I won. But he got a bead on me. My horse, Renegade, bolted and ran for miles. I couldn’t hold him because a rein was severed and I’d lost my footing out of the stirrup. He finally came across a farm and went inside the barn. By then, I was gettin’ dizzy and I fell out of the saddle. It wasn’t long before I heard voices comin’ from the farmhouse.

Then what happened?

I recall some girls comin’ to my aid. They carried me into the house. I’d been shot in the shoulder and stabbed in the leg, so they stitched me up. Before I blacked out, I heard them talkin’ ‘bout whether or not they should turn me in or let me die and feed me to the hogs.

How terrible! I’m glad to see that didn’t happen!

Me, too.

So, now you’ve been here for a couple of months. How is it working out?

Not so well. There’s a neighbor who’s a Yankee officer, and even though I ain’t met him yet, I ‘spect I will sooner or later. And then there are the sisters.

The sisters?

The three sisters who saved my life. The oldest one, Anna, well, she’s mighty sweet and purty, but her sister, Maggie, don’t take a cotton to me at all. And then there’s Abigail, the youngest. She and I git along like two peas in a pod.

But you are still a soldier. Do you plan to rejoin the Confederate cavalry?

I dunno. I mean, I have to wait and see. If the Southern army comes back up here, I might be inclined, but as it is now, I can’t travel south without riskin’ my capture. Besides that, Renegade was injured, too, so I’m waitin’ for him to heal.

And then there’s Anna.

Huh?

It sounds like you’ve taken a liking to her. Do you want to stay on her account?

I wouldn’t mind it if Miss Anna took a likin’ to me. But I know her aunt and sisters won’t approve, and we keep debatin’ on who’s right and who’s wrong: the north or the south. Way I see it, the first chance I git, I’m fixin’ to head south.

It sounds like you’re facing quite a conflict. Anna and her family are committing treason by harboring you. At any moment, you could be captured, and you still have a desire to fight for the Southern cause, if I’m not mistaken. It seems you’ve gotten yourself into quite a dilemma.

Yeah. Reckon I have.

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David Summers never expected any of this… not in a million years. He thought for sure he was a goner.

After leaving Alabama and enlisting with the cavalry, his delusion of chivalry was suddenly quashed when he saw for himself the horrors of battle. Now, after being shot and ending up at a strange farmhouse, he’s found himself being nursed back to health by four beautiful girls, and has learned that his Confederate brethren have deserted him in Pennsylvania after fighting at Gettysburg. It’s more than he can fathom. On top of that, he’s been presented with an even bigger dilemma. He knows he’s falling in love with the older sister, Anna, and she has enticed him with an interesting proposition. However, her scheme goes against his principles, and the reasons why he enlisted in the first place – to avenge his father’s death and defend his sacred homeland.

To David’s dismay, he must make a decision. Should he stay and help Anna with her underhanded plan, deceiving everyone around him by pretending to be a Yankee? If discovered, he would be considered a traitor to the cause, and she could be in jeopardy of treason. Or should he leave the farm, say goodbye to her, and risk certain capture? Either way, his perilous situation doesn’t seem to offer an encouraging outcome. If that isn’t bad enough, Anna’s neighbor, a Union officer, is in love with her, too, and he would stop at nothing to have David arrested … or worse.

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J.D.R. Hawkins is an award-winning author who has written for newspapers, magazines, newsletters, e-zines, and blogs. She is one of a few female Civil War authors, uniquely describing the front lines from a Confederate perspective.

Her Renegade Series includes A Beautiful Glittering Lie,  A Beckoning Hellfire, and A Rebel Among Us. All three novels are award winners, and tell the story of a family from north Alabama who experience immeasurable pain when their lives are dramatically changed by the war. Ms. Hawkins is a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the International Women’s Writing Guild, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and Pikes Peak Writers. She is also an artist and singer/songwriter. Ms. Hawkins is currently working on a nonfiction book about the War Between the States, as well as another sequel to her series.

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Interview with Nikki Ashton

Author Nikki Ashton shares a little about herself and her writing

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Nikki lives in Cheshire with her husband, two dogs and lovely mother-in-law who supplies her with endless cups of tea. She writes romance with a touch of humour and lots of love, and hopes that she puts a smile on her reader’s faces.

Her ambitions of becoming a writer started at the age of 10 when she started writing poetry at school, and was given the honour of reading one of her poems to the rest of her year group (a truly embarrassing experience that she will never forget).

Nikki is grateful for the wide variety of strange and wonderful people in her life, otherwise she’d never know what to write about! She is currently talking to family and friends, finding out their innermost secrets in readiness for her next book.

Although all Nikki’s books are stand alone stories characters do make ‘guest appearances’. So, the best order to read them is:

Guess Who I Pulled Last Night
No Bra Required
Get Your Kit Off
Rock Stars Don’t Like Big Knickers
Rock Stars Don’t Like Ugly Bras

Rock Stars Do Like Christmas
Cheese Tarts & Fluffy Socks

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ROMAN’S HAVING SEX AGAIN

by Nikki Ashton

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Summer James has suffered a devastating change to her life, one that could shape her future. To make matters worse, she now has a new boss. Not such a major problem, you might think, but not when that boss is Roman Hepburn: rude, grouchy and impatient, with a damn fine ass!

Summer’s feelings for the dark, brooding Roman soon change and it becomes evident that some highly-charged sexual tension has been bubbling under the surface when Roman makes it clear that he intends to make Summer his.

Will Roman succeed in getting his girl, and, if he does, will he succeed in keeping her? Or will circumstances, and Roman’s hilariously strange, but loveable, family, send Summer tottering for the hills on her six-inch heels?

This is a sexy, fun romance filled with laugh out loud moments. Full of broody men, feisty women, quirky characters and gorgeous shoes—you won’t be disappointed.

This book contains some sex scenes and bad language.

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Guest Post by Merrie Destefano – author of LOST GIRLS

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How Writing is Like Combing Your Hair, Sort Of

There are many stages in the writing process. There’s the glittery, I’ve just fallen in love and all of this is SO wonderful stage. This is where words fly off your fingertips, ideas come when you’re trying to fall asleep, and most of your friends get a glazed look on their faces when you ramble on about random plot elements. This is the part of writing that can get you addicted. It’s wild, it’s like caffeine and adrenaline mixed into a yummy cocktail and can I have another one of those, please?

Fortunately, this stage doesn’t last very long. You’d think it would be perfect, if only you could capture this feeling and keep it in a bottle, like lightning bugs. The thing is, not everything that comes out on your computer screen during this stage really makes sense. Some of it is a little bit disjointed and crazy.

It will have to go through another stage first before it sparkles. This next stage is a little bit painful. It’s where you need to look at your work like a reader, instead of a head-over-heels-in-love-with-my-own-creation writer.

For a long time, I’ve thought of this second stage almost like combing your hair. If you’ve ever had long hair, you know that mornings aren’t fun. You wake up with a snarled, tangled mess of hair. It can hurt to straighten out that hot mess. The comb acts like it hates you, snagging on knots that you can’t even see. If you go too fast, there’s a big OUCH waiting for you.

So, at this point, I try to look at my work from a different angle. If I’ve been working on a computer, I print out the pages. I even lay out the document in a graphics program (QuarkXPress), so it will look more like a book. Another trick you can try is to email your story in a Word document to your Kindle. Every time you read your book in different format, it will force you to see it in a new way.

Things I look for include: sentences that sound too much alike, bad rhythm, too much information, not enough information, scenes that seem to have more than one central focus, places where I get bored, characters that aren’t responding correctly, dialogue that feels off, and long scenes where there’s no dialogue.

This is a process that I repeat throughout the writing of my book. I mark the snags and tangles, go back and do my best to fix them, print out the corrected pages and read through them again. Every time, it feels like I’m combing my hair. With each pass, the comb goes through a little bit easier, my hair starts to look a tiny bit better, and I think, hey, this is working!

Because I do this throughout the process of writing, by the time I’m completely done with my ‘first’ draft, it usually doesn’t take a lot of editing. I can almost always finish my final round of edits within a couple of weeks.

Of course, then there is the next round of edits that I get from my agent and my editor. Those usually require a jackhammer, a couple gallons of Coke Zero, and a series of frantic emails and phone calls to my writer pals where I ask them why I ever thought I could write. It can even turn into an existential crisis at that point. But I try to take a few deep breaths and let some time pass. Because I know that if I can make it through this last stage, there will be this thing called A Real Book.

The Real Book stage? That’s the absolute best part. It’s the reason I got started in this business in the first place. It’s pure magic, it’s starlight and fairy wings and feet that can’t touch the ground.

In fact, it’s so amazing, it makes you want to start all over again and write another book.

 

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Born in the Midwest, magazine editor Merrie Destefano currently lives in Southern California with her husband, two German shepherds, a Siamese cat, and the occasional wandering possum. Her favorite hobbies are reading speculative fiction and watching old Star Trek episodes, and her incurable addiction is writing. She loves to camp in the mountains, walk on the beach, watch old movies, and listen to alternative music—although rarely all at the same time.

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The only rule is: there are no rules.

“Merrie Destefano weaves magic.” —Rachel A. Marks, author of Darkness Brutal

Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.

She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: She’s popular. She wears nothing but black.

Black to cover the blood.

And she can fight.

Tell no one.

She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.

But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad: sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves. The rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…

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Interview with Shea McMaster: part of the LOVE ONBOARD! Blog Tour

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

I love romance. Sometimes I mix it up with suspense or a little Sci-Fi, but it’s always about love first. Happy Endings rule!

How long have you been writing?

I started in late October 2004. My husband I were separated by job circumstances. He was starting our transition back to Alaska and I stayed in Colorado so our son could finish Jr. High at the fabulous school he was in. I also had a great paying FT job with even better health care. It was a very tough year and writing got me through a whole lot of major challenges.

What cultural value do you see in writing/reading/storytelling/etc.?

If I’m writing a story set in Alaska, I see it as a chance to set the record straight about what it’s really like to live in the Last Frontier. I really get annoyed with authors who have never been here who write impossible things. I once read a book where the author has the hero traveling from Fairbanks (2nd largest city) to Cantwell (small village 2+ hours south of Fairbanks) for medical care. So not ever going to happen! Never mind the other impossible situations she set up for the characters.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

I really try to inject humor when I can. I’m not as funny as J. Morgan, or Boone Brux, both dear writing buddies, but I like to keep things light. I’d rather laugh than cry.

What was the hardest part of writing this book? 

Right now, getting the quiet time I need to sink into the story. Recently moved into my 87 yo mother’s house to take care of her. Some days I just can’t find ten minutes of quiet, much less the 3-4 hours I really need. Love being here for her, so it’s more a situation of frustration when it comes to writing. Sometimes I can set her up with an audio book, but then I want to listen too!

Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?  What impact have they had on your writing?

Such a long list! Starting back many years ago Julie Garwood and Jude Deveraux were my go-to reads. Then I added Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jennifer Greene, Jennifer Crusie, Rebecca York, and a whole host of others.

In the last twelve years, my favorites come from my AKRWA chapter. We have a whole lot of talent up here! Jackie Ivie, Lizbeth Selvig, Jennifer Bernard, Maxine Mansfield, Boone Brux, Lynn Lovegreen, Tielle St. Clare, and Tam Lindsey to name a few. Sorry if I missed anyone. We all help each other refine the craft and cheer everyone on. Looking forward to some of our newer members catching up.

I also love discovering new to me authors through free ebooks. I often end up buying the whole series and impatiently waiting for more.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer?  How does that affect your writing?

I’ve moved from full-time to part-time. So many demands on my time these days. As a result, I find it harder to dig in and write. I’m lucky to get on the computer 2-3 days a week. Often for only a half day, and even that is broken up by interruptions. Sort of like living with a toddler again.

What are some day jobs that you have held?  If any of them impacted your writing, share an example.

I did school/Scout/Mary Kay newsletters for a lot of years while working part-time. That really refined my editing skills. While in Colorado, I had a full-time job doing tech-editing and document control. The best training I had for that job was my then twelve-year-old son. I chased scientists around and made sure they did their reporting on time. I had PhDs running and hiding from me!

What do you like to read in your free time?

I’m finding myself reading, and listening to, a lot of cozy mysteries these days. The listening I do with Mom to keep her occupied while we work on getting her eyesight fixed. At night, upstairs with my husband, I find the time to read whatever I want on my tablet while knitting. Some of those are erotic in nature, but mostly I find myself looking for really good stories that are less about sex and more about building the relationship and having adventures.

What do your plans for future projects include?

I have a Science Fiction series sitting in a folder on my computer that I really, really want to finish. Those stories are a bit stalled because of the weak middles and comments from my critiquers I’m still mulling over. But, soon, I hope those are headed toward contracts and editors.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

Don’t knock the shower!  I’ve had some of my best ideas in the shower! The problem is when the characters start talking to each other as I’m trying to fall asleep. I’ll make notes on my tablet then try to pick up the scene in the morning.

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

Jennifer Greene directly inspired “Her Foreign Affair” with her book “Blame it on Paris.” I wanted the story from the mother’s angle. Then The Robinsons Series was born

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

I really try to stay away from cities and regions I’ve never visited. And if I must touch down in one, I find an author who lives there, or did live there, and pester them to death with questions. This goes back to my disgust with people who have never lived in Alaska and write about it. If you want to write about Alaska, come spend a year here. It’s that different. So, I try to respect the denizens of other regions by not making up my own stories about their homes.

Unless it’s Science Fiction. Then nearly all bets are off!

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

The ability to clean house and cook dinner with the twitch of my nose. Oh, and fold laundry with a thought. I dislike routine, endless tasks. Takes time away from writing and quilting.

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

Ireland and Scotland. Both “old countries” for me. And Sweden. I’m one-fourth Swedish, but I don’t like kippers, so I’ll have to think about that.

If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be?

I’d want to be a seal. Swim, eat, sleep in the sun. Toss a ball around from time to time. Guess I’d have to get over my dislike of smelly fish for that!

What is something you want to accomplish before you die?

See my grandchildren. Of course, my son needs to meet a nice woman before that can happen. But I don’t nag him, often. I just make gentle suggestions on how to meet someone.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

I loved reading from the beginning. I crave the escape. I used to tell myself stories will making mud pies, working on puzzles, sewing… When I can mostly disconnect my mind from my actions.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

I hope fun can be found in most of my stories. I’m not funny enough for the big belly laughs of true comedy writing, but I want my readers to laugh and fall in love with my characters. Someone once said my characters feel like people who live down the street, people you’d want to hang out with. That was a huge compliment.

What did you find most useful in learning to write? What was least useful or most destructive?

Just sit and write. Let it flow from your head to your fingers and get the story on paper (or in a document file). Save the tweaking and editing until the final draft is complete. Getting critiques on an unfinished document can send me into a tail spin that brings everything to a halt.

FUN STUFF

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

Don’t know how strange it is, but I can stare at the screen for hours and play endless games of Solitaire.

How many donuts are you capable of eating in one sitting?

Unknown as I rarely buy donuts, and when I do I only buy one. Helps that the best donut place is more than an hour away. But put a bowl of chips or a bag of chocolate on my desk… That’s a whole ‘nother story. I try to keep only a glass of water handy.

How violently do you have to fight the urge to scream when you hear the ice cream truck coming?

Since I tend to be one who will spend whole days in my pjs, I’m pretty good at resisting the ice cream truck.

Say there’s like a whole box of your favorite snack in a room all by themselves. Say I left them there and told you not to eat any until I got back. How long would it take you to disobey my wishes?

About five minutes. I have little will power.

What is your go-to method for getting rid of hiccups?

Guzzling a big glass of water.

Do you have a favorite Girl Scout Cookie?

Shortbread kills me every time. And Boy Scout popcorn. I love the cheesy stuff.

This or That?

Dogs or Cats? Dogs

Tea or Coffee? Coffee

Winter or Summer? Summer

TexMex or Italian? Both

Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

Vintage or New? New

Fried or Scrambled? Scrambled

Bond or Bourne? Bond

Fun Facts about Shea McMaster:

I played violin from fourth grade through my first year of college. Had some great times when I was in the Anchorage Youth Symphony. Also, once got to play a Stradivarius that belonged to one of my father’s co-workers. I was too young to fully appreciate the experience.

I’ve sewed for many years. First it was clothes, then I did pillow shams for a craft fair circuit to help a friend fill her booth. These days I’m learning to quilt. I don’t do fancy stuff. I stick to rectangles and squares (same with knitting and crocheting) for the most part, but just learned how to do HSTs (Half Square Triangles). Doubt I’ll ever make anything to put on show. I give away most of what I make. Baby quilts are easy and fast. I’m all about easy and fast. I’m also planning for those future grandchildren I hope my son will someday give me.

I’m very, very ticklish. (Mom threw that one in)

With the exception of five and half years in Colorado, I’ve lived in Alaska since March 1977. My parents moved up as the pipeline was transitioning from construction to production. It was an exciting time and the state has seen so many changes in the last forty years. I also married a man who was born in Fairbanks three months before statehood.

I’m the youngest of five children, and was born in New Orleans. We moved to California when I was two months old, so I never developed the accent.

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Shea McMaster is the sweeter side of Morgan Q O’Reilly. Her books tend more toward the traditional romance model and are sensual rather than erotic in nature.

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LOVE ONBOARD! CUPID’S CARIBBEAN CRUISE has set sail! Join the cruise guests and watch Cupid hit his targets!

Love Onboard: Cupid’s Caribbean Cruise. . . . Waves of New Contemporary Romance stories are coming from some of your favorite romance authors, all set aboard a Valentine’s singles cruise.

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Too Fast for Love by Lilly Christine – Race Car Driver Luke Devlin’s anger issues bring him to a screeching stop, but Love Expert Lacey Lipinski has the keys to help him recalibrate. Can a cruise ship fling survive life in the fast lane?

When not hunched over her laptop dreaming up strong female leads in sassy dialogue with dashing male counterparts, Lilly Christine can be found hiking and down-dogging with her two dogs and one cat. In addition to reading, she enjoys several outdoor activities including riding horses, gardening, and biking.

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Just One Look by Deb Julienne – On a secret mission for her father, Diana Clay aka ‘Diana Tolliver’ finds herself alone on a singles cruise. She befriends a passenger and they play a game…date for a cruise. Each must pick out the others date for the duration of the cruise. Between her research on the ship and her new “boyfriend” she has her hands full.

USA Today and Amazon Bestselling Author Deb Julienne has penned multiple romantic comedy and western novels and anthologies. While some say truth is stranger than fiction, her experiences run more along the lines of a slapstick comedy. She makes her own Limoncello…enough said.

After the day job, she loves to play in the kitchen concocting award-winning jams, jellies, preserves, and sauces (with alcohol of course). Born and raised in San Jose, California, she now resides in her own little bit of heaven in the Sierra Tahoe National Forest Basin, with her husband of 35 years, their three sons and one daughter, and five very precious grandchildren with number six on the way.

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Pirated Pixie by Shea McMaster – Irene Lundquist has no plans for romance while on the cruise with her jilted best friend and his groomsmen. She’s surprised when Dutch Marshal’s good looks and charm do nothing to help her relax, and everything to steal her heart. For Dutch, things get complicated when the best man in charge of the group plans is a gorgeous pixie-sized redhead woman who lights his fire. Can either of them make it through the singles cruise and remain single, or will they get the happily ever after neither of them was looking for?

Shea McMaster lives for traditional romance. Born in New Orleans, raised in California, Shea got moved to Alaska in 1977, where she attended high school before running back to California to get her English degree from Mills College. Alas, once back home she met and fell in love with her own forever true hero, a born and raised Alaska man. Since then she’s had a love-hate relationship with America’s largest state.

With her one and only son grown and on his own, Shea is fortunate to spend her days playing with the furry child, and engaged in daydreaming, turning those dreams into romantic novels and novellas featuring damsels in distress rescued by their own brains and hunky heroes. She also writes under the steamy romances under the name Morgan O’Reilly.

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Healing Hearts by Michele Shriver – After a bitter divorce and custody battle, Taryn Bradfield’s best friend books her on a singles cruise, where she meets Makai Grant, an airline pilot burnt out on love. Sailing the Caribbean, Taryn and Makai find healing and passion in each other’s arms, but too soon, the ship returns to port. Was it a vacation fling, or the start of something more?

Michele Shriver is a National and International best-selling author of women’s fiction and contemporary romance. Her books feature flawed-but-likeable characters in real-life settings. She’s not afraid to break the rules, but never stops believing in happily ever after. Michele counts among her favorite things a good glass of wine, a hockey game, and a sweet and sexy book boyfriend, not necessarily in that order.

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Cinderella at Sea by Ellen Wilder – When girl next door Manda Reilly discovers hero country singer Hunter Cross is onboard her singles cruise, Manda finds herself indulging in the exotic. Hunter’s heroism goes more than skin-deep. Can the man she’s known forever really be her one true love?

Ellen Wilder was born and raised in Indiana. She is happily married to her husband of five years and enjoys raising their two girls and one boy in the house where she grew up. They have a border collie/corgi mix named Loki.

Her parents started reading to Ellen and her siblings at a very young age. They quickly tired of books for younger children and turned to chapter books like Tarzan, The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings forging Ellen’s love for reading.

Ellen started writing in Junior High with an assignment from her computer writing teacher. Her first attempt at a modern day Old Yeller crossover with NYPD Blue was “awful”, but that didn’t stop the inspiration from flowing. Ellen now writes contemporary romance novels with a realistic twist to them. If you’re looking for fairy tales, you won’t find them here as her characters deal with real life issues. She loves helping people with their writing, paying forward the help that she has received allowing her to be where she is today.

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Interview with Michele Shriver: part of the LOVE ONBOARD! Blog Tour

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

I call it real-life fiction with happy endings. I am drawn to writing less-traditional romance characters (like my 50-plus heroine and my plus-sized heroine), and I enjoy tackling some grittier subjects, such as addiction, eating disorders, abuse, etc., but in the end I love my happy endings and want to make sure my characters find theirs.

What projects are you working on at the present?

I am currently writing a new adult romance called Fade into Love that is going into a boxed set of stories centered around a big win- such as a lottery or sweepstakes. In my story, the heroine wins a sweepstakes to visit a movie set and have a walk-on role… and it changes her life forever.

What do your plans for future projects include?

I have three more books planned in my Men of the Ice hockey series, and will be writing books in two mutli0author series- the Happy Endings Resort Series and the Hearts of Braden. And I want to expand Healing Hearts, my novella in the Love Onboard set, into a full-length novel.

FUN STUFF

How many donuts are you capable of eating in one sitting?

Probably only a couple, if they’re full-sized donuts. Don’t me about the mini ones, though!

How violently do you have to fight the urge to scream when you hear the ice cream truck coming?

Scream? I really just want to cover my ears.

Say there’s like a whole box of your favorite snack in a room all by themselves. Say I left them there and told you not to eat any until I got back. How long would it take you to disobey my wishes?

Depends how hungry I am or how bored I am. I can have pretty good will power, unless I have nothing else to do.

What is your go-to method for getting rid of hiccups?

I usually just drink something.

Do you have a favorite Girl Scout Cookie?

Thin Mints. Duh.

THIS OR THAT?

Winter or Summer? Summer- just not too hot.

TexMex or Italian? Tex Mex.

Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

Fried or Scrambled? Scrambled

Bond or Bourne? Bourne

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Michele Shriver is a National and International best-selling author of women’s fiction and contemporary romance. Her books feature flawed-but-likeable characters in real-life settings. She’s not afraid to break the rules, but never stops believing in happily ever after. Michele counts among her favorite things a good glass of wine, a hockey game, and a sweet and sexy book boyfriend, not necessarily in that order.

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LOVE ONBOARD! CUPID’S CARIBBEAN CRUISE has set sail! Join the cruise guests and watch Cupid hit his targets!

Love Onboard: Cupid’s Caribbean Cruise. . . . Waves of New Contemporary Romance stories are coming from some of your favorite romance authors, all set aboard a Valentine’s singles cruise.

Order on Amazon || Add to your TBR Shelf on Goodreads || Watch the trailer on YouTube

>>>>>>>Enter the Giveaway<<<<<<<<

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Too Fast for Love by Lilly Christine – Race Car Driver Luke Devlin’s anger issues bring him to a screeching stop, but Love Expert Lacey Lipinski has the keys to help him recalibrate. Can a cruise ship fling survive life in the fast lane?

When not hunched over her laptop dreaming up strong female leads in sassy dialogue with dashing male counterparts, Lilly Christine can be found hiking and down-dogging with her two dogs and one cat. In addition to reading, she enjoys several outdoor activities including riding horses, gardening, and biking.

Website || Facebook || Twitter || Amazon || Goodreads


Just One Look by Deb Julienne – On a secret mission for her father, Diana Clay aka ‘Diana Tolliver’ finds herself alone on a singles cruise. She befriends a passenger and they play a game…date for a cruise. Each must pick out the others date for the duration of the cruise. Between her research on the ship and her new “boyfriend” she has her hands full.

USA Today and Amazon Bestselling Author Deb Julienne has penned multiple romantic comedy and western novels and anthologies. While some say truth is stranger than fiction, her experiences run more along the lines of a slapstick comedy. She makes her own Limoncello…enough said.

After the day job, she loves to play in the kitchen concocting award-winning jams, jellies, preserves, and sauces (with alcohol of course). Born and raised in San Jose, California, she now resides in her own little bit of heaven in the Sierra Tahoe National Forest Basin, with her husband of 35 years, their three sons and one daughter, and five very precious grandchildren with number six on the way.

Website || Facebook || Twitter || Amazon || Goodreads || Newsletter Signup


Pirated Pixie by Shea McMaster – Irene Lundquist has no plans for romance while on the cruise with her jilted best friend and his groomsmen. She’s surprised when Dutch Marshal’s good looks and charm do nothing to help her relax, and everything to steal her heart. For Dutch, things get complicated when the best man in charge of the group plans is a gorgeous pixie-sized redhead woman who lights his fire. Can either of them make it through the singles cruise and remain single, or will they get the happily ever after neither of them was looking for?

Shea McMaster lives for traditional romance. Born in New Orleans, raised in California, Shea got moved to Alaska in 1977, where she attended high school before running back to California to get her English degree from Mills College. Alas, once back home she met and fell in love with her own forever true hero, a born and raised Alaska man. Since then she’s had a love-hate relationship with America’s largest state.

With her one and only son grown and on his own, Shea is fortunate to spend her days playing with the furry child, and engaged in daydreaming, turning those dreams into romantic novels and novellas featuring damsels in distress rescued by their own brains and hunky heroes. She also writes under the steamy romances under the name Morgan O’Reilly.

Website || Facebook || Amazon || Goodreads


Healing Hearts by Michele Shriver – After a bitter divorce and custody battle, Taryn Bradfield’s best friend books her on a singles cruise, where she meets Makai Grant, an airline pilot burnt out on love. Sailing the Caribbean, Taryn and Makai find healing and passion in each other’s arms, but too soon, the ship returns to port. Was it a vacation fling, or the start of something more?

Michele Shriver is a National and International best-selling author of women’s fiction and contemporary romance. Her books feature flawed-but-likeable characters in real-life settings. She’s not afraid to break the rules, but never stops believing in happily ever after. Michele counts among her favorite things a good glass of wine, a hockey game, and a sweet and sexy book boyfriend, not necessarily in that order.

Website || Facebook || Twitter || Amazon || Goodreads || Newsletter Signup


Cinderella at Sea by Ellen Wilder – When girl next door Manda Reilly discovers hero country singer Hunter Cross is onboard her singles cruise, Manda finds herself indulging in the exotic. Hunter’s heroism goes more than skin-deep. Can the man she’s known forever really be her one true love?

Ellen Wilder was born and raised in Indiana. She is happily married to her husband of five years and enjoys raising their two girls and one boy in the house where she grew up. They have a border collie/corgi mix named Loki.

Her parents started reading to Ellen and her siblings at a very young age. They quickly tired of books for younger children and turned to chapter books like Tarzan, The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings forging Ellen’s love for reading.

Ellen started writing in Junior High with an assignment from her computer writing teacher. Her first attempt at a modern day Old Yeller crossover with NYPD Blue was “awful”, but that didn’t stop the inspiration from flowing. Ellen now writes contemporary romance novels with a realistic twist to them. If you’re looking for fairy tales, you won’t find them here as her characters deal with real life issues. She loves helping people with their writing, paying forward the help that she has received allowing her to be where she is today.

Website || Facebook || Twitter || Amazon || Goodreads || Newsletter Signup


This blog tour was organized by Karan Eleni & KEPR Tours.

Interview with Deb Julienne: part of the LOVE ONBOARD! Blog Tour

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre? 

Life is…well Life. Whether it’s work, kids, family, whatever…I love writing romantic comedies and cowboys, they’re my escape from the world around me. I can create a handsome cowboy or comical situations, I can create characters to get even with, I can fall in love every single day and never get tired of it. I love to think of a character, then search of a picture to match how I see them…when I find the right picture the story practically writes itself.

What do you like to read in your free time?

Janet Evanovich is probably my #1 favorite…I swear she wrote Stephanie after following me, I just wish I had a Ranger and Morelli to make life more interesting.

Greg Iles is another but totally opposite. I love his stories, his characters, and the southern locations. If you haven’t read him, it’s a must.

What projects are you working on at the present?

I’m working on book 4 of the Twisted Sisters Club, revision Jill’s story. I’m working on a novella for a box set to be released in July. It’s the prequel to the woman who will be the Heroine in Dane Bronco’s story. And then I’ll be writing Dane’s story for The Bronco Brother’s series.

What do your plans for future projects include?

After the above, I still have to finish off that cowboy series with: Clayton, Quinton, Virgil, Wyatt, Logan, and Darcy. I just love this family!

FUN STUFF

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? 

Sort of…when I’m stuck on where to take a story or create chaos. I read what I’ve written then go to sleep. 99 times out of 100, I’ll dream about it and have my answer in the morning. I love when this happens.

What is your go-to method for getting rid of hiccups? 

I drink from the back side of a glass, upside down. Hold a glass of water, put your mouth on the far side, bend your head over and take sever swallows. It’s awkward at first but works every time.

Do you have a favorite Girl Scout Cookie?

Peanut Butter

This or That?

Dogs or Cats? Dogs

Tea or Coffee? COFFEE, IV STAT

Winter or Summer? Both

TexMex or Italian? Italian

Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

Vintage or New? Vintage

Roller Coaster or Ferris Wheel? Ferris Wheel

Fun Facts about Deb Julienne

I love to play in the kitchen concocting award-winning jams, jellies, preserves, and sauces (with alcohol of course).

My best year yet was winning First Place, Best in Division and Best in Show for Peach/Tahitian Vanilla/Butterscotch Schnapps Jam. The judge said he wanted to take a bath in it. Here are a few other combinations I’ve done:

Banana-Tahitian Vanilla with Kahlua Jam

PMS Jam – Peach, Mango, Strawberry with Spiced Rum
Caramel Apple Scotch Jam
Mandarin Orange-Cranberry-Ginger with Triple Sec
Blueberry Amaretto
Pear with Pear Brandy
Peach with Mango Rum
Pumpkin-Apricot Grand Marnier
Raspberry Vodka
Raspberry, Blackberry, Salmonberry with Blackberry Wine
Apricot with Apricot Brandy
Plum with Plum Wine
Blackberry with Blackberry Brandy
Raspberry Amaretto
Raspberry Chambord
Blackberry Chambord
Peach-Orange-Pecan with Brandy
Jalapeno Jam with Mango Rum
Habanero Jam with Pineapple Rum

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USA Today and Amazon Bestselling Author Deb Julienne is the author of multiple novels and anthologies. While some say truth is stranger than fiction, her experiences run more along the lines of a slap-stick comedy.
Born and raised in San Jose, California, she now resides in her own little bit of heaven in the Sierra Tahoe National Forest Basin, with her husband of 36 years, their three sons and one daughter, and six precious grandkids, and a menagerie of animals: 2 horses, 5 goats and 3 sheep.

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LOVE ONBOARD! CUPID’S CARIBBEAN CRUISE has set sail! Join the cruise guests and watch Cupid hit his targets!

Love Onboard: Cupid’s Caribbean Cruise. . . . Waves of New Contemporary Romance stories are coming from some of your favorite romance authors, all set aboard a Valentine’s singles cruise.

Order on Amazon || Add to your TBR Shelf on Goodreads || Watch the trailer on YouTube

>>>>>>>Enter the Giveaway<<<<<<<<

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Too Fast for Love by Lilly Christine – Race Car Driver Luke Devlin’s anger issues bring him to a screeching stop, but Love Expert Lacey Lipinski has the keys to help him recalibrate. Can a cruise ship fling survive life in the fast lane?

When not hunched over her laptop dreaming up strong female leads in sassy dialogue with dashing male counterparts, Lilly Christine can be found hiking and down-dogging with her two dogs and one cat. In addition to reading, she enjoys several outdoor activities including riding horses, gardening, and biking.

Website || Facebook || Twitter || Amazon || Goodreads


Just One Look by Deb Julienne – On a secret mission for her father, Diana Clay aka ‘Diana Tolliver’ finds herself alone on a singles cruise. She befriends a passenger and they play a game…date for a cruise. Each must pick out the others date for the duration of the cruise. Between her research on the ship and her new “boyfriend” she has her hands full.

USA Today and Amazon Bestselling Author Deb Julienne has penned multiple romantic comedy and western novels and anthologies. While some say truth is stranger than fiction, her experiences run more along the lines of a slapstick comedy. She makes her own Limoncello…enough said.

After the day job, she loves to play in the kitchen concocting award-winning jams, jellies, preserves, and sauces (with alcohol of course). Born and raised in San Jose, California, she now resides in her own little bit of heaven in the Sierra Tahoe National Forest Basin, with her husband of 35 years, their three sons and one daughter, and five very precious grandchildren with number six on the way.

Website || Facebook || Twitter || Amazon || Goodreads || Newsletter Signup


Pirated Pixie by Shea McMaster – Irene Lundquist has no plans for romance while on the cruise with her jilted best friend and his groomsmen. She’s surprised when Dutch Marshal’s good looks and charm do nothing to help her relax, and everything to steal her heart. For Dutch, things get complicated when the best man in charge of the group plans is a gorgeous pixie-sized redhead woman who lights his fire. Can either of them make it through the singles cruise and remain single, or will they get the happily ever after neither of them was looking for?

Shea McMaster lives for traditional romance. Born in New Orleans, raised in California, Shea got moved to Alaska in 1977, where she attended high school before running back to California to get her English degree from Mills College. Alas, once back home she met and fell in love with her own forever true hero, a born and raised Alaska man. Since then she’s had a love-hate relationship with America’s largest state.

With her one and only son grown and on his own, Shea is fortunate to spend her days playing with the furry child, and engaged in daydreaming, turning those dreams into romantic novels and novellas featuring damsels in distress rescued by their own brains and hunky heroes. She also writes under the steamy romances under the name Morgan O’Reilly.

Website || Facebook || Amazon || Goodreads


Healing Hearts by Michele Shriver – After a bitter divorce and custody battle, Taryn Bradfield’s best friend books her on a singles cruise, where she meets Makai Grant, an airline pilot burnt out on love. Sailing the Caribbean, Taryn and Makai find healing and passion in each other’s arms, but too soon, the ship returns to port. Was it a vacation fling, or the start of something more?

Michele Shriver is a National and International best-selling author of women’s fiction and contemporary romance. Her books feature flawed-but-likeable characters in real-life settings. She’s not afraid to break the rules, but never stops believing in happily ever after. Michele counts among her favorite things a good glass of wine, a hockey game, and a sweet and sexy book boyfriend, not necessarily in that order.

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Cinderella at Sea by Ellen Wilder – When girl next door Manda Reilly discovers hero country singer Hunter Cross is onboard her singles cruise, Manda finds herself indulging in the exotic. Hunter’s heroism goes more than skin-deep. Can the man she’s known forever really be her one true love?

Ellen Wilder was born and raised in Indiana. She is happily married to her husband of five years and enjoys raising their two girls and one boy in the house where she grew up. They have a border collie/corgi mix named Loki.

Her parents started reading to Ellen and her siblings at a very young age. They quickly tired of books for younger children and turned to chapter books like Tarzan, The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings forging Ellen’s love for reading.

Ellen started writing in Junior High with an assignment from her computer writing teacher. Her first attempt at a modern day Old Yeller crossover with NYPD Blue was “awful”, but that didn’t stop the inspiration from flowing. Ellen now writes contemporary romance novels with a realistic twist to them. If you’re looking for fairy tales, you won’t find them here as her characters deal with real life issues. She loves helping people with their writing, paying forward the help that she has received allowing her to be where she is today.

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This blog tour was organized by Karan Eleni & KEPR Tours.

Interview with Ellen Wilder – part of the LOVE ONBOARD! Blog Tour

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

I love romance novels, but I found a lot of the ones I ended up reading were too “romanticized” and perfect. I wanted to write about real relationships and real people. My first published book is based on my relationship with my husband. My very bipolar husband. We have our ups and downs, but in the end it is our love that keeps us together and makes everything worth it. I wanted to write a book about love that lasts through the trials of life, so that’s what I did.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

I was inspired to first start writing from an assignment my computer literacy teacher gave me in Junior High. She assigned us to write a story based on the book Ol’ Yeller but put it in modern times. I had fun writing that story and adding characters from my favorite TV show at the time NYPD Blue. I started writing a lot from there.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

The element of realism and character flaws. Real people, real situations, real problems. I deal with unplanned pregnancies, mental health issues, health issues, things that happen in real life. Things that people have to work through. I’ve also been told I write male characters very well.

What projects are you working on at the present?

I have two projects going on right now. The first is a series of three books called Love Grows Wild, and I am co-writing it with my friend Amber Root. The series, at the beginning, is about two teenagers who end up in a long distance relationship and it extends to their journey to adulthood. And how their relationship grows and falls throughout the years. It’s been fun to deal with these two characters. And it is also been interesting to put realism into a young adult book, showing what healthy relationships are and what issues comes up between the two of them.

The second is a novella that is going to be the fourth book in my current series, And Then Came Love.

What do your plans for future projects include?

There are so many projects for the future. I have three more books and two more novellas in my And Then Came Love series. I have more books that I am working on with my co-writer Amber Root. We also have another anthology planned out with my publisher.

Fun Stuff

How many donuts are you capable of eating in one sitting?

More than I like to admit. Probably three of four.

Say there’s like a whole box of your favorite snack in a room all by themselves. Say I left them there and told you not to eat any until I got back. How long would it take you to disobey my wishes?

I would wait until you got back.

What is your go-to method for getting rid of hiccups?

Stretching.

Do you have a favorite Girl Scout Cookie?

Samos or Tag-a-longs, can’t decide.

How many times does it take for you to listen to a song that you love before you actually hate it instead?

Most of the time, if I love the song, I can listen to it thousands of times and not get sick of it.

Finally, and this one is important, so please pay attention What do you think cats dream about?

How to drive their humans crazy.

This or That? 

Tea or Coffee? Tea

Marvel or DC Comics? Marvel

Winter or Summer? Summer

Vintage or New? Vintage

Fried or Scrambled? Fried

Roller Coaster or Ferris Wheel? Roller Coaster

Fun Facts about Ellen:

I love to co-write books. I think it is super fun. The best part is writing something that you think you’re going to know the other person’s response too only to have it come out completely different!

abouttheauthor

Ellen Wilder was born and raised in Indiana. She is happily married to her husband of seven years and enjoys raising their two girls and one boy in the house where she grew up. They have a border collie/corgi mix named Loki.

Her parents started reading to Ellen and her siblings at a very young age. They quickly tired of books for younger children and turned to chapter books like Tarzan, The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings forging Ellen’s love for reading. Ellen now writes contemporary romance novels with a realistic twist to them. If you’re looking for fairy tales, you won’t find them here as her characters deal with real life issues. She loves helping people with their writing, paying forward the help that she has received allowing her to be where she is today.

Connect with Ellen online:

Website: http://andthencamelove.weebly.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ellenwilder82/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/authellenwilder

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Ellen-Wilder/e/B01GT4IOOO

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15307413.Ellen_Wilder

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bolcE1

Street Team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/281388505565305/

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Too Fast for Love by Lilly Christine – Race Car Driver Luke Devlin’s anger issues bring him to a screeching stop, but Love Expert Lacey Lipinski has the keys to help him recalibrate. Can a cruise ship fling survive life in the fast lane?

When not hunched over her laptop dreaming up strong female leads in sassy dialogue with dashing male counterparts, Lilly Christine can be found hiking and down-dogging with her two dogs and one cat. In addition to reading, she enjoys several outdoor activities including riding horses, gardening, and biking.

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Just One Look by Deb Julienne – On a secret mission for her father, Diana Clay aka ‘Diana Tolliver’ finds herself alone on a singles cruise. She befriends a passenger and they play a game…date for a cruise. Each must pick out the others date for the duration of the cruise. Between her research on the ship and her new “boyfriend” she has her hands full.

USA Today and Amazon Bestselling Author Deb Julienne has penned multiple romantic comedy and western novels and anthologies. While some say truth is stranger than fiction, her experiences run more along the lines of a slapstick comedy. She makes her own Limoncello…enough said.

After the day job, she loves to play in the kitchen concocting award-winning jams, jellies, preserves, and sauces (with alcohol of course). Born and raised in San Jose, California, she now resides in her own little bit of heaven in the Sierra Tahoe National Forest Basin, with her husband of 35 years, their three sons and one daughter, and five very precious grandchildren with number six on the way.

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Pirated Pixie by Shea McMaster – Irene Lundquist has no plans for romance while on the cruise with her jilted best friend and his groomsmen. She’s surprised when Dutch Marshal’s good looks and charm do nothing to help her relax, and everything to steal her heart. For Dutch, things get complicated when the best man in charge of the group plans is a gorgeous pixie-sized redhead woman who lights his fire. Can either of them make it through the singles cruise and remain single, or will they get the happily ever after neither of them was looking for?

Shea McMaster lives for traditional romance. Born in New Orleans, raised in California, Shea got moved to Alaska in 1977, where she attended high school before running back to California to get her English degree from Mills College. Alas, once back home she met and fell in love with her own forever true hero, a born and raised Alaska man. Since then she’s had a love-hate relationship with America’s largest state.

With her one and only son grown and on his own, Shea is fortunate to spend her days playing with the furry child, and engaged in daydreaming, turning those dreams into romantic novels and novellas featuring damsels in distress rescued by their own brains and hunky heroes. She also writes under the steamy romances under the name Morgan O’Reilly.

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Healing Hearts by Michele Shriver – After a bitter divorce and custody battle, Taryn Bradfield’s best friend books her on a singles cruise, where she meets Makai Grant, an airline pilot burnt out on love. Sailing the Caribbean, Taryn and Makai find healing and passion in each other’s arms, but too soon, the ship returns to port. Was it a vacation fling, or the start of something more?

Michele Shriver is a National and International best-selling author of women’s fiction and contemporary romance. Her books feature flawed-but-likeable characters in real-life settings. She’s not afraid to break the rules, but never stops believing in happily ever after. Michele counts among her favorite things a good glass of wine, a hockey game, and a sweet and sexy book boyfriend, not necessarily in that order.

Website || Facebook || Twitter || Amazon || Goodreads || Newsletter Signup


Cinderella at Sea by Ellen Wilder – When girl next door Manda Reilly discovers hero country singer Hunter Cross is onboard her singles cruise, Manda finds herself indulging in the exotic. Hunter’s heroism goes more than skin-deep. Can the man she’s known forever really be her one true love?

Ellen Wilder was born and raised in Indiana. She is happily married to her husband of five years and enjoys raising their two girls and one boy in the house where she grew up. They have a border collie/corgi mix named Loki.

Her parents started reading to Ellen and her siblings at a very young age. They quickly tired of books for younger children and turned to chapter books like Tarzan, The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings forging Ellen’s love for reading.

Ellen started writing in Junior High with an assignment from her computer writing teacher. Her first attempt at a modern day Old Yeller crossover with NYPD Blue was “awful”, but that didn’t stop the inspiration from flowing. Ellen now writes contemporary romance novels with a realistic twist to them. If you’re looking for fairy tales, you won’t find them here as her characters deal with real life issues. She loves helping people with their writing, paying forward the help that she has received allowing her to be where she is today.

Website || Facebook || Twitter || Amazon || Goodreads || Newsletter Signup


This blog tour was organized by Karan Eleni & KEPR Tours.